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Inez Louise Gardner

July 17, 1933 until August 20, 2019

Inez Louise Gardner, 86, of Fayetteville died Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at her residence.  She was born July 17, 1933.


She enjoyed sewing, reading, and spending quality time with her family and cat.


Survivors include her 3 children, and many loving relatives.

Dorothy Ellen Ericson

October 14, 1924 until August 20, 2019

Dorothy Ellen Ericson, age 94, died Tuesday, August 20, 2019 in her residence in Rogers, Arkansas.  She was born October 14, 1924 in Greenville, Iowa the daughter of Carrie Marie Defrain and Elmer Albin Barglof.


Dorothy married her sweetheart Lee Elmer Ericson in 1945 and started her family in southern California.  They moved to Northwest Arkansas in 1970 where she resided until her death.  She enjoyed spending quality time with her family and friends, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.   She was an avid bowler with a high game of 276 and an average of 169.  Dorothy was known to many who loved her as “Dot” or “GG” and was often referred to as a firecracker who was stubbornly independent.


Dorothy was preceded in death by:  her parents, her husband Lee, her brother Raymond and her sister Charlotte.


Survivors include:  Sister Mae Marie Weaver of Spirit Lake, Iowa, three daughters Barbara Jo and spouse Larry, Ellen Lee and spouse Bruce, Annette Marie and spouse Charles, all of Rogers, Arkansas, 11 Grandchildren and 16 Great-Grandchildren.


A celebration of Dorothy’s life will begin on Friday, 10am at THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS of Bella Vista, located at 1 Lambeth Drive. Interment will be at noon on Friday at National Cemetery located in Fayetteville.


Memorials may be sent to: Beaver Lake USBC Youth Scholarship Fund; Rogers Bowling Center 3500 W. West Walnut, Rogers, AR 72756, Attn: Julie Tribbel.

Cynthia Lynnett Daniels

September 6, 1956 until August 20, 2019

Cynthia Lynette Daniels(Ross) of Fayetteville passed away peacefully in her sleep in the early morning of Tuesday August 20, 2019 at the age of 62. She was born on September 6, 1956 to William and Margaret Ross (Brooner) in Winfield Kansas.

Cindi fought her four-year battle with cancer in the same way she lived her life, with courage, dignity and grace.

Cindi was a beautiful woman both inside and out, with a heart of gold. She was creative and vibrant and a loving, devoted mother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend.

Cindi was the first of five children born to Margaret and the only sister to younger brothers Chris, Lawrence, Tim, Bill and Wayne. Cindi had a deep commitment to and was very protective of her brothers which she always referred to as “the boys.”

Cindi was a hardworking mother who was extremely proud of her two daughters Misty and Lauren and would talk about them and their accomplishments any chance she would get.

Cindi loved adventure and traveling. She was fortunate to see much of the world.Two of her favorite places were Italy and Greece. She always encouraged others to travel as well, taking her brother to Hawaii and her niece to Paris and Greece and numerous trips with both her mother and daughters.

One of her greatest gifts was her hospitality. Cindi loved all family gatherings but especially Christmas, and nothing brought her more enjoyment than hosting her entire family and friends for the holidays. Cindi was a giver, she loved to shop and to buy gifts for others and always wanted everyone to have a great time. Her meticulous tree decorations and gift wrapping appeared to come right from a Macy’s picture window. 

Cindi certainly had a wanderlust soul and lived in many places, including Hawaii, New York, Nebraska, Kansas and Texas, but northwest Arkansas was her love and home.

She was a successful businesswoman and entrepreneur who had a unique talent for sales, working in both fashion and radio.

Cindi loved people and found satisfaction in helping others overcome the same difficulties she experienced in life.

Cindi was the favorite aunt to her nieces and nephews, perhaps because she was so much fun, who offered compassion and encouragement without judgment or reservation. She loved them each as her own.

Cindi was preceded in death by her brothers; Vincent and Lawrence Ross; and grandparents Harley and Adda Brooner and William and Aletha Ross.

Cindi is survived by her mother; Margaret Brooner, her father; William Ross, daughters; Misty German (Todd) of New York, and Lauren Ledbetter (Clay) of Arkansas, and four brothers; Chris McAllister of South Dakota, Tim McAllister of Hawaii, Bill McAllister (Peg) of Nebraska, and Wayne McAllister (Courtney) of Arkansas; and many nieces and nephews.

A celebration of Cindi’s life will be held at a latter date.

The family request memorials be sent to the Willard Walker Hospice Home, c/o Washington Regional Foundation, 325 Longview Drive, Fayetteville, Arkansas 72703-4618.

Harvey Stuart Henning

July 3, 1937 until August 17, 2019

Harvey Stuart Henning, 82, of Bella Vista was called to his heavenly home on August 17, 2019. Harvey was born July 3, 1937 in Detroit, Michigan to Kenneth and Ruth (Comrie) Henning. He was raised on his family farm in Napoleon, Michigan and graduated from Napoleon High School in 1955.  Harvey was an all-state running back who forewent athletic scholarships, to proudly serve in the United States Navy.


Upon completing his service in the Navy, Harvey attended a few years of college at the University of Michigan before finally deciding to enter the skilled trades.  For the next 30 years he worked as a Millwright Superintendent.


Upon retirement, Harvey moved to Northwest Arkansas where he enjoyed fishing on Beaver Lake, playing cards, chess, backgammon, tennis, and shooting pool with his family and friends. Those who knew him well, described him as “quite the character.”  He was smart, quick-witted, funny, competitive, strong-willed, and supportive. He will be missed by those who loved him.


Harvey is survived by his children: Harvey Henning II of Rose City, MI and Kristy Henning of Bella Vista, AR; his brother, Kenneth Henning of Long Island, NY; his sister, Elizabeth O’Leary of Valparaiso, IN; his two grandsons: Isaac and Moe Henning; and his faithful dog, Molly Dolly.

Leonard Montgomery Scharf Jr.

December 6, 1931 until August 16, 2019

Leonard Montgomery Scharf Jr., age 87, of Bella Vista died Friday, August 16, 2019 at a local skilled care center.  He was born December 6, 1931 in Sunnyvale, California the son of Leonard and Grace Scharf.


He served in the United States Navy.   He received an undergraduate degree from the University of Toledo, and received his law degree from Wayne State University.   He was an Attorney for many years.


He was preceded in death by his parents.


Survivors: two sons; Steve and Scott, of Ohio, two daughters; Sarah and Stacey, of Ohio, and eight grandchildren.


Memorials may be sent to:  A Catholic Charity of the Donor’s Choice.

Joe Billy Stewart

January 10, 1923 until August 16, 2019

Joe Billy Stewart, age 96, of Rogers died Friday, August 16, 2019 at a local skilled care center.  He was born January 10, 1923 in Gibson County, Tennessee the son of Eva Lee Butler and William Matthew Stewart.


He served in the US Army.  He was a member of New Hope Assembly of God Church located in Rogers.  He was employed with General Motors for 31 years.  He enjoyed gardening and yard work.  In his earlier years he enjoyed fishing. 


He was preceded in death by:  his parents, his wife of 71 years Wilma Stewart, and six siblings.


Joe is survived by:  his son; Charles Stewart and wife Viola, of Bella Vista, one daughter; Patricia Darling, of Rogers, four grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren.


Visitation will be Tuesday from 9-10am at New Hope Assembly of God Church located in Rogers.  A celebration of Joe’s life will begin at 10am with Pastor James Longmate officiating.  Interment will be at noon at National Cemetery located in Fayetteville. 


Full military honors will be provided by the Northwest Arkansas Honor Guard. 


Memorials may be sent to: First Love Ministries, P.O. Box 100, Rogers, Arkansas 72757.

Patricia Ann Smidt
October 18, 1928 until August 11, 2019

Patricia Ann Smidt passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, August 11, 2019 of Alzheimer’s disease.  She was born on October 18, 1928 in Lakota, Iowa and was preceded in death by her father Emil Mittag, her mother Eva and eight siblings.


Her widowed mother singlehandedly raised 10 children and maintained the family farm.  Pat came from a family of strong women whose grit she inherited.   


Pat attended Lakota High School where she participated in music, drama, and journalism, graduating in 1946.  She was a cheerleader for the championship women’s basketball team.


She married Peter Smidt in 1947.  Together they raised 7 children on a farm near Lakota, Iowa.  Pat’s gardening, canning and preserving fed their growing family.  She was a skilled seamstress who made beautiful dresses for her daughters and herself and suits and ties for the men in her family. Her labors of love instilled in her children the value of hard work and independence.


Pat was a woman of strong faith and a serious student of the Bible.   She lived her faith by serving others.  One of the joys of her life was working as a cook for the Lake Okoboji Bible Conference.


She loved reading, writing, sewing, playing games, traveling, and spending time with her children and grandchildren.


In 1983 Pete and Pat left the farm and moved to Fairmont, Minnesota. They retired to Bella Vista, Arkansas in 1997 and moved to Fayetteville in 2006.  These were some of the best years of their lives filled with family, new friends and adventures.    


Her family was the joy of her life.


She is survived by her sister Sharon (Wil) McGregor of San Diego, CA, her children Jack (Carol Jo) of Buffalo Center, IA, David (Helen) of Spirit Lake, IA,  Mark of Fayetteville, AR, Mary Hillburg (Daryl) of Algona, IA, Lois of Boone, IA, Philip (Jennifer) of Lynnwood, WA, Jared (Laura) of Gig Harbor, WA, 15 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. 


A private memorial service is being held at Sequoyah United Methodist Church and a public celebration of Pat’s life will take place in Iowa in October.   Her ashes will be interred with her husband at the National Cemetery in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  We mourn the loss of her earthly body and rejoice in the reunion of her spirit and new body with the love of her life in heaven.

Charlene Looney

July 28, 1931 until August 9, 2019

Charlene Looney, age 88, of Bella Vista died Friday, August 9, 2019 at Circle of Life Hospice House located in Bentonville.  She was born July 28, 1931 in Strasburg, Missouri the daughter of Sisteen Cates and Charles Ballard.


She was a seamstress.  She loved spending quality time with her family. 


She was preceded in death by the father of her children; Ralph Flippo, and her second husband; Harold Looney, one son; Johnny Wayne Flippo, one daughter; Sandie Yarbrough, and two sisters. 


Survivors include:  one son; Dan Flippo and his wife Rhonda, of Bella Vista, four grandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren. 


Graveside service will be Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at 10:30 at Strasburg Cemetery located in Strasburg, Missouri. 


Carol Jean Franklin Henson
March 23, 1944 until August 8, 2019

Carol Jean Franklin Henson died August 8th, 2019 at a local nursing home in Rogers, Ar.  She was born March 23rd, 1944 in Fort Smith, Ar. to CJ and Imogene Franklin. She graduated from Van Buren High School, class of 1962.


Carol was preceded in death by her parents; and her brother-in-law; Kerry Garner of Van Buren.  She is survived by her son; Rusty Menke and wife Amy of Rogers, her sister; Jane Garner of Van Buren; and 3 grandchildren; Rodney, Colby, and Abery.


Carol was a member of First Baptist Church of Rogers, and worked as an administrative assistant for the Ft. Smith Housing Authority and W.A.E.D.A.


A graveside service will be held at Gracelawn Cemetery in Van Buren on Tuesday, August 13th at 10am, with visitation to follow after service.
George H. Cahill
December 30, 1933 until August 4, 2019

George H. Cahill, 85, went to sleep peacefully on Sunday, August 4th, 2019 at his home in Winslow, Arkansas.

George has always been known as a kind, gentle and peaceful person who worked hard and enjoyed life with his family. He and his wife Joyce are Jehovah’s Witnesses who attend the Kingdowm Hall in West Fork, Arkansas.

George married his lovely bride, Joyce Janzer, June 26, 1954 and they celebrated their 65th anniversary in June of this year. They moved to Northwest Arkansas in 1995 where he and Joyce enjoyed searching for and collecting Aladdin lamps and other beautiful glassware during their retirement years.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce, daughter, Jill Cahill of the home, son, Lenard Cahill of Bolingbrook, Illinois, grandchildren, Cecilia, Sydney, Brayden and Maddie Cotter and great-granddaughter, sweet little Alithea Topciu; all of Illinois.

George also leaves brother, Kenny Cahill and wife Rosemary of Indiana and sister, Patricia Moses and husband Ralph of Illinois. In addition, George is survived by many nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death was his son, Fred Cahill.

A memorial will be held at the Kingdom Hall in West Fork, Arkansas on Saturday, August 10th at 4:00pm.

Bobby Barnes

November 5, 1952 until August 1, 2019

Robert “Bobby” Dale Barnes, 66, of Rogers died August 1, 2019 at a local skilled care center.  He was born November 5, 1952 in Pasa Robles, California the son of Thora and Robert Barnes.


He leaves behind many loved ones. 


Services will be announced later by the family.

Terrence Morgan Kelley

May 22, 1977 until July 30, 2019

Morgan Kelley, 42, of Berryville passed away July 30 in Bentonville. He was born May 22, 1977 in Somers Point, NJ to Denise Ryan.


Morgan was a loving husband and father, and enjoyed playing music, fishing, kayaking, camping, gardening, and his work in construction. Having moved to the area when he was eleven, he considered himself a Eureka Springs local.


Morgan is survived by his wife, Ericka of Berryville; three children: Elizabeth of Fort Smith, Gavin of Berryville, and Adriana of Eagle Rock, MO; his mother, Denise Ryan of Eureka Springs; and his sister, Cara Ercolino (Ian Billings) of Colorado.

Lynn Bradford

November 21, 1929 until July 28, 2019

Lynn Bradford passed away Sunday July 28, 2019 in Rogers, Arkansas. He was born November 21, 1929 near Paonia, Colorado.  He was the youngest child of Carl and Madge Bradford. 


He graduated from Paonia High School and married Betty Jean Jones, the love of his life. They moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado, where he worked for Emerson Electric Company.  In 1965 he moved to Rogers, Arkansas where he worked for Emerson Electric Company and FM Corporation. 


He lived a life of integrity.  He taught us to work hard, persevere through difficulties, and hold family and friends close.  He loved his family and treasured time with them.  His faith and relationship with Jesus Christ as his Savior were of utmost importance to him.  He served faithfully in church at Rogers First Assembly of God and Springdale First Assembly of God. He was a member of the Gideon’s International for more than 50 years and was passionate about distributing God’s Word.  He was a prayer warrior and made it a point to pray for visitors and care givers.  He maintained close friendships including his beloved Emerson Alumni Supper Club.  He worked whole heartedly at all he did.  He was very determined and persevered to live a rich full life despite many health problems. 


He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Madge Bradford, his brothers Dale Bradford, Dean Bradford, and Winton Bradford, his wife Betty Jean Bradford, and his son, Terry Bradford.


He is survived by his sister, Vivian Long of Fortuna California, his children Chuck Bradford (Teresa) of Cape Girardeau Missouri, Bruce Bradford (Libby) of Waltham Massachusetts, Sandy Hostler (Hobart) of Concord North Carolina, and Mike Bradford (Heather) of Renton Washington.  He is also survived by his grandchildren Shawna Davis (Ricky), Brent Bradford (Dawn), David Hostler (Pam), Laurie Hostler, and Drew Wilson, and great grand children Lindsey Davis, Lacey Davis, Logan Davis, Mikayla Bradford, Brady Bradford, Silas Hostler, Logan Hampton and Mason Hampton. 


The family would like to express gratitude to the staff of Ashley Health and Rehab and Hospice of North Arkansas for their kind compassionate care. 


Donations may be made in his memory to The Gideon’s International. PO Box 1034, Rogers Arkansas 72757, and the Muscular Dystrophy Association. 


Visitation will be Friday, August 2, 2019 from 9-11am at First Assembly of God Church located in Rogers.  The celebration of Lynn’s life will begin at 11am.  Interment will follow at Rogers Cemetery. 

Peggy Jo Drake Pike

December 20, 1939 until July 26, 2019

A memorial service for Peggy Jo (Drake) Pike will be held at the Circle of Life Hospice Center in Bentonville Ar. Sunday July 28th 2019 @ 2:00pm. (1201 NE Legacy Pkwy, Bentonville AR 72712.)Peggy entered the gates of heaven on July 26, 2019 at the Circle of Life Hospice Center.


Peggy was born December 20, 1939 in Southwest City, MO. and was the first child of John and Goldie (Seabourn) Drake. Peggy graduated from Grove Oklahoma High School, Class of 1958.   After graduation, she married Kennith Pike of Gravette, AR on October 3rd, 1958. Kennith was in the army that first year where Peggy patently waited on his return.  They would have celebrated 61 years of marriage this coming October.


Kennith and Peggy made their home in Diamond Bar, California where they operated a construction business for many years. It was there they welcomed two sons Leslie and Lance Pike.  They then moved to Redmond, Washington where they ran a successful horseboarding farm where Peggy became an accomplished equestrian rider and showed pleasure horses, winning several awards.  They then moved back to Arkansas where they settled to raise their family. 


In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by 3 brothers, Jerry, Robert and John.  Two Sisters, Linda and Deborah. 


Surviving in addition to her husband Kennith, two sons Leslie Pike and Lance Pike of Decatur, AR.  Surviving sisters, Betty Tapp of Corning, CA,   Sharon Tapp of Jay, OK, Twila Harvey of Ponca City, OK Donna Friday of Ethete, WY and Carol King of Southwest City, MO. one brother Randy of Farmers Branch, TX .She is survived also by three granddaughters Ashley Pike, Misty Frye, Lonna Pike, three grandsons Wade Pike, Ryan Pike, Leslie Pike and 10 Great Grandchildren. 

Trevor Lopez

May 14, 1985 until July 26, 2019

Andrew “Trevor” Lopez, 34, of Rogers died Friday, July 26, 2019 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  He was born May 14, 1985 in Bakersfield, California the son of Pamela Deen and Nicholas Lopez.   


He had lived in the Northwest Arkansas area since 1996 after moving from California.  He graduated from Rogers High School in 2003.  He loved spending time in the outdoors, biking, listening and playing music, studying history, and loved watching movies.  He was preceded in death by his mother. 

Survivors:  his brother; Dominic Lopez and his wife Lacey, of Rogers, two half brothers; Ernesto Lopez and his wife Donette, of California Nicholas Lopez and his wife Stacie, of California, his father; Nicholas Lopez, of California, numerous aunts and uncles including; Patti Deen-Gay, of Rogers, his maternal grandmother; Patricia Deen, of Rogers, his paternal grandmother; Georgia Lopez, of California, and many nieces and nephews.


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

Robert Wesley Smith

March 5, 1949 until July 22, 2019

Robert Wesley Smith, age 70, of Fayetteville died Monday, July 22, 2019 at a local skilled care center.  He was born March 5, 1949 in Springdale, the son of Paul S. Smith and Willie Mae Sims.


He served in the US Navy.


He enjoyed: Time with his children, fishing, RC hobbies, airplanes and airshows.


He retired after many years as a truck driver with Wal-Mart.  He had lived in the Northwest Arkansas area all his life.


He was preceded in death by: his parents, Paul S. Smith, Willie Mae Sims and his younger brother, Ronnie Smith.


Robert is survived by: his son, Mark Smith, of Fayetteville; his daughter, Megan Smith Williams and her husband Nick Williams, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, brother Raymond Smith and his wife Clara of Waldron, and granddaughter Carley Ann Smith.


A celebration of life will be held at 2:00 Friday, at Howe-Savoy Bible Church, located at: 16174 West Hwy. 16 in Fayetteville, Arkansas 72704.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to: or Lupus Foundation of America.


A private interment will be at the Fayetteville National Cemetery at a later date.

Alvin Lee Shepherd

September 1, 1951 until July 20, 2019

Alvin Lee Shepherd, 67, of Fayetteville passed away July 20, 2019 at Willard Walker Hospice in Fayetteville. He was born September 1, 1951 in Kingsport, TN to Willie and Hazel Shepherd.


Alvin had lived in the Northwest Arkansas area for over forty years, and enjoyed fishing, camping, dancing, and watching Jeopardy, Colbert, and Seinfeld.


He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Beverly Jean Dickey.


Survivors include his two daughters, Sara Shepherd of Winslow and Emma Collins (Justin) of Lincoln, 3 grandchildren with one on the way, one sister, Penny Archer of Kingsport, TN, friend, Vicki Wycoff, and ex-wife, Donna Shepherd.

Ruby Jean O'Neal
February 15, 1931 until July 20, 2019

Ruby Jean O’Neal, formerly Ruby Jean Tate, passed peacefully away in Fayetteville, Arkansas on July 20, 2019.  She was born in Oark, Arkansas on February 15, 1931. 

Ms. O’Neal’s life could best be described in two words: love and sacrifice.  After retiring from fifteen years of work in a shoe plant in Clarksville, Arkansas, she personally cared for her Mother, Father, and Husband until the day each passed away, all the while maintaining a household by herself.  She also volunteered at the VA Medical Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  Before her husband fell ill, she attended the Trinity Assembly of God Church in Fayetteville. 

Ms. O’Neal was preceded in death by her Husband, Paul O’Neal. 

She leaves behind one son, Carl Bush, and two step children, Eldon Brown and Bernadine Dalton, along with many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. 

Donations may be made to Willard Walker Hospice Home, c/o Washington Regional Foundation, 325 Longview Drive, Fayetteville, Arkansas 72703-4618. 

Visitation with the family will be at Trinity Assembly of God in Fayetteville on Tuesday, July 23 beginning at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary.  Funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. with Reverend Darren Rogers officiating.

A brief graveside service will be held at Oakland Cemetery in Clarksville, Arkansas at 2:30 p.m. 

Fayetteville pall bearers will be Michael Brown, Dabney Brannon, Bradley Clyne, Kyle Hughes, Sean Kremers, and Jeff Parker.

Clarksville pall bearers will be Brian Clinton, Gary Gregory, Mike Jacobs, Sean Kremers, Jerry Martin, and Guy Tate, Jr.  Honorary Pall bearers Eric Cook and Virgil Willis.

Mattlee D. Grace

February 18, 1935 until July 17, 2019

Mattlee D. Grace, age 84, of Bella Vista died Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at a local skilled care center.  She was born February 18, 1935 in Ponder, Missouri the daughter of Lorine Lynn and Nick Hunt.


She enjoyed traveling, and was an active member of the Bella Vista Church of Christ. She was employed with American Airlines for over 23 years with the flight contract training department as a scheduler and records keeper.


She was preceded in death by:  her parents, and two brothers.


Mattlee is survived by:  her husband of 65 years; Bobby Grace, two children; Theresa, of Bella Vista, Robert, of Bella Vista, one brother; Ronald, of Troy, Missouri, five grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.


Visitation will be Saturday from 10-11am at Bella Vista Church of Christ.


Funeral service will be:  Saturday at 11am at Bella Vista Church of Christ.  Interment will follow at Bella Vista Cemetery.


Ernest Eugene Brazell

June 27, 1939 until July 10, 2019

Ernest Eugene Brazell, age 80, of Azle, Texas died July 10, 2019 near Azle at the residence of his son.  He was born June 27, 1939 in Columbia, South Carolina, the son of Annie Mae Brunson and Ernest Welch Brazell. 


He had lived in Azle, Texas since 1986. 


Ernest enjoyed time with family, Holidays, flea markets, auctions, good BBQ, western movies, being outdoors and staying busy.

He worked for a local electrical contractor until he retired in the early 1990’s.


He was preceded in death by: his parents,wife Jean, his son Paul, and, two beloved great-grandchildren, Trey and Mia. 

Ernest is survived by:  two sons; Edwin Phillips, of Fort Worth, Texas, Ernest Brazell Jr. and his wife Hollie, of Weatherford, Texas, three daughters; Judy Henderson and her husband Timothy, of Lewisville, Texas, Debbie Rosales and her husband Andy, of Lubbock, Texas, Rose Spires and her husband David, of Lexington, South Carolina, one brother; James Brazell, of South Carolina, one sister; Ruthann Metcalf, of South Carolina, seventeen grandchildren, twenty great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.


Graveside service will be held at 10AM Tuesday July 16, 2019 at Midway Methodist Church Cemetery located in Columbia, South Carolina. A memorial service will also be held at 3PM July 20, 2019 in Azle, Texas at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

John Leonard Martin

August 11, 1964 until July 8, 2019

John Leonard Martin, age 54, of Rogers died Monday, July 8, 2019 at VA Hospital located in Fayetteville.  He was born August 11, 1964 in San Jose, California to John Martin and Janet Hall, whom both preceded him in death.


He lived in NWA with his wife and daughter since 1998.


He served with the United States Army~April 30,1985-December 19, 1991 . 


He enjoyed; Talking and being social as much as he could, telling stories and making you laugh, movies, history, games- especially cards and video games, cars, sports with football being his favorite, collecting many items.  He loved spending quality time with his family and time with his friends.


He loved being good to his wife and raising a wonderful daughter. He would follow his dreams and worked hard to provide for his family. Education was important to him and after getting out of the military  he continued his education and received and associate degree in Desktop Publishing and graphic arts, Which allowed his creative juices to flow with many projects on the computer and drawing.


He was a member of the VFW and DAV


Survivors include:   his wife of 32 years whom he married in Colorado Springs, Colorado; Paula Martin, one daughter; Katie Martin and her other half; Corey Bragg, of Beaverton, Oregon, one brother; Joe Martin and his wife Rebecca, of Colorado Springs, Colorado.


A celebration of John’s life will be:  Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at 11am at National Cemetery located in Fayetteville.  Full military honors will be provided by the Northwest Arkansas Honor Guard. Repass following at Mount Sequoyah.

Linda Marie Carsten

July 20, 1949 until July 1, 2019

Linda Marie Carsten, age 69, of Bentonville died Monday, July 1, 2019 at Circle of Life Hospice located in Springdale.  She was born July 20, 1949 in Wichita, Kansas the daughter of Regina Marie Lanzrath and Delbert Peter Leivian.


Linda graduated from Madonna High School in Wichita in 1967 and graduated Cum Laude from Wichita State University in 1973 with a Bachelor of Science in nursing.  She was a teaching assistant at North Carolina State University from 1980-1982 and earned a Graduate Certificate in Computer Science.


She enjoyed spending time with family, hiking the trails in Northwest Arkansas, Razorback Basketball and traveling.  She was a pioneer woman in technology.  Linda helped develop the first national truck tracking program for U-Haul.  She worked for Wal-Mart under Randy Mott and Bobby Martin and was on the team that developed the original version of Retail Link.  She was one of Wal-Mart’s initial Teradata administrators and became a Master Certified Teradata professional.  She spent the latter part of her career consulting for a number of Fortune 500 companies including Discover Card, 3M, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Dell, Southwest Airlines, and BNSF ushering in the era of big data and cloud computing.


She was preceded in death by her father, Delbert Leivian of Wichita, KS.


Linda is survived by: her mother, Regina Leivian of Wichita, KS, her son; Lee Carsten and his wife Amy, of San Antonio, Texas, her daughter; Cynthia Gregory and her husband Chris, of Sharpsburg, Georgia.  She was the eldest of 10 siblings; Greg Leivian, Pat Leivian, Marilyn Leivian, Kenny Leivian, Barbara Long, Mark Leivian, David Leivian, Kevin Leivian, and Christine Barr, and had five grandchildren, Noah, Beau, Hunter, Lily and Conner.


There will be a celebration of life on August 3rd from 1:00-3:00 at Compton Gardens in Bentonville.


Memorial donations in memory of Linda may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association here:

Robert Lee Smith

January 19, 1933 until July 1, 2019

Robert Lee Smith, 86, of Bentonville died on July 1, 2019 at Mercy Hospital of Rogers, AR. He was born January 19, 1933 in Goltry, Oklahoma to Elmer and Jessie Smith.


Robert married his wife Dorothy on April 9, 1955 and spent much of his life in Enid, Oklahoma before finally settling in Northwest Arkansas.  He served in the U.S. Air Force as Airman 1st Class of the Strategic Air Command (S.A.C.), and he worked as a body shop repair man.  He enjoyed working on clocks, fishing, watching westerns, and remembering the time he starred in the 1955 movie “Strategic Air Command” featuring Jimmy Stewart.

He was preceded in death by his parents; Elmer and Jessie, and his son; Frank L. Smith.


Robert is survived by his wife; Dorothy Smith, son; Robert L. Smith Jr, daughters; Deborah Pennington (Virgle) of Springfield, Tn., Patricia Trekell of Hays, Ks., and Michelle Childress (Paul) of Gravette, Ar., 11 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren.


Memorial service is planned for Saturday, July 6, 2019 at 11am at Bethlehem Baptist Church, 14190 AR-102 Gravette, AR. Pastor Jheri Roberts will be officiating.


Memorials in Robert’s honor may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

B. E. (Burt) Birdsong

August 1, 1942 until June 27, 2019

On Thursday, June 27th, 2019 B. E. (Burt) Birdsong, loving husband and father of two children, joined Heaven’s Band of Angels at the age of 76.

Burt was born on August 1, 1942, in Clarksville, TX , to B. C. Birdsong and Harriet (Nash) Birdsong.  He attended West Texas State University and received his BA from the University of Texas in Arlington.  He was in medical equipment sales for over 30 years in Dallas/Fort Worth as well as Orange County and San Diego County, California.  On June 20, 1997, in Carrollton, TX, he married Linda Neill, the love of his life.  They were blessed with their two children, Trevor Neill and Krissy Murphy. They resided in Carrollton until 2000 when they relocated to Bentonville.

Burt had a passion for watching Trevor play baseballand enjoyed telling anyone who would listen about his son’s pitching arm. Krissy was his “sweetheart of a daughter” as he would say in his “Texanese.”He also loved to watch her compete in cheer.  You never had to wonder about how he felt about his wife and children, because he had a heart the size of Texas. He adored them unconditionally.He was also an avid supporter of all Texas college players but held the Texas A&M Aggies in highest regard with the Texas Longhorns and the Dallas Cowboys close behind. He was known for his quick wit, his infectious smile, and his kind and compassionate spirit.

Burt was preceded in death by his parents, B. C., and his mother, Harriet M. Birdsong, his brothers Sidney Birdsong, Carl Birdsong and Harry Birdsong.

He is survived by his wife, Linda, his son, Trevor Neill, his daughter Krissy Murphy, step-daughter, Renee Murphy, granddaughters Espyn Neill and Athena Gibson, his brother, Tommy Birdsong and several nephews and nieces. His beloved rescue dogs, Annie and Cody.

A memorial celebration of Burt’s life will be held on Saturday, July 6th, service at 11 a.m., visitation at 9:30 a.m., at First Christian Church, 807 SW 14th Street, Bentonville, AR.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to First ChristianYouth Camp Scholarships, your local Humane Society or your local Hospice.

John Joseph Thomas

May 12, 1960 until June 26, 2019

John Thomas, 59, of Gravette died June 26 in Gravette. He was born May 12, 1960 in Milwaukee, WI to Lester and Germain (Haase) Thomas, who preceded him in death.

Survivors: wife, Melody; children: James, John (Tasha), Steven (Shelby), Seth, Lexi, Wesley; two sisters; two brothers; five grandsons.

Donald Joseph Thoene

December 16, 1965 until June 26, 2019

Donald Joseph Thoene, 53, of Bella Vista, AR died June 26, 2019, at Mercy Hospital of Rogers, AR. He was born December 16, 1965 in Yankton, South Dakota to Clarence & Mary Ann (Schwartz) Thoene.

Donald grew up in Nebraska before moving to Northwest Arkansas in 1982 and marrying his wife Tania on August 19, 1989. He worked for Big Brothers Concrete, was a diesel mechanic, and enjoyed camping, hiking, and spending time with his family.


He was preceded in death by his parents, his mother-in-law; Imogene House, and his brother-in-law; Tommy House

Donald is survived by his wife; Tania Thoene, four daughters; Tracy Ball (Bradley), Trisha Thoene and fiancé Austin Grubb, Tosha Thoene and fiancé Anthony Oliver, and Tara Thoene, brothers; Duane Thoene (Debi) of Lincoln Nebraska, Darell Thoene (Joyce) of Hartington, Nebraska, Bruce Thoene (Clara) of Omaha, Nebraska, and Brian Thoene (Pam) of Coleridge, Nebraska, sisters; Debi Lucht (Steve) of Hartington, Nebraska, Connie Schmadeke (Dennis) of South Sioux City, Iowa, and Cheri Year of Des Moines, Iowa, as well as five grandchildren; Kaylen and Jourdon Ball, Adrian Mendez, Caspian Oliver, and Rylee Grubb.


Viewing is planned for Saturday, June 29th at 1pm at East Side Assembly of God in Bentonville, AR.

Shirley Ann Eyler
December 12, 1940 until June 24, 2019

Shirley Ann Eyler, 78, of Bella Vista, AR died June 24, 2019, at Circle of Life Hospice Legacy Village, Bentonville, AR. She was born December 12, 1940 in Malvern, Iowa to Ross & Clara (Cogley) Bell.

Shirley & her husband Keith were married May 1, 1959 & then moved to California. Shirley was a bank teller & receptionist for many years.  Her most important & cherished role was being a Mom to her only child, Karen. Shirley was a majorette, 1st chair French horn player & choir member in high school. She loved gardening, was an expert seamstress & homemaker.  She especially loved being with her grandson, Matthew, & was incredibly proud when he became a United States Marine. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Jess Bell, sisters Vivian Milsap & Mary Vanatta.

Shirley is survived by her husband of 60 years, Keith Eyler of Bella Vista, daughter Karen Schmelter (Jim Burvee), of Bella Vista, sister Ethel Mohn of Long Beach, CA & sister Barbara Vanatta of Sidney, IA. She is also survived by her only grandchild Matthew Sanchez (Dana) of Spring Valley, CA & great-grandchildren Allison Hoffelt, Aleigha Sanchez & Andrew Sanchez of Spring Valley, CA. Also surviving Shirley are nephew Dennis Fenderson (Linda) of Blair, NE, niece Debbie Dettmer (Walter) of Cypress, CA. & former son-in-law Richard Schmelter of Bella Vista, AR.


No services are planned.

Brenda Ruth Jenkins
July 28, 1962 until June 21, 2019

Brenda Ruth Jenkins, 56, of Eureka Springs died Friday, June 21st at Circle of Life Hospice in Bentonville. She was born July 28, 1962 the daughter of Liz and Nelson Jenkins in Albany, Kentucky.

She enjoyed reading and antiquing. Brenda loved her kids and grandkids. She was welcoming to those in need and shared an open door.

Brenda was preceded in death by her parents, sisters; Shirley Gregory, Linda Cornog, and brother, Billy Jenkins.

She is survived by her partner of sixteen years, Marvin Dowell, four children; Nicholas Minnick, Amber Milliken (Joe), Joshua Brown (Lacey), Danielle Brown, brother, Bobby Riddle (Linda), sister, Glenda Minnick, five grandchildren; Joseph, Logan, Alexia, Sarah, Paige, and many loving friends and family.

Visitation will be Monday, June 24th from 5 until 7 at Epting Funeral Home of Gravette.

Graveside service will be 2pm on Tuesday, June 25th at Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

James "Jim" I. Jean Sr.
July 21,1933 until June 20, 2019

James “Jim” I. Jean Sr., 85, of Wagoner, Oklahoma died Thursday, June 20, 2019 at Countryside Assisted Living in Huntsville, Arkansas. He was born July 21, 1933 the son of Ollie and Irvin Jean in Wagoner, Oklahoma.

Jim married his high school sweetheart Deloris Faye Stacy and they enjoyed 56 years of marriage. Jim and Deloris started Jean Auto Supply in 1963 and continued business for 25 years. Jim was referred to as “Pop” by the grandkids and it stuck, everyone began to call him “Pop”.

Jim enjoyed flying, fishing and hunting, especially the Saturday flea markets where everyone knew him.  He could fix anything and often shared his knowledge with kids and grandkids alike. Jim was a member of Crossroads Community Church and a lifelong resident of Wagoner, OK.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Deloris, Ollie and Irvin Jean parents, Barbara and Rebecca Jean granddaughters, Jacob Jean great grandson, Richard Brewster son-in-law and Ruth Denton, sister.

Jim is survived by three children; Jim Jean (Jana) of Eureka Springs, Arkansas, Debbie Brewster of Wagoner, Oklahoma, and Steve Jean (Debra) of Beaumont, Texas; Seven Grandchildren Aaron Jean (Elizabeth) Dustin Jean,  Kaye Courtier, Chris Smith (Joyna),  Joshua Jean (Esther), Jason Jean (Michelle) and Laura Koonce (Trevor) Sixteen great grandchildren  and brother Marvin “Dugan” Jean (Kathy) of Charlotte, North Carolina and a host of nieces, nephews, dear friends and church family.

A celebration of Jim’s life will be held Thursday, June 27th, 2019 at 11AM at Crossroads Community Church, 102 N State Street, Wagoner, Oklahoma.
Frances (Fran) Kay Jackson Henry-Endicott
July 17, 1946 until June 19. 2019

Frances (Fran) Kay Jackson Henry-Endicott, age 72, of Siloam Springs, Arkansas, passed away June 19, 2019.

Fran was born in Siloam Springs, Arkansas on July 17, 1946. She graduated from Siloam Springs High School in 1964, and attended John Brown University for 2 years.

Fran married Bud Henry on June 16, 1968. They were married 26 years; until his death, March, 1995. They had three children.

Fran married Jim Endicott on February, 14, 2012. They have made many memories traveling and enjoy life.

Fran worked for First National Bank and Arkansas State Bank in Siloam Springs for many years. She was also a substitute teacher for the Siloam Springs School District. Fran made so many friends over the years in the workplace. They became an extension of her family.

Fran was a member of First Baptist Church in Siloam Springs.

Fran is survived by her husband, Jim Endicott of the home. Three children, Heather Robison and husband Gary of Eureka Springs, Arkansas; Bobbi Woods of Rogers, Arkansas; Douglas Henry and wife Daniela of Aldie, Virginia; Four grandchildren, Jonathan Woods and wife Amber, Jaycee Woods, Eva Henry, and Elise Henry. Two brothers, Todd Jackson and wife Jill, and Tabb Jackson and wife Perri. One sister and lifelong best friend, Karen Gabel and husband Jim. And many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, and so many wonderful friends.

Fran was preceded in death by her parents Garland and Jessie Jackson, and her first husband, Bud Henry.

There will be a Celebration of Life for Fran on Sunday, June 30, from 2pm to 4pm at the Courtyard Event Center, 114 E University St., Siloam Springs, Arkansas.

Everyone is invited to attend or just drop in.

We want to take this time to visit and share stories about Fran’s beautiful life, look at photographs, and say goodbye, until we meet again, to this beautiful lady.

Roger Pierson

December 3, 1937 until June 17, 2019

Roger Pierson, 81, of Bella Vista passed away June 17 at his home. He was born December 3, 1937 in Ottawa, IL to Alvin and Nell Pierson.

Survived by his wife, Barbara Pierson, 3 children, and 6 grandchildren.

Roger was interred at Roselawn Cemetery in Denton, Texas.

Dale L. Veach
August 16, 1927 until June 17, 2019

Dale L. Veach, 91, of Bella Vista died Monday, June 17, 2019 at Circle of Life Hospice in Bentonville. He was born August 16, 1927 the son of Liela and Martin Veach in Freeport, Illinois.

Dale proudly served in the US Army. He was a member of the Masons Order of the Eastern Star and American Legion. He enjoyed playing cards, watching Chicago Cubs baseball and other sports.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Clifford Veach, and one grandson, Joshua.

Dale is survived by his wife of 48 years, Nancy Veach, son, Kurt Kahl (Sherrie) of Freeport, Illinois, three daughters; Julie Kahl of Cedarville, Illinois, Debra Dickinson of Freeport, Illinois, Brenda Ruter of Cape Coral, Florida, nine grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and many family and friends.

A celebration of Dale’s life will be 10:00am Saturday, June 29th at First United Methodist Church in Bella Vista.

Memorials in Dale’s honor can be made to First United Methodist Church in Bella Vista or Bella Vista Humane Society.

Louis William Tuorto

August 23, 1938 until June 16, 2019

Louis William Tuorto, age 80 of Bentonville died Sunday June 16, 2019.

He is a United States Marine. 


Survivors:  one son; Chris Tuorto and wife Nelley, of Texas, one daughter; Stacy Cooper and husband Darron, of Bentonville, one brother, one sister, and four grandchildren.

Jan Lois Phillips
January 23, 1943 until June 15, 2019

A reunion in Heaven was made, June 15th, with the passing of Jan Lois Phillips. A native of Texas, she was born in Dallas in 1943. She was a strong Christian with a desire to please God in every avenue of life.

She leaves a husband, Hal Phillips, of Bella Vista, four children; Lynn Wesley Phillips of Fayetteville, Lizabeth Hayes of Jacksonville, Texas, Lance Phillips of Dallas, Texas and Michael Phillips of Los Angeles, California, two grandchildren; Caleb Woodford and Hannah Woodford both of Rogers.

She was a Godly Mother and Wife.

Viola L. Weaver

August 15, 1924 until June 14, 2019

Viola Weaver, age 94, of Rogers died Friday, June 14, 2019 at Circle of Life Hospice House located in Bentonville. She was born August 15, 1924 in Fayette, West Virginia. 


Survivors include her brother; Scotty Bennett and wife Molly, of Georgia, and two grandchildren.


Inurnment will be at Riverside National Cemetery located in Riverside, California. 

Derrick Allen Crooker

April 19, 1972 until June 13, 2019

Derrick Allen “Rack” Crooker, 47, of Fairbanks passed June 13 at Walker Hospice. He was born April 19, 1972 in Weymouth, MA to David and Barbara Crooker.

His passion was being a tattoo artist and left his mark on many 

He is survived by his wife, Chari, daughter, Lindsey, mother, Barbara, 3 brothers, and 1 sister.

MSgt Duel Walker Sr.
November 21, 1940 until June 11, 2019

MSgt Duel Walker Sr. went to be with the Lord June 11, 2019 after a short battle with cancer.

He was born November 21, 1940 to Talbert and Liza Watson in Stilwell Oklahoma. He is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Lindy Walker and Charles Walker; two sisters, Verl Ann Oliver and Obedia Outlaw and four infant siblings.

He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years Sharon Kay Walker of the home, 6 children Daughter Brenda and Terry Gosnell, son Duel Walker Jr (Dee), son Mike and Kim Walker, son Robert and Erin Walker, daughter Shannon and Scott Self, daughter Elizabeth and James Bennet, 24 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren, one brother Burl "Fernando" Walker of Marble, Arkansas and many nephews and nieces.

Duel lived his life working hard and serving others. He cut, split and sold wood for a hobby. He retired from the Marine Corps after proudly serving 22 Years. He served in the Vietnam War, designed the lighting strip for a ship board military base at Bouge Field air base, North Carolina.

He then went on to work for Union Carbide/Glad in Rogers AR until he retired from there after 30 Years. He continued to cut and sell wood until about 2 years ago. Once fully retired he enjoyed flea marketing with his wife, eating breakfast out at the Waffle Hut in Rogers, gardening and visiting with his grandchildren! Seeing them always made his day better.

This week he confirmed his commitment with God so we know we will meet him in Heaven one day.

Visitation will be held at Epting Funeral Home, 709 N Walton Blvd. Bentonville, AR Sunday, June 16, 2019 from 2-4pm.

He will be buried with full honors. Graveside services will be held at the Fayetteville National Cemetery on Monday, June 17, 2019 at 10:00am.

Connie Mae Lee

April 9, 1943 until June 10, 2019

Connie Mae Lee, age 76, of Gentry, Arkansas died Monday, June 10, 2019 at Circle of Life Hospice House in Bentonville.   She was born April 9, 1943 in Red Oak, Iowa the daughter of Ruby Swartz and Virgil Lee.


She was a line-worker for many years.    She enjoyed gardening, flowers, spending quality with her family and friends.  Also she planted many trees.   She had lived in Northwest Arkansas for about two and a half years, after moving from Eldon, Missouri.


She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers.


Connie is survived by:  one sister; Carol Sickels, of Gentry, and numerous nieces and nephews. 


No services are planned at this time. 

Tooter Sweat

March 26, 1947 until June 9, 2019

Loyd “Tooter” Gene Sweat, age 72, of Centerton died Sunday at Circle of Life Hospice House located in Bentonville.  He was born in Fifty Six, Arkansas on March 26, 1947 the son of Fannie and Vernon Sweat.

He had lived in the Northwest Arkansas area for over 40 years, after moving from Fifty Six.  He served in the US Army, where he served in the Vietnam Conflict, and earned his Honorable Discharge.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and going to the casino.


Loyd was preceded in death by:  his parents, and several siblings.

Survivors include:  his wife; Anita Sweat whom he married January 10, 1986, two sons; Kevin Scott Sweat, of Camden, Brad Gene Sweat and his wife Megan, of Centerton, two step-daughters; Melissa Cope and her husband Purvis, of Pea Ridge,Tina Ward, of Bella Vista, many siblings, four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.


A graveside service will be at National Cemetery located in Fayetteville at a later date.  Full military Honors will be provided by the Northwest Arkansas Honor Guard. 

Betty Caskey

January 18, 1955 until June 8, 2019

Betty Bewley Caskey, 64, Springdale passed away June 8th. Daughter of Virgil and Freda Goheen Bewley.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Peggy Watson, brothers, David Bewley, Timothy Bewley.

Survivors include: sister, Mary (Dennis) Isaac, brothers, James (Vicki), Phil (Sally), and Larry Bewley.

No are services planned.

Fred L. Herrmann

August 30, 1935 until June 8, 2019

Fred L. Herrmann went to meet the Lord June 8, 2019 at Circle of Life Hospice House in Bentonville.  He was born August 30, 1935, to Fred A. and Allene Herrmann in Nebraska.


He is survived by; his wife; Elizabeth, one son; Steven and his wife Jane Herrmann, of Lincoln, Nebraska, two daughters; Sheryl and her husband Doug Wolfe, of Winthrop, Washington, Laura and her husband Gene Ernst, of Lincoln, Nebraska, one sister; Peg Reimer, of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, one half-sister; Lauretta Taylor, of Tobias, Nebraska, seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and two half-sisters; Gladys Garland and Velma Beach.

No services are planned at this time.


Please send Memorial Contributions to:  The Bella Vista Community Church, of Bella Vista, Arkansas. 

James Ronald Moreton

December 14, 1964 until June 6, 2019

James Ronald Moreton, 54, of Johnson died Thursday, June 6, 2019 at Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville.  He was born December 14, 1964 in Fort Smith the son of Ronald and Reba Moreton.


He is survived by his dear friend and life partner Kim Moreton, daughter and son in law Brittany and Fred Maples, Father and step mother Ron and Betty Moreton, grandchildren Lily and Eva Maples, brother Michael Moreton and extended family Bob, Pat and Katie Lewis.


Jim attended the University of Arkansas earning a Bachelors in economics. He was an avid sports fan, rugby player and die hard dolphins fan. He was a dedicated volunteer in the community. He truly enjoyed his family and fishing.


A celebration of life service will be held at Greenland Memorial Freewill Baptist Church on June 22. Visitation beginning at 10:30, service at 11.

Eric Lee Bruce

January 9, 1974 until June 4, 2019

Eric Lee Bruce, age 45, of Centerton died Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at Mercy Medical Center located in Rogers.  He was born January 9, 1974 in Rogers the son of Patricia Ann Evans and Kenneth Dell Bruce.


He enjoyed fishing, hunting, bowling, and playing poker at the casino.  He was a lifetime resident of Northwest Arkansas. 


He was preceded in death by:  his father. 

Eric is survived by:  his wife; Melissa Bruce, whom he married March 31, 2002, his mother; Patricia Bruce; of Centerton, one son; Jesse Lee Dale Bruce, of Bentonville, two daughters; Chianne Lacy Murphy, of Kansas, Halie Nicole Bruce, of Bentonville, one sister; Jennifer Renee Romero, of Bentonville, and one grandson; Xander Lane Dominguez.


Visitation will be Saturday from 1-2pm at Mason Valley Church located in Highfill, with the funeral service beginning at 2pm.  Interment will follow at Coffelt Cemetery located in Vaughn.

Bessie Venter

June 5, 1952 until June 3, 2019

Elizabeth “Bessie” Venter, age 66 of Bella Vista went to be with her Savior on Monday, June 3, 2019 at 6:40 a.m. at Circle of Life Hospice House located in Bentonville.  She was born June 5, 1952 in Springs, South Africa the daughter of Miemmie Martin and Cornelius Jacobus Joubert.  It is the family’s wishes to give God the Glory for a life spent and dedicated to His service.


She enjoyed life and spending quality time with her family and friends.  She was a Joint Minister with Yan Venter Ministries of Bella Vista, and she was a published author and a sought after Woman’s Ministry Motivational Speaker. 


She was preceded in death by her father, and two sisters.

Bessie is survived by:  her husband of 50 years; Yan Venter, of Bella Vista, two sons; C. J. Venter and his wife Anelda, of Bella Vista, Eugene Fourie Venter and his wife Sarah, of Arizona, one daughter; Reynette Smart, of Bentonville, one sister; Ann Venter, of South Africa, and five grandchildren; Makaila Sharp, Yan Gabriel Venter II, Dahnika Kristi Mulder-Venter, Maximus Venter, and Major Venter.


Visitation will be Monday, June 10, 2019 from 10am until service time at Word of Life Fellowship 808 SW 14th St, Bentonville, Arkansas 72712.   A celebration of life will begin at 1pm at the church.  Interment will follow at Bentonville Cemetery.


Memorials may be sent to:  Yan Venter Ministries, 35 Swanage Drive, Bella Vista, Arkansas 72715.

Margaret Kuehn

May 29, 1937 until June 4, 2019

Margaret Kuehn, age 82, of Bella Vista, Arkansas passed peacefully in her sleep on June 4, 2019 with family and her caretaker by her side.


Margaret was preceded in death by her husband; Charles (Bud) Kuehn on April 29, 2011. 

Margaret leaves behind 3 children; David Kuehn, of Sydney, Illinois, Diane and her husband Jimmy Spates, of Aurora, Illinois, and Barbara Nouri of Pensacola, Florida.  She had three grandchildren; Melissa and her husband Todd Schlamp, Emily Kuehn, and Tyler and his wife Tori Nouri.

Margaret leaves behind four sisters; Lorraine Frances, of Fargo, North Dakota, Joyce Sebens, of Fargo, North Dakota, Carol and her husband Bob Schmidtz, of Fargo, North Dakota, and Mavis and her husband Lowell Veum, of Foston, Minnesota.  She had many wonderful nieces and nephews.


Margaret had many special friends from her Bible Study Group, Quilting Clubs, and golfing.  She was very active in the Bella Vista Lutheran Church.

The family would like to thank Home Instead Senior Care, and the Circle of Life Hospice. 

A celebration of life will be held at the Bella Vista Lutheran Church, Monday, June 10, 2019 at 10:30 a.m.

Stevie Allen Lemonds
November 19, 1960 until June 1, 2019

Stevie Allen Lemonds, 58, of Decatur died Saturday, June 1, 2019 in his home. He was born November 19, 1960 in Dyersburg, Tennessee.

He was a hard working man, and a man of many talents.  He would do anything for any of his friends
and family.

Stevie is survived by two sons, Steven and Cody Lemonds, and his very best friend, Lisa Brown.