Mr. Thomas A. “Al” Brown of Gurdon, Arkansas passed away Saturday, September 27, 2014 in Gurdon, Arkansas. Mr. Brown was born November 10, 1922 in Gurdon, Arkansas to Thomas Milton and Sara Elizabeth Nelson Brown. He was a life long member of the First Assembly of God Church of Gurdon where up until the age of 90 he taught Sunday School. He was the owner of Al’s Auto Parts in Gurdon, Arkansas. Al was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Audrey Brown; three sisters and one brother. Those left to cherish his memory are one son, Max and wife Kelli Brown of Arkadelphia, Arkansas; one daughter, Dinah Lu Buck and husband David of Gurdon, Arkansas; one sister, Stella McClure of Gurdon, Arkansas; two grandchildren, Corey Brown and wife Shelby and Derek Buck all of Arkadelphia, Arkansas; one step grandson, Zeke Lancaster and one step granddaughter, Jenna Key. Visitation will be held Monday, September 29, 2014 between the hours of 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Pharr Funeral Home of Gurdon. Services will be held Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at 10:00 am in the First Assembly of God Church in Gurdon, Arkansas with Bro. Anthony Goodwin officiating. Interment will follow in Rose Hedge Cemetery under the direction of Pharr Funeral Home of Gurdon.
Mrs. Rhodia Alberta Bazzelle, age 89, of Hope, Arkansas departed this life on Friday, September 26, 2014. She was born July 7, 1925 in Wabbaseka, Arkansas to the late Reverend James and Octavia Clark. Rhodia was a home-maker, she also worked outside of the home as a cook, seamstress and as a house-keeper. She loved gardening, fishing and sitting outdoors. Rhodia had a special love for her family. Rhodia was preceded in death by her parents; James and Octavia Clark, her husband, Murl F. Bazzelle, five sons: Jerry, Burl, Willie, James C., James W., and one daughter; Darlene, two brothers; Alphonsy and James E. and one sister; Ormer. Rhodia leaves behind; two sons; Larry Bazzelle (Marie) and Bobby R. Bazzelle (Gloria) all of Little Rock, five daughters; Netty Pace (Freddie), Edith Hendrix, Rhodia L. Bazzelle all of Little Rock, Arkansas, Murlean Bazzelle of Hope and Annatta James (Christopher) of Hope, Arkansas; eighteen grandchildren, forty-one great grandchildren and a host of family and friends. Viewing hours for Mrs. Bazzelle 1:00 to 5:00pm, Thursday, October 2, 2014 at Brazzel/Oakcrest Funeral Home in Hope. Funeral service, 10:00 am, Friday, October 3, 2014 at the Washington Temple COGC in Hope. Pastor Hazel Washington will officiate the service. Burial to follow in NewSalemCemetery in Rosston, Arkansas. Arrangements by Brazzel/Oakcrest The Funeral Home of Hope, Eddie Brazzel, Director.