BALD KNOB — Robert “Bobby” Hendrix, 78, died Sunday. Survivors: wife, Marla Kendall Hendrix, a daughter, Tammela Butler Reichel (Jim). Memorials can be made to Camp Zion Church Camp in Myrtle, Mississippi. Visitation: Wednesday, 6-8 p.m., Powell Funeral Home-Bald Knob. Services: 2 p.m. Thursday at Central Baptist Church. Interment: Shady Grove Cemetery. www.powellfuneralhome.net.
–––––❖––––– BENTON — Bryan Garner Sr., 60, of Benton, transitioned January 26, 2018. Survived by children, Bryan Garner Jr. (Rachel), Sarah Tindall (Adam); siblings, Bruce Garner (Marilyn), Brenda Small; and three grandchildren. Services entrusted to Gunn Funeral Home, 4323 W. 29th, Little Rock, Ark. 72204. (501) 660-4323.
–––––❖––––– BRINKLEY — Donnie Geisler, 64, died January 29, 2018. He is survived by wife, Diana Geisler; son, Heath Geisler; five grandchildren, Payton, Alexis, Drake, Aiden, Kendall; six siblings, Dennis, Darrell and Ronnie Geisler, Carletta Fuller, Brenda Lisko, Linda Rieke. Memorial service: 2 p.m. Thursday, First United Methodist Church-Brinkley. Burial in Oaklawn Cemetery. Obit/ guestbook/www.bobnealandsons.com.
–––––❖––––– CABOT — Laurie Ellen Rauber, 54, of Cabot passed away on January 28,
2018. Laurie was born on November 27, 1963, in Wichita, Kansas, to Clifford Fitzwater and
Ruby Ann Botts Fitzwater. Laurie worked for Arkansas Workforce Services for over 20 years and cherished the people she worked with and considered them family. Laurie enjoyed doing crafts when she had time but what she loved the most was spending time with her family. Laurie was of the Pentecostal faith and was a member of the First Trinity Pentecostal Church.
Laurie is preceded by her father, Clifford, and her sister, Johanna Lee. Laurie is survived by her mother, Ruby; her son, Jeff (Tiffany ) Rauber; four brothers, Dean Fitzwater, Don Fitzwater, George Fitzwater, and Jerald (Iris) Fitzwater; sister, Cynthia (Rob) Stillwell; brother-in-law, Johnny Lee; four grandchildren, Gracie, Madalyn, Elijah, and Emma Rauber; and numerous nieces, nephews, family, and friends. Laurie will be greatly missed by all that knew her.
A visitation for Laurie will be held on Saturday, February 3, 2018, at Mountain Springs Baptist Church in Cabot from 12 noon-2 p.m. with funeral services to follow at 2 p.m. Sister Rosemary Reeves will be officiating. Laurie will be laid to rest at Mountain Springs Cemetery following the service. Funeral arrangements handled by Bishop-Crites Funeral Home, 108 N. Broadview, in Greenbrier. 501679-4400. www.bishopcritesfuneralhome.com
–––––❖––––– CAMDEN — Dessalee (Dixie) Holmes Broach Runyan, 100, Camden passed away Sunday. Graveside, 1 p.m. Friday, New Holly Springs Cemetery with Rod Halliburton officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, Tenn. 38148-0142. Online guest register, www.proctorfuneralhome.com.
–––––❖––––– CENTER RIDGE — James Edward Lovette, 74, of Center Ridge, passed away January
29, 2018. He was born May 20,
1943, in North
Little Rock to the late Elick and Gertrude
Lovette. James worked for The Southern Company for years and then was a self employed mechanic. He loved being outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. James was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Louise (Ernest) Bowden; and brother, Herbert (Helen) Lovette.
James is survived by his wife Margaret A. Lovette of Center Ridge; sons, Jimmy (Amanda) Lovette of Wooster, and Jonathan (Jodie) Gray of Concord; daughters, Shonna (Richard) Battles of Greenbrier, Shanon (Brad) Caskey of Anchorage, Alaska, Tammy Mobbs of Clinton, Heather (Nick Vetor) Holland of Guy; two grandchildren, Amber Battles Turner and Sara Battles; one great-grandbaby Turner due in August 2018; brother, Floyd “Buddy” (Jeanette) Lovette of Van Buren; John McCauley, who he loved like a son; and many more family and friends.
Memorial Service will be 10 a.m. Thursday, February 1st, 2018, at Roller McNutt Funeral Home in Greenbrier. Online Guestbook available at www.rollerfuneralhomes.com/greenbrier.
–––––❖––––– CONWAY — Doris J. Johnson, age 61, of Conway, Arkansas, passes away on January 25, 2018, in her home. She was born to the late Walter and Annie Speights on June 21, 1956, in Little Rock, Arkansas. Doris was a wonderful mother and homemaker. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
She is preceded in death by her parents and two children,
Trease and JJ Moses. Doris is survived by her twin daughters, Mitzi (Robert) Wheeler and
Cristy James; four grandchildren, Zachary Wilkerson,
Drake Wilkerson, Paige Wilkerson and
Joshua Ballew; four sisters, two brothers and a host of nieces and nephews.
Visitation for Doris will be from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, February 1, 2018, at Roller-Owens Funeral Home, 5509 John F. Kennedy Blvd., North Little Rock (501) 791-7400. Online guestbook: www.rollerfuneralhomes. com/owens.
–––––❖––––– CONWAY — Larry Kincade, 70, of Conway, Ark., passed away Sunday, January 28, 2018. Memorial service will be 1 p.m. February 2nd at New Life Church in Conway with inurnment to follow at Crestlawn Memorial Park. Online guestbook available at www.rollerfuneralhomes.com/ conway.
–––––❖––––– CONWAY — Roy L. Lewis, 78, of Conway, Ark., went to be with the Lord Monday, January 29,
2018. He was born March 8,
1939, in Jacksonville, Ark. to Reed and Elsie Lewis. Roy was preceded in death by his parents, his son,
Roger Lewis, his grandson, Rusty Lewis and his brother, Jim Lewis.
Roy loved to joke, tease and spend time with his family that he loved so very much. He served over 20 years in the U.S. Army and was the Owner of Conway Vacuum for 30 years.
Left to cherish his memory is his loving family, his wife of 57 years, Ruth Lewis, his daughter, Kay (Ricky) Lewis Winberry, his grandson, Justin (Meagan) Baker, his great-grandsons, Waylon and Weston Baker and his sister, Marie (Joe) Collins.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. on Friday, February 2, 2018 at Roller McNutt Funeral Home in Conway, Ark. Visitation begins at 12 noon, one hour prior to services, with interment to follow at Macedonia Cemetery in Conway. Online guestbook available at www. rollerfuneralhomes.com/conway.
–––––❖––––– CONWAY — Elias Lee Andrew Ricks Jr., 58, Conway, Ark. departed this life January 27,
Survivors, two sons, Carlos
Shavers of Maumelle, Ark. and
Carlon Ricks of Conway, Ark.; one daughter,
Sharon Polk of Jonesboro, Ark.; three sisters, Linda Ricks-Jones of Dallas, Texas and Doris Ricks and Patricia Ricks-Patton, both of Conway, Ark.; three brothers, James Ricks of McKinney, Texas and Carl (Sharon) Ricks and Derrell (Wilma) Turner, both of Conway, Ark. and one granddaughter, Londyn Ricks.
Funeral services 2:30 p.m., Saturday, February 3, Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church, 38 Hill Loop, Bigelow, AR. Visitation 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Friday, February 2, 2018 at funeral home. Interment Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Services entrusted to Larry G. Acklin Funeral Home, 910 Walnut Street, Conway. 501-327-1124. www.larrygacklinfuneralhomes.com.
–––––❖––––– EL DORADO — Mary Pauline “Polly” Haley, 95, of El Dorado, Ark. Services: 2 p.m., Thursday, at Northside Baptist Church in Eudora, Ark. Visitation Wednesday, 5-8 p.m. at the Church. Burial in the Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Eudora, Ark. Under the direction of Brown-Holley Funeral Home, Oak Grove, La.
–––––❖––––– ENOLA — Randy Steven Lasley, 68, of Enola, Ark., passed away, January 29, 2018. Funeral Services on Friday, February 2, 2018 at 10 a.m. at Roller McNutt Funeral Home, Conway. Visitation, Thursday, February 1, 2018 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Interment in Marcus Hill Cemetery.
–––––❖––––– FORDYCE — John Downs Hutchins, 67, of Fordyce died Monday. He is survived by his wife, Amanda Dannehl Hutchins; daughter, Michelle Tinker and husband, Josh; sister, Gwen Hutchins Shaffer; four grandchildren, Maggie, Hannah, Emily, and Millie Tinker. Private services. Arrangements: Benton Funeral Home of Fordyce. Online register: www.bentonfuneralhome.net.
–––––❖––––– GASSVILLE — Jimmy Lynn Massey, 63, of Gassville died January 30, 2018 in Mountain Home. A Gathering of Family and Friends will be February 1, 2018 from 6-8 p.m. at the Conner Family Funeral Home Chapel. The online guestbook and obituary are available at www.connerfamilyfuneralhome.com.
–––––❖––––– HENSLEY — Robert Houston Keenzel Jr., age 74, of Hensley, passed away January 27, 2018. A celebration of life will be at Dial
and Dudley Funeral Home, Friday, February 2, 2018 at 11 a.m., with visitation the night prior from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. To sign online guestbook, visit www.dialandudleyfuneralhome.com.
HOT SPRINGS — Grace Bickerstaff Herndon, 84, of Hot Springs, Arkansas died Friday. Survivors: son, Ronnie; daughter, Debra; brother, Charles; five grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren. Funeral: 10 a.m. Thursday, Memorial Gardens Funeral Home. Visitation: 9-10 a.m. Burial: 2 p.m. Forrest Park Cemetery, Forrest City. Arrangements by Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, Sheridan (870) 9421306. www.memorialggardenssheridan.com.
HOT SPRINGS — Doris Rinehart, 67, of Hot Springs transitioned January 29, 2018. She is survived by husband John Rinehart Sr.; children, John Rinehart Jr., Christopher Rinehart and Julie Rinehart and one sister, Florence (Phil). Services entrusted to Gunn Funeral Home, 4323 W 29th, Little Rock, Ark. 72204 (501) 660-4323.
HOT SPRINGS — William (Fred) Serrett, 80, died Wednesday, January 24, 2018, at National Park Medical Center. He did not wish to have a funeral service, instead wanting to have his ashes spread over Petit Jean Mountain. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Smith Funeral Home, Hot Springs. Guest registry at www.davis-smith.com.
LEXA — A graveside service for Marie Felkins, 77, of Lexa is 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sunset Memorial Park, West Helena. Survivors: four children, nine grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, other family. Service directed by Roller-Citizens Funeral Home, West Helena, (870) 572-2571. Online guestbook: www. rollerfuneralhomes.com/westhelena.
LONOKE — Gilbert Carl Nelson, 74, of Lonoke, passed away Sunday, January 28, 2018. He was preceded in death by his wife, Erma; parents, Carl and Mildred Nelson; two sisters, Edith Surrett and Jean McLemore. Gilbert is survived by his nieces and nephews. Graveside service will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 31, at Hamilton Cemetery. Online guestbook, www.boydfuneralhome.net. Special thanks to Lonoke Health and Rehab for their care and love for him.
MONTICELLO — Roy A. Prince Sr., age 60, of Monticello, passed away Sunday, January 28, 2018, at Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello. Graveside service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, January 31, 2018, at Collins Cemetery. Visitation: 6-8 p.m. Tuesday evening at the funeral home. Online guestbook www. stephensondearman.com.
PINE BLUFF — Sallye Ruth McGregor Owens, 86, of Pine Bluff, passed away Monday, January 29, 2018. She was the last remaining member of Alexander Chunn McGregor and Mary Odell Eskew McGregor’s immediate family. Born in Cotton Plant, Woodruff County, Arkansas, on January 13, 1932, she had three brothers, Thompson Matthews McGregor, Henry Crawford McGregor and Cooper Odell McGregor; and four sisters, Hattye Elizabeth McGregor Fletcher, Sarah Nelle McGregor Scott, Jean McGregor Peebles, and Virginia McGregor Donohugh.
Sallye Ruth’s family bought a farm near Sherrill, Jefferson County, Arkansas, and moved there from Augusta, Woodruff County, Arkansas, in 1942. She graduated from Pine Bluff High School in 1949 with honors. Following graduation from high school, she attended Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma. During her time in Oklahoma, she was initiated Pi Beta Phi Fraternity and was saluted by the men of Theta Chi Fraternity by naming her their “Dream Girl”. Following her freshman year of college, she transferred to the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. While attending the University of Arkansas, she continued her love of Pi Beta Phi where she advanced to Rush Captain and President. Her scholarship, service and leadership at the University enabled her to be elected to the Mortar Board, an extraordinary honor society. Among her other campus activities were Rootin’ Rubes, Modern Dance Club, Blackfriars, University Civic Club, Panhellenic Council, and YWCA.
On July 3, 1952, Sallye Ruth married Edward Maurice Owens at the Ryland Methodist Church in Washington, D.C. Following their nuptials, Sallye Ruth and Ed lived in Buffalo, New York; New York City, New York; El Dorado, Arkansas; Shreveport, Louisiana; and Denver, Colorado before returning home to Pine Bluff in 1963. She worked at the main branch of Simmons Bank until her youngest son was born. She was a devoted member of Lakeside United Methodist Church in Pine Bluff where she enjoyed teaching Sunday School and served on the Altar Guild for many years.
Sallye Ruth is survived by two sons, namely Edward McGregor Owens (Sue) of Little Rock, Arkansas, and Charles Thompson “Tom” Owens (Connie) of White Hall, Arkansas. Three grandchildren, Booth McGregor Owens of Little Rock, Arkansas; Spencer Thompson Owens and Reese Kathrine Owens, of White Hall, Arkansas. Her insights, infectious laugh and sense of humor will be missed.
Visitation will be Thursday evening from 5-7 p.m. at Ralph Robinson and Son Funeral Directors. Graveside services will be private. The family respectfully requests memorials be sent to Lakeside United Methodist Church, 1500 Olive Street, Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71601. Online register: www.ralphrobinsonandson.com.
PRATTSVILLE — Eunice Armelia Francis Hollinger Mooney of Prattsville, Arkansas, was born
March 29, 1921, in Prattsville, Arkansas, the daughter of the late John Wesley and Nancy Roberts Hollinger.
She was a member of Sweet
Home Missionary Baptist Church in Prattsville, where she served her Lord faithfully by teaching Sunday School and Vacation Bible School for many years. She enjoyed cooking, quilting, and working crossword puzzles. She dearly loved each child in her neighborhood and babysat most of them. Ms. Mooney went to be with her Lord on Sunday, January 28, 2018, at Arbor Oaks Healthcare and Rehab at the age of 96.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Leon Mooney; brothers, Dennis, Bernice, Charles and Ralph Hollinger; sisters, Joann Walters, Lois Pearson, and Floy Mae Sproul. Survivors: sons, Randy and wife Kalinda Mooney of Sheridan, Robert Earl and wife Sherry Mooney of Prattsville; daughter, Beth and husband Chuck Fowler of Prattsville; brother, Russell and wife Lynda Hollinger of Prattsville; sister, Orene Caple of Sardis; sistersin-law, Mildred Hollinger of Malvern, Sue Hollinger of Sheridan; grandchildren, Leah and Lance Wallingsford, Carla and Casey Marsh, Jennifer and Alan Gibbs, Amanda and Jason McCall, Robert and Bethany Mooney, P.J. and Rachel Mooney, Jeremy and Crystal Threlkeld, Nick Threlkeld, Andrea and Matt Nelson, Buddy and Allie Fowler, Cassandra and Michael Sanchez; 27 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, church family and friends.
Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Friday, February 2, 2018, at Sweet Home Missionary Baptist Church in Prattsville with Bro. Don Goodman officiating. Burial will follow at Philadelphia Cemetery in Prattsville. Visitation will be Thursday from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home. Pallbearers are Harold Holiman, Randy Buie, Barry Hollinger, David Bean, Danny Reynolds, Doug Hollinger, Jeff Goodman, and Ron Hurst. Honorary pallbearer is Ronald Holiman. Memorials may be made to Sweet Home Missionary Baptist Church, P.O. Box 213, Prattsville, Arkansas 72129. Arrangements by Memorial Gardens Funeral Home of Sheridan (870) 942-1306. www.memorialgardenssheridan.com.
ROMANCE — Royce Maddox, 78, of Romance, Arkansas passed away Monday, January 29, 2018. He was born June 8, 1939 at Mt. Vernon, Arkansas to Paul and Floy (Johnson) Maddox. Royce was a retired Army Vietnam Veteran and worked for Stone Container for sixteen years. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. Royce loved to joke, but was a kind and tender-hearted man, who lovingly provided for his family.
He is survived by his current wife of 21 1/2 years, Brenda (Roberts) Maddox; his mother, Floy Johnson; brother, Richard “Ricky” (Trudy) Maddox; step-children, Melissa (Sean) LeCrone, James “Butchie” and Laurel Weaver; grandchildren, Kayla (Steve) Cantu, Kyle DeHass, Allysa Voss, Makenna Voss, and Ian LeCrone; and two great-grandchildren, Julian Cantu and Christian Cantu. Royce was preceded in death by his first wife, Alma Rose “Rosie” (Smith) Maddox, daughter, Lori Ann DeHass, father Paul Maddox, brother Robert “Bobby” Maddox, and sisters Julia Farmer and Sandra Maddox.
Memorials may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project, https:// www.woundedwarriorproject.org. Family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Smith-Westbrook Funeral Home, Beebe. Graveside service will be 10 a.m. Friday, February 2, 2018 at Grissard Cemetery. Arrangements by Smith-Westbrook Funeral Home. www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
RUSSELLVILLE — Ed McAnulty, age 74, of Russellville, died Monday at home. Funeral Service: 2 p.m., Thursday at the Shinn Chapel, and under the direction of Shinn Funeral Service of Russellville. Burial will be private in Shiloh-Williamson Cemetery. Visitation to follow. The online obituary and guestbook are available at www.shinnfuneral.com.
SEARCY — Erma D. Fritts, 85, passed away on January 29, 2018 at The Crossing in Searcy, Arkansas. Funeral Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, February 1, 2018 at Roller-Daniel Funeral Home, Searcy. Interment will follow at Smyrna Cemetery. For online guestbook, www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.
SOLGOHACHIA — Martha Jane Robinson, 81, of Solgohachia, Arkansas died, Tuesday, January 30, 2018. The family invites all who will
to join them in celebration of Martha’s life at Harris Funeral Home Chapel from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, February 3, 2018. Arrangements by Harris Funeral Home of Morrilton. Online guestbook: www.harrisfuneralhomes.net.
STAR CITY — Mary Ophelia Adams Thomason, 84, of Star City died Monday. Graveside services are 10 a.m. Friday at Grady Cemetery. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Griffin Funeral Service. Arrangements by Griffin Funeral Service in Star City. Online guestbook at www.griffinfuneralservice.net.
–––––❖––––– SUBIACO — Steve L. Wilson, 68, of Subiaco, Arkansas passed away on Sunday, January 28, 2018 in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Roller Funeral Home in Paris. Online guestbook is www. rollerfuneralhomes.com/ paris.
–––––❖––––– WARD — Rev. Gwyn Dona Crain Oakes was born May 21, 1934 on Russell Mountain, near Bald
Knob, Arkansas to Vernon and
Mabel (McGuire) Crain.
At age 19, she moved to Michigan to work in a factory. She became an active part of her local church. She and a young man in the church, L.G. Oakes, were married on April 19, 1956 in Benton Heights, Michigan. While in Michigan their four children were born. She began her art career as an Oil Colorist. In 1968, after L.G. received his call into the ministry, the family moved to Arkansas to pastor the Church of Jesus Christ in Higgenson, Arkansas. While attending there, Gwyn received her call into the ministry.
In 1970, the family moved to Bald Knob to establish the Church of Jesus Christ on Russell Mountain Road, which later became the United Pentecostal Church of Bald Knob, Arkansas. While pastoring in Bald Knob, Gwyn and L.G. pursued many interests. They both became Juvenile Probation Officers for White County, they established Sizzlin’ Catfish restaurant in Searcy, later moving it to Bald Knob. She worked various sales positions traveling across Arkansas and the United States. Gwyn and L.G. worked together in various departments of the Arkansas District of the United Pentecostal Church, Int’l. Gwyn served for 20 years as Ladies Auxiliary President for Arkansas. She was elected in 1994 to serve as International Ladies Auxiliary President for the United Pentecostal Church and served for 22 years. While she was in that position, the department name and focus were changed to Ladies Ministries of the UPCI.
Gwyn passed away peacefully on January 27, 2018.
She is preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Avo, O.V., Cleo, Aulton, and Austin; two step-mothers, Ruby Phillips Crain and Margie Frame Crain; her husband, L.G. and son, David. She is survived by her children: Charlotte (Charles) Haley of McRae, Leah (Steven) Seagraves of SeaTac, Washington, and Matthew (Rachel Riggs) Oakes of Ward; her siblings: Thelma Martin [Bald Knob], Jerry [Bradford], Glen, Donna, and Edith [California]. She has five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends who loved her dearly.
Services will be held at Revival Church, 1000 N. Maple, Searcy, Friday, February 2. Viewing is 4-6 p.m. Celebration of Life begins at 6 p.m. Her burial will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Carter Cemetery in Russell. Arrangements by Powell Funeral Home of Searcy. www. powellfuneralhome.net.