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.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Kimberly Ann Jackson Lewis

Kimberly Ann Jackson Lewis was born August 5th,1964. She went home to be with the Lord on November 10th,2014. She was the 7th child born to the late Robert Lee Jackson and Evelyn Louise Ragland Jackson . She attended Wilmar public schools and graduated from Wilmar High School. She was a member of Greater Shady Grove A.M.E. Church in Wilmar. She worked in various positions throughout the community. Kimberly  was united in matrimony to John Lewis on March 30th, 2004.

Kimberly leaves to cherish her memories: one son. Jamie Deonte Robinson. Husband: John Lewis--of Wilmar. Six brothers: Terrance(Ollie--of Warren), Albert--of Monticello, Barry--of New Hope, Carl(Karen), Darren--both of Wilmar, and Christopher--of Little Rock. Six aunts, three uncles, and a host of neices, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Melva Gannaway

Melva Gannaway, 68, of Monticello, formerly of Warren, died Saturday, October 4, 2014 at Belle View Estates Nursing Home in Monticello.

Born July 29, 1946, she was a daughter of the late Earnest Lee Jones and Onita Langford.


Her son-Steve Cooper and wife Pearlee of Texarkana

5 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were October 20 at El Bethel Cemetery in Hermitage with Rev. Larry Hines officiating.  Arrangements were by Hammons Funeral Home of Warren.

Debra Jean Williams

Debra Jean Williams, 59, of Memphis, TN., formerly of Warren, died Saturday, October 25, 2014, at St. Frances Hospital in Memphis.

Born March 10, 1955, she was a daughter of Beulah Ederington and the late Virgil Green.

She was a 1973 graduate of Warren High School and from Delta Career College in 1988 as a CNA.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Glennwood Williams, step father, Robert Ederington, sister, Thyra Davis and a granddaughter, Aja York.

Her mother-Beulah Ederington of Warren

Her children-Catreninia York and husband Terrance of Memphis, Lakia Sloan and Corey Sloan both of Memphis

Siblings-Jimmy Roberson and wife Ethel, Danny Crowell, Dennis Ederington, Cordia Purifoy and husband Leonard, Nora Ederington all of Warren; Perry Green and wife Mildred of St. Paul, Ernest James Green and wife Sandra of Johnsville, Jessie Green of California, Shirley Green of Chicago, IL. and Daisey Green of Pasadena, CA.

6 gradchildren-La-Teyshya Sloan, Jamiel Sloan, Ke'Wan Buford all of Memphis, Sharnequa Sloan, Khyla Sloan, and Ky'Ana Sloan all of Warren, Grady Marshall of Pine Bluff

Special friend-Tony Wallace

A host of other relatives and friends

Funeral services were November 1 at Union Hill Missionary Baptist church in Warren with Rev. Henry D. Cox officiating.  Burial was in Childs Cemetery in Banks by Hammons Funeral Home.

Dennis Earl Daniels

Dennis Earl Daniels, 51, departed this life on October 16 in Warren, Arkansas.  He was born February 7, 1963 to Napoleon and Jessie Mae Daniels of Warren, Arkansas.  He was a 1981 graduate of Warren High School.  He professed a hope in Christ at an early age, at Union Hill Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of the Late Reverend M.T. Easter.  Dennis was an avid sports fan and loved softball and football.  Dennis worked numerous jobs throughout his life.  He was employed at Georgia Pacific Corporation in Fordyce, Arkansas.  Dennis loved life, his family, and his friends.  He was never one who met a stranger.

He leaves to cherish his memories:  his loving Mother, Jessie Mae Daniels, of Warren, Arkansas.  He was preceded in death by his father, Napoleon Daniels.  He fathered one daughter; Shakela (Lamond) Mitchell of El Dorado and one son, Dennis Deshawn Daniels of Warren, Arkansas.  He had two sisters, Deborah J. Jackson of Maumelle, Arkansas and Marion (Robert) Crawford of California; four brothers, Jerry Lee (A'Seneque) Daniels; Jimmy Ray (Learnet) Daniels; Napoleon Laron (Avon) Daniels all of Warren, Arkansas; Bruce (Theresa) Daniels of Springdale, AR.  He had a special friend, Ms. Sandra Davis, as well as many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and numerous friends.

Funeral services were October 24 at Union Hill Baptist church in Warren with Elder James Yarbrough, officiating.  Burial followed at Selma Cemetery in Selma, Arkansas by Hammons Funeral Home.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Michael Paxson Mety

Michael Paxson Mety, 80, passed away on Sunday, October 19, 2014 in Mobile. Michael graduated from Warren High  School in Warren, Arkansas, and Louisiana Tech University.  Mike worked as a forester with Potlatch Corporation in Warren, Arkansas, for many years and was the State Forester for the states of Arkansas and Louisiana. Mike was a board member at the Warren, Arkansas YMCA where he coached football, baseball and basketball.

Mike was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Pat Mety; his parents Bruce and Dawn Mety; and his two sisters Susan Mety Massanelli and Sarah Mety.

He is survived by his daughter, Lisa Mety Beal; two sons, Michael Matthew (Laura) Mety and William Christopher Mety; grandchildren, Kate (Billy) Hutcheson, Allen (Avery) Beal, Michael Beal, Madison Mety, and Reed Mety; great grandchild, Trey Hutcheson; and his close friend, Vonnie Foreman.

Graveside services 11:30AM Saturday, November 15th at Oakland Cemetery. Visitation 10:00AM till service time on Saturday at Frazer’s Funeral Home.  Burial in Oakland Cemetery by Frazer’s Funeral Home.

Memorials preferred Donald W. Reynolds Y.M.C.A; 207 North Main St.; Warren, AR 716761.

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Loritta Jean Meador Johnson

Loritta Jean (Meador) Johnson age 71of Bluff City, AR, formerly of Hermitage, AR, passed away November 4, 2014 in Little Rock, AR of complications of COPD.  She was a member of the Bluff City Church of Christ. She was born April 21, 1943 in Bauxite, AR to Elmer Lee Meador and Goldie Barksdale Meador.  She was preceded in death by her parents and husband Eugene Johnson.  She is survived by her daughters, Lori Day of Bluff City, AR and Marisa Johnson Yingling (husband Will), 4 grandsons Peyton and Zane Day of Perryville, AR and Eli and Liam Yingling of Little Rock; brother Billy Joe Meador (wife Sharon) of Bluff City, and sisters Bonita Stinnett of Camden, and Linda Carman (husband Bill) of Bluff City, AR; nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.

Mrs. Johnson graduated from Henderson State Teacher College in 1964. She married Eugene Johnson April 4, 1965 and taught at Hermitage Elementary School for 17 years and at Warren Elementary.  She touched many lives as a teacher. She was an artist, a self-taught painter, seamstress, and craftsperson.  She sewed countless prom dresses and wedding attire, many times without a pattern, did alterations, and gave painting lessons.  Summers were spent growing tomatoes for the market and selling tomatoes and other vegetables to stores and at the Farmer’s Market in Warren.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Shirley Ann Hankins

Shirley Ann Hankins, age 48, of Sumpter, Arkansas died Friday, October 31, at home. She was born April 24, 1966 in Germany a daughter of Joyce Mann Cantrell, Warren, Ark. and the late Billy Ray Cantrell. She was a homemaker, a Baptist, a graduate of Hermitage High School and attended the University of Arkansas at Monticello. Surviving in addition to her mother is her husband Bill Hankins whom she married April 19, 1990, at Little Rock, Ark; 2 sons Cody Williams and spouse Felicia, Star City, Ark. and Bradley Hankins and spouse Katelyn, Hermitage, Ark; 3 brothers James Cantrell and spouse Ava, Rye, Ark, Billy Cantrell and spouse Mary, Jackson, Tenn. and Gary Cantrell and spouse Machelle, Woodlawn, Ark; 3 sisters Belinda Orton and spouse Dan, Ingalls, Ark, Diann Hamaker and spouse John, Warren, Ark. and Mary Ross and spouse Tim, Sparkman, Ark; 4 grandchildren. Graveside services were 1:30 PM Monday, November 3, Union Hill Cemetery at Ingalls with Rev. Wayman Mann officiating. Arrangements were by Frazer’s Funeral Home. Active pallbearers were John P. Hamaker, Patrick Cantrell, Shawn Cantrell, Kristopher Williams, Kody Jonio and Phillip Jonio. Online guestbook/obituary  HYPERLINK "" 

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Clyde J. Ross

Clyde J. Ross age 72, of Warren, AR died Saturday, November 1st at the Bradley County Medical Center.  He was born March 19th, 1942 in Grant, County a son of the late  Claude Ross and Margie Trammell Ross.  In his early years he was raised in the Macedonia community (Cleveland County), he joined the United States Army, where he served in Germany for 3 years. He was a retired Potlatch employee with 37 years of service as a shipping clerk, he was an avid fisherman, hunter and was an accomplished Guitar player where he loved to play with his group “The Pilgrims” at churches and revivals.  He loved to write songs, was a BIG family man, and was quite the jokester and a collector.  He was also proceeded in death by his step mother Eula Ross, brothers Larry Ross and Ronnie Ross.

Survivors include his wife Willie Sue Orr Ross whom he married August 16th 1974 in Warren.  A son David Ferguson and spouse Susie, Warren, AR.  4 daughters Wanda Carpenter and Jim, Hermitage, AR; Donna Ross, Warren, AR; Renay Ferguson, Warren, AR; Mary Johnston and spouse Jason, Banks, AR.   10 grandchildren Desha Ayers and spouse Steve, Bianca Campbell, Jessica Hill and spouse Daniel, Nichole Thomas and spouse Chris, Maria Loera, Samantha Newton, Michelle Allen and spouse Brandon, Amber Newton, Mile` Ferguson and Meghan Ferguson. 14 great-grand children.

Funeral services 1:30PM Tuesday, November 4th at Frazer’s Chapel. Burial in Oakland Cemetery by Frazer’s Funeral Home. Visitation 6pm till 8pm Monday, November 3rd at Frazer’s   Online Guestbook

Betty Joyce Nichols

Betty Joyce Nichols age 83 of Warren, AR died Thursday, October 30th at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. She was born June 18th, 1931 in Bradley County, AR a daughter of the late Archie Brown Sr. and Maude Matkins Brown.  She was a housewife and homemaker, she was one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and she loved to quilt and fish. Also preceding her in death was her husband Calvin Nichols, Jr; a son Johnny Nichols; 3 brothers Archie Brown Jr, Bill Brown, Paulus Brown; 3 Sisters Markelita Brown, Martha Hays and Patty-Wilson Banks.

She is survived by 2 sons, Calvin Ray Nichols, Warren and Randy Mike “Mac” Nichols, Warren, AR.  2 sisters Bernice Johnson and Mary Copeland both of Little Rock, AR. 4 grandchildren Mike Nichols and spouse Diana, Warren, AR; Michelle Chapman and spouse Joseph, Monticello, AR, C.J. Nichols, Warren, AR and Chris Biggs, Camden, AR.  5 great- grandchildren. Joseph Nichols, Josh Nichols and Kaylee Nichols all of Warren, AR. and Shelby Chapman and Conner Chapman both of Monticello, AR. A very special niece Judy Sedberry, Warren, AR.

Graveside service’s were 2:00pm Sunday November 2nd at Union Cemetery at Rye with Boyce Hamlet and Mike Mercer officiating. Burial was in Union Cemetery by Frazer’s Funeral Home.  Active pallbearers were Bart Nichols, Deon Wolfe, Nazaire Minton, Randy Wooldridge, James Thompson, John Wooldridge.   Honorary Pallbearers were Jimmy Hays, Johnny Hays, Steve Hays and All brothers of the Warren Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses.  Online Guest book  HYPERLINK ""

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Sue Carolyn Hickman Wardlaw

Sue Carolyn Hickman Wardlaw, age 78, of Johnsville, AR, died Friday October 31, at John R. Williamson Hospice House in El Dorado, AR. Born June 27, 1936 at Ingalls, AR a daughter of the late Roy Franklin “Shorty” Hickman and Ovenia Ivey Hickman she was a farmer, owner/operator of Wardlaw Grocery, member Palestine United Methodist Church and loved to work in her flowers and garden. She married Royce Martin Wardlaw January 14, 1955 and he died February 6, 2006. 

Survivors are 2 sons Marty Wardlaw and spouse Carla, Ingalls, AR. Mitch Wardlaw, Johnsville, AR. 2 daughters Connie Groves and spouse Wade, Sumpter, AR and Lesia Hollis, Johnsville, AR. 1 sister Judy Withers, Warren, AR. 9 grandchildren Shane Groves, Shannon Mann, Jeffery Wardlaw, Criag Wardlaw, Marty Lee Wardlaw, Nealee Lawrence, Cody Hollis, Madison Wardlaw and A’Kay Wardlaw. 11 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were 4:00 p.m. Sunday November 2, at Frazer’s Chapel with Rev. Wayman Mann and Rev. Charles Cauley officiating. Eulogist was Sharon Braswell. Music was provided by Linda Barrett, Hollie Wardlaw, Carrie Langley, Jerry Jeathery and Teresa Neathery. Burial was in Palestine Cemetery by Frazer’s Funeral Home. Active pallbearers were Jeffery Wardlaw, Craig Wardlaw, Marty Lee Wardlaw, Shane Groves, Cody Hollis, Dexter Lawrence, Jason Mann and Scotty Ferrell. Honorary pallbearers were Kenneth Ferrell, Randy Clanton, Charles Ferrell, Sonny Rainey, Donny Ray Lowry, David Temple and members of Palestine United Methodist Church. Online guest register  HYPERLINK ""  

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Mary Ellen Rivers Bryant

Mary Ellen Rivers Bryant, age 86, of Warren, Arkansas, died at the Bradley County Medical Center on Wednesday, October 29 2014. She was the widow of James Gordon Bryant whom
she married December 23, 1943, in New Edinburg, Arkansas, and he died September 4, 2003.
She was a retired bookkeeper and sales manager for Gordon’s House of Music located in
Warren, Monticello, Crossett, and Pine Bluff.

Mary Ellen was born September 25, 1928, in Kingsland, Arkansas; she was the second of eight
children of Evelyn Hope Rivers and Horace Lee Rivers. She was a devoted wife, mother,
grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and church member. She is a charter member of
the First Free Will Baptist Church in Warren where she was an adult Sunday School teacher for
over 30 years. She was a Christian witness for God sharing her love for Jesus to her family and

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and two brothers, Horace Rivers, Jr. and
Perry Hope Rivers, and a sister, Nadine Rivers Finley. She is survived by her three daughters
and their spouses Shelby Reep and husband, Ralph; Jonalyn Reep and husband, Garry, and
Felecia Doster and husband, Greg, all of Warren; five grandchildren Angela
Reep Wyatt and spouse Steven of Clarksville; Teresa Reep Sandine and spouse Ricky of Herbine; James Garryck Reep and spouse Tenay of Warren; Celestial Reep Oglesby and spouse Abb of Ocean
Springs, Mississippi; and John Carthen Doster and spouse Danielle of North Little Rock,
Arkansas; six great-grandsons, Taylor Wyatt, Brock Wyatt, Jayson Sandine, Weston Reep,
Asher Reep, and Collins Oglesby; one great-granddaughter,
Murphy Bryant Oglesby. Mary Ellen’s siblings are one sister, Glenetta Rivers Burks and spouse, Elbert of Warren, and three brothers, Garry Rivers of Stamps; Ronald Rivers and spouse, Shelbie of Benton, and Mark Rivers and spouse, Glenda of Kingsland, Arkansas.

Mary Ellen’s funeral service was at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, November 1, at Frazer’s Chapel with Bro. Ricky Rauls, First Free Will Baptist Church pastor, and Bro. Mark Rivers, Stamps United Methodist Church pastor, officiating. Glenetta Rivers Burks gave the eulogy. Linda Barrett was the organist and music was by Celestial Oglesby and The Bryant Sisters. The burial was in Moseley Cemetery by Frazer Funeral Home of Warren. Active pallbearers were James Garryck Reep, John Carthen Doster, Steven Wyatt, Rick Sandine, Abb Oglesby, Taylor Wyatt, Brock Wyatt, Weston Reep and Jason Sandine. Honorary pallbearers were Jimmy Reep, Randy Wiggins and Frank Burt-Deceased.

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Memorials may be made to First Free Will Church of Warren or Signs4Jesus at 1007 East
Church St., Warren, AR 71671.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Ralph Waymon Hayes

Ralph Waymon Hayes, age 64, of Warren, AR died Tuesday October 28, at home. Born August 11, 1950 in Warren, AR a son of the late Leon Hayes and Annie Lee Johnson Hayes he was retired from Potlatch Corporation, a member of Southside Baptist Church and the widower of Alaina Hayes who died June 11, 1997.

Survivors are his wife Deloris Roberts Hayes whom he married May 31, 2008. 1 daughter Patty Guidry, Killeen, TX. 1 step son Garland Holland, Monticello, AR. 2 step daughters Cookie Garnes and Dianne Martinez both of Silver City, N.M. 1 brother Laron Hayes, Bearden, AR. 3 sisters Clara Palmer, Lois Hayes Jenkins both of Warren, AR, Leshia Sowrheaver, Calmer, AR. 11 grandchildren. Preceding him in death was a sister Annie Faye Hale.

Graveside service 2:00 p.m. Saturday November 1, Mayflower Cemetery in Mayflower, AR by Frazer’s Funeral Home. Visitation 6-8 p.m. Friday October 31, at Frazer’s. Online guest register  HYPERLINK ""

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Harriet Hankins McClendon

Harriett Hankins McClendon, 99, who lived at Parkway Village in Little Rock was welcomed into heaven on October 24, 2014.  She was born May 12, 1915 in Warren, AR and lived in Warren for the first 87 years of her life.  She was the daughter of the late Charles Felton Hankins and Athleen Martin Hankins and the great-great granddaughter of Captain Hugh Bradley for whom Bradley County was named.

She was a life-long member of the First Presbyterian Church in Warren.  She was educated at The College of the Ozarks in Clarksville, AR, where she was a Homecoming Queen.  She was a member of the Warren Junior Auxiliary and an avid golfer who enjoyed playing through her mid-80’s.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred Thornton McClendon whom she married January 21, 1937.  He died July 16, 2002, soon after they celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.  Also preceding her in death were her brother, Felton Martin Hankins, of Warren, and sister, Betty Hankins Henry, of Pine Bluff.  She is survived by two sons: Charles Alfred McClendon and spouse Carol of Roswell, GA and Mike McClendon and spouse Judy of Little Rock; four grandchildren: Lesley McClendon of Atlanta, GA; Matt McClendon and spouse Suzanne of Little Rock; Liz McClendon Longworth and spouse Pat of Little Rock; and Mary Kathryn McClendon Emmons and spouse Matt of Richardson, TX. and eight great grandchildren.  

Harriett was buried in her hometown of Warren, AR following a family graveside service.  A Memorial Service was held at 2 PM, Tuesday, October 28 at First Presbyterian Church of Warren, officiated by Rev. Philip Faris. Organist was Carla McDougald. Active pallbearers were Bryan Martin, David Roddey, Rick Henry, Matt McClendon, Matt Emmons and Pat Longworth. The family would like to thank her many friends and staff at Parkway Village who loved her dearly and were like family to her, and special thanks to Carolyn Sterns who cared for her and loved her like her own mother during her final days.

Memorials preferred to First Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund, 212 East Church Street, Warren, AR, 71671 or Parkway Village, 14300 Chenal Parkway, Little Rock, AR, 72211.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Cathy Ann Johnson Adair

Cathey Ann Johnson Adair age 46 of Warren, AR died Monday, October 20th 2014 at the BCMC in Warren.  She was born March 5th, 1968 in Warren, AR a daughter of the late B. M. Johnson and Nona Mills Johnson.  She was a Methodist, a graduate of the Class of 1986 WHS and   worked at several jobs, the tobacco store and the Mad Butcher Grocery Store. Also preceding her in death was a brother Ned Johnson.

Survivors include a daughter Holly Adair, Warren, AR. 2 sisters Glenda Coffman, Cleveland, TX and Lynn Farmer, Pine Bluff, AR.  2 grandchildren Corbyn Curry and Logan Curry.

Graveside services were 2:00PM Friday, October 24th at Union Hill Cemetery with Rev. Wayman Mann officiating. Burial was in Union Hill Cemetery by Frazer’s Funeral Home. Active pallbearers were Darren Farmer, Michael Vontungeln, Frankie Julian, Glynn Adair, Ricky Johnson and Jeff Johnson. Online guestbook  HYPERLINK ""

Willie Lavon Hampton

Willie Lavon Hampton, 69, of Johnsville, died Saturday, October 11, 2014 at Bradley County Medical Center in Warren.

Born July 1, 1945, he was a son of the late Mitchell and Dorothy Mae Hampton.

He was a member of Hampton Chapel AME Church in Johnsville where he served as a Trustee.

He was also preceded in death by his grandparents and three brothers.

Children-Monica Hampton of Warren and Fred Hines of Monticello
Siblings-Eldoris Thomas and husband Lawrence of Warren, Raymond Hampton, Jimmy Hampton all of Warren; Gloria Clayton and husband Charles of Dallas, TX., Daniel Hampton of Independence, MO. and Gregory Hampton of Johnsville

Two grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were October 18 at Greater Hampton Chapel AME Church in Johnsville with Rev. Isaiah Walker officiating.  Burial was in Antioch Cemetery in Johnsville by Hammons Funeral Home.