Obituaries

Mrs. Kum Sun Alvis Obituary

Mrs. Kum Sun Alvis, age 87, walked thru the gates of Heaven on January 17, 2021 in Mt. Ida, Arkansas.

She was born January 4, 1934 in Daejon City, South Korea. Kum Sun was united in marriage to Charles Alvis on May 1, 1968 in Seoul, South Korea. She enjoyed farming, crocheting, knitting, shopping, raising her family, and celebrating every holiday with all her children. She was an extremely loving wife, mother, and grandparent. If you came to her house, she would make sure you always left full.

Kum Sun was preceded in death by her husband Charles, infant grandson Albert Alvis. She is survived by her children; Jerry Alvis of Florida, Michael Alvis of Hot Springs, Arkansas, Dennis Alvis and wife Kathy of Birdeye, Arkansas, Susan Copelin and husband Richard of Mena, Arkansas, Calvin Alvis and wife Amy of Hot Springs, Arkansas, Karen Copelin and fiancé Sky of Hot Springs, Arkansas, and Elizabeth Dotson and husband Thomas of Malvern, Arkansas; grandchildren, Bruce, Desarie, Taylor Roberts and husband Mark, Colton and fiancé Dakota, August, Rachael, Declan, and Nolan; and 9 great grandchildren.

Private graveside service will be held Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. at Norris Cemetery in Yocana, Arkansas.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Arkansas Children’s Hospital.
 

 

1-18-21 1:06 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

 

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Wayne Ramsey Obituary

Wayne Ramsey, 91, of Poteau, OK passed away Saturday, January 16, 2021 at his home.  Wayne was born December 7, 1929 in Holson Valley, OK to Dewey & Allie (Wylie) Ramsey.  He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Hazel, Sue & Bonnie and brothers, Carmon & Jimmy.

 

Survivors include his wife, Carol; children, Mike & Patty Ward of LeFlore, OK, Kathy & J.C. Ramsey of Wilburton, OK, Misti & Bobby Ramsey of Odessa, MO, Angie & Tony Ramsey of Poteau, OK; grandchildren, Tyril, Jaci, Cody, Amber, Jodi, Jami, Cameron, Trevor, Jason, Allie, Maddie; great grandchildren, Sidnee, Braden, Paige, Aaron, Kahlan, Chase, Josie, Whitney; brother, Henry Ramsey of  Moore, OK; other relatives, loved ones and friends.

 

Services will be 1 pm, Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at Summerfield Cemetery Pavilion with Charles Caughern officiating.

 

1-18-21 11:58 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Mavis Dale Obituary

 

 

Mavis Dale

December 21, 1947 - January 11, 2021

 

 

Mavis Dale, age 73, of Mena, passed away Monday, January 11, 2021 in Mena, Arkansas. She was born December 21, 1947 in Breathitt County Kentucky.

She was a long time member of the Extension Homemakers Club of Pottsville Arkansas. She was also a long time volunteer for the Arkansas Red Cross bloodmobile blood drives. Some of her favorite hobbies included reading, playing Sudoku puzzles, and going to yard sales.

She is preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Joyce and Betty and one brother, Carl.

She is survived by her three children: Stanley Terry and wife Tanya of Clay City, Kentucky; Paula Rogers of Beattyville, Kentucky and John Dale with wife Abigail of Mena, Arkansas. Also survived by one sister Brenda Deaton of Beattyville, Kentucky and two brothers: Willard Deaton of Beattyville, Kentucky and James Floyd Deaton and wife Linda of Mena, Arkansas. Also, one step-brother, Rollie Thomas Mullins with wife Kim of McGhee, Arkansas and one half-brother Ike Deaton of Middletown, Ohio. Also a host of grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Also a special friend of the family, Jessie Cooley.

Graveside Services will be held on Friday, January 15, 2021 at the Mt. Gilead Cemetery in Rocky, Arkansas under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com

Serving Our Community One Family at a Time

 

1-14-21 12:40p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Melinda Jean Smith Obituary

Melinda Jean Smith, 46, died Monday, January 11, 2021 in Nacodoches, Texas. She was born August 23, 1974 in DeQueen, Arkansas to Tommy and Debra Smith.

Melinda loved animals, being outdoors, and flowers. She enjoyed helping people anytime they were in need and taking care of her family. Melinda worked in the food prep industry in her professional life. Anyone that knew Melinda knew of her love for her dear cat, Raptor.

Melinda is survived by her husband, Donald Smith of Timpson, Texas; sons, Donald Thomas Smith of Timpson, Texas, Brandon Lee Smith and wife Haley of Ft. Smith, Arkansas, William James Smith of Timpson, Texas; her parents, Tommy Douglas and Debra Smith of Cove, Arkansas; sister, Jennifer Belknap and husband Steve of Cove, Arkansas; grandmother, Ramona Moller of Cove, Arkansas; a host of family and friends.

She is preceded in death by her grandfather, Tommy Smith; grandfather, Frank Fox; grandmother, Darlene Fox.

A graveside service will be held Friday, January 15, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Cove, Arkansas with Brother Reggie Fryar officiating. Interment to follow under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

Visitation is general.
 

 

1-13-21 4:25 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

 

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Emmett Roy Coleman Obituary

Emmett Roy Coleman

February 26, 1939 - January 11, 2021

 

Emmett Roy Coleman, age 81, of Hatfield, Arkansas passed from this world to the hands of our Lord on Monday, January 11, 2021 at Mena Regional Health System. He was born on Sunday, February 26, 1939 to Roy and Mildred Coleman in Modesto, California.

As a very young man he learned to work hard in the sugar beet fields to help support his family. All of his life he valued hard work and taught it to his children and grandchildren. A strong patriot Emmett joined the US Navy at the age of 19. Emmett was a self taught early entrepreneur and ran several very successful businesses in various industries from harvesting to real estate. He owned and operated Emmett Coleman Trucking and Beet Harvesting in Wilcox, Arizona; Coleman Equipment in Chandler, Arizona; Sunbelt Truck Sales in Phoenix, Arizona; National Service Systems in Fort Worth, Texas and Coleman Properties in Mena, Arkansas. In 2001 Emmett and the love of his life Evelyn moved to Mena, Arkansas in happy retirement where he loved to fish, spend time with his grandchildren and ride his tractor.

Emmett was the strong patriarch of his family, an employer that inspired loyalty from his employees, and a good friend who was loved by all. He was the man who would give you the shirt off of his back and as importantly would teach you where to source the materials to create your own shirt at the absolute lowest cost. Emmett was a strong, proud and loving man who will be missed by many.

Emmett is preceded in death by his parents and his three brothers, Roger Coleman, Lawrence Coleman and Wayne Coleman.

Emmett is survived by his loving wife, Evelyn Coleman of Hatfield; two sons, Aaron Coleman of Hatfield and Jason Easley of Tucson, Arizona ; two daughters, Tammy Nichols of Cove, Arkansas and LaDonna Allen of Nashville, Tennessee; one brother, Don Coleman of Modesto, California; five grandchildren; six great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

A funeral service will be held Friday, January 15, 2021 at 11:00 A.M. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena with Brother Russell Threet officiating. Interment will follow in the Pinecrest Memorial Park in Mena. Visitation will be general. Arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.

Serving Our Community One Family at a Time.

 

1-13-21 9:46 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

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James Fletcher McCool, Jr. Obituary

James Fletcher McCool, Jr., age 80, of Mena, Arkansas passed away Saturday, January 9, 2021 at his home surrounded by his family.

He was born January 27, 1940 in Augusta, Georgia to the late James F. McCool, Sr. and Hilda Hee Foy McCool. He was united in marriage to Barbara Boblitt. James was a lifelong member of Christian Motorcycle Association (CMA), serving as the State Representative, he served in a prison ministery, a Mason, and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Mena. He served in the United States Coast Guard as a Lighthouse Keeper at Kilauea Point Kaua’I. He was the last living Lighthouse Keeper. After serving in the Coast Guard, he worked for NASA in both Hawaii and Houston, Texas. Later in life he retired from Tyson. James enjoyed photography, music, singing, hunting and target shooting as just a few of his favorite past times. He was a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle and friend.

James was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Maxine Rogers, Peggy Scott and Carol Dukes. He is survived by his wife of 8 years, Barbara; sons, James Ikaika Mikioi McCool and Jason Christopher McCool; daughter, Elvira Makanalanikia; many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other family members too numerous to mention.

Mr. McCool will be sent for cremation under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

 

 

1-11-21 1:41 p.m. KAWX.ORG

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James L. Smith, Sr. Obituary

James L. Smith, Sr. “Deadeye”, age 73, of Marshall, Texas formerly of Hatfield, Arkansas passed away Sunday, January 10, 2021 in Marshall.

He was born May 28, 1947 in Beech, Oklahoma to the late Burla Snow Beggs. James was a truck driver by profession. He enjoyed fishing, camping, deer hunting and driving his log trucks. He also enjoyed telling life stories. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and friend.

James was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Lois Smith; brothers, Terry Beggs and Gary Snow; sisters, Janie Barker, Sandra Kay Beggs and Robbie Leona Beggs. He is survived by his son, James Smith, Jr. of Mena, Arkansas; daughters, Dusty Singleton and husband Perry of Marshall, Texas, Gidget White and husband Bryan of Nevada, Texas, and Martha Rogugihi and husband Kevin of Marshall, Texas; grandchildren, Cheyenne, Jaquita, Justina, Ashley, James Smith, III, James Smith IV, Jimmy Smith, Jr., Dekota Weeks, Cody and Faith George, and Avery White; a host of great grandchildren; brothers, Roger Beggs and Jerry Snow; sisters, Linda Ferguson and Kathy Hoover.

Funeral service will be Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home Chapel with Robert Weeks officiating. Interment will follow in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Hatfield, Arkansas. Services are under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Visitation will be Wednesday, January 13, 2021 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Cecil Fairless, Floyd Fairless, Clifford Fairless, Marty Fairless, Pete Fairless, Jimmy Smith, Jr., Dekota Weeks, and Cody George.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com.
 

 

1-10-21 5:01 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

 

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William Frank Pearl Obituary

William “Frank” Pearl, age 68, passed away Saturday, January 9, 2021 at his home surrounded by family and friends.

He was born October 7, 1952 in Mena, Arkansas to the late Samuel Jefferson Pearl and Jaunita Morgan Hightower. He was united in marriage to Shirley White in 2002. He was a sheet rocker by profession and served his country in the United Stated Army. William enjoyed playing yatzee, and just all around piddling. When he was able, he enjoyed fishing and was a great cook. He was an accomplished guitar player and admirer of music. Singing to his wife, Shirley brought him great joy. William was a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and friend. He will be dearly missed.

He is preceded in death by his parents; step-father, Wilson Hightower; step-mother, Leda Pearl; sisters, Bonnie Martin and Linda. William is survived by his wife, Shirley; son, Jammey Anderson and wife Rhonda; daughters, Terri Ann Floyd Armijo and husband Frankie, Tina Jo Laws and husband Timothy and Regina Webb; 12 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren; brother, Sam Pearl and wife Mitzi, sisters, Rebecca Dalton and Beverly Anderson; special friend, Cullis Lee; a host of nieces, nephews, and other family and friends too great to mention.

William will be sent for cremation under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

 

 

1-10-21 11:35 a.m. KAWX.ORG

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Christy Ann Rodland Phipps Obituary

Christy Ann Rodland Phipps, age 61, of Mena, Arkansas, passed away Friday, January 8, 2021 at her home.

She was born December 9, 1959 in Sacramento, California to Maynard and Claudia Rodland. Christy was united in marriage to Don Phipps. She was an Escrow Coordinator and was manager of the Sun Country Inn in Mena, Arkansas for approximately 10 years. Christy was an avid reader. She enjoyed traveling and loved growing flowers. She was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, aunt and friend. She will be dearly missed.

She was preceded in death by her father, Maynard Rodland. Christy is survived by her husband, Don; sons, Chris and Jereme Jenkins; mother, Claudia Rodland; brother, Duane Rodland; sisters, Debbie Stephenson and Suzie Rodland, 7 grandchildren; 9 nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Phipps will be sent for cremation under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

 

 

1-9-21 1:06 p.m. KAWX.ORG

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Carol Ann Thanos Obituary

Carol Ann Thanos

July 29, 1934 - January 5, 2021

 

Carol Ann Thanos, age 86, of Mena, died Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at The Springs of Mine Creek in Nashville, Arkansas. She was born on Sunday, July 29, 1934 to John Huss in Chicago, Illinois.

Carol was a Christian woman who attended the St. Agnes Catholic Church in Mena. She worked as a registered nurse in Southern California for many years, and was also very proud of opening her own real estate company, American Dream Real Estate. Carol dedicated herself to learning something new every decade, such as learning to play the violin at the age of 63. She enjoyed good food and music as well as spending time with her beloved dogs, Tina and Cha Cha. Carol was a loving mother, grandmother and friend and will be missed by all who knew her.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her son, Charles Thanos; and one brother, Bill Huss.

Carol is survived by her daughter, Cynthia Thanos Wade of Mena; and a host of other relatives and friends.

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

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com

Serving Our Community One Family at a Time...

 

1-7-21 10:17 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Vera Sue Green Obituary

Vera Sue Green

November 4, 1965 - January 3, 2021

 

Vera Sue Green, age 55, of Mena, died Sunday, January 3, 2021 at her home. She was born on Thursday, November 4, 1965 to Donald Ray parker and Charlotte Sue Turner in Taft, California.

Vera was a Christian woman who attended Baker Rock Church in Wickes. She had a wonderful sense of humor and felt that the love of her family was all that truly mattered. Vera had a big heart, and loved all of her family and friends immensely. She was a loving person, always willing to give someone a second chance. Vera liked to sew, do different arts and crafts, and go shooting with her son, Randy. She was a fan of 80's Heavy Metal bands like Poison. She loved the water whether it be lakes, rivers, or the ocean. Vera 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; two brothers, David Parker and Donny Parker; and special father, Alvin Jones.

Vera is survived by two sons and daughter in law, Randy and Jill Dill of Mena, and Bricen Green of Mena; one daughter, Dixie Jones of Mena; five grandchildren, Randy Dill, Duncan Dill, Camara Dill and Robbie and Nevaeh; special mother and extended family, Shirley Parker of Mena; special sisters, Chandra Ponce and Linda Santiago both of De Queen; special brother, Roger Hornbeck of Fresno, California; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

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

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.

Serving Our Community One Family at a Time.

 

1-7-21 10:05 a.m. KAWX.ORG

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Rufus Wayne Thacker Obituary

Rufus Wayne Thacker, 76, of Mena, Arkansas, died January 5, 2021 in Hot Springs, Arkansas. He was born to the late Lester and Allene Thacker on February 25, 1944 in Mena, Arkansas.

Rufus loved to tell stories. He relived many pipeline jobs through his storytelling. He was a hard worker and never backed down from a challenge. When he was home from “work” he was always outside working on his place or in his shop. He was a dedicated employee at Century Inspection for 55 years where he worked as an xray technician and supervisor.

He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Dovie Thacker; children, Diane and Charles Billings of Chetopa, Kansas, Becky, and Abe Austin of McCarney, Texas, Debbie and Tony Youmans of Hatfield, Arkansas, Marty and Shiela Thacker of LaPorte, Indiana, and Ron and Tonya Thacker of Mena, Arkansas; twelve grandchildren; seventeen great grandchildren.

Rufus is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Bobby Thacker, Odell Thacker and Leroy Thacker; sister, Laverne Thompkins; infant sister, Zelda.

Pallbearers will be Rocky Billings, Ray Billings, Randy Beaty, Travis Youmans, Dallas Thacker and Ty Thacker.

Services will be held Friday, January 8, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. in the Beasley Wood Chapel with Brother Donnie Jewell officiating.

Interment will follow at Foster Cemetery under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home.
 

 

1-6-21 5:18 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

 

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Bonnie Bee Pruitt Obituary

Bonnie Bee Pruitt, 74, of Hatfield, Arkansas, died January 5, 2021 in Mena, Arkansas. She was born July 31, 1946 in Mena, Arkansas to the late Jessie and Willie Scott Pruitt.

Bonnie enjoyed playing dominos and cards. She loved the Lord and previously attended the Church of Christ at Mt. Fork. She spent her life as a homemaker. Bonnie was a very loving and caring mother, sister, aunt, and friend. She will be missed by many family and friends.

She is survived by her son, Jimmy Pruitt of Hatfield, Arkansas; sister, Faye Combs of Hatfield, Arkansas; sister-in-law, Sandy Pruitt of Mena, Arkansas; a host of nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Bonnie is preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Joe Pruitt and Jack Pruitt; sisters, Willene Jordan, Betty Atchley, Bessie Shores and Lorene Elliott.

Pallbearers will be Jessie Pruitt, Jody Pruitt, Mark Shores, Henry Wilkinson, Leon Jordan, John Jordan, Paul Hamm and Josh Nichols.

Services for Bonnie will be Friday, January 8, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at Beasley-Wood Chapel with Bro. Troy Denton officiating. Interment will follow in the Foster Cemetery under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

Visitation is Thursday, January 7, 2021 from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
 

 

1-6-21 12:07 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

 

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John Paul Kelly Obituary

John Paul Kelly, age 71, passed away January 3, 2021 in North Little Rock Baptist Hospital. He was born on February 2, 1949 in Mena to James Kirby Kelly and Oza (Bates) Kelly.
 
After living at a nursing home for two or so years, he tested positive for Covid-19. After developing symptoms, he was sent to the hospital. They did all they could reasonably be expected to do, next step was ventilator. That was not an option for him. Please take Covid-19 seriously and look out for everyone in our community. When someone is taken, it has a devastating impact on the family.
 
John served our country in the United States Navy. After his service he moved to Texas and owned a screen-printing business. In his spare time, he enjoyed flying his Ultralite aircraft. He enjoyed having fun with family and friends. He had the sweetest smile, when he wanted to, there were “those” looks, too! After retiring, John moved back to Mena and obtained a college degree. He was a kind, generous, and down to earth person. John was a loving son, brother, and father. He will be dearly missed.
 
He is survived by his son, Gene Paul Kelly; brother, Joe Kelly; sister, Marty Hansen and husband Tom; grandchildren, Kara, Katy, Kimberly, Shelley, and Jacob; and a multitude of great-grandchildren. John is preceded in death by his parents; and his brothers, James, Frank, Bill, and Jerry.
 
Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Beasley Wood Funeral Home. No services are planned at this time.
 
To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Mr. John Paul Kelly please visit our Sympathy Store.
 
1-5-21 3:06 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Patsy Sue Oglesby Obituary

Patsy Sue Oglesby, age 87, of Mena, Arkansas passed away January 2, 2021 in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

She was born September 23, 1933 to the late Byrd Vaught and Mamie Flora Vaught. She was united in marriage to the late Bob Oglesby. Patsy was a telephone operator by profession. She will be dearly missed.

Patsy is survived by her sister-in-law, Margaret Oglesby; cousin, Patty Oglesby; and a host of other cousins and family members. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

Graveside service will be Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 3:30 p.m. at the Nunley Cemetery in Nunley, Arkansas with Brother Russell Threet officiating. Services are under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.
 

 

1-4-21 4:15 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

 

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Bertha Rogers Speight Obituary

Bertha Rogers Speight, age 76, of Hatfield, Arkansas went to be with her Lord and Savior, December 29, 2020.

She was born on February 28, 1945 in Monticello, Arkansas to the late Ruff Rogers and Alfa Pruett Rogers. She was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Mena, Arkansas. Bertha was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, and friend.

Bertha was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Billy Ruff Rogers; and her sister, Louise Heath.
 
She is survived by her sons, Rickey Miner of Waldron, Arkansas, Russell Miner of Hatfield, Arkansas and Douglas Manley of Hatfield, Arkansas; five grandchildren, Josh Miner, Anna Miner, and Calvin Miner all of Waldron, Arkansas, and Lilly Manley and Nathan Manley of Hatfield, Arkansas; three great grandchildren, Dakota Miner, Hailey Miner, and Myles Miner all of Waldron, Arkansas.

Graveside services will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 6, 2021 in the Rocky Cemetery in Sims, Arkansas under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Visitation is general.

 

 

1-4-21 11:12 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Charles Stricklin Obituary

Charles Stricklin

July 5, 1933 - January 1, 2021

 

Charles Stricklin, age 87, of Mena, Arkansas died on Friday, January 1, 2021 at the Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He was born on Wednesday, July 5, 1933 to Jess Stricklin and Retha Melissa Williams Stricklin in Heavener, Oklahoma.

Charles proudly served in the United States Navy during the Korean War, aboard the USS Black Battleship. God and family were his guiding light in life. He would often say, "God is good, if you let Him be." He was an active member of the First Assembly of God Church in Mena. Charles was a very hard worker, and always did everything with integrity. He said that his career as a self-employed salesman started when he was 8 years old selling garden seeds. He was a district leader in The Gideon's International, a Mena Police Officer, the Mayor of Hatfield, and Pastor at the Board Camp Assembly of God. Charles loved to make people laugh and was quite a jokester. He was very passionate about gardening and loved flowers of all kinds. He also liked fishing, listening to Southern Gospel music, and was a very talented woodworker. Charles always enjoyed his coffee, as well as ice cream and coconut cream pie whenever he could get it. Most of all, Charles loved his family. He was very close with his parents and siblings, and he instilled that love in his own children. He was so proud of the family he raised and cherished every moment with all of them. Charles was a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and will be missed by all who knew him.

He is preceded in death by his parents; Jess and Retha Stricklin, his wife, Mary Jo Farley Stricklin; two brothers, Obie Stricklin and William Stricklin; and two sisters, Dosha Tilley and Pauline Wiles.

Charles is survived by Norma Stricklin of Mena; one son, Richard Stricklin of Richmond, Virginia; three daughters and sons in law, Charlene and Randy O'Neal of Hot Springs; Lisa and Marvin Brewer of Mena; and Tressa Mercado of Charleston, Arkansas; six grandchildren, Rikki Stricklin, Brandon O'Neal, Amber and Jacob Goodner, Holly and Wesley Cummins, Amisha and Tim Mosley, and Senia and Dakota Rapp; two great grandchildren, Ivy Jo Cummins and Eleanor Wren Mosley; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

A graveside funeral service will be held on Friday, January 8, 2021, at 2:00 P.M. at Six Mile Cemetery in Hatfield, Arkansas with Brother Ron Tilley officiating. Visitation will be Thursday, January 7, 2021 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.

Serving Our Community One Family at a Time.

 

1-3-21 7:54 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Garry Lee Butte Obituary

Garry Lee Butte, age 63 of Mena, Arkansas passed away December 31, 2020 in Mena.

Garry was born on August 3, 1957 in Geneva, Ohio to Lynn Clark Butte and Emma Edna Barnum Butte.

He was married to Jeanine Butte and worked as a cable lineman. He enjoyed playing music and writing songs. Garry was a kind and loving person that would help others. He enjoyed volunteer work by coaching football and refereeing. Garry also was past president of the Eagles and an encouraging mentor to all.

He will be dearly missed by all.

He is survived by his wife: Jeanine Butte

Sons: Tedy Bear Butte, Bryan Lee Butte and Garry Lee Butte, Jr.

Ten grandchildren and three great-grandchildren

One brother and six sisters.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Robert, and granddaughter Jillian.

Mr. Butte was sent for cremation under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

 

1-2-21 1:19 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Patricia Lee O'Sheilds Gentry Obituary

Patricia Lee O'Sheilds Gentry age 73 of Grannis, Arkansas passed away Thursday, December 31, 2020 in Grannis.

Patricia was born on December 17, 1947 in Sherman, Texas to the late Robert Wesley O'Sheilds and the late Nancy Laws O'Sheilds. She was married to Stephen Gentry for fifty-four years.

She worked as a Postal worker for many years. Patricia enjoyed an active life. She loved to paint, sew and crochet. Also, water skiing and bowling. Above all, she loved her church family and serving God.

She is survived by her husband of 54 years: Stephean Gentry of Grannis, Arkansas

Son: Brett Gentry and wife Adessa Ziegenfuss of San Antonia, Texas

Grandchildren: Venessa Paterson, Aurora Collinsworth, Rohan Collins, Gavin Collins, Jordan Collins and Justen Gentry

Great-grandchildren: Aspen Conn, Waylon Paterson, Lane Paterson and Amelia Paterson

Sister: Carol Spadin.

She was preceded in death by her parents. Graveside services will be Monday, January 4, 2021, 10:00 a.m. at Grannis Cemetery in Grannis with Brother David Jacobs officiating under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com.
 

 

1-2-21 12:01 p.m. KAWX.ORG

 

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Xavier Ross Williams Obituary

Xavier Ross Williams

July 31, 1926 - December 30, 2020

 

Reverend Xavier Ross Williams, age 94, passed away on December 30, 2020. He was born in McCurtain County, Oklahoma on July 31, 1926 to Clarence Otto Williams and Ora Carter Williams. Ross (as he was called by family and friends) was a graduate of Vandervoort High School, Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR, and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX. He also served in the United States Navy during WWII.

Ross married the love of his life, Elva Lou Francis Stewart on Easter Sunday, April 6, 1947, in Wickes, AR. Two years later, he was called to preach the Gospel and moved his wife and 2 children to Fouke, AR where he began preaching at his first church in Red River Bottoms. Ross and his wife, Elva, spent the next 55 years faithfully serving the Lord in the Gospel Ministry, as he pastored many churches throughout Arkansas. Most of this time was in Smackover, AR, Mt. Ida, AR, and Mena, AR. Ross also served as the Director of Missions during a portion of this time. Ross officially retired after acting as interim pastor to Vandervoort Baptist Church in Vandervoort, AR in 2004.

In addition to serving in the ministry, Ross owned and operated several family businesses, including fabric stores, buidling supply stores, farmland with cattle, and upon his retirement, he owned the fuel base operations at the Mena Intermountain Municipal Airport.

When Ross wasn't working in the church or his other businesses, he loved to spend time fishing on the lake, piloting his airplane, wood working in his shop, or gardening. He loved when his grandchildren or great grandchildren would come to stay.

Ross was proceeded in death by his wife, Elva Lou Francis Williams; his parents, Clarence Otto Williams and Ora Carter Williams; his brother Raymond Williams; and his sisters, Frieda Hilton, Bettye Mae Jones, and JoAnn Basford.

Ross is survived by his children: one son and daughter in law, Gary and Sharon Williams of Mena; one daughter and son in law, Donna and Hal Merriman of Jacksonville; six grandchildren, Kristi and Steve Schuller of Mena, Kevin and Tiffany Williams of Mena, Keith and Amber Williams of Mena, Melissa and Robert Kennedy of Maumelle, Kyle and Cori Williams of Springdale, Kimberly and Chadd Williams of Siloam Springs; nine great grandchildren, Olivia Lockhart, Andrew Davis, Alexis Williams, Nicholas Williams, Tessa Williams, Jenna Williams, Grayden Kennedy, Everly Kennedy, and Aubrey Williams; three step grandchildren, Taylor and Allie Schuller, Kyndon Schuller, and Kasen Schuller; one sister, Wanda Jones; and a large number of nieces and nephews. Most notably, niece Anita Nault, who has been a caregiver for Ross for the last three years.

A Graveside Service will be held Monday, January 4, 2020 at 10:00 am at the Pinecrest Memorial Park in Mena, Arkansas with Brother Russell Threet officiating.

 

1-1-21 12:40 p.m. KAWX.ORG

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Tony Dean Wilhite Obituary

Tony Dean Wilhite

September 23, 1983 - December 28, 2020

 

Tony Dean Wilhite, age 37, of Mena, Arkansas died on Monday, December 28, 2020 at the Mena Regional Health System in Mena. He was born on Friday, September 23, 1983 to Tony Dale Wilhite and Kathy Louise Cook.

A funeral service will be held on Monday, January 4, 2020, at 2:00 P.M. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena. Arrangements entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

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12-31-20 5:06 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Mary A. Clark Thompson Obituary

Mary A. Clark Thompson, age 72, of Mena, Arkansas passed away Wednesday, December 30, 2020 in Mena.

She was born April 23, 1948 in Mt. Pleasant, Texas to the late Edward Leon Clark and Mary Lou Mitchell Clark. Mary was a welder by profession. She enjoyed going to yard sales, gardening, and she loved animals. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and friend.

Mary is survived by her son, Christopher Michael Thompson and wife Jessica; daughters, Karen Phillips, Kathy Hegenbart and husband Rick; grandchildren, Miranda Bump, Chet Phillips and wife Jessica, Jay Allen, Braileigh Green and husband Chris, Bree Collins and husband John Wayne, and Joseph Thompson; great grandchildren, Zoe Phillips, Jaden Phillips, Skylee Allen, Lexi Allen, Josh Allen, Colton Allen, Garrett Chane and Aidan Chane; brothers, Danny Clark and wife Sandra, Jimmy Clark, and Larry Clark. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Michael Glenn Thompson.

Mrs. Thompson will be sent for cremation under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

 

 

12-31-20 11:34 a.m. KAWX.ORG

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Mary Glenn

Mary Glenn, 75, of Mena, Arkansas, died on December 29, 2020 in Mena, Arkansas.

She was born to the late Wilson Saunders and Susan Marbut on January 28, 1945 in Mena, Arkansas.

Mary worked as a physical therapist aid and dietary aid in the healthcare industry. She also worked as a bookkeeper for her son’s business.

In her spare time Mary enjoyed carpentry, remodeling, giving old items new life and keeping up with her boys and grandkids.

Mary is survived by her sons, Archie Jewell, Sr. and wife Roxie, Kenneth Jewell and wife Janet, Tommy Jewell and wife Deniece, Keith Jewell and wife Frances, Jimmy Glenn, III and wife Tara Cartwright; grandchildren, Derek Britt Jewell, Waylon Brewer Jewell, Mary Janelle Bowen, Archie Ray Jewell, Jr., Samantha Sellers, Rick Jewell, Brooke Baker, Brentlee McReynolds, Kyleigh Gonzalez, Tiffany Luttmer, Keith Jewell, Jr., Kyle Jewell, Jimmy Glenn, IV, Addelyn Glenn, Harley Dering, RyLee Dering, Braxton Scott McBroom; greatgrandchildren, Waylon Brewer, Jr., Brianna Brewer, Melanie Jewell, Dale Gertiser, Jr., Matthew Gertiser, Adasha Jewell, Elijah Jewell, Audrey Sellers, Gwen Sellers, Kye Sellers, Weston Jewell, Jack Jewell, Matthew Luttmer, Natalie Jewell, Nevah Jewell, Keith Jewell, III; sister, Peggy Hoyle and husband Don; niece, Debbie Sherrill; great niece, Heather Taylor.

She is preceded in death by her parents, and a sister, Ann Clark.

Ms. Glenn has been sent for cremation under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home.

A private family memorial will be held at a later date.
 

 

12-30-20 2:08 p.m. KAWX.ORG

 

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Michael Wayne Dowdy Obituary

Michael Wayne Dowdy, age 50, of Mena, Arkansas passed away Saturday, December 26, 2020 at his home. He was born on November 29, 1970 to Bobby Jack Dowdy and Wanda Louise (Miller) Dowdy.

Michael worked in construction and as a truck driver, he loved his work. He enjoyed working on four-wheelers and rebuilding Jeeps. He also loved being outdoors. He was a loving father, son, uncle, and friend. He will be dearly missed.

He is survived by his sons, Dillon Dowdy, and Cody Dowdy; daughter, Lexi Dowdy; mother, Wanda Dowdy; brother, Rick Dowdy; sister, Sherry Dowdy; best friend “little brother”, Jeff Beck; and nephews, Chris Dowdy and wife Sarah, Justin Dowdy and wife Sabat, Jonathon Dowdy, and Robert Dowdy. Michael was preceded in death by his father, Bobby Jack Dowdy.

Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

 

 

12-27-20 5:52 p.m. KAWX.ORG

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Bee Harvey Ross Obituary

Bee Harvey Ross, age 90, passed from this life on Saturday, December 26, 2020 at his home in Mena. He was born on June 13, 1930 to Arthur Russell Ross and Leotie (Kindle) Ross.

Bee was drafted into the Army in 1950 at the age of 20. After serving two years in Germany as a tank driver, he joined the Navy in 1952. He served four years in Japan, two tours in Vietnam running a Swift Boat and on the USS Hancock, and many other Navy cruises as Boatswain’s Mate. Bee retired from the Navy in 1970 as a Chief Petty Officer.

After his service to our country, Bee began employment with Weyerhaeuser at the Craig Plant in Broken Bow, Oklahoma. He retired in 1989 after eighteen years. In 1990, he fulfilled his dream, buying a ranch in Octavia, living a satisfying life, raising cattle for many years.

Bee is survived by his wife, Janise Ross; sons, Dennis Ross and wife Lanora, and William Mitchell and wife Kim; daughters, Elizabeth Newman, and Janene Mitchell; grandchildren, Joe Harvey Ross, Florence Lynn Phillips, Elyssa Stinnett, Ledger Newman, Aaron Mitchell, and Jade Mitchell; several great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Joseph Whitson Ross, Lee Travis Ross, Robert Bruce Ross, and Arthur Enoch Ross; and sister, Dorothy Laverne Shelton.

A graveside service for Mr. Ross will be held 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at Hochatown Cemetery in Hochatown, Oklahoma with Pastor Bill Seitz . Visitation at the funeral home is general. Services are under the direction of Beasley Wood Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Scott Ross, Charles Ross, Russell Ross, Larry (Joe) Bunn, William Mitchell, and Max Shelton.
 

 

12-27-20 5:48 p.m. KAWX.ORG

 

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