December 2017 Obituaries

Beltz, Harold; born November 9, 1925, Morrill, Neb.; died June 26, 2017. He retired as a minister from the Rocky Mountain Conference in 1994. Survivors: wife, LaVerna; daughter: Patsy Sogioka, of Oak Glen, Calif.; daughter, Linda Richards and her husband, Gregg, of Bishop, Calif.; two grandchildren.

Curtis, Barbara Elizabeth Downs; born June 23, 1936, Pitcher, Okla., died September 18, 2017 in Dierks, Ark. Church membership: Beacon Hill Seventh-day Adventist Church. Preceded in death by parents Haskell and Nellie F. Swager Downs; husband, Patrick Donald Curtis; son, De Wayne Curtis; two brothers, Claude Ray “Sonny” Downs and Mike Whitney. Survivors: sons, James Curtis, Donald Curtis, and Mark Curtis, of De Queen, Ark.; five grandchildren.

Frye, James; born Sept. 5, 1946, Coffeyville, Kansas; died Sept. 13, 2017, Lenapah, Okla. Church membership: Nowata Seventh-day Adventist Church. Surviving: nephew, Marty Frye.

Hevener, Donald Ray; born July 19, 1946, Staunton, Va.; died November 25, 2016, Gentry, Ark. Church membership: Gentry Seventh-day Adventist Church. He was previously the Superintendent of Schools for the Arkansas-Louisiana Conference and spent years in education serving as a teacher, principal, and superintendent in the states of Virginia, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Colorado. Survivors: Eva Hevener, of Gentry; daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Sam Campbell, of Siloam Springs, Ark.; son and daughter-in-law, Alan and Cammi Hevener, of Siloam Springs; brother and sister-in-law, Dr. Fillmer and Celia Hevener, of Farmville, Va.; five grandchildren.


Hollon, Peggy Marie, 91 of  Goodlettsville, Tennessee died on September 27, 2017, in White House, Tennessee. She was born September 7, 1926, to Clarence Hardy and Lillie Hardy in Dallas, Texas. She married Wm. Hubbard Hollon on March 12, 1948, in Dallas, Texas. She leaves behind her daughter, Denise Hollon Kohler of Goodlettsville, Tennessee; sons, Bill Hollon of Dallas, Gary Hollon of Van, and Mark Hollon of Richardson; sister Dorothy Moore of Terrell, Texas; nine grandchildren, one great-grandson, nieces and nephews and extended family members Arthur and Patti Brown of Dallas, Texas. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wm. Hubbard Hollon. Peggy was a member of the Dallas First Seventh Day Adventist Church where she supported her husband, “Hub”  for more than 30 years, with his Christmas basket program and helping those in need. She was an avid doll collector with a passion for vintage dolls from her childhood era.  She lived the past five years of her life with her daughter Denise and son-in-law, Benny in Tennessee. She was a wonderful and loving mother and grandmother and was loved dearly by her family. She will be sorely missed.


Horne, Edward and Nola: Edward Horne died on March 16, 2017, at the age of 85, and a few months later his wife of 66 years, Nola, also 85, died on June 24, 2017. They were long-time members of the Westlakes Seventh-Day Adventist Church in West Monroe, Louisiana. They are survived by a son, Dr. Stephen Horne and wife Kathy; two grandsons, Christopher and wife Christine, and Patrick and wife Melissa; and two great-grandchildren, Mikayla and Michael. It would be hard to find a more Christian loving couple.  Countless Sabbaths would find new members or visitors welcomed into their home for Sabbath lunch.

Edward especially loved children and young people and despite the age difference, youth of all ages wanted to spend time with him.  Through their generosity an untold number of kids had a Christmas or were able to attend junior camp.  Edward was an engineer for the state of Louisiana and his expertise was invaluable in the building of our church and the road leading up to the church.  He was the driving force behind our church getting the chimes that play daily and Sabbath, welcoming all to church on Sabbath morning.  Edward was always involved in church functions, going all the way back to 1951 when he was featured in The Record as the instructor in a Red Cross first aid class after attending a Medical Cadet Camp in Colorado.

Nola Horne was a leader in church activities most of her adult life.  As early as 1954 she was mentioned in The Record as being home missionary leader and leading out in a successful ingathering campaign.  She held many positions in the local church, including being the first woman elder in the ArkLa Conference and possibly in the Southwestern Union.  The pastor from that time still says she was the best elder he ever had.  Nola and daughter-in-law Kathy Horne graced the cover and were featured in the lead article of the July/August 1986 issue of Women of Spirit magazine.  She served on the executive committee of the Southwestern Union and also as delegate to the General Conference.  She continued her service by accepting the position of Director of Women’s Ministries for the ArkLa Conference and a few years later accepted the position of Director of Women’s Ministries for the Southwestern Union.  Always looking for ways to foster church recognition and growth, she organized Westlakes’ first and very well received Cowboy Camp Meeting. 

These members are missed by our local church family and community as they were well-known and loved throughout the ArkLaMiss region.


Mylonas, Seth Owen, born January 6, 2016; died July 18, 2017, Ardmore, Okla.  Survivors: parents, Tommy and Teresa Mylonas; brother, Samuel Mylonas; sister, Elizabeth Mylonas; grandparents, Kathy Farrow; Willard Farrow; Tommy and Kathy Mylonas.

Phillips, Isaac Franklin; born August 17, 1925, Taiban, N. Mex.; died September 2, 2017, Amarillo, Texas. Church membership: Amarillo Seventh-day Adventist Church. Survivors: wife, Geraldine Phillips, of Amarillo; daughter, Linda Lavender, of Amarillo; son, Mark Phillips, of Amarillo; son, Jimmy Phillips, of Clovis, N. Mex.

Stuteville, Dennis Ray; born June 20, 1948, Long Beach, Calif.; died Oct. 1, 2017, Austin, Texas. Church membership: Amarillo Seventh-day Adventist Church. Preceded in death by his parents; brother, Darel Stuteville; and daughter, Misty Stuteville. Survivors: daughter, Robin Stuteville Broyles, of Bowie, Texas; step-daughter, Tanya Stuteville, of Amarillo, Texas; sister, Darlene Stuteville; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Wilczek, Karina Ramos; born Oct. 16, 1986, Teocaltiche, Jalisco, Mexico; died Aug. 19, 2017. Church membership: Okeene Seventh-day Adventist Church. Preceded in death by her son Taylor Lane and daughter Mikaela Rose. Surviving: husband, David Wilczek; parents, Casimiro and Micaela Ramos; sister, Araceli (Aaron); brother, Eric Ramos; father and mother-in-law, David and Rose Wilczek; sister-in-law, Amanda (William); 3 grandchildren.

Wolcott, Fred Edward; born June 25, 1929 in El Dorado, Ark.; died June 16, 2017, De Queen, Ark. Church membership: Beacon Hill Seventh-day Adventist Church. Survivors: wife, Mae Evelyn Burrow Wolcott, of DeQueen; son, Dennis Wolcott, of Salt Lake City, Utah; son, Steve Stewart, of DeQueen; daughters, Brenda Lovell, Glenda Icenhower, and Deborah Smith, of DeQueen; 13 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, and 8 great-great-grandchildren.

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