Obituary – Mary Agnes Powell

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Mary Agnes Powell, 90, of Cabot, passed away Tuesday, December 15, 2020. She was born May 13, 1930 in Lonoke County to the late Dock and Prude Davis Elmore. Mary was a member of Oakland United Methodist Church in Holland, Arkansas, where she was the music director for many years. She was also a member of Mt. Tabor United Methodist Church, which was her husband’s home church. He was born and raised in that church and loved it so much.  In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by her loving husband, William Bert Powell and a brother, Kenneth Elmore.

Mary is survived by her daughter, Dianna Hill and husband, Raymond of Forrest City, Arkansas; two grandsons, Duke Hill and his wife, DaShaune and Mike Hill; two great-grandchildren, Claire Williams and her husband, Cody and Hunter Hill; one great great-grandchild, Kamryn Hill and a very special friend, Vickie Hicks.

Graveside services will be 10:00 a.m., Friday, December 18, 2020 at Mount Carmel Cemetery with Raymond Hill officiating.  Arrangements by Thomas Funeral Service, 501-941-7888. 

Obituary – Rev. Luke S. Parker

Obituary – Rev. Luke S. Parker

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Luke S. Parker was born August 6, 1976, in Fort Smith, AR. Mr. Parker, age 44, passed away November 30, 2020, in a single-engine plane crash in Franklin, AR, doing what he loved best.

In addition, Luke loved fishing with his dad, anything outdoors, playing or watching football. He was a foodie and enjoyed cooking. He loved spending time with family, evidenced by one family member saying, “He was the best of us all; he was the glue that kept us together.”

Luke was a United Methodist Local Licensed Pastor and had previously pastored at Naylor United Methodist Church and in Stuttgart, AR, at Grand Avenue United Methodist Church. He loved his ministry and his church family dearly.

Luke will be deeply be missed by all who knew and loved him. He is survived by his mother Suanne Morgan and husband Jack of Conway, AR; his father Charles Parker and wife Jerri of Rogers, AR; two sisters, Mandy Lancaster and husband Chuck of Altamonte Springs, FL and Jill Scott of Atlanta, GA; two brothers, Travis Parker and wife Sarah of Peoria, AZ, and Patrick Coats and wife Robin of Rogers, AR.

Arrangements under the direction of Rosewood Cremation and Funeral, 438 Hwy 64 East, Conway, AR, 72032.

Obituary – Rev. Mary Arlene Pickett

Rev. Mary Arlene Pickett

Rev. Mary Arlene Pickett, 90 of Booneville, passed away November 12, 2020 in Booneville.  She was born April 28, 1930 in Battle Creek, Michigan to Ralph and Martha Smith.

Rev. Mary Pickett was a retired United Methodist Local Pastor and a bible teacher.  Some of her last appointments were:  New Bethel, Branch, and Coles Chapel.  

Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Richard A. Pickett; one stepson, Richard A. Pickett Jr.

Graveside Services were held Monday, November 16, 2020 at Oak Hill Cemetery in Booneville. 

Rev. Pickett is survived by her daughter, Rebecca Maxwell of Booneville; one grandson, Mark Maxwell and wife Aleshia of Booneville; two great-grandsons, Owen and Lane Maxwell of Booneville; two step great-grandsons, Kacy and Eyn Frederick Magazine.

Obituary – Rev. Sidney Royce Savage

Sidney “Royce” Savage went to his Heavenly home on November 5, 2020. Royce was born July 26, 1940. He served as a Methodist minister for 59 years, having served churches all over Arkansas and after retirement in 2013 he moved to Tyler where he served as pastor at Noonday United Methodist Church where he was pastor until his death. He also served Flint United Methodist Church until the church closed.

Through the years he also worked at several different hardware stores where he was able to enjoy his love of tools.

Royce was very active in Lion’s Club International for many years. He helped establish a chapter in Dover, Arkansas and was its first president. He later joined the chapter in Arkadelphia, Arkansas where he held several offices. He was also a charter member of the Dutch Creek Volunteer Fire Department in Danville, Arkansas where he served until he moved to Sparkman, Arkansas.

Royce was also very active in the missions of his various churches, the last of which was Noonday United Methodist. He helped with Under the Bridge ministry where the church provided food, clothing, toiletries and bedding to the less fortunate. He helped with the Clothes Closet which the church operated twice a month until Covid-19. He also enjoyed our monthly games day at the church when we met with any church members who wanted to attend to have lunch together and play dominoes, Bingo, etc.

Royce is survived by his loving wife of 25 years, Sylvia; and three children, Alison, Lane and Rex Thompson. He is also survived by four children from a previous marriage, Renee Rodrigues of Navarre, FL, Mary Ann Knight of Hector, AR, Blair Lansden and Chet Savage of Fayetteville, AR; eleven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents, Rev. W. B. and Gladys Savage and a sister, Nyla Faye Shoemaker.

A memorial service will be held at the Noonday United Methodist church Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to one’s favorite charity or to the East Texas Food Bank, Attn: Development Department, 3201 Robertson St., Tyler, TX 75701 or to Noonday United Methodist Church, 17320 Highway 155 S., Flint, TX 75762.

Obituary – Rev. Sammye Jess Rink

Obituary – Rev. Sammye Jess Rink

Rev. Sammye Rink

Sammye Jess Rink, who resided in Fort Smith, Arkansas, died Tuesday, November 3, 2020, at Baptist Health Hospital in Fort Smith. She was born December 12, 1932, in Floydada, Texas, to the late Bonnie Houston Shultz and Vallie (Sisson) Shultz. She was 87 years old. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frederick Earl Rink; her daughter, Gloria Ellen Rink; and her youngest grandson, Michael Allen Rink.

Sammye was a life-long registered nurse and a minister in the United Methodist Church and Nazarene Church for the last 20 years. She touched the lives of hundreds of people throughout all four corners of the country and Alaska. She was currently a member of two churches, Midland United Methodist and River Valley Church of the Nazarene. She taught Sunday School and Bible studies right up until a month before her passing.

A family held memorial service will be held at 3:00 P.M., Tuesday, November 17th, at Wesley United Methodist Church in Fort Smith.

She is survived by one son, Dr. D. Chris Rink and wife Gladys McCutchen Rink of Fort Smith; three grandsons, Christopher Lee Rink of Fort Smith, John Alan Drueckhammer of Fort Smith, and David Eugene Drueckhammer and his wife, Christina Lancer Drueckhammer of Plano, Texas. She is also survived by ten great-grandchildren, Adyn, Aryn, Aspyn, Anyn, and Aowyn Rink of Fort Smith and Tyler, Wesley, Sara, Hannah, and Maggie Drueckhammer of Plano, Texas.

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Brotherton Brothers Cremation Services in Fort Smith, 914 N. 32nd St. Fort Smith, AR  72903. (479) 434-3901 or (479) 965-8202

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In lieu of flowers, the family would request donations be made to the Michael Allen Rink Memorial Scholarship at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas.

Obituary – Annie Beatrice “Bea” Martin

annie beatrice martinAnnie Beatrice Martin, 87, passed away peacefully in Waverly, Ohio on October 11, 2020. She was born September 18, 1933, in Philadelphia, Mississippi, the daughter of the late Andrew Williamson and Addie Lee (Banks) Williamson. She grew up in the Philadelphia area and graduated from Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi. On January 3, 1958, she was united in marriage for 61 years to Albert William (Bill) Martin, Jr. who preceded her in death on January 9, 2019. Surviving are three children, Sara Lee (Sally) Delgado (husband, José Delgado) of Athens, Ohio; Andrew William Martin (wife Christina Ashby-Martin) of Lubbock, Texas; and Anthony Lloyd Martin of Ashland, Oregon; two grandchildren, Alejandro Delgado (wife Lauren Delgado) of Cincinnati, Ohio; and Alma Ann (Annie) Martin, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Cremation arrangements are under the care of Boyer Funeral Home (Waverly).

Bea was a retired school teacher and administrator of Skyline Urban Ministry, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. During her long career in education, she taught multiple grade levels and subjects at several different institutions and worked for the Board of Missions of the Methodist Church, which later became the Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church. She and Bill met when they were both teaching at Robinson School in San Juan, Puerto Rico. After they were married, Bea completed a Master’s degree in teaching at Peabody College in Nashville, Tennessee while Bill attended Vanderbilt University. During this time, Bea and Bill were active in the Civil Rights movement. They participated in the Nashville sit-ins, helped to organize student protests, and started a family. While raising three children during the next 30 years and living in various parts of the United States, Mexico City, and Puerto Rico, Bea continued to teach and was active in several Methodist churches. She served as a librarian for the Seminario Evangélico de Puerto Rico in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico, during the early 1970s, and resumed teaching at Robinson School. She later taught at the Navajo Methodist Mission School in Farmington, New Mexico, and McCurdy School in Española, New Mexico. In the 1980s and 90s, while Bill taught at Oklahoma City University (OCU), Bea served as an administrator at Skyline Urban Ministry, a mission outreach of the Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church, from which she retired in 1996. Bea was active in Chapter 238 of Amnesty International in Oklahoma City and in the Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. Bea and Bill were arrested numerous times following demonstrations against the death penalty in Oklahoma and received a lifetime service award from the Coalition.

Bea actively supported the Reconciling Ministries Network and the Methodist Federation for Social Action, both unofficial United Methodist organizations. This support included participation in committees at Epworth United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City and St. John’s United Methodist Church in Lubbock, Texas that petitioned the General Conference of the denomination to become more fully open in its acceptance of LGBTQ persons. As a citizen, she supported Amnesty International, the American Civil Liberties Union, and numerous other organizations.

For those who wish to make memorial gifts, the family suggests donations to Amnesty International, the Alzheimer’s Association, Reconciling Ministries Network (UMC), the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, Pike County Outreach Council in Waverly, or a local food bank. Bea’s remains will be buried with Bill’s in the cemetery of Pea Ridge, Arkansas, where Bill’s parents, grandparents, great-grandparents and many other relatives are buried. A burial service will be officiated by Rev. Kathy Brown from St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma.