Teresa JoAnn Wilkins

Posted in Obituaries on May 17th, 2021 by admin

Teresa JoAnn Wilkins, 69 of Hot Springs, formerly of Hazen, passed away on Mary 12, 2021. She was born on December 8, 1951 in Hazen, Arkansas. JoAnn is survived by her husband, Mike Wilkins of 20 years; her daughter, Jill Holmes; her granddaughter, Haley Holmes; her sister, Jackie (Darrell) Whaley; her niece, Victoria (Ashley) Loudermilk; her aunts, Bobby Petty and Ruby Petrus and her uncles, Kenneth VanHouten, and Buster (Shirley) VanHouten. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charlotte VanHouten Ivy and Benny McClure, and her sister, Vickie Hutchcraft.

A memorial service will be held at Westbrook Funeral Home Chapel in Hazen at 10:00 a.m., on Friday, May 21, 2021.

Mary Dean Skarda

Posted in Obituaries on May 17th, 2021 by admin

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Mary Dean Skarda, 94, of Hazen entered the gates of Heaven on Saturday, May 15, 2021. She was born in the Center Point Community (Prairie County) on September 21, 1926 to the late James and Myrtle (Ewing) Sanders. A graduate of DeValls Bluff schools, she married the late George F. Skarda where they built their life in Hazen and raised their family. She was actively engaged through the years in various church, community and school organizations. With her husband by her side, she later opened Cottage Fabrics and Gifts which she spent many years enjoying. Mama Dean, as everyone called her, loved life and lived life to the fullest. Strong in her Christian faith, she cherished her family and friends and as many would agree, she never met a stranger. She could “strike up” a conversation with someone she had never met and by the end of the conversation she had gained a new friend.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her infant daughter, Jeanie Louise; her husband, George of 64 years; her sisters, Zura Loudermilk, Annie Youngman, Dorothy DeVorak, Mildred McMullen and brother, Bud Sanders. Those left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Janis Skarda Toll (Tom); son, Frank Skarda (Martha); grandchildren, Angela Toll, George Toll (Tabatha), Ashley Carpenter (Eugene), Liz Clark (Kit); great-grandchildren, Blayne Toll, Jesse and Chrystal Carpenter and Jacob Clark and sister-in-laws, Pat Sanders and Joy Skarda; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Wednesday, May 19, 2021, at Hazen First Baptist Church from 1:00-2:00 with services immediately following at 2:00. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hazen First Baptist Church, the Czech National Cemetery, or a memorial of your choice. The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the entire staff at Chambers Nursing Home for all the love and attention they gave to our mother during her stay as they called her “The Queen of Hazen.”

Jimmy Dale Guenther, Sr.

Posted in Obituaries on May 10th, 2021 by admin

Jimmy Dale Guenther, Sr. went to be with the Lord on May 9, 2021.  He was born on April 13, 1935 to David and Lillian Guenther about 30 yards from where he lived most of his life.  He was life time farmer.  Jim liked to hunt and fish, but he loved spending time with his family the most.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Betty Robbins Guenther; his siblings, Joseph (Shorty) Guenther, Donald Guenther, Wayne Guenther, Virginia Faye Todd, and a great-grandson, Bryce Griffin.  He is survived by three sisters, Marie (Reedy) Burnett, Alice Snyder, Betty Ann (John) Cruthis, and one brother,

Charles Lynn Guenther; four children, Janet (Keith) King, Jimbo (Carolyn) Guenther, Ricky Guenther, and Scott (Lisa) Guenther; nine grandchildren, Stephen (Lynn) Roberts, Cindy (Ivan) Rodriguez, Kirk (Lauren) King, Dillion (Brittany) Castleberry, Dustin (Kaitlyn) Castleberry, Amie Griffin, Alan Guenther, Hannah Guenther, Allison (Jacob) Guenther; 18 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren; 23 nieces and nephews, and many great-great nieces and nephews (whom he loved and cared about), and a host of special friends and neighbors who will miss him.

He was baptized at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Tollville.

The visitation will be Friday, May 14, 2021 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M..  The funeral service will be 10:00 A.M., Saturday, May 15, 2021 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Tollville with interment in the Hazen Cemetery.  Pallbearers will be Mason Sickel, Andrew Sickel, Andy Lisko, Kirk King, Stephen King, and Ivan Rodriguez.  Honorary pallbearers will be Lynn Sickel, Alan Sickel, John Cruthis, Leslie Gaddy, Robert Pyton, Todd Guenther, and Timmy Guenther.

Rickey Edward Johnson

Posted in Obituaries on April 29th, 2021 by admin

Rickey Edward Johnson, age 69, passed away on April 29, 2021 in his home 
town of Hazen. He was born in Nettleton, AR on February 19, 1952 to the late Richard and Nellie Pauline Johnson.

He attended Nettleton High School and worked for Frito-Lay, in which he retired after 28 years. He enjoyed his grandchildren, the Razorbacks, and spending time at the beach. Rick was a former member and President of the
Hazen school board and volunteered as a coach for multiple sports in the community.

Rick was preceded in death by his parents, siblings; Kenneth Johnson, Wilford Johnson, Charles Johnson, and Sue Black, and an infant daughter Brandy Johnson.

Rick is survived by his wife of 32 years, Trudy Johnson; three daughters, Kimberly Huppert and husband, Jason, Kim Glaze and husband, Brian, and Karmen Lawson and husband, Mitchell; five grandchildren, Kristopher Huppert, Brandy Huppert, Addison Glaze, Beckett Lawson, and Henry Lawson; two great grandchildren, Zayne Huppert and Karissa Huppert; and siblings, Jean Irving, LaCreatia Hall, Paul Johnson, and Betty Carter. Rick also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, friends, and his beloved dog Penny.

Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at the First United Methodist Church in Hazen with visitation at 10:00 A.M. prior to the service.

Interment of ashes will be at the Hazen Cemetery.

Michael Scroggins

Posted in Obituaries on April 28th, 2021 by admin

Michael Scroggins, 43, of De Valls Bluff passed away Sunday, April 25, 2021 at his home.  He was born September 1, 1977 to Billy and the late Debra Scroggins.  Michael lived in Prairie County a majority of his life.

Michael loved his family and spending time with them.  He enjoyed being outdoors, operating heavy equipment, listening to music, and working on his beloved raggedy truck.  He had a infectious laughter and smile that will be remembered as well as missed.

Michael was preceded in death by his mother, Debra; his sister, Angel, and his grandfather, John Holyfield, Sr.  He is survived by his wife, Stacey; his father, Billy; his sister, Jennifer Berry; his children, Jacob, Gracen, and Kameryn Scroggins; grandmother, Marha Holyfied; a uncle, John Holyfield, Jr. (Stephanie); a devoted dog, Bear, and a host of extended family and friends.

Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M., Friday, April 30, 2021 at the pavilion in the Center Point Cemetery.  There will be a visitation from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M., Wednesday, April 28 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen.

Charles Richard “Rick” Zimmerman

Posted in Obituaries on April 23rd, 2021 by admin

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Charles Richard “Rick” Zimmerman, age 65, of Carlisle, entered the heavenly gates on April 21, 2021. He was born on July 19, 1955, to Margaret Zimmerman-Bethel and the late Charles Richard Zimmerman.

He graduated from Manzano High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and from the University of Arkansas with a B.S. in Business Administration. Rick retired as the IT Manager for Lennox Industries in Stuttgart. He was a natural craftsman who could create anything with his hands. He enjoyed duck hunting, the Razorbacks, his five granddaughters and spending his mornings on his tractor at the farm. Every afternoon was reserved for golf. His time spent with his buddies was a true joy. This message came from a friend, “They don’t make them like this guy anymore. He was the nicest, most appreciative, and complimentary guy you would ever meet. He always had your back whether he was on your team or not. His “high-fives” may have actually hurt at times but what I wouldn’t give to have one more. I’m going to miss you buddy.”

Rick was preceded in death by his father Richard Zimmerman, and son Chad Zimmerman.

Rick is survived by his wife, Jo Zimmerman; one son, Brock Zimmerman and wife, Jen; one step-daughter, Melissa Moody and husband, William; one step-son, Nathan Campbell and wife, Priscilla; his mother and stepfather, Margaret and John Bethell; five granddaughters, Madison Moody, JoAnna Moody, Gracie Campbell, Hadley Campbell, and Allie Zimmerman; his brother Phil Zimmerman and wife, Tina; his nephew, Dylan Zimmerman and wife, Emily; his niece, Hannah Zimmerman; his aunt and uncle, Phyllis Hooten and her husband, Bill; his cousin Kay Ostrem and husband, Dan; his brother-in-law, Eddie Raper and wife, Sandy and his in-laws, Arlene and James Burks.

The family will be eternally grateful to the doctors, nurses, and staff at Springhill Baptist Hospital for their excellent care and compassion during his long battle with Covid. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Carlisle.

Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M., Sunday, April 25, 2021 at the First United Methodist Church in Carlisle with visitation from 1:00 to 2:00 prior to the service.

Interment will be in the Carlisle Cemetery.

Billy C. Bartley

Posted in Obituaries on April 21st, 2021 by admin

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Billy C. Bartley, 81, of Hazen, died suddenly on April 20, 2021. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers; three sisters, and a loving wife of 56 years, Lorene.

Survivors include daughters, Freda (Jeff) Isbell and Brenda (David) Hoover all of Hazen; grandchildren, Brandy (Clay) Snider of Cooter, Missouri, Ashton (Nicholas) Gray of Roe, Arkansas, Cole (Mikah) Isbell of Hazen, Jason (Karen) Hoover of Clarksville, Todd (Brandy) Hoover of Maumelle; great-grandchildren, Cameron and Emma Snider of Cooter, Missouri, Isabelle and Calle Gray of Roe, Khloe Isbell of Hazen, Kiersten, Dawson and Haley of Maumelle, Morgan of Daluth, Minnesota, Patrick, Angela, Christian, Zach and Vinnie of Maumelle, and Alfie and Maxx of Toledo, Ohio; three sisters, Joann, Gaye, and Ivy, one brother, Fred and a host of family and friends.

Bill enjoyed a life of mechanics, fishing, outdoors, and bluegrass music. He could fix anything including a “dead goldfish”. He will always be remembered as “Paw” and cherished by all of his family.

In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hazen Cemetery or Calvary Baptist Church.

Funeral service will be 2:00 P.M., Thursday, April 22, 2021 at Calvary Baptist Church in Hazen. Visitation will be from 1:00 to 2:00 prior to the service.

Interment will be in the Hazen Cemetery.

Syble Evelyn Bates

Posted in Obituaries on March 27th, 2021 by admin

Syble Evelyn Bates, 92, of Hazen, went to her heavenly home on March 26, 2021.  Syble was a substitu
te teacher for the Hazen School District for 15 years and a member of the Hazen First Baptist Church since 1955.  She taught Sunday School for 35 years, a member of the WMU for 63 years, serving as president for about 35 years, she directed adult and children Christmas programs and was the leader for the Senior Adults.  Syble was also a member of the Red Hats and enjoyed going on bus trips with her friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Clem and Winnie Moore; her husband, John; sisters, Eloise Brockin, Mildred Osborne, Freda Warnock, Bonnie Gibson, and her brother, Omas (Dick) Moore.

Syble is survived by her son, John Bates; daughter, Judy Warren and husband, John; granddaughters, Abby Brown and Katy Saul; grandsons, John H. Bates III, and Morgan Bates; great-grandchildren, Konner and Kolton Brown, Ryder VanHouten, Jay Lynn and Haven Bates, and Zaden Bates and many wonderful nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M., Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at the Hazen First Baptist Church.  Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Tuesday, March 30 at Westbrook Funeral Home and the family asks that everyone please follow Covid regulations.  Burial will be in the Shady Grove Cemetery in Clarendon.

The family requests memorials to the Hazen First Baptist Church.

Dustin Mitchell Prince

Posted in Obituaries on March 17th, 2021 by admin
On March 13th, Dustin Mitchell Prince, of DeValls Bluff, Arkansas and Mobile, Alabama passed away and went to be with his Lord and Savior. Dustin was born on November 23rd, 1995, in Pine Bluff, Arkansas . He graduated from White Hall High School. He was a welder and electrician for the major portion of his young adult life.  He will be remembered for his contagious joyful spirit and his warm and charming smile.

Dustin is survived by his immediate family Lacci Ashcraft-Prince, two children Macci and Jackson Prince of Pine Bluff, his father Justin Mitchell Prince of White Hall Arkansas, his mother Carie Prince King and Step-father Jered King of Mobile, Alabama, his brother Austin Prince, two sisters Claire King and Atleigh Prince, paternal grandparents Robert and Jeanette English of DeValls Bluff , maternal grandmother Katie Woolridge. Aunts Uncles Russell Gay(Angelia) of League City Texas, Alexandria Prince and Ruby Gay of DeValls Bluff, Zachary English (Laura) of Dermontt and Mike Prince (Dana) of Biscoe. Cousins Johnathan Johnson of Garden Grove, California, Lynn Mills of Biscoe, Troy Chapman of White Hall, Trevor Kelly of Woodlawn, Gabriel Mayo of Hazen, Michaela and Hannah Gay of League City, Texas and Sterling Michelle Prince of Biscoe.

Dustin’s life will be celebrated by numerous family members and friends, whose lives were touched by knowing him. The viewing will be Friday March 19th at Calvary Baptist Church Hazen Arkansas from 5 pm to 7 pm. The funeral will be at 2 pm on Saturday at Calvary Baptist with graveside memorial service following at the Biscoe Cemetery.  Flowers can be sent to Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen Arkansas.

Johnny Dwayne Tipton

Posted in Obituaries on March 14th, 2021 by admin

Johnny “Dollar” Dwayne Tipton, 55 of Hazen went to be with the Lord Saturday, March 13, 2021 after a lengthy battle with complications of COVID -19.

Johnny was born on November 11, 1965 in Stuttgart to J.B. Tipton and Tessie Arcola King Tipton.  He was a 1984 Stuttgart High School graduate and earned an Associates Degree from Phillips County Community College.  Throughout his career, he worked at Napa, Riceland Foods, Odom’s TN. Pride, Schwan’s, Boar’s Head, and Producer’s Rice Mill as a Safety Director, where he made countless friends.  Throughout his life he was a volunteer fire fighter, a member of the Hazen School Board, and a member of Immanuel Baptist Church in Carlisle.

Johnny loved and excelled at baseball growing up, which carried over to him being an avid Razorback fan.  He was an outdoorsman, making special memories with friends and family hunting ducks, deer, and fishing.  Camping was another way he made special moments with family and friends, willing to cook out for the group.  He loved his special pets and let them boss him around.  It was his nature to make others around him feel good.  His smile could light up a room and he never met a stranger.  He loved to share his love of Christ with hopes that all would come to know Him as their Savior.

Johnny was preceded in death by his parents.  Survivors are his wife of 29 years, Karen Coyle Tipton; his daughters, Meagan Tuggle (Bubba), Maleah Haralson (Ricky) of Romance and Sarah Tipton (Cody Smith) of Hazen; his siblings, Brenda Persons (Donald) of Pine Bluff, James “Jug” Tipton (Corman) of De valls Bluff, and Marty Tucek (Robert) of Stuttgart; grandchildren, Easton Tuggle, Avery Haralson, and Ally Haralson; his father-in-law, Lamar Coyle, and a host of nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 1:30 to 2:00 P.M., Monday, March 15, 2021 at the Oakland Cemetery Pavilion in De Valls Bluff with funeral services at 2:00 P.M.

The family requests that everyone please wear a mask and abide by Covid guidelines.