Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Bobby G. Endsley

Bobby G. Endsley age 78, of Monticello, AR died Tuesday, August 23rd at his home.  He was born April 28th, 1938 in New Edinburgh, AR, a son of the late Granville Endsley and Fannie Bell Burks Endsley.  He was a Baptist, a Logger and a Taxi Cab owner and operator.  He loved to see people smile, he loved his kids and was always glad to get to visit with them.  He was also preceded in death by a son Johnny Ray Endsley, a daughter Mary Ann “Sissy” Jones,  2 brothers Billy Endsley and Kenneth Endsley, a sister Shirley Madden and a great granddaughter Kristen Endsley all preceded him in death.

He is survived by 5 sons, David Endsley, Bearden, AR;  Bobby Wayne Endsley, Larry Gene Endsley, and Jackie Allen Slaughter all of Monticello, AR and John Elgin Endsley of Batesville, AR.   A daughter Judy Clements, Malvern, AR. 12 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services 2:00 PM Saturday, August 27th at Frazer’s Funeral Home.  Visitation 6:00 PM till 8:00 PM  Friday, August 26th at Frazer’s Funeral Home.  Burial in Shady Grove Cemetery at New Edinburg  by Frazer’s Funeral Home. Online guestbook 

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Roger Dale Gorman, Sr.

Roger Dale Gorman, Sr, age 65, of Hermitage, AR, died Friday, August 19, 2016, at home after a lengthy battle with cancer.  The son of the late Charlie Austin Gorman and Neta Ross Gorman of Hermitage, he was a boilermaker and proud member of the Local 69 Boilermakers Union in Little Rock, AR.  He was a Baptist and a member of the Landmark Baptist Church in Gravel Ridge.  Roger retired in 2013, to build his home and farm so that he could enjoy time with his family and friends.  He was an avid fisherman, loved to hunt and enjoyed raising his garden.  His farm was always filled with family and friends whom he loved to cook for and entertain.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Tommy Lee Gorman and Charles Anthony Gorman, both formerly of Warren; and sister, Lynda Gorman Johnson, of Tyler, TX. Survivors include his sons, Roger Gorman, Jr and wife, Marilyn; Randy Gorman, and wife, Marcy, all of Hermitage, AR.  Four grandchildren Randy Gorman, Jr, Justin Gorman, Layla Gorman and Anna Gorman.  He also leaves behind sisters, Wanda Reep of Brookport, IL and Beverly Latimer, and husband Clay, of Houston; TX. as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m. Monday August 22, at Frazer’s Chapel. Burial will be in Holly Springs Cemetery by Frazer’s Funeral Home of Warren. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, August 21 at Frazer’s. Online guest register  HYPERLINK ""  

Leonard Fay McClellan

Leonard Fay McClellan, age 76, of New Edinburg, AR, died Friday August 19, at St. Vincent’s in Little Rock after a sudden illness. Born June 5, 1940, in New Edinburg, AR, a son of the late Johnny Duncan McClellan and Iva Mae Thompson McClellan he was a retired adjuster for Viking Bag in Pine Bluff where he founded and was president of his local union. Leonard was a member of Macedonia Free Will Baptist Church and president of Macedonia Hunting Club. He could always be found with a Dr. Pepper in his hand and a trusty dog by his side. He was known for his famous chocolate gravy, his quick wit, and his relentless hard work. He deeply and fiercely loved his family. Also preceding him in death were two sisters, Ruth Hazel Weaver, Sue McClellan; one granddaughter, Kimberly McClellan.

Survivors are his loving wife of 56 years, Mary Burns McClellan. One son Mark McClellan and spouse Sharon of Warren, AR. One daughter Terri Martinez and spouse Sam of Texarkana, AR. One brother Tom McClellan and spouse Helen of Shreveport, LA. Three grandchildren Samuel, Kristin, and Stephen; and two great grandchildren Skylar and Harper; many nieces and nephews; and a host of other family and friends.

Funeral service was 4:00 p.m. Sunday, August 21, at Frazer’s Chapel with Samuel Martinez and Rev. Sam Martinez officiating. Janice Sullivan was organist and soloist was Karen Thompson. Burial was in Reaves Cemetery by Frazer’s Funeral Home. Active pallbearers were Jerry Weaver, Bobby Weaver, Danny Weaver, Chris Burns, Bryan Burns, Michael Burns and Patrick Ellis. Honorary pallbearers were Macedonia Hunting Cub and hunting buddies. Memorials preferred to Kimberly Nicole McClellan Scholarship Fund at Warren Bank and Trust Co.; 201 South Main Street; Warren, AR, 71671. Online guest register  HYPERLINK "http://

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Diann McNeice

Diann McNeice age 63, of Ingalls, AR died Tuesday, August 16th,  at her home.  She was born October 3rd, 1952 in Warren, AR a daughter of the late Robert Ledbetter and Mildred Jackson Ledbetter. She was a member of Eagle Lake Crossroads Church, a retired teacher with over 40 years of service.  She was a Liberian at the Hampton Public School system for over 28 years and a migrant teacher for the Hermitage School District for over 12 years, where she loved showing her students the joy of learning.  She graduated from Hermitage Public Schools, attended UAM in Monticello and attained her teaching Degree from SAU in Magnolia.

She is survived by her husband  Glenn McNeice whom she married March 12, 1971 in Crossett, AR.  A daughter Paula Ates and spouse Jonathan, Bernice, LA. A brother Dale Ledbetter and spouse Judy, Ingalls, AR. and a sister Rita Courtney, Ingalls, AR.  3 grandchildren Troy McNeice, Hermitage, AR, James and Destiny Ates, Bernice, LA.

Funeral services 2:00 PM Thursday, August 18th at Union Hill Baptist Church.  Burial in Union Hill Cemetery by Frazer’s Funeral Home.  Visitation will be at her home tonight Wednesday, August 17th at 144 Bradley Road 952 in Ingalls, AR.   Online guestbook

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Irma Frances Frisby Leslie

Irma Frances Frisby Leslie, age 89, of Warren, Ark., passed away August 13, 2016, at her home in Warren.  Irma was born May 4, 1927, in Vick, Ark. to Robert and Mary Frisby.  After graduating from Hermitage High School, she attended Arkansas A & M College, graduating with a teaching degree. Irma taught elementary and junior high students at Hermitage and Warren schools for 35 years, most of that as a fourth grade teacher in Warren, until she retired in 1987.  She was a long-time member of First Presbyterian Church in Warren.

She is survived by one son, Samuel McFadden Leslie, Jr. and wife Debbie of Monticello, Ark.; five daughters, Lynn Starns and husband Brett of Bogalusa, La.; Joan Albritton and husband Ronnie of Zachary, La.; Donna Leslie of Memphis, Tenn.; Sherri Courtney of Baker, La.; and Terri Chisom and husband Danny of Monticello, Ark.; sixteen grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Irma is also survived by her sister Melvina Nixon and husband Jerry of Sheridan, Ark.; and her brother Gerald Frisby of Sheridan, Ark.  She was preceded in death by her husband of sixty years, Samuel McFadden Leslie, Sr.; her parents; three brothers, Willie Charles “Pete” Frisby, Carroll Lee Frisby, and Bill Frisby; one infant son, William Mack Leslie; and one granddaughter, Katie Moore.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 16 at Frazer’s Funeral Home. Visitation will be 6:00-8:00 p.m. Monday, August 15 at Frazer’s. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery. Pallbearers are Irma’s grandsons Brandon Starns, Joseph Starns, Jonathan Albritton, Casey Albritton, Drew Albritton, Ryan Leslie, Mac Courtney, and Jacob Chisom. Honorary pallbearers are Jerry Nixon, Don Nixon, Rusty Rowell, Jane Harris, Ted Hickman, and Matthew Pennington.  Arrangements are by Frazer’s Funeral Home. Memorials preferred to The First Presbyterian Church 212 E. Church, Warren, AR 71671. A special thanks is extended to The Guest House, especially Kim Forrest, Cora, Crystal, and Barbara.

Mack Bowie

Mack Bowie, 100, of Warren died Friday, July 22, 2016 at his home.

Born August 13, 1915, he was a son of the late Ardani and Carther Bowie.

He was a member of West Cenral Church of Christ in Warren.  He was a former employee of Potlatch Corporation, working forty-four years at the Bradley Mill.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing and growing his garden.  The Warren City Council renamed his street "Bowie Street" in his honor.

He was also preceded in death by his wife Mag  Bowie son Willie Mack Bowie a granddaughter Kimberly Bailey and a special friend Pearl Calhoun.


His daughters-Bobbie Bowie, Maxine King both of Chicago, Il. and Mary Ann Bowie of St. Louis, MO.

Sister-Robbie Green of Warren

A special friend-Janice Reddick

Nine grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, five great-great grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were August 6 at West Central Church of Christ in Warren with Bro. William Hines officiating and Bro Michael Alexander, Sr., Minister.  Burial was in St. Paul Cemetery with arrangements by Hammons Funeral Home.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Mary Ann Huitt Smith

Mary Ann Huitt Smith age 73, of Many, Louisiana formerly of Hermitage, Arkansas, died Tuesday, August 9, at Sabine Retirement and Rehabilitation center in Many, La.  She was born February 16, 1943 at Eudora, Arkansas a daughter of the late Marvin Edwin Huitt and Annie Mildred Chambers Huitt. She was a graduate of the Hermitage Public School System, a retired CNA for the Bradley County Medical Center and a member of Hermitage Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by 2 husbands Nelson McMurry who died in 2002 and Ed Smith who died in 2009. Surviving is a son Bryan McMurry and spouse Shelly, Star City, Ark; 1 daughter Teresia Barbee and spouse Curt, Many, La; 4 brothers Wayne Huitt and spouse Lou Neal and Paul Huitt and spouse Gwen, all of Hermitage, Ark, Larry Huitt and spouse Carolyn and Joe Huitt and spouse Sharon all of Warren, Ark; 1 sister Peggy Adams, Warren, Ark; a special aunt and uncle Thelma Chambers Green and spouse Wilmot Warren, Ark;  2 grandchildren Chance McMurry and spouse Abby, Many, La. and Ryan McMurry, Star City, ark; 5 great grandchildren.

Funeral services 10:00 am Saturday, August 13, at Frazer’s Chapel. Burial in McFarland Cemetery at Banks, Ark by Frazer’s Funeral Home of Warren. Visitation 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm Friday, August 12,  at Frazer’s. Memorials preferred to Life Touch Hospice, 2301 Champagnolle Road, El Dorado, Ark 71713.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

L.V. Mills

L.V. Mills, age 82 of Warren, AR, went to be with his Lord on Aug. 8, 2016 at the Northeast Louisiana War Veterans Home in Monroe, LA. He was born April 21, 1934 in Dierks, AR, a son of the late E. Mills of Warren, AR and the late Myrtle Snyder Mitchell of Nashville, AR. Mr. Mills retired as a self-employed house and mobile home transporter. He proudly served his county by enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1954. He served during the Korean Warn and later joined a Track Vehicle Mechanic during his years of service. Mr. Mills was a member of Westside Baptist Church in Warren where he served as a deacon. Proceeding Mr. Mills in death was a grandson, Melvin Lamont Mills, three brothers, J.D. Mills, Fred Mills, and Milford Mills.

 He is survived by his wife, the love of his life, Martha Herring Mills, whom he married on August 23, 1958; one son, Melvin Mills and wife, Pat of Warren, AR; one daughter Debbie Mills Leslie and husband, Sam, of Monticello, AR; two grandchildren, Ryan Leslie of Little Rock, Miranda Leslie Wisenor and husband, Drew of Richardson, TX; two great-grandchildren: William Leslie and Julian Leslie and one brother, Cecil Mills of Mayville, TN.

Funeral service was 10:00 a.m. Thursday, August 11 at Frazer’s Chapel with Rev. Wally Ferguson and Rev. Danny Kelley officiating. Linda Barrett was organist and Melvin Mill was soloit. Burial was in Adam Singer Cemetery by Frazer's. Active pallbearers were Frank Valentine, Dewayne Henry, Drew Wisener, Ryan Leslie, Ricky Lewis, Michael Vines, Bruce Mills and Bradley Herring. Honorary pallbearers were Eddie Lewis, Sonny Bethea, Deacons at Westside Baptist Church, Bill Perry and Dr. Kerry Pennington. Memorials can be made to Westside Baptist Church in Warren, AR, Bradley County Veterans Museum or Gideon’s International.  Online guestbook at

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Georgia Allen (Mae) Sutton Gates

Georgia Allen (Mae) Sutton Gates age 89 of Warren, AR died Saturday, August 6th at the John R. Williamson Hospice House in Eldorado, AR.

She was born January 23rd, 1927 in Vick, AR, a daughter of the late John Allen Sutton and Effie Lee Byrd Sutton.  She was a housewife and homemaker and attended Christian Fellowship Church.   She was also proceeded in death by her husband Willie Edward Gates who died  December 13th, 1996. a son John W. Gates, brothers Richard Sutton and James Sutton and sisters Nina Dean (Tency Sutton) Rice, Hattie Mae Greenwood and Lucille Freer.  Sons in law, Edward Stucks and Leon Wheeler precede her in death.

She is survived by 4 sons, Charles Gates and spouse Pricilla, Virginia Beach, VA; Clifford Gates and spouse Liz, Warren, AR; Jerry Gates and spouse Judy, Warren, AR; Terry Gates and spouse Angela, Virginia Beach, VA.   2 daughters Willie Mae Wheeler, Warren, AR and Linda Stucks-Taylor and spouse Danny, Warren, AR.  A brother Johnnie Lee Sutton, Warren, AR and a sister Annette Rawls and spouse Dub, Warren, AR.   18 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services 10:00AM Tuesday, August 9th at Frazer’s Chapel. Burial in Gravelridge Cemetery by Frazer’s Funeral Home. Visitation 6:00pm till 8:00pm Monday, August 8th at Frazer’s.  Online Guestbook 

Vada Laverne Morgan Stuard

Vada Laverne Morgan Stuard, age 85, of Warren, AR, died Thursday, August 4, at Chapel Woods Nursing Home in Warren, AR. Born April 6, 1931, in Warren, AR, a daughter of the late Johnie Morgan. and Helen Levels Morgan. Also, preceding her in death was her husband, Charles Dale Stuard, I. who died April 28, 2007; they were united in marriage on March 25, 1950. She was a member of First Baptist Church and she loved her family dearly. She was employed with Blankinship Motors and Warren Bank and Trust.

Survivors are one son Chief Charles Dale Stuard, II and Geneva Curry.

Private graveside services were 10:00 a.m. Saturday, August 6 at Oakland Cemetery with Rev. Larry Donaldson officiating. Arrangements were by Frazer’s Funeral Home.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Lieutenant Don Hollingsworth

Lieutenant Don Hollingsworth age 50 of Warren, AR died Monday, August 1st at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Little Rock, AR.   He was born May 27th, 1966 in Warren, AR a son of Linda Parrott Hollingsworth, Warren, AR and the late Donald Hollingsworth.  Don was a 20 plus year employee with the Warren Police Department serving as Criminal Investigator and Assistant Chief of Police.  Don began his career with the department under Chief Dale Stuard as jailor in January 1996 and he  graduated the Arkansas Law Enforcement Academy in 1997, he advanced in his responsibilities completing the law enforcement training academy and received his level 4 certified advanced law enforcement certificate in 2013.   Don was a second generation law enforcement officer, he achieved many certifications during his tenure with Warren Police Department where his grandfather Milton Parrot also served, he was a professional police instructor, firearms instructor, traffic and radar instructor. He achieved a level one certification from the Arkansas Crime Information Center; training in arson detection, racial profiling and gang violence.  Don maintained the continuing education for the police department staff and wrote many of the policies that are followed today.  He was very proud of his DEA certification in drug enforcement and received the Outstanding Certificate of Appreciation for his work from the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency. He was honored to serve under Chief Dale Stuard, Chief Randy Peek and Chief Shawn Hildrith.  Don was a founding member of the Church Unlimited, he loved his work, his church, his family and his service to the YMCA, where he coached tackle football, he served on the Y board of directors and sports committee and he totally believed in the Y and what impact it has on the kids. He was a graduate of Warren High School class of 1984. Don had a belief he lived by “right is right and if no one is right, wrong is wrong and everybody is wrong”.  Don loved his service to the Warren Police Department and the City of Warren where he grew up.  Also preceding him in death were his grandparents Milton and Eunice Parrott and J.L. and Mistle Hollingsworth.

He is survived by his wife whom he married February 25th, 1989 Paula Gambill Hollingsworth.  2 sons Justin Hollingsworth, Warren, AR and Samuel Hollingsworth, Warren, AR.  A brother Thomas Hollingsworth, Warren, AR. 3 brothers in law Terry Gambill and spouse Kim, Bryant, AR, Gary Gambill and spouse Kerry, Warren, AR, and Richard Gambill and spouse Maribeth, Bastrop, LA.  His father in law and mother in law Sheriff Jack Gambill and Wanda, Warren, AR. 4 nieces Jessica Griffin, Lyndsey Gambill, Sydney Gambill and Gabi Gambill and a nephew  Kyle Gambill. 1 great niece and great nephew.  Two special friends  Teresa Reep Sandine and Angela Reep Wyatt.

Funeral service was 2:00PM Saturday, August 6th at Frazer’s Funeral Home with Rev. Kevin Powers, Rev. Richard Gambill, Rev. Michael Gardner and Rev. David Richey officiating. Linda Barrett was organist. Honored guests were Chief Shaun Hildrith, Chief Randy Peek, Chief Dale Stuard and Fire Chief Howard Edwards. Active Pallbearers were Scott Chandler, Roy Delassus, John Neely, Auddy Doss, Kevin Black, Wade Mann, Richard Wagnon, David Hoppers, Robert Sellers and Bubba York. Honorary pallbearers were Judge Bruce Anderson, Gene Hollingsworth, Ricky Sandine, Todd Hoppers, Lavern Rice, Terry Gambill, Jason Sandine, Brock Wyatt, Paul Pinkston, Brent Reaves, Gary Gambill, Mark Simmons, Carl Holland, Steven Wyatt, Phill Hoppers, Ralph Reep, Jack Gambill, Ray Oblinger, Butch Belin, Ron Burnett, Tracy McClain, Dwayne Johnson, Bobby Barnes, Warren Police Department, Warren Fire Department, Bradley County Sheriffs Office, 10th Judicial District Drug Task Force and 10th Judicial District Prosecutors Office. Burial was in Union Cemetery at Rye. Arrangements were by Frazer’s Funeral Home. Online guestbook  HYPERLINK ""

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Dirrick Dewayne Steppes, Jr.

Dirrick Dewayne Steppes, Jr., age 82, of Warren, died Tuesday, July 19, 2016, at Life Touch Hospice in El Dorado.

Born November 22, 1933, he was a son of the late Dirrick Dewayne Steppes and Rosa Steppes.

He was a member of St. James AME Church in Warren.  He was a former employee of Potlatch Corp for over 40 years, the Warren School District for 5 years, and many years with Hammons Funeral Home.

He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Charles Steppes and Amos Steppes, a son Edward Steppes, and a daughter-in-law, Darace Steppes.


His wife of 42 years-Maxcine Steppes
Children-Patsy Steppes (Edwin) of Missouri City, TX; Lisa Cross, Charlette Cross, and Marilyn Steppes all of Warren; Rickey Steppes (Marge) and Rodney Steppes all of Park Forrest, IL., and Shawn Cross (Norma) of San Pedro, CA.
Siblings-Ira Mae Steppes Pickens (Emmitt), Barbara Steppes Boxley and Bernard Steppes (Brenda) all of Los Angeles, CA., Athlene Steppes Matlock of Hawthorn, CA., and Terry C. Steppes (Audrey) of Pearland, TX.
15 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were July 30, at St. James AME Church in Warren with Presiding Elder James R. Hooper officiating.  Burial in Mt. Olive Cemetery with arrangements by Hammons Funeral Home.

Kenneth McCoy

Kenneth McCoy, age 36, of 24 Pinewood Drive, Warren, Arkansas died July 25, 2016 in Northern Louisiana Medical Center, Ruston Louisiana.

He was born July 14, 1980, in Chicago, Illinois, a son of Betty Campbell McCoy and Sim McCoy, Jr.

He was a member of Southern Affiliates Motorcycle Club.


his Mother, Betty and Step-father, Robert Haynes of Warren; his Father, Sim and Step-mother, Tran Mccoy, Jr. of Warren; his fiance, Mary Faith Owens and daughter Alexxis Starr of Warren; four brothers Marshall Goodman and Michael McCoy of Monticello, Marcus and wife JaJuana Campbell of Chester, Virginia; Mario and wife Maquita McCoy of Houston, TX; two sisters:  Valeria Deshazer of Monticello, Victoria and husband, Travis Mason of Warren, seventeen nephews and nieces and one great nephew, and a host of uncles, aunts, coursins, and friends that are too many to name.

The funeral was Tuesday, August 2, at 11:00 a.m. at the Warren Cultural Center with Dr. Marcus Campbell officiating.  Burial was in Child's Cemetery in Banks by Hammons Funeral Home.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Henri Etta Parnell

Henri Etta Parnell, age 82, of El Dorado, AR. passed from this life Saturday July 30, at Oak Ridge Nursing and Rehab. In El Dorado where she had lived for the past 16 years. She was born April 17, 1934, in Little Rock, AR, to the late Nora Rotton Parnell and Henry Parnell. Henri Etta had lived most of her life in El Dorado. She was a happy, caring and loving person who loved going to church with her mother at the First Pentecostal Church of God in El Dorado. She is survived by her guardian and Aunt Fae Rotton of El Dorado and several cousins. To the staff, aides and nurses of Oak Ridge facility we could never put in words our appreciation for the hours spent caring for her. You always showed so much patience and love. Henri Etta loved you. Thanks from a grateful family. Funeral service is 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 2, at Frazer’s Chapel with Rev. Greg Tucker officiating. Burial in Oakland Cemetery by Frazer’s Funeral Home. Visitation 1:00 p.m. until service time Tuesday, August 2, at Frazer’s. Online guest register  HYPERLINK "" 

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Robert William Leech

Robert William Leech, Sr. died July 29, 2016 at his home in Stuttgart, AR.  

Bob was born in Greenwood, Missouri, on Aug. 1, 1918 to the late Mary Stevenson Leech and Harry Everette Leech. Besides his parents, Bob was preceded in death by his  siblings, Howard, Homer, and Dorothy.  Bob graduated from Higginsville Missouri High School in 1936 where he was scouted by Coach Don Faurow and offered a football scholarship to the University of Missouri.  He graduated from the University of Missouri in 1940 with an Accounting/Business Degree  where he was a member of the Missouri "Tiger" football team.  Bob played in the Orange Bowl in 1940 and was named to the 1940 College All Star Team.  Football was a big part of Bob's life even after college and he officiated Arkansas high school football for many years.

Bob met his wife of 74 years, Louine, at a dance at the Fredericka Hotel in Little Rock, AR while stationed at Camp Robinson.  They were married in 1942 in Sans Luis Obispo, California.  Bob served as an officer in the finance section of the 35th Infantry Division during WWII and  was later a member of the Army reserves.

After the war, Bob and Louine returned to McGehee, AR where he was in the grocery business with his father-in-law, Benjamin Selman.  Later, besides the McGehee Store, Bob and Louine owned Sunflower Food Stores in Monticello, Dermott, and Hamburg.  Bob and his family moved to Monticello in 1964 where they lived until 2012 when they moved to Stuttgart to live across the street from their son, David, and his family.

Bob was an active member of the First Methodist Church in both McGehee and Monticello.  He was the first president of the Leadership Sunday School Class at First Methodist in McGehee which is still active today.  Bob served on numerous committees in the Methodist Church in Monticello throughout the years.  He taught Sunday School, was Chairman of the Board, chairman of the Finance Committee, active in Methodist Men, member of Gideons, and served on the Camp Tanako Board for many years. Bob was president of the Rotary Club in both McGehee and Monticello with perfect attendance for fifty years.

In retirement, Bob and Louine traveled extensively all over the world, often with their children and grandchildren.  They spent their time being super grandparents to their six grandchildren attending their activities, graduations, and weddings.

Bob is survived by his wife , Louine Selman Leech of Stuttgart, son Robert W. Leech Jr. and wife , Pat, of Hot Springs, daughter Mary Leech Johnson and husband, Richard, of Alexandria, VA,  and son David Selman Leech and wife Jimmie Jo of Stuttgart.  He is also survived by his six grandchildren, Dr. Ashley Field(Patrick), David Johnson(Emer), Doug Leech(Gretchen), Charles Robert Leech(Sarah), Matt Johnson(Maggie) Deborah Jo Leech, and 7 great grandchildren, Nora, Landon, Triston, Cole, Helen, Emma, and Alex.

Funeral services will be at the First Methodist Church in Stuttgart on Bob's 98th birthday, Monday, August 1, at 11:00 a.m. with Dr. David Bush officiating. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until service time Monday, August, 1 at First United Methodist Church in Stuttgart. Burial Service will be at the Moseley Cemetery in Warren, AR at 3:30 p.m. Arrangements are by Frazer’s Funeral Home. Memorials can be made to United Methodist Camp Tanako, 4301 Hwy. 29, Hot Springs, AR 71913. Online guest register  HYPERLINK ""

Monday, July 25, 2016

Margaret E. Jones Ragland

Margaret E. Jones, 86, of Wilmar, died Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at her home.

Born July 25, 1929, she was a daughter of the late Otto and Velma Jones.

She was a graduate of Chicot County High School in Dermott, attended AM&N now UAPB and graduate of Pine Bluff Cosmetology School.  She was the owner/operator of the first beauty shop in Wilmar.

She was a member of Greater Shady Grove AME Church in Wilmar, serving as church secretary, steward, trustee, stewardess, WMS president, lead singer in the Gospel Chorus, janitor and chairman of the kitchen committee.

She was also preceded in death by her husband Preston Ragland, siblings Eddie Davis, Myrtle King, and Mildred Bass.

Children- Glenda Blake (Robert), Carol Jones-Hooper, Theresa Shipp, Phyllis Jones, Harold Jones, and Reginal Brooks (Sharon),

Stepsons- James Ragland (Barbara), Michael Ragland, and Preston Fitgerald Ragland

Siblings- Lamar Jones (Elmarie), Joe Jones (Angela), Georgia Hammock Eurnice Shorter, Sharon Henderson, Ottis Jones (Brenda), Marie cleveland and Bobbie Webb

God daughter/son- Orlando and Ellen Reed

16 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends

Funeral services were July 23rd at Greater Shady Grove AME in Wilmar with Rev. Kelly Green officiating and Rev. James Hooper eulogist.  Burial in Wilmar Cemetery with arrangements by Hammons Funeral Home of Warren.

Morris Dean Bryant

Morris Dean Bryant of Warren, Arkansas, lost his battle with cancer on Sunday, July 24, 2016, with loved ones by his side at the age of 76 at Chapel Woods Health and Rehabilitation in Warren.  

Born March 31, 1940, he was the third of five children of the late Gordon Tolbert Bryant and Gertrude Grice Bryant.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an older brother, Raymond Bryant; his father-in-law, J. W. Kelley, Jr.; and two beloved granddogs, Tinker and Cocoa.  He was a gentleman, a Baptist, and an individual blessed with good parents and a desire to always be fair to his fellow man.

Morris Dean followed in his father’s footsteps by choosing a career with Potlatch Corporation, where he would later become Plant Services Superintendent.  It was at Potlatch that he met his wife of 43 years, the former Debbie Kelley, whom he married on July 20, 1973.  He opted to take advantage of an early retirement program in 1991 and had over twenty years to enjoy some of his favorite hobbies, including golf, horse racing, and collecting vintage fishing lures.

A loving, caring, and supportive husband, father, and grandfather, Morris Dean is survived by his wife Debbie; one daughter, Leslie Reep and husband Keanon of Warren; one granddaughter, Karley Zena Reese Reep of Warren; mother-in-law, Frances Kelley of Warren; one brother, Garland Bryant and wife Bobye Ann of Warren; two sisters, Shirley Smalling and husband Dennis of Rogers, Arkansas, and Barbara Johnson and husband James of Warren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Funeral service was at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27, at Frazer’s Chapel with Rev. Gene Boyette officiating. Misty Reynolds gave the eulogy. Linda Barrett was organist. Burial was in Oakland Cemetery by Frazer’s Funeral Home. Active pallbearers were Nathan Harrod, Baxter Harrod, Bailey Harrod, Jeff Cathey, Noah Reynolds and Tim Mitchell. Honorary pallbearers were Darren Bryant, Jimmy Dale Barnett, R.V. Warner, Clinton Jayne, Dr. David Chambers, Dr. Althea Conley, Dr. Joe H. Wharton, Tammy Hensley, Nancy Greenwood and John Garmon. Online guest book is at  HYPERLINK ""  

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Sheilla Joyce Ezelle Lampkin

Sheilla Joyce Ezelle Lampkin, age 70 of Monticello, passed away Saturday, July 23, 2016 at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock. She was born August 23, 1945 in Rohwer, AR to the late James Edward Ezelle and Lucille McIntyre Ezelle.

She was a retired school teacher of 30 years, having taught in the McGehee, Wilmar, Drew Central and Monticello School Districts. She received her Master’s Degree from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Sheilla was a member of Second Baptist Church where she was a Sunday School teacher. She was the current District 9 State Representative for Ashley & Drew Counties and was a tireless volunteer for numerous local charities and organizations such as the Drew Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, the Drew County Museum and the Drew County Historical Society.

Survivors include her husband, Damon Lampkin of Monticello; two sisters, Shirley Ezelle of Little Rock and Patricia Sanders and husband Charles of Sun City, AZ; and her three cats, Patches, Fluffy and Autumn.

Graveside service will be 1:00 p.m. Monday, July 25, 2016 at Oakland Cemetery in Monticello. Memorials in her honor may be made to your charity of choice. Online guestbook at

Bobby Neal Temple, Sr.

Bobby Neal Temple Sr, age 84 of Johnsville, AR died Wednesday, July 20th at the Cornerstone Hospital in Little Rock, AR.  He was born January 1st, 1932 on the Clifton Neal farm south of Hermitage, AR, to the late Lloyd Temple and Nettie Frazer Temple.  He attended Hermitage Public Schools in his early years and left school to enlist into the United States Marines Corp. where he served his country in the Korean War that forced him to experience combat war which forever changed his life and the men he served with.  He moved from southern California after his release from service to south Louisiana, where he worked on offshore oil and gas drilling rigs for many years and later in his life settled in Johnsville, AR working as a millwright in Crossett and working for Clay Lowry Forestry.  Bobby Neal Temple SR, was also preceded in death by a brother Charles Temple and sisters Varniece Martin and Ida Maude Temple.

He is survived by two sons, Bobby Temple, Jr, Oklahoma City, OK and Bill Temple, Conway, AR.   A daughter Kim Temple also of Conway, AR. Four grandchildren Darrell Temple, Sara Davis, Jessica Temple and Bradley Temple. One sister Alice Faye Bennett of Crossett, AR.

Graveside services were 10:00 AM Tuesday, July 26th at Calvary Cemetery in Johnsville, AR. with Rev. Charlie Williams officiating. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery by Frazer’s Funeral Home. Active pallbearers were Donny Ray Lowry, Clay Lowry, Ronnie Rice, Eddie Ferrell, Keith Outlaw, Allen Outlaw and Danny Rainey. Online Guestbook  HYPERLINK "" 

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Erin Elizabeth Warner Ledbetter

Erin Elizabeth Warner Ledbetter, of Destin, FL, formerly of Warren, AR, was born December 27, 1980, passed away in her home Tuesday July 19th.  Even in the darkest of times, she touched the lives of everyone who crossed her path.  The light that surrounded her was bright!  Her love for life, nature, and God defined her personality and her art.  Her love for her family and friends was even stronger.  She was the rock in every relationship, and her wisdom and advice will always be remembered.  Erin was a woman of many words.  Her stories, sometimes lengthy… always left you feeling inspired and full of hope.  Even more inspiring, was and will always be her passion for photography.  Erin’s spirit shined through every single frame and will continue to live in every image. She is preceded in death by her brother, Taylor Warner, grandparents -Shirley Warner, Ray and Virginia Taylor, and Uncle Mike Murphy.

She is survived by her loving husband Corey Ledbetter, beautiful son, Warner Ledbetter, parents, Rick and Phyllis Taylor Warner, brother Adam Warner, grandfather R.V. Warner and spouse Betty Ann, father-in-law Bill Ledbetter, mother and father-in-law Mike and Cindy Gates,  sister –in-laws Callie Mayville and husband Jeremiah, Lynnlee Stanford and husband Matthew, Sarah Gates, Mary Gates  and a host of relatives and friends.  Erin’s life was celebrated at 3:00 p.m. Friday, July 22 at Emerald Coast Funeral Home, followed by a reception at Two Trees Restaurant in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.  A graveside service was held at Oakland Cemetery in Warren, Arkansas on Monday, July 25 at 3:00 p.m. with Rev. Phillip Faris officiating. Active pallbearers were Brett Alligood, Joey Peters, Ryan Bowwell, B.J. Morgan, Drew McGilvary, Thomas Owen, Adam Warner and Craig Denton. Followed by a reception at the Brinn; 911 W. Pine Street; Warren, AR. Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice. Online guest register  HYPERLINK ""