Joe Dan Daniels

Posted in Obituaries on November 18th, 2019 by admin

Joe Dan Daniels passed away Friday, November 15, 2019 at the age of 66 after a lengthy illness.  Joe Dan was born August 5, 1953, to Daniel Edward and Marie Smith Daniels in Little Rock.  Joe Dan graduated from Strider Academy in Charleston, Mississippi; Hinds Jr. College in Raymond, Mississippi and Coahoma Community College in Clarksdale, Mississippi.  Joe Dan was a mechanic specialist for many years and retired at the age of 48.  He attended Eudora Baptist Church.  The most important part of Joe Dan’s life was his family and friends.  His sense of humor was appreciated by everyone who knew him.  He was loyal, kind-hearted, and always ready to lend a helping hand.  If someone needed a friend, he was always there.

Joe Dan is survived by his sister, Gwendolyn Daniels Grissom; his niece, Octavia Grissom Dunavent, and his great niece, Lila Octavia Dunavent.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Daniel Edward and Marie Smith Daniels; his sisters, Delylah Grace Daniels and Betty Lyn Daniels; his maternal grandparents, Samuel Laurence and Lila Octavia Gilliam Smith; his paternal grandparents, James Oliver and Gracie West Daniels and his nephew-in-law, Thomas Edward Dunavent, husband of Octavia.

A visitation for family and friends will be held Tuesday, November 19, 2019 from 1:00 until 2:00 P.M., prior to the service at 2:00 P.M., at Hamilton Baptist Church, Carlisle, Arkansas.  Interment to follow at Hamilton Cemetery, Carlisle, Arkansas.

Margaret Louise Strohl McVey

Posted in Obituaries on November 18th, 2019 by admin

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Margaret Louise Strohl McVey was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, December 15, 1949 to Carl and Mary Strohl of DeValls Bluff. Margaret left this world for her heavenly home November 11, 2019. She leaves behind the love of her life, Charles McVey, whom she married June 6, 1969. The last few years they made their home in Tollville. They celebrated their 50 years of marriage by renewing their vows in a beautiful beach ceremony in Navarre Beach, Florida. Others left to cherish her memory is their son, Michael Jay McVey of Gravel Ridge; their daughter, Amy Eberlein and husband, Chris of Casscoe, along with the sunshine of Margaret’s life, granddaughter, Addie Eberlein; Chris’s children, Lauren Buffkin, and husband, David and Anthony Eberlein; two very special people who she considered her sons, Mark Harden and Greg Burks; bonus grandkids, Kallie and Kobe Cotton who called her “Maggie” and two brothers, Howard Strohl and Henry Strohl.

Margaret was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. When her spirit left her body, she was in the presence of her Lord, Jesus Christ and united with her many loved ones gone before her – particularly her Grandma Skelton and her Mom and Dad, Carl and Mary Strohl. Margaret was the most loving, kindest person you would ever hope to meet. Her life was devoted to Charles and their family. She was overjoyed when Addie was born and loved spending time with her.

Margaret’s family will celebrate her life and the love she bestowed on them with future visits to Mardi Gras and the beach, Margaret’s “happy place”. Margaret’s spirit will be with them from now until they meet again.

A celebration of life in memory of Margaret Strohl McVey will be from 1 -3 P.M., November 23, 2019 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall in Tollville, Arkansas. Please come share your memories.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like memorials be make to St. Jude’s.

Mickie Bradley Hinze

Posted in Obituaries on November 11th, 2019 by admin

Mickie Bradley Hinze, age 76, of Heth, Arkansas passed away peacefully on November 9, 2019.  She was born Chicot, Arkansas and was the daughter of Sam and Julia Bradley of Eudora, Arkansas.  Mickie was a bookkeeper, a homemaker, and a loving wife, mother and “Meme.”  She loved to watch football games, enjoyed the excitement of the casino slot machines, and doted on her special Chihuahua’s, Bella and Lucky.  Though Mickie was a very private person, she had a candid sense-of-humor, she loved her family dearly, and she would give you anything she had if you needed it.  

She is survived by her husband, Robert “Bob” Hinze; her four children, Julie Harkins, Bobby Hinze, Victoria Greene,  and LaDonna Woodie; her grandchildren, Mark Harkins, Jonathan Robinson, Hannah Harkins, Grant Robinson, Ryan Woodie, Caroline Woodie, and Nicholas Woodie; her three brothers, Sam, Jr., Ed Nick and Hicks Bradley and her two sisters, Janette Williams and JoAnn Collins.

Services for Mickie will be Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church in Slovak, Arkansas beginning with visitation at 10:00, the Rosary at 10:30, and the funeral service at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be in the Slovak Catholic Cemetery beside the church in Slovak.  The plots for Mickie and her husband are adjacent to other family members, so she will be laid to rest beside one of her best friends and sister-in-law, Kay Hinze.

Marion Boyd Calley

Posted in Obituaries on November 11th, 2019 by admin

Marion Boyd Calley, 73, of Clarksville, passed away November 11, 2019.  He is survived by his wife, Pauline; two sisters, Joyce Oswald of Little Rock and Pansy Jones of Oklahoma and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Chester and Eunice Calley.  A graveside service will be held 1:00 P.M.,  Friday, November 15, 2019 at the Center Point Cemetery near Hazen.

Maggie Roach

Posted in Obituaries on November 7th, 2019 by admin

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Maggie Roach of Hazen, passed away November 5, 2019 at the age of 95. Maggie was born April 18, 1924 in Des Arc, Arkansas, the daughter of the late John Allen and Rose Williams. Maggie married Ray Roach on October 26, 1942. Maggie lived a long life and worked hard providing for her family. She will be greatly missed. Maggie was preceded in death by her parents and husband; four sisters, Ruth Swink, Mable Petty, Gladys Stokes and Helen Hughes and one brother, Harvey Williams.

She is survived by her sons, Jimmy Roach and special friend, Deana Bailey, Jackie Roach and wife, Vangie; her grandchildren, Annette Felts and husband, Jamie, Danny Roach and wife, Lana; Tiffany Smith and husband, Derek, Noel Hartley and husband, Daniel and Dana Roach; her great-grandchildren, Ariel Moore and husband, Kelly; Randall Roach, Colton Felts, Alyssa Smith, Landon Smith, Dax Hartley, and Ash Harley; her great-great grandchildren, Kaleb Moore and Jude Allen Moore, and a very special niece, Johnnie Faye McKeon.

Visitation will be at Westbrook Funeral Home Chapel in Hazen on Saturday November 9, 2019 at 1:00 P.M., Funeral service will follow at 2:00 P.M. Maggie’s grandsons will serve as her pallbearers. Interment will be in the Hazen Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hazen Cemetery Fund or the Humane Society.

James Ira Sperry

Posted in Obituaries on November 4th, 2019 by admin

James Ira Sperry 92, of DeValls Bluff, passed away Sunday, November 3, 2019.

He was born October  20, 1927, in Holly Grove  to Lucy and James Sperry.

He was raised in the Methodist church as a young man and later joined the Baptist Church where he started teaching a young adult class.  He has shared the Lord with lots of people during his life.  James also loved basketball (turning down a basketball scholarship) and math and helping kids with their math during the years.He sold insurance, ran a general merchantile store for years and bought it with his wife, daughter, and son-in-law.  James also worked for the Corp of Engineers as a park and gate keeper. He was a member of the DeValls Bluff Fire Department, Lions Club, and a deacon and member of the First Baptist Church in DeValls Bluff.

He leaves behind his wife of 70 years, Rubye Bernece Sperry; two daughters,

Mona Sue Glover of Little Rock and Sherry Beth West of Lonoke and one son, James Edward Sperry of Cabot; grandchildren, Jimmie Glover, Susan Phelps (Gene Phelps), Andrea Fought (Richard Fought),  Tracy LaFever (Jamey LaFever), Jamie  Dreher (Jared Dreher), and Jackie Glover; He was also blessed with great and great-great grandchildren and lots of nieces and nephews.  James was preceded in death by two sisters, Armenta Sperry Mason and Lillian Sperry Shaw and one brother, William Edward Sperry.

Visitation will be Tuesday, November 5 from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen.  Funeral services will be 11:30 A.M., Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at the First Baptist Church in DeValls Bluff.  Burial will be in the DeValls Bluff Cemetery.

Bobby Holderfield

Posted in Obituaries on October 25th, 2019 by admin


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Bobby Holderfield, 81 of Hazen, passed away Friday, October 25, 2019 after battling health problems for years. Bobby was a retired truck driver, loved bailing hay, being outdoors, hanging out at the vet clinic and doing anything he could to help people. He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, and one son.

Bobby is survived by one daughter, three sisters, two brothers, his faithful friend, Blue, and a very special friend, Frances Richards.

Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00, Sunday, October 27, 2019 at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Monday, October 28 at the Westbrook Funeral Home Chapel in Hazen. Burial will be in the Center Point Cemetery.

Kenneth Edwin Caviness

Posted in Obituaries on October 24th, 2019 by admin

Kenneth Edwin Caviness of Hazen passed away peacefully in his sleep on October 24, 2019 at the age of 80 after a long and courageous battle with his health.  Kenneth was born September 11, 1939 in Hazen, Arkansas, the son of the late Maurice and Opal Caviness.  He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Shirley Rogers.

As a young man, Kenneth began his love of agriculture with a job at Riceland Foods in Hazen.  Later he got his start in farming with help from his father-in-law, Frank Halijan and Everett Hall who became a life-long friend and mentor.  Kenneth was passionate about farming and he passed that on to his son and grandsons.

Kenneth loved to make others happy.  Many will remember Kenneth brightening their Christmas celebrations dressed as Santa or all the free rides he gave on his train at the local rice festivals.

Around 1984, Kenneth began frying fish for a few of the local farmers.  This pastime soon became another passion of his as it grew into Big K’s catfish barn.  Over the years, people from all over the state and beyond have made their way to the catfish barn, and Kenneth has visited with each and everyone of them.

Kenneth was a loving father and friend and he will be greatly missed by all.  Kenneth is survived by his wife, Frances Caviness; his son, Brad Caviness and wife, Lori, and three grandsons, Parker, Perry, and Pierce Caviness.  He also leaves behind a host of loving family and friends.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Regina Staton, Angela Herrera, and LaWonda Brooks for the care and companionship they provided during Kenneth’s illness.

Visitation will be at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M., Friday, October 25, 2019.  Funeral service will be 10:00 A.M., Saturday, October 26 at Calvary Baptist Church in Hazen.  Interment will be in the Hazen Cemetery.

Leona Smith

Posted in Obituaries on October 16th, 2019 by admin

Leona Smith, 100 of Hazen passed away October 14, 2019.  She was loved by everyone that met her and she always stayed busy sewing, crocheting, knitting and loved to give them to all that she loved.  Leona really looked forward to the visits from the Center Point Church ladies and our Pastor.  She lived a long life and worked hard providing for her kids.  She will be greatly missed by all.

She is survived by two daughters, Patricia Snider and husband, David and Barbara Turner and husband, Larry; 10 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and 9 great-great grandchildren.

Arrangements by Westbrook Funeral Home of Hazen.

Robert “Bobby” Schwede

Posted in Obituaries on October 13th, 2019 by admin

Robert “Bobby” Schwede, 66 of Biscoe passed away Saturday, October 12, 2019 at home.  He was an active member of the Biscoe Fire Dept. for over 40 years.  Bob loved the fire department, helping others, and helping Biscoe.

Bob is survived by his wife, Diane of the home; daughter, Nina (Vince) Holloway of Biscoe; step-daughter, Kelly (Glenn) Williams of Biscoe; step-sons, Tim (Selena) Freet and Jay (Beth) Freet from Mishawaka, Indiana; grandsons, Colton Holloway, Sam (Shelby) Williams, and Jacob Williams; granddaughter, Rebecca (Cody) Anderson; great granddaughter, Lilyanne Anderson; sister, Liz Schwede of Biscoe; three brothers, Tommy (Linda) Schwede of Biscoe, Charles (Peggy) Schwede of Hazen and Ricky (Barbara) Schwede of Ulm.  He is also survived by nieces, nephews, extended family and lots of friends.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Syble Schwede; two sisters, Sue Schwede and Virginia Ingle and one brother, Jimmy Schwede.

Visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M., Monday, October 14, at Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen.  Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at the First Baptist Church in De Valls Bluff.. Burial will be in the Biscoe Cemetery.  Pallbearers will be Terry Sauer, David Smith, Kent Smith, Billy White, Tanner White, Bobby Willeford, Jacob Williams, and Sam Williams.  Honorary pallbearers are Caden Schwede, Vince Holloway, and members of the Biscoe Fire Department.