WCEL Obituaries January 25, 2023


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Herman DeWitt Joyner Jr.

Herman DeWitt Joyner Jr., 56, of Lincoln, Arkansas, passed away on Wednesday, January 11, 2023. He was born April 30, 1966 in Hot Springs, Arkansas to Herman and Allen Berry Joyner. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Gerald Williams.

He is survived by his wife, Rhonda Joyner; one daughter, Chloe Joyner of Prairie Grove, Arkansas; sister Gladys Childs and her husband Thomas of Fort Worth, Texas; his granddaughter Aspen Tash; and nephew Scott Childs.

A memorial service was held on January 18, 2023 at the Moore Chapel. To place an online tribute, please visit

Linda Ann Masters

Linda Ann Masters, 90, of Farmington, Arkansas, died on Monday, January 16, 2023, in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She was born on May 1, 1932 in Goldonna, Louisiana to Elsie Rae and Jessa Lee (Coleman) Moore.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her daughter, Carol Elliott, and one brother, Jesse Ray Moore.

Survivors include her grandson Brett Ray Taylor and wife Christy Jean of Farmington, Arkansas; two great-grandchildren, Jessa Ray Taylor and Holden Wayne Taylor.

Burial took place on Thursday, January 19, 2023 at Farmington Cemetery in Farmington, Arkansas.

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Kenneth Dale Phillips

Kenneth Dale Phillips, 84, of Huntsville, died Saturday, January 14, 2023 at home. He was born on Saturday, November 5, 1938, in Hindsville to Lee and Etna Litterell Phillips.

Dale married Linda Kay Hood on Wednesday, January 3, 1962, in Springdale, and together they became the parents of two children.

Dale began his career at the Standard Register and worked there for 10 years before retiring to work on a farm in 1968. In 1978, Dale’s family was selected as the Madison County Farm Family of the Year, and he served on the Huntsville School District Board for 18 years. In addition, Dale served on the board of directors of the Washington County Farm Mutual Insurance Company for 23 years and has been their treasurer since 2012. Family gatherings for birthdays and holidays were of particular importance to Dale, who loved spending time with his family. He also enjoyed watching the sport that his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren participated in.

Dale was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse and Etna Phillips.

He left behind a wife, Linda Phillips, from home; his daughter and son-in-law Katrina and Randy Burnett of Farmington; his son and daughter-in-law Scott and Jerry Sue Phillips of Huntsville; five grandchildren, Hayley, Kelsey, Miranda, Wilson and Colby; and 10 great-grandchildren, Hannah, Maddox, Evie, Charlie, Pearson, Easton, Fletcher, Juliet, Murphy and Kessler; siblings, Darrell and Alma Phillips of Hindsville, Glenda and Buddy Lee of Jacksonville, North Carolina, Marie and Frankie Fitch of Huntsville, Gary and Judy Phillips of Huntsville, Roger Phillips of Hindsville, and Karen and Mike Churchwell of Gravett.

Services were held on Wednesday, January 18, 2023 at Brashears Funeral Home led by Lauren Collins and Duane MacLeod. The pallbearers were Wilson Phillips, Colby Burnett, Jim Kuhlmann, Austin Satterfield, Philip Lee and Jared Phillips. Honorary bearers will be Darrell Phillips, Gary Phillips, Roger Phillips, Frankie Fitch, Buddy Lee and Mike Churchwell. Burial followed at Buckeye Cemetery in Hindsville.

Instead of flowers, memorials in Dale’s name may be erected at Arkansas Children’s Hospital Northwest, 2601 Jean George Boulevard, 72762 Springdale, Ark. Services are provided by Brashears Funeral Home and Crematorium in Huntsville.

Lela Francine Scroggins

Lela Francine Scroggins, 89, of Lincoln, Arkansas, died Wednesday, January 18, 2023, in Prairie Grove, Arkansas. She was born September 8, 1933 in Colorado Springs, Colorado to William Elmer and Minnie Esma (Livingston) Stewart.

Lela retired from the Washington Regional Medical Center after nearly 30 years of service. She was an active member of the Farmington Church of Christ, where she participated in Thursday Bible School, the Dorcus Room, and the women’s quilting group.

She was preceded by the death of Jack’s husband Sam Scroggins; her parents, two daughters, Rose Leta Scroggins and Chiquita Lynn Scroggins; two granddaughters, Amanda Jones and Amy Crissil Scroggins; one great-grandson, Ernest Junkin; eight siblings, Ruth Marie Ruth, James Alexander Stewart, Henry Stewart, Alan Stewart, Herb Stewart, Joseph Donald Lee Stewart, Polly Ann Lego and Nellie Stewart Halverson.

Survivors include four children: Carol Louise Scroggins, Loretta Jane Ferguson and her husband Jack, Lawrence “Larry” Jay Scroggins, and Jack Dudley Scroggins and his wife Tonya; one sister, Cordella Rose Sanders; one brother, Harvey Douglas Stewart; 10 grandchildren: Amber Ferguson Simpson, Angela Kay Scroggins, Britten, Kyle A. Scroggins, J. Tim Jericho Wilson, Michael Lawrence Junkin, Jack Stewart Scroggins, Alicia Mae Scroggins, Carolyn Shantel Jones, Wm Chris Scroggins and Nathaniel Scroggins; and 20 great grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, January 28, 2023 at Farmington Christ Church.

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Sarah Rose Washington

Sarah Rose Washington, 91, of Summers, Arkansas, died January 20, 2023. Visitation will take place from 4 to 7 pm Wednesday, January 25, 2023 at Wasson Funeral Home in Siloam Springs, Arkansas.

Burial will take place on Thursday, January 26, 2023 at 10:00 am at Wasson Funeral Home. To sign an online guestbook, visit

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