Juanita Fern Simpson, 82, dies

Juanita Fern Simpson, 82, of Tumbling Shoals, died Jan. 17.

She was an active member of Tumbling Shoals Baptist Church in Tumbling Shoals, where she was a charter member and had at one time served as church clerk.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Birtus Simpson Sr., and a sister.

She is survived by a daughter, two sons, six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Jan. 20 at Tumbling Shoals Baptist Church, with interment in Chastain Cemetery in Tumbling Shoals.


Janelle Hartwick Doyle, 91, dies

Janelle Hartwick Doyle, 91, died Dec. 24 at Oakdale Nursing Center in Judsonia.

She graduated from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas, and received a Master of Religious Education degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Lonnie A. Doyle Jr. Together they served as Southern Baptist missionaries to Brazil for 39 years.

Before leaving Brazil, the Baptist women honored her by naming the newly established orphanage “Lar Batista Janelle Doyle” – the Janelle Doyle Baptist Home.

Doyle is survived by five children, 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Dec. 30 at Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler, Texas.


Jim Ellis Tillman Sr., 83, dies

Jim Ellis Tillman Sr., 83, of North Little Rock, died Jan. 16.

He was a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.

He served as pastor and interim pastor in several Arkansas churches, including as pastor of Linwood Baptist Church, Moscow, and First Baptist Church, Walnut Ridge, and as associate pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas.

He served as director for the Ouachita-Southern Advancement Campaign. He also served as vice president for development for Southern Baptist College (now Williams Baptist College) for more than 13 years.

He served with Resource Services Inc., of Dallas, Texas, for more than 15 years, retiring in 2002.

He is survived by his wife of more than 41 years, Margaret Bailey-Tillman; a son; two daughters; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren, and a sister.

Funeral services were held Jan. 19 at Roller-Owens Funeral Home in North Little Rock. Interment followed at Rest Hills Memorial Park in North Little Rock.


Richard Douglas Cox, 43, of Springdale, dies

Richard Douglas Cox, 43, of Springdale, died Jan. 16.

He served as Cross Church associate minister of missions to northwest Arkansas, Springdale, for six years.

He was instrumental in his role with Cross Church missions ministry and was relentless in sharing his personal testimony of redemption and grace.

He was preceded in death by a brother.

He is survived by his wife of eight years, Becky (Lore) Cox; two daughters; a granddaughter; his parents, and a brother.

A memorial service was held Jan. 24 at Cross Church, Springdale.


Soaring Wings to broadcast daily on central Arkansas radio

HOLLAND – Soaring Wings Christian Home and Ranch (SWR) will soon fill a prime-time radio spot during the evening drive, tackling difficult topics and offering biblical advice for raising families.
“This is for all families - biological, adoptive, foster, single parent homes,” said Founder and Executive Director Andrew Watson. “There are unique challenges each of these deals with daily.
We want to offer a chance for families to feel connected to others who might be experiencing similar things. They should know that they are not alone in the troubles that arise in family life.”
“Foundations: Raising Godly Families from the Ground Up” will air at 5 p.m. Monday through Friday beginning Feb. 2 on Faith Talk 99.5 KDIS-FM.

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