Connie Harold Vick

Posted in Obituaries on December 6th, 2021 by admin

Connie Harold Vick, 71, of Hazen, passed away Sunday, December 5, 2021 at his home.  He was a former truck driver and construction worker.  Harold is survived by his daughter, Molly Sayger and her husband, Jeremy of DeValls Bluff and his son, Cory Vick of Hazen; three grandchildren, Destiny Morris, Lillian Sayger and Abbygail Sayger and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara; his parents, Harold Dean and Gladys VanHouten Vick, and his step-mother, Theresa Vick of the West Indes.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Derek Wayne Hurst

Posted in Obituaries on December 6th, 2021 by admin


Derek Wayne Hurst, age 40 of Cabot died in an accident in his home town of Cabot on December 1, 2021.  Derek was very involved with the Church of Christ in Cabot.  He loved movies and had parts in movies with Billy Bob Thornton, Ashley Judd, and Joaquin Phoenix.  He loved his scooter, going bowling and skating, and spending time with his niece and nephews.

Derek is survived by his parents, David and Gay Hurst of Cabot; his sister, Erica Sharp and husband, James Roach; his niece, Madalyn Sharp and his nephews, Logan and Landon Hurst.  He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ed and Bonnie Rieke and K.Y. and Mable Hurst.

Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen.  Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M., Wednesday, December 8, 2021 at the Hazen Church of Christ.  Interment will be in the Pleasant Hills Cemetery near Cabot.

Howard Strohl

Posted in Obituaries on December 2nd, 2021 by admin

Howard Strohl, life-long farmer and resident of Prairie County, went to be with his heavenly father on Wednesday, December 1, 2021.  Howard was born on June 26, 1937 to Carl and Mary Strohl.  He farmed the family farm alongside his father, Carl beginning at the tender age of 16.  After his father retired, Howard continued the family tradition and farmed with sons, Rickey and John, and grandsons, William Hutchens, Matthew Strohl, and Lucas Strohl when they were of age.  Howard retired from farming in 2016, allowing grandson, Matthew to follow in his footsteps.

Howard married the love of his life, Joy Scott Strohl, on October 28, 1956.  In the sixty-five years they were together, they had 3 children, and worked side by side through good times and bad.  In his later years, Howard experienced many health problems and Joy nursed him through each one, never leaving his side.

Howard was always willing to help a friend or neighbor in need from lending a hand with harvesting crops in front of storms, to pulling neighbors out of a ditch when they swerved to miss deer crossing the road.  Howard was an avid hunter, whether it was rabbits, squirrels, deer or ducks, he was ready to head to the woods.  His favorite time of the year was when he was able to go quail hunting with his Uncle George Liska in Mountain Grove, Missouri.  As a young man, he served as a duck guide on Peckerwood Lake before Mr. Queenie passed away, and he loved sharing good hunting stories with his grandsons.

Howard also served his community by volunteering for 50 years, retiring in 2014 as a Prairie County Auxiliary Deputy sheriff, on the Sheriff patrol.  He served as deputy under Sheriff Mike Grady, Dale Madson, Bob Johnson, Randy Raper, riley Seevers, Randy Munnerlyn, Gary Barnett and rick Hickman.  The highlight of his career was when the sheriff’s patrol provided protection for then Vice President, Dick Chaney, where Howard had the privilege of meeting Mr. Chaney and having his photo taken with him.

Howard was preceded in death by his father, Carl Strohl; his mother, Mary Skelton Strohl, and his sister, Margaret Strohl McVey.  He is survived by his wife, Joy; children, Rickey Strohl and wife, Linda and Cherie Hutchens and husband, Charles, all of DeValls Bluff, and John Strohl of Hot Springs; grandchildren, William Hutchen of Jonesboro, Matthew Strohl and wife, Meredith, Lucas Strohl and family friend Heather Horn of DeValls Bluff, Tiffany (Brent) Teater of Sheridan and Kristen (Lonel) Ficut of Cabot; great-grandchildren, Layne Strohl,

Bradon Harvey, Barrett Harvey, Kate Ficut and Harrison Ficut, nieces and nephews, and a host of friends.

Visitation will be Friday, December 3, 2021 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen.  Funeral services will be Saturday, December 4 at 1:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in DeValls Bluff.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to: Sheriff’s Youth Ranch, 100 St. Vincent’s Place, Batesville, Arkansas 72501 or Arkansas Sheriff’s Association, 1400 West 4th St., Little Rock, Ar. 72201.

Dwight Edward Anderson

Posted in Obituaries on November 17th, 2021 by admin

Dwight Edward Anderson 67, of DeValls Bluff, was born December 10, 1953 in Marianna, Arkansas to Cleo and Cleola Anderson.  On November 16, 2021, he fell asleep and woke to his new home.  Dwight served in the United States Army and worked as a farmer.  His life was his farm, his family and his God.  Dwight Anderson loved.  He loved deeply.  He loved quietly, but he loved.

Dwight is survived by the love of his life and wife of 39 years, Mary (Fricker) Anderson; two sons, John Dwight Anderson with his quiet strength, and his wife, Tonya and William Edward Anderson, with his not-so-quiet strength, and his wife, Alana; granddaughters, Kara, Brie (Hunter), Gracie, Klara, and Lorelei; two great grandchildren; and one sister, Ruby Wood.  He was preceded in death by his father, Cleo Anderson, his mother, Cleola Clarke, two brothers, Junior Anderson and Charles Ray Anderson, and a sister, Judy Evans.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Friday, November 19, 2021 at the First Pentecostal Church of Prairie County in Hazen with visitation from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. prior to the service.  Interment will be in Oakland Cemetery in DeValls Bluff.

Geraldine Aycock

Posted in Obituaries on November 10th, 2021 by admin

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A memorial service for Ms. Geraldine Aycock will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, November 27, 2021 at the First Baptist Church in Hazen.

Bobby L. Glover

Posted in Obituaries on October 28th, 2021 by admin

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Obituary of Former State Senator Bobby L. Glover of Carlisle
July 5, 1936 – October 27, 2021

 Former State Senator Bobby L. Glover, 85, of Carlisle passed away on October 27, 2021. He was born July 5, 1936, in Carlisle to W.H. & Hazel Glover. Senator Glover was a graduate of Lonoke Public Schools and he participated and lettered in all sports. He received his education in accounting through LaSalle University and was a licensed public accountant.

Senator Bobby L. Glover was first elected in 1972 to the Arkansas House of Representatives. His district included Beebe and parts of White County, as well as Lonoke County and Prairie County. In all, Senator Glover served 20 years or 10 terms as a member of the House and is a former Speaker Pro-Temp.

He served eight years in the state Senate, representing District 28. It included Lonoke County, parts of Pulaski, Prairie and Arkansas Counties. During his 28 years of service in the Arkansas General Assembly, his greatest pleasures centered around the many opportunities he had to help his constituents and communities in his district. Shaking hands, making calls, attending community celebrations, stumping for legislation, fundraising for educational progress, highways, or rural development – no job was too large or too small for Senator Glover.

Senator Glover became chairman of the Legislative Joint Auditing Committee, which makes sure that tax dollars are properly spent. The committee audits expenditures by school districts, institutions of higher education, cities, counties, and state agencies.

He served as vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Revenue and Taxation and was a member of the State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee, the Joint Budget Committee, the Joint Performance Review Committee and the Committee on Transportation, Technology and Legislative Affairs. During his tenure in the Senate, he also was a member of the Legislative Facilities Committee and the Senate Rules Committee.

The Arkansas legislature is a citizen legislature. While representing his constituents at the state Capitol he also was President & CEO of the Glover Insurance Agency in Carlisle and Lonoke, and President & CEO of Chambers Nursing Home Center in Carlisle.

In 2011, after he had left the Senate, then-Governor Mike Beebe appointed him and reappointed him in 2014 to the state Board of Correction, which oversees the operations of the state Correction Department and the state Department of Community Correction. Governor Asa Hutchinson reappointed him to the Board in March of 2021. He was a supporter of efficient, well-run state prison units and helped strengthen parole laws.

List of other service include: ten years as Mayor of Carlisle, Chairman of the University of Arkansas Criminal Justice Institute Advisory Board, Executive Director of the Arkansas Municipal Police Association, Director of Governmental Affairs for the State Police Association, Chairman of the Legislative Pardons and Parole ad hoc Committee that tightened the Arkansas parole system to strengthen protection from violent and habitual offenders, 17 year member of the Arkansas State Police Foundation Board, Delegate to the Constitutional Convention of 1979-80, Chairman of the Carlisle Veterans Memorial Commission, 22 year member of the Baptist Health System Corporation Board, Citizen of the Year of 3 communities – Carlisle, Lonoke and Stuttgart, Member of the Chamber of Commerce’s of Cabot, Carlisle, Lonoke, Stuttgart and Ward.

Senator Glover was a Gideon and member of First Baptist Church, Lonoke. He was a member of the Hazen Masonic Lodge 361 and served as chaplain. He was a 32º Mason and Shriner and a recipient of the Pillar of Solomon.

Senator Glover was preceded in death by his parents, brother Bill (Ethelle) Glover, granddaughter Michelle Brooke Glover and the mother of his three children, Helen L. Glover. He is survived by his wife, Charlotte Elmore Glover; three children, Keith (Mary) Glover of Stuttgart, Robin (William) Rountree of Carlisle and Lee Glover of Carlisle; five grandchildren, Mark (Brooke) Glover of Little Rock, Kristen (Barrett) Belew of Little Rock, John Robert Hart of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Dr. Ashley Glover of Jonesboro, and Christopher Hart of Little Rock; 5 great-grandchildren, Addison Glover, Harper Glover and Weston Glover of Little Rock, J.T. Belew and Bennett Belew of Little Rock. He is also survived by stepchildren Rodney (Jennifer) Elmore of Lonoke, Christi (Jim) Smith of Catlettsburg, Kentucky and step grandchildren Sterling Elmore of Washington, DC, Chandler Elmore of Pensacola FL, Taylor & Drew Smith of Catlettsburg, KY.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to his niece Judy Glover Cordell who took him to numerous doctors’ appointments, ballgames, and events over the years; Dr. Chris Morgan for his wonderful care as his primary physician; and the entire caring staff of Chambers Nursing Home & Rehab. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Arkansas State Police Foundation, 5702 Dreher Lane, Suite 3 Little Rock, AR 72209 or any other charitable organization of donor’s choice.

Visitation will be between 5:00-7:00 pm on Friday, October 29, 2021, at the Carlisle Civic Center, 215 S Court Street, Carlisle; a Celebration of Life service on Saturday, October 30th at 11:00 am First Baptist Church, Lonoke. Interment will be at the Carlisle Cemetery where he will receive Masonic rites.

Arrangements by Westbrook Funeral Home (Hazen). Online guestbook,

Betty Bednar

Posted in Obituaries on October 14th, 2021 by admin

Betty Bednar, age 89, of Carlisle was relieved of her pain and suffering to be with the Lord on October 12, 2021. She was born to the late Paul and Vlasta Marek on August 6, 1932 in Slovak, AR. She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Robert Bednar and two older sisters, Evelyn Chlapecka and Irene Elam.

Betty is survived by six daughters, Debbie Stovesand (Jay), Tammy Perkins, Pammy Schafer (Roger) of Carlisle, Linda Ciganek (Eddie), Sharon Adams (Chip) of Hazen, and Karon Booe (Leroy) of Lonoke; two brothers Martin Marek and Paul Marek, both of Hazen. She is also survived by thirteen grandchildren Jason Stovesand (Marvel), Eric Stovesand (Julie), Erin Herlein (Trey), Ashley Ciganek, Eddie Ciganek, Justus Adams, Jacob Adams (Maggie), Jeremy Booe (Meagan), Zachary Booe (Michelle), Emily Durden (Reed), Morgan Clark (Tyler), Blane Perkins (Megan), and Blake Perkins (Heather);     twelve great grandchildren and one expected in March.

Faith and family were the purposes of life for Betty. She was a devout Catholic and devoted mother and grandmother who loved her family and taking care of their needs no matter what age. She lived for special occasions and holidays. No matter how much work it was, the special memories out weighed her hard work preparing them. The last five months of her life were spent at Chambers Nursing Home in Carlisle under the care of a comforting staff who gave her special memories as well.

Visitation will be Saturday, October 16, 2021 from 9:30 to 10:30am at St. Cyrial and Methodius Catholic Church in Slovak, AR. Rosary will begin at 10:30am before the funeral mass. Interment will be at Slovak Catholic Cemetery by Westbrook Funeral Home of Hazen, AR.

Memorials may be made to St. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church, Slovak or St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Carlisle, AR.

Raymond Lynn Prine

Posted in Obituaries on October 10th, 2021 by admin

Raymond Lynn Prine, age 86, passed away on Saturday, October 9, 2021 in his home surrounded by his three children, Robin Lynn Prine, Barry Lee Prine and JoAnn Prine Elias.

Raymond was born on November 9, 1934 to Hazel Olivia and Claude C. Prine.

He was a graduate of Hazen High School and went on to serve 8 years in the United States Navy. He worked in the “sample office” at Riceland Foods in Hazen and was later promoted to manager of the Hazen plant. He retired after 30+ years with Riceland. After retirement Raymond continued to work doing lawn care in his community. Raymond loved to play baseball, fishing on Webb Lake, gardening, duck hunting, watching college football, attending Hazen Hornet football games and camping at Greers Ferry Lake with family.

Raymond was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Barbara, his parents, his nine sisters and three brothers.

He is survived by his children, Robin Prine of Lonoke, Barry Prine of Hazen and JoAnn Prine Elias of Cabot, 5 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren and his sidekick, Little Biscuit.

Visitation at Westbrook Funeral Home on 12th October, from 5-7 p.m. The funeral service will be held at First Baptist Church on October 13, 2021 at First Baptist Church in Hazen at 11:00 a.m. . Burial will be at the Hazen Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the American Heart Association at or the Hazen Cemetery.

The family would like to thank Raymond’s caregiver, Florence Zorn, and Arkansas Hospice for their services and care of Raymond over the past several months.

Face masks are encouraged.

Carlos Lynn Gates

Posted in Obituaries on October 8th, 2021 by admin

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Carlos Lynn Gates, 62, of Hazen, was born August 9, 1959 in the little town of Carlisle in a little doctors office on North Court Ave. to Roy and Dorothy Gates.

Carlos Gates, my dad, lived most of his life in Hazen. He grew up on my grandfather’s farm, growing rice and soybeans. Sometime in the 70’s, dad and papa Roy got sick, we about lost papa then. Dad as a teenager had to basically take care of the farm by himself. One day during a hot summer, dad took a tractor part to a metal shop and while he was looking around, he noticed these guys working inside the air-conditioning and fans blowing. The temperature in the shop was significantly cooler than outside and dad said to himself “I can do what these guys are doing.” This started his path down tool and die.

After graduating Hazen High School in 1978, he attended SAU in Camden, where he pursued his degree in Tool and Die.

Dad would live a brief time in Oklahoma working and then moved back to Arkansas, where he would live in Searcy, working for American Tool. There in Searcy, he would meet my mother. The first time he noticed her, she was sneaking a cat into her trailer, and there was a no pet policy where they lived. Dad said he just saw the cat’s tail hanging from under her coat. They would date for a short time before being married October 24, 1981.

In June of 1985 they would have their first child, my brother, Cyle.

In about 1985, my parents would move to Hazen and start a home on our family farm. Dad would start his career at the plant in Hazen, and that factory would go through many name changes throughout the year.

In 1999 he would lose his father. It was my first real experience with death, and first time I can remember seeing this man cry. After the funeral he hugged my brother and I tight and said, “I will always tell you I love you.” Something he did until this day.

My parents would raise us together here on the farm until the spring of 2007. That year my parents would decide to go separate ways and get a divorce. Though there were some disagreements for sometime between the two; in the August of 2017 on my mother’s death bed they came to peace with one another and said their goodbyes. My stepmother was there as well, and the last words she said to my stepmom were “take care of my boys.”

Dad said once before he was glad he could come to a peaceful end with her before she passed and was glad Dennis was there to help us through it.

Dad would stay at the Hazen plant until they shut down in 2009. After the closure, my dad got by with what he could until he was offered a job at the Lonoke Remington Plant.

In about 2014, my dad would rekindle his relationship with his high school sweetheart, Joni Roe. On may 23, 2015, my dad and Joni Gates would say their vows in front of God, family and friends and become my stepmother. Joni is and has been a great stepmother and step-grandma to us and the kids and has excepted us as one of her own children, and I love her dearly for it. She has taken care of my hard headed father for these past six years, God bless her. She did not mind helping us whenever we needed it. Dad as well took in my step-siblings, Kimberly and Jacob, and did what he could for them.

That same year in 2015, my grandma, Dorothy passed away. Dad said he believed “grandma stayed just long enough to make sure we were taken care of.”

On Thursday, October 7, 2021, would be the last time I ever spoke to him. At 4:20 P.M., I called him and we spoke for 6 minutes and 8 seconds. The conversation was about muzzle loading. We talked about the upcoming opening day happening next weekend. Preparations that needed to be made and the approximate time I would be home that next Friday evening. We said I love you, and bye. He would pass away five hours later that evening unexpectedly. Changing my world as I know it.

My dad loved to hunt, fish, and work in the dirt. Things he taught my brother and I growing up. He was there when I killed my first deer, my first buck, duck, and turkey. He loved his dogs and he was pretty good at training them. Thoughout the years, we had Labradors to bird hunt, beagles to chase rabbits, and mutts to track shot deer; but most recently German Shepards and wolves.

The man was always working…it be the yard, garden, his shop, or employment. He didn’t honestly know the definition of relax. He worked to provide a good life for his family. And he didn’t think twice about spanking my brother or I as children when we got out of line.

His grandchildren were a game changer for him and he loved being called “Papa Carlos”. He spoke to my daughter Wednesday and Carly told him “night night Papa, love you.” Dad just giggled and said it back.

If you truly knew dad, you knew he was stubborn as they come. He had true grit and worked until his bones hurt. We’re going to miss you dad. I love you. Thank you for everything you have ever done. You were hard on me a lot, but I know it was to make sure that when this day came I could get through it.

Carlos is survived by his wife, Joni Gates; two sons, Cyle Gates and wife, Terran of Rogers, Ar., and Craig Gates and wife, Tabatha of Mountain Home, Ar.; two step-children, Kimberly Smith and husband, Justin and Jacob McMullan; grandchildren, Nora Belle Gates, Clayton Michael Gates, Thomas Wesley Gates, and Carly Lynn Gates. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Darlene Boothe.

Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M., Monday, October 11, 2021 at the Center Point Baptist Church south of Hazen. Visitation will be from 1:00 to 2:00 P.M., prior to the service. Burial will be in the Center Point Cemetery.

Rebecca Jean Hancock

Posted in Obituaries on September 23rd, 2021 by admin

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Rebecca Jean Hancock, age 29, of Pensacola, Florida, formerly of DeValls Bluff, Arkansas passed away September 22, 2021 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, Florida. Rebecca graduated Forrest City High School in 2010, then she attended

UALR in Little Rock, Arkansas where she earned her bachelor’s degree.

Rebecca was a beautiful spirit with a heart of gold, that would help anyone in need.

She was loved by family, friends, and strangers. Rebecca enjoyed going to the beach, spending time with family and friends. Rebecca also enjoyed art, pottery, and other outdoor activities.

Rebecca is survived by her beloved son, Maverick James, fiancé, Neil Cruz, mother, Tammy Griffin, father, Lance Cooper, and stepfather, Ken Griffin, grandmother, Barbara Hancock, two sisters, Hayley Cooper and Gaylon Hendrickson, two brothers, Jacob Cooper and Kenley Griffin, two nieces, Madelyn Lindsey and Shyloh Rose and a host of aunts and uncles.

Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Saturday, September 25 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen. Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M., Sunday, September 26, 2021 at the First Baptist Church in DeValls Bluff.

Pallbearers will be Jacob Cooper, Kenley Griffin, Ken Griffin, Lance Cooper, Neil Cruz, and Mark Hendrickson. Place of interment will be Oakland Cemetery in DeValls Bluff.