Saturday, December 20, 2014

Ronnie Carl Sandine

Ronnie Carl Sandine, age 50, of Rowell, AR went to be with the Lord Friday December 19, at BCMC. Born June 17, 1964 in Cleveland County, AR a son of the late William “Dude” Sandine and Patsy Bethea Sandine he was a former construction worker and member of Freewill Freehill Baptist Church.

Survivors are his wife Shelly Vickers Sandine. 1 step son Nicholas Mercer, Rowell, AR. 2 sisters Tammy Bray (Paul), Rison, AR, Becky Terry (Ricky), Pine Bluff, AR. and several nieces and nephews. Also preceding him in death was a brother Keith Sandine who died January 3, 2014.

Funeral service 1:30 p.m. Monday December 22, Frazer’s Chapel. Burial Prosperity Cemetery near Pansy by Frazer’s Funeral Home. Visitation 6-8 p.m. Sunday December 21, at Frazer’s. Online guest register  HYPERLINK ""

Martha Josephine Bolland

Martha Josephine Bolland, age 85, of Warren, AR died Saturday December 20, at Chapel Woods Health and Rehabilitation. Born February 11, 1929 in Bradley County, AR a daughter of the late Roy Judson McKinney and Myrtle Mary Roebuck McKinney she was a retired payroll supervisor for Potlatch Corporation and member of Good Hope United Methodist Church.

Survivors are her husband Wayburn Bolland whom she married May 28, 1948. 2 sons Judson Bolland and spouse Pat, Warren, AR, James Bolland and spouse Heidi, El Dorado, AR. 1 daughter Mary Lou Weaver and spouse Jerry, Warren, AR. 10 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother Robert Eldon McKinney.

Funeral service 1:30 p.m. Tuesday December 23, at Good Hope United Methodist Church near Warren. Burial in McKinney Cemetery by Frazer’s Funeral Home. Visitation 6-8 p.m. Monday December 22, at Frazer’s. Online guest register  HYPERLINK ""

Friday, December 19, 2014

Gale Allen McFarland

Gale Allen McFarland , age 61, of Camden, AR, died Thursday December 18, 2014 at Ouachita County Medical Center in Camden, AR. He
was the only child of Auborn Jerome McFarland, Jr. and Thelma Estelle Wagnon McFarland, both of Banks, AR. Gale was born December 18, 1953 in Warren, AR but lived with his parents on their farm just east of Banks. Primary education began at the Banks 
Elementary School in 1960. In August, 1965, the family moved to Crossett, AR, because of job opportunities for A.J. whom was a structural iron worker (local union 710, Monroe, LA). Estelle was a devoted wife and homemaker.
Gale attended school in Crossett, graduating in May, 1972. After that the family moved back to their farm in Banks. Gale attended the University of Arkansas at Monticello finishing with a BS in Wildlife Management, in May, 1976. Graduate School at Louisiana Tech University followed with Gale earning a Master of Science degree in Botany, July, 1979. He put environmental science behind him 
when he was accepted to medical school at UAMS in Little Rock, AR for the school year beginning in 1979. In May, 1983 with his M.D. degree in hand, Dr. McFarland was off to New Orleans, LA to pursue a residency with the LSU general surgery department. After two years, Gale changed his career aspirations to urology and completed 3 years of residency with the LSU - Ochsner Urology program. By this time he was married to Janice Marie Jackson and had three sons; Steven Ross, Justin Lehman, and James Wesley McFarland. The young family relocated to Camden, AR in July, 1983 where Dr. McFarland opened the Camden Urology Clinic.  Two more sons were born to Jan and Gale Allen; Travis Allen and Auburn Jackson McFarland. All 5 boys finished school at Camden Fairview. Steven was deployed with the Arkansas Army National Guard to Iraq in 2004 and Justin was deployed with the U.S. Army 10th Mountain Division to Afghanistan from 2005 - 2006; both young men received an honorable discharges from their units. Gale and Jan divorced in 1996.
Gale married Wendy Gayle Andrews, 5/24/1997. Not only has Wendy been Gale's wife but she has been his urologic nurse at the clinic, earning her certification as a urologic RN (CURN) in the early 2000's. The practice provided little time for vacations, but the family still maintains the farm in Banks. Gale states his vacation is going to work on the farm. Gale played piano and Hammond organ, first training in classical and religious music, but later switching to rock and country. For 9 years he was the pianist for the Banks Presbyterian Church: and he and his family are presently members of the Camden, AR First Presbyterian Church. Gale played in several bands in the Warren and Camden areas, He retired from "gigging" in 1996, now playing in rare jam sessions with his musician friends. Other hobbies have been jogging, bicycling, and always trying to lead a healthy lifestyle to "practice what he preaches”to his patients at his urology clinic.
Dr. McFarland has been active as a 5th. District Trustee with the Arkansas Medical Society, and is a member of the Arkansas Urologic Society and the American Urological Association.

Gale is survived by his wife Wendy, Steven, Wesley, Travis, and Jackson. He is preceded in death by both parents and his second son Justin.
His final wishes would be for the original farm in Banks to remain intact for many more years as a productive part of the family and to thank all his patients and colleagues for their confidence in his clinical and surgical abilities. He would also like to thank his family and friends for all their support during his final months.
Funeral services are 3:30 p.m. Sunday December 21, at Frazer’s Funeral Home in Warren, AR. Burial will be in McFarland Cemetery at Banks, AR by Frazer’s. Visitation 6-8 p.m. Saturday December 20, at Frazer’s.
Memorials preferred to the McFarland Cemetery Perpetual Care - Ginger 
Ricks or to the Camden, AR First Presbyterian Church/Ouachita County Medical Center PO Box 797, Camden, AR 71711. Online guest register  HYPERLINK ""

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Katie Sue Young Reep

Katie Sue Young Reep, age 84, of Warren, AR, died Saturday December 13, at Bradley County Medical Center. Born April 22, 1930 in Rye, AR, a daughter of the late James Samuel “Jim” Young and Willie Hazel Ashcraft Young she was a homemaker, member of Immanuel Baptist Church and the widow of Kenneth Leland Reep who died March 21, 1994. They were united in marriage June 9, 1950.
Survivors are 2 sons Kenneth Kay Reep and spouse Jeanie, Kip Leland Reep all of Warren, AR. 2 daughters Karen Sue Gage, Monticello, AR, Kena Y. Trammel and spouse Mike, Thornton, AR. 2 brothers J. Murry Young, Willie Jordan Young both of Rye, AR. 8 grandchildren, Keanon Reep, Kenneth Carvel “K.C.” Gage, Kolby Reep, Hannah Trammel Lightfoot, Katie Trammel Raney, Abbie Trammel, Rachel Trammel, Mary Thomas Trammel. 3 great-grandchildren Karley Reep, Lily Lightfoot, Charlotte Raney. 2 step grandchildren Clint Gage, Angie Gage. 2 step great-grandchildren Bailey Gage, Cody Gage. Also preceding her in death were brothers Floyd Dale Young, James Owen Young, Clay Maxwell Young, Aubrey Young, Henry Eugene Young, a sister Mary Elizabeth Adams and son in law C.C. Gage.

Funeral service was 1:30 p.m. Tuesday December 16, at Frazer’s Chapel with Rev. Wayman Mann and Rev. David Richey officiating. Linda Barrett was organist and the Immanuel Baptist Church Choir sang. Burial was in Union Cemetery at Rye, AR by Frazer’s Funeral Home. Active pallbearers were Kay Reep, Kip Reep, Mike Trammel, Keanon Reep, K.C. Gage, Kolby Reep, Jesse Lightfoot and Winston Raney. Online guest register  HYPERLINK ""

Friday, December 12, 2014

Betty Jo Woodie Temple

Betty Jo Woodie Temple, age 81, of Warren, Ar, passed away, Thursday, December 11, 2014 at Chapel Woods Nursing Center, Warren, AR, from complications of Alzheimer's Disease. She was born on December 14, 1932, in Little Rock to John Claude and Nettie Gardner Woodie, and moved to Warren when she was three years of age. She was preceded in death by her parents, a son, David Allen Temple, a granddaughter, Whitney Alise Temple, and a brother, John C.Woodie, II.
Survivors are her husband of 64 years, Clyde Temple, a daughter, Deborah Heike and husband, John of Bentonville, AR, a son, John Douglas Temple and wife Vickie of Hamburg; two granddaughters, Rachel Temple Burney and husband Chris of Prairieville, LA, Lara Cooper and husband, Dave, of Bentonville, and three great- grandchildren, Jeremiah and Abigail Brown and Gus Cooper all of Bentonville; two sisters, Mary Carol Woodie of Montgomery, Texas, Nancy Amidon of North Carolina, a brother, Walter Woodie and wife Anita, of Star City, and a sister-in- law, Jane Woodie of West Helena and many nieces and nephews.
Betty was a loving, supportive army wife to her husband during their twenty 
years of service including ten years in Germany, nine years in Fort Knox, KY and a year in Arkansas, while Clyde served in Vietnam. Betty was involved with the 
Officers Wives organization in many charitable activities during these years. They 
retired from the military in 1976 and relocated to the Longview Community 
(Bradley County) where they enjoyed fishing the Saline River, and hosting friends 
and family during their nine years there before moving back to Warren. She was 
a long time member of Warren First Baptist church and was especially active in 
her Sunday School class and the church hospitality activities. She also served her 
community on the board of the Warren City Planning Commission under three city 
mayors. She will be fondly remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother 
and a life-loving lady with an outgoing personality and will be greatly missed by 
her family and many friends and neighbors.

Funeral service 1:30 p.m. Sunday December 14, at Frazer’s Chapel. Visitation  6-8 p.m. Saturday December 13, at Frazer’s. Burial service 12:00 p.m. (noon) Monday December 15, at Little Rock National Cemetery by Frazer’s Funeral Home. Online guest register  HYPERLINK ""

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Mary Jane Whitlock

Mary Jane Whitlock, age 74, of Warren, AR, died Wednesday December 10, at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock, AR. Born August 19, 1940 in Louisiana a daughter of the late Arthur Andrews and Jennie Carrol Andrews she was retired from Potlatch Corporation and home health.

Survivors are 2 sons Jimmy Whitlock, Gurdon, AR, Bobby Whitlock, Warren, AR. 1 daughter Deborah Smith, Warren, AR. 4 brothers Joe Andrews, James Andrews, Nuby Andrews, David Andrews all of Bastrop, LA. 3 sisters Evie Galbert, Independence, MO, Jewel Herbert, Christine Brewster both of Bastrop, LA. 8 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild. Also preceding her in death was a son Gary Ray Whitlock, daughter Barbara Braswell, brother Jesse Andrews, sisters Sybil Murphy, Pebble Murphy.

Funeral services 10:00 a.m. Saturday December 13, Frazer’s Chapel. Burial Ebenezer Cemetery near Fordyce, AR by Frazer’s Funeral Home. Visitation 6-8 p.m. Friday December 12, at Frazer’s. Online guest register  HYPERLINK ""

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Barbara Cole Calhoun

Barbara Cole Calhoun, 75 of Warren, went to be with her Heavenly Father, Friday December 5th in Pine Bluff. She was born June 28, 1939 in Star City to the late, Claude and Mildred Parrish Erwin. She was a retired Secretary for the Pine Bluff School District and a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Pine Bluff.
Survivors include her husband, Treavor Calhoun of Warren, one son, Barry Cole Sr. and wife Tammy, and one daughter, Teresa Cole Dye all of Pine Bluff, three step daughters, Rhonda Miranda of Ukiah, CA, Ann Calhoun of Lake Port, CA. Katrina Gonzlez of Vallejo, CA, four grandchildren, Brennan Cole and wife Magan, Barry Cole Jr., Josh Ray, and Rebecca Walker and husband, Jackson. Other survivors include five great grandchildren, Brennan Gage Cole, James Ascher Cole, Ian Ray, Isaac Ray, Sean Walker and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
Services will be at 2:00 P.M. Monday at the Griffin Funeral Chapel in Star City with Bro. Gary Bell officiating. Visitation will be Monday from 1:00 P.M. until funeral time. Pallbearers will be Brennan Cole, Barry Cole Jr. Josh Ray, Buddy Bell, Nathan Bell, and Danny Lawson. Burial will be in Butler/Pleasant Hill Cemetery near Star City. Arrangements by Griffin Funeral Service in Star City. Online obit,

Barbara Kay Smith

Barbara Kay Smith age 50 of Hampton, AR died Monday, December 8th at her home in Hampton.  She was born February 28th, 1964 in Fordyce, AR a daughter of the late John L. Bradford and Eva Mae Herring Bradford.  She was a waitress, a member of the Assembly of God Church and a graduate of Harmony Grove school system.  Also preceding her in death were brothers Bill Bradford and Elbert Bradford and sisters Helen Blanch and Sherry Ritchie.

She is survived by her spouse Ricky G. Smith, Hampton, AR.  a son Jonathan Corker, Kingsbay, GA.  2 daughters Neci Eppinette, Sterlington, LA. and Beth Lafory, Versailles, MO. 2 brothers Lynn Bradford, Camden, AR, and Johnny Bradford, Fordyce, AR. 4 sisters Vickie Deal, Eldorado, AR and Peggy Sullivant, Hampton, AR, Myrtis Ables, Hampton, AR and Jimmie Ables, Hampton, AR.  6 grandchildren J. D. Corker, Peyton Corker, Jude Eppinette, Adison Jones and Nolan Eppinette.

Memorial services 10:00AM Friday, December 12th at Frazer’s Chapel. Visitation 9:00AM till service time on Friday, December 12th.   Online guestbook

Monday, December 8, 2014

Kelly Vernon McBride

Kelly Vernon McBride, age 83, of Warren, AR, died Sunday December 7, at John R. Williamson Hospice House in El Dorado, AR. Born December 17, 1930 in Bradley County, AR, a son of the late Kelly F. McBride and Virgie House McBride he was a retired sergeant serving in the U.S. Marine Corps and a member of the First Baptist Church.

Survivors are his wife Willene Vining McBride who he married in 1981. Survivors are 5 sons James Edward James, William Wesley James and spouse Judy, all of Monticello, AR. Bruce Anthony James, Warren, AR, Cody Jacob Forebush, Hot Springs, AR, Jesse Anthony James, Warren, AR. 1 daughter Linda Sue Allen and spouse Larry, Monticello, AR. 1 sister Evelyn Windham, Perryville, AR. Numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Also preceding him in death was a daughter Joline Lee, brothers James T. McBride, Frank McBride and sisters Marcelle Hardin, Bernice Ragar.

Funeral services 1:30 p.m. Thursday December 11, at Frazer’s Chapel. Burial with military honors at Oakland Cemetery by Frazer’s Funeral Home. Visitation 6-8 p.m. Wednesday December 10, at Frazer’s. Online guest register  HYPERLINK ""

Lucy Baskin Taylor

Lucy Baskin Taylor, age 81, of Warren, AR died Thursday December 4, 2014, at Bradley County Medical Center in Warren, AR. Born February 3, 1933 in El Dorado, AR a daughter of the late Harvey Crawford Baskin and Florence Annie Fairly Baskin she was a retired home economics teacher in the Warren Public Schools with 39 years of service, a member of First Presbyterian Church and a graduate of Henderson State University. She married Thomas Dale Taylor December 27, 1957 in Strong, AR and he died May 11, 2005. Surviving is a daughter Joan Taylor Cunningham and spouse Jason of Warren, AR. Also preceding her in death was a sister Joan Elizabeth Baskin. Funeral services 1:30 p.m. Sunday December 7, at Frazer’s Chapel. Burial in Oakland Cemetery by Frazer’s Funeral Home. Visitation 12:30 p.m. until service time Sunday December 7, at Frazer’s. Memorials preferred First Presbyterian Church, 212 East Church Street, Warren, Arkansas 71671. Online guest register  HYPERLINK ""  

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Juanita Stewart Temple

Juanita Stewart Temple, age 89, of Warren, AR, died Friday December 5, at Sherwood Nursing and Rehabilitation in Sherwood, AR. Born November 20, 1925 in Bradley County, AR a daughter of the late Jasper Stewart and Josie Williams Stewart she was a homemaker, member of First Baptist Church and the widow of Oril Edward Temple who died June 24, 2003. They were united in marriage April 6, 1946.

Survivors are 4 sons Michael Temple and spouse Pattie, Lindale, TX, Phillip Temple and spouse Dot, Sherwood, AR, Timothy Temple, Pangburn, AR, Jerry Temple and spouse Tammy, Alexander, AR. 7 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Also preceding her in death were sisters Beatrice Gambill, Doris Jeffers, Tommie Deese and Susie Blackwell.

Funeral service 1:30 p.m. Monday December 8, at Frazer’s Chapel. Burial in Moseley Cemetery by Frazer’s Funeral Home. Visitation 1:00 p.m. until service time Monday December 8, at Frazer’s. Memorials preferred First Baptist Church, 310 South Main Street, Warren, AR, 71671. Online guest register  HYPERLINK ""

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Julia Davis Brown

Julia Davis Brown age 72, of Moro Bay, AR died Wednesday December 3rd at the John R. Williamson Hospice House in El Dorado, AR.  She was born October 30, 1942 in Banks, AR a daughter of the late Elmer Smith and Helen Landreth Smith.  She was a retired lumber sales person for 26 years with Potlatch Corporation and a housewife and homemaker.  She loved Moro Bay, Arkansas and was a member of the Moro Bay Baptist Church.  Also preceding her in death was a former spouse Jack Davis, a brother Odie McFarland and 5 sisters Ramona Harmon, La Voice Mc Farland, Juanita Bennett, Bethel Woodard and Margie Williams.

She is survived by her husband Carey Brown whom she married March 6th, 1993 at Moro Bay, AR.   A son Scott Stewart, Decatur, Alabama and a daughter Lonna Nicolle Stewart, Lancaster, Ca.   9 grandchildren.

Funeral services 1:30PM Saturday, December 6th at Frazer’s Chapel. Burial in Oakland Cemetery.  Visitation 12:30pm till service time Saturday, December 6th at Frazer’s Funeral Home.  Memorials preferred the Bradley County Human Society. Online guestbook

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Carolyn Ann Richardson Stuard

Carolyn Ann Richardson Stuard age 69 of Warren, AR. died Tuesday, December 2nd,  at the Bradley County Medical Center.  She was born April 3rd, 1945 in Hermitage, AR, a daughter of Louise Richardson of Warren, AR and the late Buster Richardson.  She was a housewife and homemaker, she loved to raise children and babysit her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Also preceding her in death was her husband Floyd Stuard whom she married July 5, 1963 and he died October 1, 2010.  2 sisters Margaret Piper, Vickey Richardson and a great-grand daughter Aubriana Coke.

Surviving other than her mother are 2 sons, Ricky Stuard, Warren, AR and Roger Stuard, Paragould, AR.  A daughter Brenda Wallace, Warren, AR, a brother Donald Richardson, Warren, AR.  5 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

Funeral service 10:00AM Saturday, December 6th at Frazer’s Chapel. Burial in Outlaw Cemetery by Frazer’s Funeral Home.  Visitation 6PM till 8PM Friday, December 5th at Frazer’s.  Online Guestbook

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Beverly Ruth Mitchell

Beverly Ruth Mitchell, 64, of Grapevine, formerly of Warren, died Friday, November 21, 2014 at her home.

Born May 29, 1950, she was a daughter of the late Naldo and Ema Sue Bunn.

She was a former member of Jerusalem Baptist Church in Fordyce and Power House COGIC in Warren.  She was a CNA and former employee of both Pine Lodge and Wagnon Place Nursing Homes.

Her daughter-Michelle Meadows of Warren
Stepchildren-Carolyn Mitchell, Kenneth Mitchell and wife Cassandra, Jackie Mitchell, Randy Mitchell all of Denver, CO., Cassandra Mitchell of Warren, Anthony Mitchell and Marcus Mitchell of Lake Charles, LA.,
Sister-Gertie Ruth and husband Earlie of Grapevine
Sister-in-laws- Jessie Mae Daniels, Dorothy Davis, Nora Harris, Betty Mitchell all of Warren, Evelyn Mitchell of Lonoke and Helen Brown of Oakland, CA.
Brother-in-law- Steven Mitchell and wife LaJoyce of Warren
A host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were Wednesday, November 26, at 2:00 p.m., at Take's Temple Church of God in Christ in Rison with Elder Frank Phillips, Jr. officiating.  Burial was in Black Cemetery in Kingsland by Hammons Funeral Home of Warren.

Willie Pearl Wilkerson

Willie Pearl Wilkerson, 68, of New Edinburg, died Sunday, November 23, 2014 at Jefferson Medical Center in Pine Bluff.

Born July 21, 1946, she was a daughter of the late Floyd Sr. and Sefronnie Leaks.

She was a member of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church North Warren, where she served as Usher, Sunday School Secretary, Custodian and Treasurer.  She was a former employee of Area Agency on Aging.

She was also preceded in death by two children, Arthur, Jr. and Venita Wilkerson; siblings Lee Harmon Leaks and Lillie Faye Green.

Her devoted husband - Arthur Wilkerson, Sr.
Children - Angela Knox and husband Dewayne of Arkadelphia, Timmy Brown of Fordyce, Shannon Wilkerson and wife Evelyn and Tristan Wilkerson all of Warren
6 grandchildren and 2 great grands
Siblings-Elsie Dupree and husband Ray Charles of Milwaukee, WI., Maybelline Fudge and husband Paul, Sandra Walker and husband George, Bishop Leaks, Lonnie Leaks, Johnnie Leaks, LeVester Leaks, Donald Ray Leaks, Larry Leaks and wife Julie, Randy Leaks and wife Debbie all of Minneapolis, Minnesota, George Moore and wife Era Jean of Warren, Floyd Leaks and wife Faye of New Edinburg
A host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were November 29 at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church North Warren with Rev. Robert L. Cook officiating.  Burial was in Warner Cemetery, New Edinburg by Hammons Funeral Home.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Margaret Ray Mercer Gavin

Margaret Ray Mercer Gavin, age 86, of Rye, AR, died Sunday November 23, at Chapel Woods Nursing Center in Warren, AR. She was born to Willie Ray Mercer and Claudia Merle Tooke Mercer in their home in Rye, AR on July 31, 1928.
She attended elementary school at the Baggett School in Rye and when it closed she attended and graduated from 
Woodlawn Public School.
At age 16 she broke her back and right leg when a tree fell from a strong wind. She was in a body cast for a year at UAMS Hospital. Her leg was severely damaged and she was treated with some of the first penicillin in our state when it was poured directly into the wound. Her case is documented in the AR Medical Record book as a successful treatment with penicillin.
After graduation she attended A&M College in Monticello until she married Loyd Collins Gavin at Enon Baptist Church in Rye on January 31, 1948.
Her first job was at Bradley Lumber Company as a clerk in the bookkeeping department. She had her firstborn child the night of the 1949 tornado in Warren. She enjoyed being a housewife and mother as well as helping with the family farm including raising poultry, cattle, cotton and tomatoes.
In 1973, at age 45, she returned to UAM and received her R.N. degree in 1975.
She was an inspiration and touched many lives while working as Director of Nursing at a number of nursing homes in southeast AR and through her work with the Dept. of Health as a Home Health Personal Car Coordinator. She retired with the AR Dept. of Health at age 69.
She was a lifelong member of Union United Methodist Church in Rye where in years past she worked with the youth at UMY (United Methodist Youth), taught youth Sunday School and was a member of UMW (United Methodist Women). She also held offices in the Woodlawn School PTA and was an Eastern Star member.
She was preceded in death by her husband and parents.
She is survived by her children Gaylia King of Little Rock, Rayburn (Angela) Gavin, John "Jackie" (Sandy) Gavin and Alicia (Dan) Outlaw as well as a son by heart Earl (Patty) Wells of Jackson, TN along with 7 grandchildren by birth, 2 by heart and 5 great grandchildren.
Her grandchildren and great grandchildren were the joy of her life and gave her countless hours of laughter and happiness. She enjoyed traveling with friends on bus tours and trips.
Margaret was in the last stages of Parkinsons and Alzheimers and left this world surrounded by her children.
Graveside services 3:30 p.m. Tuesday November 25, Union Cemetery at Rye, AR by Frazer’s Funeral Home. Visitation 6-8 p.m. Monday November 24, at Frazer’s. Online guest register  HYPERLINK ""

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thomas A. Twomey

Thomas A. Twomey, founding partner of the Riverhead law firm Twomey, Latham, Shea, Kelley, Dubin and Quartararo died suddenly on Sunday. He was 68 years old.

The cause was a heart attack, said his law partner of 37 years, Steve Latham.

Twomey lived in East Hampton and was married to former East Hampton town supervisor Judith Hope.

The son of a New York City police detective, his love of Eastern Long Island began with summers spent vacationing with his family in Mattituck. A graduate of Manhattan College, Twomey put himself through University of Virginia and Columbia law schools selling kitchen knives.

Twomey was instrumental in the passage of the landmark Suffolk County farmland preservation program in 1975 and later on, as the chairman of Gov. Cuomo’s East End Economic and Environmental Institute, in extending farmland preservation through all of New York State with the passage of the state farmland preservation program. His other accomplishments on that commission included increased state support for the local tourist and wine industries as well as the recreational needs of the East End.

Twomey represented a group of local farmers opposed to the Long Island Lighting Company’s proposal to build four nuclear power plants in Jamesport. He built a broad, statewide coalition of environmental, civic and political groups in opposition to the Jamesport plants and ultimately to the Shoreham nuclear power plant, all of which were defeated.

He currently served as chairman of the East Hampton Library trustees and on the executive committee of Guild Hall Cultural Center. He was also counsel to the L.I. Farm Bureau, which honored Twomey as “Citizen of the Year” in 2002.

Twomey had a great passion for the history of Eastern Long Island. He is a former East Hampton town historian and was the editor of the East Hampton Library Historical Collection. Twomey was the editor of Riverhead Free Library’s 2004 book, “Seeking the Past: Writings from 1832-1905 Relating to the History of the Town of Riverhead.”

Tom is survived by his wife of 34 years, Judith Hope, who served three terms as East Hampton Supervisor from 1974-1975 and again in 1984-1987; by his stepchildren Nisse and Erling Hope; three grandchildren, Soren Hope, Isaiah Aqui and Henry Luka Hope; and by his sisters, Mary Claire Vrtodusic of Oakdale, New York and Florence Cope of East Marion, New York.

Services will take place on Saturday, Nov. 22 at 1 p.m. at St Luke’s Episcopal Church, 18 James Lane, East Hampton. A reception will follow at East Hampton Point, 295 Three Mile Harbor-Hog Creek Road. Visitation will take place on Friday at Yardley Pino Funeral Home from 2 to 4, and from 7 to 9 p.m., 94 Pantigo Road, East Hampton. For further information please call Janice Olsen at 631-727-2180.

Memorial donations may be made to the East Hampton Public Library, 159 Main St., East Hampton, NY 11937.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Brittni Nicole Minchew Briant

Brittni Nicole Minchew Briant, 25 of Monticello passed away Friday, November 14, 2014 at her home in Montongo. She was born March 16, 1989 in Drew County to Carla Sullivan and Wes Minchew.

She was a loving devoted stay at home mom, college student, and caregiver to her beloved grandmother. She was a member of Faith Missionary Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Earline Frost and Earl Jackson and grandfather, Kenneth Byrd.

Survivors include her husband, Douglas Briant, of Monticello; two children, Atticus White (age 9) and Asher Briant (age 2) both of Monticello; her mother & stepfather Carla and Joe Sullivan of Star City and father & stepmother Wes and Debbi Minchew of Monticello; her in-laws, Clifton and Nora Briant of Monticello; three brothers, Andrew Minchew, Noah Minchew and Derek White all of Monticello; her brother-in-law, Morgan Ray Briant of Monticello; her special sister, Donna Underwood of Monticello; grandparents, Jerry and Betty Stewart of Monticello and Wesley and Rita Minchew of McGehee; two uncles Randy Stewart and wife Tierra and Terry Stewart all of Monticello; her aunt, Lisa Pruitt of North Little Rock; and numerous loving cousins, family members and friends. She is an angel that will surely be missed.

Darmon B. Tolefree

Darmon B. Tolefree, 75, of Oklahoma, OK., died Sunday, November 2, 2014, in Oklahoma City, OK.

Born May 27, 1939, he was a son of the late Howard and Annie Mae Tolefree.

He was a 1959 graduate of Bradley County High School, 1968 from Arkansas AM&N College in Pine Bluff and received his Masters in Administration of Justice from Wichita State University in 1976.

He was an ordained minister at Holy Temple Baptist Church in Oklahoma City and a previous member of Avery Chapel AME Church.


His wife of 47 years-Shirley Ann Colen Tolefree.

His daughter-Tiffany Tolefree

Siblings-Josephine Hines, James Tolefree and wife Willa, Joel Rex Tolefree and wife Floree, Bobby Tolefree and wife Mamie, and Truman Tolefree and wife Bettie

In-laws- Linda Tolefree, Myrtis Mayfield, Avis Wilson, Mildred Colen, Vivian Colen, James Colen and wife Martha, Raymond Colen and wife Orene and John Colen and wife Candas

A host of other relatives and friends.

Funderal services were November 7 at Bethel AME Church in Warren with Rev. Christopher Goodman officiating and Rev. Truman Tolefree eulogist.  Burial was in Union Cemetery with Military Honor and arrangements by Hammons Funeral Home.

Gloria D. "Polly" Thomas

Gloria D. "Polly" Thomas, 79, of Monroe, LA., formerly of Hermitage, died Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at her home.

Born January 6, 1935, she was a daughter of the late Otis Johnson and Lula D. Newton Nicks.

She attended school in the Broad Settlement.  She was a former employee of Beverly Enterprises and the Hog Farm.  She was a member of Weary Rest Missionary Baptist Church in Marsden and a member of the Weary Rest Travelers for years.

She was also preceded in death by her five siblings and two children, Floyd Thomas and Carol Thomas Gilbert.

Her chidlren-Willie J. Hampton and husband Charles, Rosie Badger and husband John all of Monroe, LA., Lillie M. Miles and husband Gary of Rasdena, CA., Shelly thomas Ellison, Lisa D. Thomas both of Hermitage and Hunter Thomas Jr. and wife Phyllis of Paragould.

Sister-Mary L. Williams of St. Louis, MO.

Sister-in-law-Ann Calloway and husband Raymond of Fresno, CA., Jimmy L. Jams of Las Vegas, NV.

A host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were November 8 at the Hermitage Community Center with Rev. Larry Hines officiating.  Burial was in Marsden Cemetery by Hammons Funeral Home.