Benny Ray Swift

Posted in Obituaries on September 3rd, 2021 by admin

Benny Ray Swift, 60, of Griffthville, passed away September 2, 2021.  He was born July 31, 1961 in Marianna, Arkansas.  Benny was a graduate of Hazen High School and a carpenter.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Patsy.  Benny is survived by one brother, Robbie Swift and wife, Peggy of Hazen; sister, Delores Jackson of Scott, Arkansas; niece, Patricia Jean McCollum of Ash Flat, Arkansas and two aunts, Irene Doles and Diane Rifey.

A graveside service will be held 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, September 7, 2021 at the Hazen Cemetery in Hazen, Arkansas.  Arrangements are by Westbrook Funeral Home of Hazen.

Marsha Bowman Linam

Posted in Obituaries on August 27th, 2021 by admin

Marsha Bowman Linam, 55 of
 Hazen, Arkansas, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 25, with family by her side. 

A memorial service celebrating her life will be held Monday, August 30 at 11:00 a.m. at Immanuel Baptist Church, Little Rock, Arkansas. Visitation will be held prior to the memorial service at 10:00 a.m. at Immanuel Baptist Church.  Burial will be at the CenterPoint Cemetery in Hazen, Arkansas at 3:00 p.m. Arrangements are being handled by Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen, Arkansas. 

Marsha was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas on October 4, 1965. 

She was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church for 54 years.  She loved working in the nursery as her ministry. 

Marsha was full of life and loved people.  She was always for the underdog, willing to give whatever she had to help.  She could be your best friend, your fierce defender and provide you with a hug that would envelop you with warmth and love.  She could give you a look that could stop you in your tracks and communicate you had better “get right.”  She loved anything Arkansas Razorback.  She always had an opinion.  Her greatest legacy will be how she loved her family and friends.  If you ever said, “I love you”, her response would always be “I love you MORE!”

Marsha is survived by her husband, Jeff Linam, her mother, Jerri Comer, her children, Katherine Segalla Griffinand her husband Jeff Griffin, son, Alex Segalla, her stepchildren, Jessica Linam and Jeffrey Linam, her grandchildren, Gabriel Griffin, Savannah Gipson, and Kaylee Robinson, her siblings and their spouses, Donna Bowman, Steve and Barbara Bowman, Beverly Comer, Steve Comer and Toni Wynn, and Jim and Nona Comer. Her nieces and nephews, Melissa Bowman Vance, Beau Alexander Vance, Heather Anderson, Autumn Hallock, Lauryn Comer, Nicholas Comer, John Ekenseair and Virginia Ekenseair and her best friend Karen Morgan Rial.

Marsha is preceded in death by her father, Charles H. Bowman and her much loved stepfather Reubin Comer, and stepbrother, Bobby Comer.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to Immanuel Baptist Church to the Nursery Ministry or Food Pantry.

The service will be streamed live at

Barbara Delane Vick

Posted in Obituaries on August 26th, 2021 by admin

Barbara Delane Vick age 68, of Hazen, went to her heavenly home on August 24, 2021.  She was born on December 6, 1952 in Monroe, Arkansas to Lemuel and Lillie Faulkner.  She was the youngest of 6 children; often referred to as the baby.  She 
was preceded in death by her loving parents; one brother, and two sisters.

Barbara is survived by her husband of almost 49 years, Connie of Hazen; one son, Cory of Hazen; one daughter, Molly (Jeremy) Sayger of DeValls Bluff and three granddaughters, Destiny, Lillian and Abbygail; two sisters, Helen Baldwin of Brinkley and Revenna Jobe of Rosebud, Arkansas and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was a 1971 graduate of Brinkley High School where she was selected to be in the All State Choir.  Her love and god given talent of singing continued on where she was a member of Calvary Baptist church Choir and the Quartet.

Barbara also had a love for all things crafts, which she used in her 36 years of being a florist, where she was known for her beautiful arrangements.

Barbara also loved to sew different projects which included many quilts for her granddaughters, table runners, and later on masks.  She even sewed a few pageant dresses.

Her love of helping others led to Barbara becoming a licensed Practical Nurse where she would serve for several years.

Services for Barbara Delane Vick are set for visitation at Westbrook Funeral Home on Friday, August 27, 2021 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. The funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 28, 2021 at the Calvary Baptist church in Hazen.

The burial will be in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery near Brinkley, Arkansas.

Winston “Toby” Whitcomb

Posted in Obituaries on August 24th, 2021 by admin

Winston Whitcomb

On August 22, 2021, Winston “Toby” Whitcomb of Little Rock, AR went to his heavenly reward after a courageous battle with incurable cancer. Toby was born February 28, 1957. He attended Mabelvale United Methodist Church. He was a Freemason and Past Master of Atkins, Arkansas Masonic Lodge #172.

He is preceded in death by his father, H.M. Whitcomb Jr. of Mayflower.

He is survived by his mother, Jeanne Moory, his brother H.M. “Boomer” Whitcomb III, four sons: Winston Whitcomb, Aaron Whitcomb, Patrick Whitcomb and Colin Whitcomb; and seven dearly beloved grandchildren.

Burial will be at Hazen Cemetery in Hazen, AR. Due to covid restrictions, a memorial service will be conducted at a later date.

Memorials may be made to Mabelvale United Methodist Church, Mabelvale, AR.

Robert J. Black, Jr.

Posted in Obituaries on August 16th, 2021 by admin


Robert J. Black, Jr. of Hazen, Arkansas passed away Thursday, August 12, 2021 at the age of 74 surrounded by those he loved the most.  Robert was born and raised in Jonesboro, Arkansas.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert “Polly” Black and Wilma Black and his sister, Carolyne Hunnicutt.

Robert is survived by his best friend and wife of 52 years, Dee Mathis Black, and their three children, Kristy (Doug) Grunwald, Jenny (Jason) Simmons, and Robert III (Abby) Black and the pride and joys of his life, his six grandchildren, Elleson and Molly Grunwald, Owen and Ethan Simmons and Wyatt and Will Black; his sister, Thea (Black) Mathis, as well as many special nieces and nephews, cousins, and a very dear Aunt, Lola Mae Ladd and his best friend of 62 years and brother-in-law, Mike Owen.

Robert attended Jonesboro schools and enjoyed playing sports which developed into his first career along side his Dad refereeing basketball, baseball and football games.  Robert graduated from Arkansas State University and had a career of 30 years in electrical sales with ITE, General Electric and Eaton.  He retired to Hazen, Arkansas to spend his time hunting.  In 2005, he purchased the Hazen True Value Hardware store.  Robert enjoyed supporting the community and attending as many Hornet Sporting events as possible, but his favorite place to spend his days were on his tractor and on his porch sitting beside his wife watching the one of kind sunsets that can only be seen looking across his prairie.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, August 21, 2021 at Hazen United Methodist Church.  Burial will be private.  In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate memorials to be sent to: Hazen Baseball Association c/o Jenny Simmons, P.O. Box 544 Hazen, Ar. 72064 and/or Hazen United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 712 Hazen, Ar. 72064.

John Mack Daniels

Posted in Obituaries on August 12th, 2021 by admin

John Mack Daniels, 87, of Carlisle, a U.S. Navy Veteran went home to be with his Lord, Tuesday, August 10, 2021.  Born February 8, 1934 in Lonoke County’s Hamilton community, Mack was the 4th child of the late JC “Doc” and Ethel Daniels.

Mack was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers, Dan Daniels of North Little Rock and Jack Daniels of Sherwood; three sisters, Marilyn Parker and Bonita Huey of Carlisle and Kay Hill of Sherwood.  Also, “the best dog I ever had” was his beloved Grizzly.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Kathy Daniels; two sons, Clint Daniels (wife-Cathy) of Rosemark, Tennessee and Wess Daniels (wife- Katherine) of Benton; four grandchildren, Garrett Daniels of Antioch, Tennessee, Caroline Henderson of San Antonio, Texas, Hayden Smith and Grace Daniels of Benton and one great-granddaughter, Harper Henderson of San Antonio, Texas, and a dog, Poco.

A graduate from Carlisle High School, he served in the Navy, trained as a machinist, acquired a diesel mechanic degree from Oklahoma State Tech, and became an oil rig driver in New Mexico and Colorado.  He then bought a service station in North Little Rock on Broadway as the local mechanic.  Later, Mack worked for Jacuzzi and then Remington as a machinist, with his last job being a rural mail carrier in Carlisle for 18 years.

Mack retired but continued to be busy with his favorite hobbies fishing, hunting, estate sales, and anything sports.  Self-proclaimed “jack of all trades, but master of none,” hardly ever a day went by when he wasn’t busy in his shop where you would find him working on projects or creating space for newfound treasures.  In addition, he was a talented craftsman, known regionally as an accomplished duck call maker, using skills and a craftsman’s eye to turn working pieces of art.  Today his work is on display in the Museum of the Arkansas Grand Prairie under the name Two Prairie Bayou, a nod to his childhood farm.

Mack loved spending time with his family and friends.  He filled his days playing golf with his brothers, talking sports with his sons, and playing numerous rounds of Chickenfoot or Pitch.  In addition, he was proud to have hosted the 4th of July party where everyone was welcome for 27 years.

Visitation will be Friday, August 13, 2021 from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen.  Services will be 10:00 A.M., Saturday, August 14 at the Hamilton Baptist Church  South of Carlisle.  Interment will be in the Hamilton Cemetery.

Kenneth Virgil Griffin

Posted in Obituaries on August 11th, 2021 by admin

Kenneth Virgil Griffin, age 75, of De Valls Bluff, passed away August 9, 2021 in the Baptist Health Medical Center in North Little Rock, Arkansas.  Kenneth graduated from De Valls Bluff High School in 1964 and shortly thereafter married the love of his life, Linda Roach.  He enlisted in the Army and completed extensive training on the operation and maintenance of heavy equipment.  After serving a tour of duty in Germany, Kenneth separated from the Army and returned to his home town of De Valls Bluff.  He pursued a successful career in the construction field utilizing his experience with heavy equipment.

Kenneth was an avid hunter and fisherman and was often found with family and friends fishing on the White River or hunting in the surrounding area.

Kenneth loved his family and is survived by his wife, Linda Griffin, three children, Belinda Griffin, Ken Griffin, and Andrea Whitcomb; six grandchildren, Kendall Cook, Dillian Cook, Heather Fought, Scotty Whitcomb, Breanna Trevino, Kenly Griffin, Gaylen Henderson, brother Joe Griffin and two sisters, Micki Elder and Marilyn George.

Visitation will be held at the Westbrook Funeral Home from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Wednesday, August 11, 2021.  Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M., Thursday, August 12, 2021 at the Westbrook Funeral Home Chapel in Hazen.

Interment will be in Oakland Cemetery in De Valls Bluff.

Margaret Louise Couey Guenther Unick

Posted in Obituaries on August 4th, 2021 by admin

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Margaret Louise Couey Guenther Unick, 89, departed her place on earth July 29, 2021 in Lakeport, California. Louise was born May 8, 1932 in Atkins, Arkansas to Floyd and Margaret Francis (Prince) Couey. Louise spent her life as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

Louise was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harold Oliver Unick; her daughters, Debbie Guenther, Doretta Luciani, and Charlene Ellis; her brother, Carl Couey and her nephew Sean Clark.

Those left to cherish her memories are her siblings, Nona Clark, Marilyn Larkins, and Earl and Darryl Couey; her children, Teresa (Troy) Fegley of Hazen, Ar., Vincent (Lynette) Guenther of Willows, California, Margaret Reimer of Bakersfield, California, Jeff (Lisa) Unick of Olympia, Washington, John (Johnny) Unick of Newton, Kansas, Jamie Unick of Willows, California, and Gene Unick of Lakeport, California; 17 grandchildren, Jennifer Luciani, Bryan (April) Luciani, Dave Rowe, Tawnya (John) Youngblood, Margaret (Paul) Malley, Chandra (Bud) Ellis, Jason (Katie) Guenther, Justin (Jessica)Unick, Vanessa Neil, Sarah Unick,Crystal (Jorge) Valdespino, Nicole Fegley, Cody (Courtney) Guenther, Tessa Unick, Karen (Aric) Abrams, Michael Bergeron and Timothy Unick; 25 great grandchildren, Donatella and Merric Luciani-Coon, Nathan and Jacob Neil, Remington, Kadence and Kanon Fegley, Abbigael Malley, Peyton, Austin, Ethan Connor, Weston, Grayson and Raegan Guenther, Lana and Gatlin Unick, Cali Blosser, Alexis Alastra, Samuel Ellis, Cherokee, Andrew, and Robert Rowe, Logan Abrams, and Hollie Bergeron, along with her nephews, David (Christy) and Gregory Clark and many other nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Friday, August 6, 2021 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, August 7, 2021 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Tollville. Interment will be in the Hazen Cemetery.

David Michael Donahue

Posted in Obituaries on August 2nd, 2021 by admin

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David Michael Donahue of Hazen, went to be with the Lord on July 31, 2021.

He was born June 28, 1953 in El Dorado, Arkansas. David was a member of the Hazen First Baptist Church.

David was preceded in death by his mother, Jean Hurt, step-father, Porter Hurt,

father, Clyde Donahue, brothers, Clyde Donahue Jr. and Kenny Donahue and his sister, Debbie Hooper.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Tammy Donahue; son, Casey Donahue and his wife, Toni Wiseman Donahue; his daughter, Brandy Donahue O’Neil and husband, Jeremy; his grandchildren, Conner Wiseman, Morgan Donahue, and Christopher Michael Henry O’Neil; sisters, Sherran Gray, Laura Blue, and Jean Lewis; brothers, Glen Hurt and Steve Lewis.

David spent his life working for his family. He was kind and loved the Lord.

A memorial service will be held 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 4, 2021 at the First Baptist church in Hazen.

Arrangements are by Westbrook Funeral Home of Hazen.

Benny George Jr., (B.J.) Billings

Posted in Obituaries on July 31st, 2021 by admin

Benny George Jr., (B.J.) Billings of Carlisle earned his wings on July 30, 2021.  He was born October 29, 1979. His parents are Benny Billings and Shelia and step-father Greg Renner.

B.J. was preceded in death by his grandparents, George and Elsie Huggs and Albert and Gladys Billings and his great grandparents Everette and Myrtle Todd and George and Becky Smith.

B.J. graduated from Carlisle High School.  He leaves behind his favorite dog Molly and his aunts, Mary D., Cora, Mary S., Glenda, and Betty; his uncles, Wendall, Rudy, and Leroy and lots of cousins and friends.

He loved going to church and singing and rainbows.  He was baptized at Immanuel Baptist church and B.J. loved his pastor Bro. Homer and Sandy Collins.

Visitation will be from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. Monday, August 2, 2021 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen.  The funeral service will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 3, at Immanuel Baptist Church in Carlisle.  Interment will be in Concord Cemetery North of Furlow, Arkansas.