BILLIE JOYCE SKINNER SIMPSON, 89
mAY 3 1931 - OCTOBER 19 2020
Billie “Bam Baw” Skinner Simpson, 89, passed away on October 19th, 2020. She was born on May 3rd, 1931 to the late John B. and Lurah King Skinner and was raised in the Bethlehem community between Brinkley and Clarendon, Arkansas. She grew up on the farm and lived in a home that was her former schoolhouse where she spent most of her life. Billie was a gifted seamstress and loved making clothes. She worked at Van Heusen shirt factory for over 25 years. Eventually, she would open her own upholstery shop in her home in the early 1980s. More than this, she loved her Lord Jesus and His Church. As a member of Clarendon Missionary Baptist Church and former member of Bethlehem Missionary Baptist, she was a children’s choir director for many years and taught Sunday School for teens and adult ladies. She was married to Leroy Simpson who was the love of her life. The two of them took kids to youth camps throughout the early years of their 54-year marriage. Billie was an amazing example of a Christian wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. She was a hard worker, an excellent cook, and loved hosting people in her home. Each and every Sunday, she would prepare a feast for anyone who would come for a visit. She is survived by her sister Margaret Perkins, children, Diane Simpson Vance (Danny) and Kenny Simpson (Donna), grandchildren Ken Simpson (Keri), Heather McCarty (Chris), Tyler Vance (Angie), Kevin Simpson (Katie), Drew Vance (Susan), and great-grandchildren, Samuel McCarty, Jared Vance, Daniel McCarty, Seth Vance, Shelby Simpson, Connor Simpson, Ian Vance, Michael McCarty, Sidney Simpson, Tommy Vance, Nate Vance, Tyson Vance, Hailey Simpson, Maci Kate Simpson, and many extended family members and friends. She was preceded in death by brothers Robert, Arnold, and Max Skinner. All guests attending the Graveside services at Shady Grove Cemetery on Wednesday, October 21st at 11:00 am are asked to wear proper face masks and practice social distancing. Visitation will start 10:30 am.
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14
JULY 14 1927 - OCTOBER 10 2020
Dorothy Imogene Severe, age 93 passed away on Saturday, October 10, 2020 at her home in Brinkley, Arkansas. Mrs. Severe was born July 14, 1927 near Hagler, Arkansas to the late Clarence E. And Bessie (Bagwell) Hildebrand. She was united in marriage to Wayne E. Severe on September 19, 1944 in Clarendon, Arkansas. Mrs. Severe was a housewife, and Bookkeeper for their family business Brinkley Electrical Service. She enjoyed sewing, fishing, camping, gardening, and spending time with her children and grandchildren. She was a long-time member of The American Legion Ladies Auxiliary. She was a member of Park Avenue Missionary Baptist Church in Stuttgart. She is survived by one son, Don Severe of Brinkley; two daughters, Romana Hoover of Memphis, and Chantay Tefteller of Brinkley. She has four grandchildren and seven Great-grandchildren. Graveside service will be at the Lone Tree Cemetery Pavilion in Stuttgart, Arkansas on Wednesday, October 14th at 2:00 pm with a visitation a half hour prior.
JOAN CAROLYN CATLETT, 80
JANUARY 10 1949 - SEPTEMBER 29 2020
Joan Carolyn Catlett, 80, passed from this earth to her heavenly home with the Lord on September 29th, 2020 after a courageous battle with Pancreatic Cancer. Joan, or JoAnn, as she was fondly called by many family and friends, was born on January 10th, 1940, in Clarendon, Arkansas to the late James Elmer "Toad" Norwood Sr and Maude Corinne Hurst Norwood. She was the third of three children and the only girl born into the family. Joan was a graduate of Clarendon High School and supported the Mighty Lions as a cheerleader in the mid-50's. When not in school, Joan was a familiar face at Bo & Jan's Cafe, where she worked filling many customer and food service duties. In August 1963, Joan married the late Donald Gene Catlett, also of Clarendon and three children were born in the marriage of 37 years. Joan was a member of Clarendon Missionary Baptist Church. Her lifelong skill and passion was sewing and quilting for her family. In years past, attending Bluegrass music parks and making friends of like-kind were her and Don's pastime of enjoyment getaways. Survivors include two daughters, Donna Jo Aker of Clarendon, and Deborah Jane "Dusty" Boschung, and husband, Charles of St. Mary's, Georgia; one son, David Jon Catlett of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; two brothers, James Elmer "Jim" Jr and wife Darlene of Lancaster, California, William Andrew "Bill" Norwood and wife Margaret of Zeeland, Michigan; six grandchildren Meagan, Lauren, Jazmine, Drew, Morgan, Chelsea; seven great-grandchildren, Gabe, Levi, Zoey, Carson, Bentlee, Olivia, and Tony; along with other family and friends.
Graveside services will be held at Shady Grove Cemetery, Clarendon on Friday, October 2nd at 11:00 am.
Mary Katheryn Wallace, 68, passed away on September, 28th 2020 in North Little Rock, Arkansas. She was born on June 8th, 1952 in McCrory, Arkansas to the late Everett Harold Tucker and Pauline Fraze Tucker.
Mary was a Pharmacy Technician for several years for a man who had contracted polio. She was his legs and arms as he was confined to a wheelchair. Mary would collect the medication and fill the bottles all the while helping assist with the daily operations. Mary was a caregiver by her nature. She took care of her sister-in-law who was battling dementia for several years. Most recently she stayed with Albert Grizzle six-nights-a-week caring for him until she ended up in the hospital herself. She and Albert passed away within a week of each other.
Mary was a decade long member of the 1st Assembly of God in Brinkley. She enjoyed singing with her family and listening to Gospel music. In her younger years, Mary loved to have weekend fish fries. She also enjoyed crafting, especially beaded jewelry. She will be remembered by her two children as the best mother they could have had; and by her Yorkie, Max, whom she loved to spoil.
Mary is preceded in death by her parents; her spouse, Earl Wayne Wallace; and three brothers, Larry, Clifton, and Lynn Tucker. Those remaining to cherish her memory are son, Kevin (Shelley) Wallace; daughter, Kim Wallace; brother, Tommy (Stella) Tucker; four grandchildren, Dakota Wallace, Montana Wallace, Kolby Hollowell, Kayla Dixon; four great-grandchildren, Alex Dixon, Gracelyn Dixon, Chole Dixon, and Weston Sneed; along with other family and friends. Funeral services will be held at 1st Assembly of God, Brinkley on Thursday, October 1st, 2020 at 2:00 pm with visitation one hour prior. Burial to follow at White Hall Cemetery, McCrory.
Shannon Lee Spears
AUGUST 10 1987 - SEPTEMBER 14 2020
Shannon Lee Spears, 33, passed away with her boyfriend of five years, LaTerrance Ray "Sugar Ray" Brown, on September 14th, 2020 due to a tragic motor vehicle accident. Shannon was born on August 10th, 1987 to Curtis Spears and Debbie Bogard. Shannon was a self-taught artist who loved painting, especially the Razorbacks. Anywhere Shannon went it seemed that there was music playing. It didn't matter what type, as long as the music was loud, Shannon would happily listen to it. Several years ago a special cause was presented to Shannon; it was a cause that would literally have a permanent impact. Shannon and her oldest daughter, Autumn, tattooed matching 'Semicolon Suicide Awareness Symbols' onto their wrists. It represents hope even to this day. Shannon leaves behind many who will cherish her memory, including, father, Curtis; mother Debbie; one son Robert Sullins; two daughters, Autumn Sullins, and Kaitlyn Sullins; one brother, B.J. Kellensworth; grandmother, Clara (late Robert) Spears; her favorite uncle in the whole world whom she loved to pester constantly, Jimmy Spears; two aunts, Teressa (Clem) Hickman, and Ann (late Robert) Clemons; along with one niece, Ryan Kellensworth and a host of other family and friends. A graveside service for Shannon will be held on Saturday, September 19th at Prospect Cemetery, Moro with visitation the same day at Fowler Funeral Home from 10:00 am until noon. Tribute viedo is pending.