Lavern Gaines, 95, formerly of Hope, went peacefully to sleep in the arms of her Savior on December 17, 2014. Born Estelle Lavern Purtle on September 17, 1919, to the late Nelson Carr Purtle and Barner (Butler) Purtle of Stamps, Arkansas; she was the only daughter and had three brothers, all of whom preceded her in death: Doyle, Ted, and L.J. Lavern married the late James C. Gaines of Hope in 1940, only a short time before he left to serve in World War II. She bravely delivered their oldest daughter while he was held as a prisoner of war in Nazi Germany. They welcomed three more children in their family and made hundreds of cherished memories raising their family in Hope and in the areas surrounding Hope. Lavern had a strong spirit and was confidently self-sufficient. There was nothing she could not do. She was a wonderful cook and seamstress. Her presence at every family gathering will be felt by the many recipes for which she was known. Her love will continue to be passed down to generations by the warmth of the beautiful blankets and quilts she gifted. She was known as “Mama Twos” to her grandchildren and their friends because she was a second mother to them all. She always welcomed her teenage children, and later, her grandchildren, and all their friends at lunchtime from Hope High School. She encouraged adventure and creativity through play and art projects at her home and in a ceramics studio she had in a barn behind her home for a number of years. She was a master story teller and could be heard making up tall tales with her grandchildren who all would pile into her bed at night. Lavern was a beautiful matriarch of her family; her children: the late Sandra (Guy) Watkins, Jan (George) Wright, and Betty (Butch) Hightower all of Hot Springs and Mike (Mary) Gaines of Hope; her 12 grandchildren: Jay (Jessica) Arnold, JaNan Davis, and Jill Fletcher; Misty (Skip) McAlister and Trey (Mendy) Wright; Chad Griffin, Angie (Ronnie) Ralph, and Raymond Hightower; and Shelly (Craig) Gilbert, Keri (Jason) Hamm, Amie (Levi) Applegarth and Tara (Toby) Craig; and 19 great-grandchildren: Alli, Elizabeth, Emme, Ella Fu, Tyce, Thomas, Annelise, Lila Kate, Mary Claire, Walker, Griffin, Gavin, Corbin, Tate, Jaxson, Allie, Leam, Lucy, and Tobi Lee. The family wishes to thank the staff at Hope Haven in Hope, Arkansas, and Quapaw Nursing Home in Hot Springs, Arkansas for the love and care shown Lavern. She considered them part of her extended family. Memorials should be made to the Hempstead County Humane Society or to the Unity Missionary Baptist Church in Hope, Arkansas, where Lavern was a lifelong member. A graveside service will be held on Saturday, December 20, 2014, at 10 am at Memory Gardens in Hope, Arkansas under the direction of Herndon-Pharr Funeral Home, Hope, Arkansas; Lavern’s nephew, Dr. Perry Purtle will officiate.


Funeral services for 77 year old Mrs. Betty L. Dickerson of Prescott will be 2pm Saturday December 20th at Brazzel/Cornish Funeral Home of Prescott.  Burial will follow at Mt. Moriah Cemetery under the direction of Brazzel/Cornish Funeral Home of Prescott.  Jerry G. Westmoreland will officiate.  Visitation will be from noon to 2 pm Saturday at Brazzel/Cornish


Mr. Al J. Plyler, aged 90, of Prescott, went to be with his Lord on Tuesday, December 16, 2014, in his home outside of Prescott. He was born on June 29, 1924, on Plyler Hill outside of Bluff City, Arkansas, the eighth child of Jonas Marion Plyler and Ludie Sarrett Plyler. Mr. Plyler was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 68 years, LaWanna George Plyler; five brothers; and three sisters. Mr. Plyler is survived by his two devoted daughters, Sharon Plyler Bard and husband Kent of Hot Springs; Sheila Plyler Virden and husband Bill of Prescott; two grandchildren, Colbi Lasiter Johnson and husband Avery of Fayetteville and Dr. Scott Virden and wife Rachel of Gainesville, Georgia; two great-grandchildren, Stella Gossage of Fayetteville and Will Virden of Gainesville. Also surviving are his brother Frank Plyler and wife Sona of Little Rock; sister Betty Dean of Lancaster, Texas; sisters-in-law Barbara Plyler Getsee and husband Ken of Tyler, Texas, and Fern George of San Antonio, Texas; a great number of nephews, nieces, cousins, and life-long friends; special caregiver KT Maxwell of Emmett; and his three beloved dogs, Chief, Sam, and Jake. Mr. Plyler became a Christian early in life but felt led to rededicate his life to the Lord at a later time, after which he was ordained a deacon in 1983. A member of First Baptist Church for almost 50 years, he loved God’s Word and read through the entire Bible at least once. As a young man, Mr. Plyler served his country during WWII in the US Army, worked as a ticket agent on the railroad, and drove a truck for Grapette Bottling Company before he began his career with the US Post Office in Lufkin, Texas, as a city mail carrier. He and LaWanna George of Gurdon were married on July 15, 1945, in Prescott by Justice of the Peace Brad Bright. It was while living in Texas that Mr. Plyler developed a love of horses and cattle when working as a wrangler on a ranch and by competing in rodeos in his spare time. In 1953, he graduated from Pineywood Business College in Lufkin. Three years later, he transferred to Prescott to work as a postal clerk. He also served as a rural mail carrier and assistant postmaster before retiring from the post office to be a full-time cattle farmer for most of the rest of his life. He was an accomplished horseman who broke his last horse when he was 75 years old. Mr. Plyler served his community as an one-time appointee to the Quorum Court in 1984 and as constable of Missouri Township for a number of years. Deer hunting was his passion all of his adult life, and he passed this love on to his grandson at an early age. He also had a love for “horse-trading,” and he traveled all over Arkansas, buying and selling cars, dogs, horses, and farm equipment, making many lasting friendships along the way. He was known as a hard bargainer when he was trading, but he was known by his closest family and friends to be a compassionate and generous person to anyone in need. His generosity extended to the summer vacations he and Mrs. Plyler took in the Rocky Mountains, by including other family members in many of the trips they took. Of all his passions, however, his greatest was his love of family and friends. He stayed connected with his siblings, cousins, nephews, and childhood friends through family reunions, visits, and phone conversations through the last days of his life. Our wonderful “Papa” and “Mimi” were devoted grandparents whose memories will forever remain with their families. Visitation will be from 12:30-1:30 pm on Sunday, December 21, at Brazzel/Cornish Funeral Home. Graveside service will follow at 2:00 pm at De Ann Cemetery in Prescott. Bro. Frank Henson and Bro. Larry Plyler will officiate the service. Pallbearers are nephews Kenneth Robertson, Bobby Plyler, Charles Plyler, and Mike Dean, all of Texas; Gary Plyler, Phil Plyler, and Greg Plyler of Arkansas; and close family friend Jimmy Graham of Prescott. Honorary pallbearers are all of the surviving classmates of Bluff City School. Arrangements are by Brazzel/Cornish The Funeral Home of Prescott, Eddie Brazzel, Director.


Mr. William Earl Fulks-Nelson 62 of Hope, formerly of Flint, Michigan passed on Saturday December 6 at a little rock hospital. Arrangements are pending with Hicks Funeral. Home.


Mr. Wallace Brown Sr, 51 yrs old, of Hope passed on Thursday December 11 at a local hospital, Arrangements are pending with Hicks Funeral Home.


Mrs. Rosie Lee Jones, passed away December 17th at her home. Funeral Arrangements are pending with Hicks Funeral Home.


Mr. George Clark, 56 year old, of Prescott passed away Thursday December 18th.  Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time but will be announced by Brazzel/Cornish Funeral Home of Prescott.


Mr. Ricky Mattison, age 20 of the DeAnn Community passed away, Friday, December 19, 2014. Funeral arrangements for Mr. Mattison are incomplete at this time, but will be announced by Brazzel/Oakcrest The Funeral Home of Hope, Eddie Brazzel, Director.


Funeral services are pending for 81 year old Mrs. Sydney DuCharme of Prescott. Services will be announced by Brazzel/Cornish The  Funeral Home of Prescott , Eddie Brazzel director.

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