Kimberly Ann Konecny Mullen

Posted in Obituaries on May 21st, 2019 by admin

Kimberly Ann Konecny Mullen, 54, of Little Rock passed away Monday, May 20, 2019 at her home surrounded by family and friends.

Kim was born a daughter of the delta on June 5, 1964, in Stuttgart, Arkansas to Sam and Cathy Konecny. A graduate of Hazen High School, she received an education degree from the University of Arkansas Little Rock and a Master’s of Public Administration from Arkansas State University. Kim was a lifelong Democrat, advocate for children and the less fortunate, teacher and served under Senator Dale Bumpers, Governor Jim Guy Tucker, Senator Blanche Lincoln and Governor Mike Beebe. Kim worked with many boards and associations, including Women and Children First and Court Appointed Special Advocates. Kim was a devout Catholic and loved her Lord. She was loyal and a teacher by her example. Teaching us by her faith, her love of family, Arkansas, and country.

Kim was preceded in death by her father, Sam Konecny and brothers Kirk Konecny and Kenny Joe Konecny.

Survivors are her husband of 18 years, Kevin Mullen of Little Rock; Mother, Cathy Konecny of Stuttgart; siblings, Kevin (Carla) Konecny of Jonesboro, Kay Merritt of Little Rock, Keith (Micki) Konecny of Stuttgart, Kelly (Melanie) Konecny of Slovak; Father-in-law, Lester (Barbara) Mullen of Monette; sister-in-law, Tara Mullen Walker of Jonesboro; brother-in-law, Keith (Hollie) Mullen of Paragould; nieces and nephews, David Konecny, Brian Merritt, Devin Sneed, Brooke Cobb, Joey Evans, Kelsi Konecny, Brandon Merritt, Blair Merritt, Danielle Duncan, Codi Konecny, Nick Konecny, Blake Merritt, Brett Merritt, Charlsi Konecny, Chandler Konecny, Connor Konecny, Drew Walker, John Walker, Chloe Konecny, Carson Konecny, Maddox Mullen, Kellen Mullen and Karson Mullen.

Visitation will be held at the Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church in Slovak from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. on Thursday, May 23, 2019 followed by Rosary at 7:00 P.M., Funeral services will be 10:30 A.M., Friday, May 24 at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church in Slovak, Arkansas.

The family requests memorials in honor of Kim to “Pass On Joy” at

Jessie Marie Burdette

Posted in Obituaries on May 20th, 2019 by admin

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Jessie Marie Burdette age 91 of Sanford, Texas died at her home surrounded by her family, on Thursday, May 16, 2019. She was born December 18, 1927 in Okolona, Arkansas to Effie Marie Parks Hasley and William Pin Hasley. Jessie was preceded in death by her two husband, Lestel Charles King and Buddy Hollar; two sons, Paul Wayne King and Dale Lee King; one step-son, Richard Burdette; two daughters, Violet Marie Bisbee, Darlene King; one step-daughter, Levada Burdette; three brothers, John Hardy Hasley, Ronald Gene Hasley, and Jake Hasley; two sisters, Gertrude McCain and Beatrice Robinson.

Jessie is survived by her husband of 22 years, George Burdette of Sanford, Texas; one son, Charles (Audrey) King of Sulphur, Louisiana; one step-son, Ron (Debbie) Hollar of Fritch, Texas; one daughter, Sue Price of Hazen, Arkansas; three step-daughters, Jana (Terry) Turner of Lake Charles, Louisiana, Debbie (Mike) Clem of Fort Smith, Arkansas, Charlotte (Kent) Beedle of Sanford, Texas; 14 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces nephews and friends.

A special thank you to the Interim Hospice Care.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 A.M., Thursday, May 23, 2019 at Bethlehem Baptist Church in De Valls Bluff with Bro. Allen Minton officiating. Visitation will be from 10:00 to 11:00 prior to the service. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery in De Valls Bluff.

Dorothy Lee Ferguson

Posted in Obituaries on May 12th, 2019 by admin

On Friday, May 10, 2019, Dorothy Lee Ferguson, a longtime resident of Carlisle, was called to her eternal home at the age of 97. Dorothy was born in Scott, Arkansas to Robert and Lily Martin . In July 1937, she married her sweetheart E.C. “Cleo” Ferguson at midnight at the age of sixteen. They raised three daughters, Joyce, Carolyn, and Sharon and two sons, Craig and Todd. Dorothy treasured her family and embraced every moment with them. She especially loved to gather everyone together for large meals at her house and made any guests immediately feel like they were family. An active member of Carlisle First Baptist church, a prominent businesswoman and a frequent volunteer with many civic organizations, Dorothy was an integral part of the Carlisle community. She will always be remembered for her work ethic, her sharp mind and her devotion to others. Dorothy owned several local businesses throughout the years with her husband Cleo before they opened Nick’s Bar-B-Q & Catfish in 1972. Later, she operated Nick’s with her sons after Cleo passed away. She was loved by staff and guests, and she continued to make her famous hush puppies daily well into her nineties.

Additionally, Dorothy was a charter member of the Carlisle Heritage League and served in it for over 40 years. She was a room mother for all of her children while they attended school and was President of Band Parents. She also was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

One of Dorothy’s other passions was rooting for the Arkansas Razorbacks and Dallas Cowboys. If there was a game on the television, Dorothy made sure she was able to watch it no matter what. The world is a better place because Dorothy was in it for 97 years. Her devotion to Jesus, her family, her restaurant and her community will continue to impact those who knew her for many years. She was preceded in death by her father, Robert, mother, Lily, husband, Cleo , daughter, Sharon Wilkins, her brothers, Earl, Earnest, and Roy Martin, and her sister, Nellie Robinson. She is survived by her children, Joyce (Darrell) Saul of Des Arc, Carolyn (Martin) Marek of Hazen, Craig (Cynthia) Ferguson of Carlisle and Todd (Mandy) Ferguson of Carlisle. She is also survived by twelve grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren and nine great-great grandchildren.

Visitation will be held at 5:00 P.M., Monday, May 13, 2019 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen, and services will be 2:00 P.M. on Tuesday, May 14, at the First Baptist Church in Carlisle. Memorials may be made to the Carlisle First Baptist Church of the American Cancer Society.

Shirley Tarkington Swartz

Posted in Obituaries on May 8th, 2019 by admin

Shirley Tarkington Swartz, age 78, of Conway, was born October 4, 1940, the daughter of the late Lucille and Otis Tarkington. Shirley passed away May 4, 2019.

Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald F. Swartz SMSgt U.S. Air Force; two siblings, Doss and Dalton and her son, Robert Swartz.

She is survived by her brother, Charles Tarkington; four sons, Kenneth, Jeff, Jack and Allen Swartz; several grandchildren and several great-grandchildren and many family members and friends who will sadly miss her.

A memorial service will be held 1:00 P.M., Saturday, May 11, 2019 at the Westbrook Funeral Home Chapel in Hazen, Arkansas. The family will be officiating the service and flowers can be sent to the funeral home for the service.

Agnes Batchelor

Posted in Obituaries on April 13th, 2019 by admin

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Agnes was born on April 14, 1933 in Oakgrove, Texas to Jess and Eunice Hazelwood. She went to be with the Lord on April 12, 2019 at Baptist Health Medical Center in North Little Rock.

Agnes was married to Boyce Lee Batchelor on December 18, 1950 in Texarkana, Arkansas.

She was a loving mother and wife and a great cook. She loved her grandchildren and enjoyed fixing her cookies for them. She enjoyed quilting and made many quilts for loved ones. Agnes has lived the past 10 years at Chambers Nursing Home where she loved to talk to others and read her books.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Boyce Lee Batchelor, infant son, Larry Batchelor, son, Clifford Steve Batchelor, brothers, Howard Hazelwood and Curtis Hazelwood, granddaughter, Rebecca Burroughs, and great-granddaughter, Candace Vernon.

Agnes is survived by one son, David Batchelor, Sr.; 9 grandchildren, David Batchelor, Jr. (Kristy), Phillip Batchelor (Carla), Steven Litton (Tricia), Cliff Wagner (Mandy), Traci Haynes (Matt), Michelle Moran (Thomas), Jessica Baca (Miquel), Mindy Wagner, Heather Batchelor, and Avery Batchelor, 27 great-grandchildren and days away from having her first great-great granddaughter. She also had numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at Landmark Missionary Baptist Church in Carlisle. Visitation will be prior to the service from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Burial will be in De-Kalb, Texas.

Mamie Adams Guess

Posted in Obituaries on April 8th, 2019 by admin

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Mamie Adams Guess, age 89, of Hazen, was born April 4, 1930 to the late O.W. and Verlinda Harrison Adams. She entered her heavenly home on April 7, 2019. Mamie was a 40 plus year member of New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church of Carlisle, Arkansas. She was a waitress in Carlisle at the Capri and the Front Porch for many years, where she served many cups of coffee and loved every minute of it. Mamie, mom, “mamaw, “Memaw”, “gigi” was a wonderful mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother as well as a great example of a loving and Christian lady to her children and others. She was the glue that held this large family together and will be missed by all dearly.

Mamie was preceded in death by her parents, late husband, Rex Guess, sisters, Opal Moody and Lottie Mills, brothers, Jessie, Marvin, Winford, James, and Bobby Adams, son, Ray Fisher, grandson, Scott Kelly and great-grandson, Kyler McElroy.

She is survived by her four children, Yvonne (Danny) Kelly of Hazen, Debbie (Terry) Madar of Carlisle, Sandy (Johnny) Kelly of Des Arc, and Freddie (JoAnna) Fisher of Hazen; six siblings, Dorothy (late Obie) Folts of Hazen, Joe Adams (Ellen) of Sherwood, Curtis (late Nelda) Adams of Hazen, Carolyn Ferrell (Kenneth) of Hermitage, Evelyn (Jackie) Gentry of Hazen, six grandchildren, Deanna Williamson of Hazen, Kim (Josh) Simmons of Des Arc, Cody (Allen) McElroy of Hazen, Lindsey (Keaton) Thaxton of Carlisle, Cory (Lori) Fisher of Carlisle, and Cortney (Josh) Carroll of Hazen, 11 great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild and Rachel Hester, the best caregiver we could have ever prayed for. Mamie also leaves behind a host of family and friends.

Services will be held at Center Point Baptist Church North of Hazen on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 2:00 P.M.. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen. Burial will be in Center Point Cemetery.

Elizabeth Hoover

Posted in Obituaries on March 31st, 2019 by admin

Our loving mother, Elizabeth Hoover of Little Rock, passed away Saturday, March 30, 2019 after a long extensive battle with Alzheimer’s. She was an amazing wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and friend.

She was preceded in death by her husband Burnice Hoover, her mother, Marie Mangold, her step-father, Earl Mangold, her brothers, Floyd Walker, and Bo Walker. Mom will be forever remembered by her children, Linda Carlson and her husband, Jim, Bob Hoover and his wife, Linda, Guy Hoover, Kim Kegley and her husband Kevin, her nine grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, one sister, and numerous nieces and nephews.

We would like to give a very special thank you to Kimberly “Dawn” Sullivan from Home Instead, Mom’s caregiver for the last year and a half. The nurses and CAN’s from Arkansas Hospice especially Cathy RN, and Cathy CAN. You all touched our lives and most importantly Mom’s life in a very special loving way.

Visitation will be Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. and the service immediately following at 11:00 A.M. at the First United Methodist Church of Carlisle, 215 East 3rd St.  Burial will be later in the afternoon at Riverwood Memorial Gardens, 301 Carnahan Drive, Maumelle, Arkansas.

Arrangements are by Westbrook Funeral Home of Hazen.

Raymond Williamson

Posted in Obituaries on March 28th, 2019 by admin

Raymond Williamson 87, of Sherwood, died Saturday, March 23, 2019. He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Marie Williamson. Graveside services will be Friday, March 29, 2019, at 10:00 A.M., in the Hazen Cemetery at Hazen, Arkansas.

John Charles “Chuck” Haygood

Posted in Obituaries on March 22nd, 2019 by admin

John Charles “Chuck” Haygood, 63 of Hazen, beloved Daddy, Big Dad, Chuckie, Papa & Uncle passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 21, 2019. He was born November 8, 1955 to J.R. and Ada Haygood of Hazen.

Chuck was preceded in death by his wife, Peggy and parents, J.R. and Ada.

He is survived by his children, Brooke (Justin) Haygood Gantt of Highlandville, Missouri, John Riley (Andrea) Haygood of Lonoke, Laura (Jake) Madden Holmes, and Eli Irby of Hazen. He leaves behind seven adored grandchildren, Harmony, Audrey, River, Sterling, Jebadiah, Nathaniel, and Naomi. He is also survived by two sisters, Carolyn (Edward) Beam of Hazen and Claire Schafer of Little Rock, many nieces, nephews, and countless friends.

Chuck was a lifelong member of Calvary Missionary Baptist Church. He served Hazen and surrounding areas as a volunteer Fireman for nearly 30 years. Chuck made his living as a plumber, but his real joy was found outdoors, hunting and fishing. He enjoyed supporting Hazen Hornet athletics and the Prairie County Fair.

Visitation will be at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M., Sunday, March 24, 2019. Funeral services will be at Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Hazen at 2:00 P.M. on Monday, March 25, 2019.

Donations may be made in memory of Chuck to the Hazen Fire Department.

William Donovan “Donnie” Dalmasso

Posted in Obituaries on March 21st, 2019 by admin

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William Donovan “Donnie” Dalmasso, 72, of Memphis, Tennessee, passed away on March 13, 2019. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Dalmasso and Doris Montgomery Dalmasso. He is survived by daughters, Jennifer Gale Dalmasso and Katie Ann Dalmasso, and brother, Joseph Paul Dalmasso. Don’s lifetime career was in the financial arena. In his early career, he was a successful bond trader, later a stock broker, and later in his career, a Senior Vice President at Morgan Stanley and financial advisor focusing on wealth management. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and a competitive trap shooter.

A note from his daughters, our dad was someone people would say was their “Rock”. He wasn’t perfect but he always tried to right his wrongs. He was always there for his girls. When the going got tough, he would say “put your right foot in front of your left” and to “do the next indicated thing”. Most of all, our dad taught the world that “life is too important to be taken seriously” as Oscar Wilde would also agree. He knew how to cut up and laugh because those moments we share together is what life is all about. He’d want you all to have tears of laughter and joy in your eyes and to smile over the full life he lived.

There will be a memorial service in memory of “Don” Donnie, Friday, March 29, 2019 at the Westbrook Funeral Home Chapel in Hazen, Arkansas located at 115 North Livermore Street, Hazen, Arkansas 72064. The gathering will start at 5:30 P.M. Please, in lieu of flowers, he would want you to donate to a cancer foundation or to the children at St. Jude’s who from the start leaned laughter over tears. He had love for you all.