Obituaries Archives for 2021-01

Richard Paul Hansen Obituary

Richard Paul Hansen

January 8, 1942 - January 28, 2021

 

Richard Paul Hansen, age 79, died at his home in Mena, Arkansas on Thursday, January 29, 2021. Richard was born on January 8, 1942 in Akron, Ohio, to the late Louis Richard Hansen and Virginia Lois Pauline Thomas.

Richard served four years in the United States Air Force and was honorably discharged in 1966. An Air Force friend did one of the greatest things ever to happen to Richard when he introduced him to Joyce Parks. They married on November 7, 1967 and raised three children together. They also owned and ran Parks and Hansen feed store for nearly forty years. Richard would be the first to tell you that Joyce was the backbone of the family and business, but his family will tell you that he had the funny bone. Richard could tell a story that ended up being a joke that you never saw coming. Fishing was a favorite pastime, especially for trout at Albert Pike. He enjoyed cooking and looking up new recipes. Breakfast was a specialty. Richard loved his family and friends and was a man of faith. The weekly church Closer Connection group he and Joyce hosted was something he eagerly anticipated.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Louis Hansen, and sisters, Alice Weisel, Margaret Crapo and Pauline Halper.

Richard is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Joyce Hansen of Mena; two sons, Paul Hansen of Mena and Mark Hansen of Lamar, Arkansas and daughter, Cara Mohler and husband Andrew of Tulsa, Oklahoma; seven grandchildren, K.C., Brooke, Alexander and wife, Erin, Ansylee, Michael, Andrew and Thai; and five great grandsons Tristan, Desean, Nathan, Joseph and Kagan, brother Tom Hansen and wife Lynn of Mena; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends and his beloved dog Ruby.

Graveside services will be at 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at the Old Dallas Cemetery with Brother Gary Garrett officiating. Visitation will be on Monday, February 1 from 5:00-7:00 P.M. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.

 

1-31-21 4:16 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Gerald Victor Autry, Sr. Obituary

Gerald Victor Autry, Sr., age 85, of Mena, Arkansas passed away on Friday, January 29, 2021 in Mena, Arkansas.

Gerald was born September 3, 1935 in Smelterville, Idaho to the late William Norman Autry and Loy Ed Ducker. He was retired from Fairchild Space and Defense Corporation as a Planning Department Manager where he worked for NASA on Apollo missions and other space and satellite programs. Mr. Autry loved going to church and was loving and kind to everyone he met. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by daughters: Susie Maddox and husband Mark, Sandra Jean Hollman and husband Kirk, and Deborah Loy Garver

Sons: Gerald Autry Jr. and wife Donna and Rusty Autry

Stepsons: Harley Tim Elmore and wife Krystal and Wayne Lee Elmore

Grandchildren: Jerry Autry III, Jesse Autry, Sarah Chatfield, McKenzie Maddox, Garrett Maddox, Greta Michael, Shelby Maddox, Kristy Haralamos, Erin Hollman, Josh Hollman, Dale Johnson, Travis Johnson, Katie Johnson, Jacky Elmore, Brandon Elmore, Angel La Ray Kinney and many great grandchildren.

Mr. Autry was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife Linda Faye Autry.

Funeral service for Mr. Autry will be held at Lakeview Baptist Church in Mena on Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. with Brother Steve Rainy and Mark Lyle officiating. Interment will follow at Pinecrest cemetery under the direction of Beasley Wood Funeral Home. Visitation will be general at Beasley Wood Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be Wayne Elmore, Rusty Autry, Jerry Autry and Mark Maddox.
 

 

1-30-21 11:25 a.m. KAWX.ORG

 

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Patsy Mae Horn Obituary

Patsy Mae Horn

February 20, 1932 - January 28, 2021

Patsy Mae Horn passed peacefully from this life surrounded by family and stepped into heaven on January 28, 2021, at the age of 88. On February 20, 1932, Patsy Mae Horn was born in DeQuincy, Louisiana to Sophie Johanna Kroger and Earnest T. Bobbitt. During the early years of her life, Patsy spent her days being "Big Sis" to her three sisters at the family's homestead on the outskirts of DeQuincy or discovering her artistic capabilities. Patsy was known by close friends and family for her innate ability to bring life to a canvas and portrait.

After graduating from DeQuincy High School in 1948, Patsy enrolled in business and leadership classes at McNeese University in Lake Charles. Time spent within these classes allowed her to develop her management skills which became a direct influence in her role as the Executive Assistant to the Warden at Phelps Correctional Center in DeQuincy. It was also during this time that Patsy married Governor Readis Horn, Jr., her husband of sixty years, on November 23, 1957. During her tenure from 1966 to 1997 at Phelps, Patsy took initiative and became a steady influence to the department with her roles that included secretarial duties, human resource and legal aide and appeal processing which led to her providing effective leadership council to the warden. After a short stint at home following her retirement from the correctional center, Patsy invested her time into the remodeling of her home and pursuing her passion in home decor and worked in the drapery department at JC Penney Department Store in Lake Charles.

With a love for the outdoors and the Ouachita Mountains in Arkansas, Patsy and Readis made the transition and moved to Mena, Arkansas where their youngest son lived. While Readis was spending time on the lake, Patsy spent her days making their newly bought Arkansas house a home. Whether it was strolling the aisles of antique malls or browsing estate sales, Patsy curated a home filled with victorian treasures.

Another area in her life that brought joy during her retirement years was her passion and love of cooking and serving others. As ladies and church families ventured to the hills of Arkansas, a must-stop for them was the home of Patsy and Readis. It was there they would be welcomed with a warm smile and a warm pot of gumbo or an assortment of decadent sweets. Whether she was cooking for her family, her Pastor and his wife or hosting a gathering, the very best would be served. For many years, children from the bus ministry of the Abundant Life UPC would be greeted with donuts and a glass of juice by "Sis. Horn" and during church servings, you would often hear the questions asked, "What did Sis. Horn bring?" Her ability to cook and serve others was a definite God-given gift.

Another gift in which family and friends will always remember of Patsy was the care she provided to her nieces and nephews and opening her home to them over the years. Whether it was for a night, a day or an extended stay, they knew that their "Aunt Patsy" would allow them to stay and be a part of the family.

Patsy was a member of the Abundant Life UPC where she attended faithfully and loved her Pastor Reverend Jack Smith and his wife Donna. She loved preaching, God and the truth.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her first spouse, Edward S. Burnitt, Jr. and husband, Governor Readis Horn, Jr.; two sisters, Alice Blake and Johanna Crowe and grandson, Michael Broxson.

Patsy leaves behind to cherish her memory four children: Jolene (Terry) Broxson of DeQuincy, Louisiana, John (Darlene) Burnitt of Magnolia, Texas, Ernie (Tina) Horn of Chenier Perdue, Louisiana and Dustin (Elizabeth) Horn of Mena, Arkansas. "Maw Maw" Patsy will forever remain in the hearts of her grandchildren, Alicia (David) Guidry of DeQuincy, Louisiana, Cory (Denise) Broxson of DeQuincy, Louisiana, Alan (Lori) Burnitt of Flowood, Mississippi, Jonathan Burnitt of Portland, Oregon, Ethan Burnitt of Spring, Texas, Chase (Katelyn) Horn of Lake Charles, Louisiana, Katelyn (Mitch) Thomas of Lake Charles, Louisiana, Dustin D. Horn, II of Springfield, Missouri and Sophie (Mathew) Meade of Mena, Arkansas. She will also be missed by her great-grandchildren, Matthew Broxson, Emily Broxson, Sarah Guidry, Nick Guidry, Briana Broxson, Noah Broxson, Hudson Burnitt, Holton Burnitt, Henley Grace Thomas, Dylan Fisher Meade and Hillary Rose Horn. Patsy is also survived by her sister, Danielle Cherry of Prairieville, Louisiana, a host of nieces, nephews, extended family and her 'fur babies', Snickers and Snoodles.

Visitation for family and friends will be received from 12:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 30, 2021 at the Abundant Life United Pentecostal Church in Mena, Arkansas. Patsy's life celebration will be held immediately following visitation at Abundant Life United Pentecostal Church with Reverend Jack Smith officiating. Interment will be held at Belmont Cemetery in Belmont, Louisiana at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, February 1, 2021 under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena.

Serving as pallbearers during the memorial service are Terry Broxson, Ethan Burnitt, John Burnitt, Cory Broxson, Ernie Horn and Mathew Meade. Serving as pallbearers at the graveside service are Terry Broxson, Alan Burnitt, John Burnitt, Chase Horn, Dustin Horn and Ernie Horn..

 

1-29-21 10:25 a.m. 

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Nora Jean Gordon Obituary

Nora Jean Gordon, 76, of Hatfield, Arkansas died January 27, 2021 in Mena, Arkansas. She was born on March 20, 1944 to the late Clarence Dean and Stella Hanley.

Jean, better known as Nana, had a heart of gold. She was a faithful Christian who lived by faith and God’s wisdom. She was never self-serving but rather lived to serve others.

Nana was adventurous and loved telling stories about her family. There was never a shortage in her love for others or her contagious laughter, nor her opinions or crazy puns. To know her was to be loved. She will be deeply missed. Her family finds comfort and peace knowing she is at home with Jesus and her beloved son Harold.

She is survived by her husband, John Gordon of Hatfield, Arkansas; son, Allen Loving of Hatfield, Arkansas; daughters, Renee Veal of Mena, Arkansas and Paige Self of Hatfield, Arkansas; grandchildren, Lucas Loving of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Tatum Veal of Hatfield, Arkansas, Torri Veal of Mena, Arkansas, Nicholas Loving of Russellville, Arkansas, Dillon Loving of Wickes, Arkansas, Aaden Self of Hatfield, Arkansas, Hailey Bresman of Mena, Arkansas, and Maci Rhodes of Mena, Arkansas; 8 greatgrandchildren; sisters, Doris Gist of Norman, Oklahoma, Pat Sanford of Wright City, Oklahoma, and Lois Ruffin of Hatfield, Arkansas; sisters in laws, Sheryl Barnes and Connie James; stepdaughter, Serena Bresman of Hatfield, Arkansas.

Nora is preceded in death by her parents; son, Harold Loving; brother, Clarence Dean “Bud’ Hanley; sister, Margie Black; brothers in law, Fred Black, Jerry Sanford, Troy Ruffin, and Jake Gordon.

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

A private family memorial will be held on February 7, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. at Mountain View Methodist Church in Mena followed by a private graveside at Six Mile Cemetery in Hatfield, Arkansas.

Flowers for the service can be delivered to 167 Hwy 246 West in Hatfield, or donations can be made to Mtn. View Methodist Church at 1711 Sutherland Ave in Mena.
 

 

1-29-21 9:09 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Jonathan Scotty Barrett Obituary

Jonathan “Scotty” Barrett, age 36, of Vandervoort, AR went to his heavenly home on January 26, 2021. He was born on June 17, 1984 in Mena, AR.

Jonathan was a Godly man, a loving husband, and an amazing father. He loved all his family so very much. His love of Sooner football compared to none. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He graduated from Tulsa Welding school and worked as a supervisor at Baker Refrigeration for many years, he loved his job. He was a faithful member of the Vandervoort First Baptist Church most of his life. He radiated any time he talked about or was with his wife and daughter. Jonathan lived a full life; he never met a stranger. His other hobbies included golf, cooking, and spending time with his friends and family.

Jonathan is survived by his wife, Summer Barrett, and daughter, Leighton Barrett of Vandervoort, AR; parents, John and Marilyn Barrett of Vandervoort, AR; sister, Rebecca Emerson and husband Aaron of De Queen, AR; in-laws, Mike and Christy Thomas of Simms, TX, and Edward and Jerri Pulley of Naples, TX; nieces and nephews, Alexis and Braxton Emerson of De Queen, AR, Colt Green of Simms, TX, and Blair Thomas of Elkhart, TX.

Jonathan is preceded in death by his brother, John Travis Junior Barrett; paternal grandparents, John and Virginia Barrett; maternal grandparents, Junior and Dorothy Jewel; and aunt, Bonnie Sue Barrett.

Visitation will be Saturday, January 30, 2021 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Vandervoort.

A graveside service will be held 2:00 p.m. Sunday, January 31, 2021 at Witherspoon Cemetery in Vandervoort, Arkansas with Brother Aaron Anglin officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

Pallbearers are Clay Watkins, Travis Sones, Kyle Stauffer, Michael Apple, Kenneth Watkins, and Joey Watkins. Honorary Pallbearers are his work crew, Brian Ison, Ted Magill, Daniel Kendall, Brandon Lawler, Task Keeling, Austin McNeely, and Trey Sims.
 

 

1-28-21 2:47 p.m. KAWX.ORG

 

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Alvin Perry Looney Obituary

Alvin Perry Looney

April 18, 1947 - January 26, 2021

 

Alvin Perry Looney, age 73, of Mena, Arkansas died on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at the Mena Regional Health System in Mena. He was born on Friday, April 18, 1947 to William Perry and Dorothy Lee Campbell Looney in Board Camp, Arkansas.

Alvin was a Christian man who attended the Midway Freewill Baptist Church in Board Camp. He proudly served for twelve years in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He worked at Whirlpool in Fort Smith for twelve years and later went on to get the Bee Association started in Polk County. He had served as vice president and president of the association. Alvin very much enjoyed his bees and raising his garden. He also liked to hunt and fish in his free time. God and his family were always his priority, and he loved them very much. Alvin was a loving father, brother, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle and friend and will be missed by all who knew him.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife, Mary Looney; and one sister, Altha Cumberland.

Alvin is survived by his four sons, Tony Cox of Board Camp, Rodney Cox of Wickes, Jeffrey Cox of Locust Grove, Oklahoma, and Perry Looney of Board Camp; two daughters, Dorothy Weaver of Pocalo, Oklahoma, and Amanda Hensley of Board Camp; three brothers, Alton Looney of Board Camp, Allen Looney of Greenbrier, Arkansas, and Alfred Looney of Board Camp; one sister, Almeda Henderson of Locust Grove, Oklahoma; seventeen grandchildren, seventeen great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

A graveside funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 2:00 P.M. at the Board Camp Cemetery in Board Camp, Arkansas with Brother Troy Denton officiating. Interment will follow at the Board Camp Cemetery in Board Camp, Arkansas under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home. Visitation will be general.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.

Serving Our Community One Family at a Time.

 

1-27-21 3:19 p.m. KAWX.ORG

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Gary Thomas Dobbs Obituary

Gary Thomas Dobbs, age 66, of Mena, Arkansas passed away Sunday, January 24, 2021 in Mena.

He was born December 23, 1954 in Phoenix, Arizona to Thomas Winfield Dobbs and Mary Hazel Roberts Dobbs. He loved to play guitar and sing with the family at gatherings. As a child he wanted to be in the Army and when of age, he joined up spending time in Germany. He was a truck driver for many years until he was disabled due to a car accident. He enjoyed his family and friends and always had a good story. He was looking at a future in Heaven and the incredible love he would find.

Gary is survived by his son, Anthony Dobbs of Virginia; daughter, Whitney Dobbs of Santa Cruz, California, half-brother, Charles McDanniel of Sacramento, California; sisters, Darlene Rostollan of Kentucky, Phyllis Sellmer of Montana, half-sister, Joyce Ayres of Rocklin, California; step-son, Chris Chesser of Mena, Arkansas; step-daughter, Sheila Justice of Florida; several grandchildren; ex-wife, Colleen Dobbs of Santa Cruz, California; numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Darrell Lee Dobbs; half-sister, Pat Myers; and wife, Joyce Brock.

Mr. Dobbs will be sent for cremation under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. The family will meet for a Celebration of Life at a later date when all can come together.

 

 

1-26-21 3:33 p.m. KAWX.ORG

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Mr. James Franklin Golden Obituary

Mr. James Franklin Golden, age 85, of Mena, Arkansas passed away Monday, January 25, 2021 at his home. He was born on March 3, 1935 in Athens, Arkansas to the late Eldus Reedy Golden and Gracie (Miller) Golden.

James was united in marriage to the love of his life, Mary Margaret Krause, on June 28, 1957. He served our country in the United States Army in the 49th Armored Division. After his service he worked as a car salesman and had a car lot in Mena. He was also a teacher and taught at Rich Mountain Community College. James loved Arkansas and was proud to live here. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and gardening. He was a storyteller and loved to reminisce about the past. He had a church ministry at Peachtree Assisted Living for nine years where he would have small sermons. James was a member of Salem Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Margaret Golden; son, James Golden, Jr.; grandchildren, Matthew, Kailey, Patrick, James III, Moriah, Joshua, and Zachary; great grandchildren, Jackson, Lincoln, Brightyn, Blaise, Bentley, and Bristol; brother, Mark Ellis Golden; sisters, Linda Jane Dickey, and Brenda Kaye Snead; daughter-in-law, Quanah Bernardini; and a host of other family and friends. James was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Clay Golden; and his brother, Harold Golden.

A graveside service for Mr. Golden will be held at 10:00 am Thursday, January 28, 2021 at Pinecrest Memorial Park in Mena, Arkansas with Brother Steve Ellison officiating. Services are under the direction of Beasley Wood Funeral Home.

 

 

1-26-21 3:24 p.m. KAWX.ORG

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Mr. Rickie D. Hosman Obituary

Mr. Rickie D. Hosman, age 54, of Mena, Arkansas passed away Saturday, January 23, 2021 in Mena. He was born on July 25, 1966 in Faulkner County, Arkansas to Jackie and Delilah Hosman.

Rickie was an equipment operator in the pipeline field. He enjoyed horses, camping, and hunting and fishing. He loved chuckwagon racing and was proud to host the races in Mena.

He is survived by his wife Lora Hosman; son, Cody Hosman and wife Amanda of Acorn, Arkansas; daughter, Katie Hosman of Conway, Arkansas; grandson, Drew Lynch; his parents; and a host of friends.

A private graveside service will be held. Services are under the direction of Beasley Wood Funeral Home.
 

 

1-25-21 1:26 p.m. KAWX.ORG

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Ronnie Davis Obituary

Ronnie Davis, age 41, of Hot Springs, Arkansas died January 24, 2021 in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

He was born on December 17, 1979 to Deena Burgess and the late Roy Davis in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Ronnie was known for his love of music, spending time at the lake, football (especially his dear Razorbacks), and always being the life of the party. Anyone that knew Ronnie knew of his love for his children. They were his entire world.

Ronnie is survived by his mother, Deena Burgess of Hot Springs, Arkansas; daughter, Lexi Davis of Mena, Arkansas; son, Colby Davis of Mena, Arkansas; brothers, William Burgess of Conway, Arkansas, and Roy Davis of Colorado; sisters, Ashlee Burgess of Conway, Arkansas, and Crystal Davis Button of Chicago, Illinois; the mother of his children and dear friend, Whitney Horne; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.
 
He was preceded in death by his father, Roy Davis; stepfather, Bill Burgess; grandparents, Delbert and Loretta Goss; and aunt, Lisa Goss.

Ronnie will be sent for cremation under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

 

 

1-25-21 11:34 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Levora Ople McLellan Obituary

Levora Ople McLellan, age 93, went to be with her Lord and Savior on January 23, 2021 at her home in Hatfield, Arkansas. She was born on May 8, 1927 in Hennepin, Oklahoma to Thomas Christopher Borders and Rosia Ople Poindexter. She was married to Everett McLellan on May 21, 1946 in Potter, Arkansas.

Levora was a multi-talented person who enjoyed and was very proficient at cooking, sewing, doll making, painting, sketching, carving, sculpting, crocheting and jewelry making. She loved to work in her yard, planting flowers, feeding chickens, and gathering eggs. But most of all, she loved the Lord and spent many hours each day reading her Bible, praying, and worshipping him. She taught Sunday school classes and held Bible studies in her home for many years. Her faith in God and love for her family made her an inspiration and a shining example for others to live by.

Levora was preceded in death by her husband Everett McLellan, sons Jerry McLellan and Gary McLellan; grandsons Jay McLellan and Paul Smedley Jr.; great grandsons Nathan Meade and Cory Mize; seven brothers, Granville, Marvin, Guy, Denver, Bobby, Claude, and Patrick Borders;  two sisters Mary Betty Foshee and Patsy Powell.

She is survived by sons: Glenn and Bobbie McLellan of Potter and Johnny and Stacie McLellan of Dayton, Arkansas; daughters: Judy and Kevin Vert of Fort Smith, Janie and Mike Huff of Hatfield, and Helen and Larry Strother of Hatfield; beloved twin sister Lenora Cowan of Mesa, Arizona; brother Burt Ray Borders of Cane Hill, Arkansas; twenty-one grandchildren, thirty-three great grandchildren, and twenty-eight great great grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be grandsons: Josh McLellan, Robert Smedley, Michael Huff, Perry Strother, Brandon McLellan, and Logan McLellan. Honorary pallbearers will be grandsons: Aaron McLellan, Jason Vert, Bobby Strother, Daniel McLellan, and Reed McLellan.

A graveside service will be Thursday January 28, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at Gann Cemetery with brother Mark Lyle officiating. Services are under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

Visitation will be general.
 

 

1-24-21 4:20 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

 

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Heather ShaRae Frachiseur Obituary

Heather ShaRae Frachiseur

May 23, 1979 - January 21, 2021

 

Heather ShaRae Frachiseur, age 41, of Cove, died on Thursday, January 21, 2021 at St Bernards Medical Center in Jonesboro, Arkansas. She was born on Wednesday, January 21, 1979 to Clarence Rae and Sherrie Denise Smith Jimison in Claremore, Oklahoma.

Heather was a Christian woman of the Baptist Faith. Her husband and son filled her heart with joy daily, and she loved them both tremendously. Heather sold Farmasi Cosmetics and enjoyed doing makeup tutorials online. Heather loved all types of music and loved to sing while riding her lawnmower. Heather was a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, granddaughter, aunt, niece and friend and will be missed by all who knew her.

She is preceded in death by her parents; and her daughter, Shakayla Lynn Frachiseur.

Heather is survived by her husband, TJ Frachiseur of Cove; one son, J.W. Frachiseur of Cove; three brothers and sisters in law, Frank and Sherri Frachiseur of Cove, Matt and Jennifer Miller of Taliqual, Oklahoma, and Kevin and Mandy Miller of Coweta, Oklahoma; two sisters and brother in law, April and Doug Hansche of Vera, Oklahoma, and Michael Sims of Tusla, Oklahoma; father and mother in law, Frank and Kathy Frachiseur of Wickes; maternal grandparents, Bill and Charlene Smith of Pryor, Oklahoma; step mother, Aderian Jimison of Muskagee, Oklahoma; aunts and uncles, Jackie and Rick Wilson of Pryor, Oklahoma, Sharon Schwartz of Norman, Oklahoma; nieces and nephews, Destiny, Maddison, and Tanner Frachiseur of Cove and Conner Stuert of Pryor, Oklahoma; and a host of other relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Cremation arrangements entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.

Serving Our Community One Family at a Time.

 

1-23-21 8:02 a.m. KAWX.ORG

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Carlos Edward Posey Obituary

Carlos Edward Posey

August 15, 1947 - January 20, 2021

 

Carlos Edward Posey, age 73, of Mena, Arkansas died on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at the VA Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was born on Friday, August 15, 1947 to Oddey John Posey and Ida Bell Harrison in Mena, Arkansas.

Carlos was an honorable man who always told the truth. Everyone who knew him, had at least once experienced his funny sense of humor. He proudly served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War and was a member of the NRA and the American Legion. Carlos did logging and later worked for Sterling Machinery and US Motors for many years. He enjoyed woodworking, screen printing, and game nights with his family. Carlos loved deer hunting as well as fishing. His family meant everything to him, and he cherished every moment spent with all of them. Carlos was a loving husband, father, brother, uncle, grandpa, great grandpa and friend and will be missed by all who knew him.

He is preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Kenneth Posey.

Carlos is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Pam Posey of Mena; one son, Tommy Posey of Mena; four daughters and sons in law, Cindy and Paul Kaelin of Mena, Carla Brewer and John Skipper of Mena, Carrie Bass of Conway, and Casi and Timothy Rose of Mena; two brothers and sister in law, Billy Don and Nancy Posey of Mena, and David Posey of Mena; two sisters and brother in law, Laverne Cunningham of Mena, and Shirley and Jim Schnell of Hot Springs; thirteen grandchildren; sixteen great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

A funeral service will be held Monday, January 25, 2021 at 10:00 A.M. at The Crossing in Mena with Reverend Victor Rowell officiating. Interment will follow at the Cherry Hill Cemetery in Cherry Hill, Arkansas under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home. Visitation will be Sunday, January 24, 2021 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena.

Pallbearers will be Torrey Drager, Chase Brewer, Tyler Hurst, Jordan Bass, Jestin Bass, and Brynten Rose.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com

Serving Our Community One Family at a Time.

 

1-22-21 4:39 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Frances Darlene Clark Obituary

Frances Darlene Clark, 68, died January 21, 2021 in Mena, Arkansas. She was born on November 25, 1952 in Sacramento, California to the late Robert and Darlene Clark.

Frances worked as a nurse’s aide and loved caring for others. She enjoyed crocheting when she was able. She loved the Lord and was a member of St. Agnes Catholic Church.

She is survived by her daughter, Michelle Rush; son, Richard Rush; sisters, Felicia Ulvevadet, Mary Boche, and Melanie Gonzalez; aunt, Jackie; grandchildren, Destiny Smith, Ricky Eldridge; 3 loving cats. Frances is preceded in death by her parents.

A graveside memorial will be Saturday February 13, 2021 at Mt. Calvary Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. Frances will be sent for cremation under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.
 

 

1-22-21 12:34 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

 

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Barbara Ilene Hay Obituary

Barbara Ilene Hay

November 19, 1945 - January 21, 2021

 

Barbara Ilene Lindsay Hay, age 75, of Mena, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, January 21, 2021 at the Waldron Nursing Center in Waldron, Arkansas. She was born on Monday, November 19, 1945 to Louis Daniel and Doris Young Lindsay in Carol, Maine.

Barbara was a loving mother, wife, and a Christian, a member of Salem Baptist Church. She was a medical transcriptionist by trade. She enjoyed the outdoors, spending many hours with her husband camping and fishing at Broken Bow Lake. She loved doing her hobby of arts and crafts. Christmas was her favorite time of year, spending many hours decorating her Christmas tree. She will be missed dearly by all those that knew her.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Louis Daniel Lindsay and Doris Lindsay; and one sister, Carol Ann Lindsay.

Barbara is survived by her husband, W.D. Hay of Mena; two sisters, Pamella Pierce and Gail Rice both of Brewer, Maine; two daughters, Michelle Renae King of New Iberia, Louisiana, and Heather Lana Gibson of Roy, Utah; two step daughters, Linda Kay Godbold of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, and Donna Jean Bergeron of Tioga, Louisiana; eight grandchildren; nine great grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.

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

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.

Serving Our Community One Family at a Time.

 

1-22-21 10:27 a.m. KAWX.ORG

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Paula Ann Ashley Obituary

Paula Ann Ashley

August 26, 1949 - January 20, 2021

 

Paula Ann Ashley age 71, of Mena, died Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at the Ashton Place in Barling, Arkansas. She was born on Friday, August 26, 1949 to Chester Lee and Mary Ellen Gorden Walston in Mena, Arkansas.

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

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Tommy Ashley; two brothers, Billy Gene Walston and Danny Walston and her brother in law, Bobby Brooks Sr.

Paula is survived by her son and daughter in law, Brad and Mandy Ashley of Mont Belvieu, Texas; her daughter and son in law, Tonya and Brandon Griffiths of Van Buren, Arkansas; two sisters, Pam Brooks of Mena, and Sherry Warren of Mena; two sisters in law, Judy Lane of Mena, and Linda Berry of San Antonio, Texas; seven grandchildren, Justin Ashley of Mena, Devin Ashley of Mena, Bailee and Drew Griffiths of Van Buren, and Dalton, Sabrina, and Miranda Pittser of Mont Belvieu; one brother in law, Monty Warren; several nieces and nephews, Bobby and Staci Brooks Jr. of Mena, Robby and Sherri Hines of Mena, Michael and Aimee Warren of Springdale, Shannon and Cathy Roberts of Fort Smith, Houston and Carol Lane of Mena, Everett and Melinda Fairless of Hatfield, Kevin and Lisa Berry of Oklahoma City, and Christy Martinez of San Antonio, Texas; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 2:30 P.M. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Max Deaton officiating. Interment will follow in the Pinecrest Memorial Park in Mena. No visitation is planned. Arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena. Visitation will be general and the family will be receiving friends and family at the Ashley residence in Potter.

Pallbearers are Brent Gorden, Steve Bell, Rod Titsworth, Mitch Titsworth, Alan Titsworth, Jimmy Titsworth, and Brandon Hemphill, Michael Warren and Bobby Brooks Jr.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the MD Anderson Cancer and Research Center at www.mdanderson.org/donors-volunteers/donate.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.

 

1-21-21 7:06 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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William Bill John Hicks Obituary

William “Bill” John Hicks, 83, died January 20, 2021 in Mena, Arkansas. He was born on October 17, 1937 to the late Phillip and Ruth Nations in Riverside, California.

Bill worked in the oil well division of US Steel retiring early. He spent several years riding motorcycles which gave him the idea for Water Mart, Inc. which he opened in Odessa, Texas. While physically able to play, he was known for being the left-handed golfer.

He is survived by his wife, Marvetta Sue Hicks; son, Jason Hicks and fiancée Susette; daughter, Jennifer Bates and husband Treb; grandchildren, Dalton, Kaylee and Mason; sister, Linda Fry. Bill is preceded in death by his parents; grandfather, Bert Hicks; and his dear grandmother Sudie Hicks which he adored.

A graveside service will be held Saturday January 23, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. in Pleasant Grove Cemetery with Brother Donnie Jewell officiating. Interment will follow under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

Visitation will be general.
 

 

1-21-21 12:17 p.m. KAWX.ORG

 

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Eduardo Lalo Herrera Obituary

Eduardo "Lalo" Herrera

April 23, 1967 - January 14, 2021

 

Eduardo "Lalo" Herrera, age 53, of Mena, Arkansas died on Thursday, January 14, 2021 St Bernard's Medical Center in Jonesboro, Arkansas. He was born on Sunday, April 23, 1967 to Alberto Herrera and Guadalupe Parra in El Arco, Mexico.

Lalo was a good man of the Catholic faith. He believed in working hard to support his family. He took great pride in his work at Rosewood Completion He was passionate in renovating his home, and loved living in nature. Lalo enjoyed fishing, gardening, and his roosters. He loved his family, and they were always his motivation in life. Lalo was a loving husband, son, father, brother, uncle, grandfather, and friend and will be missed by all who knew him.

Lalo is survived by his loving wife, Tammy Burkett Herrera of Mena; his parents, Alberto and Guadalupe Herrera of El Arco, Mexico; one daughter, Julie Herrera of Mena; one step son, Kevin Burkett of Cove; one step daughter, Summer Burkett of Mena; three brothers; nine sisters; two grandchildren, Lucas Cox of Mena, and Averiona Burkett of Cove; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 11:00 A.M. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena with Brother Ron Ladd officiating. Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.

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1-21-21 9:58 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Mrs. Karen Caldwell Obituary

Mrs. Karen Caldwell, age 69, of Smithville, Oklahoma, passed away Monday, January 18, 2021 in Ft. Smith, Arkansas.

She was born April 4, 1951 to the late Corbis Melvin and Alma Charlton and was married to William Caldwell. Karen was an avid reader and was a member of the Octavia Baptist Church in Octavia, Oklahoma. She was a registered nurse and enjoyed the travels her profession took her on, even visiting Alaska! Her favorite time though, was spent with her grandchildren, whom she loved dearly. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and a friend to all who met her. She will be greatly missed.

She is survived by husband: William Caldwell of the home

Sons: Jeremy Caldwell of Smithville, Oklahoma, Levi Caldwell and wife Miranda of Smithville, Oklahoma, Gerard Caldwell and wife Tara of Lincoln, Nebraska,a nd Michael Caldwell and wife Lindsey of Clarksville, Tennessee

Grandchildren: Sarah Wells and husband Hunter, Jacob Caldwell, Hannah Caldwell, Isaac Caldwell, Bethany Caldwell, Hayden Caldwell, Ashlyn Caldwell, Tayson Caldwell, Hailey Caldwell, Peyton Caldwell and Avery Caldwell

Brothers: JR Charlton, Jr., Leslie Charlton, and Neil Charlton

Sisters: Jana Shelton, Opal Wilson and husband Mark, Tammy Murray and husband Jimmy, and Joy Charlton

And a host of other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Nicholas Charlton, and Justin Charlton.

Graveside services will be Friday, January 22, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at the Smithville Cemetery in Smithville, Oklahoma with Brother Ed Rogers officiating.
 
Visitation will be general. Arrangements are under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.
 

 

1-21-21 9:52 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

 

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Howard Thomas Goins Obituary

Howard Thomas Goins

June 2, 1943 - January 19, 2021

 

Howard Thomas Goins, age 77, of Mena, Arkansas died on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at Mena Regional Health System. He was born on Wednesday, June 2, 1943 to John and Louise Goins in San Antonio, Texas.

Howard was a simple man who enjoyed the small things in life. He was a Christian and loved classical music as well as the opera. Howard especially loved blaring opera from his front porch. Carmen and Phantom of the Opera were among his favorites. Howard had many musical talents and played the piano as well as the cello. Howard served in the Air Force as an air traffic controller during the Vietnam War era. He was always willing to lend a helping hand to a friend or stranger in need. Howard had many talents and enjoyed rock polishing and jewelry making as well as Native American bead and leather work. Later in life he was very proud of his work with the Ouachita Little Theater and his pottery creations. Howard was a loving father, brother, grandfather, uncle and friend and will be missed by all who knew him.

Howard is preceded in death by his parents and one brother, John Goins.

Howard is survived by two daughters, Lisa Honeycutt of Stillwater, Oklahoma and Loretta Schaub of Stillwater, Oklahoma; two sisters, Louise Kuykendall of Nursery, Texas and Judy Worley; three nephews, Dr. Jonathan Goins of Saipan, David Worley and Daniel Worley; two nieces, Tammy Ramirez and husband Frank and Beverly Thomas and husband Darrell; six grandchildren, Rachel Littlebird, Caleb Andrew Dakota Dahley, Samantha Honeycutt, Matthew Aaron Schaub, Heather Nicole Schaub, and Stephen Schaub; three great grandchildren, Rhythm Jean Denise Thomas, Luna Schaub and another on the way; as well as a host of other relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 2:00 P.M. at the Octavia Cemetery in Octavia, Oklahoma with Brother Frank Ramirez officiating. Cremation arrangements entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.

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1-20-21 2:23 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Mitzi Duckett Obituary

Mitzi Duckett

June 22, 1960 - January 19, 2021

 

Mitzi Diane "Nana" Duckett, 60, of Mena, Arkansas passed away on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 due to complications of COVID-19 in Texarkana, Texas. She was born on Wednesday, June 22, 1960 in Mena, Arkansas to Joyce Alexander and Tony Haskell Vaught. Mitzi was a member of Cherry Hill Gospel Church and served on numerous committees.

Mitzi, together with her husband Ronnie, owned several businesses including The Corner, Southside General Store and Northside. However, her favorite title was Nana. Nana took great pride in spoiling her grandchildren whether by hosting their birthday parties, creating magical holidays, pool parties, trips to the pumpkin patch or Easter Egg Hunts, just to name a few. Mitzi loved having her family at home for any occasion. While the holidays seem unthinkable without our Nana, we know she would want us to carry on her great traditions. However, we are quite confident our Christmas tree nor our coordinated pajamas will ever be as perfect as Nana's.

Mitzi is survived by her husband of 18 years, Ronnie Duckett; son, Clay Knighten and wife, Hayden; daughter, Whitney Milum and husband, Michael; step daughter, Rhonda Bensen and husband, John; step son, Kyle Duckett and his wife, Heather. She was happiest in the presence of her grandchildren Kate, Easton, Hudson, (Coming Soon: Kinley) Knighten; Cooper Mac and Conley Grace Milum; Maddie, Lauren, and Charlie Bensen; Trever Pierce; her parents, Paul and Joyce Alexander; step brother, Monty Alexander and wife, Eileen; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends. .

A private family service will be held on at Cherry Hill Gospel Church with Brother Mark Lyle and Brother Tom Hartley officiating. A public graveside service will be Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 3:00 P.M. at the Cherry Hill Cemetery with serves entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Cherry Hill Gospel Church.

Pallbearers will be Kris Lyle, Johnny Hilton, Brian Erickson, Trever Pierce, Doug Irwin and Braxton Arceneaux.

 

1-20-21 12:38 p.m. KAWX.ORG

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Mrs. Kum Sun Alvis Obituary

Mrs. Kum Sun Alvis, age 87, walked thru the gates of Heaven on January 17, 2021 in Mt. Ida, Arkansas.

She was born January 4, 1934 in Daejon City, South Korea. Kum Sun was united in marriage to Charles Alvis on May 1, 1968 in Seoul, South Korea. She enjoyed farming, crocheting, knitting, shopping, raising her family, and celebrating every holiday with all her children. She was an extremely loving wife, mother, and grandparent. If you came to her house, she would make sure you always left full.

Kum Sun was preceded in death by her husband Charles, infant grandson Albert Alvis. She is survived by her children; Jerry Alvis of Florida, Michael Alvis of Hot Springs, Arkansas, Dennis Alvis and wife Kathy of Birdeye, Arkansas, Susan Copelin and husband Richard of Mena, Arkansas, Calvin Alvis and wife Amy of Hot Springs, Arkansas, Karen Copelin and fiancé Sky of Hot Springs, Arkansas, and Elizabeth Dotson and husband Thomas of Malvern, Arkansas; grandchildren, Bruce, Desarie, Taylor Roberts and husband Mark, Colton and fiancé Dakota, August, Rachael, Declan, and Nolan; and 9 great grandchildren.

Private graveside service will be held Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. at Norris Cemetery in Yocana, Arkansas.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Arkansas Children’s Hospital.
 

 

1-18-21 1:06 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

 

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Wayne Ramsey Obituary

Wayne Ramsey, 91, of Poteau, OK passed away Saturday, January 16, 2021 at his home.  Wayne was born December 7, 1929 in Holson Valley, OK to Dewey & Allie (Wylie) Ramsey.  He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Hazel, Sue & Bonnie and brothers, Carmon & Jimmy.

 

Survivors include his wife, Carol; children, Mike & Patty Ward of LeFlore, OK, Kathy & J.C. Ramsey of Wilburton, OK, Misti & Bobby Ramsey of Odessa, MO, Angie & Tony Ramsey of Poteau, OK; grandchildren, Tyril, Jaci, Cody, Amber, Jodi, Jami, Cameron, Trevor, Jason, Allie, Maddie; great grandchildren, Sidnee, Braden, Paige, Aaron, Kahlan, Chase, Josie, Whitney; brother, Henry Ramsey of  Moore, OK; other relatives, loved ones and friends.

 

Services will be 1 pm, Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at Summerfield Cemetery Pavilion with Charles Caughern officiating.

 

1-18-21 11:58 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Mavis Dale Obituary

 

 

Mavis Dale

December 21, 1947 - January 11, 2021

 

 

Mavis Dale, age 73, of Mena, passed away Monday, January 11, 2021 in Mena, Arkansas. She was born December 21, 1947 in Breathitt County Kentucky.

She was a long time member of the Extension Homemakers Club of Pottsville Arkansas. She was also a long time volunteer for the Arkansas Red Cross bloodmobile blood drives. Some of her favorite hobbies included reading, playing Sudoku puzzles, and going to yard sales.

She is preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Joyce and Betty and one brother, Carl.

She is survived by her three children: Stanley Terry and wife Tanya of Clay City, Kentucky; Paula Rogers of Beattyville, Kentucky and John Dale with wife Abigail of Mena, Arkansas. Also survived by one sister Brenda Deaton of Beattyville, Kentucky and two brothers: Willard Deaton of Beattyville, Kentucky and James Floyd Deaton and wife Linda of Mena, Arkansas. Also, one step-brother, Rollie Thomas Mullins with wife Kim of McGhee, Arkansas and one half-brother Ike Deaton of Middletown, Ohio. Also a host of grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Also a special friend of the family, Jessie Cooley.

Graveside Services will be held on Friday, January 15, 2021 at the Mt. Gilead Cemetery in Rocky, Arkansas under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com

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1-14-21 12:40p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Melinda Jean Smith Obituary

Melinda Jean Smith, 46, died Monday, January 11, 2021 in Nacodoches, Texas. She was born August 23, 1974 in DeQueen, Arkansas to Tommy and Debra Smith.

Melinda loved animals, being outdoors, and flowers. She enjoyed helping people anytime they were in need and taking care of her family. Melinda worked in the food prep industry in her professional life. Anyone that knew Melinda knew of her love for her dear cat, Raptor.

Melinda is survived by her husband, Donald Smith of Timpson, Texas; sons, Donald Thomas Smith of Timpson, Texas, Brandon Lee Smith and wife Haley of Ft. Smith, Arkansas, William James Smith of Timpson, Texas; her parents, Tommy Douglas and Debra Smith of Cove, Arkansas; sister, Jennifer Belknap and husband Steve of Cove, Arkansas; grandmother, Ramona Moller of Cove, Arkansas; a host of family and friends.

She is preceded in death by her grandfather, Tommy Smith; grandfather, Frank Fox; grandmother, Darlene Fox.

A graveside service will be held Friday, January 15, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Cove, Arkansas with Brother Reggie Fryar officiating. Interment to follow under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

Visitation is general.
 

 

1-13-21 4:25 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

 

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Emmett Roy Coleman Obituary

Emmett Roy Coleman

February 26, 1939 - January 11, 2021

 

Emmett Roy Coleman, age 81, of Hatfield, Arkansas passed from this world to the hands of our Lord on Monday, January 11, 2021 at Mena Regional Health System. He was born on Sunday, February 26, 1939 to Roy and Mildred Coleman in Modesto, California.

As a very young man he learned to work hard in the sugar beet fields to help support his family. All of his life he valued hard work and taught it to his children and grandchildren. A strong patriot Emmett joined the US Navy at the age of 19. Emmett was a self taught early entrepreneur and ran several very successful businesses in various industries from harvesting to real estate. He owned and operated Emmett Coleman Trucking and Beet Harvesting in Wilcox, Arizona; Coleman Equipment in Chandler, Arizona; Sunbelt Truck Sales in Phoenix, Arizona; National Service Systems in Fort Worth, Texas and Coleman Properties in Mena, Arkansas. In 2001 Emmett and the love of his life Evelyn moved to Mena, Arkansas in happy retirement where he loved to fish, spend time with his grandchildren and ride his tractor.

Emmett was the strong patriarch of his family, an employer that inspired loyalty from his employees, and a good friend who was loved by all. He was the man who would give you the shirt off of his back and as importantly would teach you where to source the materials to create your own shirt at the absolute lowest cost. Emmett was a strong, proud and loving man who will be missed by many.

Emmett is preceded in death by his parents and his three brothers, Roger Coleman, Lawrence Coleman and Wayne Coleman.

Emmett is survived by his loving wife, Evelyn Coleman of Hatfield; two sons, Aaron Coleman of Hatfield and Jason Easley of Tucson, Arizona ; two daughters, Tammy Nichols of Cove, Arkansas and LaDonna Allen of Nashville, Tennessee; one brother, Don Coleman of Modesto, California; five grandchildren; six great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

A funeral service will be held Friday, January 15, 2021 at 11:00 A.M. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena with Brother Russell Threet officiating. Interment will follow in the Pinecrest Memorial Park in Mena. Visitation will be general. Arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.

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1-13-21 9:46 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

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James Fletcher McCool, Jr. Obituary

James Fletcher McCool, Jr., age 80, of Mena, Arkansas passed away Saturday, January 9, 2021 at his home surrounded by his family.

He was born January 27, 1940 in Augusta, Georgia to the late James F. McCool, Sr. and Hilda Hee Foy McCool. He was united in marriage to Barbara Boblitt. James was a lifelong member of Christian Motorcycle Association (CMA), serving as the State Representative, he served in a prison ministery, a Mason, and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Mena. He served in the United States Coast Guard as a Lighthouse Keeper at Kilauea Point Kaua’I. He was the last living Lighthouse Keeper. After serving in the Coast Guard, he worked for NASA in both Hawaii and Houston, Texas. Later in life he retired from Tyson. James enjoyed photography, music, singing, hunting and target shooting as just a few of his favorite past times. He was a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle and friend.

James was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Maxine Rogers, Peggy Scott and Carol Dukes. He is survived by his wife of 8 years, Barbara; sons, James Ikaika Mikioi McCool and Jason Christopher McCool; daughter, Elvira Makanalanikia; many grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other family members too numerous to mention.

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

 

 

1-11-21 1:41 p.m. KAWX.ORG

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James L. Smith, Sr. Obituary

James L. Smith, Sr. “Deadeye”, age 73, of Marshall, Texas formerly of Hatfield, Arkansas passed away Sunday, January 10, 2021 in Marshall.

He was born May 28, 1947 in Beech, Oklahoma to the late Burla Snow Beggs. James was a truck driver by profession. He enjoyed fishing, camping, deer hunting and driving his log trucks. He also enjoyed telling life stories. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and friend.

James was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Lois Smith; brothers, Terry Beggs and Gary Snow; sisters, Janie Barker, Sandra Kay Beggs and Robbie Leona Beggs. He is survived by his son, James Smith, Jr. of Mena, Arkansas; daughters, Dusty Singleton and husband Perry of Marshall, Texas, Gidget White and husband Bryan of Nevada, Texas, and Martha Rogugihi and husband Kevin of Marshall, Texas; grandchildren, Cheyenne, Jaquita, Justina, Ashley, James Smith, III, James Smith IV, Jimmy Smith, Jr., Dekota Weeks, Cody and Faith George, and Avery White; a host of great grandchildren; brothers, Roger Beggs and Jerry Snow; sisters, Linda Ferguson and Kathy Hoover.

Funeral service will be Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home Chapel with Robert Weeks officiating. Interment will follow in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Hatfield, Arkansas. Services are under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Visitation will be Wednesday, January 13, 2021 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Cecil Fairless, Floyd Fairless, Clifford Fairless, Marty Fairless, Pete Fairless, Jimmy Smith, Jr., Dekota Weeks, and Cody George.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com.
 

 

1-10-21 5:01 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

 

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William Frank Pearl Obituary

William “Frank” Pearl, age 68, passed away Saturday, January 9, 2021 at his home surrounded by family and friends.

He was born October 7, 1952 in Mena, Arkansas to the late Samuel Jefferson Pearl and Jaunita Morgan Hightower. He was united in marriage to Shirley White in 2002. He was a sheet rocker by profession and served his country in the United Stated Army. William enjoyed playing yatzee, and just all around piddling. When he was able, he enjoyed fishing and was a great cook. He was an accomplished guitar player and admirer of music. Singing to his wife, Shirley brought him great joy. William was a loving and caring husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and friend. He will be dearly missed.

He is preceded in death by his parents; step-father, Wilson Hightower; step-mother, Leda Pearl; sisters, Bonnie Martin and Linda. William is survived by his wife, Shirley; son, Jammey Anderson and wife Rhonda; daughters, Terri Ann Floyd Armijo and husband Frankie, Tina Jo Laws and husband Timothy and Regina Webb; 12 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren; brother, Sam Pearl and wife Mitzi, sisters, Rebecca Dalton and Beverly Anderson; special friend, Cullis Lee; a host of nieces, nephews, and other family and friends too great to mention.

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

 

 

1-10-21 11:35 a.m. KAWX.ORG

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Christy Ann Rodland Phipps Obituary

Christy Ann Rodland Phipps, age 61, of Mena, Arkansas, passed away Friday, January 8, 2021 at her home.

She was born December 9, 1959 in Sacramento, California to Maynard and Claudia Rodland. Christy was united in marriage to Don Phipps. She was an Escrow Coordinator and was manager of the Sun Country Inn in Mena, Arkansas for approximately 10 years. Christy was an avid reader. She enjoyed traveling and loved growing flowers. She was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, aunt and friend. She will be dearly missed.

She was preceded in death by her father, Maynard Rodland. Christy is survived by her husband, Don; sons, Chris and Jereme Jenkins; mother, Claudia Rodland; brother, Duane Rodland; sisters, Debbie Stephenson and Suzie Rodland, 7 grandchildren; 9 nieces and nephews.

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

 

 

1-9-21 1:06 p.m. KAWX.ORG

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Carol Ann Thanos Obituary

Carol Ann Thanos

July 29, 1934 - January 5, 2021

 

Carol Ann Thanos, age 86, of Mena, died Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at The Springs of Mine Creek in Nashville, Arkansas. She was born on Sunday, July 29, 1934 to John Huss in Chicago, Illinois.

Carol was a Christian woman who attended the St. Agnes Catholic Church in Mena. She worked as a registered nurse in Southern California for many years, and was also very proud of opening her own real estate company, American Dream Real Estate. Carol dedicated herself to learning something new every decade, such as learning to play the violin at the age of 63. She enjoyed good food and music as well as spending time with her beloved dogs, Tina and Cha Cha. Carol was a loving mother, grandmother and friend and will be missed by all who knew her.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her son, Charles Thanos; and one brother, Bill Huss.

Carol is survived by her daughter, Cynthia Thanos Wade of Mena; and a host of other relatives and friends.

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

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com

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1-7-21 10:17 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Vera Sue Green Obituary

Vera Sue Green

November 4, 1965 - January 3, 2021

 

Vera Sue Green, age 55, of Mena, died Sunday, January 3, 2021 at her home. She was born on Thursday, November 4, 1965 to Donald Ray parker and Charlotte Sue Turner in Taft, California.

Vera was a Christian woman who attended Baker Rock Church in Wickes. She had a wonderful sense of humor and felt that the love of her family was all that truly mattered. Vera had a big heart, and loved all of her family and friends immensely. She was a loving person, always willing to give someone a second chance. Vera liked to sew, do different arts and crafts, and go shooting with her son, Randy. She was a fan of 80's Heavy Metal bands like Poison. She loved the water whether it be lakes, rivers, or the ocean. Vera was a loving mother, sister, grandmother, aunt and friend and will be missed by all who knew her.

She is preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, David Parker and Donny Parker; and special father, Alvin Jones.

Vera is survived by two sons and daughter in law, Randy and Jill Dill of Mena, and Bricen Green of Mena; one daughter, Dixie Jones of Mena; five grandchildren, Randy Dill, Duncan Dill, Camara Dill and Robbie and Nevaeh; special mother and extended family, Shirley Parker of Mena; special sisters, Chandra Ponce and Linda Santiago both of De Queen; special brother, Roger Hornbeck of Fresno, California; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

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

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.

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1-7-21 10:05 a.m. KAWX.ORG

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Rufus Wayne Thacker Obituary

Rufus Wayne Thacker, 76, of Mena, Arkansas, died January 5, 2021 in Hot Springs, Arkansas. He was born to the late Lester and Allene Thacker on February 25, 1944 in Mena, Arkansas.

Rufus loved to tell stories. He relived many pipeline jobs through his storytelling. He was a hard worker and never backed down from a challenge. When he was home from “work” he was always outside working on his place or in his shop. He was a dedicated employee at Century Inspection for 55 years where he worked as an xray technician and supervisor.

He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Dovie Thacker; children, Diane and Charles Billings of Chetopa, Kansas, Becky, and Abe Austin of McCarney, Texas, Debbie and Tony Youmans of Hatfield, Arkansas, Marty and Shiela Thacker of LaPorte, Indiana, and Ron and Tonya Thacker of Mena, Arkansas; twelve grandchildren; seventeen great grandchildren.

Rufus is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Bobby Thacker, Odell Thacker and Leroy Thacker; sister, Laverne Thompkins; infant sister, Zelda.

Pallbearers will be Rocky Billings, Ray Billings, Randy Beaty, Travis Youmans, Dallas Thacker and Ty Thacker.

Services will be held Friday, January 8, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. in the Beasley Wood Chapel with Brother Donnie Jewell officiating.

Interment will follow at Foster Cemetery under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home.
 

 

1-6-21 5:18 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

 

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Bonnie Bee Pruitt Obituary

Bonnie Bee Pruitt, 74, of Hatfield, Arkansas, died January 5, 2021 in Mena, Arkansas. She was born July 31, 1946 in Mena, Arkansas to the late Jessie and Willie Scott Pruitt.

Bonnie enjoyed playing dominos and cards. She loved the Lord and previously attended the Church of Christ at Mt. Fork. She spent her life as a homemaker. Bonnie was a very loving and caring mother, sister, aunt, and friend. She will be missed by many family and friends.

She is survived by her son, Jimmy Pruitt of Hatfield, Arkansas; sister, Faye Combs of Hatfield, Arkansas; sister-in-law, Sandy Pruitt of Mena, Arkansas; a host of nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Bonnie is preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Joe Pruitt and Jack Pruitt; sisters, Willene Jordan, Betty Atchley, Bessie Shores and Lorene Elliott.

Pallbearers will be Jessie Pruitt, Jody Pruitt, Mark Shores, Henry Wilkinson, Leon Jordan, John Jordan, Paul Hamm and Josh Nichols.

Services for Bonnie will be Friday, January 8, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at Beasley-Wood Chapel with Bro. Troy Denton officiating. Interment will follow in the Foster Cemetery under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

Visitation is Thursday, January 7, 2021 from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
 

 

1-6-21 12:07 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

 

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John Paul Kelly Obituary

John Paul Kelly, age 71, passed away January 3, 2021 in North Little Rock Baptist Hospital. He was born on February 2, 1949 in Mena to James Kirby Kelly and Oza (Bates) Kelly.
 
After living at a nursing home for two or so years, he tested positive for Covid-19. After developing symptoms, he was sent to the hospital. They did all they could reasonably be expected to do, next step was ventilator. That was not an option for him. Please take Covid-19 seriously and look out for everyone in our community. When someone is taken, it has a devastating impact on the family.
 
John served our country in the United States Navy. After his service he moved to Texas and owned a screen-printing business. In his spare time, he enjoyed flying his Ultralite aircraft. He enjoyed having fun with family and friends. He had the sweetest smile, when he wanted to, there were “those” looks, too! After retiring, John moved back to Mena and obtained a college degree. He was a kind, generous, and down to earth person. John was a loving son, brother, and father. He will be dearly missed.
 
He is survived by his son, Gene Paul Kelly; brother, Joe Kelly; sister, Marty Hansen and husband Tom; grandchildren, Kara, Katy, Kimberly, Shelley, and Jacob; and a multitude of great-grandchildren. John is preceded in death by his parents; and his brothers, James, Frank, Bill, and Jerry.
 
Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Beasley Wood Funeral Home. No services are planned at this time.
 
To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Mr. John Paul Kelly please visit our Sympathy Store.
 
1-5-21 3:06 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Patsy Sue Oglesby Obituary

Patsy Sue Oglesby, age 87, of Mena, Arkansas passed away January 2, 2021 in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

She was born September 23, 1933 to the late Byrd Vaught and Mamie Flora Vaught. She was united in marriage to the late Bob Oglesby. Patsy was a telephone operator by profession. She will be dearly missed.

Patsy is survived by her sister-in-law, Margaret Oglesby; cousin, Patty Oglesby; and a host of other cousins and family members. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

Graveside service will be Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 3:30 p.m. at the Nunley Cemetery in Nunley, Arkansas with Brother Russell Threet officiating. Services are under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.
 

 

1-4-21 4:15 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

 

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Bertha Rogers Speight Obituary

Bertha Rogers Speight, age 76, of Hatfield, Arkansas went to be with her Lord and Savior, December 29, 2020.

She was born on February 28, 1945 in Monticello, Arkansas to the late Ruff Rogers and Alfa Pruett Rogers. She was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Mena, Arkansas. Bertha was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, and friend.

Bertha was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Billy Ruff Rogers; and her sister, Louise Heath.
 
She is survived by her sons, Rickey Miner of Waldron, Arkansas, Russell Miner of Hatfield, Arkansas and Douglas Manley of Hatfield, Arkansas; five grandchildren, Josh Miner, Anna Miner, and Calvin Miner all of Waldron, Arkansas, and Lilly Manley and Nathan Manley of Hatfield, Arkansas; three great grandchildren, Dakota Miner, Hailey Miner, and Myles Miner all of Waldron, Arkansas.

Graveside services will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 6, 2021 in the Rocky Cemetery in Sims, Arkansas under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Visitation is general.

 

 

1-4-21 11:12 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Charles Stricklin Obituary

Charles Stricklin

July 5, 1933 - January 1, 2021

 

Charles Stricklin, age 87, of Mena, Arkansas died on Friday, January 1, 2021 at the Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He was born on Wednesday, July 5, 1933 to Jess Stricklin and Retha Melissa Williams Stricklin in Heavener, Oklahoma.

Charles proudly served in the United States Navy during the Korean War, aboard the USS Black Battleship. God and family were his guiding light in life. He would often say, "God is good, if you let Him be." He was an active member of the First Assembly of God Church in Mena. Charles was a very hard worker, and always did everything with integrity. He said that his career as a self-employed salesman started when he was 8 years old selling garden seeds. He was a district leader in The Gideon's International, a Mena Police Officer, the Mayor of Hatfield, and Pastor at the Board Camp Assembly of God. Charles loved to make people laugh and was quite a jokester. He was very passionate about gardening and loved flowers of all kinds. He also liked fishing, listening to Southern Gospel music, and was a very talented woodworker. Charles always enjoyed his coffee, as well as ice cream and coconut cream pie whenever he could get it. Most of all, Charles loved his family. He was very close with his parents and siblings, and he instilled that love in his own children. He was so proud of the family he raised and cherished every moment with all of them. Charles was a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and will be missed by all who knew him.

He is preceded in death by his parents; Jess and Retha Stricklin, his wife, Mary Jo Farley Stricklin; two brothers, Obie Stricklin and William Stricklin; and two sisters, Dosha Tilley and Pauline Wiles.

Charles is survived by Norma Stricklin of Mena; one son, Richard Stricklin of Richmond, Virginia; three daughters and sons in law, Charlene and Randy O'Neal of Hot Springs; Lisa and Marvin Brewer of Mena; and Tressa Mercado of Charleston, Arkansas; six grandchildren, Rikki Stricklin, Brandon O'Neal, Amber and Jacob Goodner, Holly and Wesley Cummins, Amisha and Tim Mosley, and Senia and Dakota Rapp; two great grandchildren, Ivy Jo Cummins and Eleanor Wren Mosley; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

A graveside funeral service will be held on Friday, January 8, 2021, at 2:00 P.M. at Six Mile Cemetery in Hatfield, Arkansas with Brother Ron Tilley officiating. Visitation will be Thursday, January 7, 2021 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.

Serving Our Community One Family at a Time.

 

1-3-21 7:54 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Garry Lee Butte Obituary

Garry Lee Butte, age 63 of Mena, Arkansas passed away December 31, 2020 in Mena.

Garry was born on August 3, 1957 in Geneva, Ohio to Lynn Clark Butte and Emma Edna Barnum Butte.

He was married to Jeanine Butte and worked as a cable lineman. He enjoyed playing music and writing songs. Garry was a kind and loving person that would help others. He enjoyed volunteer work by coaching football and refereeing. Garry also was past president of the Eagles and an encouraging mentor to all.

He will be dearly missed by all.

He is survived by his wife: Jeanine Butte

Sons: Tedy Bear Butte, Bryan Lee Butte and Garry Lee Butte, Jr.

Ten grandchildren and three great-grandchildren

One brother and six sisters.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Robert, and granddaughter Jillian.

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

 

1-2-21 1:19 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

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Patricia Lee O'Sheilds Gentry Obituary

Patricia Lee O'Sheilds Gentry age 73 of Grannis, Arkansas passed away Thursday, December 31, 2020 in Grannis.

Patricia was born on December 17, 1947 in Sherman, Texas to the late Robert Wesley O'Sheilds and the late Nancy Laws O'Sheilds. She was married to Stephen Gentry for fifty-four years.

She worked as a Postal worker for many years. Patricia enjoyed an active life. She loved to paint, sew and crochet. Also, water skiing and bowling. Above all, she loved her church family and serving God.

She is survived by her husband of 54 years: Stephean Gentry of Grannis, Arkansas

Son: Brett Gentry and wife Adessa Ziegenfuss of San Antonia, Texas

Grandchildren: Venessa Paterson, Aurora Collinsworth, Rohan Collins, Gavin Collins, Jordan Collins and Justen Gentry

Great-grandchildren: Aspen Conn, Waylon Paterson, Lane Paterson and Amelia Paterson

Sister: Carol Spadin.

She was preceded in death by her parents. Graveside services will be Monday, January 4, 2021, 10:00 a.m. at Grannis Cemetery in Grannis with Brother David Jacobs officiating under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com.
 

 

1-2-21 12:01 p.m. KAWX.ORG

 

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Xavier Ross Williams Obituary

Xavier Ross Williams

July 31, 1926 - December 30, 2020

 

Reverend Xavier Ross Williams, age 94, passed away on December 30, 2020. He was born in McCurtain County, Oklahoma on July 31, 1926 to Clarence Otto Williams and Ora Carter Williams. Ross (as he was called by family and friends) was a graduate of Vandervoort High School, Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, AR, and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX. He also served in the United States Navy during WWII.

Ross married the love of his life, Elva Lou Francis Stewart on Easter Sunday, April 6, 1947, in Wickes, AR. Two years later, he was called to preach the Gospel and moved his wife and 2 children to Fouke, AR where he began preaching at his first church in Red River Bottoms. Ross and his wife, Elva, spent the next 55 years faithfully serving the Lord in the Gospel Ministry, as he pastored many churches throughout Arkansas. Most of this time was in Smackover, AR, Mt. Ida, AR, and Mena, AR. Ross also served as the Director of Missions during a portion of this time. Ross officially retired after acting as interim pastor to Vandervoort Baptist Church in Vandervoort, AR in 2004.

In addition to serving in the ministry, Ross owned and operated several family businesses, including fabric stores, buidling supply stores, farmland with cattle, and upon his retirement, he owned the fuel base operations at the Mena Intermountain Municipal Airport.

When Ross wasn't working in the church or his other businesses, he loved to spend time fishing on the lake, piloting his airplane, wood working in his shop, or gardening. He loved when his grandchildren or great grandchildren would come to stay.

Ross was proceeded in death by his wife, Elva Lou Francis Williams; his parents, Clarence Otto Williams and Ora Carter Williams; his brother Raymond Williams; and his sisters, Frieda Hilton, Bettye Mae Jones, and JoAnn Basford.

Ross is survived by his children: one son and daughter in law, Gary and Sharon Williams of Mena; one daughter and son in law, Donna and Hal Merriman of Jacksonville; six grandchildren, Kristi and Steve Schuller of Mena, Kevin and Tiffany Williams of Mena, Keith and Amber Williams of Mena, Melissa and Robert Kennedy of Maumelle, Kyle and Cori Williams of Springdale, Kimberly and Chadd Williams of Siloam Springs; nine great grandchildren, Olivia Lockhart, Andrew Davis, Alexis Williams, Nicholas Williams, Tessa Williams, Jenna Williams, Grayden Kennedy, Everly Kennedy, and Aubrey Williams; three step grandchildren, Taylor and Allie Schuller, Kyndon Schuller, and Kasen Schuller; one sister, Wanda Jones; and a large number of nieces and nephews. Most notably, niece Anita Nault, who has been a caregiver for Ross for the last three years.

A Graveside Service will be held Monday, January 4, 2020 at 10:00 am at the Pinecrest Memorial Park in Mena, Arkansas with Brother Russell Threet officiating.

 

1-1-21 12:40 p.m. KAWX.ORG

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