Obituaries Archives for 2022-03

Elton Edd Carney Obituary

Elton Edd Carney, age 73, passed away Wednesday, March 30, 2022, at his home in Smithville, Oklahoma. He was born May 9, 1948, in Talihina, Oklahoma to the late Edmond and Laura Cusher Carney.

Mr. Carney worked for the Choctaw Nation, he enjoyed gambling, fishing, and playing cards and dominos with his friends on Sundays. He was an avid fan of the Oklahoma Sooners football team.

Elton is preceded in death by his parents, Edmond and Laura Cusher Carney; grandson, Damion; and by his sister Leila. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Rozetta Carney; son, Jerome Carney of Smithville, Oklahoma; daughters, Michelle Carney of Smithville, Oklahoma, and Heather Carney of Ft. Smith, Arkansas; grandchildren, Derek, Clarissa, Chasity, Trent, Brinley, and Summer; 11 great-grandchildren; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, other family and friends.

Services for Mr. Carney will be held 10:00 a.m., Monday, April 4, 2022, at Smithville Cemetery in Smithville, Oklahoma, with Brother Brandon White officiating, under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Visitation is general.

A meal will be served after the services at the Choctaw Nation Recreation Center in Smithville, Oklahoma.
Pallbearers are Trent, Jerome, Doug, Smoke, R.E., and Kenny.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com.
 

 

3-31-22 3:21 p.m. KAWX.ORG

 

Harold Edgar Simpson Obituary

Mr. Harold Edgar Simpson, age 72, passed away Tuesday, March 29, 2022, in Ft. Smith, Arkansas. He was born August 2, 1949, in Mena, Arkansas to Kelly Edgar Simpson and Mae Dean Deramus Simpson-Hoover.

Mr. Simpson loved country music and going to new places, but above all else he loved his family, and was responsible for teaching his nieces to love the Dukes of Hazard and western movies. Harold’s mother, Mrs. Mae Dean was inspired by Harold to be a founding member of the Polk County Developmental Center, where he was a client for over thirty years. He was fiercely proud of this work.

He was preceded in death by his father Kelly E. Simpson; paternal grandparents, Charley and Myrtle Simpson; maternal grandparents, Millard and Dollie Deramus; and by his stepfather, J.C. Hoover. He is survived by his mother, Mae Dean Hoover; his favorite sister, Debby Gann and husband R.D.; special nieces, Rolana Lee and husband Shawn and Rochelle Jenkins; great-nieces, Madelyn Adair, Emery Lee, Avery Lee, Ava Jenkins, and Oliva Jenkins; half-brother, Jack Simpson and his children, Kellie Shelly and husband Jamie and Shannon Simpson and wife Melissa, as well as a host of family and friends too great too mention.

Memorial Services for Mr. Simpson will be held Monday, April 4, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. in the Beasley-Wood Chapel with Dennis Philpot as officiant under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

Cremation services are entrusted to Beasley-Wood Funeral Home of Mena, Arkansas
 

 

3-30-22 4:46 p.m. KAWX.ORG

 

Orval Dean Heath Obituary

Orval Dean Heath, age 90, passed away Tuesday, March 29, 2022, in Hot Springs, Arkansas. He was born October 5, 1931, in Heath Valley, Arkansas, to the late Dalt and Edna Parker Heath.

Mr. Heath was a minister by profession, receiving 2 doctorate degrees. He enjoyed teaching and coaching at Acorn School and his favorite hobby was hunting deer and turkey, Above all else he loved to preach the gospel. He became an ordained minister in 1960, and for the last 40 years of his career, he was the pastor of the Lakeview Baptist Church until his retirement in 2011.

Orval is preceded in death by his parents, Dalt and Edna Parker Heath; brother, David Heath and wife Lois; and by his sisters, Mary Frances Heath, and Elaine Heath Liles and husband Roland. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Ladatha Gay Thorn; daughters, Denise Heath Gilchrist and husband Jeff, and Linda Heath; son, Kenny Heath; grandchildren, Tawana Carmack and husband Billy, Jeremy Gilchrist and wife Shelley, and Ladatha Hobson and husband Britt; great-grandchildren, Grace Carmack, Hope Carmack, Sky Carmack, Laney Gilchrist, Jordyn Gilchrist, Gia Hobson, Adalee Hobson and Heath Hobson; nieces and nephews, Frances Heath McCarthy, Teresa Liles Tucker, Virginia Heath Hamrick, Renae Liles Leone, Steve Heath, Cyndy Liles Kosemund, and Susan Heath Bodey; as well as a host of great nieces, nephews, other family and the members of Lakeview Baptist Church.

Services for Mr. Heath will be held 2:00 p.m., Friday, April 1, 2022, at the Beasley-Wood Chapel in Mena, Arkansas. Brothers Steve Raines, Pat Horner, and Larry Youngblood will be officiating under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Visitation is scheduled for Thursday, March 31, 2022, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Beasley-Wood Chapel in Mena, Arkansas.

Pallbearers are Jeff Gilchrist, Jeremy Gilchrist, Billy Carmack, Sky Carmack, Britt Hobson, Heath Hobson, and Keith Willsey.

Honorary Pallbearers are Steve Heath, Cody McCarthy, Kenny Bodey, Thomas McBride, Bo McBride, Billy Ridgway, Mark Ridgway, Jerry Torix, and Bill Waddell.


Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com.
 

 

3-30-22 4:44 p.m. KAWX.ORG

 

William Earl "Billy" Henry Obituary

William Earl “Billy” Henry, age 64, of Mena, Arkansas passed away Monday, March 28, 2022, in Mena, Arkansas.

He was born November 2, 1957, in Hutchinson, Kansas to William Harmon Henry and Joyce Ann (DeVore) Henry. Billy was united in marriage to Lou Strother, his wife of 43 years. He was a self-employed heavy machinery operator by profession. Billy loved classic country music and enjoyed listening to it loud. You could hear him coming from miles away blaring his music. He loved hunting, fishing and just about anything outdoors. He liked working on anything and his family coined the term “Billy rigging it” referring to his knack for fixing things. Above all, Billy was a devoted family man and dearly loved each and every one of them.

He is preceded in death by his parents, William and Joyce Henry and his great grandchild, Jalen Phillips. Billy is survived by his wife, Lou Henry; daughters, Lisa Kincaid and husband John, Linda Ennis and husband Derek, Billie Jo Hendrix and husband Bryon; grandchildren, Mariah and Anthony Dominguez, Tyler and Bridget Kincaid, Johnny Kincaid, Brittany and Kyle Burtenshaw, Brooklyn Ennis and Baily Ennis, Breeanna Hendrix and William Hendrix; great grandchildren, Maverick Burtenshaw, Cruz Dominguez, Madilyn Kincaid and Echo Phisaisawat; brother, Larry Hejduck; sister, Sherry Lee; numerous nieces, nephews and other family members.

Graveside service will be Thursday, March 31, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. at the Concord Cemetery in Ink, Arkansas under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Visitation will be general.

Pallbearers will be Josh Johnson, Jeremy Elder, Clayton Davis and Josh Davis.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com.
 

 

3-29-22 5:09 p.m. KAWX.ORG

 

Melvin Cody Hicks Obituary

Mr. Melvin Cody Hicks, age 86, passed away Sunday, March 27, 2022, in Ft. Smith, Arkansas. He was born November 14, 1935, in Cove, Arkansas to the late William and Minnie Colley Hicks.

Mr. Hicks was an upholsterer by profession and worked at Rose Aircraft. He also started the Sunshine House Daycare in Mena, Arkansas. Melvin enjoyed puzzles, solitaire, playing games with grandchildren and great-grandchildren, reading, and singing in church. He was a member of the Pleasant Grove Nazarene Church in Cove, Arkansas. He loved to watch the Arkansas Razorbacks and the Dallas Cowboys.

Mr. Hicks is preceded in death by his parents, William and Minnie Colley Hicks; his first wife, Lilly Rose; son, Rickey Hicks; and by his great-grandchild, Kyler Williams; brothers, Dwayne and Clovis Hicks; sisters, Rodena Bailey, Eveline Cornelius, Loreda Daniels, and Anita Baker. He is survived by his wife, Janie Hicks; sons, Lonnie Hicks Sr. and Ronnie Wagner and wife Lisa; daughters, Carolyn Calaty and husband Russell, Kathi Miner and husband Gary, and Diana Hicks; grandchildren, Lonnie Hicks Jr. and wife Michelle, Clifford Hicks and wife Erica; Ashley Crow and husband Robert, Corey Hicks and wife Logan, Michaela Wood and husband Daniel, Jason Hicks and wife Michelle, Kimmy Williams and husband Rodney, Martin Wagner, Jennifer Folds and husband Jason, Randall Doxsee and wife Chantal, Kristi Gorman and husband Aaron, and Aaron Miner; 31 great-grandchildren; brothers, Marion Hicks and wife Ada, and Foy Hicks; sister, Lorene Smalley; and by a host of nieces, nephews, other family and friends too numerous to mention.

Services for Mr. Hicks will be held at 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 29, 2022, at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Cove, Arkansas, with Brother Steve Bradley officiating under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. There will be a visitation at 2:00p.m. prior to service at the Pleasant Grove Nazarene Church in Cove, Arkansas.


Pallbearers are Lonnie Hicks Jr., Aaron Miner, Randy Doxsee, Jason Hicks, Rodney Williams, and Aaron Gorman.
Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com.
 

 

3-28-22 4:59 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

Vincent "Leroy" Sanders Obituary

Vincent “Leroy” Sanders of Hatton, Arkansas, returned home on March 23, 2022. He was born June 15, 1939, in Wickes, Arkansas, to Odis and Haddie Sanders.

He is preceded in death by his parents; wife Alice Sanders; two sons, Lee Sanders, and Greg Hanlon; granddaughter Amiee Hanlon; and two brothers, Bert and Jerome Sanders. Leroy is survived by his son, Don Sanders of San Francisco, California; two daughters, Janice Rogers of Mena, Arkansas, and Debbie Barrett of Wickes, Arkansas; one sister Leola Rye of Hatton, Arkansas; 12 grandchildren, Chastidy, Alicea, Ronnie, Amanda, David, Karma, Stacy, Danielle, Joe, Jaci, Jozsa, and Abby; 12 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews and other family and friends.

Leroy was a Navy veteran. He worked many years in construction as a drywaller. He spent his last work years enjoying sharing stories with customers at the Wickes Feed Store. He was known for his love of gardening and growing the best tomatoes and strawberries. His family loved his cooking, especially homemade pizza at family gatherings. He loved hunting and fishing, something he shared with his son Lee. He lived out his life in the best way that he could, he was loved by many and will be truly missed.

 

A graveside memorial to celebrate Leroy’s life will be held at Witherspoon Cemetery, Vandervoort, Arkansas, on Sunday, April 10th at 2 p.m.

 

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3-28-22 3:25 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

LaVere G. Hansel Obituary

LaVere G. Hansel, age 80, of Mena, Arkansas died on Wednesday, March 23, 2022, at the Green House Cottages of Homewood in Mena. He was born on Saturday, September 20, 1941 to George Garfield and Una Olive Hansel in Rexburg, Idaho.

LaVere was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He was an incredibly hard worker, sometimes working two or three jobs to care for his family. LaVere worked for FMC Corp for over thirty years operating heavy equipment for sodash mining. He lived and loved all things to do with the Old West. LaVere was part of the Gunfighters association and participated in famous gunfight reenactments. He was a talented bowler and enjoyed scuba diving in the Bahamas. LaVere was a diehard Denver Broncos fan and also loved to watch professional wrestling and old westerns. He loved his country and was very proud of our veterans and service members. Dolly Parton always brought a smile to his face and he really enjoyed John Wayne films. LaVere cherished all his grandchildren and great grandchildren very much. His favorite answer to any question was, "If the good Lord's willing and the creeks don't rise." LaVere was a loving father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, uncle and friend and will be missed by all who knew him.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Sarah Dorlee Higley Hansel; one son, Curt Hansel; and two brothers, Dee Sharp and Merrill Hansel.

LaVere is survived by three daughters and sons in law, Sarah and Monty Knutson of Orting, Washington, Kristin Corbett of Mena, Annetta and Eric Richards of Yukon, Oklahoma; one daughter in law, Karen Hansel of Mena; two brothers, Myron Sharp and Eddie Sharp; three sisters, Linda Sharp, Lois Hansel, and Colleen Sharp; eleven grandchildren; fourteen great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends. Including special friends Jenny,Krystal and Thomas Kidwell and the ladies of Mena TOPS.

A graveside service will be held on Sunday, March 27, 2022, at White Oak Cemetery in Mena, Arkansas at 2:00 PM with Brother Derreck Ledbetter officiating under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas. A visitation will be held on Saturday, March 26, 2022 at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena, Arkansas from 5:00 - 7:00 PM.

Pallbearers are Tom Corbett Jr., RJ Hansel, Kyle Hansel, Awstin Richards, Nathan Corbett, and Johnny Corbett.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.

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3-25-22 5:08 p.m. KAWX.ORG

Rev. Carol Duanne Lichlyter Obituary

Rev. Carol Duanne Lichlyter, age 79, passed away Wednesday, March 23, 2022, in Rogers, Arkansas. She was born November 12, 1942, in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, to the late Quentin and Frances Spangler Fitz.

Rev. Lichlyter was a psychiatric nurse by profession, and loved pursuing education, she had obtained her master’s degree in Neuropsychology and was known as a “professional student”. She was an ordained minister and a past associate pastor at the Wickes Nazarene Church, where she faithfully attended services. She loved her dogs, collecting things, reading and embroidery.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Quentin and Frances Fitz; her beloved husband, Richard Lichlyter; and by her sisters, Connie Fitz Brewer and Ann Fitz. She is survived by her son, Vince Lichlyter and wife Amber; stepdaughters, Sandy Harvey Lichlyter Kocher and Renee Lichlyter Gauthier; grandchildren, Jonah Lichlyter and Jadyn Lichlyter; step-grandchildren, Aubrey Willcutt and Ava Willcutt; and by her sister, Terrie Rhodes and husband Gary; as well as a host of other family and friends.

Services for Mrs. Lichlyter will be held 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 30, 2022, at the Wickes Nazarene Church in Wickes, Arkansas, Rev. Byron Sullivan and Rev. Billy Sullivan will officiate under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Interment will follow at the Grannis Cemetery in Grannis, Arkansas.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com.
 

 

3-25-22 4:50 p.m. KAWX.ORG

 

Karen Diane (Cole) Podgornik Obituary

Karen Diane (Cole) Podgornik, age 61, of Hackett, Arkansas formerly of Mena, passed away Tuesday, March 22, 2022, in Rogers, Arkansas.

She was born November 16, 1960, in Mena, Arkansas to Glen Esten Cole and Wanda Leane (Staggs) Cole. She was united in marriage to Matthew Thomas Podgornik, Sr. Karen was a devoted Registered Nurse. She took pride in the professional path she had chosen. Karen genuinely loved and cared for each and every patient as if they were her own family. Aside from her work, she was an avid Razorback fan and enjoyed fishing as a favorite past time. Karen was a loving wife, mother, sister, niece and friend. She will be dearly missed.

She is preceded in death by her father, Glen Esten Cole and her grandparents. Karen is survived by her husband, Tommy; sons, Matthew Podgornik, Jr. and wife Jessica, Kevin Podgornik and wife Kayleigh; mother, Wanda Leane Cole, brother, Michael Cole; aunts, Betty Wiles, JoAnn Wiles and husband Benny; nephew, Austin Cole and a host of cousins and friends.

Funeral service will be Saturday, March 26, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. at the Beasley-Wood Chapel with Brother Don Bradford officiating. Interment will follow in the Pinecrest Memorial Park under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Visitation will be Friday, March 25, 2022, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

Pallbearers are Jacob Tolman, Evan McGinnis, James Grant, Phil Whiteaker, Donald Bohlman and Eddie Staggs, Jr. Honorary pallbearers are Jim Reid and Christopher Monroe.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com.
 

 

3-24-22 12:19 p.m. KAWX.ORG

 

Sheryl Leigh Barfield Obituary

Sheryl Leigh Barfield, age 47, of Mena, Arkansas passed away Sunday, March 20, 2022 at Mena Regional Health System. She was born on Friday, October 18, 1974 to Richard Hugh Dickerson and Sandra Joanne Graves (Arnold) in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Sheryl was a loving mom to her twins, Wyatt and Lucy. They were her miracle babies and brought great joy to her life. Sheryl was a Florida girl. She had salt in her veins and the ocean was her place of solitude. Sheryl worked at the Union Bank of Mena for some time and was a former Paraprofessional for the Mena School District. She loved the children just as her own and found herself attached to many of them. Sheryl dedicated her whole heart to making each childs life that crossed her path a happier one. In 2020, Sheryl lost the love of her life to a long battle with brain cancer. She made it her mission to spread awareness and rise by lifting others affected by this terrible disease. She attended both First Baptist Church and Salem Baptist Church in Mena. Sheryl was a strong Christian woman and had peace knowing she would be with Timothy again one day in Heaven. Sheryl loved Boston Terriers and listening to a different variety of music such as U2 and Eminem. Sheryl made an impact on many lives. Her kind and gentle spirit will never be forgotten. Sheryl was a loving wife, mother, 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 Timothy Barfield.

Sheryl is survived by one son, Wyatt Timothy Scott Barfield of Mena; one daughter, Katherine Joanne Lucille Barfield of Mena; three sisters, Ali McDonald of Toronto, Canada, Candace Elaine (Dickerson) Cannon of Dacula, Georgia, and Katherine Traci (Dickerson) Mayer of Mena; aunt and uncle Cindy (Arnold) and Gordon Brevik of Mena, and a host of other relatives and friends.

No services are planned at this time, a private 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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3-22-22 8:12 p.m. KAWX.ORG
 

Mari-Kim Robertson Obituary

Mari-Kim Robertson, age 62, of Wickes, Arkansas passed away Thursday, March 17, 2022 at her home. She was born on Wednesday, August 12, 1959 to Orville and Lorna Anderson (Gunderson) in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Kim was a kind and loving woman. She loved animals and was a former Veterinarian Assistant. Kim enjoyed sitting outside with her loving husband Neil while feeding the birds and squirrels. She was very proud of her family and loved her children dearly. Kim took great pride in taking care of her autistic grandson Nicholas whom she raised for many years. They shared a special bond. She loved listening to Rock and Country Music and was known to be a die hard Chicago Cubs baseball fan. Kim collected all things Chicago Cubs and could even tell you every player on the team both retired and current. Kim 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.

Kim is survived by her loving husband of 27 years, Neil Robertson; five sons, Bryan Beke and wife Ashley of Newport, Arkansas, James Beke of Russellville, Arkansas, Brandon Beke and wife Ashley of Crawfordsville, Indiana, Paul Beke of Mississippi, and Chris Beke of Crawfordsville, Indiana; three daughters, Jessi Conder of DeQueen, Arkansas, Jennifer Beke of Crawfordsville, Indiana, and Michelle George; several grandchildren; one sister, LuAnn Anderson of Minnesota; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, March 23, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. at the Duckett Cemetery in Wickes, Arkansas with Brother Bob Bradley officiating under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home.

 

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3-22-22 11:51 a.m. KAWX.ORG

Jared Ryan Jefferson Obituary

Jared Ryan Jefferson, age 35, went to be with the Lord on March 18, 2022, in Hot Springs National Park Hospital with his family by his side. Some knew him as “Chief”.

Jared graduated Mena High School in 2005 and attended Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was a member of the Tyson Team Family at Tyson Poultry. Jared loved his church family at Covenant of Life Family Church and The Crossing.

Jared was blessed with a large and loving family. He loved his three beautiful children very much. He cherished every moment he had with them. He was very proud of his Native Heritage and his Razorbacks. He grew up loving and playing sports. Jared enjoyed making people laugh. He will be remembered by the testimonies he shared about finding the Lord.

He is survived by his fiancé, Julian Craig, two sons, Braydon and Carter Jefferson; one daughter, Aubrey Jefferson; parents, Bob and Rita Mayo; brothers, Jeff Hicks and wife Linda Hicks, Jeremy and wife Rachel Hicks, Jeremiah and wife Angie Mayo; sisters, Christina Johnson and husband Seneca, Cindy Goodner and husband Jim, Gina Wright, Rhiannon Briley, and Alicia Mayo; special grandma, Christine Ludlow; special aunts and uncles; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Jared also welcomed others into his family as his own.

Jared was preceded in death by his father, Williston Jefferson; and a nephew, Gavin Hicks.

A wake service will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 pm Thursday, March 24, 2022, at Beasley-Wood Funeral Home Chapel. Everyone is welcome to come and share their memories and give brief remarks.

Cremation arrangements are under the care of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.
 

 

3-21-22 12:28 p.m. KAWX.ORG

 

Jacquelyn Anne Payette Obituary

Jacquelyn Anne Payette, age 68, of Mena, Arkansas was welcomed into the arms of Jesus on Thursday, March 17, 2022 at Christus Dubuis Hospital in Hot Springs. She was born on Thursday, December 24, 1953 to Joseph and Virginia Stracener in Crosbyton, Texas. Her first calling was to be a loving mother and homemaker. In 1984, she earned a teaching degree, graduating with honors from Henderson State University. That same year, she began teaching 7th grade English at Mena Middle School. Known to her students as Mrs. Brewer, Jackie loved her job and took it very seriously; many of her former students still speak fondly of their time spent with her. She retired in 2003 and married Don Payette the same year. After retirement, Jackie owned True North Coffee Shop with Don and had a craft business on Etsy.

Being a wife, mother, and grandmother were Jackie’s most cherished activities. She shared her faith often with her family, and they all saw Jesus in her. She regularly spent time in prayer and in the Word. Jackie always prioritized spending time with her grandchildren. Shopping trips, and trips to Cruizzers, the toy store, Crater of Diamonds, Parrot Island, and Mount Magazine were the norm. She enjoyed sewing, working in her craft room with her grandkids, gardening, and birds, especially red cardinals. She and Don loved to talk and to travel, frequently taking weekend trips together. They had many wonderful years together as a loving couple.

“There is a season (a time appointed) for everything and a time for every delight and event or purpose under heaven—A time to be born and a time to die; A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted…A time to weep and a time to laugh; A time to mourn and a time to dance.” Ecclesiastes 3:1-2, 4 AMP

She is preceded in death by her parents; and a sister-in-law, Ginnie Mooneyham.

She is survived by her husband, Don Payette of Mena; sons, Jeremiah Brewer and wife Susan of Mena, Daniel Brewer and wife Jennifer of Mena; daughter, Jerusha Neufeld and husband Jeff of Mena; twin sisters, Pam Curry and husband Dwight of Mena, Pat Howard and husband Rodger of Mena; brother, Matt Mooneyham and wife Heather of Keller, Texas; ten grandchildren, Noah and Selah Brewer; Sophie, Grace, Ellie, and Caleb Brewer; Fisher, Justice, Holiday, and Levite Neufeld, all of Mena; and a host of other relatives and friends.

It is difficult to wrap up the life of a loved one such as Jackie with so few words, but there is comfort in knowing that we will see her again. “Jesus told her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying.’” John 11:25 NLT

Pallbearers are Jeremiah Brewer, Daniel Brewer, Matt Mooneyham, Jeff Neufeld, Fisher Neufeld, and Justice Neufeld.

Honorary pallbearers are Levite Neufeld, Noah Brewer, and Caleb Brewer.

A service to celebrate Jackie’s life will be held Saturday, March 26 at 2:00 PM at Grace Bible Church in Mena with Dr. Lamar Austin officiating with Internment following at Pinecrest Memorial Park in Mena. Visitation will be held Friday, March 25 from 5:00-7:00 PM at Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena.

 

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3-20-22 5:17 p.m. KAWX.ORG

Robert Ira Nicholson Obituary

Robert Ira Nicholson, age 83, passed away Monday, March 14, 2022, at his home in Mena, Arkansas. He was born, August 21, 1938, in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Mr. Nicholson was a design engineer by profession and was a member of the United State Marine Corps. He enjoyed designing, wood working, arts, crafts, ceramics, painting, researching the bible and reading. He especially loved western and military novels and movies. Robert was a faithful member of the 1st Assembly of God Church in Mena, Arkansas.

Mr. Nicholson is preceded in death by his parents, and by his brother, Freddy Nicholson. He is survived by his loving wife, Heidi Nicholson; sons, Robert I. Nicholson and wife Pamela of Warren, Texas; and Daniel C. Nicholson and wife Melissa of Mena, Arkansas; grandchildren, Chris Melton and wife Chevett, Jessica and Matthew Nicholson; great-grandchildren, Ruby Melton, Betty Melton, and Katie Melton; nephew, John Nicholson; and by his nieces, Donna and husband Nick, and Kim Nicholson.

Services for Mr. Nicholson will be held, 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 19, 2022, at the 1st Assembly of God Church in Mena, Arkansas, with Brother Ron Tilley officiating under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. With interment following at Mt. Gilead Cemetery in Mena, Arkansas. Visitation will be Saturday at 1:00 p.m. prior to service at the 1st Assembly of God Church.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhom.com.
 

 

3-16-22 4:36 p.m. KAWX.ORG

 

Lawrence (Larry) Edward Kropp Obituary

Lawrence (Larry) Edward Kropp of Mena, Arkansas, 72, started walking with his Lord on the golden shores on March 4, 2022. He will be remembered by a life filled with joy and service to Jesus Christ, his family, friends and the community. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Judy-May (Logan) Kropp; two daughters, Jessica Kropp of Mena, and Sarah (Scott) Brown of Rockville, Maryland; and two grandsons, Simeon Lawrence and Judson Daniel Brown. Larry welcomed others into his family as his own, including Kelhan Howell.

 

He is also survived by his brothers, Robert (Francine) Kropp of Des Moines, Iowa, Kenneth (Roseanne) Kropp of LaGrange, Ohio, Timothy (Kay) Kropp of Norwalk, Ohio, and Jeffrey Krapp of Elyria, Ohio; his sister, Marlene Krapp of Elyria, Ohio; his brother-in-law, Gary (Mary) Mengel; many nephews, nieces, and grandnephews and grandnieces. Larry is preceded in death by his father, Robert George Krapp, and mother, Betty Luyster Krapp.

 

Larry was born on June 19, 1949, in Lorain, Ohio, to his parents, Robert and Betty Krapp. He graduated from Firelands High School and Bluffton College, where he played football and was on the wrestling team. Larry served in the U.S. Navy in Vietnam as a language instructor. He earned his master’s degree in mathematics from The Ohio State University and taught mathematics at high school and college levels for 44 years. He married Judy-May (Logan) Kropp in 1979, and together they raised two daughters of whom he was very proud. Larry enjoyed traveling with his family to Alaska, South Africa, Canada, and various other U.S. destinations. He loved serving the Lord, especially by teaching Sunday School and being commander of AWANA at Grace Bible Church. He enjoyed watching The Ohio State Buckeyes and Cleveland Browns. Larry’s acting on the Ouachita Little Theatre stage will be remembered by his enthusiasm and how he loved everyone with whom he acted. Together with Judy, he hosted countless meals and always wanted to extend the table. He enjoyed making people laugh and sharing his love for the Lord with others.

 

A Celebration of Larry Kropp's Life will be held at Grace Bible Church (1911 N U.S. 71, Mena, AR 71953) on Saturday, March 19 at 12 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to AWANA at Grace Bible Church and/or the Ouachita Little Theater (Please note the donation is in honor of Larry Kropp for both AWANA and the OLT).

 

3-15-22 11:05 a.m. KAWX.ORG

Sharon Lee Mayo Obituary

Sharon Lee Mayo, age 75, passed away Saturday, February 12, 2022, at her home in Vandervoort, Arkansas. She was born December 10, 1946, to the late Clarence Glen and Esta Lee Alexander Caswell.

Mrs. Mayo was a home health aide by profession and was a very kind and nurturing soul. She loved helping with fundraisers for community members who had become ill. She also took care of those around her when they would be sick or unable to take care of themselves. She enjoyed crafting, reading, and “yard-saleing”. She was also a founding member of the Cossatot Hockeypott Tribe.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Clarence Glen and Esta Lee Alexander Caswell, and by her brother, Butch Caswell. She is survived by her son, William Glen Miller and wife Renee; daughter, Angela R, Hopton and husband Dale; grandchildren, Angela Elizabeth Buckley, James Travis Buckley, Savannah Hicks and husband Jason, and Austin Miller and wife Jozsa; great-grandchildren, Madyx Boquin, and Jayce Hicks; sister, Essie Jeanelle Lloyd; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, other family and friends.

A celebration of life for Mrs. Mayo will be held March 19, 2022, at Polk County Fairgrounds in Mena, Arkansas, from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Cremation services are entrusted to Beasley-Wood Funeral.

In lieu of flowers, please bring, stories, memories, and photos to the celebration of life.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com.
 

 

3-14-22 2:09 p.m. KAWX.ORG

 

Boby Dale "Bob" Varner Obituary

Boby Dale “Bob” Varner, age 83, of Hatfield, Arkansas passed away Saturday, March 12, 2022, in Mena.

Bob was the fifth son and the youngest child of seven children born to Earl and Pearlie Louollie (nee Brewer) Varner. He was born on April 2, 1938, in his parents’ house near Hatfield, Polk, Arkansas on the hillside that is now affectionately called “Chigger Hill” by Varner descendants.

According to his older brother Foy, his parents intended for his name to be Robert Dale Varner, but his name was recorded as Boby Dale Varner. During his childhood, he helped the family with farm chores and attended school in Hatfield.

Bob was a Vietnam veteran. He joined the United States Air Force on May 15, 1955, and attended basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. He was then assigned to Clovis AFB, New Mexico. In June 1957 he was assigned to Indian Spring AFB, Nevada and served there during the testing of atomic bombs.

He married Betty Jean Fairless on November 17, 1958, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Betty was born on July 26, 1939, in McCurtain, Oklahoma. (Betty wrote the date as June 27, 1939, but Bob said that formal record and her funeral brochure list the date as July 26, 1939.) Their sons Rodney and Randy were born there in 1960 and 1962.

In May 1959, he was assigned to Custard Air Force Station, Battle Creek, Michigan.

Bob was a world-renowned musician. He played with many stars and was known to be the hottest lead guitarist in the country during the 1960’s and 1970’s.

Bob ran Bob’s Auto Service in Hatfield for 25 years. He was an avid motorcycle rider and classic car collector. He enjoyed camping and traveling in his motorhome.

Bob loved the Lord and was a faithful member of the Hatfield Church of Christ.

He is survived by his sons, Rodney Varner, Randy Varner and wife Rhonda; grandchildren, Ariel Varner, Shevy Thompson, Kaely Skelton and Sarah Horton:15 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and other family and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents Earl and Pearlie Varner; his wife, Betty Varner; grandchild, Dustin Mahaffey.

Funeral service will be Friday, March 18, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. at the Hatfield Church of Christ under the direction of Sam Varner, Jr. Interment will follow in the Six-Mile Cemetery under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

Visitation will be Thursday, March 17, 2022 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.
 

 

3-14-22 2:03 p.m. KAWX.ORG

 

Clemencio Jacobo Paniagua Obituary

Clemencio Jacobo Paniagua, age 50, of Mena, died Saturday, March 12, 2022 at his home. He was born on Saturday, April 10, 1971 to Moises and Juana Paniagua in Salamanca, Guanajuato, Mexico.

Clemencio was raised in Santa Ana Maya, Mexico. He worked at Nidec for twenty-six years and was known as Pancho and Vanyal. Clemencio was a people person. He loved anybody and everybody. He adored his family, friends, his busch light, his dog, Jingles, and his Mexican music. He always made an impression on everyone he met. A good heart and soul, always willing to help any stranger any way possible. Pancho, as everyone knew him, did everything he could and more for his girls and grandkids. He loved spending his days with his manchito, Layton, keeping him busy and entertained including him in everything he did. Papa was a good, loving, hard working husband, dad, uncle, grandpa, and friend. He will be greatly missed and loved, always and forever.

Clemencio is preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Antonio Paniagua and Augustine Paniagua; and one sister, Salute Paniagua.

Clemencio is survived by his loving wife, Joanna Paniagua of Mena; three daughters, Shantella Paniagua, Arriella Paniagua, and Zinianna Paniagua; step children, Amy and Omar Aguilar, and Lorenzo and Hope Valdovinos; seven grandchildren, Austin Valdovinos, Landon Valdovinos, Katie Valdovinos, Yanelli Aguilar, Haidyn and Carmen Valdovinos, and Layton Paniagua; siblings, Maria, Reina, Alicia, Raul, and Louis Paniagua; In-laws, Mary and Doug Jones, Loretta and Shane Henry, Diane Cordeiro, Deedee Hobbs, Crystal Schwolow, and James and Michelle Kelsay; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, March 16, 2022 at 2:00 PM at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena. Interment will follow at the Gann Cemetery in Mena under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home. Visitation will be general.

Pallbearers will be Shantella Paniagua, Arriella Paniagua, Lorenzo Valdovinos, Katie Valdovinos, Austin Valdovinos, and Landon Vadovinos.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.

 

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3-13-22 8:01 p.m. KAWX.ORG

Arnold Vonn Lunsford Obituary

Arnold Vonn Lunsford age 79 of Mena, Arkansas went to be with the Lord at his home on March 10, 2022. He was born on July 24, 1942 to the late Harry and Belle Embry Lunsford at Yocana, Arkansas.

Arnold was a great man who was always ready to tell a good story. Arnold went to work at Monfort Feedlot in Greeley, Colorado which fulfilled his childhood dreams of being a cowboy. Later, he was a foreman over a ranch in Virginia Dale, Colorado before returning to Arkansas where he later retired from Rich Mountain Electric Coop. Arnold was a Mason of fifty years.

Arnold took great pride in his farm and loved his animals. Above all, he loved his family and he loved the Lord. He will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him.

Arnold is preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Belle Embry Lunsford; his sister, Lahoma Lunsford Chism, his son, Eric Lunsford, his daughter, Bobbi Lunsford, his granddaughter, Michelle Lunsford-Wilhite, and one infant granddaughter.

Arnold is survived by one daughter, Shannon Lunsford; grandsons, Nathaniel Lunsford, James Lunsford, Taylor Lunsford and wife, Alyssa, Dalton Lunsford, and Garrett Nicholson; granddaughters Talethia Martinez, Maria Fields Chism and husband, Jason, Angel Lunsford, and great granddaughter, Adalyn Harvey; his sister, Mary Ruth Martin and husband, Richard; along with nephew, Rhon Chism and wife, Donna; and niece, Malea Ellison along with a host of other relatives and friends.

Graveside services will be held on Monday, March 14, 2022 at the Concord Cemetery in Ink, Arkansas at 10:00 AM with Pastor Jerry Musgrove officiating under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home. A visitation will be held on Sunday, March 13, 2022 from 2:00 - 4:00 PM at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena, Arkansas.

Honorary Pallbearers are Robert Hanneken, Terry Lunsford, John Jones, Cory Thompson, Billy Strother, Troy Lunsford, Richard Martin, and Coullis Lee.

 

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3-11-22 3:45 p.m. KAWX.ORG

Bernadine Fryar Obituary

Ms. Bernadine Fryar, age 74, passed away Tuesday, March 8, 2022, in Oden, Arkansas. She was born December 7, 1947, in Oden, Arkansas to the late Leonard Ray and Ruby Steely Fryar.

Ms. Fryar was a homemaker by profession; however, she did work at the Montgomery County Bank and F&F fire supply. She enjoyed knitting, croqueting, gardening, playing the piano, and sewing. She was a life-long member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church, doing such jobs as being the treasurer and playing the piano on Sundays. She was also the treasurer of the Mt. Olive Cemetery in Oden, Arkansas. Ms. Fryar is preceded in death by her parents, Leonard Ray and Ruby Steely Fryar. She is survived by numerous cousins, and a host of other family and friends.

Services for Ms. Fryar will be held 10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 12, 2022, at the Mt. Olive Church in Oden, Arkansas. Brother Arlie Francis will officiate, under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Interment will follow at the Mt. Olive Cemetery in Oden, Arkansas. Visitation is general.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhom.com.
 

 

3-10-22 12:22 p.m. KAWX.ORG

 

Jackie Ann Thacker Obituary

Jackie Ann Thacker, age 78, passed away Tuesday, March 8, 2022, in Mena, Arkansas. She was born June 30, 1943, in Mena, Arkansas to the late Paul Hunter and Madge Tate Hunter.

Jackie was united in marriage to Thomas Eugene Thacker on June 26, 1959. Mrs. Thacker was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She spent 34 years as a cafeteria worker at Louise Durham School. She loved feeding and seeing the Children each and every day. Mrs. Thacker was an artistic person by nature, she enjoyed woodworking, crafts, and painting yard art. She also enjoyed flower gardening and fishing.

Mrs. Thacker is preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Madge Hunter. She survived by her husband, Thomas Thacker of Mena, Arkansas; son, Jeffrey Thacker and wife Charlotte of Mena, Arkansas; daughter, Leslie Troutman and husband Tom of Mena, Arkansas; grandchildren, Jeffrey Thacker of Mesquite, Texas, Melissa McIntosh of Sulphur Springs Arkansas, Tara Harder and husband Shane of Mena, Arkansas; great-grandchildren, Summer Harder, Jacob Harder, and Nathan Harder; brothers, Doug Hunter, and Greg Hunter; sister, Paula Hale; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, other family and friends.

Graveside services for Mrs. Thacker will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, March 14, 2022, at the Rocky Cemetery in Rocky, Arkansas, with Brother Donnie Jewell officiating, under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Visitation is general.

Honorary pallbearers are her nephews.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhom.com.
 

 

3-10-22 9:32 a.m. KAWX.ORG

 

Carolyn Ann Grogan Obituary

Carolyn Ann Grogan, age 86, passed away March 8, 2022, in her home with all her family with her. She was born January 6, 1936, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to Al Horstman and Louise Duke Horstman. She married Carl Edward Grogan, May 23, 1953, in Berryville, Arkansas. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, and loved the Lord with all her heart. She was a member of Hatfield Assembly of God church for 55 years. She cherished the many children she cared for over many years, she worked for the Hatfield school for 15 years, worked with Area Agency on Aging and worked as a foster-grandparent for the Hatfield School.

Carolyn was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Carl Grogan; her parents, Al Horstman and Louise Duke Horstman; her brothers, Mike Horstman and Charles Horstman; sisters, Norvella Lawrence, Dorothy Kuhnert; her mother-in-law and father-in-law, Alvin and Della Grogan; and great-granddaughters, Ashlyn Grogan and Haley Dawn Grogan.

She is survived by her children, Karla Bruce and husband Chris, John Grogan and wife Glenda, Jerry Grogan and wife Laura, Sandra Broach and husband Ricky, Charles Grogan and wife Patti; brother, George Horstman of Owasso, Oklahoma; sister Alma Wood of Urbanette, Arkansas; 12 grandchildren and 38 great-grandchildren; Brad Grogan and Samantha Barrett and son Jake, Brent and Jamie Grogan and daughter Faith, John and Tara Grogan and daughters Addison and Mallory, Jon and Brandi Grogan, and daughters Madison, Mallory, Macey, and Melody, Tom and Brittany Grogan and children Desarae, Shaela, Penelope, Garrett, and Tori, Jarrod Grogan and children James, Jeremiah, Jessica, Niya, Juliane, and John John, David and McKeena Garcia and daughter Emilia, Daniel Garcia, Rudy Garcia, Carl Broach, and children, Tommy, Michelle, Jayden, Anastacia and Cheyenne, C.J. and Jimmi Broach and son Curtis, Charlie and Jennifer Broach and daughters Kadence and Kynlee, Jacki and Montana Speight and children Raeleigh, Jake, Kambri and Jackson, Valeri and Chris Woods and Children Christian Caseyn and Carlie Reece, Staci and Hunter Johnson and children Riggs and Della.

Services for Mrs. Grogan will be held 10:00 a.m., Monday, March 14, 2022, at the Penuel Assembly of God Church in Hatfield, Arkansas, with Brother Daniel Egger officiating under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Hatfield, Arkansas.

Pallbearers are Arley Stinson, Mike Oglesby, Randy Oglesby, Steve Bailey, Dylan McCoy, and Espy Magar
Honorary Pallbearers are LeRoy Beck, Hospice Nurses; Linda, Melissa, Jarrad, Ashley and Jennifer Youngblood.
Visitation will be held Sunday, March 13, 2022, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhom.com.
 

 

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Billy Ray Cathey

Billy Ray Cathey, age 79, passed away Monday, March 7, 2022, in Bentonville, Arkansas. He was born August 27, 1942, to the late Cleatus Ray Cathey and Ruby Sunshine Strickland.

Mr. Cathey was a teacher by profession, he obtained his master's degree in education from Henderson State University. He was an avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and loved nature. He was an active member of the masons, Mt. Meadow Lodge in Hatfield, Arkansas. He was also a member of the Friends of Polk County Library and an active member of the First Baptist Church in Hatfield, Arkansas. He loved to support the Razorbacks and was a great storyteller. Mr. Cathey never met a stranger and loved spending time with his family and seeing his grandkids.

Mr. Cathey is preceded in death by his parents, Cleatus Ray Cathey and Ruby Sunshine Strickland; his stepfather, George Strickland; by his loving wife of 49 years, Martha Mae Cathey; and by his brother, Jimmy Strickland. He is survived by his sons, Dr. Joseph Ray Cathey and wife Nancy, and Gregory George Cathey and wife Cassie; grandchildren, Natalie Cathey, Andrew Cathey, Addison Cathey, Ashlin Cathey, Avery Cathey, and Alex Cathey; brother, John Strickland; sisters, Georgie Thomas, and Mary Bandy; as well as several nieces, nephews and a host of other family and friends.

Services for Mr. Cathey will be held Saturday, March 12, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. at Hatfield First Baptist Church in Hatfield, Arkansas, under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Shady Cemetery in Shady, Arkansas.
Visitation will be Friday, March 11, 2022, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Pallbearers are Matt Walston, Tim Walston, Andrew Cathey, Alex Cathey, Eddie Kesterson, and Kenny Miller.
Honorary Pallbearers are Al Hadaway, and George Hamilton.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhom.com.
 

 

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Ronald Clyde Carlile Obituary

Ronald Clyde Carlile age 67 of Mena, Arkansas passed away Monday, February 28, 2022 at his home. He was born on Saturday, November 13, 1954 to Harold Edward Carlile and Margie Lee (Morrison) Carlile in Porterville, California.

Ron was a kind and loving man who believed in God and Jesus Christ. His life began with adventures as his dad served in the Air Force during his childhood. Together he and his brother Dave and sister Sharon were able to travel with their parents to various parts of the country. By the time they were 4 or 5 years old, they were fluent in Spanish. Spain and Puerto Rico were just a couple of places Ron and his family lived. He got to see a lot of Europe before settling back down into the United States in Idaho where his family would then make their home. Ron loved to hunt turkey and deer with his brother Dave in Idaho. He was a member of the National Rifle Association. Ron later moved to Missouri where he worked at a Baptist College as the groundskeeper and maintenance man. He helped to design and maintain the irrigation systems for their baseball and football fields. Ron had three wonderful children; Jason, Jeremy and Amber. He was very proud of their accomplishments. Jason was an Apache helicopter pilot and flew in Iraq. Jeremy was a Captain Ranger in Iraq and Amber works for the State of Missouri. Ron went to Florida where he obtained a license at the Harley Davidson School to become a mechanic. He shared his skill and knowledge with our locals in Polk County while working for Hog Country Cycles. He loved to ride his Harley Davidson in his free time. Ron enjoyed listening to Classic Country, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, and Pink Floyd. In his later years he became a Bee Keeper and had his loving companions to keep him company; Lucy the Shepherd and Killer a bloodhound. Ron was a man of his word and took pride in being an honest and honorable citizen. Ron was a loving man and will be missed by all who knew him.

He is preceded in death by his parents; His loving wife of 7 years, Vonetha Rostollan; and his companion Gypsy, the bloodhound.

Ron is survived by two sons, Jason Carlile and Jeremy Carlile, one daughter, Amber Carlile; one brother, Dave Carlile of Mena; one sister, Sharon Scollard of Boise, Idaho; his mother in-law and father in-law, Mike and Sharon Rostollan of Mena; and a host of other relatives and friends.

No services are planned at this time, Ronald donated his body to science at the program at UAMS. Arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home.

 

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3-8-22 2:25 p.m. KAWX.ORG

Ester Ann Rapp Obituary

Ester Ann Rapp, age 81, passed away Monday, March 7, 2022, in Mena, Arkansas. She was born March 24, 1940, in Heavener, Oklahoma to the late William Fredrick Hamm and Fern Elizabeth Shupert Hamm.

She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She loved gardening, crocheting, cross stitching, and bowling.

Ester is preceded in death by her parents, William Fredrick Hamm and Fern Elizabeth Hamm, and by her brothers, Bill Hamm and Fred Hamm. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Wendell Rapp; sons, Bob Rapp and wife Lynn, Wes Rapp and wife Tyanne, Ken Rapp and wife Melissa; brothers, Derell Hamm and David Hamm; sister, Pat Smith; 9 grandchildren; and 12 great-
grandchildren.

Graveside memorial services for Mrs. Rapp will be held Saturday, March 19, 2022, at 10:00 a.m., at Pinecrest Memorial Park in Mena, Arkansas, under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhom.com.
 

 

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Betty Virginia Singleton Obituary

Betty Virginia Singleton was born March 13, 1943 in Coolidge Arizona. She passed away at her home in Y-City, Arkansas on March 4, 2022.

Betty was a woman of incredible faith. Best known as "Nonie", she was a grandma to all. Nonie will always remain in the hearts of all who had the pleasure of knowing her. She was always ready to invite anyone into her home for a wonderful homecooked meal. She most looked forward to being reunited with her husband of 63 years, as the Bible promises in John 5:28,29. Betty and Lee had a marriage to strive for, they were perfectly balanced together. They looked forward to nothing more than everlasting life together. Her love for family, both blood and spiritual, was apparent through her everyday actions.

She is survived by her children Richard and Terria Singleton of Y City, Joanna Singleton of Pine Bluff , Jeanette and Brent Ward of Dickenson Tx, Lisa Singleton Of Y City, Peggy and Bruce Tinsley of Y City. Grandchildren, Darcy and William Neal, Brandy Williams, April and DeVon Turner, Bruce and Diana Tinsley, Chelsey and Seth Slater, Charles and Tyriesha Singleton, Kelley and Trevor Mortimore, Shelby Singleton; seven great grandchildren; and one sister Alice Singleton.

She was preceded in death by her husband Lee, granddaughter Shelby Tinsley, grandson Dylan Jace Singleton , and her parents James and Hazel Mason.

 

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3-7-22 3:12 p.m. KAWX.ORG

Eugene May Obituary

Eugene May passed away March 5, 2022, in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Eugene was 68 years old. He was born July 8, 1953, in Gustine, California, the son of Otis May and Lucille (Bailey) May, one of three boys. He was married to Debbie (Curry) May on July 11, 1971.

Eugene is survived by his loving wife of 50 years and 8 months, Debbie; son, Timmy May and partner, Brandon Holligan; daughters, Brandie Simpson, Brittany Smith and husband Zak; mother, Lucille May; grandchildren, Chase Pyle, Alexa Brewer and husband Billy, Christian Field, Brendan Field, Kennedi Cooke, Jase Cooke, Tenley Smith, Emery Smith and Chevelle Smith; great grandchildren, Gracie Pyle, Reese Brewer, Levi Pyle, Kailie Brewer and Bentley Brewer; aunt, Allie Walters; nephew Chris May; sister-in-law, Yvette May. Along with a host of family and friends and special companion, his black German Shephard, Ellie. Eugene is preceded in death by his dad, Otis May; brothers, James and Jerry May. Eugene was a loving husband, father and grandfather to all the ones who loved him the most.

Funeral service will be Thursday, March 10, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. at the Beasley-Wood Chapel with Brother Roger Bishop officiating. Interment will follow in the Pinecrest Memorial Park under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Visitation will be Wednesday, March 9, 2022, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Beasley-Wood Chapel.

Pallbearers will be Chase Pyle, Brendan Field, Zak Smith, Kenny Henry, Roy Harris and Colby Philpot. Honorary pallbearers will be Larry Dunaway and the S & M Crew, Brandon Holligan and Billy Brewer, Jeff Field, Roger Gilbert, Ron Lyon and Jimmy Martin.

 

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Roberta Lenora Cole Obituary

Roberta Lenora Cole, 77, passed away Wednesday, March 2, 2022, in Ft. Smith, Arkansas. She was born February 8, 1945, in North Little Rock to the late Robert Smith and Hazel Harvey.

Mrs. Cole was the assistant manager at Wal-Mart McDonald’s for 20 years. Roberta was a very active member of the Dallas Avenue Baptist Church and loved to spend time with her family. She could often be found coloring with her grandchildren, doing crossword puzzles, or cruising around Walmart. Mrs. Cole loved her grandchildren and her dogs deeply.

Mrs. Cole is preceded in death by her husband, Richard Owen Cole; her parents, Robert Smith and Hazel Harvey; and by her sister, Wanda Culbreth. She is survived by her son, Rick Cole and wife Rita of Hot Springs, Arkansas; daughters, Tina Cole of Mena, Arkansas, and Sherri Benson and husband Clark of Lonoke, Arkansas; grandchildren, Shawna Howard, Jacob Cole, Justin Cole and wife Kasey, John Richmond, Jr. and wife Robbie, Kaitlyn Cook and husband Richard, Rachel January, Brandy Shultz, Ashley Knight, Beka Cole, Ryle Cole, Nathan Cole, Mica Vincent, Mandi Vincent, and Mason Vincent; 20 great-grandchildren; brother, Bobbie Smith and wife Susan; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, other family and friends too numerous to mention.

Services for Mrs. Cole will be held Tuesday, March 8, 2022, at 10 a.m., at the Beasley-Wood Chapel. Interment will follow at Concord Cemetery in Ink, Arkansas, with Brother Donnie Edwards officiating under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Visitation will be Monday, March 7, 2022, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Pallbearers are John Richmond, Justin Cole, Jacob Cole, Ryle Cole, Nathan Cole, and Mason Vincent.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com.
 

 

3-3-22 2:27 p.m. KAWX.ORG

Ray "Junior" Charles Smith Jr.

Mr. Ray Charles Smith Jr. “Junior”, age 53, passed away Tuesday, March 1, 2022, in Mena, Arkansas. He was born November 10, 1968, to the late Ray Charles Smith Sr. and Regaina Elizabeth Chambers.


Mr. Smith was a truck driver and scrapper by profession. Ray was an avid outdoorsman who loved fishing, hunting, riding through the mountains, and sitting on the beaches of Galveston, Texas. He collected model cars and airplanes. Ray was known as a total prankster who loved to joke and tell scary stores. He loved to play with his grandkids. He enjoyed setting up at flea markets and on the side of the road. He was known for his ability to sell an eskimo snow!


Ray is preceded in death by his parents, Ray Charles Smith Sr. and Regaina Elizabeth Chambers; sister, Marie Cathey; and by his nephew, Dewayne Smith. He is survived by his loving wife, Connie (Fairless) Smith; sons, Henry Smith and Daniel Guffey; daughter, Rachelle Guffey; brothers, Bill Smith, Tyke Smith, Marty Fairless, and Pete Fairless; and by his sister, Ruby Thacker; honorary children, Mischa Young, Melissa Williams, Rychie Fairless, Caleb Fairless, Lanie Lewis, Joshua Smith, Sarah Oney, Ray Smith, and Mark Thacker Jr.; and by his grandchildren, Helen Leona Elizabeth Guffey, Emory Young, Elsa Young, Arora Young, Conner Williams, Clara Williams, Karen Oney, Clayton Oney, Joshua Smith Jr., Abbygail Smith, and Jacob Smith.


Services for Mr. Smith will be held Saturday, March 5, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Hatfield, Arkansas. Brother Victor Anglin will officiate under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Visitation is general starting, Thursday, March 3, 2022, through Friday, March 4,2022, from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. If you wish to participate in his last ride, meet at Beasley-Wood Funeral Home at 12:30 prior to the service.


Pallbearers are Daniel Guffey, Joshua Smith, Floyd Fairless, Bub Fairless, Kody Korrin, Jesse Oney, Caleb Fairless, and Mark Thacker Sr.


Honorary Pallbearers are Henry Smith, Charles Fairless, Tyke Smith, and Bradley Grogan.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com.
 

 

3-3-22 2:21 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

Michael Paul Brumley Obituary

Michael Paul Brumley, age 67, passed away Tuesday, March 1, 2022, in Ft. Smith, Arkansas. He was born March 24, 1954, in Wewoka, Oklahoma, to the late John Paul Brumley and Jewell Bell Jackson Brumley.

Mr. Brumley worked in the oilfield. He enjoyed woodworking, gardening, and loved reading his bible.
He is preceded in death by his parents, John Paul Brumley and Jewell Bell Jackson Brumley; sister, Donna Gayler; and by his nephew, James White. He is survived by the mother of his children, Penny Banks; son, Chris Brumley and wife Tandi; daughter, Amber Brumley; grandchildren, Taylor Brumley, Johnathon “Johnny-Mike” Brumley, Julia Brumley, Hunter Henry and Lane Henry; soon-to-be great-grandson, Karter James Michael Brumley; brother, Pat Brumley; sister, Linda Ray; and by a host of nieces, nephews, other family and friends.

Graveside service will be Monday, March 7, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. at the Oakwood Cemetery in Wewoka, Oklahoma under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.
 

 

3-2-22 5:13 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

James Allen Scarbrough Obituary

James Allen Scarbrough, age 79, of Mena, died Monday, February 28, 2022 at his home. He was born Monday, July 27, 1942 to John Wesley Scarbrough and Sarah Elizabeth (Langley) Scarbrough.

James was of the Baptist Faith and loved his family very much. He served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged. After the military he went to the orchards of Washington State and worked many years as a fruit hand. He also was a certified welder. James enjoyed going on walks, watching John Wayne movies, tinkering in his workshop, going hunting and fishing; and participating in Demolition Derby's. James was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle and friend and will be missed by all who knew him.

James is preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Bethany Jo Scarbrough Wester; three grandchildren, Alexander Tolbert, Reilly Scarbrough and Acelynn Wester and one sister, Dessie Bates.

James is survived by his loving wife of almost 49 years, Carrie Scarbrough of Mena; two sons, David Scarbrough of Yakama, Washington and James O'Brien of Hatfield, Arkansas; two daughters and son in law, Korrie Scarbrough of Mena, Arkansas and Rebecca and Eddie Tolbert of Mena, Arkansas; one sister, Opal Duffield of Moxie, Washington; sixteen grandchildren, Anthony Scarbrough, John Tolbert, Sarah Broach, Katie Scarbrough, Brandie Tolbert, Jaslene Scarbrough, Dominic Scarbrough, Amanda Tolbert, Abigayle Tolbert, Alexis Tolbert, Sabrina Moore, Paul O'Brien, Andy O'Brien, Nathan O'Brien, Keren Tolbert and Jay Broach; four great grandchildren, Aiyanna Broach, Paisley Broach, Emmett Broach and Gianna Tolbert; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

A graveside service will be held on Thursday, March 3, 2022 at 2:00 P.M. at the Six Mile Cemetery in Hatfield with Brother Ben Lewis officiating under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home. No visitation is planned.

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.

 

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