Auxiliary honors volunteers
The Mercy Hospital Berryville Auxiliary gathered June 13 at the Carroll Electric Community Room to receive reports, elect and install officers for 2017-18 as well as present awards. Deanna Davidson, administrative assistant, auxiliary liaison and gift shop chair, received the MHBA auxiliary member of the year award. Juanita Baker was presented with an honorary life membership. Forty-two auxiliary members received time awards for more than 20,550 hours donated this past year.
New elected officers installed included Joy McKinney, president-elect; Leoria Brewer, secretary; and Pat Armer, president. White Wing Loft Doves; rifle salute, Bella Vista Honor Guard; Civil War cannon salute, Northwest Arkansas Historical Society; “Taps,” Keith Wood and Armando Gutierrez; Revolutionary War reenactors, Mike Patrick, Andrew Patrick and Carlos Valdez.
■ Best dancers: Ladies.
World War II veteran, Staff Sgt. (Ret.) Andy Anderson. ■ Best float: 4-H Club (Cooper Elementary and Social Homeschoolers Network); USS Snook Base, submarine veterans; Cruisin’ America for Jesus Through High School Athletes; Concordia Retirement Center; The Village Plumber.
■ Best churches: Village Baptist Church; Village Bible Evangelical Free Church; Bella Vista Community Church; Bella Vista Church of the Nazarene; United Lutheran Church.
■ Best marching unit: Knights of Columbus; Bentonville Girl Scouts; Cub Scout Pack 525.
■ Best military marching unit: Color guard; Five Branches of the Military; Civil Air Patrol 115th; American Legion; American Legion Auxiliary.
■ Best veteran support group: Sheep Dogs; Disabled Veterans; Team Red, White and Blue of Northwest Arkansas; Daughters of the American Revolution, Lovely Purchase chapter; DAR, James Bright chapter; Sons of the American Revolution, Bella Vista chapter.
Best motorcycle group: ■
Kim Hendrickson, Patriot Parade queen; Kindley Hurt, Miss Benton County; Falyn Cordeiro, Miss Benton County Junior; Kinzie Hill, Miss Benton County Preteen; Raley Dilbeck, Little Miss Benton County; Jordan Harper, Miss Benton County Tiny Tot; Eli Whitaker, Mister Benton County Tiny Tot. ■ Best cheerleaders: Bentonville High School.
■ Best clubs: Cooper Elementary 4-H Club; DAR, Lovely Purchase chapter; DAR Bright chapter; SAR, Bella Vista chapter; Disabled Veterans.
■ Best decorated golf cart: Harland Phillips.
■ Best state flag: Oklahoma, Shari Ogburn.
■ Best dog walker: Bella Vista Animal Shelter.
■ Best bicycle: GPP Cycling; Mojo Cycling.
■ Best buses: “Cruisin’” America for Jesus; Concordia Retirement Center.
■ Best horses: Pony for Hire; Flying “Q” Farms.
■ Best patriotic figures: Captain America, Tyler Volz; Mrs. Uncle Sam, Karen Saginetti; Wonder Woman, Alyssa Osterhout; Super Girl, Sidney Grutz.
■ Best volunteers: Sound system, Jeff Goan; did-it-all, high school sophomore, Tommy Murray; Patriot member, Chris Urban.
in Little Flock awarded its “volunteer of the year” award to members of Living Word Lutheran Church during an appreciation luncheon June 21 at the Avondale Chapel and Gardens in Bentonville. Eight members of the church attended the luncheon, including (from left) Mori Parks, Lorna Miller, Jane and Gary Anderson, Virginia and Jim Garbison and Val and the Rev. Richard Solberg. The list of the projects members of Living Word completed for various facilities of Restoration Village included repairing bathrooms and lighting, updating lighting and a heating and cooling system, building “Dorcas’ Closet,” volunteering at the annual “Afternoon of Fairytales” event, cleaning the barn, hanging signs, fence and yard work, vacuuming flood damage, installing a security system and a drainage system for laundry room.
of descendants of Nancy (Davis) and James Crawford was held June 24 at the Jones Center for Families in Springdale. The Crawfords came to Arkansas from Kentucky in the late 1860s and established their homestead on West Flemings Creek near Fly Gap, south of St. Paul. Coming with them from Kentucky, and settling on adjoining lands, were their seven children, George, John, Kathryn, Mary, Gilbert, Charles and Emily. Descendants gather annually for a family reunion and to visit old home places and cemeteries in the area — with 33 attending this year. Neal Adams of Broken Arrow, Okla., and Geneva Jones of Cabot were recognized as the most senior man and woman at the reunion. Twins Crawford and Abigail Lamb of Bauxite, children of Samantha and Brandon Lamb, were the youngest, at 2 ½ years. Leilani and Eric Ward from Euless, Texas, were the most recently married in May 2015. Sandy and Donald Souza from Belton, Texas, were longest married for 45 years. James, Susan and Cameron Crawford from Belleville, Texas, traveled the greatest distance. The next reunion is planned for June 23 at the Jones Center for Families in Springdale.