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James DeRa­mus

James DeRa­mus, 37, of Gravette, died Sept. 13, 2017.

He was born Jan. 5, 1980, to Carl and JoAnn DeRa­mus in Will­mar, Minn. He was a mem­ber of The Church on the Hill and served on the wor­ship team there. He worked for Sim­mons Foods.

He was pre­ceded in death by his fa­ther, Carl DeRa­mus.

He is sur­vived by his wife, Ashley DeRa­mus of Gravette; his daugh­ter, Luci James DeRa­mus; his sis­ters, El­lie Cox (John), Mary DeRa­mus, and Christina Brooks (Jim); his brother, David DeRa­mus; his fa­ther and mother-in-law, James and Jan Jones; brother-in­law, John Jones.

A memo­rial ser­vice was held at The Church on the Hill, Gravette, on Satur­day, Sept. 16, to cel­e­brate James’ life.

Ar­range­ments were by Bella Vista Fu­neral Home and Cre­ma­tory, Bella Vista.

LaNora Kay Sav­age

LaNora Kay Sav­age, 70, of Gen­try, died Sept. 15, 2017, at Quail Ridge Liv­ing Cen­ter, Col­cord, Okla.

She was born July 4, 1947, in El Do­rado, Kan., to Robert Allen Sikes and Bar­bara Mar­zoff Sikes. She mar­ried Michael James Sav­age Sr. on March 19, 1965. She was a man­ager for sev­eral con­ve­nience stores and was a mem­ber of Faith Alive Church.

She was pre­ceded in death by her par­ents; son, David Wiec­zorek; and sis­ter, Bob­bie.

Sur­vivors in­clude her hus­band, Michael, of the home; sons, Robert Sav­age of Gen­try, Michael Sav­age Jr and wife Christy of Siloam Springs, and Joseph Sav­age Sr. and wife Donna Miles of Gen­try; daugh­ter, LeLaura Sav­age of Gen­try; 11 grand­chil­dren; 11 great­grand­chil­dren; and brother, James Mar­lon Sikes and wife Laura of North Carolina.

A memo­rial ser­vice will be held at 2 p.m., Satur­day, Sept. 23, at Faith Alive Church, 668 High­way 59 South, Watts, Okla. Ar­range­ments are by Was­son Fu­neral Home, Siloam Springs.

John ‘Shane’ Sluyter

John “Shane” Sluyter, 53, of Ben­tonville, died Satur­day, Sept. 16, 2017.

He was born June 11, 1964, in Al­bu­querque, N.M. He was of the Chris­tian Faith and loved to pray the Lords Prayer. He was a golden gloves cham­pion and an Army post lightheavy­weight cham­pion at 178 pounds and the win­ner by way of knock­out. He had a great love for horses and won mul­ti­ple na­tional calf rop­ing cham­pi­onships. He also had a love for danc­ing, par­tic­u­larly break­danc­ing.

He was pre­ceded in death by his fa­ther, Ken­neth W. Sluyter; and his sis­ters, Pa­tri­cia and Kathy.

He is sur­vived by his wife, Joy; his chil­dren, Sa­man­tha Russo, Zac Sluyter, Tricia Roell, Jes­sica Miz­er­ski, Me­gan Sluyter, Caitlin Beck­ham, Blake Sluyter, Aubrie Sluyter, Kylee Sluyter and Mor­gan Sluyter; 15 grand­chil­dren; his mother, Pa­tri­cia Sluyter; and his sib­lings, Ron­ald Sluyter, Ken­neth Sluyter, Trella Wil­son, Kirk Sluyter, Aaron Sluyter, Charles Sluyter, Ben Sluyter and Sara Glan­ton.

The fu­neral was Sept. 19, at C7 Church, 2003 South­west Re­gional Airport Rd. Rob Wil­liams of­fi­ci­ated. Burial was at Mount Pleas­ant Ceme­tery in Hi­wasse. Ar­range­ments were by Ept­ing Fu­neral Home of Gravette.

Way­lon Glen Stracener

Way­lon Glen Stracener, 61, of Rogers, died Sun­day, Sept. 17, 2017, at his res­i­dence.

He was born Feb. 4, 1956, in Hobbs, N.M., to Ruby Marker and Ce­cil Stracener. He was em­ployed by Tyson Foods for more than 32 years, most re­cently as a groundskeeper. He loved spend­ing time with his fam­ily and friends and tak­ing walks in the out­doors and on his prop­erty. He lived in the north­west Ar­kan­sas area since 1972.

He was pre­ceded in death by his par­ents.

He is sur­vived by his wife, Dawn Stracener, whom he mar­ried Oct. 10, 1998; three sons, Vishnu Dass (Blake Mof­fitt) of Hawaii, John Reed of Gen­try, Jeff Reed and his wife Melissa of Siloam Springs; four daugh­ters, Me­lanie My­ers and her hus­band Cory of Rogers, Sarah Hunts­man and fi­ancé Aaron Allred of Garfield, Heather Holzkam­per and her hus­band Phil of Rogers, Amanda Hart­son of Rogers; two broth­ers, Vince Stracener and his wife Linda of Florida, Randy Webb of Texas; a sis­ter, Gail Has­sel­bach of Colorado; 13 grand­chil­dren; and 11 great-grand­chil­dren.

A cel­e­bra­tion of Way­lon’s life will be held Satur­day, Oct. 14, from 2 to 9 p.m. at Way­lon’s res­i­dence. Ar­range­ments are by Ept­ing Fu­neral Home of Gravette.

Thomas Dewitt Sur­face

Thomas Dewitt Sur­face, 68, of Maysville, died at his home on Wed­nes­day, Sept. 13, 2017.

He was born on the Of­futt Air Force Base near Omaha, Neb., to Ralph Haven Sur­face and Ma­bel Vi­o­let Sul­li­van Sur­face. He held var­i­ous oc­cu­pa­tions, in­clud­ing as a law-en­force­ment of­fi­cer, an oil rig rough­neck, and a dump-truck driver. He en­joyed hunt­ing, fish­ing, play­ing bas­ket­ball and watch­ing sports. He was a U.S. Navy vet­eran of the Viet­nam War Era.

He was pre­ceded in death by his par­ents; two broth­ers, David and Earnest Sur­face; and one sis­ter, Ear­lene King.

Sur­vivors in­clude his two daugh­ters, Stacy Robert­son of Gravette, and Ste­fanie Fur­row of De­catur; five grand­chil­dren, Shelby, Car­ley and Klaire Robert­son, and Zeke and Talon Fur­row.

Fu­neral ser­vice with mil­i­tary hon­ors will be held at the Fayetteville Na­tional Ceme­tery on Wed­nes­day, Sept. 20, at 2 p.m., with Bruce Pot­ter of­fi­ci­at­ing. Ar­range­ments are by Back­strom-Pyeatte Fu­neral Home of Siloam Springs.



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