Obituaries

James Morris Watkins Obituary

James Morris Watkins, age 65, of Vandervoort, Arkansas passed away Monday, August 10, 2020 in Texarkana, Texas. He was born on March 8, 1955 in Mena, Arkansas to Morris Dale Watkins and Bertha Lillian (Daniels) Watkins.

Morris was a kind, gracious, and humble man, who lived life full and blessed with a large loving extended family, especially his beloved Cindy, Luke, and Clay. He was a logger, farmer, and avid outdoorsman who loved camping and cooking outdoors. He and Cindy built their family home on the site where his grandparents lived. They exceled in welcoming family and friends throughout their 47 years. He will be dearly missed.

He is survived by his wife Cindy, of the home; sons, Lucas Wade Watkins and wife Lindsey of Vandervoort, and Clayton Lee Watkins and wife Debra of Vandervoort; grandchildren, Levi, Kaylee, Landon, Kensleigh, Easton, and Talynn; mother, Bertha “Tinker” Watkins of Vandervoort; sister, Mary Leandra “Tooter” Putty of Hico, Texas; brother, Larry Watkins of Vandervoort; exchange students, Marzena, Michael, Ninja, Edward, and Hani; and a host of friends.

Morris was preceded in death by his father, Morris Dale Watkins; and brother, Phill Watkins.

A funeral service for Mr. Watkins will be held 10:00 am Saturday, August 15, 2020 at the First Baptist Church in Cove, Arkansas with Bro. Ron Ladd officiating. Interment will follow in Center Cemetery in Vandervoort.

Pallbearers are Frank Hoyle, Ray Bailey, Bill Barrett, Randy Milam, Chuck Bell, and Raymond Dees. Honorary pallbearers are Terry Scott and Tim Scott.

Visitation at the funeral home will be general. A scheduled visitation will begin at 9:30 am at the church prior to the service on Saturday.

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

 

8-11-20 2:39 PM KAWX.ORG

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Mervyn James Lynch Obituary

Mervyn James Lynch

December 9, 1935 - August 8, 2020

 

Mervyn James Lynch, age 84, died Saturday, August 8, 2020 at his home surrounded by family. He was born on Monday, December 9, 1935 to Mervyn Edward and Helen Jarrett Lynch in San Francisco, California.

Mervyn was a good Christian man who served proudly in the United States Air Force. He worked as a security officer for many years at various factories and the airport. Mervyn was a man of responsibility and work ethic, and never failed to take care of his family. His family was incredibly important to him. Mervyn was a loving husband and father, and will be missed by all who knew him.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Mervyn is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Joy Lynch of Mena; and one son and daughter in law, James and Mary Lynch of Mena.

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

 

8-11-20 9:10 AM KAWX.ORG

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Glenda LaRue Renfro Hastey Obituary

Glenda LaRue Renfro Hastey

August 6, 2020

 

Glenda LaRue Renfro Hastey passed from this life on Thursday, August 6, 2020 at home surrounded by her family. She was married to Kenneth Earl Hastey for 57 years before his passing in 2018.

Glenda was born October 7, 1938 in Littlefield, Texas to Norman Thomas Renfro and Pauline Juanita Tyler Renfro. She grew up in Littlefield and worked alongside her family at Renfro Grocery. Her father and uncle were the owners, and were also twins. She had lots of funny stories involving them and their antics. She was a member of First Baptist of Littlefield and always had a heart for missions, as evidenced by her early involvement in Girls in Action.

She graduated Littlefield High School in 1957 and married Kenneth Earl Hastey on April 15, 1960. They and their two sons moved to Mena in 1971 for Kenneth's job with SWEPCO. Glenda enjoyed being a wife and homemaker for many years.

When her youngest son, Keith was in college, she attended Henderson State University, completing a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree. She taught art for a time at Rich Mountain Community College. In her spare time, she enjoyed working on art projects in her backyard art studio. She particularly enjoyed working on pieces where her grandchildren were the subjects.

Glenda loved the Lord and was active in First Baptist Church of Mena for over 40 years serving as Sunday School teacher for the hearing impaired and interpreted the worship service as well as the message. She was thrilled to serve on a mission trip to Romania, falling in love with the people there, and later she and Kenneth served the people of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. She also interpreted in the Hatfield school system for the hearing-impaired student and served as an advocate for that student.

Glenda was a prayer warrior and if she said she would pray for you, she would. She baked cakes, made meals, sat with hurting people, and lived out the spiritual gifts of serving, teaching, giving, and mercy. She loved and supported her daughters-in-law as if they were her own. To have known her was to be blessed.

Glenda was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters-in-law, Doris Hastey Vick, Jean Brown Hastey, Patricia Ann South Renfro; her brothers-in-law, Doyle Hastey, J.D. Vick and Lawrence Evins.

She is survived by children, Kenneth DeWayne Hastey and wife, Doris Shields Hastey of Mena and Keith Darren Hastey and wife, Alicia Baber Hastey of Mena, her brother, Colonel Paul Renfro of San Antonio, Texas, sister-in-law, Imogene Hastey Evins Meriott of Wamego, Kansas; her grandchildren. Kalen Hastey of Fayetteville, Brooke Hastey, Liam Hastey, and Kaielor Hastey all of Mena; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

A graveside services will be held Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at 10:00 A.M. at the Pinecrest Memorial Park in Mena with Dr. Lamar Austin officiating. No visitation planned. Arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Funeral Home Chapel in Mena, Arkansas.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.

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8-7-20 10:57 PM KAWX.ORG 

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Lily Jane Jenkins Conley Bell Obituary

Lily Jane (Jenkins) Conley Bell, age 79, of Wickes, Arkansas, passed away Thursday, August 6, 2020 in Mena, Arkansas. She was born on March 15, 1941 in the Duckett Community near Wickes to the late James Nolan Jenkins and Ora Minnie (Demorest) Jenkins.

Lily married James Thomas Conley on April 11, 1964. Lily was a very hard worker and enjoyed spending time with her family, church family, and friends. She was a seamstress for many years and enjoyed cooking. She ran many restaurants. She was a devoted member of the Wickes Nazarene Church where she enjoyed playing the piano, singing, and fellowship. Lily’s most favorite past time was visiting with her kids and grandkids.

She is survived by her son, James P. Conley and wife Debbie of Smithville, Oklahoma; grandchildren, Jennifer Slaton and husband Matthew, Brittany Conley, Melissa Conley, and Bryan Conley; sisters, Lora Fern Taylor, Laural Miller, and Lila Jenkins; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James Nolan and Ora Jenkins; first husband, James Thomas Conley; second husband, John Bell; sisters, Lou Ann Jenkins, Laverne Jenkins, and Lady Jenkins; and brothers, Loyd Jenkins, and Lacey Jenkins.

A funeral service for Mrs. Bell will be held 2:00 pm Monday, August 10, 2020 at the Wickes Church of the Nazarene with Rev. David Baker and Thomas Jenkins officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery near Wickes. Visitation at the funeral home will be general.

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

 

8-7-20 4:22 PM KAWX.ORG 

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Shari Ladell Breaux Obituary

Shari Ladell Breaux

November 3, 1961 - August 4, 2020

 

Shari Ladell Breaux, age 58, of Mena, Arkansas died Tuesday, August 4, 2020 at her home. She was born on Sunday, November 3, 1961 to Billie Lynn and Julia Marie Smith Meador in Pasadena, Texas.

Shari believed in the Lord and was a good Christian woman. She spent her life taking care of her family and providing them with a warm and loving home. Shari cherished every moment spent with her children and grandchildren, and was very proud of them. She enjoyed going shopping, dancing, and sewing in her free time. Shari was a loving mother, daughter, sister, grandmother, aunt and friend and will be missed by all who knew her.

Preceded in death by her father, Billie Meador.

Survivors include her sons and daughter in law, Buck Strother of Fort Smith and Dakota and Kala Strother of Mena; two daughters and sons in law, Raychel and David Hill of Mena and Sarah and Jonah Sarabia of Eunice, New Mexico; her mother, Julia Barnidge of Pasadena, Texas; step mother, Claudia Meador of Dayton, Texas; brother, Don Meador of Pasadena, Texas; sisters, Cindy Corder of Pasadena, Texas and LaQuitta Breaux of Pasadena, Texas; her soulmate, Shayne Breaux of Pasadena, Texas; twelve grandchildren, Faith Hill, Gracie Hill, Charish Hill, Kady Strother, Clara Strother, Jayden Kelley, Cooper Strother, Kasen Strother, Truitt Strother, Ace Sarabia, Gage Sarabia and Jayne Sarabia; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, August 8, 2020 at 11:00 AM at the Mama Nell Family Cemetery in Mena, Arkansas with Brother Don Meador officiating. Burial arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

 

8-6-20 11:56 AM KAWX.ORG 

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Gladys Georgia Denton Obituary

Gladys Georgia Denton

February 22, 1924 - July 31, 2020

 

Gladys Georgia Denton, age 96, of Potter, Arkansas died Friday, July 31, 2020 at the Mena Regional Health System. She was born on Friday, February 22, 1924 to Johnathan Brack and Myrtle Watkins Walston in Mena, Arkansas.

Gladys loved her family and spending time with them and spoiling her grandchildren. She was a founding member of the Bethel Baptist Church in Potter and served as Secretary and Treasurer for many years. She enjoyed music and especially Merle Haggard and making and sewing clothes for her family. At the age of 50, Gladys went back to school and received her GED and was very proud of that achievement. Gladys was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt and friend and will be missed by all who knew her.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Alvin Jewell Denton; one son, Bobby Alan Denton; one brother, C.L. "Pete" Walston; four sisters, Hester Smith, Hazel Denton, Edna Gray, and Betty Jo Ammons.

Gladys is survived by her daughter, Betty Smith of Mena; two grandchildren, David Smith of Mena, and Debra Miller of Mena; three great grandchildren, Kathryn Miller of Fort Worth, Texas, Joel Miller of Mena, and Jacob Miller of Mena; several nephews and nieces and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be Monday, August 3, 2020 at 10:00 A.M. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena with Brother Keith Rose officiating. Interment will follow in the Gann Cemetery at Potter. Arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

In lieu of flowers Memorials can be made to the Gann Cemetery Fund, C/O Rita Keener, 155 Polk 710, Mena, Arkansas 71953.

Pallbearers will be Joel Miller, Jacob Miller, Debra Miller, Kathryn Miller, Monty Gray and Jerry Denton.

Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com

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8-1-20 11:35 AM KAWX.ORG

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James Archie Cline Obituary

James Archie Cline, age 78, of Hatfield, Arkansas, passed away Saturday, July 25, 2020 in Mena.

He was born to the late Jennings William Cline and the late Cora Dell Hoover Cline on November 14, 1941 in Holdenville, Oklahoma. He was united in marriage to the late Mavis Cline. Archie was a stone mason by profession and was a hard worker, skilled carpenter, and an artist with his stonework. He loved to hunt and fish and spend time with his family. He was the most loving father and grandfather, and a friend to everyone. He will be greatly missed.

He is survived by sons: Matt Cline and wife Sandra of Mena, Arkansas, A.J. Hickman and wife Kim of Smithville, Oklahoma, and Chris Cannon of Hatfield, Arkansas

Daughters: Sandy Day of Muse, Oklahoma, Carol Werst and friend Reggie Hamby of Smithville, Oklahoma, Dana Bojang and husband Ibrahima of Fort Smith, Arkansas, and Chasidy Emerson of Hatfield, Arkansas

Brother: Bobby Cline of Poteau, Oklahoma

Sister: Sue Fairless of Hatfield, Arkansas

Twelve grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, JW and Cora Cline; his wife, Mavis Cline; a son, Cody Dunn; a daughter, Theresa Ann Cline; a sister, Colleen Pannell; and 3 brothers, Benny, Delbert, and Dale Cline.

A graveside service for Mr. Cline will be held 10 a.m. Friday, July 31, 2020 at Ludlow Cemetery in Ludlow, Oklahoma with Bro. Todd Webb officiating. General visitation will be at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Don Cline, Brody Werst, JD Morris, Christian Field, Chris Cannon, and Matthew Cline. Honorary pallbearers will be Trey Martin, Lukas Beggs, Dustin Myers, AJ Hickman, Mike Cline, and Matt Cline.

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

 

7-27-20 11:34 AM KAWX.ORG 

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Sandra Kay Yahn Obituary

 
Sandra Kay Yahn, age 75 of Mena, Arkansas, went to be with the Lord Friday, July 24, 2020 in Texarkana, Texas. She was born June 11, 1945 to the late Harold and Beulah Jones. She was born in Dennison, Texas and lived the remainder of her life in Mena, Arkansas.

Sandy is survived by her loving husband of 56 years, Marvin. She was a faithful member of Abundant Life United Pentecostal Church and with a true love of the Lord and Savior studied the Bible everyday. Sandy loved gardening, quilting, puzzles and scrapbooking. With a heart full of love she also cherished her grandchildren. She was the most gentle and caring person you would ever want to meet and will be dearly missed by all.

She is survived by husband: Marvin Yahn of Mena, Arkansas

Daughters: Brenda Hamilton of Mena, Arkansas and Glenda Arnold and husband Steve of Texarkana, Arkansas

Grandchildren: Ethan Hamilton and Fiance’ Katelynn, Breanna Hamilton, Tiffany Burns and husband Chad, Benton Arnold and Teagan, Steven Arnold and wife Jazmine, Ty Arnold and wife Bennetta.

Great grandchildren: Rueben, Aubree, Cooper, Zane, Jentree, Jaxten, Avalynn Sue

Sisters: Sue Yahn and husband Raymond and Patty Bond

Brother: Jimmie Jones and wife Belinda

Sister-in-law: Judy Jones

Her favorite dog: Biscuit.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Harold Jones, sister-in-law Brenda Cecil, and nephew Chris Jones.

Funeral service will be held Tuesday, July 28th, 2020, 10:00 a.m. at Abundant Life United Pentecostal Church in Mena, Arkansas with Brother Jack Smith officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Gilead Cemetery under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Masks and gloves will be provided at the church. Family and friends visitation is scheduled for Monday, July 27, 2020 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.
 

 

7-25-20 5:49 PM KAWX.ORG 

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Mrs. Imo Yvonne Tibbs Little Obituary

Mrs. Imo Yvonne Tibbs Little, age 82, of Atchison, Kansas passed away Thursday, July 23, 2020 in Atchison.

Mrs. Little was born March 4, 1938 in Mena, Arkansas to Loyed and Martha Tibbs. Imo loved to sew for her family. She was a perfectionist in everything she did. She often made favorite treats when the grandkids came around. She was a loving pastor’s wife. She and her husband pastored in seven different towns, including Mt. Ida, AR; Round Mountain, CA; Blue Eye, AR; Green Forest, AR; and pastors assistant in Harrison, AR; Eureka Springs, AR; and Elsey, MO.

She is survived by her son, Robert Wayne Little and wife Anna of Flippin, AR; daughters, Teresa Yvonne (Little) Ogle and husband Paul of Atchison, KS, and Rhonda Wainette (Little) Houghton of Memphis, TN; grandchildren, Regina (Little) Smith and husband Gerald, Jerah Little and wife Amanda, Andrew Little, Aaron Ogle and wife Victoria, Adina Ogle Nichols and husband Kayotte, Abigail Ogle Waller and husband Lance, Desiree Ogle, and Destinee Ogle; great-grandchildren, Daniel Smith, Brianna Smith, Rozalee Smith, Rebecca Smith, Lily Ogle, Scarlett Ogle, Oliver Ogle, Ada Waller, and Levi Nichols (coming in December); sister, Jane Mourtan; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Imo is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Rev. Wayne Little; sisters, Lourine Tibbs Lance, Barbara Tibbs Hanks; brothers, Marvin Othel Tibbs, Charles (Billy) Tibbs, and Loyd Lee Tibbs.

A graveside service for Mrs. Little will be 10:00a.m. Monday, July 27, 2020 at Mt. Gilead Cemetery in Rocky, Arkansas with Rev. Paul Ogle and Lance Waller officiating. Visitation for family and friends will be Sunday, July 26, 2020 from 6p.m. to 8p.m. at the funeral home.

Pallbearers are Jerah Little, Aaron Ogle, Lance Waller, Kayotte Nichols, Gerald Smith, Daniel Smith, and Andrew Little.

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

 

7-24-20 4:27 PM KAWX.ORG 

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Mary Reynolds Obituary

Mary Reynolds

August 11, 1951 - July 16, 2020

 

Mary Jane Reynolds, of Mena, Arkansas fought a brave battle against cancer. Surrounded by loved ones, Mary passed away peacefully in the comforts of her home.

Mary Reynolds was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on August 11, 1951. Mary and her husband, Larry Reynolds were residents of Mena. She enjoyed working in their yard, attending to their home and spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

During her years in Mena, she made many friends with whom she cherished. Mary and Larry were known as the "Porch Couple" who waved to all that passed down Reeves Street.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Jeannie and adopted father, Kenneth Seale and her biological father, James Sonnier; her brothers, Rene Soonier and Robert Seale.

She is survived by her husband, Larry Reynolds of Mena, two daughters, Bobbie Himel and spouse, Milton Himel of Mena, Arkansas and Karen Picard and significant other, Tony Nocito of Marrero, Louisiana; brother, Bill Oglesby of Ashville, North Carolina; her grandchildren: Misty Miller, Bernie Metrejean Jr and Fancee` Brooke Wilson, Brice Metrejean, Mathieu Picard, Paige Picard; along with four great grandchildren with fifth due to arrive in September; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

The memorial service will be Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 10:00 A.M. Mena First Assembly of God in Mena with Brother Ron Tilley officiating. Cremation services are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com

Click this link to view additional details about Mary's Services, including any available live streams: https://my.gather.app/remember/mary-reynolds

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7-22-20 4:25 PM KAWX.ORG 

 

 

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Sam Varner Obituary

Mr. Sam J. Varner, age 89, of Hatfield, Arkansas passed away Wednesday, July 22, 2020 in Mena.

Mr. Varner was born on December 30, 1930 in Hatfield, Arkansas to Earl and Pearl Varner. He was a graduate of Hatfield High School and served his country in the United States Army. He was elected Polk County Judge, a member of the Lions Club of Hatfield. For seventy-five years he expressed his gift of music through his guitar.

He is survived by his brother, Bob Varner; four sons; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A graveside service for Mr. Varner will be 2:00p.m. Saturday, July 25, 2020 at Six Mile Cemetery in Hatfield, Arkansas under the direction of Beasley Wood Funeral Home. There is general visitation and viewing at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be sent to Hatfield Cemetery Association.

He was a member of Hatfield Church of Christ. He exhibited the character traits of love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control.

He knew the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments for this is the whole duty of man.

“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter; Fear God, and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.” Ecclesiastes 12:13

 

 

7-22-20 1:20 PM KAWX.ORG

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Mary Helen Stalcup Valdois Obituary

Mary Helen Stalcup Valdois, age 92, of Mena, Arkansas passed away Thursday, July 16, 2020 in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

She was born December 15, 1927 in Tennessee to the late Gerald and Lucille Stahlkuppe. Mary was an Architect for Bowing Aircraft and she was a Captain of the Civil Air Patrol. She hobbies included crocheting, fishing and she enjoyed talking politics with anyone who would listen. She also enjoyed singing and loved the Lord. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend.

Survivors are grandchildren: Chris Webb, Charles Webb and wife Elizabeth, Abbie, Annie and Gracie Baker,a nd Starla Crump

Great-grandchildren: Liberty and Justice Webb and Gracie Baker

Brothers: Gerald “Joe” Stahlkuppe and wife Cathie, Jack Stahlkuppe, and Dr. Gene Stalcup and wife Patsy

Sisters: Charlene Askew and Susan Snead
 
Several nieces and nephews.

Her service dog Jax.

She was preceded in death by her parents, 3 husbands, and her son Lloyd Kromka.

Graveside service will be Saturday, July 18, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at the Nunley Cemetery in Nunley, Arkansas with Brother Joe Stahlkuppe officiating. Interment will follow under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

Honorary pallbearers are Gerald “Joe” Stahlkuppe, Jack Stahlkuppe, Dr. Gene Stalcup, Charles Webb, Chris Webb and Michael Jacoby.
 

 

7-17-20 9:01 PM KAWX.ORG 

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Joseph Raymond Fields Obituary

Mr. Joseph Raymond Fields, Jr., age 78, of Cove passed away Thursday, July 16, 2020 in Waldron, Arkansas.

Joseph was born in Bell, CA on January 22, 1942 to the late Joseph Raymond Fields, Sr., and the late Ella Mae Brown Fields. Joseph was married to his wife Mary Hurst Fields for 34 years. Mr. Fields was a mason by profession and loved his work. Joseph liked to do things that involved using his hands, such as woodworking, working on lawn mowers, motors, and even splitting wood. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend to all that knew him and will be dearly missed by all.

Survived by wife: Mary Fields of Cove, Arkansas

Grandson: Andrew C. Rogers and wife Kayla of Leesburg, Georgia

Brother: Mark Fields

Also survived by many church friends and family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a daughter, Corrina Shay Rogers.

Mr. Fields was sent for cremation under the direction of Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena. A celebration of Life service will be held at First Baptist Church in Hatfield, Arkansas at a later date.
 

 

7-17-20 1:20 PM KAWX.ORG 

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Penny Thomas Obituary

Wanda May Thomas, lovingly known as Penny, age 88 of Mena, Arkansas, passed away Wednesday, July 15, 2020 in Mena.

She was born April 6, 1932 in Potter, Arkansas to the late Alvin Powell and Annie Horton Powell. Mrs. Thomas loved to babysit in the 60’s and 70’s and later moved on to buying and selling at her flea market. Penny enjoyed baking, fishing, and going to yard sales. She loved being outside, especially going on drives through the country looking for muscadines. Penny enjoyed playing games in her free time, Yahtzee and Skipbo were two of her favorites. She was a faithful member of the Union Mission Pentecostal Church of God and she loved giving back to people. She was the most loving, caring, trusting person you would ever want to meet and will be dearly missed by a host of friends and family.

She is survived by son: Terry Ketchum of Mena, AR

Daughters: Glenda Lambert and husband Buddy of Mena, AR and Beverly Sudermann and husband James of Cocoa, FL

Grandchildren: Brandy Sparks, Cade Lambert, Tyse Lambert, Gage Lambert and wife Sarah, and Peter Sudermann

Great Grandchildren: Willow, Ayden, and Owain Sparks and Alice Lambert

Sisters: Betty Myers of Mena, AR and Bonnie Matthews of Pinon, CA

Brother: Tommy Powell of Rollin Heights, CA

Stepchildren: Rose Fairless and husband Calvin, Anita Thomas, Candace Casey, Jean Dohrn, Marion Thomas, and Tom Thomas and wife Linda.

Step-grandchildren and step-great grandchildren and a host of friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Alvin Powell and Annie Horton Powell; husband, Alfred Thomas; and brothers, Ray, Marvin and Joe Powell, sisters, Mildred McLain and Lorene Cagle.

Funeral service will be held Saturday, July 25th at 10 a.m. at Union Mission Pentecostal Church of God in Mena, Arkansas with Brother Lewis Martin officiating. Interment will follow in Pinecrest Cemetery under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.
 
Pallbearers will be Dale McLain, Billy Joe McLain, Buddy Lambert, Tyse Lambert, Gage Lambert, and Cade Lambert. Honorary Pallbearer is Roger Myers.
 
There will be a scheduled visitation Friday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Beasley Wood Chapel.

Mask and gloves will be provided by the family and must be worn if attending the service.
 

 

7-17-20 12:43 PM KAWX.ORG 

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William Joseph Watson Obituary

Mr. William Joseph Watson, age 68, of Mena passed away Tuesday July 14, 2020 in Mena.

William was born May 24, 1952 in Tipton, Georgia to the late William Jackson Watson the late Joy Jolly Watson. William was a truck driver by trade and loved driving his truck. Mr. Watson enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Survived by daughter: Selina Hill

Four grandchildren

Brothers Jake Watson and Eugene Watson

Sisters Joyce Standridge and Mona Lisa Watson

Several nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife Sylvia Fay Watson.

Memorial Service will be announced later.

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

 

7-15-20 2:47 PM KAWX.ORG 

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Marvin Lee Fryar Obituary

Mr. Marvin Lee Fryar, age 86, of Mena, Arkansas passed away Monday, July 13, 2020 at his home.

Marvin was born on December 15, 1933 in Mena to Simmon and Alice (Holiday) Fryar. He was a truck driver and loved to take walks around Janssen Park. He will be dearly missed.

He is survived by Sons: Darrell Fryar and wife Linda of Mena and Brian Fryar and wife Jennifer of Mt. Ida

Daughter: Teresa Adams of Bakersfield, CA

Grandchildren: Amada Fryar, Kevin Fryar, Melissa Smith, Kimberly Hunt, Vernon Adams, Melanie Adams, Nicole Daigneault, Naomi Keith, Christina Fryar, Triton Fryar, Trevor Fryar, Linda Hall, and Andy Fryar

Numerous Great-Grandchildren.

Marvin was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Ellis Fryar, Gerald Fryar, and Burl Fryar; sisters, Maggie Fryar, and Lois Fryar; daughters, Glenda Fryar, and Tina Fryar; and granddaughter Cristi Fryar Bissell.

Funeral service will be held at the Beasley Wood Chapel on Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Hillside Cemetery in Sulphur Springs, AR.
 
Pallbearers will be Teal Bissell, Stetson Bissell, Bradlee Bissell, and Brian Smith.

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

 

7-14-20 1:05 PM KAWX.ORG 

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Virgil A. Kaltenbach Obituary

Virgil A. Kaltenbach, age 89, of Mena, passed away Sunday, July 12, 2020 at his home surrounded by loved ones.

He was born November 27, 1930 in Travers City, Michigan to the late Fred Kaltenbach and Ella Kadlec Kaltenbach. He was united in marriage to Betty Sue Lawrence. Virgil’s occupation was a tree surgeon which he thoroughly enjoyed and did most of his life. He loved flowers and had an immaculate flower garden. He was known to have the best garden in town. Virgil was a loving husband, father, brother, and friend. He will be dearly missed.

Survivors are wife: Betty Sue Kaltenbach

Four children, two sisters, and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two children, five brothers, and three sisters.

There will be a general visitation and viewing for family and friends will be Monday to Wednesday until 4:00 p.m. Mr. Kaltenbach will be sent for cremation under the direction of Beasley Wood Funeral Home. No services are planned at this time.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.
 

 

7-13-20 10:44 KAWX.ORG 

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Reverend Perry Eugene Hart Obituary

Reverend Perry Eugene Hart

March 16, 1945 - July 1, 2020

 

Reverend Perry Eugene Hart, age 75, of Mena, Arkansas died Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at the Riverside Health Services in Arkoma, Oklahoma. He was born on Friday, March 16, 1945 to the Reverend M.L. and Leatrice Katherine Baughn Hart in Blossom, Texas but he always let you know that he was born AGAIN on Dec.4, 1964.

At the age of 20, Perry entered the ministry. He served as Youth Pastor, Evangelist, Senior Pastor, had a prison ministry and served as Chaplin at DFW airport. In 1981, he moved his family to Alaska to serve as missionary to Minto, Alaska, Kake, Alaska, and various native villages there for 16 years. He was adopted into the Wolf Clan by a Tlingit Chief, Richard King of Klukwan. In 1997, he moved to Mena, Arkansas to pastor Faith Center Ministries (now known as Canaanland Church).

Perry's joy in life was serving the Lord. He always looked around for someone, (usually total strangers) hurting or in need, shared the Gospel with them and prayed for them. He also found great joy in his family. Everything he did was done with his wife, children. and/or grandchildren in mind. He was a loving, husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, friend and pastor and will be missed by all who knew him.

Perry is preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Charles Hart and daughter Lydia Charlie of Minto, Alaska.

Perry is survived by loving wife of 53 years, Sue Emmons Hart of Mena; three sons, Joey Hart and wife Kjari of Fairbanks, Alaska, Brandon Hart of Mena and Billy Joe Hart of Mena; three daughters, Dianna De La Garza and husband, Eddie of Los Angeles, California, Julie Moe and husband, Mike of Mena and Katherine Hart of Mena; two brothers, Joe Hart and Ronnie Hart of Detroit, Texas; two sisters, Delores Mitchell of Detroit, Texas and Nina Delaney of Hutchins, Texas; twenty two grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Cremation serves are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com

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7-5-20 8:07 AM KAWX.ORG 

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Sidney Mills Miller, Jr. Obituary

Sidney Mills Miller, Jr., age 92, of Mena, passed away Thursday, July 2, 2020 at his home surrounded by loved ones.

He was born July 7, 1927 in Manistique, Michigan to the late Sidney Mills Miller, Sr. and the late Addie Mae Clark Miller. He was united in marriage to Naomi Gagnon. Mr. Miller served his country in the United States Navy during World War II. He was a self-employed carpenter contractor by profession. He also ran a community sawmill on the side for his family and friends and was a cattle farmer. After retirement, he enjoyed refinishing antique furniture. Mr. Miller was a hard worker and a loving family man who above all loved his Lord. He truly enjoyed talking about Jesus to anyone who was willing to listen. He will be dearly missed.

Survivors are sons: Aaron Mills Miller of Mena, Arkansas and Kenneth Edward Miller of Mena, Arkansas

Daughters: Jannette Ruth Crowley of Claremore, Oklahoma, Genevieve Leila Larson of Clarksville, Arkansas, Beverly Kay Treadwell of Eucha, Oklahoma
Rachel Naomi Craddock of Mena, Arkansas, Eleanor Marie Priddy of Mena, Arkansas

Brother: Don Miller of Manistique, Michigan

Sisters: Lilly Chaffin of Flint, Michigan and Sally Schnurer of Manistique, Michigan

Step-sister: Shirley Stanley of Manistique, Michigan

30 (plus) Grandchildren

Numerous great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Naomi Gagnon Miller, his son Philip Sidney Miller, Sr., sisters Loraine Jenerou, Alice Brown, June Matheny and Helen Carlson and his step-brother Bill Rushford.

Mr. Miller was sent for cremation under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. No services are planned at this time.
 

 

7-3-20 6:40 PM KAWX.ORG 

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Barbara Ann Dehart Obituary

Barbara Ann Dehart

May 24, 1943 - June 29, 2020

 

Barbara Ann Dehart, age 77, of Mena, Arkansas passed away on Monday, June 29, 2020 surrounded by family. She was born on Monday, May 24, 1943 to Herbert and Roberta Fuller Hook in Evansville, Indiana.

Barbara was of the Assembly of God faith, and was thankful of God's strength in her life. She spent her life caring for her family and home. Barbara was also a well known talented seamstress, helping a large number of people over the years with alterations. Barbara was a hard worker who did not know the meaning of the word can't. She enjoyed gardening, word search puzzles, and family gatherings full of reminiscing. Everyone always looked forward to her famous chicken and dumplings she made at holidays. Barbara was so proud of her family and all her grandchildren, and enjoyed every moment spent by their side. She enjoyed a quiet country life with her family and beloved dog, Sadie. Barbara was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and a great friend and will be missed by all who knew her.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her beloved husband, Wayne Dehart; and one sister, Diana Martin.

Barbara is survived by one son, Kevin Dehart of Mena; three daughters, Kim Plunkett of Mena, Kathy Keifer of Poteau, Oklahoma, and Kristi Dehart of Abilene, Texas; one brother and sister in law, Ken and Suzette Hook of California; one sister, Carolyn Davis of Ohio; eight grandchildren, Ty Plunkett of Mena, Ronnie Handy of Poteau, Oklahoma, Ashlie Harris of Mena, Colt Dehart of Mena, Cody Dehart of Mena, Brandon Keifer of Poteau, Oklahoma, Nathan Paschall of Abilene, Texas, Zoe Paschall and Kaden Winkles of Abilene, Texas; sixteen great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

A private memorial gathering will be held by the family. Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.

 

7-1-20 2:32 PM KAWX.ORG 

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Delie Mae Evelyn Rhodes Forrest Obituary

Delie Mae Evelyn Rhodes Forrest of Mena, age 86, passed away June 30, 2020 two days before her 65th wedding anniversary to Ezra Forrest.

Delie was born in Vandervoort, AR on June 18, 1934 to Monroe and Myrtle Rhodes of the Primitive Baptist Faith.

She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers and one sister.
 
She is survived by her husband Ezra Forrest of Mena, daughter Debra Needham of Hatfield, and son Randy Forrest of Mena. She had many nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

Delie lived in several different towns as an adult and made friends wherever she went. Her heart was always in Mena, where she and Ezra kept a home which they retired to in 1992. Her home is surrounded by a beautiful garden where she spent many happy hours. Delie Forrest made a living in sewing factories, but also sewed at home for pleasure. She loved listening and attending live music sessions and festivals. She enjoyed gardening, being with her extended family, and taking good care of her many animals that she had a special affiliation with.

Mrs. Forrest's visitation will be at the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home on Friday, July 3rd from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The funeral service will be held at the Beasley-Wood Chapel on Monday, July 6th at 2:00 p.m. with interment following at Pinecrest Memorial Park with Brother Donnie Jewell officiating.
 
Pallbearers will be Steve McMellon, Terry Martin, Randy Lindsey, Mike Rhodes, Loyd Knight and Lonnie Lance. Honorary Pallbearers will be Bob Dowdy, and Kenny Forrest.

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

 

7-1-20 2:27 PM KAWX.ORG 

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Eula Busby Obituary

Eula (Buzbee) Busby, age 76 of Hatfield, Arkansas, passed from this life June 29, 2020 in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Eula was born on January 12, 1944 in Wilcox County, GA to the late Robert Jefferson Harrell and Earline Young. Eula was married to Tex Busby, after only having one first date, for 59 years. She loved spending time with her family and spoiling her grandchildren. Her favorite color was purple. Mrs. Eula enjoyed watching the hummingbirds outside her house and listening to old country and gospel songs. Her favorite singer was Conway Twitty. She served her lord faithfully and enjoyed going to church. Everyone that knew Eula always called her “Grannie”. She will be dearly missed by all her friends and loved ones.

She is survived by husband: Tex Busby of Hatfield, AR

Sons: James Busby Sr. of Hatfield, AR and Jason Busby of Hatfield, AR

Daughters: Sharon Kreiner of Hatfield, AR and Tammy Busby of Hatfield, AR

Sisters: Willie Berry of Palnetto, FL and Elaine Burchette of Clinton, NC

19 Grandchildren and 17 Great-Grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; 3 brothers, Thomas Harrell, R.J. Harrell and Wayne Harrell; Sister, Lynell Guilford; Son-in-law, Dexter Kreiner.

A funeral service will be held Thursday, July 2nd, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. at the Beasley-Wood Chapel with Brother Todd Webb officiating. Interment will follow at Six Mile Cemetery in Hatfield, AR. There will be a visitation from 11:00 a.m-1 p.m. in the Beasley Wood Chapel on Thursday, prior to the service. Pallbearers will be James Busby Sr., Jason Busby, Christopher LaSalle, Joshua Busby, Joseph Hebert, and Nicholas Vincent.

Services are under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com.
 

 

6-30-20 1:15 PM KAWX.ORG 

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Bobby G. Willhite Obituary

Bobby G. Willhite, age 82, of Mena, Arkansas passed away Monday, June 29, 2020 in Mena.

He was born March 1, 1938 in Moro, Arkansas to the late Curt Willhite and the late Mary Hill Willhite. Mr. Willhite was a self-employed business owner. He served in the United States Army. Bobby was also a lover of all animals. He will be dearly missed by everyone that knew him.

He is survived by son: Rodney Willhite and wife Linda

Grandchildren: Ashley Tucker

Great-Grandchildren: Keagan and Riley Jennings.

He is preceded in death by his parents, and mother of his child, Hazel Clay.

Funeral service will be Wednesday, July 1st, at 2:00 p.m. in the Beasley-Wood Chapel with Brother Larry Willhite officiating. Interment will follow in the Oden Cemetery under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Visitation will be general. 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.
 

 

6-29-20 4:52 PM KAWX.ORG 

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Billie Faye McDaniel Obituary

Billie Faye McDaniel

March 13, 1932 - June 28, 2020

 

Billie Faye McDaniel, age 88, of Mena, Arkansas passed away on Sunday, June 28, 2020 at the Rich Mountain Nursing and Rehab in Mena surrounded by family. She was born on Sunday, March 13, 1932 to King Henry and Iva Jewell Brewer Miller in Hatfield, Arkansas.

Billie was a woman that stayed close to the Lord all the days of her life and loved her family with all her heart. She accomplished so much in her life because of her willingness to go that extra mile. She was a member of the Lioness Club, Fair Board, Home Extension, Red Hat Society, she started Go, Grow and Glow and played the Ukulele and Autoharp. Billie enjoyed gardening, sewing and knitting, traveling and cruising to the Bahamas. Billie served in the Hatfield First Baptist Church for 50 years. Billie 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; her husband Elbert McDaniel; one brother, Donald Miller; two sisters, Wanda McDaniel and Verna Stricklin; and two grandchildren, Phillip Hendricks and Donna Hendricks.

Billie is survived by her son and daughter in law, E. Wayne and Belva McDaniel of Mena; her daughter, Donna Hendricks of Mena; one brother Kenny Miller of Hatfield; two sisters, Norma Stricklin of Mena and Linda Owens of Hatfield; four grandchildren, Natalie Sherman of Nashville, Arkansas, Andrew McDaniel of Corpus Christi, Texas, Miranda Maestri of Greenwood and Jason Hendricks of Mena; eight great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

A graveside service will be held Friday, July 3, 2020 at 10:00 A.M. at the Six Mile Cemetery with Brother Russell Threet and Brother Keith Rose officiating. A visitation will be held on Thursday, July 2, 2020 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena. Arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Ouachita Hospice, 602 De Queen Street, Mena, Arkansas 71953 or 9th Street Ministries, 811 Port Arthur, Mena, Arkansas 71953.

Pallbearers will be Ricky McDaniel, Ken Miller, Jody Miller, Jeremy Owens, Shawn Fields and Beau Stricklin. Honorary Pallbearers will be all the other nephews of Ms. Billie.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.

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6-29-20 1:27 PM KAWX.ORG

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Leo Avram Yuspeh Obituary

Leo Avram Yuspeh

March 14, 1951 - June 25, 2020

 

My dearest oldest son, Leo Yuspeh died on June 25th, 2020. He had a tragic life. He was separated from me by law by the Supreme Court of the State of New York in 1957 when he was 6 years old after his father sued for custody based on my marriage to Harry Haywood, a prominent Black Communist. I was allowed to visit him only in a public place in alternate weeks for a short time and he could not enter my home. His father propagandized him against me, trying to convince him I was a wicked witch. When Leo became paranoid schizophrenic in early adolescence, they put him out in the street where he lived for a year with the Hell's Angels on the Lower East Side. He came looking for me when he was almost 17 years old, strung out on several dangerous drugs, armed and delusional. I was living in Ann Arbor preparing to take my prelims for my Ph D in Latin American history. I had no classes so I stayed home all the time, watching my two younger children like a hawk, especially Rebecca who was only 5 years old. Haywood was 12 and looked out for her too. I made an appointment in Detroit for a complete psychiatric exam for Leo, but he left before the date. Thereafter he was in and out of my home for several decades. He was finally diagnosed with schizoid affective disorder. He was often dangerous, more to himself than to others because despite his illness, he was completely honest and caring and did not want to hurt anyone. He refused any kind of psychiatric help or medications because they actually did make him very sick. I always kept up with him and made sure he had a place to live and never had to live on the streets. And my two younger children suffered badly from the trauma he introduced into their lives. He lived to be 69 years old, I knew something was wrong when I didn't hear from him for months. I called the police for a welfare check 3 times, the last time the week before he died. I am 91 years old, have been bed-ridden for years, and live in Mexico, I could not go to Mena, Arkansas to check up on him. I don't know how he died. His body was found in his partially burned house. Leo was one of the most helpless victims of racism in the USA. Please help me mourn for him.

Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home of Mena, Arkansas.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.

 

6-27-20 5:27 PM KAWX.ORG

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