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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 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. 

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.

Billy Lee Ward

August 21, 1936 until January 30, 2019


Billy Lee Ward, 82, of Bentonville died Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at Circle of Life Hospice House located in Bentonville.  He was born August 21, 1936 in Madison County the son of Marjorie and William Ward.  Billy was a lifetime resident of Northwest Arkansas and enjoyed working outside, spending time with family and playing with his grandchildren when they were small.

He married Cora Mae Goff Ward June 19, 1959.  He retired from TRW in 1983, then went back to work for Walmart Print Solutions and retired from there in 2016.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers; Harold, Alvin, and Oscar Ward, and one nephew; Randy Ward.

Billy is survived by his wife of 59 years Cora Ward of Bentonville, two sons; Ronnie Ward and his wife, Jana, of Bentonville, Philip Ward and his wife, Christi, of Springdale, two brothers; James Ward and his wife, Sharon, of Bentonville, Robert Ward and his wife, Sheila, of Bentonville, two sisters; Virginia Martin and her husband, Jim, of Westville, Oklahoma, Sharon Perry of Rogers, four grandchildren; Ryan Ward and his wife, Krista, of Bella Vista, Corissa Ward of Fayetteville, Jordan Ward of Springdale, Hannah Ward of Springdale, and a host of loving family and friends.

Visitation will be from 2-4pm Sunday at Eastside Assembly of God Church located in Bentonville.

Funeral service is Monday at 11:00am at Eastside Assembly of God Church, with burial to follow at Bentonville City Cemetery.

Beverly Dawn Spencer

July 1, 1935 until January 29, 2019


Beverly Dawn Spencer, age 83, of Bentonville died Tuesday, January 29, 2019 at Circle of Life Hospice House located in Bentonville.  She was born July 1, 1935 in Yuma, Arizona the daughter of Elva Heffington and Jefferson Benton.

 

She enjoyed:  playing piano, leading bible studies, praying for her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, and having Morning Coffee with Jesus.   She moved to Northwest Arkansas in 2014 from Red Bluff, California. 

 

She was preceded in death by:  her parents, her sister; Bonnie Curtis, her brother; Buck Benton, two infant twin daughters; Joni and Jodi Spencer, and the father of her children; Donald Lee Spencer.

 

Beverly is survived by: two sons; Jeff Spencer and his wife Deb, of Bentonville, Jerry Spencer and his wife Tricia, of Bentonville, three daughters; Janis Davis, and her husband Jim, of California, Jackie Haefner and her husband John, of Bentonville, Judi Stoddard and her husband Jim, of Colorado, eight grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. 

 

Graveside Service was February 7th, 2019 at Oak Hill Cemetery, Red Bluff, California 96080

 

Memorials may be sent to:  Circle of Life Hospice, Legacy Village, of Bentonville, Arkansas. 

Jackie Gabbard

November 18, 1936 until January 28, 2019


Jackie Gabbard, 82, of Springdale died January 28 in Springdale.

 

Preceded in death: parents, one brother.

 

Survivors: son, James Behlke (Marcia) of Huntsville; daughter, Carolyn Behlke of Lowell; grandchildren: Susan Behlke of Lowell, Jessica Garcia (Ramon) of Springdale, Chase Bishop of Huntsville, Mason Martin of Huntsville; several great-grandchildren.

Jessica Pease
May 26, 1978 until January 28, 2019

Jessica Pease, 40, of Rogers died Monday at Mercy Hospital. She was born May 26, 1978 in Quitman, GA to Otto and Susan Dupre Keller.

 

Jessica is survived by her husband, Paul Pease, her parents, siblings: Jordan and Sarah Keller, and her husband’s children: Michael, Katie, Jon, James, and Brittany Pease.

 

Visitation and funeral will be held Friday, February 1st from 12-3pm at Epting Funeral Home of Bentonville.
Jane E. Barger
March 21, 1926 until January 27, 2019

Jane E. Barger, 92, died January 27th in Bentonville. She was born March 21, 1926 in Illinois to Myrtle and John Eaton.


Jane was preceded in death by her husband.

Survivors include: two sons, Robert and Richard Barger and a host of loving family.

Michael G. Nelson

June 30, 1966 until January 26, 2019


Michael G. Nelson, age 52, died January 26, 2019. He was born in Modesto, California.

 

Micheal and his wife, Cindy, have lived in Arkansas for 25 years. He worked for Gates Corp. for 17 years.

 

He is survived by his wife, Cindy Nelson; son, Eric Nelson; two daughters: Joslyn (Caleb) Vaughn and Sarah Nelson; and six grandchildren.

 

Visitation Thursday, January 31, 2019 4-6:00 at Epting Funeral Home in Bentonville, AR.

Eugene Russell Grainger
September 2, 1968 until January 26, 2019


Eugene Russell Grainger, 63, of Bentonville passed away January 27 at Northwest Medical Center. He was born April 1, 1955 in Warrensburg, MO to Bob and Norma Jean Kennedy Grainger.

 

Eugene moved to Northwest Arkansas 2 years ago from Kansas City. He was a retired Kansas City firefighter and paramedic, and later served as a training officer for the White Rock Fire Department in Jane, MO. Eugene enjoyed fishing and was a member of the Sons of the American Legion, and served as American Legion Post 77 chaplain.

 

Eugene is survived by his wife, Donna, of Bentonville; his parents; two sons: Wade and Nathan Grainger of Kansas City, MO; two step-children: James Stokes (Mandy) of Washington DC and Ashleigh Stokes of Kansas City; one sister, Pam Tilson (Bob) of Washington DC; two grandsons: Jackson and Cole Stokes; mother-in-law, Juanita Bailey; and Donna’s uncle, Doug Carr.

 

Funeral services will be in Warrensburg, MO under the care of Sweeney-Phillips Funeral Home.

 

Details for a Northwest Arkansas memorial service will be included here when plans are finalized.

Richard Scott Holderby
September 2, 1968 until January 26, 2019

Richard Scott Holderby, 50, of Rogers passed away Saturday, January 26 in Bentonville. He was born September 2, 1968 in Bentonville.

 

Richard moved back to Northwest Arkansas 5 years ago from Wichita, KS. He enjoyed camping, fishing, shooting, golf, and just being outdoors.

 

He was preceded in death by his sister, Kathryn Holderby and his cousin, Dena Morris.

 

Survivors include his father, Hank Holderby of Rogers; his mother, Shirley Switzer of Bella Vista; two sons: Chase Scott and Corey Wells of Covington, Tennessee; two brothers: James Switzer-Mindack of Monett, Missouri and Benjamin Holderby (Ali) of Plano, Texas; aunts: Margaret Ligett of McRae, Georgia and Dixie McAlister of Bentonville; uncle, Charles Duncan (Pat) of Bentonville; cousins: Darla Simpson and Donna Whited; and the mother of his children, Brandy Holderby.

 

Memorial visitation will be Tuesday, January 29, 2019 from 1-3pm at Epting Funeral Home in Bentonville.


Gussie Lynn Thornton

August 12, 1944 until January 24, 2019


Gussie Lynn Thornton, 74, of Rogers, went to be with her Lord and Savior, Thursday, January 24, 2019 at Mercy Medical Center located in Rogers.  She was born August 12, 1944 in Los Angeles, California the daughter of Gussie May Faris and Henry Maltis Crowe.

Gussie was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Deva Crowe and her brother Guy Crowe.


Survivors include her youngest sister, Peggy Castagna and Peggy's husband Tim, and her two nephews Michael and Matthew Castagna and their families.


She enjoyed her great nieces and nephew, and loved to spend time with them. Her love for all animals was ever present, and everyone knew of her love of cats.  She treasured her relationship with Jesus and wrote several poems about that.


A celebration of Gussie's life will be held at The Lodge, at Fellowship Bible Church, Pleasant Grove Rd. Rogers, at 1pm on Friday, February 22.  Interment will be at Bentonville Cemetery.

Royce Arnold
July 28, 1935 until January 23, 2019

Royce Arnold, 83, of Gravette died Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at his residence.  He was born July 28, 1935 in Morton, Texas the son of Elizabeth and William Arnold

 

He was preceded in death by his parents.


Royce is survived by:  his wife of 65 years, Islamae Arnold of the home, three sons; Larry Arnold and his wife Reene, Roy Arnold and his wife Becky, William Arnold, three daughters; Jeannie Burr and her husband Jim, Kathy Kennedy and her husband Billy, Debbie Pendergraft and Jason Cornell, twenty one grandchildren, thirty three great-grandchildren and a host of loving friends and family.

 

Visitation will be at 9:30am on Monday, January 28th at Mount Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church. Funeral service will begin at 10:30am on Monday, January 28th at Mount Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church.

Interment will follow at Mount Pleasant Cemetery located in Hiwasse.

Lowell "Ole" Olson

Passed Away January 21, 2019


Lowell (Ole) Kenneth Olson, 92 years old, died January 21, 2019 at his home in Bella Vista, AR.

 

Lowell was born in Spring Green, WI to Kenneth and Esther (Rekow) Olson.  He was a paratrooper in the Army during the Korean war.  Lowell earned a Purple Heart for his service.  He became a realtor and home builder in Madison, WI.

 

Whatever Ole did, he excelled at.  The company he built, Key Realty, thrived.He was passionate about exercise and was a jogger before it was popular.  He was an avid golfer, skier, motorcyclist, Green Bay Packer fan, loved to cook, and cared for the neighborhood dogs.  He shared these interests with his wife, Hazel, for 58 years.  He was active in fund raising for the Shriners.  Lowell was a third generation member of the Masonic Lodge. 

He is preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth and Esther Olson and his brother, Dean, whom he loved and honored. 

 

He is survived by and was devoted to his wife, Hazel of Bella Vista, AR, his sister, Janet Olson Suhr of Gainesville, FL, his son Kent Olson, his sister in law, Carol Olson of Spring Green, WI, his cousin, Dave Johnson of Chicago, IL, his niece, Kristi Rothstein of St. Augustine, FL, and many nieces and nephews in WI.

The family extends their gratitude to Ole's neighbors, friends, and caregivers who have been so helpful.

 

Memorials in Lowell's honor may be directed to The Shriners Children's hospital and to the Bella Vista Animal Shelter.

Lindsay Paige Frame

September 10, 1992 until January 16, 2019


Lindsay Paige Frame, 26, of Rogers died Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at Mercy Medical Center located in Rogers.  She was born September 10, 1992 in Rogers, the daughter of Lisa and Randy Frame.

 

Lindsay received her education in Arkansas and Missouri.  She worked very hard and received her CNA License.  Lindsay truly enjoyed being a caregiver.  She enjoyed spending quality time with her family, friends, and especially her children.  She loved music to dance too, and going to concerts.  She liked to live life to the fullest no matter what any one else thought.  Lindsay loved to make people laugh.  If you knew her you couldn’t help but laugh.  She believed in Jesus and read the Bible daily. 

 

She was preceded in death by: her grandfather; Earl Hyde, her brother; Billy Hampshire, and her uncle; Gary Frame.

 

Lindsay is survived by:  her two children, Addison Sophia Palmer, 8 years old, Nolan Jamison Gaston, 4 years old, her mother; Lisa Aldridge, of Rogers, her father, Randy Frame and Linda Jackson, of Rogers, Dwain and Jane Ann Haggard, of Poplar, Montana, her siblings; Shannon Arnold, of Bella Vista, Zachary and Kendra Frame, Josh Frame, Staci Hampshire, and Kylie Hampshire, all of Rogers.  Her grandparents; Joyce and Dwight Frame, Jimmie Schaper, all of Rogers, her nieces and nephews; Faith, Austin, Caden, Jesse, Brantley, and Bentley.  They will all miss her dearly. 

 

Visitation will be 6-7 on Tuesday at Charity Baptist Church located in Rogers. 


A celebration of Lindsay’s life will begin at Tuesday 7pm at Charity Baptist Church located in Rogers, with Pastor John Nauman officiating.  


Send all flowers to Charity Baptist Church, 2901 West Olive Street.  Memorials may be sent to:  GoFundMe Account set up by the family.

John Mickiel “Mike” Hartgraves
October 31, 1949 until January 14, 2019

John Mickiel "Mike" Hartgraves, 69, of Rogers died Monday, January 14, 2019 at Mercy Medical Center located in Rogers.  He was born October 31, 1949 in Pineville, Missouri the son of Emma Jean Patterson and Oscar C. Hartgraves.

 

He enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was preceded in death by:  his parents, two brothers; Mark Hartgraves, Larry Hartgraves, and one sister; Pansy Pippin.

 

Mike is survived by:  his wife; Linda Kay Hartgraves, whom he married June 6, 1970, one daughter; Sherry Colburn, of Rogers, one brother; Nolan Hartgraves and his wife Brenda, of Richland Hills, Texas, two sisters; Linda Clark and Reta Moore, both of Pineville, Missouri, two grandchildren; Stephanie Black, of Rogers, Landon Dalton, of Fayetteville, and four great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be Thursday at First Baptist Church, at the Pleasant Grove Campus, the address is 3364 West Pleasant Grove Road, from 10:30 a.m. until service time.

A celebration of Mike’s life will be Thursday at 11:00 at the church with Pastor Wes George officiating.

Mary Katherine Weddell
August 8, 1932 until January 9, 2019

Mary Katherine Weddell died January 9th, 2019 at her home in Bella Vista. She was born August 8, 1932 in Kansas City, Missouri to William Earl Ross and Katherine Holmes Ross. She grew up in Kansas City and lived in Overland Park, Kansas before moving to Bella Vista in 1991 with her husband, Ray.


Mary was preceded in death by her husband. She leaves four children, four grandchildren, one sister and one brother.

Mary was a volunteer at the Bella Vista Library for many years and was active in the Blue Bird Society, where she and Ray monitored the Bluebird houses on the Branchwood golf course.

A family service will be held in Kansas City, Missouri.

Memorials may be made to the Bella Vista Library or the Animal Shelter.

Marsha Lynn Duke

December 2, 1954 until January 7, 2019


Marsha Lynn Duke, 64, of Bentonville died Monday, January 7, 2019 at a local skilled care center.  She was born December 2, 1954 in Beaumont, Texas the daughter of Margarie Goodwin Luce and Clyde Vernon Luce. 

 

She loved spending quality time with her family, including her grandchildren, sisters, and brother.    She had lived in the Northwest Arkansas for 4 years after moving from Sheridan. 

 

She was preceded in death by:  her husband; Billy Dan Duke Sr., her young sister; Marilyn Luce, and her parents. 

 

Marsha is survived by:  one son; Billy Dan Duke Jr., of Landmark, one daughter; Shawnia Duke and her husband Aaron Thompson, of Bentonville, one brother; C. B. Luce and his wife Barbara, of Dallas, Texas, two sisters; Clydell Bailey, of Conroe, Texas, Gwendolyn Knapperburger, of Huntsville, Texas, her step-mother; LaVerne Luce, five grandchildren; Tyler Volner, Hunter Volner, Kilynn Duke, Gunner Duke, Blake Duke, one great-grandchild; Tristian Volner, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Marsha's life will be 1:00pm, Saturday, January 12th at Circle of Life Hospice House at Legacy Village in Bentonville.

Betty L. Files

April 19, 1937 until January 5, 2019


Betty L. Files, 81, of Rogers passed away Saturday, January 05, 2019 at Rogers Health and Rehabilitation.

 

She was born April 19, 1937 in Dubuque, Iowa, the daughter of Earl and Hattie Cornelison Simpson. She was raised in and near Winterset, Iowa. She graduated from Winterset High School in 1955.

 

She married her husband, Vernon Ray Files on December 26, 1967, living in and around Winterset for many years. Her husband passed away on October 29, 1976. She and her daughter, Michelle, moved to Rogers in 1977.

 

She worked for Walmart for many years, retiring after working in the greeting card department and numerous other departments.

 

She was a member of Monte Ne Baptist Church in Rogers since 1977. She sang in the choir, taught Sunday school, and Vacation Bible School for many years. She was also a member of the Miller Place senior citizen’s group in Rogers, the Saints Alive group of Lowell, and the GBS group.

 

She enjoyed nature, sightseeing, John Wayne movies, garage sales, crafts and music. Her hobbies were collecting bells and snow globes. She also loved her pet cocker spaniel, “Honey Pup.”

 

Survivors include her daughter, Michelle Harvison (Michael); four step-children: Dorothy White, Ray Files (Laveda), Kathy Peterson (Ken), and Robert Files (Nancy); three grand-children: Christopher Harvison (Kelsy), David Harvison (Kimberly), and Jessica Easter (Jason); many step-grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren: Sara, Bentley, Jacob, Keegan, Jessalyn, Madyson, Joshua and Lorelei; and many step-great-grandchildren; also numerous cousins.

 

A visitation will be Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at 10am at Monte Ne Baptist Church in Rogers, followed by a family only lunch at 11am and a funeral service at 12pm. Rev. Mack Mills will be officiating.

 

Burial will follow at Clifty Cemetery in Clifty, Arkansas.

Terry Guido Carollo Jr.

May 23, 1965 until January 4, 2019


Terry Guido Carollo Jr., 53, of Springdale died January 4th at Northwest Medical Center. 

 

He enjoyed kayaking, fishing, time with daughters and friends.


Survivors:  daughters; Stefanie Carollo, of Fayetteville, Keli Carollo, of Fayetteville, the mother of his children; Paula Carollo, of Bentonville. 


Freddy Lavoughn Smith

January 31, 1949 until January 4, 2019


Freddy Lavoughn Smith, 69, of McCrory died Friday, January 4, 2019 at his home.  He was born January 31, 1949 in Augusta, Arkansas the son of Freddie Davis and Bobby Smith.

 

He enjoyed building and riding Harley motorcycles.  He served in the United States Marines during the Vietnam War, where he earned two Purple Hearts, and the Vietnamese Cross for Gallantry.  He was a Port Captain on the Mississippi River working with Wepfer Marine located in Memphis.

 

He was preceded in death by: his brother; Bradford McWhirter, and his step-father David McWhirter Sr. 

 

Freddy is survived by:  his mother; Freddie McWhirter, of Rogers, his father; Bobby Smith, of McCrory, three children; Michelle Kuhl, of Hackett, Jermey Smith, of Tennessee, Rebekka Smith, of Mississippi, seven siblings; Don Smith, of McRae, JMicheal Smith, of Florida, Sheila Epting, of Rogers, David L. McWhirter, of Louisiana, Robert Smith, of West Memphis, Roscoe Smith, of Tennessee, David G. McWhirter Jr., of Tennessee, and 3 grandchildren.

 

A celebration of Freddy’s life will be Thursday, January 24, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. at Epting Funeral Home located in Gravette.  Full military honors will be provided by Northwest Arkansas Honor Guard. 

Kendall Allen Johnson

November 16, 1940 until January 1, 2019


Kendall Allen Johnson, 78, passed away on January 1, 2019.  He was born November 16, 1940, in Galesburg, Illinois to Juanita Cunningham Hill and Leslie Johnson.  He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Lorna, two sons, Keith of the home and Lance of Pearland, Texas; three grandchildren, Jacob Johnson, Jordan Rodriguez and Madelyn Leaman all of Pearland, Texas; two sisters and two brothers, Cosetta (Larry) Hammerlund and Timothy Hill of Galesburg, Illinois; Suellen (Gerald) Davis of Bella Vista and Thomas Hill of Orlando, Florida, and 19 nieces and nephews.  Kendall was preceded in death by his parents and step-father, Fred Hill, and a sister and brother-in-law, Mary (Hill) and Roger Showalter.

 

Kendall graduated from Galesburg High School in 1958.  He served four years in the United States Air Force at Altus AFB, Oklahoma in the Provost Marshall's office.  Following discharge he worked several years at Burlington Truck Lines in Galesburg, Illinois.  He met his future wife, Lorna (Buhrow), in Evanston, Illinois and moved to the Chicago area. They married in 1965 in Evanston.  He was employed at Republic Steel Mill and Daniel Woodhead Company.  In 1974 they moved to Peoria, Illinois where he worked seven years as Accounting Manager and Controller for Aggregate Equipment.

 

In 1981 the family moved to Rogers, Arkansas, with the goal of starting a rental business.  Instead he constructed a geodesic dome office building and continued building dome homes for the next 35 years.  He sold approximately 55 homes, from kits, shells, to completed homes in Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Texas.  The family were active members of Peace Lutheran Church in Rogers for 15 years. He enjoyed bowling and organized a league at the church.  He also organized a pinochle group with a few close friends that continues today.

 

Because of Kendall's love of the game of golf they moved to Bella Vista in 1996 after building their second geodesic dome home.  He enjoyed bowling, pinochle and landscaping, especially planting trees and creating ponds at each of their homes over the years.  He organized a Wednesday morning men's breakfast with close friends.  He loved golf and watching the Razorbacks, the Chicago Cubs and the Bears.

 

Ken and Lorna transferred membership to Christ the King Lutheran Church in Bentonville.  Involvement in many areas of church life has been a very important part of his life including the Church Council, Building Committee, usher and the Men's Bible Study.  A memorial service will be held at Christ the King Lutheran Church at 11:00 am on Friday, January 18 officiated by long-time friend and pastor, Rev. Richard Solberg.

 

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Christ the King Lutheran Church or the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Patrick Garnett Engleman

August 10, 1982 until December 30, 2018


Patrick Garnett Engleman peacefully passed away on December 30, 2018 in Rogers, Arkansas at the age of 36.  He was born on August 10, 1982 in Clinton, Oklahoma to Steve and Jackie(Renfro) Engleman.

 

At the age of 2, Patrick moved to Norman, Oklahoma with his parents and older brother, Ryan, where he was raised.  He attended George Lynn Cross Academy, Pumpkin Shell, and Adams and Monroe Elementary Schools.  He was a middle-schooler at Alcott and a Norman High Tiger.

 

Patrick was a computer graphics student at the Art Institute of Dallas and graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in journalism and a minor in history.

 

Because he loved working with his hands and tools, he pursued a career as a master electrician.

 

A people person he was!  He never knew a stranger and lit up every room into which he walked.  And he loved to passionately debate politics, religion, sports, and philosophy.

 

In 2016 Patrick moved to Bella Vista, Arkansas after falling in love with the beauty of the area.  There he enjoyed camping, hiking, biking, and kayaking.

 

Loyalty to family and friends was of the utmost importance to Patrick.  He cherished his friendships with his lifelong buddies, and his big brother, Ryan, was his hero.

 

Patrick was preceded in death by his father Steve Engleman, grandparents Charles and Jean Garnett Engleman, and grandmother Bobie Brogden Renfro. He is survived by his mother, Jackie Renfro Engleman, brother Ryan and sister-in-law Jennifer, nephew James Ryan(J.R), grandfather Jack(Papa-Jack) Renfro, aunts Teresa Renfro Collins (Mike), Pam Renfro Hudson,Carol Engleman Sander(Gary), and uncle Randall Emerson.  Also surviving him are “the special cousins” Eric and Amber Emerson, and cousins Chip, Lela, Jenna, and Jamie, and Hannah.  Patrick is also survived by his fiancee, Ashley Autrey.

 

Patrick’s celebration of life will be announced at a later date.

Mae Hamilton

September 22, 1928 until December 30, 2018


Mae Hamilton, 90, of Rogers died Sunday, December 30, 2018 at a local skilled care center.  She was born September 22, 1928 in Blockton, Iowa the daughter of Leola Baker and Forest Jones.

 

She loved spending quality time with her family.  She and her husband had a farm while living in Iowa, they enjoyed working their garden together, and being outside as much as possible.  She moved to Northwest Arkansas 18 years ago from Red Oak, Iowa. 

 

She was preceded in death by:  her parents, and her husband; Marvin Hamilton.

 

Mae is survived by:  one son; Roger Hamilton and his wife Lyanne, of Iowa, two daughters; Becky Stewart, of Bella Vista, Michele Moore and her significant other Chad Wigington, of Little Flock, one sister; Joyce Austin and her husband Bud, of Branson, Missouri, 8 grandchildren, number great-grandchildren, and many great-great-grandchildren.

 

Visitation will be Wednesday from 1-2pm at Rogers First Assembly of God.  A celebration of Mae’s life will be begin following the visitation at 2pm.

 

Memorials may be sent to the “Building Fund” at Rogers First Assembly of God.

Charles Warren

March 18, 1933 until December 29, 2018


Charles Warren, 85, of West Fork died Saturday, December 29, 2018 at Willard Walker Hospice House in Fayetteville.  He was born March 18, 1933. 

 

Survivors include:  wife; Sharon Warren, one son, four step-sons, two daughters, one brother, many grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren.

Carl Eklund Sr. 

October 23, 1939 until December 29, 2018


Carl Eklund Sr., age 79, of Eureka Springs, Arkansas died Saturday, December 29, 2018 at Northwest Medical Center of Benton County located in Bentonville.  He was born October 23, 1939.


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

Anna Maria Knaak

June 6, 1931 until December 28, 2018


Anna Maria Knaak, 87, of Rogers died Friday, December 28, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center located in Rogers.  She was born June 6, 1931 in Trier, Germany, the daughter of Katherina Scheer and Matthias Trappen.

 

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

 

Anna is survived by:  two sons; Winfred “Win” Knaak, of Illinois, Richard Knaak, of Rogers, one daughter; Arlene King, of Illinois, seven grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren. 

 

No public visitation is scheduled. 

Graveside service will be Monday at 10am at Pinnacle Memorial Gardens located in Rogers. 

 

Memorials may be sent to:  St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, located in Memphis, Tennessee. 

David Wayne LeRoy

August 28, 1973 until December 25, 2018


David Wayne LeRoy, 45, of Sulphur Springs lost his fight with Pancreatic Cancer Tuesday, December 25, 2018 at his residence.   He was born August 28, 1973 in Siloam Springs the son of Charles Bullard and Debra Lynn Workman.

 

He was a 10 year resident of Hilo, Hawaii.  His hobbies included; spending quality time with his family and friends, reading, cooking, also he loved the outdoors and leisurely swimming, canoeing, he was also a wonderful story teller. He was a cook for many years.  He was preceded in death by his father; Charles Robert Bullard.

 

David is survived by:  one son; Dawson LeRoy, of Sulphur Springs, two daughters; Aubrey Danes, of Florida, MaKila LeRoy, of Sulphur Springs, his mother; Debra McGuire, of Sulphur Springs, three brother; Steven LeRoy, of Sulphur Springs, Joel Bullard, of Pine Bluff, Jesse Bullard, of Gravette, two sisters; Sherry Wilson and her husband Cody, of Centerton, Jody Bullard, of Gravette, grandmother; Mona Marcella Taber, of Redding,California. Other survivors include ,Marcy and Adrian Dickson, and Terri Wright.

 

Services will be announced at a later date by the family.

John Douglas McLaren

April 28, 1948 until December 24, 2018


John Douglas McLaren, 70, of Rogers, Arkansas died Monday, December 24, 2018 at his residence.  He was born April 28, 1948 in Des Moines, Iowa. 

 

He is survived by his wife, three sons, several extended loving relatives, and host of friends.

Raymond Luther Perdue

June 8, 1940 until December 25, 2018


Raymond Luther Perdue, 78, of Rogers died Tuesday, December 25th at a local skilled care center.  He was born June 8, 1940. 

 

Survivors; his wife; Myrtis Perdue and many loving relatives and a host of friends. 

 

Interment in West Monroe, Louisiana.

Jamie Chad Brandon
June 21, 1971 until December 24, 2018

Jamie Chad Brandon (June 21, 1971-December 24, 2018) passed away after a brief battle with cancer.  He is survived by his wife, Lydia Rees, his parents, Jerry and Jeanette Brandon, and his sister, Amanda Hilton and her family.  Jamie was the Station Archeologist at the Arkansas Archeological Survey’s University of Arkansas Research Station and a Research Associate Professor at the University of Arkansas.

 

Dr. Brandon’s career in archeology spanned three decades, involving fieldwork throughout the Southeast on sites ranging in age from the late Pleistocene to the early 20th century, and on a wide range of topics including land use through time, ethnicity and race relations, history of the pre-industrial South, and historical memory. Beyond producing an impressive record of scholarly research, Brandon is remembered for his unparalleled devotion to outreach activities for the general public about archeological discoveries and their relationship to understanding modern society. He was also a popular teacher, and mentored a host of students through internship, thesis, and dissertation projects,

 

Following receipt of his bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Memphis, Jamie moved to Fayetteville in 1997 to enroll at the University of Arkansas, earning his M.A. in 1999.  He earned his PhD in 2004 from the University of Texas-Austin after completing a dissertation on the 19th century sawmill site, Van Winkle’s Mill.

 

Returning to Arkansas, he was appointed the Survey’s research station archeologist at Southern Arkansas University in 2006, where he pursued research on Native American Caddoan cultures, Civil War history, cemetery preservation, and development of the antebellum town of Old Washington, while teaching at SAU.

 

Jamie transferred back to Fayetteville in 2014 to take the post of research station archeologist at the University of Arkansas, where he taught in the Anthropology Department. There, he continued his studies of Civil War history through projects at Prairie Grove State Park and Pea Ridge National Military Park. With spouse Lydia Rees, he also launched a series of research projects on archeological collections from Ozark bluff shelter sites, with a focus on important collections curated by the Survey and the University of Arkansas Museum. An enduring legacy of this effort is Rees’ and Brandon’s Bluff Shelters of the Arkansas Ozarks website.

 

Jamie supported his profession through service as Associate Editor for Historical Archaeology and Associate Editor for Historical Archaeology for the Society for American Archaeology’s newsletter. Jamie also served as Vice-Chairman of the Arkansas Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission, served a term as President of Preserve Arkansas, and served on the board of trustees of the Arkansas Historical Association. At the time of his passing, he served as the Chair of the Arkansas State Review Board for Historic Preservation and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Arkansas Humanities Council.

 

Memorial donations in memory of Jamie can be made to the Archeological Research Fund of the Arkansas Archeological Society or to Preserve Arkansas.  A celebration of Jamie’s life is being planned and the date will be announced.

James Francis Severa
February 5, 1933 until December 21, 2018

James Francis Severa, 85, of Bella Vista passed away Friday, December 21 in Bella Vista. He was born February 5, 1933 in Clarkson, Nebraska to James and Frances (Hajek) Severa.

 

James moved to Bella Vista, Arkansas 21 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska. He worked most of his life in sales, and in retirement worked as a handyman and a woodworker.  He loved music.  At an early age he played the accordion and entertained professionally in his teen years, then the keyboard in his later years.  He served 7 years in the Navy Reserve

 

James was preceded in death by his parents.

 

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Janet, four children: Gregory Severa (Dianne) of Bennington, Nebraska, Kerry Severa of Rathbun Lake, Iowa, Tamara Schneider of Lincoln, Nebraska, and Todd Severa of Lakewood, Colorado; five grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

 

A memorial service will be Saturday, December 29 at 10am at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Bella Vista, and his ashes will be placed in the columbarium there.

Casen Ashe

May 30, 1972 until December 19, 2018


Casen Ashe, 46, of Bentonville died Wednesday, December 19, 2018 in Bentonville.  He was born May 30, 1972.


Preceded in death by his brother.


Survivors:  mother; Renee Durflinger, of Bella Vista, father; Cyril Nielson Ashe, of California, and brother; Damian Durflinger, of Gravette.

Sandy Frazier

October 29, 1966 until December 19, 2018


Sandy Frazier, 52, of Gravette died December 19th at Circle of Life, Springdale. 

 

Preceded in death:  father, Jimmie Dale Frazier; brother, Michael Frazier.

 

Survivors: mother; Linda Faye Williams, brothers; Jimmy Dale Frazier Jr. Steven Frazier, Randy Bradford, sisters; Gina Bradford Mckinney, April Frazier.

Martin Hayward Post III
October 17, 1924 until December 15, 2018

Martin Hayward Post III, 94, of Fayetteville, AR, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 15, 2018.

Martin was born in St. Louis, Missouri on October 17, 1924, and was the son of Dorothy Lee Rice and Martin Hayward Post, Jr., M.D. who preceded him in death.  He was the last survivor of two children that included his sister, Dorothy Lee Post. 

He attended Middlesex School in Concord, MA and college at Washington University in St. Louis.  World War II interrupted his college education when he joined the U.S. Army Air Corps and became a pilot flying seaplanes, obtaining the rank of Captain.  He also later served in the Air Force Reserves.

He worked for the Estate Settlement Department for Connecticut Bank and Trust in Connecticut.   He was also an amateur railroad photographer.  His second career included driving a school bus for Fayetteville Public Schools for many years.  He really loved driving the activities school bus.  He loved the kids and supporting them at their activities and competitions, adamantly cheering them on “Go Fayetteville” to several championships.  Martin enjoyed many years as a camper at Camp Mowglis in Hebron, NH, and with his great love for the camp, he later became a camp counselor.  He was an avid and passionate railroad buff his entire life, who was one of the 1987 founding members of the Boston Mountain National Railway Historical Society in Northwest Arkansas.  With his interest in photography, he enjoyed taking many train trips throughout the United States and photographing what he experienced.  His passion and enjoyment of wildlife and bird watching is something he passed down to his children and grandchildren.

Martin is survived by his two daughters, Dorothy Lee Post of Bedford, TX and Cynthia Post Krizman of Plano, TX, and his son, Marty Post of Winslow, AR, and two grandsons, Brett Krizman and Brian Krizman of Plano, TX.

A celebration of Martin’s life will be on Saturday, December 29th, 2018, beginning at 11:00 through 1:00 at Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, 4703 North Crossover Rd., Fayetteville, AR 72764.  Martin’s service will include an Honor Guard Salute, as one of the last of the Greatest Generation.  Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the National Audubon Society, 225 Varick St, New York, NY 10014, www.audubon.org, the National Railway Historical Society, 505 South Lenola Road, Suite 226, Moorestown, N.J. 08057, www.nrhs.com or the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks.
Karen Paula Johnson
October 10, 1943 to December 14, 2018

Karen Paula Johnson, 75, of Fayetteville passed away Friday, December 14, 2018 at Washington Regional Medical Center.

She was born October 10, 1943 in Durham, Arkansas to Argil and Ima Williford.She was preceded in death by both her parents, 2 daughters: Caroline Rhea Ficht and Vickie Lynn Ficht, 1 granddaughter: Jessica Lynn Rogers, and 1 great granddaughter Ember Lynn Adamson.

She is survived by her son: Mike Ficht, 2 granddaughters: Christina Down, and Heather Adamson, 1 grandson: Cody Ficht, and 10 great grandchildren.

Karen was always the life of the party.  She was always cracking jokes and making everyone laugh.  She loved her family with all of her heart.  She was with them all the time and if she couldn't see them every day she was talking to them on the phone, she didn't like to go a day without hearing from them. She spent as much time as she could with her grandchildren and great grandchildren, she was so close with all of them that sometimes she had to be reminded who the parents are lol! She was such a caring person. She took care of everybody when they needed it and sometimes even when they didn't lol! She would bend over backwards for her family and friends, if they needed her she was there no matter what.  In her spare time she enjoyed fishing, camping, and shopping at her local second hand stores, and every month she and her best friend Marsha would try out a new restaurant. She was such a beautiful person inside and out, she will be missed by all.

A celebration of Karen's life will be Wednesday at noon at Living Faith Church located in Fayetteville.
Carl Ray Fritch
October 30, 1930 to December 14, 2018

Carl Ray Fritch, 88, of Winslow, Arkansas born October 30, 1930 In Springdale, Arkansas to Cecil Ross Fritch and Elsie Rush Fritch.

He served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict.  He was also a lifelong member of the Masonic Lodge.

Carl is Preceded in Death by his parents, His wife Virginia (Ginger ) Fritch, Sister & Brother in-law Pauline  & Grady Ferguson, Brother & Sister in law Robert & Crystal Fritch, Brother & Sister in-law  Jim & Jean Fritch.

He is survived by: His son; Robert Fritch & wife Paula of Winters California, Grand Daughter Christy Martin  & spouse Justin Martin, Grand Son Lonnie Fritch & spouse Ashly Fritch, 1 Great granddaughter Taylor Marin, 4 Great Grand sons Hunter Martin, Chance Fritch, Gunner Fritch & Travis Fritch, One Brother; Doyle Fritch of Fayetteville Arkansas, His Devoted Care Giver, Niece, Daughter He Always wanted. (Adopted baby Sister) Elsie Brock of the Home, His God Son Cecil Brock , Sydney Foster Maiya Brock & Lily Foster of Fayetteville Arkansas, (Who’s visits, Hugs, drawings, letters and love Help keep his spirits up through out his illness.

A special mention for his His nephews Roy Fritch(Tracy), Mike Fritch (Deb), Jim Fritch and Cecil Fritch(Shirley), Nieces Rhonda Poffenberger and Debbie Simmons. (Uncle Carl said that after Jim Passed he claimed his kids like his own and loved and enjoyed them immensely.  Several Nieces and Nephews and numerous friends.  He is also survived by his step children Kathie Jackson of Winslow, Arkansas, Hovette (Robert) Ellis of Ca.  Blaine Schulze (Carrie) of Evansville Arkansas and Kelly Schulze (Virginia) of Fl. and several step grand children and great grand children.

A meal will be at the Old Winslow School Cafeteria at 11:30 a.m. prior to the service, all are welcome to attend.  Visitation will be Monday, December 17, 2018 from 1pm until service time at Winslow Assembly of God Church.  Funeral will follow the visitation at 2pm at the church.

Interment will follow the services at Parks Cemetery in Winslow. Full military honors will be provided at the cemetery. 
Lolah Marjorie (Mann) Daniel
July 27, 1951 to December 13, 2018

Lolah Marjorie (Mann) Daniel, 67, of Springdale died Thursday, December 13, 2018 at Northwest Medical Center located in Springdale.  She was born July 27, 1951 in Jacinto, Arkansas the daughter of Louise Gray and Horace Mann.

Lolah was an active member of First Baptist Church of Rogers and taught Cubbies in their AWANA program. Her grandchildren were the light of her life. She enjoyed Razorback sports, lunch with friends, and Bible studies.

Lolah was a MS, RD, and LD in Arkansas. She was the Director of Nutrition Services at St. Mary’s Hospital/Mercy before retiring after 23 years. She previously was the Assistant Director of Nutrition Services at Washington Regional Medical Center. She was a member of the American Dietetics Association for 44 years and was a voting delegate to the ADA National Convention for many years. She was active in local, state and other national dietetic associations. Lolah was awarded the Young Dietitian of the Year and Arkansas Dietitian of the Year. She served as President of the Arkansas Dietetic Association and served on the Arkansas Dietetic Licensure Board.

She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers; Wylie, Bob, and Charles Parham, and sister, Carolyn Cummings.

Lolah is survived by her husband of 47 ½ years, David Daniel, one son; Chris Daniel of Springdale, one daughter; Margo Hale and her husband, Josh, of Prairie Grove, one sister; Mary Beth Mann and her husband, Russell Carney, of Springfield, Missouri, one brother; Edward Parham and his wife, Mary, of Fordyce, Arkansas, six grandchildren; Jackson, Cooper, Ella, and Corie Daniel, and Esther and Clara Hale, numerous nieces and nephews and a host of loving family and friends.

Memorials may be sent to First Baptist Church Rogers AWANA program or First Baptist Church Rogers Building Fund.

Visitation will be held Monday, December 17th from 6 to 8 pm at the First Baptist Church Rogers Pleasant Grove Campus.

A celebration of Lolah’s life will be Tuesday, December 18th at 10 am at the First Baptist Church Rogers Pleasant Grove Campus.

Linda Jolene Carr
March 25, 1959 to December 10, 2018

Linda Jolene Carr, 59, of Centerton passed away Monday December 10, 2018 at Mercy Hospital in Rogers. She was born March 25, 1959 in Larned, Kansas the daughter of Charles and Mary Fleming.


Linda was a Christian woman who enjoyed spending time with her friends, family, children but most of all her grandchildren. She was an amazing mother and a loving, caring and compassionate woman who loved serving others. Linda had an infectious laugh that would bring joy to any room. Her love for Jesus and her family are engraved in the hearts of all that had the honor of knowing her. Linda lived in Northwest Arkansas for 37 years after moving from Catoosa, Oklahoma in 1981. She was employed most recently with the Rogers School District with the Transportation Department, she also worked with the Bentonville School District for many years working in Administration.

She was preceded in death by: her brother; Chuck Fleming.

Linda is survived by: her parents; Charles and Mary Fleming, of Big Cabin, Oklahoma, one son; Jeremy Carr and his wife Tina, of Bella Vista, one daughter; Jennifer Thompson, of Centerton, two sisters; Becky Caudill and her husband Eric, of Huntsville, Dana Rogers and her husband Chris, of Catoosa, Oklahoma; sister in law Christel Fleming, six grandchildren, and her beloved dog Isabella.

Visitation will be: Thursday from 5-7pm at New Hope Assembly of God Church located in Rogers. A celebration of Linda?s life will be: Friday at 10am at New Hope Assembly of God Church with Pastor James Longmate officiating.

Graveside service will be Friday at 1:30pm in Oklahoma at Mount Herman Cemetery located in Jay, Oklahoma.

Memorials may be sent to: The American Lung Association.

Thomas Davadas Collins
July 1, 1939 to December 7, 2018

Thomas Davadas Collins, 79, of Bentonville died Friday, December 07, 2018 at Circle of Life Hospice House located in Bentonville.  He was born July 1, 1939 in Thanjavur, India, the son of Emily and Davadas J. E. Collins.

 

Thomas retired from the Indian Navy as a Commander in 1994 after 35 years of service to his country.  After he had traveled the world, in 2012 he moved to the United States.  He loved spending quality time with his family, especially with his grandchildren. 


Growing up he played many sports, where he took a special interest in boxing and basketball.  He loved to travel, gardening, and also he enjoyed watching sports especially tennis.  He attended First Christian Church of Bentonville for many years. 

 

He was preceded in death by:  his parents, one brother; Benjamin J. Collins, and one sister; Ivy P. (Collins) Okwabi.

 

Thomas is survived by:  his wife of 51 years; Shanthakumari Collins, two sons; Benjamin Collins Diraviam and his wife Domenica, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Emmanuel Collins and his wife Namarata, of Bentonville, two sisters; Daisy Azariah, of Stockport, England, Dr. Elizabeth Balraj, of Cleveland, Ohio, and 5 grandchildren; Alexander, Gabriel, Nicholas, Ria, and Rohan.

 

Visitation will be Sunday from 2-3pm at First Christian Church located in Bentonville.

 

A celebration of Thomas’s life will be Sunday at 3pm at First Christian Church of Bentonville.  Interment will follow at Bentonville Cemetery.
Louise Evelyn Maggard Spears
March 2, 1943 to December 3, 2018

Louise Evelyn Maggard Spears, 75, of Huntsville died Monday, December 03, 2018 at a local nursing home.  She was born March 2, 1943 in Madison County, Arkansas the daughter of Fawn Reynolds and Henry Maggard, Sr.

Besides her parents, Louise is also preceded in death by her brothers, Henry, Wendell, Clifford, Lloyd, & Artis Maggard, and Norman Gumm. Her sisters Betty Lou Harrison, Lucille Biffert, and Tressa Hunt.

Louise is survived by her sons, Michael Parks and his wife Debbie, of West Fork, Brad Lewis and his wife Kristi, of Bella Vista, daughter, Elizabeth Cook, of Tacoma, WA.

She is also survived by sisters, Mildred Cornelison, of Huntsville, Ruthie Mae Richardson of Rogers, and JoAnn Christian of Western Grove, AR.   Louise is also survived by 4 grandchildren.

No services are planned at this time.

Memorials in Louise's memory can be sent to the American Cancer Society.

Russell William Bartholomew
December 1, 1939 to November 20, 2018

Russell William Bartholomew, 79, of Huntsville died Tuesday, November 20, 2018 in Fayetteville.

Survivors include:  wife; Alice Bartholomew, sons; Patrick Bartholomew and his wife Janie, of Wesley, David Bartholomew, of South Carolina, Jeffery Bartholomew, of Illinois, and daughter; Marie Lamar, of Illinois.

Bobby Watts
August 18, 1935 to November 17, 2018

Bobby Watts, 83, of Lowell died November 17th. He was born August 18, 1935 to James and Nola Watts.

He was preceded in death by his parents, son, Bobby Watts, daughter, Kimberly Fredrickson.

Bobby is survived by his wife, Susan, daughters: Shannon Patton, Nola Tollman, April Wilson (James), Brandy Millhouse (Michael), Pepper Machmiller (Joseph), eleven grandchildren, and eighteen great-grandchildren.

Daniel Edward Fruh Sr.
February 10, 1941 to November 16, 2018

Daniel Edward Fruh Sr., 77, of Rogers, Arkansas died Friday, November 16th at Circle of Life Hospice in Bentonville, Arkansas. He was born February 10, 1941 in Denver, Colorado to Pauline and George Fruh.

Proud of his father’s service in World War II, Daniel followed his footsteps and enlisted in the US Navy where he served a combat tour with the USN river boat fleet in Viet Nam. Daniel retired from his beloved Navy as a Chief Petty Officer and carried an abiding love of America to his death.

Daniel is survived by his brother Donald Fruh, his daughter Holly Boyer and her four children Stephanie Wright, William Boyer, George Boyer and Jayden Boyer, and three great-grandchildren Abigail, Connor and Kaydence, and his daughter Jennifer Walsh and her daughter Brittany Duvall, and his son Daniel Fruh Jr.

Arrangements for Daniel’s interment will be at a later date.

Charles “Chuck” Stewart Zank
January 10, 1950 to November 15, 2018

Charles "Chuck" Stewart Zank, 68, of Rogers passed away Thursday, November 15th at Mercy Hospital. He was born in Madison, Wisconsin the son of Amy and Lester Zank on January 10, 1950.

Chuck loved his family very much and was a proud grandpa. He enjoyed attending the many events his grandchildren were involved in. He was an active member of First United Methodist Church in Bentonville.

Chuck was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He enjoyed watching sports, traveling and supporting the Badgers and Razorbacks. Chuck worked for Kraft Foods for twenty years and Walmart Realty for another ten years before retiring.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Chuck is survived by his wife of 45 years, Linda Zank, two sons; Brian Zank (Kathie), Derrick Zank (Dahlia); sister, Linda Barker (Chris), two grandchildren; Tanner Zank, Kara Zank, and many loving friends and family.

Visitation will be Wednesday, November 21st from 9:00 to 10:00am at First United Methodist Church in Bentonville with a celebration of Chuck’s life to follow at 10:00am.

Memorials can be sent to First United Methodist Church Bentonville’s Building Fund or your local Humane Society.

Thelma Bernadine Wood Allsop-Sloan
July 19, 1916 to November 15, 2018

Thelma Bernadine Wood Allsop-Sloan, 102, of Bentonville, Arkansas passed away on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at her home.

Visitation will be from 6:00pm to 8:00pm on Friday, November 23rd.

Services will be on Saturday, November 24th at 2:00pm.  Both will be at Lockart-Green Funeral Home in Beecher City, IL.   Interment will be at Hubbartt Cemetery, Beecher City, beside her two husbands.

Memorials may be made to the Beecher City Veterans’ Memorial or Hubbartt Cemetery.

She was born July 19, 1916, in a log cabin on the family farm southwest of Beecher City, the oldest child of Charles and Grace Wright Wood.  She married John T. Allsop on September 4, 1937, and he passed on Father’s Day, June 16, 1963.  She married Delmar W. Sloan on August 1, 1964, and he passed on June 25, 2003.  She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Bentonville, and was the oldest member.  Bernadine went back to school in later years and became an LPN.

She worked at St. Anthony hospital, and she worked for Dr. Delbert Huelskoetter for nine years before retirement. After retirement, Bernadine spent much of her time making quilts, most of which she gave away.

She was also a collector of Roseville pottery, again, a lot of which she gave away.

Wanting to stay busy, Delmar and Bernadine mowed the Hubbartt Cemetery and they also took on the job of obtaining and putting up the first Christmas lights in town.  She and Joan Wood Evans were co-chairwomen of the first five Beecher City Summer Festivals.  She was instrumental in organizing several All-School Reunions and was a benefactor of the Veterans’ Memorial.

She is survived by daughters Sharon (Wayne), Sue Lynne (Edward) and Carla (Rick), sister-in-law, Rosemary Wood, 4 grandchildren, Ron Knapp (Rhonda), Sherri Morgal, Terri Tolbert (Mike) Tom Phillips (Susan), a former granddaughter-in-law, Ronda Phillips, 10 great-grandchildren, Kenny, Ian (Ashley) and Zac Barczewski, Kaitlin Reese, Wade and Wyatt Phillips, Madison and Jake Knapp, Rusti Harrigfeld (Patrick)  and Kristin Morgal,   and 5 great-great grandchildren, Weston and Cash Harrigfeld, Marik Wilson, Hazel Maloney and Harper Barczewski, special friends, Harold and Amy Frailey, her many nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends who have been a special part of her life.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, three sisters, two brothers, six brothers-in-law, three sisters-in-law and six nieces and four nephews.
Phyllis Longino
April 18, 1928 to November 9, 2018

After a well-traveled and full life, Phyllis Longino (90) of Fayetteville died peacefully in her sleep.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and one sister.

Phyllis is survived by her two sons and their wives, five grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
Ann Wolf Ricker
February 22, 1934 to November 10, 2018

Ann Wolf Ricker, 84, of Bentonville died November 10, 2018. She was born February 22, 1934 in Philadelphia, PA to William and Mary Wolf.

Ann was preceded in death by her parents, sister Kay Johnson, son William Ricker and Granddaughter Mary Katherine Charlton.

Survivors are: children, Antonia Watkins and her husband, Kevin, Clinton Ricker, Katherine Charlton, four grandchildren: Joshua Charlton, Mitchell Charlton and his wife, Alyssa, Sarah Watkins and Emily Charlton; and four great-grandchildren: Kylee Ann Carlos, Ava Charlton, Brianna Charlton and Isaiah Wolf Valverde.

Joe Carson Bryan

May 20, 1926 until November 9, 2018


Joe Carson Bryan, 92, of Bentonville passed away November 9 in his home. He was born May 20, 1926 in Bentonville to Kit and Elizabeth Bryan.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include: his wife, Delpha; two sons: Stephan Bryan and Richard Bryan; two step-sons: Steve Fair and James Fair; and six grandchildren: Thomas Bryan, Sireenia Pruett, Jeremy Bryan, Samantha Parks, Jesse Bryan, and Kara Hedrick.

Chris Davis

November 8, 1953 until November 6, 2018


Chris Davis, 64, of Fayetteville died November 6 at the VA Hospital. He was born November 8, 1953 in Pasadena, California to Sylvester and Donna Davis.


Chris served eight years in Vietnam. He loved the Lord, his family, and his country and demonstrated it through generosity, each year giving about half of his clothes to the homeless, and through his military service.


He is survived by: his parents; children: Chad and Chada Davis, Tony Davis, Sandy and Shaun Carrier, and Jennifer and Tony Longoria; siblings: Steve and Caryl Davis and Joy and Don Morgan; seven grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Bradley Alan Douglas

April 1, 1972 until November 5, 2018


Bradley Alan Douglas, 46, of Rogers died November 5, 2018 at Washington Regional Medical Center. He was born in Emporia, Kansas the son of Anita Jo and Kent Douglas.

Brad served in the US Air Force while simultaneously obtaining his Bachelor’s degree and then his Master’s degree. He loved computers as a teenager and continued his love through working in technology jobs from Software Engineer to Cyber Security. He loved his current job, but he loved the people he worked with even more.

Brad enjoyed playing WoW and D&D, Sci-Fi and Fantasy movies.

Brad loved his family very much. He saw the best in everyone and was a truly joyous person. Brad wanted to help everyone that he could. Brad was purely a kind, gentle, innocent soul. He was greatly loved, and will be greatly missed by those he touched along the way.

Brad is survived by his parents, Kent Douglas (Roxy) of Guam, Anita Jo Douglas of Bentonville; brother, Charles Douglas Jr. (Rachel) of Guam; sister, Michelle Smith (Caroline) of Bella Vista; and many loving friends and family.

Gregory Fowler
January 1, 1961 until November 4, 2018

Gregory Fowler, 57, of Elkins died November 4th at Washington Regional Medical Center. He was born January 1st, 1961 in Memphis, Tennessee.


Greg served in the US Army.

He is survived by his daughter, Allison Fowler, and many close friends and family.

Mary L. Young
November 16, 1944 until November 3, 2018

After a hard fought battle with breast cancer, Mary L. Young went to be with her Abba Father on November 3rd.  At the age of 73 she was surrounded by her loving family as she finished the race marked out for her and stepped into her victory dance in her brand new body.


Rarely seen without a smile, Mary embraced life and people passionately.  She enjoyed expressing her passions through made-from-scratch meals and treats, keeping and creating family traditions, celebrating in praise and worship dance, and painting the beauty of nature and scripture onto a canvas.

Her joy for travel took her through the USA, back-packing through Europe, teaching English as a second language in China, learning Spanish in Costa Rica and volunteering in Israel.  She enjoyed the views, the sounds, the tastes, the faces and the beach, everywhere.

Mary loved raising her family, teaching and volunteering in many capacities, and learning of all kinds - especially earning a Bachelor’s degree in Christian Eduction after the children all left home.

Of all her joys and discoveries, none surpassed the love she had for her Abba Father.  She was also passionate about discovering, practicing and sharing God’s feasts and festivals with everyone.  Delighting in the Sabbath was an enormous pleasure to Mary, and the day that she finally received her in-person embrace from the Father.

Mary is survived by her husband of 55 years, Jim Young, three children; Angel and Doug Darner, Sheree and Scott DeYoung, Chris and Amy Young, four grandchildren; Joshua and Alyssa Darner, Emily and Sarah Young, four siblings; Wanda Burford, Delwyn Herzel, Loretta Smith, Larry Herzel, and many loving family and friends.

A celebration of Mary’s life will be held Sunday, November 25th, 10:00am at the Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel, Bella Vista, AR.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, donations can be made to Bridges for Peace, P.O. Box 410037 Melbourne, FL 32941 or Circle of Life Hospice Home Legacy Village, 1201 NE Legacy Parkway, Bentonville, AR 72712.