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BELLA VISTA — Bob (Robert J.) Marshall, 91, of Bella Vista, Ark., passed away Sunday, July 30, 2017, at home. Bob was born on Aug. 9, 1925, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Dorothy and Donald Marshall.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers, Donald and Yale. He is survived by his wife, Peg of 68 years, daughter, Pat Bryant and her husband Bruce, grandson, Kevin, and great-granddaughter, Phoebe; daughter Judy Williamson and husband Phil, grandson Travis and wife Amy, grandson Jess and wife Brianne, great grandson Wyatt; daughter Nancy Connolly and husband Tim.
A memorial service will be held Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017, at 11 am. at the Bella Vista Community Church, 75 E. Lancashire Blvd., Bella Vista, Ark., 72714. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Bob Marshall to Circle of Life Hospice — Legacy Village, 1201 NE Legacy Parkway, Bentonville, Ark., 72712, and also to the Bella Vista Community Church Youth Program. Online condolences may be made at www.funeralmation.com.
BELLA VISTA — Deloris May Kerns (Tozer, Tozer-Sernett) was born Aug. 14, 1924, in Oelwein, Iowa, to Silvia May Kerns (Menuey) and Loraine Anthony Kerns.
She married Glenn Walter Tozer in September 1947. Deloris and Glenn had two sons, Mark Alan (April 1952) and Kirk Aaron (September 1954). Mark passed away in 1976.
Deloris and Glenn retired and moved to Bella Vista, Ark., in 1979 where they enjoyed golf, neighbors, friends, and activities at the Methodist Church in Bella Vista. Glenn passed away in July of 1983.
Deloris married Edward Charles Sernett (Chuck) in December 1985. The family was comprised of three daughters Sandy, Ann and Cathy, and one son Kirk.
Deloris was a long time quilter, knitter and seamstress. She belonged to the following local activity groups: Bella Vista Homesteaders Extension Club, Quilt Guild, Calico Cutups, local knitting group, United Methodist Women-Naomi Circle, Sunrise Shepherd Group, and NARFE. She was known for her baby quilts that annually won first prize at the Benton County Fair. She was an avid supporter of local causes within Benton County and Bella Vista.
Deloris is survived by a son, three daughters, 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
A visitation will be at 9 a.m. with memorial services to follow at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 8 at First United Methodist Church of Bella Vista, 20 Boyce Drive, Bella Vista, Ark., with Rev. Brenda Wideman officiating. Burial will be at Bentonville Cemetery. Arrangements are by Bella Vista Funeral Home and Crematory. Online condolences may be made at www.funeralmation.com.
CAVE SPRINGS — Byron
“Barney” Langham, 73, of Cave Springs, Ark., passed away, Saturday, July 29, 2017, at Jamestown Nursing and Rehab in Rogers. He was born June 3, 1944, to Paul Langham and Helen E. Wilson Langham.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Paula Catron. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Allie Joyce Langham; two sons, Caleb Langham and wife, Sarah of Cave Springs and Michael Langham and two grandchildren, Josh Langham and Jacee Rhodes.
Memorial services will be at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, at Northwest Assembly in Bentonville, Ark. with Pastor Joe Lyons officiating. Arrangements have been entrusted to Stockdale-Moody Funeral Services of Rogers. Words of comfort or memories may be shared at stockdalemoodyfs.com.
FAYETTEVILLE — Jeffrey Thomas Arens, 63, died unexpectedly at his home in Fayetteville on July 27, 2017. Jeff was born in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 15, 1953, to William H. and Jean Marie Arens.
He was a 1986 graduate of the University of Arkansas, was an accomplished pilot holding a commercial pilot’s license, and was a certified scuba diver. Over and above these accomplishments, he was a loving husband to his wife of 28 years, Sue, and a devoted father to his three children.
Jeff was preceded in death by his parents, and his older brothers, Bill and John. He is survived by his brother, Richard of Fayetteville, and his sister Catherine Vincent of France. Jeff is also survived by his children, Benjamin, Tommy, and Rebeccah, grandchildren, Dylan, Makaila, Hannah, Zenna and Millie, numerous nieces and nephews, and many old friends.
Cremation has taken place. A private celebration of his life will take place at a later date. Rest in peace, Jeff. We will miss you. In lieu of flowers, a donation in Jeff’s memory to the Fayetteville Animal Shelter, 1640 South Armstrong Avenue, Fayetteville, Ark., 72701, would be greatly appreciated.
FAYETTEVILLE — Mr. Ralph Easter, age 77, of Fayetteville, Ark., passed away Sunday, July 30, 2017, at the Willard Walker Hospice Home in Fayetteville. Mr. Easter was born Oct. 1, 1939, in Winslow, Ark., to Lester and Lillie Hall Easter. Mr. Easter was a turkey farmer.
Mr. Easter was preceded in death by his parents, son, James Lee Easter, daughter, Ruth Ann Easter, brothers, Robert and LeRoy Easter, sisters, Opal, Pearl, Emily Easter, Arlene Falk, Ruby Easter and Baby Jane.
Mr. Easter is survived by his wife, Rita Easter of the home, children, Farris Lee Easter of Muskogee, Okla., Lester Don Easter, Linda Sue Nachmias of Tennessee, Ellen Christine Parrish of Alabama; adopted grandchildren, Timmy Ray Easter and Lilly Havener of Kansas; brother, Raymond Easter, sisters, Rosie Easter and Mary Simmons, 17 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Visitation for Mr. Easter will be 9:30-11 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017, at Faith Full Gospel Church in Bethel Heights. Funeral service will be 1 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017, at Faith Full Gospel Church with Lester Shadrick and Kelly Yarbrough officiating. Burial will follow in Coil Cemetery in Winslow. Arrangements by Benton County Memorial Park Funeral Home, Rogers, Ark. Online guestbook: www.bentoncountymemorialpark.com.
FAYETTEVILLE — Jeffry Lane Johnson, a funny, confident, sincere, intelligent, honest, and fiercely loving man, told his last sarcastic joke on Saturday, July 29, 2017.
He was born in Sulphur, La., on Aug. 17, 1980, to Jerry and Paula Muse Johnson. He grew up in Bryant and graduated from Bryant High School in 1998, where he played football and baseball. He graduated from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville where he joined the Razorback football team in 1998 and 1999.
He was a member of Central United Methodist Church. Jeff was a medical sales rep at BD Medical, but his side job was screening phone calls and making tee times.
Jeff had a lot of loves in his life; sports, Doe’s Eat Place, and Lululemon, to name a few, but nothing came close to his number one love, his family. His wife, Randi and their two daughters, Lilly and Westin, had his whole heart. A big kid himself, he was drawn to children and children were certainly drawn to Jeff. His wit, sense of humor, and fun-loving personality made him magnetic, but when you add in his compassion for others, and the way he loved and served his family and friends, he was truly like no other. He had a big smile with an even bigger laugh, and the hole he leaves in the hearts of his family and numerous friends is tremendous.
He is survived by his wife, Randi (Davis) Johnson; two daughters, Lilly Lane and Westin Nicole Johnson; his parents, Paula and Jerry Johnson of Benton; his grandmother, Joy H. Muse of Bryant; two sisters, Julie Combs and husband Jeff, and Jill Henley and husband Brian; and his beloved nieces and nephews, Jordan, Justin, Brayden, Burke and Brianna.
A Celebration of Jeff’s life will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017, at Central United Methodist Church at 6 W Dickson St., Fayetteville, Ark., 72701. Interment will follow at Fairview Memorial Gardens in Fayetteville.
In lieu of flowers donations may be placed in honor of Jeff’s beloved daughters at any First Security Bank. To sign the online guest book please visit www.nelsonberna.com.
PRAIRIE GROVE — Vicky Anderson, 61, passed away July 29, 2017. Survivors include daughter, Jacqueline Anderson; son, Chris (Ashley) Anderson; brothers, Don and David; sisters, Donna, Judy and Michelle; grandchildren: Isaiah, Kayden, Cambry, Kentrell, Kierra and Brooke. Family will receive friends Thursday, Aug. 3, 6-7 p.m. at Luginbuel Chapel. Online guest book, www. luginbuel.com.
PRAIRIE GROVE — Frank Calvin Foster, age 89, of Prairie Grove, passed away Sunday, July 30, 2017, in Fayetteville at the VA Medical Center.
Frank served honorably in the Army during the World War II era.
Frank was preceded in death by his parents Ephraim Foster and Bessie Kittie Reed Foster; his step-mother Mary Ledford Foster; five brothers and four sisters. Frank is survived by his wife of 68 years, Opal Bozarth Foster; six sons, Leonard Foster, Eddie Foster, Don Foster, Lester Foster, Vernon Foster and Curtis Foster; one daughter-in-law, Darlene Foster; four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Cremation arrangements under the direction of Moore’s Chapel. No services are planned. To sign the online guest book visit www.mooresfuneralchapel.com.
ROGERS — Henry (Hank) Carl Wehmeyer, 93, of Rogers, son of Ed and Vivian Wehmeyer, went to be with the Lord on July 24, 2017.
He is survived by his wife Wilma of 70 years, three sons Stan, Doug, and David, seven grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, a son Steven, two grandchildren, a brother and two sisters.
He was not only a loving husband and father and a devout Christian, but adored his wife more than words can explain, and taught his sons to do the same. He was a World War II veteran, serving in the Navy. He was a Realtor for 23 years in the Rogers area.
A celebration of his life will be held Aug. 5 at 10:30 a.m. at Grace Baptist Church in Rogers, at 2409 W. New Hope Road. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Heroes’ Haven, Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks, Fayetteville Ark. Arrangements are under the care of Rollins Funeral Home of Rogers. www.rollinsfuneral.com.
SPRINGDALE — Gloria Ann “Meemaw” Kirk Clyburn, 91, of Springdale, died Saturday, July 29, 2017, at Circle of Life Hospice. She was born March 18, 1926, in Birmingham, Ala., to Charles and Virginia Lewis Rich Heald.
Gloria was a person of great faith. She was the church secretary at Central United Methodist Church in Rogers for many years. She was devoted to her family and always chose to be happy in her life.
She is survived by three daughters, Kathy Shurley and husband Jerry of Cabot, Nancy Burns and husband Gene of Fayetteville, Sheri Salley and husband Doug of Georgetown, Texas; six grandchildren, Craig Shurley, Brad Shurley, Amy Bailey, Andrew Burns, Morgan Salley, Matthew Salley; and seven great-grandchildren, Yulonda, Julian, Jasmine, Jordan, Yulissa, Marcus and Isaiah.
A funeral service will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3, at Heritage Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will be at Gentry Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, online guestbook at www.heritageofnwa.com. Memorial contributions may be made to Circle of Life Hospice, 901 Jones Road, Springdale, Ark., 72762, or to Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, D.C., 20090-6011.