Our Obituaries

Jerry A. Evers

November 23, 1937 - December 12, 2017

Jerry A. Evers, 80, of El Dorado, passed away Tuesday, December 12, 2017, at the Medical Center of South Arkansas. He was born November 23, 1937, to Barney and Hazel Dumas Evers in Smackover, AR. He was Pastor of Shepherd Fold Primitive Baptist Church in Houston, Bethel Primitive Baptist Church in El Dorado, Grace Primitive Baptist Church in Ben Wheeler, and Whitewater Primitive Baptist Church...
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Alvin Turbeville

June 14, 1930 - December 12, 2017

Alvin Turbeville, was born June 14, 1930 in Whelen Springs, Arkansas. Jesus took him by the hand on December 12, 2017, leading him home after a lengthy illness. His wife and children were with him.He was preceded in death by two sisters, Imogene Rowland and Francis Downey, two brothers, Thomas Turbeville and Jerry Turbeville, and a great granddaughter, Jacey Rae Turbeville. He is survived by...
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Lorene Swim

October 11, 1925 - December 11, 2017

Lorene Elizabeth Parker Swim, 92, left for her heavenly home December 11, 2017. She spent her last years in Bryant, Arkansas and many before in Smackover, Gurdon, DeWitt, Hot Springs and Benton.She was born and raised a southern belle. Her manners were impeccable and her appearance was always a priority. She grew up during the Depression, struggled through WWII while the love of her life was...
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Billy D. Hartsfield

June 9, 1940 - December 11, 2017

Billy Hartsfield, 77, of Fayetteville, passed away Monday, December 11, 2017, at Willard Walker Hospice House in Fayetteville. He was born June 9, 1940, to John Benjamin and Nellie Cook Hartsfield in Hope, AR.He was the owner of Bill's Muffler in El Dorado for 30 years, a member of the First Baptist Church in Fayetteville and a member of Good Sams Chapter, El Dorado. Preceding him in death are...
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Jonathan G. Saulsbury

May 29, 1943 - December 8, 2017

John G. Saulsbury, 74, passed away Friday, December 8, 2017 at Cornerstone Critical Care Specialty Hospital at St. Vincent Infirmary in Little Rock Arkansas. John was born May 29, 1943 in El Dorado, Arkansas; he was the son of J.C. and Leatha Jerry Saulsbury. John attended University of Arkansas Monticello; worked a four state area as a power transmission specialist for 40 years. He was owner...
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Billy Gene Noble

February 23, 1930 - December 1, 2017

Billy Gene Noble, 87, of El Dorado passed away Friday, December 1, 2017 at the Medical Center of South Arkansas.Born February 23, 1930 in Dallas, Texas, he was the son of John Riley and Emma Jean Kight Noble. Mr. Noble was a landscape architect with Miller Nursery and Garden Shop for many years. He had later been employed by James Davison, being in charge of landscaping at Squire Creek Country...
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Wanda Lynn Jones

October 5, 1936 - November 29, 2017

Wanda Lynn Washington Jones, 81, of El Dorado, passed away Wednesday, November 29, 2017, at her residence. She was born October 5, 1936, to Ernest L. and Mozel Trichell Washington in El Dorado, AR.She retired after 50 years of service from Simmons Bank as Vice President of Financial Services. Wanda was a graduate of Southern State College and was a life time member of the First Baptist Church...
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John Clayton Abbott

December 12, 1939 - November 27, 2017

John Clayton Abbott Sr., 77, of El Dorado, AR died on Monday, November 27, 2017 at Life Touch John R Williamson Hospice House.Born on December 12, 1939 in El Dorado, AR; John was the only child of John Benjamin Abbott and Alice Grayson Abbott. John was a member of First United Methodist Church El Dorado. John was a Rancher and Tree Farmer who instilled in his children and grandchildren a love of...
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Alfred Brantley Vernon

October 21, 1935 - November 26, 2017

Al Vernon, 82, of El Dorado passed away Sunday, November 26, 2017 at the John R. Williamson Hospice House.Born October 21, 1935 in El Dorado, he was the son of Alfred Brantley Vernon, Sr. and Dovie Newsom Vernon who preceded him in death. He had been employed at Murphy Oil Corp as an accountant. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish and treasured his time spent with friends and...
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Wilma Beatrice Stark

August 27, 1927 - November 24, 2017

Wilma B. Stark,90, of El Dorado AR; passed away on Friday, November 24, 2017, at Oakridge Nursing Home in El Dorado, AR with her daughter Kathy by her side. She was born August 27, 1927, in Hoffman, Oklahoma to Sterling Brown and Elsie Watts Herriman.Wilma grew up on a farm during the Dust Bowl years where she was no stranger to adversity. She developed what many refer to as a strong character...
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Willene Johnson Smith

April 19, 1924 - November 23, 2017

Willene (Jennings) Johnson Smith passed away November 23, 2017, at John T. Williamson Hospice House. Born on April 19, 1924, in Erick, Oklahoma, she was the daughter of William C. and Lillian Jennings. Having lived most all of her life in West Texas, she recently was moved from Carillon House in Lubbock, Texas, to Lifetouch House in El Dorado due to illness. She grew up in Tulia Texas where...
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Billy Gene Perdue

January 27, 1930 - November 22, 2017

Gene Perdue, 87, passed away Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at St. Vincent's Hospital in Little Rock. Gene was born on January 27, 1930 to C.B. and Lillian Perdue. He had been a member of First United Methodist Church (FUMC) for over 50 years.Gene served in the Air Force as a Combat Radio Operator in the Korean War, and was the owner of Perdue's Auto Repair for 35 years. He had a gift for...
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Jackie Jack Stringer

January 13, 1948 - November 16, 2017

Jackie Stringer Jr., 69 of Spearsville, LA; passed away on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at Life Touch's John R Williamson Hospice House.Born on January 13, 1948 in El Dorado, AR; he was son of Ezra Jackson Stringer Sr. and Mary Louise Paxton Stringer. Jackie retired from Del-Tin after a career as a mill wright with Willamette Industries. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. He graduated from Ouachita...
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Charlotte Rebecca Watson

June 6, 1946 - November 14, 2017

Charlotte Watson, 71, of Smackover, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, November 14, 2017, at the John R. Williamson Hospice House. Charlotte was retired from Southwestern Bell. She began her career in the business office in El Dorado. She changed positions in the mid 70's and became the first female Installer/Repairman in South Arkansas. Charlotte married the love of her...
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Mary Sue Noble

January 19, 1931 - November 10, 2017

Mary Sue Noble, 86 of El Dorado passed away Friday, November 10, 2017.Born January 19, 1931 in El Dorado, she was the daughter of Herman Massey Miller and Lovie Miller who preceded her in death. Mrs. Noble was the owner and operator of Miller Nursery for many years. She was a member of First United Methodist Church.Survivors include her husband of 67 years, Bill Noble, a son, Dr. John Michael...
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James W. Greer

March 29, 1934 - November 6, 2017

James W. "P.J." Greer, 83, of Smackover, AR; died on Monday, November 6, 2017 at Life Touch's John R. Williamson Hospice House. Born on March 29, 1934 in Union County; he was the son of James Harvey Greer and Berdie Lee Halbrook Greer. P.J. worked as welder/foreman for El Do Craft Boats for 27 years and was owner of South Ark Sports in Smackover. He loved the outdoors hunting, fishing, gardening...
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Thomas E. Rosegrant

December 27, 1955 - November 5, 2017

Thomas E. Rosegrant, 61, of Conway passed away Sunday, November 5, 2017. Born December 27, 1955 in El Dorado, he was the son of Gene and Betty Owens Rosegrant who preceded him in death along with a brother, Gary Wayne Rosegrant. Survivors include brothers; David Rosegrant of Pine Bluff, Robert Rosegrant of Monticello, Kenneth Ray Rosegrant of Rayville, LA and Richard "Pete" Rosegrant of El...
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Natalie Marie Parham

August 1, 1931 - November 4, 2017

Natalie Marie Daniels Crittenden Parham, 86, of El Dorado passed away at Hudson Nursing Home on Saturday November 4, 2017.Natalie was born August 1, 1931 in Union County, Arkansas to Louie G, Daniels and Ruby Marie Hill Daniels. She was a member of Dumas Memorial Methodist Church. She is preceded in death by her mother and father, her husband Wiley Parham, brother, Harold E. Daniels, grandson...
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Michael Van Giles

December 24, 1966 - November 2, 2017

Michael Van Giles, 50 of Norphlet passed away Thursday, November 2, 2017.Born December 24, 1966 in El Dorado, he was the son of Van and Janyce Hudson Giles. Mike was a jack-of-all-trades and previously owned Giles Roofing. Mike was saved in the Baptist church and was a member of Calion First Baptist Church. He loved to hunt, fish, and hang out with his friends. Preceding him in death along...
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Dorothy Marcelle Bailey

December 12, 1921 - October 28, 2017

Dorothy Marcelle McBride Bailey passed away on Saturday, October 28, at Life Touch Hospice. She was born December 12, 1921, in Marmaduke, AR, the youngest of eleven children of Daniel Sylvester and Annie Jenavarie Bradsher McBride. She worked for Walmart for 31 years and made many friends as she greeted them at the door. She was a long time member of the Hillsboro Street Church of Christ. She...
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Marjorie Mc Corvey

November 14, 1922 - October 27, 2017

Marjorie E. McCorvey, 94, of El Dorado, passed away, Friday, October 27, 2017, at Timberlane Health and Rehabilitation. She was born November 14, 1922, to Bush and Grace Jackson McCorvey in Junction City, AR.She worked more than 40 years as Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist for Physicians and Surgeons Hospital in Shreveport, LA, before her retirement. She served as an Elder, Director of...
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Marie Marie Hill

April 17, 1920 - October 23, 2017

Marie Hill, 97, of El Dorado, passed away, Monday, October 23, 2017, at the John R. Williamson Hospice House.She was born April 17, 1920, to John Thomas and Elizabeth Jones Cagle in Arkadelphia, AR. She previously worked as a clerk for TG&Y and was also co-owner for Hilltop Trailer Manufacturing. Marie was a long time member of Second Baptist Church and currently attended West Side Baptist...
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Paul Richard Mitchell

June 5, 1933 - October 19, 2017

Paul R. Mitchell, 84, of El Dorado, AR, died on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at Timberlane Health and Rehabilitation. Born on June 5, 1933 in Camden, AR; he was the son of Lutch Mitchell and Annie Robertson Mitchell.Paul was a member of The First United Methodist Church of El Dorado where he sang in the choir. He retired after 37 years from Lion Oil Pipeline. Paul served in the United States Navy...
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Bruce Mathews

July 26, 1927 - October 17, 2017

Bruce Mathews, 90, of Pencil Bluff, AR, died peacefully at his home Tuesday, October 17, 2017, with his family by his side. He was born July 26, 1927 to Carson and Etta Hayes Mathews in Felsenthal, AR.He joined the Merchant Marines as a Stewards Mate in 1943 and graduated from the U.S. Maritime Service Training in St. Petersburg, FL in 1945 and served as a Merchant Mariner for an additional...
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Ricky Nelson Roberts

December 5, 1958 - October 17, 2017

Ricky Nelson Roberts, 58, of Smackover, passed away Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at his residence. He was born December 5, 1958 in Little Rock, AR to James Lonnie Roberts and Sara Eunie Alphin Roberts.He worked at Welsco Inc. and afterward became the owner of Rick's Floor Covering. He later drove for Ramsey Contractors and LarTex Services. Ricky was a member of Joyce City Baptist Church. Preceding...
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Millie Jo Ball Harris

December 22, 1926 - October 16, 2017

Millie Jo Harris, 90, of Parkers Chapel, formerly of Hot Springs, peacefully entered her eternal home surrounded by her loving family, on Monday, October 16, 2017, at John R. Williamson LifeTouch Hospice. She was born on December 22, 1926, in Monroe, Arkansas, to Lester D. Ball and Geneva Ball. She was preceded in death by her husband of 70 years, Carrol D. Harris. She is survived by her son,...
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Thomas Jerry Davis

August 27, 1944 - October 16, 2017

Thomas Jerry Davis, 73, of El Dorado, passed away, Monday, October 16, 2017, at the Medical Center of South Arkansas. He was born August 27, 1944, to William Harvey and Ruby Martin Davis in Hampton, AR.Jerry worked as a self-employed Milkman delivering for Borden Milk for 25 years and Colonial Bread for 23 years. He was a member of West Side Baptist Church. Jerry was a Veteran of the Army...
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Edith P. Fedderson

January 10, 1923 - October 15, 2017

Edith P. Fedderson, 94 of El Dorado, AR died Sunday, October 15, 2017 at her home. Born January 10, 1923 in Clearwater, KS, she was the daughter of Harry Whitbeck and Opel Bruner.She met and married her husband while both were living and working in Colorado. They were married for 60 years. In 1964, Murphy Oil transferred her family to London, England. While living in England Edith and her husband...
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Bobby Lynn Owens

August 21, 1948 - October 14, 2017

Bobby Lynn Owens, 69 of El Dorado, passed away Saturday, October 14, 2017 at the Medical Center of South Arkansas.Born August 21, 1948 in El Dorado, he was the son of Ferrell Parks and Lena Carnell Cullins Owens who preceded him in death. Mr. Owens was a self-employed carpenter and a member of Hopewell Baptist Church.Survivors include his wife, Jean Gilmore Owens, a daughter, Rebekah Hively ...
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Joyce Wilkie

May 2, 1924 - October 13, 2017

Joyce Fuller Wilkie 93, of Farmerville, LA, was born May 2, 1924 in Bodcaw, Arkansas and passed away October 13, 2017. The services will be Monday, October 16, 2017 at 1:30 pm at First Baptist Church, Farmerville, LA. Visitation is from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm. Burial will follow at Rest Haven Memorial Gardens in Norphlet, Arkansas, under the direction of Young's Funeral Directors of El Dorado. ...
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Alice Nell Halfacre

December 24, 1939 - October 12, 2017

Alice Nell Taunton Halfacre, 77, of Eustis, FL, passed away suddenly October 12, 2017. She was born December 24, 1939, in Huttig, AR, to L.A. and Eva Nell Taylor Taunton.When Alice was about 4, her parents moved the family to Caledonia, AR, where they remained.In 1957 she met her future husband, Bill Halfacre, and they were married on July 16, 1957. They were blessed with two daughters.She was...
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Daisy Lee Jeffcoats

May 10, 1924 - October 12, 2017

Daisy Lee Jeffcoats, 93, of El Dorado, passed away, Thursday, October 12, 2017, at Courtyard Health and Rehab in El Dorado. She was born May 10, 1924, to John and Cammie Campbell Anderson in Pine Prairie, LA. She worked in Winslow Shipyard as a welder on minesweepers during the war. She was a 4H leader for 30 plus years, a home extension economist, together with her husband, they founded...
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James Byron Thomas

June 24, 1959 - October 8, 2017

Byron Thomas, 58, of Savannah, Georgia, formerly of El Dorado, AR passed away on October 8, 2017, at St. Joseph's Hospital of Savannah after a short illness.He was born James Byron Thomas on June 24, 1959, in El Dorado, AR to James Earl, Jr. and Delores K. Thomas. He was raised in the Parker's Chapel community and went to school there.Byron was the father of two boys, Byron Dale and Terry James ...
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Edwin Boyd Alderson

May 16, 1940 - October 5, 2017

Edwin Boyd Alderson, Jr. passed away October 5, 2017. The oldest son of Jewell Sample Murphy Alderson and Edwin Boyd Alderson, he was a sixth-generation resident of Union County. A 1958 graduate of El Dorado High School he attended The University of the South at Sewanee, Tennessee where he graduated with a degree in Philosophy in 1962. He did a year of post-graduate study in Philosophy at the...
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Davida Joan Devine

May 31, 1946 - October 4, 2017

Davida Joan "Davi" Devine, 71, of Suffolk, VA, formerly of Mt. Holly, passed away, Wednesday, October 4, 2017. She was born May 31, 1946, to Etheridge and Ruth Olson Williams in Lincoln, NE. Davi was an alumnus of Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, CA, where she earned her degree as a Registered Nurse and worked for many years. She especially loved working with the elderly and enjoyed her...
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James Thomas Scott

February 15, 1954 - October 4, 2017

James "Rusty" Thomas Scott, Jr., 63 of Hot Springs, AR, passed away Wednesday, October 4, 2017, after fighting cancer hard. He was born February 15, 1954, to James Thomas Scott, Sr. and Mary Elizabeth Thomas Scott in Smackover, AR. An avid outdoorsman, Rusty loved to fish and hunt; enjoyed gardening, woodworking and piddling in his shop. He was a free bird and free spirit that loved to share...
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Betty Faye Delk

November 30, 1933 - October 1, 2017

Bettye Faye Little Delk, age 83, went to be with the Lord, surrounded by her loving family, on October 1, 2017 at her home in Knoxville, Tennessee. She was born on November 30, 1933 in Huttig, Arkansas to Clyde Leon and Delma Faye Little. She graduated from Crossett High School in Crossett Arkansas in 1951. Following graduation she attended nursing school and graduated as a registered Nurse in...
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Leon Thomas Dixon

March 9, 1968 - September 29, 2017

Rev. Leon T. Dixon, Jr. 49 of Smackover passed away Friday, September 29, 2017 at his residence.Born March 9, 1968 in Little Rock, he was the son of Leon Thomas, Sr. and Loretta Yarberry Dixon. Leon was a graduate of Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, OK where he received both his B.A. and Master's degrees.From 1988 -2006, Rev. Dixon served at Barnett Memorial, Perryville, Cornerstone,...
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Kay Hogue Chaffin

March 7, 1945 - September 28, 2017

Kay Hogue Chaffin, 72, of El Dorado was eternally healed on September 28, 2017 in El Dorado at Life Touch Hospice, surrounded by her family, following a lengthy courageous battle with cancer. She was born March 7, 1945 as Kathryn Irene in Minden, LA to Emmitt and Alma Williams Misenheimer.She was a waitress for over 52 years in Little Rock and in El Dorado. For the past 10 years she was a...
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Kathryn Sayle Griffin

March 24, 1927 - September 25, 2017

Kathryn "Kappy" Sayle Griffin, 90 of Friendswood, TX formerly of El Dorado, AR died on September 25, 2017, which would have been her husband's 99th birthday, at Houston Methodist St. John's Hospital in Clear Lake City, TX.following a brief illness.She was born on March 24, 1927 in Little Rock, AR. Kappy was the daughter of Edwin H. Sayle and Ada Allen Sayle and the great great- granddaughter of...
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Bobbie Jean Sulephen

February 24, 1929 - September 25, 2017

Bobbie Jean Sulephen, 88 of El Dorado, passed away Monday, September 25, 2017, at her residence. She was born February 24, 1929, to Harla C. and Louana Womack Beavert in Pike County, AR. She was a graduate of El Dorado High School, she was an active member of Hillsboro Street Church of Christ. Bobbie worked in accounting for Murphy Family Investments for many years. She was Pink Lady at the...
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John Dan Lowery

October 24, 1956 - September 24, 2017

John Dan Lowery, 60, of El Dorado, went to Heaven to be with the Lord on Sunday, September 24, 2017. He was born October 24, 1956, to Cecil and Virginia Thomas Lowery in Killeen, TX.He was a loving and caring Husband, a wonderful Dad and a special Pop. John was retired from BCS Gas after 40 years. In the 90's John was Scout Master for the Parkers Chapel Troop 124, and watched his son get to be...
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Mary L. Matney

October 14, 1926 - September 23, 2017

Mary Frizzell Matney, 90, of Tyler, Texas, passed away on Saturday September 23, 2017. Born on October 14, 1926 in Tyler, Texas. Mary was a loving mother, grandmother, and friend to many people and devoted her life to serving others.Preceding her in death were her parents and late husband, Brooks Matney. Survivors include her son Jimmy Matney of San Antonio, TX, and daughter Suzanne Harris of El...
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Betty Jo Ratcliff

November 22, 1935 - September 19, 2017

Betty Jo deYampert Ratcliff, 81 of El Dorado, moved to her heavenly home on Tuesday, September 19, 2017. Born on November 22, 1935, in El Dorado, Arkansas she was the daughter of James C. deYampert and Mattie R. Robinson deYampert. Betty Jo was a lifetime member of the United Methodist Church. Raised in Smackover, she graduated from Smackover Arkansas High School and pursued her...
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Betty Jo Ratcliff

November 22, 1935 - September 19, 2017

Betty Jo deYampert Ratcliff, 81 of El Dorado, moved to her heavenly home on Tuesday, September 19, 2017. Born on November 22, 1935, in El Dorado, Arkansas, she was the daughter of James C. deYampert and Mattie R. Robinson deYampert. Betty Jo was a lifetime member of the United Methodist Church. Raised in Smackover, she graduated from Smackover Arkansas High School and pursued her...
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Barbara Annette McMahan

October 26, 1945 - September 19, 2017

Annette McMahan, 71, of El Dorado, passed away, Tuesday, September 19, 2017, at Timberlane Health and Rehab. She was born October 26, 1945, to J.T. and Esther Jackson Hay in El Dorado, AR.She was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church, where she attended the Lydia Sunday School Class. Annette was a retired secretary at El Dorado Chemical.Preceding her in death are her parents.Survivors include her...
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Carolyn Rose Smeltzer

November 3, 1940 - September 16, 2017

Carolyn Rose Smeltzer, 76, of Smackover, passed away, Saturday, September 16, 2017, at her residence. She was born November 3, 1940, to George Wiley and Mary Leona Oliver Lotz in Smackover, AR. Carolyn was a member of Joyce City Baptist Church and worked as a secretary for Rutledge Properties. She is preceded in death by her parents; and husband, Lenord Wayne Smeltzer.Survivors include her two...
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Larry McCurry

May 7, 1944 - September 16, 2017

Larry McCurry went to be with his Heavenly Father on September 16. He was a devoted husband, father and friend. He was preceded in death by his father, Joe Dan McCurry and grandson, Jason Hogue. Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Wanda; daughters, Tammy McCloy (Bill) Lori Gadberry (Carroll) and son. Keith (Gretchen) McCurry; mother, Margie McCurry Cross. Grandchildren include Kris McCloy...
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Mittie Lee Wright

August 19, 1919 - September 13, 2017

Mittie Lee Wright, 98, of El Dorado, passed away Wednesday, September 13, 2017, at Timberlane Health and Rehab. She was born August 19, 1919, to James Clay and Mary Josie Langley Daniel in Camden, AR.She was a member of Harmony Baptist Church and formerly a member of Joyce City Baptist Church. Mittie was a homemaker.Preceding her in death are her parents; husband, G. Reed Wright; three brothers...
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James G. Simpson

May 23, 1944 - September 13, 2017

James Grady Simpson was carried by angels to his Heavenly home on September 13, 2017, around 4:30 a.m., shortly after reporting to work at J&K Trucking. James, age73, was retired from the El Dorado Fire Department and was a retired Farrier. He was the President of the Strickland Hunting Club and an active member of Parkview Baptist Church.He is survived by his wife, Terrie Simpson; his two...
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Sherwood Thurlkill

August 31, 1939 - September 13, 2017

Sherwood Thurlkill 78, of El Dorado went to be with his heavenly Father surrounded by friends and family on September 13, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter & Betha Thurlkill. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Frances Thurlkill; his sons, Kevin and Greg Thurlkill; his daughter, Shanna McLelland; two granddaughters, Cara & Haley & many cherished friends and...
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Frances Wharton

July 5, 1924 - September 11, 2017

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Rosa Muriel Langley

November 9, 1931 - September 11, 2017

Rosa Muriel Langley, 85 of Smackover, died September 11, 2017 at Life Touch Hospice House in El Dorado. Born on November 9, 1931 in Calion, she was the daughter of Charlie Willie Amason and Susie Iuela McGowan Amason.In her younger years she enjoyed cooking and sewing for her family and friends. She loved playing the piano and was a talented painter. She was very protective of her boys and...
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Donald Allen Younts

December 20, 1943 - September 10, 2017

Donald Allen Younts, Sr., 73, of El Dorado passed away Sunday, September 10, 2017 at the John R. Williamson Hospice House. Donald was a United States Army Veteran and was a member of Westside Baptist Church, the Lions Club Municipal Golf Course. Preceding him in death are his parents, F.R. Younts, Sr. and Roselee Lyons Younts; a daughter, Rebecca Anne Younts; a son-in-law, Jeffery Scott Morgan;,...
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Robert Duane McGuire

May 1, 1932 - September 8, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Young's Funeral Directors, El Dorado, AR.
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George Dennis Puckett

September 17, 1928 - September 8, 2017

George Dennis Puckett, 88 of Springdale formerly of El Dorado, died on Friday, September 8, 2017 at Circle of Life Hospice in Springdale, AR.Born on September 17, 1928 in Rison, AR; he was the son of John Gilbert Puckett and Elsie Lorene May Puckett. Dennis served in the Army. He was employed by Lion Oil and was the former city clerk for El Dorado. Dennis was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church....
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Richard Alan Wood

December 7, 1964 - September 8, 2017

Richard Alan "Ricky" Wood, 52 of El Dorado was eternally healed on Friday September 8th 2017 in Little Rock. His faith became his eyes as he went to be with his Lord and Savior surrounded by his family and many close friends. He was born December 7, 1964 in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. Survivors include his parents Leon and Betty Compton Wood of E l Dorado; his loving and devoted wife of 25...
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James Donald Tabor

April 30, 1928 - September 8, 2017

James (Pat) Donald Tabor, 89, of Smackover, AR, passed away peacefully on Friday, September 8, 2017 at the John R. Williamson Hospice House. He was born April 30, 1928 to George (Pat) Holland Tabor and Pearl Toler Tabor in El Dorado, AR. He realized his love for football while attending Smackover High School where he graduated from in 1946. He went to Ouachita Baptist University on a full...
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David Wayne Dison

August 31, 1954 - September 7, 2017

David Wayne Dison, 63 of El Dorado, passed away Thursday, September 7, 2017 at Baptist Health Center in Little Rock.Born August 31, 1954 in Warren, AR, he was the son of Jack and Geneva Lephiew Dison who preceded him in death. Mr. Dison was a truckdriver.Survivors include his wife, Paula Dison of El Dorado, a daughter, Stacy Lynn King (Lance) of Smackover, a son, Joseph Dison (Ebony Thomas) of...
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John Scott Meadows

October 19, 1984 - September 5, 2017

John Scott Meadows, Jr., 32, of El Dorado went to his Heavenly home, Tuesday, September 5, 2017. He was born October 19, 1984, to John Scott Meadows, Sr. and Heidi Giller Meadows in Little Rock, AR. He was a member of St. Mary's Episcopal Church. He loved God, family, and friends. He enjoyed the game of golf, the Arkansas Razorbacks, and the Dallas Cowboys. We wish to extend a big thank you to...
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Ruby Lee Godwin

August 26, 1920 - September 4, 2017

After having read and stockpiled the El Dorado News Times for many years and turning first to the Obituary section each morning, Ruby Lee Funderburg-Callaway-Godwin is now posted! Ruby, a Christian since 1935, transitioned from her earthly life on September 4, 2017 to meet God in Heaven and has been reunited with her friends and family who predeceased her. Ruby's Pentacostal mother must have ...
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Sara June Putman

June 25, 1929 - September 3, 2017

Sara June Putman, 88, of El Dorado was called home by the Lord to her heavenly home on Sunday, September 3, 2017 at the Medical Center of South Arkansas.Born June 25, 1929 in El Dorado, she was the daughter of Frank Regg Murphy and Mary Lenora Pate Murphy. June was a member of First Presbyterian Church and was an accomplished artist and performer. She loved to draw and paint as well as restore...
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Ronnie Jones

November 8, 1942 - September 2, 2017

Ronnie F. Jones, 74 of El Dorado, went peacefully to be with his Lord surrounded by his loving family Saturday, September 2, 2017 at the John R. Williamson Hospice House. Born November 8, 1942 he was the son of Harold Franklin and Dorothy Davis Jones. Mr. Jones was employed by Great Lakes Chemical Corp. as an operator and was a member of Trinity Baptist Church. He loved Jesus, his family and...
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Robert Stark

August 21, 1953 - September 1, 2017

Robert " Bob" Stark, 64, of El Dorado passed away Friday, September 1, 2017. Bob was born August 21, 1953 to William Alvin Stark and Sue Reese Stark.He was an El Dorado High School graduate and worked as a Heavy Equipment operator for many years. He is preceded in death by his father William A. Stark.Surviving him are his Mother Sue R. Stark of Garfield, Arkansas; his daughters Amber...
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Calen Hunter Summerville

January 29, 1996 - August 31, 2017

Calen Summerville, 21 of El Dorado, passed away Thursday, August 31, 2017. He was born January 29, 1996, in El Dorado, AR. He worked as a millwright for Conifex and was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church. He loved to hunt, grill, all outdoor sports and anything that involved spending time with his family. Preceding him in death are his grandparents, Janice Summerville, David Howe, and Delorse...
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Perry James Massey

November 18, 1968 - August 26, 2017

Perry James Massey, 48, of Smackover, passed away Saturday, August 26, 2017 at National Park Medical Center in Hot Springs, AR. He was born November 18, 1968 in Camden, AR.He was a loving husband, father, and son. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and the Razorbacks.Survivors include his wife, Katrina Massey; two sons, Dwaine and Samuel Massey; and his mother, Veleta Pannell.The family would like to...
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Marion Elizabeth Rainwater

June 18, 1933 - August 26, 2017

Marion Elizabeth Evans Rainwater, 84 of El Dorado, AR; died on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at Lifetouch Hospice.Born on June 18, 1933 in El Dorado, AR; she was the daughter of Bernard L. "Buster" Evans and Annie Lee Woodall Evans. A homemaker, Marion loved caring for her family. An artist, Marion arranged flowers from her garden, enjoyed doing crafts, oil painting and drew sketches. She also...
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James A. Jordan

January 18, 1933 - August 25, 2017

James A. Jordan, 84, of El Dorado, passed away Friday, August 25, 2017, at Hudson Memorial Nursing Home. He was born January, 18, 1933, to Glen C. and Agnes Ross Jordan in Tulip, AR. He was retired from Safeway, where he worked as the produce manager, and was a member of Marrable Hill Chapel. He was former state Vice President for the United Food and Commercial Workers Union. He enjoyed...
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Evon Janice Prewett

October 28, 1926 - August 25, 2017

Evon Slaton Prewett, 90, of El Dorado, passed away, Friday, August 25, 2017, at her residence. She was born October 28, 1926, to Arthur Verpo and Velma Mae Housel Slaton in Leighton, AL. She was a member of First Baptist Church in El Dorado and was a homemaker. On the rich farmland of northwest Alabama, Evon was born and on the rich delta earth of northeast Arkansas where she was raised. In...
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Zebbie Zeb Dunbar Chaney

July 15, 1915 - August 23, 2017

Zebbie (Zeb) Dunbar Chaney, 102, passed away on August 23, 2017, in El Dorado. Known as Zeb to friends and Dunbar to family, he was born July 15, 1915, in Zachary, Louisiana, to Zebulon C. Chaney and Mary Lula Whitehead Chaney. During high school he played American Legion baseball as a pitcher and held the strike out record for thirty five years. After graduating from Zachary High School in...
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Richard Eugene Perkins

November 6, 1925 - August 20, 2017

Richard E. "Dick" Perkins, 91, of Norphlet, passed away Sunday, August 20, 2017, at his residence. He was born November 6, 1925, to W.H. and Claudia Taylor Perkins in Smackover, AR.He was a Veteran of the United States Air Force and was a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He worked as the pipe line manager for Lion Oil for over 50 years and was an independent oil producer....
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Johnnie Pauline Rogers Cullins

April 22, 1922 - August 16, 2017

Pauline 'Polly' Rogers Cullins, 95 of Garfield, GA, formerly of El Dorado; died on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at Jenkins County Hospital in Millen, GA. She was born on April 22, 1922, to John Gilbert and Eunice Beesley Rogers in Oil City, LA. She retired from Warner Brown Hospital where she was an ICU nurse. She was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church. She loved God's word and was a Sunday School...
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Lena P. Spencer

January 8, 1921 - August 16, 2017

Lena Spencer, 96, of Springhill, LA, passed away, Wednesday, August 16, 2017. She was born January 8, 1921 to Frank and Helen Holt Weatherspoon in Varina, NC. She was of the Baptist faith and was a homemaker.Preceding her in death are her parents; seven brothers and sisters.Survivors include her husband of 26 years, Joe Garland Spencer of Springhill, LA; two sons, William Hall of Little Rock,...
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Jane C. Davis

October 28, 1945 - August 15, 2017

Jane Cecelia Ivy Davis left this earth on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 to go to her heavenly home. Jane was born October 28, 1945 in Staten Island, New York, to Sterling Ginn Ivy, Sr. and Lucille Mae Wilcken Ivy. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Henry L. Ivy, Georgia Primm, William F. Wilcken and Cecelia Miller Wilcken; her father; beloved brother, Sterling Ginn Ivy, Jr.; and stillborn...
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Pierce Albert Carroll

December 8, 1938 - August 14, 2017

Pierce A. Carroll, 78, of El Dorado, passed away Monday, August 14, 2017, at the John R. Williamson Hospice House. He was born to Edward and Inez Bigner Carroll in Hammond, LA.He was the owner and operator of Carroll's Radio Service for 25 years and was of the Baptist faith. Pierce was a Veteran of the United States Navy stationed in San Diego, CA and enjoyed fishing.He is preceded in death by...
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David Ben Fraser

October 20, 1926 - August 11, 2017

Dr. David Ben Fraser, 90 of El Dorado, passed away, Friday, August 11, 2017, at the John R. Williamson Hospice House in El Dorado. He was born October 20, 1926, to Malcolm Joseph Fraser and Edith Faber Fraser.Dr. Fraser graduated from high school at age 16. He attended the University of Texas for two years before being drafted. He served two years as a Navy Medic in 1945 and 1946. He graduated...
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John Michael Hartsfield

December 7, 1947 - August 11, 2017

John Michael "Mike" Hartsfield, 69 of El Dorado, passed away, Friday, August 11, 2017, at his residence in El Dorado. Born December 7, 1947, he was the son of John Benjamin and Nellie Cook Hartsfield who preceded him in death. Mike was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church and was employed by the United States Postal Service. Mike served four years in the United States Air Force during...
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Robert E. Park

February 3, 1938 - August 11, 2017

Robert "Ed" Park, 79 of El Dorado, passed away, Friday, August 11, 2017, at the John R. Williamson Hospice House in El Dorado. He was born February 3, 1938, to Marvin and Mabel Chastain Park in Stamps, AR.He was employed as a store manager for Continental EMSCO, selling oil field supplies and served in the United States Army Reserve After retirement, Ed worked for the El Dorado Foundry. Ed, an...
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Madrey Carelock

October 23, 1937 - August 11, 2017

Madrey Ann Cottrell Carelock, 79 of El Dorado passed away Friday, August 11, 2017 at her residence.Born October 23, 1937 in El Dorado, she was the daughter of Alvin David and Azalea Bailey Cottrell who preceded her in death. She was a very active member of Westside Baptist Church and was a devoted leader of the Joy Bible Study at Immanuel Baptist Church.Madrey was an excellent seamstress and...
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Raymond Taylor

February 17, 1975 - August 5, 2017

Raymond Taylor, 42, of Spearsville, LA, passed away, Saturday, August 5, 2017. He was born February 17, 1975, to Bennie Taylor, Sr. and Barbara Van Hook Taylor in Monroe, LA. He worked in construction and was of the Church of Christ faith.Preceding him in death are his parents.Survivors include his two brothers, Keith Taylor of Spearsville, LA, Bennie Taylor, Jr. of El Dorado; sister, Nena Snow...
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Linda Joyce Shelton

March 16, 1940 - August 4, 2017

Linda J. Shelton (formerly Linda Lauderdale), 77, of El Dorado, passed away Friday, August 4, 2017, at the John R. Williamson Hospice House. She was born March 16, 1940, to Clarence Preston and Maudie Devasier Hornbeck in Palestine, AR. She worked as a beautician in El Dorado for 35 years and also worked as a caregiver in Longview, TX. Linda enjoyed buying, selling and collecting antiques, and...
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Maurace Van Murray

June 19, 1943 - August 1, 2017

Van Murray, 74, of El Dorado, passed away Tuesday, August 1, 2017, at the John R. Williamson Hospice House. He was born June 19, 1943, to Fred Hudson and Princie Mae Byrnside Murray in Torrance, CA.He worked as an operator for BP Amoco in Texas City, TX for 30 years, was a member of the Local 4-449, and enjoyed restoring Willie Jeeps. After retirement, he and his wife traveled the United States...
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Douglas Cunningham

March 11, 1954 - July 29, 2017

Doug Cunningham, 63, of El Dorado, passed away, Saturday, July 29, 2017, at the Medical Center of South Arkansas. He was born March 11, 1954, to Stanley D. and Betty Ann Noe Cunningham in Tucson, AZ. He worked at Ken's Discount Building Materials and was a member of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church. Preceding him in death are his parents; and brother, David Cunningham.Survivors include his wife,...
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Billy Beene

June 2, 1929 - July 27, 2017

Billy Ray Beene, 88, of El Dorado, AR passed away at his residence on Thursday, July 27, 2017. Born on June 2, 1929 in El Dorado, AR; he was the son of Curtis Thomas Beene and Ethel Gunnels Beene. He retired in 1987 as maintenance superintendent for Columbia Carbon after 36 years employment. After his retirement he was the owner of Independent Motors and was the owner of several Cessna...
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Jack Edward Deckard

February 6, 1930 - July 27, 2017

Jack Edward Deckard, 87, of El Dorado passed away, Thursday, July 27, 2017, at the John R. Williamson Hospice House. He was born February 6, 1930, to Carl Edward and Catherine Caroline Holmes Deckard in El Dorado, AR. He worked as an operator at Monsanto for 30 years, and was a member of Bible Baptist Church. He enjoyed fishing, shoeing horses, and going to the American Legion dances with his...
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Caye Pope

November 17, 1948 - July 25, 2017

Caye Pope, 68, of Smackover, passed away, Tuesday, July 25, 2017, at UAMS in Little Rock, AR. She was born November 17, 1948, to Elton George and Lillian Hinton Cogburn in Smackover, AR.She retired from Smackover Nursing Home after a long career as an LPN and then continued with nursing by caring for her mother and the love of her life, her husband, Harry. Caye was a 1966 graduate of Smackover...
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Harold Columbus Nelson

January 19, 1919 - July 23, 2017

Harold Columbus Nelson, 98, of Friendswood, TX, and formerly of Strong and El Dorado passed away Sunday, July 23, 2017.He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Billie Pendleton Nelson of Friendswood and his son, David Nelson (and Donna) of El Lago, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Minnie Nelson, and sisters Ruth Little, Bernita Nelson, Thelma Thompson, and Mildred...
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Albert Rowell Hanna

February 12, 1943 - July 22, 2017

Albert Rowell Hanna, attorney and lifetime resident of El Dorado, passed away Saturday, July 22, 2017, at the age of 74. He was born on February 12, 1943. Albert graduated from Hendrix College in 1965 and received a Juris Doctor degree from the University Of Arkansas School Of Law. Albert also received a degree in Spanish from South Arkansas University. Albert enjoyed all nature and animals...
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Gloria Thompson

February 1, 1955 - July 21, 2017

Gloria Wilkins Thompson, 62, of Smackover passed away Friday, July 21, 2017 in Hot Springs.Born February 11, 1955 in El Dorado, she was the daughter of Kenneth David and Addie Lee Chelette Wilkins. Gloria was the assistant editor of the Smackover Journal and a member of First United Methodist Church. Along with visiting with family and friends, spending time with grandchildren she enjoyed...
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Doris Lee Lanehart

August 30, 1921 - July 20, 2017

Doris L. May Neal Lanehart, 95, passed away Thursday, July 20, 2017 at Timberlane Health & Rehab in El Dorado, Arkansas.She was born on August 30, 1921 in Texarkana, AR; she was the daughter of Joseph Albert May and Jenny Lee Shufflin May. Doris worked as a credit manager for Zales Jewelers, Hawkins Jewelers and Cook Jewelers for 50 years.She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Otis...
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Jimmy Douglas Shelton

March 10, 1932 - July 20, 2017

Doug Shelton, 85, of Alma, passed away Thursday, July 20, 2017 in Fort Smith after an 11-month battle with cancer. He was born March 10, 1932 in Norphlet, AR to the late Creighton and Eva Shelton. He was married to Betty Mott on October 21, 1960. An extremely shy young person, he went on to be quite the talker in later life. Friends have teased that if he'd had his knees replaced in high...
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Carroll E. Gadberry

December 7, 1954 - July 18, 2017

Carroll E. Gadberry, II passed away Tuesday, July 18, 2017 in El Dorado.Born December 7, 1954 in Forrest City, Arkansas the son of Carroll Eugene Gadberry, Sr. and Diamond Louise Cothran Gadberry. Mr. Gadberry was a diesel mechanic and attended Marrable Hill Chapel. He had retired from the Army National Guard after 21 years' service.Preceding him in death along with parents was a brother,...
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Billie Jane Vinson

October 28, 1928 - July 18, 2017

Billie Jane Vinson, 88, passed away Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at the John R. Williamson Hospice House in El Dorado, Arkansas. She was born on October 28, 1928 in Bolding, Arkansas; she was the daughter of Henry Tucker and Willie Edna Sinclair Tucker. Billie was a member of Marysville United Methodist Church. She was an employee of High Capacity for 30 years and was a member of the IBEW Local...
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Charles E. Estes

July 30, 1957 - July 17, 2017

Charles Estes, 59 passed away Sunday July 17, 2017. He was born July 30, 1957 to Charles N. and Leona Ferraro Estes, in San Diego California. He was an Army veteran and worked as a Branch Manager for Solar Supply for many years.He was an avid sportsman and had a great love for the outdoors. He was always up waiting for his sons and brother during hunting season. Charles is preceded by his...
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Judith A. Petty

October 3, 1946 - July 12, 2017

Judith Ann Petty, 70, of El Dorado passed away, Wednesday, July 12, 2017, at the Medical Center of South Arkansas. She was born October 3, 1946, to Randolph and Mattie Melton Stringfellow in El Dorado, AR.She was a member of College Avenue Church of Christ and previously worked as a data entry clerk at TOSCO and the Associated Pathology Lab. She enjoyed doing cross stitch, ceramics, crocheting,...
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Carolyn Bryant

February 11, 1941 - July 7, 2017

Carolyn Bryant, 76 of El Dorado, passed away Friday, July 7, 2017 in Hot Springs. Born February 11, 1941 in El Dorado, she was the daughter of John H. and Polly Burson Davidson. Mrs. Bryant was a retired school teacher and of the Assembly of God faith. Preceding her in death along with her parents was a brother, Larry Davidson. Survivors include her son John Bryant of Little Rock and a sister...
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Donald Ralph Barber

June 2, 1936 - July 5, 2017

Donald Ralph Barber, 81, of El Dorado, passed away, Wednesday, July 5, 2017, at the John R. Williamson Hospice House. He was born June 2, 1936, to Charlie Oscar and Willie Lee McCoy Barber in Newark, AR.He worked for Con-Agra as the personnel manager. Donald graduated from Arkansas State University in 1965. He served as a deacon, Sunday school teacher, and as a director in the couples class at...
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Verilee Gill

November 17, 1924 - July 4, 2017

Verilee "Vera" Gill, 92, of Smackover, AR passed away Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at the Medical Center of South Arkansas in El Dorado, AR. Born November 17, 1924 in Joyce City, Arkansas; she was the daughter of John Coleman and Arzetta Dillahunt. Vera was a homemaker who enjoyed fishing, gardening and caring for family. She was a member and an active missionary of Olive Light AME. Vera was preceded...
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Judie Ann Smith

December 20, 1947 - July 4, 2017

Judie Ann Smith, 69, of El Dorado, passed away on Tuesday, July 4, 2017, at Oak Ridge Nursing and Rehabilitation. She was born on December 20, 1947, the only child to John D. and Viola M. Schmidt-Thomas. From an early age, she developed a passion for animals and rescued and raised countless critters until her health left her unable to do so. She was a florist for many years and owned The Flower...
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John C. Hastings

November 16, 1933 - June 30, 2017

John Charles Hastings, 83 of El Dorado passed away Friday, June 30, 2017 at the John R. Williamson Hospice House. Born November 16, 1933 in El Dorado, he was the son of Charles E. and Clara B. Smith Hastings. Mr. Hastings was a 1951 graduate of El Dorado High School and later received his B. S. degree from LSU. He served in the U. S. Air Force as pilot...
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