Edward Burnard Schafer

Posted in Obituaries on August 16th, 2017 by admin

Edward Burnard Schafer, 89, of Carlisle, Arkansas left this life peacefully surrounded by family on august 15, 2017.  He was born May 28, 1928 to Ben  and Lois Jackson Schafer of Carlisle.  Edward  was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Betty S. Tefteller Schafer.  He is survived by his four sons, Donald (Donna), Ronald (Deeanne), Roger (Pammy), and Cliff (Rachel); five grandchildren, Scott Snider (Tiffany), Lee Schafer, Emily Durden (Reed), Morgan Clark (Tyler), Nicholas and Savannah Schafer;  four great-grandchildren, Tabitha and Samantha Snider, Dawson Schafer and Reagan Durden.  Edward is also survived by his current wife of 18 years, Betty Kelly Schafer and her two sons, Eddie (Mary) Kelly and Jerry (Janet) Kelly, five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.  Edward was prceded in death by his brother, Albert Schafer and is survived by his siblings, Melvin (Judy), Elbert (Nell) and Thelma Munnerlynn.

Edward was born and raised in Carlisle into a long-line of farmers.  The love of farming flowed deeply within his blood.  He graduated school at Carlisle High School. Edward was an active member of the St. Rose of Lima Catholic church.  He was a man of many talents within the agricultural industry.  Due to his strong work ethic and love of farming, he never retired.  Although he was a man of few words, he left a lasting impact on his family, his community, and everyone he met.

Visitation will be held Thursday, August 17, from 6-7:30 P.M. at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church followed by Rosary at 7:30 in the church. Funeral services will be held Friday, August 18, 2017  at 10:30 A.M. at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church with Fr. Shaun Wesley officiating. Graveside burial will directly follow the funeral at the Carlisle Cemetery under the direction of Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen.

Pallbearers will be Danny Rieke, Mitch Golleher, Clint Miller, Tommy Joe Pauschert, Mike Walters, and Willy McCallie.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to care givers, Cynthia Morgan, and Clara Neighbors.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, P.O. Box M, Carlisle, Arkansas 72024. (870-552-3601).

Terry Ray Linam

Posted in Obituaries on August 16th, 2017 by admin

Terry Linam photo 001Terry Ray Linam 44, of Hazen, was born August 26, 1972 and passed away August 8, 2017 to be with the Lord.  He is survived by his mother, Carlotta Linam and brother, Jeff Linam, both of Hazen; nephew, Jeffrey Linam of Hazen, niece, Jessica Linam of Little Rock and great-niece, Kaylee Robinson of Little Rock.  He was preceded in death by his father, Walter Ray Linam of Hazen; grandparents, Doye and Edna Linam of Carlisle and Roland and Lottie Jenkins of Hazen.

There will be a memorial service 10:00 A.M. Saturday, August 19, 2017 at the Westbrook Funeral Home Chapel in Hazen.

​Evelyn Staggs

Posted in Obituaries on August 11th, 2017 by admin

​Evelyn Staggs, 90, of Carlisle died August 11, 2017.  She was born December 28, 1926 in Des Arc, Arkansas.  Evelyn retired from Franklin Electric and was a member of Landmark Missionary Baptist church of Carlisle where she also taught Sunday School.  She was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, Zeak Staggs; grandmother, Cordie Graham, and brother and sister-in-law, Leo and Juanita Graham.

She is survived by two sons, Will Staggs (Amy) of North Little Rock and Bill Staggs (Vicki) of Benton; four grandchildren, Dr. Brent Staggs (Josie) of Little Rock, Kimberly Gardenhire (Dr. C.W. Gardenhire) of Beebe, Dr. Lisa Barker (Anthony) of Benton, Brian Staggs (Dr. Danielle Bell) of Conway.  She is also survived by ten Great-grandchildren, Savannah, Isabella and Harper Staggs; Katlyn, Garret and Carolina Gardenhire, Aubrey and Ryan Barker, Bennett and Lola Staggs.

Visitation will be Sunday, August 13, 2017 from 2:00 to 2:30 and service at 2:30 both at Landmark Missionary Baptist Church in Carlisle.  Burial will follow at Walters Chapel Cemetery north of Carlisle.  Memorials may be made to Landmark Missionary Baptist Church.  The family would like to express appreciation the Chambers Nursing Home of Carlisle for the care given to Evelyn the past several years.

​Terry Ray Linam

Posted in Obituaries on August 9th, 2017 by admin

​Terry Ray Linam, 44, of Hazen died August 8, 2017.  He is survived by his mother, Carlotta Linam ; his brother, Jeff Linam; niece, Jessica Linam and nephew, Jeffrey Linam.

Arrangements for a memorial service will be announced at a later date.

Alven Brewer

Posted in Obituaries on August 7th, 2017 by admin

Alven Brewer, 87, of Crossett, formerly of Stuttgart and Tollville, died August 5, 2017 at Stonegate Villa Health in Crossett.  He was born December 4, 1929 in Brewer Bottoms, Arkansas, the son of Wesley and Jenny Brewer.  Alven worked for Layne Arkansas in Stuttgart for 40 years. He was preceded in death by brothers, Ed, Leslie, Will Arthur, Jerry and Earl. He is survived by his wife, Kay Frederick Brewer; one daughter, Glenda Barnes and husband, Doug of Lonoke; step-son, Steve Hamilton of Hazen; grandchildren, Chad Hamilton and wife, Shada and Shada’s daughter Shyla of Crossett and Jason and Lathan Barnes; great-grandchildren, Stephanie and Lexi White; brother, Claude Brewer; brother-in-law, Dr. David Frederick and wife, Cindy of Pennsylvania and his children, Laura Miller, Jennifer Trent and David E. Frederick.

Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen.  Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M., Thursday, August 10 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Tollville.  Burial will be in the De Valls Bluff Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Tollville or St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Stuttgart.

William Wayne “Bill” Cunningham, Jr.

Posted in Obituaries on July 26th, 2017 by admin


William Wayne “Bill” Cunningham, Jr., age 71 of Lonoke, died July 25, 2017.  He was born to Marie and William , Sr. and was the big brother to Joe, Thomas, Jeanne and Richard.  He married Charlene Cunningham on September 2, 1967 and together raised three amazing men: Brian (Jill), Rod (Gwyn) and Josh (Leah).  His boys gave him his greatest treasure – Terrrah, Miles, Carson, Jackson, Nicholas and Addison, his grandchildren. Bill spent many years farming in Lonoke County.  He served on the Riceland Foods board of directors in Stuttgart from 1976 to 1984 and was elected Lonoke County farm family of the year in 1980. He was appointed to the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board by Governor Bill Clinton from 1979 to 1981.  He then created Lonoke Lawn and Garden where he could be seen mowing, weed eating or fixing sprinkler systems in his signature straw hat and cigar.  He served on the Arkansas Nurseryman’s Association Board of Directors from 1993 to 1994, and in 1994 was president of the Lonoke Chamber of Commerce.  Later in his life he could be found in the shade supervising his kids and grandkids as he passed along his vast knowledge of the lawn care business and life.

He had a deep love for the Rocky Mountains where he would head each fall to hunt Elk.  In his later years he served as camp cook for Doug Flowers Colorado Outfitters.  He was also the camp cook for Double D Duck Club and the Arkansas Waterfowl Association Youth Camp and hunts.  He made many friends across the country through his use of the culinary arts aka biscuits and gravy.

Bill was a longtime member of Beech Creek deer camp in Bradley County where he served as president, secretary, and treasurer.  He was a supporter of the Carlisle Bison and proud holder of a “golden years sports pass”.  He loved watching his kids and grandkids play football on the same field he was on in his younger days.  He was ordained a deacon in the Catholic church in 1986 and touched lives in the many baptisms, weddings, and funeral he conducted over the years.  Bill was a man of God by vocation, but he loved the feel of a new deck of cards when he was at the casino playing Texas hold ‘em.

The family would like to thank his many friends for their love and support during the difficult time.  (Especially his daily lunch crew at the Lonoke Farm Bureau.)

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to the Arkansas Waterfowl Association building fund, P.O. Box 661, Lonoke, Arkansas 72086.

Visitation will be at from 6:00 to 7:00 P.M., Friday, July 28, at St. Rose Catholic Church in Carlisle followed by a prayer service at 7:00 in the church.  The mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 A.M., Saturday, July 29, 2017 at St. Rose Catholic Church in Carlisle.

​Leslie Taylor

Posted in Obituaries on July 22nd, 2017 by admin

​Leslie Taylor, 69, of Carlisle, passed away July 20, 2017.  Leslie was born in Coffeeville, Kansas on August 21, 1947 to Troy and Naomi Denson.  Leslie is survived by one daughter, Sara  (Vic) Seidenschwarz of Carlisle; sister, Phyllis Willingham of Texas; Brothers, Mickey Denson of Hazen, Melvin (Anita) Denson of Colorado, Tommy (Diane) Bayne of Colorado, and Robert (Paula) Denson of Oklahoma; three grandsons, Tristan, Ian and Noah Seidenschwarz, and Grammy’s special little boy, Carson and a bonus daughter, Angie Flynn; a host of nieces and nephews and many people that called her “Grammy”.

Funeral services will be Sunday, July 23, 2017 at 4:00 P.M. at Immanuel Baptist Church in Carlisle.  Visitation will be at the church from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M., prior to the service.  Burial will be in the Old Carlisle Cemetery.

​Lenora E. Hallman

Posted in Obituaries on July 20th, 2017 by admin

​Lenora E. Hallman, age 89 of De Valls Bluff passed away Wednesday, July 19, 2017.  She was a homemaker and a member of the Peppers Lake Church of Christ.  Lenora was preceded in death by her husband, Jacob Hallman and her son, Walter Hallman.  She is survived by  two daughters, Lois Crawford of California and Florence Zornes of De Valls Bluff; one sister, Florence Light of Stuttgart; three brothers, Ermon “Bud” Neal of DeWitt, Paul Neal of Texas, and Stanley Joe Hallman of Beebe; grandchildren, Steven Woodall, Daniel Woodall, Tara McCoy, Donald Crawford, Joseph Hallman, Jason Zornes, and Tamara Basner ; 19 great grandchildren and 10 great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at Peppers Lake Church of Christ.  Visitation will be from 10:00 to 11:00 at the church prior to the service.  Burial will be in the Peppers Lake Cemetery.

​Mary Louise Creekmore

Posted in Obituaries on July 19th, 2017 by admin

​Mary Louise Creekmore, 75 of Carlisle, died July 17, 2017 in Minden, Louisiana.  Graveside services will be 11:00 A.M., Thursday, July 20 at the Old Carlisle Cemetery in Carlisle.

​Gordon Tarter, Jr.

Posted in Obituaries on June 29th, 2017 by admin

​Gordon Tarter, Jr., 65 of Carlisle, died at his home on Thursday, June 29, 2017.  He was a graduate of Carlisle High School,  a member of the Carlisle Alumni Association, a member of the First United Methodist Church and a truck driver.

Gordon is survived by his wife, Sandy Smith Tarter; his mother, Jackie Tarter McNeil; sister, Jan Pasley and husband, Mike; daughters, Heather Tarter of Butlerville and Liz Tarter of Cabot; son, Wil Tarter and wife, Amanda of Carlisle and four grandchildren, Star, Jana, Colt, and Indianna.

Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., Friday, June 30, at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen.  Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M., Saturday, July 1, 2017 at the First United Methodist Church in Carlisle.  Burial will be in the Carlisle Cemetery.