Agnes Neva Gage Thomas
Agnes Neva Gage Thomas, earned her wings and went to be with her Savior and family on September 12, 2014. She was born on Christmas Eve 97 years ago in Chidester, AR to Jessie and Eva Gage. She was a retired babysitter to hundreds of children. Her favorite hobby was making quilts for family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lloyd Thomas; son, Bobby Thomas; sons-in-law, Wallace Jackson and Jack Robertson; and brothers, Jarvis Gage and Chicken Gage. She is survived by a son, Billy (Nola) Thomas of Camden; daughters, Betty Robertson and Bevely Jackson both of Camden, and Belinda Thomas of Rogers; and daughter-in-law, Roberta Thomas of Little Rock. She had nine grandchildren and nineteen great grandchildren. She is also survived by a special adopted daughter, Melody Johnson and her husband, Randy and children, Richard, Joey, and Ashley. Services for Mrs. Thomas will be 2:00 P.M. Sunday, September 14, 2014 at Proctor Chapel, with burial in Red Hill Cemetery in Chidester under the direction of Proctor Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M. Saturday, September 13, 2014 at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be her grandsons- Phil Loveless, Scotty Butler, Terry Don Sandage, Lloyd Thomas, Justin Lee, Stacy Ledbetter, Tommy Ledbetter, Leslie Jackson, and Roger Rutherford. Honorary Pallbearers will be Randy Johnson, Richard Johnson, and Joey Johnson.
Pamela Selph Dodson
Pamela Selph Dodson, 63 of Camden, AR passed away Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at her home. She was born April 14, 1951 in Natchez, MS to James Eugene and Janice Cowen Selph. She was a member of Camden First United Methodist Church and attended Camden First Assembly of God Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, James Eugene and Janice Cowen Selph; sister, Deborah Moix, nephew Christopher Moix, paternal grandparents, Ike and Martha Selph; and maternal grandmother, Opal Cowen. She is survived by her son, Mark Dodson of El Dorado, AR; sister, Robin Ralston and husband, Tim of Atkins, AR; nieces, Laura Moix of Fayetteville, AR, Ashley Ralston-Ennis and husband, Jamie of Atkins, AR and Jennifer Bruehwiler and husband, Willie of Atkins, AR; nephew, Matthew Ralston of Atkins, AR; and several great nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be 10:00 AM Monday, September 15, 2014 at First United Methodist Church with burial in Memorial Park Cemetery. Reverend Buddy Ratliff will officiate the services. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The American Cancer Society. Proctor Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Barbara Quay Burks
Barbara Quay Burks, 82, of Camden, died Sunday, September 14, 2014, at the Ouachita County Medical Center in Camden. Mrs. Burks was born August 7, 1932 in Cincinnati, OH, the daughter of Hiram Quay and Mary Louise Maltbie, who preceded her death. She was a member of Mt. Holly Community Church in Mt. Holly, and Cullendale First Baptist Church in Camden. Mrs. Burks served as a pastor’s wife for over 60 years. She was a great mother and grandmother. She is survived by her husband of over 60 years, Dr. Jimmy Burks of Camden; son, Jimmy Burks, Jr. and wife, Stephanie of Alvin, TX; daughters, Jodie Wright and husband, Doug of Madison, MS, and Judy Brooks and husband, Sherman of Camden; four grandchildren, Jessica Neely and husband, Matt, Glenn Wright, Jacob Burks, and Courtney Burks; and two great grandchildren, Bryce Neely and Logan Neely, and many friends and relatives. Funeral services for Mrs. Burks will be 2:00 P.M. Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at the Cullendale First Baptist Church with Rev. Doug Wright and Dr. Wade Totty officiating. Burial will be in Bethesda Cemetery. Proctor Funeral Home of Camden is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guest register, visit www.proctorfuneralhome.com Memorials may be made to Mt. Holly Community Church, 2935 Stephens Hwy, Mt.Holly, AR 71758
Curtis Eugen Turner
Curtis Eugene Turner, age 75, of Camden, died September 9, 2014 at his home. He was an Army Veteran and a member of Cullendale First Baptist Church. He is preceded in death by his parents, Ira Curtis and Lois Williams Turner. He is survived by his wife, Joy Turner of Camden; daughter, Marla S. Stinnett and husband, Bruce of Camden; sons, Michael W. Turner and wife, Rebecca of Camden, John Greenwood and wife, Kristen of Sherwood, and Joe Greenwood, Jr. and wife, Kelli of Hot Springs; grandsons, Collin Stinnett and Nathaniel Turner both of Camden and Drew Greenwood and Evan Greenwood and wife, Katie all of Hot Springs, Hayden Greenwood of Sherwood; granddaughters, Sydney Stinnett, Millicent Turner and Breana Poindexter all of Camden, and Haley Traylor and husband, Zach of Sherwood; Brothers, Jackie Turner and Jimmy Turner and wife, Kathy all of Camden; sisters, Fran Franklin and husband, Eugene of Bastrop, LA and Janice Launius and husband, Dannie of Camden. Graveside service will be 10:00 AM Thursday at Memorial Park Cemetery with Dr. Wade Totty officiating. The family will receive friends from 6-8 PM Wednesday. Proctor Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Kalom Neal Emerson
Kalom Neal Emerson, 35 of Bearden, Arkansas died Thursday, September 4, 2014 at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. He was born August 3, 1979 in El Dorado, Arkansas. He was a member of Sulfur Springs Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his sister, Amy Emerson, grandparents Jack and Marie Emerson, Betty Harper, and M.G. Ferrell; and his uncle Paul Wayne Emerson. He is survived by his wife Kristi Clemons Emerson; two sons Kathan and Colton Emerson; his parents Jackie and Teresa Emerson and Sandy and Tony Harcrow; one brother Kevin Emerson and wife Chantel; grandfather Harold Harper and grandmother Alma Ferrell; one nephew Keeton Emerson; and numerous uncles, aunts, cousins, and friends. The family will receive friends Sunday from 6PM until 8PM at Benton Funeral Home in Fordyce. Funeral services will be 10AM Monday at the Benton Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery at Chambersville. To sign the online registry, visit www.bentonfuneralhome.net.
Madge Bryant Johnson
Madge Bryant Johnson, age 89, of Warren died Saturday, September 6, 2014 at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock, AR. Preceding her in death were her husband, Loran L. Johnson, her parents, Samuel and Pansy Lewis Bryant, all of Warren, and sisters, Emma Rodgers of Klamath Falls, Oregon, and Jimmie Payne of Elgin, Texas. Survivors include son, Wayne Lewis Johnson and wife, Susan, of Warren and daughters, LoraNelle Humphrey and husband, Carl, of Stuttgart and Camille Johnson Lide of Little Rock. She is also survived by grandsons, Bryan Humphrey and wife, Hannah, of Park City, Utah, Allan Humphrey and wife, Sydney, of Monticello, and David Lide of Little Rock; great-grandson, Finn Humphrey of Park City, Utah; and sister, Wanna Payne, of El Dorado. She was a former teacher, homemaker, and loving wife, mother, and Mimi to her beloved family. Mrs. Johnson was a 1943 graduate of Warren High School and a lifelong resident of the Prospect Community. A 1948 graduate of the University of Arkansas with a BSE in Home Economics, she resided in the 4-H House. She drew on her many skills and talents to make a wonderful home for her family. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Warren. Wayman Mann will officiate the graveside service at Parker-Prospect Cemetery near Warren on Wednesday, September 10, at 2:00 p.m. Burial will be by Frazer Funeral Home of Warren.
Ruby Jane Gatewood
Ruby Jane Gatewood, 69, of Camden, AR passed away Saturday, September 06, 2014. She was born October 16, 1944 in Rison, AR to the late Elbert and Hazel Doss Crutchfield. She is also preceded in death by her brothers, Sammy Doyle Crutchfield and Jimmy Dale Crutchfield and sister, Verna Crutchfield; and step-sister, Glenna Andrews. Survivors include her husband, Jesse Gatewood of Camden; daughter, Sheila Elliott of Camden; sisters, Roberta Shelby, Lanelle Willis, Wanda Valentine, Hazel Vinson, Martha Mason, Gloria Hankins and Doris Rice; brother, Ronald Crutchfield; step-sisters, Shirley Watson and Betty Drewery. Funeral services will be held Tuesday 1:00 pm at Proctor Funeral Home with Reverend Ricky Harrison officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to service. Interment will follow in Prosperity cemetery.
Suzanne Knight, 56, died Friday, September 5, 2014 at her home in Camden. She was born October 26, 1957 to Virginia and Joseph E. Knight in Shreveport, Louisiana and moved to Camden when she was four. She was a member of Camden First United Methodist Church and was a Share Singer. After graduating from Camden High School with honors, Suzanne received a scholarship to Southern Arkansas University where she subsequently graduated with a BS degree in Medical Technology. She was Coordinator of Radiology Transcriptions at CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System in Texarkana, Texas for 16 years. According to Lisa Patterson, director of Imaging Services, Suzanne was excellent at what she did—dedicated and loyal, enjoying her work. The Radiologist there heavily depended on her and she was well loved by all. She was the one that always called the staff together for fellowship, by baking something special. Suzanne was a strong, brave person who loved her independence. She had a special bond with her cat, Xerox and enjoyed her computer, iPad, and piano. She was preceded in death by her father, Joseph E. Knight and survived by her mother, Virginia Knight Nunnally of Camden and her brother, Joseph E. Knight, Jr. of El Dorado. She is survived by three aunts and one uncle: LaNell Stuart, Shirley O’Glee, Mary Darden, Johnnie Umphries and several cousins. She was preceded in death by Dr. Robert H. Nunnally, her step father, and his grandson, William Wakefield Nunnally. She is survived by Dr. Nunnally’s three children and three grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at First United Methodist Church on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 2:00PM. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Camden First United Methodist Church or to Ouachita County Medical Center Hospice. Proctor Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Willie C. Smith
Mr. Willie C. Smith, 88 of Camden, AR passed away on Wednesday September 3, 2014. Mr. Willie Scott was preceded in death by his parents Berry and Annie Scott. Mr. Willie Scott leaves to cherish his loving memories to his children Wilhelmenia Williams of Richmond, TX, Patricia Boyd of Staten Island, NY, Paula Blue of Patchogue, NY, Kenny Lee of Mansfield, TX, Stacey Lee of Nashville, TN, Eugene Lee, of Columbia, TN, and Willie Scott JR of Camden, AR; brothers J.T. Scott of Camden, AR, L.J. Scott of Engwood, CA, and Emmett Scott of Fort Myers, FL; 10 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday September 6, 2014 at Bayou Church of Christ.
Bro. Jeremy Simmons
Bro. Jeremy Simmons, 31 of Warren, AR passed away on Saturday August 30, 2014 at Bradley County Medical Center in Warren, AR. Bro. Jeremy leaves to cherish his loving memories to his parents Bobby & Marilyn Harris of Warren, AR and Freddie & Exster Hampton both of Warren, AR; son Jabari D. Simmons of Junction City, AR, daughter A'lisa M. Marshall of Monticello, AR, brothers Johnathan Cooper, Shawn Moorehead, Marcas Harris, and Joseph Harris all of Warren, AR, sisters LaTonya Jackson of Pine Bluff, AR, Kelli Hampton of Maumelle, AR, and A'meisia Hanpton of Conway, AR Funeral services are scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Saturday September 6, 2014 at Warren Cultural Center in Warren, AR with Rev. Henry Cox officiating. Interment will be held in Hampton Chapel Cemetery in Johnsville, AR. Visitation will be held on Friday September 5, 2014 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Union Hill MBC.
Cedric Haynie, 48 of Camden, AR passed away on Thursday August 28, 2014 at Ouachita County Medical Center. He was preceded in death by his father Johnnie Haynie. He leaves to cherish his loving memories to his loving mother Erma Haynie of Camden, AR; sons Jereme Haynie of Shreveport, LA, Cedric Haynie and Sebastian Haynie both of Camden, AR; daughters Taylor Henderson and Tamera Page both of Camden, AR; sisters Angela Haynie and Sandra Hines both of Camden, AR; 2 grandchildren. Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday August 30, 2014 in Mt. Willie Cemetery. Sign our online registry at www.reddickfuneralhome.net
Nona West Pullin
Nona West Pullin age 89 of Warren, AR died Friday, August 29th at Chapel Woods Nursing Home in Warren, AR. She was born October 5th, 1924 in Bradley County, AR a daughter of the late Ervin West and Bessie Wright West. She was a beautician and a member of Immanuel Baptist Church. Also preceding her in death were 2 sons, Eddie Pullin and Jim Thomason. Brothers Earnest West, Russell West, Vernon West, Louie West, Slick West, Vester West and Pete West. Survivors include her husband Ralph Pullin, whom she married June 19th, 1959 in Pine Bluff, AR. A son Bill Thomason and spouse Sue, Pratt, Kansas, 2 daughters Diane Jolley and spouse Jim, Little Rock, AR.; and Carolyn Worsham, Warren, AR. A daughter in law Shirley Thomasson, Plano, TX. 2 sisters Vera Wagnon, Warren, AR and Mary Reddin, Camden, AR. A brother Billy Gene West and spouse Wanda, Warren, AR. 10 grandchildren, Hailey Pullin, Rai Pullin, Brandon Thomasson, James Thomasson, Tyler Thomasson, Jeremy Thomasson, Greg Worsham, Mathew Worsham, Trent Jolley and Andrew Jolley; 4 Great-grandchildren. Funeral services 10:00AM Saturday, September 6th at Frazer’s Chapel with Rev. David Ritchy officiating. Burial in Willoughby Cemetery by Frazer’s Funeral Home. Visitation 9:00 AM till service time.
Joel Dean Hedrick
Joel Dean Hedrick, of Little Rock, AR, died quietly on Aug. 31, 2014 at the age of 101. Mrs. Hedrick was born on Sept. 27, 1912 in Monticello, Arkansas to Joel William and Mary Melinda Givens Cunningham. She grew up in southern Arkansas and graduated as valedictorian of Warren High School in 1930. She attended Monticello A & M College for two years and received her certification to teach English. Due to the depression, she left college and took a teaching job in New Edinburg and then at Warren High School. In 1937 she married Kimbro Young Hedrick and they moved into the house at 500 North Myrtle in Warren where they lived for most of the 69 years of their married life. Although Mrs. Hedrick quit teaching in the school system, she taught Sunday School in the First Presbyterian Church for years, touching the lives of many of the youth who grew up in the church. Also, as an active member of the Women of the Church at First Presbyterian, she served in leadership positions for over 50 years. Her primary occupation was being a homemaker for her husband and her four children. In addition to caring for her family, she ensured that her children had their homework done, had music lessons, and attended church. Mrs. Hedrick served as president of the PTA and under her leadership, the organization raised money to start the first lunchroom to serve hot meals in Warren’s schools. She loved to read and share books with family and friends, and for years she enjoyed working as the church librarian. Her family cherishes their memories of her as a mother, teacher, cook, and friend. Joel Dean and Kim lived in their house on North Myrtle Street until 2006 when Kim died at the age of 99. At that time, Mrs. Hedrick moved to Little Rock to live near Jane and her family. For the past five years the staff at Briarwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Little Rock has provided love and care to Ms. Jo day and night. The family extends their deepest appreciation to our Briarwood family. Her first daughter, Mary Hedrick Causey, died in 2012. Mrs. Hedrick is survived by three of her four children: Jane Hedrick Beachboard (Jim Beachboard), Little Rock, AR, Ellen Kay Hedrick (Tom Bacon), Durham, N.C., Mary's husband, J.P. Causey, West Point, VA and the Rev. Bill Hedrick (the Rev. Catherine Robinson), Albuquerque. NM. Mrs. Hedrick has ten grandchildren: James Beachboard, Matthew (Susannah Beachboard, John Beachboard (Amber Brewer), Michael Bacon, (the Rev. Kathryn Lester-Bacon), Kathryn Bacon Goldman (Jeff Goldman), Beth Causey (Michelle Andrews), Lyn Causey (Alan Meyer), George Hedrick, Joy Hedrick Maguire (Bill Maguire), Mark Hedrick (Christy Hedrick). She also has eight great grandchildren, Rand Brewer, Alya and Darren Goldman, Harrison and Virginia Meyer, Lily and Ryan Maguire, and Daniel Hedrick. A Memorial Service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, Warren, AR, at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, September. 5, 2014. Prior to the service, a graveside service will be held at 1:30 at Oakland Cemetery. Arrangements are by Frazer’s Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Warren, Arkansas, the Warren YMCA, or the Warren Public Library.
Bernice McBride Ragar age 93 of Warren, AR died Saturday, August 30th, at the John R. Williamson Hospice House. She was born November 16th, 1920 in Warren, AR a daughter of the late Kelly McBride and Virgie House McBride. She was a housewife and homemaker and a member of Immanuel Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband Herbert Ragar, whom she married September 28th, 1940 and he died October 12th, 1998, brothers James T. McBride, Frank McBride and a sister Marcelle Hardin. She is survived by a brother, Kelly V. McBride, Warren, AR and a sister Evelyn Wyndham, Perryville, AR; and several nieces and nephews. Graveside services were 10:00AM Wednesday, September 3rd at Oakland Cemetery with Rev. David Richey officiating. Burial was in Oakland Cemetery by Frazer’s Funeral Home. Active pallbearers were Roger McBride, Johnny McBride, Jarrod McBride, Dalton McBride and Hugh Quimby.
Elex G. Mann
Elex G. Mann, age 77, of Banks, AR died Friday August 29, at his home. Born October 26, 1936 in Bradley County, AR a son of the late J.W. Mann and Hazel Sinclair Mann he was a retired truck driver for Miller Transport and member Shady Grove Baptist Church in Jersey, AR. Survivors are his wife Janelle West Goff Mann whom he married October 24, 2000; 1 son Gary Mann, Texarkana, TX. 1 daughter Lori Tucker, El Dorado, AR. 1 step son Michael Goff, Moro Bay, AR. 1 step daughter Teresa McRae, Norphlet, AR. 1 brother Ray Mann, Warren, AR. 2 sisters Louise Richardson and Donnie Crosier both of Warren, AR. 6 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and 2 step grandsons. He was also preceded in death by a spouse Shirley Mann, daughter Kelly Massey and a brother Roy Mann. Funeral services were 2:00 p.m. Sunday August 31, at Shady Grove Baptist Church in Jersey, AR. with Rev. Billy Hastings and Rev. Ricky Smith officiating. Soloist was Russell Isbell Burial was in Liberty Cemetery near Louann, AR by Frazer’s Funeral Home. Active pallbearers were Jimmy Sanders, Pete Mann, Michael Goff, Donald Richardson, Bobby Mann and Kent Measel. Honorary pallbearers were Rev. Gene Boyette and Rev. Joe McClellan. Memorials are preferred to Lifetouch Hospice; 2301 Champagnolle Road; El Dorado, AR 71730.
Howard Oren Pace, Jr.
Howard Oren Pace, Jr., age 71, of Warren, AR died Wednesday August 27, at home. Born August 20, 1943 at Westwood, CA, a son of the late Howard Oren Pace, Sr. and Norma Jean Watson Pace he was a retired welder and a U.S. Navy veteran. Surviving is his wife Patricia Faye Bennett Pace whom he married December 12, 1963. Visitation was 6-8 p.m. Friday August 29, at Frazer’s Funeral Home. Burial was in Red Oak Cemetery near Slaughterville, OK.
Jim Boyle, a resident of Camden, died September 01, 2014, at home. Jim was born in Clarendon on December 25, 1934, to Mary Eugenia and James Franklin Boyle, Sr., both of whom predeceased him. He is survived by his wife of fifty-six years, Patsy Boyle; and a daughter, Barbara (Craig) Seal of Shreveport. Jim is also survived by three siblings, his brother, Ronald Boyle of Paron; and two sisters, Betty (Chuck) Ratcliff of Little Rock, and Janet Martin of King's Mountain, North Carolina. Jim was raised in Clarendon and educated in Clarendon public schools. He later attended college at Arkansas State Teachers in Conway and Henderson State Teachers in Arkadelphia. Jim served honorably in the United States Army during the Korean War. There will be a graveside service at Memorial Park Cemetery in Camden on Wednesday, September 03, 2014 at 10:00 AM. Visitation will be at the cemetery tomorrow from 9:30 AM to service time. Instead of flowers, Patsy requests a gift to the donor's favorite charity in memory of Jim. Arrangements are by Proctor Funeral Home.
Hubert Clifton Morton
Hubert Clifton Morton, 55, of Camden, was welcomed home to heaven, August 30, 2014. Clif was born March 11, 1959, to Robert Vance Morton and Sarah Pate Morton. He graduated from El Dorado High School in 1977. He continued his education at SAU-EB where he graduated as an X-ray technician. Clif loved music and from the age of eight years old enjoyed a lifetime career performing and entertaining. He loved people and was the consummate performer. Clif had many other interests including gardening, reading, collecting art and memorabilia, and watching scary movies. His greatest interest was spending time with his family and friends and no one was a stranger. Clif was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church, which he dearly loved. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Sarah Morton and a treasured nephew, Cody Fitzgerald. Mr. Morton is survived by his wife, Sandra Watts Morton of Camden, AR; one son, Daniel Morton (Melissa) of Zwolle, LA; two brothers Roger Morton (Becky) of El Dorado, AR and Mike Morton of Felsenthal AR; and many beloved aunts and uncles, nieces and nephews. Services will be held 10:00 am Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at St. Louis Catholic Church in Camden with burial in Old Lapile Cemetery at Huttig. Visitation will be from 5-8pm, Tuesday at Proctor Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the American Heart Association. Proctor Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Benny Wayne Riddick
Benny Wayne Riddick, 83, passed away Saturday, August 30, 2014 at Ouachita Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Mr. Riddick was a veteran of the United States Army and a retired clerk with the United States Postal Service. He was preceded in death by his parents, William B. and Idalie Lusby Riddick; four brothers; and one sister. Mr. Riddick is survived by his wife, Myrtle Ponder Riddick; three sons, Steven Michael Riddick and his wife, Dorothy, Lionel Wayne Riddick and his wife, Kathy and James Parker Riddick and his wife, Becky; a daughter, Deborah Gail Tubbs and her husband, Terrell; eight grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and a host of step-grandchildren. Proctor Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family will receive friends at the funeral home 6:00 to 8:00 PM Sunday. Services will be 10:30 Monday at Proctor Funeral Home followed by interment at Riddick Cemetery at Troy. AR.
Helen M. Lowery
Helen M. Lowery, 81, died Friday, August 29, 2014 at her residence. She was a member of the Bearden First Assembly of God. Mrs. Lowery was preceded in death by two brothers, Johnny Mosley, Jr. and Jimmy Mosley and three sisters, Dorothy Jean Newton, Billie Tuberville, and Ann Hopkins. She is survived by a son, Ricky Lowery of Camden, AR; three daughters, Lisa Biggers of Louann, AR, Melissa Mooney of Sheridan, AR and Melinda Bird of East Camden, AR; a brother, Jerry Lane Mosley of Sheridan, AR; a sister, Kathy Ward of Hot Springs, AR; nine grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Proctor Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family will receive friends at the funeral home 6:00 to 8:00 PM Sunday. Services will be 2:00 PM Monday at Proctor Chapel followed by interment at Salem Cemetery in Bearden.
Evalyn Riley Morgan
Evalyn Riley Morgan, 98, died Friday, August 29, 2014 at Consolata Nursing Home in New Iberia, LA. She was born August 14, 1916 in Stephens, AR, the daughter of Robert and Grace Riley. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Frank Morgan; her son, James Franklin Morgan, Jr.; her two brothers, Keith Riley and Roy Riley; her sister Mary Grace Bristow. She was married to Frank Morgan in 1937 and lived in Camden with him until his passing in 2001 at which time she moved to New Iberia, LA. She was a devoted wife and mother. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Camden, AR. Survivors include her son, Jimmy Morgan and wife, Connie of New Iberia, LA; grandson, Ben Morgan and wife Deanna of Lewisville, TX; step-grandson, Jason Galewski and wife Bree of Lafayette, LA; and sister, Carolyn Medeiros of California and numerous nieces and nephews. Graveside services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 7, 2014 at Greenwood Cemetery in Camden, AR. The family will receive friends from 12:30 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 7, 2014 at the funeral home. Proctor Funeral Home of Camden, AR is in charge of the arrangements.
Clara Lillian Milford Magnia
Clara Lillian Milford Magnia, 91, of Hampton died Saturday, August 23, 2014 at her home. She was born December 17, 1922 in Diboll, TX. She was a retired telephone operator for AT&T. She is preceded in death by her parents, George Milford and Clara Belle Massengill Milford; husband, Kyte Magnia; and one niece, George Ellen Stokes. She is survived by one niece, Charlotte (Jerry) Day of Little Rock; one nephew, Larry Stokes of Hampton; one great niece, Chanda Word of Holly Springs and one great nephew, Thomas Day of Little Rock. Visitation will be Sunday 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm at Benton Funeral Home in Hampton. Graveside services will be 1:00 pm Wednesday at San Jacinto Memorial Cemetery in Houston, TX. Arrangements by Benton Funeral Home in Fordyce/Hampton. To sign the online registry, visit www.bentonfuneralhome.net.
Glenna Thae Gray Rich Smith
Glenna Thae Gray Rich Smith, 90, of Fordyce died Friday, August 22, 2014 at Dallas County Medical Center in Fordyce. She was born April 3, 1924 in Thornton, Arkansas. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Fordyce. She is preceded in death by her parents, Ray Gray and Floy McCann Gray; husbands, James Allen Rich and Houston Smith; one son, Billy Ray Rich; four brothers, Albert Gray, Victor Gray, Ralph Gray, A.G. Gray; and one sister, Mary Sue Gray. She is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Charlotte and Bill Barkhimer of Camden; daughter-in-law, Retta (Sheldon) Richardson of Camden; four grandchildren, Renee (Bill) Westlake of Roswell, GA, Candy (Prentiss) Lambert of Camden, Alan (Kathy) Rich of Camden, Billy Joe Autrey of Camden; eleven great grandchildren, five step great grandchildren and four step great-great-grandchildren. Visitation will be Sunday 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm at Benton Funeral Home in Fordyce. Funeral services will be 10:00 am Monday at Benton Funeral Home with Rev. Paul Wooley and Rev. Bill Cato officiating. Burial will follow at Ebenezer Cemetery. Arrangements by Benton Funeral Home in Fordyce. To sign the online registry, visit www.bentonfuneralhome.net.
Richard Boyd Dodson
Richard Boyd Dodson, 80 of Maumelle, passed away Thursday, August 21, 2014. Boyd was a gentle and intelligent man, a military pilot who served his country, a writer at heart who treasured his memories, a man who dearly loved his family, a friend who kept the bonds strong through eight decades of time, and a valiant soul who steadfastly faced the challenges of his last years. Boyd was born October 19, 1933 in Holly Springs, to the late John Henry and Elizabeth Palmer Dodson. It was in Holly Springs that he met Jane Rhea Lancaster, whom he married October 21, 1955. He joined the United States Air Force through the Aviation Cadet program, and was a commissioned officer, piloting bomber and cargo aircraft. He served a tour in Viet Nam and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. After his military service, he earned a degree in Industrial Management and worked in the field of construction before retiring. Boyd and Jane lived in Dyer for 26 years where he raised enormous gardens, served the community, and quietly assisted those in need. In 2012, Boyd and Jane moved to Maumelle to be closer to their children. Boyd is preceded in death by his parents, his sister Johnie Palmer House, his brothers Eugene Dodson and Ferrell Dodson, and a granddaughter Rebecca Jones. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Jane Dodson, his sister Mary Bell Mackey, his son Arlis Dodson and wife Becci of Broomfield, CO, and three daughters, Sharon Champion of Russellville, Diana Braswell and husband Lynn of Maumelle, and Jennifer Jones and husband Tim of Beebe. He leaves behind nine grandchildren: Dana Champion, Russell Carey, Andrew Champion, Jessica Jones, Richard Carey, Elizabeth Franklin, Emily Jones, Victoria Jones, and Boyd Dodson; two great-grandchildren: Gabe Franklin and Percy Carey; and several nephews and nieces. Boyd will be remembered for his beautiful writing, his quick wit, his gentle and strong hands, and his graceful determination. The family would like to express a word of thanks to the staff of the St. Vincent Surgical ICU and Surgical Ward units, and the staff of Cornerstone Long-Term Acute Care Hospital for the kind and dignified care Boyd received during his lengthy hospitalization. Boyd was a lifelong Methodist. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Boyd's honor to the Wounded Warrior Project or the National Parkinson Foundation. Visitation will be Monday from 12PM until 1PM at Benton Funeral Home in Fordyce. Funeral services will follow at 1PM at the Benton Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at New Holly Springs Cemetery. To sign the online registry, visit www.bentonfuneralhome.net.
Jerry L. LaBeff
Jerry L. LaBeff, age 42 of Fordyce, passed away Wednesday, August 20, 2014. He was born June 12, 1972 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He was preceded in death by his father Clifford L. LaBeff. He is survived by his mother Jane LaBeff of Bearden; fiancée Angie Pamplin of Fordyce; 8 sons Taylor Corkins, Brandon Richardson, Sam LaBeff, and Cody LaBeff all of Flint, Michigan, Harley Burkhart, Dalton Pamplin, Cole Pamplin, and Logan Pamplin all of Fordyce; his sister Kathy Clemons of Bearden; and grandson Mason Corkins of Flint, Michigan. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, August 22, 2014 at Benton Funeral Home in Fordyce. Memorial services will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, August 23, 2014 at the Benton Funeral Home Chapel. Arrangements are by Benton Funeral Home of Fordyce. To sign the online registry, visit www.bentonfuneralhome.net.
Eric John Rose
Eric John Rose, age 35, of Bedford, Texas; formerly of Hermitage, Arkansas, died Sunday, August 17, 2014, in Irving, Texas. He was born July 17, 1979 in El Dorado, Ark., a son of Teresea Trussell Rose Morgan of Bedford, Texas and Dwaine Everett Rose of Willis, Texas. He was a graduate of Trinity High School, Euless, Texas, a landscape artist, a motivational speaker and a Christian. Other than his parents, he is survived by his stepfather, Roy David Morgan of Bedford, Texas; Three brothers: Jarrod Dwaine Rose of Bedford, Texas; Staff Sergeant Mikael Lee Rose of Whittlesey, United Kingdom; and Adam Joseph Rose of Pasadena, Texas, along with many loving nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles, cousins and friends. Graveside services 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, at Pattsville Cemetery near Hermitage, Arkansas.
Byron Gale Black
Byron Gale Black, age 79, of Warren, AR died Wednesday August 20, at Arkansas Heart Hospital in Little Rock, AR. Born November 5, 1934 in Fulton, IN, a son of the late Archie Gale Black and Laura Fern Beattie Black he was a retired dairy farmer, a Methodist and a U.S. Army veteran. Survivors are 1 daughter Michelle Denise Black of Logansport, Indiana; 2 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. Visitation was 6-8 p.m. Sunday August 24, at Frazer’s Funeral Home. Burial will be in Salem Cemetery at Fulton, Indiana.
Harold Lloyd Campbell
Harold Lloyd Campbell age 81, of Warren, AR formerly of Moro, AR (Lee County) died Wednesday, August 20th at the Baptist Hospital in Little Rock. He was born August 30th, 1932 in Lee County, A son of the late Arnold Campbell and Lillie Weatherford Campbell. Harold graduated from Moro High School and went to join the United States Army and served in the Korean War. He was a Industrial Mechanic working for Jack Winters and Ladonna’s Sports Ware. He attended Calvary Baptist Church and was a member of the American Legion; He served as past president and was a lifetime member of Oakdale Hunting Club. He loved fishing, hunting, yard work and especially his garden. Also preceding him in death were brothers Andrew Campbell and Elmer “Buddy” Campbell and a sister Charlene Powers. Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Helen Stewart Campbell whom he married November 16th, 1963. A son Gary Campbell and friend Tammie, Hot Springs, AR. 3 daughters Kathy Doggett, Warren, AR; Mershelle Grant and spouse Tommy, Glenwood, AR. and Diane Foulks and spouse Kevin, Horn Lake, MS. A brother Bettis Campbell, Des Arc, AR and 5 sisters Christine Cagle, St. Louis, MO.; June Arnold, Whitney, TX, Maxine Riggs, Sullivan, MO, Annie Kos, Arnold, MO and Hazel Joyner, Lake Worth, FL. 7 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Graveside services were 1:00pm Saturday, August 23rd at Oak Grove Cemetery in Moro, AR (Lee County) with Rev. Randy Murphy officiating. Burial was in Oak Grove Cemetery by Frazer’s Funeral Home. Active pallbearers were Phillip Martin, Joel Smith, Phillip Childs, Bobby Broadway, Jerry Williams, Tim Burley, Stephen Hilsdon, Mark McLeane, Sean Saunders and Jimmy Rowe.
Harbison "Hob" Moffatt
Harbison “Hob” Moffatt, age 82, of Hamburg, Arkansas died Tuesday, August 19, at home. He was born April 22, 1932 at Milo, Arkansas a son of the late Elmer Wade Moffatt, Sr. and Druzie Evelyn Wolfe Moffatt. He received his education in the Ft. Hill Public School System, was a retired station operator for Mississippi River Transmission Company and was a member of the Eden Baptist Church. He married Nancy Carolyn Wherry Moffatt on March 7, 1957 at Bastrop, La and she died October 5, 1998. Surviving are 3 sons Frank Moffatt and John Moffatt both of Hamburg, Ark. and Jim Moffatt, Crossett, Ark; 2 daughters Sissy Moffatt, Denver, North Carolina and Margaret Ann Ward, Kingsland, Ark; 16 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by a granddaughter Julie Carol Moffatt. Funeral services were 10:00 am Friday, August 22, at Eden Baptist Church with Rev. Kevin Hicks officiating. Music was provided by Axie Withers. Burial with military honors was in Pugh Cemetery by Frazer’s Funeral Home. Active pallbearers were Matt Moffatt, Chad Moffatt, Robert Moffatt, Josh Moffatt, Moffatt Ann Steele, Dakota Martin and Tristian Ward. Honorary pallbearers were Ellen Steele, Sarah Steele, Nick Ward, Evie Meeks, Amber Moffatt, Ashley King, Colby Ward, Karlie Allen and Jacey Allen.
Elizabeth Ann Smith
Elizabeth Ann Smith, 78, died Saturday, August 23, 2014 at East Texas Medical Center in Tyler, TX. She was born February 25, 1936 to Word R. and Madeline Venable. Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by her parents and a son, Douglas R. Smith. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Reginald R. Smith of Camden; her daughter, Regina A. Flannigan of Tyler, TX; two grandsons Ryan R. Gossett of Tyler, TX and Douglas R. Smith, Jr. of Camden, AR; a granddaughter, Kacy A. Gossett Palmer of Tyler, TX; and six great grandchildren. Ann was a 1954 graduate of Camden High School. She was a member of Hillside Baptist Church for more than fifty years. She devoted her entire life to loving her husband, her children, and being the world’s greatest nanna. The family wishes to extend their thanks to all of Mrs. Smith’s caregivers and nurses at East Texas Medical Center, and our deepest thanks to Dr. Jivesh Sharma, Dr. Ketan Paul, Dr. Stasha Gominack, and Dr. Craig Gunter for their compassion throughout Mrs. Smith’s illness and at the end of Mrs. Smith’s life. Proctor Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family will receive friends at the funeral home 6:00 to 8:00 PM Tuesday. Services will be 10:00 Wednesday at Hillside Baptist Church followed by interment at Bethesda Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 745 Fairview Road, Camden, AR 71701, attn: Sammy Briery or to your favorite charity.
Randal N. (Randy) Smith
Randal N. (Randy) Smith, 62 of Camden, AR went to his Heavenly home Saturday, August 23, 2014 at Christus St. Michael Hospital in Texarkana. He was born August 22, 1952 in Camden, AR to Arthur N. and Doris Gee Smith. He is survived by his wife, Diane Smith; mother, Doris G. Santee; son, Aaron Smith and wife, Samantha all of Camden, AR; son-in-law, Edgar Johnson of Chidester, AR; granddaughters, Carol Anne Smith, Hayley M. Smith and Emmalynn P. Smith all of Camden, AR; and grandson, Charles Randal Johnson of Chidester, AR. He was preceded in death by his beloved daughter, Jenny L. Johnson; father, Arthur N. Smith; and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Gee. Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at Proctor Funeral Home with burial in Mt. Horeb Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the funeral home. Proctor Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Thomas Edison Bensberg
Thomas Edison Bensberg, 90, died Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, at Ouachita County Medical Center. He was born Dec. 9, 1923, in Camden, and was the son of Gerard Joseph and Grace Edrington Bensberg. He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Frances Keaton Bensberg; three brothers, William Bensberg, Charles Bensberg, and Gerard (Jerry) Bensberg Jr.; and three sisters, Elizabeth Ann Murphy, Grace Hayden, and Margaret Sessoms. He graduated from Camden High School and was a Navy Veteran of World War II. For forty years he owned and operated Bensberg's Music Store, which was founded in 1913 by his father. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Camden where he was a choir member for more than 70 years and served as Elder, Deacon, and Treasurer. He was a life-long participant in Camden's music and theater scene, and performed in Men About Town, Camden Chamber Singers, and Camden Community Theater. He was an honorary member of Thursday Musicale. He was the founding President of the Camden Chapter of Habitat For Humanity. Survivors include his wife, Bonnie Bensberg, whom he married in 1967; five children, Tom Bensberg Jr. and his wife Elaine of Lexington, Ky., Sherry Wilson Phelps and her husband Jack of West Monroe, La., Susan Bensberg of Camden, Mark Wilson and his wife Gail, of Monroe, La., and Eloise Bensberg of Baltimore, Md.; seven grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at First Presbyterian Church, followed by a reception in the church fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Camden, Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock or to a charity of the donor's choice. To sign the online guest register, visit www.proctorfuneralhome.com
Margie L. Wagnon
Margie La Faye Wagnon, 83, of Stephens died on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at Hospice Home Care in Little Rock. She was born October 2, 1930 in Calhoun County, AR. She was preceded in death by her parents, William Doyle Harley and Glenora Powell Harley, and by her sons, Doni Wagnon and Ricky Wagnon. Margie retired in April 2013 after a career in print and radio journalism, government and community service. She was an accomplished artist and an active member of her church. Survivors include son, Ted and wife, Karen of Little Rock; sisters, Jean Walker of El Dorado and Murlene Sampson and husband, Bob of Camden; granddaughters, Amy Wike and husband, Patrick of Springdale, and Carissa Godwin and husband, Jason of North Little Rock; grandson, Jody McDonnell and wife, Cari of Austin, TX; great-grandchildren, Sam Wike, Max Wike and Ruby McDonnell; a host of cousins, nieces and nephews; and a community of friends. Visitation is 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, August 22, at Proctor Funeral Home in Camden, with graveside services at 11:00 a.m. Saturday at Stephens Cemetery in Stephens. At Margie’s request, in lieu of flowers consider a memorial gift to Harmony Missionary Baptist Church in Stephens or the church or cause of your choice.
Martha Laverne Daniel
Martha Laverne Daniel, 64 of Fordyce, died Sunday, August 17 2014. She was born January 15, 1950 in Little Rock, Arkansas to the late James Ed Kelly and Martha Ann Sisson Rich. She was longtime active member of Mt. Paron Primitive Baptist Church. She is survived by her husband Johnny Ray Daniel of Fordyce; daughter Jacki Lynne Daniel Garlington and husband Keith of Fordyce; two grandchildren Brady and Julie Garlington of Fordyce, four brothers, Eddie Kelly of Conway, Tommy Kelly of White Hall, Jimmy Kelly of North Little Rock, Kennie Kelly of Jacksonville; two sisters Teresa Travis of Watson Chapel and Julia Hula of Pine Bluff; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends who she loved very much. Visitation will be Monday evening from 6PM until 8PM at Benton Funeral Home of Fordyce. Funeral services will be 10 AM Tuesday at the Benton Funeral Home Chapel. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Mt. Paron Primitive Baptist Church. To sign the online registry, visit www.bentonfuneralhome.net.
Jeannie Padbury Devlin
Jeannie Padbury Devlin, 87, of Fordyce, Arkansas passed away peacefully at St. John's Place on Friday, August 15th, 2014. A much loved mother, grandmother and friend, Jeanne was born on June 4th, 1927 in Switchback, West Virginia. She attended the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia where she met Robert ("Bob") Emmett Devlin. Bob and Jeanne later married and raised four children. She is survived by her son, Doug Devlin of Starkville, Mississippi; son, Robert Devlin and his wife Patty of Ringgold, Georgia; and son James Devlin and his wife Cindy, of Fountain Hills, Arizona. She leaves behind six grandchildren: Katie Midgley and her husband Tom, Brian Devlin, Max Devlin, Blake Devlin, Tanner Devlin, Lauren Devlin and one great grandchild, Braxton. She is preceded in death by her parents, Fred Padbury and Willie Sale Padbury Fix; and one daughter, Ellen Devlin. Like her mother Willie ("Na Na"), Jeanne will always be remembered for her kind and gentle spirit. She never ceased to amaze others with how she could calmly accept whatever adversity came her way without complaint. In addition to her love of family and friends, Jeanne was well known for her kindness to animals. She will be sorely missed, but her example of how to live a happy, accepting and giving life will resonate in the minds of those who loved her for years to come. Jeanne was a founding member of the Good Shepherd Catholic Church and its eldest member at the time of her death. A memorial service will be held at the Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Fordyce, Arkansas at 4:00 p.m. Saturday, August 23rd, 2014. In lieu of flowers, donations ("In memory of Jeanne Devlin") can be sent to the Good Shepherd Catholic Church, P.O. Box 565, Fordyce, Arkansas 71742.
Reba Elizabeth Nichols
Reba Elizabeth Nichols, 85 of Fordyce, died Friday, August 15, 2014 in Little Rock. She was born September 27, 1928 in Arkadelphia to the late David Nelson Rogers and Beulah Iona Harrison Rogers. She was also preceded in death by her brothers, R.C. and Fletcher Rogers, and her sisters, Marie Strickland, Velma Oliver, Ruby Fay Rogers, and her daughter-in-law Lori Nichols. She is survived by her husband of 62 years Robert L. "Bob" Nichols of Fordyce; three sons, Warren Nichols of Fordyce, Andy Nichols and wife Debbie of Heber Springs, and Tim Nichols and wife Charlotte of Fordyce; one daughter Elizabeth Seybert and husband Randy of Daingerfield, Texas; two sisters Mary Nell Jordan of El Dorado and Mattie Lou Reddin of Hampton; eight grandchildren: Suellen, Kyle, Andrea, Leah, Anna, Emily, Ashley, Kadra; and seven great grandchildren. Visitation will be Sunday evening from 6PM until 8PM at Benton Funeral Home in Fordyce. Funeral services will be 10AM Monday at Benton Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Stoney Point Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Stoney Point Cemetery Association. To sign the online registry, visit www.bentonfuneralhome.net.
Mary Louise (Hicks) Smith
Mary Louise (Hicks) Smith, 95, a homemaker, passed away on August 15, 2014, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, of natural causes. She was born to Lorie Ted and Anna Lee (Offutt) Hicks of rural Kingsland, Arkansas, on November 3, 1918. She is also preceded in death by two siblings, Harold Hicks and Barbara Nell Taylor. Visitation will be held Friday, August 22, 2014 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at Benton Funeral Home in Fordyce, Arkansas. A Celebration of Life service will be held at Benton Funeral Home in Fordyce, Arkansas on Saturday, August 23, at 10:00 a.m., with interment following in the family plot at Ebenezer Cemetery. In 1939, she married S J Smith (deceased, 1989) of Fordyce, and bore five children over the next 17 years: Dr. S J (Joe) (deceased: 2011) of Wells, NV (Jody, now of Hayden Lake, Idaho), Larry, of Twin Falls, Idaho, Sharon Sullivan, of Fort Worth, Texas (Charles), Jay, of Hurst, Texas (Gina), and Kristie Genheimer, of Mustang, Oklahoma (Steve). In addition, she is survived by subsequent generations of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. Mary Louise was a good student, was popular, and was valedictorian of the 1935 graduating class of Kingsland High School, at age 16. She was privileged to attend Arkansas A & M in Monticello for one year – always regretting that she could not afford to stay and graduate - then took a business course by correspondence. She was a life-long learner. As a girl on a farm, she observed life. Her later-told stories included the thrill of finding an orange in her Christmas stocking annually, of the drilled tree that her father, Ted, made one year, of studying by a coal-oil lamp, and of becoming Auntie's (Mattie Offutt) chauffeur at age 11. She relished time spent at school, or with her many girlfriends, or her many boyfriends - one of whom showed back up in recent years as a steady email correspondent. Mary Louise was a committed and compassionate Christian, always saying that she got saved at 16. She was a beloved and respected friend, confidante and advisor, creative homemaker – renowned for her fig preserves and cornbread - and faithful wife, inveterate reader, loving and fiercely determined mother, and a witty and articulate woman who went from wagon travel to town on Saturday in her girlhood, to jet travel around the world, and from communication by letter, to the wonders of computers and email. To the end, she retained her wit and humor about the foibles of life – including being wryly amused that she had become old enough to be a shut-in. Leaving Fordyce, she became a citizen of Pine Bluff from 1948 to 1990, where she was active in her children's education, was a church woman - once stuffing 17 children into her 1946 Buick (the "boat") to take them to VBS - and was a perpetual board member and adult Sunday school class teacher at Pine Bluff First Nazarene (which merged with Oak Park Church of the Nazarene.) After her husband's death, she left her beloved Arkansas and moved to the Oklahoma City area, joined Bethany First Church of the Nazarene, found Sunday school classes and teachers she enjoyed, made a new cadre of close friends with whom she enjoyed parties, the theater, and travel, both abroad and stateside. She became an enthusiastic 'Bench-Warmer' for the Southern Nazarene University basketball team - and a (SNU) Senior Academy member, where she made more friends and polished her writing skills, then took up the task of writing about her childhood world and other observations of her journey. From that inauspicious beginning in the tiny community of rural Kingsland, Arkansas, she developed speaking skills to the point of being a church women's conference speaker in Little Rock, at age 85, in 2004. (Mother) was a proud and dedicated lifelong democrat, and thoughtful citizen all her voting life. She wrote persuasive letters to public officials at both high and low levels, outlining her strongly held beliefs. Not all her letters were mailed - but, sometimes, she effectively got her point across and 'got her way.' She had the popular touch, all her life, including with her grandchildren down through all the generations whom she was privileged to know. She welcomed dozens of grandchildren, great- grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, now scattered around the US and the world. The gifts she gave to her grands were her genuine interest in them, and her shining pride in their accomplishments. She lived her life with Southern grace and gentility, wit and creativity, and staunch resolution. From writer, Marjorie Pizer: "The fact of death cannot destroy what has been given."
Eloise H. Ballard Tipton
Eloise H. Ballard Tipton, 97 of Fordyce died Friday August 15, 2014 at the Dallas County Medical Center in Fordyce. Born October 21, 1916 in Cleveland County, she was a daughter of the late Alvin and Allie Ballard. She was a homemaker and a member of Beech Grove Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Willie F. Tipton and a sister, Robbie Hornaday. She is survived by her children, Peggy Thornton (Kenneth) of North Little Rock, Allie Willierene Garrett (Mickey) of Fordyce, Greg Tipton(Becky) of Dubach, LA; grandchildren, Gretchen Morgan of Fordyce, Johnny A. Garrett of Dallas, TX, Priscilla Southall of Greenbrier, Jason Tipton of Bossier City, LA; and ten great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends Sunday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Benton Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Monday at Beech Grove Baptist Church. Burial will follow at McCoy Cemetery. Arrangements are by Benton Funeral Home of Fordyce. To sign the online registry, visit www.bentonfuneralhome.net.
Thomas Randy Davis
Thomas Randy Davis, 51, of Pine Bluff died Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. He is preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Eugene Davis and Joyce Elaine Childers Passmore. He is survived by two brothers, Jimmy Davis of Bearden and Charles Davis of McGhee; two half-brothers, Shane Passmore of Amity and Brandon Passmore of Hot Springs; two sisters, Charlina Davis of Hamburg and Ann Davis of Fordyce. Arrangements by Benton Funeral Home in Fordyce. Burial will be private. To sign the online registry visit www.bentonfuneralhome.net.
Johnny Steve Corker
Johnny Steve Corker, age 63, of Warren, AR. died Sunday August 17, at home. Born January 3, 1951 in Warren, AR. a son of the late Millard Fillmore Corker and Erma Dean Jackson Corker he was a former owner/operator of Barnett Electric, Corker Farms and a was a Baptist. He was preceded in death by his wife Sheila Johnston Corker who died March 28, 2013. They were united in marriage November 29, 1991. Survivors are 3 sons John Eric Corker and spouse Jamie, Warren, AR., Samuel Lee Smith and spouse Griselda, Sumpter, AR., Brian Daniel Smith and spouse Carrie Beth, Warren, AR. 2 daughters Mistie Lynn McGhee and spouse David, Hermitage, AR. and LaDonna Norenberg and spouse Chris of Minnesota; 1 brother Lloyd Corker, Warren, AR.; 10 grandchildren; Madison, Alan, Ericca, Ethan, Eli, Shawn, Zachary, Nicole, Hope, Devyn; 1 great-grandchild Madyson. Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday August 20, Frazer’s Chapel. Burial will be at Prospect Cemetery by Frazer’s Funeral Home. Visitation is from 6 until 8 p.m. on Tuesday August 19, at Frazer’s.
Don Parrott, age 88, of Hampton, AR (formerly of Warren, AR) died Monday August 18, at Chapel Woods Nursing & Rehabilitation. Born September 2, 1925 in New Edinburg, AR, a son of the late Noel Roy Parrott and Velma Wheeler Parrott, he was a pulpwood contractor and member of Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church. Also, preceding him in death were sons W.D. Parrott, Roy Howard Parrott, brother Roy Lee Parrott, sisters Rachel Carter, Evelyne Wieland. Survivors are his wife Ella Mae Strickland Oliver Parrott. 2 daughters Jeannie Sullivan and spouse John and Barbara Ann Ogles all of Warren, AR. 2 step sons P.O. Oliver and Bobby Lee Oliver and spouse Josie both of Hampton, AR.. 4 grandchildren Shelly Leggio, Houston, TX, Kristin Weeks, New Edinburg, AR, Suanne Sullivan, Conway, AR and Callie Rose Parrott, Pasadena, TX; and 3 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday August 20, Frazer’s Chapel. Burial will be at Shady Grove Cemetery near New Edinburg, AR by Frazer’s Funeral Home. Visitation is from 6 until 8 p.m. on Tuesday August 19, at Frazer’s.
Frances L. Freeland
Frances L. Freeland, 81 of Camden, AR passed away on Sunday, August 17, 2014. She was born on April 20, 1933 to the late Everett and Carrie Lindsey. She was preceded in death by her husband of 41 years, B. G. Freeland. She is survived by her son, Richard E. Freeland and wife, Shellie of Camden, AR; her daughter, Gena Freeland of Harrison, AR; one brother, Lloyd Lindsey and wife, Cornelia of Camden, AR; one sister, Helen Urrey and husband, Tom of Fort Worth, TX. She is also survived by four grandsons, James Wilson, Richard C. Freeland and Justin Freeland all of Camden, AR and Korey Waters of Harrison, AR; two great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be 10:00 AM Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at Victory Church with burial in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6-8 Tuesday at the funeral home. Proctor Funeral home is in charge of the arrangements. Memorials may be made to Ouachita County Medical Center Hospice. The family wishes to express their appreciation to Ouachita County Hospital, OCMC Hospice and Silver Oaks for all the loving care given to Frances.
Jessie William Barkhimer
Jessie William Barkhimer, Sr., 86, of Camden, AR passed away at his home on August 16, 2014. He was born September 8, 1927 to Tommy Conrad and Rosie Pearl Roger Barkhimer in Gurdon, AR. He was in the Navy and fought for our country during World War II. Jessie enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He will be forever loved and forever missed. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife of 62 years, Adries Louise Nowlin Barkhimer; grandson, Cliff Barkhimer; brothers, Walter, Archie, Richard, Harvey Howard, Edward, Chester and Billy Joe Barkhimer; and sister, Evelyn Crews. He is survived by his sons, Jerry Barkhimer and wife, Martha, Jessie, Jr. “Dub” Barkhimer and wife, Melissa, and James Harvey Barkhimer and wife, Vicky; grandchildren, Kim Barrett and husband, Mark, Stacy Johnson and husband, David, Jeana Ledbetter and husband, Tommy, Donna Sanders and husband, Jeff, Rhonda Basinger and husband, Kelly, and Joshua Barkhimer and wife, Heather; Thirteen, great-grandchildren; six, great-great grandchildren; brother, Ted Barkhimer; and sister, Maudie Effird. Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at Proctor Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery. Reverend Damon Launius will officiate the services. Visitation will be Monday from 6:00-8:00 PM at the funeral home.
James (Jim) J. Daniel, Jr.
James (Jim) J. Daniel, Jr., 76 of Camden died on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at Ouachita County Medical Center. He was born on March 12, 1938 in Camden, AR. He was preceded in death by his parents, James Johnny Daniel and Hazel Pruett Daniel. He was a 1956 graduate of Fairview High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tulsa. He was a member and deacon of Cullendale First Baptist Church. He was an insulin-dependent diabetic for 61 years, but he always took pride in taking care of himself and encouraging others who needed help. His greatest love was Jesus Christ and tried to show Christian love to his family and friends. Jim is survived by his wife, Vicky Daniel of Camden, AR, his son Luke Daniel of North Little Rock, one brother Leroy Daniel and wife Cindy of Louann, AR, and 4 sisters Betty Bledsoe and husband Bob of Bossier City, LA, Shirley Mason of Hampton, GA, Mary Alice Cheeks and husband Johnny of Fayetteville, GA and Carolyn Sue Keeling and husband Edwin of North Richland Hills, TX. The family would like to express special appreciation to Silver Oaks nursing facility and Dr. Dan Martin. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at Cullendale First Baptist Church at 2:30 p.m. with burial in Memorial Park Cemetery in Camden. Visitation will be Tuesday from 12:30-2:15 at the Cullendale First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. Rev. Wade Totty and Rev. Jimmy Burks will officiate the service. Memorials may be made to the Cullendale First Baptist Church, 1850 Cash Road, Camden, AR 71701 or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation at jdrf.org. Proctor Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Ericka Clemons, 41 of Locust Bayou, AR passed away Thursday, January 23, 2014. She was born October 14, 1972 in Camden, AR to William and Ruth Proffitt. She was a member of Locust Bayou Missionary Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her bother, William Richard Proffitt; grandparents, Mose and Mable Proffitt; and Walter and Mable Sharp. She is survived by her husband, Michael Robin Clemons; sons, Houston Ryan Clemons and Michael Tyler Clemons; sister, Angie Dees and husband, Dennis; and parents, William and Ruth Proffitt all of Locust Bayou, AR; nephews, Zach Rinehart and Dylan Dees of Locust Bayou, AR and Timmie Clemons of Bearden, AR; and Chad Belt of Harmony Grove, AR; and niece, Terra Belt of Harmony Grove, AR; mother-in-law, Faye Tippett of Bearden, AR; and sister-in-law, Cindy Belt and husband, Terry of Harmony Grove, AR. Funeral services for Ericka will be 2:00 PM Sunday, January 26, 2014 at Proctor Funeral Home with burial in Lakeside Cemetery. Reverend Tony Rinehart will officiate the services. Visitation will be Saturday from 5:00 to 8:00 PM at the funeral home. Proctor Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Walter T. "Pete" Bowman
Walter T. "Pete" Bowman, 92, of Bearden died Thursday, January 23, 2014 at Ouachita County Medical Center in Camden. He was born May 7, 1921 in Bearden, Arkansas. He was a retired telegraph operator for the Cotton Belt railroad. He was also a lifelong member of First United Methodist Church in Bearden. He is preceded in death by his parents, E.D. Bowman and Hattie Mae Huntley Bowman; wife, Vera Garrison Bowman; two brothers, Ed and Bill Bowman; four sisters, Mildred Womack, Marie Lansdale, Frances Symons, and Ailene Taluc; and son-in-law, Carlton Quarles. He is survived by his daughter, Mary Ellen Quarles of Bearden; one sister and brother-in-law, Ina and Wilton Hutcheson of Camden; two granddaughters and their husbands, Shannon and Cleo Beard of Bearden, Kristen and Russell Parramore of Rosepine, LA; four great grandchildren, Abby, Emma and Noah Beard all of Bearden, Cade Parramore of Rosepine, LA; and several nieces and nephews. Visitation will be Friday 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm at Benton Funeral Home in Bearden. Funeral services will be 3:00 pm Saturday at First United Methodist Church in Bearden with Rev. Andy Hughes officiating. Burial will follow at Salem Cemetery. Arrangements by Benton Funeral Home of Fordyce/Bearden. To sign the online register visit www.bentonfuneralhome.net.
A. J. "John" Kordsmeier
A. J. "John" Kordsmeier, 74, of Hampton died Thursday, January 23, 2014 at Ouachita Nursing and Rehab in Camden, Arkansas. He was born October 28, 1939 in Morrilton, Arkansas. He was a retired purchasing agent for Highland Industrial Park in East Camden and he was a member of the Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Fordyce. He is preceded in death by his parents, A. J. Kordsmeier Sr., Ruby Scott Kordsmeier; one sister, Virginia Knight. He is survived by his wife Phyllis Kordsmeier of Hampton; one son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Rhonda Kordsmeier of Camden; one daughter and son-in-law, Julie and Blake Wilkes of Fort Worth, TX; five grandchildren, Adam, Caitlin, Jonathan, Rachel, and Rebekah. Visitation will be 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm Saturday, January 25, 2014 at Benton Funeral Home in Hampton. Funeral services will be 2:00 pm Monday, January 27, 2014 at Benton Funeral Home in Fordyce. Burial will follow at Camp Ground Cemetery in Hampton. Arrangements by Benton Funeral Home in Fordyce/Hampton. To sign the online register visit www.bentonfuneralhome.net.