Wanda Dell Schoolfield Barrett Hamilton went to be with her Lord and Savior Monday, November 16, 2020. Wanda was born in Old Glory, Texas, on September 30, 1932, to Cyrena Mae Freeman Johnson and Jessie Thomas (J.T.) Johnson. After moving to Polk County in the late 1950’s, Wanda made her home in the beautiful Ouachita Mountains that she never grew tired of admiring. Wanda lived a well-rounded life, centered around her family and her community. In addition to farming and raising chickens, she contributed to the Mena Star by supplying the Rocky News, served as Secretary to the Mena School Board, Secretary of Faith Missionary Baptist Church, sold real estate and volunteered as a Foster Grandparent for Louise Durham Elementary School.
Wanda was devoted to her Lord and her family. She was a true Christian who never met a stranger. Wanda was well known for her cooking and fellowship. Wanda and her late husband Carl, along with Shirley and Doris Sirmon sang in a quartet in area churches. Wanda’s faith and love were always visible and and felt by those around her. Wanda was an active member of Freewill Baptist Church. She will be deeply missed by a host of family, extended family, and treasured friends.
Wanda was a loving Mother to Tommye Lynne Goss and husband Mickie, Cheryl Elliott and husband Jim, and Dale Schoolfield. She was Mema to Cindy Standridge, Angela McDaniel and husband Joshua, and two great-grandsons Jayden McDaniel, and Kody McDaniel.
Considering recent health concerns, a graveside service will replace a traditional church service. Interment will be at Center Cemetery in Hartley, Arkansas with Brother Donnie Jewell officiating. Graveside service will be held Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 2 p.m. Honorary pallbearers will be Junior Carter, Terry Davis, Chad Golden, Wendell Henry, Mike Hoover, Jay Sirmon, Brian White, Mike White, Wesley White, and William (Junior) White.