Emma Katherine "Kay" Yeldell dies at 94

Emma Katherine "Kay" Yeldell, 94, of Maumelle, died March 18. She was the widow of Walter Lee Yeldell, who served as president of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention from 1963 to 1965.

She studied at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and was an active partner in ministry with her husband at First Baptist Church, Clarksville; First Baptist Church, West Memphis, and Second Baptist Church, Hot Springs.

She is survived by three daughters, a son, seven grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and a sister.  

Her daughter, Carolyn Staley, served on staff of Pulaski Heights Baptist Church in Little Rock.

A private memorial service was to be held.


South Arkansas Homesteading Conference in Rison April 11

McWilliamsRISON – Beekeeping, food preservation, poultry and raised bed gardening are among the sessions being presented at the South Arkansas Homesteading Conference to be held Saturday, April 11, at the Pioneer Village in Rison.

Gates open at 8 a.m. with sessions beginning at 9 a.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for youth ages 7 to 17, and free for kids age 6 and under. The Pioneer Village is located at 200 Yaney Street in Rison.

The conference, sponsored by the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service and the Cleveland County Herald, will feature three informative tracks: farm/garden, home/kitchen and youth.

Sessions for the farm/garden track will include an introduction to beekeeping, gardening by the moon phases, soil fertility, raised bed gardening, building a do-it-yourself hoop house/high tunnel, and raising poultry for eggs or meat.

The home/kitchen track will include sessions on energy conservation/alternative energy, canning meat, dehydrating foods, using old-fashion and wild herbs, and homemade cleaners.

The youth track will feature a session on using GPS devices and Geocaching. The afternoon will consist of demonstrations and games.

For more information, visit www.arkansashomesteader.com or like the Arkansas Homesteading Conference page on Facebook.

Joining Extension Service agents from Bradley, Cleveland and Dallas Counties making presentations will be:

– Gary “Pa Mac” McWilliams of FarmHandsCompanion.com website and YouTube channel. A gifted craftsman, McWilliams is documenting his progress of using the resources off his land to establish a homestead near Glenwood. Prior to starting what is his second homestead outside of Glenwood, McWilliams served as a broadcast engineer for Adrian Rogers and his "Love Worth Finding" radio/TV ministry.

– Kate Shoulders is an assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural Education, Communication and Technology at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. She specializes in testing and developing practical uses of alternative energy in agricultural applications. She is affiliated with the University of Arkansas Office for Sustainability.

– Lori Bird of Cleveland County owns and operates Birds & Bees Honey with her husband, Trent. Together, they own one of the largest natural, chemical-free beekeeping operations in southern Arkansas.

– Lewis Hinkle of Pine Bluff is a breeder and exhibitor of exhibition poultry for the past 30 years. He has served as Poultry Superintendent for the Southeast Arkansas District Fair for the past 25 years, and is an active member of the American Poultry Association and the American Bantam Association, serving as a judge for poultry shows in Arkansas and Louisiana.

Vendor space is available to those businesses or services that cater to people interested in  gardening, small-scale farming, sustainable living, etc. Vendor space begins at $35.

For more information, contact Britt Talent at (870) 325-6412 or email him at ccherald@tds.net.


Peggy Moore Jones, 80, of Little Rock, dies

Peggy Moore Jones, 80, of Little Rock, died March 12. She was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church, Little Rock, for more than 50 years. In the early 1980s, she was briefly employed as a secretary for the Brotherhood Department of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention.  She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Claude "Bub" Jones,
 a sister and a brother. 

She is survived by a daughter, a son, four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and a sister.

Following a private burial, a memorial service was held March 16 in the chapel of Immanuel Baptist Church. 


Long-time Arkansas pastor, Don Nall, dies

Don Alan Nall, 78, of Little Rock died March 11. He was a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.

He pastored churches in Mississippi, Texas and Arkansas for more than 45 years. He served 25 years as pastor of First Baptist Church in Batesville until his retirement in 2001.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Judy Overton Nall, two daughters, four grandchildren and one brother.

A memorial service was held March 14 at Roller-Chenal Funeral Home in Little Rock.


Ouachita’s Christian counseling conference addresses alcohol, drug abuse

Chelsea Whelpley
Ouachita Baptist University

ARKADELPHIA – Ouachita Baptist University’s Pruet School of Christian Studies hosted its fifth annual Conference on Issues in Christian Counseling Feb. 27. The event was co-hosted by the Arkansas Baptist State Convention, Henderson State University and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

The conference theme, Alcohol and Drug Abuse, provided pastors, mental health professionals, caregivers and students the opportunity to come together and learn about the causes, effects and problems associated with alcohol and substance abuse as well as training to deal with those issues.

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