Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - OBITUARIES -

BALD KNOB — Mable Dean Staggs, age 90 of Bald Knob, died Satur­day, September 16, 2017 in Searcy. Vis­i­ta­tion will be Tues­day from 10 un­til 11 a.m. at Pow­ell Funeral Home. Funeral ser­vices will be Tues­day at 11 a.m. at Pow­ell Funeral Home Chapel. Ar­range­ments by Pow­ell Funeral Home of Bald Knob. www.pow­ell­fu­ner­al­

–––––❖––––– BEN­TON — De­laney Todd Bag­well, 51 of Ben­ton, Arkansas, died peace­fully on September 13, 2017 after a sud­den cancer di­ag­no­sis. He was pre­ceded in death by his grand­par­ents

Alice Lo­raine Bag­well, Otis and Katy Bag­well, Le­ola Nutt Cle­ments and Joe Cle­ments. Todd is sur­vived by his par­ents Jo C. “Joy” Bag­well Fin­ley, Gene Dou­glas and Linda Bag­well; and sis­ter Regina Lea “Gigi” Bag­well.

Todd grad­u­ated from Ben­ton High School in 1984. He went on to at­tend Ouachita Bap­tist Univer­sity and grad­u­ated in 1988 with a B.S. in Ac­count­ing. Todd worked in the bank­ing in­dus­try for sev­eral years be­fore aban­don­ing his ledger to pur­sue his love of de­sign and all things beau­ti­ful. Un­til 1996, Todd worked for David Garner at Marls­gate Plan­ta­tion on week­ends as a wed­ding di­rec­tor. He al­ways cred­ited David Garner for teach­ing him the basics of his new ca­reer. He was then hired by He­len Ben­ton of Vera Wang and moved to New York in 1996. Later he worked with bridal de­signer Ulla Maija un­til 2003, be­fore start­ing De­laney T. Bag­well and As­so­ci­ates to of­fer all-in­clu­sive event plan­ning. Todd was

known as the “wed­ding plan­ner ex­traor­di­naire.” Todd planned wed­dings from con­cep­tion to ex­e­cu­tion for brides all over the coun­try — from west coast to east coast to mid­dle Amer­ica. He viewed each bride as hav­ing an ex­quis­ite story to tell and he viewed him­self as their master sto­ry­teller. He spent count­less hours with the bride learn­ing of her ev­ery wish. He then used his keen eye for aes­thet­ics and knack for de­tail to show­case her story on her wed­ding day.

Todd was out­spo­ken and not afraid to speak his mind. Todd was the one who would sternly but po­litely tell his friends’ chil­dren to or­der some­thing other than chicken fin­gers and french fries from the menu. Todd was the one who would say “put those white linen pants away; it’s after La­bor Day!” Todd also led a life of quiet servi­tude. He was the one who would be caught iron­ing the dress of a close friend who was ready­ing her­self for her Mother’s funeral. He was the one who would show up with a crock of black-eyed peas and home­made corn­bread for an ill friend to of­fer hope for bless­ings and good luck in the New Year. Todd was the one who made sure his clos­est loved one had a home-cooked meal ev­ery day of the week. Todd was the one who made the choice to walk in our shoes be­cause he wanted to share in life’s per­ils as a sym­bol of sup­port.

A memorial ser­vice will be held at Im­manuel Bap­tist Church in Lit­tle Rock, Ark., on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 2 p.m. Fam­ily and friends would like to es­tab­lish a memorial fund in mem­ory of De­laney Todd Bag­well for Cancer Re­search at the UAMS Winthrop P. Rock­e­feller Cancer In­sti­tute Foun­da­tion. In lieu of flow­ers, please send do­na­tions to the WPRCI Foun­da­tion Fund at 4301 W. Markham Street, MS632f, Lit­tle Rock, Ark. 72207 or to an­other fa­vorite char­ity or church.

“Don’t cry be­cause it’s over, smile be­cause it hap­pened.” That’s a wrap! Smile, DTB.

On line guest­book at www. ash­by­fu­ner­al­

–––––❖––––– BEN­TON — Ce­cil Harold Dod­gen, 74, of Ben­ton, Arkansas, died September 13, 2017. He was born Novem­ber 23, 1942 in Alexan­der, Arkansas. Vis­i­ta­tion: 10-11 a.m., Tues­day, September 19, Smith-Ben­ton Funeral Home with funeral ser­vice fol­low­ing at 11 a.m. Burial at Pleas­ant Grove Ceme­tery. Ser­vices en­trusted to Smith-Ben­ton Funeral Home. On­line Guest­book: www.SmithFam­i­

–––––❖––––– BEN­TON — Bill LeQuieu, 66, Ben­ton; died Fri­day. Sur­vivors: mother, Martha Jean LeQuieu; chil­dren, Tif­fany Wells, Brit­ney LeQuieu, Kelly Clifton, Kacy Hester, Jessie Sur­ratt; sis­ter, Bev­erly Har­low; brother, Brad LeQuieu; fif­teen grand­chil­dren; one great-grand­daugh­ter. Vis­i­ta­tion, 6-8 p.m. Mon­day, Sharon Church. Ser­vices, 10 a.m. Tues­day, Sharon Church; burial, Sharon Ceme­tery. www.ash­by­fu­ner­al­home. com.

–––––❖––––– BONO — Bar­bara Louise Cole­man, 85, of Bono, died Fri­day, September 15, 2017, at home. Vis­i­ta­tion will be Mon­day, September 18, 5-8 p.m., at Roller-Farm­ers Union Funeral Home, 1900 West Wash­ing­ton, Jones­boro. A grave­side funeral ser­vice will be Tues­day, September 19, at 11 a.m., at Trinity Ceme­tery at Bono. On­line guest­book: www. roller­fu­ner­al­­boro.

–––––❖––––– BRYANT — Verda Mae Stocks, age 84, of Bryant, Arkansas, passed away peace­fully and joined her Heav­enly Fa­ther on Fri­day, September 15, 2017. She was born July 27, 1933 in Kansas City, Mis­souri. She lived her life to the fullest and loved spend­ing time with her fam­ily, friends and her church, Park Place Bap­tist Church. She leaves be­hind her sons, Rick and Tom An­ders; daugh­ter-in-law, Shar­ron An­ders; grand­daugh­ter, An­drea An­ders and her daugh­ter, Tay­lor Bell; grand­daugh­ter, Ash­ley Easterly and her hus­band Dustin and daugh­ter, Mad­dox; close fam­ily mem­bers, Emily, Phil and Donna Heyer, Lisa Brewer and Steve Hupp; as well as, close friends, Margie Arm­stong, Dei­dre Nabors and Ran­dall and Joyce Hall.

Fam­ily, friends and oth­ers who loved Verda and her fam­ily are in­vited to her grave­side ser­vice at 12 noon, Tues­day, September 19, 2017 at Pinecrest Memorial Park in Alexan­der. On­line guest­book: www.roller­fu­ner­al­homes. com/drum­mond.

–––––❖––––– CABOT — Carolyn Sue “Cindy” Wise Eck­ert, 62, of Cabot died Wed­nes­day, Sept. 13, 2017. She was born Oct. 30, 1954 in Wash­ing­ton, Pa., to the late John and Adda Pat­ti­son Wise. Mrs. Eck­ert worked as a baker and re­tired from Harps Gro­cery in 2004. In ad­di­tion to her par­ents, Mrs. Eck­ert was pre­ceded in death by her hus­band, Don­ald W. Eck­ert and sis­ter, Mae Kol­lar.

Mrs. Eck­ert is sur­vived by her chil­dren, Don­nie Eck­ert and his wife, Amy and Jean Hurst and her hus­band, Ja­son; grand­chil­dren, Vic­to­ria Eck­ert, Erin Eck­ert, Ri­ley Eck­ert, D.J. Eck­ert, Car­ley Hurst, Cam­den Hurst and Clara Hurst; sib­lings, John Wise, Bob Wise, Eileen Blake, Bev­erly Va­haly, Tom Wise and Roy Wise.

Vis­i­ta­tion will be from noon1 p.m. Mon­day, Sept. 18, 2017 with funeral ser­vices be­gin­ning at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home (501) 8435816. Burial will fol­low at Rest Hills Memorial Park. Please sign the on­line guest­book at www. moorescabot­fu­ner­al­


FORT SMITH — Okla Bennett Smith passed this life on Sept. 15 2017. He was born on July 27, 1941, in Fort Smith the son of Okla Homer & Creo Belle Smith. He at­tended pub­lic schools in

Fort Smith and grad­u­ated from

Cul­ver Mil­i­tary Acad­emy in Cul­ver, Ind., at­tended Van­der­bilt Univer­sity and was as­so­ci­ated with the Sigma Al­pha Ep­silon fra­ter­nity, and grad­u­ated from the Univer­sity of Arkansas. He spent two years in the Army Sig­nal Corps as a Lieu­tenant be­fore join­ing his fam­ily’s fur­ni­ture man­u­fac­tur­ing busi­ness. He was a Board mem­ber and past pres­i­dent of the Fort Smith Boys and Girls Club, a 2012 in­ductee of the Fort Smith Boys & Girls Club Hall of Fame, for­mer board mem­ber and past pres­i­dent of Hard­scrab­ble Coun­try Club, for­mer board mem­ber and sec­re­tary of Sparks Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter. As a life­long mem­ber of the Ma­sonic Or­der, he was a York Rite Ma­son, 33rd De­gree Scot­tish Rite Ma­son, Shriner, and mem­ber of the Royal Or­der of Jesters. He es­pe­cially en­joyed Ra­zor­back games with his wife, sons, and grand­sons. In ad­di­tion, his fa­vorite past time was duck hunt­ing and fish­ing with his sons, grand­sons, and hunt­ing club friends at Bayo Meto.

He is sur­vived by his wife of 54 years, Eli­nor Duschl Smith, his sons, Okla Duschl Smith, Ok­la­homer F. Smith, his wife Zoe, two grand­sons, Okla Bennett Smith II, and Sut­ton Weather­ley Smith all of Fort Smith. He is also sur­vived by his twin sis­ter Creo Lynne Smith of South­lake, Texas. He was pre­ceded in death by his par­ents and sis­ter San­dra Sue Smith Garner. To Oak, Homer, Zoe, Okla Ben, II, Sut­ton, I love you all and es­pe­cially ELI­NOR, I LOVE YOU!!!!

There will be pub­lic grave­side ser­vice (as Okla Ben would say a Drop Down) at For­est Park Ceme­tery on Mon­day, Sept 18, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. un­der the di­rec­tion of Ed­wards Funeral Home.

Pall­bear­ers will be Granville Harper, Charles B. White­side III, Larry E. Lichty, Robert M. Pow­ell, Dr. E. Walden Wil­liams, Ge­orge H. Davis, J.D. Simp­son III, John Grob­myer, Jim East, Lynn May­han, Dana Rabideau, Tim English, and Joe Dicky Pow­ers.

The fam­ily will re­ceive friends in the First Pres­by­te­rian Church Gym­na­sium fol­low­ing the Grave­side Ser­vice. Memo­ri­als may be made to the Fort Smith Boys and Girls Clubs, 4905 North O Street, Fort Smith, Ark. 72904. To sign an on­line guest­book visit www. ed­wards­fu­ner­al­

–––––❖––––– GREENBRIER — Vir­ginia May Ris­ner Traf­fanst­edt, 78, of Greenbrier, went to be with the Lord Fri­day Sept. 15, 2017. She was born June 9, 1939 in Thayer, Mo., to the late Claude and Mil­dred Ris­ner. Vir­ginia worked at Faulkner County Day School for many years and loved it. She was of the Church of Christ faith. Vir­ginia was an amaz­ing mother, grand­mother, and great-grand­mother.

She is sur­vived by her sons, David Kelly Traf­fanst­edt (Donna), Kevin Gene Traf­fanst­edt, and Bill Traf­fanst­edt (Penny), Daugh­ters, Christina Louise Geater (Tracy), and Patty Scherer (Al­lan), nine grand­chil­dren, and eleven great-grand­chil­dren, broth­ers, James Lewis Ris­ner and Wil­liam Claude Ris­ner, sis­ter-in-law, Ellen Ruth Wahrmund, and nu­mer­ous nieces and neph­ews.

Vir­ginia is pre­ceded in death by her par­ents, son, Ray­mond Keith Traf­fanst­edt, and grand­son, David Heath Traf­fanst­edt.

Vis­i­ta­tion will be Mon­day, Sept. 18, 2017 from 6-8 p.m. at Greenbrier church of Christ. Funeral Ser­vice will be­gin at 2 p.m. Tues­day Sept. 19, 2017 at the Church.

On­line Guest­book avail­able at www.roller­fu­ner­al­ greenbrier.

–––––❖––––– GRUBBS — Mrs. Mary Diane Long Tate died Thursday. Sur­vivors: chil­dren, Kevin, Karen (Tony) and Mary Rachel; grand­chil­dren Ash­ton, Kan­non, Kloe, Jus­tus and By­ron; brother, Woody (Su­san); sis­ter, Sharon. Vis­i­ta­tion: Mon­day 6-8 p.m. Jack­son’s Funeral Home. Ser­vice: 2 p.m. Tues­day at Jack­son’s Funeral Home Chapel. In­ter­ment: Kyler Ceme­tery.

–––––❖––––– HAZEN — Von De­wain VanHouten, 83, of Hazen, died Sept. 15, 2017 at the V.A. Hospi­tal. Vis­i­ta­tion will be from 5-8 p.m., Sun­day, Sept. 17, at West­brook Funeral Home in Hazen. Grave­side ser­vice will be 2 p.m., Mon­day, Sept. 18, 2017 at the Hazen Ceme­tery. Ar­range­ments by West­brook Funeral Home of Hazen.

–––––❖––––– HE­BER SPRINGS — Os­car Thomas Long 95 of He­ber Springs died Sept. 15, 2017. He was a vet­eran of World War II, Korean, and Viet­nam war. He is sur­vived by a son, Thomas E. Long and wife Sharon of He­ber Springs. Pri­vate ser­vices are planned. On­line Obit­u­ary: www. heber­springs­fu­ner­al­


HOT SPRINGS — Pamela Sue Bland peace­fully en­tered the gates of Heaven on Fri­day, Sept.

15, 2017 after a coura­geous bat­tle with cancer. She was pre­ceded in death by her Granny and Grand­daddy, Beatrice and O. L. Richard­son; her mother, Lo­tus Knicker­bocker; her fa­ther, Royce Lack; and two step-broth­ers, Mike and Mark Lake.

Pamela Sue Bland was born on July 31, 1947, in Lit­tle Rock, Ark, but was raised in Fordyce. She was a Red­bug through and through but also found room to cheer on the Ra­zor­backs. She was known to love a trip to Las Ve­gas and trav­eled there any time she could. Pam was never ashamed to ad­mit that she was a “yel­low dog” Democrat and en­joyed many frank and fierce con­ver­sa­tions on such top­ics. Pam was a light­ning bolt that could com­mand a room. One never walked away from a con­ver­sa­tion ques­tion­ing where she stood on a sub­ject. She leaves be­hind many friends who will miss her dearly. She had a bold and out­spo­ken per­son­al­ity that balanced per­fectly with John, her hus­band of 45 years.

She was a tire­less cham­pion for the rights and op­por­tu­ni­ties of the de­vel­op­men­tally dis­abled of Arkansas. She be­came the Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of First Step, Inc. in 1981. Over her 34 year ca­reer she built First Step from a staff of 11 to a pro­gram em­ploy­ing around 1,100 Arkansans serv­ing Hot Springs, Malvern, Glen­wood, Fordyce, Spark­man and Ham­burg. Un­der her lead­er­ship, First Step ex­panded to pro­vide ser­vices such as com­pre­hen­sive ther­a­pies and early in­ter­ven­tion pro­grams for the youngest of clients into adult­hood. She pas­sion­ately en­cour­aged fos­ter­ing in­de­pen­dence for the dis­abled. Pam was a vi­sion­ary and es­tab­lished group homes and apart­ment liv­ing for dis­abled adults. She would wear out the steps to the state Capi­tol to net­work and col­lab­o­rate with state leg­is­la­tors to in­sure the pop­u­la­tion she served was treated fairly. Pam re­tired in 2015 leav­ing a le­gacy of fam­i­lies touched by her com­pas­sion and ded­i­ca­tion.

After all of those ac­com­plish­ments, Pam’s great­est joy was her three grand­chil­dren. Lov­ingly re­ferred to as “Kiki”, she cher­ished ev­ery mo­ment she spent with them. She loved and pro­tected them with a fierce pas­sion and grace that was ad­mired by all.

Pam is sur­vived by her lov­ing hus­band, John Bland, of Hot Springs; daugh­ter Dr. Heather Bland Owens of Lit­tle Rock; son Brian Bland of Lit­tle Rock; three grand­chil­dren: Jack, Gabe and Camille Owens; sis­ter, Anna Mayes of Malvern; brother John Lack of San Diego, Calif.; nephew Jor­dan Mayes of Malvern; niece Ken­dall Lack of San Diego, Cal­i­for­nia; and step-mother Mar­garet Lake of El Ca­jon, Cal­i­for­nia.

A memorial ser­vice will be held at Caruth-Hale Funeral Home at 155 Sec­tion Line Road, Hot Springs on Wed­nes­day, Sept. 20, 2017 at 10 a.m. John McCal­lum, pas­tor of First Bap­tist Church in Hot Springs, will of­fi­ci­ate. In lieu of flow­ers, memo­ri­als may be made to CARTI Cancer Cen­ter in Lit­tle Rock at 8901 CARTI Way, Lit­tle Rock, Ark., 72205 or to the ASPCA-Amer­i­can So­ci­ety for the Preven­tion of Cru­elty to An­i­mals.

Guests may reg­is­ter at www.


HOT SPRINGS — Ja­son Thomas Fer­gu­son was called by the Lord September 9, 2017. He was born June 20, 1977 in Dal­las, Texas. Ja­son loved to hunt, fish, and en­joy life. He was a gen­tle soul and will be missed by his fam­ily and friends. Cre­ma­tion Ar­range­ments En­trusted to Arkansas Cre­ma­tion. www.arkansascre­ma­


HOT SPRINGS — Doris Mathews, 76, of Hot Springs, Ark., passed away September 15, 2017. Sur­vived by close friend, Wanda Wal­lace. Ser­vices en­trusted to Gunn Funeral Home, 4323 W. 29th, Lit­tle Rock, Ark. 72204, (501) 660-4323.


HOT SPRINGS VIL­LAGE — Dr. Thomas Joseph Smith of Hot Springs Vil­lage, Arkansas, peace­fully passed away from his earthly home to his eter­nal home in heaven on Thursday, September 14.

He was born to Dr. Wil­liam Mor­ris and Mary O. Smith on May 21st, 1934 in Lib­eral, Kansas, while spend­ing his child­hood in Guy­mon, Ok­la­homa. He was pre­ceded in death by his par­ents and his sis­ter, Sue Smith Heltzel. He is sur­vived by his wife of 38 years, Diana, along with his five chil­dren and his grand­chil­dren: Su­san and her hus­band John Miles of Jones­boro, Arkansas, Greg Smith Sr., Glenn Smith and his wife Candy, Mary Carol Tay­lor, and Cindi Smith, all of Lit­tle Rock, Arkansas. He also loved and is sur­vived by Diana’s fam­ily. He is also sur­vived by his brother, Dr. Wil­liam Robert, and his wife, Jo Ann and fam­ily.

Af­fec­tion­ately known as “TJ”, he grad­u­ated from Went­worth Mil­i­tary Acad­emy, Ok­la­homa Univer­sity who beat “The Ohio State” re­cently, and Ok­la­homa Univer­sity Med­i­cal School. He com­pleted his res­i­dency at UAMS and then prac­ticed gas­troen­terol­ogy in Lit­tle Rock for 29 years where he co-founded Gas­troen­terol­ogy As­so­ci­ates. He was a clin­i­cal in­struc­tor at UAMS for over 10 years and served as the med­i­cal di­rec­tor and con­sul­tant on cri­te­ria for gas­troen­terol­ogy. He was a mem­ber of nu­mer­ous na­tional med­i­cal as­so­ci­a­tions, serv­ing pres­i­dent of one state as­so­ci­a­tion chap­ter.

The scope of his phil­an­thropic in­ter­ests spanned the gamut from be­ing a 32nd de­gree Ma­son, serv­ing in the Na­tional Guard, to serv­ing in on mul­ti­ple com­mit­tees from which so many ben­e­fited. Two of the most no­table were the Arkansas Prison Sys­tem Med­i­cal Re­view Board and the Hot Spring Vil­lage li­brary com­mit­tee for ex­pan­sion.

TJ and Diana lit­er­ally trav­elled the world, vis­it­ing all seven con­ti­nents en­joy­ing the wildlife the most. From pen­guins in Antarc­tica to the an­i­mal sa­faris in Africa, TJ loved it all, but he was just as con­tent with the beau­ti­ful view from his deck or the beauty of Lake Ouachita.

TJ loved to dance. Coun­try west­ern dance was a fa­vorite of TJ and Diana’s, but they en­joyed all types of dance, teach­ing classes, and lov­ing it for over 15 years. They thor­oughly en­joyed boot scootin’ on their home’s cus­tom dance floor.

TJ was dearly loved by his fam­ily, his friends, his pa­tients, and his hos­pice and med­i­cal teams. Even people he’d never met were drawn to his in­fec­tious smile and gen­er­ous spirit. He was a de­light­ful fun-lov­ing man.

A cel­e­bra­tion of life will be held on Tues­day, September 19th at 10 a.m. at TJ’s home church, Christ of the Hills United Methodist Church, in HSV. In lieu of flow­ers, please send memo­ri­als to Dierk­sen Hos­pice in Hot Springs Vil­lage or Hot Springs Vil­lage Li­brary. Ar­range­ments have been en­trusted to CedarVale - The Hot Springs Vil­lage

Funeral Home. For on­line con­do­lences please visit www.cedar­vale­fu­ner­al­

–––––❖––––– JONES­BORO — Emma Lee Bass, 75, passed away Fri­day, September 15, 2017 at Flo & Phil Jones Hos­pice House. She was born April 23, 1942 in Al­ton, Illi­nois, to the late Ce­cil and Emma Stoeckel Reed. Dr. Bass worked in the ed­u­ca­tional field for 46 years in­clud­ing prin­ci­pal at An­nie Camp, Deputy Di­rec­tor of the Arkansas State De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion, AR State Di­rec­tor of the North Central As­so­ci­a­tion Com­mis­sion on Ac­cred­i­ta­tion and School Im­prove­ment and Di­rec­tor of the Arkansas of­fice of Ad­vancED. She will be re­mem­bered as a lov­ing mother, grand­mother, sis­ter and friend.

She is sur­vived by two daugh­ters and their hus­bands, Laura and Stan McFar­lin and Lynda and Den­nis Hamm, all of Jones­boro; a sis­ter and her hus­band, Mary Lou and Jerry Rid­dle of Jones­boro; an aunt, Betty Derby of Camp­bell, Mis­souri; four grand­chil­dren, Brock McFar­lin of Bono, Brooke McFar­lin of Jones­boro, April N’Di­aye (Baps) of Nashville, Tenn., and J.C. Hamm (Catie) of Smyrna, Tenn.; five great-grand­chil­dren, Em­malee, Parker, Owen, Daba and Rylie Kate; sev­eral nieces, neph­ews and other fam­ily and friends. She was also pre­ceded in death by her hus­band, Joe Bass in 1996.

A cel­e­bra­tion of her life will be 10 a.m. Mon­day, September 18, 2017 at First United Methodist Church with Rev. Patty Soward of­fi­ci­at­ing. In­ter­ment will fol­low at Pine Log Ceme­tery. The fam­ily will re­ceive friends from 3 un­til 6 p.m. Sun­day, September 17, 2017 at Gregg-Lang­ford Book­out Funeral Home. Hon­ored to serve as pall­bear­ers are Stan McFar­lin, Den­nis Hamm, Brock McFar­lin, J C Hamm, Jerry Rid­dle and David Leonard. Last­ing memo­ri­als may be sent to Flo & Phil Jones Hos­pice House or First United Methodist Church Care Team. On­line: www.greg­glang­ford­book­

–––––❖––––– LETONA — Wanda Lu Me­harg, 87, passed away on September 14, 2017 in Searcy, Arkansas. Vis­i­ta­tion will be­gin at 10 a.m. on Mon­day, September 18, 2017 at Roller-Daniel Funeral Home in Searcy, Arkansas.

Funeral Ser­vice be­gins at 11 a.m. In­ter­ment will fol­low at Oak Grove Ceme­tery. For on­line guest­book, www.roller­fu­ner­al­

–––––❖––––– McCRORY — Cor­rine Holder Rush­ing Arm­strong, 99, died Fri­day. Vis­i­ta­tion be­gin­ning at 1 p.m. on Mon­day with 2 p.m. funeral ser­vices fol­low­ing at Thompson-Wil­son McCrory Funeral Home. In­ter­ment, Wood­man Ceme­tery. Sur­vivors, two sons, Wal­ter Rush­ing (Sis) and Ed­die Rush­ing (Dell) both of McCrory, five grand­chil­dren, five great-grand­chil­dren, two great-great-grand­chil­dren. thomp­son­, (870) 731-2551.


PINE BLUFF — Charles Starke, Jr., 78, of Pine Bluff, died Wed­nes­day. Pre­ceded in death: wife, Gatha Ruth Starke; par­ents, Charles Starke and Irene Wat­son; sons, Robert and Michael Starke; brother, James Wat­son. Sur­vivors: daugh­ter, Michelle “Mickie” Starke; grand­child, Ian Starke; cousin, Butch Se­gars; and sis­ter-in-law, Diane Wat­son. Ser­vices will be later. www.ralphrobin­so­nand­

–––––❖––––– RISON — Lynda Marie Brewer Butcher, age 74, of Rison went to be with the Lord on Fri­day, Sept. 15, 2017. Mrs. Butcher was born Dec. 30, 1942 in Rison, Ark., to the late Joe Oliver and Alcy Jones Brewer. She was a 1960 grad­u­ate of Rison High School. Lynda mar­ried Thomas C. Butcher, Jr. on Aug. 27, 1960. She was pre­ceded in death by her brother, Joe Brewer.

Mrs. Butcher is sur­vived by her hus­band, Tommy Butcher, Jr. of Rison; son, “Butch” Butcher of Rison; daugh­ters, Lynn (Jeff) Wil­son of Rison and Pa­tri­cia G. (Roger) Cooper of Athens, Ohio; grand­chil­dren, Kaatie Cooper, Jac Cooper, Ja­cob Wil­son, Anna (Ste­wart) Bal­lard, Tay­lor Butcher, Nathan Wil­son, Ri­ley Butcher; great-grand­son, Grady Bal­lard; sis­ter, Martha (Ron­ald) Thompson; and sis­ter-in-law, Bar­bara Jean Brewer.

Funeral ser­vices will be 10 a.m., Wed­nes­day, Sept. 20, 2017 at Rison Bap­tist Church with Brother Wade Totty and Brother Danny Allen of­fi­ci­at­ing. In­ter­ment will fol­low at Black Ceme­tery near Rison. Vis­i­ta­tion will be from 6-8 p.m., Tues­day, Sept. 19, 2017 at Rison Bap­tist Church. The fam­ily re­quests memo­ri­als be made to Je­sus First Build­ing Fund at Rison Bap­tist Church, P.O. Box 404, Rison, Ark., 71665. Ar­range­ments are un­der the di­rec­tion of Buie Funeral Home of Rison. (870) 325-6216. www. buiefu­ner­al­

–––––❖––––– SEARCY — Wal­ter Phelps Leav­itt, 85, passed away on Sept. 13, 2017 in Searcy, Ark. A Memorial Ser­vice on Sun­day, Sept. 17, 2017 at 5 p.m. at the King­dom Hall of Je­ho­vah’s Wit­nesses on 2723 East­line Road in Searcy, Ark. Roller-Daniel Funeral Home in charge of the ar­range­ments. For on­line guest­book, www.roller­fu­ner­al­

–––––❖––––– SHERI­DAN — Mary Ber­nice Carter, age 83, of Sheri­dan, died Fri­day, Sept. 15, 2017 in Lit­tle Rock. Funeral ser­vice will be 10 a.m. Mon­day, Sept. 18, 2017 at Stephen­son-Dear­man Chapel with burial to fol­low in Carter Ceme­tery in Cros­sett. Vis­i­ta­tion 4-6 p.m. Sun­day evening at the funeral home. On­line guest­book at www.stephen­son­dear­man. com.

–––––❖––––– SOLGOHACHIA — Juanita Faye Bird, 79, of Solgohachia, died Satur­day, September 16, 2017. Funeral ser­vices: 11 a.m. Mon­day, September 18, at Cen­ter Ridge Church of Christ. The fam­ily will re­ceive friends 10 a.m. Mon­day, at the Church. Burial: at Grand­view Ceme­tery by Har­ris Funeral Home of Mor­ril­ton. On­line guest­book: www.har­ris­fu­ner­al­

–––––❖––––– SPRING­DALE — Laura Leigh Fer­gu­son, 46 of Spring­dale, Ark., went to be with Je­sus on Tues­day, Sept. 12. She was born Oct. 31, 1970 in Fort Smith, Ark., to Sa­muel and Jo (Gately) How­ell. Laura was a devoted wife to her hus­band Michael with whom she loved and cared for their three sons. She would do any­thing for her fam­ily and any­one else that needed her. There are sev­eral phone mes­sages where she told her friends and fam­ily: Je­sus first, oth­ers sec­ond, your­self last. As an or­gan donor, she con­tin­ues to give to oth­ers. Laura filled each day with love and sun­shine for her fam­ily. Her beau­ti­ful smile would light up a room. She loved the Lord and taught her boys to be strong in God’s Word and know that Je­sus loves them im­mea­sur­ably. Laura and her fam­ily at­tended Cross Church of Spring­dale. She grad­u­ated from Arkansas Bap­tist High School as class vale­dic­to­rian, grad­u­ated from UALR with a Mas­ters in Health Ad­min­is­tra­tion. Up un­til her first son was born, she was a clinic man­ager at UAMS.

She is sur­vived by her hus­band, Michael J. Fer­gu­son, three sons, Grant of Fayet­teville, Ark., Matthew and Sam of the home, her par­ents, Sa­muel and Jo How­ell of Cabot, Ark., two broth­ers, Brian and wife Sarah How­ell of Spring­dale, Ark., and Steven How­ell of Bryant, Ark. Vis­i­ta­tion will be 1 p.m., Mon­day Sept. 18 at Cross Church in Spring­dale with the ser­vice at 2 p.m., with Pas­tor Jeff Wil­liams of­fi­ci­at­ing. Burial will fol­low at Elm Springs Ceme­tery in Elm Springs, Ark. In lieu of flow­ers, memorial con­tri­bu­tions may be made to the Laura Fer­gu­son Memorial Fund c/o Ar­vest Bank. To sign the on­line guest book please visit www. nel­son­

–––––❖––––– STUTTGART — Margie Carolyn Parham, 80, of Stuttgart died on Sept. 15, 2017. She was born on Nov. 16, 1936 in Seaton, Ark., to the late Wil­liam (Bill) and Vealie Kuyk­endall. She was a mem­ber of the Har­mony Bap­tist Church of Stuttgart, Ark., and worked for Comet Rice in the pack­ing de­part­ment. She loved to sew and en­joyed her fam­ily. In ad­di­tion to her par­ents she was pre­ceded in death by her hus­band Billy Parham, sis­ter Laura Alice Cole­man and twin great-grand­chil­dren Tan­ner and Con­ner. She is sur­vived by her son Terry Lynn Parham of Stuttgart, Ark., and daugh­ter Cindy K. (J.E.) Pon­der, also of Stuttgart, Ark., two broth­ers Charles and Benny Ray Kuyk­endall, both of Carlisle, Ark., and five grand­chil­dren Ja­son Parham, Jeremy Pon­der, Shane Parham, Wes­ley Pon­der and Lynne Rawls. also five step-grand­chil­dren and eight great-grand­chil­dren.

Funeral Ser­vice will be Mon­day Sept. 18, 2017 at 2 p.m. with vis­i­ta­tion from 1-2 p.m. both at Wil­son Ro­bi­son Funeral Home of Eng­land, Ark. Burial will be at Lone Tree Ceme­tery in Stuttgart, Ark. In lieu of flow­ers make do­na­tions to Land­mark Bap­tist Church in Eng­land, Ark.

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