Obituaries for Sept. 5, 2023


Charles M. Couch, Jr., affectionately known as Charlie Couch, passed away peacefully on August 31, 2023, at Magnolia Regional Medical Center in Magnolia, AR. Born on June 9, 1952, in Magnolia.

Charlie was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Margie (Byrd) Couch, and grandparents, Edward and Myrtis Couch and Clyde and Marie Byrd. He is survived by his loving wife, Debbie Couch of Magnolia, and their three daughters, Jennifer (Jason) Saulsbury of Smackover, Julie (Shaun) Leuvre of Seattle, WA, and Jill (Louie) Fronek of Magnolia. Charlie was the proud grandfather of Jase (Mariah) Saulsbury, Josh Saulsbury, Joleigh Saulsbury, Jesse Saulsbury, Ian Reitzell, Trey Fronek, and Tyler Fronek; great-granddaughter, Grayson Saulsbury. Charlie also leaves behind his sisters, Judy (Bill) Abernathy of Camden and Janet (John) Rich of Magnolia, sisters-in-law, Peggy (Frank) Bales and Joy (Lester) Chapman of Greenville, TX, and numerous nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends.

Charlie spent many years as a mechanic for the Magnolia Public Schools, a role he cherished until his retirement. His dedication to his work was evident in the way he cared for the school's vehicles, ensuring the safety and comfort of the students he served. He was a man who believed in the value of hard work and the importance of community, values he instilled in his children and grandchildren.

In addition to his professional life, Charlie was a longtime faithful member of the Asbury Methodist Church. He also held membership in the Masonic Lodge #440 in McNeil, AR, where he found fellowship and friendship.

Funeral services will be held on today, September 4, 2023, at 10 a.m., at Asbury Methodist Church with Rev. David Moore officiating. Burial will follow in the Magnolia Memorial Park Cemetery, under the direction of Lewis Funeral Home, Inc. in Magnolia. Visitation was held on Sunday, September 3 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Jase Saulsbury, Josh Saulsbury, Jesse Saulsbury, Trey Fronek, Tyler Fronek, and Ian Reitzell. Honorary pallbearers will be Joleigh Saulsbury, Jeremy Hughes, Christopher Morrison, Colton Morrison, and Jeremy Couch.

Memorial donations may be made to Asbury Methodist Church, 1300 East University, Magnolia, AR 71753.


Infant Amelia Greyleah Hunter, 8 months old, of Waldo, Arkansas, departed this earth on the wings of angels Thursday, August 24, 2023, at Magnolia Regional Medical Center in Magnolia, Arkansas.

Celebration of Life services will be held Friday, September 8, 2023, at R.L. Reed Funeral Home Chapel in Magnolia, at 2 p.m., with burial to follow at Cedar Grove Cemetery in Waldo, under the direction of R.L. Reed Funeral Home, LLC.

Visitation will be Thursday, {Sep. 7} from 1 – 3 p.m., at R.L. Reed Funeral Home in Magnolia.


Justin Scott, 35, of Hot Springs, Arkansas, passed away Tuesday, August 29, 2023, at National Park Medical Center in Hot Springs. Arrangements are pending with R.L. Reed Funeral Home in Magnolia.