BILLIE JOYCE SKINNER SIMPSON, 89

mAY 3 1931 - OCTOBER 19 2020

Billie “Bam Baw” Skinner Simpson, 89, passed away on October 19th, 2020. She was born on May 3rd, 1931 to the late John B. and Lurah King Skinner and was raised in the Bethlehem community between Brinkley and Clarendon, Arkansas. She grew up on the farm and lived in a home that was her former schoolhouse where she spent most of her life. Billie was a gifted seamstress and loved making clothes. She worked at Van Heusen shirt factory for over 25 years. Eventually, she would open her own upholstery shop in her home in the early 1980s. More than this, she loved her Lord Jesus and His Church. As a member of Clarendon Missionary Baptist Church and former member of Bethlehem Missionary Baptist, she was a children’s choir director for many years and taught Sunday School for teens and adult ladies. She was married to Leroy Simpson who was the love of her life. The two of them took kids to youth camps throughout the early years of their 54-year marriage. Billie was an amazing example of a Christian wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. She was a hard worker, an excellent cook, and loved hosting people in her home. Each and every Sunday, she would prepare a feast for anyone who would come for a visit. She is survived by her sister Margaret Perkins, children, Diane Simpson Vance (Danny) and Kenny Simpson (Donna), grandchildren Ken Simpson (Keri), Heather McCarty (Chris),  Tyler Vance (Angie), Kevin Simpson (Katie), Drew Vance (Susan), and great-grandchildren, Samuel McCarty, Jared Vance, Daniel McCarty, Seth Vance, Shelby Simpson, Connor Simpson, Ian Vance, Michael McCarty, Sidney Simpson, Tommy Vance, Nate Vance, Tyson Vance, Hailey Simpson, Maci Kate Simpson, and many extended family members and friends. She was preceded in death by brothers Robert, Arnold, and Max Skinner. All guests attending the Graveside services at Shady Grove Cemetery on Wednesday, October 21st at 11:00 am are asked to wear proper face masks and practice social distancing. Visitation will start 10:30 am. 

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14

DOROTHY SEVERE

JULY 14 1927 - OCTOBER 10 2020

Dorothy Imogene Severe, age 93 passed away on Saturday, October 10, 2020 at her home in Brinkley, Arkansas. Mrs. Severe was born July 14, 1927 near Hagler, Arkansas to the late Clarence E. And Bessie (Bagwell) Hildebrand. She was united in marriage to Wayne E. Severe on September 19, 1944 in Clarendon, Arkansas. Mrs. Severe was a housewife, and Bookkeeper for their family business Brinkley Electrical Service. She enjoyed sewing, fishing, camping, gardening, and spending time with her children and grandchildren. She was a long-time member of The American Legion Ladies Auxiliary. She was a member of Park Avenue Missionary Baptist Church in Stuttgart. She is survived by one son, Don Severe of Brinkley; two daughters, Romana Hoover of Memphis, and Chantay Tefteller of Brinkley. She has four grandchildren and seven Great-grandchildren.   Graveside service will be at the Lone Tree Cemetery Pavilion in Stuttgart, Arkansas on Wednesday, October 14th at 2:00 pm with a visitation a half hour prior. 

BARBARA HOLMES

MARCH 18 1949 - SEPTEMBER 29 2020

Barbara Grace Davis Holmes (Bobbey) (MeMe) went to be with the Lord on September 29, 2020. She passed at her home in Romance, Arkansas surrounded by family after a long battle with COPD. Bobbey was born on March 18, 1949, in Little Rock, to W.A. Davis Jr. and Gloria Ann Davis Staggs. She is one of three children. Bobbey attended Lawson Elementary and Cloverdale Jr. High and High School. She graduated from LaVern’s Beauty College in 1967, and while there received trophies and awards for best in her class. She received first place in competitions
featuring iconic hairstyles defining the 1960’s and 1970’s, specifically the flip and beehive. Throughout her lifelong career of a beautician, she worked for Mane Event in Little Rock, owned Bobbey’s Hair Fashions, also in Little Rock, and Bobbey’s Mane Event, a shop she opened in Brinkley and retired from. She was
exceptionally talented evident by her many customers who happily drove over an hour, one way, every week to sit in her salon chair after she relocated. Bobbey regularly volunteered many hours of her time to work with cancer patients at organizations like Locks of Love. Second to her relationship with God, her children were the most important part of her life. She masterfully designed two of her homes, and there she enjoyed caring for her family. She cross stitched and loved working in her yard. Bobbey was preceded in death by her father and mother, W.A. Davis Jr and Gloria
Ann Staggs. Left to cherish Bobbey’s memories are her loving husband of 22 years, Stanley Holmes. Her three children: daughter, Crystal (CeCee) Parker Cochrane & husband, Robert Joe of Cotton Plant, son, Bobby Shane Parker of Cotton Plant, &
son, Shawn Carol Parker & wife, Wendy and stepchildren Garrett and Rachel of Quitman. Bobbey’s grandchildren: River Studer of Cotton Plant, Nicholas Ray Parker; wife, Ashley of Hunter, Blakely Sprouse of Maumelle, and Adyson Walter of Mabelvale. Her three great grandchildren: Alyssa, Ashlyn, and Nicholas Jr. of Hunter. Her siblings: brother, W.A. Davis III; wife, Denise of Storey; sister,
Sharon Kay Andrews of Alexander, her nieces, nephews, stepchildren; many dear friends. She will be  greatly missed by her family; all whose lives (and hair) she has touched. Bobbey was a very private person and did not like being the center of attention.
Therefore, per her wishes, there will be no public viewing. Following cremation by Dial and Dudley,  owler Funeral Home will assist with a graveside ceremony at Oaklawn Cemetery in Brinkley, Arkansas held on October 10, 2020 at 3 p.m.

Proverbs 31:31 “Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.”

Mark 11:25 “And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in Heaven may forgive you your sins.”

John 15:12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.”

JOAN CAROLYN CATLETT, 80

JANUARY 10 1949 - SEPTEMBER 29 2020

Joan Carolyn Catlett, 80, passed from this earth to her heavenly home with the Lord on September 29th, 2020 after a courageous battle with Pancreatic Cancer. Joan, or JoAnn, as she was fondly called by many family and friends, was born on January 10th, 1940, in Clarendon, Arkansas to the late James Elmer "Toad" Norwood Sr and Maude Corinne Hurst Norwood. She was the third of three children and the only girl born into the family.   Joan was a graduate of Clarendon High School and supported the Mighty Lions as a cheerleader in the mid-50's.  When not in school, Joan was a familiar face at Bo & Jan's Cafe, where she worked filling many customer and food service duties. In August 1963, Joan married the late Donald Gene Catlett, also of Clarendon and three children were born in the marriage of 37 years. Joan was a member of Clarendon Missionary Baptist Church. Her lifelong skill and passion was sewing and quilting for her family. In years past, attending Bluegrass music parks and making friends of like-kind were her and Don's pastime of enjoyment getaways. Survivors include two daughters, Donna Jo Aker of Clarendon, and Deborah Jane "Dusty" Boschung, and husband, Charles of St. Mary's, Georgia; one son, David Jon Catlett of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; two brothers, James Elmer "Jim" Jr and wife Darlene of Lancaster, California, William Andrew "Bill" Norwood and wife Margaret of Zeeland, Michigan; six grandchildren Meagan, Lauren, Jazmine, Drew, Morgan, Chelsea; seven great-grandchildren, Gabe, Levi, Zoey, Carson, Bentlee, Olivia, and Tony; along with other family and friends. 

Graveside services will be held at Shady Grove Cemetery, Clarendon on Friday, October 2nd at 11:00 am. 

Mary Katheryn Wallace, 68, passed away on September, 28th 2020 in North Little Rock, Arkansas. She was born on June 8th, 1952 in McCrory, Arkansas to the late Everett Harold Tucker and Pauline Fraze Tucker. 

Mary was a Pharmacy Technician for several years for a man who had contracted polio. She was his legs and arms as he was confined to a wheelchair.  Mary would collect the medication and fill the bottles all the while helping assist with the daily operations.  Mary was a caregiver by her nature. She took care of her sister-in-law who was battling dementia for several years.  Most recently she stayed with Albert Grizzle six-nights-a-week caring for him until she ended up in the hospital herself.  She and Albert passed away within a week of each other. 

Mary was a decade long member of the 1st Assembly of God in Brinkley.  She enjoyed singing with her family and listening to Gospel music.  In her younger years, Mary loved to have weekend fish fries.  She also enjoyed crafting, especially beaded jewelry.   She will be remembered by her two children as the best mother they could have had; and by her Yorkie, Max, whom she loved to spoil. 

Mary is preceded in death by her parents; her spouse, Earl Wayne Wallace; and three brothers, Larry, Clifton, and Lynn Tucker.  Those remaining to cherish her memory are son, Kevin (Shelley) Wallace; daughter, Kim Wallace; brother, Tommy (Stella) Tucker; four grandchildren, Dakota Wallace, Montana Wallace, Kolby Hollowell, Kayla Dixon; four great-grandchildren, Alex Dixon, Gracelyn Dixon, Chole Dixon, and Weston Sneed; along with other family and friends.  Funeral services will be held at 1st Assembly of God, Brinkley on Thursday, October 1st, 2020 at 2:00 pm with visitation one hour prior.  Burial to follow at White Hall Cemetery, McCrory.

Shannon Lee Spears

AUGUST 10 1987 - SEPTEMBER 14 2020

Shannon Lee Spears, 33, passed away with her boyfriend of five years, LaTerrance Ray "Sugar Ray" Brown, on September 14th, 2020 due to a tragic motor vehicle accident.  Shannon was born on August 10th, 1987 to Curtis Spears and Debbie Bogard.  Shannon was a self-taught artist who loved painting, especially the Razorbacks. Anywhere Shannon went it seemed that there was music playing.  It didn't matter what type, as long as the music was loud, Shannon would happily listen to it. Several years ago a special cause was presented to Shannon; it was a cause that would literally have a permanent impact.   Shannon and her oldest daughter, Autumn, tattooed matching 'Semicolon Suicide Awareness Symbols' onto their wrists.  It represents hope even to this day. Shannon leaves behind many who will cherish her memory, including, father, Curtis; mother Debbie; one son Robert Sullins; two daughters, Autumn Sullins, and Kaitlyn Sullins; one brother, B.J. Kellensworth; grandmother, Clara (late Robert) Spears; her favorite uncle in the whole world whom she loved to pester constantly, Jimmy Spears; two aunts, Teressa (Clem) Hickman, and Ann (late Robert) Clemons; along with one niece, Ryan Kellensworth and a host of other family and friends. A graveside service for Shannon will be held on Saturday, September 19th at Prospect Cemetery, Moro with visitation the same day at Fowler Funeral Home from 10:00 am until noon.  Tribute viedo is pending.

ROBIN WADE OLLIS

October 29 1967 - august 30 2020

Robin Wade Ollis, 52, of Hazen passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by family on August 30th, 2020. Robin was born in Brinkley on October 29th, 1967 to the late Lester Ollis and Evelyn Burns Ollis.   Robin graduated from Brinkley High School in 1986 and joined the United States Navy shortly thereafter. After his Honorable Discharge, Robin spent eight years in Wisconsin making car parts. When Robin first went to the factory to inquire about a job, he was told that there were no openings. This did not dissuade him as he went back the very next day to ask again. After being questioned about showing up two days in a row, Robin stated he would show up every day until someone quit and they gave him a job. Well, no one quit but on the fourth day, the man in charge said he would find something for Robin to work on. That decision was a good one for the company as he was a dedicated and loyal employee before moving back home to Arkansas for good. Once back home, Robin originally went to work for the automotive company Hazen Powder Parts and spent eight years there before the factory shut down.  At this point, in his forties, he studied day and night to pass the test to become a Nephrology Laboratory Technician. He continued in this profession until his death. Robin put his faith in Jesus and was a member of the Brinkley Church of Christ. He was in bad health for many years and spent a lot of time praying. Those remaining to cherish his memory are his mother, Evelyn Brown; son, Jacob Williard; step-son, Justin "J.J." Strauss; and step-daughter, Hailey Strauss; step-grandchildren, Seth, Max, Allie, and Charlee Strauss; along with his aunt Delois Davis and other family and friends. Graveside service will be at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020 at Shiloh Cemetery, Holly Grove.

I.B. WILLIAMS, 100

LESLIE "NEAL" HENDRIX

ROMEY MAURICE BYRD

Glenda Fay Tefteller

BILLIE JEAN BRASWELL

Johnny Ray Morrow, 81, of MOnroe