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

Standard obits are listed at no charge. They are sent by funeral homes in almost all cases and edited to fit a common format. For more information, call (870) 330-7644 and ask for the obituary clerk. Fax standard obits to (870) 330-7570 and email a photo to clerk@texarkanagazette.com. Please call (870) 330-7644, by 3 p.m. to confirm receipt.

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All obits run in the same alphabetized listing online, but paid obits are marked as such.

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

Local Obits for Wed. Sep 26, 2018

Gloria Lynn Spearman Smith, 92, formerly of Texarkana, Ark., died Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, in Fort Worth, Texas.
MURFREESBORO, Ark.—Thelma Steuart Maroon, 102, of Murfreesboro died Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, in Murfrees-boro.
Urah "Utah" Vardell, 77, of Texarkana, Ark., died Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, in Texarkana, Texas.
Rose Darline McNeil, 83, of Maud, Texas, died Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, in a local nursing home.
MAGNOLIA, Ark.—Crystal "Piggy" Burnell, 27, of Lewisville, Ark., died Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, at her home.
ZACHARY, La.—Evelyn Ferguson Wesley, 90, formerly of Laurel, Miss., died Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, in a Baton Rouge, La., nursing home.
ATLANTA, Texas—Mattie Lee Crow, 88, of Atlanta died Monday, Sept. 24, 2108, in a Tyler, Texas hospital.
De QUEEN, Ark.—Ricky Duard James, 71, of De Queen died Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, in a local nursing home.
Jean Odom Reed, 84, of Kaufman, Texas, died Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, in a Dallas, Texas, hospital.
Janice Sue Buckley, 68, of Texarkana, Ark., died Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, at her home.
HOPE, Ark.—Barbara Haddix, 82, of Hope died Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, in Hope.
David Randall "Randy" McCormack, 59, of Texarkana, Texas, died Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, at his home.
DeKALB, Texas—Eric Leslie Grider, 35, of New Boston, Texas, died Sunday, September 23, 2018, at his home.
Vollie Oscar Porter, Jr. age 76 of Ashdown, went to be with the love of his life and the Lord on Sunday, September 23, 2018. Vollie was born on October 2, 1941 in Springhill, LA and was raised by his grandparents, W. H. and Ida Rankin. He was an honest man with a great sense of humor. He was a loving husband and a devoted father. Vollie was retired from Domtar and lived a happy and good life.

In MemoryCynthia Booth

Cynthia Ann Buras Booth, 69, of Ashdown, AR died September 23, 2018 in Ashdown. She was born October 16, 1948 in Buras, LA to the late Irving Buras and Margaret Jones.

In MemorySam Marzula Jr.

Sam Anthony Marzula, Jr., 69, of Texarkana, AR, died Friday, September 21, 2018, at his home surrounded by his family. He was born February 27, 1949, in Monroe, LA. He graduated from West Monroe High School, and joined the United States Army, serving in Alaska during the Vietnam War. He retired from Keebler/Kellogg's after 27 years of service. Sam was an avid NASCAR fan and an enthusiastic sports fan. He loved putt putt golf with his grandson, Curtis, and thoroughly enjoyed Rock and Roll music and going to many concerts. He also loved watching and feeding birds in his back yard. He was preceded in death by his mother, Betty Jo Martin.

In MemoryRetha Boddie

Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God Matthew 5:8
King Hill Jr., 79, of Texarkana, Ark., died Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, in Texarkana, Texas.
Lucille Gray Jacques, 88, of Saratoga, Ark., died Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, in Saratoga.
Robert Allen Wilson, 75, of New Boston died Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, in a local hospital.

In MemoryJames Hanna

James Kenneth Hanna, 79, of Wake Village, Texas, died Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, in a local hospital.
James R. Lumpkin, 80, of Hope, Ark., died Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018.
Barbara Haddix, 82, of Hope died Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018.
Cynthia Ann Buras Booth, 69, of Ashdown, died Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018, in Ashdown.
Walter Earl Marks Sr., 70, of Texarkana, Ark., died Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, in Texarkana, Ark.
Michael Dewayne Nevels, 64, of Elk City, Okla., died Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, in an Oklahoma City, Okla., hospital.
Ornether Robinson, 78, of Texarkana, Texas, died Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. Arrangements are pending with Jones Stuart Mortuary.
Enora R. Cooper, 91, of Texarkana, Texas, died Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, in a local nursing home. Arrangements are pending with Chapelwood Funeral Home.
Nettie "Jean" Reed, 84, of Texarkana, Texas, died Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, in a Dallas, Texas, hospital. Arrangements are pending with Chapelwood Funeral Home.
ORE CITY, Texas—Tommie Lee Lassiter, 89, of Avinger, Texas, died Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018.
HOPE, Ark.—Robert McPherson, 85, of Hope died Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, in a local hospital.
HUGHES SPRINGS, Texas—Rama Vaughn Yeager, 98, of Daingerfield, Texas, died Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018.
Bobby Dale Huddleston, 63, of Hooks, Texas, died Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, in a local nursing home.
Manuel Tefteller, 83, of Texarkana, Ark., died Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, at his home.
Guy William Hall Jr., 70, of Hooks, Texas, died Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, at his home.
Martha Agnes Baker, 74, of Texarkana, Ark., died Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, in a local hospice.
NASHVILLE, Ark.—Joseph "Joe" Roy Craig, Jr., 76, of Mineral Springs, Ark., died Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, at his home.
Paul William Dowd, Jr., 82, of Texarkana, Texas, died Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, in a local hospice.
Sam Anthony Marzula Jr., 69, of Texarkana, Ark., died Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, at his home.
Command Sgt. Maj. Alfred Henry Braswell, 91, of Texarkana, Ark., died Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, at his home.
David William Hoppe, 59, of Hooks, Texas, died Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, in a local hospital.
Guy William Hall Jr., 70, of Hooks, Texas, died Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, at his home.
HOPE, Ark.—Robert McPherson, 85, of Hope died Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, in Texarkana, Texas.
John William "Johnny" Taylor Sr., 77, of Maud, Texas, died Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, at his residence.
LINDEN, Texas—James Neal Storie, 76, of Linden died Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, at his home.
Funerals for September 25, 2018
Big Jay McNeely, a tenor saxophonist whose crazed stage antics and honking style of rhythm-and-blues presaged the rise of rock 'n' roll in the 1950s, died Sept. 16 at a...
Ira Sabin, a bebop drummer who in 1970 started what became JazzTimes magazine, one of the world's leading jazz publications, as a four-page newspaper to promote new releases at his...
Actress and soprano Marin Mazzie, a three-time Tony Award nominee known for powerhouse Broadway performances in "Ragtime," "Passion" and "Kiss Me, Kate," has died following a three-year battle with ovarian...
Nancy Blomberg, who as a curator at the Denver Art Museum treated American Indian artworks as aesthetic creations, not artifacts, and championed the artists who made them, died Sept. 2...