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Earle Leighton Rudolph died on Thursday, July 21, 2016.
He was born on October 26, 1917, at Gurdon, Arkansas and grew up in Arkadelphia. After finishing Arkadelphia High School in 1934, he attended the University of Arkansas. While completing graduate degrees at Harvard University he taught at Rice University, Harvard, and MIT. After finishing the doctorate he returned to the University of Arkansas in 1947 and remained until retirement in 1988. Among his particular interest were the University library and particularly the Fayetteville Public Library.
He was predeceased by his wife Marjorie Holt Rudolph (2005) to whom he was married in 1943 and his daughter Barbara Ann Rudolph (2011). He is survived by his son Earle L. Rudolph (Carol) of Alexandria Va. and daughter Karen Rudolph Shoffner (Terry) of Toronto, and three grandsons: Earle L. Rudolph III, Wade Rudolph (Samantha), and Sam Shoffner.
A memorial celebration will be announced at a later date.
Virginia Warford, 71, of West Fork passed away July 20, 2016. She was born July 19, 1945 in Fayetteville to Dalton and Dorothy Cook Spencer. She is survived by her husband, Raymond Dewey Warford.
No services are scheduled. Cremation arrangements by Beard’s Funeral Chapel.
Aquilla Jane Darlington of Fayetteville died on July 16, 2016. She leaves behind 3 children, 6 grandchildren and 6 ½ great-grandchildren. AQ received a call from which she will not be returning. A reunion with family and friends she has not seen in a long time. She’s in a wonderful place where she will be socializing and dancing to her hearts content.
Memorial services will be 10:00 A.M. Saturday, July 23, 2016 at Cox Cemetery.
Joana Ruth Lusk, 86, of Fayetteville passed away Friday, July 15, 2016 in Fayetteville. She was born August 8, 1929 in West Frankfort, Illinois to John and Naoma Randolph Webb.
She moved from Villa Park, IL. to Mountain Home, AR. in 1968. While in Villa Park, IL. she sang in the Chicago Symphony Choir for three years and had worked as youth choir director at Calvary Church. From Mountain Home, she moved to Fayetteville in 1970 where she had worked as choir director at Sequoyah United Methodist Church. Joana had been a private voice and piano teacher for over 35 years.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Naoma Randolph Webb and John Myles Webb; a son, Jonathan Scott Lusk; and a brother, John David Webb.
Joana is survived by her husband, Robert R. Lusk of the home; son, Robert (Randy) Lusk and wife, Francie of Hot Springs Village; daughter, Ruthanne Lusk Whitehead and husband, Mark of Bentonville; son, Kevin Todd Lusk and wife, Corrie of Sheridan; 5 grandchildren, Robbie Lusk, Christie Jackson, Tiffany Whitehead, Brently Lusk and William Lusk; and 6 great-grandchildren.
A private family memorial service will be held in Mountain Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church Bentonville (choir), 201 NW 2nd St., Bentonville, AR. 72712.
Cremation arrangements by Beard’s Funeral Chapel.
She was born in Denver, Colorado on October 7, 1919 and was raised in Birmingham, Alabama. Patricia was a talented painter in her youth and continued making art until the end of her life. In 1942 she married Kenneth Cockram, who served as a Lieutenant in the US Army Air Corps in the Pacific during WWII. After the war, the family moved to Fort Smith, where she raised six children. In the early 1960s she joined the N.A.A.C.P. and became active in the Civil Rights movement.
Patricia completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Arkansas in 1968. She received a scholarship from the University of Pennsylvania and earned a Master’s degreeas a Reading Specialist in 1970. While living in Fort Smith in the 1960s, she taught at Alma High School, and Darby Junior High. After moving to Fayetteville, she taught at Boy’s Town in 1971, and Fayetteville West Campus until 1987. She is survived by her children Peter Cockram and wife Jeri of Fort Smith; Tim Cockram and wife Connie of Austin Texas; Kathleen Randall (wife of Clyde Randall,deceased), Chris Kline and husband Les Kline; Claire Small and husband Paul Vella; and Michael Cockram and wife Susan Shore of Fayetteville. Her eldest daughter Patricia (Pati) Cockram passed away in 2010. She is survived by nine grandchildren: Arron Randall, Josh Randall, Meagan Cockram, Kary Donohue, Sam Cockram, Aya Cockram, Olivia Kline, Nina Vella and Guin Vella and eight great-grandchildren.
She spoke up where she saw injustice, marched for peace, cooked like a pro, read mountains of books and celebrated beauty in all its forms.
She attended Eastside Baptist Church; enjoyed crafts and cooking; and was owner/operator of Style Beauty Salon in California.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Jacquelyn is survived by her husband, Kenneth V. Moran of the home; a son, Todd V. Moran and wife, Terri of Elkins; a daughter, Jamie L. Hebert of Elkins; and a granddaughter, Christina E. Hebert.
Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M. Monday, July 18, 2016 at Beard’s Chapel with Dr. Tom Hover officiating. Interment will follow in Fairview Memorial Gardens Cemetery under the direction of Beard’s Chapel.
The family will receive friends from 2-4 P.M. Sunday, July 17, 2016 at the funeral home.
Jeannine Elizabeth Campbell McMurtrey Presley, 86, of Fayetteville, died peacefully surrounded by family on July 10, 2016. She was born at the Fayetteville City Hospital on September 25, 1929, the only child of her parents, Evertt and Evalee Campbell. She was educated in Fayetteville public schools and then graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1951 where she was a Razorback cheerleader and homecoming queen; she later obtained a Master’s Degree in Education from Texas Women’s University. She married her first husband Winfield McMurtrey, Jr., in 1952 and bore three sons in Texas. In 1969 she returned as a widow to Fayetteville and taught at Farmington High School until she retired in 1992. In 1978 she married George Henry Presley; together they ran Presley’s Brake Shop for many years.
She was very active in her community and church and was a member of: Order of Eastern Star, Daughters of the Nile, Social Club (OES), Olive Branch Shrine #3, Beta Sigma Phi, Northwest Arkansas Symphony, Fayetteville Country Club Golf Association, American Association of University Women (AAUW), Garden Club, Metropolitan Club, Northwest Arkansas Noblettes, BPOE Ladies Club, Order of the Amaranth, Rose Croix Shrine No. 2, and others. She was especially active in United Commercial Travelers and served as Grand Chaplain of the Ladies Auxiliary, National Co-Chairperson on Cancer, International President of the Ladies Auxiliary, Grand Counselor (Regional President) of Arkansas (twice), committee member of the May E. Tisdale Scholarship Fund, and Grand Chaplain of Arkansas (twice) during her son Mark’s tenure as Grand Counselor of Arkansas. Last week she and Mark attended the 129th Annual UCT International Convention in Louisville, Kentucky. Jeannine had an infectious laugh and smile, was an avid Arkansas Razorback fan, and enjoyed watching Jeopardy every afternoon.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Dr. A. W. McMurtrey, Jr., and George Presley; stepson Robert Presley; step great-grandson Billy Hampshire; and step great-granddaughter Natallie Elizabeth McNelly. She is survived by her sons: Winfield McMurtrey III (Cindy) of St. Charles, Missouri; Ward G. McMurtrey, M.Sc., of Farmington; and Mark E. McMurtrey, Ph.D., (Jacki) of Conway; and her stepchildren, Janis, Don, and Michael Ted (Tangi) Presley of California; Steve Presley (Marilyn) of Missouri; and caregiver Robert W. Wilkes of Fayetteville; her grandchildren, Katie, Rachel, and Samantha McMurtrey; and Grace Elizabeth (Gigi) McMurtrey; and her step-grandchildren, Tina, Teresa, Brenda, Bobby Presley, and a host of step-grandchildren and step great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at Beard’s Funeral Chapel. Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 14, 2016 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church with a reception to follow.
Interment will be at the Fayetteville National Cemetery with no graveside services. Memorial donations may be made to the May E. Tisdale Scholarship Fund (UCT), St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, or a charity of your choice.
Teresa Joann Burley, 58, of Siloam Springs, Arkansas died July 6, 2016 at St. John Hospital in Tulsa. She was born September 26, 1957 in Fayetteville to Paul and Mary Cornett Kilpatrick. Teresa was a member and co-pastor of Fruitful Branch Church in Prairie Grove. She also taught Sunday School for many years. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She had a passion for cooking.
She was preceded in death by her father, Paul Kilpatrick and one brother, Mike Kilpatrick.
She is survived by her husband, Jeff Burley, whom she married September 4, 1994; two sons, Justin Burley of Higgins, TX. and Eric Burley of Fayetteville; four daughters, Tina Spaeth of Bentonville, Alisa Sams of Springdale, Tamara Patrick of Siloam Springs and Trisha Crosslin of Tahlequah, OK.; her mother, Mary Kilpatrick of Fayetteville; and brother, Wayne Kilpatrick of Fayetteville.
Graveside services will be 1:00 P.M. Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at Kings Cemetery with Rob Evans officiating under the direction of Beard’s Chapel.
Visitation will be from 5-7 P.M. on Monday, July 11, 2016 at Beard’s Chapel.
Kylee Marie Marrs, 20, of Springdale, Arkansas, passed away July 2, 2016. Loving daughter, sister and friend. Kylee is survived by her mother, Angel Sanchez and father, Daniel Marrs. She is also survived by her sister, Kimberlee Marrs and dogs, Mazzy and Jeffrey. Visitation will be at Beard’s Chapel on Thursday, July 7,2016, from 5-7 P.M. Funeral services will be Friday, July 8, 2016, at 2 P.M. at Beard’s Chapel. Interment will follow in Round Mountain Cemetery.
Aaron Jacob Kildow passed away on Saturday, July 2, 2016. Aaron was born in Fayetteville, Arkansas, on September 28, 1994 to Bobby and Laura Kildow. He is survived by his parents and sisters, Hanna Estes and Kayla Kildow, both of Fayetteville.
Aaron was preceded in death by his grandfather Jim Alford, of Hogeye, Arkansas, and aunt Angie DesHotels of Kansas City, Missouri. He is survived by grandparents Norma Alford, Robert and Louise Kildow, Rosa Kildow, Gene Windle and great-grandmother, Kathryn Kildow, as well as a host of aunts and uncles, cousins and friends.
Aaron was an avid sportsman who enjoyed doing anything in the outdoors. One of his favorite pastimes was noodling for catfish, a hobby he picked up from his dad. He also enjoyed deer hunting and fishing of any kind. Aaron was also an excellent high school athlete, excelling in football, track, and bowling.
He was a member of Round Mountain Missionary Baptist Church. Aaron always loved going to church camp each summer at Ozarks Baptist Encampment in Grove, Oklahoma. He was a beloved member of the church.
Visitation will be held at Beard’s Funeral Chapel on Thursday, July 7th, 2016, from 5pm-7pm. Funeral service will be at Beard’s Chapel on Saturday, July 9th, 2016 at 10am, burial will follow at Round Mountain Cemetery.
Aaron will be loved and missed by all who knew him.