Obituaries

Rodger Martin Nystrom Obituary

Rodger Martin Nystrom, age 86, of Mena, Arkansas, passed away Wednesday, November 30, 2022 at the Mena Regional Health System in Mena. He was born on Saturday, October 3, 1936 to Joseph and Louvisa Wheeler Nystrom in Des Moines, Iowa. Rodger was a very sweet, meticulous and highly ethical man. If he loved you, it was known. He was strong willed, very independent and loved by many. Rodger served proudly in the United States Army. He really enjoyed fishing, gardening, and maintaining his property to his standards. Rodger was a member of the Catholic Church after converting in the 1960's. He was known to be a very welcoming and wonderful neighbor, most of which became his close friends. He loved to watch football and auto racing and would watch anytime they were on. Rodger was a loving father, brother, grandfather, uncle, and friend and will be missed by all who knew him.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Sarah "Sally" Nystrom; six brothers and sisters, Neoma Mueller, Lowell "Bud" Nystrom, Mary Lou Alsin, Vera Baker, Verna Nystrom, and Darwin Nystrom.

 

Rodger is survived by three sons, Joseph Nystrom of Watauga, Texas, R.D. Nystrom of Okmulgee, Oklahoma and Dean Nystrom of Cabot, Arkansas; one daughter, Sandra Elfo of Frendale, Washington; one brother, Joseph Dale Nystrom of San Francisco, California; seven grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

 

No services are planned at this time. Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

 

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.

 

11-30-22 12:30 PM KAWX.ORG 

Bertha "Tinker" Lillian Watkins Obituary

Mrs. Bertha “Tinker” Lillian Watkins, age 95, passed away Sunday, November 27, 2022, in Vandervoort, Arkansas. She was born August 2, 1927, in Vandervoort, Arkansas, to the late William Frances Daniel and Mary (Brun) Daniel.

Mrs. Watkins was a woman of many talents and interests. She loved playing cards, completing word searches, going to the Wickes Senior Center, and attending family reunions and get togethers, a lot of which she hosted. Additionally, she was a fantastic cook and loved going swimming in the river, where her children and grandchildren practically grew up. She wished to be known for her quilting talents, making many beautiful quilts over the years. She had many professions over the years, some of which included the Renova Shirt Factory, Lane Poultry, Vandervoort Post Office, and driving the school pickup for many years. She was a lady of faith, and when she was able, she attended the Methodist Church in the morning, and the First Baptist Church at night. Whenever the church doors were open, you could find “Tinker” in attendance.

She is preceded in the death by her parents, William Frances Daniel and Mary (Brun) Daniel; brother Dolan Daniel; sisters, Margie McDaniel, Hilda Davis, Leota Larson; and by her children, James Morris Watkins, and Phill Darris Watkins. She is survived by her son, Larry Gerald Watkins and Linda; daughter, Mary “Tooter” Leandra Putty; grandchildren, Tewayne Gerald Watkins and wife Paula, Melita Lynelle Watkins Green and husband Steve, Kyle Dale Putty, Lucas Wade Watkins, Clayton Lee Watkins and wife Debra, Catelin Maye Watkins, Jackson Isaac Watkins; great-great grandchildren, Erica Hopper and husband Ryan, Andrea Watkins, Tewayne Gerald Watkins, II, Toby Watkins, Kiann Green, Mace Green, Sage Green, Kensleigh Watkins, Talynn Watkins, Eliza Watkins, Ryden Hopper, Rhett Hopper, and Rossen Hopper; brothers, Douglas Daniel of Red Bluff, California, Jimmy Daniel of Ft. Smith, Arkansas; sister, Phyllis Fernandez of Red Bluff, California; special nephew, George Watkins; and self-adopted grandchildren, Deedee Alston and Jason Randall.

Services for Mrs. Bertha “Tinker” Watkins will be held 10:00 a.m., Saturday, December 3, 2022, at the First Baptist Church in Vandervoort, Arkansas. Brother Roy Brooks will be officiating under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Interment will follow at the Center Cemetery in Hartley, Arkansas. Visitation is general.

Pallbearers are Brad Davis, Don Youngblood, Hershel Bell, Jimmy Watkins, Dwayne Watkins, and Jason Randall.
Honorary Pallbearers are Bruce Cureton, Bill Barrett, and Steve Dearing.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com.

 

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11-30-22 12:25 PM KAWX.ORG

Jerry R. Whitaker Obituary

Mr. Jerry R. Whitaker, age 78, passed away Sunday, November 27, 2022, in Mena, Arkansas. He was born August 28, 1944, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, to the late Burnett Whitaker and Lorene Donnell Whitaker.

Mr. Whitaker was a realtor by profession, and proudly served his country in the Marines, aboard the Uss Oriskany as a Marine Detachment during the Vietnam War.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Burnett Whitaker and Lorene Donnell Whitaker; brother, Don Whitaker; sisters, Lois Human, Betty Nix; and by his grandson, Trever Mallicoat.
 
He is survived by his loving wife, Judy Whitaker; sons, Jeffrey Whitaker and wife Renee of Mena, Arkansas, Jim Whitaker of Star City, Arkansas, Steve Swall and wife Stacy of Mena, Arkansas, Jody Whitaker and wife Amanda of Mena, Arkansas; daughters, Jennifer Mallicoat and husband Troy of Elk Grove, California, Christie Petersen and husband Jason of Clarksville, Arkansas; grandchildren, Megan Whitaker of Torreon, Mexico, Jarod Whitaker of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Marissa Mallicoat of Elk Grove, California, Jazmine Whitaker of Russellville, Arkansas, Noah Swall of Conway, Arkansas, Eli Swall of Mena, Arkansas, Brooke Denton of Conway, Arkansas, Paige Denton of Clarksville, Arkansas, Dylan Peterson of Conway, Arkansas, Karsyn Whitaker of Mena, Arkansas, Kinley Whitaker of Mena, Arkansas; great-grandchildren, Rynnlee Pelts of Clarksville, Arkansas, Vincent Mallicoat of Elk Grove, California; and by his sister, Janell Martin of Sacramento, California.

Graveside services for Mr. Jerry Whitaker will be held December 2, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. at the White Oak Cemetery in Mena, Arkansas. Services are under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com.

 

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11-30-22 9:24 AM KAWX.ORG

Anna Ruth Walden Posey Obituary

Mrs. Anna Ruth Walden Posey, age 89, passed away Thursday, November 24, 2022 in Mena, Arkansas at home.

She was born July 23, 1933 near Lindsey, Oklahoma to Joseph Clifton Walden and Virgie Estell Fussell Walden. Anna attended Bethany Nazarene College for a year, where she met Lloyd Posey. They courted while she also completed a year of nursing school. On June 14, 1953, Anna and Lloyd tied the knot in a double wedding with Lloyd’s sister, Dorothy, and his best friend, Charles. Anna worked as first secretary of the Christian Medical Society in Chicago, and then she took time off to raise her young children, Sherry and Philip. She worked in health-related jobs intermittently until she retired, which included being a doctor’s secretary and assistant as well as a medical transcriptionist. Anna also fulfilled the role of pastor’s wife for many years. After retirement she sacrificially cared for her mother until she passed at age 104. Anna was a devoted wife and companion to her husband of over 68 years. She was also a woman of high energy! After retirement Anna and Lloyd built their dream home together, and Anna planted many roses on their property in keeping with her lifelong love for flowers.

Anna encouraged the musical giftings of her daughter and granddaughters. She loved to hear them sing and play the piano. Although Anna never played an instrument herself, she loved singing and participated in the church choir. Anna has affectionately been known as “Mom-o” by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who love her dearly! They will always remember Mom-o for her deep love and fierce loyalty—her determination to do whatever it took to see them safe, healthy, happy and thriving, no matter the cost! Mom-o was a selfless grandmother, telling the grands many bedtime stories about her own childhood, taking them on walks to the park to play, showing them knick-knacks and other family treasures from her cedar chest, and bringing to life her collection of dolls, as she tenderly spoke of each one with affection and appreciation. Mom-o will also be remembered by her grandchildren for emphasizing exercise, good hygiene, nutrition through healthy eating—and the importance of pinching pennies by reusing napkins, bags, etc., and saving many things—a habit deeply ingrained in her from the Depression era. Mom-o always babied her pets, her flowers, and best of all—her grandchildren. She will be missed by all who loved her!

Anna is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Ellis Lloyd Posey Jr., her four brothers—James Walden, Howard Walden, Lee Walden and Kenneth Walden—her son, Philip Gordon Posey, and her grandson, Timothy Todd Chapin.

She is survived by her daughter, Sherry Lynne Chapin of Mena, Arkansas, plus nine living grandchildren and twenty-two great grandchildren.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 30 at 1:00pm at the Mena First United Methodist Church. Funeral service will take place on the same day at 2:00pm, with interment following at Pinecrest Memorial Park in Mena, Arkansas.

Reverend Scott Stewart will be officiating under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

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11-26-22 5:09 PM KAWX.ORG

Dennis Ray Hopper Obituary

Dennis Ray Hopper passed away from this life on November 24, 2022. He was born on March 20, 1975 to Chuck and Jeanetta Hopper and was 47 years old.

He is survived by his daughters Raeleigh Hopper and Alaina Hopper of Cove, Arkansas; grandchildren Elliana and Jaxon Bowles; brother Delbert Hopper and wife Patty of Cove, Arkansas; sisters Taffie Lowrie of Zafra, Oklahoma, and Kathy Hopper of Mena, Arkansas; nephew Cody Lowrie; nieces Alicia Lowrie and Jessica Burkett; great nephews Brennan Parkin and Kaden Burkett; great nieces Alyssa Lowrie, Averiona Burkett, Taydra Land, and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Dennis was an intelligent person. He went to Smithville High School and graduated with a 4.0 grade point average. Then, he attended college at Eastern Oklahoma State College and graduated with an Electrical Engineering degree. He went to work at Texas Instruments in Sherman Texas and worked for approximately 5 years. He then came back to his hometown and worked at Nidec until he could no longer work due to his health. Dennis loved to hunt, fish, read and watch TV. He loved his daughters and his dog RJ. RJ was his constant companion and will miss him tremendously. He was a loving father, grandfather, uncle, brother and friend and will be missed by all.

He was preceded in death by his parents Chuck and Jeanetta Hopper and his best friend Bobby of Sherman Texas.

Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 29, 2022 at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Hatfield, Arkansas with Brother Wade Maberry officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

Pallbearrers will be Danny Hopper, Tim Hopper, Fred Rose, Tyrell Pruitt, Brad Lowrie, Cody Lowrie, Kevin Crosslin, Kelly Galloway and Roy Morgan.

Visitation will be Sunday, November 27, 2022 from 5:00 p.m.– 7:00 p.m. at Beasley-Wood Funeral Home Chapel.

 

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11-26-22 4:59 PM KAWX.ORG

Victoria Garrett Obituary

Victoria Lee Garrett, age 76, of Mena, died Monday, November 22, 2022 at the Bear Creek Healthcare in De Queen, Arkansas. She was born on Friday, February 6, 1946 to Walter Tollenaer and Ellen Lerdall Tollenaer in Rock Island, Illinois. 

 

Victoria was a woman of faith who always let God guide her life. She was unbelievably smart, acing all tests and graduating with three different associate degrees with honors. Victoria met her husband, William, in 1982 in Kansas and had a wonderfully happy marriage for 39 years. She always enjoyed reading fiction novels as well as history. Victoria loved to try new things with her husband, fishing, raising horses, shooting, water skiing and a lot of other fun things she didn't get to experience in her youth. She was naturally talented and picked up just about anything she tried. Victoria had a huge collection of miniature Christmas houses. Her family gave her strength and she provided them all with unending love and a happy home. Victoria was a loving wife, sister, aunt and friend and will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

 

She is preceded in death by her parents; two grandsons, Joshua and Matthew; and one son, Brett Bannon. Victoria is survived by her loving husband of 39 years, William Ronald Garrett of Mena; one son, Robert Dean Bannon of Wichita, Kansas; one daughter and son in law, Lynne Ellen and Bill Montana of Wilburton, Oklahoma; two sisters, Lori Woldon of Neodesha, Kansas and Chris Romoser of Illinois; grandchildren, Michael David, Victoria and husband, Tim, Carrie, Jennifer, and Dena; six great grandchildren; several nephews and nieces and a host of other relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held at a later date in Neodesha, Kansas. Cremation services are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena.
 

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.

 

11-22-22 6:24 PM KAWX.ORG

 

 

Kimberly Beth McKenzie Obituary

Kimberly McKenzie, age 45, of Grannis, died Sunday, November 20, 2022 at the CHI St. Vincent Hospital in Hot Springs, Arkansas. She was born on Friday, October 7, 1977 to Milton Eugene and Alice Rose McKenzie in De Queen, Arkansas.

 

Kim was a very happy girl, she was very outgoing and had such a bubbly attitude that made everyone around her smile. She really enjoyed geocaching, diamond painting, and loved the outdoors, watching deer and other wildlife or sitting at the lake. Kim liked pretty much all music, and enjoyed a good cheeseburger and Dr. Pepper. Her family was always there for her and she loved them all dearly. Kim’s last message to her friends and family was, “She’d see them on the flip side.” Kim was a loving daughter, sister, aunt and friend and will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

 

Kim is survived by her parents, Milton and Alice McKenzie of Grannis; her brother and sister in law, Michael and Miranda McKenzie of Cabot; nephews and niece, Zachary McKenzie and fiancé Nikki, Matthew McKenzie, Mikka McKenzie all of Cabot; and special friend, Andy Butler of Hatton; numerous cousins, aunts, uncle and a host of other relatives and friends.

 

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

 

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.

 

11-21-22 4:23 PM KAWX.ORG

 

Beth Merlene Ward Obituary

Beth Merlene Ward, age 90, of Mena, died Saturday, November 19, 2022 at her home with her son by her side. She was born on Saturday, April 30, 1932 to Robert Urie McClenahan and Edna Frances Clark in Morganville, Kansas.

 

Beth was very passionate and could be very stubborn, but ultimately she had a loving and compassionate heart. She was a registered nurse, and she spent her entire life easing the burden of others in any way she could, both in work and in life. Beth made a difference in countless lives, whether a stranger or a friend, her heart was with anyone in pain. She loved her son with her whole being and his happiness was her top priority. Her compassion and caring spirit was beautiful to witness, and served as a role model to all around her.

 

Beth was a loving mother, sister, aunt and friend and will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

 

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Stewart Ward; one brother, Francis McClenahan; and one sister, Bonnie Hannan.

 

Beth is survived by her son, Kris Ward of Mena; one brother and sister in law, Robert Clark and Eula McClenahan of San Antonio, Texas; three sisters and brothers in law, Patsy and Harold Garner of Eureka, Kansas, Janice Jones of Blacksburg, Virginia, and Marilyn and David Brecheisen of Illinois; one grandchild, Mario Vincent Ward of Bisaccia, Italy; and one great grandchild, Alexander Ward of Bisaccia, Italy; several nephews and nieces and a host of other relatives and friends. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

 

Cremation services are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena. Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.

 

11-21-22 9:49 AM KAWX.ORG 

Kathleen "Kat" Hudson Obituary

Kathleen “Kat” Hudson, age 75, passed away Friday, November 18, 2022, in Idabel, Oklahoma. She was born November 14, 1947, in Talihina, Oklahoma to the late Dixon Hudson and Sarah (Amos) Hudson.

Kathleen retired from US Motors after 33 years. She was an avid bowler, enjoyed playing pool and gospel singing. Additionally, she loved going to the casino in her later years.

Kat is preceded in death by her parents, Dixon Hudson and Sarah (Amos) Hudson; two brothers, Von Hudson, and Thurman Hudson; and by her two sisters, Corinne “Chop” Hudson, and Lita Baxter. She is survived by her brothers, E.B. Hudson of Jacksonville, Florida, Dean Hudson of Ignacio, Colorado, Cordell Hudson of Fredricks, Oklahoma, Greg Hudson of Savannah, Oklahoma, R.E. Hudson of Smithville, Oklahoma; sisters, Meg Scott of Smithville, Oklahoma, Verdella Hudson of Rogers, Arkansas, Loretta Richardson and husband Jimmy of Grannis, Arkansas; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews, other family and friends too numerous to mention.

Services for Kathleen “Kat” Hudson will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, November 21, 2022, at the Choctaw Nation Community Center in Smithville, Oklahoma. Interment will follow at the Smithville Cemetery in Smithville, Oklahoma. Brother Todd Webb will be officiating under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. There will be a visitation one hour prior to service.

Pallbearers are R.E. Hudson, Shane Hudson, Brian Tadlock, Hunter Miles, Tanner Hudson, and Timmy Brady.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com.

 

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11-19-22 1:15 PM KAWX.ORG

Cindy Lynn Hill Obituary

Cindy Lynn Hill, age 43, of Mena, died Wednesday, November 16, 2022 at the Mena Regional Health System. She was born on Wednesday, August 29, 1979 to James Darrel McMellon and Reba Faye McMellon Stanfield in Mena, Arkansas.

 

Cindy was outgoing and stubborn, but very soft hearted and never met a stranger. She enjoyed being outdoors and always had fun at the creek or in the water. She loved her dogs, Sophie, Oreo, Pebbles, and Neighbor Kid. Cindy liked fishing, but mostly as an excuse to get in the water. She also liked house plants, and would often replace them, as she didn't have the greenest thumb. Cindy made her friends and family laugh and was never afraid to speak her mind. Cindy was a loving companion, sister, aunt and friend and will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

 

She is preceded in death by her parents; and one sister, Mina Anderle.

 

Cindy is survived by her loving companion of 8 years, Greg Tarkinton of Mena and his son, Kyle Tarkinton; two brothers and sister in law, Cecil McMellon and companion, Misty Martin of Mena and Archer and Shlinda McMellon of Mena; nephews and nieces, Brandi, Zachary, Cooper, Shiloh, Adileigh, Corbyn, Allie, and Brayden; and a host of other relatives and friends.

 

A memorial service will be held Saturday, December 3, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena, Arkansas.

 

Cremation services are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena. Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.

 

11-17-22 8:50 PM KAWX.ORG 

Doris June Crawford Bruce Obituary

Doris June Crawford Bruce, age 87, of Arlington, TX, passed away on Sunday, November 13, 2022. She was born on September 7, 1935, to Guy & Cintha Crawford.


Her sisters are Imogene Crawford Warren of Sanger, TX and Linda Crawford Woody of Fort Smith, AR. Doris June is also survived by her husband, Barney Bruce of Arlington, TX; daughter, Deborah Bruce Wagener and her husband Paul Wagener of Jacksonville, AR; son, Greg Bruce of Arlington, TX; grandson, Devin Wagener and his wife Skarleth Wagener; great-grandson David Wagener; great-granddaughter, Viktoria Wagener of Murfreesboro, TN; and grandson Aaron Wagener of Little Rock, AR.


Doris June is and will be, greatly missed.


Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Saturday, November 19, 2022, at Beasley Wood Funeral Home Chapel in Mena with Brother Donnie Jewell officiating. Interment will follow at Cecil Chapel Cemetery in Vandervoort.


Viewing available at the funeral home from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM, the day of the service.


Services are under the direction of Beasley Wood Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

 

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com

 

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11-17-22 3:15 PM KAWX.ORG

Verbie D. Hamm Obituary

Mr. Verbie D. Hamm, age 72, passed away Wednesday, November 16, 2022, in Cove, Arkansas. He was born October 19, 1950, in Ft. Worth, Texas, to the late Mr. Dewey Adison Hamm and Mrs. Betty Lucille (Snoddy) Hamm.


Mr. Hamm was a proud veteran of the Vietnam War. While stationed in Germany, he met his wife, Edith. They were married February 12, 1972, at Bethel Baptist Church in New Potter, Arkansas. Verbie was hard-working and good hearted. He tried to help everyone. He was known as his family’s hero.


Mr. Hamm is preceded in death by his parents, Mr. Dewey Adison Hamm and Mrs. Betty Lucille (Snoddy) Hamm; brother, Gary Kimbrough, and by his sister, Geraldine Carter. He is survived by his loving wife, of 50 years, Edith Hamm; daughter, Melissa Gullet, grandchildren, Matthew Gullet and Brittany Brents; 5 great-grandchildren; brothers, David Hamm, Franklin Hamm, Kerry Hamm and Leon Carter; sisters, Jennie Merrick and Ruth Bishop Brown; and by numerous nieces, nephews, other family and friends.


Graveside services with military honors will be held Saturday, November 19, 2022, at 10:00 a.m., at the Six Mile Cemetery in Hatfield, Arkansas. Brother Troy Denton will be officiating, under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.
Pallbearers are Tony Hamm, Paul Hamm, Newton Hamm, Kenny Denton, Lesley Shores, and Dale Baker.


Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com

 

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11-17-22 2:45 PM KAWX.ORG

LaVerta Jane (Crowder) Meaney Obituary

LaVerta Jane Crowder Meaney entered this life on May 2, 1947, in San Antonio, Texas. She was the daughter of James L. Crowder Sr., and Lola (Myers) Crowder, both deceased.

 

In 1961, the family moved to Edmond, Oklahoma where she continued her public-school education. Jane excelled in all things academic and was valedictorian in high school. She graduated from Abilene Christian College, summa cum laude. She worked for Tenneco Chemicals and Bell Telephone Laboratories in New Jersey before returning to Texas and enrolling in the University of Texas at San Antonio Medical School. Upon graduation she began her career in anesthesiology. Dr. Crowder worked in Dallas, Denton, Houston, and Huntsville, Texas and she especially enjoyed her time with locum tenens which enabled her to see other parts of the country. She loved traveling with anyone and visited more than 70 countries. She also loved the multiplicity of pets and playing and watching tennis and college football. As a pilot of her own Mooney airplane, she logged more that 4, 500.00 hours and gladly ferried friends and animals across the United States to wherever they needed to be.

 

She married William M. Meaney in 1980 and they had 42 years of marriage. She is survived by her husband in Mena, Arkansas; her brother, James L. Crowder, Jr. of Edmond, Oklahoma and numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends. 

 

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11-17-22 2:40 PM KAWX.ORG

James "Jimmy" William Smith Obituary

Mr. James William Smith, age 90, passed away Tuesday, November 15, 2022, in Mena, Arkansas. Mr. Smith was born February 14, 1932, in Texarkana, Arkansas to the late Theodore Sanders Smith and Elizabeth (Howell) Smith.

Mr. Smith was a railroad worker by profession, and proudly served his country in the National Guard. He enjoyed men’s breakfast on Tuesdays, airplanes, old cars, and singing in the choir. Additionally, he liked watching sports on T.V., and outdoor activities, especially shooting.

Mr. Smith is preceded in death by his parents, Theodore Sander Smith and Elizabeth (Howell) Smith; as well as by his brother, Fritz Smith J.R., and his wife, Frances Allen Smith. He is survived by his sons, Russell Smith, Jefferson Allen Smith, and Randy Smith; grandchild, Bretton Smith; brother, John Smith; nieces, Gayla Amerman, Ginger Bell, and Laurie Curtin; as well as numerous friends and other family.

There will be a family hosted memorial service to be announced later. Mr. Smith was sent for cremation under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

 

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11-16-22 KAWX.ORG 

 

Hoyett Ray Moore Obituary

Hoyett Ray Moore, age 84, passed away on Monday, November 14, 2022 at his home in Smithville, Oklahoma. He was born on Thursday, October 27, 1938 to Culman David Moore and Juanita Praytor in Ben Wheeler, Texas.

 

Hoyett attended the First Baptist Church in Cove, and was very active in working with the youth and doing whatever he could for his church family. Every Sunday he would bring bubble gum to give out to all the youth at church. He served proudly in the United States Navy. Hoyett later became District Chief of the Shreveport Fire Department and retired after 29 years of dedicated service. He had a saying for everything, "Yo" often heard by family and friends. He loved to cut up and joke and make people laugh. Hoyett was a very strong man, dedicated hard worker and liked to keep busy outdoors. He enjoyed making Martin houses out of the gourds he grew. Hoyett liked to shoot, especially coon hunting, and really liked to go fishing anytime he could. He really enjoyed doing things with family, going camping, and just about anything that gave him quality time with them. Hoyett was a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle and friend and will be missed by all who knew him.

 

He is preceded in death by his parents; and his step mother, Connie "Mama" Moore. Hoyett is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Mary Moore of Smithville, Oklahoma; one son, Arthur Moore and Suzanne of Lindale, Texas; one daughter and son in law, Tanya and Ron Ladd of Smithville, Oklahoma; one brother, David Moore of Longview, Texas; two sisters, Bonnie Moore of Ben Wheeler, Texas, Billie Gail Brown of Hughes Springs, Texas; four grandchildren, Tara Walker, Todd Ladd, Tommy Ladd, and Dash Moore; great grandchildren, Mason Walker, Madison Walker, Maverick Walker, Seth Ladd, Darby Brown, and Kiedis Moore; several nephews and nieces and a host of other family and friends.

 

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, November 17, 2022 at 11:00 AM at the Cove First Baptist Church in Cove, Arkansas with Brother Ron Ladd officiating. Interment will be held on Friday, November 18, 2022 at 2:00 PM at the Concord Cemetery in Chandler, Texas with Brother Shelby Davidson officiating.

 

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 16, 2022 from 5:00 - 7:00 PM at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena, Arkansas.

 

Pallbearers will be Tommy Ladd, Todd Ladd, Mason Walker, Maverick Walker, Rusty Miller, and Davy Ashcraft.

 

Online guestbook: www.bowserffh.com

 

11-14-22 12:07 PM KAWX.ORG

 

 

Mary Turner Obituary

Mary Turner, age 86, of Cove, Arkansas passed away on Saturday, November 12, 2022 at her home surrounded by family. She was born on Saturday, September 19, 1936 to Willie and Bonnie Little Anglin in Rich Mountain, Arkansas.

 

Mary was very funny, always telling jokes and making people laugh. Mary loved her family and Jesus very much. She really enjoyed fishing on the river as well as hiking in the woods. Mary enjoyed traveling, Hawaii was a favorite of hers that she always talked about. She got to see many different places while serving proudly in the United States Air Force. After the military she became a registered nurse and it was definitely her calling. She was stationed at West Palm Beach, Florida and loved the environment. She took great pride in being a good and compassionate nurse, always doing her best to care for people. She retired from Mena Regional Health System after many years of being an Intensive Care Nurse. Mary was always taking pictures and really loved to be out in nature, watching birds and wildlife. She cherished every moment spent with her grandchildren and loved them with all her heart. Mary was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt, cousin and friend and will be missed by all who knew her.

 

She is preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Bobby Ralph Turner; three brothers, Martin Anglin, Marvin Lee Anglin, and Benny Anglin; and two sisters, Nancy Evelyn Joplin and Samanthia Evans. Mary is survived by two daughters and son in law, Bonnie Anglin of Fort Smith, Arkansas, Becky and Ajay Bhan of Cove; two sons and daughters in law, Bobby Ralph Turner Jr. and wife, Cynthia, of Raceland, Louisiana and Billy Martin Turner and wife, Jeanne of Heavener, Oklahoma; two brothers and sister in law, Landon Anglin of Mena, and William Frosty and Beverly Anglin of Mena; two sisters and brothers in law, Debbie and Mike Jackson of Rich Mountain, Barbara and Douglas Powell of Oden; grandchildren whom she lived, Sahil Bhan, Sid Bhan, Neelam Bhan and many other grandchildren; great grandchildren; several nephews and nieces and a host of other relatives and friends.

 

No services are planned at this time. Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas. Online

 

Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com

 

11-13-22 7:27 PM KAWX.ORG

 

Linda Faye Lebow Obituary

Linda Faye Lebow, age 73, of Mena, Arkansas, passed away Wednesday, November 9, 2022 at her home.

She was born in Talihina, Oklahoma on February 13, 1949 to Lee and Clara Catherine Henry, who both preceded her in death, as well as her son, Daniel Ray Lebow and her brothers and sisters.

Her love of family was never in doubt and her love of and faith in her God, Jehovah was without question. She loved cooking and quilting, however her every thought was to help others draw close to God.

She is survived by her husband, Willie; son Joseph; daughters, Karen, Sarah, and Mercedes; grandchildren, Rachael, Russell, Levi and Kyle; sister Minnie Reed; brothers Hershel and Kenny Henry as well as a host of nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Lebow was sent for cremation under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home. Memorial services will be held Sunday, November 20, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Mena, Arkansas.

 

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11-11-22 2:45 PM KAWX.ORG

Dorothy Marie Neff Obituary

Dorothy Marie Neff, age 94, of Hatfield, Arkansas passed away on Wednesday, November 9, 2022 at the CHI St. Vincent Hospital in Hot Springs, Arkansas. She was born on Monday, January 30, 1928 to Martin John Storm and Elsie Gertrude Glaser Storm in South Bend, Indiana.

Dorothy was very outgoing, she was everyone's grandma. She was always on the go, and kept busy her entire life. Dorothy loved to travel and visited Cancun and Jamaica among many other beautiful places. She was simply a wonderful person to be around and people of all ages were drawn to her beautiful spirit. Dorothy could always be found working in her yard and keeping it up to her standards. She really enjoyed listening to Ray Price, her favorite song of his being Stardust. Dorothy liked to do puzzles, her favorite flower was a Shasta Daisy and her favorite hymn was Oh What a Savior. Dorothy was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt, cousin and friend and will be missed by all who knew her. A special thank you to Amy, Darryn, Sally and Tanya for all of their help and kindness.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert Neff; and two brothers, Martin Storm and Donald Storm.

Dorothy is survived by her daughter and son in law, Sharon and Harlan Marks of Mesquite, Texas; three grandchildren, Andria and James Wright of Forney, Wes and Tasha Marks of Caddo Mills, Texas, and Stacey Edwards of Mesquite, Texas; five great grandchildren, Kristan, Shelbie, Elisabeth, Storm, and Joshua; several nephews and nieces and a host of other relatives and close friends.

No services are planned at this time. Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

 

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com

 

11-11-22 10:25 AM KAWX.ORG

 

 

Nicholas Kendall Strother Obituary

Nicholas Kendall Strother, age 59 of Vandervoort passed from this earth on November 7, 2022 in Mena, Arkansas. Born the son of James Roland and Bonnie Virginia Boles Strother on August 17, 1963 in Arkadelphia, Arkansas.

He was a truck driver, having spent the last 17 years employed by Tyson Foods, the last 8 as the Dequeen Truck Shop Manager. He farmed his whole life, from growing up soybean farming to later being a contract hen grower for Tyson. An avid outdoorsman, Nick loved hunting and fishing, especially with his boys. He had a passion for people and daily looked for opportunities to help others, while serving in many volunteer roles including the Cossatot River School Board.

A devoted follower of Christ, he was a member of Vandervoort First Baptist where he served as a deacon. Above all Nick Strother was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his in-laws, John Watkins and Janell Waldrop Watkins.

He is survived by:
His wife, Gloria Watkins Strother of Vandervoort
Four sons, Jared of Vandervoort, Kevin(Whitney) of Keota, Oklahoma, Jordan(Karlie) of DeQueen and Brian(Kaylin) of Vandervoort.
Five grandchildren Kashlyn, Adeline, Nicholas, Jake and Nolan.
Two brothers, James (Juanita) of Donaldson and Luke Strother of Hot Springs.
One sister, Maria (John) Hillsbery of Arcadia, Missouri.
Many nieces and nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

Services will be held on Friday, November 11, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. at the Cossatot River High School gymnasium, officiating will be Bro. Roy Brooks and Bro. Aaron Anglin.
Interment to follow in the Center Cemetery at Hartley.
Pallbearers will be Nick and Gloria’s sons: Jared, Kevin, Jordan, and Brian

 

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11-9-22 2:29 PM KAWX.ORG

Donna Hankins Obituary

Donna Hankins, age 71, of Mena, Arkansas passed away on Tuesday, November 8, 2022 at the CHI St. Vincent Hospital in Hot Springs, Arkansas. She was born on Saturday, December 16, 1950 to Robert Ervin Martin and Margaret Roppolo Martin in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

 

Donna was a passionate woman with a shining personality. She was a very outgoing and caring person, she always had time to talk and get to know people. Donna loved taking care of people, everyone left her house with their stomach full and feeling better about life. She often would feed any homeless or help anyone that was down on their luck. Donna had a gift of love and compassion for everyone she met and it was impossible not to feel incredibly lucky to know her. Donna's love was never ending for everyone, but especially her family and friends. She cherished every laugh, phone call, hug and second spent with her beautiful family. Donna was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin and friend and will be missed by all who knew her. Her family wishes to express their sincere appreciation and gratitude to the ICU staff at CHI St. Vincent Hospital for their loving and compassionate care they gave to Donna and the whole family.

 

She is preceded in death by her parents; a son in law, Keith Spangler; and one niece, Sally Wigger.

 

Donna is survived by her loving husband, Henry Hankins of Mena; three daughters and sons in law, Mariah Fender of Mena; Lia and Dewayne Bell of Cabot; Marie and Richard Hartman of Fredericksburg, Virginia; two sons and daughters in law, Jason and Heather Hankins of Alabama, Bubba and Wendy Hankins of Alabama; one brother and sister in law, James and Cindy Martin of Mena; seventeen grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; numerous nephews and nieces, two aunts, and a host of other relatives and close friends.

 

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 12, 2022 at 2:00 PM at the Board Camp Baptist Church in Board Camp, Arkansas with Brother Bill McCourtney officiating. A visitation will be held on Saturday, November 12, 2022 from 12:00 - 2:00 PM at the Board Camp Baptist Church in Board Camp, Arkansas. Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

 

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com

 

11-9-22 2:20 PM KAWX.ORG

Patricia Ann Barrett Obituary

Patricia Ann Ferguson Barrett was born on June 27, 1947, near Mena, Arkansas, to Mildred Morris Ferguson and Fred Ferguson.

She is survived by one son Tod Barrett of Houston, Texas, one sister Linda Fryar and husband Darrell of Mena, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends.

Pat was a devout Christian woman.

Endless hours were also spent studying her families geneology histories... (Before the internet!) Making many great friends & acquaintances in the process. She was a wonderful cook, with skills learned early from Mom Mildred and Grandmothers Poca & Ovie.

She was preceded in death by her husband Gary Allen Barrett, her mother, Mildred Beatrice Morris Ferguson, father, Fred F. Ferguson, sister, Betty Beard Wagner, brother, Steven Ferguson, sister, Ellen Ferguson Swycaffer, her beloved grandparents, Boss & Pocahontas (Standridge) Morris, Aaron & Ova (Lawrence) Ferguson, sweet mother-in-law Birdie (McKinzie) Barrett, and many other treasured family members.

We are forever grateful for the dedicated staff & caregivers at Homewood cottages, especially cottage #4.

Much appreciation to Brother James & Brother Ronnie for such amazing dedication in bringing church services to the cottages and Pat. This was so important to her. A special thanks to friend & caregiver Deborah Furgala. Grateful thanks to J. Richard Trellue for his counsel and guidance.

General will begin Tuesday, November 8th, 2022, from 10 am to 8 pm, and Wednesday morning November 9th, 2022, 8 am to noon.

Graveside services will be held on Wednesday afternoon, November 9, 2022 at 2 pm, at Hillside Cemetery in Sulphur Springs, Arkansas with Brother James Squires officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

 

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11-7-22 2:25 PM KAWX.ORG

Gerald Paul "Peanut" Page Obituary

Gerald Paul “Peanut” Page, passed away on Saturday, November 5, 2022, in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Gerald was born July 21, 1947, to Luther Page and Roma Lee Page in Smithville, Oklahoma. He was a heavy equipment operator for most of his life. Gerald loved anything to do with being outdoors, whether it be fishing, camping, or building things. He loved old timey western movies, singing gospel songs and worshiping the Lord; but what brought him the most joy was spending time with his family.

Gerald was survived by his loving wife, Roxella Page; one son, Darrell Page; one stepson Keith Smith; four daughters, Paula, Sherry, Teresa, and Tina; two stepdaughters, Debbie Choate and Becki Self; one brother Jesse Page; three sisters, Janice, Laveda, and Dorothy; a host of nieces and nephews, numerous grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, James, Luther Lee, Eugene, R.L., Tuffy, Billy Wayne; sisters, Laverne, JoAnne, and Doris.

Memorial service will be at the Smithville Assembly of God Church in Smithville, Oklahoma on Thursday, November 10, 2022, at 2:00 pm. Officiating the memorial service will be Pastor Jerry Ford and Brother Reggie Fryar. Services are entrusted under Beasley Wood Funeral Home.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com.

 

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11-7-22 11:53 AM KAWX.ORG

Margaret May Gustafson Obituary

Margaret May Gustafson, age 69, of Mena, Arkansas, passed away Saturday, November 5, 2022, in Mena. She was born November 17, 1952, in Phoenix, Arizona to the late Fred Ray Richardson and Millie Beatrice Vaughn Richardson. She earned her Master’s in Education and was a teacher by profession. Margaret was married in 1984 to her beloved husband, Herbert Carl Gustafson. She enjoyed shopping, going to basketball games at the Acorn School, and spending time with her grandkids. She was a selfless person who would always lend a helping hand to anyone in need, her main love however, was teaching 2nd Grade.

Mrs. Gustafson is preceded in death by her father, Fred Ray Richardson; husband, Herbert Carl Gustafson; brother, Steven Glen Richardson; and by her sister, Elizabeth Ann Richardson.
 
She is survived by her daughter, Victoria Angeline Gustafson Stuck; grandchildren, Phoebe Angeline Trussell, Katherine Rowan Trussell, Carlee Zelda Stuck, Tiberius Luke Stuck; mother, Millie Beatrice Richardson; and by her brother, Willard Ray Richardson.

Graveside services for Mrs. Gustafson will be held 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 9, 2022, at the Rock Springs Cemetery in Acorn, Arkansas. Brother Kenneth Posey will be officiating under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.
 
There will be a visitation held, Tuesday, November 8, 2022, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Beasley-Wood Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com.

 

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11-6-22 4:03 PM KAWX.ORG 

Julia Ann (Lewis) Watson Obituary

Mrs. Julia Ann (Lewis) Watson, age 77, born July 7, 1945, to Mark Lewis and Rhoda Alene Sullivan, passed away Wednesday, November 2, 2022, at home, surrounded by love.


She was married to the late Clyde Watson and they had 6 children. Julia was a devoted Christian woman who loved God, her family and singing songs. She also had a great love for her grandchildren. She loved going to church and going to ball games, concerts and all family outing where she would get to spend her time with her grandchildren. She loved sitting outside, working crossword puzzles, talking to her animals, going to singings and going to revivals and Bible School. Julia was a member of the Buffalo Presbyterian Church in Watson, Oklahoma, but loved attending various churches. Just like her mother, she had a love for sewing quilts by hand and loved singing Choctaw hymns. Julia was a very loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, great-aunt, and friend and will be missed tremendously.


Julia is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Clyde Watson; her son, Johnny Watson; her grandson David Watson; her oldest sister, Dora Barrett. Julia is survived by her sons; Julian Watson of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Michael Watson of Harrison, Arkansas, and Brian Watson and wife Claudine of De Queen, Arkansas; her daughters, Regina Yates and husband Nathan of Watson, Oklahoma, and Teresa Watson of Watson, Oklahoma; 19 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; special friends; 2 brothers, Travis Sullivan of Smithville, Oklahoma, Charles Lewis of Shawnee, Oklahoma; sister, LaDonna Johnson of Smithville, Oklahoma; and a very special sister, Martha Watson of Watson, Oklahoma.


Services for Mrs. Watson will be held 2:00 p.m., Monday, November 7, 2022, at Smithville Assembly of God Church, in Smithville, Oklahoma. Interment will follow at the Buffalo Cemetery in Watson, Oklahoma. Brother Mark Patrick will be officiating under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Visitation will be held at Beasley-Wood Chapel in Mena, Arkansas on Sunday, November 6, 2022, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Pallbearers are Steven Watson, Markus Hill, Lucas Henry, Miguel Hernandez, Jody Watson, and Marvin Jefferson.
Honorary Pallbearers are Terry Watson, Kelly Watson, Michael Watson, Donnie Baker, and her animals; Poochie, Biscuit, Sammy, Fluffy, Ivy, and Soldier.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com

 

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11-4-22 3:10 PM KAWX.ORG

Joy Lynch Obituary

Joy Felicia Lynch, age 73, of Mena, passed away on Monday, September 26, 2022 at home surrounded by family. She was born on Saturday, August 27, 1949 to Laurence Henry Garnsey and Emma Norma Zampatti Garnsey in South San Francisco, California.

 

Joy was a loving person and was loved by all who knew her. Her family was the most important piece of her life. Joy especially loved the holidays and having everyone gathered together. She was the bond that kept the family united. Joy was married to her loving husband Mervyn for 48 years before he went on to be with the Lord. She enjoyed doing arts and crafts in her free time. Joy was very artistic and creative. She painted murals and woodwork as well as ceramics. Joy was proud of her artwork and loved to display it throughout her house. She loved to listen to music but particularly anything by Reba McEntire or Barbara Streisand. Joy was a loving daughter, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend and will be missed by all who knew her.

 

She is preceded in death by her parents, Laurence and Emma Garnsey; her loving husband Mervyn Lynch; two brothers and one sister. Joy is survived by one son and daughter in law, James and Kathy Lynch of Mena; one sister, Melody Morse of California; three grandsons, Stevan, Rodney and Jarrod; five great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

 

Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

 

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com

 

11-3-22 3:10 PM KAWX.ORG