Obituaries Archives for 2022-07

Fred Ernest Embry Obituary

Mr. Fred Ernest Embry, age 83, of Mena, Arkansas, passed away Friday, July 29, 2022 in Waldron, Arkansas

He was born June 20, 1939 in Cherry Hill, Arkansas to Fred B. Embry and Alene Wimberly. Mr. Embry owned and operated a gas station in Cherry Hill for many years, was a Licensed Practical Nurse and worked in numerous nursing homes for 20 years. He served his country in the United States Air Force and was a member of First Freewill Baptist Church in Mena. He was a loving husband and father and will be dearly missed by all.

Fred is survived by his son, Shane Embry and wife Tracy of Anna, Texas; daughter, Denise Vines and husband Ronnie of Odgen, Arkansas; grandchildren, Aaron Embry, Cole Embry and Ashley Slater and husband Matt; and great grandson, Caden Slater. He was preceded in death by his wife Claudene Elizabeth Embry and his parents Fred and Alene Wimberly.

Funeral service will be at 10:00 a.m., Friday, August 5, 2022 at First Freewill Baptist Church in Mena with Brother Donnie Jewell officiating. Interment will follow at Cherry Hill Cemetery in Cherry Hill, Arkansas under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Visitation is general.

Pallbearers will be Wendal Henry, Gary Threlkill, Michael Hoover, Mike Shogren, Terry Davis, and Jr. Carter. Honorary Pallbearers will be Jason Sharp, Robb Sharp, David Allan and Robert (Bob) Turner.


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7-31-22 4:49 PM KAWX.ORG


Myrna Corrine Blunt Obituary

Myrna Corrine Blunt, was born on the 15th and 16th of December, her parents could not agree so her birth certificate shows both dates. She grew up in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Canada rather poor. Her parents split up when she was 9 and she raised a younger brother and toddler sister. It was a rough childhood. She married and had two sons and a daughter that died before she was born. Now she has 15 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Myrna accepted Christ before she was 30 and went on the mission field for a couple years in England where she took care of missionaries coming and going, again being a mother to lots of people.

Myrna finished high school than got a degree in accounting at age 40. She also came to America and became a citizen which she was very proud of. She worked for several communication companies almost always at the director level. Her last place was director of finance at CMA her in Mena. She was very smart, very beautiful, outgoing and loved life. She had a fantastic sense of humor and used her entire body to tell a story with her big blue eyes, facial expressions and hands going in all directions. She could make anyone laugh. She loved Grace Bible Church and all the people in it, asking to get the bulletin every Sunday even though she was too sick to attend she wanted to pray for anyone that needed it. The last year of her life was filled with pain due to cancer with hospital stays and chemo, still she read her bible every morning and prayed for any number of people without fail. She always wanted to sing but she would get off key sometimes but now she is singing with the angels making beautiful music in heaven, where everything is beautiful and her husband cant kill the plants. I am her husband and I miss her dearly, but I had her for 18 wonderful years and she put up with me. Now she is loved, out of pain and will still be praying for anyone she thought would need it. Her loss is great, she left a hole in my heart that one day will be repaired when I see her again.

She is survived by her loving husband of 18 years, Dale blunt, two sons, Robert and Greg Wurzburg; four sisters, Linda langill, Judy Inman, Heather Coulonbe, and Debbie Belof, one brother, Chris Tricker. She is preceded in death by her parents Percy and Muriel Tricker.


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7-29-22 4:00 PM  KAWX.ORG

William C. Ashcraft Obituary

Mr. William C. Ashcraft, born in Mena, Arkansas in 1930. Passed away at the age of 92, in Mena, Arkansas. He will be missed by friends and family.

Services for Mr. Ashcraft will be held 2:00 p.m., Friday, July 29, 2022, at Beasley-Wood Chapel in Mena, Arkansas, with Brother Ron Tilley officiating. Interment will follow at the Shady Cemetery in Mena, Arkansas.

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7-27-22  3:30 PM  KAWX.ORG




Michael Keech Obituary

Michael Keech, age 65, of Opal, Arkansas, died, Sunday, July 24, 2022 at his home. He was born on July 11, 1957 to John Keech and Mary Carpenter Keech in Tulsa, Oklahoma.


Michael had a quiet laid back personality. He had a sly sense of humor, and moments of surprising hilarity. He loved to fish and racing cars in his younger days. Michael liked educating people about snakes and was Vice President of the Tulsa Snake Club. He was very creative and an incredibly talented artist. His artwork can be seen all throughout town, the murals in Papa's and The Branding Iron. Michael really enjoyed the outdoors and was always busy doing something outside or working on a new piece of art. His two daughters and loving wife were always the guiding light in his life and filled his heart with joy until his last day. He leaves behind his beloved dog, Ratch. Michael was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend and will be missed by all who knew him.


Michael is preceded in death by his father, John Keech.


Michael is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Lena Keech of Opal; two daughters and son in law, Tamara and Thomas Cox of Land O' Lakes, Florida, and Heather Keech of Land O' Lakes, Florida; three grandchildren, Kaylyn Brown, Aiyanna Keech, and T.W. Cox; two brothers, Rick and Cindy Keech of Coweeta, Oklahoma, Kevin and Christina Pumphrey; one sister, Lisa and Bobby Simpson of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; many nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.


A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, July 27, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena, Arkansas with Pastor Bill Lawson officiating. Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.


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7-25-22  3:35 PM  KAWX.ORG


Marlene Kirk Obituary

Marlene Rae Kirk, age 84, of Mena, Arkansas passed away on Monday, July 25, 2022 at the Broken Bow Health and Rehab in Broken Bow, Oklahoma. She was born on Thursday, May 19, 1938 to Elmer and Catherine Gardner in Madison, Wisconsin.


Marlene moved to Mena, Arkansas in 1976 and worked at Queen Wilhelmina State Park Lodge as a housekeeper for nearly 20 years. It was the perfect job for her because Marlene loved people; she never met a stranger. She would often tell stories of short sheeting people and turning their electricity off and laugh about it. Marlene was a loving mother, grandmother and friend and will be missed by all who knew and loved her.


Marlene is preceded in death by her parents; her daughters, Debra Lettman, Stacy Kirk and Christina Kirk and a son in law, Roland Lettman. Marlene is survived by her daughter, Lisa Kirk of Texarkana; her son Duane Kirk of Florida; eight grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.


Cremation services are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.


In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, Tennessee 38105.


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7-25-22 12:40 PM  KAWX.ORG

Margie Ann Harmon Obituary

Margie Ann Harmon, age 54, of Mena, died Thursday, July 21, 2022 at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. She was born on Sunday, September 17, 1967 to Theodore and Margie Dunigan Tolleson in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Margie had a great personality and absolutely loved her family. She enjoyed joking and laughing and cherished every single moment she could spend with her children and grandchildren. Margie loved her naps, and going to the lake with her family on occasion. She was a devoted wife and mother, and always gave the utmost care and love to her family. Margie was her family's rock, and would do anything for those she cared about. She liked to listen to Classic Rock, and went to many concerts with her late husband in previous years. Margie was a loving mother, sister, grandmother, aunt and friend and will be missed by all who knew her.


She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, James Harmon; four brothers, Wesley Tolleson, Eddie Tolleson, DeWayne Tolleson, Steven Tolleson; and one sister, Belinda Tolleson.


Margie is survived by two sons and daughter in law, James and Misty Harmon of Mena and Brad Harmon of Mena; daughter and son in law, Crystal and Billie Ray of Mena; ten grandchildren, Haylie, Bubba, Trinity, Inman, Nevaeh, Jeremiah, Isaiah, Madison, Eli, and Sophia; special children, Xena Wilcox of Oklahoma City, Heather Watson of Mena and Joshua Briscoe of Port Arthur, Texas; two brothers, Arlie Tolleson of Fort Smith, and Jerry Tolleson of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; one sister, Lawanda Tolleson of Shreveport, Louisiana; several nieces and nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends.


Graveside services will be Tuesday, July 26, 2022 at 2:00 P.M. at the Gann Cemetery in Potter, Arkansas with Pastor Debbie Skaggs officiating under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.


No visitation is planned.


Pallbearers will be James Harmon, Brad Harmon, Joshua Briscoe, Adam Tolleson, Jeffrey Pollard, and Bubba Harmon.


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7-24-22 5:49 PM KAWX.ORG

Michael Fredrick Obituary

Michael Joe Frederick age 69, of Mena, Arkansas, died, Sunday, July 17, 2022 at his home. He was born in 1953 to Joseph and Jewel Frederick in Bakersfield, California.

Michael was a loving husband, step-father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend and will be missed by all who knew him. While having no biological children of his own, he opened his life and his devoted heart to his life companion Mona, her children, and her grandchildren. He would open his home to help those in need and give when he had so little to give. Many have been heard saying he was the kind of man that would "give the shirt off of his back". A devout man of Christ, he would pray over the bible scriptures every day, sometimes for hours on end. Known to most as "Big Mike", his love for Jesus and God was his first priority. Psalms 1 1:2 describes him best.


Psalms 1:

1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.


Mike was political. One could often see his support and love for his nation with his Facebook posts. He was avidly pro-gun and Republican. Many who knew him knew how fiercely he loved his family, his country and his Lord.

Michael spent time in many places. Born in California, he grew up with his four brothers and sisters, Thomas, Daniel, Cynthia and Janet, and his half brother Richard Bauder III. Travelling a lot as a child, he resided for a short time in the states of California, Washington, Alaska, as well as Blythesville AirForce Base in Arkansas. As an adult, he moved around a little bit. He spent time in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at a commune full of friends and would often reminisce about his time there. When he met his life partner Mona, he fell head over heels in love. Inseparable since 1990, they had a previous home together in Tennessee before moving to Arkansas in 2012. He loved Mona, her kids and grandchildren, his bikes and his guns, and wouldn't be caught very often without his signature bandana on his forehead. His big heart and loving spirit will be missed by all who knew him.

Michael is preceded in death by his loving companion Mona Bailey, his parents Joseph Frederick and Jewel (Tanner) Frederick-Bauder, his brother Daniel Frederick, and his step-father Richard J. Bauder.

Michael is survived by; sisters Janet Lipsou and Cynthia Frederick, his half brother Richard Bauder III, and his brother Thomas Frederick, his companion's children Michael Van Hekken, Criseldis Van Hekken, his companion's grand children Claire Ollie, Paris Haigood, Kai Browning, and Kennedy Ollie, several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas. The family would like to welcome anyone who would like to add a picture to his celebration of life. If you would like to add a picture, please contact his life companion's son Michael Van Hekken. His celebration of life service will be held on a date to be announced.


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7-21-22   2:15 PM  KAWX.ORG

Theresa Watson Obituary

Theresa Watson, age 61, died on Friday, July 15, 2022 at Mena Regional Health System in Mena, Arkansas. Theresa was born on Tuesday, June 20, 1961 to George Trivette Sr. and Kenlinn Trivette in Coldwater, Michigan. Theresa had the kindest heart and was known for going above and beyond to help anyone in need. To know Theresa was to love her. Her children and grandchildren brought her great enjoyment and she was so proud to call them hers. Theresa loved to cook for them and made sure they never left her home on an empty stomach. She loved her little chihuahua Benita and traveling back and forth to Michigan to visit family and friends whenever possible. Theresa worked for the Mena Regional Health System as a hospital cook for several years and made many friends while there. She loved listening to old country and anything by Prince. Theresa was saved at the Big Fork Baptist Church on November 6, 1994. She found peace in knowing her eternal home would be with Jesus. Theresa was a loving mother, sister, grandmother, aunt and friend and will be missed by all who knew her.


She is preceded in death by her mother, Kenlinn Trivette; her daughter, Nancy Watson; and one brother, Jerry Trivette.


Theresa is survived by her father, George Trivette Sr.; her husband Jake Watson of Mena, Arkansas; one son, Bobby Gene Willis of Dardanelle, Arkansas; one brother, George Trivette Jr. of Mena, Arkansas; one sister, Terrie Atkins of Mena, Arkansas; four grandchildren, Haliey Needham, Nathaniel Needham, Abbie Martin and Zackary Willis all of Mena, Arkansas; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.


A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 30, 2022, at 2:00 PM at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena, Arkansas. Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home.


7-18-22 5:15 PM KAWX.ORG

Jessie Faye Combs Obituary

Jessie Faye Combs, age 71, of Hatfield, Arkansas passed away July 17, 2022, at home surrounded by her children. She was born on May 4, 1951, to the late Jesse and Willie Pruitt. She as proceeded in death by her sisters, Willene Jordan, Bonnie Pruitt, Bessie Shores, Betty Atchley, Lorene Elliott; two brothers, Joe Pruitt and Jack Pruitt. She is survived by her two daughters, Crystal Womack and husband Curtis Womack of Hatfield, Arkansas, and Amy Combs of Hatfield, Arkansas, and one honorary son, Jimmy Pruitt of Hatfield, Arkansas; three grandchildren, Chase Self, Crissie Womack, and Titus Carney (AKA) Little Chief Big Britches; and by a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Faye enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren, that she loved so dearly. Her time was spent playing cards, dominos and gambling. Faye worked many years in the chicken industry. Faye was a member of the Church of Christ at Mountain Fork for many years. Faye enjoyed family get togethers and sharing stories of her and family’s lives. Faye will be missed by all who knew her.

Funeral services for Ms. Combs will be held at 9:00 a.m., Thursday, July 21, 2022, at Beasley-Wood Chapel in Mena, Arkansas, with Preacher Troy Denton officiating. Interment will follow at Foster Cemetery in Potter, Arkansas. Visitation will be Wednesday, July 20, 2022, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Beasley- Wood Funeral Home.

Pallbearers are Henry Wilkinson, Lesley Shores, Mark Shores, Jeffery Shores, George Manning, and Devin Belknap

Honorary pallbearers are Connor Mink, Dalton Crawford, Christian Shores, and James Foster.

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7-18-22 12:11 PM KAWX.ORG

Wilma Novella Sullivan (Nichols) Hook Obituary

Mrs. Wilma Novella Sullivan (Nichols) Hook, age 97, passed to her new home, July 13, 2022.

The joy of her heart was her family, dear friends, and cooking for us all. Many years of farming taught her independence and love of land. Gardening was her love and she had quite a green thumb for it. Canning many things proudly displaying them by using them in her recipes.

She was a CNA in her late years for Area Agency and loved her little patients as they loved her and worked to make their life easier until the end.

Wilma, Momma, Grandma, Great-Grandma- she had many titles to us all but loved is what we all felt from her. Generosity was in her hands and everything she did until the end. She left a wonderful legacy for us to follow, yet a huge void in our family. We will have learn to live with. She loved her Lord and was a faithful prayer warrior throughout her life. She now resides in Heaven, no doubt, cooking up a storm, I’m sure.

Mrs. Hook is survived by her daughter; Sherri Echols and husband Roger; grandson, Jamie Hensley and Justina Buck, Sarah Roy and husband Frank, Rebecca Abbott and husband Frank; great-grandchildren, Seth Hensley, Ryan Hensley, Tylar Roy, Teagan Roy, Tristyn Roy, Jastin Abbott, and Grayson Abbott.

A memorial visitation is planned for Friday, July 22, 2022, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at Beasley-Wood Chapel in Mena, Arkansas.

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7-15-22 4:27 PM KAWX.ORG

Shirley Mease Obituary

Shirley Mease, 86, of Mena, Arkansas, passed away on July 8, 2022. Before moving to Mena, she lived in Walnutport, Pennsylvania.


She is predeceased by her husband, Willard Mease.


Born in Eustis, Maine, Shirley moved to New Jersey in her late teens and met the love of her life, Willard, while he was serving in the US Army. They married and moved to PA where they had 2 daughters. Shirley was very creative and a self taught artist. She entered her artwork in many shows and festivals in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania. She also loved country music, crocheting, flea markets & was an avid reader. She worked for Hallmark Cards, a job she loved for many years. She was devoted to her family and her unconditional love for them will be greatly missed.


She is survived by daughters, Shari Weaver and husband Dale of Quakertown, PA and Lisa Squier and husband Chris of Mena, AR. Two step grandchildren, numerous nieces & nephews and a sister-in-law, Evelyn Kukura of Quakertown, PA.


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7-15-22 1:45 PM KAWX.ORG

Jessie Boon Wilson Obituary

Jessie Boon Wilson, age 61, of Mena, Arkansas passed away Tuesday, July 12, 2022, at his home.

He was born December 13, 1960, in Antlers, Oklahoma to William Gene Wilson and Billie Jane Wilson. He was a long-time resident of Atoka, Oklahoma before moving to Mena where he has lived for over 20 years. He worked as a roofer and a part-time equipment operator. Jessie Boon Wilson was able to travel a lot during his roofing career and made a lot of friends across the country. He liked to talk on the CB radio and enjoyed his yard and flowers. One of his greatest pleasures was to decorate and cook for Christmas, as well as the other holidays, for all his family and others to enjoy. Jessie lived out his life the best way that he could. He was loved by many and will be truly missed.

Jessie is preceded in death by his parents, William Gene and Billie Jane Wilson; sisters, Debbie Wilson and Tammy Williams; brothers-in-law, Chris Smith and Jimmy Williams; nephew, Clint Williams Smith. He is survived by his sisters and their family, Connie Smith of Atoka, Oklahoma, Becky Page and George Page of Mena, Arkansas, Sheila Allen and Darrell Allen of Acorn, Arkansas; all his nieces and nephews, Christy McKee, Kit Smith, George Page, Bryan Page, Wendy Sides, Stephanie Dilbeck, Sam Amiott and Kayala Williams.

Cremation services for Jessie are entrusted to Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

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7-13-22 4:37 PM KAWX.ORG

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Joyce June Hunter Tipton Obituary

Joyce June Hunter Tipton was born September 16, 1939, the second of five siblings, to Kelsey and Stella Hunter in Vandervoort, Arkansas. She attended and graduated school at Van-Cove. Joyce was united in marriage to Raymond “Bob” Tipton on May 24, 1958. They were married nearly 58 years until his death, May 2, 2016.

Joyce held many jobs over the years but among her favorites were working at the Lighthouse Drive-In for the Robinson’s whom she considered “family”. She also worked at the Cove post office as a postal clerk where she enjoyed interacting with people. Sharp as a tack, she graduated at 17 as the Valedictorian of the Van-Cove Class of 1956. If you ever faced off with her in Trivia Crack, Trivial Pursuit or Jeopardy, you quickly learned that you always wanted to be on her team because she rarely missed a question. She remained an avid and dedicated Van-Cove Hornets fan all her days and you could always find her with her fellow fans and good friends Alice Ricks and Red Dickison, sitting in “their spot” in the Hornet gym. They would give any referee heck if they felt they were treating their Hornets unfairly. Joyce was also a fan of any sport or activity her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and even her nieces and nephews participated in and she rarely missed an event and enjoyed cheering them on from the sidelines. She was a gifted athlete herself, participating in basketball as a teen, softball as an adult and bowling in leagues most of her adult life. She loved the Hogs and watched the Razorbacks anytime they were televised and attended several games over the years.

Joyce rarely met a stranger and enjoyed any activity that involved socializing. She knew just about everyone in the area and their entire family history. She loved giving gifts and if you are local, you have probably received a gift from her for a wedding or a new baby.

The absolute joy of her life was her family. She was the most proud of her children, Kim and Randy, and being Gram to her 3 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. That loved extended to her siblings and her nieces and nephews as well. She traveled on a few vacations in her later years with her family to the Grand Canyon, the mountains of Colorado and to the beach where she was able to put her feet in the ocean for the first time when she was 78 (She didn’t like it much). If she was with family, she was happy and one of her favorite things was family Sunday dinners. When she was talking to you, she had a way of making you “know” how important you were to her and how much you were loved. Some of her favorite things were babies (ALL the babies), watching tennis, Elvis, and the color pink.

Joyce was a member of the First Baptist Church of Cove. She professed her faith in Jesus long ago and at the age of 80, despite her lifelong fear of water, followed Him in believer’s baptism at the Cossatot River.

Joyce was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bob; her son, Randy; her sisters, Jean Winfield, and Mary Jane Tipton; her brother, Jerry Hunter. She is survived by her daughter, Kim DePriest and Ike; granddaughter, Celeste Ashcraft and Davy; grandson, Ryan Tipton and Amber; grandson, Dwight DePriest and Summer; great grandchildren, Cassidy, Carmindy, and Camilla Ashcraft, Starla, Skyla and Randalynn Tipton, Sophia and Levi Cummings, Beckett and Memphis DePriest; brother, Jimmy Hunter and wife Shelly; sister-in-law, Barbara Hunter. Special friends, Julie, Rhonda, Lana, Kenzie, Piney, Susan, as well as a host of extended family and friends.

Services for Mrs. Tipton will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, July 15, 2022, at the First Baptist Church in Cove, Arkansas, with Brother Ron Ladd and Brother Jordan Hunter officiating, under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. There will be a visitation held Thursday, July 14, 2022, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Beasley-Wood Chapel, in Mena, Arkansas.

Pallbearers are Davy Ashcraft, Dwight DePriest, Ryan Tipton, Jeff Hunter, Jordan Hunter, Rodney Hunter. Honorary pallbearers are Donald Burk and Tooter Tucker.

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7-13-22 4:20 PM KAWX.ORG

Burton A. Trammell Obituary

Burton A Trammell was born July 13th 1941 in Dallas TX and passed away July 11th 2022 at home in Mena AR surrounded by his wife and family, after a long battle with Parkinsons.


As a young boy he moved with his family from Dallas, TX to San Francisco, CA where he grew up. Burt was a crop dusting pilot in the Central San Joaquin Valley in California by profession and loved to fly.


He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years Norma Trammell, Daughter Rene Pace and husband James of Mena, AR, son Daniel Trammell and wife Angela of Mena, AR, son Peter Trammell and wife Trish of Caldwell, ID, daughter in Law Chrisanne Moody of El Nido, CA, sister-in-law Betty Smith of Boise, ID, grandchildren Stacy Jones and husband Robert of Wickes, AR, Jill Atchley and husband Daniel of Cove, AR, Glen Trammell of Canada, Melissa Sandlin and husband Justin of El Nido, CA, Chris Brinlee Jr. of Boulder, CO, Nick Brinlee and wife Kelly of North Fork, CA, Dillan Brinlee of Boulder, CO, Michael Trammell of Boise, ID, Stevie McCool and husband Rick of Boulder, CO, Katie Trammell of Pocatello, ID, Ben Brinlee of Boulder, CO, 7 great grandchildren Michale, Thomas, Megan, Laykin, Dani, Amelia and Reese.


He is proceeded in death by his parents, brother, infant grandchild and 2 sons Randal and Chris Brinlee, Sr. 


7-12-22 3:40 PM KAWX.ORG

Edward Lee Mash Obituary

Edward Lee Mash, age 76 of Cherry Hill, passed away peacefully in his sleep at Bear Creek Nursing and Rehabilitation in DeQueen, Arkansas, on Sunday morning, July 10, 2022.

Edward was born Wednesday, August 15, 1945, in Fort Worth, Texas to Margaret Nell Mash (nee Williams) and Archie LaVaughn Mash. The oldest child and only son of Archie and Margaret, Ed enjoyed a childhood of outdoor activities, including hunting and especially fishing, learning some of his best fishing techniques from his mother, an avid catfish angler.

Edward spent his teen years at Mansfield High School, where he graduated in 1963. Not long after graduation, Edward enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and rose to the rank of Sergeant. His training and duties included helicopter mechanic and postal operator, and he was very proud of his high-security clearance as a postal operator and administrator. While training in Texas, Edward met Diane Bordas, who was also serving on base, and they married on July 21, 1966.

Edward enlisted during a time of war and was sent to Vietnam. He served one full year at the Phu Cat Air Force Base, near the city of Qui Nhon, in South Vietnam. Thankfully, Edward returned from his tour of duty in late 1968 and earned the National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.
Following his return from active duty, Edward was Honorably Discharged and sent to the Air Force Reserves in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Once completed, he and Diane moved to Texas and began a family.

Edward and Diane had three daughters whom they raised in Glenwood, Illinois, a small south suburb of Chicago. There, Edward diligently worked as a bridge and crane operator at Inland Steel, serving thirty full years offloading iron ore from the ships coming into port on Lake Michigan and loading on to railroad cars and ore piles.

In his spare time, Edward enjoyed teaching his girls outdoor living, camping, boating, fishing, football, and baseball, and he coached his daughter’s community softball league team for a season. Edward enjoyed cheering on his Dallas Cowboys and participating in several bowling leagues. Edward liked to unwind by watching the wildlife from the front porch swing and spending time with the family pets, particularly his beloved dogs, Snoopy and Dollie.

After 21 years of marriage, Edward and Diane parted ways, and he met and later married Christine Flens Sypniewski on June 18, 1994. Edward and Christine enjoyed going to social club dances and local restaurants in the suburban Chicago area. They also made a cross-country trip exploring natural wonders like the Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest National Park, Yellowstone, and Mount Rushmore. Edward and Christine were happily married until the time of his death.

Edward was preceded in death by his grandparents, Archie Clinton Mash and Stella Stephens Mash, his parents, Margaret Nell Mash and Archie LaVaughn Mash, and his stepson, David Sypniewski.

He leaves to grieve his passing, his wife, Christine Mash, daughter Dawn Cousineau and husband Bryan of Mena, Arkansas, daughter Kathy Mash of Mena, daughter Sheila Schreiber of Portage, Indiana, their mother, Diane Ahlborn of Portage, Indiana, sister Elizabeth “Liz” Ainsworth of Texas, sister Rose Williams and fiance Steve Jernigan of Texas, Aunt Mary Jo Fralia of Arizona, granddaughters Briana Mash and Faith Schreiber, both of Portage, Indiana, grandson Christian Mash of Mena, granddaughter Arianna Sypniewski of Kansas, nephews Brian (Julie) Ainsworth of Texas and Jesse Vaughn Jr. of Washington, nieces Cherie Ainsworth of Texas and Andrea (Jason) McCauley of Florida, several great-nieces and nephews, and lifelong friend Mike Philpot of Texas.

The family wishes to thank the caring services of Elite Home Healthcare, Dr. Divers, Dr. Ulmer, the staff at Bear Creek Nursing and Rehabilitation, and Dierksen Hospice.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Interment will be at the Cherry Hill Cemetery, with arrangements by the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.


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7-12-22 2:51 PM KAWX.ORG

Johnnie Bell Neal Manning Keeney Obituary

Mrs. Johnnie Bell Neal Manning Keeney, age 59, of Vandervoort, Arkansas, passed away July 11, 2022, at her home, surrounded by family.

She was born March 28, 1963, to John D. Neal and Betty Sue Webb Neal. Mrs. Keeney was a teamster/operator for the U. S. Pipeline from 2006-2019. She drove a bus for Van-Cove Public Schools for 15 years. She also worked at Randall’s Grocery, the Lighthouse, Stella’s, Tyson’s and as an aide for Polk County Home Health. She was well-known around her community for being kind and putting others above herself. She had a beautiful soul. She enjoyed nature, flowers, animals, fishing, and most of all spending time with family.

Johnnie Bell is survived by her husband Daniel Keeney of the home; the father of her children, Bobby Manning; daughters, Loretta Manning, Mary E. Manning Hopper, Connie Jean Manning, Jessica Harwood and husband Tim,; grandchildren, Dakota Davis and wife Delta, Hannah Davis and fiance’ Donny, Madison Davis, Raeleigh Hopper and fiance’ Garett, Alaina Hopper, Jeliza Turner, Jolena Turner, Brayden Smith and fiancé Savannah, Keirsten Smith and fiancé Jarred, Gracie Smith, Bradley Harwood, and Bryson Harwood; great grandchildren, Ava, Ellie, Jax and Maverick, and 3 on the way; sister, Sadie Nunn and husband Rollie; brothers, Warren Neal, David Neal, Clyde Neal and wife Robbie; special friends, Sharon Hammonds, Gail Barrett Kuykendall and Bernice Randall; a host of nieces, nephews, family members and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, John D. and Betty Sue Neal; infant sister, Connie Jean Neal; brother, John David Neal; grandparents, George Webb and Lura Cotton Webb; infant niece, Sasha Neal; infant grandchild, Christian Smith.

Funeral service will be Thursday, July 14, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. at the Beasley-Wood Chapel. Interment will follow in the Cecil Chapel Cemetery in Vandervoort, Arkansas under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Visitation will be Wednesday, July 13, 2022, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Beasley-Wood Chapel.

Pallbearers will be Jason Randall, TeWayne Watkins, Bruce Cureton, George Manning, Joe Hammonds, Mike Harwood, Rex Johnston, and Bo Hayes. Honorary pallbearers are her grandsons; Dakota, Bryson, Bradley, Brayden, and family friends; Donald Burk and Hank Sandefur.

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7-12-22 12:31 PM KAWX.ORG 


Jesse John Reed Obituary

Mr. Jesse John Reed, age 76 years old, of Acorn, Arkansas passed away peacefully in his home on July 7, 2022. Jess was born in Mena, Arkansas on October 17, 1945, to the late Clarence Henry Reed and Grace Viola Emmons Reed.

Jess married Minnie Lee Henry, his high school sweetheart and the love of his life in November of 1963. In July of 1970, they had one beautiful daughter, Cathryn.

Jess graduated from Acorn High School in 1963 and went on to Arkansas State Teachers college in Conway, Arkansas before joining the United States Air Force. He served the next 7 years as an Air Traffic Controller, where he had numerous saves and received several medals. During that time, Jess and his wife Minnie spent some of their best days travelling together to the many Air Force Bases. While on Base, Jess fulfilled his love for basketball by becoming a basketball coach and player for the Air Force Communications Team.

After returning home from the Air Force, Jess helped raise their daughter, finished his college, and spent the next 30 years working at US Electrical Motors in Mena, Arkansas as an Electrical Engineer.

When Jess retired, he got to spend more time doing what he loved most, which most of which included his family that he loved fiercely. He loved spending his early mornings on the front porch drinking coffee next to his wife. He enjoyed tending to his garden and fruit trees, canning his produce with his wife, and sharing his crop with others. He shared a love for history with his siblings and enjoyed searching for old artifacts that those before us left behind. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved being out in nature. He loved being at deer camp sitting around the fire telling stories, checking trail cameras and cutting firewood. Jess had a great passion for teaching his daughter, grandkids, and great grandkids all things outdoors and instilled a rare legacy within them.

Jess spent many hours sitting around the table whooping up on everyone in dominoes and cards, serving as the family’s official scorekeeper with his beloved pup dog, Harley, by his side. He was a lifelong devout Arkansas Razorback fan and especially enjoyed watching them beat any Oklahoma or Texas team. Jess was a jack of all trades and spent much of his time woodworking where he was a true artist and craftsman. He played a crucial part in quilt making, serving as Minnie’s own personal quilt piece cutter while she did the sewing. He enjoyed spending hours and hours creating over 100 beautiful quilts with his beloved wife.

Jess had a contagious joy about him that made everyone feel welcomed and loved. He never met a stranger, he genuinely loved people, and had a joy for sharing his childhood stories and the many lessons learned. Jess loved to have fun with everyone and share a good laugh. He was a funny guy, always pulling a good one over on someone, and picking on whoever he could.

Jess loved the lord and always strived to be a godly man. He was always offering to lend a hand and wanting to help out where he was needed. Jess adored his family very much, he always took care of them and loved them more than anything.

He lived a great life, one well worth remembering. He was our legend. He showed us how to love fiercely. He was a bright spark in this world and will be deeply missed by all of his family, friends, and anyone that knew him. There will never be another Jess Reed or Papa as great as he was.

Jess is survived by his wife, Minnie Lee Henry Reed, of Acorn, Arkansas; daughter, Cathryn Reed McEntire and husband, Michael McEntire of Acorn, Arkansas; grandchildren, Jessica Tunnell and husband, Aaron Tunnell of Acorn, Arkansas, Cassie Powell and fiancé, JD Clepper of Acorn, Arkansas, Coltn Powell and wife, Jordan Powell of Acorn, Arkansas, Westen McEntire of Acorn, Arkansas, Buddy Cusson of Acorn, Arkansas; great grandchildren, Lucas Tunnell, Brantlee Tunnell, Tessa Lee Tunnell, Maddie Powell and Claire Powell; brother, Oscar (OJ) Reed; sister, Margarett (Margo) Reed Kimp; and brothers-in-law, Bill Kimp and Jerry Cox; as well as a host of other family and friends.

Jess is preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Grace Reed; brothers, William (Bill) Reed, Richard (Rick) Reed; sisters, Violet Jo Reed Cox, Peggy Reed Beaver; brother-in-law, Bob Beaver; and by his sister-in-law, Beverly Southard Reed.

Services for Mr. Reed will be held 2:00 p.m., Monday, July 25, 2022, at Beasley-Wood Chapel in Mena, Arkansas. Cremation arrangements have been made with Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

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7-11-22 2:55 PM KAWX.ORG

Dorothy Frances Sunderman Obituary

Dorothy Frances Sunderman, 88, was called to Heaven on Saturday, July 9, 2022 in Nashville, Arkansas. She was born on August 3, 1933 to Charles Frederick Sunderman and Lydia Susan Voerster in Mena, Arkansas. A lifelong resident of Arkansas, she lived in De Queen , Nashville and mainly Mena. Dorothy graduated from Nashville High School in 1952.

Dorothy’s life was deeply rooted in God, family and service to others. She found joy in teaching Sunday School to children. Dorothy’s family was always the center of her thoughts. Her career and volunteer work were always about caring for others.

The granddaughter of the original founders of Trinity Lutheran Church in Mena, Dorothy was among the 4th generation of her family to be a member of the church. Her grandparents, George and Clara Sunderman and Henry and Katherine Voerster helped start the church in 1900 and her great-grandmother, Elizabeth Lahr, encouraged the first services to begin in Mena just prior to that. As a lifelong member of the church, Dorothy followed in the footsteps of her aunt, Lena Voerster, teaching Children’s Sunday School classes at Trinity Lutheran Church for more than 30 years. With Lena’s 40 years, they provided the children of Trinity sound teaching of the Bible for more than 70 years.

Dorothy was a daughter, sister and aunt who was dearly loved by all. Family was her center. She cared for her mother for many years and was a devoted daughter. She had a legendary and intense knowledge of her family’s history. She knew all the family stories and could recall them anytime someone would ask. She knew all the names of the children and who their parents were. There were many! Her knowledge of family history was greatly appreciated by multiple generations of her family. She was the steward of the family photos, letters and history preserving them for the family descendants.

Work gave her the opportunity to serve her community by caring for others. She spent many years providing care for countless patients at the local Mena hospital as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Additionally, she was an Emergency Medical Technician. She was a member of The Mena Polk County Senior Center for many years. Although she had a quiet demeanor, her love and pride for her community was clear.

Dorothy is survived by her brother, Henry G Sunderman, her sister-in-laws Willie Lee Sunderman (Leroy) and Nancy (Robert) Sunderman, her nieces and nephews, William (Billy) Miller, Carolyn (Miller) Becker, Donald Miller, Walter O Sunderman, Kenneth E Sunderman, Zelda S (Sunderman) York, Dennis E Sunderman, Dianne L (Sunderman) Barger, Curtis F Sunderman, Sharon (Sunderman) Fontenot, Melissa (Sunderman) Adamson, Harold B Sunderman, Cindy Sunderman and Wesley Sunderman. She is also survived by many great grand nieces and nephews, and her dear friend, Laura Ramzy.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Lydia Sunderman, her siblings and spouses, W. Charles Sunderman, Catherine C (William) Miller, Leroy E Sunderman, Robert E Sunderman, Harold C (Juanita) Sunderman and Edwin F Sunderman; nephew Robert (Bobby) Miller; and nieces Susan G (Sunderman) Smith, Lisa M (Sunderman) Kelly and Marjorie A Sunderman.
Service for Mrs. Sunderman will be held 11:00 a.m., Thursday July 14, 2022, at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Mena, Arkansas with Timothy J. Henning officiating. There will be a visitation one hour prior to the service, with interment following at the White Oak Cemetery in Mena, Arkansas.

Memorials may be made to the Trinity Lutheran Church, POB 1305, Mena, AR 71953.


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7-11-22 2:45 PM KAWX.ORG

Vira Annette Ellison Obituary

Vira Annette Ellison, age 83, passed away July 9, 2022, in Fort Smith, Arkansas. She was born March 12, 1939, to the late Lewis and Ruth LaForge. She married Wayne Ellison May 16, 1957. Annette spent most of her adult life on a farm near Board Camp, Arkansas. Annette was known for her quick wit and friendliness. She was compassionate and an excellent cook. She worked on the family farm raising chickens and cattle and taking good care of her family. After her children were grown, she put herself through nursing school and became a licensed vocational nurse. She cared for the elderly in our community for many years. She enjoyed camping and fishing with Wayne and their friends. Annette loved her entire family unconditionally which might be her greatest legacy. She accepted Jesus Christ as her savior early in life and attended Salem Baptist Church. She will be dearly missed by all.

Annette is survived by her son, Brandon Ellison and wife, Linda Ellison, daughter in law Malea Ellison, brothers, Billy and Rodney LaForge, sisters Virginia LaForge, Willie Nell Brown, and Gussie LaForge. Grandchildren, Casey Cox and husband Chandler, Levi Ellison and wife Jessica, Caleb Ellison and wife Sidney, and Andrew Ellison, great grandchildren, Kili Cox, Behrett Cox, Beau Cox, Daniel Ellison, and unborn Lainey Ellison.

She is preceded in death by, her husband, Wayne Ellison, Parents Lewis and Ruth LaForge, Sons, Michael and Steve Ellison, Brothers, Johnny, Paul, Larry, and Jimmy LaForge, and sisters, Fern LaForge and Charlotte Harjo.

Pallbearers will be, Andrew Ellison, Chandler Cox, Mitch Titsworth, Jimmy Titsworth, Bobby Jones, and Tommy Floyd. In Lieu of flowers, gifts to the Arkansas Baptist Children’s home are encouraged.

Graveside services will be held at 9:00 am Tuesday July 12, 2022, at Board Camp Cemetery in Board Camp, Arkansas with Levi Ellison and Caleb Ellison officiating. Visitation is Monday, July 11, 2022, from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Beasley Wood Funeral Home in Mena.


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7-10-22 5:30 PM KAWX.ORG

April Ann Hale Obituary

April Ann Hale, age 27, died on Thursday, July 7, 2022 at the Northwest Medical Center in Bentonville, Arkansas.


April was born on Wednesday, April 30, 1995 to Ernie Dean and Stacy Hale in Mena, Arkansas.


"Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen."


April was blunt and down to earth. She had a beautiful sense of humor and could always make her friends and family laugh. April was very smart and independent and liked to do things for herself. She had a big heart, and loved strongly. April liked to have a good time, enjoyed listening to rock, rap and hip hop and her favorite color was black. She liked the water and enjoyed swimming. April was really good with kids and could often be found babysitting. April was a loving mother, sister, aunt and friend and will be missed by all who knew her.


She is preceded in death by her father, Ernie Dean Hale; her grandmother, Linda Wilcox; her grandfather, Gilbert Wilcox; and one uncle, Joseph Hale.


April is survived by her mother, Stacy Hale of Oden; four beautiful children; five brothers, Jacob Sullivan of Arkansas, Jason Hale of Mena, Ricky Robinson of Mena, Bradley Robinson of Arkansas, Joseph Hale of Oden; three sisters, Heather Keuker of Cabot, Nichole Hale of Noble, Oklahoma, and Jennifer Hale of Florida; grandmother and grandfather, Zula and Joe Hale of Mena; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.


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


7-9-22 6:25 PM KAWX.ORG

Mary Kathleen Weeden Obituary

Mrs. Mary Kathleen Weeden, age 66, passed away Friday July 8, 2022 in Mena, Arkansas. She was born April 25, 1956 in Wichita, Kansas to the late John Milton Hall and Mary Katherine Hall.

Mary is known for being a master gardener, working with patients in physical therapy, and going to as many concerts as possible.

Mary is survived by her loving husband Kenneth “Larry” Weeden; two sons, Ryan and Collin Weeden; two daughters, Laura Youngblood and Megan Weeden; three sisters, Jerl A Hart, Caroll Whitney, and Tricia Borges; and three grandchildren, Evynn Youngblood, Eden Youngblood, and Aurora Weeden. She is preceded in death by her parents, John and Mary Hall; and one niece Eve Newton.

A memorial service is tentatively planned for July 16, 2022 at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Mena.

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7-9-22 6:18 PM KAWX.ORG

Donna Marie Stratton Obituary

Donna Marie Stratton, age 64, died on Thursday, July 7, 2022 at her home in Mena, Arkansas.


Donna was born on Wednesday, May 28, 1958 to Bob Thigpin and Betty Garrett in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Donna loved her family and enjoyed being able to spend time with her husband, kids and grandkids. She loved visiting flea markets and garage sales whenever given the chance. Although her family would consider her a homebody, Donna still enjoyed keeping up with current events. She was stubborn, but she thought a lot about others. Donna loved to watch TV drama series, eat reeses cups and cheeto puffs, as well as play games on her phone. She particularly enjoyed listening to the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and lots of classic rock. Donna was considered a fish whisperer. She had a large fish tank full of fish she took pride in caring for. Her beta fish were her favorites.


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


She is preceded in death by her parents; Bob and Betty Garrett Thigpin.


Donna is survived by her loving husband of 17 years, Jerry Stratton of Mena, Arkansas; four sons, Danny Thorn of Missouri, Bruce Huber of Mena, Arkansas, Bobby Huber of Mena, Arkansas and Steven Huber of Little Rock, Arkansas; one daughter, Christine Mishler of Mena, Arkansas; one brother and sister in law, Doug and Trish Thigpin of Van Buren, Arkansas; two sisters and brothers in law, Debbie and John Squires of Dowagiac, Michigan, and Dana and Mike Hilburn of Neosha, Missouri; eight grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.


A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas. The family of Donna Stratton appreciates any donation made to assist in paying for her services. Please contact Bowser Family Funeral Home at 479-394-4477 to make a donation.


7-8-22 6:57 PM KAWX.ORG

Carl Phillip Bailey Obituary

Carl Phillip Bailey, age 71, of Mena, Arkansas, died, Friday, July 1, 2022 at the Mena Regional Health System. He was born on Sunday, July 2, 1950 to Byron Fredrick Bailey and Dorothy (Bohrer) Bailey in Missouri.


Carl loved his children and grandchildren and treasured his friendships. He held himself to higher standards as well as others. Carl was a forgiving man. He made his living as a Railroad Dispatcher for many years before retiring and moving to Mena with his wonderful wife Geraldine. Carl was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend and will be missed by all who knew him.


Carl is preceded in death by his loving wife Geraldine Bailey, his parents; and one brother, Doug Bailey.


Carl is survived by two sons, Phillip Loren Bailey of Nashville, Tennessee and Byron Fredrick Bailey of Canyon Lake, California; nine grandchildren; one great grandchild; and a host of other relatives and friends.


Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas. Online Guestbook:


7-5-22 11:05 AM KAWX.ORG

Judith Lynn Lane Obituary

Judith Lynn Lane, age 74, died on Friday, July 1, 2022 at CHI St. Vincent Hospital in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Judith was born on September 29, 1947 to Henry Lee Ashley and Madean Helen Titsworth Ashley in Mena, Arkansas.


Judith was of the Christian faith and always let God guide her life. She was a member of Emblems and American Legion. Judith was a hard worker and spent most of her life farming. She enjoyed sewing, square dancing, going on cruises and horseback riding. In her younger days she was a very talented bowler and won many games and tournaments with her league in Mena. Judith always cared for all her family and loved them with all her heart. Judith was a loving mother, sister, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt and friend and will be missed by all who knew her.


She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bobby Lane; and one brother, Tommy Ashley.


Judith is survived by her son and daughter in law, Houston and Carol Lane of Mena; one daughter and son in law, Melinda and Everett Fairless of Hatfield; one sister, Linda Berry of San Antonio, Texas; one sister in law, Ruby Jo Titsworth of Hatfield; four grandchildren, Marcus and Rebecca Lane of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Tyler Lane of Alvarado, Texas, Traven Lane of Horatio, and McKayla Lane of Mena; one great granddaughter, Isla Lane of Fayetteville, Arkansas; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.


A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, July 5, 2022, at 2:00 PM at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena, Arkansas with Brother Ron Tilley officiating. Interment will follow at the Six Mile Cemetery in Hatfield, Arkansas under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home.


A visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 5, 2022 from 12:00 - 2:00 PM at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel preceding the service.


Pallbearers will be Rod Titsworth, Mitch Titsworth, Alan Titsworth, Ronnie Fields, Shawn Fields, and Chad Fields.


Honorary Pallbearers are Brad Ashley, Brandon Griffith, Delon Fields, Danny Fields, and Thermon Robertson.


7-2-22 4:03 PM KAWX.ORG

Herman Ronald "Ronnie" Johnson Obituary

Mr. Herman Ronald “Ronnie” Johnson, age 79, passed away Thursday, June 30, 2022, in Ft. Smith, Arkansas. He was born May 30, 1943, in Mena, Arkansas, to the late Herman Luther Johnson and Myrtle Irene Plunkett Johnson.

Ronnie married Margie, his high school sweetheart and the love of his life, in 1961 and the following April, Jeff was born and four years later God blessed them with Kristi. They were married 61 years this past June. Ronnie loved to spoil Margie, it made him happy to make her happy.

They raised their family and ran their business for 45 plus years in Watson, Oklahoma.

Ronnie loved and was so proud of their community and he played a big part in countless Watson kids’ lives over the years. Even after they were old enough to retire, Ronnie insisted they keep Johnson’s Grocery open. He felt that it was important for Watson to have a grocery store for the sake of the town and the people he cared so much about.

Ronnie knew and loved the Lord and he used the gifts that God gave him to sing and minister to so many people. He sang at 100s funerals over the years.

Ronnie thought the world of his grandkids and great grands. They made him smile and he was probably caught bragging about them a time or two. After all, they were the best ball players, smartest kids in the class, best team ropers, most handsome, and most beautiful kids in the world …. and there was no use in arguing with him about it!

About as much as anything, Ronnie loved his cows. He often told us how much that he missed them after he moved away from Watson. He knew each one of them and he could tell you a little bit about each one of them. He had raised them all from his cowherds over the last 40 years.

He lived a good life and he was certain of where his eternity was. There will never another Ronnie Johnson and he will be greatly missed by all those who knew him.

Mr. Johnson is preceded in death by his parents, Herman Johnson and Myrtle Johnson; sister, Sue Lunsford; brothers-in-law, Eddie Lunsford, Bill Burgess, Vernon Smith; sister-in-law, Ruth Young; and by his niece, Regina Pollard. He is survived by his wife, Margie Johnson; son, Jeff Johnson and wife Tonia; daughter, Kristi Gee and husband, Terron; grandchildren, Derik Gee and wife, Destiny, Tori Johnson and fiancée, Spencer Reuss; great-grandchildren, Rayden and Rhett; special aunt, Linda Hudson and husband Steve; brother, Donnie Johnson; sister, Hilda Burgess; sister-in-law, Betty Smith; brother-in-law, Roy Young; as well as a host of other family and friends.

Services for Mr. Johnson will be held 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 5, 2022, at the Smithville Assembly of God Church in Smithville, Oklahoma. Interment will follow at the Watson Cemetery, in Watson, Oklahoma. Brother Bill Dunahoo and Brother Keith Williams will be officiating the service, under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Visitation will be held Sunday, July 3, 2022, from 2:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. at Beasley-Wood Chapel, in Mena, Arkansas.

Pallbearers are Jerry Dale Johnson, Kevin Toon, Darrin Toon, Dusty Nichols, Zac Mink, and Larry Pollard.

Honorary pallbearers are Arlie Toon, Troy Keiss, Decima Briggs, Mike Oglesby, Lewis Martin, Lucky Matthews, Jerry Hansborough, and Charles Drake.

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7-2-22 1:29 PM KAWX.ORG