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. or Center of Advanced Liver Diseases – Methodist Le Bonheur.

Words of comfort may be e-mailed to the family by going to our website;, 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)

A Sweet Friendship

A Sweet Friendship

A sweet friendship formed when a Dairy Queen opened around the corner from Pinnacle View UMC.

“They have given us a lot of coupons for our events,” Rev. Betsy Singleton Snyder, senior pastor at Pinnacle View UMC, said. The congregation decided to return the kindness.

The congregation wrote notes and packaged them in boxes with cookies that were made especially for DQ employees.