Obituaries

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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 — Ralph

James Lem­meyer, 67, of Bella Vista, Ark., died af­ter a strug­gle with Non-Hodgkin Lym­phoma Thurs­day, July 13, 2017, in Ben­tonville, Ark. Mr. Lem­meyer was born Oct. 9, 1949 in Cleve­land, Ohio to Earl and Chris­tine Lem­meyer.

In 1992, he mar­ried his soul­mate, Carla Grimes. He is also sur­vived by four chil­dren, Paul, Penny, Ti­mothy, and Tracey, 12 grand­chil­dren and two great-grand­chil­dren.

He was a Navy ra­dioman and served in Viet­nam. A memo­rial ser­vice will be held Aug. 11 at 10 a.m. at Bella Vista Fu­neral Home. Memo­rial do­na­tions may be made in Ralph’s name to Cir­cle of Life Hospice, 1201 NE Legacy Pkwy. Ben­tonville Ark. Ar­range­ments are by Bella Vista Fu­neral Home and Cre­ma­tory, Inc. On-line con­do­lences may be made at www.fu­neral ma­tion.com.

BEN­TONVILLE —

DeLois (Lois) M. Philpott

left this world on Fri­day, Aug. 4, 2017, to join her loved ones that have been pre­par­ing a place for her with them and our heav­enly fam­ily. Lois was born Sept. 11, 1935, in Er­bie, Ark., to Toy and Ruth Bur­dine.

They lived there un­til 1947 when they moved to Cave Springs, Ark. Lois at­tended school at Villines Chapel in Jasper, then Cen­ter Cor­ner in Low­ell and Rogers High School. Lois worked at Mun­sing­wear for 14 years from 1935–1967 when it closed, then went to work at Bear Brands for 10 years from 1967–1977 when it closed. She then went to work at CTS in Ben­tonville and worked there for 20 years form 1977–1997 at which time they also closed their doors. Af­ter this she de­cided it was time to re­tire.

She mar­ried Shirley Philpott on April 3rd, 1954 at the First Bap­tist Church in Ben­tonville, Ark. Shirley and Lois lived on the Farm in Cave Springs from 1957–1982. Shirley passed away in 1982 and in 1982 Lois moved to Ben­tonville.

Lois joined the East­ern Star in 1957 and re­ceived her 50-year pin in 2007. Lois and Shirley had a good life to­gether, in 1979 for their 25th an­niver­sary they trav­eled to Hawaii. They also had many good trips to Florida and loved the beach and fish­ing trips. Lois loved her home, but work­ing in the gar­den es­pe­cially with her flow­ers was her fa­vorite hobby. Lois was saved in 1981 and was bap­tized on April 1, 2012, at Lake View Bap­tist Church where she was a mem­ber.

Lois was pre­ceded in death by her par­ents, her hus­band of 27 years Shirley Philpott, sis­ters Betty Evans and Mary Van­der­pool.

Sur­vivors in­clude three nieces, Karen Evans of Selig­man, Mo., Carol Van­der­pool of Ben­tonville, Ark., and Paula Olden of Low­ell, Ark.; one nephew, Steve Van­der­pool of Low­ell, Ark.; four great-nieces, Re­nee Aitken of Tuc­son, Ariz., Amanda Stam­per of Pea Ridge, Ark., Sarah Olden and Sa­man­tha Olden of Low­ell, Ark.; three great-great-neph­ews, Brian Aitken and Lo­gan Aitken of Tuc­son, Ariz., and Jor­dan Muller of Pea Ridge, Ark.; and one great-great­niece, Halie Muller of Pea Ridge, Ark.

Vis­i­ta­tion and ser­vices will be held be­gin­ning at noon, Mon­day Aug. 7, at Lake­view Bap­tist Church, Cave Springs, Ark., with in­ter­ment at Ben­ton County Memo­rial Park in Rogers, Ark.

FAYET­TEVILLE — Vir­ginia Ann Fe­dosky, 87, of Fayet­teville, died Sun­day, July 30, at her home. Fu­neral ser­vices are be­ing planned for Mon­day, Aug. 21, with Her­itage Fu­neral Home and de­tails will be an­nounced.

FAYET­TEVILLE — Don­ald Kil­lough Fitzger­ald,

age 79, of Fayet­teville, Ark., passed away on Tues­day, Aug. 1, 2017, at Wil­lard Walker Hospice Home in Fayet­teville. He was born on July 9, 1938, in Fayet­teville, Ark., to Austin N. and Josephine Kil­lough Fitzger­ald.

He is sur­vived by his wife, Frances Lepine Fitzger­ald; his daugh­ter, Lynne Fitzger­ald; his son, Randy Fitzger­ald and wife Sherry; two grand­chil­dren, Austin Cole and Alexa Mor­gan Fitzger­ald; and his beloved dog, Lily.

Don at­tended Fayet­teville Pub­lic Schools. He grad­u­ated from the Univer­sity of Arkansas with a BSBA in busi­ness and a BA in ar­chi­tec­ture. He went on to grad­u­ate with an MA in ar­chi­tec­ture from the Univer­sity of New Mex­ico.

He was a li­censed ar­chi­tect in Arkansas and Florida, as well as a mem­ber of AIA. He en­joyed de­sign­ing both res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial de­signs and was an as­so­ciate bro­ker at Lind­sey and As­so­ciates in Fayet­teville. He liked build­ing and fly­ing model air­planes, snow ski­ing, oil paint­ing, was an avid Ra­zor­back and Dal­las Cow­boy fan, and held an in­stru­ment rated pi­lot li­cense.

In lieu of flow­ers, memo­ri­als may be made to Wil­lard Walker Hospice Home at 325 E. Longview St., Fayet­teville, Ark., 72703, or the Fayet­teville An­i­mal Shel­ter at 1640 S. Arm­strong, Fayet­teville, Ark., 72701, or a char­ity of choice. Cre­ma­tion was by Nel­son-Berna Fu­neral Home in Fayet­teville. A pri­vate burial will take place at a later date.

KINGSTON — Rob­bie

Rita Ficht, 78, of Kingston, died Aug. 3, 2017.

Sur­vivors: son, James G. “Jim” (Corey Russo) of South Yar­mouth, Mass.; brother, William Stepp Jr. of Huntsville, Ala.; sis­ter, Opal Wil­liams of Clarksville, Ark.

Ser­vices 11 a.m. Tues­day, Box­ley Bap­tist Church. In­ter­ment Pine Grove Ceme­tery by Bras­hears Fu­neral Home-Huntsville www. bras­hears­fu­ner­al­home.net.

PRAIRIE GROVE — Loyd

“Tom” Tay­lor Jor­dan, age 98, a res­i­dent of Prairie Grove, passed away Sat­ur­day, Aug. 5, 2017, at the Veteran’s Home in Fayet­teville. He was born June 6, 1919, in Fayet­teville, the son of Jesse Tay­lor and Anna Mae (Shearer) Jor­dan.

He served in the United States Army in Italy and North Africa dur­ing World War II and Korea. He was a mem­ber of the Prairie Grove Ma­sonic Lodge and re­tired from the United States Postal Ser­vice in 1981.

He was pre­ceded in death by wife, Lu­cille Frances Cook.

Sur­vivors in­clude five chil­dren, Linda Kel­ley and Bu­ford Hand, Karen Per­shall and hus­band Butch, Ron Jor­dan and wife Gail, Pat Prater and hus­band Dar­rell, all of Prairie Grove, Tessa Rhodes and hus­band Danny of Guthrie, Ok­la­homa; eight grand­chil­dren; 13 great-grand­chil­dren, four great-great-grand­chil­dren; and one niece Frances Lee Dock­ery.

The fam­ily will re­ceive friends Mon­day morn­ing from 9:30-10 a.m. prior to the fu­neral ser­vice.

Fu­neral ser­vice will be held 10 a.m. Mon­day, Aug. 7, 2017, at Lug­in­buel Chapel. Burial will be in the Prairie Grove Ceme­tery, there will be no grave­side ser­vice held.

In lieu of flow­ers, fam­ily re­quest memo­ri­als may be made to the Prairie Grove Li­brary.

On­line guest book, www. lug­in­buel.com.

ROGERS — Tommy Mac

Crouch, 78, passed away at Jamestown Health and Re­hab on July 31, 2017, from the ef­fects of Lewy Body De­men­tia. He was born in Hec­tor, Ark., on Sept. 29, 1938, the only son of Floyd and Susie McAlister Crouch.

Tommy was pre­ceded in death by his par­ents and older sis­ter, Sue Borgelin.

He is sur­vived by his wife of 53 years, Re­becca Harper Crouch; his only child, Carla Crouch Tate and her hus­band, Vince; and the three most beau­ti­ful, tal­ented, smart, and won­der­ful grand­daugh­ters, Ellery, Willa Rose, and Lucy, all of Rogers; two sis­ters, Linda Tucker (Sonny) and Carol Moy­ers (David) all of Ham­burg: and neph­ews, David Lyons, Mark Lyons, Ed­ward Tucker, and Michael Moy­ers.

Tommy was raised in the Freewill Bap­tist Church and be­came a Methodist as a teenager. He spent his child­hood in Hec­tor but moved to Ri­son when he was in the 11th grade, grad­u­at­ing with the Ri­son High School class of 1956. He be­gan his col­lege ca­reer at Arkansas A& M where he joined the Na­tional Guard. His for­mal ed­u­ca­tion was in­ter­rupted when his Guard Unit was called to ac­tion. Dur­ing his two years of ser­vice as a cryp­tog­ra­pher in the United States Army, he was sta­tioned at Ft. Bragg, N.C.

Af­ter re­turn­ing from the Army he moved to Ham­burg where his par­ents lived and met a strik­ing, tall, blond Home Ex­ten­sion agent, Re­becca Harper at a cafe. Within a year, he talked her into mar­riage un­der the con­di­tion that he re­turned to col­lege. They mar­ried June 8, 1963. He re­turned to A& M and grad­u­ated with a de­gree in Ac­count­ing in 1965. His grades and con­duct in col­lege greatly im­proved af­ter mar­riage.

Tommy be­gan his ac­count­ing ca­reer at Rus­sell Brown Ac­count­ing Firm in Lit­tle Rock, Ark. Af­ter a cou­ple of years, in the big city he de­cided that cor­po­rate life was not for him. In 1967 he and Becky moved to Hope, where they lived for over 30 years. Carla Re­becca Crouch was born there in 1969. As an in­de­pen­dent ac­coun­tant he took on Paul Klip­sch as a client. Within a few months, Mr. Klip­sch con­vinced Tommy that he needed to come on board as his fi­nan­cial guy and leave the ac­count­ing busi­ness be­hind. At the time of his re­tire­ment from Klip­sch and As­so­ciates, he was Vice Pres­i­dent of the com­pany, and it was the pro­ducer of the finest loud speak­ers in the world.

Af­ter leav­ing Klip­sch, he found him­self with time on his hands so he loaded his fam­ily in his Good Times van for a road trip to the east coast. While on va­ca­tion, he be­came in­ter­ested in the boom of the minia­ture golf cour­ses in re­sort ar­eas. Upon re­turn­ing to Hope, he shared his ideas with his friend, Jimmy Lester. To­gether they de­signed and built the first minia­ture golf course in Bran­son, Mo. Ga­tor Golf, Inc was born. This gave him the free­dom to use his ac­count­ing and busi­ness skills, as well as to drive a Kab­ota trac­tor. Tommy went on to build Ga­tor Golf minia­ture golf cour­ses in Pi­geon Forge, Tenn., Kis­sim­mee, Fla., Fayet­teville, Ark., Fort Smith, and Hot Springs. His fi­nal project was Ga­tor Park in Lit­tle Rock, which in­cluded go-carts and games which he ran with his nephew, Eddy.

Dur­ing the 1970s he built a swim­ming pool and ten­nis court on their land in the coun­try which their friends re­ferred to as The Crouch Com­pound. Dur­ing the sum­mers the com­pound was full of friends en­joy­ing ten­nis tour­na­ments, potlucks, swim­ming, and July 4th fire­works dis­plays. Tommy also en­joyed spend­ing times with his friends hunt­ing and fish­ing, how­ever the only deer that he ever killed was one that was at­tack­ing his friend, Ge­orge Wright. This was ac­tu­ally re­ported in the lo­cal pa­per.

Af­ter be­ing di­ag­nosed with Lewy Body De­men­tia in 2012 Tommy and Becky moved to Rogers to be closer to their daugh­ter and the grands. Due to early di­ag­no­sis, he was able to be­gin a med­i­cal reg­i­men that slowed the pro­gres­sion of LBD al­low­ing him sev­eral years of at­tend­ing the grand­daugh­ters’ ac­tiv­i­ties and per­for­mances. He also en­joyed fre­quent phone calls and vis­its from old friends.

It was Tommy’s wish to have his body do­nated for med­i­cal re­search con­cern­ing LBD. A cel­e­bra­tion of his life will be planned in the spring when his ashes are re­turned to Hec­tor. All are wel­come and Miller Lite will be served. Memo­rial con­tri­bu­tions may be made to Wal­nut Grove Ceme­tery c/o Jan­ice Mitchell, 1464 Wel­come Home Rd., Hec­tor, Ark., 72843. ROGERS — Ron­ald Dean

Dou­glas, 86, of Rogers, Ark., died on Thurs­day, Aug. 3, 2017, at Cir­cle of Life Hospice, Legacy Vil­lage, Ben­tonville, Ark.

He was born on April 30, 1931, in Wi­chita, Kan., to Joseph and Fran­cis (Gil­bert) Dou­glas.

Ron loved to fish, hunt and bowl. In fact, he bowled a 700 series be­fore he bowled a 600 series. Ron loved be­ing with his grand­chil­dren, teach­ing them to fish and swim.

Ron was pre­ceded in death by his par­ents and a son, Bret Dou­glas.

He is sur­vived by his wife, Shiela, of 58 years; chil­dren, Ron­ald J. Dou­glas and Ge­or­gia Tack­ett; grand­chil­dren, Joseph Dou­glas, Delia Goff, Leslie Tack­ett, Lacy Jo Card­well, Tay­lor Dou­glas, Trey Dou­glas; great-grand­chil­dren, Jack­son, Stephen, Is­abella, Con­ner and Zay­dyn.

Mil­i­tary Memo­rial Ser­vices will be held on Tues­day, Aug. 8, 2017, at 1 p.m. in the Fayet­teville VA Na­tional Ceme­tery, Fayet­teville, Ark.

In lieu of flow­ers, please make a do­na­tion in Ron’s name to the Cir­cle of Life Hospice, Legacy Vil­lage, 1201 NE Legacy Pkwy, Ben­tonville, Ark. 72712.

Ar­range­ments are by Bella Vista Fu­neral Home and Cre­ma­tory, Inc. On­line con­do­lences may be made at www. fu­neral­ma­tion.com.

ROGERS — Hen­ley Grace McKenna Hop­per,

in­fant daugh­ter of J.T. and Sa­van­nah Hop­per, en­tered into Heaven July 29, 2017, at Mercy in Rogers.

Hen­ley is sur­vived by her par­ents J.T. and Sa­van­nah Hop­per; brother, Eas­ton Hop­per; grand­par­ents, Guy and Donna Frix; grand­mother, Sandy Hop­per; and many ex­tended fam­ily mem­bers. Hen­ley is pre­ceded in death by her grand­fa­ther, Bob Hop­per.

Hen­ley gave us a life­time of hap­pi­ness, joy, and love dur­ing her short life and we are at peace know­ing she de­served more than this Earth could pro­vide her. Now she has it all.

Pri­vate ser­vices will be held.

Ar­range­ments have been en­trusted to Stock­daleMoody Fu­neral Ser­vices of Rogers.

ROGERS — Doris Mae Urich, of Rogers, Ark., passed away July 28, 2017. She was born Sept. 11, 1930 in Toledo, Ohio the daugh­ter of Vir­gil and Lois Turner. Her par­ents passed away in 1936 and she then lived with her grand­mother Water­field un­til 1941. When she and her sis­ter Mary went to live at Luella Cum­mings home in Toledo.

She is pre­ceded in death by her hus­band, Ben­son “Ben” Urich in 1995; her brother, Vir­gil Turner Jr. in 1984; and her sis­ter Betty Web in 1983.

Doris is sur­vived by her chil­dren: Steve Urich, Kathy Bauer, Rus­sell Urich and Suzie Allen; her grand­chil­dren, Amy, Ciera and Justin, Tabitha, Han­nah, Abi­gail, Crys­tal, Chris, Nick, Marissa; her step-grand­chil­dren; and her many great-grand­chil­dren.

Doris worked for the Wright Pat­ter­son Air Force Base, Wal-Mart, she and Ben owned and op­er­ated Cus­tom Cab­i­net Tops and she later owned Sim­ply Sten­ciled both in down­town Rogers. She en­joyed singing and sang in the church choirs and the “Toledo Choral So­ci­ety.” Doris was a mem­ber of First United Methodist Church in Rogers. She loved her fam­ily and liked to camp, swim and hike. She and her hus­band were youth fel­low­ship lead­ers for sev­eral years at their church in Ohio and taught Jr. high Sun­day school. Doris vol­un­teered at the St. Mary’s Hos­pi­tal ER, Ozark Nat­u­ral Science Cen­ter, Adult Well­ness Cen­ter and the Rogers Rid­ing Club.

Memo­rial ser­vices will be 10 a.m. Tues­day; Aug. 15, 2017 at First United Methodist Church, Rogers. Memo­rial con­tri­bu­tions to the Rogers Adult Well­ness Cen­ter. Ar­range­ments by Ben­ton County Fu­neral Home, 306. N 4th, Rogers. On­line con­do­lences to www.ben­ton­county fu­ner­al­home.com. ROGERS — Carl D.

Wal­ter, 95, of Rogers, Ark., died on Mon­day, July 31, 2017 at Cir­cle of Life Hospice, Ben­tonville, Ark.

He was born on Jan. 17, 1922, in New­ton, Kan., to Arnold Ben­jamin and Dorothy Glen­nis (Steele) Rat­zlaff. Af­ter high school, Carl worked for an oil com­pany and in 1945 en­listed in the Army and was shipped to Na­gasaki soon af­ter the bomb dropped. He served on 361st En­gi­neer­ing Bat­tal­ion, a unit that con­structed many of the air­fields in Japan.

Carl re­turned to the U.S. in Oc­to­ber 1946. He started his in­tern­ship with an un­cle do­ing shoe re­pair and in 1947 started his own shop in Hills­boro, Kan. He mar­ried Dorothy Lee Wil­son in Aug. 1949.

He re­paired shoes, tents, sad­dles and any­thing leather. He was in busi­ness 36 years. Then moved to Rogers, Ark., in 1983 and started Wal­ter Shoe Re­pair. He never re­tired un­til 2015 at 93 years old. He loved his work and loved peo­ple. He was Sun­day School Su­per­in­ten­dent of Zion Lutheran Church in Hills­boro and started Boy Scout pro­gram through Amer­i­can Le­gion and helped to build the Amer­i­can Le­gion build­ing in Hills­boro. He started the base­ball team. Carl en­joyed boat­ing, wa­ter ski­ing, fish­ing and hunt­ing.

He was pre­ceded in death by his par­ents; one grand­son, Ja­son San­ders; one sis­ter, Ester Olivit; and one brother, Harry Wal­ter.

He is sur­vived by his wife of 68 years, Dorothy; their two chil­dren: a daugh­ter, Sandy San­ders; a son, Ti­mothy (Sherry) Wal­ter; grand­chil­dren, Heather (Chuck) Chan­dler, Lind­sey (Christo­pher) Strok; great-grand­chil­dren, Rhys, Reyn, Chan­dler, Ash­lee, Joshua, Jon, Abby, Jaiden and Jor­dan Wal­ter; two sis­ters, Elsie Her­ring­ton, Dorine Hand; one brother, Clarence Wal­ter.

A Memo­rial Ser­vice will be held on Fri­day, Aug. 11, 2017, at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist church, 307 W. Elm St., Rogers, Ark., 72756. Rev. Michael L. Mat­tox will of­fi­ci­ate.

In lieu of flow­ers, do­na­tions for mem­ory stone at Cir­cle of Life Hospice, Legacy Vil­lage, 1201 NE Legacy Pkwy, Ben­tonville, Ark., 72712

Ar­range­ments are by Bella Vista Fu­neral Home & Cre­ma­tory, 2258 For­est Hills Blvd., Bella Vista, Ark. On­line con­do­lences may be made at www.fu­neral­ma­tion.com.

SPRING­DALE — Joseph

Louis “Joey” Fan­tinel, 36, of Spring­dale, died Mon­day, July 31, 2017, at his home. He was born Dec. 13, 1980, in Con­way to Jerome and the late Lynne Goucher Fan­tinel.

Joey was an Army veteran and served two de­ploy­ments in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. He was ad­mired and loved by his fam­ily and his brothers and sis­ters at arms. Joey was a proud pa­triot who loved his coun­try.

He at­tended the Univer­sity of Arkansas and was a doc­toral can­di­date for com­puter science and en­gi­neer­ing at the time of his death.

He is sur­vived by his son, Ethan Fan­tinel of Spring­dale; his father, Jerome Fan­tinel and wife Bar­bara of Tontitown; two brothers, Jerry Fan­tinel of Huntsville, Jim Fan­tinel of Rogers; and two sis­ters,

Whit­ney Fan­tinel and Me­gan Fan­tinel, both of Tontitown.

In ad­di­tion to his mother, he was pre­ceded in death by a sis­ter, Jacque Fan­tinel.

A Mass of Chris­tian Burial will be 10 a.m. Fri­day, Aug. 11, at St. Raphael Catholic Church. In­ter­ment with mil­i­tary hon­ors will be at Bluff Ceme­tery.

Memo­rial con­tri­bu­tions for his son’s ben­e­fit may be made to The Ethan Fan­tinel Memo­rial Fund in care of Sig­na­ture bank or to St. Jude Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal. fund for his son is be­ing es­tab­lished. Ar­range­ments are with Her­itage Fu­neral Home, on­line guest­book at www. her­ita­ge­ofnwa.com.

SPRING­DALE — Colin Rae Rea­gan, 73, passed away in Spring­dale, Ark., on Aug. 4. He was born Sept. 17, 1943, in Tomp­kinsville, Ky., to Clurie and Bon­nie Crop­per Rea­gan.

Colin worked as a main­te­nance and con­struc­tion spe­cial­ist. He was a de­voted hus­band and loved his fam­ily. He was a mem­ber of Gul­ley Creek Bap­tist Church in Tomp­kinsville, Ky.

He was pre­ceded in death by his par­ents; his wife, Hazel Rea­gan; and daugh­ter, Tammy Rea­gan.

Sur­vivors in­clude four sons, Robert Rea­gan and wife Bev­erly of In­di­ana, Ger­ald Rea­gan and wife Lee of Alabama, Steve Rea­gan and wife Tracey of In­di­ana, Greg Rea­gan and wife Casan­dra of In­di­ana; two brothers, Car­roll Rea­gan of Kansas and Brian Rea­gan of Ken­tucky; two sis­ters, Freida Smith of In­di­ana and Colleen Pea­zler of In­di­ana; and nu­mer­ous grand­chil­dren and great-grand­chil­dren.

Cre­ma­tion ser­vices are un­der the di­rec­tion of Sisco Fu­neral Chapel of Spring­dale, Ark.

To sign the on­line guest­book, visit www.sis­co­fu­neral. com.

AUSTIN, Tenn. — May his story never end and his mu­sic never die. Michael Ray White­ley passed away Sat­ur­day, Oct. 1, 2016, in Austin. Michael was born July 15, 1951, in Ocean­side, Calif.

He grew up call­ing the “Hogs” in Ber­ryville, Ark. But when the fam­ily moved to Jack­sonville, Fla., he didn’t miss a beat as he even­tu­ally be­came a Semi­nole. When around Michael, you be­came en­tranced with his pres­ence.

His in­tel­lect was equaled only by his hu­mor. His writ­ing took him all over the coun­try (in­clud­ing, lo­cally, at the North­west Arkansas Demo­crat-Gazette), but it was his art­fully crafted words and can­did style that drew read­ers into the jour­ney. He was a true jour­nal­ist throug­hand-through; he loved telling a story. Off the clock, he was an avid mu­sic en­thu­si­ast — al­ways singing or play­ing the trom­bone, gui­tar or pi­ano.

He was pre­ceded in death by his son, Sean White­ley; mother, Dorothy Blan­chard White­ley Hall; father, Bert White­ley; and his former wife, Bev­erly Jones White­ley Saun­ders.

Sur­vivors: His daugh­ter, Lexie White­ley Wor­ley; sonin-law, Doak Wor­ley; his sis­ter, Tif­fany White­ley Turner: and brother-in-law, Brett Turner. Ser­vice:

A memo­rial ser­vice will be held on Aug. 12, 2017, at Son’s Chapel, 5480 E. Mis­sion Blvd., Fayet­teville, Ark., 72701 from 11 a.m.–noon. Memo­ri­als:

The fam­ily cre­ated a schol­ar­ship in his honor to sup­port investigative jour­nal­ism stu­dents at Florida State Univer­sity. To do­nate on­line:give.fsu.edu/cci. Please in­clude Michael White­ley in the Trib­ute Sec­tion. By mail/ check: FSU Foun­da­tion Fund #1704/In honor of Michael White­ley, FSU Foun­da­tion, 2010 Levy Ave., Bldg. B, Tal­la­has­see, Fla., 32306.

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