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She was a member of the Church of Christ and retired as a school teacher from the Springdale Schools after many years of service.
Pamela is survived by her husband, Dale of Lowell; a son, Greg Brown and wife, Kristy of Farmington; a grandson, John Lleyton Brown; brother-in-law, Paul Brown of Cedarville, AR; and sister-in-law, Linda Patton of Van Buren, AR.
Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M. Thursday, January 19, 2017 at Beard’s Chapel with Kerry Holoman officiating. Interment will follow in Fairview Memorial Gardens Cemetery under the direction of Beard’s Chapel.
The family will receive friends from 5-7 P.M. on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Circle of Life Hospice, 901 Jones Rd, Springdale, AR. 72762.
Paula Marion Baker, 87, of West Siloam Springs, Oklahoma went home to be with the Lord on January 12, 2017 at her home with family by her side. She was born July 31, 1929 in Godfrey, Illinois to William and Marion Wreath. She married Delbert Russell Baker on February 23, 1950 in Alton, Illinois. Paula was a longtime member of Bethel United Methodist Church in West Siloam Springs, Oklahoma. She was also a dedicated volunteer at Hunger and Thirst Ministries in Siloam Springs, Arkansas.
Paula had an unwavering faith in God. She adored her family as she was very involved with her grandchildren. Her love for animals was shown by the many strays she took in and pets she had over the years. While she enjoyed this life on earth, she looked forward to going to be with Jesus.
Paula was preceded in death by her loving husband of 49 years, Delbert Russell Baker; son-in-law, James Luttrell; her mother and father, Marion and William Wreath; sisters, Billie Wathern and Kay Embry; and brothers, Jack and Bob Wreath.
She is survived by one daughter, Johneea Luttrell of Kansas, Oklahoma; five grandchildren, Angela Antrobus and boyfriend, Derrick Sells of Kansas, Oklahoma, Adrianne Jordan and husband, David of Siloam Springs, Arkansas, Courtney Edwards of Gentry, Arkansas, Derek Farmer of West Siloam Springs, Oklahoma and Robert Luttrell and wife, Melissa of Siloam Springs, Arkansas; nine great- grandchildren, Brannan Poole and wife, Emily, Seth Luttrell, Hunter Wooten, Treyton Jordan, Tyler Sells, Jordan Farmer, Hannah Luttrell, Logan Farmer and Aleah Luttrell; two sisters, Donna Fillback and Bonnie Stewart; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm Friday, January 20, 2017 at Bethel United Methodist Church in West Siloam Springs, Oklahoma with Pastor Richard Ryan officiating and Soloist Linda Reed singing Amazing Grace.
Burial and graveside services will be held at Moro Cemetery in Moro, Illinois on Friday, January 27, 2017 at 2:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Hunger & Thirst Ministries, 3298 E. Kenwood St, Siloam Springs, AR. 72761 (479) 373-6220.
He was born July 21, 1952 in Texarkana, Arkansas to Edward Keith and Carol June Baskett.
He received his BA in Art and English as a double major from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, did graduate work in sculpture and studio art at Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge and received his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arkansas. He was a lecturer in Literature at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, MS. for five years, and has held a management position at NWArkansas Media for over ten years in Fayetteville.
He is survived by his mother, Carol June Baskett of Fayetteville; his sister, Mahala Olevia (Levie) Baskett of San Francisco, CA; his children: Sperry Workman (Curt) of Memphis, TN, Shana Kelly (Brian) of Central, LA and Franz Keith Baskett, Jr. of Aurora, IL. His grandchildren are Allison and Jonathan Workman and Max and Violet Baskett; additionally, he is survived by his cousin, Laura Carol Goodman of Boulder, CO. He was predeceased by his father, Edward Keith in 1984.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the University of Arkansas/Pryor Center, 1 East Square Center, Room 120, Fayetteville, AR. 72701-5394/Attn: Scott Lunsford (479) 575-6854.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, January 14, 2017 at Sequoyah United Methodist Church in Fayetteville, Arkansas at 2pm.
Ed is survived by his loving wife, Pamela, of 36 years; his daughter, Pam Kaney and husband, Ben; his sons, Josh Harper and wife, Angela and Brad Harper and wife, Jordan; 6 grandchildren, Avery and Alex Kaney, Mary Lou and Brentley Engler and Rachel and Noah Harper.
In his early years, Ed enjoyed racing motorcycles. Among many jobs he had, he was a disc jockey for 25 years at several night clubs in Fayetteville and Oklahoma. He got a thrill out of dirt track racing and loved working at Thunder Valley Speedway for over 15 years. He enjoyed racing there and at other local tracks and loved the people and all the dirt. Ed was also track promoter at Joplin and Monett Speedways for some time, too. In his later years, he worked as I.T. supervisor for a local architecture firm PB2.
He was an avid fisherman and gardener. Ed took pleasure in cooking, especially barbecuing and could likely be found tinkering in the garage with just about anything he could get his hands on; but his true love was spending time with his kids and grandkids, whether it was going on a Boy Scout camping trip or having a family dinner, Ed was always ready for a good time.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 from 5-7 P.M. at Beard’s Chapel.
Funeral services will be 4:00 P.M. Thursday, January 12, 2017 at Beard’s Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Willard Walker Hospice Home, 325 E. Longview St, Fayetteville, AR. 72703.
Robert (Bobby) Lee Ramey, 74, of Fayetteville, died January 8, 2017 at Willard Walker Hospice Home. He was born February 18, 1942 in Fayetteville to Beryl and Juanita Stout Ramey. Bobby was a member of the Greenland Church of Christ. He retired from the railroad after 27 years of service and was a Navy Veteran of the Vietnam Era.
He is survived by his wife, Sheila Head Ramey whom he married May 20, 1964; two sons, Brian Ramey and Tracy Ramey, both of Fayetteville; and one sister, Glenda Beryl Harrison of San Augustine, TX.
Funeral services will be 12:00 noon, Thursday, January 12, 2017 at Beard’s Funeral Chapel with Glen Ludwig officiating. Burial will follow at Fayetteville National Cemetery.
Visitation will be 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at the funeral home.
Family request memorials be made to Willard Walker Hospice Home or American Cancer Society.
Joann Thompson passed away on January 4, 2017. She was born April 19, 1955. She was the daughter of Marvin and Blanche Keller of Bethesda, Arkansas.
She is survived by her sister, Mary Lee Kennedy of Fayetteville, AR; a brother, Jerry Keller of Batesville, AR; and a niece, Belynda Ann Hagar of Batesville.
She has slipped the surly bonds of earth and touched the Face of God.
Services will be private.
Memorials may be made to the Willard Walker Hospice Home, 325 E. Longview St, Fayetteville, AR. 72703.
Cremation arrangements by Beard’s Funeral Chapel.
Barbara is survived by her six children; Azure Skye, Valor Pickett, Noble Pickett, Honor Ali, April Ledford and Merit Pickett as well as her 14 grandchildren; Derreck, Laurel, Tammie, Kalie, Scarlett, Micah, Hanna, Lydia, Jasmine, Tess, Jude, Ember, Onyx and Zephyr and her 4 great-grandchildren; Amira, Vivian, Quinton and Sona. She is preceded in death by her parents and siblings.
Barbara Emma Gordon was born on January 30, 1934 in Rock Hill, South Carolina, to parents Lela Pettus and John Benjamin Gordon. She was raised in Clover, South Carolina by her uncle Foy Wilson and aunt Neda Wilson, with whom she gained two siblings, Kenneth and Sharon.
She graduated from Mars Hill in 1952, where she studied music. From there, she attended Baylor University and graduated in 1954 with a degree in Musical Education. She had a successful career as an opera singer for the Houston Metropolitan Opera. Eventually, Barbara took a position with the Sacred Heart Catholic School as a choir director, organist and pianist, where she taught for many years. After her time at Sacred Heart, she continued to teach voice and piano late into her life and was an active choir leader in any and every church she was a member of.
Barbara was a cherished mother and friend. She married Charles Pickett in 1956 and the couple had six children together. A deeply spiritual woman, she created music and spread God’s love until she was taken home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Her family and friends will always remember her as a kind, loving person who represented Christ in all she did.
For fun, Barbara enjoyed bird watching, cooking, crossword puzzles, traveling and learning about everything from tornados to sharks. She was also an unmatched card player. More than that though, she was a vibrant woman who was deeply passionate about her animals and her family. She will be greatly missed by all for her powerful prayers, wise advice and supportive acceptance of all people.
A memorial service is scheduled at 2:00 pm on Saturday, January 7th at Grace Cumberland Presbyterian Church located at 2451 W. Wedington Dr, Fayetteville, AR 72701.
A potluck reception will occur prior to the celebration of Barbara’s life and will begin at noon. All are welcome to attend. Flowers and donations can be sent to Lydia Pickett at 890 West Lawson St, Fayetteville, AR 72703.
Cremation arrangements by Beard’s Funeral Chapel.
Robert (Bob) Noble McChristian, 81, of Fayetteville died December 31, 2016 at Washington Regional Medical Center. He was born September 26, 1935 in the Bohannan Mountain Community to Hobart and Ella Boyd McChristian. Bob was a member of Center Street Church of Christ. He and a select group of friends started Woodrow Hunting Association. He retired from the Fayetteville Road Department after 21 years of service.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother and two sisters.
He is survived by his wife, JoAnn Hall McChristian, to whom he was married for 21 years; two daughters, Rebecca Cash and husband, Chuck of Rosston, AR and Kelly Swisher and husband, David of Winslow; two sisters, Connie Faye Robbins of Prairie Grove and Cleda Leichner of Fayetteville; 4 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren; and a host of friends.
Graveside services will be 2:00 P.M. Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at Bohannan Mountain Cemetery.
Visitation will be Tuesday from 5:00 P.M. till 7:00 P.M. at Beard’s Funeral Chapel.
He was a Vietnam veteran serving with the U.S. Marines; he was a member of the Disabled American Veterans; and a member of the NRA. David worked in the automobile industry for over 35 years.
He was preceded in death by his father, Leroy Thurber and his wife, Mary Thurber.
He is survived by his mother, Leona Akers of Winslow; a son, Michael Thurber of Ward, AR. and a brother, Alan Thurber of Winslow.
Memorial services will be 2:00 P.M Saturday, January 7, 2017 at Beard’s Funeral Chapel with Ed Cowan officiating.
Cremation arrangements by Beard’s Funeral Chapel.
Nina Brown Cowan passed away at Westwood Health and Rehab in Springdale, Arkansas on Thursday, December 29, 2016. Funeral services will be conducted at Salt Creek Baptist Church in Early, TX on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at 2:00 PM with Brother Jimmy Mize officiating. Visitation will take place the previous evening at Heartland Funeral Home in Early, TX from 6-8 PM. Burial will occur in Cox Cemetery in McCulloch County, TX.
Mrs. Cowan was born January 12, 1924 in McCulloch County to Emzy Brown and Ada Jackson Brown. She attended school at Milburn and graduated from Rochelle High School in 1940. She married Raymond Eugene Cowan January 15, 1941.
She earned a BS degree from Hardin Simmons University as well as a Master of Teaching degree from the same university. Mrs. Cowan was a teacher for 30 years in the school districts of Wingate, Blackwell, and Abilene. She worked at Hendrick Home for Children in Abilene, TX following retirement from public schools. Over the years, she served faithfully in the local Baptist church also serving as Sunday School Teacher.
She is survived by daughter Dr. Anita Cowan Lawson (Fayetteville, AR); grandson Jacob Lawson and wife Mindy with sons Luke and Drew (Elkins, AR); granddaughter Katie Lawson Osterberg and husband Jason with children Josie and Jonas (Cave Springs, AR); sister Lois Brown Scott (Brownwood) with several nephews and nieces.
She was preceded in death by husband Raymond Cowan, daughter Sandra Cowan Pabst and sister Merle Brown Vawter.