Melvin O. Cook

May 29, 1935 - September 13, 2019

Melvin O. Cook, 84, of Beebe (formerly of Brinkley) passed from this life Friday, September 13th, 2019 with family by his side. He was born in the Cypress Ridge Township of Monroe County on May 29th, 1935 to Willie A and Nellie Phillips Cook.  While many people may be lucky to find one love in life, he was blessed to have been married to two wonderful ladies. He was married to Wilma Bailey Cook, the mother of his children, for 42 years, and she preceded him in death in 1998. In 2006, he married Kathy Nokes who has loved and cared for him through good times and illnesses. One of his greatest joys was dancing and for the last 30 years, he could be found most Saturday nights two-stepping at Senior Citizen centers.  In addition to his first wife, he was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, JB Cook, Raymond Cook, Harold Cook, and Ray Evans; two sisters, Betty Morris and Carolyn Terry; son-in-law, Larry Blackwell; and stepson, Darrell Nokes. He is survived by his wife, Kathy; his children, Cheryl Blackwell, Barry Cook, and Lynette (Mark) Herbst; a stepson, Micheal Nokes; sister, Mary Lou (Bob) Scallorn; grandchildren, Jennifer (Jonathan) Short, Shane Blackwell, Derrek (Tracy) Nokes, Alexis (Robert) Roberson, Alesha (Casey) Sanders; great-grandchildren, Jackson, Dustin, Matthew, Emma, Chayse, Kayley, Bailey, Gage, and Kaselyn; one great-great-grandchild, Jayden; and a number of nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to Arkansas Hospice, Our Savior Lutheran Church, or your favorite charity. The family extends a special thank you to Trisha, LaDonna, Nicole, and Mary Helen of Arkansas Hospice for their care and concern.

Funeral service will be Sunday, September 15th at 2:00 pm at Our Savior Lutheran Church, Rich.  Vistation will be one hour prior.  Burial at Upper Cemetery.

Loretta Ann Bonner, 44, passed away at her home in DeValls Bluff on September 12th, 2019.  Loretta was born on October 22nd, 1974 to Edward Hendrix and Rachel Ballard Hendrix.  She enjoyed scrapbooking and most of all trying her best to get the whole family together.  If it had been six months since the last family reunion, to Loretta, it was time to schedule another one.   She leaves behind a large family that includes her spouse of 19 years, Tracy Bonner; daughter Sarah Hendrix; three brothers, James (Debbie) Hendrix, Jason (Laura) Hendrix, Paul (Debby) Hendrix; along with many uncles, aunts, cousins, nephews, and nieces.  In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Fowler Funeral Home c/o Bonner Fund PO BOX 785 Brinkley AR 72021.  Memorial Services will be Saturday, September 14th at 3:00 pm at Fowler Funeral Home Chapel.  

Calvin Lynn Tefteller Jr., 63, of Brinkley passed away on August 13th, 2019. He was born on February 3rd, 1956 to the late Calvin Lynn Tefteller Sr. and Glenda Sontag Tefteller. Calvin was a lifelong independent truck driver, who liked to hunt, fish, and spend time with his family. He is proceeded in death by his parents, and one brother, Donavan Tefteller. Those remaining to cherish his memory are his sister, Tina Tefteller, nephews, Blake (Brentee) Tefteller, and Andrew Tefteller, two great-nieces, Hadley Tefteller, and Parker Tefteller. And one sister-in-law Chantay Tefteller. To assist the family with the funeral expenses, please mail donations to Fowler Funeral Home c/o Tefteller Fund P.O. Box 785 Brinkley, AR.

Mary Marguerite Hamner, 89, of McCrory passed away surrounded by family on August 14, 2019. Mary was born November 13, 1929, in Malvern, Arkansas to the late John Howard Graves and Ava Mae Keisler Graves. 

Mary was a proud retiree from Southwest Bell as a telephone operator. Mary enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, tending to her garden, and taking care of the children in the nursery at her church.  While children were her passion, she enjoyed tremendously reading and traveling.  Mary enjoyed spending time with her church groups such as Young at Heart, and Widows Well. She was a proud member of First Baptist Church of Brinkley. 

Mary is preceded in death by her parents; and husband, Bonnie Hamner. 

Those remaining to cherish her memory are her children; David (Shelly) Hamner of Brinkley, and Gail (Frank) Wallace of Brinkley; one brother, Donald Graves; along with her grandchildren; Desirae (Brian) Graves of McCrory, Kristie (Trap) Leon of Brinkley, Rachel (Matt) Hamner of Jonesboro, Jonathan Hamner of Jonesboro, Chrystal (late Chris Thompson) of Brinkley, Elizabeth (Oliver) Tschirschwitz of Bentonville; as well as her great-grandchildren; Aceson Tschirshwitz, Caitlin Harlan, Karlee Thompson, Gauge Kyle, Isaiah Leon, Keshun Leon, Jazlyn Love, Leland Boston, Ethan Dowden, and Amelia Woodard.

Visitation will be from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm on Friday, August 16th at Fowler Funeral Home.  Funeral service will be conducted at First Baptist Church of Brinkley on Saturday, August 17th at 10:00 am.

Margaret Anne Schoonover

October 16, 1947 - August 10, 2019

Margaret Anne Schoonover, 71, of Wheatley
 passed away surrounded by family on  August 
10th, 2019. Margaret was born on October 16th,
 1947 in Cotton Plant to the late Jack Bagget and 
Vida Haynes Bagget.
Margaret retired from being a hotel manager 
from Ramada Hotels. Margaret enjoyed sewing 
and crocheting, playing solitaire on the computer, 
and tending to her garden. After spending time 
with her grandchildren, Margaret would enjoy 
relaxing on the couch while watching TV.
She loved her family dearly; 
her family loved her greatly.
She is proceeded in death by her parents, 
and one son Bobby Lynn Bice.
Those remaining to cherish her memory are her 
son, Tommy Bice, her daughters Cindy and 
Charles (Hoppy) Tate, Samantha and John Glover, 
Michelle and Bucky Six, and Nikki Schoonover and 
Chris Baker. Her brother, Jack and Chandra 
Bagget, and sisters, Barbara Shumate, Pam and 
Bill Ellis, and Gwen Dobson.

James "Larry" Butler

October 7, 1955 - July 18, 2019

James Larkin "Larry" Butler, 63, passed away on July 18th, 2019 at his home in Cotton Plant.  It was also in Cotton Plant where he was born on October 7th, 1955 to the late Lewis Gray Butler and Lila Majors Butler.   Larry graduated from high school there as well before going to Jonesboro to get his Bachelors of Science in Microbiology from Arkansas State University.  Once he completed college, Larry returned to Cotton Plant and became an accomplished woodworker specializing in repairing antiques.  He also worked for Stewman's part-time before becoming a full-time mail carrier for the United States Postal Service.  He would retire after 25 years with the post office.   Larry was a member of the Richmond Masonic Lodge # 94 since 1989 and the McRoy Lodge Colony 190 since 2008, along with being an Honorary Member of Brinkley Lodge # 295. Over the ensuing years, he became a Master Mason,  served as the Secretary of the Richmond Lodge and was a Deputy Grand Lecturer for the state of Arkansas. Larry was also a proud volunteer fireman and was awarded "Fireman of the Year" in 1996.  Larry enjoyed a passion for hunting and fishing.  He would shoot at any game that was in season and enjoyed fishing Bayou Deview.  For over 15 years, Larry coached and passed on a love of baseball to his nephew, Houston.  

Larry is preceded in death by both parents; one sister, Martha Dorman; and one niece, Christi Dippel. He leaves behind two brothers, Gary (Esta Lee) Butler, and Gray (Lee) Butler; four nephews, Houston Dorman, Dane Butler, Alex Butler, and Christopher Butler; one niece, Cassandra Butler; one great-nephew, Andrew Dippel; and three great-nieces, Mackenzie Butler, Bailey Powell, and Emily Dippel.

Memorial Service Pending.

Ronnie Long Sr

July 12, 1938 - July 2, 2019

Ronnie Long Sr., 80, of Moro, passed away surrounded by family on July 2nd, 2019. He was born on July 12th, 1938 in Palestine to the late Arthur Dewey Long and Cassie Elma Darby. Ronnie was a proud farmer and construction worker. He loved his John Deere so much that he would mow the lawn even when it didn’t need it; Ronnie enjoyed operating heaving earth-moving equipment, especially, bulldozers and trackhoes. He also liked to treat others with as many meals of fish as they could stand. Ronnie is preceded in death by his parents; five brothers, Kenneth Long, Joe Long, A.D Long Jr, R.C. Long, and Buddy Long. Along with his sisters; Dorris Lindsey, and Vivian Jackson. Those remaining to cherish his memory are his sons; Ronnie Long, Shawn (Lisa) Long, and Dale (Deana) Long. Along with his daughter; Laura Litton; sisters; Bonnie Barret, and Betty Sue Umfress; ten grandchildren; Blake Long, Katie Duke, Holly Antony, Amber Estes, Lauren Barber, Darren Barber, Taylor Clark, Christina Wilson, Shonna Brown, and Trey Litton. And his eleven great-grandchildren; Chay Long, Vada Long, Ethan Lamb, Lucas Antony, Evan Antony, Andrea Antony, Olivia Antony, Lynlee Barber, Laurel Mae Clark, Rowen Clark, and Kaila Brown.

Visitation will be from 5 pm - 7 pm on July 4th with services on July 5th at 10 am.  Both will be at Fowler Funeral Home.

Shrion Ruth Cox

Sept 13 1943 - June 11 2019

Shiron Cox, 75, passed away at home on June 11th, 2019. She was born on September 13th, 1943 to the late Thomas and Opal Hickman. She is survived by spouse, Sherman Lee Cox; three brothers, Wayne (Jay) Hickman of North Little Rock,  Chris Hickman of Shreveport, LA, and Terry (late spouse Ginger) Hickman of Clarendon; and a niece, Judy (Mike) Richardson of Holly Grove, and her precious dog, Daisy May. Shiron is preceded in death by son, Sherman Eugene Cox; brother Steve Hickman, and sister Earlene Jones. Shiron  loved her family and friends, and was especially fond of rescue dogs. Shiron will be missed by many. Graveside services were at Shady Grove, Clarendon on Friday, June 14th.

Martha Jo Dorman

SEPT 26 1956 - JUNE 9 2019

Martha Jo Dorman, 62, of Cotton Plant passed away surrounded by family on June 9th, 2019. Martha was born on September 26th, 1956 in Cotton Plant to the late Lewis Gray Butler Sr. and Lila Ferguson Butler. Martha was married for 19 years to the late Ellis Adrian Dorman. Those remaining to cherish her memories are one son, Houston Dorman; three brothers, Lewis Gray (Sharon) Butler Jr., Gary (Esta Lee) Butler, James Larry; three nephews, Christopher Butler, Dane Butler, Alex Butler; and one niece Cassandra Butler.  Martha is preceded in death by her parents, and husband along with one niece Christina Dipple. Martha enjoyed many things in life.  She loved to cook, craft, and stain glass windows. What she loved most in life was being with her family. She was a devoted wife, loving mother, and a caring sister to her brothers. Most of all, she loved God and was a very devoted Christian. Visitation will be at Fowler Funeral Home Chapel on Wednesday, June 12th from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm.  Graveside service will be at Cotton Plant Cemetery on Thursday, June 13th at 12:00 pm.




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