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. BELLA VISTA — James
Edward Rice passed away peacefully June 1, 2017, surrounded by family in Bella Vista, Ark.
A Rosary will be held at 9:30 a.m., with Mass of the Resurrection following at 10 a.m. July 21 at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Bella Vista.
Online condolences may be made at www. funeral mation.com.
BENTONVILLE — Glacy
“Peggy” Bennett, age 88, of Bentonville, Ark., passed away Friday, July 14, 2017. She was born Feb. 25, 1929, in Kenly, N.C., to Marvin and Lanzie Starling Renfrow.
She had a long successful career with AT&T for many years. She loved doing crossword puzzles, square dancing, reading and spending time with family.
Peggy is survived by her husband Frank “Jeff” Bennett; daughter, Debra Bennett Masters and her husband James of Saint Augustine, Fla.; one son, Michael Kent Bennett of Mechanicsville, Va.; daughter-in-law, Bonnie Bennett of Bentonville, Ark.; sister, Lee Cox of Fuquay Varina, N.C.; one brother, L.M. Renfrow of Selma, N.C.; six grandchildren, Michael Bennett, Krystal Lorton, Natalie Murray, Jaclyn Murray, Sean Masters, Kevin Masters; and six great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be 1–2 p.m. Tuesday, July 18, 2017, in the chapel at Nelson-Berna Funeral Home. Funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. in the chapel at Nelson-Berna Funeral Home with entombment to follow at Fairview Memorial Gardens in Fayetteville.
To place an online tribute visit www.nelsonberna.com.
BENTONVILLE — Keith
Ervin Helm, Jr., 56, of Bentonville and formerly of Stuttgart, passed away Wednesday, July 12, 2017. He was born Dec. 4, 1960, in Nuremburg, Germany, and was raised in Stuttgart.
His career as an electrician began at 18 and, after relocating to Bentonville, he operated his own electrical contracting business, Helm Electric Contractors, Inc., for the past 25 years.
He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, and was a Razorback, Saints and Dodger fan. But, he loved the times shared with his family, friends and his dogs.
He was preceded by his mother, Joyce Helm.
Survivors include his loving and devoted wife of 31 years, Terry Helm of Bentonville; his children, Keith Helm III and Kristina Helm of Fayetteville; his father, Keith Helm, Sr. of Stuttgart; brothers, Dennis Terry (Margaret) and Kenneth Terry both of Stuttgart; his sister- in- law, Sherry Hall of Bentonville; his aunt, Dorothy Jean Self of Clarendon; his in- laws, Howard and Bernell Womack of Bentonville; his nieces, Candice Cargille (Rodger) of Searcy, Alison Terry of Little Rock, Heather Shaw (Nathan) and Hannah Hall of Bentonville; many business associates and dear friends.
His funeral service will be Monday, July 17, at 11 a.m. at Callison- Lough Funeral Home in Bentonville.
Condolences may be expressed at www.CallisonLough.com.
Tristan Mikal Thomas
of Bentonville, Ark., passed away on Sunday, June 18, 2017. He was born Oct. 30, 1995, in San Antonio, Texas.
He lived in Seattle, Wash., for nearly two years but had recently moved back home. He is a 2014 graduate of Bentonville High School.
Tristan had an adventurous spirit, a passion for nature and the outdoors, and loved his family and friends. He played basketball growing up
and loved mountain biking, fishing, kayaking, wakeboarding, and snowboarding. His favorite place to be was in the mountains and he spent time climbing both Pikes Peak and Mt. Rainier.
Tristan leaves behind a loving family including: Gina Allgaier and Tadd Thomas (parents), Pat Allgaier and Tina Adcock-Thomas (step-parents), Jake and Koby Thomas (brothers), Lee/Patricia Clark, Bill Thomas and Tom/ Yvonne Adcock (grandparents), girlfriend Chloe Bell, aunts, uncles, many extended family members and friends.
He was preceded in death by his baby brother Drue and grandmother Cindy Thomas.
Tristan had a spiritual soul, loved life, and taught us all so much about how to live. He will forever be remembered and loved by all that knew him.
Condolences: www. eptingfuneralhome.webs.com.
CLIFTY — Modena Gay
Mobley, 78, of Clifty, died July 13, 2017.
Survivors: sister, Norma (Odell) Davis of Clifty; Gary H. ( Linda) Mobley of Cedar Park, Texas; four nephews; two nieces; several great- nephews and great-nieces.
Services 10 a. m. Monday, Brashears Funeral Home- Huntsville www. brashearsfuneralhome.net. Interment Clifty Cemetery. Visitation 2-4 p.m. Sunday at Brashears.
Robert Eugene Taylor, age 81, of Fayetteville passed away July 14, 2017. He was born Jan. 2, 1936 in Green Forest, Ark., to Robert Wesley and Rosa Trent Taylor. He retired from Hiland Dairy and enjoyed fishing and camping.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Edna Irene Thomas Taylor; one daughter, Teresa Maze and her husband Ralph of Goshen, Ark.; one son, Bart Taylor of Goshen; four sisters, Rosa Mae Thomas, Lolita Haines, Thelma Hughes, Bessie Cook, all of Green Forest, Ark.; one brother, Carl Taylor of Green Forest, Ark.; three grandchildren, Jeffrey Maze and Daniel Maze, both of Greenland, Ark., Amanda Maze Sutton and her husband, Scott of Goshen; four great-grandchildren, Alexis, Noah, Jaxon and Declan, all of Goshen.
Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, July 18, 2017, in the chapel at Nelson-Berna Funeral Home in Fayetteville. Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday in the chapel at Nelson-Berna Funeral home with burial to follow at Clifty Cemetery near Hindsville, Ark.
Memorial contributions may be made to Willard Walker Hospice Home, 325 East Longview Street, Fayetteville, Ark. 72703.
To place an online tribute visit www.nelsonberna.com.
ROGERS — Deborah
Lynn McCarty, 48, of Rogers, Ark., was born 6/17/1969; she died 6/26/2017.
Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, July 21, at Bella Vista Funeral Home Chapel. Inurnment will be at the Fayetteville National Cemetery with U.S. Navy military honors.
Online condolences may be made at www. funeral mation.com.
SHERIDAN — Joyce
Ann Browder, 74, of Sheridan/Fayetteville, Ark., passed away Thursday, July 13, 2017, in Sheridan. She was born Feb. 19, 1943, in Fayetteville, Ark., to Ernest and Dorothy Gardner.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, Bobby Owen and Larry Browder; a son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Tina Owen; a daughter; a brother, Arlin Gardner; and a granddaughter, Danielle Denay Owen.
Joyce was a loving mother, a single mother most of her life raising five kids. She was a homemaker and attended Full Gospel Holiness Mission Church.
She is survived by her children, son, Rodney Owen of Sheridan, daughter, Shelly Woodward of Fayetteville, daughter, Heidi Cook of Springhill, La., and son, Robert Browder of Fayetteville; a brother, E.W. Gardner Jr; an aunt, Elva Dailey; 22 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at Beard’s Chapel with Pastor Dorothy Hilton officiating. Interment will follow in Cemetery Hill Cemetery in Farmington under the direction of Beard’s Chapel.
The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until service time on Tuesday, July 18, 2017.
Condolences at www. beardsfuneralchapel.com.
Ronald “Bruce” Daniel, 69, of Springdale, died Thursday, June 29, 2017, at his home. He was born Sept. 10, 1947, in Hot Springs to John and Hazel Ravan Daniel.
Bruce was an HVAC and refrigeration technician specialist for many years with York and later retired from Northwest Controls. He enjoyed gardening, working his farm and tinkering. He was a talented craftsman and was always making improvements to his place. Bruce was above all a thoughtful man who saw to the needs of others.
He is survived by his wife, Laura; five children, Jill Vosburg and husband Caleb of San Angelo, Texas, Amanda Wheeler and husband Steven of Springdale, Melanie Johnson and husband D.J. of Fayetteville, Emily Daniel of the home, Steve Gibson and wife Jennie of Bentonville; one sister, Beth McGowan of Bastrop, Texas; one brother, Robert Daniel of San Antonio, Texas; and eight grandchildren, Seth Vosburg, Toby Vosburg, Rheagan Vosburg, Robert Murphy, William Wheeler, Caleb Wheeler, Jack Johnson and Xander Gibson. He was preceded in death by a brother, Johnny Daniel.
A celebration of his life and pot luck will be 11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 22, at Revival Tabernacle in Springdale. Everyone is invited.
Arrangements are with Heritage Funeral Home, online guestbook at www. heritageofnwa.com.
Patricia Ann Millsop,
71, died Friday, July 7, in Springdale, Ark.
Patricia was born March 19, 1946, in Washington, D.C. She was a resident of Springdale, Ark., for 18 years. Before moving to Springdale, she lived in numerous locations throughout the country, befriending many individuals throughout her journey.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Keefer Millsop; her parents; and two siblings.
Survivors include her three children: Rebecca Victoria Millsop, and her husband Joshua Hart Kampa, of Providence, R.I.; Rachel Jacqueline Millsop of Roswell, Ga.; and Robert James Millsop of Springdale, Ark.
She worked as the substitute coordinator at Springdale High School for many years and, throughout those years, touched many lives. She was dedicated to, and proud of, her secretarial profession. She worked as the head secretary for the dental school at the University of California, San Francisco for many years before her children were born.
Her life’s true passion was being a loving and supportive mother. Anyone with whom she spoke quickly learned all about her children, and understood the immense love and pride she had for them. She was always interested in learning about the lives of others and connecting genuinely with everyone she met. She also enjoyed spending time gardening, reading, and appreciated music throughout her life.
A celebration of her life will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, July 30, at Springdale High School, Seminar Room.
In lieu of flowers, her children request that donations be made to Circle of Life Hospice in Springdale. WESLEY — Patricia A. Suttle, age 73, of Wesley, passed away Wednesday, July 12, 2017, in Springdale. She was born Nov. 3, 1943, in Port Arthur, Texas, the daughter of George and Hester Leatherwood Capps.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
She was an Executive Broker, GRI CRS for Keller Williams in Fayetteville and had been president of the Fayetteville Board of Realtors and the Metro Area Board of Realtors and served on several committees with the Metro Board of Realtors and the Arkansas Board of Realtors. In 1993, she was named Realtor of the Year by the Fayetteville Board of Realtors.
She is survived by her husband, Harold; two sons, John Suttle and his wife Michelle of Leesburg, Va., and Jason Suttle of Fayetteville, Ark.; one daughter, Lisa Bonine and her husband Steve of Fayetteville, Ark., six grandchildren, Sarah Bonine of Fayetteville, Ark., Brett Bonine of Fayetteville, Ark., Courtney Rhines of Fredericksburg, Va., Jessica Abaunza of Herndon, Va., Kimberley Suttle of New Bern, N.C. and Eryn Suttle of Fredericksburg, Va.; three great-grandchildren, Payson Hartman, Madelyn Hartman and Silas Rhines; and two sisters Rev. Diane Lee of Lubbock, Texas and Sue DiMiceli of Big Sky, Mont.
Visitation will be held 5-7 p. m. Monday, July 17, 2017, at Nelson- Berna Funeral Home. Funeral Service will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday at Nelson-Berna Funeral Home. Private family interment will be held at Wesley Cemetery.
To sign the online guest book, visit www. nelson berna.com. FRUITLAND PARK, Fla.
— Ruben Henry Stettnisch, 83, of Fruitland Park, Fla., the loving husband and best friend to Pamela Collins Stettnisch for 32 years, peacefully passed away at The Villages Hospice House, The Villages, Fla., on June 16, 2017.
Ruben, a veteran, served in the Air Force, AFC.
Ruben was born in Enid, Okla., on July 24, 1933, to Lawrence and Edna Stettnisch. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother James Stettnisch of Pineville, Mo.
Ruben is survived by his wife, Pamela Stettnisch; his son, Dennis Stettnisch and wife Oleta of Rogers, Ark.; and daughters, Donna Stettnisch of Bentonville, Ark., and Deborah Sanders of Pineville, Mo.; Pamela’s two daughters, Geri and husband Army LTC (RET) Danny E. Lee of North Little Rock, Ark., Heather Bennett and husband, Adam Bennett of Bella Vista, Ark.; 10 grandchildren; seven great- grandchildren; four great- great- grandchildren; three nieces and four nephews; brother, Lavern Stettnisch and wife Charlotte of Enid, Okla.; friend and first wife, Betty Hall of Pineville, Mo.
A Memorial Celebration of Life will be held on July 21 at 2 p.m. New Life Christian Church, 103 Riordan Road, Bella Vista, Ark., where they were married. Joe Williams will officiate.
A reception will follow at the church. All are welcome to attend.
The family would like to thank The Cornerstone Hospice House for their kindness.
Donations, in lieu of flowers and/or cards, may be sent In Memory of Ruben Stettnisch to the Cornerstone Hospice Foundation, 2445 Lane Park Road, Tavares, Fla. 32778 or (352) 742-6819.
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Graveside services for Tommy G.
Barnett of Tahlequah will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, July 17, 2017, at the Benton County Memorial Gardens under the care and direction of Hart Funeral Home.
A public viewing will be held on Sunday, July 16, 2017, from 1–5 p.m. at the Hart Funeral Home. Online condolences may be left at www. hartfuneralhome.net.
Tommy G. Barnett, the son of T.L. and Grace (Boss) Barnett, was born Feb. 10, 1936, in Elm Springs, Ark., and departed this life on July 12, 2017, in Muskogee, Okla., at the age of 81 years, five months and two days.
Tommy enjoyed life and loved the outdoors. He enjoyed traveling and was the “Master of the Big Loop”. He loved national parks and traveled to nearly all of them west of the Mississippi. He was quite an entrepreneur and he began by raising chickens and cattle. Throughout the years, he also managed a CoOp, owned and operated his own feed store, mini-storage, video store, service station and rental properties. He was a Mr. Fixit. He loved to fish, travel, and write stories about family happenings. He and his wife Betty spent several summers as campground host in Quemado, N.M. Tommy touched many lives over the years and will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Rick Barnett; his daughter, Cheryl Diane Barnett; and his brother, Phillip Barnett.
He is survived by a loving family which includes his wife of over 62 years, Betty June Barnett of the home; his sons, Lynn David Barnett and wife Monica of Tahlequah and Royce Dale Barnett and wife Renae of Bartlesville; his sisters, Pearl Hamm of Keota and Dot Tichner and husband Jack of Dallas; his brothers, Bob Barnett and wife Bonnie of Atlanta and Jerry Barnett and wife Dona of Tontitown; his daughters-in-law, Dottie Barnett of Strang, Okla., and Terasa Barnett of Coweta; his sister-in-law, Cassandra Barnett of Little Rock; 11 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Several nieces, nephews, friends and other relatives also survive him.
DALLAS, Texas — Jack P. Gunter Jr., M.D., internationally renowned plastic surgeon who was also a prolific author, lecturer and innovator, passed away on July 11, 2017, at the age of 79.
He died peace fully in his sleep during an afternoon nap. He was born in Fort Smith, Ark., to Charlene Fulbright Gunter and Jack Pershing Gunter, Sr.
Jack started his schooling at 3 years of age at the Sour John Oklahoma Grade School for Native Americans where his parents were teachers. It was a large one-room schoolhouse with grades 1-6 all taught in the same room. They later settled in Fort Smith, Ark., where they lived until Jack graduated from medical school.
During grade school in Fort Smith, he met Walter Ducote Haynes and they became lifelong friends. Jack always said Ducote was more of a brother than a friend. They were inseparable from the 5th grade through college when they separated ways, but not their friendship, when both went to different medical schools. While growing up, Jack and Ducote were more interested in sports, hunting and fishing than school. Jack dreamed of being a big league
baseball player but gave it up when he realized he was “all field and no hit”.
During their senior year in high school, Jack and Ducote were informed by their high school biology teacher that they would be the last students in her class whom she thought had a chance of getting in medical school. Like in class, they didn’t listen and went on their way more determined. Jack received his B.A. from Westminster College in Fulton, Mo. While attending Westminster, he belonged to Beta Theta Pi social fraternity, Omicron Delta Kappa National Honorary Society and Phi Rho Epsilon, an honorary society for pre-med students. He lettered in varsity tennis four years (serving as captain his last three) and also lettered in varsity wrestling.He was awarded Athlete of the Year his senior year. In 1990 Dr. Gunter received the Alumni Achievement Award from Westminster.
He served his country from 1964 until 1973 as a Major in the Arkansas National Guard; his military occupation was as a doctor.
Jack attended medical school at the University of Oklahoma. Graduating in 1963, he did a rotating internship and a year of general surgery residency at The University of Arkansas followed by an otolaryngology (ENT) residency at Tulane University. There his interest in plastic surgery, especially rhinoplasty, began.
After finishing the residency, Jack did a one-year NIH Fellowship in Facial Plastic Surgery at Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pa. At this point, Jack was ready to launch his career and found a position at UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas in the Division of Otolaryngology; and so his career in Dallas began in 1969 and he later became Chairman of the Division.
In 1978, Jack made a major mid-life decision to do a plastic surgery residency at the University of Michigan so he would be double-board certified in both otolaryngology and plastic surgery. Upon his return to Dallas in 1980, he resumed his private practice and in 1983 founded the Dallas Rhinoplasty Symposium which still meets annually and has become world renowned. For several years, he practiced general plastic surgery but later gravitated to plastic surgery of the nose which was his passion. He was featured as “The Man of 1000 Noses” by the Dallas Morning News High Profile section in March 1993.
As Jack’s expertise grew in rhinoplasty, he was invited to lecture at many major U.S. universities and eventually became an international lecturer to medical universities and societies on six of the seven continents. Dr. Gunter was a member of all the major plastic surgery societies in the U.S. He was honored as The Invited Visiting Professor at 18 major medical centers in the U.S. including Harvard and Johns Hopkins.
He authored 54 scientific papers in major medical journals and books and was co-author of the book: Dallas Rhinoplasty: Surgery by the Masters Editions 2002, 2007. In 2004, he was honored as recipient of The President’s Award of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and with the Distinquished Fellowship Award 2014, given by the American Association of Plastic Surgeons for his personal achievements and lifetime contributions to the field of plastic surgery.
While in medical school, Jack married and divorced 10 years later. Jack had three daughters who were the center of his life. As a single parent for 19 years, Jack had two goals: (1) to raise his daughters to be happy individuals and good, active citizens and (2) to be the best he could be in his profession. Jack worked a lot but always found time to take his daughters water skiing, snow skiing, and to play sports. He coached them in track, softball, and basketball during their grade school years.
In 1989, he met a lady on a blind date who swept him off his feet; she had two daughters ages 4 and 7 at the time. In 1992, they married. Jack and Deborah have been married for 25 years and Jack was happy to have two more daughters by the marriage.
Jack and Deborah burned the candle at both ends, traveling extensively, enjoying their friends and family, and pursuing their hobbies of golf, skiing, hunting and fishing.
Jack is survived by his devoted wife, Deborah; daughters and sons-in-laws, Ashley and David Beverly, Page and Rob Doby, C.B. and Bo Hamrick; step-daughters, Taylor Overstreet, Mary Reading and Andy Graydon; sister, Vicki Woodson; grandchildren, John David Beverly, Caroline Beverly, Miller Doby, Jack Doby, Wyatt Doby, Ellie Hamrick, and Gunter Hamrick. Honorary pallbearers are Barry Andrews, Fritz Barton M. D., Buford Berry, Steve Byrd M.D., Henry M. Carder M.D., Leo F. Corrigan III, Don Gaskins, Jim Hammond, Sam Hamra M.D., Ducote Haynes M.D., William Hayner, Mitch Hurwitz, Hayden McIlroy, V. Bryan Medlock, Jerry Meyer, Bill Meier, Lamar Norsworthy, Charles Pace, Rod Rorhich M.D., John Tebbetts M.D., Bill Vines, Jim Wikert, and Terry Worrell.
Dr. Gunter felt gratitude for the loyalty and service of his co-workers and staff. In particular, he appreciated Marilyn Jackson, Jan Phillips, Jane Dynis, Leslie Soehner, Dorothea Hamilton, Kathleen Soper, and Mimi Morris who worked with him for more than 20 years.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Special Olympics of Texas, Attn: Lesa Cantrell, 1804 Rutherford Lane, Austin, Texas 78754, or North Texas Food Bank, www.ntfb.org/donate.
A Memorial Service was held at Highland Park United Methodist Church, 3300 Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, Texas 75205, at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 15, 2017.