Betty Bednar

Posted in Obituaries on October 14th, 2021 by admin

Betty Bednar, age 89, of Carlisle was relieved of her pain and suffering to be with the Lord on October 12, 2021. She was born to the late Paul and Vlasta Marek on August 6, 1932 in Slovak, AR. She was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Robert Bednar and two older sisters, Evelyn Chlapecka and Irene Elam.

Betty is survived by six daughters, Debbie Stovesand (Jay), Tammy Perkins, Pammy Schafer (Roger) of Carlisle, Linda Ciganek (Eddie), Sharon Adams (Chip) of Hazen, and Karon Booe (Leroy) of Lonoke; two brothers Martin Marek and Paul Marek, both of Hazen. She is also survived by thirteen grandchildren Jason Stovesand (Marvel), Eric Stovesand (Julie), Erin Herlein (Trey), Ashley Ciganek, Eddie Ciganek, Justus Adams, Jacob Adams (Maggie), Jeremy Booe (Meagan), Zachary Booe (Michelle), Emily Durden (Reed), Morgan Clark (Tyler), Blane Perkins (Megan), and Blake Perkins (Heather);     twelve great grandchildren and one expected in March.

Faith and family were the purposes of life for Betty. She was a devout Catholic and devoted mother and grandmother who loved her family and taking care of their needs no matter what age. She lived for special occasions and holidays. No matter how much work it was, the special memories out weighed her hard work preparing them. The last five months of her life were spent at Chambers Nursing Home in Carlisle under the care of a comforting staff who gave her special memories as well.

Visitation will be Saturday, October 16, 2021 from 9:30 to 10:30am at St. Cyrial and Methodius Catholic Church in Slovak, AR. Rosary will begin at 10:30am before the funeral mass. Interment will be at Slovak Catholic Cemetery by Westbrook Funeral Home of Hazen, AR.

Memorials may be made to St. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church, Slovak or St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Carlisle, AR.

Raymond Lynn Prine

Posted in Obituaries on October 10th, 2021 by admin

Raymond Lynn Prine, age 86, passed away on Saturday, October 9, 2021 in his home surrounded by his three children, Robin Lynn Prine, Barry Lee Prine and JoAnn Prine Elias.

Raymond was born on November 9, 1934 to Hazel Olivia and Claude C. Prine.

He was a graduate of Hazen High School and went on to serve 8 years in the United States Navy. He worked in the “sample office” at Riceland Foods in Hazen and was later promoted to manager of the Hazen plant. He retired after 30+ years with Riceland. After retirement Raymond continued to work doing lawn care in his community. Raymond loved to play baseball, fishing on Webb Lake, gardening, duck hunting, watching college football, attending Hazen Hornet football games and camping at Greers Ferry Lake with family.

Raymond was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Barbara, his parents, his nine sisters and three brothers.

He is survived by his children, Robin Prine of Lonoke, Barry Prine of Hazen and JoAnn Prine Elias of Cabot, 5 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren and his sidekick, Little Biscuit.

Visitation at Westbrook Funeral Home on 12th October, from 5-7 p.m. The funeral service will be held at First Baptist Church on October 13, 2021 at First Baptist Church in Hazen at 11:00 a.m. . Burial will be at the Hazen Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the American Heart Association at or the Hazen Cemetery.

The family would like to thank Raymond’s caregiver, Florence Zorn, and Arkansas Hospice for their services and care of Raymond over the past several months.

Face masks are encouraged.

Carlos Lynn Gates

Posted in Obituaries on October 8th, 2021 by admin

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Carlos Lynn Gates, 62, of Hazen, was born August 9, 1959 in the little town of Carlisle in a little doctors office on North Court Ave. to Roy and Dorothy Gates.

Carlos Gates, my dad, lived most of his life in Hazen. He grew up on my grandfather’s farm, growing rice and soybeans. Sometime in the 70’s, dad and papa Roy got sick, we about lost papa then. Dad as a teenager had to basically take care of the farm by himself. One day during a hot summer, dad took a tractor part to a metal shop and while he was looking around, he noticed these guys working inside the air-conditioning and fans blowing. The temperature in the shop was significantly cooler than outside and dad said to himself “I can do what these guys are doing.” This started his path down tool and die.

After graduating Hazen High School in 1978, he attended SAU in Camden, where he pursued his degree in Tool and Die.

Dad would live a brief time in Oklahoma working and then moved back to Arkansas, where he would live in Searcy, working for American Tool. There in Searcy, he would meet my mother. The first time he noticed her, she was sneaking a cat into her trailer, and there was a no pet policy where they lived. Dad said he just saw the cat’s tail hanging from under her coat. They would date for a short time before being married October 24, 1981.

In June of 1985 they would have their first child, my brother, Cyle.

In about 1985, my parents would move to Hazen and start a home on our family farm. Dad would start his career at the plant in Hazen, and that factory would go through many name changes throughout the year.

In 1999 he would lose his father. It was my first real experience with death, and first time I can remember seeing this man cry. After the funeral he hugged my brother and I tight and said, “I will always tell you I love you.” Something he did until this day.

My parents would raise us together here on the farm until the spring of 2007. That year my parents would decide to go separate ways and get a divorce. Though there were some disagreements for sometime between the two; in the August of 2017 on my mother’s death bed they came to peace with one another and said their goodbyes. My stepmother was there as well, and the last words she said to my stepmom were “take care of my boys.”

Dad said once before he was glad he could come to a peaceful end with her before she passed and was glad Dennis was there to help us through it.

Dad would stay at the Hazen plant until they shut down in 2009. After the closure, my dad got by with what he could until he was offered a job at the Lonoke Remington Plant.

In about 2014, my dad would rekindle his relationship with his high school sweetheart, Joni Roe. On may 23, 2015, my dad and Joni Gates would say their vows in front of God, family and friends and become my stepmother. Joni is and has been a great stepmother and step-grandma to us and the kids and has excepted us as one of her own children, and I love her dearly for it. She has taken care of my hard headed father for these past six years, God bless her. She did not mind helping us whenever we needed it. Dad as well took in my step-siblings, Kimberly and Jacob, and did what he could for them.

That same year in 2015, my grandma, Dorothy passed away. Dad said he believed “grandma stayed just long enough to make sure we were taken care of.”

On Thursday, October 7, 2021, would be the last time I ever spoke to him. At 4:20 P.M., I called him and we spoke for 6 minutes and 8 seconds. The conversation was about muzzle loading. We talked about the upcoming opening day happening next weekend. Preparations that needed to be made and the approximate time I would be home that next Friday evening. We said I love you, and bye. He would pass away five hours later that evening unexpectedly. Changing my world as I know it.

My dad loved to hunt, fish, and work in the dirt. Things he taught my brother and I growing up. He was there when I killed my first deer, my first buck, duck, and turkey. He loved his dogs and he was pretty good at training them. Thoughout the years, we had Labradors to bird hunt, beagles to chase rabbits, and mutts to track shot deer; but most recently German Shepards and wolves.

The man was always working…it be the yard, garden, his shop, or employment. He didn’t honestly know the definition of relax. He worked to provide a good life for his family. And he didn’t think twice about spanking my brother or I as children when we got out of line.

His grandchildren were a game changer for him and he loved being called “Papa Carlos”. He spoke to my daughter Wednesday and Carly told him “night night Papa, love you.” Dad just giggled and said it back.

If you truly knew dad, you knew he was stubborn as they come. He had true grit and worked until his bones hurt. We’re going to miss you dad. I love you. Thank you for everything you have ever done. You were hard on me a lot, but I know it was to make sure that when this day came I could get through it.

Carlos is survived by his wife, Joni Gates; two sons, Cyle Gates and wife, Terran of Rogers, Ar., and Craig Gates and wife, Tabatha of Mountain Home, Ar.; two step-children, Kimberly Smith and husband, Justin and Jacob McMullan; grandchildren, Nora Belle Gates, Clayton Michael Gates, Thomas Wesley Gates, and Carly Lynn Gates. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Darlene Boothe.

Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M., Monday, October 11, 2021 at the Center Point Baptist Church south of Hazen. Visitation will be from 1:00 to 2:00 P.M., prior to the service. Burial will be in the Center Point Cemetery.

Rebecca Jean Hancock

Posted in Obituaries on September 23rd, 2021 by admin

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Rebecca Jean Hancock, age 29, of Pensacola, Florida, formerly of DeValls Bluff, Arkansas passed away September 22, 2021 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, Florida. Rebecca graduated Forrest City High School in 2010, then she attended

UALR in Little Rock, Arkansas where she earned her bachelor’s degree.

Rebecca was a beautiful spirit with a heart of gold, that would help anyone in need.

She was loved by family, friends, and strangers. Rebecca enjoyed going to the beach, spending time with family and friends. Rebecca also enjoyed art, pottery, and other outdoor activities.

Rebecca is survived by her beloved son, Maverick James, fiancé, Neil Cruz, mother, Tammy Griffin, father, Lance Cooper, and stepfather, Ken Griffin, grandmother, Barbara Hancock, two sisters, Hayley Cooper and Gaylon Hendrickson, two brothers, Jacob Cooper and Kenley Griffin, two nieces, Madelyn Lindsey and Shyloh Rose and a host of aunts and uncles.

Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Saturday, September 25 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen. Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M., Sunday, September 26, 2021 at the First Baptist Church in DeValls Bluff.

Pallbearers will be Jacob Cooper, Kenley Griffin, Ken Griffin, Lance Cooper, Neil Cruz, and Mark Hendrickson. Place of interment will be Oakland Cemetery in DeValls Bluff.

Laydean Skinner Echols Davis

Posted in Obituaries on September 20th, 2021 by admin

Laydean Skinner Echols Davis, 85, of Magnolia, Texas passed away August 12, 2021. She is survived by four daughters, Vivian Williams of Magnolia, Texas, Lynn Davis of Miller, Missouri, Janet (Lynn) Cox of Carlisle and Toni Stonehill of Miller, Missouri; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Geraldine (Jerry) Aycock

Posted in Obituaries on September 20th, 2021 by admin

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Geraldine (Jerry) Aycock, 95, of Hazen, passed away September 18, 2021.

She was born January 9, 1926 in Cotton Plant, Arkansas, the daughter of Joel and Nellie Deason.

Jerry was a member of the First Baptist Church in Hazen, The Red Hatters and the Hipson Club both in Cotton Plant. She worked for Fred Ragland at the professional Pharmacy in Stuttgart for years and later worked for the Prescription Shop in Hazen before her retirement. Jerry loved her family and friends and will be greatly missed by all.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Scotty Aycock and a son, Sam Tipton.

Jerry is survived by her son, Billy Max Aycock and wife, Cindy of Hazen and her daughter, Scottie Lynn White and husband, Gayle of Port Barre, Louisiana; 9 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Ruby Faupel Harper

Posted in Obituaries on September 13th, 2021 by admin

Ruby Faupel Harper, born January 7, 1928 in De Valls Bluff passed peacefully in her sleep on September 8, 2021 at the Good Shepherd Nursing and Rehab in Little Rock after a long battle with pneumonia and other illnesses.

A descendent of Allen H. Blankenship who moved to Prairie County in 1877, she was preceded in death by her mother and father, Clara and Herbert Faupel; her sister, Hazel; her four brothers, Russell, Warren, Charles, and Lamar Faupel, and her ex-husband, Robert Lee Harper. She is survived by her son, Dennis Harper and wife, Carol of Fort Bend County, Texas.

She led a memorable life while living in DeValls Bluff, Hazen, and Pulaski County. Many will remember her from her time at the Grand Prairie Herald and her involvement in the First Methodist Church and other community activities in the Hazen area. After moving to Pulaski County, she worked for a civil engineering firm for many years and then became a state employee, retiring from a position in the administration of the state’s school lunch program in 1990. She often enjoyed visiting the parks and historic sites in central Arkansas, with Petit Jean state park as her favorite.

She lived in the Good Shepherd Retirement Community from 2011 until her hospitalization in March, 2020. We would like to express our appreciation for the people there who cared for her during those years; and to the staff at the Nursing & Rehab Center who took good care of her after she moved there in April, 2020.

A graveside service will be held 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at the Hazen Cemetery. Arrangements by Westbrook Funeral Home of Hazen.

Mary Yvonne Skillern Burnett

Posted in Obituaries on September 12th, 2021 by admin

Mary Yvonne Skillern Burnett, 88, West Memphis, Arkansas, passed away September 9, 2021.  Yvonne was born March 2, 1933 in Hazen, Arkansas.  She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Etha Haygood; her husbands, Billy Skillern and Junior Burnett and brothers, J.R. (Ada) Haygood and Franklin (Carrie) Haygood.

Yvonne is survived by her sons, Gary Skillern and wife, Patty, Kenneth Skillern and wife, Brenda, and Billy Skillern; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Yvonne was an extremely gifted musician.  She touched so many lives with her singing, piano playing and teaching.  She was the pianist at every church the family attended.  Yvonne was a kind and compassionate soul, with tremendous love for God, family, and friends.

A memorial service will be held at the First Baptist Church in West Memphis, Arkansas at 6:00 P.M., on September 14, 2021.  Funeral services will be held at Calvary Baptist Church in Hazen, Arkansas on September 15, 2021 with visitation at 1:00 p.m., and funeral following at 2:00 P.M.. Interment will be in the Center Point Cemetery.

Ivie Calvin “Butch” Park

Posted in Obituaries on September 11th, 2021 by admin

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Ivie Calvin “Butch” Park, 77 of Biscoe passed on to his heavenly home on September 9, 2021. He was born December 18, 1943 to Ashely Newt (A.N.) Park and Doris Colleen Buck Park. Butch was a member of the First Baptist Church in DeValls Bluff. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ashley Newt (A.N.) Park and Doris Colleen Buck Park of De Valls Bluff and one great infant niece, Christina Renee Smith of DeValls Bluff.

Survivors include one sister, Linda (Tommy) Schwede of Biscoe; two nieces, Tammy (Daniel) Smith of DeValls Bluff and Tina (Billy) White of Biscoe; two great nephews, Tanner (Taylor) White, Rhett and Bailey of Biscoe and Tyler White of Jonesboro.

Butch touched so many lives with his contagious smile. Butch loved everyone and he never met a stranger. Butch never ran out of hugs, smiles, or candy and always wanted to share with everyone. Butch loved to fish and hunt and most of all he loved Jesus.

Visitation is Sunday, September 12, 2021 from 1:30 to 2:30 followed by the funeral service at 2:30 at the First Baptist Church in DeValls Bluff with burial in Oakland Cemetery in De Valls Bluff.

Bro. Bill Bruce and Bro. Sam Parker will be officiating. Pallbearers are Tanner White, Tyler White, Eddie Parker, Sam Parker, Charlie Schwede, and Billy White. Honorary Pallbearers are Doug Brown, Bruce Wolfe, Shelby Mayes, Matthew Buck, Mike Buck, Charlie Buck, and William “Bug” Buck.

Sharron Ruth Johnson Leslie

Posted in Obituaries on September 5th, 2021 by admin

Dr. Sharron Ruth Johnson Leslie, 69 of Fayetteville, Arkansas passed away at her home on Tuesday, August 31, 2021.  She was born on July 10, 1952 in Little Rock, Arkansas to George Washington Johnson, Jr. and Ruth Evelyn (Griffin) Johnson.

She was preceded in death by her father, George Johnson.

Sharron is survived by her son, Blaine Leslie and wife, Ashley of Cave Springs, Arkansas and her grandchildren, Nathan and Olivia, and her daughter Megan Leslie of Fayetteville, Ar..  She is also survived by her mother Ruth Johnson of Hot Springs and her sister and brother-in-law, Evelyn and Mitch Golleher of Hot Springs and a loving niece and nephews.

Sharron loved her extended family of friends and patients that she cared for over the years.  She loved the children she cared for while practicing in Harrison, Arkansas.  

Funeral Arrangements will be announced at a later date.