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FAR MINGTON — Janet Anita Birdsong, passed away Aug. 6. She was born April 25, 1944, in Little Rock, Ark., daughter of late Lloyd and Rhuey Palmer Cathy. Survivors include husband Luther Birdsong, children Gene Stuart Birdsong, Charles Lyndell Cathy (Amie), three grandchildren. Visitation 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, funeral 11:30 a.m. Olmstead Funeral Home, Heber Springs, Ark. www.olmstead.cc. FAYETTEVILLE —
Lottie Smith Stubbs, age 98, of Fayetteville, passed away on Aug. 6, 2017, at Will a rd Wa l ker Hospice Home in Fayetteville. She was born in Lonoke County, Ark., on Jan. 25, 1919, the daughter of Burrel Richard Smith and Edith Williams Smith of Ward, Ark.
Lottie was the oldest of 12 siblings. She was raised on a rural farm and as the oldest child she assisted her parents with the other children. She was greatly respected by her siblings throughout her long life for all of the things she did for them as their big sister.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 57 years, Willie, a career military veteran who served proudly in World War II and Korea. Willie, a resident of Atkins, had been mobilized with the Dardanelle National Guard in the fall of 1940. He was a sergeant and served in the Aleutian Islands, Alaska, defending the West coast during World War II.
While Willie was on leave from the military he met and later married Lottie on Dec. 24, 1944, in Phoenix City, Ala. He was transferred to Germany in February 1945 and served in the European Theater until the end of the war. He returned home on the Queen Elizabeth in October 1945 to his wife and son, Richard.
Willie re-entered the military and served during the Korean Conflict beginning in September 1951 and was transferred to Okinawa, Japan, in December 1951. Lottie and their two sons, Richard and David were able to join Willie in Okinawa. The family lived in Heidelberg, Germany, and Garmisch, Germany, during later assignments by the military.
After Willie’s military retirement on Jan. 1, 1965, the family moved to Little Rock. Lottie was a professional educator and retired from the Little Rock School District in the 1970s. She was a lifelong servant of Christ and taught a bible study course in her home for many years. She never wavered in her faith, even after becoming ill with Alzheimer’s. She would often say, “We need to go to church.” Her memory was challenged but she could still sing the old hymns she learned as a child.
She is survived by her son Richard, his wife, Dawn, and their children, Mark and Kara, and her son David, his wife, Maxine, and their children Shanna and Scott and four great– grandchildren, Jase, Avery, Weston and Maci.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday, Aug. 8 at Griffin- Leggett Funeral Home, 5800 W. 12th Street, Little Rock from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Services will be on Wednesday, Aug. 9 at Lemley Funeral Home, 1401 N. Church Street in Atkins at 1 p.m. Burial will follow at the Atkins Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests gifts to Willard Walker Hospice Home, 325 E. Longview Street, Fayetteville, Ark., 72703. Please visit www. griffinleggetthealeyroth.com.
GRAVETTE — Ruby Sharon Shook, 73, of Gravette passed away Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017. She was born Nov. 9, 1943, in Rogers to (( the late)) Grant and Maude Etter Keenen. For nearly 50 years she was the loving wife of Ronald Shook who preceded her in 2014.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was also preceded by two sisters, Eudora Bugg and Faith West and four brothers, Lee, Kenny, Edwin and Gerald Keenen. Nothing brought her as much joy as time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren, but she loved gardening and birdwatching. She had a deep love for her Lord and was a long-time member of Monte Ne Baptist Church in Rogers.
Survivors include her daughter, Kelly Williams (Don) of Gravette; son, Brian Shook (Shawna) of Gentry; two sisters, Annie Carlile and Irene Powell, both of Centerton; a brother, Marvin Keenen of Little Flock; three grandchildren, Brian Shook Jr., Dakota and Dalton Williams.
Visitation will be tomorrow, Wednesday, Aug. 9 from 5-7 p.m. in the Chapel of Rollins Funeral Home in Rogers. Interment will be Thursday, 11 a.m. in Rogers Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to American Lung Association, Donation Processing Center, P.O. Box 7000, Albert Lea, Minn., 56007-8001, www.lung.org.
“The Lord will accomplish all that concerns me.” Psalms 138:8. Arrangements are under the care of Rollins Funeral Home in Rogers. www. RollinsFuneral.com. GRAVETTE — Charolette Gean Traxel, 72, of Gravette, Ark., died on Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017, at Ozark Community Hospital in Gravette, Ark. She was born on March 1, 1945, in Gravette, Ark., to Howard Lee and Lavenia Agnes (Brandon) Todd.
She was a lifelong area resident and member of the First Assembly of God Church in Gravette. She loved making quilts and spending time with family.
She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Jack Traxel of Gravette; daughter, Tammy (Collin) Claunch of Bentonville, Ark.; son, Randy (Kandi) Traxel of Bella Vista, Ark.; daughter Mechell Mitchell of Gravette, Ark.; sister, Ida Bates of Gravette, Ark.; seven grandchildren, Kenzie, Kaylee, Keyanna, Tyffani, Heather, Kimberlin and Jonathan; two great- grandchildren, Evelyn and Emilia.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, from 5 until 7 p.m. at the Bella Vista Funeral Home Chapel, 2258 Forest Hills Blvd., Bella Vista, Ark., 72715. Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. at First Assembly of God Church, 1108 St. NW, Gravette, Ark., 72736. Pastor Jack Deaton will officiate. Burial will be in the Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.funeralmation.com.
PRAIRIE GROVE — Connie Jean Phillips, age 65, a resident of Prairie Grove, passed away Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017, at her home. She was born July 28, 1952, in Iowa City, Iowa, the daughter of Leo and Betty (Pata) Detert.
Connie was an active member of the National Association of Women in Construction for 13 years, she was a hardworking woman as well as a devoted wife, loving mother and grandmother and sister. She enjoyed camping with family and working in her flower garden.
She was preceded in death by her parents and two grandsons, Tristin and Gunnar Molz. Survivors include her husband, Wayne Phillips; four daughters, Carrie Cummings and husband Jerry of Rison, Ark., Wendy Parnell and husband Brian of Prairie Grove, Samantha Molz and husband Michael of Lincoln and Randi Phillips of Prairie Grove; three sisters, Susie Molz of Prairie Grove, Cherry Cronin and husband Jim of Blackwell, Okla., and Diane Cowell of New Hampton, Iowa; one brother, Butch Detert and wife Betty of Tiffin, Iowa; seven grandchildren, Lance Parnell, Hunter Pierce, Spencer Parnell, Brandy Molz, Makinsey Parnell, Cami Phillips and Winter Molz.
The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 6-7 p.m. at Luginbuel Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, at Luginbuel Chapel in Prairie Grove. Burial will be in the Prairie Grove Cemetery. Online guest book, www.luginbuel.com. 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. He served in the U.S. Navy for 26 years. After his Naval service, he retired from Boeing Aircraft. 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. He also enjoyed watching “The Price is Right.”
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 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. Online condolences may be made at www.funeralmation.com.
TULSA, Okla. — Funeral services for Ray Willis, 74, of Tulsa will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, at 10 a.m. at Cowboy Gatherin’ Church in Inola. Visitation will be held on Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Stephens-Key Chapel in Pryor. Services are entrusted to Stephens-Key Funeral and Cremation Care.
Gerald Ray Willis was born March 8, 1943, to Marvin John and Zora (Chitwood) Willis in Pryor, Okla. He departed this life on Aug. 4, 2017, at his home in Tulsa at the age of 74 years, 4 months and 27 days.
Ray grew up and attended school in Pryor graduating with the class of 1961. In mid-1970 he moved from Pryor to West Tulsa. He married DeLania Wilson in 1988. She preceded him in death in February 2013. Ray worked as a cable splicer for several years at Industrial Splicing in Tulsa before retiring in 2010. He was an honorary member of the Springdale, Arkansas FFA and was very active in the organizations rodeo clowning. He attended church at Cowboy Gatherin’ in Inola.
Ray was a very skilled horseman; he loved breaking and training horses. He also loved riding broncs and pasture roping. He was a spirited person who loved to tease and have fun. He was always playing practical jokes, especially with his caribou horn and loaded cigarettes. Ray loved horses and loved his family more than anything. He was a true cowboy and a great man that will be missed by all who loved him.
He is survived by his five children, Kellie Willis Stuckey and husband Dennis of Beggs, T. Raylene Rogers and husband Jimmy of Beggs, Kelli Moore and husband Jerry of Nowata, Rachael Leonard of Oakhurst and Teri Fowler of Muskogee; 10 grandchildren; seven great- grandchildren; one sister Lucille McAnelly of Edmond and two brothers, Bill Willis and wife Viva of Pryor and Dale Willis and wife Shelly of Pryor. He is preceded in death by his parents, Marvin and Zora and his wife DeLania.
In lieu of traditional remembrances, the family requests that donations be made to the Cowboy Gatherin’ Wildfire Relief Victims in memory of Ray. Please send donations to P.O. Box 563, Pryor, Okla., 74362.