Obituaries

David Scott Brainerd Obituary

David Scott Brainerd

March 12, 1970 - October 21, 2019

 

David Scott Brainerd, age 49, of Vandervoort, Arkansas passed away on Monday, October 21, 2019 at the University of Arkansas Medical Center in Little Rock from a massive brain hemorrhage. He was born on Thursday, March 12, 1970 to Philip and Mary Lou Brainerd in Des Moines, Iowa.

David was a member of the First Christian Church in Mena and when he moved to Vandervoort he regularly attended Vandervoort Baptist Church. David enjoyed deer hunting, playing golf, spending time with friends and family and loved his children and God. David was a loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle and a great friend and will be missed by all who knew him.

David is survived by wife, Shlinda Brainerd of Vandervoort; four sons, Jack Brainerd and Paul Brainerd both of Conway and Brayden Atchley and Corbyn Long both of Vandervoort; three daughters, Brandi McMellon of Mena, Anna Brainerd of Conway and Allie Atchley of Vandervoort; his father and mother, Philip and Mary Lou Brainerd of Mena; two brothers and sisters in law, Richard and Robin Castor of Mena and Brad and Tina Castor of Mena; one grandson, Blaine Davy of Mena; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. at the First Christian Church in Mena with Brother Gary Garrett and Brother Aaron Anglin officiating. Arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Arkansas Children's Hospital, 1 Children's Way, Little Rock, Arkansas 72202.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.

 

10-23-19 5:59 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Mattie Galena Wilcox Obituary

Mattie Galena Wilcox, age 82, of Mena, Arkansas passed away Friday, October 18, 2019 in Mena.

Mattie was born on October 13, 1937 in Hatfield, Arkansas to the late Henry Harold Howard and the late Nannie Belle Clegg Howard. She was a loving mother and enjoyed cooking for her family and friends. Mattie also loved to garden and canned foods from her garden. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend to all who knew and loved her.

She is survived by ons: Billy Joe Sanchey of Mena, Arkansas and Jamie Paul McClain and wife Cindy of Mena, Arkansas

Grandchildren: Chris Youngblood, William McClain, and Matthew McClain

Great-grandchild: Bentley Templeton

Brother: Billy Jack and wife Dorothy of Tulsa, Oklahoma

Sister: Maudie Marie Wilcox and husband Luther of Moses Lake, Washington.

She was preceded in death by her parents Henry and Nannie Howard, husband Charles W. Wilcox, brothers Robert Howard and James Howard, and sisters Lawana Dilbeck and Bonnie Dunagan.

Funeral services will be Friday, October 25, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. at Beasley-Wood Chapel with Brother Ron Tilley officiating. Interment will follow in the Gann Cemetery under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com.
 

 

10-22-19 3:04 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Mark Alex Alexander Solomon Obituary

Mark "Alex" Alexander Solomon

December 3, 1986 - October 15, 2019

 

Mark Alexander Solomon, 32, of Mena, Arkansas died Tuesday, October 15, 2019. Alex was born on Wednesday, December 3, 1986 to Mark Spencer Solomon and Carlene Ledford Fagan in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

Alex liked to live fast and was always happy and smiling. He enjoyed tinkering on motorcycles and dirt bikes and made a living from mechanic work on all types of engines. He was known for modifying his trucks just the way he wanted and truly loved riding motorcycles, camping, and swimming. He also liked the fast-paced Indy Car racing, and Hard Rock music with the occasional Country song. Alex was very proud of his children and spending time with them gave him great joy. Friendship was important to him and he believed that you should make amends to the people who matter to you in order to live a happy life. Alex was a loving father, son, grandson, nephew, brother, uncle and friend and will be missed by all who knew him.

He is preceded in death by his father, Mark Spencer Solomon; maternal grandparents, Hoppy Ledford and Jeanette Schnell; paternal grandmother, Sue Solomon; and his cousin, Wesley Overturf.

Alex is survived by his mother and stepfather, Carlene and Jim Fagan of Mena; paternal grandfather, Harold Solomon of Oklahoma; one son, Spencer Solomon of Mena and his mother, Alyssa Seals of Mena; one daughter, Layken Solomon of Mena and her mother, Steffanie Skipper of Mena; three brothers, Aaron Breeden of Mena, Clay Breeden of Mena, and Kirby Solomon of Oklahoma; many aunts and uncles and a host of other family and friends.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. at the Crossing Church in Mena, Arkansas. Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.

 

10-17-19 2:05 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

 

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Charlotte Louise Blake Obituary

 
Charlotte Louise Blake age 79 of Smithville Oklahoma passed away Tuesday, October 15, 2019 in Ft. Smith, Arkansas.

She was born on September 14, 1940 in Smithville (Brushy Ridge) , Oklahoma to the late John Kentford Boyd and the late Dora Angeline Threatt Boyd. She was married to Tommy Gene Blake. She loved and enjoyed cooking, camping and just being outdoors with family and friends. Louise was an avid sports fan of all sports. She was a loving and kind wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend to all who knew her. She will be dearly missed by all.

She is survived by husband: Tommy Gene Blake of Smithville, Oklahoma

Sons: Tommy Joe Blake and wife Melissa of Smithville, Oklahoma, Tony Kent Blake of Smithville, Oklahoma, and Troy Lynn Blake and wife Jackie of Booneville, Arkansas

Daughter: Sherrie Annette Pollard and husband Johnny of Stigler, Oklahoma

Grandchildren: Samantha, Leann, Sabrina, Austin, Steven, Derik, Crystal, Tia, Randy, Tina, Breanna, Bodi, Tonya, Colby, Troy, Trevor, Devin, Josh and Tamara

Multiple great-grandchildren

Sisters: Mary Elizabeth Land of Cove, Arkansas and Savella Marcelle Wilson of Cove, Arkansas

Special friends to her kids, considered family, Karla Falls, Elaine Belue, Marsha Pollard and Velaria Fowler.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Dora Boyd, a daughter Charlotte Gean Going, and a grand-daughters Trish Hefiner and Christy Dawn Blake.

Funeral service will be Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Trinity Church in Octavia, Oklahoma with Brother Randy Keiss officiating.
 
Interment will be at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Hatfield, Arkansas under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

Family and friends visitation will be Friday, October 18, 2019 at Beasley-Wood from 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Pallbearers will be Austin Nichols, Derik Pollard, Bodi Blake, Colby Westbrook, Troy Blake and Trever Blake.

Honorary pallbearers are Steve Fisher and Randy Wilson.
 

 

10-17-19 1:44 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Myron Mike Green Obituary

Myron “Mike” Green passed away at the age 89 at Mena, Arkansas on the 15 day of October 2019 to join his loving wife Donna.

He was born on the 7th day of September 1930 in Milbank, South Dakota to the late Henry and Adela Green. Mike was united in marriage to the late Donna M. Grengs Green. He was a military person by profession from March 1949 to June 1976. He served in the Korean and Vietnam wars. He was honored with the meritorious medals, Bronze Star, Korean Series with two Bronze Stars, Vietnam service with four Bronze Stars, Air Metal, Army Commendation, Bravery Gold Medal of Greece, and numerous other metals. He was a loving and kind father, grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather.

He is survived by daughter: Lillian McCombs and husband William of Mena, Arkansas

Son: Myron Green, Jr. of Illinois

Step-son: Robert Quinumeon of Texas

Ten grandchildren, nineteen great grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by parents, Henry and Adela Green, his wife Donna Green, sister Margaret Oegler, and two brothers Donald and John Green.

Funeral service will be Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church with Brother Bill Seitz officiating.

Family and friends visitation will be Friday, October 18, 2019 at 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Beasley Wood.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com.
 

 

10-16-19 1:20 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Alma JoAnn Bailey Obituary

Alma JoAnn Bailey

November 25, 1932 - October 11, 2019

 

Mrs. Alma JoAnn Bailey, age 86, passed away Friday morning, October 11, 2019 at her residence.

She was born in Hatfield, Arkansas on November 25, 1932, a daughter of the late Luther and Roma Lee Page and one of fourteen children. She was a long term resident of Smithville, Oklahoma. She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Royal Everett Bailey.

JoAnn graduated from Smithville High School in 1952 and was known for her athletic ability as a Bravette basketball team guard. She operated several family businesses and held various careers throughout her life but mostly enjoyed her time spent with family, craft making, quilting, reading, canning, gardening, and weekend drives with her husband. She was known for her beautiful quilts and her highly requested baked pies.

JoAnn is survived by her three children Dennis Bailey and wife Karen Bailey of Frisco, Texas, Beverly Wiles of Savannah, Georgia, and James Bailey and wife Marlow Bailey of Watson, Oklahoma; five grandchildren, Leah Bailey, Dennis Bailey Jr., Colton Wiles, Megan Gallegos, and Scarlett Bailey; four sisters; three brothers; and many other family and friends.

The family would like to invite family and friends who would like to attend a celebration of JoAnn's life on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the Smithville Community Center.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Smithville Cemetery Fund.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.

 

10-15-19 3:08 p.m. KAWX.ORG

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Carol Dlaney Ashly Obituary

Carol Dlaney Ashly, age 78 died October 10, 2019 at her home. She was born July 12, 1941 to Herbert and Frances Blake. She was the granddaughter of the late Melvin and Carrie Huff, and Marion and Rosie Blake.

She is survived by two daughters; Debbie Evans and Misti Borders of Killen, Alabama, three grandchildren; Christina Carroll, Bobby Evans, and Matt Martin, and six great grandchildren, two sisters; Alice Caldwell and Norma Faulknor, two brothers; Glen Blake and Gaylon Blake.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a infant brother.

Carol loved all her rescue animals and devoted several years of her life taking care of them.

A private burial service was held at the Witherspoon Cemetery in Vandervoort, Arkansas under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com.
 

 

10-14-19 10:57 a.m. KAWX.ORG

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Geraldine Gregor Obituary

Geraldine Gregor

July 30, 1936 - October 10, 2019

 

Geraldine M. Gregor, age 83, of Hatfield, Arkansas, died Thursday, October 10, 2019 in Pencil Bluff, Arkansas. She was born on Thursday, July 30, 1936 to Lester Wittig and Alice Lenhardt Wittig in Erin, Wisconsin.

Lester and Alice were married on November 11, 1933 and after Alice passed away shortly after Geraldine's birth in 1936. Lester lived with his parents until he married Velda Foelske and were married April 29, 1939. Geraldine was a social worker for many years. She loved her family and church family. She was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Mena. Geraldine was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt and friend and will be missed by all who knew her.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, William Albert Affeld and her second husband, Ray Maywald.

She is survived by her loving husband, Stephen Gregor of Hatfield, Arkansas; two sons, Gary Affeld of Juneau, Wisconsin and Jim Affeld of Juneau, Wisconsin; three daughters, Cheryl (Arthur) Wakeman of Chesapeake, Virginia, Wendy (Donald) Peschl of Reeseville, Wisconsin, and Michelle (William) Kroll of Sherwood, Wisconsin; one brother, Vernon Lester (Yvonne) Wittig of New Berlin, Wisconsin; five grandchildren, William Wakeman, Mary Wakeman, Megan Kroll, Jessica Bloom, and Emily Kroll; four great grandchildren, Lola Wakeman, Braxton Wakeman, Brody Wakeman, and John Bloom; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral service will be held Monday, October 14, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Mena, Arkansas with Pastor Timothy Henning officiating. Visitation will be Sunday, October 13, 2019 from 2:00 - 4:00 P.M. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena, Arkansas. Interment will be in the Juneau City Cemetery in Juneau, Wisconsin under the direction of Berndt-Ledesma Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Frank Profrock, Paul Krehmeyer, Ronnie Petty, Virtus Kruse.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.

 

10-13-19 3:23 p.m. KAWX.ORG

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Iva Leah Egger Obituary

Iva Leah Egger, age 88, of Mena, Arkansas passed away Friday, October 11, 2019 in Mena.

She was born October 10, 1931 in Opal, Arkansas to the late Cooper Samuel Standridge and the late Osie Elvira Bates Standridge. She was united in marriage to Odell Egger until his passing. Mrs. Egger was a housekeeper for various businesses in Mena over the years. She enjoyed reading and was a member of Dallas Avenue Baptist Church. Always a happy person, she dearly loved her grandchildren, great grandchildren and family. She was a loving wife, mother, aunt, sister and friend and will be deeply missed by all.

Survivors are son: Steve Egger and wife Cindy of Mena, Arkansas

Daughter: Vicki Lyle of Mena, Arkansas

Two granddaughters

Numerous nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents Samuel and Elvira Standridge, her husband Odell Egger, her brother Dale Standridge, her sister Ellie Hoover, her infant daughter Terri Egger, and a granddaughter.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, October 14, 2019 at Beasley-Wood Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Justin Leonard officiating. Interment will follow at Pinecrest Memorial Park under the direction of Beasley- Wood Funeral Home of Mena. Visitation is general.
 

 

10-12-19 4:42 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Marie Janice Dahle Tilley Obituary

Marie Janice Dahle-Tilley

December 27, 1946 - October 6, 2019

 

Marie Janice Dahle-Tilley, 72, of Hatfield, Arkansas died Sunday, October 6, 2019, at her home. Marie was born on December 27, 1946, to
Horace Dahle and Ester Dahle in Montpelier, North Dakota.

Marie graduated from Montpelier High School in 1964 and from North Dakota State University in 1968. Before moving to Hatfield, she had lived in Rochester, Minnesota; Byron, Minnesota; Bear, Delaware; Chamblee, Georgia; and Norcross, Georgia.

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

She is preceded in death by her parents.

Marie is survived by her loving husband, Bill Tilley of Hatfield; two sons, Brian Ekblad of Rochester, Minnesota and Steven Ekblad of Boerne, Texas; three brothers, David Dahle of Ithaca, New York, Donovan Dahle of Westfield, North Carolina, and Darron Dahle of Palm Springs, California; five grandchildren; and a host of other extended family and friends.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 26 at 2pm at Mena First Assembly of God church located at 2111 Sutherland Ave. Mena, Arkansas. Cremation arrangements entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.

"Serving Our Community One Family at a Time"

 

10-11-19 12:00 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Onetta Mae Gentry Obituary

Onetta Mae Gentry age 91 of Grannis, Arkansas passed away Tuesday, October 8, 2019 in Mena.

Onetta was born on March 03, 1928 in Wickes, Arkansas to the late Mark Roberts and the late Florence Sullivan Roberts. She was married to Oden Anderson Gentry for 72 years until his passing on August 27, 2017. Onetta was a wonderful cook and enjoyed preparing meals for her family. She was very talented with her hands and excelled in skills such as quilting, knitting and crocheting. Onetta was also a very accomplished seamstress and a dedicated member of the Wickes Church of Christ and Northside Church of Christ in Mena. Above all, she loved her family and her church deeply. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great great grandmother, sister and friend.

She is survived by sons: Larry Gentry and wife Glenda Gaye of Grannis, Arkansas, Steve Gentry and wife Pat of Grannis, Arkansas, Monte Gentry of Sherman, Texas, and Terry Gentry and wife Melanie of Texas

Daughter: Anna McClane and husband Mike of Houston, Texas

Grandchildren: Brett Gentry of San Antonio, Texas, Katrina Brown of Dallas, Texas, Larry Gentry, II of Sherman, Texas, Richard Gentry of Grannis, Arkansas, Rachel Garza of Houston, Texas, Monte Gentry, Jr. of Texarkana, Arkansas, and Susan Cox of Abilene, Texas

Great-grandchildren: Justen Gentry, Lance Brown, Leigh Anne Marroquin, Amanda Garza, Rebecca Garza. Ashley Cox, Michala Cox, and Tina Gentry

Great-great-grandchild: Alice Rose

Brother: Gene Roberts of Ohio

Sisters: Ruth Maddox of Greenwood, Arkansas, Lois Drennan of Burleson, Texas, and Maxine Smith of Oregon.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Mark and Florence Roberts, her husband Oden Gentry, Brothers, Albert Roberts, Alton Roberts and Jerry Roberts, her sister Maudie Pinkerton and daughter-in-law Vickie Gentry.

Funeral service will be Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Wickes Church of Christ with Brother David Jacobs officiating. Interment will follow in the Grannis Cemetery under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

Pallbearers will be Larry Gentry, Steve Gentry, Monte Gentry, Terry Gentry, Mike McClane, and Brett Gentry.

Honorary pallbearers are her grandchildren.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com.
 

 

10-9-19 5:15 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Vonetha Jo Rostollan Obituary

Vonetha Jo Rostollan, age 51, passed into Eternal Life Saturday, October 5, 2019 at the age of 51.

Vonetha was born July 09, 1968 in Mena Arkansas, but was raised in Texarkana, Arkansas. She Graduated From Texarkana College School of Nursing and worked for Christus-St. Michael Hospital many years before becoming a travel nurse specializing in labor and delivery. Vonetha was a Travel Nurse by profession, serving the Indian Reservations over the United States.

Vonetha loved working in the Family Vineyard and named many of the Muscadine Vines as” Vonnie’s Vines”. She was an avid Harley Davidson motorcycle fan and loved riding with her beloved Ron.

Vonetha is survived by the love of her life and soulmate Ron Carlile of Mena, Arkansas, her mother and father Mike and Sharon Rostollan of Texarkana/Mena Arkansas, her children Christopher Pierce USN – Charlotte, North Carolina, Jacob Pierce of Texarkana, Arkansas, and Daughter Samantha and husband Jon Edmonds of USMC - Camp Pendleton, California, and grand daughter Sophia of Dallas Texas, her sisters, Rene’ and husband Kevin Matthews of Texarkana, Arkansas, Julie Ann and husband Tim Cowgill of Atlanta, Texas, Lynda and husband Billy Arterbury of Texarkana, Arkansas, Michelle Hamlin Grumbles and husband of Dublin, Texas and Brothers Micheal and wife Stephanie Rostollan of Mena/Texarkana, Arkansas and brother Kelley Holt and wife of Rison, Arkansas, and several neices and nephews, and Loyal German shepard “Lucy”.

Cremation Services are entrusted to Beasley-Wood Funeral Home of Mena, Arkansas.

Private Family Interment will be at a later date for Vonetha and her Aunt, Judy Lehmann, in the Lehmann-Rostollan Family Plots at Mount Gilead Cemetery, Rocky, Arkansas.

Donations in Vonetha’s memory can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, to St. Agnes Catholic Church, Mena Arkansas, or St. Edwards Catholic Church, Texarkana, Arkansas.
 

 

10-8-19 10:30 a.m. KAWX.ORG

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Ethel Jane Donica Obituary

Ethel Jane Donica passed away Thursday, October 3rd, 2019, in Franklin, Tennessee, just south of Nashville, after a long and arduous battle with Parkinson’s Disease.
 
Mrs. Donica is survived by her four children, Dr. Cynthia Ann Perkins of Nashoba, Oklahoma, Sherry Morris of Nunnelly, Tennessee, Robin Wolaver of Columbia, Tennessee, David Donica of Hat?eld, Arkansas, seventeen grandchildren, and thirty great-grandchildren.

“Jane” to those who knew her, Mrs. Donica was born on August 28, 1933, to Othar Moses and Annie Fortner, two ?eld hands who lived in McKinney, Texas, north of Dallas. She was the second of three children, and loved to play marbles and ride bikes with her older brother George and her younger brother Rooney.

Jane was raised in the cotton ?elds of depression-era Texas where her classical voice and arresting beauty made her a belle of the community. Swept o? her feet by Riley Donica, a young preacher from Oklahoma, she married and moved to the hamlet of Zafra in the Kiamichi Mountains in December 1957, to join Riley in his work as a missionary.

Jane soon became a pillar of the mountain territory, feeding hungry visitors—whether friends or strangers—nursing the sick, visiting the families of prisoners and those recently deceased, and caring for neglected children, many of whom came to regard her as a second mother. She taught Sunday School and spread the light of Christ wherever she went, both in her words and in her deeds.

Imbued with the hardscrabble tenacity and awe-inspiring culinary skill of her mother, Annie, along with the elegance and discernment of her mentor, Mrs. Leona Harris—the musically gifted wife of a wealthy plantation owner—Jane poured out her extraordinary talents and generous heart on the hard soil of Southeastern Oklahoma. Though she had taken few piano lessons due to her childhood poverty, her passion for music and her remarkable voice added sparkle to revival meetings across the country and inspired a similar artistry in her children.

Jane supported her husband’s mission with untiring devotion, joining in his work with an elegance and skill that made each enterprise a success. Whether it was typing a letter, baking a cake for a wedding, or opening her home to those in need, Jane made it her work to change lives for the better. She is admired and beloved, and her presence graced the world as it now graces heaven.

In lieu of ?owers, the family requests donations be sent to JOHN 3:17 MINISTRY, Att. SUZANNE RUDD, 431 HWY 145 SOUTH, NEWPORT, AR 72112. Donation can be made online by going to www.john317ministry.org.

Funeral services will be directed by Beasley-Wood Funeral Home, at the First Christian Church of Mena, Arkansas, on Wednesday, October 16th, 2019, at 2:00 P.M. Viewing will begin at 1:30.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, October 15th, 2019, from 5:30 until 7:30, at the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.
 

 

10-4-19 11:48 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Melba Louise Christie Obituary

Melba Louise Christie age 84, of Mena, Arkansas passed away Monday, October 7, 2019 in Mena, Arkansas.

She was born on November 25, 1934 in Lufkin, Texas to the late James Fred Christie and the late Tommie Barnes Christie. Melba worked as a Deputy Sheriff in Harris County Texas for many years.

She is survived by a brother: James Christie of Mena, Arkansas

Nephew: David Christie of Mena, Arkansas.

Mrs. Christie was sent for cremation under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home of Mena.
 

 

10-7-19 11:38 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Janie Gillene Childress Obituary

Janie Gillene Childress age 66 passed away Saturday, October 5, 2019 in Mena, Arkansas.

She was born on February 01, 1953 in Mena, Arkansas to the late Gilbert Forga and the late Gladys Odell Roberts Forga. Janie worked in the banking business by profession. She was a loving and dedicated mother, grandmother, and a sister. Janie will be dearly missed by all.

She is survived by sons: Martin Pitts of Mena, Arkansas and Doug Childress of Broken Bow, Oklahoma

Daughter: Erin Linley of Willston, Oklahoma

Grandchildren: Hailey Linley, Hannah Childress, Kaley Childress, Hayden Copelin, Gilbert and Gladys Forga, Alyssa Childress, and Hadlee Arceneaux

Great-grandchild: Josie Jackson

Sister: Janna Forga Bennett of Cottonwood, Arizona.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter, Autumn Childress and brother James Forga.

Mrs. Childress was sent for cremation under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

A private memorial will be planned at a later date.
 

 

10-4-19 11:34 a.m. KAWX.ORG

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Dewey Floyd Carroll Obituary

 
Dewey Floyd Carroll age 68 of Hatfield, Arkansas passed away Thursday, October 3, 2019 in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

He was born on December 28, 1950 in Johnson City, New York to the late Dewey Charles Carroll and the late Ada Ross Carroll. Dewey was married to Marie Barnes Carroll until his passing. He was a truck driver and carpenter by profession. He also was talented with leather, making rodeo gear. Dewey enjoyed hunting and fishing with family and friends. Above all he loved his family and grandchildren and would always say, “I love you to the moon and back!” He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend to all who knew him. He will be dearly missed by all.

He is survived by wife: Marie Carroll of Hatfield, Arkansas

Sons: Rick Carroll of New York, Jason Neer of Mena, Arkansas, Josh Neer of Hatfield, Arkansas, and Eric Fairless of Hatfield, Arkansas

Daughters: Bonnie Carroll of New York, Darlene Marcum of New York, and Linda Neer of Mena, Arkansas

Many grandchildren and several great-grandchildren

Sister: Bonnie Bergman of New York.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Charles Carroll, and grandson Dante Carroll. Mr. Carroll was sent for cremation under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.
 

 

10-4-19 11:37 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Sarah Sally Frances Nystrom Obituary

 

Sarah "Sally" Frances Nystrom

February 14, 1941 - September 28, 2019

 

Sarah "Sally" Frances Nystrom, age 78, of Mena, Arkansas, died Saturday, September 28, 2019 at the Mena Regional Health System in Mena. She was born on Friday, February 14, 1941 to Joseph and Frances King in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Sally had a servant's heart and loved helping anyone in need. She was a friend to many and loved her family and spending time with them. Sally enjoyed the holidays where she loved to cook everyone’s favorite dishes. Sally worked for 11 years at Disney World in Orlando, Florida before her and her husband, Rodger retired to Mena. Sally was a member of the Catholic Church. Sally was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, aunt, and friend and will be missed by all who knew her.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her adopted mother, Ann King and her sister, Jean King.

Sally is survived by her husband of 59 years, Rodger Nystrom of Mena; three sons, Joseph Nystrom of Fort Worth, Texas, R.D. Nystrom of Okmulgee, Oklahoma and Dean Nystrom of Cabot, Arkansas; one daughter, Sandra Elfo of Frendale, Washington; two sisters, Shirley Shaffer and Carol Hostetler both of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; seven grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be Sunday, October 20, 2019 at the family home located in Mena. Arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.

 

10-3-19 8:54 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Elizabeth Cecelia Mayo Obituary

 
Elizabeth Cecelia Mayo, age 79, of Pine Ridge, Arkansas, passed away Monday, September 30, 2019 in Mena, Arkansas.

Elizabeth was born on August 24, 1940 in Elliot, Maine to the late Harvey Reagan and Grace M. (Azers) Reagan. Elizabeth was an LPN specializing in geriatric patients. She enjoyed discussing politics, watching football, and eating pasta. She also loved her dogs and cats. She was a strong believer in her faith and loved her family dearly.

She is survived by son: Jeremiah Mayo and wife Angela of Oden, Arkaansas 

Daughter: Cynthia Goodner and husband Jim of Pine Ridge, Arkansas

Gina Wright of Muse, Oklahoma

Grandchildren: Chastity, Elizabeth, Zechariah, Ethan, Nathanael, Amanda, and Chance

Great-Grandchildren: Blake, Alyssa, Myah, Kaitlyn, Bella, Jadelynn, Lincoln, Syndney, and Abree

Sister: Katy Hitler of Paris, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, two sisters, and three grandchildren.

Ms. Mayo was sent for cremation under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

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10-1-19 5:14 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Bonnie Yvonne Myers Goad Obituary

 
Bonnie Yvonne Myers Goad, age 79, formerly of Hatfield, Arkansas passed away Wednesday, September 25, 2019 in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Bonnie was born on October 11, 1939 in Arkansas to the late Russell Myers and the late Peggy Luttrell Myers. She was an avid artist and painter and enjoyed traveling. One of her proudest accomplishments was when she worked for Hughes Aerospace as a keypunch operator doing “top secret” entries. She was a loving and dedicated mother, grandmother, sister and friend.

She is survived by son: Allen Goad of New Mexico

Daughter: Renee Van Esso of California

Grandchildren: Tanya Goad of Missouri, Elizabeth Goad of Missouri, and Jaclyn Goad of Germany

Brother: Ronnie Myers of Mena

Host of other family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Russell and Peggy Myers, sister Linda Claborn, and a brother Terry Myers.

Funeral service will be Monday, September 30, 2019 at Beasley-Wood Chapel at 2:00 p.m. Interment will follow in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Hatfield under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home of Mena.
 

 

9-27-19 1:59 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Thomas Wayne Creswell Obituary

Thomas Wayne Creswell, age 70, a resident of Vandervoort, Arkansas passed away Monday, September 23, 2019 in his home surrounded by his beloved family.

Wayne was born February 1, 1949 in San Angelo, Texas to the late Tom Padgett Creswell and Ruth Marie Bryant. He attended Como-Pickton High School in Pickton, Texas. In his younger years he enjoyed being a rodeo bullrider. His chosen profession was truck driving and a dozer operator.

Wayne married the love of his life, Mona Walton Creswell on December 27, 1990. He was a one of a kind man and never met a stranger. He enjoyed spending time visiting with his family and friends, going fishing, working in his shop, hunting, and sitting on his porch enjoying the view.

Wayne was preceded in death by his parents; infant twin sons, and his sister, Geraldine (Jerry) Trevino.

He is survived by his wife of 28 years, two sons and daughters-in-law, Thomas Wayne Jr and April Creswell of Cedartown, Georgia and Kevin and Janine Creswell of Adamsville, Texas; a daughter, Tabitha Creswell of Cameron, Missouri; two stepsons and daughters-in-law, Yancey and Michelle Edmunds of Osage, Oklahoma, and Jason and Meredith Guess of Euless, Texas; a stepdaughter and son-in-law, Randi and Bram Chappell of Boerne, Texas; 17 grandchildren, Bailey and wife Lindsay Chappell, Dusty and husband Jacob Dinger, Cheyenne Edmunds, Hunter and husband Ryan Robbins, Skila Dyson, Jasmine Ruckman, Yancey Edmunds II, Shala Creswell, Connor Chappell, Justin Creswell, Hayden Chappell, Cameron Sharpe, Ethan Sharpe, Paisley Creswell, Saylor Creswell, Jordy Guess and Kyle Guess; six great grandchildren; many dear friends and family members.

Graveside funeral services will be held at a later date in Mt Vernon, Texas.

Visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., Friday, September 26 at Beasley-Wood Funeral Home Chapel in Mena, Arkansas.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Family Home of Little Rock at familyhomelr.org/donate or Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Arkansas https://donate.lls.org/lls/donate.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home of Mena.
 

 

9-24-19 3:21 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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John Steven Cates Obituary

 
John Steven Cates age 58 of Nashville, Arkansas passed away Monday, September 23, 2019 in Ashdown.

John was born on December 10, 1960 in Texarkana, Texas to the late Gordon Cates and the late Marcell Van de Weghe Cates. He enjoyed watching sports and was an avid Nashville Scrapper fan. He was a loving brother.

He is survived by brother: Larry Gene Cates and wife Elizabeth.

He was preceded in death by his parents Gordon Cates and Marcell Carson.

Graveside service will be Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at the Cates Family Cemetery in Shady, Arkansas. Arrangements are under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home of Mena.
 

 

9-24-19 11:07 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Jeffery Alan Tedder Obituary

 
Jeffery Alan Tedder age 59, of Acorn, Arkansas passed away Sunday, September 22, 2019 in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Jeff was born on April 30, 1960 in Murfreesboro, Arkansas to the late Bobby Jack Tedder and the late Erma Faye Mack Tedder. He worked in the logging business for many years. Jeff enjoyed traveling around the country. He liked to farm and spend time with his adored grandchildren. He was a loving father, grandfather, step-son, brother, and friend to all who knew him.

He is survived by his wife of almost forty years: Diane Tedder of Acorn, Arkansas

Sons Greg Tedder and wife Jerusha of Acorn, Arkansas and Chris Tedder and wife Tawaynea of Acorn, Arkansas

Daughter: Pamela Brown of Colorado Springs, Colorado

Grandchildren: Donevin, Kaylee, Isaac, Sarah, Bella, Christian, Olivia and Amelia

Step-father: Gene Lance of Cabot, Arkansas

Brothers: Bobby Ray Tedder and wife Rosie of Acorn, Arkansas and Joe Tedder and wife Gale of Madisonville, Texas

Step-sister: Jeannine Higgs of Yorktown, Texas

Step-brother: Tony Lance of Cabot, Arkansas

and a large and loving family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Bobby Jack and Erma Tedder and sister, Sherry McNeill.

Funeral service will be Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at The Crossing Church with Brother Joey Pittman, Brother Bill Dunahoo, and Brother Victor Rowell officiating. Interment will follow in the Owens Chapel Cemetery under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home of Mena.
 
Pallbearers will be Bobby Tedder, Joel Tedder, Dusty Tedder, Cameron Wagner, Ricky Sirmon and Gene Whisenhunt. Family and friends visitation will be Tuesday, September 24, 2019 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Beasley-Wood Chapel.
 

 

9-23-19 4:58 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Robert Bob Francis Varley Obituary

Robert "Bob" Francis Varley

April 4, 1950 - September 18, 2019

 

Robert "Bob" Varley, was born in 1950 in New Orleans, Louisiana, son of Robert Francis Varley, Sr. and Xelma Mullinax Varley, both veterans of WW II.

He attended St. Agnes Elementary School in Jefferson Parish and Jesuit High School in New Orleans, where he was on the gymnastics and diving team. He was also a boy scout, a paper boy for the New Orleans States Item, and a licensed pilot, and member of the Civil Air Patrol.

He graduated from Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, Louisiana with a B.S. in engineering, After college, he went into business with his father in the oil service industry with R.F. Varley Company, Inc. Bob became one of the highly sought-after directional drillers, working many years on the rigs in the Gulf of Mexico offshore oil industry as well as in Texas, the Dakotas, Canada and Venezuela.

He later moved to Minnesota where he met Kirsty Erickson. They became life partners and shared many adventures. In 2006 they boated down the Mississippi River from Minnesota to Arkansas to take up residence on a hilltop farm in Hatfield. They traveled throughout Arkansas and treasured their time in Hatfield, gardening, raising chickens, bee keeping, visiting neighbors and working with good friends in the Potter Volunteer Fire Department.

He was an ingenious mechanic, carpenter/builder and all around problem-solver, a lover of dogs, cats and all animals -- and a great storyteller.

Bob will be missed by his brothers, cousins, nieces, nephews and many friends.

A memorial gathering is being planned for his friends in Mena. Timing and location will be announced on the Bowser Funeral Home website.

 

9-23-19 12:49 p.m. KAWX.ORG

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Cletus Lee Baxter Obituary

 
Mr. Cletus Lee Baxter, age 91, of Poteau, Oklahoma, passed away Saturday, September 21, 2019 in Poteau.

He was born October 04, 1927 in Watson Oklahoma. Mr. Baxter was sent for cremation under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home. Services with the family are pending and will be announced a later time.
 

 

9-22-19 5:07 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Jerrel Dale Sonny Ralls Obituary

 
Jerrel Dale “Sonny” Ralls was born in Wayne, Oklahoma on December 5th 1936 and would be raised in Nunley Arkansas on a one-hundred and seventy acre plot. His birth marked the fourth addition to the family of Vess and Pauline Ralls. His teenage adventures would lead him to the West Coast where he would eventually marry, settle in California’s fertile San Joaquin Valley and raise two beautiful girls.

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of a Husband, Father, Grandfather, Great-Grandfather, and friend to anyone in need. In the early morning hours of September 17th, 2019 dad suffered a catastrophic cerebral hemorrhage and passed peacefully, at the age of 82, in the city of Fort Smith, Arkansas.

Dad had a tremendous work ethic, cherished family time, and enjoyed the serenity of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Whenever possible, he enjoyed a weekend getaway, spending time with close friends and loved ones, on the Carson Valley River. The cool waters of the river, teeming with life in the form of an abundance of rainbow trout, cold brews, and evenings filled with storytelling, humor, and card games, were more than a welcome relief from the demands of everyday life.

Dad loved to travel and traveling with him meant that there would be a casino stop, or more precisely, many casino stops, throughout the course of a multi-day trip. He also enjoyed horse racing and his grand-children found a welcome benefit, as they accompanied him on his annual pilgrimage to the California State Fair, where they would enjoy the waterslides, carnival rides, and deep-fried treats.

In early 2019, after spending sixty-five years in California, and twenty-two years apart from our mother, dad embarked on a homecoming to Mena Arkansas and to his estranged wife. In her company he found a mutual joy, and in the town of Mena, he found a welcoming people. My only wish is that they could have spent more time together.

Dad’s passing leaves a deep void within the family. He was a compassionate and welcoming man, that touched the hearts of everyone that knew him. We will forever miss his candid visits and humorous conversations.

Sonny is survived by his wife of sixty-five years, Evaughn Ralls. His daughters: Belinda Menezes and husband George, and Terri Aguirre and husband John. His sister: Loretta Isom of Mena Arkansas. His brother-in-laws Elmer Simpson and James Gortemiller. His sister-in-law Jennie Ralls. His grandchildren, listed in descending order of age: Travis Menezes, Jozsef Nemeth, Jeremy Nemeth and partner Jillian, Chad Menezes and finance Mireya Lopez, and Guy Menezes. As well as his two great grandchildren Jonathan and Jaylynn Nemeth as well as numerous nephews, nieces, and friends.

Sonny was preceded in death by his parents: Vess and Pauline Ralls. His brothers James and Wayman Ralls. His sister Sandy Batoon and his grandson Jonathan Dale “JD” Nemeth.

He has come full circle and will be laid to rest on Monday, September, 23rd 2019 at 2:00 p.m.at Nunley Cemetery, a short jog from his boyhood home, near Nunley Arkansas. Services are under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

Pallbearers will be George Menezes, Travis Menezes, Chad Menezes, Jerry Ralls, Robert Standridge, James Simpson, and Roger Simpson.

Honorary pallbearers will be Guy Menezes and Ronald Standridge.

Family and friends visitation will be Sunday, September 22, 2019 at Beasley Wood Funeral Home at 5:00-7:00 p.m.
 

 

9-20-19 2:35 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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