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Carman Earl Courtney was born at home on the family farm in Winslow, Arkansas on November 18, 1938. Earl was the 10th of the 12 Courtney children. He worked the family farm until he was 16. At age 16 he moved to Washington State to live with his sisters, Randolyn and Norma, to work the harvest. It was there that Randolyn taught him to play guitar. He used the money he earned that year to buy the first of his many guitars.
In 1956, after a year in Washington, Earl returned home to Arkansas and enlisted in the Army. After three years of service, he returned to civilian life in 1959 and made a decision that would shape the rest of his life. Earl’s brothers were working at the mine in Climax, Colorado, and Earl decided he would go work with them. It was there that Earl met the love of his life, Shirley Kufeldt. Earl and Shirley were married on July 30, 1960. They were blessed to share 55 years of marriage and 56 years of friendship.
Wanting to provide for his new bride and their future family, Earl decided to return to the Army. Military life allowed Earl and Shirley to travel all over the world together. Both of their children, Charlene and Carmen, were born overseas in Germany while Earl was stationed there.
While in Germany, Earl had the opportunity to open for the U.S.O. and for many famous entertainers, including: Hank Snow, Brenda Lee, Faron Young, and The Willis Brothers. He was even offered a career in music in Nashville, but chose to continue serving his family and country instead.
Earl retired from the Army in 1978 after 22 years of service as a combat helicopter pilot. He served a remote tour in Korea and a tour of combat during the Vietnam War. He achieved the high rank of Chief Warrant Officer 3 and received The Vietnam Service Medal with four Bronze Service Stars, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Korea), Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, and the Army Commendation Medal.
After he retired, Earl and Shirley and their youngest daughter Carmen moved home to Arkansas to be with his family. He cared for his aging parents, his siblings, and his immediate family, all while working as many as three jobs at a time.
Earl was the man you wanted on your side. If you were a friend or family to Earl, you knew you would always be taken care of. When anyone needed anything, someone would always say, “Call Earl.”
Earl was a man of patience, who found pleasure investing his time in the things he loved, as is evidenced by the way he chose to spend his time. He was a flight instructor, charter pilot, FBO manager, carpenter, and welding instructor. He also loved gardening, fishing and hunting, teaching music, and playing music any chance he got. He played and sang in various bands ever since 1957, and was still performing regularly until March of 2016.
Earl lived a Christian life. He was a man of his word and he cared for the meek and the lowly. He was obedient to the Lord in the profession of his faith and in baptism on May 15, 2016. We rest in the confidence that he is now in the Kingdom of his Savior, where all is as it should be.
Earl’s life was defined by the things he loved. He lived his life to serve his country, and those dear to him. There is a large circle of lives he touched with his generosity; lives that are different and better for having known him.
He is preceded in death by his parents Charles and Lillian Courtney, his brothers Conrad (Sonny) and Carlton Courtney and his baby sister Charlene Lockett. He will be greatly missed by his wife Shirley and his daughters Charlene White and husband Steve, Carmen Rees and husband Christian, his siblings Randolyn Kilpatrick, Leona Thurber, Shirley Pool, Charles Courtney, Norma Hill, Marilyn Lindsey, Carlma Jean Hodges, John Courtney, his grandchildren Jeremy and Emily White, Billy and Nicole White, Christian and Cori White, Sommer and Luke Roller, Courtney and Anna Rees, Lydia White, Katharine Rees, Vandegrift Rees, and 12 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M. Friday, May 27, 2016 at the First Baptist Church West Fork with Pastor Heath Clower officiating. Interment will follow in Blackburn Cemetery (Winslow) with full military honors under the direction of Beard’s Chapel.
An open visitation will be Thursday, May 26, 2016 from 12 P.M. until 7 P.M. at Beard’s Chapel.
Jimmy D. Whittington, 63, of Fayetteville, died May 24, 2016 at the Willard Walker Hospice Home surrounded by his family. He was born May 27, 1952 in Magnolia, Arkansas to Wyman B. and Bernice Simmons Whittington. He served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam Era. He was in law enforcement in Magnolia, Arkansas and retired from the Washington County Sheriffs Department.
He is survived by two sons, Jason Whittington and wife, Susan, of Camas, Washington and Michael Bradley and wife, Dawn, of West Fork, Arkansas; two brothers, Wyman Whittington, Jr. and wife, Pam of Bentonville, Arkansas and Michael Vaughan and wife, Kay of El Dorado, Arkansas; two sisters, Judy Harper and husband, Bobby of Fort Smith, Arkansas and Julia Whittington of Fayetteville; 4 grandchildren, Jasmine Whittington, Sean Whittington, Caylee Bradley and Garrett Bradley; numerous nieces and nephews.
No services are planned at this time.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Jim Gaskill.
Edward was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and was a member of the Farmington Church of Christ for many years. He enjoyed trout fishing and hunting for diamonds at the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, AR.
He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Tubb Gaskill, of the home to whom he was married June 12, 1965 in Bakersfield, CA.; a daughter, Cheryl Matthews and husband, Andy of Fayetteville; and grandson, Ben Matthews; 2 brothers, Bob Gaskill and wife, Penny of Huntsville and Johnny Gaskill of Huntsville; 3 sisters, Mary Neal of Wesley, Doris Williams and husband, Tom of Springdale and Ann Anderson and husband, Joel of Little Rock.
A memorial service will be held 11:00 A.M. Saturday, May 28, 2016 at the Farmington Church of Christ.
Cremation arrangements by Beard’s Funeral Chapel.
Mark Leffel, 55, passed away May 18, 2016. He was born January 18, 1961 in Independence, KS. to Robert and Sherry Leffel.
He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Leffel.
He is survived by two children, Austin and Kelsey Leffel, Denver, CO.; his mother, Sherry Leffel, Springdale; brother, Mike Leffel, San Diego, CA.; and a sister, Terri Leffel, Springdale.
Memorial services will be held at 3:00 P.M. Saturday, May 28, 2016 at the Rogers First Church of the Nazarene.
L.O. “Humpy” Ferguson, 87, of Fayetteville died May 20, 2016 at the Willard Walker Hospice Home. He was born January 25, 1929 in Plainview, Arkansas to Frank and Minnie Parsley Ferguson. He was a graduate of West Fork High School. He proudly served in the US Navy from 1948 to 1953 aboard the USS Eldorado during the Korean Conflict. He worked for Trans Video and Warner Cable for 42 years. L.O. was a member of Arkansas Officials Association. He refereed football and basketball for a total of 33 years and was broadcast engineer for many years with ARN Radio Broadcasting. He was a dedicated, father and grandfather of 5 children, 9 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.
No services are planned.
Edward Stanton Maxey, 91, last surviving sibling of four brothers and a sister, passed Saturday, May 14, 2016. Honorably served in the Navy. Dedicated family physician and surgeon, pilot, flight instructor and medical researcher. Father of Sandra Maxey of Florida, Jacqueline Brown of Ontario, Canada, Edward Maxey of Florida and Robert Maxey of Florida. Grandfather of 6 and great-grandfather of 8.
A memorial service will be at 4:30 P.M. Friday, May 20, 2016 at Beard’s Chapel.
Cremation arrangements by Beard’s Funeral Chapel.
Manuel “Manny” Sanchez, 87, died Monday, May 16, 2016 at the V. A. Hospital in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma to Joseph and Jesus Sanchez
He is preceded in death by his twin sons, Todd Bryan and Terry Judson. He is survived by 3 children, Brigett Gladden of Rogersville, Missouri, Tony Sanchez of Fayetteville, Scott Sanchez and his wife, Sarah of Farmington; 5 grandchildren, Stephanie Sisco and her husband, Trevor of Fayetteville, Olivia Esparza of Little Rock, Antonyo Sanchez of Okinawa, Japan, Austin and London Sanchez of Farmington; and 2 great-grandsons, Jayden Goff and Trenton Sisco of Fayetteville.
He was a retired farmer and an avid golfer. He served his country in the U.S. Army and fought in the Korean War.
A graveside memorial service will be held at 10:00 A.M. Saturday, May 21, 2016 at Hester Cemetery, 5095 E. Huntsville Road, Fayetteville, Arkansas. All friends are invited to celebrate the life of our great father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
James Paul Laird, of West Fork, Arkansas went to be with the Lord on May 15, 2016. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Faye Frances Laird; five sons, Jimmy Laird, Bill Laird, Mark Laird, Roy Laird and Paul Laird; two daughters, Janie Bussell and Jennifer Wright; 15 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; one brother, Robert Laird; and one sister, Barbara Young.
James enlisted in the Air Force in 1950 and served for four years. During his enlistment he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. While stationed in London, England he met his wife Faye, and were married in England and returned to the United States after his service time. James attended Buckner Baptist Church. James was an avid football fan and loved camping with family.
Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M. Friday, May 20, 2016 at Buckner Baptist Church with burial following at 11:00 A.M. at the Fayetteville National Cemetery with honor guard present. Visitation will be from 5-7 P.M. Thursday, May 19, 2016 at Beard’s Funeral Chapel.
Lane Spears, 72, of West Fork was born November 25, 1943 in Dallas, TX. After a long illness he passed at Washington Regional Medical Center on May 14, 2016.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Hazel Spears of Winslow; and several aunts, cousins and nieces.
He is survived by his wife, Alice Spears of West Fork; brothers, Bob Spears of Winslow and George Spears and wife, Geri of Winslow; Walt Spears and wife, Sue of Phoenix, AZ.; sister, Mary Ruth Sharp and husband, Will of Purdon, TX.; and numerous aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins.
He loved being part of a large family and tried to keep up with them as best he could. He will be missed by all.
Graveside services will be held at 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at Sunset Cemetery under the direction of Beard’s Chapel.
There is no scheduled visitation.
He was preceded in death by his father, William Griffin.
He was employed as a glass glazier. Steve was an avid outdoorsman, gardener and loved raising birds.
He is survived by his wife, Ernestine Gilliland Griffin of the home, his mother, Mary Griffin; four children, Kevin Wright, Keith Wright, Kelley Bragg and Kassie Griffin; a brother, Pat Griffin; 7 grandchildren; and 1 great-grandchild.
Memorial services will be 2:00 P.M. Friday, May 20, 2016 at Beard’s Chapel with Reverend Jim Huffman officiating.
Cremation arrangements by Beard’s Funeral Chapel.