Dr. Gale Allen McFarland
Gale Allen McFarland , age 61, of Camden, AR, died Thursday December 18, 2014 at Ouachita County Medical Center in Camden, AR. He was the only child of Auborn Jerome McFarland, Jr. and Thelma Estelle Wagnon McFarland, both of Banks, AR. Gale was born December 18, 1953 in Warren, AR but lived with his parents on their farm just east of Banks. Primary education began at the Banks Elementary School in 1960. In August, 1965, the family moved to Crossett, AR, because of job opportunities for A.J. whom was a structural iron worker (local union 710, Monroe, LA). Estelle was a devoted wife and homemaker. Gale attended school in Crossett, graduating in May, 1972. After that the family moved back to their farm in Banks. Gale attended the University of Arkansas at Monticello finishing with a BS in Wildlife Management, in May, 1976. Graduate School at Louisiana Tech University followed with Gale earning a Master of Science degree in Botany, July, 1979. He put environmental science behind him when he was accepted to medical school at UAMS in Little Rock, AR for the school year beginning in 1979. In May, 1983 with his M.D. degree in hand, Dr. McFarland was off to New Orleans, LA to pursue a residency with the LSU general surgery department. After two years, Gale changed his career aspirations to urology and completed 3 years of residency with the LSU - Ochsner Urology program. By this time he was married to Janice Marie Jackson and had three sons; Steven Ross, Justin Lehman, and James Wesley McFarland. The young family relocated to Camden, AR in July, 1983 where Dr. McFarland opened the Camden Urology Clinic. Two more sons were born to Jan and Gale Allen; Travis Allen and Auburn Jackson McFarland. All 5 boys finished school at Camden Fairview. Steven was deployed with the Arkansas Army National Guard to Iraq in 2004 and Justin was deployed with the U.S. Army 10th Mountain Division to Afghanistan from 2005 - 2006; both young men received an honorable discharges from their units. Gale and Jan divorced in 1996. Gale married Wendy Gayle Andrews May 24, 1997 and not only has she been his wife she served as his urological nurse at the clinic. The practice provided little time for vacations, but the family still maintains the farm in Banks. Gale states his vacation is going to work on the farm. Gale played piano and Hammond organ, first training in classical and religious music, but later switching to rock and country. For 9 years he was the pianist for the Banks Presbyterian Church: and he and his family are presently members of the Camden, AR First Presbyterian Church. Gale played in several bands in the Warren and Camden areas, He retired from "gigging" in 1996, now playing in rare jam sessions with his musician friends. Other hobbies have been jogging, bicycling, and always trying to lead a healthy lifestyle to "practice what he preaches”to his patients at his urology clinic. Dr. McFarland has been active as a 5th District Trustee with the Arkansas Medical Society, and is a member of the Arkansas Urologic Society and the American Urological Association. Gale is survived by his wife Wendy, Steven, Wesley, Travis, and Jackson. He is preceded in death by both parents and his second son Justin. His final wishes would be for the original farm in Banks to remain intact for many more years as a productive part of the family and to thank all his patients and colleagues for their confidence in his clinical and surgical abilities. He would also like to thank his family and friends for all their support during his final months. Funeral services are 3:30 p.m. Sunday December 21, at Frazer’s Funeral Home in Warren, AR. Burial will be in McFarland Cemetery at Banks, AR by Frazer’s. Visitation 6-8 p.m. Saturday December 20, at Frazer’s. Memorials preferred to the McFarland Cemetery Perpetual Care - Ginger Ricks or to the Camden, AR First Presbyterian Church/Ouachita County Medical Center PO Box 797, Camden, AR 71711.
Sam Ella Hill
Sam Ella Hill was born on Wednesday, August 9, 1939, in Arkadelphia, Arkansas to the union of Henry Clay and Corine Williams Hill. At a tender age she confessed her faith in Christ, was baptized and filled with the Holy Ghost while at Victory Temple Church of God in Christ in Pine Ridge, Arkansas. Victory Temple COGIC later moved to Arkadelphia and she continued to in her Christian journey. Her love for Christ was expressed in the way she lived and loved her family. She grew up in Arkadelphia and attended Peake High School. As a young woman full of life and wit, she met Henry Douglas Murphy, a tall and handsome young man from Cartage, Arkansas; and after an appropriate courtship they were married on December 23, 1967. They made their home in Arkadelphia and begun a life that lasted for over 40 years until his passing on January 27, 2010. While Henry worked as an independent logger. She busied herself keeping an impeccable home and nurturing her children. Her children were such an important part of her life. Their home was filled with prayer, love and laughter which created memories that would never be forgotten. Mother Murphy was a sanctified faithful member of Victory Temple Church of God In Christ where she served faithfully as the church Mother and served dutifully beside her husband who served as a deacon and assistant Sunday school superintendent. She loved attending prayer meeting, bible study and helping with devotion. Those she touched and those who knew her witnessed her untiring love for God. She had a way of knowing what and when you were going through and always was able to lift and strengthen you. Throughout her life she was a devoted and committed wife, mother, sister, loving grandmother, great-grandmother, faithful & trusted friend. Even at death her faith and hope in Christ never wavered. Mother Murphy surrendered her soul on Saturday, December 13, 2014 with her family at her side. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Henry D. Murphy (2010) and her son, Kendall C. Murphy (2014); three sisters, Frances Neal, Lillie Atkins, Nanette Hill; seven brothers, an infant, Willie Henry Hill, Robert Hill, Tommy Hill, Mac Arthur Hill, Richard Hill, and Herbert Hill. Her passing reminds us that life is uncertain, but death is sure. Her legacy and memories will forever linger in the hearts of her children; Ricky (Cheryl) Conner of Houston Texas, Alvin Pennix of Long Beach, California, Henry (Kathy) Florence of Malvern, Zina (Eddie) Bailey of Arkadelphia, Tamara Jolly and Gwendolyn (Roy) Pollins, all of Hot Springs. She also leaves indelible impressions in the heart of her twenty-four grandchildren, twenty great-grandchildren; one sister, Hattie B. Smith of Los Angeles, CA; two brothers, Gary (Katie) Hill of Jacksonville, AR; and Gus (Yvonne) Hill of Atlanta, GA; one aunt, Gertie Dixon of Arkadelphia and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, numerous friends and the Victory Temple Church of God in Christ Family. Public visitation will be from 1:00-7:00 p.m. on Friday, December 19, 2014. The family will receive friends 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Home Going Celebration will be held on at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, December 20, 2014 at St. Paul AME Church where Rev. T. W. Scott is the pastor. Elder Darryl Maxwell the pastor of Victory Temple COGIC will serve as eulogist and Superintendent Robert Davis will officiate The committal service and final resting place will be at Rest Haven Memorial Gardens in Arkadelphia.
Verda Marie Sieber Riggs
Verda Marie Sieber Riggs was born December 21, 1928, in Red Oak Flat near Troup, Texas, and died at home in Frenchport near Camden on Wednesday, December 17, 2014. Verda became a licensed practical nurse while employed at the hospital in Camden. Later she was employed by Dr. Bruce Ellis of Stephens, Arkansas, and Iraan General Hospital in Iraan, Texas. After her retirement she and Charles were devoted to the community of Frenchport. Verda enjoyed her participation with the Camden Daffodil Festival, the Ladies Auxiliary of the Frenchport Volunteer Fire Department, and her service on the boards of the Frenchport VFD and the Mt. Horeb Cemetery Association. She was affiliated with the Assemblies of God denomination of Arkansas and treasured her time with the First Assembly of God in Orange, Texas, Stephens Assembly of God in Stephens, Arkansas, Pleasant Ridge Assembly of God and Cullendale Assembly of God both in Camden. Verda was preceded in death by Charles Newton Riggs, her husband of 63 years; one son, Eddy Don; and her brother, Monroe Sieber of Orange, Texas. Survivors include daughter, Belinda Riggs of Springdale, Arkansas; son, Barry and wife, Debra of Frenchport; six grandchildren, Shane Patrick (Melissa) of Fayetteville, Todd Patrick (Janis) of El Dorado, Cade Riggs (Alexia) of Brownwood, TX, Laura Riggs Bowers (Brandon) of Yorktown, Virginia, Melissa Riggs Bradley (David) of Midland, Texas, and J. Newton Riggs of Lubbock, Texas; and six great grandchildren, Jay and Clay Patrick of Arkadelphia, Anthony and James Patrick of El Dorado, and James Barry and Charles Riggs of Brownwood, Texas. Verda is also survived by sisters, Verlene Bass of Tyler, Texas, and Theda Burch of Orange, Texas; and sister-in-law, Norma Ables of Russellville, Arkansas; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services for Mrs. Riggs will be 10:00 AM Saturday, December 20, 2014 at Proctor Funeral Home with burial in Mt. Horeb Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the funeral home. Dr. Wade Totty, pastor of Cullendale First Baptist Church, Camden, Arkansas, Rev. Forrest Bass, nephew and pastor of North Main Church of God, Weatherford, Texas will officiate the services. Memorials may be made to the Frenchport Volunteer Fire Department, 208 Ouachita 382, Camden, AR 71701. Proctor Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Cynthia Delores Coleman Dunn
Ms. Cynthia Delores Coleman Dunn, 48 of Camden, AR passed away on Saturday December 13, 2014. Ms. Cynthia Dunn was preceded in death by her father W.B. Gaston. Ms. Cynthia Dunn leaves to cherish her loving memories to her mother Dorothy Juniel of Kansas City, MO; sisters Angela Carroll of Camden, AR and Tara Gray of Kansas City, MO; brother LeVorn Juniel of Fort Smith, AR. Funeral services are scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Saturday December 20, 2014 at First Missionary Baptist Church in Bearden, AR, with Rev. Stephone Avery officiating. Interment will be held in Moss Cemetery in Bearden, AR. Visitation will be held on Friday December 19, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Reddick Funeral Home.
Lillie Jean Goshen
Mrs. Lillie Jean Goshen, 66 of Camden, AR passed away on Saturday December 13, 2014 in Hot Springs, AR. Mrs. Lillie Goshen was preceded in death by her parents Louis and Katie Thrist. Mrs. Lillie Goshen leaves to cherish her memories to her loving husband Rodell Goshen of Camden, AR; children Stacey Goshen and Stephanie Brown both of Camden, AR; brother Louis Thrist, JR of Camden, AR; 3 grandchildren. Funeral services are scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Saturday December 20, 2014 at Hickory Ridge MBC with Dr. Shad Porchia officiating. Interment will be held in St. Mary Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Friday December 19, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Reddick Funeral Home.
Dorothy Alice Tucker
Dorothy Alice Tucker, age 84, of Garland, Texas, passed away December 14, 2014 in Garland, Texas. She was born on August 15, 1930 in Shreveport, Louisiana to Buck and Ruth Bailey Hawkins. Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Keith Hawkins and Kenneth Hawkins; and her sister, Helen Ritchie. She is survived by her husband of sixty years, James Tucker; her son, Max Tucker and his wife, Lydia; grandson, John Tucker; brother, Murphy Hawkins and his wife, Thelma; and numerous other family members. Graveside Service: Thursday, December 18, 11:00 AM New Hope Cemetery Hampton, AR