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Vicki Lynn Leroy

July 29, 1966 until December 6, 2022


Vicki Lynn Leroy, age 56, of Gentry, Arkansas passed away on Tuesday, December 6th, 2022 at Circle of Life Hospice in Bentonville. She was born on Friday, July 29th, 1966 in Springdale, Arkansas to Jerry and Gloria Corter (Brandon).

 

Vicki graduated from Gravette High School in 1984, where she gained a lot of friends. She went on to work for Southwest Poultry for over 15 years. She enjoyed helping others, and loved kids.

 

She was preceded in death by her mother; Gloria Jean.

 

Vicki is survived by her parents; Jerry and Cindy, her two brothers; Jimmy Corter and his wife Dania of Gentry, and Danny Corter and his wife Tammy of Gentry, many nieces and nephews, and a host of friends.

 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Circle of Life Hospice in Bentonville in her honor.

Carolyn Ann Tucker
November 22, 1942 until December 5, 2022

We are sad to announce the passing of our mother, Carolyn (Carol) Ann Tucker of Bella Vista, Arkansas.   She passed away peacefully after a brief illness on Monday, December 5, 2022 at the age of 80.  She was attended by her husband, William “Papa Bill” Tucker and her sons.

She was born to Ray and Marjorie Lovelace on November 22nd, 1942 in Paragould, Arkansas.  After graduating from high school, she proudly drove in the California powder puff derby, worked at Bank of America and later worked in the healthcare field where she retired in 2012. She adored her friends she made while working in Berryville, Arkansas and Manteca, California.

Carol was a phenomenal woman who enjoyed this life and loved and cherished her family.  She loved to travel, get out and drive and really enjoyed beating her sons and grandchildren playing nickel poker at home.  She is survived by her husband of more than 20 years, Bill Tucker, her sons, Mitch Scarborough (Josephine) of Urbanette, Arkansas, Brent Scarborough of Bella Vista, Arkansas, Travis Scarborough (Gina) of Bratislava, Slovakia and their grandchildren and great grandchildren.  She had an easy laugh, a personality larger than life, and she will be missed more than she could ever have imagined.

Per her wishes, she will be cremated and there will be no services.

David Christopher Searcy

June 2, 1981 until December 2, 2022


David Christopher Searcy, 41, of Fayetteville passed away December 2, 2022 at Washington Regional Medical Center at 1:11 p.m. He was born June 2, 1981 in Wynne to David Wilson and Carolyn Ann Tarwater Searcy. Exactly 97 minutes after becoming a donor in spirit and receiving the Walk of Honor he let go peacefully.

David was a jack of all trades, and the most giving person you would have ever met. He'd give you the shirt off of his back even if it was the last thing he owned to help you. He did not mind going without! He's worked from construction jobs, logging, and farming all the way to inside a restaurant. His last job was at a Sonic Drive-In as their cook / maintenance man, and no do not try to picture him in that scenario, he never did look like he belong there, but he worked hard and built relationships with everyone of his co-workers that they will all cherish forever.

David was preceded in death by his parents, David and Carolyn Searcy; and his grandparents C.M. and Glenda Tarwater of Cross County, and Jerry Searcy of Vanndale, AR.

Survivors include his wife, Hannah Searcy of Fayetteville; his kids Blake Moran, David "Hank" Searcy, Briona Searcy, and Renesmee Searcy of Sand springs, Oklahoma; his step kids Samuel Braman, Braydin Hollaway, Stormy Hollaway, Adam Pittman, and Easton Fare of Wynne; his sister Angela Gooding of Fayetteville; his grandmother Dorothy Searcy of Vanndale; and lots of nieces and nephews and one great niece Feay Harwood.

He was also survived by his 7 fur babies (cats) Stoner (mom), Ginger, Fluffy, Skeeter, Trouble, Wynonna, and Thumper. I almost forgot to include his entire world and he would have haunted
me for that!

At this time there will be no further services conducted until after he is cremated and shared within the small circle of family, after a small portion of his ashes will be taken and spread out at his secret spot and details on this will be provided by his wife. A memorial service in Wynne will be planned by his sister. Look for the information on Facebook.

Wendy Jo Neet

February 15, 1953 until December 5, 2022


Wendy Jo Neet, age 69, passed away on Monday, December 5th, 2022 at her home in Cave Springs, Arkansas. She was born on Sunday, February 15th, 1953 in Mexico, Missouri to Reed and Frances Schmickle.

 

She grew up in Pittsburg, Kansas, graduating from College High in 1971 and went on to graduate from Pittsburg State University in 1976 with a BA in Education. She taught for 31 years at USD 250 school district, retiring in 2008, then teaching at USD 246 school district for seven years. She moved to Cave Springs, Arkansas in 2016. She worked as a librarian at the Rogers Puplic Library for four and a half years.

 

Wendy married the love of her life, her one and only, Bruce Neet on Saturday, August 18th, 1973.  They had three of the best kids in the world together.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; Reed and Franny.

 

Wendy is survived by her husband; Bruce, her children; Whitney Stone (Josh) of Centerton, Jed Neet (Karli) of Fayetteville, and Chelsea Shoemaker (Adam) of Baldwin City, Kansas, her five beautiful blue-eyed grandchildren; Kage, Baela, Reed, Claire, and Levon, and three sisters; Jennifer Hightower, Sara Kirker, and Jane Bever.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Circle of Life in memory of Wendy to support patient care and family service at Circle of Life, 901 Jones Road, Springdale AR 72762 or www.giftstocircle.org.

Charles Salvatore Rettus

October 19, 1932 until December 3, 2022


Charles Salvatore Rettus, age 90, of Bella Vista passed away on Saturday, December 3rd, 2022. He was born on Wednesday, October 19th, 1932 in San Francisco, California to Frank Anthony and Gladys Jarvis Rettus.

 

Charles grew up, attended High School, and graduated from the University of San Francisco. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; Frank and Gladys, and one sister; Joan Burcell.

 

Charles is survived by his wife; Susan Rettus, his two sons; Russell and Michael, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

 

A Celebration of Life will be Thursday, December 15, 2022 at the Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel from 4-5pm.  It will be a casual drop in service. 

Thomas William Bayless
May 5, 1928 until December 2, 2022

Tom Bayless , 94, went to his eternal rest on Friday, December 2, 2022.

Born Thomas William Bayless in Beebe, Ar. on May 5, 1928 to Wylie W. And Vennie (Gerhardt) Bayless

At the age of 18, he joined the Army Air Corp that later became the U.S. Air Force. He served 20 years attaining the rank of Master Sergeant.

Tom married Joy (Wood) Bayless on December 10, 1962. Together they raised six children.
He worked as an over the road truck driver and as an owner operator before retiring from trucking in 1990.

He was an avid golfer and could be found on the course several days a week even into his 90’s
He was a member of New Hope Assembly of God in Rogers, Ar.

His survivors include his wife, Joy, of the home, seven children: Betty Stamford of Springdale, Ar,; Carol Hale of Rogers, Ar,; Robert Lawvey and wife Linda of Vacaville, Ca.; Kenneth Lawvey of Bella Vista, Ar. And Brenda Young and husband Larry of Springdale, Ar.; Vicki Byrne and husband Tom of Wichita, Ks.; Will Bayless of Mountain Home, Ar.;

He was preceded in death by his daughters Kathy Muruaga and Kimberly Thomas

He had a large extended family including: 20 Grandchildren, 27 Great Grandchildren, and many Great Great Grandchildren.
Tom was known for his generous spirit and willingness to help anyone that needed help.


Visitation and Memorial will be held at:
New Hope Assembly of God
2626 W. New Hope Rd.
Rogers, Ar

Visitation will be Monday, December 5, 2022 from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. Memorial service will be held Tuesday, December 6, 2022 10:00 A.M. followed by graveside service at Fayetteville National Cemetery,Pastor James Longmate officiating.

Michael Joseph Kellenbarger

October 14, 1946 until November 28, 2022


Michael "Kelly" Joseph Kellenbarger (76), of Eureka Springs, AR, passed away from Alzheimer’s and other health complications on November 28, 2022.


Born on October 14, 1946 in Columbus, OH to Ruth Agnes (Gordon) and Joseph Clement Kellenbarger. He is preceded in death by his parents and younger sister, Judy Kellenbarger. Survived by his wife of almost 40 years, Barbara Kellenbarger, brothers Peter and Paul (Brenda) Kellenbarger, daughter Sara (Jim) Cullifer, and sons Sean (Kim) and Daks (Cami) Kellenbarger. Amazing step father to Lisa Turpin, Amy Dickens, and Christy Hergert-Main. Grandfather of 16 (soon to be 17) and great-grandfather of 9.


Kelly was a devoted husband, father, Christ-follower, and mentor to many. A United States Navy veteran and 34 year career technician for Solar Turbines in San Diego, CA. Kelly had to retire a few years earlier than anticipated due to a sudden diagnosis of early onset Alzheimer’s. He and his wife uprooted from their home in San Marcos, CA to the area of Northwest Arkansas in order to be closer to family while attending to his medical needs.


Kelly was a dedicated provider for his family and spent the majority of his weekdays working long hours due to his traffic-filled commute. An avid fan of most things science fiction, history, or crime investigation related, he enjoyed TV and movies greatly. On the weekends, he would often take his family (particularly his children) out to the movies, restaurants, fairs, the beach, or anywhere else of interest to make up for the long hours he was away working.


A special thank you to the staff of Brighton Ridge Therapy and Living Center in Eureka Springs for taking care of Kelly in his last few years. A celebration of life service will be held at 10:30am, Saturday, December 3rd, 2022 at River of Life Church in Bentonville, AR. Kelly chose to donate his remains to the University of Missouri-Columbia for Medical Sciences to aid aspiring medical students and researchers in their Neurobiology department. He will be cremated at a later date.

Sherri S. Townsend
November 1, 1964 until November 29, 2022

Sherri S. Townsend, 58, of Gravette died Tuesday, November 29, 2022 at Northwest Medical Center in Bentonville. She was born in Gravette, Arkansas the daughter of Norma and Charles Michael on November 1, 1964.

She was preceded in death by Charles Eugene Michael.

Sherri is survived by her husband, Larry Townsend of Gravette; two sons, Charles Townsend and his wife Denice Townsend , of Gravette, AR and Marck Townsend and his wife Ariane Townsend of Seligman, MO.

Elizabeth Jean (Mahurin) DeWitt
March 8, 1994 until November 27, 2022

Elizabeth Jean (Mahurin) DeWitt was born on the cold, snowy day of March 8th, 1994. She came into the world spicy and left the world just as spicy.  She grew up in Garfield, AR with her parents and older brother. She was homeschooled and enjoyed her many homeschool adventures. She attended Freewill Baptist Church in Pea Ridge, AR.  Lizzie cherished her time as a nanny for two years, was a store manager at CiCi’s pizza and most recently had started working for the HIPPY program, helping families access homeschool material for their children.  She loved to travel, read her favorite Jane Austen books, love on her many pets and spend time with her friends and family. Her husband proposed to her in Paris, France and they were married in 2017.  They bought their first home in Elkins, AR where they spent the last 5 years enjoying life and doing many projects to make the house their own.  They also hosted their adored Jella as an exchange student for one year, which was one of the best years and most wonderful experiences of Lizzie’s life.  She left us on November 27th for her eternal home in Heaven. She was preceded in death by her grandmothers, Betty Jean Mahurin and Carolyn Mahurin. She leaves behind her husband, James DeWitt of Elkins, AR, Parents, Tommy and Rebecca Mahurin of Garfield, AR, an older brother, Bob Mahurin of Garfield, AR, grandmother Carol Moore of Winslow, AR, grandfather Tom Mahurin of Garfield, AR, many aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, her dog Mo, as well as her cats and birds.


The sorrow from that one moment in today will always be, but Liz will never be forgotten.

Visitation will be Friday, December 9th, 2022 from 4:00 to 6:00pm at Epting Funeral Home at 209 SW 2nd Ave, Gravette, Arkansas.

Connie Cohrn

April 11, 1954 until November 20, 2022


Connie Corhn, age 68, passed away on Sunday, November 20th, 2022 at Washington Regional Hospice in Fayetteville. She was born on April 11th, 1954 in Chickasha, Oklahoma to Ellis and Elvie Engle (Hobbs).

 

Connie grew up working dairy farms with her family, travelling around Oklahoma for many years, before settling in Stilwell where she finished high school. She attended college at Northeastern State University in Talequah.  She moved to Northwest Arkansas in 1978 with her daughter; Michelle Caviness. She eventually met Paul Corhn, whom she married on February 14th, 1990 in Eureka Springs.

 

She enjoyed sewing, gardening, flowers, traveling, taking care of animals, and especially spending time with her family.

 

Connie is preceded in death by her parents; Ellis and Elvie.

 

She is survived by her husband of 32 years; Paul, three children; Michelle Caviness of Hayden, Idaho, Patricia McCall of Gentry, Arkansas, and Dale Corhn of Neosho, Missouri, two sisters; Carolyn Woodward (Larry) of Jacksonville, Arkansas, and Sharon Beasley (Charles) of West Fork, Arkansas, and three nieces and one nephew; Larry James Woodward Jr., Sheila Woodward, Tammy Goss, and Charlyn Beasley.

 

A graveside service will be held on Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. at White Oak Cemetery in Tontitown, Arkansas with Pastor Justin White officiating.

Margaret Louverta Walton Siemens Weathers

August 21, 1925 until November 22, 2022


Margaret Louverta Walton Siemens Weathers was born on August 21, 1925, in Camp Crook, South Dakota, the fourth of six children, to homesteaders W.G. & Myrtle (Gilbert) Walton. She went to be with the Lord at the age of 97 on November 22, 2022, in Rogers, Arkansas.

 

In 1947, Margaret graduated with a music degree from John Brown University, where she met Walt Siemens, her husband of nearly 38 years. They lived in Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Kansas, where they raised nine children. In 1969, the family moved to Siloam Springs, Arkansas, where Margaret lived for over 45 years.

 

Margaret’s JBU college experience allowed her to meet many lifelong friends. Later, as a JBU faculty wife, she welcomed numerous students and families into her home.

 

Margaret’s special ministries included prayer (family, missionaries, community), teaching (Sunday school, Bible studies), missions (supporting and

hosting missionaries), and church activities. She was personally involved in a number of ministries, including Child Evangelism Fellowship, Bible Memory

 

Association, John Brown University, Byron Bible Camp, Wycliffe Bible Translators, and Gideons International.

 

As a homemaker, Margaret was an excellent seamstress, cook, and gardener. She canned much of the family’s produce. One of her passions in life

was hospitality – particularly inviting people into her home and cooking for them. Margaret enjoyed music and was a piano teacher for over 50 years. She

composed many songs and was church pianist for years. She also enjoyed reading and writing, composing poetry and short stories. She was president of the Siloam Springs Writers Guild for 11 years.

 

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents; husband Walt Siemens (married 1947-1985) and husband Rogene Weathers (married 1997-2003); sisters

Evelyn Walton Friend Loomis, Gilberta Walton Lueders, Viola Walton Whitmore; brother Ernie Walton; and son Don Siemens.

 

She is survived by her sister Freda Walton Clements and husband Phil; daughter-in-law Cindi Siemens; her children Walta Siemens Hattaway and

husband Jim; Rosanne Siemens Redditt and husband Dan; Dan Siemens and wife Marilyn; Lyn Siemens Spencer and husband Ben; Doug Siemens and wife Julia; David Siemens and wife Holly; Jan Siemens Kimball and husband David; Dwight Siemens and wife Jenifer; 35 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

 

Above all, Margaret loved her Lord and Savior. Her daily walk with God and her love for others resulted in many seeking her out as a wise counselor and

faithful friend. She was careful to give godly, Biblical advice which always began with the individual’s relationship with Jesus Christ.

 

It was Margaret’s wish to have her body donated for educational and medical research. A memorial service to celebrate Margaret’s life will be held on

Saturday, December 3, 2022, at 11 a.m. at Siloam Springs Bible Church, 927 South Oak Hill Street, Siloam Springs, Arkansas.

 

Memorial donations may be made to Gideons International, Wycliffe Bible Translators, and Byron Bible Camp (South Dakota).

Debra Sandlin (Whiteside) Jones

June 30, 1982 until November 10, 2022


Debra Sandlin (Whiteside) Jones, 40, entered eternal rest on November 10, 2022.  Debra was born on June 30, 1982 in Rogers, Arkansas to Rudy and Brenda Sandlin Whiteside. 

 

Debra was a graduate of the 2000 Class of Bentonville High School.   Debra was married to Justin Jones on February 3, 2012.  Debra loved the outdoors.  She loved growing flowers and vegetables.  Justin was always recruited to help.  She and Justin shared a love of cooking.  As a child, Debra’s favorite times were spent with her Aunt Rhonda, her sister Casey, and her cousins camping and fishing the Elk River.  Debra often requested Justin take her camping on the Elk River for her birthday.  Through her teen years, Debra loved going to Green Valley Bible Camp each summer.  Debra loved her children and going to their activities. 

 

Debra was preceded in death by:  her grandparents; Ed and Daisy Sandlin, and Cecil Jewel Whiteside. 

She is survived by:  her husband; Justin Jones of Gentry, her three children; Daisy Diane, Malachi Ray, and Jewel Marie Sequichie, her parents; Rudy and Brenda Whiteside, her sister; Casey Scarborough, and her grandmother; Juanita Marie Whiteside.

Services for Debra will be at the Bentonville Church of Christ, on Saturday, November 26.  Visitation is 10-11am with a Celebration of Life following the visitation.

 

In Lieu of Flowers, donations in memory of Debra, may be made to Green Valley Bible Camp, PO Box 65, Rogers, Arkansas  72757.

Mason James Edens
April 13, 2006 – November 14, 2022

Mason James Edens, 16, passed away unexpectedly at his home in Centerton, AR.

Mason was born in Greenville, SC on April 13, 2006 to Jennie and Brian. In 2015 he moved to Arrington, TN, and in January of 2018 he moved to Centerton, AR. Mason loved football from a very young age and started playing with the Franklin Cowboys in 2015. He then went on to play for the Bentonville Bengals for a year and then as a freshman in high school he played for Bentonville West where he also ran track.

Mason was loved and adored by all that knew him and was known for his brilliant smile, witty sense of humor, love of sarcasm, and having the very unique ability to brighten every room he walked into. His friends describe him as the class clown that would do anything in the world for you. He always wanted to help someone in need and took pride in his ability to love deeply, and his heart was bigger than what can ever be imagined. His family knew him as the little firecracker that he was, the boy who loved his dogs so much that he would roll around on the ground playing with them and always had silly nicknames for all his pets. He loved to wrestle with his brothers and was often found goofing around with them all over the house, pool or outside. Mason also loved to fish and would spend hours fishing off his dad’s dock or really anywhere he could cast a pole.

Mason is survived by his four parents which included his Mother and second Father, Jennie and Dave DeSerio, and his Father and second Mother Brian and Cindy Edens. He is also survived by his four brothers and best friends, Dominic DeSerio, Matthew DeSerio, Gavin Edens, and Anthony DeSerio. His grandparents Bobby and Kathleen Williams, Bill and Diane Edens, John and Nicole Walsh, Loretta Rittaco, and Anne DeSerio. His great grandparents, Bobby and Barbara Williams. His many aunts, uncles, and cousins. All of whom will miss him dearly! 


He was preceded by his brother Cameron Edens and his Great-Grandparents James (Jim) and Donna Chambers.

Services in Arkansas will be held On Sunday, November 20, 2022 at The Chapel On The Creeks at 5202 Village Pkwy, Rogers, AR 72758. Visitation will begin at 1:00 pm with an open casket for those who want to see him, closed casket visitation will begin approximately 1:30 pm. Services will begin at 2:00 pm immediately following visitation.

Services and burial in South Carolina on Saturday, November 26, 2022 at Mackey Funeral Home, 1 Pine Knoll Dr., Greenville, SC, beginning at 2:00 pm with graveside and burial services immediately afterwards at Woodlawn Memorial Park adjacent to the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers please donate to a suicide prevention organization of your choice.

Tosha Nichole McGill

October 20, 1995 until November 14, 2022


Tosha Nichole McGill, age 27, of Fayetteville died Monday, November 14, 2022 in Madison County, Arkansas.  She was born October 20, 1995 in Springdale, Arkansas the daughter of Wendy McKenna and Jerry Lee Kidwell. 

 

She enjoyed spending quality time with her children, and her nieces and nephews.  She had a big, strong heart, and always had a Big Smile on her face. 

 

She was preceded in death by:  Paternal Grandmother; Linda Kidwell.

 

Tosha is survived by:  three daughters; Paisley, Ellie, and Kali, all of Lincoln, her mother; Wendy Kidwell and her fiancé; Chris Cain, of Springdale, her father; Jerry Lee Kidwell, of Springdale, two sisters; Gabrielle Kidwell and her fiancé; William Deming, of Fayetteville, Aubrey Kirkland and her husband; Steven, of Springdale, a host of extended family members and friends, and the father of her children; Cody McGill, of Fayetteville. 

 

A celebration of Tosha’s life will be:  Thursday, November 17, 2022 from 1130am-130pm  at the Bentonville Community Center. 


Arrangements by Epting Funeral Home Fayetteville. 

Kaylene Marie Jetton
January 20, 1996 until November 11, 2022

Kaylene Marie Jetton, 26, of Johnson passed away Friday, November 11, 2022 at her residence. She was born on January 20, 1996 in Fayetteville, Arkansas to Karon (Yates) Lamproe and Randy Lamproe.

Kaylene enjoyed being the mother of her two children and loved her nieces and nephew. Kaylene was a very hard worker and enjoyed her job where she held a manager position.

She will be remembered for her huge heart and loving spirit. She will be remembered for the passion and love she had for her children and family.

She was preceded in death by her uncle and grandfather.

Kaylene is survived by her two children, Colson Jetton, Timber-Lynn Jetton, husband Thomas Jetton, her mother Karon Lamproe, her father Randy Lamproe; two sisters, Malea Easter and Randa Lamproe, along with her nieces and nephew, and numerous friends and loved ones.

A celebration of her life will be held at 1:00pm Saturday, November 19th 2022 at New Hope Assembly in Rogers, Arkansas.

Carl Michael Watchorn

March 6, 1947 until November 9, 2022


Carl M. Watchorn left this earthly world on November 9th, 2022 at his home in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Born on March 6th, 1947 he was raised in New Jersey by his loving mother; Helen (Rugulo) Watchorn.

 

A talented drummer, Carl loved music and played in many bands. He was  a follower of Prem Rawat where he learned peaceful meditation and gained “Knowledge”. Throughout the years, Carl worked in the organic health food industry, supporting his strict vegetarian, holistic diet and lifestyle.

 

Carl loved animals, especially cats. His beloved Lucy preceded him in death.

 

A veteran of the Vietnam war, Carl served in the United States Army. He is survived by his best friend and cousin, Chris Rugulo, of Perkasie, Pennsylvania and many friends.

 

Donations in Carl’s memory may be made to the Fayetteville Animal Shelter.

 

A memorial will be planned at a later date.

Delores Ann Fitts

March 19, 1939 until November 13, 2022


Delores Ann Fitts, age 83, of Noel, Missouri went to be with the Lord, Sunday, November 13, 2022, at Circle of Life Hospice House located in Bentonville, she was born March 19, 1939 in Kingman, Kansas to Ronald Lieurance and Gertrude Koontz Lieurance, she graduated from Wichita, Kansas High School.  On October 26, 1957 she married Monte Mitts, and on March 5, 1993 she married John Fitts in Gravette, Arkansas.  She was preceded in death by:  her parents, her ward; Joshua Randall Manning, one sister; Karlene Smith, and the father of her children; Monte Mitts.

 

Delores is survived by her husband John, of the home, son; Monte David Mitts and his wife Dawn, of Emmett, Idaho, daughter; Leisa Price, of Gravette, and son; Todd M. Mitts and his wife Shamarie, of Abilene, Kansas, seven grandchildren, and many great-grandchildren. 


Delores was a Loving Wife, and Mother, she walked with God and was a Pro-Life Warrior.


Visitation will be Friday from 5-7pm at Epting Funeral Home located in Gravette.

 

Graveside service will be conducted Saturday at 1pm at Union Star Cemetery in West Fork, Arkansas with Pastor Glen Ellis officiating.

 

In lieu of flowers:  Donations are requested to:  National Pro-Life Alliance, 5211 Port Royal Road, Suite 500, Springfield, Virginia 22151.  Phone number:   703-321-9200 or their website:   www.prolifealliance.com

Sharon Gail Burks

June 2, 1942 until November 9, 2022


Sharon Gail Burks, age 76, of Bentonville, died Wednesday, November 9, 2022.

Sharon was born June 2, 1942, in Mena, Arkansas.

She was preceded in death by her husband Roy Burks, father Lewis Cook, mother Irene Cook, and brother Donald Cook.

Sharon was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She was married to Roy Burks for 40 years. She loved her family and very much enjoyed a good card game with family and friends. She also enjoyed playing Yahtzee, quilting, and completing puzzles.

She worked in Polk County for most of her life, working at what was Smith Lumber Company, and Aalfs Manufacturing.

Sharon is survived by one brother, Ronnie Cook of Mena, AR;  sister, Charlotte Doty, and husband Kim Doty of Ashville, AL; daughter, Paula Bailey, and husband Brian Bailey of Bella Vista, AR; daughter, Vickie Oliver, and husband Jerry Oliver of Douglas, Wyoming; daughter, Angie Ham of Mena, AR; Grandchildren include Donald Myers and Brandon Eaker of NW AR; Adam Warner of Colorado Springs, CO; Andrew Warner of Nixa, MO; and Britney Speer and Manda Jewell of Mena, AR. She has several great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews, all of whom she loved.

Janice Marie Utecht

July 5, 1955 until November 10, 2022


Janice Marie Utecht, age 67, of Bentonville died Thursday, November 10, 2022 at her residence.  She was born July 5, 1955.


Condolences to the family can be written at: www.eptingfuneralhome.webs.com

Shana Janeane Dorsey

October 6, 1969 until November 6, 2022


Shana Janeane Dorsey, age 53, of Rogers died Sunday, November 6, 2022 at Washington Regional Medical Center located in Fayetteville. She was born October 6, 1969 in Malden, Missouri the daughter of Nina Kay Smith and Harold L. Boone. 

 

She moved to Northwest Arkansas in 1971 from Missouri.  She attended Farmington High School.  She enjoyed spending time at family dinners, and going on vacations.  She loved working puzzles, coloring book to relax her, word searches, and working crosswords.  One of her favorite things was watching scary movies, and Halloween was her favorite time of the year. 

 

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, and her father; Harold L. Boone on December 14, 2004. 

 

Shana is survived by:  her mother; Nina Hernandez of Bentonville, two brothers; KP Dorsey of Bella Vista, and JC Dorsey and his wife Shara of Bentonville, five nephews; Christian, Bennett, Maximus, Kenneth and partner Elexia, and Triston, one niece; Makenley and partner Caleb, two uncles and one aunt; Rick Smith of Fayetteville, and Rocky and Joby Smith of Catron, Missouri, as well as many cousins and friends.

 

A celebration of Shana’s life will be 4:00pm, November 20th in the Hospitality Room at Candlewood Suites. 4601 W Rozell Street, Rogers, AR 72756.

Paul Edward Dicks
October 14, 1946 until November 8, 2022

Paul E. Dicks, 76, of Bella Vista passed away on Tuesday, November 8, 2022. He was born on October 14, 1946 in Wichita, Kansas to Hazel and Paul Dicks.

Paul graduated from Southeast High School in Wichita and went on to study and graduate from Wichita State University.  He then began an illustrious career with the Internal Revenue Service where he worked for just over 30 years.  He was a member of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Bella Vista, Knights of Columbus, NARFE, and Toastmasters International.  He was also an adamant volunteer in the Bella Vista community.

He loved traveling and dancing with his wife Dolores, his time on the golf course, and was an avid runner.  He displayed his passion and love of music in many ways.

He was preceded in death by his first wife Mary, his mother Hazel and father Paul, his brother George, and his grandson Dominic.

Paul is survived by his wife Dolores Stolfi-Dicks of the home, daughter Jennifer (Ruben) Chavez, son Matt (Amanda) Dicks, step-daughter Lisa Morrell, step-son Eric Stolfi, step-daughter Gina (David) Criman-Lankston, his brother John (Robin) Dicks, his brother Don (Vickie) Dicks, and many other loving family members.

Services will be Friday, November 11, 2022 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Bella Vista. Visitation will begin at 9:00am with rosary to follow at 9:30 and funeral mass at 10:00.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Darrell Ray Hecht II

April 21, 1994 until November 6, 2022


Darrell Ray Hecht II (D.R.), 28, of Decatur passed away November 6, 2022 at Gravette Hospital in Gravette. He was born April 21, 1994 at Gravette Hospital to Darrell Ray and Andra L. Faddis Hecht.

 

D.R. was a lifelong resident of Northwest Arkansas and graduated from Decatur High School. He was a highly proficient computer gamer with friends all over the world, built his own computers and servers, and was often called on to repair computers at the schools.

 

D.R. loved music, enjoyed hunting and fishing with his dad, reading and writing, and loved his dogs. He loved his family and friends, and was a people person whose mission in life was to be a peacemaker. He is often described as polite, friendly, a big brother, a mentor, a good man, a friend, and a knight in shining armor.

 

D.R. was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Argus and Dorothy Faddis; and one uncle, Neil Hecht.

 

Survivors include his parents Darrell and Andra Hecht of Decatur; his sister, Crystal Tackett (Aaron) of Dardanelle; his paternal grandparents, Wanda Maxine and Don Kennedy and Ivan Hecht, all of Jay, Oklahoma; many aunts and uncles; and a whole host of friends.

 

A celebration of Darrell’s life will be Friday, November 18, 2022 at 6:00p.m. at the Assembly of God in Decatur (DAG).

Linda Carol Marks

February 25, 1938 until November 4, 2022


Linda Carol Marks, age 84, of Bella Vista, Arkansas died Friday, November 4, 2022 at Willard Walker Hospice House in Fayetteville, AR. She was born February 25, 1938 in Tyler, Texas the daughter of Jeanette Mae Lynn Friday and Percy Gray Bynum.

 

Her greatest accomplishment was her marriage of 66 years with her beloved husband, Joe.  During that time, she raised four children, whom she cherished.   She was dedicated to making a home full of love and care, sacrificing all she had to serve both her husband and children. 

 

During her lifetime she moved from her hometown of Tyler, TX to Pine Bluff, AR when her father was transferred there with the Cotton Belt Railroad.  It was there that she met Joe, who became as her high school sweetheart.  In her diary, she mentions Joe with utmost affection, as their love blossomed.  They married in 1956 in Pine Bluff, AR.  She worked along side Joe to form Joe Marks and Company in 1966 to build a multi-family apartment complex, And later, Marks Land Company, Inc, a corporation with Joe’s brothers, Bill and Jack. 

 

The family relocated to Harrison, AR in 1973, when Marks Land Company, Inc. bought 1,300 acres on Gaither Mountain on the outskirts of Harrison. 

 

In 2004, when in retirement, they moved to Bela Vista, AR, where they lived out the remaining years of their lives.

 

Linda was a tremendous cook.  She had many special dishes, one being chicken spaghetti.  Her homemade biscuits and gravy were also to be remembered. She was a gracious host and treasured times when all the children and grandchildren gathered at her home.  No one ever left hungry, and she did all the cooking, sometimes for groups of 30 or more. 

 

Her hobbies included reading, needlepoint, antiquing, flea marketing, furniture restoration, cooking, walks with her little dog Sadie and painting.

 

Linda is survived by her four children; Mark Marks, wife Cheri, Fayetteville, AR; Lance Marks, wife Stephanie, Harrison, AR; Autumn Marks, Bella Vista, AR; Jennifer Churchill husband Brent, Hattiesburg, MS, as well as eight grandchildren, Nate Marks, Brandt Marks, Mason Marks, Derek Thompson ,wife Holly, Lanny Thompson, Katie Churchill, Chase Graddy, and Kayla Graddy, and three great-grandchildren, Kinley, Ella Claire and Ellie.

 

In lieu of flowers please send donations to:  Willard Walker Hospice House located in Fayetteville, AR or the American Cancer Society.

 

A private family service will be held at a later date.

Douglas Topley

February 3, 1952 until October 30, 2022


Douglas (Doug) John Topley, 70, of Bentonville, Arkansas passed away on October 30, 2022, at Circle of Life Hospice in Bentonville. He was born February 3, 1952, in Red Deer, Alberta, Canada to Mary Louise Barker and James (Jim) Roy Topley.

 

Doug was raised in Red Deer, Canada by his mother Mary, who was widowed after Jim passed away tragically in a boating accident when Doug was still an infant. Doug was an avid hockey player, baseball, and fast-pitch softball. Doug met his wife Bev in high school and they have been happily married for almost 49 years. Doug and Bev raised their children in Calgary, Alberta where he coached their softball, baseball, and hockey teams as well as instilled hard work, their love of skiing, animals, and handyman skills. Doug worked most of his life in Oil and Gas and Environmental Engineering, where he traveled all over the world and met some of his lifelong friends. Doug and Bev retired to Bentonville, Arkansas in 2014 from Peachtree City, Georgia. In retirement, Doug enjoyed spending time with family and friends, cooking, and building around the house. Doug loved the 9 years he spent with his granddaughter Taylor, where he taught her to be his big helperin cooking and fixing things, and they enjoyedfamily history and stories from his childhood. Doug was very generous, quick-witted, loved to laugh, and was full of humor/humour.

 

Doug passed away from an aggressive, rare lung cancer and pulmonary fibrosis. Doug was preceded in death by his parents Mary and Jim Topley, his brother Robert (Bob) Topley, and his father-in-law Hal Nelson.

 

Survivors include his mother-in-law Ellen Nelson of High River, his wife, Bev Topley, and his son Dana Topley of Bentonville; his daughter Lisa Crossett, son-in-law Scott Crossett, and his beloved granddaughter Taylor Crossett of Bentonville. He also leaves behind their dog Rosey, and two cats Butch and Dan.

 

Doug’s family would like to appreciate all the hard work and kindness from his medical teams: Dr. Brenda Rude (Mercy), Dr. A El-Shafi (Mercy), Dr. G Pereira (Mercy), Dr. J. Spann (Mercy), and all of the team at the Circle of Life Hospice. The family also would like to recognize the friends and family that have been so kind along this journey.

 

Memorial donations can be made to the American and/or Canadian Heart and Lung Association or Circle of Life Hospice facility in Bentonville, Arkansas.

Brian David Austin
July 22, 1969 until October 23, 2022

Brian David Austin, 53, of Bella Vista died Sunday, October 23, 2022 at Circle of Life Hospice in Bentonville. He was born July 22, 1969 in St. Charles, Missouri to Ruth Ann Brockman and David Austin.

Brian enjoyed music and created and played with many bands over the years.  UltraFoot, Bulbus Nanny, My Cat Milo and Jesus Murphy to name a few.  He most recently recorded several songs while dog sitting for his mom and stepdad.  Brian was the best cook! He made the best biscuits and gravy and chili.  His culinary skills will be missed terribly.  Brian was funny, compassionate and just a little bit weird.  He would give you his last dollar if it meant you were happy. He was a great friend to a wide range of people.  He loved everyone and everyone loved him.  He loved chocolate milk, french dip sandwiches, his family, his sweet pup Bailey, playing penny slots and Seinfeld.  


He was preceded in death by maternal grandparents-Philip and Marjorie Brockman, paternal grandparents-Carroll and Edith Austin and Frank Zappa. 


Brian is survived by his daughters-Maggie Austin and Abbie Austin. 

Mother-Ruth Ann Borchert, Father-David Austin, Step Father-Thom Borchert, Stepmother-Gena Austin, Sister-Paula Austin,  Brother-Greg Austin, Brother-Brandon Austin

A celebration of his life will be held on July 22nd, 2023, his birthday. Details to follow.

Patsy Johnson Kitchens
September 22, 1952 until October 14, 2022

Patsy Johnson Kitchens age 70, died Friday October 14, 2022 in Bentonville, Arkansas after a brave battle against metastatic cancer. Patsy was surrounded by loved ones throughout her battle and when she peacefully passed. 

 

Born September 22, 1952, in Carrollton, Alabama to Dora Brown and Murray “Hotdog” Johnson; Patsy’s gift to this world was her wholehearted dedication to serving others. She was especially drawn to those with exceptional needs.

 

Graduated in 1973, from Mississippi State University for Women, with Psychology and Sociology degrees; she began her career as a psychologist specializing in children and adults with intellectual disabilities. She then directed her passion to serve to hearing, and soon after, vision impaired communities in both rehabilitation and vocational capacities. Patsy later counseled youth and young adults with substance abuse dependencies before moving into case management in the medical rehabilitation sector serving those who had been injured. She volunteered for numerous charitable organizations including The American Cancer Society, running several cancer support groups, and co-led a Girl Scout Troop in Tallahassee, Florida.

                                                                         

Along with serving so many wonderful people, she poured so much love and affection into her daughter, and later her granddaughters who were the absolute light of her life. Her legacy of servantship will live on through them. 

 

Patsy’s greatest strength was her positive and encouraging spirit, regardless of the obstacle she faced. She was known as the person to call for reassuring support by those facing challenges and needing her unique perspective.

 
She was preceded in death by: her parents, her sister Patricia Hudson and cherished family members who passed before her. 


Patsy is survived by her daughter; Christy Kitchens and her partner Chris Arcana of Bella Vista, her granddaughters; Haley McGee, Ava McGee and Makayla McGee of Bella Vista, her niece; Chastity Marchant, her great nephews and nieces; Matthew Hicks, Brittany Phillips, Brandy Hicks and Daniel Hicks, of Carrollton, Alabama, along with many loving relatives and friends that considered Patsy part of their family.


A Celebration of Patsy’s Life will be held Thursday, November 3rd from 4:00-6:00 at Compton Gardens and Arboretum 312 N. Main St., Bentonville, AR

Ilse Louise Elander

September 18, 1936 until October 21, 2022


Ilse Louise Elander, age 86, of Bella Vista died Friday, October 21, 2022 at her residence.  She was born September 18, 1936 in Hamburg, Germany the daughter of Lina and Hans Peterson. 

She enjoyed beautiful Bella Vista, and serving her Lord Jesus Christ.  She loved going out to lunch and sharing a meal with her family and friends. 

 

She was preceded in death by:  her parents, her brother; Horst “Pete” Peterson, and her husband; Eugene Elander.

 

Ilse is survived by:  one son; Eric Elander and his wife Jerri, of Gravette, two daughters; Christina Kessler and her husband Dan, of Avoca, Andrea Elander, of Bella Vista, four grandchildren; Holly Randolph and her husband Deven, of Bentonville, Ed Tullin, of California, Taylor Elander and her husband; John Adams, of Little Flock, Sophia Kessler, of Avoca, five great-grandchildren; Aiden Young, Lily Rushing, Bentley Randolph, Emma Randolph, John Adams IV, and one brother; Alfred Peterson and his wife Phyllis, of Illinois, one sister-in-law; Joyce Penning, of Illinois, and numerous nieces and nephews, and a host of friends.

 

Graveside service will be Monday, October 24, 2022 at 10am at Tucks Chapel Cemetery located in Rogers with Pastor Robert Ward officiating.

Memorials may be sent to:  The American Heart Association.

John Philip Karch

November 28, 1954 until October 17, 2022


John Philip Karch, age 67, of Winslow died Monday, October 17, 2022 at the VA Medical Center located in Fayetteville AR. He was born November 28, 1954 in Mt. Vernon, Illinois the son of Mamie Agnes Rector and Philip Henry Karch.

 

He served in the US Army during the Vietnam War. He enjoyed woodworking and spending quality time with his family, especially time with his grandchildren. He was a blaster for many years.

 

He was preceded in death by: his father, his mother, and one brother; Donnie Karch.

 

John is survived by: his wife; Karin L. Karch, whom he married April 6, 2013, five sons; Jason Karch, of Texas, Jackie Karch and his wife Lindsay, of Texas, Philip Karch and his wife Nikki, of Texas, Jordan Karch and his wife Kaylee, of Texas, William White and his wife Carrie, of Tennessee, two step-daughters; Sheila Weaver, of Illinois, Ashliegh Weaver, of Arkansas, one brother; Darrin Karch, of Louisiana, four sisters; Lois Bodine, of Louisiana, Karen Larimer, of Colorado, Meriella Mead, of Texas, Phyllis Kitchen, of Texas, one special nephew; Kevin Bodine and his wife Tami, of Winslow, one special niece; Tammy McMullen and special friend Ron, of Florida, his 16 grandchildren; Liberty, Soloman, Aurora, Glady, Leigh, Austin, Miles, Jaxon, Skylar, Colton, Dylan, Maks, Cierra, Kailee, Ayanna, Dalton, 2 great-grandchildren; Cillian, Braden, and the mother of his sons; Sharla Souther Karch.

 

A celebration of John’s life will be at a later date in Texas.  Memorials may be sent in Johnny's honor in care of his wife Karin.

 

Arrangements by Epting Funeral Home in downtown Fayetteville. 

Joe Charles Mahurin

March 22, 1954 until October 16, 2022


Joe Charles Mahurin, age 68, of Rogers, Arkansas died Sunday, October 16, 2022 at Rogers.  He was born March 22, 1954 in Rogers, Arkansas the son of Geraldine Sprinkles and John Mahurin. 

 

He was a laborer for many years working in construction.  He lived in California for many years, and returned to Northwest Arkansas about 30 years ago.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and loved spending time with his wife. 

 

He was preceded in death by:  his wife; Donna Mahurin, his parents, and his grandson; Julian.


Joe is survived by:  his daughter; Nicole Dalton, of Lodi, California, one brother; Timothy Dickison, of California, two granddaughters; Samantha Justice and Adrenna Webb, and several cousins and other extended relatives, and a host of friends.

 

The family may announce a memorial service at a later date.

 

Arrangements by Epting Funeral Home Bentonville, Arkansas. 

Randy E. Wyatt

August 5, 1946 until October 16, 2022


Randy E. Wyatt, 76, of Bella Vista passed away October 16 in his home. He was born August 5, 1946 in Jacksonville, Florida to Everett and Helen Roberts Wyatt.

 

Randy retired in 1988 as a Commander from the United States Navy where he served as a jet pilot. After retirement he worked as a test pilot for Boeing, where he was the first to fly the 747. Randy and his wife, Susan, moved to Northwest Arkansas from California in 2005. In retirement he enjoyed playing golf.

 

Randy was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Air Force Colonel Colin Wyatt of Panama City, Florida; and one brother, Jeff Wyatt.

 

Survivors include his wife Susan of Bella Vista; his daughter, Carrie Johnston of Sydney, Australia; one brother, Don Wyatt of Australia; and two grandchildren: Sam and Audrey Johnston of Sydney, Australia.

 

A memorial service for Randy will be Tuesday, October 25, 2022 at 11am at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Bella Vista with Fr. Barnabas officiating.

Elsa Marie Todd
March 2, 1930 until October 14, 2022

Elsa Marie Todd, 92, of Rogers died Friday, October 14, 2022 in Rogers.

 

She was born March 2, 1930 in Chelan, Washington, the daughter of Ervin and Alice Dodge Mowrey.

 

She was a retired seamstress.

 

Survivors include two sons, Ricky and Jim Todd, both of Springdale; one daughter, Rosemary Noland of Garfield; eleven grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

 

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, October 22 at Fairview Memorial Gardens in Fayetteville.

Shirley Jean Ballard

April 2, 1937 until October 10, 2022


Shirley Jean Ballard, age 85, of Rogers died Monday, October 10, 2022 in Rogers.  She was born April 2, 1937 in Fordland, Missouri, the daughter of Martha Schuder Daniels and Dan L. Daniels. 

 

Shirley was a devoted wife of 55 years and mother to three children, and loved by many.  She enjoyed cooking, gardening, canning, and spending quality time with her husband, family, her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren.   

 

Shirley accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior in 1968 at a Billy Graham Crusade in Kansas City.  She was a member of First Baptist Lowell for many years. 

 

She was preceded in death by:  the love of her life Bob Ballard, who passed away in 2011, whom she married in 1956, her son; Roger in 2021, her parents, her sister; Carolyn, and her brother; Delvie.

 

Shirley is survived by:  two daughters; Pam Evans and her fiancé Les Summey, of Rogers, Alisha Lloyd and her husband Brian, of Angier, North Carolina, nine grandchildren; Jared Ballard and wife Melissa, Shannon Staggs and her husband Clint, Logan Evans and his fiancé Megan Davis, Justin Ballard and his wife Danny, Landon Lloyd, Grayson Lloyd, Brendan Lloyd,  Jamison Lloyd, and Brighton Lloyd, four great-grandchildren; Kennedy “KenKen” Staggs, Holden Evans, Colt Ballard, Nate Ballard, and many nieces and nephews.

 

Visitation will be:  Thursday, October 13, 2022 from 6-8pm at Lowell Baptist Church. 

A celebration of Shirley’s life will be: Friday at noon at Lowell Baptist Church with Pastor Johnny Harp officiating.  Interment will follow at National Cemetery located in Fayetteville at 1:30pm.

 

Pallbearers:  Jared Ballard, Justin Ballard, Logan Evans, Clint Staggs, Grayson Lloyd, Brendan Lloyd, and one Honorary Pallbearer: Landon Lloyd.

 

Memorials may be sent to: The American Cancer Society, or The American Heart Association.

Marie Marilyn (Russo) Schlump

February 16, 1958 – October 6, 2022

 

Marie Schlump, 64, entered eternal rest on October 6, 2022. Marie was born on February 16, 1958, in Staten Island NYC to Albert and Francis Russo.

Marie graduated from Notre Dame HS in Staten Island and entered NYU that fall. She attended several years and decided to enter military service in the Army where she worked hard to complete her BS to be eligible for officer training. She eventually rose to the rank of Captain. She loved serving and all its challenges in her 9 years of service. She was married and survived by her husband Bob Schlump of Prairie Grove, AR. Marie loved event planning, which she did in several of her business ventures and at Prudential as a financial event planner. She loved social events at home in Prospect, CT where she and Bob would host spectacular themed events. Marie and Bob moved to Prairie Grove, AR in 2021 and both loved living in Arkansas with their poodles Bolivar and Enzo.

Marie is survived by her husband Bob, brother-in-law Don Schlump and his wife Kathy Schlump of Fayetteville, AR; her niece Gretchen (Schlump) Hunt and husband Jeff Hunt, and their two children Penelope and Ramona, also of Fayetteville, AR; and her cousin Carol Russo of Northport, NY. Marie’s best friend was Marie Scarpellino of West Palm Beach, FL. The two Maries were like sisters so much that Bob lovingly nicknamed them the Manicotti Sisters for their love of all things Italian.

Services for Marie will be at the National Military Cemetery in Fayetteville, AR on December 7, 2022 at 10:30 am. In lieu of flowers donations in memory of Marie may be made to her favorite charity Poodle Rescue CT online at poodlerescuect.org.

Amanda Lynn Harrison-Robinson

November 18, 1962 until October 1, 2022


Amanda Lynn Harrison-Robinson, 59, of Fayetteville passed away Saturday, October 1, 2022 at Willard Walker Hospice House. She was born November 18, 1962 in Memphis, Tennessee the eldest child of Dr. William F. Harrison and Betty Waggoner Harrison.

 

A gifted soprano, Amanda garnered acclaim as early as high school, where she won multiple regional and state awards.  At the University of Arkansas, under the tutelage of Dr. Jack Groh, she was lead soprano of the nationally renowned Schola Cantorum with which she traveled around the world in performance.

 

Amanda received her Bachelors of Music at the University of Arkansas, graduated with honors and Magna Cum Laude. Her gifts were such that she was accepted at the Mannes College of  Music, studying with world renowned coaches Antonia Lavonne and Nico Castell of the Metropolitan Opera in New York.  She performed lead after lead, including Liu in Turandot with the UMKC Philharmonic.  She ultimately received her Doctorate in Vocal Music Performance from the University of Missouri at Kansas City Conservatory – during which time she met and fell in love with her future husband, Daniel Robinson.

 

Her love for education and youth advocacy soon eclipsed her focus on music.  Turning her formidable intellect and passion to education, she taught at both the high school and college level.  In the Gravette school systems, choir enrollment surged under her leadership.   Soon she was asked to assume the role of Youth Director at St. Paul’s EYC in Fayetteville, where the program flourished under her care, and became the largest Episcopal EYC in the state, garnering national recognition for her work. 

 

The key to her success was not administrative, but personal attention paid to each and every person that walked through her door.  Amanda recognized and acknowledged that there is no other time in a person’s life that is more complicated than when they’re a teenager, so she made herself available to every child.  Her dictum was simple: feed their spirits, feed their bodies.

 

The healing power of food and the joyful preparation of it, in fact, was a huge part of her personal ministry.  Over the course of her 15 years with St. Paul’s, she prepared over 800 meals for the youth group and the community, demonstrating in action that meals prepared with gratitude and joy is one of life’s greatest blessings and builders of Community.  After leaving her post at St. Paul’s, she embarked on the creation of  “The Harvest Moon Pie Company” with her “adopted sons”, her beloved nephew Ben and friend Patrick Ragan.  Quickly becoming a “best of Fayetteville” pie destination, Amanda continued to feed the hungry, whether they had money to pay for her pies or not. 

 

Nothing pleased her as much as the success of her loved ones.  She was everyone’s most favorite audience, as she gave herself over completely to applause, praise, and of course, her infectious, powerful laugh.  As author Stephen Chboksy said of her, “that laugh turned every room she was in into Carnegie Hall.”

 

She fed those around her on all levels, but being in nature fed her.  She got her strength from silence near the oceans and in the woods. Her last planned project, never realized, was to create a meditation program which would focus on healing the earth.

 

However, as much as she loved and was loved by others, the number one joy and priority in her life was her family.  Dan, Isabelle and Lillian were the embers that made her heart burn so brightly with determination and joy.

 

Amanda was preceded in death by her grandparents, Burette and Irene Waggoner, Benjamin and Mattie Harrison and her father Dr. William F. Harrison.  She is survived by husband Daniel Robinson; her daughters Isabelle and Lillian Robinson of the Home; her nephew Benjamin Harrison; her mother Betty Harrison; her brother Benjamin Harrison and wife Carrie; her sister Rebecca Harrison;  many beloved aunts and cousins, as well as a legion of old friends and young people whose lives were forever changed by her love and guidance.

 

A celebration of Amanda’s life will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Fayetteville on Friday, October 14th at 3:00 pm. 

Lauren Haley Loveless

October 2, 1987 until October 3, 2022


Lauren Haley Loveless, 35, of Centerton, Arkansas passed away October 3, 2022 in her home. She was born October 2, 1987 in Memphis, Tennessee.

 

Lauren’s greatest love and joy in life was her family. She is a beautiful soul, and was a wonderful mother to her sons; Quaid and Walter.  She will be missed dearly by all who loved her.

 

She was preceded in death by her father, Kelley Haley.

 

Survivors include her husband, Kerry Loveless; two sons: Quaid Selby and Walter Loveless; her mother and step-father, Kathleen and Scott Wells of Tennessee; her step-mother, Donna Haley of Tennessee; three sisters: Andrea Eubanks of Florida, Triston Barton (Chris) of Tennessee, and Anna Barton (Joe) of Maryland; her aunt, Becky Bowman (Richard) of Louisiana; her uncle, Billy Haley (Tammy) of Tennessee; seven nieces and nephews; her in-laws Tim and Ellen Loveless and her brother-in-law, Kris Loveless of Arkansas; and extended family, Trey and Callie Selby and their son Rhett of Arkansas.

 

A memorial gathering for Lauren will be Monday, October 10, 2022 at 2:30pm at Epting Funeral Home, 709 N. Walton Blvd. Bentonville, AR 72712.

Susan Jay Rufo-Ewing

August 27, 1962 until October 3, 2022


Susan Jaye Rufo-Ewing, age 60, of Bella Vista died Monday, October 3, 2022, at Mercy Hospital located in Springfield, Missouri. She was born in Lompoc, California on August 27, 1962, the daughter of Etta Lee Uhl and John Rufo.

 

She enjoyed spending quality time with her family especially time with her grandchildren. Susan loved being outdoors and spent time landscaping and nurtured all the plants and flowers (even the volunteers). When not spending time with her yard, her charity toward all the outdoor animals (deer, raccoons, multi breeds of birds, opossum, skunks, lost or abandon cats and dogs)- [if

interested we do have some orphaned cats that need a home] was a focus. When not involved with landscaping and animals at home she loved spending time at the beach (and yes feeding the local birds and strays) and taking photos. She was always reaching out to help others.

 

Susan had owned and operated Sunshine Landscaping and Garden Center located on Benton County 40 for many years, then transitioning to independent landscaping consulting and design. Susan always had a good eye for detail for natural landscape that help transition her interest to photography. She took lots of pictures of plants, animals, insects, birds, and FAMILY.

 

She was preceded in death by: her parents, her aunt Ellie, her grandson TJ Igwebuike, granddaughter Eliora Igwebuike, and grand-dog Karl.

 

Susan is survived by: her husband Stan Ewing, her children; Jessi Schmidt (Thomas Igwebuike), Chas Schmidt, Nick Ewing (Rachel Ewing), Sarah Acosta (Warren Acosta), and Alex Ewing, her siblings; Judy Stephens, Angy Rufo, and

Nancy Rufo, her grandchildren; Jennessa Igwebuike, Jayla Igwebuike, Ayriana Ashton, Aisha Acosta, Ismerelda Acosta, Camilla Acosta, and Z’Mar Acosta, and her grand-dog; Ranger.

 

Visitation will be Wednesday, October 12 th from 3pm to 6pm at Epting Funeral Home Bentonville.

 

A celebration of Susan’s life will be Thursday, October 13th at 10am at Hunt Chapel located in Rogers. Interment will follow at Bentonville Cemetery.

Kelo Marie (Land) Smith

December 31, 1963 until October 3, 2022


Kelo Marie (Land) Smith, age 58, of Gravette died Monday, October 3, 2022 at Willard Walker Hospice House located in Fayetteville.  She was born December 31, 1963 at Gravette the daughter of Margaret Ann Hudson and Tommy E. Land.

 

She enjoyed motorcycle rides, a good movie, and sharing stories about her mom and dad. Most of all spending time with her family and her dog Jasmine.

 

She owned and operated Pioneer Pizza in Gentry for many years and worked within various other businesses owned by family.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents Margaret and Tommy Land.

 

Kelo is survived by:  one son; Talon Brandon, of Fayetteville, one daughter; Megan Perez and her husband Marcus Perez, of Springdale, and two grandchildren Landon and Letty Perez.

 

A memorial service will be held on Friday, October 7 at 1:00pm at: University Baptist Church, 333 West Maple Street, Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701.

 

Memorials may be sent to the church.

Wesley Lee Mitchell
June 20, 1960 until October 2, 2022

On Sunday, October 2, 2022, Wesley Lee Mitchell, 62, of Bella Vista AR left this world for the kingdom of Heaven after a brave battle with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. He passed while surrounded by his wife of 35 years, Janet, and his two daughters: Amanda and Krista.


Wes was born on June 20, 1960, at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland to L.V. and Jeanne Mitchell. The family moved around before arriving in Paragould, AR, where he went to high school and played on the football team. He graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with an Accounting degree and later obtained a Master’s Degree from Friends University in Winfield, KS.  One accounting position led him to Grapevine, Texas, where he met and married Janet in 1987. He always took pride in his family’s accomplishments but also enjoyed watching football games, always rooting for his Hogs.  Some favorite family vacations include a trip to Hawaii, where he utilized his scuba diving skills, and several NYC excursions to see Broadway shows. Wes worked tirelessly before retiring in 2018 to move to Northwest Arkansas to be closer to the grandkids he loved so much and focus more energy on combatting his illness, succumbing after 7 years of fighting. He will long be remembered as a devoted family man, a person of great convictions, and for his enveloping hugs.

Wes was preceded in death by his parents, L.V. and Jeanne Mitchell, and his brother, Glenn Mitchell. He is survived by his wife, Janet Mitchell; his daughter and son-in-law, Amanda and Ian Hughes of Bentonville, AR , and their children, Gwendolyn, Alden, and Adela; his daughter and her partner, Krista Mitchell and Danur Kvilhaug of Cleveland, Ohio, his aunt Vera Mitchell of Paragould, AR, his uncle Harry Mitchell of Paragould, and several cousins.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) here: https://givenow.lls.org.

Celebration of Life for Wes will be held at 10:30am on Monday, October 24th at Cooper Chapel in Bella Vista, Arkansas.

Gretta Mae Couch

May 9, 1920 until October 2, 2022


Gretta Mae (Drain) Couch, age 102, resided in Bentonville, originally from Fayetteville, died Sunday, October 2, 2022 at a local skilled care center.  She was born May 9, 1920 in Patrick, Arkansas the daughter of Arizona Stacy Drain and James Drain. 

 

She enjoyed attending church at White Rock Assembly of God Church in Fayetteville for many years.  She loved cooking for family and friends.  She loved spending quality time with her family and friends, especially quality time with her grandchildren.  She loved to go walking. 

 

She was preceded in death by:  her parents, five brothers, five sisters, the father of her children; Raymond Couch, one son; Randy Couch, one daughter; Evelyn High, and one son-in-law; Billy McDonald.

 

Gretta is survived by:  one daughter, Carolyn McDonald, of Fayetteville, one son, Donnie Couch and his wife Lynn, of Rogers; one son-in-law, Ronald High of Lowell; six grandchildren, Derick McDonald of Pflugerville, Texas, Darin McDonald of West Fork, Keshi Dellinger of Rogers, Karry High of Lowell, Matthew Couch of Rogers, Nick Couch of Fayetteville; great-grandchildren, Scotie Hulett, Shelby Hulett, Blake McDonald, Makayla Brazelton, Aubree Couch, Sadie Couch, Toni Poplin, Devin Couch, Jacob Peacy, Mary Katherine McDonald, Connor McDonald, Meg McDonald, Harrison McDonald; three great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.


Graveside service will be:  Wednesday at 1pm at Walnut Grove Cemetery located in Crosses, Arkansas with Reverend H.M. Shipp officiating.