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Perry Butcher was born at the tail end of the Dust Bowl Days on Jan. 28, 1936, in Woodward, Okla., to Roy and Evelyn Butcher.
He and his younger sister, Patty, grew up among the wind and the prairie grass. Perry enjoyed the usual sports of young boys, but also studied piano, sang on the radio, and shuffled his feet at a few tap-dancing lessons.
In high school, besides playing football, basketball and track, he raised lambs for FFA, played trumpet in the band, and completed his Eagle Scout Badge. His father had promised him a new car if he didn’t take up smoking. So, he started college at OSU with a 1954 light blue Ford Victoria, the beginning of his love affair with cars which continued throughout his lifetime.
Perry studied Architecture at OSU and married his high school sweetheart, Marquita Peach. During this time, their first three children were born. After graduation, they moved to Little Rock, Ark., for his first job in Architecture, and then moved to Rogers, Ark., in 1963, the place they would call home. Eventually, they had three more children and Perry spent many happy hours coaching ball teams and enjoying being a father with his three daughters and three sons.
Settling in Rogers, Perry opened an office with Paul Wilber as his partner. They were together a couple of years when Paul made the decision to study medicine. Eventually Perry and John Mack became friends and partners, forming the Company Perry Butcher and Associates known as PBA located in downtown Rogers. They became an integral part of the community, participating in community basketball, Frisco Days events including the Chili Cook Off, the Great Bank Robbery, and the Great Train Robbery, the Lions Club, and the Christmas Parade.
Perry loved to sing in the First Baptist Church choir. It was here that he got recruited to play Daddy Warbucks in the play ‘Annie’ at the Arts Center of the Ozarks. Thus, began a love of acting that played a large role in his life. It was at the theatre that he met Betty Hurst whom he married in 1989. Together, they participated in 15 musicals through the years where Perry used his talents of singing, dancing, and just being Perry! They made their home in Fayetteville where they had many musical evenings around the piano.
Perry and John continued to prosper in PBA. Some of their projects included churches, schools, businesses and libraries. Eventually they were employed by Wal-Mart and were given projects all over America. Perry brought several Architects from foreign countries to join the firm, including China, Mexico and Yugoslavia. His love for his employees was felt by all who worked for him. He put on three company parties
a year, one of them being a family outing in the fall. He also had monthly luncheons which encouraged the showing of talents of his employees and helped to encourage friendships.
Perry had a stroke in 2003, which robbed him of the ability to read, write, and speak. It was extremely hard for him to give up his life as he had known it, and his company of 39 years. Eventually he turned to his hobby of collecting model cars, airplanes, soldiers and WWII memorabilia. He also took up painting, which brought him much pleasure. He and Betty have a home in Alexandria, Minn., where they have spent the last 11 summers enjoying friends and family there.
Perry is survived by: his wife Betty; his six children: Cathy Krupka ( Jack), Cindy Branscum (Mark), Steve Butcher ( Yavonne), Philip Butcher, Julie Davis (Brent) and Perry Ellis Butcher (Janice). Perry also has two stepsons, Cassidy Hurst and Coby Hurst; one step-granddaughter, Heather Hurst; 22 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Funeral services 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 20, 2017, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 2925 Old Missouri Road, Fayetteville, Ark. Interment will follow in the Fairview Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Fayetteville, Ark. Visitation 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Benton County Funeral Home, 306 N. 4th, Rogers.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Arts Center of the Ozarks. Online condolences to www.bentoncountyfuneralhome.com.
FAYETTEVILLE — Lillie Featherston Colvin, 85, of Fayetteville died Feb. 15, 2017, at the Willard Walker Hospice Home. She was born in Lewisville, Ark., in 1931. She married Harrell Colvin and worked at Farmers Home Administration before retiring. She was a member of Lewisville Baptist Church and joined Fayetteville Baptist Church when she and her husband moved to Fayetteville. Lillie is survived by her daughter, Susan Colvin. No services are planned. Cremation arrangements by Beard’s Chapel. Condolences at www. beardsfuneralchapel.com,
FAYETTEVILLE — Vanessa M. Land, age 65, of Fayetteville, died Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, in Fayetteville. She was born Oct. 7, 1951, in Raytown, Mo., the daughter of Fred and Dollie Marjorie Junkins Stubbs.
She was a homemaker and a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Fayetteville.
She is survived by her husband of 45 years, Donald Land; two sons, Tyrone L. Land and his wife Rebecca D. of Little Rock and Joseph L. Land of Fayetteville; a daughter, Rebecca L. Thomas of Fayetteville; and six grandchildren, Rianna L. Hughes, Zoey L. Carter, Gary A. Hughes, Isabella B. Hughes, Amber M. Land and Ian X. Harper.
There will be a private graveside service at the Fayetteville National Cemetery, under the direction of Moore’s Chapel. To sign the online guest book, visit www. mooresfuneralchapel.com.
FAYETTEVILLE — Stephen Setser, age 48, of Fayetteville, died Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, in Fayetteville. He was born Nov. 19, 1968, in Dardanelle, Ark., the son of David and Donna Gray Setser. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Chris Setser.
He was an employee of Walmart.
He is survived by his
grandmother, Bessie Gray of Dardanelle; his best friend, Donita Hahn of Fayet teville; a niece, Ally Setser of Fayetteville; an aunt, Shirley Whittaker of Fort Smith; three uncles, Ervin Gray of Fort Smith and Dean Dunlap of Parthenon, Ark., and Richard Lehmberg of Houston, Texas.
Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, at Moore’s Chapel followed by interment at Fairview Memorial Gardens, under the direction of Moore’s Chapel. To sign the online guest book, visit www. mooresfuneralchapel.com.
HARRISON — Teresa Jane Smith, age 56, of Harrison, died Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017. Husband, Bruce Coleman Smith and daughters, Kayleigh Smith and Megan Marie (Danny) Goff, survive her. Celebration of Teresa’s life is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017, at 2410 Hwy. 392, Harrison. Online guestbook: www. rollerfuneralhomes. com/harrison.
LAMAR — Lloyd Ray Nichols Jr., 47, of Lamar, passed away Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, at the Roller-Cox Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in the Annie’s Chapel Cemetery. Arrangements by Roller-Cox Funeral Home, www.rollerfuneralhomes.com/clarksville.
LITTLE ROCK — Roy Glen Huneycutt, age 89, of Little Rock died Feb. 15, 2017. He was born Feb. 23, 1927, in Donaldson, Ark., to Roy Lee and Oneta Martin Huneycutt.
He was a U. S. Army veteran. He married Rita Lowrance in 1947 then graduated from the University of Arkansas with a degree in agriculture. His professional life, however, was spent in the field of accounting.
Roy was an ordained elder at Grace Presbyterian Church in Little Rock. He most recently lived at Memory Care of Little Rock at Good Shepherd where he was the “ambassador.” He valued and loved every person he met.
He was preceded in death by Rita and their son, Larry Glen Huneycutt.
Roy Glen is survived by Debbie Huneycutt Byrd; Cheryl Dawn Huneycutt and Marty Anderson; Jan Huneycutt Lightner; his brother, Louis Huneycutt; his sister, Patsy Daniel; and his sister-inlaw, Peggy Garner. His grandchildren and great- grandchildren are Sam and Alicia Byrd, Eli, and Emily; Erin and Shaun Oliver, Ethan, Elliot, and Ezra; Rachel and Matt Silvestri, Evan and Elle; Sara Huneycutt and Scott Johnson, Amis, Baxter Bittle, and Gibson Bittle; Jesse Huneycutt and Isabella; Max Anderson, Cooper and Neal and many nieces and nephews.
Memorial service will be held at 3 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017, at Grace Presbyterian Church, 9301 Rodney Parham Road, Little Rock. Arrangements are by Ruebel Funeral Home. www.ruebelfuneralhome.com.
SPRINGDALE — Cecil Lamar Pearce, age 68, of Springdale, passed away at his home on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017. He was born on Dec. 3, 1948, in Warren, Ark., to John Cecil and Myrtis Hobgood Pearce. He is preceded in death by his parents.
Lamar was a United States Navy veteran having served in Vietnam. He was an avid fisherman, lover of animals, and an involved family man.
He is survived by his loving wife, Eileen Pearce of the home; his two daughters, Michelle Pappas and husband Sam of Flagstaff, Ariz., and Monica Ketchum and husband Blake of Fayetteville; his grandson, Ashton Ketchum of Fayetteville; his six sisters, Shirley Beard of Warren, Jean Edwards of Warren, Catherine Armstrong of Warren, Carolyn Pearce of Chidester, Dixie Pearce of Warren, and Verna Crawford of Hermitage; his brother, Johnny Pearce of Warren; and many nieces and nephews.
There will be a visitation service held from 1 p.m.–3 p. m. on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, at Nelson-Berna Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute at http:// cancer.uams.edu/.
Condolences may be given online at www.nelsonberna.com.
VAN BUREN — Bonnie Waddell, 68, of Van Buren, Ark., died Feb. 14, 2017, in Fort Smith. She was born Dec. 12, 1948, to Bert and Ethel Lukins in Sacramento, Calif. Preceded by: parents, and husband Duke Waddell, four brothers and three sisters. Survivors: son, Danny Anderson, stepson, Alex Waddell and family, two sisters, Lesa Coffman; Myrtle Kitching, one granddaughter, Chanel, two nieces, Aryan and Alexandra and a nephew, Andrew. Bonnie was dearly loved!!
WINSLOW — Gary “Joe” Clark, 76, of Winslow passed from this life on Feb. 15, 2017, at Washington Regional Medical Center. He was born Feb, 10, 1941, in Pampa, Texas. He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Eugene Clark.
He was an Air Force veteran who served in the Vietnam War.
He is survived by his wife, Lorene Clark of 45 years; his son, Gary Joe Clark II and wife, Missy of Winslow; his daughter, Angela Ledgerwood and husband, Bart of Greenland; grandchildren, Nikki, Thomas, Bianca, Bryce, Barrett, Bret and Byron; two great-grandchildren; his mother, Fleeta Clark; two brothers, Charles Clark Jr. of Cabot and Roy Clark of Bella Vista; two sisters, Muriel Shipley of Fayetteville and Tilly Clark of Winslow.
He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather who will be greatly missed.
As per Gary “Joe’s” repeated requests, there will be no services. He wanted no more sadness caused by his passing. Cremation arrangements by Beard’s Chapel. Condolences at www.beardsfuneralchapel. com.
FREEMAN, Mo. — Coy Franklin Allred, 86, Freeman, Mo., died Feb. 15, 2017. Services 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, Atkinson Funeral Home, Harrisonville, Mo.; visitation 10-11 a. m. Burial: Freeman Cemetery. Coy was born March 28, 1930 in Compton, Ark., the son of Dessie Ray and Lizzie Lee (Davidson) Allred. Arr-Atkinson FH, Harrisonville, 816-380-3268).