El Dorado News-Times
NOTICE OF PASSING CLIFFORD D. LEVINGSTON
Clifford D. Levingston, 62, passed away on February 4, 2023 at Lifetouch Hospice in El Dorado, AR 71730. Memorial Service: will be held on February 25, 2023 at 2:00 PM at the El Dorado Conference Center.
OBITUARIES NILA MAE OWENS McMULLAN
Nila Mae Owens McMullan, age 93, of El Dorado, Arkansas, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, February 18, 2023. Nila was born on May 11, 1929 in Stephens, Arkansas, to Luther and Hazel Taylor Owens. Preceding her in death along with her parents was her husband of 72 years, L.D. McMullan. Survivors include her two sons, Rick McMullan (Pam), and Randall McMullan (Diane), both of El Dorado, Arkansas; six grandchildren, Natalie Hull (Stacy), Melodie Britt (Tommy), Leslie Alexander, Mollie Lee, Jodi Williams (Donnie), Katie Skidmore (Justin); 3 step-grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. Nila was a loving and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She began her long career beside L.D. working as his secretary, helping build their successful business with State Farm and more. For 72 years, she was the bookkeeper for their many ventures, working diligently in their home office. She would have happily retired their books this year. Nila truly loved life to the fullest through the simple pleasures; chatting with friends and family, tending to her many animals and maintaining their loving home. She loved to read, with her Bible being her favorite book. Nila was compassionate and believed in the strength of family and the power of prayer. Her hope for her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren was that they find a way to enjoy life and the work their creator has put them here for and that they are never alone. “The Blessings are there-just ask and be thankful-be positive; not negative. God is Good!”~Nila. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. A graveside service by Young’s Funeral Directors will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, February 23, 2023 at Rest Haven Memorial Gardens with Austin Alexander officiating. Condolences can be expressed online at www.youngsfuneralhome.com
Leland Watts, 69, of Smackover, passed away Sunday, February 19, 2023 at UAMS in Little Rock. He was born February 20, 1953 to Franklin Leland Watts, Sr. and Wilma Earline Montgomery Watts in El Dorado, AR. He was a graduate of Southern State College, now Southern Arkansas University, earning his Master’s Degree in Education. He retired from the Smackover School District, where he coached football and track and was the Tech Coordinator at Smackover High School. Leland was a member of Joyce City Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon. Coach Watts was a simple gentleman whose quiet demeanor made him easy to love. He was an avid football fan who was devoted to his family and church. He is preceded in death by his parents. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 40 years, Kelly Watts of Smackover; daughter, Rebecca Watts of Texarkana, AR; brother, William Watts (Tammy) of Hot Springs Village, AR; sister, Sandra Morton of El Dorado; four nephews, Heath Watts (Kelsey), Grady Watts, Blake Watts (Peighton), Daniel Morton (Melissa); and several great nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, February 24, 2023 at the Smackover First Baptist Church with Rev. Phillip Dunn and Rev. Carly Davis officiating. Visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m. prior to the service. Burial will follow at Smackover Cemetery under the direction of Young’s Funeral Directors. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or to the American Stroke Association, P.O. Box 840692, Dallas, TX 75284-0692. Condolences can be expressed online at www.youngsfuneralhome.com