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Obituaries for June 7, 2020

July 7, 2020 at 12:00 p.m.


James Randall Mitchell passed away unexpectedly July 3, 2020 at Baptist Health in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Randy was born in El Dorado Arkansas on October 12, 1960 to Patricia Mitchell and the late James M Mitchell. He was preceded in death by his father.

Randy is survived by his wife and soulmate of 38 years Micki Wilson Mitchell who was the love of his life. Together they had three children, Courtney Holsapple (Daniel) of Justin, Texas, Skylar Mitchell (Brittney) of Waldo, Arkansas, and Madelyn Mitchell of Waldo.

Randy had three grandchildren Bella Strunk, Hudson Holsapple, and Harper Mitchell who were the light of his life.

He is also survived by his Mother Patricia Mitchell, Sister Teresea Pinner (Jeff), brother, Chris Mitchell (Lauren) and seven nieces and nephews who he adored as well as a host of friends and loved ones.

Rand recently retired from Albemarle where he was employed for 35 years. While there, he was an amazing boss, mentor and friend.

Randy was a gentle giant; unwavering in his faith and his love for his family. He loved to tell a good story, find a good fishing spot, watch the Razorbacks play, Hunt for big bucks, and watch endless Andy Griffith shows.

He enjoyed working in his shop on whatever project his family put him up to, and loved his dog Stormy who made every step he made for the last four years. He was a true southern gentleman who was the definition of a good man. The world is dimmer without him in it, but heaven is that much brighter.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on today, July 7, 2020 at Magnolia City Cemetery with Charles Jacobs officiating under the direction of Lewis Funeral Home, Inc. Viewing and signing the guest book was held Monday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations in memory of Randy Mitchell to Mighty Maggie Novion who is fighting childhood leukemia. Donations can be sent C/O Alexander & Crystal Novion 210 Spruce Valley Dr Justin, Texas 76247.

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Mattie Lee Grant, 92 of Magnolia, Arkansas, passed Wednesday, July 1, 2020, at The Springs of Magnolia in Magnolia, Arkansas.

Graveside Celebration of Life services will be held Wednesday, July 8, 2020, at 23rd Psalms Cemetery in Magnolia, Arkansas, at 11 a.m., under the direction of R.L. Reed Funeral Home. Eulogist Dr. Wendell F. Colen.

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, anyone attending the graveside services, “MUST WEAR A MASK.”

Visitation is today, July 7, from 1 – 4:00 p.m.


Geraldine B. Ellis, 81, of Magnolia, AR, passed Sunday, July 5, 2020 at Life Touch Hospice House in El Dorado, AR. Arrangements are pending with R.L. Reed Funeral Home, LLC of Magnolia, Arkansas.


Doris Lurline Waller, 97, of Emerson, AR passed away, surrounded by family at Wentworth, on July 4, 2020.

Doris was born on June 29, 1923 in Haynesville, LA to Samuel Ross and Elaine Tennessee Carter. In 1946, she married the love of her life Travis Waller, and they had five children, Linda, Gary, Sammie, Jan, and Ross.

Doris loved her family and fed them the best bacon sandwiches, hot water cornbread, peas and dressing they ever ate. She never missed a family gathering or her favorite soap-opera. In her 97 years, Doris encountered many historical events, lived through some of the best and worst times of the world, and felt the tears that a mother should never feel. But she was strong, brave, quiet and wise. Her children received these traits their mother has left behind and will treasure every moment that she was able to give to them.

Doris is predeceased by her parents, husband Travis Waller; son Sammie Waller; and son-in-law Joe Mullins. She is survived by four children Linda Mullins of Emerson, AR; Gary Waller (Beth) of Warner Robbins, GA; Jan Waddell (David) of Texarkana, AR; and Ross Waller (Hope Hines) of Milledgeville, GA; daughter-in-law Kay Waller of Magnolia, AR; 15 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild.

A graveside service was held at 2 p.m. on Monday, July 6, 2020 at Emerson Presbyterian Cemetery with Rev. Barbara Lewis officiating under the direction of Lewis Funeral Home, Inc. Viewing and signing of the guestbook was also Monday morning from 10 a.m. to noon at the funeral home.

The family would like to thank Wentworth for the love and care they gave to her.

Pallbearers were Mike Waller, Eric Waller, Jamie Waller, Chad Burleson, Brad Murphy, and Cody Wooley.

In Lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children — Shreveport

Attn: Development Office, 3100 Samford Ave., Shreveport, LA 71103.

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Joe Thomas Doss, 88 of Camden, Arkansas, formerly of Magnolia, Arkansas passed away on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at the Pine Hills Health and Rehabilitation Center in Camden.

He was born on May 10, 1932 on the family farm near Stephens, Arkansas to the late Bobby and Esther (Harbison) Doss.

Joe graduated from Stephens High School and served his country in the United States Air Force during the Korean War.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Mary Ann Doss; two brothers Bob Doss and Dale Doss; and one sister Largene Daniels.

Joe is survived by one son Terry Doss of Orlando, Florida; one sister Rita Scott of Maumelle, Arkansas; one sister in law Shirley Doss of Magnolia; and two nieces, Margaret Richter of Sherwood, Arkansas and Debra Gauntt of Lake Dallas, Texas.

A private family interment will be at Mt. Prospect Cemetery under the direction of Lewis Funeral Home, Inc. in Magnolia.

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Lila Catherine (Dale) McLaughlin Smelser, 75 of Springhill, Louisiana formerly of Stephens, Arkansas died on Friday, July 3, 2020 at her home in Springhill.

Catherine was born on January 5, 1945 in Camden, Arkansas to the late John Edwin Dale and Velma Ophelia (Rowe) Dale. She was a bookkeeper and store owner of the Sonic for 15 years and the Lumberjack Drive in for 15 years. She was a member of Milner Victory Baptist Church in McNeil, loved hummingbirds and taking care of her grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Vester Dwain McLaughlin and James Dell Smelser; two sisters, Velma Louise Dale Godwin and Norma Jean Dale; and two brothers, Donald Ray Dale and Doyle Fay Dale.

Catherine is survived by her two daughters, Tammy McLaughlin of El Dorado, Tommie McLaughlin Maxwell and husband Rodney of Springhill; five grandchildren, Keshia Hardin Northington and husband Chris of Foley, Alabama, April Maxwell of Winnfield, Kessa Hardin McGuffin and husband David of Magnolia, Keehly Wise Key and husband Truitt of Magnolia, Brandon Williamson of Magnolia, Summer Maxwell Britt and husband Jerrod of Taylor; two great grandchildren, Aiden McGuffin and Addalynn McGuffin; and a host of extended family and friends.

A graveside service was held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 5, 2020 at Macedonia Cemetery with Bro. Lonnie Warren officiating under the direction of Lewis Funeral Home, Magnolia. Visitation with the family was Saturday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Pallbearers will be David McGuffin, Chris Northington, Jerrod Britt, Truitt Key, and Rodney Maxwell.

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Charles “Sonny” Lineberry, 84 of Magnolia, Arkansas passed away on Friday, July 3, 2020 at The Springs of Magnolia.

A graveside service was held at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 5, 2020 at Greer’s Chapel Cemetery with Dr. Eric Goble officiating under the direction of Lewis Funeral Home, Inc. in Magnolia.


David L. Hardy, 56, of Magnolia, Arkansas died Saturday, July 04, 2020.

Funeral arrangements are pending with Marks Funeral Home in Magnolia, Arkansas.


Funeral service for Charlie Ray Marshall III, 41 of Texarkana, AR, is pending with Smith Funeral Home of Stamps.


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