Obit­u­ar­ies

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS -

BELLA VISTA — Dr. Richard Went­worth Beck,

of Bella Vista, Ark. (3/24/1934 - 7/11/2017), born in Portsmouth, Ohio, to Stoudemire Carl­ton and Lil­lian Belle (Walker) Beck.

He was an Ea­gle Scout and grad­u­ated from Portsmouth High School as pres­i­dent of his class. He served in the U.S. Air Force for eight years, dur­ing that time de­vised the pay sys­tem for the Air Force Academy.

After dis­charge, he at­tended The Ohio State Univer­sity on the G.I. Bill, earn­ing his mas­ter’s and doc­tor­ate de­grees. He mar­ried his late wife, Sha­ran Laessle and had two chil­dren. He worked for the Colum­bus school sys­tem for 30 years as teacher, coun­selor, and ad­min­is­tra­tor. His last po­si­tion was di­rec­tor of as­sess­ment and test­ing.

After that re­tire­ment, he be­came a pro­fes­sor at Ur­bana Univer­sity in Ur­bana, Ohio, for 17 years, re­tir­ing in 2004. At that time Dr. Beck left Ohio and moved to Bella Vista, Ark., to as­sist an old friend from high school, Dr. Gin­ger Hamil­ton.

Over the course of time they de­cided friend­ship had de­vel­oped into a 45-year de­layed mar­riage. They were sim­ply slow in rec­og­niz­ing what they had. This be­gan one of the most ac­tive pe­ri­ods of his life. To­gether they started Clever Rogues The­atre, wrote and pro­duced six plays in three years, do­nat­ing prof­its to lo­cal non-profit groups.

They were ac­tive mem­bers of St. Theodore’s Epis­co­pal Church, co-hosted an in­ter­view talk show for the lo­cal vol­un­teer TV sta­tion, worked on the elec­tion com­mit­tee for the cur­rent mayor of Bella Vista, par­tic­i­pated in lo­cal events, and trav­eled ex­ten­sively to China, Egypt, Alaska, Mex­ico, mul­ti­ple cruises through the Caribbean, and many ar­eas of our United States.

Dr. Beck is sur­vived by his son, James Her­bert Beck in Cincin­nati, Ohio; daugh­ter, Pam Beck Bork in Colum­bus, Ohio; three grand­chil­dren and six great-grand­chil­dren; brother, Jerry in Ket­ter­ing, Ohio; sis­ter, Lois Wal­lace of Hide Away Hills, Ohio; and, of course, Dr. Gin­ger Hamil­ton, his beloved wife of 130 months.

Me­mo­rial ser­vices will be held on Mon­day, July 17, 2017, at 10 a.m. at St. Theodore’s Epis­co­pal Church, 1001 Kings­land Road, Bella Vista, Ark., 72714. Fa­ther Will Lowry will of­fi­ci­ate. Memo­ri­als may be do­nated to the church or to Boy Scout Troop No. 3410 via the church. Ar­range­ments are by Bella Vista Fu­neral Home and Cre­ma­tory. On­line con­do­lences may be made at www.fu­neral­ma­tion.com.

BEN­TONVILLE —

Michael Shadley, 51, of Ben­tonville, Ark., died July 1, 2017, at home with his mother by his side. He was born Sept. 21, 1965, in Ot­tumwa, Iowa, to Ron­ald Shadley and Grace Fielder Shadley Gillis. He is sur­vived by his mother of the home; aunts, un­cles and cousins in Iowa. A me­mo­rial gath­er­ing will be held at 1 p.m., Aug. 5, 2017, at the Cass Ceme­tery in Web­ster City, Iowa. Ar­range­ments have been en­trusted to Stock­dale-Moody Fu­neral Ser­vices of Rogers. FORT SMITH —

Loretta Moore, 69, a res­i­dent of Fort Smith, for­merly of Paris, passed away Wed­nes­day, July 12, 2017, in Fort Smith. A pri­vate fam­ily burial will be held un­der the di­rec­tion of Roller Fu­neral Home in Paris. On­line guest­book avail­able at www.roller­fu­ner­al­homes. com/paris.

FORT SMITH —

Al­freda Na­dine Lock­wood

Spence, 84, of Fort Smith, Ark., passed away July 11, 2017. She was born Sept. 2, 1932, in ru­ral Greene County, Ark.

Mrs. Spence loved to learn. She kept at it when she could make time out­side of her fam­ily re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and fi­nally com­pleted her de­gree in ad­min­is­tra­tive man­age­ment at Ar­kan­sas State Univer­sity as an honor grad­u­ate at the age of 57. She loved flow­ers and to gar­den. She was a fan of the Wash­ing­ton Red­skins, the Bos­ton Celtics, and the Ra­zor­backs.

Mrs. Spence was a life­long Methodist, who played the piano and or­gan for her church as a girl and re­mained a com­mit­ted and faith­ful Chris­tian through­out her life.

After rais­ing her chil­dren, Mrs. Spence worked as a sec­re­tary in Fort Smith and Jones­boro. She was a ded­i­cated em­ployee well thought of by her col­leagues. Through the years, Mrs. Spence also worked in a va­ri­ety of char­i­ta­ble roles. She was pre­sented the Molly Pitcher award by the com­mand­ing gen­eral at Fort Sill, Okla., for her ser­vice to the post through the of­fi­cers’ wives club.

Her last char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tion role was ser­vice on the board and as pres­i­dent of what was then known as the Se­bas­tian County As­so­ci­a­tion of Re­tarded Cit­i­zens. While as­so­ci­ated with the Re­tarded Cit­i­zens As­so­ci­a­tion, Mrs. Spence be­gan to write let­ters to chil­dren placed with the Booneville Hu­man De­vel­op­ment Cen­ter. Though the re­cip­i­ents usu­ally could not read and had to have the let­ters read to them, she wrote the let­ters to them on a reg­u­lar ba­sis sim­ply to pro­vide them con­tact to the out­side world.

She ini­tially wrote to chil­dren of peo­ple she knew through her work with the As­so­ci­a­tion. Later, when the staff at Booneville let her know that many of the res­i­dents had no fam­ily to write to them, Mrs. Spence be­gan to write let­ters to those res­i­dents on a monthly ba­sis, of­ten pro­vid­ing lit­tle gifts of food, or a stuffed an­i­mal or toy for a birth­day or hol­i­day.

She con­tin­ued this prac­tice for more than 20 years, writ­ing more than 4,000 let­ters, stop­ping only in the last few months when she could no longer con­tinue due to de­clin­ing health.

Mrs. Spence was pre­ceded in death by two daugh­ters, Vir­ginia Lorene Spence, who died as an in­fant, and her Down Syn­drome daugh­ter, Pa­tri­cia Dar­lene Spence, who lived with Mrs. Spence and her hus­band all her life and who they cared for in their home through a 10-year pe­riod of pro­gres­sive de­men­tia be­fore her death in 2011.

She is also pre­ceded in death by her par­ents, George and Mira Lock­wood, for­merly of Paragould, Ark. Mrs. Spence is sur­vived by her hus­band, Ray Spence, of Fort Smith. They were mar­ried over 65 years hav­ing been mar­ried Dec. 28, 1951.

Be­ing just two months apart in age and both liv­ing in small Paragould, the Spences could not re­mem­ber a time they did not know each other and specif­i­cally re­mem­bered be­ing in Sun­day school to­gether from the age of 4.

Fam­ily lore is that at the age of 7, after they had at­tended con­fir­ma­tion classes to­gether, on the morn­ing the in­vi­ta­tion was made, Al­freda stopped at the pew where her fu­ture hus­band was sit­ting with his fam­ily. After she told him, “Loren, it’s time to go up and join the church,” they joined hands and pro­ceeded to walk up to­gether to do so.

Mrs. Spence is also sur­vived by her daugh­ter and son-in-law, Pamela and Richard Cowan, and her grand­chil­dren, Jen­nifer Cowan and Jef­fery Cowan, all of Fort Smith, her son and daugh­ter-in-law, George and Linda Spence, of Ben­tonville, Ark., and a sis­ter and brother-in­law, Vir­ginia and Rev. Charles Holt, of Kansas City, Mo.

In the last few years, par­tic­u­larly in the last 18 months, Mrs. Spence was pro­vided med­i­cal care at Mercy Hospi­tal, at Cooper Clinic, at other clin­ics around Fort Smith, at Ash­ley Re­hab & Nurs­ing, at HealthSouth Re­hab, at The Brook­field As­sisted Liv­ing, at Cov­ing­ton Re­hab & Nurs­ing, and fi­nally at Mercy Hos­pice. The fam­ily wishes to rec­og­nize and thank the nurses, tech­ni­cians, doc­tors, and other staff of these fa­cil­i­ties for their min­is­tra­tions to Mrs. Spence and their pa­tience with and kind­ness to the fam­ily mem­bers who have been with her. Your pro­fes­sion­al­ism re­flects well on you and this com­mu­nity.

Vis­i­ta­tion will be at Ed­wards Fu­neral Home, Tues­day, July 18, 2017, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Fu­neral will be 10 a.m. Wed­nes­day, July 19, 2017, in Ed­wards Fu­neral Home Chapel fol­lowed by in­ter­ment at the Fort Smith Na­tional Ceme­tery.

Mrs. Spence loved flow­ers and it would be a fit­ting trib­ute to her for any­one read­ing this to give flow­ers to a friend or fam­ily mem­ber in her honor and mem­ory. Those who feel a me­mo­rial to be ap­pro­pri­ate can make them to Abil­i­ties Un­lim­ited, 815 North N Street, Fort Smith, Ark., 72901, or Faith United Methodist Church, 2901 Mas­sard Road, Fort Smith, Ark., 72903. On­line con­do­lences may be sent to www.ed­wards fu­ner­al­home.com.

HAR­RI­SON — James

Bernard “JB” Fos­ter passed away peace­fully Tues­day, July 11, 2017, at his home in Har­ri­son. He was 93 years old. Sur­vivors in­clude his wife, He­len (Mor­ris) Fos­ter, and his chil­dren and their hus­bands, Linda and Paul Mathis, Vicki and Dan Sherell, and Nancy and Charles Mor­ris.

Me­mo­rial ser­vice will be held at 10 a.m. Satur­day, July 15, 2017, at Har­ri­son’s First United Methodist Church. Me­mo­rial con­tri­bu­tions may be sent to First United Methodist Church, 1100 W. Bower, Har­ri­son, Ark., 72601. Con­do­lences may be left at holtchapel.com. Ar­range­ments by Holt Me­mo­rial Chapel.

JONES­BORO — Andy J.

Hardesty, age 49, Sched­ule Source in­ves­ti­ga­tor, passed away Wed­nes­day, July 12, 2017. Vis­i­ta­tion, noon-7 p.m., Fri­day, July 14, with fam­ily present, 5:30-7 p.m., Webb-Shin­kle Mor­tu­ary, Clear­wa­ter, Kan. Ser­vices, 10 a.m., Satur­day, July 15, First Chris­tian Church, Clear­wa­ter, Kan.

Sur­vivors: daugh­ters, Eliz­a­beth and Made­line Hardesty of Wi­chita; fa­ther, Dick Hardesty of Con­way Springs; mother, Valera Jo Clay­ton-Dodd of Bella Vista, Ark.; sis­ter, Stacey (Glen) Din­fo­lio of Broom­field, Colo. Memo­ri­als: Hardesty Me­mo­rial Fund, c/o Vin­tage Bank Kansas, 218 W. Spring Ave., Con­way Springs, Kan., 67031, or Amer­i­can Red Cross Mid­way Chap­ter, 1900 E. Dou­glas, Wi­chita, Kan., 67214, www. ws­mor­tu­ary.com.

GROVE, Okla. — Ger­ald

Lee Ma­son, 78, passed away on Tues­day, July 11, 2017, at his res­i­dence in Grove, Okla. Ger­ald was born on Sept. 4, 1938, in Pump­kin Hol­low, Ark. He was the son of Claude Rus­sell and Peggy (McFad­den) Ma­son.

Ger­ald grad­u­ated high school from Sul­phur Springs. He was self-em­ployed and was rec­og­nized as a very knowl­edge­able and tal­ented brick­layer. When Ger­ald wasn’t work­ing, he en­joyed coon hunt­ing, crap­pie fish­ing and noodling for flat­head cat­fish. He would take the love of his life, his wife, danc­ing al­most ev­ery Satur­day night. After Linda’s pass­ing, Ger­ald en­joyed go­ing to the casino.

Ger­ald was pre­ceded in death by his par­ents; Claude and Peggy Ma­son, his wife Linda Ma­son, his brother Theodore Ma­son and his sis­ter Delores Ma­son. He is sur­vived by his four chil­dren; Perry Ma­son and his wife Karen of Stella, Mo., Penny Hill of Ben­tonville, Ark., Jana Mor­ris and her hus­band Shawn of Grove, Okla., and Lisa Macy and her hus­band Mark of Hart, Mo., and his sis­ter in-law, Mary Ann Ma­son of Noel, Mo. Ger­ald was blessed with seven grand­chil­dren; Mi­randa, Katie, Blayne, Ash­ley, Hai­ley, Madi­son and Darin. Ger­ald will be dearly missed by nu­mer­ous nieces, neph­ews, rel­a­tives and a host of friends.

A vis­i­ta­tion for fam­ily and friends was held from 6-8 p.m., Thurs­day, July 13, 2017, at Wor­ley-Lug­in­buel Fu­neral Home in Grove, Okla. Grave­side ser­vices are sched­uled for 10 a.m., Fri­day, July 14, 2017, at Olym­pus North Ceme­tery with Pas­tor Phil Bar­ber of­fi­ci­at­ing.

Hon­or­ing Ger­ald’s life serv­ing as cas­ket bear­ers will be Tracy Ja­cobs, Howard Ja­cobs, Kirk All­man, Melvin Caudill, Shawn Shearer and Blayne Hill. Hon­orary cas­ket bear­ers are Jerry Drake, Joe Mills and Darin Macy.

On­line con­do­lences can be made by view­ing Ger­ald’s Book of Mem­o­ries at www. hon­or­ing­mem­o­ries.com. Ser­vices have been en­trusted to Wor­ley-Lug­in­buel Fu­neral Home in Grove, Okla. Our fam­ily serv­ing your fam­ily for over 80 years.

DAL­LAS, Texas — Rex

Porter McNabb, 92, of Dal­las, Texas, passed away July 11, 2017, at his res­i­dence with fam­ily by his side. Mr. McNabb was born on Sept. 16, 1924, in Dal­las, Texas, and was a life­long Dal­las res­i­dent.

He was an in­ven­tor, an engi­neer, a civic leader, a busi­ness­man, a gen­tle­man, lov­ing hus­band, and fam­ily man.

Pre­ced­ing him in death were his par­ents, James Nathaniel McNabb and Lil­lie Mae Camp­bell McNabb; His sis­ter, Frances McNabb Ack­er­man, and Brothers Clay­ton Ed­ward McNabb and James Lee McNabb, and his wife’s par­ents Garvin Thomas Fallen and Anita Snider Fallen.

He is sur­vived by his wife Lo­dene Fallen McNabb of Dal­las, Texas; nieces, Su­san McNabb and Pamela McNabb Kliewer of Gar­land, Texas; Mar­i­lyn McNabb Gil­bert and her hus­band Glen of Weather­ford, Texas; Carolyn Alice McNabb Smith and her hus­band Conley of Den­ver, Colo.; neph­ews, James Hous­ton McNabb and his wife Nancy of Austin, Texas, and Charles Ack­er­man and wife Beth of Shreve­port, La. He is also sur­vived by Lo­dene’s fam­ily, Allen Carl Fallen and wife Marlys of Tulsa, Okla., Doris Ann Fallen Woods and hus­band Bob of Allen, Texas; Ray Har­lan Fallen and wife Wilma; John Os­car Fallen and wife Brenda; Mar­i­lyn Fallen King; Florence Fallen King and hus­band Jerry; and Diane Fallen Huff­man, all of North­west Ar­kan­sas area; Also left to cher­ish his mem­ory are many nieces and neph­ews.

In­ter­ment at Min­eral Springs Ceme­tery, West Fork, Ark., 72774.

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