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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 Mon. Jul 22, 2019

Patricia McKay of New Boston, Texas died Saturday, July 20, 2019.
Arthur Ray "Cowboy" Morgan, 69, of Linden, Texas, died Saturday, July 20, 2019.

In MemoryCharlsie CLIFTON

Charlsie (Monk) Barlow Clifton, age 91, passed away Saturday, July 20, 2019 in a local care facility. She was born on October 9, 1927 in Fouke, AR to Charlie and Alice Barlow. She is best remembered for working in the cafeteria at LEISD and being a member of Buchanan First Baptist Church.

In MemoryMyra BURGESS

Myra Jaynell Burgess, 72, of DeKalb, Texas, passed away Saturday, July 20, 2019, at her home.

In MemoryRita McCOY

Rita Mills McCoy, age 93, of Bryans Mill, Texas, passed away Saturday, July 20, 2019 in a local hospital. Rita was born March 20, 1926 in Commerce, Texas to Lola and Lacy Mills.
Services for Honolulu Allen, 91, of Hughes Springs, 11:00 a.m. Monday at Salem Missionary Baptist Church. Burial in Salem Cemetery with Reeder-Davis Funeral Home, Hughes Springs.
Mr. James "Bo" Burke, age 69 passed away, Friday, July 19, 2019.
Brenda Gayle Barnes, age 64, of Texarkana, Texas, died Thursday, July 18, 2019, in a local hospice facility.
Wayne Prince, 73, Prescott, Arkansas died Dallas, TX. Born 07/18/1945 Delight, Arkansas.
Reta Sybil Benson, age 84, of Texarkana, Texas, died Saturday, July 13, 2019, in a local nursing home.
Rosie Lee Paxton, 72, of Midwest City, Okla., died Tuesday, July 16, 2019, in Oklahoma City.
Delores Ann Thompson, 84, of Texarkana, TX passed away July 18, 2019 in a local hospital. S


Geraldine Oline Martin, 95, of De Kalb, Texas passed away Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at a local care facility.
Ed Trotter Jr., 71, of Texarkana, Ark., expired Thursday, July 18, 2019, at his residence.
Andrew Wesley Martin, age 33 passed away July 16, 2019.
Services for Lela McNary, 70, of Omaha, at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, First Baptist Church, Omaha. Burial in Bell Haven Cemetery, Reeder-Davis Funeral Home, Hughes Springs.


Theodore Richard Messer, 77, of Ashdown, AR passed away July 17, 2019 in Texarkana. He was born October 2, 1941 in Williston, FL to the late Theodore and Gracie Messer. Mr. Messer served in the United States Navy and he attended Fomby Cumberland Presbyterian Church. He is preceded in death by his parents and one son, Richard Steve Messer.
Sinnairius Nephar Walker, 25, of Vernon, TX, died Tuesday, July 9, 2019, in Vernon, TX.
Geraldine Martin of De Kalb, Texas died Wednesday, July 17, 2019.
Allen Riley, 81, Prescott, Arkansas died Wednesday at home.


Melba Mary Rushing passed away on July 16, 2019. She was born June 16, 1935 to Douglas and Navine Crabtree Bickham. At the age of 3 days old, was raised by Evie Crabtree and W. L. Sanders. She is preceded in death by her husband Garland Derrell Rushing on October 5, 2018. Also, her sisters Corrine Philyaw, Dorothy Cutchall, Larraine Ebey and her brothers Jessie and Robert Bickham, and her great-grandson, Nathan Lindsay.
Darial Dewayne Threadgill, 60, was born August 13, 1958 in Texarkana, Texas to the parentage of Anne Mack and Chester Threadgill. He departed this earthly life on Thursday, July 11, 2019.


Clyde Emory Myers, Jr., 61, of Texarkana, AR, died Wednesday, July 17, 2019, at his home. He was born June 4, 1958, in Biloxi, MS. He was a ranch foreman for the Texarkana Baptist Orphanage, a member of the Arkansas Cattleman's Association, a cattle truck driver for many years, and was a member of Trinity Baptist Church.


Dorothy May Gill was born May 2, 1934 in Ogden, Arkansas, to Willie and Carrie May Draper. She passed away Friday July 12, 2019 at the Hospice Center in Texarkana Texas.

In MemoryMisty Smith

Misty Lee Smith, age 38, of Texarkana, Texas, died Monday, July 8, at her home in Orient, Illinois.

In MemoryPauline Simmons

Pauline Foshee Simmons left this world on July 15, 2019 and went to heaven to be with her Savior, Jesus Christ.
Arrangements are pending with R.L. Reed Funeral Home, LLC of Magnolia, AR, for 55 yr. old Mac Arthur Brantley of Waldo, AR, who passed away Wednesday, July 17th, in Dallas, TX.
Janie M. Smith, 76, of Texarkana died Wednesday, July 17, 2019, in a local hol
Wade Calvin Presley, 94, Hope, died 7/6/2019. Visitation 6:00-8:00pm 7/18/2019 Herndon-
Mr. Jerry "Richard" Henderson, 56, passed away July 16, 2019. Visitation, 6:00pm to 8pm, Thursday at Brazzel/Oakcrest. Funeral service, 2:00pm,


Kyriee Kaceon Collins, 20 days, of Texarkana died July 3, 2019, in Dallas, TX.


Michele Diane Coffey, age 68, of Redwater, Texas, died Tuesday, July 16, 2019, in a local hospital.


David Reppond, 54, of De Kalb, Texas passed away Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at a Tyler, Texas hospital.


Helen Wilcoxon Williamson, 90, of Texarkana, Texas died Tuesday, July 16, 2019 in Texarkana, Texas. She was born March 4, 1929 in Kelso, Arkansas to James Franklin and Albertine Virginia Beavers of Rohrer, Arkansas. Mrs. Williamson was a resident of Texarkana for the past 25 years, a former resident of Hamburg, Arkansas for many years and Crossett, Arkansas. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Texarkana, Texas and a former member of the First Baptist Church of Hamburg, where she served as a Sunday School Teacher for many years and a former member of the First Baptist Church of Crossett.
Cynthia Ann "Cindy" McCoy, 60, of Shinewell, OK died July 16 in Ashdown, AR.


Elliott Rose Noah, infant daughter of Dewayne Noah and Delayna Bray Noah of Fouke, Arkansas, died Friday, July 12, 2019 in Arkansas Children's Hospital.


Verl Lee Verity, age 68, of Maud, Texas, died Monday, July 15, 2019, in a local hospital.


Henry Whitmarsh Holman Jr., age 61, of Texarkana, Arkansas passed away Sunday, July 14, 2019 at his home from a brief illness.


Lawrence Smith age 78 of Mineral Springs, Arkansas, passed away on Monday, July 15, 2019 in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was born March 3, 1941 in Ozan, Arkansas the son of the late Gilbert and Ellen May Smith.


Funeral Services for Mr. Walter Rudolph Thomas, 91, of Jefferson, Texas will be held at 1:00 PM Friday July 19, 2019 at The Captain W.M. Perry Chapel of Haggard Funeral Home in Jefferson, Texas with Dr. Jeff Taylor Officiating. A time of visitation will be held from 5-7 PM Thursday July 18, 2019 at Haggard Funeral Home. Interment and graveside services will be at 3:00 PM Friday after funeral services at Sand Hill Cemetery in Sims, Texas with Justin King officiating. Mr. Thomas passed away peacefully at his home on July 13, 2019 surrounded by family and friends.
Mrs. Alma Clay, 63, of Hope passed Saturday, July 13, 2019 at a Texarkana nursing home.

In MemoryBill McJUNKINS

Bill McJunkins, 77, of Mineral Springs, Ark. died Sunday, July 14 following a brief illness. He was born in Saratoga, Ark. on January 11, 1942.

In MemorySpencer WALLING

Spencer Louise Walling, age 11 months, died Tuesday, July 9, 2019, at her residence.
Mrs. Evelyn D. Walker, 51, of Washington passed on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at a Texarkana hospital.
Elliott Rose Noah, infant daughter of Dewayne and Delayna Noah died Friday, July 12, 2019 in a Little Rock, Arkansas hospital.
FENTON, Marilyn. Mount Pleasant, Texas. Died Thursday. Memorial services 1 p.m. Bates-Cooper-Sloan Funeral Home. Burial in Midway Cemetery.
HOSTETLER, Edith. Formerly Nashville, Ark. Died June 6. Services 10 a.m. Mennonite Church. Burial in Pine View Cemetery.
Funerals for June 6, 2019
BROWER, John. Beebe, Ark. Died May 20. Services 11 a.m. Smith-Westbrook Funeral Home.