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Duane Lawson, 65, of Elkins passed away Friday, February 17, 2017 in Fayetteville. He was born December 7, 1951 in Fayetteville to Bent and Irene Toney Lawson.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bent and Irene Lawson and sisters, Linda Parrish and Brenda Samuels.
Duane was a member of the Tuttle Church of Christ.
He is survived by his daughter, Jenifer Lewis and husband, Roy; and 3 grandchildren, Corissa Lewis, Colten Lewis and BreAnna Lewis, all of Elkins.
Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M. Monday, February 20, 2017 at the Tuttle Church of Christ with Craig Richardson and Chaplain Paul Woodhouse officiating. Interment will follow in the Wesley Cemetery under the direction of Beard’s Chapel.
The family will receive friends from 5-7 P.M. on Sunday, February 19, 2017 at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to help the family with funeral expenses.
It is with deep and heavy sadness that we announce the passing of Jackie Warford, age 68, of Elkins who passed away on February 15, 2017 at his home in Elkins. He was born July 14, 1948 in Patrick to William and Maggie Hall Warford. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Bonnie Smith and Wanda Ball.
Jackie was a great mechanic with a love for hot rods. He was a loving father and grandfather. He enjoyed having family over for camping along the river on his farm. Jackie spent most of his time on his tractor tending to the farm.
He is survived by his lifelong companion, June Warford of Elkins; loving daughters, Jacqueline Warford and Jeanettie Kimes, both of Elkins; sister, Bessie Hattabaugh and husband, Billie of Elkins; brother, Raymond Warford of Elkins; sister, Barbara Wright and husband, Mike of Fayetteville; brothers, Johnny Warford and wife, Jonetta and Donnie and Randy Warford, all of Wesley; grandchildren, Daisy Jenkins and husband, Jessie, Danny Bohannon, Cynthia Campbell and husband, Hunter and William and Walter Kimes; great-grandchildren, Codi Bohannon, Marshall Jenkins and Mackenzie Campbell; stepchildren, Julie Rhodes, John Rhodes James Rhodes, Andrea Barrile and Cynthia Barrile Josephson; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M. Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at Beard’s Chapel with Ray Shackelford officiating. Interment will follow in McCord Cemetery under the direction of Beard’s Chapel.
The family will receive friends from 5-7 P.M. on Monday, February 20, 2017 at the funeral home.
He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Eugene Clark.
He was an Air Force veteran who served in the Vietnam War.
He is survived by his wife, Lorene Clark of 45 years; his son, Gary Joe Clark, II and wife, Missy of Winslow; his daughter, Angela Ledgerwood and husband, Bart of Greenland; grandchildren, Nikki, Thomas, Bianca, Bryce, Barrett, Bret and Byron; 2 great-grandchildren; his mother, Fleeta Clark; 2 brothers, Charles Clark, Jr. of Cabot and Roy Clark of Bella Vista; 2 sisters, Muriel Shipley of Fayetteville and Tilly Clark of Winslow.
He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather who will be greatly missed.
As per Gary “Joe’s” repeated requests, there will be no services. He wanted no more sadness caused by his passing.
Cremation arrangements by Beard’s Chapel.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Bonnie Guinn; a sister, Wanda Sue Shuler; and a daughter, Sheila Rae Guinn.
Jack was an Army veteran having served in the Korean War and served in the Army National Guard. He worked for SWEPCO for 38 years as a line foreman. He was an avid hunter, loved to fish, liked to travel and enjoyed reading western books.
He is survived by his children, Elizabeth Guinn-Miller and husband, Nathan of Fayetteville, Deborah Shaffer and husband, Scott of Overland Park, KS, Cheryl Hughes and husband, Larry of Hot Springs Village, AR, Brenda Bruce of Fayetteville and Bart Blackwell of Fayetteville; grandchildren, Vera Jean Miller, Morgan Shaffer, Cameron Shaffer, Coleson Bruce, Maleah Orns and Erin Hughes-Pace; and 3 great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 P.M. on Friday, February 17, 2017 at Beard’s Chapel. There are no services scheduled at this time.
Donations may be made to the Elkins Senior Center, Meals on Wheels or the American Legion.
Cremation arrangements by Beard’s Chapel.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Max Moore and a brother, Charles A. McCool.
At the age of 16, she was an office cashier for Walton’s 5&10 and then went on to work for Walmart for 15-20 years. She was also a Star Route Carrier for the Fayetteville Post Office.
She is survived by her children, daughter, DeAnna Stokes and husband, Earl of Greenland, son, Jimmy Moore and wife, Brooke of West Fork and daughter, Vickie Hopkins of Fayetteville; grandchildren, Kelly Hopkins and wife, Mirinda of Springdale, Preston Stokes and wife, Amy of Springdale and Samantha Robinson and husband, Clint of Fayetteville; great-grandchildren, Alissa, Lyla, Rayne and Rylee.
A graveside service will be held at 2:00 P.M. Thursday, February 16, 2017 at the Bentonville Cemetery with Tom Lundstrum officiating under the direction of Beard’s Chapel.
The family will receive friends from 4-6 P.M. on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Mary M. Moore Memorial Fund at First Security Bank.
Rae Jene Dunn, 74, of Farmington died peacefully on February 9, 2017, at the Earlene Howard Hospice Home in Springdale. She was born December 17, 1942, to Elsie and Raymond “Jack” Rinn as the eldest of five children in Alpena, Michigan, where her father was stationed by the Army Air Corps.
Rae graduated Fayetteville High School in 1960. She subsequently earned a Bachelor of Science degree in home economics in 1964 and a Master of Science degree in botany in 1978 from the University of Arkansas.
On July 15, 1964, she wed James E. Dunn, a statistics professor at the University. They recently celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary. She was preceded in death by her parents, Elsie and Jack, and her brother, David. She is survived by her husband, James; two children, Katherine Parsons and Eric Dunn; five grandchildren, Isabel, Graham, and Gordon Parsons and Jason and James Dunn; and three sisters, Patricia Rinn, Gail Gavit, and Lisa Rotenberry.
Rae was an award-winning professional potter, as well as an avid gardener, quilter, art collector, traveler, and proficient sailor. She and her husband were founding members of the Beaver Lake Sailing Club in 1965. In 1982 she opened her studio, The Clay Castle, in Farmington, specializing in the design and fabrication of wheel-thrown pottery. For many years she was a familiar exhibitor at local craft fairs, including the Prairie Grove Clothesline Fair, regional craft fairs such as the annual Brush Creek Bazaar in Tulsa, and presented one-woman shows at the Arts Center of the Ozarks among other locations. In 1992 she was juried into the American Pen Women Biennial Art Exhibit in Washington, D.C., where her pot, “Kilauea Jar” was cited for Excellence. Rae’s work, though following traditional forms, often exhibited the unexpected, e.g., a bear as the handle of a canister lid, a tree frog clinging to a coffee mug, ripe wild blackberries encircling the neck of a vase. She felt that touch was important: “A pot that does not attract the hand, to follow its swells and hollows as well as savor its texture and edges, is mediocre.” She was a member of the Arkansas Craft Guild and the Heartwood Gallery at the end of her career.
The family would like to thank Dr. Patrick Travis of the Highlands Oncology Group in Fayetteville, Dr. Alessandra Ferrajoli of the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, and the doctors and caretakers at the hospice home for their professional and compassionate care. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to MD Anderson Cancer Center at www.mdanderson.org/gifts.
Cremation arrangements by Beard’s Funeral Chapel.
John Eldon Mugley, 72, of West Fork passed away Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at his home to be with the Lord after a 3-year battle with cancer. He was born February 14, 1944 in Fayetteville to Alford Connor and LuMarlis King Mugley.
He lived in West Fork for 42 years; worked at EPC as a fabricator/tool crib attendant for 40 years; was a member of the Blackburn Community Covenant Church in Winslow; he loved his children and grandchildren and his church; and loved camping, hunting and fishing.
He was preceded in death by his parents; 3 sisters and 1 granddaughter.
John is survived by his wife, Rosilee Collins Mugley of the home, whom he married April 18, 1964; 3 sons, Darrin Mugley and wife, Tisa of West Fork, Keith Mugley and wife, Tammy of West Fork and Michael Mugley and wife, Lana of West Fork; 1 daughter, Johnette Ross and partner, Johnny Warford of Elkins; a brother, Kenneth Cook of West Fork; a sister, Ruby Reed of Winslow; 15 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be 10:30 A.M. Friday, February 10, 2017 at Beard’s Chapel with Pastor Marsha Cooley officiating. Interment will follow in Friendship Cemetery in West Fork under the direction of Beard’s Chapel.
The family will receive friends from 5-7 P.M. on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Blackburn Community Covenant Church Building Fund, in c/o Marsha Cooley, P.O. Box 165, Winslow, AR. 72959.
The family wishes to express special thanks to the Blackburn Community Covenant Church Family; Washington Regional Hospice; and special thanks to Janet Jenkins.
Billy Myler Thompson, 84, of Fayetteville passed away Friday, February 3, 2017 in Springdale. He was born June 30, 1932 in Fayetteville to William and Alice Myler Thompson.
He retired from Campbell Soup.
A memorial service will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at the First United Presbyterian Church in Fayetteville with Reverend Jan Butin officiating.
The family will receive friends from 4-6 P.M. on Monday, February 6, 2017 at Beard’s Chapel.
Patsy Louise (West) Sweetser, age 85 of Elkins, passed away Tuesday, January 31, 2017. She was born May 11, 1931 in Elkins, the daughter of Oscar and Margaret West. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Patsy lived her entire life in Elkins. She was a Christian and a lifelong member of the Elkins Community Church. She graduated from Elkins High School and spent her career working for the Bank of Elkins, White River Telephone Company and the State of Arkansas. She served on the Elkins City Council and was very active in the community having volunteered with Meals on Wheels, Elkins Elementary and serving many years as a poll worker in local elections.
Patsy carried a positive and persevering attitude with her each day. She was deeply devoted to her family and never though twice of sacrificing her time and wants for them.
Patsy is survived by her three children, Jack (Betsy) Sweetser of Springdale, Joe (Deb) Sweetser of Fayetteville and Mary (Bill) Shofner of Elkins; 7 grandchildren, Dr. Kimberly (Sean) Huggins, Jack West (Latresa) Sweetser, Lauren (Ryan) Locke, Matthew (Mollie) Sweetser, Trey (Tennille) Shofner, Tara (Jacob) Hudson, Travis (Becky) Shofner; 13 great-grandchildren; sister, Peggy (Bob) Warren of Elkins and many friends and family.
A visitation will be held Thursday, February 2, 2017from 5-7 P.M. at Beard’s Funeral Chapel of Fayetteville. Funeral service will be Friday, February 3, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. at the Elkins Community Church in Elkins, AR. Interment will follow in the Mount Olive Cemetery in Elkins under the direction of Beard’s Chapel.
Pallbearers are Trey Shofner, Travis Shofner, Matthew Sweetser, Jack West Sweetser, Charles Warren, Bill Warren and Jon Warren.
Robby was a dedicated parts salesman for Motion Industries for 30 years and was an avid hunter, fisherman, as well as a John Wayne fan. In his younger days, bull riding was his favorite sport. He always enjoyed the time spent with his granddaughter, Skylar.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Wendell Murphy.
He is survived by two sons, Ethan Murphy and wife, Whitney of West Fork and Wacey Murphy of Bella Vista; one brother, Garry Murphy and wife, Kathy of Berryville; and one special granddaughter, Skylar Murphy.
Graveside services will be 10:00 A.M. Saturday, February 4, 2017 at Elm Springs Cemetery with Earvel Fraley officiating. Interment will follow in Elm Springs Cemetery.
Visitation will be 5-7 P.M. Friday, February 3, 2017 at Beard’s Funeral Chapel.
Memorials may be made to the Arkansas Children’s Hospital, 1 Children’s Way, Little Rock, AR. 72202 in Robby’s name.