Obituary – Rev. Charles Olson Walthall

Rev. Charles Olson Walthall

Rev. Charles Olson Walthall age 96, of Stamps, AR. passed away May 20, 2021, one day shy of his 97th birthday. He was born May 21, 1924 in Minden, LA to Benjamin Edward and Elizabeth Walthall. He was a member of the United States Army Air Corps. He served in WWII as navigator on a B-17 and flew 34 missions over Germany which earned him a spot in “Lucky Bastards” Club. He also served as minister for the United Methodist Church for many years and earned the title of Pastor Emeritus. Rev. Walthall was a member of the American Legion and enjoyed hunting, fishing, hunting arrowheads and especially enjoyed singing. He was the leader of the Nursing Home Singers, but his greatest passion was spreading the love of God.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 75 years, Lurline Walthall, two brothers, Bernice Walthall and Kenneth Walthall, one sister Betty Jo Stevens and two grandchildren Richard Lee Harris II and Lucretia Harris.

He is survived by one son, Steve Walthall and wife Stephanie of Austin, TX. One daughter, Charlotte Harris and husband Richard of Lewisville, AR. One grandson, Robby Harris and wife Nicki of Lewisville, AR. Five great-grandchildren, Brittany, Colby, Molly, Gavin and Braxton and 5 great-great-grandchildren.

The family is very grateful for the staff at Dudneywood and Encompass health for their help, love, care and friendship also a special thanks to caregiver and special friend Sheila Beasley.

Funeral services will be held 2 P.M. Monday, May 24, 2021 at the First United Methodist Church in Stamps, AR. and interment following at Oak Grove Cemetery in Stamps, AR. with Rev. Phil Worley officiating and Steve Walthall and Gary Rivers speaking under the direction of A.O. Smith Funeral Home.

Visitation will be held from 12 P.M. until 1:30 P.M. Monday, May 24, 2021 at the United Methodist Church in Stamps, AR.

Obituary – Rev. Wayne Allen Bell

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Wayne Allen Bell, 82, of Blevins, AR passed away Wednesday, April 28, 2021 in Hope.

Wayne was born August 3, 1938 in Blevins, AR to Elmer and Lorene Honea Bell.  He was a retired licensed and ordained minister with the Methodist and Nazarene Churches.  During his ministry he pastored Bell’s Chapel in Blevins, churches in Prescott, Spring Hill, Waldo, Cove and Chidester, and many others across the United States. Wayne loved hunting, fishing, and singing with Gospel Quartets.

He was preceded in death by his parents.  Survivors include two sons, Steve Bell (Angela) and Ron Bell (Kristine); a daughter, Denea Bell; a sister, Shirley Munnerlyn; grandchildren, Kaelyn, Riley, Raegan, John Ryder.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 1, 2021 at 11:00am in Marlbrook Baptist Church Blevins, AR.

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.