Obituaries Archives for 2022-05

Bobby Earl "Bob" Plunkett Obituary

Mr. Bobby Earl Plunkett went to his heavenly home on Wednesday, May 25, 2022, in Mena, Arkansas. “Bob” was born January 25, 1937, in Shreveport, Louisiana, to Houston “Hoot” Plunkett and Lee Dunagan. He attended Vandervoort Elementary School and remembered having to help push the bus out of the snow and icy mud on cold winter days. Before and after graduating from Van-Cove High School in 1955, he worked on the family farm, at a sawmill in Dierks, and at the local chicken processing plant. However, that experience led to his unwillingness to ever eat chicken again.

At 20 years of age, he joined the Army and the military sent him to Ft. Chaffee, Arkansas, Ft. Gordon, Georgia (for small engine repair), and eventually to Ft. MacArthur, California. Having a top secret security clearance, he passed on messages at the main military communication center in downtown Los Angeles, California, where he extended his enlistment during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

During his time in the Army he married Joyce Eileen, daughter of Floyd and Kathryn Clements of Vandervoort. In 1962 his only child, Elizabeth Anne was born a month early in Alhambra, California. He worked hard to provide them everything they could ever need.

After the military, Bobby’s small engine repair training helped him get a job for South California Edison Electric Company for the next 32 years. He proudly would mention that as a mechanic and lead garage foreman for vehicle maintenance he would always accept the offers for overtime work and only took one day off work after breaking his leg falling down a hillside on the job.

In 2005, his wife Joyce, passed away at their home in Lancaster, California, having been together 46 years.

Bob returned to Mena soon after and became reacquainted with many old friends while making many new ones. He enjoyed weekly trips to Scotty’s in Cove in hopes of seeing people from the old days.

He is survived by his daughter, Beth and her husband Col. Ron Woodard, USAR, retired, of Royal, Arkansas. Bobby was always proud to tell people that his son-in-law was an ICU nurse. He also is survived by his love and long-time companion, Pat Gilbert, of Mena. Family and friends made his life complete.

A graveside memorial service will be held 2 p.m., Friday, June 3, 2022, at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Cove, Arkansas. Brother Ron Ladd will be officiating under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Bobby had a special interest in the preservation of Pleasant Grove Cemetery where he purchased and had erected the American Flagpole that stands there today. In lieu of flowers, he requested donations be made to the Pleasant Grove Cemetery Association. Cremation services for Mr. Plunkett are entrusted to Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com.
 

 

5-31-22 3:24 p.m. KAWX.ORG

 

Philip Lee Reimer Obituary

Mr. Philip Lee Reimer, age 74, passed away Tuesday, May 24, 2022, in Ft. Smith, Arkansas. He was born February 7, 1948, in Cheyenne, Wyoming, to John A. Reimer and Annie I. (Standford) Reimer.

Phillip was a master mechanic by profession, and bravely served his country in the Vietnam War. He was a member of the A112 12 Division of the Marines; and was a very proud, brave, and honorable man. He enjoyed motorcycles, especially Harley’s; in fact, he was a member of the Vietnam Veteran’s motorcycle club. He was always willing to lend a helping hand and was known as a “big ol’ teddy bear” by those around him. He cared very deeply about his friends and family and was always supportive of them. Additionally, he liked to have fun, and was known for pulling pranks and trying to make everyone happy.

Mr. Reimer is proceeded in death by his parents, John A. Reimer and Annie I. (Standford) Reimer, and by his brother, Steven Patrick (Pat) Reimer. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Teresa Reimer; son, Jamy Reimer and wife Linsy of Pottsboro, Texas; daughter, Misty Irvin of Sherman, Texas; grandchildren, Shaydin Reimer and Dax Irvin; brothers, Jerry Reimer of Spring, Texas and Rick Reimer of Lubbock, Texas; as well as a host of family and friends too numerous to mention.

Mr. Reimer was sent off for cremation under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. There are no services planned at this time.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com.
 

 

5-31-22 10:53 a.m. KAWX.ORG

James Milliken Lesley Obituary

James Milliken Lesley, age 82, of Nunley, Arkansas, died, Saturday, May 28, 2022 at his home.

 

He was born on Sunday, August 13, 1939 to George Lee and Helen Agnes Milliken Lesley in Folsom, New Mexico. Jim, as he was lovingly known, grew up and attended school in Hugoton, Kansas. He was very active in sports, playing football and basketball in high school. This is where he developed a love for sports that he carried throughout his life. He was class president all four years of high school. When he wasn’t in school, he worked for local farmers. In his early adult years, Jim served in the United States Army for two years and was honorably discharged as a Sergeant.

 

Jim was a man of faith and was a long time member of the Guymon, Oklahoma, First Baptist Church. He served as Sunday school director for many years while in Guymon. Jim was in a Gospel Quartet and sang for many years traveling to Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma.

 

When he retired to Mena, Arkansas, he became a very active member of the First Baptist Church in Mena. Jim loved spending his time playing games with his grandchildren, Maddux and Maggie. He also enjoyed playing golf, hunting, fishing and keeping up with the youth of the church.

 

For many years Jim worked as a meat cutter for Ideal Food Store, Safeway and Homeland. Then he started a new career as an Office machine technician.

 

Jim was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend and will be missed by all who knew him. Jim is preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Ray Lesley; and three sisters, Jean Montfort, Linda Baker, and Mary Jane Lesley.

 

James is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Loretta Lesley of Nunley, Arkansas; one daughter, Kendra Moke of Cameron, Oklahoma; three sisters, Vera Fellers of Syracuse, Kansas, Helen Williams of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas and Sharon Addington of Wichita, Kansas; two grandchildren, Maddux Moke and Maggie Moke of Las Vegas, Nevada; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

 

Funeral services will be Thursday, June 2, 2022, at 10:00 A.M. at the First Baptist Church in Mena with Brother Russell Threet officiating.

 

Interment will be Friday, June 3, 2022 at 2:00 P.M. at the Gem Cemetery in Gem, Kansas under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

 

Visitation will be Wednesday evening from 6-8 P.M. at Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena. Arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

 

Pallbearers will be Maddux Moke, Ivan Williams, Curtis Linscott, Vince Schallenberg, Jason Hendricks and Matthew Bowser.

 

Honorary Pallbearers will be Harlan Baker, Kent Higerd, Jim Addington and Darin Higerd.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Arkansas Baptist Children's Home at https://arkansasfamilies.org/give-now.

 

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.

 

5-30-22 8:16 p.m. KAWX.ORG

Allie L. Walters Obituary

Allie L. Walters, age 98, of Mena, Arkansas passed away Saturday, May 28, 2022, in Mena.

She was born July 8, 1923, in Ink, Arkansas to Oscar May and Edna Martin May. Mrs. Walters worked for Levi Clothing Factory in California and when she returned to Mena, she worked for Cowden and Aalfs Manufacturing.

Allie is survived by her great nephews, Tim May and partner Brandon Holligan, and Chris May; great nieces, Brandie Simpson, Brittany Smith and husband Zak and several local great great nieces and nephews. She is also survived by several great and great great nieces and nephews in the California and Oregon area.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Oscar and Edna May; brothers, Otis May, Claude May, Willie (Pete) May, Calvin May; twin sister, Evie (May) Johnson; sisters, Elsie (May) Rowton, Delcie (May) Campbell; 2 stillborn siblings.

Graveside service will be Monday, May 30, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. at Norris Cemetery in Yocana, Arkansas under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com

 

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5-28-22 7.00 p.m. KAWX.ORG

Mary Looney Obituary

Mary Frances Nowlin Looney, age 74, of Board Camp, Arkansas passed away on Wednesday, May 25, 2022, at her home surrounded by loved ones. She was born on Friday, July 18, 1947, to James William Nowlin and Nell Rose (Mosley) Nowlin in El Dorado, Arkansas. She married Alton M. Looney, February 23,1968 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

 

Mary was a loving Christian woman who loved Jesus and believed in the power of prayer. Her family knew her as a fierce prayer warrior. She was a member of the Midway Freewill Baptist Church. Mary was a homemaker and loved getting to spend time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She never missed an event or awards ceremony if she could help it. She loved watching her grandkids play basketball, and if they wasn’t playing she would watch the Razorbacks. Mary liked to camp, go walking, work her puzzle books, figure finances and watch her hollyhocks grow. She was a devoted wife, mother, daughter, and grandmother and leaves her family with an endless supply of happy memories.

 

She is preceded in death by her parents; and brothers, Jimmy Nowlin and Gary Nowlin.

 

She is survived by her loving husband of 54 years, Alton Looney of Board Camp; two sons and daughters in law, James and Cynthia Looney of Acorn, and Joe and Brenda Looney of Board Camp; one daughter and son in law, Rosalee and Ivan Bates of Acorn; two brothers, Carl Nowlin and wife Lizzy of Mabelville, Arkansas, and Bruce Nowlin and wife Jeanie of Little Rock; ten grandchildren; ten great grandchildren and two more on the way; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

 

A funeral service for Mary will be held on Tuesday, May 31, 2022 at 2:00 PM at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena, Arkansas with Brother Troy Denton officiating. Interment will follow at the Board Camp Cemetery in Board Camp, Arkansas under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home. A visitation will be held on Monday, May 30, 2022 at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel from 6:00 to 8:00 PM in Mena, Arkansas.

 

Pallbearers will be Justin Wagner, Cody Shores, Brison Darling, Levi Craft, Avery Wood, Isaac Buckley, Nathaniel Looney, Joseph Looney, Gage Goff, Ray Ezell, Chris Pinto, and Dewayne DeFluiter.

 

Honorary Pallbearers will be Ravan Wagner, Chelsee Shores, Brooke Bates, Kimberlin Craft, Briana Wood, Jessica Buckley, Morgan Looney, Brittany Goff, Jeanie Nowlin, April Frazier, Melissa Ezell, and the Elite Hospice Staff.

 

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.

 

5-27-22    5.15 p.m.   KAWX.ORG

Connie James Obituary

Connie James, age 75, of Conway, Arkansas passed away on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 in Conway, Arkansas.

 

She was born on Thursday, July 18, 1946 to John and Anna Mae Gordon in Mena, AR.

 

Connie was a loving mother, daughter, and grandmother and friend and will be missed by all who knew her.

 

She is preceded in death by her parents, Johnny and Anna Mae Gordon, husband Russell James, and brother Jake Gordon.

 

Connie is survived by her son Danny James (Leah, spouse), daughter Danette Ward (Robert, spouse), sister Sheryl Barnes (Jack, spouse), brother John Wyatt Gordon. Four grandchildren: Davia Christiansen, Kalie Ward, Evan James, and Anna James. Two great grandchildren: Makynzie and Mason Christiansen.

 

A graveside service for Connie will be held on Wednesday, June 1, 2022 at 2:00 PM at the Pinecrest Memorial Park in Mena, Arkansas under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena.

 

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.

 

5-26-22 4:43 p.m. KAWX.ORG

Philip Lee Reimer Obituary

Mr. Philip Lee Reimer, age 74, passed away Tuesday, May 24, 2022, in Ft. Smith, Arkansas. He was born February 7, 1948, in Cheyenne, Wyoming, to John A. Reimer and Annie I. (Standford) Reimer.

Phillip was a master mechanic by profession, and bravely served his country in the Vietnam War. He was a member of the A112 12 Division of the Marines; and was a very proud, brave, and honorable man. He enjoyed motorcycles, especially Harley’s; in fact, he was a member of the Vietnam Veteran’s motorcycle club. He was always willing to lend a helping hand and was known as a “big ol’ teddy bear” by those around him. He cared very deeply about his friends and family and was always supportive of them. Additionally, he liked to have fun, and was known for pulling pranks and trying to make everyone happy.

Mr. Reimer is proceeded in death by his parents, John A. Reimer and Annie I. (Standford) Reimer, and by his brother, Steven Patrick (Pat) Reimer. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Teresa Reimer; son, Jamy Reimer and wife Linsy of Pottsboro, Texas; daughter, Misty Irvin of Sherman, Texas; grandchildren, Shaydin Reimer and Dax Irvin; brothers, Jerry Reimer of Spring, Texas and Rick Reimer of Lubbock, Texas; as well as a host of family and friends too numerous to mention.

Mr. Reimer was sent off for cremation under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. There are no services planned at this time.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com.
 

 

5-26-22 1:29 p.m. KAWX.ORG

Rickey Dean Looney II Obituary

Rickey Dean Looney II, age 40, of Mena, Arkansas passed away Thursday, May 19, 2022 at the Mena Regional Health System.

 

He was born on Tuesday, June 23, 1981 to Rickey Dean Looney I and Cynthia Beatrice Looney in Mena, Arkansas.

 

Rickey was baptized in the Lutheran Church and enjoyed helping other people whenever he could. He was a very hard worker, and his work ethic was unmatched. Rickey worked construction for most of his life and specifically in State Parks for fourteen years. He had a charming personality, and loved to make people laugh. If you were ever around Rickey, a smile was guaranteed. Most of all, he loved his family and friends and enjoyed making them happy. Rickey was a loving son, brother, uncle, and friend and will be missed by all who knew him.

 

He is preceded in death by his father.

 

Rickey is survived by his mother, Cynthia Looney of Mena; one brother and sister in law, Michael and Trena Looney of Mena; aunt and uncle, Linda and James Dempsey of Mena; nephews and nieces, Cassius and Coraline Looney of Mena, Neveah, Evelyn, and Cyan of Mena; and a host of other relatives and friends.

 

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, May 28, 2022 at 2:00 PM at the Board Camp Cemetery in Board Camp, Arkansas with Brother Victor Rowell officiating under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home.

 

Visitation will be held at the Board Camp Cemetery starting at 1:00 PM, an hour prior to the graveside service.

 

5-25-22 4:09 p.m. KAWX.ORG

Howard Ray Wilson Obituary

Howard Ray Wilson, age 79, of Wickes, passed from this life on Friday, May 20, 2022 at Wickes, Arkansas. He was born Sunday, November 13, 1949 in South Polk County to Pete Robert Wilson and Juanita Crenshaw Wilson.

 

He was preceded in death by his brother, Bob Wilson; and sister, Fayrene Wilson Feinglass.

 

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Kim Milam Wilson; two sons, Kevin Wilson of Cove, and Klinton Wilson of Wickes; one sister, Margie Herring of Wickes; several nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

 

Howard made his living on the road, driving big rigs for over 50 years. Starting out at Lane Poultry, then Tyson, and finally Daryl Thomason Trucking. He loved what he did and was working right up until his final moments here. Howard was a big cut up and he loved to aggravate, especially Kim. It was his way of showing love, and it's what helped keep them together for 35 years. It's one of the many things she will miss most about him. He loved his family and was always big fun at get togethers and the holidays. He enjoyed sparing no expense to see the kids faces light up when opening their presents. It did his heart well to see their happiness. You could see he was as excited and happy as they were. They affectionately called him, "Santa Clause." Not only did he kind of look the part, but he played it accordingly. All kids loved Howard, he was adored by his nieces and nephews and it was obvious the feeling was mutual. They are missing "Uncle Howard" already. His passion was the outdoors and he loved and lived to fish, hunt and shoot, spending most of his free time in the woods, waiting out the perfect buck or hoping to call in a long beard gobbler. He spent countless nights at coon hunts, often placing very high with his prized coon dogs. Howard loved to spend time with his buddies at deer camp where he was known as "Coonhunter Wilson," or by the younger ones as "Howie." When he wasn't in the woods you could usually find him at some point during the day at the EZ Mart sipping coffee, shooting the bull with friends. He loved watching the Warriors play basketball and now the Cossatot River Eagles. Howard has so many friends they could never be covered here. But, some stood out as friends for a lifetime. Ronnie or Jerry Bug could probably tell you anything you needed to know about him, where you could find him, or what he might be doing that day. Probably share some stories with you about BBQ at deer camp, gun shows, turkey shoots, fishing and many, many other memories. Friendships like theirs are something to appreciate and cherish and only a few lucky people are able to experience that. Many, many people enjoyed a friendship with Howard, as he was always happy to aggravate and joke his way into your heart. That was his "thing." It was like his trademark. We will miss his face, with that white beard and hair, and that mischievous grin. We will miss his stories and his friendship. He was a big man with a big personality and his absence will leave a big, big hold in our hearts. Rest easy Howard, we'll catch you later.

 

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

 

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.

 

5-24-22 1:49 p.m. KAWX.ORG

Reverend Donley Hesse Obituary

Reverend Donley Hesse, age 89, of Mena, Arkansas passed away peacefully in his sleep Saturday, May 21, 2022. He was born on June 25, 1932, in Grygla, Minnesota, to Lawrence and Anna (Rude) Hesse.

Revered Hesse ministered at Trinity Lutheran Church in Mena for many years. He enjoyed studying languages and read the Bible in Hebrew, Greek, Russian, and Spanish. He liked to experiment with solar power and make sun dials. A good Christmas gift for him was a bottle of Elmer’s Glue.

He is survived by his sons, Timothy Hesse of Mena, Arkansas and Jon Hesse and wife Beth of Mesa, Arizona; daughters, Rachel Hoffland of Decorah, Iowa; granddaughter, Rachel Brown, Mathew Kelly and Andrew Kelly. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Lois Vernelle Hess; daughter Sara Feuerstein; and sister, Donna Schwanz.

Funeral service will be held 3:00 p.m. Sunday, May 29, 2022, at Trinity Lutheran Church with Reverend Timothy J. Henning officiating. Interment will follow at Pinecrest Memorial Park under the direction of Beasley Wood Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at the church for visitation one hour prior to the funeral. General visitation will be held at the funeral home during normal business hours.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com.
 

 

5-23-22 3:01 p.m. KAWX.ORG

 

Claudene Elizabeth Embry Obituary

Mrs. Claudene Elizabeth Embry, age 78, of Mena, Arkansas, passed from this life on Wednesday, May 18, 2022, in Ft. Smith, Arkansas. She was born on December 27, 1943, in Shady, Arkansas, the daughter of Claude and Lena (Caudel) Lewis.

Claudene was a Christian and a member of First Freewill Baptist Church in Mena. She was a Registered Nurse by profession and loved to quilt and enjoyed pretty flowers. She will be dearly missed.

Claudene is survived by her husband, Fred Embry; son, Shane Embry; daughter, Denise Vines; grandchildren, Ashley Slater, Aaron Embry, and Cole Embry; and great grandson, Caden Slater. She was preceded in death by her sister, Jolyne Lewis; and her brother, Dennis Lewis.

Funeral services will be held 10:00 a.m. Monday, May 23, 2022, at First Freewill Baptist Church in Mena with Brother Donnie Jewell officiating. Interment will follow at Cherry Hill Cemetery under the direction of Beasley Wood Funeral Home. Visitation will be general.

Pallbearers are Terry Davis, Michael Hoover, Wendal Henry, Gary Threlkill, Dustin Beck, Wendal Davis, and Mike Shogren. Honorary pallbearers are Robert “Bob” Turner and David Alan.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com.
 

 

5-19-22 4:01 p.m. KAWX.ORG

 

Peggy Carolyn Sherrill Obituary

Mrs. Peggy Carolyn Sherrill, age 83, passed away Tuesday, May 17, 2022, in Mena, Arkansas. She was born May 27, 1938, in Ruston, Louisiana, to the late Reba Gilbert Hughes and Margaret Elizabeth Hughes.

Peggy was a longtime chicken farmer by profession, she had also worked at Ace Hardware and was a special needs aide on school buses for Mena Public School. Additionally, she was the church secretary for the Salem Baptist Church, where she faithfully attended.

Mrs. Sherrill is survived by her sons, Joe Sherrill and wife Judy of Plumberville, Arkansas, and Eric “Pistol” Sherrill of Mena, Arkansas; daughter, Mona Davis and husband James of Mena, Arkansas; grandchildren, Brandi McCoy and husband Thomas of Morrilton, Arkansas, Aaron Davis and wife Karee of Dover, Arkansas, and Keith Davis and wife Jennifer of Oppelo, Arkansas; great-grandchildren, Paige Holland, Cayden Holland, Ian Holland, Dominic Thomas, Emri Davis, Hadley Davis, Caleb Canady, and Jonathon Blaylock; niece, JoAnn Moore; as well as the members of the Salem Baptist Church, the members of Faith Missionary Baptist Church, and the Mena Public Schools Bus Drivers. She is preceded in death by, her loving husband, W. R. “Skeet” Sherrill; her parents, Reba and Margaret Hughes; and by her mother and father-in-law, Brooks and Fannie Sherrill.

Mrs. Sherrill’s cremation services are entrusted to Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. There are no services planned at this time.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com


 

 

5-17-22 4:08 p.m. KAWX.ORG

 

Johnnie Lucille Frost Dover Obituary

Johnnie Lucille Frost Dover died May 17, 2022, at Homewood Cottages in Mena. She was born June 20, 1938, in Mena to Luth Pat Frost and Rudell Wilson Frost.

She is predeceased by her parents, her husband of 64 years, Jerry Dover, a brother Jack Frost, and four sons, Clifton, Michael, Keith, and Dennis.

She is survived by daughters, Sabrina Stafford and Diana Davis; brothers, J.D. Frost, Benny Frost, Ronald Frost, and Donald Frost; sisters, Pat Phillips and Mary States; and daughter-in-law, Lisa Dover; grandchildren, Daniel Dover, Ethan Thrash, Mark Thomas, Abigail Thomas, Vivian Allen, Keith Cook, Alex Cook, and five great-grandchildren.

Johnnie graduated from Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas, with a degree in Medical Technology. She especially enjoyed working in the area of microbiology. During her career she supervised several hospital labs in Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.

Johnnie was very creative and enjoyed sewing, painting, and drawing. She was very generous with her art, especially with her friends at Peachtree assisted living.

She was a member of the Church of Christ.

A memorial service will be held at a later date when all of her family can attend. Cremation services are entrusted to Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com


 

 

5-17-22 11:57 p.m. KAWX.ORG

 

Amanda Lynn Turnbough Obituary

Ms. Amanda Lynn Turnbough, age 39, passed away Wednesday, May 11, 2022, in Texarkana, Texas. She was born July 27, 1982, in Grannis, Arkansas to James Albert Turnbough and Cindy Lou Kuykendall Turnbough.

Ms. Turnbough was a homemaker by profession and loved fishing, camping, cooking, listening to music, and playing softball; however, above all else, she loved to spend time with her family.

Ms. Turnbough is preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Barom and Marie Powell; paternal grandparents, Lester and Elizabeth Turnbough; sister, Elizabeth Marie Kyle (Turnbough); uncles, Ronnie Turnbough, Wesley Turnbough, and Travis Powell; as well as by her aunt, Sandi Ridge. She is survived by her companion of 17 years, Lazaro Perez; daughters, Elizabeth Dominique Alameda Turnbough and Hayden Maria Perez Turnbough; father, James Albert Turnbough; mother, Cindy Lou Turnbough; sisters, Jessica Turnbough, Celeste Martinez and husband Gabriel; nieces, Cortney Kyle, Jeannette Kyle, Heidi Turnbough, Nicole Martinez; nephew, Gabriel J. Martinez; as well as a host of aunts, uncles, other family and friends too numerous to count.

Cremation services for Ms. Turnbough have been entrusted to Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. A memorial service for Ms. Turnbough will be held 2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 21, 2022, at the Beasley-Wood Chapel in Mena, Arkansas, with Brother Don Youngblood officiating under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com.
 

 

5-16-22 12:43 p.m. KAWX.ORG

 

Robert Allen Smith Obituary

Robert Allen Smith, age 79, of Mena, Arkansas passed away Sunday, May 8, 2022 at the Mena Regional Health System. He was born on Thursday, February 18, 1943 to Frankie Smith and Lillie Edwards in Lexington, South Carolina. Robert was a very straight forward man that didn't have any patience for nonsense. But, at the same time, he had a heart of gold. He would often help people in need anytime he was able. Robert served proudly in the United States Air Force. He was a jack of all trades, but for many years worked as a carpenter and later retired from a successful truck driving career. He enjoyed thrift shopping, fishing, listening to old country music like Conway Twitty and Hank Williams, and reading Louis L'amour novels. Most of all, he enjoyed gardening in his free time. Robert loved his family, and spending time with his great grandchildren, and could often be seen being goofy and funny, especially with Destiny and Serenity who lived next door. Robert was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle, and friend and will be missed by all who knew him.

 

He is preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, John Smith, Henry Smith, and Frank Smith; and one sister, Eva Smith.

 

Robert is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Nelda Smith of Mena; two sons, Christopher Smith of Cove, and Barry Smith of Lexington, Alabama; six grandchildren, Jenny Hogan, Crystal Perales, Amber Williams, Tyler Smith, Brandon Riddle, and Brianna Smith; fifteen great grandchildren; several nephews and nieces and a host of other relatives and friends.

 

A graveside service will be held on Thursday, May 12, 2022 at 2:00 PM at the Mt. Gilead Cemetery in Rocky, Arkansas with Brother Phillip Hatley officiating under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home. No visitation is planned.

 

5-10-22 4:34 p.m. KAWX.ORG

Barbara Kennedy Obituary

Barbara Kennedy, age 77, of Oden, Arkansas passed away on Sunday, May 8, 2022 in Waldron, Arkansas. She was born on Sunday, March 11, 1945 to Elmer Isaacs and Nina Louise Parsons in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

 

Barbara was a woman of faith, loved God with all her heart and attended Concord Baptist Church. She had a generous heart, and often volunteered at different hospitals, dressing up in many costumes and brought joy to many people. Barbara was the most giving person, and would provide whatever she was able to anyone in need. She went above and beyond helping every person she met. She adored her cat and dog, Gabby and Dallas. Barbara was a beacon of light for her family, she cherished every moment spent with each and every one of them. She was a devoted wife, mother, daughter, and grandmother and leaves her family with an endless supply of happy memories.

 

She is preceded in death by Donald Ellis Powers, Susan Kennedy and parents, Louise and Earl Parsons.

 

Barbara is survived by her loving husband of 27 years, Charles Kennedy Jr. of Oden; three daughters Kathy Morton (Alan) of Tulsa, OK, Cindy Elliott (Robert) of Plano, TX and Deanna Armstrong (Dan) of McKinney, TX; Stepdaughters Judy Tullos (Myron) of Franklinton, LA and Pam Murphy (Royce) of Franklinton, LA. Stepsons Clayton Kennedy of Bogalusa, LA, Andrew Kennedy (Stacy) of Oden, AR, Edward Kennedy (Tracy) of Oden, AR, Benjamin Kennedy (Kimberly) of Franklinton, LA.; Twenty amazing grandchildren, ten precious great grandchildren and numerous loving cousins and family members.

 

A funeral service for Barbara will be held on Tuesday, May 10. 2022 at 10:00 AM at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena, Arkansas with Brother Ree officiating. Interment will follow at the Woodlawn Memorial Park in Fort Smith, Arkansas under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home.

 

A visitation will be held on Monday, May 9, 2022 at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel from 6:00 to 8:00 PM in Mena, Arkansas. Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.

 

5-9-22 3:04 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

Marjorie "Marge" Bartley Gilliam Obituary

Marjorie “Marge” Bartley Gilliam, age 88, passed away, January 27, 2022, in Amarillo, Texas. She was born November 19, 1933, in Ringgold, LA, she was a long-time resident of Polk Co, AR. She married Lawrence B. ‘Ben’ Gilliam on Sept 7, 1951. She was an Air Force wife for 18 years, stationed in several U.S. states and Puerto Rico. Marge was a shining light of strength to family and friends; and had an unwavering faithfulness to our Lord. She was asked and accepted a volunteer counselling job while a resident of Medical Lodge of Amarillo, due to her positive attitude and compassion for others.

Marge is predeceased by her parents, James D. and Essie Bartley; her husband Ben; and siblings, Larry Bartley, Joyce Robinson, and Doris Woodard. She is survived by her daughters Roxi Bates and husband Dan; Linda Taylor and husband, Randy; grandchildren Jonathon and Hannah Taylor; 4 great-grandchildren; 1 sister-in-law, Edna Rogers; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Marge is interred in Pinecrest Memorial Cemetery in Mena, AR. A Memorial Service will be held at 10:00 a.m. May 14, 2022, at Pinecrest Memorial Park in Mena, with Bro. Lynn Chiles officiating. Casual dress. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating in Marge’s name, to Yocana Baptist Church, P.O. BX 876, Mena, AR 71953.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com.
 

 

5-9-22 9:30 a.m. KAWX.ORG 

Dana J. Burdon Obituary

Dana J. Burdon 65 of Mena, AR, passed away Tuesday, May 3, 2022, in Fort Smith, AR. Dana was born January 11, 1957, in San Francisco, CA. He was a veteran of the United States Navy where he served his country for 22 years before retiring and spending the next 22 years as an aircraft mechanic for ERA Helicopters in the Gulf Coast of Louisiana. Dana never met a stranger! He loved to laugh and loved to make others laugh as well. He took every interaction as an opportunity to turn someone’s day around with a smile and a few perfectly placed jokes He enjoyed the finer things in life like a nice glass of whiskey, taking a beautiful bike ride through the mountains, a ride around the lake on the boat, or a leisurely camping trip in the RV. Dana loved with his entire heart and was fiercely loyal to his friends and family. When he wasn’t off taking advantage of a beautiful day, he could be found enjoying family dinners on Saturday, tinkering in the garage, reloading ammo, rebuilding any number of automotive projects, or enjoying a good movie on surround sound with buttered popcorn and no talking, of course. Dana will be remembered for his love and loyalty to those he cared most about, love for his wife and his desire to make her feel special every day.

Dana is survived by his wife and dearest friend, Dwyla Fontenot Burdon; daughters, Nicole Singley (Nicholas Singley) and Maegan Hubbard (David “DJ” Hubbard); son; Brandon Burdon; sisters, Loren Burdon, DeLynn Burdon and Carla Cavanaugh (Randy); granddaughter, Saylor Hubbard; stepmother, Judy Burdon; brothers and Tom Holz, Kirt Holz and John Roberts. He also leaves his Fontenot family: brothers-in-law, Kyle Fontenot (Stephanie), Shawn Fontenot, Chad Fontenot and Jackie Points (Angela); sisters-in-law, Tiffaney Lee (Jeff), Kesha Martin (Keith), Tonya Barry (Thom) and Gina Clanton (Tyson) and numerous nieces and nephews he loved and adored.

He was preceded in death by his father; Norwood Burdon; mother, Donna Farrington; brother, Lee Burdon and sister, Kobi Roberts.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 AM Monday, May 09, 2022, in the Chapel of Johnson Funeral Home. Father Alan Trouille will officiate. Visitation Sunday will be from 4:00 PM until 6:00 PM and will continue Monday from 10:00 AM until the time of service.
 

 

5-5-22 3:09 p.m. KAWX.ORG 

 

Kathryn Marie Winfield Obituary

Kathryn Marie Winfield, affectionally known as Kathy age 83, of Cove, Arkansas went to her Heavenly home on Sunday, May 1, 2022. Kathy was surrounded by her loved ones as she took her Lord's hand. She was born on Monday, September 19, 1938, to Thomas Crystal Toon and Louella Dovie Gordon Toon in Smithville, Oklahoma.

 

Kathy was deeply loved by her devoted children and her husband of 64 years. They counted Kathy as one of the greatest blessings God had ever given them.

 

She was a faithful and serving member of the First Baptist Church of Vandervoort, Arkansas for 49 years. Kathy had the spiritual gifts of hospitality and being welcoming to visitors in the church as well as the community. She was a prayer warrior, with many believing her prayers are what helped them through their difficult times. Kathy used her servant's heart to prepare meals for the church as well as the sick in the community. Everyone enjoyed receiving her muscadine jelly, apple butter, and fruitcake. Kathy accomplished many things in her life. When she wasn't working for the hospital, she was working alongside Merle on the farm. Kathy was no stranger to a tractor or hard work. She helped Merle clear over 160 acres of timber along with growing their cattle operation. Of all the accomplishments Kathy achieved, raising a Christian family exceeded them all. She was proud of her children and loved being with her grandchildren and great grandchildren any time the opportunity arose. Kathy loved the Lord with all her heart and wanted everyone around her to know the love of Jesus as well. She devoted her life to studying the Bible, serving the Lord and raising her family. In her spare time, Kathy enjoyed quilting, embroidering, and tending to her flowers and garden. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Louella and Crystal Toon, sister-in-law Linda Toon, brother-in-law Eddie Long, niece Kayla Long Phillips, nephew Doug Long, daughter-in-law Marcie Winfield, and son-in-law Oso Sanchez.

 

Kathy is survived by: her loving husband Merle, son and daughter-in-law, Christopher Winfield and wife Norma of Lancaster, California, daughter Tonyia Winfield Nichols and husband Billy of Cove, Arkansas, daughter Sonyia Winfield-Hoek and husband Bill of Cove, Arkansas, daughter Karen Parnell and husband Donnie of Cove, Arkansas, and daughter Debra Cooper and husband Eldon of Mountain Home, Arkansas, brother Wade Toon and wife Chiquita of Smithville, Oklahoma, sister, Wanda Long of Denton, Texas. 13 grandchildren, Gigi Reyes, Jessica Hammond, John Hammond, Bridgette Hams, Brianna Starr, Zach Winfield, Paige Najera, Amy Muniz, April Guthrey, James Jacobs, Elaine Lenard, Ridge Elmore, and Quist Elmore, 15 great grandchildren, Aidan Winfield, Gabriel Winfield, Skyler King, Kashlynn Starr, Thomas Hams, Christopher Hams, Summer Hams, Sabrina Hams, Nicolo Cruz, Christian Jacobs, Ryker Jacobs, Adeline Strother, Presley Lenard, Everett Elmore, Juniper Elmore, and a host of other relatives and friends.

 

In keeping with her love for children and spreading the Holy Word of God, Kathy requested in lieu of flowers or plants, a donation be made to The Baptist Boys' Ranch or to The Gideons International. Donations are being received through the Vandervoort First Baptist Church and being forwarded to the requested organization. With either donation, a check may be made out to Vandervoort First Baptist Church with "In Memory of Kathy Winfield" in the memo line or at the following websites: arkansasfamilies.org or gideons.org.

 

Visitation with the family will be held Thursday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Vandervoort First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. The family would like to invite all of Kathy's extended family and friends to gather for a time of fellowship and remembrance.

 

Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 6, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. at the Vandervoort First Baptist Church in Vandervoort, Arkansas with her son Christopher Winfield and Pastor Aaron Anglin officiating. Pallbearers are James Jacobs, Elaine Lenard, Zach Winfield, Brianna Winfield, Quist Elmore, R. J. Lenard, Skyler Starr, and Jessie Oliver.

 

A private family interment will follow at the Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Cove, Arkansas. Arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home.

 

5-3-22 4:09 p.m. KAWX.ORG

Laverne Smith Obituary

Mrs. Laverne Smith, age 82, passed away Tuesday, April 19, 2022, in Mena, Arkansas. She was born December 25, 1939, in Austin, Texas to the late Albert Golden and Floyce Pate Golden.

Mrs. Smith was a meat packer by profession and enjoyed cooking. She loved to visit with friends and family.

Laverne is preceded in death by her parents, Albert Golden and Floyce Pate Golden; her husband, Allen Smith; son, David Smith; and by her daughter, Tammy Pierson. She is survived by her son, Shawn Smith and wife Brandi of Mena, Arkansas; grandchildren, Brenna Smith of Mena, Arkansas, Brittany Smith of Ft. Smith, Arkansas, Sarah Porch of Amarillo, Texas, Jessica Clark of Amarillo, Texas, Rachel Pierson of Amarillo, Texas, Amber Smith of Massachusetts; a number of great-grandchildren; brothers, Allen Ray Golden of Lockesburg, Arkansas; sisters, Anna Matthews of Watson, Oklahoma, Marlene Bailey of Cove, Arkansas; and a host of nieces, nephews, other family, and friends too numerous to mention.

Mrs. Smith was sent for cremation under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. There are no services planned at this time.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com.
 

 

5-2-22 5:27 p.m. KAWX.ORG

Johnnie Faye Kinkade Obituary

Mrs. Johnnie Faye Kinkade, age 87, passed away Sunday, May 1, 2022, in Mena, Arkansas. She was born April 21, 1935, in Highland, Arkansas, to the late Jack Martin and Clemmie Barber.
 
Johnnie Faye was a customer service representative by profession; however, she was also a Sunday school teacher. She adored being around children. She loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren very much. She was a devoted Christian and was a member of the Pleasant Grove Church of the Nazarene. Additionally, it was said that she grew the most beautiful lilies and loved to sing. Mrs. Kinkade was also a proud member of the coffee club.
 
Mrs. Kinkade is preceded in death by her parents, Jack Martin and Clemmie Barber; her beloved husband, Jack Kinkade whom she was married to in 1953; as well as her sister, Jackie Pitts. She is survived by her daughters, Kathy Rusert and husband Jerry of Mena, Arkansas, Colleen Rosson and husband Terry of Mena, Arkansas; grandchildren, Dusty Rusert and wife Samantha, Toby Hollin and husband Eric, Johnathan Rosson and wife Sondra, Christine Smith and husband Jeremy; great-grandchildren, Shelby and Cody Rusert, Kooper and Kashlyn Hollin, Kensey and Kaison Rosson, Heather Rosson, Deanna Frady, and great-great-grandson, Bryant Smith; brother, Billy Ray Martin; sisters, Juanita Wiles, Carolyn Pearce; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, other family and friends.
 
Services for Mrs. Kinkade will be held 10:00 a.m., Friday, May 6, 2022, at Beasley-Wood Chapel in Mena, Arkansas. Brother Raymond Dees and Brother Steve Bradley will be officiating under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Interment will follow at the Cherry Hill Cemetery in Cherry Hill, Arkansas. There will be a formal visitation one hour prior to the service.
 
Pallbearers will be Dusty Rusert, Jonathan Rosson, Eric Hollin, Donnie Pearce, Ronnie Pearce, and Hoover Willard.
Honorary pallbearers will be Emmett Pearce and Jimmy Jones.
 
Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com.
 
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5-2-22 3:15 p.m. KAWX.ORG

B. Edward Terman Obituary

Mr. B. Edward Terman, age 85, passed away Friday, April 29, 2022, at his home in Cove, Arkansas. He was born August 30, 1936, to the late Ben E. Terman and Evelyn Ingles.

Edward graduated from East Bakersfield High in Bakersfield, California, he retired as a maintenance supervisor for the Buena Vista Aquatic Recreational Area, in Bakersfield, California. He moved to Cove, Arkansas in April of 1998, and was a volunteer fireman for the Cove volunteer fire department for several years.

Mr. Terman is preceded in death by his parents, Ben E. Terman and Evelyn Ingles; daughter, Terri Davidson; brother, George Murphy, and by his sister, Dorothy Dobson. He is survived by his beloved wife, Mrs. M. Euvonne Terman; sons, Edward E. Terman of Clarksville, Tennessee, Kirk L. Terman of Bakersfield, California, David S. Pettit of Dequeen, Arkansas; daughters, Doravon Norton and husband Jim of Cove, Arkansas, Robin R. Lipcovitz of Alma, Arkansas, Cheri Davidson and husband Doug of Bakersfield, California, Bonnie Kelly of Cove, Arkansas; 18 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and by his brother, Fred and Karen Murphy.

Mr. Terman was sent for cremation under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home; there will be a memorial service announced at a later date.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com.
 

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5-2-22 10:59 a.m. KAWX.ORG