Ronald Lee Hayes
Ronald Lee Hayes, age 55, of Rose Bud, Ark., died Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008. He was born August 31, 1953 in Clarendon, Ark., to Ulyss Lee and Evelyn Story Hayes. He lived in Rose Bud four years, coming from Bigelow, and was a Baptist by faith. He was a veteran of the United States Navy and worked for the Veteran’s Administration in North Little Rock. He was a member of the AMHA (American Miniature Horse Association), member of AMHR (American Miniature Horse Registry), and he was Vice-president of Arkansas’s Miniature Horse Society. Miniature horses were his life.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ulyss and Evelyn Hayes; and two sisters, Thelma Williams and Judy Mann. He is survived by a brother, Richard Hayes and wife, Sarah of Roe; and longtime friend, Bob Chapman of Rose Bud.
A graveside memorial service was held at Shady Grove Cemetery in Clarendon, Thursday, Nov. 20th at 1 p.m., with Bro. Rick Glover officiating. Another memorial service was also held Thursday, Nov. 20th at 5 p.m., at the Methodist Church in Heber Springs. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Heber Springs Humane Society, or Hospice Home Care. Arrangements by Brown Funeral Home of Clarendon, Ark.
Gladys Walters Smith
Gladys Walters Smith, age 80, of Des Arc, died Nov. 21, 2008. Survived by daughter, Linda Smith Hellyer of Des Arc; sister, Audrey Branham of Missouri; grandchildren, Adam Smith, Little Rock, Rebecca Smith Morris, Lonoke, Deidre Hellyer, Des Arc; four great grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband, Herbert; son, Arnold; grandson, Alan; and granddaughter, Chandra. Funeral, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2 p.m., at Church of God of Prophecy. Arrangements by Garth Funeral Home, Des Arc. Burial, Sandhill Cemetery. Memorials can be made to Church of God of Prophecy, P.O. Box 311, Des Arc, Ark. 72040.
William Brooks Betzner, Sr.
William Brooks Betzner, Sr., age 84, of Little Rock, passed away Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008. He was born in Biscoe, Ark., on Feb. 29, 1924, and was never far from his roots in Prairie County. William was a veteran, a mason, and a shriner, and held many offices and titles in these organizations.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Mable Betzner and a sister, Patricia Milton. He is survived by two sons, William Brooks Betzner, Jr. of Hazen and James Frank Betzner and wife, Lynne of Little Rock; three grandchildren, Michael Brooks Betzner, Sarah Lynne Betzner and William James Betzner; one brother, James E. (Dougle) Betzner and wife, Nelda, of West Alexandria, Ohio; one sister, Martha Fason and husband, Louie, of Little Rock and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008, at the First Baptist Church in Biscoe. Burial was in the Hazen Cemetery. Pallbearers were Paul Betzner, Gary Betzner, Bobby Rogers, Keith Burrow, David Carpenter and Michael Lewis. Arrangements were by Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen.
Addie Lee Green Bailey
Addie Lee Green Bailey, 86, of Little Rock, Ark., departed this life on December 4, 2008.
Her survivors include: three sons, Paul Jackson (Barbara) LR, Ark., Roy Jackson (Wendolyn) Houston, Texas, and Ray Jackson, LR, Ark.; one daughter, Onetha Robinson LR, Ark.; one sister, Eula Green Boston, Mass.; nine grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.
Home going service was held Saturday, December 13, 2008, 11 a.m., at Church of Jesus Christ, 1212 Ray Road, Jacksonville, Ark. Interment followed at Carlisle Cemetery, Carlisle, Ark. Arrangements by Ruffin & Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 Chester, LR (501) 372-1305.
Harry William Lacy
Harry William Lacy, 91, of Des Arc died Sunday. Survivors include four sons, Edward Lacy, Johnny Lacy, Henry Lacy, Tommy Lacy; three daughters, Elsie Weaver, Alice Brown, Rebecca Hobbs; 18 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; and numerous great-great-grandchildren. Arrangments by Garth Funeral Home. Services were 1 p.m. Thursday at Gospel Mission Church with burial in Lakeside Cemetery by Garth Funeral Home.
Evelyn Melton Kearns
Evelyn Melton Kearns of North Little Rock left the burden of this earth to cross over the river to bask in the everlasting peace Heaven provides.
There to greet her are her parents: Oliver O. and Joanna Elizabeth Walton, her former spouses: HeneryBruce Melton and Thomas J. Kearns; six brothers and a sister; two sons, Billy and Julius Melton and two grandsons, Gilbert “Buddy” Guzy and Michael Guzy. She leaves to cherish her memory on earth her daughter and son-in-law, Glenda and Bill Guzy; her son T.L. Melton; grandchildren, Mark Guzy, Debbie and Rick Van Brunt and Renee and Linda Melton; a passel of great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren and close family friend Carl Stroke. Finally she leaves her dearly loved cocker spaniels Buddy and Bruce.
Born in Roe, Arkansas, on January 14, 1916, Evelyn was fortunate to have experienced a full and blessed life, which spanned the horse and buggy era as well as the thrill of seeing man land on the moon. In the late ’50s and early ’60s Evelyn had a chain of fabric stores in Arkansas. Later, she was an interior design consultant for J.C. Penney. Until recently, Evelyn sold Luzier cosmetics. Evelyn epitomized the ideals of excellent customer service.
Evelyn was a compassionate Christian, generous and forgiving. She attended Levy Church of Christ. She was fully devoted to her family and a joy to all she knew. Her memory will be forever cherished.
Funeral Services were held on Thursday, December 11, 2008 at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Griffin Leggett Rest Hills Funeral Home. Burial followed in Rest Hills Memorial Park 7724 Landers Road North Little Rock, Ark. 72120, (501) 835-3515
John Taygen Putt
Infant John Taygen Putt, born Nov. 24, 2008, died Dec. 7, 2008, at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock, Ark. Taygen was an angel sent to us for a short time, but God saw fit for him to be somewhere else.
Survived by his mother, Brandy Putt, grandmother, Kim Busick, great-grandparents, Joe and Nancy Frazier, Maxine Putt, Thurman Busick, two aunts, Rhonda Swinford, Jamie Putt, and uncle, Josh Schwab. He was preceded in death by his great-grandfather, Aubrey Putt, Kenneth Fiveash, grandfather, John Putt.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008, at Center Point Church near Hazen, burial was in the Center Point Cemetery. Arrangements by Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen.
Douglas Elijah Bryant Jr.
Douglas Elijah Bryant Jr., 66, of England, Ark. went to be with the Lord, Sunday, December 7, 2008. He was born January 18, 1942 in Bigelow, Arkansas to Douglas Elijah Bryant, Sr. and Ruby Norman Bryant.
Doug is survived by his wife of 43 years, Patsy; two sons: Mike and wife, Faye and Bobby and wife, Shea all of England, Ark.; father: Douglas Bryant Sr. of Keo, Ark.; three sisters: Syble Standridge and husband, Lloyd of North Little Rock, Ark.; Mary Welch and husband, James of Morrilton, Ark.; Frances McElyea and friend Jim of Hensley, Ark.; five brothers: Buddy Bryant of North Little Rock, Ark.; Butch Bryant and wife, Carmen of Pearcy, Ark.; Larry Bryant and wife, Shirley of Carlisle, Ark.; R.D. Bryant and friend Sandra of Keo, Ark.; Jon Ray Bryant of Keo, Ark.; six grandchildren: Drew Bryant of Lonoke, Ark.; Taylor and Becca Dycus both of England, Ark., and the anticipated arrival of a sixth granddaughter in February of 2009; and Olivia Handy, Barbara Jones and Tonya Freeman all of Little Rock, Ark., and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Ruby Bryant.
Doug was a Deacon at County Line Baptist Church, a member of the Brotherhood, and the H.P. & L. Hunting Club.
Services were held at 2 p.m., Thursday, December 11, 2008 at County Line Baptist Church with Bro. Rick Conyers officiating. Arrangements were by Roller England Funeral Home (501) 842-3939. Burial was in Mulberry Cemetery, England, Ark. Memorials may be made to County Line Baptist Church Bldg. Fund, c/o Bobby Lee, 202 N.W. 2nd, England, Ark. 72046.
Roane Cole Huffstickler
Roane Cole Huffstickler, age 48, loving father, grandfather and friend, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008. Cole was born in Jonesboro, Ark., on Feb. 6, 1960, to Barbara Ann and the late Elbert Allen Huffstickler.
Left to cherish his memories are his two sons, Jeremiah Cole Huffstickler and Jedidiah Brook Huffstickler, both of Searcy; his mother, Barbara Ann Huffstickler of Des Arc; three grandchildren, Connor Roan, Dylan Dean and Remedy Kay; one older brother, Allen Shane Huffstickler and wife, Abbie; one older sister, Billie Diane Ford and husband, Rick; and one younger sister, Rochelle Johnson and husband, Ricky Lynn, of Des Arc; and a loving host of family and friends.
Cole attended Gospel Mission Church of Des Arc and was an independent truck driver.
Arrangements were by Garth Funeral Home.
Funeral services were 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008, at Gospel Mission Church with Rev. Pat Skarda officiating. Burial followed in Lakeside Cemetery.
Ruby Sherwood Lee
Ruby Sherwood Lee, age 88, of Carlisle, died Tuesday, December 9, 2008. She was born February 13, 1920 in Liberal, Kansas, the daughter of G. W. and Maude McFarland Sherwood. She was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church in Carlisle.
Ruby was preceded in death by her husband, Chester Lee; son-in-law, Mike Lee and two grandchildren, Shannon Lee and Gerald Hankins.
She is survived by two sons, Jim Lee and wife, Sherry of Monticello and Sam Lee and wife, Theresa of Carlisle; her twin sister, Ruth Landon of Carlisle; eight grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were held at 10 a.m., Saturday, December 13, 2008, at the Carlisle Cemetery by Bro. David Lee. Arrangements are by Westbrook Funeral Home of Hazen.
Cleveland Duke Stock Jr.
Cleveland Duke Stock Jr., age 62, of DeValls Bluff, died Tuesday, December 9, 2008. Duke was a brick mason and a member of the First Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents Clea and Margaret Stock.
Duke is survived by his wife, Sharon Stock of DeValls Bluff; two sons, Chris Stock and wife, Monica of Humnoke and Anthony Stock of Conway; one daughter, Misty Eads and husband, Richard of Ward; two brothers, Del Stock and wife, Kaye of Hazen and William Stock and wife, Gail of Benton; half-brother, Bobby Carl Turhune and wife, Nancy of North Little Rock; one sister, Sissy Vanderpool of Hazen, and two grandchildren, Katlyn Stock and Maycen Eads.
Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Friday, December 12, 2008 at the First United Methodist Church in Hazen by Rev. Everett Isom. Burial was in the Hazen Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Gabby Delgiorno, Pat Cook, David NEttles, Chuck Clayton, Matt Eads and Johnny Moory. Honorary Pallbearers were Delmar Gillioun, Jerry Carter and Tony Lambert.
Arrangements were by Westbrook Funeral Home in Hazen.
Rex Russell Northcutt
Rex Russell Northcutt, 86, passed away December 8, 2008, with his family by his side. Mr. Northcutt was a rice, wheat and soybean farmer for many years in the Carlisle area of Lonoke County.
Rex Northcutt was born in the small community of Wattensaw in Lonoke County, Ark., to Albert and Mildred Giddens Northcutt on May 14, 1922. He had two brothers, Al & Willard, and one sister, Maycel, who are all deceased. Rex was baptized into the fellowship of Hebron Methodist Church at the early age of 13. He attended and grew up in his home church until he moved close to Carlisle where he attended Chambers Baptist Church. There he met and married, after five years of courtship, Mildred Rettig to whom he was married 63 1/2 years. They have two daughters: Deborah Northcutt Humway (Ron) and Deloris Northcutt Madar (Johnnie), and they both have two sons. Rex is also survived by four great grandchildren.
Rex, Mildred and their children attended Chambers Baptist Church. After it dissolved, they moved their memberships to First Baptist Church in Carlisle until the Lord separated them by Rex’s new life in heaven.
Rex was always happy in the promise of Gods word that says, “The Lord shall return” and always believed that maybe, just maybe, the prairie might bloom again. Rex led a simple life and his beliefs were simple. He wanted a short service and not a long eulogy. He wanted to be known as a “servant in the house of God” instead of a seat with the high and mighty.
Rex said he and Mildred had an agreement that whoever crossed Jordan River first would make a sign in the sand and walk slowly. Then when the other one crossed, they would go see Jesus hand in hand.
The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Thursday, December 11, 2008, at Carlisle First Baptist Church with interment in Carlisle Cemetery. Arrangements were by Boyd Funeral Home, Lonoke.