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BENTONVILLE — Chris Givens Chandler, 55, of Bentonville passed away July 13, 2017, at Baptist Hospital in Little Rock. He was born Sept. 28, 1961, in Morganfield, Ky., to Bob and Nelle Chandler.
Chris loved life and always befriended those less fortunate. He loved Bentonville Tigers football and basketball and the Razorbacks.
Chris was preceded in death by his daughter Tonya Elliott and infant son Zach Chandler.
Survivors include his wife, Janet Duncan Chandler; children: Chad Duncan of Kansas, Kassie DeCorte of Arizona, Candace Gonzales of Springdale, and Dustin Chandler of Bentonville; his parents; brother, Lenn Chandler and wife, Heather, of Bentonville; and several nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.
Visitation will be Sunday, July 16, 2017, from 2-4 p.m. at Bentonville Church of Christ. Funeral services will be Monday, July 17 at 1 p.m. at Bentonville Church of Christ, with burial to follow at Bentonville City Cemetery.
Arrangements: Epting Funeral Home of Bentonville. Condolences: www.epting funeralhome.webs.com.
FAYETTEVILLE — Jossie Lee Flowers departed this life Wednesday, July 12, 2017. Born in Fort Smith on May 13, 1936, to Ocie Mae Adams Jackson and Amos Jackson Sr., she was raised in Fayetteville.
Jossie graduated from Lincoln High School, Fort Smith, Ark., and Velvatex Beauty College, Little Rock, Ark. She married George W. Flowers. Jossie worked for many years at the University of Arkansas (Delta Gamma House, Women’s Gym and Barnhill Arena), affording her children the opportunity to start their education at Peabody Elementary School.
She also worked in various local factories, Campbell Soup, Mexican Original and George’s. Jossie, a carpenter, and through this ministry often utilized homeless and recovering persons to assist with various jobs while building her home. She loved riding, meeting and talking to people on the local transit.
Preceding her in death, her husband; one son, Gregory Flowers- April 18, 2017; her parents; and two siblings. She is survived by one son, George Flowers of Fayetteville; one daughter, Tommie (Lawrence) Davis of Little Rock; and one sister, Andretta Fisher of Fayetteville. Jossie has 12 grandchildren (seven biological); nine great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and special friends.
A special thank you to the Fayetteville Police Department for treating her with dignity and respect, Doug, her carpenter and friend and Deana her special daughter, physical therapist and “Life Coach.” She is an amazing Lady who will be missed by many.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Monday, July 17, 2017, at Beard’s Chapel with Minister Blandine “Deana” Williams officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Cemetery under the direction of Beard’s Chapel. The family will receive friends from 3-5 p.m. Sunday, July 16, 2017, at the funeral home. Condolences at www. beardsfuneralchapel.com.
FAYETTEVILLE — Michael David “Mike” Peven, age 68, of Fayetteville, passed away on Friday, July 7, 2017. He was born on April 12, 1949, in Chicago, Ill., to Bernard and Dorothy Estelle Spinka Peven.
He is preceded in death by his father.
Mike was a beloved husband, father, son, brother, and uncle. He attained an artium baccalaureus in design from the University of Illinois, Chicago, in 1971 and a master of fine arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1977.
Mike began teaching at the University of Arkansas in 1977, and with hard work and a lot of energy, built a photography program. He was a dedicated educator who gave forty years of service as a professor of photography, serving as chairman of the Art department for eight of those years, from 1992 to 2000.
He was also a very active member of his professional organization, the Society for Photographic Education where he received the distinction of Honored Educator in 2014 among many other awards throughout his career.
Mike was a passionate photographic artist and bookmaker. His works have been displayed in countless national and international museums and art collections. He was an avid collector of photographic books, oddities, and bad jokes.
He was a jazz lover and bebop aficionado. The sounds of Charlie Parker and Thelonious Monk were frequently heard in his vicinity. A faithful dog owner, he loved nothing more than his daily walks where he made friends with both people and animals.
He came from the big city of Chicago and made the transition to becoming a true Arkansawyer. He was a mainstay of the Fayetteville creative community. He was a Cubs fan and a solid first baseman on his softball team. He was a loveable curmudgeon and will be sorely missed.
He is survived by his loving wife, Cynthia Christie of the home; two sons, Joseph Peven of Chicago, Ill., and Jonathan Peven of Fayetteville; his mother, Dorothy Peven of Alameda, Calif.; two brothers, Daniel Peven and wife Yolanda of Berkley, Calif., and Charles Peven and wife Kathleen of Wenatchee, Wash.; and four nieces and nephews, Kye, Dylon, Benjamin, and Grace Peven.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to the Michael Peven Scholarship for Students of Photography at the University of Arkansas, 525 Old Main, 1 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Ark., 72701. Checks should be made payable to the University of Arkansas Foundation with Peven Scholarship in the memo line, or donations may be made online at www.michaelpeven.com/scholarship.
A visitation will be held from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 16, 2017, at Moore’s Chapel Funeral Home in Fayetteville. A funeral service will be held at 4 p. m. on Monday, July 17, 2017, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at 224 N East Ave., Fayetteville, Ark., 72701. To sign the online guest book, visit www. mooresfuneralchapel.com.
FAYETTEVILLE — Juanita Silvis, 94, of Fayetteville, died July 12, 2017, in Fayet teville. She was born Oct. 28, 1922, in Madison County to Arnold and Elsie Harwood Sikes. Juanita was a charter member of Fayetteville Freewill Baptist Church. She enjoyed cooking, babysitting grandchildren, gardening, crocheting and quilting.
She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother and one sister. She is survived by two sons, Jerry Silvis and wife, Jeannie of Fayetteville and Lonnie Silvis and wife, Becky of Farmington; four grandchildren, Shelly Silvis Bailey and husband, Eric, Tracy Silvis and wife, Kayla, Todd Silvis and wife, Aimee and Charles Silvis and wife, Suzi; eight great-grandchildren, Ashton Gajevsky and husband, Kevin, Ben Silvis, Adam Silvis, Ella Silvis, Landon Bailey, Lindley Bailey, Sophie Silvis and Judd Pleimann.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Monday, July 17, 2017, at Beard’s Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow at Fairview Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday, July 16, 2017, from 2-4 p.m. at the funeral home. Online condolences may be made to www. beardsfuneralchapel.com.