JOHN THOMAS WHITE, 87
JAN 10 1934 - JULY 31 2021
John Thomas White, 87, passed away peacefully at home in Devalls Bluff surrounded by his family on July 31st, 2021. He was born on January 10th, 1934, in Little Dixie to the late Henry Thomas White and Effie Louise Dodson White. John was a dedicated riverboat operator, from captaining tugboats to dredges and everything in between. Over the course of his career, the White family lived in 23 out of the 50 states. His first and true love was the river, it did not matter which one. It was in 1976 that the family moved to Devalls Bluff and remained there for good.
John is preceded in death by his parents, Henry, and Effie; three spouses, Carolyn Otis, Carolyn Faye, and Kandy White; one son, Ricky Joe Hodge; three brothers, Ronald Lee White, Billy Lynn White, and Jimmy Donald White; and one sister, Linda Kay White. He is survived by three daughters, Diane (Robert) Chidister, Johnnie (Tommy) Gannon, Lisa (Curtis) Voumard; one sister, Bobbie Jean (late Robert) Hester; 10 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren; along with many other family and friends.
John's funeral service will be on Wednesday, August 4th at 11:00 am in Fowler Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation will be one hour prior. Burial to follow at Cotton Plant Cemetery.
ALAN SCOTT SMITH, 49
FEBRUARY 10 1972 - JULY 29 2021
Alan Scott Smith, 49, of Turner passed away Tuesday, June 29, 2021, at his home. He was born February 10, 1972, in Helena to Linda Smith and the late Colin Smith. Scott enjoyed fishing, hunting, and spending time with his family.
In addition to his father, Scott was preceded in death by a special friend, Kelly Ford. Scott is survived by his mother; son, Alan of Wilburn; daughter, Ashley of Russellville; sister, Susan Smith of Marvell; two granddaughters; two nieces and one nephew.
Graveside services will be held at Shady Grove Cemetery on August 3rd at 2:00 pm.
IMA JEWEL WILLIAMS, 98
APRIL 30 1923 - JUNE 29 2021
Ima Jewel Williams, 98, of Biscoe passed away at Des Arc Nursing and Rehab on June 29th, 2021. She was born on April 30th, 1923, to the late Wade Alverson and Maggie Watkins Alverson in Perry Arkansas.
Ima was married on September 4th, 1937, to I.B. Williams, and was happily married until his death in February of 2019. She first met I.B. at church and their first interaction outside of the church occurred when I.B. asked to walk Ima home. It did not matter that it was six miles out of his way. Those six miles turned into an 81 year-long marriage. Ima was a wonderful homemaker and loved her family, friends, and church.
Ima leaves behind one daughter, Anita (Jimmy) Avants; one son, Ike (Renee) Williams, Jr.; three grandchildren, Monica (Ray) Cheek, Katrina Avants, and Valerie Williams; six great-grandchildren, along with a host of other family and friends.
Funeral services will be held at the Biscoe Assembly of God at 2:00 pm on Friday, July 2nd, 2021, with visitation one hour prior. Burial to follow at Biscoe Cemetery.
Betty Jean McCluskey, 83
february 19 1938 - june 21 2021
Betty Jean McCluskey, 83, of Brinkley passed away at home on June 21st, 2021. She was born in Moro to the late Thomas Beavers and Elma Geater Beavers on February 19th, 1938. Betty owned and operated the Country Feed Store in Brinkley for over twenty-five years. Prior to this she worked for over a decade at Dr. Gerhing's Veterinarian Clinic in Brinkley. It has been said that she started her feed store in an attempt to feed all her animals at her house. She raised any and every bird that laid an egg, along with various barnyard animals including horses, pigs, chickens, and like. On June 23rd, 1956, she married the late Billy McCluskey and was united with him for 59 ½ years until his death in 2015. Betty was also a member of the Brinkley Missionary Baptist Church for many years. Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Billy; one brother Tommy (Becky) Beavers; one sister, Louise Volner; and one granddaughter, Sherry Coe. Survivors include a daughter, Denise Files of Brinkley; two sons, Kimsey (Pam) McCluskey of Casper, WY, and Donnie (Tracy) McCluskey, of Bald Knob; special niece, Angie Turner of Brinkley; ten grandchildren, Lex Files, and Ayla Files, both of Brinkley Gunnar (Hanah) Files of Barton, Clint McCluskey, Dixie (Brad) Evans all of Searcy, Lauren (Luke) Donley, and Alyssa McCluskey both of Casper, WY, LaShae Heath of Stuttgart, Carly Beth McCluskey, of Bald Knob, Michelle (Carl) Harlan of Myrtle, MS; eight great-grandchildren, Barrett Files of Barton, Natalie Evans of Searcy, Mascotcha McCluskey of Bald Knob, Boone, Will, and Callahan Donley of Casper, WY, Jace Heath of Stuttgart, Madison (Jacob Vernell) Skinner of Greenwood, MS and Eli Skinner of Myrtle, MS, along with one great-great grandchild, Jude Vernell of Greenwood, MS. Betty was happiest when surrounded by her family and friends. Visitation will be on Thursday, June 24th from noon until 2:00 pm with the funeral immediately after at Fowler Funeral Home under the guidance of Bro. Billy Booth and Chaplin John Smith. Pallbearers for Betty's burial at Johnson Cemetery, Wheatley will be Clint McCluskey, Gunnar Files, Lex Files, Delayne Cannon, Buster Tuner, and Eddie Blevins with Brad Evans as Honorary Pallbearer.
DOROTHY RICHARDSON, 89
MARCH 16 1932 - mAY 27 2021
Mrs. Dorothy Bernice Richardson, 89, of Lexa, Arkansas went to be with her Lord on the 27th of May 2021 at her home surrounded by her family. Dorothy was born on March 16th, 1932 to the late Issac Monroe Brimer and Sally Parrish Brimer. She was a founding member of New Beginnings Church in West Helena, Arkansas, and was a resident of Lexa, Arkansas since 1976.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Houston Richardson Jr., and her parents. She is survived by her son Audie (Geneva) Richardson, and her daughter Dorothy Byrd both who reside in Lexa, Arkansas. As well as a brother-in-law Bob Richardson of Palestine, Arkansas. She is also survived by four grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be at Fowler Funeral Home, Brinkley on Saturday, May 29th at 11:00 am with visitation one hour prior. Burial to follow at Shady Grove Cemetery, Clarendon.
Erma Dean Williams Jackson, 77, went to be with Jesus surrounded by family at her home in Biscoe, Arkansas on May 18th, 2021 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Erma was born on February 26th, 1944 to the late Clyde and Dena Holt Williams in Des Arc, Arkansas. Erma is survived by her husband of 62 years, Clifford "Buddy" Jackson, along with one son James (Renae) Jackson, two daughters Dena (Wayne) Moore, and Sherry (Brian) Gowan all of Biscoe, Arkansas. Four grandchildren, Travis (Katherine) Jackson, Sissy (John) Reinhart, Dooby (Jamie) Moore, and Skylar Wilson. Erma's celebration of life ceremony will be held on Friday, May 21st, 2021 at 11:00 am at the First Assembly Of God Church in Biscoe where she attended services. Burial will follow at Oakland Cemetery in DeValls Bluff.
MARK DEVEN TAYLOR, 47
JULY 5TH 1973 - mAY 11TH 2021
Mark Deven Taylor, 47, passed away on May, 11th, 2021 in Forrest City, Arkansas. He was born in Stuttgart, Arkansas on July 5th, 1973 to Dub and Dale Taylor. Mark lived in the Brinkley area his whole life and was a hard-working, dedicated man who inherited his work ethic from his father. After his father's death, he became a successful co-owner of Dub Taylor & Sons Auto Body Shop in Forrest City. Mark was a huge Razorback fan along with the NFL team the Raiders. He also enjoyed singing songs from a variety of the 1980's "Big Hair Metal" bands. Other interests included both the DC and Marvel Universe, especially the character, The Incredible Hulk. He cherished the times when Final Fantasy movies would be released as he would watch them with his daughter, Anna. Mark is preceded in death by his father, Wallace "Dub" Henry Taylor; those remaining to cherish his memory are his mother, Dale Taylor; his spouse of 16 years, Ame Taylor; daughter, Anna Nicole Taylor; five brothers, Billy Wayne Taylor, Larry Taylor, Greg Lynch, Keith Lynch, and Scott Taylor; one sister, Donna Yarbrough; along with numerous other family and friends. Visitation will be on Friday, May 14th from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm with funeral service at 1:00 pm, both at Broadmoor Baptist Church. Burial to follow at Moro Cemetery.
JOHN HENRY OREN PARKER TURNER, 89
SEPT 3 1931 - APRIL 10 2021
John Henry Oren "Parker" Turner, 89, of Ulm was brought into this world on September 03, 1931 by his father, Henry Oren Turner, in the town of New Hope, Arkansas. He was the third of seven children born to Henry Oren and Nancy Jannie Sharp Turner. Oren remembers his childhood as one of hard work, but surrounded by lots of family, friends, and love. He could tell wonderful memories of growing up in the Grandfield community, living for a time in his grandparents thirteen room house, working in their store, and helping care for his blind grandmother by leading her around by hand. He had some hilarious memories that included the huge barn on their property that may, or may not, have included" Bull Durham" tobacco and family made “moonshine”. He could remember riding an old mule named Rodie from the family grist mill to the store for provisions, when he was still so young that he had to be placed on the mule’s back. Oren grew up in a difficult period of time because the country was still recovering from the “Great Depression”. His father, Henry Oren, although talented in many things such as music, carpentry, brewing, farming, and mechanics, was a wandering man. He led his wife and four sons from state to state as migrant laborers. Oren remembers living out of a tent and watching his mom cook their meals over campfires, while everything their family owned was packed on an old truck. As the boys grew, the family located in one area and Henry Oren went to work for the logging industry in California for a time and then moved area back to Arkansas to work as farmers. In 1951, at the age of 19, Oren met and married the love of his life, Mary Ellen Foster, aged 16, and they began their own family. Times were still difficult and finding good jobs was hard, so Oren and Mary moved back to California where his father and mother had already returned. There, his mother gave birth to three more children, all girls, giving Oren six siblings. Oren was a hard worker, and very quick to develop new skills. To provide for his family, he worked as a ranch foreman, managed a cotton gin, farmed, laid ties for the railroad, managed a filling station, worked in factories, and spent the last 25 of his working years as a foreman at Riceland Foods in Stuttgart, Arkansas. He was a skilled musician, playing music by ear, and mastering many instruments; guitar, harmonica, banjo, mandolin, and keyboard, but his favorite instruments were guitar and harmonica. He was an encyclopedia of songs and music that he had learned throughout his lifetime. He was an artist, a wood worker, a skilled carpenter, and could repair anything from household appliances to mechanical engines. One of his greatest assets was his love for people and his willingness to go above and beyond to help anyone in need. Oren was a fisherman. He loved fishing and hunting and anything that allowed him to be on the water or in the woods. He loved fishing with his family and friends, or alone. He enjoyed the challenge of catching fish and rarely came up empty handed. He was an excellent cook and, over the years, cooked fish for many family and friends. In 1973, Oren's heart was broken with the death of his wife, Mary Ellen. In their twenty-two years of marriage, they had parented five children: four sons, Henry, Terry, Roger, Floyd, and a daughter, Rachel Ann. They nurtured their family in a Godly home and loved them unconditionally. In August of 1974, he married Katherine “Kathy” Marie Smith, aged 21, and they cherished forty-seven years of marriage together filled with lots of struggles, but overcome by laughter, patience, love, and God’s blessings. They were blessed with the adoption of their granddaughter, Patricia Diane, whom they raised. Oren was preceded in death by his parents, Henry Oren and Nancy Jane Turner; his brothers, Desmond Felix, Bonnie Esmond, Franklin Frances; his sisters, Jo Ann Reedy and Mary Helen Redfern, his first beloved wife, Mary Ellen Turner, and one child. He is survived by his loving wife, Kathy, his four sons, Henry Dalton, of Phoenix, AZ., Terry Wayne (Gladys) of Humphrey, AR., Roger Dale (Yong Ae) of Stuttgart, AR., William Floyd (Kellie) of Aberdeen, AR., and his daughters, Rachel Ann Herrington of Aberdeen, AR., and Patricia Diane (Antwain) Vincer of Stuttgart, AR. He is also survived by his sister, Connie Sue (Tobie) Foster of Rosie, AR., and so many grandchildren, nieces, nephews, family, and friends that there is no way to acknowledge them all. He was the most loving Papaw and left his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren a legacy of honesty, dignity, compassion, and love. He was a man filled with God's love, and that love touched everyone with whom he came into contact. When he went to be with Jesus on April I0th, 2021, he had almost ninety years of a life lived full of joy, happiness, love, and God's blessings. "Well done, thou good and faithful servant.” -Matthew 25:21. Graveside service will be held at Shiloh Cemetery on Wednesday, April 14th at 2:00 pm with visitation starting at 1:30 pm.