Obituaries Archives for 2022-08

Robert Calvin Willis Obituary

Mr. Robert Calvin Willis, age 83, passed away Sunday, August 14, 2022, in Mena, Arkansas. He was born April 24, 1939, to the late Syberian and Naomi Harroff Willis.

Mr. Willis was an outdoorsman at heart, he enjoyed fishing, camping, and birdwatching. Additionally, he loved his work, Robert was a timberman by profession. Mr. Willis was united in marriage to the late Delois Ann Buckley on April 11, 1953, until her passing.

Mr. Willis is preceded in death by his loving wife, Delois Ann Buckley, of 59 years; his parents, Syberian and Naomi Harroff Willis; and by his sons, Robert Dale Willis and James Calvin Willis. He is survived by his daughters, Martha Pearson and husband Glen of Mt. Ida, Mary Dukeshire and husband Thomas of Mena; sons, Larry Don Willis of Mena, Tony Lee Willis of Mena, and George Steven Willis of Mena; 21 grandchildren; 70 great-grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of other family and friends.

Services for Mr. Robert Willis will be held Friday, August 19, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. at Beasley-Wood Chapel in Mena, Arkansas. Brother Ron Tilley will officiate, and interment will follow at Owens Chapel Cemetery in Acorn, Arkansas.

Pallbearers are Johnny Lane, Bruce Willis, Tony Willis, Donny Drake, Robbie Lane, and Jason Hadley. Honorary Pallbearers are Thomas Dukeshire, Steve Willis, Larry Willis, and Glen Pearson.

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8-16-22 3:10 PM KAWX.ORG

Gloria Vonnabeth Glover

Gloria Vonnabeth Glover, age 87, of Mena, Arkansas, passed away Monday, August 15, 2022, at her home. She was born September 11, 1934, in Houston, Texas to Scott and Verrena (Pittman) Kinnerson.

Vonna was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She was a woman of strong faith and a member of the First Christian Church in Mena. She was a homemaker, who made sure everyone had a birthday cake. She never wanted anyone to spend Thanksgiving or Christmas alone, so she always had a houseful of family and special friends for holiday dinners. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, reading, traveling, and most of all golfing. She was a member of the Ouachita Ladies Golf Association for many years.

She is preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Mary Fairless.
She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Edgar Glover; her daughters, Melanie (Verl) Musick, Dana (Harley) Ihm, and Teresa Mitchell; her grandchildren Amanda (Gary) Page, Matthew Musick, Allen Henry, Melisa Musick, and Katie (Ashley) Crutchfield; her great-grandchildren, Hunter Henry, Lane Henry, and Cora Page; special friend and cousin, Doris Wolf; brothers-in-law, Oscar Glover and Charlie Caster; and sisters-in-law, Patricia Tuomi and Elizabeth Glover Corry; a host of nieces, nephews, and other family members.

Funeral services will be Saturday, August 20, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at First Christian Church in Mena, Arkansas with Dr. Harley Ihm officiating. Interment will follow at Mollie Gann Cemetery in Hatfield, Arkansas. Visitation will be Friday, August 19 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Matthew Musick, Allen Henry, and Gary Page, and her nephews Charlie Caster, Jr, Buster Bonner, Robert Bonner, and Cody Hameister.

The family would like to thank Dr. Henderson, Kindred Home Health, Kindred Community Care-Lisa and Donna, and Dana Brown for taking such wonderful care of Vonna. A very special thank you to the Kindred Hospice team, your care and compassion was exceptional during this time.

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8-16-22 10:55 AM KAWX.ORG

Leatha Carrell Rigby Obituary

Leatha Carrell Smith Rigby, age 47, passed away August 10th, 2022, after a hard battle with Cancer in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Lea was born in 1974 in Vicksburg, Mississippi to the late Linda Lee Price and James Larkin Smith.

Lea Married the love of her life Van Rigby III on December 3rd,1999. Lea graduated from Warren Central Highschool in Vicksburg, Mississippi in 1993. Her time in school is what fueled her love for sports and music, specifically soccer. She was proud member of the “Big, Blue Band” for four years. She dedicated most of her life to playing, coaching and volunteering her time out at the Aubrey Tapley Sports complex. Where she was ‘Coach Lea’ to many, including two of her children and two grandchildren.


Nothing made her more happy than spending her days out on the field. Lea had a servant's heart, she was always doing her best to make sure everyone had everything they needed. If you were lucky enough to be loved by her you know how much her family and loved ones will miss her.

Lea is preceded in death by her mother, her father, her paternal grandparents Hubert Ray and Nancy Smith, and Her Maternal Grandparents, Sam and Leatha Price. She is survived by Her Husband of 22 years Van Rigby, her oldest daughter Jordan(Tyler), her daughter Megan(Jeremy) and her baby boy, Van IV(Ciara) and Her Adopted son Ethan. Her grandchildren, Timrie and Titan who were by far her two most favorite people in the world. She is also survived by her sister, Ashley Frantz(Steven) Her brother Chris Smith (Shannon); Nieces and Nephews, Summer Watkins, Phoenix, Gabe Walter, Olivia, and Logan. And a host of other family and close friends. Pallbearers are Tyler Gossett, Taylor Redding, Jake Price, Chris Smith, Jeremy Stuckey, Blake Watkins. Honorary pallbearers are, James Price, Steven Frantz, Van Rigby J.r.

Visitation will be at Beasley Wood Funeral Home in Mena, Wednesday, August 17, 2022, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The family wants to invite all friends of Lea’s to attend the visitation. Services for Lea will be Saturday, August 20, 2022, at Carpenter Methodist Church in Carpenter, Mississippi, with Brother Craig Cluff officiating. There will be a graveside to follow at Carpenter Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for monetary donations to be made to the family, for the youth soccer association in Mena, Arkansas. Please contact Jordan Gossett for more details.

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8-15-22 10:32 AM KAWX.ORG

Karla Ann Bruce Obituary

Karla Ann Bruce, age 68 of Plunketville, Oklahoma passed away Wednesday, August 10, 2022 in Idabel , Oklahoma. She was born March 1, 1954 to the late Carl Grogan and Carolyn Horstman Grogan in Berryville, Arkansas. She married Chris Bruce October 6, 1990 in Cove Arkansas.


Karla was a loving and kind wife, daughter, sister, aunt and friend to many. She loved spending time with her family and crafting. Karla loved the Lord and was a member of Hatfield Assembly of God church for many years.


She is preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Carolyn Grogan. She is survived by her husband, Chris Bruce; sister, Sandra Broach and husband Ricky; brothers, John Grogan and wife Glenda; Jerry Grogan and wife Laura; Charles Grogan and wife Patti and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.


A memorial service will be held at Penuel Assembly of God in Hatfield, Arkansas on Saturday, August 27th at 10:00 a.m., with Brother Daniel Egger officiating.


Special honorary pallbearers are her great nieces and nephews which she loved dearly.


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


8-12-22 12:43 PM KAWX.ORG

Linda Louise Milne Obituary

Linda Louise Milne, age 80 of Mena, Arkansas, passed away Wednesday, August 10, 2022, in Hot Springs.

She was born October 30, 1941, in Mena, Arkansas to the late A.J. Burris and the late Sarah Campbell Burris. She was married to Robert Bruce Milne and was a bookkeeper by profession. Linda loved to travel and sew as well as taking lots of pictures. She enjoyed reading and loved her flowers and plants, most of all she loved spending time with her grandchildren and family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and a brother, Frank Burris. She is survived by her sons, Andy Milne and wife Kim, Mitch Milne and Robert Milne; grandchildren Amy Milne, Drew Milne and Hannah Milne; great grandchild, Dani May Barthel and a sister Fran Whisenhunt and husband Audry as well as a host of other family and friends.

Mrs. Milne was sent for cremation under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home. No services are scheduled at this time.


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8-12-22 8:22 AM KAWX.ORG

Billy John Bates Obituary

It is with profound sadness that the family of Billy John Bates, age 88, of Mena, AR announce that he passed away Saturday, July 30th surrounded by his loving family.


Bill was born November 20th, 1933 to Luther and Vida Esther Bates in Black Springs, AR. He was well known as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses having dedicated his life and been baptized on January 2, 1971. He treasured his relationship with his heavenly father, Jehovah, and spent much time teaching his children about Jehovah and sharing his faith with others.


Bill married his beloved wife, Wanda, on March 28th, 1959 and together they raised five children. Bill was a very hard worker, dedicated and determined to provide for his family. He worked as a mechanic here in Mena, operated heavy equipment in the copper mines of Arizona, sold sewing machines in Kansas, and performed various other jobs along the way. But eventually the family returned to Mena, and Bill started his career of drilling water wells.


Bill enjoyed many hobbies throughout his life, including cars, drag racing, gardening, spending time with family and friends, eating good food, and playing music. Bill learned to play the guitar at an early age, but was in later years better known for his fiddling. He passed this love of music on to his children and grandchildren, all of whom have wonderful memories of listening to Bill play and sing with his son, Steve, his cousin, Billie, and many other friends along the way. If you knew Bill, you know he also loved his westerns, and could often be found watching them with his beloved dog, Little Odie.


Bill was a generous and loyal friend, an entertainer, and often told wonderful stories about his life and history. He was full of advice, whether solicited or not. He was a loving grandfather, and he will never be forgotten but forever remembered and missed by his family and friends.


Bill was survived by his wife, Wanda, his son Steve (wife Kim, children Brandon, Kaylyn, and Kyle); daughter Brenda (husband Michael, children Stacie, Amber, Chelsea, and Celorah) daughter Aneta (husband Duane, children Drew and Aubrey) daughter Linda (husband Chad, children Trace and Dylan) and son, Mark (wife Liz, children Danielle, Katie, Lane, Walker, and Gray) a sister, Kathleen Herndon, and thirteen great-children.


Memorial services for Bill will be held Saturday, August 13th at 2:00 p.m. at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses. 1509 S Reine St., Mena, AR 71953.


8-11-22 12:05 PM KAWX.ORG

DeAnna Sue Powell Obituary

DeAnna Sue Powell, age 54, died on Tuesday, August 9, 2022 at her home in Mena, Arkansas. DeAnna was born on Sunday, August 13, 1967 to Dwight Powell and Beverly (Barnes) Anglin in Texarkana, Arkansas.


DeAnna was a graduate of Acorn High School. She spent many years as a stay at home mom. DeAnna enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She loved going muddin, playing card games and dominoes. DeAnna liked to go camping and be outdoors any chance she had. DeAnna was a loving daughter, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend and will be missed by all who knew her.


DeAnna is survived by her parents, Dwight Powell and Beverly and Husband William F. Anglin; one son, John Skipper and Fiancé Melissa of Concord, North Carolina; three daughters, Sara and Husband Caleb Reed of Mena, Arkansas, Steffanie Skipper of Mena, Arkansas, and Ashley Skipper of Mena, Arkansas; four brothers, Duane and Wife Sherri Powell of Acorn, Arkansas, Dennis Powell of Acorn, Arkansas, Joseph Powell of Hillsborough North Carolina, and Shelby and Wife Jennifer Sullivan of Acorn, Arkansas; one sister, Violet and Husband Brendan Gibbons of Potter, Arkansas; eight grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.


Graveside services will be held on Friday, August 12, 2022 at 10:00 A.M. at the Gann Cemetery in Potter, Arkansas. Visitation will be Thursday, August 11, 2022 from 2-4 P.M. at Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena, Arkansas. Arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.


In lieu of flowers, family asks that contributions be made towards DeAnna's remaining funeral expenses at Bowser Family Funeral Home.


8-10-22 1:41 PM KAWX.ORG

Sherrill Elliott Swedoski Obituary

Mrs. Sherrill Elliott Swedoski, age 84, passed away August 8, 2022, in Mt. Ida, Arkansas. She was born May 5, 1938, in Houston, Texas, to the late Mervyn Leon and Erma Jewell Elliott.

Mrs. Swedoski was a woman of many talents; she was good at everything she did and amazing in every way. She wrote poetry, played violin, painted, and could sew anything without a pattern; the only thing she couldn’t do was row a canoe. She had a wonderful imagination. Sherrill worked for NASA, in Webster, Texas, and she retired from the Federal Aviation Administration Air Traffic Control Division. She was the oldest of 4 girls and knew it too, she would often tease her sisters that she was Wonder Woman. Sherill was a strong Christian lady and raised her children to be “no-nonsense”.

Mrs. Swedoski is preceded in death by her husband, Richard; her parents, Mervyn Leon and Erma Jewell Elliott; and by her sister, Sue Ann Elliott. She is survived by her son, Larry Davis and wife Rita of Mena, Arkansas; daughters, Phyllis Caldwell of Mena, Arkansas, Pamela Rossoni and husband Chris of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas; grandchildren, Tiffany Crawford, Callie Gallagher, Joe Evans, Andrea Caldwell, Mac Caldwell, Katy Kesterson, Greg Davis; 12 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Beverly Johnson of Teague, Texas, Lanis Harwell and husband Billy of Waldron, Arkansas; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other family and friends.

There are no services planned at this time for Mrs. Swedoski, cremation arrangements are entrusted to Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. There will be a private gathering for family to be announced at a later date.

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8-9-22 11:18 AM KAWX.ORG

Benly Don Townsend Obituary

Benly Don Townsend passed peacefully in his home on August 8, 2022 at 87 years old, surrounded by his family. He was born on January 19, 1935 to John William and Clara Townsend in Van Zandt County, Texas.


Benly was the youngest of eight children. He married Janell Johnston on October 31, 1953 in Vandervoort, Arkansas. Together they had Cindy (David Davis) and Michael Townsend. Six grandchildren: Dustin, Devon, and Ethan Davis along with Benly, Bailey and Blair Townsend.


He is also survived by nine great grandchildren and honorary granddaughter, Brooke Ferguson.


The family would like him to be remembered for his relentless work ethic and joking nature. No service are planned at this time. Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas. Online Guestbook:


8-8-22 2:32 PM KAWX.ORG

Randall K. Turner Obituary

Mr. Randall K. Turner, 77, of Mena, Arkansas passed away Saturday, August 6, 2022, at his home in Mena. He was born January 4, 1945, in Mena, Arkansas to the late Travis “Tige” Turner and the late Juanita Harris Turner.

Randy, as he was known by all, married the love of his live, Rita Ann Farmer on November 13, 1970. They had 43 happy years together until her passing on August 28, 2013. He worked in the family’s tire business for 45 years, was a member of the Mena Fire Department for 38 years and was in the Arkansas National Guard. Randy enjoyed collecting antique toys, particularly railroad trains and villages. He loved pets and leaves behind his beloved dogs and cats. Randy enjoyed a good visit and was always quick with a smile and a friendly hello. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Tige and Juanita Turner, and his grandparents, Ode and Ova Turner and Tutt and Azzie Harris. He is survived by his caretaker, Tommie Jo Farmer and a host of friends. A special thank you goes out to his friends at the Mena Fire Department who ceaselessly came by, helped care for and checked on Randy during his illness.

Graveside services will be Tuesday, August 9, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. at Pinecrest Memorial Park in Mena with Al Hadaway officiating. Visitation will be general. Services are entrusted to the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.


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8-8-22 11:19 AM KAWX.ORG

Lawrence "Larry" Barsic Obituary

Mr. Lawrence “Larry” Barsic, 69, of Mena passed away August 3, 2022. He was born to Nicholas and Josephine Barsic on June 17, 1953 in Cleveland, Ohio. He worked at US Motors up until his retirement and was well known for working on guns, motorcycles (specifically the Harley Davidson Knuckleheads), and his terrible (but hilarious) “dad” jokes. The thing he loved more than motorcycles was his family and his close friends. Larry was a member of the United Methodist Church of Mena.

Larry is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Betty “Jeannie” Barsic; two brothers; Bob and Nick Barsic; five sons, Cole Barsic, Duel James “Jay” Foreman, Daniel Rex “Danny” Foreman, Dennis John “Johnny” Foreman, and David Eugene Foreman; one daughter, Holly Barsic; 11 grandchildren, Hailey, Trey, Cattlyn, Jordan, Ashley, Daniel, Misty, Brian, Dusty, Shonda, and Donna; 30 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Larry is preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Richard Barsic; one sister Linda Barsic.

Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday, August 6, 2022, at the United Methodist Church in Mena. Interment will be at Old Dallas Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Friday, August 5, 2022, from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Beasley Wood Funeral Home.


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8-4-22 10:45 AM KAWX.ORG

Helen Giesler Easterwood Obituary

Helen Giesler Easterwood passed from this life Sunday, July 31, 2022, in Mena.

She was born at Cove, Arkansas, April 2, 1933. Helen was the eighth child of George and Hughie Giesler. She spent her entire life in Polk County. She was preceded in death by sisters, Wanita and Anita, Mildred Cunningham and Ethel Pederson and brothers, Mose, Douglas and Carson as well as her parents.

She was married to David Easterwood in 1951. They met at church and after dating for over a year were married and enjoyed almost 43 years of marriage before his death in 1994.

Helen was a member of the Church of Christ which she attended faithfully until her passing.

She is survived by a son, Hugh Easterwood and wife Ellen of Jacksonville, Arkansas; daughter, Glenda Gillaspy and husband Curtis of Wickes, Arkansas; granddaughter, Kellie Friesen and husband Chad of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Leslie Gillaspy of Wickes, Arkansas and David Hugh Easterwood and Megan of Little Rock, and four great-grandchildren.

Helen worked at different jobs during the school year when her children were home. Later she spent 27 years working as different jobs for the Wickes School, the last 19 years serving as a foster grandparent., including 10 years working the admission desk at the local basketball games. She enjoyed gardening, bird watching, and writing family stories for her extended family.

She will be buried beside her husband at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Cove, Arkansas at a graveside service, on Thursday, August 4, 2022, at 10:00 a.m., with David Jacobs and Mark Kinkade as a speakers.

If desired donations may be made to the Pleasant Grove Cemetery in her memory.


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8-2-22 11:35 AM KAWX.ORG

Melvin Leon Mourton Obituary

M. Leon Mourton born November 26, 1941, joined other saints in Christ July 29, 2022. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Linda Gail Taylor Mourton, a son and daughter-in-law Stanley and Lisa Mourton of Mena, Arkansas, and three grandchildren, Brooke Rose, Calvin Mourton and Bethany Mourton of Mena, Arkansas, brother, Wesley Mourton of Hot Springs, Arkansas, brother, Gary Mourton of Wagner, Oklahoma, and brother, Kenneth Mourton of Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Leon was predeceased by his sister, Helen Marie Mourton Foster, and parents Malvin and Helen Mourton of Mena, Arkansas.

Leon was a member of and regularly attended the Assembly of God Church North Little Rock.

Leon worked during his childhood for the local newspaper in Mena. He saved his earnings, and halfway thru his senior year in Mena High School, he bought a brand-new 1959 Chevrolet Corvette. He paid for this car with his own money.

He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from the Little Rock University and became a Certified Public Accountant in The State of Arkansas. While working full-time with the Internal Revenue Service, he completed his Master of Business Administration at George Washington University in 1968.
Leon had a very successful, 35-year career, with the Examination Division of the Internal Revenue Service. He began as office auditor, promoted to revenue agent. He was promoted to a position in Washington DC, where he wrote texts used to train new revenue agents in tax law. He became group manager, an examination branch chief, an assist regional commissioner, and a district examination division chief.
He was awarded the United States Department of the Treasury Albert Gallatin Award. This is the highest award given to employees of the Department of the Treasury for their service during their career.
Upon retirement from the United States Treasury, Leon worked for BKD for 3 years, then started working for himself from his home office in Little Rock, Arkansas and continued tax preparation for his personal clients until 2022.

Services for Mr. Leon Mourton will be held Friday, August 5, 2022, at Beasley-Wood Chapel in Mena, Arkansas with Wesley Mourton officiating. Interment will follow at the Cherry Hill Cemetery in Cherry Hill, Arkansas. Visitation will be held Thursday, August 4, 2022, from 6:00 pm. To 8:00 p.m. at Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

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8-1-22 11:20 AM KAWX.ORG