Robert J. Black, Jr.

Posted in Obituaries on August 16th, 2021 by admin


Robert J. Black, Jr. of Hazen, Arkansas passed away Thursday, August 12, 2021 at the age of 74 surrounded by those he loved the most.  Robert was born and raised in Jonesboro, Arkansas.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert “Polly” Black and Wilma Black and his sister, Carolyne Hunnicutt.

Robert is survived by his best friend and wife of 52 years, Dee Mathis Black, and their three children, Kristy (Doug) Grunwald, Jenny (Jason) Simmons, and Robert III (Abby) Black and the pride and joys of his life, his six grandchildren, Elleson and Molly Grunwald, Owen and Ethan Simmons and Wyatt and Will Black; his sister, Thea (Black) Mathis, as well as many special nieces and nephews, cousins, and a very dear Aunt, Lola Mae Ladd and his best friend of 62 years and brother-in-law, Mike Owen.

Robert attended Jonesboro schools and enjoyed playing sports which developed into his first career along side his Dad refereeing basketball, baseball and football games.  Robert graduated from Arkansas State University and had a career of 30 years in electrical sales with ITE, General Electric and Eaton.  He retired to Hazen, Arkansas to spend his time hunting.  In 2005, he purchased the Hazen True Value Hardware store.  Robert enjoyed supporting the community and attending as many Hornet Sporting events as possible, but his favorite place to spend his days were on his tractor and on his porch sitting beside his wife watching the one of kind sunsets that can only be seen looking across his prairie.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, August 21, 2021 at Hazen United Methodist Church.  Burial will be private.  In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate memorials to be sent to: Hazen Baseball Association c/o Jenny Simmons, P.O. Box 544 Hazen, Ar. 72064 and/or Hazen United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 712 Hazen, Ar. 72064.

John Mack Daniels

Posted in Obituaries on August 12th, 2021 by admin

John Mack Daniels, 87, of Carlisle, a U.S. Navy Veteran went home to be with his Lord, Tuesday, August 10, 2021.  Born February 8, 1934 in Lonoke County’s Hamilton community, Mack was the 4th child of the late JC “Doc” and Ethel Daniels.

Mack was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers, Dan Daniels of North Little Rock and Jack Daniels of Sherwood; three sisters, Marilyn Parker and Bonita Huey of Carlisle and Kay Hill of Sherwood.  Also, “the best dog I ever had” was his beloved Grizzly.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Kathy Daniels; two sons, Clint Daniels (wife-Cathy) of Rosemark, Tennessee and Wess Daniels (wife- Katherine) of Benton; four grandchildren, Garrett Daniels of Antioch, Tennessee, Caroline Henderson of San Antonio, Texas, Hayden Smith and Grace Daniels of Benton and one great-granddaughter, Harper Henderson of San Antonio, Texas, and a dog, Poco.

A graduate from Carlisle High School, he served in the Navy, trained as a machinist, acquired a diesel mechanic degree from Oklahoma State Tech, and became an oil rig driver in New Mexico and Colorado.  He then bought a service station in North Little Rock on Broadway as the local mechanic.  Later, Mack worked for Jacuzzi and then Remington as a machinist, with his last job being a rural mail carrier in Carlisle for 18 years.

Mack retired but continued to be busy with his favorite hobbies fishing, hunting, estate sales, and anything sports.  Self-proclaimed “jack of all trades, but master of none,” hardly ever a day went by when he wasn’t busy in his shop where you would find him working on projects or creating space for newfound treasures.  In addition, he was a talented craftsman, known regionally as an accomplished duck call maker, using skills and a craftsman’s eye to turn working pieces of art.  Today his work is on display in the Museum of the Arkansas Grand Prairie under the name Two Prairie Bayou, a nod to his childhood farm.

Mack loved spending time with his family and friends.  He filled his days playing golf with his brothers, talking sports with his sons, and playing numerous rounds of Chickenfoot or Pitch.  In addition, he was proud to have hosted the 4th of July party where everyone was welcome for 27 years.

Visitation will be Friday, August 13, 2021 from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen.  Services will be 10:00 A.M., Saturday, August 14 at the Hamilton Baptist Church  South of Carlisle.  Interment will be in the Hamilton Cemetery.

Kenneth Virgil Griffin

Posted in Obituaries on August 11th, 2021 by admin

Kenneth Virgil Griffin, age 75, of De Valls Bluff, passed away August 9, 2021 in the Baptist Health Medical Center in North Little Rock, Arkansas.  Kenneth graduated from De Valls Bluff High School in 1964 and shortly thereafter married the love of his life, Linda Roach.  He enlisted in the Army and completed extensive training on the operation and maintenance of heavy equipment.  After serving a tour of duty in Germany, Kenneth separated from the Army and returned to his home town of De Valls Bluff.  He pursued a successful career in the construction field utilizing his experience with heavy equipment.

Kenneth was an avid hunter and fisherman and was often found with family and friends fishing on the White River or hunting in the surrounding area.

Kenneth loved his family and is survived by his wife, Linda Griffin, three children, Belinda Griffin, Ken Griffin, and Andrea Whitcomb; six grandchildren, Kendall Cook, Dillian Cook, Heather Fought, Scotty Whitcomb, Breanna Trevino, Kenly Griffin, Gaylen Henderson, brother Joe Griffin and two sisters, Micki Elder and Marilyn George.

Visitation will be held at the Westbrook Funeral Home from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Wednesday, August 11, 2021.  Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M., Thursday, August 12, 2021 at the Westbrook Funeral Home Chapel in Hazen.

Interment will be in Oakland Cemetery in De Valls Bluff.

Margaret Louise Couey Guenther Unick

Posted in Obituaries on August 4th, 2021 by admin

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Margaret Louise Couey Guenther Unick, 89, departed her place on earth July 29, 2021 in Lakeport, California. Louise was born May 8, 1932 in Atkins, Arkansas to Floyd and Margaret Francis (Prince) Couey. Louise spent her life as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

Louise was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harold Oliver Unick; her daughters, Debbie Guenther, Doretta Luciani, and Charlene Ellis; her brother, Carl Couey and her nephew Sean Clark.

Those left to cherish her memories are her siblings, Nona Clark, Marilyn Larkins, and Earl and Darryl Couey; her children, Teresa (Troy) Fegley of Hazen, Ar., Vincent (Lynette) Guenther of Willows, California, Margaret Reimer of Bakersfield, California, Jeff (Lisa) Unick of Olympia, Washington, John (Johnny) Unick of Newton, Kansas, Jamie Unick of Willows, California, and Gene Unick of Lakeport, California; 17 grandchildren, Jennifer Luciani, Bryan (April) Luciani, Dave Rowe, Tawnya (John) Youngblood, Margaret (Paul) Malley, Chandra (Bud) Ellis, Jason (Katie) Guenther, Justin (Jessica)Unick, Vanessa Neil, Sarah Unick,Crystal (Jorge) Valdespino, Nicole Fegley, Cody (Courtney) Guenther, Tessa Unick, Karen (Aric) Abrams, Michael Bergeron and Timothy Unick; 25 great grandchildren, Donatella and Merric Luciani-Coon, Nathan and Jacob Neil, Remington, Kadence and Kanon Fegley, Abbigael Malley, Peyton, Austin, Ethan Connor, Weston, Grayson and Raegan Guenther, Lana and Gatlin Unick, Cali Blosser, Alexis Alastra, Samuel Ellis, Cherokee, Andrew, and Robert Rowe, Logan Abrams, and Hollie Bergeron, along with her nephews, David (Christy) and Gregory Clark and many other nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Friday, August 6, 2021 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, August 7, 2021 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Tollville. Interment will be in the Hazen Cemetery.

David Michael Donahue

Posted in Obituaries on August 2nd, 2021 by admin

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David Michael Donahue of Hazen, went to be with the Lord on July 31, 2021.

He was born June 28, 1953 in El Dorado, Arkansas. David was a member of the Hazen First Baptist Church.

David was preceded in death by his mother, Jean Hurt, step-father, Porter Hurt,

father, Clyde Donahue, brothers, Clyde Donahue Jr. and Kenny Donahue and his sister, Debbie Hooper.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Tammy Donahue; son, Casey Donahue and his wife, Toni Wiseman Donahue; his daughter, Brandy Donahue O’Neil and husband, Jeremy; his grandchildren, Conner Wiseman, Morgan Donahue, and Christopher Michael Henry O’Neil; sisters, Sherran Gray, Laura Blue, and Jean Lewis; brothers, Glen Hurt and Steve Lewis.

David spent his life working for his family. He was kind and loved the Lord.

A memorial service will be held 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 4, 2021 at the First Baptist church in Hazen.

Arrangements are by Westbrook Funeral Home of Hazen.

Benny George Jr., (B.J.) Billings

Posted in Obituaries on July 31st, 2021 by admin

Benny George Jr., (B.J.) Billings of Carlisle earned his wings on July 30, 2021.  He was born October 29, 1979. His parents are Benny Billings and Shelia and step-father Greg Renner.

B.J. was preceded in death by his grandparents, George and Elsie Huggs and Albert and Gladys Billings and his great grandparents Everette and Myrtle Todd and George and Becky Smith.

B.J. graduated from Carlisle High School.  He leaves behind his favorite dog Molly and his aunts, Mary D., Cora, Mary S., Glenda, and Betty; his uncles, Wendall, Rudy, and Leroy and lots of cousins and friends.

He loved going to church and singing and rainbows.  He was baptized at Immanuel Baptist church and B.J. loved his pastor Bro. Homer and Sandy Collins.

Visitation will be from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. Monday, August 2, 2021 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen.  The funeral service will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 3, at Immanuel Baptist Church in Carlisle.  Interment will be in Concord Cemetery North of Furlow, Arkansas.

Rosemary Katherine Basler Hooks

Posted in Obituaries on July 30th, 2021 by admin

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Rosemary Katherine Basler Hooks, 95, Hazen, Arkansas passed away on July 29, 2021. Born May 2, 1926 in Morrilton, Arkansas to Frank Joseph Basler and Rosa Yanker Basler, she graduated from Sacred Heart High School in 1943. After working at First State Bank as a bookkeeper, on May 9, 1950, she married Edward D. Hooks of Slovak, Arkansas, who preceded her in death in 2002. She was a parishioner of Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church for 71 years and a pillar of the community. She is survived by brother, Ben Basler of Wisconsin, seven children, 11 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Children: Dan (Paula) Hooks, Hazen, Ar., Beth Lewis, Hot Springs, Ar.; Sr. Susan Hooks, OSB Monastery Immaculate Conception, Ferdinand, Indiana; Edward Hooks, Pea Ridge, Arkansas, Paul (Carol) Hooks, Stuttgart, Ar., Janet (Bruce) McDaniel, Broken Arrow, Ok., Sarah Berryman, Pea Ridge, Ar.

Strong in her Catholic faith, Rosemary had a special devotion to Mary and always kept a rosary handy. With a willing spirit, busy hands, and a giving heart, she loved her family and full house at family gatherings. She had a green thumb and loved flowers, her garden and sharing plants. She also loved music, baking bread and trying new recipes as she fed the multitudes. She loved to travel and never met a stranger as she could “talk to a fence post”.

Sister Paschaline, OND, her high school teacher described Rosemary in the 1943 Sacred Heart yearbook, “She hath a natural wise—sincerity”. An avid reader and letter writer, she had a remarkable memory and loved telling stories. Into her 90’s, she sang songs from childhood, recalled names and recited poems from her school days. Raised during the Great Depression, her thriftiness and “can-do” spirit were evident in one of her many adages, “Waste not, want not.”

Rosemary served in the parish altar Society as president, the Catholic Youth Organization and Parish Council. She was a 4-H group leader and a member of the Prairie County Extension Homemakers Club. A volunteer for the Hazen Library, she was on the Library board in 1965 that spearheaded a 1% tax for the Prairie County library that passed. In 1970’s she was a docent at the Grand Prairie Agricultural Museum, Stuttgart, Ar.

She treasured her Morrilton family and friends, enjoyed family reunions on Petite Jean Mountain and was the “go-to” for family ties and memories. Sharp witted, she held her own in conversations with intellectuals to children from all walks of life, often with humor and wise sayings from her own parents.

Visitation is Sunday, August 1, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. followed by a rosary at 7:00 p.m. in the Sts. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church. Funeral mass officiated by Rev. Shaun Wesley on Monday at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church, Holy Rosary School in Stuttgart or Sacred Heart School in Morriliton.

Arrangements are by Westbrook Funeral Home of Hazen.

Wayne William Clayton

Posted in Obituaries on July 26th, 2021 by admin

Wayne William Clayton, 68, of Tollville, passed away July 24, 2021.  He was born on March 5, 1953.  He is the son of the late Stanley and Dorothy Clayton  of Tollville.  Wayne was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Limon Clayton. He is survived by his sister, Tammy Clayton.

Wayne worked for Riceland Foods in Stuttgart for 27 years before retiring in 2004.  He was a member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church and the Tollville Fire Department.

A graveside service will be held at 9:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 28. 2021 at the Hazen Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to St. Peters Episcopal Church.

Arrangements are by Westbrook Funeral Home of Hazen.

John Henry Bates II

Posted in Obituaries on July 15th, 2021 by admin

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John Henry Bates II, of Hazen, passed away July 13, 2021 at the VA Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas with his family present. John was born October 30, 1961.

He was the son of John Henry Bates and Syble E. Bates. John was preceded in death by his parents; his grandparents, Talbert and Myrtle Bates and Clem and Winnie Moore and several cousins, aunts, and uncles.

He is survived by his sons, John H. Bates III and wife, Kayla and Morgan Lee Bates; his grandchildren, Riley Nicole, Jenden Lynn, Zaden Lee, Jaylen Ann and Haven Faith Bates; his sister, Judy Bates Warren; his nieces, Abby Brown and Katy Saul and three great-nephews, Kenner, Kolton, and Ryder.

John was active in Boy Scouts as a boy and later attended college at SAU Tech in Camden. John joined the Army in 1982. While in the Army he drove and operated the tank, face to face with enemy forces. John was a kind hearted man that loved his family immensely. He liked to hunt and fish and enjoyed his free time on the river. In his final days he spent every day with his grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M., Saturday, July 17, 2021 at the Riverfront Park on the Biscoe side of the White River officiated by Mark McMullen. Burial will be in Shady Grove Cemetery in Clarendon.

Marvin Dell Thaxton, Jr.

Posted in Obituaries on July 11th, 2021 by admin

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Marvin “Mart” Dell Thaxton, Jr., age 66, of Carlisle, passed away Saturday, July 10, 2021. Mart was born June 29, 1955 to Marvin and Carolyn Thaxton in Newport, Arkansas. He grew up there where he graduated from Newport High School. Mart moved to Carlisle in 1977, where he met the love of his life, Cindy. They were married November 18, 1978. Mart began farming his family farm that year as well. He spent the next 41 years farming and enjoyed the last 16 years working beside both his sons, Keaton and Clayton.

Mart was known for his mischievous wit and storytelling. He never met a stranger and treated everyone the same. Mart was an avid outdoorsman. He loved to hunt and fish, especially with his grandchildren. Mart was known for his generosity and integrity. He was always willing to give his time to a good cause. He served on the Farm Bureau board for over 30 years and served one two year term as President. Mart also gave his time to the Bayou Meto Board for over 30 years and the Farm Service Agency Board for 9 years. He was currently serving on the Board of Directors for First State Bank where he had given over 26 years of service.

Mart was preceded in death by his parents, Marvin and Carolyn Thaxton. He is survived by his loving wife, Cindy, and two sons, Keaton (Lindsey) and Clayton (Elizabeth). Mart is also survived by his five grandchildren, Fisher, Collin, Cash, Steele and Bentley and his two sisters, Becky (Mike) Henderson and Gail (Frank) Fogleman as well as many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held at Carlisle First United Methodist Church on Tuesday, July 13, 2021 at 11 a.m. A visitation preceding the service will be held at 10 a.m. and burial at Carlisle Cemetery will immediately follow the service. The family has requested memorial contributions be directed to the Wade Knox Child Advocacy Center,1835 SW Front Street, Lonoke, AR 72086 and the Carlisle First United Methodist Senior Food Pantry, P.O. Box 417, Carlisle, AR 72024.