Obituaries Archives for 2022-08

Christine Ann Smith Obituary

Christine Ann Smith, age 72, of Owasso, Oklahoma, passed away from this life August 29, 2022 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Christine was born February 13, 1950 in Wellington, Texas. She married her loving husband, Robert Smith, June 16, 1980 in Wister, Oklahoma.


Christine will be deeply missed by her husband: Robert Smith, Jr. of Owasso, OK; children: Justin Smith and Myranda Harris both of Collinsville, OK; grandchildren: Ian, Averi, Isaac, and Abram all of Collinsville, OK; sisters: Alice Gullick of Ink, AR, Shearley Storment and husband Jim of Stigler, OK; brothers: Robert Morrison of Heavener, OK, James Morrison and wife Barbara of Howe, OK; sister-in-law: Letha Morrison-Thompson of Howe, OK; numerous nieces and nephews.


Christine is preceded in death by her cherished son: Shane Dempsey; mother: Dean Morrison; father: Otis Morrison; brothers: Allen Morrison, Ivan Morrison, and Gary Morrison.


Christine was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She was a faithful follower of Jesus Christ and prayed diligently for her family. She loved camping, fishing, her flowers and plants, and mostly spending time with her grandkids. Christine was strong yet tender, and she touched the hearts of all who knew her. If you knew Christine, you knew a wonderful person. She will be missed and forever loved.


Graveside service will be held Friday, September 2, 2022 at Pinecrest Memorial Park in Mena, Arkansas at 10:00 a.m. with Bro. Chris Wall officiating and Bro. Paul Purifoy with special music. Services are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home of Mena, Arkansas.


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8-31-22 1:10 PM KAWX.ORG

Shirley Ann Shewmake Manning Obituary

Shirley Ann Shewmake Manning was born on Monday, October 23, 1944 in Mena, Polk County, Arkansas to Marvin & Dora Shewmake. She was the third child of this union and the only girl of the couple’s five children. Shirley lived in Mena for the first ten years of her life but after her mother divorced and remarried, Shirley and two of her brothers were enrolled in Caddo Valley Academy (CVA) in Norman, Montgomery County, Arkansas. CVA was a home for children operated by the Presbyterian Synod of Arkansas. Shirley was a resident of CVA during much of her formative years and attended the Norman Schools from 1954 to 1961. Later in life Shirley would become instrumental in rescuing the abandoned Norman High School and organizing the Norman High School Preservation Program, Inc. (NHPP). She spent twelve years as the force behind raising funds to restore the building and it was added to the National Register of Historic Places on May 16, 2002. The old school and its campus continue to be a center piece in the town of Norman.


Shirley was a prolific writer and a dedicated genealogist composing more than 20 books. She loved to visit with residents of Polk and Montgomery Counties to get their stories and she relayed many of these stories in a magazine she published for several years called the Mountain Signal. Some of her published works include; Caddo Valley Academy 1921-1930, Snapshots, Montgomery County Newspaper Abstracts, Family Scrapbook of Montgomery County Arkansas, Pike County: A Glimpse at the Past; Mena, Arkansas: A Diamond in the Rough. Her latest book was titled Mountain Folks that gave the family stories of many early Polk County residents.


Shirley is survived by her son, Arvis (Trey) Cannon, III and wife Gayle of Indiana and daughter, Angela Smith and husband Steven of Arkansas; grandsons, Andrew Long and wife Casey, Arvis Cannon, IV, Sage Cannon, Danny Smith; granddaughters, Michele (Long) Perkins and husband Kenny, Lauren Cannon, Allison (Smith) Peoples and husband Jason, and Amanda (Cannon) Neal and husband Michael; great grandchildren, Cayden Perkins, AvaGrace Long, Eros Cannon, AnaBelle Long, Ava Peoples, Rylee Luna and Claudia Neal; brothers, Bob Shewmake, Wayne Shewmake; half-siblings, Clarine Wilson Smith, Charles McLemore and Elaine McLemore and many nieces and nephews.


Shirley is preceded in death by her husband, Joe Manning, parents and brothers Eugene Shewmake and Arthur Lee Shewmake and many half and step-siblings.


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


8-27-22 5:46 PM KAWX.ORG

Carmen Darlene Long Smith Obituary

Carmen Darlene Long Smith, 68, passed away on Friday, August 26, 2022, in Hot Springs, Arkansas. She was born to the late Henry A. Kinnerson, Jr. and Ella Mae Hart Kinnerson on February 13, 1954.

Carmen was an excellent seamstress and loved helping others but above all she loved God and her church and with a servant’s heart, enjoyed making quilts for donation. She also enjoyed gardening and canning.

She is preceded in death by her parents Henry A. Kinnerson, Jr. and Ella Mae Hart Kinnerson and step father Earl Lovil. She is survived by husband Don Smith; her sons, John Henry William Long and Jacob Tylor Long; daughter Delta Dawn Gunn and husband Adam; grandchildren Ivy Gunn, Jonathan Gunn and Maddison Gunn; brother Martin Douglas Kinnerson and wife Denise.

Services for Carmen will be 10:00 a.m., Thursday, September 1, 2022 at Grace Bible Church with Brother Lamar Austin officiating. Interment will follow at Mollie Gann Cemetery under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Visitation will be Wednesday, August 31, 2022 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Pallbearers will be Adam Gunn, Jonathan Gunn, William Long, Jeff Brewer, Adrian Gunn and Jacob Long.


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8-27-22 4:37 PM KAWX.ORG

Gary Don Laswell Obituary

Mr. Gary Don Laswell, age 56, passed away Tuesday, August 16, 2022. He was born March 22, 1966, in Springdale, Arkansas, to Roy Lee and Linda Carol Roney Laswell.

Gary was a factory worker by profession and was known as an avid outdoorsman, enjoying activities like fishing and hunting. Additionally, he loved the Razorbacks and Nascar. He loved to spend time with his grand kids and cared deeply for his fiancé DeLynn Burdon.

Mr. Laswell is survived by his son, Tyler Laswell; daughter, Andrea Carosh; grandchildren, Lane Carosh, Bentley Laswell, Gracelyn Laswell; brother, Steve Laswell; sisters, Sheila Lawson, Ruby Olinger, Joyce Ann; nieces and nephews, Katie Hooper, Julie Main, Brooke Lawson, Trevor Laswell, Michael Olinger, Brian Olinger, and JR Olinger.

Mr. Laswell’s cremation services are entrusted to Beasley-Wood Funeral, there are no services planned at this time.

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8-26-22 10:47 AM KAWX.ORG

Eddie Fredrick Obituary

Mr. Eddie Frederick, age 68, passed away Thursday, August 25, 2022, in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was born August 2, 1954, in Des Moines, Iowa, to the late Floyd and Opal (Keithley) Frederick.

Eddie served in the Army as a kitchen supervisor, but his favorite thing to do was scratching the scratch offs. He enjoyed watching TV, spending time with his friends and family, and working on lawn mowers. He also loved giving his sisters and his family a hard time and also being an avid handwasher.

Eddie is survived by his two sisters, Willa Holliday and Pam Hicks; his nieces; Wenona Dixon, Jessica Taylor, Marcie Hennings, Tina Hensley, Sherry Land and Billie Aurther; Nephews, Gerry Rose, James Rose, and Floyd Frederick; and special friends Nancy and John Wilson.

He is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Maxine Rose; brothers, Bill Frederick, Rex Keithley, Loyd, Floyd, James, Ricky and Dicky Frederick.

A family hosted graveside services will be held at a later date at Oak Grove cemetery in Wickes, Arkansas.


Cremation is under the direction of Beasley Wood Funeral Home.

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8-25-22 4:15 PM KAWX.ORG

William Albert (Bill) McAllister Obituary

William Albert (Bill) McAllister, son of Cecil and Eva Lee McAllister, was born November 28, 1937, in Hot Springs, Arkansas. He passed away on Tuesday, August 23, 2022 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Bill spent his early years in Hot Springs before the family moved to the family farm in Polk County, Arkansas. Many of his formative years were spent at the farm with his immediate family and extended family of cousins.


He is predeceased by his parents, stepmother, Jessie Hicks McAllister, sister Laurine Hilliard and wife of 55 years, Edith.


He is survived by his son Kent (Sara) McAllister of Richmond, TX, and daughter Sara (Scott) Young of Fayetteville, Arkansas, three grandsons, Ryan McAllister, Matthew McAllister and Jaedon Crawford and a great granddaughter, Sadie McAllister. He is also survived by his sisters, Margaret Oglesby and Nell Bennett, the cousins that he grew up with and loved like brothers and sisters and several nieces and nephews.


After graduating high school, Bill had many adventures in life, from being a roughneck in Colorado, to serving in the Air Force as a flight engineer on a C-130, to driving a truck for Allied Van Lines, to his long-time career of carpentry and HVAC, including many years as the Farmington city building inspector. There wasn’t anything he couldn’t do or figure out how to do it. He built two family homes and a duplex…often after working a full day at the day job.


Although growing up in Hot Springs and Hatfield, Arkansas, he moved his family to Northwest Arkansas in 1965 and was forever a resident of the Fayetteville and Farmington communities.


Outside of work, he was active in the Masonic Lodge for many years and became a 33rd degree Mason. The 33rd degree is only given to Masons who have performed significant services for Freemasonry. He was a descendent of the founders of the Nazarene church and was an active member of the Farmington First Church of the Nazarene. He was a member of the John R. Burkett - Beverly E. Miller American Legion Post 77 with his son, Kent, in Houston, Texas.


Bill was always there to help a friend or the community, including many hours supporting Edith’s work with the Farmington Library.


Funeral service will be held 2:00 PM Friday, August 26th, 2022, at Church of the Nazarene in Farmington, Arkansas.


Graveside service will be held 10:00 AM, Saturday, August 27, 2022 at Pinecrest Cemetery in Mena, Arkansas, under the direction of Bowser Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.


8-25-22 1:12 PM KAWX.ORG

Rose Lea Beck Obituary

Rose Lea Beck, age 92, of Norman, Arkansas passed away Wednesday, August 24, 2022 at Montgomery County Nursing Home in Mt. Ida, Arkansas. She was born on Tuesday, March 11, 1930 to Ora Holmes and Cora Bates in Alf, Arkansas.


Rose was a gentle spirit, very quiet, and never really got upset at anyone or anything. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Norman for many years and took great joy in worshiping the Lord. Rose was a wonderful caring mother who always kept a loving home for her children and grandchildren. She loved to garden and cook, and could make the most amazing pies and homemade yeast rolls you ever ate. Rose's family loved Sunday dinners at her house eating all of her delicious food. Rose was a loving mother, sister, grandmother, great grandmother, great great grandmother, aunt, and friend and will be missed by all who knew her.


She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband; David "DM" Beck; one daughter, Jan Graves; one grandson, Colby Graves; and seven brothers and sisters.


Rose is survived by two sons, Kenneth Beck of Eureka Springs, Noel Beck of Mena; two daughters and son in law, Sharon Redmon of Mena, Lynn and Jerry Cogburn of Caddo Gap; two brothers and sisters in law, Charles and Betty Holmes of Mena, Glen and Lori Holmes of Russellville; twelve grandchildren, numerous great and great great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.


A graveside service will be held on Friday, August 26, 2022 at 10:00 AM at the Cox Cemetery in Norman, Arkansas with Robbie Loudermilk officiating under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.


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8-25-22 10:25 AM KAWX.ORG

Helen Grace Stacks Obituary

Helen Stacks, 87, passed away on August 24, 2022, in Waldron, Arkansas. She was born to the late D.A. Patterson, Sr and Helen Goldberger Patterson November 24, 1934, in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.

Helen was an award-winning cook, who baked excellent bread and cheesecakes. Additionally, she was a seamstress; she taught her daughter and granddaughter how to sew, which would be instrumental in both of their careers. Helen loved to read and could often be found studying her Bible. Throughout the duration of Helen’s life, she devoted her support to her husband’s ministry and loved to work in her yard, all while trying to develop a “green thumb”. She loved her family and friends, but above all else she loved the Lord, Jesus Christ.

She is survived by her loving husband, Edward Stacks; sons, Terry Stacks and wife Alison, Dr. Warren Stacks and wife Kelly; daughter, Brenda Branch and her husband Terry Joe; grandchildren, Joey Branch and wife Jennifer, Brian Branch, Kristin Newbury and husband Ian, Lauren Stacks, Ryan Stacks, Rachel Stacks-Dees and husband Austin; great-grandchildren, Josie Branch, Tate Branch; brothers, D.A. Patterson Jr., and James Patterson.

Services for Helen will be Saturday, August 27, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. at the Beasley-Wood Chapel in Mena, Arkansas with Brother Mark Lyle officiating. Interment will follow at Owens Chapel Cemetery in Acorn, Arkansas under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Visitation will be Friday, August 26, 2022, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

Pallbearers are Terry Stacks, Warren Stacks, James Patterson, Brian Branch, Joey Branch, and Ryan Stacks.

Honorary Pallbearers are Terry Joe Branch, and Austin Dees.

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8-24-22 3:58 PM KAWX.ORG

William Sherman Brown Obituary

William Sherman Brown, age 98, of Hatfield, Arkansas passed away August 23, 2022, at his home.

He was born May 24, 1924, in Stonewall, Oklahoma to Will S. Brown and Lucy Alice Brown. Billy was plant manager for Campbell’s Soup Factory. He served his country as a Medic in the United States Army and Air Force during World War II. Billy enjoyed golfing and fishing when he was not working his cattle business. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend and will be dearly missed.

He is survived by his wife Charlotte Dillon; son, Joe Brown; grandchildren, Mecina Craven, Joe Brown, William Brown, Jason Brown and Holly Casey; many great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and a host of other family too great to mention.

Funeral service will be Saturday, September 3, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. at the Beasley-Wood Chapel. Interment will be at the Six Mile Cemetery in Hatfield, Arkansas under the direction of the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

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8-24-22 3:53 PM KAWX.ORG

Jimmie Shook Obituary

Jimmie Edward (Jim) Shook, passed away August 17, 2022 in Mena, Arkansas, at the age of 92 after battling cancer. He was born July 17, 1930 in Alsuma, Oklahoma to Ottie and Hilda Shook. Jim grew up in the Eagleton, Arkansas area and attended school in Acorn, Arkansas. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1946 and retired after 21 years of service. During that time he traveled all over the world from Germany, Japan, Thailand, and several military bases in the United States.

He was a proud member of the 101st Airborne Division (Screaming Eagles) as a para trooper, with 53 total jumps. His time in the Army included service during both the Korean and Vietnam conflicts. In 1950 Jim married Sarah Loving and they had five Children together. Jimmy and wife Debbie, John and wife Shelly, Thomas and wife Victoria, Patricia, and Jeffery (Kim). After divorcing he briefly married Doris Vermilion. He was currently married to Claudia (Dale) Mitschke Shook, happily after the past 21 years.

Jim and Dale loved to travel, belonging to a RV club and would go to several places throughout the United States in their motor home. He also enjoyed fishing and hunting, but his passion was golfing, playing wherever he could and recording three aces in his lifetime. He belonged to the Ouachita Golf and Country club in Mena, Arkansas and was a lifelong member of the Eagles and Elks fraternities.

Besides his four surviving children he leaves behind nine grandchildren, Jimmy, Raelynn, Cydne, Nichole and husband Jeremy, Nevin and wife Michelle, Nigel and wife Jolene, Ryan, Scott, and Cassandra. Twenty-Three great grandchildren, Kaeleigh, Jake, Hailey, James, Adriana, Autom, Aiden, Aubrie, Aynslee, Jacsen, Ryder, Wyatt, Colton, Grace, Ethan, Hailey, Rylan, River, Rainier, soon to be Ducan, James III, Isaac, Alyssa, Two great great grandchildren, Lilliana and Ella, and many extended family and friends. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Patsy Vandehey (Ed), Charlene Wilhite, and Son, Jeffery. Cremation is under the care of Beasley Wood Funeral Home. Memorial service will be held on Wednesday August 24, 2022 at 2:00 pm at the Methodist Church in Mena.


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8-22-22 3:46 PM KAWX.ORG

Bonnie Barrett Obituary

Bonnie Izette Barrett, 87, of Vandervoort passed away August 21, 2022at Homewood Cottages in Mena. She was born to the late Neal and Matilda Barrett on March 10, 1935, in Wickes, Arkansas.

Bonnie was a graduate of Van-Cove High School. After graduation she moved to Dallas, Texas where she was employed by Bell Telephone (later known as AT&T), until retirement. She then returned to Vandervoort and worked at Tyson for a short time. Bonnie spent her retirement caring for her mother and family. She loved hosting family gatherings and making everyone feel loved and special.

She is survived by one brother, Richard Barrett, and one sister, Velma Rans, along with numerous nieces and nephews. Preceding Bonnie in her passing are her parents, five brothers, Charlie, Wesley, Doyle, Pete, and John, and five sisters, Lena Dean, Orena Milam, Virdie Harris, Maggie Sandefer, and Ethel Barrett.

Graveside services will be held on Wednesday August 24, 2022 at Witherspoon Cemetery in Vandervoort, Arkansas at 10:00 am, with Brother James Squires officiating. A general visitation will be held at Beasley Wood Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Bill Barrett, Dwight Barrett, Michael Rans, Randy Milam, Hank Sandefer, Perry Barrett, Silas Barrett, Donnie Barrett, and Johnny Barrett.

Services are under the direction of Beasley Wood Funeral Home.


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8-22-22 3:50 PM KAWX.ORG

Fern Purvis Obituary

Fern Elizabeth Purvis, age 94, of Mena, Arkansas passed away Monday, August 15, 2022 at Bear Creek Healthcare in DeQueen, Arkansas. She was born on Monday, October 17, 1927 to Newton Earl Tenbrink and Theresia Emma Rohde in Platner, Colorado.


Fern was a very kind and honest woman whose greatest joy was being a Christian and following God's will. She attended the Faith Missionary Baptist Church for many years. Fern loved to listen to Gospel music as well as gardening and cooking her famous meatloaf for her family. Fern was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend and will be missed by all who knew her.


She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband; four brothers, Dwayne Tenbrink, Earl Tenbrink, Orville Tenbrink, and Kenneth Tenbrink; and one grandchild, Jeffrey Hart. Fern is survived by three sons, Dennis Purvis of Florence, Colorado, Doug Purvis of Morrison, Colorado, and Larry Purvis of Florida; one daughter, Marilie Hart of Lakewood, Colorado; one brother, Darrell Tenbrink of Nine Mile Falls, Washington; beloved grandchildren, Dacari, Denise, Heather, Elizabeth, Joel and Todd; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.


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


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8-22-22 3:43 PM KAWX.ORG

Rhonda Nichols Myers Obituary

Rhonda Nichols Myers, age 73, of Mena, Arkansas, passed away on Tuesday, August 17, 2022, at 11:16 a.m.

Born Sunday, December 26, 1948, at the Army Navy Hospital in Hot Springs, Arkansas, Rhonda lived much of her life in Arkansas. Rhonda was a 1966 honor graduate of Francis C. Hammond High School, Alexandria, Virginia. She was well versed in corporate administration having served in several key positions in Arkansas, Tennessee, and Virginia. Her greatest loved was to our Lord Jesus Christ and her family. She was married to husband the late Terry Warren Myers of Hot Springs, Arkansas for 37 years.

Rhonda was of the Christian faith, her devotion and beliefs allowed her life to be joyful, fulfilled with strength, courage, and wisdom, allowing God to guide her daily life. Rhonda shared a positive view of life with all those she met; Always remembering you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think, and loved more than you know.

Rhonda was an accomplished artist who enjoyed canvas portraits, scenic views, and specialty items. Teaching artistic techniques was a favored passion for her. Her favorite color was blue. Rhonda found peace in sharing, believing, there were more good people than bad in the world. And forgiving those who violated her trust and confidence. She prayed for the civil goodwill and common unity to return as an American tribute.

Rhonda is survived by her son, Jeffrey D. Myers of Hawaii; stepson, James W. Myers and stepdaughter, Julie R. Hartsel both of Arkansas; and her brother Myron “Keith” Nichols, his wife Marsha Ann Nichols; nieces, Makayla Grace Nichols and Mary Alice Nichols of Acorn, Arkansas; grandchildren, Kasey Justus of Oklahoma, Nichole Hartsel and Aaron Hartsel both of Arkansas; cousins, Cheryl Combs and Debbie Smith of Watson, Oklahoma; and many cousins and family members across the country.

Rhonda was preceded in death by her husband, Terry Warren Myers; mother, Lajunta Grace (Nichols) Cleveland; father, Jack Hall Cleveland; grandfather, Robert Adrian Nichols; grandmother, Mary Alice (Fox) Nicols; father-in-law, James Myers; and by her mother-in-law, Lura Myers.

Rhonda will be deeply missed by all who knew her as she touched the lives of so many throughout her life.

Condolences may be made to the family at Beasley-Wood Funeral Home, Mena, Arkansas.

Graveside services for Mrs. Myers will be held on Tuesday, August 23, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. at the Nichols Cemetery in Hatfield, Arkansas.

Pallbearers are Mike Thomas, Danny Miner, Chisum Vasseau, Jeremy James, Randall Watts, and Keith Nichols.

Honorary pallbearers are Wayne Suddeth, Ted Dunn and Richard Loyd.

A very special thanks of gratitude to the medical professionals and support staffs of Mena Regional Health System, Baptist Health Medical Center, Little Rock, The Green House Cottages of Homewood, Mena, CARTI Cancer Center, Russellville, ELITE Home Health and ELITE Hospice of Mena, Durable Medical Equipment and Supply of Mena, and Beasley-Wood Funeral Home for the many acts of kindness, and professional support provided during a time of great struggle and loss. God Bless.

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8-18-22 10:50 AM KAWX.ORG

David Wayne Allen Obituary

Heaven just gained the best paper airplane maker on the planet. David Wayne Allen, born June 5, 1934 passed away the evening of August 16, 2022.

David and his much-beloved sister Barbara spent most of their childhood in a home for boys and a home for girls. Despite being given up by both parents, he never stopped looking for his mother, for whom he always had a room. He graduated from Ducatur High School and attended the University of Maryland.

David met the love of his life, Esther Jean Snider. They were married May 4, 1956. Within a week he was drafted into the Army. He was stationed at Ft. Hood, Texas as well as Germany.

He was curious by nature and has a love of numbers and a gift of working out long algebraic and statistical equations in his head. He was also intrigued, and at times baffled, by technology.

David and Jean had three children, passing on a love of reading, a love of animals, and a love of coffee to all three of his offspring- none of whom inherited his excellent vision.

David’s faith was extremely important to him. Most recently he was a Sunday school teacher at First Freewill Baptist Church of Mena, where he was also a deacon. He felt honored to be of service.

David is predeceased by his much-beloved younger sister, Barbara Laguire of Michigan. He never quite recovered (emotionally) from losing his eldest daughter Susan Rene Loika to cancer and he was very much saddened by the loss of 2 granddaughters in Texas.

David is survived by his number one pal and wife, Esther Jean Allen of Mena; son, Steven Wayne Allen, also of Mena; daughter, Sharon Hunter of Texas, granddaughter, Lacora of Texas, granddaughter, Alexandria and Erika of Texas, Brady, Brittany, Michael, Marcus of Texas as well as granddaughter Kristen who travels frequently. In addition he is survived by numerous great-grandchildren and nieces plus all the neighborhood kids who might also refer to him as Dad.

David made paper airplanes for his children and grandchildren. They were the best. His family hopes he is eating the best cheeseburgers and vanilla bean milkshakes he has ever had.

Services for Mr. Allen will be held Monday, August 22, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. at the First Freewill Baptist Church in Mena, Arkansas. With Brother Donnie Jewell officiating under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Interment will follow at the Pinecrest Memorial Park, in Mena, Arkansas.

Pallbearers are Jerry Huff, Jose Hernandez, Kenneth Cossey, Mike Hoover, Gary Threlkeld.
Honorary pallbearers are Bob Turner, Bill Martin, and Ben Finley.

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8-17-22 3:20 PM KAWX.ORG

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