ELKINS — Teah Marie
Bowlin-Smith, 26, of Elkins passed away Sunday, July 23, 2017, at Washington Regional Medical Center. She was born Sept. 13, 1990, in Springdale, Ark., to Tony and Tina Bowlin.
She is preceded in death by her grandfathers, Harrell ” Doc” Bowlin and Kenneth Hawkins.
Survivors include her parents of Elkins; two sons, Garrett Smith of Greenland and Danny Cole of Elm Springs; daughter, Leah Cole of Elm Springs; sister, Katie Bodine of Spearsville, La.; brother, Tony Bowlin Jr.; grandmothers, Lenora Bowlin and Genet Hawkins both of Elkins and several other family members and friends.
The family will receive friends Monday, July 31, 2017, from 6-8 p.m. at the Baldwin Church of Christ. Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at the church with Wally Vanderlip and Jasper Hankins officiating.
Funeral services are under the direction of Madison County Funeral Service of Elkins. Please visit www. madisoncountyfuneral service.com to leave the family an online condolence.
ELKINS — Doskie Lee
Stacks Williford Gumm, 61, of Elkins, died Thursday, July 27, 2017, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease and numerous strokes. She is pain-free.
She was born Dec. 10, 1955, in Fayetteville to Billy and Jessie Smith Stacks.
Doskie was preceded in death by her husband, Ray Dean (Bud) Williford; her sister, Phyllis Garriott; her father, Billy Stacks; her stepdad, Bill Garriott; and her mother, Jessie Smith Garriott.
She is survived by her husband, Gary Gumm of the home; her daughter, Dena Williford Minnick (Jesse) of Elkins; stepchildren, Dody Gumm and Scott Gumm of Kansas City; her sister, Barbara Stout (Terry) of Elkins; her half-brother, Curtis Stacks (Shara) of Farmington; her grandchildren, Daven Stewart, Jessica Stewart, Kristina Minnick, Shane Minnick, Katie Minnick, Orion Gumm and Jade Gumm.
Doskie graduated from Elkins High School and Northwest Arkansas Community College. She worked for the Elkins Senior Citizen Center and the NWA Community Correction Center for Women.
Doskie loved her family, her friends and will always be remembered for her great sense of humor and love of laughter. She was an exceptionally good cook, especially preparing Tex-Mex food using techniques and recipes stored in her head from working at the original Taco Hut in Fayetteville when she was a young girl.
She had a big heart, she helped many elderly people, disabled people and single mothers to find help for their needs. Doskie was generous and would give her last dime to help someone. She loved God and believed His holy word. She was not a judgmental person and believed everyone had good in them and deserved a second chance.
A memorial celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017, at Beard’s Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Circle of Life Hospice, 901 Jones Road, Springdale, Ark. 72762.
Condolences at www. beardsfuneralchapel.com.
FAYETTEVILLE — Katherine Elizabeth
Nelson, age 90, of Fayetteville passed away Friday July 28, 2017, in Fayetteville. She was born March 6, 1927, in Winooski, Vt., the daughter
of Dominc and Florence Marie Goodrow Mauro. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband William G. Nelson; two brothers Dominc Mauro and Joseph Mauro; two sisters Grace Church and Mary Dudonis and one grandson James Paul Nelson Jr.
She was of the Catholic faith and worked as a Registered Nurse.
She is survived by her two sons, Gary Wayne Nelson and James Paul Nelson both of Fayetteville; a brother Richard Mauro of Klamath Falls, Ore.; three grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held 5-7 p.m., Monday July 31 at Moore’s Chapel. Graveside service will be held 2 p.m., Tuesday Aug. 1, at the Fayetteville National Cemetery under the direction of Moore’s Chapel. To sign the online guest book visit www.moores funeralchapel.com.
FAYETTEVILLE — Cynthia Lorraine
(Costanzo) Turner, 54, died Sunday, June 18, 2017, at Washington Regional Medical Center. She was born May 20, 1963, the daughter of Lewis Frank Costanzo and Evelyn Lorraine (Shephard) Costanzo, later Farley.
She attended public schools in Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia. She relocated to Arkansas in 1978 with her mother to join family.
Cynthia liked restaurants. She loved kitchens and bars, so she learned to manage and troubleshoot those, and did that throughout her career.
She married Ricky Gene Turner, and they had a son, Marshall Colin Turner, in 1987. Cynthia earned a standing ovation when, big and pregnant and wearing an orange flowered dress, she walked across the stage to take her GED diploma. She and Ricky raised the boy, a few dogs, and they had a pretty good time for about 10 years. They separated and then Ricky died during surgery in 1996. CT, as she was then known, cared for her ailing mother after that, and started college. She got close, she really did, to earning her bachelor in elementary education, when her own health started deteriorating.
This was in the days when you could be denied health insurance for pre-existing conditions. There had been a little money, but it didn’t last long paying for specialists and surgery. The first back surgery led to a second, then a third, and then… It took a while for Medicaid to come through, and her health deteriorated even more. She ended up in a wheelchair in the home her mother had bought almost 40 years before. Then she entered a nursing home, where she suffered an intracranial hemorrhage caused by cardiovascular disease. She died a few hours later in the hospital.
She was predeceased by her husband, her mother and her father.
She is survived by her son; by a sister, Kim Irene Martin, Prairie Grove; and an aunt, Rebecca Kathleen Shephard, Garrett Park, Md.
Memorials can be made to the Fayetteville Animal Shelter.
Cynthia’s friends and relatives will hold a memorial wake in her honor at her sister’s home Aug. 5. RSVP by text (479) 530-8032.
GARFIELD — Mark
Allan Pitts, 57, of Garfield died Wednesday, July 26, at Mercy Hospital in Rogers. He was born April 22, 1960, in Wichita, Kan., to Ross Eugene Pitts Sr. and Vivian Lorraine Taylor Pitts.
He enjoyed flower gardening, cooking, baking, was very artistic with a photographic
eye, photography, hiking, traveling to New Mexico to visit family and loved his family and friends. He was a member of St. James Episcopal Church in Eureka Springs where he also was a choir member.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Kay Pitts.
Survivors are one brother, Ross E. Pitts Jr. (Marion) of Gentry; one sister, Pam Light (Michael) of Auburn Hills, Mich; and his life companion, John Wiley of Eureka Springs.
A memorial service is set for 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 1, at St. James Episcopal Church, 28 Prospect, Eureka Springs, Ark., with Father Richard Clark officiating. A private burial will be held at a later date.
Arrangements are by Sisco Funeral Home of Pea Ridge.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Mark’s memory may be made to Good Shepherd Animal Society, 6486 Hwy 62 West, Eureka Springs, Ark. 72632. Online condolences may be made at siscofuneral home.net.
LOWELL — Robert John Wright, Jr., age 60, of Lowell, Ark., passed away July 27, 2017, at his home.
He was born in Pawnee, Okla., on Oct. 8, 1956, a son of Robert and Myrtle Wright. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy. He worked many years as a USDA Inspector and many years at Wal-Mart Logistics in Bentonville, Ark. He enjoyed long walks with his dog Barney and spending time with his family and friends.
Robert is survived by his mother, Myrtle Wright of Springdale, Ark.; one brother, Bret Wright and wife Pam of Lowell, Ark.; one sister, Debbie Groff and husband Paul of Springdale, Ark.; nieces, Cindy Bosecker, Brandy Todd, Amanda Mitchell and Alysha Rickey; nephews, John Wright, William Wright, Daniel Schancer, Bobbie Schancer, Dough Howerton, Eric Howerton, Larry Rhodes and Scott Rhodes; and his aunt Shirley Morris.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Penny Wright; his father, Robert Wright Sr.; and his brother, Earnest Wright.
No services are planned at this time. Please visit www. backstrom-pyeatte.com to sign the online guest book.
ROGERS — Theresa
Brace, 56, of Rogers died July 29 at Legacy Village. She was born Dec. 5, 1960, at Bentonville.
Survivors are her husband, Billy Brace; two sons; two daughters; father, Everett Fine. Graveside service is set for 10 a.m. Tuesday, Walnut Hill Cemetery. No visitation. Online condolences may be made at siscofuneralhome. net.
ROGERS — Thomas
“Tom” Everett Easley, 77, of Rogers, Ark., passed away Thursday July 27, 2017, at Mercy Hospital. Tom was born in Madisonville, Ky., at Hopkins County Hospital on Aug. 30, 1939, to Mary Louise and Al Easley.
He graduated from Bowling Green High School and attended Western Kentucky University. He proudly served his country in the Air Force, where he worked as a crew member of the Looking Glass Command Post in the Strategic Air Command.
He moved to the private sector and worked for Rockwell Collins for 23 years where he retired. Tom and Fran moved to Rogers to find a little warmer weather and a chance to play more golf. They even bought a boat and did a little fishing. He quickly got involved in the Elks where he served as an officer and on the Board of Trustees. He also was actively involved at the American Legion Post 100. Tom loved working on the Honor Guard and was elected the Post Commander serving three years.
Tom enjoyed fishing, hunting, golf, tennis and Nebraska football (he did eventually warm up to the Razorbacks). He was a great family man and loved to make people laugh. His friends were very important to him and he will be missed by them here and around the country.
Tom is survived by his wife, Fran; his son, Tom Jr. and his wife Jean; son, Beau and son Brandon of West Des Moines, Iowa; his sister Phyllis, and her husband Howard of Indianapolis, Ind.; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his beloved cat Romeo.
Graveside services 11 a.m. Thursday; Aug. 3, 2017, in the Fayetteville National Cemetery with full military honors by the Rogers American Legion Post 100.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Rogers American Legion Post 100 Honor Guard.
Arrangements by Benton County Funeral Home, 306 N. 4th, Rogers. Online condolences to www.bentoncounty funeralhome.com.
ROGERS — Lynda
Goebel (Settles) of Rogers died on July 28, 2017. She was born on March 24, 1944, in Rogers to the late L.S. “Buddy” Goebel and Bernice McGarrah Goebel. Lynda owned the salon La Jolie Tete in Rogers, where she also worked as a hairdresser from 1974 until her retirement in 2011.
Her survivors include her children, Tasha Settles and Liz Hatfield of Rogers, Kim Settles of San Diego, Sean Settles and wife Vicki of Oceanside, Calif., and Steven Frederick and wife Kelly of Ohio.
Visitation will be Tuesday, Aug. 1, from 2:30-3:30 p.m. at Rollins Funeral Home in Rogers. Funeral services will begin at 3:30. Burial will follow in Benton County Memorial Park Cemetery.
ROGERS — Gerrie Jobe,
55, of Rogers passed away July 27, 2017. She was born April 1, 1962, in Arlington, Texas, the daughter of Cratus and Geraldine DeMoss Ellis.
She is preceded in death by two brothers, Larry Wayne Ellis and Robbie Lynn Ellis.
Survived by her son, Harley Jobe; her brother, Phillip Lee Ellis; niece, Nikki Williams; nephews, Robby and Chris Ellis; and grandson, Easton Ryder Jobe.
Memorial services will be Oct. 7, 2017. Arrangements by Benton County Funeral Home, 306 N. 4th, Rogers. Online condolences to www. bentoncountyfuneralhome. com.
ROGERS — Judy Lancett,
79, of Rogers, Ark., passed away July 27, 2017, at Circle of Life Hospice. She was born Feb. 13, 1938, in Wichita, Kan., the daughter of Harry and Ruby Everhart.
Judy enjoyed many activities, sold real estate and was involved with various needs for children with Down syndrome. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.
She is preceded in death her husband Larry Lancett they were married May 29, 1957, and he passed away Nov. 22, 2008; her parents; three siblings, Don, Jerry and Darlene Everhart.
She is survived by three children, Terri Lancett-Clardy and Mike Lancett, both of Rogers, and Misty Lancett of Springdale; five grandchildren, Will Lancett, Tucker Ellis, McKenzie and McKayla Haingaertner, Jayci Carpenter; and one sister, Barbara McElree of Visalia, Calif.
A private memorial service will be held. The family would like to thank Jamestown Nursing Home and Circle of Life Hospice for the loving care they provided.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Circle of Life Hospice at Legacy Village, 1201 NE Legacy Parkway, Bentonville, Ark., 72712. Arrangements by Benton County Funeral Home, 306 N. 4th, Rogers.
Online condolences to www.bentoncountyfuneral home.com.
ROGERS — William “Bill” Murray Pippin, 86, of Rogers passed away July 27, 2017, surrounded by his loving family at Circle of Life Hospice, Bentonville, Ark. He was born May 9, 1931 in Henryetta, Okla. He was the son of H.A. and Jewel Blankenship Pippin.
Bill retired after 36 years from Sun Oil Company as an Oil Refinery Unit Manager. He was a member of Southside Church of Christ in Rogers and served in the United States Air Force as a staff sergeant during the Korean War. He is preceded in death by his parents and three siblings, H.A. Pippin Jr., Dorthy Thompson, and Leona Thompson.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Carolyn McKinney Pippin; three children, Lauri Brown of Tulsa, Russell Pippin and James Fisher of Gross Pointe, Mich., and Janet and Ty King of Rogers; seven grandchildren, Rachel and Neil Albright, Jenna and Nik Prescott all of Tulsa, Okla., Avery and Addison Pippin of Sand Springs, Okla., Tyler and Jori King of Decatur, Ark., and Braden and Mallarie King of Rogers; two great-grandchildren, Ryleigh Albright of Tulsa, Okla., and (to be born) Maebri Jane King of Decatur, Ark.; three siblings, Les and Charlotte Pippin of Sand Springs, Okla., Don and Frances Pippin of Cleveland, Okla., and Sylvia Paddubny of Lowell, Ark.
Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Monday, July 31, 2017, at Benton County Funeral Home, 306 N. 4th, Rogers, Ark.
Visitation will be Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017, from noon-1 p.m. with services immediately following at Carbondale Church of Christ in Tulsa, Okla. Interment with military honors will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, Tulsa, Okla.
Online condolences to www.bentoncountyfuneral home.com.
ROGERS — Michael Scott Test, 54, of Rogers, passed away Tuesday, July 25, 2017, at Circle of Life Hospice in Springdale. He was born June 24, 1963, the son of Scott and Darlene Jones Test.
Mike attended Springdale High School and had been an RV Technician over 35 years working in Washington and Benton County. His last employment was for Scotty’s RV. He enjoyed fishing, boating, and spending time with his friends.
Mike is survived by his daughter, Brandi Test of Clifty; his mother, Darlene Test of Springdale; his father, Scott Test and wife Connie of Springdale; his granddaughter, Shaun Test of Clifty, and his grandson, Tommy Zane Test of Colorado.
He was preceded in death by his son, Brent Test.
A memorial service will be 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 1, at Heritage Funeral Home. Private burial will be held at a later time. Memorial contributions may be made to Circle of Life Hospice, 901 Jones Road, Springdale, Ark. 72762.
WEST FORK — Steven Robert Oliver, 66 of West Fork, Ark., passed away Tuesday, July 25, 2017, in Springdale, Ark. He was born April 27, 1951, in Chicago, Ill., to Robert Stephen Oliver and Virginia Helen (Muench) Oliver.
He was an electrician. Steve loved being on the river, spending time with his two daughters, working on his vehicles, fast cars and motor sports.
He is survived by two daughters, Angela Abiseid and husband Victor of Fayetteville, Ark., Tonya Light and husband Derrick of Fayetteville, Ark.; three sisters, Gail McDonnell of Parker, Colo., Marcia Oliver of Bella Vista, Ark., Cynthia Mustain of Anderson, Mo.; and two grandchildren, Elijah and Samuel Abiseid both of Fayetteville.
In lieu of flowers, his family is requesting memorial contributions be made to Circle of Life Hospice, 901 Jones Road, Fayetteville, Ark. 72762.
To sign the online guest book please visit www. nelsonberna.com.
LOVELAND, Colo. — Ronita Yvette Petty, formerly of Fayetteville, Ark., passed away on July 12, 2017, at her home in Loveland, Colo. Born Feb. 25, 1960, to Rev. Peter L. and Bonita Petty in DeQueen, Ark., Ronita was a Master Gardener and mother of four.
She was preceded in death by her father and her youngest son Alexander E. West and survived by her mother, two sisters Ruth Poyner and Becca Stipe, brother Harley Petty, two daughters Shelly and Grace West, son Willard West and two grandchildren Michaela and Emersyn.
Ronita will be greatly missed by her friends and family.
The memorial service will be Aug. 5, 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Prairie Grove.
POTTSTOWN, Pa. — Joan T. (Davis) (Van Ess) Yockey, 74, of Pottstown, Pa., passed away on July 1, 2017, at her home. She was the wife of the late Harold A. Yockey, with whom she shared 17 years of marriage. Joan was born on May 21, 1943, in Paterson, N.J. She was a daughter of the late John F. Davis and Mary (Stephenson) Davis.
She is survived by one daughter, Lisa Van Ess, Pottstown, Pa.; one son, Jeffrey Van Ess and his wife, Kelli, Everett, Wash.; three grandsons, Dallas A. Van Ess, Davis A. Van Ess, and Dalton A. Van Ess; and one sister, Mary Ann Edsall and her husband, Robert , Frederick, Pa. Joan is also survived by many other relatives and friends.
There will be a Celebration of Life Service on Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017, at 11:30 a.m. at Fellowship Bible Church, 2000 W. Emma Ave., Springdale, Ark. 72762.
FRISCO, Texas — Jean (Eldred) Mitchell passed away peacefully to her eternal reward on July 17, 2017 in Frisco, Texas. She was born Nov. 13, 1937 in Sulphur Springs, Ark., to Ben and Martha (McArtor) Eldred.
Jean was a stewardess with Braniff Airlines for many years.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Keith; son Michael; two brothers-in-law, Kenneth Mitchell and Russell Korf.
She is survived by two brothers, R.H. “Rocky” (Virginia) Eldred of Bella Vista, Ark., and W.B. “Bill” (Glenda) Eldred of Gravette, Ark.; four sisters, Jo (Carol) Crom, Garland, Texas; Evelyn Eldred of Lowell, Ark.; Lucia Taylor of Brandon, Fla.; Annette (Tom) Hughes of Alamo, Texas; two sisters-in-law Darlene Korf and Dorothy Mitchell both of Yuma, Colo., and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Interment will be in the GAR cemetery, Sulphur Springs, Ark.
OAKLEY, Utah — Margaret R. LeMaster, 97, formerly of Rogers, passed peacefully on Friday, July 21, 2017, at her home in Oakley, Utah.
Margaret was born Jan. 15, 1920, in Kokomo, Ind., to Carl Thomas and Anna Frances (Spann) Beard, and was the eldest of seven children. She graduated from Morton Memorial High School in Knightstown, Ind., in 1938, and attended Marion College, Ball State Teacher’s College, and Purdue University. While at Knightstown, Margaret met the love of her life, Robert Paul LeMaster, whom she married May 8, 1942. They were married 55 years.
After retirement, Margaret and her husband moved from Muncie, Ind., to the Rogers area in 1979. She lived in Northwest Arkansas for 23 years, before moving to Chattanooga Tenn., and finally to Oakley, Utah. She attended the First Christian Church in Rogers.
She was a preschool teacher for many years, operating her own school from her home, then helping start and teach at a Head Start Program in Muncie, Ind. At least three generations of 3- and 4-yearolds knew “Miss Margaret” for her love, compassion, and dedication to early childhood education. Even after retirement, she continued to volunteer in schools and day care centers in Rogers and Chattanooga, Tenn. She was known for being a hard worker, and for her quick wit and humor. She loved travel, gardening, baking and sewing.
Margaret was preceded in death by her husband, Bob; son, Robert P. LeMaster II; her parents; three brothers and two sisters.
She is survived by her daughter, Julia Deleane Thurman of Rossville, Ga.; sister, Mary Warren of Sarasota, Fla.; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, Aug. 6, at 6 p.m. at the chapel at Elk Meadows Assisted Living in Oakley, Utah. She will be interred in the National Cemetery in Fayetteville, Ark., with Bob Sr. on Friday, Aug. 11, at 2 p.m.
The family wishes to thank the many caregivers who worked with Margaret in her last years, and sincerely appreciates their caring and love.
Funeral directors: Utah Valley Mortuary. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.uvfuneral.com.