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Obituaries for October 30, 2020

October 30, 2020 at 11:31 a.m.


A precious treasure of a Mom, Grams, sister, mother-in-law and friend, Mary Hughes Looney entered heaven on October 27, 2020 from her Amberwood home in Benton, Arkansas.

She was born to Dan and Vara Hughes on June 30,1928 in Magnolia, Arkansas. Preceding her in death was her one-of-a-kind husband Ernest Looney, her son Dr. Wayne Looney, and her son-in-law Gary Groce. Along with them were many dear friends to welcome her arrival to her long-awaited home.

Mary came to know her Savior Jesus at an early age and grew to love Him deeply. This love was demonstrated in her daily choices and lifestyle and overflowed in the teaching of God’s Word to her children and grandchildren. She was a member of East Main Baptist Church in El Dorado, Arkansas and served her Lord for many years there.

Treasuring many years of priceless memories are brother and wife, Freeman and Nancy Hughes; daughter and husband, Anne and Matt Johnson; granddaughter, Caroline Groce; grandson and wife, Brandon and Mary Beth Groce, great granddaughter, Mary Ella; grandson and wife E.W. and Liz Looney, great grandchildren Claire, Grant, and Jane, as well as many nieces, nephews, and special friends.

An open visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. with the family present from 6:30- 8 p.m. Friday at Roller-Alcoa Funeral Home in Benton, Arkansas at 6700 Alcoa Road. Graveside services are scheduled for noon on Saturday, October 31 at Memorial Park in Magnolia.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gideons International, an association of Christian business and professional men and women dedicated to telling people about Jesus and distributing Bibles worldwide. Gideons International Processing Center, P.O. Box 9725, Washington, DC 20090-7251.

We are complying with the Arkansas Department of Health guidelines and limiting indoor funeral and visitation attendance to 100 people at one time. All attendees must provide and wear their own masks before entering.

Please sign the guestbook at www.rollerfuneralhomes.combryant.

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Graveside services for Toshi Pyle, 89, of Leesville, Louisiana will be held at 10 a.m.. on Friday, October 30, 2020 at the Bethlehem Cemetery in Magnolia, AR.

Toshi Hirose Pyle, 89, was born in Japan on September 1, 1931. She passed away at her home in Leesville, Louisiana on October 23, 2020.

She loved her family and her dogs. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, sewing, knitting, crocheting, and fishing. She was a wonderful homemaker and an Army wife and enjoyed working at Barksdale Federal Credit Union and KVVP 105 Radio Station.

Toshi was kind, gentle, sweet, loyal, and beautiful. Above all she was a great Daughter, Sister, Wife, Mother, Grandmother, and Friend.

She is preceded in death by her parents and Husband Johnnie Pyle to whom she was married to for 36 years until his passing.

Left to cherish her memory is her Son Frank Pyle and Grandson Travis Pyle of Tomball, Texas, and her Son William Pyle and his wife Elizabeth of Fulshear, Texas.

Toshi will be dearly missed and loved forever!

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James Daniel Dees, age 89, passed away in Houston, Texas on October 26, 2020.

He was born in Magnolia, Arkansas on July 4, 1931 to Philip Dees and Mattie Paschal Dees. He grew up in Magnolia, and attended Southern Arkansas University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in 1953.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955. During his period of service, he spent one year in Japan as part of the occupying force after WWII.

He spent the first part of his career in sales with Roerig Div Pfizer, Inc. Over the course of that career, he and his family lived in Waco, Texas, in Houston, Texas, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was named ‘Man of the Year’ with Roerig in 1969.

Upon retiring from Roerig, he started Accord Medical, a medical equipment company servicing the Dallas Ft. Worth, Texas area; retiring again at age 82.

He is survived by daughters, Cynthia Creager and her husband Robert Creager, Beverly Moore and her husband Dr. David Moore, Sharon Dees and her husband Johnny Hobbs. He is preceded in death by his son Lawrence Dees. He is also survived by his grandchildren Shawn Paul, Keith Moore and Katherine Moore, by his beloved brother Joe Dees, and nieces Margery Dupre, Lavona Perry and Jana Davis, and nephew Andy Dees.

Graveside services will held at 2 p.m. Saturday, October 31, 2020 at Magnolia Memorial Park under the direction of Young’s Funeral Directors. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m. prior to the service at the cemetery.

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Grady Michael Franklin, 62 of Maud, Texas passed away on October 25, 2020 at Lakeview Regional Medical Center in Covington, Louisiana.

He was born on January 27, 1958 in Magnolia, Arkansas to the late Cody Turner Franklin and Rebecca Virginia (Cotton) Franklin, and is preceded in death by a step brother Eddie Franklin.

He was a survey technician for Entergy Conservers of Texarkana for 20 years. His employers Rocky and Cindy Hudson described Gary as loyal, dependable, hard worker, and never missed a day of work. Cathy and Bill Purtle of Maud, Texas were special friends, landlord and fishing partners. Grady loved traveling for his job, fishing and hunting, and spending time with his Arkansas family.

Grady is survived by his cousin LaDawne Simpson and her husband Gary and the Simpson family; an a step sister Cody Jane Franklin.

Visitation with the family will be held at 1 at Antioch East Cemetery with a graveside service to follow at 2 p.m. with Dr. Eric Goble officiating under the direction of Lewis Funeral Home. Inc. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Arkansas Children’s Hospital, #1 Children’s Way, Little Rock, Arkansas 72202.

Honorary pallbearers will be Darren Simpson, Dustin Simpson, Devin Simpson, Corey Welch, David Maxwell, Dillon Maxwell, and Ryler Maxwell.

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Louise Nipper Hendricks, 78, of Magnolia, AR passed away Thursday, October 29, 2020 at her home surrounded by her family.

Louise was born November 17, 1941 in Magnolia, AR to the late J.A. and Thelma Louise (Ford) Nipper. She was a homemaker, an artist, gardener, wonderful cook, loved fishing and hunting, was an avid camper at Shady Lake. She was a faithful member of Brister Baptist Church where she taught Sunday school and Awana. She loved being Granny to her grand and great grandchildren and those at church.

Louise is preceded in death by her parents, brother David Nipper, and lifelong best friend Inita Sayers Ellis. She is survived by her daughters Melissa Stephens and husband James of Magnolia and Tracy Brothers and husband Scott of Prairie Grove; son Brian Hendricks and wife Twana of Magnolia; grandchildren Dustin Pearson and wife Amber of Emerson, Daniele Davis and husband Toby of Taylor, Hadley Kidd and husband Michael of Fayetteville, Camryn Cook of Prairie Grove, and Hobie Hendricks of Magnolia; step grandchildren Amanda Sundberg and husband Cameron of Doddridge and Sara Stephens of Springhill, LA; great grandchildren Parker Pearson Davis of Morrilton, Madison Davis and Lilly Davis of Taylor, Zayden Stephens, Zayda Scherwuchok, and Braxton Sundberg of Doddridge.

Graveside service will be held on Saturday, October 31, 2020 at 10 a.m. at Bethlehem Cemetery with Bro. Danny Bullock and Dr. Eric Goble officiating under the direction of Lewis Funeral Home, Inc. in Magnolia. Visitation will be Friday, October 30 from 6:00 to 8:00 p. m. at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Jared McNeal, Steve Flow, Cody Samples, Tim Cole, Garry Wood, Dustin Pearson, and Hobie Hendricks.

Memorials may be made to Brister Baptist Church Awana Program, 3711 Hwy 79 South, Emerson, AR 71740.

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Early Dunn, 65, of Magnolia, Arkansas, passed Wednesday, October 28, 2020, at St. Vincent Infirmary in Little Rock, Arkansas. Arrangements are pending with R.L. Reed Funeral Home in Magnolia.


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