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. 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.

Obituary – Rev. Wendell Barbaree

Obituary – Rev. Wendell Barbaree

Oliver Wendell Barbaree, 99 of Modesto, CA formerly of Norphlet, AR; died on Friday, September 18, 2020 in Modesto, CA at Stacie’s Chalet Assisted Living.

Born on February 28, 1921 at Bodcaw, AR, Wendell was the son of James Marion Barbaree, Jr., and Fannie May Ward Barbaree. After service with the Civilian Conservation Corps and the US Army, Wendell began a long career as a teacher and in the ministry with The Methodist Church. He was a graduate of Southern Arkansas University and the University of Arkansas. While at Southern State, he served student pastorates near Magnolia, then as a hospital chaplain in Denton, Texas, and full-time pastorates at Winslow, Sulphur Springs, Green Forest in North Arkansas. He and his wife Joy moved to Modesto, California, in 1961 where they both taught school before returning home in 1971. Rev. Barbaree served as supply pastor for Calion, Quinn, Ebeneezer, and Junction City United Methodist Churches. He taught Residential Carpentry at Oil Belt Vo-Tech until retirement. In 1988, along with his wife Joy, Wendell helped organize the Arkansas Habitat for Humanity ( He was preceded in death by his parents, ten brothers and sisters and his wife of 64 years Mary Joy McKinnon Barbaree.

Survivors are his sons Gary Barbaree (Lynn Ishida) of San Francisco and David Barbaree (Darrel Lingenfelter) of Modesto; grandchildren Erin Miranda (Juan), Connor Barbaree (Christy), Caitlin Barbaree and great grandchildren Elisha Barbaree and Leonardo Miranda.

Visitation will be at Young’s Funeral Home on Friday, October 2, from 12 noon until 1:30 pm, followed by a Graveside Service at Woodlawn Cemetery, 2:00 pm, with Rev. Amanda Smith and Rev. Zach Roberts, officiating. Regretfully, Wendell’s sons, Gary and David, and their families will not be able to attend the services.

Memorials may be made to The Norphlet United Methodist Church and El Dorado Habitat for Humanity of El Dorado.

Obituary – Rev. Hardy Peacock

Obituary – Rev. Hardy Peacock

Hardy Preston Peacock, 77, of Little Rock, Arkansas formerly of Dumas, passed away Sunday, May 3, 2020 in Little Rock, Arkansas. Born June 26, 1942 in Shreveport, Louisiana, the son of the late Jesse Thomas Peacock, Jr. and Mary Pearce Peacock.

Hardy graduated from University of Arkansas where he and his wife Kathryn met in the Razorback band and traveled during the football championship era from 1964 to 1966. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1967 to 1969 attaining the rank of Sergeant. Returning to the Dumas Area he owned Pittman-Witherington Oil Company in Dumas and Cleveland County Oil in Rison. He was a past president of Arkansas Oil Marketers Association and past Vice President of the Petroleum Marketer Association of America.

Hardy was member of First United Methodist Church of Dumas. As a lifelong Methodist, Hardy served as a lay speaker and became the local pastor serving at Andrews Chapel, Mount Pleasant “Campground”, Rock Springs and Wilmar congregations. He was a former member of Jaycees, Lions Club, a founding member of Dumas Area Arts Center and board member of the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival. He loved singing and acting in theater productions in Dumas, Pine Bluff and Little Rock. Former Dumas Man of the Year and Ding Dong Daddy, He also wrote humorous articles for The Canopy trade magazine and annually participated in Tuba Christmas. He was generous, loving and a forgiving spirit who shared his wit and humor at the drop of a hat–even if he had to “drop the hat”.

Survivors are his wife, Kathryn Peacock of Little Rock, Arkansas and daughter, Pearce Peacock of Little Rock, Arkansas, sister, Mary Jo Tucker and brother, Tommy (Betty Claire) Peacock all of Dumas, Arkansas.

Honorary pallbearers are Dalton Coleman, Robert Myles, Warren Parker, Paul Peacock, John Staudinger, and Johnny Tillman. Due to the current health guidelines, a private graveside service will be held with Dr. Tandy Hanson officiating. Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 230 Court Street, Dumas, Arkansas 71639. Arrangements by Griffin Funeral Home, Dumas, Ark.