I.B. WILLIAMS, 100
Isaac Benjamin "I.B." Williams, of Biscoe, always said he would live to 100 years old, and he was correct; his body survived to the age of 100 years, 11 months, and 29 days. I.B. was born in England, Arkansas on February 12th, 1918 and passed away surrounded by family in Des Arc on February 10th, 2019. I.B. never had the opportunity to know his biological parents as his mother died shortly after his birth and his father, Isaac Earl Williams, two years later.
After I.B.'s parents' tragic deaths, his step-sister, Grace Hagler, and her husband, Mark took him to raise along with their two infant children. Over the next century, I.B. was preceded in death by many family members; including, two young sons, Billy Wayne, and Bobby Ray; brothers Earl Williams, Paul Hagler, L.D. Hagler, and Jimmy Hagler; sisters, Delphia Tucker, Eulalah Flynn, Beatrice Harden, Delores Sipes, and Miriam Wessell.
Like most others of his generation, he got married and worked hard for a living. I.B. met his wife, Ima Jewel, at church and after sitting behind her so he could pull her hair, he told a buddy that he was going to date her. The friend told I.B. that Ima's daddy did not allow her to date. Well, I.B. asked to walk her home from church and did not care it took him six miles out of the way. He would be glad he walked the extra miles for the next 81 years, as this is how long he and Ima Jewel were married. They were honored at the Governor's Mansion in 2018 for being the longest married couple in Arkansas and second oldest in the United States.
I.B. believed the secret to a long life was bacon, eggs, and chocolate gravy and having milk at every meal. I.B. had a desire to serve Christ as a Deacon at the Biscoe Assembly of God; he served others in the congregation as the guitarist in the choir. I.B. enjoyed all manners of sports and was a boxer in his youth and his love was for his family. Married on September 4th, 1937, he and Ima Jewel shared the title of "Youngest" and then, years later, "Oldest Couple" in Biscoe Farm Project, as it was known then. Along with his spouse, I.B. 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.
Services will be held at Biscoe Assembly of God Church at 2:00 pm on February 15th, 2019 with visitation one hour prior. Burial to follow at Biscoe Cemetery.
LESLIE "NEAL" HENDRIX
Leslie Neal Hendrix, 56, of Brinkley, passed away January 26th, 2019 at home surrounded by his loving family. Neal, as he was known by all, was born in Marianna, AR to the late Laura (step-father Sonny) Parrish Hendrix and Verneal (step-mother Frances) Hendrix on July 30th, 1962.
Neal was a true southerner who chose the life of a farmer with Henard Farms as a career. He also enjoyed fishing catfish some much that he would double-dip by setting up trot-lines before heading to shore to fish from the bank as well. The fish were not the only thing Neal was known to catch. When he went into the woods, it didn’t matter what game he found, he hunted it. Neal would bring rabbit, squirrel, and deer home to his family with relative ease.
Neal also found a way to serve his fellow Americans. He served in the National Guard which included an overseas engagement to Peru and during the eighties, Neal was a proud fireman in the deep south of Louisiana. His southern ways did not change when it came to music; Neal was a big fan of the rock group Lynyrd Skynyrd along with recording artist Robert James Ritchie, better known as Kid Rock.
Hard work did not elude Neal even during his battle with cancer. It was known for him to mow and weed-eat right after completing a chemotherapy session. Neal came from a generation where being a man meant something different than it does today. He was proud of that fact.
Neal is proceeded in death by his parents and two sisters, Victoria Zeringue, and Crystal Hendrix. Those remaining to cherish his memory are spouse Sheila Hendrix; four daughters: Ashley (Ben) Haynes, Katie (Joe) Haynes, Leslie (Brandon) May, and Whitney (Terry) Hendrix. Neal also leaves behind one nephew, who he raised as his own son, Steven (Carlisha) Hendrix; and two sisters, Louise (Pete) Oswalt, and Sandra Hendrix; along with seven grandchildren: Ashlyn, Gage, Rian, Ka’lee, Taylyn, Terry Jr., and Logan.
Visitation will be from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm at Fowler Funeral Home Chapel on Wednesday, January 30th with services beginning at 3:00 pm. Burial to follow at Oak Grove Cemetery, Moro AR.
ROMEY MAURICE BYRD
Romey Maurice Byrd was born to the late Clinton Byrd and Mamie Jones Byrd in Salem Community, Arkansas on April 10, 1939. He passed away with his loving wife by his side on January 9, 2019, at his home, known as "The Cabin" in Fifty-Six, Arkansas.
Romey was one of the last students to graduate from Moro High School. Once he finished school, he started the last career he would ever know: farming. Romey did not miss much time at his farm but was known to get away to enjoy his favorite pastime, hunting. Whereas he wouldn't refuse to go fishing, Romey was a hunter first. He also loved to drive his tractor and four-wheelers, especially when he had a grand or great-grandchild to take with him. Romey would check rice fields on a dirt bike before the days four-wheelers. In one memorable incident, he was watching rice more than the road and ended up wrecking the bike into the side of a ditch system that was stocked with an alligator to keep the beaver’s population low. He had to pick-up the Honda 250 and get it cranked again to ride home, all with a dislocated shoulder. To sum it up, if it had a motor, he liked to drive it. Romey was also a fan of football, notably the Cowboys and he really enjoyed watching the Yankees play baseball. While he was a true American man who loved the outdoors and sports, Romey was genuinely a home-body. It was in the hills of northern Arkansas where Romey found his home, Fifty-Six. In 1995, Vira and Romey bought and sold and bought more land to start the dream of building "The Cabin". Over the ensuing years, Romey spent more and more time at "The Cabin” in Fifty-Six and it was in the early 2000's when one day he and his wife of 44 years, Vira Graham Byrd, met in the hall of their Palestine home with him carrying a small box in both hands. Romey exclaimed "I'm moving to the hills" and bounded out the door without another word. A week or more went by before he returned to ask Vira, "Aren't you coming with me?"
Romey was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Robert "Robbie" Hamilton; brother, Kenneth Byrd; and sister Clara Sue Jumper. Romey is survived by his wife, Vira; four daughters, Pamela (Russ) Jackson, Maurica (Bill) Dooley, Sharye (Phillip) Burrow, and Annette Hamilton; six grandchildren, Beth (Andy) Hale, Megan (Billy) Tompkins, Josh (Kathryn) Dooley, Alex Dooley, Caleb Jackson, and Jordan Jackson; and five great-grandchildren, Myra and Alba Hale, Noah Tompkins, Beau and Cash Dooley. Also remaining to cherish his memory are, two brothers, Derward (Virginia) Byrd, and A.D. (Bonnie) Byrd; along with two sisters, Letha Wheeler, and Ernestine Wright; along with a host of other family and friends.
Funeral services will be held at Salem Methodist Church on Saturday, January 12th, at 10 a.m. with burial following at Salem Methodist Church Cemetery. Romey's visitation will be at Fowler Funeral Home Chapel, Brinkley on Friday, January 11th from 6:00 - 8:00 pm.
Glenda Fay Tefteller
Glenda Tefteller was born in Glenmora, Louisiana to the late Meeker Sontag and Helen Sharp. She passed away December 21, 2018, at the age of 83 in Forrest City, Arkansas. Glenda is preceded in death by her parents; one son, Donovan Tefteller, two sisters, Martha Todd of Little Rock, and Susan Alford of McRae. Glenda is survived by a son, Calvin Tefteller; and daughter, Tina Tefteller; also remaining to cherish Glenda's memory are daughter-in-law, Chantay Tefteller; along with two grandsons, Andrew Tefteller, and Blake with wife, Brittney Tefteller, parents of Glenda's two great-grandchildren, Parker and Hadley.
Memorial service will be held at Fowler Funeral Home Chapel on Friday, December 28th at 1:00 PM.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, please send donations to Fowler Funeral Home c/o Tefteller Fund POB 785 Brinkley AR 72021.
BILLIE JEAN BRASWELL
Billie Jean Braswell, 79, was born on March 22nd, 1939, to the late Columbus and Mabel Mefford in Marble Falls, Arkansas. She passed away with family by her side on December 13, 2018, at her home in Brinkley.
“Bill” as she was affectionally known enjoyed growing all types of flowers however her affinity for vegetables was number one. The family would take Bill from Beebe to Forrest City and beyond looking for all kinds of fresh vegetables. Bill was preceded in death by her parents; two sons, James Allen, and Michael; and one daughter, Brenda; and one infant great-grandchild.
Those remaining to cherish her memories are one son, Billy Ray Logan; two daughters Barbara Hutchins, and Julie Logan. Also, remaining are grandchildren: Derren, Chris, Bryan, Brad, Carrie, Jamie, Jeremy, and Brandon; and a plethora of great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews, along with numerous other family and friends.
Funeral services will be held at Fowler Funeral Home Tuesday, December 18, 2018, at 2 p.m. with visitation one hour prior. Burial to follow in Marianna.
Donald Lane Vondran
Donald Lane Vondran, 69, passed away Thursday, November 8, 2018. He was born April 9, 1950, to the late Herman and Geraldine (Bramel) Vondran. He was of the Assembly of God faith and loved to fish and to work on his truck and boat. Donald is preceded by his parents, and sister Joan Hubbard. He leaves behind daughters Sonya Vondran of Switzerland, and Debbie Bedoy (Johnny) of San Antonio, Texas; grandsons Chance Grambling of Springdale, Arkansas; Aaron Arevalo of San Antonia, Texas; brothers Mike Vondran (Diane) of Moro, Arkansas and Larry Johnston (Donna) of Lonoke, Arkansas. Special friend JoAnne Banks of San Antonio, Texas. Several nephews and nieces and a host of friends will also treasure his memory. Graveside services will be at Johnson Cemetery in Wheatley, Arkansas Saturday, November 10, 2018, at 9 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St Jude in Memphis, Tennessee and Johnson Cemetery in Wheatley, Arkansas.