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Jackie Ray Reeves
November 2,. 1937 until September 18, 2022

Jackie Ray Reeves passed away peacefully on the 18th of September 2022 in Bella Vista, Arkansas, he was 84.

 

Jack was born in Delight Arkansas and preceded in death by his parents Olen and Gladys Marie Reeves,(née Duke), brothers Bob, Chuck, and Joe.

 

Jack leaves behind a loving wife, Susan, of 32 years and children, Jackie, Bobby, Charles, Dalice, Jonny, Matthew, and Cole, and step children, Trier and Eric.

 

Jack and Susan moved to Bella Vista from Pahrump Nevada. Jack loved to raise and care for horses throughout his life. In his youth he was an aspiring boxer winning Arkansas .Amateur. Athletic. Union. title in 1952, and in 1957 being named as Arkansas. Amateur. Athletic. Union. fighter of the year.

 

Jack loved to entertain which led him to over 50 years in show business being honored as California Country Music Association entertainer of the year in 1974.

 

Jack will be missed by so many that he shared his love with, especially no greater than the love he shared for his children.

 

A private burial service will be held at Benton County Memorial Park.

 

A celebration of life for family and friends will be held on Wednesday, October 5 at 10:30 am at, New Life Christian Church, 103 Riordan Rd. Bella Vista, Arkansas. 72715.

Michael Ray Cradduck

May 10, 1961 until September 20, 2022


Michael (Mike) Ray Cradduck, age 61, passed away on Tuesday, September 20th, 2022 at Mercy Medical Center in Rogers, Arkansas. He was born on Wednesday, May 10th 1961 in Siloam Springs, Arkansas to William and Helen Cradduck (Poore).

 

Mike married his sweetheart Paula on Friday, January 29th 1999 in El Dorado, Kansas. He loved his family, and cooking for his family. He enjoyed smoking meats and making chocolate chip cookies. He had a big heart and would help anyone in need. Mike enjoyed collecting Hot Wheels, camping, and watching sports; especially the Washington Redskins, Arkansas Razorbacks, and Nascar.

 

He is preceded in death by his parents; William and Helen, one child; Mindy, and one grandchild; Brandon Bennett.

 

Mike is survived by his wife; Paula Cradduck, six children; Ashley Crawley (Austin) of Gravette, Arkansas, Tiffany Herrera (Nicklas) of Wichita, Kansas, Joshua Cradduck (Diana) of Bella Vista, Arkansas, Ricky Carr of Rogers, Arkansas, Gary Carr (Sarah) of Wichita, Kansas, and Wesley Bradley (Sara) of Bentonville, Arkansas, four siblings; Robert Cradduck (Louise) of Andover, Kansas, Donnie Cradduck (Linda) of Andover, Kansas, Pat Gourley (Dave) of Omaha, Nebraska, and Pam Bond (Joel) of Andover, Kansas, 11 grandchildren; Belle, Hayden, Peyton, Daylon, Ember, Cooper, Tanna, Mikayla, Aaron, Madison, and Kaydance, and his favorite nephew; Big Dave.

 

A celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date.

Richard "Rick" D. Mitts

June 9, 1964 until September 17, 2022


Richard “Rick” D. Mitts, 58 of Bella Vista, Arkansas passed away September 17, 2022 at Northwest Medical Center in Bentonville surrounded by family and friends. He was born June 9, 1964, in Weymouth, Massachusetts to Jean and Chester Mitts.


Rick was an excellent marksman who proudly served as a U.S. Marine and served in the Arkansas National Guard. Rick was a Master Electrician. For 36 years, he was well known for his talent and took great pride in his work. In recent years, he enjoyed geology and paleontology always on the lookout for the next treasure. Most of all, Rick loved and enjoyed spending time with his family. He spent many hours teaching his family all the lessons he acquired over the years.


He was preceded in death by his mother, Jean Kyzer Mitts.


He is survived by his loving wife of 21 years, Sandra Derrick Mitts; his father Chester Mitts of Shreveport, Louisiana; one son Richard “Rick” Mitts, Jr., (Rosemary) of Richmond Hill, Georgia; one daughter Leah Mitts King of Bella Vista, Arkansas; three grandsons Joshua King, Peter Mitts and Liam Mitts.

 

There will be a Memorial Service held at Epting Funeral Home in Bentonville, Arkansas, at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, September 24, 2022.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to the GoFundMe account (Support for Leah’s Family) that has been established to help the family with medical expenses from Rick’s extended time in the hospital.
Clare Ann (Cole) Stubbs
November 8, 1930 until September 9. 2022

Clare Ann (Cole) Stubbs, 91, went to her heavenly home on September 9, 2022.
She was born on November 8, 1930 in Roland, Iowa to Arnold and Inez (Egeland) Cole. She graduated from Waldorf College in Forest City and went on to teach school. She married Gerald (Jerry) Stubbs on July 1, 1951. She was beloved by all who knew her! Clare Ann was an amazing cook, loved to play golf, sing in the choir and volunteer any way she could at her church. She was very proud of her Norwegian heritage.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, her brother, Joel Cole and sister Ethyleen Braathun. She is survived by her daughter, Jayne (Gary) Lowe of Bella Vista, son Mark (Jan) of The Villages, FL, daughter Janet Epperson of Temple, TX; 4 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be held on September 17th at United Lutheran Church, 100 Cooper Road in Bella Vista at 4pm. Inurnment will take place at the Roland Cemetery on September 19th .

Memorials may be made to United Lutheran
Church or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Gene Engle 

October 5, 1946 until September 9, 2022


Gene Engle, age 75, of Rogers, Arkansas, passed away Friday, September 9, 2022, at Mercy Medical Center.  He was born October 5, 1946, in Britton, South Dakota, to Arthur and Dolores (Swan) Engle.

 

He graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering.  He was licensed as a Professional Engineer (PE) while employed for approximately 30 years with Vulcraft in Norfolk, Nebraska.

 

Upon retirement, Gene moved to Rogers for its world-class fishing and especially enjoyed fishing for stripers.  He was an active member of the Northwest Arkansas Striper Association.

 

When he wasn't fishing, he was reading the latest thriller/spy novel, or cheering for his beloved St. Louis Cardinals baseball team.  He also fully embraced the “Woo Pig Sooie” chant while cheering on the Arkansas Razorbacks.

 

Gene was an active member of First Baptist Rogers, was involved with its Life Group, and loved volunteering in many different areas around the church.  He was also a proud member of the Saints Alive Choir. 

 

He loved spending quality time with his family and friends. He also loved his cat, Baxter, and dog, Buster. They loved him too because they knew a morsel or two would come their way when Gene was at the dinner table—especially getting to lick the ice cream bowl!

 

Gene is survived by: his wife, ML Engle, of Rogers, whom he married June 30, 1991; one daughter, Julie Pack and her husband Paul, of Lexington, Nebraska; one son, Joel Engle and his wife Alisha, of Kansas City, Missouri; two grandchildren- Kaelyn Hooper and her husband Edwin, of Seattle, Washington, and Connor Pack, of Omaha, Nebraska; one great-grandson, Elias Hooper, of Seattle, Washington; two younger sisters- Diana Hutton and her husband Dean, of Dix, Nebraska, and Claudia Forshey and her husband Ray, of Boise, Idaho; mother of his two children, Janet McNeel and her husband Larry, of Lincoln, Nebraska; and numerous friends and extended family members.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Cheryl Sue Detour and her husband, Dick; and brother-in-law, Dan Burgener.

 

A memorial visitation will be Monday, September 12, 2022, from 9-10am at First Baptist Rogers, with a celebration of Gene’s life officiated by Pastor Wes George immediately following.

Mary Alice Flaherty Johnson
May 1, 1940 until September 9, 2022

Mary Alice Flaherty Johnson, age 82, of Bella Vista Arkansas passed away September 9th, 2022 at Circle of Life Hospice House located in Springdale, Arkansas.  She was born May 1, 1940 in Springhill, Kansas to Martin T. and Margaret A. McCoy Flaherty. 

 

She lived in Olathe, Kansas until she was 6 years old when her dad’s work took their family to Fort Scott, Kansas for the next 10 years until she was 16.  They then moved back to Olathe her Junior Year of High School. She graduated in 1958 from John P. St. John Memorial High School. She lived in Olathe until she moved in 2006 to Bella Vista.  She was a member of the First United Methodist Church located in Bella Vista. 

 

She’s preceded in death by:  her parents, Martin T. and Margaret A. McCoy Flaherty, her first husband; Sam Hamilton (9-12-1936 until 2-23-2000), her second husband; Russell S. Whited (1-27-1944 until 10-6-1981), and her third husband; Howard Johnson (8-13-1933 until 12-30-2016), two grandchildren; Tony L. “Squeekie” Pulliam (8-28-1987 until 9-28-1987) and Cassandra “Cassie” Pulliam (11-20-1988 until 10-10-2001).

 

She’s survived by her daughter; Cynthia “Cindy” and her husband Daniel Valdez, of Fort Scott, Kansas, her three step-sons; Paul and Don Johnson, of Topeka, Kansas, and Ricky Whited, of Dale, Texas, her three cousins; Steven Litchfield, of North Richland Hills, Texas, Pat Marczynski, of Derby, Kansas,  Joan Shepherd, of Wellington, Kansas, and many other family members.

 

Memorial visitation will be Saturday, September 17th at 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Bella Vista, with a Celebration of Life following at 2 p.m., pastor Ron Hayes officiating.

 

A memorial fund will be set up in her honor for the American Cancer Society; checks to be made out to Cindy Valdez.


Arrangements by Epting Funeral Home Bella Vista. 

Jennifer Lynn Dorsey

April 21, 1982 until August 31, 2022


Jennifer Lynn Dorsey, Age 40, of Bella Vista, AR. Died Wednesday, August 31, 2022 at Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville, AR. She was born April 21, 1982 in Warrensberg, Missouri. She was the daughter of Linda Rowe and Thomas Jackson.

 

Jennifer had a beautiful heart that was always loving, caring and helping everyone else when they needed help. Jennifer had a great sense of humor. She enjoyed spending quality time with her children and step children. She was a daddy's girl all her life.

 

Jennifer loved looking for four leaf clovers, painting, making crafts, listening to country music, going to concerts, fishing, traveling, shopping with Addie, watching romcoms, sci fi movies, and the Atlanta Braves with her husband, reading a good book, and having holiday dinners with friends and family.

 

Jennifer worked with several skilled cared centers and some nursing homes where she was able to meet many people that she cared about and loved. Above all she had a servant's heart.

 

Jennifer was a Christian. She never waivered or strayed from her Christian values.

 

Jennifer was preceded in death by her mother, Linda Jackson of Springfield, MO.

 

Jennifer is survived by: her husband of four years, KP Dorsey, whom she married December 8, 2017; two children; Damon Fisher of Springdale, AR; Addison Miller of Bella Vista, AR., and three step children Triston Dorsey of the home, Kenneth Dorsey of Bella Vista, AR., Makenley Dorsey of Fayetteville, AR, one brother Brian Jackson of Springfield, MO, one sister Melissa Althiser of Springfield, MO.,  one nice Tamlyn Althiser of Springfield, MO., many aunts, uncles, cousins, and a host of friends.

 

A Celebration of Jennifer's Life will be Sunday, September 11, 2022 from 2-4 P.M. at the Peel Museum located in Bentonville. If you send flowers, please make sure they are plants that the family can take home following the service.

Lowell Gene Kincaid

December 8, 1934 until August 26, 2022


Lowell Gene Kincaid, 87, of Rogers passed away August 26, 2022 at Circle of Life in Bentonville. He was born December 8, 1934 in Lebanon, Indiana to Jacob and Genoa (Edwards) Kincaid.

 

Lowell graduated from Jackson Township high school in Jamestown, IN in 1952. He received his Barber’s degree in Terre Haute, IN in 1958 and his BA from Chapman College in Orange, CA in 1974.

 

Lowell was a veteran of the United States Army. He began his career as a barber and worked at the Terra Haute Federal Prison as a Vocational instructor. Later he became a Correctional Officer there and then Assistant Warden at the Metropolitan Correction Center in San Diego, CA and eventually served as warden in several Federal Prison Units throughout the United States. He also served as Chief of Police, Sherwood PD 1986, Deputy

Coroner Pulaski Co and Special Investigator Pulaski Co Prosecuting Attorney 1993 and Captain of Pulaski Co Sheriff Office 1995.

 

He was a lifetime Mason of the Valley of Little Rock and of the Arkansas Association of Chiefs of Police.

 

He moved to Northwest Arkansas in 2021 from Bunkie, Louisiana. He loved to travel. He and Rose have cruised to the far corners of the earth. He loved and was dearly loved by his grandchildren.

 

Lowell was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Dr Ray Kincaid and a sister Elizabeth Hamilton all of Indiana.

 

Survivors include his wife, Rose Frances Kincaid of Rogers, a son John Kincaid (Becky) of Broken Arrow, OK, a daughter Judy Thorpe (Rick) of Tuscaloosa, AL, two stepsons Wayne Juneau (Vicki) of Pine Bluff, William Juneau of Bunkie, LA, 6 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, one great, great grandson.

Sharron Louise Carter Wagner

May 8, 1957 until August 20, 2022


Sharron Louise Carter Wagner was born on May 8, 1957 and left this world on August 20, 2022 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She was married to Randy Alan Wagner, deceased, who was a popular local DJ in Mississippi.

 

She is survived by her three children, Leigh Wagner (42), Emily Bowen (40), and Adam Wagner (33). She has five grandchildren, Joshua Jones (24), Zachary Jones (22), Elizabeth Jones (19), Victoria Jones (18) and Alana Bowen (6) and was expecting her first great grandchild.

 

Described by her sister, Connie, “she was one of the sweetest, kindest, lovingest people I’ve ever known in my life. She didn’t have a mean bone in her body; she loved and hugged everyone she knew. She loved her family fiercely and they have never been without her.”

 

She was a confessed believer in Jesus as her Savior. She never knew a stranger and was called “mom” by so many people. It was very rare for her to be angry at someone, and she was quick to forgive. She lived each day with a strong sense of empathy that has been passed along to her children and her grandchildren. May we all love and forgive like precious Sharron.
Brehanna Terese DeCent
September 25, 1989 until August 18, 2022

Brehanna Terese DeCent, 32, of Rogers died Thursday, August 18, 2022 at Mercy Medical Center in Rogers. She was born September 25, 1989 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


Brehanna loved her husband Cruz DeCent. She was close to her mother and enjoyed being around people. She had a fun and bubbly personality that drove her love of others. Brehanna enjoyed shopping, cooking, amusement rides, her three dogs and all things shiny. She was a spiritual person and enjoyed church.

Brehanna is survived by her husband Cruz; mother, Tamrah Proctor and her husband Eddie Proctor; father, Brett Banham; stepchildren, Alexis DeCent-Gale, Trentin DeCent-Gale; stepbrother, TJ Counce; many loving relatives and a host of friends.

A visitation for Brehanna will be from 3:00pm until 5:00pm Thursday, August 25, 2022 at Epting Funeral Home of Bentonville.

Margaret Ann Rasche

August 24, 1935 until August 8, 2022


Margaret Ann Rasche, age 86, passed away on Monday, August 8th 2022 at Innisfree Nursing and Rehab in Rogers, Arkansas.  She was born on Saturday, August 24th 1935 in St. Joseph, Missouri to Lawrence and Bessie Cleland (Hunt).


Margaret grew up in Kansas City, Missouri and moved to Cape Girardeau in eighth grade where she met her future husband, Donald Charles Rasche. She graduated from Cape Central High School in 1953 and attended Southeast Missouri State University. Margaret and Don were married April 6, 1956 and were members of Cape Bible Chapel.  She moved to Northwest Arkansas in October of 2013 from Cape Girardeau. She enjoyed singing, art, and as many dog kisses as she could get.


She is preceded in death by her husband; Don Rasche.


Margaret is survived by her three sons; Mark Rasche and Kit of Star, Idaho, Chris Rasche and Kris of Rogers, Arkansas, and Darren Rasche and Aimee of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, ten grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.


Memorial Service is at 10:00 a.m. August 27 at Ford & Sons Funeral Home, 1001 N Mt. Auburn Road, Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

Christine Gaye Neil
November 8, 1948 until August 12, 2022

Christine Gaye Neil of Lowell, age 73, passed away on Friday, August 12th 2022 after a short battle with cancer. She was born on Monday, November 8th, 1948 in Plymouth, Michigan to Albert Martin and Charlotte Sybil Horvath (Luzius).

 

Christine has lived in Northwest Arkansas since 1958, where she graduated and then attended college in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She married the love of her life of 50 years, Gene Neil on November 22, 1972. She worked as a receptionist for many years before retiring.

 

Christine was an active member of First Baptist Church of Lowell, where she sang in the choir. She enjoyed her pets; Angus, Dusty, and Rusty, swimming, walking, hiking, shopping, shoes, eating, was an avid reader, and spending time with her family, and especially her grandchildren.

 

She is preceded in death by her first husband; Eddie Sly, and her parents; Albert and Charlotte.

 

Christine is survived by her husband; Cecil Eugene Neil, her two children; Jeff Neil (Heaven Lee) of Pea Ridge, and Alicia White (pre-hubby; John Amsden) of Bella Vista, one brother; Craig Horvath (Judy) of Fife Lake, Michigan, two grandchildren; Blake Neil (Bailey) of Bella Vista, and Caleb Neil of Pea Ridge, and several nieces and nephews.

 

A visitation will be held at First Baptist Church of Lowell on Tuesday, August 16th at 10:00 a.m. followed by a Celebration of Life at 11:00a.m., pastor Aaron Matthews officiating.

 

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the First Baptist Church of Lowell.

Norman Goddard Jones

June 18, 1930 until August 6, 2022


Norman Goddard Jones was born June 18th, 1930 in Higginsville, MO to Thomas and Lilly Jones.  Norman was confirmed in January 1954 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Kansas City, MO.  The Lord called Norman home Saturday, August 6th 2022 at Circle of Life Hospice, Bentonville, AR.  He was 92 years old.

 

Norman was raised in Higginsville, MO and was a graduate of Higginsville High School.  Soon after high school he moved to Kansas City, MO for work.  He met Helen Dittmer and they married on January 24, 1954.  He and Helen loved to dance especially the jitter bug.  In 1967 they moved to Newton, KS for work. He was engaged in his church and was a little league coach for his son Philip.  They then moved back to Kansas City, MO in 1970 for work.  He was very involved in Boy Scouts of America for many years.  He also served as a church youth chaperon.  He enjoyed camping, float trips and playing cards with friends and family.  In 1980 they moved to Salina KS and lived there 33 years, serving the church and Boy Scouts.   After retiring he and Helen traveled within the US some.  In 2013 he and Helen moved to Rogers, AR. to be nearer to family.  They joined Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.  He was diagnosed with Alzheimer after moving to Rogers however he had Helen's help to navigate through the disease. He never met a stranger and had a zest for life.

 

Survivors include his wife Helen of 68 years, daughter Nancy Lewis (Phil) of Rogers, AR, son Philip (Ruth) of Columbus, IN, 3 grandchildren: Jessica Fowler (Chris), Aaron Jones and Bethany Keys (Karmen) and 3+ great grandchildren, Emily Keys, Hudson Fowler, Hadley Fowler and one little girl Keys expected in November. 

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Lilly, and brothers: Casey, Dee, Joe and Bill.

 

A visitation and funeral for Norman will be August 12, 2022 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Rogers, with visitation from 10am-12pm and funeral at 1:30pm.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Circle of Life Hospice or Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.

Al Crumby
August 7, 1946 until July 29, 2022

Al Crumby of Cave Springs, Arkansas left this earth to enter Heaven on Friday, July 29, 2022. He leaves a wife, Kathleen, two sons, James (Kimberly) and Chad (Bettina), five grandchildren, Caleb, Caroline, Kearstin, Karissa and Nathaniel, and one sister, Annette.

Al was preceded in death by his parents, Clyde and Louise Crumby of Elaine, Arkansas, one sister, Susan Crumby of Springdale, and one grand-daughter, Hannah Grace Crumby of Springdale.

Al was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. His life centered around God, family and church. He loved gospel music and was a member of the Worship Choir and Saints Alive Choir at First Baptist Rogers. He was an avid Razorback fan. Al never missed watching Hog football, basketball or baseball on TV. He was the loudest supporter of his grandchildren whether they were playing football, basketball, baseball, soccer, or dancing at a dance recital. Al was a longtime softball player on the Baring Cross Baptist Church team up into his 50’s. After retiring from playing, he coached the team. When he moved to Springdale, he spent time watching his son play for the softball team from First Baptist Rogers.

Al always kept God in the center of his life and exhibited Godly Christian qualities to everyone he met.

The family requests those who wish to express sympathy to consider making a donation to the music ministry at First Baptist Church Rogers in memory of Al Crumby.

Visitation for Al will be from 9am until 11am on Monday, August 1st at First Baptist Rogers, Pleasant Grove Campus. Funeral will be at 11am on Monday, August 1st at First Baptist Church Rogers, Pleasant Grove Campus with interment to follow at Fairview Memorial Gardens in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Wanda Rose Perritt

February 10, 1946 until July 29, 2022


Wanda Rose Perritt, age 76, passed away on July 29th, 2022 at Northwest Medical Center in Bentonville, Arkansas. She was born on February 10th, 1946 in Bakersfield, California to Elmer and Flora Ledbetter (Townsend)


Wanda grew up in Shafter, California and graduated from Rio Bravo. She worked on a farm as a child, picking cotton, then later she worked at a cannery in Modesto, California, and was a fulltime homemaker and mother to her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed spending time with her grandbabies and her family and friends, going to yard sales, watching gameshows and antique road shows, and she loved baking and cooking for her family.


She was preceded in death by her husband; Carl Levoy Perritt, her parents; Elmer and Flora, three brothers;, Elmer Ledbetter, Delmer Ledbetter, and Richard Ledbetter, two sisters; Pat Scott, and Ruth Burch, and one grandson; Carl Thompson.


Wanda is survived by four children; Carla Thompson (Jack) of Spavinaw, Oklahoma, George Perritt (Alice) of Adair, Oklahoma, Charles Perritt (Bonnie) of Afton, Oklahoma, and Kimberly Anderson of Strang, Oklahoma, 17 grandchildren; Jewel, Yolanda, Wesley, Jacquelyn, Elizabeth, Amanda, Steven, Christopher, Charles, Dalton, Sabrina, Renee, Tommy, Zoe, Haley, Bentley, and Tinsley, several great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.


A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, August 2nd 2022 at Mose Ridge Cemetery in Jay, Oklahoma at 1:00 p.m. with a memorial service to follow at Disney Assembly of God in Disney, Oklahoma, pastor Daryl Lee officiating.

Tracy Byron Clay

August 20, 1961 until July 21, 2022


Tracy Byron Clay, age 60, of Rogers died Thursday, July 21, 2022 at his residence.  He was born August 20, 1961 in Chanute, Kansas the son of Jackie and Gary Clay.

 

He loved watching and attending the Kansas City Chiefs games.  He loved spending quality time outside and on the lake in his Cobalt Boat with family and friends.  He loved riding his Harley Davidson Motorcycles throughout his life, owning many different ones.  He loved fireworks. 

 

Tracy was a Businessman in Real Estate for many years.  He remodeled many homes in the local area.  He was part of a team of investors that brought LaQunita Hotel to Bentonville, where he was a Partial Owner for many years.  He had lived in the Northwest Arkansas area for over 30 years after moving from Kansas. 

 

He was preceded in death by:  his father; Gary Clay, one brother; Kevin Troy Clay, and one sister; Ginger Diane Clay.


Tracy is survived by:  his wife; Victoria Clay, whom he married January 26, 2002, his mother and father; Jackie Clay, of Rogers, five sons; William Clay, of Conway, Dylan Clay, of Pittsburg, Kansas, Quenton Clay, of Rogers, Dakota Clay, of Rogers, Chadwick Clay, of Rogers, and one grandson; Gideon Clay.

 

A private family only service will be at a later date in Kansas.


Memorials may be sent to:  The Donor’s Choice.

Bob Sayles
July 4, 1952 until July 18, 2022


Robert “Bob” Alan Sayles left his earthly body on July 18, 2022 with his wife, Marcia Sayles, and dear

friend, Sherrie Caldwell, by his side after a sudden brain hemorrhage. Although we mourn that he was

taken so early, Bob lived his life fully and with intention. He touched so many during his 70 years with

his pure heart, easy smile, sage wisdom, helping hand and gentle soul.

 

Bob was born in Garden City, Kansas on July 4, 1952 to Donald “Chick” and Maxine Sayles. He grew up in Sublette, Kansas with his sister, Maureen, and brother, Don. Bob was a gifted organizer with a sharp mind, both of which he put to good use throughout his career in collections as well as in health care consulting throughout the United States.

 

Bob’s life forever changed when he fell in love with Marcia, as did hers in all the best ways. Theirs was a love for the ages. They were married on March 31, 1995 – 27 incredibly, special years. Bob and Marcia treated each day and each other as a gift. They thoroughly enjoyed their life together – sharing a meal (they savored each bite), watching KU basketball (they knew ALL the players and their backstories),

feeding and studying the birds near their lake home in Bella Vista, Arkansas (one of their biggest joys), kayaking (Bob would tow Marcia around the lake for her morning coffee and they would marvel at the surrounding beauty and float with gratitude), traveling (near or far, it was always a welcome adventure), and growing together and individually spiritually (daily reflections and Sunday “church” both traditional

and of their own design that brought them both peace and balance).

 

Bob is survived by his wife, Marcia (Bella Vista, AR); his bonus children and children-in-law Laura Izon and Allyson Harvie (Sacramento, CA) and Bradley and Heather Eldridge (Lawrence, KS); his grandchildren Parker (18) and Camden (14) Powell (Sacramento CA) and Dylan (16) and Max (15) Eldridge (Lawrence, KS); his brother, Don Sayles (Columbia, SC); his sister, Maureen Hester (Shallowater, TX); his niece and

nephews and their families, Lisa Gay Hester (Karval, CO), Jeffery Wayne Hester (Rapid City, SD), Jason Ryan Hester (Shallowater, TX) and Robert England (Hoisington, KS); many dear family and friends; and his fur babies, Cody and Katie.

 

Memorials may be sent to:  Clarehouse, 7617 S. Mingo Road, Tulsa, OK 74133, Oklahoma Westie Rescue: www.okwestierescue.com

Tony Junior Moore

August 24, 1943 until July 21, 2022


Tony Junior Moore, age 78, of Bella Vista, died Thursday, July 21, 2022 at Mercy Medical Center located in Rogers.  He was born August 24, 1943 in Bentonville.


He graduated from Bentonville High School.  He served in the US Navy.  He was the President of PK Designs located in Bella Vista, working with them from 2006 until his passing away.


No known relatives are known at his time of death.

Arrangements by Epting Funeral Home Bella Vista. 

Brook James Beard

April 14, 1975 until July 3, 2022


Brook James Beard, 47, of Fayetteville was found deceased in his home on July 3, 2022. He was born April 14, 1975 in Jacksonville, AR to James Harrel “Hal” Beard and Janice Dianne Hefner Beard.

 

Brook grew up in the Little Rock and Beebe areas, and was known to be a hard worker and early riser. He lived in Northwest Arkansas for 15 years after moving back to Arkansas from Baltimore, MD. He was the owner of Home Works, LLC and an avid woodworker.

 

Brook was preceded in death by his dad and step-mom, Hal and Alice Beard; his mother, Janice Abington; and his brother, Brent Beard.

 

He is survived by his son, Kele Estes-Beard and his daughter, Siddha Estes.

 

A memorial service in his honor is being planned for August 20, 2022 with the location to be decided.

Betty Townzen

April 6, 1934 until July 15, 2022


Betty Townzen, 88, of Rogers passed away July 15, 2022 at Mercy Hospital. She was born April 6, 1934 in Natalbany, LA to Tony Scafidel and Sandra Gertrude Ogden Scafidel.

 

Betty moved frequently to different areas of the south during her childhood, and eventually graduated from Murphy High School in Mobile, AL. Through the influence of Christian friends Betty accepted Christ at the age of 17, and soon met the love of her life Melvin “Mel” Townzen, whom she married in 1953.

 

Betty is remembered as a fantastic cook who was very hospitable to anyone who needed a meal. She was also a prayer warrior and a student of God’s Word, even completing a seminary course before her death. Among other talents, she was a gardener, a seamstress and quilter, and a talented artist. Her priorities in life were her family and her church, always using her talents to encourage and support both.

 

Betty was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Mel Townzen in February.

 

Survivors include her two sons, Doug Townzen and his wife, Renee, of Sherman, Texas and Darren Townzen and his wife, Connie, of Little Flock; one daughter, Donna Mansell and her husband, Roger, of Rogers; seven grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.


Services for Betty will be Wednesday, July 20, 2022 at First Baptist Church of Rogers, Pleasant Grove Campus. The visitation will be from 10:15-11am, and the funeral will be at 11am. Betty is interred at Little Flock Cemetery in Little Flock, AR next to Mel.

Michael Shawn "Mike" Harvison

January 19, 1968 until July 12, 2022


Michael Shawn “Mike” Harvison, 54, of Rogers, Arkansas passed away, Tuesday, July 12, 2022 at Circle of Life Legacy Village in Bentonville.  He was born January 19, 1968 in Rogers, Arkansas to William Ray Harvison and Rosalyn Joan  Harvison. 

      

Mike was one of the smartest men you would ever have had an opportunity to meet.   At age 15, he went to Vo-Tech College and graduated with an electronics degree. At age 17, he earned his pilot’s license.  He was ranked so high that he qualified to be instructor and could have flown commercial planes. His instructors were Ruth, Gwen Batie and Debbie Dart.

 

He was a “jack of all trades” and was the “answer man.” There wasn’t really anything he didn’t know. If he was unsure, he knew where to look to find the answer. At age 23, he became a software engineer programming machines to wrap Butterfinger candy bars, make plastic IV tubing, straws for dairy queen, the hard plastic handles on screwdrivers, the wrapping on frozen sandwiches, and so much more.  He was a software and hardware engineer for several companies. 

 

Mike was preceded in death by his grandparents, parents and  one grandson, Aiden.

 

Survivors include his wife of 33 years, Michelle; three children, son, Christopher (Kelsy) and their child, Avery; son, David (Kimberly) and their children, Sara, Lorelei, Robert, Bentley, Keegan  and Madyson; and daughter, Jessica (Jason) and their children Jacob, Jessalyn, and Joshua; and one sister, Cheryl Harvison.

 

Visitation will be from 10:00 until 12 noon, Friday July 15, 2022 at Monte Ne Baptist Church in Monte Ne, Arkansas with a graveside service at 1:00pm at Clifty Cemetery in Clifty Arkansas.    The family requests that you wear a mask.

Rosella R. Martin

July 9, 1933 until July 12, 2022


Rosella R. Martin, 89, of Rogers passed away July 12 in her home. She was born July 9, 1933 in Momence, IL to Edward C. Eisele and Ruby E. (Denham) Eisele.

 

Rosella lived in Northwest Arkansas since 1989, and worked for many years as a hairdresser. She enjoyed gardening and sewing.

 

She was preceded in death by her husband Clarence “Buck” Martin; her parents; one daughter, Dianna Ferguson; and one son-in-law, Dave Strawmier.

 

Survivors include two sons: Robert Dale Martin of Rogers and Daniel Lee Martin (Misti) of Eureka Springs; one daughter, Donna Strawmier of Rogers; eleven grandchildren; twenty-six great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

 

Visitation for Rosella will be Friday, July 15 from 5-7pm at Epting Funeral Home of Bentonville, and funeral services will be Saturday, July 16 at 11am at First Assembly of God in Rogers.

Sean Bimm

March 2, 1975 until July 10, 2022


Sean Bimm, 47, of Rogers passed away July 10 in his home. He was born March 2, 1975 in Peoria, IL to Edgar Michael “Mike” Bimm and Donna Womble Bimm.

 

Sean was preceded in death by his mother and his grandparents, Hazel and Warren Womble.

 

Survivors include his wife, Ethel Bimm; his father, Mike Bimm; his nephew, Jamie Raby and his wife Shawna; and friends, Sheila Newport and Vernon Stover.

 

A celebration of life will be held at a later date a Central United Methodist Church in Rogers, Arkansas.

James Stewart "Jim" Bowers

December 8, 1952 until July 9, 2022


James Stewart “Jim” Bowers, Jr., age 70, resident of Bentonville, Arkansas, went to be with our Lord on Friday morning, July 9, 2022.

 

Jim was born December 8, 1952 in Aiken, South Carolina. He had many titles - husband to Lauralyn Stone (Laurie), son to James Stewart Bowers, Sr. and Caroline Woodruff Bowers, father to Chadwick Scott Nowell Bowers (Chad), James Stewart Bowers, III (Ben), and Lauren Jill Bowers Ehret, and their spouses Rachele Bowers, Taylor Bowers, Ken Ehret, brother to Elizabeth Bowers Joesbury and Jane Bowers Godfrey and perhaps, the most treasured title, PopPop and Grandpa to Alex Aker Aycock, Will D. Bowers, Anna Grace Ehret, Eleanor Ruth Ehret and Autumn Everly Ehret. He dearly loved his family including aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and countless friends and coworkers who were like family to him.

 

Jim attended elementary and high school in Macon, Georgia. He graduated from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in 1975 with a BS degree in Logistics and Transportation. He was a lifelong member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.

 

Laurie and Jim were married in March of 1979, two years after they first met thanks to a triscuit that was “Velcroed” to Laurie’s sweater at a Christmas party.  They were fortunate to have both worked at Walmart DCs in New York and South Carolina, and at Walmart Home Office in Arkansas and Japan.

They enjoyed traveling and had visited 51 countries through work and play. For fun they especially loved spending time on their boat, going to the beach, hiking, and RVing.   Jim and Laurie both loved entertaining and frequently had friends or family in their home for cookouts, games, or just socializing.

 

Jim spent hours rebuilding and racing MGs, making guitars, golfing, and coaching Chad and Ben’s T-ball, baseball and soccer teams. He was an avid University of Tennessee sports fan paying close attention to football and women’s basketball.

 

Jim retired in 2008 as the first Director of Transportation for Walmart International. His Walmart career included working in Brookhaven, Mississippi; Marcy, New York; Laurens, South Carolina as Distribution Center Manager and as Regional Transportation Manager in Bentonville, AR.  Jim and Laurie both received expat assignments with Walmart International to work in Tokyo, Japan for 2 years. Jim was pleased to say that his family collectively had 75 years of service at Walmart, that all his children had worked at Walmart and especially proud that Ben, Taylor, Ken and Laurie continue his Walmart legacy today.

 

Jim was diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia also known as LBD in March 2021. LBD quickly affected Jim’s mental and physical abilities. He struggled with reasoning, short term memory loss, balance snd fine motor skills. LBD created a “dementia prison” that kept him from doing the things he loved most. During his last year he found joy and comfort in reflecting on his college days, his friends and adventures in Cuenca, Ecuador where he and Laurie lived for 5 years and spending time with family.

All who knew Jim will remember his strong work ethic, his good nature and his love of life.  He was rarely seen without a smile nor without a senseless joke.

 

Jim’s wish for his memorial was to have his ashes scattered in the Gulf of Mexico by his wife and children while playing Stairway to Heaven. We will carry out his wishes on his birthday, December 8, 2022.   The family requests that memorials be sent to:   Lewy Body Dementia Association “LBDA,” 912 Killian Hill Road SW, Lilburn, Georgia 30047.

John Bruce Krifka
June 7, 1946 until July 7, 2022

John Bruce Krifka, 76, of Bella Vista, Arkansas died Thursday, July 7, 2022 at a skilled nursing facility. He was born June 7, 1946 in St. Louis, Missouri the son of Celestine and Frank Krifka.

John was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Bentonville. He was a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau where he graduated in 1970. He was also an assistant VP for Chiquita Banana Foods before retiring. John loved sports and attending his son’s many events. He enjoyed travelling and living life to its fullest.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

John is survived by his wife of 52 years, Lee McGregor Krifka of Bella Vista; son John Krifka II of Bella Vista; brother Donn Krifka and his wife Shirley of St. Louis, Missouri; sister-in-law Linda Horvath and her husband Philip of Naperville, Illinois; nieces and nephews, Stephanie Krifka, Jessica Brock and her husband Mike, Philip Horvath and his wife Sheena; great-nieces and great-nephews, Luke and JP Brock, and Scottie, Colt and Tate Horvath.

A visitation will be Saturday, July 23 from 12:00pm until 1:00pm at Faith Lutheran Church in Bentonville with a celebration of John’s life to follow at 1:00pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations in John’s name can be made to Faith Lutheran Church. 1602 NW 12th Street, Bentonville, Arkansas 72712.

Beverly Rhae Clark

July 24, 1936 until July 1, 2022


Beverly Rhae Clark, 85, of Rogers passed away July 1, 2022 at a local care center. She was born July 24, 1936 in Tulsa, Oklahoma to Cecil Ray Woodson and Mary Weldon Woodson.

 

Beverly was a very talented woman, and owned a ceramics shop in Gentry called Bev’s Ceramics for a long time before moving to Kansas City, MO and working as an interior decorator for many years.

 

Between living in Kansas City and moving back to Arkansas, Beverly lived for several years in the Joplin area of Missouri. She was a member of The Order of the Eastern Star of Missouri, Chapter 93, Carthage, Missouri.

 

Beverly was an artist at heart. Along with ceramics and design, she also enjoyed painting and making things beautiful. She loved cooking and entertaining, and could set a pretty table for her guests. Beverly was very adventurous, delighting in taking her grandkids on roller coasters. Her grandkids also remember her for her talent in putting together a heck of an Easter basket.

 

Beverly was preceded in death by her parents; two children: Brad Barrett and Mary Beth Clark; one sister, Judy Ferrell; and two grandchildren: Ace Hawkins and Rachel Hawkins.

 

Survivors include two children: Bonnie Barrett Henry (John) of Rogers and Mike Barrett of Gentry; one brother, Jay Lithicum of Idaho; six grandchildren: Ashley Henry Kennedy (Adrian) of Rogers, Sean Henry (Rebekah) of Rogers, Jennifer Barrett of Oklahoma, Steven Barrett of Gentry, Shelby Hawkins of Oklahoma, and Jacob Tatman of Louisiana; and many great-grandchildren.

 

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