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Julian Kirk Pierce, 58, of Springdale passed away peacefully at Washington Regional Medical Center on July 28, 2014. He was born in Wellington, KS on October 23, 1955 to Julian Vernon Pierce and Wenonah Pearl Pierce.
He is survived by his mother, Wenonah Meyer of Springdale; his sisters, LaVeta and husband William Sergeant of Springdale, Karen and husband Stacy Smith of Hazel Valley, Deanna Tannehill of Springdale, Donna and husband David Reed of Hazel Valley as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, Julian Vernon Pierce; his sister, Wenonah Willene Pierce and several nephews.
Buck or Bucky, as he was affectionately known by his family, had many endearing qualities that were enjoyed by his own family and by his “family” at the Richardson Center in Springdale where he had lived for over 20 years.
Julian had indicated to his family that he wanted to be baptized so his sister Karen Smith made arrangements for him to be baptized by Jasper Hankins at Harris Baptist Church in Elkins.
Julian enjoyed coming to his mother’s home every other weekend, at holiday celebrations and other family get-togethers.
Julian had cerebral palsy and could neither hear nor speak so his family finds great pleasure imagining his leaping like a deer, his deaf ears being unstopped and his mute tongue shouting for joy as recorded in Isaiah 35:5-6.
Services to remember and honor Julian will be held at Beard’s Funeral Chapel in Fayetteville on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. with visitation at 9:00 A.M. prior to service. Interment will follow at the Brannon Mountain Church Cemetery at 2:00 p.m.
Loydis (Sarge) Wyatt West, 81, of Fayetteville, AR, died July 24, 2014 at Washington Regional Medical Center. He was born August 23, 1932 in Coal Hill, Arkansas to the late Riley West and Othella (Reasoner) West. Sarge was preceded in death also by his daughter, Angela West Lies.
He was retired from Shelter Insurance Company and was a member of the Combs Street Church of Christ.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Shirley J. Newton West of the home, four sons, Charles Hamilton and Luke West of Fayetteville, AR; Joseph (Robin) West of Nashville, TN; Tony West of Little Rock, AR; a daughter Ann (Fred) Allen of Fayetteville, AR, and nine siblings; Annie Wright of Lawrence, KS; Rayford (Katherine) West and Alphonso (Rosie) West of Wichita, KS; Bertha Alexander and Sylvester Jean (Joel) of Kansas City, MO; Ivory (Joe) Conley; Marilyn (Robert) Zachry; Steve (Christine) West of Fayetteville, AR and Marcia (Ivan) Lassiter of Bentonville, AR, 13 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren , and many close nephews, nieces, cousins and very close friends.
Sarge had a love for country music. He and his Wife, Shirley, were well known throughout the region, performing at various venues to raise money for various organizations. Sarge had a firm handshake and a look-you-in-the-eye technique that was unforgettable. He loved to serve his neighbors.
Funeral Services will be held at 12:00 noon, Thursday, July 31, 2014 at the Mt. Comfort Church of Christ with Steve West officiating and interment at 2:00 P.M. at the Fayetteville National Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 pm, Wednesday, July 30 at Beards Funeral Chapel. Pallbearers: Clifton Ealy, Hershell West, James Wilks, Fred Allen, Jeremy James, and Ben Carr. Honorary Pallbearers: Charles Hamilton, Joseph West, Luke West, Tony West, Al West, and Ray West. Arrangements are under the direction of Beards Funeral Chapel. Donations to the account for the care of Mrs. Shirley West may be made at any Arvest Bank location.
Robert “Bob” Allen Bell, 57, of Hindsville died Sunday, July 20, 2014 in Fayetteville. He was born October 27, 1956 in Kalamazoo, Michigan to Robert and Effie Ruimveld Bell.
He was a self-employed mechanic for over 30 years and was a member of the Rock Crawlers.
He was preceded in death by his parents and stepson, James Daniel.
Survivors include his wife, Tina Turner Bell of the home; son, Allen Bell of Springdale; step-sons, David Daniel of Lowell, Jonathon Hodge of Hindsville, Matthew Hodge of Tontitown; step-daughter, Jessica Horton of Hindsville; sister, Kathy Munsell of Yellville; 9 grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at Beard’s Chapel from 5-7 P.M. on Wednesday, July 23, 2014.
Charl Marie Stepp Lynch, 91, of Elkins left her earthly body on July 17, 2014 to join Vayle in the presence of Jesus. She was born December 3, 1922 to Cora Stepp Clark and Redmond Clark.
She was married to Vayle on April 22, 1944. They spent 68 years together working on their farms, hunting, fishing and enjoying the outdoors. In addition to being an avid fisherwoman and hunter she loved quilting, gardening and working with her flowers. She was an excellent cook and her dishes were always sought at church dinners.
She is survived by four children; Vonnon Sisemore and wife Pat of Fayetteville, Doyle Lynch and wife Beth of West Plains, MO., Bonnie Baker and husband Don of Fayetteville and Bobby Lynch of Durham; 7 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and 9 great-great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at Beard’s Chapel with the Dr. T.O. Spicer, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in McCord Cemetery under the direction of Beard’s Funeral Chapel.
There is no scheduled visitation.
Ray Donald (Baby Ray) Brewer, 82, of Fayetteville passed away Friday, July 18, 2014 at the V.A. Hospital in Fayetteville after a short illness. He was born February 7, 1932 in Durham, AR. to the late Clark and Helen Stewart Brewer.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Air Force. Ray was of the Baptist faith.
Survived by a son, Paul Brewer of Fayetteville; brother, Harold Brewer of Greenwood, AR.; uncle, Gene Stewart of Fayetteville; aunts, Peggy Nickell and Betty Rogers of Elkins and Thelma Glisson of Fayetteville; several cousins and several grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Monday, July 21, 2014 at McCord Cemetery with Ray Niblock officiating under the direction of Beard’s Funeral Chapel.
The family will receive friends from 2-4 P.M. on Sunday, July 20, 2014 at Beard’s Chapel.
Petra Albrecht, 52, of Fayetteville passed away July 16, 2014 to be with the Lord after battling cancer. She was born on Easter Sunday, April 22, 1962 to Hilde Bolinger and the late Rolf Albrecht in Bad Orb, Germany.
Petra was a graduate of Fayetteville High School in 1980 and attended the University of Arkansas studying elementary education.
She is survived by her mother, Hilde Bolinger; brother, Wolfgang Albrecht and wife Rhonda; sister, Monika Isenhower and husband Ronnie; sister, Karin Bolinger; nephew, Erich Albrecht; nieces, Courtney Albrecht and Julie and Jessica Isenhower.
Cremation arrangements by Beard’s Chapel.
Lt. Col Wesley Duane Murtishaw, 82, of Fayetteville died Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at Willard Walker Hospice Home in Fayetteville. He was born Sept. 19, 1931 in Abbott, AR. to WD and Meryle Little Murtishaw. Wes spent his early years in Jacksonville, AR. and Bossier City, LA. and moved with his parents to La Porte, TX. in 1943, where he graduated from high school in 1948.
Wes served in the Strategic Air Command of the US Air Force from 1953 to 1973, and was an active member of the Arkansas retired military community. Upon retirement, he attended the University of Arkansas graduating with a master’s degree in 1976. Wes joined Scarborough, Bassett & Lance Accounting firm in 1975 and became partner in 1979, establishing Scarborough and Murtishaw CPAs. In 2006 the firm merged with William P Cook & Associates and Wes remained with them as a licensed CPA until his death.
Wes was very active in his profession and the community. He was past president of the Arkansas Society of CPAs; a member of the Lions Club for 40 years and president for one year and past Chairman of the Finance Committee and member of the Administrative Board for the Central United Methodist Church. He served on the first board of Butterfield Trail Village, was Chairman of the Board for nine years, and was named Director Emeritus upon his retirement from the Board. Wes was also an avid Razorback sports fan, and loved golf and his Monday night poker game.
Wes is predeceased by his wife of 39 years, Patricia Ann Carr; his parents and his brother John Michael Murtishaw. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Porterfield Murtishaw; children, Jessica Anderson and husband Dudley, of Dickinson, TX., Wayne Wilson and wife Joanne of Phoenix, AZ., Duane Rice Murtishaw of Houston TX., Cheryl McNeil and husband Norman of Fayetteville; sister, Jane Murtishaw and husband Howard Lindsey of Dickinson, TX.; grandchildren, Brian Anderson, James Anderson, Duane Rice Murtishaw, Jr. and Teresa Lemon; step-children, Troy Meyers, Stefani Buhajla and husband Joey; step-grandchildren, Anna and Hallie Buhajla and Ethan Pursley .
A service will be held at 10:00 A.M. Friday, July 18, 2014 at the Fayetteville National Cemetery under the direction of Beard’s Funeral Chapel. Private interment will follow at Fairview Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Cremation arrangements by Beard’s Chapel.
Contributions may be made to Washington Regional Hospice.
J.B Sanders, 90 of Fayetteville passed away Sunday, July 6, 2014 at the Veterans Home in Fayetteville. He was born on January 3, 1924 in Sheridan, Arkansas to Charlie B. Sanders and Nora Cotton Sanders. He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Reba Sanders; sister, Willine Mashburn; brother, Jack Sanders and great grandson, Seth Hicks. Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Earnestine Sanders; three sons, Jim Sanders of Fayetteville, Jerry Sanders and wife Patti of McKinney, Texas and Jay Sanders and wife Sang of Waldorf, Maryland; daughter, Jena Vanhook and husband Ron of West Fork; brother, L.G Sanders of Myrtle Point, Oregon; ten grandchildren, Susan, Angie, Shawn, Dane, Melissa, Callie, J.T, Addison, Brittanie and Cassidy; nine great grandchildren, Aubrey, Tabor, Shelby, Hayden, Devin, Austin, Arianna, Inara, Kyrian and one on the way, Harrison and several other family members and friends. The family will receive friends at Beard’s Funeral Chapel from 5 to 7 PM on Wednesday, July 9, 2014. A funeral service will be held 2 PM on Thursday, July 10, 2014 at Calvary Baptist Church, 1410 N Porter Rd, Fayetteville, AR 72703 with Pastor Kirk Shelton and Pastor Gene Fultcher officiating. Burial will follow at Fairview Memorial Gardens. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.beardsfuneralchapel.com.
William Emmitt “Bill” Shafer of Winslow passed into the Lords keeping July 4, 2014 in Fayetteville surrounded by his family. He was born March 25, 1946 to William H Shafer and Zella Mae Shafer in Gallatin MO. He was preceded in death by his parents and 3 sisters.
He served in the United States Navy as a radar man during the Vietnam War; among his duties he was responsible for dispatching vessels to pick up downed pilots as part of the Navy seals and was honorably discharged as an E-5. Bill was a member of the Boston Mountain Volunteer fire department as a first responder as well as a member of the Boston Mountain Fire Board association. He worked for EPC as a tool and dye maker and retired from there. Bill loved spending time outdoors fishing or just enjoying the day. His family was his greatest love.
He is survived by his wife Chan E Shafer whom he married June 5, 1966 of the home, daughter Michelle Leach and husband Dean of Winslow son Troy Shafer and wife Julie of West Fork, his grandkids Michael Leach of Fort Smith, Amber Leach of Winslow, Janalee Shafer and Justin Shafer of West Fork and great-grandkids Jaiden Leach and Lainey Murray of Winslow. He is also survived by his Brother-in-law Don Sanders and wife Rosalyn of Kansas City MO, sister-in-law Rena Shafer and husband John of Kansas City MO, and many nieces, nephews and friends.
The family will receive friends Friday, July 11, 2014 from 5-7 at the funeral home. A funeral service will be held Saturday at Beard’s Funeral Chapel at 2:00 PM with John Shafer officiating . Burial will follow at West Fork Cemetery. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.beardsfuneralchapel.com.
She is survived by her son, Gregory Gluck and wife, Jacki, of Henderson, Nevada; daughter, Lynne Gluck-Berry, of Hot Springs; her only sister, Marilyn Regina Sebourn of North Little Rock; sister-in-law Margaret Brown of Laguna Beach, California, three grandchildren and her loyal dog friend, Pan.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Allen Edwin Gluck, parents, Boyd Mack Brown and Linnie Orene Smith, as well as her siblings, Jerald Mack Brown and Gary Lynn Brown.
Jane lived in many places throughout her life, including Germany, the Bahamas, Lake Tahoe, and Las Vegas, but always felt most at home in the Natural State of Arkansas. She enjoyed entertaining and cooking for people, which made her a wonderful House Mother at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. She was also a lover of long car rides in the country, cooking, story-telling, history, genealogy, nature, and chocolate malted milkshakes.
No services are planned. Donations in her name may be made to Willard Walker Hospice Home in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Cremation arrangements by Beard’s Funeral Chapel and Crematory of Fayetteville.