Texarkana Gazette




Roger Gordon Ingvardsen entered in to eternal rest on January 23rd, 2023. Roger was born in Pasadena, Texas on March 28, 1943, to Hans Peter “Buster” Ingvardsen and Gladys Viola Rasmussen.

He is survived by his son Brent and daughter-in-law Deidre, of Pelican, LA and daughter Tammy Ingvardsen of Plano, Texas; as well as his grandchild­ren, Jackson Ingvardsen and husband Aaron Gamble, Landon Royer and Kyrie Royer, and 7 great-grandchild­ren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother Gary Ingvardsen and half-brothers, Donald & Deward Plant Jr.

Roger apprentice­d as a boilermake­r at Dow Chemical in Freeport, Texas. Roger attained the rank of Sergeant in the Texas National Guard as a Armor Scout. He moved to Texarkana, Texas in 1971 on the startup crew for Internatio­nal Paper’s Domino Mill. Roger was a 35-year veteran of Internatio­nal Paper where he worked as a mechanic until he was forced to retire due to an injury.

He was an avid reader, loved to dance, riding his bike, playing on his computer and making people blush with his saucy humor.

In his younger years, he loved gardening, camping, fishing and sailing on the coast.

Family wishes to thank Floretha King-Smith and to Kathy and the Ihop ladies in Texarkana, Arkansas for their friendship and service to Roger.


Eva LaJuan Brown entered her heavenly home on February 3, 2023 at the age of 88. She was born on January 26, 1935, in Bradley, Arkansas. She graduated from Bradley High School and after finishing Texarkana Business College, she had a career in finance. She was a faithful member and longtime pianist for Rhema Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, W.C. Brown, her parents and a great-nephew Quint Taber.

Her surviving relatives include her brother Wayne Keahey (LaVern), niece LaNell Yaber (Tab), nephew, Bram Keahey (Michelle) and great-nephews Geoffrey Fielder, Grant Fielder, Wesley Fielder (Kayla) and her great-nieces Kilpin Taber and Abigail Keahey.

She lived out her strong faith in Christ with her family, fellow church members and many friends. She was a beloved for her compassion for others and especially the well-being of children.


Eliza Diva Mae (Burns) Thomas, 87, of Texarkana, AR passed away peacefully at home on February 4, 2023. She was a faithful member of the Church of Christ, a devoted mother & grandmothe­r, and retired from the Ashdown School System.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Clifford Alex Thomas; her parents, Allen & Lorena (Plumley) Burns and Edgar Lafferty; Four sisters, Veola Aaron, Geraldine Crank, Doris Walker, Francine Robison; Five brothers, Bryant Lafferty, Gilbert Lafferty, Garland Lafferty, Larry Lafferty, Wendell Lafferty.

Survivors include her Three children; Steve Thomas, Cheryl Thomas, and Cathrine & Ron Jackson. One brother, Jimmy & Wannell Laffery. Six grandchild­ren, Cori Jackson, Alex Thomas, Chas Thomas, Nicole Thomas, Tiffany (Thomas) Hill, Deanna (Jackson) Parker. Nine great-grandchild­ren with number ten on the way. Numerous beloved nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 6:00pm – 8:00pm on February 6, 2023 at Madden Funeral Chapel in Ashdown, AR. Funeral Services will be February 7, 2023 at 3:00pm at Madden Funeral Chapel, Gary Aaron and Jerry Monholland officiatin­g, with burial to follow at Ashdown Cemetery.


Gayle Miller Sinquefiel­d, age 85, of Texarkana, Texas passed away on Friday, February 3, 2023. Gayle was born October 3, 1937 in Redwater, TX. She was a homemaker; mother; and MeMa.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ronald

Sinquefiel­d; and son, Chris Sinquefiel­d.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Tony and Sheron Kight of Corley, TX; daughter and son-in-law, Jodi and Bart Dunham of Texarkana, TX; grandchild­ren, Daniel and Courtney Kight of Maud, TX and Randal and Kensie Kight of Corley, TX; great grandchild­ren, Jayce Kight, Brenden Kight, Avery Kight, Karter Kight and Tye Kight; and special life long friend, Betty Nell Foster of Maud, TX.

Cremation arrangemen­ts are under the direction of East Funeral Home - Downtown.

Fond memories and expression­s of sympathy may be shared at www.eastfunera­lhomes.com for the Sinquefiel­d family.


Funeral arrangemen­ts are pending with R.L. Reed Funeral Home, LLC, of Magnolia, AR, for deputy Regnald “Reggie” Ellis, 44, who passed Saturday, February 4th, at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock, AR.


Bernice Inman Martin died February 3, 2023. Services will be 2:00 P.M. February 7, 2023 at Pinkham Memorial Missionary Baptist Church. Visitation will be held the hour before.


Michele Denise Shaw passed away February 5, 2023. Services will be 1:00 P.M. February 8, 2023 at Bates Family Funeral Home in De Kalb. Visitation will be the evening before.


Earnest Turner, 75, of Texarkana died Friday, February 3, 2023, in a local hospital. Arrangemen­ts are pending with Haynes Mortuary, Inc.


Laura E. Houff, 96, of Nash, Texas, died Monday, February 6, 2023, in a local hospital. Arrangemen­ts are pending with Haynes Mortuary, Inc.


Robin Lorraine Bourgeois, age 60, of Texarkana, Texas, died Sunday, February 5, 2023, at her residence. Arrangemen­ts are with Chapelwood Funeral Home.


MARTIN, Bernice. DeKalb, Texas. Died Friday. Services 2 p.m. Pinkham Missionary Baptist Church.

THOMAS, Eliza. Texarkana, Arkansas. Died Saturday. Services 3 p.m. Madden Funeral Home, Ashdown, Arkansas. Burial in Ashdown Cemetery.

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