MARVIN "LEWIS" DALTON, JR
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. www.fowlerfh.com
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.
DURLEY LEE ABSTON
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.
Bettye Sue Moore, 87, of Cotton Plant, passed away February 22nd, 2019. She was born in Woodruff County, AR to the late Rommie Moore and Bessie Parnell Moore on March 21st, 1931.
After losing her father in a tragic accident in 1967, Bettye Sue devoted her life to the Lord and helping her mother. She would continue that devotion of helping and loving others throughout her life.
Bettye Sue always had an affinity for teaching, especially children. After graduating from Cotton Plant High School in 1949, Bettye Sue studied Music Education at the two-year school Arkansas Baptist College and then completed her B.A. at the Arkansas State Teacher's College (now University of Central Arkansas). She later extended her music studies at a Baptist Seminary in Ft. Worth.
After getting her degree, Bettye Sue worked at the Cotton Plant High School doing administrative duties. She would later work for Delta Plywood Corporation in Cotton Plant, a business owned and operated by her uncle, Paul Parnell, and then as a bookkeeper for Bobby Robinson’s Seed Plant, also in Cotton Plant.
Bettye Sue was very active, she attended every school and university reunion held until her health no longer allowed it and was well known for her love of music, singing, and performance arts. Bettye Sue often wrote poetry, especially birthday tributes, to family and friends. Bettye Sue served for many years as the Choir Director for the Cotton Plant First Baptist and Wiville Baptist Churches and led the music for revival services at Cotton Plant’s Methodist Church. She also performed for many community organizations and events throughout her life including the Cotton Plant Hypsion Club.
Bettye Sue loved children with a passion and had an outgoing personality with a great sense of humor and a contagious laugh. She taught voice lessons and presented her students in annual recitals at Cotton Plant High School, and conducted a quartet for many years. In 2012 Bettye Sue suffered a serious fall at her home, which resulted in meeting her "late-in-life" family at The Crossing at Riverside in Searcy.
Bettye Sue is preceded in death by her parents, and sister, Paula Jeanne Moore. Those remaining to cherish her memory are several cousins, Lynda Hollenbeck, Hugh Moore, Bubba (Jan) Parnell, Larry Parnell, Joyce (Charles) Reeves, Pat Marshall, Paul (Jan) Parnell and Ronnie (Christine) Parnell; other cousins, Paul, Sue and Jason Campbell, Karen and Joey Brannon, Hayley (Josh) Wilcox with children Brae and Whit, Abbey Brannon (fiancé Trey Bishop), Molly Brannon, Max Brannon, and Allen, Melissa and Lucas Campbell; her family from The Crossing at Riverside, and Stephanie Randall, who became a close friend and confidante during her time in Searcy.
Funeral service will be held at 1:00 pm at the First Baptist Church of Cotton Plant, on Monday, March 4th with visitation beginning at 12 noon. Burial to follow at Cotton Plant Cemetery.