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Lanora Lelia Stogner, 84, of McKinney, Texas died October 7, 2017. She was born December 11, 1932 in Brentwood, Arkansas to Wallace and Kathryn Drummond Parnell. She worked in sales for Campbell Bell and Dillards department stores. She was an avid sports fan, following the Razorbacks, Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers to name a few. Lanora organized the Muscular Dystrophy campaign in Joplin, Missouri. She was a card-holding member of the Cherokee Nation.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Les Stogner.
She is survived by her son, Dwight Engler of Orange Park, FL.; daughter, Kay Earnhart and son-in-law, Mike of McKinney, TX.; 6 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be 2:00 P.M Friday, October 13, 2017 at Baptist Ford Cemetery under the direction of Beard’s Funeral Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Muscular Dystrophy Association at mda.org
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Debbie loved spending time with family and crocheting. She married Danial Engel March 7, 1972.
She is survived by her husband, Danial Engel of the home; a daughter, Missy Engel of Elkins; a son, Tim Engel of Pettigrew; two brothers, Sandy Gray and wife, Marvie of Fayetteville and Jimmy Gray and wife, Judy of West Fork; an aunt, Mary Johnson of Bentonville; and numerous cousins.
Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M. Saturday, October 14, 2017 at Beard’s Chapel with Associate Pastor Joe Lloyd officiating. Interment will follow in Boston Mountain Cemetery under the direction of Beard’s Chapel.
The family will receive friends from 5-7 P.M. Friday, October 13, 2017 at the funeral home.
Jane Elizabeth Nichols Steele died October 4, 2017. She was the daughter of Guerdon Nichols and Dorothy McLeod Nichols. She married and settled in Little Rock where she raised her four children.
She was the first female teaching assistant in Little Rock University’s History Department. She was the leader of the first integrated Girl Scout troop in Little Rock, and an active member of the League of Women Voters.
She co-founded Wilderness Trails, a non-profit that took high school students on summer trips to the Appalachians, Colorado Rockies and Minnesota Boundary Waters. These adventures were always memorable. She took many canoe trips down the Buffalo River, starting the trip with the warning “Don’t rush to Rush!”
Jane lived in Colorado and Arizona, engrossed in the culture and history of the west. She rafted several western rivers, including the Colorado. She drove her camper alone up the Alaska-Canada Highway and back. She designed a cabin on Beaver Lake and built it with the help of family and friends. Jane loved a good project or destination. Finally, Jane returned to Fayetteville and the house she grew up in.
She is survived by John William Steele, Cynthia Steele Moss, Dr. Allison Moss Johnson, Dr. Jeff Johnson, Jack Johnson, Emily Moss Runyon, Brad Runyon, Isabella Runyon, Hannah Runyon, Karen Steele-Hart, Bill Hart, Jacquelyn Steele Lincoln, Ivy Lincoln, Naomi Mendel Stratton, Katie Stratton, Chloe Stratton, Sarah Mendel Johnson, Len Johnson, Julia Lincoln Sites, Matt Sites, Cassidy Sites, Harrison Sites, Barret Schein, Tanya Schein, Bishop Sites, Dr. Daniel Lincoln, Sarah Schwald, Ellery Lincoln, Becky Scott Roberts, Mark Roberts, Gordon Roberts, Tiffany Roberts, Megan Roberts, Marc Roberts and Chloe Roberts.
The family thanks all those who supported Jane during her life. Memorials can be made to Buffalo River Watershed Alliance, Washington Regional Medical Center Hospice or Southern Poverty Law Center.
He was preceded in death by his parents, who immigrated from Germany. Martin was very proud of his German heritage including his love of music, which included playing the clarinet in German bands with relatives. He was also preceded in death by a son, Jim Thaler and a stepson, Tony Sweigart.
Martin was a Navy veteran having served during the Korean War. He retired from AARP after 29 years of loyal service as Director of Purchasing. Martin loved baseball, he coached little league in his younger years; loved the Baltimore Orioles; and was a loyal fan of the N.Y. Yankees. He adapted to his new surroundings and became an avid Razorbacks fan.
He is survived by his wife, Pamela Long Thaler of the home; a daughter, Lori Thaler of CA.; a son, Martin Thaler; stepchildren, Angela Gallagher and husband, Daniel, Jessica Harasek and husband, J.P., Sarah LeClair and husband, Michael and Taylor Sweigart; grandchildren, Fiala, Caleb, Nyah, Ayla, Helana, Layla and Parker; a sister, Louise Haglund; and nieces and nephews.
Martin was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.
Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M. Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at Hyland Park Assembly of God where he was a member. Martin loved his church and church family. He was devoted to God, praying until the end. Pastors Brad Redding and Dean Jones will be officiating. Interment will follow in the West Fork Cemetery under the direction of Beard’s Chapel.
The family will receive friends from 5-7 P.M. on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at the funeral home.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Norma Rodena Cooper; a daughter, Pam Allen; 3 brothers; and 6 sisters.
Ray was a U.S. Army veteran having served during the Korean Conflict. He enjoyed going to the VFW.
He is survived by a brother, Paul Cooper of Bel Aire, KS. and a grandson, Jimmy Ray Allen.
Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at Beard’s Chapel. Interment will follow in the Fayetteville National Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 5-7 P.M. Monday, October 9, 2017 at the funeral home.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Debbie Bell.
Jerry did public works for the City of Fayetteville for 38 years. He was an avid hunter and fisherman.
He is survived by his wife, Vicki Dunn Lewis of the home; his parents, Jerry and Maxine Lewis; a daughter, Jessica Lewis Gerlt of Fayetteville; a son, Jerry Tyler Lewis of Fayetteville; a brother, John Lewis; a sister, Sandy Bounds; two grandchildren, Lily Gerlt and Oliver Gerlt “Big O”; and a brother-in-law (best friend), Billy Dunn.
Graveside services will be 10:00 A.M. Thursday, October 5, 2017 at Dowell Memorial Cemetery with Pastor Tim Beers officiating under the direction of Beard’s Chapel.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 P.M. on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at the funeral home.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Tim and Mike Ryan.
Kimberley worked at the V.A. Hospital for 30 years as a Clinical Application Coordinator. She loved gardening and making crafts. She was looking forward to being a grandmother.
She is survived by her husband, Ronnie Adams of the home; a son, Ryan Adams of Fayetteville; a daughter, Jessica Adams of Fayetteville; a sister, Sheila How of Springdale; and a brother, Pat Ryan of Joplin, MO.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 P.M. Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at Beard’s Chapel with Reverend Jim Huffman officiating.
Cremation arrangements by Beard’s Funeral Chapel.
Roman Lucas Oswald, 32, of Fayetteville, Arkansas passed away Sunday, September 24, 2017 in Fayetteville. He was born April 1, 1985 in Fayetteville. Roman was a carpenter by trade and skill, but recently became a fabricator for Dare Devil Display, of Bentonville. Roman enjoyed outdoor activities such as camping, fishing, swimming and playing sports. He was an avid football fan and his favorite team was the Razorbacks. Roman was a kind soul who was always there to help others in need. He cherished spending time with his immediate and extended family. Spending time with his wife Jordon and their sons Andrew and Henry filled him with tremendous pride, joy and love.
He is survived by his wife, Jordon Meyer Oswald; sons, Andrew Roman and Henry Alexander Oswald; mother, Rhonda Oswald; stepfather, Otto Oswald; sister, Rachelle Rutz; brother, Samuel Oswald; and grandparents, Harold and Rosetta Harmon of Fayetteville.
Funeral services will be at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, September 30, 2017 at Beard’s Chapel with Rev. Terry Fortner. Interment will follow in Fairview Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends on Saturday, prior to the service from 9-11 A.M. at Beard’s Chapel.
Lt. Col. Hess, a 1966 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, retired from the Air Force after 24 years of honorable service. He was a proud member of the “Evil 8” Squadron. After earning a M.S. Ed. he became a math teacher at Elkins High School. He spent the next 14 years instilling in his students “Col. Hess’ Rules for Success”.
Jim was a lifetime member of MOAA. He was a proud U of A alumnus and an avid Razorbacks fan.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Christine Matelich Hess of the home; 2 daughters, Toni Hess and husband, Jeff English of Lake Charles, LA. and Cindy Timmerman and husband, Rudy of Prairie Grove; 4 brothers, Robert Hess of Clearlake, CA., Ron Hess and wife, Linda of East Aurora, N.Y., Larry Hess and wife, Peggy of West Valley, N.Y. and Jerry Hess and wife, Denise of Canton, N.Y.; 2 sisters, Jan Woodworth and husband, Woody of Detroit, MI. and Kathy Hess of Springville, N.Y.; and 5 grandchildren, Audrey, James, Ellie, Lane and Brynn.
A visitation will be held from 5-7 P.M. Thursday, September 21, 2017 with a rosary following at 7 P.M. at Beard’s Chapel.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 A.M. Friday, September 22, 2017 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Tontitown with Father John Connell officiating. Interment with full military honors will follow at 1:00 P.M. at the Fayetteville National Cemetery.
She was of the Baptist faith.
Her family moved to Elkins in 1950 when the oldest of her siblings was ready to start college. Marilyn graduated from Elkins High School and the U of A with a Bachelor’s of Science in Math Education. She began her teaching career in Missouri. Marilyn obtained her Master’s degree in math from the University of New Mexico. After 2 years teaching in Montana she joined the Department of Defense Dependents Schools and taught in Japan 3 years, Labrador 1 year and Germany for 27 years until her retirement in 1996. She then returned to Elkins where she served on the Elkins Library Board for several years helping to get the new library built. Marilyn traveled extensively and has retired friends from all over the U.S.
Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Kerry, Jerry and John Patrick; and three great-nephews, Drew McGill, Patrick Faubus and Grant Bell.
She is survived by two sisters, Martha Faires and Jacque Faubus and her husband, Jim, all of Elkins; sister-in-law, Linda Patrick Krieger of Denison, TX.; two nephews, Gary Faubus of Thornton, CO. and Mark Patrick of Winfield, KS; six nieces, Leisa McGill of Elkins, Monique Harriman of Japton, Saundra Evans of West Fork, Holly Perry of Harrison, Karen Wittrock of Winfield, KS. and Jessica Patrick of Fayetteville; 16 great-nieces and nephews; 5 great-great nieces and nephews; and many cousins and friends.
Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M. Monday, September 18, 2017 at Beard’s Chapel with Jeremy Evans officiating. Interment will follow in McCord Cemetery under the direction of Beard’s Chapel.
The family will receive friends from 2-4 P.M. Sunday, September 17, 2017 at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Elkins Public Library, 352 North Center Street, Elkins, AR. 72727.