BETTY COE MAVITY, 82
JULY 28 1939 - JANUARY 21 2022
Betty Coe Mavity, 82, passed away at the Des Arc Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on January 21st, 2022. She was born on July 28th, 1939, to the late Robert “Tick” Plumlee and Mary “Snookie” Dyer Plumlee in Clarendon, Arkansas. Betty was married to Gene Mavity from 1962 until his death in 2013. They were blessed with one son, Todd Mavity, during their marriage. Betty was a lifetime resident of Clarendon where she was employed for thirty years as a Par-Pro at the Clarendon School District. She was an avid reader of romance novels and enjoyed trading fifty cents at Fitzgerald’s slot machines in return for an entertaining time. Betty is preceded in death by her parents, Tick and Snookie Plumlee; and her spouse of over 50 years, Gene. Those remaining to cherish her memory are one son, Todd; two sisters, Georgia (late Bob) Weaver, and Pam (Roger) Stubblefield; one niece, CleAnn (Jeremy) Brown; two nephews, Keith Weaver; Kevin (David) Weaver; three great-nephews, Blaine Brown, Mitchell Weaver, and Jackson Weaver; along with a host of other family and friends. Memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Clarendon at 2:00 pm on Saturday, January 29th with visitation one hour prior. Private burial will be at Shady Grove Cemetery, Clarendon.
MELBA JEWELL DONAVAN, 90
JULY 1 1931 - JANUARY 15 2022
Melba Jewell Dunavan, 90, of Blackton, Arkansas passed away in the early hours of January 15th, 2022. She was born to the late Jack and Donie Tellison on July 1st, 1931. She went to school in Blackton, Clarendon, and Holly Grove. She was married to Robert Dunavan Sr. on June 19th, 1948, and made their home in Blackton, where she was a lifetime resident.
She wore many hats during her life. She was a farmer, Post Mistress at Blackton Post Office, and a seamstress while working at Van Heusen, Bobbie Brooks, Farris Fashions, and Munro Company. In her later years, she devoted her time to raising a large garden. She was a very caring individual. She went out of her way to help those in need. She always loved to call and check on her family and friends. She was Baptist by faith and was baptized on August 16th, 1963.
She was preceded in death by both her parents, Jack and Donie; her husband, Robert; along with two sons, Robert “Bobby” Dunavan, Jr., and Willian “Billy” Dunavan; one grandson, Brandon Dunavan; one sister, Vadna Hickman. Survivors include two sons, Dickie Dunavan of Blackton, and Dale (Maurine) Dunavan of Monroe; one daughter, Thelma (Phil) Lawson of Forrest City; daughters-in-law, Brenda Dunavan of Ragtown, and Glenda Arnett of Brinkley; grandchildren, Laura (Kerry) Ward of Helena, Matthew (Melanie) Dunavan of Holly Grove, Brian (Lonna) Dunavan of Searcy, Patricia (Barrett) Flagg of Little Rock, Blake Dunavan of Brinkley, John (Tiffany) Wallace of Des Arc; along with 14 greatgrandchildren and a host of other family and friends.
The family would like to thank her caregiver, Sheila Hendrix, for all she had done. Melba was the caretaker of Blackton Cemetery since 1969; in lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to the cemetery in the care of Merchant Planters Bank in Clarendon.
Graveside service will be at Blackton Cemetery on Monday, January 17th at 2:00 pm.
DRENDA KAY KING, 75
DECEMBER 31 1946 - DECEMBER 31 2021
Drenda Kay King, 75, of Enola, Arkansas passed away at home in her sleep on December 31st, 2021. She was born on December 31st, 1946, in Iraan, Texas to the late William Robert Loftin, and Jessie Jewel Loftin. In 1948, her family moved to Arkansas, eventually settling in Augusta where she graduated from high school. In 1963, she married Alfred O. King of Cotton Plant where she began her family – having two sons, Alfred O’Neal King, Jr., and William Paul King. She was a mother full of love, not only for her sons but for many nieces and nephews. Drenda and Alfred shared a life-long passion for raising and preserving the heritage of the Llewellin Setter Bird Dog.
Drenda was preceded in death by her parents; along with her husband, Alfred; and sister, Florence Marie Boehm. Those remaining to cherish her memory are two sons, O’Neal King of Enola, and Bill (Kim) King of Greenbriar; two brothers, Steve, and Bill Loftin; one sister, Helen Loftin; five grandsons, Kent, Paul, Brandon, Eli, and Logan King; along with a host of other family and friends.
Drenda’s funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on January 8th at Fowler Funeral Home, Brinkley with visitation one hour prior. Burial to follow at Cotton Plant Cemetery.
DALE LEE HENLEY, 60
DECEMBER 28 1960 - DECEMBER 27 2021
Dale Lee Henley, 60, passed away on December 27th, 2021, surrounded by his family at his home in Blackton, Arkansas. Dale was born on December 28th, 1960 in Marianna, Arkansas to the late James and Lottie Henley and was of the Pentecostal faith. Dale was employed for Bennette Farms for more than thirteen years and loved to mechanic things broken along with raising gardens. His passion was woodworking, including building porches and decks. He was an outdoorsman who was most happy when spending time with his friends and family - especially the grandkids and his loving fur-baby, Sissy. Dale was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, James, Billy Wayne, and Johnny Henley. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Phyllis of Blackton, Arkansas; five daughters, Veronica of Benton, Arkansas, Tabitha of Fort Pierce, Florida, Betty (Buster) of Stuttgart, Arkansas, Michelle (John) of McRae, Arkansas, Sylvia (Tim) of Brinkley, Arkansas; one son Phillip (Mica) of Beebe, Arkansas; one brother Buddy (Sandy) of Brinkley, Arkansas; two sisters, Connie (Larry) of Stuttgart, Arkansas, and Brenda (Steve) of Biscoe, Arkansas; sixteen grandchildren, Tyler, Blakely, Kaitlyn, Delana, Hollee, Kylee, Jesse, Landon, T.J., Kaylee, Ryan, Jolissa, Jayden, Jakob, Remington, and Presley; one great-grandson on the way, and Sissy his fur baby. Dale's family would like to send a special thank you to Elite Hospice for the care they provided and a special thank you to Tina. Visitation will be Wednesday, December 29th from 6:00 - 8:00 pm at Fowler Funeral Home, Brinkley with his funeral service on Thursday, December 30th at 2:00 pm. Burial to follow at Blackton Cemetery.
PAULA SUE MORRISON, 74
JULY 6 1947 - DECEMBER 22 2021
Paula Morrison, 74, of Little Rock Arkansas went to be with our Lord and Savior on December 22, 2021. She was a wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends. She enjoyed time with her husband, Harvey traveling and spending time on their houseboat. She was always seen with a camera in one hand taking enough photos to mark every occasion. Paula is proceeded in death by her parents, Lloyd Gilbert Parker, and Thelma Randall Parker. Brothers, George Parker, James Floyd Parker, and Jerry Wayne Parker. Sisters, Joyce Lorretta Freeman and Sharon Harper. Daughter Krystal Tippitt. Grandson Gage Sullivan. Paula is survived by her husband, Harvey Morrison. Children, Tammy Holloway, Jimmy of Little Rock, Ar. Scott Wilson, Amanda of Sherwood. Samantha Abbott, Johnny, Jacksonville, Stephanie Dewitt, and Luke Avery, Jacksonville. Charlotte Greer, Todd, Boulder Co., Harvey Morrison Jr. Little Rock, Tommy Morrison, Renee, Conway. 25 Grandchildren and 9 ½ Great-Grandchildren. Paula's funeral service will be held at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, December 28th at Fowler Funeral Home, Brinkley with visitation one hour prior. Burial to follow at Whitehall Cemetery, Hunter.
Bertha Mae Gore, 100
MAY 28 1921 - DECEMBER 18 2021
Bertha Mae Gore, 100, passed into the loving arms of her Savior on December 18th, 2021, at Woodruff County Health Center in McCrory, Arkansas. She was born on May 28th, 1921, in Brasfield, Arkansas to the late Samuel Sayger and Ada Mae Spears Sayger. As a teen in Brasfield, she accepted Jesus Christ as the Lord of her life; then again in 1947 where she was baptized in First Baptist Church of Cotton Plant. Throughout her life she was active in this church, serving as vacation Bible school teacher, as a Sunday school teacher, and as a member of the W.M.W. She loved sewing, quilting, and cooking. She greatly enjoyed having family and friends gather around the dining room table for a festive meal and fellowship. Most of all, her greatest happiness came when she was sharing her faith in Christ with others. Bertha Mae was united in Holy Matrimony on July 8th, 1939, to the late John Lamar Gore, who preceded her in death in 1998. Also preceding in death are two stepsons, Lloyd Gore Jr. of Little Rock, and Robby Gore Sr., of Jacksonville; four brothers, Oliver, Russell, Roy Kidd, and Paul; two sisters, Lou, and Vernie; in addition to ten others who died in early childhood. Those remaining to cherish Bertha Mae’s memory are two sons, Russell Tony Gore of Grant, Alabama, and Dr. Ron Gore, of Newport; one daughter, Stella Cowan of Mt. Vernon, Illinois; ten grandchildren, Barbara Henley of Roland, Robby Gore, Jr. of Little Rock, Kerry Gore of Cabot, Judy Peters of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, Shannon of Lowell, Allison Waggoner of Collierville, Tennessee, Mary Elizabeth Gore of Baltimore, Maryland, Mark Gore of Grant, Alabama, Karen Pryor of McMinnville, Tennessee, Dr. Richard Gore of Little Rock, along with several great-grandchildren, and a host of other family and friends. A graveside service will be held at 10:00 am on December 21st, at Cotton Plant Cemetery. Memorial may be sent to First Baptist Church of Cotton Plant POB 115. Flowers can be delivered to the cemetery or the Fowler Funeral Home, Brinkley.