Bobby Dale Baker

Oct 21 1968 - April 28 2019

Bobby Dale Baker, 50, of Brinkley passed away on April 28th, 2019.  He was born on October 21st, 1968 to the late Charles Baker Jr. and Melva Jean Jaco Baker.  Bobby was a proud veteran of the United States Army who served the country during Project Dessert Storm.  Bobby was always a 'go-body' who loved to travel the world.  His favorite places visited were Italy and Ireland.  Bobby spent many years living in Memphis, where he said he was going to run for Mayor.  He enjoyed politics and keeping up with any and all breaking news.  Over the course of his life, Bobby was an avid hunter and fisherman; he loved cats and dogs as well and was known to be the animal babysitter.   Bobby was a constable for over five years and was a police ambassador for more than 15 more years.  He loved the Arkansas Razorbacks and the Memphis Grizzles.  Preceded in death are his parents; and one brother, Danny Baker.  Those remaining to cherish his memory are one daughter, Tabitha (Cory) Olvey; three brothers, Charles Alan Baker, Marcus Trent Baker, and Chris (Nikki) Baker; one sister, Tanya (Orlan) Priest; three grandchildren, Asher Dean, Anastasia Hope, and Goliath James.  Visitation will be held at Fowler Funeral Home Chapel on Saturday, May 4th from 12:00 - 1:00 pm with services immediately following.  Burial will be at Oaklawn Cemetery, Brinkley. 

Larry Charlie Geisler

1943 - 2019

Larry Charlie "Bobo" Geisler, 75, passed away April 27th, 2019.  He was born October 22nd, 1943 in Roe, Arkansas to the late William "Pete" Geisler and Verner Mildred Markham.  He is preceded in death by his parents and son, William Ernest "Pete" Geisler II. He married Joyce Lee Havener on May 25th, 1962 in Clarendon, Arkansas. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Joyce, and daughter, Rose "Sissy" (Gary) Gordon of Carlisle, Arkansas; sons, William "Chuck" (Jennifer) of Higden, Arkansas, Rex "Sam" (Mistie) of Greers Ferry, Arkansas. Seven grandchildren, John (Samantha) Gordon, Joseph Gordon (Christine), Kathryn Gordon, William "Chad" (Lorin) Geisler, Christian "Chrissy" Horner (Jayson Moore), Mallory "Catelyn" (Bo) Achenbach, John Pete Geisler, Alexander Allen, Zachery Allen; and nine great-grandchildren, William, Tony, Mark, Jackson, William, Ross, Madi, Macyn, Millie. four brothers and their wives, Cecile, Buddy, Ed, and Darl Geisler. Visitation was Monday, April 29th at Fowler Funeral Home.  Burial at Roe Cemetery.

Beulah Beatrice Smith, 100, passed away on Thursday, April 25th, 2019.  She was born on January 8th, 1919 to the late James and Cynthia White.  Preceded in death are her parents; husband of more than 50 years, John Smith; a brother, Earl White; a sister, Lucy O'Shields.  Those remaining to cherish her memory are a daughter, Pat (Late Therral) Umholtz; granddaughter, Lisa (Kevin) McKenzie; two great-grandchildren, Reid McKenzie, and Lucas McKenzie.  Private burial was at Shady Grove Cemetery, Clarendon.


APRIL 16 1931 - aPRIL 12 2019


Marvin Lewis Dalton, Jr. 87 of Gentry, Arkansas went to be with his Lord, Friday, April 12, 2019. He was born April 16, 1931 in Fort Smith, Arkansas the son of Dr. Marvin L. Dalton, Sr, and Kathryn Reese Dalton. He graduated from Brinkley High School served in the US Army. He worked for the City of Brinkley and was the head of the street department when he left. He also worked and retired as Project Manager for Commonwealth Electrical Company.


Survivors include his wife, Nedra Dalton of the home; a son, Butch; daughter, Suzanne and a brother, Charlie Dalton of Marianna, Arkansas.

Cremation arrangements were handled by Memorial Funeral Home of Springdale, Arkansas. A Celebration of Life service will be held 11:00AM, Thursday, April 18, 2019 at the Chapel of Fowler Funeral Home in Brinkley, Arkansas. 

Ronald Bellel Hicks, 67, of Jonesboro passed away the morning of April 7th, 2019.  He was born 67 years and one day before, on April 6th, 1952.  Of all the holidays celebrated, his next home visit was most beloved; Ronald was known to count down the months, weeks, and days until his next.  He enjoyed playing dominos, and when able bowling, swimming, and dancing. However, three things made Ronald the happiest: visits with his family, country music, and Southern foods.  

Ronald was born in Forrest City to the late J.W. Hicks Jr. and Bobbie Craig Hicks and over the course of his life obtained a large family, both biological and acquired.  No matter where Ronald resided, he made new families and will be missed all over the state, from Conway to Booneville and Nashville to Ash Flat and finally Jonesboro as he was under the wonderful care of the Arkansas Developmental Disabilities Services Group.   Preceding in death are his parents; brother, Douglas Hicks; sister, Becky Hicks; nephews, Little David Hicks, and Timothy Jackson; great-nephew, Noah Jackson; and great-niece, Jessica Inman. Those remaining to cherish his memory are a brother, David (Annette) Hicks of Caraway, Arkansas; sisters, Donna (Billy) Hale, of Branson, Missouri, Janice Smith, and Deborah Roberts, both of Carlisle, Arkansas; sister-in-law, Mary Hicks; many Aunts and Uncles; four nephews, Daron (Amanda) Hicks, Logan Inman, Jason Jackson, Jacob (Victoria) Hicks; three nieces, Cammie (Chris) Leer, Misty (Michael) Decker, and Becky (Tony) McKissick; along with 15 great-nieces and great-nephews.  

Visitation will be held at Fowler Funeral Home Chapel in Brinkley on Thursday, April 11th from 11:00 am -12:00 pm.  Graveside service to be conducted at Oakgrove Cemetery in Moro at 2:00 pm.

Joyce Opal Hill

July 10th 1931 - April 1st 2019

Joyce Opal Hill, 87, of Moro passed away on April 1st, 2019 in Forrest City Medical Center.  She was born on July 10th, 1931 to the late John and Emma Fryer. Joyce enjoyed gardening, especially growing flowers later in life.  When her children were young, she grew vegetables for the nutriment of the family and more importantly, to keep the kids busy.  Joyce's number one priority was loving her family, her work was only done if they were happy. Preceded in death are her parents; loving spouse of 71 years, Charles Hill Sr; daughter Donna Patrice; along with multiple brothers and sisters.  Those remaining to cherish her memory are two sons, Steve (Rosa) Hill; Charles (Neva) Hill; one daughter Ann (Bruce) Wilson; along with six grandchildren, many great-grandchildren and a host of other family and friends. Funeral services will be at Fowler Funeral Home Chapel in Brinkley on April 3rd, 2019 at 2:00 pm with visitation one hour prior.  Burial to follow at Oak Grove Cemetery, Moro AR.


June 26th 1951 - March 30th 2019

Durley Lee Abston, 67, of Clarendon passed away surrounded by family on March 30th, 2019. Durley was born on June 26th, 1951 in Holly Grove to the late Coy Abston and Roxie Burns Abston.  Durley was a proud retiree from the City of Clarendon. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and gardening, especially growing greens, cucumbers, okra, and tomatoes. Durley was a jokester who loved to get a laugh from others.  In his early twenties, Durley met and married Marcel Johnson and this marriage produced two children, Thermon, and Melissa.  After their separation, Durley would meet and spend the rest of his life with Maxine Henderson, a lifelong companion. Durley is preceded in death by his father, Coy; brother, James Cloe; sisters, Cloe Thermon, and Louise Mohammad. Those remaining to cherish his memory are his mother, Roxie; son, Thermon (Jerri) Abston, daughter, Melissa Austin; brothers, Floyd (Linda) Abston, Jerome (Marie) Abston; sisters Delois (late James) Davis, Essie Reid, Dorothy (Sylvester) Gillard, Lilie (Nathan) Pointer; three grandchildren along with two great-grandchildren; and his lifelong companion, Maxine Henderson. Funeral service will be at St. Paul Church of God in Christ in Clarendon on Saturday, April 6th at 12:00 pm.  Visitation will be a Fowler Funeral Home Chapel in Brinkley Friday, April 5th from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

James "Tiny"  Ferguson, 56, of Brinkley was waved home by life's third base coach on March 5th, 2019.  "Tiny" as he was known, was born on January 14th, 1963 to the late Jerry Ferguson and Sarah Randall Ferguson.  At 6'7", Tiny was a large man but never used his size to gain an advantage, he preferred to help others and had a gentle soul.  For many years Tiny delivered newspapers for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.  Prior to that, he worked as a machinist and at the donut shop.   Whereas Tiny had an impressive collection of various dragons, swords, and modal cars; it was baseball that captivated him the most.   Tiny will truly be remembered by his volunteer efforts with the Brinkley Baseball Commission and as a Little League Baseball Coach.  Most might not know that it was his brother, Jeff, who first suggested that he and Tiny coach baseball when a family member had a team but no coach.  After Jeff began coaching softball, Tiny stayed with baseball and for more than 15 years thrived as a mentor and coach.   

Tiny is proceeded in death by his father, Jerry, and one nephew, Travis Nail.  Surviving to cherish Tiny's memories are his mother, Sarah Ferguson of Brinkley; three sisters, Sandy (Buddy) Henley of Brinkley, Barbara Nail (Henry Ford) of Brinkley, Kim Stowe of Norfork, VA; and one brother, Jeff Ferguson.  Tiny will be missed by many in Brinkley and will be remembered the most every spring when baseball season begins.  Honorary pallbearers will be Carvell Butler, Brandon Dooley, Gary King, Brian Linderman, Anthony Ferguson, B.J. Henley, Gerald Henley, and Derek Petty.  Tiny's memorial service will be 2:00 pm Saturday, March 23rd at Fowler Funeral Home Chapel.  

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Bank of Brinkley c/o Brinkley Athletic Association.




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Johnny Ray Morrow, 81, of MOnroe