OBITUARIES Information for the obituaries and funeral notices below was supplied to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Advertising Department by funeral homes. For more information including cost and deadlines contact the advertising department at (501) 378-3889.
CAVE SPRINGS — Paislee Grace Freeman was born without a heartbeat on Feb. 17, 2017, at Northwest Hospital in Bentonville. Paislee is the cherished daughter of Daniel Freeman and Carrie James.
She is greeted in heaven by her great- grandfathers, Bill James, Henry Winbery, and Bill Davis as well as her brother Isaiah Freeman. She is mourned on earth by her grandparents, Richard and Audrey James; grandparents, John and Nanda Freeman; great- grandmothers, many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Carrie and Daniel would like to thank Dr. Schmitz and Dr. Fry as well as the nursing staff at Northwest Hospital Bentonville for their compassion and support.
Sometimes, it’s the smallest things that take up the most room in our hearts.
A private service will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Benton County Memorial Park Funeral Home, Rogers, Ark.
CENTER TON— Kenneth Charles Giroir, age 88, of Centerton, Ark., passed away Feb. 22, 2017. Kenneth was born Jan. 1, 1929, in Houma, La., to parents Louis and Lucy Giroir.
Kenneth was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and worked for many years in the oil business. In more recent years Kenneth worked for Walmart.
Kenneth was united in marriage to Elizabeth Goins on May 6, 1951, and they enjoyed many years together.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Kenneth is survived by his wife, Elizabeth of the home; daughter, Kelli Swank and husband Kenneth of Centerton; brother, Louis of Texas and a host of other relatives and friends.
Graveside services are set for 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Fayetteville National Cemetery. Arrangements are with Benton County Memorial Park Funeral Home, 3800 W. Walnut, Rogers, Ark.
CONWAY — Services for Josh Atkinson, 14, of Conway. 10 a.m., Monday, Feb. 27, at Calvary Church of the Nazarene in Little Rock, with Pastor Don Schultheis officating. Burial in Shiloh Cemetery in Bodcaw, Ark. Visitation 3-8 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 26, at the Church. Arrangements by Benton County Memorial Park, Rogers. Online Guestbook: www. bentoncounty memorialpark.com.
ELKINS — Connie Joan Olinger, 74, Elkins, Ark., died Feb. 23, 2017, in Fayetteville. She was born July 7, 1942, in Jasper, Ark., to Rex and Juanita (Pritchett) Vanderpool.
Memorial services will be held at a later date.
Cremation arrangements entrusted to Westfield Chapel Funeral Home, www. WestfieldChapel.com.
ELKINS — Julianne Woods Stewart, 99, of Elkins died Feb. 23, 2017, at the Willard Walker Hospice Home. She was born July 9, 1917, in St. Paul, Neb., to Samuel E. and Daisy Nell Cramer Woods.
She was a member of the Elkins Community Church, current member of Ozark Cattleman Association, DAR, NWA Cavalcade, McCord Cemetery Board and board member of many other organizations in Northwest Arkansas.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard ( Buster) Stewart and son, Ozzie J. Stewart.
She is survived by two sons, Michael Stewart Sr. and wife, Carolyn and John L. Stewart and wife, Gloria all of Elkins; one daughter, Patricia Stewart Whitmire of Fayetteville; one sister, Francis Spencer of Elkins; seven grandchildren, Rhonda Stewart, Angela Stewart Barker, Michael Stewart Jr., Leann Stewart Rogers, Jill Stewart, Michael Justin Hester, Julianne Hester; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, at Beard’s Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow at McCord Cemetery.
Visitation will be Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, from 4-7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to McCord Cemetery c/o John Stewart, 19622 Durham McCord Road, Elkins, Ark. 72727.
Online condolences may be made to www. beards funeralchapel.com.
FAYETTEVILLE — Arnold Everett Atha, age 87, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, in Fayetteville. He was born on Nov. 18, 1929, in Asher, Ark., to Frank Marion and Mary Ellen Ledbetter Atha.
He is preceded in death by his parents; his five sisters, Pearl Smith, Sarah Atha, Clara Drain, Jewell Wilson and Enid Couch; and his three brothers, Francis Atha, Lawrence Atha and Lewis Atha.
Arnold was a lifelong farmer who raised chickens and beef cattle. He was also a heavy equipment operator in the field of construction and road building. He also served in the Army during the Korean conflict.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Nettie J. Atha of the home; his son, Duane Atha of Fayetteville; his daughter, Linda Dash and husband Richard of Lincoln; his former daughter-in-law, Karin Atha of Fayetteville; and his very special granddog, Bear.
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, at Dunaway Cemetery at 8395 Madison 5205, Elkins, Ark. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Humane Society of the Ozarks at https:// hsozarks. org.
Condolences may be given online at www.nelsonberna. com.
FAYETTEVILLE — James Hill, 77, of Fayetteville passed Feb. 22, 2017. Born July 24, 1939, to James Otto and Eva Logan Hill.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, at Beard’s Chapel.
Visitation will from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the funeral home.
Condolences at www. beardsfuneralchapel.com.
FAYETTEVILLE — Bob Sayles, 85, of Fayetteville, Ark., passed away on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017 at the Willard Walker Hospice Home in Fayetteville. He was born March 13, 1931 in Jonesboro, Ark.
He lived in Imboden, Ark., for most of his youth. He was baptized in the Spring River as a member of the Church of Christ. He loved helping his grandfather Albert Edward Johnson in his bicycle and gun shop in Imboden.
He was in the U.S. Navy from 1948 to 1953 where he was a flight engineer. He was a member of the Christian Church “Disciples of Christ” in Branson, Mo. He loved his Bible.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Martha Sue Chandley; parents, Elmer and Mary Johnson Sayles; grandson, Jamie Hemingway; daughterin-law, Karen Sayles; brother, George Sayles; and a sister, Mary Lou Wilson.
He is survived by his children, Susan Hemingway and husband, Doug, John Sayles and wife, Juddie and Perry Sayles and wife, Beth. His grandchildren are Kimberly, Christie, Jenny, Rachel, Darren, Sarah, Mandy and Jake; many great-grandchildren; and his sisters, Jeanette and Eunice. He worked for Walmart for over 10 years and was the number one associate in the nation for his department 82. He was the owner of Bee Gee Windchimes which were sold all over the world.
Dad loved people and always remembered them. He also loved gardening and fishing. His dream was to be a doctor.
A memorial service will be at Beard’s Funeral Chapel in Fayetteville on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017 at 4 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, to honor Mr. Sayles’ life and service, please direct memorial gifts to UAMS Northwest Campus, 1125 N. College Ave., Fayetteville, Ark. 72703. Checks may be made payable to UAMS Foundation Fund. For further information contact UAMS Northwest at (479) 713-8103.
Cremation arrangements by Beard’s Chapel.
Condolences at www. beardsfuneralchapel.com.
FAYETTEVILLE — John William Monahan Stanton, 37, of Fayetteville, Ark., passed away Feb. 23, 2017. He was born Feb. 23, 1980, in St. Joseph, Mo., to Paul Edward and Katherine (Monahan) Stanton.
He was a 1999 graduate of Rogers High School and worked in construction. He also enjoyed concerts and worked on the road with concert companies helping with security.
John loved to fish and was always the life of every party.
He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, William Monahan and Howard Stanton.
John is survived by three sons, Adam, Nicholas and Jackson Stanton and their mother, Jennifer Stanton of Gassville, Ark.; his parents, Paul and Katherine Stanton of Lowell, Ark.; brother, Jedediah Stanton of Lowell; sister, Mandy Ruth and husband, Joshua of Springdale, Ark., and grandmothers, Phyllis Monahan and Darlene Stanton as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Private services will be held.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Stockdale-Moody Funeral Services of Rogers. Words of comfort may be shared at stockdale funeral.com.
FAYETTEVILLE — Richard Allen Williams, 86, of Fayetteville, Ark., died Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. He was born July 22, 1930, in Shawnee, Okla., to Allen Holloway Williams and Marie Beulah (Jarvis) Williams.
He grew up in Tempe, Ariz., and San Antonio, Texas. He attended both St Mary’s and Trinity Universities in San Antonio, where he majored in accounting. He was a member of Tau Delta Sigma fraternity.
After retiring from a career in hospital administration, he worked for several years as a Realtor.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Myrna Hipp, and two grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Mary; daughters, Joy Prater (John) of Harrison, Ark., Lynda Matthews of Fayetteville, Ark., Donna Meinecke (Jim) of Fayetteville, Ark., Gina Hughes (Clayton) of Tulsa, Okla.; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; mother-in-law Elizabeth Reagan; nine brothers-in-law; three sisters-in-law; one niece and one nephew.
Graveside services will be held 2:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 27, at Fairview Memorial Gardens. Memorial services will follow at 3:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church 224 N. East Ave., in Fayetteville, with a reception at the church after the service.
Memorial contributions may be made to Peace at Home Family Shelter at www. peaceathomeshelter.org.
To sign the online guest book please visit www. nelsonberna.com.
LOWELL — Mary Rae Mullican, 58, of Lowell, Ark., died Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, at her home. She was born March 27, 1958, in Claremore, Okla., to Jack and Leona “Mike” Michael Vandagriff.
Mary was a very giving person. She was very dedicated to her work as a special education teacher and mental health counselor, and was one of the counselors that assisted families victimized by the Oklahoma City bombing. She was a proud graduate of Oklahoma State University. Mary enjoyed bird watching and was devoted to the care of her family.
She is survived by her husband, David, whom she married Sept. 23, 1995, in Lawton, Okla.; three children, Maggie Mullican of Fayetteville, Ark., David Mullican, Jr. of Springdale, Ark., Stephanie Sampler of Glenpool, Okla.; one brother, Mark Vandagriff of Dallas, Texas; and three grandchildren, Kendra Sampler, Ryleigh Mullican and Ryan Mullican.
A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, at Heritage Funeral Home Chapel, online guestbook at www.heritageofnwa.com.
Memorial contributions may be made to Washington Regional Hospice, 34 W. Colt Square, Suite 1, Fayetteville, Ark. 72703.
PARIS — Bill D. Walker, 69, a resident of Paris passed away Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, in Fort Smith.
Graveside services will be private in the Oakwood Cemetery under the direction of Roller Funeral Home in Paris.
ROGERS — Christine Dee Brooks, 54, of Rogers passed away Feb. 22, 2017 in Rogers. She was born Nov. 29, 1962, in Denver, Colo., the daughter of Donald R. and Marjorie Mick Beranek Sr.
Christine was a forklift operator.
She is preceded in death her father.
She is survived by her husband, James Brooks; her mother, Marjorie Beranek Smith and husband John; two brothers, Richard Beranek and wife Jennifer; Donald Beranek and wife Cassondra; seven nieces and nephews and three great-nephews.
Visitation will be Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, at Crossroads Church in Bentonville from 5-6 p.m. and memorial service at 6 p.m. Arrangements by Benton County Funeral Home, 306 N. 4th, Rogers. Online condolences to www.bentoncountyfuneralhome.com.
SPRING DALE— Rebecca Jane Renegar, 73, of Springdale, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. She was born in Statesville, N.C., on Jan. 11, 1944.
Rebecc a , or “Becky”, as she was known, retired from Tyson Foods as Cafeteria manager after 27 years service. A loyal volunteer to both Goshen Fire Department and Community Center, Becky was also the chairman for the Auxiliary Goshen Fire Dept. She attended church at Fellowship Bible Church.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Daniel Watts; and parents, Samuel and Sarah Watts.
Surviving are husband, Jimmie Dale Renegar; daughters, Shannon Dillard and husband David, their son Taylor, of Steamboat Springs, Colo.; Dana Renegar and her daughter Ashley, of Rogers, Ark.; Mandy Sherman and husband Danny, their daughters Tarren and Talyn, of Skiatook, Okla.
To sign the online guest book, visit www. moores funeralchapel.com.
WEST FORK — Valder Marie Wilson, age 85, of We s t Fork passed away Wednesday Feb. 22, 2017. She was born Feb. 28, 1931, in Stidham, Okla., to Lee and Virgie Locke Davis. Valder worked for Campbell’s Soup, retiring after 25 years of service. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, and was a faithful member of Greenland Church of Christ for over 35 years.
Valder was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Wilson; parents, Lee and Virginia Davis; sisters, Oneita Boyd, Arbell Davis, Theo Weines; brothers, James Davis, Kurt Davis, Dowh Davis; grandson, Jeremy Wilson.
Surviving are children: Jenny Wilks of Danville, Ill., Ethan Wilks, Jasmine Wilks, Connie Hayes and her husband Eugene, of West Fork, Ark., Cindy Wilson of West Fork, Ark., Lee Alice Wilson, of Fayetteville, Ark., Lela Williams of Fayetteville, Ark., Donald Wilson of Fayetteville, Ark., Ronald Wilson of Prairie Grove, Ark., John Wilson of West Fork, Ark.; sister, Nell Ballinger; grandchildren: Eugene Hayes., Jr., Charles Cunningham, Aleshia Manning, Sasha Volk, Rebecca Hill, Rachel Wilson, Lexis Wilson, Brittney Williams, Danielle Williams, Tommy Maples and seven great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends 5-7 p.m. on Monday evening, Feb. 27, at Moore’s Chapel in Fayetteville. Funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, at Greenland Church of Christ with Glen Ludwick officiating. Interment following at Dowell Memorial Cemetery in Fayetteville, Ark.
Memorial contributions may be made to Greenland Church of Christ, 476 North Main Avenue, Fayetteville, Ark. 72701. To sign the online guest book please visit www. mooresfuneralchapel.com.
WESTLAKE, Ohio — Carlton Richard Woods, 75, an orchestral conductor and music educator, died at his home in Westlake, Ohio, on Feb. 21, 2017. The cause of death was congestive heart failure.
Woods was born in Illinois and raised in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; attended Heidelberg University (Tiffin, Ohio) and Washington University (St. Louis, Mo.) and earned his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music.
Woods was chair of the Music Department at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa., where he founded the Allegheny Summer Music Festival; he was the director of orchestral activities at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, as well as the conductor and artistic director of the North Arkansas Symphony Orchestra; director of orchestral activities at Central Michigan University and the Midland (MI) Symphony Orchestra Artistic Director.
Woods was a guest conductor with orchestras throughout the United States as well as in Poland, Russia, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Canada and Bolivia. Woods also worked with renowned soloists including Itzhak Perlman, Edgar Meyer, Sarah Chang, John O’Conor, Mark O’Connor, Ani Kavafian, Anne Akiko Meyers, Sharon Isbin, Dave Brubeck, James McCracken, Eugenia Zuckerman and the Juilliard String Quartet.
Woods retired to Westlake, Ohio, in 2007 to be able to attend performances of the Cleveland Orchestra.
Woods was an aficionado of fine Scotch whiskies, India Pale Ales and Ohio City pasta tossed with his homemade basil pesto. Frustrated by golf in retirement, Woods “unretired” and founded Cleveland’s BlueWater Chamber Orchestra in 2010, with a group of professional Cleveland-area musicians.
Woods is survived by his wife, Ladonna. Children are Blair Woods ( spouse Monique Watts); Brent Woods ( spouse Stephanie Britt); Brooke Woods; Robin House (spouse Keith); Heidi Bellemente (spouse Mike). Woods had six grandchildren: Cassidy, Maggie, Vaughn, Steele, Sofia & Abby May.
It is with gratitude to Dr. Cory Fisher, Dr. Miriam Jacob, Shawn Merhaut and Tracey Matejka that Carlton has donated his body to the Cleveland Clinic Body Donation Program for the advancement of medical science.
Service will be Sunday, March 5, 2017, at 2 p.m. at the Avon Lake United Church of Christ, Avon Lake, Ohio. Reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to BlueWater Chamber Orchestra c/o: Cleveland Federation of Musicians Local 4 at 3631 Perkins Ave,, Suite 4C North, Cleveland, Ohio 44114.
WATTS, Okla. — Leander Ambers Rosebeary, age 85, of Watts, Okla., passed away Feb. 25, 2017. He was born May 31, 1931, in Fayetteville, Ark.
He is survived by his wife Altie Janes Rosebeary; three children Kathy Harrelson, Cheryl Rosebeary and Leander Ambers Rosebeary II; eight grandchildren and one sister Bonnie Thomas no services are schedule.
To sign the online guest book visit www.nelsonberna. com.
GAINESVILLE, Va. — After a long and uncomplaining battle with breast cancer, Susan Janette Noe, 60, died on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, surrounded by her family and a huge swell of love.
Susan was born at the Fort Campbell Kentucky Army Base to Windle E. and Ruby N. Kirk. As an Army brat Susan was a world traveler, with her father serving in both the Korean and Vietnam wars.
Susan married Christopher David Noe in 1984, in Chicago, Ill., and they have two children, Stuart and Kirk. Her family life has been shaped by every large and small thing that nurtured her husband
and her boys. She was very involved in the Church and her community.
After graduating from Fayetteville High School in 1974, Susan attended the nearby University of Arkansas. She then transferred to the University of Illinois, Chicago, where she met her husband Chris. She worked most recently at the Flory Small Business Center, where she advised and educated local business owners on a wide range of topics. Besides sewing and theatre, she was an avid reader. Susan loved singing, Christmas, Nutcrackers, Disney World, Captain America and show tunes.
Susan is predeceased by her mother Ruby Nell Kirk, and her grandparents Pete and Kate George, of Arkansas.
She is survived by her husband Chris; her sons, Stuart and Kirk; her father, Windle; and her siblings Terri, Tim, and Lisa, as well as many nieces and a nephew.
A celebration of her life was held on Feb 7, 2017, at the Manassas Church of Christ, in Manassas, Va. In memory of Susan, and in solidarity with her all too common battle, donations for cancer research would be appreciated through Susan G. Komen, or the American Cancer Society. Tribute cards can be addressed to: the family of Susan Noe, 13760 Laurianne Terrace, Gainesville, Va. 20155.