Obit­u­ar­ies

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS -

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.

BENTONVILLE — Goldie Irene Farmer, 83, of Bentonville, Ark., passed away July 23, 2017. Goldie was born Feb. 11, 1934, to Thomas J. Collins and Mil­dred Mae Smith Collins in Pierce­town, Ark.

Goldie was a mem­ber of Faith Full Gospel Church. She loved to play gui­tar and sing in the church, grew beau­ti­ful gar­dens, liked to bowl and taught many peo­ple how to play the gui­tar. She re­tired from First Brands Cor­po­ra­tion.

Goldie was pre­ceded in death by her hus­band, Wil­liam Otis Farmer; her par­ents; a daugh­ter, Denise Jones and son-in-law Larry Jones Sr.; a son, Arlis Gra­ham; her grand­son, Wil­liam Jones; two broth­ers, Eu­gene and James Collins; and her sis­ter, Joy­lene Collins.

Goldie is sur­vived by two sons, Don Farmer (Carol) of Bella Vista and Dale Farmer (Brenda) of Knoblick, Ky., a daugh­ter, Delores Over­ton (Steve) of Bentonville; grand­chil­dren, Terae Reader (George), Jeremy Farmer (Lind­sey), Cory Farmer, Jessie Jones, Larry Jones Jr., Stormie Bross, Matt Rawl­ins, Cal­lie Gra­ham, Me­gan Martin, 12 great-grand­chil­dren; and a host of fam­ily and friends.

Ser­vices will be held Thurs­day, July 27, 2017, 10 a.m. at Sisco Fu­neral Chapel of Spring­dale, Ark. Ser­vice will be of­fi­ci­ated by Bro. Kelly Yar­brough. Visi­ta­tion will be Wed­nes­day, 6-8 p.m. at the fu­neral home. In lieu of flow­ers, memo­ri­als can be made to the Phillips Ceme­tery Fund, c/o Mar­lene Sands, 478 Shores Ave., Cave Springs, Ark. 72718. On­line con­do­lences may be left at www.sis­co­fu­neral.com.

FARM­ING­TON — Mar­i­lyn “Diane” Stephen­son, age 50, of Farm­ing­ton, passed away July 21, 2017. Diane was born June 11, 1967, in Fayetteville, Ark.

Diane was a life­long res­i­dent of North­west Arkansas and en­joyed her fam­ily and friends.

She was pre­ceded in death by her fa­ther, Den­nis Paul Stephen­son Sr. and grand­mother, Martha Wood­ward.

Diane is sur­vived by her daugh­ter, Me­gan El­iz­a­beth Stephen­son; mother, Mar­i­lyn Stephen­son; brother, Den­nis Paul Stephen­son Jr.; sis­ter, Sherry Snow and hus­band John, all of Farm­ing­ton; aunt, Jackie King of Fayetteville and a host of other rel­a­tives and friends.

Me­mo­rial ser­vices are sched­uled for 11 a.m. Thurs­day, July 27, 2017, at the Cal­vary Bap­tist Church, 1410 N. Porter Road, Fayetteville, Ark. 72703.

Ar­range­ments are with Benton County Me­mo­rial Park Fu­neral Home, 3800 West Wal­nut, Rogers.

FAYETTEVILLE — Gary Lee Gray, age 67, of Fayetteville passed away Sun­day, July 23, 2017, in Fayetteville. He was born Jan. 21, 1950, in Rus­sel­lville, Ark., the son of Ar­mour Lee and Bernie Col­burn Gray.

He was pre­ceded in death by his par­ents.

Gary moved from Dar­danelle, Ark., to Fayetteville, Ark., at the age of 5. He grad­u­ated from Fayetteville High School and at­tended the Univer­sity of Arkansas. He spent the rest of his life in the gro­cery busi­ness where he was a hard worker and ded­i­cated em­ployee. Gary was pas­sion­ate about the Ra­zor­backs and his niece gave him the name Un­cle Ra­zor­back. He was a gen­tle spirit and a kind brother.

He is sur­vived by his sis­ter, Mary Gray Mumma and her hus­band Mike of Rogers, Ark.; a niece, Meghan Mumma Schultz and her hus­band Tim of St. Louis, Mo.; and two great-nieces, Harper Lee Schultz and Mary Au­gust Schultz.

Pri­vate ser­vices will be held at a later date. Memo­ri­als may be sent to Wil­lard Walker Hospice Home, 325 E. Longview Drive, Fayetteville, Ark. 72703.

To sign the on­line guest book visit www.moores­fu­ner­alchapel.com.

HUNTSVILLE — Glen Wayne Bethany, 76, of Huntsville, died July 21, 2017. Sur­vivors: wife, Linda Jane Corn Bethany; sons, Robert Glen (Dianna) Bethany and Brett Erin (Carla) Bethany; brother, Dar­rel (Jery) Bethany; two grand­chil­dren. Ser­vices 11 a.m. Wed­nes­day, Fayetteville Na­tional Ceme­tery by Bras­hears Fu­neral Home-Huntsville. www. bras­hears­fu­ner­al­home.net. Visi­ta­tion: 6-8 p.m. Tues­day at Bras­hears.

HUNTSVILLE — Kyla “Peb­bles” Smith Alexan­der, 46,of Huntsville, died Fri­day, July 21, at Coun­try­side As­sisted Liv­ing where she was a res­i­dent for three years. She was born Dec. 12, 1970, in Huntsville to Kath­leen Griggs Smith Bass.

She was raised in Rogers but of­ten stayed with her grand­par­ents, Free­man and Ruth Griggs, in Huntsville dur­ing her child­hood.

In 2007, Peb­bles was di­ag­nosed with pe­riph­eral artery dis­ease (PAD). A year later, she suf­fered car­diac ar­rest, re­sult­ing in anoxic brain dam­age and long-term dis­abil­ity. Be­fore mov­ing into as­sisted liv­ing, Peb­bles lived at home un­der the care of her de­voted mother, un­til her pass­ing in 2013, and then her sis­ter Regina Mor­ris. In June she was di­ag­nosed with ade­no­car­ci­noma.

Af­ter op­er­at­ing her home­based day­care for sev­eral years, she worked as a buyer’s as­sis­tant for ladies ap­parel at Wal­mart; pre­vi­ously, she was a clerk for the Benton County Rev­enue Of­fice.

She had fun rid­ing mo­tor­cy­cles, cruis­ing in hot rods, lis­ten­ing to rock and metal mu­sic, and spend­ing good times with fam­ily and friends. She en­joyed do­ing all types of crafts, es­pe­cially paint­ing (paint­ing any­thing and ev­ery­thing), adult col­or­ing, sticker art, and cre­at­ing flo­ral wreaths. She played a mean hand of com­puter soli­taire and ob­sessed over jig­saw puz­zles. She loved sun­flow­ers and col­lected sun­flower knick­knacks. Her fa­vorite color was yel­low.

Soon af­ter her PAD di­ag­no­sis, she mod­eled for AY Mag­a­zine to pro­mote “Go Red for Women,” a cam­paign to in­crease aware­ness of heart dis­ease in women.

A Chris­tian, Peb­bles was bap­tized at the First Bap­tist Church of Bentonville on Aug. 17, 1986. Re­cently, she was min­is­tered by Matt McBride at Coun­try­side.

She will be re­mem­bered for her in­fec­tious smile, op­ti­mism and sense of hu­mor. She de­lighted in giv­ing un­ex­pected, funny one-line quips. She was en­dur­ing, en­cour­ag­ing and gra­cious; her life evolved into ex­tra­or­di­nary lessons of love and hu­mil­ity.

She is pre­ceded in death by her mother and grand­par­ents.

She is sur­vived by two sis­ters and their spouses, Regina and Isa­iah Mor­ris of Farm­ing­ton, Tammy and Billy Mata of Haslet, Texas; one son, Tan­ner Alexan­der of Fayetteville; one daugh­ter, Tif­fani Le­im­berg of Rogers; one grand­daugh­ter, Ad­di­son Le­im­berg; and nieces and neph­ews, Skyler, Hai­ley, Aaliyah, Ethan and Lib­erty.

The fam­ily expresses grat­i­tude to the staff of Coun­try­side As­sisted Liv­ing for their com­pas­sion­ate care while Peb­bles was a res­i­dent, es­pe­cially dur­ing her fi­nal months. This in­cludes Dr. Ivan Box, Tara Box, Lenora Riedel, Au­drey, Cassie, Donna, Heather, Jeanette, Kara, Kim, Lorna, Nurse Tina, Pam, Red, Shel­ley, Sue, Tam­era and count­less oth­ers. Thank you with all of our hearts.

A me­mo­rial ser­vice will be 11 a.m. Wed­nes­day, July 26, at Her­itage Fu­neral Home Chapel in Spring­dale. Fam­ily and friends will have an op­por­tu­nity to tell Peb­bles sto­ries dur­ing the ser­vice.

LOW­ELL — Erika Rickie Jack­son, 76, of Low­ell, Ark., passed away on Sun­day, July 23, 2017, at the Cir­cle of Life Hospice Home in Spring­dale, Ark. Erika was born on May 9, 1941, in Yu­goslavia, Ger­many, the daugh­ter of John and Chris­tine Troll­man.

She re­tired as a com­puter op­er­a­tor at the Ozark Guid­ance Cen­ter in Spring­dale. Erika was a proud home­maker and had a pas­sion for an­i­mals.

She was pre­ceded in death by her hus­band, Pete Jack­son and her par­ents.

Erika is sur­vived by her daugh­ter, Char­lotte John­son and hus­band Ron of Good­man, Mo.; two stepchil­dren, David Jack­son and San­dra Sneed and her hus­band Leroy, all of Cal­i­for­nia; four grand­chil­dren, Amy Bersi and hus­band Austin of Spring­dale, Ark., Erin Bene­dict and hus­band Paul of Neosho, Mo., Levi Caven­der of Stella, Mo., and Joshua Caven­der of Neosho, Mo.; five step-grand­chil­dren, Chris John­son and wife Rachel of Carthage, Mo., Jes­sica Rickard of Sar­coxie, Mo., Cayla Chap­man and hus­band Jeremy of Pierce City, Mo., Scott Sneed of Ore­gon and Richele Simp­son of Cal­i­for­nia; two great-grand­chil­dren, Boe Bene­dict and Al­lie Bene­dict; and 10 step-great-grand­chil­dren.

Visi­ta­tion will be held on Wed­nes­day, July 26, 2017, at the Back­strom-Pyeatte Fu­neral Chapel from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Fu­neral will be held at the fu­neral home at 10 a.m. on Thurs­day, July 27, 2017, with Dr. Will Sharples to of­fi­ci­ate the ser­vice. Com­mit­tal ser­vice will be pri­vate.

Please sign the on­line guest book at www.back­strompyeatte.com.

WEST FORK — Ma­bel Ann Speck, 74, of West Fork passed away Sun­day, July 23, at Wil­lard Walker Hospice. Ma­bel leaves be­hind many lov­ing fam­ily and friends. A cel­e­bra­tion of Ma­bel’s life will be at 11:30 a.m. on Wed­nes­day, July 26, at Wil­lard Walker Hospice Home Chapel. Ar­range­ments by Ept­ing Fu­neral Home. Con­do­lences: www. ept­ing­fu­ner­al­home.webs.com.

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