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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.