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Eddith Alice "Kay" Little

3/27/1924 -2/25/2015


EDDITH ALICE “KAY” BAGLEY LITTLE, a resident of Bethel Heights, Arkansas, was born March 27, 1924 in Arlberb, Arkansas, a daughter of David and Sinthia (Barnnett) Bagley. She departed this life Wednesday, February 25, 2015 in Springdale, Arkansas, at the age of 90 years.

Kay was a member of the Grandview Baptist Church and worked as a homemaker.
On June 06, 1944, Kay was united in marriage with A.J. Little who survives her of the home. She is also survived by one son, Dennis Little and wife Cinty of Bethel Heights, AR; several nieces and nephews; four grandchildren, Sonja and husband James Linker, Amy and husband Tim McDowell, Michael Little, and Missy and husband Mike Rakes; six great-grandchildren, Rachael Grady, Hannah Linker, Alexis Kelley, Addison McDowell, Walker Rakes, and Kennedy Rakes; and a host of other friends, family, and loved ones.

Kay was preceded in death by her parents, David and Sinthia Bagley; several brothers and sisters; two sons, Edward Eugene Little and Duane Little; one granddaughter, Angie Grady; and one great-granddaughter, Julian Kelley.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M. Friday, February 27, 2015 at the Charles M. Nelson Memorial Chapel in Berryville. Funeral service will be 10:00 A.M. Saturday, February 28, 2015 at the Grandview Baptist Church with Brother Billy McCall officiating. Interment will follow the service in the Grandview Cemetery under the direction of Nelson Funeral Service. Online condolences may be sent to the family at








Elizabeth June Sparks

6/13/1921 -2/24/2015


ELIZABETH JUNE SPARKS, a resident of Holiday Island, Arkansas, was born June 13, 1921 in Wichita Falls, Texas, a daughter of Hayden and Bess (Buckley) McClung. She departed this life Tuesday, February 24, 2015 in Holiday Island, Arkansas, at the age of 93 years.

June grew up in Kingsville, Texas and graduated from Texas A&I, as a music major. As a young woman she served on the church staff of the First Baptist Church of Corpus Christi. During World War II she met a young naval officer, Robert Earl Sparks, whom she married. Bob stayed in the Navy for 38 years, and they were stationed in many places, including Hawaii, California, Washington D.C., Florida, Wyoming, and Spain. Always active in church, June led Sunday school, Bible Studies, and youth groups, and played the piano and directed choirs. She also taught piano lessons in the home. When Bob retired from the Navy, they settled in San Antonio, Texas.

In their retirement years, June and Bob were active in the Baptist Mission Service Corps, traveling to churches in Texas to encourage support for missions on the Texas/Mexico border, which included medical clinics, food pantries, economic development, and sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

In 1999, Bob died. June continued living in San Antonio until her health declined and she needed to be closer to her daughter, Judy. June moved to Holiday Island in 2006, living first at Peachtree Village, and then at Green Acre Lodge.

June is survived by two daughters, Judy and husband John Turner of Eureka Springs, AR and Sue and husband Toby Hale of Winston-Salem, NC; two grandchildren, Carissa Turner Smith and Matthew Hale; two great-grandchildren, Harry Smith and Hudson Hale; and a host of other family, friends, and loved ones.

June was preceded in death by her husband, parents, and one grandson, Benjamin Hale.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements were under the direction of Nelson Funeral Service. Memorial donations may be made to the Holiday Island Community Church, P.O. Box 3055, Holiday Island, Arkansas 72631 or Christview Ministries, 992 CR 309, Eureka Springs, Arkansas 72632. Online condolences may be sent to the family at









Kirby "John" Leon Gilbert

1/14/1952 -2/21/2015


KIRBY LEON “JOHN” GILBERT, a resident of Green Forest, Arkansas, was born February 14, 1952 in Green Forest, Arkansas, a son of Riley Wilson and Susie Bell (Carmichael) Gilbert. He departed this life Saturday, February 21, 2015 in his home in Green Forest, at the age of 63 years.

John worked as a farmer and was an avid coyote hunter and will be missed by all of his hunting buddies, family and friends.

He is survived by five brothers, Shobie Gilbert, Dewey Gilbert, Jimmy Gilbert, Jerry Gilbert, and Mack Gilbert; six sisters, Sue Mason, Kay Peterson, Glenda Drivwer, Linda Cooksey, Judy Merideth, and Debby Creager; several nieces and nephews; and a host of other family and friends.

John was preceded in death by his parents, Riley Wilson and Susie Bell Gilbert and one sister, Doris Horine.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Nelson Funeral Service. Online condolences may be sent to the family at















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