De Queen Area Obituaries


From the April 3 edition
Jerry D. Smith
Jerry Don Smith, age 53, a resident of De Queen, was born Nov. 28, 1960, and passed away on March 15, 2014.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Don and Flora Smith. Jerry is survived by his brother, Roger Smith; and a host of cousins, aunts, and uncles.
To sign his guest book, please visit www.arkansasfuneralcare.com. Arrangements made by Arkansas Funeral Care.
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Marlin Allen
Marlin Ray Allen, age 81, a resident of Lake Charles, La., died Sunday, March 30, 2014 at his home.

He was born Feb. 25, 1933 in De Queen to Walter Allen, Sr. and Tompie Willmon Allen. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He was owner of Allen’s Financial Services and Used Cars in Lake Charles and he was a Christian.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, 2014 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed in the Allen Family Cemetery in De Queen.

The family received friends at Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen, Tuesday, April 1 from 6-8 p.m.
You can send an online www.chandlerfuneral.com.
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Patsy A. Hall
Patsy Ann Bell Hall, age 77, a resident of De Queen, died Friday, March 28, 2014 in the Brookewood Nursing Center.
She was born Oct. 24, 1936 in De Queen. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church in De Queen.

Graveside funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, 2014 in Redmen Cemetery with Duane Alspaw and Jerry Ligon officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.
You can register online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com.
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Viola Williamson
Viola Wright Williamson, age 68, a resident of Paulding, Ohio, and former resident of Mineral Springs, died Tuesday, March 25, 2014.
She was born in Mineral Springs to John and Francis P. Young Clardy.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 5, 2014 at Den Herder Funeral Home in Paulding. Visitation will be from 12 noon until time of services on Saturday.

Donations may be made to the family for funeral expenses. Online condolences can be sent to funeralhome@denherderfh.com.

Apr 3, 2014, 09:40


From March 20 edition
Opal Alexander
Opal Pearl Alexander, age 90, died Wednesday, March 12, 2014 in De Queen.

She was born Aug. 1, 1923 in Las Cruces, N.M. She had been manager of the Holiday Inn at Idabel, Okla., for many years and was a sorority mother to many young women at New Mexico State University.

The family received friends Friday, March 14 from 6-8 p.m. at Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.
You can register online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com.
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Mrs. Louise Lay
Mrs. Louise Talley Lay, age 80, a resident of Atlanta, Texas, and former resident of De Queen, died Sunday, March 16, 2014 at her home.

She was born to Thomas James and Sarah Rachel Irvan Talley in Horatio March 29, 1933. She was retired executive assistant at De Queen City Hall, and a homemaker. She was a member of the Open Door Baptist Church in Atlanta, Texas.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 20, 2014 in the Williamson Community Church, Horatio, with Bro. Jimmy Roden officiating, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home of De Queen. There was a visitation after the service.
You can send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.


Mar 24, 2014, 07:17


From March 6 edition
Norman Turner
Norman C. Turner, age 64, a resident of De Queen, died Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 at his home.

He was born to Harold Lee and Mae Velma Smith Turner in De Queen July 20, 1949. He was a former employee of Zachary, Inc., Victoria, Texas, where he served as foreman. He was a veteran of Vietnam having served in the U.S. Army.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed in the Valley Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. The family received friends at Chandler Funeral Home Thursday, Feb. 27, from 5-7 p.m.

You can send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.
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Dean Johnson
John Dean Johnson, Sr., age 70, a resident of De Queen, died Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 in Christus St. Michael Health System, Texarkana, Texas.

He was born to Joe Michael Johnson, Sr., and Mary Bernice Stricker Johnson in De Queen April 17, 1943. He served in the military with the National Guard, and was a retired employee of Pilgrim’s Pride. He was an active member of the Union Community Church.

The family received friends and family at Union Community Church, De Queen on Thursday, Feb. 27 from 6-7:30 p.m.
Memorial services were held at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Charles Ligon officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Union Community Church, c/o Chloe Young, 161 Johnson Bridge Road, De Queen, AR 71832.

You can send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.
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Glenn Rainer, Sr.
Glenn Edwin Rainer, Sr., age 87, a resident of De Queen, died Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 at his home.

He was born to Lawrence and Mattie Brown Rainer in Lamesa, Texas Dec. 16, 1926. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army. He was a retired truck driver as well as manager of truck terminals for over 30 years. He was a Baptist and attended First Baptist Church of De Queen.

Visitation was held Friday, Feb. 28 from 5-7 p.m. at Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen. Cremation followed.
You can send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.
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Dwayne Griffin
Estess Dwayne Griffin, age 76, a resident of Falls Chapel, died Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 at his home.

He was born to Estess Lee and Dixie Ann Penney Griffin at Hot Springs Sept. 4, 1936. He was a retired carpenter and a member of the Calvary Missionary Baptist Church of Lockesburg.

Graveside memorial services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 1, 2014 in the Falls Chapel Cemetery with Rev. Wesley Blankenship officiating.
In lieu of flowers you can send a memorial to Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, the American Cancer Society or Gideons International.
You can send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.
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Hubert Williams, Sr.
Hubert Thomas Williams, Sr., age 84, a resident of De Queen, died Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 in De Queen.

He was born Jan. 29, 1930 in De Queen. He received his ROTC commission from Henderson State in 1952; served in Korea and was a captain in the inactive reserves. He was an educator for 36 years as a coach, teacher and administrator. He was a member of First Baptist Church in De Queen.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 1, 2014 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with Roy Conatser, Micah Martin and Brent Young officiating. Burial followed in Chapel Hill Cemetery.

The family received friends from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28 at the funeral home in De Queen.
You can register online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com.
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Mrs. Pam Gist
Mrs. Mary Pamela “Pam” Cartwright Gist, age 66, a resident of Wilton, died Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 in the Christus St. Michael Hospital.

She was born to L.C. “Buddy” and Shasta T. Reed Cartwright in Texarkana March 5, 1947. She worked in medical records for various nursing homes, including the Little River Nursing Home, and was an associate of Walmart in Ashdown. She was a homemaker and a Baptist. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 3, 2014 in the First Baptist Church of Foreman with Rev. Duane Blackmore and Bro. Chris Clayton officiating.

The family received friends Sunday, March 2 from 2-4 p.m. at Chandler Funeral Home.
You can send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.
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Archie D. Jones
Archie Dale Jones, age 89, a resident of Dierks, died Monday, March 3, 2014, in Howard Memorial Hospital in Nashville.
He was born April 4, 1924 in Howard County. He was a retired Millwright for Weyerhaeuser, a member of the Missionary Baptist Church and a World War II Army veteran.

The family received friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 5 at the funeral home in Dierks.
You can register online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com.
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Mrs. Oma Vann
Mrs. Oma Faye Ensey Vann, age 70, a resident of Gillham, died Monday, March 3, 2014 at Dierks Health and Rehab in Dierks.
She was born to Alexander and Gertie Combs Ensey in Ringold, Okla., Jan. 16, 1943. She was a homemaker.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 6, 2014 in the Gillham Cemetery with Bro. Homer Frachiseur officiating.
The family received friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 5 at Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen.
You can send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.
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Roy Gene Cobb
Roy Gene Cobb, age 71, a resident of Horatio, Arkansas, died Friday, February 28, 2014 in De Queen.

He was born July 6, 1942 in Lockesburg, Arkansas. He was a rancher, a Justice of the Peace on the Sevier County Quorum Court for 17 years and a member of the Horatio Church of Christ.


Funeral Services for Mr. Cobb will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, 2014 in the De Queen Church of Christ with Virgil Romine and Van Ledbetter officiating. Burial will follow in the Millwee Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 4-6 p.m. Monday, March 3, 2014 at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

You may register on-line at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com
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Don Smith
Don Carlton Smith was born March 7, 1948 in Hughes Springs, Texas to W.T. (Budo) Smith and Ludie Vaughn Smith. He departed this life to a better place on Feb. 27, 2014 in a local hospital with family and friends by his side, at the age of 65 years, 11 months and 20 days.

Visitation will be at Wilkerson Funeral Home on Monday, March 3, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Funeral service will also be at the Funeral Home on March 4, at 11:00 AM. with Bro.George Frachiseur officiating.
Interment will be at West Otis Cemetery following the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to Friendship Baptist Church building fund.

You may register on-line at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

Mar 6, 2014, 08:28


From Feb. 27 edition
William Weems
William Richard “Bill” Weems, age 88, a resident of Dierks, died Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 in Nashville.
He was born April 2, 1925 in Dierks. He was a laundry supervisor and attended the First Assembly of God Church in Dierks.

Graveside funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 at the Sunshine Cemetery in Dierks with J.W. Gilbert officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

Viewing was held from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20 at the funeral home in Dierks.
You can register online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com.
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Mrs. Edith Knight
Mrs. Edith Mae Bryant Knight, age 92, a resident of De Queen and former resident of Modesto, Calif., died Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014 in De Queen Medical Center.

She was born to Bryace R. and Martha Michael Bryant in Earlsboro, Okla., July 19, 1921. She was a retired employee of Stanislaus Food Products of Modesto, Calif. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, March 10, 2014 in the Victory Assembly of God Church, Highway 3, Rattan, Okla.
You can send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.
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Everett Cupples
Everett Earnest Cupples, age 91, a resident of Dierks, died Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 in the Mercy Medical Center in Hot Springs.

He was born April 9, 1922 in Dierks. He was in the logging business, served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a member of the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 in the Fellowship Cemetery with Rev. Bobby Neal officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27 at the funeral home in Dierks.
You can register online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com.
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Harold David Bray
Mr. Harold David Bray, age 86, a resident of Dierks, Arkansas died Monday, February 24, 2014 in the Dierks Health and Rehab.

He was born April 24, 1927 in Broken Bow, Oklahoma. He was a retired sawyer with Weyerhaeuser. He served in the Army Air Force during WWII, and was a Baptist.

Funeral Services for Mr. Bray will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 26, 2014 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in Dierks with Rev. Kenny Fant officiating. Burial will follow in the Fellowship Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 25th at the funeral home in Dierks.
You may register on-line at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com

To read the full obituaries, please see the Feb. 27 edition of The De Queen Bee.

Feb 26, 2014, 09:03


Obits from Feb. 20 edition
Mrs. Donna Wolcott
Mrs. Donna Mae Williams Wolcott, age 58, a resident of De Queen, died Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014 in a Fort Smith hospital.

She was born in Texas Aug. 27, 1955. She was a former employee of Poulan Home Products, as well as a homemaker. She was a member of the Beacon Hill Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Newman Hance officiating. Burial followed in Beacon Hill Cemetery, De Queen, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home.

The family received friends at Chandler Funeral Home, De Queen, Friday, Feb. 14 from 6-8 p.m.
You can send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.
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Robert White
Robert Charles White, age 71, a resident of De Queen, died Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014 at his home.

He was born to James Alfred and Grace Louise Leady White in Gary, Ind., Jan. 31, 1943. He served in the military with the U.S. Marines and was a retired disc jockey.
He was preceded in death by his parents.

Private memorial services will be held at a later date.
You can send an online sympathy message at www.chandlerfuneral.com.
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Frances Ward
Mrs. Frances Carlene Ward, age 84, a resident of Dierks, died Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 at the Dierks Health and Rehab.

She was born Dec. 15, 1929 in Gurdon. She was a home health aide, and a Baptist.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Ward and her parents, Carl and Sally Lenora Whitlock Forthman.

Survivors include her daughter, Rebecca “Becky” Pharr of Nashville; one son, Joe Scott of Junction City, Tenn. and five grandchildren.
Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home, Dierks.
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Hildred G. Gray
Hildred Grenita Gray, age 71, a resident of Nashville, died Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 in Mercy Medical Center in Hot Springs.

She was born Feb. 7, 1943 in Winthrop. She was the first female truck driver for Sevier County Road Department and was a Christian.

A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014 in the Geneva Missionary Baptist Church with Travis Lane officiating.
Cremation arrangements by Wilkerson Funeral Home, De Queen.
You can register online at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com.
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Mrs. Bobby Miranda

Mrs. Bobby J. Miranda, age 78 of Wickes, Arkansas, passed away Tuesday, February 11, 2014 in Mena.

She was born August 9, 1935 in Grannis to Nathan Wilson Elisa Stephens Wilson. She was happily married for many years to Carlos Miranda until his passing in 2012. Funeral services were Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. the Vandervoort First Baptist Church with Brother Mike Wilson officiating. Interment followed in Oak Grove Cemetery at Wickes. Arrangements are under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Visitation will be general.
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Linda Wilson
Linda Carol Lynn Taylor Milam Wilson passed away Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014 in Longview, Texas.

She was born Jan. 21, 1943 in De Queen. She lived in Longview for many years and had her own business, Engraver’s Unlimited.

Memorial services will be held at the Geneva Missionary Baptist Church at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22 with Bro. Travis Lane officiating.


Feb 19, 2014, 09:02


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