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Clydie I. Thornton

November 2, 1928 - April 12, 2018

Clydie I. Carter Thornton, 89, of Hampton died Thursday April 12, 2018 at the Medical Center of South Arkansas at El Dorado. Born November 2, 1928 in Bradley County, she was a daughter of the late Alvin Carter and Joline Erwin Carter. She was a member of Victory Church in Camden and was retired from Hampton Schools where she was the cafeteria manager. She was preceded in death by her parents;...
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Kinch David Womack

August 27, 1948 - April 10, 2018

Kinch David Womack, 69 of Bearden died Tuesday, April 10, 2018. He was born August 27, 1948 to the late Kinch R. Womack and Mildred C. Bowman Womack. He was retired from the Army National Guard and was a veteran of Operation Desert Storm. . He is survived by his brother Roland R. Womack of Texarkana, Arkansas and his sister Ann Berry of DeRidder, Louisiana. Funeral services will be 2PM...
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Erma Joyce Miller

August 2, 1938 - April 6, 2018

Erma Joyce Black Miller, 79 of Fordyce, died Friday, April 6, 2018. She was born August 2, 1938 in Fordyce to the late Walter Black and Francis Buchanan Black. She was also preceded in death by her husband William "Bill" Miller, her son Donnie Mack Daniels, her daughter Patricia Lynn Daniels, her brothers Jim and Walter, and her sisters Mary, Annie, Christine, Josie, and Flossie. She is...
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Van Guy Kelly

October 12, 1940 - April 2, 2018

Van Guy Kelly, 77, of Hampton died Monday, April 2, 2018 at St. Vincent's in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was born October 12, 1940 in Carthage, Arkansas. He was a carpenter and an Army veteran. He is preceded in death by his parents, Benjamin Guy Kelly and Mildred Irene Parker Kelly; two sisters, Joy Baine and Gwen Kelly, and one brother, James Kelly. He is survived by his wife, Sallie Kelly of...
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Don Russell Smith

January 1, 1943 - March 31, 2018

Don Russell Smith, Sr. age 75 of Fordyce and Warren, AR, died Saturday, March 31, 2018 surrounded by his family in the home of Jonathan Smith. He was the founder of Fordyce Mapping Service and was well known for his good nature, compassion and generosity. He was born January 1, 1943 in Jacinto, Dallas County, AR, the son of the late T.P. and Gladys Frazier Smith. He was a member of The Church...
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Gary Lee Lephiew

May 26, 1964 - March 31, 2018

Gary Lee Lephiew, 53, of Waldo died Saturday March 31, 2018 at his home. He was born May 26, 1964 at Hampton. He was a journeyman electrician and worked for Evers Electric. He was preceded in death by a brother, Alan Lephiew. He is survived by his wife, Jerri Lephiew of Waldo; mother and step-father, Betty and Nip Linkous of Camden; son, Matthew Lephiew of Van Buren; two brothers, Donald...
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John Thomas "Tom" Simmermacher

November 14, 1946 - March 26, 2018

John Thomas "Tom" Simmermacher, 71, of Hampton died Monday, March 26, 2018 at Ouachita Nursing and Rehab in Camden. He was born November 14, 1946 in Tucumcari, NM. He worked as a carpenter for Fitzhugh Strickland and he was an Army veteran.. He is preceded in death by his parents, William Lloyd Simmermacher and Annie Mae Watson; and one brother, Robert Simmermacher. He is survived by two...
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Shirley Ware Lambert

November 11, 1944 - March 25, 2018

Shirley Ware Lambert, 73 of Hampton, died Sunday, March 25, 2018 in Ft. Worth, Texas. She was born November 11, 1944 in Ft. Worth to the late Ray and Ozelle Garner Ware. She was also preceded in death by her husband Gene Lambert. She is survived by her son William "Bill" (Mearlene) Ball of Genoa; her daughter Marina (John) Henry of Hampton; her grandchild Morgan Echols of Genoa. Shirley...
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Archer Wayburn Hunneycutt

July 5, 1931 - March 24, 2018

Archer Wayburn Huneycutt, 86, of West Monroe, LA died Saturday, March 24, 2018 at his home. He was born July 5, 1931 in Sparkman, Arkansas. He graduated from the University of Arkansas with a Ph.D and created the Louisiana Survey Center at LA Tech University, which was one only one of its kind at that time. He was also a Korean War veteran as a member of the U.S. Air Force. He is preceded in...
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George William "Billy" McWhirter

September 3, 1931 - March 24, 2018

George William "Billy" McWhirter, 86, of Fordyce died Saturday March 24, 2018. Born September 3, 1931 at Hampton, he was a son of the late Floyd and Beulah McWhirter. He served in the Army during the Korean War where he was stationed in Germany. He worked as a deputy sheriff under Sheriff Lee Hornaday and worked as a city officer and jailer under Chief Joe Pennington for the city of Fordyce. ...
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Kathryn Sue Harris

February 13, 1937 - March 24, 2018

Kathryn Sue Harris, age 81 passed away at her home in Fordyce Saturday, March 24, 2018. Kathryn was the daughter of Watt and Clemmie Files. Kathryn graduated from Thornton High School and later from Foster Business School. Kathryn started her career as a legal secretary and she later founded Harris Title Company. Kathryn loved to help people, playing golf, and was an avid fan of the Razorbacks...
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Herbert Eugene Woodson

February 11, 1931 - March 23, 2018

Herbert Eugene Woodson, 87, of Fordyce died Friday March 23, 2018 at his home. Born February 11, 1931 at Amity, he was a son of the late E.S. Woodson and Laura A. Lively Woodson. Herb was an Air Force veteran, serving in the Korean War. He was an active member of Fordyce First United Methodist Church where he started a soup kitchen and food pantry, and put in the stained glass windows in the...
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Wera Faye Bailey

September 14, 1922 - March 16, 2018

Wera Faye Bailey, aged 95 went to be with our Lord on Friday March 16, 2018, at Dallas County Medical Center, after a short illness. Faye was born in Tyler, Texas on September 14, 1922, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. AJ Warner. Faye went to school in Taylor, AR and played basketball during her school years. Faye was always active in arts and crafts projects throughout her life. Her greatest...
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Anthony "Jerry" Temple

October 4, 1962 - March 15, 2018

Anthony "Jerry" Temple, 55, of Hampton died Thursday, March 15, 2018 at Medical Center of South Arkansas in El Dorado, Arkansas. He was born October 4, 1962 in El Dorado, Arkansas. He is preceded in death by his parents, William Elige Temple and Etta Sue Lambert Carpenter; and two sisters, Brenda Ann Neeley and Shirley Diane Temple Forrest. He is survived by one son, Anthony William (Jackie)...
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Robert Edward Dempsey, Sr.

August 12, 1946 - March 11, 2018

Robert Edward Dempsey, Sr., 71 of Bearden died Sunday March 11, 2018 at Dallas County Medical Center at Fordyce. Born August 12, 1946 at Mountain Home, he was a son of the late Harold Dempsey and Barbara Nowlin Dempsey. He was preceded in death by a brother, Rickey Dempsey. He is survived by his wife, Jane Dempsey of Bearden; three sons, Robert Edward "Booder" Dempsey (Susan) of Hampton, John...
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Benjamin "Benny" Webb

December 13, 1944 - March 8, 2018

Benjamin (Benny) Taylor Webb, 73, of Cabot, was born in Hampton and passed from this life March 8, 2018 at Baptist Health Medical Center in North Little Rock. He was preceded in death by his parents Homer V. Webb and Helen Jeanette Hannigan Webb and his wife Judy Vines Webb. He is survived by his wife Mischelle Bradford Webb of Cabot; his son Brian Taylor Webb and wife Amanda of Jonesboro; his...
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Donald Nance

December 9, 1934 - March 6, 2018

Rev. Donald W. Nance (83) of Bearden, AR passed away Mar. 6, 2018. He is survived by his wife, Shirley (Oldner) Nance, his 3 children, Donna Wisdom (Steve) of Richardson, TX, Terri Hardy (David) of Little Rock, and Monty Nance (Candace) of Rogers, AR, his grandchildren, Tyler Nance of Little Rock and Peyton Davila (Israel) of Rogers, his brothers Allen (Billie) of Bearden and Edward of Fordyce,...
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Ira Vernon "Red" Dunn

August 31, 1926 - March 5, 2018

Ira Vernon "Red' Dunn, 91, of Hampton died Monday, March 5, 2018 at Ouachita County Medical Center in Camden, Arkansas. Red was born in Delhi community of Calhoun County, Arkansas August 31, 1926, the third son of Truitt and Adrian Dunn. He had a career as general manager for the local Ford dealership and Calhoun County Sheriff for twelve years, as well as part time farmer. He was a lifelong...
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Dessie Elizabeth "Libby" Metcalf

December 20, 1949 - March 5, 2018

Dessie Elizabeth "Libby" Metcalf, 68 of New Edinburg, died Monday, March 5, 2018. She was born December 20, 1949 in Fordyce to the late Albert Julian Posey and Sarah Elizabeth Humphries Posey. She was also preceded in death by her sister Mary Benson. She is survived by her husband Jerry W. Metcalf of New Edinburg; two sons, Tracy Lyn Metcalf and wife Kim of New Edinburg, Christopher Michael...
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Arlie Berry, Jr.

December 27, 1928 - March 3, 2018

Arlie Berry Jr., 89, of Pine Bluff died Saturday, March 03, 2018 at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. He was born December 27, 1928 in Flint, MI. He is preceded in death by his parents, Arlie Berry Sr. and Marie C. Shrum Berry; his wife, Eva Mae Golden Berry; one brother, Ray Berry; and one sister, Helen Marcum. He is survived by one brother, Robert Leon Berry of...
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Elmer Eugene Denton

November 8, 1948 - February 27, 2018

Elmer Eugene Denton, 69, of Harrell died Tuesday February 27, 2018. Born November 8, 1948 at Yazoo City, MS, he was a son of the late John Denton and Christine Miller. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Peggy Sue McLaughlin and a son, Elmer Denton, Jr. He is survived by his wife, Jerry B. Denton of Harrell; son, Telly Eugene Denton of Harrell; daughters, Tina Barnard (Dennis Ponder) of El...
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Roberta Lee Sanders

April 13, 1940 - February 25, 2018

Roberta Lee Robinson Sanders, 77 of Amarillo, Texas died Sunday, February 25, 2018. She was born April 13, 1940 in Biggers, Arkansas to the late Layne and Tommie Campbell Robinson. She was also preceded in death by her husband Clarence Edward Sanders, her daughter Melinda Metcalf, and her son Kenneth Sanders. She is survived by one son Thomas Sanders of Kingsland; two brothers Don Robinson of...
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Virginia Russell Jackson Wright

July 6, 1931 - February 24, 2018

Virginia Russell Jackson Wright, 86, of Benton, formerly of Bearden died Saturday, February 24, 2018 at Heartland Rehabilitation Care Center in Benton, Arkansas. She was born in Dallas County, Arkansas July 6, 1931. She was a retired inspector for Tracor and a member of Congo United Methodist Church in Benton. She is preceded in death by her parents, Powell A. Russell and Vastel Hickman...
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Jerry Edward Stamps, Sr.

March 23, 1943 - February 19, 2018

Jerry Edward Stamps, Sr., 74, of Sparkman died Monday February 19, 2018 at Arkansas Hospice Inpatient in Hot Springs. Born March 23, 1943 at Kennett, MO, he was a son of the late Clyde Stamps and Letha May Benton Stamps. He is preceded in death by a granddaughter, Kristina Harris and three brothers. He is survived by his wife, Betty Stamps of Sparkman; children, Dianna Stamps Shepherd (Brian)...
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Melea Morgan

May 31, 1961 - February 12, 2018

Melea Morgan, 56, of Bearden died Monday, February 12, 2018 at her home. She was born May 31, 1961 in Monticello, Arkansas. She worked in the medical field for over thirty years and in ministry with the Assemblies of God for over twenty years. She is preceded in death by her parents, Leon "Blackie" Savage and Linda Newman Savage. She is survived by her husband, Rev. Terry Morgan of Bearden;...
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James L Burrow

November 3, 1934 - February 10, 2018

James L. Burrow, 83, of Hampton passed away February 10, 2018 at his home. He was born November 3, 1934 in Thida, Arkansas. He and his wife, Doris moved to Hampton in 1961. After serving as a local barber he purchased Hampton Builders Supply in 1973. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Hampton. He is preceded in death by his parents, James Dolf Burrow and Lorene Bright Burrow. He is...
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William Cain Lyon

December 8, 1936 - February 10, 2018

William Cain Lyon passed away suddenly in his home on Saturday, February 10, at the age of 81. He was born on December 8, 1936 in Augusta, Arkansas to Gretchen Earl (Cain) Lyon and Odys Carl Lyon who were both school teachers. He was a long time mayor of Fordyce and a colorful businessman. He obtained a business degree at the University of Arkansas where he put himself through school by...
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Becky Kauffman

January 13, 1946 - February 7, 2018

Becky Kauffman, age 72 of Fordyce, passed away peacefully Wednesday, February 7, 2018 surrounded by her family at St. Vincent's in Little Rock. She was born on January 13, 1946, in Little Rock, Arkansas, to the late Clem and Eva Gill Treadwell. Becky was a loving wife, momma, and mamaw. She was a member of First Baptist Church, where she loved her ladies Sunday school class and attending...
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Edna Mae Bane

April 18, 1927 - February 5, 2018

Edna Mae Lea Bane, 90 of Benton, died Sunday, February 4, 2018. She was born April 18, 1927 in Jacinto, Arkansas to the late Lewis and Annie Roberts Walker. She was also preceded in death by her husbands, William Rayburn Lea and Burl Bane and her sister Marjorie Walker. She was a Methodist by faith and loved working as both a seamstress and quilter. She is survived by her beloved son Raymond L...
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John Downs Hutchins

November 16, 1950 - January 29, 2018

John Downs Hutchins, 67, of Fordyce died Monday January 29, 2018 at his home. Born November 16, 1950 at Shreveport, LA, he was a son of the late Albert Curtis Hutchins, Sr. and Gwendolyn Laffitte Hutchins. He was preceded in death by a brother, Curtis Hutchins. He is survived by his wife, Amanda Dannehl Hutchins of Fordyce; daughter, Michelle Tinker and husband, Josh of Centerton, AR; sister,...
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Donnie Ray Evans

January 30, 1957 - January 29, 2018

Donnie Ray Evans, 60 of Hampton died Monday, January 29, 2018 at his home. He was born January 30, 1957 in Hampton, Arkansas. He was member and deacon of Woodberry Baptist Church. He had been a member of the Woodberry church for forty two years. He is preceded in death by his parents, Vernon and Erma Jean Watson Evans. He is survived by his wife, Candy Evans of Hampton; one son, Brandon ...
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Larry Thomas Barnes

September 13, 1948 - January 27, 2018

Larry Thomas Barnes, 69 of Fordyce, died Saturday, January 27, 2018. He was born September 13, 1948 in Fordyce to the late W.T. "Bill" Barnes and Clarice Steelman Barnes. He is survived by his wife Debbie Crutchfield Barnes of Fordyce; two sons Ethan Barnes and wife Maggie of Greenbrier, Frank Remick and wife Lacey of Fordyce; one daughter Ginger Remick Godwin and husband Kenny of Holly...
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George "Bo" Matthews

April 23, 1930 - January 24, 2018

George "Bo" Matthews, 87, of Tulip passed away Wednesday January 24, 2018 at his home. He was born April 23, 1930 in Tulip, AR to Ben and Beatrice Matthews. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Alice Matthews; grandson, Brick Ables; granddaughter, Jacquline Ables; sons-in-law Marvin Harrison and Ron Wylie; daughter-in-law, Carol Ables. He is survived by his brother,...
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John Wheeler Smith

March 23, 1933 - January 23, 2018

John Wheeler Smith of Fordyce was born March 23, 1933 in Jacinto, AR. He was the youngest of three children by Junius Jordan Smith and Juddie Wheeler Smith. He passed away peacefully at the age of 84 on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at Hospice Home Care in Little Rock, AR. John graduated from Fordyce High School in 1952 and was a 1956 graduate of Henderson State Teachers College. He earned a...
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Eddie Eugene Davis

October 5, 1961 - January 23, 2018

Eddie Eugene Davis, 56, of Fordyce died Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at Jefferson Regional Hospital in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. He was born October 5, 1961 in Dallas Texas. Eddie worked in construction and also served in the National Guard. He is preceded in death by his parents, George Raymond Davis and Mary Joyce Johnson Davis; and two brothers, Larry G. Davis and Rickey G. Davis. He is survived...
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William Maurice Watson

June 5, 1928 - January 20, 2018

William Maurice Watson of Fordyce, died January 20, 2018, 89 years of age, at Hospice Home Care on Bowman Rd in Little Rock. He was preceded in death by his parents William Sylvester "Vester" Watson and Nomia Dunn Watson, brother Travis Watson and his sister Mary Methabel Graham. He is survived by his ever-loving wife, Marie Dorsey Watson; one son, William David Watson (and wife Terri) of...
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Bobby Wayne Jones

December 15, 1940 - January 16, 2018

Bobby Wayne Jones, 77 of Kingsland died Tuesday January 16, 2018 at his home. He was born December 15, 1940 in Cleveland County. He was a retired inspector for Entergy, formerly AP&L, and a member of Chapel Hill Missionary Baptist Church in New Edinburg. He is preceded in death by his parents, Paul Towery and Glen and Marie Jones; and a sister, Beverly Towery Stewart. He is survived by his wife...
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Joe Claude Wishard

August 19, 1949 - January 14, 2018

Joe Claude Wishard, 68, of Benton entered the gates of Heaven Sunday, January 14, 2018. He was born August 19, 1949 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Joe worked at St. Vincent's Infirmary in Little Rock for 42 years. He was active in his community serving on the Bryant Chamber of Commerce. Joe, affectionately known as Mr. Hornet, was a proud supporter of the Bryant School District where he served as a...
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Billy Warner Steelman

October 15, 1941 - January 7, 2018

Billy Warner Steelman, age 76 of Benton, formerly of Princeton, passed away peacefully at Arkansas Hospice in Little Rock, Arkansas on Sunday, January 7, 2018 surrounded by his siblings. He was born to Harmon Toney and Kathryn Beatrice Brown Steelman on October 15, 1941 in Hamburg, Arkansas at the family home. He was a member of Jacinto Baptist Church. He was a 1959 graduate of Princeton High...
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Charles Edward Weeks, Jr. (C.J.)

October 1, 1986 - January 6, 2018

Charles Edward Weeks, Jr. (C.J.) 31, of Hampton, died Saturday January 6, 2018. He was born October 1, 1986 at Fordyce. He was a life long resident of Hampton and graduated from Hampton High School. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, George and Virginia Martin and Elizabeth and Willie Weeks. He is survived by his parents, Debra and John Grimes of Hampton, and Charles Weeks, Sr. of...
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Jeweldeana McKinnie

April 9, 1943 - January 4, 2018

Jeweldeana P. McKinnie, 74 of Hampton, died Thursday, January 4, 2018. She was born April 9, 1943 in Pine Bluff to the late Richard and Mamie Jewel Picklesimer. She is survived by her husband Donnie McKinnie of Hampton; one son Ryan Roark and wife Michele of Wellington, Florida; one daughter Amanda Roark Johnson and husband Jeff of Baytown, Texas; four grandchildren: Janey Johnson of Kingwood,...
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Helen Ethel Ables Coston

April 3, 1937 - January 1, 2018

Helen Ethel Ables Coston, 80, of Locust Bayou died Monday, January 1, 2018 at Perry Memorial Hospital in Linden, TN. She was born April 3, 1937 in Locust Bayou, Arkansas. She is preceded in death by her parents, Glen and Eva Wooten Ables; husband, Eugene Coston; son, Byron Coston; son-in-law, Ronny Southall. She is survived by one daughter, Genia Southall of Linden, TN; one son, Paul (Reva)...
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Ilene Marie "Molly" Arnette

February 26, 1918 - January 1, 2018

Ilene Marie Moll "Molly" Arnette, 99 of Fordyce, died Monday, January 1, 2018 in Fordyce. A daughter of Frederick Joseph and Sophie Iowa Trites Moll, she was born in Gillett, Arkansas on February 26, 1918. Molly is preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Cecil Frederick Moll; a sister, Wyvonna Moll Prater Ball; and her beloved husband of forty-six years, Joseph Marion Arnette. Molly...
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Curtis W. Overton

August 16, 1934 - December 25, 2017

Curtis W. Overton, 83 of Kingsland, died Monday, December 25, 2017. He was born August 16, 1934 in Tulip to the late William and Mary Lawrence Overton. He was also preceded in death by six brothers: Ray, Roy, DeWitt, Glendee, Cecil, and Preston Haywood Overton and three sisters, Ione Leath, Gertrude Huffman, and Lila Mae Harrison. He is survived by his wife Hazel Stiles Overton of Kingsland;...
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Robert Lynn Long

January 18, 1959 - December 24, 2017

Robert Lynn Long, 58, of Bearden died Sunday December 24, 2017 at his home. Born January 18, 1959 at Arkadelphia, he was the son of the late Robert Doyle Long and Bula Elsie Langley Long. He was preceded in death by a sister, Edith Hunt. He is survived by his wife, Eveline Long of Bearden; one son, Bobby Long of Bearden; two daughters, Chrissy Adams of Coushatta, LA, Debbie Byrd of Marianna, AR...
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Thomas Winfred Roark

May 15, 1934 - December 20, 2017

Thomas Winfred Roark, 83, of Texarkana, TX died Wednesday, December 20, 2017 in Texarkana, TX. He was born May 15, 1934 in Camden, Arkansas. He was a retired school teacher and a member of Cross View Baptist Church in Texarkana, TX; where Jimmy Shelby serves as pastor. He played football at Henderson State Teacher's College and later received his master's degree from the University of Arkansas...
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Mary Evelyn Seymore

June 21, 1924 - December 20, 2017

Mary Evelyn Easley Seymore, 93 of Hampton, died Wednesday, December 20, 2017 in Texarkana, Texas. She was born June 21, 1924 in Tinsman to the late Homer "Buddy" and Alice Easley. She was also preceded in death by two brothers Howard and Jesse Easley, and her husband CW "Jr" Seymore. She is survived by her nieces and nephews. Evelyn loved her family and was happiest when she was in her...
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Pearly Ann Massey Chambers

May 31, 1944 - December 19, 2017

Pearly Ann Massey Chambers, 73, of Fordyce died Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at Saline Hospice House in Bryant, Arkansas. She was born May 31, 1944 in Tyler, Arkansas. She was a retired school teacher and a member of First Assembly of God Church in Fordyce. She is preceded in death by her parents, Norris Massey and Fannie Hensley Massey and one brother, Buddy Massey. She is survived by her...
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James William Turner

March 27, 1932 - December 15, 2017

James William Turner was born March 27, 1932, in the Bucksnort community outside of Fordyce, the oldest child of William Urban and Lottie Lucille Jacobs Turner. He died at the age of 85 on Friday, December 15, 2017, at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock. James graduated from Fordyce High School in 1950 and studied at Arkansas A&M (now UAM) for two years before joining the Navy...
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Agnes Marie McClellan

February 5, 1933 - December 14, 2017

Agnes Marie McClellan, 84 of New Edinburg, died Thursday, December 14, 2017 in Warren. She was born February 5, 1933 in New Edinburg to the late Thomas Earl Wagnon, Sr. and Ethel Thompson Wagnon. She was also preceded in death by five brothers. She is survived by her husband of 64 years Frank McClellan of New Edinburg; one son Aubrey McClellan (Olivia) of Santa Clara, California; one daughter...
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Steve Matkin

December 17, 1962 - December 13, 2017

Steve Matkin, 54, of Fordyce died Wednesday December 13, 2017 at his home. Born December 17, 1962, he was the son of Ruby Matkin of Fordyce and the late Billy Elmer Matkin. He is survived by his wife, Teresa Saeler Matkin of Fordyce; two sons, Juston Matkin and wife Stephanie of Camden; Auston Matkin and Lexis Hopkins of Kingsland; two sisters, Diana Soler of Alpine, CA, Tammy Owens of Fordyce;...
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Frances Ruth Haynes

April 2, 1941 - December 11, 2017

Frances Ruth Haynes, 76, of Fordyce died Monday, December 11, 2017 at Dallas County Medical Center in Fordyce. She was born April 2, 1941 in Bearden, Arkansas. She is preceded in death by her parents, Jack Doherty and Vera Quarles Doherty; husband, Douglas Haynes; three brothers, Mike Doherty, Frankie Doherty, Lewis Doherty; three sisters, Rosie Pennington, Shirley Doherty, and Emma Jean...
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William Brooks Bailey

June 30, 1984 - December 9, 2017

William Brooks Bailey, 33, of Fordyce, Arkansas passed away December 9, 2017. Brooks was born in Little Rock, Arkansas on June 30, 1984 to parents Dennis and Karen (King) Bailey of Fordyce. Brooks grew up in Fordyce where he played high school football and baseball and graduated with the class of 2003. He was the first recipient of the Paul Bear Bryant Award in Fordyce. After high school,...
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Elmina Rose Kervin

May 10, 1928 - December 9, 2017

Elmina Rose Kervin, 89, of Ashdown and formerly of Fordyce, died Saturday December 9, 2017 at Little River Nursing Home in Ashdown. She was born May 10, 1928 in Washington, IA. She was a homemaker and a member of Zion Baptist Church of Fordyce. She is preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Lona Cooper Messenger; husband, Quitman Kervin; two sisters, Virginia Crane and Joyce Franks; and...
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William Thomas Barnes

June 3, 1925 - December 8, 2017

William Thomas Barnes, 92, of Fordyce died Friday December 8, 2017 at his home. Born June 3, 1925 at Ivan, he was a son of the late William Bart Barnes and Ruth Summers Barnes. He was preceded in death by his wife, Clarice Steelman Barnes; brother, Doyle Barnes, and daughter-in-law, Lynn Barnes. He is survived by three sons, Larry Barnes and his wife, Debbie of Fordyce, Mike Barnes and his wife...
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Charlene Bates

February 20, 1946 - November 28, 2017

Charlene Bates, 71, of Harrell died Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at Ouachita County Medical Center in Camden. She was born February 20, 1946 in Calhoun County, Arkansas. She was a caregiver and a member of First Assembly of God Church in Hampton. She is preceded in death by her parents, Mett Edward Williams and Grace Karriker Williams; three brothers, Jerry Williams, John Henry Williams, Marcus...
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Walter "Woody" Massey

August 16, 1952 - November 27, 2017

Walter "Woody" Massey, 65, of Hampton died Monday, November 27, 2017 at his home. He was born August 16, 1952 in Camden, Arkansas. He is preceded in death by his parents, Wallace W. Massey and Mary Burroughs Massey. He is survived by his wife, Nancy Massey of Hampton; three sons, Wally (Missy) Massey of Fordyce, Robert (Leeann) Massey of Sherwood, Jamey (Melissa) Massey of Hampton; one daughter...
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Orvall Loyd Berg

June 2, 1924 - November 26, 2017

Orvall Loyd Berg, 93 of Fordyce died Sunday November 26, 2017 at his home. Born June 2, 1924 at Stuttgart, he was a son of the late Frank Berg and Gaynell Shrum Berg. Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Verda McDade Berg; four sisters; one brother; and four step-sons. He is survived by his two nephews and caregivers, Danny R. Golden and James T. Golden of Kingsland;...
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Janice Margaret House Gray

November 7, 1921 - November 25, 2017

Janice Margaret House Gray, 96, of Fordyce died Saturday November 25, 2017 at Dallas County Medical Center. Born November 7, 1921 in Fordyce, she was the daughter of the late Joe House and Martha Woods House. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Fordyce and was a nurse for Dr. Harry Atkinson. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Fay H. Gray; and a brother, Charles...
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William "Bill" Carter

August 20, 1926 - November 24, 2017

William O. "Bill" Carter, 91 of El Dorado, died Friday, November 24, 2017. He was born August 20, 1926 in Banks to the late Gobe and Jobie Lee Carter. He was also preceded in death by his wife Aline Carter, five brothers, and two sisters. He is survived by his wife Marcell Carter of El Dorado; two sons, Ronald Carter and wife Linda of Monroe, Louisiana and Larry Carter and wife Sandra of...
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Charles Edward Hearne

September 24, 1940 - November 23, 2017

Charles Edward Hearne, 77, of Fordyce died Thursday November 23, 2017 at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. Born September 24, 1940 in Dallas County, he was the son of the late Earl Lenix Hearne and Sally Odella Gill Hearne. He was a member of the Thornton First United Methodist Church and a school teacher for Bearden Schools. Mr. Hearne was preceded in death by his parents; his son,...
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Sheri Cryer

July 14, 1962 - November 21, 2017

Sheri Katherine Cryer, 55, of Thornton died Thursday, November 21, 2017 at her home. She was born July 14, 1962 in Baton Rouge, LA. She is preceded in death by her parents, Forest Borders and Peggy Farris Doherty; and two brothers, Robert and Paul Downs. She is survived by one sister, Melissa Allyn of Denham Springs, LA. No funeral services are planned at this time. To sign the online...
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Peggy Farris Doherty

October 12, 1943 - November 21, 2017

Peggy Farris Doherty, 74, of Thornton died Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at her home. She was born October 12, 1943 in Alexandria, LA. She is preceded in death by her parents, Courtney Farris and Willie Katherine Farris; two sons, Robert and Paul Downs; one daughter, Sheri Cryer; and one grandchild, Scotty Ballance. She is survived by her husband, George Doherty of Thornton; one daughter, Melissa...
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Charlotte J. Ables Dorey

May 25, 1943 - November 18, 2017

Charlotte J. Ables Dorey, 74, of Hampton died Saturday, November 18, 2017 at Baptist Medical Center in North Little Rock, Arkansas. She was born May 25, 1943 on the "Ables Farm Homestead" in Calhoun County, Arkansas. She was a retired beautician and a member of Victory Assembly of God Church in Camden, Arkansas. She is preceded in death by her parents, Louie Ables and Arnette Rinehart Ables;...
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Margaret Ann Owens

December 5, 1931 - November 15, 2017

Margaret Ann "Cook" Owens, 85 of Hampton, died Wednesday, November 15, 2017. She was born December 5, 1931 in Gilbert, Louisiana. A visitation will be held Saturday, November 18 from 1PM until 2PM at First Baptist Church of Hampton. Memorial services will follow at 2PM at the church. A private burial will be held at Salem Cemetery near Bearden. Arrangements are by Benton Funeral Home of Fordyce.
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Patrick Charles Kauffman

July 29, 1949 - November 14, 2017

Patrick Charles Kauffman, 68, of Bryant died Tuesday November 14, 2017 at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. Born July 29, 1949 in Fordyce, he was the younger son of the late Jack Kauffman and Willa Lee Whatley Kauffman. He was a graduate of Carthage High School, Henderson State University, and UAMS College of Pharmacy. He was the owner and operator of Medic Pharmacy in Bryant for 43 years....
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Johnny Mack Ellis

July 23, 1937 - November 12, 2017

Johnny Mack Ellis, 80 of Hampton, died Sunday, November 12, 2017. He was born July 23, 1937 in Woodberry to the late John and Lucy Hines Ellis. He was also preceded in death by his step-son Dennis Haynes. He is survived by his wife Emma Ellis of Hampton; two sons, Billy Ellis of Monticello and Stevie Ellis and wife Lori of Woodberry; one step-daughter, Cindy Fernandez and husband Aaron of El...
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Phil Swofford

February 27, 1946 - November 9, 2017

Grady Phil Swofford, 71, of Hampton died Thursday, November 9, 2017 at Ouachita County Medical Center in Camden. He was born February 27, 1946 in Banks, Arkansas. He was a retired logging contractor. He is preceded in death by his parents, Loyd Swofford and Marjorie Watson Odom;wife, Sondra Gilbert Swofford; one daughter, Tina Rowland; and son-in-law, Jerrell Rowland. He is survived by one...
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Bill Taft James

December 18, 1930 - November 5, 2017

Bill Taft James, 86, of Thornton died Sunday November 5, 2017 at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. Born December 18, 1930 at Holly Springs, he was a son of the late Gurtman James and Jewel White James. He was a minister and retired from pipeline construction. He is survived by his wife, Anneke Cox James of Thornton; son, Bill Ed James and wife, Donna of Fordyce; daughter, Stacia Williams and...
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Homer Garlington

September 6, 1922 - November 3, 2017

Homer Garlington, 95 of Fordyce, died Friday, November 3, 2017. He was born September 6, 1922 in Cleveland County to the late Soloman and Mattie Wright Garlington. He was also preceded in death by five brothers and three sisters. He is survived by his wife of 67 years Alice Manning Garlington of Fordyce; two sons, Ronnie Garlington and wife Kay of Fordyce and Larry Garlington and wife Donna of...
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Nelda L. McCall

May 16, 1948 - November 3, 2017

Nelda L. Stratton McCall, 69, formerly of Bearden, Arkansas died November 3, 2017 at Hospice Care in Little Rock, Arkansas. She was born May 16, 1948 in Camden, Arkansas to the late Homer Laverne and Nell Rose (James) Stratton. She was raised in Sparkman, Arkansas and attended Henderson State University. She was a homemaker and loved grocery shopping, working in her yard, feeding the birds and...
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Kenneth Roy Fausett

July 7, 1950 - November 1, 2017

Kenneth Roy Fausett, 67, of Fordyce died Wednesday November 1, 2017 at St. John's Place in Fordyce. Born July 7, 1950 at Tahlequah, OK, he was a son of Myrtle Fausett and the late David Clarence Fausett. He was the Vice-President of Operations at File America, a Mason, and served in the Army National Guard. He was preceded in death by his father; a brother, David Franklin; brother by choice, Gary...
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Homey Franklin Barnes

August 6, 1936 - November 1, 2017

Homey Franklin Barnes, 81 of Fordyce, died Wednesday at home. He was born August 6, 1936 in Fordyce to the late Homey Felix Barnes and Lillie Ora Wright Barnes. He was also preceded in death by his son John Michael Barnes. He is survived by his wife JonAnne Barnes of Fordyce; two sons, Steve Barnes of Abilene, Texas and Gary Barnes of Fordyce; and three grandchildren, Josh Barnes of Hot...
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Carlton "Wayne" Cathey

May 3, 1933 - October 30, 2017

Carlton "Wayne" Cathey, 84, of Bearden died Monday, October 30, 2017 at his home. He was born May 3, 1933 in Calhoun County, Arkansas. He retired from the U.S. Army having served in both Korea and Vietnam. He was an honored marksman. He was also a retired truck driver and attended the Hopeville Assembly of God Church. He happily retired to a life of hunting and fishing. He is preceded in death...
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James Harry Phillips, Jr.

July 19, 1927 - October 25, 2017

James Harry Phillips, Jr., Colonel, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Ret), 90, of Fordyce, died at St. Vincent Hospital on Wednesday, October 25, 2017. Colonel Phillips served with distinction in three American wars including six offensive campaigns. He enlisted in the Army in 1946, interrupting a promising football career, and joined the 11th Airborne Division in the Army of Occupation in...
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Dorothy Sue Anthony

November 12, 1930 - October 14, 2017

Dorothy Sue Anthony, 86, of Thornton died Saturday, October 14, 2017 at Ouachita County Medical Center in Camden. She was born November 12, 1930 in Bearden, Arkansas. She was a longtime member of Bearden First United Methodist Church. She is preceded in death by her parents, Regie and Reba Jenkins; and husband Palmer L. Anthony, Jr. She is survived by one son, Philip Anthony and his wife...
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Joan Lemstra Brown

December 18, 1932 - October 10, 2017

Joan Lemstra Brown, 84 of Bearden, born December 18, 1932 in Denver, Colorado to Richard and Lucille Lemstra passed away on October 10, 2017 at 5:27 AM in Camden, Arkansas. She leaves to cherish her memory one son, Ricky Davis of Anaheim, California; two daughters: Tracey Binns and her husband Ronnie Binns of Bearden, Arkansas, Kristie Thomas and husband Randy Thomas of Lynn Haven, Florida; five...
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Willie W. "Bill" Hannegan, Jr.

July 15, 1934 - October 10, 2017

Willie W. "Bill" Hannegan, Jr, 83, of Hampton died Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at Life Touch Hospice House in El Dorado, Arkansas. Bill was born July 15, 1934 in Calhoun County, Arkansas. He was a retired auto mechanic. He is preceded in death by his parents, Willie W. Hannegan, Sr. and Pauline Althea Hannegan; and his wife, Mary Hannegan. He is survived by one daughter, Lorie Morris of...
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Joseph Orville Shook

January 21, 1940 - October 3, 2017

Joseph Orville Shook, 77 of Fordyce, died Tuesday, October 3, 2017. He was born January 21, 1940 in Ellisville, Arkansas to the late Charlie and Avris Dunn Shook. He was also preceded in death by his sister Louise Shook Whiteside and brother-in-law Boyd Whiteside. He was an equipment operator for Georgia-Pacific and a member of the Tinsman Volunteer Fire Department. He is survived by his niece...
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Mary K. Turner

May 5, 1927 - September 30, 2017

Mary K. Turner, 90, of Fordyce died Saturday, September 30, 2017 at Ouachita Nursing and Rehab Center in Camden, Arkansas. She was born May 5, 1927 in El Dorado, Arkansas. She is preceded in death by her parents, Cyrus Faulkner and Stella Mae Fuggit Faulkner; husband, James Edward Turner, Sr.; one daughter, Jamie Carelock; three sisters, Ottis Womack, Bobbie Gathwright, Imogene McCullar; three...
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Palmer L. Anthony, Jr.

August 8, 1923 - September 25, 2017

Palmer L. Anthony, Jr., 94, of Thornton died Monday, September 25, 2017. He was born August 8, 1923 in Bearden, Arkansas. He was a retired Director of the Department of Special Weapons with the United States Navy. He was a U.S. Army Air Force World War II veteran. Palmer was also a member of First United Methodist Church in Bearden. He is preceded in death by his parents, Palmer L. Anthony, Sr...
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Betty Fay May Watson

July 21, 1942 - September 24, 2017

Betty Fay May Watson of Tinsman joined her Heavenly Father Sunday, September 24th, 2017. She was born in Kelso, AR July 21, 1942 to Erwin and Artie May. During her time with us she was a devoted wife, loving mother and doting grandmother. She is preceded in death by her parents, Erwin and Artie May; her husband, Harold Lee Watson; two brothers, Harold Eubanks and Frank May; and son-in-law Larry...
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John Stephen Smith

March 24, 1951 - September 22, 2017

John Stephen Smith, 66, of Fordyce, affectionately known by many as Steve, left this earth age and entered into Heaven with His sister, Betty Smith Strong by his side on September 22, 2017. Steve was greeted by his Heavenly Father and earthly father, John Hugh Smith; his mother, Loeta Owens Smith; brother, Phillip Hugh Smith and brother-in-law, John Edward Strong. Steve so loved music and singing...
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Annie Josephine Amis Manning

August 6, 1922 - September 20, 2017

Annie Josephine Amis Manning, 95, of Sparkman died Wednesday, September 20, 2017. She was born in Sparkman, AR on August 6, 1922 to Willie Amis and Mary Launius Amis. In 1942, she married Max Manning of Sparkman, and they enjoyed 50 years of marriage. She lived in Sparkman until January 2015 when she moved to Little Elm, TX to live with her daughter. In addition to her parents and husband...
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Vernon "Randy" Crowder, Jr.

March 28, 1959 - September 18, 2017

Vernon "Randy" Crowder, Jr., 58 of Fordyce, died Monday, September 18, 2017. He was born March 28, 1959 in Blue Island, Illinois. He is preceded in death by his mother, Evelyn R. Crowder and his sister, Cathy Ruth Crowder. He was a member of Zion Baptist Church for over 20 years. He is survived by his wife Theresa Crowder of Fordyce; son Vernon Crowder and wife Keri of Little Rock;...
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Fitzhugh Strickland

June 30, 1948 - September 18, 2017

Fitzhugh Strickland, 69 of Hampton, died Monday, September 18, 2017. He was born June 30, 1948 in Jersey, Arkansas to the late Whittie Asbery Strickland and Ernelle Smith Strickland Porter. He was also preceded in death by his wife Jo Ann Stringfellow Strickland and his infant son, William Fitzhugh Strickland, Jr. He is survived by three children, Brooks (Bridget) Strickland of Hampton;...
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Leonard Doyle Barker

January 6, 1944 - September 17, 2017

Leonard Doyle Barker, 73, of Porter, Texas died Sunday, September 17, 2017. He was born January 6, 1944 in New Edinburg, Arkansas. He was retired from Bridgestone Firestone GCR. He is preceded in death by his parents, Doyle Solomon Barker and Jewell Parkman Barker; father-in-law, Dewey Brown and mother-in-law, Maxine Brown; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He is survived by his wife...
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James Leo Shaddock

June 17, 1938 - September 17, 2017

James Leo Shaddock, 79, of Sparkman passed from this life September 17, 2017. He was born June 17, 1938 in Sparkman, Arkansas. He loved gardens, taking care of his pine trees, and the Arkansas Razorbacks. He was a longtime member of Cullendale Assembly of God Church in Camden. He was preceded in death by his amazing wife, Ann Castleberry Shaddock; parents, James Monroe Shaddock and Lena Wages...
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Carol Elizabeth Ables

July 28, 1950 - September 16, 2017

Carol Elizabeth Ables, 67, of Tulip died Saturday, September 16, 2017 at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. She was born July 28, 1950 in Atlanta, GA. She was a member and treasurer of Carthage Baptist Church in Carthage. She is preceded in death by her father, William Frederick Durham; son, Brick Ables; brother, Bill Durham; and mother-in-law Alice Matthews. She is survived by...
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Robert Dale Stringfellow

April 19, 1931 - September 13, 2017

Robert Dale Stringfellow, 86, of Desoto, TX died Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at his residence. He was born April 19, 1931 in Hampton, Arkansas. Robert was a graduate of Harding College in Searcy, Arkansas. He received his DDS degree from Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas, Texas. He completed his training in Orthodontic dentistry at the University of Tennessee School of Dentistry in...
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Alma Myers

August 4, 1922 - September 13, 2017

Alma Myers, 95, of Conway (formerly of Leola) passed away on September 13, 2017. She was born August 4, 1922 to the late J.W. and Mary Bell. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who was full of life. She faithfully supported and served church congregations in Malvern, Willow, Holly Springs, and Murfreesboro as a pastor's wife. She was a long-time member of Manning...
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Jimmie E. Ables

May 22, 1941 - September 7, 2017

Jimmie E. Ables, 76, of Hampton went to be with the Lord Thursday September 7, 2017 at her home. Born May 22, 1941 in Bradley County, she was a daughter of the late Lawrence Bradford and Eva Herrin Bradford. She was a member of the Hampton First Assembly of God. She was preceded in death by her parents; two daughters, Becky Teater and Brenda Lou Ables; two brothers and three sisters. She is...
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Larry Langston

November 22, 1946 - September 6, 2017

Larry Langston, 70 of Hampton, died Wednesday, September 6, 2017. He was born November 22, 1946 in Piggot, Arkansas. He is survived by his wife Teresa Watson Langston of Tinsman; four sons, Scott (Sandra) Langston of Vilonia, James (Kirsten) Langston of Austin, Arkansas, Jadon Langston of Warren, Brandon (Sarah) Langston of Houston, Texas; one sister, Barbara (Marvin) Sparks; grandchildren:...
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Mary Lou Stoker

January 25, 1932 - September 4, 2017

Mary Lou Williams Stoker, 85, of Bearden went marching in to glory Monday September 4, 2017. Born January 25, 1932 at Fagus, Missouri, she was a daughter of the late Wesley C. Williams and Iva Cecil Winder Williams. Sister Stoker was a licensed minister with the Assemblies of God. Along with her sister, she began her ministry at age 15. Her ministry included music, children's crusades, bible...
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Billie Jean Johnson

August 13, 1933 - September 2, 2017

Billie Jean Atkins Johnson, 84, of Fordyce died Saturday September 2, 2017 at JRMC in Pine Bluff. Born August 13, 1933 at New Edinburg, she was a daughter of the late R.D. Atkins and Mamie Barnes Atkins. She was a member of Temple Baptist Church and DAR. She was the owner and operator of Jean's Clothing Store until retirement, and was a co-founder of Johnson's Warehouse Showroom. She was...
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Evelyn Fern Bowen

September 23, 1940 - August 30, 2017

Evelyn Fern Bowen, 76, of New Edinburg died Wednesday August 30, 2017 at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. Born September 23, 1940, she was a daughter of the late W.J. Morgan and Martha Jean Morgan. She was preceded in death by her parents; grandchild Casey Bowen; great-grandchild Aiden Bowen. She is survived by her husband, Watt Bowen of New Edinburg; two sons, Sonny Bowen, Dean Bowen; two...
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Kimberly Ann Donahoe

February 7, 1971 - August 25, 2017

Kimberly Ann Donahoe, 46, of Hampton, after a long fight with Lupus, joined the Lord Friday August 25, 2017 at UAMS in Little Rock. Born February 7, 1971 in Magnolia, she was the daughter of Betty Laws of Hampton and the late Larry Gerald Laws. She is survived by her mother; spouse, Ronny Donahoe of Hampton; one son, Carter Donahoe of Hampton; one daughter, Megan Donahoe of Hampton; one brother,...
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Charles William Tidwell

April 5, 1935 - August 25, 2017

Charles William Tidwell, 82, of Fordyce died Friday, August 25, 2017 at St. John's Place in Fordyce. He was born April 5, 1935 in Fordyce, Arkansas. He was a retired millwright for Georgia-Pacific and a Marine veteran of the Korean War. He is preceded in death by his parents, Charles T. Tidwell and Fannie Wormington Tidwell; one son, Charles Michael Tidwell; one daughter, Debra Sue Cranford...
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Gladys Harris Kitchens

July 3, 1925 - August 12, 2017

Gladys Harris Kitchens, 92 of Bearden, died Saturday, August 12, 2017. She was born July 3, 1925 in Smead to the late Clifton Clary Reddin and Minnie Paratine Martin Reddin. She was also preceded in death by her husbands Lewis Harris and Curtis Kitchens; her daughter Dorothy Louise Harris; and two sisters Francis Nutt and Juanita Markum. She is survived by two sons James E. Harris of Bearden...
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Bobbie Ann Parham

May 31, 1936 - August 11, 2017

Bobbie Ann Green Parham, 81 of Fordyce, died Friday, August 11, 2017. She was born May 31, 1936 in Dallas County, Arkansas to the late Robert W. Green and Emily Lois House Green. She was also preceded in death by her infant brother Winfield Green. She graduated from Fordyce High School in 1954. She attended Southern State College (now SAU) and graduated from the University of Arkansas -...
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