Our Obituaries

Gerry M. Bussell

August 9, 1952 - January 27, 2018

Gerry Michael Bussell, 65, of Smackover passed away January 27, 2018 after a brief illness at the John R. Williamson Hospice House.Gerry was born August 9, 1952, tenth child of Ed and Hazelteen White Bussell. A long time oil field worker, he was currently employed by ArkLaTx Operating. He was preceded in death by his parents, oldest brother Mitchell, infant brother Ed, Jr., and granddaughter...
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Rebecca Glass

October 5, 1957 - January 27, 2018

Rebecca Ann Glass passed away on January 27, 2018. She was born October 5. 1957 in El Dorado, Ar. She went quietly into the arms of Jesus surrounded by family. She had strong Christian beliefs and witnessed to whom all she met. She is survived by one son, Jeffery Mantooth, of El Dorado, AR. and one daughter, Hannah Glass of Hot Springs, AR. A brother who cared for her in so many ways, Charles...
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Bobby J. Wilson

June 18, 1934 - January 26, 2018

Bobby J. Wilson, 83 of Norphlet, passed away Friday, January 26, 2018 at the John R. Williamson Hospice House.Born June 18, 1934 in Village, AR, he was the son of Dawson and Bernice Clanton Wilson, who preceded him in death. Mr. Wilson had been employed as a truck driver with Prescolite Industries.Survivors include two daughters, Ronda Strickland (Timmie) of Baytown, TX and Nancy Wilson of...
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Ronald Yarbrough

June 21, 1944 - January 25, 2018

Ronald Roy Yarbrough, 73, passed away on January 25, 2018, at his home in El Dorado. He was born June 21, 1944, in Smackover, Arkansas, to Roy Albert Yarbrough and Violet Maude Tinsley Yarbrough.Born during World War II, Ron was 18 months old before his father saw him at the end of the war. Ron graduated from El Dorado High School in 1962 and continued his education at Southern State College in...
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Sarah Powell Kinard

December 28, 1935 - January 25, 2018

Sarah Lou Powell Kinard passed from this life to her eternal home with God through Christ Jesus, her Lord and Savior since the age of twelve, on Thursday, January 25, 2018. Sarah was born December 28, 1935, three miles north of Junction City, Arkansas in her childhood home. She is preceded in death by her mother Effie Inell Amason Powell, her father, Diamond Dewey Powell, her first husband,...
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Joe Cary Ross

July 11, 1938 - January 24, 2018

Joe C. Ross, 79, of El Dorado, AR; died on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at Pleasant Valley Living Center in Little Rock, AR. Born on July 11, 1938 in El Dorado, AR; Joe was the son of Joe Toney Ross and Modena Cary Ross. Joe as co-owner of Ross Nursery was a noted landscape architect. He was active in Arkansas Nurseryman and landscape architect associations. He received his degree from LSU where...
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Katherine Lynn Greer

July 11, 1959 - January 23, 2018

Katherine Lynn Greer, 58 of Norphlet passed away Tuesday, January 23, 2018 in Little Rock.Born July 11, 1959 in El Dorado, she was the daughter of Robert Lee and Sylvia Diane Hollier Johnston. Mrs. Greer was a homemaker and a former EMT.Survivors include her husband, John M. Greer of Norphlet, daughters, Margie Lorraine Slaughter of El Dorado and Christina Renee Duschak of Ringgold, LA and two...
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William Thomas Hearnsberger

October 13, 1935 - January 23, 2018

William "Bill" Thomas Hearsnberger, Sr., of El Dorado, passed away, Tuesday, January 23, 2018, at his residence. He was born October 13, 1934, to James Robert and Hazel House Hearnsberger in Thornton, AR. Bill retired as Vice President of J.A. West Company, where he worked for over 35 years. Later he worked as manager of Bank and Business Systems in El Dorado. He was an active member of St....
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Claire Bryant Whatley

December 8, 1925 - January 22, 2018

Eva Claire Bryant Whatley, 92 of El Dorado, passed from this life on Monday, January 22, 2018. She was born December 8th, 1925, to Porter Bryant and Quince Phillips Bryant in El Dorado. Claire, or Mony, as she was lovingly called by her grandchildren and many others, was a lifelong seeker of knowledge and a history teacher at El Dorado High for over 20 years. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from...
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Lois A. Johnson

March 11, 1925 - January 19, 2018

Lois Ann Johnson, 92, of El Dorado, passed away on 19 January, 2018, at Life Touch Hospice in El Dorado, AR. She was born in Stanton, Nebraska on 11 March 1925, to Harrold and Leone Wilson. She was a member of Dumas Memorial United Methodist Church. Lois enjoyed league bowling and traveling to visiting family.She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Patty and Lorraine, brother Darwin ...
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Charles Hargett

September 10, 1939 - January 18, 2018

Reverend Charles Monroe Hargett, 78, of Brandon, Mississippi, peacefully went home to be with Jesus on January 17, 2018.At his request, there will be no public funeral, and private graveside services will be held for family and friends at Rest Haven Memorial Gardens in El Dorado, Arkansas, Saturday, January 20, at 11:00 a.m.Brother Charles Hargett was a native of El Dorado, AR; a long time...
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Helen Thelma Liles

July 23, 1928 - January 18, 2018

Helen T. Liles, 89, of El Dorado, passed away, Thursday, January 18, 2018, at Magnolia Regional Medical Center. She was born July 23, 1928, to Errette Newton and Nettie Pearl Nichols Miller in Stamps, AR.She was retired from the Medical Center of South Arkansas. Helen was a member of Hillsboro Church of Christ, the VFW Auxiliary, past member of the Pilot Club International, and the Medical...
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Sarah D. Humble

August 14, 1930 - January 17, 2018

Sarah Bratton Humble, 87 of El Dorado, made her transition to her heavenly home Wednesday, January 17, 2018 where she gained her seat in God's heavenly choir. She was born to Gordon and Joycie Bratton on August 14, 1930 in Lake Village.She united in marriage with Jimmy Humble on July 5, 1948 and spent 62 years with him before he was called home. Together they raised four children. Sarah worked...
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Carolyn Hall

November 9, 1941 - January 16, 2018


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Dolores Sams

December 4, 1932 - January 15, 2018

Dolores Eugenia Jones Sams went home to be with the Lord on January 15, 2018 at Timberlane Health and Rehab where she had resided for the last year and a half. She was 85 years old. Dolores was born is McComb, Mississippi in 1932 to Arthur J. Jones and Annie Louise Kennedy Jones. She lived most of her life in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Dolores graduated from LSU with a degree in secondary...
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John S. M. Benson

February 20, 1927 - January 12, 2018

John Schuler McKinney Benson, Sr. , 90 of El Dorado passed away Friday, January 12, 2018, in Little Rock, AR. He was born on February 20, 1927, to Ralph N. and Carrie S. Benson in El Dorado, AR.He attended El Dorado public schools and graduated from Riverside Military Academy in Gainesville, GA. He was appointed and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD in 1949. After...
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Norma Joyce Phelps

June 28, 1931 - January 12, 2018

Norma Joyce Phelps, daughter of the late Jack G. Mayo and Mattie Francis Duncan, born June 28, 1931 in Waldo, Arkansas, passed away Friday, January 12, 2018 at the age of 86. Norma enjoyed attending church and participating with the 50+ group, bible studies and creating beautiful artwork. She is survived by her two daughters, Renee Thornton of Lake Charles and Judy Erickson and husband, Gary of...
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Bobbie Nell Farrar

October 22, 1942 - January 12, 2018

Bobbie Nell Farrar, 75, of El Dorado, AR passed away Friday, January 12, 2018. Born October 22, 1942 in El Dorado, Arkansas; she was the daughter of Vigil L. and Dessie D. Harbour. Bobbie worked for United Insurance Agency and was an administrative assistant in the Union County Clerk Court office. Bobbie volunteered for Operation Christmas Child and was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church....
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Betty Sue Roberts

January 11, 1934 - January 11, 2018

Betty Sue Roberts, 84, of El Dorado, passed away, Thursday, January 11, 2018, in Little Rock, AR. She was born January 11, 1934, to Gus and Ozella Hemphill Barker in Smackover, AR.She was retired from J.C. Penney, where she worked as manager in the Catalog Department. Betty was of the Presbyterian Faith.Preceding her in death are her parents; husband, Donald Edward Roberts; daughter, Linda G....
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Wanda Lee Younts

January 24, 1946 - January 11, 2018

Wanda Younts, 71, of Smackover, passed away, Thursday, January 11, 2018, at the John R. Williamson Hospice House in El Dorado. She was born January 24, 1946, to Oral Lynch and Jewell Moore Lynch. She worked for J.C. Penny as a payroll manager at McCain Mall in North Little Rock, AR. Wanda loved children and before working at J.C. Penny's she worked as a preschool teacher at Westside Baptist...
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Winfred Earl May

June 14, 1935 - January 9, 2018

Winfred Earl "Winkie" May was born June 14, 1935, to Victor Dow and Bertha McCool May of Sheridan. He was the 4th of 5 boys. Winkie went to heaven on Tuesday, January 9, 2018.He was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers Victor, Jimmy Dale, and Freddie May.He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Betty Catherine Gean May and two daughters; Marsha Turner and Karrie Cates (Allen); and one...
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Darrell Wayne Cole

January 29, 1934 - January 9, 2018

Darrell W. Cole, 83, of El Dorado, passed away Tuesday, January 9, 2018, at UAMS in Little Rock, AR. He was born January 29, 1934, to Lloyd and Nettie Allison Cole in Beech Gove, AR. He was a United States Air Force Veteran, station in Turkey, Guam, and Thailand. He was employed at SAU Tech in Camden, AR for 20 years, and was of the Baptist faith. He was an avid golfer, playing at the El...
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Charles H. Spooner

January 30, 1928 - January 9, 2018

Charles H. Spooner, 89 of Junction City, LA, passed away January 9, 2018 at his residence.Born January 30, 1928 in Junction City, he was the son of Tom and Anna Rhodes Spooner, who preceded him in death. Mr. Spooner had retired from Monsanto Chemical Corp after 49 years' service. Charles had served in the U. S. Navy during World War II and was a member of First United Methodist Church of...
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Alice Raye Norris

February 11, 1936 - January 9, 2018

Alice Raye Norris, 81 of El Dorado, AR; died on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at her home. Born on February 11, 1936 in El Dorado, AR; she was the daughter of Wallace Wood and Dena Geneva Givens Wood. Alice was the former office manager for Schuler Drilling for 37 years. She enjoyed reading. Alice was an active member of Antioch Church of Christ. Alice was preceded in death by her parents; her...
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Herbert Edwin Carver

November 14, 1955 - January 8, 2018

Herbert Edwin Carver, Jr., 62, passed away Monday, January 8, 2018. He was born November 14, 1955, in Wichita, Kansas. He worked as a roughneck for Lartex Oil Company.Preceding him in death are his father, Herbert Edwin Carver, Sr., and a brother, Harvey Joe Hanson.Survivors include his mother, Carmeta Montgomery Carver of Louann; sister, Patricia Jackson (Terry) of Louann; son Jack David...
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Eula Mae Butler

February 1, 1929 - January 8, 2018

Eula Mae 'Sparkie' Butler, 88 of El Dorado, AR; died on Monday, January 8, 2018 at her home in El Dorado. Born on February 1, 1929 in Lawson, AR; Sparkie was the daughter of William Nathaniel Sparks and Sisley Fitzgerald Sparks. A long-time resident of Smackover and member of the First Baptist Church Smackover. Sparkie moved to El Dorado in 1976 to be closer to her family after the death of her...
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Myrtle Kathryn Borchert

August 1, 1921 - January 6, 2018

Myrtle Kathryn Ferguson Borchert, 96, went to be with the Lord Saturday, January 6, 2018 at Hospice Home Care in Little Rock, Arkansas.Born August 1, 1921 in Humphrey, Arkansas, she was one of eleven children of Jessie and Alma Louise Garrison Ferguson.Preceding her in death along with her parents were her husband of 70 years, Louis Borchert and five brothers, Fremont, Leo, Larry, Bill and Mac...
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Melba Jean Pepper

July 13, 1944 - January 6, 2018

Melba Jean Harbour Pepper, 73 of El Dorado, passed away Saturday, January 6, 2018 at Oak Ridge Nursing Home.Born July 13, 1944 in El Dorado, she was the daughter of Winton and Estelle Chandler Ogden. She was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith.She was preceded in death by her parents, an infant sister, a brother, JW Ogden and her first husband, Chester Harbour.Survivors include her husband,...
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Janet P. Stuart

December 27, 1922 - January 5, 2018

Janet Stuart, 95, died Friday, January 5, in El Dorado, at Medical Center of South Arkansas. Born Janet Eleanor Pachter on December 27, 1922, in Memphis, Tennessee, she was the daughter of Ruby and Henry Pachter of Webb, Mississippi. She spent the first five years of her life in the Mississippi Delta before her family moved to Memphis. She was graduated from Central High School in Memphis and...
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Wanda J. McCurry

March 1, 1943 - January 3, 2018

Wanda McCurry, 73, went to be with her Heavenly Father on January 3, 2018, at Courtyard Health and Rehab. Wanda was born on March 1, 1943 and was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. She married Larry McCurry on December 1, 1962 in El Dorado, AR where they continued to live. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church. She loved spending time with her family, traveling,...
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Vickie Bruton

July 11, 1953 - December 31, 2017

Vickie I. Bruton, 64, of Bernice, LA, passed away Sunday, December 31, 2017. She was born July 11, 1953, to Dudley Bill Addison and Gloria Sehon Addison in Barksdale Air Force Base.She worked for Western Electric in Shreveport, and was active member Glory Ministries in Junction City. She was a creative person that enjoyed painting and writing poems, and she had a great sense of humor. She is...
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Albert Franklin Warren

October 19, 1942 - December 31, 2017

Albert Franklin Warren was born in El Dorado, Arkansas in 1942 and passed away at 5:00 PM on December 31, 2017 in El Dorado after a lengthy illness. He was a resident at Hudson Nursing Home.He attended El Dorado High School where he was active in sports and campus life, lettering in football. He was an accomplished dancer and was a requested regular member of the troupe on KNOE T.V's Saturday...
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Donald Roy Delk

January 31, 1931 - December 27, 2017

Donald Roy Delk, age 86, went to be with the Lord, surrounded by his loving family, on December 27, 2017 at his home in Knoxville, Tennessee.He was born on January 31, 1931 in Norphlet, Arkansas to Vance Truman and Mabel Ozella Sempe Delk. He graduated from Norphlet High School in 1949. He enlisted in the Army several years later and served in the Korean War from 1951 to 1953, where he was...
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Elizabeth Elizabeth Stangenberg

January 9, 1922 - December 27, 2017

Elizabeth Stangenberg, 95, of El Dorado, passed away Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at Courtyard Nursing & Rehabilitation. She was born January 9, 1922 in Alexandria, LA to Thomas Clyde Dawkins and Josephine Lily Wear Dawkins. Before retiring Elizabeth worked as a secretary for Ramo-Wooldridge Corp. and was a member of Mt. Union Baptist Church. She was a true southern lady. Preceding her in death...
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Gerald Eugene Young

November 6, 1933 - December 26, 2017

Gerald Eugene "Jerry" Young, 84, of El Dorado, passed away, Tuesday, December 26, 2017, at the Medical Center of South Arkansas. He was born November 6, 1933, to the late Oswald George and Isla Harriett Hjerlied Young in Black River Falls, Wisconsin.Mr. Young, along with his wife, Alice Jean, was the owner and manager of Young's Funeral Directors from 1960 to 1994. He was a veteran of the...
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Claudia Marie Norris

September 20, 1926 - December 25, 2017

Claudia Marie Norris, 91, of Strong, AR; died on Monday, December 25, 2017 at Hudson Memorial Nursing Home. Born on September 20, 1926 in El Dorado, Arkansas; she was the daughter of Ernest Eugene Smith and Susie Elizabeth Ogden Smith. Claudia was a loving wife, mother and nanny. Claudia had been an active member of The First Baptist Church of Strong, where she served as church secretary for 10...
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Edward Haynie

October 3, 1960 - December 24, 2017

Edward Lynn Haynie, 57, of El Dorado, passed away Sunday, December 24, 2017. He was born October 3, 1960 in El Dorado, AR. Edward worked as a self-employed painter. Preceding him in death are father, James Edward Haynie; and brother, William Charles Anderson.Survivors include his mother, Mary Haynie of El Dorado; brother, Royce Dale Anderson of El Dorado; niece, Michelle Entler of Conway; and...
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Joyce M. Gardner

October 10, 1931 - December 24, 2017

Joyce M. Smith Gardner, retired teacher and church instrumentalist, passed away December 24, 2017.Ms. Gardner taught in the Smackover Public School District from 1972 until 1992. She was accepted as a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society in 1967. Ms. Gardner, along with her husband, Lewis Gardner, served as church musicians at Old Union Baptist Church from 1972 until 1992. After retirement...
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Bobby Lee Lynn

September 28, 1926 - December 23, 2017

Bobby Lee Lynn, 91, left this earthly home, December , 23, 2017 for heaven. He is from El Dorado, AR, but because of health complications had lived in Little Rock since 2014.He was a proud veteran of World War II. He was a Private First Class in the army and awarded the WWII Victory Medal. Part of his army career was spent in Holland. He loved the beautiful flowers especially tulips. He...
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Phyllis Nadine Harrison

March 5, 1946 - December 21, 2017

Phyllis Harrison, 71, of El Dorado passed away Thursday December 21, 2017 at the Medical Center of South Arkansas.Born March 5, 1946 in Memphis, TN she was the daughter of Albert Street Shelton and Lois Rhodes Shelton. Mrs. Harrison had been a bookkeeper for Compton, Prewett, Hickey, Thomas and Shepherd, Attorneys. She had attended the University of Memphis and enjoyed fishing, puzzles and...
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Thaddeus Daniel Winn

June 10, 1930 - December 21, 2017

Thaddeus Daniel "Dan" Winn, 87, of El Dorado, stepped into eternity, on Thursday, December 21, 2017, at the John R. Williamson Hospice House. He was born June 10, 1930, to Byron Daniel and Helen Mar Burnside Winn in El Dorado, AR. Dan was a Veteran of the United States Air Force, during the Korean War and attended Hendrix College and Louisiana Tech University. He married Shirley Hall in 1961,...
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Donald Ray Cody

May 8, 1929 - December 19, 2017

Don Cody, 88, of Calion, passed away Tuesday, December 19, 2017. He was born May 8, 1929 to Gilbert C. Cody, Sr. and Anna Dolores Shank Cody in Willows, OK.He was a Veteran of the United States Navy, serving in the Korean War on the USS Los Angeles, a graduate of Oklahoma State University, and was a fan of the Oklahoma Sooners and the Dallas Cowboys. Don started his career as a sales...
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Teresa Diane Purifoy Murry

August 23, 1963 - December 19, 2017

Teresa D. Murry, 54, passed away Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at the Medical Center of South Arkansas. Teresa was born August 23, 1963 in El Dorado , AR to Aubrey Earl Jones and Betty E. Burgess. Teresa was a front office manager of Country Inn and Suites for several years. She was a member of Strong Assembly of God. Teresa was a loving wife and mother who loved to praise the Lord with song. Her...
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Frances Daniel

April 5, 1943 - December 18, 2017

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Billy C. Morgan

February 3, 1936 - December 17, 2017

Billy C. Morgan, 81, of Parkers Chapel passed away Sunday, December 17, 2017 at Hudson Memorial Nursing Home. Born on February 3, 1936, he was the son of William Canady and Ruthie McEachern Morgan.Billy was owner/operator of Barnes Sign Service until his retirement in 2010. He greatly enjoyed hunting and fishing, most especially each spring turkey hunting in the Ouachita Mountains. He was a...
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Wanda C. Smith

March 12, 1931 - December 15, 2017

Wanda Christine Smith, 86 of El Dorado passed away Friday, December 15, 2017 at the John R. Williamson Hospice House. She was born March 12, 1931, in El Dorado, and was the daughter of Robert and Birdie Lawrence Pyle. During Wanda's life, she was a member of Cupples' Bowling Team and competed in tournaments all over the United States. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, an...
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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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Jewell Barnum Poole

April 23, 1926 - October 4, 2017

Jewell Barnum Poole, 91, of El Dorado, passed away, Wednesday, October 4, 2017, at the John R. Williamson Hospice House. He was born April 23, 1926, to Claude and Inez Joiner Poole in Lapile, AR. He was a 1944 graduate of El Dorado High School, and member of East Main Baptist Church. He retired from Amoco and also worked for Root Oil and Pam Am. Preceding him in death are his parents; and wife,...
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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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