Jerry Lacefield, 90

MARCH 2 1934 - JUNE 30 2024

Joy Geraldine ‘Jerry’ Lacefield, age 90, passed away on Sunday, June 30, 2024, at her home in Lakeview, Arkansas. Jerry was born on March 2, 1934, in McClelland, Arkansas to Elmer and Ora Clem Flanery. She graduated from Cotton Plant High School in 1952 and Baptist School of Nursing in Little Rock in 1954. After receiving a proposal by way of an engagement ring sent through the mail wrapped in a handkerchief (and having it fly across the room when it was opened - a story she loved to tell!), she wed the love of her life, Roger Lacefield, on November 6, 1954, in Hernando, Mississippi. They were married 68 years before he preceded her in death in December 2022. Jerry became a proud mother of three children; Len, Joanna, and Chris, and spent many years supporting their school, church, and extracurricular activities. As her children married and began families of their own, she delighted in her role as a grandmother. Her grandchildren always looked forward to a visit to MaMaw's house, because it usually involved ice cream! Jerry was a woman of faith who loved the Lord. She and her family established their church home at First Baptist Church in Cotton Plant. She served as a Sunday School teacher, choir member, and worship music leader. If there was anything happening at the church, you could count on her to be there. She was also a longtime member of the Cotton Plant Hypsion Club, worked alongside Roger with the local chapter of both the Lions Club and Gideons International, and volunteered at the food bank in her community. In her free time, she loved working in her yard where she grew and maintained many beautiful flowers. Jerry lived a full life and will be greatly missed by those who were blessed to know her. In addition to her husband, Jerry was preceded in death by her parents, and her brother, Jessie Flanery. She is survived by her children, Len (Jim) Ragsdell of Greenbrier, Joanna Lacefield of Lakeview, and Chris (Lisa) Lacefield of Mountain Home; her brother, Doyle Flanery; her grandchildren, Jessica (Johnny) DeLoach, Tiffany Ragsdell, Aaron (Cassie) Smith, Lukas Smith, Jonah Lacefield, and Ella Lacefield; and eleven great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 7, at First Baptist Church in Cotton Plant. The service will begin at 2:00 p.m., with the Reverends Billy Duncan and Mack Davis officiating; burial will follow at Cotton Plant Memorial Cemetery. Those serving as pallbearers are Tracy Flanery, Aaron Smith, Johnny DeLoach, Jacob Smith, Chris Stowe, and Jonah Lacefield. Honorary pallbearers are Jim Ragsdell, Lukas Smith, Lance Whitney, Ron Nicholson, and Thomas Cooper. Anyone wishing to honor the life of Jerry may consider memorials gifted to First Baptist Church Cotton Plant, PO Box 115, Cotton Plant, Arkansas, 72036, or Hospice of the Ozarks, 811 Burnett Dr., Mountain Home, Arkansas, 72653.

DELMAR WILLIAM LONGRADER, 77

JUNE 13 1947 - JUNE 29 2024

Delmar William Longrader, 77, passed away peacefully on June 29th, 2024. He was born in Forrest City on June 13th, 1947, to the late Phillip Dolar Longrader and Jewell Perry Longrader.  As with many of his peers, Delmar enlisted into the United States Army in 1965 after graduating from Hunter High School.  He bravely served our country in Vietnam until his honorable discharge. At this point Delmar returned to Hunter to begin his life as a farmer. When not working in the fields, Delmar enjoyed hunting and fishing for various wildlife. As a young man, he was a guide for duck hunters.  As a grandfather, he loved to hunt with his two granddaughters at the deer camp in Dagmar. During his daily activities - and it didn’t matter if he was in the woods, on the water, or even at the doctor’s office – Delmar was going to have his sweet tea jug with him. Delmar is preceded in death by his parents, Phillip and Jewell; and one brother, Phillip Paul Longrader.  He is survived by his daughter, Desha (David) Jackson; two granddaughters, Madison, and MaKenzie Jackson; one sister, Janice Abbott; one niece, two nephews, and a host of other family and friends. A funeral service will be held at Fowler Funeral Home on July 2nd at 2:00 pm with visitation one hour prior.  Burial to follow at Hunter Cemetery.  

GERALD WILLIAM HENLEY, 41

MARCH 4 1983 - JUNE 19 2024

Gerald William Henley, 41, passed away due to a sudden and unexpected medical episode on June 19th, 2024. He was born on March 4th, 1983, to Graylon “Bud” Henley and Sandra Ferguson Henley.  Gerald was a tender-hearted, people person with a quick smile who loved unconditionally. He would help his family, friends and strangers with anything and everything that needed to be done.  He was also an accomplished cook who enjoyed hosting barbeques.  Gerald loved baseball and the Dallas Cowboys football team, but his favorite pastime was fishing with his sons for catfish on the various local bodies of water.   Along with his children, Gerald was a lover of his dogs and cats.  His love extended to scary movies as well. As was evident by the number of times he watched “Halloween” – and besides Christmas, Halloween was his favorite holiday. Gerald is survived by his wife, Michelle Evans Henley.  They briefly dated in high school before reconnecting years later through Facebook. They were married on November 16th, 2010.  In addition to Michelle, he leaves behind a large family including his parents, Buddy and Sandra; two sons, Haiden Wayne Merl Henley, and Jaxsyn Levi Henley; one daughter, Madison Paige McKenzie; one brother, BJ Henley; a slew of aunts and uncles; scores of cousins; and a host of other family and friends.  He is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, James and Sarah Ferguson, and his paternal grandparents, James and Lottie Henley. There will be a memorial service at Fowler Funeral Home on Saturday, June 29th at 10:00 am.

JUDY ANN HOOD, 74

SEPTEMBER 3 1949 - JUNE 17 2024

Judy Ann Hood, 74, passed away at home on June 17th, 2024.  She was born in Brinkley to the late Marvin Allan Rigdon and Anna Lee Gross Rigdon on September 3rd, 1949. Judy is a 1967 Alumni of Brinkley High School. She married Larry Hood in 1968, the year he got out of Boot Camp for the National Guard.  Judy studied art and enjoyed oil painting various fruits and flowers. She was also the bookkeeper for Larry’s wholesale fuel business. Judy is survived by her husband of 56 years, Larry Hood; mother, Ann Rigdon; two grandsons Christoper Hood, and Mark Allan Hood; one brother Donald Rigdon and a host of other family and friends.  She is preceded in death by her father, Marvin Allan Rigdon; one son, Kirk Allan Hood.  A graveside service will be held at Upper Cemetery on Wednesday, June 19th at 10:00 am.

Erma Rolene Baxter, 82

AUGUST 22 1941 - MAY 29 2024

Erma Rolene Baxter, 82, of Monroe passed away peacefully on May 29th, 2024. She was born on August 22nd, 1941, in Brinkley to the late William Cooper Strickland and Velma Carnett Strickland. Rolene, as everyone called her, was preceded in death by her parents, and three brothers, Jerry Strickland, Larry Strickland, and Lewis Strickland. She leaves behind a large family to cherish her memory: her loving husband of 52 years, Don Baxter; one son, Darrell (Millie) Strickland of Carlise; granddaughters, Chelsey (Zach) Adams of Lonoke; and of Memphis, Lindsey (Nathan) Riley with one on-the-way great grandson, Hudson - who is due to be born on what would be Rolene’s 83rd birthday; those surviving Rolene also include two stepsons, Donnie (Debbie) Alexander with two children: Billy Alexander, and Alex Wade along with her daughter, Amelia, and Joey (Becky) Alexander with two children: Lily and Daisy; one brother, W.C. Strickland of Grady; six sisters, Helen (Bud) Horn of Brinkley, Betty Joe Tate of Batesville, Dorothy Smith of Jonesboro, Carla Clay of Ward, Marla (Mike) Walker of Beebe, and Paula (Donald) Clark of Brinkley along with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Funeral services will be held at Brinkley M.B. Church on Saturday June 1st, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. with visitation one hour prior. Burial to follow at Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Brinkley. 

MARY LOU SCALLON, 92

OCTOBER 21 1931 - MAY 5 2024

Mary Lou Scallon, 92, was born on October 21, 1931, to Nellie Evans. She passed away on May 5, 2024, at the Springs of Brinkley in Brinkley, Arkansas. Mary was preceded in death by her mother, Nellie Evans, her first husband and the father to her four children, Robert Bennett, and Bob Scallorn, her second husband. Mary was the last surviving of her 6 siblings, Ray Evans, Betty Morris, Melvin Cook, Raymond Cook, Harold Cook and Carolyn Terry. Mary Lou is survived by her children, Rodger and Melinda Bennett, Jerry Bennett, Randy and Linda Bennett all of Holly Grove, Arkansas and Bonnie and Jerry Varner of Hot Springs, Arkansas, her grandchildren, Stacy Bennett, Tracy Bennett, Shaun and Katherine Bennett, Kevin and Erin Varner, Michael and Sarah Varner, Wesley and April Bennett, Jennifer Michas, Karla Selles,  and also her great grandchildren, Ryce Bennett, River Bennett, Ben Varner, Mary Kate Varner, Jack Bennett, Aubrey Selles and two Bonus great grands, Burke and Winnie Adams. She is also survived by 4 sisters in laws, Kathy Cook, Marie Cook, Gertrude Richardson, Teena Dailey, Beverly Gestring and a host of the sweetest nieces, nephews and friends. Also, Mary Lou, will be leaving behind her best friend, Clara Spears and some others that were very important in her life at The Springs of Brinkley, Nurse Penny and Nurse Lori, Nurses’ aides, Kaitlyn, McKenzie, Hayley and Tori and Hospice Nurses Adam and Hannah and hospice aide Elizabeth. As per her request, there will be a graveside service on May 7th, at 10:00 a.m. at the Upper Cemetery.

I.B. WILLIAMS, 100

LESLIE "NEAL" HENDRIX

ROMEY MAURICE BYRD

Glenda Fay Tefteller

BILLIE JEAN BRASWELL

Johnny Ray Morrow, 81, of MOnroe