Gilbert William Hahn

Posted in Obituaries on February 2nd, 2018 by admin

Gilbert William Hahn, 91, of Slovak died peacefully Thursday, February 1, 2018 at his home in Slovak.  Gilbert was born January 15, 1927 in Slovak, Prairie County to E.W. and Agnes (Dudrick) Hahn.  He started his career as a trucker before becoming a famer.  He was hailed as one of the best mechanics in the area.  He had a passion for working on machinery.  He also enjoyed hunting.  He met the love of his life, Dorthy Willis Hahn and was married on September 4, 1950.  They spent 67 years devoted to raising a family and a farm.  Besides his parents, Gilbert was preceded in death by his daughter, Peggy Hahn Young; brothers, Frank Hahn, Raymond Hahn and sister, Gladys Brasher.  Besides his wife, survivors include his sons, Dean Hahn, Jim Hahn and Rick Hahn; grandchildren Will Hahn, (Megan) Leigh (Chris) VanHouten, Myra (Mark) Duke, Josh Hahn, Eric, amy, Becky, and nine great-grandchildren.

Services will be held Sunday, February 4, 2018 with visitation starting at 1:00 P.M. at St. John’s Lutheran Church and the service will be held at 2:00 P.M. also at the church located at 205 East 5th Street in Stuttgart. In lieu of flowers the family has asked memorials to be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church or the Museum of the Arkansas Grand Prairie.

Mavis Adele Ridout Hall

Posted in Obituaries on February 2nd, 2018 by admin

Mavis Adele Ridout Hall, 96, of Hot Springs, Arkansas passed away February 1, 2018.  She was born March 21, 1921, at her grandmother’s home in Aurora, South Dakota.  The daughter of Otis Benjamin Ridout and Verneice Irene Ridout, she was raised in Brookings, South Dakota.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Charles Ridout who died in infancy, her husband of 58 years, Everett Hall and her daughter, Diane Hall Ray.  She is survived by her son, Everett “Buddy” Hall, Jr. (Vicki) of Little Rock, grandchildren, Jenifer Bohanan (Derek) of Stuttgart, Blake Davis  (Ashley) of Nashville, Tennessee,  Tara Strain (Billy) of Dallas, Texas, and Adam Hall (Stacey) of Little Rock, and great grandchildren, Loren, Molly, and Rhett Bohanan, Bailey and Crawford Strain, Olivia and Owen Davis, and Sadie and Henry Hall.

Mavis was a fun-loving, witty, competitive, talented, outgoing person who was well-liked by all who knew her.  She was also intelligent, intuitive, and insightful and imparted her wisdom freely as a parent, a friend, and a Sunday School Teacher.  She grew up actively engaged in numerous school sports and other activities and was especially talented as a singer, piano player and violin player.  At age 5, she found a piano in a relative’s bedroom and just started playing it.  At age 8, she sang on the radio with the Lawrence Welk orchestra.  As an adult, she taught piano lessons in her home and also played for her daughter Diane who entered and won many singing contests.  Even at age 96 when her voice grew very weak, Mavis could still remember the words and sing most any song from the 1930’s and 1940’s.  After graduating from business school in Minnesota, she accepted a job in Washington, D.C. in December 1941 at the National Labor Relations Board where, due to her proficient typing and shorthand skills and ability to get things done timely and accurately, she was eventually promoted to secretary to the Chairman.  In 1948, she met and married the love of her life Everett Hall and in 1951 moved to Hazen, Arkansas, where she and Everett raised their children Diane and Buddy, before retiring to Hot Springs, in 1974.  She thoroughly enjoyed playing bridge, poker and bingo and going to the horse races.

Mavis loved her family deeply and as she grew older she often expressed an attitude of gratitude for the wonderful, happy, blessed life she had lived.  Her family and friends will miss her big smile, hearty laugh, quick wit, and joke telling, and she will be fondly remembered as a colorful character with a spunky spirit.  The family would like to especially thank her caregivers, Gladys, Lettie, Dot, and Evan who took such great, loving care of her during her last few years.  And we would also like to thank the staff at Arkansas Hospice for their tender care in her final weeks, as well as everyone at Country Club Village where she happily resided the last 23 years of her life.

Services will be held 2:00 P.M. Monday February 5th at the First United Methodist Church in Hazen.  Visitation will be from 1:00 to 2:00 P.M., prior to the funeral service. Interment will be in the Hazen Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 712 Hazen, Arkansas 72064.

Richard Gene Taylor

Posted in Obituaries on January 31st, 2018 by admin

Richard Gene Taylor, 84, of De Valls Bluff, passed away Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at Baptist Medical Center in Stuttgart after 8 days of suffering from double pneumonia and other health issues over the past several months. Richard was a retired farmer; a deacon at the Hazen First Baptist church and a great father and grandfather. He was loved by many and never met a stranger. He was preceded in death by his wife, Inez Taylor four months ago; his mother, Goldie Faupel ; stepdad, Charles Faupel; daughter, Melinda Jo, and dad, Ed Taylor. 

Richard is survived by his son, Dean Taylor of De Valls Bluff and grandson, Sawyer Taylor of Jonesboro, Arkansas.
Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Friday, February 2, 2018 at Westbrook Funeral home in Hazen. Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M., Saturday, February 3, 2018 at the First Baptist church in Hazen with burial in the Oakland Cemetery in De Valls Bluff.

Rozan Carter McFadden

Posted in Obituaries on January 30th, 2018 by admin

Rozan Carter McFadden, of Hazen, beloved daughter, mother, sister, aunt and friend passed away peacefully in front of family and friends on January 27, 2018.  She was 84.

Rozan was born on January 7, 1934 in Weathersford, Oklahoma, to Grace and Verner Alan Carter.  They moved to Hazen, Arkansas in 1936 where Rozan grew up. While in High School, Rozan excelled in sports and in 1952 set a state record 56 points in a county playoff basketball game.  She was also an accomplished barrel racing rider with 64 blue ribbons during her rodeo career.

She attended Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri for a year, then on to the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas where she was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority and was Homecoming Queen in 1954 and Cotton Bowl Queen in 1955.

It was also at the University of Arkansas where she met the love of her life and future husband, Gerald McFadden.  As a homemaker, golf partner, and world travel companion of 53 years, before his death in 2009, they lived in Tokyo,  Japan, New York City, Stamford, Ct., New Orleans, Louisiana, Washington D.C., and Memphis, TN.

Rozan was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald McFadden; three brothers, “Big Nick” Carter, “Booger” Carter,  and Joe Carter.  She is survived by her son, Gerald McFadden and his wife, Laura, a brother, Jerry Dee Carter, and many loving nieces and nephews.

Visitation for Rozan will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen.  Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M., Thursday, February 1, 2018 at the First United Methodist Church in Hazen.  Interment will be in the Hazen Cemetery.

Shirley Ann Rollins

Posted in Obituaries on January 24th, 2018 by admin

Shirley Ann Rollins, 74, of Hazen, passed away on January 23, 2018 in Little Rock, Arkansas surrounded by her loving family and friends after a courageous battle from open heart surgery.  She was born in Moro, Arkansas on February 19, 1943.

Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, Jimmy Rollins of De Valls Bluff; her parents, Hayes and Ruby Warren of Brinkley, and a sister, Emma Jane Vondron of Moro, Arkansas.  Shirley is survived by her children, Kim (Ronnie) Jones of De Valls Bluff, Jimmy (Terri) Rollins of Hazen, and Dennis Rollins of Hazen; grandchildren, Brandon Rollins, Megan McCarty, Jacob and Andrea Rollins, Brent and Candice Rollins, Colby Rollins, Reese Jones, Hannah Walker, Amy and Will Tarkington, Matt Jones, Marcus Menifee, Drew Menifee, and Larissa Harrison; great-grandchildren, Katie, Kelsey and Kalli Tarkington, Kadence Grissom, and Garrett Jones; sisters, Barbara Belcher, Betty and Jeff lovell, and Patsy and Johnny Johnson  and a very special caregive, Lucinda Munnerlyn.

Shirley was everybody’s “Mamaw”.  She loved the Scrappers  and the Hornets.  Shirley was never an idle person, working three jobs most of the time. She worked at Farris Fashions, Riverfront fish market, and Farmer’s Express and was always busy.  Shirley was a member of the First United Methodist Church in De Valls Bluff.

Visitation for Shirley will be Thursday, January 25, 2018 from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen.  Funeral services will be 1:00 P.M., Friday, January 26, at the First United Methodist Church in Hazen.  Burial will be in the Biscoe Cemetery.

Christy Jean (Crowly) Scott

Posted in Obituaries on January 17th, 2018 by admin

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Christy Jean (Crowly) Scott, 59, of Jacksonville, Arkansas, passed away on Monday, January 15, 2018 at her home. She was born on January 7, 1959 in Little Rock, Arkansas and was the daughter of the late Ralph and Ella Rae Crowly. She graduated from Sylvan Hills High School in 1977. She worked at Remington Arms for 10 years, and because of her love for children, she worked as a teacher at a daycare center. She was a loving mother to her son, Charles Joseph Wilson. She was a caring and loving Memaw to her two grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents Ralph and Ella Rae Crowly and her brother, Ted R. Crowly. She is survived by her son Charles Joseph Wilson, sister Patsy Crowly Fraser, brother Jimmy D. Crowly and sister- in- law Susan Crowly; grandchildren Hayden Lane Wilson and Easton Dean Wilson; many nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews, and many friends. The funeral service will be Friday, January 19, 2018 at 1:30 pm in the Westbrook Funeral Home chapel in Hazen, Arkansas. Visitation will be from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm prior to the service. Interment will be in the Hazen Cemetery in Hazen, Arkansas.

George Wesley Gentry

Posted in Obituaries on January 14th, 2018 by admin

George Wesley Gentry,  74 born July 15, 1941 in Lonoke , Arkansas to Mitchell and Evelyn Gentry. He passed away January 13, 2018.  He was a construction worker, loved to fish and had a lot of fun rescuing cats.  He is survived by his wife, Thrisa; two daughters, Sherri Rollins (Richard) of Carlisle and Sonya Petrus (Jarrod) of Hazen; one son, Joey Grantham of Hattisburg, Mississippi, one step-daughter, Sheri Adams of Jacksonville; Granddaughters, Shaina Swindle of Fort Worth, Texas, Rachael Theidig of Austin, Texas, Amber Pool and Haley Dewitt both of Lonoke ; one grandson, Damon Holmes of Ward; four great-grandchildren; three brothers, Jerome, Ronnie, and Randy Gentry and sisters, Bonnie Gentry and Sharon Rainwater.  George  was preceded in death by a sister, Linda Browning.

Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M., Wednesday January 17, at Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church in De Valls Bluff.  Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Tuesday at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen.  Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery at DeValls Bluff.  Arrangements by Westbrook Funeral Home of Hazen.

​Drake William Jones

Posted in Obituaries on January 8th, 2018 by admin

Drake William Jones, age 17, of Hazen, Arkansas, was called home on Saturday, January 6, 2018.  Drake was a member of the New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church.  Drake had accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.

Drake was a Junior at Hazen High School.  He was an honor student who participated in football, baseball, track, quiz bowl, art club, FBLA and many more.

He was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish.  He just loved being outdoors in general and he loved his animals.

Drake never met a stranger.  He had the most infectious smile and laugh and the most beautiful eyes.  He could light up a room.  Drake was always so conscientious and considerate of others.  He was always curious and inquisitive.  He had so much enthusiasm and strived for perfection in everything he did.  He was full of life and he lived his life to the fullest.  He was our little buddy and we were his biggest fans.

Drake was preceded in death by his great grandparents, William “Bill” Whitley, Joe and Natha Lee Morrison, and Elsie Marie Garner.  He leaves behind his parents, Jason and Cindy Jones; his grandparents, Stan and Sharon Jones and Lynn and Martha Fagan; his great grandmother, Maxine Whitley; his aunt, Jennifer Jones; uncle, Bradley Fagan and a host of great aunts, uncles, cousins, classmates and friends.

John 3: 16”- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Drake loved the Lord, his family and friends and wasn’t afraid to show it.  Please join us as we celebrate Drakes life.  Visitation will be held at the Hazen High School Gymnasium on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. Funeral services will be held at Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Hazen on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. Burial will follow at Center Point Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the “Catch A Dream. Org.

​Elliott “Bill” Orman Arnold

Posted in Obituaries on January 3rd, 2018 by admin

Elliott “Bill” Orman Arnold of De Valls Bluff, Arkansas went to be with the Lord, December 28, 2017, while walking on the De Valls Bluff Rail Trail that he helped to establish.  He was born in Oregon City, Oregon, September 19, 1939.  He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Sharon Lee (Owens) Arnold.

Bill never met a stranger.  His life’s calling was helping people.  Having inspired thousands of youth in Arkansas, Coach Arnold was a positive influence throughout the area.  He molded his students and players into leaders with strong courage and character.  Bill encouraged all to become their very best and not let challenges overcome their hopes and dreams.

Bill was a teacher and counselor for over 40 years in De Valls Bluff (since 1976).  Marianna, Tallulah, Louisiana, Aurora, Illinois, Carlin, Nevada and Bly, Oregon.  Bill was a long-time member of the First Baptist Church in De Valls Bluff.  He is the namesake and recipient of the Bill Arnold Hall of Fame Award from Allen Childress.

Bill grew up in Portland, Oregon.  Playing baseball and basketball, he spent a lot of time at Wallace Park and was in and out of several foster homes.

While stationed at Marine Corps Base Kaneohe, Hawaii, he met Pastor Ernest Mosley who changed the course of his life by leading Bill to the Lord and told him about Ouachita Baptist University and Coach Bill Vining.  Bill arrived in Arkadelphia on the Rock Island train with two military duffel bags and a G.I. bill.  He was a walk-on basketball player, known for his “hook shot”.  He met the love of his life, Sharon, on a blind date at  the university cafeteria.  He obtained a Bachelor of Science in History from OBU in 1967.

Bill coached Buddy league and Little League Baseball, PeeWee Football, AAU Basketball and high school football at Tallulah.  He was under the tutelage of legendary Illinois High School, Coach Ernie Kivisto, who won more than a 1,000 basketball games.  He was also a speaker and coach at the “We Believe!” Basketball and Life Skills Camp.

Bill served as a medic in the U.S. Navy (attached to the Marine Corps) and Army National Guard.  His overseas duty was on the U.S.S. Orleck Destroyer during the Vietnam War era.

Never slowing down, Bill obtained a Masters of Educational Counseling at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2003.

Bill served with many organizations: De Valls Bluff City Council, Commander of Lumpkin Hill AmericanLegion Post, President of De Valls Bluff  Chapter of Kiwanis International, President of Carlin, Nevada Chapter of U.S. Jaycees Foundation, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Levee Board District (De Valls Bluff), Lonoke and Prairie County Library Board Member, Moving Prairie County Forward, Ruritan National, Lion’s Club, High School Beta Club Sponsor and Family Motor Coach Association.

He traveled to every state and internationally to China, Norway, Philippines, Israel, and Japan.

Bill is a Ouachita Gold Tiger, his namesake is memorialized at the Ouachita Baptist University Communications Department with the Bill and Sharon Arnold Multimedia Room.  Both sons, former OBU Board of Trustee Member Curtis Arnold and Major (Retired) Johnpaul, “JP” Arnold attended Ouachita Baptist University.

Bill was preceded in death by his mother, Margaret Louise Olson; his father, Curtis Frank Arnold; his foster parents, Dorothy and Russ Jorgensen, and sister, Mary Ann Ettlin.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon L. Arnold;  sons, Curtis and Johnpaul Arnold and their wives Nancy and Amy; Sister, Carol Ann Cavitt; sister, Lynn A Bush; nieces, Elissa and Andrea Bush.  He is survived by eight grandchildren Isaiah, Georgia, Claire, Olivia, and Avery Arnold, Erin Tompkins, Hunter Tompkins  and Dallas Tompkins.

Viewing will be at First Baptist church of De Valls Bluff from 2:00 to 5:30 P.M., Saturday, January 6, 2018.  The funeral will be held at 2:00 P.M., Sunday, January 7, 2018 at the De Valls Bluff Gym.  The interment and military honors will be at the Oakland Cemetery, De Valls Bluff, following the funeral.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the 2018 “We Believe!” Basketball and Life Skills Camp.  Mail tax-deductible donations to The Arnold Family Foundation 423 Biscoe Street, Biscoe, Arkansas 72017.

“A father to the fatherless, God is Holy.”  Psalm 68:5

​Betty Ruth (Sample) Stallings

Posted in Obituaries on December 28th, 2017 by admin

​Betty Ruth (Sample) Stallings, 85 of Hazen, passed away December 27, 2017 in Little Rock, Arkansas after a courageous battle with cancer.  She was born in Hazen on February 17, 1932.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Eva Sample; husband, George Stallings and brother, Jerry Sample.  Devoted to her family, the loving mother, sister, and grandmother is survived by her children, Che Dolan of Little Rock, Andy (and Carol) Stallings of Hazen, and Christa Moore of Conway; brother, Bill (and Betty Ann) Sample of Hot Springs and half-sister, Edie Tweedy of Cabot; sister-in-law, Patti (and Chris) Harstick of Springfield, Missouri; and grandchildren, Jon Sharp and Cameron Sharp of Little Rock, Britt (and Stephanie) Stallings of Hazen, Andrea (and Jacob) Rollins of Fayetteville, and William (and Savannah) Morgan of Conway and Emily Morgan of Springdale and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Betty was a devoted member of the First United Methodist Church of Hazen and held many offices in the church and taught Sunday school and vacation bible school.  With her husband, George, they founded Stafo Chemical business in Hazen where she worked for many years. In later jobs, she worked and served her hometown community, retiring from the Hazen Police Department.

She was an avid gardener and master crafter and quilter.  She won countless quilting awards for her quilts.  Each of her grandchildren was blessed with a special unique quilt made by Betty.  She crocheted sweaters and hats for babies in Haiti.  She made numerous road trips across the country with her quilting friends at Prairie County Piecemakers.

Visitation is Friday, December 29 from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. in Hazen at Westbrook Funeral Home.  Services will be Saturday at 10:00 A.M. at the First United Methodist Church of Hazen followed by gravesite at Hazen Cemetery.