Obituaries Archives for 2019-05

Gary Ryan Sebren Obituary

Gary Ryan Sebren

August 29, 1950 - May 29, 2019

 

Gary Ryan Sebren, age 68, of Mena, Arkansas passed away on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at the VA Hospital in Little Rock after a long battle with heart disease and diabetes. He was born on Tuesday, August 29, 1950 to Howard and Nelly Allen Sebren in Houston, Texas.

Gary served in the United States Army during the Vietnam era. Gary was baptized at the Berean Baptist Church in Houston, Texas. He enjoyed woodworking and hunting in his younger days. He also worked at a horse stable in his youth. Gary worked in the tugboat business as a Port Captain. He loved books, music, cooking and made very good barbecue. He was loved by four cats and a large dog. Gary was a loving husband, father and a great friend and will be missed by all who knew him.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Gary is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Susan Sebren of Mena; one son, Andy Ryan Sebren of Missouri; and a host of other relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena with brother Jerry Musgrove officiating. Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

In Lieu of Flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project via mail at PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8517 or online at https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.

 

5-30-19 3:17 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Rachel Louise Howard Obituary

Rachel Louise Howard age 80 of Mena, Arkansas passed away Monday, May 27, 2019 in Mena.

She was born on April 19, 1939 in Brownstown, Arkansas to the late Earl Jones and the late Imogene Gladys Hall Jones. Rachel had a beautiful soul and was loving person. She enjoyed “junkin” as she was a collector of anything and everything. Rachel also liked to relax by sitting in the sunshine and was a talented seamstress. She was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend to all who knew her.

She is survived by son: Johnny Walter Brock

Daughters: Edith McCloud, Kathy Richie, Deanna Bullard, and Debra Howell

Many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Rachel was preceded in death by her parents, a son Kenneth Lewis Brock, daughter Joyce Faye Brock, five brothers and four sisters.

Graveside service will be Monday, June 3, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Witherspoon Cemetery with Brother Donnie Jewell officiating. Service under the direction the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com
 

 

5-30-19 3:04 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Mary Margaret Fassler Obituary

Mary Margaret Fassler, age 77, of Mena, Arkansas passed away Thursday, May 23 2019 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

She was born June 19, 1941 in Vandervoort, Arkansas to the late Ambrose A. Fassler and Mamie Smith Fassler. She was a teacher for 43 years and taught in the Mena School District for many years and owned Fassler School of Dance and Gymnastics. She loved teaching and saw it as a blessing to have impacted so many children. She also loved her church and Bible studies. Anyone who had a chance to meet her walked away with a memory to last a lifetime. From “Gather up your paraphernalia” to “Get your ducks in a row”, she had a way with life that will never be forgotten. She was a woman who was stead-fast, persistent, strong-willed and determined and a loving mother, grandmother and aunt, always wanting nothing but the best for her loved ones. She will be dearly missed by all.

Survivors are daughter: Danna Fassler of Hot Springs, Arkansas

Grandchildren: Misty Mullen of Mena, Arkansas, Rick Sandoval of Texarkana, Arkansas, and Brianna Kimmel of Dequeen, Arkansas

Great grandchildren: Kinsey, Jaxon and Avery Mullen,  Aiden and Alex Sandoval, Haven and Axton Sandoval, and Blakely Kimmel

Niece: Donna Roberts of Cove, Arkansas

Great Niece: Destinee Evans of Cove, Arkansas

Nephew: Mark Wheeler of Mena, Arkansas

Great Nephews: Derek Wheeler and Dylan Wheeler of Cove, Arkansas.

She was preceded in death by her parents Ambrose and Mamie Fassler, brother James Fassler, and sister Dorothy Wheeler.

Funeral Services will be 3:00 p.m. Sunday, June 2, 2019 at Christ Community Church with interment following at Pleasant Grove Cemetery under the direction of Beasley Wood Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Rick Sandoval, Aiden Sandoval, Thomas Mullen, Tim Kimmel, D. J. Woodburn, and Mark Wheeler.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com
 

 

5-27-19 5:24 p.m. KAWX.ORG

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Doralene Mourton Obituary

Doralene Mourton, age 90, of Mena, Arkansas passed away May 24, 2019 in Mena, Arkansas.

She was born September 15, 1928 in Mena, Arkansas to the late Frank Gillean and May Harvey Gillean. She was a cosmetologist, worked in school food service and hospital environmental control. She loved gardening, crocheting and sewing, but most of all loved spending time with her family.

Survivors are daughters: Wanda Ann Singleton and Joy Dell Barney

Grandchildren: Tim Singleton, Audra Titsworth, Tammy Turner, Jordan Marlar, Bethany Bailey, Eden Barney, Keilah Barney

Great Grandchildren: Seth Singleton, Syndy Laughlin, Ethan Davis, Dillon Turner, Dayne Turner, Madalyn Turner

8 Great Great Grandchildren

Sister: Dottie Medford.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and May Gillean, her husband, Joffree Joe Mourton, Sister Edythe Rabb, Brothers Victor Gillean and Edward Gillean.

Graveside services will be Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Pine Ridge Cemetery with Reverend Allen Taylor officiating under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Dillon Turner, Dayne Turner, Ethan Davis, Brad Laughlin, John Marlar, and Craig Bailey. Honorary Pallbearers will be Tim Singleton, Seth Singleton and Billy Jack Turner.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com
 

 

5-25-19 10:49 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Jimmy C. Davis Obituary

Jimmy C. Davis age 78 of Y City, Arkansas passed away Thursday, May 23, 2019 in Y City.

He was born on August 21, 1940 in Waldron, Arkansas to the late Harvey Davis and the late Alpha G. Callahan Davis. Jimmy enjoyed watching western movies and looking at tractor books. He was a member of the Chant Lane Church in Y-City. He was a loving and generous brother, uncle and a friend to all who knew him. Jimmy will be dearly missed.

He is survived by sister: Peggy Keener of Boles, Arkansas

Brother: Harold Davis of Florida

Nieces and nephews: Pam McGill, Steven Keener and Gary Keener.

He was preceded in death by his parents Harvey and Alpha Davis.

Funeral service will be Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Chant Lane Pentecostal Church in Y City, Arkansas. Interment will follow in the Union Ridge Cemetery in Dayton, Arkansas with Brother Mike Shaddon officiating. Services are under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com
 

 

5-24-19 3:47 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Billy (Bill) G. Abernathy Obituary

Billy (Bill) G. Abernathy passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, May 23, 2019 following a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.
 
Bill was born November 6, 1934, to Virdie Fryar Abernathy and Jesse Abernathy in Oden, Arkansas. He attended Oden High School where he was one of the top schoolboy basketball players in the state and lead teams that were the runner-up in 1953 and won the 1954 Arkansas state basketball championship. The coach of those teams was Ode Maddox, who shortly thereafter would become Bill’s father-in-law and longtime mentor. Following graduation, Bill married his childhood sweetheart, Mary Jo Maddox, and attended Arkansas Tech University on a basketball scholarship where he obtained his degree in physical education in 1957. He later obtained a Masters degree in administration from the University of Arkansas.

Following graduation, Bill began a career in public education that would last over sixty years. He passionately believed that education was the best way to improve someone’s life, and through his efforts as a teacher, administrator and in government service, worked tirelessly to help as many people as he could obtain a quality education and to help further educational opportunities in the state of Arkansas. After starting his career by spending one year as a teacher in California, he returned to Arkansas and taught at Oden for several years. He subsequently worked in administration in the Conway and Greenbrier public schools before becoming Superintendent of the Mena School District in 1972. In 1987, he became President of Rich Mountain Community College in Mena where he served for 13 years. He later was elected to the Arkansas State House of Representatives for three terms where he served as Chairman of the Education Committee. He then served as Executive Director of the Rural Arkansas Education Association until his retirement in 2017. In 2014, he was awarded a Champion of Rural Arkansas Lifetime Achievement Award by the Arkansas Rural Community Alliance.

Bill’s greatest joy was his family - Mary Jo and their three children and spouses, seven grandchildren, one great grandchild, many nieces and nephews, extended family - and friends. He was happiest when spending time with loved ones at his beloved Lake Ouachita, where he taught many a youngster to water ski, and spent countless hours fishing. His fish frys were legendary and will be greatly missed but always happily and lovingly remembered by his family and friends. Bill was also a devoted hunter, spending many weekends over the past 50 years hunting deer and quail in western Arkansas with his sons and grandchildren.

He was a member of Christ Community Fellowship in Mena. He was also very active in several civic organizations including Lions Club in Mena.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Mary Jo Maddox Abernathy; two sons, Robert Abernathy and his wife, Ginger, of Bryant, Arkansas; Richard Abernathy, and his wife, Paula, of Bryant, Arkansas; daughter Melinda Abernathy Stevenson and her husband, John, of Houston, Texas; seven grandchildren - Renee Abernathy, Tyson Abernathy, London Abernathy Creel, Caroline Stevenson, Katherine Stevenson, Mary Claire Stevenson, and Annalise Robbins; one great grandchild, Saylor Abernathy; brother, Ted Abernathy; sister, Eva Jean Miller; and many dear nieces, nephews, and in-laws.

He is predeceased by his father, Elder Jesse Abernathy; his mother, Virdie Fryer Abernathy; brothers Allen Abernathy; Larry Abernathy; Everett Abernathy; Eugene Abernathy; Isaac Abernathy; and his twin Bobby Abernathy.

A visitation and celebration of life will be held Monday, May 27, at Beasley-Wood Funeral home from 6 – 8 p.m. A service will be held Tuesday, May 28, at 2 p.m. at Christ Community Fellowship in Mena.

Pallbearers are Tyson Aberanthy, Josh Creel, Jeff Crumpton, John Maddox, Matt Maddox, Lee Maddox, Brandt Maddox, Stan Miller, and Phil Stevenson. Honorary pallbearers are Steve Abernathy, Al Gathright, David Maddox, and coffee shop friends.

The family requests any memorial contributions be made to Bill Abernathy Family Endowment Scholarship Fund at the University of Arkansas Rich Mountain or to Christ Community Fellowship in Mena.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com
 

 

5-24-19 11:22 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Jimmie Wayne Lemon Obituary

Jimmie Wayne Lemon

January 26, 1931 - May 19, 2019

 

Jimmie Wayne Lemon, age 88, of Mena, Arkansas died Sunday, May 19, 2019 at his home. He was born on Monday, January 26, 1931 to Hugh and Lula Parker Lemon in Board Camp, Arkansas.

Jimmie was of the Catholic faith and attended Lakeview Missionary Baptist Church in Mena. He served proudly in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. After the military, he moved to Wichita, Kansas and became an electrician. Jimmie loved to garden and share his love of gardening with others, going on walks with his beloved dog, Bo Socks. Jimmie was a loving father, brother, uncle and a great friend and will be missed by all who knew him.

He is preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Barbara Lemon.

Jimmie is survived by son and daughter in law, Randy and Sharon Lemon of St. Louis, Missouri; three daughters and son in law, Debbie Worsham of Wichita, Kansas, Sherry and Tom Black of Tulsa, Oklahoma and Pam Pelz of Mena; his sister and brother in law, Patricia and Dick Young of Wichita, Kansas; ten grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

A graveside service will be held Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. at the Resurrection Cemetery in Wichita, Kansas with Father Lebenz as celebrant. Visitation will be general. Arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.

 

5-21-19 3:55 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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James Lewis Faulkner Obituary

James Lewis Faulkner, better known by his loved ones as “Jimmy”, “Dad”, or “Papa”, passed away on May 19, 2019, at the age of 79, at Mercy Hospital in Fort Smith. 

Jimmy was born on January 14th, 1940 to Lewis and Mary Lee Faulkner in Mena, Arkansas. Although he lived the last 20 years of his life in Greenwood, he would always consider his home to be Mena, the place where he grew up, met his wife, raised two children, and pursued a 30 year career with U.S. Motors. After retirement, he relocated to Greenwood where he enjoyed tinkering in his shop, diligently following the stock market, and solving the world’s problems over coffee with friends. 

He is survived by his wife of 60 years: Linda Faulkner

Two Sons: Bob Faulkner of Huntsville, Alabama and Scott Faulkner and wife Valerie of Fort Smith, Arkansas

Two grandchildren: Josh Faulkner and partner Alma Pena and Abby Saviers and husband Robert 

One great-grandchild: Dahlia Faulkner

As well as his siblings and their spouses, Nancy Abbott, Linda and Jimbo Davis, Jack Faulkner, Carla and Steve Mosley; and brother-in-laws, Gus Abbott, and Dick Goodgame.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Doris Abbott, and Nodene Goodgame; brother-in-law, Tom Abbott; and daughter-in-law, Donna Faulkner. 

Funeral service will be Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 at 2:00pm, at Beasley Wood Chapel, with Brother Fred Salter and Brother Donnie Jewell officiating. Interment will follow at Pinecrest Memorial Park. 

Pallbearers will be Gus Abbott, Jimmy Abbott, Dick Goodgame, LaDell Risenhoover, Shawn Walker, Josh Faulkner, and Robert Saviers. 

Visitation will be Tuesday, May 21st, from 5:00 – 7:00pm at Beasley Wood Funeral Home. 

Arrangements under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com
 

 

5-20-19 3:12 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Judy Kaye Cannon Obituary

Judy Kaye Cannon age 73 of Mena, Arkansas passed away Friday, May 17, 2019 at the Mena Regional Health System.

She was born on July 26, 1945 to the late Owen and Helen Philpot of Mena, Arkansas.

Judy always wanted to be a nurse. In the process of fulfilling her dream, she provided comfort and care to hundreds of people in her 45-year career.
 
Judy also spent several years teaching Advanced Cardiac Life Support to the staff of Mena Regional Hospital and the ambulance staff of the area, along with working in the Emergency Room. It was an emotional and difficult profession, but she loved it.

She also loved the Lord, family and especially movies and Gospel music by Elvis Presley!

Judy is survived by daughter: Stephanee Brown and husband Rick

Sisters: Mary Ryals and husband Leon, Nell Langston and husband Carlos, and Dell Willhite

Grandsons: Rob Wallis, Rayden Laird, and Grant and Andrew Laird

Host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Owen and Helen Philpot, grandparents, Amos and Grace Egger, and Walter and Anna Philpot, and a brother Jim Philpot.

A Gathering of family and friends will be Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Beasley Wood Chapel. Arrangements are under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com.
 
To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Judy Kaye Cannon please visit our Sympathy Store.
 
5-20-19 1:05 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Sebarn Harrison Obituary

Sebarn Harrison “Jr.”, formerly of Mena, went to be with his Heavenly Father on May 14, 2019.

Junior loved his family, but most of all he loved and dedicated his life to his Lord and Savior. He was a preacher of God’s word and witness to His love. He loved to sing and play his guitar and was an avid fisherman who liked to compete with his wife, children, family, and friends on who could catch the biggest or the most fish. His body was sent to Genesis Legacy Foundation for the enrichment and learning for those in the medical field. He was loved deeply by his family and will be greatly missed. Until we meet again.

He is survived by his son Gary Harrison and wife Rhonda, daughter Elaine Showl, grandchildren Le’Shae Westphal and husband Kevin, Daniel Gessling, and Haley Harrison, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. 

He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Irvalene Harrison, parents Sebarn and Ila Harrison, brother Hester, and sisters Ida Bell Posey and Lessie Harrison.

An informal visitation for family and friends will be held at Beasley-Wood Funeral Home on Monday, May 20, 2019 from 2-4pm.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com
 

 

5-16-19 12:25 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Suedell "Sue" James Obituary

Suedell “Sue” James, lovingly known as Momma and Granny, age 74 of Watson, Oklahoma passed away Monday, May 13, 2019 in Watson, Oklahoma.

Granny was born on July 20, 1944 in Mena, Arkansas to the late Charles James and the late Rhoda Jefferson James. She worked for Tyson in the poultry business for many years. Granny was a die-hard Oklahoma Sooners fan and an avid DeQueen Lady Leopard Softball fan with Granny being #7’s biggest fan. She enjoyed working cross word puzzles, reading and working in her yard. Granny was a loving and dedicated mother, granny, aunt, and friend to all who knew her.

She is survived by daughter: Shelly Taylor and husband Mike of DeQueen, Arkansas

Sons: Jerry James and wife Melinda of Antlers, Oklahoma, Daniel James of Warren, Michigan, and Doug James and wife Michelle of Mena, Arkansas
 
Grandchildren: Lexy, Alan, Brittney, Haylee, Eric, Jeremy, Marissa, Whitney, Ty, and Travis 

Great-grandchildren: Abel, Paisley, Nolan and Dylan

Special friend: Ted Ludlow

Special nephew: Johnnie Hartin

Several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Rhoda James, one brother and three sisters.

Funeral service will be Friday, May 17, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Beasley-Wood Chapel with Brother Darrell Brien officiating. Interment will follow in the Kulli Tuklo Cemetery in Watson, Oklahoma under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

Visitation will be Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Beasley-Wood.

Pallbearers will be Chad Roberts, Bill Roberts, Tyler Ludlow, Brendan Ludlow, Juan Ugarte, Seth Crow, Kelsey Ludlow and Archie McDaniel.

Honorary pallbearers will be Abel James, Dylan James, Nolan Mattes, and Tristan Ludlow.
 
To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Suedell "Sue" James please visit our Sympathy Store.
 
5-15-19 1:20 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Bob Owen Davis Obituary

Bob Owen Davis

November 24, 1934 - May 7, 2019

 

Bob Owen Davis, age 84, of Mena, Arkansas died Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at the Rich Mountain Nursing and Rehab in Mena. He was born on Saturday, November 24, 1934 to Charles Whitney Sr. and Mary Katherine Fortner Davis in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Bob served his county in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. After he was honorably discharged from the Army, Bob found himself in the 1950's at a Billy Graham Crusade where he accepted Christ as his Savior. Bob loved his family, his animals and was very charitable to others in need. Bob was very athletic and enjoyed playing tennis and going on walks. Bob was a loving uncle and a great friend and will be missed by all who knew him.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Charles Davis Jr. and his sister, Gaye Wilcox.

Bob is survived by one sister, several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

A graveside services will be held on Friday, May 17, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at the Forest Park Cemetery in Shreveport, Louisiana. Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 17, 2019 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, Arkansas.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.

 

5-14-19 4:04 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Darrel Wright Obituary

Mr. Darrel Wright, age 84, of Mena, Arkansas passed away Friday, May 10, 2019 at his home.

He was born October 28, 1934 in Muse, Oklahoma to the late Robert Louis Wright and the late Gladys Cress Wright. Darrel was married to Nancy Wright until her passing. He was a welder by profession and was also a cattle rancher. Darrel enjoyed having breakfast and talking with friends at the Corner Store and taking long drives. He always paid his respect to friends and family by attending their funerals. Darrel was a loving and dedicated father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and friend to all who knew him. He will be dearly missed.

He is survived by sons: James Wright of Mena, Arkansas and Lloyd Wright of Texarkana, Arkansas

Daughter: Pam White of Texarkana, Texas

Grandchildren: Jamie Grogan and husband Brent of Mena, Arkansas, Timothy Richardson and wife Marilyn of San Jose, California, Mercedes Norman and husband Alexander, Rebecca Wright, Christy and Dave Sherry of Wales, England, Shauna Zoucha and Zack of Riley, North Carolina, Joshua and Kari Richardson of Texarkana, Texas, Matt Wright of Mena, Arkansas, Dava Hicks and husband Brandon of Bryan, Texas, Jason Wright of Mena, Arkansas, Shelly Smith and husband James of DeKalb, Texas, Bradley and Nikki Wright of Mena, Arkansas

Great-grandchildren: Destiny Richardson, Triston Richardson, Faith Grogan, Ainsley Richardson, Charlee Richardson, Joshua “Bo” Richardson, Landon Crow, Leah Crow, Baylen Wright, Breken Wright, Makayla Hicks, Alexandria Hicks, Jason Hicks, Clayten Hicks, Carter Hicks, Rannon Zoucha, Gage Wright, Olivia Wright, Parker Norman, Braden Wright, Ty Wright, Dillion Sherry, Ryce Sherry and Jaren Dillard

Brother: Dewayne Wright of Weatherford, Oklahoma.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Gladys Wright, wife Nancy Mae Wright, brother Dale Wright, sister Donna Friend, son Marty Wayne Wright, and a great-granddaughter, Ashlyn Grogan.

Funeral service will be Saturday, May 18, 2019 ay 1:30 p.m. at Beasley Wood Chapel. Interment will follow in the Muse Cemetery in Muse, Oklahoma under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

Pallbearers will be Joshua Richardson, Matt Wright, Jacob Hicks, Brandon Eden, Logan Smith, and Brandon Hicks.

Honorary pallbearers will be Destiny Richardson, MaKayla Hicks, Alexandria Hicks, Skylar Smith, Ainsley Richardson, Charlee Richardson, Faith Grogan, Olivia Wright, Leah Crow and Parker Wright. 
 

 

5-13-19 4:13 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Bobby Dan Montgomery Obituary

Bobby Dan Montgomery

October 8, 1942 - May 12, 2019

 

Bobby Dan Montgomery Sr., age 76, of Shady, Arkansas died Sunday, May 12, 2019 at his home. He was born on Thursday, October 8, 1942 to John and Winnie Edwards Montgomery in Copeville, Texas.

The youngest of eight children, he is survived by two sisters, Cora Nell Nall of Nevada, Texas, and Barbara Vickers of Garland, Texas. He also leaves behind his loving wife, Sandi Montgomery, and son, Bobby Dan Montgomery Jr. of DeSoto, Texas.

He served his country in Vietnam in the United States Army. He loved his country, Mena, and the Shady community in particular. He was a man with a quick wit, and a lover of a good joke. Bobby had a kind heart with a love of animals and nature. A better friend could not be found.

Known by many ATV riders as Santa, he was always happy to help with his patch kit, air, directions, tours, and anything else people needed. He will be sorely missed.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8517.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.

 

5-13-19 12:40 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Dot Davidson Obituary

Dot Davidson age 79 of Mena, Arkansas passed away Wednesday, May 8, 2019 in Mena, Arkansas.

Dot was born on October 09, 1939 in Fairview, Tennessee to the late Marvin Bradford and the late Gladys Sullivan Bradford. She worked as a caregiver for many years. Dot had a strong faith in God and family. She was a happy person always seeing the good in life. Dot loved and enjoyed cats. Most of all she loved God and being with her family. She was a loving and dedicated mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and friend to all who knew her.

She is survived by sons: David Davidson and Scott Davidson

Daughter: Donna Singleton

Grandchildren: Seth Singleton and Syndy Laughlin

Great-grandchildren: Ryder, Paisley, and Maverick Laughlin, Brentley and Sutton Singleton

Brother: George Bradford

Sisters: Kathy Hickerson and Ruth Morqueda

Son-in-law: Tim Singleton

Daughter-in-law: Eva Davidson.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Marvin and Gladys Bradford, and a brother James Bradford.

Funeral services will be Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Beasley-Wood Chapel with Brother Ron Tilley officiating under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

Interment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery in Waverly, Tennessee at a later date.
 

 

5-9-19 3:41 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Timothy Joseph Berry Obituary

Timothy Joseph Berry age 71 of Mena, Arkansas passed away Wednesday, February 27, 2019 in Mena.

Timothy was born on September 18, 1947 in Mena, Arkansas to the late Henry W. Berry and the late Mary Jane Lyle Berry. He was married to Dianne Smith Berry. Timothy proudly served his country in the United States Navy. He was an avid Trump supporter and supported charities involving the Elks. He was a member of the NRA and was involved in the Veterans activities. Timothy thoroughly enjoyed hunting, fishing and listening to music with family and friends. He was a loving and kind husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and friend to all who knew him.

He is survived by wife: Diane Smith Berry

Children: Mariah Fender, Marie Hartman, and Lia Bell

Grandchildren: Robbi Fender, Ava Fender and Makayla Fender, Jordan Hartman, Andrew Hartman and Daniel Hartman, Corey Bell, Brennen Bell, Parker Bell, Molly Bell, and Jack Bell.

Great Grandson: River Smith

Brothers and sisters: Mary Jane Ferrell of Arkadelphia, Arkansas, Henry W. Berry, Jr. of Mission Viejo, California, Dennis A Berry and wife Becky of Bryant, Arkansas, Martha Starling and husband Jerry of Ozark, Arkansas, Angela Ward and husband Lee of St. Hedwig, Texas, Connie McMillan and husband Darrell of Ozark, Arkansas, Gabrielle Thrailkill and husband Daniel of DeQueen, Arkansas, Gemma Fieser and husband Rick of Moline, Illinois, three aunts, nieces, nephews, and a host of cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Pete Berry.

Mr. Berry was sent for cremation under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

A Memorial service will be Friday, May 24,2019 at 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Agnes Catholic Church.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com
 

 

5-9-19 3:28 p.m. KAWX.ORG

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Brenda Sutton Obituary

Brenda Sutton, 61, of Mt. Ida, Arkansas passed away Friday, May 3, 2019 in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

She was born on July 16,1957 in Linden, Texas to the late Bob Daniel and Jeri Sutton Daniel. Brenda was happily married to William “Bill” Sutton for 36 years. She was a pre-school teacher for several years and also earned a paralegal degree. She loved her Dr. Peppers, playing online games and social media; always being the first one to “like” your picture on Facebook. Above all, she loved her family as a whole and cherished her grandchildren. She was a loving and dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend to all who knew her. She will be dearly missed by all.

Survivors are husband: William “Bill” Sutton of Mt. Ida, Arkansas

Sons: Wayne Arthur Daniel of Arkansas, Robert Eugene Daniel of Arkansas, Harley Jerry Daniel of Arkansas, David Don Daniel and wife Hannah Marie of Arkansas 

Grandchildren: Charlette Mae Hoten, Emily Wynne Gundy and husband Cameron, Aydyn Don Daniel, Knox Lewis Daniel, Josiah Alexander Daniel

Brother: Lane Daniel and wife Alice of Texas

Sister: Debra Gee of Arkansas

Neices: Amanda Darlene Sutton, Sara Nicole Sutton, Charity Dawn Espinoza, Ashley Michelle Daniel and Jerri Staford

Nephew: Shawn Sutton, Jeremy Michael Daniel and Dusty Lane Daniel.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Bob and Jeri Daniel, brother Jimmy Don Daniel, and niece Danielle Lynn Gee.

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

Memorial service will be Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Beasley-Wood Chapel under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com
 

 

5-8-19 2:09 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Billy Loyd Bates Obituary

 
Billy Loyd Bates age 82 of Mena formerly of Hatfield, Arkansas passed away Tuesday, May 7, 2019 in Mena.

Billy was born on March 26, 1937 in Mena, Arkansas to the late Elmer Bates and the late Viola Darr Bates. He was married to the late Delma Bates for 47 years until her passing in 2014 and worked in the Construction business. Billy proudly served his country in the United States Navy earning several medals such as; Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with 3 bronze stars, and public of Vietnam Campaign Medal. He enjoyed doing many things outdoors like horseback riding, working and creating things with wood. One of his favorite hobbies was making wine, even tho he didn’t drink. Most of all he was dedicated in visiting family and friends especially when they were sick. He was a loving and dedicated father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and friend to all who knew him.

He is survived by daughters: Michelle Tilley of Hatfield, Arkansas and Lisa Bain and husband Eddie of Hatfield, Arkansas

Sons: Billy D. Bates and wife Charlie Jo of Hatfield, Arkansas and Michael Little and wife Debbie of Hatton, Arkansas

Sister: Darlene Loyd and husband Dennis of Hooks, Texas

Numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Viola Bates, wife Delma Bates, daughter Carol Dixon, sisters, Betty McClung and Faye Hall.

Funeral will be Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Beasley-Wood Chapel with Brother Donnie Jewell officiating. Interment will follow in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Big Fork under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

Visitation will be Saturday, May 11, 2019 at Beasley Wood from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Pallbearers will be Adam Gates, Sam Clayburn, Kenny Romine, Dale McCoy, Dennis Rowe, and Thomas McCormick.

Honorary pallbearers will be Bob Moreland and Fred Morgan.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com
 

 

5-8-19 2:00 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Vicki Lynn Smith Obituary

VICKI
“Victorious”
They that hope in the Lord
Will renew their strength,
They will soar as with wings of eagles.
Isaiah 49:31

Vicki Lynn Smith died Sunday, May 5, 2019 at Village Springs Nursing & Rehab, Hot Springs, Arkansas at the age of 70. She was born July 23, 1948 in Owley, Norman Rt. 1, Montgomery County, Arkansas.

She was preceded in death by her dad, James Louie Smith, mother Unie Pearl Anthony Smith, sister Ouida Brown, and nephew Michael Brown.

She is survived by two sisters, Norma Jean Tabor (Odell), Nola Faye Hawkins. Nieces: Cheryl McCullough (Paul), Carla Chapman (Derek), Debbie Brown; Nephews: Kerry Tabor (Dorothy), Larry Brown (Vicki), Cody Wilkerson (Cheri), Flint Wilkerson. A number of great nieces and nephews.

Graveside service will be Friday, May 10, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the Owley Cemetery in Norman, Arkansas under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to First Step, Inc., 407 Carson Street, Hot Springs, AR 71901 or Leonard Street Baptist Church, 625 Leonard Street, Hot Springs, Arkansas 71913.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com
 

 

5-7-19 10:07 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Ladurl A. Knight Obituary

Ladurl A. Knight

November 26, 1927 - April 30, 2019

 

Ladurl A. Knight, age 91, passed away on April 30, 2019 at the National Park Hospital in Hot Springs, Arkansas with his daughters, grandchildren and extended family by his side.

He was preceded in death by his wife Kay, son Fred, sister Sue, his brother Ed and his parents Lois and Annie Knight.

He is survived by his sister Robbie Joiner and her husband Colon of Ocala, Florida. He is also survived by his daughter, Wendy Martin and her husband Bob of Mena, daughter Lea Ann Mayer and her husband J.R. of Hot Springs, daughter Tanya Tritt and husband Chris of Cabot, and daughter Kristi Knight of Little Rock. He is survived by his many beloved grandchildren: Nathan Wolfenbarger, Erick Martin, Ashley Vacca, Kyle Martin, Melea Crees, John Hamilton, Rae Ann Hamilton, Johnny Mayer, Kayla Hand, Christopher Lyda and Grace Tull. He also has many great grandchildren, nieces and nephews whose lives were touched and greatly influenced by him.

Ladurl proudly served his country in the Army branch of the military, was a long time employee at U.S. Electrical Motors and was employed by the Mena school district. He served as the Commander of the VFW for many years, was a member of the American Legion, called bingo forever, mowed for the American Legion (forever), raised money for the World War II monument; played taps at so many funerals, presented schools with the American flag, put flags on veterans' graves no matter the weather...the list goes on and on...

Ladurl, dad, papaw, pop was the guy you could depend on---always. He was never late and if he said he'd be there he was there. On April 30 he must have told his beloved wife, Kay, he was coming. He'll surely miss all of his friends at the senior citizens center. He'll miss calling bingo. He'll surely miss his buddy L.J. Dugan and wife Caroline---our chosen family members---he'll miss all of us. But not nearly as much as we'll miss him. We know right now he's patiently waiting for the rest of us---to show us the ropes and take us on new adventures and tell us all his stories...he'll be excited to see us and explain in his own unique and honest way just what heaven's all about, just as long as we don't get too messy or move his things...and most of all we know we can count on him to be there...because you could always count on him...

Funeral services will be Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. at Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena, with Brother Victor Rowell and Father Joseph Shantiraj officiating. Interment will follow in the Pinecrest Memorial Park under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena. Visitation will be Friday, May 3, 2019 from 6-8 P.M. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena, Arkansas with a Chaplet of St. Michael beginning at 7:00 P.M..

Pallbearers will be Erick Martin, Kyle Martin, Christopher Lyda, John Paul Hamilton, Nathan Wolfenbarger, Scott Vacca, Shoin Hand, Les Rosson.

Honorary Pallbearers are L.J. Dugan, VFW members, and the American Legion.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.

 

5-2-19 11:41 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Fairylee Barbara Emery Obituary

Fairylee Barbara Emery

September 27, 1927 - April 30, 2019

 

Barbara Emery, age 91, of Mena, Arkansas, died, Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at the Mena Regional Health System. She was born on Tuesday, September 27, 1927 to Merritt Franklin and Myrtle Gadd Harrison in San Antonio, Texas.

Barbara was a devoted member of the Northside Church of Christ, and was always guided by her faith. She was a Pastor's wife for 66 years, and her relationship with Christ was of utmost importance to her. Barbara was an elementary school teacher and later went on to teach special education. Her greatest joy was teaching children and seeing them learn and grow. In her free time, she enjoyed the tranquility of gardening. Barbara was a loving mother, grandmother, and friend and will be missed by all who knew her.

Barbara is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Austin Emery; and one son, Mark Emery.

Barbara is survived by her son and daughter in law, Timothy and Rita Emery of Fort Worth, Texas; one daughter, Robyn Emery of Iowa; five grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends. 

Graveside services will be Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at 2:00 P.M. at the Pinecrest Memorial Park in Mena with Jeremy Jones officiating. Arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena. 

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.

 

5-2-19 10:07 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

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