Janice Bryant

Posted in Obituaries on December 30th, 2020 by admin

Janice Bryant was born December 20, 1958 and went to her heavenly home December 28, 2020.  She was a retired certified critical care registered nurse with the Baptist Health Care System.  Jan was a member of Pleasant Ridge Missionary Baptist Church of Hazen.

Janice was preceded in death by her father, Jerry L. Raper and her maternal and paternal grandparents.

She is survived by her husband of 35 years, David Bryant and her son, Matthew Bryant both of Lonoke; her mother, Shirley Raper of Hazen; brother, Johnny and Becky Raper; sisters, Pam and Charles Tosh and Kim and Jake Nielsen all of Hazen; three sister-in-laws, Kathy Cunningham of Missouri, Betty Briesh and June Brown of Oklahoma and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and other family and friends.

Services will be Friday, January 1, 2021 at Pleasant Ridge Missionary Baptist Church with viewing a 1:00 P.M. followed by services at 2:00 P.M.  Bro. Joe Mills and Bro. Jesse Tosh will be officiating.

Pallbearers are Raymond Raper, John Frazier, Trenton Wiggins, Shelton Kitchens, Larry Forte, and Jesse Tosh.  Honorary pallbearers are Doyle Fort, Ronnie Parham, Pete Tosh, Randall Mills, Gene Nobles, and Fletcher Ingle.

The family requests that everyone please follow the CDC guidelines and wear a mask.

Gerald Wayne Guenther

Posted in Obituaries on December 28th, 2020 by admin

Gerald Wayne Guenther age 83 passed away on December 23, 2020 at the Maple Healthcare facility.  Wayne as he was known by was born on July 30, 1937 in De Valls Bluff, Arkansas to Joseph David and Lillian Mabel (Gaddy) Guenther.  He married Virginia Ellen Todd on October 16, 1959.  In January 1961, he joined the United States Army.  After completion of basic and advance training he was stationed in Turkey.  Upon an honorable discharge, he took up farming in Sparkman, Arkansas.  He also worked at Riceland foods in Stuttgart, Arkansas until he was hired by the De Valls Bluff School District as the bus mechanic/driver.  After twenty plus years of service he retired.  After retirement, he could be found in his shop working on vehicles and farm equipment with his brother, Jim Guenther.  They spent many a day tinkering around on vehicles or just sitting around the wood stove. Listening to them reminiscing about the good ole’ days and listening to the stories of them growing up on the Grand Prairie will always be a treasured and cherished part of our lives.

In December 2007, he married Mildred Starr whom he had known since he was in the second grade.  Together they enjoyed their “golden years”.  They got to spend almost thirteen years of wedded bliss together until alzheimer’s began to affect him.

Wayne was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia of forty-three years, one sister, Virginia Faye, and two brothers, Donald and Shorty.

He is survived by his wife, Mildred; three sisters, Alice, Marie, and Betty Ann; two brothers, Jimmy and Charles Lynn; daughter, Penny (James) Castilaw and her step-son, Timothy Mink of Greenbrier; one son, Todd (Miranda) Guenther of DeValls Bluff; two granddaughters, Brittany Guenther of Olrey, Texas and Taylor Walicki of Des Arc; two great-grandsons, Kayson and Bo Walicki and a whole host of nieces and nephews.

Our family would like to extend a special thanks to the nurses, cna’s, and staff at the Maple Health Care facility for the care and attention they provided for our dad during his time spent there.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Peppers Lake Church, 4431 Knauff Road, De Valls Bluff, Arkansas 72041.

Barbara Ann Prine

Posted in Obituaries on December 27th, 2020 by admin

Barbara Ann Prine, age 77, of Hazen, passed away on December 26, 2020.  She was born in St. Charles, Arkansas on June 8, 1943 to Arthur V. Hill, Sr. and Irene Hill.  Barbara retired in 2015 from being a life-long bookkeeper.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her step-father, Calvin Fraize; her brother, Arthur V. “Butch” Hill, Jr., and sister, Inez Taylor.

She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Raymond Prine; her children, Robin Prine, Barry Prine, and JoAnn Prine Elias.  She is also survived by her sisters, Jerrilea Kee and Sue Tchoepe and brother, John Fraize.

Graveside services will be 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at the Hazen Cemetery with Bro. Wayne Snider officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation, ALZ.org.

Kenneth Clinton DePriest

Posted in Obituaries on December 26th, 2020 by admin


Kenneth Clinton DePriest, age 83, died Thursday, December 24, 2020, after complications from pneumonia and cancer.  He was born April 16, 1937 in St. Louis, Missouri, the son of Oran Roy DePriest and Rebecca Dollie Irene Pewitt.  He was a beloved veteran of the Navy and Air Force who loved telling stories, reading westerns and driving.  Ken was preceded in death by his parents, brother Bill, sister Betty, grandson Jason Michael, and loving wife, Mary.  He is survived by his sister Cheryll and husband, Stephen Shull of Jasper, Missouri; son Michael DePriest and wife, Barbara Weatherley DePriest of Hazen, Arkansas; daughter Michele and husband, Jim Gass of San Tan Valley, Arizona; daughter Melissa and husband, Ray Siegel of Tigard, Oregon; and all of their family members, grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren as well as Ken’s adopted and foster children.


Patricia Alice Nix

Posted in Obituaries on December 24th, 2020 by admin

Patricia Alice Nix, age 78, of Carlisle, passed away December 23, 2020.  She was born July 23, 1942 in Texarkana, Arkansas and was a nurse.  She is survived by her husband, Charley Nix; one daughter, Kimberly (Neal) Stephens; one son, Devin Nix (Kathy) and five grandchildren, Rebecca, Rachel, Noah, Madison, and Hannah.

A family memorial will be held at a later date.

Harry Bradford Westbrook

Posted in Obituaries on December 16th, 2020 by admin

Harry Westbrook 001-COLLAGE

Harry Bradford Westbrook, age 90, a long-time businessman of Hazen, died Monday, December 14, 2020.  He was born July 22, 1930 in Heber Springs, Arkansas the son of C.B. and Thelma Bradford Westbrook. He attended high school in Beebe, where he was an All State tackle for the Badgers.  After high school, Harry enlisted in the Navy and trained to become a Navy Hospital Corpsman and was attached to the First Marine Division in Korea.  He was the recipient of a Purple Heart.

Harry was a graduate of the St. Louis College of Mortuary Science and returned to Hazen where he owned and operated Westbrook Funeral Home until his retirement in 1985. He served his community in various ways as Prairie County Coroner, city council, school board president, and various committees and board chairman of Hazen United Methodist Church Administration Council.

Harry was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Billy Ray and James Westbrook.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley Gingerich Westbrook; daughter, Janie Starr of Hazen; sons, Brad and wife, Kellie of Omaha, Nebraska and Brian and wife, Mary Jo of Scottsdale, Arizona; five grandchildren, Reed and Marissa Westbrook, Elizabeth and William Starr, and Mack Cook; two sisters, Martha Melkovitz of Keo and Nancy Hurst of St. Louis, Missouri; brother, Charles Westbrook and wife, Bobbie of Searcy.

Graveside service will be 2:00 P.M., Friday, December 18, 2020 at the Hazen Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Hazen Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 92, Hazen, Ar. 72064 or the Hazen First United Methodist Church.

Addie L. Petrus

Posted in Obituaries on December 14th, 2020 by admin

Addie L. Petrus (92) of Carlisle passed away on December 12, 2020. She was preceded in death by her parents, Marshall Hillyard and Blanche Young Hillyard; her husband, Vincent Petrus; grandson Andy Petrus; brother Ernest Hillyard; sisters, Jo Flynn and Cora Dabbs. She is survived by her children; Anne Anderson, Janet Petrus, Jimmy Petrus, Susan Bransford (Rick), and Bobby Petrus (Shari); six grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, and three great, great, grandchildren.

Addie was a farmer’s wife, a loving mother and a great cook. You could always count on her to be honest. She worked hard and was happiest shelling peas or canning green beans. Many still the remember the exceptional Snow
Village display that adorned her living room window each Christmas for over a decade.

The children would like to gratefully acknowledge Dr. James Kane and Linda Doyle for excellent care they provided their mother for over 40 years.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 10:30 AM at St. Rose Catholic Church in Carlisle with burial to follow at the Carlisle Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Rose Catholic Church P.O. Box M, Carlisle, Arkansas 72024.

The family would appreciate everyone being mindful to CDC guidelines by wearing your mask and maintaining distance.

Annie Edna Hart Bishop Furr

Posted in Obituaries on December 2nd, 2020 by admin

Annie Edna Hart Bishop Furr

Annie Edna Hart Bishop Furr, 96, of Gilmer, Texas, formerly of De Valls Bluff, Arkansas, went to be with the Lord, November29, 2020. She was preceded in death by her first Husband, Lewis Bishop, Sr. , and by her oldest daughter, Gloria Heppermann, husband, Colon Furr, parents, Fred Hart and Ethel Hart, sisters Imogene Ashcraft, Grace McCarty, and Carolyn Ferguson, brothers, Fred Hart, William “Bill” Hart, Herbert Hart, and Eugene Hart.

Annie was born in Humphrey, Arkansas, June 26, 1924, to Fred and Ethel Hart, the third of eight children. Early in life, she met and married Lewis Bishop of Clarendon, Arkansas.  They moved to the family farm near Roe, Arkansas where they raised their three children, Gloria, Lewis, and Phyllis. Annie loved her children and was relentless to take them to church and to send them to Hazen Schools to get their education. She attended the Hurricane Missionary Baptist Church where she served as Church Secretary for many years.  With a true pioneer spirit, she never met a challenge that she would not tackle head-on.

After her children were grown, she moved to Michigan where she cared for her aging parents until their deaths. While there, she worked almost two decades at the Saint Mary Hospital in Livonia. She also kept the church nursery that entire time.

After her father passed, she met and married Colon Furr of Redfield. Following his death, she moved to Florissant, Missouri to be near her daughter, Gloria. She attended Lindsay Lane Missionary Baptist Church some 18 years where she enjoyed working with Awana’s.

After Gloria passed away, she moved to Sallisaw, Oklahoma to be near Lewis and Phyllis.  A few years later she moved with Lewis and his family to Gilmer, Texas where she remained until it became necessary for nursing care at the Gilmer Nursing and Rehab Center in Gilmer.

Throughout her life, she loved gardening, her flowers, crochet, little children and animals.  She took great pride in trying to grow the largest tomatoes possible. She looked forward to taking the biggest ones with her when she flew to see her son in Texas.

She will be missed by her children, Lewis Bishop of Gilmer and Phyllis Taylor of Sallisaw.  Grandson, Clay (Belinda) Bishop of Russellville, Arkansas, granddaughter, Sarah (Mike) Dolbec and their daughter, Amelia, of Naples, Italy, granddaughter Margarita (Don) Cheota, of Florissant, Missouri, grandson Darrell (Christina) Bishop of San Francisco, California. One step-grandson, Paul Hudson, of Gilmer, Texas, one Step-daughter, Kaye Rittenger, of West Bloomfield, Michigan. One son-in-law, Charles Heppermann, of Florissant. Missouri., one great grandson, Evan Bishop, and one great, great grandson, Alex Bishop. In addition, she is missed by Ruby of Russellville, Arkansas, Sharon of Naples, Texas, and Tracey of Little Rock, Arkansas, along with a host of nieces and nephews.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, please remember her instead with charitable donations.  To honor her life, the family has planned her graveside services to be held at the Oakland Cemetery in De Valls Bluff, Arkansas, Saturday, December 5th at 2:00 p.m.

Christopher (Tommy) Carroll Aycock

Posted in Obituaries on December 2nd, 2020 by admin

Christopher (Tommy) Carroll Aycock, age 85, of Carlisle, Arkansas passed away Tuesday, December 1st. He was born April 21, 1935, in Hazen, Arkansas, to the late Christopher and Sue Hicks Aycock.
He graduated from DeValls Bluff High School in 1953. He attended college at Arkansas A & M (UAM) where he played football for two years. On his 21st birthday, he enlisted in the United States Air Force. He did one tour in Korea, one tour in Vietnam and was stationed around the world. He retired in 1977 after rising to the rank of Chief Master Sergeant. Upon retiring he made a home for his family in Carlisle, Arkansas and went to work at D&S Seed and Fertilizer, where he was affectionately called “Chief.” He was a member of Carlisle United Methodist.
Family and friends in Carlisle always knew where to find him.  Most days Chris spent some time on the front porch making sure that his neighbors were acting right.  A lot of people in Carlisle made a point to stop by for a visit. Some visitors would sit for a few minutes, and some waved as they slowly drove past, but often they just had a loud conversation from their cars.  Chris loved to sit and watch and visit with every person who came by.  Now he is on another porch visiting with family and friends whom he has surely missed.
Chris was proceeded in death by his parents, a brother Ned Aycock and a sister Marion Sue Aycock Booe.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Patricia Jo Henry Aycock; three daughters, Susan (Steve) Bullington, Carol (Doug) Wilson, and Traci (Mike) Burnham. Six grandchildren, Ryan O’Quinn, Katy (Chris) Wilson Smith, Lauren (Daniel) Wilson Hawthorne, Mallory O’Quinn, Chase (Jane) Burnham, and Dylan Burnham. He has three great grandchildren Karsyn Smith, Cooper Hawthorne, and Kori Smith, as well as numerous nieces and nephews who loved him dearly.
A private celebration of Chris’s life will be held at a later date.

Brenda Kay Hackelton Smith

Posted in Obituaries on November 30th, 2020 by admin


Brenda Kay Hackelton Smith, 70, of Carlisle, AR passed away peacefully at her home, surrounded by her family, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Brenda was born on July 11, 1950, to William(Bill) and Gladys Voumard Hackelton in Stuttgart, AR. Brenda was a 1968 graduate of Stuttgart High School. After high school Brenda began her banking career that spanned over 30 years and numerous financial institutions.  Brenda retired from First State Bank in Lonoke, Arkansas in 2014.  After retirement Brenda enjoyed spending time with her family and loved working in her yard, she called it her therapy.  Brenda was a member of First Baptist Church in Carlisle, Ar. She was a Sunday School teacher and AWANA teacher there.  She loved the Lord with all her heart and leaned on Him everyday. 

Brenda was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Gladys Hackelton and her previous husband, John Branan.

Brenda is survived by her husband of 19 years, Ray Smith; three sons, Chad Cooper (Elizabeth) of Maumelle, Arkansas, Johnny Branan of Jacksonville and John Ed Branan of the home.  She also is survived by her brother, Ronnie (Paula) Hackelton of Hazen, and two step-sons, Kevin (Kim) Smith of Ward, and Brad (Monica) Smith of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and two step-daughters, Melanie (Bo) Gross of Brighton, Tn., and Leslie Branan of Carlisle.  Brenda is also survived by her 14 grandchildren that she dearly loved, Kayla Alsbrook, Carter Cooper, Katelyn Smith, Gabriella Smith, Gracen Cooper, Noah Smith, Lydia Alsbrook, Johnny Ray Smith, Dalton Alsbrook, Ava Smith, Collin Cooper, Luke Smith, Rhett and Zeke Smith. Special sister-in-law; Peggy Holmes and many special friends and two loving nieces, Christi (Kevin) Rounsavall and Wendi (Charles) Stock.

Funeral services will be 2:30 P.M., Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at the First Baptist Church in Carlisle. Visitation will be from 1:30 – 2:30 prior to the service. Burial will be in the CarlisleCemetery.

The family requests memorials be made to FirstBaptist Church in Carlisle.

Online obituary at www.westbrookfuneralhomehazen.com.