Shane Garrie Deramus, age 48, of Acorn, Arkansas passed away Saturday, May 30, 2020 surrounded by his loving family.
He was born to Dan Deramus and Linda Corley Deramus on July 10, 1971 in Mena, Arkansas. He proudly served his country and was a veteran of the United States Army. Shane worked for Street and Performance, worked for the Acorn School District, and owned S&S Detail; he was really a jack of all trades. He loved the outdoors and liked to build things with his hands. Most of all he was a family man and was fiercely proud of his 3 children and his new granddaughter. He was a loving son, father, grandfather and a friend to all who knew him. He will be dearly missed.
He is survived by parents: Dan and Linda Deramus of Acorn, Arkansas
Son: Dylan Deramus of Fayetteville, Arkansas
Daughters: Kailyn Deramus and partner Brad Anderson of Conway, Arkansas and Lindey Taylor Deramus of Fayetteville, Arkansas
Grandchild: Cordelia Elizabeth Anderson of Conway, Arkansas
Brother: Danny Deramus and wife Tammy of Mena, Arkansas
Sister: Chamarie Spurgin and husband Kevin of Mena, Arkansas
Also, numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends too great to mention.
Shane was sent for cremation under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at Beasley Wood Chapel on Thursday, June 4th at 2:00 p.m. with Brother Scott Jones officiating.
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5-30-20 3:06 p.m. KAWX.ORG
Jerin Bob Ferguson
December 15, 1979 - May 30, 2020
Jerin Bob Ferguson, age 40, of Mena, Arkansas died Saturday, May 30, 2020 at Board Camp. He was born on Saturday, December 15, 1979 to Robert Lynn and Deanna Jean Kelly Ferguson in Mena, Arkansas.
Jerin was a fun loving, life of the party fellow that loved his family and especially the light of his life his daughter, Patience. Jerin join the United States Army National Guard at the age of 16 and upon graduating from Mena High School he was called upon to serve his country in Kuwait in the Southern Watch phase of Desert Storm. Jerin was very proud of his time in the military. He loved going deer, turkey and coon hunting, going fishing and going back roading. Jerin was a loving father, son, brother, nephew, uncle and a great friend and will be missed by all who knew him.
Jerin is survived by his daughter, Patience Ferguson of Mena; his parents, Bob and Deanna Ferguson of Mena; his brothers and sisters in law, Roy and Mandy Ferguson of Mena and Kyle and Nikki Ferguson of Mena; his sister and brother in law, Tara and Tim Milham of Mena; several aunts and uncles; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.
A memorial service will be held Wednesday, June 3, 2020 will be held at 2:00 P.M. at the Ferguson Cabin on County Road 754 near Wolf Pen Gap with Brother Victor Rowell officiating. Arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.
Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.
5-30-20 2:57 p.m. KAWX.ORG
Mary J. Anderson Kesterson, age 86, of Ashdown, passed away May 29, 2020 in Ashdown, Arkansas.
Mary was born on November 30, 1933 in San Diego, California to the late Walter William Anderson, Sr. and Della Mae Hannah. She was married for many years to the love of her life, Horace Kesterson. Mary was a home maker, volunteer at the humane society, artist, and so much more. She took great pride in her work. When she was not working around the house or volunteering, she was donating her artwork, quilting, canning food, and rescuing animals. She was a daughter, sister, mother, aunt, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend to all. Mrs. Mary J. Kesterson was a one-of-a-kind woman and will be dearly missed.
She is survived by sons: Larry Kesterson of Mena, Arkansas and David Bailey of Horatio, Arkansas
Daughters: Linda Safrin of Connecticut and Tammy Lynn Ford of Lockesburg, Arkansas
Grandchildren: Adam Ford of Texarkana, Arkansas, Amanda Dean of Texarkana, Arkansas, Jennifer Bates of Oklahoma, and Tamra Ward of Lockesburg, Arkansas
Twelve other grandchildren and 6 greatgrandchildren
A host of other family members.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter William and Delta Mae Anderson; Husband, Horace Kesterson; son, Gary Kesterson; sisters, Ann, Geraldine, and Qwendlin; and brother, William Walter, Jr.
Graveside services will be at 2:00pm, Monday June 1st at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Cove, Arkansas. Services will be under the direction of Beasley Wood Funeral Home.
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5-30-20 12:08 p.m. KAWX.ORG
LITTLE ROCK – Thanks to a proclamation by Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced today, anyone may fish in Arkansas without a fishing license or trout stamp from noon Friday, June 12, through midnight Sunday night, June 14. The proclamation was read at today’s online commission meeting by Megan Perkins, agriculture and commerce liaison to Hutchinson’s office.
An annual tradition sponsored by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and approved by Gov. Hutchinson, Free Fishing Weekend gives many people the opportunity to enjoy the amazing angling The Natural State has to offer. This will be the second time Arkansans have had the opportunity to enjoy fishing without a license in 2020. During the initial closure of schools, amusement parks and museums because of concerns for the spread of the coronavirus, commissioners worked in concert with Hutchinson to waive the requirement of a fishing license for nine days in late March.
“At $10.50 a year, Arkansas’s fishing license is one of the nation’s least expensive; it’s less than three cents per day,” said Ben Batten, chief of the AGFC’s Fisheries Division. “But even that fee is waived for this weekend to help get people outside for a fishing trip.”
Batten says June is an excellent time to fish, and this year has shaped up to be a good one with many people enjoying a return to the water.
“We’re seeing increased traffic at many of our lakes, particularly the smaller and mid-sized lakes the AGFC owns,” Batten said. “Even weekdays have been consistently busy as people have learned fishing and the outdoors are an ideal temporary getaway from our current issues in the world.”
Unfortunately, continued concerns for COVID-19 have interrupted one of the most popular annual events that typically take place during Free Fishing Weekend. All fishing derbies at AGFC hatcheries have had to be canceled to help continue suppressing the spread of coronavirus.
“We are heartbroken over the decision we have had to make to cancel the hatchery derbies,” said Tommy Laird, assistant chief of the AGFC’s Fisheries Division who leads the agency’s five freshwater fish hatcheries. “Everyone at every hatchery really takes pride in those derbies, as it is one of the only chances we have to show everyone where we work and what we do. Thousands of people show up to the hatcheries throughout the day, and there’s just no way to accommodate that many people without breaking social distancing recommendations.”
5-29-20 12:46 p.m. KAWX.ORG
Anne Maye Casey
April 8, 1949 - May 28, 2020
Anne Maye Casey, age 71, of Cove, Arkansas, died Thursday, May 28, 2020, at her home surrounded by family. She was born on Friday, April 8, 1949, to Jessie Charles and Faye Lucille Martin Broach in Hatton, Arkansas.
Anne was a Christian woman who spent her life caring for her family. The love for her family guided her life and filled it with happiness. In her free time, she enjoyed gardening, cookbooks, long nature walks, sewing, quilting, and camping with her family. Anne was very proud of all her family and cherished every moment she had with them. She was a loving wife, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend and will be missed by all who knew her.
She is preceded in death by her parents; two daughters, Judy Joyce, and Loretta Miller; and three brothers, Alfred Broach, Jessie Broach, and Tom Broach.
Anne is survived by her loving husband of 40 years, Douglas Casey of Cove; three daughters, Polly Dunce of Halesworth, England, Anna Hopkins of Cove, and Sara Woodcock of West Oneonta, New York; two brothers, Carl Broach of Vandervoort, and Glen Broach of Hatton; seven sisters, Betty Holly of Colorado, Frances Bates of Hatton, Margaret Miller of Cove, Doris Dixon of Hatton, Edna Dixon of Waldron, Peggy Wilkinson of Hatton, and Alice Catherwood of Puckettville, Oklahoma; seven grandchildren, John Higgins of Mena, Heath Zanzeberg of Vandervoort, Marilyn Woodcock of West Oneonta, New York, Mia Dunce of Halesworth, England, Maleena Hopkins of Cove, Ethan Woodcock of West Oneonta, New York, and Ashley Hopkins of Cove; two great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.
A graveside service will be held on Saturday, May 30, 2020, at 10:00 A.M. at the Cecil Chapel Cemetery in Vandervoort, Arkansas, with Don Youngblood and Joe Thibeau officiating. Burial arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.
Pallbearers will be John Higgins, Heath Zanzeberg, Ethan Woodcock, Andrew Casey, Nicholas Ross, and Henry Wilkinson.
Patola “Pat” B. Harrison, age 88, formerly of Board Camp, Arkansas, passed away Wednesday, May 27, 2020 in North Little Rock, Arkansas.
Pat was born on September 6, 1931 in Opal, Arkansas to Arnold and Cynthia Bates. She was a poultry farmer and loved gardening. Pat also enjoyed reading and decorating. She and her husband Bill lived in Board Camp and were members of Board Camp Baptist Church since their 20’s. She lived out her faith each day and taught her children to trust the Lord no matter what happens in life. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.
She is survived by daughters: Berva Bentley and husband Doug of North Little Rock, AR and Kelly Brewer of Sherwood, AR
Grandchildren: Matthew Edwards and Shauna Mooney of Richmond, VA, Douglas Bentley of Fayetteville, AR, Natalie Meinzer and husband Brian of Havelock, NC, Josh Bentley and wife Melanie of Little Rock, AR, Vici Jenkins and husband Dan of Nashville, TN, and Rob Brewer of Conway, AR
Great-grandchildren: Eliot Edwards, Mena Edwards, Lukas Jenkins
Niece: Marilyn Beth Gordon
Nephew: Tim Kizer.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Harrison; parents, Arnold and Cynthia Bates; and her father and mother-in-law, Iley and Lee Harrison.
Mrs. Harrison was sent for cremation under the direction of Beasley Wood Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
5-28-20 2:28 p.m. KAWX.ORG
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William “Bill” G. Stokes, age 80 of Mena, Arkansas, passed away Tuesday, May 26, 2020 in Mena.
Bill was born January 27, 1940 in Mena, Arkansas, to the late J.C. Stokes and the late Goldie Mae Sims Stokes. He served in the United States Airforce and worked for the Mena Street Department. Bill Dearly loved his family. He will be dearly missed by a host of friends and family.
He is survived by Daughter: Angelia Martin and husband Lorne of Hatfield, Arkansas
Grandchildren: Kenny Brock of Mena, Arkansas and Skiliera Ward of Hatfield, Arkansas
Nine great grandchildren
Sisters: Barbara Sue Gage and husband Eddie of Louisiana and Charlotte Thacker and husband Jeffery of Mena, Arkansas
Brothers: Dale Stokes of Hatfield, Arkansas and Tommy Stokes and wife Barbara of Boles, Arkansas
A host of other family members.
He was preceded in death by his parents J. C. Stokes and Goldie Mae Stokes and his brother Donald Stokes.
A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Services are under the direction of the Beasley-Wood
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5-28-20 2:25 p.m. KAWX.ORG
James Lawrence Hursh, age 48 of Cove, Arkansas, passed away Sunday May 24, 2020.
James Hursh was born June 24, 1971, in Mena, Arkansas, to Charles Aurther Hursh and Thelma Cearley Hammond. James was a kind-hearted man and was always willing to help others, in any way that he could. He had a passion for watching racecar. James also had his lifelong dream fulfilled when he had the opportunity to drive in his very own racecar. He never once let his disability hinder him. Mr. James Hursh was a son, a brother, and friend to all. He will be dearly missed.
He is survived by mother: Thelma Hammond and husband Paul of Mena, Arkansas
Brothers: Thomas Robertson of Knoxville, Tennessee and James Carver of Eufaula, Oklahoma
Sisters: Christina Kesterson and husband Karey Don of Mena, Arkansas, KaSondra Babe and husband Pat of Pikeville, North Carolina, and Florence Cooper of Kentucky
Grandmother: Edna Cearley of Hatfield, Arkansas
Special Friend: Tony Ward of Cove, Arkansas
Numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Aurther Hursh; Grandfather, James Cearley; and Mama Maxine Carver.
Mr. Hursh was sent for cremation under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home.
Memorial Services will be held on Sunday May 31, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. in the old Hatfield Auditorium, officiated by Brother Troy Denton.
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5-26-20 12:39 p.m. KAWX.ORG
June 9, 1931 - May 22, 2020
Leo Lott, age 88, of Hatfield, Arkansas, died Friday, May 22, 2020, at his home surrounded by family. He was born on Tuesday, June 9, 1931, to Lee Warney and Ruby Sarah Strother Lott in Ink, Arkansas.
Leo was a man of God with great faith and attended the Mena Church of God. He proudly served in the United States Army during the Korean War and quickly proved himself by attaining an E-6 rank in just two years. Leo was a beloved schoolteacher who taught at Acorn for twenty-seven years before retiring. He had a passion for education, after only going to school until 8th grade, he attained his GED, undergraduate degree from Lee University in Tennessee and finally his masters degree from Henderson State University. Leo was a very compassionate man and cared greatly for every student and child that crossed his path. It is clear he made a real difference in many lives. He was an incredibly hard worker and loved to work on equipment on his farm and take care of his cattle. Leo loved to fish and participated in many bass tournaments. He enjoyed gospel music, gardening, and time spent with all his friends he made in the area since childhood. Every minute spent with his grandchildren was full of love. Leo loved his wife, Doris, and all his children with all his heart. He was a dedicated teacher who was proud to serve God, Family, and Country. Leo was a loving husband, father, brother, uncle, grandfather, great grandfather, and friend and will be missed greatly by all who knew him.
He is preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Herman Lott; one brother in law, Fred Lange; and three sisters in law, Shirley Lott, Edith Lott, and Sandy Lott.
Leo is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Doris Lott of Hatfield; three sons and daughters in law, Randy and Debbie Lott of Hatfield, Rodney and Emma Lott of Hatfield, and Robert and Tammy Lott of Hatfield; three brothers and sister in law, Vernon Lott of Springdale, Arkansas, Bobby Lott of Acorn, and Johnny and Norma Lott of Acorn; one sister, Edna Lange of Red Rock, Texas; seven grandchildren, Jeremy Lott, Adam Lott, Josh Lott, Sage Cannon, Jaymie Lott, Hunter Lott, and Zachary Lott; ten great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to the Senior Adult Sunday School Class at the Mena Church of God at 2771 Hwy 88 East, Mena, AR 71953.
A funeral service will be held on Monday, May 25, 2020, at 2:00 P.M. at the Mena Church of God in Mena, Arkansas, with Brother Mark Lyle and Jimmy Mabry officiating. Interment will follow at the Rock Springs Cemetery in Posey Hollow, Arkansas. A visitation will be held prior to the funeral service from 12:00 - 2:00 P.M. at the Mena Church of God. Burial arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.
Honorary Pallbearers are the members of the Senior Adult Class at the Mena Church of God.
5-23-20 3:13 p.m. KAWX.ORG
Glen Aurther Slarrow, age 74 of Mena, Arkansas, passed away Thursday May 21, 2020.
Glen Slarrow was born January 24, 1946 in Benton Harbor, Michigan, to the late Dewey Slarrow and Vivian Murdock Slarrow. He was married to the love of his life, Mrs. Sandy Slarrow. Mr. Slarrow served in the United States Army and was deployed on two tours in Vietnam. As a part of his civilian life, he worked for the airlines as a ground crew member. In his free time, Glen enjoyed spending time with his beloved cats, take spontaneous drives to see the country, and constantly tinkering and building things. He was known for his kind heart and his urge to help everyone he met. Mr. Glen Slarrow was a husband, son, brother, and friend to all. He will be dearly missed.
He is survived by brother: Roger Slarrow and wife, Sheila of Mena, Arkansas.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Sandy Slarrow; father, Dewey Slarrow; mother, Vivian Murdock Slarrow; and brothers, Michael and Greg Slarrow.
Mr. Slarrow was sent for cremation under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home.
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5-22-20 2:05 p.m. KAWX.ORG
Judy Ann Fruen Myers, age 70, of Hatfield, Arkansas, passed away Monday, May 18, 2020 at her home.
She was born June 15, 1949 in Bates, Arkansas to the late Ellis L. C. “Dick” Fruen and the late Ala “Evelyn” Pepper Fruen. She was united in marriage to Terry Myers until his passing. Judy worked at Aalf’s Clothing factory. She was a wonderful homemaker taking great pride in her home and yard. Judy enjoyed taking pictures, mostly of her family which were her favorite subjects. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family whom she loved dearly. Judy was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend.
Survivors are sons: Bruce Myers and wife Carolyn of Wichita Falls, Texas and Randy Myers and wife Erin of Mena, Arkansas
Grandchildren: Brad Myers, Bryan Myers, Hayley Myers, Amber Davis, Nick Myers, Jordon Hunter, Jacquelyn Romine, Bailey White, Payton White and Ryan White
Great-Grandchildren: Parker, Tate, Haydyn, Averie, Colter, Hunter, Kyndal and Reagan
Brother: Wayne Fruen
Sister: Glenda Martin.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Terry Myers, and her brother Howard Fruen.
Graveside service will be Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at the Six-Mile Cemetery with Brother Ron Tilley officiating. Interment will follow under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.
Visitation is general.
Pallbearers will be Brad Myers, Bryan Myers, Nick Myers, Justin Romine, Coy Burford, and Brandon Burford. Honorary pallbearers are Ryan White, Colter McReynolds, Tate Hunter, Parker Crow and Hunter Davis.
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5-19-20 2:22 p.m. KAWX.ORG
Harold Ray Riley, age 75 of Mena, Arkansas, passed from this life on Sunday, May 17, 2020 at his home surrounded by his family.
Harold was born on August 23, 1944 to Nauflett Riley and Alma Ray (Crossland) Riley. He was united in marriage to Dee-Dee (Boeving) Riley, or as Harold called her, “Baby Cakes”, for 53 years. Harold attended the first vocational college in Arkansas, located in Pine Bluff, and became an Automotive Instructor. He taught at Rich Mountain Vo-tech and had numerous students throughout the years. After his retirement, Harold and his son Bear built his automotive shop, Riley’s Auto Air, that he maintained for many years. Harold’s passion was street rodding and re-building old cars. He and Dee-Dee helped his dear friend Mark Campbell put on the Mena car show for forty years. They made many friends all over the nation attending rod runs. Harold was also a bass guitar player in several bands including “Weird Harold and the Rubber Band” and “Jokers Wyld”. He was an antique toy collector, loved marbles, and was a member of the Elks Lodge. Harold started a tradition of finding four leaf clovers with his children that has continued with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
Harold is survived by his wife, Dee-Dee of the home; son, Bear Riley and wife Donna of Broken Bow, Oklahoma; daughter, Christi Horton and husband Brian of Missouri; grandchildren, Devin, Angel, Brent, Logan, Tyler, Taylor, and Lacey; great-grandchildren, Cooper and Oliver Riley, Izabelle, Landon, and Spencer; brother, Clark Riley of Utah; sister, Doris Short of Virginia; nieces and nephews, Jennifer Stewart and husband Scott, Phillip Riley, Ronnie Short, James Short, Mike Short, Steve Short, T.J., Justin, Andrew, Matt, and Emily; numerous great nieces and nephews; brother-in-law, Jody Boeving; and sister-in-law, Star Geoghahn.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Claude Gene Riley; brothers-in-law, Jimmy Short and Timmy Boeving; and nephews, Josh Boeving and Jacob Sperry.
A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at a later date with arrangements entrusted to Beasley Wood Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, Mr. Harold requested that donations be made in his memory to the American Cancer Society or to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
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5-18-20 4:13 p.m. KAWX.ORG
Joyce Ann Higgins
June 14, 1949 - May 15, 2020
Joyce Ann Higgins, age 70, of Smithville, Oklahoma died Friday, May 15, 2020 at the Mercy Hospital in Fort Smith. She was born on Tuesday, June 14, 1949 to Leroy and Bessie Louise Brown Sharp in Florence, Arizona.
Joyce was a lady of faith and had a love for her family; her children and grandchildren were the most important aspect of her life. Joyce graduated High School with honors and received the Betty Crocker Scholarship. She worked many years as a billing specialist for multiple Home Health agencies. She was a hard worker and enjoyed crafting, crocheting, and spending time in Hobby Lobby. Joyce 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; a brother, Roy Sharp, and a sister, Catherine Sharp.
Joyce is survived by her beloved daughters, Sheila Cunningham of Smithville, Oklahoma and Tess Merrideth and companion Brian Toon of Smithville, Oklahoma; her brother, Tim Sharp of Wrightsville, Arkansas; sisters, Edna Hines of Noble, Oklahoma, Judy Parnell and husband, Leslie of Smithville, Oklahoma, Rosalie Sherrouse of Glenwood, Oklahoma, and Emalie Hines and husband, Mickey of Lindsey, Oklahoma; seven grandchildren, Steven Fisher of Goshen, Indiana, Crystal Seiguet and companion, Travis of Vandervoort, Arkansas, Kristina Provence and husband, Rodney of Hatton, Arkansas, Tony Blake and wife, Tesha of Broken Bow, Oklahoma, Tonya Heifner and husband, Mathew of Zafra, Oklahoma, Joey Cunningham of Goshen, Indiana, and Taryn Cunningham of Tulsa, Oklahoma; nineteen great grandchildren; several nephews and nieces and a host of other family and friends.
Graveside services will be Monday, May 18, 2020 at 2:00 P.M. at the Watson Cemetery in Watson, Oklahoma with Brother Ed Rogers officiating. Visitation will be general. Arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.
Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.
5-16-20 2:15 p.m. KAWX.ORG
October 13, 1932 - May 13, 2020
Kenneth P. Grenz, age 87, of Mena, Arkansas died Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at his home in Mena. He was born on Thursday, October 13, 1932 to Paul and Edna Pauline Gaede Grenz in Hitchcock, Oklahoma.
Kenneth served his country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict as a medic and was Honorably Discharged. He was a person that served God and his fellow man with all his heart. He was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Mena where he served Elder and Deacon and a Sabbath school teacher. Kenneth was a member of the Ouachita Amateur Radio Club, American Radio Relay League. Kenneth was an electrical engineer and enjoyed woodworking, Amateur radios and gardening. Kenneth was a loving father, brother, uncle and a great friend and will be missed by all who knew him.
Kenneth is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Elouise Grenz and two sons, Lloyd Grenz and Randy Bronner.
Kenneth is survived by daughter and son in law, Klinda and Emil Rath of Mena and Alice Grenz of Cleburne, Texas; step son, Bill Bronner of West Los Angeles, California; step daughter, Charlene Prettyman of Sandy, Utah; his brother, Robert Grenz of Farmington, Washington; his sisters, Edna June Ferguson of Angwin, California and Geraldine Dunbar of Fairfield, California; four grandchildren; four step grandchildren; six great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.
A memorial service will be held at a later date with arrangements entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.
Velda Janell Waldrop Watkins, age 78, of Vandervoort left this life for her eternal heavenly home on Wednesday, May 13th, 2020.
She was born the daughter of R. C. and Flossie Tilley Waldrop in King, Arkansas on December 26th, 1941.
She was a member of Vandervoort First Baptist Church since she was 12 years old, where she filled many roles over the years including playing the piano and organ and teaching all ages of Sunday School classes.
She loved reading, gardening, music, cooking, and writing books, and most of all spending time with her family. She was a loved mother, sister, grandmother, aunt, and friend.
Preceded in by death by her father R.C. Waldrop, her mother Flossie Waldrop, and a granddaughter Emma Cumpton.
Left to mourn her one brother, Dale Waldrop and wife Pam of Fordyce, Arkansas.
Four children, John G. Watkins and wife Merisa, Gloria Strother and husband Nick, James Watkins and wife Janet, and Regina Cumpton and husband David all of Vandervoort.
Ten grandchildren: Paige Lee and husband Kenny of Dierks, Arkansas; Ethan Watkins and wife Sarah of Vandervoort; Jared Strother of Vandervoort, Kevin Strother and wife Whitney of Keota, Oklahoma; Jordan Strother and wife Karlie of Carthage, Texas; Brian Strother of Vandervoort; Jessica Salley and husband Josh of Converse, Louisiana; Morgan Watkins and fiancé Nate Looney of Monticello, Arkansas; Garrett Watkins of Vandervoort; and Cara Cumpton of Vandervoort.
Nine great-grandchildren: Logan Lee, Parker Watkins, Kashlyn, Adeline, Nicholas and Jake Strother, and Addison, Aliza and Adalida Salley.
And many more family members, friends and loved ones.
Service will be graveside, Center Cemetery, Hartley, Arkansas, Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. with Bro. Roy Brooks and Bro. Aaron Anglin officiating.
Pall Bearers will be grandsons: Jared Strother, Kevin Strother, Ethan Watkins, Jordan Strother, Garrett Watkins and Brian Strother.
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5-14-20 1:27 p.m. KAWX.ORG
Eunice Vernell Nance
March 10, 1949 - May 12, 2020
Eunice Vernell Nance, age 71, of Mena, Arkansas died Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at her home. She was born on Thursday, March 10, 1949 to Sylvester Lenear and Viola Marjorie Elliott Walker in Ardmore, Oklahoma.
Eunice was a lady of faith and love for her family. Her home and her family she made with her husband, Gene was the most important aspect of her life. Eunice loved to cook and make her Lemon Meringue Pies for her family to enjoy. She worked 10 years as the clerk for Sun Country Inn in Mena and also the First Care Clinic in Mena. Eunice enjoyed the simple things of life and being with family. Eunice was a loving wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend and will be missed by all who knew her.
She is preceded in death by her parents.
Eunice is survived by her loving husband Gene Nance of Mena; her daughters and sons in law, Julie and Aaron Stancil of Horatio, Arkansas and Christy and John Nance of Mena; her brothers, Phillip Hensley of Wickes and Samuel Walker of Grannis; five grandchildren, Colby Stancil of Gillham, Courtney Stancil of Horatio, Caitlyn Stancil of Horatio, Laci Stancil of Horatio and Lindsay Onstad of Tempe, Arizona; several nephews and nieces and a host of other family and friends.
A graveside funeral will be Friday, May 15, 2020 at 10:00 A.M. at the Grannis Cemetery under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena. We suggest that social distancing is in place and other recommendations set forth by the Governor of Arkansas still be observed. Visitation will be general. Arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.
Harold Gene Deramus, 84 years old of Mena, Arkansas died on Sunday, May 10, 2020. He passed on to his heavenly reward surrounded by his loving family while at home from complications of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.
Harold was born on February 17, 1936 in Los Cruses, New Mexico to Arvin and Willa Taylor Deramus. He was the brother of Sharon Deramus Bailey of California and the late Betty Deramus Harper.
He graduated from Arvin High School in 1954. On December 19, 1955 he married his high school sweetheart, Carol Louise Avilez, of Arvin, California when he was 19 and she was 15. They were married for 64 ½ years.
He started his work career in California as a tree trimmer. He later began building swimming pools and went on to start a pool cleaning business, which he later sold when he moved his family from California to Mena, Arkansas. He began his work career in Arkansas as a chicken farmer and cattleman. He also helped his uncles in the logwoods using mules to skid the logs to the trucks. In 1979 he began a long career as a carpenter. He built houses all over Mena and the surrounding area. He finished his work career as a cement contractor and he was still finishing cement when he was 79 years old. He was known around town as an extremely hard worker, worthy of hire.
He was a member of the Mena Street Church of Christ, where he was a song leader and bible class teacher and on occasion he was known to fill in as a preacher.
Harold was a teacher, not a formal teacher but an informal teacher of life skills. He spent his entire life working and teaching his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren the value of hard work and living for Christ. He lived Deuteronomy 6:6-7; faith and family made up his foundation. He lived by example and when warranted a very firm hand!
Harold was a quiet man who took his responsibilities and obligations seriously. He didn’t talk a lot but he had a few sayings that his family will remember and carry with them all the days of their lives. He most often said, “Where there is the opportunity, there is the obligation”. Dad was the spiritual rock thrown into a pond…the ripples will go out from generation to generation.
Harold is survived by his wife, Carol Deramus of Mena, Arkansas; his daughter, Mary Holland and husband Jack Holland of Mena, Arkansas; his son, Danny Deramus and wife Robbie of Judsonia, Arkansas; his daughter, Cindy Turner and husband Steve Turner of Murfreesboro, Arkansas; his daughter, Debbie Caster and husband Charlie Caster of Greenwood, Arkansas; Bob Blackburn his brother in Christ of Camden, Arkansas; Sixteen grandchildren; Launa Erskin, Bobby Blackburn, Christa Divis, David Holland, Wes Dowdy, Brent Erskin, Rebecca Davis, Jackie Scoggin, Andrew Dowdy, Kimberly Austin, Trey Caster, Jason Deramus, Anna Fultz, Jessica Coffey, Devin Brown and William Caster and 28 Great Grandchildren.
He is proceeded in death by: his father, Arvin Deramus; his mother, Willa Deramus; his sister, Betty Deramus Harper; his brother-in-law, who was as a son to him, George Avilez and his Great Granddaughter, Addison Phoenix Dowdy.
His memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 2:00 pm at the Beasley Wood Funeral Home Chapel. His son, Danny Deramus and his grandson, Bobby Blackburn will be the officiants and his grandsons, David, Wes, Brent, Andrew, Trey, Jason and William will be honorary pallbearers. A private family inurnment will be held at the Cherry Hill cemetery in Cherry Hill, Arkansas.
The family would like to extend a very special thank you to his caregivers, Sheila Hanson and Debbie Alley.
Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of one of his saints, Psalms 116:15.
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5-12-20 4:48 p.m. KAWX.ORG
Wesley Drew Cureton, age 82 of Mena, Arkansas passed away Friday, May 8, 2020 in Mena, Arkansas.
He was born in Vandervoort, Arkansas on May 4, 1938 to the late Thomas Dalton Cureton and Vona Fair Cureton.
Mr. Wesley Cureton was married to the love of his life, Sherill Cureton for 60 years. Wesley was an auto mechanic and logger and enjoyed spending his free time outdoors doing activities such as fishing, hunting, camping, and riding around in the woods. But most of all, he adored spending time with his precious grandchildren and sending his praises to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Mr. Cureton will be dearly missed.
Wesley Cureton is survived by wife: Sherill Dewbre Cureton
Daughters: Cherie Warner and husband Craig of Mena, Arkansas
Grandchildren: Ryan Tipton and wife Amber of Cove, Arkansas and Justin Martin of Mena, Arkansas
Great-Grandchildren: Starla Tipton, Skyla Tipton, Randi Tipton, Hunter Martin, and Finnley Martin
Sister: Daisy Jacobs of Dequeen, Arkansas
Several loving nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, seven sisters, and infant daughter.
Graveside Services will be held at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Cove, Arkansas, Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 2pm. With Brother Tim Smedley officiating, under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home. Beasley Wood and the staff still strongly suggest that social distancing is in place, and other recommendations set forth by the governor of Arkansas still be observed.
Vistation will be general.
Pallbearers will be Ryan Tipton, Justin Martin, Bruce Cureton, Tevan Cureton, Craig Warner, and Terry Belknap.
Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com
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5-11-20 2:31 p.m. KAWX.ORG
Bessie A. Pitingoro, age 93 of Mena, Arkansas passed away Thursday, April 30, 2020 at her home.
She was born in Ansonia, Connecticut on May 11, 1926 to the late Nicola Giannone and Theresa Guagenti.
Mrs. Pitingoro loved taking care of her family and home. Bessie enjoyed cooking; and in her spare time, she loved reading a good book. She faithfully worshipped her lord and savior Jesus Christ and loved going to church. Her church group were some of her favorite people to be with. She was a loving mom, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend to all who knew her. Mrs. Pitingoro will be dearly missed.
Bessie Pitingoro is survived by sons: James A. Pitingoro and wife Ruth of Puyallup, Washington and Michael N. Pitingoro and wife Fonda of Akron, Ohio
Daughters: Jean Pitingoro-Pulice and husband Stephen of Mena, Arkansas
Several loving grandchildren and great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband James M. Pitingoro, and her brothers Frank, Salvatore, Michael, and Joseph Giannone.
Mrs. Pitingoro was sent for cremation under the direction of Beasley Wood Funeral Home and memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.
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5-10-20 8:11 p.m. KAWX.ORG
Mrs. Edna Mae Barrett, age 87, of Vandervoort, Arkansas passed away May 6, 2020 in Mena.
Edna Mae was born April 27, 1933 to the late Charlie Smedley and the late Jenny Mae Milam Smedley. She was united in marriage to Wesley Neal Barrett on August 5, 1950. She worked with Wesley in the woods hauling post and in the Barrett’s Gulf Service Station. She worked hard fixing flats and changing oil in the station. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, and friend.
Survivors are son: Donnie Barrett and wife Susie of Vandervoort, Arkansas
Daughter: Doris Floyd of Vandervoort, Arkansas
Special friends, The Walston Family of Shady, Arkansas
Grandchildren: Eric and Betty Barrett of Vandervoort, Arkansas, Nick and Amanda Barrett of Vandervoort, Arkansas, Trenton Barrett and Chantel of Vandervoort, Arkansas, Amanda Hutson of Vandervoort, Arkansas, and Paula and Raymond Jewell of Vandervoort, Arkansas
Great-grandchildren: Donavon Barrett, Alicia and Sky Jackson, Tori and Maggie Barrett, Jessica and Colton Green, Braylee and Dalton Jewell and Hannah Barrett
Great-great-grandchild: Willow Jackson
Many nieces, nephews, and a host of friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Charlie and Jenny Mae Smedley, a daughter, Joyce Faye Barrett, 4 brothers, Frank, John, Raymond and Jackie Smedley, 3 sisters, Lucille Duncan, Thelma Atkins and Patsy Barrett.
Graveside services will be Monday, May 11, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at Witherspoon Cemetery in Vandervoort with Brother Tim Smedley officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home. Visitation will be general.
Pallbearers will be Eric Barrett, Nick Barrett, Trenton Barrett, Raymond Jewell, Donavon Barrett and Sky Jackson.
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5-7-20 12:37 p.m. KAWX.ORG
Paul Samuel Headings, beloved husband of Kourtney Jane (Kempf) was born June 15, 1985, to David and Janice (Kempf) Headings at Mena, AR. He passed away on May 5, 2020 at the age of 34 years 10 months 20 days.
He was found at the base of his ladder while working alone at the gable end of a house in Cherry Hill, Arkansas.
He accepted Christ and was baptized in his youth, and was a faithful member of Mt. Zion Amish Mennonite Church at the time of his death.
On April 6, 2007 he was united in marriage to Kourtney Jane Kempf, daughter of Frank and Emily Kempf at Mena, AR. They shared the joys and sorrows of life together for a little over 13 years. To this union was born 1 daughter Penelope Jane, age 3.
Also surviving is his Mother Janice Headings (Kempf) Sedalia, Missouri
Sister Joanna Headings Sedalia, Missouri
Sister Martha and husband Dustin Kempf Smithton, Missouri, Brother Nathan and wife Hope Smithton, Missouri, Sister Beth and husband Ben Headings Otterville, Missouri, Brother Jesse and wife Jona Sedalia, Missouri, Sister Rebecca and husband Rick Knox Smithton, Missouri, Sister Rosa and husband Jonah Miller Otterville, Missouri
Grandmother Loretta Kempf (Kauffman) Smithton, Missouri
41 Nieces and Nephews, 5 Uncles, and 9 Aunts, a host of Cousins and Friends.
And also was loved and will be greatly missed by his parents and brothers and sisters by marriage.
Preceeding him in death are his 5 angel babies, father David Aquila, paternal grandparents Ora and Mary Headings, maternal grandparents Alvin, Verneta, and Lucille Kempf, uncle Emory Kempf, uncle Phillip Headings, and 4 infant aunts.
Paul was a very active and hardworking person. He had his share of injuries and seemed to have a high pain tolerance and was quick to be on his feet and going again. He loved to visit with people and his quick smile made him a friend to many people. He loved his family was deeply dedicated to his church family. His nightly bedtime stories and “popcorn” (cracking knee joints) ritual with Penelope can’t be replaced. He loved football, volleyball, and many other sports. His love of water was unmatched. It didn’t matter if it was frozen or warm. He loved wakeboarding and loved taking ski and board trips with family and friends. He loved hunting too. Many a happy hour he spent out in the woods in the fall. Usually outdoing many of his peers. He had a successful commercial roofing business and was truly passionate about it, he really enjoyed when his wife and daughter went along to look at roof prospects. Going to the national Conklin convention, spring Roofing Seminar and other Conklin events were a highlight of his life. You could see the passion on his face when talking about his roofing business.
Funeral service will be Friday, May 8, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at the Mt. Zion Amish Mennonite Church with Rodney Knox, Dan Hostetler, Kenrick Shrock and Paul Hostetler officiating. Interment will follow in the Mt. Zion Cemetery under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be Nathan Headings, Jesse Headings, Ben Headings, Dustin Kempf, BJ Kempf, Terrell Kropf, Westin Kropf, Monte Hostetler, Jethro Burkholder and Houston Headings.
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Bonnie Faye Hughes Heavener, age 92 of Mena, Arkansas passed away Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at her home.
She was born September 2, 1927 in Acorn, Arkansas to the late John Hughes and Bertha Moore Hughes.
Bonnie loved taking care of her home and her family. She enjoyed cooking, fishing, gardening and she was a great people person. Bonnie, being a cancer survivor, paid it forward by volunteering with hospice for 15 years. She was a member of Faith Missionary Baptist Church in Mena. She loved life and was a tremendous woman of faith sharing her testimony and love to others. Bonnie adored her “boys”; grandsons and great grandsons. Her life and light touched so many people, in fact, at her 80th birthday party there were over 200 people in attendance, a testament to the lives she touched. The most important thing she shared with her family and others was to seek the Lord and to make sure you know where you will spend eternity.
Bonnie is survived by daughters: Brenda McMillan and husband Bill of Mena, Arkansas, Judy Wennberg and husband Reggie of Fort Smith, Arkansas, and Karen Hairston and husband Tom of Mena, Arkansas
Grandchildren: Jason McMillan and wife Callie of Huffman, Texas, Lucas Hairston and Tiffany of Mena, Arkansas
Great-grandchildren: Austin McMillan of Mena, Arkansas, Brennan McMillan of Mena, Arkansas, and Tanner Kesterson of Cove, Arkansas.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Carl Heavener, sisters Victoria Robinson and Euva Overturf and her brother Ed Hughes.
Bonnie will be sent for cremation under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. There are no services planned at this time but family will plan a celebration of her life at a later date.
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5-6-20 3:30 p.m. KAWX.ORG
David Daniel Hogue
November 14, 2002 - May 2, 2020
David Daniel Hogue, age 17, of Mena, Arkansas passed away May 2, 2020. David was born November 14, 2002 and was preceded in death by his mother, Janie Nerie and Grandpa Greg Rogers Sr. and Aunt Natalie Gamble.
David was an avid skateboarder, loved his music, a very hard worker, and had a heart of gold. He enjoyed spending time with his nieces and nephews as well as his friends and family. David had a smile you would never forget, so happy all the time. To know him was to love him as he will be missed deeply!
Survivors include his mother, Gina Hogue and husband, David from London, Arkansas; his brothers, Antonio Rogers of Indiana, Josh Baker and wife, Halee of Mena, Arkansas; brother in law, Lloyd Kendrick of Cove, Arkansas; sisters, Hanna Burk and husband, Dustin of Vandervoort, Arkansas, Kelsey Baker from Cove, Arkansas; grandparents, Gene Shouse and wife, Teresa of Mena, Arkansas; nieces and nephews, Lily Kendrick, Sophia Kendrick, Kooper Kendrick, Colton Baker, and Bentley Burk and a host of other relatives and friends.
There has been a benefit account set up at the Union Bank of Mena to help the family during this time. The celebration of David's life will be 4:30 on Friday, May 8, 2020 at the Revival Center in Cove with Brother Reggie Fryar officiating.
Arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena.
Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.
5-6-20 3:17 p.m. KAWX.ORG
We are here today to celebrate the life of our brother and friend Brother James Edward Coogan, Sr. who went to be with His Lord May 3, 2020 being 85 years 3 months 28 days. Brother James was born January 5, 1935 at Chery Hill, Arkansas to the late Willie Clem Coogan and Sylvia Melcena Howard Coogan.
He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents, John Edward Coogan and Lizzie Pettit Coogan; James Alfred Howard and Deliah Rowton Howard. Two sisters, Odel Coogan and Rosy Beth Coogan Lewis. Two Nephews, Paul Sewell and John Perron. He is survived by his wife Florene Elizabeth Ferguson Coogan of the home. One brother John Alfred Coogan. Three sons, Edward Lee Coogan, James Edward Coogan, Jr. and Brian Christopher Coogan, 6 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, and one brother-in-law; Virgil Lewis all of Clarksville, Arkansas. One stepson; Dennis Dilbeck and one step- grandson all of Waldron, Arkansas.
He was a timber and factory worker by trade.
He worked 17 ½ years at Thermo-Tile in Clarksville, AR. Moved back to Mena, Arkansas in 1994 when he worked at the Polk County Court House for 5 years, helped deliver the Ouachita Trading Post for 9 ½ years, Co-Owner of Coogan’s Lawn Service. He was a member of Bible Believers Baptist Church of Mena, Arkansas. Brother James was a guitar player for Jesus wherever he had the opportunity and was a great prayer warrior.
Funeral services will be held at Bible Believers Baptist Church of Mena on Saturday, May 9, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. with Brother Jerry Musgrove officiating. Beasley Wood and the staff still strongly suggest that social distancing is in place, and other recommendations set forth by the governor of Arkansas still be observed.
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Sheila Marie Boldrey
November 5, 1961 - May 1, 2020
Sheila Marie Boldrey, age 58, of Cove, Arkansas died Friday, May 1, 2020 at the Mena Regional Health System. She was born on Sunday, November 5, 1961 to Christopher S. and Joan M. Miller Martinsen in Norwood, Massachusetts.
Sheila was a loving Christian woman with a big heart. She proudly served in the United States Navy as a Third Class Petty Officer, from 1981 to 1985. Sheila later worked at the Mena Wal-Mart for seventeen years in the Health and Beauty Department. She loved all animals, butterflies, and rainbows. She always enjoyed working in her flower beds and listening to Classic Rock like AC/DC. She adored her family and cherished every minute spent with her grandchildren. Sheila was a loving wife, mother, daughter, aunt, grandmother, and friend and will be missed by all who knew her.
She is preceded in death by her father, Christopher Martinsen; and one brother, John Martinsen.
Sheila is survived by her loving husband, William Boldrey of Cove; her mother, Joan Martinsen of Norwood, Massachusetts; one son and daughter in law, James and Lacey Boldrey; two grandchildren, Keturah Luciano of Palm Desert, California, and Aspen Boldrey of Hatfield; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.
Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.
5-4-20 1:11 p.m. KAWX.ORG