Edyth Lelia Garmon went to meet The Lord on August 28, 2018. “Miss Etta”, as she was known by her friends, was a resident of Mena Manor and recently celebrated her 107th birthday surrounded by family and friends.
Edyth was born on July 27, 1911 in Pine Ridge, Arkansas to Harvey and Ova Liles Gamble. She married Ecil Garmon in Cherry Hill, Arkansas on September 6, 1930 and remained married until his death in 1986. She and her husband moved to the Central Valley of California during the “dust bowl” era and returned to Polk County, Arkansas in the mid 1970’s to live out their remaining years.
“Miss Etta” enjoyed gardening and visiting with her friends and grandchildren. Friends and family will remember her “sassy and lively” personality.
During her long life, she was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, two daughters, one granddaughter and one grandson.
She is survived by son: Bud Garmon and wife Vicki of Howe, Oklahoma
Daughter in love and friendship: Martha Lou “Moppy” Billingsley of Mena, Arkansas
Four grandchildren: Mike Liles of Merced, California, Jason Garmon of Bakersfield, California, Brooke Garmon of Bakersfield, California, and Jamie Plemons of San Diego, California
Nieces: Ollie Lou Borger of Gustine, California, Ollie Louise “Doodle” Williamson of Cherry Hill, Arkansas
Nephew: Jim Garmon and wife Sue of Fayetteville, Arkansas
Numerous great-great great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held in the Beasley Wood Chapel on Thursday, August 30, 2018 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Graveside service will be held at Cherry Hill Cemetery in Cherry Hill, Arkansas on Friday, August 31,2018 at 10:00 a. m. with Pastor Jim Reed of Southside Baptist Church of Poteau, Oklahoma officiating. Services under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.
Millie Olivia Byrum age 62 of Cove, Arkansas passed away Monday, August 27, 2018 in Dierks.
She was born in McCurtain County, Oklahoma on April 10, 1956 to the late Robert H. Byrum and the late Evelyn Reynolds Byrum. Millie enjoyed traveling, basically just going anywhere with family and friends. She loved to go to yard sales and working in her flower gardens. She was entertained by her cats and was an avid watcher of automotive racing. Most all she enjoyed and loved her grandchildren. She was a loving mother, grandmother, cousin and friend to all who knew her. She will be dearly missed.
She is survived by son: Shawn Olinger and wife Jade of Mena, Arkansas
Grandchildren: Carson and Bristol Olinger
Cousin: Linda Beggs
Special friend: Kevin House of Mena, Arkansas.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Evelyn Byrum.
Service will be Saturday, September 1, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at Beasley Wood Chapel under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena
Visitation will be general.
8-28-18 12:12 p.m. kawx.org
Daron Clifford Jones
August 17, 1965 - August 25, 2018
Daron Clifford Jones, age 53, of Watson, Oklahoma, died Saturday, August 25, 2018 at the Methodist Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. He was born on Tuesday, August 17, 1965 to Ira Clifford and Allene Brown Jones in Mena, Arkansas.
Daron was the kind of man who was always there to lend a hand. He was a Christian man and attended the Panther Creek Christian Church. Daron was a safe harbor for those in trouble, and he enjoyed helping people. He worked at the Martin Marietta Rock Quarry in Hatton, Arkansas operating heavy equipment. Daron loved the country and took pleasure in riding horses, camping, and fishing. He was always proud to influence young people to take their lives in a better direction. He loved his family immensely and they helped to guide his life. Daron was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and a great friend who will be missed by all who knew him.
He is preceded in death by his father, Ira Clifford Jones; one daughter, Lacey Jones; and one sister, Linda Pearl.
Daron is survived by his wife, Betty Jones of Watson, Oklahoma; his mother, Allene Jones of Watson, Oklahoma; four sons, Dustin Jones of Watson, Oklahoma, Michael Jones and fiance', Hailee Allen of Carthage, Mississippi, Cody Walls of New Boston, Texas, and Jacob Jones of Mississippi; one daughter, Tiffany Massey of Watson, Oklahoma; one brother and sister in law, Michael and Lisa Brett of Cove; one step brother and wife, Sam and Mitzi Pearl of Watson, Oklahoma; two sisters and brother in law, Beverly Anderson of Watson, Oklahoma, and Michelle and Kevin Jones of Shreveport, Louisiana; one uncle and aunt, Art and Evelyn Brown of Cove; two grandchildren, Augustus Massey of Watson, Oklahoma, and Hunnar Jones of Carthage, Mississippi; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 1, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. at Panther Creek Christian Church in Watson, Oklahoma with Brother Cody McDaniel officiating. Interment will follow in the Panther Creek Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 4-6 p.m. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel on Friday, August 31, 2018. Arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.
Pallbearers are Kelly McCarley, Riley Johnson, Clayton Davis, Brent Evans, Michael Jones, Wayne McCarley, Eric Fairless, Josh Neer, and John Davis.
Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com
8-27-18 12:57 p.m. kawx.org
Mary Bess Golden Williams, age 84, of Wind Crest, Texas passed away Saturday, August 18, 2018 in Texas.
She was born September 4, 1933 in Glory, Texas to the late Joe Douphus and Lillie “Ethel” Barnett Golden. She was united in marriage to Walter P. Williams II, who preceded her to Heaven. Mary was a retired nurse by profession, exhibiting her passion as a caretaker. Mary supported many charitable endeavors and cared for aging relatives for many years. Mary loved to “play in the dirt” (her garden and flowers), her hummingbirds, her precious dogs, the Dallas Cowboys, and cooking. All who knew Mary were aware of her incredible skill in the kitchen-her love language-filling you with wonderful, down home cooking till you burst. But above and before all, her family, both blood and chosen, was the most important focus. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, sister and friend. She was and always will be “Nana” to many.
Survivors are daughter: Ruth Mitchell and husband Tony of Westcliffe, Colorado
Chosen Children: Edward Williams of Avenger, Texas, Walter Penn Williams, III of Cripple Creek, Colorado, and Belinda Seaton (Jimmy) of Hatfield, Arkansas
Sister: Joy Grider of Leonard, Texas
Brothers: O.E. Golden of San Antonio, Texas, Larry Golden of Arlington, Texas, and Joe Golden of Rockwall, Texas
Grandchildren: Regina Poissonnet (Frenchy), Chad Crofford (Delenna), Kenneth Crofford, Shannon Hoffman, Robert Seaton (Mary), Duane Seaton
Great-Grandchildren: David, Allison, Brittany, Caleb, Camron, Hailey, Serenitey, Jeremy, Crystal, Adison and Amelia
Great-great grandchild: Emerson Mae.
She was preceded in death by her parents Joe and Ethel Golden, her husband Walter P. Williams, II, three sisters, Isabell Hinshaw, Zora Shew and Arlene Weeks, two brothers, J.W. Golden and Ronald Golden, and a step-daughter, Susan Castner.
Funeral services will be Saturday, August 25, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the Hatfield Methodist Church with Brother Dan Williams officiating. Interment will follow in the Six Mile Cemetery in Hatfield, Arkansas under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.
Visitation will be Friday, August 24 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. at the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be Chad Crofford, Kenneth Crofford, Robert Seaton, Duane Seaton, David Jordan, Caleb Tefertiller, Allison Ellis and Brittany Ellis.
Honorary pallbearers will be Walter Penn Williams, III, Edward Williams, Tony Mitchell, Frenchy Poissonnet and Jimmy Seaton.
Barbara Ann Rowe
July 29, 1940 - August 22, 2018
Barbara Ann Rowe, age 78 of Zafra, Oklahoma, died, Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at Sparks Health System. She was born on Monday, July 29, 1940 to Thurman Edward and Hazel Bates Wagner in Mena, Arkansas.
Barbara worked over 20 years at Aalf's in Mena before she retired. She accepted Christ as her savior and lived a good life. Barbara loved seeing friends at Wal-Mart and socializing. In her free time she enjoyed camping at the lake, crossword puzzles, and yard sales. She was very close with her family, and nothing made her happier then all her grandkids. Barbara was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend and will be missed by all who knew her.
She was preceded in death by her father, Thurman Wagner; her brother, Gerald Wagner and his brother in law, Chuck Mitchell.
Barbara is survived by her husband, Chief Rowe of Zafra; her mother, Hazel Wagner of Fort Smith; her son , Glenn Rowe of Mena; her daughter and significant other, Tammy Jacobs and Luke Sutter of Zafra; her bonus daughters, Tina LaShum of Mena and Audrey McNeal of DeQueen; her brother and sister in law, Johnny and Gloria Wagner of Glenwood, two sisters and brother in law, Emma and Ali Samadi of Fort Smith and Bonnie Mitchell of Fort Smith; five grandchildren, Cris and Brittany Phillips of Zapha, Heather and Allan Weir Spiro, Oklahoma, Kyle and Candace Rowe of Mena, Whitney Howell and Devin Horner of Mena and Jake Rowe and Brooklyn Wright of Mena; nine great grandchild; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.
A funeral service will be Monday, August 27, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Reggie Fryar officiating. Visitation will start at 10:00 A.M. and go to 12:00 P.M. the morning of the funeral on Monday, August 27, 2018. Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.
Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com
8-23-18 4:29 p.m. kawx.org
Dona Mae Rhodes
April 6, 1974 - August 23, 2018
Dona Mae Rhodes, age 44 of Hatfield, Arkansas, died, Thursday, August 23, 2018 at UAMS in Little Rock, Arkansas. She was born on Saturday, April 6, 1974 to Donald Lee and Barbara Mae Dees Davis in Fort Smith, Arkansas.
Dona was a person that lived, loved and laughed and always was genuine person that knew who she was and said what was on her mind. She loved her family; her husband, Michael and her kids with all her heart. Dona enjoyed the outdoors and going hunting. Dona worked for 17 years as a Registered Nurse at Mena Regional Medical Center in the Emergency Department. She loved her job and working with her other family there. Dona was a loving wife, daughter, mother, sister grandmother, aunt and friend and will be missed by all who knew her.
Dona is survived by her husband, Michael Rhodes of Hatfield, Arkansas; her parents, Don and Barbara Davis of Mena; one son, Nathan Rhodes of Mena; one daughter, Lydia Rhodes of Mena; one sister, Lori Rose of Mena; one grandson, Oliver Rhodes of Mena; and a host of other relatives and friends.
A memorial service is pending and will be held at a later date. Cremation services are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.
Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com
8-23-18 4:16 p.m. kawx.org
Darrell Lee Dobbs age 55 of Hatfield, Arkansas passed away Monday, August 20, 2018 in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
He was born in Santa Cruz, California on November 12, 1962 to Thomas Dobbs and Mary Hazel Roberts Dobbs. Darrell worked in the Pipeline Industry as an x-ray technician and mechanic by profession. He enjoyed being a mechanic and loved playing the guitar with family. Darrell was a loving and kind father, step-father, brother, uncle, companion and friend to all who knew him.
He is survived by wife: Crystal Dobbs
Son: Garrett Dobbs of Mena, Arkansas
Step-daughters: Michaela Dobbs of Mena, Arkansasa and Amy Pajobis of Mena, Arkansas
Step-son: Brett Morgan
Brother: Gary Thomas Dobbs of Mena, Arkansas
Half-brother: Charles McDaniel of California
Sisters: Phyllis Sellmer of Montana and Darlene Rostollan of Kentucky (twin sister)
Half-sister: Joyce Ayres of California
Host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Hazel Dobbs, and his half-sister Patricia Miller.
Graveside services will be Monday, August 27, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Cove under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.
Visitation will be general.
8-23-18 11:42 a.m. kawx.org
Arthur Udell Loyd age 72 of Mena, Arkansas passed away Tuesday, August 21, 2018 in Mena, Arkansas.
Arthur was born on October 21, 1945 in DeQueen, Arkansas to the late “A.P.” Loyd and the late Minnie Mae Heaton Loyd. He worked in the logging and trucking business for the timber Industry.
Arthur’s favorite companion was his dog “Mountain” who was named by granddaughter Destiny. He was a loving father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend to all who knew him.
He is survived by son: Arthur Dale Loyd and wife Debra Jean of Howe, Oklahoma
Daughters: Laura Lynn Tilley of Leslie, Arkansas and Amy Leanne Mendez of Mena, Arkansas
Grandchildren: Charles Edward Roles, II and wife Aimee Erica Marie Roles, Justen Daniel Loyd, Destiny Rianne Schooley, and Clayton Justice Mendez
Great-grandchild: Trenton Loyd
Brothers: Donnie Loyd, Gary Loyd, John Loyd and Bill Loyd
Sister: Jerry Burch
Numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, “A.P.” Loyd and Minnie Mae Loyd, brothers Odell Loyd and Duayne Loyd, and a sister Joan Callicoat.
Funeral will be Saturday, August 25, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at Baker Rock Chapel with Brother James Squires officiating. Interment will follow in the Baker Cemetery under the direction of Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.
Visitation is General.
8-22-18 5:58 p.m. kawx.org
Adam Lee Davis age 41 of Mena Arkansas passed away Sunday, August 19, 2018 in Royal, Arkansas.
He was born on June 20, 1977 in Little Rock, Arkansas to Jimmy Lee Davis and Debra Jane Westfall. He was a logger by profession. Adam was an outstanding and very outgoing young man who loved life to the fullest. Always lending a helping hand to anyone that needed help. Most of all he loved his nephews and family and spending time with them. Adam was a loving son, brother, uncle and friend to those who knew and loved him.
Gone But Never Forgotten! Fly High Brother!
He is survived by father: Jimmie Lee Davis
Mother: Debra Jane Westfall
Brother: Jimmy Don Davis, Sr.
Nephews: Shane Tillery, Jimmy Don Davis, Jr., Rowdy Lee Erwin Davis, Haydon Ray Davis, Austin Trey Davis,
Sister-in-law: Mamie Renee Stinson
Uncle: Marion Davis, Jr.
He was preceded in death by his nephew, Blake Adam Davis, and grandmother Opal Caruthers.
Mr. Davis was sent for cremation under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.
8-22-18 8:24 a.m. kawx.org
Donald Michael Fretz
February 8, 1939 - August 20, 2018
Donald Michael Fretz, age 79, of Hatfield, Arkansas, died Monday, August 20, 2018 at his home in Mena. He was born on Wednesday, February 8, 1939 to Theodore and Helen Pearl Havens Fretz in Hatfield, Arkansas.
Donald was always a laid back easy going guy. He honorably served his country in the United States Army and was a longtime active member of the DAV, VFW and American Legion. Donald was always happy to volunteer flag duty on holidays. His family was incredibly important to him and nothing gave him more joy than spending time with his grandchildren. His boys were is proudest accomplishment in life. He retired from the Polk County Road Department and enjoyed building cars and attending auctions. Donald was a loving 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; his wife, Betty Fretz; one brother, Allen "Bub"Fretz; and one sister, Betty Evans.
Donald is survived by two sons and daughters in law, Teddy and Sue Fretz of Mena, and Mark and Tanya Fretz of Mena; one brother, Warren Fretz of Wichita Falls, Texas; one sister, Judy Broyles of Mena; five grandchildren, Teddi Sullivan of Mena, Kayla Penny of Mena, Erica Manley of Mena, Talissa Fretz of Prairie Grove, Arkansas, and Chandler Fretz of Mena; nine great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held Friday, August 24, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel with Buddy Hooper officiating. Interment will follow in the Six Mile Cemetery in Hatfield. A visitation will be held on Thursday, August 23, 2018 from 6-8 P.M. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel.
Pallbearers are Jim Crowley, Chris Crowley, Mike Crowley, Michael Manley, Jason Sullivan, and Josh Penny.
Honorary pallbearers are Richard Broyles, Eddie Cross, Dalton Simmons, and David Gilbert.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the Polk County Developmental Center at http://pcdcmena.com/ways-to-give.
Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com
8-21-18 1:42 p.m. kawx.org
Betty Sue Webb Neal age 86, better known as “Nanny Neal” went to be with the Lord on Sunday, August 19, 2018 in Cove, Arkansas.
She was born on September 29, 1931 to George and Lura Cotton Webb in Sheridan, Arkansas. She was married to the late John D. Neal on September 19, 1957. Betty was a loving and caring babysitter of many area children. She enjoyed gardening and growing flowers and being entertained by her dog and cat. Betty loved to cook for family and friends, with no one ever going hungry. Most of all she enjoyed her family, especially her grandchildren. Betty was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great grandmother and friend to all who knew her.
She is survived by daughters: Sadie Nunn and husband Rollie of Vandervoort, Arkansas and Johnnie Bell Keeney and husband Daniel of Vandervoort, Arkansas
Sons: Basil David Neal and Frankie Jo of Vandervoort, Arkansas, Curtis Warren Neal of Vandervoort, Arkansas, and Clyde Neal and Robby of Vandervoort, Arkansas
Fourteen grandchildren, thirty-four great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild
She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Lura Webb, husband John D. Neal, daughter Connie Jean Neal, one brother, one sister, two half- sisters, grandchild Sasha Neal, and great-grandchild Christian Smith.
Graveside services will be Thursday, August 23, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Cecil Chapel Cemetery with Brother Roy Brooks officiating. Services will be under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.
Family and friends visitation will be at Mrs. Neal’s home (129 Hwy 246 East, in Cove, Arkansas) on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at 5:00-7:00 p.m.
8-20-18 12:14 p.m. kawx.org
Jeffrey Ray Haynes age 46, of Hatfield, Arkansas passed away Thursday, August 16, 2018 in Ft. Smith, Arkansas.
Jeffrey was born on March 15, 1972 in Hugo, Oklahoma to Billy Ray Haynes and Alice Patricia Echols Haynes. He worked as a truck driver in the transportation Industry. Jeffrey never met a stranger or had an enemy, he was a happy go lucky individual. He enjoyed being outdoors, going fishing and hunting with family and friends. Most of all he loved life and his family. He will be dearly missed by all.
He is survived by step-mother: Debrah Haynes
Brothers: Joseph Haynes and wife Rachel of Hatfield, Arkansas, Bobby Haynes and wife Angela of Wickes, Arkansas, Tom Ryan and wife Leah of Ft. Towson, Oklahoma, and Shane Winkley of Mena, Arkansas
Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, uncles and aunts.
He is preceded in death by his parents Billy and Alice Haynes, brother Jimmy Richards, cousin, Joseph Green, grandmothers Mary Echols and Viola Haynes, grandfathers William Ellis Echols and Justin Joel Haynes, and a nephew Kaynen Haynes.
Graveside service will be Monday, August 20, 2018, 5:30 p.m.at Six Mile Cemetery in Hatfield with Brother E.J. Tena officiating. Services are under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.
Family and friends visitation will be from 2:30 to 4:30 at Beasley Wood Chapel prior to service.
8-18-18 1:08 p.m. kawx.org
Albert (Dan) Daniel O'Connor
July 25, 1928 - August 12, 2018
Dan O'Connor, age 90, of Mena, Arkansas, died Sunday, August 12, 2018 at his home in Mena. He was born on Wednesday, July 25, 1928 to John Joseph and Mildred Rhea Jones O'Connor in Pontiac, Michigan.
Dan was a Godly man and a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Mena. He served in the United States Army specializing in camera repair. Dan believed in being a good family man and always took pride in providing for his family. He worked in graphic arts for thirty years as an industrial photographer at Pontiac Motors. Dan liked most music and enjoyed photography and woodworking in his free time. He was a member of the Masonic Fraternity. Dan was a loving father, grandfather and a great friend who will be missed by all who knew him.
He is preceded in death by his parents; and his wife, Lois O'Connor.
Dan is survived by two sons and daughters in law, Jesse and Karen O'Connor of Jackson, Wyoming, and Steven and Faye O'Connor of Holly, Michigan; one daughter and son in law, Cindy and Steve O'Sha of Indianapolis, Indiana; five grandchildren; two great grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.
Memorial services are pending arrangements. Cremation services are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.
Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.
8-15-18 4:09 p.m. kawx.org
Estes Eugene “Buster” Dennis was born on May 4, 1933 in Hartman, Colorado to Roy E. and Selna F. (Sallee) Dennis. He graduated from Hartman school in 1952.
He married Sharen Kay Barrow in 2008. Buster was a heavy equipment operator where he operated equipment in several states as well as Alaska. He moved to Arkansas in the late 1990’s. He took great pleasure in fishing and gardening, but he was devoted to working and staying active. He was a very dedicated family man and loved children. Buster passed away on August 7, 2018 in Mena, Arkansas at the age of 85.
Buster is survived by his wife, Kay Dennis of Mena, AR; daughter, Susan Snowdy of Pismo Beach, CA; sons, Ronald (Gayle) Dennis of New Hope, AL, Donald (Ronda) Dennis of Mena, AR; step-son, Merlin Entz of OK; brothers, James “Bob” (Pat) Dennis of Colorado Springs, CO, Curt Dennis of Pierce, CO; sister, Sharon Stein of Colorado Springs, CO; 15 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, 5 great-great-grandchildren, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, others relatives, and a host of friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Franklin Dennis; and his first wife, Lilliemae.
Graveside Funeral Service for Mena, Arkansas resident Buster Dennis will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at Hartman Cemetery in Hartman, Colorado with Pastor Eugene Birt officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made in Buster’s name in care of Valley Memorial Funeral Chapel P.O. Box 950 Lamar, CO. 81052.
Local arrangements were under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.
8-15-18 3:06 p.m. kawx.org
Mr. Elmer Rainwater age 95 of Mena, Arkansas passed away Monday August 13, 2018 in Mena.
He was born on May 11, 1923 in Big Fork, Arkansas to W.E. Rainwater and Sinda Porter Rainwater. Elmer was married to the late Juanita Rainwater until her passing. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Henderson State University and a Master’s Degree from Texas A&M at Commerce, Texas. Elmer had studied at St. Louis University and the University of Wyoming. He spent 38 years in Education and enjoyed teaching at Board Camp, Bismark, and Acorn. Mr. Rainwater retired as Superintendent of Acorn schools in 1983.
He proudly served his country in the Army during World War II in the South Pacific. Elmer also served as a pianist or organist for Mountain View Methodist Church for over 50 years.
He was a loving and kind father, grandfather, uncle and friend and will be missed by all.
He is survived by son: Randy Rainwater of Mena, Arkansas
Foster son: Jerry Ward
One grandson, one grand-daughter, and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by wife Juanita Rainwater, his parents W.E. and Sinda Rainwater, sisters Ada Pate, Edith Pate, Esther Prince and Alice Dunson, brother Albert Rainwater, and a foster brother Bill Hess.
Funeral service will be Thursday, August 16, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at Beasley Wood Chapel with Brother Brian Richardson officiating. Interment will follow in the Pinecrest Memorial Park under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.
Visitation will be general.
8-14-18 4:18 p.m. kawx.org
Ruth L. Dilbeck age 90, of Mena, Arkansas passed away Sunday, August 12, 2018 in Mena.
She was born on May 20, 1928 in Pueblo, Colorado to the late Jim Steed and the late Alene Steed. Mrs. Dilbeck was married on September 11, 1948 to the late Woody Dilbeck. She was a thoughtful homemaker, faithful minister’s wife and sold Avon for many years. Ruth loved life to the fullest and was a wonderful example for her children and friends. She was a loving and kind wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend to everyone. Ruth was a special “Grammy” to many people.
She is survived by Son: Larry Dilbeck and wife Debbie of Knob Noster, Missouri
Daughter: Gwen Dilbeck and friend Danny Chism of Mena, Arkansas
Grandchildren: Jeremy, Cara, Andrea, Ginger, Chandra, Jessica, Amber, Chad and Cody
Numerous great-grandchildren several nieces, nephews, and a very special niece, Erma Mize and husband Bernie
Extended family: Sandy Gray, Elda Jones, Fina Ralls, and Linda Swan.
She was preceded in death by her parents Jim and Alene Steed, her husband of sixty years Woody Dilbeck, daughter Becky Young, sister Inez Nash and brothers Royce Steed and Jimmy Steed.
Special thanks to the staff at the Oaks and Rich Mountain Nursing and Rehab for all their wonderful care.
Funeral service will be Thursday, August 16, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at Northside Church of Christ in Mena with Brother Jeremy Jones officiating. Interment will follow in the Pinecrest Memorial Park under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.
Visitation is general.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in her name to Southern Christian Children’s Home, P.O. Box 649, Morrilton, Arkansas 72110.
Pallbearers will be Glen Stepp, Tim Robbins, Alton Dollar, Patrick Riley, Kevin Atchley and Randy Stepp.
8-14-18 11:24 a.m. kawx.org
Patti K. Oates
December 9, 1944 - August 11, 2018
Patti K. Oates, age 73, of Hatfield, Arkansas died Saturday, August 11, 2018 at her home. She was born on Saturday, December 9, 1944 in Quanah, Texas.
Patti worked in the real estate business for over 40 years, owning and operating Vision Realty in Mena for the past 30 years. Prior to that Patti worked as a mortgage broker, owner of a real estate development firm that specialized in condo conversions, and operated a property management company that managed over 5000 rentals. Patti was the recipient of numerous honors and awards throughout her real estate career.
Patti loved her family and especially her grandchildren. For Patti, her work was something she enjoyed most of all and it gave her great pleasure to assist those new to the real estate industry to get a start and become successful. In her spare time Patti enjoyed life on the farm tending to her flower gardens and her animals. Patti was of Baptist faith. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She will truly be missed by all who knew her.
She was preceded in death by her parents Mary Beatrice King Nuss and Edmund Nuss.
Patti is survived by her husband David Oates of Hatfield; her daughter, Teri Jones of Roanoke, Texas and her husband Kevin; John Oates of Austin Texas and his wife Sara; her brother Michael Nuss of Haslett, Texas; five grandchildren, Nathan Jones and Aaron Jones both of Roanoke, Texas and Eli Oates, Zillie Oates and Van Oates all of Austin, Texas; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives. Patti was especially grateful for the presence of her cousin, Susan Burt of Amarillo, Texas and her childhood, life-long friend Margaret Yoes who came to be with her near the end. She was enormously thankful for the efforts of her assistant and loving friend Diana Dugan who kept the business going during Patti's absence.
A graveside service will be held Saturday, August 18, 2018 at 2:00 P.M. at the Memorial Park Cemetery in Amarillo, Texas under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena.
In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the Humane Society of the Ouachitas, P.O. Box 845, Mena, Arkansas 71953 or to Special Olympics, c/o Diana Dugan, P.O. Box 192 Mena, Arkansas 71953.
Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com
8-13-18 2:41 p.m. kawx.org
Melva Freeze Johnson age 92, of Mena passed away Friday, August 10, 2018 in Mena, Arkansas.
Mrs. Johnson was born October 18, 1925 in Smackover, Arkansas to the late Forrest Freeze and the late Pinky Bradley Freeze. She was married to the late Herbert Johnson for sixty-two years. Together they owned and operated G&W Water Well Drilling company. Melva loved to read but hated to cook tho, she was a good cook. She enjoyed being a homemaker and kept her home immaculate. Melva was very generous with her time, affection and played Penuckle very well. She enjoyed teaching people about the Bible. Melva had the “Freeze” sense of humor until the very end. She was a loving and thoughtful mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and will be greatly missed by all.
She is survived by son: Edward Johnson of Tulsa, Oklahoma
Daughter: Judy Larru and husband Richard of Mena, Arkansas
Daughter-in-law: Janet Johnson of Mena, Arkansas
Grandchildren: Lisa Rose, Jason Goodner, Tanya White, Jolie Fender, Adreinna Purdy and Emily Bartow
Brother: Richard Freeze and wife Sugar of Hartford, Arkansas
Sister-in-law: Stella Freeze
Numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents Forrest and Pinky Freeze, husband Herbert Johnson, son Neal Johnson, five brothers and three sisters.
Mrs. Johnson was sent for cremation under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.
A memorial will be planned at a later date.
Online obituary: beasleywoodfuneralhome.com.
8-10-18 4:14 p.m. kawx.org
Mr. William Shelby Head, age 80, of Mena, Arkansas, passed away Tuesday, August 7, 2018 in Springdale.
Shelby was born on June 25, 1938 in Mena, Arkansas to the late Mayo William Head and the late Dola Malesia Patten Head. He was happily married to Mary Alice Dunfee Head and was a member of the First Christian Church in Mena. He and his wife owned and operated The Shop and was an integral pull for tourism in the Mena area with their unique gifts, natural health products and services. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and a friend to all. He will be missed by his family and the community in which he served and lived.
He is survived by wife: Mary Alice Head
Son: William Christopher “Chris” Head
Daughters: Missy Head Tedford and husband John, and Kelly Mos and husband Darrell
Grandchildren: Aly Pruett and husband Will, CJ Mos, Kayley Hill and husband Jacob Travis Mos
He was preceded in death by his parents, Mayo and Dola Head, and a grandson, John William Tedford.
Mr. Head was sent for cremation under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home. A memorial service will he held Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the First Christian Church in Mena with Brother Gary Garrett officiating.
The family would like to extend their gratitude to Mena Medical Center, Debbie Fairless of Ouachita Family Practice, a special thanks to Dr. Warren and Angie and the caring and loving staff at National Park Medical Center in Hot Springs, Arkansas, and Regency Hospital in Springdale, Arkansas.
8-9-18 4:55 p.m. kawx.org
James Juette Harnar
April 29, 1927 - August 7, 2018
James Juette Harnar, age 91, of Mena, died Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at Rich Mountain Nursing and Rehab. He was born on Friday, April 29, 1927 to Claude and Marilla Foreman Harnar in Carthage, Missouri.
James was an amazing man. He served his country with pride in the United States Navy. After the military he entered politics and became a pillar of the community. James attained his master's degree in criminal justice and served as Chief of Police in Grover City, California. He later taught a criminal justice program at RMCC in Mena. James loved politics, working, and flipping houses. Nothing gave him more joy then spending time with his grand kids. James was a loving father, grandfather, uncle and friend and will be missed by all who knew him.
He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Fay Harnar; and several brothers and sisters.
James is survived by three sons and two daughter in laws, Roger Harnar of Tolar, Texas, Steven and Nancy Harnar of Mena, Arkansas and Gregory and Brenda Harnar of Fort Worth, Texas; one daughter, Nancy Sawyer of Mena; nine grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be Monday, August 13, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. at the Northside Church of Christ with Jeremy Jones officiating. Interment will follow at Pinecrest Memorial Park in Mena.
Pallbearers will be Jace Jackson, Dare Garrison, Justice Seymour, Jacob Seymour, Andy Currie, Noah Harnar and Jeffrey Harnar.
Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com
8-8-18 4:59 p.m. kawx.org
Mr. Carey Pat Carmack age 65, of Oden, Arkansas passed away Saturday, August 4, 2018 in Oden.
Carey Pat was born November 1, 1952 in Oden, Arkansas to the late Monroe Carmack and the late Dorothy Aylor Carmack. Carey Pat worked for the United States Forest Service. Carey Pat loved prospecting for crystals anywhere he could find them. Carey Pat also enjoyed fishing (mainly catfishing), and loved his dog Lady. Carey Pat loved music and enjoyed playing both the guitar and piano. Throwing horseshoes and spending quality time with his family were among his favorites. Carey Pat dearly loved his entire family. They were the most important thing in his life. Carey Pat was a loving father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and a friend to all and will be greatly missed.
Carey Pat is survived by son: Chris Carmack and wife Jeanne of Mt. Ida, Arkansas
Daughter: Jennifer Paige Carmack of Royal, Arkansas
Grandchildren: Brandon Carmack, Britany Pierce, Emi Lee Pardue, and William Lee “Trey” Long, III
Great Grandchildren: Nohri Rain Lofton and Truston Pat Pierce
Brothers: Kenneth Carmack and wife Ann of Clarksville, Tennessee, Douglas Carmack and wife Martha of Oden, Arkansas, Joe Carmack and wife Linda of Pine Ridge, Arkansas, and Robert Carmack and wife Christine of Oden, Arkansas
Sisters: Linda Faye Lenard and husband Ricky of Oden, Arkansas, Anita Willborg and husband Mark of Oden, Arkansas, Martha Lambert and husband Jerry of Pencil Bluff, Arkansas, and Julie Carmack of Mt. Ida, Arkansas
Numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents Monroe and Dorothy Carmack, his brothers, James Roy Carmack and Steven Lee Carmack, and the mother of his two children Robbie Jean Carmack.
Graveside services will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at the Mt. Olive Cemetery in Oden, Arkansas with Brother Arlie Francis officiating. Visitation will be at 10:00 a.m. at the Mt. Olive Church next to the cemetery. Arrangements under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be Tim Philpot, Marcus Willborg, Bob Willborg, Josh Carmack, Darvis Hughes and Gregory Carmack. Honorary Pallbearers will be Cotton Ellison and all employees of the US Forest Service, Mena-Oden Station.
Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com.
8-5-18 4:25 p.m. kawx.org
Jettie “Arlene” Faulkner Johnson, age 90 from Mena, Arkansas, passed away Wednesday, August 1, 2018 while residing at the Peachtree Assisted Living Home in Mena, Arkansas.
Arlene was born on May 12, 1928 in Hartley, Arkansas. Her parents were Daniel George Washington Faulkner and Martha Viola McCauley Faulkner Evans. Stepfather Homer Evans. She had one brother William Lewis Faulkner.
Arlene was married to Homer Lee “Johnny” Johnson, they have one son John Arlan Johnson.
Arlene was preceded in death by her father Daniel George Washington Faulkner, her mother Martha Viola McCauley Faulkner, step father Homer Evans, husband Homer Lee Johnson, brother William “Lewis” Faulkner, sister-in-law Mary Lee Burnett Faulkner, niece Doris Faulkner Abbott, niece Nodene Faulkner Goodgame and special friend O. Clyde Bales.
She is survived by her son John Arlan Johnson of Houma, Louisiana and his wife Robin Johnson. Grandson Scott Hastings and wife Danielle Harvell Hastings and great granddaughter Kaytlin Hastings of Jackson, Tennessee. Granddaughter Brandi Johnson and great granddaughter Ava Jade Mikkelsen of Houma, Louisiana. Granddaughter Misti Rose Johnson of Houma, Louisiana. Grandson Brandon Lapeyrouse, Sr. and wife Stephanie of Houma, Louisiana. Great grandchildren, Alexis Lapeyrouse, Brooke Lapeyrouse, Caleb Lapeyrouse and Brandon Lapeyrouse, Jr. of Houma, Louisiana. Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, assorted family and friends.
Arlene enjoyed taking part in the history class at Rich Mountain Community College and was involved with the local Hospice Support Group. She regularly helped with planning her annual class reunion for many years.
Arlene especially loved to over-indulge her many nieces and nephews and enjoyed any opportunity to spend time with family and friends. She also enjoyed traveling. She and her husband lived in Sri Lanka for several years assisting with establishing a Levi’s Manufacturing Plant in that country where she also learned to love the beautiful locale, orchids growing on trees in the courtyard, and geckos on the ceilings. She fondly recalled the kind hearts of the local people and was deeply saddened by the civil war that occurred soon after their departure. She enjoyed reading-especially history, music, going to concerts, impromptu picnics, staying up late to play games, holidays and all family occasions. She frequently made “popcorn” visits to family and friends by popping in and popping out just to let them know how much she loved them.
Love never fails.
Mrs. Johnson will be sent for cremation. A memorial service will be announced at a later date under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.
Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com.
8-3-18 3:51 p.m. kawx.org
Eddie Marie Gentry, age 82, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 30th, 2018, at her home in Mt. Ida, Arkansas. She was born September 9th, 1935, in Potter, AR, to Arthur and Edna Lee (Smith) Sharp. She attended school in Alder Springs, Arkansas.
Growing up as the oldest of 6 siblings, and being the only daughter, Marie learned responsibility and developed a strong work ethic at an early age. As a result, she was adamant that her children carry forward these same traits. As a young adult, Marie joined the Weingarten Brothers Grocery Co., where she ultimately retired after a long career in management.
In 1980, Marie married her late husband Foye L. Gentry in Houston, Texas. Together they fulfilled their life long dreams of owning a farm in upstate New York, and later retiring in Mena, Arkansas, and raising cattle.
Having never met a stranger, Marie could strike up a conversation with anyone who would listen, and the two would soon be laughing over trivial topics. And, quickly many would discover she loved to read, and had an even larger passion of collecting books. It didn’t matter the topic, but cooking, gardening, medicine and real estate tended to be her top picks. She was also a smart shopper, always looking for a deal. She found great pleasure in the hunt.
Marie was survived by daughters: Colleen Strother and husband Eddie of Mena, Arkansas, and Sheri Bonds and husband Johnny of Mt. Ida, Arkansas
Sons: Daniel Irwin of Splendora, Texas, Jerry Ritchel of Altamont, Illinois, Mark Ritchel and wife Laurie of Beaumont, Texas, and Dan Ritchel and husband Derrick of Houston, Texas.
Marie was preceded in death by her parents, and her husbands Bobby Corder, Daniel C. Ritchel Sr., and Foye Gentry, as well as her brothers Jack Sharp, Arthur Lee Sharp, and Ronnie Sharp, and her daughter Rhonda Kay Ritchel.
She will be dearly missed by her children, as well by her brothers Wayne & wife Betty Sharp, and Johnny Sharp, and her loving grandchildren, Stacy, Tim, Kristopher, JR, Kayla, Deseray, Hayley, Danielle-Abigail, and Alexis.
Services will be held Friday, August 3, 2018 at 11:00A.M. in the Beasley-Wood Chapel with Brother Stacy Strother officiating. Interment will follow in the Concord Cemetery in Ink, Arkansas, under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.
Pallbearers are Cordell Ritchel, Dillon Ritchel, Brock Strother, Blake Strother, Tim Strother, and JR Ritchel.
A special thank you to the Montgomery County Nursing Home over the past few years, for being friends and becoming family with our mother, Grandma Marie.
Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com
8-1-18 2:54 p.m. kawx.org
Jeanette Delane Tickner
January 8, 1943 - July 31, 2018
Jeanette Delane Tickner, age 75, of Mena, Arkansas, died Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at her home. She was born on Friday, January 8, 1943 to Cecil Joe and Lena Puckett Taylor in Elm Park, Arkansas.
Jeannette loved to cook and entertain, and could never resist some gumbo. She worked at Blue Diamond in Sacramento, California for many years. Jeannette enjoyed reading and listening to country western music. Jeannette loved her family with all her heart and they were the most important part of her life. Jeannette was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend and will be missed by all who knew her.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and one brother, Curtis Taylor.
Jeanette is survived by her husband, Michael Tickner of Mena, Arkansas; two sons, James Simmonds of Sacramento, California, and Joey Simmonds of Mena; one daughter, Jennifer Balestra of Mena; one sister, Deloris Hanson of Mena; six grandchildren, Andrew Simmonds, Suzanne Simmonds, Christopher Simmonds, Stephen Simmonds, Jessica Simmonds, and Nicholes Balestra; four great grandchildren, Edward Simmonds, Joey Simmonds, Jean Simmonds, and Aliyah Diggs; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.
No services are planned at this time with cremation services entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.
Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com
8-1-18 2:43 p.m. kawx.org