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.

BELLA VISTA — Mar­i­lyn R. Sch­mid, 88, of Bella Vista, Ark., passed away July 25, 2017, at High­lands Health Ca r e . Th e daugh­ter of the late Richard and Anna Rehn, she was born April 28, 1929, in the Bronx, N.Y.

Mar­i­lyn was a Cub Scout den mother, and den mother trainer. She was the re­cip­i­ent of the Sil­ver Fawn Award, the high­est award for fe­male vol­un­teer scouters in the Mem­phis area, where she served for 20 years. She was a past pres­i­dent of the Bella Vista Ger­man Amer­i­can Club. She en­joyed trav­el­ing, work­ing with stained glass and Ital­ian tile, needle­point, cross stitch, ce­ram­ics, read­ing, and play­ing canasta. She had a big heart for an­i­mals. She en­joyed or­ga­niz­ing par­ties for friends and was a won­der­ful Ger­man cook!

Left to cher­ish her mem­o­ries are her lov­ing hus­band, Herb; son, Richard ( Char­lotte) Sch­mid; daugh­ter, Deb­bie (Mike) Shane; four grand­chil­dren: Jeremy, Ryan, Jennifer and Court­ney; and six great- grand­daugh­ters: Mor­gan, Bai­ley, Avery, Brook­lyn, Genevieve and Elis­a­beth.

Me­mo­rial ser­vices will be held at 11 a.m., Thurs­day, July 27 at Bella Vista Lutheran Church, 1990 For­est Hills Blvd., Bella Vista, Ark. Ar­range­ments are by Bella Vista Fu­neral Home and Cre­ma­tory, Inc. On­line con­do­lences may be made at www.fu­neral­ma­tion.com.

BEN­TON — Theresa Kay Sum­mers, 54, of Ben­ton, Ark., died July 19, 2017. She was born Aug. 23, 1962. Me­mo­rial: 2 p.m., Satur­day, July 29, Ben­ton Four Square Church, 2722 Mil­i­tary Road, Ben­ton. Grave­side: 11 a.m., Satur­day, Aug. 5, Min­eral Springs Moun­tain Ceme­tery, West Fork, Ark. Ser­vices by Smith-Ben­ton Fu­neral Home, www.SmithFam­i­lyCares.com.

BEN­TONVILLE — San­dra Good­win, 37, of Ben­tonville, Ark . , passed away July 23, 2017, in Ben­tonville, Ark. She was born Oct. 31, 1979, in Fort Smith, Ark., to Chan­tarangsy Tham­mavongsa and Vi­lay­vanh (Xay­p­a­sith) Tham­mavongsa.

She is sur­vived by her hus­band, James Good­win of Lit­tle Rock, Ark., her par­ents of Ben­tonville, Ark., one sis­ter, Aileen Tham­mavongsa of Ben­tonville, Ark., and one niece Neelia Jade Fal­con of Ben­tonville.

Fu­neral ser­vices will be held 1 p.m., Satur­day, July 29, in the Chapel of Nel­son-Berna Fu­neral Home. To sign the on­line guest book please visit www.nel­son­berna.com.

BEN­TONVILLE — Wil­liam Al­bert “Bill” Towner, 95, of Ben­tonville, Ark., passed away, Satur­day, July 22, 2017, in Bella Vista. He was born Jan. 29, 1922, in Duquesne, Pa., to Al­bert Towner and Min­nie Phillips Towner.

He proudly served in the U.S. Army from De­cem­ber 1940 to Novem­ber 1945. Dur­ing World War II, he served as a ship­ping and re­ceiv­ing clerk 1 & 6. Dec­o­ra­tions and ci­ta­tions awarded in­clude Good Con­duct Medal, Amer­i­can De­fense Ser­vice Medal, Amer­i­can Cam­paign Medal, Euro­pean African Mid­dle Easter Cam­paign Medal and World War II vic­tory Medal. Bill be­came a mem­ber of the Ben­tonville Ma­sonic Lodge in 1981.

He was pre­ceded in death by his par­ents; his first wife, Irene John­son Towner in 2004; a son, Charles Towner; four broth­ers and two sis­ters. Bill is sur­vived by his wife, Jenny Nay­dean Towner; three chil­dren, James Towner and wife, Sue of Alexan­dria, Minn., Robert Towner and wife, Mary of Ben­tonville, Ark., and Pa­tri­cia Bice of Akron, Iowa; 11 grand­chil­dren; 10 great-grand­chil­dren and one great-great-grand­child.

Me­mo­rial ser­vices will be at 10 a.m., Satur­day, July 29, 2017, at God’s Light­house Church in Ben­tonville with the Rev. Stacey Garr of­fi­ci­at­ing. He will be laid to rest at the Ben­tonville Ceme­tery at a later date.

Ar­range­ments have been en­trusted to Stock­dale-Moody Fu­neral Ser­vices in Rogers. Mem­o­ries may be shared at stock­dale­fu­neral.com.

FAYET­TEVILLE — Avis H. Pow­ell of Fayet­teville, for­merly of Fort Smith, en­tered into his eter­nal rest on July 14, 2017. He was born Nov. 12, 1930, in Muldrow Okla., the son of the late Lige and Lyda Pow­ell.

Avis served in the U. S . Army and was a vet­eran of the Korean War. Dur­ing his life­time, he en­joyed trav­el­ing, fish­ing, and golf­ing. Twice while golf­ing he achieved the elu­sive hole-in-one. Those who knew him will long re­mem­ber his won­der­ful sense of hu­mor. He loved to joke and make oth­ers laugh.

He is sur­vived by Bar­bara Sue, his wife of 63 years; a daugh­ter, Pamela Con­ner and hus­band Don of Fayet­teville, Ark.; a son, Mark Pow­ell and wife Julie of Fayet­teville, Ark.; grand­daugh­ters Ka­ley Bry­don and hus­band Tom, Rachel Pow­ell, and Sid­ney Pow­ell, all of Fayet­teville; sis­ter, He­len Ross of Bro­ken Ar­row, Okla.; brother, Wil­lis Pow­ell of Fort Smith, and six nieces and neph­ews.

A grave­side ser­vice, with mil­i­tary hon­ors, was held July 19 at the Fayet­teville Na­tional Ceme­tery. Ser­vices were han­dled by Me­mo­rial Fu­neral Home, 3926 Wil­lowood Ave., Spring­dale. To send the fam­ily con­do­lences, please visit www.memo­ri­alfh­spring­dale.com.

FAYET­TEVILLE — Ernest Leroy Grim, age 82, of Fayet­teville, passed away at his home on Thurs­day, July 20, 2017. He was born on March 26, 1935, in Siloam Springs, Ark., to Wal­ter and Fran­cis Davis Grim.

He was pre­ceded in death by his par­ents; his son, Michael Scott Grim; and his brother, Clarence “Tuffy” Grim.

Ernest served 30 years in the U.S. Navy as a jet en­gine spe­cial­ist. He re­tired as a com­mand mas­ter chief petty of­fi­cer. He loved gardening and keep­ing up with tech­nol­ogy. Most of all, he en­joyed life and help­ing peo­ple.

He is sur­vived by his lov­ing wife, Patsy Grim of the home; his daugh­ter, Dawn Wald­man and hus­band Den­nis O’Keefe of Lan­caster, Calif.; his grand­son, Matthew Ernest Wald­man of Clo­vis, Calif., and many ex­tended fam­ily.

Ar­range­ments are un­der the di­rec­tion of Nel­son-Berna Fu­neral Home and Cre­ma­tory of Fayet­teville. Con­do­lences may be given on­line at www. nel­son­berna.com.

GARFIELD — Mr. Cyril “Cy” El­len­becker passed peace­fully sur­rounded by loved ones on July 23, 2017. He was born in Cornth, Wis., on March 28, 1943, where he was one of 12 chil­dren.

He will be re­mem­bered for his sense of hu­mor and love of na­ture. He was hap­pi­est watch­ing wildlife, fish­ing, pick­ing black­ber­ries and most of all spend­ing time with fam­ily.

He is sur­vived by his wife, Pa­tri­cia. He was blessed with six chil­dren, two stepchil­dren, 15 grand­chil­dren, and 10 great-grand­chil­dren.

A pri­vate me­mo­rial will take place at a later date. Cy and his fam­ily were very blessed to spend his fi­nal days in hospice care. In lieu of gifts or flow­ers, please con­sider a me­mo­rial con­tri­bu­tion to Cir­cle of Life Hospice, 901 Jones Road, Spring­dale, Ark., 72762. Ar­range­ments by Ben­ton County Fu­neral Home, 306 N. 4th, Rogers, Ark.

LOW­ELL — Wilidean Tram­mell, 96, of Low­ell, died Sun­day, July 23, 2017, in Ben­tonville. Im­me­di­ate sur­vivors are chil­dren, Bob and James Tram­mell and Wanda Kay Kre­mers. Ser­vices are at 2 p.m. Fri­day, July 28, 2017, at Coff­man Fu­neral Home in Har­ri­son with burial at An­der­son Flat Ceme­tery. Visi­ta­tion is Thurs­day from 5-7 p.m.

ROGERS — Miss Lloy Ann My­ers, age 87, of Rogers Ark., passed away, Sun­day, July 16, 2017, in her home. Miss My­ers was born on May 18, 1930, in Pea Ridge, Ark., to Lloyd and Marie My­ers. She moved to the Grand Lake area of Oklahoma where she spent 46 years be­fore mov­ing to Vir­ginia for 20 years, then re­turned to North­west Arkansas in 2016.

Lloy wore many hats in the 35 years she spent work­ing at South­west­ern Bell where she worked her way up to a su­per­vi­sory po­si­tion, later re­tir­ing in 1987. Miss My­ers was a mem­ber of the Church of Christ and the South­west­ern Bell Pioneers As­so­ci­a­tion. She was also an ac­com­plished artist and en­joyed spend­ing time with her fam­ily, work­ing on cars, fish­ing, and es­pe­cially bird watch­ing.

Miss My­ers was sur­vived by her sis­ter Jer­ray Mor­ris of Rogers, Ark.; nieces, Pat­tie Wag­goner of Bella Vista, Ark., Terri Mor­ris John­son (John) of Denville, N.J., Karen Rankin (Mark) of Rich­mond, Va.; one great-niece, Me­lanie Ni­chols (Matthew) of Bella Vista, Ark.; one great-nephew, Michael Wag­goner (Crys­tal) of Grand Junc­tion, Colo., and six great- great nieces and neph­ews.

Me­mo­rial ser­vices for Miss. My­ers will be held at 10:30 a.m., Satur­day, July 29, 2017, at Ben­ton County Me­mo­rial Park Fu­neral Home, with Jackie Ch­est­nut of­fi­ci­at­ing.

PARIS — Kay Rieder, 77, of Paris died July 24, 2017. The me­mo­rial ser­vice is at 10 a. m. on Fri­day, July 28, 2017, at Roller Fu­neral Home Chapel in Paris. Burial will be pri­vate at St. Joseph Catholic Ceme­tery in Paris un­der the di­rec­tion of Roller Fu­neral Home. On­line guest­book at www. roller­fu­ner­al­homes. com/paris.

WEST FORK — Larry Wayne Grass, age 71, of Wes t Fork, Ark., passed away Tues­day, July 18, 2017. He was born April 9, 1946, in Venice Beach, Calif., to Don­ald and Mar­ion Kelly Grass.

Larry is a mem­ber of First Bap­tist Church in Green­land, Ark. He is a de­voted mem­ber of the Square Pegs Sun­day school class where he is loved by many and will be greatly missed. He was one of the found­ing mem­bers of this class and con­sid­ered the mem­bers of this class to be his fam­ily. He served in the Viet­nam War in the U.S. Army.

He is sur­vived by his wife, Kathaleen El­lis Grass; one daugh­ter, Kath­leen Pi­azza of Fayet­teville, Ark.; one son, John Hern­don of Malvern, Ark.; two grand­chil­dren, Sara Cornwell and Ja­son Amos and sev­eral great-grand­chil­dren.

Visi­ta­tion will be 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Fri­day, July 28, 2017, at Moore’s Chapel. Fu­neral ser­vice will be 11 a.m. Satur­day at Green­land First Bap­tist Church. To place an on­line trib­ute visit www. moores fu­ner­alchapel.com.

WARMIN­STER, Pa. — Re­tired Army Lt. Col. Claude L. “Don” Don­ald­son, 87, for­merly of Paris, Ark., died July 16, 2017. A grave­side me­mo­rial ser­vice will be 10:30 a.m. on Satur­day, July 29, 2017, at McKen­dree Ceme­tery in Su­bi­aco, Ark., un­der the di­rec­tion of Roller Fu­neral Home in Paris. On­line guest­book at www.roller­fu­ner­al­homes.com/paris.

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