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The Sun-Times - Heber Springs, AR
  • Obituary for Wanda Carlton

  • Wanda Carlton died June 12, 2013
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  • Wanda Mae Carlton, age 83, of Edgemont, Arkansas, passed away Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at the White River Medical Center in Batesville.  Born in Prim on June 10, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Lewis Bevin and Mary Addie (Lewellen) Thomas.
         Heaven has been made sweeter at the passing of Sister Wanda.  She was a woman of a quiet spirit but of a strong faith in God.  She knew who her God was and with a quiet faith trusted Him not only for salvation but also that He would be near with a constant presence upon whatever path He would lead.  She stood beside her husband Bro. Vernon as they traveled to hold revivals, praying that souls would be saved through his ministry.  She stood beside him as a help meet as he pastored the Prim church for many years.  Never did he have to be ashamed of her example, for she conducted herself in the fear of the Lord, not only in dress but with a meek and quiet spirit.  She led her children by example and with love to the path that will lead to heaven.  Here we take a stroll down memory lane as she has surely done many, many times.  Since Bro. Vernon has been gone, just the memory of a walk to the chicken house together while the children played in the yard becomes a precious memory.  Now Sister Wanda walks on streets of gold with family, and she worships the Lord without the restraint of an aged body .  Well done, my child. (written by Sis. Kathy Henegar)
         Sister Wanda was preceded in death by her parents, Lewis and Mary Thomas; her husband, Bro. Vernon Carlton; one daughter, Gaila Carlton; twin infant boys; and a sister, Mary Carlton.
         Sister Wanda is survived by
    three sons, Ronnie L. Carlton and his wife, Brenda, of Covington, Georgia,
      Steve Carlton and his wife, Janet, and
      Darren Carlton and his wife, Misti, all of Prim;
    one daughter, Brenda Carlton of Prim;
    five brothers, Bill Thomas, Bob Thomas, and Roger Thomas, all of Prim,
      Glen Thomas of Buckner, Missouri,
      and Jim Thomas of Independence, Missouri;
    two sisters, Lois Hipp and Joyce Hipp, both of Prim;
    seven grandchildren, Kendall, Jennifer, Jared, Julie, Cade, Calyn, and Caitrin Carlton;
    one stepgrandchild, Stephanie Whillock;
    four great-grandchildren, Olivia, Jacob , Makayla, and Macy Carlton;
    and one stepgreat-grandchild, Deuce Whillock.
    Sister Wanda is also survived by other relatives and her many friends.
         Visitation was Thursday, June 13, at the Hilltop Holiness Church.  Funeral services were Friday, June 14, at the Hilltop Holiness Church at 10:00 a.m. with Bro. Dennis Knapp, Bro. Devin Birdsong , and Bro. Vernon Auld officiating.  Interment will follow in the Everett Cemetery.  Kendall Carlton, Jared Carlton, Cade Carlton, Lester Hipp, Bruce Hip, and Danny Carlton will serve as pallbearers.  Honorary pallbearers are Randy Thomas, David Thomas, Todd Thomas, Gary Thomas, Mike Thomas, Doug Thomas, and John Carlton.  Arrangements are by Olmstead Funeral Home.  www.olmstead.cc
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