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Obituary for Thomas Sanford Norton, Sr. EMT#15120

Thomas Norton, Sr., 65, of Hot Springs, went to be with the Lord on January 26, 2019. He was born September 29, 1953 in Hot Springs to the late Sanford and Lola Norton. Thomas was a member of Lakeshore Heights Baptist Church. Thomas enjoyed western movies, starring John Wayne and was an avid Minnesota Vikings fan.

Loving survivors include his wife, Karen Norton, of Hot Springs; son, Thomas (Teresa) Sanford, Jr., of Magnet Cove; brother, Randy Norton, of Hot Springs; step-daughters, Marcie (Stephen) Newberry, of Jonesboro, Sarah (Jason) Saragusa, of Pea Ridge, Elisabeth (Joe) Flowers, of Oark and Angela (Toby) Hibbs, of Conway; and 7 grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday at Caruth-Hale Funeral Home with Pastor Horace Gray officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Obituary for Darrel Lloyd “Buck” Williams EMT# 31253

Darrel Lloyd “Buck” Williams, 69, of Greers Ferry, AR passed
away at home on January 13,2019. He was born in Bono, AR
to Thomas F. and Melvina (Swindle) Williams on August 2, 1949.

Following high school, Darrel began his 41-year career in the
trucking industry. He also raised Santa Gertrudis cattle in
Glencoe, AR until retirement, in 2008.

Once retired from Wal-Mart Transportation, Darrel moved to
Greers Ferry with his wife, Darla, who he married in 2008. He
served as a first responder and driver with the Greers Ferry EMS
and Prim Volunteer EMS Fire Department. He and Darla also
enjoyed traveling, boating and riding motorcycles together. Two
of Darrel’s great passions were his Harleys and his hot rod. His
pride and joy was his 1940 Willys coupe, which won multiple
awards at car shows.

Darrel was a pie maker extraordinaire, and made an especially
good pecan pie. He also enjoyed spending time with his two
dogs, Ivan and Harry and his cat, Huey.

Darrel is preceded in death by his parents, as well as his former
wife, Carol Roberta Williams. He is survived by his wife, Darla,
his son, Steve Moss, his daughters, Debbie Hudson, Dana
Batterton, and Amanda Fryar, as well as numerous
grandchildren.

Darrel was a very hard-working man, with a loyal circle of
friends. His easy going demeanor and wry sense of humor will
be missed by many.

Obituary for Dewayne Kirker-EMT# 8622

Mr. Dewayne Dee Kirker of Newport, Arkansas departed this life on Wednesday, December 19, 2018, at the age of 63. He was born July 7, 1955, in Newport, Arkansas, the son of Elmer D. and Allie Mae (Shields) Kirker.

Mr. Kirker was the owner/operator of White River Ambulance, was an EMT, CPR instructor, and a volunteer fire fighter for over thirty years. He served as Diaz Fire Chief for over twenty years. He was member of the Cherokee Church of Christ, where he taught Sunday school and prepared the church bulletin every Sunday. His hobbies included collecting coins, collecting ambulance and fire memorabilia. He loved working in his yard and was a very selfless person and he never met a stranger. Mr. Kirker was a 1973 graduate of Newport High School and earned his diesel mechanics certificate.

Mr. Kirker was preceded in death by his father.

He is survived by his mother, Allie Mae (Shields) Kirker, of the home; one sister, Betty Jane Kirker, of Newport; many cousins; his best friends, Deanna Long and staff of White River EMS; and his special dog, Rusty.

Graveside services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday at Gracelawn Cemetery. Friends may visit at the funeral home Friday, 9:00 a.m. to service time.
The family requests that memorials be made to the Dewayne Kirker Memorial Fund, 1900 Malcolm Avenue Newport, Arkansas 72112.

Arkansas EMS providers to honor former American Ambulance Association President and Pafford CFO during memorial escort to Tulsa Oklahoma

This is an announcement made by the Arkansas Ambulance Association

This past Saturday, we learned of the sudden death of H. Stephen Williamson, an iconic EMS leader for more than 40 years. H. Stephen Williamson was the president and chief executive officer of Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) since the Authority began operations in 1978, and served for over 39 years. Under Williamson’s guidance, EMSA grew into Oklahoma’s largest EMS provider and one of the country’s most effective ambulance systems, achieving the standing of top 1% of ambulance services nationwide with accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services. Due to his visionary leadership and passion for service, EMSA provided outstanding patient care, saving countless lives throughout Tulsa, Oklahoma City, and the surrounding counties. Prior to his tenure at EMSA, he served as administrator of Enid Memorial Hospital. He was a graduate of the University of Tulsa, earning a B.S. in Finance, as well as a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Oklahoma. Prior to his death, Steve was the Chief Financial Officer at Pafford EMS, the largest ambulance service provider in Arkansas.

Williamson and his wife Rebecca recently moved to Hope, Arkansas and continued their work with Pafford EMS. In honor of his devotion to EMS, providers along the route from Hope to Tulsa, OK, where memorial services will be held, are asked to stage units or join the procession. The procession will begin at Brazzel Funeral Home in Hope at 4:30 AM traveling I-30 to Little Rock, then I-40 to Oklahoma.

More specific timelines will be posted as final details are locked in. Please share this post and help inform others. Let’s pay our respects to a true industry leader.

STEPHEN’S OBITUARY

Stephen Williamson, 68, of Hope, Arkansas, formerly of Tulsa, Oklahoma, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle passed away suddenly on November 3, 2018 at his home.

Preceded in death by his mother, Evelyn Williamson, father, Hershel Williamson, and first wife, Pat Williamson, Steve is survived by his best friend and wife Rebecca Williamson (Smith); his two adored daughters Jennifer Thomas (Jason) of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Ashley Schneeberg (Matt) of Jenks, Oklahoma; his brother, Mark Williamson (Theresa) of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; and his five step children, Blake Burruss (Rachel), Krista Sands, Holly Chapman (Joel), Sarah Lyn Smith and Jay Darrin Smith. He was an exceptional grandfather to his beautiful grandchildren and step grandchildren, Asa and Will Thomas, Kate and Ava Schneeberg, Barrett Burruss, Addysion Sands, Brycelyn Wiedel, and Gabe Chapman. He is also survived by numerous cousins, nephews, a niece, and his aunt, Blanche Wilson.

H. Stephen Williamson was the president and chief executive officer of Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) since the Authority began operations in 1978, and served for over 39 years. Under Williamson’s guidance, EMSA grew into Oklahoma’s largest EMS provider and one of the country’s most effective ambulance systems, achieving the standing of top 1% of ambulance services nationwide with accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services. Due to his visionary leadership and passion for service, EMSA provided outstanding patient care, saving countless lives throughout Tulsa, Oklahoma City, and the surrounding counties. Prior to his tenure at EMSA, he served as administrator of Enid Memorial Hospital. He was a graduate of the University of Tulsa, earning a B.S. in Finance, as well as a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Oklahoma. Prior to his death, Steve was the Chief Financial Officer at Pafford EMS, the largest ambulance service provider in Arkansas.

Steve was a revered national leader in EMS. He held numerous national and state leadership positions including President of the American Ambulance Association, President of the Coalition of Advanced Emergency Medical Systems, Governor’s Appointee to the Oklahoma Emergency Response Systems Advisory Council, and President of the Eastern Oklahoma Chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association. He was a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma Class XX.

Family will receive those wishing to pay their respects at a lunch and visitation beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 8, 2018 at Fletcher Hall (attached to the church). Services will immediately follow at 1:00 p.m. at Parish of Christ the King Catholic Church, 1520 South Rockford Avenue, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74120. Internment at Calvary Cemetery 9101 South Harvard, Tulsa, Oklahoma.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Steve’s honor may be made to Bishop Kelly High School, 3905 South Hudson Avenue Tulsa, OK 74135 and the Code Green Campaign, P.O. Box 15365, Spokane Valley, Washington, 99215. Code Green advocates for mental health-, PTSD-, and suicide awareness for EMS.

Steve touched countless hearts over the course of his extraordinary life. He will be forever loved and missed by all his family, friends, and colleagues.

 

Justin Lambert EMT# 31077

FEBRUARY 5, 1988 – SEPTEMBER 18, 2018

Justin J. Lambert, 30, of Beebe, died September 18, 2018, as a result of injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident.

He was born February 5, 1988, in Fort Walton Beach, FL, the son of Jennifer (Day) and Jeffrey J. Lambert. He married the woman to whom he often referred to as the “love of his life,” Taylor, on May 21, 2016.

From a young age, Justin felt the call to serve. His great love of people, the pride in his country, and his need for adrenaline helped to set the course of his life. After graduating high school from Academics Plus Charter School in Maumelle, Justin served in the US Air Force as a Logistics Manager, having been recognized many times for his dedicated efforts. It was a career he would continue after his years of service, working for Staley Technologies. Most recently, he was a personal trainer at 10 Fitness in Little Rock and Bryant, and an EMT at MEMS in Little Rock and LifeNet in Hot Springs. He also served as a volunteer firefighter in Bryant.

Justin loved life and was the greatest cheerleader to his friends and family, and was always quick to offer encouragement, advice or assistance. His tireless work ethic, infectious smile, generous spirit, and genuine concern for humankind has been witnessed by everyone who met him. He loved cars, bar-b-que, and his friends. Above all, he was a wonderful family man who loved being a husband and a father.

He is survived by his wife, Taylor; daughter, Charlotte; mother, Jennifer (Chris) Johnson; father, Jeff (Wrenetta) Lambert; sister, Nina (Andrew) Holub; brother, Dalton (Brooke) Lambert; sisters, Elayna Lambert and Stacey Johnson; his mother-in-law, Naomi (Jamie) Cantrell; his father in law, Sam Spikes; a family of four nieces and one nephew, several aunts, uncles and cousins, and many wonderful friends. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Gerald Lambert; and maternal grandparents, Elmer and Geraldine Day. Visitation will be Friday, September 21, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Griffin Leggett Rest Hills, 7724 Landers Road, North Little Rock.

Funeral services will be Saturday, September 22, at 9:00 a.m. at First Assembly of God, 4501 Burrow Drive, North Little Rock. Interment will follow at Rest Hills Memorial Park.

Rickey L. Elder EMT# 13760

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

( October 29, 1955 – March 06, 2018 )

Rickey L. Elder, 62, of Brookland, passed from this life on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at NEA Baptist Medical Center in Jonesboro.

Rickey was born in Paragould and lived all of his life in the Brookland area. He was a 1973 graduate of Brookland High School and worked 19 years as a Routeman for Lewis Brothers Bread Company (Bunny Bread) before they ceased their Arkansas operations. Rickey then entered full time in the construction and home building business and worked full time as an EMT-A for Emerson Ambulance Service on nights and weekends.

In any spare time that he had, Rickey enjoyed hunting and fishing and serving as a Reserve Officer with the Craighead County Sheriffs Office. He was a member of Brookland Baptist Church and was preceded in death by his father, Dale Elder.

Survivors include his wife, Vicki Kidd Elder of the home;
His mother, Irene Elder of Brookland;
1 daughter and son-in-law, Nicole and John Jacobs of Arlington, Tennessee;
2 sons and daughters-in-law, Benjamin and Kelly Elder and Joshua and Ashton Carr, all of Brookland;
1 sister and brother-in-law, Dian and John Street of Jonesboro;
2 brothers and sister-in-law: Mickey and Paulette Elder of Brookland and Wyndol Elder of Paragould; and
7 grandchildren: Kyle Jacobs, Kaitlyn Hammett, Hayden Elder, Ryan Jacobs, Laken Carr, Sonnie Elder and Kinleigh Carr.

Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Thursday in Emerson Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday in Emerson Memorial Chapel with David Head officiating. Burial will follow in Pine Log Cemetery.

Active pallbearers include Jacob Elder, Spencer Elder, Clinton Elder, John Street, Eric Knuckles and Scotty Kidd. Honorary pallbearers include members of the Emerson Ambulance Service Team and personnel of the Craighead County Sherriff’s Office.

For lasting memorials, the family asks that consideration be given to the Fowler Family Center for Cancer Care at NEA Baptist Health Care, 4802 E. Johnson Ave., Jonesboro, AR 72401.

Jonathon Elias Staton EMT# 28738

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 15, 1991 – February 4, 2018

Jonathon Elias Staton, 26, went to be with the Lord, February 4, 2018. He was born on July 15, 1991 in Little Rock, Arkansas to Jon and Michelle Staton. Eli graduated from Bryant High School in 2009, he owned Staco Construction Company, was a member of East Union Missionary Baptist Church and was a member of the North Little Rock Fire Department and served as a firefighter-paramedic. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and cooking at the Fire House. Eli was a people person and loved making everyone laugh.
Mike Cook, one of Eli’s buddies wrote:

Asking for prayers today for the family of a NLRFD brother, as we learned of his passing this morning! First and foremost he was a very strong Christian man and when I thought of him or someone brought up his name, his passion towards his beliefs were the first thoughts that always entered my mind. And the good thing is, is that he was never afraid to admit to it or was ever shied away to talk about it.

He was a young man, a big man and about as fit as one could be. He was one of the brothers that kinda gave you the warm and fuzzies knowing you were partnered with before you entered a burning structure, a lengthy extrication, or a medical call because you know he had your back regardless of the circumstances that may lie ahead. He was a great paramedic and treated the young, the old, the sick, the drunk, the drugged, and the hurt or anyone for that matter with the passion as if they were his own mother or father. We’re gonna miss him greatly and the void that is left will be felt for a long long time. I ask that you keep his wife and family and also his work family in prayer.
Today we shall mourn!
Rest In Peace Brother!

Eli was preceded in death by his grandfather; Bob Staton. He is survived by his wife; Allie Staton, parents; Jon and Michelle Staton, sister; Abby, brother; Luke, grandparents; Pat Staton-Matlock and Bill and Sue James.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in Eli’s name to Arkansas Fallen Firefighters Association, arfallenfirefighters.org.

Denisa Alice Poole Shipley EMT# 18216

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Denisa Alice Poole Shipley, 50, passed from this life and entered heaven on January 24, 2018, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Denisa was born May 19, 1967, in Piggott, Arkansas, to Max and Billie Sue Poole. She was cheerleader and a beauty queen in her high school years. She worked as a cosmetologist for many years before becoming a paramedic. Denisa loved working as a paramedic on the ambulance for over 20 years. She loved outdoors, animals, hunting, and the river and her personality was larger than life. Denisa adored her children and loved her family more than anything. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Denisa was saved and baptized at the St. Francis Baptist Church when she was a teenager.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Dr. Wylie E. Turner, Jr., Ralph and Dolly Poole, Gaye Smart, and Rocky and Alice Hefner; her uncle, Dean Poole; and her aunt, Alice Cole.

She is survived by her parents, Max and Billie Sue Poole; one son, Beau Alex Wicker and fiancé Tarryn Tracy; her daughter, Brooke Alice Shipley; sister, Candice Holcomb; two nieces: Hollie and Tessa Holcomb; one nephew: Colton Poole and wife Hannah; and special Grand Di, Diane Cluck.

Visitation will be held Saturday, January 27, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. in the Hoggard & Sons Chapel with service following at 12:00 p.m. with Kevin Murray officiating. Hoggard & Sons Funeral Home of Piggott, Arkansas, is in charge of the arrangements. Burial will be held at a later date at Gravel Hill Cemetery near St. Francis, Arkansas.

Mark A. Johnson EMT#15933

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 22, 1974 – December 10, 2017

Mark A. Johnson, 43, a lifelong resident of Cash, died Sunday, December 10, 2017 at NEA Baptist Medical Center.  He was a member of the Valley Ridge Baptist Church.  He loved to dive and enjoyed all water related activities.  His best friend and running buddy was King, his dog.  Mark was a Nationally Certified Paramedic #15933 and worked for many years at Emerson Ambulance Service.  He was an avid shooter and weapons handler.  He was preceded in death by his father, Tommy Johnson.

Survivors include his wife of 19 years, Heather Johnson; son, Lucas Johnson both of the home; mother, Jackie Johnson of Cash; brothers, Bobby Johnson (Misty); Shawn Johnson (Danna) all of Jonesboro; nephews, Hunter Johnson (McKayle) and Houston Johnson.

Services will be 1:00 PM, Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at Emerson Memorial Chapel with Bobby Floyd and Jamie Carter officiating.  Burial will follow at Johnson Cemetery with Eric Johnson, Erin Johnson, Michael Johnson, Jason Johnson, Keith Baggett and Milton Wayne Harbison serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers are EMT’s, Paramedics and Staff at Emerson Ambulance Service.  Visitation will be from noon until service time on Wednesday.

For lasting memorials, please consider the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, National Processing Center, Attn: Honor & Memorial Gifts, PO Box 1245, Albert Lea, Minnesota, 56007-9976 or

The American Kennel Club Government Relations Department, 8051 Arco Corporate Drive, Suite 100  Raleigh, North Carolina 27617-3390.  To sign an online registry, go to emersonfuneralhome.com.

David Covey EMT#16312

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 8, 1949 – December 2, 2017

David Michael Covey, 68, of Sherwood, passed away December 2, 2017. He was born March 8, 1949 in Newport, Arkansas to the late Lloyd and Francis Buford Covey. David served his country in the US Army as an Ammo Storage Specialist and worked at the US Postal Service and later retired as a Paramedic. He was a motorcycle enthusiast who loved drag racing with his family. He was also dedicated to his children and grandchildren, and loved them dearly. David was an avid scuba diver, and was a 32nd degree Mason.

He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Jacqui Covey; two sons, Shawn (Cindy) Covey and Eric Sturba; two daughters, Tanya (Steve) Boyles and Shannon (Jessie) Bradford; six grandchildren, Justin Covey, Chase Boyles, Caitlyn Boyles, Lauren (Zach) Fendley, Audrey Bradford, and Kaleb Bradford.

Memorial Service will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 12th at First Christian Church, 2803 E. Kiel Avenue, Sherwood, Ark. 72120. A reception will follow at Dave and Jacqui’s home. To sign the online guestbook go to www.griffinleggettresthills.com