Obituaries for August 17, 2022

Jimmy Howard

Jimmy Harrell Howard, Jr. age 62 of Camden, AR went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, August 7, 2022 at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock, AR. He was born January 12, 1960 in Dumas, AR.

He is preceded in death by his father; Jimmy Harrell Howard, Sr., stepfather; Eustis Austin and twin grandbabies.

Survivors include his wife; Wanda Harrelson Howard of Camden, AR whom he married on June 2, 1979, sons; Jesse Eric Howard and spouse Candace of Monticello, AR and Dustin Mark Howard and spouse Chelsea of Franklin, TN, mother; Glenda Appleberry Howard Austin of McGehee, sister; Teresa Howard Dunn and spouse Lee of Mountain Home, AR and grandchildren; Audrey, Stella Lu and Fallon along with a host of nieces and nephews.

Jimmy was a member and Deacon at Calvary Baptist Church in Camden, AR where he served the Lord faithfully, taught Sunday School and coached Upward basketball. He loved spending time with his family especially his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed traveling with his wife, tinkering in his shop, fishing, was an accomplished artist, and he loved watching and talking about the Hogs.

Funeral service was at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, August 11, 2022 at Calvary Baptist Church in Camden, AR with Bro. Don Phillips officiating. Burial was at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, August 11, 2022 at Moseley Cemetery in Bradley County, AR by Frazer's Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church; 319 Hwy 278 E, Camden, AR 71701.

Stephen Evans

Stephen Wyatt Evans, age 62, of Hampton died Saturday, July 16, 2022 in Hampton. He was born September 30, 1959 in San Jose, California. He was a truck driver and U.S. Army veteran.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Geneva Laynette McCann Evans; one brother, Jeff Evans; and one sister, Sherry Evans Dupree. Stephen is survived by his father, Wayland Evans of Hampton; one son, Andy (Danielle) Evans of Pine Bluff; one daughter, Jessica (Michael) Faulkner of Lake Charles, LA; three brothers, Danny Evans of Monroe, LA, Kevin Evans and Keith Evans of Hampton; two sisters, Tina Keener of Hampton, and Cindy Easterling of Thornton; eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Graveside services will be 10:00 am Saturday, August 13, 2022 at Salem Cemetery near Bearden. Arrangements by Benton Funeral Home of Fordyce. To sign the online register visit

Dixie Canada

Dixie Ellen Canada, age 73, gained her angel wings on August, 10, 2022, at Courtyard Gardens in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. She was born in Portland, Indiana, on October 1, 1948, to Henry Gilbert Jackson and Flora Adele Sorrells Jackson.She was a homemaker. Before Ellen succumbed to the effects of Rheumatoid Arthritis, she loved baking, family visits and studying God's word.She had an adventurous side to her that loved classic country music, riding horses and motorcycles and playing cards with friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bobby Gene Canada; her son, John Reece Golden and her brother, James Andrew Jackson.She is survived by her step-son, Jimmy Canada, Sr. of Booneville, Arkansas; her step-daughter, Lisa Hamilton of Austin, Texas; her daughter, Shelley (Phillip) Loe of Arkadelphia, Arkansas; her son, Bobby Canada of Bismarck, Arkansas; daughter Angela Canada; one sister, Lula Belle Deaton of Point Cedar, Arkansas; her grandchildren, Angel Lowery, Jimmy Canada, Jr., Kayla Squires, Zachary Squires, Colby Squires, Tyler Hamilton, Jesse Loe, Leslie Loe, Aaron Boyer, Alisah Golden, Logan Golden, Breanna Redmond and Erica Canada; her great grandchildren, Lexus Moody, Moses Franklin, Hayley Canada, Logan Canada, Wyatt Boyer, Everleigh Boyer and Jaisen Reece Golden and many nieces and nephews.

A private service will be held with the family.Services are entrusted to Ruggles Wilcox Funeral Home of Arkadelphia.

Timothy Merrit

Timothy (Tim) Allen Merritt, born July 16, 1973, in Camden, AR, passed away peacefully at home in Camden with his loving wife Eyvonne by his side.

Tim was a Camden High School Class of 1991 graduate.

He married the love of his life, Eyvonne Flannigan, on December 31, 2008. Tim was baptized at Victory Church on June 26, 2016. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved. Mark 16:16

Tim is preceded in death by his loving stepfather, Fred Snyder; his grandparents, Junius and Juanita Merritt, Bill and Frances Cox; and his in-laws, Lacy and Georgia Lee Flannigan, all of Camden.

He is survived by his wife of 13 ½ years, Eyvonne; stepchildren, Tiara Flannigan and Jordan Johnson, his father, Terry (Denise) Merritt of Camden; mother, Ann (Bobby) Wright of Royal, AR; his sister, Tiffany Story and niece Jayden Story of Hot Springs, AR and a host of aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Services will be held at 11:00 am, Saturday, August 20, 2022, at Victory Church in Camden, AR, followed by graveside services at Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5-6 PM Friday 19, 2022, at Proctor Funeral Home. Services will be conducted by Pastor Nick Nettles, and Words of Comfort will be offered by Steven Willis. A repast will be held at Victory Church after the graveside service.

Pallbearers will be Terry Torrence, McArthur Simmons, Roger Purifoy, Shane Stafford, Matt Gibbs, Patrick Barnes, Ron Turner, James Flannigan, Freeman King, and Kevin Moore. Proctor Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. To sign the online guest register, visit

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