Obituaries

Helen Louise Schooley Obituary

Helen Louise Schooley, age 74, of Hatfield, Arkansas passed away Monday, April 19, 2021 at her home. She was born on October, 24, 1946 in Willits, California to the late Ray Northcutt and Lee Estelle (Bull) Roberts.

Helen was united in marriage to Richard Donald Schooley. She enjoyed watching Television, especially if she could catch a good movie. Drinking coffee and giving her sons-in-law a hard time was among her favorite past-times and she was known for being a cat mother to her numerous felines. Helen was a loving homemaker, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt and friend.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, 1 sister, 2 step-sisters, and 2 brothers. Helen is survived by her son, Richard A. Schooley; daughters, Rikki Taylor, Kimberley Schooley and Karen Davis; grandchildren, Tyrail Higgins, Justin Higgins, Cassondra Peek, Alisha Prine, Lindsey Adair, Nina Taylor, Zeke Jones, Mischa Young, Melissa Williams, Caleb Fairless, Kayla Lewis, Charles Dowdy, Donald Dowdy, McKayla Schooley, Zachery Schooley, Hunter, Schooley, Kylie Schooley, and Genesis Thrash; brother, Bob Jackson; 29 great grandchildren and a host of other relatives too great to mention.

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

 

4-20-21 5:14 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Burt West Obituary

Burt West, age 81, of Mena, Arkansas passed away Monday, April 19, 2021 in Mena. Burt was born April 7, 1940 in Stockton, Missouri to the late Cleo Burton West, Sr. and the late LaFaune Wallese Pruett West.

He was a truck driver by profession and truly enjoyed tinkering with his trucks as well as his tractors. If you knew Burt, you knew he was a great story teller and a man of all trades. He was a pastor at Abundant Faith Tabernacle in Mena where he loved singing and praising his Lord and Savior. He was a wonderful family man and will be greatly missed.

Mr. West is preceded in death by his parents and his grandson, Daniel Mark Grabowski. He is survived by his wife, Lupe Gallegos; daughters, Vickie Lee West of Tulare, California, Dianna Ratekin of Los Angeles, California, Beverly West Grabowski of Tulare, California, and Marilyn Fisher and husband Jim of Sparks, Nevada; son, Bert West and wife Sandy of Divide, Colorado; 8 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren; brothers, Gareth West, Sr. of Hatfield, Arkansas, and David West, Sr. of Woodlake, California; sisters, Katharyne Ellen of Oildale, California, Beverly Hammond of Gentry, Arkansas, and Cheryl Hoffman and husband Hal of Woodlake, California; numerous nieces, nephews and other family members too great to mention.

A memorial service will be Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at Beasley-Wood Chapel with George Humphries officiating. Services are under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.
 

 

4-20-21 2:02 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

 

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Robin Elroy Weddle Obituary

Robin Elroy Weddle, age 99 and 11 months of Hatfield, Arkansas died of natural causes on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at his home. He was born on Sunday, May 15, 1921 to James Leo and Vera Elizabeth Miller Weddle in Arthur, Missouri.

He grew up on a farm, met his loving wife, Dorris Pace, while a student at Abraham Lincoln High School in Council Bluffs, Iowa and they married in 1940. Taking his outstanding work ethic along, he left the farm and pursued a successful career as a truck driver. His skill earned him first place in the tandem axle trailer class at the 1952 Truck Rodeo and a trip to New York City to compete in the national competition. As a proud member of Teamsters Local 554 in Omaha, Nebraska, he completed a forty-two year career driving over the road and retired as President of Rob's Transfer in Carter Lake, Iowa. He was the recipient of a three million accident-free miles award from the National Safety Council. From his retirement from driving in 1983 until 2012, he continued to work various jobs including hosting at Valentino’s Pizza and operating the breakfast room at the local Country Inns and Suites where he earned over a dozen certificates of commendation for his tireless efforts to provide quality breakfast items in a clean and neat environment for the guests. Upon final retirement at age 91, he moved to Hatfield, Arkansas. He was a chartered member of the Lakeview Bible Church in Carter Lake, Iowa for forty-five years where he was a Sunday school teacher, lay speaker, and chairman of the board. Rob was passionate about serving the Lord throughout his entire life and had a huge servant’s heart, willingly serving many different volunteer organizations including Love Inc., the United Way, and the Nebraska State Patrol’s Metro Area Motorists Assist Program. Since moving to Arkansas in 2012, he has lovingly fostered over 55 puppies for the Humane Society of the Ouachitas. He liked to bowl and was proud of his high score of 269. He was a member of the Retired Teamsters and the Christian Motorcyclists Association. He loved his family, and loved watching them grow. Rob was a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, great-grandfather, great-great-grandfather, uncle and friend, and will be missed by all who knew him.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Dorris Weddle of almost 55 years, his sister Jessie Bryson, and three grandsons, Brian Weddle, Daniel (Carol Jo) Weddle, and Duane Weddle.

Rob is survived by three sons, David Weddle (Sharon) of Woodland Park, Colorado, Philip Weddle (Marcia) of Satellite Beach, Florida, and Timothy Weddle of Hatfield, his former wife, Cynthia Orozco of Omaha, Nebraska, one sister, Francais Weddle of Sebring, Florida; four grandchildren, Lisa Siebert (Chad) of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Chris Weddle of Anderson, South Carolina, Eric Weddle (Heidi) of Indianapolis, Indiana, and Todd Weddle (Heather) of Portland, Oregon; six great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Two Celebrations of Life are scheduled: 10am on April 24, 2021 at Grace Bible Church, Mena, Arkansas and 3pm on May 16, 2021 at Carter Lake United Methodists Church, Carter Lake, Iowa.

 

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4-19-21 10:29 a.m. KAWX.ORG

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Oakley Mason Lindsey Obituary

Oakley Mason Lindsey of Mena, Arkansas died Monday, April 12, 2021 at the Mena Regional Health System. He was born on Monday, April 12, 2021 to Benjamin Mason and Nicole LeeAnn Hill Lindsey.

He is preceded in death by paternal great grandparents, Charles and Doris Lindsey; paternal great grandfather Don ward; paternal grandfather, Mark Lindsey; maternal great great grandparents, George and Georgie Shewmake; maternal great grandfather, Bobby Pace; maternal great grandmother Tina Williams; maternal great uncle, Roy "Bubba" Travis; and maternal uncle, Joshua Landrum.

Oakley is survived by his parents, Ben and Nicole Lindsey of Mena; paternal grandparents, Bob and Sherri Miller of Mena; paternal great grandmother, Connie Ward of California; maternal grandparents, DJ and Jennifer Landrum of Mena, Daniel Hill of Tucson, Arizona; maternal great grandparents Carol Pace of Mena, Audry Cost of Mena, Frank Cochran of Mena, Dennis and Diana Hill of Mena, Lance and Beth Pollard of DeQueen; and a host of other relatives and friends.

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

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.

 

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4-19-21 10:14 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Elmer Lawrence Sanders Obituary

Elmer Lawrence Sanders, age 91, of Cove, Arkansas died on Thursday, April 15, 2021 at the VA Hospital in Little Rock. He was born on Sunday, February 2, 1930 to William Paul and Eula Marar Mitchel Sanders in Wright City, Oklahoma.

Elmer was a hard worker and excellent provider for his family. He proudly served in the United States Army in the Korean War as an artillery man. Elmer worked most of his life farming, and also liked to do woodworking in his spare time. He played baseball for City Leagues in his younger years. He always cherished every moment spent with his family. Elmer was a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, great grandfather, great great grandfather, uncle and friend and will be missed by all who knew him.

He is preceded in death by his parents; and one son, Wayne Sanders.

Elmer is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Cleta Sanders of Cove; four daughters, Marie Sweet of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Vicky Squires of Cove, Christine Aiwohi of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Lisa Sanders of Torrance, California; three brothers, Laverne, Milton, and Doyle; four sisters, Juanita Matthews, Dollie Silva, Pauline Russell, and Frances Barcus; twelve grandchildren; twelve great grandchildren; one great great grandchild; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Graveside services will be held on Friday, April 16, 2021 at 10:00 A.M. at the Fort Smith National Cemetery in Fort Smith under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.

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4-15-21 3:43 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Larry Wayne McCulley Obituary

Larry Wayne McCulley was born December 10, 1953 to William Jerld McCulley and Lena Ola Dunagan McCulley in Mena, Arkansas. He passed from this life to his eternal home at the age of 67, April 12, 2021, in Fort Smith, Arkansas. He was preceded in death by his parents William Jerld McCulley and Lena Ola Dunagan McCulley.

Larry married the love of his life Eulene Howard McCulley, December 12, 1980. They were married for 40 years. His wife Eulene and their son Larin Wayne McCulley were the apple of his eye and his greatest sense of pride and joy. He was so proud of Larin and the man he has become. He could not have asked for a more supportive and loving wife than Eulene.

He and his wife Eulene shared a 30 acre farm southwest of Mena near the Potter area. He was a poultry farmer and gardener all of his married years. Larry enjoyed raising a large garden and tended a few head of cattle. He thoroughly enjoyed the farm life with his wife and sharing their produce and harvesting and canning various fruits and vegetables.

Larry was an avid outdoorsman and taught his son Larin, his brothers Jerry and Danny to do the same. They share countless memories of fishing and hunting trips and family fun with Larry. He taught his son Larin and his younger brothers to drive, the facts of life, and how to care and support your family and to work hard for what you have. Larin said that Larry was the #1 dad. Best dad any boy could have had.

He was the best example of being a faithful Christian, supportive, dependable, and faithful man to your wife, your children, your church, and to His God.

Larry and his wife are members of the Southside Church of God in Mena, Arkansas. Thanks and appreciation to Pastors Kenneth and Debbie Posey and congregation for their many years of love and support.

Larry is survived by wife Eulene Howard McCulley of the home, son Larin Wayne McCulley of Springfield, Missouri, his brother Jerry and wife Patricia of Livingston, Tx., his brother Rev. Danny and wife Jeannie of Springdale, Arkansas and many nieces, nephews, and great nieces and great nephews and brother and sister-in-laws. He is irreplaceable and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.

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4-14-21 1:00 p.m. KAWX.ORG
 
 

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Everett Washington Howard Obituary

Mr. Everett Washington Howard, 95, of Mena, Arkansas, passed away Thursday, April 8, 2021 in Mena.

He was born November 25, 1925 in Cherry Hill, Arkansas to the late Marian P. Howard and the late Willie Hess Howard. He was married to the love of his life, Gracie Susan Hackney Howard on March 27, 1948, and would always say how beautiful she was up until the day he passed away. He retired from Mid-South Lumber Company and was also a rancher. Everett loved ride his tractor and just got a new one after replacing the one he had for over 50 years! He also loved reading Louie Lamar western books and enjoyed watching the deer come out from the woods. He served his country in the United States Army, and was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and a friend to all he knew.

He is survived by his children, Freda Galyen and her children Lynn, Fred and Threasa, Rodger Howard and wife Pat and their children Nathan and Rodney, Wesley Howard and wife Debbie and their children Danny and Deanna and step son, Peter Barksdale and Eulene McCulley and husband Larry McCulley and their son Larin McCulley and a brother, Ola Gene Howard, and a host of great grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren and other family members too numerous to mention.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, 4 brothers, and their wives, Curtis and Molly Howard, Otis and Melba Howard, Frank and Mardge Howard, and Virgle and Willa Mae Howard, and 2 sisters, Twinkle Pollard and Brenice Howard.

Funeral services will be Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at the Pine Ridge Union Pentecostal Church with Brother Kenny Posey and Brother Randy Deramus officiating. Interment follows in Pine Ridge Cemetery under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home. Visitation will be general.

Pallbearers will be Nathan Howard, Nick Wolfenbarger, Jonathan Travis and Ken Sherman
 

 

4-12-21 4:33 p.m. KAWX.ORG

 

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Louie Dale Edwards Obituary

Mr. Louie Dale Edwards, age 75, of Big Fork passed away Saturday, April 10, 2021 in Mena, Arkansas.

Louie Dale was born on December 19, 1945 in Mena to the late Mack Edwards and Rosa Lee Collier Edwards. After serving in the United States Navy, Louie was a sub-contractor in construction hanging drop ceilings. Mr. Edwards was your typical Arkie, he loved hunting year-round. Louie Dale was a fisherman and loved doing it on ponds. He also enjoyed being on the farm and working the land. Louie loved his dogs and taking them when they went camping. But, the most important thing, Louie Dale, was a good father teaching his children a good work ethic, and always providing for his family.

Louie Dale is survived by his wife, of 54 years, Bertha Edwards of Big Fork, Arkansas. daughters, Karen Lynn Ward and husband Jim of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma and Catherine Ann Pierce and husband Jay of Board Camp, Arkansas. Grandchildren, Mandy Rowe and husband Ryan, Megan Hall and husband Trae, Angela Ferguson, and husband Jef, and Tony Ward. Great-grandchildren, McKynlee Hall, Raylon Hall, Travis Rowe, Truitt Rowe, and Lillian Ward. Special friend Stoney Edwards and wife Cheryl of Big Fork. Several nieces, nephews, and a host of friends and relatives.
 
He will be dearly missed by all.

Mr. Edwards was preceded in death by his parents, son, Carl Wayne Edwards, brother, Charlie Edwards, and half-brother, Jim Brown.

A memorial service for Louie Dale Edwards will be held Monday, April 12, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at the Beasley Wood Chapel in Mena. With Neil Taylor officiating.
 

 

4-10-21 4:47 p.m. KAWX.ORG

 

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Leroy Williams Obituary

Leroy Williams was born February 2, 1962 to Reed and Nollies Broach Williams in Mena, Arkansas.

Leroy was a loved husband, dad, papa, brother, uncle, and friend to many. He worked hard doing insulation work on power plants, traveling to different locations. When an accident in 2003 left him unable to work, he was able to enjoy watching birds flock to his feeders. He looked forward to Spring to get started gardening. He loved this, it was his passion. His gardens were full and beautiful and always bountiful enough to share quite a bit. He loved hunting and fishing too and family get togethers. He was family oriented and never hesitated if anyone needed him, he would drop what he was doing to help. He adored his two grandkids and took pride in teaching them a wide variety of handy ways to do things and his cute phrases he always said like, "papa got it." He loved and cherished his wife Tammy for every minute of their 26 years. They had the phrase, "two mules pulling the same plow" and they worked thru to the end pulling the same plow. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

Leroy was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Ray Williams, JL Williams, and Grover Williams.

He is survived by his wife, Tammy; daughter, Nikki Odle; two grandkids, Ali and Jack; one brother, Joe Williams and wife Elaine; five sisters, Becky Sherrouse of Wickes, Arkansas, Mary and husband John Whitlow, Ruby and husband Edward, Billy Faye and husband John, and Betty and husband Jim Williamson. Also numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Graveside services will be held on Monday, April 12, 2021 at 11:00 AM at the West View Cemetery in Cove, Arkansas with Brother Tim Smedley officiating under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

Pallbearers will be Larry Hedge, Mike Harwood, Steven Green, Matthew Voskamp, Keith Jewell, and Chad Broach.

Honorary Pallbearer will be Scott Richardson.

Live Stream of services can be accessed here: https://my.gather.app/remember/leroy-williams-2021

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.

"Serving Our Community One Family At a Time..."

 

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4-9-21 1:55 p.m. KAWX.ORG

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Mary Frances Gray Obituary

Mary Frances Gray, age 84, of Mena, Arkansas died on Sunday, April 4, 2021 at The Green House Cottages of Homewood in Mena, Arkansas. She was born on Tuesday, September 8, 1936 to Titus Aaron and Bertha Mae Hay Manasco in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.

Frances was a good Christian woman who enjoyed singing in the choir, teaching Sunday school, and vacation bible school. She attended Brookland Baptist Church for ten years and Truman Baptist Church for ten years before moving to Mena and attending the First Baptist Church. Frances had a passion and talent for teaching piano as well as Sunday school. She always took great care of her beloved family. Everyone loved all her cooking, especially her enchiladas. Frances was a published author having written 2 books and she was proud to have achieved three college degrees, her Associates of Business, Bachelors in Music, and her Masters in Music. Frances was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, aunt, and friend and will be missed by all who knew her.

Frances is preceded in death by her parents.

Frances is survived by her loving husband, Jimmy Gray of Mena; one son and daughter in law, Donny and Darlene Gray of Douglas, Georgia; three daughters, Mary Ann Reddick of Fayetteville, Katheryn Sue Davis of Arlington, Tennessee, and Nancy Lynn French of Virginia Beach, Virginia; one sister, Ann Averitt of Fayetteville; eleven grandchildren; twenty-eight grandchildren; two nieces and one nephew and a host of other family and friends.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 10:00 AM at the First Baptist Church in Mena, Arkansas with Dr. Russell Threet, Brother Frank Rosipal, and Brother Roger Bishop officiating. Interment will follow at the Pinecrest Memorial Park under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena. Visitation will be general.

Pallbearers will be Will Bowers, E Wayne McDaniel, Stokes Herod, Kevin Williams, Jonathan Welch, and Matthew Bowser.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.

"Serving Our Community One Family At a Time..."

 

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4-5-21 5:58 p.m. KAWX.ORG

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Annie Pendergrass Obituary

Annie Pendergrass, 91, of Mt. Ida, Arkansas formerly of Mena passed away Sunday, April 4, 2021 in Mt. Ida. She was born on March 1, 1930 in Mineral Springs, Arkansas to Reeder Putman and Emmie (Tinkes) Putman.

Annie enjoyed gardening, reading, walking, and bowling when able. She was a member of First Baptist Church Sunday school class of Pauline Morrow, until her illness kept her from attending. Annie was united in marriage to the late Billy Clyde Pendergrass. She will be dearly missed.

She is survived by her daughter, Kathy Boone and husband Gary; grandchildren, Del Lehmann and wife Tina, Brian Lehmann and wife Michelle, Danny Smedley and wife Jessie, and Sandra Duvak; great-grandchildren, Tanner Lehmann and wife Nok, Rebecca Lehmann, David Lehmann, Hannah Lehmann, Bailey Lehmann, Keegan Lehman, Whitney Horner and husband Devin, Lauren Kesterson and husband Tanner, Brittney Duvak, Skylar Montgomery, Abigail Smedley, Paige Smedley and Kyle Rowe and wife Candace; 7great-great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and extended family.
Annie is preceded in death by her parents; her husband; son, Billy Clyde Pendergrass Jr.; daughters, Janet Smedley, and Brenda Pendergrass; and sister, Mildred Terry.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 pm Friday, April 9, 2021 at the First Baptist Church of Mena, Arkansas with Bro. Russell Threet officiating. Interment will follow at Pinecrest Memorial Park under the direction of Beasley Wood Funeral Home.

Family and friends visitation will be held on Thursday, April 8, 2021 from 6-8 pm at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Del Lehmann, Dave Lehmann, Brian Lehmann, Keegan Lehmann, Kyle Rowe and Gary Boone. Honorary pallbearer is Jimmy Corbin.
 

 

4-5-21 5:50 p.m. KAWX.ORG

 

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Joy Evelyn Rose Obituary

Joy Evelyn Rose, age 91, of Prescott, Arkansas formerly of Wickes, Arkansas passed away Saturday, April 3, 2021.

She was born February 6, 1930 in Wickes, Arkansas to Walter Heaton and Annie Cook Heaton. Joy was a hard worker. She loved cooking and cleaning, especially when it was for her family. Family was Joy’s main focus in life and she especially enjoyed spoiling her grandchildren. She loved the Lord and was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, great great grandmother, sister and friend. She will be dearly missed.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Bob Cartwright; second husband, Kennith Rose; sisters, Bonnie Cartwright, Minnie Mae Loyd, Lela Cannon, Maxine Matthews, and Emaline Garver. She is survived by her son, Roger Cartwright and wife Pam of Wickes, Arkansas; daughter, Penny Plunkett and husband Tim of Prescott, Arkansas; grandchildren, Wendell Cartwright of Wickes, Arkansas, Robin Driver and husband Billy of Wickes, Arkansas, Tara Cartwright and Jimmy Glenn of Wickes, Arkansas, Zachary Plunkett and wife Amber of Rogers, Arkansas, Caitlin Plunkett and fiancé Chad Swanner of Bentonville, Arkansas, Joshua Plunkett and wife Mary of Magnolia, Arkansas; 13 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandchild; sister, Shirley Stacy of Locksburg, Arkansas and a host of other family too great to mention.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. at the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Danny Fagala officiating. Interment will follow in the Baker Cemetery in Wickes, Arkansas. Visitation will be Tuesday at 12 noon prior to the funeral service. Services are entrusted to the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Wendell Cartwright, Billy Driver, Jimmy Glenn, Zach Plunkett, Josh Plunkett, Alex Driver, Shawn Cartwright, and Reese Driver.

The family would like to send out a special thank you to the Hillcrest Nursing and Rehabilitation in Prescott, Arkansas for their compassionate care and service.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com.
 

 

4-4-21 7:44 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

 

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Thomas William Tom Priest

Thomas William “Tom” Priest, age 60 passed away April 1, 2021 at UAMS in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was born to the late Tommie Lee Priest on August 23, 1960 in Rockwood, Tennessee.

Tom was a loving husband, father and grandpa. He provided for his family working as a Radiographer on the pipelines. A true “jack of all trades”, he could build or fix anything. Tom was known to rock the guitar and was a loyal Arkansas Razorback fan. He was fun and witty. Everything he did was for his family and he will be missed greatly.

Tom was preceded in death by his mother, Tommie Lee Priest. He is survived by his wife, Tammy Priest of Pine Ridge, Arkansas; daughters, Michelle Miller and husband Jeremy of Mena, Arkansas, Melanie Libby and husband Johnathan of Pine Ridge, Arkansas; son, Jeremy Priest of Little Rock, Arkansas; grandchildren, Ty Davis, Mason Davis, Mackenzie Davis, Dominic Libby, Sebastian Libby, Tucker Miller, Araiyah Libby and Gatlin Miller; brother, Robert Priest of Forsythe, Missouri; brother-in-law, Tim Martin and wife Ananda of Mena, Arkansas; sister-in-law, Tina Higginbotham and husband Michael of Jena, Louisiana; mother-in-law, Sandra Martin of Pine Ridge, Arkansas; father-in-law, Jerry Martin and wife Marilyn of Waldron, Arkansas and a host of nieces and nephews.

Cremation services are entrusted to the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. A family memorial service will be held at a later date.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com.
 

 

4-3-21 1:16 p.m. KAWX.ORG

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Mrs. Margie Ryals Obituary

Mrs. Margie Ryals, age 81, of Mena, Arkansas passed away April 3, 2021 at her home. She was born on March 5, 1940 to the late Herman and Thyra (Win) Holson.

Margie was united in marriage to the late Gene Ryals. She worked as a secretary for the Department of Human Services for 26 years. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother and she dedicated her life to her family. She was known to many as “Nanny” as she loved so many as her own grandchildren.

She is survived by her daughter, Tami Lackey and husband Jerry; grandsons, Steven Lackey and wife Cindy, and Jeremy Lackey and wife Heather; great-grandchildren, Aubrey and Rose Lackey; sisters, Helen Prince and Laverne Thomas; brothers, Johnny Rae Holson and wife Nancy; and many nieces, nephews, and family.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Gene Ryals; son, Jeffrey Ryals; grandson, Stanley Lackey; brothers, Doyle, Lewis, Arthur, Hugh, and Cam Holson; and sister Louise Gish.

Graveside services will be 1:00 pm, Monday, April, 5 2021 at Highland Cemetery in Cherry Hill, Arkansas. Arrangements are under the direction of Beasley Wood Funeral Home.

General visitation will be held at the funeral home.

Online obituary and guestbook at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com.
 

 

4-3-21 11:07 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

 

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Sherry Richardson Obituary

Mrs. Sherry Richardson, age 71, of Mena, Arkansas, passed away Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at her home with her family by her side. She was born on August 6, 1949 in Hobart, Oklahoma to Charles and Helen (Huggins) Ralls.

Sherry was united in marriage to Benny Richardson for 40 years. She worked as a secretary for the town of Vandervoort. She enjoyed cooking and trying new recipes. Her hobbies included quilting and attending the blue grass music festivals at Turkey Track. She will be dearly missed.

She is survived by her husband, Benny; son, Wesley Richardson and wife Alaina of Mena; daughter, Kristie Golden of Hatfield; grandchildren, April Richardson, Dane Richardson, Dustin Skaggs, and Devin Durham; brother, Charles “Bud” Ralls and wife Peggy; brothers-in-law, Ronnie Richardson and wife Beverly, and Danny Richardson and wife Becky; and several nieces and nephews.

Sherry is preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Jody Rush; her brother, Josh Smith; and her brother-in-law, Lanny Richardson.

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Beasley Wood Funeral Home.
 

 

4-1-21 11:33 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Mason Anthony Young Obituary

Mason Anthony Young, age 20, of Amarillo, Texas died on Thursday, March 25, 2021 in Mena, Arkansas. He was born on Thursday, December 21, 2000 to Shane Young and Danielle Thorn in Amarillo, Texas.

Mason was always an adventurous free spirit. He loved to travel and experience new things. He loved the outdoors, and really enjoyed fishing and riding motorcycles. Mason liked all kinds of music and he cherished all his friendships. Mason was a loving son, grandson, brother, uncle, and friend and will be missed by all who knew him.

Mason is survived by his parents, Shane Young and Danielle Thorn; his grandparents, Anthony and Susan Young of Amarillo, Texas; two brothers, Blake Young of Amarillo, and John Ostrom of San Antonio; two sisters, Sara Davis of Amarillo, and Susan Stribling of Amarillo; several nephews and nieces 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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3-31-21 1:02 p.m. KAWX.ORG

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Mrs. Laura Ray Obituary

Mrs. Laura Ray, age 70, of Cove, Arkansas passed away Saturday, March 27, 2021 in Little Rock, Arkansas. She was born on January 3, 1951 to the late Anthony and Lillian (Worrell) Silvestri.

Laura was united in marriage to Roger Ray for 54 years. She enjoyed traveling and going to the casinos. Laura was a very loving, compassionate, and generous person. She would give you the shirt off her back. She will be dearly missed.

She is survived by her husband, Roger Ray; daughters, Tina Evers Logan of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Renee Price of Ohio; grandchildren, Cassaundra Evers, Anthony Zamora, Roger Evers, and Lily Zamora; two great-grandchildren; brothers, Sam Silvestri, Jim Silvestri, and Paul Silvestri; sisters, Toni Raill and husband Chuck of Arizona; and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends. Laura is preceded in death by her parents.

Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Beasley Wood Funeral Home.
 

 

3-31-21 12:55 p.m. KAWX.ORG

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William Bill Harold Weiss Obituary

William "Bill" Harold Weiss, age 77, of Mena, Arkansas died on Friday, March 26, 2021 at his home. He was born on Tuesday, April 20, 1943 to Don and Dorothy Buchanan Weiss in Indiana, Pennsylvania.

Bill had a colorful personality and could always be counted on to be straight forward and honest. He spent most of his life doing paint and body work on cars and trucks, and was known to be the best frame man around. Bill liked classic muscle cars, and one of his favorites was the 1970 Chevelle. He really enjoyed mowing and maintaining his yard, and country music. He also was a member of the River Bend remote control airplane club and in the past loved to take his kids to race go carts. Bill was very proud and happy with the life he had built for his family. Bill was a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle and friend and will be missed by all who knew him.

He is preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Mary Emma Grosse and Grace Walker; and one brother Raymond Weiss.

Bill is survived by his loving wife, Chiquita Marti Weiss of Mena; six sons and daughters in law, Kerry and Lisa Weiss of Mena, Tim and Rhonda Weiss of Mena, Lloyd and Stacey Templeton of Mena, Wayne and Sue Madison of Colorado, Marvin Madison of Colorado, and Yancy Lewis; four daughters and sons in law, Cyrie and Jeff Wright of Hot Springs, Tana Karns, Faith and Mark Walker of Hot Springs, and Laura and Mike Lewis of Mena; one sister, Katherine Weiss Mabon of Home, Pennsylvania; twenty-three grandchildren; many great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Graveside services will be held on Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 2:00 P.M. at the Pinecrest Memorial Park in Mena with Dr. Lamar Austin officiating. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.

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3-26-21 4:03 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Clifton Kent Dover Obituary

Mr. Clifton Kent Dover, age 65, of Mena, Arkansas died March 24, 2021 in Fort Smith, Arkansas. He was born June 28, 1955, to Jerry Dover and Johnnie Frost Dover.

Cliff is survived by his mother, one son Daniel Dover (Jodie) of Lakeway, Texas, and two sisters Diana Davis and Sabrina Stafford, both of Mena; two grandsons Aden Dover and Owen Dover, of Lakeway, Texas; several aunts, uncles, and cousins, and many friends.

He is predeceased by his father and three brothers, his paternal grandparents Dan and Viva Dover and his maternal grandparents, Pat and Rudell Frost.

Cliff was a graduate of East Texas College in Commerce and the University of Texas at Austin.

Cremation services were provided by Beasley Wood Funeral Home. A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
 

 

3-26-21 1:41 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Gene Ross Obituary

Melton Eugene “Gene” Ross, age 80, passed away March 23, 2021 in Hot Springs, Arkansas. He was born on December 8, 1940 in Hatfield, Arkansas to the late Clarence and Lela Ross.

Gene was a dedicated employee at Arkansas Log Homes for 30 years. He spent many years of service to the Cattleman’s Association and Polk County Fair Board as Rodeo Chairman. Gene was also a past member of the Polk County Wolf Hunter’s Association. He was known for his outgoing personality and never met a stranger.

He is survived by sons, Travis Ross and wife Michelle, Matt Ross; daughter, Sheri Wallace and husband Rickey; grandchildren, Ethan Ross, Rachel Wallace, and Sarah Wallace; brother, Larry Ross; a host of nieces, nephews, friends and extended family. Gene is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Joyce Ross; son, Jeffrey Ross; brother, Jerry Ross.

Gene will be sent for cremation under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

A memorial will be scheduled at a later date.
 

 

3-24-21 11:05 a.m. KAWX.ORG

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Lillian J. Harned Obituary

On Saturday, March 20, 2021, Lillian J. Harned, a loving mother and grandmother passed away at the age of 87.

Lillian was born on October 26, 1933 in Caddo Gap, Arkansas where she went to school and married her high school sweetheart, Milton M. Harned. The couple first moved to Texas where they had three children and then settled in Valencia, California. Lillian and Milton moved back to Arkansas to retire here in Mena.

Lillian had a passion for restoring old houses and gardening. She loved collecting antiques and she was frequently seen at auctions. She had several antique booths around town and enjoyed shopping for items to fill them. She was a very sweet lady and enjoyed talking with everyone she met. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who would do anything for her children.

Lillian is preceded in death by her son, Milton M Harned Jr. and her husband, Milton M. Harned Sr.
 
She is survived by her daughters, Peggy Parkinson of Stevenson Ranch, California, Judy Stickler and husband Brien of Mena, Arkansas; granddaughters, Paula Gerhart and husband Marc of Valencia, California, Jennifer Norman and husband Samuel of Mena, Arkansas, Michelle Block of Mena, Arkansas, Christina Randall and husband Jason of Santa Barbara, California; great granddaughters, Devyn Purcell, Vivian Randall, Geneva Randall, and Ila Randall; great grandsons Zachary and Jacob Gerhart.

Funeral service will be Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. in the Beasley-Wood Chapel. Interment to follow in Pinecrest Memorial Park in Mena, Arkansas under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Visitation is general.
 

 

3-22-21 2:37 p.m. KAWX.ORG

 

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Karen Ann Getz Obituary

Karen Ann Getz, age 78, of Cove, Arkansas died on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 in Mena, Arkansas. She was born on Wednesday, September 30, 1942 to John and Evelyn Norbom Norup in Pontiac, Michigan.

Karen was a Christian woman and member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Mena. She was always very family oriented and showered her family with lots of love. She was very proud to become a licensed nurse, and worked as an LVN in assisted living for many years before retiring. Karen was passionate about animals and would often volunteer at the humane society. She was also a member of the Red Hat Society. Karen enjoyed flowers, gardening, crafts and painting in her free time. She loved to travel, and her favorite place to travel was West Texas. Karen made amazing wreaths and found joy in classical and old Christmas music like Bing Crosby and Dean Martin. Lighthouses were always her favorite hobby, she collected many of them and also traveled to see lighthouses wherever she could. Karen was a loving wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend and will be missed by all who knew her.

She is preceded in death by her parents.

Karen is survived by her loving husband, Harry Getz of Cove; one son and daughter in law, John and Kim Getz of Mesquite, Texas; one daughter and son in law, Heidi and Danny Cromeens of Cleveland, Texas; one brother and sister in law, Joseph and Lois Henrion of West Palm Beach, Florida; one sister and brother in law, Elizabeth and James Savedes of Orlando, Florida; five grandchildren, Megan Cromeens, Tyler Cromeens, Baylie Cromeens, Dakota More, and Tanner Getz; numerous nephews and nieces and a host of other family and friends.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 8, 2021 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Mena, Arkansas with Pastor Timothy Henning officiating. Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the Humane Society of the Ouachitas at 366 Polk Rd 50, Mena, AR 71953 or to the Trinity Lutheran Church at 1010 Dequeen St, Mena, AR 71953.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.

 

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3-22-21 12:57 p.m. KAWX.ORG

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Cassondra Gale Riddle Obituary

Cassondra Gale Riddle, age 30, of Royse City, Texas, passed away on Wednesday, March 17, 2021 in Wylie, Texas. She is survived by her sons: Luke Alexander Webb, age 11, and Gabriel Ashton Rhodes, age 8; her siblings: Daniel L. Riddle of Denver, Colorado; Tiffany A. Fry and husband Matthew of Fayetteville, Georgia; F. Storm Kwiatkowski and husband Rudy of Irvine, California; Katrina J. Gay and husband Beau of Centerton, Arkansas, and Robert Gregory Fuller of Rowlett, Texas; her parents Donald and Laura Riddle of Texarkana, Arkansas and Donna and John Garrett of Rockwall, Texas; her grandparents, Ronald and Wanda Riddle of Mena, Arkansas; Barbara Blackketter of Bradenton, Florida, and Bill and Flora McChristian of Mena, Arkansas; 6 nephews, 3 nieces, and a great many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

She is preceded in death by her grandfather, George Montague Blackketter of Bradenton, Florida.

Known mainly as “Cassie,” she was a consummate athlete, an award-winning long distance runner, pole vaulter, and cheerleader. She was a talented artist and musician who enjoyed arts and crafts and teaching others about physical fitness, becoming a yoga instructor and track coach. She started her own business, Royse City Dance Academy in 2016. But her greatest role was as a loving mother to both Luke and Gabriel, born with a rare condition that severely limits his mobility. Her devotion to her sons was an inspiration to all who knew her.

Cassie was a student at Texas A&M Commerce studying to become a livestock veterinarian. She was scheduled to graduate this spring. The University has agreed to award Cassie a posthumous Bachelor of Science degree.

Cassie was a beloved daughter, granddaughter, sister, niece, cousin, and friend.

Cassie is considered by many to be a superstar, and her light will continue to shine, though its duration on Earth has ended far too early. She will be deeply missed by her family and friends. As she taught Gabriel to remind ourselves how we are strong, we will always remember these words when we remember his mother: “Strong muscles, strong mind, strong heart.”

Funeral service will be Friday, March 26, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at Mena First Assembly of God in Mena, Arkansas with Pastor Ron Tilley officiating. Interment to follow at Pinecrest Memorial Park in Mena, Arkansas under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Visitation will be Thursday, March 25, 2021 from 7:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m. at Mena First Assembly of God.

Pallbearers are Matthew Fry, Rudy Kwiatkowski, Beau Gay, Paul Blackketter, Robert Gregon Fuller, and Daniel Riddle. Honorary pallbearers are Ronald G. Riddle and Bill E. McChristian.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Cassie's honor to Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, 2222 Welborn Street, Dallas, Texas, 75219.
 
3-22-21 12:50 p.m. KAWX.ORG 
 

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Faye Elder Obituary

Faye Elder, age 89, of Mena, Arkansas passed away March 17, 2021 at her home surrounded by her children. She was born to the late Andrew and Ozie McBride on April 2, 1931 in Mena, Arkansas.

Faye enjoyed raising chickens and cows. She loved working in her yard and flower beds. She was fond of birds and bird watching. Faye was known to cook pies and cakes for her family and all who knew her knew of her famous peanut butter cookies. She was fond of her beloved dog Tori. Above all, she absolutely loved her family and spending time with them. She will be missed dearly.

She is survived by her son, David Elder and wife Rebecca of Kendallville, Indiana; daughters, Cathie Duke of Mena, Arkansas, Becky Shrader and husband Brent of Mena, Arkansas, and Patsy Meadows and husband Jerry of Farmington, Arkansas; ten grandchildren; sixteen great grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, friends, and extended family. Faye is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Johnny Elder; daughter, Debbie Smith; sisters, Dorabell Rogers, Ruby Reed, and Gladys Reed; son in laws, Joe Duke, and Ray Smith.

Graveside service will be Sunday, March 21, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. in Rocky Cemetery with Nikki Schaefer and Jerry Meadows officiating. Interment under the direction of Beasley Wood Funeral Home.
 

 

3-18-21 12:31 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

 

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Jessie Lee Kesterson Obituary

Jessie Lee Kesterson, age 86, formerly of Cove, went to be with the Lord on March 16, 2021 in Hope, Arkansas. She was born to the late Hester Devine on February 14, 1935 in Hatfield, Arkansas.

Jessie went to school in Hatfield where she enjoyed playing basketball. She liked to sew and quilt. Jessie enjoyed working in her garden and painting ceramics. She loved to go camping and fishing. Jessie loved to spend time with her beloved husband Wayne, traveling and seeing new places together. Above all else, Jessie loved the Lord and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Hope.

She is survived by her sons, Keith Kesterson, and Bob Kesterson and wife Doris; grandchildren, William Kesterson, Chad Lawrence, Jennifer Roberts, and Kitina Kesterson; great grandchildren, Madeline Kesterson, Hannah Kesterson, Jacob Lawrence, Brody Lawrence, and J.D. Kesterson; brother, Henry McCauley and wife Thena; sister, Mary Lou Smith; aunt, Marie Hastings; numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family. Jessie is preceded in death by her mother; husband, Wayne Kesterson; daughter, Carolyn Sue Lawrence; son, Donald Lee Kesterson; brother, Kenneth McCauley; grandparents, Jess and Emma McCauley.

Funeral service will be Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. in the Beasley Wood Chapel with Pastor Daniel Bramlett officiating. Interment to follow at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Cove, Arkansas under the direction of Beasley Wood Funeral Home. Visitation will be Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. in the Beasley Wood Chapel with the service to follow.

Pallbearers will be Chad Lawrence, Jacob Lawrence, Willie Kesterson, Ted McCauley, Joe Hammonds, Kevin Kesterson, and Tad Kesterson.

Memorial donations made be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, www.alz.org, or to the Pleasant Grove Cemetery c/o Sharon Ricks, 160 E. Barton Ave, Cove, AR 71937.
 

 

3-17-21 3:32 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

 

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