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Gordon Ray Buchanan, the son of Carl Buchanan, Jr. and Dorothy Dean Buchanan was born on July 25, 1955 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He was a member of St. James Methodist Church.
He Graduated from Fayetteville High School in 1972, where he was a talented bass guitar player in a local band.
During his life, he had various occupations, such as janitorial at the University of Arkansas and Washington Regional Medical Center, production line at Campbell Soup and construction. In his spare time, he loved spending time with his grandchildren and going fishing.
He is preceded in death by his mother and father, Dorothy Dean Buchanan and Carl Buchanan, Jr. of Fayetteville.
He passed away on Sunday, August 21, 2016 at the age of 61 in the comfort of his own home. He is survived by Chantelle Hutton of the home; three daughters, Dinnetta Buchanan, Shauntae Simmons of Fayetteville and Patience Fioravanti (Todd) of Tulsa, Oklahoma; five sisters, Louise Buchanan of Amarillo, TX, Lisa Francis ,Valerie Blackburn , Nadine Robinson and Elaine (Darryl) Willis, all of Fayetteville, Arkansas; three brothers, Carl Kent, Michael Buchanan and Lawrence Blackburn, all of Fayetteville as well; aunts, Emma Conley of Fayetteville, Arkansas and Charlotte Hayes of Fort Smith, Arkansas; 7 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; and a host of cousins, nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, August 27, 2016 at Beard’s Chapel.
Martin (Marty) Paul Bozoian, 68, of Fayetteville, Arkansas died August 24, 2016. He was born October 28, 1947 in Brockton, MA.to Harry and Marie Bousquet Bozoian. Marty was a United States Marine Corps Veteran of the Vietnam Conflict where he received the Purple Heart Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and the Vietnam Campaign Medal. He was a member of the Free Masons and an avid sports fan. Marty was selfless and honorable in all aspects of life.
He was preceded in death by one son, Thomas Harriden Bozoian and one sister, Carol Ann Bozoian.
He is survived by his wife, Gina Rasmussen Bozoian of the home; two sons, Martin P. Bozoian, Jr. of Norcross, GA. and Paul H. Bozoian of Fayetteville, AR; daughter, Malina Aubele and husband, Brendan of Bella Vista, Arkansas; grandson, Christian Bozoian; brother, Thomas Bozoian of Middleboro, MA; and sister, Linda Lynch of Plymouth, MA.
Funeral services will be Monday, August 29, 2016 at Beard’s Funeral Chapel. Interment will be in the Fayetteville National Cemetery.
Bonnie Viola Cunningham, 73, of Fayetteville passed away Monday, August 22, 2016 in Fayetteville. She was born November 30, 1942 in St. Paul, AR to Woodson and Mary Collins McCarty.
She was preceded in death by both parents; her husband, Gene Cunningham; one brother, Alvin McCarty; and three sisters, Lucille Patrick, Marie Myers and Luellen Burt.
Bonnie is survived by two daughters, Geraldine Mansch of Fayetteville and Brenda Dunn and husband, David of Mustang, OK; one grandson, Tyler Dunn of Oklahoma City, OK; two granddaughters, Nicole Mansch of Fayetteville and Holly Dunn of Mustang, OK; one great-grandson, Tyson Harris; and a brother, Eugene McCarty of Prairie Grove.
Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M. Friday, August 26, 2016 at Beard’s Chapel with Rev. Jim Huffman officiating. Interment will follow in Friendship Cemetery under the direction of Beard’s Chapel.
The family will receive friends from 5-7 P.M. on Thursday, August 25, 2016 at the funeral home.
He joined the Navy in 1950 and was a metalsmith on aircraft carriers during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He married Sylvia Hurlocker on March 29, 1954 in Poteau, OK. and they were married 53 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel and Beulah Walkup; his wife, Sylvia E. Walkup; siblings, Joe Walkup, Betty Rick, John Walkup, Frank Walkup and William Walkup.
Walter was an avid fisherman, loved catching giant catfish, stripers, crappie, you name it. He helped coach girls softball for years and loved watching his grandkids play.
He became a professional house painter for almost 40+ years. He and his best friend Dave Posey made the most intricate and beautiful wooden toys ever seen for several years at their little work shop.
He helped his grandkids grow up and helped them through school, camps and even cars. His grandkids were his world.
Walter helped everyone he could in need. He was the first volunteer of the year at Life Source Ministries in Fayetteville. He helped paint Compassion House Maternity Home in Elm Springs. He helped work on numerous homes that were built for the needy with Prairie Grove Christian Church. Any neighbor that needed his help in his community he was there ready to give a hand.
He was a great loving Dad and terrific grandfather. In his last days of his illness due to cancer, he gave his heart to Christ.
Survivors include his daughter, Pamela Knippel and husband, James of West Fork; a son, Walter Scott Walkup and wife, Ninna of Joplin; 9 grandkids, Mike Koon, Julia Crane, Sally Fochtman, Mark Fochtman, Laura Fochtman, Katrina Walkup, Kristi Walkup and Shane and Shaun Knippel; 17 great-grandkids; several nieces, nephews and their husbands and wives and children.
Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at Prairie Grove Christian Church with Pastor Vance Eubanks officiating. Interment will follow at 1:00 P.M. at the Fayetteville National Cemetery with full military honors under the direction of Beard’s Chapel.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 P.M. Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at Beard’s Chapel.
Robin Reese, 53, of Fayetteville passed away Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at her home. She was born September 8, 1962 in Pine Bluff, AR. to Earnest and Edith Reese.
After graduating from Arkadelphia High School, she attended Henderson State University and Memphis State University. While in Memphis, she was active in Drum Corps International and marched with the Memphis Blues Drum and Bugle Corps. Later she attended Stephen F. Austin University where she received a Masters of Science Degree.
Robin was well known for her gruffness and dearly loved for her tender heart.
She is survived by her husband, Kevin Davies; two sisters, Tacey Reese and Sandy Simpkins; her brother-in-law, Harry Simpkins; and two nephews, Shafer Simpkins and Sam Simpkins.
Cremation arrangements by Beard’s Funeral Chapel.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John William Funkhouser and a daughter, Barbara Funkhouser.
Artie is survived by her nieces and nephews, Verda Watson (Bennie), Lynell Carr (Carlos) and Carolyn Bradford (J.D.), all of Fayetteville; Charles Blythe (Joyce) of Michigan, Archie Buchanan of Fayetteville; Jerry Funkhouser (Perla) of California; Ronald Cook of Fayetteville;Candice Sparks of Bentonville; and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.
Funeral services will be 12:30 P.M. Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at St. James Baptist Church in Fayetteville with Pastors Curtiss Smith and J.R. Dibble officiating. Interment will follow in the Fayetteville National Cemetery under the direction of Beard’s Chapel.
The family will receive friends from 5-7 P.M. on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at the funeral home.
Jimmy Keen, 55, of Fayetteville passed away Monday, August 8, 2016. He was born July 22, 1961 in Fayetteville to Roy and Imogene Samples Keen.
He was preceded in death by his father, Roy Keen; brothers, Herbie and Steve Keen; and a niece, Randi Keen.
Jimmy is survived by his wife, Kathy Keen; mother, Imogene Keen; a son, Trent Keen and wife, Danielle; brother, Mike Keen and wife, Melody; sister, Rhonda Payne and husband, George; 3 nieces and nephews; 4 great-nieces and nephews; and a host of cousins.
Graveside services will be 11:00 A.M. Friday, August 12, 2016 at Hester Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-8 P.M. on Thursday, August 11, 2016 at the funeral home.
Bobby Joe Center, 83, of Winslow passed away August 6, 2016 at his home. He was born June 25, 1933 in Winslow to Alvis and Sally (Jones) Center. Bobby Joe attended Winslow Schools from which he graduated in 1952. He served his country by enlisting in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, spending his service-time in Germany. He returned home to marry his high school sweetheart, Ellen Summers. They were happily married 61 years. Together they had 5 children.
He is preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Jack Center, Bonnie Beaver, Eugene Center, Christine Jones, Ruth Nicholas, Ralph Center, Calvin “Sonny” Center, James “Pete” Center, Johnny Center and one grandson, Marc Lewis. Left to cherish his memory and continue his legacy are his wife, Ellen Center; daughters, Debra Wells (Keith) of West Fork and Julie Center Dilworth (John) of Winslow; sons, Lindell Center (Debbie) of West Fork, Darrell Center (Diane) of Winslow and Arthur Center (Heather) of Winslow; and one brother, Jerry Center of Winslow. Bobby Joe has 20 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren and many beloved nieces and nephews.
Bobby Joe loved his home in the Boston Mountains of Washington County and the beautiful country God created. Bobby Joe had a strong work ethic that he lived by. He was a bulldozer operator, who built many roads and ponds in the tri-county area and also owned and operated a lumber and sawmill business. He helped his community by serving several terms on the Winslow School Board. But most of all, he was a family man. He loved his family and enjoyed spending time with them.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Thursday, August 11, 2016 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1225 E. Zion Rd., Fayetteville, AR. 72703. Burial will be at the Coil-Center Cemetery east of Winslow under the direction of Beard’s Chapel.
Visitation will be from 5-7 P.M. Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at Beard’s Chapel, 855 S. Happy Hollow Rd. in Fayetteville.
Charlotte Kay Tipton, 79, of Greenland, AR. died Saturday, August 6, 2016, after a long struggle with cancer. She was born January 1, 1937 in Berlin, Germany, daughter of Walther and Klara Winkler. She was retired after working many years at American Air Filter in Fayetteville, AR. She loved to travel and spending time with her children and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd P. Tipton, and her parents. She is survived by her daughters, Linda Tipton Phillips and Angela Tipton.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, August 9, 2016, 10:00 a.m., at Beard’s Funeral Chapel in Fayetteville, with entombment in Fairview Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday, August 8, 2016 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Beard’s Funeral Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels, 945 S. College Ave., Fayetteville, AR. 72701.
Andrew Lee Dodds of Fayetteville , was born in Greenville, Mississippi to Alice Dodds and Israel B. Johnson on May 5, 1960. On Tuesday, August 2, 2016 he left this world to receive his eternal reward.
He leaves to celebrate his life his wife Tammy, three sons, Timothy Davis of Greenville, Mississippi, DeMarcius Maurice Dodds and Franklin Andrew Dodds, both of Fayetteville, Arkansas; two grandchildren, Tyrus Lee Dodds and Keegan Walker Evans; his mother, Alice Dodds of Chicago; and brother, Chester Dodds of Chicago; and many, many other family members and a host of friends.
Visitation will be Tuesday, August 9, 2016 from 5:00 P.M. till 7:00 P.M. at Beard’s Funeral Chapel.
Funeral services will be 10:30 A.M. Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at the Mt. Comfort Church of Christ, 3249 West Mt. Comfort Road, Fayetteville, Arkansas 72704.
Interment will follow at Fayetteville National Cemetery.