Lou Ellen Felts

Posted in Obituaries on September 20th, 2019 by admin


Lou Ellen Felts, 90, of Carlisle, our precious Mom, passed away September 19, 2019.  We know that there was a joyous reunion with our Dad (Roland “Babe” Felts), her parents, Edna Harrison and Bernard Holmes, grandson, Bradley Felts, and brother, B.R. Holmes.

She was the mother of Helen Calva (Dennis), Nancy Dunlap (Brent), Linda Taylor (Bob), Brooks Felts (Danea), Bruce Felts, and Lori Nofziger (Steward). She also leaves behind 15 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren, as well as one brother, Tommy Holmes.

While our hearts are broken, we know that she is in the loving arms of Jesus and that we will see her again one day.  Our mother loved her family and her cousins immensely.  She would probably want us to add that she was proud that she made it to 90 years of age.

Funeral services will be 2:30 P.M., Sunday, September 22, 2019 at Landmark Missionary Baptist Church in Carlisle.  Visitation will be from 1:30 to 2:30 prior to the service.  Burial will be in the Walter’s Chapel Cemetery.  

The family would like to extend a special “thank you” to our mother’s caregivers Bert Putt and Joy Brewer and the Hospice staff who attended to her.

The family requests that memorials be made to Walter’s Chapel Missionary Baptist Church, 310 North Harrison, Carlisle, Arkansas 72024.

John Frederick Zimmerman

Posted in Obituaries on September 19th, 2019 by admin


John Frederick Zimmerman, 78, of Carlisle, passed away Thursday, September 19, 2019.  He was an Air Force veteran stationed in England, a pilot and member of the E.A.A., and a member of the Hot Rod Association.

John was preceded in death by his parents, John George and Zelma Zimmerman and his son, George Zimmerman. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Sandy Zimmerman; son, Johnny (J.O.) Zimmerman; brother, Wayne Marsh; sister, Doris Chandler; one grandson, one granddaughter, and 8 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 12:00 P.M., Saturday, September 21, 2019 at the Westbrook Funeral Home Chapel in Hazen.  Interment will be in the Carlisle Cemetery.

Delma (Del) Stock

Posted in Obituaries on September 17th, 2019 by admin


Delma (Del) Stock, age 76, of Hazen, passed away on Monday, September 16, 2019, surrounded by his loved ones.  He retired from construction and masonry work after 50 years.  He was a life time member of the Hazen First United Methodist Church.  Del was preceded in death by his parents, Cleveland and Margaret Stock and one brother, Duke Stock.  He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Kaye Stock; his son, Charles Stock and wife, Wendi; daughter, Janet Boothe and husband, Phillip; granddaughters, Kalyn Tenison and husband, Matthew, Megan Anderson and husband, Zachary and Morgan Stock; grandson, Grant Boothe; brothers, Butch Terhune and wife, Nancy and William Stock; sister, Virginia Vanderpool, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Del was one of a kind.  He had a strong work ethic and loved life.  Del was a prankster and loved to give people a hard time.  He enjoyed sports, hunting, fishing,, riding horses, and playing golf with his buddies.

Growing up, he was a proud Hazen Hornet.  He loved Hazen First United Methodist Church and his church family.  He was always around lending a helping hand with anything that needed to be done at the church and often would do things before he got permission.

Del was proud of his son, Charles and daughter, Janet and loved them dearly.  He loved his grandchildren and enjoyed taking them hunting, rodeoing, and attending sports events every chance he got.  He was always there to support them.

Visitation will be held Wednesday , September 18, 2019 from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen.  Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M., Thursday, September 19, 2019 at the Hazen First United Methodist Church in Hazen.

Burial will be in the Hazen Cemetery.  Pallbearers will be Don Louis Kittler, Brad Love, John Petrus, Keller Kittler, Aaron Petrus, Kevin Rounsavall, Chris Stock, Jeff Rounsavall, and Pat Clayton.

The family request memorials be made to Hazen First United Methodist Church , P.O. Box 712, Hazen, Arkansas 72064

George Dobrovich

Posted in Obituaries on September 12th, 2019 by admin

George Dobrovich, 72 of Stuttgart passed away Wednesday, September 11, 2019. He was a member of Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church, member of Knights of Columbus, a farmer and an avid hunter and fisherman.

George is survived by three sons, Brian Dobrovich and wife, Rhea of Cabot, Will Dobrovich of Stuttgart, and Adam Ayers and wife, Stacy of Stuttgart; one brother, Frank Dobrovich; grandchildren, Meghan Clabough and husband, Jacob, Kayla Pieters and husband, Austin, Luke Johnson and wife, Tabitha, Jackson McLain, Adalynn Grace Dobrovich, Allie and Ava Ayers; great-grandchildren, Hayden, Sophia and Preston Clabough.

George was preceded in death by his parents, Steve and Marie Dobrovich; his son, David Dobrovich and two sisters, Rose Marie Lipe and Martha Teppen.

There will be a visitation from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Sunday, September 15, 2019 at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church Hall in Slovak.

Rosary will be 10:30 A.M., Monday, September 16, 2019 at Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church in Slovak followed by 11:00 A.M. memorial service at the church.

Melinda Sims

Posted in Obituaries on August 30th, 2019 by admin

Melinda Sims, 72 of Little Rock, passed away Friday, August 30, 2019. She retired from Turnage Employment after several years. Melinda was preceded in death by her parents, Irvin and Alyeene Sims and two brothers, Burk and Buddy Sims. She is survived by her brother, Chuck Sims; sister-in-law, Marilyn Sims; special friends, Judy Sims and Sharon Cagle, and beloved by her many nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews.

Funeral services will be 2:30 Sunday, September 1, 2019 at the First United Methodist Church in Hazen. Visitation will be from 1:30 to 2:30 at the church prior to the service.

Burial will be in the Hazen Cemetery.

The family requests memorials be made to the First United Methodist Church P.O. Box 712, Hazen, Arkansas 72064.

Richard “Rick” Wesley Halle

Posted in Obituaries on August 28th, 2019 by admin

Richard “Rick” Wesley Halle passed away Monday, August 26, 2019 at the age of 56 in his home in DeValls Bluff, Arkansas. He was a talented carpenter, Christian and friend who helped many. Rick was born in Bethesda, Maryland on July 24, 1963 to Stan and Joyce Halle. He worked at an early age with his Dad, Bud, and learned the carpenter trade which he pursued until his death. Rick also resided in Cranberry, Pennsylvania, Deltona, Florida and Little Rock, Arkansas.

He is survived by his wife, Tracy; four children, Shawn Strockey, Wesley Chris and Janet Halle; his mother, Joyce Halle and four siblings, Lawrence Halle, Teresa Baldwin, Robert Halle, and Melissa Cordeiro.

Rick was preceded in death by his paternal father, Lawrence (Stan) Holifield and his father, Richard (Bud) Halle.

He enjoyed fishing and boating. Rick was always there whenever someone needed a hand and his church was his extended family. He was also a problem-solver who often took on difficult and unwanted projects and made them happen. He will be deeply missed by his friends, family, and all who knew him.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, August 31, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. at the Friendly Chapel Church, 116 South Pine Street, North Little Rock, Arkansas 72114.

Alex Dewey Hayes, Jr.

Posted in Obituaries on August 25th, 2019 by admin

Alex Dewey Hayes, Jr. 62, of McRae, Arkansas formerly of Topeka, Kansas passed away on Monday, August 19, 2019. A private memorial service was held Saturday, August 24, 2019. He was born in San Angelo, Texas on October 16, 1956. He was an Army Veteran. He enjoyed going to the gym, listening to old country music, mainly Hank Williams, spending time with friends, and he was a Confederate rebel at heart.

Alex was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Hayes and his father, A.D. Hayes, Sr. and two step mothers, Veda Hayes and Sarah Hayes and his brother, Danny Hayes.

Survivors include his brother, Billy Hayes of Topeka, Kansas; sister, Debra Coyle of Albany, Georgia; nephew, Shelton Petty III (MaLynn) of Leesburg, Georgia; niece, Maeghan Coyle of Panama City, Florida; two great-nieces and a special friend, Stacy Kelly. Honorary children are Jeremy Carpenter, Mehgan Zeferjohn and Lenzy Duncan;

Honorary grandchildren, April Carpenter, Lydia Zeferjohn, Deymein Duncan and Espen Duncan.

Ruth Floyd Kee

Posted in Obituaries on August 23rd, 2019 by admin

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Ruth Floyd Kee, 94, went to be with the Lord on August 23, 2019. She died peacefully surrounded by her family at her home. She was loved by everyone that knew her. She always greeted everyone with a smile and her sweet personality. She was a homemaker for most of her life, but she was proud of the fact that she was one of the Rosie Riveters during WWII at the Stuttgart Air Base.

Ruth was born in Hazen, Arkansas on March 7, 1925 to Festus and Iva Jenkins Floyd. She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Harvey; her son, Larry Kee; son-in-law, Ken Mills and grandson Terry Kee; siblings, Morris Floyd, Mildred Cox, Thelma Saul, Jeffie Zarlingo, and JD Floyd.

Ruth is survived by three sons, Charles (Joyce) Kee, Loy (Debbie) Kee, Stevie (Barbara) Kee, and two daughters, Shirley Mills and Becky (Tony) Sayger and a daughter-in-law, Edith Kee all of Hazen and one aunt, Evelyn Jacobs of Little Rock; 17 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great grandchildren. She also had three special caregivers, Laveria Jackson, Justina Thomas, and Brenda Jones.

Visitation will be Saturday, August 24, 2019 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M., Sunday, August 25, 2019 at the Center Point Missionary Baptist Church in Hazen. Officiating will be Bro. Billy Booth, Bro Christian VanHouten, and Bro. Shane Weems. Burial will be in the Center Point Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Chuck Kee, Loy Kee, Jr., Stevie Kee II, James Kee, Andrew Sayger, and Brett Noah. Honorary pallbearers will be all her grandchildren.

Ronald J. Bednar, Sr.

Posted in Obituaries on August 14th, 2019 by admin

On Tuesday, August 13, 2019, Ronald J. Bednar, Sr., of Des Arc, passed away at the age of 66. He was born on January 31, 1953 in Stuttgart, Arkansas. Ronny was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph R. and Weecona Bednar of Slovak. He is survived by his two children, Ronald “Joey” Bendar, Jr. (Lauren McCary) of Carlisle, and Amanda Sims of Lonoke; His brother, Tim and Rayanne Bednar of Slovak and his niece, Rachel Chambers of Bryant. He was a proud Papaw to Blake Sims, Eli and Josie Bednar and Chad and Kaden McCary. He was a graduate of Hazen High School, and a member of ATO Fraternity at ASU in Jonesboro. Ronny was a former farmer who transitioned to selling John Deere equipment all over the prairie for Norman Implement of Des Arc. In 2011, he began working at Prairie County Farm Bureau, and was named “Rookie of the Year” for the state of Arkansas in 2012. He remained at Farm Bureau until his passing.

Ronny enjoyed deer and duck hunting, fishing, and spending time at the lake. He had a hidden talent for woodworking and enjoyed many hours in his shop. One of his many specialties was cooking a huge meal. He loved making a pot of gumbo or Ribs and BBQ for his “Ring of Fire” meetings. He would always throw in a homemade dessert, like banana pudding or his famous Italian Cream Cake. He never missed anything for his grandkids. He wanted to be a part of every game, band concert, or award ceremony. His kids and grandkids meant the world to him and he wasn’t afraid to show it.

Visitation will be held Friday, August 16, 2019 at St. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church in Slovak from 5:30 to 7:00 P.M. with Rosary at 7:00. Funeral Services will be 10:00 A.M., Saturday, August 17, 2019 at St. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church in Slovak. Burial will be in the St. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Cemetery.

Margaret Ellan Gates

Posted in Obituaries on August 9th, 2019 by admin

Margaret Ellan Gates, 95 of Eureka, Missouri, died August 7, 2019 at St. Andrew’s at Francis Place Nursing Home in Eureka, Missouri. She is survived by her sons, Robert Gates and his wife, Candon of Wildwood, Missouri; Sam Gates of Front Royal, Virginia; two grandchildren, Christopher Gates and his wife Jamie from Bristow, Virginia and Kevin Gates and his wife, Jessica of Florida; three great-grandchildren, Faith, Samuel, and Porter Gates of Bristow, Virginia. Margaret was preceded in death by her husband, Chester Lee Gates from Hazen; her son, Thomas Franklin Gates; her parents, Homer and Glenn Ford; brother, Joe Ford; sister, Carolyn Parkerson, and twin sister, Mary Pate. A graveside service will be held 2:00 P.M., Saturday, August 10, 2019 at the Center Point Cemetery in Hazen.