Obituaries for Aug 31 2023



Rebecca (Becky) Kathleen Griffis, age 62, of Stephens, Arkansas passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, August 20, 2023, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born on February 8, 1961, and graduated from Stephens High School in 1979. She went on to earn a degree in accounting from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia in 1983 and working as a cost accountant and controller during her career.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Keith Griffis; grandparents Bob and Lula Thomas and Ed and Faye Griffis.

Becky is survived by her daughter she loved dearly Kori Michelle Taylor and grandson Blake Russell Buchanan; parents, Ronnie and Evelyn Griffis; sister Rhonda Mason and husband Tim; a nephew Madison Mason and niece Meredith Pfirrman, as well as aunts, uncles, and cousins she enjoyed throughout her life.

At Becky's request, there will be no funeral. The family wants to thank the doctors, nurses and caregivers who took such excellent care of Becky. Donations may be made in Becky's name to the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, Patient Support Fund, 4301 West Markham, Slot 629, Little Rock, Arkansas 72205. To view the online guest register visit



Funeral services for LaVonne "Boots" Hodnett Speer, 84 of Haynesville, LA will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, August 30, 2023 at Haynesville Community Church in Haynesville with Bro. Tim Cole officiating. Interment will be in the Waldo City Cemetery, Waldo, AR under the direction of Bailey Funeral Home of Haynesville, LA

Visitation was at 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, August 30, 2023 at the church.

LaVonne was born February 14, 1939 in Waldo, AR and passed away Monday, August 28, 2023 at her home in Haynesville, LA

She was a member of the Haynesville Community Church. LaVonne was an artist and loved painting with friends and working in her flower beds. She was a humorous person, and was active with the Butterfly Festival and enjoyed play Bridge at Ladies Day at the Country Club.

Survivors include two sons, Michael R. Speer and wife Peggy, pf Haynesville, Christopher Scott Speer, of Haynesville, one sister, Pat Teague and husband Anthony "Dub" of Buckner, AR, four grandchildren, Jordan Speer and wife Megan, Haley McHale and husband Dusty, Alyssa Speer, and Adrianna Newton and husband Jacob, ten great grandchildren, Lilly, Camryn, Miles, Allie, Ellie, Emmie, Kalyn, Adrienne, Ryder, and Fallyn.

Pallbearers were be Steve Lewis, Sammy Sims, Jonathan Love, Jacob Newton, Jordan Speer, and Dusty McHale.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jewell T. Hodnett and Perlah Mae Best Hodnett, her husband of 62 years, Robert Reid Speer and one sister.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials to St. Jude or Haynesville Community Church

Please visit to sign the online register book.


Jeanette Marie Hardwell, 58, of Haynesville, Louisiana, passed away Sunday, August 27, 2023, at her residence.

Ceremonial Cremation services will be held Friday, September 8, 2023, at R.L. Reed Funeral Home Chapel in Magnolia, at 11 a.m., under the direction of R.L. Reed Funeral Home.

A viewing will also be held Friday, Sep. 8, before services begin. No other public services will be rendered, so please govern yourselves accordingly.


Early V. Jamerson, 80, of Magnolia, Arkansas, passed away Tuesday, August 29, 2023, at Magnolia Regional Medical Center in Magnolia, Arkansas. Arrangements are pending with R.L. Reed Funeral Home in Magnolia.


Infant Amelia Greyleah Hunter, 8 months old, of Waldo, departed this earth on the wings of angels Thursday, August 24, 2023, at Magnolia Regional Medical Center. Arrangements are pending with R.L. Reed Funeral Home in Magnolia.


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