Betty Jo Adams
Betty Jo Adams, 90, of Gravette, died Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017.
She was born August 18, 1927, in Mora, Minn., to William Henry Hageman and Mary Elizabeth Hacker Hageman. Her family’s migration from Minnesota included stops in Iowa and Missouri before planting roots on a farm east of Maysville. Following graduation, she headed west and had a career of more than 30 years as a Los Angeles County court clerk. Upon retirement, she returned to Gravette where she shared her love of reading as a volunteer in the library, made handmade jewelry and shared her knitted creations with her family. She was an unarmed member of the NRA.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Fern Coffelt; and a brother, Lloyd Hageman.
Survivors include her brother, Murray Hageman of Wyoming.
Visitation was Sept. 22 at Callison-Lough Funeral Home in Bentonville. A graveside funeral service and interment were Sept. 22, at 1 p.m., in Oak Hill Cemetery in Siloam Springs. Arrangements were by CallisonLough Funeral Home in Bentonville.
Jeanne Francis Brinkley
Jeanne Francis (Kiowski) Brinkley, 83, formerly of Gentry, died Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, at her home in Ponca City, Okla.
She was born on July 17, 1934, in Dallas, Texas, to Eugene James Kiowski and Juanita Francis (Hurst) Kiowski. She married Gerald Dean Brinkley on March 11, 1977, in Hurst, Texas. In addition to raising a family, Jeanne helped Gerald with their cattle farm.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her son, Gary Foley.
She is survived by her husband, Gerald Dean Brinkley of Ponca City; daughter, Linda Diane Newman of Arlington, Texas; brother, John Kiowski of Allen, Texas; three grandchildren, Timothy Newman, Christopher Newman and Shane Foley; and 10 great-grandchildren, Dakoda Newman, Kylie Newman, James Newman, Justin Newman, Brandon Newman, Marissa Newman, Ashley Newman, Jennifer Newman, Paige Foley and Cade Foley.
Arrangements are by Trout Funeral Home & Crematory, Ponca City, Okla.
Larry Dale Ellis
Larry Dale Ellis, 68, of Colcord, Okla., died Sept. 21, 2017, at Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville.
He was born Oct. 8, 1948, in Siloam Springs to Frank L. Ellis and Opal Marie Allen Ellis. He was a 1966 graduate of Colcord High School. He married Louise Brown on Dec. 16, 1966, in Jay, Okla. He served in the United States Army from 1967 to 1969 with the 101st Airborne. He was a Vietnam veteran and was awarded the Army Commendation Medal and Bronze Star Medal. He graduated from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Okla., with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. He worked for the United States Postal Service in Colcord as a mail clerk and assistant postmaster. He was the minister for the Colcord Church of Christ for 45 years. He was active in the Colcord Alumni Association and was a longtime girls’ softball coach in Siloam Springs.
He was preceded in death by one son, Travis Ellis; two brothers, J.C. Ellis and Dennis Ellis; one sister, Paula Dean Ellis; and one son-in-law, Brandon Haley.
He is survived by his wife, Louise Ellis; one son, Michael Ellis and wife Missy of Colcord; two daughters, Becky Farris and husband Will of Colcord, and Angie Goucher and husband Grant of Siloam Springs; 12 grandchildren, Emily Farris, William Farris, Matthew Farris, Allison Haley, Kaitlyn Haley, Zach Haley, Meegan Ellis, Michaela Ellis, Merrick Ellis, Destiny Smith, Miracle Lawrence and Maya Lawrence; one brother, Dwaine Ellis and wife Charlotte of Jay, Okla.; three sisters-in-law, Beryl Van Dyke of Decatur, Doris Swicegood of Colcord, and Marlene Lawrence of Phoenix, Ariz.
The funeral service was Sept. 26 at Hornet Arena, Colcord, Okla., with Michael Ellis and Bruce Potter officiating. Burial followed at Dickson Cemetery, Cherokee City. Arrangements were by Wasson Funeral Home, Siloam Springs.
Loyd Sherman Goates
Loyd Sherman Goates, 79, of Gentry, died Sept. 23, 2017, at Earlene Howard Hospice Home in Springdale.
He was born on May 21, 1938, in Elm Springs, to David Thomas Goates and Penzie Merle Lott Goates. He married Joyce Hayes on March 21, 1958, in Rogers. He worked as a cattle and chicken farmer for many years. He also hauled live chickens for Peterson Industries. He was a member of the Assembly of God Church in Gentry.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, and three sisters.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce Goates of the home; two daughters, Kathy Cox of Gentry, and Pam Marlow and husband Larry of Bentonville; two sons, Jack Goates and wife Shari of Gentry, and Roger Goates and wife Lisa of Decatur; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and six brothers, Thomas Goates of Elm Springs, Elmo Goates of Elk City, Kan., Roy Goates of Wichita, Kan., Guerine Goates of Elm Springs, Willard Goates of Lowell, and Alfred Goates of Decatur.
The family will have a graveside service at Falling Springs Cemetery, near Decatur, at a later date. Arrangements are by Wasson Funeral Home, Siloam Springs.
Charlene Marie Hare
Charlene Marie Hare, 59, of Decatur, died Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, at her residence.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister.
Survivors include her husband, Jake Hare; son, Josh Hare; daughter, Shannon Hare; brother, Martin Burkhart; and a halfbrother, Leland.
Arrangements are by Epting Funeral Home of Gravette.
James ‘Philip’ Jones
James “Philip” Jones, 64, of Bella Vista, died Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, at Circle of Life Hospice in Bentonville.
He was born Nov. 14, 1952, in Tullahoma, Tenn., to Claude Jones Jr. and Rosie Mae (Miller) Jones.
Philip was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Vera; and brother, Richard.
Survivors include his wife, Susan Jones; daughter, Melissa Wallace-Jones; son, Jeff Jones; brothers, Vernon Jones and Claude Jones, both of Tennessee; sisters, Mae Bonnie of Duncanville, Texas, Jewel Salas of Dallas, Texas, and Karen and Randy Barkley of Tyler, Texas; in-laws, Joyce Barnett, and Johnny and Betty Wammack.
A memorial service was held Thursday, Sept. 21, at Word of Life Fellowship in Bentonville. Arrangements were by Epting Funeral Home of Gravette.
James ‘Jim’ Maddox
James “Jim” W. Maddox, 76, of Sulphur Springs, died Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017.
He was born Oct. 24, 1940, in Poplar Bluff, Mo., to Dena Lucille Sparkman and Deloy Floyd Maddox. He was a pastor for more than 50 years and a school teacher and guidance counselor for
30 years. He enjoyed gardening, singing, painting and talking to everyone he met.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Tom Maddox; one brother; and one sister.
He is survived by his wife, Ada Lee Maddox, whom he married Nov. 22, 1962; four sons, James “Kin” Maddox and his wife Joanna of Springdale, Kurt Maddox and his wife Dawn of Gravette, Tony Maddox and his wife Charity of Rogers, Jaymon Lee Maddox and his wife Kayla of South Carolina; two daughters, Kelley Lovelady and her husband Mike of Hot Springs, Tasha Gibson and husband of Tulsa, Okla., and Tom’s wife Brenda of El Dorado; one brother, Jack Maddox and his wife Karyl of New Mexico; one sister, Nancy Morris of New York; 30 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Visitation was Tuesday, Sept. 26, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Epting Funeral Home in Gravette, located at 209 Second Avenue SW.
The funeral service will be at Sulphur Springs United Methodist Church on Wednesday, Sept. 27, at 1 p.m. Interment will follow at Butler Creek Cemetery.
Lily Marie Murphy
Lily Marie Murphy, 18, of Gentry, died Sept. 17, 2017, at Tahlequah, Okla.
She was born April
14, 1999, in Tahlequah, to Terry Wayne Murphy and Carrie Michelle Brown Murphy. She graduated from Gentry High School in 2017, where she was a cheerleader. She was currently attending Northeastern State University in Tahlequah.
She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Don Brown.
Survivors include her parents, Terry and Carrie Murphy of Gentry; sister, Hayley Murphy of Gentry; brothers, Dylan Murphy of Gentry, and Kyle Murphy of Siloam Springs; paternal grandparents, Terry and Gayle Murphy of Gentry; maternal grandmother, Terry Marie Brown of Siloam Springs; and greatgrandmother Irene Weldon, of Gentry.
Funeral services were Thursday, Sept. 21, at First Baptist Church in Gentry. Burial followed at Gentry Cemetery in Gentry. Visitation was Sept. 21, prior to the service, at First Baptist Church, Gentry. Arrangements were by Wasson Funeral Home, Siloam Springs.