1/26 - Melody Russell
1/25 - H. Lee Halsell II
1/25 - Leianne Cavness
1/21 - Shirley Bates
1/20 - Judy Robinson
1/15 - Velma Danley
1/15 - Robert Livesay
1/15 - JoAnn Hlavaty
1/13 - Betty Jo Russell
1/12 - Myra Rice
1/12 - Curtis Rogers
1/11 - William West III
1/11 - Arnold Van Der Vieren
1/11 - Ola Sherrill
1/10 - Daniel Castro
1/7 - Gary Gable
1/7 - Antonio Garcia
1/5 - Michael Phelps
1/4 - Paul Jasper
1/4 - Jodi Smith
1/1 - Barbara Horn
Randall Kent Howard, 61, of Springdale died Monday, February, 23, 2015 at his residence. He was born May 29, 1953 in Kansas City, Kansas the son of Doris and John Howard.
Randy enjoyed hunting and coaching softball.
He was preceded in death by his father; John Howard, daughter; Jennifer Howard-Friedel, and brother; Robert Howard.
Survivors include: his mother and father; Doris and Bob Sirratt (Baxter Springs), daughter; Ashley Howard-Gray (Overland Park), sister; Lynn Howard-Gancean (Springfield), his significant other; Brenda Bridendolph, four grandchildren, great-nephews, great-nieces and many loving family members and friends.
Doris and Bob would like to welcome family and friends to their home Sunday, March 8th between 2pm and 4pm to remember the life of Randy.
Wilbur Dean Best, 89, of Bella Vista died Saturday, February 21, 2015 at a skilled care facility. He was born February 10, 1926 in Revere, Missouri to Lena and Jake Best.
Wilbur proudly served in the U.S. Navy.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Marian Best, one son; Russell Best and his wife Victoria, of Arlington, Texas, two daughters; Beverly Baud and her husband John, of Bella Vista, Cheryl Hartshorn and her husband David, of Bella Vista, one sister; Lila Bailey of Michigan, four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren and other loving friends and family.
No services are planned at this time.
Jimmy F. Howell, 74, of Rogers died Friday, February 20, 2015 at his home. He was born January 6, 1941 in Alpena, Arkansas the son of Mary and John Howell.
Jim was a proud veteran of the U.S. Air Force and loved his family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother; Jay Howell, three sons; Jason Bitter, Mike Bitter, Chris Howell, and two wives; Charlotte Ann Cook, Kathleen Howell.
Survivors include: one son; Timothy Howell of Rogers, one daughter; Jayme Smith of Rogers, two brothers; Bob Howell of Rogers, Omer Howell of Springdale, five sisters; Faye Weiser of Bentonville, Eupil Harp of Springdale, Betty McChristian of Rogers, Janis Krumholt of St. Amant, Louisiana, Inice Howell of Bentonville, nine grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and many other loving family members and friends.
Interment will be at Fayetteville National Cemetery, Monday, February 23 at 10:00 am.
Mary “Rose” Rosellen Smith Arbuckle, 59, of Rogers died Tuesday at Mercy Medical Center.
Survivors: husband of 29 years George Arbuckle, daughter, Alicia Rose Godin, of Kansas and one granddaughter.
Services will be announced by the family at a later date.
Sharon Louise Stegeman, 59, of Springdale died Tuesday, February 17th at Circle of Life Hospice House. She was born September 25, 1955.
Survivors include; her husband Roger Stegeman, three sons, and six grandchildren.
Services at a later date in Hannibal, Missouri.
Hattie Jean Sandridge, 86, of Rogers, Arkansas died suddenly Sunday, February 15, 2015 at Mercy Medical Center in Rogers after receiving excellent care from the ICU staff. She was born November 16, 1928 in Little Rock, Arkansas the daughter of Eugene T. Braden and Hattie Belle Talkington Braden.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband Jack E. Sandridge who she was married to for 53 years.
Hattie is survived by: three daughters; LouAnn Howery and her husband Chuck of Bakersfield, California, Donna Nauman and her husband John, of Rogers, Arkansas, and Lesa Bushfield and her husband George, of Iowa Park, Texas. She had five grandchildren; Jennifer Cooper, of Richmond, Virginia, Jayme Falk and her husband Jerromy, of Edgewood, Texas, John E. Nauman and his wife Wendy, of Bentonville, Arkansas, Julie Myers and her husband Blake, of Rogers, Arkansas, and Alanah Bushfield, of Nashville, Arkansas. She also has five great-grandchildren, and one sister; Martha Reid, of Little Rock, Arkansas.
Hattie was a true Southern Belle who wouldn’t be caught in public without her earrings and lipstick. She lived a blessed and full life and was a devoted wife and mother.
She enjoyed watching tennis and golf on television. She was an avid Arkansas Razorback and Dallas Cowboy fan. She had lived in the Northwest Arkansas area for over 11 years after moving from Fort Worth, Texas.
A celebration of her life will be Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 11am at Charity Baptist Church in Rogers with Pastor John Nauman officiating.
Memorials may be sent to Charity Baptist Church, to “The General Fund.”
Sarah Jo Elzey, 50, of Prairie Grove passed away February 14, 2015 at Washington Regional Hospital. She was born January 14, 1965.
Survivors: two sons: Lee and Michael; daughter: Holly; brothers, sisters, and three grandchildren. She will live, "Forever in Our Hearts."
Doris Annell Bozeman Grogan, 85 of Davie, Florida died Saturday, February 14, 2015 at Circle of Life Hospice House in Bentonville. She was born November 15, 1929 in Georgia the daughter of Willie Mae Head and Jesse Bozeman.
She loved spending time at the beach. She enjoyed watching NASCAR.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and one son James Michael Grogan.
Doris is survived by: two children, Laurie Powers and her husband Chris, of Bentonville, Jesse Grogan, of Florida, four grandchildren; Ricky Ericson, Jackie Rickbeil, Robby Powers, Steve Powers, and eight great-grandchildren.
A celebration of her life will be at Circle of Life Hospice House Chapel located in Bentonville, Tuesday, February 17th at 7pm.
Graveside service will be Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 2pm at Evergreen Cemetery in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Walter Clay Galbraith, 61, of Elkins died February 12th at his home.
He served in the US Army during Vietnam.
Preceded by: his parents, one brother Carl, one sister Cathy.
Survivors: brothers; Clyde, Dennis, David, sisters; Carolyn, Cheryl, Celia, and Cindy.
Rob Nietfeld was born on February 10, 1959 in Wichita, Kansas to Elmer and Betty Nietfeld. He passed away on his birthday, February 10, 2015.
Rob was a 1977 graduate of Bluestem High School, Leon, Kansas and attended Purdue School of Engineering and Technology in Indianapolis and became a private pilot in 1995. He was a disc jockey on radio and a radio announcer in Indiana and Arkansas.
He was a member of CrossChurch in Springdale. His hobbies were bowling and music.
He leaves to mourn his parents and his brother, Dan Nietfeld, of Nowata, Oklahoma.
Arrangements are pending and will be in Nebraska.
Margaret “Virginia” Stevenson, 90, of Rogers, Arkansas died Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at Jamestown Nursing and Rehabilitation of Rogers. She was born December 5, 1924 in Chireno, Texas.
She enjoyed singing and reading. She was a dedicated member of Memorial Baptist Church located in Spring, Texas for over 40 years. She taught several children’s classes early in her years, and later in life she led many Ladies’ Bible Classes. She loved her family, and was proud of her children, grandchildren, and especially her great-grandchildren. She had lived in the Northwest Arkansas area since February 2006 after moving from The Woodlands, Texas.
She was preceded in death by: her parents, her husband of 67 years James Stevenson, five siblings, and one great-granddaughter Madeline Calais Will.
Margaret is survived by: one daughter, Donna Stephens and her husband Jim, of Bella Vista, Arkansas; and one son, Glenn Stevenson and his wife Pamela, of Marble Falls, Texas.
She is also survived by: four grandchildren; Darek Stephens of Rogers; Elise Will, of Wisconsin; Blake Stevenson and wife Lisa, of Austin, Texas; and Caryn Stevenson of Texas; and four great-grandchildren, Hope Will and Jameson Will-McCarten of Wisconsin and Brent and Brandon Stevenson of Austin, Texas.
Visitation will be Friday, February 13, 2015 at Bentonville Church of Christ “The Lodge” from 9:30am until service time.
A celebration of her life will be at “The Lodge” at 10:30am on Friday.
A private family interment will follow at Fayetteville National Cemetery in Fayetteville.
Memorials may be sent to Alzheimer’s Association in Bentonville.
Harold Jacob Kersten Jr., 68, of Lincoln died Monday, February 9, 2015 at his home. He was born December 8, 1946 in Houston, Texas the son of Ella Mae McKiney and Harold Jacob Kersten Sr.
He was an electrician for many years.
Survivors include his wife; Barbara Kersten, of Lincoln, eight sons; Tommy, Timothy, Keith, Joe Bob, William, Jake, Matthew, Craig, two daughters; Heather and Marie, and seven grandchildren.
Ricky Wade Henry, 62, of Springdale, formerly of Peoria, Illinois died February 6, 2015 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He was born June 22, 1952 in Peoria, Illinois to Nicki and Herschel Henry.
Survivors include: his father, one brother; Robert Henry, three sisters; Brenda Fogler, Sharon Spera, Sally Henry, many family and friends.
Robert “Bob” Ed Dennison, 87, of Springdale passed away Wednesday February 4, 2015. He was born October 31, 1927 in Chicago, Illinois to William and Violet Dennison.
Bob married Joy Summers on October 8, 1947 in Chicago, Illinois. He served in the Coast Guard and retired from Salerno Biscuit Company. After retirement, he became a self taught computer geek, and enjoyed movies of all kinds.
He was preceded in death by both parents and brother, William Dennison. In addition to his wife Joy, he is survived by seven children; Cole Dennison of Phoenix, Oregon, Olive (Tom) Slicker of West Allis, Wisconsin, Lance (Sandi) Dennison of West Allis, Wisconsin, Cindy (Tim) Luper, Liv (Scott) Thiede, Shawn Dennison all of Springdale and Dane (Carol) Dennison of Gresham, Oregon as well as 13 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Friday, February 13th at 2:00 in the afternoon at First United Methodist Church 206 W. Johnson Ave. Springdale, Arkansas.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to The Bread of Life 206 W. Johnson Ave, Springdale, AR 72764 or Circle of Life Hospice 901 Jones Rd. Springdale, AR 72762.
John “Jack” Carroll Adair Jr., 80, of Bella Vista died peacefully in his sleep, Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at his residence. He was born May 24, 1934 in Wayne, Michigan the son of Miriam Pauline Barnett and John Carroll Adair Sr.
He worked for Cooper Communities as a data processor manager. He had lived in Toledo, Ohio and Chicago, Illinois prior to moving to Northwest Arkansas in 1973.
He enjoyed spending quality time with his family and friends, leaving them a legacy of love, selflessness, and compassion for others. He enjoyed tormenting his sisters to whom he was a “Father Figure.” He was a Razorback fan, especially for the Men’s and Women’s Basketball. He played golf up until he hit his first and only hole-in-one.
He was preceded in death by: his parents, one son; Gregory Alan Adair, and one grandson; Ethan Carroll Hardin.
John is survived by: his wife; Beverly, one son; John Herbert Adair, of Bella Vista, one daughter; Cecelia Hardin (Tom), of Fayetteville, three sisters; Judy Wysocki, of Michigan, Diane Montalbano, of Washington, Miriam Schiffmacher, of Arizona, three grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Close friends and family are invited to a celebration of his life located at 1838 North Glenbrook Place, Fayetteville, Arkansas on Monday, February 9, 2015 at 11:00 a.m.
Charles Dean Bryner Jr. of Fayetteville passed away Monday, February 2, 2015 in his home. He was born August 28, 1975 in Oklahoma City, OK to Charles and Gladys Bryner.
Charles enjoyed fishing and drinking a beer.
He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Sr., his stepfather, Doug Rogers, his sister-in-law, Donna Bryner, and many more.
He is survived by his wife, Sandy; one son, JR (Taylor); three brothers: Bill, James (Trish), and David; two sisters: Tammy (Lonnie) and Traci (Willie); Nieces and nephews: Matt, James, Krista, Lance, Kyle, Blake, Dillon, Devon, Willie, Robert, and Alex; Grandchildren: Dakota and Elijah.
Services will be Sunday, February 8, 2015 at 5:00pm at the West Fork Community Center in West Fork, Arkansas
Ronald W. Whinery Sr., 67, of Eucha, Oklahoma died Sunday, February 1, 2015 at Fayetteville Veterans Hospital. He was born October 7, 1947 in Sapulpa, Oklahoma the son of William and Muriel (Burns) Whinery.
Ronald proudly served in the U.S. Army. He was a Vietnam Veteran and enjoyed fishing and boating.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers.
Ronald is survived by his wife Sue Whinery of Eucha, Oklahoma, two sons; Ronald Whinery Jr. and his wife Michelle of Eucha, Ryan Whinery and his wife Monica of Eucha, one step-son; Dave Michener of Burleson, Texas, one brother; Phil Whinery and his wife Sarah of Kellyville, Oklahoma, four sisters; Kay Dickens and her husband Wayne of Bixby, Oklahoma, Ana Jo Crane of Sand Springs, Oklahoma, Glenda Glenn and her husband Butch of Sapulpa, Oklahoma, Linda Newton of Sapulpa, Oklahoma, five grandchildren; Mattie Whinery of Maud, Texas, Tanner Whinery of Maud, Texas, Tiera Whinery of Eucha, Dakota Whinery of Eucha, Rilee Whinery of Eucha, and many other loving family members and friends.
Stanley Schowe, 79, of Rogers died Sunday, February 1, 2015 in Bentonville, Arkansas. He was born November 20, 1935 in Warrenton, Missouri the son of Florenz and Charlotte (Vogt) Schowe.
Stanley married Donnie Jean Anson June 29, 1956 in Warrenton, Missouri. They dated for five years before marriage, spending 64 years of being friends, husband and wife, working together, and inseparable.
Stanley was preceded in death by his parents, sister; Shirley Ferguson, brother-in-law; Robert Dunn, and father-in-law; Lester Kamper.
He is survived by his wife Donnie, one sister; Barbara Dunn, brother-in-law; Harold Ferguson, mother-in-law; Della Kamper, brother and sister-in law; Jerry and Sharon Anson, nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, great-great nieces and nephews, great-great-great nieces and nephews, and numerous cousins, all whom he loved very much.
Interment will at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 7th at Rogers Cemetery.
Memorials may be sent to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105
Melody Russell, 63, of Eureka Springs died January 26, 2015 at her home. She was born December 17, 1951 in Eureka Springs to Theda and Ernest Sheets.
Melody is survived by two daughters; Teresa and Tracy, six grandchildren; Chris, Micah, Cede, Madison, Teagan, Preston, one great-grandchild; Scott, and many loving family and friends.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at First Presbyterian Church in Eureka Springs.
H. Lee Halsell II, 63, of Mountainburg died Sunday, January 25, 2015 at his residence.
Survivors include: two sons; Eric Halsell, of Bentonville, and Josh Halsell, of Fayetteville, one daughter; Katie Halsell, of Fort Smith, one brother, and three grandchildren.
The Wake will be Saturday, January 31 at 6:30 p.m. at 301 NE 2nd Street, Bentonville, Arkansas.
Leianne Cavness, 60, of Centerton died Sunday, January 25, 2015 at her residence. She was born January 27, 1954 in Bremerton, Washington the daughter of Marilee McCusker and Ron Morrison.
Those of you who had the privilege of knowing her knew that, from the first moment, you were a best friend in her eyes. Everything from the way she laughed and hugged, and ran her fingers through the hair of her grandchildren and husband was a way that no one could match.
Leianne was a gift from Heaven that will never be matched and will always be missed. The embrace from her hug will forever be felt like a breeze on a beautiful sunny day. We will love you, and always remember our loving wife, mom, sister, grandma, and most of all best friend!
Survivors include: her husband; Jonathan Cavness, two daughters; Dawna Nida-Hancock (Jeff) of Bentonville, Kelly Blomenkamp, of Joplin, Missouri, one brother; Loren Morrison, of Washington, one sister; Michelle Winfrey, of Centerton, seven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
A memorial service in her honor will be at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 7 at Rogers Church of Christ.
Shirley J. Bates, 76, of Bentonville joined her Heavenly Father January 21, 2015. She was born August 7, 1938 in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.
Shirley loved her Lord and had a strong faith. She was a loving mother to her children.
Survivors: one son; Philip Bates (Janet) of Bentonville, three daughters; Phylis Reeves of Bentonville, Melody Collins (Doug) of Lenoir City, Tennessee, April Bates of Siloam Springs, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Memorial service will be at Radiant Life Church on Saturday, January 31st at 3:00 pm.
Judy Robinson, 64, of Rogers, Arkansas died Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at Northwest Medical Center of Benton County in Bentonville, Arkansas.
Judy is survived by many loving friends and relatives.
She was buried at Manila Cemetery in Manila, Arkansas.
Velma Danley, 56, of Bentonville died Thursday, January 15, 2015 at her home. She was born June 4, 1958 in Napa County, California.
She is survived by many loving friends.
No services are planned at this time.
Robert Livesay, 52, of Centerton, Arkansas died Thursday, January 15th. He was born June 5, 1962 in Jackson, Wyoming the son of Joanne Brown and Bobby Livesay.
Robert is survived by his mother, two brothers, and three sisters including Michele Livesay, of Centerton.
JoAnn Hlavaty, 87, of Bella Vista died January 15 at Mercy Hospital in Rogers.
She was Catholic.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors: her sisters: Winnifred McEuen, of Concordia, Kansas and Mary Ann Keas, of Littleton, Colorado.
Betty Jo Russell, 65, of Gravette died Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at Circle of Life Hospice House in Springdale.
Survivors include two sons; Ty Russell and his wife Kelly, of Gravette, Tad Russell, of Kansas, three sisters, and five grandchildren.
Myra Woody Rice, 84, of Rogers, Arkansas died Monday, January 12, 2015 at Circle of Life Hospice House in Bentonville. She was born October 6, 1930 in Greenwood, Arkansas the daughter of Mamie McAnally and William O. Woody.
She was a registered nurse. She enjoyed reading, traveling, and spending quality time with her family and friends. She had lived in Northwest Arkansas for over 10 years after moving from Enid, Oklahoma.
She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers; Charles Woody, Jack Woody, and Jim Woody.
Myra is survived by: her husband The Reverend Dr. Jerry Rice, of Rogers whom she married August 31, 1952, two sons; Kevin Rice and his wife Diana, of Monte Vista, Colorado, Kerry Rice and his husband Jakob, of Wiesbaden, Germany, two daughters; Kimberly Peel and her husband David, of Eagle, Colorado, Karyl Sorge and her husband Keith, of Plymouth, Minnesota, two brothers; Dr. Tim Woody and his wife Peggy Woody, of Siloam Springs, Randy Woody and his wife Brenda, of Dardanelle, three sister-in-laws; JoAn Woody, of Fayetteville, Joanne Woody, of Little Rock, Yvonne Woody, of Tempe, Arizona, eight grandchildren; Holly Rice, Kathryn Lawrence, Lauren Goedereis, Carter Peel, Ryan Sorge, Brett Sorge, Drew Sorge, Kari Sorge, and five great-grandchildren.
The celebration of her life will be Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 1pm at First Presbyterian Church of Rogers with Pastor Carl McCormack officiating.
Memorials may be sent to First Presbyterian Church of Rogers, in lieu of flowers.
Curtis Allen Rogers of Fayetteville died January 12, 2015 in his home. Curtis was born December 18, 1947 to Odell and Ida Novene Rogers in Newport.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Curtis is survived by his wife, Katie, two sons: Henry Abel (Amy) of Washington state and Jai Kamke of Barling; six daughters: Annie Campbell (Zach) of Fayetteville, Madeline Hutson (Jacob) of Bentonville, Katherine Thacker (Jeremiah) of Prairie Grove, Sarah Helmer (Shane) of Prairie Grove, Grace Wen (Yugi) of France, and Helen Ames (John Bailey) of Fayetteville; two sisters: Annetta Baum (Gary) of Louisiana and Barbara Rogers of Missouri; and ten grandchildren.
Daniel “Dan” Edward-Leo Conley, of Rogers Arkansas was born February 11th, 1986 in Roscoe Illinois and passed on December 13th, 2014 in Dallas Texas. He was the son of Daniel “Danny” Conley and Jackie Garr Conley.
Dan was born and raised on the Rock River in Roscoe Illinois; we made many memories of fishing and bond fires, he was a true River Rat. Dan was also an avid car enthusiast, from car shows to rebuilding, there wasn’t anything he couldn’t fix. He was a protective, and loving big brother, and adoring son. Dan loved his friends and family, especially his beloved daughter Jewel Lynn. Daniel had a big heart, and loved with all of his heart unconditionally.
He is survived by his daughter, Jewel Lynn Conley of Rogers Arkansas, sisters Meaghan Conley-Boyle (Matt) and Marah Conley, all of Illinois. Dan is survived by his maternal grandparents Paul and Joann Garr of Machesney Park Illinois, his paternal grandparents Ed and wife Linda Conley , of Blue Eye Missouri, and Gwen Conley, also of Blue Eye Missouri. Also by his long time girlfriend Candace Plunkett of Rogers Arkansas. Numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and countless friends.
Dan’s celebration of life will be this Saturday, January 17th, 2015 at 2:00p.m. at the Apple Spur Community Center off of Dixieland Road in Rogers Arkansas.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you please make donations to Conley family.
William West III, 59, of Bentonville died Sunday, January 11, 2015 at Northwest Medical Center of Benton County located in Bentonville. He was born September 28, 1955.
Arnold Alfons Van Der Vieren, 74, of Bella Vista died Sunday, January 11, 2015 at his home. He was born May 16, 1940.
Arnold is survived by many loving relatives.
Ola Harwood Sherrill, 90, of Rogers died Sunday, January 11th at Mercy Medical Center in Rogers.
She is survived by many loving relatives including: two nieces; Kenda Vaughn, of Rogers, and Barbara Holman, of Birmingham, Alabama.
No local services are planned.
Daniel Castro, infant son of Rafael Castro and Gabriela Castro was born and died Saturday, January 10, 2015 at Northwest Medical Center of Benton County in Bentonville.
Daniel is survived by many loving relatives.
Gary Dee Gable of Gravette went home Wednesday, January 7, 2015 to meet his Lord after a valiant fight with cancer. He was born in Claremore Oklahoma, to Olen and Gearldine Wollaston Gable. Gary joined the Army just out of high school, where he began as an infantry man. He worked with nuclear weapons and later became a Mess Sargent. After leaving the military he worked many jobs, including managing a Winchell’s Donut shop. He also barbered for several years, sold used cars, and managed a cattle ranch. Gary most recently volunteered at the Billy V. Hall Senior Center in Gravette for a number of years, delivering Meals on Wheels. He fondly referred to those he served as his “people”, and he treasured the friendships he made at the center and along his route.
Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Tina Gable, his son and daughter in law, Chris and Christi Gable of Owalla OK, Daughter and son in law, Jeanelle and Brad Harris, Decatur, and his beloved grandchildren, Kenlee, Hudson, Hayes and Hatcher Dee; His sister, Barbara McClure of Inola, OK. He is preceded in death by his parents, his brother in law, Virgle McClure, and his Son, Timothy.
Visitation will be Tuesday, January 13, 2015 from 1pm until the funeral service time at 2pm Bentonville Church of the Nazarene. Interment will follow the funeral at Bethel Cemetery in Gravette.
Full military honors will be provided by the Northwest Arkansas Honor Guard of Rogers.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Billy V. Hall Senior Center, P.O. Box 1648, Gravette AR 72736 or to the Gary Gable Memorial Fund in care of the funeral home to be decided by the family at a later date.
Antonio Gonzalez Garcia, 81, of Rogers, Arkansas died Wednesday at the Arkansas Veteran’s Home of Fayetteville.
Survivors: his children; Edwardo Garcia (Diana), Jorge Garcia (Mary) of Rogers, Patricia Garcia (Joe Bercik), Elizabeth Garcia (Mike Botter), four grandchildren, and one great-grandson.
Michael Jonathan Phelps of Rogers died on Monday, January 5, 2015, at Mercy Medical Center in Rogers. He was born July 8, 1974 in Iowa.
He was employed with Wal-Mart and worked as a fraud prevention specialist. He graduated from Cornell University with his Bachelor’s Degree in English and Music Performance. He loved watching baseball, especially the Milwaukee Brewers and the Northwest Arkansas Naturals. He enjoyed networking and talking to people.
He loved playing and listening to all music, especially the band U2. When he had free time he enjoyed reading fantasy books, and he loved watching Sci-Fi movies and television, particularly Star Wars and Star Trek. Michael particularly loved romancing his wife. He loved sharing his testimony about how he came to know the Lord, and he was a member of Flagstone Church of Christ, which is located in Bentonville.
Michael is survived by: his wife, Elizabeth Phelps, whom he married on July 20, 2014; his parents, Sandy and Roger Phelps, of Madison, Wisconsin; his step-daughter, Olivia Naylor, of Rogers; one sister, Carolyn Phelps, and her husband Richard Chapman, of Madison, Wisconsin; one nephew, Silas Chapman; and one niece, Willie Chapman.
Visitation will be Thursday, January 8, 2015 from 5pm until 7pm at Flagstone Church of Christ in Bentonville, located at 3801 Southwest Eden Brooke Street.
A celebration of his life will be Friday, January 9, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Flagstone Church of Christ, with Marshall Brown officiating.
Memorials may be sent to: Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge, 239 Turpentine Creek Lane, Eureka Springs, Arkansas 72632.
Paul D. Jasper of Bella Vista, Arkansas passed away peacefully Sunday, January 4, 2015 in Fayetteville, Arkansas surrounded by his family. Paul was born January 18, 1936 to Carl and Mary Reinier Jasper in Fairview, Kansas.
Paul was raised in Kansas until the sixth grade then completed his education in Agency, Iowa. Paul served in the United States Marine Corp from 1955 to 1961. Paul retired from Grain Processing corp in Muscatine, Iowa as a warehouse foreman in 1991, retiring to Bella Vista, Arkansas. Paul was united in marriage to Lou D Beall in San Clemente, California on May 14, 1956. Upon retiring, Paul got his dream job of working at the Bella Vista Marina for 5 years because he loved fishing.
Paul loved to play cards and marble games with friends and family. Everyone knew he had to win. Often Lou had to duck when this didn’t happen. Paul enjoyed his morning ritual of having coffee with the guys at three different locations. Paul loved the Lord and was a member of the Bella Vista Community Church. Paul loves his family and all of his many friends and will be missed by all.
In addition, Paul loved watching old western movies, especially; John Wayne and reruns of Gunsmoke, up to 4 times a day. Paul enjoyed his garden and raised many species of Hostas. He loved his birds and the sanctuary that he kept for them. He loved his butterflies and raised Monarchs and Swallow Tails, releasing them for their fall migration.
Paul was a great supporter of the Bella Vista Garden Club, Benton County Master Gardeners, and the Sunshine School. Paul was the head of the neighborhood watch and its only member, while watching from his lawn chair or his recliner on inclement days.
Paul was proceeded in death by his parents, brother, William, sisters; Juanita Hanna, Mary Lou Sharp, and sons; Scott Alan, and Robert Paul Jasper.
Paul is survived by his wife Lou Dell, children; Danita (Bob) Cox, Sue Jasper, Shelly (Steve) Christensen, John D (Barbie) Jasper, and Yoko (Hong) Long. Grandchildren; Sarah (Adam) Axtell, Brandy Salier, Jessika (Nathan) Lindgren, Jennifer Hilty, Allison (Adam) Gable, Eric (Brittney) Connor, Karen (Jason) Zaehringer, Nathan Adamson, Emily and Hannah Wagner, Melissa, Alyssa, and Jake Long. Great-grandchildren Lodden, Casten and Brecken Axtell, Madasin Calvert, Bryce and Carter Lawson, Jaxson, Finlee, and Pyper Lindgren, Gaige Hilty, Lucas and Elly Zaehringer, Madelyn and Lucy Connor, Addison, Avery, and Abbigail Gable.
Paul's celebration of life will be held at 10:00 am, Saturday, January 10, 2015 at the Bella Vista Community Church in Bella Vista, Arkansas.
In Lieu of flowers Paul wished donations go to the Sunshine School or Bella Vista Community Church.
Jodi Moore Smith of Cave Springs, Arkansas went to be with the Lord on Sunday, January 4, 2015. She was 45 years old. Jodi was the beloved wife of Eddie Smith and mother of Ivy Hamilton.
Jodi was born February 1, 1969 in Ottawa, IL.
At the age of 3, Jodi and her family moved to the Rogers/Cave Springs area where she lived the rest of her life. On July 6, 2014 Jodi married Eddie Smith, her best friend, who both loved and adored her. She was his “Princess”, and he was her “Prince”. She was an amazingly talented art teacher and was employed by Arkansas Arts Academy in Rogers for over 12 years. She was a patient, supportive teacher and through her creativity she was able to inspire young students to find their inner passion for art. Both her students and the faculty will miss her warm heart and love of life.
Jodi attended St Andrews Episcopal Church in Rogers. She enjoyed art, spending time with her family, and took great pleasure in creating their new family home in the country. Her dream was to help children through art.
Jodi is survived by her husband Eddie Smith; daughter, Ivy Hamilton; mother Linda Bowen; father, Jack Moore; stepmother Connie Moore; mother and father-in-law, Edna and Bobby Smith. sister, Jackie Gustin and her husband David; brother, Ben Moore and his wife, Meagan; nieces, Megan and Morgan Gustin. Step-sons, Austin Smith and his wife, Jessica; step-sons, Cameron, Garrett and Daniel Smith; step-grandchildren, Riley and Jordan.
A memorial service will be held, Saturday, January 10, 2015 at Arkansas Arts Academy High School Performing Arts Center at 10:00 a.m. All friends and family are invited to celebrate Jodi, her life, and her art. In lieu of flowers we ask that donations be made to the Arkansas Arts Academy Foundation
Barbara Ann Horn, 80, of Fayetteville died January 1, 2015. She was born March 30, 1933 to Clyde and Ruth Somers.
Barbara is survived by brother Gary Somers of Maryland, five children; Chuck, John, Jim, Ken, and Cathy, eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Kathleen Deslaurier of Bentonville died December 31, 2014. She was born November 26, 1952 to Joseph and Lucille Campanio.
Preceded in death: Parents and three siblings.
Survivors: Children: Angela Robinson (Jason), Joey Robinson (Sharon), Steven Robinson; Grandchildren: Ian, Blake, Savannah, Hailey, Blaine, Haleigh, Jasmine, Shelby, David; and five sisters.
John Edward Phillips, 65, of Fayetteville died Saturday, December 27, 2014 at the VA Medical Center in Fayetteville. He was born December 28, 1948 in Wichita, Kansas the son of Beulah F. Phillips and Edward Phillips.
He proudly served his country in the US Army during the Vietnam War. He loved spending quality time with his family. He had lived in the Northwest Arkansas area for over 40 years. He was preceded in death by his mother and his sister Janet Wilkerson.
John is survived by: his wife; Janie Phillips whom he married September 11, 1984, two sons; Aaron Phillips, of Wheeler, Abe Phillips and his wife Melanie, of Rogers, two brothers; James Phillips and his wife Lou, of Owasso, Oklahoma, Mike Phillips and his wife Judy, of Dardanelle, Arkansas, and one sister Patricia Wilson of Tennessee.
No services are planned.
Memorial services will be held for The Reverend Harold E. Fitch, 93, on Friday, February 6, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Bella Vista. He was the third son born in Wayne, NE, on July 25, 1921 to Don J. and Leona (Smith) Fitch and died peacefully at Highlands Healthcare in Bella Vista, AR on December 25, 2014. He attended Wayne State College in Wayne, NE where he lettered in basketball and football and met Tibbie (Leila May Dewey) who became his wife on June 10, 1944 at the Naval Air Station Chapel in Memphis, TN. They enjoyed 66 years together before Tibbie died in 2012.
Harold served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and returned to Wayne State to graduate in 1946 with an industrial arts major. He had a variety of sales careers before entering the Methodist ministry in 1957 in Lakewood, CO. He graduated from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, IL and was ordained in 1962. His ministry took him from Colorado to Mason City, Iowa and finally to South Dakota where he served United Methodist churches in Scotland, Flandreau, Egan, Sioux Falls (where he also served as chaplain at the SD State Penitentiary), Sturgis and Watertown before retiring to Bella Vista in 1987.
Harold and Tibbie were active members of First United Methodist Church of Bella Vista. For many years after retiring, they were involved in mission work for several months each year with an ecumenical group called SOWERS and with Habitat for Humanity. Until last spring, Harold volunteered three days a week at Helping Hands in Bentonville.
Harold touched many lives and was much loved by his family and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife Tibbie; two sons, Don D. Fitch and Hal E. Fitch; his parents and two brothers, Delmer D. and Ivan W. Fitch. He is survived by daughters Jean Justice (John), Bella Vista, and Kim Budd (Paul), Sugar Creek, MO; one son, Van H. Fitch, Virginia, MN; a sister, Bonnie Echols (Bill), Lynnwood, WA; sister-in-law, Betty (Don) Heitman, Coleridge, NE; brother-in-law, Harold Sizemore, Omaha, NE; daughters-in-law Sandra Fitch, Bella Vista, and Sue Weast, Hiawatha, KS; eleven grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.
Harold’s family extends deep gratitude to the staff at Highlands Healthcare and Circle of Life Hospice for their loving care. Cremains will be interred at the Bella Vista Cemetery with Epting Funeral Home of Bella Vista is handling arrangements.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Mission Program at First United Methodist Church, 20 Boyce Dr., Bella Vista, AR 72715; Helping Hands, Inc., 320 Airport Rd., Bentonville, AR 72712; Habitat for Humanity of Benton County, 1212 N. Walton Blvd, Bentonville, 72712; or Circle of Life Hospice, 901 Jones Road, Springdale, AR 72762.
Frieda Emma LaPlante, 81, of Gravette, Arkansas died Wednesday, December 24, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center in Rogers. She was born July 4, 1933 in Rice Lake, Wisconsin the daughter of Clara Wampfler and Walter Baumberger.
She enjoyed her work in the door to door ministry. She loved singing, crocheting, spending quality time with friends and family, and traveling.
She was a public school librarian for many years in the Green Bay School District. She and her husband moved to the Northwest Arkansas area in 1990 from Wisconsin.
She was preceded in death by: her parents, her husband Raymond LaPlante, and 3 siblings.
Frieda is survived by: one son; Merlin Avery and his wife Cynthia, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, four daughters; Connie Smits and her husband Bruce, of Kenosha, Wisconsin, Cindy Demars and her husband Brett, of Green Bay, Wisconsin, Melody Thomas and her husband John, of Gravette, Robyn Rogers and her husband Scott, of Green Bay, Wisconsin, three brothers; Fred Baumberger and his wife Sally, of Rice Lake, Wisconsin, John Baumberger and his wife Nancy, of Washington, David Baumberger and his wife Barbara, of Green Bay, Wisconsin, five sisters; Virginia Apfel, of Green Bay, Wisconsin, Esther Swan, of Barron, Wisconsin, Elvira Solum, of Rice Lake, Wisconsin, Jeannie Elson, of California, Barbara Cook, of Rice Lake, Wisconsin, 22 grandchildren, and many great-grandchildren.
Memorial service will be Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 1pm at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Gravette located on Hwy. 59.
A second memorial service will be in Wisconsin at a later date.
Debra McAllister, 49, of Tyler, Texas died Monday in Fayetteville.
Survivors: mother; Sandra Rae, father; Ronald Leverson, both of Rogers, two sons; Lance Dixon, of California, Joseph McAllister, of Illinois, two brothers, and one sister.
Burial was at Tucks Chapel Cemetery.
Catherine Louise Pennington, 64, of Centerton died December 17, 2014 at Circle of Life Hospice in Bentonville. She was born December 13, 1950 in Oxnard, California the daughter of Nadine Christian and Orlando Fuller.
Catherine enjoyed being a mother, reading, working puzzles, and cooking. She loved spending time with her family and raising her children. Catherine really enjoyed her time being “Meme.”
She is preceded in death by her parents and former husband, Clifford Pennington.
Catherine is survived by two daughters; Sara Crigger, and her husband Chris, of Centerton, Katie Pennington of Fayetteville, three brothers; Rick Fuller, and his wife Nuray, of Texas, Bill Fuller, and his wife Sandra, of California, Gary Fuller of Springdale, two sisters; Linda Winter, and her husband Jim, of Arizona, Nancy Wader, and her husband Mark, of California, two stepdaughters; Karen Groeneweg of California, Kelly McBlair of California, two grandsons in Arkansas; Gabriel and Aiden Crigger, eleven step-grandkids in California and many other family members and friends.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Nancy June Rudasill, 72, of Tontitown/Fayetteville, died Saturday, December 13, 2014 at The Maples, at HarBer Meadows, in Springdale. She was born August 29, 1942 in Boswell, Oklahoma and was the daughter of Helen Elizabeth Miller and David Olney White. Nancy’s father was a Methodist minister and the family lived in Oklahoma, Maryland and North Dakota while she was growing up.
She came to the University of Arkansas for college and met and married her husband William B. Rudasill, Sr. Nancy and Bill lived in many places while He was in the Air Force finally moving back to northwest Arkansas where they finished raising their two children.
She enjoyed spending quality time with her family and especially her grandchildren. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and was Grand Electa in 2003 session of Faith, Hope and Charity Session of Grand Chapter Order of the Eastern Star of Arkansas. She held many elected and appointed positions in local Eastern Star chapters and was a mentor for many new members of Star. She was also legal secretary for several local Fayetteville attorney.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband William B. Rudasill Sr.
She is survived by: one son; William B Rudasill, Jr. and his wife Lisa, of Fayetteville, one daughter; Lyn Marie Rudasill of Tontitown, one sister; Esther White of Springdale, one Brother; David O. White and his wife Ladonna of Lowell, 7 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren.
A celebration of her life will be at Elm Springs United Methodist Church. on Friday, December 19th, 2014 at 2:00 pm
Private interment will take place at Fayetteville National Cemetery at a later date, where she will be placed to rest with her beloved husband.
Memorials may be sent to: Elm Springs United Methodist Church Building/Mortgage fund, P O Box 8, Elm Springs, Arkansas 72728.
Jerry Lee Vowell, 70, of Bedford, Texas died Saturday, December 13, 2014 at Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville. He was born December 9, 1944 in Fort Worth, Texas the son of Ola May Canady and Jack C. Vowell.
He owned and operated his own business for many years.
He is survived by many loving relatives including his wife Melanie Vowell, and his loving children, and a host’s of friends.
A service will be announced at a later date by the family.
Balaramani Navamani, 64, of India died Saturday, December 13, 2014 at Northwest Medical Center in Bentonville. She was born August 11, 1950.
She is survived by many loving relatives.
Services will be in India at a later date.
Gregory Buford Marchbank, 57, of Fayetteville died December 12, at his home. He was born October 26, 1957 in Joplin, Missouri the son of Geraldine and Buford Marchbank.
Greg enjoyed spending time outdoors, hunting and fishing, working with his hands, watching the Razorbacks.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Survivors include; his mother, Geraldine Kirkland, one son; Zach Marchbank of Fayetteville, one daughter; Cortney Aviles of New York City, one sister; Linda Jensen and her husband Carl of Tulsa, one granddaughter; Arya Aviles and many loving family members and friends.
Joe B. Montgomery, age 79, of Bethel Heights, Arkansas, died Friday, December 12, 2014, following an extended bout with a compromised respiratory condition.
Joe was born the youngest of five children to the late Lou Earl and Joe Willie (Yandell) Montgomery, in Dover, Arkansas on April 2, 1935.
He served in the US Army stationed at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland from1954 to 1956, being discharged with an Honorable Discharge.
He is survived by his wife, Gloria Sue “Susie” Montgomery of Bethel Heights, an older sister, Dr. Milisande L. Merryman, of Hemet, California, and two older brothers, Herman Q. L. Montgomery, DDS of Lebanon, Tennessee and Dr. Cameron W. Montgomery of Anderson, Missouri. Susie’s two sons, Blake and Sean Plummer of Bethel Heights, and the following children from previous marriages: Debbonnair Kovacs, Berea, Kentucky; Levi Montgomery, Blaine, Washington; Cherri Valeithian of Kent, Washington; Summer Stevens of Columbus, Ohio; Tracie Best of Fort Smith; and several grandchildren.
Also, Joe had one son, Wayne Montgomery, who preceded him in death.
There will be no funeral services, as per his wishes.
Zachary Hutchinson, 35, of Centerton died Thursday, December 11, 2014.
He worked along side Jason Seto at Hapas Hawaiian Grill in Bentonville for many years.
Survivors include: his mother Cindy and her husband Scott McKnight of Lowell, and many other loving relatives.
Walter Tuchel, 86, of Rogers died Sunday, December 07, 2014 at The Highlands of Rogers He was born October 21, 1928 in East Prussia, Germany the son of Maria Schmittlick and Fredrick Tuchel.
He came to the United States in 1951, and worked for a farmer for over a year. He was employed by John Deere for over 30 years. He had lived in the Northwest Arkansas area since 1985 after moving from Iowa. He enjoyed fishing, traveling, and dancing.
He was preceded in death by his parents, nine siblings, and many other loving relatives.
Walter is survived by: his wife; Theresa Tuchel whom he married June 16, 1976, two sons; Harold Tuchel of Waterloo, Iowa, Norbert Tuchel and his wife Patricia, of Rogers, several siblings, one grandson, two granddaughters, and several great-grandchildren.
No services are planned per Walter’s request.
Memorials may be sent to the Rogers Humane Society in honor of Walter, 407 East Nursery Road, Rogers, Arkansas 72758.
Patricia G. Vaughan, 76, of Fayetteville, Arkansas passed away Friday, December 5, 2014 at Willard Walker Hospice House.
She was born September 26, 1938 in Bartlesville, Oklahoma to Walter F. & Adeline L. Conradt.
She graduated in 1956 from College High School in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. She then attended William Woods College where she graduated in 1958 with and Associate of Arts Degree.
She worked as a legal secretary for various attorneys in Oklahoma. She was past president of the American Business Women’s Association in Sapulpa, Oklahoma where she also owned her own secretarial service. She served on the Board of Directors for the Community Clinic at the Saint Francis House in Springdale, Arkansas for 6 years. She loved attending her Bible Study group and volunteering for mission projects with her friends from Cross Church in Springdale.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Craig Conradt.
She is survived by her daughters, Cheri Grant of Sperry, Oklahoma, Pam Hofer of Raleigh, North Carolina, and Tina Barfield of Fayetteville, Arkansas. She is also survived by 9 grandchildren.