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Rita A. Conner, 75, of Fayetteville, died March 22, 2017 at the Willard Walker Hospice Home. She was born September 21, 1941 in Caruthersville, MO. to Earl and Norma Davis McNiel. She was a dedicated wife, mother and grandmother. Rita retired from Walmart after fifteen years.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Roger McNiel and Mike (Frye) McNiel; and sister, Susan McNiel Brashears.
She is survived by her husband, James (Bob) Conner of the home; two sons, Randy Conner of TN. and Richard Conner and wife, Sonja of Bentonville; daughter, Robin West and husband, Joseph of Nashville, TN; brother, Johnny McNiel of Nixa, MO; 8 grandchildren and 7 great- grandchildren.
No services are planned at this time. Cremation arrangements by Beard’s Funeral Chapel.
Diane is survived by her parents, Loren Cates and Sue Robbins of Farmington; a daughter, Jessica Pharris; two brothers, Ken Cates and Jeff Cates; an uncle, Gerald Cates of Farmington; and two granddaughters, Aubrey and Rebecca Pharris of Kansas City, MO.
She will be dearly missed by all who loved her.
No services are planned.
Ted Melcher, 75, of Huntsville, died March 18, 2017 at Willard Walker Hospice Home. He was born May 15, 1941 in Chicago, IL. to Harry David and Alice Leona Goodenow Melcher.
Ted was a machinist for the city of Chicago.
He enjoyed outdoor sports and riding his motorcycle.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister.
He is survived by his wife,Linda Stewart Melcher whom he married March 22, 1958 in Huntsville; two sons, Harry D. Melcher and Donald E. Melcher, both of Fayetteville; one daughter, Pamela S. Hermes and husband, Robert of Arlington Heights, IL; and two grandchildren, Bobby John Melcher and Lisa Marie Muskat.
No services are planned. Cremation arrangements are by Beard’s Funeral Chapel.
Wilma Lou Watson, 82, of Fayetteville went to be with the Lord on March 16, 2017 at the Willard Walker Hospice Home in Fayetteville. She was born June 4, 1934 in St. Paul, AR. to Willy and Lucinda Johnson. She was one of eight children.
She attended St. Paul School where she played basketball until she graduated in 1952.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 59 years, Bobby Watson and her one grandson, Skipper Allan Watson.
Wilma was an active member of Fayetteville First Assembly of God. She was best known for working at restaurants throughout the county where she made countless friends and was voted best pie baker in NWA. She had worked for the Washington County Sheriff’s Office for 14 years, a job she dearly loved. Wilma was an inspiration to everyone around her. She prayed nightly for the officers of Washington County. She loved to fish anytime she got a chance, going places with her grandchildren. Wilma loved life whatever it dealt her. Last but not least, she loved talking about her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. If you were ever around Wilma very much, you could feel the Lord all over her. She was a wonderful mother and grandmother. Mom will be missed greatly.
She is survived by 2 sons, Allan Watson of West Fork and Andy Watson and wife, Kim of Fayetteville; 4 granddaughters, Shelly Thomas, Jessi Bolinger, Emerald and Baylea Watson; one sister-in-law, Mary Lee Johnson; several great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Funeral services will be 1:00 P.M. Monday, March 20, 2017 at Beard’s Chapel with Tim Smith officiating. Interment will follow in the Fayetteville National Cemetery under the direction of Beard’s Chapel.
The family will receive friends from 3-6 P.M. on Sunday, March 19, 2017 at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be the Washington County Sheriff’s Department.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bennie Harris to whom she was married 55 years; a son, Gary Harris; a twin sister; and a brother.
Thelma is survived by a daughter, Sherry Carroll and partner, Tim Edwards; 2 granddaughters, Stephanie Mounce and husband, Jeremy of Lowell and Katlyn Murray and husband, Taylor of Springdale; and 3 great-grandchildren, Cooper and Ava Mounce and Peyton Murray.
Graveside services will be 1:00 P.M Saturday, March 18, 2017 at Fairview Memorial Gardens Cemetery with Don Warford officiating.
The family will receive friends from 5-7 P.M. Friday, March 17, 2017 at the funeral home.
She was a lifelong parishioner of St. Joseph Catholic Church and a hospice volunteer for 13 years.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William J. Brooks and a son, William G. (Billy) Brooks.
Survivors include a daughter, Katherine Brooks Browne of Fayetteville; a foster daughter, Carol Gamble of Fayetteville; a daughter-in-law, Ginger Brooks of Rogers; sons, Mike Brooks and wife, Donna of Broken Arrow, OK, Peter Brooks and wife, Kelly of Fayetteville and Matthew Brooks and wife, Sunny of Anderson, MO; 6 granddaughters; 1 grandson; 11 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; and many loving friends.
A gathering of family and friends will be held from 4-7 P.M. on Friday, March 17, 2017 at Beard’s Chapel.
The family requests memorials or donations be made to the Willard Walker Hospice Home, 325 E. Longview St, Fayetteville, AR. 72703 or The Botanical Gardens of NWA, P.O. Box 3079, Fayetteville, AR. 72702.
Cremation arrangements by Beard’s Funeral Chapel.
Jean Carrigan, age 91, of Fayetteville, died Sunday, March 12, 2017, at Butterfield Trail Village in Fayetteville. She was born October 14, 1925, in Elkins, AR, to Fannie and Ezra Carrigan. She was preceded in death by her brother, W.A. Carrigan, and three sisters, Irene Tillery, Millie Wentz, and Nell Greenquist.
Jean retired from the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Fayetteville after 37 years as operating room supervisor and infection control nurse. Jean was the recipient of the prestigious Hands and Heart Award, presented by the administrator of the VA Hospital for “consistently providing emotional support, help, and guidance to patients far beyond the call of duty.” Jean earned her RN degree from Charity Hospital in New Orleans and her BSRN degree from St. Joseph’s College of Maine. She also attended the University of Arkansas.
Jean was an unparalleled supporter of the Razorbacks football and women’s and men’s basketball teams, holding season tickets and faithfully attending all games on campus, as well as tournaments and bowl games. She also volunteered with the American Red Cross, Planned Parenthood, and Washington Reional Medical Center, where she spent years as the surgical waiting room volunteer. After moving to BTV, she continued her volunteering by accompanying residents to medical appointments and taking tickets in the dining room.
Jean assisted in the establishment and chartering of Sequoyah United Methodist Church and became the first member. She was always faithful to her church by her loyal attendance and her participation in whatever job needed to be done.
Jean described herself as a Christian, a Methodist, an Arkansas Razorback, and a Democrat.
Jean is survived by one sister, Rada Mae Carter, also of BTV, and by a host of nieces and nephews who will miss her dearly: Mike and Carol Tillery, Roy and Gwen Tillery, Elaina, Christian, William, Samuel, and Ayden, Elkins; Robert Wentz, Tuie and Lucy Wentz, Susan Wentz, Billy Wentz, Pat and Beth Wentz, Union, SC; Gerry and John McGowen, Tacoma, WA; John and Jenny McGowen, Jack and Will, Hinsdale, IL; Pam and Doug Wiewel, Kathryn and Daniel Williams, Quincy, IL; Jo and Steve Wilson, Norfork, AR; Stephanie and Paul Wilson-Scott, Rowe, Beck, and Sujina, Albuquerque, NM; Josh Wilson, Fayetteville; John Carter, Mooresville, NC; Jimmy Carter, Elkins; Jeanie and Dave Hammack, Jack, Henry and Sam Sallee, Elkins; Sandy Greenquist, St. Paul, MN; Hilary, Mira, and Cooper Caligiuri, Minneapolis, MN; Justice and Joanna Lindell, Viola and J. Oliver, Eagan, MN; Terry and Stephanie Greenquist, Dylan Greenquist, Avery and Dave Walsh, Virginia Beach, VA; Taylor and Brittany Greenquist, Nashville, TN; and many more great and great-great nieces and nephews, as well as very special friends Frances Pelton and Hilda Turner.
A service to celebrate Jean’s life will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, in the Convocation Room at BTV, 1932 E. Joyce Blvd. in Fayetteville. The service will be led by Rev. Sara Pair of Sequoyah United Methodist Church.
Memorials in Jean’s honor may be made to Sequoyah United Methodist Church, 1910 N. Old Wire Rd., Fayetteville, AR 72703, or to Butterfield Trail Village Foundation (Birds and Wildlife Fund), 1932 E. Joyce Blvd., Fayetteville, AR 72703.
She moved to Brentwood, AR from Ordway, CO in 1945. Lora Jean attended Brentwood Community School through 8th grade and graduated from West Fork High School in 1948. She was a member of West Fork Church of Christ and Center Street Church of Christ. Lora Jean was a well-known seamstress who owned her own custom drapery business. She made draperies for many prominent people through out Northwest Arkansas.
Lora Jean is survived by her husband, Leon Porter of the home; son, Ronnie Porter and wife, Sheri of Springdale; son, Randy Porter of Springdale; daughter, Gail Ingalls and husband, Ken of West Fork; son, Rusty Porter and wife, Stella of Hot Springs; 7 grandchildren, Ashley Prendergast, Tyler Porter, Jared Porter, Rebecca Lehew, Rachel Ingalls, Devon Porter and Michelle Porter; and 1 great-grandchild, Ryleigh Grace.
Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M. Monday, March 13, 2017 at Beard’s Chapel. Interment will follow in Brentwood Cemetery under the direction of Beard’s Chapel.
The family will receive friends from 2-4 P.M. on Sunday, March 12, 2017 at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Willard Walker Hospice Home, 325 E. Longview St, Fayetteville, AR 72703.
Lenora Crumby, 74, of Fayetteville, died March 7, 2017. She was born November 3, 1942 in Prairie Grove to Hiram and Angeline McGehee Pointer. She for many years owned and operated restaurants in Hampton, VA, then moved back to Arkansas where she ran a childcare for the past 20 years.
She is survived by two daughters, Tammy Chumley of Fayetteville and Patricia Russell and husband, Steve of Holiday Island; one brother, Forrest Pointer of Clifty; and one sister, Mary Studebaker of Fayetteville; 3 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
No formal services are planned at this time. Cremation arrangements are by Beard’s Funeral Chapel.
She moved to the Hazel Valley area at the age of 3, then to the Elkins area as a teenager. Ellen attended Elkins High School. She married Forest “Jeep” Atha on August 29, 1945 and was married for 46 years. They had three children.
Ellen was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved her family deeply! Her first job was a waitress at Collier’s Drug Store on the square in Fayetteville. She later worked at the Elkins Post Office and retired after 32 years of service. She also helped Jeep run the DX Station in Elkins. Ellen was a founding member of the Elkins Fire Bells and a 4-H Leader. She was a member and officer of the Home Demonstration Club and was so proud to serve in that role. Ellen attended and helped with all community activities and school functions, following her children through their activities in sports and academic programs. She was a faithful member of the Elkins Community Church and served on various committees as needed. She taught Sunday School and Bible School for many years.
Ellen was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Forest “Jeep” Atha; one sister, Helen Lewis; and one brother, Kenneth Dareing.
She is survived by one son, Tommy Atha and wife, Karen of Elkins; daughter, Kaye Weathers and husband, Kenny of Fayetteville; daughter, Debbie Snell of Alameda, CA; 7 grandchildren, Sharon Pyle, Mandy Reed, Kasey Weathers, Kory Weathers, Calandra Snell-Gibson, Dillon Snell and Kyle Snell; 10 great-grandchildren, Matthew Pyle, Whitley Frederick, LaCole Frederick, Ty Frederick, Sydney Weathers, Konnor Weathers, Reagan Weathers, Andrew Weathers, Presley Gibson and Emery Gibson; one brother, Jack Dareing and wife, Donna of Elkins; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
The family will receive friends from 5-7 P.M. on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at Beard’s Chapel.
Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M. Friday, March 10, 2017 at Beard’s Chapel. Interment will follow in Nickell Cemetery near Hazel Valley under the direction of Beard’s Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Elkins Fire Department.