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Shane Edwin Parsley, 47, of Joplin, MO. passed away August 24, 2015. He was born May 22, 1968 in Fayetteville to Carl and Hattie Gregory Parsley. Shane was a graduate of Fayetteville High School and was a welder by trade.
He is survived by his parents of Fayetteville; son, Marcus Parsley of Joplin; step- daughters, Shayla Sewell of Cassville, MO. and Sasha Sewell of Joplin; one sister, Sonya Parsley of Fayetteville; half- sister, Karen Burns of Goshen, AR.; two half-brothers, Charles Burns of Springdale, AR. and James Burns of Goshen, AR.; and four grandchildren, Kasen, Zenna, Kingston and Keegan.
Services were held Monday, August 31, 2015 at Kilgore Cemetery, St. Paul, AR. with reading of Psalms 23.
Edith Hansen Adams, 88, of Winslow, passed into God’s eternal kingdom on August 23, 2015 in Fayetteville. She was born in Elizabeth, N.J. on July 29, 1927 to Edith and Aage Hansen. She was predeceased by her brother, Hans Hansen and, in 2005, by her husband of 57 years, Alexander.
Edith is survived by her sisters, Elsie Vernon and Margaret Lund; her sons, Warren and wife, Nancy, James and wife, Betty, Robert of Winslow, Carl and wife, Kathy of Roland, OK. and John and wife, Kim of Temple, TX.; her daughters, Kristine and husband, Bruce Paterson of Garwood, N.J., Elizabeth and husband, Robert Torbitt of Mountainburg, Ellen and husband, Tony Townsend of Pea Ridge and Kathryn and husband, Kevin Nease of Winslow; and by her many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Interment will be with her husband at the Fayetteville National Cemetery.
James Milton Bower, 81, passed away on Monday, August 24, 2015 after a brief illness. He was born on March 29, 1934 in Buffalo, NY to Milton and Ester (Geuder) Bower.
James grew up in Buffalo, NY where he graduated from Bennett High School in 1952. Soon thereafter at age 20, James enlisted in the U. S. Navy and began a professional career that lasted until his retirement from the Navy in August of 1984, a span of 30 years. While on active duty James received a number of awards for his service including recognition for his duty during the Vietnam War.
James met and married the love of his life, Blanche DeMour on September 5, 1972. Their love affair lasted until her death in 1993.
Although James did not have children of his own, he adored, laughed and loved with his adopted family he found through his union with Blanche. James never forgot a birthday, a wedding date or another significant event in the lives of his family. He created and maintained the family calendar that noted every significant event throughout the year and it is the reason no male member of the family ever forgot a birthday or anniversary. James gave generously to his family with his time, his love and his wisdom.
James is survived by his step-daughter, Patricia and son-in-law, Cmdr. Arthur Cisson; his granddaughters, Cheryl (Charles) Freeland, Susan (Donald) Bobbitt, Katie (Andrew) Rea and Pamela (Dean) Hohnerlein; and his grandsons, Scott and John Cisson; in addition, he is survived by 14 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.
James life can be summed up in six words: ‘he gave more than he received’. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
Graveside services will be 11:00 A.M. Saturday, August 29, 2015 at Fairview Memorial Gardens Cemetery with military honors and Reverend Jim Huffman officiating.
Entombment will follow in Fairview Memorial Gardens Cemetery under the direction of Beard’s Chapel. There is no scheduled visitation.
William Edson “Pete” Shelton, 79, of Fayetteville, died August 25, 2015. He was born September 18, 1935 in Washington, D.C. to Walter Allison and Marie Aretha Bellas Shelton. He enjoyed working on his ranch, raising cattle and caring for his dogs.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Mildred; and stepson, James Harvey Hogan.
He is survived by son, Bill Shelton of Los Angeles, CA.; three brothers, John Shelton of San Fernando, CA., Walter Nichols of Winslow, AR. and James Nichols of Thousand Oaks, CA.; two sisters, Patricia Folsom of Westlake Village, CA. and Velma Rinehart of Crescent City, CA.; and granddaughter, Nicole M. Shelton of Fayetteville.
Memorial services will be 11:00 A.M. Saturday, August 29, 2015 at the Hazel Valley Church with Steve Sullivan officiating.
James Austin Parish, Jr., 70, of Fayetteville died Friday, August 21, 2015 in Fayetteville. He was born June 12, 1945 to James and Eythel Rushing Parish.
He was an Eagle Scout and a veteran of the U.S. Navy. James was a carpenter, and enjoyed fishing, hunting, yard sales and gardening.
He is survived by his wife, Linda Parish of the home; son, Brian Parish of Fayetteville; daughters, Carmen Newberry and husband, Tom of Fayetteville and Kelly Britton and husband, John of Fayetteville; sister, Ada Younkin and husband, Jim; brother, Lynn Parish; stepson, Derek Norby and wife, Etta of Springdale; stepdaughters, Holly Castaneda of California, Dawn Keith and husband, John of Oklahoma and Paige Angst and husband, Noelan of Fayetteville; 2 grandsons, 2 granddaughters, 6 step-grandsons, 2 step-granddaughters; and 3 great-grandkids.
A memorial service will be held at 10:00 A.M. Friday, August 28, 2015 at Beard’s Chapel with Reverend Jim Huffman officiating.
Cremation arrangements by Beard’s Chapel.
Bob Olson, of Combs, AR. passed away on August 19, 2015. He is missed by his sisters, Rita Manley and Nancy Vierra; brothers, Raymond, Arthur and Roger Olson; daughter, Tammy Olson; and grandchildren, Samantha, Taylor and Gillian. Bob was a bus driver for the Elkins School District for 12 years and was a volunteer with the St. Paul Fire Department. He is loved by many.
A memorial service is being held at the Combs Cemetery on Hwy. 295 at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, August 22, 2015.
Amos Jackson, Jr., 82, of Fayetteville, AR. passed away on August 18, 2015. Amos was born on Jan. 3, 1933 in Fort Smith, AR. to Amos Jackson, Sr. and Ocie Mae Adams. Amos attended Lincoln Sr. High School in Fort Smith. Following graduation, Amos joined the U.S. Army and was stationed at Fort Hood in Killeen, TX. After serving his country, Amos returned to Fayetteville where he married his sweetheart Elnora Lackey on February 9, 1957, and became an important part of the community by coaching Little League Baseball, PeeWee Football, participating in bowling leagues across the state, and playing baseball with the Brown Bombers, where he was affectionately known as “Crazy Legs Jackson”. He worked for Southwestern Bell/AT&T, and retired after 31 years of service. Amos also served as a barber for many of the men in the community. Amos had a vibrant personality and often kept everyone entertained by telling jokes and displaying his infectious smile. He never knew a stranger and wasn’t satisfied until everyone around him had a smile on their face.
Amos was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Lorene Logan; and his son, Michael Jackson.
Amos leaves to mourn his passing his wife of 58 years, Elnora Lackey Jackson; his son, David Jackson and wife, Tracy of Fayetteville; daughter, Anita Bland and husband, Michael from Columbia, MO.; sisters, Andretta Fisher and Jossie Flowers, both of Fayetteville; brother-in-law Thomas Wayne Lackey and wife, Marva of Ft. Worth, TX.; sister-in-laws JoAnn and husband, Farrell Goodley of Fayetteville, AR., Roberta Morgan of Fayetteville, AR. and Barbara Lackey of Russellville, AR; aunt, Rosie Lee Cravens of Fort Smith; grandchildren, Natasha and Jermaine Jackson, Mesquite, TX., Andrea Jackson, Houston, TX., Jonathan and wife Ebony Jackson, Plano, TX, Sierra and Ashley Bland, both from Columbia, MO., Danielle Neely, Batesville, AR., and Kia Grant of Fayetteville; great-grandkids, Roderick, Preston, Caleb and Terrance Jackson, all from Mesquite, TX; Ian and Kiara Tripp from Batesville, AR; and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.
Family visitation will be from 5-7 P.M. Monday, August 24, 2015 at Beard’s Chapel. Funeral services will also be held at Beard’s Funeral Chapel at 10:30 A.M. Tuesday, August 25, 2015 with Steve West officiating. Interment will be at the Fayetteville National Veterans Cemetery following the service at 12:00 P.M. under the direction of Beard’s Chapel.
William “Wells” Farmer was born to Kevin and Leigh Anne Farmer on Sunday, August 16, 2015 and went to be with the Lord on the same day. He weighed 6 pounds 9 ounces and was 19 inches long, with curly hair like his daddy.
Wells is survived by his parents, Kevin and Leigh Anne Farmer; his brother and sister, Bennett and Finley Farmer; maternal grandparents, William and Louise Richards of Broken Arrow, OK.; maternal grandparents, Robert and Brenda Mendenhall of Pocola, OK.; paternal grandmother, Janet Farmer of Spiro, OK.; aunt and uncle, Brian and Kimberly Richards of Fort Smith, AR.; uncle, Greg Farmer of Spiro, OK.; aunt, Tiffany Farmer of Dallas, TX.; and uncle, Scott Farmer of Spiro, OK.
Graveside services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Thursday, August 20, 2015 at Fairview Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Fayetteville under the direction of Beard’s Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to: www.99balloons.org or
99 Balloons, P.O. Box 10934, Fayetteville, AR. 72703.
He was the owner/operator of Robin Hood Appropriations. He was an artist by nature, who enjoyed sculpting and star gazing. Robin was a loving and proud father, brother and son.
He is survived by two sons, Derek Rush of Winslow and Corbett Davidson of Fayetteville; two daughters, Uli Spradlin of Jonesboro and Raina Rush of Fayetteville; four brothers, Walter, Ricky, Martin and Phillip Rush, all of Mobile, AL.; sister, Vicki Smith of Jackson, AL.; and 7 grandchildren.
Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M Saturday, August 22, 2015 at Beard’s Chapel with
Reverend Jim Huffman officiating.
The family will receive friends from 9:00 A.M. until service-time at the funeral home.
Cremation arrangements by Beard’s Chapel.
She was a graduate of Elkins High School and attended the University of Arkansas. She worked for more than 20 years as Executive Coordinator and Corporate Secretary for B & B Resources, Inc. and Continental Ozark, Inc. She was a former member of the Northwest Arkansas Executive Women’s Business International and a member of Ridgeview Baptist Church.
In addition to her parents, Shirley was preceded in death by her first husband, James Harrelson in 1982.
Survivors include her husband, James B. (J.B.) Traylor of Fayetteville; two sons and daughter-in-laws, Jim and Mary Harrelson of Colorado Springs, CO. and Bill and Janet Harrelson of Centerton, AR.; one stepson and wife, Mike and Marianna Traylor of Prairie Grove; one stepdaughter and husband, Marsha Smith and Dave Donahue of Centerton; three grandchildren, David Harrelson of Elkins, Ashley Bryant (Scott) of Colorado Springs, CO. and Kayla Harrelson of Fayetteville; three great-grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; and eight step-great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 5-7 P.M. on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at Beard’s Chapel.
Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at Beard’s Funeral Chapel with Pastors Glen Faulkner and Randy Burris officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Memorial Gardens Cemetery under the direction of Beard’s Chapel.
Memorials may be made to the Willard Walker Hospice Home, 325 E. Longview St., Fayetteville, AR. 72703 or a charity of your choice.