Vercelia Cogburn
Vercelia Cogburn

Notice of Passing


Mrs. Willie Marrable 96, of Lake Charles, LA, passed away Monday, January 29, 2024, at her residence in Lake Charles, LA. Service arrangements currently pending with Andrews Funeral Home.


Mrs. Rosie Kendricks 88, of El Dorado, AR, passed away Friday, January 26, 2024, at Oak Ridge Nursing Home in El Dorado, AR. Professional care entrusted to Andrews Funeral Home of El Dorado.



Vercelia "Vee" Cogburn, age 83, of Huttig Passed from this life Tuesday, January 30, 2024. Vee was born March 8, 1940 in Huttig, AR to the late Vester and Sara Lou (Sis) Sullivan.

She was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters Virginia Sullivan, Connie Sue Sullivan and Mary Smith, a daughter Dawnie Gail Cogburn-Wells, and a grandson James Wesley Cogburn.

Those left to cherish her memory include: her loving husband Louia Cogburn; her son Clark (Bonnie) Cogburn; Robert Wells; a brother Vernon (Judy)Sullivan; her grandchildren Rosie (Johnny) Mullins, Jesse Wells, Kjersti (Aaron) Ford, Peter Cogburn; 4 great grandchildren; 3 great-great grandchildren; as well as host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services in her honor will be held at 10:00 am Friday, February 2, 2024, at Huttig Assembly of God. A time of visitation will be held from 6-8:00 pm Thursday, February 1, 2024, at the church. The family would like to give a special thank you to Carla Lane. Care and compassion provided by Perry's Funeral Chapel, Unforgettable since 1927. 312 W Oak Street, El Dorado, Arkansas 71730. 870-863-0800. Online guestbook available at


Sandra Kaye Hanry, 73, of Cabot passed away Friday, January 26, 2024. She was born May 19, 1950 in Little Rock to the late Leo R. and Floy Williams McArthur.

Mrs. Hanry worked in the medical field, most specifically for the Arkansas Department of Health in the El Dorado and Magnolia area. Sandra was a devoted Christian and always had a well-worn Bible close by. She loved music and animals and enjoyed genealogy. In addition to her family, Mrs. Hanry was preceded in death by her son, Scotty Edwards and brothers, Darrell Reynolds and David McArthur.

Mrs. Hanry is survived by her husband, Clyde Hanry; children, Tammy Bone, Tonia Jones and Kim Vincent; grandchildren, Samantha Nicholas, Patrick Jones, Heston Vincent, Hunter Bone, Jacob Jones and Olivia Vincent; great grandchildren, River Nicholas, Ryett Jones, Haedyn Jones and Wilder Jones and siblings, Gary McArthur, Steve McArthur, Ricky McArthur and Dean Jones.

Visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m. and the funeral service will begin at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 30, 2024 in the chapel of Moore's Cabot Funeral Home. (501)843-5816. Please sign our online guestbook for the Hanry family at


Doris Elaine Smith Beeson Faulkner, age 97, of El Dorado, formerly of Camden, passed peacefully from this life into the presence of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday, January 27, 2024.

Doris was born on November 6, 1926, to Rev. Ray M. Smith and Essie Jane Jones Smith in Jacinto (Dallas County), Arkansas.

Doris is survived by her daughter, Bobbie Beeson Shepherd (Judge Bobby) of El Dorado, and her son Travis Gordon Beeson (Gayle) of Sherwood, five grandchildren Matthew J. Shepherd (Alie) of

El Dorado, Sarah Shepherd Rainwater (John) of Little Rock, John Thomas Shepherd (Molly) of El Dorado, Megan Beeson Turner (Cale) of Little Rock, and Anna Beeson Cook (David) of North Little Rock, and thirteen great grandchildren, Eli Shepherd, Mary Kate Shepherd, Libby Shepherd, Shepherd Rainwater, Rebecca Rainwater, John Robert Rainwater, Tommy Shepherd, Roe Shepherd, Will Henry Shepherd, Jarrett Turner, Travis Cook, Vivienne Cook, and Lindy Cook, her sister-in-law Bonnie Smith of Mountain Home, and brother-in-law Edward Parham of Fordyce.

Doris was preceded in death by her husband of forty-five years, Travis N. Beeson, and her second husband of seven years, Everett Faulkner, her parents, her brother Rev. Randolph M. Smith, sister Rosie Jane Jones, brother-in-law Rex D. Jones, and sister Clora Parham.

Doris attended school at Jacinto and finished high school at Princeton (Dallas County). At the age of sixteen she enrolled with her sister Rosie Jane in Southern State College in Magnolia, then a two-year college. After completion of her studies in Magnolia she enrolled in Ouachita Baptist University graduating in 1948. Upon graduation she taught school in Princeton, Sparkman, Bearden, at Fred Whiteside Elementary in Camden, and for a short time at Romine Elementary in Little Rock. She retired from teaching after approximately forty years. She was a favorite teacher of many of her third and fifth grade students and heard from them throughout the remainder of her life. She loved teaching and her quiet, calm demeanor made her the perfect educator.

Doris was an accomplished pianist and organist and played the organ at Hillside Baptist Church in Camden for a total of 60 years. She enjoyed being a member of Chicot Trace Chapter Daughters ofthe American Revolution and the Mayflower Society. She enjoyed genealogy and was the family's go to source for information concerning family history.

Doris had a life-long interest in politics and current events and with her husband Travis she was active in the local, state, and national Republican Party, going back to a time when there were few Republicans in Arkansas. She was by his side as he campaigned for State Senate, and for Lieutenant Governor on the ticket with Winthrop Rockefeller in 1964. While that campaign was not successful it helped pave the way for Governor Rockefeller's election in 1966 and the eventual emergence of a vibrant Republican Party in Arkansas. Through this involvement she had the opportunity to meet many people in leadership including spending time with President Dwight Eisenhower at his farm at Gettysburg, PA, meeting President Richard Nixon on numerous occasions, and also meeting Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush.

She was a member of Cullendale First Baptist Church of Camden where she was a member of the Adult 5 Ladies Sunday School class.

Above all of her accomplishments and life experiences her favorite titles were Mother and Mom to her children and Mema to her grandchildren and great grandchildren. They loved the cards she sent for special holidays with her added artwork and comments in her "teacher-perfect" handwriting.

She was their biggest cheerleader in all of their activities from preschool to adulthood and she attended as many of their special events as she could manage. Her calls and cards of encouragement sent to her extended family and friends made a lasting impression on them all.

Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, February 2, 2024 at 11 a.m. at Cullendale First Baptist Church in Camden, Reverend Willis Moore officiating. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery in Camden. The family will receive visitors at the church one hour before the Service.

Proctor Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Travis and Doris Beeson Scholarship fund at Ouachita Baptist University, 410 Ouachita St., Arkadelphia, AR 71998 and online at

The family would like to thank Doris' neighbors and friends, Dave and Kathy Webb of Camden, whose love and care enabled Doris to remain independent for many additional years, as well as Ms. Diane Lovett for her care and companionship over the past year, and more recently the staff at Courtyard Rehabilitation and Health Center in El Dorado for their expert care and compassion.

photo Doris Faulkner

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