Obituaries

Patricia Ruth Brown Obituary

Patricia Ruth Brown age 89 of Octavia, Oklahoma passed away Sunday, January 19, 2020 at her home.

Ruth was born September 10, 1930 in Octavia, Oklahoma to the late Herbert William Smith and the late Beulah Mae Hilton Smith. She was married to the late George C. Brown, Jr. Ruth was a homemaker, and her primary interests were caring for her children, her husband, her grandchildren, and anyone else she could help. She was also a woman of many skills, including planting trees for Weyerhaeuser, substitute teaching, traveling as a gospel singer, teaching Sunday School and publishing short of pieces of writing. Ruth was a loving mother, grandmother, great- grandmother, great-great grandmother and friend to all who knew her. She will be dearly missed by all.

She is survived by sons: Cooper Brown and wife Sue of Honobia, Oklahoma, David Brown and wife Glenda of Ludlow, Oklahoma, Jeff Brown and wife Linda of Octavia, Oklahoma, Mitch Brown and wife Felecia of Octavia, Oklahoma, Kevin Brown and wife Susie of Glen Allen, Virginia, Chris Brown and wife Sheila of Rattan, Oklahoma and Patrick Brown and wife Sarah of Octavia, Oklahoma

Daughter: Brenda Johnston and husband Delano of Octavia, Oklahoma

Twenty grandchildren, twenty-five great-grandchildren, and eight great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at Octavia Baptist Church in Octavia with Brother Ed Rogers officiating. Interment will follow in the Octavia Cemetery in Octavia, Oklahoma under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

Pallbearers will be her sons and son-in-law, Delano Johnston.

Visitation will be general.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com.
 

 

1-20-20  12:12 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Annie Muriel Whisenhunt Hendrix Obituary

Annie Muriel Whisenhunt Hendrix, 93, of Shady, met her Lord and Savior on January 17, 2020 after suffering and surviving two heart attacks. She was born in Shady, Arkansas to Joseph D. and Effie C. Lawrence Whisenhunt, the last surviving child of five siblings.
 
She was preceded in death by her husband Paul, her parents, an infant brother, sisters and brothers-in-law, Gertrude and Hubert Cox and Josephine and W.C. Bailey and brother Edward R. Whisenhunt of Louisiana, who was to be buried on the day of her passing. She was married to Paul Hendrix for 43 years and bore four children who survive her, sons D. Gene Hendrix and wife Vicki, E. Dean Hendrix and wife Ilene, J. Danny Hendrix and wife Elizabeth(Beth), and daughter Annita Hendrix all of Polk County, Arkansas.
 
Miss Muriel was a daughter, mother, grandmother, sister, friend and devout Christian.
 

She leaves 12 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, 7 great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and friends to celebrate her life.

 

She will lie in state at Beasley-Wood Funeral Home, Mena, Arkansas until January 20, 2020, at 2p.m. when she will be transported to New Hope Baptist Church at Shady for final services with Brother Danny Minton officiating. Miss Muriel will be laid to rest in Shady Cemetery beside her husband and amidst all the family members who welcomed her Home.

 

Pallbearers will be Bryon Hendrix, Jason Hendrix, Travis Hendrix, John Harrison, Elgie Evans and Travis Philpot.

 

Honorary pallbearers are the rest of her family who she loved wholeheartedly and her church family of New Hope Baptist Church.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com.
 

 

1-18-20 8:21 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Mrs. Ramona L. Taylor Obituary

Mrs. Ramona L. Taylor age 79 of Mena, Arkansas passed away Tuesday, January 14, 2020 in Mena.

Mrs. Taylor was born December 12, 1940 in Mena, Arkansas to the late Fobin Jim Bain and the late Grace Olene Adams. She was married to Jeffrey Taylor until her passing. Ramona graduated high school in 1958 from Mena and was a Beautician by profession. She was loving wife, mother, and friend to all who knew her. She will be dearly missed.

She is survived by husband: Jeffrey Taylor of Mena, Arkansas

Sons: John Cash Cates of Hackett, Arkansas and Jefferson Lea Cates of Dallas, Texas.

Mrs. Taylor was sent to University of Arkansas for Medical Science.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com.
 

 

-16-20 4:00 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Richard James "Emanouil" Davis

Richard James "Emanouil" Davis, age 63, of Mena, AR, passed from this life at 6:25 A.M. Tuesday, January 14, 2020, at Conway Regional Medical Center in Conway, AR. He was born on Monday, February 13, 1956, to Christy and Dorothy Emanouil in Lowell, MA.

Richard loved the Lord with all his heart. He attended St. Agnes Catholic Church and was a member of their Knights of Columbus chapter. He owned The House Doctors for many years specializing in room additions and remodels. Far more than a carpenter, Richard was an artist and master craftsman, as many can attest. Those gifts and passions led him to open Architectural Salvage by Ri-Jo which he owned and operated for the past fifteen years. He took great pride in those businesses he built and found joy in the creative outlet they provided. Richard was a loving husband, son, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and great friend guided always by his faith and devotion to his beloved wife, Joan. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Richard is preceded in death by his brother, David Emanouil.

He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Joan Davis of Mena, AR; a daughter, Terri Carter of Huntsville, AL; a son, Tim Blacke and his wife Tammy of Hulbert, OK; his parents, Christy and Dorothy Emanouil of Bridgton, ME; two sisters: Dawn Bell and her husband Robin of Naples, ME, and Lisa Forsythe and her husband Charley of Porter, ME; eight grandchildren: Jennevieve Scott and her husband Shawn of Moore, OK, Christian Hill of Oklahoma City, OK, Caleb Hill of Midwest City, OK, Alix Marley of Owens Cross Roads, AL, and Colten, Seth, Aaron, and Abigail Blacke of Hulbert, OK; six great-grandchildren: Noah, Kyler, Gracie, Ava, Henry and Easton; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

A funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, January 18, 2020, at 10:00 A.M. at Saint Agnes Catholic Church in Mena, AR, with Fr. Joseph Shantiraj officiating. Interment will follow at the Mount Calvary Cemetery in Mena, AR. A Rosary service will be held Friday, January 17, 2020 at 7:00 P.M. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena. Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, AR.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com

 

 

1-15-20 4:03 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

 

 

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Patsie Ruth Knapp Obituary

Patsie Ruth Knapp

October 1, 1936 - January 14, 2020

 

Patsie Ruth Knapp died in Tulsa on Tuesday, January 14, at age 83, in the presence of family. She has gone to join her beloved husband of 62 years, Jim Knapp, in the great hereafter.

Born in Okemah, Oklahoma on October 1, 1936 to George Clay and Audrey Indianola Robertson, she is survived by her sister Billie Moore, of Haleyville, her sister Linda Marshall, who lives in Florida, and one brother, Earl Robertson, of Wewoka. Three sisters and a brother preceded her in death: her beloved Adolphine, known as Dot, Frankie, Nola Marie, and a brother, Charles.

She is survived by two children, Tim Knapp and Terri Abel, six grandchildren: Brian Norman, Shealynn Murrell, Derek Abel, Nathan Knapp, Lindsey Knapp, Bethany Knapp, and nine great-grandchildren.

Patsie attended Butner High School and Murray State. On December 17, 1955, she married Jim.

She was a longtime teacher at New Lima High School, where she could frequently be spotted as scorekeeper at high school basketball games coached by her husband. In 1979 she and Jim moved to Smithville, in Southeast Oklahoma, where she taught at nearby Watson Elementary. She was an enthusiastic supporter of the New Lima Falcons, the Smithville Braves, the Watson Tigers, and, while her son Tim was playing baseball at OSU, the Cowboys. She took Jim's side in pulling for OU in football, however.

During the last three decades of her life she was an active member of Octavia Baptist Church, and surrounded by her grandchildren, whom she loved dearly. She loved taking long fishing trips and road trips with her husband, Jim-their last lengthy one, in 2012, took them all the way from Oklahoma, across the western continental United States, up the Alaska Highway across Canada, and back. She and Jim also took cruises to Northern Europe and the Mediterranean with her grandchildren and daughter, Terri. Every year, even after they had both retired, they attended the State Tournament in Basketball in Oklahoma City, until health concerns ended their traveling days.

She documented the life of her family and the trips she took with them in photograph after photograph. She loved to get out on the road with her man.

Funeral services will be held at Octavia Baptist Church, Saturday, January 18. Visitation at noon, service to follow at 1pm, and a meal to be held afterward.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.

 

1-15-20 2:38 p.m. KAWX.ORG

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Peggy Lou Phillips Obituary

 
Peggy Lou Phillips age 94 of Mena passed away Tuesday, January 14, 2020 in Mena, Arkansas.

Peggy was born in Cove, Arkansas on November 30, 1925 to the late William Ambrose Hensley, Sr. and the late Lotus Nettie Henderson Hensley. She was married to Ray Phillips until his passing. Peggy was a friendly people person and enjoyed being a greeter for Wal Mart until she was 85. She always had a smile for everyone she met. Most of all she loved her family and especially her grandchildren. Peggy was a member of Christ Community Fellowship Church. She was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great- grandmother, and friend to all who knew her. She will be dearly missed.

She is survived by son: Steve Phillips and wife Kathy of Mena, Arkansas

Daughters: Cynthia Lou Buchanan of Mena, Arkansas and Mitzi Peters and Ray Allen of Mena, Arkansas

Grandchildren: Brian, Brandon, Amy, Mandy, Brandy, Billy, Ashley, Sarah, Jamie, and Angela

Twenty-six great grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren and two on the way

Brother: Hugh Hensley and wife Shirley of Jacksonville, Arkansas

Sister: Pat Fite of Athens, Georgia

Sister-in-laws: Joan Thomas of Mena, Arkansas and Tillie Hensley of Louisana

Brother-in-law: Sidney Phillips of Texarkana, Arkansas

Numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Lotus Hensley, husband Ray Phillips, brothers Kirby Hensley, Sess Hensley, W.A. Hensley Jr., Bert Hensley, and Bart Hensley, and a grandson Joshua Phillips.

Funeral service will be Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at CCF Church in Mena with Brother Lance Sawyer officiating. Interment will follow in the Pinecrest Memorial Park under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

Family and friends visitation will be Friday, January 17, 2020 at Beasley Wood from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Pallbearers will be Brian Peters, Brandon Peters, Billy Sockey, Brent Sockey, Cauy House, and Hunter Johnson.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com.
 

 

1-14-20 4:00 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Amos Monroe Miller Obituary

 

 

Amos Monroe Miller

August 21, 1978 - January 12, 2020

 

 

Amos Monroe Miller, age 41, of Cherry Hill, Arkansas passed away on Sunday, January 12, 2020 at his home. He was born on Monday, August 21, 1978 to Danny Lee and Patricia Jean Powell Miller in Mena, Arkansas.

Monroe as he was known by family and friends was a man of faith and love for family. He enjoyed deer hunting, going bass fishing and cooking. He manufactured his own BBQ Smoker and was known for his coking all kinds of different meats. Monroe worked for MSBI and was a machinist by trade. Monroe was a loving husband, son, stepfather, "Big Brother", grandfather, uncle and a great friend and will be missed by all who knew him.

Monroe is survived by wife, Sandy Miller of Bella Vista, Arkansas; his parents, Danny and Jeanie Miller of Cherry Hill; two step sons, Travis and Lendel Arnold of Bentonville; three brothers and sisters in law, Adam and Kaylee Miller of Ardmore, Oklahoma, Hoss and Becky Miller of Mena and Daniel and Amber Miller of Emery, Texas; two sisters and brothers in law, Emmylou and Antonio Trujillo of Morelia, Mexico and Hannah and Walker Rapp of Hackett, Arkansas; four nieces and nephews, Gacxil Trujillo, Antonia Trujillo, Slate Trujillo all of Morelia, Mexico and Brandi Miller of Ardmore, Oklahoma; three grandchildren Kade Arnold, Reese Arnold and Canaan Arnold all of Bentonville; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 2:00 P.M. at the Noble Learning Center in Cove with Brother Steve Squires officiating. Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.

 

1-14-20 2:07 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Lilly Jean Henry Obituary

Lilly Jean Henry

November 23, 1972 - January 9, 2020

 

Lilly Jean Henry, age 47, of Mena, Arkansas died Thursday, January 9, 2020 at her home. She was born on Thursday, November 23, 1972 to James David and Peggy Jean Bucklou Ralph in Gravette, Arkansas.

Lilly was a lady that loved her family and especially her grandchildren; for they gave her the greatest joy in this world. Lilly was a CNA for many years at different nursing facilities and enjoyed country music and 80's pop. Lilly was a collector and had all kinds of different collections. Lilly was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend and will be missed by all who knew her.

She is preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Leroy Dollarhide, her second husband, Virgil Henry; two brothers, Lucky Elder and George Ralph.

Lilly is survived by her two sons, Samuel Dollarhide of Mena and William Dollarhide of Granby, Missouri; two daughters, Amanda Dollarhide of Muldrow, Oklahoma and Nicole Dollarhide of Mena; two brothers, ABear Elder of Mena and James Ralph of Mena; two sisters, Colleen Bingham of Pryor, Oklahoma and Emma Sullins of Morris, Oklahoma; ten grandchildren; several other nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

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

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.

 

1-13-20 3:32 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Jimmy Eugene Hicks Obituary

Jimmy Eugene Hicks, 83, of Mena, passed away Saturday, January 11, 2020 at his home.

He was born October 22, 1936 to J.B. and Ruby Tinkes Hicks in DeQueen, Arkansas. Jim graduated high school in Mineral Springs, Arkansas in 1955 before moving to Mena.

After serving with the Army National Guard, Jim owned and operated the Conoco Distributorship until 1971. He then went on to build Mena Oil and Tire, which he sold in 2002. He also co-owned D&H Trucking Company. In the 1980, he bought into Mid-South Wood Products and Transportation. Mr. Hicks also bought and sold multiple properties.

Jim enjoyed fishing, playing golf and mowing his lawn. He was a member of Dallas Avenue Baptist Church, Dallas Masonic Lodge #128 and the Mena Elks Lodge #781.

He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant brother, Donald Ray and one sister, Hazel Vilt.

He is survived by his two daughters, Debbie Welch and Donna Hicks, both of Mena; 5 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; 2 nieces and 3 nephews.

Funeral services will be held Friday, January 17, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at the Beasley Wood Chapel. Interment follows in Pinecrest Memorial Park under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home. Visitation will be Thursday evening, January 16th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Frank Welch, Jimmy Welch, Jerod Stinson, Eligh Julian, Blake Padgett and Arley Stinson.
 

 

1-12-20 7:12 p.m. KAWX.ORG

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Mrs. Wanda Jean Tilley Obituary

Mrs. Wanda Jean Tilley, age 80, of Mena, Arkansas passed away Friday, January 10, 2020 in Mena.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at the Beasley Wood Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Reggie Fryar and Brother Ron Tilley officiating. Interment will follow in Lone Valley Cemetery in Hatfield under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home. Visitation will be Tuesday evening, January 14th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
 

 

1-11-20 5:14 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Angeline Monette Meyer Obituary

 

Angeline Monette Meyer

January 7, 1943 - January 9, 2020

 

Angeline Monette Meyer, age 77, of Cove, Arkansas died Thursday, January 9, 2020 at her home. She was born on Thursday, January 7, 1943 to Felix Jefferson and Birdie Angeline Stipe Davis in Big Fork, Arkansas.

Angeline was a lady of faith and love for her family. She had a benevolent heart and was kind to all she came across in life. Her family was very special to her and especially her children and grandchildren. Angeline was a wonderful oil painter and many of her works are on display in different businesses in Mena and surrounding areas. Angeline worked many years as a culinary chef at Queen Wilhelmina State Park and was trained at Petty Jean State Park. She also was a proud member of the National Rifle Association. Angeline enjoyed gardening, hunting and fishing. Angeline was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend and will be missed by all who knew her.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, William Meyer; two brothers, Danny Davis and Felix Davis and one sister, Wanda Tilley.

Angeline is survived by her son and daughter in law, Matt and Shirley McCarthy of Craig, Colorado; her daughter and son in law, Starlet and Larry Wayne Thibodeaux of Pea Ridge, Arkansas; one brother, Donnie Davis of Mena; one sister, Pat Westbrook of Mena; four grandchildren, Shannon Moore of Craig Colorado, Kaleb McCarthy of Keenesburg, Colorado, Cory Atkins of Virginia and Adam Atkins of Lowell, Arkansas; five great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.


Funeral services will be Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 2:00 P.M. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena with Brother Keith Hamrick officiating. Interment will follow in the Pinecrest Memorial Park in Mena. No visitation is planned. Arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

Pallbearers will be Matt McCarthy, Kaleb McCarthy Cody McCarthy, Larry Wayne Thibodeaux, Adam Atkins, and Sam Robinson. Honorary Pallbearers will be Donnie Davis, Cory Atkins, Earl Davis and Rueben Davis.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.

 

1-11-20 2:05 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Linda LaVera Crane Obituary

Linda LaVera Crane age 73 of Cove, Arkansas passed away Wednesday, January 8, 2020 in Texarkana, Texas.

Linda was born on September 15, 1946 in Salem, Oregon to the late Fredrick Rollie Nunn and the late Chrystal Irene May. She was married to William Del Crane and was a loving mother to five children several step-children. Linda was a professional upholsterer, she was very active woman who enjoyed being an artist, seamstress, truck driver and a waitress. Linda was a woman of many other talents. Above all she loved and was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt and friend to all who knew and loved her.

She is survived by husband: William Del Crane

Her five children: Steven Schantz of Arbuckle, California, Scott Schantz of Fallon, Nevada, Sherman Schantz and wife Janie of Gridley, California, Stacey Wren of DeQueen, Arkansas, and Shelley Crane and husband Steven of New Boston, Texas

Step-children: Theresa Lance of Mena, Arkansas, Stanley Plumley of Cove, Arkansas, Tonya Heard of Mena, Arkansas, Tammy Rowe of Dangerfield, Texas, and Michael Crane of Texarkana, Texas

Twenty-four grandchildren and twenty-six great grandchildren and several brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Daniel Meade, Frederick Charles Nunn, Melvin Ross Nunn and Roger Lewis Nunn, a niece Christina Nave and son Robert Wren.

Family and friend visitation will be Sunday, January12, 2020 at Beasley-Wood from 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Memorial will be planned at a later date.

Services were arranged under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com.
 

 

1-11-20 10:13 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Orle Scruggs Obituary

Orle Scruggs

December 7, 1935 - January 9, 2020

 

Orle Scruggs, age 84, of Mena, Arkansas died, on Thursday, January 9, 2020 at the Rich Mountain Nursing and Rehab in Mena. He was born on Saturday, December 7, 1935 to William Orle and Ruth Hendrix Scruggs in Lynwood, California.

Orle served his country for seven years in the United States Army in Hawaii, Thailand and Germany. Orle loved flying his R/C Model Airplanes with his fellow members of the Mena R/C Flying Club. He also enjoyed ocean fishing, riding his motorcycles and traveling. Orle was a welder for over 30 years. Orle was a loving brother, uncle and a great friend and will be missed by all who knew him.

Orle is survived by brother, Clearance Scruggs of Redding, California; niece, Gail Langford of Mena, nephew, Glenn Scruggs of Mena and a host of other relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 1:00 P.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.

 

1-11-20 10:06 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Carol Kolb Obituary

Carol Kolb

March 7, 1949 - January 4, 2020

 

Carol Kolb, age 70, of Mena, Arkansas died Saturday, January 4, 2020. She was born on Monday, March 7, 1949 to Ray Desman and Zelpha Lee Kirkpatrick Lester in Smithville, Oklahoma.

Carol was a loving, kind woman of the Baptist faith. She enjoyed gardening, beautiful flowers, and watching birds. As a homemaker, Carol always took great care for her husband and family and adored her animals. Carol was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend and will be missed by all who knew her.

She is preceded in death by her parents.

Carol is survived by her loving husband, Jerry Kolb of Mena; one daughter, Tonja Martin of North Carolina; two brothers, Steven Lester of Litchfield Park, Arizona, and Lyle Lester of Idabel, Oklahoma; one sister Levada Ashlin of Morrison, Illinois; one grandson, Ray Raught of the USMC stationed in the Philippines; one granddaughter, Heather Raught, of Crownsville, Maryland; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, January 10, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. at the Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Mena, Arkansas with Father Joseph Shantiraj officiating. Visitation will be general. Burial arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena.

Pallbearers will be Jerry Kolb, Lyle Lester, Steven Lester, and Leonard Ashlin.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.

 

1-6-20 4:14 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Mr. Victor Leo Whitman Obituary

Mr. Victor Leo Whitman, age 92, of Mena, Arkansas, passed away Sunday, January 5, 2020 at his home.

He was born on January 21, 1927, in Doylestown, Ohio to the late Leo Whitman and the late Laura Bidinger Whitman. He was married to Gertrude Alice Law Whitman for 71 years and was an insurance agent for New York Life for over 50 years. Mr. Whitman was an avid traveler and enjoyed hunting, fly fishing and camping. He was also a welder and was a member of the American Legion and the Knights of Columbus. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and a friend to all he met.

He is survived by wife: Trudy Whitman of the home

Daughters: Diana K. Beckman of Mena, Arkansas and Debbie Joe Garroutte of New Blaine, Arkansas

Grandchildren: Danniell Johnson and Dustin James Tantillo and wife Samantha

Great-grandchildren: Dillon and Kamden Tantillo

Brothers: Dennis Whitman and Earl Whitman

Sisters: Agnes Connett, Shirley LeClaire and Edna Cameron

Special Friends: Tom Brough, Tom Deters, Greg Fuller and Marvin Beckman.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Laura Whitman, 2 brothers, Stanley Whitman and Joseph Whitman, 3 sisters, Jean Fox, Monica Reynolds and Barbara Sage and by a great-granddaughter, Paxton Crook.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, January 11, 10:00 a.m. at St. Agnes Catholic Church with Father Joseph Joseph Shantiraj as Celebrant. Interment will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena. A Rosary will be said Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. at the Beasley Wood Chapel.

Pallbearers will be Tom Deters, Tom Brough, David Sage, Kevin Sage, Gregory Fox and Greg Fuller.
 

 

1-6-20 2:45 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Modema P. Smedley Obituary

Modema P. Smedley, age 93, of Cove, Arkansas, passed away Thursday, January 2, 2020 in Mena.

She was born on March 17, 1926 in Athens, Arkansas to the late Coy Pate and the late Evelyn Davis Pate. She was married to Jhon Smedley and they owned and operated The Smedley Store in Cove for many years. She was of the Pentecostal faith and was a loving mother, grandmother and friend to all who knew her.

She is survived by her son, Joel Don Smedley and his wife Pat of Coweta, Oklahoma, and grandchildren Melodie and Keith Fredrick of Coweta, Oklahoma, Jennifer and Cole Moore of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma and Nikki Morton of Bixby, Oklahoma, four great granddaughters, Allison and Jack Winkle, Lydia Jackson-Moore, Hailey Morton and Violet Morton, and one sister, Sodola Griffith.

Funeral services will be 2:00 pm., Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at the Cove Revival Center with Brother Reggie Fryar and Brother Larry Davis officiating.
 
Interment will follow in Pleasant Grove Cemetery at Cove under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Visitation is General.

Pallbearers will be Andrew Dickison, Tony Smedley, Keith Frederick, Tim Smedley, Shirley Dicksion, and Tyler Smedley.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com.
 

 

1-6-20 12:19 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Dwayne Ingram Obituary

Dwayne Ingram

February 22, 1952 - December 31, 2019

 

Dwayne "Slim" Ingram, age 67, of Mena, Arkansas died Tuesday, December 31, 2019. He was born on Friday, February 22, 1952 to Harold D. and Bernice Marie Skaggs Ingram in Fresno, California.

Dwayne was of the Baptist faith and a veteran of the United States Army during the Vietnam era. He was proud of receiving a scholarship offer to play basketball and went on to become a self-employed painter for forty years. He loved classic cars as well as wood working and finishing. Dwayne enjoyed playing and listening to Classic Rock music. He was a member of the Mena Elks Lodge. Dwayne was a loving father, son, grandfather, uncle and friend and will be missed by all who knew him.

He is preceded in death by his father; two uncles, Ike Spoon and Leon Skaggs; and grandmother Pearl Mae.

Dwayne is survived by his mother, Bernice Mahan of Fort Gibson, Oklahoma; two sons and daughter in law, Brian and Trixie Ingram of Mena, and Joseph Ingram of Daisy, Oklahoma; one daughter, Summer McLellan of Sulphur, Louisiana; four brothers, David Ingram of Mangrim, Oklahoma, Leon Ingram of California, Johnny Clelland of Pittsburg, Oklahoma, and Brandon Clelland of Pittsburg, Oklahoma; one sister, Jackie Longoria and husband Larry Longoria of Fort Gibson, Oklahoma; his uncles, Jerry Spoon, Ronnie Spoon and Harvey Skaggs; ten grandchildren; Kara Austin, Quest Cameron, Ian Cameron,Charity Cameron, Eli Hamilton, Caleb McLellan, Nathan McLellan, Maddie Thompson, Rebecca Ingram, and Zoe Ingram; four great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

A memorial service will take place Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena, Arkansas with Brother Jerry Musgrove officiating. Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas. The family would appreciate donations for funeral expenses in lieu of flowers.

 

1-2-20 8:49 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Michael Joseph Verba Obituary

 

Michael Joseph Verba, 71, of Mena, Arkansas, returned home Dec. 24, 2019. Mike was born on July 11, 1948 to Anna Verba in Cook County, Illinois.

 

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Donna Verba, his three daughters Michelle Verba-Hogan, Kandy Page and husband Darrell, Melinda Raney and husband Aaron; his grandchildren Krysten Fagan, Morgan Fagan, Nathan Raney, Bradley Verba, and Tyler Verba. He was preceded in death by his son, Gene Allan Broertjes and his mother, Anna Vrba.

 

Mike did many things in his life. He loved the outdoors, fishing, camping, and walks through the woods, as well as working on old cars. He worked many different jobs in his life, but most of them were masonry construction, as a labor foreman. He grew up in Calumet Park, Illinois, married and then moved to South Holland Illinois. The family moved to Polk County, Arkansas in 1985 and has been here in the Ouachita Mountains ever since. Mike loved the mountains and the forest here, and he fished and camped as much as he could with his grandchildren, and taught them many things from working on cars, to working with your hands and building things. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

 

1-2-20 1:07 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Brian Keith Metcalf Obituary

 
Brian Keith Metcalf age 50 of Hatfield, Arkansas passed away Saturday, December 28, 2019 in Ft. Smith.

He was born on January 26, 1969 in Mena, Arkansas to William “Willie” Edward Metcalf, Jr. and Edna Ann Potter Metcalf. He was a carpenter by profession. Brian earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Forensics. He enjoyed watching Westerns. He was an accomplished artist and a published poet. Brian was a loving and devoted son, father, grandfather, brother and friend. He will be dearly missed.

He is survived by sons: Michael Lewis and Forrester Letchworth

Daughters: Christy Lewis and Chancey Williams

Grandchildren: Nolen and Hunter

Parents: William “Willie” and Ann Metcalf

Brother: David Wayne Metcalf

Nieces and nephews: Latrisha Hulliberger, Trey Metcalf, CeCe Cearley and husband Troy

Great-nieces and nephews: Liam Hulliberger, Emma Hulliberger and Dean Cearley

Friend: Floyd Fredrick

Numerous aunts and uncles.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents Marie Lydolph and Wes Potter and his paternal grandparents William “Ed” Edward and Alice Mildred Metcalf.

Funeral service will be Friday, January 3, 2020 in Beasley-Wood Chapel at 2:00 p.m. with Brother Ron Tilley officiating. Interment will follow in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

Family and friends visitation will be Thursday, January 2, 2020 at Beasley-Wood at 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Pallbearers will be Leroy Arthur, Gabriel Jasso, Marty Cochran, William Fredrick, James Taylor, and Chris Sanders.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com.
 

 

1-2-20 1:01 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Virgie Lee Higgins Lowrey Obituary

Virgie Lee Higgins Lowrey age 80 of Wickes, Arkansas passed away Tuesday, December 31, 2019 in Mena.

Virgie was born on October 30, 1939 in Wickes, Arkansas to the late Ellis Higgins and the late Effie Lee Oglesby Higgins. She was married to B.H. Lowrey for twenty-one years until his passing. One of her passions was taking care of children, loving each. She was a talented seamstress and loved quilting. Virgie was a wonderful cook and enjoyed fishing. Above all she loved God, her family and friends. She will be dearly missed.

She is survived by daughters: Connie Lee Patterson and husband Roy of DeQueen, Arkansas and Diane Baker and husband Freddie of Vandervoort, Arkansas

Brother-in-law: Theral Jackson

Grandchildren: Freddie, Jr. and wife Lyndi Baker, Timothy Thornton and wife Aliesha, Shanea Floyd and husband Brandon, Roy Lee Patterson and James Patterson

Great-grandchildren: Cody and Katelyn Baker, Tyler, Quinton, and Payne Thornton, Makaya, Luke and Lacy Floyd

Friend: Fay Baker.

She was preceded in death by her parents Ellis and Effie Higgins, her husband B.H. Lowrey, a son Melvin Chambers, infant grand-daughter LeAnn Chambers, brothers John and Henry Higgins, and sisters Ottie Jackson and Doris Higgins.

Graveside service will be Saturday, January 4, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at Baker Cemetery in Wickes, Arkansas with Brother James Squires and Brother Ronnie Gillaspy officiating. Services under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

Visitation will be Friday January 3, 2020 at Beasley-Wood from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Pallbearers will be Brandon Floyd, Quinton Thornton, Luke Floyd, Tyler Thornton, Payne Thornton and Cody Baker.

Special thank-you to Rich Mountain Nursing and Rehab.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com.
 

 

12-31-19 10:23 p.m. KAWX.ORG

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Louis Edward Brooks

Louis Edward Brooks age 86 of Mena passed away Friday, December 27, 2019 in Mena, Arkansas.

Funeral service will be Saturday, January 4, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at Beasley Wood Chapel with Brother Victor Rowell officiating.

Interment will be in the National Cemetery in Ft. Smith, Arkansas under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

Family and friend’s visitation will be Friday, January 03, 2020 at Beasley Wood Chapel at 6:00-8:00 p.m.

 

 

12-31-19 4:33 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Jesse Ray Dickison Obituary

 

Jesse Ray Dickison age 88, of Cove, Arkansas passed away Friday, December 27, 2019 in Mena.

Jesse Ray was born on September 2, 1931 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to the late Floyd Ray “Cagle” Dickison and the late Versa Delona White Dickison. He was married to Vaunita “Red” Dickison until her passing. Jesse Ray was a carpenter by profession. He enjoyed restoring old Studebakers, which was one of his passions. Jesse Ray also loved being outdoors doing farm work and riding his tractor. He was a devoted and loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. He will be dearly missed.

He is survived by children: Cindy Watkins and husband Morris of Vandervoort, Arkansas, Sue Pollard and husband Junior of Cove, Arkansas, Peggy Hairgrove and husband Monte of Cove, Arkansas, and Stephen Dickison and wife Dollie of Red Oak, Texas

Grandchildren: Luke Watkins, Clay Watkins, Derek Pollard, Bobbie Jo Lee, Melinda Pope, Sonja Childress, Sydney Dickison, Devon Dickison, Annie Davidson and Robert Davidson

Twelve great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents Cagle and Versa Dickison, his wife Vaunita “Red” Dickison, two brothers Shirel and Gary, and a sister Jeanette.

Graveside service will be Tuesday, December 31, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Cove, Arkansas under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

Honorary pallbearers will be Jesse Ray’s grandsons; Luke Watkins, Clay Watkins, Heath Lee, Devon Dickison and Derek Pollard.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com.
 

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12-27-19 8:29 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Charlene W. Sevastos Obituary

 
Charlene W. Sevastos, age 76, of Wickes, Arkansas passed away Wednesday, December 25, 2019 in Texarkana, Texas.

She was born March 7, 1943 in Umpire, Arkansas to the late Charlie Krantz and the late Willie Mae Austin Krantz. Charlene enjoyed word search puzzles, computer games, playing cards and marbles. She loved to watch her soap operas and was an avid Elvis Presley fan. Most of all, she loved being with her family, especially cook outs. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt and friend and will be dearly missed.

Survivors are son: Michael Sevastos of Wickes, Arkansas

Grandchildren: Jason Hamilton and wife Heather of Bussey, Arkansas and Summer Howell and husband Jacob of Porterville, Louisiana

Great-grandchildren: Remington Hamilton, Easton Hamilton and Baby Howell on her way

Sister: Pamela Lopez and husband Jaime of Wickes, Arkansas

Nieces: Ana McGough, Marlena Gutierrez, and Nikki Amos

Nephews: Erick Lopez and Jason McGough

Special friends: Sheila Johnson, Jeannette Austin, and Shelley Hunter.

She was preceded in death by her parents Charlie and Willie Mae Krantz, her son Randy Sevastos, and her twin brothers James and Andrew Krantz.

Funeral service will be Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at the Daniel Cemetery Chapel with Brother David Austin officiating. Interment will follow in the Daniel Cemetery under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

Visitation is general.

Pallbearers will be Hank Austin, Erick Lopez, James Austin, Bob Austin and Jeff Hunter.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com.
 

 

12-27-19 2:34 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Joyce Ann Wilson Obituary

 

Joyce Ann Wilson age 84 of Mena, passed away Wednesday, December 25, 2019 in Mena.

Joyce was born in Haskell, Oklahoma on January 15, 1935 to the late Roy Beasley and the late Flower Bell Tucker Beasley. Joyce was married to Carl Wilson for 67 years. She was a devoted and loving homemaker who loved to cook, especially desserts. Joyce enjoyed decorating her home with Home Interior and liked to watch game shows. She loved working at Home Health taking care of the elderly and working at the college. Joyce enjoyed attending church at Hatfield Freewill Baptist Church and singing gospel music. Above all she loved God, and adored her family, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She will be dearly missed by all.


She is survived by husband: Carl Wilson of Mena, Arkansas


Daughters: Carla Myers and husband Thomas Dale of Mena, Arkansas and Sherri Jewell and husband Kevin of Kirby, Arkansas


Grandchildren: Michael Myers and wife Jessica of Mena, Arkansas and Jeremy Jewell and wife Amy of Dierks, Arkansas


Great-grandchildren: Hunter Myers, Sophie Myers, Sawyer Myers, Samuel Myers, Maggie Myers, Layla Sessler, Allie Sessler, Kelby Jewell, Kason Jewell, Kash Jewell, Sunee Younger, Sophie Younger and Maddie Younger.


She was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Flower Bell Beasley, brother Howard “Buddy” Beasley, sisters Della Hammond, Yvonne Simpson, Lessie Hicks and Burlene Sammon, her grandson Jason Jewell and great-grandson Karl Jewell.


Funeral service will be Monday, December 30, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Mena Freewill Baptist with Brother Kevin Jewell officiating. Interment will follow in the Six Mile Cemetery under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home of Mena.


Visitation will be 9:00 a.m. at Mena Freewill Baptist church prior to service.


Pallbearers will be Hunter Myers, Kelby Jewell, Kason Jewell, Kash Jewell, Kendall Wilson, Nick Wilson and Neal Smith.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com.
 

 

12-27-19 2:22 p.m. KAWX.ORG

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David Ottis Lebow Obituary

 
David Ottis Lebow, age 68, of Oden, Arkansas passed away Wednesday, December 25, 2019 at his home.

He was born August 15, 1951 in DeQueen, Arkansas to the late Ottis Lebow and the late Hazel Bell Fourhands Lebow. He was united in marriage to Mary Ann Thomas. David was a Jehovah’s Witness. He was a well-known conversationalist. The stories were never ending as long as David was in the room and he never met a stranger, however his passion in life was crystal mining. He was an exceptional crystal miner and he particularly loved mining with his sons. David was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and friend. He will be dearly missed.

Survivors are his wife: Mary Ann Lebow

Sons: Mark Lebow and Nathan Lebow

Granddaughters: Shellie Kepner, Shanna Able, and Natalie Lebow

Grandson: Jonathan Lebow

Brother: Willie Lebow and wife Linda.

Mr. Lebow was sent for cremation under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home of Mena. A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com.
 

 

12-26-19 4:17 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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