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Jo Ann Parson, 79, of West Fork went to be with the Lord, October 10, 2015 at the Willard Walker Hospice Home. She was born April 6, 1936 at Drakes Creek to Bennie and Elsie Drake Garrett. She retired from the VA Medical Center after 23 years of service. Jo Ann was a member of Greenland Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by her husband, of 49 years, James O’Donnell Parson; parents; one brother, Carl Garrett; and two sisters, Virginia Combs and Kay Harris.
She is survived by son, Nicky Parson of West Fork; daughter, Shelley Parson of Springdale; brother, Terry Garrett; three sisters, Linda Taggart, Judy Henbest and Glenda Miner; and one granddaughter, Molly Parson.
Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, October14, 2015 at Beard’s Funeral Chapel with Glen Ludwick officiating. Burial will follow at Drakes Creek Cemetery.
Visitation will be Tuesday, October 13, 2015 from 5-7 P.M. at the funeral home.
Bethel Cunningham died on Thursday, October 8, 2015. She was predeceased by her parents, Elmer and Mamie (Holland) Payton; brothers, James Edward and Roy Elmer Payton; and sister, Helen Arnold; first husband, Paul Cunningham; second husband, Elbert Durham; and son, Leslie. She is survived by her brother, Rusty Payton; son, Paul Ray Cunningham; 3 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
At Bethel’s request, there will be no services. Inurnment will be at a later date.
Gail Margaret Engwiller passed away on September 27, 2015 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Gail was born in Poughkeepsie on April 27, 1944. She attended Poughkeepsie Schools and lived in Poughkeepsie until relocating to Fayetteville, AR. two years ago.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Mildred Conklin; daughter, Maris Gail Garbounoff-Weathers; and brother-in-law, William Bialko.
Survivors include five children,4 sons, Keith Garbounoff of Highland, N.Y., Robert Engwiller of Kingston, N.Y, Walter and Cara Williams of Fayetteville, AR. and Kyle Webb of Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; and daughter, Brenda Engwiller of Poughkeepsie; sister, Valerie Bialko of Highland; 13 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren; many cousins, nieces and nephews.
A private memorial service will be held with family in Fayetteville, AR.
He graduated from Fayetteville High School in 1987 and had worked for Mozark Fire Extinguisher Co. and Cox Communications. He enjoyed camping, hiking and following the weather.
David is survived by his parents of Fayetteville; a sister, Rhonda Anderson and husband, David of Scranton, AR.; 2 nieces, 1 nephew, 1 great-niece and 1 great-nephew.
A small memorial service for family and friends will be at a later date.
The family requests donations be made to a charity of choice.
Cremation arrangements by Beard’s Chapel.
After serving in the Army during World War II, Kirksey returned to Arkansas where he was a long-haul truck driver for 13 years. Following that, he was a Hatchery Manager for Tyson Foods, retiring after 35 years.
Kirksey will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Shirley Ann Harris of the home; and his children, Bea Fosmore and husband, Mitch of California, Nina Harris of California, Alan and wife, Susan of Lowell, Kenny and wife, Johnnie of Lowell and Danny and wife, Deanne of Springdale. He was adored and will be lovingly missed by his 11 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his two brothers, Aubrey and Henry Harris; and one sister, Bea Clark.
A celebration of Kirksey’s life will take place on Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 1:00 P.M. at Beard’s Funeral Chapel with Shane Garner officiating. Interment will follow in the Fayetteville National Cemetery under the direction of Beard’s Chapel.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 from 5-7 P.M. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Circle of Life Hospice, 901 Jones Rd., Springdale, AR. 72762.
Roy Etchison of Tontitown, AR. was promoted to his heavenly home, Thursday, September 17, 2015 at the age of 80 years. He was born September 24, 1934 in Green Forest, AR. to Troy and Ava Collier Etchison.
Roy served in the U.S. Army in Korea. He was united in marriage to Lily Fern Warren on July 4, 1959 in Urbanette, AR.
He was employed by Sisco Funeral Chapel for many years. Roy also ran a tax business for several years. He was a member of the Pentecostal Church of God.
He loved his family and his time at his home, where Roy and Fern resided until the time of his death.
Roy was preceded in death by his parents; and one sister, Faye Doran.
He is survived by his wife, Fern and daughter Dana, of the home; sons, David Etchison and wife, Renee and Danny Etchison and wife, Laura, all of Tontitown; 4 grandchildren, Danielle McFatridge and husband, Heston and Steven, Jacob and Leah Etchison, all of Tontitown; 3 brothers, Gene Etchison of Ames, OK., Carl Etchison of Rogers and Joy Etchison of Imperial, CA.; and a host of nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors.
Roy will be greatly missed by all.
The family will receive friends from 2-4 P.M. on Sunday, September 20, 2015 at Beard’s Chapel.
Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M. Monday, September 21, 2015 at Calvary Freewill Baptist Church in Springdale with Pastors Steve Curtis and Gene Jennings officiating. Interment will be in the Elm Springs Cemetery under the direction of Beard’s Chapel.
Loyd was one of ten brothers and sisters. He served in both the Army and Navy. He was a veteran of the Korean War. He was a craftsman and contractor who built homes across the country. He began his building career in Sedona, Arizona. He built homes throughout Fayetteville, including Park Place, Boardwalk, Paradise View and Brookbury.
He was a perfectionist, and his homes constructed over six decades stand as a testament to his impeccable craftsmanship. He completed his last home in 2008, when he was 78 years old.
He and his wife were champion square dancers and golfers. Loyd was also an excellent shot, winning trophies for FBI shooting competitions. He loved to travel, particularly in the west. He captained many family r.v. trips to the southwest and in the Rocky Mountains. Fall color and the dramatic, natural scenery of the west were some of his favorite things.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Beverly Scalf.
He is survived by his only daughter, Tonya Bienhoff and husband, John; granddaughter, Kelly King; and great-grandson, Abraham King.
Funeral services will be 1:00 P.M. Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at Beard’s Chapel with Carl Palmer officiating. Interment will be in the Fayetteville National Cemetery under the direction of Beard’s Chapel.
There is no scheduled visitation.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made to the Northwest Arkansas Salvation Army Angel Tree Program, P.O. Box 4275, Fayetteville, AR. 72702.
Olga Amelia Falkner, 97, of Fayetteville died Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at the Willard Walker Hospice Home in Fayetteville. She was born July 28, 1918 in Summerset County, PA. to James and Elizabeth Sotlosky Kinces.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John Doyne Falkner, Sr.; and 4 siblings.
Olga is survived by a son, John D. Falkner, Jr. and wife, Diana of Fayetteville; 2 grandchildren, Anna Ballard and husband, William of Charleston, W.V. and Matthew Falkner and wife, Veronica of Kansas City, MO.; and 4 great-grandchildren.
For the past four years, she resided at The Gardens at Arkanshire where she had many loving and dear friends. Her spirit is fully realized in the words, “The things that matter most in our lives are not fantastic or grand. They are the moments when we touch one another, when we are there in the most attentive or caring way.”-Jack Kornfield.
The family will receive friends for a visitation from 2:30-4:30 P.M. on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at Beard’s Funeral Chapel. Private interment will take place in the Fayetteville National Cemetery under the direction of Beard’s Chapel.
Memorials may be made to the Willard Walker Hospice Home, 325 E. Longview St., Fayetteville, AR. 72703.
Warren Adams, 66, passed away early Monday morning after a protracted battle with cancer. He was the eldest of nine children born to Alex and Edith Adams in coastal New Jersey. He worked in the print business most of his life. He worked at a newspaper as a young man. He recently retired from Packaging Specialties, a dynamic product film printing firm he called home for more than thirty years.
As a University of Arkansas graduate who had completed his coursework towards a master’s degree in sociology, he enjoyed a good intellectual argument on a truly wide range of subjects preferably with an equally varied and entertaining beer in his hand.
Perhaps it was during his call to honor in the Navy during the Vietnam War that he developed his taste for travel. Despite being an extreme cheapskate, he took his family on many memorable vacations across America, around the islands of the Caribbean, up to Canada and to several lovely European locations.
Preceded in death by his parents, Alex with wife Edith; and granddaughter, Lily, Warren is survived by the love of his life, Nancy; son, Alan with wife, Ronissa; son, Brian with significant other, Lesley; grandson, Addison, grandson, Ian, sister, Kristine with husband, Bruce Paterson; sister, Elizabeth with husband, Robert Torbitt; sister, Ellen with husband, Tony Townsend; sister, Kathryn with husband, Kevin Nease; brother, James with wife, Betty; brother, Carl with wife, Kathy; brother, John with wife, Kim; brother, Robert; several wonderful cousins and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service is scheduled to honor his memory Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 2 p.m. at Beard’s Funeral Chapel in Fayetteville, AR. The family prefers memorials placed in his name made to the Wounded Warrior Project in lieu of flowers, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS. 66675.
Cremation arrangements by Beard’s Chapel.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Manuel Alvarez; two sons, William and George Alvarez; a daughter, Teresa Maddox; one granddaughter, Kinzie Alvarez; and a great-grandson, Carter Rose.
Frances loved quilting and sewing.
She is survived by a daughter, Lola Jordon and husband, Ronnie of Greenland; a son, Mark Alvarez and wife, Beckie of West Fork; 12 grandchildren, Scott Alvarez, Brad Alvarez, Laurie Watson, Stephanie Phillips, Manuel Alvarez, Jake Alvarez, Sarah Law, Emilee Roy, Heather Rose, Travis Jordon, Mica Jordon, and Brayden Alvarez; 18 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great- grandchildren.
Funeral services will be 11:00 A.M. Thursday, September 17 2015 at Beard’s Chapel with L.V. Vickery and Reverend Lester Shadrick officiating. Interment will follow in Fairview Memorial Gardens Cemetery under the direction of Beard’s Chapel.
The family will receive friends from 10:00 A.M. until service-time at the funeral home on Thursday.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Willard Walker Hospice Home, 325 E. Longview St., Fayetteville, AR. 72703.