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For over 75 years of serving families of Hot Spring County and the surrounding areas, Atkinson Funeral Home upholds the reputation of a complete full- service funeral home. We offer a wide range of funeral services from preneed planning to burial and cremation choices, and our staff of caring professionals is there to provide personalized, compassionate care and support before, during and after the funeral service.

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Our Obituaries

Marilyn Melita Short Wallace

March 6, 1932 - April 14, 2014

Marilyn Melita Short Wallace, 82, of Malvern passed away on April 14, 2014. Melita was born on March 6, 1932 in Malvern to the late Howard & Neta Fair. She was a member of Reyburn Creek Missionary Baptist Church. She was employed at the Arlington Hotel for 24 years and was very dedicated to her job and hotel family. One of her greatest joys was holiday gatherings with her family. Melita was...
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Tommy Dale Kirkpatrick

July 20, 1964 - April 9, 2014

Tommy Dale Kirkpatrick, 49, of Malvern went to be with the Lord on April 9, 2014. Tommy was born July 20, 1964 in Malvern to Mary (Mays) and Ross Kirkpatrick. Tommy was an over the road trucker for 25 years. He loved deer hunting and mud riding. Tommy is predeceased by his dad; grandparents, Tal & Jessie Kirkpatrick, and Carl & Euphia Mays; niece, Kyndall Kirkpatrick; and his very special...
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Mildred McNamee Cagle

April 8, 2014

Mildred McNamee Cagle, 77, of Malvern, passed away on April 8, 2014 in a Houston, TX hospital. Mildred was born on November 4, 1936 to Gladys and William M. Patterson in Pittsboro, Mississippi. Mildred lived in Malvern for many years and was very active in local community groups. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Malvern since 1968 and a member of the Malvern Lions Club. ...
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Eloise Davis

January 25, 1922 - March 30, 2014

Eloise Davis, 92, of Monticello passed away March 30, 2014. Eloise was born January 25, 1922 in Damascus, AR to Frank and Eva Hughes. She was a member of Sardis Primitive Baptist Church in Donaldson, AR. Eloise is predeceased by her parents; her husband of 60+ years, Dermott D. Davis; two sisters; and one brother. Eloise is survived by her daughter, Oleta (Wendell) Bryant of Monticello, AR;...
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Beatrice Porterfield

August 24, 1927 - March 28, 2014

Beatrice Porterfield, 86, of Arkadelphia, was born August 24, 1927 in Sparkman, AR and died early Friday morning, March 28, 2014 at the Baptist Health Medical Center in Arkadelphia, AR. She was a member of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Friendship, AR and the Malvern Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star. She was preceded in death by her husband, Johnie Porterfield; her daughter,...
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Catherine Aaron Lucas Hancock Spray

April 29, 1927 - March 22, 2014

Catherine Aaron Lucas Hancock Spray received her promotion to go be with JESUS on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at the Malvern Hospital. She was born to Sarah Elizabeth Caple and Lee Roy Aaron on April 29, 1927 in Athens, AR. She graduated from Russellville High School and then resided in Fort Worth, TX until moving to Malvern in 1970. She was preceded in death by: Her parents; Brothers – Lee Roy...
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Kenny Joe Loyd

December 7, 1953 - March 20, 2014

Kenny Joe Loyd, 60, of Malvern passed away March 20, 2014. Kenny was born December 7, 1953 in Malvern, AR to Joe and Mabel (Taylor) Loyd. Kenny loved motorcycles; he loved working on them and riding them. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a great storyteller. Kenny is predeceased by his dad; brother, Paul Allen Loyd; and his best friend, Roy Gill. Kenny is survived by his wife of 28...
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Sandra Johnson Warwick

July 27, 1954 - March 17, 2014

Sandra Johnson Warwick, 59, of Malvern passed away March 17, 2014. Sandra was born July 27, 1954 in Hot Springs, AR to Iva Joyce (Ray) and Jack L. Johnson Sr. Sandra was a giving, compassionate woman who always put family first and foremost. She enjoyed saving animals and she loved bingo. Sandra is predeceased by her parents; son, William Ray Neider; one brother; and her soul mate and...
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Aldrich E. "Charlie" Cheatham

July 30, 1924 - March 6, 2014

Aldrich E. "Charlie" Cheatham, 89, of Malvern passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, March 6, 2014. Charlie was born July 30, 1924 in Rolla, AR to Allen Edwin and Myrtle (Borland) Cheatham. Charlie enjoyed visiting flea markets and for many years he enjoyed raising Purple Martins. Charlie married Irene Smith on April 23, 1948. He retired from Reynolds Metal Co. where he had worked at...
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Barbara S. Gibson Meshki

February 6, 1957 - March 2, 2014

Barbara S. Gibson Meshki, 57, of Hot Springs went to be with her Lord and Saviour on March 2, 2014. Barbara was born February 6, 1957 in Hot Springs, AR. She was the daughter of Jane Gibson and Vernon & Elaine Gibson, and the sister to Vernon Gibson Jr. who preceded her in death. Barbara was a lady who was always singing and laughing. She finished her course, and won her crown of righteousness...
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Eula Clark Watson

September 18, 1921 - March 1, 2014

Eula Clark Watson, 91, of Bryant passed away March 1, 2014. Eula was born September 18, 1921 to Tom and Lula Clark. Eula is predeceased by her husband of almost 30 years, John Watson; son, Wayne Bivens; two grandchildren, Tommy Bivens and Janet Bivens; one great-grandchild, Jacob Boone; and twelve siblings. Eula is survived by two grandchildren, Rick Bivens and Lisa Bivens; four great...
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Danny Ross Sr.

August 1, 1961 - February 28, 2014

Danny Dale Ross, Sr., 53, of Malvern passed away on February 28, 2014. He was born to Shirley Tucker Rooker and Bobby Joe Ross on August 1, 1961 in Holly Springs, AR. Danny loved to go camping, hunt and fish before his health prevented him from going. He also loved to drink his coffee, watch Good Morning America and play the Arkansas lottery. Danny was a singer who sang to all his kids and...
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Jeffery Roark

January 7, 1960 - February 28, 2014

Jeffery L. Roark, 54, of Malvern, passed away Friday February 28, 2014 in Hot Springs, Ar. He was born January 7, 1960, in Malvern, AR to Bertrice Buie Canada and the late Pete Canada . Jeffery was an equipment operator by trade and was of the Missionary Baptist Faith. He enjoyed watching wrestling with his friend, Herman, at the nursing home and loved to fish, hunt, and play golf. He is...
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Stella Eason Williams

November 23, 1916 - February 28, 2014

Stella Eason Williams passed away suddenly at Integris Hospice after a brief illness in Edmond, Oklahoma on February 28, 2014 at the age of 97. Stella was born November 23, 1916 in Rolla, Arkansas. Stella was married to Charley Boyd Williams on February 21, 1931; they were married for 70 years and 3 days. Stella was a member of Heritage Baptist Church in Edmond, Oklahoma. She was a former...
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Paula Lynn Thornton

March 5, 1953 - February 18, 2014

Paula Lynn Thornton, 60, of Donaldson went with the Great Spirit on February 18, 2014. Paula was born on March 5, 1953 in Arkadelphia to Joe Paul and Marjorie Thornton. Growing up, Paula traveled to many places, as her father's military career afforded her this opportunity. Her parents always encouraged her to learn about other cultures, however, Paula, not only learned of them, but adopted many...
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Arvel Truvaughn Wilson

November 18, 1926 - February 16, 2014

Arvel Truvaughn Wilson passed away at the Hot Springs County Hospital in Malvern, Arkansas on February 16, 2014 at the age of 87. Truvaughn was born to Robert and Tennie Mae Wilson on November 18, 1926 in the Deroche community. Truvaughn attended Malvern High School until entering the Navy when he was 17. After two years in the Navy he attended Ouachita Baptist University and earned a degree...
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James Delbert Chandler

August 1, 1949 - February 15, 2014

James Delbert Chandler, 64, of Malvern passed away at the VA Medical Center on February 15, 2014. James was born August 1, 1949 in Malvern to Thelma Ray (Erwin) and Hebert Andrew Chandler Sr. James is predeceased by his parents and one sister, Janie Annice Chandler Linsley. James is survived by his wife, In-ye Chandler of Malvern; three brothers, Hebert Andrew Chandler Jr. of Malvern, Jerry...
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Mary Danielle McClellen Scheel

September 23, 1922 - February 13, 2014

Mary Danielle McClellen Scheel, 91, of Malvern passed away February 13, 2014. Mary was born September 23, 1922 in Alabama. Mary is predeceased by her parents; her husband of over 30 years, Johnnie William Scheel; her grandson, Billy Eugene Overton; three brothers; and one sister. Mary is survived by her son, William (Sharon) Scheel of Malvern; two daughters: Sara (Paul) Overton of Malvern, and...
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Nellie Jo Studdard

August 16, 1924 - February 13, 2014

Nellie Jo Studdard, 89, of Oakland, TN, formerly of Malvern passed away February 13, 2014. Nellie Jo was born August 16, 1924 in Sparkman, AR. She was a member of the 2nd Baptist Church in Pine Bluff. Nellie is predeceased by her parents and three brothers. Nellie is survived by three sons: Ben Allen Studdard, Jimmy (Mary) Studdard of Pine Bluff, and Roger Dale Studdard of East End;...
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Cletus Grinder

October 18, 1914 - February 12, 2014

Cletus Grinder,99, of Conway passed away February 12, 2014. He worked for the Barite Mines in Magnet Cove and was a hard worker all his life. Cletus is predeceased by his wife, Effie Grinder; two sisters; and one brother. Cletus is survived by his daughter, Vicky (Robert) Cox of Vilonia; several grandchildren; two step-sons; several great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; many friends; and...
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Steven Leonard Loy

September 10, 1957 - February 12, 2014

Steven Leonard Loy, 56, of Dallas, TX passed away at a Dallas hospital on February 12, 2014. Steven was a graduate of Arkadelphia High School, but had been living in Dallas for many years. Steven is survived by his mother, Louise Barringer Loy of Natchez, MS; his sister, Debbie (Chuck) Draper of Bismarck, AR; his brother, David Loy of Marshall, TX; two nephews, Wesley and Samuel Loy, also of...
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Leonard Dale Rice

September 14, 1942 - February 8, 2014

Leonard Dale Rice, 71, of Malvern passed away February 8, 2014. Leonard was born September 14, 1942 in Malvern to Raymond and Irene Rice. Leonard enjoyed hunting, fishing, and country music. He loved big family get-togethers and being a grandpa. He also loved taking care of people and always helped someone in need. Leonard is predeceased by his parents; son, Dale Rice; brother, Charles Rice;...
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Kathy Diane Reaves Majors

January 25, 1950 - January 29, 2014

Kathy Diane Reaves Majors, 64, of Hot Springs passed away January 29, 2014. Kathy was born January 25, 1950 in Prescott, AR to Gerald and Nellie (Morgan) Reaves. Kathy was an art teacher and her students and her grandson were her world. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Hot Springs. Kathy is predeceased by her parents and one sister, Marcia Huffman. Kathy is survived by her daughter,...
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Betty Ross

June 29, 1939 - January 26, 2014

Betty Ross, 74, of Malvern, passed away January 26, 2014. Betty was born on June 29, 1939, in Holly Springs, Arkansas, to Horace and Nana (Mahan) Nix. Betty was a strong willed and determined lady. She spent a great deal of her life in Texas, where she worked as a healthcare technician. After retiring, she moved back home to Arkansas to be closer to her sister, Dean, and other family. Betty had...
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Phillip Eugene "Cotton" Cotton

June 3, 1958 - January 19, 2014

Phillip Eugene "Cotton" Cotton, 55, of Malvern passed away January 19, 2014. Phillip was born June 3, 1958 in Malvern to Treva (Reynolds) and Gene Cotton. Phillip was a proud member of ABATE. He was a Hippie Holler regular and loved to work the benefits. Phillip was a loving father, and a friend to everyone who knew him. He kept a positive outlook on life even through his illness, and he always...
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Ethel Blees Robinson

March 29, 1913 - January 17, 2014

Ethel Blees Robinson of Fenter, Arkansas passed away Friday, January 17, 2014 at the age of 100. Ethel was born to Peter Blees and Rachel (Dillon) Blees on her birthdate , March 29, 1913. She married Elmer Clarence Robinson and lived in Grant County the majority of her life. Ethel retired from the Benton Service Center and enjoyed her hobbies: gardening, canning and cooking for her family. Ethel...
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Eathel Marnette (Guest) Porterfield

April 15, 1917 - January 16, 2014

Eathel Marnette (Guest) Porterfield of Malvern passed away Thursday, January 16, 2014 at the age of 96. Eathel was born to John William and Bertha (Phillips) Guest on April 15, 1917. She married Clarence Duffie Porterfield on October 15, 1934 and lived in Hot Spring County the majority of her life. She was a wonderful seamstress. Eathel also loved canning and working on puzzles. Eathel is...
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Margie Louise Thornton

January 18, 1930 - January 14, 2014

Margie Louise Thornton, 83, of Malvern passed away January 14, 2014. Margie was born January 18, 1930 in Social Hill to Norman and Opal Rouse. Margie was very family oriented and loved following her grandkids activities. She would rather have a picture of her grandkids than receive any gifts. She had traditional values and supported her God, country, and family. She enjoyed watching Dancing with...
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Janie Marie Cunningham

October 6, 1936 - January 13, 2014

Janie "Marie" Cunningham, 77, of Malvern passed away January 13, 2014. Janie was born October 6, 1936 in Hot Springs to Jeff and Lois Keeney. Marie retired from Benton Service Center where she provided loving care to all the clients she came into contact with. Marie was very talented with sewing and crocheting. She made beautiful dolls with elaborate bead work. She was also a wonderful cook who...
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Ellis Earl Hughes

July 6, 1943 - January 12, 2014

Ellis Earl Hughes, Jr. (Old Blue), age 70, of Hot Springs, formerly of Malvern went to be with his Savior on January 12, 2014. He was born July 6, 1943 to Ellis and Mary Elma McGill Hughes. He was a Vietnam Veteran, a proud Seabee and of the Baptist Faith. He was a former employee of Pirelli Cable and the Founder and Owner of the Ellis Hughes Shooting Range in Malvern. Before his health...
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Hazel Marie Walton

October 4, 1949 - January 3, 2014

Hazel Marie Walton, 64, of Malvern passed away January 3, 2014. Hazel was born October 4, 1949 in Walla Walla, WA to Edward and Linda Simmons. Hazel loved camping. Hazel was very spiritual and loved reading her bible. She was a member of Damascus Missionary Baptist Church. Hazel is predeceased by her parents and one sister, Betty Simmons. Hazel is survived by her husband of 45 years, Raymond...
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Anna Mae Miller

September 21, 1921 - January 2, 2014

Anna Mae Miller, 92, of Malvern passed away January 2, 2014. Anna was born September 21, 1921 in the Hickory Grove Community to Clem and Nettie (Moore) Hall. Anna was a loving wife for 67 years, a loving and caring mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, friend, and a faithful pastor's wife for 57 years. Anna is predeceased by her parents; husband of 67 years, Rev. Carmie W. Miller; two...
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Frances Pauline Collins

November 27, 1935 - December 31, 2013

Pauline Collins, 78, of Malvern passed away December 31, 2013. Pauline was born November 27, 1935 in Sheridan, AR to Grady and Vernice Winkle. Pauline was a secretary and taught quilting for the Extension Homemakers Club. She was of the Baptist faith. Pauline is predeceased by her parents; son, Charles Aiken; and one sister. Pauline is survived by her husband of 33 years, Thomas Gerald...
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Jaylan Isaac Brown

December 29, 2013 - December 29, 2013

Jaylan Isaac Brown, infant, went to be with Jesus on December 29, 2013. Jaylan is the son of Margaret Brown of Malvern. Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these." Matthew 19:14 Graveside services will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday, January 3, 2014 at Rockport Cemetery. Arrangements...
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John Earl Doddridge

October 30, 1934 - December 29, 2013

John Earl Doddridge, 79, of Malvern passed away December 29, 2013. John was born October 30, 1934 in Traskwood, AR to Harry and Della (Sanders) Doddridge. John loved woodworking, collecting old coins, reading, and writing. He also loved to learn about his family history and his genealogy. John was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church of Benton. John is predeceased by his parents; his wife of 30...
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James Clemens

July 7, 1934 - December 21, 2013

James Clemens, 79, of Owensville passed away on Saturday December 21, 2013 at his home. Cremation arrangements are provided by Atkinson Funeral Home. Services are private.
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Kathrine "Kay" Hobbs Ross

July 2, 1934 - December 14, 2013

Kathrine "Kay" Hobbs Ross, 79, of Malvern passed away on Saturday December 14, 2013. She was born to Mattie and Ray Hobbs in Hattieville, AR on July 2, 1934. Kay was a member of Cooper Assembly of God Church in Malvern. Kay loved to travel, especially on cruise ships. She loved to host parties for her friends and family. Kay was fun loving and had a way of enjoying life to the fullest regardless...
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Billy Noland Goyne

January 15, 1937 - December 13, 2013

Billy Noland Goyne, 76, of Malvern passed away on Friday December 13, 2013. He was born in Manning, AR. to Opal and Alfred Goyne on January 15, 1937. Billy was self-employed and worked as a handy man for most of his life. He could fix just about anything that needed fixed. He was a hard worker all his life and he loved his family with everything he had. Billy is survived by his children; Tammy...
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Susie E. Barton-Lovelace

January 26, 1947 - December 13, 2013

Susie E. Barton Lovelace, 66, of Bismarck passed away on Friday December 13, 2013 at Arkansas Hospice in Hot Springs. Susie was born on January 26, 1947 to Ruby and Russell Barton in Mena. Susie graduated from Bismarck High School where she was crowned the FFA sweetheart. Susie also received a degree from the Draughn School of Business in Little Rock. Susie was a member of the Fraternal Order of...
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Carolyn Ann Antonacci-Jones

June 15, 1946 - December 9, 2013

Carolyn Ann Antonacci Jones, 67, of Friendship passed away December 9, 2013. Carolyn was born June 15, 1946 in Little Rock, AR to Barney and Edna (Jenkins) Antonacci. Carolyn enjoyed painting, knitting, cooking, and shopping. She was a member of the Friendship Missionary Baptist Church. Carolyn is predeceased by her parents; three brothers; and one sister. Carolyn is survived by her...
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Geneva Adean Abbott

May 28, 1923 - December 2, 2013

Geneva Adean Abbott, 90, of Malvern passed away December 2, 2013. Geneva was born May 28, 1923 in Malvern to James and Martha Davis. She was the Sunday School Secretary for 43 years at Oaklawn 1st Church of God of Hot Springs. Geneva was known as the "bean bag champ" and the "honey lady" who sold honey by the case for her cousin. Geneva is predeceased by her parents; husband of 65 years, J.E. ...
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Nada A. Adams

August 2, 1941 - November 22, 2013

Nada A. Adams, 72, of Malvern passed away November 22, 2013. Nada was born August 2, 1941 in Benton, AR to James and Rhode Akins. Nada was dedicated to her family and friends and everyone else was her first priority. Nada is predeceased by her husband, James Adams and one brother, James Akins. Nada is survived by one son, Leon Hunter of AR; four daughters: Lisa Westrick of GA, Lynn Binyon of...
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James William Morrison

February 17, 1916 - November 21, 2013

James William Morrison, 97, of Hot Springs passed away Thursday, November 21, 2013. James was born February 17, 1916, in Malvern. He was a veteran of World War II serving in the Army Air Corp as an airplane mechanic at Blytheville Air Force Base. He was preceded in death by his parents, Gay and Lucy Lacy Kilpatrick Morrison; two sisters, Helen Hardin and Lucy Rachel Morrison; and a brother Gay...
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Mary Aline "Clift" Perry

January 7, 1932 - November 18, 2013

Mary Aline "Clift" Perry, 81, of Malvern, AR went to be with the Lord on November 18, 2013. Mary was born January 7, 1932 in Gifford, AR to Colter and Aline (Beard) Clift. Mary was a strong Christian woman who worked tirelessly to help others. She was a member of the Glen Rose Missionary Baptist Church for over 60 years. Mary is preceded in death by her parents; husband of 39 years, Don L....
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Linnie S. Buie

April 25, 1926 - November 11, 2013

Linnie S. Buie, 87, of Malvern, AR went to be with the Lord on November 11, 2013. Linnie was born April 25, 1926 in Malvern, AR to Ephriam and Tabitha (Ross) Swayze. Linnie was an avid gardener and loved to grow flowers. She loved to quilt, cook, and go to estate sales. Linnie loved spending time with family and friends. She also loved her church family at Emmanuel Baptist Church and she loved...
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Jerry Ross McLaughlin

January 3, 1932 - November 4, 2013

Jerry Ross McLaughlin, 81, of Magnet Cove passed away November 4, 2013. Jerry was born January 3, 1932 in Chickasaw, OK to Joseph and Ceville Ross. Jerry was a Marine veteran who served our country during WWII. Jerry is predeceased by her parents; two brothers: Gilbert Ross and J.W. Ross; and one sister, JoAnn Ross Miller. Jerry is survived by her husband of over 50 years, William McLaughlin...
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Dwayne "Mr. Gorilla" Hodge

February 24, 1948 - October 31, 2013

Dwayne "Mr. Gorilla" Hodge, 65, of Malvern passed away October 31, 2013. Dwayne was born February 24, 1948 in Malvern, AR to Asberry and Ava (Tanner) Hodge. Dwayne was a compassionate, loving, and genuine man who cared and tried to help anyone he could. He played Mr. Gorilla in the READ Literacy Council Haunted House. Dwayne was also a member of Cooper Assembly of God Church. Dwayne is...
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Ouida Fay McNett

August 18, 1927 - October 30, 2013

Ouida Fay McNett, 86, of Cocoa Beach, FL passed away at her home on October 30, 2013. Ouida was born August 18, 1927 in Carthage, Arkansas to Elvin and Maud Wallace. Ouida enjoyed shopping and she loved her family. She was of the Baptist faith. Ouida was predeceased by her parents; and three brothers: James Elvin Wallace, Miles Wallace, and Bruce Wallace. Ouida is survived by her daughter,...
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Dennis James Collie

June 3, 1957 - October 28, 2013

Dennis James Collie, 56, of Antioch passed away October 28, 2013. Dennis was born June 3, 1957 in Malvern, AR to James and Vivian (Jackson) Collie. Dennis loved to fish and hunt and he was a member of the Tower Mountain Hunting Club. He loved woodworking, arts, and crafts. Dennis was also real close to his nieces and nephews. He loved to joke and laugh big. Dennis is predeceased by his...
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Joseph Harding Pilcher

January 29, 1920 - October 21, 2013

Joseph Harding Pilcher, 93, went to be with the Lord on Monday October 21, 2013. Joe was born January 29, 1920 in Malvern, AR to Joseph F. and Emaline (Hall) Pilcher. Joe was an army veteran who served our country during WWII where he received multiple accommodations including an American Defense Service Ribbon and 2 Bronze Service Stars. He was a member of Landmark Baptist Church. Joe is...
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Ruell E. Keisler

March 11, 1929 - October 19, 2013

Ruell E. Keisler, 84, of Malvern passed away on Saturday October 19, 2013 at HSC Medical Center. He was born on March 11, 1929 to Calvin and Pearl Mayhood Keisler in Glen Rose, AR. Ruell played basketball on one of the first school teams formed at Glen Rose High. He was known for his quick wit and dry sense of humor. Ruell was also known for his strong work ethic and relentless ability to get the...
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Bettye L. Taylor

November 22, 1928 - October 17, 2013

Bettye L. Taylor, 84, of Malvern passed away Thursday, October 17, 2013. Bettye was born November 22, 1928 in Arkadelphia, AR to John and Winnie (Wheatley) Lipe. Bettye was a secretary for the Malvern school district for 30 years. She was a very active member of the First Baptist Church in Malvern, including being an Associate Member of the Ruth Sunday School Class, a teacher in the pre-school...
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Norma Kay Sorter-Smith

November 8, 1956 - October 13, 2013

Norma Kay Sorter Smith, 56, of Arkadelphia passed away on Sunday October 13, 2013 at Hospice Home Care in Little Rock. Norma was born in Hot Springs on November 8, 1956 to Mary Alice Lewter Sorter and Roy C. Sorter Sr. Norma worked as a manager in the food service industry until her illness prevented her from working. Her greatest job was being mother to her three children, one boy and 2 girls....
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Herman Higdon

April 17, 1925 - September 26, 2013

Herman Higdon, 88, of Malvern passed away Thursday September 26, 2013. Herman was born April 17, 1925 in Sheridan, AR to Morgan and Ella Higdon. Herman was an integral part of renovating Malvern as the Code Enforcement Officer for the city for 13 years. Herman helped renovate Malvern City Hall, helped rebuild streets and pipelines, and became a part-time building inspector. He was also the...
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Cosie E. Hummell

February 17, 1922 - September 25, 2013

Cosie E. Hummell, 91, passed away peacefully September 25, 2013 at her home in Cloquet, MN. She was born in Malvern, AR on February 17, 1922. Cosie found God at an early age and was a long time member of the Church of Christ, both in AR and MN. She spent her life making a good life for her family. She sewed (making quilts for all her family), crocheted (beautiful items and tablecloths winning...
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Cleatis B. Miller

August 29, 1940 - September 15, 2013

Cleatis B. Miller, 73, of Malvern, AR passed away Sunday, September 15, 2013. Cleatis was born August 29, 1940 in Traskwood, AR to Lester and Uda (Almond) Miller. He enjoyed the outdoors and fishing. He had a great love of music, playing his guitars, and singing. Cleatis was also a United States Air Force veteran and a member of Taylor Baptist Church in Central, AR. Cleatis is predeceased by...
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Odis Brumley

January 30, 1929 - September 14, 2013

Odis E. Brumley, 84, of Malvern passed away at home surrounded by his loving daughters and grandson, Chad Headley on Saturday September 14, 2013. Odis was born on January 30, 1929 to Dessie Hurst Brumley and Fletcher Brumley in Holly Springs, AR. Odis worked as an equipment operator at Reynolds Metal Company retiring after 37 years of service. He was also a member of the Steel Workers Union of...
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Cecil Lawson

September 18, 1939 - September 11, 2013

Cecil Lawson, 73, of Camden, formerly of Malvern passed away Wednesday September 11, 2013. Per his request, he will be cremated and a private service will be held at a later date.
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Letha "Marie" Mead

January 20, 1939 - September 10, 2013

Letha "Marie" Mead, age 74, of Malvern, AR passed away Tuesday, September 10, 2013. Marie was born January 20, 1939 to Caroll and Letha Mae Pearson of Glen Rose, AR. She attended and graduated Glen Rose High School. She was also a member of Beta Sigma Phi and Race for the Cure. She learned to care for others at an early age. As the eldest of the siblings in her home, she arose early to begin...
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Bernice Juanita Taylor VanDusen

October 20, 1915 - September 10, 2013

Bernice Juanita Taylor VanDusen, 97, of Haskell, AR passed away Tuesday September 10, 2013. Bernice was born October 20, 1915 in Tinsman, AR to Mae & Auburn Taylor. Bernice was more of a tomboy than a princess and ran barefoot through the dirt roads in Tinsman, AR where she was raised. She helped tend to the family garden and worked in the cotton fields when she was very young. She read her...
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Sophronia "Jo" Blackburn

August 29, 1925 - September 4, 2013

JO O'NEAL BLACKBURN of Hot Springs Village, AR, passed away Wednesday, September 4, 2013. She was born August 29, 1925, in O'Neal Valley, Hot Spring Co., to Nancy Louisa Crowder O'Neal and William Leroy O'Neal. She lived much of her life at Oak Grove and Malvern before moving to Hot Springs and then Hot Springs Village. Jo was preceded in death by her great-granddaughter, Kayleigh Elizabeth...
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Ronnie Dean Ellis

August 6, 1947 - August 22, 2013

Ronnie Dean Ellis, 66, of Malvern passed away Thursday August 22, 2013. Ronnie was born August 6, 1947 in Malvern, AR to Johnny and Alma (Kemp) Ellis. Ronnie loved fishing and his family. He was a member of Gospel Light Baptist Church. Ronnie is predeceased by his parents; two sisters; and three brothers. Ronnie is survived by his wife Sandra (Wall) Ellis of Malvern, AR; Children: Angie...
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Harold Mercer

August 21, 2013

Harold Mercer of Camden, AR passed away Wednesday August 21, 2013. Cremation arrangements provided by Atkinson Funeral Home. Services will be private.
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Patsy Ruth Draper Livingston

August 8, 1938 - August 21, 2013

Patsy Ruth Draper Livingston, 75, of Malvern passed away Wednesday August 21, 2013. Patsy was born August 8, 1938 in Malvern, AR to Paul and Doris (Davis) Draper. Patsy enjoyed painting and working in her flower garden. She was an expert in spoiling her grandchildren. She was also of the Baptist faith. Patsy is predeceased by her parents and her stepfather Lewis Guess. Patsy is survived by her...
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Mary Hazel Bradford

August 9, 2013

Mary Hazel Bradford, 82, of Malvern, passed away on Friday August 9, 2013. She was born in 1931 to the late Zula and John Cato. Mary Hazel graduated high school in 1950 as the valedictorian of her class. Mary Hazel was also a member of North Main Church of Christ for many years. She was active in the women's bible study group. Mary Hazel loved to read, quilt, and spend time with her children...
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Elaine Gibson

September 16, 1925 - August 6, 2013

Elaine Gibson, 87, of Bismarck passed away Tuesday August 6, 2013. Elaine was born September 16, 1925 in Lawton, OK. She was a member of St. Luke's Lutheran Church. Elaine is predeceased by her parents; her husband Vernon Gibson; one son Vernon Gibson Jr.; and one great-grandchild Nathaniel Strawn. Elaine is survived by one son Leslie (Mary) Gibson of Lesbon, ME; three daughters: MaLinda (Jim...
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Hollis Jane Elenor Ramsey Minge

October 5, 1918 - August 4, 2013

Hollis Jane Elenor Ramsey Minge, 94, of Malvern passed away Sunday August 4, 2013 at Malvern Nursing and Rehab Center. Hollis was born October 5, 1918 in Killdeer, ND to Iva Force Ramsey and Henry Ramsey. In her younger years, she lived and worked in many places in the United States. She married John Lavergne Minge on July 23, 1966 in Rawlins, WY. They moved to the Hot Spring County area shortly...
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Dona Kaye Patrick

March 10, 1958 - July 31, 2013

Dona Kaye Patrick, 55, of Malvern passed away at home on Wednesday July 31, 2013. She was born on March 10, 1958 to William and Betty (Quick) Patrick in Malvern. Donna was very accomplished during her short life. She won several beauty pageants after high school and qualified for the Olympics in gymnastics. She also became a professional softball player who received offers from all over the...
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Addie A. Perry Phillips

October 23, 1920 - July 30, 2013

Addie A. Perry Phillips, 92, of Farmington, MO, formerly of Malvern passed away Tuesday July 30, 2013. Addie was born October 23, 1920 in Cabot, AR to John and Addie Perry. She loved to quilt, crochet, knit, and sew. Addie loved working in her garden. And most of all, she loved Jesus. Addie is predeceased by her husband H.D. (Whacker) Phillips; brothers: Richard Taylor Perry, Gerald Andrew...
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Norman Boyd

May 10, 1926 - July 28, 2013

Norman V. Boyd, 87, of Malvern passed away at his home on Sunday July 28, 2013. Norman was born on May 10, 1926 in Bastroupe, LA to Helen (Stell) and Carroll Boyd. Norman served our country in the United States Army for 27 years. He worked as a criminal investigator while enlisted, serving tours in Germany and Switzerland. He was a decorated veteran from both World War II and Vietnam. After...
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Betty Ann Smith

April 28, 1964 - July 25, 2013

Betty Ann Smith, 49, of Willow went to be with the Lord on Thursday July 25, 2013. Betty was born on April 28, 1964 to Sherman and Josie Smith, along with her twin brother, Bobby. Betty was an active member of Victory Assembly of God Church in Lono. She played an important part in Children's Church, helped with Vacation Bible School, attended women's bible study and rededicated her life to...
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Lloyd (Curlie) F. Hardage

August 24, 1919 - July 21, 2013

Lloyd (Curlie) F. Hardage, 93, of Malvern passed away Sunday July 21, 2013. Lloyd was born August 24, 1919 in Bismarck, AR to Garland and Effie Hardage. Lloyd was the past president of Lions Club, a member of the Young Businessmen Club, and a founding member of the Malvern Country Club. He was a City Council member, a 32 degree Mason, a Shriner, and he was instrumental in helping get the viaduct...
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John Rickey Stringer

May 30, 1957 - July 20, 2013

John R. Stringer, Sr. (Rickey) passed away at his home on July 20, 2013 after a long battle with heart and lung disease. He was born May 30, 1957 to Eula (Musgrove) and Walter E. Stringer in Stuttgart, AR along with his twin brother, Don Mickey Stringer whom have all preceded him in death. He leaves his wife Pam Tschabold Stringer of 15 years. He also leaves behind four sons, Shane (Penny) of...
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Albert "Bobo" Wallace

March 28, 1946 - July 16, 2013

Albert (BoBo) Jasper Wallace, 67, of Malvern passed away on July 16, 2013 at HSC Medical Center. Albert was born March 28, 1946 to Molly and Albert Wallace in Plainview, Arkansas. Prior to his illness, Albert was a truck driver. He worked hard to support his family. Albert loved his family dearly and spoiled his grandkids, who affectionately called him Bobo. Albert is preceded in death by his...
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Bennie Kelton Phillips

October 21, 1931 - July 5, 2013

On July 5, 2013, Bennie Kelton Phillips, 81, of Malvern, passed away at home, surrounded by his family and their infinite love. Born October, 21, 1931 to the late Percy Madison and Floy Cunningham Phillips, he was a 1950 graduate of Poyen High School and lived in and around Malvern his entire life. After graduation, he enlisted in the Air Force. After Basic Training he was stationed in Onna,...
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Brandon Rennie Turner

August 4, 1978 - July 3, 2013

Brandon Rennie Turner, age 34, of Donaldson, Arkansas, passed away Wednesday July 3, 2013 in Malvern, Arkansas. He was born August 4, 1978 in Malvern, Arkansas to James R. and Linda Turner. Brandon was a welder and was of the Baptist faith. He is survived by his parents; one sister Lacy (Daniel) Holsinger of Hot Springs, AR.; one nephew and two nieces Clarke, Evie, and Kailin Holsinger; ...
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Tricia Humphrey

June 30, 2013

Tricia Humphrey, 41, of Malvern, passed away on June 30, 2013 at Mercy Hospital in Hot Springs. She was born on March 3, 1972. She worked at Precision as a die caster until it closed and was in her last semester at COTO studying to be a medical transcriptionist. Tricia is survived by three sons; Colton (Kandance) Humphrey, Seth (Ashley) Crumpton and Bradon Crumpton all of Malvern. She is also...
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Judy Sue Langley

November 16, 1953 - June 29, 2013

Judy Sue Langley, 59, of Malvern passed away with her loving family by her side on June 29, 2013. She was born on November 16, 1953 to Lorene and Lois Wilson. She was a member of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church. When asked what she did for a living, Judy's response was" I am in the business of love and understanding." She was a wife and mother who worked hard to keep her home running smoothly....
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Robert Saunders

February 15, 1926 - June 28, 2013

Robert H. Saunders, 87, of Midway, passed away June 28, 2013, after a long struggle with Parkinson's. He was born February 15, 1926, the son of Roy and Lydia Saunders. Robert served sixty years as a deacon at Midway Baptist Church, where he also served in several capacities through the years, including song leader and Sunday school teacher. He was a member of the Neighbors Cemetery Board and had...
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Scott Lester

November 10, 1964 - June 25, 2013

Scott Thomas Lester, age 48, of Malvern, Arkansas, passed away Tuesday, June 25, 2013 in Little Rock. He was born November 10, 1964 in Malvern, Arkansas to the late Richard Lee Lester and Alice O'Neal Cooper. He was a CNA, a certified hypnotist and loved to read, write, draw, and watch sci-fi movies. He is survived by his mother Alice Fae O'Neal Cooper of Malvern; stepfather Stanford...
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Scott Allen Overton

January 16, 1973 - June 25, 2013

Scott Allen Overton, 40, passed away on Tuesday June 25, 2013 at UAMS in Little Rock. Scott was born on January 16, 1973 in Malvern to Charles and Mary Overton. Scott was employed by HSCMC where he worked as an IT technician. Scott loved playing and working with computers. He also loved to watch and play golf and go fishing. Scott is survived by his wife of 5 years, Dena Reynolds-Overton and his...
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Earl L. Emory , Jr.

July 28, 1933 - June 11, 2013

Earl L. Emory Jr., 79, of Bismarck passed away Tuesday June 11, 2013. Earl was born July 28, 1933 in Lambert, AR to Earl and Lily (Allen) Emory. Earl was a Navy veteran who served 4 years in the Korean War. He was of the Baptist faith. Earl is predeceased by his parents; one daughter-in-law Sharon Emory; four brothers; one sister; and one son-in-law Loyd Bierden. Earl is survived by his wife...
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Vearl E. (Riggan) Myers

September 5, 1926 - June 8, 2013

Vearl Myers, of Willow, went from this life to be with her Saviour and Lord Jesus Christ June 08, 2013 at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock Arkansas. Survived by her Children: Dean (Geraldean) Rushing of Little Rock, Sharon (Henry) Ray of Malvern, Donna (Leon) Schultz of Warren, Curtis (Jean) Rushing of Poyen, Vicky (Don) Orr of Malvern, Tim (Sara) Rushing, Kim (Robin Nutt) Rushing of Willow...
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Mildred Ashley Galindo

December 27, 1941 - May 29, 2013

Mildred Ashley Galindo, 71, of Donaldson passed away Wednesday May 29, 2013. Mildred was born December 27, 1941 in the Antioch community of Donaldson, AR to Freeman and Pearl (Hall) Ashley. Mildred had a great love for dogs and cats, especially her own three pets. She was always joking around and picking at her brothers. She had a wonderful sense of humor and her life revolved around her faith,...
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Paula Inglis Allender

December 25, 1956 - May 26, 2013

Paula Inglis Allender, 56, of Malvern, AR passed away Sunday May 26, 2013. Paula was born December 25, 1956 in Malvern, AR to Raymond and Ruth (Clemons) Inglis. She was of the Baptist faith. Paula is survived by her son Dennis Allender of Greers Ferry, AR; daughter Cheyenne Inglis of Malvern, AR; mother Ruth E. Inglis; brother Michael (Phyllis) Inglis of North Little Rock, AR; sister Lori...
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Jess A. DiMaio

March 20, 1943 - May 23, 2013

Jesmond "Jess" A. DiMaio Jr., age 70 went to be with the Lord on May 23, 2013 at home surrounded by his family. Jess was born on March 20, 1943 to Jesmond and Mary DiMaio in Youngstown, Ohio. Jess and his father started A&D Screw Machine Products of Malvern in 1960. Jess graduated from Benton High School in 1961. His family moved to Malvern in 1962. In 1963, he married his high school...
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Mildred Jewell

April 6, 1937 - May 20, 2013

Mildred Jewell, 76, of Benton, AR passed away Monday May 20, 2013. Mildred was born April 6, 1937 in Niceville, FL to Albert and Ethyl Evans. Mildred enjoyed reading, puzzles, camping, fishing, and pretty much anything outdoors. She was of the Baptist faith. Mildred is predeceased by her parents; husband of 32 years Sherman A. Jewell; two brothers: Leslie & Lewis Evans; and two sisters: Hettie...
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Opal Pearl Otts Rimmer

January 25, 1931 - May 17, 2013

Opal Pearl Otts Rimmer, 82, of Malvern passed away Friday May 17, 2013 at the Malvern Nursing Home where she had been a resident since 2006. She was born January 25, 1931 in the Glen Rose Community to the late Harry and Eva Allen Otts. She enjoyed coin and postcard collecting, gardening, puzzles, bingo, the music of Elvis, but she especially loved spending time with her family who will love her...
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James Lonnie Griffin

September 28, 1949 - May 15, 2013

James Lonnie Griffin, 63, of Hot Springs passed away Wednesday May 15, 2013. James was born September 28, 1949 in Malvern, AR to George and Louise (Moore) Smith. He enjoyed horse racing, flea markets, and his waffle house friends. He was also a member of Leonard St. Baptist Church in Hot Springs. James is predeceased by his parents. James is survived by his wife of 23 years JoAnne Griffin of...
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Anna Gail Hasley

November 6, 1968 - May 10, 2013

Our beloved Anna Gail Hasley went to be with the Lord on May 10, 2013 at the age of 44. Anna Gail was born November 6, 1968 in Russellville, AR to Paul and Allene (Efird) Hasley. She is predeceased by her loving and devoted father Paul Hasley; paternal grandparents Roland & Lillie Hasley; and maternal grandparents D.A. & Jewel Efird. She is survived by her mother Allene Hasley of Malvern, AR;...
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Virginia Mae Bowman McClenahan

September 3, 1935 - May 10, 2013

Virginia Mae Bowman McClenahan passed away May 10, 2013. There will be a visitation on Saturday May 11, 2013 from 6:00 until 8:00 PM at Atkinson Funeral Home. Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to Atkinson Funeral Home of Malvern, AR.
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Donald Leon Hickman

April 26, 1939 - May 8, 2013

Donald Leon Hickman, 74, of Hot Springs passed away Wednesday May 8, 2013. Donald was born April 26, 1939 to Charles and Edna Hickman. He served in the United States Air Force from 1956 to 1965 and he worked civil service for the U.S. Army from 1965 until 1994 for a total of 38 years of federal service. Donald was also a first class pilot who served his country during Desert Storm and Vietnam....
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Anne Christian

August 23, 1942 - May 1, 2013

Anne Christian, 70, of Leola passed away surrounded by family on Wednesday May 1, 2013, Anne was born August 23, 1942 in Willow, AR to William Stanton and Coye Stiles. Anne loved to draw, loved to dance, and loved to spoil all the kids. Anne is predeceased by her mother; brother Leon Stanton; uncle Doug Stiles; and grandmother Alma Stiles. Anne is survived by her partner in life Bobby...
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Rickie Allen Foster

September 20, 1952 - May 1, 2013

Rickie Allen Foster, 60, of Malvern passed away May 1, 2013. Rickie was born September 20, 1952 to Wallace and Elsie (Faulks) Foster. Rickie is predeceased by his parents; one brother Roger Foster; one sister Mary Alice Black; two grandsons Landon and Andon Dillinger; and one granddaughter Madison Grisham. Rickie is survived by his companion of 18 years Barbara Hauge of Malvern, AR; son J.W. ...
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Bonnie Lou Hodges

June 25, 1930 - April 30, 2013

Bonnie Lou Hodges, 82, of Malvern, AR moved to Heaven April 30, 2013. She was born in Friendship, AR on June 25, 1930 to Doyle (Shortie) and Hedy (McMahan) Garrett. She has two brothers, John Garrett of Sikeston, MO and Jimmy R. Garrett, deceased, of Friendship, AR and one sister Joyce Fae, deceased, also of Friendship, AR. Those who remain are her husband of almost 66 years Arlie Hodges of...
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Robert L. (Bobby) Davidson

May 19, 1954 - April 21, 2013

Robert L. (Bobby) Davidson, 58, of Malvern passed away Sunday April 21, 2013. Bobby was born May 19, 1954 in Malvern, Arkansas to Carl and Roberta Davidson. He graduated from Magnet Cove High School in 1972, graduated from community college in Hot Springs, and was an Air Force Veteran. Bobby was a talented singer. He also loved fishing and thrilled people at Christmas time by dressing as Santa. ...
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Zephaniah Ramel Archie

February 14, 2013 - April 8, 2013

Zephaniah Ramel Archie passed away Monday April 8, 2013. Zephaniah was born February 14, 2013 in Little Rock, AR to Cami Gilbert and Oliver Archie. Zephaniah is survived by his mother and father; sister Sarinety Golden; two aunts: Jessica Gilbert and Loren Webb; four uncles: Dylan Robertson, Mariyo Archie, Allen McClain, and Stanley Archie; a very special great aunt Cindy (Tony) Burrow;...
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Nell (Harp) Borland

February 12, 1924 - March 24, 2013

Nell (Harp) Borland, of Hot Springs, passed away Sunday, March 24th 2013 She was born February 12, 1924 to Nora and Earl Harp. On July 20, 1940 she married James Borland. She was preceded in death by her husband, James, of 58 years. She is survived by her two children: Robert (Shari) Borland and Shirley(Tommy) Strickland; Five grand children; Tracy (Ed) Gully, Jamye (David) Jones, Toni(Paul)...
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Murel Jean Lemons Matthews

October 27, 1932 - March 24, 2013

Murel Jean Lemons Matthews, 80, of Donaldson passed away Sunday March 24, 2013. Murel was born October 27, 1932 in Donaldson, AR to Charlie and Rosie (Johnson) Lemons. Murel dearly loved her son, her church family, and her dogs and cats. She also enjoyed watching the Razorbacks play. Murel was very involved at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church where she taught Children's Chapel and Vacation...
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Irma Faye Patterson

December 5, 1934 - March 22, 2013

Irma Faye Patterson, 78, of Malvern passed away Friday March 22, 2013. Irma was born December 5, 1934 in Malvern, AR to Herbert and Lula (Brown) Brooks. Irma was a member of Eastern Star and was of the Baptist faith. Irma is predeceased by her parents; husband Gerald David Patterson; one son Gary Ray Patterson; and two sisters: Marjorie Scott and Norma Jean Cox Hobbs. Irma is survived by one...
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