Obituaries

Edward Howard Wright Obituary

Edward Howard Wright, age 79, of Hatfield, Arkansas died on Friday, October 15, 2021, at his home. He was born on Tuesday, May 12, 1942 to Harold Wayne Wright and Mary Grapes Wright in McKenzie, Tennessee.

Ed liked to say he was raised in the Air Force and then joined the Navy. He was born in McKenzie, Tennessee, then when he was two weeks old, rode on his Mom's lap to Bremerton, Washington. He spent the next several years moving where the family was stationed, Dalhart, Texas, Japan, Wichita, Kansas, Benton, Louisiana, finally settling and finishing high school in Hatfield. He and Bill constantly were in trouble for bringing "weapons" to school. Ed loved his farm, loved camping, fishing and hunting. He was an excellent archer and was banned from a local turkey shoot for hitting the bull's eye too many times with his arrows. (It was a rifle shoot!) HIs favorite spot was either on the lake or at home on the farm. His favorite thing to do, especially in later years, was to be the "storyteller". It did not matter that his stories were sometimes embellished with Ed-isms, he could make you believe it actually happened! Ed was a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, uncle and friend and will be missed by all who knew him.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Mary Wright; and two brothers, Bill Wright and Randy Wright.

Ed is survived by his loving wife, Nancy Wright of Hatfield; three sons and daughter in law, Mark D. Wright of Fayetteville, Eric and Emily Turner of Mena , and Lucas Turner of Mena; one daughter and son in law, Molly and Travis Clark of Fayetteville; two sisters and brothers in law, Jeannie and Jay of Pennsylvania, and Shirley and Bill Sanden of Colorado Springs; eight grandchildren, Suannah Clark, Kodye Clark, Klayton Clark, Emma Turner, Jacob Turner, Bailey Turner, Braedon Turner, and Bracey Turner; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, October 25, 2021 at 10:00 AM at the Zafra Church in Zafra, Oklahoma. Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

In Leiu of Flowers, the family requests donations be sent to your favorite Veteran charity.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.

 

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10-17-21 5:59 p.m. KAWX.ORG

Valda Lee Sherrer Obituary

Valda Lee Sherrer, age 88, of Mena, Arkansas died Saturday, October 16, 2021 at the CHI St. Vincent Hospital in Hot Springs, Arkansas. She was born on Saturday, February 18, 1933 to Clifton Franklin and Bertha (Sharp) Gann in Talihina, Oklahoma.

Valda loved serving God and always let Him guide her life. She was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Mena where she sang in the choir, was a talented soloist, taught Sunday School, did many mission trips, directed the youth choir, and served as the Women's Missionary Union President. Valda married the love of her life, Barney, on June 14, 1950 and moved to Mena on her birthday in 1971. Valda built a loving home for her family and always took great care of them. She started Mena Tax Service in 1979 and retired in 2007. Valda loved to worship the Lord in song, and directing the youth choir was one of her most enjoyed activities. She was active in the Navigators and P.E.O. sisterhood. Valda loved her husband, children, and all her family immensely and cherished every moment she spent with them. Valda was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend and she will be missed by all who knew her.

She is preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Raymond Gann and James Gann; and one sister, Lu Ellen Quoss.

Valda is survived by her loving husband of 71 years, William "Barney" Sherrer of Mt. Ida; one son and daughter in law, Clifton and Paulette Sherrer of Farmington; two daughters and sons in law, Jaree and Don Hall of Nashville, Arkansas, and Janell and Mark Van Every of Custer, South Dakota; nine grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, October 21, 2021 at 2:00 P.M. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena, Arkansas with Brother Russell Threet officiating. Interment will follow at the Mollie Gann Cemetery in Potter under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home. Visitation will be Thursday, October 21, 2021 from 1:00 - 2:00 P.M. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena.

 

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10-17-21 5:54 p.m. KAWX.ORG

Felix Karl Schneider Obituary

Mr. Felix Karl Schneider of Mena, Arkansas, passed away Friday, October 16, 2021, in Mena, Arkansas. He was born July 22, 1937, in Lahr, Germany to Karl Schneider and Hedwig Bosch Schneider.

Mr. Schneider was a retired master coppersmith and a mechanical genius. Throughout his professional life he inspired many with his exceptional drive and work ethic. His rough beginning in life, born into wartime in Germany, drove him to become self- reliant, finding wild foods in the Black Forest, where he grew up. He later learned to grow anything and was blessed with a green thumb, canning, and preserving and always having plenty through the labor of his hands. He was a solid provider for his family and generous with his time in caring, for those that needed him. He found his little slice of paradise in his home in Mena.

Mr. Schneider is preceded in death by his parents Karl and Hedwig Schneider, his wife Joan Schneider and brother Peter Schneider. He is survived by his daughters Doris Peterson of Cairns, Australia, Jutta Schneider of Port Townsend, Washington and Eva Schneider of Sterling, Colorado. Grandchildren Oskar Peterson and Emmy Peterson of Cairns, Australia, and girlfriend Barbara Thornton, who always brought a smile to his face and joy into his day.

A memorial service at Beasley-Wood Funeral Home Chapel will be announced at a later time.
 

 

10-16-21 12:49 p.m. KAWX.ORG

Bobbie Gail Davis Obituary

Bobbie Gail Davis, age 72, of Alder Springs, Arkansas died Thursday, October 14, 2021 at her home. She was born on Monday, May 23, 1949 to Earl Roberts and Vera (Faulkner) Roberts in Seminole, Texas.

Bobbie was outgoing and known for being a hard worker who loved to help others. She enjoyed quilting and studying genealogy. Bobbie was a member of a quilting group as well as a genealogy society. She loved to spend time with her family and participate in all of her grandchildren's activities. Bobbie worked in the cafeteria for Mena High School for several years as well as home healthcare. She assisted in translating as she was bilingual and spoke Spanish. Bobbie was proud to have obtained a college degree and raised three wonderful and educated children. Bobbie was a loving mother, grandmother, aunt and a friend and she will be missed by all who knew her and loved her.

She is preceded in death by her father, Earl Roberts; and her husband, Felix Davis.

Bobbie is survived by her mother, Vera Roberts; two sons and two daughter in laws, Earl and Cindy Davis of Genoa, Arkansas and Reuben and Julie Davis of McKinney, Texas; one daughter and son in law, Wendy Lynch and John Lynch of Bryant, Arkansas; one brother and sister in law, Earl and Maria Roberts of Alder Springs, Arkansas; one sister, Jackie Hook of Alder Springs, Arkansas; one sister in law, Pat Westbrook of Mena , Arkansas; five grandchildren, Taylor Davis, Brandon Davis, Ryan Lynch, Jack Davis, Dylan Davis ; and several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be Monday, October 18, 2021 from 5-7 P.M. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena. Graveside services will be Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at 10:00 A.M. at the Mollie Gann Cemetery in Hatfield, Arkansas under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home.

 

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10-15-21 11:01 a.m. KAWX.ORG

Monica Rae Ralls Obituary

Monica Ralls (Kuykendall), age 40, passed away in her home in Cove, Arkansas while surrounded by loved ones on, October 14, 2021. She was born January 13, 1981, in Talihina, Oklahoma to Linda Sue (Walker) Hoyl and Bobby Ray Kuykendall.

Monica was known as “Meema” to most, and one of her greatest passions in life was that of her kids at the pre-school where she worked. She was a devoted Christian and loved worshipping the Lord. Monica was a very caring wife, mother, sister, aunt, friend, and Meema. Her greatest passion in life was spending time with her boys.

Mrs. Monica Ralls is preceded in death by her father Bobby Ray Kuykendall. She is survived by her loving husband of 20 years, Jamie Ralls; sons, Gavin Ralls, Dayton Ralls, and Braylen Ralls; grandchildren, Zion and Adalyn Tena, mother, Linda Hoyl; stepmother, Gale Kuykendall; Brother, Victor Kuykendall, and wife Tracy; sisters, Bobbie Hinsley and husband Darrell, Valerie Cureton and husband Trevan, Shana Fuquay and husband Mickey, special friend Lorena Tena, and spiritual mother, Kim Parks.
Services for Mrs. Monica Ralls will be graveside at Witherspoon Cemetery in Vandervoort, Arkansas, Saturday, October 16, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. with EJ Tena and Ron Ladd officiating.

Visitation will be Friday, October 15, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Pallbearers are Troy Dickison, Chris Smith, Brian Strother, Jeff Richardson, Kevin Bailey, Heath Toon, Bradley Roberts, and Cott Peterson.

Honorary Pallbearers are Dwight Barrett, Damon Canada, Josh Parks, and Chad Broach.
 

 

10-14-21 5:00 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

 

Sonny Peek Obituary

Sonny Peek, age 75, of Hatfield, died Friday, October 8, 2021 in Fort Smith, Arkansas. He was born on May 29, 1946 to Willie Peek and Iva (Hughes) Peek in Alder Springs.

Sonny was a loving father, brother, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle, and friend and will be deeply missed by all who were a part of his life. Sonny was a generous and hard working man. He was a simple man who loved living a simple life. Sonny loved his Casserole brand pinto beans, fried taters, and buttermilk corn bread. Whether at Weyerhaeuser, at any one of a number of sawmills, chopping and delivering firewood, or whittling tools with his pocket knife, he was always working with wood. Sonny loved being outdoors. He and his wife, Patricia, loved to drive all over Arkansas and Oklahoma. They especially loved going to Dog Patch and Eureka Springs. His grandchildren have many fond memories of going ‘bear hunting’ with Papaw and Mamaw Funny. Near the end of his life, Sonny spent two weeks in Texas with his youngest daughter and her family enjoying sitting on the porch watching birds and squirrels, counting the multitude of planes flying over, and questioning why the neighbors mow their yards and then wash (water) them. He cherished the extra time he got to spend with his three youngest grandkids while there. All of his nurses and his doctors said he told them daily how excited he was to get to go live in Texas.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 33 years, Patricia Peek; two sisters, Johnnie Roberts and Jessie Cassell; and two granddaughters, Kirstie Peek and Megan Peek.

Sonny is survived by one son, Antonio Peek of Hatfield; two daughters and son in law, Jennifer and Eric Elerson of Arlington, Texas, Stacy Peek of Hot Springs Village; one brother, Frank Peek of Mena; two sisters, Myra Heath of Mena and Aline Heath of DeQueen; ten grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Derek Baumgardner of Charleston, South Carolina, Madison Elerson of Arlington, Texas, Braeden Elerson of Arlington, Texas, Lillian Elerson of Arlington, Texas, Gabrielle Peek of Hot Springs, Derek Peek of Springfield, Missouri, Zachary Trotter of De Queen, Jacob Dinger of Texas, Caleb Dinger of Nevada, Dustin Dinger of Dierks; ten great grandchildren; several nephews and nieces and a host of other relatives and friends.

Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas. A small memorial service for both Sonny and Patricia will be held by the family at a later date.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.

 

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10-11-21 11:54 a.m. KAWX.ORG

Mrs. Roxie R. (Ren) Moll Obituary

Mrs. Roxie R. (Ren) Moll, age 76, passed away Thursday, October 7, 2021, in Ft. Smith, Arkansas. She was born November 06, 1944, to the late Ralph, and Phyillis (Ballard) Ren, in Rockford, Illinois.

Mrs. Moll was a CNA by profession, and enjoyed crafting, needle point, and gardening.

Mrs. Roxie Moll is preceded in death by, her parents, Ralph and Phyillis Ren; two brothers, Kerry and Johnny Ren; and by her sister Irene. She is survived by her loving husband, Dale Moll; daughters, Annette Hubbard of Cove, Arkansas; grandchildren, Amanda Abbatt, and Melissa Baker; great-grandchildren, Emily Baker, Kyle Baker, Eric Baker, Alexis Duff, Cole Duff, Spencer Abbott, and Kaylynn Abbott; brothers, Bobby and Steve Ren; sisters, Jackie, Kim, Rogene, and Mary; as well as friend Larry Jones.

A Memorial Service will be held Thursday, October 14, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. at The Crossing Church in Mena, Arkansas.

Mrs. Moll’s cremation services have been entrusted to Beasley-Wood Funeral Home
 

 

10-8-21 1:59 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

 

Shirley Ann Blodgett Obituary

Shirley Ann Blodgett, age 93, passed away Thursday, October 7, 2021 in Mena, Arkansas.
 
Services for Mrs. Shirley Ann Blodgett will be Saturday, October 9, 2021 at 1:00p.m. in Pinecrest Memorial Park, Mena, Arkansas.
 
Mrs. Blodgett's services have been entrusted to Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.
 
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10-8-21 12:09 p.m. KAWX.ORG

Jimmy David Knighten Obituary

Jimmy David Knighten, age 65, of Mena, Arkansas died on Monday, October 4, 2021 at his home. He was born on Tuesday, February 28, 1956 to David and Virginia Knighten in Frederick, Oklahoma.

Jimmy attended Tahlequah Northeastern State College where he was remembered as a talented tennis player and joined a fraternity where he made many lifelong friends. He loved sports of all kinds but particularly baseball and was a collector of all sorts of sports memorabilia. In his youth, Jimmy enjoyed riding his motorcycle with his friends any chance he was given. Jimmy was a good friend and will be missed by all who knew him.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his sister and brother in law, Linda and Wayne Schulte of Greenwood, Arkansas and a host of other relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 9, 2021 at 1:00 P.M. at the Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Mena, Arkansas. Cremation Arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.

 

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10-6-21 6:07 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

Floyd Pollard Sr. Obituary

Floyd Pollard Sr., age 94, of Smithville, Oklahoma died on Sunday, October 3, 2021 in Hot Springs, Arkansas. He was born on Thursday, November 4, 1926 to Jim and Ada Pollard in Octavia, Oklahoma.

Floyd was a pleasant and soft spoken man who loved his family and being outdoors. He made a living as a machine operator at a silver mining company before retiring. Floyd enjoyed hunting and fishing, but he especially enjoyed catfishing. He liked listening to country music and anything sang by George Jones. Floyd was a loving father, brother, grandfather, uncle, and friend who will be missed and loved by all who knew him.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Vealey Pollard; and two brothers, Tom Pollard and Hack Haskell.

He is survived by two sons, Floyd O. Pollard Jr. of Cataldo, Idaho and Floyd T. Pollard III of Smithville, Oklahoma; five daughters, Ann Nash and husband Lee of Idaho, Sandy Duree and husband Dilwyn of Moore, Oklahoma, Sally Spencer of Norman, Oklahoma, Michelle Pollard and Tammy Cartwright; one brother, Cleadus; three sisters, Evelyn, Jo, and Mabel; numerous grandchildren, several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Pallbearers will be Floyd Pollard III, , Todd Bell Sr., Todd Bell Jr., Gene Bell, Johnny Pogue and Dilwyn Duree.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Chris Bell, Floyd O. Pollard, Floyd Streetman and Lanny Pollard.

A graveside service will be Friday, October 8, 2021 at 10:00 A.M. at the Watson Cemetery in Watson, Oklahoma under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home. A visitation will be held on Thursday, October 7, 2021 at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel from 5:00 - 7:00 PM in Mena, Arkansas.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.

 

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10-5-21 1:50 p.m. KAWX.ORG

Mrs. Aline Brown Obituary

Aline (Craig) Brown passed away Thursday, September 30, 2021, in Centerton, Arkansas. She was born on February 5, 1928, to the late Earl and Jessie (Wood) Craig, in Chino, California.

Mrs. Aline Brown was a seamstress and homemaker by profession. She was an avid seamstress who enjoyed knitting, crocheting, and sewing. She was also known to have a green thumb and could be often found gardening. Mrs. Brown also enjoyed singing, attending church, dancing, listening to music, and reading.

Mrs. Aline Brown is preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Jessie (Wood) Craig; her beloved husband, Owen Brown, brothers, Bon Craig, and Dale Craig; and by her sister, Pauline Guinn.

She is survived by her sons, David and wife Tamhra Brown of Kansas, Oklahoma, and Jeffrey and wife Fredia Brown of Watts, Oklahoma; daughters, Donne and husband Randy Johnson of Mena, Arkansas, and Jennie Brown and husband Andrew Milburn of Springdale, Arkansas; grandchildren, Patrick Brown, Karee Buckner, Jamie Walker, Derek Cochran, Chris Johnson, Corey Brown, Jessica Brent, Brannon Pack, Sarah Loge, and Susie Johnson; twenty great-grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Services for Mrs. Brown will be held at Beasley-Wood Chapel, Tuesday, October 5, 2021, at 10:00 a.m., with Brother Tim Rose officiating the services. Interment will follow at Pinecrest Memorial Park, visitation is scheduled for Monday, October 4, 2021, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Pallbearers are Patrick Brown, Tony Craig, Chris Johnson, Colby Brown, Andrew Milburn, and Gregg Buckner.
Honorary Pallbearers are David Brown, Jeff Brown, Randy Johnson, and Paul Garner.
 

 

10-2-21 4:12 p.m. KAWX.ORG

 

Mr. David Berger Obituary

Obituary for Mr. David Berger
 
Mr. David Berger passed away, Thursday, September 30, 2021, in Little Rock, Arkansas. Mr. Berger was born January 4, 1955, in Tacoma, Washington, to the late Charles Henry and Anne (Gaglia) Berger.
 
Mr. David Berger attended the University of Washington to attain a degree in Civil Engineering, and left for fulltime ministry as a pastor, missionary, and a handyman. He was known to be a jack-of-all-trade. He was a kind and obedient servant for the Lord whose passion in life was to help everyone he met. Mr. Berger felt it was a part of his mission in life to help spread the word of Jesus Christ and was a friend to all who knew him.
 
Mr. David Berger is survived by his loving wife, Rita Berger; his sons, Matt Berger, and Josh Berger; brothers Tony Berger and wife Zoe Berger and their children Aaron and Andrew; Mike Berger and wife Cindy Berger and their children Ross and Katie; and his sister-in-law, Anna Rodriguez.
 
Cremation services have been entrusted to Beasley-Wood Funeral Home; a memorial will be announced at a later date.
 

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com

 

 

10-2-21 4:09 p.m. KAWX.ORG

Mrs. Joyce Evelyn White Obituary

Joyce Evelyn White, age 78, of Mena, Arkansas, passed away Friday, October 1, 2021 in Texarkana.

She was born July 22, 1943 to the late Ballard Waller and the late Mable Dennis Waller. She was married to the late Jerry White and she was a teacher by profession. She loved to watch old westerns, she loved to crochet, do canning, sew and enjoyed art and crafts. She especially loved working at her church, Lakeview Baptist. Joyce was a loving sister, aunt and a friend to all she met.

She is survived by her sister, Donita Almand of Prescott, Arkansas and was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Jerry White and her brother Troy Waller.

Graveside services will be Monday, October 4, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at the White Oak Cemetery with Brother Steve Raines officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home.

Visitation will be general. Pallbearers will be her nephews.
 
 

10-1-21 4:48 p.m. KAWX.ORG

Mr. Michael "Snapper" Drannon Carpenter Obituary

Michael “Snapper” Drannon Carpenter, age 55, passed away Sunday, September 26, 2021 in Tyler, Texas.

He was born July 21, 1966 in Mena, Arkansas to the late Donald Carpenter and the late Lennis Sue Westmoreland. He was an officer for the Mena Police Department and the Grannis Police Department, then later was co-owner of Snappy-Mac’s Sports Bar. He worked for Chevron Pipeline as a chief inspector and was an avid motorcyclist. He had a passion for Harley Davidson bikes and built and worked on them as well as loving to ride with his club, The Gravediggers or on his own. He was a true character and once you knew him you would never forget him, and he will be genuinely missed.

He is survived by his daughter Amber Fendley and husband Casey and their children Cloey, Sully, Averly, Cash, Carlin and Conlon; his father, Mac Westmoreland; his grandfather Harlan Carpenter; his Aunt, Sharon Jewell and husband Donnie; cousins Keith Ray and Misty Dearing; his former wife; Tina Kelley; and his former partner, Candon Burrell as well other family and friends too great to mention.

He was preceded in death by his mother Lennis Sue Westmoreland, father, Donald Carpenter, maternal grandparents, JC and Isabel Ray and his paternal grandmother, Faye Carpenter.

Funeral services will be Monday, October 4, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at the Crossing Church with Brother Donnie Jewell officiating. Interment follows in Pinecrest Memorial Park under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home. Visitation will be Sunday evening, October 3rd from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
 

 

9-30-21 5:57 p.m. KAWX.ORG

 

Samuel "Sam" Louis Clayburn Obituary

Samuel “Sam” Louis Clayburn, age 83, of Hatfield, Arkansas went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, September 29, 2021.

Sam was born in Glover, Oklahoma to Neelis “Pete” Claborn and Sarah Jane Chaney. He was married to Reda McDaniel on May 15, 1958 in Hatfield, AR.

Sam was a member of the Hatfield Freewill Baptist Church of Hatfield, where he enjoyed teaching Sunday school. Sam was a bricklayer by trade and drove a bus for the Hatfield School for several years. He and his wife Reda raised chickens for 40 years. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend, and he will be missed by all who knew him.

Sam was preceded in death by his parents, Pete Claborn and Sarah Jane Peck; an infant daughter; his brother, George “Calvin” Claborn, and aunt, Esther Heath.

He is survived by his wife, Reda, of 63 years; children Debbie Alley of Hatfield, Arkansas; Steve Clayburn and wife Stephanie of San Augustine, Texas; Dennis Shayne Clayburn of Malvern, Arkansas; daughter-in-law, Tanya Russell of West Fork, Arkansas; brothers, David Claborn of Mena, Arkansas; Paul Claborn of Ada, Oklahoma; Donnie Claborn of Riverside, California; sister, Joyce Allen of Riverside, California; grandsons, Adam Gates and wife Mysti; Brandon Gates; Rickey Gates and wife Erin of Texarkana, Texas; Wade Clayburn of Pearland, Texas; Jake Clayburn and wife Jessica of San Augustine, Texas; granddaughters Kerenza and Alexa Russell of West Fork; 11 great-grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Visitation will be on Monday, October 4th from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held at the Lone Valley Cemetery of Hatfield, under the direction of the Bowser Family Funeral Home, on Tuesday, October 5th at 10:00 a.m., with Raymond Dees and Kevin Jewell officiating. Pallbearers include Billy Bates, Bennie Fisher, Jr., David Fisher, Jody Walston, Kurtis Walston, and Roger Wilson. Honorary pallbearers include Bob Philpot and Jimmy Tenbrook.

 

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9-30-21 5:55 p.m. KAWX.ORG

Kathryn V. 'Kathy' Cecil Obituary

Kathryn V. "Kathy" Cecil, age 93, of Hatfield, Arkansas went to be with the Lord on Monday, September 27, 2021 in Mt. Ida, Arkansas. She was born on Wednesday, December 14, 1927 to Jack and Johnnie Perkins Rogers in Warren, Arkansas.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn W. Cecil Sr.; two great grandchildren, Joey and Matthew Karstedt; one granddaughter, Sheila Osborne; and one son in law, Joe Osborne.

She is survived by two daughters and son in law, Diane Osborne of Hatfield, and Dona and Thomas Skurok of Phoenix, Arizona; two sons and daughter in law, Butch Cecil of Mena, and Greg and Pam Cecil of Pen Ridge, Arkansas; six grandchildren, Sheila, Hope, Anita, Shawn, Megan and Dylan; seven great grandchildren, Kyle, Brandi (Brad), Brittney, D.J., Tyler, Javen, and Dustin; five great great grandchildren, Abby, Debra, Conner, Delilah, and Linlee.

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

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.

 

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9-29-21 12:53 p.m. KAWX.ORG

Charles Denver Turner Obituary

Charles Denver Turner, 63, was promoted to Heaven on Monday, September 20, 2021 just before dawn. He was surrounded by his family, his wife and twin daughters held his hands, as he went Home to be with Jesus.

Chuck, as he was known by family, was born at King’s Daughters Hospital on December 23, 1957. He was the third out of five children born to Charles Edward Turner and Eleanor Rose Mize Turner Jefferson. He was the only son, and raised smack dab in the middle of 4 sisters. He lived his earliest years on Long Street, in downtown Ashland, KY. Until the family of 7 would eventually build a homestead on Wells St. in Cattletsburg, KY.

Most of his childhood and adolescent years were spent exploring his Appalachian Mountain backyard. He was very athletic and played every sport available, attended sports camps and went on fishing and hunting trips with his dad. Chuck and his four sisters were raised in the Twin Fork Church of the Nazarene. Not only did his family attend regular Sunday morning Church services but you could find the Turner Kids sprawled out across the pews, bibles as pillows, on any night of the week especially during revivals.

Chuck often referred to himself as a proud Hillbilly and always boasted about his southern roots. He would tell stories of his adventures and memories with his sisters and friends from Hatcher Elementary through Boyd County High School. Every summer break, the family would get together to visit Grandmas and Grandpas and extended family for annual reunions in and around Grannis, AR. where both his parents families were from.

After high school, he moved west to Salt Lake City, to be near and help out his oldest sister and her young family. This first move westward was the beginning of a life long love of road trips across the USA. It is also where his career in the hotel/hospitality industry began. Throughout the next seasons of his work life, although not classically trained, he held positions in fine dining, pastry shops and gourmet grocery stores between Dallas, LA, Seattle and Philadelphia.

In March of 1984, Chuck began his family in Ft. Worth, (Bedford) Texas. And 22 years later, in Oct. of 2006, his sixth and youngest child was born in Seattle, WA. Chuck was able to watch his four older children grow up into adulthood and have families of their own. In his latter years, he taught the youngest two; Jesus always comes first. He showed them how to bake the best homemade biscuits, make and decorate cakes, prepare a Pacific Northwest seafood feast, skip rocks along the Delaware River and bait a hook.

You didn’t have to be around him long to see or hear his heart. He was a gentle, kind and generous man. Yet fiercely protective and loyal. He was an extremely hard worker and rarely allowed himself time to rest. He cherished his family, was completely dedicated and in love with his wife, and with each one of his children and grandchildren.

Chuck held each of his family members in the highest esteem. He was a faithful son and brother and was a role model in honoring his parents. In the last eight weeks of his father’s life, Chuck was by his bedside. He stayed with him every night, keeping him company and comfortable, not wanting his dad to ever feel scared or alone. And after years of little to no vacations, this past Memorial Day weekend, Chuck took his family on, what would turn out to be, his last road trip, down to Arkansas to see his mom and sisters. It was his main focus since the onset of the worldwide pandemic to get to visit with his mom, face to face. He wanted to kiss her on the top of her head, pat her on the back, hold her hand and just talk, reminiscing of years passed and dreaming of years to come.

Charles Denver Turner was a friend to all who knew him and to every living creature on God’s beautiful earth. He had several favorite outdoor spots where he would feed the neighborhood squirrels, ducks, geese and turtles. The back of his car always had his fishing pole, tackle box, a bag of cracked corn and a bag of gourmet nuts.

His work ethic, his tenacity, his generous servants heart and his complete dependence on his faith in Jesus, sustained him through many trials and victories in life. He is greatly and unconditionally loved and his daily presence here on earth will be tremendously missed.

Along with his wife, Kimberly, and his mother, Eleanor Rose Mize Turner Jefferson, Charles is survived by six children, Sean C. Turner (Laura), Ryan J. Turner (Jennifer), Lindsay A. Yepez, Kristian N. Easter (Corey), MacKenzie E. Turner, and Maegan R. Turner; eight grandchildren, Quincy, Emily, Ethan, Brianna, Addison, Reese, AJ, and Emma; four sisters, Kathy Turner, Suzanne Turner-Smallwood, Sherri Turner-McGranahan, and Lisa Turner; the mother of his four oldest children, Lesley Turner; two sisters-in-law, Mary Wood and Amanda Miller (Rick); mother-in-law, Lois Wood; stepmother, Janet Turner; stepbrother, Lonnie Meadows. 7 nieces, 5 nephews, 5 great nieces, 9 great nephews, 1 great, great nephew and numerous cousins, aunts and uncles.

Chuck was preceded in death by his Father, Charles Edward Turner; father-in-law, Bruce Wood; and one nephew, Carl Jason Wells.

Pastor Reggie Fryar will be officiating a memorial service to honor and celebrate the life of Charles Denver Turner on Saturday, November 6, 2021, 10am at the Cove Revival Center Church at 299 Polk Road 288, Cove, Arkansas 71937. Interment in Grannis, Arkansas at the Grannis Cemetery.

 

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9-28-21 11:15 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

Timothy Lee Williamson Obituary

Timothy Lee Williamson, age 59 of Mena, Arkansas, was called home to his Lord and Savior on Saturday, September 25, 2021. Anyone who knew Tim knew that he gave God the glory for all of his accomplishments.

 

Tim was born in Mena, Arkansas on August 10, 1962 to Ollie and Billy Jim Williamson. He attended Mena High School and was the Valedictorian of his 1980 graduating class. He attended Hendrix College and graduated with the Centennial class of 1984. He then graduated from the William H. Bowen School of Law at Little Rock in 1987. Tim returned to his beloved hometown in 1990 and served as Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney from 1990 to 1994. He served as the elected Prosecuting Attorney for Polk and Montgomery counties from 1995 until his retirement in 2010.

 

In April 1993, he married the love of his life, Laura. They traveled, laughed, and drank coffee on the porch together for 28 years. Together they have two daughters, Claire, 25; and Rachel, 20. He and Claire shared a passion for pizza and music. He and Rachel had a common love for history and cattle ranching. He cherished his Friday nights grilling out, listening to his playlist, and relaxing with his family. He enjoyed worshipping with his family at their home church, Grace Bible Church.

 

He is preceded in death by his father Billy Jim Williamson, and his mother-in-law Mona Prange. Left to celebrate and remember Tim are his wife Laura; his two daughters Claire and Rachel; his mother Ollie Williamson; his father-in-law Bob Prange, and a host of other relatives and friends.

 

A celebration of Tim’s life will be held at Grace Bible Church in Mena, Arkansas on October 2 at 10 a.m.

 

9-28-21 11:03 a.m. KAWX.ORG

Michael K. Dandikar Obituary

Michael K. Dandikar of Mena, Arkansas, passed away Monday, September 27, 2021, in Mena, Arkansas. He was born November 25, 1991, in Bolton, England, to Kanubhai “Kenny” P. Patel and Hemlataben Bhulabhai Patel.

Mr. Dandikar found gainful employment at Walmart in his lifetime. He enjoyed video games, art, crafts, spending time with his dog, and collecting knick-knacks.

Mr. Dandikar is preceded in death by his father, Kenny Patel. He is survived by his brothers, Roy and wife Jessica Dandikar, and David Dandikar; nephew, Raj Dandikar; and niece, Josslyn Dandikar.

Memorial services will be announced at a later date.
 

 

9-28-21 10:48 a.m. KAWX.ORG

Connie Lea Gilchrist Obituary

Connie Lea Gilchrist, age 52, of Ink, died Saturday, September 25, 2021 at CHI St. Vincent Hospital in Hot Springs, Arkansas. She was born on Thursday, July 17, 1969 to Charles Russell Bates and Opal Fern Murphy Bates in Mena, Arkansas.

Connie always took life one day at a time and let God and Family guide her. She attended the Little Hope Baptist Church and helped with Church Camps and in the kitchen. Connie worked at Walmart for seventeen years and brought smiles to all she worked with and saw every day. She liked to listen to Gospel, Bluegrass, and Country Western music and had many hobbies. Connie enjoyed sewing and crafts, as well as growing flowers and taking care of baby animals. She got the most joy from spending time with her grandchildren, whom she had never-ending love. Connie also loved to watch animals and take in the simple beauty of different flowers. She was a member of the Acorn Oaks 4-H Club. Connie was a loving wife, step mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend and she will be missed by all who knew her.

She is preceded in death by her father, Charles Bates; and one brother, Tracy "Mudflap" Bates.

Connie is survived by her loving husband Jay Gilchrist of Ink; her mother and step father, Fern and Loyd Knight of Cherry Hill; two step daughters and son in law, April Gilchrist of Odesa, Texas, and Brittney and Brandon Spoon of Odesa, Texas; five grandchildren, Timothy Spoon, Levi Spoon, Jonathan Spoon, Jason Spoon, and Noah Spoon all of Odesa, Texas; nephews, Justin Bates of Perryville, Arkansas and Austin Smith; her dog, Thumbilina; her cat, Tuxedo; several nephews and nieces and a host of other relatives and friends.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, October 1, 2021 at 10:00 AM at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena with Brother Andy Kennedy and Brother Rusty Lewis officiating. Interment will follow at the Concord Cemetery in Ink under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home. Visitation will be held on Thursday, September 30, 2021 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel.

Pallbearers will be Jim Boyd, Neal Thomas, Colton Hendricks, Duane Powell, Dennis Powell, and Stanley Wagner.

Honorary Pallbearers are Jerry Hemsbrough, Danny Hemsbrough, James Gentry, and Dewight Powell.

 

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9-27-21 12:31 p.m. KAWX.ORG

Kanubhai 'Kenny' P. Patel Obituary

Mr. Kanubhai “Kenny” P. Patel of Mena, Arkansas, passed away Thursday, September 23, 2021, in Mena, Arkansas. He was born October 30, 1951, in India.
 
Mr. Patel was sent for cremation under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home. A memorial service will be scheduled for a later date. 
 

 

9-24-21 2:50 p.m. KAWX.ORG

 

Ms. Dorita Rae Rogers Obituary

Ms. Dorita Rae Rogers, 60 of Cove, Arkansas passed away Thursday, September 23, 2021 in Mena.

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

 

9-24-21 2:47 p.m. KAWX.ORG

Steven Dale Franks Obituary

Steven Dale Franks passed away Wednesday, September 22, 2021, in Mena, Arkansas. He was born June 17, 1948, in Lincoln, Nebraska to Donald Franks and Lorraine Heartel Franks. He attended school in Lincoln and graduated from Northeast High School in 1967. After graduation he enlisted in the Navy and served his country from 1967 to 1970. He worked 37 plus years in the cable industry and retired in 2013. Steve was an avid bowler and pool player. He especially enjoyed riding his Harley as often as possible with his friends. While Mr. Franks will be missed by all who knew him, he will be especially missed by all friends of Lincoln, Nebraska.

Steve was preceded in death by his grandparents on both sides, his father and mother, and brother, Richard “Rick” Franks. He is survived by his sister Diana Sinnett and brother-in-law Mike of Kingston, Washington and his longtime companion and Fiancée, Sharon Shook of Cove, Arkansas.

No services to be held per Steve’s request. Mr. Franks cremation is entrusted to Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.
 

 

9-23-21 1:43 p.m. KAWX.ORG

John Miller Nance Obituary

John Miller Nance, 53, of Grannis, Arkansas died on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Johnny was born on January 26, 1968, to David and Adrian Nance in Bedford, Virginia.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, September 23, 2021 from 4:00 - 8:00 PM at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena, Arkansas. The family has requested a private Graveside service to be held under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home.

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9-23-21 9:01 a.m. KAWX.ORG

Mr. Lee Ray Lane Obituary

Mr. Lee Ray Lane passed away Monday, September 20, 2021, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was born January 26, 1971, in Chehalis, Washington to Thomas and Rita (Bowling) Lane.

Mr. Lane was a graduate of the Crown Academy in Washington as a correctional officer. However, he worked as a lineman, in his lifetime and found great joy in his job. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and was known to be a gun enthusiast. He enjoyed watching TV, riding 4-wheelers, and spending time with his grandbabies, Memphis and Jentry. Mr. Lane loved his family and loved spending any time he could with them.

Mr. Lane is preceded in death by his father, Thomas Lane. He is survived by his loving wife, Cynthia Lane; sons, Joshua Lane, Jason and wife Kelsie Lane; stepson, Brance Seymour; daughters, Rachel Lane, Chelbi Lane; grandchildren, Memphis, Payton, Khloe, Jentry, Emerson, Tresie, BryarLynn, Taton, Jaxton, and Boston; brother, Mark and wife Tina Lane; sister, Karen and husband Carl Lane; and by his beloved dog, Leahber.

Graveside services will be held Friday, September 24, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. at the Watson Cemetery in Watson, Oklahoma. Brother Jeff Mattox will be officiating the services, under the guidance of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com.
 

 

9-22-21 7:47 p.m. KAWX.ORG

 

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