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David Charles Harlow
April 5, 1955 until March 26, 2020

David Charles Harlow, 64, of Sulphur Springs died on March 26, 2020 at Mercy Hospital. He was born on April 5, 1955 in Enid, Oklahoma to Ivy and Charles Harlow.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ivy and Charles Harlow.

David is survived by: two sons; Jeremy (Summer), Josh (Kasie); brother, Steven; sister, Sandy Wietelman; and five grandchildren; Jordan, Dylan, Paige, Rachel, and Ella.

Charles Joseph Calamia

June 8, 1943 until March 22, 2020


Charles Joseph Calamia, age 76, died Sunday, March 22, 2020 at his residence.  He was born June 8, 1943. 


He is a US Marine.


Survivors:  his wife; Susan Calamia, one daughter; Stacie Rotzein, one brother; Vincent Calamia, two sisters; Carol Kreiger and Judy Lagos.

 

No services planned. 

J.B. Curtsinger

June 14, 1928 until March 18, 2020


Jesse Bert Curtsinger “J.B.”, 91, of West Fork, died Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at the Willard Walker Hospice Home in Fayetteville. He was born June 14, 1928 in Snyder, Oklahoma, the son of Katie Mary Kaufman and Jess Shane Curtsinger.   J.B. was preceded in death by his parents, wife Muriel Ruth Curtsinger, sons Billy H. Sergeant and Tom Smith, and brothers Ray, Glenn, Brice, Henry, Dee and Jack.

 

He served his country in the Navy/Air Corps, and was a veteran of WWII and the Korean War.

 

J.B. enjoyed playing games with family and friends, working in the yard, playing golf and always enjoyed an extra helping of ice cream.

 

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Jean Curtsinger; sister-in-law Loretta Curtsinger; daughters Jody Lee and husband Malcolm, Jan Alexander and husband Dale; sons Joe B. Sergeant and wife Norma, Tim Helder and wife Holly; grandchildren Mike Sergeant, Steve Sergeant and wife Melanie, Greg Sergeant, Cynthia Ruth Davidson, Christine Alexander, Nolan Helder and wife Kasey, Clay Helder, Karli Waddell and husband Beau; 12 great-grandchildren; and 5 great-great-grandchildren, along with a host of nieces and nephews.

 

J.B. was saved and baptized at the age of 83 and loved his church family at West Fork First Baptist Church.

 

In honor of J.B.‘s wishes there will be no public service.  Interment will be at the Fayetteville National Cemetery in Fayetteville, AR.

 

Memorials may be sent to :  The Wounded Warrior Project or Willard Walker Hospice Home.

 

Melinda Lee Kimmi

May 8, 1948 until March 16, 2020


  Melinda Lee Kimmi, age 71, of Rogers, Arkansas, died on Monday, March 16, 2020. She is survived and loved by her husband of 49 years , Anthony Kimmi, of Rogers, two children, Kristen Bontadelli and Adam Kimmi, of Bozeman, Montana, one sister and best friend, Jennifer Waind, of Bentonville, one brother, William Waind (Nancy), of Bella Vista, three nephews, two nieces, six grandchildren (she thought she’d never have), and her faithful dog, Henry.
     Melinda was a strong, fierce, independent woman who loved deeply. She always pushed her loved ones to be the very best she thought they could be. She had a witty and sarcastic sense of humor that occasionally got her into trouble! 
     She grew up in Bismarck, North Dakota, and moved to Leawood, Kansas in high school, where she played the violin in the Kansas City Youth Symphony. She went to the University of Kansas and was in the Alpha Delta Pi sorority, where she had “the time of my life! Rock Chalk
Jayhawk!!”
     She met her husband, Anthony, on a blind date. They were married and lived in Kansas City for several years, where she taught fifth and sixth grade in Kansas City’s metro area. Anthony and Melinda moved to Jackson, Wyoming one freezing winter, but stayed and raised their children there until they moved to Park City, Utah. In Park City, Melinda learned she was an artist with flower arranging. 
     Life took many twists and turns, but she remained strong and sharply humored. She fought for her families success. She fought for her health, beating cancer twice, and battling her heart condition.
     She will be missed and forever loved by all of her family and friends, who are stronger and better people because of her. They all have one heck of a guardian angel on their side.

Chelsie Christina Kidder

April 22, 1986 until March 15, 2020


Chelsie Christina Kidder, 33, of Rogers died Sunday, March 15, 2020.

 

A friend to everyone, and loved everybody.

 

Preceded in death by:  grandmother; Christine Kidder.

 

Survivors:  mother; Deana Kidder and fiancé Jerry Eley, father; Doug Kidder, and grandparents; Dean (Sharon Kay) Sampson. 

Michael Sean Thornton
May 20, 1957 until March 13, 2020

Michael Sean Thornton, 62, of Bentonville, AR died Friday, March 13, 2020 at Circle of Life Hospice in Springdale.  He was born May 20, 1957, in Houston, TX to James L. (Skeet) Thornton and Kathleen Horton Thornton.


Sean spent thirty-eight years in FL and SC and was a retired golf pro and carpenter.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother.  He is survived by brothers J.L. (Jim) Thornton, Tommy Thornton, Danny Thornton and David S. Thornton.

Graveside services are not planned.

Memorials may be made to the Circle of Life Hospice.

Dortha Marian Carlton

June 7, 1921 until March 7, 2020


Dortha Marian Carlton, age 98, of Bentonville died Saturday, March 7, 2020 in Bentonville.  She was born June 7, 1921 in Webb City, Missouri and was the daughter of Lena Tittle and James Garland Cabe. She was a lifetime resident of Westville, Oklahoma and was a member of the Westville United Methodist Church.

 

She worked for the Westville Reporter in Westville, Oklahoma for many years.  She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.  She loved having fun with her husband and traveling the world. 

 

She was preceded in death by her husband of 72 years Duke Carlton, whom passed away June 7, 2009.

 

Dortha is survived by one son, Van Duke Carlton Jr., and his wife Joni, of Texas, one daughter, Victoria “Vicki” Smith and her husband Bill, of Centerton, five grandchildren: Bridgette Woodell and her husband Scott, of Rogers, Stephanie McCauley and her husband Scott, of Bentonville, Aaron Carlton, of Texas, Amanda Hebisen and her husband Ryan, of Texas, Cray Holland, of Texas, and seven great grandchildren: Curren, Hollan, Karsyn, Tyler, Lauren, Cameron, and Cooper.

 

A private family celebration will be held at later date.

 

Kaia Rose Barrera
September 21, 2018 until March 2, 2020

Kaia Rose Barrera, 17 months old, passed away March 2, 2020 at Little Rock Children’s Hospital.  She was born September 21, 2018 in Bentonville the daughter of Kianna Raven Barrera.


She enjoyed dancing, singing, giving kisses, and playing patty-cake. She loved spending time with her mommy and James, brothers, and most importantly Sunny & Grandpa. She was always so excited to go to daycare and made so many friends there and loved them all. She enjoyed bath time and looked forward to it each day. She loved playing with her babies and loved rocking and patting their butts to sleep. She also enjoyed eating vanilla wafers and drinking juice. She loved playing on her brother’s skateboard, and her big triceratops. Kaia was very shy when you first met her but then attached herself so quickly to people and always had a smile on her face.

She was preceded in death by her paternal great-grandparents, Martin Barrera & Alicia Mungia-Barrera, great-great-grandparents, Walter F. Zech & Kani Tabanera

 

Survivors include:  her mother; Kianna Raven Barrera, of Centerton, maternal grandparents; Heidi Castillo and her husband David Castillo, and Eric Barrera, of Texas, two brothers; Kainen Kai, age 5, of Arkansas and Ayden Christopher, age 3, of Texas, one uncle; Joshua Barrera, of Gravette, five aunts; Brianna Barrera, of Texas, Erica Barrera, of Texas, Arianna Olivarez, of Michigan, Jory Barrera, of Texas, Mya Olivarez, of Michigan, maternal great-grandparents; JoAnn Zech, of Texas, Cheryl Ann Wilson, of Illinois, and Robert Zimmerman, of Florida.

 

Visitation will be Thursday, March 5, 2020 5:30pm until 7:30pm at Epting Funeral Home Bentonville. 

 

A celebration of Kaia’s life will be Friday, March 6, 2020 at 11:00am at Bella Vista Church of Christ.

Von (Taz) Cartwright II

March 7, 1940 until February 29, 2020


Von (Taz) Cartwright II passed away February 29, 2020; He was born March 7, 1940 in Santa Barbara, California to Von and Evelyn Cartwright.

 

He enjoyed hunting, shooting ranges, boating, car shows, word searches, coloring, painting, art, camping, the outdoors and nature. He was on the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office.  He was a jokester who loved to play practical jokes on his friends and family. He loved children, and his best helper and companion; Charlie.

 

Von is survived by his sons; Jeffrey Mier and his wife Patty of Elizabethtown, Kentucky, Daniel Mier of Rogers, Arkansas, and Mark Mier of Fairfield, California, his  daughters; Rebekah Thomas and husband Michael of Rogers, Arkansas, Shauntell Cartwright of Sequin, Texas, and Megann Cartwright of Rogers, Arkansas, numerous grandchildren, and his best friend whom he considered a brother; Jim Lane.

 

He is preceded in death by his wife; Lora Cartwright, his son; Timothy Cartwright, his granddaughter; Destiny Baldwin, and his parents; Von and Evelyn.

A celebration of his life will be held Friday, March 6th at 1:00pm at Word of Life Bentonville. 808 SW 14th Street, Bentonville, Arkansas 72712.

Lavon'te Leigh Jackson

June 9, 1996 until February 24, 2020


Lavon’te Leigh Jackson, 23, of Rogers died February 24 in Rogers. He was born June 9, 1996 in San Bernardino, CA, and raised in Northwest Arkansas.

 

Lavon’te was a high school football star, enjoyed academics, music, art, and track. Most of all, he loved his daughters.

 

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Janet Leigh Jolly.

 

Survivors include his parents: Angela Jolly, Arnold Jackson Jr, and April Jackson; two daughters: Anyiah and Nena; five brothers: Leslie, Gage, Matthew, Nathaniel, and Elijah; four sisters: April, Colleen, and Rebecca Jackson, and Casjahwa Alexander; many nieces and nephews; and his biological father, Robert Alexander.

 

Visitation will be Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 11:00am at First Baptist Church of Gravette, followed by a funeral at 12:00pm. Burial will follow at McDaniel Cemetery in Rogers.

Richard Jerome Cable
February 20, 1929 until February 27, 2020

Richard Jerome Cable, age 91, of Rogers died Thursday, February 27, 2020 at his residence.  He was born February 20, 1929 in Colo, Iowa the son of Norma Irene Duryee and Arthur Jerome Cable.

 

He moved to Northwest Arkansas in 1979 after leaving Iowa.  He loved building houses, old cars, travelling in his motor home, family and his pets.  He was preceded in death by:  his parents; his first wife of 43 years, Harriet Cable; his second wife of 24 years, Lillian Cable; and five siblings: Doris Smith, Sylvia Johns, Beverly Patterson, Jim Cable and Bob Cable.

 

Richard is survived by: one son; Craig Cable and his wife Kris, of Iowa, one step-son; Jimmy Howard and his wife Ana, of Bentonville, two step-daughters; Evelyn Brown and her husband Jim, of Oklahoma, Carrie Day, of Rogers, one sister; Susan Schlueter and her husband Greg, of Iowa; two brothers: John Cable and wife Diana of Russellville, Arkansas and Jerry Cable of Ames, Iowa; and 10 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren.

 

A celebration of Richard’s life will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, March 7th at New Hope Assembly of God Church located in Rogers with Pastor James Longmate officiating.

 

Memorials may be sent to:  American Diabetes Association.

Karen Kay Leslie
September 7, 1944 until February 27, 2020

Karen Kay Leslie, age 75, of Rogers, died Thursday, February 27, 2020, at a local skilled care center.  She was born September 7, 1944 in California, the daughter of Thora Glee Rogers and Robert L. Barnes.


She was a line worker for many years.  She was preceded in death by:  her husband, and two siblings.

Karen is survived by:  two sons; Robert Joe Boyd and wife, Jill, Thomas “Tommy” Boyd, one daughter; Teresa Johnson and husband Ron, nine grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.


A memorial service in Karen’s honor will be held on Saturday, March 7
th at 11:00 am at Springdale Missionary Baptist Church, 2844 McCray Ave., Springdale, Arkansas 72762.

Joseph Folino
June 12, 1936 until February 20, 2020

Joseph Folino, 83, of Centerton died Thursday, February 20, 2020 at his residence. He was born June 12, 1936 in Cincinnati, Ohio to Rosina and Louis Folino.

Joseph served in the United States Army National Guard. He enjoyed reading and fishing.

He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers, and four sisters.

Joseph is survived by his wife of fifty-six years, Charlotte, of the home; son, Brian of Centerton; daughters, Lori of Omaha, Nebraska, Lyn of Hendersonville, Tennessee; sisters, Mary of El Cajon, California, Rose and her husband, Frank, of Omaha, Nebraska; four grandchildren; Branden, Lane, Ian, Siera, one great-grandchild; Gwendolyn, numerous nieces and nephews, and a host of friends.

Albert Franklin Schons

May 14, 1934 until February 15, 2020


Albert Franklin Schons died February 15, 2020 at the VA Hospital in Fayetteville, AR. He was born May 14, 1934 to Albert and Dorothy Schons in Kansas City, Kansas.

 

He served a total of 8 years active duty October 29, 1952 through June 20, 1960. He went to boot camp in San Diego in 1952, combat training in Camp Pendleton from January 1953 to March 1953. He was sent to Korea as a Machine Gunner in combat from March 1953 to May 1954, fighting at the Berlin Hill, Ester Hill number 229, and at Boulder Hill where he was wounded and awarded the Purple Heart. He returned to McAlister, Ok. and served in the Military Police for 2 years from 1954 to 1956. He served as an aide to General JC Berger at Camp Lejeune, NC. from 1956 to 1959, and ended his active duty in the Marines as a Top Secret Courier in Washington DC from 1959 to 1960. He was discharged from active duty and went on to serve an additional year in the National Guard as a MP in the 445th Company from 1960 to 1961.

 

Albert worked several years as a Deputy Warden at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary, eventually becoming Warden of the Women’s Ward. He owned and operated several businesses in Tulsa, Ok. before relocating to Northwest Arkansas in 2003, where he served as a Lake Ranger for the Bella Vista Parks Dept. until he retired in 2014. He met his wife, Tamara in Tulsa, Ok. in 1999 and moved to Bella Vista where they shared their lives together. He enjoyed time with his family, he had a great sense of humor, he loved sports, coaching little league baseball, and was an all state football player at Argentine High School in Kansas. He was a very devoted Papa, especially to his grandson Declin.

 

Albert was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents, and a grandson; Derek Schons.

 

He is survived by his wife; Tamara Simmons-Schons, his sons; Ben Schons (Becky), David Schons (Min), Shawn Schons, Casey Simmons (Jennifer), and Clay Simmons, his daughters; Vicki Means (Kenny), Becky Sims (J.B.), Karen Rector (Ronnie), and Jenni Simmons, his grandchildren; Michael, Matthew, Michelle, Tommy, Bryon, Lynda, Gracie, Jenny, Jessica, Colton, Benjamin, Cole, Hunter, Harley, and Declin, 15 great-grandchildren, and a special cousin; Richard (Dickie) Schons (Janice).

 

Service will be held Friday, February 21, 2020 at the Veteran’s Cemetery in Fayetteville, AR at 1pm.

 

Flowers may be sent to Epting Funeral Home of Bentonville, Arkansas and/or donations may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Teresa Zimmerly
July 7, 1919 until February 13, 2020

Teresa Zimmerly, 100, a resident of Pinnacle Health and Rehabilitation, Rogers died Thursday, February 13, 2020.

Teresa was born July 7, 1919 in a small town in Yugoslavia and came to this country as a small child. She was a homemaker and an avid quilter.


She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Zimmerly.

She is survived by her three daughters, Audrey Foeppel of Springdale, Arkansas; Elsan Zimmerly of New Harbour, Maine; and Karen Zimmerly of San Antonio, Texas; six grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; and fourteen great-great-grandchildren.

Larry Lynn Axon

September 15, 1927 until February 12, 2020


Larry Lynn Axon, 92, of Bethel Heights, Arkansas passed away February 12, 2020 at Apple Creek Health and Rehabilitation in Centerton, Arkansas. He was born September 15, 1927 in Hamilton, Missouri to Oscar and Kittie Loomis Axon.


Larry was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Elizabeth Jane Thomson Axon; brother, William Axon; and sister, Jeanne Axon Hargrave.


Survivors include his daughter, Lucinda Louise (Cindy) Little and her husband, Dennis of Bethel Heights; two sons: Larry Lynn Axon and his wife, Linda of Tucson, AZ and Scott Axon and his wife, Judith of Springfield, MO; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.


Visitation for Larry will be Thursday, February 13, 2020 from 6-8pm at Epting Funeral Home, 709 N. Walton Blvd. Bentonville, AR 72712. A graveside service will be held at the Missouri Veterans’ Cemetery in Springfield on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 1:00pm.


In lieu of flowers, please make donations in his honor to All Saints Anglican Church, 2751 E. Galloway Street, Springfield, MO 65804.


Jacqueline Ann Williams

June 25, 1936 until February 11, 2020


Beloved Mama, Jacqueline Ann Alford Williams died February 11, 2020 at a local skilled care center, in Fayetteville. 

Survivors include daughters; Carole Anne Antoon and her husband Louis, and Jyllian Martini and her husband James.  Granddaughters; Jacqueline Payton Haws and Emily Autumn Martini.

She was preceded in death by adored husband Dr. Carl Louis Williams, her mother Cully Alford McVay, and her father Marshall Jack Wilson.

She was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church located in Fayetteville.

She was a graduate of the University of Arkansas and Sacred Heart Dominican College located in Houston, Texas.

She was a proud member of Delta Gamma Sorority, Black Friars Honorary Fraternity, and supporter of the Razorbacks, and an animal lover and supporter of the Fayetteville Animal Shelter.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to:  The Fayetteville Animal Shelter. 

David Randall Wilson
March 17, 1952 until February 7, 2020

David Randall Wilson, age 67, of Seligman, MO, went home to our Heavenly Father Feb 7th, 2020, at the Circle of Life Hospice Center in Bentonville, AR. David was born on March 17th, 1952 in Aurora, MO to David C and Kay Wilson of Marionville, MO.

He was preceded in death by his Father.

David proudly served in the Navy and is a Veteran.

He is survived by his Mother Kay Graham; 2 sisters: Janice Keyes of Houston, TX, Ray Lynn Sims of Billings, MO; 1 brother: Russell Wilson of Tulsa OK; his wife Theresa Wilson of Seligman MO; 3 sons: David B Wilson of Seligman MO, Shannon and wife Rachel Wilson of Washburn MO, BJ Wilson of Seligman, MO; 1 daughter, Angela Adams of Republic, MO; 3 stepdaughters; 13 grandchildren; and 1 great grandchild; and his beloved boxer, Apollo.

He was cremated. Memorial and interment will be held in Marionville IOOF  Cemetery at a later date. David had so many genuine and supportive, loving family and friends throughout his life, especially those in his time of need. He will be greatly missed.

Terry Ray Gale

September 26, 1942 until February 6, 2020


Terry Ray Gale died on Thursday, February 6th, 2020 at Circle of Life Bentonville. He was born on September 26th, 1942 in Detroit, Michigan to Bud and Shirley Gale.

 

He met Rene in California to whom he was married for 47 years. They traveled across the U.S. until finally settling in Northwest Arkansas. He gave his life to the Lord in 1984 and loved doing mission work. He loved his daughter and granddaughter more than anything in the world.

 

He is survived by his wife; Rene Gale, his daughter; Rachel Gale, and a granddaughter; Lilyth.

 

Terry is preceded in death by his parents; Bud and Shirley.

Wilma "Joyce" Frame

July 6, 1940 until February 7, 2020


Joyce Frame died February 7, 2020; she was 79. Joyce was born in Lubbock, TX in 1940. She met her beloved, Dwight, in Albuquerque, NM where they spent many nights square dancing. Dwight and Joyce then moved their family to Rogers, AR where they have resided for nearly 45 years.


Joyce had a knack for numbers and applied her talents at Crane Valve Company for nearly 2 decades as their bookkeeper. Joyce loved painting, reading her bible, and whipping up delicious meals for her family. She was a member of Grace Baptist Church.


Joyce is survived by her loving husband, Dwight Frame. Her children Randy and Cathy along with their 4 children and 5 grandchildren. Also her brothers Mike Jeffcoat, Jordan Jeffcoat, Derrick Friend, Rick Ashmore, and sister Roxanne Johnson.


Joyce is preceded in death by her parents Dalton Jeffcoat and Ruby Friend, her sister Peggy Dalton, her son Gary Frame, and granddaughter Lindsay Frame.


She will be dearly missed.



Rev. Bob Brenneman

August 9, 1947 until February 4, 2020


Rev. Robert “Bob” Curvin Brenneman, age 72, died on February 4, 2020 at The Waters of Rogers Nursing and Rehab Center in Rogers, AR, due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease. 

 

He was born August 9, 1947 in Manchester, Pennsylvania the son of Cora Rhoda (Shultz) and Curvin Leroy Brenneman.

 

Bob graduated from Northeastern HS, Manchester PA 1965 and Grace Bible Institute, Omaha, NE, 1970. He also attended Trinity and Dallas Theological Seminaries.  He was ordained in 1973.  

 

Bob is survived by his wife Esther (Voth) Brenneman  (their 50th Wedding Anniversary was May 24, 2019) and their 3 children, Rebecca (Joey) Hunter of Siloam Springs AR, Jonathan (Sara Huston) of Hershey PA, and Joshua (Kerry McFadden) of Clarksville, TN and 6 Grandchildren:  Jedidiah and Jayzlee Hunter,  Christopher, Nathan, and Emma Brenneman and Ella Brenneman.

 

He is also survived by 2 sisters, Joan Geiger and Carolyn Conley both of York, PA and 2 nieces and 2 nephews. 

 

He is preceded in death by his parents and a nephew.

 

Bob served as Pastor of Agape Evangelical Free Church, Porters Sideling, Spring Grove, PA.  He served in other ministries as a chaplain, a prison counselor and in youth ministries. He moved to Northwest Arkansas in June 2018 from Hershey, Pennsylvania.

 

Bob was often found enjoying singing (loudly), socializing with the many organizations he was a part of, and spending time hunting, hiking, caving, or generally enjoying nature. There is not a creature he wouldn’t try to talk to. Throughout his life he was also a coach, a mentor, and a foster parent. His greatest joy in his later years was undoubtedly spending time with his grandchildren.

 

Plans are being made for a drop-in celebration of Bob’s life and a memorial sunrise service in Pennsylvania in June 2020.  Watch the Facebook group In Memory of Rev. Robert “Bob” Brenneman for event updates and details.  Memories, photos and condolences can also be posted to this group.

 

Memorials may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association (https://alz.org/get-involved-now/donate)

or to the ministry of Marty and Diane Quigley (family friend missionaries to Guatemala), checks written out to Troy Church of Christ with their names in the memo and mailed to:  Troy Church of Christ, 800 Trombley,  Troy, MI 48083.

Mary Ellen Reamer

January 20, 1951 until February 3, 2020


Mary Ellen Reamer, 69, lost her 4-year battle with cancer on February 3, 2020.


She was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Ellen Kurtz, and sister-in-law, Faye Kurtz.


She is survived by: her husband, Michael; brother, Greg; sister, Margie; son, Brian (Tami) Baker; daughter, Lorri (Brad) Cunningham; step-children: Dan (Nicole) Reamer, Trisha (Heath) Moyer; six grandsons; numerous other family and friends; and all of her bur babies.


At her request, no service is planned. A celebration of her life will be held at a future date.


Donations in Mary Ellen’s honor may be made to Highlands Oncology Group, Rogers, or Helping Paws of NWA, Rogers.

Robert Alan Sigafoos

October 14, 1923 until February 2, 2020


Robert Alan Sigafoos, 96, of Fayetteville, Arkansas, died Sunday, February 2, 2020, at Willard Walker Hospice Home. Born October 14, 1923, in Philadelphia, PA to Dr. John W. Sigafoos and Ruth C. Sigafoos, he was raised in Doylestown, PA, and graduated from Doylestown High School in 1941.


He earned B.A. and M.A. degrees from Penn State, and a Ph.D. in economics from Indiana University. In World War II, he served in the 111th Infantry Regiment in the Pacific as a rifleman and a field medic.


Professor Sigafoos spent 20 years in college teaching at Penn State, Drexel, and the University of Memphis. He also served another 20 years as an economic consultant with Stanford Research Institute in California, Southwest Research Institute in Texas and Real Estate Research Corporation in Los Angeles. Prior to his retirement in 1985, he held the Fogelman Chair at the University of Memphis.

He was a well-known author. His best book is Absolutely, Positively Overnight: The Federal Express Story. In retirement, he turned to writing Civil War-based novels.


Prior to moving to Fayetteville in 1998, he lived on Beaver Lake near Eureka Springs. He was active his entire life in the Democratic Party, and at one time served as an aide to Governor Adlai Stevenson of Illinois. In recent years, he was active with Pea Ridge Military Park Foundation, the Association for Beaver Lake Environment, and the Prairie Grove Battlefield Commission.


Survivors include his wife, Katherine McArthur Sigafoos, a daughter, Betsy Carrie of Mesa, Arizona, a son, Robert J. Sigafoos of San Clemente, California, a grandson Grant R. Sigafoos of Dana Point, California, a granddaughter Colleen A. Sandic of Portland, Maine, and his much-loved feline “Goldie Hawn.”


No service is planned. Cremation is under the supervision of Epting Funeral Home. Burial will be at Washington Crossing National Military Park in Pennsylvania.

Willard “Russell” Riggs
August 24, 1934 until January 26, 2020

Willard "Russell" Riggs went to be with his Lord and Savior January 26, 2020 at Washington Regional Medical Center surrounded by his family.

 

Russell was born in Springfield, Missouri on August 24, 1934 to Elaine Russell Riggs and Willard Roe Riggs. He was raised in Rogers and was a 1952 graduate of Rogers High School and following attended the University of Arkansas. He graduated from the University of Missouri Kansas City Dental School in 1960. While in dental school he met and married Jennifer Gail Oswald in 1958. They enjoyed their time in Kansas City and developed a great appreciation for Kansas City Jazz. Angela Haganbach was a favorite artist they followed for many years. Following dental school, Russell and Jenny were stationed for two years in Fort Dix, New Jersey where he was a Captain in the US Army Dental Corps. During their time there they took many USO trips into New York City to enjoy Broadway shows and musicals. They continued that interest in Arkansas at the Walton Arts Center and SoNA.

 

Russell was very active in the Rogers community. He was a member of the Rogers City Council, The Rogers Airport Commission, the Rogers Noon Rotary Club as well as a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow. He was very involved in the Arkansas State Dental Association as well as the NWA Dental Club. He was president of the UMKC Dental School Alumni Association. He was on the original board of directors for Dent-A-Med Inc. Russell was a lifelong member of the Central United Methodist Church and he was a past president of the Administrative Board. He also served on the Building Committee for the current church location. Russell and Jenny also enjoyed judging many Miss America preliminary pageants in Arkansas and surrounding states. Russell was an avid Razorback fan and loyally followed the football, basketball and baseball programs. He was the founder of the Rogers Razorback Club.

 

Russell had a love for the outdoors, whether fly fishing, canoeing or any activity that he passionately called “digging in the dirt.” Gardening, working in his yard and woodworking were his great hobbies.

 

Russell’s wife Jenny passed away in February 2007. In November of 2008 Russell married Sylvia Butt Irwin. Sylvia was also raised in Rogers and the two of them had been lifelong friends. They had hearts for service and enjoyed volunteering at the National Down Syndrome Congress annual convention. They made two mission trips to Costa Rica where they worked constructing a Methodist Church as well as a mission trip to Shiprock, NM working on a Navajo Indian Reservation. Russell led a recovery team to Joplin after the tornado in 2011.

 

Above all, Russell dearly loved his entire family. It was not uncommon to hear his revered stories and accomplishments of his grandchildren Palmer, Maris and Grayson. He never missed seeing them in a sporting event or musical presentation or any activity. His love, encouragement, wit, storytelling, singing and faith had a great impact on his entire family. He was a very proud and loving Papa.

 

He is survived by his wife Sylvia Irwin Riggs, his daughter Jalane Lee (Shawn) and his three grandchildren Palmer Lee, Maris Plunkett (Kyle) and Grayson Lee. He is also survived by seven step-children John Irwin (Jan), Martin Irwin, Ann Irwin (Jill), Lee Irwin, Nancy Cozart (Andy), Seth Irwin (Carolyn), Brian Irwin (Arthur) and several step grandchildren.

 

The family would like to extend their gratitude to Washington Regional Medical Center Cardiac Floor as well as Mana Pulmonary Medicine.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Horses for Healing NWA at 14673 Daniels Rd., Bentonville, AR 72712 or to Washington Regional Medical Foundation at P.O. Box 356, Fayetteville, AR 72702.

 

Celebration of Life will be on Thursday, January 30th at Central United Methodist Church Chapel in Rogers. Visitation will begin at 10:00 am with service to follow at 11:00 am.

Dennis D Hale
August 2, 1956 until January 26, 2020

Dennis D Hale of Bentonville, Arkansas died on Sunday, January 26, 2020.  He was born on August 2, 1956 to Thomas and Janice Hale in Little Rock, Arkansas.

 

Dennis served in the U.S. Navy and worked as a truck driver.  He was a member of Heritage Baptist Church in Bella Vista, Arkansas.  He enjoyed classic cars, fishing, and loved spending time with his many grandkids.

 

He is preceded in death by his father; Thomas Allen Hale.

 

Dennis is survived by his mother; Jan Hale of Mena, Arkansas, his sons; Shelby Hale (Emily) of Prairie Grove, Preston Hale of Ft. Smith, and Jeff Shultz of Tennessee, his brothers; Joe Hale (Debbie) of Centerton, Kenneth Hale of Ft. Worth, Texas, and Spanky Hale (DeLynn) of Bentonville, his sister; Marsye Wray (Mark) of Mena, as well as a host of cousins, grandkids, and great-grandkids.

 

Visitation service to be held on Friday, January 31st at 10am at Heritage Baptist Church in Bella Vista, Arkansas with funeral service at 11am, followed by a graveside service at Bentonville City Cemetery.

Michelle Marie Weber

March 19, 1961 until January 24, 2020


Michelle Marie Weber, a resident of Fayetteville and previously from Kansas City, Missouri passed away January 24, 2020. 

 

Michelle is survived by: her parents; David and Anny Weber, of Bella Vista, as well as three siblings; Gayle King, Lisa Thompson, and Mark Weber.

 

A private family service was held. 

Jim Thuma

May 10, 1952 until January 22, 2020


James (Jim) Thuma, age 67 of Bella Vista, AR, died Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at the Circle of Life Hospice located in Bentonville, AR.  He was born May 10, 1952 in Columbus, Ohio, the son of Dr. James and Carmen Thuma.

 

He was preceded in death by:  his parents, one sister; Laurie Thuma, and one son; Michael Rector.

 

Jim is survived by:  his wife of 20 years; Mary Anne Thuma, whom he married December 24, 1999, of Bella Vista, three sons; James “J. J.” Thuma, and his wife Beverly, of Centerton, Derek Kennemer, and his wife Vickie, of Bella Vista, Keven Rector, of Springdale, one daughter; Nikki Wooten and her husband Scooter, of Centerton, one brother; John Thuma and his wife Danielle, of Florida, three sisters; Lynn Posenke and her husband Floyd, of Republic, Missouri, Leslie Gordon, of Lima, OH, Lisa Serrante of New Jersey, twelve grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

 

Growing up in a family who enjoyed the outdoors, Jim loved to play golf early in life, which continued into his later years.   Vacations would find him enjoying different Florida beaches, but he was very partial to the beautiful coast of Fort Myers.   Jim had many passions, but his number one love was being surrounded by his family and friends.  He was very much known for his vivid stories of his adventures that he had experienced throughout his lifetime.

 

A celebration of Jim’s life will be Sunday, January 26th at 3:00 p.m. in the Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel located in Bella Vista, Arkansas.

 

In lieu of flowers, Donations may be sent to:  Circle of Life Hospice, 901 Jones Road, Springdale, Arkansas 72762.

Walter Leroy Crisler

June 12, 1936 until January 18, 2020


Bella Vista, Arkansas Walter Leroy Crisler passed away January 18, 2020. Walt was born in Liberal, Missouri on June 12, 1936 to Walter Wayne and Beulah Pearl Crisler. He was a retired member of the Kansas Air National Guard and a former Business Owner. He graduated from Valley Center High School, Valley Center, Kansas and from Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kansas. He was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church in Bella Vista, Arkansas.

 

Walt married his wife Donna on January 16, 1959 and lived most of his life in Kansas, moving to Bella Vista, Arkansas in 2005.

 

He is preceded in death by his parents; Walter and Beulah, and his son; Tom Crisler.

 

Walt is survived by his wife; Donna J. Crisler, his sons; Tracy (Kim)  Crisler of Towanda, Kansas, and Todd (Stephanie) Crisler of Haysville, Kansas, daughter-in-law; Mendi Crisler of Bella Vista, Arkansas, seven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, his sisters; Hester Bruce of Wichita, Kansas, and Dora Markham of Las Vegas, Nevada, one nephew and two nieces.

 

Service to be held at Fairview Baptist Church in Towanda, Kansas at 2pm on January 23, followed by a graveside service at McGill Cemetery in Potwin, Kansas.

Wayne Garman

November 8, 1923 until January 16, 2020


Hugh “Wayne” Garman, 96, of Gravette died Thursday, January 16, 2020 at Circle of Life Hospice in Bentonville. He was born the son of Elmer and Lucy Garman on November 8, 1923 in Gravette.

Wayne was a lifetime resident of Gravette and enjoyed tractors. He retired in 2014 from Gravette Medical Center. When Wayne wasn’t keeping himself busy and helping others he enjoyed drinking coffee at Austin’s Drug Store.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Ruth Garman in 2000, three brothers and three sisters.

Wayne is survived by two daughters, Linda Cummings and her husband Damon of Gravette, Patty Heckman of Gravette; four grandchildren, one great-grandson and a host of friends and family.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4pm, Sunday, January 19, 2020 at Epting Funeral Home of Gravette.

Funeral service will be at 10am Monday, January 20 at First Assembly of God Church in Gravette with Pastor Jack Deaton officiating, with burial to follow at Hillcrest Cemetery.

Eldon Lyman Gilbert

July 23, 1940 until January 14, 2020


Eldon Lyman Gilbert, age 79, of Rogers died Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at a local skilled care center.  He was born July 23, 1940 in Eckley, Colorado the son of Ellen Marie Rutherford and Seward Lyman Gilbert. 

 

He was a Science Teacher in Kansas and Colorado for many years.  He was preceded in death by his parents, and many siblings. 

 

Survivors include his wife; Shirley Ann Gilbert, one son; Phillip Gilbert, one sister, one daughter-in-law; Kim, and two grandsons.

 

No services are planned at this time.

 

Jacqueline Colleen Chastain
December 29, 1937 until January 14th, 2020

Jacqueline Colleen Chastain, 82, of Fayetteville died January 14th. She was born December 29, 1937 to Dorothy and Hiram Harris.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Hughie Chastain.

Survivors include: four children, nine grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

Frank Carson Elam

November 22, 1941 until January 12, 2020


Frank Elam, 78 of Winslow, born November 22, 1941 in Chicago, IL to Edward and Elizabeth Elam, died Sunday at home.

 

Preceded in death: his parents.

 

Survivors: children: Eric Elam (Melissa), Micah Elam (Heidi), Shushan Elam, Holly Aaron (Mark Parker), Angel Scott (Jeremy); brother, Ray Elam (Susie); twelve grandchildren.

Ada Pearl Henbest

August 15, 1936 until January 11, 2020


Ada Pearl Henbest, age 83, of Rogers died Saturday, January 11, 2020 at Circle of Life Hospice House located in Bentonville.  She was born August 15, 1936 in Avoca, the daughter of Anna Mae Nelson and Carter Wiley.

 

She enjoyed sewing, quilting, crafts, and quality time with her family especially her grandchildren.  She was a lifelong nursing working at Rogers Medical Center, St. Mary’s Hospital, and Rogers High School Nurse.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, and two sisters; Carlamae Putman and Peggy Fulmer. 

 

Ada is survived by:  one son; Barry Henbest and his wife Kristen, of Rogers, one daughter; Cheryl Henbest Raney and her husband Bruce, of Rogers, one sister; Billie Cooper, of Texas, and four grandchildren; Colton Pace, Bailey Pace, Emily Henbest, and Jacob Henbest. 

 

Visitation will be Tuesday from 5-7pm at First Assembly of God Church located in Rogers. 

 

A celebration of Ada’s life will begin at 10am Wednesday at First Assembly of God Church.  Interment will follow at Ruddick Cemetery located in Garfield. 

 

Memorials may be sent to:  Circle of Life Hospice House, 901 Jones Road, Springdale, Arkansas  72762.

Janelle Hicks

February 6, 1940 until January 11, 2020


Mary Janelle Hicks, age 79, of Fayetteville died Saturday, January 11, 2020 at a local skilled care center.  She was born February 6, 1940 in Little Rock, the daughter of Wilma Grace Allen and Ansel Wayne Polly.

 

She loved cats, her children, and sewing.  She worked in Production for Tyson Foods for many years.   She was preceded in death by:  her parents, and one great-grandchild; Brandon.

 

Mary is survived by:  two sons; Bud Carson and his girlfriend; Michelle Edmondson, of Fayetteville, John Hicks and his wife Angie, of Fayetteville, four daughters; Melinda Osburne, of Gravette, Paula Cradduck and her husband Mike, of Rogers, Christine Griffith and her husband John, of Prairie Grove, Patricia Leming and her husband, David, of Elkins, eight grandchildren, and fourteen great-grandchildren. 


Visitation will be Saturday from 11-1 at Epting Funeral Home located in Bentonville. 

Joyce Geraldine Neil

January 6, 1924 until January 9, 2020


Joyce Geraldine Neil, age 96, of Lowell went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, January 9, 2020 at Innisfree Nursing Home in Rogers with her family by her side. She was born January 6, 1924 in Berryville to William L. and Minnie Lee Brawley Miller.

 

She was a life resident of the area, and was a member of First Baptist Church in Lowell. Geraldine was a devoted mother and grandmother who dedicated her life to serving her family and others. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, housekeeping, and, most of all, spending time with those she loved.

 

She was preceded in death by: her husband, Henry Neil; her parents; sisters: Hazel Burr, Pauline Jones, Alma Chaney, and Wanda Autrey; and one brother, Chester Miller.

 

Joyce is survived by: one son, Eugene Neil and wife Chris of Lowell; three daughters: Joyce Pendergrass and husband Bill of Lowell, Loretta Hartgrave of Lowell, and Shirley Marchant and husband Ronnie of Springdale; sister, Helen Boone of Rogers; three grandchildren: Jeff Neil of Pea Ridge, Alicia White of Bentonville, and Cindy Hicks of Springdale; four great-grandchildren; and numerous special nieces and nephews.

 

Visitation will be Monday, January 13, 2020 from 10-11am at First Baptist Church in Lowell.  A celebration of Joyce’s life will begin at 11am with Rev. Ben Rowell and Pastor Johnny Harp officiating.  Interment will follow at Benton County Memorial Park located in Rogers.

 

Memorials may be sent to:  First Baptist Church, PO Box 246, Lowell, Arkansas 72745.

Jody McMannis

May 1, 1947 until January 4, 2020

Jo “Jody” Ellen McMannis, 72, of Hiwasse died Saturday, January 4, 2020 at Apple Creek Health and Rehabilitation. She was born on May 1, 1947 in Ironton, Missouri the daughter of Norma Jean and William Bladdick.
Jody enjoyed talking on her CB radio, listening to music, and collecting coins and glassware.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two sons, David McMannis and William Isbrecht; one brother, Robert Bladdick.
Jody is survived by daughters, Sam Shaver and Carla Hanna Hopson; sister, Carol Chambers; three grandchildren, five great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 11:30am at Circle of Life Hospice in Bentonville. Jamie Lantzsch will be officiating. Circle of Life requests that anyone who attends park on the street rather than in the parking lot.
Khristal Nicole Lunsford
February 16, 1980 until January 3, 2020

Khristal Nicole Lunsford, 39, of Gravette died January 3, 2020 at her residence. She was born February 16, 1980 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas the daughter of Matilda and George White.


Khristal loved everyone. She loved her family more than anything, especially her grandchildren. Her grandchildren were the world to her. Khristal was a mother to her children and their friends. Everyone was family to Khristal. She enjoyed making others laugh and bringing a smile to their faces.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Khristal is survived by her significant other of four years, Osice Locket; five children, Cody Lunsford, Sabrina Osman and her husband, Allen, Savannah Arenas and her husband Jake McKeever, Stormie Lunsford, Selia Vega-Perez; brother, Jimmy Lunsford Sr. and his wife Tina; five grandchildren, Jimmy Lunsford II, Chastity Lunsford, Shelby Benavides and a host of close relatives and friends.