Obituaries Archives for 2019-06

Carolyn Sue Osborne Obituary

Carolyn Sue Osborne

October 3, 1957 - June 29, 2019


Carolyn Sue Osborne, age 61, of Texarkana, Texas died Saturday, June 29, 2019 at the Wadley Regional Medical Center surrounded by family. She was born on Thursday, October 3, 1957 and joined Robert and Hazel Osborne's family in Kankakee, Illinois.

Carolyn was a hard working and caring woman. Her love for her children was insurmountable. When raising her children, she had a way of making even the most mundane events an exciting adventure. Even during the toughest of times she provided an endless supply of love and care. She was always on your side and believed in all your dreams. If you did not know how to laugh, she would teach you how. No one could ask for a better friend. Carolyn's family meant everything to her. She loved working on her yard, and the satisfaction of a job well done. Her love was unconditional, and she will be missed by anyone who was lucky enough to know her.

Carolyn is survived by her loving companion, Bob Guyton of Texarkana, Texas; her parents, Robert and Hazel Osborne of Gladewater, Texas; three sons, Joe Strawbridge of Albany, Oregon, John Strawbridge of Dallas, Texas, and Garrett Lundberg of Mena; one daughter and son in law, Jamie and Jeff Wilson of Spencerport, New York; five brothers, Bruce Osborne, Tommy Osborne, Justin Osborne, Jason Osborne, and Philip Moore of Texarkana, Texas; four sisters and son in law, Anne Gonzalez of Hatfield, Cindy Osborne of Oregon, Star and Michael Taylor of Arlington, Texas, and Bonnie Allgor of Texarkana, Texas; thirteen grandchildren; two great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; lifelong friend, Debbie of Illinois; special friend, Peggy Guyton of Texarkana, Texas; her beloved dog and cat, Izzy and Rusty, and a host of other relatives and friends.

A funeral service will be held Wednesday, July 3, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena, Arkansas with Brother James Squires officiating. Interment will follow at the Pinecrest Memorial Park in Mena. No visitation is planned. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

Pallbearers will be Joe Strawbridge, John Strawbridge, Garrett Lundberg, Damien Wilson, Chris Gentry, and Jeff Wilson.

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6-30-19 7:40 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

Issac Wayne Godsby Obituary

Issac Wayne Godsby age 54 of Mena, Arkansas passed away Wednesday, June 26, 2019 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Issac was born on December 9, 1964 in Mena, Arkansas to the late Kenneth Godsby and Barbara Sanders. He was a truck driver by profession. He enjoyed fishing and hunting with family and friends. Above all he loved and enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren and his mom. Issac liked to listen to music. He was a loving son, father, grandfather, brother and friend to all who knew him. He will be dearly missed.

He is survived by son: Chanse Godsby of Mena, Arkansas

Daughters: Jessica Henry and husband Jackie of Mena, Arkansas and Ashley Imoe and fiance’ Bryan Woods of Mena, Arkansas

Grandchildren: Bryan Woods, Jr., Adrian Woods, Damian Woods, Dakota Vanfleet, Savanna Vanfleet, Patricia Vanfleet, and MaKayla Henry

Mother: Barbara Sanders

Brother: Kenny Godsby

Sisters: Nita Massingal, Brenda Manning, Mandy Godsby, Kim Godsby, Lisa Burton, Susan Landon, and Corintha.
He was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth Godsby, brother, Glen Godsby.

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

Memorial service will be at Bunch Singleton Funeral Home Saturday, July 6, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Broken Bow, Oklahoma. 


6-28-19 3:48 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

Robert "Bobby" Lee Brooks Sr. Obituary

Robert “Bobby” Lee Brooks Sr. age 67 of Mena, Arkansas passed away Wednesday, June 26, 2019 in Mena, Arkansas.

Bobby was born on December 29, 1951 in Fresno, California to the late Jesse Brooks and the late Otho Lee Eads Brooks. He was married to the love of his life for 48 wonderful years Pam Walston Brooks. They were best friends and co-dependent on each other. Bobby dearly adored his girls they were the highlights of his life. He was a devoted family man that dearly loved and enjoyed his family. Bobby also enjoyed fishing and hunting with family and friends. He was a loving and dedicated husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother-in-law, uncle and friend to all who knew him. Bobby will be dearly missed by all.

He is survived by his wife: Pam Brooks of Mena, Arkansas

Son: Robert “Bobby” Lee Brooks, Jr. and wife Staci of Mena, Arkansas

Daughter: Sherri Hines and husband Robby of Mena, Arkansas

Grandchildren: Jared Brooks and wife Tiffany of Dardanelle, Arkansas, Lexi Brooks of Mena, Arkansas, Brooke Hines and Emmi Hines of Mena, Arkansas

Great-grandchildren: Whitleigh and Avery Brooks of Dardanelle, Arkansas

Sisters: Patty McGee and husband Gerald of Mena, Arkansas, Sharon Smith and husband Pete of Mena, Arkansas, Etta Cottman and husband Doug of Mena, Arkansas, and Tammy Pringle and husband Graham of Mena, Arkansas

Sisters-in-law: Sherry Warren and Paula Ashley

Brothers-in-law: Monty Warren

Nieces and nephews: Cathy Roberts and husband Shannon of Fort Smith, Arkansas, Michael Warren of Mena, Arkansas, Tonya Griffiths and husband Brandon of Van Buren, Arkansas, Brad Ashley and wife Mandy of Houston, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jesse and Otho Lee Brooks, sisters Carol Spears and Jeanie Little, brothers-in-law and dear friends, Bill Walston, Danny Walston, Tommy Ashley, and Charlie Spears.

Funeral service will be Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Beasley-Wood Chapel with Brother Curtis Cox officiating. Interment will follow in the Pinecrest Memorial Park under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

In lieu of visitation, the family will be accepting friends at the home of Pam and Bobby Brooks. 


6-27-19 3:43 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

Bryson Delane Smith Obituary

Bryson Delane Smith age 7 of Watson, Oklahoma passed away Sunday, June 23, 2019 in Oklahoma.
Bryson was born on September 26, 2011 in Mena, Arkansas to Steven Smith and Sara Easley Smith. He loved playing with his sisters and cousins. Bryson liked building with his Legos, fishing and hunting with family, riding 4-wheelers and swimming. He enjoyed tinkering around with his remote-control cars. Bryson always had a beautiful smile on his face and was always eager to do something with friends or family. He was a loving son, brother, grandson, cousins and friend to all who knew him. He will be forever in their hearts.
He is survived by parents: Steven and Sara Smith of Watson, Oklahoma
Sisters: Shantly Smith and Aliyah Smith 
Grandparents: Brad and Andrea Smith of Watson, Oklahoma and Ralph and Gail Easley of Zafra, Oklahoma
Host of relatives and friends.
Funeral service will be Sunday, June 30, 2019, 3:00 p.m. at Octavia Baptist Church in Octavia, Oklahoma with Brother Jeff Maddox officiating.
Interment will follow in the Watson Cemetery in Watson, Oklahoma under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.
Family and friends visitation will be Saturday, June 29, 2019 at Beasley Wood from 5:00-7:00 p.m. 
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6-27-19 11:13 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

Iva Nell ("Nellie") Miller Obituary

Iva Nell (“Nellie”) Miller passed away at home on June 15, 2019. She was born on May 2, 1915 and was blessed with remarkable vitality throughout her 104 years. Even when her physical health declined in recent months, her spiritual faith, mental strength and boundless humor never wavered.


Nellie was the middle child of seven raised on a small ranch in rural West Texas. She recounted stories of a loving, rambunctious, industrious family where money was scarce but wit and wisdom were never in short supply. There was plenty of hard work to do in those years, but Nellie’s cherished role was caring for her Mother during times of illness. She considered her Mother her first and greatest teacher and would often share life lessons she had learned from her. Nellie recalled a fondness for bad weather days when the family would be all together in their small house.


Years later, as a young woman, Nellie moved with her family to Horatio, Arkansas where she met Dillard Miller who had moved there from Texarkana, Texas to work as a bookkeeper for a lumber company. After a courtship of just a few weeks, they embarked upon a marriage that spanned 62 years. Nellie was a loving and caring wife and a doting and fun-loving mother and grandmother. She could somehow manage to teach school and also make dresses for her daughter, build a treehouse for her son, prepare family meals and teach Sunday School.


Shortly after their marriage, Dillard entered the Baptist ministry and served churches in Arkansas for over 60 years. His longest pastorate was at First Baptist Church Mena, Arkansas where he served for 29 years. Nellie often recalled an awareness she had as a child that Jesus had come into her heart, but becoming Baptist was not part of her upbringing. After two years of prayer and consideration, and seeing her husband’s firm commitment to ministry, she joined the Baptist church and grew strong in her Christian faith.


Throughout her adult life Nellie enjoyed teaching Sunday School and she was still doing so on a weekly basis at age 102. In her later years she wanted to assure the ladies in her class that advancing in age did not diminish their importance to God and others. She deeply loved her class and always hoped to return to them.


Also, in those early years of marriage Nellie entered the teaching profession. She taught English, speech and drama at the junior high and high school levels for most of her teaching career. Nellie always had a special connection with students who were having struggles academically or personally. She was never intimidated by their issues or doubtful of their potential. Many of her students would recall that, although small in stature, her trademark high heels and outgoing personality made her a towering presence. At age 104 Nellie would still take the opportunity to instruct on proper grammar when needed.


Nellie’s lifelong hobby of sewing began at age 10 when a relative discarded some torn fabric. She could sketch a design and make it from scratch and continued sewing until well past 100 years of age. She was always interested in clothing style and design and described her hobby as “high fashion.”


Throughout her life Nellie was physically active. She jogged in a 5K run at age 93 and especially enjoyed participating with friends in an aerobics class. She loved the companionship of this wonderful group and also confessed to relishing the “competition” of working out with others. She often referred to her 80’s, 90’s and 100’s as the “best of the rest.”


Nellie never ceased to be joyful, humorous, resourceful and loving. Most who knew her could easily recall an anecdote, a clever comeback and a meaningful encounter. Her ready smile never faded – and the joy she shared will brighten even the difficult days ahead.


Nellie always said that while God was giving her energy she must not to cease to use it. When told that she might not have many more days in this life she said she would “live and love” the ones she had. In so doing, she never stopped teaching, encouraging, uplifting and loving.


Nellie was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Dillard S. Miller; by her parents, Sarah Emmaline and Archibald Quentin Hector, and by all her siblings: Eavvy Sharrock, Exer Masters, Audie Masters, Buddy Hector, Doc Hector and Hubert Hector.


She is survived by her children, Karr La Dickens (and Dean) of Garland, TX and Rod Miller of McKinney, TX; and by her grandchildren Douglas Dickens (and Lauren) of San Jose, CA, Whitney Dickens McMahan (and Joseph) of Chicago, IL, and Courtney Dickens Rogers (and Phil) of London, UK. She was also blessed with three great-grandchildren, Elias Dickens, Sula Dickens and Caitlin McMahan.


I have become absolutely convinced that neither death nor life, neither messenger of Heaven nor monarch of earth, neither what happens today nor what may happen tomorrow, neither a power from on high nor a power from below, nor anything else in God’s whole world has any power to separate us from the love of God in Jesus Christ our Lord! Romans 8:38


6-27-19 9:35 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

Martin Anglin, Jr. Obituary

Martin Anglin, Jr. age 80 of Mena, Arkansas passed away Saturday, June 22, 2019 in Ft. Smith, Arkansas.

Martin was born on April 20, 1939 in Page, Oklahoma to the late Willie Martin Anglin and Bonnie Lennis Little. He proudly served his country in the United States Army; his platoon name was “Buzzard”. Martin was Valedictorian of his high school class and he earned straight As during his college days. Martin was a dearly loved and disciplined teacher of Hatfield Public Schools. Anytime you met Martin he would always ask about former students and families. Martin loved to hear about their lives. He enjoyed country life and going on hikes. Martin was a very talented pianist, playing at school graduations and church. He was a loving, kind and devoted brother, uncle, cousin and friend to all who knew him. He will be dearly missed by all.

He is survived by sisters: Frances Turner of Cove, Arkansas, Samantha Evans of Mena, Arkansas, Barbara and Douglas Powell of Pine Ridge, Arkansas, Deborah and Mike Jackson of Rich Mountain, Arkansas, and Bonnie Barton of Fort Smith, Arkansas

Brothers: Frosty and Beverly Anglin of Mena, Arkansas and Landon Anglin of Rich Mountain, Arkansas

Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and a multitude of friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Willie and Bonnie Anglin, sister, Evelyn Anglin Joplin, brothers Benny Anglin and Marvin Anglin.

Mr. Anglin will be sent for cremation under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

Family service will be planned later.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Polycystic Kidney Disease in Martins honor. 


6-24-19 12:39 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

Florence Ellenor Proft Obituary

Florence Ellenor Proft

March 8, 1926 - June 20, 2019


Florence Ellenor Proft, age 93, of Mena, Arkansas entered peacefully into eternal life on Thursday, June 20, 2019. She was born March 8, 1926 to Floyd Edward Beers and Margaret Meta Sunderman Beers in Carter, South Dakota.

She was an incredible woman, who was both loved and admired. She will be missed by so many and was a blessing to all those she came in contact with.

In 1933, when she was just seven years old, her family moved, by covered wagon, from South Dakota to Mena. She was raised in Mena and married Paul Otto Proft in 1945. At the end of World War II and when Paul completed his military service, the couple moved to Detroit, Michigan. They built a home and raised and educated their four children in northern suburbs of Detroit. 

While raising her family, Florence attended night school at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. She earned both Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Education.

Florence taught fourth grade in the Warren Consolidated School system for over two decades. She was passionate about the importance of education and especially about reading.

Upon her retirement, Florence and Paul moved back to their beloved Mena. For many years they traveled throughout the United States, in their motor home. She was blessed to visit all fifty states. Florence also traveled internationally, touring Europe and South America. On some occasions she traveled with her grandchildren; other times she toured with church groups.

Florence was a lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church and served as president of the Women of Trinity ladies group for many years. She participated actively in other church groups and committees.

She was interested in and well informed about local and national politics. She served as a volunteer reading tutor. And she loved nurturing, cultivating and caring for plants.

Her faith in God, commitment to family, and service to others were guiding principles that served as keystones for her long and successful life. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 53 years, Paul Proft, and Bill Robertson, her husband of 3 years, son, Daniel Proft, five brothers, John Beers, Charlie Beers, Edward Beers, Bill Beers, and Bob Beers, two sisters, Charlotte Beers and Helena Beers and, grandson, Nathan Meier.

Florence is survived by three daughters, Paula Pederson of Memphis, Tennessee, Lenora Sumsky and her husband, Louis Sumsky of Manchester, Connecticut, Loretta Meier and her husband, Bill Meier of Ann Arbor, Michigan, three step daughters, Janis Robertson, Sherry Hopkins, and Cynthia Mayhew, fourteen grandchildren, four great grandchildren, countless nieces and nephews, and a host of relatives and friends who will miss her dearly.

She was greatly loved; she will be deeply missed; and will always be remembered. 

Please join in celebrating the life of Florence Proft at a memorial service on Thursday, June 27, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Mena with Reverend Timothy J. Henning officiating. Honorary Pallbearers will be Steve Gregor, Dottie VanPelt, Nathan LeBow, Emma Oleski, Frank Profrock, Rev. Donley Hesse, and members of the Women of Trinity.

Memorials are suggested for Trinity Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 1305, Mena, AR 71953 or The Lutheran Heritage Foundation, 51474 Romeo Plank Road, Macomb, MI 48042.

Arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

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6-24-19 11:05 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

Emma Faith Cumpton Obituary

Emma Faith Cumpton, infant daughter of David and Regina Cumpton was released from her earthly body to enjoy a perfect body in heaven. Emma was born June 19, 2019 in Mena, Arkansas. 

She is loved and mourned by her parents: David and Regina Cumpton of Vandervoort, Arkansas

Sister: Cara Madilyn Cumpton of Vandervoort, Arkansas

Grandparents: Scotty Cumpton and wife Faye, Betty Cumpton, Janell Watkins, and Betty Watkins

Aunts and Uncles: Karen McKnight and husband Steve, John Watkins and wife Merisa, Gloria Strother and husband Nick, James Watkins and wife Janet 

Numerous cousins, friends, and Vandervoort First Baptist Church family.

Funeral services will be Monday, June 24, 2019, 1:00 PM at Vandervoort First Baptist Church in Vandervoort, Arkansas. Interment will follow at Center Cemetery in Hartley, Arkansas. Brother Roy G. Brooks will be officiating under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home of Mena. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Fresh Start Pregnancy Center in Mena. 


6-21-19 3:03 p.m. KAWX.ORG




Mr. John David Williams Obituary

Mr. John David Williams age 69, of Mena, passed away in Hot Springs on June 19, 2019.

John was born on October 27, 1949 in Dallas, Texas to the late Walter Lee Williams and the late Lula Ellen Smitty Williams. He was a machinist by trade. Mr. Williams served his country in the United States Airforce during the Vietnam war. In his free time he enjoyed watching T.V. and smoking. He will be dearly missed. John was a loving brother, uncle, and friend.

He is survived by brother: Roger Williams and wife Ruth Ann of Mena, Arkansas

Sisters: Clara Phillips and husband Jim of Carrollton, Texas and Deborah Griffin and husband Wesley of Smithville, Oklahoma

Numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother.

Funeral service will be Saturday, June 22, 2019, 10:00 AM at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church at Big Fork. Interment will follow at Pleasant Grove cemetery in Big Fork. Brother Walter Graham will be officiating under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

Visitation will be general.

Pallbearers will be Mitch Milne, Claude Foster, Leo Barge, Frank Foster, Dallas Bobo, and Larry Sanders. 


6-20-19 12:28 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

Joan Smith Gandy Obituary

Joan Smith Gandy

January 9, 1939 - June 18, 2019


Joan Smith Gandy, age 80, of Potter, Arkansas, died, Tuesday, January 18, 2019 at the Mena Regional Health System in Mena. She was born on Monday, January 9, 1939 to Albert Kenneth and Mary Elizabeth Welch Smith in Rocky, Arkansas.

Joan loved her family and spending time with them. She also enjoyed sewing, quilting, working in her flower beds and cooking for her family and especially making her biscuits. Joan was a Christian and attended Covenant of Life Church in Mena. Joan was a loving mother, sister, grandmother, aunt, and friend and will be missed by all who knew her.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Kenneth Smith and grandson, Jacob Gandy. 

Joan is survived by her sons and daughters in law, Joe and Terrie Gandy of Mena and Horace and Michelle Quinn Gandy of Mena; daughters and son in law, Gwendolyn Andrews of Mena and Sherry and Larry Erickson of Mena; sister, Dorothy Putman of Mena; beloved cousin, Ray Smith of Mena; twelve grandchildren, Crystal Thomas of Mena, Larry Erickson of Mena, Holly Hoggard of Houston, Texas, Ryan Erickson of Mena, Melissa Henry of Edmond, Texas, Joe Gandy of Dallas, Texas, Duane Gandy of Dallas, Texas, Peter Gandy of Mena, Maggie Peyton Of Mena, Lucas Gandy of Mena, Grace Gandy of Galveston, Texas, and Tiffany Shores of Cove; nineteen great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

A graveside service will be Friday, June 21, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. at the Gann Cemetery at Potter. No visitation is planned. Arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

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6-19-19 10:18 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

Bobby Marvin Borders Obituary

Bobby Marvin Borders age 82 of Hatfield, Arkansas passed away Sunday, June 09, 2019 in Hatfield.

Bobby was born on December 18, 1936 in Potter, Arkansas to the late Thomas Christopher Borders and the late Rosa Poindexter. He was married to Nelda J. Hodge Borders on June 27, 1989 in Mena. Bobby proudly served his country in the United States Navy. He worked as a self-employed carpenter for 45 years and at Hatfield Lumber as a security guard. He enjoyed doing yard work. He and Nelda were a tag team on fishing, he baited, she caught and cooked, and he ate them! Bobby liked to go to auctions. Most of all he loved his family and spending time with them. He will be dearly missed. Bobby was a loving husband, father brother, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

He is survived by wife: Nelda Borders of Hatfield, Arkansas

Son: Robert L. McGuire, Jr. and wife Tera of Arkadelphia, Arkansas

Daughters: Debbie K. Evans of Killen, Alabama, Misty Borders of Killen, Alabama, Charlotte Nault and husband Kevin of Ink, Arkansas, Tammy Strothers and husband Perry of Hatfield, Arkansas, Debbie Martin of Killen, Alabama, and Tracey Martin of Killen, Alabama 

Numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren

Brothers: Burt Borders and wife Kay of Northern Arkansas and Denver Borders and wife Terri of Arizona

Sisters: Lavora McLellan of Hatfield, Arkansas and Lanor Cowen of Arizona

Numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Rosa Borders, sisters May Betty and Patsy Powell, brothers Guy Borders, Claude Borders and Granvil Borders.

Funeral service will be Thursday, June 13, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Beasley-Wood Chapel. Interment will follow in the Gann Cemetery with Brother Norman Ward officiating under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

Visitation will be Wednesday, June 12, 2019 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Beasley Wood.

Pallbearers will be Kevin Nault, Robert McGuire, Jr., Scotty Cusher, Bobby Evans, Perry Strothers, and Matt Martin. 


6-10-19 12:45 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

Mr. Charles "Chuck" Hugh Cannaday Obituary

Mr. Charles “Chuck” Hugh Cannaday, age 82, of Mena, Arkansas, passed away Friday, May 31, 2019 in Mena.

He was born in El Dorado, Arkansas on June 2, 1936 to the late Baker Jones Cannaday and the late Bertha June Wills Cannaday. He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and the United States Army. Chuck was the former Chief of Police in Sansom Park, Texas and a crew boat captain, ferrying supplies to oil rigs in the gulf. He was the past president of the local Mena Eagles Chapter and a long time member of the Mena Elks BPOE. He was a loving father, grandfather and friend.

He is survived by son: Christopher Netzel of Oregon

Daughters: Patricia Rawdon of Mena, Arkansas and Theresa Niedermeier of Mountain View, Arkansas

Grandchildren: Christian Zamarripa, Yevonne Zamarripa, and Clarissa Zamarripa, and Christopher Netzel, Breann Netzel, Nicholas Netzel, and Andrew Insko

Great Grandchildren: Craig Anthony Torres, Emiliano Olivas, and Esteban Martinez.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Baker and Bertha Cannaday.

Mr. Cannaday was sent for cremation under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 13, 2019 at the Mena Eagles Club. 


6-10-19 10:11 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

Jonathan Toney Ray Ashcraft Obituary

Jonathan Toney Ray Ashcraft age 14, Wickes, Arkansas passed away June 06, 2019 in Louisiana.

He was born on December 19, 2004 in DeQueen, Arkansas to Jonathan Ashcraft and Erica Bell. Jonathan enjoyed many things in his short life, playing video games, and loved drawing on his drawing board. He loved going to church at Zafra Church of Christ and Church of Nazarene in Wickes. One of his favorite things to do was watching fireflies, camping, BBQ’s with family and friends. He thoroughly enjoyed riding the bus and loved the conversations with Mr. Mike. Jonathan adored his dogs and was trying to teach her to draw. He was a loving and kind son, brother, grandson, nephew, and friend to all who knew and loved him. He will be dearly missed.

He is survived by father: Jonathan Ashcraft

Mother: Erica (Momma) Ashcraft

Brothers: Logan Ashcraft, Ethan Ashcraft, and Korbyn Bell-DiBenedetto

Sisters: Chelsea Ashcraft and Carolina March

Step-parent: James DiBenedetto

Grandparents: Donald and Sue (Mom) Ashcraft and Mike and Evelyn McCormick

Grandmother: Lisa DiBenedetto

Aunts: Christina Ashcraft and Jennifer Perez

Uncles: Michael McCormick, Kenneth McCormick, and Chris Ashcraft.

He was preceded in death by grandfather, Clayton Bell, great-grandparents, Jack and Connie Arthur, Paul Jones, Emma and John Bates and William Art Bell, step-grandfathers Raymond Ashcraft and Bill Hackworth, uncle Earl Jones, Aunt Linda Belknap and cousins Dustin Belknap and Austin Ashcraft, great aunts Cynthia Caudill and Loretta Parker, great uncles Eddie Arthur, John Griffin, Leroy Bell, Harvey Bell and Richard Larson.

Johnathan was sent for cremation under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home of Mena. 


6-9-19 7:34 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

Connie Sue White Obituary

Connie Sue White age 64 of Cove, Arkansas passed away Wednesday, June 5, 2019 in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

Connie was born on October 31, 1954 in Mena, Arkansas to the late Clyde Ryan and the late Betty Wilkinson Ryan. She was married to Timothy L. White and was a homemaker. Connie was a very faithful and dedicated member of the Midway Pentecostal Church in Cove. She dearly loved her church family.

She is survived by husband: Timothy White of Cove, Arkansas

Sisters: Shirley Torres of Houston, Texas, Martha Pruitt and husband Jack of Hatfield, Arkansas, and Judy Smith of Greenwood, Arkansas

Several nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Clyde and Betty Wilkinson Ryan, and her first husband Bill Knight.

Funeral service will be Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Beasley-Wood Chapel. Interment will follow in the Six Mile Cemetery with Brother Tim Smedley officiating under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

Pallbearers will be Allen Starr, Paul Hamm, Charles Fairless, Tony Smedley, Steve Oglesby, and Keith Baker.

Visitation will be general.

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6-7-19 11:41 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

Jennifer Hobbs Plumley Obituary

Jennifer Hobbs Plumley age 41 of Waldron Arkansas passed away Wednesday, June 5, 2019 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

She was born on March 23, 1978 in Nashville, Tennessee to Billy Hobbs, Jr. and Cindy Pendergraff Hobbs. Jennifer was married to Stanley Plumley and worked as a Nurses Aide. She was an active and involved wife and mother who enjoyed coloring and reading with her children. Jennifer also like to shop especially at Wal-Mart, loved to dance and enjoyed listening to old country music. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, cousin, niece and friend to all who knew her. She will be dearly missed.

She is survived by husband: Stanley Plumley of Waldron, Arkansas

Sons: John Taff, Gabriel Taff, and Jay Taff

Daughters: Eve Plumley, Billy Taff, Kimberly Taff, Callie Taff, Christian Taff, and Jennifer Plumley

Grandchildren: Colton Taff, Ashlyn Taff, Aubrey Taff, and Lane Plumley

Loving cousins: Rhonda Hobbs, Shanda Hobbs, TJ Works, Shiela Orr, and Sam Orr

Aunts: Jane Orr and Margaret Hobbs

Uncle: Boney.

She was preceded in death by mother, Cindy Pendergraff Hobbs, father Billy Hobbs, Jr., and a brother Trey Hobbs.

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

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6-6-19 12:01 p.m. KAWX.ORG


Mrs. Mary Joyce Willhite Belcher Laster Obituary

Mrs. Mary Joyce Willhite Belcher Laster, age 83, of Mena, Arkansas, passed away Tuesday, June 4, 2019, at her home.

She was born on September 6, 1935 to the late Curt Willhite and the late Mary Hill Willhite in Oden, Arkansas. She was married to Harry Belcher, the father of her children. Mary was a nurse by profession and had a giving heart by nature, lavishing her grandchildren with gifts. She loved hunting, fishing, crocheting and watching her TV, but her greatest love was her family, particularly her grandchildren. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and a friend to all who knew her.

She is survived by son: Gary Steve Belcher and wife Ellen of Oden, Arkansas

Daughter: Patricia Goodner-Flanigan and husband Jeff of Mena, Arkansas

Grandchildren: Chris Jordan and wife Theresa; Amy Marlar and husband Chris; Josh Belcher and wife Monica; Amanda Bohlman and husband Scott; KyLynn Ledbetter and husband Chris (Bill); and Jacob Goodner and wife Amber

Great-Grandchildren: Mikalyn, Kristen, Bethany, Bryar, Issac, Ethan, Riley, Kirsten, Payson, Jace, Aaron, KaitLynn, Addi Jo, Ema, Brynlee, Damian, Braylan, Adalyn and Grady

Brother: Bob Willhite of Mena, Arkansas

Her special cat, Baby and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Curt and Mary Willhite, her husband, Harry Belcher, a son, Harry Gene Belcher, a son-in-law, Dennis Goodner, 3 brothers, 2 sisters and a special friend, Raymond Lenard.

Funeral services will be held Friday, June 7, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at the Beasley Wood Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Larry Willhite officiating.
Interment will follow in Oden Cemetery under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home. Visitation will be Thursday evening, June 6th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Jacob Goodner, Chris Jordan, Chris Marlar, Chris Ledbetter, Scott Bohlman and Braylan Bohlman. Honorary pallbearer is Josh Belcher. 


6-4-19 4:02 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

Nora Lou Bismark Obituary

Nora Lou Bismark

November 27, 1943 - June 3, 2019


Nora Lou Bismark, age 75, of Mena, Arkansas died Monday, June 3, 2019 at her home surrounded by family. She was born on Saturday, November 27, 1943 to Harvey Tillman and Flora Emaline Cogburn in Mena, Arkansas.

Nora was a member at the Wickes Nazarene Church since 1977 where she worked with the children's ministry and women's bible study groups throughout that time. She had a servant's heart and was one of the friendliest people you could ever meet. Nora and her husband, Bill farmed for many years in Cove and Hatton. She belonged to the Cove Lioness Club and the Witherspoon Cemetery Board. She loved Gospel music, gardening in her flower beds, traveling, and most of all, her family. Nothing gave her more joy than helping her family. Nora was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and a great friend and will be missed by all who knew her.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, William Bismark; one brother, Billy Ray Cogburn; and one sister, Betty Ansley.

Nora is survived by her four daughters and sons in law; Beth Bismark of McKinney, Texas, Kimberly and Mike Sykora of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, Deanna and Daniel Kimball of Louisville, Kentucky, and Melinda and Tony Deramus of Mena; one sister, Dessie Mae Evans of Piqua, Ohio; seven grandchildren, Zachary Sykora and wife, Meredith of Hot Springs Village, Tyler Sykora and wife, Samantha of Kansas City, Missouri, Bismark Kimball of Louisville, Kentucky, Bradley Deramus, Brandon Deramus, Jacob Deramus, and Gracie Deramus all of Mena; four great grandchildren; sister in law, Elizabeth Bismark Frachiseur of Grannis; brother in law, Paul Bismark and wife, Jeanie of Magnolia, Arkansas; special nieces and nephew, Darla Brooks of Benton, Arkansas, Donald Ansley of Hot Springs, Arkansas, Bonita Kent of Mena, and Jennifer Simmons of Mena; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

A funeral service will be held Friday, June 7, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene in Wickes, Arkansas with Reverend David Baker officiating. Interment will follow at the Witherspoon Cemetery. No visitation is planned. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

Pallbearers will be Zackary Sykora, Tyler Sykora, Bradley Deramus, Brandon Deramus, Jacob Deramus, Cory Lewellen, Nicolas Kent, and Bismark Kimball.

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6-4-19 3:48 p.m. KAWX.ORG