Janis Ann Kveum
Janis Ann Kveum Witt, age 55, of Magazine, Arkansas formerly of Wickes, Arkansas passed away Sunday, June 12, 2011 in Magazine, Arkansas.
Janis was born April 21, 1956 in Rapid City, South Dakota to the late Jerry Clarence Kveum and the late Irene Charlotte Leinen Kveum. She was a truck driver and a cosmetologist by profession. Janis was of the Methodist faith. She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and a friend to all who knew her.
She is survived by:
Sons: Jeremy Willis and wife Candi of Grannis, Arkansas
Tony Foster of Magazine, Arkansas
Grandchildren: Marissa Willis, Courtney Willis
Caleb Willis and Blake Willis
Brother: Rick Kveum and wife Angie of Idabel, Oklahoma
Sisters: Kitty Kveum of Tupelo, Mississippi
Kathy Goode and husband John of Tupelo, Mississippi
Janet Kveum of Jackson, Mississippi
Host of friends
She is preceded in death by her parents Jerry and Irene Kveum, grand-daughter, Miranda Willis, her nephew Shane Kveum.
Graveside services will be Friday, June 17, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. at the Nunley Cemetery
with Brother Billy Ray Sullivan officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.
A visitation for family and friends will be Thursday evening, June 16th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
Mrs. Virginia Kitchens, age 83, a resident of Dierks, AR died Friday, June 10, 2011 in Dierks.
She was born April 13, 1928 in Provo, AR. She was a homemaker and a member of the Holly Creek Missionary Baptist Church.
Mrs. Kitchens was preceded in death by her parents, W.B. "Pete" and Myrtle Abney Lee; and her husband, Eddie Bounds.
She is survived by her husband, Dwight Kitchens of Dierks; one son and daughter-in-law, Eddie Joe and Beth Bounds of Rogers, AR; one daughter and son-in-law, Anita and James Sebren of Dierks; one brother and sister-in-law, Floyd and Sarah Lee of Texarkana, TX; one sister and brother-in-law, Melba and Ted Dodson of Gresham, OR; four grandchildren, three great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.
Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Kitchens will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, June 13, 2011 in the McHorse Cemetery
with Rev. Doyle Clifton officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.
Mamie Lou Downs Anderson
Mrs. Mamie Lou Downs Anderson, age 83, a resident of King, Arkansas, died Thursday, June 9th in the Brookewood Nursing and Rehab, De Queen.
She was born to Milton M. and Demma Lou Stubbs Downs at Hope, Arkansas, on October 3, 1927. She graduated from Gillham High School in 1948. She was the last Post Office Mistress at the King Post Office, as well as a homemaker. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Gillham, and worked for many years with the Election Commission. She enjoyed gardening, canning, reading, and visiting with friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and in 2010, her husband, Erwin Crawford Anderson.
She is survived by two sons, Roger Dale Corley of Foreman, and Richard Erwin Anderson of Prescott, Arkansas; a daughter, Joyce Ann Lipsey of De Queen, three grandchildren and their spouses, Matthew Erwin and Cari Corley of Foreman, Amber Michelle and Brandon Cole, and Rachel Ellen Lipsey of De Queen, four great-grandchildren, Jarred Cole, Cullyn Corley, Lacey Corley, and Kelly Corley, and a special friend, Mary Lewis of Gillham.
Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Mamie Anderson will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, June 11th in the Philadelphia Cemetery, with Rev. Bob McManus, Rev. Audie Dawson, and Rev. Ray Reynolds officiating.
Modena Ann Vance
Modena Ann Vance, age 86, a resident of De Queen, Arkansas died June 9, 2011 in De Queen.
She was born March 16, 1925 in Horatio, Arkansas. She was a homemaker and a member of the Rose Hill Baptist Church in De Queen.
Mrs. Vance was preceded in death by her husband, M.L. Vance; her daughter, Melinda L. Mitchell; a grandson, Jason Vance; her parents, John and Dewie Garner; and one brother, Henry Garner.
She is survived by three sons, Steve W. Vance of De Queen, L.D. Vance of Little Rock and Joe A. Vance of De Queen; nine grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren and one sister, Marceline Blankenship of Horatio.
Graveside Funeral Services for Mrs. Vance will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, June 10, 2011 in the Clear Creek Cemetery
with Alfred Thomas officiating, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in De Queen.
Margaret Blanche Johnson Clements
Margaret Blanche Johnson Clements stepped into the warm embrace of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ early Wednesday morning June 8, 2011.
Margaret was born on May 18, 1925 to Willie Elizabeth (Hulsey) and Jefferson Franklin Johnson and was given the name Margaret by her proud brother Jefferson Franklin Johnson, Jr. “Frank”. The Johnsons were a strong Christian family and Margaret accepted Jesus as her personal Savior when she was a teenager.
Margaret graduated from De Queen High School as valedictorian of her class. After graduation many of her male classmates joined the armed service during World War II, Margaret headed to Phoenix, AZ to work in the Defense Plant and do her share toward the war effort. She returned to De Queen before the end of the war. After the Allies defeated the Axis powers, Margaret attended a welcome home party at the Country Club for the returning service men. That night changed her life forever. She was reintroduced to Enon Willice "Buster" Clements, and the two were married on May 18, 1946 – Margaret’s 21st birthday.
The couple had four daughters and passed on their love of Christ to each of them. The Clements were instrumental in formation of at least two Christian Church congregations – First Christian Church in Naperville, IL and Hot Springs Christian Church in Hot Springs, AR. When Margaret and one other lady were the only ones to attend an organizational meeting for the Naperville church, the minister stated that they needed to forget about it. Margaret told him to just tell them what they needed to do and God would make it work. That church that started with just two families, now has a regular attendance of around 2, 000. Margaret instilled that same "God can do" spirit in each of her daughters. She remained active in the church and was a member of New Life Christian Church in Hot Springs.
Margaret now joins her husband Enon Clements, her parents Willie and Jeff Johnson, her brother Frank, and her second born daughter Regina Faye Clements McKinney singing praises before the Throne of Grace. She is survived by 3 daughters and 2 sons-in-law, Sandra Lea and James Garland Hardage, Brenda Sue and Gary Neal Magee, and Marcia Ann Clements; 8 grand-children, and 11 great-grandchildren in addition to one brother-in-law, one step-brother, 3 nieces and 1 nephew. She will be missed by countless friends.
Visitation will be Thursday, June 9, 2011, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Funeral service will be held on Friday, June 10, 2011, at 10 a.m. at Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel in De Queen with Van Ledbetter, Doug Votaw and Larry Lekwa officiating. Burial will follow at the Avon Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Andy McKinney, Paul McKinney, Matthew Hardage, Adam Magee, Chad Huett, and Rance Wooldridge. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in her memory to The Caring Place, Arkansas Alzheimer’s Association, or your local church
Mary Lillian McGee Coulter
Mrs. Mary Lillian McGee Coulter, age 82, a resident of Lockesburg, Ark., died Monday, June 06, 2011, in the Little River Nursing and Rehab Center, Ashdown.
She was born to Harold and Hattie Sanders McGee on August 20, 1928, in Dallas, Texas. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Lockesburg, and enjoyed bingo, knitting, reading, and spending time with family.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Sonny McGee, a son, Stephen H. Coulter, and a daughter, Sue Steaderman, and her husband, Charles David Coulter.
She is survived by a son, Charles Mack Coulter of Lockesburg, four grandchildren and their spouses, Charles Gerade and Samantha Coulter of Lockesburg, Stephan Daniel and Chloe Coulter of Fayetteville, Ark.; Gabriel Coulter of Houston, Tex., and Stephanie Lillian and Mark Murphy of Pennsylvania, a daughter-in-law, Carol Coulter of Houston, Tex.; a brother and sister-in-law, David and Liz McGee of Dallas, Texas, a step-brother, Lenn Mitchell of Longview, Texas, and eight great-grandchildren, as well as a number of nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Mary Coulter will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 8th in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel, De Queen. Burial will follow in the Coulter Cemetery, Lockesburg.
David Augustus Lyons
Mr. David Augustus Lyons, age 52, a resident of De Queen, AR died Saturday, June 4, 2011 at his home.
He was born September 18, 1958 in Idaho Falls, Idaho. He was a manager at McDonalds and was a member of the First United Methodist Church in De Queen. He loved his family and friends and his job.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Gus and Jeffie Johnson.
He is survived by his parents, Jimmie and Jackie Johnson Lyons; one brother and sister in-law, Jim Lyons, Jr. and Melinda of Reno, Nevada; one sister and brother-in-law, Denise and Ramsey Huckaby of De Queen; one son, Jeremy Lyons of Henderson, Nevada; an aunt, Lavonne Mullins Tutt of De Queen; and many other relatives and friends.
Memorial services for Mr. Lyons will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 7, 2011 in the Wilkerson Funeral Home Chapel with David Williams officiating.
Mr. James Watkins, age 83, a resident of Gillham, Arkansas, died Friday, June 3, 2011, at his home.
He was born to Aaron Monroe and Cynthia Myrtle Guthrie Watkins at Houston, Texas, on July 4, 1927. He was a retired employee of Tyson Foods, and a Baptist. He enjoyed wood working, yard work, and spending time with his family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings, Charles, Allen, Bill, and Ray Watkins, Doris Serratt, Loraine Hitch, and Virginia Watkins, and a sister-in-law, Connie Richey.
He is survived by his wife of over 50 years, Carol Sue Collins Watkins of Gillham, a son and daughter-in-law, Harry Monroe and Mary Watkins of Garden Grove, California, two daughters and sons-in-law, Leianna Kay and Roger Bruster of Mena, Ark.; and Genita Denise and Michael Whitley of De Queen; two sisters, Wanda Haarmeyer of Gillham, and Mary Sue Thornhill of Sherman, Texas, six grandchildren, Austin, Jesse, and Dylan Watkins, Lori Everitt, Jeremy Whitley, and Ryan Whitley, four great-grandchildren, Erin, Billy, Austin, and Aiden; two sisters-in-laws, Betty Watkins of Yukon, Okla.; and Diane Watkins of Carlsbad, NM, two brothers-in-law, Benny Collins of Gillham, and Harold Richey of Anaheim, Calif, and a number of nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services for Mr. James Watkins will be held at 2:00 P.M., Monday, June 6th in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jerry Hill and Rev. Shane Haarmeyer officiating. Burial will follow in the Gillham Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Sunday, June 5th from 2:00 to 5:00 P.M.
Joseph E. “Joe” Van Meter
Joseph E. “Joe” Van Meter age 66, a resident of De Queen, died Thursday, June 2nd in a Texarkana Hospital.
He was born to Ernest Marvin and Elsie Mary Pettigrew at Orange, Texas, on September 22, 1944. He served in the military with the Army National Guard, and was an employee of Pilgrim’s Pride, where he was supervisor of the sanitation department. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, being outside, and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by three sons, Kevin VanMeter of De Queen, Darren VanMeter of Arlington, Texas, and Theron VanMeter of Great Falls, Montana; one brother and sister-in-law, Jimmy and Joyce VanMeter of Omaha, Nebraska, two sisters and brothers-in-law, Dorothy and James Hall of De Queen, Deloris and Joe Don Francis of Little Elm, Texas; two granddaughters, Carrie VanMeter of Broken Bow, Okla., and Brittney VanMeter of Idabel, Okla, and a number of nieces and nephews.
Graveside funeral Services for Mr. Joe VanMeter will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, June 6th in the Old Center Cemetery, under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at Chandler Funeral Home on Sunday, June 5th from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Barney B. Norton
Mr. Barney B. Norton, age 48, a resident of De Queen, Ark, died Monday, May 31st at the De Queen Medical Center.
He was born on September 28, 1962 at Hot Springs, Arkansas. He was a welder, and enjoyed yard work, flowers, gardening, and spending time with family, especially his grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Sharron, a son, Bryan Norton, two step-daughters, Melissa Brady and Lacey Harder both of De Queen, his father, Mickey Norton of Amity, Ark.; his mother, Janice Barnett of Hot Springs, Ark.; two brothers, J. D. Norton of McAlister, Okla. and Ryan Norton of Hot Springs, Ark.; four grandchildren, Kaley, Hannah, Clyes, and Blaine.
Cremation was under the direction of Chandler Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 4th at the home of R. C. and Betty Lacefield, at 218 Highway 71 North, De Queen.