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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 (Donald) 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.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, Bobby Owen and Larry Browder; a son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Tina Owen; a daughter; a brother, Arlin Gardner; and a granddaughter, Danielle Denay Owen.
Joyce was a loving mother, a single mother most of her life raising five kids. She was a homemaker and attended Full Gospel Holiness Mission Church.
She is survived by her children, son, Rodney Owen of Sheridan, daughter, Shelly Woodward of Fayetteville, daughter, Heidi Cook of Springhill, LA. and son, Robert Browder of Fayetteville; a brother, E.W. Gardner, Jr; an aunt, Elva Dailey; 22 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M. Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at Beard’s Chapel with Pastor Dorothy Hilton officiating. Interment will follow in Cemetery Hill Cemetery in Farmington under the direction of Beard’s Chapel.
The family will receive friends from 1:00 P.M. until service-time on Tuesday, July 18, 2017.
Juanita Silvis, 94, of Fayetteville, went to be with the Lord July 12, 2017 in Fayetteville. She was born October 28, 1922 in Madison County to Arnold and Elsie Harwood Sikes. Juanita was a charter member of Fayetteville Freewill Baptist Church. She enjoyed cooking, babysitting grandchildren, gardening, crocheting and quilting.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Arlie Silvis; parents, one brother and one sister.
She is survived by two sons, Jerry Silvis and wife, Jeannie of Fayetteville and Lonnie Silvis and wife, Becky of Farmington; 4 grandchildren, Shelly Silvis Bailey and husband, Eric, Tracy Silvis and wife, Kayla, Todd Silvis and wife, Aimee and Charles Silvis and wife, Suzi; 8 great-grandchildren, Ashton Gajevsky and husband, Kevin, Ben Silvis, Adam Silvis, Ella Silvis, Landon Bailey, Lindley Bailey, Sophie Silvis and Judd Pleimann.
Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M. Monday, July 17, 2017 at Beard’s Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow at Fairview Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Visitation will be Sunday, July 16, 2017 from 2-4 P.M. at the funeral home.
Jossie graduated from Lincoln High School, Fort Smith, AR. and Velvatex Beauty College, Little Rock, AR. She married George W. Flowers. Jossie worked for many years at the University of Arkansas (Delta Gamma House, Women’s Gym and Barnhill Arena), affording her children the opportunity to start their education at Peabody Elementary. She also worked in various local factories, Campbell Soup, Mexican Original and George’s. Jossie, a carpenter, and through this ministry often utilized homeless and recovering persons to assist with various jobs while building her home. She loved riding, meeting and talking to people on the local transit.
Preceding her in death, her husband; one son, Gregory Flowers- April 18, 2017; her parents; and two siblings. She is survived by one son, George Flowers of Fayetteville; one daughter, Tommie (Lawrence) Davis of Little Rock; and one sister, Andretta Fisher of Fayetteville. Jossie has 12 grandchildren (7 biological); 9 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and special friends.
A special thank you to the Fayetteville Police Department for treating her with dignity and respect, Doug, her carpenter and friend and Deana her special daughter, physical therapist and “Life Coach”. She is an amazing Lady who will be missed by many.
Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M. Monday, July 17, 2017 at Beard’s Chapel with Minister Blandine “Deana” Williams officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Cemetery under the direction of Beard’s Chapel.
The family will receive friends from 3-5 P.M. Sunday, July 16, 2017 at the funeral home.
Rebecca Ann Calhoun, 70, of Farmington passed away Tuesday, July 11, 2017 in Fayetteville. She was born September 22, 1946 in Sumner, Mississippi to John and Rose Spinosa Hobbs.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Eddye Calhoun.
Rebecca is survived by her children, Rebecca Mitchell of Grain Valley, MO, John Calhoun of Freeport, FL. and Catherine Calhoun of Bothell, WA; sisters, Catherine Jenkins of Texarkana, TX. and Rosemary Roden of Greenville, MS; 4 grandchildren, Chris Mitchell, Cassidy Calhoun, LeAnn Mitchell and Alex Hamilton; and 1 great-grandchild, Isaiah Shorb.
Cremation arrangements by Beard’s Funeral Chapel.
No services are scheduled at this time.
He was born in Newton, Iowa on November 29, 1948 to Bert and Dorritt Cranston.
In 1971, he graduated Iowa State University and shortly thereafter moved to Arkansas where he met and married Robin Chaney. They had two children, Erin and Jacob. While they were together they owned Tim’s Pizza and bought Cranston Stables.
Mel married Shirley Hostnick and they lived happily on the farm until her death in 2013.
He is survived by his two children, Erin Layne and husband, Bill and Jacob Cranston; 4 grandchildren, Brittany Layne, Caleb Layne, Dylan Reeves and Eli Cranston; his brother, Ed Cranston and his sister, Sherry Grimes and their families.
A celebration of life will be held 2:00 P.M. Thursday, July 13, 2017 at Beard’s Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to his lifelong passion of taking care of animals at the Bank of Fayetteville.
Diana Lynn Watson, 61, of Prairie Grove passed away on July 5, 2017. She was born September 23, 1955 to Flora Jean Jarboe and Ron Willard.
She was preceded in death by her mother and a son, Allen “Skip” Watson.
Diana is survived by her daughter, Shelly Thomas; a granddaughter, Ashley Sutton; 3 grandsons, Niles Brandon Thomas, Tristen Sullins and Takoma Dobbs; and 1 great-granddaughter, Olivia Sutton.
Diana loved to watch her son play baseball, her granddaughter play softball and her grandson play baseball and football.
A private memorial ceremony with the family will follow at a later date.
(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, AR; 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. Special thanks also to the Phil Shepherd and Joan Hayes families for going the extra mile as neighbors over the years.
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.