Gary Sharp Gammill

Posted in Obituaries on November 11th, 2017 by admin


​On November 11, 2017, Gary Sharp Gammill went ro his eternal home to be with our Lord.  He was born on September 19, 1949, in Pine Bluff, Arkansas to Juanita Sharp and Cecil A. Gammill.  At a young age, his family moved to Hazen, Arkansas where he attended school and graduated from Hazen High School.  He attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and graduated with a BSBA degree in accounting in 1971.  He sat for the Certified Public Accounting exam the second semester of his senior year in college and passed all four parts of the exam the first time he took it.  After working for other accounting firms throughout the beginning of his career, he eventually opened his own firm in Hazen, Gary S. Gammill, C.P.A.

He was a member of the Hazen First United Methodist Church where he served on the Board of Trustees, the Finance Committee, and the Pastor-Parish Committee.

He was also a member of the Hazen Chamber of Commerce, elected Business of the Year, and he was elected to the school board for Hazen High School where he served 11 years as the Treasurer and then as the President.

In 1970, he married Durinda Gordon of Helena, and they were married for 45 years. He leaves behind his two daughters, Lee McAhren (Camron) of Springdale and Helen Shirron (Stephen) of Sheridan.  He is also survived by three grandchildren, Garrett Pieroni, Madison Shirron and Regan Shirron; his brother, Randy Gammill (Margaret), and his sister, Cecily Norman (James).

Visitation will be from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M., Sunday, November 12, 2017 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen.  Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M., Monday, November 13, 2017 at the First United Methodist Church in Hazen with burial in the Hazen Cemetery immediately following the service.

Because of his love for German Shepherds, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Arkansas German Shepherd Rescue at http://germanshepherd.rescueme.org/Arkansas  or to That Church in Sherwood, 901 Kiehl Ave., Sherwood, Ar. 72120 where he faithfully attended church the last few years of his life.  

Julie Lanelle Bennett

Posted in Obituaries on November 11th, 2017 by admin

Julie Lanelle Bennett, age 70, died October 29, 2017.  A native of CarlisleArkansas and longtime New Orleans resident, Ms. Bennett was a retired social worker.  Preceded in death by her parents, D.K. and Lorene Bennett and brother Kenneth.  Survived by her nephews Gary Bennett (Tern) of Little Rock and Mark Bennett (Kathy) of Cabot, Arkansas. A visitation will be held Tuesday, November 14, 2017 from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen.  Funeral services will be held at a later date in CarlisleArkansas.  Condolences may be left at www.schoenfh.com.  Arrangements by Jacob Schoen & Son Funeral Home.

Lawanda “Ruth” Hudgens

Posted in Obituaries on November 3rd, 2017 by admin

Lawanda “Ruth” Hudgens of Des Arc passed away peacefully from natural causes at the age of 82 on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 in the home of her granddaughter, Autumn Ridge, surrounded by her loving family.  She was born in Des Arc, Arkansas on March 5, 1935 to Nellie Francis Smith Rogers and John Fred Rogers.  She was a devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend who is survived by her two daughters, Vicky and Debbie Hudgens, 5 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, two sisters, Annette Knowles and Betty Thurmond, and two brothers, Freddie and Donnie Rogers.  She will be joining her mother, Nellie and father, Fred Rogers in heaven, as well as her 3 sisters, Joe Harvey Rogers, Mary Sue Holt, and Anita Rogers and her two brothers, Darel Rodgers and Rodger Dale Rodgers.  Ruth was a woman of God and was very passionate about spreading the word of Jesus Christ the Lord, her savior.  She truly loved the Lord with all her heart.  She was the sweetest woman you could have ever possibly known.  She was always ready to serve others never asking for anything in return.  She will truly be missed and will forever and always be within our hearts.

Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M., Saturday, November 4, 2017 at the Westbrook Funeral Home Chapel inHazenArkansas.  Visitation will be from 1:00 to 2:00 prior to the service.  Burial will be in the Hazen Cemetery.

​Betty Baser

Posted in Obituaries on October 25th, 2017 by admin

Betty Baser, 87 of Mountain Home, passed away Tuesday, October 24, 2017. She was born November 20, 1929 in Ulm, Arkansas.  She is survived by four children, Robert (Mary) Baser of Norfork, Arkansas, Jerry (Fay) Baser of Stuttgart, Ricky Baser and Linda House both of Mt. Home; eight grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Baser; her parents, Ralph Robert Shumard and Virginia Ethel Evans Shumard; two brothers, Leonard L. Shumard and Lloyd Shumard and one sister, Marie Shumard.

Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M.,  Friday, October 27, at the Westbrook Funeral Home Chapel in Hazen.  Visitation will be from 10:00 to 11:00 A.M., prior to the service.  Burial will be in the Lone Tree Cemetery in Stuttgart.

​Walsie Marie Jennings

Posted in Obituaries on October 16th, 2017 by admin


Walsie Marie Jennings, 94, of Carlisle, went to be with her Lord on October 15, 2017.  Walsie was a minister’s wife and the oldest of nine siblings.  She was preceded in death by her husband, William Kenneth Jennings in 2010; her parents, Grace and Edison Moore; sisters, Colleen Moore Burnett, Lucille Moore, Lorettta Moore Seymore, and Marilyn Tefteller and one brother Wilbur Moore.  She is survived by her only child, Sherry Jennings Johnson and her only granddaughter, Lauren Elisabeth Johnson; brother, Eddie Moore and sisters, Charlene and Peggy, and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Tuesday, October 17, 2017 from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. at the Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen.  Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M., Wednesday at Westbrook Funeral Home Chapel in Hazen.  Burial will be private at the Old Carlisle Cemetery.

​Thomas Clifford (T.C.) White, Jr.

Posted in Obituaries on October 11th, 2017 by admin

Thomas Clifford (T.C.) White, Jr., of Carlisle, passed away October 10, 2017.  He was born February 24, 1927 to Thomas Clifford and Iva Honeycutt White of Clarendon.  He met the love of his life, Joyce, on a blind date.  They were married in 1952 and had 64 wonderful years together.  A beautiful daughter, Renee Clay (Donald) and grandson, John, who along with Joyce survive him.  John is such a joy and visits often from Fayetteville.

T.C. was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Mary Ellen Norman; a brother, James Earl White and a nephew, Johnny Norman.  He is also survived by Virginia White, Bennie Norman, and many nephews and nieces.

T.C. was a loving husband, father, and grandfather.  He was so supportive of daughter, Renee, attending all her athletic and school and church functions.  T.C. was retired from Riviana and the Lonoke County Court System and the Little Rock Port Authority.  T.C. was a member of the Carlisle First United Methodist Church; a member of Carlisle Masonic Lodge #587 and a past member of the Carlisle Fire Department and the Carlisle Lions Club.

Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M., Friday, October 13, 2017 at the First United Methodist Church in Carlisle.  Visitation will be from 9:00 to 10:00 A.M., prior to the service.  Interment will be in Sylvania Cemetery.  Arrangements are by Westbrook Funeral Home of Hazen.

Inez Faye Taylor

Posted in Obituaries on October 9th, 2017 by admin

Inez Faye Taylor, 77, of De Valls Bluff, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 5:30 A.M. in Chambers Nursing Home where she resided the last three years.

Inez was born November 5, 1939 to Andy and Irene Hill  in St. Charles, Arkansas.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Butch Hill; her mother and step-dad, Irene and Calvin Fraize; her daughter, Melinda Jo Taylor, and her in-laws, Goldie and Charles Faupel.

She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Richard Taylor and her son, Dean Taylor both of De Valls Bluff; her grandson, Sawyer Taylor of Jonesboro; one brother, John Fraize of Hot Springs, Arkansas; three sisters, Barbara Prine and Jerri Lea Kee both of Hazen and Sue Tschoepe of Conroe, Texas and one daughter, Rita Faye Misenheimer of Gulf Breeze, Florida and a host of nieces and nephews and dear family friends and church family.

Visitation will be from 6:30 to 8:30 Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at Westbrook Funeral Home and funeral services will be 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at the First Baptist Church in Hazen.

Burial will be in the Oakland Cemetery in De Valls Bluff.  The family requests memorials be made to the First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 489, Hazen, Ar. 72064.

Rex Edwin Synco

Posted in Obituaries on October 3rd, 2017 by admin

Rex Edwin Synco joined the angels on October 2, 2017 at the age of 81 years.  Rex was born March 3, 1936 to Henry “Booker” and Ellen (Askew) Synco in Humphrey, Arkansas, the 5th child of 8 children.

Always a country boy at heart, Rex enjoyed his early years on the family farm on Goldman-Sunshine Road, playing with his siblings and cousins.  As boys go, Rex and his playmates were usually up to mischief, many times the ending was not always good.  But they enjoyed their companionship, excursions, and the stories they later told their children and grandchildren.

Besides helping on their farm, Rex and several brothers would also help their neighbors when they had the time.  He had many fond memories of working on the Adolph Reinschler Farm.

A Saturday trip to town and a stop in Buerkle Drug Store is where he met the love of his life, Carolyn Sue Becker.  She served him a soda and it was “love at first sight”.  They dated for a few years and married May 27, 1957, three days after Carolyn graduated from Stuttgart High School.

During the first year of marriage, they lived in a tiny home on the farm where Rex continued to help out.  On March 14, 1958, they welcomed their only child, a daughter, Terri Lea.  When Terri was almost a year old, they moved to town, the corner of 10th and Park Avenue, where they still live today.

After their move, Rex began work for his father-in-law in the family business- Becker’s Petroleum.  And in 1962 Rex became a service station attendant at Finch’s Esso (later Exxon) on the corner of 6th and Main.  It was there that he discovered his love of motors and mechanics.  In 1976, he and Carolyn began their own business, Rex Synco Auto and Lawn Mower Repair, and worked side by side together for 28 years.  They retired in 2001 when his health began to fail.  Both were not ones to sit idly by – they mowed yards, worked as janitors for several businesses, and in the last few years have been managers of Berg Mini-Storage and Ice House.

Rex had a deep appreciation and love for many things – himself, his God, and his family.  He also developed a love for country music (Eddy Arnold was his all-time favorite singer), for getting his hands dirty (to fix a motor or grow flowers), and collecting Electroux vacuum cleaners.  Rex never met a stranger and would talk to anyone he met.  His big smile and easy going manner will be greatly missed.

Preceding him in death are his parents; two brothers, Ray and Roy Synco, and three sisters, Geneva Weatherly, Lois Hoffman, and Margaret Synco.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Carolyn Becker Synco, his daughter, Terri Lea Maier; 4 grandchildren, Jason Maier (Allison York, Sherwood), Jared Maier, Jordan  (Ashley) Maier of Stuttgart, and Jessica (Justin) Reidhar of DeWitt; 6 great-grandchildren, Corbin, Jayda, and Mia Joy Maier, Kenzie and Keylee Reidhar, and Hunter Endres; a brother, Richard “Buck” Synco, and a sister, Francis Weischmann, and many nieces and nephews.  He was also proud of his “honorary” great- grandchildren, McKenzie and Maddox Moorehead, and Chynne Camp, who enjoyed eating catfish and sharing stories.

Graveside services will be 11:00 A.M., Thursday, October 5, 2017 at the Lone Tree Cemetery in Stuttgart. Visitation with family will be from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Wednesday, October 4 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen.  The family will gather at 907 South Leslie, Stuttgart.

Memorials may be made to the Emanuel Lutheran Church, 209 South Grand Avenue, Stuttgart, AR 72160.

Marilyn Lou Tefteller

Posted in Obituaries on October 1st, 2017 by admin

Marilyn Lou Tefteller, 72, of Carlisle passed away September 30, 2017.  Marilyn retired from working for the city of Carlisle after 14 years.  She was a wonderful mother and grandmother and never missed one of her grandchildren’s games.  She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Larry Tefteller; one son, Keith Tefteller of Carlisle; one daughter, Lisa VanHouten of Carlisle; three grandchildren, Ryan Simmons, Peyton VanHouten and Zac VanHouten; one brother, Eddie Moore; three sisters, Walsie Jennings, Charlene Highfill, and Peggy Lucas (Luke); a very special niece, Becky Majors (Jon) and a host of nieces and nephews.

Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents, Edison and Grace Moore; one brother, Wilbuen Moore, and three sisters, Loretta Seymore, Colleen Burnett, and Lucille Moore.

Visitation for Marilyn will be 10:00 A.M.,  Tuesday, October 3, 2017  followed by her service at 11:00 A.M., in the Westbrook Funeral Home Chapel in Hazen.

The family requests memorials be made to the Carlisle Athletic Association, East 5th StreetCarlisle,Arkansas 72024.

​Billy Pat Hogan

Posted in Obituaries on September 28th, 2017 by admin

​Billy Pat Hogan of Hazen was born September 6, 1935 and died Wednesday, September 28, 2017 surrounded by his family.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward Leroy Hogan and Zelma Hendrix Hogan; wife, Betty Janelle (Box) Hogan; son, Dwayne Hogan; son-in-law, Teddy Gene Snider; brothers, J.E. Hogan (Freida), Harry Hogan, Cledis Hogan (Pat), Richard Hogan (Janis), and Howard Hogan; sisters, Ruby Perkins (Fred), and Juanita VanHouten (Skinny).  He is survived by his daughter, Linda Snider of Hazen; grandsons, Clay Snider (Brandy) of Cooter, Missouri, Cody Snider (Sarah) of Hazen, and Coy Snider (Faith) of Hazen; five great-grandchildren, Cameron Snider, Emma Grace Snider, Maverik Snider, Luke Snider, and Scarlett Rose Snider; two sisters, Christine Ingle (Clifford) of Jacksonville and Violet Grandfield of Rancho Cordova, California.
Bill was of the Baptist faith.

Visitation for Bill will be from 9:00 to 10:00 A.M., Friday, September 29, at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen.  Graveside services will be 11:00 A.M. at Center Point Cemetery.

The family requests memorials be made to the Center Point Cemetery.