David Lee Holmes

Posted in Obituaries on September 9th, 2020 by admin

David Lee Holmes of De Valls Bluff, passed away September 7, 2020. He was born in Dermott, Arkansas on March 24, 1960. David was preceded in death by a brother, Kenneth Earl Holmes, Jr. . He is survived by his mother, Thelma Gray of De Valls Bluff; father, Kenneth (Jan) Holmes of Wheatland, Missouri; daughter; Summer (Scott) Wynn of Rison; sisters, Patti (Danny) Howe of De Valls Bluff and Tammy (Kenneth) Fleetwood of Rison; son, Hunter (Lauren) Holmes and four grandchildren all of Rison, along with several nieces and nephews.

David was medically retired from Mizell Heat & Air in Dumas, Arkansas where he had worked for many years.

A memorial service date is pending.

Richard Kenneth (Ricky) Sumner

Posted in Obituaries on September 9th, 2020 by admin

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Richard Kenneth (Ricky) Sumner, 72, of Carlisle went to be with the Lord at his home on Wednesday, September 09, 2020.  Ricky was a member of the First Baptist Church in Carlisle, a life-long member of the NRA, and was Water Superintendent for the city of Carlisle for over 40 years before his retirement.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Wells Sumner; son, Kenneth Lee Sumner and wife, Angela of Lonoke; daughter, Martha Ann Sumner of Carlisle; brother, James Ralph (Jimmy) Sumner of Carlisle; sister, SunDeen Freeby of Lonoke; four grandchildren, Mary Katherine and Matthew Sumner of Lonoke, Dalton Evans of Dallas, Texas, and Ashyton Evans of Carlisle and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside service will be held 10:00 A.M., Saturday, September 12, 2020 at the pavilion in the Carlisle Cemetery in Carlisle, Arkansas.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Arkansas Waterfowl Association, P.O. Box 661, Lonoke, Arkansas 72086.

Arrangements are by Westbrook Funeral Home of Hazen.

John David Williams Jr.

Posted in Obituaries on August 28th, 2020 by admin

John David Williams Jr., 73, of DeValls Bluff departed this life on August 27, 2020.

David was born on May 20, 1947 in Pine Bluff, AR. He was a 1964 graduate of Humphrey High School, where he was a self-proclaimed basketball star. He went on to join the United States Air Force and was honorably discharged when his baby sister was battling leukemia. David was employed by the Cotton Belt Railroad until his retirement. He was an avid sportsman who loved deer, coon, and turkey hunting and fishing. David married the love of his life, Marty Williams, on November 29, 1969 and to this union was born two children.

True happiness came when David became a Poppa. His grandkids were his life and he nicknamed them all. He never missed a sporting or school event, and when his family needed anything, Poppa was only a phone call away. He could fix or build anything. Poppa is often described as one-of-a-kind. Many people have commented that they loved to listen to him at ballgames. If you sat close enough to him, you quickly realized that he had a “special understanding” and good rapport with the umpires. If he aggravated you, that meant that he loved you. Later in life Poppa enjoyed playing Texas Hold’em with a group of people he considered friends.

David is survived by his mother, Anna Belle Flanery; his wife of 33 years and best friend, Marty Williams; daughter, Lisa (Phillip) Martin; son, Davy (Angie) Williams; grandchildren, Jade (Levi) Fleming, Kelby Martin, Bryce (Elaina) Sims, Brenon (Abby) Williams, Brayden Williams, and Brance Williams; great-grandchildren, Eden Sims, Garner Sims, and Madden Fleming; Sister, Debbie (Curtis) Ahrens; and a host of cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, J.D. Williams Sr.; stepfathers J.W. Kuhn and Beau Flanery; sisters, Jeanette Williams and Betty Ann Williams.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations may be made to Hazen Elementary PTO for PPE, water, and cleaning supplies. The family appreciates the love and support shown during this time. Thank you for joining us in celebrating his life.

Visitation and Services will be held at the DeValls Bluff Community Center, 710 E. Sycamore Street, DeValls Bluff, AR. Visitation – 1:00 P.M. / Services – 2:00 P.M. on Monday, August 31, 2020.

Warren Kenneth (Kenny) Brown

Posted in Obituaries on August 19th, 2020 by admin

Warren Kenneth (Kenny) Brown, age 67, passed away on August 12, 2020.  Kenny was born in Hazen, Arkansas the first son of Warren and Odean Brown, on December 22, 1952.  Kenny was preceded in death by his parents.  He is survived by two brothers, Dennis Brown and James Brown.  He is also survived by his step-daughter, Ava Self, who helped take care of him, along with many relatives and friends.  There is no service planned at this time.

Chyde Qualls

Posted in Obituaries on August 17th, 2020 by admin

Chyde Qualls, 77, of Hazen, passed away on August 10, 2020 at Baptist Health Medical Center in North Little Rock Arkansas. Chyde was born May 12, 1943 in Hazen, Arkansas to Ruth Qualls and Teddy Miller.

Chyde graduated in 1963 from Biscoe High School in Biscoe, Arkansas.  He was formerly united in marriage to the late Harriet (Williams) Qualls Dupriest. He formerly worked as a federal employee at the now defunct Joliet Arsenal (renamed Joliet Army Ammunition Plant) as well as at Riceland Foods in Hazen, Arkansas.

Chyde is survived by his sons, Patrick Qualls (North Little Rock, AR) and Carl Qualls (Wheaton, IL); daughter, Lisa Qualls(North Little Rock, AR); grandchildren: Amber (Milton) Choice(Colorado Springs, CO), Etienne Qualls (Wheaton, IL) , Patrick Qualls Jr. (North Little Rock, AR), and Arin Langston(Jacksonville, FL);  3 great-grandchildren; sisters, Zola Jackson(Hazen, AR), Ruth Jane Qualls (Hazen, AR), Baseemah (Wali) Hasan (Ft. Worth, TX); brothers, Leodus (Dorothy) Qualls (Pine Bluff, AR) and Zakee Wadood Sr.(Hazen, AR) and a host of relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his mother, Ruth Qualls; father, Teddy Miller; and brother Demetrious Qualls.

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen, Arkansas.

Esther L. Weatherley Crane

Posted in Obituaries on August 8th, 2020 by admin

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Esther L. Weatherley Crane, 94, of Beebe, was called home to be with the Lord on August 8, 2020. Ms. Crane was born in Des Arc, Arkansas on July 25, 1926 to the late George A. and Della Weatherley. Ms. Crane worked for many years at Riceland Foods in Stuttgart.

Esther was preceded in death by three brothers, Homer, Calvin and Herbert Weatherley; two sisters, Modean McFarlin and Kathryn Williams; six half-brothers, Jim, Zar (Buster), Ace Weatherly, Walter (Bob) Weatherley, Will and Fred Thompson and one half-sister, Mary Thompson Weatherley.

She is survived by one sister, Lorean Cross of Stuttgart, Arkansas

A graveside service will be held 10:00 A.M., Monday, August 10, 2020 at Lakeside Cemetery in Des Arc.

Arrangements are by Westbrook Funeral Home of Hazen.

Linda K. Castleberry

Posted in Obituaries on August 5th, 2020 by admin


Linda K. Castleberry, 73, of De Valls Bluff, Arkansas passed away Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at her home.  She was born July 20, 1947 in Humphrey, Arkansas, the daughter of the late William and Leona Dobbins.  Linda was a Baptist.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph (Pete) Castleberry; one brother and three sisters.

Linda is survived by one son, Joseph Castleberry II of White Hall; five grandchildren, Zack Snow of Almyra, Joseph (Tre) Castleberry and Jillian Castleberry both of De Valls Bluff; Justin and Jaclyn Castleberry both of White Hall and one great-grandchild, Cameron Jordan of De Valls Bluff.

A memorial will be planned at a later date.

Linda Lyons

Posted in Obituaries on August 3rd, 2020 by admin

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Linda Lyons, age 68 of Stuttgart went to be with the Lord on August 1, 2020.

She is survived by one sister, Sarah Hansell of Hazen; two brothers, Ray Lyons of Judsonia and Danny Lyons of El Paso, Arkansas and a host of nieces and nephews. Linda was preceded in death by her mother, Beatrice Lyons; father, Sam Lyons and two brothers, Sammy and Joe Lyons.

Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at the First Pentecostal Church in Hazen. Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M., Wednesday, August 5 at the First Pentecostal Church followed by burial in the Center Point Cemetery.

Arrangements are by Westbrook Funeral Home of Hazen.

Helen Louise VanHouten Hunt

Posted in Obituaries on August 3rd, 2020 by admin

Helen Louise VanHouten Hunt, age 91 of Des Arc, passed away August 1, 2020. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of God of Prophecy in Des Arc. Helen was preceded in death by her parents, Pat and Nell VanHouten; her husband, Troy Hunt, and three sons. She is survived by five grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 1:00 to 2:00 P.M., Thursday, August 6 at the Church of God of Prophecy prior to the service at 2:00 P.M. Services will be followed by burial in the McBee Cemetery.

Arrangements are by Westbrook Funeral Home of Hazen.

Jason Blake Bullock (J.B.)

Posted in Obituaries on July 23rd, 2020 by admin

Jason Blake Bullock (J.B.), went home to the Lord on July 21, 2020 at the age of 41.  He survived by one son, Dawson of Plumerville; his parents, Rodney and Sherry Bullock of Hazen; grandmothers, Evelyn Bullock and Rita Weems, both of Hazen; six special aunts and uncles and a host of cousins and friends.  He was loved and will be missed by all

A memorial service will be 11:00 a.m., Friday, July 24, 2020 at the Calvary Baptist Church in Hazen.  The service will be live streamed on Calvary Baptist church-Hazen facebook page.