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Shirley Mae Drummond, 63, of Winslow died Wednesday, August 27, 2014 with her family by her side in Fayetteville. She was born December 22, 1950 in Petaluma, CA. to Clint and Elsie Watkins Stanley. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, and housewife that helped around the farm raising chickens and cattle. Shirley also attended the Winslow Assembly of God Church.
Shirley is survived by her loving husband, Truman Drummond of the home; her only son, Mike Drummond and wife Charlotte; sisters, Beverly Stout and husband Troy, Carolyn Henson, Judy Drummond, Brenda Corder and husband Earl, and Patty Burnett and husband Darrin; brother, Ronnie Stanley and wife Brenda; grandchildren, Karri Drummond, Bryttnie Marshall and husband Mort; and great-grandchild Mykah Marshall.
Visitation will be held from 5-7 P.M. on Friday, August 29, 2014 at Beard’s Chapel. Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, August 30, 2014 at the Winslow Assembly of God with Pastor Jon Davis officiating. Interment will follow in Bidville Mtn. Cemetery under the direction of Beard’s Funeral Chapel.
He was a WWII Army Veteran; retired from the V.A. Hospital as a masonry carpenter; and was a Church of Christ minister for 60 years.
His wife, Opal Parrish preceded him in death.
He is survived by sons, Garry Parrish and wife Janet of Eads, TN., Gerald and wife Brenda of Mt. Juliet, TN., and Charles and wife Nancy of Goodlettsville, TN.; daughters, Norma Posey and husband Dave of Fayetteville, Nadine Huddleston and husband Mike of Fayetteville, and Nedra Crider and husband Mike of Smithville, VA.; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great grandchild.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, August 29, 2014 at Mt. Comfort Church of Christ with Minister Bobby Dockery officiating. Private interment will be in Black Oak Cemetery under the direction of Beard’s Funeral Chapel.
Visitation will be Friday, August 29, 2014 from 10:00 A.M. until service-time at the church. Memorials may be made to Gospel Tracts International/Baldwin Church of Christ, 4377 E. Huntsville Rd., Fayetteville, AR. 72701.
Donald Paul Thill, 77, of Bentonville, Arkansas passed away August 22, 2014 at Regency Hospital in Rogers. He was a loving father, brother and companion. He was a United States veteran serving in the Army and Air Force.
He leaves behind his loving companion Louise Arnel;, two sons, Paul Allen Thill of Centennial, CO. and Jason Andrew Thill of Seligman, MO.; two brothers, Robert Thill of Berryville, AR. and Richard Thill of Castaic, CA. He will be missed by countless others.
Graveside services will be 10:00 A.M. Friday, August 29, 2014 at the Fayetteville National Cemetery under the direction of Beard’s Funeral Chapel.
Glen Ledford (Arvil Glendon Ledford), 73, of Fayetteville passed away August 22, 2014 at Shiloh Nursing and Rehab in Springdale. He was born March 11, 1941 the son of Arvil Jackson Ledford and Doris Iva Lacy Ledford of Elkins.
Glen, or maybe best known by “Bowdy”, was a chicken and cattle farmer. He was an avid team-roper, passionate Razorback basketball fan, loved to watch boxing, play pitch, but, most of all, he loved his grandchildren!
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Ernestine Buchanan Ledford; daughter, Shelly Davis and husband Scott of Fayetteville; son, Denny Ledford and wife Sheila of Bentonville; grandson, Tyler Ledford of Rogers; granddaughter, Lindsay Booher of Rogers; granddaughter, Cassie Howard of Bentonville; grandson, Drake Davis of Fayetteville; great-grandson, Ezra Parks; great-grandson Jacob Ledford; and one sister, Frieda Maish of Rogers.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 5-7 P.M. on Tuesday, August 26, 2014.
Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at Beard’s Chapel with Minister Bobby Dockery officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Olive Cemetery under the direction of Beard’s Chapel.
The family would like to express their thanks to the awesome caregivers from Shiloh Nursing and Rehab and Circle of Life Hospice for the wonderful compassionate care he received during his long battle with Alzheimer’s. In lieu of flowers please send a donation in Glen’s name to Gospel Tracts International/Baldwin Church of Christ, 4377 E. Huntsville Rd., Fayetteville, AR. 72701.
Helen Alexa Roy, 86, a long- time resident of Eureka Springs was born Feb. 28, 1928 in Evanston, Illinois, daughter of Theodore and Phyllis Koclannes. She departed this life on August 1, 2014 at Brighton Ridge, with friends by her side. “Alexa” as she was known to most of us here in the Ozarks had the kind of life that only the dreamers and the adventurous dare to have. In her book, “Wonderful Light-Memories of an American Buddhist Nun” she deliberately uses a quote from Helen Keller, which states that “life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all”, and that’s just how Alexa handled life.An extensive world traveler at a very early age, she was ordained a Buddhist nun 1963. Calling Eureka Springs her “anchor point” she would travel the world and had a yearning for Sri Lanka, where she spent much of her time. Alexa was preceded in death by her parents and leaves a son, Chad Roy of Branford, CT. and a daughter, Sheffali Sauls of Goldsboro, N.C. A Celebration of Life was held on Friday, August 22, 2014 in Eureka Springs.
Michael was born on March 19, 1971 in Fayetteville, AR.
He attended Northwest Arkansas Community College and is a graduate of the White River School of Massage. Michael held a state license as a massage therapist in Arkansas and Florida and was nationally certified. Michael’s career started as a massage therapist for the University of Arkansas Track Team. He later moved to Florida to dedicate himself to Olympic track and field athletes in training. He traveled with many athletes to many meets in foreign countries. Tyson Gay (Olympic runner) was a special friend and a long and loyal client.
Michael was dedicated and conscientious in all endeavors and compassionate about everyone he met. He lived to help others and always had an effervescent and infectious smile on his face. His commitment to his clients was, “I’m available 24/7 as you need me”.
Michael is survived by his mother, Laurie Barker and husband Norm; father, Roger Stroh and wife Dale; sister, Debbie “BB” Wethers and husband Barry; nephew, Taylor Wethers; uncle; Dennis Stroh and spouse Lauren; son, and joy of his life of 1 ½ years, Mayson Lee Stroh; mother of Mayson, Korene Hines; step-uncle Rick Owen and step-sister Jodi Stroh.
He was dearly loved and will be soulfully missed. Michael’s wish was to be cremated and buried next to his maternal grandmother.
Memorial and burial services for the family and close friends will be held at 10:00 A.M on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at Fairview Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Fayetteville.
In lieu of flowers or gifts, consider making a donation to Arvest Bank, c/o Mayson Lee Stroh, 2389 N. College Ave., Fayetteville, AR. 72703.
Betty Lou Pake Gosfield Davis, 83, of Fayetteville died July 28, 2014 in Fayetteville.She was born in Chicago, IL on August 27, 1930 and grew up in Prairie du Chien, WI. She graduated from Prairie du Chien High School and went on to the University of Wisconsin, then moved back to Chicago and attended the Chicago Conservatory of Music. In 1951 she married Francis Gosfield and as his job took him from city to city, she attended Wayne State University in Detroit, Washington University in St. Louis, and finally graduated from New York University with a degree in Geology.In 1963 she took a job with ARAMCO in Saudi Arabia, working in the Exploration Department. She did a lot of traveling in the Middle East and her favorite adventure was camping in the caves at Petra, Jordan.She met her second husband, Robert H. Davis, in Dhahran, and they married and lived in Beirut until 1971. At that point they retired to a farm south of Goshen. In 1980 she went back to school at the University of Arkansas and became a Registered NurseBetty was interested in amateur astronomy, gourmet cooking, gardening, and volunteered as a CASA, and with the Mental Health Association in NW Arkansas. After she was widowed, she took cruises that took her to many places in the world.Her first husband, Frank Gosfield, her second husband Robert H. Davis, and her sister Marilyn Sutton (Lorenzo) predeceased Betty. A brother, Charles Pake of Prairie du Chien, WI.; brother-in-law, Lorenzo Sutton of Prairie du Chien, WI.; three nephews, Jon (Rockville, MD.), Scott (Prairie du Chien, WI.) and Kevin (Hudson, WI.) Sutton survive her.
Cremation by Beard’s Funeral Chapel and Crematory of Fayetteville
.No services are scheduled.
He is a United States Air Force Veteran. Charles attended Calvary Baptist Church in Malvern, Arkansas and New Life Baptist Church in Longview, TX. He was member of Victory Motorcycle Club in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
He was preceded in death by his parents, son and daughter-in-law Jeffrey D. and Julie Ann Perkins and brother, John N. Perkins.
He is survived by his wife, Betty of the home, one son, Kenneth Perkins and wife April of Parker, CO, one daughter, Angela Morris and husband Joshua, two brothers, Danny R. Perkins of Longview, TX and Jerry F. Perkins of Gilmer, TX. Four grandchildren, Jonathan Perkins, Gracie Perkins, Aiden Morris and Kyleigh Morris. Several nieces, nephews, uncles and aunts.
Funeral services will be 11:30 A.M. Friday, August 15, 2014 at Beard’s Funeral Chapel with Dr. James L. Pierce officiating. Burial will be in the Fayetteville National Cemetery.
Visitation will be will be Friday from 10:30 A.M. till Service time.
Memorials may be made to New Life Baptist Church 3001 W. Hawkins Parkway, Longview, TX 75605 or Willard Walker Hospice Home 325 E. Longview, Fayetteville, Arkansas 72703
Arnold Joseph Neuman, 90, of Fayetteville, Arkansas died August 9, 2014 in Fayetteville. He was born July 19, 1924 in Green Bay, Wisconsin to Arnold and Gertrude Neuman. Arnold is a WWII Veteran. He served in the Army Corp of Engineers and was part of four invasions in the South Pacific Theatre. He was married to Joyce Gagnon in 1943, mother of his four daughters and remarried Winona White, mother of his two step- children, in 1989.
Arnold retired from McClellan AFB in Sacramento, CA. as an aircraft painter. He is a lifetime member of the VFW.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother; a sister; a granddaughter; and his wives.
He is survived by daughters, Suzanne Meyer, Deborah Tanner, Mari Kral and Lisa Neuman; two- step children, Eric Grienier and Kim Gilmet; 14 grandchildren; 13 great- grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild. Arnold is also survived by one sister, Pat Hansen; and one brother, Donald Neuman.
Visitation will be 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at Beard’s Funeral Chapel.
A second visitation be held at East Lawn Mortuary in Sacramento, CA. A mass of Christian Burial will be in Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Sacramento, CA.
Bobby Gene Baker, aged 74, passed away August 9, 2014, in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Bobby was born June 1st, 1940 in Brashears, Arkansas. He moved to Combs in 1994, where he and his wife resided. He owned Baker Carpet Service and installed flooring for 48 years. Bobby was a member of Crosses Community Church and was an usher and served on the Board of Trustees. He loved fishing, hunting, and his two dogs. He is survived by his wife, Jeannie Melton Baker; two sons, Curtis Baker of Springdale and Todd Baker and wife Nancy of Fayetteville; daughter, Tandy Johnson of Fayetteville; two stepdaughters, Sheila Ketzler and husband Jason of Prairie Grove and Kelly Fox of Lincoln; six grandchildren, Megan Blakemore, Gregory Dolby, Cory and Kylah Ketzler, Cassie and Jarod Fox; great-grandchildren, Brylen Kauffeld, Hayley Blakemore, and Daxton Ketzler; sister, Annis Baggett and husband Bill of Lowell; and many close relatives and friends and loving church family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William Baker and Mary Katherine Carroll Baker and grandson Trey Wright.
Services will be held Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at Crosses Community Church at 2pm. Visitation will be at Beard’s Funeral Chapel, Monday, August 11, 2014 from 5pm-7pm.
A dinner will be held at 12:00 P.M at Crosses Community Church on August 12, 2014 prior to service.
Pallbearers will be Shannon Bowen, Mike Carroll, Larry Carroll, Dennis Donahue, Zane Carroll, Mitch Carroll, Wayne Young and Kenneth Baker.
Honorary pallbearers will be Roger Glenn, Jack Bottoms, John Snell, Marshall Mahan, Rex Hamilton, Jerry Baker, Ronnie Baker, Chuck Stout, Gene Kimball, J.B. Hardin, Carl Barough, Cory Scates, Todd Hall, Bill Baggett, Ronnie Shackelford, Moe Shepherd and Ron Shackelford.
Cremation arrangements by Beard’s Funeral Chapel and Crematory.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bob Baker Memorial Fund for the Crosses Community Church Building Project, P.O. Box 496, Elkins, AR 72727.