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James Larry Cochran, born May 6, 1953 and passed away May 22, 2017. U.S. Air Force Strategic Air Command SAC January 6, 1978-1982 Rank E-3. A proud member of the Armed Forces from a family of 40 years of military service.
Survived by his brother, Dan “ROOSTER” Cochran; son, Eric Paul Cochran; aunt, Francis McGuire; and several grandchildren. While he spent some time in Louisiana and Alabama, most of his life he lived in Longview, Texas.
Larry was a friend to many and loved by those who knew him. He had a special place in his heart for kids and they responded in kind to Pops. I’m sure they will remember him with great fondness.
Since moving to Arkansas he stood proudly with his brothers and sisters of the Patriot Guard Riders on multiple missions.
He will be missed and never forgotten.
A memorial service will be held 2:00 P.M. Tuesday, May 30, 2017 at the Fayetteville National Cemetery.
On May 6, 1960 she married Jim Dutton in Springdale, Arkansas and started their 57 year marriage. They raised two daughter’s together, Belinda Stout and Melissa Dash.
She worked at Baldwin Piano for 20 plus years until she retired. After retiring she worked at Daylight Donuts in Fayetteville for 14 years. She was a member of Round Mountain Missionary Baptist Church.
She loved cooking for her large family every Sunday. She also loved watching her 15 great-grandkids at all of their school and sporting events. She enjoyed trips with her husband and daughter all around the U.S.
She is survived by her husband, Jim Dutton; one daughter, Belinda Stout of Prairie Grove; six grandchildren and their spouses, Brandy Stout with Eric Abalos, Cassie Facio with Kenneth Noisewater, Seth Dash, Sarah Dash, Rhonda Stout, Derek “Bubba” Stout with Michelle Robinson; 15 great-grandchildren, Kassi, Kameron, Kalani, Issac, Eric “peanut”, Larry, Ashley, Isabel, Kaylee, Mika, Melissa, Secret, Garret, Elton, Anela, J.J., Aubree; a great-great grandchild, Cali. As well as many others she considered family, Courtney Garcia and 7 children and Trendel Herndon and 3 children.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Kerman and Nellie Cook, brother, Ivan Cook, daughter, Melissa Dash and granddaughter, Misty Stout.
Funeral services will be 1:00 P.M. Thursday, May 25, 2017 at Beard’s Chapel with Pastor David Evans officiating.
Interment will follow in Goshen Cemetery under the direction of Beard’s Chapel.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 P.M. Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at the funeral home.
Donald Jule Clark was called home to our Lord in his home on Thursday, May 18, 2017.
He was born on February 22, 1934 to Tom and Millie Clark in Muskogee, Oklahoma where he grew up in Goose Neck Bend. As a child he helped his dad grow watermelons to make a living earning the nickname Plug (because of plugging watermelons)
He married Margie Roselle O’Neal on February 9, 1951 and together they raised four loving children. He began his career working in construction at Standard Industries in Tulsa, Oklahoma as a blade operator. In 1965, he moved to Fayetteville, Arkansas with his family where he worked with McClinton Anchor for 31 years as a supervisor in charge of excavating road building operations. He was part in constructing the development of large commercial property around Fayetteville which included landmarks such as the mall, Walton Arts Center and the University of Arkansas stadium. He helped build the first leg of the I40 interstate leading to Fayetteville and many roads from Oklahoma to all over Arkansas. He retired in 1996 and later moved to Hot Springs, Arkansas in 2004 where he had the opportunity enjoy things he loved such as fishing and hunting with his children and grandchildren and spending time with his family. Margie and Donald were members of Baldwin Christian Church.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Tom and Millie Clark; brothers, Thomas Clark and Milton Clark; and sister, Thelma Clark Emmons.
He is survived by his wife, Margie Roselle Clark; his beloved dog, Coco; children, Donna Sue Clark, Robert Joe Clark, Annette Brickell and her husband, Randy, Teri Slavens and her husband, Rocky. Grandchildren, Shannon Hughes, Joe McKnight, Jennifer Teague, Logan Slavens, Scott Brickell, Cody Brickell, Beau Brickell, Casey Audrey and Christopher Clark. Great-grandchildren Sabrina Hughes, Austin Hughes, Delaney Teague, Emmy Teague, John Gregory, Madison, Olivia Slavens, Kingsley Brickell, Tatum Brickell and Tori Bennett.
Funeral services are under the direction of Beards Funeral Chapel located at 855 South Happy Hollow Road in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The visitation will be held on Sunday, May 21, 2017 from 2-4 P.M. A celebration of Donald’s life will be held on Monday, May 22, 2017 at 11:00 A.M. at Beard’s Chapel with Pastor Ray Baggett officiating. Interment will follow at Fairview Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Beau Brickell, Scott Brickell, Cody Brickell, Logan Slavens, Joe McKnight and Jason Teague will be serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Rocky Slavens and Leon Drain.
The celebration will continue with family and friends immediately following the grave side service at Tim’s Pizza East located at 1813 East Mission Boulevard in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
During WWII, Della worked at the Prisoners of War Department in Washington, D.C. before returning to Ava, Missouri as office manager for Kraft Foods, Inc.
A resident of Chatham, New Jersey for 50 years, Della became a real estate agent in 1962 and owned and operated Glena D. Rutherford Real Estate from 1972 to 2004. She received the Realtor of the Year in Morris County, New Jersey Award in 1989, and the Harry L. Schwarz Achievement Award for 1987 for recognition of exemplification of Realtor spirit. Della was past president of the Chatham Newcomers Club.
Della moved to Fayetteville, Arkansas in 2004.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Philip J. Rutherford.
She is survived by son, Richard A. Rutherford and wife, Dr. Margaret Rutherford; grandson, Robinson P. Rutherford, all of Fayetteville, Arkansas; daughter, Susan R. Devlin and husband, Joseph of Meredith, New Hampshire; sister, Gay Freeman of Frisco, Texas; and brother, Bob Cooper of Mountain Grove, Missouri.
Contributions may be made to Butterfield Trail Village Foundation, 1923 E. Joyce Blvd, Fayetteville, AR. 72703.
No services are planned.
Dennis Mitchell Jackson, 73, of Farmington passed away Friday, May 12, 2017 in Fayetteville. He was born January 4, 1944 in Berryville, AR. to Bliss and Beulah Fritts Jackson.
He was an accountant; a member of the Lions Club, Elks Club & Rotary; he volunteered at CEO for 20+ years; he was a member of First Baptist Church of Farmington; and attended Eureka Springs High School and Arkansas Tech.
Dennis was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife, Brenda Jackson of the home; a son, James Eric Jackson and wife, Terri Plant of Chicago, IL; a niece, LeighAnna Godfrey of Fayetteville; and a nephew, Remington Godfrey and wife, Lacey and their son, Kemper; and mother-in-law Juanita Godfrey of Harrison, AR.
A celebration of life will be 10:00 A.M. Thursday, May 18, 2017 at Beard’s Chapel with Ron Sanders officiating with inurnment to follow at 3 PM in Maplewood Cemetery in Harrison, AR. with Glen Crenshaw officiating.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN. 38104; Arkansas Children’s Hospital, 1 Children’s Way, Little Rock, AR. 72202; or the First Baptist Church of Farmington, 589 Rheas Mill Rd, Farmington, AR. 72730.
She is survived by her daughter, Denice Strohbach and husband, Grant of Springdale; three sons, David Brack, Richard Webb and Ronald Webb all of West Fork; sister, Yvonne Steele of Newton, Kansas; 5 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren; stepdaughter, Diane Reed and husband, Don of Hutchinson, KS. and stepson, Brian Holmes of Wichita, KS.
Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M. Thursday, May 18, 2017 at Beard’s Funeral Chapel.
Visitation will be 5-7 P.M. Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at the funeral home.
Jackie Carl Bartlett, 75, of Elkins, died May 13, 2017 at Brookstone Assisted Living Community in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He was born September 8, 1941 in Coal Hill, Arkansas to Truman Anson and Edna Pearl Forbus Bartlett. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, John W. Bartlett.
He is survived by his wife Kathryn Lucille O’Neal Bartlett of the home in Elkins; his son, Jeff Bartlett of Fayetteville; his daughter, Lesa Harp of Missouri;, his stepson, Jerry Lee Patrick of Fayetteville; his stepdaughter, Tonya Patrick and her husband, W.H. Taylor of Fayetteville; his stepson, Duane Miller and his wife, Terri of Elkins; and his sister, Bobbie D. Frazier of West Fork. He is also survived by 9 granddaughters;4 great- granddaughters; 1 great- grandson, and a special friend, Norma Stephenson of Fayetteville.
Jack retired from the University of Arkansas in 2007 after 48 years of service. He was member of Richland Baptist Church and was manager and caretaker of the Mt. Olive Cemetery for over 30 years. Jack had a deep and abiding love for his family, community and neighbors and he will be greatly missed by all.
Funeral services will be Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at 10:00 A.M. at Richland Baptist Church in the Mt. Olive Community near Elkins.
Visitation will be Tuesday, May 16, 2017, at 5-7:00 P.M. at Beard’s Funeral Chapel.
Interment will follow at Mt Olive Cemetery under the direction of Beard’s Funeral Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Willard Walker Hospice Home, 325 E. Longview St, Fayetteville, AR. 72703.
Terrance W. Spencer, 75, passed away peacefully May 8, 2017, after battling cancer for over 8 years. Born January 16, 1942, in Fayetteville, he graduated from Greenland High School, earned a business degree at the University of Arkansas, and joined the Fayetteville National Guard shortly afterwards. However, his life’s path was determined at 10 years old when he began working as a dishwasher at the small Mexican restaurant across from Drake Field. He moved up through the positions to be cook, and became its owner in 1968. In 1969 he closed the restaurant to manufacture his signature yellow corn tortillas and fried chips, which became Mexican Original Products, Inc., the third largest employer in Northwest Arkansas in the early ’80s. Terry’s ingenuity and persistence in spreading the popularity of the tortilla industry earned him recognition by the Tortilla Hall of Fame in 2010, and led to jobs using his food expertise for companies in Illinois, Nebraska and California after his company’s sale. His marriages gave him three daughters, Catherine (Rich) Hoster, Patricia Spencer and Connie Hicks, and seven grandchildren. His retirement in 2005 back to Arkansas led him to his loving companion, Susan Lushbaugh, who added to his family her son Douglas and her grandson. Susan was his tireless advocate as he was a warrior against cancer. Terry is survived by his daughters and two brothers, Donnie (Linda) and Stephen (Donna), and preceded in death by his parents, Wayne and Janelle, and two sisters, Donna and Janie. His many friends through the years are invited to join his family for a celebration of his life, beginning at the chapel of Fellowship Bible Church, 1051 W. Pleasant Grove Rd. in Rogers, on Friday, May 19, 2017. Visitation with the family will be available beginning at noon, then the service is at 1:00 pm. Interment follows at 3:00 at Mt. Olive Cemetery in Elkins. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Samaritan Community Center, 1211 W. Hudson Rd., Rogers, AR, 72756.
Eualdene Knapp Files (Dene), age 90, of Springdale, passed away after an extended illness on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at her home at The Gardens At Arkanshire Retirement Community in Springdale, Arkansas.
She was born in Poteau, OK, November 4, 1926, the daughter of the late Ual Knapp and Myrtle (Smith) Knapp Mock. The family, at the time of the birth of their daughter, together owned a cattle ranch near Albion, OK.
Dene graduated from Albion High School in 1944 and was employed at Tinker Air Force Base when she married Dale Files on November 14, 1945. Dale had recently returned from World War II, serving as a nose gunner, flying 51 missions on a B-24 bomber.
Over the next several years, the young couple lived in Oklahoma, Oregon and Texas, but eventually returned to Oklahoma and ranching when Dale’s dad retired. A small cattle ranch, sitting below the Kiamichi mountains, would become their home where they would spend a major portion of their lives, working hard to make a living and raise their family. They would remain there, in the home built by Dale’s grandparents, until a serious illness on his part eventually led to a move to be closer to children and medical resources.
One of Dene’s greatest family and life accomplishments was the care that she provided Dale after he became ill. Dene’s children will never forget their mom’s faithfulness and love given to their dad, knowing that the road was a long and challenging one.
Dene is survived by: Three children and their families: Ramona Williams of Porter, TX; Dennis and Lynda Files of Bloomington, IL; Ondie and Joe Beavers of Winslow, AR; 8 grandchildren, David (Kandie) Williams of Spring, TX, Melissa Williams (Tim Michael) of League City, TX, Daniel Williams of Tucson, AZ, Michael Williams (Magdiel Delgado) of Houston, TX; Megan (Nathan) Baumann of Bloomington, IL, Allie (Byron) Hartsock of Champaign, IL; Jarod (Christine) Beavers of Winslow, AR, Zack (Cheyenne) Beavers of Winslow, AR. and 14 great-grandchildren, Sara and Eric Michael of League City, TX; Shannon, Jeffery and McKayla Williams of Spring, TX; Kayleen Williams of Tucson, AZ; Cody, Abby and Nora Baumann of Bloomington, IL; Nona, Georgia and Lilly Hartsock of Champaign, IL; Hannah Young of Winslow, AR; Ryann Beavers of Winslow, AR. One half-sister: Kay McBride of Stillwater, OK and four half-brothers: Eual Knapp of Muldrow, OK and Gerald Knapp, Bill Knapp and Wesley Knapp, all of Talihina, OK. Three step-sisters: Dorothea Mock Middleton of Cedar Hill, TX, and Louise Culley and Linda Baugh both of Talihina, OK.
Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M. Thursday, May 11, 2017 at Beard’s Chapel. Private interment will be at West Fork Cemetery under the direction of Beard’s Chapel.
The family will receive friends from 5-7 P.M. Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to NAPS, LLC or the nursing team at The Gardens of Arkanshire Retirement Community, 5000 Arkanshire Circle, Springdale, AR. 72764.
Michael B. Brooks was born March 20, 1951 and passed away April 28, 2017.
Michael was preceded in death by his parents, Hiram and Rita Brooks. He was born in Galion, Ohio and is survived by his sisters, Pat Holman and Maria Anderson; and his brothers, Bill Brooks and Richard Brooks. He served in the USMC during the Vietnam Era.
No services are scheduled.