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FAYET­TEVILLE — Dr.

James Staton Chase, age 85, of Fayet­teville, passed away Mon­day, July 31, 2017, in Fayet­teville. He was born July 2, 1932, in Rich­mond, Va., the son of Fran­cis Se­abury and Sue Wil­bourne Elder Chase Jr.

He was pre­ceded in death by his par­ents. Dr. Chase was a cen­tral fig­ure in the life of the Depart­ment of His­tory at the Univer­sity of Arkansas from his ar­rival as an as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor in 1968 un­til his re­tire­ment in 1999.

As depart­ment chair be­tween 1970 and 1976, Dr. Chase over­saw the hir­ing of key fac­ulty mem­bers like Wil­lard Gate­wood, Randall Woods, Henry Tsai, Wil­liam Tucker, and Nudie Wil­liams, guar­an­tee­ing the vi­a­bil­ity of the depart­ment’s em­bry­onic doc­toral pro­gram. It has thrived in the decades since. He also brought Al­pha Chap­ter of Phi Al­pha Theta back to life and served as fac­ulty ad­vi­sor, restor­ing it to a sta­tus be­fit­ting the founding chap­ter of the large and pres­ti­gious his­tory honor so­ci­ety. He es­tab­lished the an­nual Phi Al­pha Theta ini­ti­a­tion and awards ban­quet. The 47th of these cer­e­monies was held last May. Dr. Chase also founded the Ozark His­tor­i­cal Re­view, now in its forty-sixth year of pub­lish­ing the best in un­der­grad­u­ate and grad­u­ate re­search and writ­ing. And he edited His­tory News­let­ter for many years, keep­ing the depart­ment and its alumni in close con­tact.

Col­leagues and stu­dents can at­test to count­less acts of un­der­stated thought­ful­ness and gra­cious­ness on his part, such as invit­ing new fac­ulty mem­bers over to his home for a well-ap­pointed brunch; see­ing that younger col­leagues were in­tro­duced to peers out­side the Depart­ment; and be­sieg­ing a store un­til it had pro­cured just the right spoon to com­plete a wed­ding present for two grad­u­ate stu­dents. Most of all, though, they re­call his fierce de­vo­tion to stu­dents’ ed­u­ca­tion and ca­reers. Dr. Chase was hon­ored in 1995 with Ful­bright Col­lege of Arts and Sci­ences Out­stand­ing Ad­vi­sor Award, and the As­so­ci­ated Stu­dent Govern­ment named him “Teacher of the Year” in 1994.

A scholar of 19th cen­tury po­lit­i­cal his­tory trained at Wil­liam & Mary (BA, 1953) and the Univer­sity of Chicago (MA 1957, PhD 1962), Dr. Chase was the au­thor of the still stan­dard Emer­gence of the Pres­i­den­tial Nom­i­nat­ing Con­ven­tion, 1789-1832 (Univer­sity of Illi­nois Press, 1973).

Be­fore com­ing to the Univer­sity of Arkansas, Dr. Chase served as as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor of his­tory at the Univer­sity of Texas at Austin from 1962 to 1968. He was an ac­tive mem­ber of the Demo­cratic party and at­tended its 1976 na­tional con­ven­tion as a del­e­gate. He was a vet­eran of the United States Army and served in Korea.

He is sur­vived by his sis­ter, Suzanne Win­ters of Irv­ing­ton, Va., and a brother, Frank S. Chase of Lewis­burg, Pa.

Funeral ser­vice will be held Mon­day, Aug. 14, at 12:30 p.m. at Grace Epis­co­pal Church, Kil­marnock, Va. In lieu of flow­ers, memo­ri­als may be made to Foun­da­tion for His­toric Christ Church, P.O. Box 24, Irv­ing­ton, Vir­ginia 22480. To sign the on­line guest book visit www. moores­fu­ner­alchapel.com.

FAYET­TEVILLE — Richard Lee Hutchin­son, born June 15, 1948, in Fayet­teville, Ark. was taken home by our Heav­enly Fa­ther on July 31, 2017.

Rick was pre­ceded in death by his par­ents, Mar­gu­rite Jones Hutchin­son and Wil­liam Pate Hutchin­son, both of Fayet­teville, Ark.

Rick is sur­vived by Mar­garet Du­n­away Hutchin­son; his brother, Frank Hutchin­son; his sis­ter, Deby Good­man; his three daugh­ters, Kim Hutchin­son, Laura Hutchin­son Burns and her hus­band, Billy, and Car­rie Hutchin­son, all of North­west Arkansas; his eight grand­chil­dren, Joshua De­wayne Walker, Jes­sica Case, Richard Hutchin­son, Mea­gan Hollingsworth, Jimmy Hollingsworth, Charles Hutchin­son, Zachary Hutchin­son and Mitchelle Hollingsworth; and nine great-grand­chil­dren. Rick was a kind-hearted cow­boy that en­joyed mak­ing peo­ple laugh. He will be missed by many.

The view­ing will be Satur­day, Aug. 5, 2017, from 2-4 p.m. at Beard’s Funeral Chapel in Fayet­teville. A me­mo­rial ser­vice will be held at Zion Chris­tian Union Church (4984 W. Wed­ing­ton, Fayet­teville, Ark., 72704) on Satur­day, Aug. 12, 2017, at 10 am. Fam­ily and friends will gather at the church fol­low­ing the me­mo­rial ser­vices. Con­do­lences at www.beards­fu­ner­alchapel. com.

FAYET­TEVILLE — Dr.

Jim­mie D. Ramey, 83, Fayet­teville, died Aug. 2, 2017. Jim is pre­ceded in death by his wife, Alice M. Ramey; and par­ents, James H. and Frieda E. Ramey. He is sur­vived by his chil­dren, Jim D. Ramey Jr. and Dr. Mary Alice Ramey; sib­lings, Tom G. Ramey and Linda Mann; four grand­daugh­ters, and three great-grand­chil­dren. Please visit his on­line me­mo­rial at www.West­field­Chapel.com.

GARFIELD —Clarence

Ed­ward McKen­zie of Garfield passed away peace­fully in his home on Aug. 2 at 11:05 and pro­nounced de­ceased on Aug. 3 at 1:58. Clarence was born July 15, 1935, to Clif­ford and Edith (Weaver) McKen­zie.

Clarence is pre­ceded in death by his par­ents, his brother, Clyde of Ne­braska, brother Clint of Pea Ridge, and brother Guy of Pea Ridge. Clarence leaves be­hind his pre­cious wife of 64 years, Marzene Loretta McKen­zie (Duty), whom he loves so much, two lov­ing sons, Lon­nie Ed­ward McKen­zie of Gateway and Christo­pher Leon McKen­zie of Gateway. He also leaves be­hind one spe­cial daugh­ter-in-law of which he called his own, the wife of Chris, Cindy Coy­lene McKen­zie. Clarence has four grand­chil­dren, Adam McKen­zie of Pea Ridge, Angie War­ford of Gateway, Amanda Cleghorn of Colorado Springs, and Ty Cur­bow of Bran­son. Clarence was very proud of his seven great-grand­chil­dren Jeremiah, Josh, Bryrr, Slade, Jor­dan, Rylee, and Kinslee. He will be greatly missed by so many other friends and fam­ily to nu­mer­ous to men­tion whose lives he touched.

At the age of 13 he worked as a crane oiler in Ne­braska, and then moved on at 15 to be­come a fore­man of pour­ing con­crete at an air­port. At the age of 17 he came to Ok­la­homa for a short break and he met the love of his life and mar­ried af­ter one week of dat­ing and took his new bride back with him to Ne­braska.

From there they moved to Wash­ing­ton for a brief pe­riod where he picked pota­toes and grapes, dis­liked the weather and moved to sunny Cal­i­for­nia, first liv­ing in Ar­buckle and then on to Col­lege City where he worked year round farm­ing and work­ing on equip­ment.

Af­ter his job farm­ing he moved to the moun­tains in Sonora, Calif., work­ing with a log­ging com­pany. Fi­nally in 1962 he moved to Arkansas where he be­gan his own com­pany AMCO Inc. do­ing all kinds of dirt work un­til he re­tired.

While liv­ing in Gateway, Ark., he be­came a very well known and re­spected mem­ber of the com­mu­nity. Clarence be­came the driv­ing force be­hind many com­mu­nity projects. In 1984 Clarence along with Bill Sch­nitzer be­gan the Vol­un­teer Am­bu­lance Ser­vice which is still in ef­fect to­day. Bill and Him drove sev­eral miles up into Mis­souri to get an am­bu­lance for the com­mu­nity and was a driver for 15 years. Clarence played a key role in bring­ing city wa­ter to the small town of Gateway and was on the board, as well as, laid most of the wa­ter lines for the peo­ple of Gateway. He was also an avid mem­ber of the Neigh­bor­hood Watch pro­gram.

Clarence, also known as Pa, re­mained ac­tive un­til his last days. He was an avid gar­dener grow­ing the best veg­eta­bles and al­ways shar­ing with his friends and fam­ily. He also loved to fish, go­ing to yard sales and flea mar­kets, but most of all he loved help­ing and be­ing with peo­ple. He loved just sit­ting for hours on end with fam­ily, friends, or even a stranger and chat­ting for hours. He al­ways had the best ad­vice and touched the lives of ev­ery­one he en­coun­tered. He was a won­der­ful, kind, com­pas­sion­ate man who will be truly missed by all.

Ser­vice is set for 2:30 p.m. Satur­day, Aug. 5 at Sisco Funeral Home Chapel in Pea Ridge. Burial will be at Wal­nut Hill Ceme­tery in Garfield. Vis­i­ta­tion will be from 6-8 p.m. Fri­day at the funeral home. On­line con­do­lences may be made at sisco fu­ner­al­home.net.

PEA RIDGE —

Cyn­thia Jane Brown­ing, 75, of Pea Ridge, died Wed­nes­day, Aug. 2, at Cir­cle of Life Legacy Vil­lage in Ben­tonville. She was born Aug. 7, 1941, at San Ma­teo, Calif., to Wil­liam Howard Thomas and Min­nie Cock­ran Thomas.

She grad­u­ated from Pea Ridge High School in 1959 and mar­ried Gor­don Leon Brown­ing on July 12, 1959, at Cassville, Mo. She was the lo­cal Avon rep­re­sen­ta­tive in the area for many years, worked at Harp’s Phar­macy in Pea Ridge, was de­voted to her hus­band Gor­don’s Air Force ca­reer.

She en­joyed gar­den­ing, shop­ping with friends, read­ing and loved her cats. Cyn­thia loved the city of Pea Ridge and was a de­voted fan of the Arkansas Ra­zor­back bas­ket­ball team.

She was pre­ceded in death by her hus­band Gor­don Brown­ing, her par­ents, and one brother, Howard Thomas Jr. Sur­vivors are one son, Dar­ren Brown­ing and wife Teresa of Plano, Texas; two grand­sons, Greg Brown­ing and Sean Brown­ing of Plano, Texas; one brother, Lyn­dol Thomas and wife Shirley of Wash­burn, Mo.; many nieces, neph­ews, and friends in the com­mu­nity.

A me­mo­rial ser­vice is set for 11 a.m. Satur­day, Aug. 5, at The Ridge Church in Pea Ridge with Pas­tor Bon­nie Austin of­fi­ci­at­ing. Cre­ma­tion ar­range­ments are by Sisco Funeral Home of Pea Ridge. In lieu flow­ers memo­ri­als may be made to Cir­cle of Life Hos­pice, 1201 NE Park­way, Ben­tonville, Ark., 72712. On­line con­do­lences may be made at sis­co­fu­ner­al­home.net.

PINE BLUFF — San­dra

Dees Bres­hears, a long­time res­i­dent of Pine Bluff, died Tues­day, Aug. 1, 2017, in Lit­tle Rock af­ter a coura­geous bat­tle with lung can­cer. She was 82. San­dra was born June 1, 1935, in Poc­a­hon­tas, the third of six chil­dren born to Ben Woodall Dees and Mar­cia Col­lier Dees. She grew up in Lit­tle Rock and grad­u­ated from Lit­tle Rock (Cen­tral) High School, where she was a var­sity cheer­leader. She at­tended the Univer­sity of Arkansas at Fayet­teville, where she was a mem­ber of Chi Omega Soror­ity and grad­u­ated with a bach­e­lor of science in math­e­mat­ics. She also earned a mas­ter’s in ed­u­ca­tion from Ok­la­homa State Univer­sity.

San­dra was beloved by mul­ti­ple gen­er­a­tions of fam­ily and friends. She made her home in Pine Bluff af­ter mar­ry­ing Dr. David El­don Bres­hears on Sept. 8, 1956. Dr. Bres­hears, a vet­eri­nar­ian who main­tained a pri­vate prac­tice in Pine Bluff for nearly 50 years, died in 2009.

San­dra was a past pres­i­dent of the Ju­nior League of Pine Bluff and served twice as pres­i­dent of Chap­ter AU of PEO. She was a long­time mem­ber of the First Pres­by­te­rian Church of Pine Bluff, where she served as a dea­con, Sun­day school teacher, and pres­i­dent of the Women of the Church.

She taught school in the Pine Bluff area for sev­eral years and, af­ter rais­ing her chil­dren, re­turned to the work­place. She worked at Pick­wick Book­store for 20 years. Most re­cently, she worked as the fi­nance man­ager at Neigh­bor to Neigh­bor for 11 years un­til ill­ness forced her to re­tire in 2016.

With her late hus­band, San­dra was ac­tive in the own­er­ship of thor­ough­bred race horses, in­clud­ing stakes win­ners Dr.’s En­joy Dol­lars and Bold Kab­ota. She loved spend­ing time fish­ing at the Bres­hears Farm in Wab­baseka and was an avid reader.

In ad­di­tion to her hus­band and par­ents, she was pre­ceded in death by her first-born son, David El­don Bres­hears Jr.

She is sur­vived by two sons, Hunter Dees Bres­hears (Vir­ginia) of Ben­tonville and Stan­ley Broek Bres­hears (Erika) of Rogers; four sis­ters, Nodya Lam­bert of Lit­tle Rock, Fre­do­nia Wither­spoon (Gay­land) of Con­way, Mozella Flucht (Elmer) of Maumelle, and Jane Lovett Holt (Jack) of Lit­tle Rock; and a brother, David Dees (Sherri) of Crys­tal Lake, Ill. Sur­vivors also in­clude 12 grand­chil­dren: Drake Bres­hears and Ash­ton Bres­hears, both of Rogers, Ark., Vic­to­ria Bres­hears of El Paso, Texas, El­iz­a­beth Bres­hears Schlosser (Drew) of Still­wa­ter, Okla., Hous­ton David Bres­hears of Den­ver, Colo., Ben­jamin Bres­hears, Wil­liam Bres­hears, and Ju­liana Bres­hears, all of Ames, Iowa, Mary Raines Scriber of Ful­ton, Mo.; Tay­lor Scriber of Ap­ple­ton, Wis.; Hast­ings Scriber and Pa­tri­cia Scriber of Ben­tonville, Ark. Other sur­vivors in­clude cousins Melinda Frew of Hous­ton, Texas, and John Frew of Wright City, Mo., both for­merly of Pine Bluff; and many nieces and neph­ews.

The fam­ily would like to ex­tend a sin­cere thank you for the love and sup­port of dear friends, Ann Ben­ton Pugh, Su­san Gry­giel and Tay­lor Phillips. A me­mo­rial ser­vice will be held at 3 p.m. Satur­day, Aug. 12, at the First Pres­by­te­rian Church of Pine Bluff with the Rev. Su­san Matthews Arnold of­fi­ci­at­ing. The fam­ily will re­ceive vis­i­tors in McCol­gan Hall fol­low­ing the ser­vice. Burial will be pri­vate by Ralph Robin­son & Son.

In lieu of flow­ers, the fam­ily re­quests memo­ri­als be made to First Pres­by­te­rian Church, 717 West 32nd, Pine Bluff, Ark., 71603, Neigh­bor to Neigh­bor, 1419 S. Pine Bluff, Ark., 71603, or the Jef­fer­son County Hu­mane So­ci­ety, P.O. Box 2233, Pine Bluff, Ark., 71613. On­line reg­is­ter: www. ralphrobin­so­nand­son.com.

ROGERS — Joy D.

Fithian, 89, of Rogers passed away Aug. 1, 2017, in Rogers. She was born Aug. 2, 1927, in Treece, Kan., the daugh­ter of Her­bert and Thelma Chan­dler Glenn.

Joy was a home­maker, and for­merly sold real es­tate and worked in the school cafe­te­ria. Joy and Robert en­joyed square danc­ing, camp­ing and trav­el­ing in their mo­torhome.

She is pre­ceded in death by her daugh­ter Carol Fithian.

Joy was the ma­tri­arch of a very large and lov­ing fam­ily. She brought joy and laugh­ter to all who knew her. Her smile and wit and her love and kindness for oth­ers will be missed by ev­ery­one.

She is sur­vived by her hus­band of 72 years Robert Fithian; six chil­dren Randy Fithian and wife Chris­tine, Jo Sue Cervi and hus­band John all of Rogers, Nancy White and hus­band Larry of Pea Ridge, Jean Tar­bet and hus­band Keven of Noel, Mo., Linda Ni­cholas and hus­band Mike and Jim Fithian all of Rogers; her sis­ter, Gale Cu­neo of Rogers; 22 grand­chil­dren, 65 great-grand­chil­dren and five great-great-grand­chil­dren.

Funeral ser­vices 11 a.m. Mon­day, Aug. 7, 2017, at the Hunts Chapel. In­ter­ment will fol­low in the Pin­na­cle Me­mo­rial Gar­dens, Rogers, Ark. Vis­i­ta­tion: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sun­day at Ben­ton County Funeral Home, 306 N. 4th, Rogers. On­line con­do­lences to www.ben­ton­coun­ty­fu­ner­al­home.com.

LEE’S SUM­MIT, Mo. —

Dwaine Leonard Ream, 90, passed away on July 25, 2017, at John Knox Vil­lage House. Dwaine was born July 5, 1927, in John­stown, Pa.

Dwaine was a World War II vet­eran and served in the Navy. He worked at Crane Co. for 35 years as a con­troller.

He is pre­ceded in death by his in­fant daugh­ter and son; par­ents, Leonard A. and Ethel I. Ream; broth­ers, Wil­liam mar­ried to Peggy Smith and Ron­ald mar­ried to Sarah El­len­berger; and sis­ter, El­lenar mar­ried to Wil­liam Bryan Heck­man. Sur­vivors in­clude his wife, Zina Sherle; daugh­ter, Joan E. mar­ried to Gary Wehr; grand­daugh­ter, Kim­berly Ann mar­ried to Aric Howe; and many nieces and neph­ews.

Grave­side ser­vices will be Tues­day, 10 a.m., at Lee’s Sum­mit Ceme­tery. Me­mo­rial con­tri­bu­tions may be made to Vil­lage Hos­pice Fund, 400 NW Mur­ray Road, Lee’s Sum­mit, Mo., 64081. The fam­ily would like to thank the doc­tors and nurses at St. Luke’s East and the staff at John Knox Vil­lage Hos­pice for the ex­cel­lent care given to our loved one.

NOEL, Mo. — Mr. Jerry

Clarence Wright, 74, of Noel, Mo., de­parted this life on Tues­day evening, Aug. 1, 2017, at Mercy Hos­pi­tal in Spring­field, Mo., af­ter a sud­den ill­ness.

Jerry en­tered this life on Dec. 28, 1942, in Fort Smith, Ark., to the late Clarence Henry and Mavis Pauline (Pierce) Wright.

He was raised and at­tended school in Rogers, Ark. He fur­thered his ed­u­ca­tion at Um­pqua Com­mu­nity Col­lege in Rose­burg, Ore., re­ceiv­ing an as­so­ciate’s de­gree. On Aug. 15, 1961, he en­listed in the U.S. Ma­rine Corps, serv­ing his coun­try faith­fully dur­ing the Cuban mis­sile crisis and Viet­nam.

He was hon­or­ably dis­charged in 1965 and in 1972, he joined the Army Na­tional Guard, serv­ing an ad­di­tional 27 years re­tir­ing af­ter Desert Storm with a Bronze Star. He was em­ployed by Emer­son Elec­tric and Scott Pa­per Com­pany be­fore re­tir­ing in 2004 from CEI En­gi­neer­ing As­so­ci­ates in Ben­tonville as a land sur­veyor. Jerry was a mem­ber of the Pineville Amer­i­can Le­gion and Na­tiv­ity of our Lord Catholic Church in Noel, Mo.

On Jan. 22, 1963, in Rogers, Ark., he was united in mar­riage to Faye Lewis and to­gether they have shared the last 54 years, she sur­vives of the home. Ad­di­tional sur­vivors in­clude three chil­dren, Diana Wright of Tarkio, Mo., Jerry Wright of Noel, Mo., and Adam Sal­man of Fayet­teville, Ark.; two grand­chil­dren, SSgt. Joel Wright of Ok­i­nawa, Ja­pan, and Sgt. Austin Tip­ton of Quan­tico, Va.; one great grand­son, Ry­der Wright; a brother, Al­bert Wright of Bro­ken Ar­row, Okla.; three sis­ters, Vicki King of Bella Vista, Ark., Nancy Stokes of Fayet­teville, Ark., and Paula Shell of Clare­more, Okla.; sev­eral nieces and neph­ews; as well as a host of other fam­ily and friends.

A Mass of Chris­tian Burial will be held on Mon­day morn­ing, Aug. 7, 2017, at 10 a.m. at Na­tiv­ity of our Lord Catholic Church in Noel, Mo., with Fa­ther Derek Swan­son of­fi­ci­at­ing. Burial with mil­i­tary hon­ors will fol­low at 2 p.m. in the Mis­souri Vet­er­ans Ceme­tery in Spring­field, Mo.

The fam­ily will re­ceive friends on Sun­day af­ter­noon from 2-4 p.m. in the Noel Chapel of the Ozark Funeral Homes. Memo­ri­als are be­ing directed to the Pineville Amer­i­can Le­gion, c/o the funeral home. On­line con­do­lences may be sent to the fam­ily through our web­site, www.ozark­fu­ner­al­home.com. Ar­range­ments are un­der the per­sonal care and di­rec­tion of the Ozark Funeral Home in Noel, Mo.

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