Vernon Carl White

Posted in Obituaries on June 17th, 2019 by admin

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Vernon Carl White, of De Valls Bluff, Arkansas, peacefully left this world on Saturday, June 15, 2019 at the age of 80. He was preceded in death by his parents, James Carl and Ruth Lilly White; his brother, Jimmy White, and his first wife Glenda (Hodges) White.

Vernon is survived and lovingly remembered by a multitude of family. His beloved bride of 35 years, Doris White of De Valls Bluff; his siblings, Geraldine Dover of Batesville, Ar., Aileen Poteete of Brinkley, Ar., and brother Lonnie White of Barlett, Tn; his five children, Wade Allmond and wife, Josie of Forest City, Ar., Sharron Ferguson and husband, Glenn of Flint, Mi., Donna Alexander and husband, Kenneth, of De Valls Bluff, Ar., Vernon Dale White and wife, Stacy of Bearden, Ar., and Terry White of Little Rock .; two step-sons, Don Castleberry and wife Debbie of Hickory, N.C., and Paul Castleberry and wife, Susan of OK., 11 grandchildren, 3 step-grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, 5 step-great grandchildren, and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, and most importantly, friends.

Vernon was a man of many talents. His younger years were spent admirably serving his country as a member of the United States Air Force. After leaving the service, he spent most of his working life traversing his beloved country in the driver’s seat of an 18-wheeler. In his twilight years, Vernon spent many of his days repairing small engines for his neighbors, as much a hobby as an occupation. Vernon was known to fill the air around him with Country and Western music. He loved to read about Cowboys and times long past. He was never more than an arms length from a pair of freshly shined boots. His smile was infectious, and his hospitality towards friends and family only grew with time.

A visitation will be held for Vernon at the Pepper’s Lake Church of Christ on Tuesday, June 18, from 10:00-11:00 A.M. followed by a graveside service in the Pepper’s Lake Cemetery. All friends and family are invited to come celebrate his life and pay their respects. “Tomorrow hopes we have learned something from yesterday.”—John Wayne

Arrangements by Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen.

Russell Gene Thompson

Posted in Obituaries on June 10th, 2019 by admin

Russell Gene Thompson went to be with or Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on June 9, 2019 at the age of 78. Russell was born March 15, 1941 to Buster and Ollie Thompson. He was a faithful member of Calvary Baptist Church and active in the choir.

Russell enjoyed spending time with his family, having a good home cooked meal, trips to Little Rock, fishing, mowing, reading his bible and his church family. He spent his life serving the Lord. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Buster and Ollie Thompson of Hazen and his brother, Lecil Thompson of Brinkley. Russell is survived by his wife of 57 years, Betty Thompson, his son, Dennis Thompson of Carlisle, his daughter, Ranie (Randy) Martin of Austin; five grandchildren, Stefanie Thompson of Hazen, Tiffany (Tyler) Reed of Carlisle, Russell Thompson of Mount Pleasant, Cortney (Taylor) Thrift of Carlisle and Jacob Byrd of Austin; five great-grandchildren and one brother, Larry Thompson of Hazen.

Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M., Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at Calvary Baptist Church in Hazen. Visitation will be from 10:00 to 11:00 A.M. prior to the service.

Burial will be in the Center Point Cemetery.

Arrangements by Westbrook Funeral Home of Hazen.

Wesley “Dub” Hamric

Posted in Obituaries on June 5th, 2019 by admin

Wesley “Dub” Hamric, 81 of Hazen passed away Tuesday, June 4, 2019. He was born April 1, 1938, the son of Wesley and Louise Hamric. Dub married Barbara Young on February 14, 1958. He attended First Baptist Church of Hazen. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; three daughters, Jami (Carles) Morris of Violet Hill, Rhonda (Marty) Griffith and Cindy (Brent) Weddle of Carlisle; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one brother, Bob (Delores) Hamric of Hazen and two sisters, Charlotte (Bobby) Glover of Carlisle and Marilyn (Dave) Grudnowski of Bentonville.

Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M., Friday, June 7, 2019 at the First Baptist Church in Hazen. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Thursday, June 6 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen. Burial will be in the Hazen Cemetery. Pallbearers are Trey Barbee, Chris Hart, Rodney Elmore, Brad Hart, Michael Grudnowski, and Bobby Elder.

Raymond Eddie Calvert

Posted in Obituaries on May 29th, 2019 by admin

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Raymond Eddie Calvert, age 75, of Carlisle went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at his residence. He was born April 13, 1944 to W.W. and Ruby Calvert of Carlisle. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Calvert; his parents; one brother, James Calvert; one sister, Rebecca Gwen and one grandson, Scott Eddie Bushart.

Raymond was a member of Rowes Chapel Missionary Baptist Church. He was also a member of Vilonia Wagon Club and Central Arkansas Horse & Wagon Club for several years. He was an enthusiast horse lover and loved working his team and riding.

Raymond is survived by three daughters; Janet Marie Roberts (Derek Bradley) of Humphrey, Melanie Bernice (Scott) Bushart of Little Rock, and Mary Alice (Edward) Bowlan of Carlisle; eight grandchildren, Tabitha (Michael) Way, Kennith Roberts, Kayla, Stephanie, Samantha, and Sabrina Buschart and Cody and Brent Bowlan; thirteen great-grandchildren and a host of family and friends.

A special thanks to Shannon Harvey, his caretaker, who became a beloved addition to the family for the past few years and fulfilled his wishes to stay home around his family and his horses.

Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M., Thursday, May 30, 2019 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen. Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M., Friday, May 31, 2019 at Rowes Chapel Missionary Baptist Church North of Humnoke. Burial will be in Hamilton Cemetery.

Paul Lynn Blaylock

Posted in Obituaries on May 24th, 2019 by admin


Paul Lynn Blaylock, age 88, passed from this life into Eternity at Hospice Home Care in Little Rock, Arkansas on May 23, 2019. He was born on June 16, 1930 in Havana, Arkansas, to Roy and Loy Blaylock. He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Buckman Blaylock; his parents; his brother, Mabrey Blaylock; his sister, Rose Blaylock Taylor and his nephews, Roy Noble Taylor and Mike Blaylock.

Paul was a graduate of Havana High School. Shortly after graduation, Paul married his high school sweetheart, Betty Lou Buckman, they would have celebrated their 70th anniversary on May 28, 2019.

Paul is survived by his daughter, Paula Sue Doss and son-in-law, Rick Doss of Little Rock, Arkansas. He was PopPop to granddaughter, Jennifer Lynette Doss-Pollitt and great-grandson, Noble James Doss, also of Little Rock. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews. Paul never got in a hurry for anyone or anything. One of the few times Paul’s family saw him move fast was the day Jennifer was born- he moved quickly down the hall to see her for the first time.

Paul was a member of Hazen First Baptist Church for 65 years. He loved his church where he served as a Deacon and taught Sunday School. Paul also loved to sing and sang in the choir at Hazen First Baptist Church for many years. Paul loved Jesus and his family.

Paul and Betty moved to Hazen, Arkansas in 1954 after he was discharged from the Army after a tour of duty in Korea. Paul took his last trip on an airplane on his way home from the Army-he said he would never board an airplane again, and he didn’t. If he couldn’t get there by car, he didn’t go! Paul and Betty grew to love this small town on the Prairie and they were active in their church and community. They attended sporting events as long as their health allowed and loved to cheer one the Hornets.

Paul worked as the Rock Island Station Agent in Hazen for 26 years. He arranged a trip to Little Rock on the Doodlebug, a small passenger car, for Paula’s first grade class. That was one special train ride!

Paul loved piddling outside and was quite the gardener. He learned that he could graft his pecan trees and get pecans that had the best flavor. He tended the grape vines that would yield grapes for grape jelly. He also grew a big garden and kept the freezer full of corn, green beans, pecans, and grape juice. He grew cucumbers for sweet pickle making. While on a trip to Florida in 1986, Paul brought home a single sprig of Saint Augustine grass. He used that sprig and now, 40 years later, his entire yard is covered with that beautiful grass. People would ask him why he was squatting in the yard doing something in the dirt. Paul gat a kick out of that because he was planting and caring for the new sprigs.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 10:00 a.m., at the First Baptist Church in Hazen, Arkansas. Rev. Andy Schalchlin and Rev. Lary Tidball will be officiating. The family will meet friends from 9:30 to 10:00 in the Fellowship Hall prior to the service. Burial will be at Havana Cemetery in Havana, Arkansas at 2:00 p.m.

Kimberly Ann Konecny Mullen

Posted in Obituaries on May 21st, 2019 by admin

Kimberly Ann Konecny Mullen, 54, of Little Rock passed away Monday, May 20, 2019 at her home surrounded by family and friends.

Kim was born a daughter of the delta on June 5, 1964, in Stuttgart, Arkansas to Sam and Cathy Konecny. A graduate of Hazen High School, she received an education degree from the University of Arkansas Little Rock and a Master’s of Public Administration from Arkansas State University. Kim was a lifelong Democrat, advocate for children and the less fortunate, teacher and served under Senator Dale Bumpers, Governor Jim Guy Tucker, Senator Blanche Lincoln and Governor Mike Beebe. Kim worked with many boards and associations, including Women and Children First and Court Appointed Special Advocates. Kim was a devout Catholic and loved her Lord. She was loyal and a teacher by her example. Teaching us by her faith, her love of family, Arkansas, and country.

Kim was preceded in death by her father, Sam Konecny and brothers Kirk Konecny and Kenny Joe Konecny.

Survivors are her husband of 18 years, Kevin Mullen of Little Rock; Mother, Cathy Konecny of Stuttgart; siblings, Kevin (Carla) Konecny of Jonesboro, Kay Merritt of Little Rock, Keith (Micki) Konecny of Stuttgart, Kelly (Melanie) Konecny of Slovak; Father-in-law, Lester (Barbara) Mullen of Monette; sister-in-law, Tara Mullen Walker of Jonesboro; brother-in-law, Keith (Hollie) Mullen of Paragould; nieces and nephews, David Konecny, Brian Merritt, Devin Sneed, Brooke Cobb, Joey Evans, Kelsi Konecny, Brandon Merritt, Blair Merritt, Danielle Duncan, Codi Konecny, Nick Konecny, Blake Merritt, Brett Merritt, Charlsi Konecny, Chandler Konecny, Connor Konecny, Drew Walker, John Walker, Chloe Konecny, Carson Konecny, Maddox Mullen, Kellen Mullen and Karson Mullen.

Visitation will be held at the Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church in Slovak from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. on Thursday, May 23, 2019 followed by Rosary at 7:00 P.M., Funeral services will be 10:30 A.M., Friday, May 24 at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church in Slovak, Arkansas.

The family requests memorials in honor of Kim to “Pass On Joy” at

Jessie Marie Burdette

Posted in Obituaries on May 20th, 2019 by admin

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Jessie Marie Burdette age 91 of Sanford, Texas died at her home surrounded by her family, on Thursday, May 16, 2019. She was born December 18, 1927 in Okolona, Arkansas to Effie Marie Parks Hasley and William Pin Hasley. Jessie was preceded in death by her two husband, Lestel Charles King and Buddy Hollar; two sons, Paul Wayne King and Dale Lee King; one step-son, Richard Burdette; two daughters, Violet Marie Bisbee, Darlene King; one step-daughter, Levada Burdette; three brothers, John Hardy Hasley, Ronald Gene Hasley, and Jake Hasley; two sisters, Gertrude McCain and Beatrice Robinson.

Jessie is survived by her husband of 22 years, George Burdette of Sanford, Texas; one son, Charles (Audrey) King of Sulphur, Louisiana; one step-son, Ron (Debbie) Hollar of Fritch, Texas; one daughter, Sue Price of Hazen, Arkansas; three step-daughters, Jana (Terry) Turner of Lake Charles, Louisiana, Debbie (Mike) Clem of Fort Smith, Arkansas, Charlotte (Kent) Beedle of Sanford, Texas; 14 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces nephews and friends.

A special thank you to the Interim Hospice Care.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 A.M., Thursday, May 23, 2019 at Bethlehem Baptist Church in De Valls Bluff with Bro. Allen Minton officiating. Visitation will be from 10:00 to 11:00 prior to the service. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery in De Valls Bluff.

Dorothy Lee Ferguson

Posted in Obituaries on May 12th, 2019 by admin

On Friday, May 10, 2019, Dorothy Lee Ferguson, a longtime resident of Carlisle, was called to her eternal home at the age of 97. Dorothy was born in Scott, Arkansas to Robert and Lily Martin . In July 1937, she married her sweetheart E.C. “Cleo” Ferguson at midnight at the age of sixteen. They raised three daughters, Joyce, Carolyn, and Sharon and two sons, Craig and Todd. Dorothy treasured her family and embraced every moment with them. She especially loved to gather everyone together for large meals at her house and made any guests immediately feel like they were family. An active member of Carlisle First Baptist church, a prominent businesswoman and a frequent volunteer with many civic organizations, Dorothy was an integral part of the Carlisle community. She will always be remembered for her work ethic, her sharp mind and her devotion to others. Dorothy owned several local businesses throughout the years with her husband Cleo before they opened Nick’s Bar-B-Q & Catfish in 1972. Later, she operated Nick’s with her sons after Cleo passed away. She was loved by staff and guests, and she continued to make her famous hush puppies daily well into her nineties.

Additionally, Dorothy was a charter member of the Carlisle Heritage League and served in it for over 40 years. She was a room mother for all of her children while they attended school and was President of Band Parents. She also was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

One of Dorothy’s other passions was rooting for the Arkansas Razorbacks and Dallas Cowboys. If there was a game on the television, Dorothy made sure she was able to watch it no matter what. The world is a better place because Dorothy was in it for 97 years. Her devotion to Jesus, her family, her restaurant and her community will continue to impact those who knew her for many years. She was preceded in death by her father, Robert, mother, Lily, husband, Cleo , daughter, Sharon Wilkins, her brothers, Earl, Earnest, and Roy Martin, and her sister, Nellie Robinson. She is survived by her children, Joyce (Darrell) Saul of Des Arc, Carolyn (Martin) Marek of Hazen, Craig (Cynthia) Ferguson of Carlisle and Todd (Mandy) Ferguson of Carlisle. She is also survived by twelve grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren and nine great-great grandchildren.

Visitation will be held at 5:00 P.M., Monday, May 13, 2019 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen, and services will be 2:00 P.M. on Tuesday, May 14, at the First Baptist Church in Carlisle. Memorials may be made to the Carlisle First Baptist Church of the American Cancer Society.

Shirley Tarkington Swartz

Posted in Obituaries on May 8th, 2019 by admin

Shirley Tarkington Swartz, age 78, of Conway, was born October 4, 1940, the daughter of the late Lucille and Otis Tarkington. Shirley passed away May 4, 2019.

Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald F. Swartz SMSgt U.S. Air Force; two siblings, Doss and Dalton and her son, Robert Swartz.

She is survived by her brother, Charles Tarkington; four sons, Kenneth, Jeff, Jack and Allen Swartz; several grandchildren and several great-grandchildren and many family members and friends who will sadly miss her.

A memorial service will be held 1:00 P.M., Saturday, May 11, 2019 at the Westbrook Funeral Home Chapel in Hazen, Arkansas. The family will be officiating the service and flowers can be sent to the funeral home for the service.

Agnes Batchelor

Posted in Obituaries on April 13th, 2019 by admin

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Agnes was born on April 14, 1933 in Oakgrove, Texas to Jess and Eunice Hazelwood. She went to be with the Lord on April 12, 2019 at Baptist Health Medical Center in North Little Rock.

Agnes was married to Boyce Lee Batchelor on December 18, 1950 in Texarkana, Arkansas.

She was a loving mother and wife and a great cook. She loved her grandchildren and enjoyed fixing her cookies for them. She enjoyed quilting and made many quilts for loved ones. Agnes has lived the past 10 years at Chambers Nursing Home where she loved to talk to others and read her books.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Boyce Lee Batchelor, infant son, Larry Batchelor, son, Clifford Steve Batchelor, brothers, Howard Hazelwood and Curtis Hazelwood, granddaughter, Rebecca Burroughs, and great-granddaughter, Candace Vernon.

Agnes is survived by one son, David Batchelor, Sr.; 9 grandchildren, David Batchelor, Jr. (Kristy), Phillip Batchelor (Carla), Steven Litton (Tricia), Cliff Wagner (Mandy), Traci Haynes (Matt), Michelle Moran (Thomas), Jessica Baca (Miquel), Mindy Wagner, Heather Batchelor, and Avery Batchelor, 27 great-grandchildren and days away from having her first great-great granddaughter. She also had numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at Landmark Missionary Baptist Church in Carlisle. Visitation will be prior to the service from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Burial will be in De-Kalb, Texas.