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

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

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

She was a Godly Mother and Wife.

Viola L. Weaver

August 15, 1924 until June 14, 2019

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


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


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

Derrick Allen Crooker

April 19, 1972 until June 13, 2019

Derrick Allen Crooker, 47, of Fayetteville died June 13 at Walker Hospice. He was born April 19, 1972 in Weymouth, MA to David and Barbara (Fitch) Crooker.


Derrick loved riding his motorcycle.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Connie Mae Lee

April 9, 1943 until June 10, 2019

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


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


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


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


No services are planned at this time. 

Tooter Sweat

March 26, 1947 until June 9, 2019

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

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


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

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


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

Betty Caskey

January 18, 1955 until June 8, 2019

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

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

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

No are services planned.

Fred L. Herrmann

August 30, 1935 until June 8, 2019

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


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

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

No services are planned at this time.


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

James Ronald Moreton

December 14, 1964 until June 6, 2019

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


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


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


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

Eric Lee Bruce

January 9, 1974 until June 4, 2019

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


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


He was preceded in death by:  his father. 

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


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

Bessie Venter

June 5, 1952 until June 3, 2019

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


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


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

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


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


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

Margaret Kuehn

May 29, 1937 until June 4, 2019

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Patsy Jean Williams

December 29th, 1942 until May 27th, 2019

Patsy Jean Williams died May 27th, 2019 at her home in Bentonville. She was born December 29th, 1942 in Amarillo, Tx. to Eugene and Ola Belle VanDyke. She met and married her husband of 42 years, Billy Wayne Williams in Amarillo before moving to Northwest Arkansas in 1988.

Patsy was preceded in death by her parents; Eugene and Ola, and her son; Willy Williams. She leaves behind her husband; Wayne, her son; Chris Williams (Laney), her daughter; Holly Sorrells (Randy), 1o grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild.

Patsy was a member of New Hope Assembly, and enjoyed crafts and spending time with her family.


In lieu of flowers, memorials in her name may be made to Circle of Life Hospice or the Diabetes Association.


A celebration of Patsy’s life will be Saturday, June 1, 2019 at New Hope Assembly of God Church located in Rogers at 1pm with Pastor James Longmate officiating.

Emily Jean Pham

July 3, 1983 until May 29, 2019

Emily Jean Pham, 35, of El Paso, TX passed away May 29, 2019 in El Paso. She was born July 3, 1983 in Little Rock to Theodore B. and Linda (McNabb) Talley.

She was a devoted mother, a traveler, and enjoyed all things culinary.

Emily was preceded in death by her mother.

Survivors include her husband, Andy Pham of El Paso; three daughters: Audrey,

Penelope, and Avery Pham; her father, Theodore Broughton Talley Jr. of Bentonville; and

five siblings: Mary Lou Duhon of Louisiana,

Laura Roberts of California, Kathryn Talley of Texas, Theo Talley III of Texas, and Timothy B. Talley of Fayetteville.

A visitation will be Thursday, June 6, 2019 at 12:00pm at the First United Methodist Church in Bentonville, followed by a funeral service at 2:00pm. She will be interred following the service at the Bentonville City Cemetery.

Melissa Michelle King

September 17, 1978 until May 25, 2019

Melissa Michelle King, 40, of Bentonville, Arkansas died May 25, 2019 at Mercy Medical Center in Rogers. She was born September 17, 1978 in Little Rock, Arkansas.


She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Business from Harding University located in Searcy. She enjoyed baking, gardening, and spending quality time with her family and friends.  She attended Living Waters Church located in Centerton.

Survivors:  Her husband; Ranando King, her parents; Doris and Anthony Scott, two children; Ian King and Anita King, one step-daughter; Jasmine King, one nephew; Xavion Harris, three nieces; Kali Corbin, Jessica Coleman, and Zaria Harris, two sisters; Kimberly Scott and Helen Scott, and two step-grandchildren.

Catherine Ruby Gray

December 7, 1930 until May 25, 2019

Catherine Ruby Gray, RN, 88, of Greenland died Saturday, May 25, 2019 at Washington Regional Medical Center located in Fayetteville.  She was born December 7, 1930 in Canandaigua, New York the daughter of Dewey and Ruby Gage.


She grew up and graduated in Canandaigua, she worked as a nurse in Rochester, New York, where she met her husband when he was serving his Surgical Rotation.  They moved to Northwest Arkansas in late 1950’s.  She then raised her family in Greenland, Arkansas. 


Catherine was the school nurse of Greenland School District for many years.  She was a mentor for many future nursing students at Greenland High School.  Then she went to be The Director of Nursing for Holland Nursing Homes.  She took an active role in establishing the PTA of Arkansas, also served as the PTA President of Arkansas and served on the national level. 


Catherine coached Girl’s Softball for many years.  She helped establish the Red Cross Swimming Program of Washington County.   She loved to watch her children, grands, and greats participate in all their many activities.   She enjoyed working puzzles, crosswords, swimming, and shopping for others.


She was preceded in death by:  her parents, two brothers; Harvey Gage, Raymond Gage, and two sisters; Patty Grahame and Marion Fladd. 


Catherine is survived by her family whom she fiercely loved including  her husband of 67  years; Dr. Thomas W. Gray, whom she married December 15, 1951, four sons; Thomas W. Gray II and wife Ann, of Little Flock, Stephen Gray and wife Jill, of Georgia, Raymond Gray and wife Judy, of Texas, Peter Gray, of Greenland, three daughters; Patsy Campbell and husband Randy, of Farmington, Christine Harrison and husband Stacy, of West Fork, Ruthy Overholt and husband Scott, of North Carolina, one brother; Walter Gage and wife Joan, of New York, one sister; Donna Ratzel, of New York,  one brother-in-law; Johnny Fladd, of New York, one sister-in-law; Susan Gage Bour, of New York, many cousins, nieces and nephews, 28 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, and expecting another great-grandson in July.


Visitation will be Friday, May 31, 2019 from 10am until service time at First Baptist Church, 589 Rheas Mill Road, Farmington, Arkansas 72730.  A celebration of Catherine’s life will begin at 11am at the church.  Interment will follow at Baptist Ford Cemetery located in Greenland.

Memorials may be sent to the Catherine Gray Nursing Student Scholarship Fund at NWACC, to be set up at ARVEST Bank. 

David Lynn Allen

April 6, 1935 until May 25, 2019

David Lynn Allen, 84, of Bella Vista died Saturday, May 25, 2019, at Circle of Life Hospice in Bentonville, Arkansas.


He was born on April 6, 1935, in Dodge City, Kan, to Nathan and Lela Allen. He married Doris (Kelley) Allen on August 21, 1955. Dave worked for Northern Natural Gas for 22 years before opening his own fast food restaurant in Lyons, Kan., and retired from the Appraisers office in Reno County (Hutchinson) Kansas. After retirement, Dave and Doris moved to Bella Vista in 2001. Dave was a member of Forest Hills Church of Bella Vista, a member of the church choir, a board member and volunteer at Helping Hands in Bentonville.

He was preceded in death by his parents.


Survivors include his wife Doris Allen; sons, Kelley Allen, Barry (Debbie) Allen, Bruce (Gail) Allen, Brent (John Gioia) Allen; brother, Robert Allen, sister, Nathela Crooks; 5 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.


A memorial service will be held at Forest Hills Church Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 11:00 am.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Circle of Life, 1201 N.E. Legacy Parkway, Bentonville, Arkansas, 72712.

Jim Gale Renner

November 4, 1939 until May 25, 2019

Jim Gale Renner, 79, of Farmington died Saturday, May 25th  after a brief illness, at Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville.


He was a registered nurse for many years.


Survivors:  wife; Debby Renner, son; Gale Renner and wife, Jennifer, of Prairie Grove. 

Joshua Lee McMillon

March 23, 1980 until May 23, 2019

Joshua Lee McMillon, age 39, of Bella Vista died Thursday, May 23, 2019 at Mercy Medical Center located in Rogers.  He was born March 23, 1980 in Rupert, Idaho the son of Patricia Lasala and Donald Ray McMillon.


He enjoyed: spending time with the kids and family.  He loved his church and church family.  He loved writing silly songs with his guitar and always made people smile.  He was very generous with his time and resources.  He enjoyed diving with his brother and crabbing in the ocean.


He worked: He owned Ice King Shaved Ice and loved serving others with his shave ice trailer.  He was always donating proceeds to any organization he could.


He was preceded in death by: his father Donald Ray McMillon


Joshua is survived by:  his wife; Sarah Elisabeth McMillon, children Madison, Kyleigh and Chloe McMillon, step children McKenzie and Keaton Hohensee, mother Patricia Kalimootoo, step father David Kalimootoo, his step-mom; Shawnee Brown, brother Jeremy McMillon, grandparents, many aunts, uncles and cousins.


A celebration of Joshua’s life will be Sunday, May 26, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at Ignite Church, located at 2701 North 13th Street, in Rogers, with Pastor Curtis Holt officiating.


The family has asked for donations to be made to the church, for his family.

Jeffrey Alan Boremann

April 6, 1964 until May 23, 2019

Jeffrey Alan Bornemann, 55, of Branson, Missouri died Thursday, May 23, 2019 at the VA Hospital located in Fayetteville.  He was born April 6, 1964 in St. Louis, Missouri.

He served in the US Air Force where he earned an Honorable Discharge.

Michael “Brett” Jetton

June 17, 1968 until May 23, 2019

Michael “Brett” Jetton, 50, of Fayetteville passed away Thursday, May 23 at Washington Regional Medical Center. He was born June 17, 1968 in Fort Smith to Randall Jay and Linda Gail (McClary) Jetton.


Brett had lived in the Fayetteville area for 11 years after moving from Fort Smith. He was an avid golfer, animal lover, and collector.


Brett was preceded in death by his mother, and grandparents: John D. McClary, Mary Ernestine McClary, and Melba Jean Jetton.


Survivors include his daughter, Jasmine Jetton of Texas; sister, Amy LeSieur (Daniel) of Rogers; and long-term partner, Shannon Tepfer Floyd of Fayetteville.


In lieu of service attendance or flowers, memorials may be made to House of Little Dogs Rescue/ Sanctuary or Washington Regional Foundation.

Joseph Christian Ranieri

November 15, 1922 until May 15, 2019

Joseph Christian Ranieri, 96, of Bella Vista, Arkansas, died on May 15th, 2019.  He was born on November 15, 1922 to Onofrio and Marie Ranieri in Fremont, Nebraska.


Joseph worked as an orthodontist, retiring from the profession, and was a part of several organizations, including; Optimists, 32nd Degree Mason, Shriner, AAO, TROA, MOAA, ADA, and served several terms as president for the church council of Morning Star Lutheran Church.


He served in the United States Army during World War II. 


He was preceded in death by his parents; Onofrio and Marie Ranieri, and his sister; Donna Predmore.


Joseph is survived by his wife; Beatrice A. Ranieri, son; Joel Andre Ranieri, daughters; Jewell Arlene Coffin, Dr. Claire L. Ranieri, sisters; Rose L. Boise, Marie A. Lincoln (Dale), Judy C Bradley, 3 grandsons; Brian, Erik, and Gabriel Coffin, five great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.


Visitation will be:  Monday, May 20, 2019 from 9:30 a.m. until service time, at United Lutheran Church, located at 100 Cooper Road in Bella Vista.  Funeral service will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Monday.


Interment will be at The National Cemetery located in Omaha, Nebraska. 


Memorials can be sent to:  United Lutheran Church, 100 Cooper Road, Bella Vista, Arkansas 72715.

Linda Mary Bosteder

July 14, 1945 until May 14, 2019

Linda Bosteder, 73, of Rogers died Tuesday in Springdale. She was born July 14, 1945 in Jacobson, MN to Leonard and Crystal Lindman.


Survivors: six children: John Bosteder (Nita) of Rogers, Betty Lehr (Joe) of Missouri, Ross Bosteder (Cheryl) of Rogers, Nancy Randall (Gary) of Rogers, Rachel DeFrates (Joey) of Rogers, and Jeremy Lindman (Jenny) of Texas; nine grandsons: Kenneth (Hannah), Joey (Crystal), Thomas (Sara), Nicholas, Nathanial (Shelbi), Dakota, Seth, Cade, and Christopher; nine granddaughters: Sunset, Jennifer, Brittney, Franci, Jessica (Jordan), Sierra, Elizabeth, Samantha, and Michelle; thirteen great-grandchildren; and many sisters, brothers, and relatives.


A celebration of Linda’s life will be Saturday, May 18 at 4pm at her daughter Betty’s house: 6341 Farm Road 2190 Exeter, MO.

Shelby Brooke Buttram Shy

July 1, 1980 until May 8, 2019

Shelby Brooke Buttram Shy, age 38, died Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at UAMS located in Little Rock.  She was born July 1, 1980 in Springdale the daughter of Teresa Jo Cole and Randy Vernon Buttram.


She was a lifetime resident of Northwest Arkansas and a graduate of Rogers High School.  She graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Business Communications, was a member of Pi Beta Phi and a member of The KU Women Swim Team.  She enjoyed swimming, Herflower Family, gardening, lake life, spending time in the outdoors, live music, loved life, and loved animals.  Mostly above all she loved Her Mom and Dad and her sweet boys Brooks and Coleman.


Shelby worked in the family business, Shirley’s Flowers for many years, and is Past-President of the Arkansas Florist Association.  She served on many councils for Society of American Florist (SAF).


She was also a former Buyer for Wal-Mart Stores for many years.  In her final years, she was owner and founder of Coleman Brooks Consulting.  She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents; Wallace and Hazel Buttram.


Shelby is survived by: her parents; Randy and Jo Buttram, of Bella Vista, two sons; Brooks H. Shy, of Bentonville, Coleman W. Shy, of Bentonville, two uncles; Rick Buttram and his wife Jayne, of Rogers, Michael Cole and his wife Kathy, of Kansas City, maternal grandparents; "Grammy" Shirley Cole, of Rogers, Jack Cole of Eureka Springs and partner Clarice Moore, of Rogers, and six cousins; Mance Buttram, Eric Buttram, Heather Knight, Lindsey Cole, Jason Cole, and Dylan Cole.


A celebration of Shelby’s life will be: Friday, May 17, 2019 at 2:30 Pm at Botanical Garden of the Ozarks located at 4703 North Crossover Road Fayetteville, Arkansas 72703.


In lieu of donations send flowers to someone you love, or send memorials to The Benton County Sunshine School, 3400 Woods Lane, Rogers, Arkansas 72756.

Atalaya Camillia Thompson
January 4, 2000 until May 7, 2019

Our Princess, Atalaya Camillia Thompson, age 19, of Fayetteville, Arkansas passed away Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at 12:11 AM in Fayetteville, Arkansas in a motor vehicle accident. 


Atalaya was born January 4, 2000 in Springdale, Arkansas and graduated from Fayetteville High School, May 2018.


Atalaya is survived in death by her mother; Jessica Garcia, of Fayetteville, her father Aaron Thompson and step mother Shawnia Thompson, of Bentonville, Arkansas


Atalaya a beloved sister to her big brother, Aaron Thompson Jr which she adored as much as he did her, her baby brother Brayden that loved his Sissy Poo and half sister Lulonee Thompson.


She is also survived by her maternal grandmother, Rosalinda Garcia of Springdale, Arkansas. Paternal grandparents, Guy and Sheryl Thompson of Bella Vista, Arkansas.  Her loving aunts Michelle Moreno Fierro, April Garcia, Kristie Garcia, Chasity Garcia and uncles, Dominick Fierro and Adam Thompson. She is also survived in death by numerous cousins, great-aunts and great-uncles that love and adore her.  Proceeded in death by her maternal grandfather, Dimas Garcia.


In Heaven Atalaya will forever be in the arms of her first true love Christopher Gutierrez, both taken from their families arms far too soon.


Atalaya had the purest love of life, family and friends. A true beauty inside and out, honest and soulful with the ability to touch a life with a few simple words of wisdom and encouragement.  Taken from this world too soon she will be our beautiful guardian angel, our protector. The shining star in the sky, which will never dim.  She will always be with us, heart and soul.


Atalaya loved her friends dearly. Atalaya and Elijah were by each other’s sides through the best and the worst, a lifelong love.  Lexie Rice, Lily Paez-Garcia and Anthony Garcia. True friends with memories forever cherished.


A Memorial will be held Saturday May, 18, 2019 at St. Pauls Episcopal Church, 224 N. East Avenue, Fayetteville, Arkansas at 1:00 PM.


A Celebration of Life will be held Sunday May 19, 2019 at 4:00 PM at Sassafras Springs Vineyard,  6461 East Guy Terry Road Springdale, Arkansas


Memorial donations may be sent to Atalaya Thompson Facebook Memorial Fund.  Please send memorial flowers to Sassafras Springs Vineyard on Sunday May 19th.

Crayton “Tom” Thomas Crisler
October 8, 1961 until May 2, 2019

Crayton “Tom” Thomas Crisler, 57, of Bella Vista died Thursday, May 2, 2019 at his residence. He was born October 8, 1961 in Wichita, Kansas the son of Donna and Walter Crisler.

Tom was a member of First Baptist Rogers. He loved God’s Word, a good joke, and playing his dulcimer and banjo. He enjoyed cooking, listening to bluegrass and studying Civil War Era history.

Tom is survived by his wife Mendi of the home, his parents, three daughters; Elizabeth, Esther, and Emma Crisler, two brothers; Tracy Crisler (Kim) of Kansas, Todd Crisler (Stephanie) of Kansas.

A celebration of Tom’s life will be held at 11:00am, Monday, May 6, 2019 at First Baptist Rogers Olive Street Campus.

Memorials can be sent to the Tom Crisler Memorial Fund at Arvest Bank to assist with his daughters’ medical and educational needs.

Helen Marie Rankin Leach Cahill

November 19, 1926 until April 28, 2019

Helen Marie Rankin Leach Cahill, 92, passed away April 28, 2019 at home in Winslow, Arkansas. She was born November 19, 1926 to Henry Ward and Beatrice Maude Rankin in St. Louis County, Missouri.


Marie was preceded in death by husbands Leroy Toy Leach and Roger Cahill; son Donald Leach; and brother Henry Allen Rankin.


Marie was retired from the V.H. Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Winslow and the Winslow Home Extension Club.


Marie is survived by a daughter Karen Marie Smith (Jim) of Bella Vista and sisters Betty McGuire (Jim) of Springdale and Billie Sue Hughes (Ray) of Winslow. She is also survived by grandchildren Diana Glander of Prairie Grove, Arkansas; Aaron Smith (Amy) of Kansas City, Missouri; Mark Leach (Cathy), Dean Leach, and Jack Leach all of Winslow. Surviving great-grandchildren are Alexandra Blake (Chris), Bailey Smith, Payton Lucky Smith, Zane Smith, Chance Glander (Alex), Chase Glander, Chloe Glander, Amber Leach, Dakota Leach, Dillon Leach, and Michael Leach (Audra). Surviving great-great-grandchildren are Hudson James Blake, Jaiden Leach, and Lainey Leach. Marie is also survived by many nieces and nephews, and by special friends John Kaiser and Kay Redfern.


The family expresses appreciation to caregivers Melissa Kanas and James Templeton.


A memorial service for Marie will be a memorial visitation will be Saturday, May 25, 2019 at First Baptist Church located in Winslow from noon until service time. The memorial service for Marie will begin at 1pm.

Sue Ann Jasper

December 4, 1960 until April 30, 2019

Sue Ann Jasper, age 58, of Bella Vista died Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at Circle of Life Hospice House located in Bentonville.  She was born December 4, 1960 in Ottumwa, Iowa the daughter of Lou Beall and Paul D. Jasper. 


She loved spending quality time with her family especially time with her grandchildren.  She was a caregiver for many years. 

She was preceded in death by:  her father, her granddaughter; Ember Adamson, and two brothers.


Sue is survived by:  her son; Nathan Adamson and his wife Heather, of Bella Vista, her daughter; Karen Zaehringer and her husband Jason, of Iowa, her mother; Lou Jasper, of Bella Vista, one brother; John Jasper, of Iowa, two sisters; Danita Cox, of Iowa, Shelly Christensen, of Iowa, and three grandchildren; Lucas Zaehringer, Ellie Zaehringer, and Taylee Adamson.


Services will be in Iowa at a later date.

Alan Scott “Scott” Caster, Sr.
March 5, 1963 until April 29, 2019

Alan Scott "Scott" Caster, Sr., 56, died Monday, April 29, at his residence in Lowell, Ark.


Scott was born on March 5, 1963 in Greenville, Miss., to George and Betty Caster.


Scott had a passion for the outdoors and was able to enjoy this through his profession of being a Land Surveyor.  Scott was happiest when he was doing what he loved most:  hunting, fishing, hiking, cooking for his family and watching Razorback football and baseball.  He was loved by his family and friends. 


He was preceded in death by his father, George Caster.


Scott is survived by his wife, Tammie Townsend Caster; children, Alan Scott Caster, Jr (Suzanne), Mallory Caster, Josh Calaway and KendylCalaway;his grandchildren, Warren Caster, Dani Turner and Weston Caster; parents, Betty and Danny Garey; step-mother Frances Caster; father-in-law, Hoyt Townsend; brother, Rob Caster (Angie),John Cordell, sisters Anita Burroughs (Claude), Tina Callicutt (Scott), Heather Christopher, Sandra Everhart, Rebecca Powers and Lenette Davis and several nieces and nephews.


A memorial service will be Friday, May 10 at 1pm at Roller-Citizen Funeral Home of West Memphis, Ark., followed by a celebration of Scott’s life at High Cotton Brewery in Memphis, Tenn.

Wendell D. Holeman

March 19, 1932 until April 28, 2019

Dr. W.D. Holeman, Wendell, left this life on April 28, 2019 at Bella Vista, AR. He was born to Ben and Nancy Holeman on March 19, 1932.


He was preceded in death by his parents, Ben and Nancy, a son, Tim, a brother, Paul, and a sister and husband.


He is survived by his wife of 62 years, his son, Jeff, his brother, Ken and wife and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.


Graveside services will be held in the glass chapel at Terrace Park, K.C. MO on May 3, 2019 at 11:00am.

Bill Dean Lane

November 12, 1941 until April 26, 2019

Bill Dean Lane, age 77, of Rogers died on Friday, April 26th.  He was born November 12, 1941 in Weatherford, Oklahoma to Earnest and Avis Lane.

He enjoyed caring for his mother, drinking black coffee all day, napping, and eating old fashioned home cooking, especially pie. He also loved spending time in his country paradise and visits from his children and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father; Earnest, and his sister; Carol Haley.

Bill is survived by his mother; Avis Lane, his sister; Loretta Parmele (Dennis), his son; Wade Lane, and 2 daughters; Kristi Scott (Michael), and Kim Atkinson (Bryan), 7 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, and a very significant other; Sammy Minger.

Services to be held on Monday, April 29th at Clifty Chapel Free Will Baptist Church in Clifty, Arkansas, visitation at 10am and service at 11am, with interment following at Clifty Cemetery.

The family requests pictures and written memories in lieu of flowers.

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.