BRYANT — M. Mozelle Wise Taylor, age 92, of Bryant passed away on Saturday, January 12, 2019. She was born October 5, 1926, in Bauxite to the late William Oscar Wise and Lillian Eula Walker Wise. Mozelle was a school teacher retiring after 21 years, teaching in the Bryant, DeWitt, and Glen Rose Schools in Arkansas and Corpus Christi and Austin Schools in Texas. Mozelle was a member of the First Baptist Church in Bryant. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Fredrick Alan Taylor, two brothers, William M. Wise and George Stuart Wise, sister, Ophelia Sullivan.
Survivors, three nieces, Kathy Lewallen, Bryant; Debra Tracy, Benton; Becky Langford, Indianapolis, Indiana; and several nieces and nephews out of state.
Family wishes to give special thanks to the staff at Mt. Carmel Assisted Living, Amberwood Health and Rehabilitation, and Arkansas Hospice for their love and support.
Memorials may be made to the Bauxite Museum, 6707 Benton Rd., Bauxite, Ark. 72011.
Graveside services will be 3 p.m. Tuesday at Forest Hills Cemetery in Alexander. Minister will be Rev. Kim Hammer. Online guest book at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com.
–––––❖––––– CONWAY — Glen Walter Brncic, 78, of Conway, Ark., passed away January 12, 2019. Full obituary and online guestbook available at www.rollerfuneralhomes. com/conway.
–––––❖––––– ENGLAND — Mary Elizabeth Rochelle Duerson of England, Arkansas, went home to be with her Saviour Saturday, January 12, 2019.
A faithful and active member of the England
United Methodist Church, she was preceded by her husband of 65 years, William A. Duerson, Jr.,and her oldest daughter Barbara Carol Duerson Henderson (Robert). She was born March 10, 1921, in Tomberlin, Arkansas, to Thomas David Rochelle and Minnie Bell Pirtle Rochelle. Liz, or “Miss Liz” as many called her, is survived by one son, William Kerry Duerson (Sandie), of England, Arkansas, and one daughter, Melissa Duerson Harmon (Rod), of Thornton, Colorado; ten grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Roller England Funeral Home (501) 842-3939. Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at the Roller England Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 6-8 p.m. Monday, January 14, 2019. Online guestbook: www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.
–––––❖––––– HAMPTON — Nelle Stuart Thomason, 98, of Hampton, died Saturday, January 12, 2019. She was born December 24, 1920, in Ozan, Ark., to the late Nannie Fletcher Stuart and Hugh Ossie Stuart. She was also preceded in death by her younger brother Monroe Stuart.
Nelle attended school at Ozan and Nashville High School. She graduated from a two year commercial study program at Magnolia A&M (SAU) with honors in 1940. She taught typing and shorthand in Camden and Stamps. She accepted a job in Hampton with the Farm Security Administration in 1941.
She married Jack Thomason in Hampton in March of 1944. They had two children – Billy Hugh (Bill) and Regina. Nelle and Jack bought and operated Kash-Way Grocery from 1945 to 1965. After Jack died suddenly in 1965, Nelle continued to operate the store until 1969. Nelle then became the bookkeeper for Nutt Equipment, then secretary of the Calhoun County Farm Bureau for 24 years. She also took a course in tax preparation and began doing taxes for the public in 1970 and continued tax work through 2016.
She transferred her membership to the Hampton United Methodist Church in 1946 and has been a very active member for 72 years. She taught Sunday School for children (nursery and kindergarten) for 50 years, was the youth director for 10 years, sang in the choir, and was very active in the United Methodist Women. She served as financial secretary for over 25 years and held most leadership positions at one time. She was recognized as one of the Outstanding Women in the Little Rock Conference in 1999.
Nelle loved arranging and growing flowers. She had large flower gardens at her home. In 1953, she joined the Hampton Garden Club where she served as president 12 times. In the early years the Garden Club focus was the development of the City Park in which she played a major role. She felt her most important task with the Garden Club was working with Winnie Harrell to secure a building they could use as the Garden Club Center and a Community Center. With the help of Calhoun County Bank (Now Generations Bank) this dream was fulfilled in 1997.
In 2007 Nelle was recognized as Calhoun County Citizen of the Year.
Nelle began helping with stage decorations for the Calhoun County Fair in 1988 and later several other tasks over the years. She was recognized for her hard work by the Arkansas Fair Managers Association with the “Work Horse” Award for 2011 in Hot Springs.
Nelle loved bowling and taking bus trips. She was on a bowling team from 1967 through 2004 and really enjoyed the fellowship of team members. In the annual bus trips she eventually visited all but four states.
As shown above, Nelle was a true servant to her Church and Community. She always tried (and she set the example) to teach her children and grandchildren to do their best, work hard, don’t give up, be loyal to your church and organizations you are affiliated with, be patient, be enthusiastic, and treat others with courtesy and respect.
Nelle is survived by her children: Bill (Jane) Thomason of Ponca City, Okla., and Regina (Virgil) Bethea of Hampton; her grandchildren: Arthur (Kerrie) Thomason of League City, Texas, Emily Thomason (Brad) Milsaps of Atlanta, Kevin (Chancy) Bethea of Bryant, Ark., David (Lindsey) Bethea of Hampton, and Billy (Crystal) Bethea of Sheridan, and her great-grandchildren: Jack, Ann, and May Thomason of League City, Ellen and Will Milsaps of Atlanta, Rhett and Audrey Bethea of Hampton, and Presley and T.P. of Sheridan.
Visitation will be Tuesday from 12:30 p.m. until 2 p.m. at Hampton United Methodist Church. Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. at the church. Burial will be at Campground Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hampton United Methodist Church. To sign the online register visit www.bentonfuneralhome.net.
–––––❖––––– RUSSELLVILLE — Ralph Cleveland Titsworth Jr., 70, Russellville, died Saturday.
Funeral Service: 2 p.m. on Tuesday at the Shinn Chapel. Burial: Pisgah Cemetery and under the direction of Shinn Funeral Service of Russellville. Visitation: Monday 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
The online obituary and guestbook are available at www.shinnfuneral.com.
–––––❖––––– WARD — Beverly Ann Nelson, 79, of Ward went to be with the Lord, January
11, 2019. She was born in
Little Rock, on
July 29, 1939, to A.I. and Virginia Baker.
Beverly graduated with an
LPN degree and worked at various hospitals around Little Rock. She worked for Dr. Charles R. Winn until she semi-retired after 25 years. Beverly deciding retirement wasn’t for her worked another 13 years for Neurology Associates. She taught elementary Sunday School for years. Beverly also enjoyed cross stich and making crafts. She also loved sharing her crafts with others. She would cross stitch Bible verses for her Sunday School children and Ed, her late husband, would frame a verse for each child. Beverly was also an active member of the church choir.
Beverly was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Edward J. Nelson. She is survived by four children: Jeff Chatman (Cindy), Les Nelson (Candy), Miles Nelson (Tiffany), Gina Parish (David); nine grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren, and one brother, Ronnie Baker (LaVonne).
A visitation will be held Tuesday, January 15, 2019, from 6-8 p.m. at Roller Drummond Funeral Home, 10900 Interstate 30. Funeral services will follow 1 p.m. Wednesday at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1 Covenant Drive in Little Rock. Reverend Tim Reed will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, please make memorials in Beverly’s name to Covenant Presbyterian Church.
Services are under the direction of Roller Drummond Funeral Home, please share your memories of Beverly at www.rollerfuneralhomes.com/drummond.
–––––❖––––– WING — Elois Jones Hunnicutt, 101, of Wing, died Friday. Funeral is at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Gravelly Methodist Church with burial in Parks Cemetery, under the direction of Shinn Funeral Service of Russellville. Visitation 1 p.m. til service. The online obituary and guestbook are available at www.shinnfuneral.com.