Our Obituaries

L. D. Becton III

June 23, 1938 - February 15, 2017

On February 15, 2017, surrounded by his loving family, L.D. left this life to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. He passed away at UAMS in Little Rock after a hard-fought battle with Leukemia. L.D. was born in Silas, Alabama on June 23, 1938. L.D. graduated from Central High School in Waynesboro, Mississippi in 1956 and then went on to earn a bachelor's degree from Louisiana State University....
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Sam L. Clemons

April 16, 1943 - February 14, 2017

Sam L. Clemons, 73 of Bearden, died Tuesday, February 14, 2017. He was born April 16, 1943 in Bearden to the late Jim L. and Bessie Mosley Clemons. He was also preceded in death by his brother Hugh Clemons. He is survived by his wife Marilyn Clemons of Bearden; five children, Cindy Clemons Belt of East Camden, Mike Clemons of Locust Bayou, Rod (Michelle) Clemons of Sheridan, David (Kathy)...
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Zelma Dean Elliott

February 26, 1930 - February 11, 2017

Zelma Dean Elliott, 86 of Fordyce, died Saturday, February 11, 2017. She was born February 26, 1930 in Tinsman, Arkansas to the late Doyle and Berthie Hand Reddin. She was also preceded in death by her husband Bill Elliott, her son Jerry Harrison, four brothers, and two sisters. She is survived by her son William A. Harrison of Fordyce; her daughter Betty Hendrix of Florida; her brother...
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Pat Barner

September 3, 1940 - February 7, 2017

Pat Barner, 76, of Camden passed away Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at Longmeadow Nursing Home in Camden, Arkansas. She was born September 3, 1940 in Bearden, Arkansas. She retired from General Motors and was a member of Grace Baptist Church in Camden. She is preceded in death by her husband, Brad Barner; parents, Harry Clyde Young and Ethel Marie Ezell Young; and one brother, Ronnie Young. She...
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Karen Sue Pennington

December 24, 1971 - February 6, 2017

Karen Sue Pennington, 45, of Bearden passed away Monday, February 6, 2017 at her home. She was born December 24, 1971 in Fordyce, Arkansas. She is preceded in death by her mother, Rosie Doherty Pennington; grandparents, Jack and Vera Doherty and Ross and Vivian Ragan. She is survived by her father, Jimmy Ragan of East End, step parents, J.W. and Donna Pennington of Haskell; three sons, Nathan...
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William Harvey Flowers

February 10, 1926 - February 4, 2017

William Harvey Flowers, 90 of White Hall died Saturday February 4, 2017 at JRMC in Pine Bluff. Born February 10, 1926 at Crossett, he was the son of the late Harvey Bedford Flowers and Muriel Harley Flowers. He was retired from the railroad and was a Navy veteran of World War II. Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of forty years, Mary Frances Colvert Flowers and a son,...
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Barbara Nahdyne Barner

January 2, 1938 - February 1, 2017

Barbara Nahdyne Harrell Hollis Barner, age 79, of Fordyce died Wednesday February 1, 2017 at her home. Born January 2, 1938 in Bearden, she was the daughter of the late Robert Ray Harrell and Dollie Mae Evans Harrell. She was a member of Bearden Missionary Baptist Church. She was also preceded in death by her husbands, Robert Paul Hollis, who died September 27, 1970, and Jerrell Franklin...
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William "Bill" Francis Tucker

December 10, 1924 - January 29, 2017

William "Bill" Francis Tucker, 92 of Hampton died Sunday January 29, 2017 at the Dallas County Medical Center in Fordyce. Born December 10, 1924 at Pottsville, he was a son of the late S.C. Tucker and Effie Mae Williams Tucker. He was a retired research chemist for Monsanto. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Ruth Tucker; a daughter, Cheri Tucker; and many brothers and one sister....
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Harvey T. Cobb

November 13, 1938 - January 25, 2017

Harvey T. Cobb, 78, of Bearden died Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at Arkansas Hospice in Hot Springs, Arkansas. He was born November 13, 1938 in Mount Ida, Arkansas. He was a retired truck driver. He is preceded in death by his parents, Harvey A. Cobb and Myrtle Alexander Cobb. He is survived by two sons, G. T. Cobb and wife Norma of Fordyce, Allen Cobb and wife Cathy of Bearden; one daughter,...
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Margie Lee Harlin

July 7, 1931 - January 21, 2017

Margie Lee Harlin, 85, of Greenville, Texas passed away at her residence on January 21, 2017. Graveside services will be held at Crossroads Cemetery in Kingsland, Arkansas at 10 A.M. on Friday, January 27, 2017. Visitation will be held Thursday, January 26, 2017 from 6 P.M. to 8 P.M. at Benton Funeral Home in Fordyce. There will be a visitation Tuesday, January 24, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00...
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Elsie Marie Speet Peterson

April 18, 1915 - January 21, 2017

Elsie Marie Speer Peterson, age 101, of Camden, Arkansas, passed peacefully Saturday, January 21, 2017, at the home of her daughter, Helen Sitterlee, of Mobile, Alabama. Elsie was born April 18, 1915, in the Hopeville Community, Calhoun County, Arkansas. She was preceded in death by her parents, John Daniel Speer and Zadie Frances Anthony Speer; her husband, Hermon Peterson; five siblings,...
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Roy Edward Mitchell

May 3, 1949 - January 20, 2017

Roy Edward Mitchell, 67, of Kingsland died Friday, January 20, 2017 at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff, AR. He was born May 3, 1949 in Houston, TX. He was a retired forester and a U.S. Army Vietnam veteran. He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy Maxwell Mitchell and Gladys Nowlin Mitchell. He is survived by his wife, Bobbie Mitchell of Kingsland; two sons, Brian Mitchell...
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Wilma Ruth McMillan

April 11, 1941 - January 19, 2017

Wilma Ruth McMillan, 75, of Warren died Thursday, January 19, 2017 at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff, AR. She was born April 11, 1941 in Knoxville, TN to the late Robert Eugene Walker and Tressie Elizabeth Embory Walker. She is also preceded in death by one daughter, Karen McMillian; three brothers and four sisters. She was a homemaker and a member of Southside Baptist Church...
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Tommy Evans

January 15, 1934 - January 19, 2017

Tommy Evans, 83 of Bearden, died Thursday, January 19, 2017. He was born January 15, 1934 in Thornton to the late Stewart B. and Edna Grace Evans. He retired from International Paper after 38 years of service. Following his retirement Tommy continued to garden and do carpentry projects until Alzheimer's prevented his work. He was preceded in death by his brother Billy Jack Evans and three...
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Ruth J. Womack Crouse

June 4, 1920 - January 17, 2017

It is with great sorrow that we report the passing of Ruth J. Womack Crouse, 96, of Hot Springs on January 17, 2017. She was born on June 4, 1920 in Wave Community, Dallas County, born the fifth of ten children to Dock and Jewel Hubbard Womack. She married N. Key Crouse on December 16, 1939. Survivors are three daughters: Mary Lou Boone of Hot Springs; Betty Jane (Jim) Marler of Overland Park,...
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Margarette Gresham

October 12, 1929 - January 17, 2017

Margarette Gresham, 87, of Hampton, died Tuesday, January 17, 2017 in El Dorado at Life Touch Hospice. She was born October 12, 1929 in Humble, TX to the late Floyd and Ruby Morgan. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Jack Gresham, son, William Hammack, granddaughter, Samantha Gonzales and sister, Louise Morgan. She is survived by her sons, Mike Gresham (Dana) of Camden, and Jimmy...
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Geraldine Smith Dykes

September 14, 1929 - January 12, 2017

Geraldine Smith Dykes, 87 of Tulip, died Thursday, January 12, 2017 in Hot Springs. She was born September 14, 1929 in Tulip to the late Lemuel and Allie Mae Smith. She was also preceded in death by her husband Jerry D. Dykes. She is survived by her son Jerry R. Dykes of Tulip; three daughters, Helen Lamb of Crossett, Tricia Kimbrough of Little Rock, and Linda Lamb of Berryville; one sister...
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Kathy Mitchell

April 9, 1951 - January 12, 2017

Kathy Mitchell, 65 of Fordyce died Thursday January 12, 2017. Born April 9, 1951, she was the daughter of the late Buck Tompkins and Erma Kelly Frizzell. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Mitchell. She is survived by her son, Michael Mitchell (Jennifer) of Fordyce; her daughter, Mindy Carrington of Benton; five grandchildren Holly Mitchell, Autumn Mitchell, April Mitchell, Katie...
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James E. Glass, Jr.

August 12, 1943 - January 11, 2017

Lt. Col (Ret) James "Jim" E. Glass, Jr. age 73 of Fordyce passed away January 11, 2017. Born August 12, 1943 in Hot Springs Arkansas to the late James E., Sr. and Ida Handlin Glass. Jim graduated from Fordyce High School in 1961 and then attended The University of Arkansas at Monticello, The University of Tennessee at Knoxville, and the University of Southern Mississippi. He also was a graduate...
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Thelma Alice Langley Humphries

March 3, 1933 - January 5, 2017

Thelma Alice Langley Humphries, of Holly Springs, was born in Buena Vista, Arkansas on April 3, 1933 to the late Rebecca and Olen Langley of Eagle Mills, Arkansas. After a well fought battle she made her transition to eternity on Thursday, January 5, 2017. Thelma wore many hats. Along with being a homemaker, wife and mother, she was also the gardener, landscaper and cleared a mean fence row. ...
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Joy Marshall Bolin

September 30, 1932 - January 5, 2017

Joy Marshall Bolin, 84, passed away on January 5, 2017 at her home near Carthage, Arkansas. She was born September 30, 1932 to the late H.L. and Nancy Raney Marshall. She was a member of Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Bolin, a son, Mark Bolin, and a grandson, Gregory Bolin. She was also preceded in death by four sisters, Delora Wallace,...
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Ronald G. Lloyd

January 24, 1940 - January 3, 2017

Ronald G. Lloyd, 76 of Selma passed away Tuesday January 3, 2017 at the Arkansas Heart Hospital in Little Rock. He was employed by Missouri Pacific and Union Pacific Railroad from 1959 to 1987. He retired early due to health issues. He then pursued his much loved hobbies with quarter horses and training border collie dogs. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hershel and Mary Bell Lloyd; two...
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Jimmie Sue Bryant Roark

January 25, 1936 - January 1, 2017

Jimmie Sue Bryant Roark 80, of Hampton died Sunday January 1, 2017 at her home. Born January 25, 1936 at Tinsman, she was the daughter of the late Travis Noel Bryant and Ethel Lee Nutt Bryant. She was a school teacher for 60 years. She is survived by the father of her four daughters, Thomas Winfred Roark; her four daughters, Deborah Susan Roark and Keith Lacie of Locksburg, AR, Cecilia Anna Roark...
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Martha Jo Nutt

June 19, 1924 - January 1, 2017

Martha Jo Nutt, 92, of Hampton died Sunday, January 1, 2017 at her home. She was born June 19, 1924 in Harrell, Arkansas. She was a homemaker and a member of Harrell United Methodist Church in Harrell. She is preceded in death by her parents, W. J. "Wix" Jones and Jenny Julia Jones; husband, W. S. Nutt, Jr.; one daughter, Jackie Harris; two granddaughters, Monica Oliver and Lacey Welch; one...
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Weabur Jean Quarles

March 19, 1932 - December 31, 2016

Weabur Jean Quarles, 84, of Bearden died Saturday, December 31, 2016 at her home. She was born March 19, 1932 in Dumas, Arkansas. She was a homemaker and a member of Bearden Missionary Baptist Church. She is preceded in death by her parents, Lawner Humphries and Mary Mae Justice Humphries; husband, Floyd Quarles; two brothers, Houston and Loyce Humphries; and two sisters, Sarah Posey and...
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Charlotte Jean Ferguson

November 3, 1927 - December 28, 2016

Charlotte Jean James Ferguson, 89 of Fordyce died Wednesday, December 28, 2016. Charlotte was born November 3, 1927 in Fordyce and lived there her entire life. She was born to serve others and made her career in Social Work. If you had a problem, she is who you wanted to talk to. If you needed a friend, then she was it. If you needed a joke or a laugh, then she was the one to call. The...
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Robert Eugene Bastien

October 29, 1938 - December 21, 2016

Robert Eugene Bastien, 78 of Hampton died Wednesday December 21, 2016. Born October 29, 1938, he was a son of the late William Bastien and Eula Qualls Bastien. He was a Vietnam veteran, serving in the US Air Force. He was preceded in death by his wife, Bonnie Bastien. He is survived by two sons, Tim Bastien of Hampton and Robert Bastien of Hampton; six grandchildren and many relatives in Illinois...
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Peggy Ann Doherty

August 6, 1948 - December 21, 2016

Peggy Ann Jenkins Doherty, 68 of Bearden, died Wednesday, December 21, 2016. She was born August 6, 1948 in Wynne, Arkansas to the late Henry and Thelma Jane Jenkins. She was also preceded in death by her sister Mona Lisa Dison. She is survived by her husband Russell Doherty of Bearden; two sons, Wayne Doherty of Albuquerque, New Mexico and Jay Doherty of Bearden; one daughter Leanne Ballard...
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Laura Dionne Johnston Ledbetter

May 24, 1969 - December 20, 2016

Laura Dionne Johnston Ledbetter, 47, of Fordyce died Tuesday, December 20, 2016 at her home. She was born May 24, 1969 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Laura was a nurse and a member of First Assembly of God Church in Fordyce. She is survived by her husband, David Ledbetter of Fordyce; two sons, Tyler Ledbetter of Bella Vista and Quinton Ledbetter of Fordyce; one daughter, Zoe Ledbetter of Fordyce;...
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Flossie Rucker Matthews

January 28, 1918 - December 16, 2016

FLOSSIE RUCKER MATTHEWS, 98, of Tulip, Arkansas in Dallas County died December 16, 2016. She was born in Sparkman, Arkansas on January 28, 1918, to Clara Roberts Rucker and Will Rucker and graduated from Sparkman High School in 1937. In 1944 she married Herbert Chester (Chess or "Dutch") Matthews of Tulip and the two lived at Pine Bluff Arsenal, Pine Bluff, and finally Tulip until his death in...
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Zettie Griffith Link

June 23, 1919 - December 15, 2016

Zettie Griffith Link, 97, of Bearden died Thursday, December 15, 2016 at the Ouachita County Medical Center in Camden, Arkansas. She was born June 23, 1919 in Bluff City, Arkansas. Zettie was a member of Bearden First United Methodist Church, lifetime member of the P.T.A. and in 1937, she was chosen as the first fair queen of Nevada County. She was also a homemaker and an artist. She is...
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Vada Sue B. Adams

June 7, 1937 - December 15, 2016

Vada Sue B. Adams, 79 of Fordyce went to be with the Lord Thursday December 15, 2016 at St. Vincent Infirmary after a lengthy battle with cancer. She was born June 7, 1937 in Fordyce. She went to school at Fordyce, where she was a cheerleader and graduated in 1955. She went to the University of Arkansas at Monticello where she received a BSE. She received her Master's Degree from the University...
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Billie J. "Short" Johnson

August 5, 1933 - December 12, 2016

Billie J. "Short" Johnson, 83 of Fordyce died Monday December 12, 2016 at her home. Born August 5, 1933 at Tinsman, she was a daughter of the late Arnold Earnest and Audrey Turner Earnest. She was a retired telephone operator. She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Jewel Sindle, a brother, Robert Earnest. She is survived by her husband, Jimmy Johnson of Fordyce; her daughter, Karen...
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Sondra Danielle Gilbert Swofford

June 27, 1944 - December 10, 2016

Sondra Danielle Gilbert Swofford, 72, of Hampton died Saturday, December 10, 2016 at the Medical Center of South Arkansas in El Dorado, AR. She was born June 27, 1944 in Hampton, Arkansas. She is preceded in death by her parents, Emon Gilbert and Annie Lou Sloan Gilbert; one daughter, Tina Rowland; and one son-in-law, Jerrell Rowland. Sondra is survived by her husband, Phil Swofford of Hampton...
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Ruby L Thomason

September 26, 1931 - December 5, 2016

Ruby L. Thomason, 85, of Harrell died Monday, December 5, 2016 at Life Touch Hospice in El Dorado, Arkansas. She was born September 26, 1931 in Calhoun County, Arkansas. Ruby was a retired school teacher and a member of Harrell United Methodist Church in Harrell. She is preceded in death by her parents, Robert Mulligan and Neppie Williams Mulligan; husband, C. O. Thomason, and one sister,...
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Cass Mitchell

November 12, 1975 - November 29, 2016

Cass Mitchell, 41 of Hot Springs, died Tuesday, November 29, 2016. He was born November 12, 1975 in Little Rock. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Fordyce, a member of the Chambersville Fire Department, and he was a pipeline inspector. Cass was a 1994 graduate of Prairie View Academy in Bastrop, Louisiana. He made all-state offensive lineman and was voted Most Valuable Player by his...
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Alice Elizabeth Matthews

March 1, 1931 - November 28, 2016

Alice Elizabeth Matthews, 85, of Tulip died Monday, November 28, 2016 at her home. She was born March 1, 1931 in Thornton, Arkansas. Alice was a retired telephone operator for Allied Telephone Company and a member of Tulip United Methodist Church. She is preceded in death by her parents, Abner Harper and Effie Turner Harper; one grandson, Brick Ables; one granddaughter, Jacquline Ables; four...
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Billy Fay Edwards

September 11, 1942 - November 27, 2016

Billy Fay Edwards, 74 of Hampton, died Sunday, November 27th in Hampton. He was born September 11, 1942 in Conway to the late Fay and Evelyn Pruitt Edwards. He was also preceded in death by his son Brian Blann and two grandchildren, Ryder and Tanner Edwards. He is survived by his six children, Doug Blann of Hampton, Jimmy Pennington of Hampton, Latia Edwards Davis of Greenbrier, Christopher...
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Ella Louise Shook Whiteside

July 6, 1933 - November 27, 2016

Ella Louise Shook Whiteside, 83 of Fordyce died Sunday November 27, 2016 at Dallas County Medical Center. Born July 6, 1933 at Tinsman, she was the daughter of the late Charles Levi Shook and Eunice Avris Shook. She was a member of Temple Baptist Church of Fordyce. She was preceded in death by her husband, Boyd E. Whiteside. She is survived by one daughter, Mary Gale Satterfield of Fordyce; two...
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Galen David Hudson

July 10, 1950 - November 27, 2016

Galen David Hudson, 66, of Bearden died Sunday, November 27, 2016. He was born July 10, 1950 in Sheridan, Arkansas. He was a log cutter. He is preceded in death by his parents, L.B. Hudson and Patsy Lochridge Hudson. He is survived by his wife, Betty Hudson of Bearden; two sons, Lenny Hudson and wife Becky of Camden, David Hudson and wife Kristy of Bearden, step mother, Mildred Hudson of...
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June Bowen

June 1, 1929 - November 26, 2016

June Bowen, 87, of Bearden went to be with our Lord and Savior Saturday, November 26, 2016 at her home. She was born June 1, 1929 in Bearden, Arkansas. June was a retired teller for Bank of Bearden and a member of Bearden First Assembly of God Church. She is preceded in death by her parents, Jewell Nutt and Clara Mae "Dutchie" Copper Nutt; one daughter, Anita Pennington; one brother, James...
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Marvin Lee Harrison

May 18, 1943 - November 26, 2016

Marvin Lee Harrison, 73, of Thornton died Saturday, November 26, 2016 at the Dallas County Medical Center in Fordyce. He was born May 18, 1943 in San Francisco, CA. He worked in law enforcement for thirty years and was in the U.S. Air Force, serving in Vietnam. He is preceded in death by his parents, Marvin Rhee Harrison and Mamie Peters Harrison. He is survived by his wife, Jeri Harrison of...
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George "Danny" Vaughan, Jr.

October 28, 1947 - November 25, 2016

George "Danny" Vaughan, Jr., 69, of Bearden died Friday November 25, 2016 at Silver Oaks Nursing Home in Camden. He was born October 28, 1947 in Bearden, Arkansas. He was a retired fork lift operator for Georgia Pacific. He is preceded in death by his parents, George D. Vaughan, Sr. and Emily R. Clemons Bryant; and brother-in-law, Roy Russell. He is survived by his wife, Nancy Vaughan of...
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Robert Lewis Sisson

July 29, 1938 - November 21, 2016

Robert Lewis Sisson, 78 of Thornton died Monday November 21, 2016 at UAMS in Little Rock. Born July 29, 1938 at Ramsey, he was a son of the late Hugh Van Sisson and Lottie Juanita Meece Sisson. He was a deacon at Prosperity Baptist Church and was the owner of Sisson Construction, which he started in 1970 and incorporated in 1974. He was also a Staff Sergeant in the Army and was called to active...
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Marolyn Faith Marshall

August 27, 1941 - November 20, 2016

Marolyn Faith Marshall, 75 of Carthage died Sunday November 20, 2016 at Garden Pointe at Pine Bluff. Born August 27, 1941 in Dallas County, she was a daughter of the late H.L. Marshall and Nancy Raney Marshall. She was a Baptist. She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Delora Wallace, Katherine Roberts, and Carolyn Starks; two brothers, Darrell Marshall and Gerald Marshall. She...
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Betty Dean Pennington

November 1, 1946 - November 19, 2016

Betty Dean Pennington, 70 of Camden, died Saturday, November 19, 2016. She was born November 1, 1946 in Bells, Texas. She was preceded in death by her husband Hubert Amos Pennington, her parents Walter and Edna Lucille Sinclare Burks, her brother Leroy Burks, and her sister Linda Sue Burks. She is survived by two sons, Jimmy Pennington and wife Tyrah of Jersey and Donald Pennington and wife...
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Robert Gwin

November 18, 2016

Robert Gwin, 84 of Fordyce, died Friday, November 18, 2016. He is survived by his 5 daughters: Robbie, Melanie, Kimberly, Meri, and Tina along with all of his grandchildren and great grandchildren, his brother Tommy, and his sister Norma. Per Mr. Gwin's request there will be no funeral services. He will be buried at Stoney Point Cemetery on Friday. Arrangements are by Benton Funeral Home of...
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Leslie Jean Quarles

April 26, 1927 - November 13, 2016

Leslie Jean Quarles, 89 of Holly Springs, died Sunday, November 13, 2016. She was born April 26, 1927 in Amy, Arkansas to the late Leslie C. and Martha Mae Albritton Roberts. She was also preceded in death by her husband Lonnie S. Quarles, sister Adele Stone, and brother Leland "Porky" Roberts, grandson Dack Jason Delamar. She was a member of Holly Springs Baptist Church. She is survived by...
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Paralee Virginia Young

August 28, 1934 - November 4, 2016

Paralee Virginia Young, 82, of Kingsland died Friday, November 4, 2016 at her home. She was born August 28, 1934 in Kingsland, Arkansas. She was a member of New Friendship Missionary Baptist Church and was retired employee of Fordyce Bank & Mortgage. She is preceded in death by her parents, Vennie Childers and Vera Tolson Childers, one sister, Reta Childers and one great grandchild, Jayden...
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Georgia L. Steelman Thomason

November 30, 1922 - November 2, 2016

Georgia L. Steelman Thomason, 93, of Anniston, AL left her earthly home for her heavenly home Wednesday, November 2, 2016. She was born November 30, 1922. Before moving to Anniston, AL to be close to her daughter, she lived most of her life in Hampton, Arkansas. While in Hampton she worked alongside her husband in the courthouse while he served as sheriff of Calhoun County and later she was...
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Crystal Doyle Williams

October 13, 1967 - October 31, 2016

Crystal Doyle Williams, 49 of Fordyce, died Monday October 31, 2016 at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. She was born October 13, 1967 at Danville. She was a school teacher and administrator. She was preceded in death by her father, Gilbert Doyle. She is survived by her Husband, Darryl Williams of Fordyce; her mother, Jackie Davis Doyle of Camden; her son, Tyler F. Williams of...
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Ernest "E.C." "Bubba" Benton, Jr.

August 30, 1924 - October 27, 2016

Ernest Clark "E.C." "Bubba" Benton Jr. of Little Rock, AR, passed away on Thursday, October 27, 2016. He was born on August 30, 1924 in Stuttgart, AR to Ernest Clark Benton Sr. and Irene McDaniel Benton. He was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter, Corrie Lee Benton; his brother, Robert Hugh Benton; his sister, Rosamond Irene Benton Davenport; and mother of his children, Martha "Belle...
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Sharon Gail Lightfoot

July 11, 1943 - October 26, 2016

Sharon Gail Lightfoot, 73, of Bearden died Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at Dallas County Medical Center in Fordyce. She was born July 11, 1943 in Camden, Arkansas. She is preceded in death by her parents, Jesse Paul Jeanes and Helen Garner Jeanes; one daughter, Sherry Lightfoot; one son, Ronnie Lightfoot; and one grandson, Coby Lightfoot. She is survived by her husband, Bobby Lightfoot of...
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Lisa M. Thomason

June 8, 1958 - October 25, 2016

Lisa M. Thomason, 58, of Hampton died Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. She was born June 8, 1958 in Fordyce, Arkansas. She was an L.P.N. and a member of the Presbyterian Church in Fordyce. She is preceded in death by her father, Hal Leary; and grandmother, Majorie Crawford. She is survived by her husband, Nathan Thomason of Hampton; mother, Beth...
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Bob Bryant

May 24, 1950 - October 25, 2016

Bob D. Bryant, 66, of Fordyce died Tuesday October 25, 2016 at St. John's Place in Fordyce. Born May 24, 1950 at Fordyce, he was a son of the late William Harrison "Peck" Bryant and Docia Flowers Bryant. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Peggy Bryant; and a brother, Bill Bryant. He is survived by his son, Rob Bryant of Fordyce; sister, Rhonda Bryant Morgan of Plano, TX; sister...
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Hayliegh Jade Evans

March 14, 2003 - October 24, 2016

Hayliegh Jade Evans, 13, of Kingsland died Monday, October 24, 2016. She was born March 14, 2003 at Camden, Arkansas. She was an eighth grade student at Rison Public School. She is preceded in death by grandparents, Elton L. Evans, Edith Gray and Phil Gray. She is survived by her parents, Elton Evans and Michelle Golden both of Kingsland; one sister, Emma Abeyta of Kingsland; two brothers,...
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Bonnie Nott

July 31, 1939 - October 23, 2016

Bonnie Nott, 77 of Fordyce died Sunday October 23, 2016 at her home. Born July 31, 1939 at Camden, she was a daughter of the late Horace Lee Strange and Maudie Jarrett Delay. She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Gene Gentry; a granddaughter, Cindy Buehler; a brother, Sonny Strange; a sister, JoAn Watson. She is survived by two sons, Ronnie Atkinson (Juli) of North Little Rock, Ed...
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Joyce Christine Keene

October 5, 1930 - October 23, 2016

Joyce Christine Keene, 86, of Hot Springs, formerly of Fordyce, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on October 23, 2016. She was born October 5, 1930 in New Edinburg to the late Frank James Strong and Alice Lucille Garlington Strong. She was a housewife, a Christian, and a member of Winans Missionary Baptist Church of Hot Springs. She will be remembered as a woman who loved God and her...
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Sylvia Anthony Bevill

March 13, 1938 - October 17, 2016

Sylvia Anthony Bevill, 78 of Bearden, died Monday, October 17, 2016. She was born March 13, 1938 in Hopeville, Arkansas to the late Lloyd and Hazel Nowlin Anthony. She was an active member of First Southern Baptist Church in Bearden and served as a nurse on numerous medical missions to Honduras . She is survived by her husband, Jackie Bevill of Bearden; two sons, Gary Bevill, MD and wife...
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Gary Lynn Wilson

July 23, 1958 - October 17, 2016

Gary Lynn Wilson, 58 of Hampton, died Monday, October 17, 2016. He was born July 23, 1958 in Camden to Samuel Wilson and the late Idell Wilson. He is survived by one daughter, Kacey Olvey and husband Ray of Hampton; one son, Samuel Wilson of Hampton; his father, Samuel Wilson of Camden; one brother, Larry Wilson of Magnolia; three sisters, Rhonda Nooner of Camden, Karen Robertson of...
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John Edward ivy

August 7, 1930 - October 16, 2016

John Edward Ivy, 86, of Hampton passed to his eternal life at 4:35 Sunday Morning at his daughter's home holding her hand and listening to Elvis Presley gospel music after a long hard fight with cancer. He was born August 7,1930 to Horace and Georgia Ginn Ivy in Harrell. He was one of four boys and four sisters. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Thomas Ivy, Sterling Ginn Ivy, Sr. and...
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Tristan Robert Neal

June 22, 2005 - October 13, 2016

Tristan Robert Neal, 11, of Hampton died Thursday October 13, 2016 at St. Jude's Children's Hospital at Memphis. He was born June 22, 2005 at El Dorado. He was a member of Victory Baptist Church in Hampton and currently attended Hampton First Assembly of God. He was a sixth grader at Hampton Schools, where he was at the top of his class. Tristan loved the Lord and his family. He was a huge LSU...
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Jo Ann Welch

November 4, 1941 - October 13, 2016

Jo Ann Welch, 74, of Hampton died Thursday, October 13, 2016. She was born November 4, 1941 in Murray County, GA. She is preceded in death by her parents, Millard Curtis Stewart and Ruby Lee Thomas; husband, B.H. "Poncho" Welch, Jr.; daughter, Debra Lee; granddaughter, Lacey Welch; and great granddaughter, Lexi Welch. She is survived by ten children; Michael (Vickie) Welch of Bearden, Timmy ...
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Ann H. Hammons

March 5, 1923 - October 9, 2016

Ann H. Thrash Hammons, 93 of Fordyce, died October 9, 2016. She was born March 5, 1923 in Texarkana, Texas to the late Sam Limb Hulet and Pink Virginia Giles Hulet. Ann was a member of First Baptist Church of Fordyce. In the later years of her working life she was County Clerk for Dallas County. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Hammons was preceded in death by her husband Hurchel O. Thrash, Sr...
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John Edward Strong

January 4, 1929 - October 6, 2016

John Edward Strong, 87, of Fordyce died Thursday, October 6, 2016 at Dallas County Medical Center in Fordyce. John was born in Bleeker, Arkansas January 4, 1929. He is preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Lucille (Garlington) Strong; and one brother, Franklin D. Strong. He is survived by his wife of twenty five years, Betty Smith Strong of Fordyce; two sons, Glenn Strong and Gene Strong...
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Paul V. Womble

August 3, 1942 - October 5, 2016

Paul V. Womble, 74 of Waldo, died Wednesday. He was born August 3, 1942 in Cleveland County to the late Needo and Cora Swayze Womble. He was retired from the National Guard and served as a police office and county deputy. He was also preceded in death by his wife Pearl Pate Womble; his son Paul Wayne Womble; and his sister Catherine Anderson. He is survived by his brother Truman Womble and...
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Raymond Cecil "Little Bit" Wagnon

June 29, 1940 - October 2, 2016

Raymond Cecil "Little Bit" Wagnon, 76, of Monticello died Sunday October 2, 2016 at Drew Memorial Hospital. He was born June 29, 1940 to Thomas and Ethel Estelle Wagnon. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Charlotte Bradley Wagnon; four brothers, Thomas Earl Wagnon, Jr. , Jimmy C. Wagnon, Bobby D. Wagnon, and Billy W. Wagnon. He is survived by one brother, Don G. Wagnon of...
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John R. "Randy" Jones

December 28, 1954 - September 25, 2016

John R. "Randy" Jones, 61, of Chidester died Sunday, September 25, 2016 at UAMS in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was born December 28, 1954 in Camden, Arkansas. He was retired from International Paper Company in Gurdon. He is preceded in death by his parents, Leonard West Jones and Ruth Marie Higginbotham; one sister, Debbie Lynn Jones; and one niece, Diane Colvert Turner. He is survived by one...
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Laura Lynn Noble

May 20, 1947 - September 21, 2016

Laura Lynn Noble, 69, of Fordyce died Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at her home. She was born May 20, 1947 in Baxterville, MS. She is preceded in death by her parents, Louis Edwards and Avis Nobles Edwards. She is survived by her husband, Mel Noble of Fordyce; three sons, Lawrence Misko of Biloxi, MS, David Noble of CA, Gary Noble of Biloxi, MS; two daughters, Deanna Misko of Biloxi, MS,...
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Mary Grayson Williams

January 25, 1955 - September 21, 2016

Mary Grayson Poole Williams, 61 of Fordyce died Wednesday September 21, 2016 at her home. Born January 25, 1955 at Fordyce, she was the daughter of the late James H. Poole and Wanda Janice Poole. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Fordyce, and was senior loan processing officer at Fordyce Bank and Trust. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She is survived by her husband,...
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Clarence Edward Sanders

April 24, 1937 - September 19, 2016

Clarence Edward Sanders, 79, of Perryville died Monday September 19, 2016 at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. He was born April 24, 1937, a son of the late Mary Burnside and Clifton Sanders. He was a retired convenience store owner. He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Kenneth Ray Sanders; a daughter, Melinda Joy Metcalf; a brother, James Eugene Sanders; a sister, Modine Gulley....
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Patricia Gail Owens

July 7, 1945 - September 18, 2016

Patricia Gail Owens, 71, of Hampton died Sunday, September 18, 2016 at Life Touch Hospice in EL Dorado, Arkansas. She was born July 7, 1945 in Calhoun County, Arkansas. She was a retired beautician and co-owner of Granny's Grill in Hampton. She attended the Hampton First Assembly of God Church. She is preceded in death by her parents, W. Horace Smead and Alma Blaylock Smead. She is survived...
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Lisa Gail Ables Carson

January 18, 1963 - September 18, 2016

Lisa Gail Ables Carson, 53, of Hampton died Sunday September 18, 2016 at her home. Born January 18, 1963 at El Dorado, she was a daughter of Wanda Strickland Russell of Hampton and the late Earl Vernon Ables. She was a homemaker and was known as Lisa Mama or Maw Maw to many children in the community. She was preceded in death by her father. She is survived by her mother, Wanda; two sons, William...
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Richard Courtney

June 12, 1957 - September 17, 2016

Richard Courtney, 59, of Thornton died Saturday, September 17, 2016 at Life Touch Hospice in El Dorado, Arkansas. He was born June 12, 1957 in Fordyce, Arkansas. He was a member of Bethesda Baptist Church and he was a Mason. Richard was a retired boiler operator for Georgia-Pacific. He is preceded in death by his parents, Alvin F. Courtney and Freddie Inez Livingston Courtney. He is survived...
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Tressie Jo Lavelock

February 29, 1932 - September 9, 2016

Tressie Jo Lavelock, 84, of Fordyce died Friday September 9, 2016 at the Dallas County Medical Center in Fordyce. Born February 29, 1932 at Parkdale, AR, she was a daughter of the late Benjamin Samuel Davis and Ollie Beverage Davis. She was a member of the Fordyce First Assembly of God, and was a homemaker, mother, and a Walmart greeter from 2000 to 2007. She was preceded in death by her parents;...
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Sarah Kathryn Rowland

September 13, 1939 - September 7, 2016

Sarah Kathryn Lisemby Rowland, 76, of Kingsland died Wednesday September 7, 2016 at her home. Born September 13, 1939 in Cleveland County, she was a daughter of the late Ross Lisemby and Ophie Pet Williams Lisemby. She was a member of Mt. Elba Missionary Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Dwight Lisemby and James Lisemby; two sisters, Maxine Ivy and Janelle...
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Betty Jean Shirron

January 10, 1930 - September 6, 2016

Betty Jean Lea Shirron, age 86, of Manteca, California, formerly of Manning, Arkansas, passed away September 6, 2016. She was born January 10, 1930, to the late Edward Joshua and Liller Kate Garner Lea. She was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, William B. Shirron, infant twins, six brothers, Lester, Rayburn, O. D., Doyle, Garland, and Calvin, and two sisters, Emma Deaton and Mattie...
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Dorothy L. Green

October 23, 1933 - September 2, 2016

Dorothy L. Green 82, of Fordyce died Friday, September 2, 2016 in Longview, Texas. She was born October 23, 1933 in Warren, Arkansas. She was a retired bookkeeper and a member of Zion Baptist Church in Fordyce. She is preceded in death by her parents, A. H. Hobgood and Ruth Williams Hobgood; husband, Billy Joe Green; and one brother, Robert Hobgood. She is survived by one son, Randy Green and...
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Emil L. Gohlke

October 4, 1929 - August 30, 2016

Emil L. Gohlke, 86 of Maumelle, died Tuesday, August 30, 2016 in North Little Rock. He was born October 4, 1929 in Harrison to the late Emil Wilheim and Gertrude Mae Gohlke. He was also preceded in death by his son Robert Gohlke, grandson Joseph Donkers, and sisters Betty Jean Mitchell and Vivian Mae Janise. He is survived by his daughter Brenda Donkers of Oregon City, OR; two granddaughters...
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James E. Langford

July 12, 1925 - August 28, 2016

James E. Langford, 91, of Kingsland died Sunday August 28, 2016 at Greenhouse Cottages in Rison. Born July 12, 1925 at New Edinburg, he was a son of the late James Hiram Langford and Pearlie Towery Langford. He worked in construction, mostly building sawmills; a member of Kingsland First Baptist Church and a deacon for 50 years; a Navy veteran of World War II; and a member of the Kingsland...
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John W. "Jake" Rich

July 7, 1938 - August 28, 2016

John W. "Jake" Rich, age 78, of Jessieville, formerly of Fordyce passed away Sunday, August 28, 2016. He was born July 7, 1938 in Fordyce, Arkansas, a son of the late William A. and Minnie A. Allen Rich. Jake was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Audrey E. Rich. Survivors include two sons, John W. Rich, Jr. of Ivan, Christopher N. Rich and his wife, Angie of Fordyce; one daughter,...
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James Phillip "Phil" McMullen

March 13, 1951 - August 27, 2016

James Phillip "Phil" McMullen, 65 of Sparkman, died Saturday, August 27th at his home. He was born March 13, 1951 in Camden to the late James Alfred and Bernice Reynolds McMullen. He was also preceded in death by his sister Carolyn Peterson. He was a member of Ouachita Baptist Church. He retired from the Dallas County Road Department. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and trapping. He also had a...
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Annie Jo Strickland

January 13, 1927 - August 25, 2016

Annie Jo Strickland, 89, of Hampton died Thursday, August 25, 2016 at the Medical Center of South Arkansas in El Dorado, Arkansas. She was born January 13, 1927 in Calhoun County, Arkansas. She retired from the Arkansas Department of Human Services and she was a member of First Assembly of God Church in Hampton. She is preceded in death by her parents, Lewis Proctor and Annie Johnson Proctor;...
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Billy Joe Franklin

June 23, 1947 - August 24, 2016

Billy Joe Franklin, 69 of Fordyce, died Wednesday, August 24, 2016 in Little Rock. He was born June 23, 1947 in Kingsland to the late Louis Lamar and Annie Kathryn Franklin. Billy Joe truly loved his Lord and was a member of Kingsland Missionary Baptist Church. He also loved his family and one of his great joys was watching his grandson Cody box. He also enjoyed working on computers. One of...
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Hubert Amos Pennington

April 9, 1941 - August 24, 2016

Hubert Amos Pennington, 75, died Wednesday August 24, 2016 at St. Vincent's in Little Rock. Born April 9, 1941 at Bearden, he was a son of the late Amos Orland Pennington and Mary Rebecca Hollis Pennington. He attended Warner Spur Assembly of God. He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant son, three brothers and two sisters. He is survived by his wife, Betty Carraway Pennington of Camden...
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Rosemary Barner

January 14, 1925 - August 23, 2016

Rosemary Barner, 91, of Camden died Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at Ouachita County Medical Center in Camden, Arkansas. She was born January 14, 1925 in Bearden, Arkansas. Rosemary worked at Bank of Bearden for thirty one years and she was a member of Maul Road Church of Christ in Camden. She is preceded in death by her parents, Roland F. Barner and Rosa M. Gammill Barner; seven brothers, Hays,...
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Weldon Lamar Graves

August 22, 2016

Weldon Lamar Graves, 78 of Conway Died Monday August 22, 2016 at Conway Regional Medical Center. Born May 20, 1938 in Cleveland County, he was a son of the late Carl Graves and Muriel Lee Watts Graves. He began his airline career in 1957 with Braniff International Airways until 1982. He continued his career with Ozark Airlines and Trans World Airlines, and retired from American Airlines in 2001. ...
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James F. Barner

February 26, 1933 - August 19, 2016

James F. Barner, 83 of Fordyce, died Friday, August 19, 2016. He was born February 26, 1933 in Ramsey, Arkansas to the late Forest and Bernice Hodnett Barner. He was also preceded in death by his son, James Barner. He is survived by his wife of 63 years Bobbie Barner of Fordyce; daughter Pam (Billy) Morris of Fordyce; granddaughter Britt (Chad) Smith of Thornton; and three great-grandchildren:...
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Roger Ray Pennington, Sr.

March 7, 1949 - August 15, 2016

Roger Ray Pennington, Sr., 67, of Fordyce died Monday, August 15, 2016 at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was born March 7, 1949 in Bearden, Arkansas. He was a retired maintenance worker for the Fordyce Public Schools. He is preceded in death by his parents, Darrell Marion Pennington and Jessie Erma Lee Gresham Pennington; one son, John Douglas Pennington; two daughters, Jo...
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Jeanette Garner

February 13, 1941 - August 13, 2016

Eva Jeanette Garner, 75, of Fordyce died Saturday, August 13, 2016 in St. Vincent's Infirmary in Little Rock, Arkansas. She was born February 13, 1941 in Thornton, Arkansas. She was a homemaker and a member of First Assembly of God in Fordyce. She is preceded in death by her parents, Fred Hopkins and Vinnie Sullivent Hopkins; husband, Larry Douglas Garner. She is survived by one son, Paul...
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Angela Starr West

December 26, 1949 - August 12, 2016

Angela Starr West, 66, of Conway died Friday, August 12, 2016 at her home. She was born December 26, 1949 in Brookings, SD. She was a homemaker. She is preceded in death by her parents, Willard R. Olson and Betty Ward Olson. She is survived by her husband, Robert Neal West of Conway; one son, Nathan West of Conway; one daughter, Erica Wharton of Quitman; two brothers, Tommy Olson of Long...
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Linda Carol Dow

July 3, 1945 - August 12, 2016

Linda Carol Dow, 71 of Fordyce went to be with the Lord on Friday August 12, 2016. Mrs. Dow was preceded in death by her parents, Poe H. Bradford and Josie I. Bradford; a daughter Donna M. Dow; and a brother, Bobby D. Bradford. Mrs. Dow leaves her husband, Michael W. Dow, Sr. of Fordyce; a brother, Thomas Bradford of Fayetteville; seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and a host of other...
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Patsy Kay King Graves

May 27, 1950 - August 11, 2016

Patsy Kay King Graves, 66, of Pineville, Louisiana died Thursday August 11, 2016. Born May 27, 1950 at Thornton, she was a daughter of the late Charlie and Dollie King. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Floyd Graves; sister, Juanita Krumrey; brothers, Julian (Red) King and Paul (Little Bud) King. She is survived by her daughters, Janice Bullitt and husband Ronald of Pineville, LA,...
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Helen Marie Walsh

September 19, 1930 - August 2, 2016

Helen Marie Williams Walsh, 85, of Bearden died Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. She was born September 19, 1930 in Dallas County, Arkansas. She was a homemaker and a member of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Jacinto. She is preceded in death by her parents, Clifford Williams and Mabel Hollis Williams; husband, Harry Lee Walsh, Sr., and one...
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O. D. Cathey

June 20, 1928 - August 2, 2016

Oliver Daniel "O.D." Cathey, 88, of Fordyce passed away on August 2, 2016. He was born June 20, 1928 in Hopeville, Arkansas. O.D. lived a long, full life focused on generosity and selfless service to others, characteristics modeled after his grandparents, Oliver and Lena Anthony. He served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany during the Korean War. O.D. and his brother Lee Roy owned...
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Lena Mae Cranford

April 19, 1922 - August 2, 2016

Lena Mae Cranford, 94, of Fordyce died Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at her home in Fordyce. She was born April 19, 1922 in Sparkman, Arkansas. She was a homemaker and a member of First United Methodist Church in Fordyce. She was very active in the community of Fordyce; serving on the Dallas County Fair Board, a member of the Dallas County Home Extension Club, craft coordinator for the Fordyce on...
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Terry Boyette

November 27, 1946 - July 25, 2016

Terry Lynn Boyette, 69 of Tinsman, Arkansas, was born November 27, 1946 to Pallace and Austin Boyette. He left to be with his loved ones on July 25th of 2016. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, his first wife Shirley Boyette, and his brother Don Carpenter. He is survived by his life-long companion Linda Hays, her two children, 10 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, and...
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David Morris Freer

January 21, 1963 - July 25, 2016

David Morris Freer, 53, of Fordyce died Monday, July 25, 2016 at National Park Medical Center in Hot Springs, Arkansas. David was born January 21, 1963 in Fordyce, Arkansas. He is preceded in death by his father, Billy Joe Freer; and one brother, Lynn Freer. David is survived by his mother, Sue Freer of Fordyce; one daughter, Amber Freer of Little Rock; and one brother, Mike Freer of Fordyce. ...
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Clifton "Buddy" Marshall

November 16, 1919 - July 23, 2016

Clifton Henry "Buddy" Marshall died July 23, 2016 at the Heritage Center in Conway, Arkansas at the age of 96. He was born near Carthage, Arkansas November 16, 1919, the son of Robert Lee Marshall and Virginia Isabel McGriff and a descendant of several families who settled in Dallas, Drew and Jefferson counties from the mid-1840s to the 1880s. He attended Carthage School and then farmed and...
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Hattie Louneil Huff

October 4, 1928 - July 18, 2016

Hattie Louneil Huff, 87 of Fordyce, died Monday, July 18th, 2016. She was born October 4, 1928 in Moro Bay, Arkansas to the late Jimmie and Ouita Hines. She was also preceded in death by her husband Rufus Huff, her grandson Chris Turner, her brother Harold Hines, and her sister Nina Terrell. She is survived by her son Robert Huff of Hot Springs; two daughters Ann Turner of Hampton and Patricia...
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