Ruth Elizabeth “Liz” Workman

Ruth Elizabeth “Liz” Workman
October 23, 1928 – January 1, 2022

Ruth Elizabeth (“Liz”) Teague Workman died on January 1, 2022. She was 93 years old and had been a resident of Conway since 1985.

Mrs. Workman was best known for her long and engaged involvement in the United Methodist Church’s social and human rights work. She was particularly active in advocating civil rights, women’s equality, and efforts to promote justice and world peace. As a result of her lifelong leadership in these areas, Mrs. Workman received numerous honors. These included Hendrix College’s Ethel K. Miller Award for Religious and Social Awareness (1985); recognition by the Arkansas Peace Center for her “sustained commitment to contemporary issues of peace and justice” (1987); The Valiant Woman Award from Arkansas Church Women United (1988); the Human Rights Award from Church Women United (2011), and the 2013 Humanitarian Award from Hendrix College.

Born in Buckner, AR in 1928, Elizabeth Teague was the second child of Otto Warren Teague (d. 1988) of Hollywood, AR, and Lydia Lois Young Teague (d. 1998), formerly of Mayfield, KY. Her father was a United Methodist minister who served for 43 years in various Arkansas conferences. The Church and its music formed the foundations of young Elizabeth’s life. Her earliest memory, she once said, was hearing a piano as she walked along a dirt road in rural Arkansas and felt drawn to the sound.

By the time she was 12, she was playing the piano for worship services led by her father. Only a few years later, she would serve in local churches as a youth counselor, Sunday school teacher, and choir director. She graduated from Pine Bluff High School (1946) and received her BA from Hendrix College (1950). At Hendrix she met her husband, John S. Workman (d. 2014), a Methodist minister and a journalist who, from 1979 into the early ‘90s, was the Arkansas Gazette’s religion editor. They were married for 64 years, a remarkable partnership which often saw them both engaged in many of the same political, social justice, and human rights issues.

Mrs. Workman was also deeply committed to public schools and, in particular, the education of the underprivileged and neglected. She earned an MA from the University of Central Arkansas in 1970 in special education and taught in the Little Rock Public Schools for 10 years (1970-1980). While the focus of her advocacy work was the United Methodist Women’s organization, her activism extended well beyond the halls of Methodism. From 1986-89 she was State President of Church Women United (CWU) in Arkansas, an organization of women of diverse races, cultures, and religious traditions advocating for peace and justice throughout the world. She also served on the CWU’s National Common Council, as well as on the National Committee for Ecumenical Action. The Arkansas CWU selected her State Chairperson for their Jubilee Year Celebration, marking the completion of their first 50 years of operation. While living in Little Rock, she also helped reorganize the Conway chapter of CWU and, after moving to Conway, held several offices there, including service as its president (2003-2004).

During the 1980s, Mrs. Workman also worked closely with the late Betty Bumpers, wife of the former Arkansas Governor and U.S. Senator, as one of the earliest members of Arkansas’ Peace Links initiative, an organization focused on ending the nuclear weapons race. As a part of this effort, she served on the Curriculum Committee for The Peace Education Project at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. In 1985 she was state coordinator for the organization’s Peace Ribbon project. And in this leadership position she was selected to represent the group with Betty Bumpers at the Peace March in Washington, D.C., as well as served as a delegate for the organization’s mission to the Soviet Union in 1987.

An enthusiastic sports fan and athlete, Liz Workman played tennis into her mid 80s, often with her good friend, the late Betty Courtway of Conway. She was a highly competitive player. So much so that her children often joked that, for Mom, the promotion of world peace did not extend to the tennis court. Mrs. Workman’s other activities included work as co-chair of the Conway League of Women Voters; as a speaker and active member of NOW (National Organization for Women); as an advocate for alleviating poverty and hunger among Arkansans; as a member of the Advisory Council for the Arkansas Conference of Churches and Synagogues; and as a prominent voice for ERArkansas, the campaign in the mid-1970s to pass a State Equal Rights Amendment.

Mrs. Workman is survived by her brothers Otto Warren Teague, Jr. of Stuttgart, AR, Samuel Berris Teague of Conway, AR, and David Gene Teague of Lexington, SC. Her sister, Lydia Lorraine Teague Wilson of Beebe, Ark., passed away in 2015. Her husband of 64 years, John S. Workman of Conway, died in 2014. She is also survived by her four children: John S. Workman, Jr. of Ridgewood, NJ; Paul Steven Workman of Owasso, OK; Susan (Susie) Workman Jones of Miami, NM; and Charles M. Workman of Valeyres-sous-Montagny, Switzerland; plus seven grandchildren and two great-granddaughters.

Her memorial service will be at the First United Methodist Church in Conway on a date to be arranged after the crest of the pandemic has subsided. In lieu of flowers, her family would welcome memorial donations made to one of the following: First United Methodist Church of Conway (designated for “The Elizabeth and John Workman Social Justice Fund”); Hendrix College (designated for “The Elizabeth and John Workman Grant Fund”); or to The Arkansas FoodBank, 4301 W. 65th Street, Little Rock, AR 72209.

Thomas Dillinger

Thomas Dillinger

Thomas Dellinger
January 3, 2022

Thomas Willard Dellinger, age 74, of Rosemond Avenue in Jonesboro, AR, passed away Monday, January 3, 2022 at St. Bernard’s Medical Center in Jonesboro, AK.

Born in Huntington, WV on November 27, 1947, he was the son of the late Norris and Peggy Dellinger.

Thomas was a U.S. Army Veteran of the Vietnam War where he received a Purple Heart medal. He was a retired school teacher with thirty-eight years of service with Jonesboro High School. He began preaching in 2005 and for the last ten years he had served as the pastor of Bono United Methodist Church. He loved his church and congregation. He was a Gideon for most of his life. In his spare time he enjoyed traveling, hiking, any type of activities with his grandsons including ball games, awards ceremonies, and Boy Scout activities.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife of thirty-seven years; Darlene G. Dellinger of Jonesboro, AR; his daughter; Mary Barkley and husband, Josh of Jonesboro, AR; his grandsons; Jacob and Austin Dellinger of Jonesboro, AR; his brother; Charles Dellinger and wife, Sue of Orange Park, FL; his niece; Jennifer Dellinger; and his nephews; Charlie and Tim Dellinger.

A time to support the family, share memories, and receive friends will be Sunday, January 9, 2022 from 2:00 pm until 2:30 pm at the Pisgah United Methodist Church. The funeral service will be on Sunday, January 9, 2022 at 2:30 pm at the Pisgah United Methodist Church with the Rev. Terry Duckworth officiating. Interment will be in the Pisgah United Methodist Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial donations be made to either; The Gideons. www.sendtheword.org or Center of Advanced Liver Diseases – Methodist Le Bonheur. www.methodisthealth.org/healthcare-services/transplant/liver-transplant-program/

Words of comfort may be e-mailed to the family by going to our website; www.webbfh.com, selecting Thomas Dellinger’s name and then you may sign his guestbook. Webb Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements for Mr. Dellinger and is honored to be serving the Dellinger family. Mr. Dellinger’s obituary has also been posted on Facebook for viewing

Ellis Lloyd Posey Jr.

Ellis Lloyd Posey Jr.

Ellis Lloyd Posey Jr.
October 8, 1930 – November 29, 2021

Mr. Ellis Lloyd Posey Jr., age 91, passed away Wednesday, December 29, 2021 in Mena, Arkansas at home. He was born October 8th, 1930 in Mena to the late Ellis Lloyd Posey, Sr. and Mary Alice McAllister Posey. 

Lloyd attended Bethany Nazarene College where he met Anna. On June 14, 1953, Lloyd and Anna tied the knot in a double wedding with his sister, Dorothy and his best friend, Charles. Lloyd later attended Moody Bible Institute and was involved in ministry there. 

Lloyd’s primary occupation was assistant pastor/pastor. He also taught school and was a principal for a short time. Lloyd graduated from Luther Rice Seminary with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in the early 1970’s, and he retired as a Methodist minister. 

Lloyd’s character stood out as a shining testimony to all who knew him. His love for Jesus was evident as he faithfully modeled a life devoted to Christ. He was a tender husband who spent much of his later years sacrificially caring for his wife with dementia. He was a gentle and wise father and grandfather who effortlessly earned admiration and respect by leading his loved ones through his example as a servant. 

He approached life with passion and attention to detail. Whether it was mountain climbing with his grandkids, delivering a spellbinding speech, or performing a musical solo for a crowd, his intentionality and poise were evident. Always an enthusiast for learning, Lloyd educated himself on something new on a regular basis. It was not uncommon to find him digging into a new history book or strategizing his next chess move. One of his most notorious accomplishments was building his own retirement home from the ground up with the help from his loved ones. He was known as the man who could fix anything or do anything he set his mind to. 

Lloyd is preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Dorothy Faith Bolin; his son, Philip Gordon Posey, and his grandson, Timothy Todd Chapin. He is survived by his wife, Anna Ruth Posey and his daughter, Sherry Lynne Chapin of Mena, Arkansas. He also has nine grandchildren and twenty-two great grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Clayton Posey of Wayne, Oklahoma and sisters, Alice Gwendolyn Neal of Bethany, Oklahoma, and Maralyn Vay Chandler of Conway, Arkansas. 

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 5th, 2022 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Mena First United Methodist Church. Funeral service will follow on Thursday, January 6th, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. at the Mena First United Methodist Church, with interment following at Pinecrest Memorial Park in Mena, Arkansas. Reverend Scott Stewart will be officiating under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

William “Bill” Norris Steele

William “Bill” Norris Steele
February 2, 1950 – December 23, 2021

William “Bill” Norris Steele, 71, of Jonesboro, passed away peacefully Thursday, Dec. 23, 2021, at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro.

Bill was born Feb. 2, 1950, to the Rev. Norris and Virginia Steele in Morrilton.

After graduating from Little Rock Central High School in 1968, he went on to graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Arkansas State University, a master’s in family counseling from Henderson State University and a master’s in theology from Southern Methodist University.

After graduating from SMU, Bill began his life in the ministry by entering the Arkansas Methodist Conference. Bill served full time and part time for the Arkansas and Florida Methodist conferences for 43 years until he retired in July of 2017.

Bill always had a special place in his heart for youth. He was a counselor at the Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranch in Live Oak and a family counselor in Perry, Fla., during the time that he was serving in the Florida Methodist Conference part time.

Bill returned to full-time ministry in the fall of 2006 in Arkansas, until his retirement.

Bill Steele never met a stranger. He was a stubborn, kind, funny and very generous man.

He was not a saint, but he was a human being who tried to make this world a better place through random acts of kindness and sharing God’s love wherever he went.

Bill loved listening to all kinds of music and enjoyed singing in the choir with his rich baritone voice.

He enjoyed shopping and finding all of the best deals, then sharing his “deals” with everyone around him.

If you were around Bill for more than five minutes and he didn’t tell some kind of a joke, you began to wonder if he needed a ride to the hospital.

He was a supportive father, whose voice could be heard at sporting events above all of the other parents.

Above all other things in life, Bill enjoyed being in the company of friends and family. He loved to talk about their favorite pastimes and relished in the victories big and small that came along with life.

Bill was predeceased by his wife, Mary Steele, his parents, the Rev. Norris and Virginia Steele, and his sister, Allidel Whitwell.

He is survived by his daughters, Kim Steele and Amber Center, his brothers, David and Rodney Steele, his granddaughter, Bailey Center, and his favorite cousin, Keith Steele.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the First United Methodist Church in Marked Tree. Arrangements are under the direction of Howard Funeral Service of Manila.

Garren Earle Hagemeier

Garren Earle Hagemeier

Garren Earle Hagemeier
March 3, 1940 – December 16, 2021

Garren Earle Hagemeier was born to Wayne and Eva Hagemeier in the spring of 1940 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. As a young man, he loved to hunt and explore the wild lands of New Mexico and Idaho. At church camp, he was called to the ministry and gave his life to Christ. After an 8year enlistment in the Air Force as a cryptographer, he pursed his childhood calling and attended seminary at Northwest Nazarene Theological Seminary in Idaho. He had a family and two full time jobs while maintaining a 4.0 grade point average in college. He was ordained as minister soon after graduating seminary.

He was a man of many talents and had a light-heartedness for a good joke. He later pursued business interests in Austin, Texas where he met and married his second wife. When they moved to Little Rock, Arkansas a preacher at a local church called Garren out to go preach. He started in 1980 as a circuit rider for the United Methodist Church with four churches. As his congregations grew, he passed the churches over to other pastors and by 1993 Southbend United Methodist Church remained as his sole church for ministry. In 2002, he finally gave up his business pursuits to serve the church full time. He loved his church and had a heart for serving, feeding, and taking anyone in who needed help. Under his leadership, the church’s youth group grew significantly, and he was responsible for restoring the church after a fire.

He is preceded in death by his mother Eva Hagemeier, father Wayne Hagemeier, sister Evadine Tullock, brother Warren Hagemeier, and daughter Carrie Thomas and her mother Margaret Schultz. He is survived by wife Connie Hagemeier, daughters Cindy White, Katie Justice and their spouses, son Justin Hagemeier, granddaughters Stephanie Mowery, Kristen White and Avri Justice, grandsons Keller Thomas and Brady Justice as well as many parishioners and friends.

A Memorial Service will be held for him at Southbend United Methodist Church on Sunday December 19, 2021 at 1:00 pm. Location: 3285 AR-294 Jacksonville, AR 72076.

In Lieu of flowers, the family wishes for offerings in honor of Garren Hagemeier to his church home of Southbend UMC (P.O. Box 307 Jacksonville, AR 72078)