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(Myrtle) Marie Gabbard was born January 22, 1929 and passed-away June 23, 2017 at Washington Regional Medical Center.
She was preceded in death by her parents, George Edward Gabbard and Ida Belle Gabbard; two brothers, William Harvey Gabbard and James Henry Gabbard; and one sister, Ocie Gabbard Schneeberger.
Marie was a lifelong resident of Arkansas. Early childhood was in St. Paul, AR. and then Fayetteville, AR. for her remaining years.
She loved her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and while still able, attended University Baptist Church in Fayetteville. She worked for the Orthopedic Clinic and Washington Regional Medical Center from which she retired.
Marie is survived by one sister, Bonnie A. Bigger of Fayetteville; six nephews; two nieces; and numerous grand-nephews and grand-nieces.
Special thanks to the nurses and staff, 4 South Med/Surg Unit at Washington Regional Medical Center for their professional yet caring attendance to Marie.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 P.M Friday, July 7, 2017 at Mt. Comfort Presbyterian Church, 3816 W. Mt. Comfort Rd, Fayetteville, AR. 72704 (adjacent to the cemetery).
Jerry Ann Nickels, 80 years old, passed away June 17th, 2017, in Fayetteville. She was born in Mineola, Texas on May 17th, 1937 to Chester Sewell and Blanche Tackett. Jerry was a secretary for the University of Arkansas, in the Biological Sciences Department for many years. She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister and two brothers. She is survived by her daughter Kay Glaese and husband Todd, son Eddie Nickels and wife Kathy, 3 grandchildren and 3 great- grandchildren. Jerry loved her cats and would be honored by donations made to the humane society. Jerry believed in Jesus Christ as her Savior and loved and placed her hope in him. She loved her family very much. Funeral service will be Wednesday, June 21st, 2017, at 10am at Beard’s Funeral Chapel with Perry Hall officiating. Visitation will be 5-7pm Tuesday June 20th, 2017, at Beard’s. Private burial will follow funeral service at Fairview Memorial Gardens.
Randy Lee Wynn, 56, of Fayetteville, AR. went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, June 16, 2017. He was born on July 30, 1960 to the late William Lee and Patty Jo in South Bend, Indiana. Randy enjoyed family outings with his wife Rene and their girls. He loved joking around and teasing the kids. Randy loved their fur babies Abbey and Bella and absolutely loved going to watch NASCAR Racing. He loved playing Shanghi Rummy with his family because he had a knack for always beating them. Randy also loved just sitting and talking with his family. Randy had a loving caring spirit about him and would help out in any he could. He loved his family, church family and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents, grandparents and two cousins.
Randy leaves behind to cherish his memory, a loving wife, Rene; three beautiful daughters, Hannah, Katelyn and Jordan; his dad, Cedric Bryant; sisters, Joanie Stell (Jimmy), Penny Turner (Mike), Gail Reed (Carl), Barbara Evans (Larry) and Lisa Olinger (Jon); brothers, John Clegg and Michael Cox; and numerous nieces/nephews and great-nieces/nephews.
Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M. Thursday, June 22, 2017 at Beard’s Chapel with Phil McMichael officiating.
The family will receive friends from 5-7 P.M. Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at the funeral home.
Cremation arrangements by Beard’s Funeral Chapel.
Susan was born a fiery, red-headed Texas rose. She lived life to the fullest – riding in on a stallion, and out after beating you in one of the many games at which she excelled, leaving you wanting more of her knowledge, time, laughter and wisdom. She was an avid reader – always ready with a list of recommendations and analyses of the author and story. She was a lover of words and Scrabble – you could never get an inadmissible word past her. She was a die-hard tennis player who loved a family doubles match. She was a skilled card player – be it Bridge, Spades, or Canasta, she would beat you and give you some pointers along the way. She had a remarkable green thumb, growing Black-eyed Susan’s towering 10 feet in height. And she was a great lover of road-trips, racking up miles across America and never letting anyone else drive. She was generous with her love, pragmatic and candid with her advice, and convicted in her beliefs, which in the 1990s led her to galvanize support for a sales tax to fund improvements to Wilson Park and the broader Fayetteville Parks & Trails system. She was a creative and committed 4th grade teacher, who balked at the constraints of new standards, because she knew that sometimes teaching math through a kick-ball game was the best way to reach the kids.
Susan leaves a great many people here, honoring and keeping her spirit alive, including her children Sara, Nathan and Kya; her grandchildren, Emylia, Scarlett, Lola, Burch and Mason; her siblings, John, Dan, Steve and Sara; her numerous in-laws, nieces and nephews; and her large family of friends. In lieu of gifts, please donate to Heifer International or volunteer with Fayetteville Parks & Rec.
Cremation arrangements by Beard’s Funeral Chapel.
Rickie Lee Hutton (Rick), 64, of Fayetteville, AR. died on Thursday, June 15, 2017 at the Willard Walker Hospice Home. He was born December 25, 1952 in Springdale, AR. the son of Edward Lee and Jeanelle Campbell Hutton.
At 18 he enlisted with the National Guard from August 1971 until August 1977. He retired after 29 years of service with the U.S. Postal Service and served 3 years with the Fayetteville School System.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Lisa Hutton.
Survivors include his wife, Susan Hutton of the home; one son, Tommy Dale Gage and daughter-in-law, Tina M. Gage of Huntsville, AR; one daughter, Chantelle LeAnn Hutton of Fayetteville, AR; 4 grandchildren, Chantè Hutton and JaQuon Douglas Hutton, both of the home; Cara Lee Gage of Clifty, AR and Kayla T. Keck with husband, Travis of Japton, AR; two sisters, Jeanette Phillips of Fayetteville, AR. and Sherlene McConnell and husband, Marc of Springdale, AR.
He was a dedicated fisherman, refereed football, umpired and coached baseball and had a great passion for growing flowers.
Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M. Monday, June 19, 2017 at Beard’s Chapel. Interment will follow in Farmington Cemetery under the direction of Beard’s Chapel.
The family will receive friends from 5-7 P.M. on Sunday, June 18, 2017 at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Arkansas at www.alzar.org/give/# or to the Willard Walker Hospice Home, 325 E. Longview St, Fayetteville, AR. 72703.
Glennis Rosemary Williford Stout of Elkins, went to her home in Heaven, Thursday, June 15, 2017 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She was 90 years old. Glennis was born October 19, 1926 to Raymond and Sadie Thompson Williford at Snake Branch, Durham, Arkansas.
She attended Durham School and played on the girls basketball team. She often recalled how the team traveled to other nearby schools in the back of an old truck to play on dirt floor ball courts. She had a passion for basketball the rest of her life.
Glennis married Virgil Stout on November 7, 1943. They were blessed with 60 years of marriage until his death in 2003.
Glennis and her sister, Jean, spent many hours sewing handmade, hand quilted quilts then selling them in Eureka Springs and giving them to family. Quilting, embroidery, traveling and most of all attending and cheering on her grand/great-grandchildren in sports events, were the things she loved to do most.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Virgil Stout; brother, Ray Dean (Bud) Williford; and her sister, Imogene (Jean) Williford Karr.
Glennis is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Cheryl and Larry Downing of Elkins; her son and daughter-in-law, Terry and Barbara Stout of Elkins; 7 grandchildren, Shane (Tiffany) Stills, Shawn (Nikki) Stills, Misty (Jeremy) Parker, Angelia Smith, Jamie (Amanda) Coleman, Jason Stout and Kristy Stout; 20 great-grandchildren, Blake, Lauren, Eric, Derek, Cole, Clint, Ty, Asa, Cash, Dani, Brian, Garret, Kaylie, Allison, Claire, Kally, Keely, Hayden, Alex and Zaidyn; 1 great-great-grandchild, Lynnlee Rose, due in September 2017; a sister, Jackie Williford Hankins of Fayetteville; and 7 nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M. Saturday, June 17, 2017 at Crystal Hills Family Fellowship Church in Elkins with Reverend Jasper Hankins officiating. Interment will follow in McCord Cemetery under the direction of Beard’s Chapel.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 P.M. on Friday, June 16, 2017 at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be Shane Stills, Shawn Stills, Jamie Coleman, Jason Stout, Jeremy Parker and Garret Smith.
He was an automobile mechanic and a former employee of the Used Oil Service Company.
Bobby is survived by his wife, Sherrie Criss Hattabaugh, of the home; his parents, Billy and Bessie Hattabaugh; a son, Logan Hattabaugh and fiancé, Brittany Hudson of Fayetteville; 3 daughters, Hannah Thompson and husband, Derek of Farmington, Misti Taylor and husband, Adam of Bethel Heights and Melissa Mashburn and husband, Curtis of Elkins; 2 sisters, Betty Walker and husband, Dennis of Springdale and Brenda Nix and husband, Jerry of Elkins; and 8 grandchildren, Derrick, Kaitlyn and Emily Mashburn, Mekenna, Myia and Madelyn Taylor, Ruger Thompson and Allison Hudson.
Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M. Saturday, June 10, 2017 at the Hazel Valley Church with Reverend Jasper Hankins and Juan Hattabaugh officiating. Interment will follow in the Hazel Valley Cemetery under the direction of Beard’s Chapel.
The family will receive friends from 5-7 P.M. on Friday, June 9, 2017 at the funeral home.
She was born October 18, 1962 in Brawley, CA. and grew-up in a large family outside of Imperial, CA. Charlotte attended Imperial Schools K-12 and graduated from Imperial High School Class of 1980.
Charlotte loved the many friends and co-workers she made over the years and never met a stranger. She loved her partner in life, Rodney Van Hoozen and together they made a home in Elkins, AR. while raising their son, Kevin whom she also loved very much, born in 1988. Up until her illness, she worked at Washington Regional Medical Center and loved to cook and care for her family. Her pastime was spent watching Rodney and Kevin garden, going to the casino, playing bingo and scrabble.
Charlotte was preceded in death by her partner, Rodney Van Hoozen and parents, Walter and Bernadette Cooke.
She is survived by her son, Kevin Van Hoozen of Elkins, AR; brothers, Lawrence (Linda) Cooke of Imperial, CA, Johnny (Beckie) Cooke of Bella Vista, AR, Robert (Pat) Cooke of Salt Lake City, UT, Danny (Pam) Cooke of Imperial, CA; sisters, Cathy (Dan) Bickford of Gresham, OR, Susie (Robert) Bredernitz of Yuma, AZ. and Jeanette (Ron) Owen of Brawley, CA; numerous nieces; nephews; great-nieces; great-nephews; aunts and cousins, too numerous to name.
A celebration of life is being planned at a later date in Arkansas.
Dolores Faye Carnes, 88, of Fayetteville passed away Friday, June 2, 2017 in Fayetteville.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie in 2011 and son, Chuck in 2012.
She is survived by a sister, two children, a grandchild and two great-grandchildren who will cherish her in their memories.
Dolores was born in the majestic mountains of Eastern Kentucky in 1928. She made her home in the beautiful mountains of Northwest Arkansas for many years.
If inclined, memorials may be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Butterfield Trail Village Foundation or the Willard Walker Hospice Home.
James Larry Cochran, born May 6, 1953 and passed away May 22, 2017. U.S. Air Force Strategic Air Command SAC January 6, 1978-1982 Rank E-3. A proud member of the Armed Forces from a family of 40 years of military service.
Survived by his brother, Dan “ROOSTER” Cochran; son, Eric Paul Cochran; aunt, Francis McGuire; and several grandchildren. While he spent some time in Louisiana and Alabama, most of his life he lived in Longview, Texas.
Larry was a friend to many and loved by those who knew him. He had a special place in his heart for kids and they responded in kind to Pops. I’m sure they will remember him with great fondness.
Since moving to Arkansas he stood proudly with his brothers and sisters of the Patriot Guard Riders on multiple missions.
He will be missed and never forgotten.
A memorial service will be held 2:00 P.M. Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at the Fayetteville National Cemetery.