Obituaries

Richard A. "Rick" Billingsley Obituary

Richard A. Billingsley, former Chief Nursing Officer at Mena Regional Health System, died January 16, 2022 at his home in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. He was 67.

Rick was born April 16, 1954 in Mena to Richard A. Billingsley, Sr. and Essie Mae Standridge. His parents owned and operated Beasley Funeral Home. A talented musician, Rick served as an organist and pianist at several local churches during his teenage years.

After graduating from Mena High School, Rick went on to have a long career in health care. He initially completed his RN training at UA Fort Smith, and worked as a nurse at hospitals in Fort Smith, Little Rock and Dallas. He subsequently shifted to administrative and management positions, primarily in the public health and hospital administration fields. Much of his later work focused on training medical staff, especially nurses, in addition to his recent work at Mena Regional Health (2011-2016 and 2019-2021). Rick held senior positions at hospitals in Lancaster, PA; Palm Springs, CA; and Falls Church, VA. He held a faculty position at The George Washington University Medical Center in Washington, D.C. between 2000 and 2010. He also worked at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD between 1998-2000.

Rick was a strong believer in life-long learning. He received a Master's degree in Information Science from Catholic University, a Master's degree in Nursing from Drexel University, and a Master's degree in Health Care Administration from Seton Hall University. He later earned a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree at the University of San Francisco, where his doctoral project was "Improving the Patient Experience by Implementing Patient-Centered Care in Community Hospitals." Mena Regional Health served as the test site for this project. During his recent years in Mena, Rick also made frequent presentations to nursing students at UA Rich Mountain (formerly Rich Mountain Community College), and served on the board of the college's Foundation.

In addition to his passion for quality health care, Rick was an accomplished cook and baker.

Rick is survived by his husband, Paul Greenberg (of Ft. Lauderdale), and his sister, Martha "Moppy" Billingsley (of Mena).

 

An endowed scholarship fund to support nursing students is being established in Rick's memory at UA Rich Mountain.

 

A memorial gathering is planned during March.

 

1-17-22 12:55 p.m. KAWX.ORG

Lawrence Philpot Obituary

Lawrence Philpot, age 84, passed away Thursday, January 13, 2022, in Mena, Arkansas. He was born, August 29, 1937, in Hawley, Texas to the late Odis and Blake Philpot. Lawrence lived his life on his own terms. He was an adventurer, mentor and leader with a desire to help others achieve which led him to coaching and education. He left his beloved Cherry Hill home to attend Fresno State College with a double major in Social Studies and Physical Education. He met his wife, who was also a teacher, at a Fresno high school. He and Nancy raised a family while traveling and working across the world. In California and Arizona, he advanced his career moving from high schools to community colleges to Cal Western University. He is now a Hall of Fame Inductee at Scottsdale CC. Overseas adventure brought him great years well spent in the military communities of Japan, Turkey, and Germany. In those 20 years with the Department of Defense, he rose from teacher/coach to the Superintendent of DoDDs Europe and influenced the lives of countless students, teachers, and administrators along the way. Larry also never failed to engage with the people of our host countries making lifelong friends with Turks, Germans, and Czechs alike. His world was the world.


He retired in Mena where he spent several decades giving back to the people and community that brought him up. Leading and working with others, he devoted his time and talents to the Board of Trustees at RMCC, Cherry Hill Gospel Church, the Gideons, and Cherry Hill Cemetery all while still travelling the world as a consultant for the education giants AVID and QSI. He worked for them well into his late 70’s. Larry supported his three children with love, pride, and encouragement to achieve their goals in life, and they did just that—mostly by following the examples of their parents.


And somewhere in there he managed to go fishing, a lot. There were decades of fishing with his Uncle Bob, his children, his grandchildren, and friends. He was a patient and jolly boat pilot while pulling his family on their tubes, skis, and wakeboards. He found true peace and a twinkle in his eye on those Arkansas lakes and rivers, those sunny and rainy days, those cold early mornings and humid evenings, the eagles soaring with deer on the banks, the homemade sandwiches from a cooler. Larry Philpot was a great man to his family and friends…a man who did and lived so much in his life.


But maybe Larry on his bass boat was the best Larry of all.


He is preceded in death by his parents, Odis and Blake Philpot, as well as his brother, Jim Philpot. He is survived by his wife of almost 59 years, Nancy; children: daughter, Lisa Simmons; sons, Daniel and wife Karina, James and wife Kathi; grandchildren, Zackary Simmons, Katelyn Philpot, and Jackson Philpot; brother, Nelson and wife Doris; sister, Odessa Dann and husband Robert.


Graveside Service will be announced at a later date. Cremation services are entrusted to Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.


Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com.

 

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com.

 

1-17-22 12:37 p.m. KAWX.ORG

Helen Marie Lindgren Obituary

Helen Marie Lindgren, age 94, passed away Sunday, January 16, 2022, in Mena, Arkansas. Helen was born in Dallas, Texas in 1927 to the late Carl and Blanch Farrar. She graduated Crozer Tech High School in Dallas, Texas 1944. Helen worked for Bell Telephone Co. as a secretary for 25 years after working for many clothing departments stores. She met the love of her life, Bill in 1945, at the Cotton Bowl ice rink. She married Bill in 1946 after his honorable discharge from the Navy. Helen and Bill gave to and loved many in their long marriage, including unofficially “adopting” Bruce Rudinger as their “son” in 1974 and caring for extended family. They both developed a TV repair shop in 1955, in Waxahachie, Texas, until closing shop in the late 70’s. Helen made a lovely home there on Lake Waxahachie and handled bookkeeping and general office duties for the TV business. Once they sold the shop, they moved back to Bills home area of Lindsborg, Kansas near Salina where Bill took loving care of an elementary school and both were very popular.

In 1987 they moved from Kansas to Austin, Texas to work in real estate with Bruce Rudinger. In 1988, they moved to Athens, Texas where they both enjoyed going to the Community Senior Center to dance. They loved traveling also. Shortly thereafter, they moved to Cleburne, Texas. Where they enjoyed gardening beautiful flowers until 1990, when they moved to Mena, Arkansas for the rest of their lives. After Bill’s sudden passing in 1993, Helen stayed busy with volunteer work as a foster grandparent at Acorn School District. And was active for years with her senior exercise class and the Senior Center.

In 1997, Helen met and unofficially “adopted” Gloria Phelps while shopping at Cornerstone Christian Bookstore and relished their close relationship.

She enjoyed worshipping at several churches here, including Calvary Baptist, First Baptist, and Faith Missionary Baptist, where she loved going to Sunday School and listening to her teacher, Steven Free. She had many great friends and relationships and loved them all up to her final day.

Mrs. Lindgren is survived by her sister, Gloria Jean “Jeanie” Short; nephew, Tony Williamson and wife Kathy; niece, Robin Williamson; nephew and wife, Thomas and Amber and their children, Maddie, Gracie, Max, Haddon, Hannah, and Ben; great-niece, Amanda Cottle; and unofficially “adopted” Bruce Rudinger and family, and Gloria Phelps and family. She is preceded in death by her loving husband, William “Bill” Lindgren; brother, Howard Farrar; mother and father, Carl and Blanch Farrar; and by her brother-in-law, Thomas “Bud” Short Sr.

Services will be held Friday, January 21, 2022, at 2:00 p.m., at Beasley-Wood Chapel in Mena, Arkansas. Brother Mark Lyle will be officiating under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

John 3:16

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com.
 

 

1-17-22 12:32 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

 

Jerry Madison Liles Obituary

Mr. Jerry Madison Liles, age 73, passed away Wednesday, January 12, 2022, in Mena, Arkansas. He was born April 29, 1948, to the late Guy and Ethel Bates Liles. Mr. Liles was a mechanic by profession and enjoyed fishing, playing pool and dominos, although his greatest love was cars.

Mr. Liles is preceded in death by his mother and father, Ethel Bates and Guy Liles; sister, Francis; and by his brother, Thomas. He is survived by his daughter, Debbie Woods; beloved granddaughter, Gillian Ellis; and by his brother, Gerald Liles.

Memorial services for Mr. Jerry Liles will be held at Pine Ridge Cemetery, Saturday, January 22, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. Cremation services entrusted to Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the local humane society.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com.
 

 

1-16-22 3:50 p.m. KAWX.ORG

 

Clara Marie (Moller) Clark Obituary

Clara Marie (Moller) Clark, age 83, of Cherry Hill, Arkansas passed away Saturday, January 15, 2022, at her home.

She was born March 21, 1938, in Ogalla, Nebraska to Fredrick Robert Moller and Ruth (Richardson) Moller. She was united in marriage to Cleo Albert Clark in Carson City, Nevada. Clara was a Trailer Park manager by profession. She was also an ordained minister for Sunshine Fellowship. She enjoyed traveling and doing ministry work along with her husband, Cleo. Clara was a loving mother and homemaker and took pride in raising her family.

Clara was preceded in death by her parents, Fredrick and Ruth Moller; husband, Cleo Albert Clark; son, Cleo Anthony Clark, Debra Lynn Dickerson; brothers, Bob Moller and Art Moller. She is survived by her; daughters, Rebecha Ann Sorensen and husband Mitch of Cherry Hill, Arkansas, Deborah Elaine O’Neal of Mena, Arkansas, Elizabeth Dianne Brice of Mena, Arkansas; grandchildren, Ryan Todd Casten, Ashley Dianne Casten, Jamie Ezit, Christina Elliott; numerous great and great grandchildren.

Graveside service will be Tuesday, January 18, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. at the Cherry Hill Cemetery with Brother Donnie Jewell officiating. Interment will follow under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com.
 

 

1-16-22 3:45 p.m. KAWX.ORG

 

Aldridge Clay Booth Obituary

Aldridge Clay Booth, age 64, passed away Saturday, January 15, 2022, in Pine Ridge, Arkansas. He was born October 2, 1957, to Bobbie Sue Booth Thompson. Aldridge worked for Boeing Aircraft for most of his life, and he enjoyed woodworking and gardening.

Mr. Booth is survived by mother, Bobbie Sue Booth; stepbrothers, Eddie Thompson and wife Janice, and Michael Dale Thompson and wife Neice; uncle, Floyd McKinzie and wife Gerlene; niece, Heather Grenier and husband Rodney; nephew, Cory Thompson and wife Candace; as well as a host of cousins and other family. He is preceded in death by his stepfather, Don Thompson; stepsister, Sharon Cochran; grandparents, Boyd and Goldie Booth; and by his great-grandparents, Sam and Vera McKinzie.

No services have been planned at this time; cremation services are entrusted to Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com.
 

 

1-15-22 3:16 p.m. KAWX.ORG

Beverly Ann Anderson Obituary

Beverly Ann Anderson, age 68, of Watson, Oklahoma died Friday, December 24, 2021 at the Mena Regional Health System. She was born on Saturday, February 28, 1953 to Ira Clifford Jones and Leeda May Brown in Mena, Arkansas.

Beverly was a devoted member of the Jehovah's Witness Kingdom Hall of Mena. She spent many years caring for others while working in home health. Beverly loved to spend time with her family at get togethers and especially Easter. She liked to fish, garden, and try out new recipes that she came across. Her Easter fruit salad was a family favorite. Beverly liked to listen to country music and leaves behind her two beloved cats, Poppie and Wasper. She would go to town and visit with her family any chance she got, and truly loved every moment. Beverly was a loving sister, aunt, and friend and will be missed by all who knew her.

She is preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Frank Pearl; and two sisters, Linda Pearl and Bonnie Martin.

Beverly is survived by her brother and sister in law, Samuel and Mitzi Pearl of Watson, Oklahoma; one sister, Rebecca Dalton of Little Rock, Arkansas; numerous 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.

 

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1-15-22 13:32 p.m. KAWX.ORG

Janice Ann Evans Obituary

Janice Ann Evans, age 65, of Mena, Arkansas passed away Saturday, January 15, 2022, at her home.

She was born November 29, 1956, in Mena, Arkansas to Elgie “L. D.” Strother and Opal Crabtree Strother. Janice was united in marriage to David Evans, her husband of 47 years. Janice enjoyed traveling and camping when she was able. Her greatest love was her family and grandchildren. She adored time spent with them and was a loving homemaker.

Janice is preceded in death by her parents, Elgie “L.D.” and Opal Strother; mother and father-in-law, Bill and Dorothy Shelton; her infant brother and infant sister. She is survived by her husband, David Evans; son, Elgie “Razz” Evans and wife Shonda; daughters, Cindy Scoble and husband John, LeAnn Vekre and husband Nicholas; grandchildren, Kacey, Mikala, Cooper, Dallas, Nathaniel, Matthew, Jonathan, Matt, Andrew, Zeb, Rylen, and Walker; great grandchildren, Reed, A.J. and Lacy; brothers, Eddie Strother and wife Colleen, J.B. Strother and wife Gayle, Freddie Strother and wife Beverly, Ronnie Strother and wife Liz, Jerry Strother and wife Kathy; sisters, Lou Henry and husband Billy, Carolyn Marquardt and husband Michael; a host of nieces, nephews and other family members too great to mention.

Graveside services will be Tuesday, January 18, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. at the Concord Cemetery in Ink, Arkansas with Stacy Strother officiating. Interment will follow under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Visitation is general beginning Sunday, January 16 at 2:00 p.m.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com.
 

 

1-15-22 12:08 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

 

Elizabeth Sue "Liz" Taylor Obituary

Elizabeth Sue "Liz" Taylor, age 78, of Hatfield, Arkansas died Thursday, January 13, 2022 at her home in Hatfield, Arkansas. She was born on Monday, August 30,1943 to David McVicker and Mildred (Munsinger) McVicker in McKinney, Texas.

Sue was a loving Christian lady. She loved her family and enjoyed being with her grandchildren. Sue liked to crochet as well as do beadwork. She was proud of her ability to play a mean game of pool. She enjoyed bowling and listening to old country western music. Sue was passionate about anything she was doing at the moment and would give it her all. She made her living early on in life as an Avon sales lady. Sue was proud to be the top Avon saleslady in Arkansas in the 80's resulting in earning a trip to see the unveiling of the new Statue of Liberty. She was a member of the VFW and a life member of the Ladies Auxiliary. Sue was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend and will be missed by all who knew her.

She is preceded in death by her parents and her loving husband of 35 years, Bill Taylor.

Sue is survived by her son, James Taylor and wife Carrah; daughter Nina West and husband Cecil; seven grandchildren, Crystal, Justin, Morgan, Destiny, Sierra, James Jr. and Elizabeth; eight great grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, January 22, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena with Brother Mark Lyle officiating. Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

 

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1-14-22 5:41 p.m. KAWX.ORG

Sheila Lisa Lynn Holliday Obituary

Mrs. Sheila Lisa Lynn Holliday, age 54, of Mena passed away Wednesday, January 12, 2022, at Mena Regional Health Systems, in Mena.

Sheila was born May 20. 1967 in Lewisville, Arkansas to the late Bobby Ray Daugherty and Ollie Lee Frances Woodell.
 
Mrs. Holliday was a CNA by profession and loved her job. She also enjoyed many things in life such as gardening, and animals, she was even said to have a green thumb. Sheila was very open minded and loved to sing. She loved her family and caring for them. Shelia graduated from Pilgrim Christian School in Las Angeles, which is why she was so devoted to God.

Sheila is survived by her husband of 11 years Danny Allen Holliday, of Mena. Two sons, Nathaniel Shane James and Cody Raven-Lee James. Three stepsons, Shawn Allen Holliday, Jerry Daniel Holliday and wife Natalie, and Lukas Matthew Holliday. One daughter, Tiffany Lauren Daugherty. Grandchildren, Brookelyn Hope Julian, Enid Faye Holliday, Bentley Daniel Holliday, Andrew Allen Holliday, and Bryan Robert Holliday. Brother, William Lee Nimith Parsons and wife Alisha May Parsons. Sister, Sandra Kay Storar. Nephews, Roger Shannon Storar, Rocky Orion Daugherty, Donnie Ray Daugherty, William Sullivan Parsons, Donavin James Pryor, and Dravin Lee Parsons. Niece April P. Manley. And a special friend Linda Morgan.

She was preceded in death by her father, and stepfather, Ivey William Parsons, brother, Bobby Ray Daugherty, Jr. Sister-in-law Mary Lena Daugherty. And Mother-in-law Donna Holliday.

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

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com.
 
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1-13-22 4:55 p.m. KAWX.ORG 


 

John Wayne "Jack" Hickenbottom Obituary

John Wayne “Jack” Hickenbottom, age 80, passed away Friday, January 7, 2022, in his home at Hodgens, Oklahoma. He was born September 26, 1941, in News Comers Town, Ohio to Roy Hickenbottom and Leoda Clark Hickenbottom.

Jack was a truck driver by profession and truly enjoyed his job. It is believed that he had “diesel in his blood”. He served his country in both the United States Army and Navy with the Navy being his favorite. Jack had a passion for old cars and vehicles and he enjoyed gold mining. Jack loved to eat and enjoyed visiting and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He was good at arguing about politics with anyone who would participate. One of his favorite T.V. programs was Arnold Murray, tele-evangelist. Above all, Jack loved the Lord and was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and friend.

He is survived by his wife, Brenda Hickenbottom; son, David Hickenbottom and wife; adopted son, Clayburn and wife Cathy Pickens; daughters, Deidra Hickenbottom, Cora (Cookie) Shrouder, Censi Childs and husband Matthew Trammell; grandchildren, James Pickens, Steve Hickenbottom, Amy Hickenbottom, Matthew Gurnick, Michael Gurnick, Sydney Arnold, Cody Arnold, Kirsten Pittsinger, Charles Pittsinger; adopted grandchildren, Harley Becker, Desiree Becker, and Kevin Morondy; 4 great-grandchildren; brother, Mike Hickenbottom;b special dog, Jill and a host of other friends and family. Jack is preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Leoda Clark Hickenbottom; brothers, Bud Hickenbottom, Gene Hickenbottom, Allen Hickenbottom, and Dean Hickenbottom; mother-in-law, Pat Boag; father-in-law, Jim Boag.

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

 

1-13-22 12:35 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

Roy Marvin Smallwood Obituary

Mr. Roy Marvin Smallwood, age 50, passed away Wednesday, January 12, 2022, in Mena, Arkansas. He was born August 19, 1971, in Springfield, Oregon to the late Roy Lee Smallwood and Margie Catherine Dugan Smallwood.

Roy was a self-employed man by profession, working a variety of different fields. Mr. Smallwood was known for being a hard worker. He loved watching football; however, he was an avid fan of the Atlanta Falcons. He faithfully attended church at the Covenant of Life in Mena, Arkansas.

Roy is preceded in death by his father, Roy Lee Smallwood; aunts, Bonnie Long and Trudy West; and by his maternal grandparents, Harley Dugan and Elizabeth Dugan.

He is survived by his mother, Margie Catherine Dugan Smallwood; brother, James Lee Smallwood; sister, Elizabeth Cassell; uncle, Chester Dugan; nieces, LaTonya Brumbelow and Candice Creekmore; cousins, Diane, Linda, Suzanne Willis, Vernon Wilcox and wife Christina; special friends, Latecia Glover, Roy Sanders and Kristal Kidwell; as well as a host of other great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins.

Graveside services for Mr. Smallwood will be held at Brushy Cemetery in Oden, Arkansas, Friday, January 14, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. Sister Glynn Nell Adams will be officiating under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Visitation is general

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com.
 

 

1-12-22 3:33 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

 

M.L. Keeney Obituary

M.L. Keeney, age 89, of Cove, died Monday, January 10, 2022 at the Mena Regional Health System in Mena, Arkansas. He was born on Wednesday, February 3, 1932 to Pearl and Ethel Keeney in Cove, Arkansas.

M.L. served his country in the US Army during the Korean Conflict where he was assigned to guard the prisoners of war. M.L was a member of the Midway Pentecostal Church in Cove where he served faithfully for many years. He worked 30 years at U.S. Motors on second shift before his retirement. M.L loved to work on his farm and run his tractor. He loved to cut firewood and delivered the wood to family and friends. M.L. was a loving father, grandfather, great grandfather, great-great grandfather and friend and will be missed by all who knew him.

M.L. is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Ollie Faye Barrett Keeney; one son, Danny Keeney; three brothers, Raymond Keeney, Earl Keeney and Cleo Keeney and one sister, Ila Mae Sanders.

M.L. is survived by his one daughter and son in law, Ann and Mark Hoyle of Hatton, Arkansas; four grandchildren, Daniel and Johnnie Bell Keeney of Vandervoort, Arkansas, Jessica and Steven Bailey of Hot Springs, Arkansas; Joshua and Gisele Hoyle of Eagle Mountain, Utah and Amanda Long and Pat Branagan of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; great grandchildren, Austin, Rhiley, Michaela, Saulo, Melissa, Hadleigh and Olivia; several aunts and uncles and a host of other relatives and friends.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, January 15, 2022 at 10:00 A.M. at the Witherspoon Cemetery in Vandervoort with Brother Tim Smedley officiating. Visitation will be Friday, January 14, 2022 from 6-8 P.M. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel. Arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

Pallbearers will be Joshua Hoyle, Daniel Keeney, Steven Bailey, Austin Bailey, Mitchell Gatlin and Tony Gatlin.

 

Honorary Pallbearers will be Gary Gatlin, Rodney Jones and Michael Jones.

 

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1-12-22 9:56 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

Jimmie "Jim" Claude Hartin Obituary

Jim Hartin, age 71, of Watson, Oklahoma passed away Sunday, January 9, 2022, in Watson, Oklahoma. He was born July 14, 1951, in Mena, Arkansas to Fred Hartin and Ollie Smith Hartin. Mr. Hartin was a poultry worker by profession and enjoyed watching football; he was a fan of the Dallas Cowboys.

Jim is survived by his son, Johnnie Hartin and wife Sherie; grandchildren, Ariel, Austin and wife Hallee, and Tucker Hartin; great-grandchild, Preslee; brothers, Joyle Hartin and wife Gwyn, and Gary Hartin; sister, Pollie Metcalf; and nieces and nephews, Eugene, Krista, Esther, Ramona, and Naomi.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Ollie Smith Hartin.

There are no services planned for this time, cremation services are entrusted to Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.
 

 

1-11-22 10:51 a.m. KAWX.ORG

Patti Lucille Hampton Obituary

Patti Lucille Hampton, age 77, of Smithville, Oklahoma passed away Sunday, January 9, 2022 at National Park Medical Center in Hot Springs, Arkansas. She was born on Thursday, December 14, 1944 to Walker and Dee (Cook) Lane in Clarendon, Texas.

Patti was a loving and devoted Christian of the Baptist faith. She dedicated her time and heart to helping her church. Patti was involved with Awana and would help cook at day camp during the summers. She was passionate about her church and community. Patti was opinionated and sassy. When her children and grandchildren would come over to eat she would tell them every meal is a two course meal and you can take it or leave it. Patti was not one to sit idle. She was a hard worker and she could be found in her flower gardens or fishing. Patti was a member of the Bass and Belles. She enjoyed listening to audio books when traveling as well as reading. Patti loved her family and her dogs. She raised wired hair fox terriers as well as other breeds. Patti raised four children and later went back to school to obtain a Bachelors Degree of Science in surveying. She was proud to be the first licensed female surveyor in the state of Arkansas. Patti was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend and will be missed by all who knew her.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her youngest son, Vernon Hampton; and two grandsons, Johnny Lee Dodd and Wayne Dodd.

Patti is survived by her son, Mark Hampton; two daughters and son in laws, Vickie Smith and husband Larry and Leslie Dodd and husband Matt; six grandchildren, Brenda Smith, Clint Smith, Wade Hampton, Aaron Hampton, Angela Jones, and Jennie Ashworth; nine great grandchildren and one great great grandchild; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. at the Octavia Baptist Church in Octavia, Oklahoma with Brother Ed Rogers officiating. Interment will follow at the Pinecrest Memorial Park in Mena under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena.

 

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1-11-22 9:30 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

Dr. David Paul Brown (Doc) Obituary

Beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, neighbor and Doctor.

A highly respected man who cared deeply for everyone around him. He lived life with passion, positivity and leadership. Doc had a unique ability to make meaningful connections with those around him and make others feel just how much he valued their relationship. This was most evident in the love he had for his patients. Dr. David Paul Brown Jr., (Doc) 68, of Mena, Arkansas was born in Victoria, Texas on May 16, 1953. He was a leader in Geriatric Medicine who inspired many to follow in his footsteps, died January 8, 2022 at his home, (with courage and strength) after a battle with Renal Cell Carcinoma.

He will be greeted in heaven by his father David Brown Sr. and mother Elsa Brown.

He is cherished by his adoring wife of 26 years, Melissa. His daughter Sherie and husband Tim Case, sons, Brandley Laughlin and wife Syndy and Christopher Laughlin and late wife Melanie. His brothers Randy Brown and wife Monica, Charlie Brown and wife Tamra, his sister Bonita Flowers and husband Bob, grandchildren, Clint, Crystal, Candace, Ryder, Paisley, Maverick, Sean and Elizabeth. Great grandchildren, Chloe, Corbin, Westin and S.J., nieces Brandy, Joy, Jill, Cheri and Larry and nephews Jimmy, Judson, Lawson, Cason, Kolson Joe.

Celebration of life will be held on Saturday, January 22, 2022 at 2:00 PM at the First Assembly of God in Mena with Brother Ron Tilley officiating.

 

Visitation will be Saturday, January 22, 2022 from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM at the First Assembly of God in Mena. Cremation arrangements entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.

 

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1-10-22 4:20 p.m. KAWX.ORG

Gracie L. Parnell Obituary

Mrs. Gracie L. Parnell, age 95, passed away Friday, January 7, 2022, in Vian, Oklahoma. She was born October 12, 1926, to the late Thomas Benton and Lorena Hicks Brock. She was joined in marriage to the love of her life, Omer J. C. Parnell on January 2, 1945, they were married 37 years until his passing in 1982.

She was a homemaker by profession and enjoyed quilting, canning, and cooking. She was a loving mother and raised her children and grandchildren with a loving hand. She worked in the Renova shirt factory as well as chicken houses, and was a dedicated member of the Octavia Baptist Church. She was a model Christian who loved the Lord.

Mrs. Parnell is preceded in death by her husband, Omer J. C. Parnell; daughter, Marie Davis; and by her grandchildren; Stephanie Ross and Donald Vaught.

She is survived by her son, Archie Parnell; daughters, Ardis Keiss, Patricia Chambers, and Doylene Vaught;
grandchildren, Jessie, Regina, Ray, Clifton, Brian, Delbert, Debbie, Scott, Amanda, Nikki, Brice, Chad, and Bridget; 25 great-grandchildren; and 23 great-great grandchildren.

Services for Mrs. Parnell will be Tuesday, January 11, 2022, at Watson Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. Brother Ed Rogers will be officiating under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.
 
Visitation is general.

Pallbearers will be Jessie Smith, Chad Hudson, Clifton Vaught, Brian Vaught, Delbert McBroom, Scott McBroom, Brice Parnell, and Ray Davis.

Services are entrusted to Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com.
 

 

1-8-22 3:27 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

 

Glen Alex "Al" Tunnell Obituary

Glen Alex “Al” Tunnell, 76, of Smithville, Oklahoma passed away Friday, January 7, 2022 at his home surrounded by his family, who loved him dearly. Al was born in Watson, Oklahoma, to the late Benjamin Everett Tunnell and Mabel Estell Burk-Tunnell. He was united in marriage to his high-school sweetheart, Wanda Lougena Phillips, on May 24, 1968.

Al was a proud Vietnam vet. His passion was logging. He was known to many as “Okie” and was the owner of Tunnell Trucking. He spent most of his life hauling logs and working in the log woods. Prior to this, he worked as an X-Ray Technician on the pipeline, where he made numerous friends. When he wasn’t working, he was probably listening to George Jones, drinking coffee with his buddies, or spending time with his four children. In his later years, his pride and joy were his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who all knew him as “Poppy”.

He was preceded in death by his sisters, Sue Jordan and Gayle Jones, and brothers, Jerry Tunnell and Herald Tunnell, and daughter Tanya Denton.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Wanda Tunnell of Smithville, OK; daughters, Tina Hudson and husband Shane Hudson of Smithville, OK; Kim Larucci and husband John Larucci of Mena, AR; and Aaron Tunnell and wife Jessica Tunnell of Acorn, AR; grandchildren, Tyler, Cameron, Tanner, Alaina, Kiersten, Lucas, Regan, Brantlee, and Tessa; great-grandchildren, Hazely, Silas, Hayden, Cleo, Grayson, and Everly. He is also survived by his sisters Norma Fields and husband Glenn, Elsie Cook and husband Paul, Shirley Capehart and husband Jerry Don; sister-in-law Anna Sue Tunnell; brothers, Larry Tunnell, and a host of nieces and nephews that were all special to him.

Graveside services will be Monday, January 10, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. at Smithville Cemetery with Brother Victor Rowell officiating under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Visitation will be at the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home Chapel on Sunday, January 9, 2022 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
 

 

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Darrel David Bruce

Darrel David Bruce, age 67, passed away November 23, 2021, in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was born November 12, 1954, in Mena, Arkansas, to the late Alfred Edwin and Nadine Webb Bruce.

Mr. Bruce was truck driver by profession and served in the United States Air Force. Dave loved building and fixing things, cars, trucks, motorcycles, anything he could “tinker” with. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle and spending time outdoors; his favorite activity was fishing with his family.

Mr. Bruce is preceded in death by his parents, Alfred Edwin and Nadine Webb Bruce.
 
He is survived by his daughter, Cassandra (Cassie) Bruce-Tucker and husband Chris; former spouse, Marilyn Bruce; grandchildren, Sloan Hicks and fiancé Elijah Dominguez, Kaylyn Hicks, Jacob Tucker, and Megan Owens; great-grandchildren, Miles Jay Tucker, and Emmie Owens; sisters, Alice Lavonn Pate and husband Tommy, Shirley Ann Werst and husband Kenny; brother, Henry Bruce and wife Revia; nieces, Debbie Fairless and Tamara Towery; nephews, Henry Jr. Bruce, Edwin Bruce, Brandon Bruce, and Todd Pate; great-uncle, Barney David Bruce and wife June; and by his partner, companion, and friend, Danna Burris.

Memorial services for Mr. Bruce will be held Saturday, January 8, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. in Cecil Chapel Cemetery in Cove, Arkansas, with Brother Tim Smedley officiating.

Cremation services are entrusted to Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

Services are entrusted to Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com.
 
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Janet Mardell Abraham Obituary

Janet Mardell Abraham, age 68, of Rose Hill, Kansas died Saturday, January 1, 2022 at Kansas Medical Center in Andover, Kansas with her family by her side. She was born on Saturday, December 5, 1953 to John and Gladys (Roberts) Henson in Hopkinsville, Kentucky.

Janet was a devout Christian who lived by the Bible and only wanted to do God's will. She attended the Poplar Avenue Church of Christ in Wichita, Kansas and was very active in the Church. Janet let the word of God guide her life and made a difference in many peoples lives. She and her husband of 49 years, James, served as missionaries in Argentina from 1980 to 1993 where she learned how to draw, teach horseback riding, and sing worship music in Spanish. Janet loved to sing in Spanish and English and one of her favorites in church was "Jesus Goes With Me". She was very talented at many different crafts, and could often be found crocheting, quilting, and making other things for her grandchildren. Janet loved being with her grandchildren any chance she could, and teaching them how to ride horses gave her so much joy. Janet was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend and will be missed by all who knew her.

She is preceded in death by her father, John Allen Henson.

Janet is survived by her husband, James Abraham of Rose Hill, Kansas; her mother, Gladys Henson of Hatfield; two sons and daughter in law, James Clinton Abraham of Wichita, Kansas, and John Daniel and Nora Abraham of Montgomery, Texas; two daughters and son in law, Audrey Mardell and Timothy Rooney of Augusta, Kansas, and Juliet Margaret Fall of Rose Hill, Kansas; two brothers and sister in law, Allen Arthur and Karen Henson of Wiggins, Mississippi, and Karl Henson of Pratt, Kansas; three sisters and brothers in law, Della Marie Perry of Mulvane, Kansas, Eva and Robert High of Wichita, Kansas, and Debbie and Perry Overstake of Wichita, Kansas; twenty-four grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 6, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena, Arkansas with Burl Abraham Preacher/Elder of Augusta Church of Christ, Augusta, Kansas officiating. Interment will follow at the Six Mile Cemetery in Hatfield under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.

 

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1-3-21 12:15 p.m. KAWX.ORG

Helen Diane Russell Obituary

Helen Diane Russell, age 66, of Mena, Arkansas died Tuesday, December 28, 2021 at Arkansas Heart Hospital in Little Rock. She was born on Saturday, July 23, 1955 to Bobby Lee Robertson and Myrtle Helen (Clark) Robertson in Jackson, Mississippi.

Helen was a member of the First Baptist Church in Mena where she enjoyed participating in the Women's Bible Study and spreading the word of God. She made her living as a seamstress and specialized in wedding gowns and pageant dresses. Helen loved to see her customers happy when she presented them with her work. She was proud of her blue ribbons she obtained from the County Fairs for exhibiting her fine sewing skills. Helen enjoyed knitting and crocheting in her spare time. She loved to see her children do right. and she enjoyed Gospel music and listening to The Gaither's. Helen was a loving mother, aunt, sister, and a friend and will be missed by all who knew her.

She is preceded in death by her parents; and one brother, Reggie Robertson.

Helen is survived by one son, Bryan Russell of Mena; one daughter, Penny Correri of Marryville, Tennessee; one brother, Pete Robertson of Longview, Texas; one sister, Marsha Williams of Mena, Arkansas; 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.

 

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1-3-21 12:08 p.m. KAWX.ORG

Richard "Rick" Duane Higgins Jr. Obituary

Richard “Rick” Duane Higgins Jr., age 63, passed away Friday, December 24, 2021, in Houston, Texas. He was born August 8, 1958, in Mena, Arkansas to the late Richard Duane and Eva Lou Willis Higgins.

Mr. Higgins was a graduate of Irving High School, class of 1976, from there he studied at Lincoln Technical Institute, class of 1977. Rick worked as a Consultant for Stewart & Stevenson in Dallas, Texas and Houston, Texas from 1977, to his retirement in 2016. It was said that Mr. Higgins knew all there was to know about Diesel Engines.

“Higgy”, as referred to by his friends and colleagues, was well respected by all who knew him. His insight and opinions were welcomed and respected; and everyone loved his infectious personality.

Richard is survived by a host of cousins (who were more like brothers and sisters) too numerous to count.

Services for Mr. Higgins will be held Monday, January 3, 2022, at 11:00 a.m., at Pinecrest Memorial Park, Brother Steve Ellison will officiate, under direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Visitation will be Sunday, January 2, 2022, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at Beasley-Wood Chapel.

Honorary pallbearers are Rusty Brown, Ray Hunter, Max Vogel, Carl Vogel, Dennis Cunningham, Andy Brown, Doug Hunter, Barry Royal, Scott Royal, Todd Royal, and Ray Hunter.

Services are entrusted to Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com.
 

 

1-3-21 11:46 a.m. KAWX.ORG

 

Charles "Dood" Baker Obituary

Our beloved uncle and friend, Charles "Dood" Baker, passed away with family by his side on January 1, 2022 at the age of 85 in Texarkana, TX. Charles was born to Jimmie and Lula Baker on January 26, 1936. Charles was one of a kind and lived life on his terms.

In high school, he was known as an awesome athlete. Many athletes from his time said Charles was one of the best basketball players in the area. He would play center and tip the ball to a teammate and go to half court to make the shot most of the time. He also shot through the rafters at the old Wickes gym on a regular basis.

A few days after graduation at Wickes High School, Class of 1956, Charles took a sack of clothes and boarded a bus with a ticket to ride as long as you want with only a few dollars to his name. He got off in Northern California somewhere near Eureka. He worked at a sawmill and didn’t buy a car for the first five years out there. For ten years, he owned and co-operated a local bar. His heart was too big for the bar life though. He went to work for Louisiana Pacific in Eureka, California until he retired.

Charles loved people, his family, basketball, and hunting. He spent his time off (vacation) driving home to attend school reunions, hunt, and spend time with his family. In 2002, he moved back home to be close to his family, especially his sisters, Marie and Gladys. He always said he went to two churches (Wickes Methodist Church and Wickes Nazarene) every Sunday to make up for living a rough life in his early days. He was a friend to everyone he met!

Charles is preceded in death by his parents, Jimmie and Lula Baker; brothers, Orville Baker, Ralph Baker, Ed (Thelma) Baker, and James (Teelie) Baker; sisters, Marie (Keith) Duckett and Gladys (Jim Ed) Duckett; nephews, Johnnie Duane Duckett, James Truman Baker, Roy Johnson; niece, Mitzi Duckett.

He is survived by Orville Louis "Dood" (Kathy) Baker Jr., Kathy (Jon) Johnson, Gary Hargis, Todd (Angie) Baker, Ronnie Duckett, Kay Johnson, Frankie (Dawn) Duckett, Cindy (Sam) Ahrens; and special friends, John Willard Hill, Fred Allen, Faith Lynch, and his Cossatot Senior Center family.

Pallbearers will be Aaron Ahrens, Sam Ahrens, Frankie Duckett, Kyle Duckett, Ronnie Duckett, Johnny Johnson, Brad Lyle, and Jeffrey Richardson. Honorary pallbearers are Fred Allen, Orville "Dood" Baker Jr., Zack Frachiseur, John Willard Hill, Don Hoyle, and Paul Melton.

Services will be held Tuesday, January 4, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. at Baker Cemetery in Wickes, Arkansas. Brother Stephen Copley and Pastor B.J. Jenkins will officiate, under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

Charles was a superfan of the Cossatot Senior Center in Wickes, Arkansas and served faithfully on the Board of Trustees. In honor of his love for the senior center, the family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Cossatot Senior Center in memory of our beloved family member and friend, Charles "Dood" Baker.
 

 

1-3-21 11:41 a.m. KAWX.ORG

 

Ellis Lloyd Posey Jr. Obituary

Mr. Ellis Lloyd Posey Jr., age 91, passed away Wednesday, December 29, 2021 in Mena, Arkansas at home. He was born October 8th, 1930 in Mena to the late Ellis Lloyd Posey, Sr. and Mary Alice McAllister Posey. 

Lloyd attended Bethany Nazarene College where he met Anna. On June 14, 1953, Lloyd and Anna tied the knot in a double wedding with his sister, Dorothy and his best friend, Charles. Lloyd later attended Moody Bible Institute and was involved in ministry there. 

Lloyd’s primary occupation was assistant pastor/pastor. He also taught school and was a principal for a short time. Lloyd graduated from Luther Rice Seminary with a Bachelor's and Master's degree in the early 1970's, and he retired as a Methodist minister. 

Lloyd’s character stood out as a shining testimony to all who knew him. His love for Jesus was evident as he faithfully modeled a life devoted to Christ. He was a tender husband who spent much of his later years sacrificially caring for his wife with dementia. He was a gentle and wise father and grandfather who effortlessly earned admiration and respect by leading his loved ones through his example as a servant. 

He approached life with passion and attention to detail. Whether it was mountain climbing with his grandkids, delivering a spellbinding speech, or performing a musical solo for a crowd, his intentionality and poise were evident. Always an enthusiast for learning, Lloyd educated himself on something new on a regular basis. It was not uncommon to find him digging into a new history book or strategizing his next chess move. One of his most notorious accomplishments was building his own retirement home from the ground up with the help from his loved ones. He was known as the man who could fix anything or do anything he set his mind to. 

Lloyd is preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Dorothy Faith Bolin; his son, Philip Gordon Posey, and his grandson, Timothy Todd Chapin. He is survived by his wife, Anna Ruth Posey and his daughter, Sherry Lynne Chapin of Mena, Arkansas. He also has nine grandchildren and twenty-two great grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Clayton Posey of Wayne, Oklahoma and sisters, Alice Gwendolyn Neal of Bethany, Oklahoma, and Maralyn Vay Chandler of Conway, Arkansas. 

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 5th, 2022 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Mena First United Methodist Church. Funeral service will follow on Thursday, January 6th, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. at the Mena First United Methodist Church, with interment following at Pinecrest Memorial Park in Mena, Arkansas. Reverend Scott Stewart will be officiating under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.
 

 

1-1-22 5:06 p.m. KAWX.ORG

 

Robbie Nadine Pettit Rath Griglio Obituary

Robbie Nadine Pettit Rath Griglio, age 96, of Mena, Arkansas, died Sabbath, January 1, 2022. She was born on December 13, 1925 to James Grover and Alvenia Aynes Pettit in Pushmataha County, Oklahoma. She was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist church.

She married Harry Rath in 1943, and together they had four sons: James, Phillip, Emil, and Jewel. She served as a nursing assistance in several nursing homes in the Mena and DeQueen, Arkansas. After Harry's untimely death, she moved to Keene, Texas and married Michael Lawrence Griglio. She also worked as a nursing assistant there until her retirement.

Nadine was preceded in death by her parents and all her siblings: a brother and four sisters; two grandsons, Jewel Junior and Phillip Grover Rath Il; and a great-grandson, Nathan Putman.

She is survived by her four sons: James Harry (& Sandra) Rath, Phillip Grover (& Jamie) Rath, Emil Roland (& Klinda) Rath, and Jewel Darris Rath, all of Mena; five grandsons: Marcus Jesse (& Julie) Rath, Emil Rath II, Kenneth Paul Rath, Terry Slade (& Monica) Rath, Joshua Darris (& Aurora) Rath; four granddaughters: Donya Lynette Rath, Robbilee Jordyn Rath, Philena LouAnn Rath, Debra Christine (& John) Bernadini; five great-grandsons: Kiano Harrison Rath, Devin Lee Rath, Phillip Grover (Trey) Rath IlL, Ashlar Tristan Rath, and Joshua Darris Rath, Junior; nine great-granddaughters: Binay Caroline Rath, Abigail LeAnn Rath, Emmaline Rose-Marie Rath, Mikayla Taylor Rath, Kailyn Paige Rath, Natalie Davison, Randi Hall, Stephania Camarena, and Rachel Lee Ann Rath; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Voice of Prophecy at https://www.voiceofprophecy.com/ or 3ABN at https://3abn.org.

 

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1-1-22 12:04 p.m. KAWX.ORG

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