Obituaries

Vera Gann Cary Obituary

Vera Gann Cary, age 94, of Mena, Arkansas passed away June 13, 2021 at Peachtree Assisted Living in Mena. She was born on August 25, 1926 to the late Whit Roy Price and Mayoma (White) Price.

Vera loved her country and was very patriotic. She kept a lovely home and was very family oriented. She loved to cook and was always dolled up for every occasion. Her hobbies included bird watching (especially Blue Birds), camping, and square dancing. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Mena.

She is survived by her son, Chris Gann and wife Donita of Mena; grandchildren, David Philpot and wife Bernice, Nathan Gann and fiancé Timrie, Michelle Womble, Beth Hackney, James Hackney, and Brooke Garcia and husband Anthony; great-grandchildren, Tristan Garcia, Brynleigh Garcia, Emrie Gann, Greg Philpot, Levi Romine, Ashley Philpot, Kirstie Shaw, and Blake Shaw; great-great-grandchildren, Camille Philpot, and Jaxon Philpot; and best friend, Bob Philpot.

Vera was preceded in death by her parents; three husbands, Nolan Gann, Frank Rostollan, and Johnny Cary; children, Jeanne Gann, Nathan Gann, and Stanley Gann; siblings, Millard Price, Margaret Martin, Kelly Price, Judy Vermillion, Virgie Cartner, Snow Huddleston, and W.D. Price; grandchild, Richard Philpot; and best friend Linda Philpot.

The funeral service for Mrs. Cary will be held 2:00 pm, Sunday, June 20, 2021 at the First United Methodist Church in Mena with Dr. Scott Stewart officiating. Interment will follow at Mollie Gann Cemetery in Potter, Arkansas under the direction of Beasley Wood Funeral Home. Pallbearers are Nathan Gann, Anthony Garcia, Greg Philpot, Gary Bob Philpot, Scott Teague, and Levi Romine. General visitation will be held at the funeral home.
 

 

6-17-21 1:38 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

 

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Margaret A. House-Himes Obituary

Mrs. Margaret A. House-Himes, age 98, of Mena passed away Friday, June 11, 2021 at The Green House Cottages of Homewood. She was born January 21, 1923 in Edgewood, Pennsylvania to the late Clyde F. House and Minnie (Hamilton) House.

Margaret was a homemaker and loved her family. She was united in marriage to Daryl Ray Himes who passed away on June 21, 1991, at the age of 70. After his passing, Margaret and her sister Ruth traveled the world together on cruise ships. Upon returning, Margaret would share stories of all the people she had met. She was a people person and was looking forward to having a tea party at her son and daughter-in-law’s home with her good friends, Lori and Cheryl. Most recently, she enjoyed reading stories for children which were recorded and uploaded to Facebook. Margaret had a strong faith and trust in her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

She is survived by her sons, Ron Himes and wife Karen of Mena, and Daryl Lynn Himes and wife Debbie of Redding, CA; grandchildren, Jesse Himes and wife Dianna, Nicole Knight and husband Ron, Ben Himes, Brian Himes, and Jamie Himes and wife Monica; fifteen great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; sister, Ginny Reaby of Pennsylvania; special niece, Joyce; lifelong friend, Candias Chalker; and many other nieces, nephews, family, and friends.

Margaret is preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and her siblings, Elizabeth, Vera, Curtis, Howard, Dorothy, Ruth, and Sonny.

Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Beasley Wood Funeral Home. No services are scheduled at this time.
 

 

6-15-21 1:50 p.m. KAWX.ORG

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Basil Regil Kesterson Obituary

Mr. Basil Regil Kesterson, age 70, of Wickes, Arkansas, passed away Sunday, June 13, 2021. He was born on December 18, 1950, in De Queen, Arkansas to Charles Kesterson and Ruth Mize Kesterson.

Basil was united in marriage to Penny Kesterson on November 25, 1984, and they enjoyed thirty six and a half wonderful years together. Basil loved his family, friends, and teaching about God and Salvation. Polk County was the focus of his life. He tried every way possible to help in growing his community of Wickes and anyone in need. His motto was “God, Family, and Community”. Basil will be unimaginably missed by all that knew and loved him.

Basil graduated from OSU class of 1971 as an Animal Science Major. He and his wife founded Global Fats & Oils Corp in 1989 which operated export and domestic feed grade animal nutrition. Cattle and horses were their love and passion. Basil was the JP of district 9 since 2002 and served at the Cossatot Senior Center. He was a Christian by Faith.

He is survived by his wife, Penny Kesterson; sons, Tony Gunter and wife Korinda of Wickes, Travis Kesterson and wife Tina of Grannis, and Brandon Courtney and wife Patty of Vandervoort; grandchildren, Tessa Chaney and husband Nathan of Acorn, Kody and Brody Bailey of Hatfield, Ty and Taylar Kesterson of Grannis, Jaden Courtney of Wickes, Vanessa Neal and husband Josh of Vandervoort, Brandi Loyd of Cove, Ashton, Bryor, Jonny and Harley Loyd of Vandervoort, Kortney Landraneaux and husband Ryan of Henderson, TX, Melanie Oney and husband Randy of Carmack, TX, and Eddie and John Dickey of Marshall, TX; nine great grandchildren; brothers, Jeff Kesterson of Gillham, and Clovis Kesterson and wife Jennifer of Vandervoort; God given family members: Diane Warren of Grannis, Brandon Bailey and Family of Wickes, Dood Baker and wife Kathy of Wickes, James Sanders of Wickes, Orvin Foster of Mena, and Andy Marroy; and a host of other nieces, nephews, and other family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Coleman Kesterson, and Joe Kesterson; niece, Marietta Kesterson; and sisters in law, Kathy Kesterson and Christine Kesterson.

A funeral service for Mr. Kesterson will be held 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 16, 2021, at Beasley Wood Funeral Home Chapel with Brother David Baker officiating. Interment will follow at Gillham Cemetery in Gillham, Arkansas. Visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday. Arrangements are under the direction of Beasley Wood Funeral Home.

Pallbearers are Tony Gunter, Travis Kesterson, Brandon Courtney, Kody Bailey, Brody Bailey, and Nathan Chaney. Honorary Pallbearers are the Polk County JP’s, and Brandon Ellison, Scott Sawyer, Andy Riner, Dood Baker, James Sanders, and Buck Bailey.


 

 

6-14-21 6:01 p.m. KAWX.ORG

 

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James C. Jim Lawrence

James C. “Jim” Lawrence passed away on Sunday, June 13, 2021, at the age of 64, after a short, but courageous battle with liver cancer.

Born on September 8, 1956, in Searcy, Arkansas, to the late Allen and Myrdith Lawrence, he grew up in a loving Christian home.

Jim lived his life without borders, exploring everything life had to offer, but after many adventures and misadventures, he settled down and became a man of simple pleasures, taking joy in being surrounded by his wife and kids and all their families for lively cookouts and good music.

A master carpenter, he enjoyed the artistry of carpentry as much as the utility, and continued to work on his and his daughters’ homes up until the end.

Proud to be a friend to all, he made no distinction between janitor or CEO. No one was above or beneath Jim; they walked along side him regardless of their circumstances in life.

Jim was preceded in death by his son, Michael Lawrence, and his parents, Allen and Myrdith Lawrence. He is survived by his wife, Shirley Lawrence; his daughters, April and husband Mike, Lahoma and husband TJ, Jennifer, Candace, Connie and husband Clay, and Nichole; his sister, Sue Cavner and husband James, a dozen grandkids and great grandkids, aunts, uncles, cousins, and a host of friends.

Graveside service will be 10:00 a.m., Thursday, June 17, 2021, at the Hillside Cemetery in Sulphur Springs, Arkansas. Services are under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Visitation will be general at the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Mike, T. J., Eddie, Clay, Logan, and C.J.
 

 

6-14-21 3:48 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

 

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Desmond Alton Doss Davis Obituary

Desmond Alton Doss Davis, infant son of Ethan Davis and Tiny Shores, gained his angel wings on Thursday, June 10, 2021 in Mena, Arkansas.

He is survived by his Brothers Samuel Davis, William Cook, Bently Heath, Gasten Land and Laban Land; Sisters Makayla Davis and Talanie Schulze; Grandparents, Darryn Davis and Amy Davis, Mark and Monica Shores, Rosie and Tyrell Pruitt; Aunts and Uncles Emily Ford and husband Charlie, Eric Davis and wife Cheryl, Jesse Henry and wife Ashley, Kenna White and Aaron Shores, Mandy Henry, Riley, Diego, Ottawa and Feleena Shores.

Desmond is preceded in death by his Great Grandpa Cecil Alton Bailey, Great Grandmother Joy Rozell Bailey Jenkins, Great Grandmother Bessie Irene Shores.

A graveside service for Desmond will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at Foster Cemetery with Pastor B. J. Jenkins officiating under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

Online obituary and guestbook at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com.
 

 

6-12-21 5:10 p.m. KAWX.ORG

 

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Laura Lee Everly Obituary

Laura Lee Everly, age 83, of Waldron, Arkansas passed away on Thursday, June 10 , 2021, at her home. She was born on March 6, 1938, in Benton Harbor, Michigan, to Ambrose Stump and Evelyn Hill Stump

Laura enjoyed playing cards and bingo. She loved cooking for her family and loved her grandkids who were dear to her heart. She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, and friend and will be dearly missed by all.

She was preceded in death by her parents Ambrose and Evelyn Stump, husband Robert Earl Everly, Children Linda Everly, Tony Clifford and Michael Garret, Great Grandchild Hunter Waeltz, Brothers Bobby Stump and Dean Stump, Sisters Carol, Ethel and Joyce.

Laura is survived by her Sons Terry Clifford, Joe Clifford and Robert Everly. Daughter Debra Forrester, Grandchildren Laura and Mike Kranes, Susan Forrester, Ricky and Bethany Forrester, Monica and Charles Dickens, Felicia Waeltz, Jessica Hamilton, Brandon Clifford, Robert Everly, David Everly, Terry Everly, Teresa and Dustin Osborne, Matthew Everly. Great Grandchildren Tyler, Dakota, Jordan, Damion, Kyleigh, Brinleigh, and Peyton Dickens. Caidyn, Cayleigh, Addison and Wesley Forrester. Robert, Tori and Ryan Everly, Noah Everly, Jackson Osborne, Camryn and Kaliana Hamilton, Adrian Thompson, Elijah, Mia, Andre’s Cuevas, Zyon Reyna. Great Great Grandchildren Kinsley and Asher Dickens. Sister Peggy Ward and a host of other relatives and friends.

Cremation arrangements entrusted to Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.
 

 

6-12-21 1:41 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Arnold Dean Wilcox Obituary

Mr. Arnold Dean Wilcox, age 80, of Mena, Arkansas, passed away Thursday, June 10, 2021, at his home.


He was born July 3, 1940, in Ink, Arkansas to the late Bert Bodie Wilcox and the late Flossie Lee Rosson Wilcox. He was married to Billie Kay Cook and was a sheet metal worker at U.S. Motors. Mr. Wilcox served our country in Vietnam and was a member of the 377th Transportation Company in Mannheim, Germany. He was a member of the Union Mission Pentecostal Church of God and was a loving husband, father, step-father, and friend.


He is survived by his wife, Billie Kay Wilcox; daughter, Patricia Wilcox Costello; 11 stepchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents.


Funeral services will be Monday, June 14, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. at the Union Mission Pentecostal Church of God with Brother Lewis Martin, Dwight Douglas and Roy Powell officiating. Interment follows in Pinecrest Memorial Park under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home. Visitation will be at the church Monday, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. prior to service time.


Pallbearers will be Dale McLain, Bill McLain and Dwight Douglas.
 

 

6-11-21 3:53 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

 

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Nancy Kathleen Warren Obituary

Mrs. Nancy Kathleen Warren, age 67, of Mena, Arkansas passed away on Sunday, June 6, 2021, at her home surrounded by her family. She was born on September 26, 1953, in Ohio, to Robert Warren and Anita (Fairburn) Warren.

Nancy enjoyed gardening and taking care of plants. She loved animals, especially her cat Kizzy. She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. She will be dearly missed.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Richard Taylor; and her son, Jeremiah Julian.

Nancy is survived by her sons, Joshua Julian and wife April of South Carolina, and James Julian and wife Dixie of Mena; daughters, Joy Starr and husband Joy of Mena, Jolene Fatheree of South Carolina, Jessica Fox of Mena, and Janese Julian of Missouri; grandchildren, Allen Jr., Aiden Starr, Sherissa Potter, Sadie Potter, Britney Fox, Joeseph Fox, Dillon Loving, Lenox Lance, Amercus Julian, Ezzy Simmons, and several others; three great grandchildren; step-mother, Nancy Warren of Ohio; brother, Ronald Warren of Mena; and step-sister, Cindy Stepp of Ohio.

Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Beasley Wood Funeral Home. No services are scheduled at this time.
 

 

6-9-21 11:21 a.m. KAWX.ORG

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Donna Marie Morse Obituary

Donna Marie Morse age 52 of Mena, Arkansas passed away Saturday, June 5, 2021 in Mena. She was born on July 21, 1968, to the late Clayton and Mildred Chaney. Donna was married to Ricky Morse on June 2, 1990.

Donna was CEO of ACCI for 31 years. She enjoyed spending time on her back deck with the beautiful view of the mountains and watching the sunsets. Donna enjoyed many activities such as, hunting, fishing, shopping, and cuddling with her pups. She loved any time spent with her husband. She enjoyed when family came to visit, by preparing a feast and saw to it that everything was perfect.

Donna Loved and Loved to be Loved.

She was preceded in death by Grandpa and Grandma Chaney, father and mother, Clayton and Mildred Chaney, a brother, Todd West, nephew, Leif Chaney and grandchild, Erin Dale Morse.

Donna was survived by her husband Ricky Morse, children Angela Morse Pothuisie and husband Russell, Aaron Morse and wife Wendy, Jessica Claus, Valerie Davis and husband Kyle, and Amber Morse. Grandchildren; Samantha Morse, Jalynn Lawrie, Aubree Lawrie, Nathaniel Davis, Kylee Davis, Nichole Morse, Maddison Morse, Allison Morse, Braxton Pothuisie, Raevaughn White, Nijah White, Ranaan White, Emma Morse, and Jibril Colbert. Great grandchildren; Bryson Morse, Leeahna Hudson and River Hudson. Dog children; Rugger, Fancy, Dodger, Ringo, Hank, Zoey. Sisters; Wendy Watts and Dorothy and husband Aaron Pearson. Nephews; Chad Watts and wife Erica, Tristan Chaney.
Niece; Samantha Miller and husband Kelly; great nieces and nephew, Taylor Watts and Wyatt Miller, Braylee, Jozulee, Braxlee and Timber Leif Watts.

Funeral service will be Friday, June 11, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. at Beasley Wood Chapel with Brother David McCord officiating. Visitation will be Thursday, June 10 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Chapel. Cemetery in Rocky Cemetery under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

Pallbearers will be Frankie Lance, Aaron Morse, George O’Daniels, Jason Chaney, Freddie Chaney, Chad Watts, Tristan Chaney and Aaron Person. Honorary pallbearers are Jalynn Lawrie, Nathaniel Davis, Raevaughn White, Chad Watts, Tristan Chaney, and Ranaan White.
 

 

6-7-21 2:14 p.m. KAWX.ORG

 

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Theresa Mae Laing Obituary

Theresa Mae Laing, age 72, of Acorn, Arkansas, died Saturday, June 5, 2021, at her home with her family by her side. She was born on Tuesday, August 31, 1948 to Alvin and Rita Lutz Pavlicek in Sealy, Texas.

Theresa was known to her friends as Mrs. Terri. She was a devoted wife to the love of her life, Michael "Mickey" Laing. She was also known as Mom and Nana to her immediate family which will miss her dearly. She was a selfless person that loved people and her work. She worked for 40 years as a dental assistant in Jonesville, Louisiana and then in Mena, Arkansas. Anyone that knew her knows she never had a bad day. Mrs. Terri was always smiling and happy to help her patients, coworkers and friends. As a Mom and Nana she always put family first, she never missed a ball game or school function. Her grandbabies were the loves of her life and watching them grow up was her light. She loved her bingo family and they helped keep her going in the end when she really needed it. Mrs. Terri fought a ten year battle with Parkinson's and she never let it get her down. She was truly a strong courageous person all the way till the end. Theresa was a loving mother, sister, aunt, grandmother and friend and will be missed by all who knew her.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Michael "Mickey" Dale Laing; and one sister, Muriel Palvicek.

Theresa is survived by her son and daughter in law, Todd and Amy Gaddis Laing of Acorn; three brothers, Bill Pavlicek of Columbus, Texas, Alvin Pavlicek of Weimar, Texas, and Edward Palvicek of Columbus, Texas; two sisters, Darlene Stryk of Schulenburg, Texas, and Nina Sue Day of Tuscola, Texas; two grandchildren, Michael Donovan Laing and Maryclaire Mae Laing of Acorn; Godmother to Bryn Rose Stryk of Schulenburg, Texas and several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

A private memorial service will be held by the family. Cremation arrangements entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.

 

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6-7-21 11:08 a.m. KAWX.ORG

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Helen Sue Lunsford Obituary

Helen “Sue” Lunsford, age 81, of Mena, Arkansas passed away Saturday, June 5, 2021, in Hot Springs, Arkansas. She was born October 9, 1939, in Plunketville, Oklahoma to Herman Luther “H.L.” Johnson and Myrtle Irene Plunkett Johnson.

She was united in marriage to Eddie Lunsford on January 24, 1964. Sue was a member of Christ Community Fellowship and the ladies Bible study in Mena. She enjoyed cooking and crocheting but most of all enjoyed taking care of her children and grandchildren. She was a loving homemaker, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, and friend. She will be dearly missed.

She is preceded in death by her parents; in-laws, Ealy and Merle Lunsford; and her brother-in-law, Ulysses Lunsford. Sue is survived by her husband, Eddie Lunsford; children, Susan Busch and husband Bruce, Jonathan Lunsford and wife Penny, Josh Lunsford, and wife Jennifer; siblings, Hilda Lue Burgess, Ronnie Johnson, and Donnie Johnson; grandchildren; Bradley Busch, Dustin Lunsford, Adyson Lunsford, Nic Cannon, Michah Cannon and wife Tiffanie, Dylan Blundell, and wife Caitlyn; great grandchild, Ava Blundell; a host of nieces, nephews, and other family members too great to mention.

Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 9, 2021, at the Christ Community Fellowship in Mena with Brother Bobby Blasingame and Brother Bill Dunahoo officiating. Interment will follow in the Pinecrest Memorial Park under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Visitation is general.

Pallbearers will be Bradley Busch, Dustin Lunsford, Dylan Blundell, Nic Cannon, Micah Cannon and Bruce Busch. Honorary Pallbearers will be Jamie Bartow, Shelton Bohlman, Don Brewer, Arville Busch, and Jerry Johnson.
 

 

6-6-21 5:29 p.m. KAWX.ORG

 

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Wanda Mae Janes Obituary

Wanda Bingham Janes, age 90, of Wickes, Arkansas passed away Friday, June 4, 2021, at her home surrounded by her family. She was born June 3, 1931, in Wickes, Arkansas to Kelsey Clifton Price and Minnie Katherine Miller Price.

Wanda was a customer service representative for Windstream until she retired. She attended the Wickes Church of the Nazarene for many years. Wanda adored her family more than anything and loved her friends as well. It is evident by the pictures that are showcased throughout her home. She was Godly woman and a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and a great friend to many. She will be dearly missed.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, J.D. Bingham; brothers, Orman Aaron Price, and Tillis Kelsey Price; and sister, Arlene Genice Price Campbell. She is survived by son, Travis Clayton Bingham; daughters, Melissa Kathleen Sanders and husband Jerry, Vanessa Bingham Crossfield and husband Jimmy; grandchildren, Anthony Sanders and wife Karen, Jennifer Sanders, Natalie Cannady and husband Dayton, Todd Bingham and wife Kelly, Courtney Jones and husband Shawn, Jordan Bingham and wife Caitlin, Bradley Crossfield, Emily Higgins and husband Matthew and Maximus “Max” (her granddog); great grandchildren, Jacob Sanders, Kendall Cannady, Brock Bingham, Reid Bingham, Quinn Bingham, Blake Rogers, Addie Rogers, Clay Jones, and Adyson Jones.

Graveside service will be 2:00 p.m. Monday, June 7, 2021, at the Duckett Cemetery in Wickes, Arkansas with Brother Leon McCleskey officiating. Services are under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Visitation will be Sunday, June 6 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

Honorary pallbearers are Todd Bingham, Anthony Sanders, Bradley Crossfield, Jordan Bingham, Reggie Crossfield and Maximus “Max” Crossfield.
 

 

6-5-21 1:43 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

 

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Ronald Dwain Carrell Obituary

Mr. Ronald Dwain Carrell, 88, of Mena, Arkansas passed away Friday, June 4, 2021 at his home.

He was born June 15, 1932 in Ben Wheeler, Texas to the late Roy Carrell and the late Nannie Ellison Carrell. He was happily married to Sarah Maciel Carrell and enjoyed fishing, hunting and building homes, notably building 3 log homes. He served our country in the United States Army and was a loving husband, father, uncle and friend.

He is survived by his wife Sarah Carrell; daughter Melissa Carrell; longtime friend, Luther Rains; nieces, Toby (Lee) Evans, Colinda Torrez, Patty (Bill) Gallagher, Sylvia Gamboa, Becky (Mark) Chaffin, Diana (Russell) Richardson, Diane Higgenbotham, and Charlene (Paul) Wilson; nephews, John (Gracie) Torrez, Jessie (Alice) Herrera, Moses (Paula) Herrera, Michael Torrez, Pona Torrez, Roger Dale (Peggy) Higginbotham, Steve Higginbotham, and Danny Higginbotham.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Ronnie Lynn Carrell and two sisters, Margie Powers and Billie Ruth Higginbotham.

Graveside services will be Monday, June 7, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. at the Jonesville Cemetery in Huntington, Texas with Luther Raines officiating. Arrangements under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home. Visitation will be general.
 

 

6-4-21 1:38 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

 

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Helen Jean Barber Philpot Obituary

Helen Jean Barber Philpot, age 89, of Mena, Arkansas, peacefully passed away at her home on June 3, 2021. Helen was born July 16, 1931, in Acorn, to Elisha Barber and Viola Roberts Barber.

Helen grew up primarily in Acorn, and was a 1949 graduate of Acorn High School, where she as the Valedictorian of her graduating class. She married Wilton Owen Philpot in 1950, and the couple began their family in Mena. While construction job opportunities for Wilton took the family to Oklahoma, Texas, and Illinois, the family moved back to Mena for good in 1966. Through the many journeys, Mena and Acorn were always home to Helen.

Helen was a homemaker through the early years of her married life, and her work career included U.S. Motors for 15 years, Union Bank for 15 years, and at Edward Jones in Mena for 10 years.

Helen loved God, she loved her family, family meals and gatherings, and she loved her church family at First Baptist Church in Mena. Helen enjoyed working outside, she loved gardening, and canning the harvest of her gardens. She loved people, and she loved working with the public. Her interactions with the public always brought a smile to her face.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Elisha and Viola Barber; her son, Stephen K. Philpot; her husband of 52 years, Wilton Philpot; and seven siblings.

She is survived by her son Mike Philpot and wife, Shirley, of Mena; grandchildren Gary Steven Philpot and wife, Lana, of Oden; Andy Philpot and wife, Christena, of Mena; Matt Philpot and wife, Sarah, of Coweta, Oklahoma; and Alisha Mavis and husband, Brad, of Cary, North Carolina; nine great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren; brother-in-law Leon Philpot and wife, Monta, of Mena; sister-in-law Joyce Barber, of Little Rock; and dedicated caregiver Gail Lamb, of Mena.

Helen’s funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 8, at the Beasley Wood Funeral Home Chapel, followed by a graveside ceremony at Pinecrest Memorial Park in Mena. Pallbearers will be Gary Philpot, Andy Philpot, Drew Philpot, Brady Philpot, Nick Robertson, and Chad Pettigrew.

Viewing will be general at the Beasley Wood Funeral Home Chapel on Sunday afternoon, June 6, and Monday, June 7.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that any donations be made toward the American Cancer Society.
 

 

6-4-21 1:32 p.m. KAWX.ORG

 

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Sailor Browning Obituary

Sailor Browning, infant daughter of Micah Browning, gained her angel wings on Friday, May 28, 2021in Scottsbluff, Nebraska.

She is survived by her great grandparents, Dallas and Melitta Simmons of New Hope, Robert and DJ Browning of Mena, and Jerry Snow of Idabel, OK; grandparents, Colby and Amanda Browning of Nebraska; aunts, Olivia Self and husband Jimmy of Mena, Mackenzie Winkley of Mena, Tommie Parnell of Smithville, OK, Gracie Browning of Nebraska, and Aunnika Hampton of Colorado; uncles, Bryar Browning and wife Martha of Mena, Morgan Browning of Colorado, and Cutter Browning of Nebraska; and cousin, Skylar Barker of Mena.

Sailor is preceded in death by her great-great grandfather, A.L. Barker; great-great grandmothers, Dovie Pace, and Burla Murray; and great aunt, Carrie Wiseman.

A graveside service for Sailor will be held 10:00 am Saturday, June 5, 2021 at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Hatfield with Levi Browning officiating. Pallbearers are Bryar Browning and Sawyer Kesterson.

Visitation will be Friday evening, June 4th from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the funeral home. Arrangements are under the direction of Beasley Wood Funeral Home.
 

 

6-2-21 4:55 p.m. KAWX.ORG

 

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Rocky Eugene Clift Obituary

Mr. Rocky Eugene Clift, age 55, of Mena, Arkansas passed away Monday, May 31, 2021 at his home. He was born on October 17, 1965 in Ashdown, Arkansas to the late Otto Clift and Bertha (Strother) Clift.

Rocky served our country in the United States Army. He attended college and received a bachelor’s degree of parks and recreation. Rocky’s passion was cars. He will be dearly missed.

Rocky is survived by his brothers, Wesley Copelin, and Tommy Copelin; sisters, Patricia Chambers, and Theresa Judkins and husband Roger; three nieces; four nephews; one great niece; one great nephew; and one great-great nephew.

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Beasley Wood Funeral Home. No services are scheduled at this time.
 

 

6-2-21 1:24 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Bobby Lee Galloway Obituary

Bobby Lee Galloway age 74, of Mena, Arkansas died on Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at the Mena Regional Health System in Mena, Arkansas. He was born on Thursday, February 6, 1947 to Claude and Othel Raines Prine in Winnsboro, Texas.

Bobby was a Christian man who attended the Dallas Avenue Baptist Church in Mena. He was united in marriage for 47 years to his loving wife Gale. Bobby served in the Navy where he was an active member of the military transport team that recovered fallen soldiers by helicopter while serving in Vietnam. After moving to Mena, Bobby took a great interest in gardening. He especially loved caring for his fruit trees and raising vegetables from his garden. Bobby enjoyed listening to country music and racing motorcycles. He was very accomplished at racing motorcycles and had placed 3rd in the big state race in Arizona. He was a machinist and loved to work on cars. Bobby was proud of the two classic cars he owned and enjoyed tinkering on them whenever given the opportunity. He was a hard worker and was always willing to lend a helping hand to others in need. Bobby was superb at everything he did because he felt anything worth doing was worth doing right. Bobby was a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, uncle and friend and will be missed by all who knew him.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Claude and Othel Prine; and one sister, Glenda.

Bobby is survived by his loving wife, Gloria Gale Galloway of Mena; one son and daughter in law, Jon and Jessica Galloway of Las Vegas, Nevada; two grandchildren, Jasmine Galloway and Charissa Galloway of Las Vegas, Nevada ; one niece, Tammy; and two nephews, Wayne and David; and a host of other relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 19, 2021 at 2:00 P.M. at the Dallas Avenue Baptist Church. Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.

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Mrs. Beverly Annette Watkins Bledsoe Obituary

Mrs. Beverly Annette Watkins Bledsoe, age 85, of Hatfield passed away Tuesday, May 25, 2021 in Mena, Arkansas.

Beverly was born June 14, 1935 in Baraboo, Wisconsin, to the late Lester Watkins and the late LaVeta Haskins Watkins. After graduating high school Beverly attended nursing school and met the love of her life, Bill Bledsoe. After their marriage in 1955 she became a loving homemaker, ensuring that her home remained beautiful and comfortable for her family to enjoy. Beverly enjoyed traveling, she especially loved Alaska. She also loved to read and sew. Mrs. Bledsoe was a member of the Hatfield Baptist Church for many years. Beverly was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great grandmother, great-great grandmother, and friend. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

Beverly is survived by her grandchildren, Harley Davison and wife Debbie of Glenrose, Texas, Bonnie Peterson and husband Heath of Mena, Arkansas, Jennifer Zarnes and husband David of Hatfield, Arkansas, Amanda Sorel and husband Eddie of Mena, Arkansas, and Rebecca Scull and husband Shane of Littlerock, California; twenty great grandchildren, and eight great-great grandchildren.

Beverly was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bill Bledsoe; one son, Bruce Dana Bledsoe; one daughter, Robyn Davison; and one sister, LaVeta Jean Schnell.

Graveside services will be held 10:00am Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at Ten Mile Cemetery in Madisonville, Texas. Visitation will be held on Sunday, May 30, 2021 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm at the funeral home. Services are under the direction of Beasley Wood Funeral Home.
 

 

5-26-21 4:32 p.m. KAWX.ORG

 

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Kathleen Meehl Obituary

Kathleen Meehl, age 58, of Cove, Arkansas, formerly of Andover, Massachusetts, passed away Friday, May 21, 2021 at her home. Kathleen was born July 5, 1962 in Lawrence, Massachusetts to James Coakley and Dorothy Stoddard Coakley.

Kathleen enjoyed the outdoors and camping with her husband. Above all, she loved her family and spending time with them. She was dearly loved and will be missed by all.

She is survived by sons: Daniel Meehl and fiance’ Roza Osipova of Whitinsville, Massachusetts and Keith Meehl of Whitinsville, Massachausetts

Daughter: Lynn Pannell and husband Richard of Cove, Arkansas

Grandchildren: Peter Kolbe, Jonathan Kolbe, Allyssa Giasson, Payton Gaisson, Ava Meehl and step-grandchild Harlee Pannell

Great Grandchild: Paisley Kolbe

Brothers: Barry Coakley, David Coakley, and Thomas Coakley

Sister: Michelle Duke.

Kathleen was preceded in death by her parents and husband Daniel Meehl.

Cremation services are entrusted to the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.
 

 

5-25-21 12:39 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Oleda June Putman Obituary

Oleda June Putman, age 86, of Texas City, Texas formerly of Mena passed away Tuesday, May 18, 2021. She was born June 26, 1934 in Enid, Oklahoma to Finis Brackston Guthrie and Audrey Lee Banks Guthrie.

Oleda’s hobbies included going antiquing and shopping. She also enjoyed camping, fishing, and cooking. She loved to hear gospel and country music. Oleda was a wonderful mother, sister, cousin, and aunt who loved her family dearly.

She is survived by her son, Greg Putman of Houston, Texas; daughter, Lori Spradlin and husband Steven of Friendswood, Texas; brothers, Lonnie Guthrie, and Lanny Guthrie; nephews, Ian Curtis, and Stanley Tucker; sister-in-law, Melba Griffin; nieces, Sharon Tucker-Partin, Susan Anderson, Paula Foster; cousins, Pat and Marsha Riley, Sally Burgess, Jay, and Jill Burgess. Oleda was preceded in death by her parents; husband Eldridge; sisters, Earlene Burge, and Shirley Bass; brothers, Joe, and Roy Guthrie; and nephew, Steven Burge.

Graveside service will be Saturday, May 22, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. at the Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Big Fork, Arkansas with Brother Mark Lyle officiating. Interment will follow under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.
 

 

5-21-21 3:33 p.m. KAWX.ORG

 

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Helen Maxine Moore Obituary

Helen Maxine Moore, age 68, of Zafra, Oklahoma passed away Sunday, May 16, 2021 at home. Helen was born on December 1, 1952 in Mena, Arkansas to Bennett Joseph Anderson and Beryl Foley Anderson.

Maxine was a very headstrong woman; it was going to be her way or the highway. She never gave up that fighting spirit. She was always bragging on her children and her grandchildren. Maxine was immensely proud of her grandchildren always talking about how smart and talented they are. She was always crocheting blankets for each new baby and was always happy to do it. Maxine loved being a nurse and working with the elderly. She was loved and will be missed more than words can say.

She is survived by son, Keith Ray and wife Deborah of Donaldson, Arkansas; daughters, Misty Dawn Dearing and husband Matt of Merkel, Texas, and Kristy Dehart and fiancé Chris Winkles of Abilene, Texas; grandchildren, Conner Gorby and wife Madison, Shyann Gorby, Gracie Dearing, Nathaniel Paschall, Zoe Paschall, Kaden Winkles, and Jacob Ray; sister Pamela O’Bar of Norman, Arkansas; and numerous other family and friends.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents; her siblings, Bennie Carter, Bessie Chaney, Rozilla Gist, Anna Hughes, Edna Mullins, Louise Cogburn; and 2 sets of infant twins.

Graveside service will be Friday, May 21, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Hatfield, Arkansas with Brother Donnie Jewell officiating. Services are under the direction of Beasley Wood Funeral Home. Visitation will be Thursday, May 20, 2021 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
 

 

5-19-21 3:22 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

 

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Dolores Earlene Martin Obituary

Dolores Earlene Martin, age 94, of Mena, Arkansas, died Thursday, May 28, 2020, at her home surrounded by family. She was born on Sunday, August 15, 1926 to Bryce Earl and Georgia Ann Higgins Loomis in Best, Texas.

Dolores was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints where she served 26 years as the librarian and taught many different classes as well. She especially loved to teach the small children in Church. Dolores was a member of the Ladies Relief Society. She was passionate about animals of all kinds but especially her horses and dogs. Dolores believed animals showed their love expecting no reward in return. She raised and trained Quarter Horses for both showing and selling.


Dolores was a loving mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend and will be missed by all who knew her.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband Forrest Martin; one brother, Bryce Loomis; and one sister, Maxine Burger.

Dolores is survived by her daughter, Barbara Brooks; two brothers, Roy Loomis and Dieghton Loomis; three sisters, Darlene Hansen, Patricia McCarter and Barbara Elliot; two grandchildren; three great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

A graveside service will be held Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 10:00 A.M. at the Six Mile Cemetery in Hatfield, with President Tom McClanahan officiating under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.

 

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Dolores Earlene Martin please visit our Tribute Store.
 
5-18-21 2:07 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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David Roland Dawson Obituary

David Roland Dawson, age 65, of Mena, Arkansas died on Sunday, May 16, 2021 at UAMS in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was born on Friday, December 16, 1955 to Eugene Floyd Dawson and Ina Mae Prince Dawson in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

David was a loving man who spent many years serving the Lord as a pastor in several different places including Ardmore, Oklahoma, Texas, and Cove, Arkansas. His family and God brought him the greatest joy in life. He was especially proud to lead others to the Lord in the sharing of the Gospel of Christ. David was blessed with 45 years of marriage to the love of his life, Darlene. He said her smile was infectious and always brought him great joy. David enjoyed getting to talk on the phone and playing with his grandkids and visit with them while sharing many stories. He loved to see their smiling faces. David was an avid traveler and visited Australia and the Philippines for missionary work and enjoyed camping in New Mexico, Colorado, and many other places with his family. He liked woodworking, fishing, fixing up old cars and playing card games. David took great joy in teaching his grandchildren how to do things and showing them the love of Christ. David was a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, uncle and friend and will be missed by all who knew him.

He is preceded in death by his father, Eugene Floyd Dawson.

David is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Darlene Dawson of Mena, Arkansas; three sons and daughters in law, David Dwight and Waynette Dawson of Ardmore, Oklahoma; Daniel Eugene and Brandy Dawson of Springer, Oklahoma; Darrell Roland and Nova Dawson of Marlin, Texas; one daughter, Diana Marie Dawson of Mena, Arkansas; his mother, Ina Mae Dawson of Rowlett, Texas; one brother, Doug Dawson of Mesquite, Texas; two sisters and brothers in law, Dawna and Mike Herring of Aledo, Texas and Denise and Greg Davis of Tulsa, Oklahoma; thirteen grandchildren, Deanna Dawson, Dayna Dawson, Demi Dawson, Deven Dawson, Dean Dawson, Dwight Dawson, Daylee Dawson, Hannah Dawson, "Little" Daniel Dawson, Benjamin Dawson, Rebekah Dawson, Elizabeth Dawson, and Matthew Dawson; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 2:00 PM at the Faith Missionary Baptist Church in Mena with Brother Zack Johnson officiating. A graveside service will be held on Friday, May 21, 2021 at 1:00 PM at the Paradise Valley Cemetery in Lawton, Oklahoma with Brother David Dawson and Brother Daniel Dawson officiating under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

Pallbearers will be David Dawson, Daniel Dawson, Darrell Dawson, Deven Dawson, Dwight Gonzales, and Greg Davis.

Honorary pallbearers will be Doug Dawson, Mike Herring, Seth Davis, and Ronnie Kunze.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.

Serving Our Community One Family at a Time.

 

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of David Roland Dawson please visit our Tribute Store.
 
If you would like to make a donation in memory of David Roland Dawson, please visit the Tribute Fund.
 
5-18-21 11:17 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Barry Cunningham Obituary

Barry Cunningham, age 60 of Zafra, Oklahoma passed away on Sunday, May 16th, 2021 at his home.

Barry was born on December 7, 1961, to Marion “Pete” and Lois (Woods) Cunningham.

He is survived by his daughter Jana Carr of Denison, TX; son and daughter-in-law Brett & Susan Cunningham of Tulsa, OK; Three grandchildren Kasen Carr, Korbyn Carr, and Archer Cunningham; Sisters Charlene Morris, Linda Weinheimer, and Jane Owens. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Carol Richmond.

Cremation arrangements entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home of Mena, AR.

 

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Barry Cunningham please visit our Tribute Store.
 
5-18-21 11:08 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Mr. James Edward Upton Obituary

Mr. James Edward Upton, age 69, of Mena, Arkansas passed away Monday, May 17, 2021 in Mena. He was born on May 18, 1951 in Okmulgee, Oklahoma to the late Luther and Lucille (Craft) Upton.

James was united in marriage to Lorraina (Taylor) Upton for twenty-three years. James enjoyed fishing and driving around. He loved his family and will be dearly missed.

He is survived by his wife, Lorraina Upton; son, James RonDale and wife Kelsey of Mena; daughters, April Upton of Okmulgee, Autumn Shepardson of Okmulgee, and Kimberlina Upton of Mena; several grandchildren; brother, Roger Upton of Henryetta, OK, and Joanna Thompson of Beggs, OK; stepson, Nathan Fanning and wife Tina of Mena; and stepdaughter, Charity Stewart and husband Michael of Henryetta, OK.

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Beasley Wood Funeral Home. No services are scheduled at this time.
 

 

5-18-21 11:03 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

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