Obit­u­ar­ies

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BELLA VISTA — Richard M. Wirth, 100, of Bella Vista, Ark., died Nov. 18, 2016, at his home. He was born Nov. 12, 1916, in San­dusky, Ohio, to Fred Wirth and Alma Hassen­plugh.

He grad­u­ated from high school in Cleve­land, and from Cleve­land State Univer­sity with a Me­chan­i­cal En­gi­neer­ing Vo­ca­tion. He worked at Weldon Cut­ting Tools in Cleve­land.

He was in the U. S. Air Force as lieu­tenant and B-24 pi­lot dur­ing World War II. Af­ter an hon­or­able dis­charge, he moved to Rochester, N.Y., to work at and help build Mor­good Tools from the be­gin­ning. He was pri­mary owner and pres­i­dent of Mor­good for 34 years be­fore re­tire­ment in 1977.

He mar­ried in 1948 to Elaine Camp­bell of Cale­do­nia, N.Y. He had three chil­dren, Thomas Wirth of Shortsville, N.Y., Pa­tri­cia Husel­ton, of Rochester, N.Y.; and Robert Wirth of Fort Collins, Colo. He was pre­ceded in death by par­ents, wife Elaine, brother, Fred­er­ick of New York City and sis­ter, Janet Fal­cone of West­field, N.J., and step-daugh­ter Nancy Fitzgib­bons of High­lands Ranch, Colo.

He mar­ried a close fam­ily friend Sally Tomp­kins (Long­bine) of Kansas City in 1973 be­fore re­tir­ing in 1977. They moved to Bella Vista, Ark., in 1980. He and Sally en­joyed many years in Bella Vista en­joy­ing re­tire­ment, play­ing golf, boat­ing, fish­ing and trav­el­ing to see the kids.

He was a life time mem­ber of Amer­i­can So­ci­ety of Tool and Mfg. En­gi­neers, Ma­sonic Lodge No. 1032 in Rochester, N.Y., past pres­i­dent and long time mem­ber at Brook­lea golf club, and a church mem­ber at St. Theodore’s Epis­co­pal Church of Bella Vista.

He is sur­vived by wife, Sally Wirth, two sons, Thomas Wirth of Shortsville, N.Y., Robert Wirth of Fort Collins, Colo.; one daugh­ter, Pa­tri­cia Husel­ton of Pen­field, N.Y.; two step-daugh­ters, Marty Long­bine of Pa­cific Pal­isades, Callf., Joan Ghani of Jo­plin, Mo.; 11 grand­chil­dren, and three great-grand­chil­dren.

In re­mem­brance a small me­mo­rial get to­gether of fam­ily and friends will hap­pen at the house at 71 May­fair Drive in Bella Vista on March 4, 2017, at 3 p.m. All are wel­come to come and share me­mories of his life.

FARM­ING­TON — Alvin Neal, age 82, of Farm­ing­ton passed away Thurs­day, Feb. 23, 2017, in Fayet­teville. He was born in Hous­ton, Miss., to Robert and Madge Ab­bott Neal. He was pre­ceded in death by his par­ents and his wife Shirley Neal. Our dear fa­ther was a won­der­ful, lov­ing Dad. He was de­voted to his fam­ily and al­ways a faith­ful provider. He had a big heart and a friendly per­son­al­ity. He never met a

stranger. He loved help­ing out his neigh­bors and friends. He lived as a wid­ower for the last four years of his life which we’re sure was not easy for him to do. But, we are con­fi­dent that he is in heaven with our mother.

He is sur­vived by two daugh­ters, Margie Keyes and her hus­band Rick of Winslow, Ark., and Kathy Neal of West Fork; one son, David Neal of Goshen, Ark.; six grand­chil­dren and many great grand­chil­dren.

Fam­ily will re­ceive friends at the home of Alvin Neal 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Mon­day, Feb. 27, 2017. Cre­ma­tion ar­range­ments are un­der the di­rec­tion of Moore’s Chapel. To place an on­line trib­ute visit www. moores­fu­ner­alchapel.com.

MOUNT JUDEA — Carl Louis Cook, 75, died Feb. 23. Visi­ta­tion is Feb. 27 at Holt Me­mo­rial Chapel at 5 p.m. Fu­neral is Feb. 28 at the Mount Judea gym­na­sium at 10 a.m. Sur­vivors in­clude sons, Craig and Rod­ney Cook; mother of his chil­dren, Linda Tal­bert and many other fam­ily and friends.

ROGERS — Carol Elaine David­son, 35, of Rogers, went to be with the Lord on Feb. 18, 2017. She was born March 12, 1981, in Fayet­teville, Ark., the daugh­ter of Ge­orge and Pa­tri­cia Butcher David­son.

She was of the Chris­tian faith.

Carol was the mother of four chil­dren, RoseMarry David­son, Dyl­lan Raye Byrd of Cave Springs, Hal­ley Ann Skye David­son and Sum­mer Rayne David­son of Rogers. She is also sur­vived by her par­ents; Ge­orge Wil­liam David­son Sr. of Ho­g­eye, Ark., and Pa­tri­cia David­son of Rogers, Ark.; one brother; Ge­orge Wil­liam David­son Jr. and wife Alyce of Rogers, Ark., and two sis­ters; Michelle Rene Keys of Spring­dale, Ark., and Terri Lynne Russo and hus­band Ja­son of Bentonville.

Visi­ta­tion will be from 4 p.m. un­til 6 p.m. on Mon­day, Feb. 27, 2017, in the chapel of Me­mo­rial Fu­neral Home, 3926 Wil­lowood Ave., Spring­dale, Ark., 72762. Fu­neral ser­vices will be at 10 a. m. on Tues­day, Fe­bru­ary 28, 2017 at Me­mo­rial Fu­neral Home with Todd Stephans of­fi­ci­at­ing, with burial fol­low­ing in Mt. Com­fort Ceme­tery in Fayet­teville, Arkansas. On­line con­do­lences may be made to www.memo­ri­alfh­spring­dale. com.

SHER­WOOD — Allen Wright Berry, 72, passed away Feb. 22, 2017, at Methodist Ger­man­town Hos­pi­tal in Ger­man­town, Tenn. He was born on Sept. 30, 1944, in Mem­phis, Tenn. He was the older child of Alonzo (AA) and Lois (Wright) Berry.

He was a grad­u­ate of Har­ris­burg High School in Har­ris­burg, Ark. Allen re­ceived his BSBA in 1966 and MBA in 1968 from the Univer­sity of Arkansas. In 1969, he mar­ried Cather­ine Marie Fore and they raised two chil­dren, Gre­gory and Emily, in Sher­wood, Ark.

Allen held the po­si­tions of Chief Fi­nan­cial Of­fi­cer and Trea­surer at WEHCO Me­dia, Inc. for 37 years. Af­ter re­tire­ment, he and his wife, Cathy moved to Ger­man­town, Tenn. Allen was of the Methodist faith where he served on the Board of the Heifer Project and vol­un­teered with Meals on Wheels. Be­ing an avid cy­clist, Allen was a mem­ber of the Arkansas Bi­cy­cle Club.

He was pre­ceded in death by his par­ents Alonzo (AA) and Lois Berry. He is sur­vived by his wife, Cathy, of 47 years; one daugh­ter, Emily Hall (Michael) of Ger­man­town, Tenn.; son, Gre­gory Berry of Ger­man­town, Tenn. Allen is also sur­vived by one grand­son, Joey Tay­lor; one sis­ter, Mar­i­lyn McCord Blackburn (Ron); two neph­ews and two nieces.

Col­lierville Fu­neral Home has been en­trusted with his fu­neral ar­range­ments. Visi­ta­tion will be held Mon­day, Fe­bru­ary 27, 2017, from 10:30 a.m. un­til ser­vice time at 12:00 noon at Ger­man­town United Methodist Church. Burial will fol­low at Har­ris­burg Me­mo­rial Park Ceme­tery in Har­ris­burg, Ark.

Pall­bear­ers will be Ray Gash, Lynn Hamil­ton, Buddy King, Guinn Massey, Ge­orge Rea­gan, Paul Smith, and Char­lie Van Deven­ter. Hon­orary pall­bear­ers will be Larry Hines and Ger­ald Kilpatrick.

The fam­ily would like to ex­tend heart­felt thanks to Dr. Jeffrey Lee, Dr. Hus­sein Tawbi, and staff at MD An­der­son Can­cer Cen­ter for their gen­tle and at­ten­tive care through­out his ill­ness.

In lieu of flow­ers, dona­tions may be made to MD An­der­son Can­cer Cen­ter, Melanoma Re­search, P.O. Box 4486, Hous­ton, Texas, 77210, or you may do­nate on­line at www.mdan­der­son.org/gifts. Dona­tions may also be made to Ger­man­town United Methodist Church, 2331 South Ger­man­town Road, Ger­man­town, Tenn., 38138.

SPRING­DALE — Linda Green­wood Tay­lor, age 71, of Spring­dale, Ark., passed away Wed­nes­day, Feb. 22, 2017, in Fayet­teville. She was born Aug. 18, 1945, in Lit­tle Rock, Ark., to Leonard Ce­cil and Laura Lydia (Fishcher) Daven­port.

Linda was a lover of life. Her pas­sions in­cluded flo­ral and in­te­rior de­sign, an­i­mal res­cue, cats both large and small, go­ing to the movies, fash­ion, friends and fam­ily, ad­vo­cat­ing for the un­born, her faith in God, and all things Elvis.

She was a life­long Lutheran and was a mem­ber of Good Shep­herd Lutheran Church in Fayet­teville. She was a proud Tyson team mem­ber for six­teen years work­ing as an ac­count­ing ad­min­is­tra­tor. She loved her work fam­ily and was hon­ored to be part of such a spe­cial or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Linda served on the board of di­rec­tors for the Hu­mane So­ci­ety of the Ozarks for six years. Ad­di­tion­ally, she held the of­fice of sec­re­tary dur­ing her fi­nal two years on the board.

She is sur­vived by her son, Michael Scott Green­wood of Fayet­teville, Ark.; her daugh­ter, Stacey Lynn Green­wood of Kansas City, Mo.; and one grand­son, Colton Jon-Daw­son Green­wood of Fayet­teville, Ark.

A cel­e­bra­tion of life will be held 2 p.m., Sun­day, Feb. 26 at Good Shep­herd Lutheran Church, 2925 N. Old Mis­souri Road in Fayet­teville with Rev­erend Dr. Clint Sch­nek­loth of­fi­ci­at­ing. In lieu of flow­ers me­mo­rial con­tri­bu­tions may be made to the Hu­mane So­ci­ety of the Ozarks at https:// hsozarks.org.

To sign the on­line guest book please visit www.nel­son­berna.com. Ar­range­ments are un­der the di­rec­tion of Nel­son-Berna Fu­neral Home and Cre­ma­tory of Fayet­teville.

PINEVILLE, Mo. — Sgt. Paul Eu­gene Hig­nite, 67, died peace­fully sur­rounded by his friends and fam­ily on Feb. 22, 2017.

A vet­eran of two wars, Viet­nam and Op­er­a­tion Desert Storm, he served his coun­try in the U.S. Army 1st Bat­tal­ion, 12th In­fantry Reg­i­ment of the 4th In­fantry Di­vi­sion – the “War­riors” and Arkansas Na­tional Guard’s 1st – 142nd FA B/Btry (Field Ar­tillery) unit.

Paul was born Dec. 24, 1949, to Paul Hig­nite Sr. and He­len Hig­nite in Scott City, Kan. The old­est of five chil­dren, he grew up and played foot­ball in his home­town of Hayes, Kan. At the age of 17, he vol­un­teered for U.S. Army ser­vice in Viet­nam. Af­ter boot camp, he fur­thered his skills in Ad­vanced In­fantry Train­ing ( AIT) be­fore de­ploy­ment in 1968. Upon re­turn, Paul trav­eled the U.S. and spent years shrimp­ing in the Gulf of Mex­ico, even out­run­ning hur­ri­cane Carmine in 1974 by boat.

Dur­ing Op­er­a­tion Desert Storm, Paul en­listed as sergeant in the Arkansas Na­tional Guard where his unit pro­vided How­itzer ar­tillery sup­port for ground forces dur­ing the lib­er­a­tion of Kuwait City. Paul was a brave and loyal sol­dier and a lov­ing hus­band.

In June of 1980, he mar­ried his soul mate, Mol­lie Long, and set­tled in North­west Arkansas. He was the proud fa­ther of five chil­dren: Mike Hig­nite, James Hig­nite, Paul Hig­nite, Angie Hig­nite and Rachel Bar­ton, and “Papa Bear” to many more he called his own.

He is sur­vived by: His wife Mol­lie Hig­nite, three broth­ers, Frank Hig­nite, Steve Hig­nite, and Roger Hig­nite, one sis­ter, Mar­i­lyn Cochran, three sons, Mike Hig­nite, James Hig­nite, and Paul Hig­nite, two daugh­ters, An­gela Hig­nite and Rachel Bar­ton, 11 grand­chil­dren, and nu­mer­ous nieces and neph­ews.

List of Mil­i­tary Dec­o­ra­tions and Ac­com­mo­da­tions: Viet­nam Cam­paign Medal, Viet­nam Ser­vice Medal, two Over­seas Ser­vice Bars, Marks­man Sharp­shooter M14, Marks­man Ex­pert M16 ri­fle and hand gun, Air Medal, Army Com­men­da­tion Medal and Kuwait Lib­er­a­tion Medal.

Ser­vice is set for 11 a.m. Mon­day, Feb. 27 at The Ridge Church in Pea Ridge. Ar­range­ments are by Sisco Fu­neral Home in Pea Ridge. Visi­ta­tion will be from 2-4 Sun­day, Feb. 26 at the fu­neral home. Burial will be in the Pea Ridge Ceme­tery. On­line con­do­lences may be made at sis­co­fu­ner­al­home.net.

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