Markoleta 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 www.westbrookfuneralhomehazen.com. 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.