Dwight Olmstead


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James Jackie Cook the son of Clifton Floyd Cook and Jessie Ethel Pitcock Cook was born in Ward, Arkansas on October 5, 1941 and passed away at Baptist Health in Heber Springs, Arkansas on December 21, 2013 at the age of 72 years.

Jackie was a house framer and his religious belief was Baptist.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping.  He was a loving husband, great father and grandfather. He had been a member of the Army National Guard and had lived in Heber Springs for about 3 months moving here from Missouri.

He was preceded in death by his parents Clifton Floyd and Ethel Cook, a sister Wanda Parr and a daughter Bridgett.  He is survived by his wife Juanita Cook, 2 daughters Misty Cook and Tammy Kelley, 5 sons, James Cook, JR, Scotty Cook, Doug Cook, Shane Cook and Rusty Cook besides 28 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren, other relatives and many friends.

Cremation arrangements by Family Funeral Service


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Donald Leon Barnett age 73 departed this life to be with the lord on December 31, 2013 from White County Medical Center in Searcy, Arkansas.  He was born on February 18, 1940 in Los Angeles California to the late Ollie and Lura Davis Barnett.

His religious belief was of the Pentecostal Faith.  He enjoyed working on trucks and tractors.  He was an avid reader and enjoyed nature and the outdoors and listening to gospel music. Donald had been a resident of Heber Springs since 1981 moving here from California.

He was preceded in death by his parents Ollie and Lura Barnett and 1 sister Imogene Barnett.

Survivors include 3 sisters, Evelyn Shepard, Linda Marshall and Sharen Gail Ester and 1 brother Wayne Barnett all of Heber Springs.

Donald is also survived by many nieces, nephews other relatives and many friends.

Visitation services will be held on Friday, January 3, 2014, from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M.  at Family Funeral Service and funeral services will be in the Family Funeral Service Chapel on Saturday, January 4, 203 at 10:00 A. M. by Rev. Karo Willis.  Pallbearers will be Doug Olsen, Rocky Nall, Steve Shepard, Bobby Sherard, Dalton Crawford and Ben Crawford.  Interment will be in Cleburne County Memorial Gardens


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Alvin Dewayne Whitton the son of Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Clarence Whitton was born in Paragould, Arkansas on May 18, 1962 and passed away at his home in Higden, Arkansas on December 18, 2013 at the age of 51 years.

Alvin was a Baptist and he enjoyed riding motorcycles and detailing cars. He moved to the Higden area about 10 years ago from Paragould, Arkansas.

He was preceded in death by his mother and brother David Roger Whitton, Sr., and is survived by his father Alvin C. Whitton, a cousin Roger Whitton and aunts and uncles Mary and Sam Jordan and Sherie and Larry Whitton besides other relatives and many friends.

Visitation will be on Monday, December 23, 2013 at 9:00 A.M. in Family Funeral Service Chapel and Funeral Services will be at 10:00 A.M. in the chapel by Rev. Danny Brown.  Interment will be in Pine Log Cemetery in Brookland, Arkansas.


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Irma Dean (Parrott) Verser, 88, of Greers Ferry died on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at Southridge Village Assisted Living in Heber Springs.

She was born July 3, 1925, in Heber Springs to Barton Gardner and Vera Ann (Burns) Parrott. She married J. C. Verser on November 15, 1941 and they were married for more than 64 years.

Irma Dean was a lifelong resident of Greers Ferry and a member of Lone Star Baptist Church.  She was a homemaker that loved to be with her family, and who always had a house full of grandchildren.  Irma Dean enjoyed making quilts and having them made for her grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband J. C: her parents: a stepmother, Marguerite (Noah) Parrott: a son Ricky: a daughter Vera Ann: a grandson, Thomas Alton Fife: and one sister, Eupha Lee Turney.

Survivors include: a son, Randy (Vickie) Verser of Greers Ferry: two daughters, Sharon (Junior) Fife of Greers Ferry and Sheila (Preston) Smith of Rose Bud: 12 grandchildren, Sandra (John) Temple of Springdale, Ritchie (Autumn) Smith of Drasco, Bo (Danielle) Smith of Rose Bud, Cindy (Chuck) Finch of Greers Ferry, Toby (Jennifer) Fife of Greers Ferry, Kari (Ernie) Murphree of Greers Ferry, John Verser of Port Lavaca, Texas, Jim (Diandra) Verser of Greers Ferry, Blake Verser of Heber Springs, Jason Verser of Greers Ferry, Jon Temple of Springdale and Chelsea Temple of Springdale: 13 great grandchildren: one great-great-grandchild: two brothers, Cartel (Betty) Parrott and Jimmy ( Janice) Parrott, both of Heber Springs: two sisters, Diana (Chris) Jordan of Sherwood and Vida (Terry) Daley of Anchorage, Alaska: and numerous additional relatives and friends.

Visitation services will be held on Saturday, December 21, 2013 from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M. at Westside First Baptist Church in Greers Ferry and funeral services will be on Sunday, December 22, 2013 at 2:00 P. M. at the Westside First Baptist Church by Rev. Jerry Cothren and Rev. Lee Brown officiating. Burial will follow in Shiloh Crossroads Cemetery with pallbearers Ritchie Smith, Bo Smith, Toby Fife, John Verser, Jim Verser, Blake Verser and Jason Verser.



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J. W. Futrell the son of David William Futrell and LaDonna Brasswell Futrell was born in Oak Grove Oklahoma on April 4, 1934 and passed away at his home in Heber Springs, Arkansas on December 8, 2013 at the age of 79 years.

Mr. Futrell was a retired oil field worker and a painter. His religious belief was Baptist and he had lived the past 8 years in Heber Springs moving from Eldorado, Arkansas.  He was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved spending time with his family.

He was preceded in death by a son Audrey David Futrell and a brother J. D. Futrell.  He is survived by his wife Lucille Smith Futrell, a daughter Donna Dunn of Heber Springs and her husband the late Michael Dunn,  three granddaughters:  DeVanna George and husband Doug of Heber Springs, Sandy Davis of Junction city, Louisiana  and Michelle Pardue and husband Adam of Heber Springs, a sister Shirley Lowe of Marysville, Arkansas, 10 nieces and nephews, numerous great and great great nieces and nephews, 6 great grandchildren, Russell Dunn, Josh, Brandon and Ashley George, Justin Davis and Carlee Cater, 4 great great grandchildren, Lee Michael Dunn, Camron, Emma and Rosalie George besides other relatives and many friends.

A memorial service will be held near Eldorado, Arkansas on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 2:00 P.M. at the Corney Creek Church, 10129 Haynesville Hwy, Junction City, Arkansas by Bro. George Osburn and Tom Loftin.


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Andrew Nitzke the son of Dr. A. A., Nitzke and Dr. Marie Griffel Nitzke was born in Minnesota on October 20, 1926 and passed away at Baptist Health Medical Center in Heber Springs, Arkansas on November 12, 2013 at the age of 87 years.

Andrew was a member of Jehovah Witness; he was a chiropractor and did maintenance at Camp David Gonzales in California.  He enjoyed boating and building model airplanes.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter Kim Ann Nitzke.  He is survived by his wife of 67 years Sara Jane Powers Nitzke, a daughter Cynthi Jane Daugherty, 1 brother Dr. Vincent Nitzke and 2 sisters   Dr. Imogene Kennedy and Ethelyn Tymeson, 3 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren besides other relatives and many friends.

No services will be planned.


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Malinda Jean Smith the daughter of Clifford Baxter and Eula Fortner Baxter was born in Festus, Missouri on September 11, 1958 and passed away at Searcy, Arkansas on November 4, 2013 at the age of 55 years.

Malinda was a business owner operating U-Haul Rentals and retired from Mejiers Store in Benton Harbor, Michigan.  Her religious belief was Baptist and she enjoyed riding motorcycles being with her husband, her family and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father Clifford Baxter and a sister Cathy Stogsdill.  She is survived by her husband Hervey Robert Smith of Tumbling Shoals, a daughter Brittany Raborn and husband Mike of Cabot, two sons Cecil Jones and wife Arica of Benton Harbor, Michigan and Michael Wilson of Grand Rapids, Michigan, three sisters Cynthia Lackey and husband Doug of Joy, Paula Strickland and husband Ray of Conway and Jeanne Wood and husband Tim of Pangburn, 4 grandsons Aiden Raborn of Cabot, Lucas Jones of Benton Harbor, Michigan, Montana Wilson of Grand Rapids, Michigan and Gavin Raborn of Cabot besides aunts and uncles other relatives and many friends.

Malinda was a loving wife, devoted daughter, a wonderful mother to her own children her” adopted” children,  an amazing Nana to her grandchildren who adored her as well as a great friend to many.  She will be missed by all who loved her, but certainly never forgotten.

As she requested a casual celebration of her life, visitation, devotional and meal for family and friends will be held on Saturday, November 9, 2013 beginning at 12 Noon at 569 Old hwy 25 in Tumbling Shoals, Arkansas.  The family asks you to join them in remembering their loved one, bring a dish, have a meal or just visit and support them during this time.


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Ruby Jane Dollar the daughter of Fate Stevens and Lillie Hipp Stevens was born in Woodrow, Arkansas on November 24, 1915 and passed away at Heber Springs, Arkansas on November 2, 2013 at the age of 97 years.

Mrs. Dollar was a homemaker and had lived her life in the Prim area.  She was a member of the Hilltop Holiness Church and enjoyed cooking and working on the farm.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Hubert Dollar, two sisters Hazel Carlton and Freda Smith and a brother Warren Stevens.  Survivors are her three daughters Virginia Hipp, Velma Lockard and Margie Hipp all of Prim, three sisters Mildred Carlton of Kansas City, Missouri, Bessie Knapp of Prim and Shelby Chandler of Heber Springs, one brother Johnny Stevens of Prim, six grandchildren Karen Lockard of Little Rock, Kenny Lockard of Reeds Spring, Missouri, Bonita Hipp of Prim, Penny Hopper of Prim, Michael Hipp of Heber Springs and Cheryl Winchester of Prim.  She is also survived by 18 great grandchildren besides other relatives and many friends.

Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 2:00 P.M.in the Hilltop Holiness Church by Brother Dennis Knapp and Brother Devin Birdsong. Interment will be in Everett Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Kenny Lockard, Michael Hipp, Gary Hipp, Josh Lockard, Larry Lockard and Mike Hopper and Honorary Pallbearers will be Daniel Hipp and Matthew Hipp.


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Natalie Steel (Lee) Zahalka the daughter of Col. Charles L. Steel III and Janet Smith Steel was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico on May 13, 1947 and passed away in Heber springs, Arkansas on October 24, 2013 at the age of 66 years.

She was a retired Commercial Insurance Broker and was a member of St. Francis Episcopal Church of Heber Springs.  She had been a resident of San Diego, California and moved to Heber Springs in 2008. She enjoyed bridge, traveling and loved the Heber Springs area, her daughters and granddaughters.

She was preceded in death by her parents Charles and Janet Steel.  Her father Charles Steel III founded the Arkansas Nature Conservatory, brother Charles L. Steel IV who was a 4th generation West Point graduate and a daughter Janet Ruth Pyetzki.

She is survived and was the proud Navy wife of her husband Commander Joseph H. Zahalka USN (Ret),  of Heber Springs,  four daughters Jennifer Krebs of San Diego, California, Deborah Shapiro of Calabasas, California, Michelle Zahalka of Ventura, California, Christina Zahalka of San Diego, California, a  brother Christopher Steel of Little Rock five granddaughters Sabrina Krebs and Natalie Krebs of San Diego, California, Ella Shapiro, Abby Shapiro and Carly Shapiro all of Calabasas, California, two nephews Charles L. Steel V of Newport, Arkansas and Dr. Christopher Steel of Batesville, Arkansas besides other relatives and many friends.

A memorial service will be held at St.Francis Episcopal Church in Heber Springs, 20 Woodland Cove Drive by Reverend Marti Dalby on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 9:00 A.M.

In lieu of flowers the family request memorials to the American Cancer Society.


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Jacqueline R. Sperry  age 71 was born in Omaha, Nebraska on April 1, 1942 and passed away on Friday, October 18 at her home in Greers Ferry, Arkansas.  She was a billing clerk by profession.  She was preceded in death by her parents and is survived by her husband Albert Sperry of Greers Ferry.  Funeral  and interment services were held in Nebraska.