Kay J. Frederick Brewer

Posted in Obituaries on June 15th, 2020 by admin

Kay J. Frederick Brewer, 78 of Crossett, Arkansas (formerly of Tollville), went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at CHI St. Vincent Infirmary in Little Rock with complications of Covid-19 and cerebrovascular disease. Kay was born in Little Rock to the late Edward D. Frederick and Evelyn M. Clayton Frederick and was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Alven Brewer. She is survived by her brother, David W. Frederick MD and wife, Cindy of Mount Joy, Pennsylvania and David’s children, Laura Miller, Jennifer Beverly and David E. Frederick; her son, Steve Hamilton of Hazen; grandson, Chad Hamilton and wife, Shada of Crossett, Ar.; three great-granddaughters, Stephanie, Lexie and Shyla and ten great-nieces and nephews.

Kay was a loving and devoted daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend to many. She was a loyal member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Tollville, Ar. for many years.

Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, June 18, 2020 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Tollville. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery in De Valls Bluff. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be sent to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 1432 Ar. Hwy 86, De Valls Bluff, Arkansas 72041.

Christine Juanita (Thomasson) Batchelor

Posted in Obituaries on June 9th, 2020 by admin

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Christine Juanita (Thomasson) Batchelor was born on August 19, 1955 and went to be with the Lord on June 8, 2020. She spent a majority of her life working with children either at school, boy scouts, vacation Bible School, church camps, room mother and church. Anyone that met her knew her love and kindness. Christy was a woman of strong faith that never wavered. Her kindness and generosity served as an example for all who knew her.

Our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend will be forever missed, but always in our hearts. She will be deeply missed by her children, David Batchelor and wife, Kristy, Phillip Batchelor and wife, Carla, Michelle Moran and husband, Thomas and Heather Batchelor. She was a loving grandmother to Hannah, Gabrielle, Taylor, Katelynn, Kirstin, Will, Ethan, Andru, Bradlee, Grady, Shasta, Lucas, and Noah; great-grandmother, to Addie. She will be missed by her brothers, Rick Thomasson and wife, Deara and Mike Thomasson and wife, Susie; her sister, Brenda Soel and husband, Al and numerous nieces, nephews, and other family.

She is rejoicing with those that preceded her in death, her parents, Richard and Juanita Thomasson and her daughter, Rebecca Burroughs.

A graveside service will be held 10:00 a.m., Thursday, June 11, 2020 at the Hickory Plains Cemetery.

Bobby Ingle

Posted in Obituaries on May 30th, 2020 by admin

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Bobby L. Ingle departed from this life for his heavenly home on May 30, 2020 at the age of 84. He was employed at the Arkansas Highway Department for 31 years before retiring at the age of 51. He was able to spend the rest of his life on his family farm. His garden was his passion, always working the mules and the plow. To meet Bobby was to love him. His smile and his laugh were contagious; he was everyone’s “Buddy”. His life was very full of his family, passion and love for what he did. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers; four sisters and the love of his life, Patricia Carter.

Those left to cherish his memory are his son, Randall Ingle; daughter, Marcia Bramlage; sisters, Dorothy Mertsoc, Fay Spicer, sister-in-law, Ray Ingle and everyone who ever called him pawpaw Bobby and a host of other family and friends.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, June 1, 2020 at the Center Point cemetery. The family requests memorial to the AGFC Foundation.

Mary Jane Smith

Posted in Obituaries on May 30th, 2020 by admin

Mary Jane Smith was born June 27, 1949 in Carlisle, Arkansas to Owen (OJ) and Frances Brown entered into rest May 29, 2020. She was preceded in death by Owen and Frances Brown, Millie Kelly, Mike Brown, Matthew Brown, and Keith Brown, Jr. Jane is survived by brothers, Buddy Brown (Nancy), and Ronnie Brown; nephews, Anthony Brown, Aaron Brown, Billy Brown and Luke Brown (Misty); nieces, Mandy K. Brown, Tabatha Lynn Martin (Matt), Ann Abel (Chuck), and Audrey Brown; cousins, Danny Kelly, (Yvonne), Mark Edge (Sara) as well as a host of great nieces and nephews and family and friends who loved her very much.

Graveside Service will be 2:00 P.M., Friday, June 5, 2020 at the Walter’s Chapel Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday, June 4, 2020 from 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen. You are requested to wear masks and limit the visitation to no more than 10 in the room at once.

Elmer Floyd

Posted in Obituaries on May 26th, 2020 by admin

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Elmer Floyd, born on October 16, 1933 of Hazen, Arkansas passed away peacefully in his home on May 25, 2020. He enjoyed his last days and lived life to its fullest until he took his last breath on this earth.

Elmer was proceeded in death by his father and mother, Odes and Iva Floyd, his infant brother Oris, his infant sister Edith, his first-born infant child, Sheila, his son, Donnie (Karen) Wiggins and his wife, Frankie Floyd. He is survived by his daughters, Ramona (Richard) Kell of Sandwich, IL, Kelly (Scott) LaVoie of Sandwich, IL, Rebecca (Dennis) Johnson of Des Arc, AR, Vivian Lynette (Michael) Bocage of Elgin, IL and his sons, Randall (Susan) Wiggins of Fayetteville, AR, Rick Wiggins of Hazen, AR and Marty (Rhonda) Griffith of Hazen, AR. From his 8 children, he was blessed with 17 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren.

He was deeply loved and is survived by his 6 siblings, Faye Galloway of Aurora, IL, Flossie Neighbors of Stuttgart, AR, Betty (James) Tipton of Stuttgart, AR, Shirley (Kenneth) Carnell of Sikeston, MO, Shirrel (Linda) Floyd of Kennett, MO, and his baby sister and partner in crime, Lavada Ingle of Hazen, AR. He had 15 loving nieces and nephews.

Born in a farming community and into a farming family, hard work and good ethics defined Elmer’s character. After working on the family farm with his Grandfather and Father, he left and spent 2 years, mostly in Karlsruhe Germany, proudly serving the United States Army from 1954-1956 until he was honorably discharged.

In 1957 he married Ann Fort and had 3 daughters. In 1969, he married twice widowed Frankie (Neil) (Wiggins) Griffith. Her 4 sons became his and together they had a daughter.

While working hard to care for and raise his family, Elmer worked in the lumber and agricultural industries.

Elmer’s love of God, his church and his family filled his days and his heart. He had a true passion and drive to ensure the cemetery at his church was tended to properly and spent countless hours volunteering his time and services there. He was often spotted helping others, lending a hand at a church social or putting away the chairs after a communal celebration there. Many described Elmer as “one in a million” and “the kindest soul on earth”. He found great joy in the laughter of children and in being of service to others.

Visitation will be held at Westbrook Funeral Home on Thursday May 28th from 9am to 4pm. A restricted number of guests will be allowed in at one time.

There will be a celebration of life for Elmer in the outdoor pavilion at Center Point Baptist Church in Hazen, AR on Friday May 29th at 1pm. Given the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing will be practiced, and it is requested that all guests wear masks to protect the elders and those with compromised immune systems so that everyone is able to pay their respect safely. Immediate family members are encouraged to sit together but provide a 6-foot distance to others.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that monetary donations be made in Elmer’s memory to Center Point Cemetery Association, Attention Gail Wallace, 2826 HWY 249 N, Hazen AR 72064.

Janet Sue Hayes

Posted in Obituaries on May 22nd, 2020 by admin

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Janet Sue Hayes, 67, went to be with her Lord May 20, 2020.  Janet was born July 2, 1952 to Reece Henry McGaha and Marjorie Allene Morgan in Russellville, Arkansas.  Janet attended Central High School and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock where she earned a degree in education.  She was a teacher in the Hazen, Arkansas school district for over forty years.  Teaching was her passion.  She touched the lives of the many children she taught through the years.

Janet was preceded in death by her parents.  She is survived by her only son, Aaron Hayes of Little Rock; close family friends, Mike and Shannon Hall of North Little Rock, Arkansas and Kimberly Talbot of Jacksonville, Arkansas.

There will be a graveside service at 11:00 A.M.,  Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at the Hazen Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations to Hazen Elementary School would be appreciated.

Dr. Thomas Henry Turner

Posted in Obituaries on May 15th, 2020 by admin

Dr. Thomas Henry Turner of DeValls Bluff, went to be with the Lord May 13, 2020. Part of the “greatest generation” he was born on December 28, 1924 in Marianna, Arkansas.

He served his country by enlisting during World War II in the U.S. Navy. During that time he received his medical training at the University of Iowa. He also served in the US Air Force during the Korean War, stationed in South Korea.

Dr. Turner married Wanda Sue Tarter (deceased) from Carlisle, Arkansas. Together they had a son, Thomas Henry Jr. (Kathy Beadle Turner) and twins, Leslie Susan (James Flynn) and Bradley James (deceased). Later they had the joy of being grandparents to Susanna Flynn Henderson (Shawn) and Thomas Flynn (Mandy Wacker Flynn) and great-grandparents to Ashleigh Susan and Turner James Henderson as well as Alison Jane and James Henry Flynn.

Dr. Turner faithfully served the public by being a D.D.S. for more than 50 years.

He had a reputation for being “painless”, as well as a calm friendly voice. He transformed anxious dental procedures into friendly visits among neighbors.

In his retirement years, Dr. Turner (“Hank” to many) enjoyed gardening and listening to classical music. He also loved old movies especially westerns and football. Always a sovereign soul, Hank maintained his independence and dignity until his final days. His greatest joy was sharing his faith and teaching Sunday school at the Methodist Church in Hazen. Generous to a fault, loved my many and always a gentleman, Dr. Thomas Henry Turner will be greatly missed.

A graveside service will be held Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 10:00 A.M. at the Carlisle Cemetery.

Mandel I Sharp

Posted in Obituaries on May 11th, 2020 by admin

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Mandel I Sharp departed this world on May 8, 2020 at Springhill Baptist in North Little Rock.  He was born on December 7, 1919 to Gertrude and Henry Sharp in Elizabeth, Louisiana.  The family moved to Arkansas in 1938 and to DeValls Bluff in 1939.  He married Mary Lancaster on June 6, 1947.  Mandel was a World War II veteran of the Army-Air Force, serving in Italy and other parts of Europe where his unit (57
th Squadron) all received a Bronze and Silver Star medal.

Mandel was preceded in death by his parents and four siblings and one great grandchild.  He is survived by his wife; daughter, Shirley Goff (Bruce); grandsons, Brian (Shelle Ball), George Weatherley (Crystal) and two great granddaughters, Rowan Weatherley and Naomi Weatherley.

Burial will be cremation with no service.

Twilla Mae Chandler

Posted in Obituaries on May 7th, 2020 by admin

Twilla Mae Chandler of Carlisle passed away Thursday, May 7, 2020 at the age of 67.  She was born in Lonoke, Arkansas to the late George Allen and Leland White. She worked as a home caregiver before her illness and she loved to cook and shop.  

Twilla was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Bobby White.  She is survived by her daughter, Amanda Tarter (Wil) of Carlisle; son, Aaron Chandler of Hot Springs; sister, Wanda White; brother, Benny White of Mississippi; grandchildren, Alisha Star Isbell (Colton), Jana Tarter, Colt Tarter, and Kaden Chandler and her former husband, Mike Chandler.

The family would like to extend their grateful appreciation to Baptist Hospice for the care given their Mother.

Westbrook Funeral Home of Hazen will be in charge of cremation arrangements.

Helen Marie Lobner Cook

Posted in Obituaries on May 2nd, 2020 by admin

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The Lord called Helen Marie Lobner Cook home on May 1, 2020 at the age of 95. Helen was born on January 8, 1925 in Vienna, Austria where she was raised and studied to become a seamstress. During World War II, Helen met the love of her life in U.S. Army Staff sergeant Dave Lewis Cook. The two were married in Austria and when the war ended, returned to the states where they raised their two sons, Pat and Gary.

Helen became a Naturalized U.S. Citizen in 1955. As a resident of Hazen, Arkansas, Helen initially worked at Pages’ Supermarket where she loved to assist in communicating with the Slovak patrons, easing the language barrier. Helen also worked for many years at J.R.’s Modern Cleaners completing a variety of tasks associated with the business.

Helen was a member of Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church in Slovak. She loved gardening, baking, sewing and cooking full meals for her entire family on Sunday afternoons. If Helen wasn’t at home she could often be found walking around Hazen for exercise, which typically spans around six miles per day. She walked all of her great-grandchildren to the post office, and if they were well behaved, they got to stop to explore the “Turtle Creek”.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents, her five siblings, her husband, Dave Lewis and her youngest son, Gary Lee Cook. She is survived by her son, David Patrick (Carolyn) Cook of Hazen and her daughter-in-law, Cathy Cook of Jacksonville; five granddaughters, Regina (Freddie) Ibbotson of Lonoke, Tracie (Billy) Harrison of De Valls Bluff, Angie (Davy) Williams of Biscoe, Kim Warner and Carrie Cook of Jacksonville.

She also leaves behind numerous great-grandchildren, BJ (Chelsey) Harrison, Bryce (Elaina) Sims, Taylor (Paige) Ibbotson, Josh Harrison, Parker Ibbotson, Brenon (Abby) Williams, Brayden Williams, Brance Williams, and great-great-grandchildren, Eden and Garner Sims and Mary Harrison.

Graveside services will be held 2:00 P.M., Monday, May 4, 2020 at the Hazen Cemetery.