Thursday, December 12, 2019

James B. Hunter

James B. Hunter, aged 77, of Mayflower, AR formerly of Warren, AR passed away on December 11th  at his home in Mayflower, AR  surrounded by loved ones and is now at home in Heaven with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  James was born in Warren, AR, to Grady and Doris Dearman-Hunter on October 6, 1942. He was the youngest of their four children, Juanita Hunter-Clay (Fred), Victor Hunter (Verna Mae), and Curtis Hunter (Lena).  James graduated from Warren High School in 1960 and married his high school sweetheart, Pat Johnston-Hunter, in 1961.  They welcomed daughter Lydia Hunter-Verret (Scott) in 1963, Nancy Hunter-Arnold in 1967, and Melissa Hunter-Smith (Brooks) in 1972.  Together they enjoyed seeing their family grow with their nine grandchildren, Dallas, Hannah, Erin, Julia, Hunter, Eli, Avery, Claire, and Georgia. 

James started his career in retail at Morgan & Lindsey, sweeping floors and stocking shelves, and he ended his career as a regional supervisor and real estate scout for Fred’s, Inc. While at Fred’s, he won many awards and earned the respect of those who worked with him as a man who was fair, honest, and willing to do any job in the store that needed to be done. As his career moved James and his family around Arkansas several times, God called him to deeper faith while attending Calvary Baptist Church in Hope, Arkansas. It was at Calvary that he grew in his relationship with the Lord and gained many life-long Christian friends along the way. Besides his involvement in church, one of James’ favorite activities was gathering with the extended Hunter family for “picking and grinning” with their instruments, including Pa Hunter and Jim Duvall on fiddle, James on mandolin, and many others joining in with guitars and singing.

He retired to Warren in 2000 and fully enjoyed every moment of it.  He was a faithful member of Immanuel Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and served many biscuits and sausage as part of their men’s breakfast crew. He was an avid fisherman and hunter as a member of Greens Lake Hunting Club.  He could often be found cruising through the woods on his Rhino with Pat and friends, talking to the other “Waynes” at the main camp house, or cleaning fish to fry and share with others.

When James’ health took a turn for the worse, he and Pat moved to Mayflower, AR, to be near two of their daughters and the health care providers that he needed. His wife Pat was his greatest supporter and faithful caretaker, making sure that he keeps every appointment including dialysis treatments for two years before numerous health issues got the best of his body and he made the decision to enter Hospice care. Although it was a difficult decision, his family is at peace because James fought a good fight, and because he is covered in the blood of Jesus, he is now enjoying God’s praise and worship with loved ones who went on before him.

Funeral services 2:30PM Sunday, December 15th at Immanuel Baptist Church. Burial in Moseley Cemetery by Frazer’s Funeral Home. Visitation 1:30PM till service time Sunday, December 15th at Immanuel Baptist Church.  Online guestbook

Monday, December 9, 2019

Paul E. Phillips

Paul E. Phillips, 61, formerly of Warren, died November 25, 2019.  Born January 20, 1958, a son of the late Nolen Sr. and Lucille Martin Phillips.

His siblings – Willie Phillips, Curtis Phillips, Dennis Phillips, Carolyn Anderson, Mary Isom, Christine Watson, Annie Henry, Queen Bernard

Funeral service was December 6th at Hammons Funeral Home Chapel with Elder Curtis L. Phillips officiating, arrangements by Hammons Funeral Home.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Jack C. Johnson

Jack C. Johnson age 81, of Hot Springs Village, AR formerly of Hermitage, AR died Sunday, December 1st, 2019 at the CHI St Vincent Hospital in Hot Springs, AR. He was born October 14th, 1938 in Hermitage, AR a son of the late Jim Beed Johnson and Ruth Lansdale Johnson.  He was a United States Airforce Veteran, a welder, welding inspector, he and his wife Peggy owned Pine Bluff Plating in Pine Bluff, AR for 15 years. He was also a member of the Coronado Baptist Church in Hot Springs Village.  He was preceded in death by brothers James F. Johnson, Keith Johnson, Everette Johnson, Walter Johnson and Vernon Johnson and a sister Rosie Jarrett.

 Surviving is his wife Peggy Wherry Johnson whom he married September 21st, 1963 in Warren, AR.   A son Toby Johnson and spouse Gail, Simpsonville, SC; and daughters Renee Jeffcoat, White Hall, AR; Rebecca Truhett and spouse Tom, Beebe, AR. 7 grandchildren Hunter Truhett, Tyler Truhett, Nikki Jeffcoat Helm and spouse Kevin, Jessica Jeffcoat, Grace Anne Gillespie, Mathew Johnson and Lilly Johnson. 2 great-grandchildren Layla Helm and Promise Douglas.

 Funeral services 1:30PM Wednesday, December 4th at Frazer’s Chapel. Burial in Union Hill Cemetery at Ingalls, AR by Frazer’s Funeral Home.  Visitation 12:30PM till service time on Wednesday at Frazer’s. Memorials preferred to The Bradley County Veterans Museum 210 North Main Street, Warren AR. 71671 or The Coronado Baptist Church, 91 Coronado Drive, Hot Springs Village, AR 71909  Online guestbook

Saturday, November 30, 2019

June Baughman Ellis

Beloved June Baughman Ellis, born June 17, 1921, in Portland, Indiana, died on November 27, 2019, in Dallas, Texas, at the age of 98.  An intensely inquisitive, intelligent, and creative person in her prime, June died after struggling fifteen years with dementia/Alzheimer’s.

 Outside of her family, June’s greatest loves were her work, traveling, Tulane University, bridge, and a good mystery book.  Professionally, June was best known for her private practice in counseling in Fort Smith, AR.  Other highlights include her years teaching at her beloved Tulane University, countless workshops in Sweden over a ten year period and the many friendships developed there, her summer at Anna Freud’s training clinic in Manchester, England, teaching in India, working with psychiatrist Cyril Phillips at the Louisiana State Mental Hospital, and helping open the first public library in Centreville, MS.  June was the Outstanding Alumni from Tulane School of Social Work in 1984.

 June was a graduate of Martha Washington College in Fredericksburg, VA, and Tulane University, New Orleans, LA.  After college and before furthering her education, June was a fingerprint analyst for the FBI   during and after WW II in Washington D.C. and Long Beach, CA.  June also briefly taught English in Warren, AR, where she went to high school.

June’s initiative was boundless.  She was smart, creative, ambitious, and strong-willed, but at her core she was a gracious, charming Southerner who loved entertaining and good food.  She cared deeply for others and helping them reach their potential.  Her reservoir of these traits was deep; even as her dementia set in, there was still so much fire and spirit left to enjoy as she gradually declined.  In a struggle, there was no one you would want more on your side; however, this trait also made her a formidable opponent!

June is survived by her son, Ken Ellis, and his wife, Betsy; her daughter, Reyn Longino, and her husband, Joe; her sister, Betty Wells; grandchildren Katie Ellis and Lee Longino; great grandson, Kaleb Ellis, two step-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.  June will be buried in her family plot with her parents in Warren, AR, on Monday, December 2, at 1:30 PM at Oakland Cemetery.  Services handled by Frazer’s Funeral Home, Warren, AR.  A celebration of life is planned in Dallas at a date to be determined.

Because June’s friends were spread out over such a broad area, the family especially appreciates your condolences and special memories of June,  cards or letters can be sent to Ken, Reyn, or Frazer’s Funeral Home at P.O. Box 751, Warren, AR, 71671. Online guestbook

Friday, November 29, 2019

Betty Jo Atkins Braswell Green

Betty Jo Atkins Braswell Green, age 76 of Arkadelphia, AR died Thursday, November 28th, 2019 at home.  She was born December 14th 1942 in New Edinburg, AR a daughter of the late Walter Lee “Bunk” Atkins and Mary Hattie Bailey Atkins. She was a housewife, homemaker and a member of Baring Cross Missionary Baptist Church. Also preceding her in death were her spouses Leo Marion Braswell and Blake Wayborn Green, a son Ralph Braswell, daughters Peggy Bryant, Lois McElyea and Carolyn Braswell. Brothers James Atkins and Samuel Hollis Atkins and a sister Beatrice Eula Klines all proceeded her in death.
Surviving are her sons, Jessie Braswell and spouse Carrol, Ward, AR, Roger Braswell and spouse Shirley, Alabama, Joe Marion Braswell and spouse Janet, Arkadelphia, AR, Sammie Braswell and spouse Gina, Tyler, TX.  Daughters Louise Mann, Alabama, Patricia Ann Braswell, Arkadelphia, AR, Dorothy Simpson, Arkadelphia, AR and Shirley Eakin and spouse Robert, Arkadelphia, AR.   A sister Mary Jane Gorman and spouse James, Warren, AR.  9 Grandchildren and 3 Great-Grandchildren.
Funeral services were 3:30PM Sunday, December 1st at Frazer’s Chapel with Sammie Braswell and Rev. Ronnie Hardin officiating. Active pallbearers were Jonathan Braswell, Robert Eakin, Randall Weeks, Benjamin Holt, Dale Gorman, Roger Braswell, Roy Gierth, Chris Baldas and Mike Gorman. Honorary pallbearers were the men of Baring Cross Church. Burial was in Outlaw Cemetery by Frazer’s Funeral Home. 

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Nancy Ann Morrison

Nancy Ann Morrison, age 78 of Calmer passed away Sunday, November 24, 2019.  She was born on February 24, 1941 in Warren, Arkansas to the late Adolphus and Mattie Elizabeth Burke Reep. Nancy was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.  She was known for being a sweet, kind hearted person, who loved spending time with her family.  Some of her favorite things were fishing, walking and going to her grandchildren’s ball games.  Before retiring Nancy worked for various manufacturing companies including Levi Strauss, School Apparel and Wheeling Manufacturing.  For fifty-eight years she was a faithful member of Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church.

Left to cherish her memory is her husband of fifty-eight years, Billy Rex Morrison; son, Mark Morrison and his wife, Terry; daughter, Miachelle Cantrell and her husband, Gary; five grandchildren, Logan Adair, Addison Adair, Brad Cullipher, Chad Cullipher and Shawn Cantrell; two step-great grandchildren, Channing and Chloe Cullipher, and numerous other family and friends.

A visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at Buie Funeral Home in Rison.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church.  Interment will follow in Pansy Cemetery.  Memorials in Nancy’s honor can be made to Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church c/o Wayne Herrington, 8120 Hwy 63, Rison, Arkansas 71665, Arrangements are by Buie Funeral Home of Rison.  Please sign the online guestbook at

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Betty Parker Green

Betty Parker Green, age 83, of New Edinburg, AR died Tuesday, November 19, 2019 in Little Rock, AR.  She was born December 20, 1935 in New Edinburg, AR a daughter of the late Johnny Marion Parker and Verna Louelle Morgan Parker.  She was a housewife and homemaker, a farmer and a past employee of Southwestern Bell Telephone Company in Pine Bluff, AR.  She was a member of Macedonia Free Will Baptist Church and the widow of Curtis Lewis Green, whom she married August 24th, 1955 in Pine Bluff, AR and he died August 3rd, 2003.  A brother Robert Damon Parker also preceded her in death.   

She is survived by sons, Johnnie Green and spouse Freda, New Edinburg, AR, and Tommy Green and spouse Tammy, Warren, AR.  Daughters Karen Thompson and spouse Daniel, New Edinburg, AR and Teresa Hibbard and spouse Gary, Dover, AR.   Sisters Dorothy Shepherd and spouse James, Rock Springs, AR and Wilma Rawls, New Edinburg, AR.  8 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.

Funeral services will be 1:30 PM Friday, November 22nd at Frazer’s Funeral Home. Burial in Reaves Cemetery by Frazer’s Funeral Home.  Visitation 12:30PM till service time on Friday, November 22nd at Frazer’s.  Online guestbook

Monday, November 18, 2019

Elizabeth Diane Fowler

Elizabeth Diane Fowler, age 68, of Banks went to be with her Heavenly Father on Sunday, November 17, 2019, while in her home with her son, Michael Wyman. She was the daughter of Joe L. Fowler and Clara Doggett Fowler. She professed her faith and joined the Wagnon Methodist Church at an early age. After graduating from Banks High School, Diane attended Nursing School at Southern Arkansas University, graduating in 1981. She worked as a registered nurse for over 30 years both in inpatient and outpatient settings, quickly moving into leadership positions. She returned to her beloved Bradley County where she became the Health Unit Administrator for the county for many years. She was recognized for her leadership with the Bradley County Hometown Health Coalition, which was one of many ways she served her community. Diane was a dedicated member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs and the GFWC Warren Woman’s Club. She held many offices in the organization which included President of her local club and Pine Bluff District President. She fulfilled her dream of serving at the state level as the 2016-2018 GFWC of Arkansas President. Diane was also selected as Arkansas’s LEADS representative to the GFWC Leadership Conference. As an avid genealogist, Diane enjoyed researching family history and connecting with people across the country to share information. For many years she served as Secretary/Treasurer of the Williams Cemetery Association. The Williams Cemetery, located adjacent to the family farm in Bradley County, was established by her great-great-great grandfather, James Williams, in 1839, and dedicated to the community as open for public burials in 1949 by her grandfather, Joel Hunter Fowler.

 The great care Diane provided to her patients and her community was comparable to the love and care she provided to her friends and family. She was preceded in death by her parents, Joe L. Fowler and Clara Doggett Fowler. She is survived by her son, Michael Wyman; her grandson, Brayden Wyman; her siblings, Sandy Wilson, Tommy Fowler (Pam Fowler), and Joyce Fowler Hoover (Darin Hoover); nieces Robin Albers (Andrew), Missy Fowler, and Kara Hoover; nephew Jason Wilson; grandnieces Paislee and Tinslee Albers; and many cousins on both the Fowler and Doggett sides of her family.

Funeral services 1:30PM Saturday, November 23rd, at Frazer’s Chapel.  Burial in Williams Cemetery by Frazer’s Funeral Home. Visitation 6:00PM to 8:00PM Friday, November 22nd at Frazer’s Funeral Home. Memorials preferred The Williams Cemetery Trust Fund, C/O Warren Bank and  Trust, P.O. Box 350, Warren, AR 71671  Online guestbook

Mary Carroll Purifoy

Mary Carroll Purifoy, 95, of Warren, died November 13, 2019. Born January 10, 1924, she was a daughter of the late Mary Carroll Gill and Willie Carroll.


Her children – Hattie Lee, Ruby, Rose, Carroll D., Cecialie, Odis, Carmen, Lora, Lander, Lois, Leotis

Funeral service will be Saturday, November 23rd, 11:00 A.M. at Mt. Carmel MBC, Warren. Burial in Shady Grove Cemetery, Jersey by Hammons Funeral Home.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Christine Maroney Green

Christine Maroney Green age 94, was born Sunday, January 18th, 1925 in the small and prosperous Bradley County farming community of Jersey, Arkansas.   She departed this life peacefully on Saturday, November 16th, 2019.

Ms. Christine, whose birth name was Mary Christine Maroney, grew up in the Banks, community during the depths of the Great Depression. After graduating from the local high school, she attended Draughn’s Business College in Little Rock during which time she met her husband of 64 years, Edgar Green. A short time after graduation she was hired by the newly created United States Naval Ammunition Depot based in Camden, Arkansas, where she would remain employed as a civil servant for nearly twenty years. Upon the closure of her department at Camden, her skills found her employment closer to home in the business office of Potlatch Corporation, where she would remain employed for an additional two decades.  Ms. Christine was a member of what Tom Brokow has termed the “Greatest Generation”. This generation of Americans was forged by the hardships of the Great Depression and a world at war.  This was the generation that presided over decades of expansion and prosperity.  A generation that chose a life centered on church and family, and adhered to the “Golden Rule”. One which was generous, saved their money, and usually never spent more than they could afford.  A generation in its twilight, and the likes of which will never be seen again. 

Ms. Green was a long-time active member of the Banks Presbyterian Church, the Trinity United Methodist Church of Warren, and the Christian Fellowship Church, also in Warren. She professed salvation many years ago at a J. Harold Smith Revival, and always looked forward to one day being with her Savior, Jesus Christ.  She was preceded in death by her parents, William Henry and Ruby Belle Maroney of the Lanark Community, by her devoted husband Edgar Gardner Green of Warren, two brother Fredrick Maroney, who died in infancy, and her beloved younger brother and childhood companion, James Henry (Junior) Maroney, of the Lanark Community.

Survivors include one sister Martha Louise Colvin, Silsbee, Texas, one son, Gary Green and wife Sharon, Warren, one grandson, Jason Green and wife Jessica also of Warren, three great-grandchildren Benjamin, Judson and Elianna Green, plus a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services were 10:00AM Tuesday, November 19th at Frazer’s Chapel with Rev. Wayman Mann and Rev. Russell Rhoden officiating. Rev. Russell Rhoden and Marlin Raines were the soloist.  Burial was in McFarland Cemetery by Frazer’s Funeral Home.

Active pallbearers were William “Butch” Belin, Donnie Rice, Sheriff Herschel Tillman, Wendol Swinney, Rev. Russell Rhoden and Jason Green.  Honorary pallbearers were Billy J. Watson, Ronnie Gordan, Gene Colvin, Samuel Colvin and Henry Maroney. Online guestbook

Maurice Gavin

Maurice Gavin of Rye, AR died Saturday November 16th 2019 at his home.   He was born May 18th, 1926 in Bradley County, a son of the late Thomas Gavin and Alma Wooldridge Gavin. He served in the Second World War and was a carpenter by trade, he loved to farm as well.

He is survived by his wife of 73 years, Juanita Foreman Gavin whom he married November 25th, 1946. Three sons, Randy Gavin, Dennis Gavin, and Floyd Gavin.  One daughter, Cathy Gavin Phillips, 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be 1:30 Tuesday, November 19th at Union Cemetery at Rye, AR with Rev. Brian Ashcraft officiating. Burial in Union Cemetery at Rye, AR. Visitation 30 minutes before the service at Union Cemetery. Online guestbook

Everlee Ruth Forrest

Everlee Ruth Forrest, lived a very loved life for her 19 days on this Earth.  God called this little one home on Thursday, November 14th at Children’s Hospital in Little Rock surrounded by her family.  Everlee was born October 26th 2019 in Baptist Hospital to Tracy Forrest and Mallory Standridge Forrest of Warren, AR. She showed a very warm-hearted personality to her family, and they are very thankful for God’s grace and the staff of Arkansas Children’s Hospital during this time. She was also preceded in death by her paternal grandmother Marsha Vail.

Everlee is survived by her parents Tracy and Mallory. A brother Hunter Forrest, Warren, AR.  A sister Gracie Forrest, Warren, AR.  Maternal grandparents Larry and Annette Standridge, McGehee, AR and Debora Brewer, Riverside, TX. Paternal grandfather Don Forrest, Warren, AR. Uncles and Aunts, Jeffery Forrest, Warren, AR, Gage Standridge, T.J. Barnes and Chet Barnes all of Dumas, AR,  Jason and Sarah Hobbs, Monticello, AR, Jodi Hobbs, McGehee, AR, Sandy and Donnie Edwards, Terry and Jeff Branson all of Dumas and host of cousins.

Church services are 1:30PM Monday, November 18th at First Free Will Baptist in Warren, AR.  Burial in Oakland Cemetery by Frazer’s Funeral Home.  Visitation 6:00PM till 8:00PM Sunday, November 17th at Frazer’s Funeral Home. Online guestbook

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Amanda Peebles Miles

Amanda Peebles Miles age 63, of Hermitage, AR died Friday, November 8th at the John R. Williamson Hospice House in El Dorado, AR.   She was born March 5th, 1956 in Eldorado, AR a daughter of Edith Peebles, Hermitage, AR and the late Baker Peebles.  She was an administrative assistant, a United States Navy Veteran and a member of the Norphlet United Methodist Church.

She is survived by a son, George Miles, St. Marcos TX, a daughter Amanda Hodges, El Dorado, AR.  Brothers Lawrence Larry Peebles, Wynne, AR and Robert Jeff Peebles, Hermitage, AR. Grandchildren Austin Groves, Ember Groves and Aiden Waldorf.

A memorial service will be 1:00PM Thursday, November 14th at the Norphlet United Methodist Church in Norphlet, AR.  Online guestbook

Monday, November 11, 2019

Preston McKinney

Preston McKinney age 93, of Warren, AR died Sunday, November 10, 2019 at his home. He was born June 27th, 1926 in Bradley County, AR a son of the late William Walter McKinney and Ruth Forrest McBride McKinney.  He was a retired Millwright for Potlatch, attended Westside Baptist Church and was a fierce and devoted bass fisherman with his family and friends.  He was proceeded in death by his wife; Bessie Mae Reddin McKinney whom he married May 27th, 1966 and she died June 20th, 2005. A son; Michael McKinney, brothers; Jack McKinney, Carl McKinney, Elbert McKinney, Richard McKinney, and James Ray McKinney.  Sisters; Retha Mercer and Betty Sue McKinney.

Surviving is his wife; Gwen McKinney, whom he married January 20th, 2007.  A son; Ronnie McKinney and spouse Cindy, Star City, AR.  Daughters; Sandra Williams DalSanto and spouse Walter, New Edinburg, AR, Donna Claud and spouse Walter, Forrest City, AR, Dot Bonds, Watson Chapel, AR, Renee Reaves and Kelly Rawls both of Warren, AR.  7 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren 4 Great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services 1:30PM Wednesday, November 13th at Frazer’s Chapel. Burial in McFarland Cemetery by Frazer’s Funeral Home. Visitation 6:00PM till 8:00PM Tuesday, November 12th and from 12:30PM till service time on Wednesday at Frazer’s Funeral Home.  Online guestbook

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Dorothy Peebles Wisener

Dorothy Peebles Wisener of Warren passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 2, 2019. She was born March 2, 1925, in Ladelle, Arkansas, to Carl Peebles and Grace Thurman Peebles. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, William Kay Wisener; two brothers, Burtis Carl Peebles and Tommy Peebles; and grandsons William Matthew Wisener and Justin Clay Wisener.
She moved to Warren from Drew County in the 1940’s as a single young woman. She rented a room from Ruth Berry Johnston who became a surrogate grandmother to the family. She was employed at the Arkla gas company, and later Derby Insurance, and the local credit bureau which she managed from home. Eventually, she co-managed the Corral Restaurant with husband, W.K. Wisener, and head cook Robert Louis Anderson, unit after Kay’s death in 1977. She then took an administrative position at Bradley County Medical Hospital and served in a variety of roles until her retirement at the age of 85. Chief among her many roles was the creation and management of the hospital rose garden.
A lifelong Methodist, Dorothy lived out her faith in service to others. She was a faithful member of the Bradley County Hospital Auxiliary.
She is survived by her children, William Carl Wisener and wife Mary Jo of Monticello, Arkansas; Lynn Wisener Jones and husband Danny of Wimberley, Texas; Thomas Neil Wisener and wife Karyn of Hot Springs, Arkansas; and Ruth Ann Wisener and husband Don Harvell of Whitefish, Montana; 6 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held on Thursday, November 7, at 10:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Warren followed by the burial at Oakland Cemetery in Warren. Arrangements were by Frazer’s Funeral Home. Pallbearers were grandsons Michael Ross Jones, Samuel Carl Wisener, Jordan Howard Wisener, Jarrod Neil Wisener; great-grandson Braydon Carl Wisener; and church grounds-keeping partner John Cuthbertson. Honorary pallbearers were Bob Richardson, Gerald Burton, and Laverne Rice. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Warren YMCA or the First United Methodist Church of Warren. Online guestbook 

James Ray Neely

James Ray Neely age 61, of Hermitage, AR died Tuesday, November 5th at his home.  He was born March 9th, 1958 in Warren, AR a son of Merle Hollingsworth Neely Watson and spouse Billy Joe, Warren, AR and the late Robert Neely.  He was a retired United States Airforce Veteran with 18 years of service, where he fought in Desert Storm and was a member of Antioch Baptist Church. 

Survivors include a son, Nicholas Neely and spouse Katie, Fort Wainwright, Alaska.  Daughters Fauna Dee Neely Hill, Goodlettsville, TN and Danielle Carroll and spouse Scott, Winnsboro, TX. Brothers John Neely and spouse Sandy, Benton, AR and Allen Neely, Houston, TX. A step sister Kim Forrest and spouse David, Warren, AR  9 grandchildren. Special friend Kathy Hill and her daughter Jo Ann Hill both of Gravelridge, AR.

Graveside services were 1:30PM Sunday, November 10th at Gravelridge Cemetery with Rev. Wayman Mann officiating. Arrangements were by Frazer’s Funeral Home. Online Guestbook 

Vernice T. Belin

Vernice T. Belin, 54, of Banks, died October 24, 2019. Born November 13, 1964, he was a son of the Willie and Gertie Childs Belin.

His son – Brandon Marshall
Siblings – Barbara Golden, Roger Belin, Linda White, Mary Belin

Funeral service will be 11:00 A.M., Saturday, November 9th at West Central Church of Christ in Warren. Burial in Hall Cemetery in Banks with arrangements by Hammons Funeral Home.

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Wayne "Bud" McClain

Wayne “Bud” McClain age 90 of Warren, AR departed this life Friday, November 1st at the St. Vincent’s Hospital in Little Rock, AR.  He was born January 25th, 1929 in Rye, AR a son of the late Furn McClain and Mamie Ashcraft McClain. He was a retired Mechanic for Glynn Lyon Buick for 21 years, he worked for Potlatch Lumber Company for 12 years in the truck shop, and White Brothers Construction for 12 years. Bud enjoyed staying busy, he loved fixing up old tractors, working and raising his cows and helping his family, friends and neighbors.
 He was a member of Willoughby Free Will Baptist Church and a United States Army veteran serving in the Korean Conflict.  On October 1st 1954 in Greenville, MS he married Johnnie Lee Johnson McClain and their marriage spanned 65 years together.  He was also preceded in death by his granddaughter, Amber Fern Patterson, sister Minnie Lee Ashcraft, brothers James C. “Billy” McClain, and Arthur B. “George” McClain. 

Surviving other than his wife, is a son Denny W. McClain and spouse Heather, Warren, AR. Daughters Mae McClain Patterson and spouse Jack, Warren, AR, Claire McClain Cissell and spouse Phillip, Memphis, Tenn.  4 grandchildren Brandi Patterson Nichols and spouse Jonathan, Little Rock, AR, Dylan McClain and McKenzie McClain both of Monticello, AR, Jordan Claire Cissell, Memphis, Tenn, 2 bonus grandchildren Taylor Ford Waxley and spouse Tyler, El Dorado, AR, Lauren Leanne Ford, Cabot, AR.  3 great-grandchildren Joseph Nichols, Emily Nichols and Molly Nichols all of Little Rock, AR.  Brothers Walter “Pete” McClain and spouse Annie, Pine Bluff, AR and Mack McClain and spouse Deray, Warren, AR.  A sister Peggy McClain Harton and spouse Thomas, Little Rock, AR and a sister in law Agnes McClain, Pine Bluff, AR.
Funeral services were 1:30PM Wednesday, November 6th at Frazer’s Funeral Home with Rev. Hurley Ashcraft officiating.  Burial was in Willoughby Cemetery by Frazer’s Funeral Home. Active pallbearers were Scott White, Tracy White, Harper White, Gary Mark Ashcraft, Steve Ashcraft, Barry Haddox and Bill Taulbee. Honorary pallbearers were Roger George, Charles White, Doyle Gill, Bob Milton, Kenny Hamilton and Dr. Kerry Pennington. Online guestbook 

Friday, November 1, 2019

Robert J. White

Robert J. White, Sr., age 86 of Hot Springs, formerly of Warren, went home to be with the Lord on October 28, 2019 at Quapaw Care and Rehab in Hot Springs. He was born June 9, 1933 in Monticello, AR, the son of the late Clyde and Effie Cox White.

He is preceded in death by his loving and devoted wife of 60 years, Betty Thornton White; three brothers, Roger White, Larry White and Ted White. Survivors include two sons, Robert J. White, Jr. (Phyllis) of Sun City West, AZ and Ron White (Glenda) of Hot Springs; two daughters, Regina Anderson of Colorado Springs, CO and Bettina Crumpton (David) of Mt. Pine, AR; six grandchildren, Brandon White and Megan Kuhn (David) of Leesville, LA, Josh Anderson (Megan) of Gressier, Haiti, James White (Victoria), Chris Reddin (Desha) and Mychal Crumpton (Kim) of Hot Springs, AR; fifteen great-grandchildren; along with two brothers and two sisters.

Bob was an active member and deacon of Hot Springs Baptist Church. His service to the Lord included "Nailbenders for Jesus" and "All Because of Christ Ministries," distributing tracts into Mexico. He was a retired business owner and founder of White's Heat & Air and White's Mobile Home Supply in 1970. He was a past Chairman and Hall of Fame member of the Arkansas Manufactured Housing Association. Bob proudly served his country during the Korean War and was a retired Air Force Master Sergeant.

Funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m. Friday, November 1, 2019 at Hot Springs Baptist Church with burial to follow in Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Hot Springs. Visitation will be held from 1:00-2:00 p.m. preceding the funeral service at the church. Memorials may be made to: Recovery Point Ministries, Hot Springs Baptist Church, 144 Weston Rd., Hot Springs, AR 71913 or Bradley County Veterans Museum, 210 N. Main St., Warren, AR 71671. Arrangements by Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home of Monticello. Online guestbook at

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Bobby Dale Avery

Bobby Dale Avery, 57, of New Edinburg, died Sunday, October 27, 2019.  Born February 26, 1962, he was a son of Evangelist Lois Avery and the late Jonah Avery.

He was a former employee of Southeast Arkansas Human Development Center in Warren.

His mother – Evangelist Lois Avery
Siblings – His twin Robby Avery, Travis Avery and Janice Avery Young

Funeral service will be 11:00 A.M., Saturday, November 2nd at True Believers COGIC in Fordyce. Burial in Bethel Cemetery in New Edinburg with arrangements by Hammons Funeral Home of Warren. There will be a wake on Friday from 6-7 P.M. at Hammons Chapel.