Dwight Olmstead


on Apr 09 in Obituaries posted by

Thelma B. Balch the daughter of Archie Christie and Francis Vivian Miller Christie was born in Gloversville, New York in April 1923 and passed away in Little Rock, Arkansas in April 2014.
Thelma retired from the retail industry and was a bookkeeper.
Thelma was preceded in death by her husband Grant Balch. They moved to Heber Springs in 1977 and made this their home. She is survived by a daughter Susan Gebhardt of Mississippi besides other relatives and many friends.
Thelma was cremated and her cremains will be placed in the Columbarium of the Frist Presbyterian Church in Heber Springs.


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Arthur David Taylor the son of Arthur Floyd Taylor and Bernice Wilson Morgan was born in Edgemont, Arkansas on June 3, 1949 and passed away at his home in Wilburn, Arkansas on April 8, 2014 at the age of 64 years.
He was a retired lineman for First Electric Coop having worked there for 32 years. He was a veteran of the United States Navy, a lifetime member of the VFW and the American Legion. He had lived in Westside and attended school there and had lived in Heber Springs and when he married Kay Hayes they moved to Wilburn and have lived there for the past 42 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents Arthur Floyd Taylor and Bernice Wilson Morgan, a brother Donnie Taylor, a sister Bonnie Verser and a granddaughter Alex Taylor. Survivors are his wife Kay Hayes Taylor of Wilburn, a daughter Shay Morris and son-in-law Randy Morris of Wilburn, a son Shane Taylor and daughter-in-law Tammy Taylor of Tumbling Shoals, two granddaughters True Morris and Izzy Taylor, a brother Carl Taylor of Greers Ferry and two sisters Diane Lane of Logansport, Indiana and Helen Poole of Greers Ferry besides other relatives and many friends.
A visitation will be held on Friday, April 11, 2014 at Family Funeral Service from 5:00 until 7:00 PM and Funeral Services will be held in the Family Funeral Service Chapel on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 2:00 PM by Rev. Billy Henderson. Interment will be in Magness Cemetery with pallbearers Brian Logan, Jason Cornelison, Todd Schroeder, Frank Hickman, Gary Grant and Anthony Gardner, Honorary Pallbearers will be Pat Pike, John Latimer and Jim McLaren.


on Apr 03 in Obituaries posted by


Emma Jean Engler, the daughter of John Cyril Cook and Lula Mae Clifton Cook, was born in Wheatley, Arkansas on April 7 1921 and passed away in Heber Springs,  Arkansas on April 1, 2014 at the age of 92.  She worked at the defense department in Memphis, Tennessee, manufacturing rubber rafts for the Navy during World   War II.  She had a personal interest and took great pride in the work she performed at the plant since her brother Cyril was in the Navy during that time.

After the war she married August Claus “Dutch” Engler of Wheatley on November 10, 1951 she moved back to Wheatley to become a homemaker.

Shortly after the wedding Dutch gave her “Daisy” the milk cow.  She was afraid at first but after several milkings they became friends.  Daisy has been gone for a long time and her husband Dutch passed away just over a year ago.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, brother Cyril Cook; sisters, Aileen Midkiff, Nina Haltom, Norma Tune, and Mary Lou Reed;  granddaughter Lindsay Engler; great-grandson Braylon Besancon.

She is survived by; one daughter Beth Engler, sons Mike Engler (Lucy), Mark Engler (Rhonda); one sister in law Katherine Engler, all of Heber Springs, one brother, Tom Cook of Hot Springs.  Survivors also include grandchildren Jessica Krejci of     Huntsville, Texas, August Krejci of Waco, Texas, Chad Engler of Omaha, Nebraska, Jordan Engler (Stephanie) of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, Misty Engler Besancon (Chad) and great granddaughter Hayley Hann of Cabot, Arkansas as well as many nieces and nephews.

Throughout her life Emma Jean could work a mean needle, crafting numerous items out of any kind of thread.  When her sister Mary Lou was young Emma Jean created a pattern and crocheted a dress even though she had never done such a thing.  Since that time she made most of her daughter’s clothes, many needlepoint, cross stitch, and crewel embroidery pictures as well as numerous handmade gift items.

Whenever visitors arrived she was a gracious hostess and made sure everyone was comfortable and well fed.  She was an excellent cook from the everyday meals to homemade candy at Christmas time.

A loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother she will be dearly missed.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. in the Mt. devonshire Church by Rev. John Cates



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Ernest Broce (Ernie) Sample the son of Richard Dean Sample and Dorothy Opal King Sample was born in Dodge City, Kansas on June 12, 1958 and passed away at the Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks in Fayetteville, Arkansas on March 30, 2014.

Ernie was a veteran of the United States Navy serving from September 19, 1977 and was discharged on October 5, 1982. He was a resident of Winslow, Arkansas and worked as a machinist.

He was preceded in death by his father Richard Sample and a brother.  He is survived by his mother Dorothy Sample of Winslow, Arkansas, two brothers Jerry Sample and Dennis Sample both of Winslow, Arkansas and a sister Judith Sample of West Fork, Arkansas besides other relatives and many friends.


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Carroll Cecil Andrews the son of Edward Aaron (Jack) Andrews and Nellie Belle Hollister Andrews was born in Almont, South Dakota on July 13, 1934 and passed away at his home in Rose Bud, Arkansas on March 21, 2014 at the age of 79 years.

He was a retired construction worker and attended St. Mary’s Church in Rose Bud. He was preceded in death by his parents, 8 brothers and 2 sisters, two grandchildren Carrie Andrews and Jimmy Andrews and his long time companion Virgie Peters.  Survivors are three sons Mark Andrews and wife Tronda of Searcy, Eddie Andrews of Rose Bud and Steve Andrews and wife Mary of Rose Bud, nine grandchildren, twenty great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren besides other relatives and many friends.

Visitation will be on Monday, March 24, 2014 at Family Funeral Service from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M. and funeral services will be on Tuesday, March, 25, 2014 at St Mary’s Church in Rose Bud at 10:00 A.M. by Rev. Robin Covington and Rev. Jeff Chandler. Pallbearers will be Kenny Harrison, Tony Brown, Lance Watson, Frank Andrews, Kevin Kerr and Rick Langley with Honorary Pallbearers Lee Gene Lester and Gary Don Lester with interment in Mt. Hebron Cemetery.


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Kelly Sue Elliott the daughter of Jack Elliott and Susan Slater Elliott was born in Marion, Indiana on June 20, 1974 and passed away at Mountain View, Arkansas on March 19, 2014 at the age of 39 years.

Kelly was a homemaker and her religious belief was in the Apostolic Faith.  She enjoyed fishing and the outdoors.

She was preceded in death by a sister April Janeen Morgan in 1997 and a daughter Tamara Nicole Elliott in 1996. Survivors are her parents Jack and Susan Elliott, a daughter Cortney Ann Elliott, a son Devon Michel Elliott, two brothers James Ritter and wife Fanny and Jeff Elliott and wife Kim besides many nieces nephews other relatives and many friends.

Cremation arrangements by Family Funeral Service of Heber Springs.


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On March 15th, 2014, Stephen Martin Powell, of Greer’s Ferry, AR, peacefully completed his journey to our Lord’s Kingdom.  Born in Memphis, TN, Steve never met a stranger, and never turned away a friend. 
Steve was a graduate of Christian Brothers High School in Memphis, TN, an Eagle Scout, the “Coke Man” throughout the South for over 30 years with Coca Cola Enterprises, and finally, owner/operator of Steve’s Lawn Care in Greer’s Ferry.  He leaves his loving wife Cristi, daughter Lisa, son Barrett, grandson Austin, granddaughter Kayla, and sisters Mary Lou and Susan.    He is pre-deceased by his parents, Jack and June Powell, and his brothers, Jack Jr. and Bruce.
There will be a memorial service held for Steve at the Holiday Hills United Methodist Church in Greer’s Ferry, AR on Saturday, March 22nd.  Visitation will be at 10:00 a.m., and the service will begin at 11:00 a.m., and all who knew him are invited to share in this celebration of his life.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that those who wish to offer a remembrance instead support one of Steve’s charitable passions:  Greer’s Ferry Emergency Medical Services (EMS), P.O. Box 1264, Greer’s Ferry, AR, 72067, and Holiday Hills United Methodist Church, Building Fund, 8824 Edgemont, Greer’s Ferry, AR, 72067.



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Jay Edward Farrell the son of Charles Farrell and Gladys Morris Farrell was born in Buffalo, Texas on June 26, 1945 and passed away at Little Rock, Arkansas on March 12, 2014 at the age of 68 years.

He was a retired cook and member of Shady Grove Baptist Church. He enjoyed cooking and sewing. He was a member of the United States Army having served from 1963 until 1966 in the Viet Nam War time.

He was preceded in death by his parents Charles and Gladys Farrell. He is survived by an adopted son Jamal R. Farrell of Clinton, four step daughters Lisa Johnson of Ft. Smith, Callie Robbins of Greenbrier, Georgetta Willeford of Rizzello, Arizona and Tina Mainord of Clinton, a brother John Farrell of Shirley, three sisters May Ward of Alexandria, Indiana, Myra Williford of Conway and Shirley Hensley of Shirley besides many grand and great grandchildren other relatives and many friends.

Visitation will be on Saturday, March 15, 2014 from 11:00 until 12:00 at Shady Grove Baptist Church and funeral services will be at the church at 1:00 P.M.  Officiating the service will be Rev. Sam Brown and Rev. Alan Rolen, pallbearers will be members of the American Legion Honor Guard Post 64 of Heber Springs.

Honorary Pallbearers will be John Farrell, Al Micum, Zane Ward, Jim Johnson, Chip Ellis and Jimmy Murray.


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Elsie May Roy the daughter of Sim Eli Davis and Ella May Hutchins was born in Bee Branch, Arkansas on June 20, 1925 and passed away at Heber Springs, Arkansas on March 8, 2014 at the age of 88 years.

Elsie was a homemaker and her religious belief was Baptist.  She loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren and enjoyed working in her garden.

She was preceded in death by her parents Sim and Ella Davis, her husband Ovie Leon Boyd, a brother Hulen Davis and a sister Marie Sherrod. She is survived by two daughters Bonnie Glenn and husband Samuel, and Kat Bormann, a son Rickey Boyd, two brothers Will Davis and Charles Davis and two sisters Hazel Teegarden and Brenda Simmons, four grandchildren Angela Glenn, Jessica Sansoucie, Jeffrey Burton and Christopher Bormann and one  great grandson Ethan Bormann besides other relatives and many friends.

A private Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date.


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Virginia Ray Searcy the daughter of Ray Powell and Dora Shirley Powell was born in Batesville, Arkansas on October 24, 1927 and passed away at her home in Searcy, Arkansas on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at the age of 86 years.

She was a member of the Church of Christ and a retired nurse. She had been a resident of Searcy, Arkansas most of her life and enjoyed taking care of her grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents Ray and Dora Powell and her husband Kyle Brown Searcy, SR., a brother Nikki Powell a son Robert Myers Searcy and a daughter Cynthia Ray Searcy.  Survivors are two brothers Harvey Powell and Charles Powell and a half brother Ronald Duncan, two sisters Lois Powell and Peggy Powell, her son Kyle B. Searcy, JR and wife Virginia, a grandson Rhonald Myers Searcy and wife Jennifer, two great grandchildren Nicholas Myers Searcy and Lillie Kate Searcy besides other relatives and many friends.

Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. in Family Funeral Service Chapel by Ronald Marlin and song leader Bruce Lemieux.