Obituaries

Lourrine Tibbs Lance Obituary

Lourrine Lance age 90, of Mena, Arkansas went to her heavenly home Monday, August 19, 2019 in Mena. 

Lourrine was born on November 14, 1928 in Board Camp, Arkansas to the late Loyd Tibbs and the late Martha Burnette Tibbs. She was a loving and dedicated homemaker. She enjoyed fishing and working in her garden. Lourrine loved cooking and was an excellent cook, treating her family and friends with delicious homecooked meals. She loved her family, especially grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They were the highlight of her life. Above all she adored and loved doing God’s work as a home missionary and planting churches in the community. Lourrine was a loving pastor’s wife and was dedicated to work beside him. She was everyone’s “Granny” and was also known as “Blue Eyes”. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and friend to all who knew her. 

She is survived by daughter: Violet Sue Hopper and husband James of Hatfield, Arkansas

Grandchildren: Cindy Ezell, Jeff Lance, Le Shonda Reed, Brittany Ford, and Montana Sterner

Great-grandchildren: Caroline Singleton, Jacob Ezell, Cami Lance, Cody Lance, Tuck Sterner, Sawyer Ford, Damian Reed, Annabel Sterner, Lochlan Ford, and Scarlett Sterner

Sisters: Imo Little, Jane Mourton, and Barbara Hanks.

She was preceded in death by her parents Loyd and Martha Tibbs, husband Percy Lance, sons Eddie Lance and Aubrey Lance, daughter Lori Price, and three brothers.

Funeral service will be Thursday, August 22, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Beasley-Wood Chapel with Reverend Robert Little, Reverend Duane Alspaw, and speaker Matthew Ford. Interment will follow in the Mt. Gilead Cemetery under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

Family and friends’ visitation will be August 21, 2019 at Beasley Wood from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Pallbearers will be Matt Ford, Jeff Lance, Ben Sterner, Derek Reed, James Hopper, and Jerry Price.

Honorary pallbearers will be James Gentry, Gary Don Lance, and John Charlton. 
 

 

8-20-19 5:27 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Lucille S. Self Obituary

Lucille S. Self, age 80 of Mena, Arkansas passed away Saturday, August 17, 2019 in Mena, Arkansas.

She was born on May 15, 1939 in Cairo, Iowa to the late Phillip Evans and Lucille Pontzius Evans. Lucille loved to fish. She was a wonderful homemaker and loving mother. She will be dearly missed.

She is survived by sons: Gary Self and wife Sandra Gail and Steven Self and wife Rene

Daughter: Sandra James and husband Ken

Brothers: Corkey Evans and Ralph Evans

Sister: Margaret Johanson

Seveng grandchildren and one great grandchild

Several nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

She was preceded in death by her Parents Phillip and Lucille Evans, husband Gordon Self, son Russell Self, one great grandson, oen great granddaughter, two brothers and one sister.

Funeral service will be Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at the Beasley-Wood Chapel with Brother Donnie Jewell officiating. Interment will follow in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Hatfield, Arkansas under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

Visitation will be Monday, August 19, 2019 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Steven Self, Gary Self, Ken James, Adam Self, Darrell Self and David James.

Mrs. Self’s family would like to express their sincere gratitude to Keith Hastey and Melissa Redding with Ouachita Regional Hospice for the exceptional care they provided and also the very special ladies that were willing to set and care for Mrs. Lucille. 

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com
 

 

8-18-19 7:59 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Bette Ann McRee Obituary

Bette Ann McRee, age 86 passed away Thursday, August 15, 2019 in Norman, Oklahoma.

Bette Ann Watkins was born November 10, 1932 to Edward and Helen Watkins in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Raised in Mena, she was a 1950 graduate of Mena High School and attended Stephens College and the University of Arkansas.

She was a talented musician and composer, playing both the organ and piano and was the organist for the First Presbyterian Church for more than 60 years. She composed and published two contatas based on scriptures: The Beatitudes and Savior of Love, both of which were performed in Mena and throughout the country.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her son, Ben Edward Redman, and step-son Jim McRee. 

She is survived by husband: Kenneth McRee of the home

Daughters: Jennie Kuhnke and husband Tom of Centerton, Arkansas, Tracie Bissell and husband Teddy of Mena, Arkansas, and Suzanne Harris and husband Randy of Norman, Oklahoma

Step-son: Robert Wilson of Bella Vista, Arkansas

Step-daughter: Cathy Hancock and husband Mark of Bella Vista, Arkansas

Grandchildren: Ashlee and Jason Lance of Springdale, Arkansas, Edward Redman of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Jessica Carter of Iron Ridge, Wisconsin,Jacob Harris of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Lily and Trevor Richardson of Norman, Oklahoma, Laura Harris of Norman, Oklahoma, Taylor Kuhnke and Matthew Kuhnke of Centerton, Arkansas, Faith and Ben Hundley and Travis Hancock of Fayetteville

Great Grandchildren: Nathan Chilson, Savannah Crass and Madeleine Hancock.

Graveside services will be held 11:00 a.m. Monday, August 19, 2019 at Pinecrest Memorial Park in Mena, Arkansas under the direction of Beasley Wood Funeral Home. 
 

 

8-17-19 2:51 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Edwin Bud Benjamin Keith Jr. Obituary

Edwin "Bud" Benjamin Keith Jr.

August 8, 1947 - August 15, 2019

 

Edwin "Bud" Benjamin Keith Jr., age 72, of Mena, Arkansas died Thursday, August 15, 2019 at his home. He was born on Friday, August 8, 1947 to Edwin Benjamin Sr. and Elsie Lou Fountain Keith in Magnolia, Arkansas.

Bud was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Mena and his religious service was very important to him. He ran multiple businesses in his life, from janitorial services to landscaping, and worked as a game warden and USPS rural mail carrier for many years. Bud was a gentle soul who was always kind and optimistic. He truly believed the best of everyone. He enjoyed fishing, animal watching, chasing storms, and anything outdoors. Bud liked all types of music, but he loved Bluegrass. He was very proud of his children and grandchildren, and there was never a doubt how much he loved his wife and family. He always liked to joke with his kids and grandkids, using his clever wordplay to make them laugh. Bud was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and a great friend and will be missed by all who knew him.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Bud is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Cathy Jo Keith of Mena; two daughters and sons in law, Angela and Chad Dixon of Boles, Arkansas, and Kimberley and Chris Carson of Wickes; two sisters and brothers in law, Dottie Lou and Mike Buffington of Fayetteville, and Elizabeth Ann and Glenn Nichols of Pittsburg, Kansas; six grandchildren, Hayden Dixon, Zachery Taylor, Saleen Dixon, David Carson, Michael Carson, and Jeremy Carson; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held Friday, August 23, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses. Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.

 

8-16-19 8:33 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Wyona Abbott Obituary

Wyona Abbott age 76 of Mena passed away Monday, August 12, 2019 in Mena.

She was born on November 29, 1942 in Poteau, Oklahoma to the late Homer Rogers and the late Dorthay Patterson Rogers.

Wyona was a devout Christian and a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church in Mena. She served as the organist and led the music ministry at St. Agnes for over 40 years.

She and her husband Jim owned and operated Coast to Coast after her dad’s retirement in 1982. Wyona had a talent for selecting unique merchandise and together she and Jim developed and customized the store’s giftware sales.

Wyona was a longtime member of the Beta Sigma Phi. She enjoyed quilting, harmonizing with her dad and gathering with beloved friends and classmates from the MHS Class of 1960.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Homer and Dorthay Rogers, an infant son Patrick Lynn Abbott, and one grandson Joshua Abbott.

She is survived by husband: Jim Abbott of 58 years

Son: Brian Abbott and wife Salli of Branson, Missouri

Daughter: Susan Abbott Umbarger and husband Ken of Nacogdoches, Texas

Brothers: Roy Rogers and wife LaVonda of Texarkana, Arkansas and David Rogers of Colorado

Grandchildren: Jessica Lambert of Mena, Arkansas and Hannah Abbott of Conway, Arkansas

Great-grandchildren: James Lambert of Mena, Arkansas, Zakary Abbott of Mena, Arkansas, and Cody Abbott of Mena, Arkansas

Brother-in-law: Gus Abbott of Tulsa, Oklahoma

Sisters-in-law: Nancy Abbott of Owasso, Oklahoma and Anita Abbott of Tulsa, Oklahoma

Nephews: Tracy and Crystal Rogers of Texarkana, Arkansas and Tony Rogers of Texarkana, Arkansas

Cousin: Ginger Bopp of Eugene, Oregon who was like a sister

Niece: Karen Perrine of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas who was like a daughter

Special friends: Linda Faulkner, Larayne Risenhoover, Betty Smith, David and Kay Alley, Liz Super, Marion Titsworth, Mike and Sharon Rostollan, Bernice Hembree, Jose Hernandez, Diane Rotter and Carol Gray.

Many more loving family members and friends.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, August 17, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at St. Agnes Catholic Church with Father Joseph Shantiraj as Celebrant. Interment will follow in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

Visitation will be Friday, August 16, 2019 6:00 p.m. with Rosary being said at 7:00 p.m. at Beasley Wood Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be the Knights of Columbus.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation (Parkinson.org) or to St. Agnes Church, 203 Eighth Street, Mena, Arkansas 71953.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com
 

 

8-13-19 12:05 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

 

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Jerry W. Foster Obituary

Jerry W. Foster age 89 of Mena, Arkansas passed away Monday August 12, 2019 in Mena, Arkansas.

Jerry was born in Oden, Arkansas on August 4, 1930 to the late Jasper Foster and the late Cornelia Wilhite Foster. He was married for 65 years to the late Wanda Foster. Jerry worked in the timber and logging business and was a mechanic. He also enjoyed deer hunting and fishing with family and friends. He enjoyed tying his own jigs. Jerry loved to work in his garden and canned the bounties of food. He thoroughly enjoyed going to the cabin with Wanda and his family. In Jerrys home there was always westerns or Wheel of Fortune on his TV. Above all he was a family man, a good father to his family. He was a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend to all who knew him.

He is survived by daughters: Charlotte Foster of Fort Smith, Arkansas and Sheila Hicks and husband Mike of Mineral Springs, Arkansas

Sons: Rick Foster and wife Lynn of Mena, Arkansas, Terry Foster of Mena, Arkansas, and Stanley Foster and wife Kandy and grandson Jo Jo Foster of Mena, Arkansas

Brother: Carl Foster of Mena, Arkansas

Sisters: Anne Scheeler and husband Bob of Mena, Arkansas and Donna Cogburn and husband Henry of Mena, Arkansas

Good friends: Bob Jones and brother-in-law, Eddie Cross

Numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jasper and Cornelia Foster, his wife Wanda Lou Foster, daughter Brenda Sue Foster, and a sister Nettie Cross.

Funeral service will be Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Beasley-Wood Chapel with Brother Steve Ellison officiating. Interment will follow in the Brushy Cemetery in Oden, Arkansas under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral of Mena.

Visitation will be Wednesday August 14, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. before service at Beasley Wood.

Pallbearers will be Rodney Jones, Eddie Cross, Josh Foster, Carl Foster, Mike Hicks and Scott Hicks.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com
 

 

8-12-19 12:30 p.m. KAWX.ORG

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Maria Florella Miller Obituary

Maria Florella Miller

January 25, 1945 - August 8, 2019

 

Maria Florella Miller, age 74, of Cove, Arkansas died Thursday, August 8, 2019 at her home. She was born on Thursday, January 25, 1945 to Jose Daniel and Crisofora Jaramillo Olguin in Jarales, New Mexico.

Maria was a member of Christ's Church in Cove and regularly taught Sunday school and bible study. Her faith and family meant everything to her and gave her great joy. Maria spent much of her life farming and ten years as a USPS mail carrier in Cove. She was proud to be a classroom grandparent at Wickes and Vandervoort and she loved to read and cook, especially her delicious enchiladas. She was feisty and fun. She is someone you wanted on your side. Maria was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and a great friend and will be missed by all who knew her. 

She is preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Daniel Olguin and Ernesto Olguin; and one sister, Aurelia Jaramillo.

Maria is survived by her loving husband of 55 years, Wayne Miller of Cove; two sons and daughter in law, Lonnie and Deanna Miller of Cove, and Paul Miller of Cove; one daughter and son in law, Le-Ann and Robby Holmes of Mena; five sisters, Angelina Sanchez (Sonny) of Jarales, New Mexico, Perfilia Ulibarri (Robert) of Veguita, New Mexico, Celina Abeyta (Abran) of Jarales, New Mexico, Viola Vaisa (Steve) of Valencia, New Mexico, and Gloria Cordova of Belen, New Mexico; one brother, Frank Olguin (Tammy) of Jarales, New Mexico; nine grandchildren, Brooke Sanchez (Hugo) of Mena, Joseph Miller (Taylor) of Cove, Harley Burgett (Tyler) of Hoxie, Gene Miller of Hoxie, J.T. Miller of Cove, Ashton Miller of Horatio, Nick Holmes of Mena, Jared Holmes of Fort Smith, and Caleb Holmes of Mena; four great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held at a later date at Christ's Church in Cove, Arkansas. Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

Maria was a 17 year breast cancer survivor. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to UAMS Cancer Research at 4301 W. Markham Street, #716, Little Rock, AR 72205.

 

8-11-19 7:45 p.m. KAWX.ORG

 

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Jams D. Phillips Obituary

James (Jim) D. Phillips, age 84 of Mena passed away Thursday, August 8, 2019 in Hot Springs, Arkansas

Jim was born January 1, 1935 in Rector, Arkansas to the late Thomas Jefferson Phillips and Lavada Belle Eagle Phillips. He was married to the late Judy Ann Phillips, born in Gladewater, Texas. Jim proudly served his country in the United States Army. He worked as a Realtor with Century 21 for many years and never met a stranger. He liked camping and spent several winters in Mission, Texas. Jim enjoyed horseback riding, golf and bowling with family and friends. He loved playing and listening to music, country and bluegrass, and going to Turkey Track festival in Waldron. Above all, Jim loved and adored his family and friends. He was a loving and dedicated father, papa, great grandfather and a friend to all who knew him and will be dearly missed by all.

He is survived by son: Kevin Ray Phillips and wife Terah of Mena, Arkansas

Daughter: Kelli Diane Hiaumet and husband Billy Joe of Oden, Arkansas

Grandchildren: Shelby Arceneau, Colton Phillips, Nicole Renard, Dustin Hiaumet and wife Beth, Joe Hiaumet
 
Great-grandchildren: Stella, Isaiah, and Isaac Renard, Braelyn and Dillan Hiaumet, and Keeli Arceneau and Korbin Chapman

He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Lavada Phillips, and wife Judy Ann Phillips.

Funeral will be Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Northside Church of Christ in Mena with Brother Jeremy Jones officiating. Interment will follow in the Cherry Hill Cemetery under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

Visitation will be Monday August 12, 2019 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Beasley-Wood.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com
 

 

8-10-19 6:12 p.m. KAWX.ORG

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Ronald Warren Elliott Obituary

Ronald Warren Elliott

June 25, 1941 - August 8, 2019

Ronald Warren Elliott, age 78, of Mena, died Thursday, August 8, 2019 at the Heart of Hospice in Fort Smith, Arkansas he was born on Wednesday, June 25, 1941 to Floyd Ezra and Edith May Roach Elliott in Little Blue, Missouri. 

Ron was a Godly man and raised his family in a Christian home where Christ was taught and professed. He was a minister for many years of Jesus Christ and preached at Faith Tabernacle Church in Potter for some time. He loved serving the Lord and pointing others to Christ. Ron loved his family and spending time with his grandchildren. He also was an avid CBer and tinkerer. Ron woke up everyday wanting to work hard and provide for his family. He owned his own gravel truck for many years, fixing many people's driveways. Ron was a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather and friend and will be missed by all who knew him. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Richard Elliott, Eddie Elliott and Larry Elliott and three sisters, Patricia Wilson, Sharon Olaughlin and Jaqueline Willis. 

He is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Linda Elliott of Mena; two sons and daughters in law, Jonathan and Roxann Elliott of Mena and Timothy and Kara Elliott of Hot Springs; three daughters and sons in law, Amanda and John Morris of Conway, Sharon and Shawn Bollmeyer of Mena and Stephanie Bagley of Salt Lake City, Utah; one sister, Deborah Parker of Blue Springs, Missouri; nineteen grandchildren; five great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends. 

Funeral service will be Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Jack Smith officiating. Interment will follow in the Nunley Cemetery under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena. Visitation will be Tuesday, August 13, 2019 from 6-8 P.M. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena, Arkansas.

Pallbearers will be Andrew Elliot, Caleb Foreman, Christopher Bollmeyer, Cody Bollmeyer, Eric Elliot, Aaron Reed, Robert Doty and Jacob Doty.


Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.

8-10-19 9:40 a.m. KAWX.ORG

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James W. Alley Obituary

James "Jim" W. Alley

February 4, 1937 - August 5, 2019

 

James W. "Jim" Alley, age 82, of Mena, Arkansas died Monday, August 5, 2019 at the Montgomery County Nursing Home. He was born on Thursday, February 4, 1937 to Alfred David and Mary Elizabeth Golden Alley in Mena, Arkansas.

Jim was a good friend to many and a Christian. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Mena and served as a deacon and Sunday School teacher. Jim served in the United States Navy for twenty years and retired as a Chief Petty Officer Machinery Repairman. He later worked at U.S. Electrical Motors Corporation for 10 years. Jim then became the Instructor of Machine Tool Technology at Rich Mountain Community College for the next twenty years and cemented a legacy of being a wonderful friend and great mentor. After retirement, he co-owned and operated B J Machining Inc. He received great joy from teaching Bible classes, gardening, hunting, fishing and reading. Jim was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and a great friend and will be missed by all who knew him.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Jim is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Eva Dell Alley of Mena; his daughter, Reta Lapenter of Mena; one son and daughter in law, Randal and Debbie Alley of Hatfield; his daughter, Rhonda Tranter of Mena and fiance', Bobby Faulkner of Huntsville, Alabama; one brother and sister in law, David and Kay Alley of Mena; one sister and brother in law, Belva and E. Wayne McDaniel of Mena; five grandchildren, Jacob Alley of Mena, Justin Lapenter of Ashland, Wisconsin, Tabitha Ervin of Charleston, Arkansas, Caleb Tranter of Denver, Colorado, and Rachel Walsh of Burlington, Iowa; four great grandchildren, Jacob Dill of Alabama, Rebel and Radley Ervin of Charleston, Arkansas, and Kai Lapenter of El Prado, New Mexico; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

A funeral service will take place on Friday, August 9, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at the Salem Baptist Church in Mena (Nunley), Arkansas with Brother Steve Ellison officiating. Interment will follow at the Board Camp Cemetery in Board Camp, Arkansas. A visitation will be held on Thursday, August 8, 2019 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

Pallbearers will be Harold Coogan, Eddie Lunsford, Jonathan Lunsford, Richard Martin, Andy Brown, and Jim Aleshire.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Arkansas Baptist Children's Homes & Family Ministries, 10 Remington Drive, Little Rock, AR 72204.


Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.

 

8-6-19 1:51 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Mrs. Janice Marae Clawson Obituary

Mrs. Janice Marae Clawson, age 78, of Mena, Arkansas, passed away Sunday, August 4, 2019 in Mena.

She was born on February 18, 1941 in Indianapolis, Indiana to the late Chester Fredrick Hart and the late Janie Catherine Owens Hart. She was married to James Emmett Clawson and was a homemaker. She was an excellent mother and step-mother. The family would like to thank the visiting nurses, hospice, Rich Mountain Nursing and Rehab, the ER and ICU departments, Dr. Henderson, and nurse Lindsey Stokes at Mena Regional Health System. Special thanks go out to her church family at Bible Believer’s Baptist Church for all the continued prayers.

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

 

8-5-19 9:02 p.m. KAWX.ORG

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Judy Dianne Lawrence Lee Obituary

Judy Dianne Lawrence Lee age 70 of Mena,Arkansas passed away Sunday, August 4, 2019 in DeQueen.

Judy was born on September 20, 1948 in DeQueen, Arkansas to the late Albert Clinton Lawrence and the late Thelma Eva Tipton Lawrence. She was married to the late Glenn Gaylon Lee until his passing. Judy enjoyed working in her flower garden, doing arts and crafts and light duty carpentry work. She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend to all who knew her. 

She is survived by sons: Kevin Nault and wife Charlotte of Mena, Arkansas and Chris Lee and wife Jackie of Bentonville, Arkansas

Grandchildren: Zach and Maddie Lee of Bentonville, Arkansas and Beaux and Payton Vaughn of Bentonville, Arkansas

Sister: Wanda Sue Harrison of Greenwood, Arkansas.

She was preceded in death by her parents and several brothers.

Graveside service will be Saturday, August 10, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Old Dallas Cemetery under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com
 

 

8-5-19 4:46 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Doreen Durham Obituary

Doreen Durham

November 6, 1931 - August 2, 2019

 

Doreen A. Baird - Durham age 87 a residence of Wickes, Arkansas left her earthly life on August 2, 2019 at her home in Wickes with her daughter at her side to continue her spiritual life with those that have already crossed over. She was born November 6, 1931. She was married to William T. Baird in Carlsbad, California and also married to Charles Durham of Oceanside, California.

Doreen worked in banks first as teller then moved on up the ladder into a supervisory position she loved to move around and she did some traveling through her life time. She did attend Rich Mountain for two years with her granddaughter Michelle and they both then moved on to SAU at Magnolia, Arkansas and she graduated with a double major with high honors at the age of 65. She then started a magazine with her daughter Suzanne placing it out for free to anyone who might want to explore spiritual and herbal subjects. Then later her, her daughter and son in law Timothy Allen Sharp started a publishing company called Eyes Wide Open publishing. They wrote and published several books as well as publishing other writers in the area.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. & Mrs. Howard Kelley of Oceanside, California and both of her husbands.

She is survived by her daughter, Suzanne Wright-Sharp of Wickes, Arkansas and her son, Bill Baird of Kamiah, Idaho; several grandchildren, Franklin G. Wright and wife, Betsy, daughters, Alex Wright and Kayla Herlacher; son, Noah from Lewiston, Idaho, John G. Wright wife, Dianna and son, Levi and daughters, Grace, Faith and Stephane from Lewiston, Idaho and Joseph G. Wright from Wickes, Arkansas; Michelle D. Wright-Catalan husband and her two sons all from Virginia. William Sebastian Sharp and wife, Heather and their children, Dylan, Ava, and Dairen from North Carolina, Aurora Kristyn Sharp from Wickes, Arkansas; Elisa Baird- two boys Brycin and Mason all from Kamiah, Idaho; Breann Baird, Shanae, Jessie Baird of Kamiah, Idaho; as well as friends Cari Bush-Barrett and Nancee Kaiden and a host of other relatives and friends. 

Doreen was sent for cremation with services entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas. There are no plans for a memorial service at her request.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.

 

8-5-19 8:48 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

 

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Judy Carolyn Ryan Smith Obituary

Judy Carolyn Ryan Smith, age 69 of Mena, passed away Saturday, August 3, 2019 in Fort Smith.

She was born October 31, 1949 in Mena, Arkansas to the late Clyde Clinton Ryan and Jimmie Lou Martin Ryan Wood. She worked as a cook at Bob & Wanda’s Restaurant in Barling, Arkansas where she considered her co-workers as family. Judy adored her dogs. She cooked for them and coddled them as if they were her children. She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, and friend to all who knew her and will be dearly missed.

Survivors are son: Billy Joe McLain and wife Mary 

Mother: Jimmie Lou Wood

Brothers: James Homer Hale

Sisters: Shirley Ryan Torres, Deana Willhite and Martha Pruitt

Grandchildren: Aiden McLain and Alexia Minzel

Special friends: Randy and Phelps
 
Several nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents Clyde C. Ryan, her brother Tommy Bacon, and her sister Connie Ryan White.

A memorial service will be Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. in the Beasley-Wood Chapel. 
 

 

8-4-19 4:29 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Mildred Evelyn Wood Obituary

Mildred Evelyn Wood went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, July 30, 2019 surrounded by family and friends. Born on 28 July 1921 in Chicago, Illinois, to Peter and Sonia Lindberg, Mildred spent her lifetime in loving service to others by reflecting the grace of Jesus Christ. 

Mildred grew up in Midwest America and graduated from Corning High School in Arkansas. She studied at Arkansas State Teachers College in Conway and met John Wood, a University of Arkansas medical school senior, in Pine Bluff, while working at the Federal Arsenal Dispensary. Their interest in medicine and each other culminated in their marriage in Little Rock on 18 December 1944. Mildred lovingly supported John Wood in his demanding role as the only surgeon in Polk County. Together in Mena, they raised five children, attended & served the First Presbyterian Church, supported the community including service on the school board, and never missed an opportunity to cheer on the Bearcats and the Razorbacks. 
Mildred was preceded in death by her mother, Sonia, her sister, Rose Wisdom, and her husband, John Wood. 

She is survived by her five children: Steven (& Sally, Rockport, MA), Linda (& Don, Carrollton, TX), Kathy (& Frank, Austin, TX), Carl (Mena, AR) and Olen (& Iris, Coeur d’Alene, ID). 

Mildred is also survived by four grandchildren: Abigail McKinney, Rebekah Self, Andrew Childers (all of Austin, TX) and Roger Wood (New York City, NY); Six great-grandchildren: Logan, Elijah, Skyler & Matthew Self (Austin, TX) and Haley & Brody Childers (Austin, TX). 

A Memorial Service celebrating Mildred’s life will be held at Beasley-Wood Funeral Home on Thursday, August 1, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home of Mena. 

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes donations be made to the First Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund, 904 Church Ave, Mena, Arkansas 71953. 
 

 

7-30-19 5:39 p.m. KAWX.ORG

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Phyllis Louise Harrison Obituary

Phyllis Louise Harrison age 69 of Mena, passed away Monday, July 29, 2019 in Mena, Arkansas.

She was born on March 23, 1950 in Mena, Arkansas to the late Glen William Miller and the late Glennie Mae May Miller. Phyllis was married to Robert John Harrison and worked in the medical profession as a Register Nurse. She enjoyed collecting antiques and loved to crochet and embroidery. Phyllis was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend to all who knew her. She will be dearly missed by all.

She is survived by husband: Robert John Harrison of Mena, Arkansas

Sons: Robert Glenn Harrison and wife Von of Prairie Grove, Arkansas, John William Harrison and wife Terri of Mena, Arkansas, and Calvin Wayne Harrison of Mena, Arkansas

Grandchildren: Jeremy, Brandie, and Amanda

Brother: Larry Miller of Mena, Arkansas

Sister: Gladys Lacy of Mena, Arkansas.

She was preceded in death by her parents Glen and Glennie Miller, and a sister, Jean Singleton and grandchild, Brittnie.

Funeral service will be Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Beasley-Wood Chapel with Brother Jimmy Mabry officiating. Interment will follow in the Cherry Hill Cemetery under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

Visitation will be general. 

Pallbearers will be Ronnie Peters, Odell Peters, Danny Hendrix, Myron Alexander, Brian Hendrix and Slade Cunningham.

Honorary pallbearers are Fellow Nurses at Rich Mountain Nursing and Rehab and Mena Regional Hospital.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com
 

 

7-29-19 11:58 a.m. KAWX.ORG

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Alice Pauline Strong Obituary

Alice Pauline Strong

September 26, 1940 - July 26, 2019

 

Alice Pauline Strong, nee Hanson (Pauline), age 78, of Mena, Arkansas died July 26th, 2019 at Peachtree Assisted Living in Mena. She was born on Thursday, September 26th, 1940 to Arthur Gayle and Alice Ruth Hanson, nee Flescher in Barberton, Ohio.

Pauline was a Christian woman who always dreamed of raising a family of her own and being a loving wife. Her children and grandchildren filled her heart with love and joy. Pauline enjoyed drawing and was honored by the Marine Corp Reserve Unit for her artistry. She was a homemaker and made all her family happy with her roast beef, spareribs and sour kraut, and orange slushees. Pauline was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and a great friend and will be missed by all who knew her.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Eugene Strong; one son, Daniel Currenton; and two sisters, Betty Gagean, and Yvonne Casto.

Pauline is survived by two sons, Steven Bruner of Austin, Texas, and LeRoy Strong of Charlotte Hall, Maryland; three daughters, Kim Hodgkins of Flatts, Texas, Regina Francis of Sterling Virginia, Lavra Potts of Mena Arkansas ; two sisters, Linda Bowen of Florida, and Joy Olsen of Ohio; twelve grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

A family reunion will be held in her memory at a later date in Barberton, Ohio. Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

In lieu of floral arrangements, the family asks that contributions be made in her name to the "Wounded Warrior Foundation".

 

7-29-19 10:04 a.m. KAWX.ORG

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Braedan Reese Creekmore Obituary

Braedan Reese Creekmore

July 22, 2019 - July 23, 2019

 

Braedan Reese Creekmore of Mena, Arkansas died Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at the Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock. He was born on Monday, July 22, 2019 to Bradley Lynn Creekmore and DeAnna Mae Allen in Mena, Arkansas. 

He is preceded in death by one uncle, Kyle Allen.

Braedan is survived by his parents, Bradley Creekmore and DeAnna Allen of Mena; paternal grandparents, Fred and Reba Creekmore of Mena; maternal grandfather, Billy Allen of Hatfield; maternal great grandmother, Jeanette Allen of Mena; paternal great grandparents, Roger and Beth Watts of Mena, and Fred Creekmore of California; two uncles, Cody Creekmore of Mena, and Adam Creekmore of Mena; and special cousin, Cynthia Crider of Potter.

A funeral service will be held Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Steve Ellison officiating. Interment will follow at the Gann Cemetery in Potter. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.

 

7-24-19 1:30 p.m. KAWX.ORG

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Thomas 'Cotton' Edward Hendershot Obituary

Thomas “Cotton” Edward Hendershot age 67 of Mena, Arkansas passed away Monday, July 22, 2019 in Mena.

He was born on August 24, 1951 in Akron, Ohio to Clarence W. Hendershot and Helen Stewart Hendershot. Thomas worked in construction and was self-employed. He enjoyed fishing and hunting with family and friends. He also liked to collect coins of all kinds. Thomas was a loving and dedicated father, grandfather, brother and friend to all who knew him. He will be dearly missed.

He is survived by sons: Thomas and Amy Hendershot of Mena, Arkansas, Indio and Esther Hendershot of Mena, Arkansas, and Country Hendershot of Mena, Arkansas

Daughter: Elena Hendershot of Mena, Arkansas

Grandchildren: Dajzha, Hayden, Autacelli, Bradshaw, Nika, Braxton and Illiana

Brother: Jim Hendershot

Sisters: Jackie Summer, and Carrie Matelida

Other children: Tommy and Marnie.

He was preceded in death by his parents Clarence and Helen Hendershot, brother Clarence Hendershot, Jr. and sister Donna May.

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

A private memorial will be planned by the family at a later date.
 

 

7-24-19 11:19 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Melvin Heath Obituary

Melvin Heath, age 86, of Mena, Arkansas passed away Friday, July 19, 2019 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

He was born February 13, 1933 in Big Fork, Arkansas to the late Nick Heath and the late Maudie Marie Roach Heath. He was united in marriage to Nancy Seel. Mr. Heath was an equipment operator for the Highway Department. He was a member of the Mt. View Methodist Church. He loved spending time outdoors, gardening, fishing and just enjoying nature. Melvin was a gentle, calm man that was slow to anger until you messed with any of his grandchildren. He was a loving and caring family man that will be dearly missed.

Survivors are wife: Nancy Heath of Mena, Arkansas

Son: Steven Mel Health and wife Gayla of Roanoke, Texas

Daughter: Teresa Heath Parks and husband Mike of Mena, Arkansas

Grandchildren: Cassandra Parks of Hot Springs, Arkansas, Tyler Heath of Mansfield, Texas, and Bryar Heath Parks of Mena, Arkansas
 
Great-Grandson: Tyler Payton Heath of Waco, Texas

Brother: Donald Heath of Big Fork, Arkansas

Nephews: Ken Branstetter of Houston, Texas and Matthew Heath of El Dorado, Arkansas

Nieces: Susan Young of Fort Smith, Arkansas and Amanda Anderson of El Dorado, Arkansas.

He was preceded in death by his parents Nick and Maudie Heath and his sister Winnie Louise Branstetter.

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

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com.
 

 

7-21-19 6:23 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Mrs. Mary Louise Sherrouse Obituary

Mrs. Mary Louise Sherrouse, age 67, of Cove, Arkansas, passed away Thursday, July 18, 2019 at her home.

She was born on October 19, 1951 in Mena, Arkansas to the late Leonard Wesley Belknap and the late May Cook Belknap. She was married to the late Troy E. Sherrouse and was a custodian at Van-Cove Elementary School. Louise had a heart for the Lord and was active in the church and was there every time the doors were open. She had a green thumb and enjoyed gardening and especially loved her purple flowers. She was a loving step-mother, step-grandmother, step-great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and a friend to all she knew. 

She is survived by step-son: Nick Sherrouse and wife Rebecca of Springfield, Virginia

Brother: Terry Belknap and wife Renee of Cove, Arkansas

Sister: Doris Sanders of Kentucky

Nephews: Gary Thornton and wife Robin of Kentucky and Jimmy Don Thornton of Plainview, Arkansas

Special Friend: Barbara DePriest aka “Mother Hubbard” of Cove, Arkansas

Numerous step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Leonard and May Belknap, her husband Troy Sherrouse, and a step-son, Troy Gene Sherrouse.

Funeral services will be held Monday, July 22, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at the Cove Revival Center with Brother Tim Smedley and Brother Reggie Fryar officiating. Interment follows in Six Mile Cemetery under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home. There will be no visitation. 
 

 

7-19-19 11:30 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Jay Travis Rodgers Obituary

Jay Travis Rodgers, age 68, passed into Heaven on July 17, 2019. He was a resident of Bella Vista, Arkansas, but lived and worked most of his life in Mena Arkansas. He passed away in Mena while visiting friends.

Jay Rodgers was born in Brackettville, Texas on August 17, 1950 to James Travis Rodgers and Lela Grace Brown Rodgers. 

He is survived by his beloved wife, Joyce Kaufman Rodgers, two beautiful daughters, Lecia Hoover and Lydia Rodgers, and three adored grandchildren, Jazmin, Michael, and Violet Rodgers. His fourth grandchild will be born to Lecia and Ryan Hoover in November. He is also survived by his siblings, Rhonda Rodgers Fogle, Tim Rodgers, Lorna Rodgers Long, and Melissa Rodgers Rossborough.

He was preceded in death by his younger sister Amelia Rodgers and his parents.

Jay is remembered as a generous and kind humanitarian, loving family man, and antique car enthusiast. He was a gifted musician and poet, and many were blessed by his talents. He was a member of the Ouachita Little Theater where he performed in numerous productions and plays, some alongside his daughter Lecia. He was a well-spoken and educated man who received a Master's Degree from Henderson University in Arkadelphia. He devoted 38 years to serving the people of Polk County through the Department of Human Services. Jay could be found ringing the bell for Salvation Army every Christmas season, and this remains one of his most cherished ways to give back to a community that he loved and called home. Among many things, he was a life long Baptist.

Jay Rodgers’ life and legacy are built around compassion for his family and service to the needy. He will be greatly missed by many. Jay would be proud to have donations made in his memory to the Ouachita Little Theater or the Salvation Army.

Funeral service will be Saturday, July 20, 2019, 2:00 p.m. at Ouachita Little Theater in Mena, Arkansas with Pastor Davis Thompson officiating. Interment will follow in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Cove, Arkansas under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com
 

 

7-18-19 5:28 p.m. KAWX.ORG

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Joann Elizabeth Powell Smith Obituary

Joann Elizabeth Powell Smith age 80 of Wickes, Arkansas passed away Sunday, July 14, 2019 in Mena.

Joann was born on February 20, 1939 in Wickes, Arkansas to the late Samuel Powell and the late Eula May Powell. She was married to the late Leon Smith for 59 years until his passing. Joann worked as a Government inspector for many years. She enjoyed hunting and fishing on the Cossatot River a place where she felt at peace. Joann loved to play cards with family and friends. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend. Joann will be dearly missed by her family and friends.

She is survived by sons: Michael Smith of Wickes, Arkansas and Eric Smith and wife Savanna of Wickes, Arkansas

Daughters: Beverly Turnbough of Wickes, Arkansas and Debbie Roberts and husband Keith of Cove, Arkansas

Thirteen grandchildren and numerous great and great-great-grandchildren

Numerous nieces and nephews

Sister: Evonne Blackmon and husband Ottis of Cabot, Arkansas.

She was preceded in death by her parents Samuel and Eula Powell, husband Leon Smith, six brothers and two sisters.

Funeral service will be Friday, July 19, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at the Oak Grove Church in Wickes, Arkansas. Interment will follow in the Oak Grove Cemetery under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home of Mena with Brother Chris Burke officiating. 

Pallbearers will be Eric Smith, Chris Smith, Chris Roberts, Brandon Smith, Jeremy Roberts and Brayden Smith. Honorary pallbearer is Seth Smith. 
 

 

7-15-19 5:58 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Patsy Ellen Dunlap Sharp Obituary

Patsy Ellen Dunlap Sharp age 76 of Mena, Arkansas passed away Sunday, July 14, 2019 in Mena, Arkansas .

Patsy was born May 24, 1943 in Olney, Texas to the late Marvin Lee Birdwell and the late Audrey Ellen Brooks Birdwell. She was married to Robert Edward Sharp and was a devoted homemaker. She loved traveling, watching birds and spending winters in Mission, Texas. Patsy enjoyed cooking and spending time with family. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister-in-law and friend to all who knew her.

She is survived by her husband: Robert Sharp of Mena, Arkansas

Daughter: Lisa Dunlap Chamberlain and husband Robert of Mena, Arkansas

Sons: William Lee Dunlap and wife Mandy of Mena, Arkansas and Martin Wade Dunlap and wife Mechelle of Conway, Arkansas

Grandchildren: Jennifer Blackstock and husband Scott of Dover, Arkansas, Paige Hopkins and husband Ryan of Bluffdale, Texas, George Dunlap and wife Laura of Ft. Smith, Arkansas, Hope Stadler and husband Andrew of Malvern, Arkansas, Kaitlyn Dunlap and Emma Dunlap of Conway, Arkansas
Carson and Cooper Dunlap of Conway, Arkansas, Sister-in-law: Dora Mae Crosthwait of Olney, Texas, and Cevetra Birdwell of Ft. Worth, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her parents Marvin and Audrey Birdwell, her first husband Billy Samuel Dunlap, and a brother Jerry Lee Birdwell. 

Funeral service will be Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church in Mena with Brother Andy Arnold and Brother Vic Anglin officiating. Interment will follow in the Board Camp Cemetery under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

Family and friends visitation will be Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at Beasley Wood from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Pallbearers will be George Dunlap, Scott Blackstock, Ryan Hopkins, Andrew Stadler, Howard Barr and Timothy Sadler.

Honorary pallbearer will be Ben Sadler.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com
 

 

7-15-19 12:39 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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William "Bill" D. Richmond Obituary

William “Bill” D. Richmond age 75 of Mena, Arkansas passed away Saturday, July 13, 2019 in Ft. Smith.

Bill was born on October 11, 1943 in San Pedro Rural, California to the late Robert Richmond and the late Lela Mae Brewer Richmond. He was married to the late Carol Cunningham Richmond for 44 years until her passing. Bill was a contractor working in the construction business. He enjoyed working in his yard. Never meeting a stranger, could always strike up a conversation with anyone. He loved to hunt and fish with family and friends. Bill loved God and his family deeply and enjoyed going to church. He was a loving and devoted father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend to all who knew him. He will be dearly missed.

He is survived by daughter: Renee Martin of Mena, Arkansas

Sons: William Richmond and John Richmond

Grandchildren: Arian Robertson and husband Nick of Mena, Arkansas, Brittany Wheless and husband Devin of Mena, Hunter Martin of Mena, Arkansas, Justin Cole of Mena, Arkansas, John Richmond of Fayetteville, Arkansas

Great-grandchildren: Jeffrey Robertson of Mena, Arkansas, Jaxen Robertson of Mena, Arkansas, Karsen Wheless of Mena, Arkansas, Blake Cole of Mena, Arkansas, Isabelle Cole of Mena, Arkansas

Sister: Cathy Myers of Hatfield, Arkansas

Many nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents Robert and Lela Mae Richmond, his wife Carol Richmond , and one brother, R. G. Richmond.

Funeral service will be Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 2:00 p.m. at First Christian Church with Reverend Gary Garrett officiating. Interment will follow in the Pinecrest Memorial Park under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

Visitation will be Monday, July 15, 2019 at Beasley Wood at 6:00-8:00 p.m. 
 

 

7-15-19 10:15 a.m. KAWX.ORG

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