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She was a member of First United Pentecostal Church and attended The Sanctuary in Lincoln, AR.
Devin was preceded in death by a grandfather, L.C. Swafford and grandparents Mary and Woodrow Long.
She is survived by her husband, Ernesto Thomas of Greenland; her parents, Larry and Peggy “Susan” Long of Fayetteville; 2 sons, Keygan and Avery Long; 3 stepchildren, Sariah, Maegan and Tyler Thomas; mother-in-law, Reba Thomas; father-in-law, Richard Thomas; grandmother, Peggy Swafford; brother, Jerome Long and wife, Sheila; brother-in-law, Mark Thomas; 4 aunts; 8 nieces and nephews; and many cousins.
Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at First United Pentecostal Church, 3701 W. Wedington Dr. in Fayetteville with Pastor David McBride officiating. Interment will follow in Whitehouse Cemetery under the direction of Beard’s Chapel. There will be no graveside service at the cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 5-7 P.M. Monday, August 21, 2017 at the funeral home.
Christopher Steven Shirley, 66, of Fayetteville passed away June 27, 2017. He was born October 25, 1950 in New Haven, CT.
He died peacefully in his sleep due to heart failure. Christopher will be sorely missed.
A celebration of life will be held at 4:00 P.M. Saturday, September 2, 2017 at the North Forty on N. Crossover Rd. in Fayetteville (all are welcome). The address is 40 N. Crossover.
Jim passed away from complications from cancer surgery.
He was employed by Tune Concrete for 25 years; was President of Basic Block Group for 10 years; on the Board of Pagnozzi Charities; he was President of the Fayetteville Country Club (2 different terms); from 1979-1980 he was ER at the Elks Lodge; a member of the Homebuilders Association; President of the Sherman Lollar Little League and Babe Ruth League; Jim was President of the American Legion for NWA Baseball; and an Army veteran during the Vietnam Era.
He was preceded in death by his father, J.N. Hawkins and a brother, Michael Wayne Hawkins.
Jim is survived by his wife, Carol Jenkins Hawkins of the home; his mother, Bonnie Hawkins; a son, Jay Hawkins of Fayetteville; a daughter, Lindsey Hawkins of Hindsville; and a grandson, Robert (Bobby) Hawkins of Fayetteville.
The family will receive friends from 1-3 P.M. Thursday, August 17, 2017 at the funeral home.
Funeral services will be 1:00 P.M. Friday, August 18, 2017 at the Fayetteville National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Pagnozzi Charities, 100 E. Poplar, Ste. A, Fayetteville, AR. 72703.
A Celebration of Life will be at the Fayetteville/Springdale Elks Lodge from 4 P.M. to ? Saturday, August 19, 2017.
He had been employed at Goff-McNair car dealership and spent 20+ years working the sidelines of Arkansas Razorback football games. Kirk enjoyed hunting and fishing and was an avid Razorbacks fan.
He is survived by his wife, Judy Hardin Mahan, of the home; a son, Mitchell Mahan; a brother, William J. Mahan of New York City, NY; and two sisters, Lesa Tucker and Lori Blew, both of Fayetteville.
Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M. Friday, August 18, 2017 at Beard’s Chapel with Mickey Rapier officiating. Interment will follow in Oakland Cemetery in Fayetteville.
Donations may be made to the Fayetteville Animal Shelter, 1640 S. Armstrong Ave, Fayetteville, AR. 72701.
The family will receive friends from 5-7 P.M. Thursday, August 17, 2017 at the funeral home.
Orville Veron Peterson, age 86, of Fayetteville, Arkansas passed away on Friday, August 4, 2017 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He was born in Wilton, North Dakota to Veron Lester Peterson and Edith Anna Franklund on July 13, 1931.
He attended Wilton High School and graduated with a GED with the 1950 class.
Orville enlisted in the Army on July 19, 1948 and was honorably discharged in 1952. During his military service he took Basic Training and attended Clerical Typing School in Fort Knox, Kentucky. He was reassigned to Camp Kilmer New Jersey in February 1950 and assigned to General MacArthur’s Head Quarters in Tokyo, Japan. In September 1950 he fought in the “Invasion of Inchon, Korea” and was assigned to Frontline Infantry with the 7th Division, 32nd Regular Company. He returned to the United States in June 1950 on a 30-day leave and was assigned to the 5th Mechanical Records Unit in Chicago, Illinois until discharged. After his discharge from the Army he worked various jobs until employed by the North Pacific Railroad as a Switchman and Brakeman where he worked for 3 years. He was also employed by Pacific Gamble Robinson for 10 ½ years, attended Capitol Commercial College for one year and was employed by the North Dakota Penitentiary for almost 25 years as a Correctional Officer until retirement. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion.
On November 24, 1954 he married Arloe Jean Hollingsworth. Together they had 2 children, Diane (Peterson) Reed and Darrin Peterson.
Orville was a member of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Prior to moving to Fayetteville, Orville and Jean lived in Bismarck, North Dakota for 50 years.
He is preceded in death by his wife of nearly 59 years, Arloe Jean; his mother and father, Edith and Veron Peterson; as well as many uncles, aunts and cousins.
He is survived by his daughter, Diane (Peterson) Reed and spouse, Carlos; son, Darrin Peterson; grandchildren, Christopher and Courtney Reed of Springdale, Arkansas, Christin (Reed) Flaspohler and Devin of Joplin, Missouri, Trisha Peterson of Dickinson, North Dakota; great-grandchildren, Kameryn Peterson, Landry and Arloe Reed, soon to arrive, Brecken Flaspohler; his brother, Rodney and Ann Peterson of Wilton, North Dakota; sisters, Helen and Marvin Seibold of Hendersonville, North Carolina and Laverne and Ken Hessinger of Flat Rock, North Carolina.
Orville was a gentle and kind-hearted man whose love and genuineness was felt by everyone he knew. He enjoyed life and deeply loved his family. Orville will be greatly missed, but we will see him again either in Heaven or when Jesus returns.
Visitation will be 5-7 P.M. Monday, August 7, 2017 at Beard’s Chapel.
Funeral services will be 1:00 P.M. Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at Beard’s Chapel with the Reverend Harris Sonnenberg officiating. Interment will follow in the Fayetteville National Cemetery under the direction of Beard’s Chapel.
Rick was preceded in death by his parents, Margurite Jones Hutchinson and William Pate Hutchinson, both of Fayetteville, AR.
Rick is survived by Margaret Dunaway Hutchinson; his brother, Frank Hutchinson; his sister, Deby Goodman; his 3 daughters, Kim Hutchinson, Laura Hutchinson Burns and her husband, Billy, and Carrie Hutchinson, all of Northwest Arkansas; his 8 grandchildren, Joshua Dewayne Walker, Jessica Case, Richard Hutchinson, Meagan Hollingsworth, Jimmy Hollingsworth, Charles Hutchinson, Zachary Hutchinson and Mitchelle Hollingsworth; and 9 great-grandchildren.
Rick was a kind-hearted cowboy that enjoyed making people laugh. He will be missed by many.
The viewing will be Saturday, August 5, 2017 from 2-4 P.M. at Beard’s Funeral Chapel in Fayetteville.
A memorial service will be held at Zion Christian Union Church (4984 W.Wedington, Fayetteville, AR. 72704) on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at 10 A.M. Family and friends will gather at the church following the memorial services.
Born on 12 September 1925 in Helena, Arkansas, and raised in Little Rock, Ann Christina Haury Bell lived a long life and passed away at Circle of Life Hospice Home at Legacy Village early in the morning of 1 August 2017.
Ann was a strong, funny woman with a dry wit and the ability to face any struggle with grace and courage. She could find humor in almost anything and loved to talk about people in the news who did dumb things. She loved chocolate, spaghetti & meatballs, steak, vegetable soup, hamburgers, and sausage & cheese. She loved to shop and go out to lunch.
She lived through the Depression, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and the more recent world conflicts, and never understood the concepts of hatred or discrimination. She worked for the railroad, the Air Force, and the psychiatry department of the VA Hospital in Albuquerque. She also lived in Germany, Denver, Memphis, and two places in Texas before returning to her home state of Arkansas.
Ann was preceded in death by her husband Howard Gilbert Bell, a World War II veteran who died in 1986, her brother Frederick Haury, her sister Magdalena Haury Carl, her sister Mary Ellen Haury Hutchison, and her stepson Dennis Bell.
She is most remembered by her family and friends for her humor and her style, and is survived by her daughter Michelle Bell of New Orleans, Louisiana; her stepdaughter Karen Kidd of Abilene, Texas; her sister Teresa Haury Caple of Bryant, Arkansas; her nephew Guy Caple, her nieces Janet Cuffman, Paula Jaicks, and Kelly Carlton, and all their families.
She was always there for her family, no matter what, and the world without her will be far less rich and far less funny.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Circle of Life Hospice Home at Legacy Village, 1201 NE Legacy Parkway, Bentonville, Arkansas 72712.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:00 A.M. Friday, August 4, 2017 at the Apple Blossom Retirement Community, 2501 N. 22nd St, Rogers, AR. 72756.
She was born December 10, 1955 in Fayetteville to Billy and Jessie Smith Stacks.
Doskie was preceded in death by her husband, Ray Dean (Bud) Williford; her sister, Phyllis Garriott; her father, Billy Stacks; her step-dad, Bill Garriott; and her mother, Jessie Smith Garriott.
She is survived by her husband, Gary Gumm of the home; her daughter, Dena Williford Minnick (Jesse) of Elkins; step-children, Dody Gumm and Scott Gumm of Kansas City; her sister, Barbara Stout (Terry) of Elkins; her half-brother, Curtis Stacks (Shara) of Farmington; her grandchildren, Daven Stewart, Jessica Stewart, Kristina Minnick, Shane Minnick, Katie Minnick, Orion Gumm and Jade Gumm.
Doskie graduated from Elkins High School and Northwest Arkansas Community College. She worked for the Elkins Senior Citizen Center and the NWA Community Correction Center for Women.
Doskie loved her family, her friends and will always be remembered for her great sense of humor and love of laughter. She was an exceptionally good cook, especially preparing Tex-Mex food using techniques and recipes stored in her head from working at the original Taco Hut in Fayetteville when she was a young girl.
She had a big heart, she helped many elderly people, disabled people and single mother’s to find help for their needs. Doskie was generous and would give her last dime to help someone. She loved God and believed His holy word. She was not a judgmental person and believed everyone had good in them and deserved a second chance.
A memorial celebration of life will be held at 2:00 P.M. Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at Beard’s Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Circle of Life Hospice, 901 Jones Rd, Springdale, AR. 72762.
George Miller, Jr. passed away at 10:00 p.m. on July 24, 2017 at Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas, following complications from surgery. He was born October 21, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois,Walter to Walter G. Miller, Sr. and Rita Woitas Miller. He grew up in the Chicago area and in 1960, joined the U. S. Navy for a three-year tour as an electrical engineer.
At the age of 35, Walter returned to college and graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Southwest Missouri State University (currently, Missouri Southern University). He continued his studies in taxation as a post-graduate at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.
He moved to Arkansas and was registered as a Certified Public Accountant in 1984. The following year, he was inducted into the Arkansas Society of Certified Public Accountants and in 1989 he founded the firm of Miller & Schroeder, CPA’s Ltd., with his friend and business partner Susan Schroeder. He grew the successful public accounting firm because of his expertise in tax and business strategies and planning. Walter was a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and served as Chairman of the Litigation Support Services Committee under the auspices of the Arkansas Society of CPAs. He was a writer and frequent guest speaker addressing tax and financial issues facing entrepreneurs, and was honored with the society’s “Best Teacher” award for his presentations of professional continuing education for other CPAs. After nearly two decades of practice, Walter retired when the firm was sold to another local public accounting firm.
Walter married Kathryn Hunt on October 11, 2001 and she survives. Together they enjoyed traveling, attending the symphony, and theater. An erudite individual, Walter also enjoyed spirited discussions about books, movies and current affairs. He took great pleasure in fine dining, lively debate on philosophy, theology or politics and smoking a good cigar on his front porch. He taught Sunday school at area churches he attended, most recently at Prairie Grove Methodist Church, where he led an adult class for several years. Walter was an avid reader
Walter was preceded in death by his parents and brother Kenneth. He is survived by his wife, Kathryn of the home, stepdaughter, Shawna Douglass and her husband Bill, of Redlands, CA, stepson, Ryan Cox and his wife Tamar, of Dallas, GA and grandchildren, Zach and Drew Douglass and Colton Cox.
With a heart for the disadvantaged and destitute, Walter supported organizations such as the Salvation Army, Peace at Home Family Shelter, Northwest Arkansas Food Bank, Seven Hills Homeless Shelter and others. No services are planned, but he will be remembered by family and friends at the home on Thursday, July 27, at 5:30 p.m. Arrangements have been made by Beard’s Funeral Chapel, of Fayetteville. Committal of ashes will be held privately at a later date. Contributions to any of Walter’s favorite charities or to one of the donor’s choice would be appreciated as a compassionate gesture to honor his life.
Leona Blanche Mays Hampton of Fayetteville passed away, in her home, on July 17, 2017. She was born February 17, 1931 in Mounds, Oklahoma to Thomas Owen Mac Mays and Nancie Abigail Holland Mays who preceded her in death.
Leona will be remembered as a loving Christian woman who was proud to be called the mother of 12 children she birthed and raised.
She was a gifted cook and well known for her baking of pies, cakes and sweet breads which tempted her family and friends.
Church attendance and living a Christian life was a priority to her.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 30 years, Alvis James Hampton, one son, Garry Thomas Hampton, one daughter, Nancy Kathryn Holt and one grandson, Mark Hampton; five brothers, Charlie, Virgil, Hurston, Owen and Travis Mays; two sisters, Palma Mays and Blendene Burkett.
Survivors include four sons, Joseph Hampton of Winslow, Samuel Hampton (Sheri) of Fayetteville, Nathaniel Hampton (Patricia) of Caldwell, ID. and Paul Hampton (Charlette) of Little Rock; six daughters, Sharon Neel (Chester) of Anderson, MO, Priscilla Warren (Don) of Rogers, Janette Moon of Fayetteville, Patricia Juma of Fayetteville, Reba Hilton (Jerry) of Olathe, KS. and LaCreta Wheeler (Daniel) of Kansas City, MO; 26 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren; one brother, Kenneth Mays (Frances) of Overland Park, KS. and one sister, Christene Solomon of Neosho, MO.
Visitation will be from 5-7 P.M. on Sunday, July 23, 2017 at Beard’s Funeral Chapel of Fayetteville, AR.
Funeral services will be at 1:00 P.M. on Monday, July 24, 2017 at The Pentecostals of NWA in Rogers, AR. Burial will follow in Coyle Cemetery in Winslow, AR. under the direction of Beard’s Chapel.