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Wesley Allen Griffin

January 13, 1964 until March 17, 2023

Wesley (Wes) Allen Griffin, age 59, of Springdale, Arkansas passed away on Friday, March 17th, 2023 at his home. He was born on Monday, January 13th, 1964 in Fayetteville, Arkansas to Jim and Kay Griffin (Eubanks).


Wes moved to Texas at a young age before moving back to Northwest Arkansas. He worked at J.B. Hunt for 22 years, eventually becoming their Director of Litigations. After retiring, he enjoyed traveling to visit family.


He was preceded in death by his wife; Sarah Griffin, and his parents; Jim and Kay.


Wes is survived by his children; Vanessa Collier (Brady) of Taylor, Texas, Kristen Griffin-Holbert (Adam) of Springdale, Arkansas, and James Griffin of Springdale, Arkansas, five grandchildren, two sisters, and several nieces and nephews.

Randy Porter

July 25, 1944 until March 9, 2023

William Randolph (Randy) Porter, age 78, of Gravette, Arkansas passed away on Thursday, March 9, 2023 at Ozark Community Hospital located in Gravette. He was born on July 25, 1944 in Freer, Texas.


Randy grew up in Freer, Texas and moved to Gravette when he was 17 years old. He served in the United States Army and worked as a diesel mechanic.  His family passion that was passed down from his Father was being a rancher until his passing away. He was an avid KURM listener.


He was preceded in death by his mother; Enid.


Randy is survived and loved by his wife; Tracie Porter, whom he married June 5th, 2018, one son; Wade Porter of Gravette, one step-son; Frank Brown II, of North Little Rock, one grandson; Lorenzo Brown of Gravette, one daughter; Carla Wells (Richard) of Gravette, three step-daughters; Tamara Brown of Gravette, Tessa Brown, of North Little Rock, Tamika Brown, of North Little Rock, his mother in law; Bobbie Edwards, of North Little Rock, one brother; Gary Porter of Gravette, several grandchildren, his best friend and brother from his childhood; J.M. Henry Jr., and many other loving relatives.


Services will be announced at a later date by his family.  Inurnment will be at a later date at Lee Cemetery in Gravette.


Sammy Ray Donohew

October 19, 1940 until March 1, 2023

Sammy Ray “Sam” Donohew,  82, of Gentry, Arkansas passed away Wednesday,  March 1, 2023 at Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  He was born October 19, 1940 in Anderson, Missouri to John Toy Donohew and Martha JW Owens Donohew.


In younger years Sam worked in logging and timber business. He enjoyed recycling. He also enjoyed driving around visiting family and friends.


Sam was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Billy, Bob and Jimmy and one sister, Imogene.


He is survived by his daughter, Hannah Gray and husband Carl of Commerce, Oklahoma; three  brothers, Laymon Donohew and wife, Kathi, Junior Donohew, Lee Donohew and wife, Judy; two sisters, Linda Mercer and husband, Darrel, Mary Holland; five grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren, numerous family and friends.


Graveside service will be held on March 26th at 2:00pm at Gentry Cemetery.

Barbara V. Rogerson

September 5, 1943 until March 11, 2023

Barbara V. Rogerson, 79, of Bentonville, AR, formerly of Mayville, NY, passed away March 11, 2023 at Mercy Hospital in Rogers, AR.  She was born September 5, 1943 in Lodi, CA to Vern & Bertha Nichols.


Prior to retirement, she was employed by Walmart, in their Loss Prevention Office in Bentonville.  While in New York, Barb had worked for Truck-Lite and was co-owner/operator of the The Wagon Wheel Grocery & Restaurant, while raising her 3 children.  Barb enjoyed outings with her family.  She and her sister, Jackie, were known to be out and about checking out their favorite restaurants. She will be remembered for her smile, laughter and willingness to always help someone when she was able.


Barb is survived by her three children:  Mark Waterman, Mayville, NY; Robin Ormond (Lonny), Kennedy, NY and Debra Ingerson, Bentonville, AR, with whom she made her home.  6 Grandchildren:  Cristine Ingerson, FL; Kimberly Ingerson, AR; Alexandra Krajewski (Andrej), NY; Austin Ormond, SC; Dexter Ormond, TX; Lyndsey Conti, NY.  4 Great Grandchildren:  Joell Ingerson, Charlotte, Brennan & Warren Anderson, all of FL.  She is also survived by 4 sisters:  Jackie Lance, Elizabeth Hazelwood, Sheri Davis, all of AR and Christine Davis of AZ.  She was proceeded in death by her Father & Mother, a sister, Judy Barrett, and a brother, Vern Nichols.  There will be no visitation and a private memorial will be held for family members at a later date.
Frederick Gordon Scott Deal
January 6, 1940 until February 26, 2023

Frederick Gordon Scott Deal D.D.S., 83, of Centerton, Arkansas died Sunday, February 26, 2023 at his residence. He was born on January 6, 1940 in San Antonio, Texas to Grace (Webster) and Harry Deal.

Frederick was a graduate of UC Berkley. After graduation he served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam Era and earned the Bronze Star for his service. Following graduation from the UCSF School of Dentistry, he led a distinguished, 42-year career practicing in Texas, Florida, and Arkansas. Frederick was a member of the LDS Academy of Dentistry.

Frederick spent a life serving, teaching, and lifting those in need. If there was a hurricane, tornado or a family unemployed, he would show up with a chainsaw, a case of water, or a month’s rent. He loved his family. He loved his church service. And he loved to make people laugh. 

He was preceded in death by his parents Harry and Grace Deal and brother Robert Deal.

Frederick is survived by his wife of 57 years Angela Deal, Sister Susan Tauer, two sons: Frederick G.S. (Wife Nanette) Deal II of Peoria, Arizona; Markham N. (Wife Tonya) Deal of Clearwater, Florida; daughter, Jamie (Husband Chris) Lombardi of Bentonville, Arkansas; seven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and a host of friends and family.

Funeral service will be held Monday, March 6th, 2023 at 10:00am at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Centerton. Internment will follow at Fayetteville National Cemetery at 12:30 pm.

Memorials in Frederick’s honor can be made to the Humanitarian Fund of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Lawrence "Junior" Nichols

March 19, 1957 unitl February 27, 2023

Lawrence Junior Nichols was born March 19, 1957 in Bentonville, Arkansas at Bates Hospital and passed away February 27, 2023 at his home. He was 65 years old. He was the oldest of three boys and one sister. He loved the Lord, his wife and mother of his three sons, and his grandkids. 


“Junior” as everyone who knew him, Married his wife Lanna on July 11, 1975 and resided in Gravette, Arkansas. 


Junior worked at the Benton County Road Department. He was there 36 years until he retired. He really enjoyed working there. He would come home and tell stories about his adventures. Junior loved the outdoors. When he wasn’t working in his yard, or cutting wood, he would most definitely be hunting or fishing. He spent hours with his boys doing these things. He was a great Dad to his boys. He introduced them to the Lord. He lived and taught by example. He had many hobbies and was an avid collector of anything and everything that peaked his interest. He loved old antique tractors and hit and Miss engines. Junior was a wheeler/dealer. He lived to buy cheap, and turn a profit. And he took many victims that way, including his sons and other family members. But they just couldn’t tell him no. Dropping knives was something he practiced to acquire more knives from his friends and family. He loved everyone, and was loved by all. 


Junior was proceeded in death by his father and mother, Lawrence Lamoin and Margie Irene Swank Nichols, brother Ernest Harvey Nichols, his baby sister Sharon, his maternal grandparents, Elmer Harvey Swank and Beulah Callis Swank, his paternal grancparents, Dewey Andrew Nichols and Meda Nichols. 


He is survived by his Wife of 47 years, Lanna Sue Russell Nichols of the home, his son Jason Nichols and wife Rachelle and grandson Samuel, his son Lawrence Laramy Nichols, his son Shane Lamoin Nichols and his wife Tina along with their 2 children Morgan and Landon, and his brother, Billy Nichols. 

Mike Blakeman

April 20, 1974 unitl February 26, 2023

Michael “Mike” Barrett Blakeman, age 48, of Centerton died Sunday, February 26, 2023 at Northwest Medical Center located in Bentonville.  He was born April 20, 1974 in Council Bluffs, Iowa the son of Diane Fouts and William Barrett Blakeman. 


He was raised and graduated in 1992 from Bentonville High School.  He started selling cars for Jim Ray Honda, where he met his wife in 1997 while she was purchasing a vehicle.   He married Stacie in 1998 on the beach in the Bahamas. 


Mike earned his College Degree in 2011 where he received his degree in “Business.”  He began his work in 2011 in the Walmart Vendor Community where worked until his passing away.


He loved all the Arkansas Razorback Sports, especially Razorback Baseball and enjoyed the Dallas Cowboys.  He was preceded in death by his grandparents, and his Uncle Bubb.


Mike is survived by:  his wife of 24 years; Stacie, whom he married December 16, 1998, two daughters; Rusha Blakeman, of Centerton, Lauren Blakeman, of Centerton, two brothers; Greg Fouts, Willy Blakeman, two sisters; Randi Kahoe, Kelly Blakeman, many cousins, numerous nieces and nephews, several aunts and uncles, many extended loving relatives and a host of friends. 


Memorials may be sent to:  his family’s “GoFundMe” Page:


No public visitation.  A celebration of Mike’s life will be announced at a later date by his family.

James Edward Erskine

May 19, 1930 until February 26, 2023

James Edward Erskine, age 92, of Rogers, Arkansas passed away on Sunday, February 26th, 2023 at Circle of Life Legacy Village in Bentonville, Arkansas. He was born on Monday, May 19th, 1930 in Hope, Arkansas to Allen Bernard Sr.  and Bertha Jane Erskine (Willis).


James graduated from Prescott High School in 1948. He enlisted in the United States Army shortly after graduation, and served as a Paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division. He and his wife Barbara Jean Horne were married on Wednesday, February 14th, 1951 in Prescott, Arkansas. After his four years of service in the Army, he attended the University of Arkansas and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering. He spent most of his career at Arkansas Power and Light, retiring in 1988. After retiring, he and his wife traveled extensively all over the United States and parts of Canada.


He was a member of Bella Vista Baptist Church, and was active in many capacities. He loved to golf, to read, and he enjoyed working on many electrical and mechanical projects, both small and large. He was most proud of his family, they were his greatest accomplishment.


He was preceded in death by his parents: A.B. and Bertha, his daughter: Nancy Sharon Erskine, six sisters and one brother.


James is survived by his wife: Barbara Jean Erskine, two children: Karen Jean Lanctot of Bella Vista, Arkansas, and Steven Randall Erskine (Debbie) of Lake Jackson, Texas, seven grandchildren: Matt Core (Shelley) of Nevada, Lisa Core of Nevada, Mina Core (Shannon) of Arkansas, Marc Core (Deidre) of California, Laura Nichols (Justin) of Texas, Peter Erskine (Monica) of Texas, and Micaela Dougan (Ryan) of Texas, 16 great-grandchildren, one sister: Betty Ann Clark of New Mexico, and a host of extended family and friends.


He will be laid to rest with a private ceremony on Friday, March 3rd 2023 at 10:30 am at the Fayetteville National Cemetery, with a public Celebration of Life Service afterward at Bella Vista Baptist Church at 2:oo pm, Pastor Brent Summerhill officiating.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association, Circle of Life Hospice, or Bella Vista Baptist Church.

Owen D. Young
September 17, 1931 until February 24, 2023

Owen D. Young, age 91, of Rogers, formerly of Cassville, Missouri passed away February 24, 2023 at Circle of Life Hospice House in Springdale, Arkansas surrounded by his family.  He was born September 17, 1931 in Liberal, Kansas, son of Ruben Young and Eulah Bell Harrington Young.


After serving in the US Army during the Korean War, he joined his parents and brother in Colorado.


In Walsh, Colorado, Owen met the love of his life, Ester Faye Reed. They were united in marriage in 1956, celebrating their 67th anniversary last June. Owen was a heavy equipment operator in Colorado and Texas before moving his family to Missouri. There he worked for Hutchins Construction and Barry County Ready Mix. He was a Christian who loved sharing the gospel with others, having been saved and baptized in 1965. He was a faithful member of First Baptist Church of Cassville.

Owen enjoyed working on and restoring John Deere tractors and collecting antique clocks.


Preceding him in death were:  his parents, one infant son; David Leon Young, six brothers, and son-in-law Rex Horner.


Left to cherish his memory are: his wife Ester Young of Rogers, two daughters Joni Womack and Mike Womack of Bentonville, Amy Brattin and Jim Brattin of Harrison, granddaughters Shelby and Hannah Horner, and grandsons Josh and Jeff Brattin, and their families.


Visitation will be at 1:00 pm on Saturday, March 4th at Oak Ridge Missionary Baptist Church, 17393 State Highway 248, Cassville, Missouri with a memorial service to follow at 2:00 pm. A private burial will precede the visitation and service.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to:  Convoy of Hope., a charity that was important to Owen, or Oak Ridge Baptist Church.

Sharon Gail Greer Bryson

March 14, 1965 until February 22, 2023

Sharon Greer Bryson, 57, of Bentonville, Arkansas passed away on February 22, 2023 after fighting pancreatic cancer for 18 months.


Sharon was born on March 14, 1965 to Whitley and Nancy Greer in Memphis, Tennessee. After Sharon graduated from Skyview Baptist Academy in 1983, she went on to study computer programming at State Technical Institute at Memphis. Sharon worked at the State Technical Institute and taught computer classes before becoming a homemaker for her family.


Sharon married Bill Bryson in 1987 and they went on to have three daughters, Amanda, Heather, and Julie. Sharon and Bill also have one granddaughter, Lily.


Sharon loved to exercise, cook, and spend time with her family. She was a member at First Baptist Rogers for 24 years and was an advocate for the St. Jude Life organization.

Sharon is predeceased by her father, Whitley Greer.


She is survived by her husband; Bill Bryson, her three daughters; Amanda Bryson, Heather Hammonds (Tyler), Julie Coston (Cole), two sisters; Lana Kimery (Phillip), Rhonda Canaday (Todd), seven nieces, five nephews, many cousins, and her mother; Nancy Greer.


Services will be held at the First Baptist Rogers Pleasant Grove location on Friday, February 24.  Visitation will be from 1:00 – 2:00 PM and the service will begin at 2:00 PM.

Mary Elizabeth Meyers
June 28, 1951 until February 20, 2023

Mary Elizabeth Meyers, age 71, of Centerton died Monday, February 20, 2023 at Circle of Life Hospice House located in Bentonville.  She was born June 28, 1951 in Greencastle, Pennsylvania the daughter of Helen Barnhart and John Musselman.  


Mary was a seamstress and an interior decorator for many years.  She was a member of Faith Chapel of Hagerstown, Maryland, Cornerstone of Fredrick, Maryland, and Reach Church located in Centerton, Arkansas.


She enjoyed gardening and creating flower beds, she was a baker and loved making things from scratch, and she loved interior decorating of furniture and homes.  She loved teaching people about life and was a great mentor to her family and friends, but her heart was studying the Word, which she loved recording her thoughts, and sharing with others.


She was preceded in death by:  her parents, her father-in-law; John Meyers, one grandson; Elijah Knepper, one sister-in-law; Edna Musselman, and one brother; Harold Musselman.


Mary is survived by:  her husband of 53 years; Garry Meyers, whom she married February 14, 1970 in Greencastle, Pennsylvania, two sons; Jeremy Meyers and his wife Kerrin, of Baltimore, Maryland, Justin Meyers and his wife Amanda, of Wrightsville, Pennsylvania, one daughter; Jessica Knepper and her husband Jeff, of Centerton, one brother; Glen Musselman, of Greencastle, Pennsylvania, three sisters; Carol Sollenberger and her husband Roy, of Saint Thomas, Pennsylvania, Alice Witt and her husband Herman, of Ocala, Florida, Ruth Ebersole, of Greencastle, Pennsylvania, her mother-in-law; Dolly Meyers, of Greencastle, Pennsylvania, and six grandchildren; Mia Meyers, Eli Knepper, Bowen Meyers, Bekah Knepper, Lettie Meyers, and Lucas Meyers.


A celebration of Mary’s life will be held 2:00 pm on March 4 at Reach Church in Centerton with another celebration in Hagerstown, Maryland at Bridge of Life Church at 2:00 pm on March 11th. Family has requested bright colored attire for the celebrations.


Memorials may be sent to:  Reach Church of Centerton, Arkansas to the “Missions Fund.”

Sheryl Annette Watson

January 8, 1975 until February 19, 2023

Sheryl Annette Watson, 48, of Bentonville passed away February 19 in her home. She was born January 8, 1975 in Houston, Texas to Kenneth and Jo Nell Watson.


Sheryl lived in Northwest Arkansas for eight years, having moved from Houston, Texas. She was an artist in the medium of photography and had the privilege of working in that field. She took several professional photos in the Northwest Arkansas area and was a board member of the Missouri Professional Photographers Association and a member of Professional Photographers of the Ozarks. She was very caring, hospitable, generous, and compassionate. Any time she walked into a room she left it more beautiful than when she arrived.


Sheryl is survived by her spouse, Aaron Cooper; two daughters: Noelle and Chloe Watson; her parents; one brother, John Watson; one sister, Krista Ammons and her husband, Paul; one niece, Skylar Ammons; her aunts, uncles, cousins; and a host of friends.


Visitation for Sheryl will be Thursday, February 23, 2023 from 6-8pm and her funeral will be Friday, February 24, 2023 at 11am, both at Bethel Baptist Church in Bentonville.

Delena Jo Roughton

September 30, 1963 until February 16, 2023

Delena Jo Roughton, age 59, of Bella Vista died Thursday, February 16, 2023 at Mercy Medical Center located in Rogers.  She was born September 30, 1963 in Rogers, the daughter of Barbara Dean and Wayne Casey.


She graduated from Pea Ridge High School in 1981.  She retired with Walmart after many years of service in the CMI Division.  She was an avid Chiefs fan.


She attended New Life Fellowship in Pea Ridge and loved serving the Lord.  She enjoyed singing, time at the lake, traveling, and attending concerts.  She was preceded in death by her parents.

Delena is survived by many loving relatives including:  her husband; Michel Roughton, whom she married June 30, 2014, one son; Jordan Phillips and his wife Ayla, of Pea Ridge, two bonus children; Bryan Roughton and his wife Kara, of Bella Vista, Megan Medley and her husband Stephen, of Fayetteville, one brother; Mark Casey and his wife Teresa, of Eldon, Missouri, three nieces; Valerie, Heather, Dia, and her sixteen grandchildren knew her as Granny Lena or GiGi; Madei, Morgann, Nona, Bradley, Bailey, Avery, Eli, Caliber, Gabriel, Gavin, Jed, Abby, Kinsley, Amelia, Greyson, and Mya.  


Her legacy will continue through her Organ Donation with ARORA.


Visitation will be Monday, February 20, 2023 from 2-4pm at Epting Funeral Home located in Bentonville. 


Memorials may be sent to:  The American Heart Association.

Verne "Andy" Andrew Crihfield Jr.

November 7, 1954 until February 7, 2023

Verne “Andy” Andrew Crihfield Jr., 68, of Bentonville died Tuesday, February 7, 2023 at his residence. He was born on November 7, 1954 to Betty and Verne Crihfield Sr.

Andy enjoyed working with his hands and fixing things. He was repairman for many years, working on appliances and vending machines. Working on these machines led to an enjoyment of collecting Pepsi memorabilia. Andy most importantly loved his family.

Andy was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Ann Crihfield, his parents, and one brother, William Crihfield.

He is survived by two daughters, Mindy Miller (Paul) of Pea Ridge, Sam Crihfield of Fayetteville; two sons, Andrew Crihfield and John Crihfield both of Fayetteville; brother, Carl Crihfield of West Fork; sister, Ruby Corshia of Springdale, six grandchildren, and many other loving friends and family.

Dennis Lynn Crumpler

November 1, 1942 until February 4, 2023

Dennis Lynn Crumpler, age 80, passed away on Saturday, February 4th 2023 at Concordia Nursing Home and Rehabilitation in Bella Vista, Arkansas. He was born on Sunday, November 1st 1942 in Whittier, California to Howard and Maryan Crumpler (Culver).


Dennis was an outgoing and fun person. He loved taking his dog on trips and every Sunday morning you could find them at LeRoy’s Café in Sulphur Springs eating scrambled eggs and bacon. When he wasn’t with Mr. Tubbs, you could find him running around town finding old and interesting things to photograph. Dennis was a crafter who loved making jewelry and giving them away to random strangers in hopes to make their day. He loved to read and enjoyed his dragons and anything fantasy. When in California, he was a member of the Golden Empire Historical and Modeling Society. He enjoyed hanging out with his friends and creating a world all their own.


He was preceded in death by his mother; Maryan Plunkett,  his father; Howard Crumpler, his step-father; James Plunkett, and his sister; Colieen Northway.


Dennis is survived by his four children; Brandy Byrom (Tommy) of Comanche, Oklahoma, Kimberly Bennett of Bakersfield, California, Sean Crumpler (Rebecca) of Bakersfield, California, and Mr. Tubbs of Comanche, Oklahoma, five granddaughters; Janessa Byrom (Billy Garoutte) of Gravette, Arkansas, Jennifer Bryant (Stoney) of Bakersfield, California, Nikki Broadbent of Bakersfield, California, Megan Crumpler and Madison Crumpler of Bakersfield, California, one great-grandson; Spencer Bryant, one brother; Craig Plunkett of Fresno, California, and many nieces, nephews, and several adopted children and grandchildren.


A service will be held in his honor at the Fayetteville National Cemetery on Monday, February 13th 2023 at 1:30 p.m.

Carol Jean Turley

March 26, 1933 until February 6, 2023

Carol Jean Turley, age 89, of Bella Vista died Monday, February 6, 2023 at Northwest Medical Center located in Bentonville.  She was born March 26, 1933 the daughter of Celia Ford and Lee Roy Garber.


She was in jewelry sales for many years beginning in 1972 and retired with White Jewelry downtown Rogers.  She was an avid Razorback and KC Chiefs fan. She loved playing many games, including dice, cards, and board games, where she never showed any player any mercy.


Carol was a member of First Baptist Church of Springdale for many years, and later in life she attended Fellowship Bible Church of Rogers.

She was preceded in death by:  her parents, her husband; Wilbur Dee Turley in 1988, two sisters, and two brothers.


Carol is survived by: two sons; Wayne Turley and his wife Sallye, of Springdale, David Turley and his wife Cindy, of Rogers, one daughter; Teresa Palmer and her husband Steve, of Exeter, Missouri, one brother; Jim Garber, of Miami, Oklahoma, one sister; Betty Newman, of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, four grandchildren; Colby Palmer, of Bella Vista, Caitlyn Palmer, of Cassville, Missouri, Jordan Washburn and her husband Brian, of Los Angeles, California, Sara Turley, of Los Angeles, and five great-grandchildren.

A celebration of Carol’s life will be will be on Friday, February 17th 2023 at the Fayetteville National Cemetery at 11:30 a.m.

Memorials may be sent to:  Fellowship Bible Church of Rogers, or Olivia’s Basket of Fayetteville.

Sheila Thornton

February 3, 2023 until January 29, 1955

Sheila Thornton, age 68, of Centerton died Friday, February 3, 2023 at her residence.  She was born January 29, 1955 in San Diego, California the daughter of Oleta Fulton and Lloyd Birdsong.


She enjoyed: Spending time with her grandkids and spoiling her Yorkies.


Her hobbies included: Candymaking and cheering on the Hogs.


Time living in Northwest Arkansas. Since 1964


She was preceded in death by:  her parents, and three sisters Glenda, Janelle and Ida and one brother Donald.


Sheila is survived by:  her son; Patrick Thornton, of Centerton, two daughters; Jessica Heuschmidt, of Centerton, Christy Pianalto, of Springdale, three brothers, and four grandchildren.


A celebration of Sheila’s life will be announced at a later date by the family.


Memorials may be sent to:  The American Cancer Society.

Kenneth Maurice Stroman

July 12, 1955 until February 1, 2023

Kenneth Maurice Stroman, age 67, of Rogers died February 1st, 2023 at a local skilled care center.  He was born July 12, 1955 in Plainview, Texas the son of Evie Pearl Sisk and Jake Stroman.


He was a licensed plumber and electrician along with being a jack of many trades.  He loved helping people.  He loved attending church, and was a very devoted member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, where he went on many mission trips.


He was preceded in death by:  his parents, his wife Eudena Stroman, one sister; Linda Stroman and two brothers; James Stroman and Donald Stroman.


Kenneth is survived by:  two sons; Steven Stroman and his wife Kim Shepard, of Hiwasse, Donnie Stroman and his wife Terrie Kirk, of Lowell, two sisters; Marilyn Gray and her husband Wiley, of Lowell, Edna Bowland, of Farmington, his sister-in-law; Doris Stroman, of Rogers, two grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.

A celebration of Kenneth’s life will be: may be announced at a later date by the family.

Howard "Wayne" Jenkins

September 22, 1956 until January 29, 2023

Howard “Wayne” Jenkins, age 66, of Bella Vista, Arkansas passed away on Sunday, January 29th 2023. He was born September 22nd 1956 in West Helena, Arkansas to Howard Everett and Wyoma Bell Jenkins (Reeves).


He graduated from Central High School in West Helena then served in the Army from 1976 - 1980 in artillery on an 8” Howitzer. Wayne then joined the Army National Guard and served for 11 years. During that time he was a Police Officer for Marianna Police Dept and Bentonville Police Dept. He later served as a Security Guard at Pinnacle Country Club.


Wayne married his wife; Patti Ann Jenkins (Cullum-Smith) on Friday, August 9th 1985 in Marianna, Arkansas and became Dad to Kevin and Jason.


Wayne loved fishing, hunting, motorcycles and Razorback football.


He was preceded in death by his parents; Howard E and Wyoma Jenkins, and one sister; Barbara Crisp.


Howard is survived by his wife; Patti Jenkins, and two children; Kevin Smith (Mylynne), and Jason Smith, all of Bella Vista.


Wayne was well loved by everyone that knew him and will be greatly missed.

William (Bill) Wendel

February 5, 1944 until January 29, 2023

William (Bill) Wendel, age 78, of Rogers died Sunday, January 29, 2023 at Circle of Life Hospice.  He was born February 5, 1944, in Tarrant County,TX, the son of Walter and Elizabeth Wendel.

Bill (aka,Grandpa Bill), was a graduate of Emporia State University.  While attending Emporia State, he met his to be wife Sandra Clawson.  They married in June of 1965 and a year and half later their daughter Kim was born.

Bill moved to Northwest Arkansas from Florida in 2009 to be close to his family.  Bill spent most of his career in the carpet business but most recently was a special education teachers assistant at Bentonville High School.

Bill had a passion for the students he worked with and was known for having an open heart and servant leader mentality for the kids at Bentonville High School(BHS). He selflessly gave his time to not only the special needs kids he was lucky to work with, but all the other kids he encountered as well.

Bill also had a love of the basketball program at BHS and gave his time and talents to the coaching staff and players over the last 5years.  Bill was an avid golfer and loved basketball but his love for his grandson Logan was paramount in everything he did.

Bill is preceded in death by his parents and brother Walter Wendel Jr,

He is survived by his daughter Kim and her husband Mike Bell of Bentonville, his grandson Logan Bell of Fayetteville, Nephew Mark Wendel and his wife Ginny Wendel of Lenoir, TN, Niece Dayna Ballew of Knoxville, TN.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, February 8, 2023, at 3 p.m. at Fellowship Bible Church in Bentonville. In lieu of giving flowers, the family asks that those who are able instead make a donation to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.

Janis Ann Chadwick

July 3, 1949 until January 28, 2023

Janis Ann Chadwick, 73, of Lowell arrived safely in the arms of Jesus on Saturday, January 28, 2023 in Fayetteville. She was born July 3, 1949 in Lowell to Garland Ray Neil and Gladys M. (Ragsdale) Neil. Janis was a lifelong resident of Lowell. She was the devoted wife to Leon Chadwick for over 53 years. Together they lovingly raised their daughter, Charity Stevens. Janis was preceded in death by her parents and her sister and brother-in-law, Sharon and Rex Easterling. She leaves behind a family who will tenderly remember her: husband, Leon Chadwick of Lowell; her daughter, Charity Stevens (Joey) of Lowell; one brother, Joe Neil of Rogers; three grandchildren: Charley, J., and Hope Stevens; nieces and nephews: Keneil Patterson (Jeff), Karen Schemerhorn (John), Ken Easterling, Jon Easterling (Twila), Terry Yockey (Walter), and Kevin Neil (Judy); brothers-in-law: Charlie Chadwick (Stacy) and Jerry Notestine; 13 great nieces and nephews; and 22 great-great nieces and nephews.


Janis worked for many years as a teacher’s aide. What Janis loved most was time spent with her family. She beamed with pride over her husband Leon’s accomplishments. She enjoyed fishing, boat rides, camping, and traveling to Foley, Alabama with Leon. The two share many precious memories of hosting fish fries with friends and being blessed by the community of friends they built during their life together.  Janis was a deeply devoted Mother to her daughter, Charity. Janis was known as Honey to her grandchildren, who she loved with her whole heart.  She found great joy in being involved in the daily lives of Charley, J. and Hope. She truly adored her nieces and nephews and took her role as an Aunt very seriously. Janis loved running to Sonic for an iced tea. A good cup of coffee made her smile and reading a book on the porch at the lake house was one of her favorite things to do. She loved well and was well-loved in return.


Visitation for Janis will be Thursday, February 2, 2023 from 3:00-5:00pm at Epting Funeral Home of Bentonville. The funeral will be Friday, February 3, 2023 at 10:30am at the Hunt Chapel at Pinnacle Memorial Gardens in Rogers with burial to follow.

James (Jay) Tollie Rhymer

March 12, 1943 until January 25, 2023

James (Jay) Tollie Rhymer, 79, of Bella Vista passed away January 25 in his home. He was born March 12, 1943 in Asheville, North Carolina to William and Mabel (Robinson) Rhymer.


Jay and his wife, Nina, moved to Northwest Arkansas in 2012 from Texas. Jay worked for many years in law enforcement and held an advanced certificate in that field.


He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother.


Survivors include his wife of 31 years, Nina Rhymer, of Bella Vista; one stepson, his wife and two granddaughters; 2 brothers; a son and daughter; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


A memorial service for Jay will be February 3rd at 1:00pm at First Christian Church: 807 SE 14th Street, Bentonville, AR 72712. Reverend Don Morrow will be officiating.

Jimmie Wayne Rich

September 20, 1976 until January 22, 2023

Jimmie Wayne Rich, age 46, of Decatur died Sunday, January 22, 2023, at his residence.  He was born September 20, 1976, in Stillwell, Oklahoma the son of Joyce Crisp and James Rich.


He was a lifetime resident of Northwest Arkansas.  He enjoyed playing music, surfing, bike riding, camping, taking long walks, and traveling to National Parks.  He loved photography and writing poetry.  He built his own home from the ground up.  He was a stay-at-home father for his children.


Jimmie is survived by: his wife; Kristin Rich, whom he married December 22, 2001, his mother; Joyce Perry and her husband Keith, of Decatur, his father; James Rich and his wife Pat, of Watts, Oklahoma, two daughters; Lilly and Wren Rich, of Decatur, one brother; Joseph Rich, of Decatur, two sisters; Linda Scoufus and her husband Steve, of Wellston, Oklahoma, and Julia Hall and her husband Ryan, of Greenwood.


A celebration of Jimmie’s life will be held on Friday, January 27, 2023, at 11am at Victory Worship Center located in West Siloam Springs, Oklahoma.


Memorials may be sent to:  Arkansas Children’s Northwest Hospital.

Diana Schilling

October 14, 1937 until January 20, 2023

Diana Schilling, age 85, of Pea Ridge, Arkansas passed away on Friday, January 20th, 2023 at Circle of Life Hospice in Springdale. She was born on Thursday, October 14th 1937 to Alfred Ronald Julian and Kathleen Brenda Julian (Leyshon) in Cardiff, Wales.


Diana grew up in Stafford, England. She worked a short stint as a flight attendant.  She had four children with William Harness before meeting her late husband; Major David Schilling, in Japan. They each had four children when they married and together had one more.


She enjoyed entertaining, and always had a house full of people. She loved to socialize around the kitchen table with a wide array of family and friends. She loved to boat and water ski, was an avid reader, loved to do the New York Times’ Crossword Puzzles, and she rarely missed an episode of Jeopardy. She was also a friend of Bill W.


Diana was preceded in death by her late husband; Major David Wesley Schilling, and one son; Terry Schilling.


She is survived by eight children; David W. Schilling 2nd (Kim) of Palos Park, Illinois, Richard Harness (Sue) of Ft. Collins, Colorado, Laura Hamilton (Darshan) of Garfield, Arkansas, Barbra Kelley of Bentonville, Arkansas, Sharon Carpenter (Allen) of Peyton, Colorado, David Harness of Great Mills, Maryland, John Harness (Joanna) of Eagle River, Alaska, and Elizabeth Fabrizio of Bentonville, Arkansas, and many grand-children and great-grandchildren.


Diana will be laid to rest next to her husband at Fayetteville National Cemetery. Memorial Services will be held on Monday, January 30th 2023 in the Red Bud Room at Parks & Recreation Bentonville from 1:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. The address is 1101 SW Citizens Circle Bentonville, Arkansas 72712.

Donna Larrabee

July 13, 1938 until January 20, 2022

Donna Larrabee was born in Los Angeles, on July 13, 1938, and departed us a year ago from Fayetteville on January 20, 2022, and is now with the LORD, praising Him.


Donna was the youngest of the youngest, of the youngest, and was preceded by almost all other family members except for one remaining son, Stewart, and a few very distant nieces and nephews.  Donna is now also rejoicing with her husband and all other proceeding family members.


Donna was an old-school Christian Homemaker, being an over-the-top in-home chef, while also teaching in-the-home mid-week bible classes with Salvation thru Jesus Christ to many neighborhood children.  Donna later became a licensed chief instructor of cosmetology and then taught and tested the instructors who taught cosmetology.


Donna also studied the Bible and supported and Tithed to ministers who taught the whole Bible book by book, chapter by chapter, and, verse by verse, including, J. Vernon McGee, and, Arnold Murray.  Donna offered support to the Salvation Army and Disabled American Veterans groups.


Donna loved gardening including vegetables and especially petunias, along with cable programs about such, and especially anything regarding Nature and/or God's Creation, and, most especially, Clydesdale horses.


Donna enjoyed certain foods, such as, pot-stickers, hard-boiled eggs, rib-eye steaks, salmon, pan-fried chicken, baked potatoes with butter, chef salad and fruit salad, and, breakfast at anytime.  Ice cream was also OK at any time, as it was in its own special food group.


Donna loves the LORD and was a Christian Homemaker and a most skilled chef in the home.  Donna is a Christian Witness spreading the truth about Salvation thru Jesus Christ.


Donna Larrabee served, and is, serving the LORD.

Mark Scott Tackett

December 15, 1954 until January 17, 2023

On Tuesday, January 17, Mark Scott Tackett, Bella Vista, AR, beloved and

devoted husband and father, passed away after a long illness. He was 68

years old and resided in Bella Vista since 1997. Born in Lexington, KY, to

the late Wendell and Norma Fuller Tackett, Mark is survived by his wife,

Nancy Trammell Tackett; daughter Aimee Tackett, Eureka Springs, AR; twin

sons Andrew Tackett, Denver, CO, and Nicholas Tackett, Bella Vista, AR;

two sisters, Laine Tackett Stephens (Jim), Port Orange, FL, and Cindy

Tackett Pate (Jim), Springhill, FL; Carolyn “Aunt Cacky” Fuller Ennis (Bob),

Cincinnati, OH; niece Monica Simpson and nephews Todd Simpson and

Scott Simpson, Springhill, FL; brother-in-law Tom Trammell, Sloans Valley,

KY; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Jim and Jane Mayer, Peoria, IL; nephew

James Mayer (Heather), Carbondale, IL; along with multiple Tackett cousins

residing in Kentucky.


Mark graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a BBA in Real

Estate. He received his MBA from the University of Kentucky. Mark earned

his designation as an MAI in 1991 and worked as a commercial real estate

appraiser in multiple larger markets including Dallas-Fort Worth, TX;

Philadelphia, PA, and the northeast corridor; Lexington and Louisville, KY.

Mark retired from commercial appraising after 34 years, having spent his

last 22 years appraising in NW Arkansas. He was most fond of his years

working with Tom Rife at Rife Appraisal in Bentonville.


Mark first encountered Nancy in 7th grade and knew then he wanted to

spend the rest of his life with her. They were married for nearly 40 years.

Mark was an avid and formidable Scrabble player who also enjoyed

listening to Mystery and Spy novels, and most of all loved spending time

with his wife and children.


The immediate family will have a private memorial due to health concerns.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Children’s Shelter of NW

Arkansas –

Barbara A. Reamer

November 11, 1956 until January 11, 2023

Barbara A. Reamer, 66, after a long illness went to be with her Lord on January 11, 2023. She was born November 11, 1956 to Richard and Eleanor Steehler.


Barbara leaves her loving husband of 43 years, Jeffrey. Sons Joshua (Stephanie) and Taylor (Brittany). Her precious grandchildren Briley, Jace, and Aydn. Brother David (Carol) Steehler, Sisters Marlene (Fred) Bates, Janet (Patrick) Bolton, and Carol (Steve) Schreiner. Many nieces, nephews, cousins, and the many friends she made along the



Barbara is predeceased by her parents Richard and Eleanor.


Barbara had a passion for life. An undying belief in the goodness of others. Her devotion to Faith manifested in love, compassion, caring, and pursuit of giving. She always lit up a room with her smile and laugh. Barbara’s love for her family was the dearest thing in her heart. The picnics, holidays, birthdays, ball games, or just a visit would bring her such happiness.


A celebration of Barbara’s life will take place Saturday, January 28th at 10:00am at the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 905 South 13th Street, Rogers, AR 72758.


The service will be live streamed through the church’s YouTube channel


In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Barbara’s name to your favorite charity.

Lester "Pete" Dale Dover

April 12, 1971 until January 15, 2023

Lester “Pete” Dale Dover Jr, 51, of Bella Vista died
Sunday January 15, 2023.   He was born April 12, 1971 in Gravette, Arkansas to Lester Dover Sr and Brenda Sue Dover.  

Pete was a lifetime resident of Northwest Arkansas who was known as a hard worker mostly in the field of construction.  He loved country music and anything outdoors.  

His Aunt Connie called him Peter Cottontail because of his blond hair and being born the day after Easter.   “Pete” became what he was known by.

He was preceded in death by his Father; Paternal Grandparents; Cleo Dover and Mary Ellen Beyer, Maternal Grandparent; James W and Helen J Baker. 

Pete is survived by: His mother Brenda, 5 daughters;
Brittani Dover, of Colcord, Oklahoma, Sabrina Wilson, of La Cygne, Kansas, Savanna & Summer Filbeck of the home and Annalise Bloch, of Centerton, AR, 2 Sisters; Tabitha House, of Bella Vista, Arkansas, Lisa Wynne and husband Joe, of Sulpher Springs, Arkansas, a brother, Cleo Dover, of Sioux City, Iowa, 4 grandchildren; Averie, Rhyder, Mariah and Ezekiel.   Pete was loved by many aunts, uncles and cousins as well as friends.  

A memorial service will be planned at a later date.

Vivian Elaine Linscott

January 23, 1933 until January 16, 2023

Vivian Elaine Linscott, age 100, of Bentonville died Monday, January 16, 2023 at her residence.  She was born January 23, 1922 in Whiting, Iowa the daughter of Ina Parker and Albert Brenden.


She enjoyed sewing, watching game shows, drinking her coffee, and working jigsaw puzzles.  She was a seamstress for many years. 


Vivian moved to Northwest Arkansas in 1984 after moving from Arizona and Iowa. 


She was preceded in death by:  her husband, her parents, one son, and one brother.

Vivian is survived by:  her daughter; Jerlyn Lombard and her husband Jerry, of Bentonville, many grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, and several great-great-grandchildren.


Visitation will be:  Friday from 1-3pm at Epting Funeral Home Bentonville. 

Graveside service will be:  Friday at 330pm at Bella Vista Cemetery. 

Kenneth Wayne Douthit

October 13, 1944 until January 10, 2023

Kenneth Wayne Douthit, age 78, of Pea Ridge died Tuesday, January 10, 2023 at Northwest Medical Center located in Bentonville. He was born October 13, 1944 in Springdale the son of Mable Burch and Robert Douthit.  


He loved fishing, woodworking, spending quality time with his family especially with his grand and great-grandkids.  He was a lifetime resident of Northwest Arkansas. 


He was preceded in death by:  his parents, two sisters; Jeri Goates and Judy Carter, and his wife; Rose Douthit. 


Kenneth is survived by:  his wife; Nettie Douthit, whom he married July 8, 2006, one son; Robert Douthit and his wife Karyn Haynie, of Rogers, one daughter; Kendra Wynne and her husband Richard, of Lowell, two sisters; Letha Beaty and her husband Gary, of Columbia, Tennessee, Erma Nelson and her husband Walt, of Naples, Florida, numerous grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.


Visitation will be Friday, January 13, 2023 from 9-10am at First Baptist Church at the Olive Street location.  A celebration of Kenneth’s life will begin Friday at 10am following the visitation.  Interment will follow at Silent Grove Cemetery located in Springdale.

John Arnall Donovan

June 14, 1957 until December 30, 2022

John Arnall Donovan was born on Flag Day, a sign that independence was always to be his.  He was the first son born to Joy Arnall Donovan and Dr. John McCrory Donovan of Tulsa, OK.

As an active boy, he played baseball and football, joined the Cub Scouts and attended Boston Avenue United Methodist Church. He also could jump on the backyard trampoline so high he sometimes missed his landing, but hard falls didn’t deter him.

Sometime between junior high and high school, making art and hanging with friends became his top priorities, and John launched his career as a free spirit.

He earned an art degree from the University of Oklahoma, but he was never destined for a corporate office with a 9-to-5 schedule. The world was John’s canvas and using his hands to beautify homes was his calling. Painting, masonry, trim work – he did it all, and he was blessed with a gallery of satisfied clients pleased with how his handiwork enriched their lives.

It particularly suited John that he was his own boss, which allowed for his work to be interrupted for other pursuits as well, especially if the sun was shining or a friend called with a new adventure in mind.

He was creative, independent, determined, headstrong and adventurous. He liked boxing, motorcycle trips, jazz, cooking, bass guitars and the ladies. One day he could be in a rough and cussing mood, wearing faded jeans and playing his guitar. And the next he could be found in his best sports jacket, bending to kiss the hand of an elderly lady at an afternoon reception.

John’s friends were numerous and oh-so-important to him. The family is grateful to all who remained loyal to him throughout his life.

John was particularly proud of his son Hayden, who at times was also his business partner, and his granddaughter Stacy. Three siblings, Joy, James and Julie also survive him.


A wake is planned for 1 to 3 p.m. Sun., Jan. 15 at Baxter’s Interurban in Tulsa, OK.

If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.Henry David Thoreau

Jay Maxwell Norvill

November 2, 1948 until January 5, 2023

Jay Maxwell Norvill, 74, of Lowell passed away January 5, 2023. He was born November 2, 1948 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to J.V. Norvill and Ruth Pierce.


Jay lived in Northwest Arkansas for 46 years after moving from Broken Bow, Oklahoma. He served in the United States Army, and worked for many years as a UPS driver. Jay enjoyed fishing, camping, floating, and spending time with his family.


He was preceded in death by his father; brother, Terry Norvill; and sister-in-law, Vicky Hilliard.


Survivors include his wife, Jeannie Norvill of Lowell, married August 17, 1973; son, Brandon Norvill; daughter, Lindsey Gillean (Dennis) of Rogers; sister, Brenda Cook of Joplin, MO; sister-in-law, Linda Norvill of Rogers; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews; and great-great-nieces and nephews; and brother and sisters-in-law: Chucky Karr (Pat), Reba Osterdock (Gene), and Sandy Gallagher, all of Broken Bow, Oklahoma.


A memorial service will be announced soon.


Memorials may be made to:

Loving Choices Pregnancy Center

3610 W Southern Hills Blvd. Rogers, AR 72758

Hanna Dongok Yu

September 25, 1944 until January 5, 2023

Hanna Dongok Yu, of Bentonville died Thursday, January 5, 2023 at her residence.  She was born September 25, 1944 in Korea.


She was a chicken sexer for many years with her husband.  She enjoyed the farm life with her family.  Earlier in her life, she enjoyed traveling and was an avid gardener.  She enjoyed sharing the vegetables that she grew in her garden, and she was a very giving person.  She moved to the United States in the early 1980’s from Germany.


She was preceded in death by:  her parents, and one brother. 


Hanna is survived by:  her husband Peter Yu, two sons; Alex Yu and his wife Betsy, of Springdale, Jay Yu and his wife Perrie, of Peachtree, Georgia, one brother, two sisters, and six grandchildren; Taya, Gwyneth, Henry, Eliza, Evan, and Jaycie.


A celebration of Hanna’s life will be at New Hope Assembly of God Church located in Rogers, Sunday at 2pm with Pastor Hyeong Kwon Jung officiating.  Interment will follow at Cave Springs Cemetery.

Calvin Carl King

April 1, 1949 until January 4, 2023

Calvin Carl King, age 73, of Russellville, formerly of Rogers died Wednesday, January 4, 2023 at St. Mary’s Regional Hospital located in Russellville.  He was born April 1, 1949 in Delano, California the son of Elvia Leach and Everett King.

He was a graduate of Rogers High School.  He owned and operated Vittles Restaurant and Country Cupboard for many years, both located in Rogers.  After owning those restaurants he was a Regional Trainer for Walmart with their Radio Grill Restaurants. 


He loved Rogers and was always a big supporter of Rogers Athletics. He loved Coaching and very active in Little League youth baseball for many years. 

He loved and excelled at the game of pool.


Calvin served in the US Army with 7 years of dedicated service, where he earned and Honorable Discharge.  He was a Heavy Equipment Operator during Vietnam.  He then Re-enlisted as Special electronic Technician serving most of his time stationed in Hanau, Germany.


He was preceded in death by his parents, and one brother; Lawrence King.


Calvin is survived by:  his wife of 47 years; Debbye King, two sons; Keith King, of Rogers, Derek King, of Frisco, Texas, one daughter; Kimberly Camino, of Carrollton, Texas, many nieces and nephews, 13 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren.  


Visitation will be at Southside Church of Christ located in Rogers, Saturday from 915am until service time.  A celebration of Calvin’s life will begin at 10am with Jackie Chesnutt officiating.  Full military honors will be provided by the Northwest Arkansas Honor Guard.

Memorials may be sent to:  The Foundation for the Blind.

Mattie Ellen Patton (Ahlheit)

June 29, 1942 until January 3, 2023

Mattie Ellen Patton (Ahlheit), 80 years old, of Bella Vista, AR left her earthly home on January 3rd, 2023 to return to the Lord. 

She was born in Mississippi on June 29th, 1942. Maddie spent the first 10 years of her life in Memphis, TN at St. Peter’s Orphanage. She was one of eight children.

She is survived by 3 adult children; Jack Patton, Hope Crawford, and daughter, "Scooter.” She is also survived by sisters Patsy Northcutt, Bessie Simmons, Mary Nulty, & Georgia Maynard, and brothers Douglas Ahlheit and George Maynard. 

Maddie loved the Lord, and is remembered for her lifelong love of singing. She was a member of a traveling choir called Sweet Adeline. 

Memorial Service will be held at Epting Funeral Home of Bentonville on January 14, 2023 at 3pm. 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to NWA Circle of Life Hospice located at 901 Jones Road in Springdale, AR 72762.

Peter Boyle Neilson

September 8, 1982 until January 1, 2023

Peter Boyle Neilson, age 40, passed away on Sunday, January 1st 2023 at home in Centerton, Arkansas. He was born on Wednesday, September 8th, 1982 in Brownwood, Texas to Stephen McChord and Becky Lynn Neilson (Slaughter).


Peter grew up in Texas and received his GED and went on to study online at BYU in Idaho through the Pathway Program from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He moved to Northwest Arkansas from Plano in 2o20 because of his love for mountain biking. He began working at Shine Solar in August of 2021. He enjoyed biking, photography, working on cars and woodworking.


He is preceded in death by his father; Stephen Neilson, and one sister; Penelope Leigh Fitzgerald.


Peter is survived by his mother; Becky Lynn of Cooper, Texas, two brothers; Stephen McChord Neilson Jr. of Big Springs, Texas, and Michael Woodrow Neilson (Megan) of Flower Mound, Texas, his ex-wife and good friend; Blaire Hodges, and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.


A Memorial Service will be held in his honor on January 14th, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Sulphur Springs, Texas, Branch President Alan Richmond presiding. Peter will be laid to rest at Lakeside Memorial Park in Quinlin, Texas.

Michael Alan Lucke
January 4, 1969 until December 31, 2022

Michael Alan Lucke, age 53, passed away on Saturday, December 31st, 2022. He was born on January 4th, 1969 in Lexington Park, Maryland to Art and Penny Lucke (Mortensen).

Michael grew up in a military family and traveled a lot during his youth. He moved to northwest Arkansas about 20 years ago. He enjoyed riding bikes, being outdoors, barbecuing and being out on the lake. He loved and went all out for the 4th of July and fireworks. More than anything, he loved spending time with his children.

He is preceded in death by his parents; Art and Penny.

Michael is survived by his wife; Tanaya Lucke, his children; Ashley Lucke of Bentonville, John Lucke of Bentonville, Sam Lucke of Bentonville, and Micayla Lucke of Hindsville, one brother; Aaron Lucke (Monica) of Avoca, and two nieces; Erika Carter and Malina Hindman.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, January 15th, 2023 at Calvary Freewill Baptist Church in Springdale, Arkansas at 2:00 p.m., pastor Clark Snow officiating.

Pamela Sue McCool 

September 3, 1958 until December 29, 2022

Pamela Sue McCool, age 64, of Gravette died December 29, 2022 at Circle of Life Hospice House located in Bentonville. She was born September 3, 1958 in Nevada, Missouri the daughter of Norma O’Neill and John McCool. 


In years past, she and her husband loved dancing.  She enjoyed all the family time she could have when they gathered.


She enjoyed watching TV, and loved her dogs.  She always had an open home for anyone that needed assistance no matter what the need was, she was always available to listen and open her home to people that needed it.  She was a great mother and grandmother.


She was preceded in death by:  her parents, her brother; Ronald McCool, and her husband and best friend Alvis Watkins Sr.


Pamela is survived by: two sons; Alvis Watkins Jr., of Gravette, John Watkins and his wife Tammy, of Pea Ridge, three daughters; Pamela Harvey, of Gravette, Tanya Talley and her husband Russell Talley Jr., of Pea Ridge, Tabatha Watkins, of Fayetteville, two sisters; Darla Hale, of Kansas City, Missouri, Sheila McCool, of Springdale, fourteen grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. 


A celebration of Pamela’s life will be:  Saturday, January 7, 2023 at 2:00 p.m.  At River of Faith located in Seligman, Missouri with Pastor Donnie Gardner officiating. 

Jeremy Lee Edwards

May 27, 1982 until December 26, 2022

Jeremy Lee Edwards, 40, left this Earth to be with the Lord on Monday, December 26, 2022. He was born in Fayetteville to his parents Michael and Frankie Smith Edwards. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Arlis and Francia Smith, Ralph Edwards and Ruth Tannehill.


He is survived by his parents, wife Candice, two sons Matthew Edwards and Christopher Edwards. Two step children Addie Caplena and Evan Caplena and was a loving foster father. Two brothers Nicholas Edwards and Christopher Edwards. His mother and father in-law Doreen and Tim Kein , along with many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends who loved him dearly.


Jeremy was a beloved father, son, husband, brother and teacher. He had a passion for teaching.


He loved his family, being on the road on his motorcycle and had an adventurous heart. He had a strong faith in God.


We will miss him until we are someday reunited.

Max Vernon McCoy, Sr.

October 17, 1937 until December 30, 2022

Max Vernon McCoy, Sr, 85, of Bentonville passed away December 30, 2022. He was born October 17, 1937 in Clifty, Arkansas to Kenneth and Cora (Evans) McCoy, both of whom preceded him in death.


Max was a lifelong resident of Northwest Arkansas with the exception of 10 years spent in Wyoming as a police officer. Along with his work as a police officer, Max also worked for many years for the newspaper, and as an insurance agent and broker. He also served in the United States Army.


Max enjoyed hunting many different types of animals, as well as fishing. He was also a 32nd degree Mason and part of the Bentonville lodge.


Max was preceded in death by his parents; two sons: Max McCoy, Jr. and Keith McCoy; and one brother, Fred McCoy.


Survivors include: His wife of 50 years, Donna McCoy of Bentonville; three daughters: Brenda McCoy of Colorado, Lena McCoy of Bentonville, and Tina Geeding of Bella Vista; two brothers: Gene McCoy (Pat) and Loy McCoy, both of Wyoming; three grandsons: Trevor Banks (Brandi) of Colorado, Trenton Banks of Bella Vista, and Logan Geeding of Bella Vista; two great-grandchildren; and many friends.


Graveside services for Max will be Tuesday, January 3, 2023 at 11:00am at Paces Chapel Cemetery between Pea Ridge and Garfield.

Don Valentine

October 29, 1932 until December 27, 2022

Don Valentine, age 90, of Benton, Louisiana went home to be with the Lord at Circle of Life Hospice House located in Bentonville, Arkansas, on December 27, 2022. He was born October 29, 1932 in Bates, Arkansas, the son of Nora Scott and Johnny Valentine. He graduated from Waldron Arkansas High School and Arkansas Tech University with a B.A. in Business.


While attending high school in Waldron, Arkansas, Don met the love of his life, Jean Doyle. They were married upon his graduation from Arkansas Tech University in 1953. After serving 2 years in the U.S. Army, Don and Jean returned home to Fort Smith, Arkansas where he began his retail career with J. C. Penney. He was in retail management throughout the state of Texas and later moved to Monroe, Louisiana with Beall-Ladymon Department Stores from which he retired in 1987. Those who knew Don also know that he could not sit still. He became the property manager at Washington Plaza in Monroe, Louisiana for several years. He then went on to work part-time in his son-in-law’s oil and gas business, Quiet Sun, until his retirement at age 80.


Don lived Colossians 3:23. Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Throughout his life, Don was first and foremost a devoted Christian and was always a member of the local Baptist Church. He loved to serve at each church they were involved in including being a Sunday School teacher, deacon, and various committee assignments. Don was very community minded having been a member of the Lion’s Club, and local Chambers of Commerce. In his later years, his passion was coordinating blood drives through LifeShare, often at his home church of Airline Baptist in Bossier City, Louisiana. Don loved dogs, especially his Border Collie, Maggie, who preceded him in death by a couple of years. Don trained and certified Maggie to visit retirement centers and truly loved bringing joy to those they came in contact with.


However, Don, or more affectionately named “Papa”, would tell you that his greatest accomplishment was his family and the fact that each had come to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. He truly loved spending time with his grandchildren and could often be found at a baseball field, a swimming pool, and front-yard soccer game, or walking on a railroad track pointing out the wonders of nature. Don never missed the opportunity to attend a band recital, gymnastics or swim meet, choir concert, equestrian competition, along with the soccer and baseball games. Further evidence of his love for being with his grandchildren was being awarded Ouachita Grandparent of the Year.


He was preceded in death by: his parents.


Don is survived by his wife of 69 years, Jean Valentine; daughter Sherry Kadar and husband Scott, of Rogers, Arkansas, son Kevin Valentine and wife Donna of Fayetteville, Arkansas, daughter Vicki Whitehead and husband Matt, of Benton, Louisiana; brother, JB Valentine and wife Sue of Wylie, Texas; grandchildren Steven (Mary) Kadar, Jen Kadar-Brown (Simon), Paige (Matt) Light, Claire Valentine, Eric Whitehead, Ethan Whitehead; great-grandchildren Ewan Brown, Keira Brown, Hayden Kadar, Georgiana Light and special friend, Donavan Hyde.


Graveside service will be at Rogers Cemetery.  A celebration of Don’s life will be Tuesday at 10:30 am at Circle of Life Hospice House Chapel, located in Bentonville, Arkansas.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Airline Baptist Church, Common Ground Community, 4830 Line Ave. #117, Shreveport, La 71106 or the local Humane Society.


Arrangements by Epting Funeral Home Bentonville.

Arami Picazo

September 18, 1981 until December 23, 2022

Arami Picazo was born in Santa Clara, CA on September 18, 1981. He went to be with his Savior on Friday, December 23, 2022. He passed away in his home surrounded by his family and dear friends.


Arami was born to Santiago Picazo and Elva Picazo and was raised in San Jose, California with his three sisters. He grew up with loving parents who worked hard to provide a good life for their family, always prioritizing their closeness. His Papa and Mama loved him and raised him to be a hard-working, confident leader, and he was. When he was eight years old, Arami was saved by the Lord and was eager to live for Him. When he was ten years old, he started his first business, Arami’s Mowing Biz, which was the first of many businesses he would start. He had a wonderful childhood.


Arami grew up with his three sisters: Tiani, Denovi, and Nemari. Each of them shared a unique and special relationship with their brother, as he always included them in his life and all of his crazy adventures. Whether they were hanging out at his massive BBQs in the front yard or traveling with him to a car show over the Grapevine, all of their adventures with their brother were special. He loved his family dearly, protected and honored them always, and loved spending time with them.


When Arami was 16, his family moved to Brentwood, CA where he attended high school and began planting roots in his community. As if his unique style and confidence wasn’t enough of a statement, Arami proudly strolled the halls of Liberty High in his Left Footed Clothing Company merch, with his color-coordinated boom box and shoes, blasting hip hop in between classes. He always had a smile on his face and a stick of gum in his mouth. This was one of the many unique statements he made in life, which added to and defined his character, and was bound to elicit a series of stories to be told for years to come.


After graduating from Liberty High School in 1999, he worked in the real estate industry before he eventually opened his first shop, Clout 9 Customs in Pittsburg, CA. His innovative designs and willingness to push the limits on his builds made a name for him in the car community, and he became well-respected as he continued to grow his business. When his shop was burglarized in 2006, Clout 9 was put out of business and Arami decided to go to work to re-pay his customers for the damage that was done. It was in situations like these that Arami’s character truly shined. He was a man of his word and always put others first, even if it meant he would lose.


On July 7, 2007, Arami married Tamara, the love of his life. Their marriage faced tremendous trials, and even greater victories, and Arami always gave all the glory to God. In 2009, they welcomed their first son, Arami Santiago Picazo. In 2010, they grieved the loss of their twin girls, Mercy and Faith. In 2012, they welcomed their second son, Zavian Santos Picazo. In 2014, they welcomed their third son, Maciel Luis Picazo. And in 2016, they welcomed their fourth son, Valenti Francisco Picazo. Arami had many accomplishments in his life, but his greatest accomplishment and most treasured blessings of all were his marriage and his four sons. Everything he did was for his family.


In 2009, Arami started Pastimes Car Club, which would become one of his greatest joys and a huge part of who he was. Pastimes grew him as a leader, brought many families together, and pushed the limits of what a car club could be. Arami was proud that while it was cars that brought them together, it was really all about family. Arami, Tamara, and the boys spent a lot of their time together at car shows, car club meetings, cruising in their old cars singing songs and blasting his favorite tunes. Arami worked hard and played hard, and always made everything fun. Some of the best times of his life was sharing his love for cars with his boys.


In 2018, Arami was diagnosed with colon cancer, and everything was seemingly flipped upside down. He spent the next four years undergoing various chemotherapies, radiation, surgeries, juicing, raw diets, Hope4Cancer treatment in Mexico, and every other possible thing he could. He gave it all he had, and did it with a positive attitude, honoring God every step of the way. He shared his journey with the world on social media, and often ended his videos saying, “I may have cancer, but cancer doesn’t have me.” Everyone who knew Arami, loved him and admired his strength, wondering how he stayed so positive. The answer was clear: The joy of the Lord was his strength. Arami always said that he trusted God, no matter what.


In 2020, Arami went against the advice of doctors and moved his family across the country to Northwest Arkansas. Although he was sad to leave his amazing community in California behind, he knew that he wanted to raise his family in a place that was more aligned with his values, where he felt confident that they could have a better life. He took them to a beautiful little property with a big shop and some room to run - it was everything they ever dreamed of for their boys. Even in his last days, Arami was grateful to have their home, the property, and the shop, as he knew it would provide his boys with space and tools to build whatever their minds could dream up. Before he passed, he told his boys that everything in the shop was theirs, and that his hope was that they would dream big and build it! His greatest pride was his boys. He was fascinated by their minds, skills, and interests, and wanted to do all he could to provide them with opportunities to thrive.


Arami was skilled and involved in many things, like playing the bass, writing music, jewelry making, drawing, fabricating custom suspensions, starting businesses, and pretty much anything else he decided to try. He had a lot of fun, and created a lot of incredible things, but his priority was always honoring God in all that he did. He didn’t just want to tell the boys how to live, he wanted to show them how to live. Arami’s faith was greatly refined as he battled cancer, and it was in the greatest trials that he began to understand the sovereignty of God. In his last days, Arami talked often about his faith being a gift from the Lord and made it abundantly clear that he trusted Him no matter what. The faith that God gave him was and is an inspiration to many, and it was Arami’s greatest hope that his life and journey with cancer would be used by God to draw people near to Him. As his life came to an end, he had peace in knowing that he would go from life to instant glory with his Savior, and that was a great comfort to him.

Patricia Ann Tusinger

September 25, 1942 until December 21, 2022

Patricia Ann Tusinger, age 80, of Huntsville, Arkansas passed away on Wednesday, December 21st 2022 at Willard Walker Hospice Home in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She was born on September 25th, 1942 in Ann Arbor, Michigan to Edgar and Dorothy Burden.

Patricia loved to crochet and canvas, and spend time with her kids, grand-kids, and great-grandkids. She also loved riding motorcycles, especially Harleys.

She was preceded in death by her parents; Edgar and Dorothy, two brothers; David of Washington and Dennis of Gentry, and one sister; Mary of Texas.

Patricia is survived by one brother; Douglas of California, three daughters; Patricia Hart of Huntsville, Dorothy Patrick of Springdale, and Toni Stroman of Fayetteville, two sons; Timothy DeJohn of and Frankie DeJohn, both of Fayetteville, and many loving grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Vincent Ray Reynolds

February 2, 1933 until December 25, 2022

Vincent “Vince” Ray Reynolds, 89, of Bentonville AR went to be with the Lord Christmas morning December 25, 2022. He was born February 2, 1933 to Vincent and Elsie Reynolds in Eureka Springs, AR.

He joined the US Naval Reserves in 1950. He graduated from Eureka Springs High School in 1952. After high school, he enlisted in active duty with the US Navy and served as a Naval Corpsman. He was honorably discharged after 2 years of service. Only 28 days later, he was called back to service – this time with the US Marines. He served 4 years with the Marines and was honorably discharged in 1958. He remained with the US Naval Reserves until 1962.

He married Anna Lou Willis July 8, 1958 and had three children: Kathy Diane, Bruce Alan, and Brian Paul. Anna Lou passed on August 6, 1973. He married Margaret Ruth McBee on July 8, 1974 and gained another son, Everett Cliff McBee. Vince and Margaret resided in Ardmore, OK before moving to Bentonville AR in 1976. He worked for Walmart for several years until retirement.

He was a member of Rogers Christian Church for over 25 years as well as 7 years at New Life Christian in Bella Vista, AR. He owned several rental properties over the years in Ardmore, OK; Bella Vista, AR; and Bentonville, AR. He was awarded “Best Electrician/Landlord” by the Benton County Daily Record. He loved sports and was an avid Arkansas Razorback fan. His hobbies included hunting, fishing, and golfing. He also enjoyed volunteering at the Fayetteville VA Hospital, The Community Thrift Store of Bentonville, Rogers Christian Church, and New Life Christian Church. He could also be found serving his friends and neighbors through lawn mowing, providing rides, and visiting shut ins.

Vincent is preceded in death by his parents Vincent and Elsie Reynolds, his brother Loy Reynolds, and his son Bruce Reynolds. He is survived by his wife of 48 years Margaret Reynolds of Bentonville, AR; children Kathy Seitz and husband Dave of Bentonville, AR, Everett McBee and wife Shana of Fayetteville AR, daughter-in-law Marnie Reynolds (widow of Bruce) of Columbus, GA, and Brian Reynolds and wife Teresa of Prairie Grove, AR; 11 grandchildren; and 14 great grandchildren. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and all who knew him.

A memorial service will be held at Rogers Christian Church in Rogers AR on Thursday, December 29, 2022 at 11:00 am. He will be laid to rest at Eureka Springs Cemetery in Eureka Springs AR.

In Lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Rogers Christian Church.

Lynda Wood Settle

February 3, 1943 until December 20, 2022

Lynda Wood Settle, age 79, of Mena, Arkansas passed away on Tuesday, December 20th, 2022 at Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She was born in Monroe, Michigan on Wednesday, February 3rd 1943 to Leslie Tellus and Juber Florence Wood (Wimberly).


Lynda grew up in Mena, Arkansas and graduated from the Mena High School. She married her high school sweetheart, Bill McClain in 1961 and they were divorced a year later. After her marriage, she moved to Bishop, California in 1963 and worked for GTE as a phone operator. There she remarried and had two children; Leah Michelle and Clint Eric Settle. After another divorce, she returned to Mena in 1995. She eventually moved in with her son and daughter-in-law, Eric and Laura in Fayetteville, Arkansas before they all moved to Westville, Oklahoma for the rest of her days.


She enjoyed scrapbooking, shopping, gossiping, and spending time with her grandchildren.


Lynda was preceded in death by her parents; Leslie Tellus and Juber Florence, one daughter; Leah Michelle Settle, and three brothers; Jimmy, Ronnie, and Byron.


She is survived by her son; (Clint) Eric Settle and his fiancé; Laura Dean, three siblings; Donna and Julia of Mena, Arkansas, and Maurice of Van Buren, Arkansas, six grandchildren; Thomas Michael Settle, Leah Michelle Davis, Erica Michelle Settle, Bethany Ann Settle, Jacob Clinton Matthew Settle, and Nathanyl Joseph Settle, and three great-grandchildren; Jesse, Landon, and Rowyn Alide.


Memorials may be sent to Clint Eric Settle at PO Box 766 Westville, Oklahoma 74965

David Lynn Woods

November 2, 1956 unitl December 21, 2022

David Lynn Woods, age 66, of Gentry died Wednesday, December 21, 2022 at his residence.  He was born November 2, 1956 in Phoenix, Arizona the son of Virginia Marie Robert “Bob” Joe Woods.


He enjoyed playing music and fishing.  He was a lifetime resident of Northwest Arkansas.  He was preceded in death by:  his parents, one brother; Steven, and one sister; Terri.


David is survived by: his daughter; Bailey Whiteley and her husband Parker, of Westville, Oklahoma, one brother; Robert “Robin” Woods and his wife Teri, of Sulpher Springs, one sister; Lisa Todd and her husband Daniel, of Centerton, and two grandchildren. 


A service will be announced at a later date by the family.

Janie Lee White

February 25, 1952 until December 21, 2022

Janie Lee White, age 69, of Bella Vista died Wednesday, December 21, 2022 at her residence.  She was born February 25, 1952 in Bentonville the daughter of Mary Deen and Cleo Dover.


She enjoyed Reading.  She worked in housekeeping for many years for Concordia skilled care center located in Bella Vista. 


She was preceded in death by a daughter Clarissa Faye. Her Mother; Father Mary Byers; Cleo Dover, two brothers James Dover “JR” and Lester Dover


Janie is survived:  two sons; Lee and Travis, one daughter; Nancy DeShields of Pea Ridge, 2 Brothers Dewey Dover of Washburn MO, Bobby Dover of MT Home, 4 Sisters, Jeannie House of Bentonville, Sue Walker of Pea Ridge, Laquita Hall of Rogers Teresa Pruitt of Pea Ridge and long time friend Brenda Dover of

the home. 5 Grandkids Bradley, Kaila, Bianca, Kennedy, Conner. 2 Great Grandkids. Teagyn & Wyatt and several Nieces &; Nephews.


A celebration of Janie’s life will be at Ronnie’s Swadley Jr AKA Tigger’s Barn Saturday 31, 2022 From 12 pm to 3 pm.

Arrangements by Epting Funeral Home Bella Vista.  

DeAnna Twilley Hammond

August 23, 1966 until December 20, 2022

DeAnna Twilley Hammond, age 56, of Bentonville died Tuesday, December 20, 2022 at Willard Walker Hospice House located in Fayetteville. 


She was born in Pennsylvania to Robert and Hadley Twilley.  She was preceded in death by her father. 


DeAnna is survived by:  her husband; Nathan and step-son; Kaden Hammond, her mother; Hadley Twilley, her brother; Edward and his wife Katherine Twilley, one niece; Brittney and her husband Ben Cabell, and one nephew; Tyler and his wife Suzy Twilley.


She earned a B.S. from The University of Arkansas and worked as an Analyst for General Mills, a corporation that truly cares about their employees.


A celebration of her life will be held at a later date. 


Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society, or Washington Regional Hospice. 


Arrangements by Epting Funeral Home Fayetteville. 

Freddie Purl Crofford

May 27, 1933 until December 18, 2022

Freddie Purl Crofford, 89 of Bentonville, Arkansas passed away on Sunday, December 18, 2022.


Known by many as Fred and to his family as Deece, he was born May 27, 1933, in Hardin, Arkansas to Mattie Kilgore and James Richard Crofford. One of nine children, he grew up in a family that was active within their community. They were faithful members of Hardin Baptist Church where his father served

as a deacon until the family moved in 1951.


During the Korean War, Fred was stationed in England, serving as an airplane mechanic for the United States Air Force. Upon his return stateside, he began working for Armor Meat where he soon met Rosemary Pratt. The two fell in love and were married September 6, 1952. They welcomed their first daughter, Jerrie in December 1953 and their second daughter, Terrie in June 1960.


Throughout his life, Fred proudly worked a variety of careers. He worked several decades on the Railroad, followed by a stent as a commercial pilot, an owner/operator of the Pine Bluff Municipal Airport restaurant and a commercial driver for McFarland Eye Clinic in Pine Bluff.


Those who knew him would describe him as a hard worker who always had a kind word and a positive attitude. Although he retired in the early 90s and moved his family to Northwest Arkansas he began working once more for Jim Ray and then Fletcher Honda until September of 2022.


Fred was a kind soul who never met a stranger and possessed an uncanny ability to strike up conversation with anyone over a cup of hot coffee. He enjoyed tending his garden, being in nature and waving at anyone who looked like they needed it. The world would be a brighter place with more people like him, and although it will be a little gloomier without him as part of it, everyone can feel comfort in knowing that he is home with his family and loved ones who passed before him.


He was preceded in death by his mother and father, three sisters and five brothers: George, Mattie Belle, Bennie, Adeline, J.R., Franklin, Edna and Charles Thomas, his wife of fifty-nine years Rosemary Crofford, daughter Jerrie, son Kenneth, and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.


He is survived by his daughter Terrie Mathis and her husband Chuck. He is also survived by his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren. Grandson Micah Mathis and his wife Brittany; Grandson Christopher Bacon, his wife Tiffany and their five children and two  grandchildren; Grandson Patrick Bacon and his wife Amy; and Granddaughter Ashley Price, her husband Sean and their three children.


Celebration of life festivities will be announced at a later date by the family. In lieu of flowers the family asks that you donate to Northwest Arkansas Food Bank, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, or enjoy the weather and have a cup of coffee to honor Fred’s memory.


Arrangements by Epting Funeral Home Bella Vista. 

Helen Frieda Jones

December 5, 1929 until December 16, 2022

Helen Frieda Jones, age 93, of Rogers died Friday, December 16, 2022 at her home.  She was born December 5, 1929 in Concordia, Missouri the daughter of Frieda Meyers and Emil Dittmer.


She enjoyed antiquing, Kansas State Women’s Basketball, traveling, and playing cards with friends and family.   She was a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, and part-time secretary. 

Helen moved to the Northwest Arkansas area in May 2013 from Salina, Kansas.  She was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church located in Rogers. 


She was preceded in death by:  her parents, her husband, Norman Jones, and four siblings. 


Helen is survived by:  one son; Philip T. Jones and his wife Ruth, of Columbus, Indiana, one daughter; Nancy Jones and her husband Phil Lewis, of Rogers, one sister; Jean Mills, of Independence, Missouri, three grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.


Visitation will be Wednesday, December 21, 2022 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church of Rogers, from 10am until noon.


A celebration of Helen’s life will be Wednesday at 1:30pm at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church of Rogers with Rev. Eric Longman officiating.


Memorials may be sent to:  Holy Trinity Lutheran Church of Rogers, Arkansas, or Circle of Life Hospice of Bentonville, Arkansas. 

Sharon L. Shipley

May 24, 1939 until December 9, 2022

Sharon L. Shipley, 83, of Fort Smith passed away Dec. 9, 2022, at her home in Northwest Arkansas. Sharon was born May 24, 1939 to Fred Merle and Agnes M. Hammick in Fort Smith, Ark.


She is preceded in death by her parents, her brother Fred M. Hammick and her beloved husband of 54 years, Earl Shipley.


She is survived by her daughter Kerry (Smith), son Carl and their families including her five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.


Sharon was a force of nature who cared deeply about her family and her community, living a life of service to others. She was active in business, philanthropy, the arts and politics as well as being a devoted wife, mother, “Nanny” and “Grand Nan” to her family.


She graduated from Fort Smith High School and began dating Earl while in college at the University of Arkansas. They married in July of 1958 and had Kerry in August of 1959 followed by Carl in September of 1960.


In addition to raising her family, Sharon always maintained a busy civic and business career. As a teenager she modeled while she and her parents lived in Omaha, Nebraska and was first runner-up in the Miss Fort Smith Pageant. As a young mother she sold encyclopedias and worked in a flower shop before eventually opening her own Floral Design business. She started Halcyon Design, a Fort Smith furniture and design store and was involved in the ownership and operation of Shipley Motor Equipment, a Fort Smith based-Mack Truck dealership.


Sharon was also actively involved in politics. She served as Arkansas state co-coordinator and then coordinator of Ronald Reagan’s presidential election committees, was a delegate to the Republican National Convention and attended President Reagan’s inaugurations.

She ran for mayor of Fort Smith and was later appointed by President Reagan to serve as a commissioner on the Arkansas-Oklahoma Arkansas River Compact Commission as well as serving on the small business action committee of the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce.


Sharon loved to fish and spend time outdoors at her home in Spring Mountain near Greenwood. She and Earl also traveled extensively, visiting Europe and the former Soviet Union during their journeys.


She loved art, both collecting beautiful pieces and creating with her grandchildren at her home studio. She was famous in her family for her colorful hand-painted holiday cards. When Earl retired he and Sharon relocated full-time to Destin, Fla, and lived there until on a trip out West they visited South Dakota and fell in love with the area. They moved again to a beautifully-remodeled log cabin in Custer, SD, where they entertained family and friends with drives on the Needles Highway through Custer State Park and visits to Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse Memorial. They also wintered at their home in Oro Valley, Arizona.


Sharon and Earl were involved in the Custer community, helping provide startup funding for The Storehouse, a Custer area charity which serves as a foodbank and distributes donated household items in the area. Sharon cared for Earl after he developed ALS until his passing in 2012 and remained a resident of Custer, SD until the Fall of 2021 when she returned to Northwest Arkansas to be near loved ones. She passed away peacefully at her home on a bright, sunny day, surrounded by friends, family and beautiful music.


A celebration of Sharon’s life will be held from 10:30 AM to noon Dec. 27 th at Compton Gardens, 312 N. Main St., in Bentonville, Ark.

Robert Wayne Shaffer

December 2, 1966 until December 16, 2022

Robert Wayne Shaffer, age 56, of Decatur died Friday, December 16, 2022 at Northwest Medical Center of Benton County located at Bentonville, Arkansas.  He was born December 2, 1966 in Colorado Springs, Colorado the son of Kathy Naylor and Albert Shaffer.

He was a minister for almost 30 years in California and Northwest Arkansas.  He was also a floor layer for many years.


Robert enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson, and spending quality time with his family. 

He was preceded in death by:  his mother. 


Survivors include:  his wife of 35 years; Samantha Shaffer, of Decatur, one son; Dillon Shaffer, of Decatur, three daughters; Sierra Jones and her husband Joe, of Bentonville, Ashlee Harvey and her husband Cayl, of Centerton, Sabrina Peterson and her husband Tyler, of Centerton, his father, two brothers; one sister, and seven grandchildren.


A memorial will be announced by the family at a later date.

Jesus Lopez Martinez, Jr

January 16, 1974 until December 14, 2022