William Wayne “Bill” Cunningham, Jr.

Posted in Obituaries on July 26th, 2017 by admin

William Wayne “Bill” Cunningham, Jr., age 71 of Lonoke, died July 25, 2017.  He was born to Marie and William , Sr. and was the big brother to Joe, Thomas, Jeanne and Richard.  He married Charlene Cunningham on September 2, 1967 and together raised three amazing men: Brian (Jill), Rod (Gwyn) and Josh (Leah).  His boys gave him his greatest treasure – Terrrah, Miles, Carson, Jackson, Nicholas and Addison, his grandchildren. Bill spent many years farming in Lonoke County.  He served on the Riceland Foods board of directors in Stuttgart from 1976 to 1984 and was elected Lonoke County farm family of the year in 1980. He was appointed to the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board by Governor Bill Clinton from 1979 to 1981.  He then created Lonoke Lawn and Garden where he could be seen mowing, weed eating or fixing sprinkler systems in his signature straw hat and cigar.  He served on the Arkansas Nurseryman’s Association Board of Directors from 1993 to 1994, and in 1994 was president of the Lonoke Chamber of Commerce.  Later in his life he could be found in the shade supervising his kids and grandkids as he passed along his vast knowledge of the lawn care business and life.

He had a deep love for the Rocky Mountains where he would head each fall to hunt Elk.  In his later years he served as camp cook for Doug Flowers Colorado Outfitters.  He was also the camp cook for Double D Duck Club and the Arkansas Waterfowl Association Youth Camp and hunts.  He made many friends across the country through his use of the culinary arts aka biscuits and gravy.

Bill was a longtime member of Beech Creek deer camp in Bradley County where he served as president, secretary, and treasurer.  He was a supporter of the Carlisle Bison and proud holder of a “golden years sports pass”.  He loved watching his kids and grandkids play football on the same field he was on in his younger days.  He was ordained a deacon in the Catholic church in 1986 and touched lives in the many baptisms, weddings, and funeral he conducted over the years.  Bill was a man of God by vocation, but he loved the feel of a new deck of cards when he was at the casino playing Texas hold ‘em.

The family would like to thank his many friends for their love and support during the difficult time.  (Especially his daily lunch crew at the Lonoke Farm Bureau.)

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

Visitation will be at from 6:00 to 7:00 P.M., Friday, July 28, at St. Rose Catholic Church in Carlisle followed by a prayer service at 7:00 in the church.  The mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 A.M., Saturday, July 29, 2017 at St. Rose Catholic Church in Carlisle.

​Leslie Taylor

Posted in Obituaries on July 22nd, 2017 by admin

​Leslie Taylor, 69, of Carlisle, passed away July 20, 2017.  Leslie was born in Coffeeville, Kansas on August 21, 1947 to Troy and Naomi Denson.  Leslie is survived by one daughter, Sara  (Vic) Seidenschwarz of Carlisle; sister, Phyllis Willingham of Texas; Brothers, Mickey Denson of Hazen, Melvin (Anita) Denson of Colorado, Tommy (Diane) Bayne of Colorado, and Robert (Paula) Denson of Oklahoma; three grandsons, Tristan, Ian and Noah Seidenschwarz, and Grammy’s special little boy, Carson and a bonus daughter, Angie Flynn; a host of nieces and nephews and many people that called her “Grammy”.

Funeral services will be Sunday, July 23, 2017 at 4:00 P.M. at Immanuel Baptist Church in Carlisle.  Visitation will be at the church from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M., prior to the service.  Burial will be in the Old Carlisle Cemetery.

​Lenora E. Hallman

Posted in Obituaries on July 20th, 2017 by admin

​Lenora E. Hallman, age 89 of De Valls Bluff passed away Wednesday, July 19, 2017.  She was a homemaker and a member of the Peppers Lake Church of Christ.  Lenora was preceded in death by her husband, Jacob Hallman and her son, Walter Hallman.  She is survived by  two daughters, Lois Crawford of California and Florence Zornes of De Valls Bluff; one sister, Florence Light of Stuttgart; three brothers, Ermon “Bud” Neal of DeWitt, Paul Neal of Texas, and Stanley Joe Hallman of Beebe; grandchildren, Steven Woodall, Daniel Woodall, Tara McCoy, Donald Crawford, Joseph Hallman, Jason Zornes, and Tamara Basner ; 19 great grandchildren and 10 great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at Peppers Lake Church of Christ.  Visitation will be from 10:00 to 11:00 at the church prior to the service.  Burial will be in the Peppers Lake Cemetery.

​Mary Louise Creekmore

Posted in Obituaries on July 19th, 2017 by admin

​Mary Louise Creekmore, 75 of Carlisle, died July 17, 2017 in Minden, Louisiana.  Graveside services will be 11:00 A.M., Thursday, July 20 at the Old Carlisle Cemetery in Carlisle.

​Gordon Tarter, Jr.

Posted in Obituaries on June 29th, 2017 by admin

​Gordon Tarter, Jr., 65 of Carlisle, died at his home on Thursday, June 29, 2017.  He was a graduate of Carlisle High School,  a member of the Carlisle Alumni Association, a member of the First United Methodist Church and a truck driver.

Gordon is survived by his wife, Sandy Smith Tarter; his mother, Jackie Tarter McNeil; sister, Jan Pasley and husband, Mike; daughters, Heather Tarter of Butlerville and Liz Tarter of Cabot; son, Wil Tarter and wife, Amanda of Carlisle and four grandchildren, Star, Jana, Colt, and Indianna.

Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., Friday, June 30, at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen.  Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M., Saturday, July 1, 2017 at the First United Methodist Church in Carlisle.  Burial will be in the Carlisle Cemetery.

Stella Elizabeth Moore

Posted in Obituaries on June 25th, 2017 by admin

stella Moore picture 001Stella Elizabeth Moore, 76, of Biscoe, passed away Saturday, June 24, 2017.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil Moore.  Stella is survived by her children, Judy (Frankie) Tiner, Virgil Wayne (Dena) Moore, Teresa (Damion) Jackson, and Kim (Fred) Metcalf; 11 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren, and six sisters, Kay, Judy Ann, Barbara Ann, Mary Jane, Marie and Flo.

Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M., Monday, June 26, 2017 at the Westbrook Funeral Home Chapel in Hazen.  Visitation will be from 1:00 to 2:00 P.M. prior to the service. Burial will be in the Oakland Cemetery in De Valls Bluff.

Dale “Moe” Swaim

Posted in Obituaries on June 23rd, 2017 by admin

Mo Swaim picture 001Dale “Moe” Swaim, 73 of Carlisle passed this earth June 22, 2017.  He was born in Hazen on January 16, 1943, the son of the late Bill and Bessie Swaim. Dale was the beloved father of Sandy, John, and Kevin Swaim; beloved husband of 56 years to Audrey Swaim; two brothers, Tommy and Larry Swaim; one sister, Jessica Scarborough; 5 grandchildren, James, Justin, and Noah Swaim and Preston and Bo Lane; great-grandson, Dean Swaim and many nieces and nephews.

Moe was a preacher and his life touched many people.  He always had a hand out stretched to others.  He was a Marine veteran and loved his country, God and family and scores of others.  One other thing he loved to aggravate all.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 P.M., Saturday, June 24, 2017 at the Westbrook Funeral Home Chapel in Hazen.




John Wiley Hilburn

Posted in Obituaries on May 30th, 2017 by admin

John Wiley Hilburn, 48, of Searcy, passed away Saturday, May 27, 2017 at Forrest City Medical Center.  He was born March 10, 1969, to Edward and Alicia Coyle Hilburn in Stuttgart.  He was a Union Pacific Railroad employee and a former police officer.

John was first and foremost a family man.  All of his spare time was spent with his children and grandchildren attending their events and just being PawPaw.  He never met a stranger and was known for his big smile and great sense of humor.  No one could be around John without smiling and laughing at his latest prank, joke or story he had to tell.

He leaves to cherish his memory a son, John Edward Hilburn and fiancée, Rachele Kesterson of Searcy; two daughters, Hollie and Jonathan Thompson of Searcy and Jada and Rhine James of Belleville; a sister, Rose and Bobby Graham of Carlisle; eight beautiful grandchildren, Macy, Rhett, and Adalyn Thompson, Isabella Kesterson, and Bladen, Levi, Jadan and EllaKate James; two nieces, Tori Tullos of Carlisle and Caitlin Walker of Stuttgart, and a nephew, Austin Foot of Hazen.

Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., Thursday, June 1, 2017 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen.  Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M., Friday, June 2 at Calvary Baptist Church in Hazen by Brother Terry Taylor.  Burial will immediately follow at Oakland Cemetery in De Valls Bluff.  Pallbearers will be James Ray Boston, Jeff Rounsavall, Rusty Fischer, Austin Foot, Darrell Turner, Chris McCrea, Charles Allen and James Earl Hicks.

Patricia Ann Carter

Posted in Obituaries on May 30th, 2017 by admin

Patricia Ann Carter, 70 of Hazen, passed away Saturday, May 27, 2017.  She was born April 13, 1947 in Beebe,Arkansas.

Pat or “Toot” as she was known by most, was preceded in death by her parents, Denver and Mary Carter; a sister, Regina Roberts, and brothers, Charles, Joe, and Glen Carter.

She is survived by her loving mate, Bobby Ingle; daughter, Carla (Donnie) Nichols of Carlisle; son, Jeff Carter of Des Arc, and daughter, Terri (Rick) Dixon of Little Rock; grandchildren, Dusty and Dylen Nichols, Trinity Dixon, and Haley Spradlin; two sisters, Melita (Gus) Miller of Heywood, Illinois, and Carolyn (Fuzz) Layne of Kensett, Arkansas, and several nieces and nephews.

Pat was a very loving mother and always made time for her children and grandchildren, who will miss her very much. There will be a big hole in our hearts for the rest of our years.  We well always love you mama, love, Carla, Jeff, Terri and Bobby.

Visitation will be Tuesday, May 30, from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen.  Funeral services will be Wednesday, May 31, at 10:00 A.M. in the Westbrook Funeral Home chapel. Burial will be in Hickory Plains Cemetery.  Pallbearers will be Frankie Williams, Nathan Williams, Brandon Yielding, Jeremy Carter, Tory Miller, and Jason Stovesand.

​Patsy Young

Posted in Obituaries on May 27th, 2017 by admin

Patsy Young photo 001Patsy Young, age 74, formerly of Fletcher and Steelville, MO passed away Thursday, May 25, 2017 at Life Care Center in Sullivan, MO.

Patsy Ann was born June 26, 1942 in Hazen, AR the daughter of Cay and Vertie (King) Minton.  She grew up and attended school in Hazen, graduating from Hazen High School in 1961.  Patsy was united in marriage to Joel Young on December 26, 1964.  She was a devoted Christian and a loving, loyal wife and mother.  Patsy was active in her church and taught Sunday school for over 20 years.  She loved being with family and friends and enjoyed funny stories, going out to eat, and a good laugh.

Patsy is survived by her two sons, Charles (Jenny) Young of Gentry, AR and Keith (Sara) Young of Sullivan, MO; two grandchildren, Joel (Leah) Young of Gentry, AR and Elijah Young of Sullivan; a sister, Vickie Foster of Hazen, AR; a great-grandchild on the way later this fall; and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joel and her parents.

Visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at the Eaton Funeral Home in Sullivan and 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen, Arkansas.

Funeral services will be conducted 10:00 a.m. Thursday, June 1, 2017 at Center Point Missionary Baptist Church in Hazen with interment to follow in the Center Point Cemetery.

Friends may share condolences online with the family at www.eatonfuneralhome.com

Arrangements were under the care of the Eaton Funeral Home in Sullivan and Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen.