Markoleta Elizabeth Black

Marky Black 001Markoleta Elizabeth Black, 86 of Hazen died Friday, October 14, 2016.  She was born November 10, 1929 in Tollville, Arkansas to the late Dewey Hobson Toll and Nellie Newkirk Toll.  She was a member of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Stuttgart and also attended St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Tollville.  She graduated from DeValls Bluff High School in 1948 where she played basketball and met her husband Arnold Black, whom she married November 19, 1948.  Along with raising four children she worked full time as an assistant to Dr. Travis Matthews, M.D., a long-time physician in Hazen, Dr. John Vowell, D.D.S., a long-time dentist in Hazen, Proctor Tire Service and Hazen Public Library.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her brother Dewey Toll.  She is survived by her husband Arnold Black of Hazen, son Dickie (Linda) Black of Pine Bluff, son Danny (Leslie) Black of Little Rock, daughter Paula (Phil) Prislovsky of Stuttgart and daughter Karen Black of  Hazen and one sister Gladys Hatfield of DeValls Bluff, grandchildren, Jennifer (Thomas) Burnett of Little Rock, Jamie (Chris) Dennis of Little Rock, Gabriel (Genevieve) McTigrit of Little Rock, Lauren Black of White Hall, Carly (Jake) Bokker of Hazen, Kelli Black of Bryant, Meryl Prislovsky of Hazen, Jillian (Justin) Horton of Fayetteville and Ariel (Vince) Tate of Des Arc and twelve great grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.

The family is grateful to the staff at Hospice Home Care in Pine Bluff for their compassionate care provided to Markoleta and her family.

Funeral service will be Monday, October 17, 2016 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Tollville at 10:00 a.m. officiated by Reverend Darrell Stayton and assisted by Janet King.  Interment will follow in Oakland Cemetery in DeValls Bluff.  Arrangements by Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen.  Please sign the online guestbook at  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Oakland Cemetery, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, St. Alban’s Episcopal Church and The American Cancer Society.

17 thoughts on “Markoleta Elizabeth Black”

  1. So sorry to hear of your loss. I know she was an amazing lady, because of her awesome family.
    Our prayers are with each of you.

    Tim and Donna Horton

  2. Vickie Hatfield Kennon

    Dickie and family I am so sorry about the passing of your mom. My prayers are for peace and comfort for you all.

  3. Praying for each of you. We are never as prepared as we think we may be to let me a loved one. Love to all….Kathey

  4. Paula Blaylock Doss


    I am so sorry about your mom. Praying for your dad, you, and your family for God’s comfort, peace, and strength.

  5. Judith Toll-Booher

    My sincerest condolences to all the family. I always enjoyed talking to Markoleta and am so sad she has passed.

  6. Leigh Ann Domon-Musselwhite

    So sorry to get this news. Prayers, hugs, and love from us and the rest of Big Green!

  7. Nyna Hinton Oshel

    Heart felt sorrow for loss of a dear one. Prayers for all the family during such a sad time.
    Nyna, Tom and Robin

  8. Anna Harper Parks

    The only comfort for your loss is that she is no longer suffering but celebrating with our Heavenly Father. I will keep you in my prayers as you mourn your earthly loss. GLORY BE TO GOD FOR ETERNAL LIFE.

  9. Ralph and Pat Riba

    We are so sorry to hear of Markoleta passing. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers during this time.
    Most sincerely,
    Ralph & Pat Riba
    Conway, Arkansas

  10. Charlie Proctor

    Sorry for your loss Mr Arnold and family. Ms Markoleta was a pleasure to work with and always enjoyed her quiet dry wit. Sara and I will keep you all of you in our prayers.

  11. Claire Haygood Schafer

    My love and prayers are with all of you and your faith in God will get you through this.

  12. Jennifer Adams Cook

    Mr. Arnold & family,

    So sorry to hear of Mrs. Markoleta’s passing. Our sincere thoughts & prayers are with each of you during this sad time. May your faith in God help ease the pain of your loss.
    Jennifer Adams Cook & family, Conway, AR
    Rusty Adams & family, Hazen, AR

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