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BELLA VISTA — Joy Claree Rendon, 57, passed away on June 17, 2017, in Rogers. She was born on July 23, 1959, in Letcher, S.D., to the late Reverend Harold and Pearl (Erickson) Peterson.
She was the loving wife of Britt Rendon. Joy was a very caring mother, wife and sister. She enjoyed reading and spending time in nature. Joy was also active in her church, the United Lutheran Church in Bella Vista.
She was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Cynthia Peterson- Kohlscheen, and nephew, Brennan Boulton. Joy is survived by her husband of Bella Vista; children, Dylan, Jasmine, and Holly Rendon all of Bella Vista; brother, Stephen Peterson of Colorado; sisters, Julia Boulton of Colorado and Lisa Willett of Iowa; mother-in-law, Betty Rendon of Bentonville; and many nieces, nephew, cousins, aunts and uncles.
A memorial service will be held at United Lutheran Church in Bella Vista at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 22. Services are under the care of Callison- Lough Funeral Home. www.callisonlough.com.
FAYETTEVILLE — William Allen Catlett Jr., a ge 89, o f Fayetteville passed away Sunday July 2, 2017, in Fayetteville. He was born Jan. 11, 1928, in Memphis, Tenn., the son of William Allen and Martha DeLille Catlett.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He was a Navy veteran and served during World War II. He was a member of First Christian Church. He spent many years working in management for several railroads, and toward the end of his working career was a manager for the Social Security Administration.
He is survived by his three sons, Robert Allen Catlett of Fayetteville, Steven Catlett and his wife Beth of Chicago, Ill., and Brian Catlett and his wife Amy of Cleveland, Ohio; and by four grandchildren.
Graveside service were held Friday, July 14, at the Fayetteville National Cemetery. Cremation under the direction of Nelson-Berna Funeral Home. Please direct any memorials to the American Diabetes Association. To sign the online guest book visit www.nelsonberna.com.
FAYETTEVILLE — Christine J. Hawkins, age 62 , pa ssed away July 15, 2017, at home in Fayetteville, Ark. Chris was born in Greenfield, Ind., on Aug. 19, 1954, to the late Lloyd Keith and Irma Jean ( Wilson) Ellis.
She attended high school in Knightstown, Ind., and Indiana University in Bloomington. Chris married Jeffrey L. Hawkins on Aug. 24, 1974, and immediately moved to Arkansas, living in Pine Bluff, Jonesboro, and Fayetteville.
Chris was a homemaker, housewife, and loving mother and enjoyed all the hard work and precious rewards that came with being a mother. She also enjoyed reading, birding, and antiquing.
Chris is survived by her husband, Jeff; her children Joseph A. Hawkins of Fayetteville, Carrie L. (Mrs. Bryan) Galante of Conifer, Colo., Timothy J. Hawkins and his wife Bomee Lee of Springdale, Ark.; grandchildren, Laken and Milo Hawkins, Nolyn and Laura Galante, and Leah Lee Hawkins. She is also survived by her brother, Kenneth (Bev) Ellis of Jonesboro, Ind.
Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Nelson-Berna Funeral Home in Fayetteville. In accordance with her wishes, no services will be held. Memorials may be made to the donors’ charity of choice. To place an online tribute visit www. nelsonberna.com.
FAYETTEVILLE — Jayne Toland McClure, 67, of Fayetteville, Ark., passed away July 17, 2017, in Fayetteville surrounded by her family. She was born March 23, 1950, in Nashville, Ark., to Jay Van Toland and Mary (Atha) Toland.
Jayne was married to her husband Mike for 46 years and her greatest passion was being Nana to her five grandchildren. In addition to family activities she loved attending Razorback sporting events and serving on the community meals team at her church, Central United Methodist.
Jayne is survived by her husband, Mike McClure, one son, Wes McClure and wife Lauren of Fayetteville, Ark., one daughter, Laura Bonfim and husband Rick of Macon, Georgia, one sister, Vickie Gill (Larry Wooldridge) of Little Rock, Ark., and five grandchildren, Mary Jayne Bonfim, Harrison Bonfim, Lawson McClure, Spencer Kate McClure, and Rowen Jayne McClure.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, July 20, 2017, at Central United Methodist Church in Fayetteville with Reverend Emily Birch officiating. To sign the online guestbook please visit www.nelsonberna.com.
In lieu of Flowers memorial contributions may be made to Community Meals, c/o Central United Methodist Church, 6 West Dickson Street, Fayetteville, Ark., 72701, UAMS Rockefeller Cancer Institute, 4018 West Capitol Avenue, Little Rock, Ark., 72205, or UofA Wesley Foundation, 520 N Lindell Ave., Fayetteville, Ark., 72701.
FAYETTEVILLE — Hazel Irine Smith, age 87, of Fayetteville passed away Saturday, July 15, 2017, in Fayetteville. She was born Aug. 18, 1929, in Patrick, Ark., the daughter of Granvil and Maggie Gardner Baker.
She was preceded in death by her parents. She was a homemaker.
She is survived by her two sons, Lyman Smith and his wife Tammy of Fayetteville, Ark., and Lavon Smith and his wife Katie of Corona, Calif.; three grandchildren, Travis Smith and his wife Anita of Prairie Grove, Ark., Apryl Russell and her husband Carl of Clarksville, Ark., and Melody Taylor and her husband Josh of Corona, Calif.; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Graveside service will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, July 21, 2017, at Fairview Memorial Gardens. To sign the online guest book visit www. mooresfuneralchapel.com.
JASPER — Rebecca Rasnake, age 72, of Jasper, died Monday, July 17, 2017. Graveside service is 11 a.m., Friday, July 21, 2017, at Sand Hill Cemetery, under the direction of Roller-Christeson Funeral Home. Her daughter, Sheri’, and her sisters, Lyndia Lee, Verna Sherrod, and Carla Akins, survive her. Online Guestbook: rollerfuneral homes.com/harrison.
LOWELL — Bobby E. Ragains, 72, of Lowell passed away July 16, 2017, in Lowell. He was born Jan. 28, 1945, in Redondo Beach, Calif., the son of Frank H. and Velma Mae Black Ragains. Bobby was a bus driver for the Rogers Schools and a jack of all trades. He was a member of Faith Full Gospel Church in Bethel Heights.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Frank Ragains, Velma Ragains Cornwell and her husband Dennis Cornwell, one daughter, Bobbie Jean, one brother, Dennis Ragains, his companion, Francis McCalister. He is survived by his children, Cheryl Dutt, Debra Anderson, Kathleen Belieu, Claude Ragains and Duane Ragains; his siblings Pat and Frank Ragains, Sheryl Stanphill, Sherry Pond, Velma Mae Furlong, Sharon Rogness, Denise Wright and Dennis Cornwell, Jr.; Francis’s children Lisa, Allen, Albert, Justin and Billy Joe; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews.
Visitation 2 to 3 p.m. Friday with services at 3 p.m. in the Chapel of Benton County Funeral Home, 306 N. 4th, Rogers. Online condolences to www.bentoncountyfuneralhome.com.
PRAIRIE GROVE — Peggy Sue Murphy Parks of Prairie Grove, Ark., went to be with her Lord on July 17, 2017, at her home. She was born in Fayet teville, Ark., on Nov. 12, 1927, the fifth of six children of Eugene Gilmore and Amelia Remes Murphy.
Peggy graduated from Fayetteville High School as the DAR Good Citizen of the class of 1945. She served as state president of Young People, Presbyterian Church USA, and received leadership training at Montreat, N.C. She was chosen as one of three delegates from the General Assembly to attend a seminar on World Order which met at the newly formed United Nations, Lake Success, N.Y., in 1947.
Following three semesters at the University of Arkansas, Peggy accepted a full scholarship to Arkansas College (now Lyon College) in Batesville, Ark. After three semesters, the division manager of Southwestern Electric invited her to enter the business world.
In 1949, Peggy Murphy married Donald Parks and moved to Prairie Grove, where Donald was associated with the family business, Prairie Grove Telephone Company, founded by his grandfather, Dr. E.G McCormick in the 1880s. Their son, David McCormick Parks, was born in 1954.
Peggy taught Sunday School at First Presbyterian Church of Prairie Grove for 33 years. In 1957, the superintendent of schools in Prairie Grove asked Peggy to substitute teach in a split first- and second-grade class, and Peggy knew she had found her calling.
She was hired to teach full time, and earned a degree in education during summer vacations. Peggy taught fourth grade for 30 years. The class of 1984 chose Peggy to be the grand marshall of their homecoming parade.
Gov. Bill Clinton appointed Peggy to the state Democratic Committee, and Gov. Jim Guy Tucker extended that appointment to 10 years. Peggy served on the Fayetteville City Hospital board, and later, the Washington Regional Foundation board, where she chaired the Gala Committee for three years. She also served on the Ozark Guidance Foundation board; she and Donald were made life members of the Director’s Circle.
Peggy served on the board of the Arts Center of the Ozarks; in 1997, she was the only female “roastee” for the annual Roast and Toast fundraiser, which was emceed by Sen. David Pryor. As a member of the Barbara Mashburn Scholarship foundation, Peggy accompanied the singers to Washington, D.C., in 1998, 1999, and 2000 when they were invited by President Bill Clinton to perform for Christmas receptions at the White House.
In 2003, the Fayetteville Public Education Foundation inducted Peggy into the Hall of Honor as a graduate and 30-year educator; she later served on their board. Governors Jim Guy Tucker and Mike Beebe appointed Peggy to the Prairie Grove Battlefield Park Commission. She was a charter member of Chapter CQ, P.E.O.
The Parks family established an Endowed Professorship in the College of Education at the University of Arkansas in 2006. In 2007, the Parks family received the Lifetime Philanthropic Achievement award at the annual luncheon of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. In 2009, 60 years after Peggy might have graduated from Lyon College, she was made an honorary alumna during the inauguration ceremonies of the new president, Dr. Donald Weatherman.
In 2012, the Epley Center for Health Professions building on the University of Arkansas campus dedicated the second floor to Peggy and her mother, Emilia Murphy, RN. This building enabled the university to double the number of graduate nurses.
Peggy was preceded in death by her husband, Donald, her parents, brother, James Ellis Murphy, and sisters, June Giles, Mary Clark, and Jeanne Hicks, all of Fayetteville. She is survived by her son, David McCormick Parks, his wife, Pam, and her family of three daughters, two sons-in-law, and nine grandchildren, and by her sister, Betty George and husband David, of Dallas, Texas.
The family would like to give a special thanks to all of Peggy’s caregivers, but most especially to Allen Wood and Brian New. Memorials may be made to Washington Regional Foundation, Ozark Guidance Foundation, or Fayetteville Public Education Foundation.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, July 21, 2017, at 10 a.m. at the Prairie Grove Christian Church. Arrangements will be made by Luginbuel Funeral Home of Prairie Grove. Online guest book: www.luginbuel.com.
ROGERS — Ricky Cline, 64, of Rogers died July 15 at Nevada, Mo. Survivors are Nick Cline ( Candace) and Josh Cline. Memorial service is set for 2 p.m. Friday, July 21, at Church of Christ Dot Webb Center in Pea Ridge. Burial at Scott Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at siscofuneralhome.net.
ROGERS — Stanley Joe Eagle, 54, of Rogers passed away July 16, 2017, in Bentonville. He was born Oct. 30, 1962, in Springdale, Ark., the son of Audie Edward and Nettie Janie Bilyeu Eagle.
He was a factory worker for Southwestern Sales and a member of the Robinson Avenue Church of Christ in Springdale.
He is preceded in death by his father; three siblings, Nancy Potts, Roger Eagle and Sarah Griffin. He is survived by his wife, Mary; stepson, Tim Chamness and wife Kim; his mother; his siblings, Johnny Eagle and wife Tammy, Deborah Charapata and husband Richard and Jerry Eagle; half-brother, Fred Eagle; three grandchildren and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
Memorial services 1 p.m. Saturday, July 22, 2017, at Robinson Avenue Church of Christ. Arrangements by Benton County Funeral Home, 306 N. 4th, Rogers. Online condolences to www.benton countyfuneralhome.com.
ROGERS — Bobby Dale McLeod of Rogers died from injuries suffered in a tractor accident in Chester, Ark., on July 15, 2017. He was born June 1, 1954, in Bentonville, Ark., to J. C. McLeod and Esther Thomas McLeod.
He was preceded in death by his parents J.C. and Esther McLeod, and his sister-in-law, Jan Carter McLeod. Bobby is survived by his wife of 29 years, Jan Hall McLeod. Daughter, Lori (David) McLeod Renko, from his first marriage to Vicki Lynch. Son, Maceah McLeod and daughter, Kelsie McLeod from his second marriage to Janice Rush. Lisa (Jake) Barnes, Jeffrey (Joann) Hall, and Todd Hall, his bonus children from his marriage to Jan. Grandchildren, Mia and Riley Renko, Haden and Macy Hall, Rhylyn Hall, Jacob, Whitley, and Tanner Barnes and one great-grandson, Riggs Christmas. Bobby is also survived by his brother, Gary McLeod and sister, Brenda McLeod.
Bobby retired after 37 years with AT&T/Southwestern Bell. He loved his work family, his weekly coffee group, and griping about Ma Bell. He loved his kids, grandkids, brother and sister, cooking, canning, gardening, and a good BBQ or fish fry with his kids and all their friends. He worked hard and provided well for his family. He loved his beloved mountain property and his friends in Chester.
He loved fishing, hunting, Razorback football and basketball, and above all else, baseball. Bobby coached youth baseball and football for years. He touched many young men’s lives through his coaching and cheering. Probably the best day of his baseball life was the day his Tigers Bambino team beat the mighty Royals. He served as a vice president of Rogers Little League and Babe Ruth League.
He always had a twinkle in his beautiful blue eyes. His death leaves a huge hole in our heart. He is irreplaceable. Bobby would want everyone to know that tomorrow is not promised, today is all we have, yesterday is forever gone. So if you want to do something, do it. If you love someone, tell them. We love you Bobby.
Bobby’s family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 19, at Rollins Funeral Home in Rogers. A memorial service celebrating Bobby’s life will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday at Rollins Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Rogers Activity Center Scholarship Fund so every kid can carry on Bobby’s love of sports. Donations may be sent to 315 W. Olive St., Rogers, Ark., 72756.
ROGERS — Erlyn Marie
Miller, age 62, of Rogers, passed away on July 14, 2017. She was born on Dec. 1, 1954, and was proceed in death by her parents Erle and Mary Miller of Olathe, Kan.
Erlyn is survived by her sisters, Sherrie Prettyman of Fulton, Kan., Theresa Russell of Rogers, Ark., and Cindy Doyle of Kansas City, Mo., three nephews and one niece and two great-nephews. Erlyn was a joy to know, always praying for and encouraging others. She will be greatly missed by family and friends.
Memorial services will be held at Grace Baptist Church in Rogers, Ark., on July 24, 2017, at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Addy Sooter medical fund care of Grace Baptist Church.
ROGERS — Steven Dale Scott, 59, of Rogers, died July 16, 2017, in Rogers, Ark. He was born Feb. 11, 1958, in Tulsa, Okla., to Jimmy Dale and Myrtle Frances Burrow Scott.
He was a former employee of Southwestern Bell.
He is survived by his mother, Myrtle Scott of Rogers, Ark.; two sisters, Jimmie Lou Breshears of Tulsa, Okla., and Marla Hartmeier of Rogers, Ark.
Funeral service will be Thursday, July 20, 2017, at 11 a. m. in the Edwards Funeral Home Chapel. Due to extreme heat no graveside service will be held in Akins Cemetery near Sallisaw, Okla. Services are under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home.
The family will greet friends at Edwards Funeral Home from 10 a.m. Thursday until service time. Memorials may be made to Gospel Light Baptist Church, 1001 West Price Lane, Rogers, Ark., 72758. To sign an online guestbook visit www. edwardsfuneralhome.com.
SPRINGDALE — Erwin Q. Iles Jr., 72, of Springdale, passed away Sunday, July 16, 2017, at Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville. He was born June 2, 1945, on the Choctaw Nation reservation near Talihina, Okla.
Erwin and Pamela Carr met on a blind date in 1970 and were married 8 days later. They moved to Eureka Springs, Ark., where he worked as an artist and was a founding member of the Eureka Springs Guild of Artists and Craftspeople.
As an epileptic, Erwin was especially proud to have one of his sculptures featured in New York at an event sponsored by the Epilepsy Foundation. He was devoted to his family and had a lifelong love of music. He was a loving grandfather and never turned down a piece of Sarah’s homemade chocolate cake.
In addition to his wife he is survived by two children, Chris Iles of Los Gatos, Calif., Sarah Kamm and husband Hans of Springdale, and four grandchildren, Chris, Ava, Sophia and James.
A celebration of Erwin’s life will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 22, at Sarah’s home, 2308 Valley View Drive in Springdale. Dress is casual.
SPRINGDALE — Renee Norris, age 54, of Springdale, Ark., passed away Saturday, July 15, 2017. She was born March 15, 1963, in Upland, Calif., to Alvin and Karen Hearn.
She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Springdale.
She was preceded in death by her mother and brother, Doug Hearn. Renee is survived by her husband, Cabot Norris; father, Alvin Hearn of Skiatook, Okla., and her brother, Jeff Morosick of California.
Visitation will be 10 a.m. – 11 a. m. Saturday, July 22, 2017, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Springdale with the funeral service to follow beginning at 11 a.m. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Nelson-Berna Funeral Home in Fayetteville. To place an online tribute visit www. nelsonberna.com.
SPRINGDALE — Lovena K. Parsons, 88, of Springdale, A rk . , passed away on Sunday, July 16, 2017. She was born Nov. 14, 1928, in Springdale, Ark., a daughter of Adolph and Emma (Smith) Kappler.
She was a book keeper for several different business during her working career. Lovena’s passion for flowers was known by her friends and family. Her collection for Native American art was another of her great passions. She will be missed by each and every one that knew her and loved her.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 20, 2017, at the Backstrom-Pyeatte Funeral Home in Springdale from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Graveside service will be private. To sign the online guest book, visit backstrom-pyeatte.com.
SULPHUR SPRINGS — Robert Dean Moorman, 68, of Sulphur Springs, Ark., entered the heavenly gates on July 13, 2017, while traveling in Ketchikan, Alaska. Robert was born in Salina, Kan., on July 1, 1949, to Kenneth Dean Moorman and Vera Bernice Frick.
The family moved to Sulphur Springs, Ark., in 1960. Robert graduated from Gravette High School in 1967 and continued to receive his sociology degree from Arkansas Tech in 1972. Robert was a member of the Sulphur Springs Methodist Church and was actively involved in the Gravette School District.
He was an avid Razorback fan and loved watching the Gravette Lions. He worked for Sundancer Homes in Noel, Mo., for 15 years. In 1985, he began raising chickens and cattle, from which he recently retired.
Robert is preceded in death by his father, Kenneth and daughter, Robin Kimberly. He is survived by his wife and companion of 34 years, Teresa Williams; his mother, Vera of Sulphur Springs; sons, Tracy and wife, Jennifer of Gravette and Colton of Gravette; one daughter, Whitney and husband, Jeremy Sharp of Springdale; six grandchildren: Bryce, Brady and Ella Moorman of Gravette, Abbey Brown of Warren, Okla., Remington and Wesson Sharp of Springdale; one sister, Brenda and husband, Dan Yates of Sulphur Springs; nephew, Josh Stone of Gravette, and his dog, Clover.
Visitation will be held Friday, July 21, from 6-8 p.m. Funeral services will held Saturday, July 22, at 10 a.m. Both are at Bella Vista Funeral Home Chapel, 2258 Forest Hills Blvd., Bella Vista, Ark. Burial will follow at the Butler Creek Cemetery in Sulphur Springs.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sulphur Springs Methodist Church, 15603 Bird Mountain Road, Sulphur Springs, Ark., 72768. Online condolences may be made at www.funeralmation. com.
SAN DIMAS, Calif. — Paul Jennings Hulette, 80, of San Dimas, Calif., formerly of Rogers, Ark., passed away July 13, 2017, at Pacif ica Senior Living Hillsborough in Chino, Calif., after a long battle with dementia.
He was born Feb. 24, 1937, in Frankfort, Ky., the son of Herbert Leon Hulette and Louise Towne Hulette.
Paul graduated from Oklahoma Central University in Edmond, Okla., in 1960. He retired as a captain in the U.S. Navy after serving 26 years. Paul lived in California from 1983 to 1996 then moved to Northwest Arkansas in 1996 and worked in real estate for many years before moving back to California to be near his family.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Rogers.
Preceded in death by his parents; grandparents, John and Pearl Towne, step-father, Charles W. Tidwell, his son, Brian Paul Hulette and one sister, Barbara Ann Albert. He is survived by his daughters, Susan Imlach of Anchorage, Alaska, and Nancy Ware of San Dimas, Calif.; grandchildren, Erick Ware and Dylan Ware.
Paul’s wish was to be interred in the Arlington National Cemetery. Arrangements by Benton County Funeral Home, 306 N. 4th, Rogers, Ark. Online condolences to www.bentoncounty funeralhome.com.
OMAHA, Neb. — Doris Mae Emeline Talburt, age 88, of Omaha, Neb., died July 16, 2017. Graveside service is 11 a.m., Saturday, July 22, 2017, at Maplewood Cemetery, under the direction of Roller-Christeson Funeral Home. Sons David Mark and Daniel Kevin; sister, Geraldine; and brother, Ernest; survive her. Online Guestbook: roller funeralhomes.com/harrison.
SAYRE, Okla. — Shannon Messner born March 8, 1965, passed a away July 14, 2017, at age 52. She is survived by husband, Tom, three children, Patricia Bronson, Remington Scott and Elisha Scott; two grandchildren, other relatives and friends. Services were held Wednesday, July 19, at Rose Chapel in Sayre, Okla., with burial in Granite City Cemetery, Granite, Okla.