Rev. DuBois Morton Pettit

Rev. DuBois Morton Pettit

Rev. DuBois Morton Pettit
March 18, 1939 – October 7, 2021

Rev.​ DuBois Pettit, 82, of Fort Smith, passed away Thursday, October 7, 2021. He was born March 18, 1939 in Medina, NY to the late George and Nettie (DuBois) Pettit. DuBois was a veteran of the United States Air Force, where he served for 5 years. During this time, DuBois received the call to ministry and resumed his education to graduate from Arkansas State University where he met and married the love of his life, Violetta Pyland, in 1966. He then went on to complete his Masters in Divinity from St Paul’s School of Theology in 1969. After a lifetime of dedicated service as a Methodist Minister, serving over 22 churches in Arkansas, DuBois retired in 2001 and became a member of Heritage United Methodist Church. He enjoyed spending time with his family, reading, gardening, photography, was an avid history buff, and enjoyed having pets.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Violetta Pettit of the home; two daughters, Tammy Prince and husband Eddie and Annie Lowrimore and husband Walter, all of Alma; a son, Frederick Pettit of Bentonville; a brother, Mike Pettit of Pittsburg, PA; five grandchildren, Emily Engelke and husband Nate, Wesley Prince, Phoebe Lowrimore, Samuel Lowrimore, and Holly Lowrimore; a great-grandson, Noah Engelke; and a niece and nephew.

Memorial service will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home Chapel. Cremation is under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren, AR.

The family will visit with friends from 9:00 a.m. until service time Tuesday, at Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home, 4100 Alma Highway, Van Buren, AR.

David Albert Corbin

David Albert Corbin

David Albert Corbin
July 09, 1938 – October 05, 2021

After a long fight with cancer, at the age of 83, David Albert Corbin, husband, Dad, Papa, brother, and friend went to be with the Lord on October 5, 2021, surrounded by songs and prayers and the sweet comfort of his beloved wife, Celeste Corbin.

David was born on July 9, 1938 in Fort Smith, Arkansas to the late Otis and Reva Corbin. He is survived by his wife of 23 years, two children of his own, Rev. DeeDee Autry (John), and Dr. Phillip Corbin (Sarah), three bonus children, Brett Avlos (Kelly), Michael Taylor (Candy), and Catina Morton (Frank), and twelve grandchildren: Emily, Mary, Wyatt, Elliott, Hewitt, and Alex, Madison (Daniel), Noah, Jonah, Nick (Jackie), Jesse, and Jenna – who he loved immensely.  He is also survived by his siblings Vanis Corbin, Ruth Corbin (Al), Nancy Helms, and John Corbin (Peggy).  He was preceded in death by his brother Arnold Corbin.

Following David’s graduation from Fort Smith High School in the year, 1956. David enlisted in the Navy where served as an Aviation Mechanic stationed in Pensacola, Florida. He settled down in Fort Smith where he worked at the Fort Smith Fire Department and on the side, a handyman in interior design. After retirement from Cintas Uniforms, many in the community knew him by “Papa Sno-Cone.” He and his wife brought smiles to many faces at Papa’s Shaved Ice located at the corner of Kelley Highway and 50th Street. Together, they enjoyed traveling, camping, and visiting with family often. He was also active in the Reynolds Cancer Support House, American Cancer Society, River Valley Regional Food Bank, and sang Karaoke. Arrangements are under the direction of Lewis Funeral Chapel in Fort Smith, AR.

Rev. Joe Jerry Nichols

Rev. Joe Jerry Nichols

Rev. Joe Jerry Nichols
January 4, 1940-October 5, 2021

Rev. Joe Jerry Nichols, 81, of Pea Ridge, Arkansas died Tuesday, October 5, 2021 in Pea Ridge.

He was born January 4, 1940 in Pea Ridge to Russell Nichols and Eunice V. (Clement) Nichols. He was a 1957 graduate, valedictorian and class President at Pea Ridge High School. Jerry married Nancy Mae Patterson January 8, 1961. They shared sixty years of marriage. He then later graduated from Hendrix College in 1965. In 1969 he graduated from St. Paul School of Theology in Missouri and spent forty-five years as a Methodist minister in many Arkansas and Iowa churches. He was a member of the Pea Ridge Lions Club and received the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award which is the highest form of recognition thru the Lion’s. Jerry was a weekly contributor to the Pea Ridge Times, a member of the Pea Ridge Historical Society, the Pea Ridge Alumni Association, the sexton for Pea Ridge Cemetery, an election official for local voting sites and was very involved with the Pea Ridge Museum. He loved serving the people of Pea Ridge and being a caretaker for his wife Nancy. Jerry was an Elder, song leader and member of the Pea Ridge United Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Donna Ellison.

He is survived by his wife Nancy of the home; a son Jeff Nichols (Mary Doud) of Boone, Iowa; a daughter Jennifer Caldwell (William) of Pea Ridge; two brothers Bennie Nichols (Myrtle) of Pea Ridge, John Nichols (Linda) of Pine Valley, Utah; three grandchildren Shannon Lamb (Tim), Emily Sievers (Quentin) and Micah Caldwell (and fiance Jose).

Service is set for 1 p.m. Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at First Baptist Church in Pea Ridge with burial in Pea Ridge Cemetery. Visitation is set for 6-8 p.m. Monday, October 11, 2021 at Sisco Funeral Home in Pea Ridge. The family requests that all covid-19 protocols be honored and any unvaccinated people please wear a mask. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Pea Ridge United Methodist Church, 1209 North Davis Street, Pea Ridge, Ar. 72751.

Rev. Edward Earl Wyers

Rev. Edward Earl Wyers

Rev. Edward Earl Wyers

Rev. Edward Earl Wyers, affectionately known as Brother Ed, age 73 of Sherwood, went to be with his Lord and Savior Friday, September 17, 2021, at Southern Trace Nursing Home in Bryant, AR. He was born February 8, 1948, in Brilliant, AR to the late James Edgar Wyers and Elsie Mae Bryan Wyers.

He was a retired United Methodist Minister and United States Navy Veteran. Brother Ed enjoyed playing the piano, reading (a big Stephen King fan), traveling (especially to New Orleans, his favorite city) and studying genealogy. He had a Masters Degree in Divinity from the Memphis Theological Seminary. He also cherished spending time with his grandchildren, spending time at the UMCOR Sager-Brown Depot in Baldwin, LA and was a movie buff who had a soft spot for silly comedies (Talladega Nights was a recent favorite). In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his wife, Linda Faye Noblett Wyers; a brother, James Rufus Wyers; and three sisters, Bobbie Nell Paustian, Eddie Mae Dotson and Betty Rose Wyers.

He is survived by two sons, J. Micah Wyers and wife Michelle and Mark Edward Wyers; four grandchildren, Ben, Ethan, Madilyn and Maxwell; and a brother, Junior Lee Wyers.

Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, September 20, 2021, at First United Methodist Church in Monticello with burial to follow in Oakland Cemetery. There will be a visitation one hour preceding the funeral service beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the church. Memorials are preferred to UMCOR Sager-Brown Depot. Online guestbook at www.stephensondearman.com.

Norma Lou Hansford

Norma Lou Hansford

Norma Lou Hansford

Norma Lou Hughes Hansford embarked on her greatest adventure to her heavenly home in September 13, 2021. Born July 2, 1941 she began her life in Bismarck AR, where she graduated class of 1959 valedictorian following with her attendance of Henderson State University where she met and married Harold Hansford. Together they began a life of ministry, service, wonder and adventure. Becoming parents to a daughter Deana and son Micheal. Embracing open hearts, open minds, open doors to its fullest, Norma(nana) loved all, continuously studied and explored and always welcomed anyone in need.

She is preceded in death by her parents Clifford and Hazel Hughes and Husband Harold.

She is survived by two sisters, Sharon Reed and Janet Gilbert; a daughter, Deana Nash and son-in-law, Darrel; son Micheal Hansford; three grandchildren: Tyler Hansford, Madelyn Wright and Zachary Bounds; one great grandchild, Brodie Dean Wright; three bonus grandchildren: Tykee, Kacie and Devin; and all who knew her as “Nana on the hill.”

There will be no service at this time.