Obituaries for March 12, 2024



Thomas Floyd Butler, 80, of Magnolia, AR, formerly of Emerson, passed away on February 19, 2024, at the National Park Medical Center in Hot Springs, AR, following a brief illness.

Tommy was born in Emerson, AR on August 20,1943 to Floyd Butler and Nadine Franks Butler. After Tommy graduated from Emerson High School in 1961, he went on to study business at Southern State College in Magnolia. After graduating from Southern State, he joined the National Guard and got a job at the post office in Emerson, eventually retiring as postmaster. Throughout his life Tommy had vast and varied interests. He was a lifelong ham radio operator beginning in his teenage years and most recently held the title of oldest ham radio operator in Columbia County. He still enjoyed communicating with a group weekly until his death. He enjoyed taking road trips, volunteering at the Purple Hull Pea Festival, watching college football, running hundreds of 5k road races, and was an extra in several movies filmed around North Louisiana and South Arkansas.

Tommy was a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Emerson until it's closing at which time, he joined the Emerson United Methodist Church.

He is preceded in death by his parents Floyd and Nadine Butler, a sister Geraldine Chaffin Waters, niece Jeanette Waters Tutor, and nephew Lee Terrell Waters Jr. He is survived by two sisters Christine Butler Snider and husband John, Brenda Butler Samples, and husband Billy, nieces Jannell Waters Caulfield, Donna Snider Iverson, Martha Snider Edens, and nephew Michael Samples and wife Jessica.

A graveside service will be held on Sunday, March 17, 2024, at 2 p.m. at the Emerson Presbyterian Cemetery with Steve Reeves officiating. Cremation services were provided by Lewis Funeral Home, Inc. in Magnolia, AR.

Memorials may be made to the 180 Recovery Group, Pentecostals of Magnolia, PO Box 1152, Magnolia, AR 71754.


Henry Lee Robertson, 83, of Waldo, AR passed away Sunday, March 10, 2024, in Magnolia, AR.

Henry was born February 3, 1941, and served in the United States Army Reserves. He was the owner and operator of Razorback Packing and a member of the First Baptist Church in Waldo.

Henry is preceded in death by his parents, Paul Alvin and Geraldine (Taylor) Robertson and wife of 56 years, Jean (Taylor) Robertson. He is survived his daughter Tawana (Andy) Staten of Springhill, LA, grandchildren Charley Taylor Staten of Homer, LA and Droux Staten of Cabot, AR, sisters Pauline Harmon of Hot Springs, AR and Dinah (Kenny) VanHook of Hot Springs, AR, nieces Elizabeth VanHook of Hot Springs, AR and Lanita Taylor Koppe of Lake Jackson, TX, honorary children Mylinda (Jeff) Cheatham of Benton, AR and Channon (Tonya) Edwards of Magnolia, AR, and a host of extended family and friends.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 15, 2024, at 2 p.m. at Lewis Funeral Home, Inc. in Magnolia, AR with Bro. Michael Clark officiating. Burial will follow at the Shiloh Cemetery in Lamartine. Visitation will be Thursday. March 14 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Andy Staten, Droux Staten, Channon Edwards, Jeff Cheatham, Raymond Robertson, and Jason Robertson.

Memorial may be made to Shiloh Baptist Church, 1650 Columbia Rd 41, Waldo, AR 71770.

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