Obit­u­ar­ies

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - OBITUARIES -

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.

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.

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