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Wayne C. Jackson

 

Wayne C. Jackson, age 90, of Malvern, died Sunday morning, September 26, 2010 at the Hot Spring County Medical Center. He was born in Willow, Arkansas on September 10, 1920 to the late Algie and Lucille Hudson Jackson. Reared and educated at Willow, he was a member of the last graduating class of the Willow school. Wayne was a United States Army veteran of World War 2, during which time he served with the original Merrill’s Marauders in the China-Burma-India Theatre, helping to cut the Burma Trail, and in so doing, he and his fellow infantrymen marched over 1000 miles. After his war service, and early in his career, he worked with his uncle in commercial construction. A resident of Malvern since 1953, Wayne was owner/operator of a logging and sawmill company, and later spent twenty years, along with his wife, as owner of Jackson’s Old Spring House Restaurant and the Sands Restaurant. He was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church where he had taught the Friendship Sunday School Class, and served as board chair for many years.

He is survived by his wife, Frances Nantze Jackson, to whom he was married on December 24, 1949 in Malvern. Wayne also leaves behind two daughters, Gloria Wright and her husband Jimmy of Malvern, and Retha Cline and her husband Rick of Springdale, Arkansas; his grandchildren, Ashley and David Hopkins, Brooke and Jimmy Moore, Randi and Daniel Green, Jackson and Tara Cline, and Jotham Wright and special friend, Leslie Clements; two great-grandchildren, Houston and William Hopkins; and two sisters-in-law, Merle Dean Jackson and Nettie Jean Jackson.

Wayne was also preceded in death by his siblings and their spouses, Norman and Helen Jackson, Erma and James Dial, Sam Jackson, and Bill John Jackson.

His funeral will be Wednesday morning, September 29, 2010, at eleven o’clock in the Cypress Methodist Church at Willow with Reverends Dooley Fowler and Bryan Diffee officiating. Interment with military honors will follow in the Cypress Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be: John Jackson, Russell Jackson, Jimmy Jackson, Lyle Jackson, Kerry Jackson, and Kinney Black.

Honorary pallbearers will be all of Wayne’s friends.

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

Memorials are requested to St. Paul United Methodist Church, or to the Cypress Cemetery Association, c/o Jimmy Jackson, 1696 Country Club Road, Malvern, Arkansas.

Online condolences may be sent via jafunkfuneralhome.com.

 

 

 
 

 


Pauline Jaeke

 

Pauline Josephine Jaeke, age 91 of Malvern, died Wednesday evening, January 13, 2010 in the Hot Spring County Medical Center.  She was born in Meadowland, Minnesota on October 7, 1918 to the late Paul and Josephine Wesley Kamper.  Reared and educated in Minnesota, she was a homemaker and the widow of the late William Jaeke, who preceded her in death in 1976.  During World War 2, Mrs. Jaeke worked in munitions factories for the war effort.  She had been a resident of Malvern since 1983.  Mrs. Jaeke was a Lutheran.

 

Survivors include her son, Bill Jaeke of Augusta, Wisconsin; and a sister Dorothy Golz of Chicago, Illinois, and a special friend, Genell Taylor of Malvern. 

 

There will be no services, as per her request.  Her ashes will be placed in a niche alongside her husband in Fairview Memorial Gardens in Fayetteville, Arkansas. 

Online condolences may be sent via jafunkfuneralhome.com.

 

 
 


Janie Lee Jenkins

 

Janie Lee Whitaker Jenkins, age 93 of Bellaire, Texas, formerly of Malvern, Arkansas, died Monday, April 08, 2013, in Houston, Texas. She was born on February 5, 1920 in Sheridan, Arkansas to the late Dave Whitaker and Jessie Duncan Whitaker. Her father died when she was very young, and she was reared by her mother and step-father, Frank Wilson. She was the widow of the late Doyle Jenkins, to whom she was married on September 2, 1939. He preceded her in death on November 15, 1994. Mrs. Jenkins was a cosmetologist and for over 40 years, she owned and operated Janie’s Beauty Shop in the Dyer Street Shopping Center in Malvern. She was a member of Second Baptist Church. Mrs. Jenkins moved to Texas in 2007 to be near her family.

Survivors include her son, David Jenkins and his wife Darla of Bellaire, Texas; three grandchildren, John Jenkins, Mike Jenkins (Rachel), and Martha Hillin (Jim); six great-grandchildren, Bryant and Connor Jenkins, and Christopher, Lauren, Drake, and Riley Hillin; and many nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by five brothers, Frederick Wilson, Charles Wilson, Woody Wilson, Bob Wilson, and Herbert Whitaker; and by two sisters, Pauline Glover and Lorene Homan.

Graveside services will be held at eleven o’clock on Saturday morning, April 13, 2013 in the Rockport Cemetery with Brothers Temon Jenkins and Lyndale Harberson officiating.

The family will receive friends at J. A. Funk Funeral Home on Friday evening from six until eight o’clock, and all other times will be at 1719 Regency Drive in Malvern.

Special thanks go to the staffs of St Dominick Village in Houston, and Brighton Gardens of Bellaire for their loving care of Janie.

Online condolences may be made via jafunkfuneralhome.com.

 

 

 
 

 


Lisa Coston Jenkins

 

Lisa Coston Jenkins, age 54 of Malvern, died Sunday, February 3, 2013 in Little Rock. She was born in Longview, Texas on October 16, 1958 to the late Elwood Coston and Faith Pennington Reeves. Reared and educated in Malvern, she was a homemaker.

She is survived by her husband, William Thomas “Butch” Jenkins of Malvern; by three daughters, Michialyn Boggus of Hot Springs, Farrah Fite of Amity, and Brandi Ward and her husband, Brent of Malvern; a brother, Richard Coston of Malvern; two sisters, Pam Parent of Siloam Springs, and June Bledsoe of El Dorado; seven grandchildren, Emily Jackson, Evan Myers, Sydney McCarver, Pyper Wilson, Grace Wilson, Andrew Boggus, and Jodi Paige Boggus.

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

The funeral will be held at two o’clock Wednesday afternoon, February 6, 2013 in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Brother Scott Efird officiating.

Online condolences may be sent via jafunkfuneralhome.com.

 

 

 
 

 


Harold Johnson

 

Harold Lee “Pop” Johnson, age 72 of Rolla, died Monday, April 25, 2011 at Arkansas Hospice in Hot Springs. He was born in Rolla, Arkansas on February 1, 1939 to the late Pat B. V. Johnson and Gladys Eason Johnson. Reared and receiving his early education in the Fairview Schools, he graduated from Malvern High School. He retired from Reynolds Metals as a mill right after 28 years with the company. He was a logger with Johnson Logging and P & M Logging from 1989 until 2003. “Pop” coached Jr. Babe Ruth for a number of years while his kids played. He was a member of the L’eau Fraiz United Methodist Church and the Bethlehem Lodge, #338, F & AM.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Kreider Johnson of Jessieville, Arkansas, to whom he was married on November 8, 2003; by three sons, Micheal Lee and Beverly Johnson, James Mark Johnson, all of Malvern, and Mark Curtis and Gayla Johnson of Sheridan; by a daughter, Sandra Gail Johnson of Malvern; his step-children, Gerald Robinson of Little Rock, Richard and Melissa Hanney, and Gayle and Toby Gathright, all of Locksburg, Arkansas; two brothers, J. M. Johnson and Peggy of Malvern, and David Johnson and Janice of Portland, Oregon; a sister, Ozell Johnson of Malvern, and a sister-in-law, Joyce Johnson of Hot Springs; eight grandchildren, Amanda Collie, Tray Catlett, Jenilee Huggins, Dustin Ray Johnson, Jena Marie Johnson, Brooke Johnson, T. J. Johnson, and Jaclyn Michelle Johnson; by six step-grandchildren, and by eight great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his former wife and the mother of his children, Johnette Wallace Johnson.

“Pop” was also preceded in death by a brother, R. V. Johnson.

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

His funeral will be Wednesday afternoon, April 27, 2011, at two o’clock, in the L’eau Fraiz Unite Interment will follow in the L’eau Fraiz Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be: Richard Sulton, Ronnie Ledbetter, Jace Ledbetter, Curt Crawford, Dennis Massey, and Dennis Nix.

Honorary pallbearers will be the staff of Arkansas Hospice in Hot Springs.

The family will be headquartered at Ozell Johnson’s residence, 2331 Landers Road, Malvern.

Memorials are requested to either L’eau Fraiz United Methodist Church, or the L’eau Fraiz Cemetery Assosicaion.

Online condolences may be sent via jafunkfuneralhome.com.

 

 

 
 

 


Retha Johnson

 

Retha Jones Johnson, age 97, of Malvern, died Thursday morning in the Hot Spring County Medical Center. She was born in Sheridan, Arkansas on June 10, 1913 to the late Lem Jones and Claudia Reese Jones. Reared and receiving her early education in Sheridan, she later attended Hendrix College, Henderson State Teachers College (now Henderson State University), and George Peabody College/Vanderbilt, where she received her AA, BA, and MA degrees. Mrs. Johnson taught school in Grant County, Hot Spring County, and Henderson State University. She retired in 1974 after teaching 27 years. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church where she attended the Wesleyan Sunday School Class. Mrs. Johnson was the widow of Adrian Johnson, who preceded her in death in 1984. They were married on August 14, 1937.

She was also preceded in death by her sister, Velma Lybrand, and a foster sister, Odessa Pearson.

Her survivors include one daughter Carolyn Sue and her husband Clifford Lloyd of Las Vegas, Nevada; one grandson Douglas R. Lloyd and his wife, Mina; two great-grandsons, Matthew V. and Nicolas A. Lloyd, all of Lansing, Michigan.

Graveside services will be on Sunday afternoon, April 10, at two o’clock, in the Lost Creek Cemetery in Sheridan with Reverend LaVon Post officiating and under the direction of J. A. Funk Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be sent via jafunkfuneralhome.com.

 

 
 

 


Stella Johnson

 

Stella Louise Johnson, age 87 of Malvern, died Saturday, January 9, 2010 in the Hot Spring County Medical Center.  She was born in Malvern on September 5, 1922 to the late Richard Franklin and Grace Gibbs Walters.  Reared and educated in Malvern and Chicago, Illinois, she was a retired licensed nurse.  She was the widow of the late Everett Lewis Johnson to whom she was married in August, 1941.  He preceded her in death in 1974.  She was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Malvern, where she was active in the choir and the United Methodist Women.

She is survived by four daughters, Linda and her husband Stuart Smith of Detroit, Michigan, Mary Steinbrenner and her husband Lee of Beaverton, Oregon, Catherine Wildes and her husband Donald of Jacksonville Beach, Florida, and Carole Alexander and her husband Dennis of Bossier City, Louisiana; by two sons, Ronald Johnson and his wife Arcelie of Malvern, and Ray Johnson and his wife Maria of McAllen, Texas; by 13 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. 

 

Mrs. Johnson was also preceded in death by a son, John Johnson, and a daughter, Martha Jean Johnson, and by a sister, Mae Taft, and an infant brother. 

 

Her funeral will be held at two o’clock Wednesday afternoon, January 13, 2010 in the sanctuary of St. Paul United Methodist Church with the Reverend Dooley Fowler officiating.  She will be interred in Laurel Hill Cemetery in Mission, Texas. 

 

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

 

Pallbearers will be: Ray Johnson, Ronald Johnson, Dennis Alexander, Joshua Alexander, Richard Taft, Stuart Smith, Martin Smith, Jack Dysart, Jr. 

 

Memorials may be made to St. Paul United Methodist Church.

 

The family extends a special thanks to the staff and administration of Malvern Nursing Home for their care and compassion. 

Online condolences may be sent via jafunkfuneralhome.com.

 

 

 
 

 


Virginia Davis Johnson

 

Virginia Davis Johnson, age 88, of Malvern, died Thursday, January 14, 2010, at her home.  She was born in Leola, Arkansas on November 18, 1921 to the late Benjamin Claud and Floy Lee Paxton Davis.  Reared and receiving her early education in Leola, she was Class Reporter in her senior year of high school. She attended Business School in Little Rock and was a graduate of the St. Joseph School of Nursing, becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse. Virginia worked in the Emergency Room at Hot Spring County Memorial Hospital, and in private practice for Dr. George Rosenthal in Malvern. She later worked private duty for both her parents, after which she retired.  She had been a member of Grace Missionary Baptist Church in El Dorado.  Virginia loved to read and kept alive the tradition of letter writing by regularly sending missives to family and friends.  She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend.

 

 

She is survived by her daughter Kay and her husband, Tom Lisenby; by her son, David Lynn Johnson, all of Malvern; by her sisters-in-law Gladys Davis and Joella Davis of Malvern; and by numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Virginia was also preceded in death by the father of her children, L. D. Johnson, by a son, Terry Wayne Johnson; by her brothers, Bernard, Frankie Lee, Wayne, and Runyon Davis; by a sister-in-law, Diddy Davis; by a nephew, Billy Gray Davis; and by her nieces, Martha Jane Davis Phifer and Janet Lynn Davis.

 

Her funeral will be held at two o’clock Sunday afternoon, January 17, 2010 in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Chaplain John Brown officiating. Interment will follow in Lono Cemetery. 

 

Pallbearers will be: Dr. Paul Wayne Davis, Claud Davis, Steve Davis, Clint Stiles, Robbie Holyfield, and David Elrod.

 

Honorary pallbearers will be: M. B. Johnson, Duell Robinson, Darren Norman, Brandon Bennett, and Steve Hoffman.

 

Special thanks go to Dr. Burton and staff, Hospice Home Care, and to Kristi Bailey and Kale Johnson for the loving care they gave to their grandmother. 

 

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday evening, January 16, 2010, from six until eight o’clock. 

Online condolences may be sent via jafunkfuneralhome.com.

 

 
 

 


Alton B. Jones

 

Alton B. Jones, 92, of Ovilla, Texas, formerly of Benton, Arkansas died Monday, April 12, 2010. He was born on February 20, 1918 in Wing, Arkansas to the late Lewis and Etta Bolin Jones. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Hazel Coates Jones, by brothers Art and Bob Jones, and by his sister, Mary Everett.

 
He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Janella and Marshall Martin; by granddaughters, Carmen and her husband Rodney Darneal, and Maria and her husband Chris Adkins; by great-granddaughters, Heather and her husband Brandon Redd, and Crystal Darneal and Bethany Adkins, by great-grandson Josiah Adkins; by sisters-in-law Mildred Jones and Mary Berza, and a number of nieces and nephews.
 
Graveside service will be at 11:30AM Thursday, April 15, 2010 in Forest Hills Cemetery, Alexander, Arkansas with Reverends Chris Adkins and James Walker officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of J. A. Funk Funeral Home, Malvern. Online condolences: jafunkfuneralhome.com.

 

 
 

 


Martha Jones

 

Martha Virginia Tarkington Jones, 83, died Monday, January 4, 2010 in San Antonio, Texas. Born in Malvern, Arkansas to Roy Brooks Tarkington and Audie Virginia Brown Tarkington, she was raised in Malvern and Prescott. In 1943, she married Maurice Eugene Jones (son of Jester and Stella Jones of Malvern) following a whirlwind courtship. “And they said it wouldn’t last.”

Following World War II, the couple moved to Dallas, Texas, where Martha became an operator for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company; there, she made friends with whom she was close for the remainder of her life. She worked for Southwestern Bell until the birth of her third child, at which time she became a full-time homemaker. Following moves to Corpus Christi, Texas and Ft. Worth, Texas, the family moved to San Antonio, Texas, where she returned to work as a school nurse at Montgomery Elementary School.

After one more move (to Tulsa, Oklahoma), Martha and Maurice retired and returned to Malvern, where they enjoyed retirement for 25 years before returning to San Antonio to be near their children.

Preceded in death by her oldest daughter, Ted Laneca Jones of Malvern, she is survived by her husband of 67 years, Maurice Jones of San Antonio, Texas; her son, Nick-Alan Tarkington Jones of Houston, Texas; her daughter, Marla Jones Rhodes of Boerne, Texas, and two grandchildren, Rachel Virginia Smith and David Mark Smith, both of Boerne, Texas, as well as many friends and relatives.

Whether sculpting and painting in her ceramics studio, relaxing on the boat on Lake DeGray, collecting everything from seashells to figurines, playing with her dogs, or enjoying Christmas on the beach at Navarre Beach, Florida, Martha always exhibited a zest for life, a love of fun, dancing, and parties, and fierce love of and loyalty to her family. Her wit and joi de vivre will be missed by all who knew her. She truly was a “Renaissance Woman”.

Her funeral will be held at First Baptist Church, Malvern, under direction of J. A. Funk Funeral Home, on Friday, January 8, at 1:00 pm. A visitation at the church will preceded the service at 11:00 am. Interment will follow at Shadowlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, or the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).

Online condolences may be made via jafunkfuneralhome.com

 

 
 

 


Rosemary Jones

 

 

Rosemary B. Jones, age 87, died early Monday morning, March 9, 2009, in Yukon, Oklahoma, at the home of her beloved granddaughter, Jill Morkes. A long-time resident of Malvern, Rosemary was born on July 30, 1921 in Laura, Oklahoma to the late Dr. Frank Ernest and Lettie Vivian Dill Black. In her early childhood, she lived on large cattle ranches in west Texas and New Mexico prior to her family’s moving to the rough and rugged copper mining country around Globe, Arizona. Never one to be told “girls don’t- can’t- shouldn’t- do that, she was the only female drummer in her high school’s drum and bugle corps. Rosemary and the late Wesley hall Jones were married on Christmas Eve, 1938 in Globe, Arizona.

After completing high school, she and Hall set up housekeeping in a tent house in Tiger, Arizona, and Rosemary began her first career, homemaker, by sweeping rough board floors, teaching herself to cook, and battling the scorpions. In about 1942, she and her husband moved to Shorewood Hills in Jones Mill, Arkansas. Rosemary worked in the laboratory at the aluminum plant nearby and studied aircraft mechanics to be prepared for other war work. They later moved into Malvern for some years prior to moving to southern Illinois in 1948, where she began her second career, motherhood, played a lot of bridge, learned to square dance, and made bookshelves, doll furniture, and play tables for her children. In 1959, she and her husband moved their family to Sulphur, Oklahoma, where rosemary discovered golf. When the family moved back to Malvern, she joined the Malvern Country Club. Rosemary grew to love golf, played whenever she was able, and considered herself an avid golfer for the rest of her life. She also was a very talented seamstress, making most of her and her daughter’s clothes, including prom dresses, and drapes and curtains for her home. She even made her daughter’s wedding gown as well as the bridesmaids’ dresses.

In 1970, following the death of her husband/friend/partner, Hall, rosemary bravely reentered the workplace and embarked on her third career: business woman. Wright Chemical Company hired her immediately to be the lab technician in the new resin plant they were building in Gifford. Rosemary continued to work in that same plant, through many changes of ownership, and rose to the level of office manager, retiring from Spurlock Adhesives in 1995 at the age of 74. During her tenure she was named Hot Spring County Employee of the Year by the Malvern Chamber of Commerce.

Rosemary enjoyed parties, dancing and entertaining: her taco suppers and enchilada dinners were always highly appreciated. Even while working fulltime, she managed to golf, play bridge, and maintain an active social life.She liked to travel. She enjoyed family vacations all over the country and into Mexico. She drove alone to Arizona twice, took a long trip to Canada, and went on a Caribbean cruise with her granddaughters Jill and Sharon. She also visited Jamaica and the Spice Islands. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Malvern, and a dedicated member of the Republican Party.

Survivors include: her daughter, Janice Jones Dodson of Diamondhead; her daughters-in-law, Linda McKinney (Dan) of McAlister, Oklahoma, and Glinda Jones of Petal, Mississippi; five grandchildren, Jill Jones Morkes (Mike), Carrie Fernandez (Tony), Sharon Jones Lloyd (David), Christen Rhea Dodson, and Wesley Charles Dodson; eight great-grandchildren, Ethan, Brody, Jaxon and Keira Morkes; Frankie and Gunner Jones-McKinney, and Blake Jones-McKinney, and Mateo James Fernandez; a cousin, Eleanor Clifton; brothers- and sisters-in-law, Russell and Mary Jones, John H. Jones, Rudell Breland, and Sarah and Bill Doan; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

Rosemary was also preceded in death by her son, Frank A. Jones, and by four brothers, John Ward Black, Frank E. Black, Jr., Orville Black, and William Mayo Black.

Her funeral will be Saturday, March 14, 2009, at two o’clock in the afternoon in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Reverend Carl McCormack officiating. Interment will follow in Resthaven Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the mortuary on Friday afternoon from five until seven o’clock. They will be headquartered at 228 Pebble Beach Drive in Diamondhead.

Rosemary’s family wants to express their most sincere gratitude to the staff of both Mercy Hospice of Oklahoma City and Daily Living Center of Bethany, Oklahoma for their loving care of and kindness to our oh-so-special, oh-so-dear Mother/Grandmother, Rosie.

Memorials are requested to the Arkansas Alzheimers Association.

Online condolences may be sent via jafunkfuneralhome.com.

 

 

 
 

 


Louis Murl Jordan

 

Louis Murl Jordan, age 85, of the Central community, died Tuesday, November 23, 2010 in the St. Joseph's Mercy Health Center in Hot Springs.  He was born in Malvern on August 8, 1925 to the late Louis Lyle and Viola Elizabeth Smith Jordan.  Reared in the Central community, he retired from the Natural Gas Pipeline after 33 years of service.  He was a member of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church and the Adult Sunday School Class.  Murl was an avid gardener, loved to word search puzzles, and took great pride in his yard. 

He is survived by his wife, Patricia Bray Jordan, to whom he was married on September 30, 1995; a daughter, Sallye Beth Jordan, of Cabot, Arkansas; a son Danny Jordan and his wife Kathy, of Benton; four grandchildren, Brittani Agent, Brad and his wife, Mika Jordan,  Grant and Sarah Katherine Jordan; and one great-grandchild, Madison Jewell Agent.

Murl was also preceded in death by his first wife, Jewell Daniel Jordan, by a sister Margaret Ann Stiles, and by an infant brother.

His funeral will be at two o'clock Friday afternoon, November 26, 2010 at the Mt. Zion Missionary BaptistChurch with Brother Donis Smead officiating. Visitation will precede the service beginning at 12:30 at the Church. Interment will follow in Ouachita Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be: Brad Jordan, Grant Jordan, Arlie Daniel, Gifford Green, Wendell Kratz, and Charles Spencer.

Memorials may be made to the building fund at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church.

Online condolences may be sent via jafunkfuneralhome.com.


 

 

 

 
 


Dennis E. Keenan, Sr.

 

Dennis Edward Keenan, Sr., age 62 of Malvern, died unexpectedly on Monday morning, May 12, 2014 in the Baptist Health Medical Center in Malvern.  He was born in Denver, Colorado on August 18, 1951 to Waldo Russell Keenan and the late Leila Marie Gallegos Keenan.  Reared and educated in Colorado, he had been a resident of Malvern since 1980.  Dennis retired from Pactiv as a Process Tech, after 34 years with the company.  He was a member of First Assembly of God Church, where he had taught Sunday School.  Dennis loved to garden and to play golf.  He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend.

He is survived by his wife, Diane Galloway Keenan, to whom he was married on Friday, December 13, 1974 in Golden, Colorado; by his daughter, Dedi Keenan Thorne (Daniel) of Carleton, Michigan, his son D. J. Keenan (Deanna) of Malvern; his brothers, Russ Keenan (Joyce) of Dallas, Mike Keenan (Bev) of Lakewood, Colorado; his sisters, Tine West of Aurora, Colorado, Mona Rickerson (Richard) of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and Juanita Keenan Ward (Roger) of Poncha Springs, Colorado; his father, Waldo Keenan of Aurora, Colorado; and eight grandchildren, Drew and Derek Mason, Dylan Hart, Matthew, Micheal, Cheyenne, Marshal, and Jillian Keenan.

The family will receive friends at J. A. Funk Funeral Home on Thursday evening, May 15, 2014 from six until eight o’clock.

The funeral will be held on Friday afternoon, May 16, 2014 at two o’clock in the sanctuary of First Assembly of God Church with Pastor Jimmy Bobo officiating.  Interment will follow at Price Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be: Tim Cranford, Buddy Stevenson, Rick Southworth, Sam Hamm, Jerry VanMeter, Jaymi Blankenship, Britt Hughes, and Keith Pennington.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite missions program.

Online condolences may be sent via jafunkfuneralhome.com.

 

 

 
 

 


Doris M. Keesee

 

Doris M. Keesee, age 83 of Malvern, died Wednesday morning, January 30, 2008, in the Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock.  She was born on October 18, 1924 in Prattsville, Arkansas to the late Landis Baron and Claude Hope Mitchell. Reared and receiving her education in Prattsville, Doris excelled in school sports.  She was a star player, along with her twin sister, Dorothy, on the high school basketball team, rarely scoring less than 10 points a game.  During World War 2, she worked in an aircraft assembly factory in California, a job of which she was very proud.  On April 22, 1946, she married James Keesee in Benton, Arkansas. Her husband owned and operated the Mayflower Moving and Storage Company in Malvern for many years.  Doris participated in every aspect of the business over the course of its existence.  Mr. Keesee preceded her in death in 2001.  She was a member of First Baptist Church and attended the Ruth Sunday School Class. 

She is survived by two sons, David and his wife, Melissa Keesee of Malvern, and Mark and his wife Neomia Keesee of Little Rock; by a daughter, Jean and her husband, J. E. Duffey of Houston, Texas; by a brother, Hiram Mitchell of Lake Village, Arkansas; by two sisters, Reba Allen of Phoenix, Arizona, and Theresa Evans of Orlando, Florida; by six grandchildren, Tinya Duffey, Curry Duffey, Mendi Kessee Palmer, Kendall Keesee Thornton, Jared Keesee, and Mitchell Keesee; and by three great-grandchildren, Carson Palmer, Sofia Duffey, and Talon Duffey Baleria. 

Doris was also preceded in death by ten brothers and sisters.

Her funeral will be held at two o’clock Saturday afternoon, February 2, 2008, in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Dr. Verne Wickliffe officiating.  Interment will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery.

Pallbearers are: Curry Duffey, Jon David Palmer, Gary Bell, Mitchell Keesee, Waylon Sligh, and Jared Keesee.

Honorary pallbearers are: Robert Rigdon and Scott Fuell.

The visitation will be on Friday from five-thirty until seven o’clock in the evening at the mortuary.

Memorials may take the form of contributions to the First Baptist Church Family Life Center or to the American Heart Association. 

The family extends its grateful appreciation to her Sunday School class for all their love and friendship over the years, and to Dr. Bruce White for his care and attention to Doris.

The family will be headquartered at 2828 Southgate Drive, Malvern.

Online condolesnces may be sent via jafunkfuneralhome.com.

 

 

 
 

 


Mitchell Curtis Keesee

Mitchell Curtis Keesee, age 23 of Little Rock , died Monday, September 26, 2011 at his home.  He was born in Little Rock on April 19, 1988 to Mark and Neomia Maxwell Keesee.  Reared and educated in Little Rock , Mitchell worked with his father in real estate.  He was also a sound producer for several popular video games and gaming systems. Mitchell was very proficient with computers and loved listening to classical music.  He was a member of First Baptist Church , Malvern.

He is survived by his parents of Little Rock ; a sister, Aletha Gates of Greenbrier; nieces and nephews, Brad Presley, Kayla Gates, and Madison Cameron; aunts and uncles, Evelyn Watt, Sharon Watt, Jeannie Huber, Bobby and Mark Maxwell, David and Melissa Keesee, and Jean and J. E. Duffey; and numerous cousins.

Mitchell was preceded in death by his grandparents, Eunice and Robert Maxwell, and James and Doris Keesee.

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

His funeral will be at ten o’clock Saturday morning, October 1, 2011 in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church with Dr. Verne Wickliffe officiating.  Interment will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery .

Pallbearers will be: Beau Thornton, Bryce Massey, Jared Keesee, David Palmer, Hershel Reaves, Larry Henderson, and Bobby Maxwell.

Online condolences may be sent via jafunkfuneralhome.com.

 

 
 

 


John Key

 

John Ross “Speedy” Key, age 84, of Leola, Arkansas, died Saturday, September 1, 2012 in Olive Branch, Mississippi. He was born on December 24, 1927 in Carthage, Arkansas to the late John Walter Key and Sarah Elizabeth Williams Key. Reared and educated in Carthage, he was brought up in the Presbyterian Church. Upon his marriage on Christmas Day, 1947 to Mary Frances Phillips of Leola, Arkansas, the Methodist Church became his lifelong denomination. Mr. Key worked for the railroad industry, living in different locales over the years, and raising his family. When he retired from ConRail as a trainmaster in 1989, he and his wife came back to Arkansas and settled in Leola. They were active members of the Hunters Chapel United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Mary, of the home; by a daughter, Janet Downs and her husband, Darryl, of Olive Branch; by four sons, John Key, Jr. and his wife Pat of Omaha, Nebraska, David Key and his wife Dot of Monroe, Louisiana, Philip Key and his wife Doreen of Olive Branch, and Mark Key of Ruston, Louisiana; a brother-in-law, Don Phillips of Leola; by nine grandsons, one granddaughter, and 13 great-grandchildren.

 

Mr. Key was also preceded in death by seven siblings.

 

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday evening, September 3, 2012 from five until seven o’clock.

 

His funeral will be at one o’clock Tuesday afternoon, September 4, 2012 in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Reverends James Batts and Al Harrell officiating.

 

Interment will follow in Hunters Chapel Cemetery.

 

Pallbearers will be, Derrick Phillips, Jeremy Downs, Jason Downs, Cason Key, Chris Key, Nathan Key, Matthew Key, Hayley Key, and Keith Willard.

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Joshua James Kemp

 

Joshua James Kemp, age 30, of Hot Spring, Arkansas, died Monday, June 13, 2011 in Hot Springs.  He was born on December 2, 1980 in Little Rock, Arkansas to Rebecca Helms Draper.  Reared and educated in Hot Springs,  Joshua had attended Lake Side Schools and later attended Garland County Community College. He loved computers and was the assistant coach of Team Riser Jukes basketball team. He was employed by Riser Nissan in Hot Springs. He was a loving son and father and will be missed by his family and friends.

He is survived by his grandmother Anna V Helms of Malvern; mother, Rebecca Helms Draper of Malvern;  Sister, Jennifer Ann Kemp; Daughter, Deja LaTron Kemp of Kansas City Missouri, fiancé Denise Maxie and her children; De’ Andre Phillips, RaVon Maxie, Jeremiah Maxie and Amber Maxie of Hot Springs; several aunts, uncles nieces and nephews.

Funeral will be Friday June 17, 2011 at the JA Funk Funeral Home Chapel at 2 ‘o clock with Brother Scott Efired officiating. 

Visitation will Thursday June 16 at the Funeral Home from 6 ‘o clock to 8.

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

Pallbearers will be: Tyler Short, John B. Wilson, Tyler Findley, Nathan Atlas, Jack Packis and Wes Penson.
Honorary Pallbears will be: David Stuart Sr. and David Stuart Jr.

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Rhonda Kett

 

Rhonda J. Kett, age 60 of Rockmart, Georgia, died Wednesday, April 20, 2011. She was born in Bakersfield, California on August 29, 1950 to the late Loyle Garrett and Melba Gross Garrett. Reared and educated in California, she had been a resident of Virginia Beach, Virginia prior to moving to Georgia in the 1980’s. She was a computer analyst and was employed by Fidelity Investment Services.

Survivors include her husband, Richard D. Kett of Rockmart, a son, Matthew Rook and his wife Charlotte of Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia, and her mother, Melba Garrett of San Jose, California. Local relatives include cousins, A. J. Williams, Marcel Heinley, Bill Williams, Cletis Overton, Herman Overton, Bobby Overton, and John Allan Funk.

She was also preceded in death by a brother, Richard Garrett.

Memorial services will be held on Wednesday morning at eleven o’clock, April 27, 2011 in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Brother Dennis Tillery officiating. Private interment will be in Cypress Cemetery at Willow.

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Lola Cunningham McCray Kidd

 

Lola Cunningham McCray Kidd, age 79 of Malvern, died Sunday in Hot Springs.  She was born in the Big Creek Community on September 30, 1929 to the late Gordon and Louisa Staggs Cunningham.  Reared and receiving her early education in Poyen, she was a member of the state championship basketball team while in high school.  She was licensed as a nurse in 1950 after graduating from the Leo N. Levi nursing program in Hot Springs.  Lola later became a Nurse Practitioner, a career from which she retired in 2003 after 30 years of service.  She was an avid bridge player, and attended St. Paul United Methodist Church.  Lola was the widow of the late Dr. Raymond V. McCray and the late Benny Kidd.

She was also preceded in death by two brothers, John Cunningham, William (Dick) Cunningham, and by four sisters, Ruby Lee Bankson, Louella Adams, Gladys Schakel, and Opal Ragland. Her survivors include a daughter Carol and her husband Claud Alan Davis of Malvern, a son, Vaughn and his wife Regina McCray of Springdale, Arkansas; two step-children, Kenneth and his wife Regina Kidd, and Kay and her husband Jerry Johnson of Texas; a brother, Glenn Cunningham of Apple Valley, California; two grandchildren, Katie and her husband Gerald Black, and Kelley Davis; step-grandchildren, Tonya Wages, Ethan Wages, Chris Kidd, and Toni Hammond; a great-grandchild, Davis Black; step-great-grandchildren, Keylan Wages, QuaNeishia Bohanon, and Danyelle Hammond. 

The funeral will be Thursday morning, April 30, 2009, at ten o’clock, in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Reverend James Batts officiating. 

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday afternoon from four-thirty until six o’clock.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to St. Paul United Methodist Church, Elmdale Baptist Church in Springdale, Arkansas, or to the Hot Spring County Medical Center Foundation. 

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J.S. Kilgroe

 

J.S. Kilgroe passed away Sunday evening on December 4, 2011, at his home in Malvern, Arkansas.  He was 79 years old. J.S. was born in Pearcy, Arkansas on February 22, 1932, to the late James Kilgroe and Pearle Belle Ward Kilgroe.

To all who knew him, J.S. was a quiet and unassuming man who worked long hours and lots of overtime to provide a good life for his family and even take a few vacations to Walt Disney World every so often. Friends and co-workers often described him as a diligent worker with a keen eye for detail.

An Air Force veteran, J.S. received an honorable discharge having served in Germany following the end of WWII.  After 24 years as a machinist with Reynolds Cable and a member of the local steel workers' union, J.S. retired to spend more time at home and work on gardening projects. During and after his time at Reynolds, J.S. also raised cattle and other livestock at his farms in Perla and Magnet Cove; he loved driving out to the farm listening to eight-track tapes of Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson in his Chevy Big 10.

To his wife, Carolyn Sue, J.S. was a loving husband who never left her side and showed unwavering devotion in sickness and in health. They were married on October 20, 1957, by Brother Don Hook at the First Baptist Church on Main Street, and ever since that day 54 years ago, J.S. could often be seen holding hands with “his Susie” all around town.

To his children and granddaughter, J.S. was a protective and caring dad and grandfather who taught Sam, Sherri, and Cagney the value of compassion, integrity, and thoroughness. In fact, over the years J.S. instilled the importance of paying attention to detail by often saying to Sam and Sherri that "something is not done until it's done right"; instruction manuals at the Kilgroe home were always chock-full of underlined text.

In his spare time, J.S. could be found tinkering around the house, listening to country music, or playing with his many animals.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Sue Lindvall Kilgroe; his son, Nicholas Samuel Lee Kilgroe and his wife, Pam, of Malvern; his daughter, Sherri Lynne (Kilgroe) De Jesus and her significant other, Michael Jauregui of Kingwood, Texas; a granddaughter, Cagney Kilgroe; and his many furry and feathered children and grandchildren.

The funeral for J.S. will be at ten o’clock on Thursday morning, December 8, 2011, in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Brother Tyler Thompson officiating.  His burial will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday evening, December 7th, from six until eight o’clock.

Pallbearers will be: Robert "Robby" Bailey, Bryan Couch, Jeff Erwin, Shane Draper, Ronny Orr, and Jeremy Smith. Honorary pallbearers will be his former co-workers at Reynolds, Dennis Cates, and Michael Kidder.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to be sent to Arkansas Hospice, 628 Malvern Avenue, Hot Springs, Arkansas 71901.

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John Houston Kimzey

 

John Houston Kimzey, age 92 of Magnet Cove, died Monday, October 22, 2007 at his home. He was born in Magnet Cove on November 7, 1914 to the late John Taylor and Josephine E. Lofton Kimzey. Reared and receiving his early education in Magnet Cove, where he graduated from high school in 1934, he later graduated from Henderson State Teachers College ( now Henderson State University). He taught agriculture in the Donaldson schools for a time, but went to work for Reynolds Metals Company, from whose employ he retired in 1979. A World War 2 United States Army veteran, he served in the China-Burma-India Theater as an instructor in the foreign training center in Ramgarh, India. This center was top secret and it existence was not disclosed until after the war. The instructors at Ramgarh had been hand-picked for the assignment because they were tops in their field. Mr. Kimzey had learned to speak Chinese for his assignment and was issued a lapel pin with Chinese characters worn only by the instructors at Ramgarh. The translation: VICTORY THROUGH KNOWLEDGE.

Mr. Kimzey was an avid golfer. He shot his first hole-in-one at the age of 80! He was a member of the Arkansas State Golf Association, the International Order of the Oddfellows, and the Magnet Cove United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Ola Frances Beaver Kimzey, of the home, to whom he was married on January 24, 1961; by two daughters, Dee Emami of Oxnard, California, and Mitzi Beasley of Malvern; by a step-daughter, Doris Hubbard of Alexander, Arkansas; by a step-son Dale Harvey of Donaldson; by four grandchildren, Armaun Emami, Kimberly Black, Jeffrey Hunt, II, and Andrew Wilson; and by seven step-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by four sisters: Mary Kimzey, Annie Lapin, Gladys Van Meter, and Rosie Rogers; by five brothers: Jeff, Reed, Lawton, Ord, and Thornton Kimzey, and by a step-son, Walter Harvey.

His graveside service was held on Tuesday morning, October 23, 2007, at ten o’clock in the Magnet Cove Cemetery with the Reverend Bob Clark officiating. Arrangements were entrusted to J. A. Funk Funeral Home.

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Ola Kimzey

 

Ola Frances Kimzey, age 88, of Malvern, died Saturday, August 2, 2014 in the Arbor Oaks Health and Rehab Center.  She was born on September 14, 1925 in Ardmore, Oklahoma to the late James Edgar Beaver and Tina Bell Cook Beaver.  Reared and educated in Oklahoma, Texas, California, and Arkansas, she always considered Hot Springs her home town.  She had been a resident of Magnet Cove since 1962.  She was the widow of the late John Kimzey, to whom she was married on January 24, 1961.  He preceded her in death in 2007.  Mrs. Kimzey was a member of The Church of God, and was a homemaker.

She is survived by her children, Mitzi Kimzey of Alabama, Dee Ann Emami of California, Doris Cox of St. Joe, Arkansas, and Dale Harvey of Antioch; four sisters, Florence Beaver of Cleveland, Texas, Lois Beaver of Malvern, Margaret Blake of Little Rock, and Jessie Robinson of Big Creek; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Kimzey was also preceded in death by a son, Walter Harvey, and by six siblings.

A graveside service will be held in the Magnet Cove Cemetery on Tuesday August 5, 2014 at ten o’clock in the morning.

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Mary Ross Langley

 

Mary Ross Langley, age 91 of Malvern, died Friday night, February 1, 2008, in the Malvern Nursing Home.  She was born in Malvern on January 18, 1917 to the late Allen and Maud Allen Brady.  Reared and receiving her early education here, she was a 1935 graduate of Malvern High School.  Mary continued her education after moving to Texas, and attended the Longview School of Business.  She worked as a drugstore bookkeeper in Longview before coming back to Malvern permanently in 1960.  Mary worked at the Hot Spring County Medical Center for 15 years.  She was a devoted member of Second Baptist Church and was active in many church programs throughout the years.  An avid golfer, she also loved to play bridge.  Mary was the widow of the late Elmo Jordan, her first husband, and the late A. C. “Squeaky” Langley, to whom she was married for 35 years.  She was also preceded in death by a sister and brother-in-law, Doris and Don Smith.

 

 Her survivors include a step-daughter Carol Jean and her husband Claud Allen Davis of Malvern; two grandchildren, Katie Davis Black (Gerald) of Missoula, Montana, and Kelley Davis of Springdale, Arkansas; a sister, Gladys Strickland, of Malvern; two nieces, Mary Ann Danner (Richard) of Bonham, Texas, and Donna McHenry (Tom) of Ft. Worth, Texas; two nephews, Robert Bland of Georgetown, Texas, and William Bland of Bogata, Colombia; a local cousin, Wilbur and his wife Neva Sullivan of Malvern; and a host of cousins, grand-nieces and nephews.

 

 A memorial service will be held at ten o’clock Tuesday morning, February 5, 2008 in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Brother Morris Cloud and Brother Richard Danner officiating.  In accordance with Mary’s wishes, her body was cremated.  Her ashes will ultimately be interred on the family plot in Oak Ridge Cemetery.

 

 In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to the Second Baptist Church Building Fund.

 

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Don Law

Don Law, age 69 of Malvern, died Thursday morning, July 28, 2011 in the Arbor Oaks Health and Rehabilitation Center .  He was born on September 27, 1941 in Hutchinson , Kansas , the only child of the late Delmer and Dorothy Plush Law.  Reared and educated in Kansas , he worked in commercial construction.  Mr. Law had been a resident of Malvern for nine years.

He is survived by a son, Lance Law of Springfield, Missouri; by a daughter, Britan Cokely of Dalton, Pennsylvania; by five grandchildren, Leslie Law and Lucas Law of Savannah, Georgia; Jacob Rogers of Springfield, Missouri; and Kyla Cokely and Tane Law of Dalton, Pennsylvania; and by his soul-mate and the love of his life, LaDonna Turpin of Malvern.

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

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Jerry N. Lawrence

 

Jerry N. Lawrence, age 61 of Hot Springs, died early Sunday morning, December 9, 2007, at his home, surrounded by his loving family. He was born on October 19, 1946 in Willow, Arkansas, to the late Otis C. and Eva Tate Lawrence. Reared and educated in Hot Spring and Grant Counties, he had been a resident of Hot Springs, Arkansas for 40 years. Jerry was an Independent Insurance Agent, a United States Army veteran, was a member of the Shady Grove Missionary Baptist Church, and the L & L Hunting Club. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved to talk on the phone. Jerry was the husband of Deleta Bray Lawrence, to whom he was married on March 1, 1965 in Bryant, Arkansas, and who survives him.

His other survivors include: his children, Terry Lawrence; Tonya Lawrence Baier and her husband, Tim; and Pam Lawrence Tolleson, all of Hot Springs; by his beloved grandchildren, Jessie and Mitchell Taylor; Stacie, Cory, and Haley Lawrence; Jared and Meredith Baier; Lauren Hall, Kristen Beard, Maddie Davis, and J. R. Tolleson; by one great-grandson, T. J. Taylor; two brothers, Jimmy Lawrence of Magnet Cove and Otis Lawrence of Mabelvale; and by two sisters, Elsie Harper of Fordyce and Alice Sevier of Hernando, Mississippi.

Jerry was also preceded in death by a brother and a sister, Dewey Lawrence and Shirley Edwards, and by his daughter-in-law, Teresa Lawrence.

His funeral will be held on Wednesday morning, December 12, 2007, at ten o’clock in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Brother Larry Stinson officiating. Interment will follow in Tulip Cemetery.

Pallbearers are: Mitchell Taylor, Jared Baier, Cory Lawrence, Gary Draper, Jimmy Rodgers, and Richard Tolleson.

Honorary pallbearers are: Jerry (J. R.) Tolleson and Timothy (T. J.) Taylor.

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

The family will be at their home, 113 San Pablo Way, Hot Springs.

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Jimmy R. Lawrence

 

 

 

Jimmy R. Lawrence, age 73 of Magnet Cove, died Friday, June 26, 2009 at Arkansas Hospice in

Hot Springs.  He was born on June 6, 1936 in Willow, Arkansas to the late Odis and Eva Tate Lawrence.  Reared and educated at Willow, he was the husband of Connie Munger Lawrence, to whom he was married on February 14, 1976 in Little Rock. Jimmy was a Baptist.  He was a truck driver, singer and musician with his own band.  Jimmy also worked in the Pro Shop at Oaklawn Lanes.  Before his illness he was an avid bowler and loved to ride his Honda Trike.  He was a past member of Abate 14 and GWRRA, (Gold Wing Road Riders Association) Chapter E.

Other survivors include: two daughters, Vicki and her husband Ronnie Wright of Bauxite, and J’Ne Marie Hutson of Little Rock; a son, Sean and his wife, Courtney of Magnet Cove; two sisters, Alice Sevier of Hernando, Mississippi, and Elsie Harper of Fordyce; one brother, Odis Lawrence, Jr. of Little Rock; five grandchildren, Jamie Burton, Adrieanna Hutson, Abraham Hutson, Tanner Lawrence, and Madison Lawrence; and three great-grandchildren, Jessie, Dylan, and Kody Burton.

He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Dewey and Jerry Lawrence, and by a sister, Shirley Edwards.

A graveside service will be held at Tulip Cemetery on Wednesday morning, July 1, 2009 at ten o’clock with Brother Kenneth Mitchell officiating.

The family will receive friends at J. A. Funk Funeral Home on Tuesday evening, June 30, 2009 from six until eight o’clock.

Honorary pallbearers are Rich Roth, LeRoy Lott, Danny Wilson, Harold Beason, Bob White, Michael Stephens, Joe Frye, GWRRA Chapter E Members, Arkansas Hospice on 5 West, Roger Burchfield, Elbert Walker, and Dr. and Mrs. Ab Tilley.

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Fred Lederer

 

 

Fred Lederer, age 84 of Malvern, died Sunday, December 30, 2012 in the Hot Spring County Medical Center. He was born in Flippin, Arkansas on May 14, 1928 to the late Asa Lederer and Zada Coots Lederer. Reared and educated in Flippin, he and his family moved to Malvern in 1971. Fred was employed by Arkansas Power and Light for over 43 years, retiring as a general construction foreman. He was a member and deacon of First Baptist Church, an associate member of the Saltzman Sunday School Class, and had worked in the children’s department of the church for over 30 years.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia Morris Lederer of Malvern, to whom he was married on May 14, 1988 in Little Rock; by his children, Robert Lederer and his wife Bettie of Enterprise, Alabama, and Roger Lederer and his wife Teresa, of Malvern; by four grandchildren, Amanda, Amy, Tara, and Brandi; and by three great-grandchildren, Kody, Kayden, and Britany.

Fred was also preceded in death by his first wife and the mother of his children, Allie Pruitt Lederer, and a sister, Lenora Fenton.

The family will receive friends at J. A. Funk Funeral Home on Wednesday evening, January 2, 2013 from five until seven o’clock.

His funeral will be at eleven o’clock Thursday morning, January 3, 2013 in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church with Brother Tyler Thompson officiating.

Pallbearers will be: James Stinnett, Willie Mitchell, Walter Staley, Dean Lock, Kenny Black, and Brian Porter.

Honorary pallbearers are: the Board of Deacons of First Baptist Church, and the Saltzman Sunday School Class.

Burial will take place on Friday afternoon, January 4, 2013, at two o’clock, in Baxter Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Mt. Home, Arkansas.

Memorials are requested to First Baptist Church Family Life Center, or the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, c/o First Baptist Church.

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Dr. Jusung Lee

 

Born in Seoul, Korea on May 19, 1934 to Lee Young Choon and Kim Soongi, Dr. Jusung Lee passed away on December 24, 2013 at the age of 79.  Dr. Lee arrived in the United States in 1958 and became naturalized in 1965.  He graduated from Chon Puk University (1954-1958) and received his BS and DVM.  Once in the United States, Dr. Lee attended Ricks College from 1958-1959 and Colorado State University Graduate School in 1959.  Dr. Lee was an associate veterinarian with Pony Hill Veterinary Service from 1959-1960, was an associate veterinarian with Norris Veterinary Service from 1960-1964, and was self-employed in Malvern, Arkansas from 1964 to the present.  Dr. Lee was a member of the Arkansas VMA, AVMA, and the Korean Veterinary Society of America (vice president/trustee 1975).  In 2010, Dr. Lee was recognized as the First Korean Veterinarian in the United States by the Korean Veterinary Society of America.

Dr. Lee is survived by his daughter, Velda Keeney and her husband Jay; two grandchildren, Jacob and Jace Keeney (all of Malvern); brothers, Juchul and Jusuk of Los Angles, CA; a sister, KaiRim of Washington D.C.; a sister Kaiyoung of Wonjoo, Korea; a brother Jusam of Wonjoo, Korea; a brother Jueun of Kunsan, Korea; a sister Kaieun of Seoul, Korea; a sister Kaishim of Mongolia; and a brother Juyoung of New York, NY; 13 nieces and nephews; and 5 great nieces and nephews.

Dr. Lee is preceded in death by his father, Lee Young Choon; his mother, Kim Soongi; his step-mothers, Kim Soonduk and Kim Kumryun; his sisters Kaisun and Kaiwol; and his brothers, Jusoo and Jukwang. 

A memorial service will be held on Friday, December 27, 2013, at 2:00 p.m., at J. A. Funk Funeral Home in Malvern with Reverend LaVon Post officiating.

 In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Hot Spring County Community Wide Thanksgiving and Christmas Meals, c/o First United Methodist Church, 127 East Page Avenue, Malvern, Arkansas 72104.

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Pamela Key Lee

 

Pamela Kay Lee, age 55 of Malvern, died Wednesday at her home.  She was born in Malvern on December 12, 1957 to Dorothy Jean Dammann Key and the late Elgin Calvin Key. Reared and educated in California and Malvern, she had been a press brake operator for Air Tech Supply in Hot Springs.  Pamela was a Baptist.  She loved to hunt and fish, and was an avid gardener.  One of her favorite pastimes was listening to the Hippie Holler Band.

She is survived by her husband, Charles A. “Charlie” Lee of Malvern, to whom she was married on January 21, 2000; her son, Danny King, Jr., and her special caregiver, Christi Nix, of Malvern; a brother, Ronnie Key and his wife Diane of Malvern; four grandchildren, Jasmine King, Madison King, Stone King, and Hayden Arnold; a sister-in-law, Rita Frazier and her husband Charles, and a brother-in-law Richard Smith.  She also leaves behind her two loving cats, Max and Tigger.

Pamela was also preceded in death by a brother, Michael Key, and a sister, Judy Smith.

A gathering of family and friends will take place at two o’clock Saturday afternoon, June 15, 2013 at Pamela’s home with Kevin Hunt officiating.

Honorary pallbearers are Jim Davis and Mike Nissen.

Memorials are requested to the American Cancer Society.

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Mary M. Lewis

Mary M. Lewis, age 89 of Malvern, died Thursday morning, May 13, 2010 in the Arbor Oaks Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was born in Friendship, Arkansas on March 27, 1921 to the late Edward and Eve McMahan Sheehy. Mary was a homemaker and the widow of the late Amos Lewis, who preceded her in death in 2001. She was a member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church of Malvern.

She is survived by her cousins, Teresa and her husband Noel Goolsby, Robert Alan Russell, and Hope Bell, all of Point Cedar; Shirley Taylor and James Taylor of Friendship, and Myrna Burg of California.

Mary was also preceded in death by a son, Dennis Ayers, and a brother, Hubert Sheehy.

Her funeral will be held in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home at two o’clock Wednesday afternoon, May 19, 2010 with Pastors Henry Thompson and Jon Buyer officiating. 

Interment will follow in Gilchrist Cemetery at Friendship. 

Honorary pallbearers will be Judy Westcott and Bonnie Williams. 

A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. 

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Jet Lightfoot

 

Jet Lightfoot, age 85 of Malvern, died Thursday, February 18, 2010 in the Hot Spring County Medical Center. He was born in Hugo, Oklahoma on April 28, 1924 to the late William and Myrtle Lightfoot. Jet had degrees in both engineering and agriculture. He attended the University of Tulsa, the University of Arkansas, and Henderson State University. He was a retired Lieutenant Colonel, USAF, having served in World War II, Korea and Viet Nam. Jet piloted the BT13 and C123 and C124 planes while in the military, and he later joined the Civil Air Patrol.

He is survived by his daughters, Charla Ann Lightfoot Mathews and her husband Stuart of Sherwood, Arkansas, and Jo Hart Lightfoot Walters and her husband Doug of Jones Mill; by three grandchildren, Vonn Ely, Jake Ledbetter, and Andrea Reynolds; by five great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn Harris, Sydney Harris, Ella Ledbetter, Isaac Reynolds, and Evelyn Reynolds.

Jet was also preceded in death by three sisters and one brother, Jack Lightfoot.

A memorial service will be held at one o’clock Tuesday afternoon, February 23, 2010 in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Brother Mike Green officiating. Full military honors will follow on the lawn of the funeral home by the Honor Guard from the Little Rock Air Force Base.

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

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

The family will be headquartered at 513 Cherry Lane, Malvern.

Special thanks to the Malvern Nursing Home and Staff, Hots Springs County Medical Center and Staff and Larry Brashears.

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Richard E. Lindstrom

 

Richard E. Lindstrom, Jr. age 61 of Malvern, died Tuesday evening, May 15, 2012 in the John L. McClellan Memorial Veterans Hospital in Little Rock .  He was born on December 6, 1950 on Oahu , Hawaii to the late Richard E. Lindstrom, Sr. and Gloria Larson Lindstrom.  Reared and receiving his early education in Hawaii , he attended high school in Illinois .  Richard served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War.  He was a brick/stone mason and had worked in waste management for American Composting.  Richard was a life member of the Wisconsin VFW, an honorary member of the Malvern VFW, served on the board of the Hot Spring County Literacy Council, and was a member of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Hot Springs . 

He is survived by his wife Vickie McNees of Malvern, to whom he was married on March 11, 2012; two daughters, Jamie Gearig of Arizona and Gloria Lindstrom of Wisconsin; a son, Richard E. Lindstrom, III of Wisconsin; two sisters, Vicki Swanson of Alaska and Barbara Russell of Illinois; two brothers, Eric Lindstrom and Kurtis Lindstrom, both of Wisconsin; and one grandchild, 
Brayden Gearig.

Memorial service will be Saturday, May 19, 2012 at one o’clock in the afternoon in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Pastor John Odna officiating.

After the memorial service, there will be a bike run (cars welcome) to Hot Springs Mountain , one of Richard’s favorite places.

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Sherry McKinnon Locke

 

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Sherry Juanita Locke, age 69, of Malvern, died Tuesday in the Hot Spring County Medical Center.  She was born on November 4, 1942 in Butte , Montana to the late Richard Edward McKinnon and Juanita Kantla McKinnon.  Reared and receiving her early education in Montana and Idaho , Sherry later earned her bachelor’s degree in education from Eastern Montana College of Education (now Montana State in Billings ).  She received her master’s degree in education from Henderson State University .  Sherry had taught in the Prattsville, Gifford, and Glen Rose school districts for a total of 35 years prior to her retirement in 2005.  She was a member of first United Methodist Church , the Jo Fisher Sunday School Class, and United Methodist Women.  Sherry had also been a Girl Scout leader for a number of years.

She is survived by her husband, Paul Locke, to whom she was married on August 17, 1963 at First Methodist Church, Malvern; her son, Kerry Paul Locke and his wife Sandy of Glen Rose; her daughter, Christie Juanita Storm and her husband David of Prairie Grove, Arkansas; her brother Hugh McKinnon and his wife Ramona of Malvern; her grandchildren, Tony Storm, Joshua Locke, Jordan Locke, Zoe Storm, and Austin Storm; and her step-sister, Valita Goza Loser and her husband Greg of San Antonio, Texas.

Sherry was also preceded in death by her step-mother, Elsie Bess McKinnon.

Her funeral will be on Monday afternoon, February 20, 2012, at two o’clock, in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church with Reverend LaVon Post officiating.  Visitation will be in the fellowship hall of the church one hour prior to the service.  Interment will follow in Resthaven Cemetery .

Pallbearers will be Lew Waniewski, David Storm, and her grandchildren, Joshua and Jordan Locke, Zoe, Austin, and Tony Storm.

Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. and Mrs. Larry Brashears, Mitchell Burris, Mary Waniewski, Shirley Blair, and Shirley McGalliard.

Memorials are requested to Alzheimer’s Research, or First United Methodist Church .

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Dewey Logan

 

Dewey Logan, age 86 of Malvern, died Tuesday April 5, 2011 in Little Rock. He was born in Malvern on December 17, 1924 to the late E. L. and Ola Perry Logan. Reared and receiving his early education in Malvern, he graduated from Malvern High School at the age of 17. He attended what is now the University of Arkansas at Little Rock prior to joining the United States Navy  in 1943.   He served   as a Landing Craft Coxswain for the U.S. Marines throughout the Asiatic-Pacific Theater during World War   II, including the invasion of Okinawa  . On March 29, 1944, he married the love of his life, the former Dorothy Banks, to whom he was married for 64 years. She preceded him in death on December 10, 2008. Dewey worked many years for both Reynolds Metals Company and ALCOA as a chemist. He helped set up the lab at the aluminum plant in Venezuela, and also worked at plants in upstate New York, Arkadelphia, and Malvern. He was a faithful member of First United Methodist Church, was a Mason, and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.     Dewey enjoyed boating on Lake Catherine and was an avid life-long Razorbacks fan.

He is survived by his sister and brother-in-law Virginia Lee and Max Bryant of Little Rock; by his nieces and nephews, Gail and Dan Lien, Rodney and Leigh Bryant,  Lisa Akridge, Hank and Tracey Wright and John and Lynn Wright ; and great-nieces and nephews,  Paul and Lynn Ann Bryant, Charlie Jackson Bryant, Rebecca Bryant, Stephanie, Bradley, and Tiffany Akridge, Logan and Jake Wright, Jake, Tara, and Natalie White, and by a special friend, Gleason McGuire.

Dewey’s funeral will be at two o’clock Friday afternoon, April 8, 2011 in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Reverend LaVon Post officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery.

Pallbearers are: Paul Bryant, Rodney Bryant, Dan lien, Hank Wright, John Wright, and Seth Wright.

Honorary pallbearers are: George Green, Chris Williams, and Farrell Richardson.

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

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

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Ronald J. Logue

 

Ronald J. “Ronnie” Logue, age 63, of Malvern, died Saturday evening, August 11, 2007 at his residence. He was born in Taylorville, Illinois on May 11, 1944 to Mary Helen Noblet Logue and the late Jesse Carl Logue. Mr. Logue was reared and educated in Illinois. He retired after 33 years from Caterpillar, Inc. in East Peoria, Illinois, where he was very active in the union. He had served as Bargaining Committee Chairman for the local UAW #974 in East Peoria. Mr. Logue moved to Malvern in 1996 and bought a farm near the Ouachita River. He began raising cattle and horses on what he called his “little piece of Heaven”. On the side, he drove a school bus and established a wonderful rapport with his kids and their parents, who all called him “Mr. Ron”. At the time of his death, he was serving as president of the Hot Spring County Cattlemen’s Association. Mr. Logue was a member of St. Luke Lutheran Church in Malvern, having served as president of the church’s board for two terms.

Mr. Logue was also preceded in death by a brother, Steven Dale Logue.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon Meisinger Logue, of the home, to whom he was married on February 1, 1980 in Green Valley, Illinois; by two sons, Jason Logue of Peoria, Illinois and Jeff and his wife Jann Logue of Washington, Illinois; by three step-children, Kelly Mistretta of Arizona, Krystal Call of Pekin, Illinois, and Bradley and his wife, Kelly Volk, also of Pekin; his mother, Mary Helen Bright of Canton, Illinois; a sister, Jerolyn and her husband Robert Edwards of Salem, Missouri; two brothers, Roger and his wife Diane Logue of Wilmington, Illinois, and Gary A. Logue of Oklahoma; one granddaughter, Brooke Patterson; four step-grandchildren, Angela and Dustin Call, and Shimeha and Heather Volk; and by one step great-grandson, Braydon.

His funeral will be at eleven o’clock Wednesday morning, August 15, 2007 in the sanctuary of St. Luke Lutheran Church with Pastor Ken Burton officiating. Cremation will be the final disposition.

Honorary pallbearers are Joe DuBoise, David Jordan and Danny Jordan, Terry Bond, Bob Edwards, and Shawn Van Note.

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

Memorials are requested to St. Luke Lutheran Church or Baptist Health Hospice in Arkadelphia.

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Clarice Louton

 

Clarice Lavern Louton, age 69 of Hot Springs , died Monday, July 18, 2011.  She was born on January 4, 1942 in Malvern to the late Alonzo and Mamie Brent Greeno.  Reared in Malvern, she was a homemaker and the wife of Robert Louton, Sr.  They were married on October 29, 1965 in Long Beach , California .  Mrs. Louton was a member of the Gospel Light Baptist Church in Hot Springs .  She loved growing flowers.

Survivors include her husband of the home; two sons, Robert Louton, Jr. and his wife Deandra of Malvern, and Bruce Louton of Hot Springs ; two daughters, Angela Thurman and her husband Jim of Malvern, and Kimberly Standard of Hot Springs ; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Mitchell and Fred Greeno, and by four sisters, Bobbie West, Frankie Wiel, Arlene Bonner, and Jackie Greenley.

Graveside service will be held Thursday afternoon, July 21, 2011 at two thirty, in the Lone Hill Cemetery near Oak Grove.

Pallbearers will be: Dillon Louton, Jonathan Petty, Larkin Petty, Jesse Lewallen, Randall Lewallen, and Steven Thurman.

Honorary pallbearer is Earl Thurman.

Memorials are requested to Arkansas Hospice.

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Vivian Lynn Robeson Wilcox Luethje

 

Vivian Lynn Robeson Wilcox Luethje, age 63 of Oppelo, Arkansas, died unexpectedly on Saturday, May 5, 2007 at Fairfield Bay. She was born August 24, 1943 in Malvern to the late F. D. and Clora Mae O’Neal Robeson. Reared and receiving her early education in Malvern, she attended Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia and went on to earn her Master’s degree in business at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. A great part of her working life was spent in the administration department at the Petit Jean Vocational College in Morrilton, Arkansas, where she was also a member of the local First United Methodist Church. Lynn was an avid bridge player, loved computers, and was always “there“ for anyone in need.

She is survived by her husband, Dean H. Luethje, of Oppelo, to whom she was married on February 19, 1996; by a daughter, Jaime Lynn Wilcox of Conway; by two brothers: David Robeson of Houston, Texas, and A. J. Robeson of Mabelvale, Arkansas; by three sisters: Pauline M. Kelley of Jacksonville, Florida, Jo Ann Sullivan of Little Rock, and Eunice O. “Neta” House of Malvern; and by numerous nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and -nephews.

Lynn was also preceded in death by her first husband, James H. Wilcox.A graveside service will be held on Tuesday morning, May 8, 2007, at eleven o’clock, in the Cooper Cemetery near Malvern with the Reverend David Smith officiating.

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Betty Lyons

 

Betty J. Lyons, age 66 of Malvern, died early Friday morning, December 28, 2007, in the Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. She was born in Willow, Arkansas on January 15, 1941 to the late Walter M. and Iona Jones Cox. Reared and receiving her early education in Willow, she moved with her family to Malvern in her junior year of high school. Betty later earned her associate degree from the Draughn’s School of Business in Little Rock. She worked for State Farm Insurance for over 20 years, most of that time being with the E. O. Cooper Agency, where she dealt in sales and claims. Betty had been an active member of Third Baptist Church, where she attended the Sunshine Sunday School Class. She was an avid reader, and loved to sew and do needlepoint. Betty was a doting grandmother who did her best to attend all the ballgames, recitals, and other activities in which her grandchildren were involved.

She is survived by her husband, James Lyons of Malvern, to whom she was married on November 26, 1960 at St. Paul United Methodist Church; by two daughters, Becky and her husband Andy Burks, and Phyllis Lyons, all of Malvern; by two brothers, Charles Cox of Malvern, and Billy and his wife, Opal Cox of Rockport; and by two grandchildren, William and Elizabeth Burks.

Her funeral will be at two o’clock Sunday afternoon, December 30, 2007, in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Dr. Verne Wickliffe officiating. Interment will follow in Cypress Cemetery at Willow.

Pallbearers will be: Gerald Skinner, C. M. Phillips, Joe Bittles, Alan Overturf, Don Walsh, and Jim Paul Franks.

Honorary pallbearers will be the deacons of Third Baptist Church.

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

Memorials are requested to the Lottie Moon Christmas in care of Third Baptist Church, Malvern.

The family will be headquartered at the Burks residence, 2139 Taylor Street in Malvern.

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Michael Edward Mann

 

Michael E. Mann, age 65 of Malvern, died Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at St. Vincent in Hot Springs.  He was born in Hot Springs on August 19, 1948 to Lena Cook Mann and the late Ira Edward Mann.  He received his early education in Wilmington, California and has been a resident of Malvern since 1974.  He was a United States Army Veteran, having served two tours in Viet Nam.  Mr. Mann retired from Featherlite after 18 years of service to the company.  He was very devoted to the Lord and loved reading his Bible.

He is survived by his mother, Lena Mann; his sister Norma Mann; a nephew, Dennis Goodman (Mary); a niece, Tamara Stricklin; and a great-niece, Kearra Helton.

The family expresses their appreciation to Arkansas Hospice for their care, which made things so much easier.

Private graveside services at Prairie Bayou Cemetery will be under the direction of J. A. Funk Funeral Home.

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Sharleen Manning

 

 

Sharleen Manning, age 75, of Gifford, died Tuesday afternoon, April 21, 2009, in the Hot Spring County Medical Center. She was born in Norphlet, Arkansas on December 24, 1933 to the late Emmett and Eddie Lee Ballard McCormack. She moved with her family to Malvern at the age of eleven and was educated in the Malvern Public Schools. During her working life Sharleen was employed at Woolco in Little Rock and at the Blue Ribbon Shoe Store here in Malvern. She was also a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend.

She is survived by her husband, Clayton Manning, to whom she was married on April 30, 1982 in Little Rock; by her children, Garry and his wife Marilyn Stone of Glen Rose, Vickie Stone Williamson and her husband David of Malvern, Adam Manning and his wife Melissa of Gifford, Pete Manning and his wife Liz of Chesterfield, South Carolina, Vickie Self and her husband Alan of Gifford, Brenda Overton and Ruth Clift, also of Gifford; by a brother, Gene (Mickey) McCormack of Malvern; three sisters, Geneva George of Naples, Florida, Claudia Prier of Lowery City, Missouri, and Peggy Aleshire of Benton; 17 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren; and an uncle, Roy Ballard of Mineola, Texas.

 Sharleen was also preceded in death by a sister, Gloria Lawanda Laskaris.

 A graveside service will be held on Friday morning, April 24, 2009 at ten o’clock in the Francois Cemetery with Dr. W. A. Dillard and Brother John Chandler officiating. 

Pallbearers will be: Evan Williamson, Tyler Mantooth, Justin Manning, Billy Trammel, Jacob Overton, Danny Kay, and Butch Baker. 

Honorary pallbearers will be: Dr. Shawn Purifoy and Dr. Bruce Burton. 

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 HSC Medical Center Foundation for the purchase and upkeep of a Bi-Pap Vision respiration machine. 

The family expresses their appreciation to the ICU nurses and staff at HSCMC for the care given to Sharleen. 

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Glenn A Martin

 

Mr. Glenn A. Martin, age 86, of Malvern, died Sunday, October 19, 2008 in the Hot Spring County Medical Center.  He was born on April 10, 1922 in Stamps, Arkansas to the late John Watson and Ester Hodnett Martin.  Reared in Stamps, he left school after the third grade to take up work to help support his family.  He subsequently became a supervisor for Brown and Root Construction Company, working there for 25 years until his retirement.  Mr. Martin was a loving father and grandfather, and loved to pick on his kids and grandkids.  He was an avid fisherman, loved raising chickens and guineas, and taking care of his dogs.  Mr. Martin was also quite fond of chewing tobacco.  His first wife, and the mother of his children, Ruth Ward Martin, preceded him in death on December 25, 1976.  They were married on December 25, 1940 in Waldron, Arkansas.

 

He is survived by his wife, Clara Martin, of Malvern, to whom he was married on November 7, 1977 in Oklahoma; by two sons, Paul and his wife Lila Martin of Texarkana, Texas, John Martin and his wife Francis Martin of Houston, Texas, by a daughter, Judy Martin of Klamath Falls, Oregon; by eight grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. 

 

Graveside services will be held at two o’clock Monday afternoon, October 20, 2008, in the Union Cemetery near Bodcaw, Arkansas with Brother Wesley Howard officiating, and under the direction of J. A. Funk Funeral Home. 

 

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Claudia Mann Mason

 

Claudia Mann Mason, 100, of Malvern, died August 13, 2014, at her home.  She was born in Malvern on May 12, 1914 to the late Claude Mann and Besse Blackman Mann.  Reared and receiving her early education in Malvern, she graduated cum laude from Ouachita Baptist University in 1936.  Claudia went on to teach home economics for two years before she married her longtime beau, John Wesley Mason, Jr. (J. R.) in 1938.  He was killed in a tornado in 1982, and Claudia lived the next thirty-two years relying on her faith in God, her church family, and her friends to get her through this life.  She was christened as an infant in the First Methodist Church of Malvern, and was, throughout her life, a faithful member, teaching Sunday School, leading church circles, and doing anything else she could do. Both she and her husband were members of the church choir, and Claudia’s voice was so beautifully trained, that she was sought after to sing at various events.  She was a gifted artist. She painted with oils on canvas, and produced beautifully painted china pieces which she shared with family and friends.  Claudia was a prayer warrior, and those who knew her best figured she had a “direct line” to her Lord and Savior.  Never having children of her own, she doted on her nieces and nephews and the children of her friends and church family.  Affectionately called “LaLa”, she was an inspiration to many and a friend to all, both young and old.

She is survived by numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and –nephews, and by her many friends.

Her funeral will be in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at one o’clock in the afternoon with Reverend LaVon Post officiating.  The Chancel Choir of the church will honor LaLa by singing one of her favorites, “Joy in the Morning”.  Her dear friend, Mae Vaden will sing “Amazing Grace”.

Pallbearers are: Chris Walthall, Ron Parsley, Matt Williams, David Gregory, Craig Bridgers, and Tommy Atkinson.

Honorary pallbearers are:  Dr. Larry Brashears, Dr. Steve Efird, Sam Kilgroe, Friday Morning Girls, Stanley Whitlow, Phillip Nix, and John Allan Funk.

Following the funeral ceremony, she will be buried next to her beloved J. R. at Shadowlawn Cemetery under the direction of J. A. Funk Funeral Home.

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

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Lucile Goodman Mason

 

Lucile Goodman Mason, age 97 of Malvern, died Thursday, May 27, 2010 at her home. She was born February 26, 1913 in Malvern to the late Conney H. and Rachel Elizabeth Reed Goodman. Lucile graduated from Malvern High School in 1931 and subsequently from the Malvern Business College, beginning her first employment as Society Editor of the Malvern Daily Record from 1933 through 1938. She was married January 1, 1939 to Norman Henry Mason of Hot Springs, Arkansas. He preceded her in death on December 10, 1965. She was also preceded in death by four sisters, Hattie Goodman Chamness, Pauline Goodman Jones, Marcile Goodman Reid, and Elizabeth Josephine Goodman, and an infant grandson, Scott Mason McGuyer.

She was a long-time and faithful member of First United Methodist Church of Malvern and a retired secretary-treasurer of the church where she was employed from 1957 through 1985. She was a member of the Wesleyan Sunday School Class, United Methodist Women and many other church committees over the years.

Lucile was an avid family genealogist and spent many hours researching her family history. She was active in community affairs being a member of National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Hot Spring County Historical Society, volunteer of the Hot Spring County Medical Center Auxiliary, and delivered Meals on Wheels for the Senior Adult Center until the age of 90.

Her survivors include one daughter, Elizabeth Jane “Betsy” Mason McGuyer of Birmingham, Alabama; a son, Norman Henry Mason, Jr. and his wife, Jeanie of Sugar Land, Texas; one granddaughter, Angie Brennan and her husband Terry of Gambrills, Maryland; three grandsons, Dr. Stephen Mason and his wife, Dr. Sharron Mason of Hot Springs, Robert Todd McGuyer and his wife, Monica, and Eric Neal McGuyer and his wife Erin, all of Birmingham; nine great-grandchildren, John Brennan, Paul Brennan, Caroline Brennan, Mason Todd McGuyer, Ashley Taylor McGuyer, Ryne Jeremia McGuyer, Caroline Elizabeth McGuyer, Siobahn Bower, and Amanda Shepherd. She is also survived by a nephew, David and his wife Martha Chamness.

Her funeral will be held on Tuesday morning, June 1, 2010, at ten o’clock in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church in Malvern with Reverend LaVon Post and Dr. F. Gladwin Connell officiating. Interment will follow in Shadowlawn Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be: Mike Bailey, Tommy Young, Phil Clem, Gail West, John C. Tate, Richard Dejarnatt, Hugh Day Welch, and Bob Rowe.

Honorary pallbearers will be: Rev. Charles G. Ashcraft, Rev. Michael Clayton, Dr. F. Gladwin Connell, Tom and Betty Stalnaker, Ann Exall, Dr. Hershchel J. Wells, Dr. Shawn Purifoy, and the Wesleyan Sunday School Class.

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

Memorials are requested to First United Methodist Church.

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Mary C. Matis

 

Mary C. Matis, age 96, of Malvern, died Sunday evening, August 26, 2012 at Malvern Nursing and Rehab. She was born on July 10, 1916 in Bridgeport, Connecticut to the late John Rogalinski and Catherine Pauchulczyn Rogalinski. Reared and educated in Bridgeport, she had been a resident of Malvern since 1995. At the beginning of World War 2, she was an inspector in a metal works factory. After her marriage to John Matis in 1941 she became a homemaker and seamstress. Her husband preceded her in death in 1966. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Malvern.

 

Survivors include her son, John Matis of Malvern, her daughter, Joyce Ouellette (Daniel) of Malvern, two grandsons, Daniel Ouellette (Tammy), and Jeff Ouellette; two great-grandsons, Charles Cole and Jeffrey Ouellette; and three great-granddaughters, Danielle Ouellette, Carissa Ouellette, and Shelby Ouellette.

 

Mrs. Matis was also preceded in death by a brother and two sisters, and a granddaughter, Michelle Ouellette Cole.

 

Funeral mass will be at St. John the Baptist Church on Thursday morning, August 30, 2012 at ten o’clock with Father Babu as celebrant.

 

She will be transported to Milford, Connecticut for burial.

 

Special thanks to the staff at Malvern Nursing and Rehabilitation.

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Wanda Lee Mayton

 

Wanda Lee Mayton, age 78, of Malvern, died Wednesday, April 16, 2008, at her residence.  She was born on March 26, 1930 in Hope, Arkansas to the late Willie and Elba White Knight.  Reared and educated in Hope, she had been a resident of Malvern since 1946.  She was a homemaker and a Baptist.  Mrs. Mayton was the widow of the late James Kenneth Mayton, to whom she was married on July 3, 1946 in Hope, Arkansas.  He preceded her in death on September 12, 1979. 

 

She is survived by her children, James Ronald Mayton of DeQueen, Arkansas; Brenda Mayton Hewitt and Mike Fite, of Malvern, and Cindy Mayton Wacaster and her husband Kenny, of Hot Springs; by one precious granddaughter, Laci Leigh Ross of Hot Springs; by a niece, LaDon Jester of Dierks, Arkansas. 

 

Mrs. Mayton was also prececed in death by a daughter, Linda Sue Mayton, a son-in-law, Terry Hewitt, and by three sisters, Lois and Pearl Ward, and Helen Crank. 

 

A graveside service will be held on Friday afternoon, April 18, 2008, at two o’clock, in the Shadowlawn Cemetery with Brother Ron Parrish and Brother Jimmy Jester officiating. 

 

Memorials are requested to Arkansas Hospice, 628 Malvern Avenue, Hot Springs, AR 71901.

 

Arrangements are under the direction of J. A. Funk Funeral Home, Malvern Online condolences may be sent via jafunkfuneralhome.com.

 

             

 

 

 
 

 


Louise McAtee

 

 

Louise McAtee, age 88 of Malvern, died Wednesday, June 17, 2009 in the Arbor Oaks Nursing Home.  She was born in the DeRoche Community on October 2, 1920 to the late Freeman and Mittie Treadway Wood.  Reared and educated in Hot Spring County, she had lived in Hot Springs and Benton prior to moving to Malvern in 1995 to live with her niece, Alma Walker.  During her working life she had been employed by Craighead Laundry in Hot Springs for a number of years and retired from the Arlington Hotel with 32 years of service. 

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Beatrice Adams and Vera Keeton; and by two brothers, John Gordon Wood and Marshall Wood. 

Mrs. McAtee is survived by her niece and caregiver Alma Jones Walker of Malvern, and Alma’s children, Brandon Jones, Tiffany Rosales, and Stephanie Delezen; and by numerous other nieces, nephews, great-nieces and –nephews including: Madelyn and Claire Jones, Sydney Rosales, Summer Delezen, Adam Rosales, Leslie Wood, Hancel, Wayne, and Bill Keeton, Will, James, and Richard Wood, Onita Carter, Carolyn Wilson, and Judy Ruth Wood; and her sisters-in-law, Ruthell, Daphane, and Justine Wood. 

Her funeral will be held at ten o’clock Saturday morning, June 20, 2009 in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Brother Gary Gipson officiating.

Interment will follow in Gravel Hill Cemetery near Benton. 

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Willam Henry McClure

 

William Henry McClure, age 83 of Malvern, died Saturday, July 14, 2007 at his residence. He was born on March 18, 1924 in Mountain Home, Arkansas to the late Thomas Henry and Edith Sanford McClure. Reared and receiving his early education in Mountain Home, he later attended the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland and Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas. Henry was a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He moved to Malvern in 1952 and, along with his brother George, co-founded McClure Real Estate, McClure Title and Abstract Co., and Southern Credit Corporation, the latter of which grew into Southern State Bank. Henry was a longtime civic leader. He was a member of the local industrial development corporation and had been active in the Malvern Lions Club. Henry was also a member of the First United Methodist Church. He was the widower of the late Maurice Pickens McClure.

He is survived by his children, Peggy and her husband Lee McElroy of Dallas, Texas; Paula and her husband Kent Middleton of Benton, Arkansas; Todd Carroll of Fort Mohave, Arizona; Linda Morgan, and Susan and her husband Alan Padgett, all of Little Rock; by a sister, Glenna Sue and her husband Charles Foresythe of Selmer, Tennessee; by six grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Henry was also preceded in death by two brothers, T. H. McClure and George L. McClure, Sr., and by a granddaughter, Kelly Padgett.

His funeral will be held at eleven o’clock Wednesday morning, July 18, 2007, in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church with the Reverend J. Stephen Wingo officiating. A visitation will immediately follow the service in the church fellowship hall. Henry will be interred on the family plot in Oak Ridge Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be James Batts, Danny Riggan, Mike Rimmer, Layne Sparks, Don Walsh, and Ron Malnar.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to the Endowment Fund of First United Methodist Church, 127 East Page Avenue, Malvern, Arkansas 72104.

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Glenn McCoy

 

Glenn Franklin McCoy, age 79, of Diamondhead, died Tuesday night, May 20, 2008, in Hot Springs.  He was born on July 11, 1928 in Ottawa, Kansas to the late Frank A. and Ruth Crawford McCoy.  Reared and educated in Kansas City, Missouri, Mr. McCoy had been a resident of Diamondhead since 1987.  He was a member of First United Methodist Church, Malvern, having joined the church in 1988, had taught Sunday school, and attended the Friendship Sunday School Class.  A former president of the Diamondhead POA, he also served on its financial committee for a number of years.  Mr. McCoy was a Mason and member of the Alpha Lodge in North Kansas City, Missouri.  He was an avid golfer and enjoyed playing bridge.  Mr. McCoy retired in 1986 as a quality supervisor at Owens Corning Fiberglas after 39 years with the company. 

 

He is survived by his wife, Betty Fugate McCoy of Diamondhead, to whom he was married on January 26, 1952 in Kansas City, Missouri; by his children, Susan and her husband Jim Palmer, of Mankato, Minnesota, Lynn and her husband Tom Sloan of Boca Raton, Florida; by his grandchildren, Joe and Tim Palmer, and Wrenn and Lee Sloan; and by a sister, Leta Thomas of Kansas City, Missouri.

 

 Mr. McCoy was also preceded in death by a sister, Mazie McClean. 

 

A memorial service will be held on Friday morning, May 23, 2008, at eleven o’clock in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church, Malvern, with Reverend Stephen Wingo officiating, and under the direction of J. A. Funk Funeral Home. 

 

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, Malvern, or to the Diamondhead Lions Club. 

 

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George McElrath

 

George “Sonny” McElrath, age 78 of North Little Rock, formerly of Glen Rose, died Friday night in the Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock.  He was born on August 6, 1930 in Conway, Arkansas to the late George Washington and Dollie Graham McElrath.  Reared and educated in Faulkner and Pulaski Counties, he was a retired auto technician.  Mr. McElrath worked at Teeter Motor Company in Malvern for over 25 years.  He was a member of Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church in North Little Rock.  Before his health began to decline, Mr. McElrath was an avid hunter and fisherman. 

He is survived by his wife, Peggy Henry McElrath, to whom he was married on May 10, 1951 in Benton, Arkansas; by two daughters, Dianne Walsh of Little Rock and Susan Paul and her husband, Blake of Malvern; by two brothers, Ray and his wife Sandra McElrath of Colleyville, Texas, and Lee and his wife Mary McElrath of North Little Rock; by six grandchildren, Curt McElrath, Sonny Walsh, Christina McElrath Amerson, Melanie McElrath, Caleb and Joshua Paul; by five great-grandchildren, and a host of family and friends. 

 

Mr. McElrath was also preceded in death by a son, Mel McElrath, a grandson, Mel McElrath, Jr.; two brothers, Bill and Melvin Cooper; and a sister, Mebaline McCaghren. The funeral will be held at ten o’clock Thursday morning, May 7, 2009 in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Brothers Blake Paul and Tony Burrow officiating. 

 

Interment will follow in Fairplay Cemetery. 

Pallbearers will be: Curt McElrath, Caleb Paul, Joshua Paul, Jeff Cooper, John David Amerson, and Mark McElrath. 

 

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

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Eleanor Joy Peck McKinley McGill

Eleanor Joy Peck McKinley McGill, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend, died Thursday, December 09, 2010, in League City Texas. A long-time resident of Malvern, she had been a resident at Grace Presbyterian Village in Dallas for the past 18 months.

She was born on November 11, 1922, in Bunker Hill, Kansas, the youngest of seven daughters of Ray and Maude Ellen Peck. She graduated from Bunker Hill High School and attended business school. While working at the YMCA in Topeka, she met George McKinley, a handsome young soldier from Mississippi, and they were married on May 1, 1943. Immediately after the war, they moved to Malvern where they were active in church and community organizations. They were married 44 years until George’s death in 1986. She was blessed with a second marriage to Charlie McGill on April 1, 1989, with whom she enjoyed traveling and spending time on his farm in east Texas.

Joy worked for JL Scott Construction and later at the Bank of Malvern, and she served on the Malvern City Council, following George’s death. She was a charter member of PEO in Malvern. She and George were founding members of the Malvern Association for Exceptional Children and were instrumental in establishing the first school in Malvern for children with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Besides her family, her greatest love was for her church, First Presbyterian, where she was a member for 64 years. She was a Deacon and an Elder, a faithful member of the choir and for a period of time, the church secretary. She served on six pulpit nominating committees, selecting and supporting ministers called to serve the congregation. She also faithfully polished the silver in preparation for each Communion service at the church.

She was a deeply devoted Christian, committed to her family, her church and her community. She was a blessing to all who knew her and is remembered for her cheerful nature and her beautiful smile.

She was preceded in death by her first husband George C. McKinley, her son George Ray and her stepson John McGill. She is survived by her husband Charlie McGill of Dallas, daughter Dianna Woods (Michael) of Mt. Vernon TX, daughter Margaret Moore (Chuck) of Dallas, four grandsons Christopher Woods (Rebecca) of Atlanta TX, Jonathan Woods of San Marcos TX, Stephen Moore (Wendy) of Dallas, and David Moore (Ceci) of Seattle and two soon-to-arrive great-grandchildren. She is also survived by Bob and Nancy McGill, Jim and Beth McGill, Pat McGill, John and Betsy Stephenson, Steve and Kathy McGill, and their children and grandchildren.

There will be a graveside service at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Malvern at 10:00 Tuesday morning, December 14, 2010, followed by a memorial service at First Presbyterian Church at 11:00, officiated by Reverend Carl McCormack. Visitation will be Monday, December 13, from 5-7pm at J.A. Funk Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to First Presbyterian Church, 707 MLK Blvd., Malvern AR 72104, or Grace Presbyterian Village, 550 Ann Arbor, Dallas TX 75216.

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Rick McJunkin

 

Rick McJunkin, age 57 of Malvern, died unexpectedly on Saturday, June 9, 2012.  He was born in Little Rock on October 20, 1954 to Ethel Brown McJunkin and the late Thomas E. McJunkin.  Reared and educated in Malvern, he was a construction worker and a member of Trinity Baptist Church . 

 

He is survived by his mother, Ethel McJunkin; wife, Jill; son and daughter-in-law Steven and Karla Cullins; three brothers, Thomas McJunkin (Tressie), Phillip McJunkin (Tammy), and Henry McJunkin; three sisters, Shelly Moore, Mary Stephens, all of Malvern, and Judy Rubly (David), of Magnet Cove; two grandchildren, Gloria Alvey and Matthew Sutton (Lorna) numerous cousins, nephews and nieces. 

 

Rick was also preceded in death by two sisters, Rosie and Tressie McJunkin, and three brothers, Lenard, Kelly, and Kenneth McJunkin, a niece, Toni McJunkin, a nephew, Josh Burks. and great-nephew, Seth Lynn Thomas McJunkin.

 

 A memorial service will be held on Saturday afternoon, June 16, 2012 at one o’clock, in the Calvary Baptist Church on Hwy 67, south of Malvern, with Brothers Thomas McJunkin and Tim Hale officiating. 

 

Following the service, light refreshments will be served in the church’s fellowship hall. His ashes will ultimately be buried in the Mt. Harmony Cemetery at Haskell. 

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to Calvary Baptist Church . 

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Brother Robert D. Mc Mullen

 

Brother Robert D. McMullen, age 74 of Malvern, died Wednesday afternoon, July 29, 2009 in the Hot Spring County Medical Center.  He was born on February 3, 1935 in Flint, Michigan to the late Harold and Lucille Clare McMullen.  Reared and educated in Flint, while in school he was a member of the State Finals Basketball team and also the debate team.  He served in the United States Air Force for 14 years.  Bob was the husband of the former Patsy Sampson, to whom he was married on October 2, 1954 in Flint.  After leaving the military, he became a minister of the Assembly of God Church, receiving his ordination in 1973.  Bob loved sports, especially the Detroit Tigers, of whom he was an avid fan.  He moved to Malvern in 1991 and became a fixture at McDonalds, where he often met for breakfast with his group of “regulars”.

 

He is survived by his wife, Patsy of the home, by three sons, R. Michael and his wife Judy McMullen of Perrysburg, Ohio, Patrick D. McMullen and Julie Ford of Allegan, Michigan, and David T. and his wife Harriet McMullen of Farwell, Michigan; two sisters, Marlene and her husband Bill Sheaffer of Flint, Michigan, and Barbara and her husband Larry Agle of Flushing, Michigan; seven grandchildren, Michael McMullen, Cory McMullen, Halston McMullen, David Paul Williams, Bradley Allen Williams, Christopher McMullen, and Emily McMullen; and by seven great-grandchildren. 

The funeral will be on Monday afternoon, August 3, 2009, at two o’clock, in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Brother Pete Elliott officiating. 

 

Interment will be in Resthaven Memorial Gardens with full military honors by the Thaddeus Carraway VFW Post 2278 of Hot Springs, and an Honor Guard from the Little Rock Air Force Base. 

 

Pallbearers will be: Cory McMullen, Michael McMullen, George Green, Richard Trujillo, Gerald Williams, and Dwight Hunter. 

 

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

 

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Orville Lee McNees, Jr.

 

Orville Leroy (Lee) McNees, Jr. age 68 of Redfield, died Friday, June 13, 2014 at his home.  He was born on February 21, 1946 in Malvern to the late Orville L. McNees, Sr. and Tommie Williams McNees.  Reared and receiving his early education in the Central Community and Hot Springs, he later attended Henderson State Teachers College, now HSU.  For 35 years he was a waste water treatment plant operator.  Lee was a Lutheran.

He is survived by his children, Heath B. McNees of Florida and Heather G. Clardy of Federal Way, Washington;  by a step-son, Jaeson Riggan of Malvern; by a sister, Althea Jane Gardner of Illinois; by his granddaughters, Adria McNees, Killian Clardy, and Cassidy Clardy; by his step grandchildren, Devin Riggan, Arron Riggan, and Dawnielle Hughes; and a step-great-grandchild, Macie Hughes.

Lee was also preceded in death by a daughter Dawnyiel McNees, and a brother, Victor L. McNees.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday afternoon, June 19, 2014 at two o’clock in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Vicar Amanda Diller officiating.

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James K. Merritt

 

Mr. James K. Merritt, age 82 of Hot Springs Village, died Friday, January 30, 2009 in the Golden Living Center in Hot Springs. He was born in San Diego, California on January 29, 1927 to the late Raymond Joseph and Flora Osborn Merritt. Reared and educated in Decatur, Illinois, he retired at the age of 58 as a crane operator for Local #12 in Los Angeles, California. Mr. Merritt was a Marine Corps veteran of both World War II and the Korean War. He was a Purple Heart recipient, having been wounded on Okinawa, and was a tank driver while stationed in Korea. A motorcycle enthusiast, he loved to ride Harley-Davidsons. Mr. Merritt also built and flew RC airplanes. He was a Methodist by denomination. 

He is survived by his wife, Velma Gowland Merritt, to whom he was married on November 17, 1995 in Las Vegas, Nevada; by a daughter and son-in-law, Kim and Chris Beasley of Hot Springs Village; by a son and daughter-in-law, Patrick and Michelle Hunt of Palmdale, California; and by seven grandchildren.

Mr. Merritt was also preceded in death by two brothers. A graveside memorial service will be held on Thursday, February 5, 2009 at two o’clock in the afternoon in the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery in North Little Rock with Reverend James Burns officiating. Full military honors will be provided by the Thaddeus Carraway VFW Post 2278 of Hot Springs.  J. A. Funk Funeral Home of Malvern is in charge of arrangements. 

Memorials are requested to your local VFW Post.

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Elizabeth Greer Marshall Miller

Mary Elizabeth (Liz) Greer Marshall Miller, age 81 of Hot Springs, departed this life on February 9, 2009, following a brief illness. She was born on August 22, 1927 in Magnet Cove, Arkansas to the late William Arthur and Vallerrie Whitman Greer. Elizabeth was reared and educated in Magnet Cove where she graduated from Magnet Cove High School in 1945 as salutatorian of her senior class. In 1950 she married Lambert Lynn Marshall of Malvern, and had a son, Lynn, and a daughter, Greer Marshall. Following Lambert’s untimely death in 1960, Elizabeth married J. C. Miller. They were married for thirty two years, until his death in 1999.

Elizabeth was president of Marshall Oil company, Inc. and the Marshall Company, Inc. for over 40 years, in which capacities she carried on the family businesses founded by her late husband, Lambert. During these years, Elizabeth was the first woman oil jobber in the Tri-State area for Phillips Petroleum Company US, and was proud of her many other business accomplishments, including being honored as Outstanding Sales Person of the year in 1961.

A longtime member of First United Methodist Church of Malvern, she was currently a member of the Hot Springs Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents and her late husbands, she was preceded in death by a brother, William Maurice “Pete” Greer, and a niece, Janet Kay Greer. Elizabeth is survived by her son, Lynn and his wife Julie Marshall of Little Rock, by her daughter, Greer Marshall of Sheridan; by her grandchildren, Elizabeth and Kelly Jennings, and Jessica and Lambert Marshall; by a great-grandson, Keaton Nickolas Jennings; by two sisters, Marlene Baxter of Gibsland, Louisiana and Madge Parks and her husband Charlie of Shreveport. She also leaves behind many friends who will miss her and cherish her memory.

A memorial service will be held at ten o’clock on Friday morning, February 13, 2009, in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home, 318 Ash Street, in Malvern, with Reverend Herman Voegele and Mr. Jim Alford officiating.

Honorary pallbearers will be Larry McClendon, Dixon Miller, Vaughn McCray, Terry Greer, Jim and Hough Marshall, Tom Howard, and her grandchildren.

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

Memorials may be made to Arkansas Hospice Foundation, 5600 West 12th St., Little Rock, and to the Arkansas Heart Association.

The family expresses their gratitude to her caregivers, Betty Faye, Christina Hanke, and Pam George, and the ICU nurses at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Hot Springs.

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Verna Mitchella Nix Mitchell

 

Verna Mitchella Nix Mitchell, age 87 of Malvern, died Friday, August 22, 2008 at the Hot Spring County Medical Center.  She was born on April 18, 1921 in Hot Spring County to the late Harvey Enoch and Eunice Burch Norwood.  Reared and educated in Hot Spring County, she was a homemaker and a member of Taylor’s Chapel Missionary Baptist Church.  Mrs. Mitchell was the widow of the late Arlia Mitchell, to whom she was married on August 15, 1952 in Benton.  He preceded her in death in 1987.  She was also preceded in death by four brothers, two sisters, and a grandson, Bradley McConnell.  Mrs. Mitchell was a loving mother who loved to raise flowers in her garden, and enjoyed sewing and listening to the Gaithers.

 

 She is survived by five daughters: Geraldine Nix Reynolds and her husband Bobbie; Karen Nix Hohrine and her husband Thomas, and Angela Mitchell, all of Malvern; Beverly Mitchell West and her husband James of Donaldson; and Veronica Mitchell McConnell and her husband Jacky of Mountain Pine; by three grandsons: Bobby Reynolds, Jr. of Benton, Bryan West of Magnet Cove, and Brady McConnell of Hot Springs; by six granddaughters: Tonya Smitha, Sheila Bailey, Cindy Lowery, Candice Pierce Young, all of Malvern; Emily Lane of Donaldson, and Brandy McConnell Daley of Hot Springs; by eleven great-grandchildren with one on the way; by a sister-in-law, Clatie Mae Baker of Malvern; and by several nieces and nephews. A special thanks goes to her caregiver, Carolyn Sue Pasley.

 

 A graveside service will be held at ten o’clock Monday morning, August 25, 2008 in the Lindsey-Poyen Cemetery with Brother Kevin Spurlin officiating. 

The family will receive friends at J. A. Funk Funeral Home on Sunday afternoon, August 24, 2008, from four until six o’clock.

 

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Jessie Moore


Jessie Mae Moore, age 72 of Malvern, died Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at her home.  She was born in Hot Springs on November 26, 1940 to the late Lester Dennis and Daisy Viola Graham Dennis.  Reared and educated in Marked Tree, Arkansas, she had been a resident of Malvern for 20 years.  She was the wife of Reverend Wayne Moore, to whom she was married on July 2, 1993 in Perryville, Arkansas. 

Jessie was also preceded in death by her brothers and sisters, Edgar Dennis, Fred Robbins, Marvin Robbins, Jim Robbins, Bill Robbins, Leroy Robbins, Johnny Lou Robbins, and Ola Mae Dennis Bodiford.

She is survived by her husband, Wayne, of Malvern; by her children, Patsy Patterson Summers of Jacksonville, Debra Patterson Hodge (Bennie) of Malvern, Linda Patterson Shirey of Benton, Daisy Patterson of Missouri, Dora Patterson of Louisiana, Clarence Patterson (Dianne) of Malvern, and Christopher Patterson of Alabama; her step-children, Michael Moore of Indiana, David Moore of Hot Springs, and Steven Moore of Hot Springs; 25 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, numerous step-grandchildren, and a host of nieces and nephews.  She loved the Lord with all her heart, and cherished all her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, loved life, and fought her illness until the end.

Her funeral will be on Saturday afternoon, July 20, 2013 at two o’clock at St. Paul Church of God in Christ in Perla with Brother Jerry “Retread” Beck and Sister Jean Zuppo officiating.  Interment will follow in Big Creek Cemetery.

Her grandsons will serve as pallbearers.  Honorary pallbearers are the team from Arkansas Hospice.  Two very special honorary pallbearers are Jerry and Aline Hodges.

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

 

 
 

 


Lula Izora Moore

 

Lula Izoar Moore, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend, died Monday, July 4, 2011, in Garland County.

She was born on January 29, 1935, in Hot Spring County. She worked as a nurse’s aid for 32 years in the area hospitals and became an ordained minister with AEGA services in 1999. She taught Sunday school and was a member of Soul Harbor.

She was a deeply devoted Christian, committed to her family, her church and her community. She was a blessing to all who knew her.

She is survived by son, Wayne and his wife Jessie Moore of Malvern and daughter Pat and her husband Gerald Ross of Malvern; brothers, Thomas Denton from Mississippi and Pleze Denton of Hot Springs; grandchildren, Rodger Moore, Michael Moore, David Moore, Steven Moore, Fred Ross, Sondra Johnson, Misty Hudgins; great grandchildren, Noah Johnson, Seth Johnson, Kylie Hudgins, C.J Hudgin, Ethan Hudgins, Nicole Moore, Christopher Moore, Jeremy Wylie, Justin Wiley. Great great grandchildren Jacob and Hannah Wylie.

She was preceded in death by her husband James Edward Moore, son, Calvin Moore and her sister, Sue Denson.

The funeral will be on Thursday, July 7, 2011, at eleven o’clock in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Brothers Charlie Chambers, and Homer Larue officiating.  Interment will follow in Crestview Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be: Rodger Moore, Michael Moore, Steven Moore, David Moore, Christopher Moore, Fred Ross, Justin Wylie and Jeremy Wylie.

Honorary Pallbearers will be: Noah Johnson, Seth Johnson, members of the Souls Harbor Church, Staff of St Joseph Hospital, and Staff of National Park Medical Center

Visitation will be Wednesday, July 6, from 5-8 pm at J.A. Funk Funeral Home.

Special thanks to Tabernacle of Praise.

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Jeffrey Zane Neel

 

Jeffrey Zane Neel, age 19 of the Big Creek Community, died Tuesday, October 15, 2013 in Saline County.  He was born in Benton, Arkansas on December 22, 1993 to Jeffrey Shawn Neel and Nikki Hewitt Neel Garrett.  Zane attended school in Poyen for a time prior to being home schooled by his mother, Nikki.  He worked at Walgreens and attended Pulaski Technical College studying auto mechanics.  Zane was currently working as an auto mechanic for Riverside Acura-Subaru in Little Rock.  He was a member of Calvary Southern Baptist Church, and was an avid musician. 

He is survived by his father and step-mother, Shawn and Cyndi Neel of Bryant; by his step-father Waylon Garrett of Big Creek; three sisters, Taylor Garrett of Big Creek, Jynni Neel of Bryant, and Nikki Martin (Jonathon) of Ft. Smith; five brothers, Jakob Neel of Bryant, Jason Holt (Amy) of North Carolina, Justin Holt (Mary) of Little Rock, Zak Holt (Jacklyn) of Ft. Smith, and Josh Holt (Kim) of Little Rock; his grandparents, Eddie and Mary Alice Hewitt, Jim and Jan Garrett,  Carolyn Neel, and Jeanice L. Neel; and by seven nephews.

Zane was preceded in death by his mother Nikki Garrett, a brother, Zachary Garrett; his grandparents, Carolyn Whittecar; Robert W. “Bobby” Neel; and great-grandparents Flora Jean and Joe Tarpley.

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

His funeral will be at ten o’clock Friday morning, October 18, 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 Justin Hine, Sam Gill, Brady Gray, Mitchell Johnson, Wade Kinnu, Jarrett McDaniel, and Jonathon James.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to CancerCare Copayment Assistance Foundation at www.cancercarecopay.org/support-us/ or to the Jack and Jill Foundation, at www.jajf.org/donate/index.cfm.

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Charles E. Northcutt

 

Charles E. Northcutt, age 83 of Little Rock, died Friday, November 5, 2010 in the Baptist Medical Center.  He was born in Denton, Missouri on June 23, 1927 to the late Isaac Kitmon and Annie Lorine Southard Northcutt.  Reared and educated in Denton, he was a retired Assembly of God minister, having been ordained in 1954.  His pastorates include: Trumann, AR, Jonesboro, AR, Magnolia, AR, North Little Rock, Conway, AR, and Brinkley, AR.  Upon his retirement in 1995, he was Hospital Chaplain for Victory Fellowship Church in Bryant, Arkansas.  

 

He is survived by his wife, Gloria Bomar Northcutt of Little Rock, to whom he was married on February 1, 1948 in Steele, Missouri; two daughters, Diann Doherty of Little Rock and Janet Marie Williams of Malvern; two sons, Stephen Northcutt of Malvern and Mark Northcutt of Athens, Georgia; one sister, Sharon Ann Howell of Sanford, North Carolina; one brother, J. W. Northcutt of Albion, Michigan; five grandchildren, Adrianne McCraw, Amory Pratt, Jenna Northcutt Chambers, Sunni Boykins, and Rex Oswalt; eleven great-grandchildren, Tate and Brett McCraw, Addison Nichols, Kingston, Gavin, and Hadley Pratt, Aaron and Evan Hollingshead, Farrah Oswalt, Savannah Boykins, and Heston Chambers. 

 

Mr. Northcutt was also preceded in death by two grandchildren, Tracy and Shane Northcutt, and by one sister and four brothers. 

 

The funeral will be held at 11:00am Monday, November 8, 2010 at the Victory Fellowship Church in Bryant, Arkansas with Mark Northcutt, Stephen Northcutt, and Paul Doherty officiating.  A visitation will precede the service at the church, beginning at 10:00am. 

 

Graveside services will be at 12 noon on Tuesday, November 9, 2010 in the Mt. Zion Cemetery in Steele, Missouri, under the direction of J. A. Funk Funeral Home of Malvern, Arkansas. 

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Shane Northcutt

 

Shane Northcutt, age 30 of Malvern, died Sunday morning, February 14, 2010.  He was born on July 19, 1979 in Hot Springs to Stephen and Olivia Cooper Northcutt.  Reared and receiving his early education in Malvern, he graduated Malvern High School in 1997.  He was an outstanding athlete while at MHS, excelling in baseball, and was a member of the Senior Babe Ruth League. Shane attended Henderson State University, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock,  Ouachita Technical College, and the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences in Phoenix, Arizona.  A talented musician, Shane had been lead guitarist for several local bands, and also wrote songs.  He was currently a tattoo artist for Spa City Ink in Hot Springs.

 

He is survived by his father, Mayor Stephen Northcutt of Malvern; his mother, Olivia Cooper Northcutt, of Malvern; his brother, Rex Oswalt of Hot Springs; his paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles E. Northcutt of Little Rock; a niece and nephew, Evan Hollingshead and Farah Oswalt, and by a special nephew that was as close as a brother to him, Aaron Hollingshead.

Shane was preceded in death by a sister, Tracy Northcutt, and by his maternal grandparents, E. O. and Ressie Cooper. 

 

His funeral will be held at ten o’clock Thursday morning, February 18, 2010 in the sanctuary of Third Baptist Church with Brother Mark Northcutt officiating, assisted by Brother Thomy Green. 

 

Interment will follow in Shadowlawn Cemetery under the direction of J. A. Funk Funeral Home of Malvern. 

Pallbearers will be: Nick Williams, Justin Riley, Ryan Brown, Robbie Crenshaw, Timmy Hampton, and Zack Powell.

 

Honorary pallbearers will be the Malvern Police Department.

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

 

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Virginia Ann Norwood

 

Virginia Ann Norwood, age 74 of Malvern, died June 21, 2011 at the Hot Springs County Medical Center . She was born in Oklahoma on March 15, 1937 to the late Abner and Eva Freeman.
 
Virginia was the widow of the late James Norwood. During her youth Virginia liked to write poetry. She was married on January 15, 1953 and began her family. She was an avid gardener of flowers. Virginia was a loving mother and grandmother, and was very adept at sewing, crocheting and quilting.
 
Her survivors include twelve children: Six sons; James Ricky Norwood and wife Debbie, David Lee Norwood , Larry Wayne Norwood and wife Donna, Phillip Dale Norwood and wife Christine, Kenneth Mathew Norwood and wife Marie, Joseph Dean Norwood and his wife Rhonda. Six Daughters; Marilyn Diane Dixon, Phyllis Ann and husband Chuck Fite, Sheila Kaye and husband Keith Draper, Rebecca Lynn Lewis, Mary Lisa McCloud and Melonie Gail Lewis. Virginia also raised a grand child, Douglas Eugene Vinson. She leaves behind 52 grandchildren and 83 great grandchildren. All from the Malvern area.
 
She is also survived by brothers and sisters; Brothers; Horace Tubberville, James Tubberville, Darrell Tubberville, Steve Freeman, Mike Freeman and Bruce Freeman, Sisters; Lois McBroom, Norma Anderson, Geneva Graham, Glenda Dawkins, Wilma Nash from Mena, Shirley Siratt and Joann Stanley,  all from the Malvern area.
 
Mrs. Norwood was preceded in death by her husband, sons Terry Paul Norwood and Timothy Randall Norwood and five brothers and one sister.  
 
The family will receive friends at J. A. Funk Funeral Home from six to eight on Thursday, June 23, 2011.
 
The funeral will be on Friday morning, June, 24, 2011, at ten o’clock in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Reverend Jerry George officiating. Interment will follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery .
 
Pallbearers will be: Chester Norwood , Richard Norwood, Eric Johnson, Dakota Norwood, Josh Norwood, Kenneth Wayne Dyer, Bobby Norwood and Austin Norwood.
 
Honorary pallbearers will be: Michael Fite, Zack Benn, Kenny Wayne Dyer and Matthew Norwood.

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Charles " Sonny" Nusko

 

Charles Lloyd “Sonny” Nusko, age 61 of Hot Springs, died Saturday, June 30, 2007 in the St. Joseph’s Mercy Health Center. He was born in Malvern on May 20, 1946 to Opal Faye Rhodes Nusko and the late Bernard N. Nusko. Reared and receiving his education in Hot Springs, he attended the First Step School, which was organized by his parents. Sonny worked at Abilities Unlimited in Hot Springs, an organization that evolved from First Step. He and his entire family were members of First Baptist Church in Hot Springs. Sonny loved his Sunday School class and his pastor, Brother John and all the class members were very special to him. Sonny was the eldest of three children. His sister Elizabeth Ann Nusko, and his brother Bernard Nusko, Jr. also preceded him in death.

He is survived by his mother, Opal Faye Nusko of Hot Springs, and a number of aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Sonny’s funeral will be on Tuesday afternoon, July 3, 2007, at two o’clock in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home in Malvern, with Dr. Verne Wickliffe officiating. Interment will follow in Shadowlawn Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be members of Sonny’s Sunday School Class from First Baptist Church in Hot Springs.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday afternoon, one hour prior to the service.

Memorials are requested to Abilities Unlimited in Hot Springs.

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Opal Faye Rhodes Nusko

 

Opal Faye Rhodes Nusko, age 87, of Hot Springs, died early Monday morning, March 17, 2008 at her home.  She was born in Hot Spring County, Arkansas on April 5, 1920 to the late Lloyd and Lela Williams Rhodes.  Reared and receiving her early education in Malvern and graduating from Malvern High School, she attended college for a time in Shreveport, Louisiana, and later graduated from business school in Texas.  During her early career, Opal served as secretary to the supervisor at Reynolds Metals Company. She was the widow of the late Bernard N. Nusko, Sr. to whom she was married on November 15, 1943.  Most of her working life was spent by the side of her husband, who for 42 years was an agent for State Farm Insurance Company in Hot Springs.  She retired from the agency in 1990.  Mr. Nusko died on February 7, 2002. Opal also reared three children, all of whom preceded her in death.  They were: Bernard N. Nusko, Jr., Elizabeth Ann Nusko, and Charles Lloyd “Sonny” Nusko.  She and her late husband helped to organize, and through the years, supported the First Step School and Abilities Unlimited, Inc.  Having a child that utilized and thrived from the existence of these facilities gave Opal a focus that helped to minimize a lot of life’s sorrows.

 

Opal was a member of First Baptist Church in Hot Springs and had been active in many civic organizations.

 

Her survivors include cousins, Glenville Rhodes, Opal Sue Cox, Milrene Tackett, Glendene Clark, Linda Chandler, Barbara Draper, and numerous other cousins, nieces, and nephews. 

 

Her funeral will be held at ten o’clock Thursday morning, March 20, 2008, in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Reverend J. Wayne Clark officiating.  Interment will follow in Shadowlawn Cemetery.

 

The family will receive friends at the mortuary on Wednesday afternoon from five until 6:30. 

 

Memorials are requested to Abilities Unlimited, Inc. Hwy 227 North, Hot Springs 71913. 

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Irene Nutt

 

Irene Nutt, age 95 of Malvern, died Tuesday evening, November 29, 2011 in the Arbor Oaks Health and Rehab.  She was born in Hot Spring County on June 1, 1916 to the late Steve Wilson and Betty Cranford Wilson.  Reared and educated in Hot Spring County, she was a homemaker and the widow of the late Newton Nutt, to whom she was married on June 22, 1931.  He preceded her in death in 1986.  Mrs. Nutt was a member of the Damascus Missionary Baptist Church .

She is survived by two sons, Harold Dean Nutt and Bobby Nutt of Sesser , Illinois ; three daughters, Ruby Brown (Bill) of North Little Rock , Mary Boshears (Robert) of Bismarck, and Joyce Ann Vaughan of Malvern; 22 grandchildren, 44 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, and two more great-greats- on the way.

Mrs. Nutt was also preceded in death by two sisters, six brothers, two sons, James and Richard Nutt, two grandchildren, Steven and Leticia Nutt, and a son-in-law, Dr. John A. Vaughan.

A graveside service will be held at two o’clock Thursday afternoon, December 1, 2011 in the Damascus Cemetery with Brother Vance Nutt officiating.  Visitation will precede the service beginning at 12:45 p.m. at J. A. Funk Funeral Home.

Her grandsons will be pallbearers.

Memorials are requested to the Damascus Cemetery fund, c/o Doris Herring, 109 North Hwy 67, Donaldson , AR 71941 .

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Larry Orlicek

 

Larry Orlicek, age 81, of Malvern, died Tuesday, March 11, 2014 in the Malvern Nursing and Rehab.  He was born on October 4, 1932 in Hazen, Arkansas to the late Emil Orlicek and Susie Gerren Orlicek.  Reared and receiving his early education in England, Arkansas, he was a graduate of the U of A College of Engineering in Fayetteville.  He retired from Reynolds Metals in Hot Spring County in 1993.  Larry was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Malvern.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Diane Foster Orlicek; four children, Ann Peters (Dale), Bill Orlicek, Jane Coonce (Mark), and Carolyn Paul (Steve); and one sister, Margaret Seymour.  He was also the proud grandfather of ten and great-grandfather of two.

A celebration of his life will be held among the immediate family.

Memorials may be made to your local animal shelter or to the Razorback Foundation.

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Johnny B. Orr

 

Johnny B. Orr, age 88, of Malvern, died Friday morning, April 25, 2008, in the Hot Spring County Medical Center.  He was born in Leola, Arkansas on June 4, 1919 to the late William Thomas “Big Papa” and Delilly Crowder Orr. The youngest of seven children and the only boy, he was reared and received his education in Grant County. He had been a resident of Malvern since 1941.  Mr. Orr served in the United States Navy during World War Two. He was the widower of the late Amy Pauline “Polly” Otts Orr, to whom he was married on February 13, 1937.  She preceded him in death on June 29, 2006. Early in his career, he worked for Purdy’s Grocery as a delivery boy.  Working his way up in the business, he became a butcher, and was associated for a number of years with Toler’s Grocery and Fiser’s Grocery before starting his own business.  For thirty years, he and his wife co-owned and operated Orr’s Grocery on the corner of Highland Avenue and Cherry Lane.  Mr. Orr was a member of First Assembly of God Church.  He was also an avid hunter, being a member of both the Orr Hunting Club and the Hopewell Hunting Club. 

 

Mr. Orr is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Dale and Christina Orr of Malvern; by his daughter and son-in-law, Louella and Bob Beason, also of Malvern; by four grandchildren, Rod and his wife Carolina Beason of Rockville, Maryland, Kelley Beason of Benton, Arkansas, John and Philisia Orr of Sheridan, and Jeff Orr of Cabot, Arkansas; by nine great-grandchildren; and by a sister, Josie Russell of Malvern. 

 

He was also preceded in death by a son, Bobby Eugene Orr, and by four sisters, Lona Raines, Mary Jane Talbert, Eula Talbert, and Odetti Riggan. 

 

His funeral will be held on Monday, April 28, 2008, at one o’clock in the afternoon in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Reverend Bruce Bennett officiating.  Interment will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery. 

 

Pallbearers will be: Terry Joe Russell, Glen E. Talbert, Shannon Talbert, Benton Barr, Alex Walls, and Ryan McDaniel.

 

Honorary pallbearer is Dr. Bruce Burton. 

 

The family will receive friends on Sunday afternoon, April 27, 2008, from three until four-thirty at the mortuary. 

 

They will be headquartered at 2131 Taylor Street in Malvern. 

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Linnie Hilton Orr

 

Linnie Hilton Orr, age 83 of Malvern, died Thursday, April 1, 2010 in St. Joseph’s Mercy Health Center in Hot Springs. She was born on November 14, 1926 in Amity, Arkansas to the late Lendon and Ethel Isom Copeland. Reared and educated in Amity, she was an office manager for the Arkansas Department of Health for many years. Mrs. Orr had been a resident of Malvern since 1947. She was a member of First United Methodist Church, where she attended the Alice Brooks Sunday School Class; was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, and the Humane Society. 

She is survived by her husband Alva Lee “Al” Orr of Malvern, to whom she was married on September 23, 1991; by one son, George Reid Hilton, Jr. and his partner Mike Hornbeck of Hot Springs; by two stepsons, Alan lee Orr of Gulfport, Mississippi and Andrew Orr of Pineville, Lousiana; by two daughters, Ann Harper and her husband Richard, and Anita Efird and her husband Henry, all of Malvern; by one sister, Anna Mae Sawyer of Monticello; by two grandchildren, Tyson Lee Efird and Buddy Harper; and by two great-grandchildren, Haydan Lee Efird and Kyle Edmond Harper.
 
Mrs. Orr was also preceded in death by her first husband, George Reid Hilton, Sr. Her funeral will be held at three o’clock in the afternoon, Monday, April 5, 2010 in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church with Reverend LaVon Post officiating.
 
Interment will follow in Lambert Cemetery near Amity.
 
Pallbearers will be: Andrew Orr, Alan Orr, Eldon Sawyer, Jimmy Sawyer, Jerry Strother, and Bob Gilbert. 
 
The family will receive friends at J. A. Funk Funeral Home on Easter Sunday afternoon, April 4, 2010, from five until seven o’clock. 
 
Memorials are requested to the Humane Society. 
 
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Juanita Lynn Overton

 

Juanita Lynn Overton, age 39, of Malvern, died early Thursday morning, December 4, 2008.  She was born on February 7, 1969 in Galesburg, Illinois.  Juanita was reared and educated in Malvern and was a Baptist.  She enjoyed going fishing, riding horses, and tending to her dogs, cats, geese, and other pets she so lovingly cared for.

Her survivors include: two sons, Cody McMahan and Dakota Andersen of Hot Springs; her parents, Bobby and Sue Stevens Overton of Malvern; three brothers, Todd and his wife Cheryl Overton of Malvern, Jimmy and his wife Cindy Overton of Enid, Oklahoma, and Tommy Overton of Hot Springs; by a sister, Kristi Efird and her husband Scott of Malvern; and her grandmother, Bessie Stevens of Hot Springs.

The funeral will be held on Monday morning, December 8, 2008, at eleven o’clock in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Brother Scott Efird officiating. 

Private interment will follow in Lono Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Dakota Andersen, Cody McMahan, Roy Overton, Wade Jones, and Michael Overton.

The family will be headquartered at 1214 Brownwood, the home of Todd and Cheryl Overton.  

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Mary Louise Overton

 

Mary Louise Overton, age 73, of Malvern, died Sunday, January 15, 2012 in the Hot Spring County Medical Center.  She was born in Redfield , Arkansas on September 21, 1938 to the late Thomas and Alta Boyce Penix.  Mary was a homemaker and loving mother of five.  She loved needlepoint, cooking, and playing with her grandchildren.  Mary was Pentecostal by denomination.  She was the widow of the late William N. Overton, to whom she was married on June 5, 1956 in Traskwood.  He preceded her in death on March 10, 2011.  She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Elizabeth Overton, two brothers, Jimmy and Bobby Penix, and two sisters, Patsy Penix and Dee Taylor.

Her survivors include a son, William J. Overton of Malvern; three daughters, Norma Jean Freeman of Malvern, Connie Sue Shaffer of Gloucester, Virginia, and Penny Diane Inglis of Bryant; three brothers, Charlie and Arlie Penix, and Jack Penix, all of Little Rock; three sisters, Belle Gilbert of Salem, Freda Walsh of Alexander, and Bonnie Keen of California; by eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be held at the graveside in the Traskwood Cemetery at two o’clock on Friday afternoon, January 20, 2012 with Brother Paul Grigsby officiating.

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

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Oveditha Overton

 

 

Oveditha Riggan Overton, age 85 of Malvern, died Friday March 6, 2009, in the Hot Spring County Medical Center. She was born on June 15, 1923 in Theil, (Grant County) Arkansas to the late Hubert Homer and Idell Fitzhugh Riggan. She was reared and educated in Hot Spring County and was a Baptist. Oveditha was a homemaker. She was the widow of the late William Ray Overton, to whom she was married on May 16, 1942. He preceded her in death on October 2, 2008. Oveditha was also preceded in death by two sons, William Ray Overton, Jr. and Gaylon Overton, and by a brother, Joyce Herman Riggan.

She is survived by five grandsons, William Ray “Buddy” Overton, III, Brandon Overton, Aaron Overton, Lucian Overton, and Neil Webb; and by five great-grandchildren, Nicholas, Adam, Jordan, and Gavin Overton, and Gabbi Webb.

Her funeral will be held at two o’clock Sunday afternoon in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Brothers Wesley Howard and Maxie Haynes officiating, followed by interment in Tulip Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Buddy Overton, Brandon Overton, Aaron Overton, Lucian Overton, Nicholas Overton, and Neil Webb.

Honorary pallbearers are: Dr. Bruce Burton, the staff at Malvern Nursing Home, and the nursing staff of Hot Spring County Medical Center.

The family received friends at the mortuary on Saturday evening from six until eight o’clock.

The family is headquartered at the home of Buddy Overton on Ridge Road.

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Tangra Overton

 

Tangra Nicole Overton, age 16, of Malvern, died late Monday night at the Arkansas Children‘s Hospital in Little Rock. Born in Malvern on October 20, 1990, she was the daughter of Herman and Joyce Pierson Overton. Reared and educated in Malvern, she had just begun her junior year at Malvern High School on Monday. She had been a member of the Junior High Choir and was a cheerleader for two years. Tangra was a member of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church and also attended Victory Assembly of God Church in Lono. She had a host of dear friends who, along with her family, will miss her terribly.

Tangra is survived by her parents, Herman and Joyce Overton of Malvern; by a sister, Rhonda Overton , also of Malvern; by two brothers, Roy and his wife Christy Overton of Malvern, and Van Overton of Benton; by two nephews, Cameron and Caleb Deimel, and by two nieces, Ashley and Kayla Overton.

She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Donald and Robert Overton.

Her funeral will be held on Friday morning, August 24, 2007, at ten o’clock in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Brother Wesley Howard and Brother Glen McClung officiating. Interment will follow in Lono Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be: Roy Overton, Cameron Deimel, Caleb Deimel, Jonathon Keisler, McKenzie Davidson, and Justin Arnold.

Honorary pallbearers will be: Edwin Bolliera and John Parker.

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

Memorials are requested to the Lono Cemetery Association, c/o 1321 Fowler St. Malvern, Arkansas 72104.

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Van Scott Overton

 

Van Scott Overton, age 52, of Malvern, died Tuesday evening at St. Joseph’s Mercy Health Center in Hot Springs. He was born in Millington, Tennessee on October 5, 1958 to Herman and Joyce Pierson Overton. Van was the child of military parents, and was reared and educated in various places, including California, Virginia, Maryland, Arkansas, and Naples, Italy. Van worked in the paint department at Chamber Door for 18 years, and for Whiting System, a company that built truck washes for 18 wheelers, for eight years. He was a member of New Beginnings Baptist Church.

He is survived by his “Mom” and “Pop”, Herman and Joyce Overton, by a brother Roy Overton, and a sister Rhonda Overton, all of Malvern; by his nieces and nephews, Ashley and Kayla Overton, and Caleb and Cameron Deimel; and by a host of cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Tangra Overton, and by his brothers, Robert and Donald Overton. The funeral will be held Saturday, April 9, 2011, at six o’clock in the evening, at New Beginnings Baptist Church on East Page Avenue, with Brother Scott Efird officiating.

Visitation will begin one hour prior to the service, at five o’clock. All those in attendance are invited to join the family for a meal at the church after the funeral concludes.

Pallbearers will be: Alan Owens, Ronnie Reynolds, Riley goldsmith, Brad Monday, Ricky Meeks, and Tommy Williams.

Honorary pallbearers will be: Brother Glen McClung and Kevin Hunt.

Memorials are requested to the Lono Cemetery Association, 1959 Gray Loop, Leola, AR 72084. 

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William N. Overton

 

William N. Overton, age 71 of Malvern, died Thursday evening, March 10, 2011 in the St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center in Little Rock.  He was born in Traskwood, Arkansas on April 14, 1939 to the late William Jewell and Ruth Oakes Overton.  Reared and educated in Hot Spring County, he was a carpenter by trade.  An outdoorsman, Bill loved to hunt and fish, was an avid gardener, and enjoyed working in his shop.  He belonged to the Pentecostal church. 


Survivors include his wife, Mary Penix Overton of Malvern, to whom he was married on June 5, 1956 in Traskwood;  a son, William J. Overton of Malvern; three daughters, Norma Jean Freeman of Malvern, Connie Sue Schaffer of Gloucester, Virginia, and Penny Dianne Inglis of Bryant; three sisters, Pearl Tucker of Mena, Martha Hunter of Rockport, and Elsie Bradshaw of Benton; four brothers, Joel and Herman Overton of Malvern, Jimmy Overton of Haskell, and Paul Overton of Central; eight grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. 

 

Bill was also preceded in death by a daughter, Elizabeth Overton, and three brothers, Mike, Reuben, and Richard Overton.

 Graveside services at Traskwood Cemetery will be Wednesday morning, March 16, 2011 at eleven o’clock with Brother Jerry Garrett officiating. 

 

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

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William Ray Overton

 

 

William Ray Overton, age 87 of Malvern, died Thursday evening, October 2, 2008, in the Hot Spring County Medical Center.  He was born in Tulip, Arkansas on October 5, 1920 to the late William Thomas and Mary Ellen Lawrence Overton.  Reared and educated in Hot Spring County, Ray worked for the Natural Gas Pipeline as an equipment operator.  He was an Army veteran of World War 2, and was a Baptist.  Ray was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting, fishing, and camping.

 

 He is survived by his wife, Oveditha Riggan Overton of Malvern, to whom he was married on May 16, 1942; by three brothers, Curtis Overton of Kingsland, Arkansas, Haywood Overton of Camden, and Glendy Overton of Terrell, Texas; by one sister, Lilla May Harrison of Benton; by four grandsons, Buddy, Aaron, Lucian, and Brandon Overton, a step-grandson, Neil Webb; by four great-grandsons, Nicholas, Adam, Jordan, and Gavin Overton, and a step-great-granddaughter, Gabriele Webb. 

 

Ray was preceded in death by two sons, William Ray Overton, Jr., and Gaylon Overton; by three brothers, Roy, Dewitt, and Cecil Overton, and by two sisters, Ione Leath and Gertrude Huffman. 

 

His funeral will be held at three o’clock Sunday afternoon, October 5, 2008 in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Brothers Wesley Howard and Maxie Haynes officiating.   Interment will follow in Tulip Cemetery. 

 

Pallbearers will be Buddy Overton, Aaron Overton, Lucian Overton, Brandon Overton, Russell Overton, Tommy Overton, Neil Webb, and Steve Bracy.

 

Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Bruce Burton, The Crossing staff, and the ICU staff at Hot Spring County Medical Center. The family will receive friends at the mortuary on Saturday evening from six until eight o’clock. 

 

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Mike Page

 

Michael C. “Mike” Page, age 58 of Malvern, died Wednesday afternoon in the Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. He was born on February 14, 1949 in North Little Rock to the late Raymond and Stella Coston Page.  His family moved to Malvern when Mike was ten years old.  He was a 1967 graduate of Malvern High School and attended Henderson State University.  Mike began working at an early age: he was a paperboy as a child.  A diverse career path led him from working in Houston, Texas in the oil industry, to selling cars, to becoming a bartender, an occupation at which he labored for 30 years.  Mike was also a talented musician.  He played the guitar and sang in local bands for some time, gaining quite a following of fans.   Mike was a “free spirit”.  He was a good friend.  If he liked you, you knew it.  If he didn’t, you knew that, too.   If someone needed help, he was there for them.  He agonized over disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and the displacement of the people affected by them.  He supported agencies like the Red Cross and the Salvation Army in their relief efforts.

 

 Mike is survived by his wife, Theresa Boyte Page, with whom he has been together for over 20 years; a step-son, Donnie Dodd of Magnolia, and a step-daughter, Angela Beall of Tyler, Texas; by two brothers, Franklin and Larry Page, both of Shreveport, Louisiana; and by seven grandchildren, Chelsea, Chad, Nicole, Shelly, Michael, Katie, and Emily. 

 

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 16, 2008, at one o’clock in the afternoon in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home.  Mike had opted for cremation, with his ashes to be scattered in the ocean as his final disposition. 

 

Memorials may take the form of donations to the Salvation Army.

 

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Charles Parham

 

Charles Parham, age 67 of Malvern, died Friday, July 2, 2010 in Little Rock. He was born at home in Temperance Hill ( Dallas County) on October 19, 1942 to the late Wiley Jennings and Louise Ione Gray Parham. Reared and receiving his early education in Princeton, Arkansas, he graduated from Southern Arkansas University in 1964 with a bachelor’s degree in music education. He completed his master’s degree in 1977 at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He taught public school music in Dora, Missouri, in Wynne, and DeWitt, Arkansas, and from 1973 until 2001 taught at Malvern High School. Charles was a member of First United Methodist Church, a member of the Arkansas Choral Directors Association, the Arkansas Education Association, and the National Education Association.

Charles is survived by his wife, Johnette Dalrymple Parham, to whom he was married on August 20, 1966 in Texarkana, Arkansas; by a son and daughter-in-law, Jonathan C. and Susan Parham of Sherwood; by two grandchildren, Lucas and Allison Parham; by two brothers, Robert and Edward Parham; and by two sisters, Lolah Daniel and Mary Beth Mann-Garney.

He was also preceded in death by a sister, Carolyn Cummings, and a brother, Wiley Parham, Jr.

His funeral will be Tuesday, July 6, 2010 at one-thirty in the afternoon in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church with Reverend LaVon Post and David Daniel officiating. Interment will follow in Temperance Hill Cemetery in Dallas County.

Pallbearers will be: Steve Williams, Bobbie Anderson, David Alpe, Oren Culpepper, Mike Clayton, and Jess Essex.

The family will receive friends at J. A. Funk Funeral Home on Monday evening, July 5, 2010 from six until eight o’clock.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to First United Methodist Church, the Arkansas Children’s Hospital, or to the River City Men’s Chorus.

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John Franklin Parker

 

 

John Franklin Parker, age 84 of Malvern, died Tuesday, November 04, 2008, in the National Park Medical Center in Hot Springs. He was born on January 21, 1924 in Hot Spring County to the late Clarence and Lillie Evans Parker.  Reared and educated in Hot Spring County, he served in the United States Army during World War II, and saw action in the South Pacific.  Mr. Parker was a Missionary Baptist.  During his working life, he had been employed by Dresser Industries as a welder, by the US Army Corps of Engineers, and the National Park Service, from which he retired in 1989.  

He is survived by his wife, Judy Bailey Parker of Malvern, to whom he was married on June 26, 1982; two daughters, Fran Parker of Jacksonville, Arkansas, and Monica Parker Roberts of Malvern; one step-daughter, Cindy Smith Jones and her husband David, of Germantown, Tennessee; one step-son, Carey Smith and his wife Andi of Little Rock; six grandchildren, Miranda Buchanan, Bryan Horne, Casey Patterson, John Mikel Parker, Jessica Roberts, and Star Parker; three step-grandchildren, Wesley and Bailey Jones, and Emery Claire Smith; three great-granddaughters, Taylor, Macy, and Mackenzy Horne; two sisters, Betty Howell of Stephens, and Patricia Claxton and her husband Mike of Little Rock.  Mr. Parker was also preceded in death by a daughter, Jan Parker, by two sisters, Marie Davis and Nina Holcomb, and by a brother, Donald Parker. 

His funeral will be held at ten o’clock Friday morning, November 7, 2008 in the chapel of J.A. Funk Funeral Home with Brother Rickey Poyner officiating. 

Interment will follow in Ouachita Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be: Mike Claxton, David Jones, Gene Davis, B. J. Horne, Larry Howell, Joe Howell, Rick Howell, and Wayne Holcomb. 

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday evening from six until eight o’clock. Online condolences may be sent via J.A.Funk Funeral Home. 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 


Lola Parker

 

 

Lola Juanita Parker, age 88, of Malvern, died Thursday evening, November 27, 2008 in the Malvern Nursing Home.  She was born on March 10, 1920 in Crowville, Louisiana to the late Dan C. and Minnie Temple Welch.  Reared and educated in Crowville, she was a homemaker and a member of Third Baptist Church of Malvern, where she had resided since 1988.  She was the widow of the late Isaac Oscar “Ike” Parker, to whom she was married on July 14, 1940 in Crowville.  They were wed for over 62 years when he preceded her in death on December 21, 2002.   

 

She is survived by a son, Larry and his wife Linda Parker of Malvern, a daughter, Judith and her husband Jim Fletcher of Tucson, Arizona; four grandchildren, Jeffrey Fletcher, Richard and Ryan Parker, and Ashley Jones; and by six great-grandchildren, Kylie and Avery Parker, Forrest and Lauren Parker, and Caroline and Luke Jones. 

 

Mrs. Parker was also preceded in death by two brothers, Leo and Ance Welch. 

 

The family will receive friends at the mortuary on Sunday afternoon, November 30, 2008 from two until four o’clock. 

 

Her funeral will be held on Monday morning, December 1, 2008, at ten o’clock in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Brother Bob Myrick officiating. 

 

Graveside services are scheduled for eleven o’clock Tuesday morning, December 2, 2008 in the Crowville Masonic Cemetery in Crowville, Louisiana with Brother Marion Collier officiating. 

 

Pallbearers will be Richard Parker, Ryan Parker, Don Parker, and Chris Walthall.

 

Honorary pallbearers will be the Men’s Sunday School Class of Third Baptist Church. Memorials are requested to the Lottie Moon Offering in care of Third Baptist Church, Malvern. 

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Faron Jacob Partlow

 

Faron Jacob Partlow, age 41, of Malvern, died Friday, December 13, 2013.  He was born in Riverside, California on March 20, 1972 to Gary Partlow and the late Wanda Faye Mabrey Partlow.  He was reared and educated mostly in Arkansas, but, being a child of the military, spent time in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Corpus Christi, Texas, Guam, and San Diego, California.  Faron had been a resident of Malvern for 20 years.  He was an avid outdoorsman, loved to hunt, and enjoyed sports.  Faron was an accomplished millwright and welder.

He is survived by his father, Gary Partlow of Ward; by his step-children, Destiny McCart of Donaldson, and Don McCart of Hot Springs; by a brother, Nathan Partlow, also of Ward; by his paternal grandmother, Carrie Davenport; and his spouse, Deanna Wittenburg of Malvern.

He was also preceded in death by his sister, Amber Michelle Partlow.

There will be no services.

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Dean Paul

 

Dean Paul, age 73 of Malvern, died Monday in the Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock.  He was born in Malvern on November 29, 1939 to the late Lynn D. Paul and Iona Cunningham Paul.  Reared and receiving his early education in the Fairview and Malvern schools, he later attended Ouachita Baptist University, where he played football, Arkansas Tech at Russellville, and UALR.  Dean was an entrepreneur, and if you asked him, he’d say he’s “just a country boy trying to make a dollar”.  He was a member of First Assembly of God Church and the HP Hunting Club.

He is survived by his wife, Lynn McCoy Paul of Malvern, to whom he was married on May 28, 1962 in Malvern by Brother Steve Thomas; by his sons, Blake Paul and his wife, Susan of Malvern; Brook Paul and his wife Stephanie of Greenbrier; by his brother, Roger Paul and his wife Andrea; by his sisters, Bobbie Paul Wright, Shirley Paul Cooper, and Jeanne Paul Vaughn and her husband Ki, all of Malvern; by his grandchildren, Caleb, Josh, Hunter, and Austin Paul; by his great-grandchildren, Jeremiah, Colbi,and Bently Paul.

Dean was also preceded in death by his brother, Lynn Dale Paul, and by an infant brother.

The family will receive friends at J. A. Funk Funeral Home on Wednesday evening, October 23, from six until eight o’clock.

Funeral services will be at ten o’clock Thursday morning in the funeral home chapel with Brother Larry Moore officiating and with music by Brother Jimmy Bobo.  Interment will follow in the Rockport Cemetery.

Pallbearers are: Hank Wright, John Wright, Nate Walsh, Caleb Paul, Josh Paul, Hunter Paul, Austin Paul, Roger “Chip” Paul, and Ross Vaughn.

Honorary pallbearers are: Jeff Caldwell, Bubba States, Sam Southerland, Paul Doherty, and Dean’s coffee drinking buddies.

Memorials may be made to the church or charity of one’s choice.

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L.D. Paul

 

Lynn Dale “L. D.” Paul, age 79 of Malvern, died unexpectedly Saturday afternoon in the Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock.  He was born in Malvern on August 4, 1929 to the late Lynn D. and Iona Cunningham Paul.  Reared and educated in Arkansas and Texas, he graduated high school in Center, Texas.  L. D. was a retired businessman.  Early in his career he served for 19 years on the Malvern Police Department, many of those as the first Captain of the force, then headed by Chief Bill Funk. He was later a deputy sheriff for Hot Spring County, serving four years under Sheriff Milburn R. Gill.  L. D. was a member of First Baptist Church, a 32nd degree Mason and a Shriner.  He enjoyed hunting, raising cattle, and just spending time outdoors.  L. D. faithfully read his Bible.

 

He is survived by three sisters, Bobbie and her husband Bill Wright, Shirley Paul Cooper, and Jeanne Vaughn and her husband, Ki, all of Malvern; two brothers, Dean and his wife, Lynn Paul, and Roger and his wife Andrea Paul all of Malvern; by 11 nieces and nephews, and 21 grand-nieces and –nephews. 

 

L. D. was also preceded in death by an infant brother. 

 

His funeral will be held on Wednesday morning, October 29, 2008 at ten o’clock in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with his nephew, Blake Paul officiating.  Interment will follow in Shadowlawn Cemetery. 

 

Pallbearers will be: Hank and John Wright, Chip Paul, Ross Vaughn, Nate Walsh,and Tanner Holder.

 

Honorary pallbearers are: Dr. Larry Brashears, Raymond Digby, James Robinson, Tom Daniel, and Brook Paul. 

 

The family will receive friends at the mortuary on Tuesday evening, October 28, 2008 from six until eight o’clock. 

Memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

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Jesse Oliver “Joe” Payne

Jesse Oliver “Joe” Payne, age 64 of the Big Creek community, died Saturday, December 24, 2011, in the Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock.  He was born in Malvern on February 12, 1947 to the late John Sanders Payne and Dorris Armstrong Payne.  Reared and receiving his early education in the Poyen schools, he later earned his bachelor of business administration degree from Henderson State University .  He was general partner in Payne Woodlands and a stock trader.

Joe is survived by his brother, James R. Payne of Malvern, by two sisters, Elizabeth Hardin and her husband Lon of Hot Springs Village, and Sarah Payne Jines of Little Rock ; and by eight nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Paul Richard Payne and John S. Payne, Jr. and by a sister Martha Lee Payne.

A gathering and memorial for family and friends will begin at six o’clock Thursday evening, December 29, 2011, in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home.

Memorials are requested to the Food For Kids program at the Arkansas Rice Depot, 3801 West 65th Street , Little Rock , AR 72209 , or the Malvern Community Thanksgiving and Christmas Meals, c/o First United Methodist Church , Malvern.

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Paul R. Payne

 

Paul R. Payne, age 57 of Little Rock, formerly of Malvern, died Sunday, June 20, 2010 at the Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. He was born in Hot Spring County on November 2, 1952 to the late John Sanders, Sr. and Dorris Armstrong Payne. Reared and educated in the Big Creek Community, he graduated Poyen High School in 1970. Paul received a degree in business administration from Ouachita Baptist University, and later attended graduate school at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Paul was an avid sportsman. He loved hunting and fishing, and played golf until a hip injury sidelined him. The Arkansas Razorbacks, the L. A. Lakers, and the Seattle Mariners were some of his favorite teams. He eagerly followed fellow Arkansan and golfer John Daley in his endeavors to win tournaments. And as his friends and neighbors knew quite well, he enjoyed listening to talk radio.

He is survived by the love of his life, Paula Brown of Little Rock, by two brothers, James R. Payne and Joe Payne, both of Malvern; two sisters, Elizabeth Hardin and her husband, Lon of Hot Springs Village, and Sarah Payne Jines of Little Rock; by a sister-in-law, Linda Atkins of Banks, Arkansas; and by eight nieces and nephews.

Paul was also preceded in death by a brother, John S. Payne, Jr. and a sister, Martha Lee Payne.

At Paul’s request, his body was cremated. A memorial service will be held at eleven o’clock Friday morning, June 25, 2010 in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Reverend LaVon Post officiating.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday evening from six until eight o’clock. Memorials are requested to the Malvern/Hot Spring County Library. 

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Bess Peters

 

 

Altha Elizabeth “Bess” Peters, age 92, a resident of Midlothian , Virginia since 2007, died Monday, March 19, 2012.  She was born on November 2, 1919 in Garland County to the late Frederick and Effie Orr Byrum.  Living most of her life in Central Arkansas, she grew up in Hot Springs , attended high school in Little Rock , and graduated from Ouachita Baptist University .  In June of 1941, she married Dr. C. F. “Pete” Peters.  They moved to Malvern in 1946 to establish a medical practice and raise a family. Bess was a wonderful and generous wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend.  She was a talented singer, artist and musician; a gracious hostess; a creative cook, gardener and decorator; a world traveler.  For 60 years, she was a member of the First Baptist Church in Malvern, and its choir, where she helped found the Silver Belles Chorus that performed for church and non-profit groups throughout the area. After her move to Virginia , she studied watercolor painting, exhibited in art shows, and donated her work for YMCA fundraisers.  Bess faced all of l ife ’s joys and challenges with an indomitable spirit.  She rarely met a stranger, and treated everyone with dignity and respect.  She inspired all who knew her by her love of life, her enthusiasm, and her never-give-up attitude. Bess and Pete’s son, Steve Peters, was killed in Vietnam in 1967. 

Bess is survived by her two daughters and their families: Pat and her husband, Bill Walters, and their son, Allan Walters and his wife Marcia Eugenio, and their two daughters, Gracie and Sabrina and her daughter, Tracy Shea and her husband, Danny, and their two daughters, Riley and Madeline; Jan and her husband, Don Wood, their daughter Erin Wood and their daughter, Lauren Wood and her fiancé, Brett Mortensen.

A visitation will be held on Friday evening, March 23, 2012 from six until eight o’clock at J. A. Funk Funeral Home.

Private graveside services will be at Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Hot Springs followed by a public memorial service beginning at one o’clock Saturday afternoon in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church , with Brother Tyler Thompson officiating.

The family will receive friends in the church’s Family Life Center following the memorial service.

Bess showed us all how to live a rich and full life.  We love her and will miss her.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to First Baptist Church or Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

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Martha Lou Phillips

 

Martha Lou Phillips, age 78 of Malvern, died Wednesday evening, October 14, 2009, in the Malvern Nursing Home.  She was born in Curtis, Arkansas on May 29, 1931 to the late Raymond and Pauline Wheatley Holloway.  Reared and educated in Malvern, she was the widow of the late Max R. “Chip” Phillips, Sr. to whom she was married on November 24, 1948.  He preceded her in death on October 12, 2003.  Martha Lou retired in 1995 as manager for the local Road Runner gas station/convenience store, where she had worked for 17 years.  Prior to that position, she had been a union officer at the Featherlite Corporation.  She was a member of Reyburn Creek Missionary Baptist Church.

 

She is survived by her children, Max R. “Chipper” Phillips and his wife Louise of Prescott; Mike Phillips and his wife Nan of Russellville; Becky Phillips of Newark; and Phyllis Ray and her husband David of Malvern; one brother, Raymond Paul Holloway of Washington State; one sister Marylene Digby of Little Rock; her grandchildren, Jamie Jaynes, Blake, Bryce, and Ryan Phillips, Geri Burford, Krystal Ray Hayward, Michelle Jostmeyer; step-grandchildren, Laura Sellers and Bryan Ray; great-grandchildren, Christopher B. Phillips, C. J. Lucas, Michael and Brynn Chenowith, Landon and Jackson Phillips, Kaylee Hayward; step-great-grandchildren, Tyler Sellers, Austin, Bryanna, and Sophia Ray, Tyler and Aiden Hayward.

 

She was also preceded in death by a brother, Billy Jim Holloway, a son-in-law Jim Phillips, and a grandson, Todd Phillips.

 

Her funeral will be at eleven o’clock Saturday morning, October 17, 2009 in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Brother Todd Bray officiating.  Interment will follow in Fairplay Cemetery.

 

Pallbearers will be: C. J. Lucas, Gerald Chancellor, Robert Jostmeyer, Bryan Ray, Christopher B. Phillips, and Jasper Jaynes.

 

Honorary pallbearers are the staff of Malvern Nursing Home.

 

Visitation will be from five until seven o’clock Friday evening at the mortuary.

 

The family will be headquartered at 235 Nix Road, Malvern.Memorials may be made to Reyburn Creek Missionary Baptist Church.

 

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Max R. (Chipper) Phillips, Jr.

 

Max R. (Chipper) Phillips, Jr. of Prescott, formerly of Hot Springs and Malvern, Arkansas, passed away on June 7, 2014 while traveling in Vicksburg, Mississippi.
He was born January 29, 1951 to Max R.  (Chip) and Martha Lou Holloway Phillips in Malvern, Arkansas.  He graduated from Malvern High School in 1969 and married his high school sweetheart, Louise Spence, on May 28, 1970. Max completed his BSE degree from Henderson State University in 1977.
 
A respected and admired educator, Max taught Art and was a football and track coach for the
Prescott, Camden and Fairview High Schools and
finished his teaching career at Hot Springs Lakeside High School.
 
As an artist, Max enjoyed drawing, painting and pottery. Many of his award winning works were displayed at the Malvern National Bank, the Magnolia Blossom Festival, Hot Springs County Library  and the Nevada County Depot and Museum.  He was commissioned by United States Representative Marion Berry to create a mural of horse racing for the "A Taste of the South" exhibit in Washington, D.C.
 
Max fondly remembered his days in Malvern Little League and Babe Ruth baseball and proudly held the home run record for many years. He took pride in being a member of the Malvern Leopard football team. As an adult he enjoyed playing softball and was inducted into the Southwest Arkansas Softball Hall of Fame in 2009.
 
Max was a member of the Malvern 10 Acre Hunting Club. He was critically injured  at his deer camp in 2011. By fierce determination, intense physical therapy and the support of his family, friends and loving community, he returned to his favorite pastime a year later.
 
Max served as a former member of Prescott School Board and Prescott City Council, and was presently serving as Chair of Finance for the First United Methodist Church of Prescott. During his presidency of the Nevada County Depot and Museum board, he was a driving force in the Sesquicentennial Reenactment of the Battle of Prairie D'Ane, promoting the history of  Civil War activity in what is now Nevada County.
 
Max is survived by his wife Louise; his two sons, Bryce (Cayla) of Hot Springs and Blake (Katharine) of New York City; his brother, Michael (Nan) Phillips of Russellville and two sisters, Becky Phillips of Jonesboro and Phyllis (David) Ray of Malvern; three uncles, CM (Anna Lou) Phillips, Raymond Digby and Raymond Paul Holloway; an aunt, Jeanette Phillips and a number of other friends and relatives.
 
A celebration of Max's life will be held at a later date.

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Vannah Ja'net Carver Phillips

 

Vannah Ja’net Carver Phillips, lovingly known as Gaga, was the eldest daughter of the late John Herbert and Odie Marie Carver.  She was a lifelong resident of Hot Spring County.  Born January 24, 1924, she passed from this life on June 12, 2012 to enter her eternal resting place and be with the Lord.

Eric, her childhood sweetheart and husband of 48 years, preceded her in death, as well as her sons, James Eric (Jimmy) and Lynn Franklin, her grandson, Kevin Todd Phillips, a brother, Charles Carver and brother-in-law Bruce Gentry.

She is survived by one son, John Daniel (Danny) and his wife Melissa Phillips, one sister, Jestine Gentry, one brother, John Wayne Carver (Diane) of Gifford, a sister-in-law, June Carver (Charles), two daughters-in-law, Becky, wife of Jimmy, and Cookie, wife of Lynn. Ja’net will leave behind seven grandchildren Jennifer Shanas, Kristi Lowry, Amanda Kay Wright, Jamie Jaynes, Daniel Phillips, Joshua Phillips, and Ezra Phillips, eight great- grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. 

Ja’net has exemplified her Christian service throughout her life.  She has been a member of Francois Baptist, Second Baptist, and the North Main Church of Christ.  She enjoyed her time in the choir, with the ladies auxiliary and spending time with all the wonderful church families and friends.

She graduated from Gifford High School as valedictorian, and earned her B. S. E. and M. S. E. from Henderson State University where she was a member of the Alpha Chi Society.  She retired after forty-two years from the schools of Hot Spring County where she served as teacher, reading specialist, and counselor in Malvern, Magnet Cove, Glen Rose, and Gifford Schools .

During World War II, she spent a year and some time longer at the Hope Proving Ground in Hope , Arkansas .  She used her strong algebra skills to help detect quality ammunition for the war effort.

She held membership in Arkansas Education Association, National Education Association, Hot Spring County Education Association, Gamma Alpha, Delta Kappa, Gamma International Society, Malvern Musical Arts Club, Malvern Woman’s Club, Laubach Literacy Action and Arkansas School Counselors Association, where she served in official capacity.  She was a charter member of the local book club.

Mrs. Phillips was an accomplished artist.  Her artwork has been displayed around Hot Spring County, and has won awards for the quality of her talent.  Later in life, she authored her autobiography, Life Couldn’t Be Better, which was published and is in the Hot Spring County Library.  After retiring from her teaching career, she tutored students both in and after school hours, volunteered her time at the library and the hospital, enjoyed traveling, swinging on the front porch, and visiting with family and friends.

Services will be at J. A. Funk Funeral Home with visitation on Thursday, June 14th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and a celebration of her life on Friday, June 15th at 10:00 a.m.  Mark Moser and Kirk Gassman will conduct the service with Tommy Gunn leading singing.  Internment will be at Francois Cemetery in Gifford.

Pall bearers will be grandsons and nephews.

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Janice Pierce

 

 

Janice Pierce, age 77, of Malvern, died Sunday, November 21, 2010 in the Hot Spring County Medical Center.  She was born in Cedar Glades, Arkansas on August 28, 1933 to the late Gerald and Cora Williams Golden.  Reared and educated in Hot Spring County, she was the retired owner of Jan’s Health Store, which she operated for 30 years.  She was a Baptist and the widow of the late Bill Pierce, to whom she was married on August 19, 1951 in Buckville, Arkansas.  Janice loved to garden and enjoyed traveling. 

 

She is survived by a daughter, Janice Pierce and her friend, Larry Minney of Hot Springs; by two brothers, Eugene Golden and Mike Golden, both of Malvern; by a sister Ina Morris of Houston, Texas; and by her dog, Paris.

Janice was also preceded in death by her son, Milton Pierce, and a sister, Helen Tafelski. 

 

There will be no services. 

 

Memorials are requested to the Lupus Foundation.

 

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Thomas E. Plummer

Thomas E. Plummer, (US Army, Ret.), age 84 of Malvern, died Wednesday, June 5, 2013.  He was born in Poyen, Arkansas on December 23, 1928 to the late George Thomas Plummer and Birdie Wilcox Plummer.  Reared and educated in Grant County, Thomas joined the United States Army as a young man, and served his country for over twenty years before retiring as Sergeant First Class.  He was the recipient of three Bronze Stars, two Army Commendation Medals, one National Defense Service Medal, four Vietnam Service Medals, one Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, two Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Crosses, an Expert Infantry Badge, and six Good Conduct Medals. Thomas was stationed in Germany, Korea, and Vietnam.  His family withstood the rigors of Army life and dealt with the constant “uprooting” by being privileged to live in many places throughout the years, including: Ft. Hood, Texas, Germany, Ft. Ord, California, and Ft. Riley Kansas.  Thomas was a Baptist by denomination.

He is survived by three daughters, Brenda Plummer Gonzales of Texas, Beverly Plummer McHenry of Kansas, and Bobbie Plummer Parker of Donaldson, Arkansas; by 16 grandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren.

Thomas was also preceded in death by a daughter, Becky Plummer Baghai, and by nine siblings.

Graveside services with Full Military Honors will be held at ten o’clock Saturday morning, June 8, 2013, in the Rockport Memorial Gardens Cemetery under the direction of J. A. Funk Funeral Home.

Visitation at the funeral home will begin at nine o’clock Saturday morning, immediately followed by a procession to the cemetery at nine forty-five.

The family extends their thanks to the staff of Malvern Nursing and Rehab, and to Stephanie L. Collie at A Pocket Full of Posies florist.

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Valarie Golda Stringfellow Ponder

 

 

 

Valarie Golda Stringfellow Ponder, age 93, of Malvern, formerly of Heber Springs, died October 5, 2009.  She was born in Joy, Arkansas on July 14, 1916 to the late David Franklin and Dora Etta Vardell Stringfellow, the fourth of ten children.  She lived most of her life in the Searcy and Rosebud area.

 

She was a retired laundry/drycleaners owner, and had been a realtor in Little Rock.  Mrs. Ponder was a Baptist.  She was the widow of the late Luther (Hank) Ponder, who died in 1961. 

Her survivors include her children, Pat and his wife Becky Ponder of Austin, Texas, and Joe and his wife Carolyn Ponder of Rogers, Arkansas; three sisters, Pauline, La Dotta, and Freda; one brother, Bill; grandchildren, Luke and Nadia Ponder, Jeffrey and Hye Yeong Ponder, Valarie and Bill Lee, Jody and Rochelle Ponder, Donny and Tatiana Ponder; her great-grandchildren, Amanda Ponder, Ryan and Shauna Ponder, Robert Ponder, Kimberly, Caleb, Steven, Alexander, and Andrew Ponder, and Aubrey Ju Lee; and two great-great-grandchildren, Dakota Ponder and Kendall Ponder Cooley. 

She was also preceded in death by two sisters and three brothers. Her funeral will be held on Friday, October 9, 2009 at one o’clock in the Temple Baptist Church, Hwy 16 and Cherry Street, Searcy, Arkansas, with interment to follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery. 

 

Arrangements are by J. A. Funk Funeral Home of Malvern, Arkansas.

 In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your church or favorite charity. 

 

Valarie’s life was dedicated to serving her Lord, Jesus Christ.  It would be her wish that you celebrate her life with a prayer of thanks to God for the time we spend in loving fellowship. 

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Louise Smith Powell

 

Louise Smith Powell, age 87, longtime resident of Malvern and Hot Springs, died Saturday, July 26, 2008 at Presbyterian Village in Little Rock.  She was born in Lake City, Arkansas on February 19, 1921 to the late Lee Everett and Hattie Isabel Davis Newcom.  Reared and educated in Lake City and Jonesboro, she moved to Malvern in 1947, with her husband, Dr. Robert Lee Smith, Sr., DDS.  While rearing her son, Robert Lee Smith, Jr., she worked in her husband’s dental office as office manager and dental assistant.  After Dr. Smith, Sr. retired, and her son took over the practice upon finishing his studies, she continued running the office.  Her husband died in 1992, and her son died in 1997.  Louise had been a member of First United Methodist Church in Malvern, where she attended the Alice Brooks Sunday school class.  She was preceded in death by her second husband, L. Earl Powell, Jr., in 2005.  They lived for a number of years in Hot Springs, and were members of First Presbyterian Church.  Louise had been a member of the US Coast Guard Ladies Auxiliary in Hot Springs.

 

 She is survived by her grandchildren, Robert Lee Smith, III of Little Rock and Erika Elise Smith Hoffman of Houston, Texas; by two great-grandchildren, Myers Edward Hoffman and Hannah Lee Hoffman; by four nieces, one nephew, and by her daughter-in-law, Cherry Smith of Little Rock. 

 

Louise was also preceded in death by three brothers, Lonnie, Herbert, and Carl Newcom. 

 

A private entombment was held at Crestview Memorial Park in Hot Springs on Thursday, July 31, 2008, with Reverend John Arnold officiating and under the direction of J. A. Funk Funeral Home, Malvern. 

 

Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 213 Whittington Avenue, Hot Springs, Arkansas 71901.  

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Ethel Pritchard

 

Ethel Williams Pritchard, age 97 of Hot Springs, died Tuesday evening in the Lakewood Convalescent Home. She was born on January 25, 1913 in Hot Spring County to the late Leroy and Vesta Keisler Williams. Reared and educated in Hot Spring County, she grew up in the Big Creek Community. Mrs. Pritchard was the widow of the late George Pritchard, to whom she was married in 1948. He preceded her in death in 1964. They traveled extensively and she was very fond of going to the beach, where she loved to swim. She attended the Big Creek Missionary Baptist Church. 

She is survived by her nieces and nephews: Theresa Bailey, Louise Crouse, Carolyn Jones, Barbara Gibbs, Vesta Holland, Marjorie Word, Ocie Lee Williams, Morris Williams, Brenda Garrett, Leroy Williams, Jimmy Nichols, J. F. Nichols, and Bobby Nichols.

Mrs. Pritchard was also preceded in death by an infant son, Leroy Bankson; by her brothers, Curtis, Carva, and Harvey Williams; and by her sisters, Marcella Lee, Thelma Nichols, and Marzee Eason. 

A visitation was held Wednesday evening from five until seven o’clock at J. A. Funk Funeral Home. 

Graveside service will be two o’clock Thursday afternoon, April 29, 2010 in the Old Lutheran Cemetery near Malvern with Brother Mark Thornton officiating. 

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