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Obituaries (Week of April 11, 2016)


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Patrick Eugene Backus

Patrick Eugene Backus, age 47, of Nashville, Ark., passed away Wednesday, April 6, 2016 in Texarkana, Texas. He was born April 11, 1968 in Texarkana, Texas to Al Backus and Lizabeth Bates Bell.

Patrick was of the Baptist Faith. He loved going to concerts, going out to eat, watching Wheel of Fortune and all game shows, but most of all he loved listening to music. He had taken dance lessons earlier in his life and was an excellent dancer. Patrick had received worker of the month at the work activity center at Howard County Children’s Center and also received an award for most improved client from Wayside.

He was preceded in death by his father, Al Backus, and a sister, Julie Backus Fatherree.

His survivors include his mother, Lizabeth and husband, Harold D. Bell, of Mineral Springs; brothers, Charlie and John Backus of Broken Arrow, Okla.; a special Uncle and Aunt, O.E. and wife Anita Bates of Tulsa, Okla.; his Howard County Children’s Center friends and family and the entire staff, who dearly loved him, as well as a large host of other family and friends. Patrick will be dearly missed by all.

Services were Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 10 a.m. at Nashville Funeral Home with Bro. Jimmy Dale officiating. The family received friends at the funeral home on Friday night from 6 to 8 p.m. You may send the family an online sympathy message to www.nashvillefh.com. Memorials may be made to the Howard County Children’s Center, 1577 Hwy. 371 West, Nashville , AR 71852 in his memory. A private graveside service will be held at a later date.

Mary Gwendolyn Roesing

Mary Gwendolyn Roesing, age 82 of Nashville, Ark., passed away, Friday, April 8, 2016 in Nashville.

She was born Nov. 26, 1933 in Bingen, Ark., to the late Arley and Elsie Davidson Chism. She was a retired Home Health Caregiver and a homemaker.

She was known for her quick wit, and she loved to read. Even in the nursing home she could read a book in one day. She loved music, laughter, and loved to cook. She also loved family and church gatherings. She was a member of the Hopewell Baptist Church in Ashdown, Ark.

Preceding her in death were her parents; a grandson, Christopher Staggs; a brother, Jimmy Chism; a son, Dennis Dwayne Edwards; and her husband, Tommy Roesing.

Her survivors include: a son, Gene Edwards of Little Rock; daughter, Jacque Tollett of Nashville; a son, Garry Edwards of Nashville; a daughter, Terri Lea Worthington of Nashville; and a step-daughter, Deb Erwin of Nashville; grandchildren, Michael Paul Edwards, Justin Edwards, Jason Edwards, Chad Staggs, Bradley Burnett, Chelsie Nolen, Drake Staggs, and Gracie Hoover; also five great-grandchildren, as well as a host of other family and friends.

Graveside services were Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at 2 p.m. at Bluff Springs Cemetery near Nashville under the direction of Nashville Funeral Home. A speaker was Kith Schofner. The family received friends on Monday night from 6-8 at the funeral home. You may send the family an online sympathy message to www.nashvillefh.com.

Ivan Frank  Hill

Ivan Frank Hill, 81 of McCaskill, died Monday, April 4, 2016 in McCaskill.

He was born Dec. 2, 1934 in Pisgah, Ark., to the late Eli H. and Ruth M. Mcoroy Hill.

He was a retired farmer and mechanic.

he was preceded in death by a brother, Sam Hill, and a sister, Evelin Nivens.

Survivors include: his wife, Linda Hill of McCaskill; children, Kay Walters and husband, Gary, of McCaskill, Joshua Walters and wife, Amy, of Nashville, and Daniel Walters of Blevins, Ivan Eugene Hill of McCaskill, Edward Eli Hill of Mineral Springs, Terry Lynn Hill of McCaskill, James Matthew Hill of McCaskill; siblings Trudy Voshburg of Danville, Thomas Hill of Hooks, Texas, Sue Henderson of Delight, and George Hill of McCaskill.

Services were scheduled for Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 2 p.m. at Nashville Funeral Home with Kenny Vosburg officiating. Interment will follow in Delight Cemetery under the direction of Nashville Funeral Home. The family will receive friends on Wednesday night at the funeral home from 6 to 8.

Send the family an online sympathy message to nashvillefh.com.

Benjamin Williamson

Benjamin Williamson, 78, of Ozan, died April 4, 2016 in Texarkana.

He was born Jan. 18, 1938 in Prescott, the son of the late Wyatt T. Williamson and Elister Williamson.

He was retired from Tyson and was a member of Antioch Baptist Church in Emmett.

Survivors include: his wife, Eltiser Williamson of Ozan; two sons, Benny Williamson, Jr., and Brandon Williamson; eight daughters, Marilyn Manning, Karen Williamson, Dinell Williamson, Inell Williamson, Marla Williamson, Allison Shaw, Tina Sasser and Angela Beckford; four sisters, Velma Chambers, Bobbie MacFadden, Essie Morrison and Helen Mathis; also grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were 11 a.m. Saturday, Aril 9, 2016 at Antioch Baptist Church in Emmett with Rev. Brandon Williamson officiating. Burial followed at Antioch Cemetery. Funeral services under direction of A.O. Smith Funeral Home.

Johnny Wayne Davis

Johnny Wayne Davis, 67, of Dierks, died Friday, April 8, 2016, at his home.

He was born in De Queen on Jan. 29, 1949, the son of the late John L. and Doris Marie Moore Davis.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War, and was a retired retired millwright at  Weyerhaeuser in Dierks.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Linda Ann Jackson Davis, and a sister, Joyce Marie Davis Lott.

Survivors include: his wife of 24 years, Cindy Taylor Davis of Dierks; four sons, John Bradley Davis, Christopher Edward Davis, Kyle Wayne Davis and wife, Kourtney, and Coby Lewis Davis; two daughters, Teresa Ann Davis and husband, Jimmy, and Carli Michelle Davis, all of Dierks; Also grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Graveside military funeral services were at 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 12, 2016, in the Dierks Cemetery with Bro. Duane Alspaw officiating under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home in Dierks.

Visitation was 6-8 Monday, April 11 at the funeral home in Dierks.

Register on-line at wilkersonfuneralhomes.com.

Laura Lynn Smith

Laura Lynn Smith 60, of Nashville, died Friday, April 8, 2016 at her home.

She was born Sept. 15, 1955, the daughter of the late Alan Hershel and Lawana Wiggins Justman.

She was an LPN and attended the Marlbrook Baptist Church in Blevins.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford Douglas Smith; a brother, Robert Justman, and a sister, Wanda Ellen Coons.

Survivors include: two sons, Douglas Alan Smith and wife, Jennifer, of Tulsa, Okla., and  Robert Eli Smith of Stillwell, Okla.; two brothers, Mark Justman of El Centro, Calif., and John Justman of Arizona; also, a granddaughter.

Memorial services were at 2 p.m. Monday, April 11, at the Latimer Funeral Home Chapel in Nashville. 

Send an online sympathy message at latimerfuneralhome.com.

Ruby Etta Jester Krantz

Ruby Etta Jester Krantz, 88, of Dierks, Arkansas died Sunday, April 10, 2016.

She was born Oct. 3, 1927, in Dierks, the daughter of the late Curt and Bertie Johnson Jester.

She was retired from Weyerhaeuser and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Dierks.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John D. Krantz, and a brother, William “Bunny” Jester.

Survivors include: two sons, Jimmy Krantz, and Robert Krantz and wife, Brenda; two daughters, Susy Callaway, and Wanda Heifner and husband, David, all of Dierks; a sister, Betty Gynell Lacefield of De Queen; also grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside funeral services under the direction of Wilkerson Funeral Home were at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, 2016, in the Dierks Cemetery with Jerry Jester and David Blase officiating.

The family received friends from 6-8 p.m., Monday, April 11, 2016, at the funeral home in De Queen.

Register on-line at wilkersonfuneralhomes.com.

Hershel Gibson Ward

Hershel (Paw Paw) Gilson Ward, 82 of Nashville, died Sunday, April 10, 2016 at his home in Nashville.

He was born Sept. 18, 1933 in Bodcaw, to the late Lee and Mary Beck Ward.

He was an Air Force Veteran of the Korean War.

Preceding him in death was his wife, Vada Jean Ward, and siblings Curtis, Wiley, Garner, Leda, Josie, Reesie and Virgie.

Survivor include: a son, Mike Ward, and a daughter, Pam Carver; a brother, Tee Ward; also grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at Nashville Funeral Home on Wednesday night April 13, 2016 from 6 to 8. Send the family an online sympathy message to nashvillefh.com.

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Kaylan Summer


Kylan Summer Hendrix-Brown, 38, of Houston, Texas, passed away on Sunday, April 10, 2016 in Houston.

She was born on April 9, 1978 in Hope, the daughter of David Leslie Hendrix and Shauna (Cheek) Ponton.

Summer was a funeral director and worked for the postal service in Houston, Texas. She did volunteer work at the United Way Senior Citizens and the Mercy Tree Homeless Shelter.

She is survived by her beloved son, Austin Gage Kuykendall of Houston, Texas. Gage was her whole world, she loved him above all else.

She is also survived by her father, David Hendrix of Antoine; her mother and stepfather, Shauna and Howell Ponton of Houston, Texas; grandmother, Faye Cheek of Delight; one brother, Danny Hendrix of Antoine; two sisters, Season Hendrix of Delight, and Deanna Hendrix of Dallas, Texas; and two nephews, Tristan Hendrix-Nash of Delight, Ark., and Jaxson Hendrix of Dallas, Texas. A host of other relatives and friends mourn her passing.

Services will be 2 p.m., Thursday, April 14, at the Crossroad Assembly of God Church in Delight. Burial to follow at Delight Cemetery under the direction of Latimer Funeral Home, Murfreesboro.

Visitation will be Friday from 6-8 p.m. at Latimer Funeral Home in Murfreesboro.

Pallbearers will be Nap Nash, Tommy Henderson, Adam Hill, Jerry Thompson, Justin Cheek, and Jonathon Cheek.

You may send an online sympathy message to www.latimerfuneralhome.com.

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