Gerald Dean Gilbert, 62, of Cameron, OK passed away Friday, November 29, 2013 at his home. He was born January 6, 1951 in Huntsville, AR the son of Melvin Junior and Ruby Ilene McChristian Gilbert.
He was preceded in death by his father, wife, Kathy LaVerne Gilbert and sister, Melva June Leichner.
Gerald Dean is survived by his mother, Ruby I. Gilbert of Hogeye, AR; daughter, Deann Gray and husband, Gary of Fayetteville; 2~grandchildren, Dylan Gray and Anne Eliot Gray both of Fayetteille, AR; 1~great-grandson, Aiden Gray of Fayetteville and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside Services will be at 10:00 AM Thursday at Mineral Springs Cemetery in West Fork with Rev. Glen Faulkner officiating.
Visitation will be from 5~7 PM Wednesday at Beard’s Funeral Chapel in Fayetteville.
Memorials may be made to Willard Walker Hospice Home in Fayetteville.
Janice Marie Tottey 84, of Combs passed away Saturday, November 30, 2013 at North Hills Lifecare and rehab. She was born on July 3, 1929 in Ithaca, New York to Albert Berich and Mildred Hunt Berich.
She Married George Tottey in San Antonio, Texas on July 30, 1949. She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband; son, John and son in law Alan. Survivors include five children, Kathy Thomasee and her husband Armand of Bolckow, MO, Chris Tottey of Pipestone, MN, Karen Ahlschlager of Marshall, MN, Steven Tottey and wife Tammy of Combs, AR and David Tottey of Combs, AR; two sisters, Barbara Gilpin and Beverly Farr; niece, Suzanne Smith; grandchildren, Stephan, James, Kathryn, Westly, Corrine, Audra, Travis and Kayla and several great grandchildren. The Family would like to give a special thanks for the care given to our mother by the staff at North Hills Lifecare and Rehab. A graveside service will be at 10 AM Tuesday, December 3, 2013. Burial will be at Combs Cemetery under the direction of Beard’s Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.beardsfuneralchapel.com.
Arrangements are Pending at this time. Burial will be at Mineral Springs Cemetery near West Fork.
John Edward Paszkiet 82, of Fayetteville after a long battle with Alzheimer’s passed away Thursday, November 28, 2013 at North Hills Lifecare and Rehab. He was born on October 14, 1931 in Chicago, Illinois to John Paszkiet and Eleanora Marszalek Paszkiet. He was a former president and member of Foothills of the Ozarks Antique Auto Club. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Walter Paszkiet. Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Marilyn Joanne Milligan Paszkiet; two sons, Mark Paszkiet and wife Sandra of Crystal Lake, Illinois and Jeffery Paszkiet of Hanover Park, Illinois; sister, Muriel Budzynski of Johnsburg, Illinois; brother, David Paszkiet of Johnsburg, Illinois; four grandchildren, Mark Jr., Brian, Joshua and Jocelyn and many other family members and friends. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 PM Sunday, December 1, 2013 at the funeral home. A funeral service will be 2 PM, Monday at Beard’s Funeral Chapel with Pastor Sam Judd officiating. Burial will be at Brashear’s Cemetery in Combs. In lieu of flowers the family would like memorials to be made to Washington Regional Hospice, P.O Box 356 Fayetteville, AR 72701, Alzheimer’s Association, alz.org/Arkansas 1-800-272-3900. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.beardsfuneralchapel.com.
Karen Lynn Guest of Fayetteville was born August 29, 1959 in Waukegan, Illinois. Karen embraced life with joy, humor and a love of life. She was caring, generous, and a true friend to all who knew her. She loved her family, friends, colleagues and made pets of any animals fortunate enough to find their way to her doorstep. She passed away Thursday, November 28, 2013 and is preceded in death by her grandparents, Ulas and Madge Burnett and Stanley and Bernice Keller. Survivors include her husband, David Guest of the Home; stepson, Andy Guest and wife Kaylee of Rogers ;parents, Morris Burnett and Pearl Keller Burnett of Bellevue, NE; sister, Lori Gigliotti and husband Anthony of Omaha, Nebraska; step grandchildren, Gracyn and David and several other family members and friends. A graveside service will be held Monday, December 2, 2013 at 10:00 AM with Father Les Farley officiating. Burial will be at Buckeye Cemetery in Hindsville under the direction of Beard’s Funeral Chapel. In Lieu of flowers please send donations to Ozark Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, PO Box 9462, Fayetteville, AR 72703 or visit www.komenozark.org. Karen loved deeply and was loved deeply by all of us who will miss her dearly. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.beardsfuneralchapel.com.
Harold Lehman Downing 86, of Elkins passed away Monday, November 25, 2013 at Washington Regional Medical Center. He was born on a cold, blustery day, December 14, 1926 in a Kansas farmhouse to Jerry Downing and Goldie Miller Downing. He graduated from Harmony Grove High School in Camden, Arkansas on May 11, 1945 and attended the University of Arkansas as Electrical Engineering major. His chosen career started out as a second generation electrical lineman, following his father, brothers and uncles by climbing poles and stringing electrical lines and wiring and designing power plants and military bases coast to coast, especially during the height of World War II. He became a Master Electrician traveling in a small travel trailer mostly through the Midwest after he married Irene September 11, 1947 to continue the career he started. He and his parents discovered the “old home place” in the Ozarks and when his children became school age, he, commuted to construction sites, traveled thousands of miles back to participate in the lives of his children. Harold and Irene were Washington County 4-Hleaders for over 30 years, avid Elkins School Booster Club and PTA Members. He coached sport teams and took trail rides with the kids. His life was centered around his wife and children. His recreation was his music. Harold was a very talented musician, capable of playing all stringed instruments, accompanied by his fine Irish tenor. He was a member and deacon of Sulphur City Baptist Church and served as choir leader for many years. He and Irene made weekly trips to nursing homes to sing to the residents for many years until he was unable to drive. Harold never met a stranger. He greeted everyone he met with a handshake and huge smile- usually with a tale to tell- or a song to sing. His love was his bride Irene. He spent the last 10 years of his life as a caretaker. He worshipped the ground she’s glided so gracefully on and his last concerns were for her wellbeing. In the family Bible, this statement was found, dated Wednesday night September 2, 1953. “If you can’t do something with what you have then it wouldn’t do you any good to have any more. Because if you had more to do something with you wouldn’t do any more with it” His Dream was to be a cowboy and not of the rhinestone variety. He lived his dream with his horses, cattle, his old weathered saddle, broken down boots and his favorite old cowboy hat that he never allowed to be replaced. He loved nature and respected our country’s environment as an EPA advocate. He sometimes wished he’d been born a hundred years earlier, in a much simpler time. He is preceded in death by his parents; step-mother who raised him, Blanche Antil Downing; three brothers, George, Frances and Charles Downing and his sister, Betsy Marie. He is survived by his beautiful bride of 67 years, Irene Combs Downing of the home, 2 daughters, Connie Downing Langley of Fayetteville, Cindy Downing Farmer of Elkins, 3 sons, Larry Downing of Elkins, Doyle Downing of Ft. Hood, TX. and Tim Downing of Elkins. 12 grandchildren, dozens of great grandchildren and a host of others he adopted and mentored as if they were his own. The family will celebrate his life from 12 to 2 PM at Sulphur City Baptist Church on December 3, 2013. A funeral service will follow at 2 PM with Pastor Dallas Auslam officiating. Burial will be at Walnut Grove Cemetery in Crosses under the direction of Beard’s Funeral Chapel. In lieu of flowers the family would like memorials to be made to Sulpher City Baptist Church, 17472 E Black Oak Rd, Fayetteville, AR 72701. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.beardsfuneralchapel.com.
Lawrence Elmo Samuel was born September 11, 1918 in Clifty, Arkansas to Charles and Ada Rodgers Samuel. He was married to Wilma Ruth Moren Samuel in 1946. He is survived by two daughters, Marlene Jeffus and finance Cary Haramoto of Fayetteville, AR and Lea Ann Kirby and husband, Jim of Rogers, AR, grandson, Scott Jeffus, wife, Shaunna and great-grandchildren, Alexa and Samuel of Bentonville, AR; granddaughter, Laura Zeitz, husband, Pete and great-granddaughter, Ellie of Colorado Springs, CO, and sister-in-law, Wilma Samuel of Fayetteville, AR.
Elmo was a veteran of World War II having served as a Staff Sergeant in charge of a mortar squad during the Battle of the Bulge, as well as serving in the Army of Occupation.
Elmo was associated with Coger Drug Store in Springdale as a practical pharmacist where he worked with his brother Clifford Samuel. Later he joined the United States Department of Agriculture as an inspector. Thirty years with the USDA were spent in Paris, Texas with the Campbell Soup Company.
He was an avid fisherman chasing bass, crappie and trout all his life. In spite of having lived through 17 presidents and six major wars or conflicts, his trademark was laughter and happiness rather than gloom. Elmo stayed connected in later years with his large group of friends at the Northwest Arkansas Mall where he held court during many birthdays cebebrations. He held the honorary title of Mall Mayor and was always ready to hand out his business card.
Elmo’s spirit of determination and desire to live life to the fullest will be missed but has set an example for many. A gathering of friends will be from 2~4 Sunday, November 24, 2013 at the funeral home. Graveside Services will be 10:00 AM Monday, November 25, 2013 at Clifty Cemetery in Clifty, Arkansas. Memorials may be made to Brookstone Assisted Living or animal shelter of choice. Many thanks to friends and caregivers at Brookstone Assisted Living.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Beard’s Funeral Chapel of Fayetteville, AR
John D. Roberts, Jr., 85 of Fayetteville passed away Monday, November 18, 2013 in Fayetteville. Born January 8, 1928 in Arvin, California the son of John D. Sr. and Virginia Wallace Roberts.
He served in the United States Army and retired from Northrop Grumman Company.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Roberts of the home; 1~son, Johnny Roberts of Buena Park, CA; 3~step-children, Bobbie Mosier and husband, Clifford of Fayetteville, Linda Rector and husband, Sherman of Connelly Springs, NC and Richard Ward of Fayetteville; 1~brother, Jack Roberts of Buena Park, CA; 7~grandchildren, Raymond Beer, Michael Thomas, Jeffrey Thomas, Michele Smith, Travis Ward, Amy Louton and Carl Mosier.
Graveside Memorial Services will be at 1:00 PM Friday, November 22, 2013 at the Fayetteville National Cemetery with Pastor Ronnie Bradshaw officiating.
Interment will be in the National Cemetery.
Online condolences to www.beardsfuneralchapel.com
Doris Jean Karlin, 61 of Bentonville passed away on Monday, November 18, 2013 at Mercy Hospital in Rogers after a long battle with cancer. She was born November 7, 1952 in Fayetteville, Arkansas to Haskell Gabbard and Lela Massie-Gabbard. She was raised in the Crosses Community in Madison County. At the age of 14, she accepted Christ. She worked for Tyson Food’s for 32 years making many many friends. She was preceded in death by her father. Survivors include her loving husband of 34 years, Les Karlin; mother, Lela Gabbard; step son, Paul Karlin; brother, Joe Gabbard and several other family members and friends. The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 AM Saturday, November 23, 2013 at Beard’s Funeral Chapel in Fayetteville, Arkansas. A funeral service will follow at 11 AM. Burial will be at Walnut Grove Cemetery at Crosses.
In Lieu of flowers please make donations to Ozark Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, PO Box 9462, Fayetteville, AR 72703 or visit www.komenozark.org.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.beardsfuneralchapel.com.
William C. Phipps, 72, of Bella Vista passed away Tuesday, November 12, 2013 in Rogers. He was born April 23, 1941 in Kansas City, Missouri the son of William H. and Frances Coon Phipps.
Mr. Phipps served in the United States Air Force; graduate of St Lawrence University, class of 1963; Life member of Military Officers of America. Bill was in the management of Business International for many years and was leader in their projects and seminars. He was well known in the company and in the International Business community.
Survivors include his wife, Geraldine Phipps of the home; son, William R. Phipps and wife, Stephanie of South Berwick, ME; daughter, Mary Katherine Calloway of Charleston, SC, grandchildren, Jack Allen Calloway of Charleston, SC, Isadora Phipps and Lydia Phipps both of South Berwick, ME; sister, Sally Bussian of Houston, TX; 1st cousin, Peggy Phipps Conlan of Marietta, GA.
Memorial Services will be at 2:00 PM Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at Beard’s Funeral Chapel.