11/27 - George Fendler
11/25 - Keith Smith
11/23- Lucille Allen
11/19 - Terry Pollan
11/17 - Stanley Fitzgerald
11/14 - Michael Hrycun
11/14 - Jean Barnett
11/12 - Carolyn Hubbard
11/8 - Pauline Burkett
11/8 - Stanley Walker
11/7 - Cynthia Morris
11/7- Ruth Majors
11/6 - Diane Eastman
11/6 - Robert Neyland Jr
11/2 - Joan Ledbetter
10/31 - Mary Fyles
10/29 - Lellyen Jilak
10/27 - Raymond Clayton
10/26 - Ronnie Barnett
10/25 - Buddy Dyer
10/25 - Teresa Barrett
10/25 - Helen Stavseth
10/23 - Vera Jean Harrison
10/23 - Coleen Marvin
10/22 - William Harrison
10/21 - Richard Dollen
10/17 - Susan Marrs
10/16 - Shirley Bone
10/13 - Donald LeRoy
10/12 - Oral Cover
10/10 - Myra Page
10/10 - Duane Gray
10/8 - Nancy Mitchell
10/7 - Benjamin Francis
10/6 - Billie Dooley
William Henry Detlefsen, 89, of Bella Vista passed away December 2, 2013.
He was born January 16, 1924 to Henry and Maude Detlefsen in Eugene, Oregon. Bill graduated from Eugene High School in 1941 and spent the WWII years working as a civilian at Fort Ord, California.
Bill married Elaine Schmale in 1953 and they had two children: a son; Bradley William (deceased) and a daughter, Jane Elaine.
Bill was a member of First United Methodist Church of Bella Vista. He was always active in service club projects and had a passion for helping others. He celebrated 30 years of perfect attendance in Rotary Clubs and started two new club himself. In retirement he joined Kiwanis and served in leadership roles, starting a new chapter in Texas. Known for his skill with a pen, Bill enjoyed writing throughout his life, composing 30 years of newsletters for Rotary and a weekly column for a newspaper in Texas for 1o years.
He is survived by; his wife Elaine, daughter; Jane Hendricksen (Stuart), granddaughters Sandra Hendricksen and Valerie Hendricksen, and great-grandchildren; Dylan and Layla.
A memorial service will be held Saturday December 7th at First United Methodist Church of Bella Vista.
By the request of the family, in lieu of flowers please make a donation to First United Methodist Church of Bella Vista.
Joyce A. Peterson, 68, of Hiwasse, died Monday, December 02, 2013 at Circle of Life Hospice House in Bentonville. She was born December 11, 1944 in Bentonville the daughter of Ruby and Herbert Leach.
She enjoyed traveling, shopping, and eating out at various restaurants.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her daughter; Teresa Payne.
Joyce is survived by her husband; Galen Peterson of the home whom she married September 3, 1991, two sons; John Payne of Decatur, Kenneth Payne of Texas, two brothers; Jimmy Leach and Herbert Leach, one sister; Pat Walker, and four grandchildren.
Inurnment will be at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Hiwasse.
George W. Fendler, of Bella Vista, joined his parents S. George and Rebecca Fendler, on November 27th, 2013. He is survived by wife Alice, daughter Vicki Fendler and son, Ken Fendler. A retired US Navy airman, he served proudly in the Pacific Theater from 1942-1945. In 1947, he married Alice Ware, raised his family and pursued a successful career as chemical engineer.
After retiring in 1990 to the coastal town of New Bern, North Carolina, he and Alice relocated to Bella Vista in the year 2000. He was active in local community functions and served as a volunteer in the Neighborhood Crime Watch program.
George passed away quietly and among family at the Circle of Life Hospice, Legacy Village. As per his wishes, a private memorial service will be held for George in the family home. Memorials, in lieu of flowers, can be made to the National Alzheimer’s Association. A new star has been added to the heavens.
Keith Kingsley Smith, 67, of Eagle Rock, Missouri died Monday, November 25, 2013 at Circle of Life Hospice House in Bentonville. He was born April 10, 1946, in Stillwater, Wisconsin the son of Viola Adeline Spielman and Calvern Kingsley Smith.
He had lived in the area for about five years after moving from Palm Harbor, Florida. He enjoyed watching Green Bay Packer Football, fishing, hunting, and watching NASCAR. He loved his dog Rubi2.
He was preceded in death by; Viola Smith, Calvern Kingsley Smith, and Heidi Evenson.
Keith is survived by: his wife Sandra K. Rhodes Smith, of the home, whom he married August 17, 2001, three daughters; Annette Knutson and her husband Michael, of Elk Mound, Wisconsin, Kelly Smith, of Buffalo, Minnesota, Melissa Rhodes, of Nekoosa, Wisconsin, one sister; Karen Evenson and her husband Timothy, of Menomonie, Wisconsin, five grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
Services will be held at his hometown in Wisconsin at a later date.
Lucille Allen, 80, of Bentonville died November 23rd. She was born February 4, 1933 the daughter of Joe and Minnie Mae Crawford.
Survivors include two sons; Alfred and Melvin, two daughters; Georgetta and Ruth Ann, and many loving grand-children and great grand-children.
Terry Melton Pollan, 63 year-old resident of Memphis, Tennesse, died November 19, 2013 at Quail Ridge Living Center, West Siloam Springs, Oklahoma.
Born July 5, 1950 in Memphis, Tennessee, he was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Linda Pollan, and brother Aubrey Baratti.
Terry worked as a singer/songwriter and was an Army Veteran of the Vietnam War.
Survivors include one son, Justin Pollan and wife Heidi of Fayetteville, Arkansas; two grandchildren, Shepherd and Wallace Pollan; two brothers, Mario Baratti (Nancy) of West Memphis, Arkansas; and Frank Pollan, Mexico. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Dr. Stanley Merle Fitzgerald, 75, of Bella Vista died Sunday November 17, 2013 at his residence. He was born September 14, 1938 in Winterset, Iowa the son of Doris Harris and Leon Fitzgerald.
After serving in the National Guard, Dr. Fitzgerald graduated from Logan College in St. Louis and opened his practice in Ankeny, Iowa. His reputation brought patients from across the state. He was widely known throughout the Ankeny due to his activities with the Ankeny Chamber of Commerce and the Kiwanis Club. He also served on the Board of Education in Ankeny.
He enjoyed antiquing, making crafts, walking and hiking, landscaping, and spending time in the outdoors. He had lived in the Northwest Arkansas area since 2004 after retiring and moving from Iowa.
Stan is preceded in death by the love of his life, his wife Ann of over 50 years, and his parents.
He is survived by two sons; Kevin Fitzgerald and his wife Cari, of Ankeny, Iowa, Kurt Fitzgerald and his wife Amy, of Olathe, Kansas, one daughter; Kim Fitzgerald, of Ankeny, Iowa, one sister; Faye Jones, and five grandchildren; A.J., Leah, Chase, Austin, and Carson.
A celebration of his life will be announced at a later date by his family.
Michael P. Hrycun, 63, of Bentonville, died Thursday, November 14, 2013 at his home. He was born January 7, 1950 in Chicago, Illinois the son of Luba Breowski and Nicolas Hrycun.
He served in the United States Army. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. He had lived in the Northwest Arkansas area for 21 years, after moving from Illinois. He was preceded in death by; his father, and one sister; Donna Vidak.
Michael is survived by: his wife; Debra Hrycun whom he married March 25, 1972, his mother; Luba Janusz, one son; Michael P. Hrycun Jr., and his wife Christy, of Bella Vista, two daughters; Nicole Swift and her husband Brett, of Bristol, Wisconsin, Dion Hrycun, of Bentonville, two sisters; Olga Bechtol and her husband Dan, of Rockford, Illinois, Julie and her husband Conrad, of Illinois, and five grandchildren; Nicholas Hrycun, Rue Swift, Addison Hrycun, Grace Hrycun, and Makayla Hrycun.
A memorial service will be at the family’s Bentonville residence, Sunday, November 17, 2013 at 2pm.
Jean Barnett, 66, of Bentonville died November 14, 2013 at Bradford House Nursing and Rehab. She was born September 24, 1947 the daughter of Melvin and Virginia Hamman.
Survivors include three sons; Ronald, Melvin, and Richard, and two daughters; Lisa and April.
Carolyn Renay Hubbard, 45, of Bentonville, died Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at her home. She was born August 30, 1968 in Springdale, Arkansas.
She enjoyed spending quality time with her children. She enjoyed time in the outdoors, and working on crafts. She was a lifetime resident of Northwest Arkansas.
She was preceded in death by; one son; Nathan Hubbard, and one daughter; Amanda Neal.
Renay is survived by: her mother and father; Carolyn and Steven Smith, of Bentonville, one son; Nicholas Bryson, of Springdale, one daughter; Brittnay Neal, of Iowa, one brother; Frank Pitts, of Bentonville, two sisters; Cindy Skinner and her husband Jack, of Tahlequah, Oklahoma, Tammy Cavness and her husband Jason, of Bentonville, one granddaughter Kendra Bryson, four nephews; Kendall Skinner, Kyle Skinner, Joshua Cavness, Jimmy Cavness, three nieces; Jacklyn Skinner, Jenae Cavness, Katelyn Pitts, three great-nephews, and two great-nieces.
Pauline Burkett, 92, of Springdale died November 8. She was born December 5, 1915 in West Virginia, the daughter of Thomas and Laura Moore.
Pauline was the last of her family and was a member of the Christian Science Church of Fayetteville.
Stanley Leon Walker, 58, of Eureka Springs, Arkansas died Friday, November 08, 2013 at Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville.
He is survived by many loving relatives including his son Aaron Walker, of Eureka Springs.
Cynthia Renee Morris, 56, of Fayetteville died Thursday November 7, 2013 at Washington Regional Medical Center. She was born July 6, 1957 the daughter of Floyd and Bernice Scallion.
Preceded in death by her mother.
Survivors include her father and her brothers.
Pearl “Ruth” Majors, of Fayetteville, Arkansas died Thursday at a local nursing home. She was born March 5, 1929 in Greenland, Arkansas the daughter of Elizabeth and James Willard King.
She was a lifetime resident of the Northwest Arkansas area. She was preceded in death by: two sons; her parents, her husband B.B. Majors, and all her siblings.
Ruth is survived by: two sons; James Head and his wife Pat, of Lincoln, Jerry Burke and his wife Cheryl Wallis, of Fayetteville, two daughters; Martha Perez, of Huntsville, Carol Majors and her husband Alan, of Vidor, Texas, seven grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be Friday from 1pm until 4pm at Epting Funeral Home of Bentonville.
Graveside service will be Saturday at 10am Tharp Cemetery in Farmington.
Diane J. Eastman, of Springdale, Arkansas died Wednesday, November 06, 2013 at her home. She was born June 7, 1938.
She is survived by many loving relatives, including her husband Richard Eastman.
She will be inurned at National Cemetery in Fayetteville.
Robert Gordon Neyland Jr., of Springdale died Wednesday, November 06, 2013 at his home. He was born September 28, 1946.
He is survived by his son; Chris Neyland, of Springdale, and many other friends and relatives in Louisiana.
Joan K. Ledbetter, 84, of Bella Vista, Arkansas died Saturday, November 02, 2013 at Circle of Life Hospice House in Bentonville. She was born July 26, 1929 in Louisville, Kentucky the daughter of Kathryn Gross and James H. Warndorf.
She worked for J.C. Penny’s for many years. She moved to Northwest Arkansas in 2003 from Nashville, Tennessee.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Joan is survived by: two daughters; Lori Ervin and her husband Scot, of Jackson, Tennessee, Lynne Campbell and her husband Mike, of Franklin, Tennessee, and four grandchildren.
No local services are planned at this time.
Mary Babcock Fyles, 91, died Thursday October 31, 2013 at North Hills Life Care in Fayetteville. She was born September 11, 1922 in Rochester, New York the daughter of Grant and Mary Babcock.
Mary graduated from the University of Rochester Nursing program in 1945. She worked in and was passionate about public health nursing. Mary was an active member of Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship in Fayetteville. She loved to knit. Mary loved to spend time with her family and especially her grand and great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents and one brother Raymond Babcock.
Mary is survived by two daughters, Hollie McEwen of Fayetteville, and Laurie Pingree, of Fayetteville; three grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and numerous friends.
Lellyen Jilak, 26, of Springdale died October 29, 2013 at Northwest Medical Center in Springdale. She was born February 13, 1987 in the Marshall Islands the daughter of Wishery and Dalla Jilak.
Lellyen is survived by many loving friends and family members.
Ronnie Pierce Barnett, 67, of Bentonville died Saturday October 26, 2013 at Northwest Medical Center Bentonville.
Ronnie is survived by his wife Jean; one son Ron Barnett; two daughters, Lisa Barnett and April Barnett; and many loving friends and family.
Grover L. “Buddy” Dyer, 72, passed away October 25 at Legacy Village Circle of Life following a year long battle with pancreatic cancer.
He was born to Leon and Rebecca Dyer February 14, 1941 - yes he was truly a valentine. Having been born in Memphis, TN, he had wonderful memories of the fun he had being raised there, going to high school and college there also.
He married his childhood sweetheart, Molly Malone August 31, 1962 and had 51 years of a wonderful marriage.
Buddy moved his family to Rogers, AR in 1978 and founded Dyer Electric Inc. He made many friends in the business and retired in 2007. He enjoyed the outdoors and fishing, not really minding that he didn't always catch anything.
He was a believer in Jesus Christ and truly enjoyed serving The Lord by teaching Sunday School, working in the Food Pantry, River of Life Medical Clinic, and being a greeter at the doors of his church home, First Baptist Church, Rogers, Arkansas.
He was predeceased by parents and his sister, Shirley Dyer Steele.
He survived by his wife Molly, daughter Stacy Polley, her husband Joey Polley of Rogers, and granddaughter Stephanie Brown, her husband Andrew Brown of Fayetteville, and grandson Jason Polley also of Fayetteville, daughter Patty Cole, her husband Kevin Cole of Jonesboro, grandsons Parker Cole, Dalton Cole, and granddaughter Carlee Cole, all of Jonesboro. "Pop" was very grateful for his wonderful family.
Visitation will be Monday from 9am until service time at First Baptist Church of Rogers.
Funeral service will be Monday at 11am at First Baptist Church of Rogers with Pastor Tommy Hinson and Pastor Wes George officiating. Interment will follow at Pinnacle Memorial Gardens in Rogers.
Memorials may be sent to: First Baptist Church, In Memory of Buddy Dyer, or Circle of Life Hospice House at Legacy Village.
Teresa Barrett died October 25, 2013 at 3:57 a.m. at her daughter's house, Summer Barrett.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Jimmy Barrett, and one sister, Diane Harmon.
Teresa was a loving Christian woman and a wonderful sister, mother, grandmother, and aunt. She enjoyed fishing and the outdoors.
She leaves behind three loving daughters, Summer, Tawana, and Bree-ann; five grandchildren, three sisters, one brother, and her parents, Russell and Audry.
Visitation will be Tuesday, October 29, 2013 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Epting Funeral Home in Bentonville followed by interment at Springtown Cemetery.
Helen Stavseth, 78, of Bella Vista, Arkansas died Friday, October 25, 2013 at Circle of Life Hospice House in Bentonville. She was born August 12, 1935 in Fouke, Arkansas the daughter of Aggie Sanders and Thomas Kirvin.
She enjoyed reading, painting, and fishing. She was a member of the Woman’s Bass Fishing Club. She was a successful real estate agent, holding licenses in California, Texas, and Arkansas. She had lived in the Northwest Arkansas area since 1982 after moving from Houston, Texas. After moving to Fayetteville, Arkansas she owned and operated the Motor Lodge Motel for many years.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of nine years Gus, and nine siblings.
Helen is survived by: one daughter; Deanne Del Pup, of Bella Vista, and one son; Rudi Del Pup, of Austin, Texas.
Visitation will be at Bella Vista Assembly of God Church on Monday from 9am until service time. Funeral service will be at 10am at the church with Pastor Mark Kelley officiating, Doyle Cook, and Pastor Mark Kelley. Interment will follow at Bella Vista Cemetery.
Memorials may be sent to any Assembly of God Missionaries, or to “The Fire Bible Ministry”
Vera Jean Harrison, a beloved member of the Mt. Gaylor and Winslow communities, died Wednesday, October 23, 2013, peacefully in her home. Vera Jean was born September 23, 1933, the only child of Charles Alvin and Vera Riddle .
Vera Jean had an uncommon generosity, with a heart of love and kindness for hosts of friends and family. She loved her mountain home, and her door was always open to visitors. The beautiful scenic mountain was the perfect setting for many outdoor weddings held on the grounds. Vera Jean attended the Winslow United Methodist Church, helping with the children’s Bible school and many other church activities.
She graduated from Mountainburg High School as class valedictorian. After attending the University of Arkansas, she began a long tenure as a teacher in Texas. Vera Jean traveled to all the distant countries that she could work into her retirement schedule, which was a testament to her interest and curiosity. Vera Jean loved life, laughter and good company. She faced her final illness as she strove to live her life: with intelligence, wit and grace. She will always be remembered for her loyalty and love of friends and family.
Vera Jean Harrison is survived by her son, Kirk Sanders; a grandson, Devin Sanders; three stepsons, Dennis, Wayne and Ronnie Harrison; as well as many beloved cousins and friends.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 2 at 2 pm at the Winslow United Methodist Church, followed by a celebration at the home.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Winslow United Methodist Church.
Coleen Marvin, 73, of Wesley, Arkansas died Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at Washington Regional Medical Center of Fayetteville. She was born April 15, 1940.
Coleen is survived by: her husband; William Jewell, and many additional loving friends and family members.
William Neal Harrison, novelist, professor emeritus of the department of English in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, and founder of the U of A programs in creative writing and translation, passed away on Oct. 22, a week before his 80th birthday.
A memorial service is being planned to be held in Giffels Auditorium, Old Main. The time and date will be announced.
“We’ve lost a superb writer and teacher, a master craftsman of stories,” said Todd Shields, interim dean of Fulbright College. “And of course, our campus has lost an important leader – a founder of our nationally-ranked creative writing program. Bill touched the lives of innumerable students, and his legacy lives on in the many writers whose careers he influenced and works he shaped.”
Harrison was best known for his novels The Theologian, Africana, and Burton and Speke, and his collection Roller Ball Murder and Other Stories – the title story of which become the movie, Rollerball, for which he also wrote the screenplay. He published 13 books during his career and wrote two screenplays.
He received numerous awards and honors, including the Columbia School of Journalism Prize in Fiction, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Grant, and the Christopher Award for Television. From 1970-75, Harrison served on the original board of directors for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs, the main professional organization in the field.
Originally from Dallas, Texas, Harrison joined the University of Arkansas English department in 1964. He immediately saw an opportunity to establish a master of fine arts program in creative writing, only a few of which existed across the nation at that time. In 1966, he recruited poet and novelist James Whitehead, who helped establish the graduate program. They were joined in 1970 by poet Miller Williams, who added a literary translation degree track. The program quickly gained recognition as a preeminent training ground for some of the nation’s best writers.
Harrison taught some of the most popular and influential courses the creative writing program offered, leading graduate fiction and non-fiction workshops, teaching screenwriting and craft of fiction classes, and designing seminars on James Joyce and Vladimir Nabokov, among others. He gained the rank of University Professor in 1991 and retired from the department in 1998.
“Generations of our graduates consider Bill an influential mentor and dear friend. It is not uncommon to hear one of our alumni say that they learned everything they know about writing the short story from Bill,” said Davis McCombs, director of the programs in creative writing and translation. “Our program simply wouldn't exist without his keen mind, his talent, the force of his personality, and his decades of tireless efforts on our behalf.”
Richard L.”Dick” Dollen, age 80, of Bella Vista, passed away Monday, October 21, 2013, at Northwest Medical Center in Bentonville, Arkansas.
Dick was born June 5, 1933, in Persia, Iowa, to Lowell S. and Grace “Verdene”( Cave) Dollen and graduated from Persia High in 1952. He also completed three years of college and served his country in the US Army and the reserve units in Harlan and Council Bluffs and also the National Guard. All in all, Dick’s military service spanned 42 years. He worked as a manager for Pratts Coin Shop and his hobbies included coin collecting, golfing, and target shooting. He served on the Persia City Council and umpired for many years.
He was united in marriage to Patsy L. McMahan on November 21, 1959. Dick lived in Persia for 50 years, Abilene, Texas for 19 and Bella Vista, Arkansas since 2000.
He is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Donald “Fudd” Dollen.
Survivors include wife, Patsy L. of Bella Vista; sons, John and wife Cathy, Baltimore, Maryland, Jared and wife Susan, Council Bluffs; grandchildren, Todd Riner, Eric and Sara Dollen, Anthony Furrow, Mimi Dollen, Michelle Seymer, and Christopher Brake, 4 great-grandchildren; sister, Deanna Piatt, Omaha; brothers, Dennis and wife Billye, Harlan, IA, and David and wife Kathy Dollen, Council Bluffs; sister-in-law, Nancy Sue McMahan, Scottsdale, AZ.
Memorials are suggested to the American Heart Association and Salvation Army.
All funeral services were in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
Susan Kay Marrs, died Thursday, October 17, 2013 at Circle of Life Hospice House in Bentonville. She was born March 5, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois, the oldest daughter of Ray and Evelyn Stuermer. After graduating from the University of Colorado in Boulder, she lived much of her life in Colorado and Wyoming, where she met her husband of 20 years, Mike Marrs.
While living in Evanston, Wyoming, Susan was the owner and artist in residence of The Glass Cat, a retail shop and teaching studio for art glass. She was well known for her beautiful stained glass works (especially cats!) and her fused glass creations and lamp work beads. Susan and Mike moved to Bella Vista, Arkansas in 2009 where she has been an active member of the BV Presbyterian Church and Choir. For the last few years, Susan, along with her companion cat Winston, has been a resident of Brookfield Assisted Living in Bella Vista.
Susan was known for her love of all animals (especially cats!), outdoor activities, shopping and her wonderful sense of humor and fun. She is survived by her loving husband Mike Marrs, sisters Barbara Rodgers of Colorado Springs, Colorado and Cynthia Jacobs of Bainbridge Island, Washington, and son Jonathan LeCraft of Irvine, California. She will be missed by all who knew her.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Susan’s name to the Humane Society: www.humanesociety.org.
Shirley Jean Bone, 88, of Bella Vista, Arkansas died Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at Mercy Medical Center in Rogers. She was born February 8, 1925 in Ashtabula, Ohio the daughter of Margaret Cartner and William Armstrong.
She was a homemaker, and an active member of Eastern Star and the Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday School for over 20 years. She had lived in Bella Vista area since 2010.
She was preceded in death by; her husband Joseph J. Bone in March of 1994, whom she married in June of 1946, her parents, one son; Brian Dennis Bone, one grandson; Jeremy Wayne McHalffey, and five brothers.
Shirley is survived by: one daughter; Sherilyn J. Bone, of Bella Vista, one son; Joseph J. Bone II and his wife Amy, of Grasonville, Virginia Beach, Virginia, two grandsons; Michael McHalffey, of Clarksville, Arkansas, Brian Bone, of Grasonville, Maryland, two granddaughters; Angel McBee, of Gulfport, Mississippi, Jennifer Blachura, of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and eight grandchildren. Also she left behind her furry child Holley and plans to meet Smokey, Snowflake, and Missy on the Rainbow Bridge.
A memorial service will be at a later date in Paragould, Arkansas at Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be sent to: your local animal shelter.
This special poem was written in 1972 by Shirley: “In the end, my dear, your harvest so sweet, will be a great armful of friends you will greet, you’ll meet them in Heaven, when your Savior calls, I’ll be the first dear, to offer my all.”
Donald Ray LeRoy, 57, of Fayetteville died Sunday October 13, 2013 at Willard Walker Hospice. He was born October 29, 1955 the son of Donald and Gladys LeRoy.
Donald loved spending time fishing and camping. He enjoyed watching the Razorbacks and the Dallas Cowboys. Donald also enjoyed listening to music and spending time with his buddy Scruffy.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents.
Donald is survived by his parents Donald and Gladys LeRoy; one brother Paul LeRoy of Fayetteville; two sisters Deanna LeRoy of Fayetteville, and Pamela LeRoy of Fort Smith; his aunt Sarah of Fort Smith; his nephew Jeffrey; numerous cousins; and many great friends, including Don and Joyce Stout.
A private family service will be held at a later date.
Oral Franklin Cover, 93, of Bella Vista died Saturday, October 12, 2013 at Highlands Healthcare Center. He was born March 1, 1920 in Willow Springs, Missouri the son of Louis Pittman and Hugh Cover.
He proudly served his country in the United States Army. He owned and operated Cover Shoe Store and a remodeling business for many years. He loved spending quality time with his family. He enjoyed fishing, woodworking, and reading, but his greatest joy was serving God. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Pea Ridge. He had lived in the Northwest Arkansas area for 24 years after moving from Arkansas City, Kansas.
He was preceded in death by: his parents, wife; June Cover, several siblings, and 1 niece, and one nephew.
Oral is survived by: one son; David Cover and his partner Christopher Sellars, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, three daughters; Charlotte Cover, of Seminole, Florida, Karen Kwarcinski and her husband Paul, of Pea Ridge, Stacey Pehosh and her husband Brett, of Bella Vista, two brothers; Stanley Cover and his wife Shirley, of North Richland Hills, Texas, Vance Cover and his wife Deana, of Liberty Missouri, one sister; Audrey Hayes, of Cuba, Missouri, and one grandchild, Sarah Kwarcinski.
Visitation will be: Monday, October 14, 2013 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Pea Ridge.
Funeral service will be: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Pea Ridge with Pastor Al Fowler, Rev. Leaon Griswold and Rev. Stanley Cover officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Hiwasse.
Memorials may be sent to: First Baptist Church of Pea Ridge, to the “Building Fund.”
Full military honors will be provided by Northwest Arkansas Honor Guard.
Myra Jannice Page, 68, of Bella Vista, Arkansas died Thursday, October 10, 2013 at Circle of Life Hospice. She was born August 23, 1945 in Booneville, MS the daughter of James Boren and Louise Stoop.
She loved her children and grandchildren, shopping, crafting, cooking and fishing.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Myra is survived by: her husband of 48 years; Andrew Page of Bella Vista, one son; Andrew Page (Tripp) of California, three daughters; Kim McClellan and husband Lee, of Bella Vista, Shelley Moore and husband Jeff, of Tennessee, Tracy Page of Texas, two sisters; Becky Webb of Tennessee and Cathy Hughes of Tennessee, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
There will be a private family service at a later date.
Duane Ellsworth Gray, 83, of Bella Vista answered His Master's call to "come up hither" on October 10, 2013, following a long battle with a progressive disease. He was born in Iona, South Dakota the son of Duncan and Winifred Gray.
Duane served in the Navy during the Korean Conflict. He was an active member of Heritage Baptist church and served as assistant pastor. Duane enjoyed playing golf and keeping himself busy.
He is preceded in death by one sister, Margaret Wilson, and his parents.
Duane is survived by: his wife of 62 years, Kathryn Gray, one son; Don Gray and his wife Karol, of Waynesville, North Carolina, one daughter; Kit Fanning and her husband Ron, of Thermopolis, Wyoming, one brother; Malcolm Gray and his wife Connie, of Sheridan, Wyoming, one sister; Gladine Hanks, of Denver, Colorado, and six grandchildren.
Interment was at National Cemetery in Fayetteville.
Memorial service will be Monday, October 21st at 10am at Heritage Baptist Church, located at 501 Highlands Blvd. in Bella Vista.
Benjamin C. Francis, Jr., 85, of Springdale, a Korean War Navy veteran, went to be with his Savior whom he loved and served for many years, on Monday, Oct. 7, 2013, at the Veterans Home in Fayetteville. He was born in Russellville on Sept. 4, 1928.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Benjamin C. Francis Sr. and Annie Mae; brother John, and daughter Linda Gilland.
He is survived by his sisters Nellie Houser of Helendale CA, Ellen Guinn of Springdale AR, Marjorie Francis of Show Low AZ,: brothers Ed (Carol) of Canton GA, and Garland (Marion) of Dayton NV. He is survived by granddaughter Sarah Evans and grandson Carl Giland of Kiwanee IL, and foster-children David and Patty Dryer, and many nieces and nephews around the country, and his best friend Mary Hubbard of Rogers AR.
Ben was a professional painter. He pastored churches in Arkansas and Missouri. Peaceful Valley Bible was his church home. He loved camping and fishing, but his true passion was studying and teaching the Bible, especially prophecy about the coming of Christ. He was always a source of inspiration and humor. We will miss him.
Graveside funeral service will be 1:00 pm, Wed., Oct. 9, at the National Cemetery in Fayetteville, with Bro. Bill Pettigrew and Bro. Ken Francis presiding.
Billie Dooley, of Bella Vista, Arkansas, departed this life on October 6, 2013. She was born in Joplin, Missouri, January 1, 1932.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one son, David Dooley. Billie was a commodities broker in Joplin, until moving to Bella Vista where she worked as secretary to the Manager of the Property Owners Assoc. until her retirement.
She was an avid tennis and bridge enthusiast, loved reading, and was a wonderful caregiver to her mother, Edna Campbell Livingston.
She is survived by two sons, Jim Dooley and wife, Kathleen, of Joplin, Missouri, Kevin Dooley, of Bella Vista, a granddaughter, Audrey Greer and husband Ethan of Joplin, one sister, Jo Bain, of Bella Vista, one niece, two nephews and their families. Billie brought a lot of joy and laughter to her family and friends, and will be sorely missed.
Arrangements for Celebration of Life will be made at a later date.
A kind and loving soul. An angel on earth. A mother who gave all. A practitioner of proper grammar. A poet in life, as well as words.
She yielded her spirit to its Benevolent Author.