Jonathan Mitchell “Mitch” Petrus

Posted in Obituaries on July 21st, 2019 by admin

Jonathan Mitchell “Mitch” Petrus of Carlisle, died unexpectedly July 18, 2019 at the age of 32. Mitch is survived by his parents, Phil and Sue Petrus, his brother, Trey Petrus all of Carlisle, sister, Rhonda and Cary Crawford of Yukon, Oklahoma, Kimberlee and Curt Christian of Carlisle, sister, Tessa Charles of Las Vegas, Nevada and brother, Donald Rex Childers II; paternal grandmother, Evelyn Petrus of Carlisle; his paternal aunt, Marylin and Mark Rice of the Woodlands, Texas, and Mary Katherine Petrus of Slovak, Arkansas and a host of other cousins and beloved friends.

Mitch was born May 11, 1987 in Fort Smith, Arkansas to Sue and Phil Petrus. He graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2009 with a degree in Agricultural Business. An Unrated tight end prospect out of high school, Petrus was a walk-on at the University of Arkansas. Mitch earned a scholarship in 2007 and blocked for Darren McFadden and Felix Jones. In 2009, Petrus was named ALL-SEC. At the NFL Scouting Combine in 2010, Mitch completed 45 reps of 225 pounds on bench press which tied him for the record of the most since 2000. In 2010 the New York Giants drafted Mitch in the fifth round. He made a name for himself by playing in 27 NFL games, and is one of the 2012 Super Bowl World Champions. Following his NFL career Mitch returned home to Arkansas and became involved in local politics, entrepreneurship, and the high school football community. He became a regular sideline reporter for Fox 16’s Friday night football highlight show. Later he began his own towing business. Countless stories have emerged on how often he would go above and beyond for his customers. Mitch also worked as chief of staff to Arkansas state senator, Jonathan Dismang in the 2018 legislative session. Mitch was so much more than a “big, dumb football player”. He was just as comfortable on the dance floor as he was on the football field. Mitch had an enormous capacity for joy and that is how we will always remember him.

Funeral services will be 1:00 P.M., Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at the Church of Christ in Biscoe, Arkansas. Visitation will be 6:00 P.M., Monday, July 22 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to

Daisy Mae Prim Hall

Posted in Obituaries on July 7th, 2019 by admin

Daisy Mae Prim Hall of Biscoe had a great reunion with loved ones on Saturday morning, July 6, 2019. She was greeted at the Pearly Gates by her husband, Jewell Hall, daughters, Sherrilynn Hall Willeford and Beverly Jayne Hall; grandson, Paul Aaron Hall; great-granddaughter, Amanda Carol Harrison Ingle; parents, Jesse and Mae Prim and her brother, Jess Prim, Jr.

Daisy was born in Ozark, Arkansas on April 8, 1925, to Jesse and Mae Prim. She married Jewell Hall on July 4, 1941, and they made their home in Prairie County, Arkansas. She is survived by son, Paul (Donna) Hall of Wynne, Arkansas and three daughters, Gloria (Henry) Strohl of Tollville, Brenda (Charles) Simpson of Biscoe, and Sonja (Vernon) Owens of Hazen, Arkansas; sister, Della Jordan of Fayetteville, two sister-in-laws, Iona Mae Coker of Batesville and Virginia Pearline Hall of Little Rock; also twelve grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 10, at the Biscoe First Baptist Church. Visitation will be Tuesday night from 6 to 8 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen. Burial will be in the Hazen Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials to Biscoe Volunteer Fire Dept.

Clevella L. Mosby

Posted in Obituaries on July 1st, 2019 by admin

Clevella L. Mosby, 70, departed from this life June 25, 2019. She was born to John Henry and Zenovia Mills on August 26, 1948. Clevella attended elementary school in Hazen, Arkansas and graduated high school from Biscoe, Arkansas. Clevella moved to Chicago and married her husband of 44 years, Thomas Mosby, Jr. There she attended Northwestern University , upon returning to Hazen, she and her husband settled down with their children. Clevella worked various jobs, most notably as a clerk at Stuttgart Hospital, as a substitute teacher for the Hazen School district, assisting others with paperwork and housing and most importantly as a stay-at-home Mother of five children. Later in life she was elected to the city council of Hazen where she served until her death. Clevella was an understanding Mother and a loving grandmother, who was willing to help make the community of Hazen a better place.

Clevella was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Thomas Mosby, Jr.and her daughter, Cathi Mosby-Jones. She leaves to cherish her memories, two daughters, Andrea (Charles) Williams and Christi Mosby; two sons, Peter Mosby and Jason Mosby. Clevella also leaves her grandchildren, Nekeisha (Daniel) Ramer, Samantha Jones, Mallory Walker, Haillee Jones and Jon T. Levy, her pride and joy.

Harold Delton Lewis

Posted in Obituaries on June 27th, 2019 by admin

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Harold Delton Lewis, of Carlisle, was born to Bill and Lura Lewis on November 8, 1933 in Oden, Arkansas and he passed away June 26, 2019 at the age of 85. Harold was educated in the Oden School System. Upon his high school graduation, he volunteered for the U.S. Army during the Korean War. After his discharge, he entered UCA at Conway majoring in Pharmacy. There, he met Charlene Snider, and they married

August 28, 1959. He graduated from U of A School of Pharmacy in 1962. In July 1962, he purchased a drug store in Carlisle where he practiced his profession for 53 years.

Harold was a member of the Carlisle First United Methodist Church and Carlisle Masonic Lodge #587. He enjoyed raising Angus cattle, and the family had received the Historic Angus Herd Award.

Harold was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Delbert, Don, Doyle, and Billy D.

Harold is survived by his wife, Charlene; a son, Chuck and wife Robin; daughter, Dixie Dawn; much loved grandchildren, Scarlett and Mitch all of Carlisle; sisters, Melba (Joe) Head of Mena, Arkansas and Etha (Bill) Driggers of Pearcy, Arkansas. Brothers; Gary (Glenda) Lewis of Prescott, Arkansas and Anthony (Jeannie) Lewis of Mena, Arkansas, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Visitation will begin Friday June 28th at 1:00 p.m. at the Carlisle Methodist Family Life Center, followed by the service at 2:00 p.m. in the sanctuary of the Carlisle First United Methodist Church. Memorials may be given to the First United Methodist Church of Carlisle. Burial will be in the Carlisle Cemetery.


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Vonda Griffin Gaskin

Posted in Obituaries on June 22nd, 2019 by admin

Vonda Griffin Gaskin, 70, of De Valls Bluff passed away Friday, June 21, 2019.

She is survived by three daughters, Tammy Whitaker (Chris Whitaker), Jayme Jackson, and Jeannia Devore; 5 grandchildren, Hunter Sebren, Dylan Sebren, Katie Jackson, Guyman Devore, and Haley Devore; several great-grandchildren; two Brothers, Joe Griffin and Kenneth Griffin and two sisters, Marilyn George and Micki Elder. Vonda was preceded in death by her parents, Marion and Edith Griffin; sister, Dora Redmen and brothers, Rickie and Connie Griffin.

Visitation will be from 3:00 to 5:00 P.M., Sunday, June 23, 2019 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen. Funeral service will be 3:00 P.M., Monday in the Westbrook Funeral Home chapel. Burial will be in theHazen Cemetery.

Vernon Carl White

Posted in Obituaries on June 17th, 2019 by admin

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Vernon Carl White, of De Valls Bluff, Arkansas, peacefully left this world on Saturday, June 15, 2019 at the age of 80. He was preceded in death by his parents, James Carl and Ruth Lilly White; his brother, Jimmy White, and his first wife Glenda (Hodges) White.

Vernon is survived and lovingly remembered by a multitude of family. His beloved bride of 35 years, Doris White of De Valls Bluff; his siblings, Geraldine Dover of Batesville, Ar., Aileen Poteete of Brinkley, Ar., and brother Lonnie White of Barlett, Tn; his five children, Wade Allmond and wife, Josie of Forest City, Ar., Sharron Ferguson and husband, Glenn of Flint, Mi., Donna Alexander and husband, Kenneth, of De Valls Bluff, Ar., Vernon Dale White and wife, Stacy of Bearden, Ar., and Terry White of Little Rock .; two step-sons, Don Castleberry and wife Debbie of Hickory, N.C., and Paul Castleberry and wife, Susan of OK., 11 grandchildren, 3 step-grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, 5 step-great grandchildren, and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, and most importantly, friends.

Vernon was a man of many talents. His younger years were spent admirably serving his country as a member of the United States Air Force. After leaving the service, he spent most of his working life traversing his beloved country in the driver’s seat of an 18-wheeler. In his twilight years, Vernon spent many of his days repairing small engines for his neighbors, as much a hobby as an occupation. Vernon was known to fill the air around him with Country and Western music. He loved to read about Cowboys and times long past. He was never more than an arms length from a pair of freshly shined boots. His smile was infectious, and his hospitality towards friends and family only grew with time.

A visitation will be held for Vernon at the Pepper’s Lake Church of Christ on Tuesday, June 18, from 10:00-11:00 A.M. followed by a graveside service in the Pepper’s Lake Cemetery. All friends and family are invited to come celebrate his life and pay their respects. “Tomorrow hopes we have learned something from yesterday.”—John Wayne

Arrangements by Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen.

Russell Gene Thompson

Posted in Obituaries on June 10th, 2019 by admin

Russell Gene Thompson went to be with or Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on June 9, 2019 at the age of 78. Russell was born March 15, 1941 to Buster and Ollie Thompson. He was a faithful member of Calvary Baptist Church and active in the choir.

Russell enjoyed spending time with his family, having a good home cooked meal, trips to Little Rock, fishing, mowing, reading his bible and his church family. He spent his life serving the Lord. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Buster and Ollie Thompson of Hazen and his brother, Lecil Thompson of Brinkley. Russell is survived by his wife of 57 years, Betty Thompson, his son, Dennis Thompson of Carlisle, his daughter, Ranie (Randy) Martin of Austin; five grandchildren, Stefanie Thompson of Hazen, Tiffany (Tyler) Reed of Carlisle, Russell Thompson of Mount Pleasant, Cortney (Taylor) Thrift of Carlisle and Jacob Byrd of Austin; five great-grandchildren and one brother, Larry Thompson of Hazen.

Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at Calvary Baptist Church in Hazen. Visitation will be from 10:00 to 11:00 A.M. prior to the service.

Burial will be in the Center Point Cemetery.

Arrangements by Westbrook Funeral Home of Hazen.

Wesley “Dub” Hamric

Posted in Obituaries on June 5th, 2019 by admin

Wesley “Dub” Hamric, 81 of Hazen passed away Tuesday, June 4, 2019. He was born April 1, 1938, the son of Wesley and Louise Hamric. Dub married Barbara Young on February 14, 1958. He attended First Baptist Church of Hazen. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; three daughters, Jami (Carles) Morris of Violet Hill, Rhonda (Marty) Griffith and Cindy (Brent) Weddle of Carlisle; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one brother, Bob (Delores) Hamric of Hazen and two sisters, Charlotte (Bobby) Glover of Carlisle and Marilyn (Dave) Grudnowski of Bentonville.

Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M., Friday, June 7, 2019 at the First Baptist Church in Hazen. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Thursday, June 6 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen. Burial will be in the Hazen Cemetery. Pallbearers are Trey Barbee, Chris Hart, Rodney Elmore, Brad Hart, Michael Grudnowski, and Bobby Elder.

Raymond Eddie Calvert

Posted in Obituaries on May 29th, 2019 by admin

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Raymond Eddie Calvert, age 75, of Carlisle went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at his residence. He was born April 13, 1944 to W.W. and Ruby Calvert of Carlisle. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Calvert; his parents; one brother, James Calvert; one sister, Rebecca Gwen and one grandson, Scott Eddie Bushart.

Raymond was a member of Rowes Chapel Missionary Baptist Church. He was also a member of Vilonia Wagon Club and Central Arkansas Horse & Wagon Club for several years. He was an enthusiast horse lover and loved working his team and riding.

Raymond is survived by three daughters; Janet Marie Roberts (Derek Bradley) of Humphrey, Melanie Bernice (Scott) Bushart of Little Rock, and Mary Alice (Edward) Bowlan of Carlisle; eight grandchildren, Tabitha (Michael) Way, Kennith Roberts, Kayla, Stephanie, Samantha, and Sabrina Buschart and Cody and Brent Bowlan; thirteen great-grandchildren and a host of family and friends.

A special thanks to Shannon Harvey, his caretaker, who became a beloved addition to the family for the past few years and fulfilled his wishes to stay home around his family and his horses.

Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., Thursday, May 30, 2019 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen. Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M., Friday, May 31, 2019 at Rowes Chapel Missionary Baptist Church North of Humnoke. Burial will be in Hamilton Cemetery.

Paul Lynn Blaylock

Posted in Obituaries on May 24th, 2019 by admin


Paul Lynn Blaylock, age 88, passed from this life into Eternity at Hospice Home Care in Little Rock, Arkansas on May 23, 2019. He was born on June 16, 1930 in Havana, Arkansas, to Roy and Loy Blaylock. He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Buckman Blaylock; his parents; his brother, Mabrey Blaylock; his sister, Rose Blaylock Taylor and his nephews, Roy Noble Taylor and Mike Blaylock.

Paul was a graduate of Havana High School. Shortly after graduation, Paul married his high school sweetheart, Betty Lou Buckman, they would have celebrated their 70th anniversary on May 28, 2019.

Paul is survived by his daughter, Paula Sue Doss and son-in-law, Rick Doss of Little Rock, Arkansas. He was PopPop to granddaughter, Jennifer Lynette Doss-Pollitt and great-grandson, Noble James Doss, also of Little Rock. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews. Paul never got in a hurry for anyone or anything. One of the few times Paul’s family saw him move fast was the day Jennifer was born- he moved quickly down the hall to see her for the first time.

Paul was a member of Hazen First Baptist Church for 65 years. He loved his church where he served as a Deacon and taught Sunday School. Paul also loved to sing and sang in the choir at Hazen First Baptist Church for many years. Paul loved Jesus and his family.

Paul and Betty moved to Hazen, Arkansas in 1954 after he was discharged from the Army after a tour of duty in Korea. Paul took his last trip on an airplane on his way home from the Army-he said he would never board an airplane again, and he didn’t. If he couldn’t get there by car, he didn’t go! Paul and Betty grew to love this small town on the Prairie and they were active in their church and community. They attended sporting events as long as their health allowed and loved to cheer one the Hornets.

Paul worked as the Rock Island Station Agent in Hazen for 26 years. He arranged a trip to Little Rock on the Doodlebug, a small passenger car, for Paula’s first grade class. That was one special train ride!

Paul loved piddling outside and was quite the gardener. He learned that he could graft his pecan trees and get pecans that had the best flavor. He tended the grape vines that would yield grapes for grape jelly. He also grew a big garden and kept the freezer full of corn, green beans, pecans, and grape juice. He grew cucumbers for sweet pickle making. While on a trip to Florida in 1986, Paul brought home a single sprig of Saint Augustine grass. He used that sprig and now, 40 years later, his entire yard is covered with that beautiful grass. People would ask him why he was squatting in the yard doing something in the dirt. Paul gat a kick out of that because he was planting and caring for the new sprigs.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 10:00 a.m., at the First Baptist Church in Hazen, Arkansas. Rev. Andy Schalchlin and Rev. Lary Tidball will be officiating. The family will meet friends from 9:30 to 10:00 in the Fellowship Hall prior to the service. Burial will be at Havana Cemetery in Havana, Arkansas at 2:00 p.m.