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on Sep 18 in Obituaries posted by

Armstrong 001Brandon Takoda Armstrong the son of Jessica Loveta Armstrong Davidson was born in Auburn Washington on May 12, 1997 and passed away in North Little Rock, Arkansas on September 11, 2014 at the age of 17 years.
Brandon was a student and a member of the Word of Life Church. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and making pottery.
He was preceded in death by his grandmother Donna Hurst and grandmother Elsie Boyd and a cousin Harley Davidson.
He is survived by his mother Jessica Davidson of Austin, dads Richard Davidson, Rick Boyd and Danny Wendt, six sisters Samantha Nicole Merwin of Austin, Charity Dawkins of Heber Springs, Sidney Davidson of Pine Bluff, Annie Davidson of Pine Bluff, Summer Wendt of Heber Springs and Autumn Wendt of Heber Springs, a son Jack, grandparents Melvin E. and Dorothy Lee Armstrong, grandmother Rose Armstrong, grandmother Martha Campbell, grandmother Pat Hill and husband Bryan, great grandmother Loveta Armstrong, brother Tristan Hill, grandfather William Hurst, besides other relatives and many friends
A memorial service will be held at the on Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 2:00 PM in the Victory Missionary Baptist Church, 1215 Scott Street in Heber Springs by Rev. Van Saunders and a graveside memorial service will be held at the Miller Cemetery the same day at 3:30 PM by Rev. John Roberts.


on Sep 17 in Obituaries posted by

Freda Gail Neal the daughter of Albert and Marie Laster Lawrence was born in Lepanto, Arkansas on June 27, 1954 and passed away at Heber Springs, Arkansas September 17, 2014 at the age of 60 years.
She was a homemaker and a Christian. She enjoyed gardening, fishing, being with her grandchildren and cooking for her family.
Freda was preceded in death by her parents Albert and Marie Lawrence, a sister Pat Hixson and a grandson Zachary Holt. She is survived by husband Michael C. Brown, daughter Jennifer Holt and husband Myron, daughter Amanda Burdyshaw and husband Brad, son Nathan Neal and wife Selah, daughter Mandy Bright and husband Shane, daughter Debbie K. May and husband Sam and son Kyle Brown, two sisters Helen Barnes and Reccie Neighbors and husband John and a brother Dale Lawrence and wife Sharon, 11 grandchildren Kaitlyn Richards, Cheyenne Holt, Emily Wilson and husband Hardy, Nate Neal, Layton Neal, Collin Ford, Liam Ford, Ethan Bright, Jacie Bright, Brylie Bright and Paislie Bright besides other relatives and many friends.
A Memorial Service and Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 2:00 PM in Family Funeral Service Chapel by Rev. Mike Love.


on Sep 13 in Obituaries posted by

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William Joseph Mahar the son of Lester Samuel Mahar and Gracie McAnnless Mahar was born in Enders, Arkansas on January 26, 1930 and passed away at Little Rock, Arkansas on September 7, 2014.
William Mahar lived to be 84 years old. He was a graduate of Conway High School and briefly served in the United States Army. He went on to work on in retail, managing several stores around the country. Also owning two stores of his own. He retired as a salesman.
After retirement, Mr. Mahar continued to enjoy working hard at all that his hands and mind came across. He enjoyed tinkering and had a master’s degree in “Redneck Ingenuity.” He especially enjoyed riding his tractors and yard work.
Mr. Mahar was a wonderful provider to his family He left a legacy for his daughter and his grandchildren and will be forever an example of strength, character, love and joy to his survivors. He will be greatly missed by all.
He was preceded in death by his parents Lester and Gracie Mahar, a son Michael Mahar who passed away in 2007, a brother Roy Mahar and a sister Sarah Chapman. He is survived by a daughter Melanie Jeffrey of Quitman, 3 grandsons Shane Jeffrey, McCartney Jeffrey and Nicholas Jeffrey, 2 great grandchildren Jude Jeffrey and Scarlett Jeffrey besides other relatives and many friends.
A visitation will be held on Saturday, September 13 from 12:30 until 2:00 PM at Family Funeral Service and funeral services will be held at the funeral home chapel at 2:00 PM with interment in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery at Quitman, Arkansas.


on Sep 08 in Obituaries posted by

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Gardner Bittle, 84, of Brownsville passed away Sunday, September 9, 2014. He was born October 26, 1929, in Miller, Arkansas, to the late Walter and Rethea Jackson Bittle. Gardner was retired from the United States Navy as a Chief Petty Officer and received the Navy Commendation Medal. After his retirement he spent his time helping others, especially other veterans. He was active in organizing the Shiloh Crossroads Chapel after the original church burned and enjoyed the outdoors. He was also a Life Member of the VFW and Disabled American Veterans. Gardner is survived by his children: Jeff and wife Kim Bittle of Greers Ferry and daughter Brenda Bittle of Batesville, grandchildren Joshua and Jennifer Bittle, Whitney and Kaylee England, all of Greers Ferry; sisters Dorothea Terranova, Jane McNeace, Mae Barnum, and Fran Corsha. Mr. Bittle is preceded in death by his wife, Phyllis Phillips Bittle and a brother, William (Bill) Bittle. Visitation will be Monday September 8, 2014, at Family Funeral Service in Heber Springs from 6pm to 8pm. Funeral services will be Tuesday September 9, 2014, at Brownsville Baptist Church with Brother Jerry Cothren officiating. Burial will follow in the Brownsville Cemetery with full military honors. In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorials be made to Brownsville Baptist Church.


on Sep 04 in Obituaries posted by

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Teddy DeLano Riedel of Quitman, Arkansas, departed this life on September 3, 2014, in Cabot, Arkansas, at the age of 77. He was the son of the late Ted Wilson Riedel and Mabel Quinn Riedel. He was a Christian and a member of South Cross Roads Community Church. Teddy’s unique style of piano playing was a fixture of Arkansas music for half a century. Born in Quitman in 1937, Teddy began playing on local radio stations and clubs around Searcy and Newport in the 1950s. He toured around the country with Wayne Raney, appearing on KRCG television in Jefferson City, Missouri, WWVA radio in Wheeling, West Virginia, and XERF radio in Del Rio, Texas, among others.  Teddy served two years in the armed services. While stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas, he entertained audiences in the clubs around El Paso. Teddy wrote and recorded several songs in 1960s. His most famous, Judy, was released by Elvis Presley and stayed several weeks on Billboard’s Hot 100. During the 1960s, several of his songs were recorded by country artist Sonny James. Teddy was trained as a professionl piano technician and tuned pianos for over 40 years. When not on stage, he enjoyed raising cattle, working on his tractor, and plowing the garden. His early musical career gave him a love for travel, and he enjoyed the Western states the most. He would often speak fondly of the places he had seen and the people he had met. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Rose, of Quitman; daughter, Priscilla Riedel-Cohan and husband, Steven of Houston, Texas; son, Daniel Riedel of Cabot; grandson, Mark Lester, of Colorado Springs, Colorado; other relatives and many, many friends.  A visitation will be held at Family Funeral Service on Friday, September 5, 2014 from 6:00 until 8:00 PM and funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 2:00 PM in South Crossroads Church by Rev. Kenneth Roland, JR with interment in South Crossroads Cemetery in Hopewell, Arkansas


on Aug 27 in Obituaries posted by

Sherry Lea Byrd the daughter of Cecil Stark and Opal Allen Stark was born in Heber Springs, Arkansas on November 18, 1950 and passed away at her home in Drasco, Arkansas on August 27, 2014 at the age of 63 years.

She was a homemaker and was a member of the Pleasant Ridge General Baptist Church. She enjoyed fishing, hunting and float trips on the river.

Sherry was preceded in death by her parents Cecil and Opal Stark, two sons Travis Bradford and Ray Bradford, a brother Dwayne Stark one sister Wanda Wright and her first husband Cecil Bradford.

She is survived by her husband Don Byrd of Drasco, a son Flint Bradford and wife Shannon of Concord, 2 step daughters Tammy Cockrum and husband Charley of Conway and Tina Grant and husband Josh of Heber Springs, a step son Scott Byrd and wife Gena of Jonesboro, one brother Dan Stark and wife Joyce of Greers Ferry and two sisters Patsy Harrison of Greers Ferry and Linda Landreth of Greers Ferry, 11 grandchildren besides other relatives and many friends.

A visitation will be held on Friday, August 29, 2014 at Pleasant Ridge General Baptist Church from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M. and funeral services will be at the church on Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. by Rev. Darvin Carlton.   Interment will be in the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Carl Moore, Wendell Byrd, Brandon Stark, Nick Stark, Jalynn Bradford and Colton Bradford. Honorary Pallbearers will be Jim Murrel and Shawn Stark.


on Aug 27 in Obituaries, Uncategorized posted by



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Jimmy Dale Brooks the son of Virgil Loyd Brooks and Ruby Hazel Brooks was born in Batesville, Arkansas on October 20, 1953 and passed away at Little Rock, Arkansas on August 25, 2014 at the age of 60 years.

He was a truck driver and his religious belief was of the non demonational faith. He enjoyed wrestling and NASCAR and loved sending time with his granddaughters and family.

Jimmy had been a resident of Cleburne County for the past 17 years.   He was preceded in death by his parents Virgil and Ruby Brooks, two sisters Ruby Jo Sturdevant and Virgil Jean Hutchinson, two brothers Jerry Loyd Brooks and Carl Edward Brooks. He is survived by his wife of 16 years Vickie Fletcher Brooks, a step daughter Faith Smith of Ida, Arkansas and a step son Jeffrey Johnston of Atkins, Arkansas, three granddaughters Brooklen Jade Smith, Brianna Beasley and Gracie Johnston, father and mother in law James and Erleene Fletcher of Drasco, and sister in law Donna Fletcher Clark and husband David of Lawsonville, North Carolina, two nephews Jeremy Baker of Hot Springs and Danny Baker and wife Heather of Guyton, Georgia and a niece Mandy Linneman and husband Ryan of Cleveland, Tennessee, great nieces and nephews Taylor, Megan, Regan, Kindell, Keegan and Jaila besides a special friend Terry Byrd, three aunts Mamie Hopkins, Hava Brooks and Carol Wadley, besides other relatives and many friends.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, August 28, 2014 from 6:00 until 8:00 PM at Family Funeral Service and Graveside Funeral Services will be held on Friday, August 29, 2014 at 2:00 PM in the Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in Ida, Arkansas.


on Aug 18 in Obituaries posted by

Robert Edward (Bob) Son the son of William Nathaniel Son and Maudie Marie Cook Son was born in Mark Tree, Arkansas on November 17, 1929 and passed away at Judsonia, Arkansas on August 18, 2014 at the age of 84 years.
Mr. Son was a baker and worked for Ideal Bakery. His religious belief was in the Full Gospel Church and he attended the Banner Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents William and Maudie Son, a son William Franklin Son, three brothers Jerry Son, Franklin Son and James Eugene Son. He is survived by his children Beverly Luetschwager of Heber Springs, Michael Son of Ovid, Michigan, Robert Franklin Son of Drasco, Arkansas, Patricia Ann Johnson of Cave City, Arkansas, Mary Sue Buazzard of Paragould, Arkansas and Marilyn Son Williams of Heber Springs, Arkansas, brothers Lowry Son of Searcy, Arkansas, Tommy Son of Concord, Arkansas, Donald Son of Concord, Arkansas, Herman Son of Apple Valley, California, Johnny Son of Detroit, Michigan, one sister Ruby Nell Cockrell of Lepanto, Arkansas, 17 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren, besides nieces, nephews other relatives and many friends.


on Aug 14 in Obituaries posted by

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Jessie Ruth Hazelwood the daughter of H. J. Hooten and Ervie Birdsong Hooten was born in Miller, Arkansas on April 26, 1938 and passed away at Heber Springs, Arkansas on August 13, 2014 at the age of 76 years.
She was a member of the Brownsville Baptist Church. She enjoyed watching birds and loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents H. J. and Ervie Hooten, her husband Kennith C. Hazelwood, brothers and sisters: Alfred Hooten, Tom Hooten, Ann Bittle, Janie Cothren, Ellis Hooten and Maudean Stone. She is survived by her children Rhonda Hazelwood, Kennith C. Hazelwood and wife Lanora, Gizelle Smith and husband Perry and Rufus Hazelwood, brother Billy D. Hooten and wife Eva and of Cortez, Colorado and sister Millie Barnett of Nice Ville, Florida and grandchildren Jason Lankford, B. J. Kever, Kirk Kever, Kennith Hazelwood, Annie Burleson, Jessica Hamilton and Dean Smith, and 11 great grandchildren besides other relatives and many friends.
A visitation will be held at Shiloh Crossroads Church on Sunday August 17, 2014 from 5:00 until 7:00 PM and funeral services will be at the church on Monday, August 18, 2014 at 11:00 AM by Rev. Darvin Carlton. Pallbearers are Jason Lankford, B. J. Kever, Kirk Kever, Kenneth Hazelwood, and Dean Smith, Honorary pallbearers are James Hamilton and Jerry Burleson.


on Aug 06 in Obituaries posted by

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Carthel Barton Parrott, 78, of Heber Springs, passed away Tuesday August 5, 2014. Born September 27, 1935 to the late Barton and Margaruet Noah Barton in Heber Springs, he was a Korean War era veteran of the United States Air Force. Carthel worked construction for most of his life and was of the Baptist faith.
After retirement he was very active In the American Legion where he held many positions. He also was a former state commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and stated the VFW Honor Guard in Heber Springs.
Surviving Carthel are his wife, Betty Harris Parrott; children Carolyn Byrd of Heber Springs, Pam Roberts of Wichita Texas, Jimmy D. Lane of Washington Illinois, Anna Faye Parrott Sayre of Heber Springs, and three step-daughters. Surviving also are his siblings, Jimmy Parrott of Heber Springs, Diana Parrott Jordon of Sherwood, Vida June Parrott Daley of Anchorage Alaska; Nineteen grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
Carthel is preceded in death by two sisters, Eupha Parrott Turney and Irma Dean Parrott Verser.
Visitation will be Thursday August 7, 2014 from 5pm to 7pm at Family Funeral Service in Heber Springs.
Funeral services will be Friday at 10am in the Family Funeral Service Chapel with burial at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery near Brownsville.
Family Funeral Service of Heber Springs in charge of arrangements. Go to ww.dwightsfamilyfuneral.com for online guest book.