Obituaries Archives for 2020-09

Edna Earl Schumacher Obituary

Edna Earl Schumacher, 92, of Wickes, Arkansas, went to be with the Lord the afternoon of September 29, 2020, at her home in Wickes.

Edna was born June 29, 1928, in Turkey, Texas, the daughter of Lee and Tennie Musgrave. She married Edwin Schumacher in 1950 in Newton, Kansas.

Edna was a beautiful, loving, devoted wife and mother. She was of the Lutheran faith and raised her children to know and love the Lord.

Surviving are daughters Betty Hunt and husband Don of Hot Springs, AR, Kathy Martin of Cumby, TX, Mary Schumacher of Wickes, Jana Jones and husband Gary of Greenville, TX, Robin Mountain and husband Chris of Greenville, TX, Sherri Dawson and husband David of Greenville, TX, Joy Perkins of Campbell, TX; two sons David Schumacher of Sulphur Springs, TX and Bill Schumacher of Wickes. Edna has 20 grandchildren and also great-grandchildren.

A private family graveside service will be held at Duckett Cemetery.


9-30-20 11:09 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

Mr. Donald Joe Owens Obituary

Mr. Donald Joe Owens, age 74, of Nunley, Arkansas passed away Monday, September 28, 2020 at his home. He was born August 28, 1946 to Robert and Jerry Owens in McGhee, Arkansas.

Donny served his country in the Unites States Air Force and went to Vietnam. He also served as a private contractor in Iraq. Donny loved nothing more in life than hunting and fishing, his wife, and sports of all kinds. His wife often said, “If it’s got a wheel or ball, Donny’s all for it”.

He is survived by his son, Robert Isac Owens of Nunley; grandchildren, Justice Owens and Isac Owens; fur child Lucy; brother, Frankie Owens and wife Jane of Mena; sisters, Julie Hammond and husband Jack of Boulder City, Nevada, and Melissa Redding of Mena; nephew, Taylor Redding of Mena; and numerous other nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Donny is preceded in death by his wife, Sandra Owens; his parents, Robert and Jerry Owens; and brothers, Bobby, Wayne, and Dennis Owens.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Elite Hospice of Mena for their amazing care.

A memorial service is pending at this time. Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena. A register book for family and friends is available to sign at the funeral home.


9-29-20 9:50 p.m. KAWX.ORG

Ms. Gwendolyn A. Dilbeck Obituary

Ms. Gwendolyn A. Dilbeck, age 71, of Mena passed away Monday, September 28, 2020 in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Gwen was born on June 15, 1949 to the late Woodrow Dilbeck and the late Ruth Steed Dilbeck in Mena, Arkansas.

Ms. Dilbeck worked and retired from years of service working for the City of Mena. Gwen enjoyed thrift shopping and collecting any kind of strawberry décor. She loved growing hydrangeas and seeing their beautiful colors when in bloom. Gwen was a loving mother, sister, and friend and will be dearly missed by all that knew her. She is survived by her son, Jeremy Lance; daughter, Jessica Lance Iglehart; brother, Larry Dilbeck and wife Debbie; her best friend, Danny Chism; her beloved grand-dog, Scooter; and a host of relatives and friends. Gwen was preceded in death by her parents; and sister, Becky Young. A graveside service for Ms. Dilbeck will be held at 11:00 am Thursday, October 1, 2020 at Pinecrest Memorial Park in Mena. Brother Lucas Alston will be officiating. Services have been entrusted to Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.



9-29-20 9:44 p.m. KAWX.ORG

Timothy Scott Barfield Obituary

Timothy Scott Barfield

September 2, 1970 - September 23, 2020


Timothy Scott Barfield, born September 2, 1970 in Orlando, FL, went home to his Heavenly Father on September 23, 2020 in Mena, AR. The adored and beloved husband of Sheryl (Dickerson) and father of Wyatt and Katherine, he fought a long, courageous battle against brain cancer. He was a highly skilled commercial flooring installer until an injury disabled him. In 2010, he became an expert stay at home dad to his precious twins. He was the proudest father, fully engaged and passionate about raising Godly children.

A Florida boy, his youth was spent fishing in the Florida waterways with a pole in his hand. In 2011 he moved his young family to Mena, AR. In this uniquely loving and beautiful town, he planted Florida roots to flourish in the Arkansas soil. Diagnosed with brain cancer in early 2019, his family temporarily relocated to Orlando for treatment at UF Cancer Treatment Center. The Lord then opened doors to bring him back to his home in Mena that he loved so much. He spent 3 joyous months back in Mena before spending 6 weeks in hospital. The Lord blessed his family with Hospice angels long enough to bring him back to his family to laugh, love and pray together. With his adoring wife by his side, he peacefully journeyed home to heaven.

He is celebrating a beautiful reunion in Heaven with his parents, Corbit and Lucille.

Tim is survived by his wife Sheryl and twins Wyatt and Katherine. He is also survived by his loving siblings, Michael (Angela), Cindy Pettis, Kenneth (Carol), sisters in law Candy (Dickerson) Cannon (Tom), Ali McDonald, and Traci (Dickerson) Mayer. He is also survived by a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and loyal friends. He is also survived by Gordy and Cindy Brevik, family members who were very special to him.

A celebration of life is being planned; information will be available soon. Arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena.

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9-29-20 8:47 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

Milton Earl Finley Obituary

Milton Earl Finley

March 29, 1939 - September 25, 2020


On September 25, 2020, Milton Finley, beloved husband, brother, and father, passed away at the age of 81. Milton was born on March 29, 1939 to Onie and Maudie Finley in Paradise, Texas. He leaves behind his loving wife, Amy, his Little Princess, Emily and a brother, Ben (Ethel). He was preceded in death by brothers, John, Onie Junior, and Thurman, sister, Ethel, wife Barb, and his parents.

He grew up working on the farm with his family, and was well known for his close-mouthed silence and his keen mind. From a young age, everyone who met Milton said that he would go far with his intelligence and perseverance. He had no problem with hard work, and easily accomplished his farm chores and school work while simultaneously earning a spot on every sports team the school had to offer. After losing his father at an early age, and with the Draft Board rolling into town, Milt made the decision to join the army, taking advantage of 3 squares a day plus the opportunity to better himself through military training. He frequently made reference to how easy basic training was, as they were allowed to sleep in until 4 am and then given "breakfast with meat in it!!" every single day. Nobody was surprised when he excelled in his military career, eventually attaining the rank of Sergeant Major before his retirement in 1978. Along the way, he traveled throughout Europe, became a superior mainframe programmer, worked in intelligence, served twice in Vietnam, and raised a family. He even met JFK while surveying the White House grounds, and often reminisced about the Monte Cristo sandwiches he shared with the survey crew on their lunch break.

After leaving the military, Milt settled down in Florida, where he entered the private sector as a computer programmer / data analyst. He eventually found true love in the form of Barbara Behny, and they wed in 1986. They enjoyed watching their granddaughter, Eliza, grow into a happy child, but eventually the call of the country was too much. They left Florida and bought a small farm in South Carolina, where they raised miniature horses and made lasting friendships. They enjoyed 28 wonderful years together, and anyone who spent time in their home could see the abiding love and affection between them.

After losing Barb in 2014, Milton eventually remarried Amy Davis in 2016. He also adopted his Little Princess, Emily Nicole. The couple enjoyed many adventures together and loved each other deeply. Before his health declined, Daddy and daughter could frequently be found sneaking up past bedtime to watch Walker, Texas Ranger, while gobbling ice cream and other prized treats. Milt, aka Cowboy, lived life to the fullest for as long as he possibly could - he ziplined in his late 70's on his honeymoon, rode horses till he could no longer get in the saddle, and kept his red boots shined at all times just in case the opportunity arose for a "scrumptious meal" at Longhorn. Milt loved his ponies, his farm, riding a tractor, dogs, cowboy boots, miniature Hereford cattle, and most of all, his little family. He will be grievously missed by all who were fortunate enough to have met him.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 2:00 P.M. at the Calvary Baptist Church in Mena with Brother Ben Finley and Brother Andy Arnold officiating. Interment will follow in the Pinecrest Memorial Park in Mena. Visitation will be 2 hours before the service at the Calvary Baptist Church. Arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

Pallbearers will be Gerald Finley, Randy Cook, David Martin III and Michael Aleshire.

In lieu of flowers, please consider helping a veteran in your community.

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9-26-20 12:54 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

Mrs. Mattie Vineyard Ridgeway Obituary

Mattie Vineyard Ridgeway, age 93 of Board Camp, AR went to her heavenly home on Thursday, September 24, 2020.

She was born October 30,1926 in Palestine, near Witcherville, Arkansas to the late Dewey and Viola Cross Vineyard. She was united in marriage to Brother Vernual Ridgeway for 75 years and 4 months.

Mattie was a true servant of the Lord and of people. She was a devoted Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, Great Great Grandmother, neighbor, and friend. She faithfully carried out the duties of a Pastor's wife in the churches her husband Vernual pastored in Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. She was a member of the Board Camp Baptist Church.

She was a published author of multiple poems and two books. She loved being outdoors and always tended to her gardens and flowers. She loved to take her family to the outdoors for picnics, fishing, or even picking huckleberries. Her hobbies included sewing, quilting, painting, and working on any craft project.

She was preceded in death by her parents Dewey and Viola Vineyard, two sisters and husbands, Ruth and James Watson, June and Ken Brooks, two brothers in law, Carl Finney and Mac Morgan.

She is survived by her Daughter, Carolyn McIntosh of Board Camp, Grandchildren Troy McIntosh of Board Camp, Kristy Frazier and husband Roger of Sulphur Springs, AR, Great Grandchildren, Melissa McIntosh of Sulphur Springs, AR, and Tara Harder and husband Shane of Mena, AR, Great Great Grandchildren Summer Martin, Nathan Harder and Jacob Harder. Sisters Doris Morgan, Helen Finney, Zella Harrison and husband J.D. and Joy Boren and husband Frank. A host of nieces, nephews, and friends.

Pallbearers will be nephews Jackie Morgan, Ronnie Morgan, Larry Morgan, John Henry Boren, Randy Harrison, and Jacky Lynch.

Honorary pallbearers are nephews Reece Watson, Danny Hicks, David Harrison, George Boren, Andrew Boren, Michael Boren, and Napoleon Boren.


9-25-20 9:44 a.m. KAWX.ORG

Mrs. Barbara Sue Clough Belknap Obituary

Mrs. Barbara Sue (Clough) Belknap, age 79, of Cove, Arkansas passed from this life on Sunday, September 20, 2020 in Waldron, Arkansas. She was born October 20, 1940 in Prairie View, Arkansas to the late Emmett Clough and Bessie Mae (Caldwell) Clough.

Barbara was a homemaker. She was united in marriage to Burtis Belknap for 53 years. She liked to cook and was a caring mother and doting grandmother. She loved her family more than anything. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

She is survived by her sons, Terry Belknap and wife Jan of Smithville, OK, David Belknap and wife Regina of Smithville, Mark Belknap and wife Charlotte of Waldron, AR, and Stephen Belknap and wife Jennifer of Cove, AR; daughters, Lavonna Davis and husband Jim of Victoria, TX, Lou Belknap Hughes of Norman, AR, Deanna Miller and husband Lonnie of Cove, AR, and Robyn Conatser and husband Robert of Cove, AR; grandchildren, Michelle Lorenzo, Brooke Sanchez, Joseph Miller, Chad Belknap, Nathan Hughes, Mathew Hughes, Chris Hughes, Haley Guinn, Devin Belknap, Marshal Hunt, Chance Hunt, Anthony Hutson, BreAnna Hutson, Savanna Hutson, Corbin Conatser, Tyler Hoffman, and Austin Routh; great-grandchildren, Evan Lorenzo, Brook Belknap, Hayley Myers, Jaxson Hughes, Jaden Hughes, Dixie Hughes, Peyton Sanchez, Malakai Sanchez, Tristan Sanchez, Jace Cooke, Violet Hoffman, and A.J. Hutson; great-great-grandchildren, Quinten Belknap, Reagan Lee, and Chloe Belknap; brother, E.C. Ford of Jonesboro, AR; and sister Mary James and husband Charlie of Poteau, OK.

Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, Emmet and Bessie Clough; husband, Burtis Belknap; brother, J.B. Clough; sisters, Pearl Bartlet, and Lorene Walker; and grandchild, Dustin Belknap.

A funeral service for Barbara will be held 2 pm Friday, September 25, 2020 at the Beasley Wood Funeral Home Chapel with Lou Hughes officiating. Interment will follow at Six Mile Cemetery in Hatfield, Arkansas. Pallbearers are Joseph Miller, Devin Belknap, Anthony Hutson, Terry Belknap, Jason Youngblood, and Bo Hayes. Honorary pallbearers are Matthew Hughes, Chad Belknap, and Austin Routh.

Family and friend’s visitation will be held at the funeral home from 6 pm to 8 pm on Thursday, September 24.

Services are under the direction of Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena, Arkansas.


9-21-20 12:13 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

Freddy Leon Curry Obituary

Freddy Leon Curry, age 71, of Smithville, Oklahoma passed away September 18th, 2020 in Texarkana, Texas.

He was born August 13th, 1949 in Mena, Arkansas to Carl and Pauline Curry. Freddy enjoyed hot rods, four wheeling, motorcycles, and hiking mountains. He loved being outdoors. Mr. Curry also enjoyed watching western movies and spending time with his family. He loved his wife, kids, and grandkids more than anything. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

Survivors are his wife of 50 years: Normie Curry of Smithville, OK

Daughter: Miranda Caldwell and husband Levi of Smithville, OK

Grandchildren: Amber Davis and husband Cody of Mena, AR, Sarah Wells and husband Hunter of Miller, MO, Hannah Caldwell of Smithville, OK, Jacob Caldwell of Smithville, OK, Isaac Caldwell of Smithville, OK, and Bethany Caldwell of Smithville, OK

Great Grandchildren: Colter McReynolds, Hunter Davis, and Kyndal Davis

Mother: Pauline Curry of Mena, AR

Brother: DeWayne Curry and wife Perri of Mena, AR

Numerous nieces, nephews and other family.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Sonya Myers; father, Carl Curry; sister, Linda Tarkinton; brother, Jimmy Curry; and brother and sister in law, Eugene and Marie Bruce.

Graveside service will be 3:00 p.m. Sunday, September 20th 2020, at Oak Grove Cemetery in Wickes, AR with Brother Marvin Skipper officiating under the direction of Beasley Wood Funeral Home. General visitation will be at the Beasley Wood Funeral Home on Saturday.

Pallbearers will be Randy Lancaster, Paul Anderson, Darrian Cline, Cody Davis, Greg Tarkinton, and Mike Tarkinton.


9-18-20 6:21 p.m. KAWX.ORG

Mildred May Schwolow Obituary

Mildred May Schwolow

May 29, 1935 - September 13, 2020


Mildred May Schwolow, age 85, of Mena, Arkansas, died Sunday, September 13, 2020, at her home surrounded by family. She was born on Wednesday, May 29, 1935 to Clyde Edward and Rhoda Retha Pearson Smith in Joplin, Missouri.

Mildred was a Christian woman who spent her life caring for her family. The love for the Lord, her children and grandchildren was gave her the greatest joy of her life. Mildred was very proud of all her family and cherished every moment she had with them. In her free time, she enjoyed going fishing and singing. Mildred was a loving mother, sister, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt and friend and will be missed by all who knew her.

She is preceded in death by her parents; four brothers and four sisters.

Mildred is survived by her son and daughter in law, James and Michelle Kelsey of Elkins, Arkansas; six daughters and sons in law, Mary and Doug James of Mena, Melody and Ralph Hobbs of Mena, Joanna and Chemencio Paniagua of Mena, Dianna Cordeiro of Tulare, California, Loretta and Shane Henry of Mena, and Crystal Schwolow of Greenwood, Arkansas; two brothers, David Smith of Rochester, Washington and Freddie Smith of Sana Rosa, California; two sisters, Frances De La Torre of Sana Ross and Retha Cowdrey of Tulare, California; thirty six grandchildren; one hundred twenty eight great and great - great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

A graveside service will be held on Monday, September 14 , 2020 at 3:00 P.M. at the Gann Cemetery Potter, Arkansas with Brother Dana Kinsey officiating. No visitation is planned. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

Pallbearers will be Jetzai Hernandez, L.D. Valdovines, David Cordeiro, Robert Doty II, Robert Doty III and Clemencio Paniagua.

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9-13-20 3:41 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

Gerald Lloyd Sickler Obituary

Gerald Lloyd Sickler was born on August 27, 1936, in Los Angeles, California, his father, Gerald, was 32 and his mother, Ruth, was 26. Gerry married Laura Lynne Sickler in 1959, and he has two sons from the marriage, Gerald Sickler, Jr. of Acton, CA and Brien Sickler, married to Judy of Mena AR. He married Cynthia (Cindy) in October 1987. He had two bonus children, Wendy Scott, married to William Scott of Mena and Jason Holiday, married to Jessica of Salina, KS. He has 12 Grandchildren, 21 Great Grandchildren, whom he loves greatly. He died on August 26, 2020, in Mena, Arkansas, at the age of 83 and 364 days.

This is a man that left the Army as a SP3, had a 21 year career in the LA Sheriffs dept, and while doing that worked as a cement truck driver (even delivered cement to the Thatcher Glass site when they were building it) and stock clerk at Thrifty Mart all at the same time to provide for his family. He became a real estate agent, then a broker (still while working for the Sheriff's dept). He worked very hard, and was very successful. In 1974, Gerry and Lynne bought 30 acres in Acton, Ca, put a single wide mobile home on it, and lived in that while they built the house. The family worked hard building that property up, planting a garden, numerous fruit trees, irrigation systems, and he even researched and designed the water system to achieve 40 psi at the house. Brien and Gary have lots of memories working by their Dads side while he taught them things like plating trees, gluing and installing pvc, assembling cast iron piping, planting the garden, building sheds, and stuff. He was almost always doing something. Gerry loved being productive.

He medically retired from the Los Angeles Sheriff Department in 1982. He then pursued owning a Real Estate Brokerage firm full time. After Gerry and Cindy married in 1987 they found a home in Big Bear Ca, and bought it. Moved Gerry's Mom, Ruth, in with them until she had a debilitating stroke and was placed in a nursing home. Wherever Gerry moved he moved his mother close by. He was very devoted to his Mother. For a while he worked at a ski resort, first parking cars (wasn't real keen on that at first, but he did it to provide), then driving the shuttle (even got to drive the loader clearing the parking lots once in a while (was like a kid with a big tonka toy), then was given the opportunity to be on the Ski Patrol. Oh he loved that. Got to ski while helping people.

In due course Gerry embarked on a quest for living a Spiritual unfolding life which guided him to become a minister for Unity. It took a couple of tries, but he got accepted, and became a very successful and loved Pulpit and Transitional Minister. He and Cindy traveled all over the world helping, and spreading the word of God. He cherished helping others. It was his passion, and it showed. After Brien and his wife, Judy had moved to Mena, he and Cindy decided they really liked this little town and decided to look at property. They came across 30 acres and fell in love with it. They picked a sight for the home over looking the pond. He loved it. He would go down and feed the ducks, geese, and fish. He was in heaven. Upon retiring from ministry, they opened up Ouachita Mountain Recovery, a non profit organization for men and women who needed a place to start a new life. Gerry also opened, Hand to Hand Foundation and Mena Freight a store to provide commodities to low income people and families in the community. He was at his best on the days when he could give away food and other things to the community. He helped so many people and families by providing food and other necessary essentials. Even today people still ask Brien if he still has that shop.

Gerry was an active volunteer in churches and civic organizations in the local community where ever he lived. He was an active volunteer at Jim E. Hamilton Correctional Center in Oklahoma. He served as Volunteer Chaplain for the last 5 years and had received various Certificates of Accomplishments from the Department of Corrections of the State of Oklahoma. He was always about being of service to Gods kids in what ever capacity he could be.

In the last years Gerry and Cindy were able to acquire the remaining 10 acres of the original 40 acres. In downsizing they sold the big house and moved into a little house. He liked it better. It is smaller and homey. He loved working on the tractors cutting the fields, and grading the driveways, and whatever else needed to be done. He just like working outside.

He never met a stranger. Brien stated that, I can't say he liked everyone, or that everyone liked him, but for the most part, he was loved by all that did like him. He would give you the shirt off his back. I don't think I have ever known, or will know a more selfless man. If he had something you needed, and could afford to give it to you, it was yours, no questions asked, but he always said don't give something you can't afford to, and give without expectations. Give free and clear.

He will be missed by those who knew him and most especially by his family, who loved him deeply and greatly.


9-9-20 10:02 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

Troy Junior Denton Obituary

Troy Junior Denton, age 81 of Mena, Arkansas passed away Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at his home.

He was born May 24, 1939 in Ludlow, Oklahoma to the late Zack Aud Denton and the late Emma Leona Williams Denton. Troy was a retired logger. He worked with his son Troy E. for 20 years as a cutting machine operator. He was united in marriage to Jan White Denton for 57 years. They raised three children, Henry Denton, Nora Newsom and Troy E. Denton.

Troy was a magnet for little children and animals. Little Mavis was the light of his life. He was a Christian man, who loved the Lord and always shared the gospel with all he met. He enjoyed his adventures with special friend Clyde. We will all miss their escapades as they kept us amused. He proudly served his country in the United States marines during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He loved hunting, fishing, gardening and working on cars.

Troy is survived by his children; Henry Denton and wife Kathy, Nora Newsom and husband Neyland, Troy E. (Jug) Denton and wife Anna, and Will Rios and wife Tammie, brothers; Gary Denton, Kenneth Denton and wife Yvonne, sisters; Wanda Holt and husband Wayne, Virginia Rose, Kathie Branson and husband Floyd and Sherri Pollard and husband Larry. Also surviving him is a host of grandchildren and great grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents, infant sisters Fern, Lavern and Shirley, brothers Alvin, Alfred “Doodle”, Dillard and Zack, Jr. and his great-grandson Troy Leon Denton.

Funeral service will be Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at the Beasley-Wood Chapel with Brother Homer Frachiseur officiating. Interment will follow in the Gann Cemetery under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Visitation is general.

Pallbearers will be Will Rios, Jerry Denton, Paul Maechler, Horace Gandy, Caleb Denton and Zac Denton. Honorary pallbearers will be Glen McLellan, Jason England and Malachi Ludlow.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bridges For Peace (Aid to Isreal), P.O. Box 410037, Melbourne, FL 32041-0037.


9-8-20 4:18 p.m. KAWX.ORG

Shirley Christell Milam Scott Obituary

Shirley Christell Milam Scott, age 84, of Vandervoort, Arkansas passed away Sunday, September 6, 2020 at her home surrounded by loved ones.

She was born February 17, 1936 in Vandervoort, Arkansas to the late Clarence Marvin Milam and the late Bertha Melvina McMilleon Milam. She married the late Jerry Scott on August 7, 1986, in Cove, Arkansas. Shirley loved gardening her flowers, she loved to crochet and cook, and liked to tell everyone “Gale don’t know how to make oatmeal”. Shirley was a loving homemaker, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend and will be missed.

Survivors are sons: Bill Barrett and wife Sandy and Dwight Barrett and wife Darla

Daughters: Peggy Sherrouse and husband Jim and Gale Kuykendall

Sister: Glenda Wilson and husband Roger

Special friends: Frances Jewell and Alice Catherwood

15 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Bertha Milam, her husband, Jerry Scott, her daughter Eileen Barrett Tuttle brothers, Lowell Milam, and Gerald “Tunny” Milam, a sister, Wilma Lee Milam and a grandson, Billy Barrett.

Graveside service will be Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Cove with Don Youngblood officiating. Visitation will be general.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Cody Barrett, Justin Barrett, Derek Barrett, Dylan Barrett, Jamie Ralls and Victor Kuykendall.

Honorary pallbearers are Randy Milam, Hank Sandefur, Kendall Wilson, and David Ward.


9-8-20 12:13 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

Geral Dean Jeri Funderburk Obituary

Geral Dean "Jeri" Funderburk, age 84, of Mena, Arkansas, died Saturday, September 5, 2020, surrounded by family. She was born, February 3, 1936 to Philip Anderson and Elsie Lannie Ross Piearcy in Hugo, Oklahoma.

Jeri was a committed Christian who modeled a love for the Word of God, a life of prayer, an ease of laughter and a great sense of humor to her offspring. Throughout her years of declining health, she continued to model prayer as her default. Even as her words became twisted and incoherent this past year due to Alzheimer's, she continued to call out to God in prayer. Her family takes comfort knowing that the words that reached her Father in Heaven, were not twisted to His ears, rather perfectly sound.

The love for her family guided her life and filled it with happiness. In her younger days she enjoyed gardening, long walks, sewing, crocheting, motorcycling, prison ministry, traveling, and volunteering in Awana's, a ministry to disciple children and young people. Jeri was very proud of her family and cherished every moment she had with them. She will be dearly missed, especially by Bob - her husband whom she loved so dearly - and her children who were her pride and joy.

She is preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Debbie Callahan; three brothers, Philip Piearcy, Bob Piearcy and David Piearcy, and one sister, Cleta Rose.

Jeri is survived by her loving husband, Bob Funderburk of Mena; four children and their spouses: Diane and Steve Schultz of West Fork, Arkansas, Michael and Lawana Callahan of Hatfield, Arkansas, Stacie and Jimmy Pineda of Boone, North Carolina and Valerie and Gordon Dykstra of Alberta, Canada; one brother, Jackie Piearcy of Ola, Arkansas, her identical twin and life-long best friend, Vernie "Jill" Smith of Mena; sixteen grandchildren; thirty three great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Due to vulnerable family members and a large family, the family regrets that Covid 19 restricts the service to family only. A graveside funeral service will be held on Tuesday, September 8, 2020, at 10:00 A.M. at Gann Cemetery in Potter, where she will lay beside her Darling Deborah Jean. Arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home In Mena.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Grace Bible Church Awana Club, 1911 Highway 71 North, Mena, Arkansas 71953.

Pallbearers will be Jeff Shreve, Christopher Rose, Melody Pineda, Amy Hernandez, Hudson Shreve and Christian Shreve.

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9-7-20 11:36 AM KAWX.ORG 

Mr. Jerry Charles Walters Obituary

Mr. Jerry Charles Walters, age 80, of Mena, Arkansas passed away Wednesday, September 2, 2020 in Mena. He was born on February 27, 1940 in Clebit, Oklahoma to the late Charley Walters and Jewel (Carter) Walters. Jerry was an avid hunter and loved to be in the woods in his free time. He was a carpenter by trade and did excellent woodwork. Above all, he served his lord faithfully. Jerry will be missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by hios wife of 38 years: Karen (Egger) Walters of Mena, AR

Son: Richard Walters and wife Janet of Mena, AR

Stepson: Kurtis Wilcox and wife Shelley of New Braunfels, TX

Stepdaughter: Kim Bejarano and husband Freddy of Alvin, TX

Grandchildren: Alyssa Walters of Eugene, OR, Jessica Jordans of Coos Bay, OR, and Alan Walters of Mena, AR

Step-grandchildren: Belinda Dauwalter, Freddy Bejarano, Charles Bejarano, Victoria Wilcox, Autumn Wilcox, and Veronica Wilcox, all of Texas.

Four great-randchildren.

Jerry is preceded in death by his parents, Charlie Walters and Jewell (Carter) Walters; Son, Gordon Walters; and Sister, Glenda Faye Ray.

A memorial service for Mr. Walters will be held 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 5th, 2020 at Southside Church of God with Bro. Kenneth Posey and Bro. Mark Lyle officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations to be made to the Southside Church of God Youth Program at P.O. Box 131 Mena, AR 71953. Services under the direction of Beasley Wood Funeral Home.


9-3-20 5:53 PM KAWX.ORG 

Vivian Frances Burns Ruther Obituary

Vivian Frances Burns Ruther passed away Monday, August 31, 2020 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She was born on August 16, 1932, at the family home, to Ima Grimm and Rex Burns, Sr. in Rock County, Nebraska. As a teenager, she met a young man at a dance in Bassett, Nebraska and on January 22, 1949, she married F. Keith Ruther. They were married almost 70 years until Keith’s death in 2018.

After their marriage, Keith worked at farming and ranching in Rock County, but it was a hard life with disappointing prospects. So in 1956, Keith and Vivian moved their young family, which now included sons Chuck and Greg, to Derby, Kansas where Keith had found a job with Boeing Airplane Company in Wichita. Vivian went to work at Hinkle’s, a large department store in Wichita, starting as a sales person but soon becoming a department buyer. After 21 years at Hinkle’s, she was employed at Goldsmith Office Supplies as the supply manager until she and Keith retired to Mena, Arkansas in 1989.

Vivian and Keith made many friends in Derby and enjoyed square dancing, clogging and weekends at the nearby lake. They took family vacations to national parks in the west, mostly camping along the way. After the boys were grown, they did a lot of traveling, often with Vivian’s brother Rex, and his wife, Dotty, or her sister Betty and her husband Willis. They visited many parts of the United States and also enjoyed Mexico, Hawaii, and Europe.

Vivian loved animals, especially horses. The family always owned at least one horse and when they moved further out from Wichita to Andover, Kansas, Keith and Vivian bought their first miniature horses. They brought the two tiny horses to Kansas from Nebraska in the back of their van! This was the beginning of KV Miniature Horses, a hobby that turned into a full-fledged business. Vivian was often part of the River Festival Parade in Wichita, driving a specially made buggy pulled by the miniature horses. Vivian and Keith began showing their horses at competitions in Kansas and found they enjoyed this new activity. When they retired and moved to Mena, the care, training and showing of their horses became a new full time job.

KV Miniature Horses became well known around the country as Keith and Vivian entered their horses in national competitions, often in several categories. They took home numerous prizes and awards over the years, including the National Reserve Champion in 1992.

Vivian loved living in the country. She had a large vegetable garden as well as beautiful and varied flower beds. She was always busy doing something; planting, weeding, mowing, cleaning stalls, building fences, feeding and training horses. And of course, she was an excellent cook and kept an immaculate house. She also loved a good cup of coffee at her dining room table while watching the many birds that were attracted to the feeders she carefully placed and filled. Vivian loved parties. She enjoyed the planning and decorating, especially for holidays. Her deck and yard decorations delighted friends and neighbors who would drive by to see the latest creations.

Her grandchildren love to tell stories of their summer visits. They collected eggs from the chickens, played in the hay barn, loved the barn cats and grandma’s house dogs, and fished in the pond. They especially loved grandma’s homemade cinnamon rolls. But their favorite was riding the miniature horses – until they were too big to do it anymore!

Vivian attended Cherry Hill Gospel Church and appreciated the fellowship she found there. She was involved in church and community activities, often taking the initiative to provide meals for the sick and grieving. Even when she could no longer attend church, she would stay in touch by phone to encourage those who were struggling or had special needs.

Vivian is survived by her sons, Charles (Sandy) of Udall, Kansas and Greg of Salt Lake City, Utah as well as eight granddaughters and 11 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters Leola (Dave, dec.) Johnson, Betty (Willis) Haynes, and Judy Burns. She was predeceased by her husband, Keith, and her brother Rex Burns, Jr.

Because of the current conditions caused by the coronavirus, the family will hold a private graveside service on Saturday, September 5 at the Cherry Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Equus Foundation, an organization dedicated to the protection of all horses, or the Arkansas Audubon Society at Even though Vivian took all of the recommended precautions, she contracted Covid-19. Her condition deteriorated quickly and she was transferred to the Intensive Care Unit where she lost her struggle with this insidious disease. The family urges everyone to take this virus seriously and to follow the mandates and guidelines specified by health experts.

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9-3-20 5:48 PM KAWX.ORG 

Charles Ray Roberts Obituary

Charles Ray Roberts was born in Booneville, Arkansas August 18, 1946 to the late Verna and Hal Roberts.

He married his lifetime love and high school sweetheart, Janet, on December 22, 1967. Charles Ray and Janet lived in Mississippi and Oklahoma for Charles Ray’s job as a forester before settling in Mena 37 years ago. Charles Ray enjoyed fishing and playing sports with his 3 sons Scott, John, and Chris; and traveling with his wife Janet. He was an avid Razorback and Yankees fan. Even in the last few years, Charles Ray and Janet spent their time on road trips and cruises, exploring the country together.

Whether you knew him by Charles Ray, Charles, CR, Chuck, Daddy Chuckles, or Pa-Paw, he always made you feel welcomed and part of the family. His wife and kids were his life. Through sports, leading the church youth group and Sunday school, or traveling to be close to family, he always made it to be about them.

Charles Ray is survived by his wife of 52 years, Janet; His sons, Scott, John and Chris; His brother, John Ross Williams and wife Doris; grandchildren, Monique, Rodney, Aiden and Hope; His nephews, nieces, and cousins along with many more. He was preceded in death by his parents, Verna and Hal, and his sister Jo Catherine Williams.

Charles Ray’s passing comes 11 years after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the First United Methodist Youth Group or Michael J Fox Parkinson’s Foundation. Due to the current Covid-19 precautions, a small private family ceremony will be held for Charles Ray.


9-1-20 2:40 PM KAWX.ORG