JOHN HENRY OREN PARKER TURNER, 89
SEPT 3 1931 - APRIL 10 2021
John Henry Oren "Parker" Turner, 89, of Ulm was brought into this world on September 03, 1931 by his father, Henry Oren Turner, in the town of New Hope, Arkansas. He was the third of seven children born to Henry Oren and Nancy Jannie Sharp Turner. Oren remembers his childhood as one of hard work, but surrounded by lots of family, friends, and love. He could tell wonderful memories of growing up in the Grandfield community, living for a time in his grandparents thirteen room house, working in their store, and helping care for his blind grandmother by leading her around by hand. He had some hilarious memories that included the huge barn on their property that may, or may not, have included" Bull Durham" tobacco and family made “moonshine”. He could remember riding an old mule named Rodie from the family grist mill to the store for provisions, when he was still so young that he had to be placed on the mule’s back. Oren grew up in a difficult period of time because the country was still recovering from the “Great Depression”. His father, Henry Oren, although talented in many things such as music, carpentry, brewing, farming, and mechanics, was a wandering man. He led his wife and four sons from state to state as migrant laborers. Oren remembers living out of a tent and watching his mom cook their meals over campfires, while everything their family owned was packed on an old truck. As the boys grew, the family located in one area and Henry Oren went to work for the logging industry in California for a time and then moved area back to Arkansas to work as farmers. In 1951, at the age of 19, Oren met and married the love of his life, Mary Ellen Foster, aged 16, and they began their own family. Times were still difficult and finding good jobs was hard, so Oren and Mary moved back to California where his father and mother had already returned. There, his mother gave birth to three more children, all girls, giving Oren six siblings. Oren was a hard worker, and very quick to develop new skills. To provide for his family, he worked as a ranch foreman, managed a cotton gin, farmed, laid ties for the railroad, managed a filling station, worked in factories, and spent the last 25 of his working years as a foreman at Riceland Foods in Stuttgart, Arkansas. He was a skilled musician, playing music by ear, and mastering many instruments; guitar, harmonica, banjo, mandolin, and keyboard, but his favorite instruments were guitar and harmonica. He was an encyclopedia of songs and music that he had learned throughout his lifetime. He was an artist, a wood worker, a skilled carpenter, and could repair anything from household appliances to mechanical engines. One of his greatest assets was his love for people and his willingness to go above and beyond to help anyone in need. Oren was a fisherman. He loved fishing and hunting and anything that allowed him to be on the water or in the woods. He loved fishing with his family and friends, or alone. He enjoyed the challenge of catching fish and rarely came up empty handed. He was an excellent cook and, over the years, cooked fish for many family and friends. In 1973, Oren's heart was broken with the death of his wife, Mary Ellen. In their twenty-two years of marriage, they had parented five children: four sons, Henry, Terry, Roger, Floyd, and a daughter, Rachel Ann. They nurtured their family in a Godly home and loved them unconditionally. In August of 1974, he married Katherine “Kathy” Marie Smith, aged 21, and they cherished forty-seven years of marriage together filled with lots of struggles, but overcome by laughter, patience, love, and God’s blessings. They were blessed with the adoption of their granddaughter, Patricia Diane, whom they raised. Oren was preceded in death by his parents, Henry Oren and Nancy Jane Turner; his brothers, Desmond Felix, Bonnie Esmond, Franklin Frances; his sisters, Jo Ann Reedy and Mary Helen Redfern, his first beloved wife, Mary Ellen Turner, and one child. He is survived by his loving wife, Kathy, his four sons, Henry Dalton, of Phoenix, AZ., Terry Wayne (Gladys) of Humphrey, AR., Roger Dale (Yong Ae) of Stuttgart, AR., William Floyd (Kellie) of Aberdeen, AR., and his daughters, Rachel Ann Herrington of Aberdeen, AR., and Patricia Diane (Antwain) Vincer of Stuttgart, AR. He is also survived by his sister, Connie Sue (Tobie) Foster of Rosie, AR., and so many grandchildren, nieces, nephews, family, and friends that there is no way to acknowledge them all. He was the most loving Papaw and left his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren a legacy of honesty, dignity, compassion, and love. He was a man filled with God's love, and that love touched everyone with whom he came into contact. When he went to be with Jesus on April I0th, 2021, he had almost ninety years of a life lived full of joy, happiness, love, and God's blessings. "Well done, thou good and faithful servant.” -Matthew 25:21. Graveside service will be held at Shiloh Cemetery on Wednesday, April 14th at 2:00 pm with visitation starting at 1:30 pm.
KENNY ODELL GREEN, 66
SEPTEMBER 10TH 1954 - APRIL 9TH 2021
Kenny Odell Green, 66, passed away peacefully in Searcy on April 9th 2021 at the Springs Nursing and Rehab Facility. He was born in Stuttgart Hospital on September 10th 1954 to Odell Green and Billie Hicks Green. Kenny enjoyed fishing for anything that would bite the hook; watching the St. Cardinals baseball team, and the Kansas City Chiefs football team. He retired from Riviana Foods Inc after over a decade as a machine operator and forklift driver. Those remaining to cherish his memory are his wife of 46 years, Vickie Schoonover Green, of Southside; his parents, of El Paso; brother, Ricky (Sue) Green of Searcy; one daughter, Amy (Bradford) Anderson, of Southside; granddaughter, Kaleigh (David) Pearson, of Southside; great-grandsons, Cole-David, and Kolton Pearson, of Southside; along with other family and friends. Visitation will be from 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm on Monday, April 12th 2021 with funeral services at 2:00 pm, both at Fowler Funeral Home, Brinkley.
Jonathan Wayne Self, 37
April 12th 1983 - April 7th 2021
This April 7, 2021 Jonathan Wayne Self, 37, took his last final breath surrounded by his loved ones. The sun rose and the world welcomed John John on April 12, 1983, a day the world became a little brighter. Jonathan lived life day by day, not worrying about tomorrow. His laugh was one of a kind, and you couldn't help but laugh with him. He never met a stranger. Jonathan could always find something to strike up a conversation. His sisters believe he could sell a bicycle to a car salesman. He wanted to make sure you were paying attention, and he would use his favorite word "Look" to make sure you were listening. You could count on him to pick on his sisters when they were younger, as brothers do. Most recently he had taken to teaching his youngest nieces and nephews some of his antics.
Jonathan is survived by his sister Crystal French of Brinkley, Cynthia (Vaughan) Roy of Brinkley, and Misty (Tyler) Stokes of Helena. Jonathan is also survived by two uncles, an aunt, and many cousins. Jonathan had no children of his own, but his loss leaves a hole in the hearts of a swarm of nieces and nephews he's left behind.
Jonathan was preceded in death by his mother Teresa Collier Davis, step-father Dale Davis, father Calvin E. Self Jr., and step mother Donna Saffell.
Visitation will be on Sunday April 11th, 2021 from noon - 2:00 pm with funeral service at 2:00 pm, both at Fowler Funeral Home.
Hunter Martin Butcher, 32
1989 - 2021
Hunter Martin Butcher, 32, passed away Tuesday, March 30th, 2021 at his home in Westworth, Texas. He was born on March 20th, 1989 to Randy and Linda Bennett Butcher at Baptist Hospital in Forrest City, Arkansas. Hunter and his family lived in the Brinkley area while he was a toddler but they began to move around for his dad's work. They lived for a few years in Hazen but eventually settled and made their home in Cabot, Arkansas. Hunter had a happy childhood growing up with his parents and siblings. The children were always having friends over and their house was a hub of activity. Hunter lived with his grandmother, Louise Bennett, for a few years in Brinkley and became very close with her. He said she was a saint and one of his favorite family members. Hunter embarked on an adventure to live in Texas. He loved electronics, video games, music and had a huge heart for animals.
Hunter is preceded in death by his grandparents, and father Randy Butcher. He is survived by his mother, Linda; one brother, Clint Butcher of Texas; two sisters, Courtney (Justin) Butcher of Indiana, and Hallie Butcher of Brinkley; uncle, Ricky (Amanda) Bennett, of Kensett; aunts, Angie (Roger) Butcher Melikiam, of Searcy, and Susan Bennett of Brinkley; nieces, Lily Butcher, and Kylie Butcher; nephews, Micah Butcher, Zach Butcher, Skylar Alcantar, and Levi Pulliam; cousins, Clayton, Cameron, and Clinton Matthew Joslin, Celia Bennett, Ricky Bennett Jr, and Brandi King; along with a host of other family and friends. Hunter's cremations will be buried with his grandparents, Walter and Louise Bennett at McCurley Cemetery in Blackton, Arkansas.
In Lieu of Flowers, please make donations in Hunter's Honor to Fowler Funeral Home POB 785 Brinkley, Arkansas 72021.
Charles "Charlie" Wallace, 86
February 28 1935 - March 25 2021
Charles "Charlie" Nathan Wallace, 86, of Brinkley, went to be with the Lord on March 25th, 2021. He was born in Bald Knob, Arkansas on February 28th, 1935 to the late Mary Vincent and Horace Wallace. Charlie loved many things in life including going to the River of Life Church, watching Western movies, and directing traffic. His main passion, however, was riding a bicycle around town selling newspapers for over 50 years. It wasn't until 2018 that he finally retired. Charlie had a close, loving bond with the citizen's of Brinkley and he will be sorely missed by the entire community. Charlie is preceded in death by his parents; along with three brothers, Hugh Vance, Sam Vance, and Delmar Vance; two sisters, Hazel Morgan, and Louise Wallace; and one niece Esther Hicks. He is survived by his nieces, Christine Mack of Stuttgart, Alma (Gene) Major, and Daniel (Katie) Vance of Brinkley; three from Oklahoma, Irene Cheek, Cindy Dutton, and Angie Vance; along with a host of great nieces and nephews, along with other extended family and many, many friends. Visitation will be held at Fowler Funeral Home, Brinkley on Monday, March 29th from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. Funeral services will be on Tuesday, March 30th at 2:00 pm in the Convention Center. Burial to follow at Upper Cemetery, Brinkley. In Lieu of flowers, please make final expense and headstone donations cto Fowler Funeral Home c/o Charlie's Honor POB 785 Brinkley, Arkansas 72021
PETER ALBERT BROOKS, 84
NOVEMBER 30 1936 - mARCH 3 2021
Peter Albert Brooks, 84, passed away peacefully at his home in Brinkley, Arkansas on March 5th, 2021. He was born in the small town of Fargo, Arkansas on November 30th, 1936 to the late John Brooks and Louise Simpson Brooks. In May of 1954 Pete enlisted into the Air Force's Marine Corp Division of the United States Armed Services and bravely served his country. Upon his honorable discharge at Andrews Air Force Base in Washington, D.C., Pete traveled the country with his family until 1966. It was in this year he began his six-decade long career in the oil and gas industry. He began as a gas pipeline welder helper and joined the Steamfitter's Union # 798 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. From there he worked his way to a welder and went everywhere from off-shore in the North Sea to the Alaskan Pipelines. In 1989 he joined the Pipefitters Union #342 in Concord, California where he remained until his retirement in 1999. Retirement did not slow him down though, as he remained active in the industry as a welding inspector until 2014 when he and his wife, Barbara Nicholas Brooks, returned to Brinkley from their home of 13 years in Fallon, Nevada. Like most men born and raised in the delta, Pete also loved to fish and enjoyed being in the outdoors, especially mowing the yard and working in the garden. Pete is preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Carl Brooks, and Winford Brooks. He leaves behind his wife of 48 years, Barbara; along with a daughter Cherelynn "Chere" Pratt; two step-sons, Larry Fricker, and Danny Joe Fricker; two step-daughters, Belinda Starr, and Renita Staats; one brother, John David (Rosanne) Brooks; one grandchild, Tiffany (Chris Jordan) Brooks; one great-grandchild Louisa Jordan; along with one sister-in-law, Ann Henderson. Memorial Service will be at 2:00pm on Saturday, March 20th at Fowler Funeral Home, Brinkley.