Mildred Floyd Cox

Posted in Obituaries on March 9th, 2018 by admin

Mildred Floyd Cox, 89, of Jacksonville, Arkansas went to be with the Lord on March 9, 2018.  She was born on September 12, 1928 in Hazen, Arkansas.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Festus and Iva Floyd; her husband, Virgil Cox; her brothers, Morris Floyd (Vera Floyd), J.D. Floyd; her sisters, Thelma Saul (Harry Saul), and Jeffie Zarlingo and her brother-in-law, Harvey Key.  Mildred leaves behind her sister, Ruth Kee; her brother-in-law, Pasco Zarlingo, many nieces, nephews, and a host of wonderful friends.  Mildred was a shining light to everyone she met.  She always had a smile on her face and offered words of encouragement. Her wittiness was part of her character, as well as her love and desire to help others.  She loved the Lord!  Mildred worshiped at the First Baptist Church of Jacksonville and anywhere else that her friends wanted her to go.  She will be greatly missed!

Her homecoming celebration will be at Centerpoint Missionary Baptist Church at 2:00 P.M., Sunday, March 11, 2018.  Visitation will be from 1:00 to 2:00 P.M. prior to the service.  Burial service to follow at Centerpoint Cemetery.  Donations can be made to the Centerpoint Cemetery upkeep fund.

Donald (Donnie) Ray Wiggins

Posted in Obituaries on February 28th, 2018 by admin

Donald (Donnie) Ray Wiggins, 62, of Des Arc, Arkansas with his wife and granddaughter by his side, went to be with the Lord on February 22, 2018 at 8:32 A.M. after a long hard battle with melanoma cancer. He had been at UAMS and Hospice Home Care the last 2 weeks of his life, both in Little Rock.

Donnie was a retired carpenter, an avid hunter and fisherman, and a friend to many. He loved God, his family and considered his closest friends his brothers.

Donnie was preceded in death by his grandparents, Claude and Gladys Wiggins and Clarence (Bud) and Hassie Neil; his father, Earl Wiggins; his mother, Frankie Neil Floyd and one infant grandson, Lane Nichols.

He is survived by his wife and companion of 34 years, Karen Fort Wiggins; one daughter, Amber (JJ) Walicki of Des Arc; son Justin Dallas Wiggins of Des Arc; two step-sons, Robert (Melissa) Nichols of Brookland, Arkansas, Billy (Stephanie) Nichols of Des Arc; brothers, Randy (Sue) Wiggins of Fayetteville, Arkansas, brother and best friend, Rick Wiggins of Hazen, and brother, Marty (Rhonda) Griffin of Hazen; sister Vivian Lynette (Mike) Bocage of Elgin, Illinois; step-father, Elmer Floyd of Hazen; three step-sisters, Ramona (Richard) Kell and Kelly (Scott) Lavoie both of Sandwich, Illinois, and Becky (Dennis) Johnson of Des Arc; one uncle, Ernest (Donna) Neil of Hazen; nine grandchildren, Kirsten (Peeper), Lucas, Hayden, Cole, Chloe, Ethan, Jett, Willow, and Gemma, and a host of other family members.

A memorial services will be held March 3, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. at Morris Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Des Arc.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made for the care of Willow and Gemma to Karen Wiggins at Farmers & Merchants Bank, Des Arc, Ar.

Zachari Dwayne Edge

Posted in Obituaries on February 22nd, 2018 by admin

Zachari Dwayne Edge, 3 years old of Hazen, passed away peacefully while in the company of his loving mother, Deviane LaFaye Fox on February 22, 2018 in his home.  Zachari is survived by his mother, Deviane and his brother, Hunter Fox both of Hazen; his nana, Glenda Fought; his aunts, Shannon Shatzer and Shawana Cessor; cousins, Kiersten , Tyler and Jessica; Zach’s future family, Dustin Howard, Kira, Zane, and nana Nancy.  He lived only a short life with us due to a rare terminal illness.  He was brave, strong, and fought hard, but God had other plans for him.  He was preceded in death by his uncle, Daniel Cessor, sister, Kira Allyn Howard, grandma, Lily Bell Cessor and Charlie Tumey family.

Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M., Saturday, February 24, 2018 at the Peppers Lake Church of Christ.  Visitation will be from 1:00 to 2:00 P.M. prior to the service.  Burial will be in the Peppers Lake Cemetery.

Ronald Wayne “Butch” Dale

Posted in Obituaries on February 7th, 2018 by admin

Ronald Wayne “Butch” Dale, 70, of Hazen, Arkansas was called to his forever home on February 6, 2018.  Ron was born in De Valls Bluff, Arkansas on March 11, 1947 to Boyd Dale and Mollie Caldwell.  He graduated high school in Chicago, Illinois and then went on to serve in the United States Army.  After discharge, Ron made a life-long career of truck driving before retiring a few years ago.  Ron was best known for his western wear and always saying, “Have a Good Day!”

He was preceded in death by his parents, and one sister, JoAnn Gettey.

Ron is survived by his brothers, Albert Dale of Crossett, Arkansas and Lynn Dale of Shreveport, Louisiana and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and special friends.

The memorial service for Ron will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at the Westbrook Funeral Home Chapel in Hazen.  Burial will be in the Hazen Cemetery.

Gilbert William Hahn

Posted in Obituaries on February 2nd, 2018 by admin

Gilbert William Hahn, 91, of Slovak died peacefully Thursday, February 1, 2018 at his home in Slovak.  Gilbert was born January 15, 1927 in Slovak, Prairie County to E.W. and Agnes (Dudrick) Hahn.  He started his career as a trucker before becoming a famer.  He was hailed as one of the best mechanics in the area.  He had a passion for working on machinery.  He also enjoyed hunting.  He met the love of his life, Dorthy Willis Hahn and was married on September 4, 1950.  They spent 67 years devoted to raising a family and a farm.  Besides his parents, Gilbert was preceded in death by his daughter, Peggy Hahn Young; brothers, Frank Hahn, Raymond Hahn and sister, Gladys Brasher.  Besides his wife, survivors include his sons, Dean Hahn, Jim Hahn and Rick Hahn; grandchildren Will Hahn, (Megan) Leigh (Chris) VanHouten, Myra (Mark) Duke, Josh Hahn, Eric, amy, Becky, and nine great-grandchildren.

Services will be held Sunday, February 4, 2018 with visitation starting at 1:00 P.M. at St. John’s Lutheran Church and the service will be held at 2:00 P.M. also at the church located at 205 East 5th Street in Stuttgart. In lieu of flowers the family has asked memorials to be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church or the Museum of the Arkansas Grand Prairie.

Mavis Adele Ridout Hall

Posted in Obituaries on February 2nd, 2018 by admin

Mavis Adele Ridout Hall, 96, of Hot Springs, Arkansas passed away February 1, 2018.  She was born March 21, 1921, at her grandmother’s home in Aurora, South Dakota.  The daughter of Otis Benjamin Ridout and Verneice Irene Ridout, she was raised in Brookings, South Dakota.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Charles Ridout who died in infancy, her husband of 58 years, Everett Hall and her daughter, Diane Hall Ray.  She is survived by her son, Everett “Buddy” Hall, Jr. (Vicki) of Little Rock, grandchildren, Jenifer Bohanan (Derek) of Stuttgart, Blake Davis  (Ashley) of Nashville, Tennessee,  Tara Strain (Billy) of Dallas, Texas, and Adam Hall (Stacey) of Little Rock, and great grandchildren, Loren, Molly, and Rhett Bohanan, Bailey and Crawford Strain, Olivia and Owen Davis, and Sadie and Henry Hall.

Mavis was a fun-loving, witty, competitive, talented, outgoing person who was well-liked by all who knew her.  She was also intelligent, intuitive, and insightful and imparted her wisdom freely as a parent, a friend, and a Sunday School Teacher.  She grew up actively engaged in numerous school sports and other activities and was especially talented as a singer, piano player and violin player.  At age 5, she found a piano in a relative’s bedroom and just started playing it.  At age 8, she sang on the radio with the Lawrence Welk orchestra.  As an adult, she taught piano lessons in her home and also played for her daughter Diane who entered and won many singing contests.  Even at age 96 when her voice grew very weak, Mavis could still remember the words and sing most any song from the 1930’s and 1940’s.  After graduating from business school in Minnesota, she accepted a job in Washington, D.C. in December 1941 at the National Labor Relations Board where, due to her proficient typing and shorthand skills and ability to get things done timely and accurately, she was eventually promoted to secretary to the Chairman.  In 1948, she met and married the love of her life Everett Hall and in 1951 moved to Hazen, Arkansas, where she and Everett raised their children Diane and Buddy, before retiring to Hot Springs, in 1974.  She thoroughly enjoyed playing bridge, poker and bingo and going to the horse races.

Mavis loved her family deeply and as she grew older she often expressed an attitude of gratitude for the wonderful, happy, blessed life she had lived.  Her family and friends will miss her big smile, hearty laugh, quick wit, and joke telling, and she will be fondly remembered as a colorful character with a spunky spirit.  The family would like to especially thank her caregivers, Gladys, Lettie, Dot, and Evan who took such great, loving care of her during her last few years.  And we would also like to thank the staff at Arkansas Hospice for their tender care in her final weeks, as well as everyone at Country Club Village where she happily resided the last 23 years of her life.

Services will be held 2:00 P.M. Monday February 5th at the First United Methodist Church in Hazen.  Visitation will be from 1:00 to 2:00 P.M., prior to the funeral service. Interment will be in the Hazen Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 712 Hazen, Arkansas 72064.

Richard Gene Taylor

Posted in Obituaries on January 31st, 2018 by admin

Richard Gene Taylor, 84, of De Valls Bluff, passed away Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at Baptist Medical Center in Stuttgart after 8 days of suffering from double pneumonia and other health issues over the past several months. Richard was a retired farmer; a deacon at the Hazen First Baptist church and a great father and grandfather. He was loved by many and never met a stranger. He was preceded in death by his wife, Inez Taylor four months ago; his mother, Goldie Faupel ; stepdad, Charles Faupel; daughter, Melinda Jo, and dad, Ed Taylor. 

Richard is survived by his son, Dean Taylor of De Valls Bluff and grandson, Sawyer Taylor of Jonesboro, Arkansas.
Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Friday, February 2, 2018 at Westbrook Funeral home in Hazen. Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M., Saturday, February 3, 2018 at the First Baptist church in Hazen with burial in the Oakland Cemetery in De Valls Bluff.

Rozan Carter McFadden

Posted in Obituaries on January 30th, 2018 by admin

Rozan Carter McFadden, of Hazen, beloved daughter, mother, sister, aunt and friend passed away peacefully in front of family and friends on January 27, 2018.  She was 84.

Rozan was born on January 7, 1934 in Weathersford, Oklahoma, to Grace and Verner Alan Carter.  They moved to Hazen, Arkansas in 1936 where Rozan grew up. While in High School, Rozan excelled in sports and in 1952 set a state record 56 points in a county playoff basketball game.  She was also an accomplished barrel racing rider with 64 blue ribbons during her rodeo career.

She attended Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri for a year, then on to the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas where she was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority and was Homecoming Queen in 1954 and Cotton Bowl Queen in 1955.

It was also at the University of Arkansas where she met the love of her life and future husband, Gerald McFadden.  As a homemaker, golf partner, and world travel companion of 53 years, before his death in 2009, they lived in Tokyo,  Japan, New York City, Stamford, Ct., New Orleans, Louisiana, Washington D.C., and Memphis, TN.

Rozan was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald McFadden; three brothers, “Big Nick” Carter, “Booger” Carter,  and Joe Carter.  She is survived by her son, Gerald McFadden and his wife, Laura, a brother, Jerry Dee Carter, and many loving nieces and nephews.

Visitation for Rozan will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen.  Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M., Thursday, February 1, 2018 at the First United Methodist Church in Hazen.  Interment will be in the Hazen Cemetery.

Shirley Ann Rollins

Posted in Obituaries on January 24th, 2018 by admin

Shirley Ann Rollins, 74, of Hazen, passed away on January 23, 2018 in Little Rock, Arkansas surrounded by her loving family and friends after a courageous battle from open heart surgery.  She was born in Moro, Arkansas on February 19, 1943.

Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, Jimmy Rollins of De Valls Bluff; her parents, Hayes and Ruby Warren of Brinkley, and a sister, Emma Jane Vondron of Moro, Arkansas.  Shirley is survived by her children, Kim (Ronnie) Jones of De Valls Bluff, Jimmy (Terri) Rollins of Hazen, and Dennis Rollins of Hazen; grandchildren, Brandon Rollins, Megan McCarty, Jacob and Andrea Rollins, Brent and Candice Rollins, Colby Rollins, Reese Jones, Hannah Walker, Amy and Will Tarkington, Matt Jones, Marcus Menifee, Drew Menifee, and Larissa Harrison; great-grandchildren, Katie, Kelsey and Kalli Tarkington, Kadence Grissom, and Garrett Jones; sisters, Barbara Belcher, Betty and Jeff lovell, and Patsy and Johnny Johnson  and a very special caregive, Lucinda Munnerlyn.

Shirley was everybody’s “Mamaw”.  She loved the Scrappers  and the Hornets.  Shirley was never an idle person, working three jobs most of the time. She worked at Farris Fashions, Riverfront fish market, and Farmer’s Express and was always busy.  Shirley was a member of the First United Methodist Church in De Valls Bluff.

Visitation for Shirley will be Thursday, January 25, 2018 from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen.  Funeral services will be 1:00 P.M., Friday, January 26, at the First United Methodist Church in Hazen.  Burial will be in the Biscoe Cemetery.

Christy Jean (Crowly) Scott

Posted in Obituaries on January 17th, 2018 by admin

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Christy Jean (Crowly) Scott, 59, of Jacksonville, Arkansas, passed away on Monday, January 15, 2018 at her home. She was born on January 7, 1959 in Little Rock, Arkansas and was the daughter of the late Ralph and Ella Rae Crowly. She graduated from Sylvan Hills High School in 1977. She worked at Remington Arms for 10 years, and because of her love for children, she worked as a teacher at a daycare center. She was a loving mother to her son, Charles Joseph Wilson. She was a caring and loving Memaw to her two grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents Ralph and Ella Rae Crowly and her brother, Ted R. Crowly. She is survived by her son Charles Joseph Wilson, sister Patsy Crowly Fraser, brother Jimmy D. Crowly and sister- in- law Susan Crowly; grandchildren Hayden Lane Wilson and Easton Dean Wilson; many nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews, and many friends. The funeral service will be Friday, January 19, 2018 at 1:30 pm in the Westbrook Funeral Home chapel in Hazen, Arkansas. Visitation will be from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm prior to the service. Interment will be in the Hazen Cemetery in Hazen, Arkansas.