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on Jul 25 in Obituaries posted by

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Mary Garrett Gillespie Pruett the daughter of Luther Pickney Garrett and Clara Pearl Allen Garrett was born in Sarah, Mississippi on March 11, 1917 and passed away at Baptist Medical Center in Heber Springs, Arkansas on July 23, 2014 at the age of 97 years.

Mary was a member of the 1st United Methodist Church of Heber Springs. She had been active in her church all her life. She loved reading and traveling and crafts and activities at Southridge Village Assisted Living Center where she lived. She was a member of the Eastern Star and PEO. Mary worked as a teacher and graduated from Memphis State University and attended Hendrix College and Arkansas State University.
She was preceded in death by her parents Luther and Clara Garrett, her first husband Richard B. Gillespie and her second husband Raymond L. (Ray) Pruett and a granddaughter Carrie Elisabeth Gillespie. She is survived by three sons: Rick Gillespie and wife Jeanie of Seymour, Tennessee, Ron Gillespie and wife Ramona of Heber Springs and Chris Gillespie and wife Cheryl of Germantown, Tennessee, seven grandchildren Barbara, Gina, Steve, Scott, Mike, Lynn and Ashlee and 13 great grandchildren besides other relatives and many friends.
A visitation will be held on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. in the First United Methodist Church in Heber Springs and a Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 A.M. in the church by Rev. Tommy Toombs and Rev. Charlie Cayton.
The family asks that memorials be made to the First United Methodist Church of Heber Springs, 1099 West Pine Street, Heber springs, AR 72543. The family wants to thank the staff at Southridge Village Assisted Living for their excellent care of Mary.


on Jul 21 in Obituaries posted by

Dr. John Raymond Hayes the son of Patrick Hayes and Maureen Martin Hayes was born in Cork City, Ireland on September 19, 1937 and passed away at his home on July 20, 2014 at the age of 76 years.
Dr. Hayes religious belief was Catholic. He had lived in Arkansas for the past 5 years moving from the state of Florida. His first job was to buy sausage casings for a sausage factory and then went to work as a clerk at Selfridge of London. He taught English in Malta before coming a doctor and was on the board of the Florida Medical Professional Group and the Board of Medical Profession. He was a doctor of Internal Medicine and Family Practice and did his residence in London and practiced in Canada, Florida and Australia. He was interested in computers and wrote software programs for medical billing for Microsoft. He earned his Master’s Degree in Health Care Administration and was an Economics teacher at Florida Atlantic University. He was a captain in the British Army a Major in the United States Army and a member of the American Legion. He had worked for the Department of Defense in Washington D. C.
Dr. Hayes was preceded in death by his parents Patrick and Maureen Hayes of Tralee, and is survived by his wife Carolyn Diane Willis Hayes of Heber Springs, 5 daughters, Jane Hayes, Sarah Hayes, Laura Donihee, Autumn Smith and Amber Smith and a son Gregory Hayes, two sisters Frankie Newman and Patricia Casey, four granddaughters Ashley Donihee, Katie McGee, Stephanie McGee and Emma Ray Smith Euton besides other relatives and many friends.

A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, July 25, 2014 at 11:00 Am in Family Funeral Service Chapel and an Irish Wake will be held following the service at the family home on 2725 Yuba Road to celebrate the life of Dr. Hayes.


on Jul 12 in Obituaries posted by

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Pat Pike the son of Coy Farris Pike and Theda Juanita Morton was born in Heber Springs, Arkansas on June 9, 1949 and passed away at his home in Quitman, Arkansas on July 10, 2014 at the age of 65 years.
Pat was a construction foreman for First Electric and a member of the South Crossroads Church. He was a veteran of the United States Army, member of the Quitman VFW Post #7514 and the American Legion Post 64 of Heber Springs. He was a member of the Farm Bureau Board and the Mountain Top Water System Board. Pat enjoyed gardening and lawn work, coon hunting and fishing. He was known as Papa Pat by all the children in his church and he loved serving the LORD and all others.
He was preceded in death by his parents Farris and Juanita Pike and is survived by his wife Bobbie Arnhart Pike of Quitman, daughter Melinda Wortham of Quitman, son David Pike and wife Sarah of Wilburn, sister Shirley Mote and husband Jerry of Quitman, five grandchildren he absolutely adored: Reilly Wortham, Kaylee Wortham, Casey Wortham, Catie Mae Pike and Marshall Pike and a uncle Lois Morton of Quitman besides 3 nephews, other relatives and many friends.
A visitation will be held on Sunday, July 13, 2014 from 5:00 until 7:00 PM at Family Funeral Service and funeral services will be held on Monday, July 14, 2014 at 3:00 PM in the South Crossroads Church in Hopewell, Arkansas by Rev. Kenneth Rolland, JR and Rev. Garvin Reid. Interment will be in Center Point Cemetery with pallbearers John Via, John Latimer, Brian Logan, Gary Grant, Jason Cornelison, Doug Jones, Gene Johnston and Maurice (Moe) Huey. Honorary Pallbearers will be Earnie Stark, Dewey Long, Todd Schroeder and Eldon (Butch) Hannah.


on Jul 12 in Obituaries posted by

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Thomas Edward Propes, JR. the son of Thomas Edward Propes, SR. and Georgia Alma Smith Propes was born in Blackrock, Arkansas on July 12, 1944 and passed away in Heber Springs, Arkansas on July 10, 2014 at the age of 69 years.
Mr. Propes was a retired banker and a Mason. His religious belief was Methodist and he was past President of the Heber Springs Chamber of Commerce. He coached baseball for many years and especially enjoyed the St. Louis Cardinals. He loved the Arkansas Razorbacks and went to many games. His life revolved around his grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents Thomas and Georgia Propes, a sister Jan Propes Kirkdoffer and is survived by his wife of 47 years Mary Catherine Neal Propes, two sons David Neal Propes and wife Karen of Elgin, Oklahoma, Philip D. Propes and wife Alondra of Little Rock, Arkansas, a daughter Nancy Propes Archer and husband Thomas of Tumbling Shoals, Arkansas, a brother James Propes of Oxford, Mississippi, eight grandchildren: Ashlynn Propes, David Neal Propes, JR., Alexis Propes, Alexander Propes, Sarah Archer, Christopher Propes, Trevin Archer and Madeline Propes, 4 nieces, other relatives and many friends. A visitation will be held on Sunday July 13, 2014 from 2:00 until 4:00 PM at Family Funeral Service and funeral services will be in the Family Funeral Service Chapel on Monday, July 14, 2014 at 10:00 AM with interment in the Neal Family Cemetery in Hermitage, Arkansas at 3:30 PM.


on Jul 08 in Obituaries posted by


Lorraine Merriman Barnes, 99, died Monday, July 07, 2014. She was born Sept 22, 1914 to Lee Merriman and Nola Baker Merriman in Wynnewood, OK., the first of six children. The Merrimans later moved to Ripley County, MO where they lived on a farm at Poyner and later moved to Doniphan, MO.

She married the late John E. Barnes Sr. on Nov 11, 1942, in Corning, AR. This happened while John was on home on leave after joining the U.S. Army Air Corps the day after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. Following the wedding, John and Lorraine moved to Connecticut where Airman Barnes trained on the maintenance of the Republic-built P-47 Thunderbolt.

After completing training, Barnes was assigned to the 63rd squadron, 56th Fighter Group, 8th Air Force and stationed at Halesworth air base in England for the duration of World War II. Mrs. Barnes returned to Doniphan to live with her parents.

Once World War II was over, John and “Suzy” (a nickname given to her by her husband) set up housekeeping in Cairo, ILL where John managed an automobile dealership established by his uncle. John Jr. was born there in 1948.

In 1953, the Barnes moved to Memphis where John Sr. sought employment in the auto industry and after several jobs started a career at American Motors, the manufacturers of Nash, later named Rambler. While in Memphis, a second child, Lisa, was born in 1954.

Founding members of Kingsway Christian Church in Memphis, John and Suzy were active in Church leadership with Suzy teaching Sunday School classes for young children and was responsible for starting a children’s worship service.

John Sr. was later transferred to Nashville, TN. Suzy would successfully start another children’s worship service at Woodmont Christian Church which became the center of the Barnes family life.

Having been taught the art of dressmaking by her mother, Susy taught sewing lessons at home and made custom clothing for clients. Her sewing talents were renowned by her friends and it was said she could observe a dress in a store window and replicate it without a pattern.

Suzy was a seamtress for many a prom dress and wedding dress for female members of her family.

In 1968, John and Suzy returned to Corning where John Sr. joined his cousin, Kip Woods, in the automobile and farm implement business there. With John Jr. in college and Lisa in high school, Suzy went to work outside the home for the first time in her life by working at Wood Department Store in Corning.

After John Sr. died in 1975 from a car wreck, Suzy moved to Heber Springs to be closer to her son and his wife Cheryl. Shortly after moving to Heber Springs, she was joined by her daughter, Lisa, who would marry Dwight Olmstead and become a mother to his son, Ryan. Four other grandchildren were born, and during Suzy’s years as a widow she devoted her skills to whatever her children or grandchildren needed even on a moment’s notice.

It was Ryan who gave Mrs. Barnes the name she cherished the most: “GeGe” because he could not pronounce grandmother. For the rest of her life, she was called GeGe by all . . .whether it be grandchildren, other family members, friends of the family, or the community at large.

She never met a stranger, and in her later years when she worked with Lisa and Dwight at Heber Springs Florist or Classic Casuals, she always had a smile on her face and was quick to handle a customer’s request.

She is survived by her son, John of Little Rock and his wife Debbie; her daughter, Lisa and her husband Dwight of Heber Springs; and daughter-in-law Cheryl Orr and her husband Frank of Heber Springs.

GeGe is also survived by five grandchildren: Ryan Olmstead, his wife Shanda and their daughter Abby of Atoka, OK; Christy Barnes Robinson, her husband Aaron and their two children, Mia and Alex, of Jacksonville, AR; Alesha Olmstead Presley, husband Jason and three children, Lynnlee, Emmary, and Vaden of Heber Springs; Megan Barnes Keener, husband Josh and their two sons, Parker and Wyatt of Harrison; Alexis Olmstead Cranford and her husband Preston of Heber Springs.

She is also survived by a sister Nancy Merriman Worley and her family of Germantown, TN.

Visitation will be held on Friday, July 11, 2014 at Family Funeral Service beginning at 10:00 AM and funeral services will be in the Family funeral Service Chapel at 11:00 AM by Rev. Tommy Toombs of the First United Methodist Church of Heber Springs.  Interment will be held in Corning, Arkansas at the Corning Cemetery at 4:00 PM.


on Jul 06 in Obituaries posted by

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Clarence Alvin Whitton the son of Clyde J. Whitton and Anna Lou Wood Whitten was born in Lake City, Arkansas on September 2, 1934 and passed away on July 4, 2014 at the age of 79 years.

He was a veteran of the Korean War having served in the United States Marines. His religious belief was Baptist and he enjoyed watching TV, western movies and playing cards.

He was preceded in death by his parents Clyde and Anna Whitton and 7 brothers and sisters. He is survived by a sister Mary Jordan of Drasco and a brother Larry Whitton of Truman and a nephew David Roger Whitton, JR of Tullahoma, Tennessee besides nieces, nephew other relatives and many friends.

A visitation will be held on Monday July 7, 2014 at Family Funeral Service beginning at 9:00 Am and funeral services will be in the Chapel of Family Funeral Service at 10:00 AM Monday by Rev. Sam Brown.

Interment will be in the Pine Log Cemetery in Paragould, Arkansas at 2:00 PM Monday. Services will be with Military honors provided by the United States Marines.


on Jul 04 in Obituaries posted by



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Ruth Ellen Murphree the daughter of Delbert Furnish and Jean Davis Cole was born on February 21, 1940 and passed away at Clinton, Arkansas on July 3, 2014 at the age of 74 years.
She was a former employee of Aeroquip and the Glove Factory. She was a member of Lone Star Baptist Church and enjoyed traveling and cooking. Ruth loved being with her family and grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents Delbert and Jean Furnish, and is survived by her husband Feldus Murphree, 2 sons Brian Murphree and wife Kathy of Rose Bud, Michael Murphree and wife Terri of Greers Ferry, 2 daughters Karen Reed and husband Daren of Greers Ferry, Tammy Pettigrew of Cordova, Tennessee, 4 sisters and 2 brothers, 11 grandchildren: Josh Murphree and wife Autumn, Brian N. Murphree and wife Teather, Madelyn Murphree, Amelia Reed, Ethan Reed, Kayla Murphree and Cody Murphree, 12 great grandchildren besides other relatives and many friends.
Visitation will be on Saturday, July 5, 2014 from 5:00 until 7:00 PM at Lone Star Baptist Church in Greers Ferry, AR and funeral services will be at the church on Sunday, July 6, 2014 at 2:00 PM with Rev. Rondal Richardson officiating assisted by Josh Murphree, Ethan Reed and Amelia Reed. Pallbearers will be Hunter Wolf, Josh Lane, Ernie Hunt, Roger Crum, Todd Gray, Eddie Whitehurst, Grant West and Andy Hunt.


on Jul 03 in Obituaries posted by



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Connie Betnar, 78, of Quitman, passed away at his home on July 2, 2014. Born in Spoke Plant, AR on June 29, 1936 to Henry Betnar and Minnie Acord Betnar, he was orphaned at a young age and was raised by his Uncle Newell Stepp and Aunt Zulie Acord Stepp near Spoke Plant. Connie was a Korean War Veteran, retired building contractor that owned an insulation and guttering company, and cattle rancher. In his pastime, he loved fishing, working with his cattle, and carpentry. His true love was ranching. Connie was preceded in death by father Henry Betnar and mother Minnie Betnar; uncle Newell Stepp and aunt Zulie Stepp; sister-in-law Sharon Schlem Fry and brother-in-law Charles D. Fry. He is survived by and will be dearly missed by his wife, Ivia Schlem Betnar; two children, Jerry Betnar and Ann Betnar; a brother, Clyde Betnar; four grandchildren, Elizabeth and Caleb Pike and Jared and Jennifer Betnar; 7 great-grandchildren; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Ronnie and Kathy Schlem; and a nephew, Justin Schlem. Pallbearers include: Bryan Mullins, Johnny Woods, Sammy Adams, Justin Schlem, Jay Strain, Wayman Gaither. Honorary Pallbearers are Mark Caldwell, JC Davis, and Leo Langrell. Visitation will be held to the public at Family Funeral Service in Heber Springs on Saturday, July 5th, from 5-7 PM. Funeral services will be led by Bro. Dave Caswell at the Quitman United Methodist Church on Sunday at 2 PM.




on Jul 02 in Obituaries posted by

Helen Inez Hipp the daughter of Jim Verser and Mable Martin Verser was born in Woodrow, Arkansas on May 18, 1924 and passed away in Batesville, Arkansas on June 30, 2014 at the age of 90 years.
Helen was a homemaker and her religious belief was of the Baptist faith. She enjoyed cooking and writing and she wrote the Woodrow News published in the Sun Times. She loved taking care of her children, grand children and great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents Jim and Mable Verser, her husband Elmo Hipp, a son Rick Hipp, one brother Noel Verser and one sister Myrene Stevens. She is survived by granddaughters Racquel Moore and husband Paul, Rachelle Miller and husband Keith, and Leslie Scarbrough and husband Josh, grandsons Jamie Hipp and wife Felicia, Jason Hipp and wife Chrissi and Justin Hipp, a daughter – in – law Gail Morris and husband David, one brother Leo Verser and wife Fran, 12 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild besides other relatives and many friends.
Visitation will be on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at Woodrow Baptist Church from 6:00 until 8:00 PM and funeral services will be at the church on Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 10:00 AM by Brother Dennis Knapp.
Interment will follow in the Verser-Lancaster Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jamie Hipp, Jason Hipp, Justin Hipp, Paul Moore, Keith Miller, Gary Verser and Heath Barger. Honorary Pallbearers will be Hayden Moore, Blaine Hipp, Bryce Hipp, Bo Hipp and Slate Hipp.


on Jun 26 in Obituaries posted by

Richard Alan Heffner the son of James Chester Heffner and Daisy Glenn Kay Heffner was born in Eugene, Oregon on May 28, 1956 and passed away at Heber Springs, Arkansas on June 20, 2014 at the age of 58 years.
Richard had lived his life in Cleburne County and was of the Pentecostal Faith. He was retired and enjoyed playing bass guitar.
He was preceded in death by his parents James and Daisy Heffner and a brother Skip Heffner. He is survived by a daughter Brandy Boje and a son Brandon Heffner, a brother Mike Heffner and 4 grandchildren besides other relatives and many friends.
A memorial service was held at Cleburne County Memorial Gardens.