Marthene Baber

November 28, 1928February 12, 2012

Marthene Baber, 83, of Texarkana, AR passed away February 12, 2012 in a local nursing home. Mrs. Baber was born November 28, 1928 in Genoa, AR to James and Eufaula Johnson. She was a member of Genoa Central Church of Christ; she had worked at Texarkana Gazette, Pinkerton Pharmacy, and Phiffer's Dress Shop.

Mrs. Baber was preceded in death by a grandson Daniel Blake Nicholson.

Survivors include her husband of 65 years, Walter Cooper Baber of Texarkana, AR; daughters and sons-in-law, Charlotte and Jerry Braley of Fouke, AR, and Denise and Danny Nicholson of Texarkana, AR; brothers and sisters-in-law, Boyce and Claudine Johnson of Texarkana, AR, Maxie and Carolyn Johnson of Texarkana, TX and Prentiss and Karen Johnson of Texarkana, AR; brother-in-law Earnest Baber of Crestview, FL. 4 grandsons, Jodie Gatlin of Texarkana, AR, Brett and Carmen Gatlin of Texarkana, TX, Shane and Rosie Gatlin of Nash, TX; and Andrew Nicholson of Texarkana, AR; 7 great grandchildren, Jarrod Simmons, Garrett Gatlin, Joseph Gatlin, Emily Gatlin, Grant Gatlin, Jordan Gatlin and Aiden Gatlin.

Services will be 3:30 p.m., February 15, 2012 at East Memorial Chapel - Downtown with Jerry Monholland officiating. Burial will be in East Memorial Gardens under the direction of East Funeral Home - Downtown.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m., Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at the funeral home.

Online tributes may be made at


  • Funeral Service Wednesday, February 15, 2012
  • Visitation Tuesday, February 14, 2012

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February 17, 2012

Sweet, Sweet Lady that will be missed. If there is any way I can help, feel free to call on me. Julie Goodwin~Commercial National Bank-State Line Branch

February 15, 2012

Sorry to here about Marthene, my thoughts are with all of you during this time.

Dan Thompson

vanessa purifoy

February 15, 2012

Charlotte you are in my prayers and on my mind. I miss and enjoyed seeing her every week and sure miss them very much! She was a really kind and caring person. I am here if you ever need anything!

Shirley Wright

February 15, 2012

Wow, Charlotte. I remember your Mother's face of long ago. So sorry for your loss. I will be praying for you and your family.

Janis May

February 15, 2012

So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Carolyn Carter

February 15, 2012

Charlotte, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I remember her well from we were growing up together. I always thought she was so pretty. I know you will miss her dearly. My sympathy goes out to you and your family. Carolyn Arnold Carter

David & Jackie Hill

February 15, 2012

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this time.

Susan Guy

February 14, 2012

Dear Aunt Marthene,
I will miss you so very much from our traditional visits each time I came to Texarkana from Houston. My daughters are very sad that their great aunt is passed. They always looked forward to going over to yall's house. Growing up, you had such a graceful presence and taught me many things about life and family. You insprired me to become the best I could be and each time I achieved something, mom would tell me how proud you were of me. Thank you for your love.
I love and admire you so very much,
Susan Johnson Guy

Susie Fuller

February 13, 2012

May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.