Todd Berry Graham, 87 of Fayetteville passed away Tuesday, April 9, 2013 in Fayetteville. He was born November 26, 1925 in Springdale the son of Bruce and Irma Todd Graham.
He retired from the United States Postal Service and also served in the United States Navy during World War II station in the Mariana Islands; was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Fayetteville.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Bayley Graham and daughter, Diana Stout.
Survivors include his son, John Graham and wife Gina of Fayetteville; 1~brother, Bob Graham of Pico Rivera, CA; 4~granddaughters, Shannon Stout, Lori Bruegger, Ashley Graham and Allison Graham; 3~great-grandchildren.
Funeral Services will be 2:00 P.M. Friday at Beard’s Funeral Chapel with Rev. Phil Misenheimer officiating. Burial will be in Friendship Cemetery in Springdale.
Visitation will be from 5~7 PM Thursday at the funeral home.
Ralph E. Phelps, Jr., 69 of Fayetteville passed on to be with the angels on March 25, 2013 in Fayetteville. He was born March 31, 1943 in Tulsa, Oklahoma to Ralph Edward and Betty Stitt Phelps.
Survived by his wife of 31 years, Judy A. Phelps of the home; his mother, Betty Phelps and his daughter, Tammie Phelps of Fayetteville; his sisters, Madeline Baskin and husband, Joe of Chambersburg, PA and Kathleen Potts and husband, Charles W. of Scottsdale, AZ; 3 nieces and 2 nephews; 3-sons and 1-adopted son and 1-step-grandson of Fayetteville.
A family gathering will be from 5~7 PM Thursday at Beard’s Funeral Chapel and service at 10:00 AM Friday, March 29, 2013 at the funeral home.
William Howard Sewell, 92, of Fayetteville passed away Sunday, March 17, 2013. He was born April 26, 1920 in Kim, Colorado the son of Riley and May Lynch Sewell.
He served in the United States Army during World War II and retired from Campbell Soup.
Preceded in death by his wife, Audrey Sewell.
Survived by his daughter, Sharon Sewell and several cousins.
Visitation only will be from 1~2 PM Wednesday at Beard’s Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in the Cobaugh Cemetery near Hindsville.
Jean Katherine Spies Crone passed away Wednesday, March 15th 2003 after a graceful life at the age of 89. She was born January 25, 1924, in Fort Worth, Texas, to Edna and Chester Boeck Spies of Creston, Iowa, and Winslow, Arkansas. Jean attended the University of Arkansas where she was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. She met her future husband, Richard D. Crone, MD, when she transferred to the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Widowed at the age of 38, Jean enrolled in the University of Georgia where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a fine arts degree. During that time, one of her student art pieces was exhibited at the Smithsonian. She returned to her childhood home in Winslow in 1978 after her son had restored the original homestead, thereafter building a beautiful passive solar residence of her own design. Her active life was one of volunteerism and true giving, whether it was her family, her church, Our Lady of the Ozarks, or organizations including the Winslow Public Library, the Ozarks Crafts Guild, the Ozark Society, the Native Plant Society, Friends of Devils Den and Friends of Lake Wedington. An accomplished conservator, she devoted skilled restorations and maintenance to the last two organizations, where her father had been employed by the CCC and WPA as a construction foreman during the Great Depression. She is survived by her sister Mary Elizabeth Droste of San Antonio, Texas, and two nephews, Bruce Droste and Peter Droste; her three children, John V. Crone of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Anne Saxon Hersh of New York City and Fleischmanns, New York; and Katherine Jean Christie of San Francisco, California; three grandsons, Chris, Ben, and Jon Crone; and four great grandchildren, Izabel, Kolson, Beckham, and Lily Crone.
Helen M. King age 96, of Desha, AR passed away Thursday, March 14, 2013 in Batesville.
She was born March 2, 1917 in Fayetteville the daughter of Odus and Essa Clark Brooks.
She was a homemaker and of the Methodist Faith.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe L. King.
Survivors include daughter, Betty Carole Simmons and husband, Bob of Desha, AR; 1~granddaughter, Tracy McFerran of Desha, AR; 2~sisters, Betty Riley of North Canton, Ohio and Veta Boatright of Fayetteville, AR.
Funeral Services will be 11:00 AM Saturday, March 16, 2013 at Beard’s Funeral Chapel with
Rev. Ray Baggett officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Memorial Gardens.
Online condolences: www.beardsfuneralchapel.com
Harold Dean Shepherd, 66, of Crosses passed away Thursday, March 7, 2013 at Baptist Health in Little Rock. He was born October 10, 1946 in Fayetteville the son of Delbert “Bug” and Velma Shackelford Shepherd.
Dean was a member of Crosses Community Church. As a young man, he worked in the aircraft business in Wichita, KS. For many years he was in the trucking business, using, “Hot Dog” as his radio handle, delivered feed for Tyson, drove for Delp, Taylor Brothers, Jones and then became owner and operator, driving “Blue Bertha” and then “Big Red”
He was preceded in death by his father; a daughter, Marcie Ann Shepherd.
Dean is survived by his wife of twenty-six years, Marilynne Shepherd of the home; previous wife, Pam Hankins; three sons, Marty Dean Shepherd and wife, Melissa of Crosses, Mikel Dee Shepherd of Crosses and Cody Dean Shepherd of Health; three daughters, Nicole Pryor of Klamath Falls, OR, Kimberly Pryor of Fayetteville and Jennifer Shepherd of Fayetteville; his mother, Velma Shepherd of Springdale; Two sisters, Reda Hollingsworth of Springdale, Patsy Shepherd of Clearwater, KS; Six grandchildren, the joy of his life, Molly Shepherd, Kaden Olmstead, Matthew Shepherd, Jenavieve Pryor, Audrey Pryor and Madison Shepherd.
Funeral Services will be at 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at Crosses Community Church with Rev. Rex Eaton officiating. Burial will be in Brannon Mountain Cemetery.
Visitation will be Tuesday, March 12, 2013 from 5~7 PM at Beard’s Funeral Chapel.
Lloyd Shackelford, 86, of Fayetteville passed away Sunday, March 3, 2013 in Springdale. He was born January 27, 1927 in Brentwood the son of Mort and Nettie Hayre Shackelford. He was a member of the Pentecostal Faith, served in the United States Army during World War II, worked for the University of Arkansas, owned and operated Shackelford’s Garage, worked for Bruce Terminix.
Preceded in death by his parents, 2~brothers, 6~sisters and 1~step-daughter, Linda Feltner, 1~great-grandson, Christopher Bates.
Survivors include his wife, Daisy Simmons Shackelford of the home; 1~son, Donald Shackelford and wife, Tammy of Combs; 2~daughters, Connie Boles and husband, Giel of Colorado Springs, CO and Sharon Bates and husband, Donald of Elkins; 2~step-daughters, Karen Foshe and husband, Jackie of West Fork and Susan Bottoms and husband, Earl of Birchtree, MO; 17 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral Services will be 11:00 AM Friday, March 8, 2013 at Beard’s Funeral Chapel with Rev. John Foshe officiating. Burial will be in the Fayetteville National Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5~7 PM Thursday at the funeral home.
He was born November 11, 1941 in Durham the son of Lynn and Violet Turner.
He graduated from Elkins High School and retired from Washington County Road Department as a heavy equipment operator and supervisor after thirty-six years of service. After his retirement he enjoyed his role as grandparent and working on his farm while helping family, friends and neighbors when anyone was in need of his help. Also, he was actively involved in his church.
David was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Troy Turner.
Survivors include his wife, Alma Faye Dunaway Turner to whom he married September 29, 1960; daughters, Brenda Johnson and husband, Stan of Fayetteville and Mary Harrelson and husband, Jim of Colorado Springs, CO; grandchildren, David Harrelson of Elkins, Amanda Mayes of Huntsville, Ashley Bryant of Colorado Springs, Adam Gabbard of Fayetteville and six great-grandchildren, Will Harrelson, Haley Bryant, Mackenzie Bryant, Kent Mayes, Grace Mayes and Amos Mayes; 3~sisters, Lois Fultz of Fayetteville and Tressie Fultz and husband, Larry of Fayetteville and Linda Johnson and husband, Mike of Springdale and many other family and friends.
Funeral Services will be 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at Crystal Hills Family Fellowship Church in Elkins with Rev. Jasper Hankins and David Mashburn officiating. Burial will be in Whitehouse Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 6~8 PM Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at Beard’s Funeral Chapel
Memorials may be made to Crystal Hills Family Fellowship Building Fund.
The family of David Turner wishes to thank all family and friends for their support during this difficult time.
Blake Edwin Walker left this earth Friday February 15th after a long battle with mental illness. He was born May 5, 1983 in Bethesda, MD to Henry and Wendy Walker. Blake was an avid motorcyclist, who, though losing a foot in a cycle accident returned to the road immediately for the freedom his bike provided him. He had an amazing personality that touched many with his spirit of adventure, sense of humor and hard work. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. He is survived by his parents Henry and Wendy Walker both of Fayetteville, AR. His Grandmother Faylelyn Wohlrabe of Morris, MN. One brother Chad Walker and wife Shannon Walker of Glen Burnie, MD. One sister Liesl Kraft of Fayetteville, AR. Three nieces Kelsey Walker and Morgan Ray-Vottero both of Glen Burnie, MD and Gabriella Kraft of Fayetteville, AR. It appears by God’s grace that many of his organs will be placed with those in need of such life giving transplants. Memorial Service will be at 2:00 P.M. Monday, February 18, 2013 at Covenant Presbyterian Church on Wedington Drive in Fayetteville.
Millie B. Wentz, of Fayetteville, age 97, died Thursday, February 7, 2013 at Butterfield Trail Village.
She was born May 22, 1915, at Elkins, AR daughter of Ezra and Fannie Carrigan. Millie was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, one sister and one granddaughter. She is survived by three children: Dr. Robert M. Wentz and wife, Judy of Union, SC; Dr. Gerry Ann McGowen and husband John of Tacoma, WA; Jo Wilson and husband, Steve N. of Northfork, AR; sisters: Rada M. Carter of Elkins, Jean Carrigan and Nell Greenquist of Butterfield Trail Village. Grandchildren: Merritt Wentz and wife, Lucy of Lockhart, SC; Susan Wentz of Union, SC; Billy Jack Wentz and wife, Allyson of Jonesville, SC; Patrick Wentz and wife, Beth, of Lockhart, SC; John Henry McGowen and wife, Jennifer, of Hinsdale, IL; Pam Wiewel and husband, Doug of Quincy, IL; Stephanie Wilson-Scott and husband, Paul, of Fayetteville; and Josh Wilson of Fayetteville. She leaves behind sixteen great-grandchildren and ten great-great-grandchildren.
Millie spent her early years in Elkins and graduated from high school at sixteen years of age. She immediately started working at the canning factory in Elkins and worked her entire life into her eighties. She married Merritt R. Wentz and helped him start a building supply business in Fort Smith, AR where they raised their three children. She also was office manager for Ark-Homa Frozen Foods. When that business sold she started a new career as a nursing home administrator and worked for Medi-Homes in Fort Smith and later in Prairie Grove. She moved to Butterfield Trail Village in 1996 while continuing to work in Prairie Grove until her hip broke when walking down Walton Arena steps to a basketball game and she had to have her hip replaced.
In her Fort Smith years she was an avid bowler and made many fun trips to the Women’s National Bowling Tournaments. She bowled in a women’s pro-am tournament coming in first place with her pro bowler and won $500.
She was a member of Business and Professional Women’s Club and the League of Women Voters. Millie was a life-long Methodist and is currently a member of Sequoyah United Methodist Church. She was a life-long Razorback fan and season ticket holder, attending games into her nineties.
Being a child of the depression era, Millie had a strong work ethic which she passed on to her children and grandchildren. She was the ultimate supporter of all family activities and joyfully attended graduations, weddings, baptisms, sporting events, dance recitals, ect., until her health made it impossible. She last attended a soccer match cheering on great-grandson, Rowe, in October, 2012.
This loving mother, sister, aunt, grandmother and friend will be missed by many.
A memorial service was held by the family Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 2:30 P.M. at Butterfield Trail Village Convocation Room with Reverend Merritt Wentz presiding.
Memorials may be made to Duncan Acres UMC Food Pantry P.O. Box 216 Union, SC 29379