Obituaries Archives for 2022-09

Betty Louise Beard Wagner Obituary

Betty Louise Beard Wagner, age 78, of Greenwood, Arkansas, passed away Wednesday, September 28, 2022, in Ft. Smith, Arkansas. She was born March 18, 1944, in Mena, Arkansas to the late, George Beard and Mildred Morris Beard. Mrs. Wagner was a proud democrat who hated Donald Trump.

She is survived by her son, Landon “Andy” Wagner of Greenwood, Arkansas; granddaughters, Ashley Keel of Hot Springs, Arkansas, Briana Elmore and husband D.J. of Mansfield, Arkansas; 7 great-grandchildren and one on the way; siblings, Linda Fryar and husband Darrell of Mena, Arkansas, Patricia Barrett of Mena, Arkansas; several nephews, nieces, and cousins; as well as a host of friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, George and Mildred Beard Ferguson; her beloved husband, Dewayne Wagner; sister, Ellen Ferguson Swycaffer; and by her brother, Steven Ferguson.

The family of Mrs. Betty Wagner wish to offer special thanks to Pink Bud Nursing and to the staff of Mercy Hospital.


Services for Mrs. Wagner will be held Monday, October 3, 2022, at 2:00 p.m., at Beasley-Wood Chapel in Mena, Arkansas. Brother Floyd Folsom will be officiating under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Lower Big Fork Cemetery in Opal, Arkansas. There will be a scheduled visitation held Monday, October 3, 2022, at 12:00 p.m., at Beasley-Wood Chapel.


Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com

 

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9-29-22 3:50 PM KAWX.ORG

Mariah "Piddles" Grace Edwards Obituary

Mariah "Piddles" Grace Edwards, 1 year 8 months old, of Mena, was lifted up to Heaven on Tuesday, September 27, 2022. She was born on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 to Cody and Kimberly Barrett Edwards in Mena, Arkansas.

Mariah was born happy and healthy as her family prayed for. Mariah was a beautiful light in the lives of all her family. She was so loving and was always excited to go outside and say hi to everyone. Mariah loved playing with her puppies, kitties and stuffed animals and singing along to her favorite Mickey Mouse, Bluey and Little Mermaid music. Mariah loved playing with her sisters. She loved being with everyone. Her family cherished her life as the brief gift that it was. Mariah Grace Edwards was our perfect baby. She will forever be our little best friend. One finger touch, one knucks or just her high fives with smiles. Always remember to smile and say Hi. Mariah was loved and cared for by her loving mother, father and sisters.

Mariah is survived by her parents, Cody and Kimberly Edwards of Mena; paternal grandparents, Tim and Charlene O'Flinn of Mena, and Leslie and Sharon Edwards of Mena; maternal grandparents, Russell and M'Charla Barrett of Kirby, Arkansas; paternal great grandparents, Charlotte Mayfield of Pine Ridge, and Elaine Edwards of Big Fork; maternal great grandmother, Patricia Barrett of Lodi, Arkansas; two sisters, Zoe Edwards of Mena, and Jolene Edwards of Mena; several aunts and uncles and cousins and a host of other relatives and friends.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, October 1, 2022 at 2:00 PM at the Pinecrest Memorial Park in Mena with Brother E.J. Tena officiating under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home. No visitation is planned.

 

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com

 

9-30-22 2:35 PM KAWX.ORG

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Alice Potter Obituary

Mrs. Alice Potter, 74, of Hatfield, passed away in DeQueen on, Thursday, September 29, 2022. She was born to William Edward Metcalf ad Alice Mildred English, on February 8, 1948, in Chula Vista, California. Alice was known for being the loving mother to everyone she met, her house was the house to be at growing up, because everyone was known to be over all the time. She was notorious for feeding the stray animals, but what she loved most was being a homemaker, and being there for her children. She loved to crochet in her free time, and she loved her cats.

Alice is survived by, one daughter, Melissa Matheson and husband Mike; two brothers, Willie and Johnny; two sisters, Doe, and Lillie; eleven grandchildren, Amanda, Stephen, Travis, Zachary, Sherissa, Sadie, Courtney, Bridget, Austin, Alexis, and Kenan; twelve great grandchildren, Brailey, Kyndal, Zayne, Avery, Bryce, Daxton, Dawson, River, Levi, Felicity, Liam, and Weston; along with several nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband, Gerald Potter, three sons, Steve, Tommy, and Junior; one daughter Cheryl; and one sister, Betty.

 

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9-29-22 3:45 PM KAWX.ORG

Faye Wiebe Obituary

Faye Wiebe, age 96, of Mena, died peacefully Saturday, September 24, 2022 at home surrounded by family. She was born on November 30, 1945 to Samuel Paul Hughes and Fronie Almer Hughes in Selma, California.

 

Faye was a strong person, who was always dedicated to her family. She was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. Faye had a full life with her husband for 69 years, David, and she really enjoyed all the traveling they did to visit friends and family all over the world. She excelled at cooking and her lemon meringue pie was a special favorite of her family.

 

She is preceded in death by her parents, Samuel and Fronie Hughes; her loving husband David Wiebe; and two sons, Darren Wiebe and John Paul Wiebe.

 

Faye is survived by four children, David Farrell Wiebe and wife, Ruth of Mena, George Wiebe and wife, Mirella of Apopka, Florida, Joan Walker and husband, Greg of Lake Havas City, Arizona; grandchildren, Laura Anaya, David Wiebe, John Travers, Twyla Aasheim, Jeremey Wiebe, Rebekah Asaki, Jennica Showalter, Jake Walker; step grandchildren, James Hoover and Jessalyn Hoover; great grandchildren, Brandon Anaya, Logan Anaya, Savanah Anaya, James Asaki, Julianna Showalter, Owen Aasheim, Selje Aasheim, Tait Travers, Chase Travers and Blake Travers; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

 

A private family memorial will be held in California at a later date.

 

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

 

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com

 

9-26-22 4:30 PM KAWX.ORG

Adam Emerson Obituary

Adam Doughten Emerson, age 44, passed away on Thursday, September 22, 2022 in Mena, Arkansas. He was born on September 24, 1977 to Sam and Nancy Emerson in Mena, Arkansas.

 

Adam really loved music and was a talented guitar player. He was a hard worker and very intelligent, and had a charming personality. He enjoyed time with friends and his children. Adam liked to write and draw, and had a real talent for pencil drawings.

 

He was very outgoing, and had a great sense of humor and a tender heart. Adam was a loving husband, son, father, brother, uncle and friend and will be missed by all who knew him.

 

He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Sam and Mary Emerson and Gene and Reva Sanders. Adam is survived by his wife of 19 years and mother of his children, Emily Emerson of Mena; his daughter, Hailey Renee Emerson of Mena; his son, Alexander James Emerson of Mena; his father, Sam Emerson and wife, Sue of Fayetteville; his mother, Nancy Emerson of Mena; his sister, Marla Milligan; several aunts, uncles and cousins and a host of other relatives and friends.

 

A private memorial will be held at a later date.

 

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

 

Online guestbook: www.bowserffh.com

 

9-28-22 4:20 PM KAWX.ORG

Lorene Lois Williams Obituary

Mrs. Lorene Lois Williams, age 95, passed away Friday, September 23, 2022, in Poteau, Oklahoma. She was born April 1, 1927, at her family home in Honobia, Oklahoma, to the late King Martin and Martha H. (Akins) Mowdy.

Mrs. Williams was a church secretary by profession; however, she was also the first female bus driver for Smithville Public Schools. She loved the outdoors and enjoyed camping, 4- wheeling, she was a known animal lover, and an avid OU fan. She was a very devoted Christian. On November 9, 1945, she married the love of her life, Melvin Williams. She loved her children and was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

Mrs. Williams is survived by her sons, Gene Williams and wife Treasa, Keith Williams and wife Cathy, Monty Williams and wife Bevona; daughters, Glenda Brown and husband David, Kathy Scarberry; grandchildren, Lisa Mourton, Patricia Hopper, Julie Fuller, Janet Barnes, Glendon Williams, Amber Henry, Aaron Williams, Joshua Williams; 18 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren with 2 on the way; sister, Connie Williams and husband LeeRoy; as well as numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of other family and friends.

Services for Mrs. Lorene Williams will be held at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 27, 2022, at the Smithville Assembly of God Church, in Smithville, Oklahoma. Her son, Keith Williams will be officiating, under the direction of Beasley-Wood Funeral Home. Interment will follow at the Ludlow Cemetery in Honobia, Oklahoma. There will be a visitation held Monday, September 26, 2022, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at Beasley-Wood Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

Pallbearers are Glendon Williams, Aaron Williams, Joshua Williams, Stan Mourton, Keith Fuller
Honorary Pallbearers are beloved great-grandchildren.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com

 

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9-26-22 10:45 PM KAWX.ORG

Lanora Fay Aulds Obituary

Mrs. Lanora Fay Aulds, age 78, passed away Wednesday, September 21, 2022, in Dequeen, Arkansas. She was born August 22, 1944, in Conroe, Texas, to the late James Frances Curtin Sr. and Alphia Mae Kester.

Mrs. Aulds was a homemaker by profession, she enjoyed gardening and crocheting, but above all else she loved her family and the lord.

Mrs. Lanora is survived by her sons, James E. Ewing, Henry William Ewing, Darrell Ewing; daughters, Frances M. Slawinski, Linda Lamoreaux, Cheryl A. Ward; grandchildren, Naomi Sanders, Jacob Ewing, Lydia Ewing, Willy Ewing, Isaac Chambers, Brittany Chambers, Nathan Chambers, Brandon Ward, Jordan Ward, Justin Ewing, and Jeannette Kyle; 18 great-grandchildren; sister, Mattie Dean; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, friends and other family. She is preceded in death by her parents, James Frances Curtin Sr. and Alphia Mae Kester; her beloved husband, Powell Aulds; brother, James Curtis; and by her sister, Alphia Curtis.

There are no services planned at this time. Cremation services are entrusted to the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com

 

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9-22-22 5:40 PM KAWX.ORG

Charles Dees Obituary

Charles “Larry” Dees, age 73, died on August 30, at his home in Cove, Arkansas. Larry was born on Tuesday, August 1, 1949, to George Larry Dees and Geraldine (Kannady) Dees in Belle Glade, Florida. In 1959 the family moved back to Cove, Arkansas making it home.

 

Larry was a loving father, brother, grandpa, great grandpa, uncle and friend and will be missed by all who knew him. Larry served his country in the Army National Guard. Larry was an over the road truck driver until he retired. His CB handle was “Little Man”. In retirement Larry enjoyed fishing and camping on the river.

 

Larry is preceded in death by his parents, George Larry Dees and Geraldine (Kannady) Dees; and his brother, Roy Dees .

 

Larry is survived by three sons and daughter in law, Shawn and Stephanie Dees of Coweta, OK, Justin Dees of Mena, AR and Cody Dees of Mena, AR; grandchildren, Steven Dees and wife Mackenzie of Coweta, OK; Ryan Dees and wife Taylor of Coweta, OK; Maddie Dees of Mena, AR and Abbie Dees of Mena, AR; great grandchildren, Oakley Dees and Lola Dees both of Coweta, OK; one sister, Gerry Baker and husband Bobby of Ore City, TX; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

 

No services are planned at this time. Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas. A headstone will be placed in Larry’s memory at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Cove, AR.

 

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com

 

9-21-22 4:30 PM KAWX.ORG

Bobby Tedder Obituary

Bobby Gene Tedder, age 80, died on Friday, September 16, 2022, at the Mena Regional Health System in Mena, Arkansas. Bob was born on Tuesday, March 17, 1942, to Elmo and DeLean Hobson Tedder in Mountain Pine, Arkansas.

 

Bob was a man full of personality and always had a good story to tell. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Mena where he had made many friends. He served proudly in the United States Army abroad working with radar technology. Bob worked in the animal physiology department at University of California at Davis for many years and really enjoyed working in education. He liked to play cards and pinnacle with friends and was a great conversationalist. Bob was a loving brother, uncle and friend and will be missed by all who knew him.

 

Bob is preceded in death by his parents; and his uncle Gene Hobson.

 

Bob is survived by his sister, Helen Fairchild; his Aunt Bennie Hobson and many in the Hobson family; great nephew, Race Hobson; and good friend, Mary Dixon; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

 

Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, September 20, 2022, at 3:00 P.M. at the County Line Cemetery in Nashville, Arkansas with Pastor Bill Seitz officiating under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

 

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com

9-19-22 4:00 PM KAWX.ORG

Loyed Wayne Faught Obituary

 
Loyed Wayne "Curly" Faught was born in Hope Arkansas February 19, 1933 to Loyed Newman and Bedah Faught. 
He went to his heavenly home September 12, 2022.
 
He was married to the love of his life Lorena for 52 years.
 
Loyed was a Navy veteran serving on the USS TELFAIR (APA-210) and was stationed in San Diego California where he met Lorena.
 
He was a master auto mechanic and was employed as a diesel mechanic with P.I.E. trucking company from the time he was discharged from the Navy through his retirement.
 
Loyed and his wife along with many of their friends  were members of the American Motorcycle Association and enjoyed the many "Runs and Rallies" they attended on their Harley.
 
He  loved fishing and camping and traveling with his family in his motorhome to visit family and friends all across the country. 
 
He had a passion for gardening and was a bee keeper.
 
He loved country and especially Bluegrass Music attending festivals in many states. 
 
Loyed was a founding member and was instrumental in the construction of Jojoba Hills S.K.P. Resort in Jojoba Hills California. 
 
Loyed was preceded in death by his wife, parents, three sisters and  one brother. 
 
He is survived by two sons, Bruce Faught and wife Janet of Mena Arkansas, Arlon Faught and wife Tammi of Mena Arkansas, one daughter, Sheila Sorge and husband Tom of West Covina California, ten grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Along with two brothers, Dan Faught of Comanche Oklahoma, Allen Faught of Deer Park Texas, and two sisters, Tiney Holder and Flora Burns both of Mena Arkansas.
 
A celebration of life will be held at Jojoba Hills S.K.P Resort in Jojoba Hills California, October 8th 
 
A celebration of life will also be held in Mena Arkansas at a date yet to be determined. 
 

9-19-22 8:16 AM KAWX.ORG

 

Birtha LaVonda Rogers Obituary

Birtha LaVonda Rogers, age 74, of Texarkana, Arkansas went home to be with her Lord and Savior Thursday, September 15, 2022, at her residence surrounded by her family.


Mrs. Rogers was born January 19, 1948, in Big Fork, Arkansas. She was a retired cosmetologist and a Christian. She attended the Primitive Baptist Church in Mena, Arkansas and was a member of Primative Baptist Church in Maud, Texas, until the church closed. Mrs. Rogers enjoyed relaxing and camping at the lake. She loved planting and growing flowers. She always took pride in the beauty of the flowers she grew. As much as she loved her flowers, she loved her family even more. Her family was very important to her, and she truly loved spending time with them. Shopping with her granddaughters was one of her favorite things to do. She was a beautiful, kind, and loving person who always enjoyed sharing her kindness with others.

 

Mrs. Rogers is preceded in death by her parents, Lloyd and Bedah Faught; two sisters, Geneva Simpson, Juanita Brawley and two brothers, Paul Faught, and Lloyd Faught.


She is survived by her loving husband of fifty-four years, Roy Rogers; two sons and daughter-in-law, Tracy Rogers and his wife Crystal, Tony Rogers; two grandchildren, Gracyn Rogers, Presley Rogers; two sisters, Tinnie Holder, Flora Burns; two brothers, Dan Faught, Allen Faught; one brother in-law, Jimmy Abbott, numerous nieces and nephews, and a host of other friends and relatives.


Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Monday, September 19, 2022, at Beasley Wood Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas with Pastor Dana Keirsey officiating. Burial will be in Six Mile Cemetery in Hatfield, Arkansas under the direction of Texarkana Funeral Home, Arkansas.


The family will receive friends at Texarkana Funeral Home, Arkansas Chapel, 4801 Parkway Dr. Texarkana, Arkansas, Sunday, September 18, 2022, from 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM.


Register online at www.texarkanafuneralhome.com.

 

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9-16-22 3:45 PM KAWX.ORG

Gerald Joseph Boudreaux Obituary

Gerald Joseph Boudreaux, a resident of Mena, Arkansas, earned his heavenly wings on Saturday, September 10, 2022.
Gerald was born in Houma, Louisiana on September 2, 1937. He joined the United States Navy in 1957 and served following the Korean Conflict. He retired from ExxonMobil and Orion Refineries. He enjoyed LSU sports and worked with the stat crew until 1992, providing play-by-play information for LSU basketball. He also managed distribution of statistics in the LSU football press box. Gerald was a Christian and was blessed with an incredible memory which enabled him to aptly quote and discuss biblical scripture. He was a member of The Crossing Church.


Gerald is survived by his sons, Glenn Boudreaux (Lisa), Mike Boudreaux (Penny), and Gerry Boudreaux (Darla), and his grandchildren: Jason (Stephanie), Jordan (Evan) , Jacques, (Sarah), Jean, Monique (Valdemir), Madison, Anna, and Ella; great grandchildren Louis, Jack, Lenny Nevaeh, Patience, and Alex.


He is proceeded in death by his parents, Murphy and Emily (Henry) Boudreaux, his brother Dale Boudreaux, his son Dennis Boudreaux, his beloved wife Sharon Boudreaux, his former wife Janell Cunningham Boudreaux, and his stepson David Wilcox.
Memorial service will be held at 3:00 pm on Saturday, September 24, 2022, at Beasley Wood Funeral Home Chapel, with the interment to follow at Pinecrest Memorial Park.


The Boudreaux family wishes to extend gratitude for his pastor, Victor Rowell, Dr. Heinemann and the nursing/hospital staff at CHI St. Vincent, as well as the staff of Peachtree Assisted-Living facility.

 

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9-14-22 12:50 PM KAWX.ORG

 

Sharon Mitchell Obituary

Sharon Mitchell, age 64, of Hatfield, Arkansas, passed away, Tuesday, August 30, 2022. She was born on Tuesday, March 4, 1958 to Curtis Mitchell and Clara Richardson in Dallas, Texas.

 

Sharon was very down to earth and always spoke her mind. She was a very hard worker, and took pride in a job well done. Sharon had a sweet side, and loved the people close to her very much. She loved to ride motorcycles with Dale. Sharon was a loving wife, sister, aunt and friend and will be missed by all who knew her.

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She is preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers, Roger Dale Mitchell and Ricky Mitchell.

 

Sharon is survived by her loving husband, Dale Stokes; four brothers, Ronnie Mitchell, Robert Mitchell, Rusty Mitchell, and Randy Mitchell; one sister, Sheila Phillips; many nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.

 

A celebration of life will be held at her home on Sunday, September 18, 2022 at 2:00 PM at 170 Heritage Lane, Hatfield, Arkansas. Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

 

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com

 

9-12-22 4:25 PM KAWX.ORG

Franklin Lee Graves Obituary

Franklin Lee Graves, age 86, died on Sunday, September 11, 2022, at Baptist Health Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas. Franklin was born on Sunday, April 19, 1936, to Leon Franklin Graves and Ollie (Wallace) Graves in Monticello, Mississippi.

 

Frank loved his children and grandchildren and treasured his friendships. He was married to the love of his life, Patsy for 64 years. Franklin served in the National Guard in Mississippi. He made his living as an auto parts store owner for NAPA. Frank loved to tinker and fix things. If it was broken, you could bet he would be able to repair it. Frank loved being a pilot and being able to fly. He had a passion for working on race cars for family and friends. He enjoyed listening to classical oldies and being outdoors. Frank was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend and will be missed by all who knew him.

 

Franklin is preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Christine Stanley and Ollena Chesek.

 

Frank is survived by his wife Patsy Graves of Mena, Arkansas; two sons and daughter in laws, Charles Graves and wife Lisa of Zachary, Louisiana and Glenn Graves and wife Robin of Denham Springs, Louisiana; four grandchildren, Chad Graves and wife Erin of Zachary, Louisiana, Chris Graves and wife Kristen of Denham Springs, Louisiana, Nicholas Graves of Denham Springs, Louisiana, Jennifer Graves of Zachary, Louisiana and Nicole Howell and husband Kody of Watson, Louisiana; four great grandchildren, Timmy Graves of Zachary, Louisiana, Joey Graves of Zachary, Louisiana, Connor Graves of Denham Springs, Louisiana, and Allana Graves of Denham Springs, Louisiana ; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

 

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, September 15, 2022, at 10:00 A.M. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena, Arkansas.

 

Interment will follow at Pinecrest Memorial Park in Mena. Visitation will be Wednesday, September 14, 2022, from 5-7 P.M. at Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena, Arkansas. Arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

 

9-12-22 4:37 PM KAWX.ORG

Deborah Renee Fields Obituary

Deborah Renee Fields, age 60, of Mena, Arkansas, passed away Friday, September 9, 2022, at her home.

Deborah was born December 18, 1961, to John Clyde Hudgins, Jr. and Myrah Elvada Whitley Hudgins. She was united in marriage on March 4, 2000, to the love of her life, Phillip Gene Fields. Deborah’s passion for education and historical research propelled her to earn a bachelor’s degree in history. She was a farmer who enjoyed growing plants and raising animals. She loved animals, both alive and in the pan. Sewing, cooking, and traveling were a few of her favorite hobbies. Deborah loved her husband, and above all, she loved the Lord and studying the word of God. She was greatly loved by her family and will be dearly missed.

She is preceded in death by her parents, John Clyde Hudgins, Jr. and Myrah Elvada Whitley Hudgins; step-father, Clarence (Toad) Thomasson; her father-in-law, Doyle Ray Fields and mother-in-law, Lucille Fields.

 

Her children include a son; daughter, Jacquelyne Smith; step-daughter, Coreen Laughter; and 14 grandchildren; sisters, Sandra King and husband Robert of Mt. Vernon, Texas, Linda Hudgins of Paris, Texas, Pat Shelley of Pine Bluff, North Carolina; and a host of family and friends.

A memorial service will be held Tuesday, September 13, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. at The Crossing in Mena, Arkansas, with Brother Victor Rowell officiating. Cremation services are entrusted to the Beasley-Wood Funeral Home.

 

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9-12-22 3:45 PM KAWX.ORG

Inez Thomas Jones Obituary

Inez Thomas Jones, age 85, of Mena, died on September 7, 2022, at the Pleasant Hill Senior Care of Benton, AR. She was born on Wednesday, June 23, 1937, to Clyde and Artie Baker Thomas in Gillham, Arkansas.

 

Inez was a devoted wife, loving mother, loyal friend, and dedicated disciple of Jesus Christ. She raised her children to love the Lord and always strove to put Him first in her life. Inez graduated from Henderson State Teachers College with a master's degree. She was a teacher for several years and enjoyed her students. She was involved in her local church, no matter where she lived and was a Sunday School teacher for many years. Inez enjoyed traveling; seeing much of the world during her lifetime, but her Lord and her family were most important to her. No mother loved her family more than Inez. She had a kind and loving heart that will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her. She is preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband of 64 years, Max Jones, and one brother, Jerry Thomas. Inez is survived by her son, Jeff Jones of Prosper, Texas; her daughter, Julie Jones of Bryant, Arkansas; her sister, Elizabeth Bunce of Boone, North Carolina; her grandchildren, Steven Jones, Nathan Jones, Aspen Trevino, Emily Jones, and Corrie Jones; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

 

Funeral services will begin on September 17, 2022, at 1:00 PM at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena, Arkansas, with Pastor Bobby Blasingame officiating. Interment will follow immediately after services in the Pinecrest Memorial Park in Mena, Arkansas. Visitation will be 2 hours before the service at the funeral home chapel. Arrangements are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

 

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation be made to the Alzheimer's Association at act.alz.org.

 

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com 

 

9-12-22 11:40 PM KAWX.ORG

Glenn William "BUTCH" Cecil II Obituary

Glenn William "BUTCH" Cecil II was born on October 20, 1955 to Glenn and Kathy Cecil in Pine Bluff Arkansas. He went to his heavenly home on Sunday, September 4, 2022.

 

There will be a memorial to celebrate his life at a later date at the Mena Elks Lodge #781.

 

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.

 

9-6-22 1:21 PM KAWX.ORG

 

 

Wilma Lee Smallwood Obituary

Wilma Lee Smallwood, age 71, of Hatfield, Arkansas, passed away from this life on Sunday, September 4, 2022 at the Mena Regional Health System in Mena, Arkansas. She was born on January 26, 1951 to William Henry Smith and Nancy Lee Smith in Mena, Arkansas.

 

Wilma was very easy going and was always nice to anyone she met. She had a generous heart and always helped anyone that she could. Wilma enjoyed fishing and was a very good cook. She worked for many years cooking in various restaurants in the area. Wilma enjoyed old county music and a simple country life.

 

Wilma was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt and friend and will be missed by all who knew her.

 

She is preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Luther Bean; and one sister, Francis Cox.

 

Wilma is survived by her loving husband of 35 years, Bobby Gene Smallwood of Hatfield; four sons and daughters in law, Billy and Cindi Cox of Bentonville, John and Ellie Cox of Hiwasse, Charles Cox of Mena, and Clayton and Elizabeth Cox of Waldron; three daughters, Lori Allen of Mena, Amanda Smallwood of Hatfield, and Jennifer Smallwood of Hatfield; one sister and brother in law, Mary and Leo Cox of Fayetteville; fifteen grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; several nephews and nieces and a host of other relatives and friends.

 

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, September 13, 2022 at 10:00 AM at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena, Arkansas.

 

Interment will follow at the Corinth Cemetery in Mena, Arkansas under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

 

Visitation will be general, from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM on Friday, September 9, 2022 and Monday, September 12, 2022 at the Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena.

 

Online Guestbook: www.bowserffh.com.

 

9-6-22 1:02 PM KAWX.ORG

Sybil Ruth Meador Jones Obituary

Former First Lady of Wickes, Sybil Ruth Meador Jones, passed onward Sunday, August 21, 2022 in her home in Polk County. Sybil was born at home on March 7, 1939 in the Shiloh Community which itself was started along the banks of the Cossatot River on land given by her grandparents Joel and LeeAnna Myers. She and her 10 siblings were raised by her mother Delta Louise Myers Meador in the Wickes community. She has rejoined many of them in the hereafter: Delta, George known as G.W., Bud, Gerald, Geraldine, Joyce, and Pierre while leaving behind brothers Harry Gene, Parker, and Bill. She was also preceded in death by her husband and former Wickes Mayor, Kenneth Jones.

Sybil raised five children. She noted proudly that she sent a child to Wickes School for 37 years. She is the mother of John Wilson and wife Nancy, Mike Wilson and wife Gayle, Mark Wilson and wife Shannon, James ‘Jamebo’ Wilson and wife Brenda, and Samantha Wilson and her partner Paul. Nanny Sybil also leaves her legacy to grandchildren Jo Lee, Emily, Nathan, Josiah, Destiny, Logan, Garet, Laura, Allison, Eliza, Adeline, Aiden, Owen, John Cedar and great-grandchildren Talaysia, Aurora, Jada, Zane, Jael, Chloe, Talon, and Meredith.

Throughout her decades, Sybil was an outspoken supporter of many local causes and was active politically throughout her life. She openly welcomed so many to her family and community as part of her mission on this earth to move Arkansas’ from a bigoted and segregated area to a more tolerant state. Sybil went out of her way to welcome newcomers to her family and community, even taking a Spanish class when Wickes’ first Spanish speakers arrived. Sybil’s last wishes were to march in a PRIDE parade. She truly loved her neighbors across any political divides or differences and would hug any and everyone with a heavy pound on the back. Although she could be a cranky, stubborn changemaker in her later years, her legacy to us is that she truly embraced and taught us the teachings of Jesus through her actions and love for others.

Sybil was a comedian and writer. For many years, she wrote “Words of Wickes” for an online readership about her “weather rock” and other musings about her beloved hometown. Sybil loved laughing and a good joke above all. She bragged that she had outlived many doctors who told her to lose weight and quit smoking.

We will all remember her laughter and love. We will all remain blessed by knowing her.

Internment services will be held at Daniel Cemetery at 1:00 on Saturday, September 10, 2022. Also, please join family and friends for a potluck of stories and food to be held after services at the Wickes Community Center on Hwy 71. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to one of Sybil’s favorite causes: Cossatot Senior Center or the Arkansas Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com.

 

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9-6-22 11:39 AM KAWX.ORG

Gordon Cannon Jr., Obituary

Gordon Cannon, Jr. of Mena, Arkansas passed away on Thursday, September 1, 2022 in Mena, Arkansas. He was born on Sunday, November 10, 1946 to Gordon Cannon Sr. and Lenoa Eve Kline in Mena, Arkansas.

 

Gordon served in Vietnam during the Tet Offensive. After Vietnam he married Patricia Boehler having one Daughter Bridgett and step Daughter Fonda Miller (husband Jeff). Gordon went on to obtain his electrician license, heating and air license and votech in De Queen, AR. Gordon built CB radios and antennas for friends and customers all over the world (literally out of the United States).

 

Gordon loved life and was a simple man who had a small circle. He stayed in contact with close friends Billy Chandler and Donna Hankins. His daughter Bridgett was his rock.. raising her from age 4 yrs old they went through and enjoyed many years of life together. Gordon loved his family having always missed his parents, sister Ruby and brother Ray. Gordon read his Bible from front to back many times and was a believer of the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Gordon suffered from PTSD from 1970 on before the Dr’s knew what PTSD was. He was a believer in therapy.

 

He is preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Lawrence Ray Cannon; and one sister, Ruby Cannon Peters.

 

He is survived by his daughter, Bridgett Kesterson of Mena; two sons in Oklahoma; two grandchildren, Michael Kesterson of Oklahoma and Steven Kesterson of Mena; seven great grandchildren, Austin, Aiden, Jacie, Ethan, Brooklyn, Marly, and Judson; several nephews and nieces, Lauri and Bob Dunn of Mena, Christie and Scott Lyles of Cove, Melton Cannon of Mena, and Darren Cannon of Mena; special lifelong friends, Donna Martin Hankins and husband; and a host of other relatives and friends.

 

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

 

9-2-22 3:21 PM KAWX.ORG

Bennie Maurice Wagner Obituary

Bennie Maurice Wagner, 80 years of age, passed away on Wednesday August 31, 2022. At the VA Medical Center in Little Rock, AR. The son of Earnest and Lizzie Davis Wagner, Bennie was born on May 7, 1942, in Mena, AR.

Bennie served two years in the U.S. Army. He spent his life restoring classic cars. He loved to fish and spend time with his family and friends. Bennie also loved the Dallas Cowboys, Razorbacks, and old westerns. He will be dearly missed by everyone who knew him.

He is survived by his wife Janice Wagner; son, Chad Wagner and wife Ronda; daughter, Tonia Wagner; grandchildren, Brennon Ayers, and Grace Earnheart; brother, Willie Wagner and wife Barbara of Shawnee, Kansas; and several nieces and nephews.

Bennie was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter, Carli Wagner; sister, Faye Wagner; and brothers, Olen Wagner and Orville Wagner.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 pm, Saturday, September 3, 2022, at Beasley Wood Funeral Chapel with Brother Victor Rowell and Ronnie Wagner officiating. Interment will follow at Pinecrest Memorial Park in Mena under the direction of Beasley Wood Funeral Home.

Visitation will be Friday, September 2, 2022, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Pallbearers will be Ronnie Wagner, Mike Wagner, Vince Redman, Danny Henry, Cameron Wagner, and Jon Paul McMellon.

Online obituary at www.beasleywoodfuneralhome.com.
 
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9-1-22 7:38 PM KAWX.ORG

 

 

Brayden Autry Obituary

Brayden W. Autry, a native of Aubrey, Tx, passed away on 8/23/2022 in Mena, Arkansas at the young age of 19. Brayden was born in Plano, Tx on 8/18/2003. He graduated from Braswell High School in 2021, and continued on to the University of Arkansas at Rich Mountain where he was focusing on an Accounting degree and pursuing his love for soccer. Brayden was a very gifted student and athlete. He excelled on and off the field, maintaining a 3.78 GPA, 2021-2022 NJCAA Academic All American Third Team and an incredible defender. He spent a lot of his time preparing for his future, and just as much living in the moment with his playful spirit. He was driven and devoted to fulfilling his dreams. When Brayden wasn't training for soccer or studying, he enjoyed being surrounded by his loved ones. Brayden's love for food, fishing, soccer, and his truck always created memories that will forever fill our hearts.

 

Brayden is survived by his loving parents Wayne and Stephanie Autry, Melissa Bonner, sibling Alexis, Aiden, and Logan, grandparents Les and Amy Autry, and Tammy Burton, aunts and uncles Carol and Shirley Autry, Catherine and Mike Sines, Will and Kelly Autry, Stan and Liz Burton, Shawn and Brooke Burton, Nikki Burton,and Natalie and Jamie Santasiero as well as cousins Mj, Hadley, Taylor, Tami, Faith, Tristen, Trinity, Gracie, Jayme, Samuel, and Braxton in addition to endless friends and teammates whom all have become family.

 

Brayden's life has marked our souls with pride and inspiration that we will carry with us throughout our lives in his memory and honor. #BWA25 #BuckStrong25

 

9/1/22 3:40 PM KAWX.ORG