Robert Calvin Willis Obituary

Mr. Robert Calvin Willis, age 83, passed away Sunday, August 14, 2022, in Mena, Arkansas. He was born April 24, 1939, to the late Syberian and Naomi Harroff Willis.

Mr. Willis was an outdoorsman at heart, he enjoyed fishing, camping, and birdwatching. Additionally, he loved his work, Robert was a timberman by profession. Mr. Willis was united in marriage to the late Delois Ann Buckley on April 11, 1953, until her passing.

Mr. Willis is preceded in death by his loving wife, Delois Ann Buckley, of 59 years; his parents, Syberian and Naomi Harroff Willis; and by his sons, Robert Dale Willis and James Calvin Willis. He is survived by his daughters, Martha Pearson and husband Glen of Mt. Ida, Mary Dukeshire and husband Thomas of Mena; sons, Larry Don Willis of Mena, Tony Lee Willis of Mena, and George Steven Willis of Mena; 21 grandchildren; 70 great-grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of other family and friends.

Services for Mr. Robert Willis will be held Friday, August 19, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. at Beasley-Wood Chapel in Mena, Arkansas. Brother Ron Tilley will officiate, and interment will follow at Owens Chapel Cemetery in Acorn, Arkansas.

Pallbearers are Johnny Lane, Bruce Willis, Tony Willis, Donny Drake, Robbie Lane, and Jason Hadley. Honorary Pallbearers are Thomas Dukeshire, Steve Willis, Larry Willis, and Glen Pearson.

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8-16-22 3:10 PM KAWX.ORG

Gloria Vonnabeth Glover

Gloria Vonnabeth Glover, age 87, of Mena, Arkansas, passed away Monday, August 15, 2022, at her home. She was born September 11, 1934, in Houston, Texas to Scott and Verrena (Pittman) Kinnerson.

Vonna was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She was a woman of strong faith and a member of the First Christian Church in Mena. She was a homemaker, who made sure everyone had a birthday cake. She never wanted anyone to spend Thanksgiving or Christmas alone, so she always had a houseful of family and special friends for holiday dinners. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, reading, traveling, and most of all golfing. She was a member of the Ouachita Ladies Golf Association for many years.

She is preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Mary Fairless.
She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Edgar Glover; her daughters, Melanie (Verl) Musick, Dana (Harley) Ihm, and Teresa Mitchell; her grandchildren Amanda (Gary) Page, Matthew Musick, Allen Henry, Melisa Musick, and Katie (Ashley) Crutchfield; her great-grandchildren, Hunter Henry, Lane Henry, and Cora Page; special friend and cousin, Doris Wolf; brothers-in-law, Oscar Glover and Charlie Caster; and sisters-in-law, Patricia Tuomi and Elizabeth Glover Corry; a host of nieces, nephews, and other family members.

Funeral services will be Saturday, August 20, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at First Christian Church in Mena, Arkansas with Dr. Harley Ihm officiating. Interment will follow at Mollie Gann Cemetery in Hatfield, Arkansas. Visitation will be Friday, August 19 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Matthew Musick, Allen Henry, and Gary Page, and her nephews Charlie Caster, Jr, Buster Bonner, Robert Bonner, and Cody Hameister.

The family would like to thank Dr. Henderson, Kindred Home Health, Kindred Community Care-Lisa and Donna, and Dana Brown for taking such wonderful care of Vonna. A very special thank you to the Kindred Hospice team, your care and compassion was exceptional during this time.

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8-16-22 10:55 AM KAWX.ORG

Leatha Carrell Rigby Obituary

Leatha Carrell Smith Rigby, age 47, passed away August 10th, 2022, after a hard battle with Cancer in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Lea was born in 1974 in Vicksburg, Mississippi to the late Linda Lee Price and James Larkin Smith.

Lea Married the love of her life Van Rigby III on December 3rd,1999. Lea graduated from Warren Central Highschool in Vicksburg, Mississippi in 1993. Her time in school is what fueled her love for sports and music, specifically soccer. She was proud member of the “Big, Blue Band” for four years. She dedicated most of her life to playing, coaching and volunteering her time out at the Aubrey Tapley Sports complex. Where she was ‘Coach Lea’ to many, including two of her children and two grandchildren.


Nothing made her more happy than spending her days out on the field. Lea had a servant's heart, she was always doing her best to make sure everyone had everything they needed. If you were lucky enough to be loved by her you know how much her family and loved ones will miss her.

Lea is preceded in death by her mother, her father, her paternal grandparents Hubert Ray and Nancy Smith, and Her Maternal Grandparents, Sam and Leatha Price. She is survived by Her Husband of 22 years Van Rigby, her oldest daughter Jordan(Tyler), her daughter Megan(Jeremy) and her baby boy, Van IV(Ciara) and Her Adopted son Ethan. Her grandchildren, Timrie and Titan who were by far her two most favorite people in the world. She is also survived by her sister, Ashley Frantz(Steven) Her brother Chris Smith (Shannon); Nieces and Nephews, Summer Watkins, Phoenix, Gabe Walter, Olivia, and Logan. And a host of other family and close friends. Pallbearers are Tyler Gossett, Taylor Redding, Jake Price, Chris Smith, Jeremy Stuckey, Blake Watkins. Honorary pallbearers are, James Price, Steven Frantz, Van Rigby J.r.

Visitation will be at Beasley Wood Funeral Home in Mena, Wednesday, August 17, 2022, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The family wants to invite all friends of Lea’s to attend the visitation. Services for Lea will be Saturday, August 20, 2022, at Carpenter Methodist Church in Carpenter, Mississippi, with Brother Craig Cluff officiating. There will be a graveside to follow at Carpenter Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for monetary donations to be made to the family, for the youth soccer association in Mena, Arkansas. Please contact Jordan Gossett for more details.

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8-15-22 10:32 AM KAWX.ORG

Karla Ann Bruce Obituary

Karla Ann Bruce, age 68 of Plunketville, Oklahoma passed away Wednesday, August 10, 2022 in Idabel , Oklahoma. She was born March 1, 1954 to the late Carl Grogan and Carolyn Horstman Grogan in Berryville, Arkansas. She married Chris Bruce October 6, 1990 in Cove Arkansas.


Karla was a loving and kind wife, daughter, sister, aunt and friend to many. She loved spending time with her family and crafting. Karla loved the Lord and was a member of Hatfield Assembly of God church for many years.


She is preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Carolyn Grogan. She is survived by her husband, Chris Bruce; sister, Sandra Broach and husband Ricky; brothers, John Grogan and wife Glenda; Jerry Grogan and wife Laura; Charles Grogan and wife Patti and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.


A memorial service will be held at Penuel Assembly of God in Hatfield, Arkansas on Saturday, August 27th at 10:00 a.m., with Brother Daniel Egger officiating.


Special honorary pallbearers are her great nieces and nephews which she loved dearly.


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


8-12-22 12:43 PM KAWX.ORG

Linda Louise Milne Obituary

Linda Louise Milne, age 80 of Mena, Arkansas, passed away Wednesday, August 10, 2022, in Hot Springs.

She was born October 30, 1941, in Mena, Arkansas to the late A.J. Burris and the late Sarah Campbell Burris. She was married to Robert Bruce Milne and was a bookkeeper by profession. Linda loved to travel and sew as well as taking lots of pictures. She enjoyed reading and loved her flowers and plants, most of all she loved spending time with her grandchildren and family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and a brother, Frank Burris. She is survived by her sons, Andy Milne and wife Kim, Mitch Milne and Robert Milne; grandchildren Amy Milne, Drew Milne and Hannah Milne; great grandchild, Dani May Barthel and a sister Fran Whisenhunt and husband Audry as well as a host of other family and friends.

Mrs. Milne was sent for cremation under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home. No services are scheduled at this time.


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8-12-22 8:22 AM KAWX.ORG

Billy John Bates Obituary

It is with profound sadness that the family of Billy John Bates, age 88, of Mena, AR announce that he passed away Saturday, July 30th surrounded by his loving family.


Bill was born November 20th, 1933 to Luther and Vida Esther Bates in Black Springs, AR. He was well known as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses having dedicated his life and been baptized on January 2, 1971. He treasured his relationship with his heavenly father, Jehovah, and spent much time teaching his children about Jehovah and sharing his faith with others.


Bill married his beloved wife, Wanda, on March 28th, 1959 and together they raised five children. Bill was a very hard worker, dedicated and determined to provide for his family. He worked as a mechanic here in Mena, operated heavy equipment in the copper mines of Arizona, sold sewing machines in Kansas, and performed various other jobs along the way. But eventually the family returned to Mena, and Bill started his career of drilling water wells.


Bill enjoyed many hobbies throughout his life, including cars, drag racing, gardening, spending time with family and friends, eating good food, and playing music. Bill learned to play the guitar at an early age, but was in later years better known for his fiddling. He passed this love of music on to his children and grandchildren, all of whom have wonderful memories of listening to Bill play and sing with his son, Steve, his cousin, Billie, and many other friends along the way. If you knew Bill, you know he also loved his westerns, and could often be found watching them with his beloved dog, Little Odie.


Bill was a generous and loyal friend, an entertainer, and often told wonderful stories about his life and history. He was full of advice, whether solicited or not. He was a loving grandfather, and he will never be forgotten but forever remembered and missed by his family and friends.


Bill was survived by his wife, Wanda, his son Steve (wife Kim, children Brandon, Kaylyn, and Kyle); daughter Brenda (husband Michael, children Stacie, Amber, Chelsea, and Celorah) daughter Aneta (husband Duane, children Drew and Aubrey) daughter Linda (husband Chad, children Trace and Dylan) and son, Mark (wife Liz, children Danielle, Katie, Lane, Walker, and Gray) a sister, Kathleen Herndon, and thirteen great-children.


Memorial services for Bill will be held Saturday, August 13th at 2:00 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses. 1509 S Reine St., Mena, AR 71953.


8-11-22 12:05 PM KAWX.ORG

DeAnna Sue Powell Obituary

DeAnna Sue Powell, age 54, died on Tuesday, August 9, 2022 at her home in Mena, Arkansas. DeAnna was born on Sunday, August 13, 1967 to Dwight Powell and Beverly (Barnes) Anglin in Texarkana, Arkansas.


DeAnna was a graduate of Acorn High School. She spent many years as a stay at home mom. DeAnna enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She loved going muddin, playing card games and dominoes. DeAnna liked to go camping and be outdoors any chance she had. DeAnna was a loving daughter, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend and will be missed by all who knew her.


DeAnna is survived by her parents, Dwight Powell and Beverly and Husband William F. Anglin; one son, John Skipper and Fiancé Melissa of Concord, North Carolina; three daughters, Sara and Husband Caleb Reed of Mena, Arkansas, Steffanie Skipper of Mena, Arkansas, and Ashley Skipper of Mena, Arkansas; four brothers, Duane and Wife Sherri Powell of Acorn, Arkansas, Dennis Powell of Acorn, Arkansas, Joseph Powell of Hillsborough North Carolina, and Shelby and Wife Jennifer Sullivan of Acorn, Arkansas; one sister, Violet and Husband Brendan Gibbons of Potter, Arkansas; eight grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.


Graveside services will be held on Friday, August 12, 2022 at 10:00 A.M. at the Gann Cemetery in Potter, Arkansas. Visitation will be Thursday, August 11, 2022 from 2-4 P.M. at Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena, Arkansas. Arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.


In lieu of flowers, family asks that contributions be made towards DeAnna's remaining funeral expenses at Bowser Family Funeral Home.


8-10-22 1:41 PM KAWX.ORG

Sherrill Elliott Swedoski Obituary

Mrs. Sherrill Elliott Swedoski, age 84, passed away August 8, 2022, in Mt. Ida, Arkansas. She was born May 5, 1938, in Houston, Texas, to the late Mervyn Leon and Erma Jewell Elliott.

Mrs. Swedoski was a woman of many talents; she was good at everything she did and amazing in every way. She wrote poetry, played violin, painted, and could sew anything without a pattern; the only thing she couldn’t do was row a canoe. She had a wonderful imagination. Sherrill worked for NASA, in Webster, Texas, and she retired from the Federal Aviation Administration Air Traffic Control Division. She was the oldest of 4 girls and knew it too, she would often tease her sisters that she was Wonder Woman. Sherill was a strong Christian lady and raised her children to be “no-nonsense”.

Mrs. Swedoski is preceded in death by her husband, Richard; her parents, Mervyn Leon and Erma Jewell Elliott; and by her sister, Sue Ann Elliott. She is survived by her son, Larry Davis and wife Rita of Mena, Arkansas; daughters, Phyllis Caldwell of Mena, Arkansas, Pamela Rossoni and husband Chris of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas; grandchildren, Tiffany Crawford, Callie Gallagher, Joe Evans, Andrea Caldwell, Mac Caldwell, Katy Kesterson, Greg Davis; 12 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Beverly Johnson of Teague, Texas, Lanis Harwell and husband Billy of Waldron, Arkansas; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other family and friends.

There are no services planned at this time for Mrs. Swedoski, cremation arrangements are entrusted to Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. There will be a private gathering for family to be announced at a later date.

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8-9-22 11:18 AM KAWX.ORG

Benly Don Townsend Obituary

Benly Don Townsend passed peacefully in his home on August 8, 2022 at 87 years old, surrounded by his family. He was born on January 19, 1935 to John William and Clara Townsend in Van Zandt County, Texas.


Benly was the youngest of eight children. He married Janell Johnston on October 31, 1953 in Vandervoort, Arkansas. Together they had Cindy (David Davis) and Michael Townsend. Six grandchildren: Dustin, Devon, and Ethan Davis along with Benly, Bailey and Blair Townsend.


He is also survived by nine great grandchildren and honorary granddaughter, Brooke Ferguson.


The family would like him to be remembered for his relentless work ethic and joking nature. No service are planned at this time. Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas. Online Guestbook:


8-8-22 2:32 PM KAWX.ORG

Randall K. Turner Obituary

Mr. Randall K. Turner, 77, of Mena, Arkansas passed away Saturday, August 6, 2022, at his home in Mena. He was born January 4, 1945, in Mena, Arkansas to the late Travis “Tige” Turner and the late Juanita Harris Turner.

Randy, as he was known by all, married the love of his live, Rita Ann Farmer on November 13, 1970. They had 43 happy years together until her passing on August 28, 2013. He worked in the family’s tire business for 45 years, was a member of the Mena Fire Department for 38 years and was in the Arkansas National Guard. Randy enjoyed collecting antique toys, particularly railroad trains and villages. He loved pets and leaves behind his beloved dogs and cats. Randy enjoyed a good visit and was always quick with a smile and a friendly hello. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Tige and Juanita Turner, and his grandparents, Ode and Ova Turner and Tutt and Azzie Harris. He is survived by his caretaker, Tommie Jo Farmer and a host of friends. A special thank you goes out to his friends at the Mena Fire Department who ceaselessly came by, helped care for and checked on Randy during his illness.

Graveside services will be Tuesday, August 9, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. at Pinecrest Memorial Park in Mena with Al Hadaway officiating. Visitation will be general. Services are entrusted to the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.


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8-8-22 11:19 AM KAWX.ORG

Lawrence "Larry" Barsic Obituary

Mr. Lawrence “Larry” Barsic, 69, of Mena passed away August 3, 2022. He was born to Nicholas and Josephine Barsic on June 17, 1953 in Cleveland, Ohio. He worked at US Motors up until his retirement and was well known for working on guns, motorcycles (specifically the Harley Davidson Knuckleheads), and his terrible (but hilarious) “dad” jokes. The thing he loved more than motorcycles was his family and his close friends. Larry was a member of the United Methodist Church of Mena.

Larry is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Betty “Jeannie” Barsic; two brothers; Bob and Nick Barsic; five sons, Cole Barsic, Duel James “Jay” Foreman, Daniel Rex “Danny” Foreman, Dennis John “Johnny” Foreman, and David Eugene Foreman; one daughter, Holly Barsic; 11 grandchildren, Hailey, Trey, Cattlyn, Jordan, Ashley, Daniel, Misty, Brian, Dusty, Shonda, and Donna; 30 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Larry is preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Richard Barsic; one sister Linda Barsic.

Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday, August 6, 2022, at the United Methodist Church in Mena. Interment will be at Old Dallas Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Friday, August 5, 2022, from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Beasley Wood Funeral Home.


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8-4-22 10:45 AM KAWX.ORG

Helen Giesler Easterwood Obituary

Helen Giesler Easterwood passed from this life Sunday, July 31, 2022, in Mena.

She was born at Cove, Arkansas, April 2, 1933. Helen was the eighth child of George and Hughie Giesler. She spent her entire life in Polk County. She was preceded in death by sisters, Wanita and Anita, Mildred Cunningham and Ethel Pederson and brothers, Mose, Douglas and Carson as well as her parents.

She was married to David Easterwood in 1951. They met at church and after dating for over a year were married and enjoyed almost 43 years of marriage before his death in 1994.

Helen was a member of the Church of Christ which she attended faithfully until her passing.

She is survived by a son, Hugh Easterwood and wife Ellen of Jacksonville, Arkansas; daughter, Glenda Gillaspy and husband Curtis of Wickes, Arkansas; granddaughter, Kellie Friesen and husband Chad of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Leslie Gillaspy of Wickes, Arkansas and David Hugh Easterwood and Megan of Little Rock, and four great-grandchildren.

Helen worked at different jobs during the school year when her children were home. Later she spent 27 years working as different jobs for the Wickes School, the last 19 years serving as a foster grandparent., including 10 years working the admission desk at the local basketball games. She enjoyed gardening, bird watching, and writing family stories for her extended family.

She will be buried beside her husband at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Cove, Arkansas at a graveside service, on Thursday, August 4, 2022, at 10:00 a.m., with David Jacobs and Mark Kinkade as a speakers.

If desired donations may be made to the Pleasant Grove Cemetery in her memory.


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8-2-22 11:35 AM KAWX.ORG

Melvin Leon Mourton Obituary

M. Leon Mourton born November 26, 1941, joined other saints in Christ July 29, 2022. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Linda Gail Taylor Mourton, a son and daughter-in-law Stanley and Lisa Mourton of Mena, Arkansas, and three grandchildren, Brooke Rose, Calvin Mourton and Bethany Mourton of Mena, Arkansas, brother, Wesley Mourton of Hot Springs, Arkansas, brother, Gary Mourton of Wagner, Oklahoma, and brother, Kenneth Mourton of Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Leon was predeceased by his sister, Helen Marie Mourton Foster, and parents Malvin and Helen Mourton of Mena, Arkansas.

Leon was a member of and regularly attended the Assembly of God Church North Little Rock.

Leon worked during his childhood for the local newspaper in Mena. He saved his earnings, and halfway thru his senior year in Mena High School, he bought a brand-new 1959 Chevrolet Corvette. He paid for this car with his own money.

He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from the Little Rock University and became a Certified Public Accountant in The State of Arkansas. While working full-time with the Internal Revenue Service, he completed his Master of Business Administration at George Washington University in 1968.
Leon had a very successful, 35-year career, with the Examination Division of the Internal Revenue Service. He began as office auditor, promoted to revenue agent. He was promoted to a position in Washington DC, where he wrote texts used to train new revenue agents in tax law. He became group manager, an examination branch chief, an assist regional commissioner, and a district examination division chief.
He was awarded the United States Department of the Treasury Albert Gallatin Award. This is the highest award given to employees of the Department of the Treasury for their service during their career.
Upon retirement from the United States Treasury, Leon worked for BKD for 3 years, then started working for himself from his home office in Little Rock, Arkansas and continued tax preparation for his personal clients until 2022.

Services for Mr. Leon Mourton will be held Friday, August 5, 2022, at Beasley-Wood Chapel in Mena, Arkansas with Wesley Mourton officiating. Interment will follow at the Cherry Hill Cemetery in Cherry Hill, Arkansas. Visitation will be held Thursday, August 4, 2022, from 6:00 pm. To 8:00 p.m. at Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

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8-1-22 11:20 AM KAWX.ORG

Fred Ernest Embry Obituary

Mr. Fred Ernest Embry, age 83, of Mena, Arkansas, passed away Friday, July 29, 2022 in Waldron, Arkansas

He was born June 20, 1939 in Cherry Hill, Arkansas to Fred B. Embry and Alene Wimberly. Mr. Embry owned and operated a gas station in Cherry Hill for many years, was a Licensed Practical Nurse and worked in numerous nursing homes for 20 years. He served his country in the United States Air Force and was a member of First Freewill Baptist Church in Mena. He was a loving husband and father and will be dearly missed by all.

Fred is survived by his son, Shane Embry and wife Tracy of Anna, Texas; daughter, Denise Vines and husband Ronnie of Odgen, Arkansas; grandchildren, Aaron Embry, Cole Embry and Ashley Slater and husband Matt; and great grandson, Caden Slater. He was preceded in death by his wife Claudene Elizabeth Embry and his parents Fred and Alene Wimberly.

Funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m., Friday, August 5, 2022 at First Freewill Baptist Church in Mena with Brother Donnie Jewell officiating. Interment will follow at Cherry Hill Cemetery in Cherry Hill, Arkansas under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Visitation is general.

Pallbearers will be Wendal Henry, Gary Threlkill, Michael Hoover, Mike Shogren, Terry Davis, and Jr. Carter. Honorary Pallbearers will be Jason Sharp, Robb Sharp, David Allan and Robert (Bob) Turner.


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7-31-22 4:49 PM KAWX.ORG


Myrna Corrine Blunt Obituary

Myrna Corrine Blunt, was born on the 15th and 16th of December, her parents could not agree so her birth certificate shows both dates. She grew up in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Canada rather poor. Her parents split up when she was 9 and she raised a younger brother and toddler sister. It was a rough childhood. She married and had two sons and a daughter that died before she was born. Now she has 15 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Myrna accepted Christ before she was 30 and went on the mission field for a couple years in England where she took care of missionaries coming and going, again being a mother to lots of people.

Myrna finished high school than got a degree in accounting at age 40. She also came to America and became a citizen which she was very proud of. She worked for several communication companies almost always at the director level. Her last place was director of finance at CMA her in Mena. She was very smart, very beautiful, outgoing and loved life. She had a fantastic sense of humor and used her entire body to tell a story with her big blue eyes, facial expressions and hands going in all directions. She could make anyone laugh. She loved Grace Bible Church and all the people in it, asking to get the bulletin every Sunday even though she was too sick to attend she wanted to pray for anyone that needed it. The last year of her life was filled with pain due to cancer with hospital stays and chemo, still she read her bible every morning and prayed for any number of people without fail. She always wanted to sing but she would get off key sometimes but now she is singing with the angels making beautiful music in heaven, where everything is beautiful and her husband cant kill the plants. I am her husband and I miss her dearly, but I had her for 18 wonderful years and she put up with me. Now she is loved, out of pain and will still be praying for anyone she thought would need it. Her loss is great, she left a hole in my heart that one day will be repaired when I see her again.

She is survived by her loving husband of 18 years, Dale blunt, two sons, Robert and Greg Wurzburg; four sisters, Linda langill, Judy Inman, Heather Coulonbe, and Debbie Belof, one brother, Chris Tricker. She is preceded in death by her parents Percy and Muriel Tricker.


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7-29-22 4:00 PM  KAWX.ORG

William C. Ashcraft Obituary

Mr. William C. Ashcraft, born in Mena, Arkansas in 1930. Passed away at the age of 92, in Mena, Arkansas. He will be missed by friends and family.

Services for Mr. Ashcraft will be held 2:00 p.m., Friday, July 29, 2022, at Beasley-Wood Chapel in Mena, Arkansas, with Brother Ron Tilley officiating. Interment will follow at the Shady Cemetery in Mena, Arkansas.

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7-27-22  3:30 PM  KAWX.ORG




Michael Keech Obituary

Michael Keech, age 65, of Opal, Arkansas, died, Sunday, July 24, 2022 at his home. He was born on July 11, 1957 to John Keech and Mary Carpenter Keech in Tulsa, Oklahoma.


Michael had a quiet laid back personality. He had a sly sense of humor, and moments of surprising hilarity. He loved to fish and racing cars in his younger days. Michael liked educating people about snakes and was Vice President of the Tulsa Snake Club. He was very creative and an incredibly talented artist. His artwork can be seen all throughout town, the murals in Papa's and The Branding Iron. Michael really enjoyed the outdoors and was always busy doing something outside or working on a new piece of art. His two daughters and loving wife were always the guiding light in his life and filled his heart with joy until his last day. He leaves behind his beloved dog, Ratch. Michael was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend and will be missed by all who knew him.


Michael is preceded in death by his father, John Keech.


Michael is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Lena Keech of Opal; two daughters and son in law, Tamara and Thomas Cox of Land O' Lakes, Florida, and Heather Keech of Land O' Lakes, Florida; three grandchildren, Kaylyn Brown, Aiyanna Keech, and T.W. Cox; two brothers, Rick and Cindy Keech of Coweeta, Oklahoma, Kevin and Christina Pumphrey; one sister, Lisa and Bobby Simpson of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; many nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.


A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, July 27, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena, Arkansas with Pastor Bill Lawson officiating. Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.


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7-25-22  3:35 PM  KAWX.ORG


Marlene Kirk Obituary

Marlene Rae Kirk, age 84, of Mena, Arkansas passed away on Monday, July 25, 2022 at the Broken Bow Health and Rehab in Broken Bow, Oklahoma. She was born on Thursday, May 19, 1938 to Elmer and Catherine Gardner in Madison, Wisconsin.


Marlene moved to Mena, Arkansas in 1976 and worked at Queen Wilhelmina State Park Lodge as a housekeeper for nearly 20 years. It was the perfect job for her because Marlene loved people; she never met a stranger. She would often tell stories of short sheeting people and turning their electricity off and laugh about it. Marlene was a loving mother, grandmother and friend and will be missed by all who knew and loved her.


Marlene is preceded in death by her parents; her daughters, Debra Lettman, Stacy Kirk and Christina Kirk and a son in law, Roland Lettman. Marlene is survived by her daughter, Lisa Kirk of Texarkana; her son Duane Kirk of Florida; eight grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.


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


In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, Tennessee 38105.


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7-25-22 12:40 PM  KAWX.ORG

Margie Ann Harmon Obituary

Margie Ann Harmon, age 54, of Mena, died Thursday, July 21, 2022 at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. She was born on Sunday, September 17, 1967 to Theodore and Margie Dunigan Tolleson in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Margie had a great personality and absolutely loved her family. She enjoyed joking and laughing and cherished every single moment she could spend with her children and grandchildren. Margie loved her naps, and going to the lake with her family on occasion. She was a devoted wife and mother, and always gave the utmost care and love to her family. Margie was her family's rock, and would do anything for those she cared about. She liked to listen to Classic Rock, and went to many concerts with her late husband in previous years. Margie was a loving mother, sister, grandmother, aunt and friend and will be missed by all who knew her.


She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, James Harmon; four brothers, Wesley Tolleson, Eddie Tolleson, DeWayne Tolleson, Steven Tolleson; and one sister, Belinda Tolleson.


Margie is survived by two sons and daughter in law, James and Misty Harmon of Mena and Brad Harmon of Mena; daughter and son in law, Crystal and Billie Ray of Mena; ten grandchildren, Haylie, Bubba, Trinity, Inman, Nevaeh, Jeremiah, Isaiah, Madison, Eli, and Sophia; special children, Xena Wilcox of Oklahoma City, Heather Watson of Mena and Joshua Briscoe of Port Arthur, Texas; two brothers, Arlie Tolleson of Fort Smith, and Jerry Tolleson of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; one sister, Lawanda Tolleson of Shreveport, Louisiana; several nieces and nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends.


Graveside services will be Tuesday, July 26, 2022 at 2:00 P.M. at the Gann Cemetery in Potter, Arkansas with Pastor Debbie Skaggs officiating under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.


No visitation is planned.


Pallbearers will be James Harmon, Brad Harmon, Joshua Briscoe, Adam Tolleson, Jeffrey Pollard, and Bubba Harmon.


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7-24-22 5:49 PM KAWX.ORG

Michael Fredrick Obituary

Michael Joe Frederick age 69, of Mena, Arkansas, died, Sunday, July 17, 2022 at his home. He was born in 1953 to Joseph and Jewel Frederick in Bakersfield, California.

Michael was a loving husband, step-father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend and will be missed by all who knew him. While having no biological children of his own, he opened his life and his devoted heart to his life companion Mona, her children, and her grandchildren. He would open his home to help those in need and give when he had so little to give. Many have been heard saying he was the kind of man that would "give the shirt off of his back". A devout man of Christ, he would pray over the bible scriptures every day, sometimes for hours on end. Known to most as "Big Mike", his love for Jesus and God was his first priority. Psalms 1 1:2 describes him best.


Psalms 1:

1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.


Mike was political. One could often see his support and love for his nation with his Facebook posts. He was avidly pro-gun and Republican. Many who knew him knew how fiercely he loved his family, his country and his Lord.

Michael spent time in many places. Born in California, he grew up with his four brothers and sisters, Thomas, Daniel, Cynthia and Janet, and his half brother Richard Bauder III. Travelling a lot as a child, he resided for a short time in the states of California, Washington, Alaska, as well as Blythesville AirForce Base in Arkansas. As an adult, he moved around a little bit. He spent time in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at a commune full of friends and would often reminisce about his time there. When he met his life partner Mona, he fell head over heels in love. Inseparable since 1990, they had a previous home together in Tennessee before moving to Arkansas in 2012. He loved Mona, her kids and grandchildren, his bikes and his guns, and wouldn't be caught very often without his signature bandana on his forehead. His big heart and loving spirit will be missed by all who knew him.

Michael is preceded in death by his loving companion Mona Bailey, his parents Joseph Frederick and Jewel (Tanner) Frederick-Bauder, his brother Daniel Frederick, and his step-father Richard J. Bauder.

Michael is survived by; sisters Janet Lipsou and Cynthia Frederick, his half brother Richard Bauder III, and his brother Thomas Frederick, his companion's children Michael Van Hekken, Criseldis Van Hekken, his companion's grand children Claire Ollie, Paris Haigood, Kai Browning, and Kennedy Ollie, several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas. The family would like to welcome anyone who would like to add a picture to his celebration of life. If you would like to add a picture, please contact his life companion's son Michael Van Hekken. His celebration of life service will be held on a date to be announced.


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7-21-22   2:15 PM  KAWX.ORG

Theresa Watson Obituary

Theresa Watson, age 61, died on Friday, July 15, 2022 at Mena Regional Health System in Mena, Arkansas. Theresa was born on Tuesday, June 20, 1961 to George Trivette Sr. and Kenlinn Trivette in Coldwater, Michigan. Theresa had the kindest heart and was known for going above and beyond to help anyone in need. To know Theresa was to love her. Her children and grandchildren brought her great enjoyment and she was so proud to call them hers. Theresa loved to cook for them and made sure they never left her home on an empty stomach. She loved her little chihuahua Benita and traveling back and forth to Michigan to visit family and friends whenever possible. Theresa worked for the Mena Regional Health System as a hospital cook for several years and made many friends while there. She loved listening to old country and anything by Prince. Theresa was saved at the Big Fork Baptist Church on November 6, 1994. She found peace in knowing her eternal home would be with Jesus. Theresa was a loving mother, sister, grandmother, aunt and friend and will be missed by all who knew her.


She is preceded in death by her mother, Kenlinn Trivette; her daughter, Nancy Watson; and one brother, Jerry Trivette.


Theresa is survived by her father, George Trivette Sr.; her husband Jake Watson of Mena, Arkansas; one son, Bobby Gene Willis of Dardanelle, Arkansas; one brother, George Trivette Jr. of Mena, Arkansas; one sister, Terrie Atkins of Mena, Arkansas; four grandchildren, Haliey Needham, Nathaniel Needham, Abbie Martin and Zackary Willis all of Mena, Arkansas; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.


A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 30, 2022, at 2:00 PM at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena, Arkansas. Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home.


7-18-22 5:15 PM KAWX.ORG

Jessie Faye Combs Obituary

Jessie Faye Combs, age 71, of Hatfield, Arkansas passed away July 17, 2022, at home surrounded by her children. She was born on May 4, 1951, to the late Jesse and Willie Pruitt. She as proceeded in death by her sisters, Willene Jordan, Bonnie Pruitt, Bessie Shores, Betty Atchley, Lorene Elliott; two brothers, Joe Pruitt and Jack Pruitt. She is survived by her two daughters, Crystal Womack and husband Curtis Womack of Hatfield, Arkansas, and Amy Combs of Hatfield, Arkansas, and one honorary son, Jimmy Pruitt of Hatfield, Arkansas; three grandchildren, Chase Self, Crissie Womack, and Titus Carney (AKA) Little Chief Big Britches; and by a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Faye enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren, that she loved so dearly. Her time was spent playing cards, dominos and gambling. Faye worked many years in the chicken industry. Faye was a member of the Church of Christ at Mountain Fork for many years. Faye enjoyed family get togethers and sharing stories of her and family’s lives. Faye will be missed by all who knew her.

Funeral services for Ms. Combs will be held at 9:00 a.m., Thursday, July 21, 2022, at Beasley-Wood Chapel in Mena, Arkansas, with Preacher Troy Denton officiating. Interment will follow at Foster Cemetery in Potter, Arkansas. Visitation will be Wednesday, July 20, 2022, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Beasley- Wood Funeral Home.

Pallbearers are Henry Wilkinson, Lesley Shores, Mark Shores, Jeffery Shores, George Manning, and Devin Belknap

Honorary pallbearers are Connor Mink, Dalton Crawford, Christian Shores, and James Foster.

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7-18-22 12:11 PM KAWX.ORG

Wilma Novella Sullivan (Nichols) Hook Obituary

Mrs. Wilma Novella Sullivan (Nichols) Hook, age 97, passed to her new home, July 13, 2022.

The joy of her heart was her family, dear friends, and cooking for us all. Many years of farming taught her independence and love of land. Gardening was her love and she had quite a green thumb for it. Canning many things proudly displaying them by using them in her recipes.

She was a CNA in her late years for Area Agency and loved her little patients as they loved her and worked to make their life easier until the end.

Wilma, Momma, Grandma, Great-Grandma- she had many titles to us all but loved is what we all felt from her. Generosity was in her hands and everything she did until the end. She left a wonderful legacy for us to follow, yet a huge void in our family. We will have learn to live with. She loved her Lord and was a faithful prayer warrior throughout her life. She now resides in Heaven, no doubt, cooking up a storm, I’m sure.

Mrs. Hook is survived by her daughter; Sherri Echols and husband Roger; grandson, Jamie Hensley and Justina Buck, Sarah Roy and husband Frank, Rebecca Abbott and husband Frank; great-grandchildren, Seth Hensley, Ryan Hensley, Tylar Roy, Teagan Roy, Tristyn Roy, Jastin Abbott, and Grayson Abbott.

A memorial visitation is planned for Friday, July 22, 2022, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at Beasley-Wood Chapel in Mena, Arkansas.

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7-15-22 4:27 PM KAWX.ORG

Shirley Mease Obituary

Shirley Mease, 86, of Mena, Arkansas, passed away on July 8, 2022. Before moving to Mena, she lived in Walnutport, Pennsylvania.


She is predeceased by her husband, Willard Mease.


Born in Eustis, Maine, Shirley moved to New Jersey in her late teens and met the love of her life, Willard, while he was serving in the US Army. They married and moved to PA where they had 2 daughters. Shirley was very creative and a self taught artist. She entered her artwork in many shows and festivals in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania. She also loved country music, crocheting, flea markets & was an avid reader. She worked for Hallmark Cards, a job she loved for many years. She was devoted to her family and her unconditional love for them will be greatly missed.


She is survived by daughters, Shari Weaver and husband Dale of Quakertown, PA and Lisa Squier and husband Chris of Mena, AR. Two step grandchildren, numerous nieces & nephews and a sister-in-law, Evelyn Kukura of Quakertown, PA.


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7-15-22 1:45 PM KAWX.ORG

Jessie Boon Wilson Obituary

Jessie Boon Wilson, age 61, of Mena, Arkansas passed away Tuesday, July 12, 2022, at his home.

He was born December 13, 1960, in Antlers, Oklahoma to William Gene Wilson and Billie Jane Wilson. He was a long-time resident of Atoka, Oklahoma before moving to Mena where he has lived for over 20 years. He worked as a roofer and a part-time equipment operator. Jessie Boon Wilson was able to travel a lot during his roofing career and made a lot of friends across the country. He liked to talk on the CB radio and enjoyed his yard and flowers. One of his greatest pleasures was to decorate and cook for Christmas, as well as the other holidays, for all his family and others to enjoy. Jessie lived out his life the best way that he could. He was loved by many and will be truly missed.

Jessie is preceded in death by his parents, William Gene and Billie Jane Wilson; sisters, Debbie Wilson and Tammy Williams; brothers-in-law, Chris Smith and Jimmy Williams; nephew, Clint Williams Smith. He is survived by his sisters and their family, Connie Smith of Atoka, Oklahoma, Becky Page and George Page of Mena, Arkansas, Sheila Allen and Darrell Allen of Acorn, Arkansas; all his nieces and nephews, Christy McKee, Kit Smith, George Page, Bryan Page, Wendy Sides, Stephanie Dilbeck, Sam Amiott and Kayala Williams.

Cremation services for Jessie are entrusted to Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

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7-13-22 4:37 PM KAWX.ORG

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