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.

LEONA KLOSS, 94

FEBRUARY 2 1930 - MAY 4 2024

Leona "Lee" Dorflinger Kloss, 94, of Beebe, Arkansas, went to be with the Lord on May 4, 2024. Lee was born on February 2, 1930, in Cotton Plant, Arkansas, to William and Maggie Dorflinger. Lee married Ray Eugene Kloss in 1947. They had five children. They moved to Beebe in 1970, but she never stopped telling others about her humorous days in Cotton Plant. She wrote many stories about her adventures, including tales of hitchhiking to Brinkley, skipping class in high school to make fudge in the Home Economics building, and mysterious happenings in her house just off of Main Street. She and Ray spent countless hours visiting flea markets and restoring antiques. Lee never shied away from a sewing project. She cared deeply for everyone in her family but also her friends. In recent years, she developed special bonds with several people at Pickwick Place. She loved her pets, gardening, and sharing her opinion. She was a bold and passionate force. However, when you needed her, she was always there to listen. Lee was preceded in death by Ray, her husband of 64 years; her son Tommy Ray Kloss; grandson Kevin Ray Kloss; and three sisters Myrtle Brady, Eula Toomey, and Dorothy Miller. Lee is survived by her children and grandchildren: John Kloss (Christi), Brad Kloss (Rebecca, Kenzie, and Ledger), Gracie Kloss (Sasha); Carol Orman Goff (Leroy), Cayne Orman (Natalie, Hunter, Shayne, and Slade), Lucas Orman (Avery), Micah Orman (Lauren, Emerson, and Finley); David Kloss (Cindy and Jesse with Jake Schlenker); Scott Kloss (Leah), Maggie Dent (Matt and Avah),  Seth Moore (Emily), Adam Wright (deceased) Heather Wright (Achele); daughter-in-law JoElla Kloss, Kristen Kloss Ulsperger (Jason and Ella), Emily Webb (Michael, Harlen, and Harper); and many nieces and nephews. Lee will be honored at a family graveside service. If you wish to honor her memory, please make donations to Cotton Plant Cemetery Association, 185 S. 3rd Street, Cotton Plant, AR 72036.

WILLARD DOUGLAS "DOUG" HUNT, 91

DECEMBER 10 1932 - APRIL 20 2024

Willard Douglas “Doug” Hunt of Brinkley, Arkansas, 91, passed away peacefully at his home on April 20, 2024.  Doug was born on December 10, 1932, in Heber Springs, Arkansas, to Walter Hunt and Alma Naomi Everett Hunt.  He was the fifth of seven children.  After their mother passed away, Doug and his two younger siblings lived alone in a home where Doug became the head of the household and the family’s sole provider at the age of 15.  He worked multiple jobs to provide for them, most notably as the school bus driver beginning when he was in the ninth grade.  Doug married his high school sweetheart, Darlene Johnson, on April 19, 1953, while the other seniors were off on their senior trip.  After service in the Army and graduation from Arkansas State Teacher’s College (now the University of Central Arkansas), Doug and Darlene settled in Brinkley in 1959.  Doug taught math at Brinkley High School for one year before becoming the finance officer for the city of Brinkley.  He then became the first Executive Director of the Brinkley Housing Authority on October 1, 1963, and served in that capacity for 53 years before his retirement in 2016 at the age of 83. Never one to shy away from work, while serving as director of the Housing Authority, Doug also was a Public Accountant doing accounting and tax work over the years, managed rental properties, co-owned a trucking business, and served on the boards of the Bank of Brinkley and Folsom Memorial Library.  He was also a member of the Rotary Club and Chamber of Commerce including serving as Chamber president.  He was named Brinkley Citizen of the Year in 1998. Doug was an active member of the Brinkley First United Methodist Church for 64 years where he served on a variety of committees and as a Sunday School teacher and volunteer with the youth ministry.  Doug loved his church, and he fully embodied the United Methodist concept of Open Hearts, Open Minds, and Open Doors. Doug and Darlene had four children, Steve, Mary K, Barbara, and David, who all graduated from Brinkley public schools.  Doug and Darlene were avid supporters of the public school system and of the Brinkley Tigers, rarely missing a football or basketball game whether home or away.  In recognition of their many years of unwavering support, they were given lifetime passes for Brinkley sporting events.  Through the years, they provided numerous scholarships to graduates of Brinkley High School through their Hunt Family Scholarship program. When he was not working, Doug enjoyed a variety of activities over the years such as traveling the country by RV, square dancing, camping at Greers Ferry Lake, playing a mean game of dominoes, anything having to do with business, and spending time with his beloved family.  He loved black coffee and met his friends every day at the coffee shop for decades.  He would strike up a conversation with any stranger to learn more about them.  Doug was an exceptionally good father and grandfather and made it a point to gather his family together each year at Thanksgiving to tell them to work hard, to be thankful for what they had, and to go out and seek ways to do good in the world and help other people.  Doug lived his life by those principles as demonstrated each year when he provided Thanksgiving dinners to the residents in public housing.  He was known for his kindness and generosity, and he was loved by all who knew him. Doug is survived by his wife of 71 years, Darlene, their two sons, Steve Hunt (Susan) of Brinkley, and David Hunt (Rhonda) of Cabot, their two daughters, Mary K Meacham (Steve) of Brinkley, and Barbara Miller (Clint) of Lonoke, his sister, Kathaleene Bailey Lafferty, of Prim, Arkansas, nine grandchildren, and fourteen great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers, and one grandson, Kyle Meacham. Visitation will be held at Brinkley First United Methodist Church on Tuesday, April 30, at 1:00.  The funeral service will follow at 2:30.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Brinkley First United Methodist Church, the Monroe County Community Foundation, or the Hunt Family Scholarship Fund c/o Brinkley High School Counselor’s Office.  **TRIBUTE VIDEO PENDING**

JANCIE WADENE PARRISH, 66

JULY 7 1957 - APRIL 9 2024

Jancie Wadene Parrish, 66, went to be with our Lord and Savior on Tuesday, April 9th, 2024, at her home after a short illness. Janice was born on July 7th, 1957, in Memphis, Texas to the late John Wesley Collins and Eliza Mae Osburn Collins. Janice passed away peacefully with family close by. Janice leaves behind her husband, of 24 years, Steve Parrish, four daughters, and two sons. Anna (Ronald) Bates, children; Dakota, Timmothy, and Julie of Decatur, AR; Wesley (Mariah) O’Brien, children; Zander, Delaney, Ezekiel, and Elijah (Fica) of Deunweg, MO; Cecilia (Clinton) Samson, daughter Violet, of Freistatt, MO.; daughter Laura O’Brien, of Wichita, KS; daughter Michelle O’Brien; children, Leo, Lealan, Junior, Malke, of Tulsa, OK; son, Michael O’Brien; daughter, Rora, of Anderson, MO; sisters, Joanha Prodonavich, of Reno, NV; Joyce (Chuck) Britton of Southwest City, MO; Hassie (Trevor) Donahue of Clarendon, AR; Jess Collins of Lexington, OK. Janice is preceded in death by her parents, John and Eliza; brothers; Jimmy Collins, Billy Joe Bowen, James Bowen, Scott Bowen; sister, Johna (Lisa) Parrish. Janie was raised in Los Angeles, CA and moved to Joplin, MO where she worked at Chastain’s Tradition House as a CNA/CMA. She later moved to Clarendon, AR where she met the love of her life, Steve. Janice was a custodian for 13 years at Clarendon School District. She loved to go fishing with Steve and spend as much time as possible at family BBQ’s and with grandkids.  Janice got baptized and dedicated het life to Jesus, April 1st, 2024. Janice leaves behind a host of nieces and nephews, as well as many other family members and friends that will miss her. She will be dearly missed.

MARTHA "JANIE' NORWOOD, 79

JANUARY 9 1945 - MARCH 7 2024

Martha “Janie” Norwood, 79, passed away in Clarendon, Arkansas, on March 7th, 2024. She was born on January 9th, 1945, in Osceola Arkansas to the late Joe Norwood and Ida Mae Sotomayor. She was an icon in Clarendon, and everyone knew she loved to ride around in the hoover-round with her dogs, Gizmo and Six-Pack.  Janie enjoyed crossword puzzles, Bible reading, and was an avid fan of Westerns, but above all, Gunsmoke and Marshal Dillon.  Janie would often write letters to anyone for whom she could get an address, from presidents, and governors, to attorney generals. She even once damned Ellen DeGeneres to hell via the United States Postal Service. Janie is preceded in death by her parents, Joe and Ida Mae; seven brothers, Wiley Norwood, Winburn Norwood, Melvin Norwood, Jody Norwood, Albert Norwood, Delbert Norwood, and RG Norwood; three late sisters, Gladys Evans, Alice Norwood, and Classbernice Norwood. Those remaining to cherish her memory are two daughters, Tami Brown, and Janice Lane; two sons, Rick Apadaca, and Gary Apadaca; brother, Robert (late Rita) Norwood; three sisters, Mary Frances, Betty (late Frankie) Edwards, and Christina Norwood; grandchildren Alan Brown Jr., Elizabeth Brown, and Scarlett Lane. Janie’s funeral service will be held at the Assembly of God in Clarendon on Friday March 15th at noon. Burial to follow at Shiloh Cemetery, Holly Grove.

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