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Mrs. Ford graduated high school in 1959 in Hallsville, TX. She went on to earn a Bachelor’s degree at East Texas Baptist University in 1963 and a Master’s degree in English at the UofA in Fayetteville.
Mrs. Ford loved teaching but her heart belonged to her husband and raising their children and grandchildren. She loved the Lord and had a heart for missions. She served her church faithfully as a children’s church leader and a Sunday school teacher for many years.
She is survived by her children, Derek and wife, Shani; David and wife, Misty; Becky, and husband Mark; Tim and wife, Daniella; John and wife, Charity; and grandchildren Chandler, Austin, Cameron, Ashley, Ethan, Addison, Payton, Matthew, Alyssa, Natalie, Tristen, Erica, Brooklyn, and Carson.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and loving husband, Jerry D. Ford.
Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M. on Friday, March 6, 2015 at Ridgeview Baptist Church. Interment will follow in Fairview Memorial Gardens Cemetery under the direction of Beard’s Chapel.
The family will receive friends from 5-7 P.M. on Thursday, March 5, 2015 at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be Derek Ford, David Ford, Tim Ford, John Ford, Mark McCann, Chandler Ford, Austin Ford and Cameron Ford. Honorary pallbearers will be Ethan Ford, Matthew McCann and Tristen Ford.
Dixie Tucker Morris, 96, of Fayetteville was called home to God’s loving Grace on March 1, 2015. Born on November 8, 1918 to Oliver and Ethel Tucker, she was raised in Highland Community and is a graduate of Farmington Schools.
She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bill Morris; son, James Morris; brothers, Frank Tucker and Robert Tucker; and sister, Beulah Davis. She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Becky Morris of Longview, TX.; and granddaughters, Christy Beasley, Charae Jones, Kathryn Shaw; and five great-grandchildren. She cherished relationships with numerous nieces, nephews, neighbors and friends.
She was a long- time faithful member of Wiggins United Methodist Church.
Funeral services will be held at Beard’s Funeral Chapel in Fayetteville on March 5, 2015 at 2:00 P.M. Visitation will precede the service at 1:00 P.M. and burial will follow the service at Highland Community Cemetery in Fayetteville under the direction of Beard’s Chapel.
Special appreciation to her niece, Owanda Davis; nephews, Boyce Davis and Scott Davis; and long- time neighbors, Kenny and Patsy Bogan whose support allowed her to live independently in her home.
He grew up in Fayetteville; moved to Elkins in 2009; was an auto mechanic; a member of Crossroads Community Church; and had a passion for hunting and the outdoors.
He is survived by his wife, Karna Cowan of the home; two sons, Ken Cowan of Bella Vista; and Allen Cowan of Elkins; daughter, Katie Cowan of Elkins; five sisters, Miki Mudine of Bentonville; Elisha Field of Golden, MO.; Nancy Love of Bentonville; Brenda Burgess of Cave Springs; and Velda Sturdivant of West Fork; brother, Aaron Berner of Hiwasse; his biological mother, Barbara French of Bentonville; daughter-in-law, Danielle Cowan of Juneau, AK.; and granddaughter, Serenity Cowan of Juneau, AK.; many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M. Thursday, February 26, 2015 at Beard’s Chapel with Rocky Bell officiating. Interment will be in Baptist Ford Cemetery under the direction of Beard’s Chapel.
The family will receive friends from 5-7 P.M. on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at the funeral home.
She is survived by her husband, Harold of the home; five children, daughter, Sonja Teters and husband, Robert; daughter, Pam Judd and husband, Gregg; son, Rickey Ward and wife, Catherine; daughter, Donna Lewis and husband, Mark; and daughter, Teresa Hattabaugh and husband, Wallace; 14 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Robbie Schader of Farmington; and Wanda McAdams of Lincoln; and their children and grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents; two grandchildren, Scott Snell and Morgan Judd. She will also be greatly missed by her constant companion, her beloved dog, Muffin.
Lois lived for the beauty of life. She loved the Lord and all of his creatures. She was filled with joy by children and loved to bring joy to their lives. She saw the child in every person and never stopped loving anybody. She could express her wonderment of life in the poetry she wrote throughout her life. Never angry, always loving, her place on this earth was to make the lives of others more enjoyable. She was a wonderful wife and amazing mother; and while we will not be able to talk to her any longer, her memory will carry us all through our lives.
Graveside services will be at 2:00 P.M. on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at the Whitehouse Cemetery with Pastor Dallas Auslam officiating under the direction of Beard’s Chapel.
There is no scheduled visitation.
The family wishes to give their special thanks and gratitude to Roberta, Breanna, Amber and Marsha with Circle of Life Hospice.
In lieu of flowers, please show your love and memories for her by making a donation to the Amercian Alzheimer’s Foundation at www.alz.org or the NWA Circle of Life Hospice at nwacircleoflife.com.
Janice was an RN for over 40 years with Clark County Memorial Hospital and later volunteered with the Parish Nurses. She was a member of Wall Street United Methodist Church in Jeffersonville, IN.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph May.
She is survived by her daughter, Vicky May of Fayetteville; four grandchildren, Amy Ko Smith and husband, Brian; Lauran Ko and husband, Dr. Dave Millier; and Kevin and Yani Ko.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
Michael Eugene Chamlee, 65, of Fayetteville passed away Saturday, February 14, 2015 in Fayetteville after a long battle with COPD. He was born August 21, 1949 in Magnolia, AR. the son of Roy Herchell and Arietta May Willey Chamlee.
He was preceded in death by his father; mother; brother, Phillip; and sister-in-law, Wynona.
Michael enjoyed collecting music and movies after his retirement. Before retiring, he enjoyed fishing and hunting. Michael spent most of his working years in inventory and reupholstering furniture.
Michael was of the Baptist faith.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia Lynn Wilcoxen Chamlee of the home, to whom he was married in 2001; two sons, Michael Dale Chamlee and wife, Debbie of Tontitown; and Kevin Ray Chamlee of Fayetteville; three daughters, Michele Denise Chamlee Graham-Birge and husband, Dion of Springdale; Cynthia LeeAnn Chamlee Kinsey and husband, David of Fayetteville; and Kathy Michelle Chamlee Mason and husband, Kenny of Fayetteville; brother, Fred Chamlee and wife, Ora Faye of Tontitown; mother of his children, Linda D. Chamlee of Springdale; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at Beard’s Chapel with Guy Durkee officiating.
The family will receive friends from 12:00 P.M. until service-time at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. Judes Medical Center.
Sheryl Lynn Jordan, 55 of, Fayetteville, died February 10, 2015. She was born February 22, 1959 in Fayetteville to Kenneth and Mary Alice Reynolds Mahone.
Sheryl was a homemaker and a nurses aide. She attended the University of Arkansas, Fort Smith.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William Garland Jordan.
She is survived by her mother, Mary Alice Reynolds Mahone; four sons, William Jermaine Jordan; Casey Nathaniel Jordan; Cameron Lynn Jordan and Jeleel Ford; one daughter, Desiree Beasley (Marquez); two brothers, Kenneth Mahone, Jr. and Raymond Mahone; five sisters, Polly Ann Mahone; Willie Ann VanBuren; Ruth Elizabeth Redden; Lettie Ann Mahone; and Kimberly Latisha Ford; five grandchildren, Kamiyah Jordan; Makiyah Jordan; Charmaine Jordan; Jericka Jordan; and Maleik Jordan.
Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M. Friday, February 20, 2015 at Beard’s Funeral Chapel.
Interment will be in Oak Cemetery.
Visitation will be 5-7 P.M. Thursday, February 19, 2015 at Beard’s Funeral Chapel.
Donations may be made to the Sheryl Lynn Jordan Funeral Fund/Arvest Bank, Account # 0051715014.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother; three sisters; three grandchildren; and a great-grandson.
He is survived by four daughters, Kathy and Jackie Sager; Theresa Drake; and Sharon Bolten; two sons, Scott and John Sager; sisters, Lila Lewis of Council Bluffs, IA.; and Mary Hord of Omaha, NE.; 11 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Thursday, February 5, 2015 at Beard’s Chapel.
Visitation will be 5-6 PM Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at the funeral home.
Herman Ashby Tuck, Jr., 85, of Fayetteville left our world on February 2, 2015 and went to join his wife, Irene, in the beautiful world beyond. He slipped quietly and painlessly to Heaven while sleeping, with his daughter, Cyndy Tuck Ash and son, Herman Ashby Tuck, III by his side. An era has ended and a legend has passed!
Herman was born in Fayetteville, AR on February 23, 1929, to Josephine Ellison Tuck, of Muskogee, OK and Herman Ashby Tuck, Sr., of Fayetteville. He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Clara Irene Mayes Tuck; his parents, Herman Ashby Tuck and Josephine Ellison Tuck; uncles, Henry Lafayette Tuck; Jack Shive Tuck; and aunt, Nancy Sue Tuck Brown. Family was so important to Herman and he passed this love on to his survivors. Survived by sister, Jo Anne Tuck Stanberry Compton; daughter, Cyndy and husband, Bill of Goshen; their children, Melanie and William (Turk) Ash; and grandchildren, Avery Undernehr, Jorge Garcia, Ashton and Jacie Jones; son, Herman Ashby Tuck, III, and wife, Kim of St. Louis, MO.; and their child, Herman Ashby Tuck, IV; stepdaughter, Kandace Herring and husband, Alex; and grandchildren, Ethan and Ashton Herring.
He attended Washington Elementary School and Fayetteville High School, until his junior year, when he transferred to Kemper Military School graduating in 1947. He attempted a semester at the U of A, but decided that it was not for him or vice versa. Growing up he spent working for his grandfather at the Sinclair Gas Station at College and Spring St. His true work ethics were instilled there. In his words, “There are only two reasons to not show up for work, one is death, the other a nuclear bomb.”
Swimming, waterskiing, horseback riding and music kept him busy giving of himself to others and honed his desire for perfection, demanding it of himself and just a few others starting with his children at home. His theory, “If you can’t do it right, then don’t do it at all”.
Music! An avid and accomplished drummer he put his talent to good use. He was Ronnie Hawkins first drummer and they gave many hours of entertainment playing local gigs. His skills and abilities as a drummer were recognized and reaped several local awards as a result. His love of music was reflected in being always surrounded by big band and jazz.
Herman’s Ribhouse! An example of what a few dollars and a lot of perspiration can achieve and on New Year’s Eve, 1964, Herman’s Ribhouse became a reality. Wearing a shirt saying “I’m Herman” on the back, the side most familiar to guests, his talents at good simple food with Herman’s touch making it a staple to many an appetite! Irene always at his side, Cyndy serving and Dubber doing whatever, theirs was the first “reality” show as NWA watched the family growth over decades spanning the 60′s into the late 80′s. History was born. A salesman from Ft. Smith, office employee, Don Tyson, Willie Nelson or Bill Clinton, you got the same fine treatment. There, everyone was someone important.
Retiring in 1987 to Beaver Lake where Herman could, once again, play with a boat on water while Irene watched her birds and sunsets. Time shared with family especially those grandkids! Herman and Irene moved back to Fayetteville after 10 years to accommodate her failing health. Herman celebrated her life and mourned her death on February 5, 2012.
A special thank you goes to Jennifer Rust, an incredible caregiver who gave so much of herself and whose unending loving care added so much to Herman and Irene’s daily life in their latter years. The entire Tuck family recognizes your efforts and thanks you for the blessed time you added to Herman and Irene’s lives. They also recognize BrightStar for the wonderful caregivers, Amber and Jamie, who helped in Herman’s final days.
Services will be held at 2:00 pm on Friday, February 6, 2015 at the First Christian Church with Gary Lunsford officiating. Burial will be in Sons Chapel Cemetery. Following the interment, a reception will be held at the Tuck’s home, 2926 N. Loxley in Fayetteville.
Visitation will be at Beard’s Chapel from 5-7 PM on Thursday, February 5, 2015.
In lieu of flowers, his family asks that donations be made to, The Broyles Foundation, at 2020 E. Joyce St., Suite 2, Fayetteville, AR. 72703. Please help raise the awareness of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease that is stealing the minds of so many; and BrightStar, at 4264 Frontage Road, Fayetteville, AR, 72703. BrightStar teaches the art of caring for dementia and Alzheimer’s patients. It takes a great deal of caring, empathy, knowledge, training and patience to give of oneself for the betterment of those unable to speak for themselves.
Irene Downing, 83, born in Delaney, AR on April 29, 1931 as Frusie Irene Combs, passed away peacefully in the family home of her grandchildren, David and Rebecca Smith in Clarksville, TN on January 26, 2015.
Irene was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Harold L. Downing; her mother, Mamie Wood; her father, Frank Combs; one brother, Paul; and two sisters, Sue and Helen.
Irene was deeply rooted with a spiritual determination and dedication as a devoted mother, grandmother and homemaker. She was a 4H leader for thirty years helping to develop young minds and teaching the children to become active members within the community. Irene was also an employee of the Elkins School System for twenty- three years as the supervisor of the cafeteria program. During that time she prepared extraordinary homestyle meals out of ordinary lunch room fare. Irene has also been a member of the Sulphur City Baptist Church since 1967. Her heart, home and arms were always open for friend or stranger in any walk of life.
Irene is survived by one brother, Lonnie Combs of Westville, OK; five children Larry Downing; Connie Langley; Doyle Downing; Cindy Downing Farmer; and Timothy Downing; 15 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great grandchildren; and a host of others to which she was a mother figure.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at the Sulphur City Baptist Church in Fayetteville with Pastor Dallas Auslam officiating. Irene will be laid to rest alongside her husband in Walnut Grove Cemetery in Crosses under the direction of Beard’s Funeral Chapel.
There is no scheduled visitation.