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.