3/30 - James Whittmore
3/29 - Irene Preston
3/27 - Lillian Cable
3/27 - Ulysses "Bud" LeFevre
3/27 - Laurence "Larry" Pahlman
3/26 - Helen "Irene" Martin
3/25 - Bob Drewry
3/25 - Ezra Hall
3/23 - Suzanne Sutherby
3/20 - Abigail Casita
3/17 - Donald Steingrubey
3/17 - Patsy Taber
3/16 - Harold Prager
3/15 - Jeanette Neal
3/15 - David Young
3/13 - Vana Neal
3/13 - Jerreld Dodge
3/12 - John Garcez
3/10 - Jimmy Franks
3/10 - Lyell Thompson
3/10 - Gerald Stubbs
3/9 - John Distefano
3/8 - Jay Pearson
3/5 - Gerald Hensley
3/3 - Barbara Gaytan
3/2 - James McReynolds
Edna Frances Greig, 97, of Rogers died 4/21/2014 at a skilled care facility. She was born 1/1/1917 in St. Louis, Missouri the daughter of Selma and Frederick Hesse.
Edna is survived by her husband, James Greig, and many family members and friends.
Frederick William Glynn Stucki, 78, of Springdale, Arkansas died Saturday, April 19, 2014 at a local skilled care center. He was born April 1, 1936 in Pretoria, South Africa the son of Annie Cathleen Rorke and Stewart Stucki.
He moved to the United States in 1996. He was an avid reader, loved animals both tamed and wild, fishing, and hunting. He had lived in the Northwest Arkansas area since 2011 after moving from Olympia, Washington.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers.
Frederick is survived by: three sons; Derek Stucki and his wife Kathy, of Southern California, Kendall Stucki and his wife Margaret, of Lowell, Bil Stucki and his wife Amber, of Siloam Springs, two daughters; Tanya Jernigan and her husband Ted, of Olympia, Washington, Treska Taylor and her husband Dwayne, of Lowell, one brother; Richard Stucki, of South Africa, one sister; Sally Berry, of South Africa, fifteen grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
No services are planned at this time.
Ronald Dean Hollingshead, 79, of Fayetteville died April 14, 2014 at Washington Regional Hospital. He was born March 13, 1935 in Kilgore, Texas the son of Harlow William Hollingshead and Loraine Gillcoatt Hollingshead.
The family farmed in east Arkansas and then moved to Little Rock. He enlisted in the U. S. Air Force when he was 17 years old and was stationed in Japan during the Korean War.
After he left the service he went to Northern Illinois University, where he graduated with a degree in English in 1962.
Ron began a career in Meat Inspection with the state of Arkansas in 1970 and then went on to work for the United States Department of Agriculture where he Retired in 1997.
He moved to Fayetteville 7 years ago after having spent the previous 25 years in the Mountain Home, Arkansas area.
Ron was an active member and leader for many years in Alcoholics Anonymous in Little Rock, Magnolia, Fayetteville, and Mountain Home, Arkansas. He was always willing to sponsor, help, and financially support anyone who went to AA. He organized several new AA chapters and treatment facilities. His family was very proud that he had helped so many and that he, himself had achieved over 40 years of sobriety.
Ron was preceded in death by his parents, both of his brothers, and his wife Carolyn.
He is survived by two sons; Ron Alan Hollingshead and his wife Martha, of Fayetteville. Keith Hollingshead of Fayetteville, one daughter; Hilary Lentini and her husband A.J. of Los Angeles, five grandchildren and many other loving family members and friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Alcoholics Anonymous, 312 W. North Street, Mountain Home, AR 72653.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11 AM, Saturday, May 3, 2014 at the Arkansas Veteran’s Home, 1179 N. College Avenue, Fayetteville, AR 72703.
Charles Lee Simon, 83, of Lincoln, Arkansas died Saturday, April 12, 2014 at his home. He was born March 20, 1931 in Chandler, Oklahoma the son of Edna and John Simon.
He served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He was a store manager for many retail stores over the years. He had lived in the Northwest Arkansas area for about seven years after moving from Ozark, Arkansas.
Survivors include: one son; Eddie of Lincoln, Arkansas two daughters; Dee Anna and Brenda, both of Lincoln, Arkansas, six grandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren.
Graveside service will be Monday, April 14, 2014 at 11:00 am at National Cemetery in Fayetteville. Full military honors will be provided by the Northwest Arkansas Honor Guard of Rogers.
Charles Calix, 55, of Rogers died Friday, 4-11-2014 at Mercy Medical Center in Rogers. He was born March 20, 1959.
Survivors: two brothers including David Calix and his wife Sheila, of Rogers, and one sister.
Inurnment at New Orleans later date.
John Carota, 68, of Springdale, Arkansas died Friday, April 11, 2014 at Northwest Medical Center of Washington County in Springdale.
He was born September 26, 1945.
John is survived by many loving relatives.
Alfred Benjamin Dunham, 92, of Springdale died April 11, 2014 at Willard Walker Hospice. He was born September 6, 1921 to Lillie and William Dunham in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.
Alfred served in U.S. Navy during World War II. He is a survivor of Pearl Harbor.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one daughter Georgia Forrester.
Alfred is survived by his loving wife Dova, one son; Melvin Dunham, two daughters; Cathy Dunham, Marjorie Snow, and many loving friends and family members.
Daniel J. Rodriquez, 51, of Omaha, Arkansas died Wednesday, April 09, 2014 at Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville. He was born March 18, 1963 in Lindsborg, Kansas the son of John and Patricia Rearick Rodriguez.
He was a machinist for many years. He enjoyed spending quality family with his family. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Services will be announced at a later date by the family.
Toby W. Youngblood, of Bentonville died Tuesday, April 08, 2014 at his home due to diabetes complications. He was born September 10, 1977 in Mena, Arkansas the son of Cathy and W.T. Youngblood.
God drew Toby to Himself in saving faith in early 2009, and as a result, Toby lived his 5 years of marriage to Amanda in honor and service to his Savior. He sought to understand God’s glory and sovereignty in every circumstance, and desired to know more of Christ and God’s Word than anything. He found joy in serving humbly, loved his Legacy Baptist Church Bentonville family dearly, and enjoyed calling those Hogs! Toby lived in the Northwest Arkansas area since 1995 after moving from Mena, and had wanted to stay in NWA for many years to come to raise his family.
Toby is survived by his wife Amanda Robbins Youngblood, of Bentonville, whom he married May 17, 2009; three sons Chaddon Youngblood, Xander Youngblood, Maximus Youngblood, all of Bentonville; one daughter, Mercy Morgan, of Bentonville; his parents, Cathy and W.T. Youngblood, of Mena; one brother, Rusty Youngblood and his wife Nancy, of Wickes, Arkansas; Rusty’s three children Stacia and her husband Jason Cranford, of Horatio, Kassi and her husband Rodey, of Mena; Courtney Youngblood, of Wickes; and his sister-in-law, Caitlin Griffin and her husband Daine of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Visitation will be Saturday from 1:00 until service time at Faith Journey Fellowship in Bentonville.
Funeral service will be Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at Faith Journey Fellowship in Bentonville with Pastor Jeremy Clarke and Co-Pastor Rusty Bautista officiating.
Pallbearers will be: Mac Robbins, Jake Robbins, Casey Robbins, Daine Griffin, Jason Cranford, and Rodey Strothers.
Memorials may be sent to: Arvest Bank, Toby Youngblood Funeral Expense Fund.
Marcella Rimkus, of Bella Vista died Sunday 4-6-2014 at her home.
She was a registered nurse in the US Army.
She is survived by many loving relatives and friends.
Graveside service will be Wednesday at 11am at National Cemetery in Fayetteville.
Fay McCurdy Wight, age 90, of Bentonville, Arkansas died at The Bradford House on Friday, April 04, 2014. She was born on August 26, 1923 in Benton County, Arkansas. She was the daughter of Eva Grace Hornsby and Jasper Marvin McCurdy.
A lifetime resident of the area, her McCurdy ancestors were pioneers that moved to Northwest Arkansas in 1834. Fay graduated from Bentonville High School in 1941. She was a Christian, loved gardening, cooking, writing poems, and cheering on the Razorbacks.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Troy Wight; her twin brother; and seven additional siblings.Fay is survived by her daughter, Linda Norman (husband Kenneth) of Centerton, AR; three grandchildren: Nathan (wife Laura) of Bentonville, AR; Jonathan (wife Emily) of Alexander, AR; and Johanna of Orlando, FL. She also had four great-grandchildren that she dearly loved: Lauren, Joseph, Elizabeth, and Jacob.
Graveside services will be held on Monday, April 7, 2014 at 1 pm at the Bentonville Cemetery with Pastor Steve Tucker officiating.
Memorials may be sent to: The Benton County Historical Society, 306 NW 2nd Street, Bentonville, AR, 72712.
Mildred "Millie" Baskin, 77, of Centerton died April 3, 2014 at her home. She was born January 16, 1937 the daughter of Maggie and Kenneth Longsinger.
Millie enjoyed traveling, pictures, flowers and listening to gospel music and Elvis. She loved spending time with children, loved her entire family, attending church, and her dog Monkey.
She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers.
Millie is survived by three sons; Kenneth “Bill” and Penny Baskin, of Lowell, Rick and Leanne Baskin, of Hawaii, Mike and Deissy Baskin, of Colombia, one daughter; Pam and Rick Sargent, of California, one brother; John and Linda Lonsinger, of California, twelve grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and many other loving family members and friends.
Visitation will be 5-7 pm April 7th at Epting Funeral Home Bentonville.
James Ray Whittmore, of Fayetteville died Sunday, March 30, 2014 at Circle of Life Hospice House in Springdale. He was born May 8, 1945 in St. Paul, Arkansas the son of Opal Jones and Watson Whittmore.
He enjoyed woodworking, 4-wheeling, and buggy riding. He was a lifetime resident of Northwest Arkansas. He was a member of Sycamore Baptist Church of Fayetteville.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two sons Jimmy Randall and James Presley and one granddaughter Michaela Beanblossom.
James is survived by: his wife; Dianna Whittmore, of Fayetteville, three sons; Daniel Whittmore and his wife Carol, of Wheeler, Joshua Whittmore and his wife Vanessa, of Wheeler, Matthew Whittmore and his wife Shawna Lovejoy, of Wheeler, two daughters; Tammy Root and her husband Brent, of Fayetteville, Shanda Beanblossom and her husband Lorne, of Springdale, two brothers; Mike Burrough and his wife Debra, of Mountainburg, Carl Burrough and his wife Susan, of Pettigrew, four sisters; Linda Eaton, of Fayetteville, Betty Riley and her husband Dubby, of Fayetteville, Margie Barrett and her husband Tony, of Florence, Alabama, Pam Tyree, of Fayetteville, 18 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be Thursday, April 3, 2014 from 10 until service time at Sycamore Baptist Church of Fayetteville.
Funeral service will be Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Sycamore Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Mount Comfort Cemetery in Fayetteville.
Memorials may be sent to: Circle of Life Hospice in Springdale.
Irene Georgia Preston, 64, of Galena, Missouri died Saturday, March 29, 2014 at Cox South Hospital in Springfield, Missouri. She was born September 25, 1949 in Russellville, Arkansas the daughter of Marie McCarty and Robert Jack Miller.
She loved spending quality time with her family especially with her grandchildren. She enjoyed life and crocheting. She was a Christian. Irene enjoyed working as a secretary and a bookkeeper for many years.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Irene is survived by her husband Gary Preston, of Galena, Missouri whom she married November 14, 1969, one son; Darrian Neil Preston and his wife Susan, of Prairie Grove, one brother; Jack Miller, of Galena, Missouri, and five grandchildren; Aaron Preston, Abby Preston, Jazmyn Preston, Jayden Preston, Jaxon Preston.
Funeral service will be Friday, April 4, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at Prairie Grove Christian Church with Don Preston officiating. Graveside service will be Friday at 2:30 at Round Mountain Cemetery in Fayetteville.
Lillian Cable, 80, of Bentonville died Thursday, March 27, 2014 at Circle of Life Hospice House in Bentonville. She was born August 4, 1933 in Olney, Oklahoma the daughter of Carrie Nickell and Homer Lisle.
She was a teacher for many years and graduated from the University of Arkansas. She enjoyed spending quality time with her family and friends, especially spending quality time with her grandchildren.
She was selected as Who’s Who for three different times and Teacher of the Year once. She loved the farm, her church, and the Lord. She was a member of the Assemblies of God and attended Rocky Comfort and New Hope Assemblies of God in Rogers.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband James Howard, and 8 siblings.
Lillian is survived by: her husband of 23 years Richard Cable, two sons; Jim Howard and his wife Ana, of Bentonville, Craig Cable and his wife Kris, of Iowa, two daughters; Evelyn Brown and her husband Jim, of Jay, Oklahoma, Carrie Elayne Day, of Highfill, and 10 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and a host of extended loving family, and friends.
Visitation will be Monday, March 31, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at New Hope Assembly of God Church in Rogers.
Funeral service will be Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at New Hope Assembly of God Church in Rogers with Pastor James Longmate officiating. Interment will follow the service at Elm Springs Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be James Brown, Travis Day, Daniel Day, James Howard, Jon Brown, and Jacob Howard.
Memorials may be sent to New Hope Assembly of God Church.
Ulysses "Bud" Grant LeFevre, Jr., 70, passed away on March 27, 2014, at the Willard Walker Hospice House in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He was born on October 29, 1943 in Lancaster, PA, although Watertown, NY was his hometown where he grew up. He graduated from Adams Center High School, NY, in 1961, where he was an accomplished athlete in baseball, basketball and football. After highschool he attended Valley Forge Military School and then Winona State University.
He was the owner of the Triple B restaurant in Burrville, NY for many years.
Before moving to Fayetteville in 2009, he was a resident of Myrtle Beach, SC, where he owned a pool service business for many years.
Bud was preceded in death by his father, Ulysses Grant LeFevre, Sr., and his mother, Dorothy Vollrath LeFevre.
He is survived by his companion of 45 years, Kay Mentry DeVito, one sister, Bonnie Patrick, one brother Robert LeFevre, his aunt, Betty Ann Vollrath, numerous nieces and nephews and a cousin, Mary Louise Corrigan from Downingtown, PA.
A memorial service will be announced at a later date.
Donations may be made to the Fayetteville Animal Shelter, 1640 S Armstrong Avenue, Fayetteville, AR 72701.
Fayetteville - Laurence (Larry) A. Pahlman, 62, passed away on March 27th, 2014 at his home in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He had been a resident of NWA for 6 1/2 years. Larry was born in Evanston, Illinois on May 24, 1951 to Laurence and Elizabeth Crist Pahlman. He was a graduate of Purdue University with a BS in Industrial Engineering. As an undergraduate student Larry was a Brother of Phi Delta Gamma Fraternity. Immediately after graduation he joined Westinghouse Corporation and its successor, Eaton Corporation, with whom he completed 33 years of employment and retired in 2007.
Larry was united in marriage to Virginia M. Saha on May 17, 1983 in Sanford, Florida. Larry and Virginia enjoyed 31 years of marriage. They traveled extensively and were especially fond of cruises to various parts of the world.
Larry was preceded in death by his father, mother and brother, John C. Pahlman.
He is survived by his wife Virginia, three sisters, two brothers, two stepsons and a stepdaughter. His sisters are; Mary Katherine McLeod and husband David of Thiensville, Wisconsin, Mary Elizabeth Evans and husband Ernest Peters of Ames, Iowa, and Mary Ann Peel of Antioch, Illinois. Brothers are; Robert F. Peel on Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, and Warren R. Peel of Chicago, Illinois. Larry's two stepsons are; Mark G. Spaulding and wife Alexandra of West Chester, Pennsylvania, and Scott G. Spaulding of Daytona Beach, Florida. His stepdaughter is Donna V. Williams and husband Harvey of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Also, and especially noteworthy is his five year old step-grandson, Noah Spaulding of West Chester, Pennsylvania.
Besides being with his family, he was most at ease tinkering with electronics, playing golf, traveling, watching sports, computer gaming, guitar playing and a deep love of conservative politics and the Country of his birth. This loving husband, stepfather and brother-in-law will always be remembered for his generous heart, gentle manner and his deep love and affection for his family.
Donations in his honor can be made to Circle of Life Hospice.
Larry has requested no services.
Helen “Irene” Martin, 88, of Fayetteville, Arkansas died Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at Willard Walker Hospice House in Fayetteville. She was born August 17, 1925 in Decatur, Arkansas to Bill and Mildred (Davenport) Bryson.
She enjoyed gardening and growing flowers. She was a member of Sycamore Baptist Church in Fayetteville. She volunteered for many things throughout the year. She was the Past-President of the local CB Club.
Irene was preceded in death by her parents, siblings, and one daughter Tana.
She is survived by her husband, James “Jim” Martin, of Fayetteville, two sons; Eddie Metcalf, of Oklahoma, Carl Martin, of Tulsa, one daughter; Pat Oliver and her husband Clarence, of Tulsa, and numerous grandchildren.
Visitation will be Monday, March 31, 2014 at Sycamore Baptist Church in Fayetteville from 9:00 a.m. until service time.
Funeral will be Monday, March 31, 2014 at Sycamore Baptist Church in Fayetteville at 10:00 a.m.
Interment will follow at Mt. Comfort Cemetery in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Memorials may be sent to: Willard Walker Hospice House of Fayetteville, or the American Lung Cancer Society.
Bob Drewry, 79, of Rogers died Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at his home. He was born May 23, 1934 in Snowball, Arkansas the son of Ola Jaco and Garland A. Drewry.
He had lived in the Northwest Arkansas area for 32 years after moving from Wichita, Kansas.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one son; Russell E. Gann.
Bob is survived by: his wife; Marilyn J. Drewry whom he married July 7, 1962, five sons; Gene A. Drewry, of Kansas City, Missouri, Robert L. Drewry and his wife Becky, of Battle Creek, Michigan, Steven L. Gann, of Sunrise, Florida, Lawrence E. Drewry, of San Diego, California, Richard W. Gann, of Wichita, Kansas two daughters; Tammy A. Valentine, of Littleton, Colorado, Geri L. Doane, of Los Angeles, California, two brothers; Douglas Drewry and his wife Jannet, of Pensacola, Florida, Alvin Drewry, two sisters; Dorothy Bundy, of Dallas, Texas, Brenda Murphy and her husband James, of Destin, Florida, 15 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild.
No public service is planned.
Ezra James Hall infant son of John and Kayla Hall of Cassville, Missouri died Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at Willow Creek Hospital in Johnson, Arkansas.
He is survived by many loving relatives.
Suzanne Sutherby, 61, of Fayetteville died Sunday March 23 at Washington Regional Medical Center. She was born September 30, 1952 the daughter of Harriet and William Carter in Anaheim, California.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister.
Suzanne is survived by her husband of 13 years, Steve Sutherby, one son; Jeff Carter and his wife Stacey, two daughters; Jessica Wright and her husband Troy, Elizabeth Simon and her husband Jeremy, one brother; Steve Carter and his wife Velda, seven grandchildren, aunt Tania and uncle Dean, in-laws Tropha and Roland Sutherby and many loving friends and family.
A memorial service will be Thursday, March 27 at New Heights Church in the Student Building, at 11:00 a.m.
Abigail Irene Casita, infant daughter of Lori Vance, of Rogers, Arkansas died Thursday, March 20, 2014 at Northwest Medical Center of Benton County in Bentonville.
She is survived by many loving relatives.
Donald Howard Steingrubey, of Fayetteville, Arkansas died Monday, March 17, 2014 at VA Medical Center in Fayetteville. He was born August 5, 1933 in St. Louis, Missouri the son of Thelma Hall and Harry Steingrubey.
He served in the US Marines during the Korean Conflict. He loved spending quality time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He was a mechanic for many years, and loved working on old vehicles. He had lived in the Northwest Arkansas area for over eight years after moving from Branson, Missouri.
He was preceded in death by; his parents, his wife Roberta in 2012, and his son Donald Jr., in 2013.
He is survived by: his son; Keith Steingrubey, of Fayetteville, one daughter; Sandy Burch and her husband Allan, of Fayetteville, three brothers; Harry Steingrubey, of Maytown, Illinois, Fran Steingrubey, and his wife Adel, of Osage Beach, Missouri, Rich Steingrubey and his wife Dot, of Red Bud, Illinois, four sisters; Peggy, Dorothy, Pat, and Bonnie, seven grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren.
Inurnment will be in Waterloo, Illinois at a later date to be announced by the family.
Patsy Taber, 60, of Fayetteville died Monday, March 17, 2014 at Circle of Life Hospice in Springdale. She was born September 2, 1953 in Forrest City, Arkansas the daughter of Edna and Fred Craig.
Patsy is survived by her husband of 26 years, Peter Taber of Fayetteville, two sons; Pete and Bobby, and four daughters; Tracy, Misty, Shannon, and Linda.
Visitation will be at Oak Manor Christian Church in Fayetteville from noon until 1:00 p.m., Thursday, March 20.
A burial service will be Thursday March 20 at Fayetteville National Cemetery at 2:00 pm.
Harold Herbert Prager, 89, of Bella Vista died Sunday, 3-16-2014 at Mercy Medical Center in Rogers.
He served in the US Army.
Survivors: son; Michael Prager, of Bentonville, and many other loving relatives.
Inurnment will be at Bella Vista Cemetery.
Jeanette Chatelain Neal, 75, of Fort Smith, Arkansas died Saturday, March 15, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center in Fort Smith. She was born March 3, 1939 in Moreauville, Louisiana.
Survivors: son; Gerald Ducote, and many other loving relatives.
David Wesley Young, 56, of Fayetteville died Saturday, March 15, 2014 at his home. He was born September 23, 1957 in California the son of Alvin and Karen Young.
David loved the Hogs and any Sports, fishing, camping, and spending quality time with his family. He had lived in the Northwest Arkansas area since he was 13, after his family moved from California.
He was preceded in death by one brother Steve Young.
David is survived by: his wife Jennifer Young whom he married September 4, 1998, his mother Karen Young, of Iowa, his father and step mother; Alvin Young and Winona, of Fayetteville, two sons; James “Wesley” Young, of Fayetteville, Curtis Sulffridge and his wife Misty, of the home, two daughters; Kristina Walden , of Huntsville, Jeanette Young, of the home, and eight grandchildren Mackenzie, Madyson, Klair, Cayden, Jazzmyn, Danny, David, Azzlynn. Three nieces, Katie Macracken and husband Mike, Shibohn Davis and husband James, Rachel Ake and husband Nolan and one nephew DJ.
A memorial service will be announced at a later date by the family.
Memorials may be sent to: Circle of Life Hospice.
Vana Elizabeth Neal, 66, of Fayetteville died early Wednesday morning, March 12th 2014 in her home. She was born in Virginia to Molly and Vannoy Herfurth.
She is survived by: her children Airie Kazery and Dovn Neal, her grandchildren Alyssa and Gabe, her siblings Reese, Cindy, and Mary, and her family of heart John Neal, Judith, Alex, and Benny Royce, as well as many loving and supportive friends.
Vana is remembered for her stories of being an activist in the 1960’s civil rights movement and seeing Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. She lived for spending time with friends traveling, seeing music, and just having a good time. She was also notorious for her incredible intelligence, wit, and the ability to win at Jeopardy EVERYTIME. She would go to extraordinary lengths to help a friend and give even when she had nothing to give. Many people can retell stories of a woman who was a force to be reckoned with; as she possessed a strength that transcended the physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of her being. Above all she is well known for her humor. She would often bring an entire room of people to joyous laughter using her lively wit and infectious laugh.
Memorial celebrations will be held Saturday March 22nd at 965 Carroll St. Greenland 72737. All who loved Vana are welcome. The gathering begins mid-afternoon. It is a bring your own everything (chairs and beverage of choice) event. Please bring food to contribute to the pot luck dinner at 5:00 pm. Camping is available bring your own supplies.
Follow highway 71b south look for signs that say Vana. After the light in Greenland look for county road 1194 on the right just before the bridge, turn there. Turn right onto Carroll Street. Cross the tracks and follow the road to the left. Stay to the left until the road ends and you are there.
Jerreld Wayne Dodge Sr., 74, of Farmington died Thursday, March 13, 2014 at Willard Walker Hospice House in Fayetteville. He was born July 30, 1939 in Sharp County, Arkansas the son Soonie Marie Baker and Ira C. Dodge.
He had lived in the Northwest Arkansas area for 33 years after moving from Indiana. He was an avid fisherman, and enjoyed tinkering with old cars.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, one sister, and one son.
Jerreld is survived by: his wife Cheryl K. Dodge whom he married April 17, 1985, three sons; J. Wayne Dodge II and his wife Tukta, of Simpsonville, South Carolina, Victor Dodge, of Waukesha, Wisconsin, Shannon Greer and his wife Mary, of Farmington, one daughter; Missy Dodge, of Farmington, nine grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and Hershall and Emalie Taylor, of Fayetteville.
The memorial service will be Saturday, March 15, 2014 from 2pm until 4pm at the Willard Walker Chapel located in Fayetteville.
Memorials may be sent to the American Lung Association.
John Gumaro Garcez, 85, of Rogers, Arkansas died Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at his home. He was born August 21, 1928 in Chicago, Illinois.
He was a Catholic.
He is survived by his seven children, and many other loving relatives.
Jimmy Leroy Franks, 78, of Springdale died Monday, March 10 at Circle of Life Hospice in Springdale. He was born December 16, 1935 the son of Mary and Harry Franks.
He is survived by many loving family members.
Lyell Floyd Thompson, b. May 10, 1924, died peacefully on March 10, 2014 at, Fayetteville, AR. Lyell is survived by his wife of 68 years, Marcella Horn Thompson, five children: Andrea Thompson Bevernitz (Kurt) of Little Rock, AR, Andrew Mark Thompson (Susan) of Tacoma, Washington, Susan Thompson Sklar (Charles) of Pisgah Forest, North Carolina, Kent Thompson and Kevin Thompson (Dana) of Fayetteville, Arkansas. He leaves eleven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren as well as brothers Jack Thompson of Perry, Oklahoma, Don Thompson of Wichita, Kansas and Gene Thompson (Bernell) of Seagraves, Texas. His parents, Kenneth and Gladys Bowman Thompson as well as his sister, Mariella Thompson Crews, of Perry, Oklahoma, pre-deceased him.
After serving in Europe from 1943-1946, where he fought in the Battle of the Bulge and subsequently received three battle stars and a purple heart, he returned home and married his high school sweetheart, Marcella. He graduated with a BS from Oklahoma A&M (1948) and a PhD from Ohio State University (1952) before beginning work as an Agronomist with a focus on soil fertility at the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation in Ardmore, Oklahoma. In 1958 he joined the faculty of the College of Agriculture at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville where he taught and did research until his retirement in 1991. He was the major advisor of some thirty MS and PhD candidates. He worked with all aspects of soil fertility but his major interests were with trace element nutrition. His research led to boron, molybdenum and zinc recommendations for Arkansas crops. He published a number of scientific papers and was recognized for excellence in the classroom when he received the 1983 Gamma Sigma Delta Outstanding Teacher Award.
Lyell was active in the Civil Rights Movement throughout the 1950s and 1960s, serving on the Arkansas Council on Human Relations and was appointed to the Arkansas Advisory Committee of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission. In the words of Martha Davis, “He was the first professor at the University of Arkansas to employ a black student; he housed black students in his home when university housing was still not open to them; he went door to door to promote opening to blacks the city swimming pool, the movie theaters, and the restaurants across town. He often risked his career to support unpopular issues that he believed in, and his efforts made the way less risky for those he led and those who have followed his example.” Equality for all was a founding principle of his constitution.
He was a vibrant member of the Northwest Arkansas Community. He served in the Active U.S. Army Reserve retiring as a Major. He served 18 years as Washington County Justice of Peace on the Quorum Court. As a Justice of Peace, he enjoyed officiating at weddings in Washington County and performed around 1,400 ceremonies during and after his term. He was instrumental in the development of the UARK Federal Credit Union. He was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Fayetteville, and was honored to support the growth of the organization and its building.
Lyell read poetry and engaged in story telling before retirement groups and on the local public access TV and local radio stations. He was active in the Tellers of Tales society, which serves to preserve oral history. He characterized and portrayed before many groups as “Mark Twain”, in costume, to whom he had an undeniable resemblance and shared Twain's sense of humor.
Lyell was an early proponent of recycling. His commitment to recycling seemed boundless. The style of Lyell's recycling was such that he often recycled things in-house when he couldn't find the resources to recycle them externally. He started with recycling cans, clothing found on the streets and roadways, plastic cutlery, and any sort of paper product, with a special emphasis on paper napkins from restaurants. This commitment stemmed from his deep affection for and appreciation of our living planet.
Lyell was well known to many as a "tree giver” and a “tree planter." Lyell knew many varieties of trees and was never shy about asking anyone he was keeping company with, "What kind of tree is that?" as an opportunity for a learning moment. One of his favorite days of the year was National Arbor Day at the end of April. His front yard bears a gigantic symbol of the labor of his love in the form of a tulip poplar. He planted it in the mid-eighties and took exquisite care of the growing sapling over the following decade until he was confident that his tree was going to be a fine example of what a tulip poplar should be. Over his tenure on the University of Arkansas, he planted innumerable “rescued” seedlings and saplings on campus. He was always keen to point out and say, “I planted that tree.” A number of those “rescues” live as specimen trees today on and around the campus arboretum.
Memorials may be sent to the Willard Walker Hospice House or the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, both in Fayetteville.
The words of his long-time colleague Dr. Bob Frans expresses how Lyell will be remembered by his family and his many friends and colleagues:
“Most of all, he is a human being in the deepest sense that the term can imply. Quite truly, Lyell Thompson is in love with the human race – he is friend to all, neighbor to the first person he meets every morning, and stranger to none. He is compassionate, loving and caring, not only for his fellow Unitarians, but also for the rest of us Christians, Jews, Muslims, Blacks, Whites, etc., etc., etc.,! Does that make him a good teacher? In my view emphatically, yes! I have learned much from him, as have all who have come to know him throughout the years. Indeed, he is the best example I know of one to be called: “Teacher,”, “Professor,” but above all - “Friend.”
Gerald “Jerry” A. Stubbs, 86, of Bella Vista died Monday, March 10, 2014 at Circle of Life Hospice House in Bentonville. He was born February 14, 1928 in Mason City, Iowa, the son of Naomi Mae Gannon and Glenn C. Stubbs.
He served in the United States Navy where he earned an Honorable Discharge. He was an avid golfer, and loved fishing the lakes in Minnesota. He also enjoyed boating, reading, and traveling. He had lived in the Northwest Arkansas area for over five and a half years, after moving from Ankeny, Iowa.
He was preceded in death by: his parents, one brother, Donald Stubbs, and one sister, Gretchen Van Hoof.
Jerry is survived by: his wife; Clare Ann Stubbs, of Bella Vista whom he married July 1, 1951, three children; Jayne Lowe and her husband Gary, Bella Vista, Mark Stubbs and his wife Jan, The Villages, Florida, Janet Epperson and her husband John, Temple, Texas, one brother; Charles Stubbs and his wife Patricia, St. Louis, Missouri, four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be Friday, March 14, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at United Lutheran Church in Bella Vista with Pastor Darrel Johnson officiating.
Inurnment will follow at a later date in Roland, Iowa.
Memorials may be sent to: United Lutheran Church of Bella Vista, or Circle of Life Hospice House at Legacy Village in Bentonville.
Rosario “John” Distefano, 82, of Bella Vista died Sunday, March 09, 2014 at his home. He was born March 28, 1931 in Omaha, Nebraska the son of Guiseppa Campagna and Giovanni Distefano.
He proudly served his country in the United States Army where he was awarded a Bronze Star while serving in the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the Bella Vista American Legion.
He enjoyed golf, hunting, and trap shooting. He was a member of the Bella Vista Community Church for many years. He had lived in the Northwest Arkansas area since March 1992, after moving from Omaha, Nebraska. He was an avid Nebraska Cornhusker fan.
He was preceded in death by: his parents, one brother, and two sisters.
John is survived by: his wife Sharry Distefano, whom he married June 8, 1983, two sons; John Distefano and his wife Carol, of Glendale, Arizona, Bryan Edsill and his partner Lolly, of Tekamah, Nebraska, four daughters; Sherry Distefano, of Omaha, Nebraska, Lisa Higgins, of Omaha, Nebraska, Cindy Hall and her husband Stu, of Lincoln, Nebraska, Celinda Mason and her husband Jack, of Lincoln, Nebraska, twenty grandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be 1:00 pm March 13, at Bella Vista Community Church, 75E. Lancashire.
Memorials may be sent to: The Bella Vista Community Church, or the Bella Vista Animal Shelter.
Jay Andrew Pearson, 48, of Cave Springs died Saturday, March 8, 2014 at Circle of Life Hospice in Springdale. He was born January 30, 1966 in Sacramento, California the son of Jean and George Pearson.
Jay enjoyed music and movies. He was a loving son, father, and husband.
Jay was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Mable Bayne, and his paternal grandparents, Claudia and Everett Pearson.
Jay is survived by his wife of 17 years, Mary Pearson, of the home, mother Jean Pearson, of Fayetteville, father George Pearson, of Cave Springs, three sons; Joshua Pearson of Charleston, South Carolina, Brendan Brecheen of Cave Springs, Ryan Brecheen of Eureka, California, two daughters; Victoria Pearson of Charleston, South Carolina, Jacey Pearson, of Cave Springs, one sister; Lauri Agazzi of Springdale, one grandchild; Kolton Brecheen of Eureka, California and many other loving family members and friends.
A private family service will be held at a later date.
Gerald “Jerry” F. Hensley, 68, of West Fork died Wednesday, March 05, 2014 at his home. He was born March 12, 1945 in Baltimore, Maryland the son of Ila Hughes and Lilburn Hensley.
He was a member of the West Fork Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. He had lived in the Northwest Arkansas area for over 40 years after moving from Monterey, California. He was a business owner and carpenter for most of his adult life.
He was preceded in death by; his parents, one sister; Catherine Keyton, and one brother; Raymond Hensley.
Jerry is survived by: his wife; Linnie Hensley whom he married September 26, 1963, three sons; Eric Hensley, of Fayetteville, Brandon Hensley, of Fayetteville, Russel Hensley and his wife Allison, of West Fork, two daughters; Ila Prellwitz and her husband Kenneth, of Fayetteville, Kathleen Hensley, of West Fork, three brothers; Ronald Hensley and his wife Pam, of Monterey, California, James Goldstein and his wife Stacy, of Fresno, California, Rick Goldstein and his wife Debbie, of Modesto, California, one sister; Ila Irizarry and her husband Oscar, of West Fork, three grandchildren; Kole Hensley, Shelby Hensley, and Kayla Hensley.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 8th at 2:00 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in West Fork.
Barbara Jean Gaytan, 86, of Fayetteville died March 3, 2014 in her home. She was born November 19, 1927.
Barbara is survived by her husband of 35 years, Rogelio Gaytan, one son; Alvin Combs, one daughter; Lennie Hensley, and many loving family members.
James Robert McReynolds, 72, of Fayetteville, Arkansas died Sunday, 3-2-2014 at Willard Walker Hospice House in Fayetteville. He was born 4-20-1941 in Rogers.
He was a roofer for many years.
Survivors include: his wife; Barbara McReynolds, and many other loving relatives.
George Hnatko, 92, of Pea Ridge, Arkansas died Friday, 2/28/2014 at Northwest Medical Center of Bentonville. He was born September 18, 1921 in Monessen, Pennsylvania.
He served in the US Navy.
Survivors include: his wife; Ruth of Rogers, and many loving friends.
Joyce Walker, 64, of Bentonville died Thursday, February 27, 2014 at Northwest Medical Center in Bentonville. She was born January 20, 1950.
She was preceded in death by: parents, one sister and one brother.
Joyce is survived by: three sons; Adam Gardenhire, Karl Wood and Jason Wood, two daughters; April Wood and Heather Wood, one brother; James Wright, three sisters; Sandra Freels, Elizabeth Conley and Peggy Setzer; Josh Wood and three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren and numerous other family members.
She enjoyed her grandchildren, family, coffee and riding horses.
Kenneth Yung Lan was born on Dec. 8, 1951, to his mother Hoofan Lan and father Shihlin Lan. He was raised in Pingtun, Taiwan and lived there for all his youth until he moved to the United States at the age of 26 in 1977.
Intellectually motivated, Kenneth involved himself in numerous fields of study to challenge himself and to learn more about the world around him. He received his first degree in agriculture from Chung-Hsing University in Taiwan in 1973. Even after he moved to the United States, he continued graduate studies in Kansas State University and University of Mississippi in genetics and computer science, respectively.
Kenneth worked in a computer-based career for the majority of his life in the states, with the final chapter of his life ending in Bentonville, Arkansas.
He was a devout Christian who spread his good faith to everyone he met and enjoyed spending his spare time reading the news and shopping for his family.
He is survived by his wife, Jingfang, and his two sons Christopher and Waldemar. His family will remember him most for his everlasting benevolence and generosity; since a child, Kenneth always acted out of his heart to help the needy around him. He carried these traits over to his family, whom he placed first in any decision.
Robert Willard Klock, 92, of Bentonville, Arkansas died Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at a local skilled care center. He was born September 30, 1921 in Fredonia, Kansas, the son of Elizabeth Josephine Sullivan and George Edwin Klock.
In 1936 he earned his Eagle Scout badge and in 1939 graduated from Fort Smith High School. After graduation he traveled extensively with his brother Ed. After being invited to join MENSA, he planned to enroll at MIT the following year. However, world events caused him to postpone his plans and he enlisted in the Army Air Force. During World War II he flew to Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
The passion he acquired during the war for aviation led him to accept a position with Pan American World Airways. He married Betty Jean Cobb, a model with John Robert Powers, from New York. They moved to Rio de Janeiro, where Bob and Betty Jean were avid tennis players at Rio Country Club.
After the death of his wife, Bob returned to the USA and applied his engineering skills in television broadcasting. For most of this career he was an audio director for NBC and worked the Johnny Carson, David Letterman, Saturday Night Live, Evening News and other programs originating from New York City.
After retirement, he became a flight instructor and obtained a helicopter pilot license. He shared his passion for flying by teaching many students.
He is preceded in death by his parents, wife Betty Jean Klock, and brother Ed.
Bob is survived by Carolyn Klock, of Fort Smith, and Robert David Klock and his wife Maritza, of Bentonville. Through his second marriage Bob is survived by Patricia Dicenso and her husband David, and Kenneth Klock, of Wayne, New Jersey. He is also survived by five grandchildren Stephanie Klock-Peterson (Scott), Caroline Klock, Michael Dicenso, Brandon Dicenso, and Rebecca Dicenso.
Visitation will be Sunday, March 2, 2014 from 2pm until 4pm at Epting Funeral Home in Bentonville.
Graveside service will be Friday at 11:00 a.m. at Rose Lawn Cemetery in Fort Smith, with Rev. William A. Cheyne of First United Methodist Church in Fort Smith officiating.
Memorials may be sent to the Salvation Army.
Jane Louise Graham, 81, of Noel, Missouri died, Tuesday, February 25, 2014 in Springdale at a local skilled care center. She was born August 4, 1932 in Honesdale, Pennsylvania the daughter of Frances Huesser and William Herzog.
She served in the US Army and earned an Honorable Discharge. She enjoyed crocheting, baking, and spending quality time with her family especially her grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by: her parents, her husband Herbert Graham in 2002, and several siblings.
Jane is survived by: one son; Charles Graham and his fiancé Alecia, of Springdale, two daughters; Carmen Rice and her husband Michael, of Lexington, Kentucky, Sharon Sherman and her husband Bryon, of Noel, Missouri, eight grandchildren; Ticean and his wife Amy, of California, Kimberly and her husband Kevin, of Tennessee, Mark and his wife Maria, of Kentucky, Bryon II and his wife Brittany, of Anderson, Missouri, Robert and his wife Shannon, of Noel, Missouri, Keifer and Kyle, both of Noel, Emily Graham, of Elkins, Arkansas, and five great-grandchildren; Avery, Noa, Graham, Brayden, and Bradlee.
A celebration of her life will be 2:00 pm at National Cemetery in Fayetteville, Wednesday, March 12th.
George “Charlie” McBride, 50, of Gravette died 2/24/2014 at his home. He was born 10/7/1963 in Gravette.
Survivors: three sisters; Mary McBride, Dixie Wilson, Jeannie Watts, one brother; Don McBride, and father; Roy Pogue.
There are no services planned at this time.
Emil Martin Schaefer, 85, of Bella Vista died Sunday February 23, 2014 in his home. He was born October 31, 1928 in Chicago, Illinois the son of Emil and Josephine Schaefer.
Emil served in the Army during the Korean Conflict.
He enjoyed reading, playing golf and working at the Scottsdale Country Club in Bella Vista. Emil loved being married to his precious wife, Phyllis for 63 wonderful years.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Robert.
Emil is survived by his wife Phyllis, of the home, four sons; Mark Schaefer and his wife Holly of Georgia, David Schaefer and his wife Denise of Illinois, Timothy Schaefer and his wife Chris of South Carolina, and Peter Schaefer of New Mexico, two daughters; Donna Bauer and her husband Brad of Illinois, and Nancy Spei and her husband Martin of New Mexico, two brothers; William Schaefer and his wife Kathleen of Michigan, and Raymond Schaefer of Illinois, one sister; Arlene Cooper of Washington, thirteen grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Jimmie Michael Hopkins, 72, of Springdale, Arkansas died Saturday, February 22, 2014 at Circle of Life Hospice House in Springdale. He was born January 18, 1942 in Cassville, Missouri the son of Bertha Kathleen and Weymouth Hopkins.
He proudly served his country in the United States Navy. He enjoyed life, fishing, time with the family especially his grandchildren, and was a social butterfly.
He was preceded in death by his sister Dottie and his parents.
Survivors include his wife of 22 years Karen Hopkins, of Springdale, one son; Dennis Day and his wife Rhonda, of Bentonville, one brother; Jerry Hopkins and his wife Helen, of Independence, Missouri, one sister; Joyce Leach of Culp Creek, Oregon, and seven grandchildren.
No services are planned at this time.
Robert Samuel Harris Sr., 65, of Bella Vista, Arkansas died Saturday, February 22, 2014 at a local skilled care center. He was born May 10, 1948 in Milford, Connecticut the son of Mary Wells and Earnest Harris.
He was a Vietnam Veteran who served with the United States Army.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife in 1996 Lori Harris.
Robert is survived by: two sons; Robert Harris Jr., of Palm Bay, Florida, Michael Harris and his wife Renee, of Bentonville, and two grandchildren; Haley and Blake Harris of Bentonville.
Services will be in Connecticut at a later date to be announced by the family.
Bernice "Bunny" Swift, 87, of West Fork died Tuesday February 18, 2014 at Willard Walker Hospice. She was born July 4, 1926 in Rockland, Maine the daughter of Harold and Eva Stanley.
Bernice was preceded in death by her parents, one brother Kent Stanley, and her husband of 65 years, Arthur Stanley.
She is survived by two daughters; Phyllis Chadbourne and her husband Eugene of West Fork, Marilyn Currie and her husband Ambrose of Gardner, Massachusetts, one brother; Gordon Stanley of Glen Cove, Maine, one sister; Janice Pendleton and her husband Raymond of Peabody, Massachusetts, three grandchildren; Randy Currie, Tim Chadbourne and John Chadbourne, and four great-grandchildren; Tyler, Kayla, Jadon, and Jacob Chadbourne.
Graveside service to be held at West Fork Cemetery February 20th at 1:00 pm.
Robert “Bobby” Charles McDougal, 59, of Bentonville died Sunday, February 16, 2014 at his home. He was born October 5, 1954 in Bentonville, the son of Louella Haney and Charles William McDougal.
He was a custodian for the Bentonville Public Schools for 26 years and loved his work. He enjoyed playing and spending time with his grandchildren.
Bobby has lived in Bentonville his entire life and loved every moment. He loved telling stories of Bentonville and how much the area has changed since he was a child. He has met so many wonderful people during his life and has positively changed the life of so many more. He is loved by many and will continue to be loved for eternity. He was a bright light to his daughters and grandchildren who have and will forever adore, love, and miss him so very much. His smile would light up a room and will never be forgotten. He will be missed dearly. He has been called home and although life must go on for those of us on Earth, it has just begun for him and we will see him again soon at the gates of Heaven.
He was preceded in death by; his parents, his wife, and his brother.
Bob is survived by: two daughters; Carolina Trevino and her husband Rogelio, of Centerton, Victoria Calderon and her husband Jose Gomez, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, two sisters; Patsy Lovell and her husband Leonard, of Decatur, Sue McDougal, of Bentonville, two brothers; John McDougal and his wife Doris, of Gravette, Harry McDougal and his wife Mary, of Noel, Missouri, and seven grandchildren.
Visitation will be Friday at Park Street Baptist Church in Bentonville from 9:00 a.m. until the service time.
A celebration of his life will follow the visitation at the church at 11:00 a.m. on Friday.
Roger Dale Ross, 46, of Westville, Oklahoma died Saturday February 15, 2014 at Circle of Life Hospice House in Springdale.
Survivors: daughter; Holly Bemboom, wife; Marlene Ross, one sister, and a host of friends.
No services are planned at this time.
Paula Rosemary Elias, 68, of Bella Vista died Saturday, February 15, 2014 at her residence. She was born in Kansas City, Missouri the daughter of Francis and Virginia Barnes.
She was a very talented artist, and an extensive world traveler. She was a homemaker, and she volunteered with the American Red Cross.
She had lived in the Northwest Arkansas area for over 10 years after moving from Lawson, Missouri. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Paula is survived by: her husband of over 50 years William J. Elias, one son; William Scott Elias and his wife Genevieve, of Pacific, Missouri, two daughters; Paulette Lake and her husband Larry, of Excelsior Springs, Missouri, Jennifer Ostertag and her husband Wayne, of Madison, Wisconsin, four sisters; Barbara Hodges, of Henderson, Tennessee, Kay Daugherty and her husband Bob, of Branson, Missouri, Martha Lawson and her husband Gary, of Kearney, Missouri, Esther Ralston, of Tennessee, seven grandchildren, and one great-grandson.
A memorial service will be Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the Unity Church of the Ozarks located in Bentonville.
Memorials may be sent to Unity Church of the Ozarks.
Barbara Grabski, 88, of Bentonville, Arkansas died Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at a local skilled care center in Rogers. She was born December 15, 1925 in Buffalo, New York the daughter of Mary and Thomas Susko.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband John Joseph Grabski.
Survivors include her loving son; Steve Grabski of Bentonville and many other loving relatives and friends.
Local Arkansas arrangements were by Epting Funeral Home of Bentonville. Full funeral services will be in Buffalo, New York at a later date and announced by the family.
Interment will take place at St. Adalberts Cemetery in Erie County, New York.
Curtis Barry Hipp, 54, of Gentry died Monday, February 10, 2014 at his sister’s residence. He was born March 5, 1959 in Illinois.
He was a local artist, and local coffee drinker. He worked at Cargill, Peterson, and Simmons for many years, also he worked at several local restaurants throughout the years.
He was preceded in death by his mother; Hazel Hipp.
Survivors: two brothers, Jay Hipp and his wife Maria, of New Mexico, John Hipp and his wife Helen, of Gentry, two sisters, Linda Shoup, of Gentry and Evelyn Proffitt, of Gentry, and his father JW Hipp, of Gentry.
A gathering of his friends will be Friday, February 14, 2014 from 3-5pm at the First Baptist Church of Gentry.
Iris Revealee Robb Prisk, 74, of Clifty passed February 8 in Fayetteville. Born February 26, 1939 in Princeton, Indiana to Gerald and Magdalene (Jones) Robb.
Iris and Arthur Wheatley had five children; Michael of Wichita, Kansas, Leonard "Smokey" and his wife, Londa, of Springfield, Oregon, Barbara Ashby of Clifty, Arkansas and Debbie Marquez of Creswell, Oregon. Patty Busbee Ware preceded her mother in February 25, 2012.
Also surviving, one brother; Gilbert Robb, of Francisco, Indiana. Four siblings preceded her in death. She had fifteen grandchildren, one of which passed last December and twenty eight great-grandchildren.
She loved raising guppies, birds, and dogs. Hunting, fishing, and crocheting were her favorite things to do. Iris lived in just about every state but mostly in Indiana, Missouri, Oregon, and Arkansas since 1996.
She grew up working in fields, harvesting, factory work, cashier but mostly raising her children.
Iris was a breast cancer survivor.
Bonnie Margaret Norton, 100, of Bella Vista died peacefully at home on Saturday February 8, 2014. She was born January 16, 1914 in St. Joseph, Missouri the daughter of Grover Cleveland Doak and Elva Weamer Doak.
Bonnie enjoyed traveling the world. She was also a member of the DAR. Bonnie loved spending time with her loving family. She especially loved her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister, Veda Taylor, and her husband Donald Edmund Norton.
Bonnie is survived by two daughters; Elva Candace Norton Dambrose of Bella Vista, and Bonnie Daye of Colorado, one son; Grover William Norton and wife Kathy, of Bentonville, six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
A memorial service will be Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at the Bella Vista Christian Church located on Riordan Road in Bella Vista.
Peggy L. Williams, loving mother and grandmother, age 84, of Bentonville, Arkansas passed away Tuesday, February 04, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center in Rogers. She was born December 9, 1929 in Caldwell, Kansas.
She enjoyed crafts, especially making porcelain dolls. She enjoyed spending quality time with her family.
She was preceded in death by her husband Leland Williams.
Peggy is survived by: three daughters; Virginia Malek and husband Dan of Bella Vista, Darlene Levine and husband Buzz, of North Carolina, Marlene Borger and husband John of New Mexico, four grandchildren; Jeff Ellis, Janelle Cenobio, Brooke Austin, Brad Austin, and many great-grandchildren.
A family service was held.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the donor’s choice.
Bonnie Kirby Whitmore, 77, of Bentonville died Sunday, February 2, 2014 at the Bradford House Nursing and Rehabilitation in Bentonville. She was born August 2, 1936 in Howard County, Arkansas the daughter of Taylor Kirby and Gladys Kesterson Kirby.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, James Hobson Whitmore; and her brothers, Rex Kirby and Ray Kirby.
Bonnie was a graduate of Southern State College (now SAU) and earned a master’s degree and doctorate in education from the University of Arkansas. She taught school in many locations and finished her career as an administrator and teacher in Springdale. She was a long-time member of First United Methodist Church in Springdale. She served as a volunteer for many years at the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History.
Bonnie is survived by two sons Mike Whitmore and his wife Marjorie, of Rogers, David Whitmore, of Springdale; four grandchildren, and many other loving friends and relatives.
Memorials may be made to the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History, 118 West Johnson Avenue, Springdale, AR 72764.
A memorial service will be Saturday, February 8, 2014 at Grace Baptist Church in Rogers at 11:00 a.m.