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Robert C. "Bob" Rabou

 

 

Robert C. “Bob” Rabou age 68, recently of Bismarck, Arkansas, rode on his good horse, Fancy, into the sunset to meet his Lord on Sunday, February 17, 2008. Born April 22, 1939, he grew up on the Rabou Ranch, northwest of Albin, Wyoming, learning the skills of riding, roping,  cattle, and range management so he could help carry on the family ranch established in 1905.  This he did better than most with an abiding respect, stewardship, faith, and honor to the Lord.

 

A lifelong shooting sports enthusiast, he loved to hunt from the deer and antelope on the ranch, to elk and moose in Northwest Wyoming, to coyote, rabbit, duck, geese, grouse, and a bobcat off the roof of his grandpa’s house.  He also enjoyed trap shooting and did reloading of all his shotgun shells, pistols, rifles, and black powder guns.           

 

His survivors, who will be joining him in the future roundup, are his wife, Norma; daughters, Ramona and husband Lee Willert, of Albin, WY, Carolee and husband Lyle Smith of Dumas, Texas, and Roxanne Rabou of Buffalo WY, a son Rex and his wife Anna Rabou of Cheyenne, WY; a brother, Bill and his wife, Dixie Rabou of Albin, WY; a sister, Margaret and her husband Bob Hale of Malvern, AR; grandchildren, Aimee Vialpando, John, Travis, Zane, and Cordell Willert, and Ray and Naomi Rabou; great-grandchildren, Tyne, Thayne, and Tatum Vialpando;  nephews, Roy and his wife, Lori Hale, and Billy Hale; great-nephews, Preston and Logan Hale.  Dear to him also were his aunts, uncles, and friends too numerous to mention.

 

Those who have preceded him in death and are there to greet him in the heavenly pastures are his parents, Lavon and Raymond Rabou, and his stepfather, Don Tilton.          

 

A memorial service will be held in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home in Malvern on  Tuesday, February 19, 2008, at 6:30 in the evening, with Brothers Todd Bray and Bobby Cook officiating.  Interment of his ashes will be on the Rabou Ranch in Albin, Wyoming at a later date.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to the National Rifle Association of America, 11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, Virginia 22030-9400, (703) 267-1000.

           

Online condolences may be made via jafunkfuneralhome.com.

 

 

 
 

 


Faye Ratcliff

 

 

Faye Ratcliff, age 79 of Malvern, died Monday evening, April 18, 2011 in the St. Joseph Mercy Health Center in Hot Springs.  She was born in
Rolla, Arkansas on October 30, 1931 to the late Carl Tucker and Nellie Gelvin Tucker.  Reared and educated in Leola, Arkansas, she was the widow of the late Bob Ratcliff, to whom she was married on May 12, 1950 in Hot Spring County.  He preceded her in death on March 17, 1996.  After raising her children, she managed the Little Store at Malvern High School. She was a longtime member of St. Paul United Methodist Church, was an avid reader, and enjoyed working crossword puzzles.

 

Her survivors include two sons, Steve Ratcliff and his wife Marga of Little Rock, and Dan Ratcliff and his wife Mary of Lexington Park, Maryland; a daughter, Patti Miley and her husband Mike of Arkadelphia; six grandchildren, Melissa and her husband Kyle Read, Kristin Ratcliff, Meagan Jackson and her husband Blake, Aaron Miley, Ryan Ratcliff, and Katie Miley; as well as one great-granddaughter, Olivia Jackson.

The family will receive friends at J. A. Funk Funeral Home from five to seven on Wednesday, April 20, 2011.

 

The funeral will be on Thursday morning, April 21, 2011, at ten o’clock in the sanctuary of St. Paul United Methodist Church with Reverend Dooley Fowler officiating.  Interment will follow in Lono Cemetery.

 

Pallbearers will be: Troy Cate, Jack Clayton, Danny Dunlap, Mike Fite, Terry Henson, and Jerry Strother.

 

Honorary pallbearers will be: Kermit Baker, Judd Batts, Wallace Hall, Ken Henry, Ronnie Matlock, and Al Rogge.

 

Memorials are requested to Arkansas Hospice 628 Malvern Avenue, Hot Springs, Arkansas 71901, or to St. Paul United Methodist Church, Malvern.

 

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Forrest Reynolds


Forrest Reynolds, age 61, of Malvern, died Tuesday, May 14, 2013 in the Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock.  He was born on April 10, 1952 in Malvern to the late Richard Lee Reynolds and Prudy Kathyren Wish Reynolds.  Reared and educated in Malvern, he was a heavy equipment operator.  He was a member of Taylors Chapel Baptist Church.  Forrest was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved to visit and talk with his friends.

He is survived by his wife, Diane Reynolds of Hot Springs; by a daughter, Kimberly Reynolds of Hot Springs; by a step-daughter, Samantha of Hot Springs; by two brothers, Richard Lee Reynolds, Jr. and his wife Carolyn of Donaldson, and Jimmy Reynolds of Arkadelphia; and by a step-grandchild, T. J.

Graveside services will be held on Sunday afternoon, May 19, 2013 at two o’clock at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery off Hwy 222 near Donaldson with Brother Leland Womack officiating.

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

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Jimmie Lea Reynolds

Jimmie Lea Reynolds, age 75, of Hot Springs, passed from this life to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday, July 9, 2013 in Mercy Hospital in Hot Springs.  She was born November 3, 1937 at Leola, Arkansas to the late James Alvin Nichols and Hazel Lea Lingo Nichols.  She was a member of Rockport Missionary Baptist Church, Malvern.

Survivors are one daughter, Mary Catherine (Cathie) Reynolds, one son and daughter-in-law Lloyd Reynolds, Jr. and Mary Kathryn (Kathy) Reynolds, all of Hot Springs, two grandsons, Jason (Nicole) and Brian (Kayla), one granddaughter, Emily, all of Hot Springs, and four great-grandchildren; two brothers, John Nichols of Wiggans, Mississippi, and Billy Joe Nichols and his wife, Mary Ann of Sheridan, Arkansas; a step-sister, Mary Wilkinson Kelley, of West Monroe, Louisiana.

A memorial service will be held at the Rockport Missionary Baptist Church officiated by Brothers Brad Warren and Jim Melancen on Sunday afternoon, July 21, 2013 at two o’clock.  Interment will be in Brush Creek Cemetery.

No flowers please. Memorials may be made to the youth fund at Rockport Missionary Baptist Church.

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

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Glenville Rhodes

 

Glenville Rhodes, age 87, of Malvern, died Friday, February 10, 2012, in the Hot Spring County Medical Center.  He was born in the Brush Creek Community in Grant County on September 23, 1924 to the late Alton Rhodes and Clarice Fitzhugh Rhodes.  Moving to Malvern at age 11 with his family, he received his early education here, graduating from Malvern High School in 1942.  Glenville was a United States Navy veteran of World War II and the Korean War.  On June 8, 1947, he married Wilda Juanita Goza, his high school sweetheart.  She preceded him in death in 2001. 

As a young man, Glenville worked in downtown Malvern for his Aunt Bessie Rhodes in her business, Rhodes Department Store.  He began his banking career in 1942 with Malvern National Bank as teller and bookkeeper, and was its youngest assistant cashier in the bank’s history.  In 1954 he was offered and accepted the position of Vice President and Director of the Benton State Bank.  In 1955, Glenville began a long association with the Bank of Malvern.  Through the years he served as Assistant Executive Vice President, Vice President, Executive Vice President, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman of the Board.  He retired from Bank of Malvern in 1983.  He was on the Board of Directors at Southern State Bank until 1999 when he retired from banking. Glenville was also a licensed realtor and had worked for McClure Real Estate. 

His community involvement includes: past president and board member of Malvern Chamber of Commerce, Hot Spring County Industrial Development Commission, past president of Malvern Country Club, past president Young Businessmen’s Club, past president Malvern Kiwanis and Malvern Rotary Clubs, Ouachita Development Council, Rockport Lodge #58 F&AM, VFW, American Legion, past Chairman of Board of Deacons and member of First Baptist Church.

He is survived by his daughters, Lori Elizabeth Rhodes of Denver , Colorado , and Marsha Rhodes Crownover and her husband, Jim of Chesterfield, Virginia; by a brother-in-law, Paul Goza of Malvern; and by a niece and nephews, Sharon Goza Wheeler, David Goza, Gary Goza, and John Goza.

Glenville was also preceded in death by a sister, Jo Ann Rhodes Hogan.

Graveside service with military honors will be ten o’clock on Thursday morning, February 16, 2012 in Shadowlawn Cemetery with Brother Tyler Thompson officiating and under the direction of J. A. Funk Funeral Home.  A memorial service will follow at eleven o’clock in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church , after which the family will receive friends in the church’s Family Life Center .  Viewing will be on Tuesday and Wednesday from eight until four-thirty.

Pallbearers are Jim Funk, Jim Ross, Kinney Black, William Mitchell, Mark Roberts, and Roger Sanders.

Honorary pallbearers are Jim Sims, Jack Phillips, Howard Corder, Mark Kindy, Dennis Morris, and deacons of First Baptist Church .

A heartfelt acknowledgement goes to Glenville’s special friends and caregivers, including Rosie Ballard, Loretta Simpson, Beverly Puckett, Tara White, and Faye Wicklum, now a resident of North Carolina .

Memorials may be made to the Family Life Center at First Baptist Church .

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Charles F. Roark

Charles Fredrick Roark, age 93, of Malvern, died Friday, August 19, 2011, at his home. He was born in Malvern on July 29, 1918 to the late Fred S. Roark and Hattie Johnson Roark.  Reared and educated in Malvern, he was a member of First Baptist Church , where he attended the Barnes Sunday School Class.  Charles was also a 32nd degree Mason, a 50 year member of the Grand Lodge of Georgia, F & AM, and was a former Lions Club member. 

Charles got into show business at an early age, honing his skills as a magician and ventriloquist.  He joined the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus in 1938, performing at Madison Square Garden in New York City , and stayed with them for ten seasons.  He subsequently worked for 16 different circuses throughout his career, traveling from coast to coast.  Charles had the distinction of being the first ventriloquist to appear on television in its infancy, a “new” medium at the time. He was later associated with the “International Cavalcade of Stars” troupe.  In honor of his dedication, The Harold Ronk and Charlie Roark Tent #128 of The Circus Fans Association of America, was named for him. After his retirement, he came home to Malvern in 1980, and occasionally performed at local civic clubs, schools, and children’s birthday parties.

He is survived by his sister, Helen Roark of Malvern, several cousins, and many friends.

His funeral will be at two o’clock Monday afternoon, August 22nd, in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Brother Tyler Thompson officiating.  Interment will follow in the Oak Ridge Cemetery .

Pallbearers will be George Green, Norman Riggan, and Sam Kilgroe.

Honorary pallbearers are members of Charles’ Sunday School class.

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

Memorials are requested to First Baptist Church or to Ouachita Baptist University in Charles’ name.

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Helen Louise Roark

 

Miss Helen Louise Roark, age 89 of Malvern, died Tuesday, January 28, 2014 in the Malvern hospital.  She was born in Malvern on May 2, 1924 to the late Fred S. Roark and Hattie Johnson Roark.  Miss Roark was a member of First Baptist Church, its Faith Sunday School Class, was a Sunday School teacher of all ages for many years, and worked in the WMU.  She was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.  During her working life, she was executive secretary for 25 years to Mr. Zerah Caldwell, a local businessman, and for 17 years, she was Secretary to the President of Ouachita Baptist University, Dr. Daniel Grant.

Also preceding her in death were two brothers, Charles Roark, and one who died in infancy.

She is survived by a number of cousins, and many friends.

Her funeral will be two o’clock Friday afternoon, January 31, 2014 in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Dr. Verne Wickliffe officiating.  Interment will follow in the Oak Ridge Cemetery.

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

Memorials are requested to First Baptist Church, 531 South Main Street, Malvern, Arkansas 72104, or to the Grant Center for International Education, in care of Ouachita Baptist University, 510 Ouachita, Arkadelphia, Arkansas 71923.

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Don F. Roberts

 

Don F. Roberts, age 72 of Lonoke, died Thursday night, October 27, 2011 in Little Rock .  He was born on November 26, 1938 in Hempstead County , Arkansas to Anne Barbaree Roberts and the late Roy Dee Roberts.  Reared and receiving his early education in Hope, he graduated from Hope High School with the class of 1956.  He later earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees while attending Henderson State University .  Don was a counselor, having worked for the Elizabeth Mitchell Children’s Center, and had been a therapist for G.A.I.N. (Greater Assistance to those In Need).  He was also past director for Easter Seals of Arkansas, and state director of the American Diabetes Association.  Don was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Lonoke.

His survivors include a son, Brett Lee Roberts and his wife, Emily of Springdale; a daughter, Maggie Lee and her husband Ron of Fayetteville; the mother of his children and first wife, Connie Matlock Roberts; 9 grandchildren; his mother, Anne Ward of Ft. Worth, Texas, two sisters, Darlene Brown and Barbara Phena Moses; and his friend and former wife, Julie Shafer.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, November 3, 2001, at two o’clock in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home.

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Clark Benjamin Robertson

 

Clark Benjamin Robertson, age 90 of Hot Springs, died Friday, August 13, 2010.  He was born on May 17, 1920 in Social Hill to the late Robert and Sarah Jane Ballard Robertson.  Reared and educated in Social Hill and Malvern, he graduated from Malvern High School in 1938.  Mr. Robertson retired from Reynolds Metals as an electrical switchboard operator, having been with the company for over 35 years.  He was a Baptist and a 32nd degree Mason.  He was the widower of the late Ruby Irene Hall Robertson, to whom he was married on July 1, 1941 in Social Hill, Arkansas.  She preceded him in death on April 6, 2008.

 

He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Carl and Debbie Robertson of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; by three sisters, Mildred Smith, Florence Hall, and Emma Ruth Coston; one brother, Bob Robertson; two grandchildren, Brant and his wife Stacey Robertson, and Strett and his wife Brooke Robertson; and four great-grandchildren, Connor, Blake, Caymon, and Paden Robertson.

 

Mr. Robertson was also preceded in death by four brothers.

 

His funeral will be ten o’clock Saturday morning, August 14, 2010, in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Reverend LaVon Post officiating.  Interment will follow in Upper Antioch Cemetery.

 

Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

 

Memorials may take the form of contributions to the Antioch Cemetery Fund.

Special thanks from the family go to the staff of Quapaw Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Hot Springs.

 

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Bobby Rogers

 

Bobby Rogers, age 73, of Malvern, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, April 20, 2013. He was born in Boxelder, Texas on December 18, 1939 to the late Johnny R. Rogers and Viola Hawthorn Rogers. Bobby had lived in Malvern since he was two years old. He was a retired fuel system installer for Ozark Equipment Company and a member of the Army National Guard. Bobby was a Christian and attended First Assembly of God Church.

He is survived by his wife, Wanda Finney Rogers, of Malvern, to whom he was married on May 30, 1961; by his son, Ray Rogers of Malvern; a daughter, Terri Priddy of Benton; two sisters, Betty Hendrix and Wanda Willingham, both of Malvern; two brothers, Roy Rogers of Alexander and James Rogers of Malvern; five grandchildren, Austin Freeman, Blake Priddy, Morgan Priddy, Hayley Thornton, and Lauren Rogers; and by one special great-grandson, Levi John Williams.

Bobby was also preceded in death by a daughter, Deanna Rogers Freeman, and by two sisters, Johnnie Bell Hunter and Sue Rogers.

The family will receive friends at J. A. Funk Funeral Home on Monday evening, April 22, 2013 from six until eight o’clock.

The funeral service will be two o’clock Tuesday afternoon, April 23, 2013 in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral with Brother Larry Stinson officiating. Interment will follow in Rockport Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers will be: Blake Priddy, Kyle Keeney, Jeff Rogers, Seth Coates, Austin Freeman, and Robby Rogers.

             

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Ruby Irene Robertson

 

Ruby Irene Robertson, age 87, of Hot Springs, beloved wife, devoted mother, loving grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and sister-in-law, passed away on Sunday, April 6, 2008 at Quapaw Rehabilitation Center in Hot Springs.  She was born in the Antioch Community near Malvern on September 28, 1920 to the late Robert Edward and Ethel Elizabeth Siratt Hall.  Reared and receiving her education in Hot Spring County, she lived her entire life in the counties of Hot Spring and Garland.  During her working life, she had been employed at the General Motors Plant in Jones Mill, and at Lake Catherine Footwear.  Mrs. Robertson was a member of the Jones Mill Baptist Church. 

 

She is survived by her husband, Clark Robertson of Hot Springs, to whom she was married on July 1, 1941; by a son Carl B. Robertson and his wife, Debbie, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; by two grandsons, Brant and his wife Stacey Robertson, and Strett and his wife Brooke Robertson; and by four great-grandsons, Connor, Blake, Caymon, and Paden Robertson, all of Oklahoma City. 

 

Mrs. Robertson was also preceded in death by a sister, Bonnie Pearl Carter, and three brothers, Ray, Roy, and Rex Hall. 

 

Her funeral will be held on Wednesday afternoon, April 9, 2008 at three o’clock in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Brother Oscar Golden officiating.  Interment will follow in the Upper Antioch Cemetery.

 

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

 

Memorials are requested to the Antioch Cemetery Association, c/o Martha Allen, 343 Carter Sawmill Road, Donaldson, Arkansas 71941.     

             

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Anna Felice McCray Roland

 

Anna Felice McCray Roland, age 93, of Malvern died Friday, May 18, 2007 at Arkansas Hospice in Little Rock.  She was born in Malvern on September 9, 1913, to the late Dr. Elwood Huffman McCray and Perle Etta Rhoden McCray.  A lifelong resident of Malvern, she attended Henderson State Teachers College (Henderson State University) where she received her teaching certificate.  She taught school for a few years but soon discovered that marriage and motherhood were her true calling.  While rearing three children, she made time to play the piano for the children’s Sunday School classes at her church and to raise beautiful flowers in her garden.  

In the years after her children were grown, Anna became more involved in her favorite activities, such as golf and bridge. She volunteered as a hospital “Pink Lady” and was a member of P.E.O., the Malvern Horticulture Club, and the United Methodist Women church circles. Anna was an artist. She used oils and pastels to create beautiful paintings. She also had a flair for china painting and lovingly shared her hand-painted pieces with family and friends.

Anna was a friend to many, young and old alike. For eleven years she worked in the principal’s office at Malvern High School as assistant secretary/registrar. A few lucky students with whom she interacted were captured by her wit and charm and became lifelong pals with her. Growing up in a prominent and closely knit family, Anna had a host of friends who, through the years, shared many of life’s aspects with her. They attended school together; they married and had children; they were widowed; and they grew old - all within a few miles of where they were brought into this world. She always treasured the “simplicity” of her life.  She will be missed.

Anna Felice was married to Robert Douglas Roland on September 20, 1935, in the First Methodist Church in Malvern. He preceded her in death on May 23, 1968. She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Elwood McCray and Dr. Raymond McCray. She is survived by two sons, Robert Douglas Roland and his wife Rose Marie Kruger Roland of Clarence, New York, and Frank Warren Roland and his wife, Regina Lile Roland of Conway, Arkansas, and by a daughter, Sara Felice Roland Bond and her husband, David Thompson Bond of Williamsburg, Virginia. She is also survived by six grandchildren, Bryan Kruger Roland, Brock McCray Roland, Erin Felice Roland Haynes, Sara Lile Roland Harbison, Benjamin Thompson Bond, and Lindsey Felice Bond White, and five great-grandchildren, William Roland Harbison, Anna Margaret Harbison, Etta Lile Haynes, Anna Ray Haynes, and Zachary Thompson Bond.

Her funeral will be held on  Tuesday afternoon, May 22, 2007, at two o’clock  in the sanctuary of the First United Methodist Church with The Reverend J.Stephen Wingo officiating. Pallbearers will be Bryan and Brock Roland, Benjamin Bond, Ricky Doss, Rickey Fitzhugh, and Mike Burris. Interment will follow in the family plot in Oak Ridge Cemetery.

The family will receive friends on Monday evening, May 21, 2007, from six until eight o’clock at the J. A. Funk Funeral HomeMemorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Malvern or to the Arkansas Hospice.

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Virginia D. Ross

 

Drucilla “Dru” Freeman Ross, age 84 of Malvern, died early Monday morning, October 19, 2009, in the Malvern Nursing Home.  She was born on December 17, 1924 in Sparkman, Arkansas to the late Jim and Jamie Rogers Nix.  Reared and educated in Sparkman, she had been a resident of Malvern since 1952.  She was the widow of the late Connie Freeman, who died in 1969.  Upon her husband’s death, she began working as a nurse’s aide at the Hot Spring County Medical Center.  She later became a physical therapy aide under the leadership of Dennis Morris, in which capacity she served for a number of years.  Dru was a loving mother and grandmother, and was very adept at sewing and crocheting.

She is survived by her children, Rita Lawrence and her husband Mike of Malvern; Phillip Freeman and his wife Susie of Lubbock, Texas; and Ronnie Freeman and his wife Suzi of Fayetteville, Arkansas; by two brothers, James Nix and his wife Frances of Rison, and Curtis Nix of Benton, Louisiana; by three grandchildren, Josh Freeman, Drew Green, and Lindsey Green; by three step-grandchildren; and by four great-grandchildren, Mikaela Adams, Briar Green, Riley Freeman, and Emma Freeman.

She was also preceded in death by three sisters and two brothers. 

Her funeral will be held at two o’clock Wednesday afternoon, October 21, 2009 in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Brother Rick McClure officiating. Interment will follow in Rest Haven Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be: Tommy Nix, Dennis Morris, Gaylon Bumgardner, Mike Lawrence, Drew Green, and Josh Freeman.

Honorary pallbearers are Dr. Ray Bollen and the staff of Malvern Nursing Home.

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

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Jimmie Lee Vantrease Miller Samuels

 

“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the passing of his saints.” (Psalm 116:15)

 

Jimmie Lee Vantrease Miller Samuels passed through this life on Friday, April 18, 2008.  She was born on September 30, 1926 in Social Hill, Arkansas to Badie and Mattie Belle Vantrease She was preceded in death by her parents; younger sister, Rosemary Knight; brother, John Vantrease; and the late Douglas Samuels, all of Malvern. 

 

Jimmie Lee lived the majority of her life in Malvern with her late, loving husband of 49 beautiful and endearing years, Robert Kilpatrick Miller.

 

 She is survived by her two daughters, Catherine Miller Koone and husband, Donald Koone of New Orleans, and Robin Miller Bookhout and husband, Robert Bookhout, of North Little Rock.

 

 Jimmie has four granddaughters who brought great joy and love to her life.  Now young women, Mary Kathryn Bookhout, Adrian Lee Koone, Mattie Miller Bookhout,and Caroline Kilpatrick Koone, will miss their “Mim” but forever remember her in their hearts. 

 

Survivors also include her dear sisters, Margaret Bradley and husband Kenneth of Malvern, and Joyce Baswell of Hot Springs, as well as her sisters-in-law, Dorothy Vantrease, Elizabeth Miller, and Betty Samuels all of Malvern. 

 

She also leaves to her legacy and memory many loving nieces and nephews, with a special thank you to Kim Cherry for her immeasurable kindness, support, and daughterly devotion.

 

 Jimmie Lee was a very talented woman.  She thoroughly enjoyed china painting, needle-point, cross word puzzles and playing bridge.  She loved volunteering.  She was a tenderhearted southern lady with a gregarious nature which enabled her to make friends easily.  Early friendships lasted a lifetime for Jimmie.  While many of these friends have gone before her, they now stand at the gates of heaven to welcome her home.  Although too numerous to mention all of her golden friends, she leaves behind a special note of love to Pat, Charlotte, Jean, Margaret Ann, Jean, Hilda, Berna, and Rosemary.

 

 Thank you to all who have sent cards, love, prayers, and thoughts throughout her good times and her times of tribulation.  A special, sincere thank you to the wonderful caregivers at Hospice Home Care Inpatient Center, Dena Reynolds Clementine Kelley, and the staff and friends at Presbyterian Village. You are all so appreciated. 

 

Jimmie Lee and her family love each of you dearly and will forever hold you in their hearts.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to the Hot Spring County Library, or First Presbyterian Church of Malvern. 

 

Honorary pallbearers are Bill Knight, Dixon Miller, Lynn Marshall, Steve Walker, David and Daniel Cherry, Brad and Jared Daniels, Chaney and Tatum Miller, Carl Koone, Charles Jordan and Mike Wooldridge.

 

 Graveside will be Monday morning, April 21, 2008 at ten o’clock in the Shadowlawn Cemetery with Reverend Carl McCormack officiating.  Arrangements are under the direction of J. A. Funk Funeral Home, Malvern. 

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David Ray Schlenker

 

David Ray Schlenker, age 57, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, died Tuesday, November 19, 2013.  He was born on May 18, 1956 in Malvern to the late Glen C. Schlenker and Ruth Behrens Schlenker.  He was also preceded in death by a brother, Phillip Schlenker.

He is survived by his life partner, Louis Nowiki of Milwaukee; one brother and sister-in-law John and Linda Schlenker of Malvern; two nephews, Jeffery Schlenker of Malvern and Gregory Schlenker of Tulsa, Oklahoma; and one special uncle, Jack Davis of Malvern.

Memorial services will be announced by J. A. Funk Funeral Home.

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Phillip Schlenker

 

Phillip Glenn Schlenker, age 63, of Malvern, died Wednesday, November 10, 2010, in the Saline Memorial Hospital in Benton. He was born in Malvern on June 15, 1947 to the late Glen C. and Ruth Behrens Schlenker. Reared and receiving his early education in Malvern, he later attended Arkansas State Teachers College in Conway, Arkansas, (now UCA). Phil was a musician and had worked in sales for the auto parts industry. He was a Presbyterian by denomination. A United States Army veteran, Phil served his country during the Viet Nam War.

He is survived by a son, Greg Schlenker of Oklahoma; by two brothers, John Schlenker of Malvern, and David Schlenker of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and by a grandson, Coby Schlenker, also of Oklahoma.

A visitation will be held at J. A. Funk Funeral Home on Friday evening, November 12, 2010, from seven until eight o’clock.

Graveside services will be at two o’clock Saturday afternoon, November 13, 2010, in the Harp Cemetery with Reverend Carl McCormack officiating.

The family wishes to thank the ER staff and the ICU staff at Saline Memorial Hospital, Russell Burton, MD, and the pharmacists at Westside Pharmacy for their attention and compassion.

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Verna L. Schneider

 

Verna L. Schneider, age 73 of Malvern, died Friday morning, August 31, 2007 at her home. She was born in Kansas City, Missouri on March 3, 1934 to the late George and Bessie Galloway Harmon. Reared and educated in Kansas City, she had been a resident of Malvern since 1959. She was the wife of Arthur Schneider, to whom she was married on October 6, 1952 in Kansas City. Verna was one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. She was a homemaker and loved to collect doilies and knick-knacks.

She is survived by her husband, Arthur; by two daughters, Iona Dye of Hot Springs and Susan Dugan of Malvern; by a son, Norman A. Schneider of Mississippi; by a sister, Orami Coleman of Redding, California; by six grandchildren: Sandra Pierce, Brandon Dugan, Daniel Dugan, Jimmy Boyles, Johnny Boyles, and Sean Boyles; by four great-grandchildren: Austin and Aiden Pierce, and Chloe and Lillith Boyles.

Mrs. Schneider was also preceded in death by a brother, a sister, a grandson, and a great-granddaughter.

Her memorial service will be held at two o’clock on Monday afternoon, September 3, 2007 in the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses with Elder Buddy Moore officiating.

The family will receive friends at the J. A. Funk Funeral Home on Sunday evening, September 2, 2007 from seven until nine o’clock.

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Brenda Scholes

 

Brenda Kay Scholes, age 48 of Malvern, died Sunday, January 27, 2013 in Hot Springs. She was born in Malvern on October 15, 1964 to Mary Scott Scholes and the late Robert Scholes. Reared and educated in Malvern, she was a Baptist. Brenda had worked as a C. N. A. at local nursing homes for a number of years, and also worked in the deli at Brookshire’s.

She is survived by her children, Kerry Scholes of Hot Springs, Jonathon Scholes and his wife, Sara, of Malvern, and Danielle Scholes, also of Malvern; her mother, Mary Scholes of Malvern; a brother, Freeman Scholes of Malvern; two sisters, Lisa Scholes of Malvern, and Bobbie Ross of Donaldson; and a granddaughter, Zylah Scholes of Malvern.

Her funeral service will be Thursday afternoon, January 31, 2013 at two o’clock in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Resthaven Cemetery.

Pallbearers are George Maner, Randy Caldwell, Glenn Caldwell, Mike Caldwell, Aaron Caldwell, and Kevin Chastain.

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

The family will be at 2662 Sand Road in Malvern.

Online condolences may be made via jafunkfuneralhome.com.

 

 

 
 

 


Faye Norris Scoggins

 

 

Faye Norris Scoggins, age 93, formerly of Malvern, died Friday, March 25, 2011 in the Twin Rivers Health and Rehabilitation Center.  She moved to Arkadelphia a while back to be near her family when her health began to decline. Faye was born on September 11, 1917 in Curtis, Arkansas (Clark County) to the late Richard and Madie Holloway White.  Reared and educated in Curtis, she was a longtime resident of Malvern.  Faye was a member of Third Baptist Church, attended the Joy Sunday School Class, and was active in the WMU.  She was a homemaker, and in her later years was a sitter for the elderly.  For eleven years, Faye’s was a familiar face at the Magnolia Cafeteria, a popular local restaurant.  In her spare time, she loved to grow flowers and vegetables.  Faye was preceded in death by two husbands, Charles Allen Norris in 1966, and Brown Scoggins in 1989.

 

She is survived by two sons, Terry and his wife, Susan Norris of Arkadelphia, and Ronald E. and his wife Kathleen Norris of Springfield, Missouri; by two grandsons, Blake and wife Catherine Norris, and Scott and wife Wendy Norris; one granddaughter, Rhonda and husband Dennis Lyons; five great-grandchildren, Natalie and Grace Lyons, Zach, Caleb, and Braden Norris; four step-children, Steve and Jeff Scoggins, Marilyn Dolittle, and Linda Barrett; 11 step-grandchildren, and 12 step-great-grandchildren.

 

Faye was also preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters.

 

A graveside service will be held at 1:30PM, Monday, March 28, 2011 in the Rockport Cemetery . Visitation at the funeral home will precede the service beginning at 12:30PM.

 

Pallbearers will be her grandsons.

 

Memorials may take the form of donations to the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis .

 

Online condolences may be sent via jafunkfuneralhome.com.

 

 
 

 


Donald E. Scott

 

Donald E. Scott, age 59 of Hot Springs, died Saturday, April 17, 2010 at his home. He was born on August 23, 1950 in Wilson to Juanita Zills Scott and the late Marvin Scott. Reared and receiving his early educated in Wilson, he received his associate degree in communications while in the armed forces. Mr. Scott was a retired Master Sergeant, E7, United States Air Force, where he specialized in telecommunications. He was fluent in German, Korean, and Vietnamese. An avid coin collector, he had lived in Hot Springs since 1991.

His survivors include: two sons, David Scott and Bryen Scott-Kiddy of Hot Springs; a daughter, Amanda Abel of Hot Springs; his mother, Juanita Zills Scott of Lepanto, Arkansas; three brothers, Steve Scott of Paragould, Ronald Scott of olive Branch, Mississippi, and Fairley Scott of Jonesboro; four grandchildren, Genevieve, Ethan, James, and Anne-Marie Abel.

Mr. Scott was also preceded in death by a sister, Cathy Scott and the mother of his children, Anna Scott Thomas.

Graveside service with military honors will be in the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery, North Little Rock, on Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at one o’clock in the afternoon. Arrangements are under the direction of J. A. Funk Funeral Home of Malvern.

Online condolences may be sent via jafunkfuneralhome.com.

 

 

 

 
 


Mary Lucy Scrimshire

 

 

Mary Lucy Scrimshire, known by all as Lucy, age 59 of Perla, Arkansas, died Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at St. Vincent Infirmary in Little Rock of a ruptured cerebral aneurysm.  She was born May 11, 1955 in Malvern to Woodard Scrimshire and the late Zoie Lee Scrimshire.  She was the much-loved baby of the family, younger sister of Martha, Lewis, and Ann-the only one with her mother’s blue eyes, and special in every way.  Her greatest achievement was her daughter, Elizabeth, and one of her proudest moments was graduating alongside her from College of the Ouachitas.  Lucy worked at COTO at the time of her death.

She was also preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Joe and Lucy Scrimshire; and her maternal grandparents, Lee and Zoie Lowry.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Elizabeth Dickinson Adams and Chris of Malvern, and their children, Hunter and Fisher; her father Woodard Scrimshire of Malvern; her brother, Lewis Scrimshire (Judy) of Longmont, Colorado; sisters Martha Wade of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Ann Veach (Dan) of Little Rock; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends, especially her Boss Hogg’s family.

Lucy will be missed, but the last thing she would want is for us to cry.  As Emmylou Harris said, “Animals have a much better attitude to life and death than we do.  They know when their time has come.  We are the ones that suffer when they pass, but it’s a healing kind of grief that enables us to deal with other griefs that are not so easy to grab hold of.”

So, friends and family of Lucy, we will miss her, but we can console ourselves with the thought that, though she is not with us, she has joined a joyful group whose party never ends.  She will feel no more pain. She is at peace.

The family will receive friends at J. A. Funk Funeral Home on Friday evening, May 23 from six until seven o’clock, with a memorial service immediately following.

On Friday, the family will be headquartered at Woodard Scrimshire’s residence, 1750 West Moline, apartment #6, prior to the visitation.

Online condolences may be sent via jafunkfuneralhome.com.

 

 
 

 


Ray Seaman

 

Ray Seaman, age 57 of Poyen, died Monday afternoon, February 7, 2011 in the Arbor Oaks Healthcare Center in Malvern.  He was born on April 21, 1953 in England, Arkansas to the former Velma Spradlin and the late Edgar Seaman.  Reared and educated in Little Rock, he was a former service worker for the Pulaski County Road and Bridge Department.  Mr. Seaman was a Pentecostal by denomination, was an avid hunter and fisherman, and was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.  He was a former resident of Scott, Arkansas, having moved to Poyen a year ago.

 

He is survived by his wife, Wanda Hooper Seaman of Poyen, to whom he was married on May 28, 1993 in Roland, Arkansas; by a son, Chris and his wife, Jess Seaman of Bigelow; by a daughter, Kim and her husband Chuck McAllister of Poyen; by his mother, Velma Roberts of the Hardin Community; by his sister, Helen Heird of White Hall; by five brothers, Bud Hurst of Tennessee, Gene Lawson of Cabot, Ray Roberts of Hardin, Allen Roberts of Redfield, and Gene Crook of California; and by four grandchildren, Taylor Anderson, Dana, Stephanie, and Travis Seaman.

 

He was also preceded in death by his stepmother, Bobbie King Seaman, and by two sisters, Robin Blair and Dollie Lamb.

 

His funeral will be held at eleven o’clock Saturday morning, February 12, 2011 in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Brother O. D. Crabtree officiating.  A visitation will precede the service beginning at ten o’clock.

 

The family has chosen cremation as the final disposition.  Therefore, in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Odyssey Hospice, 333 Executive Ct., Suite 205, Little Rock, AR  72205.

 

Online condolences may be sent via jafunkfuneralhome.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 


Bill Edward Sherley

  

 

Bill Edward Sherley, age 72 of Malvern, died Tuesday morning, September 29, 2009 at his home.  He was born on April 5, 1937 in Mulberry, Arkansas to the late Cecil and Lena Mae Sims Sherley.  Reared and receiving his early education in Crawford County, he finished high school at the Johnson County Junior College.  Bill was a long distance trucker, most recently with Continental Express.  He had also driven for McAdams.  A United States Navy veteran, he had been a resident of Malvern since 1980.  He was the widower of the late Betty Sherley. 

 

His survivors include a brother, Clifford Sherley of Malvern, a sister Juanita Buck of Temple, Texas; four children, Doug Sherley, Deanna Sherley, and Donnie Sherley all of Kansas City, Missouri, and Jason Sherley of Bloomington, Illinois; and a number of grandchildren. 

 

Bill was also preceded in death by a sister, Joyce Surface. 

 

His funeral will be held on Saturday afternoon, October 3, 2009, at three o’clock in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Reverend LaVon Post officiating. 

 

A one hour visitation will precede the service on Saturday beginning at two o’clock.

 Online condolences may be sent via jafunkfuneralhome.

   

 

 

 

 
 

 


Mayme Katie Ross Shnaekel

 

Mayme Ross Shnaekel, age 62, of Malvern, Arkansas passed away Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at Hot Spring County Memorial Hospital.
She was born May 10, 1951, in Tahlequah, Oklahoma to the late Geneva and William H. Ross. Mayme loved family, laughter, and working in the yard.
She was born into a large family, and later had a large family of her own. She was of Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and five siblings, Clara L. Teel, Betty Gindhart, Buddy Don Ross, Mary Bright, and William "Pete" Ross.
Survivors include her husband of forty years, W. H. Shnaekel, three sons, Jay, Michael, and Chris Shnaekel; four step-sons, Bill, Wes, Lloyd, and Nick Shnaekel; four step-daughters, Kay Dalby, Teresa Lee, Susan Blankenship, and Annette Wilson; four brothers, Wade, John, Eddie, and George Ross;
and three sisters, Lois Reavis, Leona Mooney, and Lena Jane Evans.

Mayme was blessed with 25 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren.

A memorial service for friends and family will be held on Monday, June 24, 2013, at two o’clock at J. A. Funk Funeral home in Malvern.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Arkansas Children’s Hospital, or to Arbor Oaks Nursing Home.

Online condolences may be sent via jafunkfuneralhome.com.

 

 

 

 
 

 


W. W. “Bub” Shryock

 

W. W. “Bub” Shryock, age 92 of Malvern, died Friday morning, August 27, 2010, at his home. He was born on July 28, 1918 in Clarendon, Arkansas to the late Dr. L. G. and Mary Elizabeth Renneker Shryock. His Uncle Charley Shryock named him “Bub” prior to his birth, and it stuck. Reared and receiving his early education in Clarendon and Brinkley, he later attended Memphis Optical School. Bub married Charlene Sims in Little Rock on January 25, 1940. They moved to Malvern in July of that year and set up housekeeping. They owned and operated Shryock’s Jewelers on Main Street for over 60 years. Throughout the years, Bub had been a member of every civic club in Malvern. He was currently the longest serving member of the Malvern Rotary Club, where he was a Paul Harris Fellow. Bub was a charter member of the Malvern Country Club, and was a Mason and member of the Order of the Eastern Star. First United Methodist was his church, and he was a charter member of its John Lindsay Sunday School Class. He was also an avid bridge player.

Bub was also preceded in death by his beloved wife, Charlene; by a granddaughter Keri Shryock; and by eight siblings: Joe, Woody, Agnes, Marie, Betty, L. G., Bill, and Alf.

He is survived by two sons, Chuck Shryock and his wife, Vickie of Malvern and Paul Shryock and his wife, Lana of Sylvania, Ohio; by his grandsons, Christopher Shryock of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and William Shryock and his wife Rhonda of Toledo, Ohio; by his granddaughters, Sean and her husband Greg Vardaman of Arkadelphia, and Sydney and her husband Tim Ezell of Maumelle; and by seven great-grandchildren, Hadley, Drew, and Will Ezell, Alex Muncrief, Ethan and Eva Shryock, and Emma Vardaman.

A visitation will be held at J. A. Funk Funeral Home on Sunday afternoon, August 29, 2010 from one until three o’clock. A private family graveside service will be in the Rockport Cemetery.

Memorials are requested to the Rockport Masonic Lodge #58.

Online condolences may be sent via jafunkfuneralhome.com.

 

 

 
 

 


Ozee A. Shuffield

 

Ozee A. Shuffield, age 93, of Hot Springs , died Monday, August 15, 2011 in the National Park Medical Center.  She was born on August 7, 1918 in Bismarck , Arkansas to the late Simon Prince and Nannie Miller Prince.  Reared and educated in Bismarck , she was a homemaker and the widow of the late Connie Shuffield, to whom she was married in 1935.  He preceded her in death in 1982.  She was a member of the Central Baptist Church in Hot Springs .

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Dorothy Jo and David Stone of Bentonville, Arkansas; three granddaughters, Lara Biles and her husband Roy of Centerton, Arkansas, Lisa Bell and her husband Stuart of Bentonville, and Lynn Hills and her husband Jamie of Rogers, Arkansas; six great-grandchildren, Ryan Biles (Natalie), Randi Weigle (Tim), Emily Tyler (Matt), Lucas Bell, Drew Hills, and Taylor Hills; two great-great-grandchildren, Graham Biles and Robby Weigle.

She was also preceded in death by her sisters, Della Methvin and Dovie Ford, and by a brother, William Curtis Prince.

Graveside services will be at one o’clock Saturday afternoon, August 20, in the Oak Ridge Cemetery with Stuart Bell officiating.

Online condolences may be sent via jafunkfuneralhome.com.



 

 
 

 


Elder Russell D. Shuffield

 

Russell D. Shuffield, Sr., age 87 of Malvern, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, August 24, 2011.  He was born in the Bismarck Community on September 25, 1923 to the late W. T. “Billy” and Hattie Ashley Shuffield.  Russell retired from the Malvern National Bank in April, 1984, after 31 years of service.  He entered the gospel ministry in 1963 and spent 43 years pastoring churches in Hot Spring and surrounding counties, Little Rock , and Oklahoma .  He was active in community work during his lifetime: He was a former member of the Malvern Jaycees, Malvern Civitan Club, the 4-H Club and others.  He served as chaplain for the Arkansas State Singing Convention for 24 years.  He also wrote gospel songs for five music publishers.

Russell was also preceded in death by his wife, Rosie, two sons, Russell Dayton Shuffield, Jr., and Tommy Quenton Shuffield; four brothers, Connie L, Gilford R. Fred N. and Roy O. Shuffield; three half-brothers, Edgar, Arthur, and Harvey; and one half-sister, Addie Bennett.

He is survived by a daughter, Patricia (Pat) McCoy and her husband Jack, of Malvern; two grandchildren, Jacklin McCoy and Joe McCoy II, and his wife, Julie; three great-grandchildren, Darby Hepner, Joe McCoy III, and Avery McCoy; one brother, James and his wife Katherine of Bryant; a number of nephews and nieces, and a host of friends.

His funeral will be at two o’clock Saturday afternoon, August 27, in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church with Brother Gary Smith officiating.  Interment will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery under the direction of J. A. Funk Funeral Home.

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

Online condolences may be sent via jafunkfuneralhome.com.





 

 
 

 


Jo Teale Sibley

 

Jo Teale Sibley, age 83 of Malvern, died Tuesday evening, September 17, 2013 at Mercy Health Center in Hot Springs.  She was born on August 30, 1930 in Tulsa, Oklahoma to the late Conrad Franks and Christina Cunningham Franks.  She was a retired sales coordinator with DLM, Inc. in Malvern.  Jo was the widow of the late Jim Teale and Jerry Sibley.  Her family will miss her lovely smile, colorful storytelling, and especially seeing her at family gatherings.

She was also preceded in death by her daughters, Kacie Harrison, Cynthia Jones, and Christy Martin; granddaughter Valerie Pearson, and her brother Paul Franks.

She is survived by a daughter, Liz Haverty and her husband Clint of Krum, Texas; three sons, Randy Teale and his wife Sara of Hot Springs, Mike Teale and his wife Val of Malvern, and Buddy Teale and his wife Debbie of Greenwood; one sister, Lorene Finn of Virginia Beach, Virginia; a sister-in-law, Debbie Franks of Tulsa, Oklahoma; a brother-in-law, Mike Sibley and his wife Kay of Mount Ida; 23 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, and dear friends Jan Thomas and Traci Wright.  The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff at The Crossing in Malvern.                    

A memorial service will be held at four o’clock on Thursday afternoon, September 19, 2013 in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Deacon Henry Thompson officiating.

Visitation begins at three o’clock, and the family looks forward to visiting with guests at that time, and also following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to the American Cancer Society.

Online condolences may be sent via jafunkfuneralhome.com.

 

 

 

 
 


Jerry L. Sibley

 

Jerry L. Sibley, age 70, of Malvern, died Wednesday, July 25, 2012 in the Arbor Oaks Health Center .  He was born on December 23, 1941 in Long Beach , California to the late J. D Sibley and Geraldine Burks Sibley.  Moving to Malvern at an early age with his family, he was reared and educated here, and was a graduate of Malvern High School .  He had been a member of the Arkansas National Guard and the Moose Lodge.  He enjoyed “making the rounds” visiting his friends.  For 40 years he was the owner/operator of Sibley’s Service Station at the corner of West Page Avenue and Stanley Street .  

He is survived by his wife, Jo Teale Sibley, to whom he was married on February 6, 1990; by his step children, Mike Teale of Malvern, Randy Teale of Hot Springs, Buddy Teale of Greenwood, Arkansas, and Liz Haverty of Krum, Texas; a brother, Mike Sibley of Story, Arkansas; a nephew, James SIbley of Fayetteville, Arkansas; two nieces, Amanda Kratz of Malvern and Jessice Hood of Dallas, Texas; and by numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grand children.

  At Jerry’s request, there will be no service. 

Arrangements are by J. A. Funk Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Arkansas Hospice, 628 Malvern Avenue , Hot Springs , AR 71901 .  

Online condolences may be sent via jafunkfuneralhome.com.

 

 
 

 


Arnold W. Simpson

 

Arnold Wayne “Bubby” Simpson, Jr. age 35 of Hot Springs, died Monday, April 22, 2013. He was born on September 10, 1977 in Benton, Arkansas. Preceded in death by his father, Arnold Wayne Simpson, Jr., he is survived by his mother, Janis Segeda of Little Rock; his sister, Sandy Spence of Benton; two daughters of Glen Rose; two nephews of Benton, and many loving Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and friends.

Memorial service: 2pm Saturday, May 4, 2013 at the Saline County Moose Lodge.

Online condolences may be sent via jafunkfuneralhome.com.

 

 
 


James K. Sims

 

Mr. James Kenneth Sims age 82 of Malvern, died Monday night, July 28, 2014 at St. Vincent in Hot Springs.  He was born in Henderson, Texas on October 31, 1931 to the late Agnew Sims and Estelle Holland Sims.  Reared and receiving his early education in Trout Goodpine, Louisiana, he later attended Louisiana Tech in Ruston.  Jim had been a resident of Malvern since 1956. He retired from Hoover in Malvern, and also from Eldercare Insurance Service in Hot Springs.  Jim was a member of First United Methodist Church of Malvern, where he attended the Friendship Sunday School Class.  A fifty-year member of the Rockport Masonic Lodge, he was a 32nd degree Mason and a member of the Scottish Rite Bodies.  Jim was a United States Army veteran of the Korean War.  He was an avid hunter and fisherman.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Elinor Coombe Sims of the home, to whom he was married on April 18, 1954 in the Grand Avenue Methodist Church in Hot Springs; his daughter Shelly Sims of Hot Springs; three sisters, Tommie Broome (Billy) of Clinton, Mississippi, Zelma Wells (J. D.) of Baton Rouge, and Carolyn Whitehead (Malcolm) of Natchez, Mississippi; two grandchildren, Lyle Hibbs (Holly) and John Bettis (Lyndsey); four great-grandchildren, Christian, Savannah, and Jack Hibbs, and Lyla Bettis, all of Hot Springs.

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

Funeral services will be held at eleven o’clock Friday morning, August 1, 2014 in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with the Reverends LaVon Post and George Rook officiating.

Graveside service at Greenwood Cemetery in Hot Springs is scheduled for two o’clock Friday afternoon with full military honors provided by United States Army Honor Guard and the Thaddeus Carraway Post 2278, VFW out of Hot Springs.

Pallbearers will be Jack Phillips, Charles Chunn, Lyle Hibbs, Christian Hibbs, John Bettis, and Jeff Harlan.

Honorary pallbearers will be Bill Snyder, James Crowder, Gifford Green, Steve Efird, Chris Williams, Ralph Williams, Lew Waniewski, Friendship Sunday School Class, and P. E. O.

Memorials are requested to First United Methodist Church, Malvern.

Online condolences may be sent via www.jafunkuneralhome.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 


Clyde Raymond Smith

Clyde Raymond Smith, 80, of Lakeland, Florida died November 4, 2013.  He was born June 15, 1933, in Donaldson, Arkansas to Clyde Raymond Smith, Sr. and Annie Pearl Burnett Smith and married Jannis Lowery of Malvern, Arkansas in 1952. He was Professor Emeritus Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois (1997) and taught in the Department of Educational Leadership and Human Development, College of Education and Health Sciences, Bradley University (1969 – 1997); Counselor, Arkansas Enterprises for the Blind (1968); Counselor, Knoxville College (1967 – 1968); Vocational Consultant, Social Security Administration, Bureau of Hearing and Appeals  (1963- -1978)Counselor, Presbyterian Guidance Center Southwestern–at–Memphis College (Rhodes University) (1960 -1967); Employment Placement Counselor, Missouri Bureau for the Blind (1958 – 1960). He received an Ed.D. Degree from The University of Tennessee (1969), M.Ed. University of Missouri (1958) and B.S. Arkansas State University (1957). He was a life member of the American Counseling Association, National Career Development Association, and the Peoria Lions Club. He served as an Elder in Presbyterian Churches in Tennessee, Illinois and Florida (1978 -2006). He has several academic publications including his Doctoral Dissertation published by ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center).

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Jannis Lowery Smith of Lakeland, Florida, his daughter, Renee Lowery Smith (David W. Smith), two granddaughters, Madison Alexa and Ashley Rae, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; two brothers, Donald C. Deckard of Donaldson, Arkansas and David G. Deckard of Sims, Arkansas.

Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, November 16th at 2:30 p.m. at J. A.  Funk Funeral Home, Malvern, Arkansas.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: “Clyde and Jannis Smith Scholarship Fund” and sent to: Development Office, Donor Relations, 10 Swords Hall, Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois 61625.

Online condolences may be sent via jafunkfuneralhome.com.

 

 
 

 


Judy C. Smith

 

 

Judy Carol Key Smith, age 52 of Malvern, died Thursday, February 21, 2008 in the National Park Medical Center in Hot Springs after a lengthy illness.  She was born in Malvern on September 20, 1955 to Dorothy Dammann Key and the late Elgin Calvin Key.  Reared and educated in Malvern, she was a homemaker and a member of the Foursquare Gospel Church in Benton.  During a somewhat diverse working life, Judy had been a truck driver, a factory worker, and a waitress.  She loved to go camping and to ride motorcycles.  A doting mother of three, she also helped to rear, and remained close to, many other children in her immediate family. 

 

 She is survived by her husband, Richard Smith of Malvern, to whom she was married on October 25, 1982; by a son, Richard Jacob Smith, also of Malvern; by a daughter, Jessica Peeks of Seabrook, Texas; by her mother, Dorothy Key of Malvern; by a brother, Ronald C. “Ron” Key and his wife, Dyan of Magnet Cove; by a sister, Pamela Lee and her husband Charlie, of Malvern; and by seven grandchildren. 

 

Judy was also preceded in death by a daughter, Desiree Moody, and by a brother, Michael Elgin Key.

 

 A graveside service will be held on Monday afternoon February 25, 2008, at one o’clock, in the Resthaven Cemetery near Central, with Brother David Brewer officiating, and under the direction of J. A. Funk Funeral Home. 

 

The family will be at their home, 165 Russellville Road in Malvern. 

 

Memorials are requested to the American Cancer Society or the charity of the donor’s choice.

 

Online condolences may be made via jafunkfuneralhome.com.

 

 

 

 
 

 


Lorene Phillips Smith

 

 

 

Lorene D Smith, age 87 of Malvern, died Saturday, January 9, 2010 in the Hot Spring County Medical Center.  She was born in Malvern on March 10, 1922 to the late Vernon and Madge Taylor Phillips.  Reared and receiving her early education in Malvern, she was a graduate of Henderson State Teachers College (now Henderson State University).  She was a retired school teacher, having taught in the Gifford school district.  Mrs. Smith was a member of Mt Zion Missionary Baptist Church where she taught the teenage Sunday School Class for many years.  She loved poetry, raised beautiful roses, was a wonderful cook, and lived to help others.  Mrs. Smith was the widow of the late Forest “Red” Smith, to whom she was married on December 1, 1945 in Benton, Arkansas.  He preceded her in death on April 17, 2001.

 

She is survived by her daughters, Suzy and her husband Paul Draper, and Jane Evans, all of Malvern; by two brothers, Bo and his wife Jeanette Phillips, and C. M. and his wife Anna Phillips, all of Malvern; by a sister, Odell Bartlett of Camden; by four grandchildren, Paula Paul, Nikki Draper, Russell Evans, and Dennis and his wife, Stefanie Evans; and by four great-grandchildren, Breana Evans, Aaron Evans, and Layne and Haley Evans; and by a special friend, Marvin Evans.

 

Mrs. Smith was also preceded in death by a brother, Max R. “Chip” Phillips.

 

Her funeral will be at the graveside at Fairplay Cemetery on Monday, January 11, 2010 at two o’clock in the afternoon with Brothers Wesley Howard and Donis Smead officiating.

 

Honorary pallbearers are: Drs. Ray Bollen, Carlos Rivas, Dylan Thaxton, and Bruce Burton.

Online condolences may be sent via jafunkfuneralhome.com.

 

 

             

 

 
 

 

Phyllis Songer

 

Phyllis L. Songer, age 75 of Malvern, died Wednesday, October 8, 2008 at her home.  She was born on August 12, 1933 in Council Grove, Kansas to the late Jake and Myrtle Phillips Hammett.  Reared and educated in Kansas, she had been a resident of Malvern since 1978.  She was a homemaker and the wife of Floyd Songer, to whom she was married in July of 1972 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Mrs. Songer had been active in the local FHA, served on the Democratic Committee, and was an election official, serving as a judge at the polls.  She sold jewelry, made ceramics, collected dolls, and enjoyed working word-find puzzles.  Going to yard sales and collecting antiques were two more of her favorite things to do.  She was Baptist by denomination.

 

She is survived by her husband, Floyd, of the home; by three sons, Robert Dull, Jr. of Georgia, Roy Dull of California, and Bill Paulson of Kansas; by two daughters, Deborah Moffitt of Texas, and Maureen “Reni” Kelley of Oklahoma; two step-daughters, Brenda Gregory of Texas, and Lynda Allen of Missouri; three step-sons, Gary Songer of Willow, Arkansas, David Songer of California, and Gerald Songer of Malvern; two sisters, Mary Ahearn of California and Virginia Davis of Kansas; 24 grandchildren and nine great-grancdhildren. 

 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by four brothers, Bill, Jack, Tommy, and Jim, and by a sister, Ann. 

 

A memorial service will be held at eleven o’clock Saturday morning, October 11, 2008 in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home.  Mrs. Songer’s body will be cremated. 

 

Online condolences may be sent via jafunkfuneralhome.com.

 

 
 

 


William Fred Spears, Sr.

 

William Fred Spears, Sr, age 95 of Malvern, died Monday afternoon, January 12, 2009 in the Hot Spring County Medical Center. He was born in Malvern on March 30, 1913 to the late Will and Mollie Smith Spears. Reared and educated in Malvern, he was a member of Third Baptist Church. Mr. Spears worked in Civil Service as a heavy equipment operator and machinist for the United States Navy. He was also a longtime employee of Malvern Gravel Company. An avid hunter, he was the last surviving charter member of the Malvern Hunting Club. He was the widower of the late Pearl Jones Spears, who preceded him in death in 1971, and the late Ambrey Caroll Spears, who died in 1974.

His survivors include: a daughter, Elizabeth Ann Henderson, a son Fred Spears and his wife, Pat, all of Malvern; two brothers, Oscar Spears of Oak Grove and George Spears of Malvern; his grandchildren, Crystal and David Penny, Kelly and Greg Crippen, Fred, III, and Tasha Spears, Neal Spears, and Lane and Kelli McKim; his great-grandchildren, Derek Rodgers, Weslea Rodgers, Paxton Penny, Peyton Penny, Katy Spears, Savannah Spears, and Emma Spears; two step-great-grandchildren, Taylor Crippen and Dalton Ivey.

Mr. Spears was also preceded in death by two sisters, Clara Spears Chanell and Kate Spears Daniels, and two brothers, Ben Spears and Edgar Spears.

The family will receive friends at J. A. Funk Funeral Home on Tuesday evening, January 13, 2009, from six until eight o’clock.

Graveside services will be held in Rockport Cemetery at two o’clock Wednesday afternoon, January 14, 2009, with his grandson, Freddie Spears, III officiating.

Pallbearers are Freddie Spears, III, Neal Spears, Lane McKim, David Penny, Paxton Penny, and Derek Rodgers.

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James M. Spears

 

James M. Spears, age 60, of Malvern, died unexpectedly Thursday afternoon, April 26, 2007. He was born in Malvern on November 28, 1946 to George M. and the late Opal Jane Campbell Spears. Reared and educated in California, he was a carpenter by trade.He is survived by his father, George, of Malvern; by a son, James Spears, Jr. of La Mesa, California; by three brothers: Frank Freitas of Idaho, Sidney Freitas, and Jack Freitas, both of California; by two sisters: Mary Jane Spears of Malvern, and Patricia Land of Prescott, Arkansas; and by his nieces and nephews: Georgena, Brenda, Courtney, Amanda, Michael, Chris, Allen, and Kayla. A memorial service will be held on Monday afternoon, April 30, 2007, at two o’clock, in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with the Reverend James Batts officiating.

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Thomas William Stalnaker

 

Thomas William Stalnaker, Jr., died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on October 15, 2011. Born in Amarillo , Texas on July 5, 1921 to the late Thomas William Stalnaker, Sr., and Ella Belle Myers Stalnaker, he graduated from the University of Colorado , Boulder , with a B.S. in mechanical engineering in 1943. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1944-1946, stationed on Saipan . On August 29, 1948, he married Elizabeth Fleming at the Methodist Church in Keota , Iowa .

After the Navy, Stalnaker worked at Lockheed Aircraft in Los Angeles and then for Natural Gas Pipeline Company of America from 1947 until his retirement in July 1977. He started as a junior engineer in Stinnett, Texas; later supervised construction and plant operations from Hooker, Oklahoma; to Fritch and Marshall, Texas; Jackson, Missouri; and Malvern, Arkansas. Following retirement, he chaired the American Red Cross Hot Spring County blood program for over 25 years and donated 12 gallons of blood.

Stalnaker has been a member of First United Methodist Church , Malvern, since 1959, where he served in numerous leadership positions and was a member of the Friendship Sunday School class. He served as a Volunteer in Mission with the United Methodist Church at several locations in Arkansas , was a member and president of Malvern Chapter of Rotary International, president of the Malvern Christmas Parade, president of the Malvern Airport Board, and a life-time member of the Masonic Lodge.

At 68, he earned his private pilot’s license. According to his wife, he was “never happier than when he was soaring in the sky.” Other hobbies included restoring antique vehicles, fishing, boating, camping, and helping his friends with repair projects.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years, Betty, two daughters, Bonny Roth and her husband Robert, of Evanston , Illinois , and Sally Stalnaker of Vancouver , Washington , and three grandchildren, Emily, Kevin, and Sarah Roth. He was also preceded in death by his brother Frank.

His funeral will be at two o’clock Monday afternoon, October 17, 2011 in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church , Malvern, with Reverends LaVon Post, Bruce Bennett, and Kristie Rosset officiating.  Interment will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery .

Pallbearers will be Ray Rossett, Norman Guthrie, Joe Faucett, Chris Walthall, Lew Waniewski, and Shirley Jones.

Honorary pallbearers are all of Tom’s friends.

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

Memorials are requested to First United Methodist Church , Malvern, or the Red Cross Blood Program.   

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Corinne Stanfiell

 

Corinne Stanfiell, age 87 of Malvern, died Friday evening, March 27, 2009 in the Arbor Oaks Healthcare and Rehab Center. She was born on August 10, 1921 in Lono, Arkansas to the late John Hamilton (Hamp) and Malissia Schoggin Porterfield. Corinne was reared and educated in Lono, graduating from Lono High School. She was a homemaker and the widow of the late Raymond B. Stanfiell, to whom she was married on April 7, 1942. He preceded her in death on December 21, 1972. Corinne was a member of First United Methodist Church, its Alice Brooks Sunday School Class, and the Daisy Dowdle Circle. She loved growing and tending to the flowers in her yard, which was always a beautiful sight on Clardy Avenue.

She leaves behind her daughter and son-in-law, Raymona and Hugh McKinnon of Malvern; a step-daughter Pat and her husband Charles Cockman of Little Rock; by a sister and brother-in-law, Janette and Ben Brantley of Baytown, Texas; a granddaughter, Velda Keeney and her husband Jay of Malvern; two grandsons, Eric McKinnon and Shane McKinnon and his fiancee, Brittaney Merrell; two step-granddaughters; five great-grandchildren, Jacob and Jace Keeney, Skylar and Zakkary McKinnon, and Dylan Foster; by four step-great-grandchildren; and by several nieces and nephews.

Corinne was also preceded in death by a sister, Maxine Workman, and a brother, Carl C. Porterfield.

Her funeral will be held on Monday morning, March 30, 2009, at ten o’clock in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with the Reverend J. Stephen Wingo officiating. Interment will follow in Harp Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be: Hugh McKinnon, Jay Keeney, Jacob Keeney, Eric McKinnon, and Shane McKinnon.

Honorary pallbearers will be: Skylar McKinnon, Zakkary McKinnon, Jace Keeney, and Dylan Foster.

A visitation will be at the funeral home on Sunday afternoon from three until five o’clock.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to First United Methodist Church, or to the Parkinson’s Foundation.

The family will be headquartered at 1422 Glenmere Circle in Malvern

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William "Bill" Stanley

 

William “Bill” Stanley, age 62 of Malvern, died Wednesday, February 11, 2009 in Little Rock. He was born on September 24, 1946 in Malvern to the late Woodrow and Marie Peevehouse Stanley. A lifelong resident of Malvern, he was a roofer, having worked for years for the Kidder family. He also co-owned his own roofing company. Bill was an avid fisherman and loved to watch his grandkids play football and baseball. He was a member of Third Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Joann Freeman Stanley, to whom he was married on June 29, 1966. He also leaves behind a son, Mark and his wife Pamela Stanley of Magnet Cove; by his daughters, Kellie Kehner and her husband Mark of Magnet Cove, and Angela Hughes and her husband Brandon of Bismarck; a brother, James Marvin Stanley; five sisters, Frances Jane Layman, Ethel Nix, Glenda Thompson, Ann Stacy and her husband Larry, and Linda Martin and her husband Carroll, all of Malvern; six grandchildren, Justin and Blake Stanley, Colten Hughes, and Steven, Austin, and Payton Kehner; by his sisters-in-law, Virginia Norwood, Geneva Graham, Wilma Nash, Glenda Dawkins, and Shirley Siratt; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

Bill was also preceded in death by four brothers, Lloyd Wayne Stanley, Harold Brent Stanley, Charles Dewayne Stanley, and Donald Woodrow Stanley; and by a sister Jean Marie Stanley.

His funeral will be Saturday afternoon, February 14, 2009, at two o’clock in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Brother Bobby Goodnight officiating. Interment will follow in the Ouachita Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be: Shane “Puddin” Scott, Jason Clements, Randy and Jerry Norwood, B. J. and Franky Stevens, Chad Williams, and Robert “Cooter” Kehner.

Honorary pallbearers will be: Dr. Ray Bollen, Howard Kemp, Sanford Graham, George Kidder, William Franklyn, and J. L. Kemp.

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

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Bessie Stevens

 

Bessie M. Stevens, age 86 of Hot Springs, died Friday, September 6, 2013.  She was born on February 23, 1927 in Cleveland, Ohio to the late Vernon Rosenberg and Laura Victor Rosenberg.  Reared and receiving her education in Galesburg, Illinois, she was a homemaker.  She had been a resident of Hot Springs since 1970 and attended Fourche Loop Baptist Church.  Mrs. Stevens was the widow of the late Sidney Stevens, to whom she was married on February 8, 1945.  He preceded her in death in 2007.

Her survivors include: three daughters, Sydney S. Overton and her husband Bobby of Malvern, Allyce Timmons and her husband Scott, of Hensley, and Laura Jones and her husband Kenneth of Hot Springs; two brothers, Glen C. Gabbert and Danny Gabbert, both of Galesburg, Illinois; five grandchildren, Todd Overton and his wife Cheryl, Cassie Duncan and her husband Robert, Granger Roberts, Blaine Roberts, and Laura M. Roberts-Jones; and six great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Stevens was also preceded in death by three brothers and one sister; a granddaughter, Juanita Overton, and a great-grandchild Dustin Overton.

The funeral will be Monday morning, September 9, 2013, at 9:30, in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Reverend Scott Gallimore officiating.  Interment will follow in Resthaven Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be: Todd Overton, Kenneth Jones, Scott Timmons, Michael Overton, Blaine Roberts, and Granger Roberts.

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C. F. "Chuck" Stewart

 

C. F. “Chuck” Stewart, 69, of Malvern, lost his battle with cancer on June 10, 2011.  He was born to Connie and Floya Stewart on November 28, 1941 in Rolla, Arkansas.

He was an avid golfer and was a member of the Essex golf course. He was also a member of the Keeneys coffee club. Mr. Stewart served 16 years in the United States Navy. Mr. Stewart was member of Emmanuel Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of almost 42 years, Ruby Gage Stewart, two daughters, Leigha (George) Balding of Traskwood and Rhonda (Brent) Duck of Poyen and one son, James Shuffield (Robin) Stewart of Poyen; two Brothers, James Williams (Bobby) Stewart of Nixa, Missouri and Norman Lee (Sammy) of Camp Robinson; six grandchildren and two great grandchildren, and a host of beloved nieces, nephews, friends and family.

He is preceded in death by his mother and father, brother Charles Robert and nephew Kenneth Lee Stewart.

 His funeral will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, 2011 at the Emmanuel Baptist Church with Brother John Owen officiating.

Mr. Stewart requests that friends and family dress casual.

Pallbearers will be: Guy Collins, Sam Hedges, Harbour, Rick Varnell, Rick Blair and Chuck Davis.

Visitation will take place Sunday, June 12, 2011 in the chapel of J.A. Funk Funeral Home from 6 to 8 o’clock.

Memorials are requested to the UAMS Cancer center or The Arkansas Childrens Hospital.
The family can be contacted at: (501) 802-4197

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Marcille F. Stiles

 

Marcille Fitzhugh Stiles, age 84, died November 19, 2010 at the Hot Spring County Medical Center in Malvern.  She was born at her home in Malvern on April 11, 1926 to the late Walter A. and Linnie Robbins Fitzhugh.  She was a faithful member of Second Baptist Church in Malvern for 71 years where she had served as a Sunday School teacher and President of the Ladies Auxiliary.  Marcille graduated from Malvern High School in 1944 and worked as a junior chemist for Reynolds Metals Company for 32 years, retiring in 1985. She enjoyed cooking and needlework, and loved making gifts for her friends and family.  Her favorite joy was cooking for anyone and everyone.  There was always something to eat when you entered Marcille’s home.

She was the widow of Dewey D. Stiles to whom she was married on October 20, 1944.  He preceded her in death March 9, 2001.  Together they enjoyed going to the National Democratic Conventions in Chicago, Miami and New York.  Their summer vacations were often spent in Florida with family and friends and special trips to Europe.  Mrs. Stiles served on the Arkansas State  Library Board under Bill Clinton and was a charter member of the Committee of 100 for the Ozark Folk Center.

She is survived by a son, Gary Stiles of Malvern, a daughter, Kay and her husband, Jim Hinkle of Mountain View, five grandchildren, Shane (Amy) Stiles of Malvern, Lea Ann (Al) Finn of Mountain View, Blake Stiles of Malvern, Brooke (Russ) Garner of Mountain Home and Katie (Shane) Henry of Conway, ten great-grandchildren, Tyler Smith, Cory and Chloe Stiles, Kaleb and Elizabeth Stiles, Hannah Walker, Ashlyn Garner, Adian Garner, Maddie Finn and Cooper Henry, and many loving nieces and nephews.

Marcille was also preceded in death by her son Ricky Stiles, two brothers Lloyd and Chester Fitzhugh and a sister, Dorothy Vantrease.  

Funeral services will be held at three o’clock Saturday afternoon, November 20, 2010 at Second Baptist Church in Malvern. Interment will follow in Shadowlawn Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Wayne Reynolds, Carlee Sheridan, Carl Robbins, Shane Stiles, Larry Tuggle, and Mike Fitzhugh.  Honorary pallbearers will be Matt Williams, Bill Robbins, Dewey Logan, Charles Mann, Dr. Joe Cloud, Dr. Randy Cloud, Leon Gray, Kenneth Bradley, Leon Turner, Farrell Richardson, Millard Armstrong, Dr. Bruce White, Dr. Bruce Burton and Dr. Dylan Thaxton.

Visitation will begin at one o’clock on Saturday November 20 prior to the service.  Officiating will be Bro. Joey McDermott, Bro. Edgar Sutton and Dr. Morris Cloud.  Funeral is under the direction of J. A. Funk Funeral Home.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Second Baptist Church Building Fund.    

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Reece Stiles

 

Reece M. Stiles, age 93 of Malvern, died Saturday, September 13, 2014 in Hot Springs.  He was born on September 29, 1920 in Rolla, Arkansas to the late William C. Stiles and Helen Heard Stiles.  Reece was reared and received his early education in Lono and Malvern.  He joined the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1937 and served in the U. S. Army from 1938 through 1944. 

 He graduated from Ouachita Baptist College in 1947 and the University of Arkansas in 1952.  He attended the University of Southern California in 1948 and was a deputy county clerk at the Hall of Justice in Los Angeles County.  He was a principal at Magnet Cove School and Park Elementary School in Hot Springs before retiring in 1986.  He also was an insurance agent for Farm Bureau and later for State Farm.  Reece was a member of First United Methodist Church of Malvern, and the Retired Teachers Association of Garland and Hot Spring Counties.  He served for many years on the Board of Trustees of the Malvern/Hot Spring County Library, and together with his wife and family, was a strong supporter of the library.  For several years he played the violin with the Hot Springs-Arkadelphia Chamber Orchestra, and played the fiddle with the Yesteryears Volunteers Band.  He had many other hobbies and interests including working on his pine tree farm, growing a big garden, harvesting fruit from his trees, and raising honey bees. On June 12, 1947, he married the former Patricia Delaney in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  She preceded him in death in 2005.

 In 1994, he and his wife were named Arkansas Tree Farm Family of the Year by the Arkansas Forestry Commission. 

He is survived by his daughter, Susan Tanner and her husband, Donald of Malvern; his grandchildren, Will Tanner, Averee Stiles, and Aubree Stiles; a nephew, Joyce Pipkin (Carol) of Pennsylvania, Danny Pipkin (Georgia) of Arkadelphia, Patsy Pipkin Supak of California; his sisters-in-law, Adrienne Overton (Cletis) of Malvern, and Micki McGee (John) of Georgia, as well as several other nieces and nephews and many friends.

Reece was also preceded in death by his son, Starbuck Stiles, and by his siblings, Lettie Neeper, Myrtle Pipkin Overturf, Daisy Witherspoon, Alma Fite, Tennie Mae Wilson, Lillian McKeehan, Odie Stewart, and Delmon “Pete” Stiles.

A memorial service will be held at ten o’clock Wednesday morning, September 17, 2014 in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Reverend LaVon Post officiating.  The family invites everyone to visit with them after the service.

Memorials may take the form of donations to the First United Methodist Church or to the Malvern/Hot Spring County Library.

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Wallace "Pete" Stiles

 

Wallace “Pete” Stiles, age 80 of Malvern, died Thursday, February 07, 2008, in the Saline Memorial Hospital in Benton.  He was born on November 9, 1927 in Dallas County, Arkansas to the late Homer and Effie Bullock Stiles.  Reared and educated in Dallas County and Malvern, Pete joined the United States Army and served as a truck driver and mailman on the Pacific Island of Guam.  He went to work for ALCOA, where he was employed as a machine operator. He retired after 28 years with the company.  Pete was a member of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church.  He was an avid hunter and member of the Bee Hunting Club.

 

 He is survived by his wife, Sybil Reynolds Stiles, of the home, to whom he was married on April 12, 1947 in Malvern; by his son Larry and his wife Debbie Stiles of Malvern; by two grandchildren, Casey Stiles Ollar and her husband Mike, January Schultz and her husband Kyle; and by a great-grandchild, Weston Kyle Schultz. 

 

Pete was also preceded in death by three brothers, Seldon Stiles, Dewitt Stiles, and Dewey Stiles, and by two sisters, Johnnie Burks and Jane Dedman. 

 

His funeral will be on Sunday afternoon, February 10, 2008, at 2:30, in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Brother Wesley Howard officiating.  Interment will follow in Shadowlawn Cemetery.

 

 Pallbearers are: Shane, Gary, and Tommy Stiles, Fred Norwood, Steve Dedman, and Mike Ollar.

 

Honorary pallbearers are: Dr. Bruce Burton, Donna Adams, Ronnie Collie, Spud Beason, Thomas Crumby, Brother Maxie Haynes, and Bobby Williams. 

 

The family will receive friends at the mortuary on Saturday afternoon, February 9, 2008 from four until six o’clock. 

 

Memorials are requested to the Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church Building Fund. 

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Delma Stone

 

Delma Raye Sams Stone, age 75 of Malvern, died Saturday, August 6, 2011 in the Baptist Hospital in Little Rock .  She was born in Haynes , Arkansas on February 10, 1936 to the late Clell Warren and Ruth Logan Warren Bailey.  Reared and educated in Lee County , she had been a resident of Malvern since 1956.  Delma was a homemaker and, for 19 years, worked for Featherlite Manufacturing Company.  She loved cooking, sewing, and being a doting wife to her husband, Wayne.  Delma was a member of Landmark Missionary Baptist Church .

She is survived by her husband, Wayne Stone, to whom she was married on July 21, 1981 in Donaldson, Arkansas; by a son, Ken Sams of Malvern; a daughter, Sherry Tackel of Austin, Texas; by step-children, Garry Stone of Glen Rose, and Vickie Williamson of DeQueen; by five sisters, Clella White, Jeanette Smith, and Neva Gordon, all of Cabot, Arkansas, Billie Sue Lawman of Wynne, Arkansas, and Audrey Plummer of Dallas; by three brothers, Richard Warren of Wynne, Jim Warren of Little Rock, and James Clinton Bailey of Seattle, Washington; and by two grandchildren, Ryan Houston Sams and Tristan Allen Brown.

Delma was also preceded in death by a daughter, Vanessa Sams.

A visitation will be held at J. A. Funk Funeral Home on Tuesday evening, August 9, 2011, from six until eight o’clock.

Her funeral will be at ten o’clock Wednesday morning at the Landmark Missionary Baptist Church with Brothers Bernard Strother and Kenneth Bray officiating.  Interment will follow in Lono Cemetery .

Pallbearers will be: Marshall Tanner, Garry Stone, Wayne Bechel, Paul Gustavson, Doug Pittman, Brice Mitchell, and Orlan Wiley, III.

Honorary pallbearers will be: John and Bill Warren, Charlie Porter, and Dr. Bruce Burton.

Memorials may be made to Landmark Missionary Baptist Church 1213 Babcock Street , Malvern , AR 72104 .

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Edwin Nulsen Strauss, III

 

Edwin Nulsen Strauss, III, age 84, of Malvern, died Saturday, March 16, 2013 in the Hot Spring County Medical Center. He was born in Malvern on October 8, 1927 to the late Edwin Strauss, Jr. and Irene Fisher Strauss. Following his mother’s death when Ed was quite young, he was reared by his father and stepmother, Lois Royal Strauss. Receiving his early education in Malvern, Ed later attended Hendrix College and Arkansas State Teachers College. He was a veteran of the United States Navy. Ed taught the third grade boys Sunday School class at First Baptist Church, and later was a volunteer with First Presbyterian Church of Malvern.

Ed was the “Voice of the Leopards” for more than 11 years as the announcer for the Malvern Leopard football team. He served as a sponsor with Alcoholics Anonymous and was extremely proud of his own 30 years of sobriety.

He is survived by his sons, Ed Strauss the IV, Keith and Scott Strauss; his grandchildren, Matt Strauss, Brandi Brooks, Angela Strauss, Erika Strauss, Melanie Dawson; his cousins, Steve Strauss, Tony Strauss, Danny Watson, Linda Higgs, and Nancy Johnson.

Ed was also preceded in death by his daughter, Kathy.

A memorial service was held at First Presbyterian Church on Sunday afternoon, March 17, 2013.

Memorials are requested to First Presbyterian Church, Malvern.

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Donald Stumon

Donald E. “Crane” Stumon, age 67, of Lake Catherine, died early this morning in Hot Springs.  He was born on April 22, 1947 in Malvern to the late George Lynn Stumon and Annie Estelle Fite Stumon. Reared and receiving his early education in Malvern, he later attended technical training school in Chicago. Crane was a United States Army Veteran, a member of the American Legion, and a former member of the Malvern Jaycees.  He was a Baptist by denomination.  For 40 years he worked for Mid-State Construction Company (now Martin-Marrietta) and retired as asphalt superintendent.  Crane was a former member of the Hill Hunting Club, doted on his grandchildren, and enjoyed sitting on his deck overlooking the lake.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Cook Stumon, of the home, to whom he was married on October 14, 1989; his son, Brad Stumon and his wife, Ashley of Malvern; his daughter, Casey Stumon Haynes and Ryan Haynes of Malvern; his step-son, Mike Funk and his wife, Nikki of Alexander, Arkansas; his brother, Richard Stumon and his wife Monette of Malvern; two sisters, Vivian and her husband Wayne Brumbelow of New Mexico, and Charlotte and her husband Donnie Holiman of Malvern; by seven grandchildren, Haven Stumon, Braden Stumon, Kyndal Haynes, Lillie Haynes, Austin Ray, and Brock and Addison Funk.  His pets include Cutie Pie, Zipper, Miss Priss, Cotey, and Simba.

A memorial service will be held at two o’clock Friday afternoon, June 13, 2014, in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Mike Funk speaking.  Following the ceremony, full military honors will be presented outside, weather permitting.

Honorary pallbearers are: Ronnie Jones, Warren Smoke, Virgil Brumbelow, Gerald Spencer, Ronnie Joe Thompson, Doug Walters, Willard Harkins, Wilburn Cox, Bruce, Brian, and Blake Wingo, Mike Teale, James Hennard, Harold Dean Locke, Glen Brashears, Carroll Lee, C. E. Guin, and Bobby Webb.

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Newton James (Jim/Babe) Suitt

 

Newton James Suitt, age 72, of Little Rock, died Sunday in the Veterans Administration Hospital. He was born on January 9, 1938 in Ft. Smith, Arkansas to the late Newton James, Sr. and Nerine Austin Suitt. Reared and receiving his early education in Lake Village, Arkansas, he later attended the University of Arkansas. Mr. Suitt retired from the K-Mart Corporation after 25 years of service to the company. He was a United States Army veteran of the Viet Nam War.

Jim was a very active and loyal Free and Accepted Mason. He was Past Master of Crescent Lodge No. 403, North Little Rock, and Magnolia Lodge No. 60, in Little Rock, where he was a Pillar of Solomon recipient. He was currently serving as secretary of Mary Williams Lodge No. 307, Ferndale, Arkansas, where he had been selected as Mason of the Year for 2010. He conferred over 350 Masonic Degrees and helped a great number of Free Masons learn their Masonic lectures. He was a 32 nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason, and received the honor of becoming a member of the Knight Commander Court of Honor of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry Southern Jurisdiction of the United States of America in December 2009.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Faye Neeper Suitt, of Little Rock, one daughter, Melissa Jane Suitt of Midwest City, Oklahoma; by two brothers, William Josh Suitt of Washington, and John Russell Suitt of Memphis, Tennessee; by three nieces and three nephews.

Funeral services will be held at ten o’clock on Thursday morning, June 3, 2010 in the Oak Park Missionary Baptist Church with Brother David Harris officiating. Committal service with Masonic Rites will be held at two o’clock Thursday afternoon at Lono Cemetery, south of Malvern, Arkansas on Hwy 9.

Pallbearers will be: Stony Suitt, John Sadler, Bob McKeon, Timothy Calhoun, Mikey Bishop, Michael Bishop, Sr, Frank Talley, and Phillip Page.

Memorials are requested to Oak Park Baptist Church, 8200 Flintridge Dr. Little Rock, Arkansas 72210, or to the Lono Cemetery Association, 1321 Fowler Street, Malvern, Arkansas 72104

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Barbara Pierce Taft

 

Barbara Gail Taft, age 58 of Malvern, died Friday morning, February 15, 2008 at her home.  She was born on May 27, 1949 in Malvern.  Reared and educated in Poyen, Barbara was a homemaker and the wife of Robert “ Bob” Taft, to whom she was married on February 5, 1977 in Malvern.  She loved to garden.  When the bounty of her labors came in, she busily canned, or otherwise put up the vegetables, so that her friends and family could later benefit from her excellent cooking ability.  A loving grandmother, she was called Mogo by her grandkids.

 

 Barbara’s other survivors include two daughters, Janey Welch, and Wendy Cook and her husband Jason, all of Malvern; a loving sister, Ramona and her husband Harry Draper of Poyen; her grandchildren, Devin Manis, Jessica Hixson, Michael Hixson, Amanda Hixson, and Robert Hixson; her nephew, David Draper and his family; and her beloved dogs, Tank and Taco. 

 

She was preceded in death by her father, Conrad Harvey Pierce, and her “Uncle Mush”, S. W. Pierce. 

 

Her memorial service will be held on Tuesday afternoon, February 19, 2008, at two o’clock in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Brother Paul Grigsby officiating. Interment of her ashes will follow in Harp Cemetery. 

 

Memorials are requested to your local Humane Society. 

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Robert F. Taft

 

Robert Franklin Taft, age 64 of Malvern, died Saturday, February 2, 2013 at his residence. He was born in Chicago, Illinois on May 10, 1948 to the late Calvin W. Taft and Evangeline Walters Taft. Reared and receiving his early education in Malvern, he later attended Henderson State University. Bob was a Viet Nam veteran. He served in the United States Army and the United States Marine Corps. Bob retired from the United States Postal Service in 2004 after 23 years of employment. He was the widower of the late Barbara Pierce Taft, to whom he was married on February 5, 1977. She preceded him in death on February 15, 2008.

Survivors include: his daughters, Janey Welch of Malvern, Wendy Cook and her husband Jason, of Malvern; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Richard and Susan Taft, Steven and Mary Ann Taft, and Gary and Bettie Taft; two sisters, Janett Mullins and her husband, Ray; and Patricia Taft; six grandchildren, Devin Manis, Jessica Robinson, Michael Hixson, Amanda Hixson, Robert Hixson, and Lily Cook; three great-grandchildren, Jack, Levi, and Brayden Robinson; and numerous relatives of the Walters and Gibbs families of Hot Spring County.

Bob was also preceded in death by a brother, Russell Taft.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday evening, February 6, 2013, from six until eight o’clock at J. A. Funk Funeral Home.

Graveside service will be at one o’clock Saturday afternoon, February 9, 2013 in the Harp Cemetery with Brother Paul Grigsby officiating, and with military honors provided by the United States Marine Corps Honor Guard.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to the VFW Post 2586, c/o 424 South Main St. Malvern, AR 72104.

Special thanks from the family go to Arkansas Hospice for the care of their father.

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Inella “Bill” Tarkington

 
 

Inella “Bill” Tarkington, age 93 of Malvern, daughter, sister, devoted wife and mother, friend, hairdresser, phenomenal cook, and avid fisherman, died Thursday morning, January 27, 2011, in the Hot Spring County Medical Center. She was born in Cabot, Arkansas, on March 5, 1917 to the late C. W. and Madella Carroll Kinley. Moving with her family to the Malvern area as a child, she received her early education in Hot Spring County, graduating from Central High School, where she was a championship basketball player. At the age of 19 she graduated from cosmetology school and continued to work as a hairdresser until her 90 th year. Bill was a faithful member of Taylor’s Chapel Missionary Baptist Church for over 75 years. She was the widow of the late Ray Tarkington, to whom she was married on January 23, 1937. He preceded her in death in August of 2004.

She is survived by her son, Bill Tarkington of Little Rock, numerous nieces and nephews, and by her special caregiver, Dian Leech of Donaldson.

Bill was also preceded in death by her beloved step-mother, four sisters, and three brothers. She was the last Kinley/Tarkington of her generation and wore the title of Matriarch with grace and dignity.

Graveside services will be held at eleven o’clock Monday morning, January 31, 2011 at the Ouachita Cemetery with Brother Kevin Spurlin officiating.

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

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Eunice Tate

 

Eunice Swafford Tate, age 96, of Malvern, died early Sunday morning, March 2, 2008, at her home.  She was born in Ico, Arkansas (Grant County) on September 14, 1911 to the late Marvin and Sarah Drucilla Tabor Swafford.  Moving with her family to Malvern in 1921, she continued her primary education here and graduated from Malvern High School in 1931.  Eunice attended Southern State College (now Southern Arkansas University) in Magnolia for two years before receiving her B.S.E. degree from what is now the University of Central Arkansas in Conway.  She pursued her Master’s degree for a time, but married and started her family instead.  She was the widow of the late J. Cecil Tate, to whom she was wed on June 8, 1941 in the First Methodist Church in Malvern, by her pastor, Dr. W. C. Watson.  Mr. Tate preceded her in death in January of 2000.  Eunice retired from the Malvern Public School System in 1972 after a lengthy career teaching Home Economics at Malvern High School.  A longtime member of First United Methodist Church, she attended the Wesleyan Sunday School Class, and was active in church Circles.  She loved to sew and to knit, was a wonderful cook, and loved to grow flowers.

 

She is survived by two sons, John C. Tate and his wife, Cynthia, and Philip Allan Tate, all of Malvern; by a grandson, John Allan Tate and his wife, Paige; and by two great-grandsons, Tyler and Baron Tate.

 

Eunice was also preceded in death by a sister, Cassie Swafford; by two brothers, Horace and Edgar Swafford, and by a granddaughter, Andrea Tate.

 

Her funeral will be held at three o’clock on Wednesday afternoon, March 5, 2008, in the Sanctuary of First United Methodist Church with Dr. F. Gladwin Connell officiating.  Interment will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery.

 

Pallbearers will be: Don Presley, Gerald Skinner, Hugh Day Welch, Dale Horn, Chris Walthall, Dickie DeJarnett, Bob McKee, and Phil Clem.

 

There will be a visitation on Tuesday afternoon from five until six-thirty at the J. A. Funk Funeral Home. 

 

The family will be headquartered at 1729 East Page Avenue in Malvern.

 

Memorials are requested to the First United Methodist Church.All members of the Tate family extend our appreciation to Katherine Burns and Stormie Dunn for your devotion to Mrs. Tate during the final year of her life.  Your work became a labor of love that brought comfort to all of us.  May other people in need of care be blessed by your kindness.

 

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Jesse L. Tatman

 

Jesse Louis Tatman, age 77, of Magnet Cove, died Sunday morning, October 6, 2013 in Little Rock.  He was born on September 5, 1936 in Charleston, Illinois to the late Patrick Tatman and Mildred Ella Miller Tatman.  Reared and receiving his education in Illinois, he joined the United States Marine Corps and was a Korean War veteran. He returned to the U. S. and served in the Illinois National Guard.  Mr. Tatman was a short distance trucker for 35 years and retired to Hot Springs Village in 1995.  He attended Fairplay Missionary Baptist Church and was a member of the American Legion.  Mr. Tatman was an avid bowler and golfer.

He is survived by his wife, Connie Lawrence Tatman of Magnet Cove, to whom he was married on August 25, 2013; by three daughters, Patty Garrett (Mark) of Urbana, IL; Teri Miltenberger (Eric) of Toledo, IL; and Kym McWhorter, also of Toledo; three brothers, Paul Tatman (Elaine) of Urbana, IL; Larry Tatman (Barb) of Portsmouth, VA; and Ronnie Tatman (Karen) of Longview, IL; one sister, Charlene Pryor of Champagne, IL; two step-children, J’Ne Hutson of Little Rock, and Sean Lawrence of Magnet Cove; six grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, one great-grandchild.

He was also preceded in death by his wife, Jan Tatman, and by seven siblings.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.  His ashes will be interred on the family plot in Zion Hill Cemetery near Mattoon, Illinois.

Honorary pallbearers are bowlers at Central Lanes in Hot Springs, and Fiesta Bowl in Hot Springs Village.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to the Jesse Tatman Memorial Youth Bowling Scholarship Fund c/o Southern Bancorp in Hot Springs.

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Betty Lou Tarver

 

Betty Lou Tarver, age 74 of Malvern, died Saturday, May 11, 2013 in Hot Springs. She was born on March 21, 1939 in Mt. Ida, Arkansas to the late Mace and Ora Scott. Reared and educated in Mt. Ida, she had been a resident of Malvern since January, 1990. She retired from Lake Catherine Footwear after 31 years with the company. She and her husband loved to travel.

Survivors include her husband, Gordon Tarver of Malvern; a son, Allan Stanley of Hot Springs; a sister, Estelle Mayberry of Dearborn Heights, Michigan; four grandchildren.

Betty was also preceded in death by a son, Clay Stanley, and by six siblings.

Graveside services will be held on Wednesday afternoon, May 15, 2013 at one o’clock in the Rocky Valley Cemetery near Mt. Ida under the direction of J. A. Funk Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the family to defray final expenses.

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Kyle Hilton Thomas

 

Kyle Hilton Thomas, age 73 of Malvern, died Saturday, June 28, 2014 at his home.  He was born on May 12, 1941 in Ansted, West Virginia to the late Russell Thomas and Vesta Paxton Thomas.  Reared and educated in West Virginia, he had been an area resident since 1987 when he moved to Diamondhead.  He was a veteran of the United States Navy and a Methodist.  A retiree of the United States Postal Service, he was a “jack of all trades” and master of most.  He bred and trained thoroughbreds and was an avid golfer, winning the club championship at Diamondhead in 1987.  Mr. Thomas was a 32nd degree Mason.

He is survived by his wife, Jan Thomas; his children, Kyle and Leslie Norosky, Cheryl and John Martin, and Jodie and Dan Calhoun; his grandchildren, Kelsie Anderson, Kathryn Clower, Mike and Aneila Martin, and Garrett and Kylie Norosky.

Mr. Thomas was also preceded in death by a sister Kate Harrah, and four brothers, Darrell, Garland, Keith, and Lowell Thomas.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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Rest in peace, Papa.

 

 
 

 


Martha Cate Thomas


Martha Cate Thomas, age 85 of Malvern, died Friday, December 27, 2013 at her home.  She was born in Saline County, Arkansas on August 26, 1928 to the late William David Cate and Julia Osborn Cate.  Receiving her early education in the Glen Rose schools, she was a lifetime resident of the area.  Martha was a homemaker and the widow of the late Marvin Thomas, to whom she was married on January 23, 1946.  He preceded her in death in 2010.  The two of them loved to dance, and once, during the Clinton gubernatorial administration, they danced on the steps of the State Capitol celebrating Malvern’s Brickfest.  She was a longtime member of Rockport United Methodist Church, and was very involved in community service.  Martha was a past recipient of the Volunteer of the Year Award presented by the local Chamber of Commerce, led “Sock Drives” for residents of local nursing homes, and was active in keeping our city clean.  A regular contributor to the “Letters to the Editor” of the Malvern Daily Record, she helped “get things done”.  Martha was an accomplished seamstress, and her daughter recalls the beautiful formal gowns her mother made for her as a young lady.

She is survived by her daughter Judy Butler and her husband Charles, of Malvern; by two grandchildren, Jill and Donnie Donihue of Hot Springs, and Kris and Carl Walker of Malvern; by three great-grandchildren, Ashley (Amr) Al-bacil, Jordan Donihue, and Chase Walker; and by a great-great-grandchild on the way.

One of eleven children, Martha was also preceded in death by four sisters, five brothers, and a half-brother.

Her funeral will be at two o’clock Sunday afternoon, December 29, 2013 in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Brothers Tony Burrow and Troy Cate officiating.  Interment will follow in the Fairplay Cemetery.

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

Pallbearers are: Terry Cate, Bruce Cate, Johnny Thomas, J. R. Thomas, Josh Carper, and Donnie Donihue.

A special thank you from the family goes to Martha’s caregivers, Jo Burrow, Toni Parks, Shirley Jordan, Wilma Finley, and Diane Slater, and to Nancy Richardson with Hot Spring County Medical Center Home Health.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to Rockport United Methodist Church, or the charity of one’s choice.

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Juanita Marie Thomson

 

Juanita Marie Thomson, age 56 of Malvern, died at her residence on Friday, January 31, 2014.  She was born in Mt. View, Arkansas on January 16, 1958 to the late Elbert Sanders and Emma Doty Sanders.  Reared and educated in Stone and Lee Counties, she had been a resident of this area for 27 years.  Mrs. Thomson was a CNA and had worked for Benton Health Care for a number of years.  She was a member of Glen Rose Missionary Baptist Church. 

She is survived by her husband Jimmy Thomson, to whom she was married on October 16, 1983 in Mt. View, Arkansas; by her sons, Eric and his wife Valerie Thomson, and Patrick Thomson all of Malvern; by her grandsons, Jonathan, Jesse, Parker, and Wade; and her granddaughter, Chaimberlynn; by three sisters, Hallie Osborn (Paul) of Holland, Michigan, Lois Smith of Kalamazoo, Michigan, and Wanda Vannatter (R. L.) of Mt. View, a brother-in-law, David Long of Bradford, Arkansas; and by many loving nieces and nephews.

She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Truna Engle and Colleen Long.

The family will receive friends at J. A. Funk Funeral Home on Monday evening, February 3, 2014 from six until eight o’clock.

Her funeral will be at the graveside in Spring Creek Cemetery near Aubrey, Arkansas (Lee County) on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at two o’clock in the afternoon, with Brother Ian Kumpe officiating.

Pallbearers are:  David Long, R. L. Vannatter, Tommy Vannatter, Patrick Thomson, Eric Thomson, and Christopher Woodruff.

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Alvin H. Tittle

Alvin H. Tittle, age 94 left this Earth on Friday, May 13, 2011, to unite with his Savior, loved ones, and friends. He was born on December 18, 1916, in Big Springs, Texas to the late Henry Tittle and Anne Smith Tittle Strohmeyer. He was a member of Sulpher Springs Missionary Baptist Church, and after serving in the US Army, he volunteered as a driver of the VA van from Hot Springs to Little Rock for many years. He loved traveling, camping, fishing, and antique autos. He worked as a mechanic in Texas and California before moving to Arkansas. He was the owner of Tittle Auto Garage in Hot Springs, Arkansas and loved his work.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry Tittle, Anne Smith Tittle Strohmeyer, his first wife, Lorene Moon Tittle, his second wife, Beatrice Chadwick Tittle, his son, Tommy Wayne Tittle, and his sister, Ruth E. Tittle Johansen Thomas.

His survivors include Tommy Wayne Tittle’s widow, Vicki Tittle Wilson; grandson, Michael Shea Tittle; two great-grandchildren, Shelby Breean Tittle and Laci Jo Tittle; two step-daughters, Bettie Joanne Chadwick Robinson and Martha Chadwick Lindvall; five step-grandchildren, Teri Robinson Turner and husband Jackie, Tandee Robinson, Mace Robinson and wife Christy, Chad Lindvall, and Brooke Lindvall Bailey; sixteen step-great-grandchildren; fifteen step-great-great-grandchildren; one step-great-great-great grandchild; nephews Carl Alvin Johansen, Richard Johansen, Charles Thomas, and Gary Jones; nieces Betty McGill and husband Roy, and Sharon Koller; cousins Walter Maynard, Troy Fowler, Joyce Covington, Turner Smith, Kenneth Smith, Jo Smith, and Gene Boyd, Mike Banks; special friend, Don Barber and family; his caregiver, Terry Lunsford, and his church family.

Visitation and services will be held at Sulpher Springs Missionary Baptist Church with Brother Darryle Sulton and Calvin Isenhower officiating. The visitation will begin at 10:00 am on Tuesday, May 17, 2011, followed by the service at 11:00 am. Graveside service will be at Cutter Morning Star Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Billy Wilson, Shea Tittle, Don Barber, Derek Barber, John Jenkins and Steve Rynders.

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

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Murry Blake Toler

 

Murry Blake Toler, age 81, of Malvern, died early Saturday morning, April 14, 2007, in the Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. He was born in the Brush Creek Community near Leola, Arkansas, on August 14, 1925 to the late Homer G. and Emma Deere Toler. Reared and educated in Leola and Sheridan, he joined the United States Navy after graduating high school, serving until the end of World War 2. Mr. Toler was a longtime partner in the H. G. Toler and Sons Lumber Company in Leola, and was active in running the business until ill health forced him to slow down. He had served on the board of directors of the Malvern National Bank for over four decades. Mr. Toler was a member of First United Methodist Church of Malvern, where he had served on numerous committees and boards throughout the years.

He is survived by his wife, Ruby Jean Phillips Toler, to whom he was married on October 19, 1946 in the First United Methodist Church by the Reverend Fred R. Harrison. He also leaves behind two daughters, Nancy Toler Grigsby and her husband Richard, of Malvern, and Cindy Toler Hale of West Monroe, Louisiana; by a son and daughter-in-law David and Rhonna Toler of Malvern; by five grandchildren: Amanda, John, Kimberly, Brittany, and Andrea; and by six great-grandchildren: Summer, Nathan, Natalie, Megan, Phillip, and Billy.Mr. Toler was also preceded in death by a son, Phillip Murry Toler; by two brothers: Curtis and Harold Toler; and by two sisters: Mary Sue Kelly and Matilie Taggart.His funeral will be held at two o’clock Tuesday afternoon, April 17, 2007 in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church with the Reverend Stephen Wingo and Dr. F. Gladwin Connell officiating. Interment will follow in Brush Creek Cemetery.Pallbearers will be: Ernie Starks, Randy Grooms, Larry Dial, Todd Riggan, Melvin Finley, Donny White, and John White.

The family will receive friends at J. A. Funk Funeral Home on Monday evening, April 16, 2007, from six until eight o’clock in the evening.In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to the First United Methodist Church in Malvern.

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Jupe Townsend

Jupe Townsend, age 66 of Malvern, died Tuesday, August 14, 2012, in the Hot Spring County Medical Center.  He was born in Dierks, Arkansas on December 20, 1945 to the late Harmon Townsend and Jewel Kirby Townsend.  Reared and receiving his early education in Dierks, he later graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in forestry from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.  He worked for the Arkansas Forestry Commission for 45 years, retiring in June of this year.  He had served as District Forester in Fordyce, Magnolia, and since 1991, in Malvern.  Jupe was a member of First United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Jan Jones Townsend, to whom he was married on August 28, 1970 at the Harmony Baptist Church in Thornton, Arkansas; by his two daughters, Jill Whatley and her husband, Stephen of Rogers, Arkansas, and Julie Gibbs and her husband, Johnny of Malvern; by three grandchildren, Jack and Caroline Whatley, and Jayci Gibbs; by two sisters, Joan Schattel of Longview, Texas, and Jan Runyan and her husband, Travis of Hot Springs; by a special sister-in-law, Peggy Parker; and by an innumerable host of friends.

His funeral will be on Friday afternoon, August 17, 2012 at two o’clock in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church with Reverend LaVon Post officiating and Mr. John Shannon and Judge Chris Williams as eulogists.  Interment will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery.

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

Pallbearers will be: Dennis Sharp, Jim Trudell, Dennis Prince, Steve Efird, Joe Fox, Bob Summerville, Randy Gill, and Jesse Rucker.Honorary pallbearers will be: District 5 Forestry Commission, Genesis Cancer Center and Staff, Dr. Timothy Webb, Dr. Shawn Purifoy and staff, Ed Schales, and Denny Teeter.

Memorials may take the form of donations to Our Promise Cancer Resources, 133 Harmony Park Circle, Hot Springs, AR 71913, or to First United Methodist Church, Malvern.

Jupe left instructions to express, in this manner, his gratitude and appreciation to all his many friends for their love and devotion to him and Jan throughout the years.

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Blanche Tullos

 

Blanche Tullos, age 79 of Malvern, died Sunday evening, August 12, 2007 in Hot Springs. She was born in Malvern on August 4, 1928 to the late Denson and Tabitha Swayze. Reared and educated in Malvern, she attended the Church of Christ. She was the widow of the late Wilson Tullos, to whom she was married on August 22, 1946 in Mississippi. He preceded her in death in 1999. Mrs. Tullos was a homemaker, but had worked for Featherlite Manufacturing Company for ten years.

She is survived by a daughter, Faye and her husband Ray Shields of Malvern; by two brothers, Max Swayze of Gifford and Sonny Swayze of Benton; by three sisters, Lennie Buie of Gifford, Janet Covington of Tennessee, and Jean Pilcher of Malvern; by two grandchildren, Jr. Wesolowski and Tony Tiernan; and by eight great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Tullos was also preceded in death by her daughter, Pat Wesolowski, and by seven brothers and sisters. Her funeral will be held at the graveside in Leau Fraiz Cemetery on Wednesday afternoon, August 15, 2007 at three o’clock with Brother Fred Etheridge officiating.

Honorary pallbearers will Tony Tiernan, Jr. Wesolowski, James Wesolowski, and Ray Shields.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to Odyssey Hospice, 3634 Central Avenue, Hot Springs, Arkansas 71913.

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Cleo F. Turner

 

Cleo Franklin Turner, age 76, of Malvern, died Tuesday, May 27, 2008 at St. Joseph’s Mercy Health Center in Hot Springs.  He was born in Butterfield, Arkansas on January 10, 1932 to the late Harry and Maude Parsons Turner.  Mr. Turner was a United States Army veteran and served his country during the Korean War.  He retired from CF & I Steel Company in Pueblo, Colorado, after which he made his home in Malvern. 

 

His survivors include his wife, Jeanine Fuson Turner of Malvern; three sons, Frank and Jim Turner of Pueblo, Colorado, and Richard Turner of Asotin, Washington; two daughters, Nancy Mares and Lisa Snyder of Lewiston, Idaho; a step-son, James Samuel Fuson of Malvern; a step-daughter, Leah Fuson Campbal of Cabot, Arkansas; three sisters, Edna Hughes of Malvern,  Leona Hockett of Salina, Kansas, and Betty Jo Rooker of Wichita, Kansas; 14 grandchildren, five step-grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and three step-great-grandchildren. 

 

The funeral will be at ten o’clock Friday morning, May 30, 2008 in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home.  

 

Interment will follow in Shadowlawn Cemetery.

 

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

 

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Jeanine Fuson Turner

 

Jeanine Fuson Turner, age 73 of Malvern, died Friday, December 23, 2011 in St. Joseph Mercy Health Center in Hot Springs .  She was born in Malvern on February 4, 1938 to the late Woodro Orvil Burns and Leah Rogers Burns.  Reared and educated in Malvern, she was a retired manager for Phoenix Fashions in Irving , Texas .  Jeanine was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church .  She was also preceded in death by two husbands, Sammy G. Fuson and Cleo Franklin Turner.

Her survivors include: a son, James S. Fuson of Malvern; a daughter, Leah Joslin Campbell of Cabot; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Her funeral will be Wednesday morning, December 28, 2011 at ten o’clock in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with the Reverends Dooley Fowler and James Batts officiating.  

Interment will follow in Shadowlawn Cemetery .

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

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Dorothy Fitzhugh Vantrease

 

Dorothy F. Vantrease, age 78 of Malvern, died Tuesday night, December 8, 2009, in the Hot Spring County Medical Center.  She was born in Malvern on January 14, 1931 to the late Walter A. and Linnie Robbins Fitzhugh.  Reared and educated in Malvern, she retired as a contract secretary from International Paper Company after over 30 years of service working in both the Malvern and Sheridan offices.  She was the widow of the late John Vantrease, Sr., to whom she was married on July 10, 1948.  He preceded her in death on February 15, 2004.  Dorothy was a member of First United Methodist Church.  She was an avid gardener and loved to cook for her family.

She is survived by her daughter, Deborah Vantrease, of Malvern; by a sister, Marcille Stiles, also of Malvern; by a granddaughter, Jenny Welch, and a great-granddaughter, Ava Welch, both of Atlanta, Georgia; and by many loving nieces and nephews.

Dorothy was also preceded in death by her son, Johnny Vantrease, Jr., and by two brothers, Lloyd and Chester Fitzhugh. 

Her funeral will be held at ten o’clock Friday morning, December 11, 2009 in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church with Reverend LaVon Post officiating.  Interment will follow in Shadowlawn Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be: Steve Walker, Gary Stiles, Bill Knight, Jim Hinkle, Kevin McConnell, and Herbert Wright.

Honorary pallbearer is Dr. Larry Brashears.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society for Lung Cancer Research. 

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Virginia L. Vantrease


Virginia Lee Vantrease, 85, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend entered into the glory of God on Sunday, May 12, 2013. Virginia treasured her life, friends, church groups, and especially loved spending time with her family. She will be missed greatly by all those fortunate to have known her. Virginia was born in Jeffersonville, IN, on March 20, 1928 to L.S. and Beulah Branum Swisher. Virginia was married to W.H. Vantrease, Jr. on January 2, 1947.  Left behind to eternally treasure her memories are her two daughters, Sharon Bruce of Austin, TX; Sandy Mleko and husband, David, of Edmond, OK; her granddaughter, Christy Petray of Austin, TX; her two sisters, Lena Biser and Linda Kirkpatrick of Dallas, TX; and brother, David Swisher of Jacksonville, FL.

Virginia was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, W.H. Vantrease Jr.; her parents; her brother, Dutch Swisher and her sisters: Betty Robbins, Beulah Burnett, Ruby Jane Starkey, and Mary Ellen Hoff.

A member of First Baptist Church in Malvern since 1947, she gave her time to many organizations in the church, especially the Girls Auxiliary.  She was a member of Eastern Star, and worked with the Rainbow Girls both locally and state wide.  Before her illness, Virginia enjoyed sewing, painting, and the Garden Club.  Virginia and W.H. spent many years traveling in their Airstream across America.  They also traveled to Europe, China, Panama, Alaska and Hawaii. 

The legacy she leaves for all of us to emulate is her love for Jesus, family, and friends. She will forever be remembered for living life to the fullest, having a positive attitude, and being an inspiration. Once when asked by her granddaughter what she enjoyed doing most in her life, Virginia responded, “I loved being a Mom.”  Her spirit will continue to live in all of us. 

Visitation is Friday, May 17th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at JA Funk Funeral Home in Malvern. Funeral Services will take place Saturday, May 18th, 2:00 pm at the JA Funk Funeral Home.  A private family burial will take place at a later time.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Virginia's name to the Alzheimer's Association, Oklahoma & Arkansas Chapter, 2448 E. 81st Street, Suite 3000, Tulsa, OK. 74137-4250; or on line at www.alz.org.  If this is not your preference, please consider visiting an Alzheimer's patient &/or sharing your time with a caregiver of an Alzheimer’s patient.

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Marie Vaughan

Marie Vaughan, age 79 of Malvern, died Wednesday May 1, 2013 at Mercy Hospital in Hot Springs. She was born on May 2, 1933 in Friendship, Arkansas to the late Doyne McDonald and Georgia Marie Berry McDonald. She was reared and educated in the Friendship and Ouachita schools, where she played girls basketball at Ouachita High. Marie was a telephone operator for Southwestern Bell for over 27 years and was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America. She was a Baptist. Marie will be remembered for her sense of humor and her feisty spirit.

She is survived by her son, John A. Vaughan and his wife Gail of Russellville, Arkansas; her daughters, Ginger Vaughan Bear of Malvern, and Sherry Vaughan of Los Angeles, California; her grandchildren, Jan Taylor (Jay) of Bakersfield, California, Amanda Taylor (Brian) of Clarksville, Arkansas, Emily Gossner (Dan) of Ft. Collins, Colorado, and Megan Dolomisiewicz (Anthony) of Southern Pines, North Carolina; three great-grandchildren, Breezie and Nathan Taylor, and Madison Lawrence.

Marie was also preceded in death by a brother, Glen McDonald, and two sisters, Jean Barr and Sue Lee.

A memorial service will be held at two o’clock Sunday afternoon, May 5, 2013 in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Reverend Chuck Shryock officiating.

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Gina Renea Venturella

 

Gina Renea Venturella, age 43, of Highland, Indiana, died January 13, 2010 at her home.  She was born in Gary, Indiana of January 12, 1967 to Joseph and Donna Schultz Venturella.  Reared and educated in Portage, Indiana, she was a legal secretary for a law firm.  Gina was a wonderful cook, an avid rock collector, and loved crafts.

 

She is survived by her parents, Joseph and Donna Venturella of Malvern; by a sister, Toni Jo Venturella of Ypsilanti, Michigan; by two nieces, Laura and Michelle Fronczak; and by three nephews, David Fronczak, and Frankie and Vincent Venturella.

 

A memorial service will be held at two o’clock Wednesday afternoon, February 3, 2010 in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Reverend James Batts officiating. 

 

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers or donations, you just bring your love to the service. 

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Emogene Wiley Voss


Emogene Wiley Voss, age 89 of Malvern, died early Saturday morning, August 16, 2008 in the Hot Spring County Medical Center.  She was born in Husky, Arkansas (Hot Spring County) on March 28, 1919 to the late Dent and Delphia Nichols Wiley.  Reared and educated in Hot Spring County, she was a graduate of Lono High School, where she excelled in playing basketball, earning a spot on the All District Team. During her working life, she was a dental assistant for Dr. James Rushing and Dr. Phillip Nix.  Mrs. Voss was the widow of the late Wallace Voss, to whom she was married in 1939 at Round Hill.  She was a member of the Damascus Missionary Baptist Church.  Mrs. Voss loved to grow flowers and vegetables, and enjoyed sewing, fishing and cooking.   

 

 She is survived by her daughter, Joan Voss; by her son, DeWayne Voss and his wife, Lori, all of Malvern; by a grandson, Jacob Voss; by a great-grandson, Aiden Voss; by two sisters-in-law, Audie Wiley and Mary Jo Voss, and by her cat, Sissy. 

 

In addition to her parents and her husband, Mrs. Voss was preceded in death by five brothers: Homer, Buford, Raymond, Orlen, and Ruben Wiley. 

 

Her funeral will be held at the graveside in Round Hill Cemetery on Monday morning, August 18, 2008 at eleven o’clock. The family will receive friends at J. A. Funk Funeral Home from nine o’clock until ten thirty, when the procession leaves for the cemetery.  Everyone planning to attend is encouraged to dress according to the weather.

 

 Honorary pallbearers are Dr. Ray Bollen, Jimmy Voss, Hot Spring County Med Center staff and Home Health Care Team, including Kevin Dunagan, Michael Johnson, and Nikki Kirkpatrick; Archie Thomas, the ProMed ambulance team, and all those who helped to sustain her throughout her illness. 

 

Memorials may take the form of contributions to the Round Hill Cemetery Association, the Damascus Cemetery Association, or to the Hot Spring County Medical Center Foundation, 1001 Schneider Drive, Malvern. 

 

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Eva Mae Elliot Voss

 

Eva Mae Elliott Voss, of Malvern, died Sunday in the Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. She was born in Rolla, Arkansas to the late Floyd and Ada Sulton Elliott. Reared and receiving her early education in Hot Spring County, she later attended Henderson State University. In her early high school years, she was an All-County basketball player, developing a lifetime love for the game. While serving as the Juvenile Probation Officer of Hot Spring County for 21 years, she graduated in 1979 from the National College of Juvenile Justice at the University of Reno, Nevada. After her retirement, she worked as secretary for Judge William C. Gilliam. Eva Mae was a member of the First Baptist Church of Malvern, and had been an appointee to the Governor’s Board of Probation for the State of Arkansas. She was the widow of the late Earl Voss, to whom she was married on May 5, 1945. He preceded her in death in 1969.

She is survived by one son, Larry Voss of Shreveport, Louisiana; by her daughter, Judy McNamar and her husband Ron, of Malvern; by her two granddaughters, Amber Briner and her husband Dylan; Darcy Parish and her husband Cody, all of Malvern; her precious great-granddaughter, Elizabeth Leigh Briner, on whose second birthday her MeMe died; by her brother and his wife, Don and Lemona Elliott of Malvern; by her sister, Geraldine Stapf of Long Beach, California; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

Eva Mae was also preceded in death by a son, Bobby Voss; three sisters, Florine Overton, Ruby Harkins, and Jewell Gray; and by a niece, Jeannie Carman.

Her funeral will be on Wednesday morning, August 22, 2007, in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church with Dr. Verne Wickliffe officiating. Interment will follow in Round Hill cemetery with Reverend J. Stephen Wingo leading the committal.

Pallbearers will be: Gary Gray, Jimmy Voss, David Alpe, Eric Hart, Claud Davis, and Darryel Massey. Honorary pallbearers will be: Dr. L. B. Brashears, Linda Brashears, and Dr. Brad Baltz and staff.

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

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Iva Voss


Iva Mae Voss, age 82 of Malvern, died Friday in the National Park Medical Center in Hot Springs.  She was born in Donaldson, Arkansas on January 11, 1931 to the late Isaac Ansey McDermott and Mary Melvina Sandage McDermott.  Reared and educated in Donaldson, she worked at the Malvern Daily Record for over 35 years.  While employed there, she had been a typesetter, built ads, was a proofreader and department manager.  Iva was a member of Second Baptist Church.  She loved to read, to crochet, and was a wonderful cook.  Iva was the widow of the late Willard Voss, to whom she was married on October 3, 1952 in Donaldson.  He preceded her in death on December 24, 2012.

She is survived by her son Chris Voss and his wife Laura of El Dorado, Arkansas; by her daughter Phyllis Voss Dial of Malvern; by four grandchildren, Heather, Ben, Beth, and Rebecca; by three great-grandchildren, Hallie, Sarah, and Annemarie; by four brothers, Lyle McDermott of Harp, Hollis McDermott (Patsy) of Brown Springs, Carlon McDermott (Patsy) of Magnet Cove, and Ben McDermott (Linda) of Fairplay; and a sister-in-law, Irma Voss Warner of Magnet Cove.

Iva was also preceded in death by a son-in-law Rick Dial, and by two brothers, Kenneth and Gene McDermott.

Her funeral will be at two o’clock Wednesday afternoon, October 16, 2013 in the sanctuary of Second Baptist Church with Brothers Joey McDermott and John Chandler officiating.  Interment will be in Ouachita Cemetery.

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

Memorials may be made to Second Baptist Church.

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Marguerite H. Walker

 

Marguerite H. Walker, age 87 of Malvern, died Saturday, September 22, 2012, in the Hot Spring County Medical Center. She was born in Ferriday, Louisiana on September 10, 1925 to the late Sam Hacker and Laura Frazier Hacker. Reared and receiving her early education in Gurdon, she completed her Bachelor of Science in Education degree at Henderson State Teachers College (now Henderson State University), and her M.S.E. degree at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. She taught English at Lakeside in Hot Springs, at Altheimer, and in the Tuckerman School District. She and her husband, who was a school administrator, retired to Malvern in 1987. Mrs. Walker was a member of Kappa Delta Gamma Sorority, the Arkansas Education Association, and the National Education Association. She was a member of P. E. O. Chapter BC. Mrs. Walker was a member of First United Methodist Church and attended its Friendship Sunday School Class. She was the widow of the late James B. Walker, Sr. to whom she was married on May 23, 1947 in Hope, Arkansas. He preceded her in death on May 15, 2006.

She is survived by her granddaughter, Lindsey Walker of Searcy, Arkansas; two nephews, Col. Jimmy Walker and his wife, Sue, of Alexandria, Virginia, and John Walker of Coco Beach, Florida; by a niece, Anne Blakely and her husband Gary of Ft. worth, Texas; and by numerous great-nieces and nephews.

 

Mrs. Walker was also preceded in death by a son, James B. Walker, Jr. and a brother.

 

Her funeral will be at eleven o’clock Wednesday morning, September 26, 2012 in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Reverend LaVon Post officiating.

 

Interment will follow in Shadowlawn Cemetery.

 

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

 

Memorials may take the form of contributions to First United Methodist Church, Malvern, Arkansas.

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

 

 

 
 

 


Marie O’Neal Wallis

 

Marie O’Neal Wallis, age 93, of Malvern, died Wednesday morning, October 17, 2007 in the Hot Spring County Medical Center. She was born in Malvern on April 7, 1914, the eldest daughter of nine children, to the late Henry and Effie Eskue O‘Neal. Reared and educated in Malvern, she was the widow of the late Doyle R. Wallis, Sr., to whom she was married on June 16, 1934. He preceded her in death in 2002. Early in her career she was a school teacher at Perla. For most of her working life she was a sales clerk for several local clothiers, including Lindvall‘s Department Store, Samons, and J. C. Penney‘s. She counted among her organizational memberships the Daughters of the American Revolution, the United Daughters of the Confederacy, and the Malvern Garden Club. Marie was a very active volunteer for Libby‘s R.O.S.E., the Hot Spring County Medical Center Auxiliary, and was a poll judge for many years at Perla during election season. While her children were growing up, she served as president of the P. T. A. and was in the Band Boosters. Simply put, Marie was a devoted wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend

She is survived by her son, Doyle R. “Buddy” Wallis, Jr. and his wife Betty, of Magnet Cove; by her daughter, Shari Wallis Williams and her husband Brian, of Malvern; by her sister, Thelma Eason, also of Malvern; by two brothers, J. D. O’Neal of Owasso, Oklahoma, and Bill O’Neal of Prescott, Arizona; by eight grandchildren, Gregg, Aimee, and Reggie Wallis, Angela Rhodes, Rusty and Katy Ray, and Lisa and Ray Sampson; by ten great-grandchildren, Jamie and Jordan Wallis, Fisher and Riley Rhodes, Austin Ray, and Jonathon, Jake, Josh, John, and Helen Marie Sampson; by a host of nieces and nephews, by her sister-in-law, Mary Evelyn O‘Neal Roseberry; and by a special friend, Isabell Gilliam.

She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Ann Wallis Sampson; by four brothers, Jim, Buck, Bobby, and Clarence O’Neal; and one sister, Ellen Kerfoot.

Her funeral will be Saturday morning, October 20, 2007, at ten o’clock, in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Brother Scott Efird officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Gregg, Reggie, and Jordan Wallis, Rusty Ray, Troy Rhodes, Ray and Josh Sampson.

Honorary pallbearers will be Jake and Jonathon Sampson, Dr. L. B. Brashears, and the staff of Malvern Nursing Home.

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

Memorials are requested to Libby’s R.O.S.E. in Malvern.Email condolences may be sent to jafunkfuneralhome.com.

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Maurice Ward

 

 

 

 

Maurice Ward, age 85 of Malvern, died Sunday, July 8, 2012, in Benton .  She was born in Hot Spring County on May 26, 1927 to the late Fred Griggs and Julie Elmore Griggs.  Reared and receiving her early education in Malvern, she later attended Henderson State University and Ouachita Vo-Tech (now COTO).  Maurice had worked as a nurse’s assistant at St. Joseph Hospital , Hot Spring County Memorial Hospital , and for Quality Care Nursing in Hot Springs and Little Rock .  She also was a certified Emergency Medical Technician.  Maurice was a member of Keith Memorial United Methodist Church .  She loved listening to gospel music, attending the Hope Watermelon Festival, and Malvern’s Brickfest.  Maurice was the widow of the late Milburn Ward, to whom she was married on August 17, 1945 in Donaldson , Arkansas .  He preceded her in death on March 1, 2007.

 

She is survived by her son, Randy Ward of Malvern; two daughters, Marilyn Orr (Bill) of Benton; and Judy Lambert (Willard) of Springtown, Texas; four grandchildren, Ken Lambert, Monty Lambert, Michele Briggs, and Sean Orr; and by four great-grandchildren, Noah Orr, Christopher Briggs, and Taylor and Trevor Lambert.

 

Her funeral will be held at two o’clock Wednesday afternoon, July 11, 2012 in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Reverend Dale Diffee officiating.  Interment will follow in Prairie Bayou Cemetery .

 

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

 

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Blanche Watson

 

Blanche Watson, age 85 of Malvern, died Tuesday afternoon, June 16, 2009 in the Hot Spring County Medical Center. She was born in Dallas County, Arkansas on February 29, 1924 to the late Monroe Watson and Nancy Agnes Fite Lemons. Reared and educated in Dallas and Hot Spring Counties, she had been a resident of Malvern since the age of 16. Blanche was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. She was the widow of the late Kenneth Watson, to whom she was married on September 20, 1946. He preceded her in death on August 2, 1963.

At one time or another, everybody in Malvern has met Blanche: she worked as a waitress for over 50 years in local restaurants. Those include the Farmer’s Café, the Taxi Café, the Sands Restaurant, and Clayton House. Those whom she served remember her pleasant and friendly attitude, and her desire for her customers to be completely satisfied, whether by keeping their glasses and cups filled, to suggesting and bringing delicious desserts, or just her warm smile and caring manner. She was truly an example of someone who fulfilled her life by serving and helping others. Away from work, she loved to cook for her family and friends, and doted on her grandchildren.

She is survived by two daughters, Shirley Watson Homan and Betty Watson Pope, both of Malvern; by a step-son, Charlie Watson of Tupelo, Mississippi; a sister, Mary Gray and her husband, Squeaky, of Malvern; by four grandchildren, Jim Homan, Amanda Homan, Shane Tiernan, and Adam Tiernan; six great-grandchildren, Dalton, Connor, and Brooks Homan, Hayden and Haylee Tiernan, and Sarah Kirby.

Blanche was also preceded in death by brothers and sisters, Cecil Lemons, Clifford Lemons, Eugene Lemons, Roxie Key, and Dorothy Weatherford.

Her funeral will be held at two o’clock Thursday afternoon, June 18, 2009 in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Brothers Paul Grigsby and Scott Efird officiating. Interment will follow in Round Hill Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be: Jim Homan, Shane,  Adam and Tony Tiernan, Mike Funk, Jimmy Voss, and John Tanner.

Honorary pallbearers will be: Judge Bill Schrimshire and Dr. Larry Brashears.

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

The family will be headquartered at the Bramwell residence, 1719 Regency Drive, Malvern.

Memorials are requested to the Alzheimers Association.

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Phillip Watts

 

 

Phillip Randall (Phil) Watts, age 60 of Malvern, died Tuesday, September 16, 2008, in the Hot Spring County Medical Center following a lengthy illness.  He was born on July 14, 1948 in Hot Springs, Arkansas to Martha Belle McHenry Watts and the late Frank Watts.  An “Army Brat”, Phil was reared and educated in Japan, Germany, Las Vegas, Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, and Hot Springs.  He liked to say that he was internationally educated.  A veteran of both the United States Army and the Air Force, Phil became a law enforcement officer and was dedicated to his occupation for over 20 years.  He worked for the Malvern Police Department, the Pine Bluff Police Department, the Baton Rouge, Louisiana Police Department, and for the Rock Springs, Wyoming Police Department.  Phil was a talented drummer and music was one of his greatest passions.  He enjoyed drawing and was a creative writer. Phil held an active interest in sports throughout his life, particularly Arkansas football.  Years ago, he coached football at the Malvern Boys Club.  Phil was a Baptist. 

 

He is survived by his mother Martha Belle McHenry Watts of Malvern; by a son, Phillip Watts, Jr. of Hot Springs; by a brother and sister-in-law Dan and Brenda Watts of Superior Wyoming; a sister, Mary Jane Richards of New Smyrna Beach, Florida; a sister and brother-in-law Susie and Ted Cook of Green River, Wyoming; a nephew Joseph Davidson and numerous other nieces and nephews.

 

 He was also preceded in death by his brother, Mike Watts.

 

 Graveside services will be held in Oak Ridge Cemetery on Monday afternoon, September 22, 2008 at two o’clock with Dr. Verne Wickliffe officiating, and under the direction of J. A. Funk Funeral Home. 

 

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Hannah Sue Duffie Weaver

 

Hannah Sue Duffie Weaver, 87, died August 14, 2011.   The daughter of the late Chancery Judge William Reuben Duffie and Nellie Birch Duffie, Hannah was a former Hot Spring County treasurer.  She was married for 55 years to her beloved husband, George D. Weaver, who died in 2003. 

Hannah was a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church in Malvern, where she was active in all aspects of the church community.  She served as president of the WMU, Sunday School teacher, on various capital campaigns and was on the Family Life Center steering committee. 

She retired in 2006 at the age of 82 from her volunteer job as church teller, which meant that on every Monday morning for more than a decade, she counted and recorded the previous Sunday’s donations.   

In 1978, Hannah wrote They That Wait Upon the Lord, a 150-year history of her  church.  This book was the culmination of several years of research and a careful compilation of many photographs and other related documents.

As a result of this research, Hannah became committed to securing a photograph of every minister who had served the church.  Her project resulted in the church’s 1995 unveiling and dedication of a Pastors’ Wall.  Hannah extended this work in 2008 to create a church history and archival room.

She served as Hot Spring County treasurer for eight years.  Previously, she had worked for more than 30 years as a freelance bookkeeper for several Malvern area businesses.

In addition to her church activities, Hannah was a dedicated volunteer and fundraiser for the Hot Spring County Library and an active member of the PEO and the Arkansas County Treasurers’ Association.  In 2007, Baptist Health presented her with its statewide Amazing Spirit Award.

She and her husband, George, both graduates of Malvern High School , founded and managed two college scholarship funds for Malvern seniors.  Hannah attended Hendrix College .

In addition to her husband and parents, she is predeceased by her sister, Elizabeth Massey, and brothers-in-law Ronald Massey, William Weaver and Robert Weaver, M.D., and sister-in-law, Virginia Weaver.  She is survived by a son, George Fisher Weaver, of Arkadelphia, and by a daughter and son-in-law, Nell Weaver Lyford and Robert M. Lyford, of Little Rock .  She also is survived by her grandchildren, Charles Weaver Lyford and Kate Georgina Lyford, both of Little Rock .

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, August 17  at 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Malvern, following a private burial.  Arrangements are by J.A.Funk Funeral Home.          

Memorials may be made to the George D. and Hannah Sue Weaver Endowment Fund, Arkansas Baptist Foundation, 10117 Kanis Road , Little Rock , AR 72205 .

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Virginia Pratt Weaver

 

Virginia Pratt Weaver, age 83, of Malvern, died Thursday, September 16, 2010 in St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center in Little Rock. She was born in Strong, Arkansas on May 18, 1927 to the late Schuyler T. and Eva Dean McMath Pratt. Reared and receiving her early education in Strong, she graduated from Henderson State Teachers College in 1948. A resident of Malvern since 1952, she was the widow of the late William L. Weaver, to whom she was married on February 15, 1950 in the Little Country Church in Hollywood, California. He preceded her in death in 1982. Virginia worked with her husband in their insurance agency for many years. After his death she held a seat on the Board of Directors at Malvern National Bank for over 25 years. She was a member of First United Methodist Church and its Friendship Sunday School Class, and was also active in United Methodist Women. Virginia was a member and past president of Chapter B. C. of the P. E. O. Sisterhood; had served as president of the local PTA; was past president of the Green Thumb Garden Club, having won ribbons of both local and state levels, and was a member of the Hot Spring County Democratic Central Committee.

She is survived by two daughters, Becky and her husband Roger Sanders of Little Rock, and Jo and her husband Marc McCain of Arkadelphia; by two sisters, Ruby Glo Walker of El Dorado and Florice Mouton of San Antonio, Texas; by a brother, Gerald Pratt of Sugarland, Texas; by three sisters-in-law, Hannah Sue Weaver of Malvern, Othel Pratt of San Luis Obispo, California, and Shelby Pratt of Bernice, Louisiana; and by five grandchildren, William Scott Sanders, Paul Benjamin Sanders, Stuart Roger Sanders, Eve Catherine McCain, and Benjamin Joseph McCain.

Virginia was also preceded in death by a brother, Grady Pratt, and a sister, Patricia Jenkins.

Her funeral will be at two o’clock Saturday afternoon, September 18, 2010 in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church with Reverend LaVon Post officiating. Interment will follow in Shadowlawn Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be: Roger Sanders, Scott Sanders, Paul Sanders, Stuart Sanders, Ben McCain, and Marc McCain.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church or the Malvern/Hot Spring County Library.

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Judith May Westcott

 

Judith Mae Westcott, age 62 of Malvern, died Wednesday, April 27, 2011 in the Hot Spring County Medical Center. She was born in Duluth, Minnesota on June 1, 1948 to the late John Webster Norris and Elma Lillian Poysa Norris. Reared and educated in Minnesota, she had been a resident of Malvern since 1985. Judith’s was a familiar and friendly face to many people in our town. She had worked at Malvern Graphics, then was cashier for a number of years at Safeway, Harvest Foods, Brookshire’s, and Family Market. A true friend, Judith lived to help others. She was a faithful member of St. Luke Lutheran Church, serving on the Women’s Missionary League. She loved to cook, especially baking, and would prepare a huge meal every Sunday. Judith was an avid gardener, did beautiful crocheting, and was fond of making crafts, particularly her candy cane reindeer. She was a volunteer at the Hot Spring County Medical Center, a member of the DAV, and the American Legion Auxiliary. She was the widow of the late Lloyd Westcott, to whom she was married on May 1, 1975 in San Francisco, California. He preceded her in death on January 6, 2007.

She is survived by a son, John Westcott of Malvern; by a daughter, Shelly Struck of Wisconsin; by a daughter-in-law, Samantha Westcott of Benton; two sisters, Phyllis and Pamela Norris of Waukesha, Wisconsin; a brother, Dennis Norris of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin; and a granddaughter, Kara Hunker.

Judith was also preceded in death by a son, Jeff Westcott in 2008.

Her funeral will be at eleven o’clock Monday morning, May 2, 2011 in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Pastor Henry Thompson officiating. Interment will follow in Gilchrist Cemetery at Friendship.

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

Memorials are requested to the American Cancer Society.

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Billy Ray Westerman

 

Billy Ray Westerman, age 71, of Malvern, died unexpectedly Friday afternoon, January 14, 2011. He was born in Malvern on July 15, 1939 to the late E. Sims and Florita “Pete” House Westerman. Reared and receiving his early education in Malvern, he graduated from Malvern High School with the class of 1957. He furthered his studies by attending Arkansas Tech in Russellville. Bill worked for Vulcan/Wabash Materials in Haskell, Arkansas for 28 years. He was a member of the North Malvern Assembly of God Church. A NASCAR enthusiast, Bill was a member of the PT Cruiser Club, enjoyed going to car shows, and loved watching his grandson play football.

He is survived by his wife, Shari Currington Westerman, to whom he was married on June 22, 2002; by three daughters, Lynnae Wilson of Malvern, Reba Westerman of Little Rock, and Charlotte Purifoy (Doug) of Sherwood; by two sisters, Sheila Rose Robinson and her husband Milton (Bill), and Cindy Lou Beason, all of Malvern; by two grandchildren, Kelly Efurd and her husband Stephan, and Kevin Wilson; and by one great-grandson, Michael Efurd.

Bill was also preceded in death by two brothers, Jerry Westerman and Paul Westerman.

His funeral will be ten o’clock on Monday morning, January 17, 2011 at the North Malvern Assembly of God Church with Brothers Paul Grigsby, Roger Wall, LaVon Post, and Doug Purifoy officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Richard Carpenter, Tom Herron, Milton Robinson, Delmus Wright, Carroll Wetherington, and Stephan Efurd.

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

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Paul Douglas Westerman

 

Paul Douglas Westerman, age 59, of Malvern, died Monday, October 20, 2008.  He was born in Malvern on December 14, 1948 to the late Sims and Florita “Pete” House Westerman.  Reared and educated in Malvern, he was a 1966 graduate of Malvern High School.  Paul was a Navy veteran of the Viet Nam War, having served aboard the USS Hancock.  He attended auto body repair school in Nashville for a time, but found his “calling” as a diesel mechanic after completing the required training.  He retired in 2006 from Ryder Transportation Services, Inc. with 32 years of service to the company.  Paul was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church.  He was a loving husband and father, and doted on his grandchildren. 

 

He leaves behind his wife, Debbie Patterson Westerman, to whom he was married on June 26, 1971 in West Memphis; his son, Christopher Paul Westerman and his wife, Ellen of Conway; his daughter, Amber Lyn Jines and her husband, Wendall of Cherokee Village; his brother, Billy Ray Westerman and his wife, Shari; his two sisters, Sheila Rose Robinson and her husband William, and Cindy Lou Beason and her husband Richard, all of Malvern; by six grandchildren, Lexie Bengtson, Emily Jines, Macy Jines, Marly Jines, Weston Jines, and Nate Westerman. 

 

Paul was also preceded in death by an infant brother, Jerry Max Westerman. 

 

His funeral will be eleven o’clock Thursday morning, October 23, 2008 in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Brother Todd Bray officiating.  Interment will follow in Fairplay Cemetery. 

 

Pallbearers will be Richard Carpenter, Jim Gordon, Jesse Rucker, Brian Bailey, Johnny Corley, and Jimmy Corley.

 

Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. P. K. Reddy, Dr. Rimantas Kazakevicius, and the staff of St. Joseph’s Cancer Clinic.

 

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

 

Memorials are requested to Emmanuel Baptist Church, Malvern. 

 

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Shari A. Westerman

 

Shari A. Westerman, age 70 of Malvern, died May 30, 2011 at Baptist Hospital in  Little Rock. She was born in  Malvern, Arkansason May 2, 1941 to C.P and Willa Currington. Shari was raised in Malvern and was employed as a cook for the local schools. Shari  was a a loving  wife, mother, grandmother, greatgrand mother, and friend.

She is survived by Daughter Charlotte Purifoy and husband Doug of Sherwood, Step daughters; Reba Westerman of Sherwood and Lynnae Wilson of Malvern ; Sister, Elaine Grigsby and husband Paul and brothers Charles Currington and his wife Debra of Dequeen, and Donny Currington of  Magnet Cove. Grandchildren; Kelly and Stepha n Efurd, Kevin Wilson and Great Grandson Michael Efurd, plus many  nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by  her husband Billy Ray Westerman and her parents.

Visitation at J. A. Funk Funeral Home will be  on Wednesday evening June 1from four until six o’clock.

Her funeral will be Thursday, June2 , 2011, at 10 o’clock, at  North Malvern Assembly  of God Church ,    with Brother Paul Grigsby, Brother Roger Wall, Doug Purifoy and Rob Blakney officiating.   Interment will follow in the  Oak Ridge Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be: Kevin Wilson, Shane McCloud, Charles Amerson,  Tom Herron, Stephan Efurd and Carroll Wetherton.

Honorary pallbearers will be the Adult Sunday School Class.

The family will be at 419 McHenry Street, Malvern.

Memorials are requested to  North Malvern Assembly  of God Church .

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Dr. Robert H. White

 

Dr. Robert H. White, age 78, of Malvern, died Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at his home.  He was born in Cleveland, Oklahoma on October 9, 1935 to the late Hubart L. White and Robbie Horner White.  Reared and receiving his early education in Oklahoma, Arkansas, and California, he graduated high school in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, attended Brown Military Academy in California and John Brown University.  He was a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, and attended medical school in Little Rock.  He retired from the Army National Guard in 1997 after 36 years in the military.  While in the service, he was a flight surgeon.  He set up his medical practice in Malvern in 1961, and became very active in the community.  He was past president of Smith Elementary School PTA, past president of Malvern Chamber of Commerce, past member of the Malvern Airport Commission, had served as Hot Spring County Coroner, and was an active member of First United Methodist Church. He was a member of the American Medical Association, the Hot Spring County Medical Society, and a charter member of the Academy of Family Practice.  Dr. White was a private pilot, a scuba diver, loved to go sail boating, and enjoyed woodworking.  He was a trumpet player, and while in medical school, he performed with the Arkansas Symphony. 

He is survived by his wife, Dean Barnes White, to whom he was married on November 1, 1958; by four children, Steve White (Julie) of Malvern, Mike White (Julie) of Ozark, Missouri, Scott White (Adriana) of Ft. Myers, Florida, and Dawn Loomis (Doug) of Springdale, Arkansas; two sisters, LaFama McBride of Joplin, Missouri and Robin Selman of Springdale, Arkansas; 13 grandchildren, Amy Mercer, Mathew White, Chris White, Josh White, Jack White, Kevin White, Jeff White, Leila White, Jonathan White, Ellie White, McKenna White, Sara Loomis, and Rob Loomis; and two great-grandchildren, Ethan and Austin Mercer.

The funeral will be at ten o’clock Saturday morning, September 13, 2014 in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church with Reverend LaVon Post officiating.  Burial with full military honors will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church or the American Cancer Society.

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Gregory W. Whitlock

 

Gregory W. Whitlock, age 59, of Malvern, was reborn Saturday, May14 at the Baptist Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was heaven sent in Harlowton Montana on August 14, 1951 to the family of  Clorvil and Noreen Whitlock.  Gregory grew up in Wewoka Oklahoma.  He was a trained air conditioning and refrigeration technician. He was employed at Phelps Fan as a Production Manager.

He is survived by his wife, Penny Wilson Whitlock. Gregory also leaves behind two daughters and a son, Julie Neal of  Riverton, Wyoming , Michelle Hylton of Malvern, Kevin Whitlock of Malvern and one step daughter Miranda Harper of Malvern. His grandchildren ; Chad May, Travis May, Sean Neal, Jordan Whitlock, Casey Neal, Skylar Neal, Gary Ray III, Stephen Ray, Jason Ray, Kyle Amos, Morgan Neal, Michaela Wilson, Jada Wilson, Haley Neal, Peyton Neal, Keisha Ausley, Courtney Spear and great grandchildren; Jaden Alexander, Maggy May, Michelle May, Addison May, Emily Crabtree and Landon Smith.

He was also preceded in death by his Mother and Father, three brothers, Jimmie Whitlock, Dean Whitlock and Michael Whitlock and one nephew Charles Michael Whitlock and niece Sarah Jane Whitlock.

His funeral will be Tuesday, May 17, 2011, at four o’clock at the Gifford Assembly of God, with Brother Noel Moorehead officiating.

The visitation will be on Tuesday at 3 o’clock at the Church.

Pallbearers will be: Chad May, Travis May, Stanley Whitlock, Dennis Whitlock, Danny Whitlock and Jimmy Whitlock.

Honorary pallbearers will be Michael Whitlock, Shane Whitlock, Greg Whitlock, Jared Whitlock, Tyler Whitlock, Cory Whitlock, Dewey Tucker and Frankie Tucker.

Memorials are requested to Exodus 2.

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Bonnie Jean Williams


Bonnie Jean Williams, age 76 of Malvern, died Thursday, July 18, 2013 at her home.  She was born in Malvern on December 13, 1936 to the late William Cummings and Agee Cheatham Cummings.  Reared and educated in Malvern, she attended First Baptist Church.  She was the widow of the late Ted Williams, to whom she was married on June 1, 1981 in West Memphis. They lived in West Memphis for over 20 years, where they owned Ted Williams Body Shop.  Moving back to Malvern in 1991, they enjoyed traveling together.  He preceded her in death on October 1, 2006. She was an avid photographer, and loved to go motorcycle riding.

She is survived by three sons, Glen Briner (Diane) of West Memphis, Arkansas, Jimmy Briner of Malvern, and Kenneth Nutt (Liz) of Magnet Cove; by a daughter, Teresa Lederer (Roger) of Malvern; a brother, James Gilbert Cummings of Glen Rose, a sister June Morgan of Dallas, Texas; by eleven grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Ann David and Sue Harper.

Her funeral will be at two o’clock Sunday afternoon, July 21, 2013 in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Brother Glenn McClung officiating.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday evening, July 20, 2013, from five until seven o’clock.

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Charlene Denise Dodd Williams

 

 

Charlene Denise Dodd Williams, age 54 of Malvern, died Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at her residence. She was born in Malvern on August 28, 1958 to Mary Clements Dodd and the late Charles W. Dodd. Reared and educated in Malvern, she was a member of Reyburn Creek Missionary Baptist Church. For most of her working life, Charlene was a laborer. She had been a forklift operator as well as a bus driver. She loved going to flea markets and hunting for antiques.

She is survived by her mother and step-father, Mary C. and Alvin Nichols of Traskwood; by three children, Megan Bennett, Melissa Manning (Adam), and Matthew Williams, all of Malvern; two brothers, Ronnie Vann and David Vann; one sister, Cindy Byrd, all of Malvern; and seven grandchildren, Maggie Manning, Alex Bennett, Grace Bennett, Dewey Williams, Hannah Manning, Faith Bennett, and Levi Williams.

Charlene was also preceded in death by the father of her children, Dewey Williams.

Memorial services will be held on Thursday afternoon, November 8, 2012, at five o’clock, in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Brother Todd Bray officiating. The eulogy will be delivered by Jim Clements. Charlene chose cremation as her final disposition.

The family will be headquartered at 5505 Hwy 229 in Traskwood, Arkansas.

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Wendell Williams

 

Wendell T. Williams, age 55, of Springdale, died Saturday afternoon, September 15, 2007 in Springdale after an 18 month battle with cancer. He was born in Malvern on May 20, 1952 to Bill and Elsie Cunningham Williams. Reared and receiving his early education in Malvern, he graduated from Malvern High School in 1970. He later received an associate degree in electronics from Arkansas School of Technology. Wendell had a varied working life. He had been associated with Baldwin Piano, but mostly his interests were in the electronics field. He was a purchasing agent for 25 years at various electronics firms including Blount and George, Artran, TMC, and La Barge Electronics in Huntsville, which made parts for the space shuttle. He claimed that his favorite job was as gym janitor at Farmington High School. Wendell had been a resident of Springdale for 24 years, where he and his wife reared their children. He was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Fayetteville.

He is survived by his wife, Brenda Davis Williams of Springdale, to whom he was married on August 18, 1972 in the Damascus Missionary Baptist Church near Malvern; by his son and daughter-in-law, Erik and Teneka Williams of Springdale; by his daughter, Amber Jade Williams, also of Springdale; by his sister and brother-in-law, Bonnie and Fred Attwood of Mountain Home, Arkansas; by his parents, Bill and Elsie Williams of Malvern; numerous cousins, aunts and uncles; and a special aunt, Marcelle Heinley.

Graveside services will be held at the Lono Cemetery on Wednesday morning, September 19, 2007, at eleven o’clock with Brother Gene Fulcher officiating.

Pallbearers are: Fred, Tony, Chase, and Kerri Attwood, Lance Gross, Herbert and Roy Davis, Steve Kratz, and Bernie and Bob Wenger.

Honorary pallbearers are: Phillip Williams, Carl Weber, Charles and Walter Davis, Ken Rickard, Brad Blew, Ronnie Davis, Steve Morgan, Randy Osnes, Brian Law, Ron Wright, and Reggie Higgs.

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

A memorial service is scheduled for one o’clock Friday afternoon, September 21, in the Calvary Baptist Church in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Memorials are requested to the Circle of Life Hospice, 901 Jones Road, Springdale, Arkansas 72762.

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Lorene Wilson

 

Lorene (Loraine) Wilson, age 68 of Bismarck, died Monday, April 13, 2009 in Arkadelphia. She was born on November 23, 1940 in El Dorado, Arkansas to the late Frank and Emma Dean Finley House. Reared and educated in El Dorado and Old Union, she was the wife of Buddy Wilson, to whom she was married on November 16, 1958 at the Immanuel Baptist Church in El Dorado. Mrs. Wilson was a loving wife, doting mother, homemaker, sports mom, animal and flower lover, was a talented seamstress, and had managed a Boutique. She was also a passionate collector of owls, glass chickens, and teddy bears. When the time rolled around, you could find her canning and making delicious preserves.

She is survived by her husband, Buddy of the home; by three children, Melissa Keesee and her husband David of Malvern; Lavelle Wilson and his wife Melinda of Hensley; and Pamela Wilson of Caddo Valley; one sister, Barbara Smith of Houston, Texas; six grandchildren, Mendi Palmer, Shanna Springer, Amanda Besancon, Kendall Thornton, Jared Keesee, and Zach Wilson; five great-grandchildren, Haylee Springer, Landon Springer, Carson Palmer, Hudson Palmer, and Alessia Besancon.

Mrs. Wilson was also preceded by twin brothers who died at birth.

Her funeral will be Thursday morning, April 16, 2009, at eleven o’clock in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Dr. Verne Wickliffe officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Bower Cemetery in Bismarck.
Pallbearers will be: Zachary Wilson, Jared Keesee, Buddy Beck, Randy, Tommy Joe, and Kenny Pugh.

Honorary pallbearers will be: Loren Walker, Mark, David, and Tom Wilson, Scotty and Steven Tucker, Gary, Jimmy, and Glen Ray Wilson, and Lauren Smith.

The family will receive friends at the mortuary on Wednesday from five until seven o’clock. They will be headquartered at 543 Lambert Road in Bismarck.

Memorials may take the form of donations to the Oak Bower Cemetery Association.

Online condolences may be sent via www.jafunkfuneralhome.com.

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Polly Wilson

 

Evelyn Pauline (Polly) Wilson, age 58, of Prattsville, died Thursday night in the Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. She was born on August 30, 1951 in Hot Springs to the late Raymond and Mamie Garner Tubberville. Reared and educated in Hot Springs, Polly worked in the school cafeteria at Prattsville for over ten years, and, upon the school’s closing, became a rural mail carrier. She was a Pentecostal, loved to raise vegetables and flowers, and collected cookbooks. Polly was the loving wife of George Wilson, to whom she was married on January 22, 1966 in Prattsville.

Survivors include her husband, George, of Prattsville; two daughters, Angela and her husband Robert Daniels of Sheridan, and Pamela Hyatt of Prattsville; one son, Raymond Wilson and his wife Annette, also of Prattsville; six brothers, Horace Tubberville and his wife, Ursula of Germany, James Tubberville of Prattsville, Darrell Tubberville, Steve Freeman, Michael Freeman and his wife Carolyn, and Bruce Freeman, all of Malvern; a sister, Norma and her husband Tim Anderson of Hot Springs; seven grandchildren, Steven Anderson, Shelby Harrington, Wyatt Wilson, David Wilson, Maggie Wilson, Courtney Camp, and Anthony Camp; and a great-grandson, William Anderson.

Polly was also preceded in death by a sister, Wanda Tubberville, and two brothers, Wayne Tubberville and Mitchell Freeman. 

Her funeral will be held at two o’clock Tuesday afternoon, August 17, 2010 in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Brothers Don Goodman, Al Michaels, and Billy Thompson officiating.

Memorials are requested to the Oak Bower Cemetery Fund, c/o Marlene Hodges, 3368 Hwy 7, Bismarck, Arkansas 71929. 

Online condolences may be made via jafunkfuneralhome.com.

 

 

 

 

 
 

 


Freddie Crownover Worrell

 

Freddie Crownover Worrell  passed away September 2, 2013 at her home in Hot Springs.

She was born February 6, 1931 to John William Jackson and Hettie Almeda Kitchell Jackson in Ingalls, Arkansas (Bradley County).  She grew up on a farm in southern Arkansas and played basketball at Vick High School. She had a zest for life, loved to cook, shop, fish, hunt and travel. She loved her family dearly. She was a member of Ouachita Missionary Baptist Church in Donaldson.

She was preceded in death by two husbands, C.B. Crownover and Clyde Randle Hinson, and a sister Erma Dean Corker.

She is survived by her husband Gifford Worrell; her son Jim Crownover and wife Marsha of Chesterfield, VA; a brother, Willie Truman Jackson and wife Hettie of White Hall, AR; two sisters Myrline Harrod of Fontana, CA and Patsy Zimmerman of Brighton, IL; one uncle Jack Claude Kitchel of San Leandro, CA; one brother-in-law, Gerald Crownover and wife Gail of Caldwell, ID, one sister-in-law, Judy Walker and husband Mike of Malvern, AR; her nephews, Lynual Harrod and wife Shirley, Gaylon Harrod, and Dwayne Harrod and wife Lori, all of Fontana, CA; Lloyd Corker and wife Joann, and Johnny Corker of Warren, AR;  Greg Zimmerman and wife Jonie of Jerseyville, IL;  Sean Zimmerman and wife Jennifer of Carrollton, TX; her nieces- Shelia Mead and husband Larry of Jerseyville, IL; Brenda Dix and husband Von Phoenix, AZ;  Erma Owen of Fontana, CA; Vickie Huston and husband Ross of Peel, AR;  one step-son Tony Worrell and wife Pam of Hot Springs; four step daughters, Donna Worrell of Arkadelphia, AR. and Sherry Worrell of Colorado, Loveda Duvall of Benton, AR and Mary Donham of Abilene, TX; special friends Patty Prator, Fay Holmes, and Janis Thornton all of Malvern ; and very special friends and caregivers, Linda States of Hot Springs, Mary Sampson, Janice Cannon and of course, her church family.

Visitation will be held at J.A. Funk Funeral Home in Malvern on Friday evening, September 6th, from six to eight o’ clock. The funeral services will be Saturday morning at eleven o’ clock in the chapel of J.A. Funk Funeral Home with Brother Ricky Miller officiating. Burial will follow at Ouachita Cemetery, Donaldson, Arkansas.

Pallbearers are Bobby Banks, Kinney Black, Marvin McDaniel, Sam Richardson, Jack Rynders and Mike Walker.

The family will be at 801 Bryant Drive, Donaldson, Arkansas.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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Bill Wright

 

William H. “Bill” Wright, age 78 of Malvern, died Wednesday night in the Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. He was born on March 23, 1930 in Malvern to the late Henry and Bernice Mason Wright. Reared and educated in Malvern, he was a graduate of Malvern High School. Bill served in the United States Army during the Korean War, stationed in Germany. He was a member of the Rockport Lodge #58, F & AM, and was a Royal Arch Mason. Bill retired after 39 ½ years with Reynolds Metals Company as an electrician in the pot room. He was a faithful member of First United Methodist Church, where he attended the Men’s Century Bible Class; hunted with the HP Hunting Club, and coached Little League Baseball when his boys were young.

Bill is survived by his wife, Bobbie Paul Wright, to whom he was married on May 29, 1954 at her home; by his sons, Paul Henry “Hank” Wright and his wife, Tracie; and John David Wright and his wife, Lynn, all of Malvern; by his grandchildren, Seth, Logan, and Jake Wright, and Jake, Tara, and Natalie White; by his brothers-in-law, Dewey Logan, Dean Paul and his wife Lynn, Roger Paul and his wife Andrea; by his sisters-in-law, Shirley Paul and Jeanne Vaughn and her husband Ki; and by 11 nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by his sister, Dorothy Logan, and his brother-in-law, Lynn Dale Paul.

His funeral will be at ten o’clock Saturday morning, January 10, 2009 in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church with Reverend J. Stephen Wingo and Bill’s nephew Blake Paul officiating. Interment will follow in Shadowlawn Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be: Blake and Chip Paul, Seth Wright, Nate Walsh, Ross Vaughn, Jake White, and Blake Wingo.

Honorary pallbearers are: Dr. Larry Brashears, Dr. David Griffin, Kim Jobe, Brook Paul, Wilburn Cox, Brian and Bruce Wingo, and Jimmy Crain.

Special thanks goes to the CVICU and 9th floor nursing staff at Baptist Health Medical Center.

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

Memorials may take the form of contributions to First United Methodist Church, Malvern.

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Mary Yancey

 

Mary Virginia Yancey, age 83, a lifetime Malvern resident, died Friday morning, February 28, 2014 in Little Rock.  She was born in Malvern, on January 7, 1931 to the late Finner Samuel Jordan and Effie Ward Jordan.  She graduated from the Central School as class valedictorian.  Mary was first and foremost a loving wife and mother, bringing up six children.  She also worked outside the home for the Meteor Journal and Malvern Graphics.  Mary was a member of First Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband, Dorman Yancey, to whom she was married on June 24, 1950 in Malvern; by her children, Jackie and her husband Jamey Smith of Little Rock, Terri Javert of Little Rock, Steven and his wife Shannon Yancey of Malvern, Barry and his wife Delana Yancey of Newport, Abbie and her husband Kelly Hogan of Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Bruce and his wife Gay Yancey of Hot Springs; two sisters, Nancy Coney of Malvern, and Sue Littleton, of Jacksonville; seven grandchildren, a number of great-grandchildren, and her granddogs.

Mary was also preceded in death by two brothers, Charles and Paul Jordan, a sister Bonnie Davis, and a grandson, Jordan Yancey.

The family will receive friends on Sunday afternoon, March 2, 2014 from two until four o’clock at J. A. Funk Funeral Home.

Graveside services will be held on Monday afternoon, March 3, 2014 at two o’clock in Oak Ridge Cemetery with Reverend David B. Wilson officiating.

Mary’s family will be headquartered at the residence of Jackie and Jamey Smith, 2010 Grist Mill Road in Little Rock.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to the Malvern/Hot Spring County Library.

Online condolences may be sent via jafunkfuneralhome.com.

 

 
 

 

Pearlene Stiles Yeager

 

Pearlene Stiles Yeager, age 75 of Malvern, died Saturday, August 2, 2008 in the Hot Spring County Medical Center.  She was born in Tulip, Arkansas on August 23, 1932 to the late Grover and Molly Ross Stiles.  Reared and educated in Holly Springs, Sparkman, and Princeton, she had been a resident of Malvern since 1956. Pearlene was the widow of the late John Edward Yeager, Sr. to whom she was married on February 10, 1950 in Camden, Arkansas.  He died in 1998.  She worked at the Reynolds Cable Plant for 21 years, retiring in 1992 as a department service manager.  Pearlene was a member of the Lono Missionary Baptist Church.  She enjoyed quilting, babysitting, gardening, and canning.

 

 She is survived by a son, John Yeager, Jr. and his wife Anna of Stuart, Florida; by a daughter, Nancy Yeager Richardson of Malvern; by three brothers, Grover Stiles, Jr. of Chidester, Arkansas, Phillip Stiles of Kewaskum, Wisconsin, and Eddie Stiles of Pearcy, Arkansas; by two sisters, Nancy Inez Finney of Malvern, and Opal Faye Harris of Chidester; by five grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren. 

 

Pearlene was also preceded in death by two brothers, Eugene (Punk) Stiles, and Jody Stiles.

 

 Her funeral will be held on Wednesday morning, August 6, 2008, at ten o’clock in the chapel of J. A. Funk Funeral Home with Brother Roger Hall officiating.  Interment will follow in Lono Cemetery. 

 

Pallbearers will be: Joey and Jason Stiles, Mark Ledbetter, Ronald House, Jimmy Glenn Burks, and Danny Draper. 

 

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

 

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Nancy York

 

Yes Mother, this is your obituary! Nancy read the obituaries every morning and joked she wanted to make sure her name was not in the paper that day. Besides that, she found most to be very interesting and she learned something. Nancy was born on January 28, 1928 in Malvern, Arkansas to William Bartholomew and Alma Wilson Manning, who predeceased her. She lived most of her life in Malvern after graduating two years early in 1944 at the young age of 16 and headed off to the University of Arkansas where she was in the Tri Delta Sorority. She and her husband, Roy had a short stint in Kentucky where they owned a bauxite mining company, but lived the past 13 years in Dallas, Texas with her daughter, son-in-law and two grandsons. Nancy was a lifelong member of The First United Methodist Church and the Friendship Sunday School Class in Malvern, AR.

Nancy started her working career at the Joy Movie Theatre as a young teenager. Many wonderful stories have been told about the owners and "kids" in the 1940's from the theatre. She began her adult working life at Magcabar. For several years she worked at Malvern High School in Principal Travis Fincher's office. There were many fish tales told between those two. She still kept up with her kids from the 1960's. In 1970 she began working at Southern Credit Corporation where she was a Vice President and Board Member until her retirement on December 31, 1994 and also during that time sold real estate for McClure Real Estate. After retirement she moved to Little Rock to become a full time grandmother to Hunter and Dylan.

Mother is at peace now and has been reunited with her soul-mate and love of her life, whom she married on March 5, 1951, her late husband, Roy James York Jr., who predeceased her on October 31, 1972. We can only be sad selfishly for ourselves as we know she and Daddy are dancing in Heaven and together again. She is also probably singing with a Jazz Quartet in Heaven which she did in the 40's and 50's. Nancy had a beautiful voice and loved to sing. Besides her parents and husband she was also predeceased by a brother, William Bartholomew Manning Jr. She is survived by her daughter Charla Birch and son-in-law Jim Hunter Birch of Dallas, Texas, grandsons Hunter Bartholomew Birch of Dallas and Dylan Shea Birch of West Point, New York and his girlfriend Lisa Roop of Fayetteville, AR who had become the granddaughter she never had, and her adopted daughter Denise Pereira Costa and her husband Gianfranco Contoli of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Denise could not have been more of a daughter if she had given birth to her. She loved her so much. She is also survived by her loyal Boxer companion and roommate, Chloe, who never left her side while she was sick. Nancy was diagnosed with lung cancer on Friday the 13th of November, 2009 and the next day her beloved Sheltie, Sasha , gave up her fight against lymphoma and was waiting for her Momma. Sasha's ashes will be buried with her master so they will never be apart again. In these ten months of illness, Mother never once complained or felt sorry for herself. She put everything in God's hands and left it with him. A very special thanks to Dr. Manish Gupta at Texas Oncology at Baylor Plano. You are a gift from God for your patients and their families. Many thanks to the ladies in the chemo room, you are the best for your love, compassion and deep concern-Joyce, Cynthia, Darcy, Reba, Josie, Patty and Abner and Melinda. Many thanks also to Carol, Kaye, Dr. Newcomer and Harper, the singing chaplain from Vitas Hospice. You showed Mother so much love these last few weeks. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to any "no kill" animal organization or rescue group to help those who can't help themselves or to the First United Methodist Church-Malvern, Arkansas in her name tagged "Piano-Friendship Sunday School Class. " Nancy loved music and always loved her Sunday School Class. It is only fitting that in her memory the class receives a new piano and continues their beautiful music.

Pallbearers will be Bill Birch, Bruce Wingo, Mike Bailey, Bill Manning, Leon Turner and Chris Williams.

Honorary pallbearers will be Joe Keith, Sam Baskin, Kenneth Bradley, Ed Howard, Silas Smith and John White.

Visitation will be at J.A. Funk Funeral home from 5-7 on Friday. Services will be at 2:00 Saturday afternoon, August 28, 2010 at the First United Methodist Church, Malvern, AR with burial following at Shadowlawn Cemetary. www.jafunkfuneralhome.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 


Frances Zimmerman

 

Frances C. Zimmerman, age 92, of Malvern, died Wednesday, April 24, 2013, in the Hot Spring County Medical Center. She was born in Sheffield, Alabama on March 1, 1921 to the late Andrew Monroe Coons and Jimmie Margaret Anderson Coons. Reared and educated in Alabama, she was a homemaker and the widow of the late Frank Zimmerman, to whom she was married on July 24, 1943 in Sheffield, Alabama. He preceded her in death in 1999. Frances was an active member of First United Methodist Church and its Friendship Sunday School Class. She was also a member and past president of the United Methodist Women. She was an avid bridge player, and was a past member of the Green Thumb Designer Club and the Malvern Horticulture Club.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Rick and Debbie Zimmerman of Springfield, Missouri; her daughter, Margaret Z. Barnhard of Pottstown, Pennsylvania; her brother and sister-in-law, Jimmy and Jacque Coons of Wesson Mississippi; her grandchildren, Kimberly Green Maddox (Ryan), Kellie Zimmerman Stauffer (David), Kristie Zimmerman, and Jared Zimmerman Barnhard; five great-grandchildren, Regan, Lucas, and Preston Maddox, Henry John and Charlie David Stauffer; three nieces, three nephews, and a host of great-nieces and –nephews, and dear friends.

Frances was also preceded in death by a brother, Andrew Monroe Coons, Jr.

Her funeral will be held at eleven o’clock Tuesday morning, April 30, 2013 in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church with Reverend LaVon Post officiating. Interment will follow in Rockport Memorial Gardens under the direction of J. A. Funk Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be: John Cunningham, George McClure, Jim Fuller, Chuck Shryock, and her nephews, Drew and Robert Coons.

Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Friendship Sunday School Class.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to First United Methodist Church.

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