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.

George Wesley Gentry

Posted in Obituaries on January 14th, 2018 by admin

George Wesley Gentry,  74 born July 15, 1941 in Lonoke , Arkansas to Mitchell and Evelyn Gentry. He passed away January 13, 2018.  He was a construction worker, loved to fish and had a lot of fun rescuing cats.  He is survived by his wife, Thrisa; two daughters, Sherri Rollins (Richard) of Carlisle and Sonya Petrus (Jarrod) of Hazen; one son, Joey Grantham of Hattisburg, Mississippi, one step-daughter, Sheri Adams of Jacksonville; Granddaughters, Shaina Swindle of Fort Worth, Texas, Rachael Theidig of Austin, Texas, Amber Pool and Haley Dewitt both of Lonoke ; one grandson, Damon Holmes of Ward; four great-grandchildren; three brothers, Jerome, Ronnie, and Randy Gentry and sisters, Bonnie Gentry and Sharon Rainwater.  George  was preceded in death by a sister, Linda Browning.

Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M., Wednesday January 17, at Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church in De Valls Bluff.  Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Tuesday at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen.  Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery at DeValls Bluff.  Arrangements by Westbrook Funeral Home of Hazen.

​Drake William Jones

Posted in Obituaries on January 8th, 2018 by admin

Drake William Jones, age 17, of Hazen, Arkansas, was called home on Saturday, January 6, 2018.  Drake was a member of the New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church.  Drake had accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.

Drake was a Junior at Hazen High School.  He was an honor student who participated in football, baseball, track, quiz bowl, art club, FBLA and many more.

He was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish.  He just loved being outdoors in general and he loved his animals.

Drake never met a stranger.  He had the most infectious smile and laugh and the most beautiful eyes.  He could light up a room.  Drake was always so conscientious and considerate of others.  He was always curious and inquisitive.  He had so much enthusiasm and strived for perfection in everything he did.  He was full of life and he lived his life to the fullest.  He was our little buddy and we were his biggest fans.

Drake was preceded in death by his great grandparents, William “Bill” Whitley, Joe and Natha Lee Morrison, and Elsie Marie Garner.  He leaves behind his parents, Jason and Cindy Jones; his grandparents, Stan and Sharon Jones and Lynn and Martha Fagan; his great grandmother, Maxine Whitley; his aunt, Jennifer Jones; uncle, Bradley Fagan and a host of great aunts, uncles, cousins, classmates and friends.

John 3: 16”- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Drake loved the Lord, his family and friends and wasn’t afraid to show it.  Please join us as we celebrate Drakes life.  Visitation will be held at the Hazen High School Gymnasium on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. Funeral services will be held at Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Hazen on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. Burial will follow at Center Point Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the “Catch A Dream. Org.

​Elliott “Bill” Orman Arnold

Posted in Obituaries on January 3rd, 2018 by admin


Elliott “Bill” Orman Arnold of De Valls Bluff, Arkansas went to be with the Lord, December 28, 2017, while walking on the De Valls Bluff Rail Trail that he helped to establish.  He was born in Oregon City, Oregon, September 19, 1939.  He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Sharon Lee (Owens) Arnold.

Bill never met a stranger.  His life’s calling was helping people.  Having inspired thousands of youth in Arkansas, Coach Arnold was a positive influence throughout the area.  He molded his students and players into leaders with strong courage and character.  Bill encouraged all to become their very best and not let challenges overcome their hopes and dreams.

Bill was a teacher and counselor for over 40 years in De Valls Bluff (since 1976).  Marianna, Tallulah, Louisiana, Aurora, Illinois, Carlin, Nevada and Bly, Oregon.  Bill was a long-time member of the First Baptist Church in De Valls Bluff.  He is the namesake and recipient of the Bill Arnold Hall of Fame Award from Allen Childress.

Bill grew up in Portland, Oregon.  Playing baseball and basketball, he spent a lot of time at Wallace Park and was in and out of several foster homes.

While stationed at Marine Corps Base Kaneohe, Hawaii, he met Pastor Ernest Mosley who changed the course of his life by leading Bill to the Lord and told him about Ouachita Baptist University and Coach Bill Vining.  Bill arrived in Arkadelphia on the Rock Island train with two military duffel bags and a G.I. bill.  He was a walk-on basketball player, known for his “hook shot”.  He met the love of his life, Sharon, on a blind date at  the university cafeteria.  He obtained a Bachelor of Science in History from OBU in 1967.

Bill coached Buddy league and Little League Baseball, PeeWee Football, AAU Basketball and high school football at Tallulah.  He was under the tutelage of legendary Illinois High School, Coach Ernie Kivisto, who won more than a 1,000 basketball games.  He was also a speaker and coach at the “We Believe!” Basketball and Life Skills Camp.

Bill served as a medic in the U.S. Navy (attached to the Marine Corps) and Army National Guard.  His overseas duty was on the U.S.S. Orleck Destroyer during the Vietnam War era.

Never slowing down, Bill obtained a Masters of Educational Counseling at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2003.

Bill served with many organizations: De Valls Bluff City Council, Commander of Lumpkin Hill AmericanLegion Post, President of De Valls Bluff  Chapter of Kiwanis International, President of Carlin, Nevada Chapter of U.S. Jaycees Foundation, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Levee Board District (De Valls Bluff), Lonoke and Prairie County Library Board Member, Moving Prairie County Forward, Ruritan National, Lion’s Club, High School Beta Club Sponsor and Family Motor Coach Association.

He traveled to every state and internationally to China, Norway, Philippines, Israel, and Japan.

Bill is a Ouachita Gold Tiger, his namesake is memorialized at the Ouachita Baptist University Communications Department with the Bill and Sharon Arnold Multimedia Room.  Both sons, former OBU Board of Trustee Member Curtis Arnold and Major (Retired) Johnpaul, “JP” Arnold attended Ouachita Baptist University.

Bill was preceded in death by his mother, Margaret Louise Olson; his father, Curtis Frank Arnold; his foster parents, Dorothy and Russ Jorgensen, and sister, Mary Ann Ettlin.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon L. Arnold;  sons, Curtis and Johnpaul Arnold and their wives Nancy and Amy; Sister, Carol Ann Cavitt; sister, Lynn A Bush; nieces, Elissa and Andrea Bush.  He is survived by eight grandchildren Isaiah, Georgia, Claire, Olivia, and Avery Arnold, Erin Tompkins, Hunter Tompkins  and Dallas Tompkins.

Viewing will be at First Baptist church of De Valls Bluff from 2:00 to 5:30 P.M., Saturday, January 6, 2018.  The funeral will be held at 2:00 P.M., Sunday, January 7, 2018 at the De Valls Bluff Gym.  The interment and military honors will be at the Oakland Cemetery, De Valls Bluff, following the funeral.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the 2018 “We Believe!” Basketball and Life Skills Camp.  Mail tax-deductible donations to The Arnold Family Foundation 423 Biscoe Street, Biscoe, Arkansas 72017.

“A father to the fatherless, God is Holy.”  Psalm 68:5

​Betty Ruth (Sample) Stallings

Posted in Obituaries on December 28th, 2017 by admin


​Betty Ruth (Sample) Stallings, 85 of Hazen, passed away December 27, 2017 in Little Rock, Arkansas after a courageous battle with cancer.  She was born in Hazen on February 17, 1932.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Eva Sample; husband, George Stallings and brother, Jerry Sample.  Devoted to her family, the loving mother, sister, and grandmother is survived by her children, Che Dolan of Little Rock, Andy (and Carol) Stallings of Hazen, and Christa Moore of Conway; brother, Bill (and Betty Ann) Sample of Hot Springs and half-sister, Edie Tweedy of Cabot; sister-in-law, Patti (and Chris) Harstick of Springfield, Missouri; and grandchildren, Jon Sharp and Cameron Sharp of Little Rock, Britt (and Stephanie) Stallings of Hazen, Andrea (and Jacob) Rollins of Fayetteville, and William (and Savannah) Morgan of Conway and Emily Morgan of Springdale and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Betty was a devoted member of the First United Methodist Church of Hazen and held many offices in the church and taught Sunday school and vacation bible school.  With her husband, George, they founded Stafo Chemical business in Hazen where she worked for many years. In later jobs, she worked and served her hometown community, retiring from the Hazen Police Department.

She was an avid gardener and master crafter and quilter.  She won countless quilting awards for her quilts.  Each of her grandchildren was blessed with a special unique quilt made by Betty.  She crocheted sweaters and hats for babies in Haiti.  She made numerous road trips across the country with her quilting friends at Prairie County Piecemakers.

Visitation is Friday, December 29 from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. in Hazen at Westbrook Funeral Home.  Services will be Saturday at 10:00 A.M. at the First United Methodist Church of Hazen followed by gravesite at Hazen Cemetery.

Clint James Mealler

Posted in Obituaries on December 22nd, 2017 by admin

Clint James Mealler, age 32 of Clarksville, entered into this world on November 6, 1985 at UAMS inLittle Rock and left this world on December 19, 2017 at UAMS in Little Rock.  Clint leaves behind a son, Bryson A. Mealler age 3; his son’s mother, April; his mother, Bobbie Mealler Stevenson; grandparents, James and Betty Tipton; brother, Michael Mealler (Laura), ; sisters, Aundera Strouse (Ken); Miquael Hoffman (Luke); nephews, James M. Mealler and Cade Mealler; nieces, Summer Blair, Haven Flynn, Abria White, Kelsey Hoffman, Jessica Stroup, and Callie Stroup and great-nephew, Nathan Stroup.

Clint was preceded in death by his father, James Mealler, grandparents, Henry and Ruthie Mealler, aunt, Lorene Mealler Latner, uncles, Bill Mealler, Richard Mealler and John Mealler.

Clint was employed at River Valley Animal Foods in Scranton, Arkansasat the time of his death.  Clint was a devoted dad, son, brother, husband, and he loved being a daddy to Bryson.

Clint leaves behind lots of family and friends that loved and cared for him very much.

Memorial service is at 2:00 P.M., Friday, December 22, 2017 at the Westbrook Funeral Home Chapel inHazenArkansas.

​Tommie Lois Coats Harper

Posted in Obituaries on December 19th, 2017 by admin

​Tommie Lois Coats Harper, 74 of Carlisle passed away December 19, 2017 at Chambers Nursing Home in Carlisle.  Tommie was a retired receptionist for the State of Arkansas, a member of the Center Point Missionary Baptist Church and very active at Immanuel Baptist Church in Carlisle.

Tommie was preceded in death by her parents, T. B. and Ferol Coats and husband Robert Harper, Jr.  She is survived by her son, Timothy Harper of Hazen; her daughter, Sarah Cathrine Gray of Scott; brother, Don Coats and wife, Judith of Cabot; three grandsons, Samuel, Ross and Lane Harper and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen.  Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M., Thursday at Emanuel Baptist Church in Carlisle followed by burial in the Center Point Cemetery.

Newton Earl Neighbors, Jr.

Posted in Obituaries on December 14th, 2017 by admin

Newton Earl Neighbors, Jr., 89, of Stuttgart, passed away December 14, 2017. He is survived by his wife, Iva Flossie Neighbors; 2 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; 4 siblings and one daughter-in-law. He was preceded in death by his son, Newton Earl Neighbors III.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, December 16, 2017 at the First United Methodist Church in Stuttgart. Burial will be in the Center Point Cemetery near Hazen. Arrangements are by Westbrook Funeral Home of Hazen.

​William Lamar Raper

Posted in Obituaries on December 4th, 2017 by admin

​William Lamar Raper, 94, of Hazen passed away on Monday, December 4, 2017.  He was born on January 23, 1923.  Lamar was a veteran of World War II.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Helen (Peggy) Raper, son, Ronnie Raper, and granddaughter, Renee Red.

Lamar is survived by his daughter, Gail (Warren) Edge, son, Randy Raper, grandchildren, Brooke (Veroniaca) Waddle, Carson Lamar (Melissa) Raper, Ronna Edge, Shane (Amanda) Raper, Michael Ferguson, Scott Raper, and Laura Beth (Justin) Jones.  He is also survived by several great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Visitation will be Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen.  A graveside service will be 10;00 A.M., Wednesday at Center Point Cemetery.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Center Point Cemetery.

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.