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Miriam A. Doege, 83, of Elkins died December 16, 2014. She had experienced an acute exacerbation of her COPD following the sudden loss of her only daughter, Mecaela Doege Pope, 60, on November 19, 2014. Miriam was born October 27, 1931 in Prattsville, Arkansas and was married to Erwin Doege August 18, 1951, who preceded her in death May 14, 2006 .
Miriam was a professional folksinger, a prolific songwriter, and until recently an active member of local poetry groups. She is survived by her son, Kurt Doege; her brother, James Keesee; grandchildren Jake Pope, Lauren Doege, Aidan Doege; and great-grandson Jacob.
Private services in celebration of her life will be held at a later date.
Cremation arrangements by Beard’s Funeral Chapel and Crematory.
Tommy Louis Stone, 72, of Fayetteville died December 16, 2014 at Willard Walker Hospice Home. He was born January 23, 1942 to Lewis and Ida Marie Skinner Stone. Tommy retired after 17 years from the City of Fayetteville. He loved attending auctions.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Lonnie Stone.
He is survived by his wife, Virginia Stone of the home; two sisters, Mary Napier of Springdale and Nancy Dowell of Crawfordsville, IN.; two brothers, Lee Stone of Springdale and Joe Stone of Veedersburg, IN.; and several nieces and nephews and great- nieces and nephews.
Memorial graveside services will be 11:00 A.M. Saturday, December 20, 2014 at Rose Cemetery in Viney Grove, Arkansas.
Cremation arrangements by Beard’s Chapel and Crematory.
Elaine Ann Williams, 42, of Fayetteville died Thursday, December 11, 2014 in Fayetteville. She was born September 17, 1972 in Park Ridge, IL. to Kenneth and Dorothyanne Barry Williams.
She was a CNA and devoted her life to helping other people. Elaine was a “caregiver”.
Her father preceded her in death.
She is survived by her mother, Dorothyanne Barry; son, Thomas Williams of Fayetteville; brothers, Tim Williams of Barrington, IL.; and Jim Williams of Wauconda, IL; sister, Sharon Williams of Wauconda, IL.; two grandchildren, Jasper and Alex Williams of Fayetteville.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Cremation arrangements by Beard’s Funeral Chapel.
He enjoyed fishing, spending time with his grandchildren and his beloved dog, Rascal.
His parents preceded him in death.
Tommy is survived by his children, Stacy Mitchell and fiancé, Adam Elkins; Ashley Engelken and husband, Daniel; and Garrett Ramsey and wife, Trisha; three grandchildren, Jackson Mitchell; Anden Elkins; and Evan Engelken; and he left behind many friends as well.
The family will receive friends at Beard’s Chapel from 5-7 P.M. on Wednesday, December 17, 2014. Funeral services will be held at 10 A.M. on Thursday, December 18, 2014 at Beard’s Chapel with the Reverend Jim Huffman officiating.
A private burial will be held under the direction of Beard’s Chapel.
Kurt Klinger, 64, passed away at his home in Fayetteville, AR. on December 10, 2014. He was born in Philadelphia, PA. on January 21, 1950 the son of Ewald and Phyllis Klinger. He graduated from Woodbury High School in Woodbury, N.J. in 1968. He then moved to Fayetteville, AR. where he attended the University of Arkansas and received a Bachelor’s degree in History in 1973. Kurt spent most of his life in Fayetteville, but lived in St. Petersburg, FL. from 1998-2007 where he worked at the St. Petersburg Times, had many friends, and became a huge Tampa Bay Rays fan. Kurt was passionate about baseball and music history. He could listen to only a few notes of any song and instantly know the artist, title, year and month the song was released. Like his brothers, he had a talent for music and loved playing the piano.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and three brothers, Ewald and David Klinger of FL. and Duke Klinger of N.J.
Survivors include his son, Travis Klinger and his wife, Angela; and their son, Maddox of Springdale, AR.; daughter, Brooke Grigg and her husband, Jeff; and their son, Austin of Fayetteville, AR.; and his beloved cat Gorpy. He is also survived by his sister- in- law, Joanie Klinger; a niece, Kara Menard of N.J.; and three nephews, Jared and Brett Klinger of N.J. and Ewald Klinger of FL.
There will be a private family gathering with friends to celebrate Kurt’s life. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to local animal shelter.
Cremation arrangements by Beard’s Funeral Chapel and Crematory of Fayetteville.
Ruby Marie James McCoy, 102, of West Fork went to be with the good Lord surrounded by family on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at Willard Walker Hospice Home in Fayetteville. She was born November 23, 1912 in Booneville, AR. to Tom and Leona Mae Fitzgerald James.
Ruby was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Theron McCoy; her parents; brothers, Arvil and Theodore James; sister, Agnes Inez Barton; daughter, Ruby Faye Rogers; son, Edgar Lee McCoy; and infant, Linda Marie McCoy who died at birth.
She loved to garden and quilt.
She is survived by a daughter, Clara Smithson and husband, Billy of Winslow; daughter, Pat Cody and husband, Robert of West Fork; and daughter, Dorothy McCoy of Nevada, MO.; thirteen grandchildren; thirty-one great-grandchildren; and thirty-six great-great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M. Friday, December 12, 2014 at the Baptist Ford Church in Greenland with Pastor Eric Howerton officiating. Interment will follow in Baptist Ford Cemetery under the direction of Beard’s Chapel.
There is no scheduled visitation.
The family would like to thank the staff at Willard Walker Hospice Home for the wonderful care of Ms. Ruby and her family.
James Ronald Carter, 71, of Fayetteville died Monday, December 8, 2014. He was born December 11, 1942 in Huntsville, Arkansas to Raymond and Mary Florence Carter. He retired from the Athletic Department at the University of Arkansas. He enjoyed gardening, fixing things and helping the homeless.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret “Bunny” Carter.
He is survived by two sons, Ronald Carter of Fayetteville and Thomas Carter of Hogeye; daughter, Linda Heshelman of Elnora, IN.; brother, Jerry of MO., sisters, Joyce and Sharon of CA.; Carolyn of AZ.; Wanda of FL. and Dorothy of Springdale; six grandchildren; and one great- grandchild.
Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M. Saturday, December 13, 2014 at Beard’s Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow at Venus Cemetery under the direction of Beard’s Chapel.
Visitation will be Friday, December 12, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home.
As per his request, those attending the funeral please wear casual attire.
Dennis Wayne “Yogi” Yocham, 50, of Fayetteville, died November 26, 2014 in Fayetteville. He was born December 13, 1963 in Iola, Kansas to Fred and Verna Barnes Yocham. Dennis was a truck driver. He enjoyed fishing, football and four- wheeling.
He was preceded in death by the mother of his children, Kimberly Yocham.
He is survived by two sons; Travis Yocham and Zachary Yocham of Fayetteville; one daughter, Niketa Yocham of Harrison, AR.; four brothers, Martin Yocham and wife, Kaye of Springdale, Darrell Yocham and wife, Laura of Colony, Kansas, Keith Yocham and wife, Rebecca of Lenexa, Kansas and Edward Yocham of Muskogee, Oklahoma.
Memorial services will be 1:00 P.M. Saturday, December 6, 2014 at Cross Pointe Community Church, 1174 West Henry De Tonti Blvd. in Tontitown.
Melvin Frank Lopes, 74, of Fayetteville, died December 2, 2014 at Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville. He was born August 3, 1940 in Norwalk, California to Manuel Silveria and Mildred Leona Eads Lopes. He moved to Fayetteville in 1981 and began working for Washington Regional Medical Center and retired in 2008. He was a member and officer of the Fayetteville Elks Lodge and volunteered and supervised the ushers at the Razorback Athletic Department. Melvin was an avid golfer and was instrumental in forming the Washington Regional Hospital Classic Charitable Golf Tournament.
He was preceded in death by a grandson, Tyler Craig Lopes.
He is survived by his wife, Connie Baker Lopes; one son, Craig Manuel Lopes of Lake Stevens, Washington; and daughter, Lori Lee Arcon of Lake Stevens, Washington; sister, Sharon Spring and husband Wayne of Orange, California; and three grandchildren, Colby Schooley, Jerika Schooley and Talon Lopes.
A memorial gathering of friends will be Thursday, December 4, 2014 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at the Fayetteville Elks Lodge on Crossover Road in Fayetteville.
Private entombment will be in Benton County Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Elks Lodge, University of Arkansas Athletic Club or the Washington Regional Foundation Golf Classic.
Mildred Lee Graue, 94, of Fayetteville died Monday, November 24, 2014 in Fayetteville. She was born May 11, 1920 in Fayetteville to Ole and Ellen Faucette Johnson.
She and her husband Billy were owner/operators of Graue Builders from 1965-2000 and Stagecoach Realty from 1969-1983. Mildred was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bill W. Graue; brother, Murray Johnson; and sister, Merle Gamble.
Survived by two sons, Mike Graue and wife, Jo Ann of Springdale and Bill C. Graue and wife, Debbie of Fayetteville; grandchildren, Michael Graue, Jr. of Fayetteville, Misty Graue of Tontitown, Stephen Graue of Springdale and Cole Graue of Matthews, N.C.
Graveside services will be 11:30 A.M. on Friday, November 28, 2014 at Fairview Memorial Gardens Cemetery with Chaplain Phil Misenheimer officiating under the direction of Beard’s Chapel.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday, November 28, 2014 prior to service from 10-11 A.M.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Washington Regional Hospice, 325 E. Longview, Fayetteville, AR. 72703