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Esther Means Abbott

 

Esther Means Abbott, age 102, died Tuesday, September 4, 2007 in Poplar Bluff, Missouri where she had been living for the past four years. She was born in Malvern on October 19, 1904 to the late Henry and Bessie Noble Means. The Means and Noble families have been a part of this local area for well over 150 years and included several doctors, judges, and lawyers in Hot Spring County and Arkansas. Mrs. Abbott was educated in the Malvern Public Schools, graduating in the Class of 1922. She was a lifetime member of the First Presbyterian Church and the Malvern Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Mrs. Abbott was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Willis Ralph Abbott, Sr.; by one son, Willis Ralph Abbott, Jr.; by one daughter, Sue Abbott Uhlhorn; by one sister, Ruth White; by four brothers, William, Ben, H. B. and Paul Means; and by two infant grandsons.

She is survived by one grandson, Mark Abbott of Bartlesville, Oklahoma; by one granddaughter, Susan Reid of Dickinson, Texas; by five great-grandchildren, Lauren and Alan Abbott, and Valerie, Lauren, and Katelyn Reid; and by several nieces and nephews, including Virginia Abbott Robertson of Poplar Bluff, Missouri.

Graveside services will be held at eleven o’clock Thursday morning, September 6, 2007 in Oak Ridge Cemetery with Reverend Carl McCormack officiating.

The family will receive friends at J. A. Funk Funeral Home on Wednesday evening from five until seven o’clock.

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Louella Cunningham Hicks Adams

 

Louella Cunningham Hicks Adams, age 84 of Malvern, died Friday night in the Arkansas Heart Hospital in Little Rock.  She was born in the Big Creek Community near Malvern on December 31, 1923 to the late Gordon and Louisa Staggs Cunningham. Both sides of her family were pioneers in Hot Spring County, some settling here prior to Arkansas’ statehood. Reared and educated in Malvern, she retired after 55 years as a retail clerk, having worked at West Department Store and Walmart.  Lou was a member of the Emmanuel Baptist Church.  She loved to have garage sales, as her friends and family well know.  In her healthier years, she was an avid gardener and enjoyed crocheting and sewing.  Lou was the widow of the late Lawrence Hicks, Sr, to whom she was married on February 25, 1939, and who preceded her in death on October 10, 1980.  She married Nathan Adams on August 10, 1981.  He preceded her in death on September 14, 2004.

 

She is survived by two sons, Joe Hicks and his wife, Sandra of Malvern, and Larry Hicks of North Little Rock; by a step-daughter, Alma Walker of Malvern; by a brother, Glenn Cunningham of Apple Valley, California; by a sister, Lola Kidd of Malvern; by seven grandchildren, Michelle Carnahan, Rachel Inmon, Lawrence (Tripp) Hicks, III, Krista Sebourn, Jace Helms, Joseph Hicks, Jr., Diane Austin; by three step-grandchildren; by six great-grandchildren, and by three great-great-grandchildren.  

 

Lou was also preceded in death by two daughters, Belva Jean Hicks and Sarah Helms, two brothers, John Cunningham and William “Dick” Cunningham, and by three sisters, Ruby Lee Bankson, Gladys Schakel, and Opal Ragland.  

 

Her funeral will be held at ten o’clock Saturday morning, December 27, 2008 in the sanctuary of Emmanuel Baptist Church with Brother John Owen officiating.  Interment will follow in Big Creek Cemetery.  

 

Pallbearers will be: Danny Dunlap, Steve Austin, Larry and Jace Helms, Larry Otwell, Joseph Hicks, Jr. and Vaughn McCray.  

 

The family will receive friends at J. A. Funk Funeral Home on Friday afternoon from four until six o’clock.  

 

Memorials are requested to the Big Creek Cemetery Association, c/o Polly Kizer, 412 Big Creek Road, Malvern, Arkansas 72104  

 

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James “Concrete” Andersen

 

 

James “Concrete” Andersen, age 65 of Hot Springs , died Wednesday, March 28, 2012, in the National Park Medical Center.  He was born in Chicago , Illinois on January 22, 1947 to the late Alfred Alexander Andersen and Doris Sims Andersen.  Reared and educated in Chicago , he had been a resident of Hot Springs since the age of 17.  He was a millwright and an expert motorcycle mechanic.  According to his family, he was the best Dad and greatest man they will ever know.

He is survived by his children, James Andersen (Michelle), Dakota Andersen, Sondra Green (Gerald), Tina Irwin, and Stephanie Andersen, all of Hot Springs; Craig Andersen of Arizona, and Chanda Andersen of North Carolina; a brother, George Andersen; two sisters, Carole Stovall and Lucy Bell (Jim), all of Hot Springs; sister-in-law, Kathryn Andersen of Hot Springs; 10 grandchildren, Morgan and Landon Wright, Dylan and Sydney Keller, Alex and Anna Andersen, Devan Payte, Zecharia, Lauren, and Jonathan Casiano.

Concrete was also preceded in death by a brother, Charles Andersen, and a nephew, Shan Stovall.

The family will gather to say goodbye to Concrete at one o’clock Saturday afternoon, March 31, 2012 at J. A. Funk Funeral Home in Malvern.

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Marjorie M. Anderson

 

Marjorie M. Anderson, age 90 of Malvern, died Sunday morning, August 26, 2012 in the Hot Spring County Medical Center. She was born in Prescott , Arkansas on March 16, 1922 to the late Fred Anderson and Velma Riggan Anderson. Reared and receiving her early education in Prescott , she graduated from Henderson State Teachers College with a bachelor of science in education degree. A longtime resident of Malvern, she taught in the Malvern Public School System for over 30 years, where she was a sponsor for the FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America). Miss Anderson was a member of First Presbyterian Church.

She is survived by her nephews, Jack and his wife Becky Roseberry of Benton, Richard and his wife Mary Beth Roseberry of Malvern; by great-nephews, Brandon (Cheyanne), Justin (Hollie), Claigh (Morgan), Bryan (T. K.), and Heath (Lauren); by four great-great-nephews, Case, Tucker, Brady, and Rex; and by two great-great-nieces, Isabella and Olivia, all to whom she was known affectionately as Aunt Mo.

Visitation will begin at two o’clock Tuesday afternoon, August 28, 2012 at J. A. Funk Funeral Home.

A cortege will leave the funeral home en route to Harp Cemetery for graveside services to begin at 3:30 p.m., officiated by Reverend Mike Fikes.

She was also preceded in death by her sister and brother-in-law, Virginia and Jack Roseberry, Sr.

Pallbearers will be her great-nephews.

Memorials may be made to 1st Presbyterian Church, the Malvern Boys and

Girls Club, or the Humane Society.

Special thanks go to her caregivers, Burta Nutt-Baker and Delphia McWhirter.

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Anne Belle Arnold

 

Annie Belle Arnold, age 95, formerly of Malvern, died Wednesday in Quitman, Georgia. She had moved there five years ago to be near her family. Annie Belle was born in Malvern on August 20, 1912 to the late William and Annie Morrison Collie. Reared and educated in Malvern, she was a homemaker and the widow of the late J. Saxon Arnold, to whom she was married on July 6, 1947 in Malvern. He preceded her in death in 1978. Annie Belle was a faithful member of First United Methodist Church, and had served on numerous boards and committees there. She was, for many years, a very active member of the United Methodist Women, and oversaw the Ingathering Program for the church. She was a longtime member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood Chapter BC, Malvern, serving four times as president.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Margaret Ann and Terry Porter of Hahira, Georgia; by a granddaughter, Melissa Porter of Atlanta, Georgia; by two grandsons and their wives, Allen and Cristina Porter of Jacksonville, Florida, and Mark and Brandi Porter of Hahira; and by a great-granddaughter, Aubrie Porter, of Hahira.

Her funeral will be held on Saturday afternoon, December 15, 2007, at two o’clock, in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church, Malvern, with the Reverend J. Stephen Wingo officiating. Interment will follow in Rockport Cemetery under the direction of J. A. Funk Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends in the church’s Wesleyan Room one hour prior to service time.

Memorials are requested to the First United Methodist Church, 127 East Page Avenue, Malvern, Arkansas 72104.

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Shelley Kay Arivette

 

 

Shelley Kay Arivette, age 55, of Malvern, died Wednesday evening, May 26, 2010 in St. Joseph’s Mercy Health Center in Hot Springs. She was born in Malvern on February 26, 1955 to the late Curtis Woodrow and Catherine McMains Buie. Reared and educated in Magnet Cove, Shelley was a member of the Butterfield Missionary Baptist Church. She was in law enforcement for nearly 30 years, having worked as a Deputy Sheriff in North Little Rock, Malvern/Hot Spring County, and for the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department, and was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #27. Shelley was fond of knitting and crocheting, and was an avid fan of casino playing.

She is survived by her husband, Eddie Arivette, to whom she was married on January 29, 1982 in Gifford; by her children, Tracy and her husband Adam Standridge of Bauxite, and Matthew Arivette of Malvern; her siblings, Evelyn Smith of Indianapolis, Indiana, Terry Buie and his wife Sandy of Russellville, Arkansas, Phil Buie of Sandy, Oregon, and Tony Buie of Malvern; her grandchildren, Dylan and Lily Standridge, and by a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Shelley was also preceded in death by a sister, Treva Buie House.

Her funeral will be eleven o’clock Saturday morning, May 29, 2010 in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Brother Gary Self officiating. Interment will follow in Philadelphia Cemetery in Prattsville with an Honor Guard from the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department.

Pallbearers will be: Deputy Jimmy Carter, Deputy Chad Lucas, and Deputy Tracy Allen with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department; Sergeant Harold Marable, Saline County Sheriff’s Department; Chief Joe Paul Owens, Perla Police Department; and Lieutenant Dana Bowers0, North Little Rock Police Department.

Honorary pallbearers will be: Dr. Marianne Harrington, Dr. Woltering, Dr. Anthony and Maria; the PUCO Sheriff’s Department; Adam Standridge; and the Arkansas Hospice staff at St. Joseph’s Mercy Health Center in Hot Springs.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday evening from six until eight o’clock.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to the American Cancer Society, the American Diabetes Association, Arkansas Hospice, or to the Malvern Community Thanksgiving and Christmas Meals, c/o First United Methodist Church, 127 East Page Avenue, Malvern, Arkansas.

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Dr. Robert F. Ault

 

Dr. Robert Franklin Ault, 79 of Malvern, died June 5, 2011 in Hot Springs Arkansas. He was born November 16, 1931 in Malvern, Arkansas to the late Frank and Eva Ault.

Reared and educated in Malvern, he graduated from Malvern High School in 1949. He continued his education at East Texas State University where he major in journalism. Dr Ault received  his doctorate degree of Chiropractic Medicine from  Bebout   Chiropractic  College in  Indianapolis, Indiana.

Dr. Ault began his medical career in 1961 and practiced in Baker, Louisiana for 42 years and in Malvern Arkansas.   Dr. Ault was a Methodist.

Dr. Ault is survived by his wife, Tiziana  Ault, whom he married in Baker, Louisiana on November 15, 1997. He is also survived by his children; Debbie Campbell, Janet McGrew, Sherry Cooper and Tatiana Herrington, Six Grandchildren and Nine Great Grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by his sister, Barbara Ault  and brother, Buddy Ault.

The family has chosen cremation as the final disposition and no services are scheduled.

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Alma Eldridge Bailey

 

Alma Eldridge Bailey, age 92 of Sherwood, formerly of Malvern, died Monday, June 28, 2010 in North Little Rock, Arkansas. She was born in Lonsdale, Arkansas on February 18, 1918 to the late Alva Basil and Georgia Hampton Eldridge. Reared and receiving her early education in Hot Springs and Malvern, she was a graduate of Draughn’s Business College in Little Rock. She worked as secretary and then supervisor for the Employment Security Division in Malvern from 1941 until 1983. Alma had also worked for Dunn and Bradstreet. She was a member of the Garden Club, and was past president of the Business and Professional Women’s Club. An accomplished pianist and organist, Alma played for numerous quartets and served her church with her talents for many years.

She is survived by her sister, Ann Eldridge White of Sherwood; by her nieces, Luann Goleman, Linda Catherine Wolford, and Judy Duerner; by her nephews, Daniel Mark Eldridge, John Edward and his wife Gail Eldridge, Jr.; and by her great-nieces and –nephews, Allen and Kenny Eldridge, and Phillip and Joy Hartwig.

Alma was also preceded in death by two brothers, Virgil Alva Eldridge and John Edward Eldridge, Sr.

Her funeral will be held in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home on Friday afternoon, July 2, 2010 at two o’clock, with Reverend Don Robinson officiating. Interment will follow in Fairplay Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday evening from five until seven o’clock.

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Theresa Lee Bailey

 

Theresa Lee Bailey, age 86 of Malvern, died Wednesday evening at Courtyard Gardens in Arkadelphia.  She was born in Malvern on August 23, 1927 to the late Roy Lee and Marcella Williams Lee.  Reared and educated in Malvern, she was a homemaker.  She was an avid reader and loved to go for walks enjoying the beauty of nature.  Mrs. Bailey was as member of Immanuel Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband, Donald E. Bailey of Malvern, to whom she was married on October 20, 1945; by her sons, Larry D. Bailey and his wife Jennie of Mabelvale, and Jeffery Scott Bailey of Malvern; two grandchildren, Lisa McDonald and Kimberly Bonds; four great-grandchildren, Cassidy McDonald, Cameron McDonald, Natalie Burns, and Brody Lane Bonds; and by three sisters, Carolyn Jones of Houston, Texas, Louise Crouse of Hot Springs, and Barbara Jo Gibbs of Malvern; seven nephews and two nieces.

Her funeral will be held at two o’clock Monday afternoon, October 14, 2013 in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Brother Mark Thornton officiating.  Interment will follow in the Clear Creek Cemetery.

A visitation will precede the service on Monday, beginning at one o’clock.

Pallbearers will be Kirk McDonald, Kevin Bonds, Russ Gibbs, and Cary Smith.

The family extends their appreciation to the team at Hospice Home Care.

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Velma Lance Bailey

 

Velma Lance Bailey, age 60 of Malvern, died Tuesday night in Hot Springs. She was born on October 4, 1946 in Malvern to the late Edgar H. and Artie Beatrice Hendrix Lance. Reared and receiving her early education in Malvern, she later studied nursing in Texas. She became a Certified Nurses Assistant and worked for a number of years at the Arkansas Health Center in Benton, and at Saline Memorial Hospital. Velma was a member of the Church of God.

She is survived by a son, Marcus Beauchamp and his wife Debra of Malvern; by a daughter, Susan Bailey of Malvern, a sister, Wanda Burley, also of Malvern, and by a niece, Lisa Miller Duffy. She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Harlan Lance, Dan Lance, and D. W. Lance, and by a sister, Alice Lance Miller.

A graveside service will be held on Friday morning, June 22, 2007 at ten o’clock, in the Old Lutheran Cemetery off Sulphur Springs Road with Brother Darrell Kennedy officiating.The family will receive friends at J. A. Funk Funeral Home on Thursday evening from six until eight o’clock.

Memorials are requested to the Cancer Support Group, 323 East Sullenberger St. Malvern, AR 72104.

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Don Q. Baker

 

Don Quinn Baker, age 64 of Malvern, died unexpectedly at his home on Sunday, September 8, 2013.  He was born on November 24, 1948 in Malvern to the late Doyle E. Baker and Barbara Clemons Baker.  Reared and receiving his early education in Malvern, he later earned his Associate Degree in Applied Technology from Garland County Community College.  He was a United States Army veteran, serving two tours in Vietnam, and was the recipient of a Bronze Star.  Don was a member of Taylors Chapel Missionary Baptist Church and was a Mason.  For many years he was a long distance trucker.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Fite Baker, to whom he was married on September 25, 1998 in Pine Bluff; a son, John Baker (Tammy) of Tennessee; two brothers, George Baker of Malvern, and Allen Baker of Vancleave, Mississippi; one sister, Bonnie Sorrels of Maumelle; and three grandchildren.

Don was also preceded in death by two sisters, Helen Annice Hendrix and Molly Jo Burks.

His funeral will be held at ten o’clock Wednesday morning, September 11, 2013 in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Brother Ron Parrish and Elder Jesse Stripland officiating.  Interment will follow with military honors in the Round Hill Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday evening from four until six o’clock.

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Alex Dan Ball

 

 

Alex Dan Ball departed this world in which we live and love on July 30, 2013 for a new life, an eternal life with Jesus his savior as he promised early in life.  He was born on June 16, 1924 to Christian parents, Alex Monroe Ball and Leona Virginia Byrd Ball in Greene County, Mississippi.  He was preceded in death by four sisters: Beatrice (Mrs. Melvin) Turner; Flurry (Mrs. Elgin) Turner; Iva (Mrs. Fletcher) Jackson; Wynema (Mrs. Woodson) Moffett and two brothers, Paul and Lamar.  He was the youngest sibling.  He is survived by his loving wife, Elizabeth Caldwell Ball; two sons: Alexander (Andy) Ball of Vail, Colorado; Daniel Huff (Danny) Ball and his wife, Emma Knee Ball; grandson Edward Daniel (Ned) Ball, granddaughters Rose and Kate Ball, all of Columbus, Ohio; and daughter Mary Elizabeth “Molly” Ball Schroeder and her husband Scott, and grandson Tristan Alexander Schroeder, of Divide, Colorado. 

From the time of his birth he lived in a Christian environment through the care and guidance of Christian parents.  At the age of twelve, he made a public statement of acceptance of Jesus as his Savior and joined in fellowship with Unity Baptist Church, Greene County, Mississippi and was baptized.  He worshiped in this church until he went away to pursue a higher education.  He entered Jones County Junior College, Ellisville, Mississippi in June 1941.  He gladly worked in a hosiery mill making ladies hose.  He worked 36 hours a week for room and board plus $4.00 and finished two years before volunteering for military duty because of World War II. 

After seventeen weeks basic training, he went to the European Theatre of Operations.  In Normandy, France, he was assigned to the Second Infantry under General George S. Patton.  He fought in five major battle campaigns: Normandy, Central Europe, The Ardennes, Battle of the Bulge, and Germany.  He was in the second assault boat crossing the Rhine River into Germany where he barely escaped being taken prisoner when the enemy counter attacked that night.  He proceeded through Germany into Czechoslovakia and the war ended.  He was awarded the Bronze Star for gallantry.  Through his prayers and the prayers of his church and family, he came home unharmed.  “God is Great!” 

In 1946 he entered Mississippi Southern University for one year, then transferred to the University of Mississippi to pursue a degree in pharmacy.  He received his pharmacy license in 1951.  He practiced in State Line, Mississippi and Laurel, Mississippi, and operated Ball Drug Store in Ellisville, Mississippi until 1958, then became manager of Thrifty Walgreen Agency Drugs in Meridian, Mississippi, until late 1960.  During that time he met and married the love of his life, Elizabeth (Libby) Caldwell on June 4, 1960 in Malvern.  She is the daughter of the late Zerah and Hattie Huff Caldwell.

Later that year they moved to Malvern to join Libby’s parents in Caldwell Hardware and Furniture.  Alex loved his profession so much he purchased the oldest drugstore in Malvern (Murry’s) and moved it into the Caldwell Building and later purchased Cole-Fuller Drug Store and moved it into Caldwell Hardware, Furniture and Drug.

Having been with the Walgreen Agency Division for twenty-four years, he liquidated the business in 1982 and worked for the Walgreen Company until October 2011, retiring at age 87.  He honored his profession and loved every minute of his 61 years as well as the patients he served.  Throughout his life, he would say “When my life here is over and I can say I have treated my fellowman right, my life will have been successful.” He definitely achieved that.  Alex was not just a gentleman, he was a Gentle Man.

He was past president of the Malvern Lions Club, a Son of the American Revolution, a member of the Malvern City Cemetery Committee, and was a member of First Baptist Church.

The family will receive friends at J. A. Funk Funeral Home on Thursday evening from five until eight o’clock.

The funeral will be on Friday, August 2, 2013 at two o’clock in the afternoon in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church, Malvern, with Reverend Charles Ball officiating.  Interment with military honors will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be: Danny and Andy Ball, Molly Ball Schroeder, Scott Schroeder, Bill Nester, and Larry Moffett.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the University of Mississippi Pharmacy School, or to Tamassee D. A. R. School, Tamassee, South Carolina.

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Miley Banks

 

Miley Banks, age 92, of Malvern, died Thursday, July 11, 2013 in Mercy Hospital in Hot Springs.  He was born in Reform, Arkansas on August 17, 1920 to the late E. M. Banks and Cynthia Curtis Banks.  Reared and receiving his early education in Paron, Arkansas, he later attended both Ouachita Baptist University and Henderson State Teachers College in Arkadelphia.  A hard worker from an early age, he was called “Hoss” by the people among whom he grew up.  He served in the United States Coast Guard during World War 2.  For a number of years after the war, he was a diamond-core driller, seeking coal and uranium in the western United States.  He returned to Malvern and owned a service station for years before working as a dump-truck driver.  Miley was the husband of Joan Gephart Banks, to whom he was married on September 2, 1951 at the First United Methodist Church in Malvern.

He is survived by his wife, Joan, and by his daughters, Alison Harbour (Mike), and Vicki Carter (Doug); by six grandchildren, Jeremy Tull, Jesse Carter, Amy Bozeman, Jason Jester, Michael Harbour, and Stacy Doss; and by eight great-grandchildren.

Miley was also preceded in death by three brothers: his twin, Ollie “Pete” Banks, Lee Banks, and Odus Banks; and by a sister, Allie Banks Henry.

His funeral will be on Monday morning, July 15, 2013, at 10:30 in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Reverend LaVon Post officiating.

Visitation will precede the service, beginning at 9:30.

The family will be at 127 Kight Road in the Harp Community, and for directions can be reached at 501-844-1630.Online condolences may be sent via jafunkfuneralhome.com.

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Mark Steven Barnhart

 

Mark Steven Barnhart, age 53, of Malvern, died Monday evening, December 20, 2010 in the St. Joseph Mercy Health Center in Hot Springs. He was born in Shreveport, Louisiana on October 8, 1957 to the late James and Ann Roberson Barnhart. Mr. Barnhart was a Master Carpenter and home builder. He had been a resident of Malvern for 22 years.

He is survived by two sons, Jobe Anthony Swayze of Gifford, and Mark Steven Barnhart, Jr.; by a daughter, Amber Nicole Barnhart of Conway; by two sisters, Rhonda Sue Bogue (Ray), and Robin Anne Cash, both of Malvern; by two grandchildren, Chevy Dewayne Ball and Ayden James Bogue, and by one on the way.

Mr. Barnhart was also preceded in death by two brothers, Rick Barnhart and Bobby Joe Blackwell.

The family will receive friends at J. A. Funk Funeral Home on Wednesday afternoon, December 22, beginning at two o’clock, to be followed by a funeral service at three o’clock.

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Marion Robertson Baskin

 

 

Marion Robertson Baskin, age 83 of Malvern, died Monday evening in the Hot Spring County Medical Center.  She was born on July 21, 1924 in Gurdon, Arkansas to the late Herman and Ione Lagrone Robertson.  Reared and receiving her early education in Gurdon, she was a graduate of Henderson State Teachers College (now Henderson State University).  Marion was an elementary school teacher for 28 years.  She taught at Gurdon, Smackover,and retired from the Malvern Public School System as a teacher at Fiels Elementary.  She had been a resident of Malvern since 1953.  Marion was a faithful member of First United Methodist Church of Malvern, where she attended the Friendship Sunday School Class, was very active in United Methodist Women, and volunteered for the Red Cross blood drive.  She was an avid bridge player, loved to go antique hunting, and was a doting grandmother.

She is survived by her husband, Sam Baskin of Malvern, to whom she was married on June 6, 1948; by two sons, Jon Edward Baskin and his wife, Judy of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Dr. Barry Baskin and his wife, Druann, of Little Rock; and by four granddaughters, Clair Elise Baskin, Abby Nicole Baskin, Erin Allison Baskin, and Katherine Blair Baskin.

Marion was also preceded in death by a brother, Wayne Robertson.

A memorial service will be held at two o'clock on Wednesday afternoon, January 23, 2008 in the chapel of First United Methodist Church with Reverend Stephen Wingo officiating.

Special thanks go out the Bruce and Patti White for their years of care and friendship.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to First United Methodist Church, Malvern, or the Alzheimer's Association, 411 S. Victory, Suite 202, Little Rock, AR 72201.

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Samuel Wright Baskin

 

Samuel Wright Baskin, age 89 of Malvern, died Sunday December 12, 2010. Sam was born February 2, 1921 in Graysonia, Arkansas ( Clark County) to the late James Dewitt and Elsie Digby Baskin. His father was the bookkeeper for the Graysonia Lumber Company. Sam was raised in Gurdon, and earned his Bachelor’s Degree at Henderson State University where he starred as a halfback on the football team. Sam’s academic and athletic careers were interrupted by WWII, where he served in the Army in Alaska. He was badly burned in an explosion while rescuing the crew of a bomber that crashed and he spent many months in the hospital. After the war, Sam resumed his studies and played football before finishing his degree at Henderson. He later earned a Master’s degree from George Peabody College in Nashville, TN.

In 1948 he married Marion Robertson, the love of his life. They were married for 60 years and had two sons, Jon Edward Baskin of Baton Rouge LA and Dr. Barry Dewitt Baskin of Little Rock. Sam was a career educator and had a positive influence on the lives of innumerable young people. He worked 30 years at the Magnet Cove School District where at one time or another he served as coach, principle of the high school, junior high school and elementary school. Sam had a life long love of children and truly found his niche as the principle of the elementary school.

Sam is survived by Jon Baskin and his wife Judy, Dr. Barry Baskin and his wife Druann, four granddaughters Clair Baskin, Abbye Baskin, Erin Baskin, Blair Baskin and great granddaughter Kylie Baskin. He is also survived by his younger brother Carl Ed Baskin of Little Rock. Sam was pre-deceased by his wife Marion in 2008 in addition to his brother Dewitt Baskin of Gurdon.

Sam loved to hunt and fish and was a fine shot, a deadly accurate caster and a gentleman sportsman in the tradition of Nash Buckingham. He loved his bird dogs, and on several occasions he carried his old English setter “Lady” in his game vest when she was too old to go on her own power.

Sam will be missed by all who knew him, but his was a life well lived. Special thanks to Dr. Bruce and Patty White for their years of service and friendship. Many thanks as well to the entire staff of 1-D at the North Little Rock VA for their loving care of Sam during the last year of his life. He could not have been in a better place. Their compassionate care was a true example of God’s work here on earth.

A private memorial service will be held under the direction of J. A. Funk Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church in Malvern or the Nature Conservancy.

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Phyllis Ann Bearden

 

Phyllis Ann Bearden, age 63 of Benton, died Friday, September 06, 2013 in Little Rock.  She was born in Malvern on April 5, 1950 to Ralph Parrish and the late Emma Chancellor Parrish.  Reared and receiving her early education in the Malvern School District, and graduating MHS in 1968, she later obtained the level of LPTN, II, from the Benton Services Center, now Arkansas Health Center.  She was employed there for 33 ½ years.  Phyllis enjoyed making floral arrangements for weddings and holidays, and was a wonderful cook.  She was a Baptist by denomination.

She is survived by her husband, Ronnie Bearden of Benton, to whom she was married on September 3, 1968 in Malvern; by a son, Jeff Bearden of Benton; by two daughters, Kim Bearden and her fiancé, Eric Hairston of Benton, and Rhonda Vance and her husband Jeff, of Sheridan; her father, Ralph Parrish of Malvern; her brother, Ed and his wife Julie Parrish of Malvern; four grandchildren, Tiffany Maxwell (Zack), Justin Wilson, Joshua Wilson, and Brianna Vance; one great-grandchild, Hayevn Maxwell; and a lifelong friend, Marcia Haney Rogers.

Visitation for family and friends will be on Sunday afternoon, September 8th, from four until six o’clock in the evening.

Her funeral will be on Monday afternoon, September 9, 2013 at one o’clock in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Brother Vance Nutt officiating.  The body will be cremated and interred in Ten Mile Cemetery at a later date.

The family will be at 714 Pine Bluff Street, Malvern.

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Bobby Ross Beason

 

 

Bobby Ross Beason, age 70 of Malvern, died Saturday morning in the St. Joseph’s Mercy Health Center in Hot Springs.  He was born in Malvern on September 9, 1938 to the late Ross and Floye Wright Beason.  Reared and educated in Malvern, Bobby retired from Malvern National Bank in 2003 as Senior Vice President and Loan Officer after 48 years of service.  He was a tennis player, a cyclist, and a competitive runner.  Bobby was a member of Second Baptist Church. 

 

He is survived by his wife, Louella Orr Beason, to whom he was married on May 24, 1958 in Malvern; by his son Rod Alan Beason and his wife, Carolina, of Overland Park, Kansas; by his daughter, Kelly Michelle Beason of Benton; by his grandsons, Alex K. Walls, Steven Ryan McDaniel, and Henry G. Beason; and by a granddaughter, Sophia F. Beason.  Bobby also leaves behind his wonderful pets that gave him so much love and companionship: Snoopy, Missy, Jack, Benji, Angel, and Keegan. 

 

There will be no funeral service, but the family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday afternoon from two until four o’clock. 

 

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Ramona Kae Behm

 

 

Ramona Kae Behm, age 66 of Malvern, died Tuesday at her home.  She was born on January 12, 1943 in Churubusco, Indiana.  Reared and educated in Indiana, she had been a resident of this area for a number of years, having resided in Hot Springs, Jones Mill, and for the past three years, in Malvern.  Most recently she had worked as a receptionist for the local branch of the Arkansas Department of Health.  Ramona was a member of New Beginnings Church.  She was a loving mother and grandmother, doting on her grandchildren.

 

She is survived by two daughters, Dennise Rylee and Michelle Welch, both of Malvern; by an adopted son, Frank Martin of Hot Springs; by two adopted daughters, Teresa Ward of Hot Springs, and Carol Thomason of Magnet Cove; by three grandchildren, Brandy Reyes, Westley Seymour, and Ronald Behm; by eight great-grandchildren; and by a special friend, Charlie Ward of Hot Springs. 

 

Ramona was also preceded in death by two brothers, Billy and Eugene Comer.

A grave salvation service for Ramona will be held in the Morning Star Cemetery on Saturday, November 14, 2009, at one o'clock in the afternood with Brother Scott Efird officiation, and culminating with the burial of her ashes.

 

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J C Bettis

 

J C Bettis, age 69, of Magnet Cove, died unexpectedly at his home on Sunday afternoon, June 3, 2007. He was born in Aly, Arkansas on October 25, 1937 to the late Willis P. and Mella Basham Bettis. Living in Magnet Cove for most of his life, Mr. Bettis was a carpenter. He retired at the age of 65 after having worked for Wayne Neighbors Construction for 25 years. In his spare time, he enjoyed going hunting.

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law Jimmy and Joy Bettis of Magnet Cove; by two daughters and sons-in-law, Vickie and Danny Files of Magnet Cove, and Tina and Tony Dodwell of Hot Springs; by four grandchildren, Caleb and Jessica Bettis, and Chad (Terri) and Krissie Files; and by two great-grandchildren, Andrew and Laura Grace Files.

J C was also preceded in death by a brother and a sister, Paul Bettis and Bobbie Jean McDermott.

A graveside service will be held on Wednesday morning, June 6, 2007 at ten o’clock, in the Magnet Cove Cemetery with Brother Stacy Sanders officiating.Pallbearers are Dennis and Darrell Williams, Mark Wallis, Lee Lisenbey, Caleb Bettis, and Chad Files.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday evening, June 5, 2007, from six until eight o’clock at the J. A. Funk Funeral Home.

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Vannie Gay Birch


Vannie Gay Birch of Malvern, Arkansas was called home to our Lord on January 9, 2014.   Gay was born December 27, 1929 to Monroe and Erma Donahoo Brady.  Raised during the Great Depression and World War II, Gay exhibited the tenacity, work ethic, faith and charity that characterized her generation. 
Gay married James Owen Birch on April 4, 1948, and theirs was a true partnership in every sense of the word.  They lovingly raised four children.  During a time when most women did not work outside the home, Gay was a partner for 36 years in Birch Insurance Agency.  She was a dedicated servant to her beloved community, serving as a member of the Malvern Park Commission, Malvern City Council and the First United Methodist Church choir.  Gay was a member of the Business and Professional Women’s Association and received the Outstanding Volunteer award from the State Little League in 1995 in recognition of her 30 years of service.  Gay taught Sunday school and was active in the UMC Circle.


Gay is preceded in death by her husband, James Owen, her parents, a daughter, Mary Jane, two sisters, Mary Means and Janice Stueart, and a grandson, Jay Lusinger.  She is survived by her children, Linda Birch Cannon of Malvern, Peggy Birch Lusinger of Malvern Bill Birch of Malvern, and Jim H and Charla Birch of Dallas.  She is also survived by her brother Dale Brady and his wife Jackie of Little Rock, a sister, Erma Jane Doughty and her husband Bob of San Diego, CA, eleven grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.  Pallbearers are Dyka Lusinger, Jacob Lusinger, Joshua Lusinger, Bryon Birch, Austin Birch, Haley Birch, Hannah Birch, Zach Lusinger and Brandon Lusinger.  Honorary pall bearers are Hunter Birch, Dylan Birch, Nathan Lusinger and the Choir of the First United Methodist Church of Malvern.


Gay’s family expresses lasting gratitude to the caregivers who treated her with kindness and made it possible for her to remain in the home she loved so much--Darlene Byrd, Beverly Sparlin and Peggy Bailey. 


A celebration of her life will be held at the First United Methodist Church of Malvern, 127 East Page Avenue in Malvern at 2:00 pm on Sunday January 12, 2014 with Rev. Lavon Post officiating.  Visitation will be at J.A. Funk Funeral Home, 318 Ash Street in Malvern from 4:30 to 6:30 pm on Saturday, January 11, 2014.  Interment will be at Oakridge Cemetery. 

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Malvern or Malvern Boys and Girls Club. 

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Mary Kathleen Birrell

 

Mary Kathleen Birrell, age 70 of Benton , died Monday morning, December 21, 2009 in the Arkansas Health Center near Benton .  She was born on January 7, 1939 in Cash, Arkansas to the late John Edward and Mettie Dement Hawkins.  Reared and educated in Cash, she had lived in Benton since 1995. A homemaker, she was the widow of the late Carlton James Birrell, to whom she was married on November 7, 1958 in Peoria , Illinois .  He preceded her in death on September 12, 1994.  Mrs. Birrell attended the North Side Church of Christ in Benton and was a member of the Sisters in Service.  She loved to embroider and make quilts and was an avid worker of word puzzles.  

She is survived by a daughter, Sue and her husband Drew Cabe of Benton; by a son, Jim Birrell of Rock Island, Illinois; by four grandchildren, Jacob and Ethan Cabe, Eric Flores, and Danielle Birrell; by three great-grandchildren, Riley and Jeremy Birrell, and Kaleb Flores; by two brothers, Paul Hawkins of Rock Island, Illinois, and Harrell Hawkins of Johnston, Iowa; and by two sisters, Joy McQuay of Jonesboro, Arkansas, and Gertie Hathcoat of Brookland, Arkansas.  

Mrs. Birrell was also preceded in death by four brothers, Leon and Robert Hawkins, and Alvie, and Pete Osterman.  

She will be buried beside her husband in Greenview Memorial Gardens in East Moline , Illinois , under the direction of Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home of Rock Island, Illinois.  

Local arrangements and transit services are provided by J. A. Funk Funeral Home of Malvern, Arkansas.

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Linda J. Black


Linda J. Black, age 72, of Royal, Arkansas, died Thursday, January 2, 2014 in the National Park Medical Center in Hot Springs.  She was born in Malvern on November 6, 1941 to the late Albert A. Black and Mary Belle Kemp Black.  Reared and receiving her early education in Leola, she later completed her nurses training at St. Joseph Hospital in Hot Springs.  She was employed by St Joseph for 25 years.  Linda was an avid reader and loved to crochet.  According to her family and close friends, she was a wonderful cook.  Linda was a member of New Home Missionary Baptist Church in Royal.

She is survived by her daughters, Connie Draper and Jamie Bailey, both of Royal; by six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; and by a sister, Janie Motes of Malvern.

Her funeral will be at eleven o’clock on Monday morning, January 6, 2014 at New Home Missionary Baptist Church in Royal with Brother Milton Paredes officiating.  Interment will follow in Cunningham Cemetery under the direction on J. A. Funk Funeral Home of Malvern. 

Pallbearers will be: Jonathon Lightner, Jason Rice, James Gatlin, Roy Gatlin, Danny Bailey, and A. J. Lininger.

Memorials are requested to Susan G. Komen for the Cure, 904 Autumn Road, Ste. 500, Little Rock, AR  72211.

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Gregory Duane Blackmon

 

 

Gregory Duane Blackmon, age 58, died Saturday, December 29, 2007 in the Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. He was born on July 1, 1949 in Tucson, Arizona to the late Jesse Lee and Lola Mae Holland Blackmon. Reared and receiving his early education in Arizona, he received an associate degree in computers from Ouachita Technical College. He had worked in OTC’s library for the past three years. Early on in his career, Greg became a road musician, his instrument being the guitar. He followed that path of work for a number of years prior to moving to the Malvern area.

He is survived by two daughters, Jessica Blackmon of Carlisle, and Sara Blackmon of Malvern.

No services are scheduled at this time. Arrangements are by J. A. Funk Funeral Home.

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Neadis H. Bost

 

Neadis H. Bost, age 92, of Pottsville , Arkansas , formerly of Malvern, died Tuesday, October 4, 2011 in Little Rock .  She was born on October 2, 1919 in Saline County , Arkansas to the late Joe and Victoria Masoner.  Reared and educated in Saline County , she was the widow of the late Estel Bost, to whom she was married on September 4, 1937.  Mrs. Bost was of the Baptist faith since her teen years, having been saved at a brush arbor meeting in Cooper and being baptized in Reyburn Creek. 

She had been china painting since 1962, and had taught china painting since 1972.  Mrs. Bost was a member of the International Porcelain Artists, Arkansas Teachers, Little Rock Porcelain Art Club, and Las Cruces , New Mexico Porcelain Artists.  She was a member of the Charity Sunday School Class at third Baptist Church in Malvern prior to moving to Las Cruces .  She moved to Pottsville , Arkansas in February of 2006.

Mrs. Bost was also preceded in death by four sisters, three brothers, and a son, Kenneth.

Survivors include her daughter, Alma Lou Bost LeQuieu of Pottsville, daughter-in-law Sylvia Bost Tate of Hot Springs, four granddaughters, Victoria Green of El Paso, Texas, Lori Burton of Bryant, Arkansas, Bett Burns of Collierville, Tennessee, and Cindy Leftwich of Senotobia, Mississippi; three grandsons, Kenny Bost of Jonesboro, Toney LeQuieu of Russellville and Billy LeQuieu of Malvern; 13 great-grandchildren and 9 great-great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held at one o’clock Friday afternoon, October 7, 2011, in the Ten Mile Cemetery between Benton and Hot Springs with Brother Eric Burton officiating.  A procession will leave the funeral home to arrive at the cemetery by 12:45 p.m.

Pallbearers will be Eric Burton, Cody Burton, Toney LeQuieu, Billy LeQuieu, and Dillon LeQuieu.

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William R. “Bill” Boyle

 

William R. “Bill” Boyle, age 80 of Texarkana , Texas , died Friday, January 20, 2012.  He was born in Malvern , Arkansas on May 9, 1931 to the late Ray N. Boyle and Irene Smith Boyle.  Reared and receiving his early education in Malvern, he attended Memphis State , Henderson State , and St. Louis College of Pharmacy.  Bill was a retired registered pharmacist, having owned a drug store in Texarkana , Texas .  He was a member of Eylau Methodist Church in Texarkana , was a Mason, and a veteran of the United States Air Force.  Wherever he lived-Arkadelphia, Minden , Louisiana , and Texarkana , Bill sang in the church choir.  He loved music, old Westerns, and WWII Army movies.

He is survived by three children, Robert Boyle of Portsmouth, Rhode Island, Scott Boyle and wife Marne of Alexandria, Louisiana, and Susan Boyle Dorough of Texarkana, Texas; five grandchildren, Brittney and Jarred Mathews, Megan, Ryan, and Landon Boyle; the mother of his children, Lajuan Boyle, a sister, Dr. Virginia Boyle of Ashville, North Carolina, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins, Including Pat Lightfoot and Betty Harrison.

Bill was also preceded in death by a sister, Marion Fuller, and two brothers, Ray Boyle, Jr., and Jack Boyle.

His funeral will be held at two o’clock Monday afternoon, January 23, 2012,          in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Reverend LaVon Post officiating.  Interment will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery .  The family will receive friends one hour prior to service time.

Pallbearers will be Robert Boyle, Scott Boyle, Ryan Boyle, Mickey Boyle, Brandon Glover, and Jarred Mathews.

Honorary pallbearers are Landon Boyle and Wilburn Cox.

Memorials are requested to Eylau Methodist Church , or the Texarkana Animal Shelter.

The family will be at 2724 Magnolia in Texarkana , Texas .

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Kenneth Bradley

 

Kenneth E. Bradley, 87, of Malvern passed away Saturday, Feb. 16 at home. He was born on February 25, 1925 in Sheffield, AL, the son of Walton and Willie Eva Reynolds Bradley.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister-in-law Bettie Bradley, favorite cousin Glenn Bradley (Joan), and his beloved wife Margaret Vantrease Bradley.

He and Margaret married on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 1956 and lived happily among family and friends. Margaret passed away in December, 2008. A faithful and devoted husband, Kenneth visited her gravesite every day since.

Survivors include his only sibling, a brother Karl Bradley of Muscle Shoals, AL and his son Troy Bradley (Lisa) of Columbia, MD. Others include cousins Mike Bradley, Jeff Bradley (Anne), Cooper Bradley, Logan Bradley, Griffin Bradley, Don Milstead and Jerry Milstead. Kenneth so appreciated your many phone calls and road trips to visit him. He loved them all very much.

Kenneth loved and considered nieces Kim Knight Cherry (Wes) of Little Rock and Susan Knight Daniel (Larry), and nephew Bill Knight (Belinda) of Malvern his children. His presence will be greatly missed.

Kenneth also had four grandnephews whom he loved and adored. They brought great joy and love to his life and him to theirs. These fine young men, David Wesley Cherry, James Bradley Daniel, Daniel Phillip Cherry, and Jared Bartley Daniel will forever remember their sweet Uncle Kenneth. Other family members he adored include Jay Knight, Stacy Knight Perry (Woody), Missy Knight McElroy (Tim), Emily Knight, Erica Knight, Ethan Knight, Cody Staley, Alex Staley, and Skyler Adams.

He also leaves special nieces and nephews Deborah Vantrease, Steve Walker, Cathy Miller Koone, Robin Miller Bookhout, and Ann Walker Woolridge and their families, and sister-in-law Joyce Vantrease Baswell of Hot Springs.

Kenneth was a faithful and longtime member of the First United Methodist Church and proud member of the Friendship Sunday School Class. He held many leadership roles within the church during his six decades of Christian service. A favorite was coordinating the church’s annual rummage sale. For many years he and Margaret delivered Meals on Wheels throughout Hot Spring County. Kenneth believed in helping anyone in need and gave freely of his time and talents.

In 1940 at age 15, Kenneth became an Eagle Scout. His troop traveled to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico during its first camping season, a memory that lasted a lifetime. He played football at Holmes Junior College in Mississippi. He proudly served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII stationed on Iwo Jima.

Kenneth was an avid outdoorsman enjoying deer hunting and fishing with the Malvern Bass Club. Even in his last days Kenneth drove to Lake DeGray to eat lunch in his truck and watch fishermen come and go.

Most of Kenneth’s career was spent at Reynolds Metals Company in Jones Mills. He cherished and often told stories of friendships he made at the plant. He also loved talking about the Southern Railroad, his childhood on Wilson Lake, and the Bradley family.

Special thanks go to Dr. Bruce Burton and his lively staff for years of special attention and compassionate care. Thanks also to the fine people at Keeney’s where he ate breakfast nearly every morning, and to Ron Wilks at Body Works. Another thank you goes to Nancy Jenkins, Mark Roberts and all the exceptional people at Malvern National Bank, and to CPA Mark Kindy. You all kept Kenneth strong and happy.

The funeral will be held Friday, February 22 at 1:00 p.m. in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church in Malvern. Interment will follow at Shadowlawn Cemetery under the direction of J.A. Funk Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be Troy Bradley, Bill Knight, Larry Daniel, Wes Cherry, David Cherry, Brad Daniel, Daniel Cherry, and Jared Daniel. Honorary pallbearers are Dr. Bruce Burton and Charles Keeney.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday evening from 5:00-6:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the First United Methodists Church in Malvern.

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Margaret Vantrease Bradley

 

Margaret Vantrease Bradley, 84, passed through this life on Tuesday, December 23, 2008.  She was born on May 9, 1924 in Social Hill, Arkansas to Badie and Mattie Belle Vantrease.   She was preceded in death by her parents, younger sisters, Jimmie Lee Miller Samuels and Rosemary Knight; brother, John Vantrease, and nephew Johnny Vantrease all of Malvern.

Margaret lived most of her life in Malvern on Sulphur Springs Road with her loving and devoted husband of 51 years, Kenneth E. Bradley.  She is survived by many close family members including her husband, her “adopted” children, two nieces Kim Knight Cherry of Little Rock, Susan Knight Daniel and William Duke “Bill” Knight, both of Malvern.

 

Margaret also had four grand nephews who brought great joy and love to her life and theirs.  These fine young men, David Wesley Cherry, James Bradley “Brad” Daniel, Daniel Phillip Cherry, and Jared Bartley Daniel, adored their sweet Aunt Margaret and will forever remember the gentle lady who was forever patient, soft-spoken, and always “on their side”. 

Survivors also include her sister Joyce Vantrease Baswell of Hot Springs, and sister-in-law Dorothy Vantrease of Malvern, and brother-in-law Karl Bradley of Muscle Shoals, Alabama.She leaves special nieces and nephews, Debbie Vantrease, Steve Walker, Cathy Miller Koone, Robin Miller Bookhout, Ann Walker Wooldridge, and Troy Bradley.

 

Margaret was a faithful longtime member of the First United Methodist Church for nearly seven decades where she praised the Lord and also volunteered countless hours.  She was treasurer of Sunday School class and helped lead the church’s annual garage sale for a number of years.  Her love of these faithful FUMC friends was a great blessing in her live.  She retired from First Federal Savings and Loan, and spent her retirement years active in her church circle, PEO, and doing meals on Wheels.

 

Thanks to all who have sent flowers, cards, prayers, and love.  A special thank you to Dr. Bruce Burton and his lively staff who have been so helpful and compassionate for so many years.  Many thanks to all of Margaret’s many health care givers-we truly appreciate everyone.  It always gave her great joy that so many people were so kind and helpful.  Special thank you to Jayne West and all the angels who work at the Malvern Nursing Home.  Thanks also to Pastor Steve Wingo for his many visits and prayers. 

 

The family will receive friends at J. A. Funk Funeral Home on Friday afternoon from six until seven thirty.

 

The funeral will be held at three o’clock Saturday afternoon, December 27, 2008 in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church with Reverend Steve Wingo officiating.  Interment will follow in Shadowlawn Cemetery under the direction of J. A. Funk Funeral Home. 

 

Pallbearers will be Steve Walker, Bill Knight, Wes, David, and Daniel Cherry, Larry, Brad, and Jared Daniel, Troy Bradley, Don Koone, Bob Bookhout, and Mike Wooldridge.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the First United Methodist Church, Malvern, or to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. 

 

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Lynn Burnell Bray

 

Lynn Burnell Bray, age 82, of Malvern, died Monday, June 24, 2013 in the John L. McClellan Memorial Veterans Administration Hospital in Little Rock.  He was born in Malvern on September 13, 1930 to the late Daniel Rhodes Bray and Addie Mae Whitley Bray.  Reared and receiving his early education in Malvern, he later attended Henderson State Teachers College in Arkadelphia.  Burnell taught at Malvern Junior High School for a number of years before going to work for the J. C. Penney Company.  He worked at the original store in downtown Little Rock. He was a United States Army veteran, having been stationed in Korea.  Burnell was Primitive Baptist by denomination.

He is survived by his daughter, Elizabeth Lea Bray of Greenville, Texas.

Burnell was preceded in death by three brothers, Austin Jacob (Tuck) Bray, George Houston (Compound) Bray, and Bryson Harold Bray.

A memorial service will be held in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home on Friday afternoon, June 28, 2013, at four o’clock, with Brother Todd Bray officiating.  Private interment will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery.

Honorary pallbearers are: John Milan White, Faith Lindsey, Robert Jones, James Wetherington, Don Brashears, Herman Barnett, Horace McGuire, and Bob Darby.

Memorials are requested to Stop Animal Cruelty, (S.A.C.) P. O. Box 1521, Malvern, Arkansas  72104

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Eugene Brooks

 

Eugene Brooks, age 63 of Malvern, died Sunday, June 15, 2008 at the Hot Spring County Medical Center.  He was born on February 7, 1945 in Bismarck, Arkansas to the late Harvey T. and Betty Phillips Brooks.  Reared and receiving his early education in Malvern, he later attended cooking school under the G. I. Bill at Ouachita Technical College. He worked in the die-casting department for Precision Industries for over 20 years, and for the past 15 years has been a maintenance worker for Wal Mart.  Eugene was a veteran of the Viet Nam War, a Baptist, a talented cook, and an avid gardener. 

 

He is survived by his wife, Sandra Cotton Brooks of the home, to whom he was married on July 20, 1994; by a son, Andrew Brooks, also of Malvern; by three sisters, Shirley and her husband Jimmy Voss of Malvern; Mary Lou and her husband Paul Henson of Blevins, Arkansas; and Barbara and her husband Elton Rimmer of Malvern; by a brother, Roy Brooks of Malvern; by three half-brothers, Lonnie Johnson, Roger Dale Johnson, and Jimmy Johnson; by two half-sisters, Joanne Dees and Carla Johnson, and by his mother-in-law, Treva Reynolds Cotton of Malvern.

 

His funeral will be held at ten o’clock Wednesday morning, June 18, 2008, in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home.  Interment will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery. 

 

Pallbearers will be: Ken Voss, Wayne Reynolds, Brian Loy, Matt Banks, Brach Williams, and Colton Adams. 

 

The family will receive friends at the mortuary on Tuesday evening from six until eight o’clock. 

 

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Donald Ray Brown

Donald Ray Brown, Sr., age 71, of Malvern, died Tuesday night, October 2, 2007 at St. Joseph’s Mercy Health Center in Hot Springs. He was born on July 8, 1936 in Seminole, Oklahoma to the late Lester L. and Mabel Currier Brown. Reared and receiving his early education in Hope, Arkansas, he later attended Southern State College in Magnolia (Southern Arkansas University) and the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He was a veteran of the United States Army Medical Corps, serving three years active duty followed by six years in the reserve. Mr. Brown had been a resident of Malvern since 1995, where he was a rancher and owned Blue Meadow Farms. He also had been co-owner with his partner, the late J. O. Brown, of Williams Brothers Feed. Among the organizations to which he belonged and/or held office were the Arkansas State Farm Board, Arkansas Short Horn Association (past president and show chairman), Hot Spring County Farm Bureau (past president), Alumnae Board of Directors for Southern Arkansas University (president and secretary), and the Purple Circle of 4H Clubs. Mr. Brown was a strong advocate of higher education, particularly in the field of agriculture and livestock. He was an active member of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Malvern.

He is survived by his wife, Patsy Bass Brown of Malvern, to whom he was married on December 21, 1957 in Hope, Arkansas; by a son, Don Ray Brown, II of Pittsburg, Texas; by two daughters and their husbands, Patti and Brooks Nickels of Hot Springs, and Donna Sue and Jace Ledbetter of Malvern; by three grandchildren, Jeremy McKiddy, Macklin Nickels, and Reece Nickels; and by two special friends, Jesse and Jennie Duckett of Hope.

Mr. Brown was also preceded in death by two sisters and two brothers.

His funeral will be on Saturday morning, October 6, 2007, at ten o’clock, in the sanctuary of St. Paul United Methodist Church with Reverend Dooley Fowler officiating. A private entombment will follow in Crestview Mausoleum in Hot Springs.

Pallbearers will be: John Grigsby, Lewis Lloyd, Terry Smith, Curt Crawford, Carl Murch, Jeremy Allen, and Craig Lingo.

Honorary pallbearers are: Hot Spring County Farm Bureau staff and board members, Arkansas Shorthorn Association members, Southern Arkansas University alumni, Maurice Hendrix, Jesse Clark, Dr. James Tollett, Bill Ledbetter, Don Fletcher, Melvin Bass, Gilbert Brown, Jr., “The Place” owners and staff, Bill Priefert family, Dr. Ricky Hughes, Dr. Carlos Rivas, Annesa Valls, RN, and Juanita Jones.

The family will receive friends at J. A. Funk Funeral Home on Friday evening from six until eight o’clock.

Memorials are requested to the Hot Spring County 4H Club Foundation, 1415 Smith Street, Malvern, AR 72104, or St. Paul United Methodist Church, Malvern.

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Jere' Brown

 

Jere’ Marie Franz Brown, age 80 of Malvern, died Saturday morning, July 24, 2010 in Little Rock. Born on July 14, 1930 in Mexico, Missouri to the late Gertrude "Priss" Donahoo and Leo Franz, Plant Manager/Supervisor of Acme Brick Company in Perla, Jere’ often visited the workplace and became known affectionately as the “Brickyard Brat.” Reared in Malvern, she later graduated from St. Scholastica Academy in Fort Smith in 1949, attended the Texas State College for Women and finished at Henderson State Teachers College. Upon graduation, she worked as a telephone operator at the Malvern switchboard. One night in December of 1955, while alone at the board, she was credited with saving many lives and property when a regulator valve of the natural gas pipeline was damaged, allowing gas to pour unchecked into the homes of 450 residents of North Malvern. After the first report, she notified not only the endangered residents, but called out the fire crew. In recognition of her outstanding service and heroism, she was awarded the prestigious bronze Vail medal, established in 1920 as a memorial to Theodore N. Vail, former president of A T & T. She retired from the Hot Springs office in 1983.

Jere’ belonged to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church of Malvern, was a member of the Telephone Pioneers, and was a Red Cross swimming instructor, teaching numerous children in her front yard swimming pool. She made and taught ceramics, and after her retirement joined several bowling leagues. Jere’ loved her cats and cherished time spent with her grandsons and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, Ben Brown, to whom she was married on February 1, 1968; by her daughter, Molly Wren Alexander Teeter and son-in-law Darry of Little Rock; a step-son, Leroy Brown of Tennessee; a sister, Lorita “Bitsy” Cates of Little Rock; a brother Edward Franz and sister-in-law Bettye of Tulsa, Oklahoma; two grandsons, Everett Franz Smith and Sara, William Wren Smith and Christine; and three great-grandchildren, Charles Everett, Lily Marie, and Owen Wren Smith; and one due in December.

Visitation will be Wednesday evening, July 28, from five-thirty until seven o’clock at J. A. Funk Funeral Home, immediately followed by a rosary service beginning at seven o’clock, led by Deacon Bud Daven.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church on Thursday morning, July 29, at ten o’clock, with Father Matt Garrison as celebrant. The burial of her ashes will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 50 Memphis TN 38101.

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Joyce Brown

 

Joyce Brown, age 64, of Malvern, died Thursday night, January 17, 2008, in St. Joseph’s Mercy Health Center in Hot Springs. She was born on March 20, 1943 in Traskwood, Arkansas to the late Lester and Uda Almond Miller. Reared and receiving her early education in Hot Spring County, Joyce later earned her LPN Certificate from Ouachita Technical College. Prior to her nursing career, Joyce operated a beauty shop in Leola for 10 years. She and her family moved to Malvern from Leola in 1987. Joyce was a Baptist by denomination. She loved to sew, to make crafts, and to garden. Everyone knows what an animal lover Joyce was. Her dogs were all pampered and spoiled, and will miss her terribly.

She is survived by her husband, Roy Brown, to whom she was married on December 23, 1958 in Carthage, Arkansas; by two daughters, Sherry Fryar of Poyen, and Debbie Gilliam and her husband, Mike, of Texarkana, Texas; two brothers, George Miller of Monticello, Georgia, and Cleatis Miller of Malvern; by two sisters, Joann and her husband Vernon Byrd of Malvern, and Sandy Miller of Mayflower; and by four grandchildren, Jordan Jackson, whom Joyce raised, and his wife Amanda, Aaron and Andrew Gilliam, and Brady Fryar, and a great-grandchild, Avery Jackson.

Joyce was also preceded in death by a brother, Wesley Miller.

Her funeral will be held at two o’clock Sunday afternoon, January 20, 2008 in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Brothers Roger Hall and Kevin Spurlin officiating. Interment will follow in Leola Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be: David Rea, John E. Jones, Don Koch, David Sargent, Jeff Jones, and Darren Hardy.

Honorary pallbearers will be: Dr. Larry Brashears, Linda Brashears, Raymond Ray, Arlie Daniels, James Burl Miller, and John Allan Funk.

The family will receive friends at the mortuary on Saturday evening from five until seven o’clock.

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Harvey Leroy Brown

 

Harvey Leroy Brown, age 50, of Memphis, Tennessee, died Sunday, October 3, 2010. He was born on July 11, 1960 in Lynwood, California to Benjiman L. Brown and the late Mary Margaret McCloud Brown. Reared and educated in Hot Spring County, he was a graduate of Magnet Cove High School. Leroy was currently employed as night auditor for the Executive Inn in Memphis. He had served in the United States Air Force. 

His survivors include his son, Nicholas Wren Brown of Hernando, Mississippi, his father, Ben Brown of Malvern, and his sister, Molly Wren Teeter of Little Rock. 

Leroy was also preceded in death by his step-mother, Jere’ Marie Franz Brown. 

The family will receive friends at J. A. Funk Funeral Home on Thursday evening, October 21, 2010 from five-thirty until seven o' clock.

Local arrangements are by J. A. Funk Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent via jafunkfuneralhome.com.

 

 

 
 

 


Ivin R. Brown

 

Ivin R. Brown, age 63 of Malvern, died Friday, August 12, 2011.  He was born on October 10, 1947 in Des Moines , Iowa to the late Harold Ralph Brown and Lizzie Maude Burney Brown.  Ivin was reared and educated in Wichita , Kansas .  He served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam era, and was stationed in Korea and Japan , working as a jet engine mechanic.  His interest in mechanics continued after his military service, and for the rest of his life, he loved working on cars and motorcycles.  Ivin was an avid reader, particularly of Louis L’Amour westerns.  He was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church .

He is survived by his wife, Cindy Givens Brown, to whom he was married on July 12, 1991 in Garland, Texas; his daughter, Wendi Piatt of Piedmont, Oklahoma; seven step-children, Edwin Hill of Germantown, Tennessee, Brian Hill of Blanchard, Oklahoma, Chris Hill of Camp LeJeune, North Carolina, Traci, Virginia Ann, and Robert Gene Garrison, all of Ft. Worth, Texas, and Joseph Donald Garrison of Hooker, Oklahoma; a brother, Roger Brown of Mulvane, Kansas; two sisters, Elizabeth Steele of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, and Mary Peters of Wichita, Kansas; ten grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at J. A. Funk Funeral Home on Monday evening, August 15, from six until eight o’clock.

Funeral services are scheduled for ten o’clock Tuesday morning in the funeral home chapel with Reverends Troy Cate and Dooley Fowler officiating.

Honorary pallbearers are: Bryan Couch, Eric and Bart Smith, Don Terry, Ken Turner, Jason DeLoach, Taylor Piatt, Logan Garrison, Walker Piatt, and Tristen Garrison.

Memorials are requested to St. Paul United Methodist Church for children’s playground equipment.

Online condolences may be sent via jafunkfuneralhome.com.

 

 

 
 

 


Llewellyn Lee Brown, Jr.

 

Llewellyn Lee Brown, Jr. age 92 of Malvern, entered into the presence of his heavenly Father on October 28, 2012. Lew, as he was called by his friends, was born on March 28, 1920 in Spartanburg, South Carolina to the late Lucile Heggie Brown of Tunnel Hill, Georgia, and Llewellyn Lee Brown, Sr. of Atlanta, Georgia. Lew was the third of five children born to the Brown family. At the age of eight years, he moved with his family from South Carolina to Malvern.

Lew graduated from Malvern High School in 1938. When asked recently what stood out in his memory about his youth, he quickly responded with stories about being a Boy Scout highlighting his work to become an Eagle Scout. He said he accomplished that in just a couple of years thanks to Carl Smith, his scout master, the training he received at Camp Bonanza in Hot Springs, and because of the encouragement he received from his father.

Lew attended both Hendrix Collage and Arkansas State Teachers College before deciding that he needed to join the war effort. In April of 1941, he joined the Army Air Corps as a pilot and was based at Hardwick Airfield in Norwich, England. He flew a B24 on 28 missions, with his last one being “Operation Tidal Wave”, a secret low-level bombing raid, which took out about one third of the enemy’s oil field in Ploesti, Rumania. In December of 1945, Lew was discharged with the rank of Captain to reserve status. During his years in service, he received three Distinguished Flying Crosses.

Lew was married for 49 years to Ann Brooks Brown of Malvern. From that union were born five children. He was in the retail shoe business for sixty years, opening his first store, B & C Shoes, in March of 1947 and closing his last corporate account in March of 2007. Another interest of Lew’s was his love for the game of bridge. Every Monday night for over six decades, he played “Bridge with the Boys”. He also enjoyed playing with bridge partners all over the world via the internet. As a man whose faith was important to him, he was a life long member of First United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his son, Lew Brown, III, and his wife, Debbie; his daughters, Becky Burch and her husband, Joe; Suzy Stout and her husband, Charles; and Pegi McNeely and her husband, Stan. He also leaves behind numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and a sister, Peggy Jett and her husband, Bill, of Little Rock.

Lew was also preceded in death by his wife, Ann and his daughter, Page Winters.

His funeral will be Thursday morning, November 1, 2012, at eleven o’clock, in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church with Reverend LaVon Post officiating.

Interment with military honors will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery under the direction of J. A. Funk Funeral Home.

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Roy E. Brown

 

Roy E. Brown, age 74, of Malvern, died early Friday morning, July 18, 2008, in the Hot Spring County Medical Center.  He was born on May 27, 1934 in Lono, Arkansas, to the late William Edwin and Stella Naomi Parsley Brown.  Reared and educated in Leola, he graduated Leola High School in 1953.  Roy was a Baptist and served in the United States Army and National Guard from 1956 until 1964.  Roy retired from Anthony Timberlands in 2001 after having spent his entire working life in the lumber industry.  He was the widower of the late Joyce Miller Brown, to whom he was married on December 23, 1958 in Carthage, Arkansas.  She preceded him in death on January 17th of this year. 

 

His survivors include: two daughters: Sherry Fryar of Poyen, and Debbie and her husband Mike Gilliam of Texarkana, Texas; four grandchildren, Jordan Jackson (whom he reared) and his wife Amanda of Benton; Aaron and Andrew Gilliam, and Brady Fryar; by a great-granddaughter, Avery Jackson; by three step-brothers, Farrell, Floyd, and Farmer Miller; and by a step-sister, Diane Jones.  Roy also leaves behind his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: George Miller and his wife, Shirley, of Monticello, Georgia, Cleatis Miller of Malvern, Joann and Vernon Byrd of Malvern, and Sandy Miller of Mayflower; and some cousins who were special to him, Mary Ruth Brashears, Alton Parsley, and James Hughes. 

 

Funeral services are scheduled for two o’clock Sunday afternoon, July 20, 2008 in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Brothers Kevin Spurlin and Roger Hall officiating.  Interment will follow in Leola Cemetery. 

 

Pallbearers will be: John Jones, Jeff Jones, Calvin Owens, Kenneth Owens, Ben Smith, and James Burl Miller.

 

Honorary pallbearers will be: Arlie Daniels, Dr. Larry Brashears, Linda Brashears, John Allan Funk, Troy Brashears, and John Jones. The family will receive friends at the mortuary on Saturday evening from six until eight o’clock. 

 

Online condolences may be sent via jafunkfuneralhome.com.

 

 
 

 

Edith Irene Bryant

Mrs. Edith Irene Bryant, age 81 of Malvern, died Saturday, July 7, 2007 at her residence. She was born in Union County, Arkansas, on June 23, 1926 to the late James Nathaniel and Vera Neasley Wilson. Moving to Malvern at an early age, she was reared and received her education here. She was the widow of the late O. C. Bryant, to whom she was married in 1948 at Perla, Arkansas. He preceded her in death in 1981. Mrs. Bryant had a varied working life. First and foremost she was a mother and homemaker, rearing seven children. She later worked for many years as a nurses assistant at Stillmeadow Nursing Home, and later as a private sitter. A member of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church (of which her father was a founding member), she served there as Mistress of Ceremonies for many years. Mrs. Bryant had been a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and was the last surviving member of the Asbestos Hale Club. She also enjoyed playing bridge.

Her survivors include three sons, Henry L. Junior and his wife Rosetta of Southbend, Indiana; Harold A. Bryant and his wife Leona of Rowlette, Texas; and Cecil M. Bryant of Malvern; by three daughters, Constance Y. Brown and her husband Arthur of Plano, Texas; Rhunita J. Forrest of Temple City, California; and Edieth L. Jenkins and her husband Cedric of Hot Springs. She also leaves behind a sister, Jimmie Wesson of Malvern, 16 grandchildren,13 great-grandchildren, and two special “adopted daughters“, Mildred Gillespie and Allie Jones.

Mrs. Bryant was also preceded in death by a daughter, Shana Cotton; a sister, Eunice Wilson; and a grandson, Thad McGhee.

The funeral will be held at eleven o’clock Friday morning, July 13, 2007, in the sanctuary of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church on Banks Street with Pastors Charles Dobbins and Orlando Freeman officiating. Interment will follow in the Perla Gate Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be: Ronnie Jones, Larry Curry, Paul Reedy, Willie Bryant, Donald Faison, and Lloyd Boles.Honorary pallbearers will be her grandsons.

The family will receive friends at the J. A. Funk Funeral Home on Thursday evening from six until eight o’clock.

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Max E. Bryant

 

Max E. Bryant, age 84 of Little Rock, died Thursday, October 10, 2013 in the Baptist Health Medical Center.  He was born in New Edinburg, Arkansas on October 21, 1928 to the late Montie Bryant and Allie Tipton Bryant.  Reared and receiving his early education in Jefferson and Cleveland Counties, he graduated high school in New Edinburg.  He later attended and earned his degree from Ouachita Baptist University.  During his career in finance, he was the business office manager for St. Vincent Infirmary in charge of billing, and had also worked in area banks.  An avid sports fan, Max enjoyed watching basketball and football, particularly the Arkansas Razorbacks.  He was a long time member of Toastmasters, and attended Markham Street Baptist Church.  Max was a United States Navy veteran of the Korean War.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia Lee Logan Bryant of Little Rock, to whom he was married on September 6, 1953 in Greenville, Mississippi; his son, Rodney Bryant and his wife Leigh of Arlington, Texas; his daughters, Gail Lien and her husband Dan, and Lisa Akridge, all of Little Rock; his grandchildren, Rebecca Bryant, Paul Bryant, Stephanie Akridge, Bradley Akridge, and Tiffany Akridge; a great-grandson, Charlie Jackson Bryant; and by three sisters, Montine Bryant of Fordyce, Shirley Cherry of Odom, Texas, and Pat Belin of Hermitage, Arkansas.

His funeral was at ten o’clock Monday morning, October 14, 2013 in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home in Malvern with Brother Tom Strike officiating.  Interment followed in Rockport Cemetery with military honors provided by the United States Navy Honor Guard.

Pallbearers will be: Jeff Bryant, Mike Bryant, David Bryant, Paul Bryant, Steve Belin, and Kerry Simmons.

Memorials are requested to the Food for Kids Backpack Program at the Arkansas Rice Depot.

Online condolences may be sent via jafunkfuneralhome.com.

 

 

 
 

 


Leard D. “Lefty” Burks

 

Mr. Leard D. “Lefty” Burks, age 69, of Malvern, died unexpectedly Saturday morning at his residence. He was born on October 25, 1938 in Garland County to the late William Lafayette and Myrtle Green Burks. Reared and educated in Garland County, he was a carpenter by trade. Mr. Burks faithfully attended the Oak Grove Assembly of God Church. He loved to ride motorcycles and was an adept woodworker. He built dollhouses and furniture, and also built doghouses. Mr. Burks was a United States Navy veteran.

He is survived by his wife, Joy Robinson Efird Burks, to whom he was married on December 1, 2007; by a stepson, Mike Greeno and his wife Janice of Malvern; by three brothers, William G. Burks and his wife Violet, Glen Burks and his wife Doris, all of Malvern, and Bo Burks and his wife Martha, of Hot Springs; by one sister, Rita McCaslin of California; a sister-in-law, Linda Burks of Malvern; by two grandsons, Landon and Logan Greeno, and by numerous nieces and nephews.

Mr. Burks was preceded in death by his first wife, Eithel Marie Weurtz Burks; by a brother, Lloyd Burks; and by two sisters, Pauline and Bonnie.

The funeral will be at ten o’clock Wednesday morning, January 9, 2008, at Oak Grove Assembly of God Church with Brothers Robert Davis and Glen McClung officiating. Interment with full military honors by an Honor Guard from the United States Navy and the Thaddeus Carraway VFW Post 2278 of Hot Springs, will follow in Shadowlawn Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be members of the Honor Guard.

Honorary pallbearers will be: Jim Sutherland, Cecil Weurtz, Dr. Bruce Burton, members of the Benton Oddfellows, and his nephews.

The family will receive friends at J. A. Funk Funeral Home on Tuesday evening from five until seven o’clock.

Memorials are requested to Oak Grove Assembly of God Church, 28856 Hwy 84, Malvern.

We are concerned for the privacy of our client families and want you to know that your message to them is secure.

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Paul J. Burnett

 

 

 

Paul Elwood Burnett, age 53, of Malvern, died Monday, November 10, 2008, in the John L. McClellan Memorial Veterans Administration Hospital in Little Rock after a brief battle with cancer.  He was born in Malvern on June 23, 1955 to the late Paul E. and Beulah Swisher Burnett.  Reared and receiving his early education in Malvern, Paul Jay, as he was known by his friends, was a 1973 graduate of Malvern High School. He later attended Henderson State University.  Paul served in the United States Navy and was a Merchant Marine.  For the past 17 years he was a librarian and the Bookmobile coordinator for the Malvern/Hot Spring County Library.  Along his route, which encompassed Hot Spring, Dallas, Cleveland and Grant Counties, the rural residents looked forward to his monthly visits.  An avid reader, gardener, and collector, Paul was a beloved son, father, brother, uncle, and friend.  He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

 

 He is survived by a son, Christopher L. Burnett, of Pine Bluff; a brother, Craig and his wife Deanna Burnett of Malvern; four sisters, Paula Ollar of Denton, Texas, Pamela Garofas of West Helena, Arkansas, Joan and her husband Dan Herrmann of Dallas, Texas, and Jill and her husband Tony Finley of Magnet Cove, and by many loving nieces and nephews. 

 

At Paul’s request, his body was cremated and there will be no service. 

 

The family will receive friends at J. A. Funk Funeral Home on Friday evening, November 14, 2008, from five until seven o’clock. 

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Paul’s name to the Malvern/Hot Spring County Library. 

 

The family will be headquartered at 1202 Grayson Circle, Malvern.

 

 Online condolences may be sent via J.A.Funk Funeral Home.

 

 

 
 

 


Cecil Burns

 

Cecil K. Burns, age 88, of Malvern, died Monday, December 2, 2013 at the National Park Medical Center in Hot Springs.  He was born on January 1, 1925 in Glen Rose to the late Filmore Burns and Mollie Cox Burns.  Reared and educated in Glen Rose, he was a Marine Corps veteran of World War II.  Cecil was a mail carrier for the United States Postal Service for 42 years.  He retired June 19, 1987.  A reporter for the Malvern Daily Record, who did a feature story at his retirement, estimated that Cecil had walked his routes the equivalent of circling the earth six and one-half times!  After his retirement, Cecil trimmed trees, and if you ever saw him climb, you’d think he was defying gravity.  Cecil had a huge heart, and loved doing for others.  Many, many yards in Malvern were mowed by him, for many years, at no charge.  He maintained several local cemeteries by mowing, trimming, and even filling sunken graves, just because it was something that needed to be done, and he enjoyed doing it.  Cecil was a long-time member of First Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon.  He attended the W. W. Barnes Sunday School Class, and was assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 21, under the guidance of the late Max Beard.  He was also a member of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE).  Cecil was currently a member of the City Cemetery Committee and was thrilled with the recent expansion of Oak Ridge Cemetery.

He was also preceded in death by three brothers, Jewell, Willard, and Perley Burns, and by a sister, Lelia Mae Davis.

Cecil is survived by his wife, Wanda King Burns, to whom he was married on December 24, 1949 at Fairplay; his son Randy (Kay) Burns of Magnet Cove; his daughter, Lisa Burns Carpenter of Malvern; his sister, Vernell Sessor of Pasadena, Texas; and by three grandchildren, Kristin Nicole Carpenter, Kacee Renee Carpenter, and Jeffrey Burns.

The family will receive friends at J. A. Funk Funeral Home on Wednesday evening, December 4, from five until seven o’clock.

His funeral will be at ten o’clock Thursday, December 5, 2013 in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church with Reverend James Batts officiating.  Interment with military honors will follow in Fairplay Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be: Bobby King, Greg King, Jeffrey Burns, David Williamson, Scott Walters, and Lance McGriff.

Honorary pallbearers will be Deacons of First Baptist Church.

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Michael Burnworth

 

Michael Wayne “Mike” Burnworth, age 53, of Malvern, died unexpectedly on Monday, March 17, 2008 in Dennison, Ohio.  He was born in Sheridan, Wyoming on January 4, 1955 to Lucille Fiedler Burnworth and the late Corwin Burnworth.  Moving around the country with his family as he was growing up, he was reared and received his education in Wyoming, Colorado, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Arkansas.  He was a long distance Truck Driver for Oakley Trucking, and in his leisure time enjoyed riding four wheelers. 

 

Mike is survived by his daughter, Brandi Michell Burnworth of Benton; by his mother Lucille Burnworth of Slidell, Louisiana; by a brother, John and his wife Lynne Burnworth of Vicksburg, Mississippi; by two sisters, Diana and her husband Stan Post of El Dorado, Arkansas, and Lori and her husband Mike Allen of Slidell, Louisiana; and by his fiancée, Sarah Brown of Malvern, and her children, Kari Collum and Kaci Baker. 

 

His funeral will be held in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home on Friday afternoon, March 21, 2008 at one o’clock with the Reverend James Batts officiating. 

 

A visitation will precede the service beginning at 11:30 Friday morning. 

 

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Hansel Burris

 

Hansel E. Burris, age 80 of Malvern, died Thursday, August 11, 2011 in the St. Joseph Mercy Health Center in Hot Springs .  He was born on September 26, 1930 in the DeRoche Community near Caney in Hot Spring County to the late Elmer J. Burris and Pearl Simonds Burris.  Reared and educated in Hot Spring County, he was the owner of Burris Electric Service for over 50 years.  Hansel was a Baptist and loved the outdoors.

He is survived by his wife, Melva McMahan Burris, to whom he was married on January 12, 1952; by his daughters, Judy Burris Hobbs and her husband Chris, and Brenda Burris Paul and her husband Mike, all of Malvern; two sisters, Melva and her husband Bo Boyett, and Juanita and her husband Lyndal Whitley, all of Malvern; two brothers and their wives, Charles and Sharon Burris, and Leon and Patty Burris, all of Donaldson; five grandchildren, Vance, Kevin, and Travis Paul, and Jason and Caleb Hobbs; two great-grandchildren, Haley and Cameron Paul; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

Mr. Burris was also preceded in death by two brothers, Carl Burris and Haskill Burris.

Visitation will be on Saturday evening, August 13, 2011, from six until eight o’clock at J. A. Funk Funeral Home.

The funeral will be on Monday morning, August 15, at ten o’clock, in the J. A. Funk chapel with Brothers Jerry Garrett and Robert Newton officiating.  Interment will follow in Old DeRoche Cemetery .

Pallbearers are: David and Ken Whitley, Gary, Jerry Don, and Scott Boyett, and Jeff Burris.

Honorary pallbearer is Jimmy Whitley.

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Anna Lee Butler

 

Anna Lee Butler, age 87, of Hope, formerly of Malvern, died Sunday in Little Rock. She was born on December 7, 1923 in Hot Spring County to the late James and Cora Deer Davis. Reared and educated in Malvern, Anna had been a dental assistant for Dr. Ben Prater, had worked at Gibson’s in Malvern, and was the first receptionist at the J. A. Funk Funeral Home. She was a member of White Oak Missionary Baptist Church in Hope.

She was preceded in death by two husbands, Lilburn Lee and Jack Butler; by a daughter, Linda Ann Orr, a son, Tommy Orr, and an infant child. Anna leaves behind a son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Tamera Orr of Hope, Arkansas; eight grandchildren, Anna Michelle Orr, Michael Shane Orr, James Alexander Orr, Lindsey Ann Orr, Cannon Davis Orr, Laryssa Kaley Orr, Caroline Orr, Madison Orr, and an adopted grandchild, Elizabeth Jackson.

Her funeral will be at ten o’clock Wednesday morning, December 22, 2010 in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Brothers James Heard and Harold Taylor officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday evening from five until seven o’clock. 

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Jack Butler

 

Jack Butler, age 94 of Hope, formerly of Malvern, died Thursday, April 29, 2010. He was born on February 26, 1916 in Leola, Arkansas to the late Thomas A. and Mabel Dial Butler. Reared and educated in Grant County, he had been a resident of Malvern since 1946. He was a United States Navy veteran of World War 2, and was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church for over 50 years, where he had taught the Adult Men’s Sunday School Class. He had served as a Deacon, and was church treasurer through three major building projects. Jack was a member of the Rockport Masonic Lodge #58, and also a member of the Brush Creek Hunting Club. He retired from Reynolds Metals as line foreman with nearly 30 years of service to the company. He was an avid gardener, having missed only two gardens in his lifetime.

He is survived by his wife, Anna Davis Orr Lee Butler of the home; by a step-son, Larry Orr and his wife Tammy, of Hope; by his sisters, Matrid (Neva) Kelley of California, Lenore Bain and her husband Ed of Malvern, Linda Luman and her husband Joe of California; his brothers, Al and his wife Patricia, Dean and his wife Patsy, all of California, and Donald and his wife Ann Butler of Washington State; by eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and by numerous nieces and nephews.

Jack was also preceded in death by his first wife, Winnie Deere Butler, by brothers, Thomas Dolan Butler, Douglas Butler, Quinton Butler, and Joe Butler; by a sister, Ruby Lewis; by a step-son Tommy Orr, and a step-daughter, Linda Orr Barton.

His funeral will be Sunday, May 2, 2010, at two o’clock in the afternoon in the sanctuary of Emmanuel Baptist Church with Brothers Earnest Taylor, James Heard, John Nations, and John Owen officiating. Interment will follow in Shadowlawn Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be: Lynn Headley, Jimmy James, Huck Cummings, Dewayne Butler, Joe Gage, and Danny Butler.

Honorary Pallbearers will be: Alex Orr, Cannon Orr, and Josh and Jeffrey Butler.

Visitation will be from five until seven o’clock Saturday evening at J. A. Funk Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Emmanuel Baptist Church.

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Fred Wallace Byrd Sr.

 

Fred Wallace Byrd, Sr., age 83, of Malvern Arkansas went to be with the Lord Sunday, June 19, 2011. He was born to the late Grover and Ida Byrd of Brown Springs , Arkansas on December 15, 1927. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Edna Gibson Hughes, of Midway, and his great-grandson, Christian Chad Dardenne of Pine Bluff . 

He served his country in the US Army Air Corps during WWII and the US Army as a Medical Corpsman during the Korean War. Fred received the Victory Metal for his services in WWII and a letter of accommodation from President Harry S. Truman for his dedication to his country and military service.

On March 19, 1953, he married to the love of his life, Wanda Lee Reynolds, at the Third Baptist Church in Malvern. Fred had a 25 year career with Arkansas Power and Light and Middle South Services serving as the building maintenance supervisor.

He served his Lord Jesus as a faithful member Third Baptist Church in Malvern.  As a life long servant, he served 21 years as an AARP Tax-Aide Counselor. Fred never went a year without a vegetable garden and supplied fresh vegetable to friends and neighbors. He enjoyed spending time with friends and family fishing and camping.

He is survived his wife of 58 years, Wanda Byrd of Malvern, his children, LaDonna Frances Harper of Malvern, Carolyn Davis and her husband Robert of Pine Bluff, Barbara Darlene Byrd of Cabot, Arkansas, Fred Wallace Byrd, Jr. and his wife Elizabeth of  Malvern, and Wallace Lee Byrd and his wife Stacy of Denham Springs, Louisiana. He is also survived by two sisters, Dora Rhodes and Sarah Ausema both from Camden , Arkansas , and 10 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held in the sanctuary of Third Baptist Church in Malvern , Arkansas at 10 o’clock Thursday, June 23, 2011. Brother Rick Hyde and Brother Gerald Taylor will officiate the services.  Interment will follow in Jones Cemetery in Brown Springs , Arkansas .

Pallbearers are Fred’s nephews: Gary Edwards, Ronnie Edwards, Donald Rhodes, Mike Gibson, Dennis Gibson, Chris Rhodes, Pat Gibson and Kenny Gibson.

The family will be at 1004 Locust in Malvern , Arkansas . Family visitation will be held at the J.A.

Funk Funeral Home, Wednesday, June 22, 2011 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

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Ollie Everett Byrd

Ollie Everett Byrd, age 70 of Malvern, died Sunday, January 2, 2011 at his home. He was born in Malvern on March 17, 1940 to the late Ollie Earnest and Ruby Alice Robinson Byrd. Reared and receiving his early education in Hot Spring County, he graduated from Glen Rose High School in 1958. Everett completed his associate degree in criminology in New Mexico, where he worked for the state’s Criminal Investigation Division, running the crime lab. He was a fingerprint expert and excelled in mathematics. Everett had worked for both the Malvern Police Department and the Hot Spring County Sheriff’s Office. Prior to his career in law enforcement, he had been manager for the southwestern district in the oil fields of Texas. A United States Navy and Arkansas National Guard veteran, Everett was a member of the North Malvern Assembly of God Church and the Andy’s Coffee Club. He was an avid gardener, sharing his bounty with his family and friends. He loved feeding and watching birds, fishing, and traveling.

Everett is survived by his wife, Darlene Blair Byrd, to whom he was married on May 23, 1959 in the Big Creek Community; by two sons, Tracy and his wife, LaDonna Byrd, and Norman and his wife, Karen Byrd; by two daughters, Jennifer and her husband, Chris DeLoach, and Lanna and her husband, Lucas Rhodes; by one sister, Lynn Faulkner; by two brothers, Dennis and Ronnie Byrd, all of Malvern; by nine grandchildren, Brittany Jones, Stephanie Ussery, Steven Byrd, Shanna Gray, Kyle Byrd, and Ashley, Justice, Jaden, and Mason DeLoach; by nine great-grandchildren; and by his faithful dog, Rascal.

He was also preceded in death by a brother, James Byrd.

A memorial service will be held at eleven o’clock Wednesday morning, January 5, 2011 in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Larry Stinson and Kevin Hunt officiating. Everett donated his body for medical research through the Genesis Program in Memphis, Tennessee.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Online condolences may be made via jafunkfuneralhome.com.

 

 


Jeffrey Campos

 

Jeffrey Alan Campos, age 50 of Malvern, died Saturday, July 9, 2011.  He was born on June 24, 1961 in Riverside , California to Ernest Campos and Jean Harp Campos.  He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.  An avid outdoorsman, he loved to hunt and fish.

He is survived by his son Jac Alan Campos; by his mother and his father, Jean Campos and Ernest “Joe” Campos, all of Malvern; by two brothers, Eric Campos of Garland, Texas, and Chris Campos of Yucca Valley, California; by two sisters, Annette Curry and her husband Steve of Little Rock, and Terry Jo Tillis and her husband Ricky of Tennessee; by his nieces and nephews, Mercedez, Jack, Hope, Skye, Michael, Erica, Bradley, Carissa, Rebecca, and Nicole; and by a great niece, Laila.

His funeral will be at ten o’clock on Wednesday morning, July 13, 2011 at St. John Catholic Church with Deacon Bud Daven officiating.  Burial will follow in the Prairie Bayou Cemetery at New DeRoche.

Visitation begins at five o’clock Tuesday afternoon in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home, followed by a Rosary Service at six o’clock.

Pallbearers are: Michael, Bradley, Chris, and Eric Campos, Rex Oswalt, and John Busch.  Casual attire is urged.

Honorary pallbearers are David Alpe, Randy Floriani, Walt Grant, Tom Salsbury, B. J. Harp, Buddy Levisee, Bud Daven, and Father Linus Ukomadu.

In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to the Jac Campos Memorial College Fund at Malvern National Bank.

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John Edward Canady

 

John Edward Canady, age 75 of Magnet Cove, Arkansas, died Monday morning, April 25, 2011 in Hot Springs. He was born on July 17, 1935 in Jamestown, Arkansas to the late George Edward Canady and Chattie Richardson Canady. Reared and educated in Independence County, he had been a resident of this area since 1980. During his career, Mr. Canady had worked for Howard Industries, manufacturers of refrigerator motors, in both Missouri and Illinois. He retired from the rolling mill at Reynolds Metals Malvern plant after 18 years. Mr. Canady was a member of the Jamestown Missionary Baptist Church. He was an avid gardener, enjoyed fishing, hunting, and woodworking, and was a fan of Razorback ball.

He is survived by his wife, Deanna Bachman Canady of Magnet Cove, to whom he was married on August 9, 1960 in Festus, Missouri; by two children, Michael Edward Canady and his wife Stacey of Springdale, Arkansas, and Cheryl Overton and her husband Todd of Malvern; a sister, Virginia Poff of Jamestown, Arkansas; and a grandson Todd Michael Overton of Malvern.

Mr. Canady was also preceded in death by a grandson, Dustin Michael Overton.

The family will receive friends at Roller-Crouch Funeral Home in Batesville, Arkansas on Friday evening, April 29, 2011 from six until eight o’clock.

The funeral will be held on Saturday morning, April 30, 2011 at eleven o’clock in the chapel of Roller-Crouch Funeral Home with Brother Jimmy Platt officiating. Interment will follow in the nearby Kyler Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Todd Overton, Michael Canady, Todd Michael Overton, Gene Auten.

Honorary pallbearers will be the 5 th Hall Staff of Garland Rehab in Hot Springs.

Memorials are requested to the Kyler Cemetery Fund, in care of Mr. George Kephart.

Local arrangements were entrusted to J. A. Funk Funeral Home.

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Martha Helen Canaday

Dr. Martha Helen Canaday, age 93, of Greensboro , North Carolina , died Friday, December 30, 2011 in Asheboro , NC .  She was born in Malvern on June 13, 1918 to the late Henry Newton Canaday, Sr. and Martha Adkins Canaday at their home on Pine Bluff Street .  Reared and receiving her early education in Malvern and Hot Springs , she graduated from Hot Springs High School in 1936.  She attended Ouachita Baptist University for two years and earned her B.S.E. from Texas State College for Women in 1940, and earned her Master’s degree from LSU in 1945.  Dr. Canaday received her Doctorate in Education from Penn State in 1962.  She taught home economics at Malvern High School from 1941-1944. Dr. Canaday was instrumental in starting the Malvern Chamber of Commerce. She was a graduate assistant at LSU from 1944-45.  Dr. Canaday was Professor of Home Economics and also served as the Dean of Women at UCA from 1945-56.  During the summer of 1956, she was a Visiting Professor at LSU, and from 1956-58 was an instructor at Penn State .  In 1958 she began a long association with the University of North Carolina at Greensboro , retiring in 1984, and currently bore the title of Professor Emeritus. 

She was also preceded in death by a twin brother, Henry Newton Canaday, Jr. and a sister, Elizabeth Canaday Green.

Dr. Canaday is survived by a nephew, Henry Thomas Canaday of Washington , DC , and by her adopted family and caregivers, Dr. Robert Shackleford, Rachel Fesmire and their children, Kristi, Kori, and Will Shackleford, Chuck Fesmire, and Julia Hanover.

Her funeral will be at two o’clock Tuesday afternoon, January 3, 2012 in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Dr. Robert Shackleford, Jr. officiating.  The family will receive friends prior to the service. A private committal will take place on the family plot in Oak Ridge Cemetery .

Memorials are requested to the Helen Canaday Scholarship Fund at UNCG, 1000 Spring Garden Street , Greensboro , NC 27403 .

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Agnes Louise (Aggie) Carstens

 

 

Agnes Louise (Aggie) Carstens, age 91, of Diamondhead Community near Hot Springs, Arkansas died Saturday morning, November 5, 2011 in a local hospital after a brief illness.  She was born in Waukesha, Wisconsin on January 19, 1920.  She was the second of 12 children of Marko and Anna (Nagel) Kokan.  She was raised on the family farm and graduated from Waukesha High School. 

Agnes resided on Highway E (Maple Avenue) in the town of Delafield, Wisconsin for over 40 years.  She was a long-time member of the E&R United Church of Christ in Waukesha.  She enjoyed participating in church, community and family activities, sewing and playing cards.

A resident of the Hot Springs area since 1996, she was a member of the Diamondhead Community Church and its Women’s Group.  

Agnes was the wife of Leon (Todd) Carstens, who preceded her in death on December 6, 2008.  They were wed on June 25, 1948 and celebrated over 60 years of marriage.

Survivors include two sons, David Carstens of Diamondhead and his girlfriend, Loretta Reiber of Little Rock, Arkansas, and Rick Carstens and his wife, Nona, of Tacoma, Washington.  She has three grandchildren, Jason, Codi, and Carly Carstens.  They all reside in Wisconsin.

Agnes is survived by two brothers, Anthony (Marge) Kokan of Dousman, Wisconsin and Martin (Pat) Kokan of Kewaunee, Wisconsin.  She is also survived by five sisters:  Mary Ann Grosskopf of St. Augustine, Florida; Caroline Budiac of Waukesha; Alice (Earl) Schulz of Hustisford, Wisconsin; Linda Richardson of Sparta, Wisconsin; and Clara (Mel) Germain of Summerset, Wisconsin.  Agnes is also survived by two sisters-in-law, Norine Kokan of Waukesha and Margaret Carstens of San Tan Valley, Arizona.  She is also survived by numerous cousins, nieces and nephews, and long-time friends.

Agnes was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Joseph Kokan and Carl Kokan, and two sisters, Catherine Grundman and Frances Bear.  They all lived in the Waukesha area.

Her memorial service will be held on Sunday, November 20, 2011, at 2:00 PM in the sanctuary of the Diamondhead Community Church near Hot Springs. Arkansas.  Pastor Mike Fikes will officiate, with services provided by J.A. Funk Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may take the form of contributions to the Diamondhead Community Church.  On-line condolences may be sent to jafunkfuneralhome.com.

A memorial service for both Agnes and Leon Carstens will be held in Waukesha during the spring of 2012.

 

 
 

 


Leon Carstens

 

 

Leon “Todd” Carstens, age 90 of Diamondhead Community near Hot Springs, Arkansas, died Saturday evening, December 6, 2008 at his home.  He was born in Pewaukee, Wisconsin on August 4, 1918 to the late Daniel and Bertha Orleski Carstens.  Reared and educated in Waukesha, Wisconsin, he had been an employee of the Waukesha School District for over 20 years, and prior to that had worked in shipping and receiving for 19 years at the Foxhead Brewery.  Mr. Carstens was an avid pheasant hunter and loved the Green Bay Packers.  A resident of this area since 1996, he was a member of the Diamondhead Community Church and the Diamondhead Men’s Club. He was the husband of Agnes Kokan Carstens, to whom he was married on June 26, 1948 in Waukesha. 

 

Other survivors include two sons, David Carstens of Diamondhead and his girlfriend Loretta Reiber of Little Rock, and Rick and his wife, Nona Carstens of Prescott Valley, Arizona; and by three grandchildren, Jason, Codi, and Carly Carstens. 

 

Mr. Carstens was also preceded in death by four brothers and one sister. 

 

His memorial service will be held on Thursday, December 18, 2008, at ten thirty o’clock in the morning in the sanctuary of the Diamondhead Community Church with Reverend Mike Fikes officiating and under the direction of J. A. Funk Funeral Home.

 

 Memorials may take the form of contributions to the Diamondhead Community Church. 

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Martha Joe Carter

 

Martha Jo Carter, age 65, of Gifford, died Wednesday evening, July 23, 2008, at her home.  She was born in Ravana, Arkansas (Miller County) on October 23, 1942 to the late Everett and Josephine Neeley Jones.  Reared and educated in Porterville, California, she had been a resident of the Malvern area since 1991.  Martha was a homemaker, a Baptist, and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.  She was the widow of the late Bobby Leroy “Roy” Carter, to whom she was married on March 20, 1970 in Bakersfield, California.  He preceded her in death on December 10, 2004.  They were co-owners of Carter’s Auto Body Shop in Malvern for 14 years. 

 

 She is survived by two sons, Tim Meeks and Richie Carter; by two daughters, Angela Sue Meeks and Janet Carter McCauley, all of Glen Rose; by a sister, Brenda Phelps of Riverside, California; by two brothers, Royce (Gene) Jones of Exeter, California, and Floyd Neeley of Hot Springs; by 16 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren. 

 

Martha was also preceded in death by two sons, William Boyd Meeks and Terry Lee Meeks, and by a sister, Mary McGregor. 

 

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 2, 2008, at two o’clock in the afternoon in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Sister Kym Miller officiating.

 

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Harold Lloyd Casey

 

Harold Lloyd Casey, age 78 of Hot Springs, died Tuesday, November 2, 2010 at his home. He was born on May 23, 1932 in Mt. Ida, Arkansas to the late Hermus C. and Donna Mae Hulsey Casey. Reared and educated in Mt. Ida and Joplin, he was a United States Army veteran of the Korean War. Mr. Casey worked for many years as a steel worker in the saw mill industry. He was a member of the United Steel Workers Union Local 7972. Mr. Casey was a Protestant and was the widower of the late Lucille Murders Case

Survivors include: six sons, Waymon and Roy Edmonds, Ted, Darrell, Leslie, and Doyle Casey, all of Hot Springs; two daughters, Donna and Regina Haddox, both of Norman; a brother, Richard Casey of Bonnerdale; three sisters, Villa Lillard of Russellville, Nina Louton of Hot Springs, and Margie Anderson of California; 25 grandchildren, numerous great- and great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Visitation is from five until seven o’clock Thursday evening, November 4, 2010 at J. A. Funk Funeral Home.

A memorial service will be held at 4:30 Friday afternoon at The Church of Jesus Name, 103 Cherry Street, Hot Springs, with Brother Jerry Stewart officiating, and with the Thaddeus Carraway Post #2278 providing military honors. 

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James L. “Buster” Cheatham

James L. “Buster” Cheatham, age 91 of Malvern, died Tuesday evening, May 15, 2012 in the Hot Spring County Medical Center.  He was born in Rolla , Arkansas on June 25, 1920 to the late Allen Edwin Cheatham and Myrtle Borland Cheatham. Reared and educated in Hot Spring County, he was a foreman at Reynolds Metals Company for a number of years, and also worked for Ormet Corporation.  He was a Baptist by denomination, and was a World War 2 Army veteran, having served in the Aleutian Islands and Germany .  Buster was the husband of Garnelle Funk Clifton Cheatham, to whom he was married on April 13, 2002.           .

He is survived by his wife, Garnelle, of the home; by his step-children, Mary Etta and Dan Blasingame, Sharon Combs, and James E. and Jeanie Clifton, all of Malvern; a brother, A. E. (Charlie) and Irene Cheatham of Malvern; six step-grandchildren, Michael and Daniel Blasingame, Alesa Lambert, April Mullen, Connie Clifton, and Kathy Draper; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

Buster was also preceded in death by a brother, Aubrey Cheatham, a sister, Agee Cummings, a step-grandson, James Paul Clifton, and his first wife, Nina Cheatham.

His funeral will be Thursday, May 17, 2012 at four o’clock in the afternoon in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Brothers Donis Smead and Maxie Haynes officiating.  Interment will follow in Rockport Cemetery .

A visitation will precede the service beginning at three o’clock.

Pallbearers are: Daniel Blasingame, Michael Blasingame, Raymond Cheatham, Thurman Cheatham, Jacob Lambert, and James E. Clifton.

Honorary pallbearers are: Aiden Lambert, Dewey Lambert, Dr. Ray Bollen, and Jim Gordon.

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Jerry W. Clark

 

Jerry Wayne Clark, Sr., age 75, of Malvern, died Wednesday, May 29, 2013 in the National Park Medical Center in Hot Springs with his family by his side.  He was born in Winnsboro, Texas on August 3, 1937 to the late Louis Clark and Novel Shoemaker Clark.  Reared and educated in Texas, Jerry had been a resident of Malvern since 1968.  He retired with 21 years of service from Reynolds Rolling Mill.  Jerry also had 30 years of military service with the United States Army and the Army National Guard.  He was a member of First United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Glendene Williams Clark of Malvern, to whom he was married on October 25, 1958 in Dallas, Texas; by his son, Reverend Wayne Clark and his wife Rynett of Conway, Arkansas; his daughters, Cindy Gray and her husband, Gary, and Jennifer Clark (John Silliman), all of Malvern; his grandchildren, Nichola and Natalie Clark, Bo Gray, and Cassidy and Sara Silliman.

Jerry was also preceded in death by a brother, Jackie Clark, and a sister, Joyce McClendon.

His funeral will be held at two o’clock Friday afternoon, May 31, 2013 in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church, Malvern, with Reverend LaVon Post officiating.  Interment will follow, with full military honors, in Rockport Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Honorary pallbearers will be: Dr. Timothy Webb and staff, National Park Medical Center Staff, Charlie Brown, Cecil Burns, Terry Henson, Gene McCormick, Vernon Cessor, and his McDonalds coffee drinking buddies.

The family received friends from six until eight o’clock Thursday evening at J. A. Funk Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, Malvern.

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Curtis L. Clayton

 

Curtis L. Clayton, age 61, of Malvern, died unexpectedly early Tuesday morning, October 7, 2008 in the National Park Medical Center in Hot Springs. He was born on August 28, 1947 in Malvern to Lema Sneed Clayton and the late Lawrence Clayton. Reared and receiving his early education in Malvern, Curtis was a 1965 graduate of Malvern High School. Pursuing a degree in accounting, he graduated from Southern State College (now Southern Arkansas University) in Magnolia, Arkansas, in 1969. He soon passed his exams and became a Certified Public Accountant. After working for other firms in other cities over the course of his career, Curtis opened his own business in Malvern several years ago, operating it as sole proprietor until his recent ill health. He was a member of BNI, the National Association of Accountants, the Malvern/Hot Spring County Chamber of Commerce, and was active in the local Lions Club.

 

He is survived by his wife, Marsha Stanley Clayton, to whom he was married on August 29, 1970 at the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Malvern; by three daughters, Michelle Huffman and her husband Randy of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Charlotte Woods and her husband Chris of Malvern, Natalie Duke and her husband Jordan of Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland; by a son Michael Clayton of Hot Springs; by his mother, Lema Clayton of Malvern; by a brother, Jackie Clayton and his wife Henrietta of Malvern; by five grandchildren, Maggie Elizabeth Huffman, Audrey Jewell Huffman, Bethany Carole Woods, Hunter Allyn Woods, and Jessica Lynn Duke; and by many nieces and nephews.

 

His funeral will be at two o’clock Friday afternoon, October 10, 2008 in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church with Brothers Wesley Howard and Neil Phelan, Jr. officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery with Brother Maxie Haynes in charge of the committal.

 

Pallbearers will be: Randy Huffman, Chris Woods, Jordan Duke, Mike and Phil Clayton, Danny Waite, Alan Overturf, and Doug Kratz.

 

Honorary pallbearers will be: Ron Parrish, Ronnie Pilcher, Ronnie Stanley, BNI Members, and the NPMC ICU nurses and staff.

 

The visitation will be on Thursday evening, October 9, 2008, from six until eight o’clock at J. A. Funk Funeral Home.

 

Memorials may take the form of contributions to the American Diabetes Association.

 

The family will be headquartered at the Woods residence, 27150 Hwy 67, South.

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Charles Lee Cockrell

 

Charles L. Cockrell, age 68 of Benton, died Wednesday, October 31, 2007. He was born in Hot Springs on January 24, 1939 to the late Thomas and Ruby Ward Cockrell. Reared and educated in Hot Springs, he has made his home near Benton since 1971. Charles was a veteran of the United States Navy. He was the husband of the former Deloma Tarvin, to whom he was married on December 27, 1960 in Hot Springs. During his varied working life, Charles had worked 17 years for the Perelli Cable Company, had held his auctioneer’s license since 1980, and retired in 2000 after 15 years of managing the Civitan Group Home in Benton. As those with whom he worked knew all too well, he had a penchant for pulling practical jokes. He loved to travel, had become a consummate fisherman, and was an avid reader and collector. Charles was a kind and loving grandfather.

He is survived by his wife, Deloma Cockrell, of the home; by his son and daughter-in-law, Terry and Lisa Cockrell of Benton; by his daughter and her husband Sherrie and Cris Salazar of Hot Springs; by his grandchildren, Brandon and Brooke Cockrell, and Jordyn Ross; by his brothers, Floyd and his wife Betty Cockrell and Lloyd Cockrell of Hot Springs, and Sidney Cockrell of Bonnerdale; by two sisters, Rosalie Cobb, and Linda and her husband Gordon Pate, also of Bonnerdale; and by several nieces and nephews.

Charles was also preceded in death by two brothers, Mickey and J. W. Cockrell, and by a sister, Betty Alice Blythe.

His funeral will be at ten o’clock Saturday morning, November 3, 2007 in the chapel of Ashby Funeral Home in Benton with Brother Paul Lee officiating.

Interment will follow in Ten Mile Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be: Dan Garner, Bobby Harris, German Arzolla, Tim Griffis, Terry Cockrell, Brandon Cockrell, and Roger Pennington.

Honorary pallbearers will be: Dr. Gary Collins, Billy Wayne Ward, Floyd, Lloyd, and Sidney Cockrell, and Cris Salazar.

The family will receive friends at Ashby Funeral Home on Friday from five until seven o’clock.Arrangements have been entrusted to J. A. Funk Funeral Home of Malvern.

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Mrs Frank Cole

 

 

Frank (Grace Francis) Cole, age 91, of Malvern, died Thursday, June 11, 2009, at her home.  She was born on December 18, 1917 in Francisco, North Carolina to the late Robert E. Lee and Dovie Lee Lawrence Francis.  Reared and educated in North Carolina, she pursued a course of study in nursing and received her degree while an associate at City Hospital in Winston-Salem.  She later became a Nurse-Anesthetist after completing courses in Arizona and at UAMS in Little Rock.  Frank served in the profession from 1938 until 1975 when she was honored with a retirement party at the Hamilton House by members of the Hot Spring County Medical Society.  She was the widow of the late Dr. John W. Cole, to whom she was married on November 18, 1937 in Martinsville, Virginia.  He preceded her in death on June 17, 1982.

 

She traveled extensively during her lifetime, having visited all 50 states, and had toured all seven continents, riding elephants in India and camels in Egypt.  With family members holding public office, Frank had been extremely active in many political campaigns.  She had marched with Dr. Martin Luther King in Oxford, Mississippi during the Civil Rights Movement. 

 

She was a member of Harmony Missionary Baptist Church in Prattsville, Arkansas, and was Past Worthy Matron for the Grant County Order of the Eastern Star.

 

Her survivors include a son, Judge John W. Cole and his wife, Mary of Sheridan; two daughters, Dr. Robin Glass and her husband James of Arkadelphia, and former Senator Charlie Cole Chaffin and her husband Sam of Benton; a sister, Louise Palmer of Francisco, North Carolina; six grandchildren, John Lee Cole, Cole Chaffin, Marty Maier, Dr. Grace Aikman, Jamie Dalton, and Rachel Glass; ten great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

 

Frank was also preceded in death by a son, Jim Frank Cole, USMC, by a granddaughter, Patty Chaffin, and by six brothers, Luke, George, Dewey, Roland, Robert, and Graham Francis.

 

A memorial service will be held at two o’clock Sunday afternoon, June 14, 2009 in the sanctuary of Harmony Missionary Baptist Church in Prattsville with Brother Ed McDonald, her nephew, and Brother Neal Pumphrey officiating.  Davis Creek Baptist Church will provide music for the service.  A reception will follow the service at the church.

 

Memorials are requested to the Malvern/Hot Spring County Library. 

 

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Harold Collie

Harold M. Collie, age 86, of Malvern, died Wednesday, November 14, 2012 in the Little Rock Veterans Administration Hospital. He was born in the Antioch Community on September 3, 1926 to the late William Wesley Collie and Blanche Eddith Hardin Collie. Reared and educated here, he was a graduate of Malvern High School. Harold was a United States Army veteran of World War 2. He was a member of Fair Haven Missionary Baptist Church. Harold had a long and varied career in business: he was proprietor/barber/stylist of Service Barber Shop for many years; he attended Bebout College of Chiropractic; and was owner/operator of Collie Auto Sales.

He is survived by his wife, Jeanette Price Collie, to whom he was married on April 26, 1946 in Malvern; by two sons, Harold Ronnie Collie and his wife, Barbara of Malvern, and Gary Wayne Collie and his wife, Anna of Longview, Texas; two brothers, Morris and his wife, Sue Collie of Malvern, and Wayne and his wife Carlene Collie of Little Rock; three grandchildren, Stephanie Collie Boles and her husband Darrell, Cheryl Collie Thornton and her husband Kevin, and Brian Wayne Collie and his wife Melissa; seven great-grandchildren, Sydney, Chloe, Caleb, Shelby, and Noah Thornton; and Matthew and Lucas Collie; by several nieces and nephews; and his caregivers, Rebie Block and Beverly Tippens.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday evening from six until eight o’clock.

His funeral will be at ten o’clock Saturday morning, November 17, 2012 in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Brother Donis Smead officiating. Interment will follow in Big Creek Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Darrell Boles, Bill Keith, Brian Collie, James Wilson, Richard Williams, J. C. Marks and Kevin Thornton.

Honorary pallbearers will be Harold’s fellow American Legion members.

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“For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall understand fully, even as I have been fully understood.” I Cor. 13:12

 

 
 

 


Jeanette M. Collie

 

Jeanette M. Collie, age 82 of Malvern, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, December 11, 2012, in the Malvern Nursing and Rehab. She was born in the Big Creek Community on June 15, 1930 to the late William Bert Price and Rachel Cunningham Price. She was reared and received her education in Grant and Hot Spring County. Jeanette was a homemaker and the widow of the late Harold Collie, to whom she was married on April 26, 1946 in Malvern. He preceded her in death on November 14, 2012. She was a member of the Fairhaven Missionary Baptist Church.

She is survived by her children, Ronnie Collie and his wife, Barbara, of Malvern, Gary Collie and his wife, Anna, of Longview, Texas; a sister, Lovie Stuckey and her husband, L. T. of Ft. Smith, Arkansas; her grandchildren, Stephanie Collie Boles and her husband, Darrell, Cheryl Collie Thornton and her husband, Kevin, and Brian Collie and his wife Melissa; her great-grandchildren, Matthew and Lucas Collie; Sydney, Chloe, Caleb, Shelby, and Noah Thornton; Madison, Makenzie, and Morgan Craft; Joseph, Kyle and Bailey Wright; several nieces and nephews, and her caregivers, Rebie Block and Beverly Tippens.

Her funeral will be at ten o’clock Friday morning, December 14, 2012 in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Brother Donis Smead officiating. Interment will follow in Big Creek Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be: Kevin Thornton, Brian Collie, Darrell Boles, Clay Pierce, Larry Jester, Larry Langley, Gary Ryan, and David Vann.

Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Thursday evening from six until eight o’clock.

The family will be at 1513 Pinehurst Drive following the burial.

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Family flowers provided by A Pocket Full of Posies Florist, 501-337-4299, Stephanie Collie Boles, owner.

“I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, no man cometh to the Father, but by Me.” John 14:6.

 

 

 
 

 


Edna Connell

 

Edna Wheat Connell, age 92, died Sunday, December 27, 2009 in the Hot Spring County Medical Center.  She was born in Hot Spring County on October 1, 1917 to the late Monroe and Inez Byrd Wheat.  Reared and educated in Hot Spring County, she was the widow of the late Jewell Connell, to whom she was married on December 25, 1936.  He preceded her in death on May 28, 2007.  Mrs. Connell was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church.  She was a devout Christian and she considered her bible her most valuable possession.  When she became unable to attend church, she studied her Sunday School lesson every week.  Mrs. Connell loved to cook, to sew, and to crochet.  She also loved to tend her flower garden, and was an immaculate housekeeper. 

 

She is survived by her daughter, Margaret Jewell Connell Borland of Malvern, by her beloved granddaughter, Lori Lea Borland of Jacksonville, and by two special friends, Ted and Linda Craig of Malvern. 

Mrs. Connell was also preceded in death by several brothers and sisters. 

 

Her funeral was held at the graveside in Big Creek Cemetery on Tuesday, December 29, 2009 under the direction of J. A. Funk Funeral Home. 

Honorary pallbearers were: Dr. Ray Bollen, Gary Borland, Timothy Connell, John Connell, Eddie Conklin, and Larry White. 

Memorials may be made to Pathfinder, Inc. 2520 West Main Street, Jacksonville, AR 72076, Attention: Kay Griffis. 

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Jewell C. Connell

 

Mr. Jewell C. Connell, age 92, of Malvern, died Monday morning, May 28, 2007 in the Malvern Nursing Home. He was born in Hot Spring County on August 3, 1914 to the late Lonzie E. and Kate Lee Connell. Reared and educated in Hot Spring County, he attended the Fairview School. Mr. Connell joined the United States Navy in 1943 and served in the South Pacific for two years. He retired from the wholesale grocery business after working in sales for Stewart Wholesale in Hot Springs and Clem Wholesale in Malvern for many years. He was a member of the Emmanuel Baptist Church and the Rockport Lodge #58, F & AM. Mr. Connell was an avid hunter and fisherman.

He is survived by his wife Edna Wheat Connell of the home, to whom he was married on December 25, 1936; by a daughter, Margaret Jewell Connell Borland of Malvern; and by the light of his life, his beloved granddaughter Lori Lea Borland of Jacksonville, Arkansas. He also leaves behind two special friends, Ted and Linda Craig.Mr.

Connell was also preceded in death by two brothers, Jay Elmo Connell and Lewis L. Connell.

His funeral will be held at two o’clock Thursday afternoon, May 31, 2007 in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Brother John Owen officiating. Interment will follow in Big Creek Cemetery.Pallbearers are: Ted Craig, Monroe Wheat, Dale Jones, Casey Jones, Bill Kizer, and Gary Borland. Honorary pallbearers are: Dr. Ray Bollen, Timothy Connell, John Connell, Kermit Baker, Odell Webb, Larry White, Eddie Conklin, Jeff Jones, and members of Rockport Lodge #58.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday evening from six until eight o’clock.

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Joe Connelley

 

Joe W. Connelley, age 80 of Malvern, died Friday night in the Hot Spring County Medical Center. He was born in Little Rock, Arkansas on January 9 1927 to the late John Patrick and Ada Aunspaugh Connelley. Reared and receiving his early education in Little Rock, he was a graduate of Catholic High School. He later earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He was a United States Army veteran.Mr. Connelley worked for Reynolds Metals Company for 28 years, retiring from the Jones Mill plant as power superintendent. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Malvern where he had served on the Administrative Board. He had also been a board member for the Diamond Lakes Federal Credit Union. Mr. Connelley loved the outdoors and was a member of the Good Sam Travel Club and the 6 & 48 Deer Club.

He is survived by his wife, Joanne Moore Connelley, to whom he was married on June 28,1958 in Hope, Arkansas. He also leaves behind two sons, Dr. Jay Connelley and his wife, Karen of Monticello, and Dr. Jon Connelley and his wife Sandra of Springdale; by his daughter, Jill Connelley Barnett and her husband Mike of Hot Springs; and by four grandchildren, Cole, Katie, Gannon, and Tanner Connelley.

Mr. Connelley was also preceded in death by a sister, Mary Laverne Asbury and a brother, John Patrick Connelley.

His funeral will be held on Monday afternoon, October 22, 2007, at two o’clock, in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church, Malvern, with the Reverends Stephen Wingo and David Smith officiating. Interment will follow in Rockport Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be: Tim Clark, Mike Ward, Mark Brosius, Hamp Williamson, Matt and Bill Howard, Johnny Ross, and Ronnie Jones.

Honorary pallbearers are: 6 & 48 Deer Club, Russell and Howard Cranford, James Crowder, Kenneth Bradley, Melvin Beason, Ollie D. Caldwell, and Carthel Clark.

The family will receive friends at J. A. Funk Funeral Home on Sunday afternoon from four until six o’clock.

Memorials are requested to First United Methodist Church, Malvern.

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Annis Virginia Sanders Conway

 

Mrs. Annis Virginia Sanders Conway , 85, passed away holding her daughter’s hand  on Wednesday, June 17, 2009 at High Point Regional Health System .  She will return to her home in Arkansas and rejoin her beloved husband, Thomas F. Conway, who preceded her in death in 2004, at a graveside service at the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery in North Little Rock, AR at 10:00 AM, Wednesday, June 24, 2009.  Family will receive friends after the ceremony at a location to be announced.   Visitation will be held at J. A. Funk Funeral Home in Malvern, AR from 5-7 PM on Tuesday, June 23, 2009.  Plans for memorial services in Hartwell, GA and High Point, NC are incomplete at this time.

Mrs. Conway was born in Hartwell, GA on September 14, 1923 to Emory and Texie Sanders.  The oldest of seven children, she is preceded in death by her parents, her husband of fifty-two years, two brothers, Emmett Sanders and Everett Sanders and two brothers-in-law, Ron Ziegler and Winfred Thomason. 

Mrs. Conway was a devoted wife and mother to her twins.  She lived for fifteen years in Ft. Bragg, NC while her husband was in active service with the U. S. Army Special Forces Group.  She then lived in Arkadelphia, AR for thirty-three years, gardening and supporting Tom in his many endeavors, which included starting the Henderson State University aeronautics program, commercial aviation, boating, and ham radio operation.   She was an active parishioner at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Arkadelphia.  She and Tom enjoyed traveling extensively with their RV throughout the United States.  Following her husband’s death, Mrs. Conway moved to High Point, NC in 2005 to be close to her daughter and lived at Skeet Club Manor. She enjoyed being with her family most of all and was a generous and loving spirit to all who met her.  She never met a stranger and accepted everyone for who they were.

Mrs. Conway is survived by her twin children, Kevin Conway and Kathy Conway Baber, her son-in-law Hayes Baber, her brother and his wife Alton and Sybil Sanders, two sisters, Kitty Thomason and Faye Ziegler and two sisters-in-law, Hazel Sanders and Marilyn Sanders.  Also surviving Mrs. Conway are six grandchildren:  Jimmy Fraser, Sissy Pierce, Tina King, Jessica Olsen, Eli Conway, and T. J. Baber.  Great-grandchildren include David, Savannah & Isabella King; Ben, McKenna & Landon Olsen; Kolby and Kennedy Conway; Kinsley & Kaylin Fraser; and Brittany, Julie Ann, and D.J. Pierce.   She is also survived by numerous other relatives in and around Hartwell, GA. 

The family would like to express sincere appreciation to the staff at Skeet Club Manor for their loving care of Mrs. Conway as well as to the staff at High Point Regional Hospital for their compassion at the time of her death. 

Flowers may be sent through J. A. Funk Funeral Home, 318 Ash Street, Malvern, AR or memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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Eleanor K. Cook

 

Eleanor K. Cook, age 82 of Malvern, died Wednesday evening, August 31, 2011, in the National Park Medical Center in Hot Springs .  She was born in Honolulu , Hawaii on March 18, 1929 to the late Shuryo Nishihira and Helen Watata Nishihira.  Reared and educated in Hawaii , she had been a Malvern resident since 1965.  Eleanor was a homemaker and had worked at Arbor Oaks for 15 years.  She was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church .  Eleanor loved to bake for her family and to tend her flowers.  She was the widow of the late Robert Cook, to whom she was married on April 2, 1950 in Hawaii .  He preceded her in death on October 11, 2005. 

She is survived by two daughters, Edna Cook, and Anna Bennett and her husband Tim, all of Malvern, a son, Carl and his wife Judy Cook, of Rockport; a sister, Janet Fukumoto of Mililani Town , Hawaii , two grandchildren Benjamin Bennett and Carrie and her husband Jason Blankenship; and by three great-grandchildren, Cory, Nathan, and Camie Blankenship.

Eleanor was also preceded in death by a son, Bobby Cook, and a grandson, Jeff Cook.

Her funeral will be at two o’clock Saturday afternoon, September 3, 2011 in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Reverends Chat Hart and Darrell Teeter officiating.  As per her wishes, the body will be cremated.

Visitation will precede the funeral, beginning at one o’clock.

Memorials are requested to the American Cancer Society.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Fred Divers and staff for the loving and professional care of their mother.

Eleanor’s family will be headquartered at 501 Hall Street , Malvern.

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William Robert "Billy Bob" Cooper

 

William Robert “Billy Bob” Cooper, Sr., age 59, formerly of Malvern, died Tuesday at his home in Hot Springs. He was born in Malvern on December 18, 1949 to the late E. O. and Ressie Dean Parker Cooper. Reared and receiving his early education in Malvern, he graduated from Henderson State University in 1975. Billy Bob was an Air Force Veteran, serving during the Viet Nam era. He worked with his family in their State Farm Insurance Agency for 13 years and at his own agency for eight years. Billy Bob then did the work he loved, using his biology degree. He worked for the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers on Lake DeGray for several years.

He is survived by his children, William Robert Cooper, Jr. (Suzen) of Malvern and Colburn Lee Cooper (Rachael) of Florida; a brother E. O. Cooper, III of Dallas; a sister, Olivia Cooper Northcutt of Malvern; his grandchildren, Jared Cooper, Colby Cooper, and Kati Cooper; his nephews, Rex Oswalt, Shane Northcutt, and Jonphillip Cooper, a niece Ivy Cooper, a great-niece, Farah Oswalt, two great-nephews, Aaron and Evan Hollingshead; by his former wife and caregiver, Judy Bates-Cooper, and by longtime friends, Toni Doss and Clif Herrington.

There are those to whom special thanks go: Crystal Edens, Willene Brooks, Norene Bates, Rich and Lori, Pat, Brooke and Jody Murders, Terry and Tiffany Story, Harry and Sherylyn Bates, Racheal Newman, and Tiffany Doland.

The memorial service will be held at two o’clock on Thursday afternoon, September 17, 2009 in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Pastor Harry Bates of the New Life Church, Maumelle, Arkansas officiating.

Visitation will be held an hour prior to service time, commencing at one o’clock. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Family Life Center of First Assembly of God Church, Hot Springs. 

The family will be headquartered at 202 East San Mateo in Hot Springs. 

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Ressie Cooper

 

 

Ressie D. Cooper, age 84 of Malvern, died Friday evening in the Hot Spring County Medical Center.  She was born in Malvern on January 30, 1924 to the late William Robert “Doc” and Verdi Belle Yates Parker.  Reared and educated in Malvern, she was the widow of the late E. O. Cooper, to whom she was married on December 6, 1941.  He preceded her in death on May 18, 1999.  While raising a family, she worked along side her husband in his State Farm Insurance agency for many years.  Through the years, they both regularly helped those less fortunate by means of anonymous philanthropy.  A 60-year member of Third Baptist Church, Ressie was very active as long as her health permitted, and headed the church nursery in her younger years.  She was a member and past Worthy Matron in the Order of the Eastern Star, served as an officer in the Malvern chapter of the Business and Professional Women’s club, and was involved in the Arkansas Lung Association.  Prior to her own residency, Ressie enjoyed visiting people, whether they were friends or strangers, in the local nursing homes. 

 

She is survived by her daughter, Olivia Cooper Northcutt of Malvern; two sons, Ernest Oliver (Bubby) Cooper, III, and Billy Bob Cooper and his life-long friend Judy Bates-Cooper, seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

 

Ressie was also preceded in death by two granddaughters, Alicia Cooper and Tracy Northcutt, and by two brothers and three sisters. 

 

Her funeral will be at two o’clock Monday afternoon, November 24, 2008 in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Brother Rick Hyde officiating.  Interment will follow in Shadowlawn cemetery. 

 

Pallbearers will be: William Robert Cooper, II, Colburn Lee Cooper, Aaron and Evan Hollingshead, Justin Riley, and Michael Bane.

 

Honorary pallbearers will be: Larry Brashears, W. J. Brumley, A. J. Harrison, John Allan Funk, Don Elliott, Don Chenault, and the employees of Arbor Oaks Health Care Center.

 

 The family will receive friends at the mortuary on Sunday afternoon from two until four o’clock.   

 

Memorials may be made to Third Baptist Church. 

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Rose Smith Cooper

 

 

Rose Smith Cooper, age 84, of Malvern, died Monday morning at her residence.  She was born on February 2, 1924 in Malvern to the late Charles S. and Hester Roberson Smith.  Reared and educated in Malvern, she was a 1941 graduate of Malvern High School.  For many years, she was employed at the local office of Arkansas Power and Light Company.  Rose’s was the first face you would see when you went to pay your utility bill.  She was the widow of the late James Cooper, to whom she was married on February 28, 1953 in Forest City, Arkansas. He preceded her in death on September 21, 2004.  Rose was a cradle-roll member of First Baptist Church, and in her earlier years, had been a member of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. 

 

She is survived by a son, Charles Weldon Cooper of Malvern; by two daughters, Patricia Rose Lackey and her husband Gene of Sanger, Texas, and Carol Cooper Baker of Yorktown, Virginia; by eight grandchildren, Curtis James Lackey, Steven Austin Lackey, II, Daniel Cole Lackey, Emily Caroline Cooper, Ashley Nicole Cooper, Ryan Jacob Cooper, Christina Cooper Baker, and Cooper Thomas Baker.

 

Her funeral will be held at ten o’clock Thursday morning, November 20, 2008, in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church with Dr. Verne Wickliffe officiating.  Interment will follow on the family plot in Oak Ridge Cemetery. 

 

Pallbearers are: George Green, Kinney Black, Fred Lederer, Ernie Cox, James Stinnett, and Layne Sparks. 

 

The family will receive friends at J. A. Funk Funeral Home on Wednesday evening from five until seven o’clock. 

 

Memorials are requested to First Baptist Church Family Life Center. 

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Clarence Copeland

 

Clarence E. Copeland, age 87 of Malvern, died Sunday morning, January 18, 2009 in the Hot Spring County Medical Center. He was born in Amity, Arkansas on December 6, 1921 to the late James Andrew and Betty Brantley Copeland. Reared and educated in Amity, he had been a resident of Malvern since 1956. He was an Army Air Corps/Air Force veteran of World War II and the Korean War. Clarence worked for the State of Arkansas Employment Security Division for 38 years, during which time he served as manager for both the Malvern and Arkadelphia offices. Throughout the years, and even recently, people would approach Clarence and thank him for getting them jobs. He was a faithful member of First United Methodist Church, attended and taught the John Lindsay Sunday School Class, and served on many boards of the church. Clarence was active in the local blood drives and always looked forward to election time, for he was a longtime poll worker. In his earlier years Clarence was involved in the Malvern Chamber of Commerce.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Claudine Sanders Copeland, to whom he was married on September 10, 1942 in Lambert, Arkansas; by a son, Ricky and his wife Mona Copeland of Maumelle; by a daughter, Jane Ann Copeland of Hot Springs; by two grandchildren, Lindsey Thomas and her husband Nathan of Conway, and Nicholas Copeland of Little Rock.

Clarence was preceded in death by an infant son, Edward Lynn Copeland, and by eight brothers and three sisters.

Funeral services are scheduled for ten o’clock Wednesday morning, January 21, 2009 in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Reverend J. Stephen Wingo officiating.

Interment will follow in Beaton Cemetery near Bismarck.

Pallbearers will be Nicholas Copeland, Arlo Copeland, Nathan Thomas, Scott Gourley, Eddie Looper and Dennis Prince.

Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Bruce Burton and staff, staff members of Arbor Oaks, members of the John Lindsay Sunday School Class, and Joyce Vaughan.

The family will receive friends at the mortuary on Tuesday evening from five until seven o’clock.

Memorials are requested to First United Methodist Church, Malvern, or the Beaton Cemetery Association.

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Claudette Owen Cox

 

 

Claudette Owen Cox, age 71, of Malvern, died Monday, July 15, 2013 in the Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock.  She was born in Pine Bluff on July 1, 1942 to the late William Glenn Owen, Sr. and Hazel Bobbitt Owen.  Reared and receiving her early education in Pine Bluff, she graduated with the PBHS Class of 1960.  After attending Baylor University for a year, she enrolled in the Baptist Hospital School of Nursing in Little Rock, graduating in 1965.  Moving back to Pine Bluff, she worked at Jefferson Regional in the nursery and pediatrics for two years.  In 1967 she came to Malvern and became Director of Nursing at Hot Spring County Medical Center, where she worked for nine years.  Claudette was hired by Baptist Medical Center and went on to be Nurse Supervisor over a 45 bed major surgical unit.  During this time she managed to graduate from Stephens College, Columbia, Missouri, with a bachelor’s degree in Health Care Management.  She retired from Baptist in 1999.  An active member of First United Methodist Church, Malvern, she served in many facets, including United Methodist Women (executive board), Administrative Board, and as Mission/Disaster Coordinator.  She was involved in the United Way of Hot Spring County, served on the board of Harvest of Hope, was past president of Hot Spring County Master Gardeners, served twice as president of P. E. O. Chapter BC, was a patron of the Boyle House Museum, and played an integral part in putting on the Community Thanksgiving and Christmas Meals.

She is survived by her husband, Wilburn Cox, to whom she was married on April 26, 1991; by her grandchildren, Patrick Schrepel (Amanda), Joanna Sanders, and Jason Schrepel (Jaycee); great-grandchildren, Macy Schrepel, Kimbyr and Emma Sanders, Ella Schrepel, and Blaise Schrepel; nephews, Phillip Cox (Lois) and Steve Cox (Jean Ann), Jim Camp; nieces, Rene Olivo, Melanie Vest, Molly Hollingsworth, and Shana Camp Lyle; five great-nephews; sisters-in-law, Shirley Cox Russell and Virginia Owen; her best friend of 50 years and roommate in nursing school, Becky Cantrell.

Claudette was also preceded in death by her daughter Jan Cox Schrepel, brother, Glenn Owen, Jr., sister, Sharon Owen Weatherford, brother-in-law, Choyce Cox, and sisters-in-law, Maxine Overton, Ila Rhea Crispino, Jean Cox Hobbs, and Melanie Ware Owen.

The memorial service celebrating Claudette’s life will be on Thursday morning, July 18, 2013 at ten o’clock, in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church with Reverend LaVon Post officiating and under the direction of J. A. Funk Funeral Home.

Special thanks from the family go to Dr. Brad Baltz, Dr. Rhonda Gentry, Dr. James Shuffield, Dr. Nancy Rector, Ralph and Phyllis Williams, and all her church family and friends.

No flowers please.  Memorials are requested to First United Methodist Church, 127 East Page Avenue, Malvern, Arkansas 72104.

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William E. Cox

 

William E. Cox, age 75 of Rockport, died Wednesday morning, August 5, 2009 in the National Park Medical Center in Hot Springs.  He was born on January 21, 1934 in Willow, Arkansas to the late Walter M. and Iona Jones Cox.  Reared and educated in Carthage, he was a veteran of the United States Navy and was retired from the Army National Guard.  For over 20 years, Mr. Cox was a lab assistant for the Union Carbide Corporation.  He was a member of Third Baptist Church and attended the W. J. Brumley Sunday School Class.  A doting father and grandfather, he was the husband of the former Opal Sue Williams, to whom he was married on February 27, 1955 in Rolla, Arkansas.  Cutting wood and gardening were two activities he enjoyed in his spare time.

His survivors include his wife, Opal Cox of the home; two sons David and Randy Cox; a daughter, Melissa Cox Lambertus, all of Malvern; his brother, Charles Cox, of Malvern; four grandchildren, Cody Cox, Joshua Lambertus, Julie Lambertus and Katie Lambertus; and three great-grandchildren, Will Lambertus, Chloe Lambertus, and Talon Acord. 

 

He was also preceded in death by a sister, Betty Jo Cox Lyons. 

 

The funeral will be held on Friday morning, August 7, 2009, at ten o’clock in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Brother Thomy Green officiating.  Interment will follow in Cypress Cemetery at Willow, Arkansas with military honors. 

Pallbearers will be: Bill Pierce, Jerry Skinner, Allen Leible, Jimmy Cessor, Michael Rice, and Hamp Williamson.

 

Honorary pallbearers will be: the W. J. Brumley Sunday School Class of Third Baptist Church. 

Visitation will be on Thursday afternoon from five until seven o’clock at the funeral home. Memorials are requested to Springlake Baptist Camp, P.O. Box 195, Lonsdale, Arkansas 72087. 

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James Richard “Ricky” Cranford

 

James Richard “Ricky” Cranford, age 57, of Malvern, died Wednesday, August 22, 2012 in Hot Springs.  He was born in Malvern on October 4, 1954 to Russell Cranford and Marguerite French Cranford.  Reared and receiving his early education in Malvern, he later attended Henderson State University.  Ricky studied air conditioning and refrigeration at Ouachita Vo-Tech (now College of the Ouachitas).  He entered the electricians apprentice program at Reynolds Metals and went on working for the company for 27 years.  Ricky was a motorcycle enthusiast and loved to fish.  He was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church. 

 

Survivors include his parents, Russell and Marguerite Cranford of Malvern; his brother, Dr. Russell Cranford, II and his wife Kathy of Little Rock; and his sister, Crystal Cranford of Malvern; two nephews, Shawn Cranford and his wife Tiffany, and Russell Cranford, III and his wife Hitomi; two great-nephews, Joshua and William Cranford; one great-niece, Emma Kate Cranford.

A memorial service will be held at one o’clock Saturday afternoon, August 25, 2012 in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Brother Scott Efird officiating.

 

A visitation will follow the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to Stop Animal Cruelty, P.O. Box 1521, Malvern, AR 72104. 

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Duncan Crawford

 

Duncan J. Crawford, age 82 of Malvern, died Wednesday, June 30, 2010 in the Hot Spring County Medical Center. He was born on May 3, 1928 in Garrison, Texas to the late L. D. and Clarkie McMillan Crawford. Reared and educated in Texas, he had been a resident of Malvern since 1961. He retired as foreman from Acme Brick after 47 years with the company. A member of Keith Memorial United Methodist Church, Duncan was a Gideon, delivered Meals on Wheels, and was a member of the Hot Spring County Medical Center Auxiliary. He joined the Merchant Marines toward the end of World War II, and later joined the United States Army.

He is survived by his wife, Grace Mahaffey Crawford, to whom he was married on December 5, 1955 in Oklahoma City; by two sons, Kurt Crawford and his wife Betsy of Malvern, and Jimmie Crawford and his wife Caren of Broomfield, Colorado, four daughters, Laura Tilley and her husband Absalom, of Malvern, Theresa Strobel and her husband Jerry of Yellville, Connie Walters of Reno, Nevada, and Sandra Hutcheson and her husband Talmadge of Orange, Texas; by a nephew, Jim Crawford of Nacogdoches, Texas; by his grandchildren, Regan Baker, Dylan Briner, Sarah Strobel-England, Alicia Strobel, Jennifer Smith, Wade Walters, Rob Puckett, and Blake, Zach, and Lauren Tilley; and his great-grandchildren, Duncan and Hayden Whitlow, Elizabeth Briner, Madison, Kaleb, Levi, and Marielle Strobel, Leeland and Staci Smith, Destiny Walters, and Hunter, Kale, and Heston Puckett.

Duncan was also preceded in death by a son, Jerry Crawford, and a brother, Mart Crawford.

His funeral will be at ten o’clock Saturday morning, July 3, 2010, in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Reverend Dale Diffee officiating. Interment will follow in Shadowlawn Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be: Tom Poston, Dylan Briner, Joe Faucett, Claud Davis, Rob Puckett, Lynn Headley, Zach Tilley, and Blake Tilley.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday evening from six until eight o’clock.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested Keith Memorial United Methodist Church or to the Hot Spring County Medical Center Auxiliary.

The family will be headquartered at 2313 Reed Street in Malvern.

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Norman E. Crouse

 

 

 

Norman E. Crouse, age 82 of Hot Springs, died early Tuesday morning, June 23, 2009 in the Quapaw Care and Rehab Center in Hot Springs.  He was born on June 5, 1927 in Eudora, Arkansas to the late Houston and Lois Opal Pierce Crouse.  Reared and educated in the Central Community south of Malvern, he later attended Little Rock University (now U of A at Little Rock).  He was a US Navy veteran of World War 2, having served in the Pacific Theatre and with the occupation forces in Japan.  During most of his working life he was a manufacturing supervisor with Arkansas Container Corporation.  In his leisure time, he loved to hunt and fish. Mr. Crouse was a member of First Baptist Church in Hot Springs.

 

He is survived by his wife, Louise Lee Crouse, to whom he was married on April 20, 1950 in Malvern; by three sons, Reggie and his wife Elaine Crouse of Little Rock, Mike Crouse of Benton, and Kevin and his wife Mary Crouse of Houston, Texas; by a sister, Beth Cartwright and her husband William of North Little Rock; by two step-brothers, Adrian Livingston of Malvern, and Gaylon Livingston of Hot Springs; by two grandchildren, Sara Crouse and Jeremy Crouse.

His funeral will be on Thursday morning, June 25, 2009, at ten o’clock in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Reverend John McCallum officiating.

 

Interment will follow in Ouachita Cemetery. A visitation will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday evening from five until seven o’clock. 

 

Memorials may take the form of donations to First Baptist Church, Hot Springs. 

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Wilford Dale Crowder

 

Dale Crowder, age 89 of Malvern, died Friday morning, March 28, 2008 in the Malvern Nursing Home.  He was born in Adona, Arkansas on November 24, 1918 to the late William A. and Lottie McGhee Crowder. Reared and educated in Perry County, he worked on his family’s farm and served in the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930’s.  A veteran of the United States Air Force, he served honorably and heroically in World War 2 as a tail gunner flying missions over Burma and Guam.  He served the rest of his 22 years in various base locations across the U. S. and overseas in radio and crypto maintenance.  During his years of service to his country, Mr. Crowder earned medals and commendations including three bronze stars.  In the 1950’s, whiled stationed on Johnston Island, near Hawaii, he built a large ham radio station from a kit, and was able to set it up so the soldiers could talk to their wives and family in the states.  He made friends all over the world.

A resident of Malvern since 1962, he was a member of Keith Memorial United Methodist Church.  He was a 32nd degree Mason, belonging to the Casa Lodge.

After retiring as Senior Master Sergeant, Mr. Crowder worked as a sales rep for Jordan and Gray Produce in Malvern from 1962 until 1972.For many years his favorite activity was raising and training beagles for field trials and hunting.  He had a room full of trophies and ribbons from his prize-winning dogs, and was a long time member of the Malvern and Benton AKC Beagle Clubs.

He is survived by his beautiful wife of 65 years, Mildred Range Crowder, to whom he was married on March 20, 1943 in Laurel, Mississippi; by two daughters and sons-in-law, Rhonda and David Dortch of Paragould, Arkansas, and Reatha and William Overton of Malvern; by two sisters, R. Kathryn Young of Texarkana, Texas, and Doris McAlister and her husband, Kerry, of Austin, Texas; by four grandchildren, Ellen and Emily Goza of Malvern, Carrie Dortch of San Francisco, and Keith Dortch of Van Buren, Arkansas; by two great-grandchildren, Michael and Gabriel Dortch of Van Buren, Arkansas; and by many loved nieces and nephews.

Mr. Crowder was also preceded in death by two sons, Russell and James Crowder, by a brother, Don Crowder, and by a sister, Rachel Williams.

His funeral will be at ten o’clock Monday morning, March 31, 2008, in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with the Reverend Regina Turner officiating.  Graveside services will be held two o’clock that afternoon in the Adona Cemetery, at Adona, Arkansas.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday morning one hour prior to the service.          

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Edward H. Cruse

 

Edward H. Cruse, age 80, of Malvern, died Friday afternoon, September 21, 2007 in Little Rock. He was born in Bradley County, Arkansas on January 30, 1927 to the late Doyle Hiram and Irene Henderson Cruse. Reared and educated in Calhoun County, Arkansas, he had been a resident of Malvern since moving here after retiring in 1982. Mr. Cruse was a welder and machinist for a manufacturing company in Houston, Texas for many years. He was a member of Christ Assembly Full Gospel Church in Malvern. Mr. Cruse was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved to tell stories. He was also a United States Navy Veteran. Mr. Cruse was the husband of the former Imogene V. McMahan, to whom he was married in February of 1948.

His survivors include his wife, Imogene Cruse of Malvern; one sister, Melba Robinson of Malvern; and by numerous nephews and nieces.

He was also preceded in death by a sister, Lucile McMahan, and two brothers, Felton and Cecil (Jack) Cruse.

The funeral will be held at two o’clock Sunday afternoon, September 23, 2007 in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Brother David Walker officiating. Interment will follow in Social Hill Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be: Troy Robinson, Ricky Robinson, Tommy Cruse, Troy Cruse, Michael Shepard, Gary Davis, Mike Davis, and Randy Davis.

Honorary pallbearers will be: Valorie Burrow, Lorrie Cerrone, Kim Collins, Tammy Mohan, Christi Pipkin, and Regina Shepard.

A visitation will be held on Saturday evening from five until seven o’clock at the mortuary.

The family will be at the home of Melba Robinson, 275 Loop 270, Malvern.

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Imogene Cruse

 

Imogene Cruse, age 79, of Malvern, died Saturday, January 19, 2008 in the Malvern Nursing Home. She was born in Hot Spring County on August 1, 1928 to the late Clarence and Elmira Shinn McMahan. Reared and educated in Friendship, she was a homemaker and the widow of the late Edward Cruse, to whom she was married on February 13, 1948. He preceded her in death in September of 2007. Mrs. Cruse was a member of Christ Assembly Full Gospel Church in Malvern. She was an avid reader, loved to garden, and enjoyed going fishing with her husband.

She is survived by a brother, Lyndal McMahan of Ardmore, Oklahoma; and by five sisters, Carrie Sealy of Friendship, Eva Lou Fite of Kenner, Louisiana, Violet Mae Davis of Sheridan, Melva Burris of Malvern, and Barbara Davis of Houston, Texas.

Mrs. Cruse was also preceded in death by a sister, Inez Fitzhugh Efird.

Her funeral will be two o’clock Monday afternoon, January 21, 2008 in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Brother David Walker officiating. Interment will follow in Social Hill Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be: David Chaffin, Lynn Chaffin, Wayne Sealy, Jimmy Fitzhugh, Mike Davis, and Doye Delacruz.

The family will receive friends at the mortuary on Sunday afternoon from four until six o’clock.

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Carolyn Cummings

 

Carolyn Gray Cummings, age 78, recently of Malvern, died Sunday, June 28, 2009 in the Malvern Nursing Home. She was born on November 23, 1930 in Dallas County, Arkansas to the late Wiley Jennings and Louise Ione Gray Parham.  Reared and receiving her early education in Thornton, she graduated with an Associate’s Degree in nursing from St. Vincent Infirmary School of Nursing.  As a registered nurse, she had worked for over 30 years in the field, including positions held at the Missouri Pacific Hospital and St. Vincent Infirmary, and was for a time Assistant Director of Nursing at the Arkansas State Hospital.  She was a United Methodist, had been a member of Berkley United Methodist in Texas, the Markham Street United Methodist Church in Little Rock, and attended Temperance Hill United Methodist Church as a child.  Carolyn loved to sing, to listen to opera, and was an avid reader.  Throughout her life in the medical profession, she always kept up with advances being made in health care.  She was a doting and loving grandmother to her only grandchild, Joseph. 

She is survived by two daughters, Melanie Louise Cummings of Louisiana and Laura Elizabeth Orlando of Austin, Texas; by three brothers, Edward Parham of Fordyce, Arkansas, Robert Parham of Hope, and Charles Parham of Malvern; two sisters, Lola Daniels of Springdale, Arkansas, and Mary Beth Mann-Carney of Springfield, Missouri; and by a grandson, Joseph A. Orlando of Austin, Texas. 

 

Carolyn was also preceded in death by a brother, Wiley Parham, Jr. and the father of her children, Joseph Spencer Cummings.

 

 A graveside service will be held on Tuesday morning, June 30, 2009 at ten o’clock at the Temperance Hill Cemetery in Dallas County. 

 

A visitation in the nearby Temperance Hill United Methodist Church will precede the service beginning at nine o’clock. 

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Lora Evelyn Dalrymple

 

Lora Evelyn Dalrymple, age 92, of Malvern, died Friday morning, November 9, 2012 in Malvern Nursing and Rehab. She was born on November 26, 1919 in Basile, Louisiana to the late Nixon Alan Nettles and Lora Etta Carter Nettles. Reared and receiving her education in Basile, Cotton Valley, and Rocky Mount, Louisiana, she graduated from Benton (Louisiana) High School in 1937. Mrs. Dalrymple was a homemaker and the widow of the late Horace Gordon Dalrymple, to whom she was married on June 27, 1937 in Bossier Parish, Louisiana. He preceded her in death on September 11, 1980. A long time resident of Magnolia, Arkansas, she had lived in Malvern since 1995. She was a member of Magnolia’s Central Baptist Church.

She is survived by a son, Kenneth Alan Dalrymple and his wife, Ann of Barateria, Louisiana; a daughter, Johnette Parham of Malvern, Arkansas; her grandchildren, Heather Dalrymple, Michael Pfeffer, and Jon Parham; and her great-grandchildren, Lucas and Allison Parham; and by her family of friends and caregivers at Malvern Nursing and Rehab.

Mrs. Dalrymple was also preceded in death by a son, Nixon Gordon Dalrymple; three brothers, Carlton Nettles, Kenneth Nettles, and Nixon Nettles, Jr.; and her son-in-law, Charles Parham.

Graveside services will be Friday morning, November 16, 2012, at eleven o’clock in Memorial Park Cemetery, Magnolia, Arkansas, under the direction of J. A. Funk Funeral Home of Malvern.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Arkansas Children’s Hospital or to the charity of one’s choice.

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Gladys Peeples Davis

 

Gladys Peeples Davis, age 87, of Malvern, died Friday, October 18, 2013.  She was born in Arkadelphia, Arkansas on March 29, 1926 to Ruben and Ina Reed Peeples.  She attended Ouachita Baptist College, now OBU, and taught school in Okolona, Dermott, and Eudora before moving to Malvern and marrying Wayne Davis in 1953.  After being a stay-at-home mother until her children reached Junior High age, she started the kindergarten at First Baptist Church and enjoyed teaching it half a day for twelve years.  Her church membership spanned sixty years.

Gladys was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Wayne Davis, and two sisters, Jo Graves and Sammia Nottingham.  She is survived by two brothers, Dr. Raymond Peeples of Little Rock and Dr. George Peeples of Gurdon.  Also surviving her, are her daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Steve Hoffmann of Little Rock; and her son, Dr. Paul W. Davis of White Hall, Arkansas.  “Glad” or “Gladdie” as she was fondly called, will be greatly missed by her children as well as her six grandchildren: Brett (Amy) Hoffmann, Ken Hoffmann, Allison Grace Hoffmann, Amanda (Curt) Whitlock, Meredith (Russell) Wilson, and Melissa (Daniel) Ballou, one “adopted” grandson, Brian Edelmann; and two great-grandchildren: Breanna Davis and Emmett Wilson.

Arrangements are under the direction of J. A. Funk Funeral Home.  Visitation will be from 1:00 to 2:00 Tuesday afternoon, October 22, 2013 at First Baptist Church, 531 South Main Street, with the funeral immediately following, officiated by Mr. Michael Walls.  Burial will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to First Baptist Church, 531 South Main Street. Malvern, AR  72104.

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James Troy Davis

 

James Troy Davis, age 84 of the Diamondhead community near Hot Springs, died Saturday, April 25, 2009 in Hot Springs.  He was born in Malvern on October 2, 1924 to the late Clyde Franklin and Alice Pauline Clem Davis.  Jim was a veteran of the United States Navy, retiring after 30 years of service.  He served in World War II, the Korean War, and Vietnam.  For several years after his military service, he worked in hospital administration.  He was active in the Kairos Prison Ministry in California and Arkansas.  Jim also served as Eucharist minister, and was active in the ministry of the Catholic Church, of which he was a member for many years.

He is survived by his sons, Jim and his wife, Joette Davis of Melbourne Beach, Florida; Mark and his wife Sheri Davis of Las Vegas, Nevada; Jack Zyphur and his wife Janet of San Diego, California; a daughter, Janet Gellens of Las Vegas, Nevada;  two brothers, Robert and Jack Davis of Malvern; many grand and great-grandchildren.

Jim was also preceded in death by his wives, Kay Spitzer Davis and Joyce Davis, and by two brothers, Franklin and Edward Davis.

His body is being shipped to San Diego, California, where graveside services will be held at a later date. Local arrangements are by J. A. Funk Funeral Home. 

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Janet L. Davis

 

Janet Lynn Davis, age 53 of Malvern, died Tuesday evening, November 3, 2009, in the Hot Spring County Medical Center.  She was born in Malvern on October 6, 1956 to the late Bernard and Betty Bennett Davis.  Reared and educated in Mountain View, Oklahoma, she had moved back to Malvern nearly ten years ago.  Janet was a homemaker, was adept at macramé and crocheting, and loved to work puzzles.  She was of the Baptist denomination. 

She is survived by her brother, Steven Davis of Malvern; by a half-sister, BernaDene Leal of Fort Worth, Texas; by three aunts, Gladys Davis, Virginia Johnson, and Joella Davis, all of Malvern; by her boyfriend Loyd Fitzhugh of Malvern; and by a host of relatives and friends.

 Janet was also preceded in death by her uncles, Wayne and Runyon Davis, and L. D. Johnson; by an aunt, Diddy Davis; and by her cousins, Martha Jane Davis Phifer, Terry Wayne Davis, and Billy Gray Davis.

Her funeral will be held at the graveside in Lono Cemetery on Friday, November 6, 2009, at two o’clock in the afternoon under the direction of J. A. Funk Funeral Home. 

Honorary pallbearers will be: Kale Johnson, David Johnson, Tom Lisenby, David Elrod, Robbie Holyfield, and Claud Davis. 

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Patsy D. Davis

 

Patsy D. Davis, age 59 of Magnet Cove, died Wednesday evening, January 18, 2012 in the Hot Spring County Medical Center.  She was born in Malvern on July 5, 1952 to Delmus Wright and the late Corene Ethel Coates Wright.  Being a “child of the Military”, she was reared and received her education in various locales, ranging from Arkansas to Arizona to Nevada , and ultimately to Okinawa , Japan , where she graduated high school.  She came home to Malvern in July of 1974.  On February 16, 1979, she married Alan Davis, who survives her.  Her working life consisted of being a medical technician for Dr. Dow Stough in Hot Springs, and foremost, a homemaker.  She was a member of the North Malvern Assembly of God Church.

Other survivors include a son, Tim Davis of Magnet Cove; a step-daughter, Carla Green of Arkadelphia; a brother, Eugene Wright of Malvern; her father and step-mother, Delmus and Joy Wright of Malvern; six grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by a step-son, Chris Davis, and by two sisters, Diane Talbot and Phyllis Fedric.

Services will be held at the graveside in Ouachita Cemetery on Saturday afternoon, January 21, 2012 at two o’clock with Brother Paul Grigsby officiating.

Honorary pallbearers are the staff of Hot Spring County Medical Center.

Visitation at J. A. Funk Funeral Home will be from six until eight o’clock Friday evening.

The family will be headquartered at 1490 Henderson Road , Magnet Cove.

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Ramona W. Davis

 

Ramona Willette Davis, age 81 of Malvern, died Saturday night, August 1, 2009 in the Malvern Nursing Home.  She was born in Fort Worth, Texas on July 3, 1928 to the late Willie (Doc) and Mary Frances Elizabeth Kerr Linville.  Reared and educated in Fort Worth, she had been a longtime resident of Marshall, Texas prior to moving to Malvern in 2006.  As a young woman, she sang in a band with her sister and other family members, before starting her own family.  She was the widow of the late Raymond E. Davis, to whom she was married on April 2, 1955.  He preceded her in death on November 29, 1999.  Most of her adult life was devoted to being a homemaker, but for about 15 years, she was a Tri-Chem instructor in Marshall.  In her spare time, she enjoyed working jigsaw puzzles.


 She is survived by her children, Jack Murph and his wife, Cheri of Woodlands, Texas, Duane Murph of Marshall, Texas, Galen Davis and his wife, Flo of Pollok, Texas, and Marla Stewart of Malvern, Arkansas; by a brother, Ronald Linville and his wife Pauline, and a sister, Lunelle Harber and her husband Reese, all of Marshall, Texas; by her grandchildren, Wesley Murph, Mandy Rolie, Jennifer Murph, Blake Davis and wife Christina, Bradley Davis, and Camron Stewart; and by three great-grandchildren. 

 

Her funeral will be held on Wednesday, August 5, 2009 at ten o’clock in the chapel of Sullivan-Heaster Funeral Home in Marshall, TexasInterment will follow in Colonial Gardens Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday evening from six until eight o’clock. 

 

Local arrangements were entrusted to J. A. Funk Funeral Home of Malvern, Arkansas.

 

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Martha Jean Dean

 

Martha Jean Dean, age 83 of Malvern, died Thursday, November 15, 2012 in the Malvern Nursing Home. She was born on December 6, 1928 in Forest City, Arkansas to the late Edward James Tully and Eva McBee Tully. Reared and receiving her early education in Forest City, she later attended Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, California. She was a veteran of the United States Marine Corp, from which she was discharged as Staff Sergeant. A homemaker, she was the widow of the late Henry Dean, to whom she was married on September 15, 1957. He preceded her in death in 1999. After the death of her husband, Mrs. Dean moved to Malvern. She was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church. An avid gardener, she was also a volunteer at Libby’s R.O.S.E.

She is survived by her daughter, Karen Dean of Malvern; her son, Jimmy Dean of Concord, California; her sister, Minnie Endicott of Bartlett, Tennessee; and local niece and nephews, Anne Marie Bell, Judson Batts, and James Batts, all of Malvern.

Also preceding her in death were two brothers, Chris and Luther Tully, and three sisters, Eva Mae Batts, Ruth Bodry, and Kate Tully.

She will be interred along with her husband in the National Cemetery in Memphis, Tennessee at a later date.

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Lewis H. “Buddy” Deer

 

Lewis H. “Buddy” Deer, age 82 of Malvern, died Wednesday, December 11, 2013, at his home.  He was born on February 12, 1931 in Leola to the late Leonard Deer and Addie McHaney Deer.  Reared and receiving his early education in Leola, he later attended Little Rock Junior College.  Buddy served in both the United States Navy and the United States Air Force.  Buddy moved to Malvern in 1991. He had been associated with International Harvester as parts manager/sales for 18 years, had co-owned A & D Trucking Company in Harrison, Arkansas, had worked for Garrison Motor Freight, Smith Transfer and A. R. A. Transfer, and owned The Washtub Laundromat on Clardy Street in Malvern.  Buddy was a member of the Bethlehem Lodge #338, F& AM, where he had been Worshipful Master.  He was a 32nd degree Scottish Rite and York Rite Mason, and was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.  He was a member of Faith Missionary Baptist Church.

Buddy was also preceded in death by a brother, Donald Deer, by two half-brothers, and two half-sisters.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Elliott Deer, to whom he was married on August 23, 1952 in Carthage; by his daughters, Donna Baker (Derek) of Malvern, and Diana Tennant of Dallas; by two grandchildren, Carla Priebe of Malvern and Caitlyn Tennant of Dallas; and three great-grandchildren, Jace , Carson, and BryLea Priebe.

His funeral will be on Friday morning, December 13, 2013, at ten o’clock in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Brother Gary Smith officiating.  Interment will follow in the Leola Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be: John Priebe, Jace Priebe, Carson Priebe, and Derrick Baker.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to the Humane Society or the local animal shelter.

Special thanks from the family go to his caregiver, Janice Buckley.

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George William "Billy" Deimel, III

 

George William “Billy” Deimel, III, age 47, of Malvern, died Thursday evening, November 8, 2007, in the National Park Medical Center in Hot Springs. He was born in Malvern on November 10, 1959 to Nell Franks Deimel and the late George William Deimel, Jr. Reared and educated in Malvern, he was a 1978 graduate of Malvern High School. Billy was a member of St. John The Baptist Catholic Church. He was an avid sports fan, and had coached little league and T-Ball. Despite a severe spinal cord injury in 2002, Billy never gave up hope that one day he would be cured. He was a constant inspiration to those around him, and especially to those enduring a similar malady.

He is survived by three sons, George William “B. J.“ Deimel, IV, of Little Rock, Cameron and Caleb Deimel of Malvern; by four sisters, Deborah Bean of Grenada Hills, California, Susan Deimel of Pearcy, Robin Wernz of Atlanta, Georgia, and Tammy Dighero of Fayetteville; by his mother, Nell Deimel, of Malvern; and by his fiancee, Jennifer Fryar and her two sons, Trevor and Triston Fryar, all of Hot Springs.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at ten o’clock on Monday morning, November 12, 2007, at St. John The Baptist Catholic Church in Malvern, with Father Linus Ukomadu as celebrant. Entombment will follow in the Rockport Memorial Gardens Mausoleum.

A Rosary will be said on Sunday evening, November 11, 2007, beginning at six o’clock, in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home, with a visitation immediately afterward.

Memorials are requested to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, 636 Morris Turnpike, Suite 3A, Short Hills, NJ 07078.

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Patricia S. Delavan

 

Patricia Charlotte Emily Delavan, age 90, of Little Rock, the widow of the late Dr. Wayne Delavan, died Thursday, March 4, 2010 at Saline Memorial Hospice House in Bryant, Arkansas.  She was born on March 17, 1919 in Tulsa, Oklahoma to the late Curt Lewis and Maude Adams Seideman.  Reared and receiving her early education in Tulsa and Pittsburg, Kansas, she later earned her Masters degree at Pittsburg State Teachers College.  She worked on the aircraft assembly line at Douglas Aircraft Company in Tulsa during World War II, and taught English at Mulberry, Kansas High School.  She and her husband were married in August of 1946 in Pittsburg, Kansas.  He preceded her in death in March of 2005.

 

Her family moved to Arkadelphia in 1956.  She was a member of Arkadelphia First United Methodist Church, where she had served as librarian for a number of years, and was on the administrative board.  Mrs. Delavan was also a member of the church’s quilting circle. A member of United Methodist Women, over the years she had held several local and district positions.  She was a Cub Scout den mother and den mother coach for Pack 78 in Arkadelphia.  Mrs. Delavan loved to play the piano and work crossword puzzles. She was also very adept at tatting, crocheting, and knitting.

 

She is survived by two daughters, Florence Ann and her husband Bob price of Little Rock, and Minnie Beth and her husband Danny White of East End (Saline County); by a son, Lewis Lee and his wife Susan Delavan of Malvern; by a special daughter, Vickie Young; by nine grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; a niece, Ellen Price and her husband James of Salina, Kansas; and by 6 great-nieces and nephews.

 

A graveside service will be held at 9:30 on Saturday morning, March 6, 2010 at Pinecrest Cemetery in Collegeville with Reverends Clayton Bulice and LaVon Post officiating, and under the direction of J. A. Funk Funeral Home of Malvern.

 

Memorials are requested to the Ouachita-Caddo Audubon Society, the Nature Conservancy, or to your local Humane Society.

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Larry A. Dill

 

 

Larry Allen Dill, age 65, of Malvern, died Wednesday, December 24, 2008.  He was born in Searcy, Arkansas on March 29, 1943 to the late John S. and Lillian Watkins Dill. During his 28½ years in law enforcement, he worked for the Little Rock Police Department, the Searcy Police Department, and the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department, where he spent his last twelve years of police work as Commander of the Criminal Investigation Division.  He was a hero to many whom he helped during his career, and he received numerous awards and citations for his work.  Larry served in the Arkansas National Guard from 1960 until 1968.

 

Following his retirement from law enforcement in 1995, Larry was employed at the Hot Springs Rehabilitation Center for over nine years.  After moving to Malvern in 2005, he worked on a part-time basis for Ouachita Technical College.

 

Major Dill was an honor graduate of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where he received his B.A. degree in criminal justice.

 

He was also preceded in death by a brother, Jimmy Dill.  Larry is survived by his wife, Dianne Amis-Dill, to whom he was married on November 4, 1986; by his daughter and son-in-law, Teresa and Kerry Daulton; his son, David Dill; five grandchildren, Christopher, Dakota, and Tanner Daulton, and Anne-Marie and Christian Dill; a sister, Loretta Ashworth; a brother Billy Dill; many treasured friends; and the Misses Lulu and Birdie.

 

On Earth Larry loved his family and friends; animals (particularly puppies of all types and his Birmingham Roller Pigeons); sports; his garden; his guitar; good food; Alexander Graham Bell; old Westerns; his country; laughter; his affiliation with First Presbyterian Church of Malvern; and living life to the fullest.  He waits for us now to join him on the other side of the bridge

 

A memorial service will be held at two o’clock Tuesday afternoon, December 30, 2008 in the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church with Reverend Carl McCormack officiating, and under the direction of J. A. Funk Funeral Home.    

 

The family requests that memorials celebrating Larry’s life be directed to the Arkansas Cancer Society, 901 North University, Little Rock, Arkansas 72207, or to your local chapter of the Humane Society.

 

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Dianne Norwood Dixson

 

Dianne Norwood Dixson, age 56 of Malvern, died Friday evening, March 29, 2013 in the Hot Spring County Medical Center. She was born in Malvern on January 7, 1957 to the late James Kenneth Norwood and Virginia Ann Freeman Norwood. Reared and educated in Malvern, she was a homemaker and attended the Assembly of God Church. She enjoyed gardening and growing flowers, and loved visiting with family and friends.

She is survived by her children, Kenneth Wayne Dyer (Candy), and Ivan Lee Dixson of Malvern; six brothers, James Ricky Norwood (Dovie), David Lee Norwood, Larry Wayne Norwood (Donna), Phillip Dale Norwood, Kenneth Matthew Norwood, and Joseph Dean Norwood (Rhonda), all of Malvern; five sisters, Phyllis Ann Fite (Chuck), Rebecca Lynn Lewis, Mary Lisa Threlkeld (Darren), and Melonie Gail Lewis (Everett), all of Malvern, and Sheila Kaye Draper (Keith) of Donaldson; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Dianne was also preceded in death by a son, Allen Dale Dyer, and by two brothers, Terry Paul Norwood and Timothy Randall Norwood.

Graveside services will be held on Monday afternoon, April 1, 2013 at two o’clock in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery off Highway 222, with Brother Jerry George officiating and under the direction of J. A. Funk Funeral Home.

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Kay Davis Doddridge

 

 

Kay Davis Doddridge, age 73, of Malvern, died Wednesday evening, May 30, 2012. She was born in Sheridan , Arkansas on October 25, 1938 to the late James Earl Davis and Virginia Cash Davis.  Reared and educated in Malvern, she was a banquet coordinator, a job she had enjoyed for 33 years.  Kay loved animals, and was a lifetime board member of the Hot Spring County chapter of Stop Animal Cruelty, a rescue organization.  She was also an avid gardener.  Kay was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church .  Along with her son, she was a volunteer at the local Community Thanksgiving and Christmas Meals every year since their inception.

She is survived by her son, Jimmy Doddridge of Atlanta , Georgia ; her daughter Debbie Doddridge Atristain of Dallas , Texas ; three sisters, Earlene Whitley and Carolyn Selph, both of Malvern, and Pam Galloway of Alma , Arkansas ; three grandchildren, Abigail Shull, Federico Atristain and Chelsea Atristain; and three great-grandchildren.

Her funeral service will be at the graveside in Shadowlawn Cemetery on Saturday, June 2, 2012, at two o’clock in the afternoon, with Brother John Owen officiating.  Arrangements are through J. A. Funk Funeral Home.

Memorials are requested to the American Cancer Society or S.A.C. (Stop Animal Cruelty), P.O. Box 1521 , Malvern , AR 72104 .

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David F. Draper

 

 

David F. Draper, age 67 of Donaldson, died Saturday morning, December 26, 2009 at his home.  He was born in Hot Spring County on January 23, 1942 to the late Joe and Nova Jean Foster Draper.  Reared and educated in Hot Spring County, he was a graduate of Ouachita High School.  David worked for a number of years at Toler’s Grocery, and remained an employee there after it became Mitchell’s Model Market.  He had also worked in the logging industry.  David was an avid Razorback fan, following the Hogs in both football and basketball.  In the spring of each year, he would always begin a garden, nurturing his crops until harvest time.  He was a member of the Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church, Donaldson. 

 

He is survived by his wife, Charlene Skinner Draper, to whom he was married on January 14, 1961 at the home of Brother Connie Norwood in Donaldson; by his four children, Leah Kay Draper Rice of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Joe David Draper of Malvern, Monica Yvette Morrison and her husband Denver of Columbus, Georgia, and Keith Franklin Draper and his wife Shelia of Malvern; by 14 grandchildren, Beth Jenkins, Candice Romick, Cecil Rice, Victoria Rice, Stephen Morrison, Spencer Morrison, Ashley Morrison, Scott Morrison, Kayla Lamb, Leslie Draper, Trey Draper, April Casey, James Tims, and Elizabeth Smith; 16 great-grandchildren; by his siblings, Donald and Barbara Williams Draper, Clyde and Linda Draper, Roger and Mary Draper, Barbara Draper, and Becky and Darrell Hughes, all of Malvern; and by numerous nieces and nephews. 

 

The funeral will be held at two o’clock Monday afternoon, December 28, 2009 in the Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church, Donaldson, with Brothers Alex Skinner and Eric Ivy officiating.  Interment will follow in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. 

 

Pallbearers are: Stephen Morrison, Spencer Morrison, Scott Morrison, Jacob Lamb, Cecil Rice, and Darren Ivy.

 

Honorary pallbearer will be Trey David Draper. 

 

The family will receive friends at J. A. Funk Funeral Home on Sunday afternoon from four until six o’clock. 

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Doyle L. Draper

 

Doyle L. Draper, age 67 of Malvern, went to be with the Lord early Saturday morning, August 4, 2007, at St. Joseph Mercy Health Center in Hot Springs after a 10 year battle with cancer. He was born in Hot Spring County on October 17, 1939 to the late Clifford A. and Ruby Jean Porterfield Draper. Reared and educated in Malvern, Doyle retired from Reynolds Cable after 27 years of employment. Doyle was a Master Craftsman Upholsterer. This was his job “on the side”, but everyone knows that it developed early on as a fulltime passion, at which he was deemed the best. Doyle referred to himself as just an old country boy. He did good work and people trusted him. Doyle was a member of the Sulphur Springs Hunting Club and of the Immanuel Baptist church He was saved at the age of 10 and was baptized at the Fairhaven Missionary Baptist Church. Doyle was married for nearly 50 years to his childhood sweetheart, Becky Bray Draper, whom he met in the fifth grade. They married on May 23, 1958 in Donaldson at the home of Brother Lloyd Lemons.

His survivors include his wife, Becky, of the home; by one son, Gary L. Draper and his wife Deanna “DeeDee” of Malvern; by the lights of his life, his two grandchildren, Amanda Brooke Draper and Zachary Garrett Draper; by two brothers, Clifford “Runt” Draper and his wife Joyce, and Raymond and his wife Betty Draper, all of Malvern; one sister, Elizabeth and her husband Jim Gordon of Malvern; and by numerous beloved nieces, nephews, in-laws, and a host of dear friends.

Doyle’s funeral will be held at the graveside in Oak Ridge Cemetery on Wednesday morning, August 8, 2007, at ten o’clock, with Brother John Owen officiating. All those planning to attend are asked to consider the heat and dress comfortably.

The pallbearers, who are also encouraged to dress comfortably ( NO coats and ties!) will be: Jason Riggan, Todd Bray, Monty Ledbetter, Terry Lawrence, Tim Bear, Tony Draper, Gary and Eddie Conklin, and Randy Dugger.

The family will receive friends at J. A. Funk Funeral Home on Tuesday evening, August 7, 2007, from six until nine o’clock. Memorials are requested o the Malvern Animal Shelter.

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Mary W. Dugan

 

Mary W. Dugan, age 89, of Perla, died Monday, October 19, 2009 in the Hot Spring County Medical Center.  She was born in Malvern on June 3, 1920 to the late Fred and Effie Lowry Ray.  Reared and receiving her early education in Malvern, she graduated cum laude from Malvern High School.  Mary completed Business College in Memphis, Tennessee, and immediately went to work for Acme Brick Company in Malvern.  She subsequently was employed at ALCOA, and after World War II was hired as secretary to the personnel manager at Reynolds Metals Company.  In 1958, Mary joined the staff of Hot Spring County Medical Center as office manager, later serving as interim Administrator for the hospital.  After leaving that position, she became executive secretary for the Union Carbide Corporation near Hot Springs, until her retirement in 1985.  In addition to her career, Mary also served as City Clerk for the City of Perla for forty years.  She was secretary-treasurer of the Senior Babe Ruth Baseball Club, and travelled with the teams to Asheville, North Carolina, Owensboro, Kentucky, and Mobile, Alabama.

She is survived by her husband, Max Dugan, to whom she was married on Easter Sunday, Arpil 18, 1951 in Mississippi; by one son, John and his wife, Gina Dugan of Malvern; by three grandchildren, John Cole Dugan and his wife, Dawn, Ginger Dugan and her fiancé Troy Morris, Casey Ledbetter and his wife Stephanie; two great-grandchildren, Dalton Dugan and Ashton Dugan; and by her special cousins, Judi Hathcock, Peggy Efird, Donna Ward, Timmy Lowry, and Phillip Lowry.

A graveside service will be held at ten o’clock Wednesday morning, October 21, 2009 in the Oak Ridge Cemetery with Reverend Dale Diffee officiating.

Pallbearers are Jimmy Stevens, Eric Brown, Rusty Hardy, Chris Williams, Maynard Efird, and Casey Ledbetter.

Visitation will be held this afternoon from five until seven o’clock at J. A. Funk Funeral Home.

The family requests that no flowers be sent. Instead, please make memorials to either the Humane Society or the Cancer Society. 

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Max R. Dugan

 

 

Max R. Dugan, age 85 of Perla, died Saturday, July 16, 2011 in the Hot Spring County Medical Center.  He was born on June 7, 1926 in Shuqualak , Mississippi to the late Max L. and Louise Combs Dugan.  Reared and educated in Mississippi , he had been a Malvern resident since 1946.  He was the widower of the late Mary Wray Dugan, to whom he was married on April 18, 1951.  She preceded him in death on October 19, 2009.  Max was a United States Army veteran, serving during World War 2, and receiving two bronze service stars.  Dugan was an outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting with dogs.  He was an honorary member of the Ole Ned Hunting Club.  He also loved to garden.  Dugan was instrumental in starting up Little League Baseball in Malvern, and through the years coached 8 year olds, Junior and Senior Babe Ruth, and American Legion teams.  From 1957 on, his teams won several state championships.  He retired as a millwright from Reynolds Metals Company after 36 years of employment.

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law John and Gina Dugan of Malvern; by his grandchildren, John Cole Dugan his wife Dawn, Ginger and her husband Troy Morris, and Casey Ledbetter and his wife, Stephanie; and by two great-grandchildren, Dalton and Ashton Dugan.

The family will receive friends at J. A. Funk Funeral Home on Sunday afternoon from five until seven o’clock.

Graveside service will be at ten o’clock Monday morning, July 18, in the Oak Ridge Cemetery with Brother Scott Efird officiating.

Pallbearers will be Casey Ledbetter, Jimmy Stevens, Bert Latture, Mike Church, Rusty Hardy, and Eric Brown.

Honorary pallbearers are Noel and Russell Cranford, Dr. Shawn Purifoy and staff, Hubert Hughes, and the Med/Surg staff at Hot Spring County Medical Center.

Memorials are requested to: Autism Speaks, 5455 Wilshire Blvd , Los Angeles , CA  90036 .

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Jeanette Wingo Edie

 

Jeanette Wingo Edie, 88 of Malvern, died Tuesday morning, February 12, 2008 in the Arbor Oaks Health and Rehab Center.  She was born in Malvern on November 6, 1919 to the late William Albert and Margaret Elizabeth Faulkner Wingo.  Reared and educated in Malvern, she held various jobs during her lifetime:  she was and attendant for many years in the nursery at First United Methodist Church, was a poll worker during elections, worked at the Hot Spring County Courthouse, and also at the Hot Spring County Library.  Jeanette was a member of First United Methodist Church, where she and her late husband, Harry Edie, were married on March 8, 1946.  He preceded her in death in May of 2004.  She loved to knit and tend to her flower gardens. 

Her survivors include two sons: Norman and his wife, Dee Edie, and Lynn and his wife, Mary Ann Edie, all of Malvern; by five grandchildren, Wade and his wife Tish Edie, Stephanie and her husband, L. D. Horn, Ashley and her husband Eddie Lamb, Kyle Edie, and Ragan Edie; seven great-grandchildren, Payton, Carson, and Sawyer Lamb, Dale Horn, Drake Edie, Sidney and Cybil Blair.
 Jeanette was also preceded in death by a brother, Bill Wingo. 

There will be no services.

 Cremation arrangements are by J. A. Funk Funeral Home. 

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John Edward Eldridge, Sr.

 

 

John Edward Eldridge, Sr., age 87 of Rocklin, California, formerly of Malvern, died Friday, May 8, 2009.  He was born on December 26, 1921 in Slocumb, Arkansas to the late Alva Basil and Georgia Hampton Eldridge.  Reared and receiving his early education in Hot Spring County, he was a graduate of Malvern High School.  He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II and was deployed in England for three and one-half years.  After serving his country with honor, he dedicated 35 years of his life as a district manager for Rawson Drug and Sundry.  He retired in the early ‘70s after successfully developing subdivisions in the Greenhaven area of Sacramento.  He was an active church member who loved people and loved life to the fullest, still working out at the gym every week at age 87.  John was an avid hunter, enjoyed building homes and developing real estate.  He was married for 68 years to the former Kathlyne (Kay) Behrens, of the home, whom he wed in January, 1941 in Malvern.  They had been residents of California for over 60 years.

Other survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, John E., Jr. and Gail Eldridge of Shingle Springs, California; his daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Gary Duerner of Rocklin, California; his sisters, Alma Eldridge Bailey and Annice Eldridge White, both of Sherwood, Arkansas; four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and numerous cousins.

 

He was also preceded in death by a brother, Virgil Alva Eldridge.

 

He was buried on the family plot in the Fairplay Cemetery in a private ceremony.

 

There will be a visitation on Tuesday, May 26, 2009 from ten until twelve noon at J. A. Funk Funeral Home.

 

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Dorothy M. Ellis

 

Dorothy Mae Ellis, age 63 of Malvern, died early Wednesday morning, July 29, 2009 in the Baptist Health Medical Center in Arkadelphia.  She was born in Bastrop, Louisiana on April 9, 1946 to Floyd and Beatrice Williams Beck. Reared and educated in Malvern, she was a homemaker and the widow of the late Dwight Ellis, to whom she was married on August 1, 1963.  He preceded her in death on March 7, 1990.  She loved to garden and was an avid reader. 

Her survivors include a son, Dwight Ellis of Malvern; two daughters, Sherry and her husband Joe Boyer and Kim and her husband Roger Hammonds, all of Arkadelphia; a brother, Stanley and his wife Jackie Beck of Glenwood, Arkansas; two sisters, Marie Milam, and Linda and her husband Bob McMullen; her mother and step-father Beatrice and B. L. Head, all of Malvern; five grandchildren, Amanda and her husband Christopher Montgomery,  Marcus Boyer, Hannah, Holly, and Hunter Hammonds; three great-grandchildren, Colby and Corbin Montgomery, and Carson McDaniel; and numerous nephews and nieces. 

 

She was also preceded in death by her father. 

 

The funeral will be held on Friday afternoon, July 31, 2009, at two o’clock, in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Brothers Harry Stone and Nathan Morris officiating.  Interment will follow in the Magnet Cove Cemetery. 

Pallbearers are: Todd Ellis, Jake Dyer, D. J. Horton, Ashley House, Curtis Greeno, and Billy Beck.

 

Honorary pallbearers are: Dr. Brad Baltz, her grandsons and great-grandsons, and all her nephews. 

 

Visitation will be from six until eight o’clock Thursday evening at the mortuary. 

 

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Helen Blanche Campbell Ellis

 

Helen Blanche Campbell Ellis (Mrs. C. R. Ellis), 98, passed peacefully from this earthly life on Friday, April 3, 2009, at Hot Spring County Medical Center, with one of her faithful caregivers at her bedside.

Mrs. Ellis was born on August 11, 1910, in New Edinburg, Arkansas, the first daughter of Duncan Greer and Jennie Hunter Campbell.  She grew up in the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in New Edinburg, becoming a Southern Baptist when she married.  After graduating from Kingsland High School in 1926, she attended Arkansas A&M College (now University of Arkansas at Monticello), and received her teaching certificate.  On May 22, 1936, she became the wife of Columbus Randolph Ellis to whom she was married for over 68 years until his death on March 5, 2005

After finishing Arkansas A&M College, Mrs. Ellis began teaching school, and continued teaching after Dr. Ellis and she married.  Dr. Ellis taught school for five years after he finished Arkansas A&M in order to earn money to enter medical school at the University of Arkansas.  Mrs. Ellis continued as a school teacher for a total of thirteen years.  While Dr. Ellis was in medical school she switched to a job at the Arkansas Ordnance Plant and continued there until he finished both his medical degree and his internship.  At that time they moved to Charlotte, North Carolina, where he did his residency.  Dr. Ellis had entered the US Army while in medical school and when his residency was finished, he was sent to Officers Training School and then to Berlin, Germany.  He returned to the United States just before the birth of their first child, Walter, in November of 1946.

The family moved to Malvern in 1948 where Dr. Ellis setup his medical practice out of an office attached to their home.  Their second child, Marsha, was born in 1951.  Malvern was home for the rest of their lives.  Both were active in church—Dr. Ellis with music and teaching a men’s Sunday School class, and Mrs. Ellis teaching two-  and three-year-olds in Sunday School.  They both participated in the life of the community.  While he became involved in Boy’s Club, Boy Scouts, and the Arkansas Medical Society, she became involved in PTA and taking care of the home front.  Of course, this was in addition to her being the office manager, bookkeeper, and head nurse in his medical practice.  He became president of the Arkansas Medical Society in 1964 and she was by his side. He was the camp doctor every summer for the Arkansas Baptist State Summer Camps, and she (with her typewriter, medical records to work on, and children in tow) was with him. He became Boy Scout Master of Troop 21 and was recipient of the Silver Beaver Award. All the while she was packing the supplies and camping gear for him to go to Camp Tula and Camp Max Beard.  She was with him in every endeavor he undertook and in every award he received.  They were both quite intelligent although they each believed that a combination of hard work and study, more than IQ, was the real solution to becoming educated.  They were an unbeatable team characterized by their strong faith and individual relationships with Jesus Christ, an intense and protective love of family, an extremely high level of integrity, a love of their country—especially of Malvern and its people, an attitude of  innocence toward life and trust of people even with their understanding of the presence of evil in the world, a child-like sense of wonder for everything having to do with Christmas, a profound appreciation for the beauty of God’s creation—whether it be something large like snow or small like a red bird, and a belief that children are God’s most precious gift—which could be seen in their expression of awe and almost exuberance at the sight of any child or baby.  All of these traits continued to be seen in her life after Dr. Ellis’s death in 2005.  Mrs. Ellis was also known throughout her life for her sweet and gracious spirit, her gentle but mischievous sense of humor, and her sensitivity to the hurts of anyone around her.  These were noticed by her caregivers often in these last years, especially in her always being sure to say “thank you” for anything they did for her, in her tendency to worry about them and their well-being, and in her quick and infectious smile.

In addition to her loving husband, she was also preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Duncan G. Campbell; Dr. Ellis’s parents, Dr. and Mrs. Walter Sidney Ellis; three brothers, Greer and Crowell in infancy, and Dr. Leonard Hunter Campbell; three brothers-in-law, Oscar Frisby, Chester Holmes, and Al Ferguson; and Dr. Ellis’s brothers,  sisters, and in-laws, Elise and Ray Tipton, Louise and Leroy Forte, Dorris Ellis, George Orlando and Louise Ellis, and Elizabeth Ellis.

She is survived by her devoted children, Walter Randolph Ellis of Tampa, Florida, and Marsha Ann Ellis and her husband William R. Smith of Louisville, Kentucky; her sisters Clara Holmes of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Jean Frisby of Warren, Arkansas, and Louise Ferguson of LaPorte, Texas; sister-in-law Doris Campbell Batts of Macon, Georgia; Dr. Ellis’s brother and sisters-in-law, Walter Edwin and Nancy Ellis of Searcy, Arkansas, and Wilma Ellis of Goodlettsville, Tennessee; grandchildren, Stephanie R. Smith and Greg Rudicill of Frisco, Texas, Noah J. Smith and Rechelle Christie of Arlington, Texas, and Aaron I. Smith of Irving, Texas; great-grandchildren, Kali Kelli Lewallen of Dallas, Texas, Sophia Rechelle Christie-Smith of Arlington, Texas, and Payton Siena Rudicill of Frisco, Texas; and many nieces and nephews and their families.

Mrs. Ellis’s funeral service will be at eleven o’clock on Good Friday morning, April 10, 2009, in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church, 531 South Main Street, Malvern, Arkansas, with Dr. William B. Tolar of Fort Worth, Texas, Dr. Charles W. Wright of North Little Rock, Arkansas, and Dr. Verne Wickliffe officiating.  Burial will be beside her dear husband at Shadowlawn Cemetery in Malvern. 

Pallbearers are Mike Bailey, Bob Banks, Dr. Mike Chesser, Dale Clem, Judge Mac Glover, Tom Lisenby, Darryel Massey, and Scott White.  Honorary Pallbearers are Kermit Baker, Dr. Larry Brashears, Dr. Bruce Burton, George Green, Frank Mayton, Dixon Miller, members of Mrs. Ellis’ Sunday School Class, and members of the Local Medical Community.

The family will receive guests at the Ellis home on Main Streeton Thursday, April 9, from noon until five o’clock in the afternoon, with visitation at J. A. Funk Funeral Home from five o’clock until eight o’clock that evening. 

The family would like to express deep appreciation to all who have ministered to both Dr. and Mrs. Ellis these past years—their Sunday School class members and all of their church family; Dr. Bruce Burton and his office staff; Dr. Larry Brashears; Dr. Ray Bollen; Dr. Bruce White; Dr. David Brewer; Dr. Joseph Lacava; Dr. James Braun; Judge Mac Glover; the nurses, doctors, all her physical therapists, and other staff of Hot Spring County Memorial Hospital; HSC Home Health nurses and caregivers, the staff of ProMed Ambulance Service; former patients of Dr. Ellis who have offered comfort and assistance; and all in the community who have given support to the Ellis family these last six years; with a special word of gratitude to Mrs. Louise White, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Mayton, Mrs. Louise Phillips, Mr. Tom Lisenby, Mrs. Lucy LeGrande, Mrs. Cyndie Massey, Mr. Jimmy Chandler; and with deep appreciation to our dear and precious Mrs. Florence Lindvall (our sweet “Tarnsie”) who has been part of our family for a lifetime.The family would also like to thank the in-home caregivers who took care of Dr. and Mrs. Ellis these last years—both past and present caregivers, with a special word of gratitude to those who were with Mrs. Ellis toward the end--Mrs. Joyce Loyd, Mrs. Clydia Fee, Mrs. Burta Nutt-Baker, and Mrs. Penny Washington. 

The family is absolutely convinced that their mother lived as long as she did with quality of life because of the unsurpassed, never tiring, constant, meticulous, loving and tender care given by these selfless women.  We will be forever grateful.And finally, we humbly give thanks to God for the blessing of having our sweet and loving Momma with us for these 98 years and 8 months.(A Personal Note:  If Momma were here she would think that this has entirely too many words about her and her life, and she would want us to thank you for taking the time to read it.  And we do thank you so much.)

Expressions of sympathy and memorial gifts may be given to the Library Fund at First Baptist Church, 531 South Main Street in Malvern, The American Cancer Society, or the American Heart Association.Online condolences may be sent to www.jafunkfuneralhome.com 

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Bernadine E. Elrod

 

Bernadine E. Elrod, 96, of Malvern died Saturday, June 4, 2011 in Hot Springs County. She was born July 24, 1914 in Satsuma, Texas to the late Harm and Ellen Saathoff.

Bernadine was raised in Houston Texas and graduated from J.H.Reagan High School. She  attended Houston University and the Chicago University School of Music.  Bernadine has been a Malvern resident since 1951.

Bernadine was a member of the First United Methodist Church and was the choir director for many years. She was instrumental in getting “How Great Thou art” added to the Methodist Church Hymnal. She taught piano and voice lessons for nearly 70 years.  Bernadine participated in the Horticulture club, Wesleyan SVC Guild and many activities at the First United Methodist Church. She loved knitting and ceramics painting and was affectionately known as the "sweater angel" because of the many  layette sets she made for the missions at the First United Methodist  Church.  Bernadine collected Madonnas and donated a beautiful collection to her church.

Bernadine was preceded in death by two brothers O. K. (Kenneth) Saathoff Sr. and Donald Saathoff.

Her survivors include a Sister in Law, Dorothy Saathoff of Navasota, Texas.  Nephews Ken Saathoff Jr and Kathleen, of Houston, Dennis Saathoff and Kay and Niece Ellen Mae Musgrove & Earl of Navasota Texas.  Nephews Donald Jr., Mike, and Bill Saathoff., Many great nieces and nephews and great great-nieces and nephews and by special friends Yvonne and Larry. Very Special thank to dear friend Nina Morehead.
 

Her funeral will be held at a graveside service on Wednesday, June 8 at 10 o’clock at the Oak Ridge Cemetery in Malvern under the direction of JA Funk Funeral Home, with Reverend LaVon Post officiating.  There will be no formal visitation.

Memorials are requested to the First United Methodist Church.

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Cora Lee Ewing

 

Cora Lee Ewing, age 78, of Malvern, died May 29, 2011 at her home in Malvern. She was born on January 15, 1933 in Hot Springs County to the late Harry and Eva Otts . Cora was a loving and supportive homemaker and grandmother, who gave all to her family. She loved to travel with her husband Truman, who was a musician.  They were married for 58 years. She was of the Baptist faith.

Cora is survived by sisters; Clodell Herrington, Opal Rimmer, Shirley Murberger and Irene Roark and her brother, Bobby Otts; Children, Tommy Ewing and his wife Kathy of Benton, and Janie and Marvin Samons of Malvern; Grandchildren, Deanna Baker of Malvern, Jennifer and Tim Miller of Malvern and Travis Ewing of Benton. Cora also is survived by two great grandchildren Cierra Baker and Amythyst Miller.

She was preceded in death her husband Truman E. Ewing; Brothers, Ollie Otts and Delton Otts and Sisters, Robbie Fite, Nodie Goodman and Odell Otts.  

Her funeral will be held in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home on Wednesday, June 1, 2011 at ten o’clock, with Robert Ewing and Doctor David Kenser officiating. One of Cora’s favorite poems will be read by her granddaughter, Jennifer Miller. Interment will follow in Fairplay Cemetery.

The visitation will be on Tuesday at 5 o’clock till 7 at the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be: Eugene Beasley, Ernie Wright, Mike Reynolds, Travis Ewing, Randy Murberger, Tommy Baker and Tim Miller.

Special thanks for care given to; Kelli Hathcock, Jackie Owens,  Irene Roark, Dr. Mason, Nakita and Arkansas Hospice.

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Truman E. Ewing

 

Truman E. Ewing, age 76 of Malvern, died Friday afternoon, December 14, 2007 in the Hot Spring County Medical Center. He was born in Saline County on February 25, 1931 to the late Arliss “Cat” and Sally Langley Ewing. Mr. Ewing was retired from Reynolds Metals Company, where he had been a pipe fitter. He was also an electrician and a noted musician who loved to play the fiddle. He had been entertaining friends and relatives with his musical talent for over 62 years. He was a member of Crossroads Missionary Baptist Church.

Truman leaves behind his wife, Cora Lee Otts Ewing, of Malvern, to whom he was married on August 27, 1949 in Benton by Brother Jesse Shepard; a son Tom and his wife Kathy Ewing of Benton; a daughter Janie and her husband Marvin Samons, Jr. of Malvern; a brother, James Ewing of Prattsville; three grandchildren, Travis Ewing, Deanna Baker, and Jennifer Miller; and two great-grandchildren, Cierra Baker and Amythyst Miller.

His funeral will be at ten o’clock Monday morning, December 17, 2007, in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Brother Thomas Lackey officiating. Interment will follow in Fairplay Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be: Travis Ewing, Tim Miller, Jesse Mann, Marvin Samons, Mike Rimmer, and Bobby Otts.

Honorary pallbearers will be: Jr. Helms, George Dorris, Buddy Davis, Lawrence Savage, J. D. Mooney, Bobby Cooper, Orlen Wiley, James Murberger, Eugene Beasley, Dr. Ab Tilley, and Dr. Stephen Farmer.

Visitation will be on Sunday afternoon from four until six o’clock at the mortuary.

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Virgil C. Fite

 

Mr. Virgil C. Fite, age 99, of Malvern, died Thursday morning, December 19, 2013 at the Arbor Oaks Healthcare and Rehab.  He was born in the Round Hill Community, Dallas County, on December 12, 1914 to the late Andrew Hunter Fite and Annie Jane Lemons Fite.  Reared and educated in Dallas County, he was a United States Army veteran of World War 2.  For most of his working life, he was a carpenter, and had also worked at weighing trucks at the local gravel washer.  Mr. Fite was a member of the Sardis Primitive Baptist Church. 

He is survived by his wife, Sarah Ederington Fite, to whom he was married on September 4, 1948 in El Dorado; by his daughter, Barbara Fite Baker of Malvern, by his step-grandson, John Baker of Waynesboro, Tennessee; and by four nephews and two nieces.

Mr. Fite was also preceded in death by his son-in-law, Don Baker; his brothers, William, Henry, Floyd, and Jesse Fite; and his sisters, Mary Nix, Katie Porterfield, Dollie Hargett, and Lucille Lemons.

His funeral will be at two o’clock Sunday afternoon, December 22, 2013 in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Brother Jesse Stripland officiating.  Interment will follow in Round Hill Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be: Tony Fite, Nick Fite, David Fite, Cecil Nutt, Mark White, and George Baker.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.

Special thanks go to the staff of Arbor Oaks Healthcare and Rehab.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers memorials be sent to the Round Hill Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 1667, Malvern, Arkansas 72104.

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Joshua Freeman

 

 

 

Quentin Joshua Freeman, age 22, of Magazine, Arkansas, formerly of Malvern, died Saturday, June 20, 2009.  He was born on December 5, 1986 in Little Rock, Arkansas to Patti Baker Freeman and the late Mitchell Freeman.  Reared and educated in Glen Rose and Fordyce, he had been a resident of Magazine for nearly two years.  Joshua had attended Ouachita Technical College and was a member of the Assembly of God Church.  He collected Hot Wheels, loved to listen to his CDs, and lately had become an avid fisherman. 

He is survived by his mother and step-father, Patti and Chad Chambers of magazine; by ten brothers and sisters, Ashley Baker, Brandon Freeman, Laura Goer, Briana Chambers, Alison, Alexis, and Desira Chambers, Angelina and Jason Lee Chambers, and Tiffany Freeman; his grandparents, Earlene Delassio, Irene Chambers, Steve Chambers, and Linda Baker; his great-grandmother, Jolene Scantling; and a host of relatives and friends.

 

Joshua was also preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Mamie and Abner Freeman; his maternal grandfather Charles Baker, and a cousin, Matthew Freeman. 

 

His funeral will be at eleven o’clock Friday morning, June 26, 2009 in the sanctuary of First Assembly of God Church in Malvern with Brothers Noel Morehead and Jimmy Bobo officiating. 

 

Interment will follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery under the direction of J. A. Funk Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be: Dustin, Chad, Jeremy, and Travis Freeman; Tyler Mantooth, and Brian Frazier.

 

Honorary pallbearers will be: Steve Freeman, Chad Chambers, Gary Caddy, Burton Latture, and Garry Stone. 

Visitation will be prior to the service at the church beginning at nine o’clock. 

Donations may be made on behalf of the family to J. A. Funk Funeral Home. 

 

The family will be headquartered at 305 Berger Street, Malvern. 

 

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Mamie Garner Tubberville Freeman

 

Mamie Garner Tubberville Freeman, age 85, of Malvern, died Tuesday afternoon, November 6, 2007, in the National Park Medical Center in Hot Springs. She was born in Hot Springs on April 28, 1922, the daughter of Jesse James and Ophelia Deaton Garner. Reared and educated in Hot Springs, she was a homemaker and a member of the Pentecostal Church. Mamie was the widow of the late Raymond Tubberville, who died in 1958, and the late Abner Freeman, who died in 2006. She was a loving mother and grandmother, was a wonderful cook, and loved flowers.

She is survived by her children and their spouses, Horace and Ursula Tubberville of Germany, James Tubberville of Prattsville, Darrell Tubberville of Malvern, Michael and Carolyn Freeman of Gifford, Steve and Lisa Freeman of Springdale, Bruce and Jo Ann Freeman of Benton, Polly and George Wilson of Prattsville, and Norma and Tim Anderson of Hot Springs; by seven step-daughters; by a sister, Fern Roberts of Alpine; by one half-brother, O. J. Garner of Hot Springs; by three half-sisters, Ruby Rea, Christine Stoic, and Glenda Kellough, all of Hot Springs; by 31 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, and numerous step-grand, step-great-grand, and step-great-great-grandchildren.

Mamie was also preceded in death by a daughter, Wanda Tubberville, two sons, Wayne Tubberville, and Mitchell Freeman; by a brother, Flay Garner; by two sisters, Gladys Bean and Myrtle Taylor; and by two half-brothers, Gerald and James Garner.

Her funeral will be on Saturday morning, November 10, 2007, at ten o’clock in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Brother Billy Thomason and Brother Billy Nash officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Bower Cemetery in Bismarck.

Pallbearers will be: Raymond Wilson, Travis, Dusty, Chad, and Jeremy Freeman, Steven and John Anderson, and Jason Brown.

Honorary pallbearers will be: Dr. Ferdinand Roda, the staff at Garland Rehabilitation Center, Scott Bennett, and Troy Norwood.

Visitation will be on Friday evening, November 9, 2007, from six until eight o’clock at the mortuary.

The family will be at the George and Polly Wilson residence in Prattsville.

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Charlie Funk

 

 

Charlie Funk, age 18 years and five months, died peacefully Monday night, March 10, 2008 at his home and in the arms of his best friend, John Allan Funk.  Charlie was born in North Little Rock, Arkansas on October 13, 1989. His AKC Registered name was Sir Charles Namore Th’Second.  Charlie came to live with his adopted mother, Pansy Caldwell Funk on Christmas Day, 1989.  He was her soul mate and protector until her death in June of 2002.  Upon the loss of his “Momma” Charlie became a fixture at his master’s funeral home.  Coming to work everyday, he made lots of new friends and was no doubt a therapeutic addition for the clientele.  When he went outdoors, people driving by would honk and wave.  Patrons across the street at the drive-in bank would pass the time watching him as they waited on their transactions to be completed.  As he got older, and as his birthday approached, someone would put his name in the local paper telling of the date.  There were always countless birthday cards and calls from his friends.  In recent years, when his hearing and vision began to fail, he came to depend more and more upon his caregivers at the office.  Up until two years ago, he didn’t eat “people food” but was raised exclusively on Iams Dog Food.  We figured, “what the heck? He’s lived this long, he deserves to have something tasty!”  So was started a routine by his “Uncle” Darrell of having a McDonald’s chicken fillet in the morning and a plain hamburger patty in the afternoon.  This happened every day. It obviously caused no harm.  When he got home, he still just got his Iams and his vitamin, but he could live with that.  He was a happy dog.  His “Aunt” Glenda Holmes, the receptionist, and before her, his “Aunt” Karon West, would treat him like a baby, carrying him around wrapped in a blanket.  They spoiled him rotten.  People have said that when they die, they want to come back as John Allan’s dog! 

 

He is survived by his heartbroken master, John Allan Funk, and by too many “Aunts”, “Uncles”, and friends to mention individually.  They know who they are and how much Charlie loved them.  His friend and caregiver, Darrell Tubberville helped to make Charlie’s last two years the best a dog could have on this earth.

 

 A memorial service will be held at six o’clock Thursday evening, March 13, 2008, in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Reverend Jan T. Edwards officiating. 

Memorials may take the form of donations to the Malvern Animal Shelter, 2625 Canine Road, Malvern, Arkansas 72104, or to the Altar Flower Fund at First United Methodist Church, Malvern.

 

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Grady Doyle Garner

 

Grady Doyle Garner, age 75 of Alexandria, Indiana, died Monday June 28, 2010. He was born on November 27, 1934 in Amity, Arkansas to the late Virgil “Red” and Doris Garner. He had been a resident of Indiana since 1964. He retired from Delco-Remy in 1997 after 30 years of employment. He had also worked as a typesetter for the Alexandria times-Tribune. He owned and operated Grady Garner Real Estate of Alexandria and was a former Pinkerton Guard. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the Indiana Realtor’s Association and the Indiana Auctioneer’s Association.

His survivors include his wife Barbara Woods Garner, to whom he was married on November 5, 1955; six daughters, Jane (David) Hummel, Dianna Wilson, and Teresa (Brett) Etchison, all of Alexandria, Anita Garner of Noblesville, Valeria (Bret) Taber of Martinez, California, Karen (Scott) King of Ft. Myers Beach, Florida; a son, Rick (Angelia) Garner of Belton, Missouri; 15 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren; a sister, Cleda (Herman) Ledbetter of Pampa, Texas; several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by a grandson, Aaron Hummel and by two brothers.

The family will receive friends at J. A. Funk Funeral Home on Saturday, July 3, 2010 from eleven thirty until one o’clock in the afternoon. A graveside service will follow at two-thirty at the Jones Cemetery in Amity, Arkansas.

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Nikki Garrett

 

Nikki Hewitt Garrett, age 40 of the Big Creek Community, died Sunday afternoon, September 29, 2013 at her home after battling cancer for nearly twelve years.  She was born on November 2, 1972 in Hot Springs to Eddie Hewitt and Mary Alice James Hewitt.  Reared and receiving her education in both the Malvern and Poyen School Districts, she was a loving wife, mother, and friend.  Growing up attending Big Creek Baptist Church, she was currently a member of Calvary Southern Baptist Church. 

Anyone who knew Nikki knew how big her heart was.  Always trying to be of help to someone in need, she was a tireless volunteer in many local organizations, including the Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.  She was an inaugural board member of the Harvest of Hope, was the first on the scene looking for her delivery list when the Community Thanksgiving and Christmas Meals were underway, and made sure that folks had clothes when they experienced the loss of their belongings to a house fire, through the “Clothes Closet” at Calvary Church.  Nikki loved children, and home schooled her own, so that she could teach them her moral beliefs and the love of Christ who strengthened her.  She worked at First Baptist Church in their Day Care Center while her health permitted.

She is survived by her husband, Waylon Garrett, to whom she was married on October 1, 1997; her son, Zane Neel, and her daughter, Taylor Garrett, all of the Big Creek Community; her parents, Eddie and Mary Alice Hewitt of Big Creek; a brother, Aaron Hewitt (Jennifer) of Arkadelphia; three nephews, Tyler, Ayden, and Phoenix Hewitt.

Nikki was also preceded in death by a son, Zachary Garrett, an aunt, Judy James Draper, and her grandparents, Herbert and Mary James, Buck and Pauline Morgan, and Fay and Beade Hewitt.

The family will receive friends at J. A. Funk Funeral Home on Wednesday evening from six until eight o’clock.

Her funeral will be at ten o’clock Thursday morning, October 3, 2013 in the sanctuary of Second Baptist Church with Brothers Mark Thornton and Jim Garrett officiating.  Interment will follow in the Big Creek Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be: Randy Gill, Sam Gill, Jeff Jones, Casey Jones, Brady Gray, Chris Allen, Jon James, and Wade Kinnu.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to CancerCare Copayment Assistance Foundation which helps folks pay for chemotherapy, at www.cancercarecopay.org/support-us/ or to the Jack and Jill Foundation, at www.jajf.org/donate/index.cfm.

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Dale C. Gassman

 

Dale C. Gassman, age 57, of Malvern, died Thursday night, July 31, 2008 at St. Joseph’s Mercy Health Center in Hot Springs.  He was born in Pontiac, Michigan on December 3, 1950 to the late Glenn, Sr. and Vivian Stearla Gassman.  Reared and receiving his early education in Michigan, he moved with his family to Arkansas and attended Lakeside High School.  Dale later attended Henderson State University.  He was a master electrician, and was employed by Reynolds Metals Company and ALCOA from 1979 until his retirement in 2006.  Dale was a former officer for the Malvern Police Department and served on the Hot Spring County Quorum Court.  Among his hobbies were hunting and fishing, working with computers, and riding his Harley.  Dale also was an accomplished musician, having taught himself how to play the guitar.  A veteran of the United States Navy, he served in Germany during the Viet Nam War. 

 

 He is survived by his wife, Penny Bultena Gassman of Malvern, to whom he was married on July 12, 1985 in the First Presbyterian Church; by two daughters: Angela Johnson and Emily Gassman; a son: Dale Garner Gassman and his wife Kelly; two brothers: Kirk and his wife Karen Gassman, and Glenn, Jr. and his wife Saree; a sister: Cheryl Dawson and her husband Len; and by six grandchildren: Talon, Kaley, and Miranda Johnson, Sarah and Cameron Gassman, and Paige McDermott, all of Malvern.  

 

Dale was also preceded in death by an infant half-brother, and by a half-sister, Virginia Luptznitz.

 

 His funeral will be held on Sunday afternoon, August 3, 2008, at two o’clock, in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Reverends Kirk Gassman and Stephen Wingo officiating.  Interment will follow in Shadowlawn Cemetery. 

 

Pallbearers are:  Talon Johnson, Nate Mitchell, Chris Walthall, Len Dawson, Jeremy Edwards, and Kyle Dawson.

 

Honorary pallbearers are:  the nurses on 4West at St. Joseph’s, the staff of Advanced Care at St. Joseph’s; Dr. Timothy Webb, and Berna Smedley.

 

 A visitation will be held on Saturday evening from six until eight o’clock at the mortuary.

 

 The family requests memorials take the form of donations to the American Cancer Society for Leukemia Research. 

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Bobby Jack Geer

 

Bobby Jack Geer, age 69, of Malvern, died Friday, May 23, 2008 in McAllen, Texas. He was born on July 26, 1938 in Westminster, Texas, to the late Grady Lee and Sarah Elizabeth Stroud Geer.  Reared and receiving his early education in Texas, he attended junior and senior high school in Hot Springs, Arkansas.  The early part of his career was spent in law enforcement.  Bobby worked for the Malvern Police Department and for the Hot Spring County Sheriff’s Department from the early 1960’s until the early 1970’s.  During that time, he was honored by being selected as the “Outstanding Young Law Enforcement Officer of the Year” by the Malvern Jaycees.  He later built a small fleet of trucks and operated, along with his wife, for over 20 years, what became Geer Transportation, Inc. Over the years, he was the recipient of various safe-driving awards.  Bobby enjoyed all outdoor activities, especially playing golf and gardening.  He belonged to the IOOF and the Malvern Country Club.  Bobby was baptized at Taylor’s Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in 1974.  He was the widower of the late Carol Anne Brooks Geer, to whom he was married on September 11, 1956 in Indianola, Mississippi.  She preceded him in death on March 26, 2006.  Bobby was also preceded in death by a brother, Johnny V. Geer, and by a grandson, Eric Pikey.

 

Survivors include two sons, Jackie Lee Geer and his wife, Kristie, of Olive Branch, Mississippi, and Bryan Shawn Geer and his wife Ashley, of Malvern; two daughters, Tina Darlene Galloway and her husband Herbert, and Tanya Gayle Parrish, all of Malvern; four grandchildren, Brandi Michell Burnworth, Christopher Pikey, Shay Geer, and Korey Geer; by three great-grandchildren, Bradley, Walter and Cassie Pikey; a sister, Elizabeth Ann Knippa and her husband Freddie, of Anna, Texas; and by numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.

 

His funeral will be eleven o’clock Thursday morning, May 29, 2008, in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Reverend James Batts officiating. 

 

Interment will follow in Rockport Cemetery.

 

Pallbearers will be: RoyDel Dickerson, Tracy and Phillip Knippa, Chris Pikey, Korey Geer, and Herbert Galloway.

 

Visitation will be on Wednesday evening from six until eight at the mortuary.

 

The family requests memorials be made to Comfort House, c/o Heart of the Valley Hospice, 617 Dallas Avenue, McAllen, Texas 78501.

       

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Jamie Spargo Gibbs

 

 

Jamie Spargo Gibbs, age 58 of Sheridan, died Thursday evening, November 13, 2008, in Little Rock.  She was born in Fort Worth, Texas on December 27, 1949 to Johnnie Mae Walker Spargo and the late Stephen Fowler Spargo. Reared and educated in Arkadelphia, she graduated from Ouachita Baptist University in 1971 with a bachelor’s degree in biology.  She taught school for many years.  Jamie loved her students as much as her own family and reached out to all with friendship, love and deep affection. An avid horsewoman and riding champion, she was a member of First United Methodist Church in Sheridan. She was the widow of Billy Gibbs, who preceded her in death on March 29, 2007.

As a young girl, she would spend her entire 50cent allowance on horseback riding lessons.  Every Saturday was spent with her sister, Linda, riding and grooming horses, her love of which never wavered.  At age 14 her father bought her a horse named Melinda saying, “Anyone who loves horses that much deserves to have one.”

In her teens, Jamie discovered Western riding and competing in the high school rodeo circuit.  This interest involved a series of horse trailers used to transport a growing variety of livestock used in barrel racing and goat roping.  Thanks to the extraordinary sewing talents of her mother, Jamie always had a unique wardrobe.  While Johnnie Mae made formal gowns for her other two daughters, Jamie’s Western attire required a special inventiveness. Indeed, when Billy Gibbs first spied the lovely young Jamie, with her long black hair and clear blue eyes, she was wearing a hand-tailored silver lame Western outfit.

Her school years were marked by honors achieved at rodeos.  She was a finalist in barrel racing at the National High School Rodeo Finals in 1967.

Jamie and Billy eloped to Oklahoma, and married on August 13, 1971, accepting her father’s offer of $500 to spend either on a wedding or to invest in cows for their farm near Malvern.  Billy was an accomplished roper, and both taught school to support their love of rodeo and livestock, thereby influencing generations of students.

After running a large farming and cattle operation for many years on the Antoine River near Delight, Jamie and Billy moved to Lost Creek Ranch near Sheridan in 1985.  It was there that the most important addition to their livestock occurred with the much-anticipated birth of their only daughter, Johni Beth.  Johni learned to ride before she could walk, and is now an expert horsewoman in her own right, and an excellent student who is presently attending nursing school.

Jamie, Billy ,and Johni Beth were active members of many Arkansas rodeo associations and were fixtures at events, particularly the Arkansas High School Rodeo Association. The entry fee for events was modest and the possibility of winning a saddle or buckle was great motivation.  Billy once remarked about rodeo participation, “The $20 entry fee in no way prohibits a person from investing thousands of dollars in a horse to win it.”

Jamie was a hero in the eyes of many, an inspiration to all who know her.  She was a loving wife to Billy and a brilliant mother to Johni Beth.  She will be remembered for her strength and courage in her 12-year battle against breast cancer.  Jamie always took her illness in stride, never letting it slow her down or keep her from doing what she wanted to do.

She was an accomplished self-taught artist and was able to capture the energy, power, and artistry of horses and riders.  Jamie promised to each of Johni’s high school rodeo classmates a drawing of them engaged in their favorite rodeo event, many receiving a portrait of themselves signed by ‘jamie gibbs’.

She is survived by her daughter, Johni Beth Gibbs and her boyfriend, Jeremy Teague of Sheridan, her mother, Johnnie Mae Spargo of Arkadelphia, her siblings, Byron Spargo of Baton Rouge, Dr. Linda Spargo of Oxford, Mississippi, and Nancy Spargo DeLamar of Little Rock, her beloved in-laws, Charles and Elaine Gibbs of Malvern, as well as her nieces Megan Schroeder, Hattie Alton, Leslie Spargo, Gwendy Clingman, and nephew Johnny Gibbs; three great-nieces and one great-nephew. 

She was also preceded in death by her father, Stephen Fowler Spargo.

A memorial service will be held at ten o’clock Monday morning, November 17, 2008 in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church of Malvern with the Reverends Bruce Bennett and Stephen Wingo officiating, and under the direction of J. A. Funk Funeral Home. 

A reception will follow in the fellowship hall of the church.

All those who touched Jamie’s life are designated by her family as honorary pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to the Billy and Jamie Gibbs Scholarship Fund, 214 Kerry Drive, Crossett, AR  71635.

Special thanks to Dr. Jack Sternberg who helped Jamie sustain a quality of life for more than a decade, to Dr. Robert Muldoon and his staff, who provided excellent care for Billy until his death and then for Jamie, to Arkansas Hospice for thief unwavering and compassionate care, allowing Jamie to remain home as long as possible and for seeing to her dignity and comfort, and to the Jefferson County Senior Citizen center for providing meals and help on a daily basis.  Jamie said “Angels just walk in my door to help”. 

 

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David E. Gilbert

 

David E Gilbert, age 69 of Malvern, died June 3, 2011 in the St. Joseph Mercy Health Center in Hot Springs. He was born in
Malvern on February 6, 1942 to the late Doyle and Dottie Gilbert. Reared and educated in Malvern, he married Josiane Calmes on June 13, 1964 in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. David was a machinist at Reynolds. David was an avid hunter and enjoyed horse racing.

His survivors include his wife Josiane; daughter, Jenann Smith; sister Roberta Davidson; sister in laws; Monique Dupontx and Annie Calmes and 2 custodial grandchildren, Frankie Wilson and Josiane Wilson.

He was also preceded in death by his daughter Michelle, brother Floyd Gilbert and his parents.

The family will receive friends at J. A. Funk Funeral Home from noon to one o'clock  on Sunday, June 5, 2011.

A graveside funeral will be on Sunday, June 5, 2011 at two o’clock at the Round Hill Cemetery.

Memorials are requested to the Malvern Hunt Club.

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Norman L. Gilbert, Jr

 

 

Norman Lewis Gilbert, Jr., age 54 of Malvern, died unexpectedly Friday evening, December 12, 2008, in the Hot Spring County Medical Center.  He was born in Malvern on August 3, 1954 to the late Norman Lewis, Sr. and Lois Cooper Gilbert.  His maternal grandparents, the late Felix Downey “Doc” Cooper and Helen Kilpatrick Cooper, were the founders of Cooper Funeral Company, which later became Atkinson’s.  Norman was reared and educated in Malvern, and was currently serving on the City Planning Commission.  He was employed for over 25 years by the A. O. Smith Company in Little Rock, a manufacturer of fiberglass tubes and pipes, before ill health forced him to retire.  Norman was a member of the Lifepoint Church, where he felt he truly belonged.  He was a “cat person”.  Over his lifetime, Norman raised and cared for all types of felines, from the common to the exotic.

 

He leaves behind his wife, Becky Rains Gilbert, to whom he was married on June 2, 1978; two sons, Chad Ashley Gilbert and Michael Shawn Gilbert, all of Malvern; by two sisters, Martha Gilbert of Benton, and Kay Gilbert Jennings of Hot Springs; by three step-sisters, Kathy Walters, Charlotte Peek, and Cindy Walters all of Malvern; by two nieces, Kerry Landreth of Louisiana, and Megan Hobbs of Malvern; by three great-nieces, Christie Raye, Rachel, and Mylee Hobbs; and by four great-nephews, Caleb, Daniel, and Eli Landreth, and Mason Hobbs. 

 

Norman was also preceded in death by his step-mother, Blanch Walters Gilbert.

 

 A memorial service will be held in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home on Wednesday, December 17, 2008, at ten o’clock, with Brother Ronnie Brumley, Norman’s pastor, officiating. 

 

Memorials are requested to Lifepoint Church, 25741 Hwy 67 South, Malvern. 

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Mary Lou Gillespie

 

Mary Lou Gillespie, age 77, of Malvern, died Wednesday evening August 29, 2007 at her home. She was born in Gifford, Arkansas on April 10, 1930 to the late Fletcher P. and Myrle Buie Fielding. Reared and receiving her early education in Gifford, she moved with her family to Malvern in 1939, finishing her education in the Malvern School System. Mary Lou attended Third Baptist Church as a child. She became a member of 1st Presbyterian Church on March 25, 1962. Mary Lou was the wife of Roland Gillespie, to whom she was married on June 28, 1952 in Hot Springs. She was a devoted wife and mother first and foremost. However, she worked outside the home for a number of years, first being a telephone operator from 1948 until 1959 and then working for Western Foam Pack for nine years, retiring in 1982. According to her family, Mary Lou was a “shopaholic”, loved to work crossword puzzles and to play electronic solitaire, and was fond of hummingbirds.

She is survived by her husband, Roland, of the home; by her three daughters, Cindy and her husband Duffie Bruce Gage of Glen Rose; Crysta “Crystie” and her husband Clay Brantley of McKinney, Texas; Cathy and her husband Glen Chancellor of Wylie, Texas; by a brother, Robert R. “Bobby” Fielding and his wife Minnie of Shreveport; by five grandchildren, Dana and her husband Jim Winsauer, Josh Chancellor, Drew Brantley, and Michaela Brantley; and by a special sister-in-law, Dorothy “Dot” Gillespie.

Her memorial service will be held at eleven o’clock Saturday morning, September 1, 2007 in the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church with the Reverends Carl McCormack and Clay Brantley officiating. She will be interred on the family plot in Shadowlawn Cemetery.

Honorary pallbearers are all members of First Presbyterian Church.

The family will receive friends at the J. A. Funk Funeral Home on Friday evening from six until eight o’clock.

Memorials are requested to First Presbyterian Church of Malvern.

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Yvonne W. Goodman

 

Yvonne Webber Bradley Goodman, age 87, of Malvern, passed away peacefully at her home on Saturday afternoon, June 8, 2013.  She was born in Malvern on April 1, 1926 to the late Elisha P. Webber and Isabel Holt Webber.  Reared and receiving her early education in Malvern, she later graduated with a degree in elementary education from Henderson State University in Arkadelphia.  She taught at Pratt Elementary School, retiring after 20 years in the classroom.  Mrs. Goodman was a member of First Baptist Church, Malvern, and attended the Faith Sunday School Class.  She was the widow of the late D. L. Goodman, to whom she was married on July 30, 1980. He preceded her in death in 2005. Mrs. Goodman was also preceded in death by her first husband and the father of her children, William Carlton Bradley, who died in 1968, and by six siblings.  Her daughters will remember her as a mother who taught them by her own example to trust God and persevere when faced by life’s challenges.  She was a devoted wife and the champion and confidante of her beloved grandchildren.

She is survived by her children, Rosemary Bradley Schneekloth (Rev. Larry G.) of Chicago, Illinois; Carlann Bradley Davis (William) of Malvern; and Kimberly Bradley Davis (Don), of Benton; three grandchildren, Michael Nugent, Rachael O’Neal, and Destin Handloser; by six great-grandchildren, and by numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends at J. A. Funk Funeral Home on Tuesday evening from six until eight o’clock.

The funeral will be held at ten o’clock Wednesday morning, June 12, 2013, in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Reverend Larry G. Schneekloth officiating.  Interment will follow in the Harp Cemetery.

Honorary pallbearers will be: Mahlon Tolleson, Jack Digby, William Davis, and Don Davis.

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Arthur Melton Graves

 

Arthur M. Graves, age 57 of Harrison, Arkansas, died Friday, August 17, 2012 at his home.  He was born on January 15, 1955 in Booneville, Arkansas and was brought up by his foster parents, Everette and Lura Dowdy.  Reared and receiving his early education in Greenway, Arkansas, where he graduated as valedictorian, he went on to serve in the United States Army, and later studied philosophical arts at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro.  He was a carpenter and a craftsman, enjoyed woodworking, and was an adherent of bushcraft. 

 

Survivors include: Shanda Grotta of Harrison, Sandra Graves of Marianna, two daughters, Michelle Graves of Jonesboro and Ruth Bryant of Little Rock; two sons, Michael Graves of Malvern and Nathaniel Graves of Texarkana, Texas; two sisters and one brother; seven grandchildren. 

 

He was also preceded in death by a son, Jon Graves, and by three brothers and one sister. 

 

There will be a private service for family members. In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkansas, 1009 Wolfe St., Little Rock, AR 72202, or to Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Little Rock. 

Cremation arrangements are by J. A. Funk Funeral Home of Malvern. 

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Ethelene Stephens Gray

 

Ethelene Stephens Gray, 99, died September 15, 2011 in Paris , Texas , where she had resided since 2004.  A devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, she was born in Hempstead County , Arkansas , to the late Elijah and Lucy Stephens, on May 31, 1912.

Ethelene came to Hot Spring County to teach in the Central School system after graduating from Arkansas State Teachers College , now UCA.  She was the widow of the late Jack Gray of Malvern, and was an elementary teacher in the Malvern School District until retiring in 1974.

A life-long Methodist, she was a member of the Malvern First United Methodist Church and its Wesleyan Sunday School class.  She was also an active member of the Malvern Horticulture Club for many years, and loved cats.

She was also preceded in death by two sisters and two brothers, Lelia Jordan and Daisy Sutton, and John Stephens and Cline Stephens.

She is survived by her twin sister Kathelene Blythe of Gurdon, Arkansas; a son, Stephen Gray and his wife Kay of Paris, Texas; a daughter, Diana Goldberg of New York City; four grandchildren, Kirk Gray of Fort Worth, Karen Rose and Lisa Melot of Paris, Texas, and Jeremy Goldberg of Washington, DC; five great-grandchildren, Halie, Jessie, and Sabrina Melot, Lacey Doss, and Summer Rose, all of Paris, Texas; and by several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends at J. A. Funk Funeral Home on Saturday, September 17th, from 12 noon until 1:30 p.m.  A cortege will then proceed to Shadowlawn Cemetery for graveside services scheduled to begin at 2:00 p.m.  Reverend LaVon Post will officiate.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church , 127 East Page Avenue , Malvern , Arkansas 72104 .

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Mary Evelyn Lealie-Gardner-Gray

 

Mary Evelyn Lealie-Gardner-Gray, age 71, of Malvern, AR, died Wednesday, July 4, 2012 in Hot Springs, AR.  Mrs. Mary was born in Perla, Ar to the late Joel Lealie and Jennie Mae Daily-Barker-Lealie-Lambert. She was helped into the world, not only by her Mother, but also by her Maternal Grandmother, Mrs. Arzola Daily Barker, who was a Certified Mid-Wife in Perla and Hot Spring County. After living for a time in St. Louis, Missouri, the family returned to what they called home, Malvern, where she was reared and educated.  Mrs. Mary was of the Baptist Faith and served as Church Clerk and a Member of The Pastor's Aid Organization under the guidance of Rev. Virgil Shelton.  During her Secular life she endured employment with Reynold's Metals, Featherlite Manufacturing, Curtis Mathis, and was a Home Health Care Provider.  Mrs. Mary always felt her true calling and talents lay in her love of Cooking.  This love began at home, where she prepared delicious and varied dishes for her family.  She instructed her children in her self-taught culinary arts, and they are grateful to this day for that guidance.  She believed that boys as well as girls should be taught to cook to feed themselves and their families when needed.  Mrs. Mary shared her cooking abilities over the years with her Community by being associated with some memorable local eateries.  The Shack Restaurant; The Taxi Cafe'; and the Magnolia Cafeteria.
 
Mrs. Mary is survived by her children, Tanya Gray of Dallas, Texas; Wayne Gray of Malvern; Shelia Patton (Ben) of Malvern; Kirk Gray of Dallas, Texas.  All of whom she taught to love God and their neighbor, and always, always, always..... to love each other.  She has her brother, Joe Lealie (Barbara), of Chicago, Illinois.
Mrs. Mary has nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren, and a host of very special cousins, nieces, and nephews.
 
Her funeral will be on Friday Morning, July 13, 2012, at eleven o'clock in the Chapel of J.A. Funk Funeral Home with Ben Patton officiating.  Interment will follow in Perla Cemetary.
 
A visitation will precede the service, beginning at ten o'clock a.m.

Pallbearers will be :Corey Caradine I,  Kimo Trussell, Kenneth Lealie, Bearl White II, Tyrone Clegg and Derek Smith Robinson.

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Robert A. Gray. Jr.

Robert A. Gray, Jr. age 60 of Benton, died at his home Monday morning, June 18, 2007. He was born on May 23, 1947 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to the late Robert A. and Rose Maurer Gray. Reared and receiving his early education in Pennsylvania, he moved to Houston, Texas and attended the University of Texas for five years studying radio and television. He realized that his real interest was law enforcement and graduated from the Houston Police Academy Class #45 on October 9, 1970. He spent the next 28 years with the Houston Police Department, retiring as a Sergeant in 1998.

He was a Presbyterian, a member of the Saline County Search and Rescue Team, and the Houston Police Retired Officers Association.He is survived by his wife, Tommie Hill Pittman Gray of Benton, Arkansas, to whom he was married on October 30, 2003 in Hot Springs, Arkansas; by a step-son Jason Pittman and his wife Kelly, of Lonetree, Iowa, and a granddaughter, Elizabeth Pittman, also of Lonetree. He leaves behind many dear friends across Canada and Australia.

A memorial service will be held at 12 noon Thursday, June 21, 2007, at Mr. Gray’s residence, 14871 Highway 5 North, in Benton, Arkansas with Reverend Jason Pittman officiating.Memorials are requested to the Saline Memorial Hospice, #1 Medical Park Drive, Benton, Arkansas 72015, or to Heifer International.

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Joe Green

 

Joe L. Green, age 84 of Malvern, died Saturday, November 13, 2010 in the Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. He was born in Malvern on July 25, 1926 to the late J. L. “Sam” and Esther Campbell Green. Reared and educated in Malvern, he was retired from the United States Postal Service. Joe was a United States Army veteran of World War 2, and was a lifelong member of First United Methodist Church. He was the widower of the late Lorene Westerman Green, to whom he was married on July 17, 1948 in Malvern. She preceded him in death on November 17, 2009.

He is survived by a son, Mike and his wife Sheila Green of Hot Springs; by two daughters, Marsha and her husband Larry Burris of Malvern and Mona and her husband Ricky Copeland of Maumelle; by a brother, Eddie and his wife Mary Anna Green of Malvern, by two sisters, Carolyn Dean of Little Rock and Judy Englund of Seattle, Washington; by seven grandchildren, Michelle Hill, Sam Green, Amiy Gambrell, Lindsey Thomas, Nicholas Copeland, Tami Green, and Kelli Hernandez; by 15 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

The funeral will be at two o’clock Wednesday afternoon, November 17, 2010, in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church with Dr. F. Gladwin Connell and Reverend LaVon Post officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery with military honors provided by the Thaddeus Carraway Post #2278 Honor Guard.

Pallbearers will be: Nicholas Copeland, Nathan Thomas, Sam Green, Keith Green, Jorge Hernandez, Wayne Hill, and Jason Gambrell.

Visitation at J. A. Funk Funeral Home will be on Tuesday evening from six until eight o’clock.

Memorials are requested to the First United Methodist Church, or to the Malvern/Hot Spring County Library.

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Lorene W. Green

 

Lorene W. Green, 81 of Malvern, died Tuesday evening, November 17, 2009, at her home.  She was born in the Reyburn Community in Hot Spring County on April 9, 1928 to the late Charles Fred and Jane Stiles Westerman.  Reared and educated in Malvern, she was a retired bookkeeper.  Lorene was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.  She was an avid bridge player and loved to read.  A longtime member of First United Methodist Church, she had attended the Alice Brooks Sunday School Class.  Lorene was the wife of Joe Green, to whom she was married on July 17, 1948 in Malvern. Her survivors are her husband, Joe, of the home; one son, Mike and his wife Sheila Green of Hot Springs; two daughters, Marsha and her husband Larry Burris of Malvern, and Mona and her husband Rick Copeland of Maumelle, Arkansas; one sister Velvie Royal of Phoenix, Arizona; seven grandchildren, Michelle Hill, Sam Green, Amy Gambrell, Lindsey Thomas, Nicholas Copeland, Tami Green and Kelli Hernandez; fifteen great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. 

She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Clyde and Waymon Westerman.

 Her funeral will be held at ten o’clock Friday morning, November 20, 2009 in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church with Dr. F. Gladwin Connell and Reverend LaVon Post officiating.  Interment will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be: Nicholas Copeland, Nathan Thomas, Sam Green, Keith Green, Jorge Hernandez, Wayne Hill, and Jason Gambrell. 

The family will receive friends at J. A. Funk Funeral Home on Thursday evening from six until eight o’clock. 

Memorials may take the form of contributions to the Malvern/Hot Spring County Library. 

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Rosemary Griffin

Rosemary Griffin, age 85 of Malvern, died Tuesday evening, August 21, 2012, at her home.  She was born in Perla, Arkansas on July 20, 1927 to the late Andrew Byrd and Ida Wallace Byrd.  Reared and receiving her early education in Malvern, she was a Licensed Practical Nurse for over 20 years, and also was a private duty nurse.  Rosemary was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, (DAR), and the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC).  She was a member of First Baptist Church, attended the Faith Sunday School Class, and was a former church missionary.  Rosemary was a doting mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.  She enjoyed gardening and antiquing.  Rosemary was the widow of the late Herbert Griffin who preceded her in death in 2005. 

 

Survivors include her two sons, Mike and his wife Patti Griffin, and Greg Griffin, all of Hot Springs; a grandson, Grae and his wife Amy Griffin of Katy, Texas; and two great-grandchildren, Collison and Cooper Griffin. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Opal Taylor, and two brothers, Warren Byrd and Alvin Byrd. 

 

Her funeral will be at ten o’clock Friday morning, August 24, 2012 in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Brother Tyler Thompson officiating. 

 

Interment will follow the service in Rockport Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers will be her nephews. 

 

Honorary pallbearers will be members of her Sunday School class.

Visitation at the funeral home will be on Thursday evening from six until eight o’clock.

Special thanks go to her caregivers, Jackie and Maxine Owens, Leann Hardwick, and Hospice Home Care. 

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Jerry Grigsby, Jr.

 

 

Jerry Lynn Grigsby, Jr. age 48, of Cabot, formerly of Malvern, went to be with his Heavenly Father on Wednesday, April 14, 2010, after a long and courageous battle with health complications due to being paralyzed. He died at his home in Cabot. He was born in Shreveport, Louisiana on September 25, 1961 to Jerry Lynn Grigsby, Sr. and Linda Atkins Grigsby. He graduated from Malvern High School and was an All-American high school football player in 1979-1980. He attended the University of Texas and played football for the Longhorns. He worked in a family business until his accident in 1990. Jerry was a member of First United Methodist Church of Malvern. He always said one of his regrets was not being able to serve his country in the military. Life taught him to have the heart of warrior. He battled to live each day. Jerry will be remembered for his wit and his kindness. He loved the Lord, family and friends. He will be deeply missed.

He leaves to cherish his memory his daughter, Allison Rose Grigsby of Cabot; his parents, Jerry and Linda Grigsby of Hamburg; his brothers John Grigsby of Conway, and James Grigsby and his wife, Terri, and niece Emily Marie Grigsby of Cabot; and his grandmother, Voncille Atkins of Shreveport.

Jerry was preceded in death by his grandparents, Warren and Ada Grigsby, and Reginald Buster Atkins.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 22 in the fellowship hall of First United Methodist Church in Malvern, Arkansas. A memorial service will be at 2:00 p.m., on Saturday, April 24 at the Presbyterian Church in Athens, Louisiana.

Honorary pallbearers will be: Rod Beason, Simon Brookout, Dr. Charles Carttar, Robert Cearley, David Grace, Herman Grayer, Dr. Jay Holland, Eric Johnson, Ray Jones, Douglas McCrary, Lowell Nicholas, Lane Pittard, Dan Robinson, and Wayne Wenger.

Special friends: Shelley Harkey, Jeff Efird, Cathy Bozeman, Deborah Seltzer and Leslie Phillips; the Caring Hands Ministry of St. James Church, Little Rock, the Society of St. Stephen Caring Ministry Program of Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church, Little Rock; health care providers that did all that was humanly possible for Jerry; Jennifer Bobo, Rick Dawson, Travelers Insurance; Select Hospital-West Wing; Dr. Villines, nurses and staff; Hillcrest Family Clinic; Suzie Martin, APN, Terri Solis, RN, Ana Styron, Karol Zoeller, RN, Medical Case Manager; Alys Carmichael, Care Network.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to First United Methodist Church, 127 East Page Avenue, Malvern, Arkansas 72104, or the Boys and Girls Club, West Moline Street, Malvern, Arkansas.

Online condolences may be made via jafunkfuneralhome.com.

 

 

 

 
 

 


Jerry L. Grigsby, Sr.

Jerry L. Grigsby, Sr., age 71, of Hamburg, Arkansas, went home to be with the Lord on February 12, 2011, while in a Little Rock hospital.  He was born on March 6, 1939 in Minden, Louisiana to the late Warren and Ada Dickinson Grigsby.  A resident of Malvern for 40 years, he moved to Hamburg five years ago.  He owned numerous businesses in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas before his retirement.

 

He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Linda Atkins Grigsby of Hamburg, to whom he was married on June 26, 1959 in Minden; two sons, John Grigsby of Austin, Arkansas, and James Grigsby and his wife Terri and daughter Emily Marie Grigsby, also of Austin, Arkansas; by his granddaughter, Allison Rose Grigsby, who is a student at OBU in Arkadelphia; a brother and sister-in-law Charles and Suzanne Grigsby of Arlington, Tennessee; by numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews; and by his “adopted” family, Rod and Carolina Beason and their children, Sophia and Henry, of Kansas City. 

 

Jerry was also preceded in death by his son, Jerry Grigsby, Jr., and a brother who died in infancy.

 

A visitation for family and friends will be held on Friday evening, February 18th  from five until seven o’clock in the fellowship hall of First United Methodist Church in Malvern. 

 

The memorial service will be on Saturday, February 19th at two o’clock in the First Presbyterian Church in Athens, Louisiana. The family will receive friends at the First United Methodist Church in Hamburg, Arkansas on Sunday afternoon, February 20th at two o’clock. 

 

The family requests no flowers.  Memorials may be made to the youth program at the First United Methodist Church, 202 Main Street, Hamburg, Arkansas  71646, or to the charity of one’s choice. 

 

Online condolences may be sent via jafunkfuneralhome.com.

 

 

 
 
 

 


J. C. “Darrell” Gross

 

 

J. C. “Darrell” Gross, age 75 of Waco, Texas, died Saturday, September 15, 2012 at his home. He was born in Rolla, Arkansas on March 25, 1937 to the late Garland Davis Gross and Annie Josephine Funk Gross. Reared and educated in Lono, Arkansas and Kleburg, Texas, he was a surveyor by trade. Darrell was a veteran of the United States Air Force. After his discharge from the military, he became a licensed private pilot.

 

Darrell is survived by a son, Mark Gross of Lufkin, Texas; by three sisters, Melba Esther Garrett of California, Norma Lee Hunt of Waco, Texas, and Frances Mae Peckham of Plano, Texas; and by his first-cousins, Cletus, Bobby, and Herman Overton, Bill and A. J. Williams, Marcell Heinley, Mary Lee Mohler, Sandra Miller, Jim Funk, and John Allan Funk; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

 

He was also preceded in death by a sister, Carmen Owens, and by two brothers, Marion “Mack” Gross, and Fred Eugene Gross.

A memorial service officiated by Reverend LaVon Post will be held in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home on Saturday morning, September 22, 2012, at ten o’clock, with visitation beginning one hour prior.

 

His ashes will be interred in the family plot in Cypress Cemetery at Willow, Arkansas.

Online condolences may be sent via J.A.Funk Funeral Home.

 

 
 

 


Clarence A. “Bubba” Haley

 

Clarence A. “Bubba” Haley, age 68 of Malvern, died Thursday, June 14, 2007 in the Hot Spring County Medical Center. He was born in Helena, Arkansas on March 11, 1939 to the late Carroll W. and Virginia Starrett Haley. Reared and educated in Helena, he had been a resident of Malvern since 1958. Bubba retired from the Benton Service Center after having been employed as a Certified Nursing Assistant for 19 years. He had also worked at the AMF Bicycle Division for almost 20 years, and worked for General Motors for 2 years. He was in the United States Navy for 9 years, serving in Vietnam. Bubba was a Baptist and a member of the American Legion. He was a friend to many and could always be counted on to help anyone in need. A good neighbor, he watched over their homes when they were away, cooked for them when they were sick, offered to house their families when their homes were full, and tended their yards as well as his own.

He is survived by two brothers, John Haley of Malvern, and Donald Eugene Haley of Holly Hill, South Carolina; and by several nieces and nephews: Rebecca Haley, Toni Haley Ward, Laura Virginia Haley, Ashlyn Marie Ross, Jimmy Surman, and Jay and his wife Debbie Surman, Nick Finley, and Jonah and Joshua Surman.

Bubba was also preceded in death by two brothers, Marion Edward Surman, Jr. and Carroll W. Haley, Jr.

His funeral will be Monday morning, June 18, 2007 at ten o’clock, in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Reverend James Batts and Dr. Verne Wickliffe officiating. Interment will follow in Cooper Cemetery.

Pallbearers are: George McClure, Jr., Danny Riggan, Bill Scrimshire, Craig Woodall, Bill Aldridge, and Jack McCoy.Honorary pallbearers are: Dr. Stephen Divers and Dr. Bruce Burton.

The family will receive friends at the mortuary on Sunday afternoon from five until seven o’clock.

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Mary B. Hall

 

Mary (Bryce) Hall, age 94, of Malvern, died Tuesday at her residence.  She was born on September 26, 1917 in Grant County, Arkansas to the late Alonzo Lee and Florence Davis Lee. Reared and educated in Grant County , she had been a resident of Malvern since 2010.  She was a homemaker and a Baptist.  Mrs. Hall loved to sew and make quilts, and enjoyed fishing.

She is survived by 2 sons, Gordon Tarver and his wife, Betty of Malvern, and Sonnie Tarver of Michigan ; a daughter, Frankey Christiansen of Florence , Kentucky ; a sister-in-law, Lucille Tarver of Michigan ; 12 grandchildren, and numerous great- and great-great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Hall was also preceded in death by two sons, a daughter, two brothers and a sister.

A graveside service will be held at one o’clock on Friday afternoon, February 17, 2012, in the Davis Cemetery near Grapevine, Arkansas, under the direction of J. A. Funk Funeral Home.

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Mary L. Hamlin

 

Mary Louise Hamlin, age 86 of Malvern, died Tuesday morning, September 11, 2012 at her home. She was born in Hatfield, Arkansas on October 23, 1925 to the late James T. Davis and Rosa Henson Davis. Moving with her family to Malvern at an early age, she received her education locally and was active in school sports, playing softball and basketball. She also loved to water ski. A working mother, Mary was employed by the local textile mill, the shoe plant, and by Chamberlain Door, from which she retired in 1991. She was a member of Third Baptist Church, where she sang in the choir and worked with the youth. Mary never met a stranger--she was a friend to all and was devoted to her family.

 

She is survived by her husband, Ray Hamlin, of the home, to whom she was married on June 18, 1949 in Malvern; by a daughter, Cheryl Vanwinkle of Benton; by a granddaughter, Lindsey K. Vanwinkle of Little Rock; by two grandsons, Scott E. Vanwinkle of Benton, and Steven K. Vanwinkle of Arkadelphia; and a sister, Bessie Lock of Malvern.

 

Mary was also preceded in death by a brother, J. T. Davis.

 

Her funeral will be at ten o’clock Friday morning, September 14, 2012 in the sanctuary of Third Baptist Church with Dr. Rick Grant and Brother Tom Strike officiating.

 

Interment will follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

 

Pallbearers will be: Larry Walker, Harold Lock, Dean Lock, Mike Hollingshead, Gary Cooper, and C. M. Phillips.

 

Honorary pallbearers are: Dr. Bruce Burton, Dr. Bruce White, Dr. Steve Greer, and the hospice staff.

The family will receive friends at J. A. Funk Funeral Home on Thursday evening from six until eight o’clock.

 

Memorials may be made to the Pleasant Hill Cemetery Association, c/o Rick Norwood, 234 West Pine Drive, Malvern, Arkansas 72104.

Online condolences may be sent via jafunkfuneralhome.com.

 

 
 

 


Betty Louise Harrington

 

Betty Louise Harrington, age 79, of the Social Hill Community, died Friday, May 2, 2008 at her home.  She was born on May 21, 1928, in Boston, Massachusetts, to the late George O. and Louise Cunningham McCauley.  Reared and educated in New Hampshire, she was a Licensed Practical Nurse.  During her career she worked on numerous military bases taking care of the sick and wounded.  Also a homemaker, she was mother to 14 children.  Mrs. Harrington had been a resident of Hot Spring County since 1966 and attended Donaldson Missionary Baptist Church.  She was the wife of Harold Harrington, to whom she was married on November 7, 1960. 

 

Her survivors include her husband, Harold, of the home; her children, Steve and his wife Kathy Blodgett of Bismarck, David and his wife Kathy Mattingly of Donaldson, Georgie Mattingly and Robin Ray of Eureka Springs, Melody and her husband Richard Phillips of Bismarck, Harold Harrington, Jr. of Swink, Oklahoma, Larry Mattingly of Mannford, Oklahoma, Helen Johnson and her husband Steve of Sperry, Oklahoma, Ellen Del Sordo and husband Mike of Collinsville, Oklahoma, Phyllis Riddle and husband Bruce of Sand Springs, Oklahoma, daughter-in-law, Carolyn Harrington of Swink, Oklahoma, grandchildren, Duane and Aaron Alexander, Christy Welch, Wayne, Jacob, Jamie, Cassaundra, and Jason Harrington, Kim Cooper, Lance and Aaron Mattingly, Sara Gardner, Alicia McClard, Justin and Marissa Blodgett, Amanda and Jeremy Patrick, and Kayln Kemp; great-grandchildren, Ashley, A. J., Meya, and Ian Alexander, Chelsea and Jonathan Welch, Hannah, Shelley, Bradley, (Little) Jacob, and Morgan Harrington; Cassidy and Alivia McClard; Addyson Blodgett, Lily Howell, Corbin Etris, Cameron and Ethan Mattingly, and Makayla Gardner. 

 

She was also preceded in death by four sons, Bobby and Billy Harold “Buster” Harrington, Charlie Blodgett, Jerry Mattingly, by a daughter, Beverly Alexander, by two daughters-in-law, Lou Mattingly and Donna Harrington. 

 

 A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 10, 2008, at two o’clock in the afternoon, in the Donaldson Missionary Baptist Church with Brother Ronnie Hardin officiating, and under the direction of J. A.  Funk Funeral Home. 

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Harold H. Harrington


Harold H. Harrington, age 93 of Social Hill, died Monday, August 5, 2013 at his home.  He was born on March 2, 1920 in Riggold, Oklahoma to the late Martin Melvin Harrington and Elizabeth Brashears Harrington.  Reared and receiving his education in Frogville, Oklahoma, he has been a resident of Arkansas for nearly 50 years.  He served in World War II and the Korean War.  As a Staff Sergeant in the United States Army, he served in the Philippines under General Douglas

MacArthur.  After his military obligation ended, he worked as a deputy sheriff in Hugo, Oklahoma.  He was a pipeline worker, and also built lakes in many areas of the country, while working in the construction field. He was a millwright for Weyerhaeuser in Valliant, Oklahoma, the company from which he retired. In his later years, he enjoyed playing dominoes and collecting ball caps.  He was the widower of the late Betty Louise McCauley Harrington, to whom he was married on November 7, 1960.  She preceded him in death on May 2, 2008.

Mr. Harrington was also preceded in death by three sisters and seven brothers, and by two sons, Billy Harold “Buster” Harrington and Bobby Harrington, by a daughter, Beverly Alexander, and a granddaughter, Jordan Harrington.

He is survived by his daughter, Melody Phillips (Richard) of Malvern; his son, Harold H. Harrington, Jr. of Swink, Oklahoma, two step-sons, Steve Blodgett (Cathy) of Bismarck, and David Mattingly (Kathy) of Donaldson;  a step-daughter, Georgie Mattingly (Robyn Ray) of Eureka Springs; a brother, V. H. Harrington (Dorothy) of Salt Lake City, Utah; 23 grandchildren, Kimberley Morris (James), Jacob Harrington, Jamie Harrington, Christy Welch, Billy Wayne Harrington, Duane and Aaron Alexander, Kassandra Harrington, Robert Jason Harrington, Lance and Aaron Mattingly, Sarah Gardner, Alicia Wright, Justin and Marissa Blodgett, Adam Howell, Kayln Kemp, Brittney Shirley, Layla Shirley, Kaylie Smith, Mitchell and Michael Fischer; 15 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren; and by his canine companions, Peanut, Cricket, Sally, and Baby, his birds, Chuckie and Willie, and four cats, Queen Evelyn, Tarzan, Longlegs, and Spot.

Memorial service will be on Saturday afternoon, August 10, 2013, at two o’clock in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Brother Richard Phillips officiating.

Memorials may be made to Odyssey Hospice and Gentiva Home Health.

Special thanks go to his caregivers, Brenda, Sarah, Penny, Robin, and Ashley.

Online condolences may be sent via jafunkfuneralhome.com.

 

 

 
 

 


William John Harrington, III

 

William John Harrington, III, age 61, of Malvern, died Saturday evening at his home. He was born in Morrilton, Arkansas on June 30, 1947 to the late Lt. Col. William John, Jr. and Melissa Ann Fiser Harrington. Reared and receiving his early education in England and France, he received his Bachelor’s degree from Jacksonville College in Jacksonville, Alabama, his Master’s degree from the University of Southern California, and an engineering degree from Colorado Technical College in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Bill had worked as a quality assurance engineer for a biomedical company. He had also worked for ALCOA, at the Hot Springs Sentinel-Record feeding the newspaper to the web, and operated his own videography business. Bill was a US Army veteran, serving in Viet Nam, where he received two Bronze Stars. He had been a resident of Malvern since 2004 and was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. For a number of years he taught catechism in church and organized Bible studies. Bill was a guitar player and loved to sing blues and folk songs with his family and friends. He also enjoyed working outside.

He is survived by his wife, Georgine McCay Harrington of Malvern, to whom he was married on May 28, 1977 in Colorado Springs, Colorado; by six step-children, DeeAnn Afra of Larkspur, California, Laura Masset of Corte Madera, California, Patricia Masset of Stuart, Florida, Kathleen Masset of Los Angeles, Steven Masset and his wife Dena of Pueblo, Colorado and Charles Masset and his wife, Karen of Monroe, Washington; by two brothers and sisters-in-law, John and Blanca Harrington of Atlanta, Georgia, and James and Constance Harrington of Stanton, Virginia; by three grandchildren, Jessica, Samantha, and Nicholas; and by a nephew and niece, Jamie and Kate Harrington.

There will be a vigil service on Thursday, April 16, at six o’clock in the evening at J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Deacon Pete Markwald as officiant. The memorial mass will be on Friday morning at ten o’clock at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Malvern with Father Linus Ukomadu officiating.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Arkansas Hospice, 628 Malvern Avenue, Hot Springs, Arkansas 71901.

Online condolences may be sent via www.jafunkfuneralhome.com.

 

 

 

 
 

 


Rex Allen Hartman

 

Rex Allen Hartman, age 52 of Malvern, died Monday evening, November 29, 2010 in the Hot Spring County Medical Center.  He was born in Los Angeles, California on July 6, 1958 to the late Albert Leon and Elva Mary Lawhead Hartman.  Reared and educated in California, he had been a resident of Malvern for the past five years.  Rex was a mathematics whiz, loved to work with electronics, and was a “shopaholic”.  Rex was a Christian by faith. 

 

 

He is survived by a sister, Shirley Black of Peris, California, and by his best friend, Linda Polk of Malvern.

 

Rex was also preceded in death by a sister.

 

A graveside service will be held on Thursday, December 2, 2010, at two o’clock in the afternoon, in Oak Ridge Cemetery with Reverend LaVon Post officiating and under the direction of J. A. Funk Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be sent via jafunkfuneralhome.com.

 

 

 

 
 

 


Fay Pryor Hathaway

 

Fay Pryor Hathaway, age 91 of Malvern, died Friday, October 21, 2011 in the Arbor Oaks Health and Rehab.  She was born on July 17, 1920 in Bauxite, Arkansas to the late John Louis Pryor and Edna Phillips Pryor.  She earned her BSE and MSE degrees from Henderson State University and did post graduate work at the University of New Mexico , Albuquerque , and Northwest State Teachers College in Flagstaff , Arizona . After having taught school for 40 years, she retired from the public school system in 1982.  Fay had been an active member of the Retired Teachers Association, and served two terms as president of the local retired teachers association.  A professed Christian since her teens, she was a member of Trinity Baptist Church . 

Fay was also preceded in death by a nephew, John Erwin Pryor, and three husbands.

She is survived by a brother and sister-in-law, Ray and Vesta Pryor of Malvern; one niece, Annette Powers, one nephew, Dr. Lou R. Pryor; four great-nephews, Ray Pryor, III, Stefan Pryor, Jason Powers, and Scott Powers; three great-nieces, Rose Powers, Christen Schmidt, and Stephanie Pryor.

Her funeral will be two o’clock Sunday afternoon, October 30, 2011 in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Brother Tim Carpenter officiating.  A visitation will precede the service, beginning at one o’clock.  Interment in Fairplay Cemetery will follow the funeral.

Pallbearers will be Randy Burks, Jesse Rucker, Tony Wherry, Mike Burris, Kevin Hunt, and Randy Dugger.

Honorary pallbearers are Lowell Mobley, Patsy Taylor, Helen Bailey, CNAs and RNs with HSCMC Home Health, Odyssey Hospice, and all others who have worked for her, including Rita Frazier, who also cared for Fay’s mother, Edna Pryor.

Online condolences may be sent via jafunkfuneralhome.com.

 

 
 

 

Bernis Hathcock

 

Bernis Hathcock, age 68 of Malvern, died Thursday evening, October 9, 2008, at his home.  He was born in Malvern on December 20, 1939 to the late Hudy Z. and Rose Masters Hathcock.  Reared and educated in Malvern, he was a self-employed logger, at which he labored for over 40 years.  Bernis loved the outdoors.  He was an avid hunter and enjoyed racing cars.  He also took great pride in his yard, keeping it immaculately groomed.  Bernis always read his Bible and made every effort to live by it. 

 

His leaves behind his loving wife Judi Spice Hathcock, to whom he was married on February 23, 1962; two brothers, Huston and his wife Lovie Hathcock and Johnny and his wife Rilla Hathcock, all of Malvern; four sisters, Becky and her husband Orville Ashley of Prattsville, Kay Schulle and Dianne Freeman of Malvern, and Emogene Weaver of Ola, Louisiana; and his three cats, Zack, Lil Bit, and Spook. 

 

The funeral will be at two o’clock Sunday afternoon, October 12, 2008 in the Damascus Missionary Baptist Church with Dr. James Pierce and Brother Billy Bosley officiating. 

Interment will follow in Damascus Cemetery. 

 

Pallbearers will be: Buddy Hathcock, Seth Hathcock, Josh Collins, Mark Hathcock, Glenn Spraggins, and Ethan Pierce.

 

Honorary pallbearers will be: Chris Efird, Will Scott, Alfred Elrod, Larry Brashears, Bud Rybard, and the Coffee Group at Andy’s.

 

Visitation will be from six until eight o’clock Saturday evening at J. A. Funk Funeral Home. 

Memorials are requested to the American Cancer Society or to the Humane Society.

 

Online condolences may be sent via jafunkfuneralhome.com.

 

 
 

 


Robin House Hayes

 

Robin House Hayes, age 51 of Little Rock, died Tuesday, December 31, 2013 in Little Rock.  She was born in Malvern on October 5, 1962 to Charles H. House and the late Virginia Dorris House.  Reared and receiving her early education in Malvern, she later attended Henderson State University.  She was a homemaker and the wife of Allen R. Hayes, to whom she was married on August 8, 1987.  Robin was a cat lover and enjoyed going for long rides in her car.  Social media and online gaming were two of her favorite pastimes.

She is survived by her husband, Allen, of Little Rock; by her children, Holly Hayes of Paris, Texas, Jesse Hayes of Little Rock, and Rachell Hayes of Bryant, Arkansas; her granddaughter, Aaliyah Grace; her father, Charles House (Sarita) of Malvern; her brothers, Charles M. House (Renee) of Malvern, Larry B. House of Fort Smith, and Jerry W. House of Malvern; a nephew, Charles A. House (Melissa), nieces, Heather Schultz (Joe), and Kaylin Murphy (Malcolm); two great-nieces, two great-nephews, and by a host of friends.

Robin was also preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Doc and Pearl House, and her maternal grandparents, Virgil and Edna Dorris.

Her funeral will be held at two o’clock Saturday afternoon, January 4, 2014 in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Brother Bobby McMullen officiating.  Interment will follow in Rockport Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be: Dewight Hayes, Charles A. House, Charles M. House, Larry B. House, Jerry W. House, and Joseph Schultz.

Honorary pallbearers will be: Carley Key and Charles (Buddy) Greeno.

A visitation will precede the service, beginning at one o’clock.

Online condolences may be sent via jafunkfuneralhome.com.

 

 

 
 

 


Ruby Stiles Hedges

 

Ruby Stiles Hedges, age 82, of Malvern, Arkansas died on October 25, 2010, at her home in the Oak Grove community after succumbing to cancer. She was born in Malvern on April 21, 1928 to the late Walter T. and Lucy Mae Matthews Guin. She was reared in Malvern and received her education in the Central schools. She was married to Dewitt Stiles from April, 1945 until his death in October 1956. In 1964 she married Stephen D. Hedges and they were together until he was killed in a tractor accident in July 2009. Ruby owned and operated Stephanie’s Beauty Shop in Malvern from 1965 to 1995. After retiring she kept busy working in her yard and garden, cooking and taking care of her dogs. She could not abide idleness and wanted to be up and busy at all times.

Also preceding her in death were her brothers, Brad Guin and Woodford “Slats” Guin, and her sisters, Lucille Gregory and Irene Aldridge. She is survived by a daughter, Dianna Cothren Busher and husband Chuck of Shreveport, Louisiana, and her son, Judge Dail Stiles and wife Nancy of Little Rock; three granddaughters, Kellie Rodgers (Chase) of Dallas, Texas, Kimberly Durand (Jonathan) of Ashdown, Arkansas and Erin Stiles Hunter of Little Rock, Arkansas; and by four great-grandsons, Jay and Wyatt Durand and Connor and Riley Hunter.

A special thanks to Vickie and Tom Hedges of Malvern for their devotion and dedicated care of Ruby after her husband Steve died, and during her final illness.

A graveside service will be held at ten o’clock Wednesday morning, October 27, 2010 at Shadowlawn Cemetery with Brother Donis Smead officiating. The family will receive friends at J. A. Funk Funeral Home from five until seven o’clock Tuesday evening, October 26. The family requests that in lieu of flowers a memorial contribution be made to the Malvern Animal Shelter 2625 Canine Road Malvern, Arkansas, or to your favorite charity.

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Stephen D Hedges

 

Stephen D. Hedges, age 80 of Malvern, died Saturday, July 18, 2009, at his home.  He was born on March 29, 1929 in South Hampton, New York to the late William S. and Susan Depew Hedges.  Moving with his parents to Malvern at the age of seven, he went on to graduate from Malvern High School in 1948.  All of his life was dedicated to farming and ranching, and raising his family. He also owned a topsoil and clay gravel operation.  Mr. Hedges was a member of the Arkansas Cattleman’s Association. He was the husband of Ruby Guin Stiles Hedges, to whom he was married on July 7, 1964. 

Survivors include his wife, Ruby, of the home; his sons, Dennis and his wife Cindy, and Steve J. Hedges; his daughters, Melissa Henson and Melanie Draper  all of Malvern; a step-son, Dail and his wife Nancy Stiles of Little Rock; a step-daughter, Dianna Cothren Busher and her husband Chuck of Shreveport, Louisiana; two brothers, Sam D. Hedges and his wife Ruby, of Malvern, and Dr. William D. Hedges and his wife Robbie of Gainesville, Florida; nine grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. 

 

He was also preceded in death by a sister, Jane Crowell and a brother, John D. Hedges. 

His funeral will be held at the graveside in Shadowlawn Cemetery on Wednesday morning, July 22, 2009, at ten o’clock with Reverend LaVon Post officiating. 

 

The family will receive friends at J. A. Funk Funeral Home on Tuesday evening from six until seven-thirty o’clock.  They will be headquartered at 541 Grigsby Ford Road. 

Memorials are requested to the local FFA Association. 

Online condolences may be sent via jafunkfuneralhome.com.

 

 
 

 


Elizabeth Ann Heath

 

 

Elizabeth Ann Heath, age 72, of Bella Vista, Arkansas, died February 19, 2008 in the Circle of Life Hospice in Springdale, Arkansas.  She was born on October 28, 1935 in Honolulu, Hawaii to the late John and Louise Pyle Caldwell.  Reared and educated in California, Ann was an artist, a musician, an educator, a Life Coach, a Licensed Massage Therapist, and a retired legal secretary.

 

 Her survivors include: a daughter and son-in-law, Dawn and Joe Groover of Malvern; a son and daughter-in-law, Roger Alan and Tammy Carter of Hot Springs; five grandchildren, Riley and Will Groover, Justin and Peyton Carter, and Jena McNeill.

 

 She was also preceded in death by a sister, Patsy Caldwell. 

 

A memorial service to celebrate Ann’s life will take place in Northwest Arkansas later this spring.   Details will be posted at the website: www.caringbridge.org. 

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Circle of Life Hospice, 906 Jones Road, Springdale, Arkansas 72762.

 

Arrangements are under the direction of J. A. Funk Funeral Home, Malvern. 

 

Online condolences may be sent via jafunkfuneralhome.com.

 

 

 

 
 

 


Elmer H. Heinley

  

Elmer Heinley, age 85 of Malvern, died Tuesday morning, October 6, 2009 at his residence.  He was born on January 30, 1924 in Millville, Arkansas (Calhoun County) to the late E. H. Sr. and Mary E. Grisham Heinley.  Reared and receiving his early education in Fordyce, he was a graduate of Arkansas A & M (now the University of Arkansas at Monticello).  A resident of Malvern since 1953, he was a school teacher/administrator for over 36 years.  He had taught at Malvern High School, the Central School District, and retired in 1986 as Dean of Students at the Wilson School.  Mr. Heinley was a Navy veteran of World War II.  He was a member of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church where he had taught the Senior Men’s Sunday School Class, and was a lifetime member of the Lono Masonic Lodge.  An avid gardener, he also enjoyed hunting and fishing.  He loved and doted on his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

 

He is survived by his wife, Marcell Williams Heinley of the home, to whom he was married on April 3, 1947 in Monticello; by his son, Rory Heinley of Malvern; his daughter Amanda Sue Heinley Vrbka and her husband Dan of Greenville, Texas; by eight grandchildren: Brant, Brian, Brad, Brice, and Brittney Heinley, Brianne Hall, Shawn Little and Kimberly Vrbka; and by 18 great-grandchildren: Caitlyn, Alex, and Jacob Little, Brianna Sevin, Averie, Jackson, Hunter, Chance, Gillian, Victoria, Kaleb, Payton, and Taylor Heinley, Jeffery Oulette, Charlie Sealey, Katherine, Kaydence, and Bridget Hall.

 

His funeral will be at two o’clock Thursday afternoon, October 8, 2009, in the sanctuary of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church with Brothers Maxie Haynes and Donis Snead officiating.  Interment will follow in Harp Cemetery.

 

Pallbearers will be: Brant, Brian, Brad, and Brice Heinley, Cory Hall, and Shawn Little.Honorary pallbearers will be his other grandchildren and great-grandchildren, A. J., Bill, and Elsie Williams, and Bill and Joette Cordell.

 

The family will receive friends at J. A. Funk Funeral Home on Wednesday evening from five until seven o’clock.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may take the form of contributions to Odyssey Hospice, 333 Executive Court, Little Rock, AR 72205, or to the Mexican Mission Fund at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church.

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Ashley Elisabeth Marie Heinzen


Ashley Elisabeth Marie Heinzen, age 22 of Malvern, died Monday, July 8, 2013 at the Hot Spring County Medical Center.  She was born in Wheat Ridge, Colorado on September 24, 1990 to Karla Long and the late William Henry Cook.   Reared and educated in Cheyenne, Wyoming, she had been a resident of Malvern for the past three years.  She was a waitress.

She is survived by her daughter, Fuscia Heinzen; her sister, Makala Braden; her brothers Ryan Long and Erik Braden; and her mother Karla Braden.

Ashley was preceded in death by a daughter, Orchid Heinzen, and a brother, Preston Long.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Cremation arrangements are by J. A. Funk Funeral Home

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Dorothy E. Hemphill

 

Dorothy E. Hemphill, age 91 of Malvern, died Wednesday evening, April 14, 2010 in the Hot Spring County Medical Center. She was born on January 29, 1919 in Hutchinson, Kansas to the late Clem and Hazel Plush. Reared and educated in Kansas, she was the first female credit manager for the Kansas Power and Light Company, and retired after 33 years of service. She worked her way up the ladder having begun as a meter reader at the age of 16. Mrs. Hemphill was an Episcopalian and a member of the Moose Lodge. She loved to dance. Mrs. Hemphill was also preceded in death by her husbands, Delmer Law and Wayne Hemphill, and by one sister.

Her survivors include a son, Donald Law and his wife LaDonna Turpin of Malvern; by a brother, Richard Plush of Topeka, Kansas; by six grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

There will be no local services. Her body will be transported to Heritage Funeral Home in Hutchinson, Kansas, and a private graveside service will be held on Monday, April 19, 2010 in Memorial Park Cemetery in Hutchinson.

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Joe Paul Henderson

 

Joe Paul Henderson, age 75, of Bella Vista , Arkansas , formerly of Magnet Cove, died Wednesday, November 2, 2011 in the Claremore Veteran’s Center in Claremore , Oklahoma after a long battle with Alzheimer’s.  He was born on October 19, 1936 in Bonnerdale , Arkansas to the late E. W. “Pete” Henderson and Dona Mae Ballard Henderson.  Reared and receiving his early education in Magnet Cove, he graduated from Arkansas Tech in Russellville in 1958.  Paul was a United States Army veteran and served in Viet Nam .  He worked as a project engineer for Jacobs Engineering Group in Pasadena , California and Weldon Springs , Missouri .  Paul enjoyed photography, bike riding, canoeing, and being outdoors.

He was also preceded in death by a brother, Johnny Henderson, a sister, Patsy Campbell, and a step-daughter, Virginia Young Tucker.

His survivors include his wife, Barbara Henderson of Bella Vista, Arkansas, to whom he was married on July 19, 1984 in Magnet Cove; a daughter and son-in-law, Paula and Dean Stewart of Mitchell, Indiana; step children, John Murry Young of Seligman, Missouri, and Karen Horton and husband Stan of Fayetteville, Arkansas; two grandsons, John Alan Stewart (Blair) and Scott Stewart (Heather); two great-granddaughters, Avry Brooke Stewart and Shay Meredith Stewart; and two brothers, Gene Henderson of Magnet Cove, and Don Henderson (Patricia) of Lillian, Alabama.

No services are planned at this time, but his ashes will ultimately be interred in the family plot at the Magnet Cove Cemetery .

The family wishes to acknowledge Paul’s physician, Dr. Michael Whinery, and the staff of Claremore Veteran’s Center for their exemplary care.

Memorials are requested to Western Regional Arkansas Alzheimer’s Office, 320 N. Greenway Avenue , Fort Smith , Arkansas  72901 .

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William T. "Bill" Hendrix

 

William T. “Bill” Hendrix, age 66, of Malvern, died early Sunday morning, October 21, 2007 at his home. He was born on December 8, 1940 in Hot Spring County to the late Rupert and Dorothy Keisler Hendrix. Reared and receiving his early education in Hot Spring County, he attended the Fairview Elementary School and graduated from Malvern High School. He attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and Henderson State Teachers College (Henderson State University). Bill was a veteran of the United States Air Force, having served in Viet Nam. While serving his country, Bill received the Air Force Commendation Medal for Meritorious Service. During his career, Bill was involved in several different aspects of the insurance industry. He became an adjuster and was the owner of Southern Adjusting Company. Before coming back to Malvern, Bill lived for 35 years in Pine Bluff. He was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Malvern, where he had served on several boards and committees. Bill was active in the 4H Clubs and the FFA, and helped organize the Fordyce, Arkansas Little League. He was a history buff and donated to the Hot Spring County Courthouse pictures of all 75 Arkansas county‘s Court Houses.

He is survived by his wife, Johnette Wallace Johnson Hendrix of Malvern, to whom he was married on March 24, 2007, by a daughter, Trisha Ann Sparks of Ft. Wayne, Indiana; by a son, Travis Hendrix of Frisco, Texas; by four brothers, Morton and his wife Mary Hendrix of Capistrano Beach, California, Maurice Hendrix of Malvern, Bob and his wife Karen Hendrix of Pittsburg, Texas, and Lew and his wife Kathy Hendrix of Makanda, Illinois. He is also survived by three step-sons,Micheal, James Mark, and Mark Curtis Johnson, one step-daughter, Gail Johnson, four grandchildren, three step-grandsons, five step-granddaughters, seven step-great-grandchildren, and a very special friend, Olivia Pierce.

His funeral will be held at the graveside in the Old Lutheran Cemetery on Wednesday morning, October 24, 2007, at ten o’clock, with the Reverend Dooley Fowler officiating.

Pallbearers will be: A. J. Roberson, Gleason McGuire, Dallas Lewter, Jack McCoy, Ronnie Jones, Eddie States, and Calvin Erwin.

Honorary Pallbearers will be: Harold Bailey, Harold Johnson, Phyllis Butler, Martha Rice, Dean Paul, Sammy Ledbetter, and all his Fairview Elementary School classmates.

The family will receive friends at J. A. Funk Funeral Home on Tuesday evening from five until seven o’clock.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Paul United Methodist Church, 4-H Clubs, or the organization of your choice.

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Betty B Henry

 

Betty Barbee Henry, age 94 of Malvern, died at her home on Sunday, June 14,  2009.  She was born on November 9, 1914 in Malvern to the late Samuel Ewell and Natalie Smith Henry.  After her mother died when Betty was four years old, she was reared and educated in Livingston, Texas, by her aunt and uncle, Alice and Percy Douglas.  She spent summers in Malvern with her father and his family.  Betty taught school for a number of years and also worked for the Texas State Employment Security Division.  Her Malvern family were members of First United Methodist Church, where she also attended.  She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Livingston, Texas while a resident there.  Betty led a very quiet life and loved her cats dearly.

She is survived by two nieces, Natalie Thompson Gilmore and her husband, Don of Spokane, Washington, and Barbara Thompson of White, Georgia.

 

Betty was also preceded in death by three sisters, Natalie Henry, Cala Sue Henry Thompson, and Martha Ann Henry Hall; and by two brothers, William Nat Henry and James D. (Jim) Henry.

A graveside service will be held on the Henry Family Plot in Oak Ridge Cemetery at ten o’clock Tuesday morning, June 16, 2009. 

 

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church or to the Malvern/Hot Spring County Library or Odyssey Hospice 333 Executive Court, Little Rock Arkansas 72205.

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Dr. Neyland Hester

 

Dr. Neyland Hester, age 90 of Traskwood, died Monday, January 28, 2013 in the Hot Spring County Medical Center.

He is survived by his wife, Scherrie Hester of the home, by his children, Paul Hester, Steve Hester, Linda Sharpton, and Steve Miller, and by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

Arrangements are under the direction of J. A. Funk Funeral Home.

Memorials are requested to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock

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Lawrence Edwin "Tripp" Hicks, III

 

Lawrence E. “Tripp” Hicks, III, age 37, passed away Thursday, June 20, 2013.  He was born in Little Rock, Arkansas on October 14, 1975 to Deborah Rutherford Hicks and the late Lawrence E. Hicks, Jr.  Reared and receiving his early education in the Bryant School District, he later attended the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.  Tripp had worked in automobile sales for a number of years.  He loved music, and was a very talented guitar player.  He was a Baptist by denomination.

He is survived by his daughter, Taylor Hicks of Little Rock; his mother, Deborah Hicks Berry of Alexander; two sisters, Michelle Carnahan (David) of Bryant, and Rachel Inmon (Josh) of Benton; three nephews, Blake and Drew Carnahan, and Luke Inmon; and a niece, Sophia Inmon.

A visitation will be held at the Midtowne Church, 4037 Boone Road in Benton on Monday evening from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. 

The funeral will take place on Tuesday morning at 11:00 at the Midtowne Church with Brother Doug Pruitt officiating and under the direction of J. A. Funk Funeral Home of Malvern.

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Lawrence E. Hicks, Jr.

 

Lawrence Edwin (Larry) Hicks, Jr. age 66, of North Little Rock, died Friday, August 6, 2010.  He was born in Malvern on July 4, 1944 to the late Lawrence Edwin and Luella Cunningham Hicks.  Reared and educated in the Big Creek Community and Poyen schools, he was a former branch manager for the Graybar Electric Company in Little Rock, having worked there for 30 years.  Larry was a Baptist by denomination. 

He is survived by his children, Lawrence E. (Tripp) Hicks, III, of North Little Rock; Rachel and her husband Josh Inmon of Benton; and Michelle and her husband David Carnahan of Bryant; by a brother and sister-in-law, Joe and Sandra Hicks of Big Creek; and by four grandchildren, Taylor Hicks, Blake and Drew Carnahan, and Luke Inmon.

Larry was also preceded in death by a sister, Sarah Hicks Helms. 

The family will receive friends at J. A. Funk Funeral Home on Thursday evening, August 12, 2010 from five until seven o’clock.

A memorial service will be held at ten o’clock on Friday morning, August 13, in the funeral home chapel with Brother Bob Inmon officiating.  A private committal service will follow in the Big Creek Cemetery.

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Ramona Ann Holiman

 

Ramona Ann Holiman, age 58, of San Francisco, California, died Sunday November 18, 2012. She was born in Malvern on December 28, 1953 to Mary Alsop Holiman and the late Thomas Ray Holiman. Reared and receiving her early education in the Ouachita School District in Hot Spring County, she was a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University, where she earned her bachelor’s degree. She received her Master’s degree from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville School of Law. She was a practicing attorney for a number of years before her health began to fail. Ramona Ann was brought up as a Baptist. She had been a resident of San Francisco since 1980.

She is survived by her mother, Mary Holiman of Donaldson; her sister, Virginia Raye Holiman Wells of Lonsdale; and a nephew, Billy Ray Overton of Malvern.

Her funeral will be at two o’clock Tuesday afternoon, November 27, 2012 in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Brother Hollis McDermott officiating. A visitation will precede the service by one hour, beginning at one o’clock. Interment will be in Oak Ridge Cemetery.

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Betty Lou Hollingsworth


Betty Lou Hollingsworth, age 81 of Huntsville, Alabama, died Friday, October 11, 2013.  Born on February 9, 1932 in Malvern to the late William Bruce Pounders and Ives Grissom Pounders, she was the widow of the late Dick Hollingsworth. 

She is survived by her sons, Bruce L. Brown and Arthur W. Manning, both of Kilgore, Texas, a daughter, Betty Jean Loeb and her husband, Richard, of Huntsville; three grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; two nieces and one nephew.

Mrs. Hollingsworth was also preceded in death by a sister, Millicent Hall, and one brother, W. B. Pounders, all of Malvern.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, October 17, 2013 from 2:00PM to 3:00PM at J. A. Funk Funeral Home with a graveside service immediately following at Harp Cemetery with Brother Chuck Shryock officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hope Presbyterian Church of Good Samaritan Hospice in Huntsville, Alabama.

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Emma E. Hollingsworth

 

Emma Eliza (Liz) Hollingsworth, age 83, of Hot Springs , died at her home on Lake Hamilton, Monday, August 5, 2013.  She was born on June 24, 1930 in Goldsboro, North Carolina to the late Jack Newsome and Emma Eliza Walters Newsome.  Reared and educated in North Carolina, she had been a resident of Arkansas since 1944.  During World War II, she worked in the ship yards, aiding the war effort.  For a great part of her working life, she was a bookkeeper for several area businesses, including Glenvale Products and Malvern Wood Products. Mrs. Hollingsworth was a wonderful cook, loved to fish and deer hunt, and was an avid quilter.  She was Methodist by denomination.

She is survived by two sons, Sheriff Ed Hollingsworth and his wife Sherri, of Malvern, and Ken Hollingsworth and his wife Kathy of Arkadelphia; two sisters, Janice Swindler of Ohio, and Adine Kerney of North Carolina; three grandchildren, Jason, Mike, and Charlie Hollingsworth; seven great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Mrs. Hollingsworth was also preceded in death by two grandsons, Matthew Hollingsworth and Timothy Hollingsworth; and by two sisters and three brothers.

A graveside service will be held on Friday morning, August 9, 2013 at ten o’clock in the Shadowlawn Cemetery with Reverend Don Robinson officiating, and under the direction of J. A. Funk Funeral Home.

There will be no visitation.

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Hollis H. Holmes

 

Hollis H. Holmes, age 76 of Malvern, died Saturday, January 28, 2012 in St. Joseph ’s Hospital.  He was born in Hampton , Arkansas on March 8, 1935 to the late Gordon Jesse Holmes and Kathryn Garrett Holmes.  Reared and educated in Hampton and Camden , he later served in the United States Marine Corps and the United States Air Force.  Hollis was a drywall finisher for over 40 years, and had been a resident of Malvern since 1970.  He was a member of the Moose Lodge and attended church at New Beginnings Baptist.  He enjoyed watching football games, and loved to fish and water ski before his health began to fail.

Hollis is survived by his wife, Lotherene Reynolds Holmes, to whom he was married on June 17, 1961; by a son, Joel Duane Holmes and his wife, Amy of Convent, Louisiana; a daughter, Cynthia De Ann Szarmach and her husband, Ed of Alexander; by seven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren; by two sisters, Hazel Lucas (Ray) of Hampton and Audrey Patton (Albert) of California; and a brother, Gordon Holmes of Malvern.

He was also preceded in death by nine siblings, Arlice Holmes, Versie Lee Pierce, Vivian Gorman, Helen Counts, Omer Renfro, Leathie Griffin, Annie Hand, Clovis Holmes, and Molly Holmes.

His funeral will be at New Beginnings Baptist Church at two o’clock on Tuesday afternoon, January 31, 2012 with Brother Scott Efird officiating.  Interment will follow in Harp Cemetery .

Pallbearers will be: Bill Duncan, Fred Byrd, Jr., Riley Goldsmith, Rick Goff, Craig O’Neal, and Phillip Otwell.

The family will receive friends at J. A. Funk Funeral Home from six until eight o’clock on Monday evening.

Memorials may be made to Arkansas Hospice of Hot Springs, or New Beginnings Baptist Church .

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Anna Margaret Hoobler

 

 

Anna Margaret Hoobler, age 90, of Malvern, and formerly of De Queen and North Little Rock, died Sunday in the Hot Spring County Medical Center.  Born in Lockesburg, Arkansas on November 5, 1918 to the late Eddie Crawford and Ala May Lowery Corley, she was a retired beautician, homemaker, and member of the Holly Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Grannis, Arkansas.  She was reared and received her early education in De Queen, graduating from De Queen High School in 1938.  She subsequently graduated from Palmer’s Beauty School. Mrs. Hoobler was a member of AARP and was a 55+ year member of the Florence Chapter #15, Order of the Eastern Star, in North Little Rock.  She was the widow of the late Henry Slocum, who died in 1969, and the late Carl Hoobler, who died in 2003.

Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law Frances and W. S. Cagle of Malvern, Marjorie Ann and Jack Montgomery of North Little Rock, a step-son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Lorna Hoobler of Mena, Arkansas; grandchildren, Cheryl Bunch (Pat), James Cagle (Angela), Dave Henderson, Steven Hoobler, Lonnie Joe Hoobler, and Tammy Hoobler; and great-grandchildren, James Wesley Vandergriff, Amy Vandergriff, Nathaniel Cagle, and Kristen Cagle.

Graveside service will be held on Thursday afternoon, April 30, 2009 at two o’clock, in the Arkansas Memorial Gardens cemetery, 8507 Old Jacksonville Highway in North Little Rock with Brother Ed Walter officiating. 

Memorials may take the form of contributions to the American Cancer Society.

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Charles Gordon Horne, Jr.

 

Charles Gordon Horne, Jr. age 57 of Malvern, died Sunday, November 15, 2009 at his home.  He was born in Malvern on December 15, 1951 to the late Charles G. Sr. and Margaret Davis Horne.  Reared and educated in Malvern, he was a Baptist and a veteran of the Viet Nam era.  He had been employed as a reel operator at the Reynolds Rolling Mill.  Mr. Horne was an avid hunter and loved to ride his Harley.

He is survived by a daughter, Miranda Buchanan of Gravel Ridge, Arkansas; by a son, Brian Horne of Malvern; and by three grandchildren, Taylor Horne, Macy Horne, and Makenzy Horne. 

Mr. Horne was also preceded in death by two sisters, Brenda Gail Horne and Beverly Downie.

 A memorial service will be held in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home on Saturday morning, November 21, 2009, at ten o’clock. 

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Billy Joe Hougland

 

Billie Joe Hougland, age 79 of Malvern, died Friday night at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Hot Springs.  He was born on January 28, 1930 in Panhandle, Texas to the late Orien Lewis and Mary Etta Merriott Hougland.  Reared and educated in Texas, he had been a resident of this area since 1990.  Mr. Hougland was a carpenter by trade and enjoyed fishing.  He attended the Baptist church. 

He is survived by his wife, Irene Hougland of Malvern; by four sons, Jimmy Lee and Jeannine Hougland of Tucson, Arizona, Maurice B. and Denise Hougland of Mesa, Arizona, Phillip J. and Sandy Hougland and Lesly B. Hougland all of Ponce De Leon, Florida; by 16 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and a large extended family. 

Mr. Hougland was also preceded in death by a sister, Bessie Marie Weston.

A graveside service will be held on Monday, October 26, 2009 at eleven o’clock in the Newkirk Cemetery near Jessieville, Arkansas with Brother Frank Pfenenger officiating and under the direction of J. A. Funk Funeral Home.

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Krystal Rae Proctor-Hull

 

Krystal Rae Proctor-Hull, age 14, of Malvern, died Saturday, May 30, 2009 at her home.  She was born in Arkadelphia, Arkansas on September 19, 1994 to David and Heather Woods Proctor.  Reared and educated in Donaldson and Malvern, she was currently attending Malvern Public Schools.  Krystal had also lived in Colorado and New Mexico.  She was a member of 1st Calvary Baptist Church.  Krystal loved to write, was an avid reader, and loved the outdoors.  She was also quite adept at drawing.

 

Her survivors include her biological parents, Heather Woods of Malvern and David Proctor of Donaldson; her adoptive parents, Norman Hull and Sharon Proctor-Hull of New Mexico; two brothers, David Michael Proctor-Hull and Liam Proctor-Hull, both of New Mexico, an adoptive brother, Mitchell Lee Hull, also of New Mexico; her grandparents, Linda L Bacon of Montana, James R. and his wife Laura Woods of Oregon; Harry Malmburg of Donaldson; her boyfriend Thomas Stanley Wells, and her dog, Athena.

 

She was preceded in death by grandparents Nina Malmburg and James and Hilda Mae Woods.

 

A memorial service will be held at four o’clock on Friday afternoon, June 5, 2009 in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Brother Perry Robinson officiating.

 

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Donald Hulsey

Donald Ray Hulsey, age 54 of Malvern, died Saturday night, December 20, 2008, in the Hot Spring County Medical Center.  He was born in Malvern on November 8, 1954 to Mary Adams Hulsey and the late Virgil Leon Hulsey.  Reared and educated in Malvern, Donnie was in the yard care business until failing health disabled him.  He was Pentecostal by denomination. 

 

Donnie is survived by his mother, Mary Efird; by one brother, Lloyd Hulsey; by three step-brothers, Charles, Douglas, and Gary Efird; by three step-sisters, Diane Robbins and her husband, John, Charlene Korsmo, and Brenda Keisler and her husband, William, all of Malvern, by three sons, Alexander, Matthew, and Andrew Hulsey; and by a host of friends.

 

Donnie was also preceded in death by an infant brother, and by his step-father Charles Roland Efird.

 

His funeral will be held at one o’clock Friday afternoon, December 26, 2008, in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Pastors Will Ryan and Wayne Moore officiating. Interment will follow in the Harp Cemetery.

 

A visitation will immediately precede the funeral service, beginning at eleven o’clock.  Pallbearers will be Danny Beck, Toby Korsmo, Tony Sorensen, Jonathon Keisler, John Robbins, and Charlie Kraft. 

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Betty Hunt

 

 

Betty Lee Hunt, age 80 of Malvern, died Wednesday, September 5, 2012 at her home. She was born in Monticello, Arkansas on November 27, 1931 to the late Lee Bewley and Jewel Tippy Bewley. Reared and receiving her education in Monticello, she earned her bachelors degree from Arkansas A & M (now the University of Arkansas at Monticello) and her masters from Henderson State University. Mrs. Hunt was a public school teacher for over 34 years, having taught in Rison, Jones Mill, and Malvern, where she retired. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, where she attended the Friendship Sunday School Class. When her children were young, she and her husband were directors at Tanako, a United Methodist Church camp. She loved to play the piano, to travel with her family, and was an avid reader.

She is survived by her husband, Bill Hunt, of the home, to whom she was married on August 30, 1951, in Conway, Arkansas; by her son Mark and his wife Phyllis Hunt of Malvern; by her daughter Janet and her husband Greg Hartz of Little Rock; by four grandchildren, Wesley Hunt, Luke and his wife, Melissa Hunt, Ben and his wife, Nicole Hartz, and Meredith and her husband, Luke Shelton; by three great-grandchildren, and one on the way.

 

She was also preceded in death by her step-father, E. B. Rhodes.

 

The memorial service will be at eleven o’clock on Friday morning, September 7, 2012 in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church with Reverend Mike Fikes and Reverend LaVon Post officiating.

 

Private interment will be in Shadowlawn Cemetery.

 

The family will receive friends at the church prior the service, beginning at ten o’clock.

 

Memorials may take the form of contributions to First United Methodist Church, Malvern.

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