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Obituaries (Week of Dec. 7, 2015)


Betty Lee Brock

Betty Lee Hill Brock, 86, of Dierks, Ark., died Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, in Dierks.

She was born Feb. 27, 1929, in Dierks, the daughter of the late Jim and Rosie Choate Hill.  She was a homemaker and member of the Dierks Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by a number of brothers and sisters.

Survivors include: her husband of 67 years, Cletus Brock; two daughters, Joan Williamson, and Patricia Bissell and husband, Terry Bissell; a son, Tim Brock and wife, Debbie, all of Dierks; also grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015, at the Dierks Church of Christ with James McRae, Bill Paxton and Lance Lowrey officiating. Burial followed in Dierks Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

The family received friends from 6-7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4tat the funeral home in Dierks.

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M. Elaine Hoelscher, St. Vincent's Infirmary, 1948, Color 600ppi

Madonna Elaine

Thennes Hoelscher

Pocahontas-  Madonna Elaine (Thennes) Hoelscher, 90, passed away on Friday, Nov., 27, 2015, at St. Bernard Medical Center in Jonesboro after a brief illness.

Elaine was born on May 15, 1925, in Jonesboro, Ark., to Matthew (Mathias) Anton Thennes and Genevieve Ula (Difani) Thennes.

Elaine graduated from St. Paul Catholic School in Pocahontas as the valedictorian in May 1944. She worked at Oak Ridge, Tenn., from 1944-45, with her family on what later would become known as the secret WWII project to build the first atomic weapon. She then attended St. Vincent Infirmary School of Nursing in Little Rock, Ark., and graduated at the top of her class in 1949. Elaine then worked for Dr. Matthew A. Baltz and later for Dr. Thomas DeClerk in Pocahontas. Elaine married James (Jim) E. Hoelscher at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Pocahontas on Sept. 6, 1952. She became a registered nurse and later worked at the VA Hospital and U. of A. Infirmary in Fayetteville while Jim attended college. After the family moved to Walnut Ridge, she worked as a nurse at the Lawrence County Memorial Hospital and later at the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) in Lawrence County. The family then moved to Nashville, Ark., where she worked for Dr. Smith, M.D. from 1964-65, as the director of the Golden Age Nursing Home from 1965-66, and later as for the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) as the Public Health Nurse for Howard County beginning in 1966. There she greatly expanded services offered including vaccination, mid-wife, family planning, health education and services, a new health department building, and other programs all based on the needs of the entire community. Elaine moved back to Pocahontas in the early 1980, worked as the ADH Public Health Nurse for Randolph County, and retired in 1987 after twenty years of service to the state. She worked tirelessly throughout her entire nursing career to improve public health in Arkansas. Elaine lived on the family farm on Hoelscher Lane west of Pocahontas until 1998 when she moved into the Outlook Pointe/Elmcroft assisted care center and then finally into the Pocahontas Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.

Elaine is a past member of the American Public Health Association (APHA), APHA Southern Branch, and the Arkansas Public Health Nurses Association. She had received numerous awards and citations during her long public health career.

She is survived by her sister, Clara Price (Dean), Lawrence, Kans., daughter Dr. Linda Sanders (Jim), Jones, Okla., son James Jr., Fayetteville, Ark., son Joe (Lorri), Baldwin City, Kans., and daughter Betty (Elizabeth), Owego, NY; five grandchildren Dr. Jason Sanders, M.D., Oklahoma City, Olka., Catherine Williams, Lawton, Okla., Leah Hoelscher, Noah Hoelscher, and Eli Hoelscher, Kans., and four great grandchildren Natalie Nixon and Brian Williams, Lawton, Okla., Will and Luke Sanders, Oklahoma City, Okla., and over 30 nieces and nephews.

Elaine was preceded in death by husband James E. Hoelscher; son Edward Michael; her parents; six brothers, Matthew Clemons, Jacob (JL), Matthew (Junior), Joe (Colonel), Mike, and John (Pat); and five sisters Genevieve Baltz (Henry), Ula DeClerk (Thomas), Mercedes Ryan (Andy), Vera Thennes, and Clementine Thennes.

Visitation was 5-7 p.m. with Rosary after 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 1, at McNabb Funeral Home in Pocahontas. Funeral mass was at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 2, at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Pocahontas. The graveside service was held afterwards at St. Paul cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church Parish Life Center fund or to the charity of your choice in her memory.

Pallbearers: Joe Hoelscher, James Hoelscher, Leah Hoelscher, Betty Hoeelscher, Mitch Baltz, David Baltz.


Mabel Lorene

Payte Strasner

Mabel Lorene Payte Strasner, age 93, a resident of Umpire, Ark., died Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015, in Hot Springs, Ark.

She was born Aug. 14, 1922 in Bonnerdale, Ark. She was a homemaker and a member of the Umpire Free Holiness Church.

Mrs. Strasner was preceded in death by her parents, Edmond and Addie Kizar Payte; her husband, Olin Basil Strasner; a great-grandson, Kaleb Luke Strasner; and three brothers, Ray, Jim and John Payte.

She is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Donald and Donna Strasner of Umpire, Ark., Ken and Sharon Strasner of Dierks, and Kerry and Laura Strasner of Umpire; 6 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mrs. Strasner were at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015, in the Umpire Free Holiness Church with Don Vaughn and Jerry Strasner officiating. Burial followed in the Cedar Hill Cemetery under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the Cedar Hill Cemetery Association, 236 Krantz Rd., Dierks, AR 71833

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Mary Mildred Gammil

Mary Mildred Gammill 80, of Russellville, Ark., died Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015 in Russellville.

She was born Oct. 20, 1935 in Nashville. She was a retired registered nurse.

She was preceded in death by her husband Raymond A. Gammill.

Survivors include: three daughters, Rita Dove of Russellville, Debbie Fontaine of Magnolia, and Trish Henry of Russellville; one brother, Wayne Hicks of Nashville, and one sister, Cindee Cochrane of Wichita, Kan.; also grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015 in East Memorial Gardens in Texarkana with Rev. Don Tedford officiating.

The family received friends at East Funeral Home-Downtown Tuesday prior to the graveside.


Bobby Gene Quinn

Mr. Bobby Gene Quinn, age 79, a resident of Dierks, Ark., died Monday, Dec. 7, 2015, in Dierks.

He was born Aug. 3, 1936 in Dierks. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran, a minister for 20 years at the Athens Church of Christ, former owner of Bobby’s Drive-In, a farmer, rancher and member of the Dierks Church of Christ.

Mr. Quinn was preceded in death by his parents, Oliver Leslie and Annie Bell Green Quinn; one brother, O.L. Quinn, Jr.; and a brother-in-law, Charles Moore.

He is survived by his wife, Sue Quinn of Dierks; two sons and daughters-in-law, Marty and Kelley Quinn of Claremore, Okla., and Anthony and Cathy Quinn of Nashville, Ark.; one daughter and son-in-law, Kenya and Jeff Heifner of Dierks; one brother and sister-in-law, A.C. and Shirley Quinn of Tom Bean, Texas; one sister, Mary Moore of Dierks; seven grandchildren, Luke Quinn, Blake Quinn, Chase Quinn, Lynsay Quinn, Braden Heifner, Tyler Quinn and Travis Turner; seven great-grandchildren, Kayden, Aneesa, Logan, Landon, Karsyn, Conner, and Kyptin; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Mr. Quinn will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015 in the Dierks Church of Christ with Michael Howard officiating. Burial will follow in the Dierks Cemetery, under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015 at the Dierks Church of Christ.

Pallbearers will be his grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Bobby Quinn Scholarship Fund at the Diamond Bank in Dierks.

You may register on-line at www.wilkersonfuneralhomes.com.

Annie Mae Harris

Annie Mae (Rhodes) Harris, 90, of Delight, died Dec. 4, 2015 in Benton.

She was born March 25, 1925, near Murfreesboro, the daughter of the late Patrick and Cynthia A. Riley Rhodes.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Travis Harris; her brothers, Ludis, Earl and Bill Rhodes.

Survivors include: her daughter, Patricia Struble and husband, Bill.

Visitation was 11-1 Tuesday, Dec. 8, with the funeral to follow at Latimer Funeral Home with Larry Miller officiating. Burial followed in Bowen Cemetery near Delight under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home, Murfreesboro.

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