Obituaries Archives for 2020-11

Robert Dennis Petross Obituary

Robert Dennis Petross

October 23, 1954 - November 29, 2020

 

Robert Dennis Petross, age 66, of Mena, Arkansas passed away on Sunday, November 29, 2020 at his home. He was born on Saturday, October 23, 1954 to Arnold Dale and Naomi Frances Cook Petross in De Queen, Arkansas.

Robert resided in Texas where he was a construction supervisor for many years before retiring in Mena. He was a good man of the Christian faith and enjoyed spending time with his family as often as he could. Robert liked sitting on his front porch, listening to the creek, and watching the local wildlife. He was an avid hunter and fisherman who loved being outdoors. Robert was also a country music fan, but nothing gave him more joy than time with his grandchildren. Robert was a loving, father, son, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend and will be missed by all who knew him.

He is preceded in death by his father, Arnold Dale Petross; one brother, William "Bimbo" Petross; and one nephew, Shane Petross.

Robert is survived by his mother, Naomi Frances Petross of Mena, Arkansas; one son and daughter in law, Chad and Renay Petross of New Waverly, Texas; one daughter, Melissa Petross of Dodge, Texas; one sister, Kay Petross of Mena, Arkansas; niece, Pamela Petross of Austin, Texas; great nephews, William Petross and Christopher Duffy of Austin, Texas; eight grandchildren, Jessica, Chelsey, Michelle, Ethan, Evangeline, Madison, Eric Jr. and Evan; one great granddaughter, Alivia; and a host of other relatives and friends.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Mena Elks Lodge for the Christmas toy drive at 124 Elks Dr, Mena, AR 71953.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 11:00 A.M. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel with services entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.


Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.

Serving Our Community One Family at a Time.

 

11-30-20 2:04 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Johnita Lamson Obituary

Johnita Lamson

June 1, 1929 - November 26, 2020

 

Johnita Lamson, age 91, of Cedar Hill, Texas, formally of Mena, Arkansas, died Thursday, November 26, 2020 at her home. She was born on June 1, 1929 to Elmer Sr. and Iler Dot Lovell Reed in Morgan, Texas.

Johnita was a loving mother, sister, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt and friend and will be missed by all who knew her.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, RV Reed Sr. and Ray Reed; one sister, Patsy Ruth Ashmore; and her husband, Kenneth Lamson.

Johnita is survived by her seven sons, Donnie Whitten of Cedar Hill, Texas, Dean Whitten of Junction City, Kansas, Danny Whitten of Arlington, Texas, Dennis Whitten of Lorena, Texas, Wayne Lamson of Spring, Texas, Leonard Lamson of Houston, Texas, and Justin Lamson of Spring, Texas; one daughter, Judy Hunter of Cypress, Texas; seventeen grandchildren; seventeen great grandchildren; one great-great grandson; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Family requests that in lieu of flowers, please make a donation in her memory to the National Alzheimer's Association.

A memorial graveside service will be held on Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 2:00 P.M. at the Pinecrest Memorial Park in Mena, Arkansas. Arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.

 

11-30-20 10:34 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Debra Lynn Young Obituary

Debra “Debbie” Lynn Young age 59 of Mena, Arkansas passed away Friday, November 27, 2020. Debbie was born on November 24, 1961 in Tucson, Arizona to Wallace Willard Reid and Darlene Ann Basgall.

When she passed, loved ones and her “golden” dogs were with her in her home. She was a private person, but her friends say she “touched hundreds of lives”, and she was a “spectacular person who kept is all underneath”. She really loved her family, her dogs, and her online “dog mom” friends. She will be dearly missed.

Debbie is survived by her brother, Scott Reid and wife Amanda of Mena; nephews, Jacob Reid, Aaron Reid, and Willard Reid; step-niece, Summer Venable; step-nephew, Daniel Venable; numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins; and her dogs, Taylor, Paisley, and Holly. She was preceded in death by her parents, Wallace Reid and Darlene Basgall.

A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. at Owens Chapel Cemetery in Acorn, Arkansas with Reverend Lamar Austin officiating. Services are under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

Considering recent health concerns, the graveside service will replace a traditional church service. Those attending are urged to wear masks and practice social distancing.
 

 

11-30-20 9:30 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

 

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John Winfred Roberts Obituary

John Winfred Roberts
June 10, 1939-November 27, 2020

John was a loving Son, Brother, Husband, Father, Papa, Uncle, and Friend.

Joseph Roberts, known by “John” to his family and friends, was born at home on June 10, 1939 in the Mount Pleasant Community about four miles east of Wickes, Polk County, Arkansas. John’s parents were Wayne and Sarah Lillian “Lillie” McCauley Roberts. John was the youngest of 13 children. John’s father, Wayne, passed away a few months before John was born. According to a family story, John’s older brother, Wayne (Known as Junior), decided to call his baby brother “John” shortly after John’s birth.

John spent his childhood and teenage years on the family farm attending school at Wickes. John graduated in 1958 and enlisted in the United States Army. John served his country honorably as a soldier in the 101st Airborne Division.

On November 22, 1961, John married Glennis Darlene McCarley, daughter of the late Thomas Nelson and Ruby Baker McCarley, with dear friends, Ronney and Carol Mayo Fields in attendance. After John and Darlene married, they resided at various army bases in the US with an overseas deployment to West Berlin, East Germany. Upon return to civilian life, John was employed with Wickes Telephone Company. At John’s retirement, Wickes Telephone Company had become Alltel Corporation.

In addition to his military and telephone careers, John was a lifelong farmer/rancher. John served as a member of various boards, committees and community organizations including Baker Cemetery board, Commander of Wickes American Legion Post 249, Cossatot Senior Center board,
Duckett Cemetery board, election poll worker, Lions Club member, formed a band, Sweet Success, that played at local events, Magic Springs and the National FFA Convention, Polk County Farm Bureau board, Wickes Nazarene Church board, and Wickes School Reunion committee.
 
John’s passions included his family, church, community, home, building projects, photography, pitching horseshoes, and sports.

John patiently and willingly endured many family vacations, even though his family knew he would have rather stayed home on the farm! A joint singing venture, with the daughters of special friends John and Pat Hill and Bill and Pat Stewart, led to many fun times and miles logged as their daughters, Shanna and Jennifer Hill, Kristy Stewart, and Rhonda and Renea Roberts,

John passed peacefully from this life on November 27, 2020 on the same family farm on which he was born and spent much of his life. At the time of his passing, John was surrounded by his loving family.
 
John is survived by his wife, Glennis Darlene McCarley Roberts and daughters, Rhonda Roberts Coon and husband Flynn Coon of Wickes, Arkansas and Renea Roberts Baker and husband Jeff Baker of Atchison, Kansas.
 
Over the years, John’s family welcomed the following grandchildren: Megan Baker of Lancaster, Kansas; Tyler Coon, wife Cortney Williams Coon and great- grandson Luke Coon of Wickes, Arkansas; Micaela Baker Eckert, husband Andrew Eckert, and great grandchildren Rylan and Rhett Eckert of Atchison, Kansas; McKenzie Buttron Rice and husband Michael Rice of Overbrook, Kansas; Austin Coon of Wickes, Arkansas; and Bailey Buttron, Tanner Buttron, and Macey Baker of Atchison, Kansas.

John is survived by two sisters – Alta Mae “Maedell” Roberts Ralls of Prineville, Oregon and Margaret Roberts Hull of Denison, Texas and sister in law, Ruby Anita Frachiseur Roberts of Talent, Oregon. John is also survived by a large and loving family of beloved nieces and nephews.

Deceased siblings and brother/sister in laws include Idell Roberts Caponi and Joseph Caponi, Wayne Roberts, Charles Roberts, Fred Roberts, Leon Roberts and Allie Dunn Roberts, James Ralls, Wanda Roberts, Lily Jean Roberts Wadkins and Clifford Wadkins, Laura Sue Roberts Shaw and Bill Shaw, Harold Dean Roberts and Juanita Stulken Roberts, Harry Hull, and Mary Ann Roberts Ingram and James Ingram.

John’s service will be held at Baker Cemetery near Wickes, Arkansas on Monday, November 30th at 2pm with Brother Leon McCleskey officiating under the direction of Beasley Wood Funeral Home. Pallbearers include Tanner Buttron, Austin Coon, Tyler Coon, Andrew Eckert, Wayne McCarley and Michael Rice. Honorary pallbearers include Roger Cartwright, Larry Cecil, Ronney Fields, John Willard Hill, Mike James, Mike Oglesby, and Randy Sellers.

The family requests, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to:

Baker Cemetery
906 Hwy 278 E
Wickes, Arkansas 71973.

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

 

11-28-20 5:12 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

 

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Velma Foster Obituary

Velma Foster, age 96, of Mena, Arkansas passed away Thursday, November 26, 2020 in Mena.

She was born April 15, 1924 in Umpire, Arkansas to the late Flay Pate and the late Fannie Seales Pate. She was united in marriage in Board Camp, Arkansas on December 13, 1952 to Clifton Foster.

Velma loved her flowers and enjoyed gardening and being outdoors. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were her pride and joy. She loved the Lord and attended church faithfully until she was no longer able. Velma worked at various jobs, Renovo Shirt Factory, Ben Franklin, Zink Drug Store and Parks and Hansen to help provide for her family.

She is survived by her sons, Andy C. Foster and wife Kelley of Ponder, Texas, and Randy Foster and wife Regina of Mena, Arkansas, daughter, Pam Miller and husband David of Mena, Arkansas.

Numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great grandchildren and host of other relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents: husband Clifton Foster, daughter Bonnie Lee and son Gaylon Lee.

Due to recent health concerns, a private family graveside will be held Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at Old Dallas Cemetery.

Visitation will be general.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons.

Arrangements are under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com.
 

 

11-27-20 5:10 p.m. KAWX.ORG

 

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Joe Duke Obituary

Joe Duke, 74, of Mena, Arkansas passed away November 24, 2020 in Mena, Arkansas. He was born on November 25, 1945 to the late Silas and Kathryn Duke in Mena, Arkansas.

Joe earned a degree in animal science from Oklahoma State University and dedicated his life to his career. He worked for Tyson foods for 32 years. In his spare time, he enjoyed working on his farm caring for his cattle and horses.

Joe is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Cathie Duke; daughters, Jodie Lee and husband Andrew of Texarkana Texas, and Jayme Crisel and husband David of Hensley, Arkansas; grandchildren, Ethan Lee and Ashlyn Lee; brother, Johnny Duke and wife Geneice of Chelsea, Oklahoma; and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Jackie Orvis.

A private family graveside service will be held Friday, November 27, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at Mt. Fork Cemetery with Bro. Jerry Meadows officiating.
Interment under the direction of the Beasley- Wood Funeral Home.

 

 

11-25-20 11:43 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Mary Lois Hutchinson Obituary

Mary Lois Hutchinson, 85, of Mena, Arkansas, passed away November 18,2020 in Mena, Arkansas.

She was born July 31, 1935 in San Marcos, Texas to the late Samuel Gilbert Hutchinson and Florence Butler Hutchinson of San Marcos, Texas.

She was united in marriage June 13, 1953 to Harlan Murphy Pinkerton, later divorced. She had one child from that union, Pamela Jean Pinkerton.

She enjoyed her music and art. She was a member of Southwest Artists, the Red Hat Society and former foster grandparent. She was a faithful and beloved member of St. Agnes Catholic Church, and she treasured her parish family.

Survivors include daughter, Pamela Jean Pinkerton Knox and husband Cecil Knox of Albuquerque, New Mexico; sister, Patricia Ann Hutchinson Gordon and husband Larry Lee Gordon of San Marcos, Texas; four grandchildren; nephew, Kenny Gordon; two great nieces; one great nephew and many cousins.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
 

 

11-24-20 7:38 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Doris Fleming Nolen Sirmon Obituary

Doris Fleming Nolen Sirmon, age 88, of Mena, Arkansas, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, November 22, 2020. She was born on December 29, 1931, to Arneva Perrin Fleming Strother Costello and Allegra O. “Boots” Fleming in Polk County Arkansas.

Doris was an active and longtime member of the Mena Free Will Baptist Church where she served as church clerk and taught ladies Sunday school class for over 34 years. She loved her church family dearly.

She was the assistant postmaster in Ink, Arkansas for over 25 years and was also bookkeeper at Mena Tobacco and Candy Company for several years. Doris loved meeting people and working in the retail clothing business.

Doris is preceded in death by her parents; first husband of nineteen years, Billy Joe Nolen; second husband of forty three years, Shirley Sirmon; a brother, James “Buck” Strother; sisters, Joyce Rosson, Marjorie Crump, and Della Faye Smyth; a special sister in law, Georgia Strother.

She is survived by two sons, John Sirmon and wife Sharon of Hurst, Texas, Gregg Sirmon and wife Phyllis of Mena, Arkansas; two daughters, Helen Sirmon and husband Jay of Mena, Arkansas, Debbie Fryar and husband Harry of Oden, Arkansas; sisters, Geneva York of Ukiah, California, Sue Vaughn and husband James of Waldron, Arkansas; brothers, Bill Strother of Ink, Arkansas, Larry Strother and wife Helen of Hatfield, Arkansas; many nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.

Doris had an abundant love for her family and was a proud Mamaw to six grandchildren; grandsons, Russell Fryar and Wife Hether of Atoka, Tennessee, Jarod Sirmon and wife Laura of Hurst, Texas, Jeff Gage and wife Melissa of Arvada, Colorado, Tim Hooper and wife Cristal of Bentonville, Arkansas; granddaughters, Ashley Sharp and husband Scott, Sallie Riggins and husband Will, all of Mena, Arkansas; great grandchildren, Bayley and Dylan Sirmon, Zachary and Nathan Fryar, Noah, Sarah and Mylee Sharp, Tyler and Addyson Riggins, and Hudson Hooper.

Considering recent health concerns, the graveside service will replace a traditional church service. Those attending are urged to wear masks and practice social distancing.

Graveside service will be Friday, November 27, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. in Pinecrest Cemetery with beloved pastor Donnie Jewell, and special nephew Bro. Alvin Rosson officiating.

Interment under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

In the event of rain, the service will be moved to the Beasley-Wood Chapel.
 

 

11-24-20 4:25 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

 

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Gerald Jerry Wayne Tunnell Obituary

Gerald (Jerry) Wayne Tunnell, 82, of Mena, Arkansas passed away on November 22nd, 2020 at Rich Mountain Nursing and Rehab. He was born on March 26th, 1938 in Watson, Oklahoma to the late Benjamin Everett Tunnell and Mabel Estell Burk-Tunnell. He was united in marriage to Anna Sue Terrell on April 11th, 1964. They celebrated 56 years of marriage this year.

Jerry was a member of Union Mission Church. He worked at Emerson Electric U.S. Motors for 34 years until his retirement. Prior to working at U.S. Motors, he served seven years in the Navy.

He was preceded in death by his sisters Sue Jordan and Gayle Jones and brother Herald Tunnell.

He is survived by his wife, Anna Sue of Mena, AR; son, Kenny Tunnell of London, AR; daughter, Jana Ballard and husband Brandy Ballard of Fort Smith,
AR; grandchildren, Chelsea Tunnell-Abendroth, Kaitlyn Tunnell-Vantine, Kacie Ballard-Stabler, Kaleb Tunnell, Kylie Ballard; six great-grandchildren,
Chase Abendroth, Lander Duvall, Kamry Duvall, Kennyn Vantine, Bentley Tunnell, and step great-grandchild, Kentlee Vantine. He is also survived by sisters, Norma Fields and her husband Glenn, Elsie Cook and her husband Paul, Shirley Capehart and husband Jerry Don; brothers, Larry Tunnell, Al Tunnell and his wife Wanda. All nieces, nephews, and friends were very special to him.

He loved spending time with his family and friends, especially his grandchildren.

There will be a graveside service to honor him on Wednesday, November 25th at 2:00pm at the Rocky Cemetery in Rocky, AR with Brother Reggie Fryar and Brother Tim Smedley officiating. Funeral arrangements will be under the direction of the Beasley Woods Funeral Home. There will be a general visitation on Tuesday.

Honorary pallbearers are John Larucci, Jeremy McBee, Dean Terrell, Brandy Ballard, Kenny Finney, and Robby Scroggins.
 

 

11-24-20 11:40 a.m. KAWX.ORG

 

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Gladys Mae Tibbs Lacy Obituary

Gladys Mae Tibbs Lacy

November 25, 1943 - November 22, 2020

 

Gladys Mae Tibbs Lacy, age 76, of Mena, Arkansas, died Sunday November 22, 2020, at Rich Mountain Nursing and Rehab. She was born on Thursday, November 25, 1943 to Glen William and Glennia Mae May Miller in Mena, Arkansas.

Gladys was a Christian woman who spent her life caring for her family. The love for her family guided her life and filled it with happiness. In her free time, she enjoyed reading Gladys was very proud of all her family and cherished every moment she had with them. Gladys was a very hard worker and worked 17 years at US Motors, 15 years at Renova and 5 years at Polar in DeQueen. Gladys enjoyed her M&M's and her Dr. Pepper's. She was of the Pentecostal faith and attended Union Mission Pentecostal Church in Mena. Gladys was a loving mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend and will be missed by all who knew her.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, Donna Wilson; her sister, Jean Singleton and Phyllis Harrison.

Gladys is survived by her daughter, Denise Kelsey of Mena; her brother, Larry Miller of Mena; three grandchildren, Jason Jopling of Wickes, Stacy Moreland of Dennison, Ohio and Cole Kelsey of Mena; seven great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Graveside services will be Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 2:00 P.M. at the Cherry Hill Cemetery with Brother Jimmy Mabry officiating. Visitation will be general on Monday, November 30, 2020 from 9-5 P.M. Funeral services are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.

Serving Our Community One Family at a Time.

 

11-24-20 11:18 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Johnny Arvella Peoples Obituary

Johnny Arvella Peoples, age 70, of Mena, Arkansas passed away Thursday, November 19, 2020 in Mena.

He was born October 1, 1950 in Shady, Arkansas to the late John Elisha Peoples and the late Altha Beasley Peoples. Johnny was a loving brother and friend. He will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his brother, Kenneth L. Peoples and wife Diane of Russellville, Arkansas; nieces, Tonya Curtis of Dover, Arkansas, Tina Zinnell of Dardanelle, Arkansas; nephews, Bryan Peoples and Kevin Peoples both of Russellville, Arkansas; and a cousin, Verl Cornelius of Mena, Arkansas. He was preceded in death by his parents and his aunt; Alta Cornelius.

Graveside service will be Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at the Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Cove, Arkansas with Brother James Squires officiating. Services are under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Visitation is general.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com.
 

 

11-23-20 6:56 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

 

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Ronny Bruce Myers

 
Ronny Bruce Myers, 78, passed away in the Rich Mountain Nursing Home in Mena, Arkansas, on November 20, 2020.

He was born February 2, 1942 to the late Russell B. and Peggy Myers.

After his high school graduation, he joined the United States navy. He received a good conduct medal (1st award) for his service. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy.

Ronny went on to work for the railroad in New Orleans, and after that he went to work for offshore drilling as a specialized instrumentation technician and field installation/troubleshooting tech. Later in life, Ronny moved back to Hatfield where he grew up.

He is survived by 3 daughters, Rhonda Lugo of Marrero, Louisiana, Rory Ladner of Woodland, Texas, and Cross Myers of Louisiana; a son, Ronny Bruce Myers Junior; and brother in law, David Claborn of Mena, Arkansas.

Ronny is preceded in death by two sisters, Bonnie Goad and Linda Claborn; brother, Terry Myers.

Graveside service will be Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at Pleasant Hill Cemetery with Brother Donnie Jewell officiating. Interment under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.
 
 

11-23-20 4:52 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Ruben R. Bertsch Obituary

Ruben R. Bertsch, called “Bert” by his friends, 93, died November 19, 2020 in Mena, Arkansas. He was born to the late Jacob and Katherine Bertsch in McIntosh, South Dakota.

Bert grew up on a small Idaho farm, and as a young man began coal mining for a living. His older friends in the mines convinced him to find a healthier and more promising profession. He joined the U.S. Navy, completing a 26-year career, rising to the highest enlisted rank of Master Chief, working in aviation aboard aircraft carriers, stationed on both coasts and traveling the world.

Upon finishing his navy career, Bert bought an eighteen wheeler and proceeded to haul yachts across the country, a job he enjoyed until he eventually bought a cattle and poultry farm west of Mena where he met and married his wife Imogene (Jean). Eventually retiring completely, Bert and Jean enjoyed traveling, family and friends. Bert bought mortgage notes and began trading stocks and did so successfully into his 90s. He continued to play his accordion and played and sang regularly in church. He loved a good meal, especially home cooked, and enjoyed a glass of beer and fun jokes. He loved the Lord and was a member of Community Christ Church in Grannis, Arkansas. This remarkable man and his big smile will be fondly remembered by everyone who knew him. He loved the Lord and was a member of Community of Christ Church in Grannis, Arkansas.

He is survived by his wife, Imogene Bertsch; step sons, Kenneth and Julia May of Ft. Smith, AR, Jim Nevarde of San Diego, CA; step daughters, Carol Davis of San Diego, CA, Kathy and Mark Medford of Mena, AR, Cindy and Duane Richmond of Mena, AR; step grandchildren, Dena Hamilton of Des Moines, IA, Beau Medford of Springdale, AR, Andrew Richmond of Fayetteville, AR, Travis May of Mena, AR, Carson Nevarde of San Diego, CA; and several step great grandchildren.

Pallbearers are Ronnie Graves, Steve Graves, David Graves, Beau Medford, Andrew Richmond and Travis May.
Graveside services will be at Mineral Cemetery in Gillham, Arkansas on Monday, November 23, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. with Brother Bruce Arndt officiating. Services under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.
 

 

11-20-20 4:05 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

 

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Kerry Layne Tomlin Obituary

Kerry Layne Tomlin, 64, died November 19, 2020 in Mena, Arkansas. He was born December 14, 1955 to Idell (Johnny) James and James Junior Tomlin in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He was the victim of Cerebral Palsy. He had gotten choked after birth when the nurses went for a coffee break, leaving the nursery unattended, causing them to believe he had died. That left him disabled the rest of his life. He had very little motor and speech ability, but mentally above average and remembered everything from a few months old when he could tell what his mother was starting to say. He knew what every Christmas gift was, and who they were for without seeing what was in the package.

Kerry was an incredibly happy person and a comedian. He loved to make people laugh. In his way, he loved trying to do things for other people. He was a joy to be around and would tell his Mother he was glad he was her son.

He loved to travel, lived in several states and Japan, moving with his parents when his Dad was transferred with the U.S. government. He loved to travel but especially flying. Kerry loved meeting new people, even when they would stare at him. He loved to embarrass the people that would stare by sticking his tongue out at them.

He is survived by an aunt, Minnie Bisbee; cousins, Bobby and Noelia James, and Jimmy, Linda and Karen Bisbee; two nieces, Whitney Walker and Ashley Phillips of Ft. Worth, Texas; three great nephews, Tristan Walker, Joshua Campos, London Phillips; four great nieces, Bailey, Payton, Skyler Walker, and Samantha Campos, all of Ft. Worth, Texas. He is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Terry Lynnette Chaloupka; stepfather, Al Lane.

The family would like to give a special thank you to the staff of Rich Mountain Nursing and Rehab for the excellent and loving care provided during his time spent there.

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

Services are pending.
 

 

11-20-20 3:55 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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James Charles Payne Obituary

Mr. James Charles Payne, age 74, of Mena passed away Wednesday, November 18, 2020. He was born to the late George and Reba Payne on December 13, 1945. Charles deeply adored his wife Alma, who preceded him in death on June 19, 2020.

Charles loved anything to do with cars. Although he never fished, he loved to talk about fishing. Charles adored his time with his grandchildren. He loved the Lord and was a member of Grace Bible Church. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by brothers: Dale, Dennis, and Mark Payne

Stepsons: Caylan Allen, Mark Allen and Debbie

Stepdaughters: Susan Moore and husband Eric, Theresa Carothers and husband Steven

Step grandchildren: Michelle Mendes, Eric Moore, Jr., Tracy McEntire, Jason Allen, Justin Allen, Athena Allen, Victoria Allen, Brandy Springer, Christopher Allen, William Allen, and Chad Rinehart

24 great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his loving wife, and three brothers.

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

 

 

11-19-20 2:26 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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James Slay Jr. Obituary

James Slay Jr., 95, died November 18, 2020 in Hot Springs, Arkansas. He was born February 25, 1925 in Russellville, Arkansas to the late James and Maddie Slay.

James was an auto mechanic by trade, and in his spare time he enjoyed fishing and gardening.

He is survived by his son, James Slay and wife Sarah; daughters, Deanna Slay and Ruth Martin; grandchildren, James Wayne Beard, James Michael Slay, and Tommy Algae.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Nellie Dell Slay; daughters, Margaret Slay and Rebecca Slay; sisters, Wanda Crush and Ora Mae Roberts; brother, Bobby Eugene Slay.

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

 

 

11-19-20 11:41 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Lilly Mae Freshour Obituary

Lilly Mae Freshour, age 93, died on November 16, 2020 in Mena, Arkansas.


She was born on February 16, 1927 in Wickes, Arkansas to the late J.V and Bethel Richardson.


Lilly had a lighthearted personality and was a true joy to be around. She was a loving mother and grandmother. Lilly loved the Lord and gospel music, and she attended the Wickes Church of Christ. She enjoyed spending her time socializing with friends and family but was known to cut up with just about anyone.

 

There was never a dull moment spent with Lilly. She will be missed by all who knew her.


She is survived by sons, Reggie Saddler and wife Linda, Rex and wife Debby; grandchildren, Rodney Saddler and wife Sheri, Richard Saddler and wife Tara, Ryan Saddler and wife Sheila, Haley Wilcox and husband Stewart; great grandchildren, Lindsay and husband Randall, Cade, Presli, Richie, Colby, Brody, Sawyer, Lilly, Reed, Riley, Raden, Ryder and Isabella; great great grandchildren, Reese and Eli; a host of nieces and nephews; special friends; Kenny Bane and all special friends in Cleburne County.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Bill Freshour, brothers; Lonnie, Homer Willis, Herman, Raymond, B.J. and Otto (Richardson), Clarence and Guy (Herring); sisters, Nora Richardson, Ollie Richardson, Goldie Gillaspy and Marie Morton.


The family would like to give a special thank you to the staff of Rich Mountain Nursing and Rehab for the excellent and loving care provided during her time spent there.


Mrs. Freshour will be sent for cremation under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral home.

 

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11-19-20 11:35 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Richard Lynn Philpot Obituary

Richard Lynn Philpot, 60, of Mena, Arkansas died on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 in Mena, Arkansas.

He was born February 9, 1960 to Leon Gerald Philpot and Jeannie Gann.

Richard loved to watch Razorback and Bearcat sports, collecting cowboy hats, and above all else, WWE wrestling.

He is survived by his parents, Leon and Monta Philpot, Jeannie Gann, and Buddy and Sue Bean; brother, David Philpot and wife Bernice; sisters, Kim Hurst and husband Danny, Shelly Ward and husband Dane, Heather Barron and husband John David; grandmother, Vera Gann, and special friend Ed McCormick.
 
He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Walter and Gracie Philpot, and Nolan Gann.

Honorary Pallbearers are Greg Philpot, Levi Romine, Adam Hurst, Mark Hurst, Tyler Hurst, Austin Hurst, Alex Hurst, Dexter Ward, Peyton Barron and Drew Barron.

Graveside service will be Friday, November 20, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at Cherry Hill Cemetery under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

Visitation will be 6:00 p.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, November 19, 2020 at the funeral home.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com.
 

 

11-18-20 7:51 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

 

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Elizabeth Ann Quinn Obituary

Elizabeth Ann Quinn, 78, died Wednesday, November 18, 2020 in Mena, Arkansas. She was born September 30, 1942 in Mena, Arkansas to the late Glyn and Melba Lichlyter.

Ann enjoyed reading, crocheting, gardening, and cooking. All who knew her, knew of her love for Razorback basketball. She loved the Lord and was a member of Christ Community Fellowship Church. Ann also served as a member of the RMCC History Class.

She is survived by her children, Tim and Lana Wood, Matt Quinn, Rene and Jeff Whitaker, and Vickie and Gerald Heifner; grandchildren, Jeff and Melarry Wood, Michael and Jennifer Wood, Daniel and Michaela Wood, Brad Anderson and Kailyn Deramus, Chelsea and Cameron Johnson, Cheyenne and Kevin Harris, Devin Ashley, and Justin Ashley; 11 great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, and her beloved husband, Jim Quinn.

Graveside service will be Saturday, November 21, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. Nunley Cemetery in Nunley, Arkansas under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

Visitation will be general.

Pallbearers are Mike Lewis, Mike Schuller, Jeffrey Wood, Michael Wood, Daniel Wood and Brad Anderson.
 

 

11-18-20 7:42 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

 

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Margery LaRue Howard Obituary

Margery LaRue Howard, 75, died November 17, 2020 in Mena, Arkansas. She was born to the late Johnnie Howard Sr. and Edith Howard on December 30th, 1944 in Potter, Arkansas.

Margery worked at PCDC for many years. She loved going to school and seeing babies always brought a smile to her face. She enjoyed coloring and loved participating in the Special Olympics.

Margery is survived by her brother, Johnnie L Howard Jr.; sister, Sammy Cureton as well as many loving nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents; brother, Jimmy Howard; sisters, Betty Jo Brooks, Joyce Martin, her twin sister, Maxine Howard and a baby sister, Dorothy.

Graveside service will be Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at Gann cemetery in Potter, Arkansas with Keith Rose officiating. Interment is under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com.
 

 

11-18-20 4:33 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

 

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Daphne Delphine Simpson Obituary

Daphne Delphine Simpson, age 88, died November 16th, 2020 in Mena, Arkansas.

She was born on October 4th, 1932, to Ross and Nancy Clark. Daphne enjoyed reading and crossword puzzles. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She loved the Lord and was a member of the Mountain View Methodist Church.

She is survived by her sons, Jerry Michael Sullivan and wife Carol of Baytown, TX, Keith Sullivan and wife Cynthia of Hope, AR and Kevin Sullivan of Beaumont, TX; daughter, Susan K. Rayon of Baytown, TX; 10 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren; brother, Larry Clark and wife Linda of Mena, Ar.
 
She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, John L. Simpson, and brother, Kenneth Clark.

Mrs. Simpson will be sent for cremation under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. A graveside memorial service will be held Sunday, November 29, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at Gann Cemetery in Potter, Arkansas

 

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11-17-20 4:10 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Fran Schoeppey Obituary

Fran Schoeppey

November 28, 1938 - November 16, 2020

 

Francis Mae Schoeppey, age 81, of Mena, Arkansas, died Monday, November 16, 2020 at Rich Mountain Nursing and Rehab. She was born on Monday, November 28, 1938 to Paul and Ruth Herre Tiley in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Frannie was very active in the church. She enjoyed singing in the choir and teaching the kindergarten children. She lived briefly in Kansas and Oklahoma, twenty-four years in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex, and twenty-four years in Arkansas. Frannie was a homemaker for most of her life, raising four children and being the faithful wife to her minister husband. Frannie was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt and friend and will be missed by all who knew her.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers, Paul Tiley and Steve Tiley.

Frannie is survived by her loving husband of 63 years, Jack Schoeppey of Mena; four children and daughters in law, Christina Ruth and Judy Eyerly of Lawrence, Kansas, Bradley and Kris Schoeppey of Siloam Springs, Arkansas, Bryan and Laticia Schoeppey of San Antonio, Texas, and Lance and Michelle Schoeppey of Fort Worth, Texas; twelve grandchildren; six great grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

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

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.

 

11-17-20 2:31 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Hazel Leoda Blanton Bender Obituary

Hazel Leoda (Blanton) Bender, 97, of Mena, Arkansas passed away Monday, November 16, 2020 in Mena.

She was born on October 1, 1923 in Baker Springs, Arkansas to the late Houston and Susie (Brock) Blanton. Hazel was united in marriage to Lenius Bender and they lived in Dearborn, Michigan where they had a GM Dealership for many years. They decided they wanted to move to the South, so the GM company found them a dealership in Greenville, Texas, which they accepted and had for 20 years. In addition to that, she owned and operated Hazel’s Antiques in Greenville. She was a loving mother, sister, aunt and friend.

She is survived by son: Lynn Bender of San Francisco, California

Sisters: Elizabeth Hensley of Mena, Arkansas and Margie Smith of Tucson, Arizona

Special Nephew: Charles Hensley.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, 2 brothers, JR Blanton and Billy Blanton, and 2 sisters, Helen McLain and Macie Moler.

Graveside services will be Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at Pleasant Grove Cemetery at Cove with Brother Donnie Jewell officiating.
 
Arrangements are under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home.
 
Visitation will be general.
 

 

11-17-20 1:12 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

 

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Kim Diane Mayo Obituary

Kim Diane Mayo

June 19, 1961 - November 16, 2020

 

Kim Diane Mayo, age 59, of Mena, Arkansas, formally of Wickes, Arkansas, went home to be with Jesus Monday, November 16, 2020 at the Mena Regional Health System. She was born on Monday, June 19, 1961 to Don Mayo and Sue Lyle Mayo Fruen.

Kim was a faithful member of Wickes Pentecostal Church of God. Kim loved the Lord and her family. She loved listening to music and singing. She also enjoyed playing bingo, coloring, watching her favorite tv shows and collecting dolls and stuffed bears. She spent her last year and a half as a resident at Rich Mountain Nursing & Rehab were she made many friends and played bingo every chance she could. Kim is loved so much and will truly be missed by all. Kim was a loving daughter, sister, aunt and friend and will be missed by all who knew her.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Kendall Mayo; and one sister, Kathy Mayo.

Kim is survived by her step father, Wayne Fruen of Hatfield, Arkansas; two brothers, Dewayne Mayo and wife Diane of Artesia, New Mexico, Kelly Leon Mayo and fiance Tonya of Beebe, Arkansas; two stepbrothers, Robert and Paul Fruen, one sister, Donna Richardson and husband Ronnie of Mena; several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews along with a host of other relatives and friends.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Friday, November 20, 2020 at the Wickes Pentecostal Church of God with Brother Chris Burk officiating. Interment is to follow at the Baker Cemetery in Wickes. Visitation is Thursday, November 19, 2020 from 6:00-8:00 P.M .at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel. Arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.

 

11-17-20 11:22 a.m. KAWX.ORG

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Wanda Dell Schoolfield Barrett Hamilton Obituary

Wanda Dell Schoolfield Barrett Hamilton went to be with her Lord and Savior Monday, November 16, 2020. Wanda was born in Old Glory, Texas, on September 30, 1932, to Cyrena Mae Freeman Johnson and Jessie Thomas (J.T.) Johnson. After moving to Polk County in the late 1950’s, Wanda made her home in the beautiful Ouachita Mountains that she never grew tired of admiring. Wanda lived a well-rounded life, centered around her family and her community. In addition to farming and raising chickens, she contributed to the Mena Star by supplying the Rocky News, served as Secretary to the Mena School Board, Secretary of Faith Missionary Baptist Church, sold real estate and volunteered as a Foster Grandparent for Louise Durham Elementary School.

Wanda was devoted to her Lord and her family. She was a true Christian who never met a stranger. Wanda was well known for her cooking and fellowship. Wanda and her late husband Carl, along with Shirley and Doris Sirmon sang in a quartet in area churches. Wanda’s faith and love were always visible and and felt by those around her. Wanda was an active member of Freewill Baptist Church. She will be deeply missed by a host of family, extended family, and treasured friends.

Wanda was a loving Mother to Tommye Lynne Goss and husband Mickie, Cheryl Elliott and husband Jim, and Dale Schoolfield. She was Mema to Cindy Standridge, Angela McDaniel and husband Joshua, and two great-grandsons Jayden McDaniel, and Kody McDaniel.

Considering recent health concerns, a graveside service will replace a traditional church service. Interment will be at Center Cemetery in Hartley, Arkansas with Brother Donnie Jewell officiating. Graveside service will be held Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 2 p.m.
 
Honorary pallbearers will be Junior Carter, Terry Davis, Chad Golden, Wendell Henry, Mike Hoover, Jay Sirmon, Brian White, Mike White, Wesley White, and William (Junior) White.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Services under the direction of Beasley Wood Funeral Home.
 

 

11-16-20 11:42 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

 

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Vera Mae Sillings Obituary

Vera Mae Sillings

March 2, 1928 - November 4, 2020

 

Vera Mae Sillings, age 92, of Mena, Arkansas, died on Wednesday, November 4, 2020. She was born on Friday, March 2, 1928, in Floral Arkansas, the fifth of 13 children to James Sherman Tatum and Clemmie Ethel Griffis Tatum. Beloved wife of the late Gerald (Jerry) M. Sillings, she is survived by two sons, Mark Sillings of Sierra Madre, California, and Ted Sillings of Ellicott City, Maryland; four brothers, Bud (William) Tatum, Keith Tatum, Mike Tatum, and Stanley Tatum; and two sisters, Arlene Tatum Benedict, and Joan Tatum Henry; several nephews and nieces and a host of other relatives and friends. Vera was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Jerry, sister Lucille Tatum Deaner, sister Selma Tatum Califana, brother James Sherman Tatum Jr., sister Celesta Tatum Bogert, sister Anna Lee Singleton, and sister Shirley Tatum Avery.

When Vera was seven, the Tatum family moved to Vamoosa, Oklahoma where she and her siblings grew up helping their parents with the farm, especially during harvest time. By today's standards it was a hard life during what were the depths of the Great Depression, but it was one that forged strong lifetime bonds with her brothers and sisters. Also, Vera was a very bright curious girl who enjoyed her schooling even though it required walking many miles between home and school each day.

One of her first jobs after graduating from high school was as a waitress in a small cafe in Seminole, OK. But after visiting her older sisters living in Washington, DC, she decided to stay rather than return home. She soon found a job working as a clerk at the FBI. It was during this time that she was attending a Baptist church in DC where she met her future husband, Jerry, a WWII naval veteran. Apparently, he was smitten from the very first moment he saw her, but Vera required a bit more persuasion. Twice he asked her out and twice she turned him down. After the second rejection, one of her sister's warned her that if she were at all interested, she had better say "yes" the next time, because he certainly won't ask again if she should reject him a third time. Fortunately, he did ask one more time, she said yes, and they were happily married in October of 1949. Upon the announcement of their wedding, she received a congratulatory note from J. Edgar Hoover, the longtime director of the FBI.

During the early years of their marriage they lived in DC but soon moved to Brandywine, Maryland where they had bought property upon which to build a home and raise a family. After a few years during which she was focused on being a loving mom, she became a teacher's aide within the Prince George's County public school system. This was work that she enjoyed for many years, until she and her husband, Jerry moved to Mena, Arkansas in the early 80's to retire. There they built a log home with a view from their back porch of the Ouachita Mountains and a new life with new friends, and where they were also within driving distance of many of her brothers, sisters, nephews and nieces living in nearby Oklahoma.

Vera was a devout Christian who for many years attended the First Baptist Church of Mena and later Christ Community Fellowship. She sang beautifully in the church choir, worked diligently on the bereavement committee, and throughout all her years her Faith always guided her life. At the same time, Vera had a sharp wit, which she used to good effect to the surprise and delight of friends and family and most recently the nurses and staff at Peachtree Assisted Living and Rich Mountain Nursing. Vera cherished her family and friends and was a loving mother, wife, sister, aunt, and friend and will be missed by all who knew her.

Cremation arrangements entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home of Mena, Arkansas. A service is planned for Spring 2021.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.

Serving Our Community One Family at a Time.

 

11-14-20 7:10 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Carlos Manuel Pagan Obituary

Carlos Manuel Pagan

December 17, 1948 - November 9, 2020

 

Carlos Manuel Pagan, age 71, of Mena, Arkansas passed away on Monday, November 9, 2020 at his home. He was born on Friday, December 17, 1948 to Rene Sr. and Nereida Zapata Pagan in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.

Charlie grew up in New York, spent time as a NYC taxi driver, loved playing pool, dancing, and among other occupations, worked for Eastern Airlines from which he retired. Although he struggled for years with rheumatoid arthritis, dealing with a lot of pain, he found joy in helping others, sharing his love of Bible truths, and as one of Jehovah's Witnesses, spending much of his time as a minister. Recently, Charlie was devoted to offering comfort & hope through phone calls and letter-writing to those in the community. He had come to be known for being very compassionate, caring and jovial, with a great sense of humor and teasing nature. Many remember him as sporting his fedora and a smile, ready to enjoy a sugary treat & time with family and friends! He was a very loving husband, father, son, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Nereida Zapata Pagan, one sister, Lilly Pagan, and an infant daughter, Leticia.

Charlie is survived by his wife, Leah Pagan of Mena; his father, Rene Pagan Sr. of Allentown, Pennsylvania; four daughters, Stacey Pagan of Jupiter, Florida, Amanda Pagan of St. Clair, Missouri, Jill Harrison and husband Lyn of Washington, Missouri, and Amber Holobaugh and husband, Zac of Andalusia, Alabama; one brother, Rene Pagan Jr. and wife Urma of Poughkeepsie, New York; one sister, Nereida Burmudez of Allentown, Pennsylvania; a grandson, Jake Leon of Jupiter, Florida and granddaughter Callie Roewe, several nieces and nephews, as well as, a host of other relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held through Zoom on Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 2:00 P.M. with cremation services entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.

Serving Our Community One Family at a Time.

 

11-14-20 7:01 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Lonnie Cole Brown Obituary

Lonnie Cole Brown

February 23, 1946 - November 11, 2020

 

Lonnie Cole Brown, age 74, of Mena, Arkansas, passed away on Veteran's Day, Wednesday, November 11, 2020, at his home. He was born on Saturday, February 23, 1946 to Ala Edwin and Ellamae Morrison Brown in Alder Springs, Arkansas.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Alfred Brown and James Wheat, and two sisters, Dorothy Davis and Ellamae Greene. Surviving with his wife, Marilyn Brown of Mena are four sisters, Elizabeth Brewer of Mena, Sally (Marvin) Gentry of Mena, Connie (Johnnie) Johnson of Mena and Judy Stokes of Beach Island, South Carolina.

A graduate of Purdue University, Lonnie proudly served his country in the United States Navy for 14 years. After his service, he worked as an electrical engineer and computer programmer in California's Silicon Valley, returning to Arkansas in 1986. He loved his family, his books, and his dogs, and enjoyed winemaking. He fostered many puppies for the humane society and always ended up keeping at least one puppy of every litter.

Although he sometimes claimed to be a Sufi, he actually adhered to secular humanism, a philosophy rooted in science, nature, and humanist ethics. After serving as weapons officer on a destroyer off the coast of Vietnam, he returned home vowing to never again kill a single living thing.

A memorial service will be held at a later time. Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena, Arkansas. Memorial gifts may be made to the Humane Society of the Ouachitas, P.O. Box 845, Mena, Arkansas 71953.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.

Serving Our Community One Family at a Time.

 

11-14-20 6:55 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

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John Lee Grant Obituary

John Grant, age 75, of Watson, Oklahoma, died Thursday, November 12th, 2020 in Watson. Oklahoma.

He was born on August 1st, 1945 in Antlers, Oklahoma to Thomas Grant and Dorothy Lee Roberts Grant. John served his country in the United Stated Navy. He worked in retail as a floor salesman. John enjoyed fishing, traveling and he loved country music.

He is survived by his wife, Joy Sue Grant; brother, Tom Grant and wife Connie from Cove, Arkansas; sisters, Ruth Starr and husband Norris from Mena, Arkansas, Rose Huff and husband Rick from Watson, Oklahoma; children, John and Tammy Grant from St Louis, Dorothy Grant Caperonis, and Evelyn Grant Goodwin; grandchildren, Alexandra Mika Grant, Erica Akina Grant, Mark Douglas Miles and his wife Ina Brown, Melissa Miles Ellenbrook and her husband Larry, Marcella Ruiz, Richard Dustin Grant, Amberly Lucas Buer and her husband Buorn Buer, and Rebecca Lucas; great grandchildren, Ava, Grant, and Dorian Brown, Richard Arthur Grant, and Finn Torden Buer.
 
He is preceded in death by his parents, and his brother, Billy Grant.

Mr. Grant will be sent for cremation under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Services are pending.
 

 

11-13-20 1:07 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Polly Avery Obituary

Polly Avery, age 87, of Mena, Arkansas, died Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at Rich Mountain Nursing Home.

She was born in Shreveport, Louisiana on August 3, 1933 to the late Homer and Chlovea Higdon Ramsey. She was married to Charles E. Avery and worked in retail and was a homemaker. She loved to collect things and loved to be around people, and she loved the Lord. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, and friend.

She is survived by husband: Charlie Avery

Daughters: T.J. Brown, Elaine Rea, and Sherry Washam

Step-Children: Penny Everett and husband Eddie, Teresa Smith, Kenny Avery and wife Beth and Donna Avery.

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

She was preceded in death by four sisters, Marie Heflin, Mildred Culpepper, Sybil Ribnikar, and Lillie Ramsey and a stepson, Andy Avery.

Graveside services will be Monday, November 16, 2020 at 12 o’clock noon at Ansley Cemetery in Ansley, Louisiana under the direction of Beasley Wood Funeral Home.


Visitation will be Sunday afternoon from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Funeral Home.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com.

 

11-12-20 3:24 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Herman Wesley Carroll Obituary

Herman Wesley Carroll, age 78, of Mena, Arkansas passed away Tuesday, November 10, 2020 in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Herman was born July 12, 1942 to Fred and Thelma (Strother) Carroll in Ardmore, Oklahoma. He married Sharon Juanelle Cameron on June 23, 1961 in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. Herman was an inspiring man of many interests and talents. A railroader, he worked 26 years for Union Pacific before retiring in 2005. He was a farmer, raising chickens and cattle in Vandervoort, Arkansas. He liked fishing, horses, and playing his bass guitar. He enjoyed wood-working and could usually be found in his shop, tinkering, or building a piece of furniture for a loved one. He loved Jesus and was an elder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Mena, Arkansas. He was called Husband, Dad, Papaw, Brother, Uncle, (even Uncle-Papaw), and Friend and will be fiercely missed by the many lives he has touched and left behind.
 
Herman leaves his beloved wife of 59 years, Sharon of Mena, Arkansas; daughters: Diana Harris and husband Patrick of Mena, Arkansas, Lisa Miller and husband Charles of Milo, Missouri, and Susan Keller and husband LeRoy of Sand Springs, Oklahoma; grandchildren: Matthew Harris, Amanda Carter, Amber Miller, Allysa Miller, Joshua Bogart, Christopher Bogart, Siera Harris, and Shana Wiggans; twelve great-grandchildren; brother: Donny Carroll and wife Ruthie of Cove, Arkansas; sisters: Susan, Patty, and Sandy; a host of nieces, nephews, and other family members; and many friends.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Thelma; aunt and uncle, Dorothy Strother and Leon Strother; brothers, Charles Carroll and David Carroll. Visitation for Mr. Carroll will be held Friday, November 13 from 6-8 p.m. at the Beasley Wood-Guyer Quillin Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.
 
A private service will be held Saturday, November 14 at 1 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Mena, Arkansas, with Tom McClanahan officiating. Public graveside services will follow at the Nunley Cemetery on Polk Road 56 in Nunley, Arkansas.
 
Pall bearers will be John Gamble, Travis Starnes, David Pollard, Terry Bogart, Johnny Cameron, and Quest Cameron. Honorary pall bearer is Ian Cameron. In lieu of flowers the family wishes donations be made to your charity of choice
 

 

11-12-20 3:07 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

 

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Bonnie Oertli Obituary

Bonnie Oertli went to be with her Lord on November 8, 2020. She was born to Lee and Lona Carter on November 11, 1928. She was married to Alvin Oertli for 56 years. They loved to travel and fish and enjoyed many good times with friends at the lake. She never met a stranger and was friends with everyone she crossed paths.

Bonnie is survived by daughter Jo Butler of Houston and son Leroy Oertli of Michigan. Sister Betty Schusler of Abilene, Texas, daughter in laws Mary of Michigan and Sue of Missouri, as well as Lil Carter of Mena and Glenda Grogan her friend and special caregiver.

She is preceded in death by her husband Alvin Oertli, sons Henry, Randy and step sons Cecil, Edward, Douglas, and JB. Her brothers Leroy, Doyle, Frank, and her sister Sylvia as well as her son in law Tom.

She is the proud grandmother of 17 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A graveside service is planned for 2:00 p.m. Thursday, November 12, 2020 at Six Mile Cemetery under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home of Mena.
 

 

11-10-20 10:19 a.m. KAWX.ORG

 

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Gerald Lee Buck Phillips Obituary

Gerald Lee “Buck” Phillips, age 76, of Watson, Oklahoma passed away on Friday, November 6, 2020 in Fort Smith, Arkansas. He was born to Roy Phillips and Cleo Phillips (Barton) on December 28, 1944 in Smithville Oklahoma.

Buck worked as a breeder of Braunveih cattle and a farmer. He enjoyed hunting, woodworking, bluegrass festivals and telling his cattle stories to his friends. Many will remember him as the local unofficial veterinarian, always willing to help. Buck also served his community as a member of the Watson Volunteer Fire Department. He loved the Lord and was a member of Sulphur Springs Baptist Church in Watson, Oklahoma.

He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Mary Lou Phillips; son, Rick Phillips and his wife Jane; Daughter Rhonda Mize and husband David; grandchildren, Jakki Melton and husband Jeremy, Justin Phillips and wife Jessie, Colton Mize and Ricky Joe Phillips; great grandchild Jaxon Melton; sisters, Jean Carter and Wanda Tunnell; Step Grandchildren, Alyse Brunskill and husband Aaron, Amber Goupil and Jarek Goupil; Step Great Grandson, Wade Goupil. A host of nieces, nephews, and family too numerous to mention. He is preceded in death by his parents.

Graveside service will be Monday, November 9, 2020 at 2:00 p.m at Watson Cemetery in Watson, Oklahoma with Brother Ed Rogers officiating. Interment under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Colton Mize, Ricky Joe Phillips, Justin Phillips, Jeremy Melton, Mike Carter and Derrick Blake. Honorary pallbearers are Arla Toon, Darrin Toon and Kevin Toon.

Visitation is general.
 

 

11-8-20 1:19 p.m. KAWX.ORG

 

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Maureen Costamagna Keese Obituary

On Wednesday, October 28th, 2020, Maureen Costamagna Keese, loving wife and mother of three children, passed away at the age of 69.
 
Maureen was born on February 20, 1951 to John and Anna Sullivan. She received degrees from California State University Long Beach, Pepperdine University, Azusa Pacific University, and began a career in education that lasted until her retirement in 2017. On October 7, 1994, she married Dr. Hector Costamagna. They raised two sons, Thomas and Daniel, and one daughter, Christina.

Maureen had a passion for lifelong learning. She also liked to volunteer, and she combined her two interests to create extraordinary results. Her desire to make a difference in people’s lives was much admired not only by friends and family, but also by all who benefitted from her unwavering enthusiasm and support. She was a devout Catholic, known for her quick wit, her infectious smile, and her compassionate spirit.

Maureen was preceded in death by her father, John, her mother, Anna, and her sister, Kathleen. She is survived by her husband, Hector, her three children, Thomas, Daniel, and Christina, her sister, Donna, her brother, Brian; their spouses, Emily, Sarita, McCay, Karl, and Sherry; her niece, Jocelyn; and her grandchildren, Natalie, Tommy, Lucas, Eva, Violet, Isla, Nathaniel, and Henry Hugo.

Maureen will be laid to rest at St. Catharine Cemetery in Sea Girt, NJ. A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, February 20, 2021, at the University of Arkansas – Rich Mountain Ouachita Center. Memorial donations may be made to Eternal World Television Network, Samaritan Purse, or charity of your preference.
 

 

11-6-20 10:42 a.m. KAWX.ORG

 

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Larry Lee Cearley Obituary

Larry Lee Cearley, age 72, of Mena, Arkansas passed away Tuesday, November 3, 2020 in Mena. He was born to R.C. Cearley and Emio (Standridge) Cearley on April 20, 1948 in Mena, Arkansas.

Larry served our country in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War. He worked for the city road department as Foreman for many years. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. Larry was also a member of the VFW and Elks Lodge. He loved the Lord and was a member of the Southside Church of God.

He is survived by his son, Matthew Dean Cearley and wife Gale; step-son, Michael Putman; daughter, Lena Pinkerton and husband James; step-daughter, Jennifer Vaught; grandchildren, Eric and Troy Cearley, Benjamin, Jaxen, Hannah and Hazel Pinkerton; step-grandchildren, Clayton, Weston and Landon Vaught; great grandchildren, Dean Wayne Cearley and Alexandria Noel Cearley; brothers, Jimmy Ray Cearley, Donald Cearley and Sam Cearley; sister, Debbie Posey and special friend Barbie Wilcox. He is preceded in death by his parents and step-grandson, Nathan Michael Putman.

Funeral service will be Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. at the Southside Church of God with Brother Kenny Posey officiating. Interment will follow at Rock Springs Cemetery under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be James Cearley, John Cearley, Jeremy Don Cearley, Jay Cearley, Luke Cearley, Jason Posey, Josh Posey and Jerrod Posey. Honorary pallbearers are Dean Wiles and Troy Harris.

Visitation is general.
 

 

11-4-20 1:34 p.m. KAWX.ORG

 

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JoAnn R. Combs Obituary

JoAnn R. Combs, age 83, of Watson, Oklahoma passed away Sunday, October 25, 2020 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She was born on August 9, 1937 to Christopher Romine Jr. and Florence (Whitehouse) Romine in Arkansas.

JoAnn was united in marriage to James “Tinker” Combs. She enjoyed reading, watching Hallmark movies, and spending time with her granddaughters. Her main goal in life was to make sure her family was taken care of. She always went above and beyond to meet her family’s needs. She will be dearly missed.

JoAnn is survived by her daughter, Jamie Chambers and husband Sean Chambers of Colorado Springs, CO; grandchildren, Elizabeth Chambers, and Elena Chambers; brother, Jerry Romine; nieces, Jerri Stott, and Lisa Romine Nichols; and nephews, Kenny Romine, and Don Hovator.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Christopher and Florence Romine; husband, James “Tinker” Combs; cousins, Johnny Dale Romine and Delores Ann Sour.

A graveside service for Mrs. Combs will be held 10:00 am Friday, November 6, 2020 at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Cove, Arkansas with Brother Ronnie Tilley officiating. Services are under the direction of Beasley Wood Funeral Home in Mena.
 

 

11-3-20 12:26 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

 

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Ms. Karen Louise Tollett Obituary

Ms. Karen Louise Tollett, age 73, of Mena, Arkansas passed away October 28, 2020 in Mena. She was born on December 21, 1946 in Los Angeles, California to Louis Murdock and Dorothy (Daniels) Murdock.

Karen enjoyed camping and playing computer games. She loved her dogs. Most of all she loved cooking and her large family gatherings. She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. She will be dearly missed.

She is survived by her sons, Steven Richards of Mena, and Gary Richards of Mena; daughter, Christy Johnson of Mena; and grandchildren, Dustin Johnson, Chad Sweeney, Gary Richards II, and Brandon Richards.

Karen was preceded in death by her parents, Louis and Dorothy Murdock; husband, Howard D. Tollett; and brother, Bruce Springmeyer.

A graveside service for Ms. Tollett will be held 2:00 pm Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at Wilton Cemetery in Wilton, Arkansas. Brother Victor Rowell will officiate. Services are under the direction of Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.
 

 

11-3-20 8:27 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

 

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Harvey Samuel May Obituary

Harvey Samuel May

April 15, 1968 - November 1, 2020

 

Harvey Samuel May, age 52, of Mena, Arkansas passed away on Sunday, November 1, 2020 at his home. He was born on Monday, April 15, 1968 to Larry and Joyce May in Medford, Oregon.

Harvey was a headstrong man with a heart of gold. He was a very hard worker, and would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it. Harvey was a caring, Christian man and attended the First Christian Church in Mena. He worked for Aalfs Manufacturing for twenty years and later worked at Nidec Motor Corporation. Harvey enjoyed hunting, fishing, and riding his motorcycle and was proud of all his hunting and fishing tournaments that he won. He liked horses, classic rock music, and was a big movie fan. Harvey cherished his children and family, and was incredibly proud of all of them. Harvey was a loving father, son, brother, uncle, companion and friend and will be missed by all who knew him.

He is preceded in death by two brothers, Andy May, and Henry May.

Harvey is survived by his parents, Larry and Joyce May of Mena; two sons, Brayden May, and Colten May; five daughters and son in law, Erica May of Mena, Erin and Zac Anderle of Mena, Emily May of Mena, Rylee May, and Johnnie May; one sister and brother in law, Ashley and Hunter Dollar of Mena; former wife, Julie Schnell of Mena; his loving companion, Christy McCraw of Mena; his beloved dog, Taz; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Graveside services will be held Friday, November 6, 2020 at 11:00 A.M. at the Board Camp Cemetery in Board Camp, Arkansas under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home. Visitation will be held Thursday, November 5, 2020 from 6:00 - 8:00 P.M. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena, Arkansas.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.

Serving Our Community One Family at a Time.

 

11-2-20 12:18 p.m. KAWX.ORG

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Russell Franklin Welch Obituary

Russell Franklin Welch, age 72, passed away at his home October 31, 2020 surrounded by his wife and two sons.

Russell was born November 21, 1947 in Sonora, California to the late Russell Earl and Alma Jewell. He graduated Highschool in Crescent City, CA in 1965, and joined the Army. Mr. Welch served his country from 1965 to 1968 as an Army Medic PVT E-1 and served 1 tour in Vietnam. In his civilian life, he went to college at Humboldt State and San Francisco State, California where he obtained his bachelor’s in science and his masters in English. Russell then went on to teach at Santa Rosa College. Mr. Welch came to Mena in 1973 and was an EMT and a Paramedic for the Ambulance Service. From 1974 to 1976 he was a Polk County Deputy Sheriff under Corky Callahan and Al Hadaway. In 1976 he joined the Arkansas State Police where he worked for 20 years as a criminal investigator until he retired as a Corporal in 1996. Russell married the love of his life, Debbie Hicks, in 1979 and they were married for 41 years. She was always by his side through everything. Russell loved to read and listen to music. He really enjoyed playing guitar and taught both of his sons how to play. Russell loved his family dearly. He was a member of the Mena Masonic Lodge, 32 Scottish Rite Freemasonry of AR, VFW of Crescent City, CA, and the AR State Police Association. Russell Franklin Welch will be missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by wife: Debbie Welch

Sons: Frank Welch and wife Melissa and Jimmy Welch and wife Amber

Grandchildren: Marcus, Natalie, Bella, Aden, and Corbin

Great Grandchild: Expected in January- Colt

Daughters: Heather Welch and Ariel and husband John Wilson

Stepdaughter: Apryl Marshall

Brother-in-law: Ed Oliver

Sister-in-law: Donna Hicks

Two nieces and three nephews and one special nephew, Jerod Stinson, and a special cousin, Charlie Wolfenbarger.

Memorial service will be Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. at the Beasley Wood Chapel with Brother Donnie Jewell officiating. Visitation is Tuesday, November 3, 2020 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
 

 

11-2-20 11:00 a.m. KAWX.ORG

 

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