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Ellen Hillman West

December 4, 1920 - May 16, 2018

Ellen Hillman West, 97, of DeWitt died Wednesday, May 16, 2018. She was born December 4, 1920 to Clinton and Gertrude Brigland Hillman in Stuttgart. She attended New Providence School, then graduated from Stuttgart High School. She joined Bayou Meto United Methodist Church as a youth. She and Tillmon West were married there in 1945. She was a teacher and school librarian, having...
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Billy Don Rhodes

June 7, 1967 - May 15, 2018

Billy Don Rhodes, 50 , of DeWitt died May 15, 2018. He was born June 7, 1967 in Little Rock to June Louise Hancock and Chester Lee Roushia. He was preceded in death by his parents, his stepson Seth Connelly, and uncle Harold Simpson. He is survived by his children Allison (Allee) and Brylee Rhodes, stepchildren Chance Allen and Nicole Connelly, ex-wife Faye Lynn Rhodes, brother Paul...
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Mary Gewen Davis Vernor

September 4, 1939 - May 8, 2018

Mary Gewen Davis Vernor, age 78, of DeWitt went to be with the Lord Tuesday afternoon, May 8th, 2018, at the DeWitt Nursing Home with her family at her side. Mary was educated in the DeWitt Public School System and worked as school secretary for 37 years. Mary was a member of Belleview Baptist Church in Ethel, where she played the piano for many years. Mary was born September 4, 1939 to...
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Harold A. Simpson

October 9, 1934 - May 3, 2018

Harold A. Simpson of Stuttgart, departed this life on May 3, 2018. He was surrounded by his family. Harold was born October 9, 1934 in the Brewer community, where he was a lifelong resident. He was preceded in death by his parents Roy and Gaynell Simpson, and brothers Jasper and Leland Simpson. He leaves to cherish his memories his wife of 60 years Billie Simpson, brothers Wince...
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Thurmon Leroy Kagebein

October 14, 1939 - April 30, 2018

Thurmon Leroy Kagebein, 78, of Stuttgart died April 30, 2018. He was born October 14, 1939 in Almyra to Henry and Evelyn Kagebein. Leroy was preceded in death by his parents, two wives Maxie Kagebein and Betty Kagebein, and two brothers Joe Alvin and Lewis Kagebein. He is survived by his children Terry Kagebein (Patty) of Stuttgart and Pam Wofford of Texas, three grandchildren Brandon and...
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Charles Lee Ford

April 27, 1935 - April 23, 2018

Charles Lee Ford, 82 went to be with the Lord Monday April 23, 2018. He was born in Kingsland, AR to Charlie and Myrtice Garlington Ford. He was a member and elder of McAdams Road Church where he served as a Sunday School Teacher. He served in the United States Army until 1961. He retired from the Little Rock Fire Department after a 30 year career. He enjoyed being outdoors, hunting, fishing,...
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Russell Duncan Berry

February 27, 1954 - April 18, 2018

Russell D. Berry, 64 of Stuttgart formerly of DeWitt passed away April 18, 2018. He was born February 27, 1954 in Stuttgart to Lloyd and Eleanor Sollars Berry. Rusty was an attorney and served the people of Arkansas County and the surrounding areas for many years. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Stuttgart and United Methodist Men. He also was a member of Red Bluff...
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Thomas Edward Cook

March 10, 1933 - April 17, 2018

Thomas Edward Cook, 85, of St. Charles, AR passed away on April 17, 2018 at home after a long battle with Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) and congestive heart failure. Thomas was born on March 10, 1933 in St. Charles to Thomas Edward (Andrew) Cook and Annie Francis (Fraize) Cook. Except for a few years, Thomas lived his whole life in St. Charles. He served in the US Army and was a Korean War...
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Robert Lee "Goober" English

October 14, 1941 - April 10, 2018

Robert Lee "Goober" English, 76, of Tichnor died April 10, 2018. He was born October 14, 1941 in Welsh, LA, to James Daniel and Agnes Ardoin English. He worked at Tichnor Dryer and Storage for 34 years. "Goober" was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers Daniel and Eugene English. He is survived by his brother Phil English (Debbie) of DeWitt, two sisters Shirley Goodell of...
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Jo Ann Truax Smith

April 5, 1931 - April 9, 2018

Jo Ann Truax Smith, 87, of North Richland Hills, TX, died April 9, 2018. She was born April 5, 1931 in Gillett to Robert and Esther Mattmiller Truax. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband John Smith, brother Bob Truax, and one grandson. Jo Ann is survived by her children Dr. Robert Smith of Mandeville, LA, and Teresa Edwards of Haslet, TX; five grandchildren; two great...
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Patsy Ruth Michaelis Cardwell

November 28, 1942 - April 8, 2018

Patsy Ruth Michaelis Cardwell, 75, of DeWitt died April 8, 2018. She was born November 28, 1942 in Gillett to Carl William Michaelis, Sr. and Bessie Irene Smith Michaelis Goodwin. Patsy was preceded in death by her parents and several half brothers and sisters. She is survived by her husband, Johnnie Cardwell of DeWitt and her sister Joyce Doyle of Brownsville, TN. Visitation will be 1...
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Meryle Elizabeth Henderson Parker

October 5, 1935 - April 7, 2018

Mom was born October 5, 1935 and grew up in Almyra Arkansas. She married our dad, Bill Parker, on November 27, 1954. Dad said he married the prettiest girl in Arkansas. They shared more than 60 years together until Dad passed away in 2015. Mom worked for 36 years as the Bookkeeper at Growers Elevator in DeWitt and we believe she knew most everyone in town. When we went to restaurants she was...
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Samuel Lee Richmond

October 26, 1946 - April 7, 2018

Samuel Lee "Sammy" Richmond, 71, of DeWitt died April 7, 2018. He was born October 26, 1946 to Roy Olester and Susie Evelyn Sharp Richmond. He was a retired miller at Cormier Rice Mill. He is survived by his son Kevin Richmond and his wife Lisa, and two grandchildren Charley Grace and Henry Owen Richmond. Cremation arrangements by Essex Funeral Home.
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George Walter "Rusty" Harrison

December 14, 1948 - April 4, 2018

George Walter "Rusty" Harrison, 69 of DeWitt formerly of Mountain View died April 4, 2018. He was born December 18, 1948, in Little Rock to Benjamin O'Dell Harrison and Margaret Ann Northcutt Harrison. He was a veteran of the United States Army. Rusty was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Donnie Harrison. He is survived by his daughter Michelle Ponder (Scotty) of DeWitt;...
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Keith Selig

May 30, 1956 - April 4, 2018

Stephen Keith Allen Selig, 61, died April 4, 2018. He was born May 30, 1956, in DeWitt to F.H. "Sonny" Selig and Nina Ruth Connor Selig. Keith was preceded in death by his father, F.H. "Sonny" Selig. He is survived by his mother Nina Ruth Selig of Tichnor, one brother Marty Selig of Tichnor, two sisters Karen Duncan (Rex) of Tichnor and Sara Sue Ferguson (John) of Cabot. Funeral services...
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Alice Tower Horton

December 18, 1923 - April 4, 2018

Alice Tower Horton, 94, of Ethel passed away April 4, 2018. She was born December 18, 1923, in DeWitt to Ralph Reuben and Tressa Celia Thompson Tower. She was a homemaker and a member of Belleview Missionary Baptist Church. She was a great cook, and was famous for her peach cobbler and chicken and dumplings. Alice always thought of those around her as family, and included her church,...
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Norma Jean Kaylor

October 11, 1936 - March 27, 2018

Norma Jean Kaylor, 81, of DeWitt died March 27, 2018. She was born October 11, 1936, in New Concord, OH to James Harold and Sylvia Gray McNeal. She was a home maker and a member of Faith Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, William F. Kaylor. She is survived by her children Janel Ross (Butch) of Gillett, Kenneth Kaylor (Julie) Castle Rock, CO, Kathy...
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Dr. Shelby Woodiel

March 10, 1930 - March 25, 2018

Dr. Shelby Woodiel died Sunday, March 25th, 2018 after bravely living with Alzheimer's disease for 11 years. For most of those years Shelby's strength, humor and energetic personality remained, despite losing so much. Dr. Woodiel was born March 10th, 1930 to S.A. and Lucille Woodiel. He grew up in Crocketts Bluff, Arkansas and graduated from DeWitt High School. He entered University of...
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Walton Maize Rowland, Jr.

September 7, 1933 - March 19, 2018

Walton Maize Rowland, Jr., 84 of DeWitt died March 19, 2018. He was born September 7, 1933 in Ethel, AR, to Walton Maize Rowland, Sr., and Laura Edith Snead Rowland. He was a retired carpenter. He is survived by his children Pamela Lawson of Almyra and Earl Rowland Payson, AZ; two sisters Shirley Mitchell and Patricia Lawson; six grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Graveside...
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Eileen Elizabeth "Tootsie" Carlin

January 28, 1919 - March 18, 2018

Eileen Elizabeth "Tootsie" Carlin, 99 of DeWitt passed from this life on Sunday, March 18, 2018. She was born on January 28, 1919 to John H. and Mary Ness Ragan. She was a member of Big LaGrue Missionary Baptist Church. Elizabeth was predeceased by her husband, D.L."Mut" Carlin, her parents, sisters, Annie Snell and Marie Gardner and brothers Johnny Ragan and Pettis Ragan. She is survived...
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Larry Claude Hudson

June 6, 1952 - March 13, 2018

Larry Claude Hudson, 65, of DeWitt passed away March 13, 2018. He was born June 6, 1952, in Reydell, AR to Otto and Gertie Tharp Hudson Lyles. Larry was a truck driver. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers and sisters Maxine Hudson, Lonnie Hudson, James Hudson, Shirley Fox, Randy Hudson, and Nancy Hunt. Larry is survived by his wife, Melanie Mannis Hudson; eight...
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Vicki Ann Wylie Williams

November 22, 1952 - March 4, 2018

Vicki Ann Wylie Williams, 65, was born November 22, 1952 in Stuttgart, AR. to Elmer and Imogene Wylie. She departed this life on Sunday, March 4, 2018 at Hospice Home Care in Little Rock, surrounded by her family, wrapped in love and peace after a battle with ALS. Vicki lit up a room and instantly filled it with love and laughter. Her distinct laugh will ring in the ears of her loved ones for...
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Justin Mathews Wallace, Sr.

July 31, 1930 - March 1, 2018

Justin Mathews Wallace, Sr., 87 of Gillett passed away March 1. He was born July 31, 1930 in Gillett to Leonard and Beulah Chadwick Wallace. Justin was a farmer and surveyor. He married Betty Hightower on May 7, 1954. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Gillett and Gillett Hunting Club. He was a duck guide starting at the age 11, and was featured in Field and Stream magazine. He loved...
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Estel Aubrey Trussell

March 13, 1923 - March 1, 2018

Estel Aubrey Trussell, 94, of DeWitt passed away March 1, 2018. He was born March 13, 1923 to Wyatt and Lelia McGraw Trussell in Point Deluce. He was a retired farmer and a WWII veteran. He was preceded in death by three sisters Jocie Smith, Willene Bethal, and Lois Purdy, and two brothers, Hassel and Clyde Trussell. He is survived by his wife of 70 years Catherine Stephen Trussell,...
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Joseph Robert "J.R." Griffin

August 26, 1934 - February 24, 2018

Joseph Robert "J.R." Griffin, 83, passed away February 24 at DeWitt City Hospital in DeWitt, AR. He was retired from the U.S. Navy in 1978, and was a carpenter and cabinet maker until 2008. His survivors include his wife, Janice, and four sons, Bob Griffin, of Bartlett, TN, Randy Griffin, of Oakland, TN, Steve (Carmen) Griffin of Franklin, TN, and Brad (Pam) Griffin of Eads, TN; eight...
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Charles Henry Carver

April 15, 1932 - February 23, 2018

Charles Henry Carver, 85, passed away on Friday, February 23, 2018 at DeWitt City Hospital surrounded by family. He was born on April 15, 1932 in Van , Arkansas to Lee Oliver and Ida Mae Henderson Carver. He proudly served in the U.S. Army. Upon returning from the Army he began a farming career that lasted until 2014. Mr. Carver was a member of Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church. ...
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Howard Lamar Butcher

June 16, 1946 - February 22, 2018

Howard Lamar Butcher, 71, of Nesbit, Mississippi, passed away on February 22, 2018. He was born on June 16, 1946, in DeWitt, Arkansas. He grew up in a small farming community and attended high school in St. Charles near the banks of the White River. Those years allowed him to meet the love of his life, Peggy Lou Horton, of Ethel, Arkansas, with whom he shared 51 years of love, marriage, family...
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Harvey Rush

March 18, 1950 - February 17, 2018

Harvey Rush, 67, of Tichnor passed away February 17 at his home. He was preceded in death by his wife Vicki Jane Jacobs Rush. He is survived by his daughters Melissa Rush Grantham of Tichnor AR and Racheal Rush Cavicchio of Boston MA, his sons-in-law Jason Grantham and David Cavicchio and three granddaughters Mary-Claire, Chloe-Belle, and Ava-Grace Grantham, all of Tichnor. He was loved and...
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Tommy Ralph Small

May 1, 1951 - February 10, 2018

Tommy Ralph Small, 66, of Stuttgart died February 10. He was born May 1, 1951 in Reydell, AR, to Nick D. and Mary Belle Wood Small. Tommy is survived by his brothers, Kenneth Small of DeWitt and Nickey Small (Joyce) of Pine Bluff. Cremation arrangements by Essex Funeral Home. www.essexfuneralhome.com
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Frances Muriel Majors Buckman

February 8, 1927 - February 3, 2018

Frances Muriel Buckman went to her heavenly home on Saturday, February 3, 2018, just five days before her 91st birthday. Frances lived her life in Plainview, AR and in DeWitt, AR. She was born in Bellville, AR on February 8, 1927 to Mattie May Lampkins Majors and Joseph Ladd Majors, Sr. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Doyle Buckman, Sr. in 1975, and by six siblings: Elwin L....
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Joyce Faye Cook Moss

August 2, 1941 - January 30, 2018

Joyce Faye Cook Moss, 76, of DeWitt passed away January 30, 2018. She was born August 2, 1941 in Gillett, AR, to James Eli Cook and Ethel Mae Propes Cook. She was a member of Belleview Missionary Baptist Church and retired from Lennox Industries after 29 years. Joyce was preceded in death by her parents; stepfather, Claude Campbell; and two sisters Corienne Cook Inman and Bertha Cook. ...
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Velma Ola Mae Wages Young

August 8, 1924 - January 27, 2018

Velma Ola Mae Wages Young, 93, of St. Charles died January 27, 2018. She was born August 8, 1924 in DeWitt to J.V. and Emma Jenkins Wages. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Lewis Young; son Lewis Carl Young; and siblings John Wages, Dorothy Peebles, and Frank Wages. Ola is survived by her daughters Joyce Terry (Tommy, Sr.) and Jeanne Owenby (Woody) both of DeWitt; three...
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Hazel Beatrice Riley

February 2, 1920 - December 29, 2017

Hazel Beatrice Riley passed away peacefully at Hospice Home Care in Little Rock on December 29, 2017. She was born February 2, 1920 in Pampas, AR to Faultine and Viola Miller. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey C. Riley, Jr.; her parents; three brothers, Fritz, Emmett, and Clyde Miller; and her adoptive parents, J.T. Young and Dovie Young Hicks. She is survived by three...
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Joan LaCotts Pollard

December 20, 1931 - December 25, 2017

Joan LaCotts Pollard, 86, of DeWitt died December 25, 2017.  She was born December 20, 1931 in DeWitt to Clarence Elmer LaCotts and Esther Downing LaCotts Hasty.   She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jack E. Pollard; daughter, Vicki Pollard; and two brothers Clarence Elmer LaCotts, Jr. and Bobby LaCotts.   She is survived by her daughter, Jackie Dickey, and...
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Gary Trussell

June 7, 1940 - December 24, 2017

Gary Trussell, 77, of Houston, TX, died December 24, 2017.  He was born June 7, 1940, in DeWitt to Clyde and T Purdy Trussell.   Gary retired last year from Brown & Root after 40 years working as a pipeline welder.   He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Judy Ellenburg Trussell; and sister, Clydetta Childers.   Gary is survived by his children Troy Trussell of Las Vegas,...
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Dorothy Wheatley Kraft

January 20, 1922 - December 23, 2017

Dorothy Mary Wheatley Kraft, 95, of DeWitt passed away December 23, 2017.  She was born January 20, 1922 in Gillett to Guy Bernard Wheatley and Annetta Louise Derby Wheatley.     She worked at the shoe factory in DeWitt for 35 years as a sewing machine operator.   She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 56 years, Raymond Kraft; four brothers and two sisters.   She...
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Teddie Ray Kittler

July 27, 1954 - December 17, 2017

Teddie Ray Kittler of DeWitt, passed from this life on December 17, 2017.  He was born July 27, 1954, in Almyra to Mike (Mickey) and Reba Pauline Ward Kittler.   Teddie was preceded in death by his parents; brother John C. Kittler; sisters Mickey Ann Brickey, Pearl Lillian Neal, Bonnie Lee Keaton, Mary Sanford, and Shirley Brickey.   He is survived by his son, George W. Kittler of Apache...
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James Morgan Braswell

June 26, 1934 - December 11, 2017

James Morgan Braswell, 83, of DeWitt died December 11, 2017, at his home with his family by his side.  He was born June 26, 1934 in Norphlet, AR, to Morgan Durrett Braswell and Minnie Kate Clark Braswell.   James was a member of Red Bluff Hunting Club and the former owner and printer of the DeWitt Era-Enterprise.  In February 1996, he was awarded the Golden Fifty Newspaper Service Award by...
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Calvin Andrew Vos, Sr.

October 10, 1927 - December 9, 2017

Calvin Andrew "Pops" Vos, Sr., of Almyra passed away December 9, 2017 at the age of 90.  He was born October 10, 1927, to Harold and Bertie Vos.   He was a retired farmer, and he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and playing dominos.  He was a lifetime member of Almyra Methodist Church.   Calvin was drafted into the Army right out of high school and served in Japan during World War II.   ...
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Walter David Burrell

February 14, 1940 - December 6, 2017

Walter David Burrell, 77, of Ethel died December 6, 2017.  He was born February 14, 1940, in  Ethel to Noel Gaden Burrell and Cora Lee Horton Burrell.     David was a farmer.  He loved his horses and cows, and watching birds and deer. He also loved to play cards with the girls at the store and riding with his brother, Cotton.   He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Alice Jane...
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Amanda "Mandy" Cummings Puttroff

March 4, 1948 - December 5, 2017

Amanda Roseanne "Mandy" Cummings Puttroff, died December 5, 2017.  She was born March 4, 1948, in St. Charles to Harley Porter Cummings, Sr. and Margaret McCann Cummings. Mandy and her husband, Larry, owned and operated L & M Bar-B-Q for many years in DeWitt.   She was preceded in death by her parents, Harley and Margaret Cummings; husband, Larry Puttroff; son, Tommy Puttroff; and two brothers...
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Cora Lea Vasseau Bennett

January 17, 1931 - November 27, 2017

Cora Lea Vasseau Bennett, 86, passed away November 27, 2017.  She was born on January 17, 1931, to Charlie and Hazel Vasseau.   She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Wesley Bennett; sister Dora Auvenshine, and brother Homer Vasseau.   Cora Lea is survived by her three children Hazel Smith o Cabot, Charles Bennett of DeWitt; and Martha Bennett of McGehee; six grandchildren...
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Martin Leon Greer

February 22, 1960 - November 21, 2017

Martin Leon Greer, 57, of DeWitt died November 21, 2017. He was born February 22, 1960, in Wynne, AR to Leon Greer and Hazel Melisha Johnson Greer Woodburn.  He married Carolyn Sue Weaver on May 5, 1978.   He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and watching westerns and KungFu movies.   Martin was preceded in death by his father, Leon Greer, stepfather Aurthur Woodburn, and infant son, Jason Greer. ...
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Billy Ed "Bill" Maloy

July 2, 1930 - November 21, 2017

Billy Ed Maloy was born July 2, 1930 to Ed and Essie Maloy in Magnum, OK.  He died Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at his home in Almyra.   Bill was a retired plumber from Oxnard, California, where he met and married his wife, Gladys.  He and Gladys were married on August 24, 1966.   He is preceded in death by his parents, Ed and Essie Maloy, and sister, Bernella Carter.   Bill is...
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Donnie Glen Childers

February 19, 1951 - November 15, 2017

Donnie Glen Childers, 66, of DeWitt died November 15, 2017.  He was born February 19, 1951, in DeWitt to George Ray and Jurrie Mae Henderson Childers.  He was a commercial fisherman and an avid hunter.   Donnie was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Melvin, Lonnie, Ed, Jack and Bobby Childers; and sister Ruby Isom.   He is survived by his brother Danny Childers, sister Yvonne Faisst...
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Doris Van Horn Ramus Dye

November 10, 2017

Doris Van Horn Ramus Dye 91, entered into enteral rest on November 10th, 2017. She was the eldest daughter of the late George Luther & Vera Mae Van Horn of Tichnor.   Doris was a member of the First Baptist Church. She loved going to church and reading her bible. Doris worked in the food service industry and retired from Denny's. She could put a meal on the table you would not forget and...
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Shirley Ann Ward Oswalt

July 22, 1939 - November 10, 2017

Shirley Ann Ward Oswalt, 78, of DeWitt passed away November 10, 2017.  She was born July 22, 1939 in  Rohwer, AR, to Clyde and Vivian McCollum Ward.  She taught elementary school teacher in DeWitt for many years and was a member of Landmark Missionary Baptist Church.   She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, James Oswalt.   Shirley is survived by her three children,...
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Jewel Dean Goolsby Young

February 25, 1928 - November 7, 2017

Jewel Dean Goolsby Young, 89, went to be with the Lord November 7, 2017.  She was born February 25, 1928 in Fayette, Alabama, to Olus and Eardeal Abbott Goolsby. She was a life long member of First Assembly of God Church.       She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 51 years Ralph Leonard Young, two sons John Tom Young and infant Leonard Earl Young, and brother...
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Louise D. Johnson

September 23, 1929 - November 5, 2017

Louise D. Johnson, 89, died November 5, 2017. She was born September 23, 1929. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy L. Johnson, and her daughter, Janie Johnson Long. Louise is survived by her son-in-law, Billy Murl Long of Tichnor; two grandsons Heath Long (Betsy) of Tichnor and Wes Long (CaSondra) of Benton; and three great granddaughters Shelby, Sydney, and Weslie Jane Long. ...
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Jodine Young Carter

June 14, 1925 - November 5, 2017

Jodine Young Carter, 92, of DeWitt passed away November 5, 2017.  She was born June 14, 1925, in DeWitt to Jim and Marie Johnson Young.     She was a fixture at Carter Building Supply from 1956 until 2016.  Jodine was also a long time member of First Baptist Church of DeWitt and the TEL Sunday School Class.   Jodine was preceded in death by her husband, J.C. Carter; parents, Jim and...
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Billy Price

September 29, 1952 - November 2, 2017

William Edward "Billy" Price, was born September 29, 1952.  He was preceded in death by an infant son, John Price.  He is survived his wife of 47 years, Connie Price; two sons and their wives Jody and Vicky Price and Keith and Whitney Price; mother Pauline Vos; brother Ronny Price all of Almyra; sister of Claira Jane Timmerman of Stuttgart; two granddaughters Sara Vaughn (Kyle) and...
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Jean West Davenport

January 5, 1953 - October 29, 2017

Jean West Davenport, 64, of DeWitt passed away October 29, 2017.  She was born January 5, 1953, to Delbert Dean "Hobo" and Lorene Hill West.   Jean was a member of Crockett's Bluff Missionary Baptist Church and a retired teacher.  She touched the lives of many children through her work in the DeWitt School District and the HIPPY program.  She loved animals and always rescued the ones in...
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Robert Aaron "Bob" Brown

May 1, 1951 - October 27, 2017

Robert Aaron "Bob" Brown, 66, of DeWitt died October 27, 2017 at his home.  He was born May 1, 1951, in DeWitt to William Harold and Mona Dean Newman Brown. He is survived by his wife Ann Chesson Brown; three daughters Cynthia Ketchens (George) of Gould, Melissa Kennedy and Carolyn Brown both of DeWitt; 10 grandchildren Aaron Kennedy, Jimmy Ketchens, Rebecca Kennedy, Courtney Ketchens,...
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Billy Paul Bullock

April 24, 1939 - October 27, 2017

Billy Paul Bullock, 78 of DeWitt peacefully ended his earthly journey on October 27, 2017.   Billy was born April 24, 1939 in Stuttgart to Robert and Lina Baxter Bullock.  Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother Wayne Bullock and son David Bullock.   Survivors are his wife Louise Bullock of Hot Springs; daughter Sue Bullock of Hot Springs; son Danny (Lisa) Bullock of...
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Jimmy Scott Hickerson

September 16, 1975 - October 25, 2017

Scott Hickerson, 42, of DeWitt died Wednesday, October 25, 2017.  He was born on September 16, 1975, in Stuttgart to Jimmy and Peggy Burton Hickerson.     Scott worked as a deer processor and owned Hicks European Mounts.  He was a very artistic person, and had a green thumb.  Wherever he lived he almost always had a big garden.  Every fall he would have something to enter in the Arkansas...
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Mary "Maxine" Duncan

November 21, 1938 - October 23, 2017

Mary "Maxine" Duncan, 78, of DeWitt died October 23, 2017.  She was born November 21, 1938, in England, AR, to Edward and Dulcie Collins.  She was a caregiver and a member of Assembly of God Church in DeWitt.   She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, James W. Collins; one sister, Martha L. Glover; one son, Robert "Bobby" Gray; and one daughter, Janice Gray Tester.   Maxine is...
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Mary Kathryn Simpson Ruffin

December 16, 1931 - October 22, 2017

Mary Kathryn Ruffin, age 85, of DeWitt, passed to her heavenly home on Sunday, October 22, 2017. Mary Kathryn was born to Harvey Simpson and Ruth Pittman Simpson on December 16, 1931. She resided in DeWitt and the Deluce community throughout her life. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Donald "Toad" Ruffin; daughter, Cathy Jean Ruffin Fox; daughter in law, Beth Ruffin; and...
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Larry Walter Simpson

August 17, 1949 - October 6, 2017

Larry Walter Simpson, 68, of DeWitt died October 6, 2017.  He was born August 17, 1949, in Brewer Bottoms to Lemual Ira Simpson and Iona Pearl Hopkins Simpson.  He retired from Carter Building Supply.   He was preceded in death by his parents and first wife, Wilma Joyce Simpson.   Larry is survived by his wife, Sally Vansandt Simpson; three daughters Laura S. Jones of Foreman, AR, Jennifer...
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Stanley Laron "Ronnie" Shepherd

August 1, 1947 - September 24, 2017

Stanley Laron (Ronnie) Shepherd 70, passed away with his family by his side September 24, 2017, at the Hospice Home of Little Rock, AR.  He was born to the late Henry "Stanley" and Addie Lee Morris Shepherd on August 1, 1947 at Mayview near DeWitt.  He attended DeWitt schools.  After graduation, he worked for Arkla Gas Company, went to flight school, did construction and duck guided for his...
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Thomas Wayne Long

July 18, 1952 - September 23, 2017

Thomas Wayne Long, 65, of Gillett died September 23, 2017.  He was born July 18, 1952, in St. Louis, Missouri, to George D. and Mildred Jewell Meador Long.     Thomas retired from the Army Corps of Engineers.   He was preceded in death by his parents.   Thomas is survived by his wife, Judy Koen Long; four children Tommy Long (Carey) of Chattanooga, TN, Bryan Long (Alexa) of San...
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Cleo Ladean Burtram

December 22, 1933 - September 9, 2017

Cleo Ladean Burtram, 83, of DeWitt, went to be with her Lord on September 9, 2017. She was born to Alvin and Georgie Fisher on December 22, 1933. She was a homemaker most of her life and a member of Community Bible Church. She is preceded in death by her parents, an infant daughter, sons- Steve and David Burtram, and sisters- Wilma Watson, Carolyn Daniels, Sharon Williams, and Judy West.   ...
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Janet Fulford Morgan

February 26, 1927 - September 7, 2017

Janet Fulford Morgan was born in Ellaville, Georgia on February 26, 1927 to Henry Louise and Lillie DeVane Fulford. She passed away on September 7, 2017 in Jonesboro, Arkansas. She is survived by daughters Jo Morgan of Florida, and Phyllis Morgan of Arkansas, grandchildren Sherri (Kevin) Robinson, Michael Morgan, Blake Morgan, and Kristen Morgan, great-grandchildren Ashlee (Richard) Pruitt,...
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Marilee Bisswanger Horton

May 18, 1929 - September 1, 2017

Marilee Bisswanger Horton, 88, of St. Charles passed away September 1, 2017.  She was born May 18, 1929 in Ethel to Joe and Vera Lois Bisswanger.     She began her teaching career at the age of 17 in 1946.  She was a member of St. Charles Baptist Church and was an adult Sunday School teacher.  She also attended Strong Women.      Marilee was preceded in death by her parents and her...
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Betty Gean Phipps Lockley

October 31, 1942 - August 31, 2017

  Betty Lockley, 74, passed away August 31, 2017. She was born October 31, 1942, in Poinsett County, Arkansas, to William Edward Phipps and Millie Overton Phipps.     Betty worked as a waitress in DeWitt for many years and always had a smile for her customers. She enjoyed gardening and visiting with her friends.   She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Clyde Lockley, and...
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Jennie Falls Allen

April 5, 1919 - August 30, 2017

Jennie Falls Allen, age 98, passed away on August 30, 2017 in DeWitt, Ark. Jennie was born on April 5, 1919 and spent her entire life in Arkansas County, except for a short time during World War II while her husband, John Paxton Allen, served in the U.S. Navy. Jennie's contagious smile, zest for life, and ability to deal with life's challenges inspired those who knew and loved her. Jennie is...
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Kathy Marie Murphy Watson Stanley

May 3, 1964 - August 29, 2017

Kathy Marie Murphy Watson Stanley, 53, of Almyra died August 29, 2017.  She was born May 3, 1964 in DeWitt to Other Marton Murphy and Rachel Robinson Murphy.     She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers Lester, Tommy, Hickey, and Reggie; and one sister Barbara.   She is survived by her husband Mike Stanley; two children Lorecia Hutchins of Camden and Bobby Watson (Christy...
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August William Reichenbach, Sr.

December 5, 1940 - August 28, 2017

August William Reichenbach, 76, of DeWitt passed away August 28, 2017.  He was born December 5, 1940 in Stuttgart, AR, to Frederick William and Frances Elizabeth Vansickle Reichenbach.   August served in the U.S. Army from 1958-60.  In the 1960s he worked for Layne Christensen Co. (aka Layne Arkansas) as a drilling crew leader.  In the late 1960s / early 1970s he partnered with his father...
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Bobby G. Ashcraft

October 24, 1928 - August 19, 2017

Bobby G. Ashcraft, 88, of DeWitt died August 19, 2017.  He was born October 24, 1928 in Grapevine, AR, to Kirby and Ara Ashcraft.   Bobby graduated from Arkansas State Teachers College in Conway, and began his teaching career in a one room school teaching first through sixth grades at Forks LaGrue School near DeWitt.  He later taught and coached in DeWitt, Eudora, Sheridan, Paragould,...
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Warren A. Jennings,, Sr.

May 14, 1940 - August 11, 2017

Warren A. Jennings, Sr. of DeWitt, Arkansas, died August 11, 2017. Born May 14, 1940, in Washington, D.C. where his father was stationed during the war. He was the son of the late Larkin Hamilton Jennings, Jr. and Mary Wallis Arthur Jennings of Union, South Carolina.    Mr. Jennings was a graduate of Georgia Military Academy, the Citadel in 1962 and from the University of South Carolina...
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Glynda Gene Broyles James

April 19, 1953 - August 10, 2017

Glynda Gene Broyles James, 64, of DeWitt died August 10, 2017. She was born April 19, 1953 to Leon and Daisy Broyles. She was a member of New Zion Missionary Baptist Church and worked faithfully as a LPN at DeWitt Nursing Home for 42 years. She was preceded in death by her parents. Glynda is survived by her husband Benny Joe James; two daughters Angie Henderson of DeWitt and Jennifer...
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Reta Sue Isom Kirkpatrick

August 21, 1946 - August 9, 2017

Reta Sue Isom Kirkpatrick from Jacksonville, Arkansas went to her heavenly home on Wednesday, August 9, 2017. Reta was born August 21, 1946 in DeWitt, Arkansas . Her parents were John Leonard Isom and Katie Ruth Purdy Isom.  Reta was a faithful member of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church and has been employed by Gastro of Arkansas for over 40 years. Reta was such a loving and caring person, she...
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Willene Henderson Watts

January 23, 1923 - July 25, 2017

Willene Henderson Watts, 94, died July 25, 2017. She was born January 23, 1923 near DeWitt to Hallie and Hattie Henderson.  She was a member of Eastside Baptist Church and retired as a bookkeeper for Blue Seal Petroleum.   Willene was preceded in death by her parents; husband Joe Watts; three brothers Doyle, Hersel, and Billy Henderson; and two sisters Gladys Kennedy and Geneva Kittler...
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Eddie Malden West

October 18, 1955 - July 23, 2017

Eddie Malden West , 61, of St. Charles died July 23, 2017.  He was born October 18, 1955 in DeWitt to Eddie West and Gracie Kidd West Ross.  He was a welder and loved hunting and fishing, but loved turkey hunting the best. He was preceded in death by his parents. Eddie is survived by his wife, Donna West; two brothers Rocky West of DeWitt and Raymond West of Rogersville, AL; one sister...
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Robert Roscoe "Bobby" Wade

June 25, 1949 - July 23, 2017

Robert Roscoe "Bobby" Wade, 68 of DeWitt died July 23, 2017.  He was born June 25, 1949 in DeWitt to Tommy and Mary Wade.  He was a commercial fisherman. Bobby was preceded in death by his parents, wife Linda Griffie Wade, and stepson Leonard Griffie II. He is survived by two step children Albert and Felina Olivarri; three brothers Tommy Wade, Jr. of St. Charles, Jimmy Wade of Conway, and...
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Shirley Ann Hudson Jackson

July 7, 1938 - July 10, 2017

Shirley Ann Hudson Jackson, 79, of DeWitt passed away Monday, July 10, 2017.  She was born in St. Charles, AR on July 7, 1938, to Lucy and Odis Hudson.   She was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Irene Longnecker, brother Junior Hudson, and daughter Charlene Jackson.  She is survived by her husband Charles Floyd, sister Betty Simpson, children Dianne Mavar, Phil Jackson, Tara...
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Camra Sheree Kidd Davis

January 26, 1986 - July 1, 2017

Camra Sheree Davis, 31 years of age, passed away peacefully on July 1, 2017.   Camra was born January 26, 1986 in Dewitt, Arkansas.  She loved cooking, raising chickens, being outdoors, and most of all she loved being a farmer's wife and taking care of her family.  Camra never met a stranger and her bubbly personality always brought joy and laughter to those around her.   She is...
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Lovevada Joyce Robertson Jackson

September 15, 1953 - June 28, 2017

Lovevada Joyce Robertson Jackson, 63, of DeWitt passed away June 28, 2017.  She was born September 15, 1953 in DeWitt to James Herman Robertson and Rosa Faye Bullock Robertson.   Joyce was a faithful and loving wife, mother, and grandmother.  She loved to cook for her family, and enjoyed sewing, embroidering, and crafts.   She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Faye Louise...
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Charles Delbert Almond

July 23, 1932 - June 28, 2017

Charles Delbert Almond, 84, of DeWitt, AR, departed his earthly life on June 28, 2017.  Delbert was born July 23, 1932 to parents Charles Edward Almond and Cleta Nichols Almond Holbert. Delbert graduated from DeWitt High School and proudly served his country in the U. S. Navy during the Korean War and was a member of American Legion Post 158. After service to his country, Delbert married the...
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Marshall Kirk Smith

March 4, 1967 - June 26, 2017

Marshall Kirk Smith, 50, of DeWitt went to his Heavenly home June 26, 2017.  He was born March 4, 1967 in Stuttgart, AR to Marshall Ray Smith and Rita Adams Smith Manchester.    Kirk was a member of New Life Fellowship in DeWitt and worked for Layne Arkansas.  Every deer season, he could be found processing deer at Smith Meat Market in DeWitt in his free time.  Kirk never met a stranger,...
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Jimmy Dale Mannis

March 22, 1966 - June 20, 2017

Jimmy Dale Mannis passed from this life on June 20, 2017 at his home in DeWitt, AR.  He was born March 22, 1966 in DeWitt to Dale and Patsy (Watkins) Mannis.    Jimmy spent his childhood in Hearne, TX, and graduated from Hearne High School in 1984.  Jimmy moved back to Arkansas in the early 90's where he was baptized into the Church of the Firstborn on April 8, 1993 by Bro. Gary Watkins...
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Craig Alan Richter

April 13, 1981 - June 20, 2017

Craig Alan Richter, 36, of Gillett died June 20, 2017.  He was born April 13, 1981 in DeWitt to Wade and Danna Richter.   Craig graduated from Gillett High School and was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church.  He graduated at the top of his class at the Geological Institute of America in Carlsbad, CA.  Craig worked as a gemologist at Sissy's Log Cabin.  He enjoyed hunting and golfing in...
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Fannie Marie Eason Smith

May 11, 1935 - June 19, 2017

Fannie Marie Eason Smith, 82, of DeWitt died June 19, 2017, at her home. She was born May 11, 1935 in DeWitt to Marshall Eason and Delia Reidhar Schmitz. She was raised by her step mother, Laura Eason. Fannie worked at many different places in DeWitt over the years, but many remember her from the Munro Shoe Outlet store just off the court square. Fannie was preceded in death by her...
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Cecile Hearn Gray

January 30, 1929 - June 9, 2017

Garnett Cecile Hearn Gray , 88, of DeWitt passed away Friday, June 9, 2017.  She was born to Garnett and Ora Hearn on January 30, 1929 in DeWitt, Arkansas where she grew up and attended school.   Cecile was a homemaker, mother, and wife.  She drove a school bus for the DeWitt School district for 10 years.  Cecile was a lifelong Southern Baptist and was an active Sunday School teacher and...
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Mary Elizabeth Byers Hornbeck

May 28, 1929 - June 8, 2017

Mary Elizabeth Byers Hornbeck, 88, of Hot Springs, AR, passed away June 8, 2017.  She was born May 28, 1929 in Crocketts Bluff, ARR to Benjamin Franklin and Mary Alice Inman Byers.   She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband C.W. Hornbeck; and two brothers Willard and Charles Byers.   She is survived by her sons and their wives, Larry Hornbeck and Melinda of Texarkana, TX,...
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Jeremy Lee Stowe

June 26, 1983 - June 7, 2017

Jeremy Lee Stowe, 33, of DeWitt passed away June 7, 2017 at DeWitt Hospital.  He was born June 26, 1983 in  DeWitt to Chris Stowe and Kathryn Murphy.  He was baptized and saved at First Assembly of God.  Jeremy worked as a butcher at Piggly Wiggly in DeWitt.   Jeremy is survived by his wife Ashley Stowe; daughter Leah Stowe; godchildren Laiken and Rachel Mayall; father and step mother Chris...
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Burl Lafayette Turner, Jr.

March 29, 1941 - June 1, 2017

Burl Lafayette Turner, Jr. of DeWitt died June 1, 2017.  He was born March 29, 1941 in Reydell, AR,  to Burl Lafayette Turner, Sr. and Elsie Douglas Mills Turner.  He retired from Arkansas County Irrigation where he was a backhoe operator.   He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Steven Turner; and three sisters Viola Bagwell, Lucille Sherman, and Lois Turner.   Burl is survived by...
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Dorothy Ilene Browning Jackson

August 23, 1931 - May 25, 2017

Dorothy I. Jackson, 85, of Joy, Arkansas was ushered through the portals of Heaven on May 25, 2017 while surrounded by loved ones.  A beloved sister shouted "Thank you, Jesus!" upon her passage from this world, aptly expressing the feelings of all who knew and loved her.  She had been taken care of lovingly by her husband, Sonny, and sister in law, Sharon Vaughan.     Dorothy was born in...
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Calvin Leon Shook

April 4, 1925 - May 20, 2017

Calvin Leon Shook, 92, of Casscoe passed away Saturday, May 20, 2017.  He was born April 4, 1925 in Almyra to Charles Walton Shook and Maggie Payne Shook.    Leon served honorably in the United States Army during World War II.  He received the American Theater Campaign Ribbon, EAME Campaign Ribbon with 2 Bronze Stars, Good Conduct Medal, Purple Heart with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, and the...
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Calvin Benjamin "Cal" AufderHeide

June 28, 1927 - May 20, 2017

Calvin Benjamin AufderHeide  passed away peacefully at his home in DeWitt, AR with his loving wife, son and grandson by his side. He was born June 28, 1927 to parents August B. and Ida AufderHeide in Owensville, Missouri where he was raised and grew to become a generous, kind man who was even-tempered, full of energy and forever-young to those who had the privilege to know him. During his...
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Charity Ann Stahley

February 9, 1982 - May 18, 2017

Charity Ann Stahley, 35 of Gillett passed away May 18, 2017.  She was born February 9, 1982 in Lake Village, Arkansas.     She was preceded in death by her grandparents.   Charity is survived by her mother, Nancy Turner; two children Joseph and Alexandria Norton; and brother Jarrod Stahley all of Gillett.  She is also survived by her loving work family at Belleview.   A memorial...
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Delia Mae "Sis" Hudspeth

December 30, 1916 - May 17, 2017

Delia Mae "Sis" Hudspeth, 100 years old, of DeWitt, Arkansas, passed way peacefully on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at Crestpark Nursing Home in her hometown of DeWitt. Delia Mae "Sis" is preceded in death by her husband Earl, her son Denny, her daughter in laws Holly C. and Dana Hudspeth, her brothers Floyd and Clyde Murrell, and parents Artemus and Mae Bell (Hamlin) Murrell.   She is survived...
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Cora Marie Carnes Canamore

August 22, 1936 - May 15, 2017

Cora Marie Carnes Canamore, 80, of DeWitt passed away May 15, 2017.  She was born August 22, 1936 in DeWitt.  Cora was a lifetime member of Eastside Baptist Church in DeWitt.   She was preceded in death by her husband, Sherman Canamore; mother Annie Bee Carnes; and sister Shirley Menshew.   She is survived by her two sons and their wives Franklin and Tracy Canamore of DeWitt and Paul and...
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Daniel Patrick "Danny" Self

July 13, 1953 - May 6, 2017

Danny Self of Tichnor, was born July 13th 1953 to Jim & Levinia Self of DeWitt, AR. He died on May 6th, 2017 after a valiant fight with cancer.   Danny was preceded in death by his father, Jim Self.   Danny leaves to cherish his memories:  wife of 42 years Gala Williams Self of Tichnor, AR ; daughter Danielle Self Lindley(Max); grandchildren Sydney Anne Lindley & Max Lindley Jr.; mother...
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Polly Love Alexander

January 25, 1923 - May 6, 2017

Polly Love Alexander, 94, died May 6, 2017.  She was born January 25, 1923 in Heber Springs, AR to Harry Nathan and Rhoda Lee Love.  Polly owned and operated the Mallard Restaurant and Fireplace Steakhouse in Stuttgart for many years before she retired.  She was a member of First Baptist Church in Stuttgart.    Polly called Stuttgart home for 53 years before moving to Gillett to be closer...
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Charles Clayton Byers

February 28, 1934 - May 4, 2017

Charles Clayton Byers, 83, of Stuttgart died May 4, 2017.  He was born February 28, 1934 in Crocketts Bluff to Benjamin Franklin and Mary Alice Inman Byers.   He was a Navy veteran and retired from Riceland Foods.   He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Yvonne Keaton Byers; and brother, Willard Byers.   Survivors include his two sons Mike Byers (Kara) of Stuttgart and...
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Cleon Joseph "Joe" Shackelford, Jr.

June 15, 1934 - May 2, 2017

Cleon Joseph "Joe" Shackelford, Jr. 82 of DeWitt died May 2, 2017. He was born June 15, 1934 in Little Rock to C.J. "Shakey" and Mildred Shackelford. He was a graduate of the University of Arkansas and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He taught and drove a school bus in the DeWitt School District for many years. Joe was active in the Boy Scouts of America throughout...
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Kathryn Irene Luebke Marshall

February 20, 1924 - May 2, 2017

Kathryn Irene Marshall, born February 20, 1924, to John and Mary Luebke of Crocketts Bluff, Arkansas, passed away peacefully May 2, 2017. Kathryn, one of four children, grew up in Crocketts Bluff and graduated from St. Charles High School. After graduation, she moved to Little Rock and worked at the Jacksonville Powder Plant making ammunition during World War II. In 1946, Kathryn married...
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Alfie Jean Grissom Pike

August 8, 1940 - April 23, 2017

Alfie Jean Grissom Pike, 76, of DeWitt died Sunday, April 23, 2017 at the DeWitt City Hospital after a long illness.  She was a homemaker and a member of Big LaGrue Baptist Church.  She worked at Holden's Grocery, Fashion Post, C.L. Jones, Producers Rice Mill and kept books for her husband at William E. Pike Plumbing.   She is survived by her husband, William E. (Bud) Pike, one daughter...
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Gwendolyn Browning Alter

April 3, 1924 - April 20, 2017

Gwendolyn Browning Alter, born April 3, 1924 to Letha and Enoch "Tean" Browning of Mt. Vernon, Arkansas passed away peacefully April 20, 2017  at the DeWitt Hospital.  She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, mother-in-law, neighbor, and friend. Gwen grew up working in her father's cotton gins in Conway and Faulkner counties.  She graduated from Mt. Vernon High School in 1941.  After...
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Cathy Jean Ruffin Fox

January 6, 1955 - April 14, 2017

Cathy Jean Ruffin Fox, 62, of DeWitt went to her Heavenly home on Good Friday, April 14, 2017. She was born January 6, 1955 in DeWitt to Donald "Toad" and Mary Kathryn Simpson Ruffin.    She was saved when she was 16 and was baptized. When she was baptized, she joined Unity Missionary Baptist Church, where she remained a faithful member. Cathy Jean was a respiratory therapist, and worked hard...
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