Obituaries for August 3, 2022

Andrew Marino

Andrew (Andy) Marino of Hot Springs passed away on July 19, 2022. Andrew was born December 25, 1932, in Bastrop, LA. He graduated from Camden High School in 1950 then attended Henderson State University where he completed his Business Degree (1954). At Henderson, he courted artist Kathryn Whitmore of Augusta. They were married for 53 years prior to her passing.

Andrew served 23 years in the U.S. Army with assignments in France, Korea, Panama Canal Zone, Vietnam, and various posts in the U.S. A decorated officer, he was honored with The Legion of Merit, The Bronze Star, and The Soldier's Medal for Heroism. Subsequently, Andrew worked for General Dynamics-Camden as a production manager for 10 years. After retirement, Andrew was an entrepreneur; he owned small businesses and managed several Camden rental properties. Andrew was a talented athlete, car-tinkerer, and stock master.

Andrew was predeceased by his wife of 53 years, Kathryn (Whitmore) Marino; son, Mark Marino; and brother, Camille Marino.

He is survived by wife Carla Marino, son Charles Marino (Lisa), daughter Andrianna Stearns (Keith), and stepdaughter Mondi Starkey (Eric). Andrew was "Pops" to his grandchildren Krista Grimes (Rhett), Ryan Stearns, Kennan Marino and Loran Stearns, and three great grandchildren. He is also survived by siblings Anna Mae Griffith, Charles (Chuck) Marino, Jr. (Anita), and Johnny Marino (Jane), Camille's widow Judy Marino, as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Proctor Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. The family will receive friends at the funeral home 4:00-6:00 p.m. Monday, August 8, 2022. Services will be 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 9, 2022 at Proctor Chapel followed by interment at Memorial Park Cemetery

John Howard

John W. "Mr. John" Howard, age 73, of Thornton died Sunday, July 24, 2022 at Dallas County Medical Center in Fordyce, Arkansas. He was born October 11, 1948 in Sparkman, Arkansas. John was a retired Master Butcher and volunteer for The Head Start Program. He is preceded in death by his parents, Hillard T. "Red" Howard, Gertrude Ratcliff Howard; step mother, Liz Howard; three brothers, Theo Howard, Jerry Howard, Terry "Taco" Howard. He is survived by his wife, Becky Callaway Howard of Thornton; one daughter, Calinda Green and husband Gary of Farmington; one son, John Wayne Howard and wife Deidre of Eagle Mills; two brothers, Charles Howard of Bearden, James Howard of Holly Springs; three sisters, Barbara Bledsoe of El Dorado, Lori Scroggins of Cleveland, Ranea Dear of Rayville, LA; eight grandchildren, Alec Hopkins, Montana Taylor, Kailey Larkins, Layney Howard, Waylan Howard, David Dominguez, Shelby Green and Wesley Green; five great grandchildren, Maliak, Corrie, Gracie, Rosalina, and Phoebe; and hundreds of Head Start kids that loved him dearly.

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William Childers, Sr.

William "Willie" Melvin Childers Sr., age 62, of Hot Springs passed away Friday, July 29, 2022 at CHI St. Vincent in Hot Springs. He was born July 11, 1960 in Livermore, CA to the late Hollis Hoyte Childers and Mattie Lou Childers. He is also preceded in death by one brother, Walter Hollis Childers.

He is survived by six children; William "Will" Melvin Childers Jr. and wife Jessyca of Hot Springs, Jonathan Walter Childers and wife Delilah of Hot Springs, Nicholas Woodrow Childers of Bernice, LA, Zakary Hoyte Childers and wife Jackie of Hot Springs, Gregory Keelan Childers and wife Lindsey of Ola, AR; one daughter, MeLeah Gayle Jacobs and husband Jeffery of Hot Springs; three sisters, Cynthia Walker and husband Monty of Bernice, LA , Jeanie Liles and husband Scott of Hot Springs, and Pam Chambliss and husband Doug of Camden; fifteen grandchildren; one great grandchild; and three nieces.

Funeral services will be at a later date. Arrangements by Benton Funeral Home of Fordyce. To sign the online register visit


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