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BENTONVILLE — Keith
Ervin Helm Jr., born Dec. 4, 1960, in Nürnberg, Germany, passed away July 12, 2017, on his beloved mother’s birthday.
Keith bravely fought multiple myeloma for over three years. He was an accomplished electrician for over 25 years and was the owner of Helm Electric Contractors, Inc.
Keith spent the early years of his life in Italy and Germany with his family. Later, he moved to Stuttgart, Ark., and then as an adult relocated to Bentonville, Ark., where he operated his business.
Keith was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Sophie and Willie Türk of Amberg, Germany; his uncle, Heinz Türk of Amberg, Germany, who he considered his big brother.
Surviving are his loving
mother, Gertaud “Trudy” Helm-Montpetit; his stepfather, Edward J. Montpetit; and his sister, Jessica Montpetit. Keith is also survived by the following family members; uncle, John (Sabrina) Bauml of Maui, Hawaii, aunt, Ella (Bill) Campana of Cleveland, Ohio, aunt, Marga (Kent) Quirey, whom he also considered his big sister, of Evansville, Ind.; cousins, Karen Martines, Susan Orcutt, Lisa Campana and Billy Campana, all of Ohio, Sascha Bauml of Hawaii, Harris Howerton, Jr. and Sarah Howerton, both of Evansville, Ind., Germaine Drummond of Florida and many more loving family members.
A funeral mass was held in his honor in Louisville, Ky., on July 16, 2017. Keith made us proud and will always be missed and loved by all of his family.
BENTONVILLE — Alvin Jackson “Jack” Winberry,
age 76, of Bentonville passed away, July 19, 2017, in Fayetteville, Ark. He was born Jan. 20, 1941, in Madison, La., to Alvin Charles and Bessie Barnes Winberry.
Mr. Winberry was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Henry and John Winberry; sister, Audrey Winberry; and a grandchild, Kenneth Jr.
Mr. Winberry is survived by his wife, Brenda Winberry; children, Kenneth, Charles, Landon, AJ, Michael, Bert, Tammy, Rhonda and Angel; sisters, Nell, Leigh, Yvonne, Joan, Sue and Linda; grandchildren, Kelby, Katie, Charles, Jr. Flesha, Faith, Amber, Nathaniel, Austin, Paige, Makayla, Lee, Nathan, Zane, Jackquelyn; great-grandchildren, Hayley, Zoey, Braxton, K.J., Merrick.
Memorial service will be 10:30 a.m., Sunday, July 23, 2017, at Benton County Memorial Park Funeral Home with David Holmes Officating. Online guestbook: www.benton countymemorialpark.com.
ROGERS — Samir Sidani,
69, of Rogers passed away Wednesday, July 19, 2017. He was born April 17, 1948, in Beirut, Lebanon, to the late Adnan and Raife Ghanoum Sidani.
Mr. Sidani’s careers included banking and meat export. Sharing times with friends and family were most important to him.
He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Mary Sidani; four sons, Dan, Tarik, Robert and Mike Sidani; two sisters, Noura and Leila; a brother, Suheil and many dear friends.
The family invites friends to gather to share memories from 3-6 p.m., today, Saturday, July 22, at the family’s lake house, 15372 Tulsa Drive in Rogers.
Arrangements are under the care of Rollins Funeral Home in Rogers. www.Rollins Funeral.com.
ROGERS — Mildred Fra Smith of Rogers passed away on July 20, 2017. She was born on Nov. 7, 1923, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to the late Horace Greely Denison and Myrtle Edward Davis Denison.
Mildred, or Mick as she was also known, had a supportive family and group of friends who loved her. She will be remembered sitting behind the desk at Mildred’s Tax Service, making a pie or a casserole (to which she often added a can of Rotel), sewing or reading. She had a sweet, grateful, generous spirit and will be missed by all who knew her.
Mick was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lemuel Adner Smith; sister, Betty Ashmore; brother, Bud Denison; and daughter, Ginny Lee Cheek.
Survivors include her son, Dennis (Paula) Rasmussen of Lowell; daughter, Betty Anne (Ray) Easley of Rogers; sonin-law, David Cheek; grandchildren, Dena Corbino, Chad (Destinie) Rasmussen, Kris Sullivan, Amy (Chip) Bemis, Jeremy (Joseph Rabe) Cheek, Cody (Candis Green) Noland, Eric (Laura Hunter) Noland, Patrick (Madeline Wielgus) Noland; great-grandchildren, Hunter (Tara Jo) Corbino, Taylor Gilbert, Gianna Corbino, Faran Rasmussen, Jessica Sullivan, Aaron Sullivan, Shiloh Bemis, Benjamin Bemis, Kessiah Bemis, Oliver Bemis; sister, Joyce Klein; and many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her friends, fellow tax consultant and phone buddy Marie Lockhart; her friend since childhood Hazel Hight; and her oldest Arkansas friend Mary Fields; Dona Barnett and the Elm Springs Sewers and Quilters; and her clients and co-workers who became dear friends.
Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. on Sunday, July 23, at Elm Springs First United Methodist Church. Funeral services will be held on Monday at 2 p.m at the church. Burial will follow in Benton County Memorial Park Cemetery in Rogers.
Memorials may be made to Elm Springs United Methodist Church or Circle of Life Hospice.
Thank you to Innisfree Health and Rehab staff and residents for your great care and friendship. Thank you to Circle of Life Hospice staff for your compassionate care during this last year of her life.