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Ken­neth G. Dupuis of Bella Vista, passed away on July 8, 2017, af­ter a short ill­ness. Ken­neth was born in Lyn­nwood, Calif., on March 3, 1959.

He lived in Whit­tier, Calif., un­til mov­ing with his fam­ily to Northwest Arkansas in 1970 where he resided for the rest of his life. He grad­u­ated from Bentonville High School in 1977 and had worked for Rid­out Lum­ber and Home Cen­ter since 1993.

Ken­neth is sur­vived by his chil­dren Joshua Pot­ter and wife Kim­berly and their son, Lu­cas, and Brandy Daugh­erty and her daugh­ter, Naomi; his par­ents, Frank and Pa­tri­cia Dupuis; and sib­lings, Ed­ward Dupuis and Misty Dupuis.

No for­mal ser­vices are planned at this time. In lieu of flow­ers, please con­sider a do­na­tion to Cir­cle of Life Hospice.


Linda Peter­son, 69, of Farm­ing­ton died Sun­day, July 9, 2017, at Wil­lard Walker Hospice House lo­cated in Fayet­teville. She was born Sept. 27, 1947, in Bris­tow, Okla., the daugh­ter of Edna Mae Long and Ch­ester Alexander Penn. She en­joyed read­ing, work­ing with her hus­band Mike and spend­ing time with fam­ily.

She is pre­ceded in death by her par­ents. Linda is sur­vived by her hus­band of 29 years, Michael Peter­son, four sons; Ja­son Peter­son and his wife Lou of Utah, Corey Peter­son of Utah, Kyle Peter­son and his wife Sarah, of Utah, Jeremy Peter­son, of Farm­ing­ton, two daugh­ters; Tonya Stout and her hus­band Dar­rell, of Washington, Michele Levine, of Rogers, two broth­ers; Leroy Penn and his wife Kathy, of Idaho, Larry Penn and his wife Katie, of Ok­la­homa, one sis­ter; Lois Shamas, of Ok­la­homa, nu­mer­ous nieces and neph­ews, 12 grand­chil­dren, and three great- grand­chil­dren.

Memo­ri­als may be sent to Hope Can­cer Re­sources of Springdale, Ark. Ar­range­ments by Ept­ing Fu­neral Home Fayet­teville. Con­do­lences: www.ept­ing­fu­ner­al­

FAYET­TEVILLE — Ger­ald Wayne Tack­ett,

age 76, of Fayet­teville, died Satur­day, July 8, 2017, in Fayet­teville. He was born Dec. 7, 1940, in Fayet­teville to John Marvin and Vir­gie Mary “Tom­mie” Tack­ett.

He was pre­ceded in death by his beloved wife of 52 years, Jeanne; an in­fant son, Dar­ren Tack­ett; his son in law, Pat Bem­benek; his par­ents,

his step fa­ther, Ted Wright; his sis­ter, Rose­mary Baird and brother Sonny Tack­ett, and his best friend Jesse Jobe. He was a hus­band, fa­ther, pa­paw, great- grand­fa­ther, brother, un­cle, cousin, friend.

A grad­u­ate of Ver­non High School in Ver­non, Texas, in 1958 he en­tered the U.S. Marine Corps where he proudly served our coun­try for four years earn­ing the rank of cor­po­ral. In 1962, he met the love of his life, Jeanne Wor­ley, and they mar­ried in 1963.

They set up home in Dal­las and then Car­roll­ton, Texas, where he worked as a night switch­man for South­west­ern Bell/AT&T for 35 years, re­tir­ing in 1997. They raised two daugh­ters and too many dogs and cats to count.

In 1998, they moved from Car­roll­ton to Fayet­teville where they built their home in the hills. He brought joy to ev­ery­one he met and never turned away a kid, friend, or an­i­mal who needed him. He was the rock of his fam­ily, and those who knew him loved him well and will miss him dearly. His crooked grin and “Hi Sugar” will for­ever live in many hearts.

He is sur­vived by his two daugh­ters, Lynda Denise Tack­ett Bem­benek and her hus­band David Lee Cavins of Fayet­teville; Sherry Elaine Tack­ett Wright and her hus­band Bryn­dan Wright of Mans­field, Texas; daugh­ter-elect, Gina Richroath of Collinsville, Texas; six grand­chil­dren, Army Maj. Melissa Bem­benek Schroeder, Army Sgt. Matthew Eli Bem­benek, Grant Jesse Bem­benek, Wade Bem­benek, Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Andrew Wright and Kathryn Elaine Wright; three great- grand­chil­dren, Cam­bria Bem­benek and Jane and An­nella Schroeder; five sib­lings, Carolyn Paschal, Telisa Lowe, Vanessa Brown, Molly Hol­lan and Frank Tack­ett; nu­mer­ous cousins, nieces and neph­ews, and too many friends to count.

Ser­vices will be at Moore’s Fu­neral Chapel on Satur­day July 15 at 11 a.m. with a view­ing on Fri­day July 14 from 5-7 p.m. He will be laid to rest with his beloved wife, Jeanne, at the Na­tional Ceme­tery in Fayet­teville on Mon­day, July 17 at 10 a.m. In lieu of flow­ers, the fam­ily asks do­na­tions be made to the Lynda Jeanne Tack­ett Memo­rial Schol­ar­ship, Mar­ion Chap­ter NSDAR, P.O. Box 98, Fayet­teville, Ark., 72702. To sign the on­line guest book visit www. moores­fu­ner­

GOSHEN — Melvin “Mel” Bert Cranston, 68, passed away peace­fully sur­rounded by his fam­ily on July 9, 2017, in Al­bu­querque, N. M. He was born in New­ton, Iowa, on Nov. 29, 1948, to Bert and Dor­ritt Cranston.

In 1971, he grad­u­ated Iowa State Univer­sity and shortly there­after moved to Arkansas where he met and mar­ried Robin Chaney. They had two chil­dren, Erin and Ja­cob. While they were to­gether they owned Tim’s Pizza and bought Cranston Sta­bles. Mel mar­ried Shirley Host­nick and they lived hap­pily on the farm un­til her death in 2013.

He is sur­vived by his two chil­dren, Erin Layne and hus­band, Bill and Ja­cob Cranston; four grand­chil­dren, Brit­tany Layne, Caleb Layne, Dy­lan Reeves and Eli Cranston; his brother, Ed Cranston and his sis­ter, Sherry Grimes and their fam­i­lies.

A cel­e­bra­tion of life will be held 2 p.m. Thurs­day, July 13, 2017, at Beard’s Chapel. In lieu of flow­ers, please do­nate to his life­long pas­sion of tak­ing care of an­i­mals at the Bank of Fayet­teville. Con­do­lences at www.beards­fu­ner­alchapel. com.


“Susie” Tan­ner, 61, of Gravette, Ark., died July 6, 2017, at her home. Born Nov. 23, 1955, in Bak­ers­field, Calif., she was the daugh­ter of Allen Ben­son and Elec­tra Mae Ni­chols Ben­son.

Susie mar­ried Paul Tan­ner and he pre­ceded her in death. She mar­ried Bill Emanuel and he pre­ceded her in death. Susie was a postal car­rier in De­catur, Ark.

She was pre­ceded in death by par­ents, hus­bands, son Wes­ley Tan­ner, daugh­ter, Karen Tan­ner and brother, Robert Ben­son. Sur­vivors in­clude her daugh­ter, Heather Tan­ner and fi­ance’ Ja­son Wolf of Springdale, Ark.; two grand­chil­dren, Jack­son and Emma Wolf of Springdale, Ark.; broth­ers, James Ben­son of Gravette, Ark., and Stephen Ben­son of Gravette, Ark.; and nieces and a nephew.

Fu­neral ser­vice will be 10 a.m., Thurs­day, July 13, 2017, at Maysville Mis­sion­ary Bap­tist Church, Maysville, Ark. Burial will fol­low in Piney Ceme­tery in Jay, Okla. Vis­i­ta­tion will be 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wed­nes­day, July 12, 2017, at Was­son Fu­neral Home, Siloam Springs, Ark. To sign the on­line guest book, visit www.was­son­fu­ner­al­

PARIS—Dan E. Hous­ton, 68, of Paris died, July 10, 2017, in Paris. Cre­ma­tion ar­range­ments are un­der the di­rec­tion of Roller Fu­neral Home in Paris. On­line gu est book,www.roller fu­neral

PARIS — Andy Pa­trylick,

62 of Paris, Ark., died, July 9, 2017, in Fort Smith, Ark. Cre­ma­tion ar­range­ments are un­der the di­rec­tion of Roller Fu­neral Home in Paris. On­line guest­book, www.roller­fu­ner­al­

ROGERS — Mary Kay

Law­son, 76, passed away on May 7, 2017, in Bentonville. She was born on Dec. 22, 1940, in Sarepta, La., to the late Calvin M. and Essie A. (Hughes) Hood.

She was the lov­ing wife of Don­ald L. Law­son of Rogers. Mary loved spend­ing time with her fam­ily and play­ing the on­line game, Pet City, where she made many friends.

She was pre­ceded in death by her daugh­ter, Deb­o­rah Ben­ton (de­ceased). She is sur­vived by her hus­band of Rogers; chil­dren, Dan Wil­liams, Michele Hicks and Sham­mie Law­son; 9 grand­chil­dren, Daniel Cauly, Anita Wes­sels, Cory Wil­liams, Ryan Cauly, Jen­nifer Rear­don, Christopher Hicks, Tif­fany Cauly, Ja­son Law­son and Joshua Law­son; and 6 great-grand­chil­dren, Kay­lyn Cauly, Juliet Law­son, Oliver Cauly, Rea­gan Law­son, Emelia Hicks and Eas­ton Mai­hofer.

Ar­range­ments were un­der the care of Rollins Fu­neral Home. On­line con­do­lences can be made at www.rollins fu­ SPRINGDALE — Gary Lang­ham, beloved son, hus­band, fa­ther and papa passed away on July 8, 2017. Gary was born to War­ren and Irene Lang­ham on July 17, 1954, in Fayet­teville, Ark. Gary is sur­vived by his two sis­ters, Shirley Bird­sall of Katy, Texas, and He­len Cole of New Bloomfield, Mo.

Gary was pre­ceded in death by his wife of 41 years, Bev­erly. They had three chil­dren and eight grand­chil­dren. Gary owned and op­er­ated Ap­ple Con­crete Inc. for over 25 suc­cess­ful years and had con­trib­uted a lot to his com­mu­nity.

Gary is sur­vived by his chil­dren, daugh­ter, Erin Lang­ham of Lit­tle Rock, daugh­ter, Holly Spencer and hus­band Matthew of York, Neb., and son, Jar­rod Lang­ham and wife Brandii of Springdale. His eight grand­chil­dren, Quentin, Cameron, Jett, Is­abella, Lon­dyn, Blaike, Fin­ley and Jor­dyn all loved him dearly. He is sur­vived by his mother, Irene, who still re­sides in Fayet­teville. Gary loved the out­doors and spend­ing time with his fam­ily and life­long friends.

Fu­neral ser­vices will be Fri­day, July 14, 2017, at 11 a.m. at Sisco Fu­neral Chapel of Springdale with Pas­tor Johnny Harp of­fi­ci­at­ing. Fam­ily burial ser­vices will fol­low in Fairview Memo­rial Gar­dens in Fayet­teville. Vis­i­ta­tion will be Thurs­day from 5 to 7 p.m. at the fu­neral home.

The fam­ily re­quests that in lieu of flow­ers, con­tri­bu­tions be made to St. Jude Chil­dren’s Re­search Hos­pi­tal, an or­ga­ni­za­tion Gary was very pas­sion­ate about. On­line con­do­lences may be left at www. sis­co­fu­


Dean Porter, 84, of Springdale, A rk . , passed away Mon­day, July 10, 2017, at the Wil­lard Walker Hospice Home in Fayet­teville. Ger­ald was born on Feb. 26, 1933, in Brent­wood, Ark., a son of Leonard Floyd Porter and Mable Myr­tle Mills Porter.

He mar­ried Edna Mae Pre­ston on June 27, 1959, at the Bald­win Church of Christ. Ger­ald served hon­or­ably in the Army dur­ing the Korean Con­flict. He then went to work for 30 years at the Univer­sity of Arkansas Phys­i­cal Plant.

He was a mas­ter car­pen­ter and also en­joyed hunt­ing and gar­den­ing. Ger­ald was a mem­ber of the Robin­son Av­enue Church of Christ and an el­der for over 20 years. He was ac­tive and very pas­sion­ate about their Mis­sions Teams. He men­tored many and was loved by all who knew him.

He is sur­vived by his wife of 58 years, Edna Pre­ston Porter; two daugh­ters, Su­san and hus­band Tracy Taylor of Russellville, Ark., and Sharon and hus­band Royce Bai­ley of Pi­geon Forge, Tenn.; two broth­ers, Leon and Dar­rel Porter both of Fayet­teville; six grand­chil­dren, Zach Taylor (Stephanie), Kelsey Hodges (H. Clay), Grayson Taylor ( Amanda), Colby Bai­ley, Con­nor Bai­ley, and Kar­a­line Bai­ley; one great-grand­child, Pierce Taylor.

Vis­i­ta­tion will be held at the Robin­son Av­enue Church of Christ on Thurs­day, July 13, 2017, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Fu­neral ser­vices will be held at the Robin­son Av­enue Church of Christ at 2 p.m. on Thurs­day, July 13, 2017. Harry Fitzger­ald will of­fi­ci­ate the ser­vice with burial be­ing held at the Brent­wood Ceme­tery un­der the di­rec­tion of the Back­strom-Pyeatte Fu­neral Home of Springdale.

To sign the on­line guest book, visit www. back In lieu of flow­ers do­na­tions may be made to the Robin­son Av­enue Church of Christ Mis­sions Teams.

CHINO, Calif. — Larry

Gene Phillips, 74, of Chino, Calif., and for­mally of Bentonville, Ark., died Dec. 9, 2016, at Kaiser Hos­pi­tal in On­tario, Calif. He was born Jan. 7, 1942, in Bentonville, Ark., to Fred M. and Lu­cille Simp­son Phillips.

He served in the U.S. Army in Viet­nam. He was an elec­tri­cian and worked for Metropoli­tan Wa­ter District of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia for many years un­til his re­tire­ment. He moved to Alta Loma, Calif., in 1958. He mar­ried Ros­alinda Del­gado on Oct. 27, 1963, at Chris­tian House of Prayer, Chino, Calif.

They lived in Chino most of their mar­ried life, ex­cept for a brief time in Cave Springs, Ark. He en­joyed play­ing base­ball, fish­ing and bowl­ing. He was a Chris­tian, hav­ing been bap­tized at the Church of Christ in Cave Springs, Ark.

He is sur­vived by his wife of 53 years, Ros­alinda; sons, Larry Phillips, Jr. and wife, Kaylie of Eti­wanda, Calif., Shawn Phillips and wife, Danielle of Up­land, Calif.; brother, Bruce Phillips of Sacra­mento, Calif.; sis­ter, Mar­lene Sands of Cave Springs; grand­chil­dren, Chase, Rudy, Ai­den, Trystin and Kamdin Phillips and many lov­ing nieces and neph­ews. He was pre­ceded in death by his par­ents and one brother, Gary Phillips.

Ser­vices were held Feb. 4, 2017, at Chris­tian House of Prayer in Chino, Calif. Grave­side ser­vices will be held at 11 a.m., Satur­day, July 15, 2017, at Phillips Ceme­tery in Cave Springs, Ark. There will be a time of fel­low­ship in the Fam­ily Room at the Church of Christ in Cave Springs, Ark., fol­low­ing the grave­side ser­vice.

Memo­ri­als may be made to Phillips Ceme­tery, c/o Mar­lene Sands, 478 Shores Ave., Cave Springs, Ark., 72718. Ar­range­ments have been en­trusted to Stock­dale-Moody Fu­neral Ser­vices of Rogers.


Claver, 71, of Pineville, Mo., passed away sud­denly, July 10, 2017, at Mercy Hos­pi­tal in Rogers, Ark.

He is sur­vived by his wife of 53 years, San­dra Claver; three chil­dren, Bert Ray Claver, Laura Nitsch, Tam­mey Shaf­fer; six grand­chil­dren and four great-grand­chil­dren.

Fu­neral ser­vices will be at 1 p.m., Fri­day, July 14, 2017, at the Pen­te­costals of Northwest Arkansas in Rogers with Pas­tor Rus­sell Hamby of­fi­ci­at­ing. Burial will fol­low in Pineville Ceme­tery in Pineville, Mo. Vis­i­ta­tion will be from 5 p.m. un­til 7 p.m., Thurs­day, July 13, 2017, at Stock­dale-Moody Fu­neral Ser­vices in Rogers.

Words of com­fort may be shared at stock­dale­fu­neral. com.

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