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The Texarkana Gazette publishes standard and paid obituaries, with or without a photo, daily in the newspaper and online.

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The Gazette must get all obituaries meant for the next day’s edition by 3 p.m.

Local Obits for Tue. Mar 28, 2017

NEW BOSTON, Texas—James Dale "J.D." Splawn, 80, of Texarkana, Texas, died Friday, March 24, 2017, at a local hospital.
Donna Kay Hignight Doss, 65, of Hooks, Texas, died Friday, March 24, 2017, at a local hospice.
Richard Pickett Lawrence, 65, of Texarkana, Texas, died Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, at his home.
DE QUEEN, Ark.—Mary Frances Sharp Fielden, 94, of Lockesburg, Ark., died Thursday, March 23, 2017, in Stillwater, Okla.
LONGVIEW, Texas—Susan P. Ellison, 70, of Longview died Sunday, March 26, 2017, at a local hospital.
Rachel L. Cates, 71, of Texarkana, Ark., died Friday, March 24, 2017, at a local hospital.
DE QUEEN, Ark.—Terry Richard Wynne, 65, of Gillham, Ark., died Saturday, March 25, 2017, in Little Rock, Ark.
NASHVILLE, Ark.—James Eugene "Gene" Anderson, 85, of Nashville died Sunday, March 26, 2017, in Nashville.
Billy Ray Polk, 82, of Texarkana, Ark., died Sunday, March 26, 2017, at a local nursing home.
CLARKSVILLE, Texas—Frances Evans Hill, 92, of Clarksville died Saturday, March 25, 2017, at her home.
NAPLES, Texas—Marshal Eugene Wommack, 85, of Marietta, Texas, died Sunday, March 26, 2017, at a Texarkana, Texas, hospital.
NEW BOSTON, Texas—Thomas Elroy Giffin, 94, of New Boston died Saturday, March 25, 2017, at a local nursing home.
Lillian Rose Holmes, 8, of Texarkana, Texas, died Sunday, March 26, 2017, at a local hospital.
MOUNT PLEASANT, Texas—Desmond Woods Jones, 40, of Pittsburg, Texas, died Sunday, March 26, 2017, in Longview, Texas.
STAMPS, Ark.—Steve Sanders, 59, of Stamps died Monday, March 27, 2017, at a Texarkana, Texas, hospital.
Christopher Williams, 37, of Texarkana, Ark., died Saturday, March 25, 2017, at his home.
HOT SPRINGS, Ark.—The Rev. Thomas Dewitt Hale, 55, of Benton, Ark., died Saturday, March 25, 2017.
LINDEN, Texas—Charles Mauldin, 67, of Marietta, Texas, died Sunday, March 26, 2017.
HOPE, Ark.—Jimmie Ray Conley, 84, of Guernsey, Ark., died Monday, March 27, 2017, at his home.
James "Jim" Edmond Humphrey Jr., 85, of Texarkana, Ark., died Saturday, March 25, 2017, at a local nursing home.
MOUNT PLEASANT, Texas—Vanessa Dale Ross, 62, of Pittsburg, Texas, died Friday, March 24, 2017, in Mount Pleasant.
DeKALB, Texas—Morene Dubose, 92, of DeKalb, Texas, died Friday, March 24, 2017, at a Texarkana, Texas, care center.
DeKALB, Texas—Dale Hill, 59, of Celina, Texas, died Saturday, March 25, 2017, at a Frisco, Texas, hospital.
PRESCOTT, Ark.—Martha Lee Johnson, 87, of Austin, formerly of Prescott, died Sunday, March 26, 2017, in Austin.
Angela Anne Hawoth, 54, of Texarkana, Ark., died Sunday, March 26, 2017, at a local hospice.
Freeda Mae Capps Strawn, 91, of Maud, Texas, died Saturday, March 25, 2017, at a local hospice.

In MemoryDonna Doss

Donna Kay Hignight Doss, 65, of Hooks, Texas, passed away on Friday, March 24, 2017, at Hospice of Texarkana to her heavenly home.
Donna K. Doss, 65, of Hooks, Texas, died Saturday, March 25, 2017, in a local hospice.
Freeda Mae Strawn, 91, of Maud, Texas, died Saturday, March 25, 2017, in a local hospice.
Gladys Genevieve Martindale, 92, died Saturday, March 25, 2017, in a local nursing home.
HUGHES SPRINGS, Texas—Linda Kay Meyer, 73, of Lake O' the Pines, Texas, died Thursday, March 23, 2017, at her home.
Joyce Watson Beasley, 84, of Texarkana, Texas, died March 23, 2017 in a local nursing home.

In MemoryJOHNNY WILSON

Johnny Wilson, who resided in DeQueen, Arkansas, formerly of Lavaca, Arkansas, passed away Thursday, March 23, 2017, in Fort Smith, Arkansas. He was born October 1, 1937, in Poteau, Oklahoma. He was 79 years old. He was preceded in death by his mother, Cleo (Turk) Wilson; a son, John Edward Wilson; and a daughter-in-law, Nancy Wilson, the late wife of Mitchell Ward Wilson.
Father Francis "Frank" Zakshesky, one of the 39 original priests of the Diocese of Tyler, has died.

In MemoryRobert Godfrey

Robert L. Godfrey, 71, of Nash, Texas, died Friday March 17, 2017 in Miller County Arkansas. Mr. Godrey was born Sept. 13, 1945, in Hooks, Texas. He accepted Christ at an early age and joined Leary Chapel Baptist Church.
Byron Emmitt Teer Sr., 96, of Miller County, Ark., died Wednesday, March 22, 2017.
DE QUEEN, Ark.—Mrs. Frances Marie Mageson James, 68, of De Queen, died Wednesday, March 22, 2017, in a local hospital.
HOPE, Ark.—Helen Marie Atkins Downs, 83, of Hope died Wednesday, March 22, 2017, in Hope.
ATLANTA, Texas—George C. Fomby, 85, of Tyler, Texas died Wednesday, March 22, 2017, in a Tyler, Texas hospice.
Clara Josephine Goodwin, 86, of Texarkana, Texas, died Tuesday, March 21, 2017 in a local nursing home.
Martha Brooks, 80, of Texarkana, Ark., died Thursday, March 23, 2017.
Samuel Irving Sr., 82, of Texarkana, Ark., died Thursday, March 23, 2017.
NEW BOSTON, Texas—James Bill Splawn, 80, of Texarkna, Texas, died Friday, March 24, 2017, in a local hospital.
HOPE, Ark.—Alexander "Alex" West Jr., of Hope died recently.
Andrew Atkins Jr., 71, of Texarkana died Wednesday, March 15, 2017, in a local hospital.