Patricia McCallie

Posted in Obituaries on February 24th, 2021 by admin

Patricia McCallie, age 68, died on February 24, 2021.  Patricia was born on May 28, 1952 to Lloyd and Betty Elder.  She was married to Tim McCallie, a farmer, and was a lifelong resident of Carlisle, Arkansas.  They had three children.  Patricia was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Tim.

Patricia is survived by her children, Steve (Jennette) McCallie, Crystal (Doug) Callihan, and Wendy (Jared) Greenwalt; six grandchildren, Timothy Callihan, Christian McCallie, Ashlee McCallie, Lydia Greenwalt, Amelia Greenwalt, and Kate Greenwalt; two sisters, Carolyn Elder and Linda (Kim) Waddell, and a brother, Bobby Elder; brother and sister in law’s, Miriam McCallie Byrum (the late Tommy McCallie), Bob and Myra Sue McCallie, and Billy and Carolyn McCallie.  She is also survived by an abundance of family and friends.

Patricia was a graduate of Carlisle High School and a lifelong resident of Carlisle, Arkansas.  She was a farmer’s wife, a mother, and a Nonna.  She served as Lonoke County Tax Collector for many years and retired in 2017.

Patricia’s life was a blessing and her memory will be a treasure!  She will be greatly missed.

Please join us in celebrating her life on February 27, 2021.  A graveside service will be held at 11:00 am at Walter’s Chapel Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to: Arkansas Hospice at

Bonnie Felts Reid

Posted in Obituaries on February 19th, 2021 by admin

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Bonnie Felts Reid, age 86, of Hazen, died peacefully on Monday, February 15, 2021 and went to be with the Lord. Bonnie was born on June 9, 1934, in Des Arc, Arkansas to Floyd and Fannie Felts who preceded her in death. She graduated from Des Arc High School in 1952 and married her love, Marvin Reid who also preceded her in death. She retired from the Carlisle School District after 33 years of service in the music department.

Bonnie is survived by her children, Marvin P. Reid, Jr. and wife, Debbie of Carlisle and Rose Marie Knupp and husband, Keith of Des Arc; five grandchildren, Brad Knupp, Jenny Knupp Garlington, Andrea Hanks, Alex Reid and Ashley Clinton; sister, Glenda Gales and brother, James Felts both of Des Arc; nine great-grandchildren, Brayden, Beckett, Brett, and Berkley Knupp, Zaden, Aven, Gavin, and Mattilyn Garlington and Vincent Reid. She was also preceded in death by sisters, Aime Riehle, Emma Gean Cate, Mary Johnson, Carole Pool and brother, Roy Douglas Felts.

Please join us in celebrating her life Monday, February 22, 2021 with visitation at 1:00 P.M. and service at 2:00 P.M. at the Hazen First United Methodist Church, 211 North Hazen Avenue, Hazen, Arkansas 72064.

Betty Sue Long

Posted in Obituaries on February 8th, 2021 by admin

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Betty Sue Long departed from this life for her heavenly home on February 6, 2021 surrounded by her family. She was a life-long homemaker and worked as a beautician in her beauty shop for 55 years. She made memories with everyone she met and loved. She was known by several names to everyone, but her favorite name of all was “crazy granny”. She lived a very full, selfless, and beautiful life making everyone laugh or smile in some way.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Everett “Sonny” Long; son, Terry Ingle; grandson, Justin Jackson; three brothers, one sister, and her parents.

Those left to carry on her memory are her sons, Rusty Ingle and Randall Ingle, only daughter, Marcia Bramlage, ten grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at the Calvary Baptist Church in Hazen followed by funeral service at 11:00. Interment will be in the Hazen Cemetery.

Pauline Owen

Posted in Obituaries on February 6th, 2021 by admin

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Pauline Owen, 95, of Des Arc died Thursday, February 4, 2021. She was born June 13, 1925 in Hattieville, Arkansas to Jessie Haynes and Della Stacks Haynes. Survivors include her son, Jerry Owen and wife, Frances Owen, two grandchildren, Tim Owen and Sherry Lawrence and husband, Tim Lawrence, one great-grandchild, Taylor Lawrence and several nieces and nephews. Ms. Pauline was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, L.E. Owen, 3 brothers, Harold Haynes, Cecil Haynes and Archie Dude Haynes and 2 sisters, Mabel Beggs and Lucille Humble.

Pauline loved her family. She and L.E. Owen were long time farmers in Des Arc. Pauline also enjoyed camping and finding diamonds at the Diamond Mine with her husband. She also enjoyed crocheting, making quilt blocks, jigsaw puzzles, hummingbirds, and gardening. Pauline was an active volunteer in the Prairie County Fair Board until the late 1990’s.

Visitation is Monday, February 8, 2021 at 1:00 P.M., and funeral services will follow at 2:00 P.M. at the Westbrook Funeral Home Chapel in Hazen, Arkansas. She will be laid to rest at the Hazen Cemetery.

Paul Kenneth “Ken” Castleberry

Posted in Obituaries on February 3rd, 2021 by admin

Sergeant First Class Paul Kenneth “Ken” Castleberry, 84, died peacefully in Rison, AR on January 23, 2021.

SFC Castleberry was born on February 4, 1936 in De Valls Bluff, AR to Sanford and Fannie (Henderson) Castleberry. In 1953, he joined the armed forces and was assigned to Ft. Campbell, KY.

SFC Castleberry married Rose M. Iceman in Lebanon, PA in 1964.

SFC Castleberry’s military career included overseas deployments to Japan, Germany, and Vietnam; and stateside assignments in Redstone Arsenal, AL; Ft. Campbell, KY; Ft. Bragg, NC; Indian Gap Military Reservation, PA; and Ft. Benning, GA in elite specialty areas such as a Wire Team Chief for Explosive Ordinance Disposal, Military Police and Airborne Jumpmaster.

Throughout his military career, SFC Castleberry enjoyed multiple professional hobbies such as international racing driver winning three international races on the Nuremberg, Germany circuit; parachutist; professional underwater diver and instructor; as well as being an off-duty hours deputy sheriff where he searched for missing persons and stolen vehicles.

He was discharged with full honors in 1973 with over 20 years of service after receiving multiple citations throughout his career including the National Defense Service medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster, Vietnam Campaign medal w/60 Device; Vietnam Service medal w/2 Bronze Stars, Air Medal, Good Conduct medal (4th award), Explosive Ordinance Disposal Specialist and Supervisor badges, Parachute and Senior Parachute badges, 2 Overseas Service bars, and Drivers Badge w/bar.

After retirement, SFC Castleberry returned to his home in Arkansas and continued to keep busy becoming a self-employed carpenter. He later began working for BBF Oil Company in Pine Bluff, AR and then retiring from the Arkansas Department of Corrections Boot Camp in Wrightsville, AR as a Drill Instructor.

He is survived by his sons Paul (Susan), Don (Debbie) and Sandy Castleberry (Lorie); his daughter, Deanna Ashcraft (Sam); his grandchildren George (Jessica), Patrick (Stephanie), Dalton, Brooklin, and Trent Castleberry (Morgan); Breanna and Cody Ashcraft; Brian (AshLeigh) and Raechel Ingle; and his eight great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his wife, Rose.

Due to current restrictions, a private ceremony with full military honors will take place at the Committal Shelter at the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery in North Little Rock on Feb. 2, 2021.


Tony Kelly

Posted in Obituaries on January 21st, 2021 by admin

Tony Kelly, 53 of Hazen, passed away January 19, 2021.  He enjoyed playing games on his computer, fishing, spending time with his family and especially attending the Church of Christ where he was baptized in the summer of 2019.  

He was preceded in death by his mother, Shirley Givens, his father, Johnny Kelly; brother, Butch Kelly and his wife, Robin Kelly.

He is survived by his children, Heather Como and husband, Robert Como, Josh Kelly, Jessica Heinmiller and husband, Zach Heinmiller and Melinda Fryer (Jason Cole); grandchildren, Jace Kelly, Benton Como, Kylie Heinmiller, Killian Heinmiller, Chase Heinmiller, Gage Heinmiller and Kason Cole; brother, Rick Kloss; niece, Christina Cole and husband, Paul Cole and her children, Peyton and Colton Cole; nephew, Chad Kloss and his children, Alana and Alley Kloss.

Graveside service will be 2:00 P.M., Saturday, January 23, 2021 at the Hazen Cemetery.

Karen Drotar Fitts

Posted in Obituaries on January 18th, 2021 by admin

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Karen Drotar Fitts, age 64, of Benton passed away Monday, January 18, 2021. Karen worked for the Civitan Services in Bryant, Arkansas in the H.R. Department. She loved arts and crafts and really liked to travel especially on cruises. Karen grew up in Slovak, Arkansas attending Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church.

She was preceded in death by her father, Bobby Drotar and two sisters, Monica Lane and Carmen Lee.

Karen is survived by her husband of 30 years, Chester “Dusty” Fitts; two brothers, Terry Drotar and John Drotar and wife, Pam both of Slovak; her mother, Adelaide Drotar; sister, Paula Coburn of Des Arc; two sons, Jason Rymer and wife, Mel of Hempstead, Texas and Shay Rymer and wife, Rena of Little Rock; step-son, Jarrett Fitts and wife, Hilda of Medesto, California; 7 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren and a very special friend, Patricia Manning of Hawaii.

Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Friday, January 22, 2021 at Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church in Slovak. Graveside service will be 10:00 A.M., Saturday, January 23, 2021 at the Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Cemetery in Slovak.

Virginia “Sissy” Stock Vanderpool

Posted in Obituaries on January 14th, 2021 by admin

Virginia “Sissy” Stock Vanderpool, age 75, of Hazen, entered her Eternal Home on “Angels Wings” on January 8, 2021, at Springhill Baptist Health Center, North Little Rock.

Sissy was born on January 21, 1945. She was preceded in death by her parents, Cleveland D. Stock, Sr. and Margaret Stock, and brothers Del, Duke and William “Bill” Stock. She is survived by her soul mate James Freese of Hazen, Brother Bobby Terhune (Nancy) of North Little Rock, step-daughter Heather Vanderpool Zitzer of Little Rock, sister-in-law Kaye Stock of Hazen and several special nieces and nephews and special friend Donna Bednar.

Sissy was a life-time member of the Hazen United Methodist Church. She loved her church family and her Lord. Sissy was small and petite in stature, but she made up for that with her witty personality and determination. Those that knew her, were aware of her being able to hold her own in any situation. When you earned her trust, you earned her love and devotion. As her nieces and nephews were growing up, Sissy loved them as if they were her own children and spoiled them every chance she got.

Over Sissy’s lifetime, she had numerous employment adventures, but none compared to her employment for years with the Lagrue, Land & Irrigation Duck Club. The members were special friends and she loved them all like family.

A graveside service will be conducted by Bro. Chris Wright and Bro. Christian Van-Houten, Monday, January 18, 2021, at 2:00 pm at the Hazen Cemetery. Face Coverings and Social Distancing will be required. Memorials may be made to the Hazen United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 712, Hazen, AR 72064. Arrangements by Westbrook Funeral Home-Hazen.

Ronald Wayne Bearden

Posted in Obituaries on January 8th, 2021 by admin

Ronald Wayne Bearden, Jr., age 65 of De Valls Bluff, Arkansas passed away on December 28, 2020. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ronald W. Bearden, Sr., J. Vance Coffman, and Virginia Coffman and his sister, Gail Adams.

He is survived by his wife, Carol; daughter, Angela Alsbrook (Troy); his sisters, Debbie Foster and Linda “Clyde” Coffman, and his Aunt, Ludene Treadway, along with many nephews, nieces, and beloved friends.

A memorial service will be 11:00 A.M., Saturday, January 16, 2021 at the De Valls Bluff Cemetery Pavilion. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Cla-Cliff Nursing and Rehab Center in Brinkley, Arkansas.

Edward “Ed” Franklin Williams

Posted in Obituaries on December 31st, 2020 by admin

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Edward “Ed” Franklin Williams, 90, of De Valls Bluff, Arkansas, passed away Tuesday, December 29, 2020 in his home surrounded by his children. Ed was born September 21, 1930 to Neeley and Irene (Howard) Williams. Ed married Donna Faye (Chesser) on July 19, 1951.

Ed Williams was a Godly man that adored his family and would do anything for them. A hard-working man that spent hours at the Riceland Dryer just to provide for his family. A veteran of the armed forces who served for the love of his country. An avid hunter who enjoyed the outdoors and spending time with friends and family around the campfire.

Ed Williams is survived by his three children, Loretta Whittenburg and husband, Charles of Valley View, Texas, Rebecca King of Stinnett, Texas, and James Edward Williams and wife, Janice (Edge) of De Valls Bluff. Eight grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren and one sister, Lucile (Williams) Prince and husband, James of Biscoe, Arkansas and several nieces and nephews.

Ed was preceded in death by his parents Neeley and Irene (Howard) Williams, his brothers, W.L. “Bud” Williams and Earl Eugene “Gene” Williams and sisters, Betty Jean Williams and Hazel Overturf; his wife, Donna Faye (Chesser), and a great grandson, Shane Anthony Whittenburg.

Visitation will be held 10:00 AM, Saturday, January 2, 2021 at the De Valls Bluff First Baptist church, service will follow at 11:00 AM. Ed Williams nephew, Boyd Riba will be officiating. Burial will be at the Oakland Cemetery in De Valls Bluff, Arkansas.

Arrangements are under the direction of Westbrook Funeral Home of Hazen. Pallbearers will be Danny Baxter, Jackie Roach, Dustin Rogers, James Ed Williams II, David Inman, and Chris Krouskup. Honorary pallbearer will be Charles Ray Whittenburg.