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Phyllis Anne Tucker, 68, of Springdale died February 3, 2016. She was born June 27, 1947 in Prairie Grove to Jack and Edith Irene Anthony Taylor. She was Tour Group Leader for Fayetteville Convention and Visitor Bureau. Phyllis graduated from Fayetteville High School in 1965. She enjoyed playing the piano and organ also enjoyed doing arts and crafts. She touched lots of lives known as “Mommaphyl” sharing her love and support for her adopted kids and family.
She is survived by son, Jeremy Tucker of Bentonville; daughter, Dustie Hill and husband, Doyle of Pleasant Hope, MO.; brother, Parker Taylor of Springdale; 2 grandchildren, Chellsea Hill and Ashlea Hill; and 4 great-grandchildren, Josalynn Hill, Jayden Hill, Addison McCann and James McCann.
Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M. Monday, February 8, 2016 at Sang Avenue Baptist Church with Rev. Dennis Artman officiating. Burial will be at Fairview Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
There is no scheduled visitation.
Doyle Howard Baker, 71, of Patrick died Wednesday, January 27, 2016 in Patrick.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Tom and Roxie Baker of Delaney, AR.; two half-brothers, George Baker of Yakima, WA. and Sherman Baker of Delaney; 2 sisters, Anna Marie Nekuza of Delaney and Shirley Sweetser of Delaney; 4 brothers, Roy Don Baker of Pateros, WA., Dave Baker of Delaney, Dean Baker of Elkins and Ronnie Baker of Delaney.
Doyle is survived by his wife, Carol Baker of the home; 5 sisters, Julia Pelley of Bella Vista, Thelma Frye of Elkins, Bessie Williams of Bella Vista, Arleita Johnston of Springdale and Betty Blair of West Fork; a brother, John Baker of Siloam Springs; and nieces and nephews too numerous to count.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 2:00 P.M. at the St. Paul Full Gospel Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jess Harrison; sons, Melvin and Calvin Harrison; 2 sisters; and 5 brothers.
She worked for the Greenland School District for over 10 years in the cafeteria as a head cook.
Reba is survived by a brother, Ora Provence and wife, Mary of Bidville; sisters, Ava Jean Jackson and husband, Jack of Mountainburg; and Ella Mae Baker of Elkins; Melvin’s children, Shane and Kirk Harrison; Calvin’s children, Stacy Harrison, Denise Cartwright and Sarah Howell; 13 great-grandchildren; and 4 great-great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M. Saturday, January 30, 2016 at Beard’s Chapel with Eugene Provence and Ervin Hutchens officiating. Interment will follow in Baptist Ford Cemetery under the direction of Beard’s Chapel.
The family will receive friends from 5-7 P.M. on Friday, January 29, 2016 at the funeral home.
Beloved family matriarch, Barbara K. Barnes finished her earthly Journey and crossed the bar to be with her savior, January 23, 2016. Lifelong northwest Arkansas resident, born to John Lee and Jewel Mathew Hilburn in Rogers, Arkansas on July 15, 1934. She was reared and educated in Springdale and moved to Fayetteville upon marriage to her lifelong partner Howard Barnes. Barbara was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, John Robert Hilburn; a sister, Michie Daniel Dacanay and two nephews. She is survived by her husband of over sixty years, Howard J Barnes; one daughter, Karen K Barnes; two sons, Bob Barnes and wife, Debbie and Steve “Bo” Barnes; and former daughter-in-law, Carol Cribbins-Barnes; and three grandchildren, Mistie Barnes, Brooklyn Barnes and Tanner Barnes; and sisters, Doris Lundeen, Jessie Howard and Sharon Burman; as well as nieces and nephews. Barbara worked in the office at Jones Truck Lines in the early years and later at Washington Regional Medical Center, and assisted in the family trucking business. She was involved in many charitable and community activities and particularly her membership to the Order of the Eastern Star. It is with deep appreciation that the family thanks and acknowledges the outstanding care and love given to her by the staff of Shiloh Rehab and Nursing Center in Springdale. Visitation will be Wednesday, January 27, 2016 from 5-7 P.M. at Beard’s Chapel. Funeral services will be 1:00 P.M.Thursday, January 28, 2016 at Beard’s Chapel. Burial following at 2 P.M. at the Fayetteville National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Barbara asked that donations be made to improve mental health education and services in Arkansas.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Edward Zajicek.
She was a homemaker.
Emma is survived by four sons, David Zajicek and wife, Becky of Fayetteville and their children, Michael and Zachary; Danny Zajicek and wife, Karen of Farmington and their children, Blake, Brittney and Ashley; Ben Zajicek and wife, Rose of Fayetteville and their children, Nathan and Emily; and Bob Zajicek and wife, Rosa Lea of Bentonville and their son, Bo; sister, Carolyn Lamb of Ft. Smith; and 8 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M. Friday, January 29, 2016 at Beard’s Chapel with Brother Paul Payne officiating. Interment will follow in Round Mountain Cemetery under the direction of Beard’s Chapel.
The family will receive friends from 5-7 P.M. Thursday, January 28, 2016 at the funeral home.
Jerry L. Reed, 62, of Fayetteville died Jan. 20, 2016 in Hero’s Haven in the Fayetteville V.A. Hospital. Reed was a sports writer and editor his entire professional life. Reed worked for newspapers all over Texas and Northwest Arkansas. He was known as much for his sense of humor as his extensive knowledge of sports history. He ended his career working at The Northwest Arkansas Times and The Morning News.
Reed was born March 26, 1953 in a little house on the Prairie Grove, as he always said. He moved to Texas and graduated in 1971 from J.J. Pearce High School in Richardson. He attended the University of Arkansas and was a walk-on baseball player for Coach Norm DeBriyn who was starting his 33 years with the Razorbacks. Reed said he was the first of Coach Debriyn’s players to be drafted, but not by Major League Baseball. Drafted into the U.S. Army, Reed served from 1972 to 1974, mainly at Fort Hood, Texas, where he wrote sports stories. After leaving the military, Reed began his sports-writing career as a civilian. Reed also worked for the Tyler Morning Telegraph, Denton Record-Chronicle, Amarillo Globe-News, The Arkansas Democrat and other newspapers during his career. Reed was known for giving nicknames to his fellow workers and starting his personal phone calls with “This is Jerry L. Reed. Do you know me?” He could recall the birthdays of his family and friends from his memory and phoned them each year. Those he called included Barry Switzer, former Oklahoma Sooner and Dallas Cowboys coach, and Jerry Jones, owner of the Cowboys.
Reed is survived by sisters Glenda Boroski and husband Frank of Lake Kiowa, Texas; Shirley Colgrove and husband Jerry of Clarksville, Texas; brother Bobby Reed, of Fayetteville, Ark.; step-sister Catarina Christopher and husband Tom of San Antonio, Texas, along with many nieces, nephews, great- nieces, great nephews and aunts and uncles.
Cremation arrangements are by Beard’s Funeral Chapel of Fayetteville. No services are planned.
Conrad Blevins passed away on January 7, 2016. He was born November 13, 1934 in Newnata, Arkansas. He leaves behind 4 sons; 3 sisters; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. God rest his soul. He was a good man. We love you dad.
He was drafted into the U. S. Army in 1967 and served two years stationed in Germany. In 1970 Steve married Linda M. Brooks, also of Bridgeport, Connecticut. In 1975 they settled in Yellville, Arkansas and built a home there. They had a daughter, Amanda Lynn Sabo (Westminster, Vermont)
In 1979 Stephen moved to Fayetteville, Arkansas and married Josephine Humbert. He was skilled in all aspects of home construction and worked in home building and remodeling in the northwest Arkansas area for many years. Mr. Sabo also served as the Certified Building Official in Johnson, Elm Springs, Bethel Heights, Northwest Arkansas Airport and Tontitown for many years.
Steve was an excellent cook and anyone fortunate to eat at his table was well fed. Steve knew a wide variety of friendships. He enjoyed woodworking, gardening, fine wine, music, fast cars, quiet days on Beaver Lake, time with his family and bright moments. He was dedicated to his family and worked hard to provide for them. Those who knew Steve will remember him as an extraordinary and genuine man who lived with passion and soul.
“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.”- Thoreau
He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Josephine Humbert-Sabo; a son, David Sabo; two daughters, Avril Sabo Martinez and Amanda Lynn Sabo; he is also survived by three sisters of Bridgeport, Connecticut, Karen Moreo (Ralph), Stephanie Sheehy (Pat) and Sue Anne Stott (Paul); as well as a niece (Cassie) and two nephews (Jesse and Paul). He is preceded in death by a son, Stephen Andrew Sabo, a brother, Gerald and his parents.
Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M. Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at Beard’s Chapel. Interment will follow in Mt. Comfort Cemetery under the direction of Beard’s Chapel.
The family will receive friends from 5-7 P.M. on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at the funeral home.
Louis Wayne Bailey, 73, of Winslow, died January 16, 2016 at the Willard Walker Hospice Home. He was born May 17, 1942 in Johnson, Arkansas to John and Prella Mae Curtis Bailey. He was an auto body technician and owner/operator of Bailey’s Body Shop. He was an active member of Chester Freewill Baptist Church. He was also a member of the NRA and Duncan Hunting Club.
He is survived by his loving wife, Donna Lee Bailey of the home; three sons, Robert Louis Bailey and wife, Tanya of Springdale, Steven Joe Bailey and wife, Traci of Fayetteville and Sherman Dale Bailey of San Pedro, CA.; two daughters, Lora Lee Mackey and husband, Joe and Beverly Ann-Bailey Edens and husband, Anthony all of Winslow; brothers, Jerry Dale Bailey of Winslow and Barry Don Bailey of West Fork; and sister, Joy Benjamin of Winslow; and 4 grandchildren, James, Jonas, Maddy and Justin.
Memorial services will be 2:00 P.M. Friday, January 22, 2016 at Beard’s Funeral Chapel with Herb Wages and Anthony Edens officiating.
Raymond Cowan passed away in Springdale on January 14, 2016. Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M. at Salt Creek Baptist Church in Early, TX. on January 22, 2016. Visitation will take place the previous evening at Heartland Funeral Home in Early, TX. from 6-8 P.M. Burial will be in McCullough County, TX.