Obituary: Calistro “Cal” Puentez Jr.

Calistro “Cal” Puentez Jr., 59 of Pleasant Plains passed away Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021.  He was born May 2, 1962 in Lubbock, Texas to Calistro Puentez Sr. and Manuela Montoya Puentez.  He was a retired truck driver and a member of Banner Faith Full Gospel Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Jessie Puentez and Manuel Puentez, and one sister, Petra Pedroza.

Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Donna Puentez of the home; two sons, Calistro Robert Puentez III of Pleasant Plains and Thomas Puentez (Courtney) of Batesville; one daughter Rachel Puentez of Nacogdoches, Texas; three brothers, Diego Puentez (Lisa), Jamie Puentez and Abelardo Ayala all of Hammond, Indiana; four sisters, Easther Cervantes, Cruza Miranda (Javier), Eulalia Santillian (Carlos) and Connie Lubiana (Jose) all of Hammond, Indiana; two grandchildren, Callie Jo Puentez and Kip Nolan Puentez both of Batesville; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Graveside services will be Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. at the McMullin Cemetery in Pleasant Plains with Bro. Don Cross officiating.   Arrangements are by Qualls Batesville Funeral Service.

Visitation will be Monday, Oct. 25, 2021, from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Obituary: Carolyn Ruth Draper

Carolyn Ruth Draper, 71 of Batesville passed away Monday, Oct. 18, 2021.  She was born Nov. 25, 1949, in Des Arc, Arkansas to Fred and Mabel Mapps Grammer.  She was a USDA poultry inspector for 43 years and a member of the Maple Springs Missionary Baptist Church in Rosie.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Raymond Lee Lewis Jr.; three brothers, Freddy Grammer, Bo Grammer, and Eddie Grammer; a half brother, Clifford Grammer; a sister, Pauline Lane; a half-sister, Evis Gray, and a grandson, Tyler Lewis.

Survivors include one son, Gary Lee Lewis of Concord; one daughter, Chris Wood and husband Greg of Batesville; four brothers, Phillip Grammer (Sondra), Jay Grammer (Paula), Jimmy Grammer (Mary Ann), and Jerry Grammer all of Floral; three sisters, Pat Carnaghi (Jim), Dorothy Piety and Shirley Wortman all of Floral; five grandchildren, Katelyn Burch (Logan), Bridget Lewis, Gary Lewis, Devin Wood (Danielle) and Jordan Colton (Greg); six great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. at the Floral Baptist Church with Bro. Curt Howard and her grandson, Devin Wood officiating. Arrangements are by Qualls Batesville Funeral Servi

Obituary: Corine Adams Robinson

Corine Adams Robinson, 93, of Newport departed this life on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021.  She was born March 25, 1928, in Bowen Ridge, Arkansas to Artemus “Otto” Adams and Albertine Denton Adams.

Robinson was a member of Greater Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church.  She was affectionately called TudaBill or Aunt Bill by everyone who knew her.  She had a special love for her grandchildren but was known to love all children.  She was a faithful viewer of The Young and the Restless and could be found watching her favorite show on a daily basis.  Her hobbies included reading, crocheting, walking, and Word Search puzzles.

Robinson was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, R.B. Robinson;  daughter, Deloris Belton; son, Jerry Robinson; brothers, Artemus Adams, Ben Adams, Pike Adams, Roy Adams, and Eddie Adams; sisters, Emma Adams, Esther Brown and Cordelia McCloud; grandchild, Darryl Neal.

She is survived by her sons, R.B. Robinson Jr. (Juanita) of Chicago, IL, Marvin Robinson (Judy) of Chicago, IL, Charles Robinson of Newport, Freddie Robinson (Dorthy) of Newport, Larry Robinson (Shirley) of North Little Rock and Eddie Robinson of Chicago, IL; daughter, Sheila Robinson of Newport; son-in-law, David Belton; sister, Ollie Burton (A.J.) of Newport; grandchildren, Denise, Danielle, Deidre, Jamie, Nicole, Stephanie, Joseph, Jackie, Peyton, Kelly, Doug, Michelle, Corine, Freddie Jr., Bryce, Rhonda, Shonda, Monique, Marlon, Matthew, Tenesha, Tracy, Deshawn, and Rosalind; 45 great-grandchildren and 27 great-great-grandchildren.

Service will be Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021, at 2:00 at Dillinger Funeral Home.  Visitation will be from 1:00 until service time. Interment will be at Odd Fellows Cemetery.


Obituary: Diane Hulett

Diane Coe Hulett of Newport, Arkansas departed this life on Monday, Oct. 18, 2021, at the age of 72. She was born, March 2, 1949, in Newport, the first of five children born to Raymond Carl Coe and Mary Virginia Reams Coe.

She was a member of the Newport High School Class of 1967. Following graduation, she married Jerry Lynn Hulett on June 9, 1967. Diane was a loving wife, mother, Mema, Grandma, Meme, daughter, and sister. Her greatest joy in life was her family. She enjoyed reading, cooking, and hosting different holiday gatherings. Diane will always be remembered for her gentle, kind spirit and her great love and devotion to her family.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, Jerry Lynn Hulett; her parents; one brother, Gene Coe; and one brother in law, Gary Bennett.

She is survived by three daughters, Mae Carol Allen and husband, Scott, of Newport, Jenny Wiggers and husband, Chris, of Edmond, Oklahoma, and Laura Edelen and husband, George, of Van Buren; seven treasured grandchildren, Colton and Ryan Allen, Jaydon, Landon, and Lilly Wiggers, and Trevor and Rayley Edelen. Also, surviving are two sisters, Donna Sue Bennett and Sandra Neldon and husband, Martin; one brother, Stephen Coe, and wife, Claudia, all of Newport.

Friends may visit at the funeral home Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

No formal services will be held.

Obituary: Calvin Leon Miser

Calvin Leon Miser of Newark, Arkansas, departed this life on Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021, at the age of 72. He was born March 19, 1949, in Newport, the son of John Jefferson and Melba (Murphy) Miser.

Miser was a United States Army veteran, serving during the Vietnam Conflict. He was a retired welder, who later drove a cement truck for Mobley’s, and worked as gravel truck driver for Bradley Contracting at Cord.

Miser enjoyed fishing and traveling, especially to the beach. He loved cheating at cards, and always got the biggest laugh from teaching his grandchildren to also cheat at cards.

Miser’s greatest joy in life was time spent with his daughter and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Marcy Leeann Miser; and his parents.

Miser is survived by his wife of 50 years, Glenna Maxine (Thornton) Miser of the home; one daughter, Melissa Miser Morris, and husband, Jeremy of Tremont, Illinois; two grandchildren, Marcy Rose Morris and Charlie Morris; one brother, Jack Miser, and wife, Pam of Memphis, Tennessee; two sisters, Sharon Kay Wheeler of Grandbury, Texas, and Billie Sparks of Little Rock; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and a lifetime of friends.

Friends may visit at the funeral home, Tuesday, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Graveside services are 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at Balch-Johnston Cemetery, with Mr. Michael Critcher officiating.

Those honored to serve as pallbearers are Lonnie Mullins, Terry Jones, Mike Jones, Tommy Critcher, Donnie Glasgow, and Ricky Gibbs. His nephews are honorary pallbearers.
Arrangements by Jackson’s Newport Funeral Home.

Obituary: John Wayne Croft

John Wayne Croft, 72, passed away on Oct. 16, 2021. He was born on Jan. 18, 1949, in Fort Worth, Texas to Donald Wayne Croft and Eula “Tootsie” Grooms.

John was a Christian, husband, father, philosopher, coach, and musician. He had a great passion for cooking, both inside and in the backyard on the pit. John was a proud US Airforce veteran that served and loved his country. Most importantly, John’s greatest title was Granddad and he loved his eight grandchildren very much.

He is survived by his loving wife, Karen (Mast) Croft; his son, John Dylan Croft; daughters, Chasidy Cleaver (Johnny) and Elizabeth Horner (Shawn); grandchildren, Haley, Gracie, Johnny, Lexie, Eian, Reagan, Cameron, and Bray; as well as his brother, David Croft (Karen).

He was preceded in death by his parents.

The family has asked that in lieu of flowers that a donation be made to your favorite local charity.

A visitation will be held at Willis Funeral Service on Friday, Oct. 22, 2021, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Obituary: Michael Sean Martin

Sean Martin, 50, passed away on Oct. 15, 2021. He was born on Dec. 10, 1970, in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas to McFarland Martin and Leoma (Smithers) Martin.

No words can truly measure the man that Sean Martin was. He was one of a kind. To those who did not know him, he may have seemed to have a tough exterior. But to those who were lucky enough to call him friend, they knew that the tough exterior covered up a soft heart. He was caring, kind, loyal, and fiercely protective of his loved ones. Sean was a hardworking man and was proud of the fifteen years he worked for Bad Boy Mowers. When he was not working, he would watch the Razorback football team or go fishing and hunting. But the team he loved to watch the most was the one his son Tristan (#52) played for, the Batesville Junior High Football team. Sean was a loving husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, friend, and all-around wonderful person. He will be missed by many people, but his memory will live on in the hearts of those that loved him.

He is survived by his loving wife of 15 years, Jessica (Dew) Martin; his parents, McFarland and Leoma Martin; son, Tristan Martin; daughters, Brittany Smith (Scott), Breanna Martin, and Cheyenne Martin; brother, Stephen Martin (Dely); sister, Tina Martin; grandchildren, Rikki Smith, Gabriel Smith, Alexander Smith, Allie Hugg, a grandchild on the way; brothers in law, Justin Dew (Michelle) and Levi Harris (Cindy), and many nieces and nephews that he loved. He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Ruth and Albert Martin; and sister-in-law, Jennifer Dew Harris.

A visitation will be held at Willis Funeral Service on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. A funeral service, officiated by Raymond Hendrix, will follow the visitation at 5 p.m.

Obituary: Clifton Lewis Lee

Clifton Lewis Lee, 85, passed away on Oct. 14, 2021. He was born on Sept. 6, 1936, in Delight, AR to James Lewis Lee and Emily (Kelley) Lee. Clifton was married to his wife, Maria, at Santa Ines Church in Barcelona, Spain on March 30, 1959.

Clifton enjoyed working in his yard and garden. He liked going to the Triangle Café in the mornings and drinking coffee with all of his buddies. He also retired from White Rodgers and was a Chief in the US Navy.

He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Maria S. (Figueras) Lee; sons, Richard M. Lee and David E. Lee (Rachel); grandchildren, Alissa Duncan, Stephen Lee, Phillip Lee, Akaya Kitchen, Latoya Cheeks, Josh Lee, and Caleb Lee; and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Clifton G. Lee; and his brothers and sisters.

FBI says apparent human remains, personal items belonging to Brian Laundrie were found in Florida nature reserve

The FBI announced on Wednesday that investigators found what appears to be human remains along with personal items Wednesday in a North Port, Fla., park in their search for Brian Laundrie. FBI Special Agent in Charge Michael McPherson said that in addition to possible human remains, searchers found a backpack and notebook that belonged to the 23-year-old Laundrie, adding that at least some of the items had “until recently been underwater.” McPherson made the announcement in a press conference but declined to take questions.

The announcement came after representatives from the Sarasota County Medical Examiner’s Office were called to Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park, the last place Brian Laundrie’s family said they remember seeing him. Laundrie’s parents, Chris Laundrie and Roberta Laundrie, informed law enforcement officials on Tuesday that they planned to search the park. North Port police officers and FBI agents met them at the park Wednesday morning to assist in the search of trails Brian Laundrie was known to frequent. Steven Berolino, an attorney for the Laundrie family, confirmed that “some articles belonging to Brian were found” at the park.

Brian Laundrie’s parents reported him missing Sept. 13, less than two weeks after he returned home from a road trip out West without his fiancée, Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito, 22. Searchers found Petito’s body Sept. 19 at Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming and determined she died of strangulation.Investigators have sought Brian Laundrie as a person of interest in Petito’s death and on federal charges of using someone else’s credit card. They focused their search efforts on a wildlife preserve in Florida as well as the Myakkahatchee park, which is where Brian Laundrie’s parents said they last remembered seeing him.

FDA authorizes ‘mixing and matching’ Moderna and J&J booster shots

On Wednesday, the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) authorized boosters of the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines, giving its approval for people to “mix and match” booster shots. The agency granted emergency use authorization for the booster doses; however, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) must also give its approval before additional shots get in arms. The CDC is scheduled to meet Thursday to examine data and requests related to the available coronavirus vaccines.

The FDA approval comes after an advisory committee recommended their authorization last week. Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock said: “Today’s actions demonstrate our commitment to public health in proactively fighting against the COVID-19 pandemic. As the pandemic continues to impact the country, science has shown that vaccination continues to be the safest and most effective way to prevent COVID-19, including the most serious consequences of the disease, such as hospitalization and death. The available data suggest waning immunity in some populations who are fully vaccinated. The availability of these authorized boosters is important for continued protection against COVID-19 disease.”

The FDA authorized a single booster dose of the Moderna vaccine at least six months after completion of the two-dose regimen for individuals 65 years and older, or 18 to 64 years old who also have a high risk of severe COVID-19 or have frequent institutional or occupational exposure to the virus. Individuals over the age of 18 may also receive a single booster dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least two months after their initial one-dose vaccine. The FDA and CDC have already signed off on booster doses of the Pfizer vaccine for Americans over 65 and those with compromised immune systems or underlying health risks that make them more vulnerable to infection.