Melinda Sims

Posted in Obituaries on August 30th, 2019 by admin

Melinda Sims, 72 of Little Rock, passed away Friday, August 30, 2019. She retired from Turnage Employment after several years. Melinda was preceded in death by her parents, Irvin and Alyeene Sims and two brothers, Burk and Buddy Sims. She is survived by her brother, Chuck Sims; sister-in-law, Marilyn Sims; special friends, Judy Sims and Sharon Cagle, and beloved by her many nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews.

Funeral services will be 2:30 Sunday, September 1, 2019 at the First United Methodist Church in Hazen. Visitation will be from 1:30 to 2:30 at the church prior to the service.

Burial will be in the Hazen Cemetery.

The family requests memorials be made to the First United Methodist Church P.O. Box 712, Hazen, Arkansas 72064.

Richard “Rick” Wesley Halle

Posted in Obituaries on August 28th, 2019 by admin

Richard “Rick” Wesley Halle passed away Monday, August 26, 2019 at the age of 56 in his home in DeValls Bluff, Arkansas. He was a talented carpenter, Christian and friend who helped many. Rick was born in Bethesda, Maryland on July 24, 1963 to Stan and Joyce Halle. He worked at an early age with his Dad, Bud, and learned the carpenter trade which he pursued until his death. Rick also resided in Cranberry, Pennsylvania, Deltona, Florida and Little Rock, Arkansas.

He is survived by his wife, Tracy; four children, Shawn Strockey, Wesley Chris and Janet Halle; his mother, Joyce Halle and four siblings, Lawrence Halle, Teresa Baldwin, Robert Halle, and Melissa Cordeiro.

Rick was preceded in death by his paternal father, Lawrence (Stan) Holifield and his father, Richard (Bud) Halle.

He enjoyed fishing and boating. Rick was always there whenever someone needed a hand and his church was his extended family. He was also a problem-solver who often took on difficult and unwanted projects and made them happen. He will be deeply missed by his friends, family, and all who knew him.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, August 31, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. at the Friendly Chapel Church, 116 South Pine Street, North Little Rock, Arkansas 72114.

Alex Dewey Hayes, Jr.

Posted in Obituaries on August 25th, 2019 by admin

Alex Dewey Hayes, Jr. 62, of McRae, Arkansas formerly of Topeka, Kansas passed away on Monday, August 19, 2019. A private memorial service was held Saturday, August 24, 2019. He was born in San Angelo, Texas on October 16, 1956. He was an Army Veteran. He enjoyed going to the gym, listening to old country music, mainly Hank Williams, spending time with friends, and he was a Confederate rebel at heart.

Alex was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Hayes and his father, A.D. Hayes, Sr. and two step mothers, Veda Hayes and Sarah Hayes and his brother, Danny Hayes.

Survivors include his brother, Billy Hayes of Topeka, Kansas; sister, Debra Coyle of Albany, Georgia; nephew, Shelton Petty III (MaLynn) of Leesburg, Georgia; niece, Maeghan Coyle of Panama City, Florida; two great-nieces and a special friend, Stacy Kelly. Honorary children are Jeremy Carpenter, Mehgan Zeferjohn and Lenzy Duncan;

Honorary grandchildren, April Carpenter, Lydia Zeferjohn, Deymein Duncan and Espen Duncan.

Ruth Floyd Kee

Posted in Obituaries on August 23rd, 2019 by admin

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Ruth Floyd Kee, 94, went to be with the Lord on August 23, 2019. She died peacefully surrounded by her family at her home. She was loved by everyone that knew her. She always greeted everyone with a smile and her sweet personality. She was a homemaker for most of her life, but she was proud of the fact that she was one of the Rosie Riveters during WWII at the Stuttgart Air Base.

Ruth was born in Hazen, Arkansas on March 7, 1925 to Festus and Iva Jenkins Floyd. She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Harvey; her son, Larry Kee; son-in-law, Ken Mills and grandson Terry Kee; siblings, Morris Floyd, Mildred Cox, Thelma Saul, Jeffie Zarlingo, and JD Floyd.

Ruth is survived by three sons, Charles (Joyce) Kee, Loy (Debbie) Kee, Stevie (Barbara) Kee, and two daughters, Shirley Mills and Becky (Tony) Sayger and a daughter-in-law, Edith Kee all of Hazen and one aunt, Evelyn Jacobs of Little Rock; 17 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great grandchildren. She also had three special caregivers, Laveria Jackson, Justina Thomas, and Brenda Jones.

Visitation will be Saturday, August 24, 2019 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M., Sunday, August 25, 2019 at the Center Point Missionary Baptist Church in Hazen. Officiating will be Bro. Billy Booth, Bro Christian VanHouten, and Bro. Shane Weems. Burial will be in the Center Point Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Chuck Kee, Loy Kee, Jr., Stevie Kee II, James Kee, Andrew Sayger, and Brett Noah. Honorary pallbearers will be all her grandchildren.

Ronald J. Bednar, Sr.

Posted in Obituaries on August 14th, 2019 by admin

On Tuesday, August 13, 2019, Ronald J. Bednar, Sr., of Des Arc, passed away at the age of 66. He was born on January 31, 1953 in Stuttgart, Arkansas. Ronny was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph R. and Weecona Bednar of Slovak. He is survived by his two children, Ronald “Joey” Bendar, Jr. (Lauren McCary) of Carlisle, and Amanda Sims of Lonoke; His brother, Tim and Rayanne Bednar of Slovak and his niece, Rachel Chambers of Bryant. He was a proud Papaw to Blake Sims, Eli and Josie Bednar and Chad and Kaden McCary. He was a graduate of Hazen High School, and a member of ATO Fraternity at ASU in Jonesboro. Ronny was a former farmer who transitioned to selling John Deere equipment all over the prairie for Norman Implement of Des Arc. In 2011, he began working at Prairie County Farm Bureau, and was named “Rookie of the Year” for the state of Arkansas in 2012. He remained at Farm Bureau until his passing.

Ronny enjoyed deer and duck hunting, fishing, and spending time at the lake. He had a hidden talent for woodworking and enjoyed many hours in his shop. One of his many specialties was cooking a huge meal. He loved making a pot of gumbo or Ribs and BBQ for his “Ring of Fire” meetings. He would always throw in a homemade dessert, like banana pudding or his famous Italian Cream Cake. He never missed anything for his grandkids. He wanted to be a part of every game, band concert, or award ceremony. His kids and grandkids meant the world to him and he wasn’t afraid to show it.

Visitation will be held Friday, August 16, 2019 at St. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church in Slovak from 5:30 to 7:00 P.M. with Rosary at 7:00. Funeral Services will be 10:00 A.M., Saturday, August 17, 2019 at St. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church in Slovak. Burial will be in the St. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Cemetery.

Margaret Ellan Gates

Posted in Obituaries on August 9th, 2019 by admin

Margaret Ellan Gates, 95 of Eureka, Missouri, died August 7, 2019 at St. Andrew’s at Francis Place Nursing Home in Eureka, Missouri. She is survived by her sons, Robert Gates and his wife, Candon of Wildwood, Missouri; Sam Gates of Front Royal, Virginia; two grandchildren, Christopher Gates and his wife Jamie from Bristow, Virginia and Kevin Gates and his wife, Jessica of Florida; three great-grandchildren, Faith, Samuel, and Porter Gates of Bristow, Virginia. Margaret was preceded in death by her husband, Chester Lee Gates from Hazen; her son, Thomas Franklin Gates; her parents, Homer and Glenn Ford; brother, Joe Ford; sister, Carolyn Parkerson, and twin sister, Mary Pate. A graveside service will be held 2:00 P.M., Saturday, August 10, 2019 at the Center Point Cemetery in Hazen.

Ray C. Wood

Posted in Obituaries on August 8th, 2019 by admin

Ray C. Wood 80, of Hazen died August 8, 2019 at the Des Arc Nursing & Rehab Center. Ray was born March 3, 1939 to Frank and Nora Raines Wood. He was preceded in death by his parents, and is survived by his wife, Beverly Phifer Wood of Hazen whom he married on January 31, 1981; his brother, Roy Wood and wife, Peggy of Carrollton, Texas and his nephews, Tim and Keith Wood and their families. Ray was employed at the VanHeusen Shirt factory in Brinkley for many years and later at Producers Rice Mill in Stuttgart for 29 years until his retirement.

Ray like to travel, take care of cows and loved his Boston Terrier, “Duke”.

Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M., Sunday, August 11, 2019 at the Center Point Missionary Baptist Church North of Hazen. Bro. Billy Booth will be officiating. Burial will be in Shady Grove Cemetery in Clarendon, Arkansas. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Saturday at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen. Pallbearers will be Dale Perry, Matt Perry, Jerry White, Greg Shelman, Scott White, and Eric Evans. Honorary Pallbearers will be Kenny King, Donnie “Oogie” Holmes and Ricky Avants. A special thanks to the Des Arc Nursing Home and to Arkansas Hospice for their care and love during the past few months.

Pauline Lane

Posted in Obituaries on July 29th, 2019 by admin

Pauline Lane, 98, of De Valls Bluff, passed away Saturday, July 27, 2019 at the Hazen Nursing Home. She was a homemaker and a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church in De Valls Bluff. Pauline was preceded in death by her parents, Lon and Mary Merrell; three sons, Daniel Graham, Richard Graham and Billy Graham and two grandsons, Bill Graham, Jr. and Harvey Graham.

She is survived by two daughters, Mary Shaw of California and Pauline Caulley of Clarksville, Arkansas. Graveside services will be 11:30 A.M., Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at Oakland Cemetery in De Valls Bluff. Arrangements are by Westbrook Funeral Home of Hazen.

Anne Craig Lumpkin

Posted in Obituaries on July 25th, 2019 by admin

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Anne Craig Lumpkin, age 100, of Little Rock, died July 24, 2019. She was born on April 3, 1919 in De Valls Bluff. She was preceded in death by her parents, Claude and Lou Craig Lumpkin; sisters, Elna Weedman, Lexa Widener, Lucy and Martha Lumpkin, and brothers, Claude, Bill, and Leroy Lumpkin. A member of American Women in Radio and Television, she worked at radio stations in Dallas, Denver, and as Executive Administrative Assistant at KLRA radio in Little Rock for 25 years and KLRT television for 8 years before retiring. The funeral service will be at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, July 27, at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen with interment to follow at Oakland Cemetery in De Valls Bluff. Anne will be greatly missed by her loving family and those whose lives she touched.

Jonathan Mitchell “Mitch” Petrus

Posted in Obituaries on July 21st, 2019 by admin

Jonathan Mitchell “Mitch” Petrus of Carlisle, died unexpectedly July 18, 2019 at the age of 32. Mitch is survived by his parents, Phil and Sue Petrus, his brother, Trey Petrus all of Carlisle, sister, Rhonda and Cary Crawford of Yukon, Oklahoma, Kimberlee and Curt Christian of Carlisle, sister, Tessa Charles of Las Vegas, Nevada and brother, Donald Rex Childers II; paternal grandmother, Evelyn Petrus of Carlisle; his paternal aunt, Marylin and Mark Rice of the Woodlands, Texas, and Mary Katherine Petrus of Slovak, Arkansas and a host of other cousins and beloved friends.

Mitch was born May 11, 1987 in Fort Smith, Arkansas to Sue and Phil Petrus. He graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2009 with a degree in Agricultural Business. An Unrated tight end prospect out of high school, Petrus was a walk-on at the University of Arkansas. Mitch earned a scholarship in 2007 and blocked for Darren McFadden and Felix Jones. In 2009, Petrus was named ALL-SEC. At the NFL Scouting Combine in 2010, Mitch completed 45 reps of 225 pounds on bench press which tied him for the record of the most since 2000. In 2010 the New York Giants drafted Mitch in the fifth round. He made a name for himself by playing in 27 NFL games, and is one of the 2012 Super Bowl World Champions. Following his NFL career Mitch returned home to Arkansas and became involved in local politics, entrepreneurship, and the high school football community. He became a regular sideline reporter for Fox 16’s Friday night football highlight show. Later he began his own towing business. Countless stories have emerged on how often he would go above and beyond for his customers. Mitch also worked as chief of staff to Arkansas state senator, Jonathan Dismang in the 2018 legislative session. Mitch was so much more than a “big, dumb football player”. He was just as comfortable on the dance floor as he was on the football field. Mitch had an enormous capacity for joy and that is how we will always remember him.

Funeral services will be 1:00 P.M., Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at the Church of Christ in Biscoe, Arkansas. Visitation will be 6:00 P.M., Monday, July 22 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to

Gofundme.com/Mitch-Petrus-scholarship-fund