Charlotte Hurt Clark

Posted in Obituaries on October 14th, 2020 by admin

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Charlotte Hurt Clark, age 87, of Carlisle, passed away on October 11, 2020 in Sherwood, Arkansas. She was born in De Valls Bluff, Arkansas on July 27, 1933 to the late James E. Hurt and Altie Evans Hurt.

On September 22, 1950, Charlotte married the love of her life, Walter “Dub” Clark, who predeceased her in 2019. Together they had two children, Gary and Pam and lived in De Valls Bluff and later in Stuttgart. Charlotte was a bank teller and branch manager at Farmer’s & Merchants Bank in Stuttgart for many years.

Charlotte was actively involved in First United Methodist Church of Stuttgart and later FUMC of North Little Rock and Carlisle United Methodist Church. Her greatest joys were her 7 granddaughters and 13 great-grandchildren.

Charlotte was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and her siblings, Dockey Hurt, Beatrice Hurt, and Buster and Porter Hurt. She is survived by her children, Gary Clark (Patty) of West Memphis, Pamela Randolph (Sonny) of Carlisle and six granddaughters, Shannon Nye (Scott) of Hedgesville, West Virginia, Melody Wassell (David) of Sherwood, Dr. Jamie Pinto (Jeff) of Carlisle, Dr. Candice Dye (Daniel) of Birmingham, Alabama, April Simmons, Eddy of Carlisle and Jennie Stewart (Michael) of Little Rock. In addition, she is survived by the following great-grandchildren: Matthew and Mia Nye, Hunter and Ava Wassell, Ava, Easton and Ela Pinto, Annabelle and Caroline Dye, McKinley and Ri8ley Simmons, and Jack and Clark Stewart.

Due to the current pandemic, a private family service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to FUMC of Stuttgart or Carlisle United Methodist Church. The family would like to thank Sherwood Nursing and Rehabilitation for the wonderful care they provided Charlotte in her final days.

Jewell McMullen Schafer

Posted in Obituaries on October 9th, 2020 by admin

Jewell McMullen Schafer, 86, of Carlisle passed away October 9, 2020. She was the former owner of Schafer’s Flower & Garden Center and a member of St. Rose Catholic Church in Carlisle.

She is survived by her husband of 71 years, Melvin Schafer; her children, Melba Burleson (James), Julie Ingle (Roger), Mark Schafer (Patricia), and Cindy Uhiren (Mark); 10 grandchildren, Christy, Monica, Jennifer, Michael, Brad, Matt, Sara Beth, Chad, Whitney, and Britney; 9 great-grandchildren and a daughter-in-law, Claire Schafer.

Jewell was preceded in death by a son, Randy Schafer, her parents, James and Nobie McMullen, and two brothers.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, October 12, 2020 at the pavilion in the Carlisle Cemetery.

The family requests memorials be made to St. Rose Catholic Church.

The family also requests that everyone attending please follow all covid guidelines.

Arrangements are by Westbrook Funeral Home of Hazen.

Mary Anna Hastings

Posted in Obituaries on October 9th, 2020 by admin

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Mary Anna Hastings, 92, of Hazen, formerly of Clarendon, went to celebrate her eternal life on October 8, 2020. She will be missed by her children, Dwight (Karen) Saunders, Kay Saunders, Martha (Jerry) McLendon, and Amanda (Woody) Standridge; 16 grandchildren, many beloved great-grandchildren, and a great-great granddaughter; Sister, Nancy (Bobby) Terhune; brothers, Harry Hardwick, Richard (Marilyn) Hardwick and Mack (Brenda) Hardwick and many extended family and beloved nieces and nephews.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Marion Hastings; parents, Richard, Mildred, and Ethel Hardwick; sister, Faye Geisler and brother, Robert Tumey.

She will be remembered for her great love of family and friends, her love of life and joy of laughter.

The family appreciates the care and love given by the staff at Lonoke Health & Rehab.

In memory of her love for children and her faith, in lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Center Point Missionary Baptist Church Youth Group in Hazen, Arkansas.

Due to Covid, a graveside visitation and service will be announced at a later date by Westbrook Funeral Home of Hazen.

LaDona Iletta Barger

Posted in Obituaries on October 8th, 2020 by admin

LaDona Iletta Barger of De Valls Bluff, was born March 20, 1964 in Lawton, Oklahoma and passed away October 7, 2020 at her home she shared with her daughter and son-in-law in De Valls Bluff, Arkansas.

LaDona was an avid Elvis fan and loved sharing her time with her kids and grandkids. She had recently enrolled in online college to obtain her bachelor’s degree in Health Care management for medical coding.

She is survived by her 4 kids; Christie (Bubba) Williams of De Valls Bluff, Lisa (Pedro) Herrera of Stuttgart, Monica (Kirk) Meins of Stuttgart and Cecil (Mary) Gracey of Casscoe; nine grandkids, Trey and Olivia McCarty, Adrianne Box, Kaelyn and Jordan Griffith, Gauge and Brookelynn Gracey and Darla and Raymond Meins; two great-grandkids, Loren (LoLo) Caskey, Jocelyn (Jo Jo) Caskey, and several nieces and nephews; and two half siblings, Ray Ward and Mae Shelton. Ladona was preceded in death by her parents, James and Iona Ward; her sister, Chiquita Wilson; two brothers, Selwyn and Zyndle Ward; one half sister, Lois Ward and two half brothers, Bo and Bud Ward.

A memorial service will be held 10:30 a.m., Saturday, October 17, 2020 at the Family Christian Fellowship Church at 603 West Washington Street in Hazen, Arkansas.

Thomas “Tommy” Albert Forrester

Posted in Obituaries on October 2nd, 2020 by admin

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Thomas “Tommy” Albert Forrester, 80 of Hazen, went home to be with our Lord on October 1, 2020. He was born October 18, 1939 in Dearborn, Michigan to Albert and Jo Ara Thomas Forrester. When Tommy was 6 years old, his family moved to Hazen where he grew up and lived all of his life.

He attended and graduated from Hazen High School and attended Ouachita Baptist University. He also joined and served in the Army National Guard.

One of Tommy’s many passions was singing and playing his guitar. His love for music began when he was introduced as a small boy to Roy Rogers, The Singing Cowboy.

In 1965 he married Patsy Ann Baker and they enjoyed traveling Arkansas during those years singing and playing music. They had three children. Tommy began his career as a parts salesman at Westerfield Chevrolet in Hazen. He retired from Russell Chevrolet in Sherwood, Arkansas and enjoyed working around his home and spending time with his family and friends.

Tommy will always be remembered for his genuine kindness and his big smile. He never met a stranger and his legacy will live forever in everyone who knew and loved him. His love for God was deep and sincere and he attended Calvary Baptist Church in Hazen.

Preceding him in death were his parents; sister and brother-in-law, Jean and Jerry Sanders; brother-in-law, Steve Wujs and his grandson, Noah Benjamin Besancon who we know have all welcomed him home with loving arms.

Tommy is survived by his two sisters, Phyllis Wujs of Hazen and Kaye Park and husband, Jack of Hot Springs; three children, Tamara Dabney and husband, Johnny of Hazen, Misti Besancon and husband, Joe of Hazen and Cory Forrester of Hazen. He was blessed to have loved his six grandchildren and 4 great-grandsons.

Tommy was a great Daddy, Papaw, and Friend.

Visitation for Tommy will be from 3:00 to 5:00 P.M., Sunday, October 4, 2020 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen. Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M., Monday, October 5, 2020 at the Calvary Baptist Church in Hazen. Burial will be in the Hazen Cemetery.

Dorothy Mae Hesse Clayton

Posted in Obituaries on September 30th, 2020 by admin

Dorothy Mae Hesse Clayton, of Tollville,  ascended to her eternal heaven on September 28, 2020.  She was born November 21, 1928 in Ulm, Arkansas to Adolph Charles Hesse and Matilda Duensing Hesse.  She was baptized and christened on December 25, 1928 at the Lutheran Church in Ulm.  Dorothy was a graduate from Ulm High School and Phillips Community College.  She married her husband, Stanley Clayton June 1, 1948 at Zion Lutheran Church in Ulm.  To their union, they added the joy of children, Wayne William, Tamara Kay, and Limon Titus.  They lived in Tollville for 48 years where Stanley farmed with family members.  Upon his death, Dorothy remained in the family home.  Dorothy leaves a history legacy of being a member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Tollville. She served on the vestry, Altar Guild, ECW, and the Prairie Harvest Cookbook Committee.  Dorothy was also a member of the Prairie County American Cancer Society where she served as treasurer and Crusade Volunteer in her community.

Dorothy retired from the Dept. of Finance and Administration of Arkansas after 25 years of service.  Dorothy also had the joy of being a retired teacher of Arkansas.  She loved flowers and working in her yard.  Dorothy enjoyed the beauty of arranging bouquets and sharing them with her church and community.  She was always available to be a helping hand to all.  She worked in her later years at Springbrook Health and Rehabilitation of Hazen, as Activity Director and Certified Nursing Assistant.  Dorothy truly enjoyed the residents and employees.  In her heart they were family members who she truly loved. Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; her beloved husband, Stanley; her precious son, Limon Titus Clayton at the young age of a senior at Hazen High School; her siblings, a sister, Helen Stinson and a brother, Melvin Hesse; nieces, Pam Troy, Christine Haney and a special nephew, Carl Stinson.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Friday, October 2, 2020 at the Hazen Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 9:30 to 10:30 Friday at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen prior to the service.

Memorials may be made to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church 1432 Hwy. 86 East, DeValls Bluff, Arkansas 72041 or the American Cancer Society.

Pallbearers will be Andrew Sickel, Jimbo Guenther, Charles Hesse, Fred Ledear, Jimmy Shelman and Rick Wiggins.  Honorary Pallbearers are Kelly and James Troy.

Gary Wayne Weems

Posted in Obituaries on September 28th, 2020 by admin

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Gary Wayne Weems, 73, of Hazen, passed away on September 27, 2020 at the VA Hospital in Little Rock, AR. He was born May 23, 1947 at Baptist Memorial in Little Rock, AR to Jacob Eli and Clara Maxine Guess Weems.

Gary attended Fort Worth Technical High School in Fort Worth, TX where he lived until his senior year. He graduated from Forrest Pak High School in Forrest Park, GA in 1965. He was Platoon 3108 Paris Island United States Marine Corp. and is a veteran of the Vietnam War. Gary was also an ordained deacon at Lakeside Missionary Baptist Church in Des Arc, AR where him and his wife are currently members.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Shirley Holt Weems; sister Johnnie Weems Davis and husband Bob Davis of San Antonio TX; son Ryan Weems and wife, Shannon of Hazen; daughter Autumn Weems Wood of Cabot; grandchildren: Jacob, Eli, Emily and Luke and nieces and nephews. Gary was proceeded in death by his parents, grandparents: John and Nettie Guess and Jacob Leroy and Barbra Weems.

Visitation will be 5-7 p.m., Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen, AR. Funeral services will be held at the Pavilion located outside of Center Point Missionary Baptist Church in Hazen, AR at 2 p.m. on Thursday, October 1, 2020. Burial will be immediately following the services at Center Point Cemetery.

Fred Watson, Jr.

Posted in Obituaries on September 21st, 2020 by admin


Fred Watson, Jr., 65 of Hazen, gained his wings Sunday night September 20, 2020 after a short battle with lung cancer.  Fred died at home peacefully surrounded by a host of loved ones.  Fred was born April 7, 1955 in Hazen to Norene and Fred Watson, Sr. He was the last of nine children.  Fred lived life to the fullest.  His favorite hobbies were fishing and golf, but nothing brought a smile to his face more than his wife, Sharon, who he was deeply in love with for over 47 years.  Fred never met a stranger, and always had a smile or kind word for whoever crossed his path.  

Fred was preceded in death by his parents; his baby sister, Brenda Watson and two brothers, Gene and James Watson.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon of Hazen; his son, Eric of Stuttgart; his daughter, Katy Barnes of Malvern; four grandchildren, Tyler and Patrick Petrus of Malvern, Arkansas, Danielle Watson of Malvern and Ceceila Ben of Texas and a great-grandson, Peyton Watson, whom he loved very much; four sisters, Kathy McClelland of Tennessee, Doris Randles of Brasfield, Jenny Ward of Ohio, and Eleanor Ford of Indiana; one brother, Derry Watson of Indiana and a host of family and friends.

Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at Westbrook Funeral Home.  Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M., Thursday, September 24 at the First Baptist Church in Hazen.  Interment will be in the Oakland Cemetery in DeValls Bluff.  

Flowers may be sent to Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen.

Glynn Charles Holmes

Posted in Obituaries on September 13th, 2020 by admin


Glynn Charles Holmes, 66, passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 12, 2020 at Baptist Hospital in Little Rock.  Known to many as “Monkey”, Glynn was born on September 16, 1953 to Charles and Velma Holmes.  Being a pastor’s son, he lived in several towns across Arkansas growing up.  In 2001 Glynn married Peggy Smith Bailey because he “just loved her”.

Glynn was a long time member of Law Enforcement, servicing for over two decades in departments at Carlisle, DeValls Bluff, U.A.M.S. with the majority spent with his beloved Prairie Count Sheriff’s Department.  He loved law enforcement, working with long time friend, Rick Hickman and the opportunity to help someone out.  He especially enjoyed his time spent serving in the court system building.  He had a special bond with judges, lawyers, court reporters, and his one and only Gaylon Hale.  Glenn also served as usher and security for Carlisle First Baptist Church for many years.

Glynn was preceded in death by his grandmother, Etta; mother, Velma (Greenwalt) Holmes; step-mother, Lennie Holmes and nephew, Gary Holmes.

He is survived by his wife, Peggy; father, Charles Holmes of Biscoe; two step-children, Michele (Keith) Calhoun of Des Arc and Chris (Suzanne) Bailey of Beebe; grandchildren, Tanner (Haley Jo) Calhoun, Bailey (Grant) Staton, Benjamin Bailey, Lauren (Scott) Gunter and Emmalie and LJ O’Neil; two great-grandchildren, Landon and Ellie Gunter; sisters, Charlene Holmes, Krisie Holmes and Nancy (Dannie Ray) Holmes; brothers, Edward (Bernice) Holmes, Lynn Holmes, Leon (Susan) Holmes and Jackie Holmes and several nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly.

Visitation will be held at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, September 14, 2020.  Services will be held at Carlisle First Baptist Church at 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, September 15, 2020 with interment to follow in the Carlisle Cemetery.

John Edward “Big John” Holyfield, Sr.

Posted in Obituaries on September 11th, 2020 by admin

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John Edward “Big John” Holyfield, Sr., 80, of Hazen, peacefully passed away September 2, 2020 at St. Vincent’s in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was born August 1, 1940 in DeValls Bluff, Arkansas to the late Porter Holyfield and Helen Ford. John had retired after 32 dedicated years of service with the Prairie Farmers Association. John was the beloved husband and best friend of his one and only love of 61 years, Martha Holyfield. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Carolyn Schell, his cherished daughter, Debra “Debbie” Scroggins, and a granddaughter, Angel Scroggins.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Martha; a son, John “Jay E” Holyfield and wife, Stephanie; grandchildren, Jennifer Berry, Michael Scroggins, Hilary Shuffield, John John Holyfield, and Thadius Holyfield; a sister, Jo Ellen Guenther, and a host of friends and relatives.

Cremation services were handled by Westbrook Funeral Home of Hazen. There will be a celebration of life service at a later date.