Bentonville                                       Bella Vista                                          Gravette                                                Fayetteville
(479) 273-3443                               (479) 855-3900                                (479) 787-9747                                      (479) 443-3443

Epting Funeral Home

Serving Northwest Arkansas with Four Locations


To send a condolence to the family, please e-mail us at
[email protected] and place the deceased name in the subject.  We will ensure the family receives your sympathies.

To see all obituaries submitted to the local newspaper, use the following links.

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
James Riley Couper
December 10, 1925 until April 20, 2019

James Riley Couper passed away April 20, 2019. A retired Professor of Chemical Engineering at The University of Arkansas, he was a Fayetteville resident since 1959. Prior to coming to Fayetteville, Dr. Couper worked for the Monsanto Corporation in the city of his birth, St. Louis, Missouri.

Couper was born December 10, 1925 to Annette Riley and James Calloway Couper. He attended Washington University where he earned undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Chemical Engineering. His tenure at Washington was interrupted by World War II, when he served as a Midshipman in the United States Merchant Marine before beginning his career in chemical engineering. Following his retirement from the university in 1989, he continued to teach part time and authored or coauthored four textbooks. He was the lead author of the Process Economics section in Perry’s Chemical Engineers’ Handbook; the eight edition being published in 2018. Among his professional honors, Couper was named Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

He is survived by Maribelle Couper, his wife of 38 years, two children, Geoffrey and Kathleen, and 2 grandchildren, Lauren and Danielle. His extended family includes the children and grandchildren of Maribelle.

A service will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, April 26 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Fayetteville.

Sylvia Lou Danforth

August 4, 1939 until April 19, 2019

Sylvia Lou Danforth, 79, of Fayetteville passed away on April 19 in her home. She was born August 4, 1939, in Coffeyville, KS, to Maxson and Wenonah Williams Kennedy.


Sylvia had lived in Fayetteville since 1967. She loved life and lived it fully. Her passionsincludedcaring for beloved dogs and cats over many years, gardening—she was a member of the Fayetteville garden club—bicycling, and walking, especially with a canine companion.Following a short career as an RN, Sylvia worked as a real-estate agent in the area for over twenty years. She was a great bridge partner and was at the center of circles of friends and family, whom she loved and cherished just as much as they loved and cherished her.


Sylvia was preceded in death by her husband, Walt Danforth, and her parents.


She is survived by one son, Scot Danforth, and his wife, Dawn Chesser, of Knoxville, TN; two daughters: Leigh Danforth and her fiancée, Elaine King, of Fayetteville and Allison Danforth of Denver, CO; two brothers: Robert Kennedy and his wife, Kathleen, of Great Bend, KS, and Richard Kennedy of Tucson, AZ; four grandsons: Matthew and Isaac McKimmey and William and Christopher Giese; and her longtime companion, Jerry Boyd, of Fayetteville.


The Danforth family will welcome and greet friends at an open house at the family home on Thursday, April 25, 2019, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Washington County Animal Shelter will be gratefully appreciated.

Chester "Chester P" Lewis Pulliam II

January 8, 1952 until April 16, 2019

Chester “Chester P.” Lewis Pulliam II, age 67, of Fayetteville died Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at Willard Walker Hospice House located in Fayetteville.  He was born January 8, 1952 in Cape Girardeau, Missouri the son of Mable Ruth Simpson and Chester Lewis Pulliam.


He was a long-time radio talk show host for 93.3 The Eagle in Northwest Arkansas. 


He enjoyed: laughter, love and music.


Chester is survived by:  his wife Deborah Pulliam, two sons; David Pulliam and his wife Chloe, of Colorado, Miles Pulliam, of Fayetteville, one daughter; Abigal Pulliam, of Fayetteville, two sisters; Sarah Simpson, of Missouri, Sharon Borden and her husband Steve, of Mississippi, and one grandson; Vincent Pulliam, of Colorado. 


A celebration of his life will be TBD, the family will keep posted on social media.

Michael Dean Peterson

December 6, 1956 until April 14, 2019

Michael Dean Peterson, 63, a lifetime resident of Fayetteville died April 14th at home.


Survivors:  son; Brian Peterson, of Fayetteville, daughter; Kristin Bollin (Bruce) of Prairie Grove, sister; Debbie Byrd (Tony), of Fayetteville, seven grandchildren. 


A memorial will be May 11 from 5-7pm at the Farmington Senior Center.

William "Bill" Arnold Rowland

May 30, 1951 until April 14, 2019

William “Bill” Arnold Rowland Jr., 67, of Fayetteville died April 14, 2019.  He was born May 30, 1951 in Little Rock.

Survivors include his sister, Cindy Bowden, nephew, Josh Bowden, great-nieces, Bree and Blair, all of Benton, and his beloved fur family.


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

Kena Jo Wachholtz

December 15, 1961 until April 13, 2019

Kena Jo Wachholtz, 57, of Bentonville passed in peace, surround by love, Saturday, April 13, 2019 at Circle of Life Hospice House located in Bentonville.  She was born December 15, 1961 in North Platte, Nebraska the daughter of Judith E. Wilnes and Franklin Kenneth Wachholtz.


She lived in Bentonville, AR for 19 years after moving from San Diego, California to take a job with Sam's Club. For the last 5 years she worked for J.B. Hunt as a Driver Recruiter. Kena enjoyed traveling & gardening.  She was a board member and coach with the Bentonville Girls Softball League. She was active with the Benton County Fair and the Miss Heart of the Ozark Pageant's. One of Kena's true passions was sports.  She followed Nebraska, USC, Arkansas and Green Bay Packer Football. Her brother always knew when she was in the stands cheering him on. Kena loved and lived for her family, friends, helping others, and her 3 dogs, Benny, Sammy and Spartan.


She was preceded in death by:  her father.  Kena is survived by: her mother; Judith Wilnes Wachholtz, of Bentonville, one brother; Kyle Wachholtz and his wife Nicole, of California, one sister; Sherry Rolsma, of Bentonville, two nephews; Brady Rolsma, Braxton Wachholtz, and three nieces;  Haley Rolsma, Leighton Wachholtz, and Kylee Wachholtz.  


A celebration of Kena’s life will be 11am Saturday, April 20, 2019 at Christ The King Lutheran Church located in Bentonville.  Followed by fellowship, food and memory sharing at The Meteor Guitar Gallery, Bentonville. 


Inurnment will be in Palm Desert, California, followed by a Memorial Service on Saturday, May 4, 2019, at 11:00am located at The Farm in Norco, California


Memorials may be made to:  Bella Vista Animal Shelter, or the Christ the King Lutheran Church Food Pantry

Richard Lee Severson

August 23, 1939 until April 13, 2019

Richard Lee Severson, age 79, of Bella Vista, Arkansas died Saturday, April 13, 2019 at Circle of Life Hospice House located in Bentonville, Arkansas.  He was born August 23, 1939 in Storm Lake, Iowa. The son of Dorothy Anderson and Melvin Severson.


He was an active member of the First United Methodist Church located in Bella Vista.  He lived in the Northwest Arkansas area for 14 years. He enjoyed collecting miniature tractors, traveling the countryside and camping with friends.


Richard was preceded in death by: his parents, and his daughter-in-law; Jan. 


He is survived by:  his wife of 58 years, Shirley Severson, whom he married June 2, 1960, three sons; Kenyon (Connie) Severson, Rodney Severson, both of Iowa, Scott Severson, of Washington DC, and daughter Rebecca (Marlin) Stahl of Arizona, one sister; Jo Ann (Larry) Pyle of Iowa, six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. 


A celebration of Richard’s life will be held on Thursday, April 18th at 11:00 at The United Methodist Church of Bella Vista with a reception to follow. Presiding over the service will be Rev. Jeanne Williams and Rev. Brenda Wideman. An additional service will be planned this summer for family & friends in Storm Lake, Iowa.


Memorials may be sent to: St. Jude’s Hospital, or to The United Methodist Church of Bella Vista. 

Barbara Joan Simonetti
August 8, 1949 until April 10, 2019

Barbara Joan Simonetti, age 69, passed away on April 10th 2019.

She moved from Lodi, California to Gentry, Arkansas, a retired owner/operator of McDonalds.  She enjoyed reading and spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her two children; Michael Simonetti and Angela Chupp (Travis), and sister; Rosalie Gates (Thomas), and three grandchildren; Cassandra Austin, Rose and Ivan Chupp, and great-granddaughter; Ashlynn Austin.

She was preceded in death by her parents; Katherine and Mike Tortorelli.

Christine Ruth Clardy
September 8, 1939 until April 7, 2019

Christine Ruth Clardy, 79, of Bentonville died April 7th at Mercy Hospital surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Chicago, Illinois on September 8th, 1939 to Ruth and William Mattes.

Christine was a loving mother and friend. She was active in church as a teacher and counselor. She loved visiting the Amish country. Christine was a Master Quilter and had been published in multiple magazines.

Christine was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Owen Ray Clardy, and brother, Bill.

She is survived by five children; Fred, Kim, Jeff, John, Stephan, sixteen grandchildren, nineteen great-grandchildren.

A memorial service in Christine’s honor will be at 602 Pine Tree Drive, Pineville, Missouri on Wednesday, April 10th beginning at 2:00pm.

Mitzi Jean Bardrick

February 17, 1934 until April 6, 2019

Mitzi Jean Bardrick, age 85, of Rogers, died Saturday, April 6, 2019 at her residence.  She was born February 17, 1934 in Fort Smith, Arkansas the daughter of Golda Rebecca Shelby and James Frank Madden.


She moved to Northwest Arkansas in 1974 from Fort Smith. Her career in education spanned many decades  allowing her to reach thousands of children.  She was the principal at Eastside Elementary and at Reagan Elementary, both in Rogers. After she retired from public education, she immediately jumped right back into work as director at Shining Stars school at First Baptist Church Christian School located in Rogers.  She was an active member of First Baptist Church Rogers.


She was past member of ADK, Delta Kappa Gamma, and KKI. 


She was also a past member of the Rogers Education Foundation Board.


Her life philosophy is to “trust in the lord completely and he will direct your path”.


She was preceded in death by:  her parents, and her husband Bob Bardrick in 1981.


Mitzi is survived by:  two sons; Robert Bardrick and his wife Margaret, of Rogers, Shelby Bardrick and his wife Christy, of Rogers, two grandchildren; Jennifer Tisdale and her husband Keith, of Little Flock, and Bailey Bardrick, of Rogers.


Visitation will be Thursday from 5-7pm at First Baptist Church Olive Street Campus located in Rogers.


A celebration of Mitzi’s life will be Friday at 10am at First Baptist Church Olive Street Campus, located in Rogers, with Pastor Wes George officiating.  Interment will be Friday at 3:30pm at Woodlawn Cemetery located in Fort Smith.


Memorials may be sent to:  First Baptist Church Rogers, to the “First Baptist Church Christian School.”

Betty Jane Huddleston

July 20, 1944 untli April 4, 2019

Betty Jane Huddleston, 74, of Holiday Island died April 4 in Fayetteville. She was born July 20, 1944 in Little Rock to Corrine Walters.


Survivors: husband, Jerry Huddleston; sons: John Dyson (Kelly) of Tennessee, Chad Dyson (Donna) of Minnesota, Jerry Huddleston Jr. (Kim) of Fayetteville; brother, Mark Walters (Lisa) of Colorado; six grandchildren; soul-sister, Patti Jacuzzi.

Helen Grzywna Weinmeier

March 25, 1934 until April 3, 2019

Helen Grzywna Weinmeier, 85, of Chicago, Illinois passed away Wednesday, April 3, 2019 in Bentonville surrounded by the love and care at The Gardens at Osage Terrace.  She was born March 25, 1934 in Otis, Indiana the daughter of John and Magdalen Grzywna. 


She enjoyed playing bingo, toe-dancing, playing the violin, she lived by these three words:  “I Love Life.”  She had lived in the Northwest Arkansas area for over 4 years, after moving from Branson, Missouri.


She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband; Robert Weinmeier, and one brother. 


Helen is survived by:   one son; Robert John Weinmeier, of Nevada, two daughters; Robin Moser, of Colorado, Susan Gleghorn, of Rogers, one sister; Jan Grzywna, of Rogers, eight grandchildren, and two great-granddaughters.

A Celebration of Helen's life will be held April 13, 2019 at 10am at the Chapel on the Creeks in Rogers.

Rosemary Lorraine Fuller

February 12, 1930 until March 31, 2019

Rosemary Lorraine Fuller of Gravette passed at the age of 89, Sunday, March 31, 2019 at Circle of Life Hospice House located in Bentonville.


Rosemary was a lifelong resident of Benton County and loved her family, raising animals, and caring for her farm.


Survivors:  son; Haskell and fiancé Lori, daughter; Bonnie and her husband Darius, five grandchildren; Jolea, Edgar and wife Cinthia, Haskell IV and fiancé Sonia, Scott, and three great-grandchildren. 


Visitation will be Wednesday from 9:30am until 10:30am at Epting Funeral Home Gravette.


Funeral service will be Wednesday at 10:30am at Epting Funeral Home Gravette.  Interment will follow at Barron Cemetery located in Vaughn. 

Karen Jeannette Kennedy
August 1, 1950 until March 29, 2019

Karen Jeannette Kennedy, age 68, of West Fork, Arkansas returned home to God on March 29, 2019.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at 2pm at North Point Apostolic Fellowship located at 533 E Appleby Road in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Valton Elms of White river United Pentecostal Church will be officiating. Visitation will be held on Monday, April 1, 2019 from 6-8pm at the same location. Burial will follow the funeral at West Fork Cemetery located on Cemetery Road in West Fork, Arkansas. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Epting Funeral Home in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Karen was born in Sedalia, Missouri. She was loaned to us by God on August 1, 1950.

Karen was married to Maynard "Lin" Kennedy on October 21, 2010. They have been married for 8 years.

Karen was actively involved in volunteering her time at Life Source and was a member of White River United Pentecostal Church. She loved cooking, traveling, playing cards and most of all Family and Friends.

Karen is survived by her spouse, eight children, four step-children, forty grandchildren, twenty-four great-grandchildren, two sisters, two brothers and other family and friends.

Karen was preceded in death by one sister; Mary Johnson, mother, Audrey Jeannette Jones and father, Irvin Woodrow Wilson.


In lieu of flowers donations may be given in honor of Karen Kennedy to White River United Pentecostal Church in West Fork, Arkansas, Circle of Life Hospice in Springdale, Arkansas or any organization funding to find a cure for breast cancer.

Kenneth Murphy

January 16, 1937 until March 29, 2019

Kenneth "Micky" L. Murphy, 82, of Bella Vista died Friday, March 29th at his home. He was born in Peru, Illinois to Emily and Patrick Murphy.

Kenneth spent a large part of his life traveling and made many close friends from all over. He took great pride in his home, one of the original cabins in Old Bella Vista, which he rebuilt himself over a period of 30-odd years. He enjoyed watching Judge Judy every day - when he was younger, this pastime was often accompanied by a cocktail. He had an incredible sense of humor, an unfailing moral compass that often led him into trouble, and a very strong will. He kept going, no matter the odds.

Kenneth is survived by two wonderful siblings, Kathy Topolski (Donald) and J. Patrick Murphy (Jan); loving niece Heather Maus (Michael) with great nephew & niece Christian & Zoe Maus; Michael Topolski (DeeAnn) with great nephews Trenton and Carter Topolski; and life-long friend Susan with her daughter Cassy, devoted friend and caregiver; along with too many friends to list, all with vivid and fond memories of Mr. Murphy.

He was preceded in death by his brother James Murphy Sr (Louise) with their son James Murphy (Cindy) and son Bill Murphy (Cathy); his loyal dog, Petunia, who gave him great comfort and company until her passing only a month prior; his dog Burt, found as a stray, who loved to roam as much as he did, who passed in 2012.

His other dog, Buddy, remains with his family to offer them solace and companionship.

Kenneth was loved deeply and will be missed by those who knew his heart and spirit.

James “Jim” Keith Shackelford
August 18, 1934 until March 23, 2019

James "Jim" Keith Shackelford, 84, of Bella Vista died Saturday, March 23rd at Circle of Life Hospice at Legacy Village. He was born on August 18, 1934 in Bicknell, Indiana, the son of Emma and Walter Shackelford.

Jim grew up on a small farm in Indiana before joining the United States Navy. He was stationed in Cuba during his time in the US Navy. Jim stayed active in his younger years by fishing, hunting and golfing. Later in life he enjoyed traveling, gardening, keeping up with current events and church activities. He was a member of Bella Vista Community Church. Jim was a big hearted man who loved to tell stories and had vast amounts of practical knowledge that he enjoyed sharing.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, La Ree Shackelford, son, Frank, and two siblings; David and Ruth.

Jim is survived by four children; Mary, Nat, John and Joyce, two brothers; Joe, Dick, nine grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren, eight great-great-grandchildren and a host of other loving family and friends.

Donations in Jim’s honor can be made to Bella Vista Community Church, 75 E Lancashire Blvd, Bella Vista, AR 72714.

Melody Lynn Edwards

November 16, 1968 unitl March 23, 2019

Melody Lynn Edwards, 50, of Gravette died Saturday, March 23, 2019.  She was born November 16, 1968 in Tracey, California the daughter of Barbara and Claude “Buck” Graham.


She enjoyed fishing and spending quality time with her family especially her grandchildren.  She moved to Northwest Arkansas in 1982 from California.


Survivors include her loving husband; James Edwards, whom she shared 26 years with, her mother; Barbara Graham, of Rogers, three sons; Andrew Burns, of Gravette, Nathan Burns and his wife Brittani, of Gravette, David Edwards, of Gravette, three daughters; Kristina Kester and her husband Justin, of Rogers, Nicole Edwards, of Gravette, Megan Edwards, of Bella Vista, one brother; Michael Graham, of Rogers, seven grandchildren, and a hosts of friends.

Visitation is Tuesday, March 26, 2019 from noon until 1:30 at Epting Funeral Home Gravette.   


Graveside service will be Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 2pm at Bethel Cemetery in Gravette with Pastor Paul Martin officiating. 

Elizabeth Ruth Gregory

March 28, 1962 until March 23, 2018

Elizabeth Ruth Gregory, age 56, of Lakeview died Friday, March 22, 2019 at Willard Walker Hospice House located in Fayetteville.  She was born March 28, 1962 in Orange County, California.


Elizabeth is survived by her husband, Ronald Dick and two sons; Cody Gregory and Ronnie Gregory.


John S. Damron

November 24, 1940 until March 22, 2019

John S. Damron, 78, of Sulphur Springs died Friday, March 22, 2019 at Siloam Springs Regional Hospital.  He was born November 24, 1940 in Iowa.


He served in the United States Army. 


Survivors include many loving relatives and a host of friends.

MaryAlice Walters

December 19, 1951 until March 21, 2019

MaryAlice Walters, 67, of Fayetteville passed away March 21 in Springdale. She was born December 19, 1951 in Fayetteville to Burl and Mina Porter Skelton.


MaryAlice was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Roy Allen Skelton.


Survivors include three children: Waylen Curry and wife Jennifer Winwood of Middletown, DE, Richard Walters of Fayetteville, AR, and Misty Hodges of Barling, AR; one sister, Emma Mae Farrar of Rogers, AR; and four grandchildren.

Nanci Ballew

June 2, 1943 until March 21, 2019

Nanci Ballew, accomplished artist and author, singer and songwriter of Fayetteville passed peacefully on March 21, 2019.  Born June 2, 1943. 


She is survived by many loving relatives and a host of friends.


A memorial will be held at a later date.

Marion Elizabeth Gilbert

April 20, 1943 until March 20, 2019

Marion Elizabeth Gilbert, 75, of Bella Vista died Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at Highlands Healthcare and Rehabilitation in Bella Vista. She was born April 20, 1943 in Brentwood, Essex, England to Sid and Beatrice Mann Jones.


Marion moved to the US from England, and became a citizen on August 26, 1969.


Marion was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, John, one brother, Bob Jones of England, and one nephew in England.


Marion is survived by: Three sons: John R. of Bella Vista, Cory Gilbert of Bella Vista, and Bryan Gilbert and his wife Emily of Haslet, Texas. Marion also had numerous nieces and nephews, 3 grandchildren; Amanda, Avery, and Ryan Gilbert, and one great-granddaughter, Chloe, all of whom were dearly loved.


A celebration of Marion’s life will be Tuesday, March 26th at 10am at Bella Vista Community Church.


Memorials may be sent to: Bella Vista Community Church, 75 E Lancaster Lane, Bella Vista, Arkansas 72714.

Sherry M. Picht

March 21, 2019 until August 24, 1936

Sherry M. Picht, 82, of Bella Vista died Thursday, March 21, 2019 at Circle of Life Hospice House located in Bentonville.  She was born August 24, 1936.


Survivors include:  her husband Frederick Picht and many loving relatives.

Stephen Mark Stewart

June 7, 1951 until March 20, 2019

Steve Mark Stewart, 67, of Bentonville, died March 20, 2019, at Circle of Life Hospice House following a battle of more than seven years against Alzheimer's disease. He was born June 7, 1951, in Biloxi, MS and is survived by his wife Becky; daughters Sarah Reed (Calvin) of Germantown, TN and Susanna Heger (Cameron) of Portland, OR; brother Stan Stewart (Elaine) of Westlake Village, CA and sister Sandra McGowen (Arthur) of Savannah, GA. He was "Cap'n" to four grandchildren: Elijah Reed, Lane Heger, Gabriella Reed, and Ezra Heger. 


Mr. Stewart graduated with highest honors from the University of Southern Mississippi where he met his future bride on a blind date. They were married in McComb, MS on November 18, 1973. After graduation he became managing partner of Moore & Powell, CPAs in Biloxi. While there he served at First Baptist Church as chairman of the deacon board and in many civic organizations on the Gulf Coast.


In 1987 he and his family moved to Northwest Arkansas where he began his career as a financial planner with The Bank of Bentonville, and later, ARVEST.  After 25 years with the organization he retired from private banking. During his career he was involved in a number of boards and foundations, including St. Mary's Mercy Hospital, Credit Counseling of Arkansas, and the Bentonville Library.  His most cherished service was to his church, Fellowship Bible Church of NWA, where he was an elder.


Steve was respected for his intelligence, generosity, expertise, stability, work ethic, integrity, and his wise counsel. He loved his work, his church, his friends, his family, and his Lord Jesus Christ and served them well. He will be sorely missed.


There will be a celebration of Steve's life and home-going on Thursday, March 28, at 4:00 in the Training Center chapel of Fellowship Bible Church NWA at 1051 West Pleasant Grove Road in Rogers.


In lieu of flowers, the family suggests honoring Steve with contributions to Circle of Life Hospice, 1201 NE Legacy Parkway in Bentonville or to Fellowship Bible Church earmarked for Missions or for the new campus in Bentonville.

Lt. Col. Samuel Anthony Carollo Jr. 

May 1, 1938 until March 19, 2019

Samuel Anthony Carollo Jr., age 80, of Bella Vista died Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at Circle of Life Hospice House located in Bentonville.  He was born May 1, 1938 in Chicago, Illinois the son of Genevieve Faso and Samuel Anthony Carollo.


He retired Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army including two tours in Vietnam.  He had moved to Northwest Arkansas from California.  He was a distribution manager for many years.


Samuel is survived by:  his wife whom he married July 3, 1987, Doris Carollo, one son; Glenn Carollo, of California, one step-son; Kevin McCoy, and his wife Cindy, of Nevada, one daughter; Kira Corollo, of North Carolina, one step-daughter; Kellie McCoy-Davis and her husband; Matt, of California, one sister; Lou Ray and her husband Mike, of California, six grandchildren, and eleven great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be:  Friday from 9-10am at St. Stephen Catholic Church, located in the Chapel, located in Bentonville. 


Funeral Mass will be:  Friday at 10am at St. Stephen Catholic Church.    Full military honors will be provided by Northwest Arkansas Honor Guard. 

Michael Douglas Hewins
November 22, 1965 until March 17, 2019

Michael Douglas Hewins, 53, of Centerton passed away Sunday, March 17th at his residence. He was born November 22, 1965 in Hightstown, New Jersey the son of Jeannette and Charles Hewins.

Michael is survived by his wife, Michelle Hewins and his five siblings

W. John Rowe
May 28, 1926 until March 14, 2019

W. John Rowe, aged 92, passed away on March 14, 2019 at his home in Bella Vista, where he was a resident for thirty four years. He moved from Arlington Heights, Illinois to Bella Vista in March of 1985. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather and was highly regarded by his entire family and relatives.


John was born on May 28, 1926 in Meridean, Wisconsin to Walter J. Rowe and Geneva Peterson Rowe, both deceased. His older sister, Frances, and younger brother, Richard, are also deceased.


John is survived by his wife, Ruth, of Bella Vista; daughter Cathy Casey (Joe) of Bixby, Oklahoma; son Thomas Rowe (Jan) of Deerfield, Illinois; his sister, Geraldine Barthholf (James) of Monroe, Wisconsin; grandchildren Deborah Stanhope of Bixby, Oklahoma; Bradley Kmita of Tulsa, Oklahoma; Grant Rowe of Coppell, Texas; Clark Rowe of Irving, Texas, and eight great grandchildren.


On December 29, 1949 he married Ruth Ann Neuman of Elroy, Wisconsin. They were blessed with two children, Cathy and Thomas, four grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.


John graduated from Menomonie High School in 1944 and entered the U.S. Navy in June of that year. As part of his several naval assignments, he served on the U.S.S. Crocket, APA 148, for a year and a half in the South Pacific until the end of World War II.


In the fall of 1946, he entered the University of Wisconsin–Stout, graduating in 1950 with a teaching degree. In later years, he earned advanced degrees from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and the University of Illinois in Champaign, Illinois


He spent his career in education — as did his wife, Ruth — as a math teacher, school administrator and retired as principal of Arlington High School in Arlington Heights, Illinois in 1984.


Memorial services will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. the Bella Vista Community Church where he was an active member for more than 30 years. The Dr. Anna Teel, his pastor, will be officiating. Should friends desire, contributions may be sent to the Community Church in Bella Vista, Arkansas (479-855-1126, or to the Cardinal Fund associated with District 214 Education Foundation (847-718-7699,

Maurice Edwin Heathcock

March 12, 2019 until March 15, 1927

Maurice Edwin Heathcock, 91. Died at home after a lengthy illness. March 12.  Born March 15, 1927 in Jonesboro, Arkansas to Edwin Prentis and LoraBell Woodard Heathcock.


Graduated in 1945 from Nettleton High School. Drafted into the United States Army in 1945. Served Army Air Defense, tour of duty Japan 1945 to 1947.  Graduated 1950 from Arkansas State University. Taught and coached the 1949-50 championship basketball team for Nettleton High School.


Married Jonnetafay Tatum August 26, 1950.  Moved to Rowland Heights California in 1959. Retired 1988. Begin traveling with his wife before settling in Holiday Island Arkansas in 1990.


Maurice was preceded in death by his wife Johnnie, sisters Margie Louise Wyatt and Nancy Heathcock.


He is survived by three sons. Gary (Elizabeth), Steve (LeeAnn); both of Greenville, Tennessee and Earl(Vicky) of Centerton, Arkansas.  Brother Marion (Carol) Heathcock, sisters Pat Lefleur, Betty Chaney, Mary Belle Sexton, and Nina Stephens.  Six grandchildren and three great grandchildren.


Maurice’s interests were genealogy, travel, baseball, dominos, hiking. He was on a traveling softball team into his 70s.


The family would like to thank Circle of Life Hospice for their compassionate care.

Elizabeth Alexandria Lee Dawson
November 3, 1998 until March 14, 2019

Elizabeth Alexandria Lee Dawson, 20, of Bella Vista died Thursday, March 14. She was born November 3, 1998 in Rogers the daughter of Elizabeth Hileman.

She is survived by her mother, Elizabeth Hileman and two brothers.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00pm, Thursday, March 28 at Bentonville Church of Christ.

Carol Ann McDonald

April 12, 1948 until March 11, 2019

Carol Ann McDonald passed away March 11, 2019 at the Legacy Hospice House in Bentonville, Arkansas after some lengthy illnesses.


She was a member of the Bentonville United Methodist

Church.  Carol Ann Martin McDonald was born to James Archer Martin and Dorothy Jean Marshall in Magnolia, Arkansas, on April 12, 1948. She married Gary Lea McDonald on September 23, 1972 in Fort Worth, Texas. They had many great years travelling throughout the US and in several

countries. That grew very quickly as their favorite thing to do, with hunting and shooting guns as close second and third. Carol was unable to have her own children, and instead worked to draw close to her nieces and nephews.


Carol was preceded in death by her husband, Gary and by her parents   James and Dorothy Martin. She is survived by her sister, Patricia Johnson and husband, Rueben, of Indiana, and her brother, James, and wife, Connie of Powell, Missouri and 11 nieces and nephews.


Carol had great compassion for others and was always helping until she was unable due to her health. She will be sorely missed by family and friends.


In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Second Street Pantry in Bentonville, Arkansas.

Edith Maxine Bates

March 21, 1925 until March 10, 2019

Edith Maxine Bates, 93, of Bentonville died March 10, 2019 at her home surrounded by family.


Maxine was born March 21, 1925 in Gentry, Arkansas to Allen and Hettie Delphia (Akin) Spiva.  She was a loving wife and mother, having made her home on the family farm for the last 70 years.  She was a member of the United Methodist Church and was devoted to the Children’s Ministry and loved to sing in the choir.


She is survived by three sons and one daughter, Gary Bates and wife Linda of Anchor Point, Alaska; Charles Bates and wife Dianne of Baytown, Texas; David Bates of Bentonville, Arkansas;Pam Andreasen and husband Ken of Shell Knob, Missouri; one sister, Geneva Williams of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; nine grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.


She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Norman Bates; a son, Steven Bates; a daughter-in-law, Regenia Bates; and eleven brothers and sisters.


Funeral services celebrating Maxine’s life will be at 1 p.m., Saturday, March 16, 2019 at the Mt. Pleasant Church, Highway 72, Gravette.  Interment will follow at the Centerton Cemetery.

Jack Drake

September 3, 1926 until March 6, 2019

Garlen Jackson “Jack” Drake 92 of Rogers, Arkansas went to his eternal home in Heaven with Christ, March 6, 2019 after a brief illness. He was born September 3, 1926 in Brea, California to Bill Drake and Carrie Glenn Drake.


Jack graduated from Elkins High School and then entered the Navy where he served in World War II aboard the USS Ferguson APA-82 in the South Pacific. After his service, he attended the University of Arkansas for 2 years. He married Phairzetta Wright on July 10, 1953 in Festus, MO. He retired from Southwestern Bell in 1984 where he held several positions during his more than 30 year career. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Rogers, AR for the past 36 years.


He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Carl Drake.


Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Zetta Drake: One son, Bradford Drake and wife Julie of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas; Two daughters, Tracey Drake of Evans, Georgia and Carrie Howrey and husband Mike of Rogers, Arkansas; Four grandchildren: Andrew Drake and wife Brooke, Zachary Drake and wife Emilee, Drake Howrey and Loren Howrey; One great grandchild: Shiloh Drake.


Graveside service will be 2:00pm, Friday, March 8th at Drakes Creek Cemetery where Jack spent a great deal of time recording and photographing every gravestone.  They can viewed by following this link:

Rev. James Gordon Buttram

December 8, 1935 until March 6, 2019

Rev. James Gordon Buttram, born December 8, 1935 in San Jose, California in the Santa Clara Valley to Mr. John Buttram and Mrs. Hester Almeda Rogers.


He entered into his eternal rest on Wednesday, March 6, 2019

at the Circle of Life Hospice in Springdale, Arkansas.


Pastor Buttram is survived by the love of his life and wife of 62 ½ years,

Velma Marie Wright. They were married in Rio Dell, California (Humbolt County) on June 27, 1957.  He is also survived by his three daughters and their husbands all of Rogers, Arkansas. Jacquelin Buttram-Brownell and her husband Rev. Scott Brownell; Charlotte Buttram-El-Adaoui and her husband Abdul El-Adaoui; and Angela Buttram-Herferd. Also, Mr. Buttram has 6 grandchildren: Bethany Walmsley (Evan), Brittany Humes (Justin), Rev. James Brownell (Grace), Kathryn Rodgers (Pastor Logan), Sherene El-Adaoui, Bradley Williams, and Brooke Woods. He also has 6 great grandchildren: Caitlyn and Addison Humes, Jackson and Emery Walmsley, Eleanor Rodgers and Daemon Wood all of Benton County. Also, his brother-n-laws, Freddy Joe Wright of Glenwood, Arkansas, Raymond Miller of Rio Dell, California and one sister-n-law, Sharon Buttram of Springfield, Missouri.


Mr. Buttram held a Masters Degree in Human Relations and Psychology from Golden State University.  He served as Manager for Metropolitan Life Insurance in Roseville, California.  He will be remembered as dedicating his life to full time ministry and was Ordained by the Assemblies of God for over 50 years. Pastor and Mrs. Buttram built churches, pastoring full-time and raising monies for philanthropic venues to feeding and clothing those without for over forty years.  He served in the Northern California and Nevada District of the Assemblies of God as presbyter where he constructed a church, Calvary First Assembly of God in Hilmar, CA. In addition, he pastored and served in the Arkansas and Louisiana Districts of the Assemblies of God. In 2001, he and his wife moved from Roseville, CA to retire in Arkansas and to be close to their children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Pastor Buttram always held a strong conviction for God’s Holy Word and has taught in the local church up until his health did not permit him to do so.


Pastor Buttram loved singing and gospel music and at the drop of a hat could sing any hymn from memory by request. Matter of fact, he loved singing mother love songs in his last days on earth. It is no secret that he was a master gardener and landscaper. He would grow gardens to feed his own family and those around him. He will be missed pruning his fruit trees and canning the fruits of his labor. Last, he loved the annual vacations with his wife and daughter’s as they would travel from California to Arkansas each year to Montgomery County to see grandparents and hold the annual summer revival meeting.


Pastor Buttram was a God fearing man and set the standard high for living a holy life. You would never hear a cross word from his lips because he exemplified holiness. He enjoyed teaching the Word of God with accuracy and the anointing.


James has been received into heaven by his family that has gone on before him. They are his parents, brothers, and one sister (Mr. John Buttram, Mrs. Hester Almeda Rogers-Buttram, Doris Miller, Daniel Buttram, Alva Buttram, and Mervin Buttram).He often spoke of his family whom was of the Seminole Nation in Oklahoma.


James served in the Korean Conflict with the United States Army and will be provided full military honors by the Northwest Arkansas Honor Guard of Rogers, Arkansas.


Visitation will be Friday from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. at New Hope Assembly of God Church located in Rogers, Arkansas. A celebration of life will begin at 10 a.m.  His internment will be private at the Black Springs Cemetery in Norman, Arkansas.

Susan Carter Schuhardt

March 18, 1949 until March 5, 2019

Susan Carter Schuhardt, age 69, of Eureka Springs died Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at Mercy Medical Center located in Rogers.  She was born March 18, 1949.


Survivors include:  her husband Don Schuhardt, and two daughters; Kimberly Collins and Melissa Rogers. 


David Chestnut

January 5, 1946 until March 1, 2019

Walter “David” Chestnut, age 73, of Rogers died Friday, March 1, 2019 at Northwest Medical Center of Benton County located in Bentonville, Arkansas.  He was born in Yellville, AR on January 5, 1946 the son of Walter and Telia Chesnut.


He was a mechanic, enjoyed fishing and working on cars.  He was a member of Eastside Assembly of God Church located in Bentonville. 


He was preceded in death by:  his parents and Cheyanne Rae Chestnut.


Survivors include:  his wife; Linda Gail Chestnut, six sons; James Chesnut and his wife Paige of Kansas, David Lee Chestnut and his wife Bonee of Huntsville, Deric Chestnut and his wife Ina of Rogers, Travis Chestnut of Rogers, Justin Chestnut and wife Amber, of Rogers, Samuel Doss and his wife Ashli, of Idaho, two daughters; Mary Ann Chesnut of Avoca, Heather Chestnut, of Centerton, brothers; Wayne Chesnut, Donnie and his wife Geri Chesnut, Eddie Chesnut, two sisters; Brenda Green and her husband Troy, of Missouri, Sharon Worley and her husband Henry, of Missouri, several grandchildren, and many great-grandchildren.


Graveside service will be Monday at 2pm at Decatur Cemetery in Decatur, Arkansas.


Memorials may be sent to:  Eastside Assembly of God Church located in Bentonville with Pastor Robert Ward officiating.

Beverly Brillhart Bink
April 9, 1939 until February 22, 2019

Beverly Brillhart Bink was born on April 9, 1939 in Pryor, OK. Her family then moved SE of Sentinel, OK on the Kiowa County line. It was there she attended Sentinel High School, where she was a star basketball player and talented pianist for the choir. She grew up on the family farm, helping with the chores like milking cows and plowing the fields on the tractor with her father. It was there she learned the value of hard work, something that served her well for life, whether it was caring for her family, working as an executive secretary, or managing the family farms.

After moving to San Antonio in the late 1960’s, she married William Warren Bink on March 29, 1969. They moved to Grand Prairie, TX and built a life together there. She loved entertaining for the holidays, family reunions, collecting antiques, photography and scrapbooking. She also loved to travel, and enjoyed boating, water skiing and fishing trips with her family. A highlight of her travels was her trip to Paris. She was also a talented writer like her mother, who authored several Christian women’s devotional books.

After retirement, in 2007, they moved to Hobart, OK. In 2011, she moved to Apple Blossom Retirement Living Center in Rogers, AR to be closer to family. She passed away peacefully February 22, 2019 in Arkansas. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Warren Bink, her parents Elmer and Florence Brillhart, and her brother Clark Brillhart.

She is survived by her daughter Leigh Ann Falls and her husband, Mike of Highlands Ranch, CO, her son Steven Don Bink of Albuquerque, NM, and her son John Bink and wife Shannon of Bentonville, AR. Also, she is survived by 9 grandchildren: Ashleigh, Justin, Lauren and Hannah Falls of Highlands Ranch, CO, Joshua, Debra, and Aleece Bink of Albuquerque, NM, Jarrett and Karsyn Bink of Bentonville, AR. Beverly enjoyed her later years spending time with her grandchildren and retiring at the farm. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Grand Prairie, TX along with First Baptist Church in Hobart, OK. She loved the Lord with all her heart.

Our family will be having a private memorial to celebrate her life.

Kha Nguyen
August 13, 1957 until February 22, 2019

Kha Nguyen, 61, of Bentonville died February 22nd at Northwest Medical Center. He was born in Vietnam on August 13, 1957.

Kha is survived by many friends and family.

Viewing will be Monday, February 25th from 9am to 3pm and then from 5pm to 8pm at Epting Funeral Home Bentonville.
Randy “Blu Loc” Aitken
April 24, 1978 until February 22, 2019

Randy "Blu Loc" Aitken, 40, 0f Bentonville died Friday, February 22nd at his residence. He was born April 24, 1978 in Santa Rosa, California to Linda MacKenzie and Randall Aitken.

Blu loved tinkering with electronics and working with his hands. He enjoyed working on Ruckus Scooters and motorcycles.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Blu is survived by his fiancé, Shelina Self, sons, Anthony and Cody Aitken, daughters, Alyse Holloway and Amy Marina Berry, sister, Jennifer Elmore, grandchild, Jordynn Maxwell and many loving friends and relatives.
Bruce Alan Pile
March 19, 1952 until February 23, 2019

Bruce Alan Pile, 66, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on February 23rd, 2019. He was born on March 19, 1952 in Rogers to Ronald and Helen Pile.

Bruce is survived by his parents, brother, Barry, sister, Sherrie Moffitt, and brother, Mark (wife Missy), all of Lowell. He is also survived by four nieces, three nephews, five grand-nieces and five grand-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Dave Moffitt and nephew, Colby Pile.

Bruce attended the University of Arkansas and worked as a mechanical engineer and in later years worked as an inventory specialist with RGIS. He also enjoyed doing research and writing online articles about investing for Forbes magazine and was a model fund manager for Marketocracy since 2001.

Bruce was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church of Rogers. He loved his church and supporting their mission work in India.

After a private burial at Rogers Cemetery, there will be a visitation Monday, February 25th from 10:15 until 11:00am with a Memorial Service immediately following at Immanuel Baptist Church in Rogers, 2555 S 26th Street.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Immanuel Baptist Church mission projects or Circle of Life Hospice in Springdale, 901 Jones Road, 72762.

The family would like to express our sincere thanks to Circle of Life Hospice of Springdale for the excellent and loving care given to Bruce.

Gary W. LeRoy

August 16, 1952 until February 18, 2019

Gary W. LeRoy, 66, of Siloam Springs died Monday, February 18, 2019 at Washington Regional Center of Fayetteville.  He was born August 16, 1952 in Siloam Springs.


Survivors include his wife Shirley LeRoy and many loving relatives and friends. 

Donald O Boudeman
February 21, 1940 until February 15, 2019

Donald O Boudeman, 78, passed away February 15, 2019 at Westwood Health and Rehab. He was born in Los Angeles, CA February 21, 1940 to Donald and Dorothy Boudeman. After high school he served in the Navy for four years and went onto work for Xerox in San Diego for ten years.

Though he started life on the west coast, he was drawn to Arkansas where he eventually purchased a log cabin on 40 acres in Huntsville to pursue farm life raising calves and hogs. He later went on to study Animal Science and Philosophy at the University of Arkansas. Don was well rounded and an avid reader. He loved space travel and followed it closely. 

In addition, he enjoyed gaming, kayaking, traveling, and building his own house. Eventually Don moved to Fayetteville where he enjoyed being close to the college and other activities in the area. He is survived by his sister, Stephanie Hempt of Orwell, VT, his niece, Tiama Connor and her husband and five grand nieces and nephews.

There will be a private memorial service in the spring celebrating Don's life.

Eulis Jackson Ward

September 16, 1953 until February 9, 2019

Eulis Jackson Ward, 65, of Fayetteville died Saturday, February 9, 2019 at a local skilled care center.


He served in the United States Navy.


Eulis is survived by many loving relatives.


No services are planned at this time.

Rita Sue Martin

June 14, 1953 until February 10, 2019

Rita Sue Martin, age 65, of Centerton died Sunday, February 10, 2019 at Circle of Life Hospice House located in Bentonville.  She was born June 14, 1953 in Chanute, Kansas the daughter of Rosemary Ornelas and John Martin.


She enjoyed time with her family and friends, especially time with her grandchildren.  She loved looking at the shops and their antiques. She moved to Northwest Arkansas in 2002 from Kansas.


She was preceded in death by:  her parents, her husband, and her brother John Allan Martin.

She is survived by:  two sons; Jason Sabine, of Centerton, Stephen Sabine, of Centerton, one brother; Rick Martin, of Pea Ridge, two grandchildren; Todd and Seth Sabine, numerous nieces and nephews.


Visitation will be Friday from 10:30 until service time at The Ridge Community Church located at 836 North Curtis Ave in Pea Ridge.  A celebration of life will begin at 11:30 am.

David Roy Teed
June 11, 1946 until February 10, 2019

David Roy Teed, 72, of Sulphur Springs died Sunday, February 10, 2019 at his residence. He was born June 11, 1946 in Brady, Michigan to Clifford and Edith Teed Sr.

David was an active member of his church. He proudly served in the US Army and was a beloved husband and father to his family. David enjoyed raising cattle.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

David is survived by his wife Teresa Teed of the home, eight children: David Ralph Teed, Daniel Teed, Titus Teed (Maria), Elizabeth Iliev (Emanuil), Philip Teed (Mychelle), Susanna Teed, Nathan Teed (Marla), and Joanna Teed; siblings: Clifford Teed (Dorcas), Frederick Teed (Violet), Jonathan Teed (Ginger), Priscilla Poe, Samuel Teed (Laura), Nathaniel Teed (Janet), Joseph Teed (Bonnie), Lemuel Teed (Elizabeth), Sharon Yordy (Joe), Godfrey Teed (Theresa), Godwin Teed (Joyce), eight grandchildren, multiple foster grandchildren and a host of family and friends.

A celebration of David's life will be Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 2pm at Church of God Holiness located in Gravette.

Bobby Dean Davis

March 11, 1959 until February 5, 2019

Bobby Dean Davis, 59, of Springdale died Tuesday, February 5th at his residence.  He was born March 11, 1959 in Springdale.

Survivors:  sons; Jimmy Davis and his wife Maria, of Bentonville, Greg Davis and his wife Patricia of Rogers, and seven grandchildren.

Raymond Legg

November 21, 1949 until February 4, 2019

Raymond Legg, 69, of Rogers died Monday at Mercy. Born November 21, 1949 in Albuquerque, New Mexico to Marvin and Nalale Legg.

Preceded in death: his parents and wife, Maureen Legg.

Survivors: son, Brandon Legg (Elizabeth); adopted children: Tavares, Sandy, T.J. McGhee; grandchildren: Andrew Saum, Emalee Saum, Abbigail McGuire.

Carolyn K. Sluss

September 20, 1951 until February 2, 2019

Carolyn K. Sluss, 67, of Springdale died Saturday, February 2, 2019 at her residence.  She was born September 20, 1951 in Wabash, Indiana the daughter Minerva Rowe and Franklin Sluss. 

She always was smiling and was very wise beyond her years.  She had lived in the Northwest Arkansas area for 15 years.  She worked as a secretary for many years.

Survivors:  two sons; Franklin Sluss and his wife Colleen Sluss, of Springdale, Edgar Shannon of Springdale, one brother; Dewey Sluss and his wife Jill Sluss, of Ohio, two sisters; Darlene Sluss of Ohio, Rita Sluss of Kentucky, many nieces and nephews, two grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren.
Jimmy Dale Donohew “The Guitar Man”
April 5, 1956 until February 1, 2019

Jimmy Dale Donohew "The Guitar Man", 62, died Friday, February 1, 2019. He was born April 5, 1956 in Anderson, Missouri to Martha and John Donohew.

The Guitar Man loved music and sharing his gifts with everyone. He performed live on KURM radio, at many local festivals and taught youth his craft. Jimmy was genuine and would make time for anyone that asked him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother; Billy, and one sister; Imogene.

Jimmy is survived by five brothers; Laymon and his wife Kathi, Bob, Sam, Junior, Lee and his wife Judy, two sisters; Linda Mercer and her husband Darrel, Mary Holland, numerous family and friends.

Visitation will be Wednesday, February 6th from 5 to 7pm at Epting Funeral Home Gravette.

Funeral service will be at 10am on Thursday, February 7th at Epting Funeral Home Gravette, officiated by John Meredith.