Obituaries Archives for 2022-01

George Franklin "Frank" Boren Obituary

George Franklin “Frank” Boren, age 82, of Mena, Arkansas passed away Saturday, January 29, 2022, at his home.

He was born January 2, 1940, in Mena, Arkansas to John Washington Boren and Ruth Lora Crawford Boren. Frank was united in marriage to Joy Vineyard. He was an oil driller, logger and carpenter by profession. Frank served his country in the United States Army. He enjoyed wood working and was an accomplished black smith. He liked to play dominos and was always sure to win. Frank also loved to read and at one time enjoyed going fishing. He just appreciated getting outdoors and enjoying Mother-Nature. George was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend. He will be dearly missed.

He was preceded in death by his parents John and Ruth Boren; sisters, Reba Rainey, Gladis Hooper, Retha Bartow, Pat Beadle, Jean Kristek, and Sue-Ann Brewster; and by his brother, John “Sonny” Boren. Frank was survived by his wife, Joy Boren; sons, George A. Boren, John Henry Boren, Andrew Jackson Boren and wife Vicky, Michael Joe Boren, Alexander Napoleon Boren and wife Jessica; daughter, Joy Elizabeth Hoose and husband Roger Dale; grandchildren, Cecilia, Stacey, Jacob, Dakota, Brooklyn, Kenyon, Dayton, Aidan, Randy and Rodney; numerous great-grandchildren.

Mr. Boren will be sent for cremation under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held, Wednesday, February 2, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. in Beasley-Wood Chapel.

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1-31-22 2:10 p.m. KAWX.ORG


Raymond Clinton "Ray" Hale Obituary

Raymond Clinton “Ray” Hale, age 80, of Mena, Arkansas passed from this life on Saturday, January 29, 2022, in Conway, Arkansas.

Ray was born August 14, 1941, in Ink, Arkansas to Clinton W. Hale and Ruth Oreddo Wallace Hale. Ray lived his entire life in the Mena area. He traveled thousands and thousands of miles in his 18-wheeler. He was the best storyteller ever. Ray married the love of his life, Louise Stroud, on April 21, 1962, and they celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary shortly before her passing. He was a member of the Concord Baptist Church in Ink, Arkansas. Ray was a dear sweet friend to so many and will be greatly missed.

Ray was preceded in death by his parents, Clinton and Ruth Hale; his stepmother since childhood, Lucille Titsworth Hale; his beloved wife, Louise Stroud Hale. He is survived by his sons, William Marshall Hale of Mena, Arkansas and Gregory Ray Hale of Northwest Arkansas; brothers, O.D. Hale and wife Ann of Nashville, Arkansas, Dedrick Hale and wife Sara of Ink, Arkansas; sisters, Anna G. Lee and husband Gary of Wooster, Arkansas and Christine O. Hale of Fayetteville, Arkansas; grandchildren, Jami, Taylor, Trevor and Marla; one great grandchild, Michael Spears; numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends too great to mention; and his special sweet fur baby, Lucy.

Graveside service will be Saturday, February 5, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. at the Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Cove, Arkansas. Interment will follow under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Mike Hale, Daniel Sharp, Clint Hale, James Hale, Jeff Johnson and Tony Craig. Honorary pallbearers will be Mark Eddleman, Danny Hansbrough and Brian Kesterson.

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1-30-22 5:29 p.m. KAWX.ORG


Dorothy "Dee Dee" Gaye Boeving Riley

Dorothy Gaye Boeving Riley, “Dee Dee”, age 74, passed away in her home in Mena, Arkansas on Friday, January 28, 2022. She was born November 13, 1947, in Kennett, Missouri to the late Joe and Joyce Dempsey Boeving. She was the oldest child of her family and known to the family as Dottie Gaye but to most others, Dee Dee.

Dee Dee attended Catholic school in Pine Bluff, Arkansas until the ninth grade and then public school at Pine Bluff and graduated, class of 64. Dee Dee was united in marriage, January 13, 1967, to the love of her life, Harold Riley. They were married for 53 years, until Harold’s passing in 2020. She served on the Arkansas Board of Cosmetology for many years, serving as President for a portion of those years. She also served on the National Hairdressers and Cosmetologist Association. She owned and operated Dee Dee’s Place, “The little shop with the Big Surprise”, on Southerland Street until 1980, when she moved her beauty shop to the back of her home. She was a member of the St. Agnes Catholic Church, as well as a member of the Emblem club for several years. She and her husband helped to put on the Mena Car Show for 40 years with their friend, Mark Campbell. Dee Dee, Harold and the kids traveled the nation (usually in a hot rod they built) going to car shows. They loved their car show family and cherished all the memories they made through the years. Every Tuesday and Thursday night, Dee Dee could be found with her girlfriends enjoying a girl’s night out. She enjoyed collecting trinkets and picking 4 leaf clovers. After Harold’s passing, she enjoyed spending time at Hidden Treasures with friends. Anyone who knew Dee Dee was well aware that she loved to say things to surprise people and friends and watch their face for the “shock” or “WOW” effect. You never knew what she was going to come up with. She always had a story to tell.

Dee Dee is preceded in death by her parents, Joe and Joyce Dempsey Boeving; her loving husband, Harold Riley; and by her brothers, Tim Boeving and Scott Boeving. She is survived by her son, Harold “Bear” Riley and wife Donna; daughter, Christi Horton and husband Brian; grandchildren, Angel, Devin, Brent, Logan, Tyler, Taylor, and Lacey, Jessica, James and Abigail; great-grandchildren, Izzy, Landon, Cooper, Oliver, Avery, Ella, , Spencer, Mariam, Jazmyne and Jebediah; brothers, Jody Boeving and wife Marijo, and Danny Boeving; sister, Star Boeving; as well as a host of other family and friends too numerous to mention.

Memorial services for Dee Dee will be announced at a later date. Cremation services entrusted to Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.


1-29-22 1:09 p.m. KAWX.ORG

Gwinda Mae (Webb) Martindale Obituary

Gwinda Mae (Webb) Martindale was born on July 28, 1939, to Carl Dawson Webb and Nettie (McBride) Webb, and passed on to the arms of Jesus on January 26, 2022, in Wister, Oklahoma, at the home of her daughter Tammy, where she was attended by her loving family.

Gwinda married Meredith Lavon Martindale on June 11, 1960. He always believed she was the most beautiful woman around and together they raised four children. She is survived by her children, Jeffrey Morgan Martindale, and Karen; Marsha Lynn Hinchee, and Robert; Randy Milton Martindale; and Tammy Kay Goad, and Shawn. She is also survived by her loving sister, Annette (Webb) Couch, and a special cousin, Renee (Vincent) Miesenheimer, her deeply loved grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and a great host of other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Carl Webb Jr., sister-in-law, Rosie Webb, and brother-in-law, Billy Couch.

Gwinda was raised mostly in Muse, Oklahoma, where her mother, Nettie was born, but traveled with her parents to Oregon during the depression days. There in Lakeview, Oregon, is where an athletic, talented, good-looking boy from Antlers, Oklahoma, met an athletic, talented, beautiful girl from Muse, Oklahoma, and began our family’ love story. They were wildly passionate and volatile in private, and very sedate and measured in public. While their children like to think they inherited some of their beauty, and one got their musical skills, none rose above just a ordinary athlete, for which all of them had deep regret.

Gwinda served as the pianist at most of the churches she attended in her lifetime. She loved to serve God in this way. Dad was sometimes the worship leader as well, but about 1977, they decided they preferred different doctrine and worship so rarely attended together after that, excepting revivals and other special occasions. Another way that she served God was she and Meredith continually helped children, the elderly, and others in need in the community. There was always an open place at the table and a bed could be found, if one was needed. They visited the elderly and ill. They always looked for ways to help others.

Gwinda took this servant heart with her into all her jobs including her teaching career, which was spent entirely at Tuskahoma School, where she retired. She was regarded as an excellent teacher and many students have relayed to her children the blessing she was to them. She loved her church family and served as Teacher there often, and was involved with the youth, and programs, most of her life. She was involved in local civic areas in the community as well.

Gwinda was deeply interested in the welfare of others and worked tirelessly for the benefit of those she tried to help. She loved her children and all of her family members dearly, and made sure they knew it. She loved her students too, and tried to help each one find their way to success. She was very proud of them and hoped that she was a good influence. She tried to instill responsibility, and loyalty, in everyone. Her standards were quite high. If she could say anything to you now, it would be what Peter said in Acts 2:38, “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost”.

Gwinda was a regular attender, and often played piano, at many funereal services. When Covid hit, this changed. Gwinda was aware that at many funeral services Covid was spread along with love, hugs, and handshakes. This greatly distressed her and she did not want this to be the case at hers. Several members of the family currently have Covid, so we have opted for a private family funeral at a later date. In place of flowers or any other kind of tribute, her family would ask you to spread kindness, make that phone call, go out of your way to help someone in no position to pay you back, be there when others need, just love like Jesus did. That is what Gwinda tried to do, be Jesus’ hands, and that relationship with Jesus is what she wanted everyone to have.

Honorary Pall Bearers are Tom Putman, Joe Chrisman, Jim Elrod, Shawn Goad, Robert Hinchee, Bobby Burns, Delton Putman, Leroy Roberts, Bill and Johnny Simmons, Barry Simpson, and Kevin Campbell.


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1-28-22 2:15 p.m. KAWX.ORG

Darwin Gene Lance Obituary

Darwin Gene Lance, age 87, of Mena Arkansas was born in a shotgun shack on the banks of Powell Creek in Western Polk County Arkansas Friday, March 9, 1934 to Charles Bertran and Letha Belle Daffin Lance. He went home to be with his Saviour Wednesday, January 26, 2022.


Darwin Gene is survived by a daughter, Jeannine Higgs and husband Jacob of Diboll Texas; a son, Tony Lance and wife Michelle of Cabot Arkansas; a stepson, Joe Tedder and wife Gail of Houston Texas; five grand children, Andrew Elder and wife Sarah of Frierson Louisiana; Emily Elder of San Antonio Texas; Chloe Segalla and husband David of Bentonville Arkansas; Michael Libby and wife Sara of North Little Rock Arkansas; Matt Libby of Prattsville Arkansas and nine step-grand children; three great grand children, Zack Elder; Willa Jean Elder and Hannah Claire Segalla; one brother, Charles Wayne Lance; two sisters, Thelma Parker and Wanda Foster; his favorite Aunt Jean and a host of other family and dear friends.


He was preceded in death by his wife of 32 years, Donna Lee Stanford Lance; a sister, Wilma Parker; his second wife of 21 years, Erma Faye Tedder Lance; two stepsons, Bobby Ray Tedder and Jeff Tedder; a stepdaughter, Sherry Tedder and his special friend, Louise Key.

To say Gene was a hard worker would be an understatement. He left school at the age of 13 to support his family, his dad being stricken with rheumatic fever, the effects of which plagued his dad the rest of his life. Gene became a professional grocery man, in every sense of the word. He worked early in his career for Roger Brothers Mercantile and after returning from Korea, began working for Shorty Williams at Piggly Wiggly. During his career, he and his wife Donna were the owners of The Market Basket grocery store and he finished his career working for a man that became his dear friend, Doy Grubbs at the Northside Food center.

Gene was an accomplished musician who began playing the guitar and later developed a love for the bass guitar, which he played for over 50 years; 40 of which were spent in local bands, the most time being with the Talimena Drive Band, each year playing over 100 shows. After his retirement from Talimena Drive, he picked up his beloved bass once again, becoming the bass player for a year for the Crossroads Cowboy Church band in El Paso Arkansas. He was an avid fisherman, whose angling exploits became legendary, spending 250 plus days a year on the water, catfishing at night and working all day. He was a master gardener, a past member of the Mena Optimist Club and Mena Elks Lodge. He loved the outdoors and he dearly loved the rodeo.

Of all his accomplishments, Gene was most proud of his service in the U.S. Military. He was drafted and went to Korea where he served in the 24th Infantry Division MP's and in CIC Counter Intelligence. Two years ago he was honored by the Central Arkansas Pro Rodeo Assn for his service to his country. He was a patriot who loved his country, saluted the flag, wept at the Star Spangled Banner, and longed to see his Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Graveside funeral services will be 2:00 pm, Saturday, February 5, 2022 at the Mt Gilead Cemetery, Highway 8 West, Rocky Community, Mena, Arkansas. Gene's beloved family and dear friends will be holding a visitation at the Bowser Funeral Home in Mena Arkansas between 9-11 am, Saturday, February 5th, 2022.


Pallbearers will be Andrew Elder, Jacob Higgs, Matt Libby, Chris Tedder and Greg Tedder. Services will be officiated by Rev. Ron Riddle under the direction of Bowser Funeral Home.


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1-28-22 12:50 p.m. KAWX.ORG

Betty Jean Sisk Obituary

Betty Jean Sisk, age 85, of Mena, Arkansas passed away Monday, January 24, 2022, at her home surrounded by her loving family.

Betty was born September 11, 1936, in Sugar Grove, Arkansas to Raymond Hershel Swint and Vera N. Wilkins Swint. She was united in marriage to G. W. Sisk. Betty enjoyed gardening and loved her animals but most of all adored her family and strived to devote most of her time taking care of and spending precious time with them. She was dearly loved and will be missed.

Betty is preceded in death by her parents, Raymond Hershel and Vera N. Wilkins Swint; her husband, G.W. Sisk; daughter, Pamela Sisk Wells; brothers, Larry Swint and Leland Swint; and by her sister, Jimmie Roberson. She is survived by her son, Gary Wayne Sisk and wife Judy; daughter, Katrina Sisk; grandchildren, Holly Davis Skiles and husband Josh, Angela Sisk Taylor, Zackery Orr, Brandon Orr; great-grandchildren, Raegan Skiles, Emma Skiles, and Evan Taylor; brothers, Sammy Swint and wife Linda; sister, Joan Thrasher and husband Don; sister-in-law, Betty Swint; special friend, Nora Williams; and a host of other family and friends.

Memorial services for Mrs. Sisk will be announced at a later date, cremation services are entrusted to Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

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1-26-22 5:32 p.m. KAWX.ORG

Benjamin D. Kulp Obituary

Benjamin D. Kulp of Y-City, Arkansas passed away quietly and unexpectedly at his home during the early morning hours of January 22, 2022, at the age of 83.

Ben was born to the late Rev. Harvey and Mrs. Katherine Kulp in Limerick, Pennsylvania in 1938. After graduating high school, Ben worked for the Woolworth corporation, pioneer of the modern retail concept department stores, helping start and manage new stores. A brilliant student, he received a scholarship to Purdue university to study engineering. Spending some time in the program, he was soon disenchanted with the lack of integrity growing in modern academia. Feeling a calling on his life, he transferred to Messiah Bible College; a school that specialized in training teachers and missionaries. At this time, Ben met a young nurse, Rochelle Kujet. They were married September 7, 1962. After graduating from Bible college, he established Wayside Christian School, an outreach of Wayside Chapel in Pottstown, PA, which was in continuous operation for over 50 years in the hands of his late brother, Paul Kulp of Oley, PA. A passion for children and Christian work led him to serve in many capacities in other Christian schools where he was highly respected for his gift of administration. In the mid 1970's, Ben and his wife Rochelle felt a calling to move to Arkansas, where they purchased property in Scott County. The abilities recognized when he was offered the scholarship to Purdue were put to use as he built his own home on the newly purchased property in Y-City. Ben's talents were many. He was industrious, thorough, and his quality of work was unrivaled. Ben and Rochelle were faithful for many years, working and building a new life in Arkansas, serving in their community and church. Ben soon felt led to pursue further education in Christian ministry; completing the requirements for ordination with the Christian and Missionary Alliance. He was accepted as a new worker to plant a church in Y-City in early 1990; naming it Wayside Chapel after the church his father planted many years ago in Pottstown, PA. The current program document for ordination with the C&MA clearly outlines the passion Ben felt for Christian work, specifically that, "In every generation there must be men and women who choose to walk deeply with God, embrace His mission as their own and fully aware of the rigors of the higher path, choose to pour out their lives so that the Kingdom may advance unhindered into the future...intentional and aggressive about advancing the Kingdom of God, with a focus on the priorities of: desperate dependence on the Holy Spirit; missional living; and godly leadership development." He hosted several studies for the development of Christian families, encouraging them to raise their children in the 'fear and admonition of the Lord'. In 1993, Ben published a book he had penned over ten years prior, entitled "Kidnapped! No, not my Child!' through which he sought to warn Christian parents that the public education system in the U.S. is anti-Christian and is seeking to control the minds of each child. On the cover of the book, he acknowledged his own parents' keen awareness of the influences of the public school system, slowly eroding the spiritual life of the children and youth of his generation. He attributed their personal sacrifices, allowing him to attend a Christian school, to the dedication of his life to children and youth; serving as a Sunday School teacher, youth leader and pastor; active in the Christian school ministry since the 60's as a teacher, administrator, and consultant in various states. After 40 blessed years of serving the Lord together, Ben surrendered his wife Rochelle to the Lord as she passed away in 2002.

Ben later met Dianna Fiedler, a retired teacher, also passionate for the Lord, in 2003. They were married in 2004 and together they began a Christian school at the Wayside Chapel in Y-City; ministering to Christian families and troubled youths for several years. He continued strong until the very end, recently completing construction on their new home and improving access to it with a beautiful concrete drive.

Family and friends knew Ben as a perfect gentleman, with a large heart, who cared deeply for people; a light in his generation. After he retired from full-time church ministry, he continued serving, active with his church family at First Baptist Church in Mena, AR. His ministry and work expanded even into Belize where his contributions and service were well received and deeply appreciated, touching many lives.

Ben began and ended each day with the Lord; singing, praying, and reading the Bible. His favorite songs included, "What a Friend We Have in Jesus", "Nothing is Impossible", and "Only Believe". He faced many trials, as children of God often do; but, through every trial he testified, "Well, the Lord's still testing me. I hope I pass this time. I just want people to see Jesus in me."

Ben was preceded in death by his parents, Rev. and Mrs. Harvey Kulp also of Y-City, AR; his dear wife of 40 years, Rochelle Kulp; brothers, Harvey Kulp of Gilbertsville, PA and Paul Kulp of Pottstown, PA; and a much loved step-daughter Lisa Taylor. He is survived by his beloved wife of 18 years, Dianna Kulp, of Y-City, AR; a sister, Ruth Rice of Colorado Springs, CO; a brother Edward Kulp of Oley, PA, a brother Tim Kulp, also of Y-City, AR; several step-children and grandchildren;16 nieces and nephews; and many grand nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be announced at a later date in early Spring. Friends and family are invited and encouraged to share photos, memories and testimonies of the life and ministry of Ben through his tribute wall at

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1-24-22 1:46 p.m. KAWX.ORG

Shirley Kay Pearl Obituary

Shirley Kay Pearl, age 73, passed away January 22, 2022, in Mena, Arkansas. She was born to Kermit Fay White, Sr. and Mary Almeda Reed White on September 25, 1948. Shirley was a jack-of-all-trades. She was an LPN and also retired from Aalfs as a factory worker. She loved to cook for her family, play cards and truly enjoyed fishing. She was dearly loved and will be missed by all who knew her.

Shirley is preceded in death by her parents Kermit Fay and Mary Almeda White; husband William Pearl; brothers William F. White, Kermit Fay White, Jr., and Dewayne White; sister Brenda White, and one granddaughter Timmie Jolynn Jewell. She is survived by her children Terri Armijo and husband Frankie; Tina Jo Laws and husband Timothy; Jammey Anderson and Wife Rhonda, and Regina Webb. 17 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren. Several nieces and nephews and a host of other family and friends.

Cremation services are entrusted to Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. A memorial service to be announced at a later date.


1-22-22 3:55 p.m. KAWX.ORG

Patricia Anne Trulock Obituary

Patricia Anne Trulock, age 72, passed away January 21, 2022, in Mena, Arkansas. She was born January 26, 1949, to Augustus Delma Cook and Madge Pauline Chaney Cook. Patricia was an avid photographer and it was her favorite thing to do. Watching crime dramas and DIY shows were also some of her pastimes. She loved talking and visiting with family and friends and was a great listener and problem solver. She was dearly loved and will be missed by all who knew her.

Patricia is preceded in death by her parents Augustus Delmar and Madge Pauline Cook. Her husband Ray Dean Trulock; brother Mike Cook and son-in-law Michael Faughn.
She is survived by her Son Vincent Trulock; daughter Minnie Faughn; 8 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; brother Larry Cook; sister Penny Cook, and many, many nieces and nephews.

Cremation services are entrusted to Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

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1-22-22 11:15 a.m. KAWX.ORG

Robbin Lynnette Bunyard Obituary

Mrs. Robbin Lynnette Bunyard, age 47, passed away January 20, 2022, at Mena Regional Health System in Mena, Arkansas. She was born May 6, 1974, to James Craig Pate and Pamela Carolyn (Jones) Pipkin. Mrs. Bunyard was an LPN by profession and enjoyed crocheting, cooking, camping and watching the news. She loved to spend time with her family, as well as going for mani-pedis and drinking Dr. Pepper.


Robbin is preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Louis Lillian Jones and Fred Columbus Jones, as well as her paternal grandparents, Marie and Doyle Pate. She is survived by her loving husband, Chris Romero; son, James Robert Bunyard and wife Whitney; daughters, Holly Robinson and husband Ricky, Lillian Sierra Marie Basehar and husband Bradley, and Kylie Brooke Romero; grandchildren, Noah James Bunyard, Lily Rae Arender, Brinlee Basehar, Nevaeh Daugherty, Kyzer Daugherty, Leelynn Fernandez, Darren Lee Robinson, Ricky Isaiah Robinson, Samuel Clark, and Hayden Christian Robinson; father, James Craig Pate; mother, Pamela Carolyn Pipkin and husband Robert; sisters, Ericca Pate and wife Shannon Morgan, and Hannah Kiersey; brother, Bill Pate; nieces and nephews, Madison Andrews, Ariana Andrews, and Aidan Rogers; as well as by her great nephews and nieces, Asher, Onnika and Lovee.


Services for Mrs. Bunyard are Tuesday, January 25, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. at Beasley-Wood Funeral Home Chapel in Mena, Arkansas. Interment will follow at Owens Chapel Cemetery in Acorn, Arkansas. Brother Donnie Jewell will officiate under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.


Pallbearers are Brad Basehar, James Bunyard, Bobby Bunyard, Bill Pate, Ricky Robinson, and Michael Squier.

Visitation is general.

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John Stephen Hilton Obituary

John Stephen Hilton, age 88, of Mena, died Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at his home in Mena, Arkansas. He was born on Thursday, July 27, 1933 to Vessie Newton Hilton and Emma (Hendricks) Hilton of Board Camp, Arkansas.

John loved God and and his country. He strongly believed in upholding our country’s freedoms and rights. He served in the National Guard from 1950 -1953. He went to Korea where he had the task of loading guns for the 937 Field Artillery.
John was a conversationalist and made small talk with anyone he met. Many people describe John as truly one of the kindest and nicest men they had ever met. He was humble and proud of the life he built with his loving wife, Trevia, and their children. John loved his grandchildren and enjoyed being around them any chance he was given. He also greatly adored his nieces and nephews. He was a devoted Christian and was a member of the Panther Creek Christian Church. John retired from US Motors and was the former caretaker for Pinecrest Cemetery in Mena for many years. He loved to hunt and fish and was a member of the NRA. John was a naturalist. He loved observing the woods and often asked, “What kind of trees you got around here?” John was also an avid Rock Hound. He simply couldn't pass by a pretty rock without picking it up for a closer look. He served his community many years providing well-witching for anyone who asked. He loved helping others. For those who knew John well, knew he could fix anything with just super glue, copper wire, and duct-tape! He was a child of the Great Depression. John was a loving father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle, and friend and will be missed by all who knew him along with his wit and funny one liners.

John is preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Marvin Hilton and Richard Hilton; one sister, Helen Parsons; and one grandson, Chase Hilton.

John is survived by his loving wife Trevia; one son and daughter in law, Johnny Hilton and wife Fran of Mena; one daughter and son in law, Becky May and husband Terry of Center Ridge, Arkansas; one brother and sister in law, Brian Hilton and wife Francis of Mena; one sister, Dollie Reed of Edmond, Oklahoma; four grandchildren, Conn Hilton of Hot Springs, Arkansas, Jesse May of Conway, Arkansas, Jacob May of Conway, Arkansas and Katie Jewell May of Center Ridge, Arkansas; one great grandchild, Harper Hilton of Batesville, Arkansas; several nephews and nieces and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, January 24, 2022 at 10:00 A.M. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena with Pastor Artie Carnes officiating. Interment will follow in the Liberty Cemetery.

Visitation will be Sunday, January 23, 2022 from 2- 4 P.M. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel. Arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

Pallbearers will be Junior Bruce, Clancey Fairless, Jimmy Standridge, Jesse May, Jacob May, and Conn Hilton.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Brent Gorden, Tom Copelin, and the men of Panther Creek Church.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to Liberty Cemetery, Board Camp, Arkansas

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1-21-22 10:25 a.m. KAWX.ORG

Richard A. "Rick" Billingsley Obituary

Richard A. Billingsley, former Chief Nursing Officer at Mena Regional Health System, died January 16, 2022 at his home in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. He was 67.

Rick was born April 16, 1954 in Mena to Richard A. Billingsley, Sr. and Essie Mae Standridge. His parents owned and operated Beasley Funeral Home. A talented musician, Rick served as an organist and pianist at several local churches during his teenage years.

After graduating from Mena High School, Rick went on to have a long career in health care. He initially completed his RN training at UA Fort Smith, and worked as a nurse at hospitals in Fort Smith, Little Rock and Dallas. He subsequently shifted to administrative and management positions, primarily in the public health and hospital administration fields. Much of his later work focused on training medical staff, especially nurses, in addition to his recent work at Mena Regional Health (2011-2016 and 2019-2021). Rick held senior positions at hospitals in Lancaster, PA; Palm Springs, CA; and Falls Church, VA. He held a faculty position at The George Washington University Medical Center in Washington, D.C. between 2000 and 2010. He also worked at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD between 1998-2000.

Rick was a strong believer in life-long learning. He received a Master's degree in Information Science from Catholic University, a Master's degree in Nursing from Drexel University, and a Master's degree in Health Care Administration from Seton Hall University. He later earned a Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree at the University of San Francisco, where his doctoral project was "Improving the Patient Experience by Implementing Patient-Centered Care in Community Hospitals." Mena Regional Health served as the test site for this project. During his recent years in Mena, Rick also made frequent presentations to nursing students at UA Rich Mountain (formerly Rich Mountain Community College), and served on the board of the college's Foundation.

In addition to his passion for quality health care, Rick was an accomplished cook and baker.

Rick is survived by his husband, Paul Greenberg (of Ft. Lauderdale), and his sister, Martha "Moppy" Billingsley (of Mena).


An endowed scholarship fund to support nursing students is being established in Rick's memory at UA Rich Mountain.


A memorial gathering is planned during March.


1-17-22 12:55 p.m. KAWX.ORG

Lawrence Philpot Obituary

Lawrence Philpot, age 84, passed away Thursday, January 13, 2022, in Mena, Arkansas. He was born, August 29, 1937, in Hawley, Texas to the late Odis and Blake Philpot. Lawrence lived his life on his own terms. He was an adventurer, mentor and leader with a desire to help others achieve which led him to coaching and education. He left his beloved Cherry Hill home to attend Fresno State College with a double major in Social Studies and Physical Education. He met his wife, who was also a teacher, at a Fresno high school. He and Nancy raised a family while traveling and working across the world. In California and Arizona, he advanced his career moving from high schools to community colleges to Cal Western University. He is now a Hall of Fame Inductee at Scottsdale CC. Overseas adventure brought him great years well spent in the military communities of Japan, Turkey, and Germany. In those 20 years with the Department of Defense, he rose from teacher/coach to the Superintendent of DoDDs Europe and influenced the lives of countless students, teachers, and administrators along the way. Larry also never failed to engage with the people of our host countries making lifelong friends with Turks, Germans, and Czechs alike. His world was the world.

He retired in Mena where he spent several decades giving back to the people and community that brought him up. Leading and working with others, he devoted his time and talents to the Board of Trustees at RMCC, Cherry Hill Gospel Church, the Gideons, and Cherry Hill Cemetery all while still travelling the world as a consultant for the education giants AVID and QSI. He worked for them well into his late 70’s. Larry supported his three children with love, pride, and encouragement to achieve their goals in life, and they did just that—mostly by following the examples of their parents.

And somewhere in there he managed to go fishing, a lot. There were decades of fishing with his Uncle Bob, his children, his grandchildren, and friends. He was a patient and jolly boat pilot while pulling his family on their tubes, skis, and wakeboards. He found true peace and a twinkle in his eye on those Arkansas lakes and rivers, those sunny and rainy days, those cold early mornings and humid evenings, the eagles soaring with deer on the banks, the homemade sandwiches from a cooler. Larry Philpot was a great man to his family and friends…a man who did and lived so much in his life.

But maybe Larry on his bass boat was the best Larry of all.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Odis and Blake Philpot, as well as his brother, Jim Philpot. He is survived by his wife of almost 59 years, Nancy; children: daughter, Lisa Simmons; sons, Daniel and wife Karina, James and wife Kathi; grandchildren, Zackary Simmons, Katelyn Philpot, and Jackson Philpot; brother, Nelson and wife Doris; sister, Odessa Dann and husband Robert.

Graveside Service will be announced at a later date. Cremation services are entrusted to Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

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1-17-22 12:37 p.m. KAWX.ORG

Helen Marie Lindgren Obituary

Helen Marie Lindgren, age 94, passed away Sunday, January 16, 2022, in Mena, Arkansas. Helen was born in Dallas, Texas in 1927 to the late Carl and Blanch Farrar. She graduated Crozer Tech High School in Dallas, Texas 1944. Helen worked for Bell Telephone Co. as a secretary for 25 years after working for many clothing departments stores. She met the love of her life, Bill in 1945, at the Cotton Bowl ice rink. She married Bill in 1946 after his honorable discharge from the Navy. Helen and Bill gave to and loved many in their long marriage, including unofficially “adopting” Bruce Rudinger as their “son” in 1974 and caring for extended family. They both developed a TV repair shop in 1955, in Waxahachie, Texas, until closing shop in the late 70’s. Helen made a lovely home there on Lake Waxahachie and handled bookkeeping and general office duties for the TV business. Once they sold the shop, they moved back to Bills home area of Lindsborg, Kansas near Salina where Bill took loving care of an elementary school and both were very popular.

In 1987 they moved from Kansas to Austin, Texas to work in real estate with Bruce Rudinger. In 1988, they moved to Athens, Texas where they both enjoyed going to the Community Senior Center to dance. They loved traveling also. Shortly thereafter, they moved to Cleburne, Texas. Where they enjoyed gardening beautiful flowers until 1990, when they moved to Mena, Arkansas for the rest of their lives. After Bill’s sudden passing in 1993, Helen stayed busy with volunteer work as a foster grandparent at Acorn School District. And was active for years with her senior exercise class and the Senior Center.

In 1997, Helen met and unofficially “adopted” Gloria Phelps while shopping at Cornerstone Christian Bookstore and relished their close relationship.

She enjoyed worshipping at several churches here, including Calvary Baptist, First Baptist, and Faith Missionary Baptist, where she loved going to Sunday School and listening to her teacher, Steven Free. She had many great friends and relationships and loved them all up to her final day.

Mrs. Lindgren is survived by her sister, Gloria Jean “Jeanie” Short; nephew, Tony Williamson and wife Kathy; niece, Robin Williamson; nephew and wife, Thomas and Amber and their children, Maddie, Gracie, Max, Haddon, Hannah, and Ben; great-niece, Amanda Cottle; and unofficially “adopted” Bruce Rudinger and family, and Gloria Phelps and family. She is preceded in death by her loving husband, William “Bill” Lindgren; brother, Howard Farrar; mother and father, Carl and Blanch Farrar; and by her brother-in-law, Thomas “Bud” Short Sr.

Services will be held Friday, January 21, 2022, at 2:00 p.m., at Beasley-Wood Chapel in Mena, Arkansas. Brother Mark Lyle will be officiating under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

John 3:16

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Jerry Madison Liles Obituary

Mr. Jerry Madison Liles, age 73, passed away Wednesday, January 12, 2022, in Mena, Arkansas. He was born April 29, 1948, to the late Guy and Ethel Bates Liles. Mr. Liles was a mechanic by profession and enjoyed fishing, playing pool and dominos, although his greatest love was cars.

Mr. Liles is preceded in death by his mother and father, Ethel Bates and Guy Liles; sister, Francis; and by his brother, Thomas. He is survived by his daughter, Debbie Woods; beloved granddaughter, Gillian Ellis; and by his brother, Gerald Liles.

Memorial services for Mr. Jerry Liles will be held at Pine Ridge Cemetery, Saturday, January 22, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. Cremation services entrusted to Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the local humane society.

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1-16-22 3:50 p.m. KAWX.ORG


Clara Marie (Moller) Clark Obituary

Clara Marie (Moller) Clark, age 83, of Cherry Hill, Arkansas passed away Saturday, January 15, 2022, at her home.

She was born March 21, 1938, in Ogalla, Nebraska to Fredrick Robert Moller and Ruth (Richardson) Moller. She was united in marriage to Cleo Albert Clark in Carson City, Nevada. Clara was a Trailer Park manager by profession. She was also an ordained minister for Sunshine Fellowship. She enjoyed traveling and doing ministry work along with her husband, Cleo. Clara was a loving mother and homemaker and took pride in raising her family.

Clara was preceded in death by her parents, Fredrick and Ruth Moller; husband, Cleo Albert Clark; son, Cleo Anthony Clark, Debra Lynn Dickerson; brothers, Bob Moller and Art Moller. She is survived by her; daughters, Rebecha Ann Sorensen and husband Mitch of Cherry Hill, Arkansas, Deborah Elaine O’Neal of Mena, Arkansas, Elizabeth Dianne Brice of Mena, Arkansas; grandchildren, Ryan Todd Casten, Ashley Dianne Casten, Jamie Ezit, Christina Elliott; numerous great and great grandchildren.

Graveside service will be Tuesday, January 18, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. at the Cherry Hill Cemetery with Brother Donnie Jewell officiating. Interment will follow under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

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Aldridge Clay Booth Obituary

Aldridge Clay Booth, age 64, passed away Saturday, January 15, 2022, in Pine Ridge, Arkansas. He was born October 2, 1957, to Bobbie Sue Booth Thompson. Aldridge worked for Boeing Aircraft for most of his life, and he enjoyed woodworking and gardening.

Mr. Booth is survived by mother, Bobbie Sue Booth; stepbrothers, Eddie Thompson and wife Janice, and Michael Dale Thompson and wife Neice; uncle, Floyd McKinzie and wife Gerlene; niece, Heather Grenier and husband Rodney; nephew, Cory Thompson and wife Candace; as well as a host of cousins and other family. He is preceded in death by his stepfather, Don Thompson; stepsister, Sharon Cochran; grandparents, Boyd and Goldie Booth; and by his great-grandparents, Sam and Vera McKinzie.

No services have been planned at this time; cremation services are entrusted to Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

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1-15-22 3:16 p.m. KAWX.ORG

Beverly Ann Anderson Obituary

Beverly Ann Anderson, age 68, of Watson, Oklahoma died Friday, December 24, 2021 at the Mena Regional Health System. She was born on Saturday, February 28, 1953 to Ira Clifford Jones and Leeda May Brown in Mena, Arkansas.

Beverly was a devoted member of the Jehovah's Witness Kingdom Hall of Mena. She spent many years caring for others while working in home health. Beverly loved to spend time with her family at get togethers and especially Easter. She liked to fish, garden, and try out new recipes that she came across. Her Easter fruit salad was a family favorite. Beverly liked to listen to country music and leaves behind her two beloved cats, Poppie and Wasper. She would go to town and visit with her family any chance she got, and truly loved every moment. Beverly was a loving sister, aunt, and friend and will be missed by all who knew her.

She is preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Frank Pearl; and two sisters, Linda Pearl and Bonnie Martin.

Beverly is survived by her brother and sister in law, Samuel and Mitzi Pearl of Watson, Oklahoma; one sister, Rebecca Dalton of Little Rock, Arkansas; numerous nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

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


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1-15-22 13:32 p.m. KAWX.ORG

Janice Ann Evans Obituary

Janice Ann Evans, age 65, of Mena, Arkansas passed away Saturday, January 15, 2022, at her home.

She was born November 29, 1956, in Mena, Arkansas to Elgie “L. D.” Strother and Opal Crabtree Strother. Janice was united in marriage to David Evans, her husband of 47 years. Janice enjoyed traveling and camping when she was able. Her greatest love was her family and grandchildren. She adored time spent with them and was a loving homemaker.

Janice is preceded in death by her parents, Elgie “L.D.” and Opal Strother; mother and father-in-law, Bill and Dorothy Shelton; her infant brother and infant sister. She is survived by her husband, David Evans; son, Elgie “Razz” Evans and wife Shonda; daughters, Cindy Scoble and husband John, LeAnn Vekre and husband Nicholas; grandchildren, Kacey, Mikala, Cooper, Dallas, Nathaniel, Matthew, Jonathan, Matt, Andrew, Zeb, Rylen, and Walker; great grandchildren, Reed, A.J. and Lacy; brothers, Eddie Strother and wife Colleen, J.B. Strother and wife Gayle, Freddie Strother and wife Beverly, Ronnie Strother and wife Liz, Jerry Strother and wife Kathy; sisters, Lou Henry and husband Billy, Carolyn Marquardt and husband Michael; a host of nieces, nephews and other family members too great to mention.

Graveside services will be Tuesday, January 18, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. at the Concord Cemetery in Ink, Arkansas with Stacy Strother officiating. Interment will follow under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Visitation is general beginning Sunday, January 16 at 2:00 p.m.

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1-15-22 12:08 p.m. KAWX.ORG 


Elizabeth Sue "Liz" Taylor Obituary

Elizabeth Sue "Liz" Taylor, age 78, of Hatfield, Arkansas died Thursday, January 13, 2022 at her home in Hatfield, Arkansas. She was born on Monday, August 30,1943 to David McVicker and Mildred (Munsinger) McVicker in McKinney, Texas.

Sue was a loving Christian lady. She loved her family and enjoyed being with her grandchildren. Sue liked to crochet as well as do beadwork. She was proud of her ability to play a mean game of pool. She enjoyed bowling and listening to old country western music. Sue was passionate about anything she was doing at the moment and would give it her all. She made her living early on in life as an Avon sales lady. Sue was proud to be the top Avon saleslady in Arkansas in the 80's resulting in earning a trip to see the unveiling of the new Statue of Liberty. She was a member of the VFW and a life member of the Ladies Auxiliary. Sue was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend and will be missed by all who knew her.

She is preceded in death by her parents and her loving husband of 35 years, Bill Taylor.

Sue is survived by her son, James Taylor and wife Carrah; daughter Nina West and husband Cecil; seven grandchildren, Crystal, Justin, Morgan, Destiny, Sierra, James Jr. and Elizabeth; eight great grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, January 22, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena with Brother Mark Lyle officiating. Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.


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1-14-22 5:41 p.m. KAWX.ORG

Sheila Lisa Lynn Holliday Obituary

Mrs. Sheila Lisa Lynn Holliday, age 54, of Mena passed away Wednesday, January 12, 2022, at Mena Regional Health Systems, in Mena.

Sheila was born May 20. 1967 in Lewisville, Arkansas to the late Bobby Ray Daugherty and Ollie Lee Frances Woodell.
Mrs. Holliday was a CNA by profession and loved her job. She also enjoyed many things in life such as gardening, and animals, she was even said to have a green thumb. Sheila was very open minded and loved to sing. She loved her family and caring for them. Shelia graduated from Pilgrim Christian School in Las Angeles, which is why she was so devoted to God.

Sheila is survived by her husband of 11 years Danny Allen Holliday, of Mena. Two sons, Nathaniel Shane James and Cody Raven-Lee James. Three stepsons, Shawn Allen Holliday, Jerry Daniel Holliday and wife Natalie, and Lukas Matthew Holliday. One daughter, Tiffany Lauren Daugherty. Grandchildren, Brookelyn Hope Julian, Enid Faye Holliday, Bentley Daniel Holliday, Andrew Allen Holliday, and Bryan Robert Holliday. Brother, William Lee Nimith Parsons and wife Alisha May Parsons. Sister, Sandra Kay Storar. Nephews, Roger Shannon Storar, Rocky Orion Daugherty, Donnie Ray Daugherty, William Sullivan Parsons, Donavin James Pryor, and Dravin Lee Parsons. Niece April P. Manley. And a special friend Linda Morgan.

She was preceded in death by her father, and stepfather, Ivey William Parsons, brother, Bobby Ray Daugherty, Jr. Sister-in-law Mary Lena Daugherty. And Mother-in-law Donna Holliday.

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

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1-13-22 4:55 p.m. KAWX.ORG 


John Wayne "Jack" Hickenbottom Obituary

John Wayne “Jack” Hickenbottom, age 80, passed away Friday, January 7, 2022, in his home at Hodgens, Oklahoma. He was born September 26, 1941, in News Comers Town, Ohio to Roy Hickenbottom and Leoda Clark Hickenbottom.

Jack was a truck driver by profession and truly enjoyed his job. It is believed that he had “diesel in his blood”. He served his country in both the United States Army and Navy with the Navy being his favorite. Jack had a passion for old cars and vehicles and he enjoyed gold mining. Jack loved to eat and enjoyed visiting and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He was good at arguing about politics with anyone who would participate. One of his favorite T.V. programs was Arnold Murray, tele-evangelist. Above all, Jack loved the Lord and was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and friend.

He is survived by his wife, Brenda Hickenbottom; son, David Hickenbottom and wife; adopted son, Clayburn and wife Cathy Pickens; daughters, Deidra Hickenbottom, Cora (Cookie) Shrouder, Censi Childs and husband Matthew Trammell; grandchildren, James Pickens, Steve Hickenbottom, Amy Hickenbottom, Matthew Gurnick, Michael Gurnick, Sydney Arnold, Cody Arnold, Kirsten Pittsinger, Charles Pittsinger; adopted grandchildren, Harley Becker, Desiree Becker, and Kevin Morondy; 4 great-grandchildren; brother, Mike Hickenbottom;b special dog, Jill and a host of other friends and family. Jack is preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Leoda Clark Hickenbottom; brothers, Bud Hickenbottom, Gene Hickenbottom, Allen Hickenbottom, and Dean Hickenbottom; mother-in-law, Pat Boag; father-in-law, Jim Boag.

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


1-13-22 12:35 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

Roy Marvin Smallwood Obituary

Mr. Roy Marvin Smallwood, age 50, passed away Wednesday, January 12, 2022, in Mena, Arkansas. He was born August 19, 1971, in Springfield, Oregon to the late Roy Lee Smallwood and Margie Catherine Dugan Smallwood.

Roy was a self-employed man by profession, working a variety of different fields. Mr. Smallwood was known for being a hard worker. He loved watching football; however, he was an avid fan of the Atlanta Falcons. He faithfully attended church at the Covenant of Life in Mena, Arkansas.

Roy is preceded in death by his father, Roy Lee Smallwood; aunts, Bonnie Long and Trudy West; and by his maternal grandparents, Harley Dugan and Elizabeth Dugan.

He is survived by his mother, Margie Catherine Dugan Smallwood; brother, James Lee Smallwood; sister, Elizabeth Cassell; uncle, Chester Dugan; nieces, LaTonya Brumbelow and Candice Creekmore; cousins, Diane, Linda, Suzanne Willis, Vernon Wilcox and wife Christina; special friends, Latecia Glover, Roy Sanders and Kristal Kidwell; as well as a host of other great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins.

Graveside services for Mr. Smallwood will be held at Brushy Cemetery in Oden, Arkansas, Friday, January 14, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. Sister Glynn Nell Adams will be officiating under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Visitation is general

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1-12-22 3:33 p.m. KAWX.ORG 


M.L. Keeney Obituary

M.L. Keeney, age 89, of Cove, died Monday, January 10, 2022 at the Mena Regional Health System in Mena, Arkansas. He was born on Wednesday, February 3, 1932 to Pearl and Ethel Keeney in Cove, Arkansas.

M.L. served his country in the US Army during the Korean Conflict where he was assigned to guard the prisoners of war. M.L was a member of the Midway Pentecostal Church in Cove where he served faithfully for many years. He worked 30 years at U.S. Motors on second shift before his retirement. M.L loved to work on his farm and run his tractor. He loved to cut firewood and delivered the wood to family and friends. M.L. was a loving father, grandfather, great grandfather, great-great grandfather and friend and will be missed by all who knew him.

M.L. is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Ollie Faye Barrett Keeney; one son, Danny Keeney; three brothers, Raymond Keeney, Earl Keeney and Cleo Keeney and one sister, Ila Mae Sanders.

M.L. is survived by his one daughter and son in law, Ann and Mark Hoyle of Hatton, Arkansas; four grandchildren, Daniel and Johnnie Bell Keeney of Vandervoort, Arkansas, Jessica and Steven Bailey of Hot Springs, Arkansas; Joshua and Gisele Hoyle of Eagle Mountain, Utah and Amanda Long and Pat Branagan of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; great grandchildren, Austin, Rhiley, Michaela, Saulo, Melissa, Hadleigh and Olivia; several aunts and uncles and a host of other relatives and friends.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, January 15, 2022 at 10:00 A.M. at the Witherspoon Cemetery in Vandervoort with Brother Tim Smedley officiating. Visitation will be Friday, January 14, 2022 from 6-8 P.M. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel. Arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

Pallbearers will be Joshua Hoyle, Daniel Keeney, Steven Bailey, Austin Bailey, Mitchell Gatlin and Tony Gatlin.


Honorary Pallbearers will be Gary Gatlin, Rodney Jones and Michael Jones.


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1-12-22 9:56 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

Jimmie "Jim" Claude Hartin Obituary

Jim Hartin, age 71, of Watson, Oklahoma passed away Sunday, January 9, 2022, in Watson, Oklahoma. He was born July 14, 1951, in Mena, Arkansas to Fred Hartin and Ollie Smith Hartin. Mr. Hartin was a poultry worker by profession and enjoyed watching football; he was a fan of the Dallas Cowboys.

Jim is survived by his son, Johnnie Hartin and wife Sherie; grandchildren, Ariel, Austin and wife Hallee, and Tucker Hartin; great-grandchild, Preslee; brothers, Joyle Hartin and wife Gwyn, and Gary Hartin; sister, Pollie Metcalf; and nieces and nephews, Eugene, Krista, Esther, Ramona, and Naomi.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Ollie Smith Hartin.

There are no services planned for this time, cremation services are entrusted to Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.


1-11-22 10:51 a.m. KAWX.ORG

Patti Lucille Hampton Obituary

Patti Lucille Hampton, age 77, of Smithville, Oklahoma passed away Sunday, January 9, 2022 at National Park Medical Center in Hot Springs, Arkansas. She was born on Thursday, December 14, 1944 to Walker and Dee (Cook) Lane in Clarendon, Texas.

Patti was a loving and devoted Christian of the Baptist faith. She dedicated her time and heart to helping her church. Patti was involved with Awana and would help cook at day camp during the summers. She was passionate about her church and community. Patti was opinionated and sassy. When her children and grandchildren would come over to eat she would tell them every meal is a two course meal and you can take it or leave it. Patti was not one to sit idle. She was a hard worker and she could be found in her flower gardens or fishing. Patti was a member of the Bass and Belles. She enjoyed listening to audio books when traveling as well as reading. Patti loved her family and her dogs. She raised wired hair fox terriers as well as other breeds. Patti raised four children and later went back to school to obtain a Bachelors Degree of Science in surveying. She was proud to be the first licensed female surveyor in the state of Arkansas. Patti was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend and will be missed by all who knew her.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her youngest son, Vernon Hampton; and two grandsons, Johnny Lee Dodd and Wayne Dodd.

Patti is survived by her son, Mark Hampton; two daughters and son in laws, Vickie Smith and husband Larry and Leslie Dodd and husband Matt; six grandchildren, Brenda Smith, Clint Smith, Wade Hampton, Aaron Hampton, Angela Jones, and Jennie Ashworth; nine great grandchildren and one great great grandchild; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. at the Octavia Baptist Church in Octavia, Oklahoma with Brother Ed Rogers officiating. Interment will follow at the Pinecrest Memorial Park in Mena under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena.


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1-11-22 9:30 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

Dr. David Paul Brown (Doc) Obituary

Beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, neighbor and Doctor.

A highly respected man who cared deeply for everyone around him. He lived life with passion, positivity and leadership. Doc had a unique ability to make meaningful connections with those around him and make others feel just how much he valued their relationship. This was most evident in the love he had for his patients. Dr. David Paul Brown Jr., (Doc) 68, of Mena, Arkansas was born in Victoria, Texas on May 16, 1953. He was a leader in Geriatric Medicine who inspired many to follow in his footsteps, died January 8, 2022 at his home, (with courage and strength) after a battle with Renal Cell Carcinoma.

He will be greeted in heaven by his father David Brown Sr. and mother Elsa Brown.

He is cherished by his adoring wife of 26 years, Melissa. His daughter Sherie and husband Tim Case, sons, Brandley Laughlin and wife Syndy and Christopher Laughlin and late wife Melanie. His brothers Randy Brown and wife Monica, Charlie Brown and wife Tamra, his sister Bonita Flowers and husband Bob, grandchildren, Clint, Crystal, Candace, Ryder, Paisley, Maverick, Sean and Elizabeth. Great grandchildren, Chloe, Corbin, Westin and S.J., nieces Brandy, Joy, Jill, Cheri and Larry and nephews Jimmy, Judson, Lawson, Cason, Kolson Joe.

Celebration of life will be held on Saturday, January 22, 2022 at 2:00 PM at the First Assembly of God in Mena with Brother Ron Tilley officiating.


Visitation will be Saturday, January 22, 2022 from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM at the First Assembly of God in Mena. Cremation arrangements entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

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1-10-22 4:20 p.m. KAWX.ORG

Gracie L. Parnell Obituary

Mrs. Gracie L. Parnell, age 95, passed away Friday, January 7, 2022, in Vian, Oklahoma. She was born October 12, 1926, to the late Thomas Benton and Lorena Hicks Brock. She was joined in marriage to the love of her life, Omer J. C. Parnell on January 2, 1945, they were married 37 years until his passing in 1982.

She was a homemaker by profession and enjoyed quilting, canning, and cooking. She was a loving mother and raised her children and grandchildren with a loving hand. She worked in the Renova shirt factory as well as chicken houses, and was a dedicated member of the Octavia Baptist Church. She was a model Christian who loved the Lord.

Mrs. Parnell is preceded in death by her husband, Omer J. C. Parnell; daughter, Marie Davis; and by her grandchildren; Stephanie Ross and Donald Vaught.

She is survived by her son, Archie Parnell; daughters, Ardis Keiss, Patricia Chambers, and Doylene Vaught;
grandchildren, Jessie, Regina, Ray, Clifton, Brian, Delbert, Debbie, Scott, Amanda, Nikki, Brice, Chad, and Bridget; 25 great-grandchildren; and 23 great-great grandchildren.

Services for Mrs. Parnell will be Tuesday, January 11, 2022, at Watson Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. Brother Ed Rogers will be officiating under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.
Visitation is general.

Pallbearers will be Jessie Smith, Chad Hudson, Clifton Vaught, Brian Vaught, Delbert McBroom, Scott McBroom, Brice Parnell, and Ray Davis.

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1-8-22 3:27 p.m. KAWX.ORG 


Glen Alex "Al" Tunnell Obituary

Glen Alex “Al” Tunnell, 76, of Smithville, Oklahoma passed away Friday, January 7, 2022 at his home surrounded by his family, who loved him dearly. Al was born in Watson, Oklahoma, to the late Benjamin Everett Tunnell and Mabel Estell Burk-Tunnell. He was united in marriage to his high-school sweetheart, Wanda Lougena Phillips, on May 24, 1968.

Al was a proud Vietnam vet. His passion was logging. He was known to many as “Okie” and was the owner of Tunnell Trucking. He spent most of his life hauling logs and working in the log woods. Prior to this, he worked as an X-Ray Technician on the pipeline, where he made numerous friends. When he wasn’t working, he was probably listening to George Jones, drinking coffee with his buddies, or spending time with his four children. In his later years, his pride and joy were his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who all knew him as “Poppy”.

He was preceded in death by his sisters, Sue Jordan and Gayle Jones, and brothers, Jerry Tunnell and Herald Tunnell, and daughter Tanya Denton.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Wanda Tunnell of Smithville, OK; daughters, Tina Hudson and husband Shane Hudson of Smithville, OK; Kim Larucci and husband John Larucci of Mena, AR; and Aaron Tunnell and wife Jessica Tunnell of Acorn, AR; grandchildren, Tyler, Cameron, Tanner, Alaina, Kiersten, Lucas, Regan, Brantlee, and Tessa; great-grandchildren, Hazely, Silas, Hayden, Cleo, Grayson, and Everly. He is also survived by his sisters Norma Fields and husband Glenn, Elsie Cook and husband Paul, Shirley Capehart and husband Jerry Don; sister-in-law Anna Sue Tunnell; brothers, Larry Tunnell, and a host of nieces and nephews that were all special to him.

Graveside services will be Monday, January 10, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. at Smithville Cemetery with Brother Victor Rowell officiating under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Visitation will be at the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home Chapel on Sunday, January 9, 2022 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.


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Darrel David Bruce

Darrel David Bruce, age 67, passed away November 23, 2021, in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was born November 12, 1954, in Mena, Arkansas, to the late Alfred Edwin and Nadine Webb Bruce.

Mr. Bruce was truck driver by profession and served in the United States Air Force. Dave loved building and fixing things, cars, trucks, motorcycles, anything he could “tinker” with. He enjoyed riding his motorcycle and spending time outdoors; his favorite activity was fishing with his family.

Mr. Bruce is preceded in death by his parents, Alfred Edwin and Nadine Webb Bruce.
He is survived by his daughter, Cassandra (Cassie) Bruce-Tucker and husband Chris; former spouse, Marilyn Bruce; grandchildren, Sloan Hicks and fiancé Elijah Dominguez, Kaylyn Hicks, Jacob Tucker, and Megan Owens; great-grandchildren, Miles Jay Tucker, and Emmie Owens; sisters, Alice Lavonn Pate and husband Tommy, Shirley Ann Werst and husband Kenny; brother, Henry Bruce and wife Revia; nieces, Debbie Fairless and Tamara Towery; nephews, Henry Jr. Bruce, Edwin Bruce, Brandon Bruce, and Todd Pate; great-uncle, Barney David Bruce and wife June; and by his partner, companion, and friend, Danna Burris.

Memorial services for Mr. Bruce will be held Saturday, January 8, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. in Cecil Chapel Cemetery in Cove, Arkansas, with Brother Tim Smedley officiating.

Cremation services are entrusted to Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

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1-4-21 1:46 p.m. KAWX.ORG

Janet Mardell Abraham Obituary

Janet Mardell Abraham, age 68, of Rose Hill, Kansas died Saturday, January 1, 2022 at Kansas Medical Center in Andover, Kansas with her family by her side. She was born on Saturday, December 5, 1953 to John and Gladys (Roberts) Henson in Hopkinsville, Kentucky.

Janet was a devout Christian who lived by the Bible and only wanted to do God's will. She attended the Poplar Avenue Church of Christ in Wichita, Kansas and was very active in the Church. Janet let the word of God guide her life and made a difference in many peoples lives. She and her husband of 49 years, James, served as missionaries in Argentina from 1980 to 1993 where she learned how to draw, teach horseback riding, and sing worship music in Spanish. Janet loved to sing in Spanish and English and one of her favorites in church was "Jesus Goes With Me". She was very talented at many different crafts, and could often be found crocheting, quilting, and making other things for her grandchildren. Janet loved being with her grandchildren any chance she could, and teaching them how to ride horses gave her so much joy. Janet was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend and will be missed by all who knew her.

She is preceded in death by her father, John Allen Henson.

Janet is survived by her husband, James Abraham of Rose Hill, Kansas; her mother, Gladys Henson of Hatfield; two sons and daughter in law, James Clinton Abraham of Wichita, Kansas, and John Daniel and Nora Abraham of Montgomery, Texas; two daughters and son in law, Audrey Mardell and Timothy Rooney of Augusta, Kansas, and Juliet Margaret Fall of Rose Hill, Kansas; two brothers and sister in law, Allen Arthur and Karen Henson of Wiggins, Mississippi, and Karl Henson of Pratt, Kansas; three sisters and brothers in law, Della Marie Perry of Mulvane, Kansas, Eva and Robert High of Wichita, Kansas, and Debbie and Perry Overstake of Wichita, Kansas; twenty-four grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 6, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena, Arkansas with Burl Abraham Preacher/Elder of Augusta Church of Christ, Augusta, Kansas officiating. Interment will follow at the Six Mile Cemetery in Hatfield under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena.

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1-3-21 12:15 p.m. KAWX.ORG

Helen Diane Russell Obituary

Helen Diane Russell, age 66, of Mena, Arkansas died Tuesday, December 28, 2021 at Arkansas Heart Hospital in Little Rock. She was born on Saturday, July 23, 1955 to Bobby Lee Robertson and Myrtle Helen (Clark) Robertson in Jackson, Mississippi.

Helen was a member of the First Baptist Church in Mena where she enjoyed participating in the Women's Bible Study and spreading the word of God. She made her living as a seamstress and specialized in wedding gowns and pageant dresses. Helen loved to see her customers happy when she presented them with her work. She was proud of her blue ribbons she obtained from the County Fairs for exhibiting her fine sewing skills. Helen enjoyed knitting and crocheting in her spare time. She loved to see her children do right. and she enjoyed Gospel music and listening to The Gaither's. Helen was a loving mother, aunt, sister, and a friend and will be missed by all who knew her.

She is preceded in death by her parents; and one brother, Reggie Robertson.

Helen is survived by one son, Bryan Russell of Mena; one daughter, Penny Correri of Marryville, Tennessee; one brother, Pete Robertson of Longview, Texas; one sister, Marsha Williams of Mena, Arkansas; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

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

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1-3-21 12:08 p.m. KAWX.ORG

Richard "Rick" Duane Higgins Jr. Obituary

Richard “Rick” Duane Higgins Jr., age 63, passed away Friday, December 24, 2021, in Houston, Texas. He was born August 8, 1958, in Mena, Arkansas to the late Richard Duane and Eva Lou Willis Higgins.

Mr. Higgins was a graduate of Irving High School, class of 1976, from there he studied at Lincoln Technical Institute, class of 1977. Rick worked as a Consultant for Stewart & Stevenson in Dallas, Texas and Houston, Texas from 1977, to his retirement in 2016. It was said that Mr. Higgins knew all there was to know about Diesel Engines.

“Higgy”, as referred to by his friends and colleagues, was well respected by all who knew him. His insight and opinions were welcomed and respected; and everyone loved his infectious personality.

Richard is survived by a host of cousins (who were more like brothers and sisters) too numerous to count.

Services for Mr. Higgins will be held Monday, January 3, 2022, at 11:00 a.m., at Pinecrest Memorial Park, Brother Steve Ellison will officiate, under direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Visitation will be Sunday, January 2, 2022, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at Beasley-Wood Chapel.

Honorary pallbearers are Rusty Brown, Ray Hunter, Max Vogel, Carl Vogel, Dennis Cunningham, Andy Brown, Doug Hunter, Barry Royal, Scott Royal, Todd Royal, and Ray Hunter.

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1-3-21 11:46 a.m. KAWX.ORG


Charles "Dood" Baker Obituary

Our beloved uncle and friend, Charles "Dood" Baker, passed away with family by his side on January 1, 2022 at the age of 85 in Texarkana, TX. Charles was born to Jimmie and Lula Baker on January 26, 1936. Charles was one of a kind and lived life on his terms.

In high school, he was known as an awesome athlete. Many athletes from his time said Charles was one of the best basketball players in the area. He would play center and tip the ball to a teammate and go to half court to make the shot most of the time. He also shot through the rafters at the old Wickes gym on a regular basis.

A few days after graduation at Wickes High School, Class of 1956, Charles took a sack of clothes and boarded a bus with a ticket to ride as long as you want with only a few dollars to his name. He got off in Northern California somewhere near Eureka. He worked at a sawmill and didn’t buy a car for the first five years out there. For ten years, he owned and co-operated a local bar. His heart was too big for the bar life though. He went to work for Louisiana Pacific in Eureka, California until he retired.

Charles loved people, his family, basketball, and hunting. He spent his time off (vacation) driving home to attend school reunions, hunt, and spend time with his family. In 2002, he moved back home to be close to his family, especially his sisters, Marie and Gladys. He always said he went to two churches (Wickes Methodist Church and Wickes Nazarene) every Sunday to make up for living a rough life in his early days. He was a friend to everyone he met!

Charles is preceded in death by his parents, Jimmie and Lula Baker; brothers, Orville Baker, Ralph Baker, Ed (Thelma) Baker, and James (Teelie) Baker; sisters, Marie (Keith) Duckett and Gladys (Jim Ed) Duckett; nephews, Johnnie Duane Duckett, James Truman Baker, Roy Johnson; niece, Mitzi Duckett.

He is survived by Orville Louis "Dood" (Kathy) Baker Jr., Kathy (Jon) Johnson, Gary Hargis, Todd (Angie) Baker, Ronnie Duckett, Kay Johnson, Frankie (Dawn) Duckett, Cindy (Sam) Ahrens; and special friends, John Willard Hill, Fred Allen, Faith Lynch, and his Cossatot Senior Center family.

Pallbearers will be Aaron Ahrens, Sam Ahrens, Frankie Duckett, Kyle Duckett, Ronnie Duckett, Johnny Johnson, Brad Lyle, and Jeffrey Richardson. Honorary pallbearers are Fred Allen, Orville "Dood" Baker Jr., Zack Frachiseur, John Willard Hill, Don Hoyle, and Paul Melton.

Services will be held Tuesday, January 4, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. at Baker Cemetery in Wickes, Arkansas. Brother Stephen Copley and Pastor B.J. Jenkins will officiate, under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

Charles was a superfan of the Cossatot Senior Center in Wickes, Arkansas and served faithfully on the Board of Trustees. In honor of his love for the senior center, the family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Cossatot Senior Center in memory of our beloved family member and friend, Charles "Dood" Baker.


1-3-21 11:41 a.m. KAWX.ORG


Ellis Lloyd Posey Jr. Obituary

Mr. Ellis Lloyd Posey Jr., age 91, passed away Wednesday, December 29, 2021 in Mena, Arkansas at home. He was born October 8th, 1930 in Mena to the late Ellis Lloyd Posey, Sr. and Mary Alice McAllister Posey. 

Lloyd attended Bethany Nazarene College where he met Anna. On June 14, 1953, Lloyd and Anna tied the knot in a double wedding with his sister, Dorothy and his best friend, Charles. Lloyd later attended Moody Bible Institute and was involved in ministry there. 

Lloyd’s primary occupation was assistant pastor/pastor. He also taught school and was a principal for a short time. Lloyd graduated from Luther Rice Seminary with a Bachelor's and Master's degree in the early 1970's, and he retired as a Methodist minister. 

Lloyd’s character stood out as a shining testimony to all who knew him. His love for Jesus was evident as he faithfully modeled a life devoted to Christ. He was a tender husband who spent much of his later years sacrificially caring for his wife with dementia. He was a gentle and wise father and grandfather who effortlessly earned admiration and respect by leading his loved ones through his example as a servant. 

He approached life with passion and attention to detail. Whether it was mountain climbing with his grandkids, delivering a spellbinding speech, or performing a musical solo for a crowd, his intentionality and poise were evident. Always an enthusiast for learning, Lloyd educated himself on something new on a regular basis. It was not uncommon to find him digging into a new history book or strategizing his next chess move. One of his most notorious accomplishments was building his own retirement home from the ground up with the help from his loved ones. He was known as the man who could fix anything or do anything he set his mind to. 

Lloyd is preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Dorothy Faith Bolin; his son, Philip Gordon Posey, and his grandson, Timothy Todd Chapin. He is survived by his wife, Anna Ruth Posey and his daughter, Sherry Lynne Chapin of Mena, Arkansas. He also has nine grandchildren and twenty-two great grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Clayton Posey of Wayne, Oklahoma and sisters, Alice Gwendolyn Neal of Bethany, Oklahoma, and Maralyn Vay Chandler of Conway, Arkansas. 

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 5th, 2022 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Mena First United Methodist Church. Funeral service will follow on Thursday, January 6th, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. at the Mena First United Methodist Church, with interment following at Pinecrest Memorial Park in Mena, Arkansas. Reverend Scott Stewart will be officiating under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.


1-1-22 5:06 p.m. KAWX.ORG


Robbie Nadine Pettit Rath Griglio Obituary

Robbie Nadine Pettit Rath Griglio, age 96, of Mena, Arkansas, died Sabbath, January 1, 2022. She was born on December 13, 1925 to James Grover and Alvenia Aynes Pettit in Pushmataha County, Oklahoma. She was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist church.

She married Harry Rath in 1943, and together they had four sons: James, Phillip, Emil, and Jewel. She served as a nursing assistance in several nursing homes in the Mena and DeQueen, Arkansas. After Harry's untimely death, she moved to Keene, Texas and married Michael Lawrence Griglio. She also worked as a nursing assistant there until her retirement.

Nadine was preceded in death by her parents and all her siblings: a brother and four sisters; two grandsons, Jewel Junior and Phillip Grover Rath Il; and a great-grandson, Nathan Putman.

She is survived by her four sons: James Harry (& Sandra) Rath, Phillip Grover (& Jamie) Rath, Emil Roland (& Klinda) Rath, and Jewel Darris Rath, all of Mena; five grandsons: Marcus Jesse (& Julie) Rath, Emil Rath II, Kenneth Paul Rath, Terry Slade (& Monica) Rath, Joshua Darris (& Aurora) Rath; four granddaughters: Donya Lynette Rath, Robbilee Jordyn Rath, Philena LouAnn Rath, Debra Christine (& John) Bernadini; five great-grandsons: Kiano Harrison Rath, Devin Lee Rath, Phillip Grover (Trey) Rath IlL, Ashlar Tristan Rath, and Joshua Darris Rath, Junior; nine great-granddaughters: Binay Caroline Rath, Abigail LeAnn Rath, Emmaline Rose-Marie Rath, Mikayla Taylor Rath, Kailyn Paige Rath, Natalie Davison, Randi Hall, Stephania Camarena, and Rachel Lee Ann Rath; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Voice of Prophecy at or 3ABN at


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1-1-22 12:04 p.m. KAWX.ORG