Obituaries for October 17 2022


Ila Faye (McMahen) Aldridge, 92, of Magnolia, Arkansas, passed away September 25, 2022, in Pahrump, Nevada. She was born August 23, 1930, to Ronnie and Olive (Catching) McMahen in Columbia County where she lived until she became ill and moved in 2016 to Pharump to live with her daughter.

Ila Faye was retried from Magnolia Public Schools after a teaching career in Stephens and Magnolia where she taught business subjects and skills. She had the distinction of being the first teacher at Magnolia High School to have computers in her classroom and introduce and teach computer skills at the high school level. She was an active member of numerous educational and community service organizations and her church.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband of 54 years, Otha Aldridge; son, Ron Aldridge and his wife Lynn; sister, Lahoma Matthews; brother, Don McMahen; sisters-in-law, Martha Duke, Merble Hight, and Mattie Atkinson.

Surviving her are her daughter, Leah Aldridge; sisters-in-law, Lavenia Hampton, Addie Harrell, and Mary McMahen; brother-in-law, Ralph Aldridge; nephews, Ricky and Greg Matthews, Max and Monty McMahen; and niece, Staci McMahen Zeagler.

A graveside service will be held at Hephzibah Cemetery, Hwy 98, Emerson, AR, on Sunday, October 23, at 2 p.m.


Mary Ann Shocklee, 85, of Magnolia, Arkansas, formerly of Village (Ebenezer community), passed away Saturday, October 15, 2022, at the Wentworth Place Monroe House.

Mary Ann Shocklee was born on December 16, 1936, to the late Jesse and Joy (Wedgeworth) Johnson. She married the love of her life, Johnny Ray Shocklee, on August 25, 1951, and they enjoyed almost 64 years of marriage before Johnny Ray went to his heavenly home. Mary Ann and Johnny Ray were much loved by their family and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents; beloved husband, Johnny Ray Shocklee; daughter, Delilah Shocklee McDonald; and lifetime friends, Bill and Dixie Brown.

Mary Ann is survived by her children, Vicky Honeycutt and John E. Shocklee of Stephens; grandchildren, Cindy (Robert) Anglin of Stephens, Mary (Daniel) Buffington of Emerson, Jennifer (Mike) Wilson of Magnolia, Brad (Nicki) Stultz of Waldo, Monique (Ricky) Bailey and Jessica Thompson of Picayune, Mississippi, and Lance Shocklee of Stephens; great grandchildren, Steven (Samantha) Anglin, Patricia Collier, Hannah (Joel) Campbell, Courtney Triplet, Casey Wilson, Noah Wilson, Brooke Stultz, Bailey Stultz, Izaiah Mauldin, David Bailey, Nate Thompson, Abby Thompson, Brittney Shocklee, and Thomas Shocklee; seven great-great grandchildren, and one more on the way.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, October 19, 2022, at 10 a.m. at Lewis Funeral Home, Inc. in Magnolia with Bro. Micah Carter officiating. Burial will follow at Ebenezer Methodist Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday, October 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Mike Wilson, Daniel Buffington, Robert Anglin, Steven Anglin, Mike Shocklee, Casey Wilson, and Noah Wilson. Honorary pallbearers will be Larry Shocklee, Tim Brown, Benny Brown, Denny Foster, and Rickey Foster.

Memorial donations may be made to Life Touch Hospice, 2301 Champgnolle,

El Dorado, AR 71730 or Ebenezer Methodist Cemetery, 760 Columbia Rd 441, Stephens, AR 71764.