Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - DEATHS -

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.pow­ell­fu­ner­al­

–––––❖––––– 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.bob­nealand­

–––––❖––––– 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.bish­opcrites­fu­ner­al­

–––––❖––––– 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.proc­tor­fu­ner­al­

–––––❖––––– 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.roller­fu­ner­al­­brier.

–––––❖––––– 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.roller­fu­ner­al­ 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. roller­fu­ner­al­­way.

–––––❖––––– 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.lar­ry­gack­lin­fu­ner­al­

–––––❖––––– 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.ben­ton­fu­ner­al­

–––––❖––––– 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.con­ner­fam­i­ly­fu­ner­al­

–––––❖––––– 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.di­a­lan­dud­ley­fu­ner­al­

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.memo­ri­alggar­denssh­eri­

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

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. roller­fu­ner­al­­t­he­lena.

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.boyd­fu­ner­al­ 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. stephen­son­dear­

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.ralphrobin­so­nand­

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.memo­ri­al­gar­denssh­eri­

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.wound­ed­war­rior­pro­ 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.SmithFam­i­

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.shin­n­fu­

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.roller­fu­ner­al­

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.har­ris­fu­ner­al­


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.griffin­fu­ner­alser­

–––––❖––––– 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. roller­fu­ner­al­ 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. pow­ell­fu­ner­al­

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