2014 Year In Review

Remembering the lives of the most notable personalities lost in 2014

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Our Obituaries

Phillip McGriff

November 26, 1959 - January 21, 2015

Phillip McGriff, 55, of Leola passed away Wednesday, January 21, 2015. Phillip was born November 26, 1959 in Malvern, AR to Clarence (Green) and Lester McGriff. Phillip loved fishing and he was a good cook. One of his favorite things to do was watch cartoons with his grandson. Phillip is predeceased by his parents; niece, Anja Dial; and brother, David McGriff. Phillip is survived by his wife,...
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William C. Bates

July 23, 1922 - January 21, 2015

William "Bill" C. Bates, 92, of Hot Springs passed away Wednesday, January 21, 2015. Bill was born July 23, 1922 in Little Rock, AR to Maebelle (Bumpass) and William Bates. Bill was a kind, honest, and gentle man. He loved the horse races; they were one of his true passions. Bill also loved living on the lake with his 5 cats. He was a very proud man and remained independent well into his nineties...
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Gary Lee Bennett

January 9, 1952 - January 19, 2015

Gary Lee Bennett, 63, of Malvern went to be with the Lord on Monday, January 19, 2015. Gary was born January 9, 1952 in Malvern to Bobby and Grace (Hightower) Bennett Hall. Gary was a truck driver for many years. He also worked for Acme Brick for 19 years. He loved fishing and was a member of the Bass Fishing Club. Gary was a kid at heart; he let Jaylin paint his nails and put bows in his hair....
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Lynn Warren

October 24, 1961 - January 17, 2015

Lynn Jordan Warren, 53, of Malvern, passed away on January 17, 2015. She was born on October 24, 1961 to Lolita Lee Lage and Laramie Jordan in Colorado Springs, CO. Lynn worked as a florist for Marie's Flowers and Bowen Florist in Hot Springs for many years. Lynn loved horses, making dream catchers and restoring old furniture into works of art. She was very art oriented and created many beautiful...
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Gary Lee Ray

January 2, 1960 - January 12, 2015

Gary Lee Ray, 55, of Donaldson passed away Monday, January 12, 2015. Gary was born January 2, 1960 in Malvern, AR to Thelma (Burks) and Elton Ray. Gary loved to tinker with gadgets and could fix any broken computer or electronic. He was of the Baptist faith. Gary is predeceased by his father, Elton Ray. Gary is survived by his son, Joseph Ray of Donaldson; daughters, Amber Ray of Donaldson and...
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Loretta Kelley

April 12, 1932 - January 11, 2015

Loretta Kelly, 82, of Hot Springs, passed away Sunday, January 11, 2015. She is survived by her twin sister, Rosetta Lovett, of Hot Springs. Services will be private. Cremation arrangements provided by Atkinson Funeral Home.
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Rhonda Gray

December 15, 1966 - January 10, 2015

Rhonda Gray, 49, of Malvern went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, January 10, 2015. Rhonda was born December 15, 1966 in Port Angeles, WA to Norma and Ralph Rose. She was a mother, a great wife, and an amazing friend. Rhonda is survived by her husband, Wallace Gray; two sons, Anthony Paige of Benton and Michael Dillon Hunt of Malvern; one daughter, Courtney Sue Jean Clark (Dusty) of...
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Ernest Floyd Miller Jr.

March 12, 1935 - January 10, 2015

Ernest Floyd Miller Jr., 79, of Malvern passed away Saturday, January 10, 2015. Ernest was born March 12, 1935 in Saginaw, AR to Margaret Gertrude Huggins Miller and Ernest Miller Sr. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Malvern. Ernest is predeceased by his wife of 30 years, Alice Beatrice Miller; one son, David Neal Miller; three step-brothers, George Miller, Cletis Miller, and Wesley...
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Fred Martin Jr.

March 17, 1947 - January 9, 2015

Fred Martin, 67, of Donaldson passed away Friday, January 9, 2015. Fred was born March 17, 1947 in Cherry Point, NC to Doris (Carter) and Frederic Martin Sr. Fred loved to take vacations and go fishing. He loved his toys: boats, sports cars, and motorcycles. He was an avid collector of swords and knives. Most importantly, he took great care of his grandkids and would help anyone that needed it....
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David Kenneth Williams

November 29, 1955 - January 5, 2015

David Kenneth Williams, 59, of Cave Creek Arizona, went to be with the Lord on January 5, 2015. He was born on November 29, 1955 in Long Beach California, the son of Kenneth and Mary Williams. He spent his youth in Hot Springs and Malvern, Arkansas and served in the US Navy. He was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth Williams and sister, Ingrid Williams. Survivors are his wife of 31...
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Peggy Barnett

March 11, 1936 - December 29, 2014

Peggy Barnett, 78, of Malvern, passed away on December 29, 2014. She was born on March 11, 1936 to Woodrow Robinson and Lucille Moore Robinson Jordan. Peggy was a quiet, kind and respectful woman who instilled these same values in her children. She was strong willed and a hard worker. She was married for 57 years to her husband, John, and together they built a business from the ground up. In 1967...
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Frank Charles Lawson

February 26, 1941 - December 28, 2014

Frank Charles Lawson,73, passed away on December 28, 2014. Frank was born on February 26, 1941 to Dorothy and Walter Lawson. Growing up in a large family, Frank was the jokester. He was a "cut-up" and loved to make his family laugh. Frank loved the outdoors, especially when he was hunting or fishing. He loved to dance to country music and he loved to sing, especially in church. He usually sang...
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Roy Caddy

September 13, 1936 - December 24, 2014

Roy Damon Caddy, 78, of Malvern went to meet the Lord on Wednesday, December 24, 2014.He was born September 13, 1936 in Tulip. The son of Best and Edna Caddy. He was a member of the Victory Assembly of God Church. He loved the Lord and his family. He loved hunting and fishing. He worked as a miner for over 30 years. Roy And his wife, Virginia Caddy, were married for 58 years and had six children...
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Virgil Adams

September 25, 1940 - December 14, 2014

Virgil Adams, 74, of Malvern passed away December 14, 2014. Virgil was born September 25, 1940 in Malvern to Edgar and Edna Adams. Virgil loved to dance and always stepped on his wife's toes. He was of the Assembly of God faith. Virgil was also retired from the Army National Guard. Virgil is predeceased by his parents; grandson, Terry Don Adams; and sister, Patricia Brown. Virgil is survived...
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Clide Faye "Modeal" Keys

October 16, 1932 - December 13, 2014

Clide Faye "Modeal" Keys, 82, of Malvern, passed away December 13, 2014 at Baptist Health Medical Center in Malvern surrounded by her family. She was born in Prattsville, AR on October 16, 1932 to Thomas Oscar Beck & Florence Beck. She was an avid gardener who could grow anything, especially flowers. She always mowed her own lawn because she was afraid someone would tear up her mower or run over...
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Eula Lee Smith

February 17, 1915 - December 11, 2014

Eula Lee Smith, 99, of Malvern passed away December 11, 2014. Eula was born February 17, 1915 in Duran, OK. Eula was a compassionate and loving woman who was well liked by all. She was very strong willed and funny. She loved to bake and was a really good seamstress. Eula loved taking road trips with her granddaughter, Phyllis. Eula is predeceased by her husband of over 50 years, Carl Smith; two...
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Larry Bruce Tipton

February 28, 1944 - December 10, 2014

Larry Bruce Tipton, 70, of Malvern passed away December 10, 2014. Larry was born February 28, 1944 in Malvern, AR. Larry loved to fish and play pool and card games. He loved going to the Senior Center and the Moose Lodge. He enjoyed playing Dobro and listening to country and bluegrass music. Larry is predeceased by his father. Larry is survived by his wife, Emogene Tipton of Malvern; sons,...
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Raymond Ward

March 22, 1945 - December 8, 2014

Raymond Ward, 69, of Malvern passed away December 8, 2014. Raymond was born March 22, 1945 in Curtis, AR to Kash and Ora Ward. Raymond loved to tell jokes. He was stubborn, a fighter, and always stood up for himself. He loved to fish and he loved his movies; his favorite show was Bro. Gaithers. Raymond was also a sharpshooter while serving our country during his time in the Army. Raymond is...
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Donald H. Speed

April 16, 1934 - November 29, 2014

Donald H. Speed, 80, of Malvern, AR left this world and entered the presence of his savior on November 29, 2014. Donald was born April 16, 1934 in Malvern, AR to Linnie and Maudie (Hohrine) Speed. He was a family man, outdoorsman, and prayer warrior. He and his wife, Winnie, lived in the close knit "Ridge Road" community at the outskirts of Malvern for 47 years where they raised three children...
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Emma Jean Childers-Wisemore

October 13, 1934 - November 28, 2014

Emma Jean Childers-Wisemore, 80, of Benton passed away on November 28, 2014. She was born in Malvern on October 13, 1934 to Dora and Herbert Jones. Emma Jean loved "get togethers" with her family and she will be missed greatly. Emma Jean is preceded in death by her parents; an infant son, Eddie Joe Wisemore; two sisters; and one brother. She is survived by two sons, Duane (Sarah) Childers of...
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Thomas J. Cunningham

April 21, 1937 - November 27, 2014

Thomas Jerald "Jerry" Cunningham, 77, of Malvern passed away at his favorite place to be, deer camp, on November 27, 2014. Jerry was born on April 21, 1937 to Lois and Earnest Cunningham. Jerry owned his own heat and air business for many years and believed in hard work. He loved to play too. Jerry enjoyed fishing, golfing and hunting. He was a member of the River Bend Hunt Club. He also loved...
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Betty Patrick

August 1, 1935 - November 27, 2014

Betty Quick Patrick, 79, of Malvern passed away on November 27, 2014. Betty was born August 1, 1935 to Bernice and William Quick. Betty worked for many years at Douglas Aircraft. She loved to cook good food, shop and grow beautiful flowers in her yard. Her grandkids remember getting in trouble for picking her flowers. Trouble with Betty was something you didn't want. She was spunky and feisty....
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Larry D. Ross

April 22, 1950 - November 21, 2014

Larry D. Ross, 64, of Malvern passed away on November 21, 2014. Larry was born on April 22, 1950 to Mabel and Alton Ross. Larry was the youngest of seven children and was loved dearly by his older siblings. Larry was a cattleman his entire life. He was well respected for his extensive knowledge of quality cattle. He loved his cows. Larry also loved his family and he will be missed by them all....
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Melvin McClenahan

January 29, 1934 - November 16, 2014

Melvin McClenahan, 80, of Bismarck passed away Sunday November 16, 2014. He was born on January 29, 1934 to Sarah "June" and Lawrence McClenahan. Melvin was a member of the Caddy Hunt Club and loved his stamp collecting. He helped found the New DeRouche volunteer Fire Department and was a member of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church. Melvin retired from Reynolds Aluminum. He loved to hunt, fish...
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Tammy Shannon Goyne Kidder

July 1, 1959 - November 8, 2014

Tammy Shannon Goyne Kidder, 55, of Malvern passed away Saturday, November 8, 2014 at her home. She was born July 1, 1959 to Phoebe Harris Yost and Billy Noland Goyne. She worked in automotive parts sales until she became disabled. She was a member of Poyen Assembly of God. Tammy is preceded in death by her father, Billy; her sister, Robin Brown; her brother, Michael Goyne; and her paternal and...
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Mary Parker

August 9, 1931 - November 2, 2014

Mary Parker, 83, of Hot Springs, went to be with the Lord on Sunday November 2, 2014. Mary was born August 9, 1931 in Alton, IL to Ora and Cecil Moss. Mary was the 1st Baptist Church Secretary in Slidell, LA for over 40 years. She was a sweet woman with a soft voice who loved to sing with the choir. Mary is survived by her sons, Terry (Beverly) Emery of Hot Springs and Jerry Emery of Slidell,...
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Florence "Tink" Hines

September 18, 1930 - October 29, 2014

Tink Hines, whose birth name was Florence Agnes Bell, was born in Ray, AZ on September 18, 1930 to William Alton and Alloyious Odessa (Edwards) Bell. The youngest of three children, Tink was raised to be a tough strong tomboy and despised her birth name. She would often stick her tongue out and squinch her face when being called it for legal purposes. Due to her softball playing "skills" and...
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Tiffany Paige Koonce

December 12, 1995 - October 24, 2014

Tiffany Paige Koonce, 18, of Bismarck passed away Friday, October 24, 2014. Paige was born December 12, 1995 in Hot Springs to Charles Koonce and Teena Maner. Paige was a bubbly, outgoing girl who enjoyed being goofy. She loved babies and was of the Pentecostal faith. Paige is predeceased by her parents and her grandmother, Linda Koonce. Paige is survived by her brothers, Justin Koonce of Hot...
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Homer Raymond Chancellor

May 9, 1926 - October 23, 2014

Homer Raymond Chancellor, 88, of Malvern went to be with Jesus and our Grandma, Hazel this morning, October 23, 2014. After longing for her every day for the last six years, these two are finally together again for all eternity. We have no doubt he was greeted with open arms and the words, "Well done, my good and faithful servant." He was a man among men…honest, faithful, and good. A true...
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Anna Vee Dyer

September 15, 1937 - October 19, 2014

Anna Vee Dyer, age 77, of Saginaw passed away October 19, 2014. She was born September 15,1937 in Malvern, Arkansas to Mr. and Mrs. Jasper Parish. Anna Vee enjoyed reading, working outside, and spending time with her loved ones. Other than her parents, Anna is preceded in death by her husband, Melford Dyer; her brother-in-law Doyle Dyer; and her daughter-in-law Judy Dyer. Survivors include her...
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Gina Nikkol Thomason

December 28, 1982 - October 9, 2014

Gina Nikkol Thomason, 31, of Malvern, passed away on October 9, 2014 in El Reno, OK. She was born December 28, 1982 to Teresa (Sturdivant) Thomason Carroll and Basil Allen Thomason. Gina was a happy, boisterous, loving person who never met a stranger. She was a devoted mother to her boys. They were her joy in life. Gina was known for telling it like she saw it. She loved hard and she played even...
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Jeanette Hensley Allen

May 10, 1937 - October 6, 2014

Jeanette Hensley Allen, 77, of Malvern passed away October 6, 2014. Jeanette was born May 10, 1937 in Benton, AR to Porter and Alene (Cotton) Hensley. She was a good cook who loved big dinners. She enjoyed going fishing and camping and one of her favorite memories was a trip to Yellowstone National Park. Jeanette also loved watching the birds and deer. She was very devoted to her family and...
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Ingo A. Opiela

November 20, 1947 - September 27, 2014

Ingo A. Opiela, 66, passed away September 27, 2014 in Solingen, Germany. Ingo was born November 20, 1947 to the late Richard Opiela and late Anneliese Opiela in Altrandsberg (Bavaria) Germany. Ingo finished high school and joined the Marines at age 18. He stayed 8 years and became the youngest officer at age 21 in the German Marines. After 8 years, he returned home and worked for a few years in...
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Betty Beeson

February 16, 1953 - September 27, 2014

Betty "BJ" Lay Beeson, 61, of Traskwood passed away on September 27, 2014 at Saline Memorial Hospital. BJ was born on February 16, 1953 to Nora and Rex Lay. She worked as a receptionist for Federal Express and also as an admissions clerk in the former St Joseph Hospital in Hot Springs. BJ was of the Baptist faith. She loved growing flowers, maintaining her yard and decorating for the holidays. BJ...
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Raymond I. Draper

October 31, 1940 - September 19, 2014

Raymond I. Draper, 73, of Malvern, passed away on September 19, 2014. Raymond was born in Malvern to Clifford and Ruby Jean Draper on October 31, 1940. Raymond retired from Acme Brick after 36 years of service. Raymond was a hard worker who was totally dedicated to his family. He was such a hard worker that in those 36 years, he only called in sick a handful of times. When he retired, Raymond...
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Martha Swayze

January 31, 1959 - September 19, 2014

Martha Swayze, 55, of Malvern passed away Friday, September 19, 2014. Martha was born January 31, 1959 in Little Rock, AR to John and Alice Tillery. She was of the Pentecostal faith. Martha is predeceased by her daddy. Martha is survived by her husband of 25 years, Mike Swayze of Malvern; sons, Sammy (Shawna) Bennett of Bismarck and Jimmy Lofton of Malvern; daughter, Mary Humphrey of Malvern;...
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Natalie Graham Ross

December 24, 1961 - September 12, 2014

Natalie Graham Ross, 52, of Malvern passed away Friday, September 12, 2014. Natalie was born December 24, 1961 in Ft. Worth, TX to John and Genevia (Freeman) Graham. Natalie loved taking care of her kids and was a mom to more than just her children. She was a really good cook and she loved her Dr. Pepper. Natalie is predeceased by her daddy and two brothers, Jamie Graham and Johnny Graham. ...
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Zaine Austin Quinn

May 16, 2014 - September 8, 2014

Zaine Austin Quinn, 3 1/2 months, of Malvern, went to be with the Lord on Monday, September 8, 2014. Zaine was born May 16, 2014 in Hot Springs, AR to Michael Davis and Brittany Quinn. Zaine was a gift to all of his family. He stole everyone's heart from the moment he was born. Zaine is survived by his parents; brothers, Caden and Carson Quinn; grandparents, Frank Davis, Sheila Lewis, Ronald...
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Ortha Faye Lewis

July 5, 1936 - August 29, 2014

Ortha Faye Lewis, 78, of Malvern passed away Friday, August 29, 2014. Ortha was born July 5, 1936 in Dover, AR to Alvin and Arlena (Miller) Metz. Ortha is predeceased by her parents; sister, Nellie Jane Williams; daughter, Sarah Ella; and son, Marion Wayne Gardner. Ortha is survived by her son, John R. Lukach; daughters, Janice Franklin of Malvern and Tammie Odem of Hot Springs; 3 brothers; 5...
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Clifford E Green

November 17, 1928 - August 29, 2014

On August 29, 2014, Clifford E. Green of Malvern, was called home to be with his heavenly Father. Clifford was born on November 17, 1928 in Hot Spring County, Arkansas to Fred L. Green and Tinnia Hathcock Green. He married Armagene Carr Green on April, 17, 1951. Clifford attended the Central School in Hot Spring County where he graduated in 1949. He also played in the band The Malvern Ramblers....
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Mildred Elaine Crumby

March 10, 1925 - August 24, 2014

Mildred Elaine Darby Crumby, age 89, passed peacefully from this world to Heaven on Sunday, August 24, 2014 at the Malvern Nursing Home. Mildred was born to Francis Chafer and Ava Alice Brooks Darby in Drumwright, OK on March 10, 1925. She was a retired medical secretary for the Hot Springs Rehabilitation Center in Hot Springs, AR. In addition, she was secretary for the Hot Spring County...
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Brenda Joyce Crowe

January 21, 1944 - August 22, 2014

Brenda Crowe ,70, of Prattsville, passed away surrounded by her loving family on Friday, August 22, 2014. Brenda was born to Helen and Harold Toler on January 21, 1944. She married the man of her dreams when she was 16 years old and dedicated her life to the Lord, her husband and the four boys they raised together. Brenda was proud of her home and took pride in canning all the vegetables her...
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Johnny Darrel Hughes

April 12, 1950 - August 4, 2014

Johnny Darrel Hughes, 64, of Malvern passed away August 4, 2014. Johnny was born April 12, 1950 in Providence, KY to Clarence and Rachel (Reynolds) Hughes. Johnny loved gardening, fishing, and hunting. He was a welder for DLM for 40 years. He was a member of the Bassett Hill Hunting Club and of the Baptist faith. Johnny will be deeply missed by his friends and family. Johnny is predeceased by...
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Edna Hughes

December 16, 1921 - August 4, 2014

Edna Turner Hughes, 92 of Rockport, passed away surrounded by her loving family on August 4, 2014. Edna was born to Maude and Harry Turner on December 16, 1921. Edna grew up to be quite a homemaker. She cooked all the time to feed her 7 kids. In later years, it became a tradition for every holiday meal and Sunday dinners to be at Edna's house. She would feed whoever came. Edna was a very active...
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Larry Jay "Poppy" Weatherred

July 7, 1943 - July 28, 2014

Larry Jay "Poppy" Weatherred, 71, of Haltom City, TX passed away July 28, 2014. Larry was born July 7, 1943 in Crowell, TX to J.B. and Frances (Tucker) Weatherred. Larry was an avid fisherman, family oriented, and he never met a stranger. Larry is predeceased by his parents and his loyal pet Rottweiler, Roscoe. Larry is survived by his wife of 39 years, Pamela Weatherred of Haltom City, TX;...
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Guy L. "Pat" Capps

July 20, 1926 - July 18, 2014

Guy L. "Pat" Capps, 87, of Little Rock, formerly of Malvern, passed away on Friday, July 18, 2014. Pat was born in Knoxville, AR on July 20, 1926 to Walter and Loretta (Robertson) Capps. He was one of ten children. He was a veteran of the Army Air Corp in W W II serving in the Philippines. He was also a retiree of Reynolds Aluminum. Pat loved to work on small engines after he retired, and...
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Pauline Marie Norwood

June 19, 1932 - July 15, 2014

Pauline Marie Norwood, 82, of Malvern went to be with her Lord & Saviour on July 15, 2014. Pauline was born June 19, 1932 in Malvern to Arthur and Eva (Efird) Rogers. Pauline was a beautician and attended St. Paul United Methodist Church. Pauline is predeceased by her parents; husband, R.E. Norwood Jr.; and two brothers, James and A.J. Rogers. Pauline is survived by her son, Darrell (Shu)...
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Gregory Scott Parlin

April 6, 1966 - July 13, 2014

Gregory Scott Parlin, 48, of Ward passed away July 13, 2014. Gregory was born April 6, 1966 in North Little Rock, AR to Diana (Ford) Smart and Willard Parlin. Gregory enjoyed fishing, golfing, and reading his bible. He loved to watch Charles Stanley and Netflix. He also had his pilot license. Gregory is predeceased by his father; and grandparents, Mary and Frank Ford. Gregory is survived by...
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Dewayne "JD" Loyd

August 10, 1946 - July 4, 2014

Dewayne "JD" Loyd, 67, of Malvern passed away July 4, 2014. Dewayne was born August 10, 1946 in Malvern to William and Anis Faye (Parker) Loyd. Dewayne loved hunting, fishing and visiting the Habitat for Humanity Restore. He was talented and could build or fix anything. He was his own club. Dewayne is predeceased by his parents. Dewayne is survived by his wife, Carolyn Loyd of Malvern; three...
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Michael Noland Goyne

July 10, 1963 - June 26, 2014

Michael Noland Goyne, 50, went to his heavenly home on Thursday, June 26, 2014. Michael was born in Malvern to Billy Goyne and Phoebe Harris Yost. He graduated from Malvern High School in 1981. On April 2, 1983 he married the love of his life, Meloney Kidder. He worked at Chamberlain Door Plant and then hung sheetrock and worked construction until he became sick. He was a loving husband and...
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Betty Williams

September 18, 1943 - June 14, 2014

Betty Williams, 70, of Malvern, passed away on Saturday June 14, 2014. She was born on September 18, 1943 to Lucille and Gus Williams and was a member of Sharon Rose Missionary Baptist Church. Betty was a licensed beautician and owned her own business until she retired. She loved growing her flowers and was very active in her church. Betty served her church family by doing anything that was...
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Webster Dean Brown

September 27, 1919 - June 7, 2014

Webster Dean Brown, of Malvern, passed away at the age of 94 on June 7, 2014. He was born on September 27, 1919 in Poyen, AR. Webster was preceded in death by his parents, Webster and Rosa Brown; four sisters; two brothers; and the love of his life, Dorothy McCloud Brown, to whom he was married for 25 happy years. He lived alone after her death for 13 years. Webster is survived by four step...
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Harles Lee Byers

December 8, 1952 - May 28, 2014

Harles Lee Byers, 61, of Hot Springs passed away May 28, 2014. Harles was born December 8, 1952 in Malvern, AR to Harles and Fay (Lowery) Byers. Harles enjoyed fishing and hunting. He was also a veteran who served our country in the Marines. Harles is predeceased by his parents; brother-in-law, James Holmes; two sisters, Brenda and Cynthia Byers; and the mother of his children, Francis Cogburn....
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Ruby Vanderhoof Dixon

August 30, 1916 - May 28, 2014

Ruby Vanderhoof Dixon, 97, of Mena passed away May 28, 2014. Ruby was born August 30, 1916 in Ward, AR to Benjamin and Bessy Vanderhoof. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Mena. Ruby is predeceased by her parents and her husband, Lodie C. Dixon Sr. Ruby is survived by her son, Lodie C. Dixon of Springfield, AR; three daughters, Phyllis (Doug) Taylor of Benton, AR, Mary Dixon of...
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J.A. Mobley Conklin

March 2, 1931 - May 22, 2014

J.A. Mobley Conklin of Malvern was called home May 22, 2014. Known to his many friends as "Popeye", J.A. was born March 2, 1931 to Henry and Mary (Crites) Conklin. He had a passion for fishing and the outdoors, rising well before dawn many mornings to enjoy both. He took tremendous pride in his family and their accomplishments, no matter how minor, and had an endless capacity for love. He knew...
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Dorothy Keenom

August 12, 1928 - May 20, 2014

Dorothy Keenom, 85, of Malvern passed away May 20, 2014. Dorothy was born August 12, 1928 in Hot Springs, AR to Forrest and Cora (McMillian) Irwin. Dorothy was a strong willed woman. She was a good mother and a good friend who loved her kids and her grandchildren. She enjoyed going to the track and the casinos. She loved her yard and could be found meticulously cleaning it up. Dorothy is...
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Quincey Lee Reeves

November 18, 1958 - May 19, 2014

Quincey Lee Reeves, 55, went to be with the Lord on May 19, 2014. Quincey was born on November 18, 1958 to Velma Willis and Ruben Reeves in Texarkana, Arkansas. Growing up, Quincey was a good student. He brought home all "A's" on most of his school work. Quincey loved to go swimming and fishing with his brothers and cousins who lived down the road. Quincey was of the Baptist faith and loved very...
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Donna G. Davidson

December 5, 1946 - May 17, 2014

Donna Gail Davidson, 67, of Malvern passed away May 17, 2014. Donna was born December 5, 1946 in Malvern to J.C. and Syble (Cooper) Bailey. She was of the Baptist faith. Donna is predeceased by her parents; and her husband, Robert Davidson. Donna is survived by her sister, Denita (Harold) Rosenbaum of Malvern; brother, Steven (Nancy) Bailey of Magnolia; one granddaughter, Heather (Will) Orozco...
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Kenneth Leo Draper

July 18, 1945 - May 16, 2014

Kenneth Leo Draper, 68, of Malvern passed away May 16, 2014. Kenneth was born July 18, 1945 in Artesia, CA to Leo and Lucille (Jones) Draper. Kenneth retired from Adam Face Veneer in Malvern. He was a member of 3rd Baptist Church. Kenneth is predeceased by his biological parents; brother, Roger Draper; granddaughter, Britney Teague; and great-grandson, Jaden Johnson. Kenneth is survived by...
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Ruby F. Galloway

April 9, 1952 - May 11, 2014

Ruby F. Galloway, 62, of Malvern passed away May 11, 2014. Ruby was born April 9, 1952 in Marshalltown, IA to Leonard and Dorothy (Gorsuch) Blattel. Ruby enjoyed doing crossword puzzles and arts and crafts. She was a member of the Salvation Army Church in Iowa. Ruby is preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Anna Davidson; and grandson, Landon Armstrong. Ruby is survived by her husband,...
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Henry Elliot "Hank" Holt

May 26, 1928 - May 7, 2014

Henry Elliot "Hank" Holt, 85, of Malvern ascended to Glory on May 7, 2014. Henry was born May 26, 1928 in Hot Springs, AR to George and Viola (Allen) Holt. Henry enjoyed farming, cattle, haying, gardening, tractors, and meeting people through his farm work. He loved his roses and planted 100 strawberry plants last November. Henry loved the outdoors, fishing, deer hunting, and riding four...
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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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