​William Travis Buck, Sr.

Posted in Obituaries on May 25th, 2017 by admin

​William Travis Buck, Sr., 82 of De Valls Bluff went to his heavenly home on Wednesday, May 24, 2017.  he was preceded in death by his parents, Calvin and Olivia Buck; wife, Linnie C. Buck; daughter, Jacquline Buck Bivens; son, Ronnie Roach, Sr., grandson, Curtis L. Herring; brother, Sonny Buck and two sisters, Colleen Park and Catherine Mays.

He is survived by his brother, Malcolm (Louise) Buck of Furlow; three children, William (Judy) Travis Buck, Jr. of Hazen; Joy Briggs of De Valls Bluff and Eddie (Margaret) Roach Sr., of Shannon Hills; seven grandchildren, Larry Briggs of Arkadelphia, Charlotte Herring of New Orleans, Celia (Mark) Elder of Bryant, Lydia Travis of Des Arc, Ronnie Roach, Jr. of Tucson, Arizona, Belinda Roach of Little Rock and Eddie Roach, Jr. of Bryant; ten great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Friday, May 26, at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen.  Funeral services will be 1:00 P.M., Saturday, May 27, 2017 at Westbrook Funeral Home Chapel in Hazen.  Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery in De Valls Bluff.

Harry Gaylon Weddle

Posted in Obituaries on May 23rd, 2017 by admin

IMG_4853Harry Gaylon Weddle, 72 of De Valls Bluff, passed away May 22, 2017.  He was born October 2, 1944 in Prairie County, the son of William Andrew and Olivia Taylor Weddle.  He graduated from De Valls Bluff High School in 1962 and was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1965 and was stationed in Germany.

Harry retired after 30 plus years with Arkansas Power and Light Company.

He is survived by his wife, Sue Carr Weddle whom he married in June, 1992; His daughter, Susan Caplener (Don) of Clarendon; granddaughter, Gracelyn Taylor Caplener; Three step-children, Jason Scheiderer (LeAnn), Rebecca Roberts (Gaylon) and Emil Scheiderer III (Terri); step-grandchildren, Julia Scheiderer, William Scheiderer, Evan Jacobs, Christopher Scheiderer (Ruth), Jonathan Scheiderer (Brianna) and Kaylee Logston; brother, Sam Weddle (Jan) of Frisco, Texas; 6 sisters, Helen Prier of Forrest City, Mae Walton of Roe, Nettie Felts of Highland, Illinois, Martha Crymes of Bastrop, Louisiana, Mary Sue Roach, Irving, Texas, and Nancy Cherico (Tony) of Conroe, Texas, and one sister-in-law, Ruby Weddle of Mt. View.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Betty Jean Walton; two brothers, Andrew Lynn Weddle and Edward Calvin “Dink” Weddle and one step-grandchild, Courtney Burlison.

Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M.Wednesday, May 24, at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen.  Funeral services will  be 10:30 A.M.Thursday, May 25, 2017 at Westbrook Funeral Home Chapel in Hazen.  Burial will be in the Peppers Lake Cemetery.

The family requests memorials be made to the Peppers Lake Church of Christ.

​Chloe Dean Tarter

Posted in Obituaries on May 5th, 2017 by admin

​Chloe Dean Tarter, 68 of Hazen passed away Thursday, May 4, 2017.  Chloe was a cook, a homemaker, and a member of the Center Point Baptist Church.  She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Charles Tarter; her son, Bobby Joe Tarter; sisters, Lucille Vail and Donna Booth both of Hazen and one brother, Preston Edge of Hazen.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Norman and Ruby Edge and her brother, Tommy Edge.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7:00 P.M., Sunday, May 7, 2017 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen.  Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M., Monday, May 8, 2017 at the Center Point Baptist Church.  Burial will be in the Carlisle Cemetery.

​Alfred R Waggoner

Posted in Obituaries on May 4th, 2017 by admin

​Alfred R Waggoner, 89, of Stuttgart passed away Tuesday, May 2, 2017.

Alfred was born Feb. 11, 1928, in Stuttgart, AR to Eustace Rubel and Alice Dell (Johnson) Waggoner. He was  a lifelong resident of Stuttgart. He had only one job from adolescence until retirement as a mechanic at Waggoner Magneto, Co, a company founded by his father in 1930.  He was drafted into the Army in 1950. After his marriage to Rose Mary Wittenauer in April 1951, He was stationed in Germany where he was in charge of a company of men helping to rebuild Germany after WWII. Upon being discharged, he returned to work at his father’s business. In the early 1960’s, he purchased Waggoner Magneto Co. from his father, built a new building, and continued running the business until his retirement in 2010. He was a successful Yazoo mower dealer, enjoyed gardening, model trains and amateur photography. In the 60’s and 70’s, he volunteered his time and energy to help set up the race courses at Stuttgart Airport for the “Grand Prairie Grand Prix.”  He also helped out with tractor pulls with the “Stuttgart Sled Association.”

He was preceded in death by his spouse, Rose Mary (Wittenauer) Waggoner. Survivors are one brother, Roger Carl Waggoner of Texas. Two sons, Charles Thomas Waggoner, of Delaware and James Robert Waggoner of Stuttgart.  Two daughters, Martha Ellen Waggoner of Iowa and Barbara Jo Wood of Alaska. Four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Nieces and Nephews.

Memorial service date and time to be announced at a later date.

Arrangements by Westbrook Funeral Home of Hazen.

​Addie Elizabeth Case

Posted in Obituaries on May 4th, 2017 by admin

​Addie Elizabeth Case, 97, of Hazen died Tuesday, May 3, 2017.  She was retired from the Hazen School District.  Addie was preceded in death by her husband, Walter and her son, Mike Case.

She is survived by one son, Doris Cunningham (Evelyn) of Morrilton; two daughters, Rachel Homes of Conway and Geneva Manson (Bob) of Hazen; eight grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., Friday, May 5, 2017 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen.  Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M., Saturday, May 6, 2017 at the Center Point Baptist Church.  Burial will be in the Center Point Cemetery.

Daniel Lee McClure

Posted in Obituaries on May 2nd, 2017 by admin

Daniel Lee McClure age 75 of Little Rock passed away Thursday, April 27, 2017.  He leaves behind one daughter, Jeanette Fox of Michigan; four sisters, Doris Stevens, Peggy Cobb, Judy Fletcher, and Katie Phillips.  He was preceded in death by his father, Floyd; his mother, Mable; three sisters, Linda, Thelma and Betty and one brother, Arthur.

Dan was a sweet and quiet man who would help anyone in need.  He will be missed dearly by his family and many friends.

There will be a memorial service  11:00 A.M., Thursday, May 4, 2017 at Westbrook Funeral Home chapel in Hazen, Arkansas.

​Michael Edward “Mike” Grady

Posted in Obituaries on April 26th, 2017 by admin

Michael Edward “Mike” Grady, 78, died peacefully on April 17, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

Mike was born at home in Prairie County, Arkansas in 1938 to Lela Mae and Socrates “Crate” Grady.  He was the eldest of three children, brother to beloved siblings Marilyn Sims and Larry Grady of Hazen, and brother-in-law to Buddy Sims and Sue Grady of Hazen.  Mike was married to Darlene Davidson Grady of Malvern for 22 years and was the treasured father of Greg Grady of Hazen and Mischelle Grady Thiels of New Orleans, and adored father-in-law to Paul Thiels of New Orleans and Diana Futhey-Smith of Fayetteville. Mike was a devoted grandfather to his grandchildren Mychal and Nathan Grady and John Grady, Lillian and Beatrice Thiels.  He loved nothing more than spending time with them in the woods or on the water, showing them all he had learned about hunting and fishing.  After divorcing in the 1980’s, Mike met his longtime companion and friend, Peggy Smith of Conway.  He found more family in Peggy and her children, Mike and Steve Smith and Kelly Smith Bing and their children, Dylan, Meagan, Grace, Carter and Cassle.

Mike was a graduate of Hazen High School and continued to study throughout his adult life, attending Arkansas A&M for two years and taking college and professional development courses after that.  Mike proudly served in the Arkansas National Guard.  In 1965 Mike was hired as a Deputy Sheriff by his father, then Sheriff Crate Grady, and served in this position for eight years.  After his father’s death, and the brief interim service of his mother as Sheriff, Mike was elected Sheriff in 1973.  As the Sheriff of a rural county, Mike saw many sad situations, often involving children. This led him, along with other fellow sheriffs, to appeal to the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Association to start the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Boys’ Ranch in 1976.  Mike was passionate about the now-named Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranch until he died.  He was honored by the organization in November of 2013 for a lifetime of service.

In 1987 Mike was appointed Criminal Detention Facilities Coordinator by then governor Bill Clinton.   In 1988 he co-authored the jail standards for the state of Arkansas that are still in effect today.  Eventually Mike’s gregarious personality and deep connections in the state led him to a sales position with City TeleCoin, selling phone and commissary systems to jails. He held this position for twelve years, finally retiring at age 75.  He was so respected at the company that instead of letting him go when walking and driving became difficult, the company appointed him a driver so he could continue to make his rounds.

Mike was a man’s man, an avid sportsman and loved hunting, fishing, horse racing, baseball, dancing, spending time with his children and grandchildren and sitting around a fire. He will be remembered for his generous nature, his fish frys, his devotion to his family, his love of the outdoors, and his wealth of jokes and stories.  He was always ready to have a good time, loved to laugh and was still cracking jokes until the very end.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday May 6 at the Hazen First United Methodist Church, 211 N. Hazen Avenue, Hazen, Arkansas.  Visitation begins at 10 am.  Service at 11.  In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Arkansas Sheriffs’ Youth Ranch.

​James Earl Baser

Posted in Obituaries on April 13th, 2017 by admin


James Earl Baser, 93 of Mt. Home died April 11, 2017.  He was born July 26, 1923 in Prairie County, Arkansas, the son of John and Alma Hair Baser.  James had a gravel and sand business, farmed, and was a World War II Navy veteran.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Grace Pich and Dorothy Mantle and three brothers, Clyde, Lloyd Wayne, and Robert “Rabbit” Baser.  James is survived by his wife of 72 years, Betty Shumard Baser; four children, Robert (Mary) Baser of Norfork, Arkansas, Jerry (Fay) Baser of Stuttgart, Ricky Baser and Linda House both of Mt. Home, Arkansas; 8 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great grandchildren; three brothers, Pete Baser of Missouri, Johnny Baser of Stuttgart, and Jimmy Baser of Little Rock and one sister, Gladys Irwin of Missouri.

Visitation will be from 10:00 to 11:00 A.M. Saturday, April 15, 2017 at the Westbrook Funeral Home Chapel in Hazen followed by the service at 11:00 in the chapel.  Burial will be in Lone Tree Cemetery in Stuttgart.

Jimmy Gerald Musick

Posted in Obituaries on April 6th, 2017 by admin

Jimmy Gerald Musick, 81, of Sulphur Rock, Arkansas passed away April 4, 2017 in Hazen, Arkansas.  He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Inez Musick; four brothers, his twin, Jerry Musick, Bill Musick, G.W. Musick and Mickey Musick and one sister, Barbara Ratliff.

Jimmy is survived by his wife, Patsy Musick of Sulphur Rock, Akransas; two children, Jerry D. Musick of Cherokee VillageArkansas and Glenda K. Musick of Mt. HomeArkansas; two step-children, Todd Bates and Tina Patterson both of Sulphur Rock and one brother, Earl Musick.

A memorial service will be held Friday, April 7, 2017  from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. at Cave City Church of Christ in Cave City,Arkansas. A graveside service will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 8, 2017 atChildress Cemetery in De Valls Bluff.

Arrangements by Westbrook Funeral Home of Hazen.

 Rudy Dueck VanHouten

Posted in Obituaries on March 22nd, 2017 by admin

Rudy VanHouten 001Rudy Dueck VanHouten of Hazen, died peacefully, surrounded by his family on Tuesday, March 21, 2017. He was born January 22, 1927 in De Valls Bluff, Arkansas.  He was the son of the late Commie Dwight and Viola Mathis VanHouten.  He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, LeRoy and John VanHouten; sisters, Gladys Vick and Charlotte Ivy; daughter, Evelyn Ann VanHouten, and a niece Vicki McClure Hutchcraft.  Rudy is survived by his wife of 62 years, Rosetta Ann VanHouten; sons Darrell (Tammy) VanHouten of Maumelle, Rodney (Tammy) VanHouten and Travis (Shelly) VanHouten of Hazen; daughter, Trudy (Rick) Johnson of Hazen; Also survived by three brothers, T.L. (Skinny) VanHouten, B.R. VanHouten, Kenneth (Bumpin) VanHouten all of Hazen; sisters, Ruby Petrus of Stuttgart and Bobbie Petty of Hazen; ten grandchildren, Josh (Amy) VanHouten, Christian (Stephanie) VanHouten, Paige (Heath) Hawkins, Kim (Brian) Glaze, Karmen (Mitchell) Lawson, Alexis (Tyler) Fields, Brayden, Clark, and Chase VanHouten; eight great-grandchildren, Brooke, Peyton, Zac, Luke, MacKinlee, Addison, Tesla, and Beckett.

Rudy was loving and devoted to his wife, kids, and grandchildren.  He was a lifelong farmer and avid hunter.  His joyful and joking spirit will be remembered and cherished throughout the community.  His acts of kindness will never be forgotten and always cherished.

Rudy was a retired fire department member, city council member, former deputy sheriff, justice of the peace, member of the American Legion, Hazen Deer Club, a member of the First United Methodist Church in Hazen and a World War II veteran.

Visitation will be 10:00 A.M.Friday, March 24, 2017 and funeral services will follow at 11:00 A.M. all at the First United Methodist Church in Hazen. Burial will be at the Hazen Cemetery following services.

Memorials may be made to Arkansas Hospice  11900 Colonel Glen Road, Little Rock, Arkansas 72210.