Obituaries

Mrs. Dorothy Jean Toon Obituary

Mrs. Dorothy Jean Toon, age 80, of Mena, Arkansas passed away Friday, February 15, 2019 at Mena Regional Health System. 

She was born February 5, 1939 in Guthrie, Oklahoma to the late Lyle Raymond Austin and the late Linda Amelia Backhaus Austin. She was married to the late Herschel William Toon and was a home health aide. Mrs. Toon was an avid reader, and a lover of all pets, especially her cats and dogs. But moreover she was a friend and a mother figure to all who knew her. She will be dearly missed. 

She is survived by sons: David Elder of Mena, Arkansas, Michael Toon and wife Laurie of Perkasie Pennsylvania, and Stephen Toon of Mena, Arkansas
 
Her grandchildren: Jeremy Elder, Travis Elder, and Heather Cloos
 
Her dear friend and neighbor, Janice Key of Mena, Arkansas, and a host of other relatives and friends too great to mention.

She was preceded in death by her parents Lyle and Linda Austin, her husband, Herschel Toon, and a son, Daniel Elder.

Mrs. Toon was sent for cremation under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home. A service will be held and announced at a later date. 
 

 

2-16-19 3:38 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

 

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James W. Hudson Obituary

James W. Hudson age 72 of Mena, Arkansas passed away Friday, February 15, 2019 in Mena.

James was born on January 25, 1947 in Henderson, Texas to the late Earl Dewayne Hudson and the late Vivian Lorene Williams Hudson. He proudly served his country in the United States Air Force. James and Becky were married for fifty-two wonderful years. James loved going on motorcycle rides on the backroads with wife Becky. James was a business owner of Records Storage, a document destruction. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother to his family .

He is survived by wife: Becky Hudson of Mena, Arkansas

Son: Matthew Hudson

Grandchildren: Andrew Hudson and Alex Hudson

Brother: David Hudson

Sister: Patricia Hudson.

He was preceded in death by his parents Earl and Lorene Hudson.

Memorial service will be Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. at Beasley Wood Chapel.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

 

 

2-15-19 5:11 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

 

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Asa Clinton Billings Jr. Obituary

 

Asa "A.C." Clinton Billings Jr.

December 14, 1929 - February 13, 2019

 

Mr. A.C. Billings, Jr. age 89, of Mena, Arkansas went to his Heavenly home on Wednesday, February 13, 2019. A.C. was born in Knott, Texas on December 14, 1929 to Asa Clinton Billings and Willie Mae Kitchens Billings.

A.C. was a lover of life and lived it to the fullest. He enjoyed woodworking, fishing and hunting. He always had a smile on his face and a kind word for everyone he met. Above all, he loved and cherished his family and they loved him dearly in return. His "Big Bear Hugs" will be sorely missed. A.C. was a gift to all who knew him.

A.C. was preceded in death by his father and mother, Asa and Willie Billings; his first wife of 37 years, Jessie Mae Gatlin Billings; five sisters, Oval Bedwell, Beauna McGregor, Lonuias Armstrong, Joyce Armstrong, and Orrian Billings; and one brother, Avon Billings. 

A.C. is survived by his wife of 27 years, Sarah Ann Nance Billings of the home; two sons and their wives, Dwaynn and Nona Billings of Hochatown, Oklahoma, Dwight and June Billings of Grannis, Arkansas; one daughter, Linda Pamplin of Hochatown, Oklahoma; one step son and wife, Jamie and Sue Cavner of Board Camp, Arkansas; one step daughter and husband, Gayle and Michael Gannon of Rogers, Arkansas; a special nephew, Asa Von Reifschneider of Clyde, Texas; thirteen grandchildren; twenty-six great grandchildren; five great-great grandchildren and a host of extended family and friends.

A graveside service will be held Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at the Grannis Cemetery with Brother Norman Ward and Pastor Doug Deramus officiating. A visitation will be held Friday, February 15, 2019 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena, Arkansas.

Pallbearers will be Dwaynn Billings, Dwight Billings, Asa Reifschneider, Terrell Dering, John Nance, and Jamie Cavner.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com

 

2-14-19 2:32 p.m. KAWX.ORG

 

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Bonnie Jeane Kaufman Obituary

Bonnie Jeane Kaufman

August 12, 1927 - February 12, 2019

 

Bonnie Jean Kaufman, age 91, of Hatfield, Arkansas died Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at Mena Manor. She was born on Friday, August 12, 1927 to Bervie Basil Sr. and Essie Fraser Brewer in Lakeview, Texas.

Bonnie was of the Baptist faith and was a member of First Baptist Church in Hatfield. She spent many years working as a nurse in Rockwall, Texas. Bonnie was very proud of getting her GED and learning how to swim at an older age. She enjoyed cooking and is remembered for her Thanksgiving dinners and raisin pies. She enjoyed reading and sewing. She spent a lot of time playing games and working jigsaw puzzles with her grandchildren. She loved her family and cherished every moment spent with them. Bonnie was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and a great friend and will be missed by all who knew her.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Everett Kaufman; her brother, Kenneth Brewer; and three sisters, Thelma Oldham, Gwen Brewer, and Frances Graem.

Bonnie is survived by son and daughter in law, Bobby and Marie Kaufman of Murphy, Texas; one daughter and son in law, Gayle and Allen Piper of Hatfield, AR; two brothers, B.B. Brewer Jr. of Burleson, Texas and Donald Brewer of Georgetown, Texas; one sister, Carol Holbrook of Springtown, Texas; seven grandchildren and spouses, Melissa Kaufman of Murphy, Texas, Jason and Ilsbeth Kaufman of Las Cruces, New Mexico, Matthew and Misty Kaufman of Wylie, Texas, Andrew Kaufman of Murphy, Texas, Michael and Darlene Piper of New Waverly, Texas, Scott and Brenda Piper of Wamego, Kansas and Todd and Samantha Piper of Greenwood, Arkansas; fifteen great grandchildren; six great-great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. at the First Baptist Church in Hatfield with Brother Paul Easter officiating. Interment will follow at the Six Mile Cemetery in Hatfield. Visitation will be general. Arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas. 

Pallbearers are Jason Kaufman, Matthew Kaufman, Andrew Kaufman, Michael Piper, Scott Piper, and Todd Piper.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com

 

2-14-19 9:17 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

 

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Nancy Josephine Werner Obituary

Nancy Josephine Werner age 71 of Mena, Arkansas passed Monday, February 11, 2019 in Mena, Arkansas.

She was born on December 22, 1947 in Danville, Illinois to the late William Wesley Doney and Betty Josephine Camp Doney. She worked as a Registered Nurse in the Medical profession. Nancy was married to David Werner. Nancy had a servant’s heart and loved to help people. She was an avid reader and enjoyed sewing. Above all she dearly loved God and her family and friends. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend to all who knew her.

She is survived by husband: David John Werner of Mena, Arkansas

Sons: Fred Werner and wife Hope of Belmont, Michigan and Jamshaid Naqvi of Grand Rapids, Michigan

Daughter: Connie Knappen and husband Scott of Cedar Springs, Michigan

Grandchildren: Andrew Knappen, Aden Knappen, Ruben Werner and Hannah Naqvi

Sisters: Jane Sprague of Williamsport, Indiana and Jennifer Doney of Nashville, Tennessee

Brother: William “Bill” Doney and wife Dede of Oakwood, Illinois.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Marilyn Cushman and a niece Michelle Doney.

Funeral service will be Saturday, February 16, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at Cherry Hill Methodist Church in Cherry Hill with Pastor Debbie Head and Reverend Darryl Hines officiating. Interment will follow in the Cherry Hill Cemetery under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena. 
Visitation will be Friday, February 15, 2019 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Beasley Wood. 
 

 

2-12-19 4:10 p.m. KAWX.ORG

 

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Richard Roland Bistrican Obituary

Richard Roland Bistrican

March 15, 1934 - February 9, 2019

 

Richard Roland Bistrican, age 84, of Mena, Arkansas died Saturday, February 9, 2019 at the St. Vincent Hospital in Hot Springs. He was born on Thursday, March 15, 1934 to Joseph Martin and Mary Petak Bistrican in East Chicago, Illinois.

Richard was of the Catholic faith and a member of the St. Agnes Catholic Church in Mena. He served proudly in the United States Army. Richard liked to watch television mysteries and his favorite team, Notre Dame, play football. His family filled him with joy and was always the most important people in his life. Richard was a loving brother, uncle and a great friend and will be missed by all who knew him.

He is preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Wendell, Stanley, Joe, and Tom Bistrican; and four sisters, Mary Talarek, Dorothy Davis, Margaret Isaac, and Teresa Mears.

Richard is survived by one sister, Bettie Anderson of Scottsdale, Arizona; four generations of nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

A funeral mass will be held Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at the St. Agnes Catholic Church following the rosary service beginning at 10:00 A.M. with celebrant, Father Joseph Shantiraj. Interment will follow at the Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

Pallbearers will be Roy Anderle, Tom Brough, Phillip Ferrance, John Golding, Larry Lamia, and Mick Riley.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the St. Vincent Hospice in Hot Springs or the Cancer Society.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.

 

2-11-19 5:03 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

 

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Jessie Ella Cassell Obituary

Jessie Ella Cassell age 81, formerly of Mena, passed away Thursday, February 07 , 2019 in Clarion, Iowa.

Jessie was born on February 28, 1937 to the late W.S. Peek and the late Ivy Dora Hughes Peek in the Township of Cedar and the County of Polk.
 
Jessie was of the Baptist faith. She spent most of her life in Mena, where she was a cook at Joe’s Steakhouse Restaurant and the Harvey House Inn Restaurant and as a housewife. Jessie loved to watch TV, listening to country music, setting on the porch, and being around her family. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend to all who knew her. She will be dearly missed.

She is survived by sons: Ricky Cassell of Mena, Arkansas and Michael (Mike) Cassell of Mena, Arkansas

Daughters: Shirley Ann Howard of Mena, Arkansas, Lorea Fairless of Mena, Arkansas, Shelly Hewitt of Hatfield, Arkansas, Pamela Buchanan and husband Philip of Clarion, Iowa, and Elsie McCloud and husband Scott of Mena, Arkansas

Brothers: Sonny Peek and wife Pat of Hatfield, Arkansas and Frank Peek and wife Kay of Vandervoort, Arkansas

Sisters: Myra Heath of Mena, Arkansas and Aline Heath of Mena, Arkansas

Seventeen grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren

Host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Jessie is preceded in death by her parents, her late husband Morris Thomas and s sister, Johnnie Roberts.

Graveside service will be Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Board Camp Cemetery in Board Camp, Arkansas with Brother Donnie Jewell officiating under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

Visitation will be general.

Online obituary: beasleywoodfuneralhome.com.
 

 

2-11-19 11:22 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

 

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Robin Lynn Krebbs Obituary

Robin Lynn Krebbs age 58 left this life Thursday, February 7, 2019 in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Robin was born on August 04,1960 in Lubbock, Texas to Charles and Junita Winfield Krebbs. Robin graduated from Shallowater High where he was a member of the football team. After graduating he worked for a private contractor mowing highway right of ways until he joined his family in Hatfield. Once there he began working with his brother Richard on the family ranch. Robin worked for several different people in the Hatfield area. 

The past few years he was a caregiver for his mother. Robin had a kind, gentle spirit. Even though he was a quiet individual, he loved his family greatly. 

Robin was a new Christian, as he had recently accepted Jesus as his Savior.

He is survived by parents: Charles and Junita Krebbs 

Sister: Rose King and husband Yahn

Sister-in-law: Kimie Head of Mena, Arkansas

Nieces: Sabrina and Jamie King

Great nieces and great nephews

Aunt: Louise Murray of Hatfield, Arkansas 

Uncle: Junior Winfield of Ruidoso, New Mexico

Host of cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his brother Richard Krebbs, maternal grandfather Joe Winfield, and maternal grandmother Rose Winfield.

Mr. Krebbs was sent for cremation under the direction of Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

Memorial service will be planned at a later date.
 
Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com
 

 

2-8-19 2:47 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

 

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Charles Vardale Garrison Obituary

Charles Vardale Garrison

October 6, 1939 - February 7, 2019

 

Charles Vardale Garrison, age 79, of Wickes, Arkansas died Thursday, February 7, 2019 at the National Park Medical Center in Hot Springs. He was born on Friday, October 6, 1939 to John Henry and Sara Mae Garrison in Umpire, Arkansas.

Charles lived a simple life full of family and friends. He worked for Tyson at the Hatchery in Wickes for over 20 years and attended the Pentecostal Church of God. His family was very important to him and he loved spending time with his grandchildren. Charles liked to garden and was always giving away vegetables to others. He enjoyed hunting for deer and raccoons and trotline fishing for catfish. Charles was a loving father, grandfather, uncle and a great friend and will be missed by all who knew him.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Shirley Garrison; one brother, Doyle Garrison; and three sisters, Betty Thomas, Nodene Parnell, and Geraldine Watts.

Charles is survived by one daughter and son in law, Charlene and James Bailey of Cove; one stepson, Dewayne Oglesby of Wickes; two stepdaughters, Cindy McKee of Wickes, and Kim Wilson, and husband Howard, of Wickes; three grandchildren, Jessie Bailey, Shelby Bailey, and Troy Bailey of Cove; two step grandchildren, Justin Simmons of Wickes, and Klinton Wilson of Wickes; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

A funeral service will be held Monday, February 11, 2019 at 10:00 AM at the Pentecostal Church of God in Wickes, Arkansas, with Brother Chris Burke officiating. Interment will follow at the Crystal Hill Cemetery in Wickes. A visitation will be held Sunday, February 10, 2019 from 2:00 - 4:00 PM at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena, Arkansas.

Pallbearers will be Terry Thomas, Travis Garrison, Michael Parnell, James Squires, Steve Bradley, and Jasper Hartley.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com

 

2-8-19 2:09 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

 

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Rachel Rada-Mae Norman Obituary

Rachel Rada-Mae Norman age 19 of Wickes, Arkansas passed away Sunday, February 3, 2019 in Umpire, Arkansas.

Rachel was born on December 22, 1999 in Texarkana, Texas to Tim Norman and Krystel Merworth Norman. Rachel was a student at Rich Mountain School of Cosmetology and also worked at the Chopping Block Restaurant in Mena. She was a very outgoing young lady who enjoyed spending time with friends, singing, shopping and listening to music. Rachel was a cheerleader at Cossatot River Highschool and was also a talented public speaker, winning awards in FCCLA for her exceptional speaking skills. Rachel was a member of the Wickes Church of Nazarene Teen group helping with Vacation Bible School and other church projects. Most of all she loved to laugh and make people laugh. She was a loving daughter, granddaughter, sister, aunt and friend to all who knew and loved her. She will be dearly missed.

She is survived by parents: Tim and Krystel Norman of Wickes, Arkansas

Paternal grandparent: Martha Norman

Paternal great-grandparent: Mary Norman

Brothers: Jonathan Davidson and wife Rose of Conway, Arkansas, Nick Reves of Wickes, Arkansas, Vince Norman and wife Jenny of Franklinton, Louisiana

Sister: Ashley Ruthardt and husband Deagan of Magnolia, Arkansas

Niece: Brynley Ruthardt of Magnolia, Arkansas

Niece on the way: McKenna Norman “Fruit of the Womb”

Very special friends: Kim Gonzalez of Wickes, Arkansas and Mya Gillaspy of Wickes, Arkansas

A host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends too numerous to mention.

She was preceded in death by grandparents and great grandparents, Rocky Norman, Alton Norman, Avo Hubbard, Sam Hubbard, Glen Merworth, Hildred Gray, Hawley Merworth, Rada Merworth, John Briggs and Pearlie Mae Briggs, and her aunt Amanda Merworth.

Funeral service will be Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at Wickes Elementary Auditorium in Wickes with Pastor B.J. Jenkins and Brother Thomas Jenkins officiating under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena. 

Visitation will be Friday, February 8, 2019 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Beasley Wood.
 
Pallbearers will be Bryle Fatheree, Clyde Fatheree, Adam Shores, Alex Jenkins, Austin Lyle, Bailey Wise, Ethan Griffin, and Jonathon Rye. 
 

 

2-5-19 12:36 p.m. KAWX.ORG

 

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Jeffrey Scott Bass Obituary

Jeffrey Scott Bass age 53 of Mena, Arkansas passed away Friday, February 1, 2019 in Mena, Arkansas.

Jefferey was born on November 10, 1965 in Santa Anna, California to the late Williamson Glenn Bass and the late Betty McCauley Bass. He worked in Quality Control as an inspector at Nidec. He loved fast boats, cars and watching Nascar. He loved to visit Lake Bridgeport in Texas. Jefferey loved to cook for family and friends. He was a loving father, brother, uncle and friend to all who knew him. He will be dearly missed by all.

He is survived by son: Shaun Bass of Mena, Arkansas

Brothers: Rick Bass of Perris, California and Ron Bass of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Sister: Susan Zisakis of Boulder City, Nevada

Uncle and Aunt: Skeet and Laura Bass of Waldron, Arkansas

Nieces and nephews

Longtime girlfriend: Kathy Ryan.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother Randy Bass of Bridgeport, Texas.

Mr. Bass was sent for cremation under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

Memorial service will be Wednesday, February 6, 2019, 2:00 p.m. at Faith Missionary Baptist Church with Brother Tim Harper officiating under the direction of Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com.
 

 

2-4-19 3:58 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

 

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Christopher Ford Obituary

Christopher Ford age 21 of Mena, passed away Thursday, January 31, 2019 in Sheridan, Arkansas as a passenger while going to get his beloved Australian Shepherd puppy, “Chris, Jr.”

Chris was born on June 28, 1997 in Vineland, New Jersey to Cynthia Mclellan. Chris had many talents and enjoyed doing different things in his life. In Mena High School he played the tuba in the band. He graduated with honors from ACTI in Business and gave the graduation speech. Chris was going to start work in retail. He enjoyed playing video games with his brother. Chris also played and was a skilled Dungeon Master of Dungeons and Dragons. He enjoyed listening to music and loved writing poetry. He loved watching Dr. Who. Above all he was loyal, devoted, and he loved his family, especially his niece and nephews. He was a resilient young man and was successfully making his way through life dealing with Autism and Mental Illness. He was a beloved son, brother, uncle, and boyfriend. He will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.


He is survived by mother: Cynthia Mclellan of Mena, Arkansas


Step-Father: Joshua Mclellan of Mena, Arkansas


Brother: Charles Walter Ford and wife Emily Dawn Ford stationed at Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, North Carolina


Sister: Caitlyn Rene Hansel and husband Kyle George Hansel of Mena, Arkansas


Nephews: Jacob Alan Harder and Quinten Blake Hansel


Puppy: Chris, Jr.


Sister: Candace Jean Sherrouse and husband Jesse Dale Lee Sherrouse


Nephew and niece: Alexander Elikai Sherrouse and Chloe Jean Sherrouse


Step-sisters: Brittany Ramsey, Ashley Ford, and Natalie Ford


Step-brother: Joseph Mclellan

Girlfriend: Samantha Williams.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Reverend Howard Gideon Broadwater, Jr.

Funeral service will be Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Beasley Wood Chapel with Brother Ron Tilley officiating. Interment will follow in the Gann Cemetery under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena. There will be a reception at First Baptist Church after the services have concluded. 

Pallbearers will be Charles Ford, Jared Sweeten, Joshua Mclellan, Jesse Sherrouse, Kyle Hansel, and Shane Harder.

Honorary pallbearers will be Alexander Sherrouse, Jacob Harder, and Joseph Mclellan.

 

2-4-19 12:48 p.m. KAWX.ORG 
 

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Glenn Ronald Stanfill Obituary

Glenn Ronald Stanfill

March 14, 1935 - January 31, 2019

 

Glenn Ronald Stanfill, age 83, of Mena, formally of Waldron, died Thursday, January 31, 2019 at John L. McClellan Memorial Hospital in Little Rock. He was born on Thursday, March 14, 1935 to Lee Roy and Ada Madeline James Stanfill in Flint, Michigan.

Glenn served in the United States Navy from November 1952 to September 1954 and was Honorably Discharged. Upon leaving the service, Glenn performed a number of entrepreneurships. His favorite included being a ski instructor and owning his own ski shop. Glenn loved his family and spending time with his children and grandchildren; but he had a special place in his heart for his dogs. Glenn was a member of the VFW and the Elks Lodge. Glenn was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and a great friend who will be missed by all who knew him.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one son, Russell Rogers of Waldron; three brothers and one sister. 

Glenn is survived by his wife, Donna Stanfill of Mena; four daughters and sons in law, Tanya and Mark Fretz of Mena, Stacy and Bill Bassamore of Minnesota, Jana and Wayne Owens of Texas and Jill and James Navarre of Michigan; two brothers, Elmer and Dale Stanfill both of Michigan; two local grandchildren, Talyssa Fretz Simmons of Prairie Grove, Arkansas and Chandler Fretz of Mena; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date with cremation services entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com

 

2-4-19 9:34 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

 

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Jessie Mae Powell Winfield Obituary

Jessie Mae Powell Winfield age 91, of DeQueen formerly of Wickes, Arkansas passed away Thursday, January 31, 2019 in DeQueen, Arkansas.

Jessie was born on March 21, 1927 in Foss, Oklahoma to the late Arlie Franklin Powell and the late Leola Towery Powell. She married the love her life Harold Othell Winfield on December 24, 1942. During the war she welded on big ships. Jessie worked for Renova Shirt factory for 15 years and then as cashier for Alltel until her retirement. Jessie also worked on various jobs including raising cattle and chickens as well as being a talented seamstress. She was very well known for her exceptional cooking and baking skills. She was a member of the Wickes Nazarene Church where she served as treasurer, board member and taught Sunday School for many years.

In 1994, Mrs. Jessie won second place in Regional Spelling Bee contest for Seniors and went on in 1996 to win third place in the State Senior Spelling Bee.

Above all she loved God and her family and was proud of them. She was a loving and kind mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, and friend to all who knew her.

She is survived by daughters: Nita Sue Sullivan and husband Byron of DeQueen, Arkansas, Janie Alesa Howard of Mena, Arkansas, Sandy Sullivan and husband Billy of DeQueen, Arkansas, and Jessie Elizabeth “Beth” Adcock and husband Pat of Hot Springs, AR

Grandchildren: Gary Sullivan, Randy Sullivan, Harold Loyd, Lori Brotherton, Cathy Smith, Brent Gentry, Casey Morris, Mandy Smith, April Wurtz, Jared Adcock, Brandy Risner, Lacy Youngblood, Ty Sullivan, John Sullivan, Drew Adcock and Elijah Sullivan

Sister: Mildred Holmes of Maysville, Oklahoma

Brother and sister-in-law: Jay and Bennie Winfield of Jacksonville, Florida

27 Great Grandchildren and 2 Great Great Grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Harold Othell Winfield, her siblings J. C. Powell, Troy Powell, Jerry Powell, Margie Pennington, Pat Walthall, her sisters-in-law Joy Powell, Lonnie Walthall and Eulas Peters. 

Funeral service will be Monday, February 4, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at the Wickes Church of the Nazarene with Reverend David Baker, Reverend B.J. Jenkins and Reverend Leon McCleskey officiating. Interment will follow in the Crystal Hill Cemetery under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Family and friends visitation will be Sunday, February 03, 2019, 6-8 at Beasley Wood.

Pallbearers will be Ty Sullivan, John Sullivan, Elijah Sullivan, Harold Loyd, Jeff Brotherton, Craig Wurtz, Jack Smith and Larry Pennington.
 
Honorary pallbearers will be Brent Gentry, Jason Risner, Leon Loyd, Gary Winfield and Jared Loyd.

The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff of Encompass Hospice for the wonderful care they provided for their mother.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com
 

 

2-1-19 4:06 p.m. KAWX.ORG

 

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Susan Bell Obituary

Susan Bell age 72 of Tyler, Texas passed away Tuesday, January 29, 2019 in Tyler. Texas

She was born November 8, 1946 in Ferndale, Michigan to the late Herbert Marlatt and the late Nancy Adult Marlatt. Susan was married to George Bell and retired from being an operations manager in the computer business. Susan was a kind gentle soul that had a strong faith in Jesus Christ her Lord and Savior. She enjoyed being outdoors fishing and camping with family and friends. She liked doing Yoga and listening to music. She loved animals and took great joy in themm, especially dogs. Above all she treasured her family. She was a loving and kind wife, mother, step-mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend to all.

She is survived by husband: George Bell of Tyler, Texas

Son: Todd Walrath of Jacksonville, Florida

Daughter: Samantha Rickard of Spring, Texas

Step-daughter: Shannon Woolsey of Eustace, Texas

Six grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and two on the way.

She was preceded in death by her parents Herbert and Nancy Marlatt.

Graveside service will be Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Pinecrest Memorial Park under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena. 
 

 

1-31-19 4:35 p.m. KAWX.ORG

 

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Nodene Alice Parnell Obituary

Nodene Alice Parnell age 74 of Mena, Arkansas passed away Tuesday, January 29, 2019 in Mena, Arkansas.

She was born January 31, 1944 in Duckett, Arkansas to the late John Henry Garrison and the late Sarah Mae Bradley Garrison. Nodene loved and enjoyed being a homemaker to her family. She enjoyed watching “Golden Girls” and an avid movie watcher. One of her favorites movies was “Dirty Dancing”. Above all she loved and treasured her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend to all who knew her.

She is survived by sons: Anthony Parnell of Springdale, Arkansas, John Parnell of Las Vegas, Nevada, Michael Parnell of Mena, Arkansas, and Jeffrey Parnell of Mena, Arkansas

Daughters: Cynthia Loyd of Wickes, Arkansas, Tammy Rogers of Grannis, Arkansas, Cherie Thacker and husband Leon of Mena, Arkansas, and LeeAnne Parnell of Fort Smith, Arkansas

Numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren

Brother: Charles Garrison of Wickes, Arkansas.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters Jerry Watts and Betty Thomas, and a brother, Doyle Garrison.

Graveside service will be Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in Crystal Hill Cemetery with Brother Donnie Jewell officiating under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

Online obituary: beasleywoodfuneralhome.com.
 

 

1-31-19 4:30 p.m. KAWX.ORG

 

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Donnie Gene Smith Obituary

 
Donnie Gene Smith age 67 of Mena, Arkansas passed away peacefully Tuesday, January 29, 2019 in Ft. Smith, Arkansas surrounded by his wife and children.

Donnie was born on October 8, 1951 in Mena, Arkansas to the late James Franklin Looney and the late Louise Egger Looney. He was a loving and devoted husband to Regina Rowe Smith for 47 wonderful years. Donnie worked as a heavy equipment operator and was a foreman for Polk County Road Department for many years and retired from Forsgren, Inc. He always loved playing in the dirt! In his early days, he enjoyed working auctions and later in life, enjoyed going to auctions with his wife Regina. He was a devoted family man, that loved his family with all his heart. Those that knew Donnie were aware that providing for his family was his greatest calling and played a large part of guiding his life. Donnie adored his wife and loved sending her flowers and buying her jewelry. He admired beautiful sunsets and the outdoors, but above all he was strong, caring, compassionate and had a big heart for family and friends. He was a loving husband, dad, papa, brother, brother-in-law and friend to all who knew him. He will be dearly missed.

Husband to: Regina Smith of Mena, Arkansas

Dad to: Donita Smith Gardner and wife Lindy of Valley Village, California,  Erika Graves and husband Ronnie of Mena, Arkansas, Emily Schnell and husband James of Mena, Arkansas, and Seth Smith and wife Jessica of Mena, Arkansas

Papa to grandchildren: Ava, Abigail, Max, Molly, Andrew, Libby, Owen, Lucas, and Hailee

Papa to great-grandchildren: Tucker, Marcus, and Sophia

Brother to: Linda Dempsey and husband James of Mena, Arkansas

Brother-in-law to: Cindy Looney of Mena, Arkansas, Dennis Rowe and wife Linda of Mena, Arkansas, Brenda Baldwin and husband Joe of Hatfield, Arkansas, Lavon Rowe of Mena, Arkansas, Brent Rowe and Dave McLeod of Little Rock, Arkansas.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Louise Looney and his brother, Ricky Looney.

Funeral service will be Friday, February 1, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Beasley-Wood Chapel with Ron Broussard officiating. Interment will follow in the Six- Mile Cemetery under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com 
 

 

1-30-19 1:02 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

 

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Sara Collins Read Obituary

Sara Collins Read

January 22, 1930 - January 28, 2019

 

Sara Collins Umphress Read, age 89, of Mena, Arkansas formerly of Dallas, Texas, died Monday, January 28, 2019 at her home. She was born on Wednesday, January 22, 1930 to Charles Francis and Sarah Bradshaw Umphress in Dallas, Texas.

Sara was of the Methodist faith and was guided in life by her faith, children and family. She owned and operated KTER in Terrell, Texas and KBUS in Mexia, Texas with her husband, Bill Collins for twenty-five years. She was always a fan of Big Band music. Sara was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and a great friend and will be missed by all who knew her.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her first husband and father of her children, Billy Joe Collins; her second husband, John Read; one son, Bill Collins; and two sisters, Annice Renz and Jerre Nurree.

Sara is survived by two sons and daughter in law, Joe and Susan Collins of Sunnyvale, Texas, and Andy Collins of Sunnyvale, Texas; one daughter and son in law, Denni and Lou Longoria of Mena; one sister, Pacheco Pyle of Dallas, Texas; five grandchildren; six great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

A private service will be held in Dallas, Texas at a later date. Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com

 

1-29-19 4:35 p.m. KAWX.ORG

 

 

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Hilton Leroy Bell Obituary

Hilton Leroy Bell, age 89, of Vandervoort, Arkansas left his earthly home on January 28th, 2019. 

Hilton was born on top of Iron Mountain September 9th, 1929 to Thomas Arthur Bell and Ethel Underwood Bell. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 57 years Betty Joan Bell along with three brothers Freeman Bell, Gene Bell, and Wayman Bell and two sisters Mabel Egger Powell and Mavis Rice.

Hilton received a Bachelors in Agricultural Education from the University of Arkansas Fayetteville in 1956 and is known to countless students as Mr. Bell having taught at Van-Cove high school for 29 years and was a Broiler Grower for Tyson for 32 years. Hilton served in the United States Army for 14 months with a tour of duty in the Korean War earning two battle stars. He was recognized throughout his life for his principles, values and willingness to help his neighbors.

His greatest joy included his love for Christ which he shined brightly to a weary world, spending time in his beloved mountains and enjoying the company of his vast family and numerous friends. His love, strength, and stories of a time long ago will be greatly missed by many.

He is survived by children: Chuck and wife Beverly Bell of Mena, Arkansas, Hershel and wife Pamela Bell of Cove, Arkansas, Belinda and husband Terry Williamson of DeQueen, Arkansas, and Betina and husband Carl Fair of Dardanelle, Arkansas

Grandchildren: Christy and Matt Cozart of Bentonville, Arkansas, Ryan and Ashli Bell of Springdale, Arkansas, Brent Bell of Albuquerque, New Mexico
Wendy and Patrick McDaniel of Mena, Arkansas, Clint and Tanya Bell of Cove, Arkansas, Jennifer and Bo Hayes of Cove, Arkansas, Shauna and Jacob Wagner of Mena, Arkansas, Cheyenne Bell of Springdale, Arkansas, Kristen and Alex Wade of Vandervoort, Arkansas, Jeffrey and Lacey Williamson of Ashdown, Arkansas, Derinda and Jon Trobaugh of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Monica and Rob Christopher of Conway, Arkansas, Kisha and Jarret Rogers of Bryant, Arkansas, Zack and Lili Fair of Springdale, Arkansas, and Isaiah Fair of Morrilton, Arkansas

Great-grandchildren: Colton and Courtney McDaniel of Mena, Arkansas, Kailey, Joey and Bradley Wade of Vandervoort, Arkansas, Hannah, Justin, and Gabriel Bell of Cove, Arkansas, Cooper and Kimber Hayes of Cove, Arkansas, Jordan, Hayden, Summer and Abi Wagner of Mena, Arkansas, 
Henry, Caroline, John, and Harrison Cozart of Bentonville, Arkansas, Charolette Bell of Springdale, Arkansas, Mallory and Olivia Christopher of Conway, Arkansas, Tyler and Alayna Williamson of Ashdown, Arkansas.

Funeral services for Mr. Hilton Leroy Bell will be Thursday, January 31st at 2:00 pm at the CMA Iron Mountain facility. Interment will follow at Gann cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday, January 30, 2019 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Beasley Wood. In lieu of flowers, donations to Vandervoort First Baptist Building Fund. Services officiated by Brother Kevin Jewell, Brother Gary Jewell, and Brother Donnie Jewell under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be his grandsons. Honorary pallbearers will be his great-grandsons 
 

 

1-29-19 4:26 p.m. KAWX.ORG

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Gerald Lewis Obituary

Gerald Lewis

September 20, 1941 - January 28, 2019

 

Gerald Lewis, age 77, of Pine Ridge, Arkansas died Monday, January 28, 2019 at the Mena Regional Health System. He was born on Saturday, September 20, 1941 to M.J. and Pearl Sherman Lewis in Mena, Arkansas.

Gerald was a lifelong member of the Little Hope Baptist Church and enjoyed the simple things in life. He worked as a machinist and farmer for much of his life and taking care of his cows gave him a lot of joy. Gerald loved his coffee and spending any time he could with his grandchildren. He was very proud of all his family and loved them all very much. Gerald was a loving father, brother, Paw Paw, Uncle Monkey and a great friend and will be missed by all who knew him.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Gerald is survived by his son and daughter in law, Shawn and Kim Lewis of Arlington, Texas; two daughters and son in law, Kathy and Travis Dollar of Pine Ridge, and Debbie Inglis of Fort Worth, Texas; one brother and sister in law, Truman and Janet Lewis of Pine Ridge; four grandchildren, Ben Gaither of Fort Worth, Texas, Brady and Kristen Stewart of Fort Worth, Texas, Jacie Lewis of Arlington, Texas, and Bailey Lewis of Arlington, Texas; three nephews and nieces, Tammie Minton of Mena, Missie Reeves of Mena, and Rusty Lewis of Pine Ridge; and a host of other relatives and friends.

A funeral service will be held Friday, February 1, 2019 at 2 p.m. at the Little Hope Baptist Church in Pine Ridge, Arkansas, with Brother Rusty Lewis officiating. Interment will follow at the Pine Ridge Cemetery. A visitation will be held Thursday, January 31, 2019 from 6:00-8:00 pm at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena, Arkansas. Arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

Pallbearers will be Ben Gaither, Brady Stewart, Preston Klutts, Kaleb Reeves, Marcus Herod, Alex McCormick, and Josh Starr.

Honorary Pallbearers are Tims Edwards, Gerald Brewer, Joff Putman, and Lee Klutts.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com

 

1-29-19 1:30 p.m. KAWX.ORG

 

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Willene Ward Maddox Obituary

Willene Ward Maddox age 96, of Mena, Arkansas passed away Monday, January 28, 2019 in Mena.
 
She was born on May 12, 1922 in Heavener, Oklahoma to the late William Henry and Julia Ford Watson. 
 
Willene started her teaching career in the Fall of 1942, teaching 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades at Eagleton, a part of the Acorn School System. The next year she moved to Acorn where she taught 1st and 2nd grades, as well as teaching Social Studies and Girls Physical Education. 
 
In the Fall of 1946 she moved to Mena and taught English in Junior High, and later High School English.
 
The Fall of 1956 she became the Librarian for Mena Public Schools where she spent the last 26 years. She retired from public school 1984. Willene was a Lifetime Member of the Arkansas Education Association. She served two terms on RMCC Foundation Board and was a member of First
Christian Church.
 
She is survived by step sons: George E. Ward of Thailand and Bill Maddox and wife Shawn of Tulsa, Oklahoma
 
Step grandsons: Col. Chris J. Ward and wife Heather of White Sands Missile Range New Mexico, Remington Maddox of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Addison Maddox of Tulsa, Oklahoma
 
Great-grandsons: C.J., Logan, and Gavin Ward of New Mexico
 
Sisters-in-law: Fredda Thomas of Barnsdoll, Oklahoma and Vivian Whlig of Vancouver, Washington
 
Daughter-in-law: Yolanda Ward of Caldwell, Idaho
 
Special friend whom Willene referred to as “the daughter I never had,” Joyce Hoover of Mena, Arkansas 
 
Special friend and caregiver: Ann Hughes of Mena, Arkansas 
 
Several nieces and nephews and a host of friends.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Julia Watson, her husbands John L. Ward, Jr. and Lindon L. Maddox, an infant son William Watson Ward, a brother Merle F. Watson, and sister-in-law Lorene Stockton Watson.
 
Graveside services will be Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Pinecrest Memorial Park with Brother Phillip Hatley officiating under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.
 
Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com.
 
To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Willene Ward Maddox please visit our Sympathy Store.
 
1-28-19 4:09 p.m. KAWX.ORG 
 

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Clifford Andrew Beaver Obituary

Clifford Andrew Beaver age 55 of Mena, Arkansas passed away Wednesday, January 23, 2019 in Mena.

Clifford was born on July 20, 1964 in Mena, Arkansas to Bob Ross Beaver and Peggy Reed Beaver. He was married to Robbin Marie Beaver. Clifford had an Associate Degree in Electrical Field from Carl Albert. He worked for Nidec for 13 years He enjoyed arrowhead hunting and was an avid history lover on World War II. Clifford liked to hunt with family and friends. Most of all he loved life and people. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend to all who knew him. He will be dearly missed by all.

He is survived by wife: Robbin Marie Beaver of Mena, Arkansas

Son: Corey Tomblin and wife Megan of Mena, Arkansas

Daughter: Clista Martin of Mena, Arkansas

Grandchildren: Madison Tomblin, Bryson Tomblin, Keaton Tomblin, Mason Tomblin, Dayton Lane, Colton Harmon, and Emily Dodson

Brother: Stan Beaver and wife Dawn of Mena, Arkansas

Host of friends at work.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Bob and Peggy Beaver, and a brother Brian Beaver.

Graveside service will be Thursday, January 31, 2019, 10:00 a.m. at Mt. Gilead Cemetery in Rocky, Arkansas with Brother Eddie Kennedy and Andy Kennedy officiating under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

Pallbearers will be friends where he worked.

Visitation will be General. 
 

 

1-28-19 3:06 p.m. KAWX.ORG

 

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Dennis L. Keeton Obituary

Dennis L. Keeton age 72 of Texarkana. Texas passed away Wednesday, January 23, 2019 in Texas.

He was born on January 9, 1947 in Mena, Arkansas to the late Lorin E. Keeton and the late Louise Capehart Keeton. He worked for Red River Army Depot repairing Army vehicles. He enjoyed flying model airplanes in his younger days. Dennis loved Rock and Roll music and collecting guitars as a hobby. He was a loving brother, uncle and friend. 

He is survived by sister: Janis Keeton of Republic, Missouri

Niece: Jordan Lemay of Albuquerque, New Mexico

Host of friends and acquaintances from AA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lorin E. and Louise Keeton, and a brother, Randy Keeton.

Arrangements were made under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena. 
 

 

1-25-19 5:06 p.m. KAWX.ORG

 

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Florence Hazel Severson Obituary

Florence Hazel Severson

July 28, 1921 - January 23, 2019

 

Florence Severson, age 97, of Cove, Arkansas passed peacefully away Wednesday, January 23, 2019 in Mena. She was born on July 28, 1921 in Muskegon, Michigan to the late Louis Gagnon and the late Alice Regno Gagnon.

Florence was a faithful member of St. Agnes Catholic Church and was often heard telling people how "God is taking care of me."

She was a licensed beautician in the state of Minnesota and spent many years in that field. She also enjoyed jobs in a garden center and in a factory making blimps. When she moved to Mena she spent 15 beautiful years giving long term loving care to many elderly women. Florence loved to cook and was known for her pies, cakes and various kinds of bread. She delighted in being out and about; dancing, playing cards, shopping and socializing. She was a dedicated bell ringer for the Salvation Army for many years and always dressed up to celebrate the ringing.

Florence loved all animals and especially her dogs. Peanut was forever by her side. She was her "baby."

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 53 years, Gordon Severson; five sisters, Eva Dault, Isabelle Gagnon, Margaret Beggel, Evelyn Juaire, and Beatrice Fuller, and by four brothers, Leo, Bill, Ed and Harry Gagnon.

Florence is survived by her only son, Steve and wife, Peggy of Cove. She has three grandsons; Tim and Pricila of Las Vegas, NV; Tom and Carolyn of Alvin, Texas; and Brian of Cove. There are also two great grandsons. As dear to her as family were Liz Super and family, Randy Zalky, and Barbara Hill, all of Cove; Diane and Robert Garcia, of Hatfield; and Ruth Velzke of Faribault, Minnesota. In addition many people loved her and will miss her from St. Agnes Catholic Church, where she was an unforgettable and faithful member.

It has been said in both Minnesota and in Arkansas, "If you see something coming down the road fast and glittery, you'll know it's Florence."

A memorial mass will be held on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at St. Agnes Catholic Church. The rosary service will begin at 10:00 A.M. led by Deacon Tony Salamone. Mass will follow celebrated by the pastor, Father Joseph Shantiraj. Cremation services are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena, Arkansas.

Florence will be taken to be buried next to her husband, Gordon in Minnesota at a later date.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com

 

1-24-19 4:34 p.m. KAWX.ORG

 

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James Aaron White Obituary

James Aaron White, age 71, of Mena, Arkansas passed away Wednesday, January 23, 2019 in Mena.

He was born November 5, 1947 in Mena, Arkansas to the late Wilbur Walter White and the late Juanita Brown White. James was married to Phyllis Phillips White for 47 years. He proudly served his country in the United States Air Force. He also was a farmer and a crucial part of the VFD at Cherry Hill. He was a very outgoing person who loved to hunt, fish and spend time with grandchildren. James was an excellent role model for family and friends. He enjoyed serving his community and above all he loved his family. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, and friend to all who knew him. He will dearly be missed.

He is survived by wife: Phyllis White of Mena, Arkansas

Sons: Jamie White and wife Lorene of Mena, Arkansas and Aaron White of Mena, Arkansas

Grandchildren: Alissa and Michael White, Haley White, Cody and Chelsee Shores and Breanna White

Five great-grandchildren

Host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a great-granddaughter, Bexley White.

Funeral service will be Friday, February 1, 2019 at Beasley Wood Chapel with Brother Boots Donaldson officiating.

Family and friends visitation will be Thursday, January 31, 2019 at Beasley Wood from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com 
 

 

1-24-19 4:29 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

 

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