BEEBE — Danny Joe “Joey” Crowder Jr., age 40, of Beebe, Arkansas, went to be with the Lord December 5,
2018. Joey was a 1997 graduate of Beebe High
School and a true Beebe Badger. An Army veteran, he served in Iraq,
Kosovo and Afghanistan. He was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church and an employee of Simmons Poultry. Joey was a wonderful husband, son and father.
He is survived by his wife, Mandy Crowder of Star City; his children, Curtis, Ashley, Brittany, Faith and Anthony; his father Danny Crowder of Sylvania; his mother, Robin Lightfoot Morse of Beebe; grandmother, Gladys Lightfoot of Beebe; brother, Justin (Stephanie) Crowder of Beebe; two stepsons, Terry Hunsucker and Jackson Hunsucker; and a step-daughter, Lacey Shillings. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Stephanie.
Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. Sunday at Smith-Westbrook Funeral Home, Beebe. Private burial will be in Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens. Arrangements by Smith-Westbrook Funeral Home. www.smithfamilycares.com.
–––––❖––––– BENTON — David Eugene Lewis, 61, of Benton, died on November 28, 2018. He was born on January 15, 1957. Roller-Ballard Funeral Home, 306 S. Main Street, Benton, Ark. 72015, (501) 315-4047. www. rollerfuneralhomes.comballard.
–––––❖––––– BRINKLEY — Willa Gunter died December 5th 2018, in Brinkley, Arkansas, at the age of 99. Her funeral will be Monday, December 10th at the First Assembly Of God Church in Brinkley with visitation starting at 10 a.m. and services at 11 a.m. A full obituary in Sunday’s paper. Guestbook/obit/www.bobnealand sons.com.
–––––❖––––– CABOT — Judie Marie Stender, 75, of Cabot, passed into the embrace of her
Lord and Savior,
Jesus Christ, on the morning of December 6,
2018. She was born on August
She was preceded by her husband of 50 years, Bobby
Joe Stender, her parents, Robert Crownrich and Lovie Crownrich, three sisters, Pat Humphrey, Beaumont, Texas, Barbra Smith, North Little Rock, Ark., Joyce Carr, Edmond, Okla. Judie is survived by three children, Angela Jo Sampels (Stuart), of Colorado, Marcus Joe Stender (Kerith), Colorado, and Marcie Jo Duncan (Jeffery), Cabot, Ark. She is also survived by two grandsons, Brian Duncan, Jacksonville, and Bobby Joe Stender, Fayetteville, Ark., and one sister, Kaye Beck, (Richard), Austin, Texas.
She was retired from Charter Mortgage and was a long time member of First Baptist Church, Jacksonville. Judie will be remembered by all who knew her as the sweetest person. She was warm, loving, and caring.
Family visitation will be held Monday, December 10, 2018, at 10 a.m. with funeral services immediately following at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church, Jacksonville. Entombment immediately following, Chapel Hill Memorial Park, Jacksonville.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, Jacksonville, Arkansas. Arrangements were entrusted to A Natural State Funeral Service, Jacksonville, Arkansas. (501) 9823400. Her online guestbook is available at www.anaturalstatefuneralservice.com.
–––––❖––––– CONWAY — Marilyn Teresa Johnson, 88, of Conway, passed away on December 7, 2018. Rosary/Visitation at 9 a.m. December 10, 2018, at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. December 10, 2018, at St. Joseph with burial at Crestlawn Memorial Park. Online guestbook available at www.rollerfuneralhome.com/conway.
–––––❖––––– COTTON PLANT — Dorothy Wilkerson White, 93, died Tuesday, December 4, 2018, in Memphis, Tennessee. A native of Cotton Plant, Dot taught school for over 53 years before retiring. Survivors: son, Bob White; sister, Marian Cooper. Visitation: 2 p.m. Services: 3 p.m., both Saturday at First United Methodist-Cotton Plant. Interment: Cotton Plant Memorial Cemetery. Obit/guestbook/www.bobnealandsons.com.
–––––❖––––– FORDYCE — Emily Kathryne “Kay” Garlington, age 79, of Fordyce, passed away on Tuesday, December
4, at St. John’s
Place after a long and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Kay was born in Fordyce on September
15, 1939, to Richard and Annie Mae Reynolds Holt. She led a wonderful life, spreading her kindness and generosity to everyone, and she was dedicated to her family, church, and friends. Her compassionate personality and beautiful smile were rays of sunshine to everyone she met.
Kay was a graduate of Fordyce High School where she was a Redbug Cheerleader and President of the Senior Class of 1957. She married her high school sweetheart, Buster Garlington, in 1958 and spent the next 60 years of her life devoted to her husband and loving children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, as well as her parents, siblings, special friends, and classmates. Her greatest pride and joy was talking about her family and sharing pictures of them with everyone. She attended every recital, ballgame, birthday party, graduation, and golf tournament with her sweet smile and her heart full of pride and joy. Birthdays and holidays were a delight to her, as she made each one extra special. Her children and grandchildren can tell of loving visits with her, drinking her homemade hot chocolate or lemonade, sampling one of her desserts, watching movies together, sharing funny stories, planning shopping excursions, or just looking at family pictures.
Kay grew up in Fordyce in a happy home full of love and laughter. Her siblings, Barbara, Linda, Jimmy, and Tommy, could all share many fond memories of their childhood years. Their parents, Richard and Annie Mae, were known to all for their kindness and generosity. Kay proudly continued their kind-heartedness throughout her life. She also loved every one of her FHS Class of 1957 classmates, remaining in touch with all of them through the years.
Kay was a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church of Fordyce. She dearly loved her church and church family, and she seldom missed a Sunday service. Kay faithfully taught the Kindergarten Sunday School Class for 37 years, touching the lives and hearts of many children as she shared bible stories and played delightful children’s songs. She was a long-time member of the Mary Mays Circle and served on various boards and committees in the church.
Kay worked for over 35 years as Bookkeeper for Attorney Thomas Sparks and assisted with the family hardware business. Kay was an active member and served as Treasurer in the Fordyce Culture Club and the Fordyce Scholarship Association. Kay’s many hobbies included cooking, reading, shopping, playing the piano, playing bingo, working crossword puzzles, cheering for the Redbugs and Razorbacks, and most of all, spending time with family and loved ones. Friends and family both agree that Kay was the sweetest, most loving and caring person you could ever meet with a true heart of gold.
Loved ones left to cherish Kay’s blessed memory are: her devoted husband of 60 years, Buster Garlington of Fordyce: two children, daughter Lisa Garlington Knoedl of Fordyce and son Chris Garlington (Donna) of Huntsville; two sisters, Barbara Holt Henderson of Sherwood and Linda Holt Holmes (Carrol) of Fordyce; one brother, Jimmy Holt (Sandi) of Fordyce. She was affectionately known as “Mammaw” to her grandchildren: her “Sunshine Girls” Aimee Jones Waldrep (Kevin) of Fayetteville and Allison Jones Senn (Tyler) of Prairie Grove, Kristofer Freeland (Nicole) of Little Rock, Laura Freeland Sanchez (Edward)
of Berryville, and Justin Freeland (Jacinda) of Sheridan. Kay’s great-grandchildren included Natalie Waldrep, Stella and Hadley Freeland, Edward Sanchez, and Lexie, Lanie, and Trenton Freeland. She is also survived by a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and special friends. Kay was preceded in death by her parents, Richard and Annie Mae Holt, and brother Tommy Holt.
Kay would be in awe of the outpouring of love and support shown during the final span of her illness, and her family has been deeply touched by the many acts of kindness. The family will also be forever grateful to Dr. Hugh A. Nutt, Arkansas Hospice, and the dedicated staff at St. John’s Place for the loving care and compassion shown to her during her illness.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, December 9, from 6-8:30 p.m. at Benton Funeral Home of Fordyce. A service celebrating Kay’s wonderful life will be held in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church in Fordyce on Monday, December 10, at 10 a.m. with Rev. Phil Smith and Dusty Rhodes officiating. Burial will follow at Oakland Cemetery in Fordyce. Memorials may be made to Fordyce First United Methodist Church, 4th and Spring St., Fordyce, Ark. 71742. Arrangements are by Benton Funeral Home of Fordyce. To sign the online register visit www.bentonfuneralhome.net.
–––––❖––––– HEBER SPRINGS — Jewell Dessie Qualls, age 82, of Heber Springs passed away December 7, 2018. Survivors: daughter, Cathy Dianne Barnett (Lemuel) and Krystal Mullens (David); sister, Evelyn Mooneyhan and Tommie Poff. Visitation: 10 a.m., Tuesday, December 11, 2018, to service time 11 a.m. at Heber Springs Funeral Home. Online Obituary: www.heberspringsfuneralhome. com.
HOT SPRINGS — Legendary track announcer, Terry Wallace, of Hot Springs, Arkansas, earned his Triple Crown on Thursday, December 6 after a lengthy illness. A Rosary will begin at 2:30 p.m. Monday at St Mary’s of the Springs. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 3 p.m. Online guestbook and condolences are available at www.GrossFuneralHome.com.
–––––❖––––– JONESBORO — M. Carnell Beck, 91, of Jonesboro, formerly of Searcy, passed away on December 5,
2018. She was born in the Holly
Springs Community of Searcy, to the late Hubert and Beulah Andrews Grimes on
March 28, 1927.
In her later years Carnell became the caregiver for many of her relatives. She enjoyed crocheting, piecing quilts, watching the Saint Louis Cardinals, and the Arkansas Razorback Basketball team. Carnell was a member of Saint Paul’s United Methodist Church.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Jerrel, one grandson Ryan Mondy, her stepfather Alex Wright, her aunt Magnolia Edwards, her uncles Garland and Arley Andrews. Mrs. Beck is survived by one son Steve Beck (Iris) of Brookland, Ark., one daughter, Andrea Mondy (Christopher) of Pea Ridge, Ark., two grandchildren, Kathryn Tilley (Aaron) of Brookland, Ark., Ashtyn Mondy of Pea Ridge, Ark., three great-grandchildren, Cody, Jaime, and Marnie Tilley of Brookland, Ark., along with a host of other
family and friends.
Funeral Service will be on Sunday, December 9, 2018 at the Roller-Daniel Funeral Home Chapel at 2 p.m. with a visitation one hour prior to service. Interment will follow at Gum Springs Cemetery. Online Guestbook: www.rollerfuneralhomes.com/searcy.
–––––❖––––– SHANNON HILLS — Ruby Dean Johnson, 82, of Shannon Hills, passed away Thursday, December 6, 2018. She was born December 7, 1935. Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, December 10, at Roller-Alcoa Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Mt. Olive Cemetery. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Sunday, December 9, at the funeral home. Online guestbook: www.rollerfuneralhomes. com/bryant.
–––––❖––––– SHERIDAN — James Dean Delk, 64, of Sheridan, Arkansas, died Friday. Survivors: son, Eli Delk; daughter, Shelisa Delk; brother, Andy Miller; sister, Sandra Delk; mother of his children, Sherry Wheeler; mother-in-law, Oneta Sweeden; six grandchildren; one great-grandson. A private service will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, Sheridan (870) 942-1306. www.memorialgardenssheridan.com.
–––––❖––––– THORNTON — Beverly Ann Ford Williams, 69, of Thornton, died Thursday, December 6, 2018, at her home in Thornton, Arkansas. She was born July 6, 1949, in Sheridan, Arkansas.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Dewey Ford and Katye Lamb Ford; and one brother, Roger Ford. She is survived by her husband, Randy Williams of Thornton; two sons, Marty (Lindsey) Smith of Thornton, Chad (Britt) Smith of Thornton; one daughter, Jonna (Cliff) Quarles of Thornton; three sisters, Anita Matlock of Phoenix, Ariz., Bivian Hale of Pine Bluff, Betty Gerety of Pensacola, Fla.; 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. at Benton Funeral Home in Fordyce. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. at Benton Funeral Home with Rev. Brent Mixon officiating. To sign the online register visit www.bentonfuneralhome.net.