Obituary for the Rev. Patricia Sims

Patricia Sims passed away on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at the Green House Cottages of Belle Meade at the age of 82 years after a 22 year battle with cancers.

Pat was born in Lansing, Michigan on May 11, 1937. She is preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Olive (Merrill) Nash. She graduated from Bolton High School, Alexandria Louisiana in 1955 and then graduated from Michigan State University in 1958 with a BA in Political Science.

On August 27, 1960, she married Hardy C. Sims of Somerville, TN. He preceded her in death on May 7, 1990. They were married almost 40 years and spent many of those years raising their family in Paragould. She was also preceded in death by her brother and sister-in-law Charles and Florience Merrill.

Pat worked as a legal secretary at the law office of Branch, Thompson, Warmath and Dale for 20 years where she specialized in probate, tax, and developing new attorneys. Some say she should have gone to law school but instead she had a major career change later in life. In 1993 she entered seminary and earned her Masters of Divinity from Memphis Theological Seminary. She then went to be a pastor at Imboden United Methodist Church/Smithville United Methodist Church and then at First United Methodist Church of Trumann.

After her retirement in 2002, Pat continued her service to others by volunteering in many organizations including at the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House in Jonesboro, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) organization, First United Methodist Church of Jonesboro and local hospitals. She also continued her love of travel by traveling around the country and Europe. Her favorite trips were to North Carolina and Hawaii to visit her sons and family.

Pat is survived by her two sons Clayton (Krisy) of Raleigh, NC and Brian (Sean Scates) of Kailua, HI and three adoring grandchildren – Elizabeth, Nick and Jimmy. As well as much other extended family.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 from 9:00-10:00 A.M at First United Methodist Church in Paragould. Funeral services will follow at 10:00 A.M. at the church with Rev. John Fleming officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church or the American Cancer Society.

Obituary for Teresa (Terri) Miller Powell

Teresa (Terri) Thomas Miller Powell, born July 20, 1941 in Columbia, MO the only child of Stanley Ellis Thomas and Reta Mae Forbis Thomas went to be with the Lord on Friday, May 31, 2019.

Following a blessed and happy childhood and youth, she graduated from Camden (Arkansas) High School in 1959 where her sweet, happy spirit had endeared her to all with whom she came in contact. She adored her parents, loved her friends, delighted to laugh, always smiled, possessed impeccably high morals, and doted on her pets. She was an accomplished baton twirler, having won numerous State and Regional Championships. She was a twirler for the ASTC (now UCA) Marching Band. During her Freshman year (1960) at ASTC, she married Tommy Miller and they would have two children (Tammi and Stan) and would remain married until 1980.

On Easter Sunday, 1981 she and Larry D. Powell were married in the Oaklawn United Methodist Church in Hot Springs, AR and together, they pastored United Methodist churches in Hot Springs, Little Rock, Malvern, El Dorado, and Lakewood (NLR) until retiring in 2005. She was a consummate ”parsonette” singing in choirs, playing handbells, working at the Dorcas House, attending Community Bible Study groups, delivering Meals on Wheels, hosted countless dinners and meetings, visited in hospitals and homes, enjoyed the company of a multitude of friends, and brightened any place or occasion simply by her presence. She had a delicate, tender heart, loving soul, tireless devotion, happy countenance, was extremely polite, never met a stranger, and would never withhold a compliment. She loved needlepoint, reading, being with her pets, and had an exceptional, childlike enthusiasm about Christmas. She loved her family and ALWAYS sent cards for special occasions. She was incapable of being critical, adversarial, or negative. She prayed regularly, read her Bible daily, and believed with all her heart that God would hold her securely in his arms in death just as He had in life. She was, in the words of an old song, ”A Jewel Here on Earth, a Jewel in Heaven.”

She is survived by her husband, Larry of 38 years, her children, Tammi Miller Herren and Stan Miller; two stepsons, Bryan Powell and Wade Powell; 10 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.

A private family graveside will be conducted at Crestlawn Memorial Park in Conway and a Memorial service will follow at 1pm, Monday, June 3rd at Lakewood United Methodist Church in North Little Rock with a visitation to follow in the church fellowship hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Lakewood United Methodist Church in North Little Rock.

Obituary for the Rev. William Payne “Dub” Fiser

The Rev. William Payne “Dub” Fiser, 94, departed this earthly life on Saturday, May 18, 2019 in Little Rock under the care of Hospice.

Dub was born July 31, 1924 in Sweet Home, Pulaski County, Arkansas to Robert Payne Fiser and Mable Esther Dixon Fiser. During his senior year at Fuller High School Japan bombed Pearl Harbor and the United States declared war. Dub enlisted in the Army Air Corp in the summer of 1942 after his 18th birthday and was trained first as an aircraft mechanic and then as a Cadet for pilot training. He completed training as a B-24 pilot and was then moved to B-29’s. He was stationed in El Paso, Texas and was standing outside on the flight line early one morning in July 1945 when he saw a huge flash in the Northern sky, the first test of an atomic bomb.

After the war he returned to Sweet Home and tried farming with his father but the boll weevils destroyed their crops two years in a row so he sought other work. He married Golma Irene Daniel on Dec 18, 1948 and they eloped to Benton. He went to work for his uncle Paul Dixon and Harold Balios at Dixon Dairy where he started with delivering milk and then graduated to working in the business office. He had a religious conversion and was called to become a Methodist Minister, attending college at what is now UALR while continuing to work at Dixon Dairy including loading milk trucks at 4 AM. Golma and Dub’s only child, William Payne Fiser, Jr., was born February 18, 1953. Dub attended seminary at SMU Perkins School of Theology in a nontraditional pathway going to summer school for 6 years which meant moving to Dallas every summer. Dub officially became Reverend Fiser in 1958 and was fully ordained in 1964.

During his ministry Dub served many churches, including Brasfield on Cache River; Pride Valley, now Highland Valley; the Hickory Plains Circuit which included Hickory Plains, Johnson Chapel, Cross Roads, Hebron, Old Austin, Bethlehem, and Providence; Tigert in Hot Springs, including Fountain Lake and Morning Star; Elaine, including Mellwood and Wabash Federated Church; Wesley in Springdale, including Mt. Hebron; Rosewood in West Memphis; St. Paul in Jonesboro, including Mount Carmel; and Trinity in North Little Rock. After retiring he served as visitation minister at St. Paul in Little Rock.

Dub was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Golma Irene Daniel Fiser, who passed away in 2010, Georgia Mae Russenberger, his wife who passed away in 2015, his parents, and his younger brother, Thomas Edwin Fiser.

Dub’s legacy will be cherished by his son William Payne Fiser, Jr. MD and wife Gina; his three grandchildren, Rachel Fiser Klotzman and husband Spencer in Victoria, Texas, Christian Cole Fiser and wife Amber in Little Rock, and Elizabeth Payne Fiser in Rogers; his three great-grandchildren, Eliza Claire Klotzman, Christian Cole Fiser, and Hollis Claire Fiser; his two younger sisters, Margaret Elizabeth Langston and Esther May Poulin; and many nieces and nephews.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, May 23, 2019 from 5:30 PM until 7:30 PM at Roller-Chenal Funeral home on Chenal Parkway. The funeral service and burial will be held on Friday, May 24, 2019 at 10:00 AM at Primrose United Methodist Church on Dixon Road. Pallbearers will be Cole Fiser, Spencer Klotzman, David Fiser, Lance Schmidt, Brad Daniel, Austin Calhoun, John Wayne Daniel (honorary), John Scott Daniel (honorary), Harold Balios (honorary), and Drew Illing (honorary). In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Primrose United Methodist Church or the Primrose Cemetery Association.

Obituary for Sidney Carol (McMillan) Clark

Sidney Carol (McMillan) Clark

Sidney Carol (McMillan) Clark, “Cissy”, wife of the late Allen Clark of Hot Springs, Arkansas passed away Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at Hillcrest Nursing Care Center in DeSoto, Missouri.

Born February 16, 1954 in Malvern, Arkansas, she was the daughter of the late William Henry and Vivian Kight McMillan. Cissy attended the University of Arkansas in Pine Bluff and Hendrix University. Later in life, she found enjoyment with volunteering in the Methodist Church. She channeled this love of the church by becoming a Pastor at Sparkman, Dalark, and Bethlehem Methodist Churches in Clark County. She was also an Associate Pastor at Keith Memorial and L’eau Fraiz Methodist Churches in Hot Spring County.

She is survived by her children, Sean Nichols (Erin) and Candice Nelson (Brian), and a step-son Allen Clark Jr, two granddaughters, Jessica and Briana Nelson and four step-grandsons Riley and Connor Hunter and David and Ryan Clark, her sister, Anne Blackburn (David), as well as her first husband Ervin Nichols.

Services will be private.

Obituary for the Rev. Bill R. Kelton

Bill R. Kelton was born July 16, 1928, in Black Jack, Okla., and went home to be with the Lord Saturday, May 18, 2019, at a local nursing home. He was a retired Methodist minister, having served churches in Hartford, Midland and Hackett, as well as City Heights and New Hope in Van Buren, He retired from Heritage Church as pastoral care pastor.
He was preceded in death by his parents, W.R. and Mary (Ross) Kelton; two sisters, Ruby King and Gwen Haggard; and one brother, M.B. Kelton.
Memorial service will be at noon Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at Heritage United Methodist Church in Van Buren, under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home in Van Buren.
He is survived by his wife, Emma Lee (Hammontree) Kelton of the home; two sons, Steve Kelton of Van Buren and Kevin Kelton of Fort Smith; three grandchildren, Amanda Davis and husband Matt of Beebe, Daniel Kelton and wife Tara of Greenwood and Kelsey Kelton of Rogers; and four great-grandchildren, Georgia and Jack Davis of Beebe and Charlie and Chase Kelton of Greenwood.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Heritage Church Building Fund, 1604 E. Pointer Trail, Van Buren, AR 72956.
Online tributes may be made at www.ockerfuneralhome.com.

Obituary for David Moody Moore Jr.

David Moody Moore, Jr., born September 19, 1949, in Little Rock to David Moody Moore and Jane Frances Paschal, passed away May 4, 2019, at the age of 69. After graduating from high school he attended UALR and the UAMS College of Health Related Professions School of Radiologic Technology where he began a long, rewarding and impactful career at UAMS.

He first began as a radiology tech performing special procedures with Dr. Joseph Bissett, advancing later to Associate Director of Patient Care, overseeing special projects and day to day operations of Radiology, MRI and PET facilities. During his 50 years at UAMS, David cared deeply for the quality of patient care and understood excellence which he pursued to the highest degree. He was most recently named to the committee overseeing floor additions to the UAMS Cancer Research Center in its quest for national recognition.

David simultaneously pursued a second career in the ministry, attending SMU Perkins School of Theology and working as an Associate Pastor at Highland Valley UMC from 1989 to 1995, then transferring to Asbury UMC in 1995 as Associate Pastor of Congregational Care until his retirement in 2015.

David had many friends and was beloved and adored by all. He had a special gift for bringing strength, joy, and laughter to others. He will be greatly missed; many hearts are broken, but we rejoice in his heavenly reunion with his Lord and Savior and with his parents and others who have gone before him. He had a deep faith and knew the power of God’s love and grace which he freely shared with others.

Preceded in death by his parents, David is survived by his deeply loved wife, Melissa; his three sons by marriage, David, Matthew and John Michael Lee, all of Little Rock; sister, Frances Ann Barre; two beloved nieces, Clare Lauer and Lara Garmon; and five great-nieces and nephews.

Services will be held on Thursday, May 9 at 11:00 a.m. at Asbury United Methodist Church, officiated by the Rev. Tom Weir, with a reception to follow. Memorials may be made to Asbury UMC, 1700 Napa Valley Dr., Little Rock, AR 72212.

Arrangements by Little Rock Funeral Home, 8801 Knoedl Ct., (501)224-2200. David’s online guestbook may be signed at www.littlerockfuneralhome.com.