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Funeral Director and Embalmer Obituary

Sandra Darlene Sutterfield Martin
Sandra Darlene Sutterfield Martin, 54, passed away May 4, 2016. She was born January 1, 1962 to Arvil and Harriet Sutterfield. She was of the Baptist faith, and during her years in Batesville she attended West Baptist Church. She was the owner and operator of Willis Funeral Service and S&S Crematory for over 20 years. She liked to garden, enjoyed cooking, and enjoyed looking at the stars. She was a deputy coroner of Independence County for several years and also served as a girl scouts leader. Most of all, she enjoyed time spent with her family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Arvil and Harriet Sutterfield, and a sister, Diane Sutterfield. She is survived by her husband Richard Martin; two daughters, Miranda Traw, and her husband, P.J., and Lori Chandler and her husband, Matt, her step-daughter, Britni Martin, and four brothers: David Sutterfield, Larry Sutterfield and his wife, Shirley, Roger Sutterfield and his wife, Rita, and Mike Sutterfield and his wife, Marsha, a sister, Judy Smotherman, and her husband, Winfred, and a grandson, Slayton Chandler, and a host of other relatives and dear friends.

Visitation will be Monday May 9th from 5-7 PM at the Willis Funeral Service Chapel. Funeral services will be Tuesday May 10 at 10:30 AM at the Willis Funeral Service Chapel with Bro. Jimmy Cooper officiating. Interment will follow at Egner Cemetery.

Pallbearers include: Winfred Smotherman, Jody Smotherman, Randy Sutterfield, Rodney Sutterfield, Bobby Galloway, and Danny Smart Honorary Pallbearers include: Marshall Sutterfield, Jeremy Sutterfield, Larry Sutterfield Jr., Michael Sutterfield Jr., Joe Swafford, and Phillip Cash


Gerald Hartsel Walker
Gerald Hartsel Walker, 74, of Cabot, died Monday, April 25, 2016. He was born September 7, 1941 to the late Glendon Walker and Edyth Bryant Walker. He was of Methodist faith and in his younger years he was involved with the youth at his church. He was a member of Cabot Masonic Lodge #319, where he served as Master of the Lodge. He served as past Worth Patron of the Eastern Star and was active as a mentor of Job's Daughters and Demolay. He recently received his fifty year certificate as an embalmer and funeral director. Gerald and his late wife, Angelene, were former owners of Cabot Funeral Home, and he previously served as Lonoke County Coroner.

He is survived by his wife, Jeanette "Nut-Nut"; children, Tamara R. Walker, Gerri Shelton (Don Weathers), and Pamela Eddy (Joey); grandchildren, Angelene Nichole Shelton, Jordan Eddy, Haley Michelle Shelton, Claire Elise Walker, Shelby Elizabeth Eddy, Derek Weathers, and Lacy Weathers May; and a great grandson, Jeffrey Shelton, who was born on Gerald's birthday; cousins, Charles Kellogg of Oklahoma City, OK, and Darla Riddle. He leaves behind many children that he loved and mentored like a father, in addition he is remembered fondly by other family, extended family and friends. He will be remembered for his wonderful sense of humor and always having a cigar.

Visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Thursday, April 28, 2016 at Moore's Cabot Funeral Home. Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m. Friday, April 29, 2016 at Moore's Cabot Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Mt. Carmel Cemetery with Masonic Rites. Memorials may be made to Cabot Masonic Lodge, 750 West Locust Street, Cabot, Arkansas 72023. Arrangements by Moore's Cabot Funeral Home (501)843-5816. Please sign the online guestbook at www.moorescabotfuneralhome.com.


Herman Mitchell
Brother Herman L. Mitchell, Jr., 59, of North Little Rock transitioned to his eternal rest on March 31, 2016. He was born to Herman L. Mitchell, Sr. and Wivolene Jones Mitchell on January 2, 1957 in Lonoke, Arkansas. He was passionate about his family, horses and motorcycles. His accomplishments included Vice President of the Usher Ministry, Sunday School Assistant Superintendent and the Servant Help Ministry at First Baptist Church. Another heartfelt accomplishment of Herman’s was being a Funeral Director at Serenity Funeral Home where he was President and part owner.

He was preceded in death by his father, Herman L. Mitchell, Sr., one sister, Wivolene Mitchell Perry and two nephews, Prentiss Carter and Keith E. Wilbert, Jr.

He leaves to celebrate his life devoted wife and friend Stephanie Mitchell; mother, Wivolene Mitchell; children, Ebony Linton, Natasha Burley, Nicole Pride, Kendric Gardner, Latoya Mitchell, Kyana Mitchell, Karston Bradford and Keisha Bradford; twelve grandchildren, five brothers and three sisters.

Family hour will be Friday, April 8, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Funeral Services will be Saturday, April 9, 11:00 a.m. Both held at First Baptist Church, 811 SA Jones, North Little Rock. Services entrusted to Serenity Funeral Home, 1851 Marshall Street, Little Rock (501) 374-5025. "Providing Service of Excellence." Online guestbook at www.serenityfuneralhomear.com


Brother Pete Sims Jr. was born on May 11, 1924 in El Dorado, AR to Pete Samuel and Eva Mae Richard Sims. Pete accepted Christ at an early age. He was a devoted member and trustee of First Baptist Church-Cordell in El Dorado, AR. He graduated from Washington High School in 1942. After graduation, he joined the U.S Army, fighting for our country in the European theater of WW II. Mr. Sims always had a fascination with the funeral industry. As a child and teenager he hung out at Andrew's Funeral Home on Hillsboro. After discharge from the military he went to Atlanta College of Mortuary Science. After graduation he and a friend established Sims and Shaw Mortuary and Burial Association in 1951. He and his brother, Floyd " Sammy" later partnered to form Sims Mortuary, Inc.

At some point and time he met, courted, and married Ella Louise Smith. They were unable to have a child of their own, but God blessed them with a little baby girl, a God child, whom they made their own. They were the happy family, until Ella passed away 12 years later. In his wife's memory, an educator, he created Ella Louise Sims Memorial scholarship fund through Union County Community Foundation.

He was a devoted member of Gusher Elk Lodge 350 and National and State Funeral Directors Associations. He was very active in the El Dorado community, always giving back.and mentoring many others. He was a member of many organizations often serving in an official capacity. He served on several professional, and civic advisory boards. Pete received many awards and accolades from his many professional and civic organizations.

Pete Sims Jr. was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Levi , Floyd S., and Sears W. Sims. He leaves to cherish his memory, a daughter Stephanie Crater, and granddaughters Chloe (Alex) and Tai (Jacob) Rutledge , a great grandson, Ari Betton and a dearly beloved friend, Alfriza Moore, a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church-Cordell, 620 Cordell, El Dorado, AR 71730 with Rev. Pierce Moore officiating. Interment will be held at the Rest Haven Memorial Gardens Norphlet, AR under the direction of the Sims Mortuary Staff. He will be entombed in the mausoleum.

Visitation at the funeral home will be Friday, April 15, 2016 from 9 am to 4 pm. A wake will be held from 6 to 8 pm at First Baptist Church-Cordell


Sisco Funeral Home, Inc.
1312 N Curtis Ave. P.O. Box 54
Pea Ridge, Arkansas 72751
Phone 479-451-1126 Fax 479-451-8565

Kirby Delano Bell, 80, of Springdale died March 27, 2016 at Circle of Life Hospice.

He was born February 24, 1936 in Hilltop, Arkansas to Roy Bell and Genevra Margaret Moncrief Bell. He was a funeral director for Sisco Chapel in Springdale and Sisco Funeral Home in Pea Ridge for many years. He served in the Arkansas National Guard. Kirby loved to rabbit hunt, squirrel hunt and raised rat terriers and beagles to hunt with. He raised goats, pigeons and a big garden every spring. Kirby loved his family very much and was a member of Rivers of Faith Church in Springdale. He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mary Bell and two brothers, Joe Bell and Wayne Bell.

Survivors are a daughter, Deboia McDonald and husband Dennis of Springdale; a son, Delano Bell and wife Patty of Rogers; a grandson, Chance McDonald of Springdale; one brother, Dale Bell of Rogers; two sisters, June Williams of Harrison, Ark. and Ruth Bell of Claremore, Oklahoma.

Service is set for 1:00 P.M., Friday, April 1 at Sisco Funeral Chapel in Pea Ridge with Pastor David Gosvener officiating. Burial will be in the Elm Springs Cemetery. No Visitation.

Online condolences may be made at siscofuneralhome.net


Enos Deon Reagan was called home Sunday, February 21, 2016, while surrounded by his family singing praise. He was born October 20th, 1933 in Greenway, Arkansas.

Deon was preceded in death by his parents, Cartha and Lillie Reagan; brothers, Fred and Paul Reagan; and sisters, Hazel Fry, Euvela Duty, and Throna Tarkington.

He is survived by his loving wife, Janis Reagan, of 63 years; sons, Fredrick Reagan (Jennifer), Joel Reagan (Jamie); daughter, Donna Boyce (Dan); sisters, Betty Hall (Bill), and Garnetta Smart (Junior Lee); brother, Junior Reagan; seven Grandchildren, Patrick, Melissa, Lilly, Bethany, Clay, Logan, and Sweet Baby Brighton; nineteen great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Deon was a faithful member of the North Jacksonville Church of Christ. He was retired from the National Guard, he was a Mortician, as well as a Master Carpenter. However, his greatest accomplishment in life was his family. He was a loving, devoted father and grandfather that loved to joke and play pranks.

He created many beautiful works of art with his creative carpentry skills. He will forever be missed and will always live on through his Family. Luke 6:37: Judge not, and ye shall not be judged, condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned, forgive and ye shall be forgiven. There will be a Memorial Service at 2 p.m., February 28, 2016, at the North Jacksonville Church of Christ, located at 6512 T P White Drive. Services entrusted to Arkansas Cremation. Guests may register at www.ArkansasCremation.com.


Elder Lloyd Craighead
Elder Lloyd Craighead, of Little Rock, Arkansas received his blessing of immortality on February 2, 2016 in his 68 seasons of life. Those awaiting his arrival are his parents, Richard A. Sheppard Sr. and Roberta Craighead; sisters, Erma and Ruby Jean; and one grand-daughter, Tityana.

Lloyd has always possessed a strong work ethic. He became a funeral director at the age of 11, with Ms. Smith of OT Smith Funeral Home as his mentor. He became a licensed funeral director in the mid 1980's, he offered his services throughout the state being employed with Will Acklin Funeral Home, Gunn Funeral Home, Hardy Funeral Home, and he worked until his health declined as a Licensed Funeral Director at Robinson Mortuary. Lloyd was also employed at St. Vincent Hospital for 23 years. He was an active member of the Arkansas Funeral Director and Mortician Association as well as the National Funeral Director and Mortician Association. He was found to be very He leaves wonderful memories with his sons, Lloyd Jr., Roderick, Tywas, and Marvin; five grandchildren, Roderick Jr (RJ), Lloyd II (LJ), Tywas Jr (TJ), Jonanna, and Ashley, a special friend; Shanon Ann, and a host of nephews, nieces, extended relatives, and friends who will miss his strength, smile, and love, but will never forget his spirit and compassion.

Family Hour: Saturday, 4:00-6:00 pm, Robinson Mortuary LR Chapel. Celebration Service: Sunday, 2:00 pm, at Antioch Full Gospel Baptist Church, 3824 Antioch Boulevard, Bishop Kenneth L. Robinson Sr., Eulogist. Services entrusted to Robinson Mortuary, 1201 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, LR (501) 371-0111. Sign online guest book at www.robinsonmortuary.com "Service You Can Trust."


Johnny Morgan
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James Shinn, 84, of Atkins, passed away Tuesday, December 29, 2015, at Twin Lakes Nursing Home in Flippin. He was born February 27, 1931, in Russellville, son of the late Arthur Ervin and Mary Neva Williamson Shinn. He was a member of Bells Chapel United Methodist Church, a Navy Veteran of the Korean War, and a retired funeral director and embalmer who served throughout the River Valley. He pastored the Moreland United Methodist Church for 8 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, David Shinn; and the mother of his children, Betty Shinn.

He married Susan Gibson and moved to Atkins in 1998. He is also survived by a son, Bill Shinn and wife Jennifer of Bull Shoals; brother, Donny Shinn and wife Linda of Spring, Texas; 2 grandsons, Clay Shinn and Blake Shinn; and a great-granddaughter, Lauren Grace Shinn.

A memorial service will be held 1:00 PM, Thursday, December 31, at Bells Chapel United Methodist Church with Sister Naomi Rogers officiating. The family will receive friends following the service. Private burial is in Old Baptist Cemetery under the direction of Lemley Funeral Service of Atkins.

Honorary pallbearers are Thomas Willcutt, Dick Buchy, Jack Walls, Jamie Sweeden, John Jackson, Erick Sweeden and Kerry Austin.

Online obituary and condolences are available at www.lemleyfuneral.com.


Mr. Jerry Lynn Hulett of Newport departed this life on Sunday, December 27, 2015, at the age of 68 following a valiant fight with early onset Alzheimer's. He was born in Newport on May 1, 1947. Jerry grew up on Walnut Street in Newport, the favorite neighborhood street of the 40's and 50's. He loved to talk of his adventures and friends in the neighborhood and the many hours he spent on the curb at the Walnut Street Elementary School. Jerry was a 1965 graduate of Newport High School. He was a devoted Greyhound fan, spending countless Friday nights watching his girls as Whippets and Cheerleaders. Jerry attended his last NHS football game to watch his great-nephew, McCabe, play in 2014. Following high school, he attended Arkansas State College.

He considered Swifton to be his second home. Jerry and his sister Linda spent countless hours at their grandparent's home. Jerry was the first grandchild born to Opal and Ray McNutt; they shared an unbreakable bond. Much of Jerry's sweet, loving, and generous spirit he inherited and learned from the many hours he spent with his Papa Ray.

Jerry married his high school sweetheart, Linda Diane Coe, on June 9, 1967, then later enlisted in the U.S. Army on April 15, 1968. He went to Basic Training at Fort Polk, Louisiana, and then transferred to the Missile Training Program at Huntsville, Alabama, before being stationed in Fischbach bei Dahn, Germany, to work on the Missile Base there during the Vietnam War. Diane joined Jerry as soon as the Army allowed, and they made their home in Fischbach for the next two years. They found lifetime friends, traveled to many interesting places, and became parents for the first time while in Germany. Mae Carol Hulett was born September 17, 1969, in Landstuhl, Germany. Jerry counted the memories they made there as some of his most treasured.

He was discharged from the U.S. Army on January 15, 1971. Jerry and Diane made their home in Newport with Mae Carol in tow.

He joined his parents in the family business at Jackson's Funeral Homes. Jerry had worked on and off since he was a teenager at the funeral home. Although he tried other jobs, his heart always led him back to the funeral business. Jerry enrolled in the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science, moved his family to Dallas, and graduated as a licensed mortician in 1972. He began doing what he did best, serving people. Jerry loved to work; he enjoyed getting to know the many families he cared for and serving alongside his Jackson's Funeral Homes family.

Jerry had a natural talent at most everything he attempted. Some would call it "just plain lucky" and others could see that his fiercely competitive nature made him practice at things until he was the best. Jerry never did anything half way. He woke up on go and traveled through his day at 100 mph. Jerry worked hard, played hard, and loved deeply. He never tired of playing jokes on people; many have fallen prey to his "wolf whistle" and ended up with a face full of powder. Jerry was a master at sneaking up to scare people and loved wearing the scariest masks he could find. Jerry even wore his "best monster mask" at the wedding reception of his middle daughter, Jenny. Jerry was an avid outdoorsman, a skilled fisherman and hunter. He spent many hours hunting deer, squirrel, dove, turkey, and frog gigging. He and his youngest daughter, Laura, enjoyed many hunting and fishing adventures. Jerry enjoyed gardening and raised many gardens at his homes on Graceland, Teresa, and West Main Streets. He loved sharing his vegetables and his deer meat with friends everywhere. Always tender hearted, he rescued many cats, dogs, and even a few people, needing help along the way.

Jerry was a collector. He loved Gulf, Coca-Cola, Dodge, and just about any other vintage memorabilia he could find. He loved fixing up his "barn" with his antique Dodge Charger and Challenger. Jerry spent many hours displaying the things he loved. He enjoyed having the Coe Family Christmas and many Class of 1965 Reunion parties there. Jerry took great pride in buying, restoring, and selling many cars and motorcycles over the years.

He was an active member of the community. Jerry was a member of the Newport Lions Club for 39 years and was 4th in Seniority of the Club.

He was a lifetime member of the Collier-Massey V.F.W. Post 4683 and the Neil-Griffin American Legion Post 47. He was also a participant in New Vision Newport Class 5 and then went on to mentor for Classes 7,8 and 9. He was the oldest New Vision member to ever climb the telephone pole and jump off. Jerry served on the Jackson County Quorum Court from 2009 to 2014. He ran for Jackson County Coroner in 1977, took office in January of 1978, and served in that position until December 31, 1998.

Jerry adored his family above all and enjoyed spending time with them at the lake and river, skiing, camping, and just having fun. Some of his fondest memories were made in Saddle where he began hunting over 40 years ago. He later began hosting family and friends for holidays, fireworks and fun at his "Deer Camp." This fun-loving jokester, kind hearted and generous man, will be missed by many. His stories and pranks will be shared with smiles for many years to come.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Joyce McNutt Jackson and E. Bob Jackson; his father, W. O. Hulett, Jr. and wife, Polly; his father-in-law, Raymond Coe; two brothers-in-law, Gene Coe and Gary Bennett; and one sister, Evelyn Garner.

Jerry is survived by his wife of 48 years, Diane Coe Hulett, of the home; three daughters, Mae Carol Hulett Allen and husband, Scott, of Newport; Jenny Hulett Wiggers and husband, Chris, of Edmond, Oklahoma; Laura Hulett Edelen and husband, George, of Van Buren; grandchildren, Colton and Ryan Allen; Jaydon, Landon, and Lilly Wiggers; Trevor and Rayley Edelen; and Beth Ball and her children, Tripp, Laken, and Adalie Smith. Also surviving are three sisters, Linda Hulett Pfeifer and husband, Frank, of Conway; Donna Hulett Hoffman and husband, Jim, of St. Louis, Missouri; and Jan Jackson Maris and husband, Rhett, of Newport; his mother-in-law, Virginia Coe of Newport; an aunt, Elwanda Brann of Mansfield, Texas; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and a lifetime of friends.


Gus Shaffer, 86, of Ozark, Arkansas, died Monday, December 7, 2015 in Ozark. He was founder of Ozark Nursing Home and Shaffer Funeral Home and a U.S. Army veteran, serving in the Korean Conflict, and a long-time supporter of the Democratic Party.

He was born May 22, 1929 in Denning, Arkansas, to Newell and Ada Nation Shaffer.

Gus was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Kathy Shaffer, and ten brothers. He is survived by his wife since 1953, DeEsta Pillstrom Shaffer of Ozark; four sons, Newton Shaffer and wife Brenda, Don Ed Shaffer and wife Mary Lou, David Ralph Shaffer (his wife, the late Kathy Shaffer), Jack Shaffer and wife Jennifer; Grandchildren, Ashley Marcotte, Holly Price, Heather Grimes, Ivy Shaffer, DeEsta Shaffer, Jake Shaffer, Jacey Cooper, Eric Shaffer, and Katie Shaffer; Great Grandchildren, Ethan Marcotte, Heaven Grimes, Natalie Marcotte, Shaffer Grimes, Lily Beth Price, Ayden Shaffer, Harris Marcotte, and Avery Shaffer.

Funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM Thursday, December 10, 2015 at Shaffer Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Ted Darling and Steve Sawrie officiating and burial at Highland Cemetery under direction of Shaffer Funeral Home.

Serving as pallbearers are Paul and Lonnie Turner, Todd Durning, Kevin Berry, T.R. McNutt, Greg Warden, and Troy Clark; honorary pallbearers are members of Ozark Nursing Home and Shaffer Funeral Home men and women softball teams, and Ozark Nursing Home and Shaffer Funeral Home employees.

The family will visit with friends from 6:00 until 8:00 PM Wednesday at Shaffer Funeral Home, 2315 West Commercial Street in Ozark.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made the Alzheimer's Association, 2408 South 51st Ct., Ste. F, Fort Smith, Arkansas 72903.


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Ora Mae "Phillis" Phillips Kernodle of Wynne, Arkansas, passed away Thursday, November 26, 2015 at the age of 88. Phillis is survived by her husband, William C. "Billy" Kernodle II; son, William C. "Bill" Kernodle III and wife Lee of Olive Branch, Mississippi; daughters, Kay Kernodle Wittenberg of Metairie, Louisiana; Connie Kernodle Machado and husband Ramon of Ridgeland, Mississippi; sisters, Mamie Tatum of Lake Charles, Louisiana; Betty P. Livingston of Henderson, Tennessee; Martha Clendenin and husband Bob of Union City, Tennessee; grandchildren, James Wittenberg, IV and wife Allison of League City, Texas; Daniel W. A. Machado of Arlington, Virginia; David Phillip Machado and wife Katie of Huntsville, Alabama; Veronica Choukalas and husband Peter of Memphis, Tennessee; Genevieve Kernodle of Olive Branch, Mississippi; great grandchildren, Kylie & Kellen Wittenberg; Aaron Machado, Amelia Machado and Peter Choukalas III. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Troy, G. B., Joe Lee, and David Phillips; and twin sisters, Georgia Rush and Gertrude Ross.

Phillis was born on May 9, 1927 in Chester County, Tennessee to George B. Phillips and Lana G. Thomas Phillips. She married Billy Kernodle, a funeral director in 1948. She began working for Kernodle Funeral Home as the secretary and funeral director. She was secretary at Crowley's Ridge Country Club for a number of years. She is remembered as a sassy, loving, and "speak the truth" kind of woman. She knew everything there was to know about sewing, cooking, and gardening. She loved bowling, visiting the penny slots, playing bridge, drinking coffee with friends, and all things to do with hummingbirds. Phillis was a member of Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR); United Methodist Women, and The Coffee Group. She was an active and dedicated member of The First United Methodist Church of Wynne.

Visitation is scheduled for Monday, November 30, 2015 form 6 to 8 PM at Kernodle Funeral Home. Funeral services are scheduled for Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at 2 PM with burial to follow in Cogbill Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Wynne, music fund at 800 N. Falls Blvd, Wynne, Arkansas 72396.


Mark A. Thomas

Forrest L. Hinderliter, Jr., 73, of Jay, OK died Friday, 9/11, 2015 in Jay. He was born March 5, 1942 in Kewanee, IL and lived in Galva, Il. until the family moved to Gila Bend, AZ. He was preceeded in death by his parents, Forrest L. Hinderliter, Sr. and Mary Annis of Gila Bend, AZ. He is survived by his wife, June, twin daughters, Brandi Rodgers and husband, Zane of Centerton, AR and Lori Sij and husband Kurt of Springdale, AR; 2 sisters, Vicki Crickmore of El Mirage, AZ and Margaret Bartley of Phoenix AZ. At the time of his death, he was employed in the administration office of the Delaware County Sheriff's Department. Forrest was a graduate of San Francisco College of Mortuary Science and worked in the funeral profession for many years which included ownership of the Hinderliter-Woodard Funeral Services in Grove, Jay, and Langley. Earlier on he worked in law enforcement beginning that career in Gila Bend, AZ and moving on up to Payson, AZ to build a police department and he was their first Chief of Police. While in Payson he also served as City Magistrate and the first Tonto Apache Indian Reservation Tribal Judge. He was a member of many fraternal organizations and clubs, Forrest shared his Christian faith as a licensed minister. His funeral services are with Grand Lake Funeral Homes in Jay under the direction of Shaunda Lawson. Forrest will be cremated and his Memorial Life Celebration Service will be held on Saturday,11:00am,October 10, 2015 at First Assembly Of God,908 N. Main St.,Jay,OK 74346. Mr.Les Newkirk,and Jess Jones will be officiating. Forrest's Memorial Life Celebration will conclude at the church followed by a luncheon celebrating Forrest in a festive way,just like he would want it,celebrating all the joyful and beautiful memories of Forrest "Gump",with a salute saying "until we all meet again"....


Mark A. Thomas

Mark A. Thomas, 51, of Cabot, passed away on Monday, September 21, 2015. He was born on June 10, 1964 in Wilburton, Oklahoma to Dee and Gloria Thomas. He was a graduate of Talihina High School and a member of the Talihina Golden Tiger band. Mark loved outdoor life and especially loved hunting and fishing. His passion was serving others through the funeral profession. After graduating from the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service with his Associate of Arts degree, he worked at funeral homes in Oklahoma, rising to the position of regional manager with SCI, Inc. In 1993, he came to Cabot, Arkansas to manage Cabot Funeral Home. He remained in that position until leaving in 2001 to establish Thomas Funeral Service, Inc. In 2012, Mark was elected to his first term as Lonoke County Coroner. The constituents of Lonoke County re-elected him in a landslide victory for a second term in 2014. Mark had the heart of a servant and touched the lives of thousands of families during his career.

In January, 2014, Mark was diagnosed with Stage IV metastatic non small cell lung cancer. He fought a fierce battle by placing his faith in his Savior and never giving up. Mark was a member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Cabot and was a 32° Mason.

He was preceded in death by his father and one brother, Michael Thomas. He is survived by his wife Cheryl, of the home; daughters Tiffany, Angel and Sammi; his mother, Gloria Thomas, of Talihina, Oklahoma; the two joys of his life, his sidekicks, grandchildren Aleigha "Lei Lei" Thomas and Silas "Si" Burrow; brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Karen Thomas, of Mead, Oklahoma; mother-in-law, Delores Lark; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; nieces and nephews; and many people who considered him a dear friend.

Mark will lie in state at his funeral home on Friday, September 25 from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm. Visitation will be held on Saturday, September 26 from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm at Victory Baptist Church, 501 N. Lincoln St., Cabot, Arkansas. The funeral service will be held at Victory Baptist Church on Sunday, September 27, at 2:00 p.m. with Mickey "Stubby" Stumbaugh, Ben Leonard, and Jessie Bickers officiating and Jerry Miller providing special music. Interment will be on Monday, September 28, at 11:00 a.m. at the Talihina City Cemetery, Talihina, Oklahoma, with Masonic rites.

Arrangements are under the direction of Thomas Funeral Service, 713 S. 2nd Street, Cabot, Arkansas, 501-941-7888. Please visit the website for service details and to leave condolences, www.thomasfuneralservice.com.


On Friday, August 28, 2015 the Lord called another good and faithful servant home, Mr. George D. Mitchell, Jr., owner/operator of Mitchell Funeral Home in Arkadelphia, AR. Funeral services will be Sunday, September 6, 2015 at 2:30pm at Greater Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Arkadelphia, AR. Visitation will be Saturday, September 5, 2015 at Mitchell Funeral Home in Arkadelphia, AR from 12 noon to 4 p.m. and family hour from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Greater Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. More information will be available as soon as possible.


Rev. Billy W. Snow, 69, of Paragould, died on Wednesday in Jonesboro. He was a 1966 graduate of Corning High School. He was a funeral director and embalmer at Heath Funeral Home for 26 years and served as Past President of the Northeast Arkansas Funeral Director's Association. Bill loved to travel, garden, and take care of his "birds". He was the biggest St. Louis Cardinal's fan, and he rarely missed a game. He pastored churches in DeQueen, Manila, and El Campo, TX. Due to tremendous growth, his churches in Manila and El Campo built new buildings under his leadership. After moving to Paragould, he founded the Peace Tabernacle Apostolic Church in 1994. He loved Bus ministry and had the Lifesaver Bus at Peace Tabernacle. He had a servant's heart and was dedicated to God, his church, his family, and his work. He was the son of Billy Joe and Dollie Cullens Snow. He was preceded in death by his grandparents.

Bill is survived by his wife of 49 years, Patricia Eubanks Snow, of the home; daughter and son-in-law, Sherry and Tom Hazlewood of Paragould; son and daughter-in-law, Terry and Maribeth Snow of Jonesboro; daughter, Angie Snow of Paragould; grandchildren, Shayna Hilderbran, Brianna Hammon, Tiffany Hazlewood, Ethan Snow, Clayton Snow, Lacey Qualls, Landon Crumpton, and Vickie Snow; 3 great grandchildren; parents; brothers, Kenneth and Edward Snow; and sister, Ramona Dugas.

The family will receive friends Sunday evening from 6-8 at Heath Funeral Home. Funeral service will begin at 2pm Monday at Heath Colonial Chapel with Rev. Anthony Needham, Rev. Rick Needham, and Tom Hazlewood officiating. Burial will follow in Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Pallbearers are Ethan Snow, Clayton Snow, Landon Crumpton, Jimmy Hilderbran, Derek Qualls, and Caleb Hammon. Honorary pallbearers are Ron Mansfield, Jim Powers, Richard, Spurlock, and James Holmes. Memorials may be sent to Peace Tabernacle Apostolic Church. Online condolences may be sent at www.heathfuneralhome.com


Pocahontas - Clell Cox, age 67, co-owner of Cox Funeral Home in Walnut Ridge, passed away Friday, May 22, 2015 at NEA Baptist Hospital in Jonesboro. He was born on March 31, 1948 to Ted and Mary Lee Cox in Ponce de Leon, Missouri. On December 31, 1989, he married Donna Goff Cox. Clell was a graduate of Spokane High School, and Dallas Mortuary School. He was an embalmer, funeral director, and owner of funeral homes in Arkansas and Missouri. His career in the funeral business began at age 16. He was a mason and a member of the church of Christ.

Preceding him in death were his parents and a sister, Nathalea Dye.

He is survived by his wife, Donna, of the home; one daughter, Jennifer Walker of Springfield, MO; two granddaughters; one niece, and one nephew.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 1:00 pm in the Cox Funeral Home Chapel in Walnut Ridge with David Gibson officiating. Visitation will be from 11 am until time for services. Burial will be at a later date at Spokane Cemetery a formerin Spokane, Missouri.

Honored to serve as pallbearers are: Don Brown, Andy McCandliss, Ron Ott, Jason Martin, Johnny Moss, Ray Rollins Stewart Lambert and Sonny Powell.

In leiu of flowers, donations can be made to Childrens Home, Inc., 5515 Walcott Road, Paragould, Arkansas.

Online registry: coxfhwalnutridge.com


Reverend Rodger Dean Hooker, age 72, of Helena, Arkansas died Saturday, May 16, 2015 in Little Rock, Arkansas. Rodger was born February 2, 1943 in DeQueen, Arkansas to his parents, Lonnie and Lois Hooker.

He was the pastor of Fourth Street Baptist Church in West Helena, Arkansas for the past fourteen years. Rodger received his bachelor of arts of degree from Central Baptist College in 1965 and was ordained to the gospel ministry in 1969.

Rodger had an insatiable love for southern gospel music, and will be forever remembered for his gentle and generous spirit. One person said that the word "no" was not in his vocabulary which often found him overloaded with work. Reverend Hooker served two churches as minister of music before beginning his pastoral ministry which led him to serve in five churches.

He was employed with Roller Funeral Homes for 21 years serving as either manager, director or embalmer, and at times all three. His intense love for helping people has endeared him to his family, church, community and a host of friends. Humor was a natural gift that he used to lighten any situation or lift the spirits of heavy hearts.


Mr. Henry Shackelford, age 82 and lifelong resident of Prescott, Arkansas, passed away Friday, April 24, 2015. Mr. Shackelford was born January 22, 1933 in Prescott to Paul And Vera Hartsel Shackelford. He served his country in the United States Air Force. Mr. Shackelford along with his late wife, Judy were the former owners and operators of Shackelford The Funeral Home of Prescott. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Prescott. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.. Mr. Shackelford is preceded in the death by his parents, wife Judy Mitchell Shackelford, one brother James Shackelford, one sister and brother-in-law, Mary Helen and Dutchie Bright.

His survivors include one daughter; Lynne Shackelford Hebert and husband Darryl of Clearwater Beach, Florida, one grandson; Brandon Bernhard of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, one granddaughter; Mitchell Bernhard of Big Sky, Montana. Numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

A special thanks to Serenity Hospice nurse Dwan Thrash.

Memorials in lieu of flowers can be made to First Baptist Church of Prescott 201 E. Main St. Prescott, Arkansas 71857 or Serenity Hospice of Texarkana 210 North State Line Ave, Suit 301 Texarkana, Arkansas 71854.

Visitation, 2:00 to 4:00pm, Sunday, April 26, 2015 at BRAZZEL/Cornish Funeral Home.

Funeral service, will be 10:00am, Monday, April 27, 2015 at BRAZZEL/Cornish Chapel with Rev. Jerry G. Westmoreland and Bro. Frank Henson officiating. Burial to follow in De Ann Cemetery in Prescott. Arrangements by BRAZZEL/Cornish of Prescott Eddie BRAZZEL, Director.


Mr. Bobby Joe Lee , age 83 of Hope, Arkansas passed away, Monday, February 9, 2015. He was born in Hope, Arkansas on Monday, June 8, 1931 to Fred and Nancy Lee. He is preceded in death by his parents, a brother; Louie Shelton and a grand-daughter; Jody Diane Lee.

Mr. Lee joined the First Baptist Church of Hope, on October 13, 1948 and was a faithful usher for many years and was a member of the Renegades Sunday School Class. He began working at the Hope Furniture Store in 1949, became a licensed funeral director, on January 1, 1957, working at Herndon Funeral Home, as funeral director and bookkeeper and finishing his funeral service career with Brazzel/Oakcrest in 2009. He was holder of Arkansas Funeral Director license number 84, a licensed he held for over 52 years.

Visitation will be 6:00 to 8:00pm on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at Brazzel/Oakcrest Funeral Home, Hope.

Funeral service will be 10:00am, Thursday, February 12, 2015 at Brazzel/Oakcrest Funeral Home, with Rev. Mark Fischer officiating. Burial will in Memory Gardens Cemetery, Hope. Arrangements Brazzel/Oakcrest The Funeral Home of Hope, Eddie Brazzel, Director. Online guestbook: www.brazzelfuneralhomes.com


Betty Ann Emerson It is with deep sympathy that we inform you that Betty Ann Emerson of Emerson Funeral Home in Jonesboro, Arkansas passed away yesterday.

On behalf of the Arkansas Funeral Directors Association, our prayers and heartfelt condolences go out to the family, friends, and colleagues of Betty. We ask that you please keep them in your thoughts and prayers as well during this difficult time.

Betty Ann Emerson, 83, of Jonesboro, passed away Thursday, January 29, 2015, at St. Bernards Medical Center.

Betty was a native and life-long resident of Jonesboro and co-owner of Emerson Funeral Home. Betty was the organist at Walnut Street Baptist Church for several years. She is presently a member of First Baptist Church where she also played the organ and piano, was a member of the Mullally Sunday school class and the Womens Missionary Union where she is a past president.


Walter Earl Hunter 79, of Little Rock, Arkansas passed peacefully on November 15, 2014. Walter was a longtime employee at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home. His loving family include: wife, Mary F. Hunter; daughters, Velda A. Hunter and LaShane Greene; one son, Darrell Bell; three grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, other family and special friends. A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, November 22, 2014, 2:00 pm, at Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church, 105 N. Smothers Ave. North Little Rock, AR. Interment will follow at Rest In Peace Memorial Gardens, Hensley, AR. Visitation: Friday, November 21, 2014, 12-6 pm, at Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 S. Chester St. LR (501) 372-1305. Sign Walter's online guestbook @ruffinjarrett.com.


Reverend Andrew Jackson "A.J." Parish, Jr., 78, of Fort Smith, died Friday, October 3, 2014 in a local hospital. He was born January 14, 1936 in Shreveport, LA.

He was the pastor of Ninth Street Missionary Baptist Church, member of Shiloh Baptist Church, a 33rd degree Mason, member of Widow Son #3, where he served as Chaplain and E.O. Trent Consistory #223, a veteran of the US Air Force where he served as an Air Policeman, first African American to serve in the Selected Service, graduate of Arkansas Baptist College and the Jackson Theological Seminary, a licensed Mortician and Funeral Director,owner-operator of Rowell-Parish Mortuary, the first African-American resident in Arkansas to be elected to the office of County Coroner, received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Central State University, an Affiliate Member of the National Association of Medical Examiners, former Vice President of Arkansas Coroner's Association, President of the Antioch District Association of the Consolidated District.


Barbara J. Vines Born February 20, 1939 and died May 23, 2014. Ms. Vines was a licensed Arkansas funeral director since October 1985.


Luther Gardner was born August 6, 1946 in Kansas City, Kansas and died on June 20, 2014. Luther was licensed as a funeral director and embalmer on April 12, 1980 in Arkansas.


PARAGOULD, AR - Melanie Heath Bryant Posey of Paragould departed this life unexpectedly Saturday morning at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center in Paragould at the age of 43 years, three months, and nine days.

Melanie was born May 21, 1971 in Paragould to Lynda Heath Bryant and the late Jimmy Ray Bryant. A lifelong resident of Paragould, Melanie was a third generation funeral director, embalmer and assistant manager of the family business, Heath Funeral Home, founded by her grandparents, the late Verlyn L. & Helen Heath in 1945. In addition, she served as the organizer and founder of the funeral home's Tree of Memory Service, a memorial tribute service during the Christmas season to honor those they served.

Melanie was a 1989 graduate of the former Ridgecrest (Paragould) High School and Arkansas State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resources. During college, Melanie was an active member of the Phi Mu Fraternity. Melanie was a member of the Red Wolf Foundation and enjoyed howling her beloved Red Wolves on to victory. She was an active member, past board member and 1924 Sustaining Life Member of the Arkansas State University Alumni Association. She attended John A. Gupton College of Mortuary Science in Nashville, where she graduated second in her class.

Melanie was a past president of both the Arkansas Funeral Directors Association and the Northeast Arkansas Funeral Directors Club. In addition, she served on several National Funeral Directors Association committees.

Melanie had a servant's heart and it was exhibited every day of her life through service to her community. As a parishioner of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Melanie served as president of the Parish Council and was a Eucharistic Minister and Lector. She was a member of the Rotary Club of Paragould and served as the club president from 2008-2009. The 2002 Rotarian of the Year, Melanie was a multiple Paul Harris Fellow, the highest honor bestowed upon a Rotarian. She was the Rotary District 6150 Chairperson of the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) for many years. She was active in the Junior Auxiliary of Paragould and the Paragould Regional Chamber of Commerce, where she was a graduate of the first-ever Leadership Paragould Class. Melanie was a former chairperson of the Paragould Relay for Life.

Melanie married the love of her life, Stephen "Bear" Posey on April 28, 2007, and they enjoyed over seven years of marriage together. They expanded their family with the blessing of their children, Kat & J.T. in December 2010.

She was preceded in death by her father, Jimmy Ray Bryant in 2002; her maternal grandparents, Verlyn L. & Helen Heath; and paternal grandparents, Lester (Peck) & Bernice Bryant.

She is survived by her loving husband, Stephen "Bear" Posey, and their precious children, Kathryn Rhea and John Thomas Posey, all of the home. Her mother and "Big Daddy," Lynda Heath Bryant White and Kaut White of Paragould; sister and brother-in-law, Tanya and Scott Ellington of Jonesboro; sister, Kim Bryant of Paragould; her bonus sisters, Gina (Tim) Jarrett of Paragould, and Sharon (Tony) Dibble of Mountain Home; bonus brothers William Kaut (Cari) White of Jonesboro and David (Chris) White of Mountain Home. She also leaves behind a lifetime of dear friends and relatives, all of whom were very special to her.

Funeral mass will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Paragould with Father Mike Sinkler officiating and Deacon Ricardo Puello assisting. Burial will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday in Heath Funeral Home?s Colonial Chapel, with rosary at 5:30 led by Deacon John Drake.

Lasting memorials may be made to the Melanie Heath Posey Children's Education Fund, in care of Centennial Bank, P.O. Box 490, Paragould, AR 72450; the St. Mary's School Scholarship Fund, 220 N. 2nd Street, Paragould, AR 72450; or to a charity of the donor's choice.


Kathleen Nicholas, age 87 of Clarksville, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013, at her home. She was born Aug. 31, 1926, in Clarksville to the late William Foddie and Naomi Callahan. Kathleen was a grand lady who touched many lives with her compassion and understanding. She was a graduate of Clarksville High School and owned and operated the Hardwicke Funeral Home for the past 64 years. She was involved in every facet of the funeral business, which left little time to join community organizations; however, she was very supportive and provided assistance for many Johnson County organizations. She was a member of the Clarksville First Presbyterian Church.

Read more: The Courier - Your Messenger for the River Valley - Obituary Kathleen Nicholas.


Michael Rush Cornwell, Sr., owner and President of Cornwell Funeral Home, passed away on December 15, 2013, in Danville, Arkansas, at the age of 69. Mike was born on February 6, 1944, to the late Lloyd Rush Cornwell and Violet Masters Cornwell, and was a life-long resident of Yell County. Mike graduated from Dardanelle High School before attending the University of Arkansas, where he was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity. Mike went on to graduate from the Dallas Institute of Mortuary Science in 1967, during which he received the President's Award. Upon graduation, he returned to his family's funeral business in Dardanelle, and eventually moved to Danville to manage and expand the Danville funeral home. Mike was born and raised in the funeral business and dedicated his life to the success of the funeral home. At the time of his death, Cornwell Funeral Home was the second oldest business in Yell County and the fifth oldest funeral home in the State of Arkansas, having been established by Mike?s family in 1898.

Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, December 17th, at Danville First Baptist Church.Funeral services will be held on December 18th at 2:00 p.m. also at Danville First Baptist Church, with internment immediately following at Brearley Cemetery, Dardanelle, Arkansas. Memorials in Mike's honor may be made to the Yell County Wildlife Association. Arrangements provided by Cornwell Funeral Home of Danville. Guestbook and online condolences maybe left at Cornwell Funeral Home.


Frank Mull, Jr. was born to Frank Mull, Sr. and Ealie Moorehead-Mull on June 17, 1942 in Madison, Arkansas. He departed this life on December 3, 2013. Frank graduated from Lincoln High School in 1961. He married Minnie Young in 1966. He attended and graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree from AM&N in Pine Bluff, Arkansas in 1971. Frank served in the United States Army Reserves during the Vietnam War. He was an active member until he was honorably discharged. During this time, he was employed as an Insurance Agent with Universal Life and Lincoln Insurance Company. He later began his tenure with the VA Hospitals in Fayetteville, Arkansas and Memphis, Tennessee fulfilling the duties as a Practical Nurse. After retiring, Frank remained engaged by implementing Mull Excavating Services. He also held a Funeral Director License issued by the Arkansas State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors. He served on the Forrest City School Board. He also worked with other agencies such as Arkansas Department of Corrections in Brickeys, Arkansas and Crestpark Nursing Home and Woodhouse Mortuary in Forrest City, Arkansas.

Visitation Friday, December 13, 2013 from 6-8 at New Light Missionary Baptist Church 126 West Day Street, Forrest City, Arkansas 72335

Funeral Services Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 12:00 Noon at New Light Missionary Baptist Church 126 West Day Street, Forrest City, Arkansas 72335


Doyle Parham, 66, of Little Rock died Sunday, October 6, 2013. Mr. Parham became a licensed funeral director on October 10, 1972 and was the manager at Hubble Funeral Home.


Gerald Wayne Hoggard, 81, of Piggott, Arkansas, passed away September 14, 2013, at the V.A. Medical Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. Mr. Hoggard was licensed as a funeral director and embalmer on June 14, 1957. He was issued his lifetime licenses in 2007


John Ray "Rick" Baird, son of the late John H. Baird and Clara Bell Davis Baird, was born July 6, 1946 in Lawrence County, Arkansas. He departed this life August 17, 2013 in Jonesboro, Arkansas at the age of 67 years, 1 month and 11 days. In 1980 he attended the Dallas Institute of Funeral Science and became a licensed embalmer. At the time of his death, he was the owner and operator of North Arkansas Mortuary Service. Working with numerous funeral homes in Arkansas.

 

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