Jesse Carnahan Jr.
Jesse James Carnahan Jr., 59, died Feb. 25, 2018, at his home in Jay, Okla.
He was born May 6, 1958, the son of Jessie Sr. and Edna Carnahan. He was a lifelong resident of Gravette and worked for the city of Gravette water department for many years.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Joyce Martin.
He is survived by a son, Jesse Carnahan III, of the home; two sisters, Brenda Davidson and Carol Carnahan; and two granddaughters.
A memorial service was held Saturday, March 3, at the Maysville Missionary Baptist Church. Burial was in Dow Cemetery. Arrangements were by Luginbuel Funeral Home in Jay, Okla.
Norma Lee (Long) Hendren
Norma Lee (Long) Hendren, 88, of Gravette, died in Little Rock on Wednesday, Feb. 7,
She was the daughter of Tommy and
Floy Brannon Long of Maysville. She was of the Christian faith and found great pleasure in studying the scriptures. She taught an inter-denominational, multi-generational Bible study in Gravette for many years, teaching through every book of the Bible at least three times. She was an active member of Beacon Baptist Church in Gravette and served as church treasurer. She graduated from Jay High School, Jay, Okla., in 1947, and married Julian Hendren when she was 19. She worked as a bookkeeper at the Bank of Gravett and worked alongside her husband at the Western Benton County Farmer’s Co-op and Insul-Bead Corporation for many years. She also owned and operated My Mother-In-Law’s, a country store located in Gravette in the 1980s.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 68 years, Julian Hendren; a brother, Harley Long; and two sisters, Imogene Wardlow and Yvonne Willis.
She is survived by two sons, Mike Hendren of Gravette, and Scott (June) Hendren of Little Rock; one granddaughter, Hayley Hendren of Bentonville; four grandsons, Jeff (Sundee) Hendren of Gravette, Wes (Tracy) Hendren of Sulphur Springs, Matt Hendren of Gravette, and Kyle Hendren of Little Rock; and five greatgrandchildren.
A celebration of life service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, at the temporary home of Beacon Baptist Church, Second and Main (formerly the Gravette Skating Rink), Gravette. The family will receive visitors after the service. Arrangements are by Little Rock Funeral Home, Little Rock.
Jeanne Annabelle Stieglitz Hubbard
After a short bout of pneumonia, Jeanne Annabelle Stieglitz Hubbard, 93, passed away Sunday evening, Feb. 25, 2018, at her home in Gravette, Arkansas, surrounded by family, friends and her beloved cats.
By the numbers, Jeanne was primarily an Iowan. She was born in Des Moines to Harry and Bessie Stieglitz on Oct. 19, 1924. And Iowa is where she remained for more than three decades. But Minnesota and Arkansas also played major roles in her life story.
She grew up riding her bike and learning to garden and sew from her parents. As a family, later joined by sisters Laura and Shiela, they traveled the country by car, from Tarpon Springs in Florida, to Atlantic City in New Jersey, and the Bay Area in California. She also discovered music and learned to play piano, violin, clarinet and the accordion.
After graduation from East High School, Jeanne attended Iowa State College (later Iowa State University) in Ames and earned two degrees from the University of Iowa in Iowa City. Then, with her husband, Elbert “Al” Hubbard, and three children, Michael, Harriet and Carole, she moved to Durant, not many miles from the Mississippi River that forms Iowa’s eastern border.
That’s where Jeanne switched careers from the electrical engineer she had been when she met Al until the birth of Carole, their youngest. She decided she wanted to become a teacher! Durant had an opening for one in fourthgrade, so she took it, even though fourth grade was one of the grades Jeanne had skipped in her own school career. But that did not keep her from instructing 9- and 10-yearolds for 25 years, including both Carole and Harriet.
The last 20 of those years were spent in Anoka, Minnesota, northwest of Minneapolis, with the Mississippi this time just two blocks down the street and the name of her school. Then it was on to Gravette, in extreme northwest Arkansas, for 30 years as a retiree.
Travel with three children was not Jeanne’s idea of a vacation, so trips in that era were mostly to visit her in-laws in upstate New York. However, travel as empty-nesters held a real appeal to both Jeanne and Al. Spurred by a trip she took with Harriet to England, Scotland and Wales, Jeanne talked Al into accompanying her on another trip to England. That turned into many and eventually led to excursions to France, Spain, Morocco, Panama, Gibraltar, Egypt and many points in between.
Joining organizations was also an interest Jeanne and Al shared. As a young adult, Jeanne was active in the American Association of University Women and the alumni association of her college sorority, Chi Omega. In Gravette, she was active in a quilters group, travel group and an investment club, among others. The Hubbards also often supported such organizations as the Billy V. Hall Senior Center in Gravette and the Gravette Public Library, their alma maters, the University of Iowa and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., and PBS, the home of so many of her favorite programs, from the 1960s’ “Upstairs Downstairs” to today’s “Victoria.”
Architecture was another of Jeanne’s interests. She used her knowledge of design principles such as the benefits of cross ventilation and the kitchen work triangle to modify blueprints to build houses in three of her four hometowns. Designing the kitchen for her first home, in Des Moines, won her a double-oven electric range as a prize. In the fourth hometown, Durant, she developed plans to update a 1901 grand family home left nearly untouched by its residents for 60 years.
Sewing, quilting, gardening, cooking, preserving, crafting and ceramics were other creative yet practical pursuits Jeanne perfected. (Frivolous was not in her vocabulary.) She was proud of growing broccoli, kale and kohlrabi decades before they became stars of the produce aisle.
Jeanne was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 55 years and her son.
Left to cherish her memory are her daughters, Harriet and her husband John Breuer of Cinnaminson, N.J., and Carole Hertz of Laramie, Wyo.; her grandchildren, Jennifer Thomas of San Francisco, Paul Hertz of Ames, Iowa, and Lindsey Breuer-Barnes and her husband Alan Barnes of New York City, and sisters Laura Darrah of Folsom City, Calif., and Shiela Park and her husband Richard of Carmichael, Calif., as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Gravette United Methodist Church. Memorials may be made to the Gravette Senior Center or another organization of the donor’s choice.
Arrangements are by Bella Vista Funeral Home and Crematory. Online condolences may be made at www.funeralmation. com.
Margaret Anne Lessard
Margaret Anne Lessard, 63, of Gentry, died March 3, 2018, in Fayetteville.
She was born June
5, 1954, in Wilkinsburg,
Penn., to Lawrence and Ramona (Musser) McDade. She was the owner of Write Source, LLC.
She was preceded in death by her father; and a sister, Christine McCoy.
She is survived by her mother, Ramona McDade; her daughter, Rochelle Broglen; her siblings, Larry McDade and his wife Karen, and Brent McDade and his wife Denise; two grandchildren, Maureen Broglen and Autumn Broglen; and one great-granddaughter, Alice DeLong.
A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m., Friday, March 9, at Westfield Chapel Funeral Home, Springdale. Arrangements are by Westfield Chapel Funeral Home, Springdale.
Joyce Martin, 67, of Gravette, died on Monday, Feb. 26, 2018, surrounded by family and friends at Circle of Life Hospice in Bentonville.
She was born April 4, 1950, in rural Gravette to Jessie and Edna Carnahan. She attended Gravette public school and graduated in 1968. She married James, her high school sweetheart, in November 1968. She dedicated her life to taking care of her loved ones. She operated an in-home daycare for many years and touched the lives of many children.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Edna and Jessie Carnahan; and her brother, Jesse Carnahan.
She is survived by her husband of 49 years, James of the home; a son, Eddie and daughter Misty Arment (Ken), all of Gravette; grandchildren, Tyler and Katlynn Martin and Hannah, Hayden, Hailey and Hillary Harris; two sisters, Carol Carnahan and Brenda ( Jerry) Davidson.
A memorial service was held Friday, March 2, at Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church in Gravette.
Arrangements are by Bella Vista Funeral Home in Bella Vista.
Peggy Sue Odle
Peggy Sue Odle, 80, of Gentry, died on Feb. 24, 2018, at Siloam Springs Regional Hospital, Siloam Springs.
She was born Oct. 22, 1937, in Gentry, to Bill Guthrie and Ruby Strand Guthrie. She married Nick Odle on July 23, 1955, in Gentry. They lived in Porter, Texas, for 10 years before returning to Benton County. She worked as a dental hygienist. She was a member of the Gentry United Methodist Church and attended the Gentry Senior Center regularly.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Nick; and daughter, Terry Jackson.
She is survived by a granddaughter, Holly Hill of Gentry; brother, John Guthrie of Van Buren; and sister, Shirley Hinton of Bainbridge Island, Wash.
A celebration of her life will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, March 17, at Gentry United Methodist Church. Arrangements are by Wasson Funeral Home, Siloam Springs.
Clinton E. Poulter
Clinton E. Poulter, 84, of Independence, Mo., died Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in a Kansas City hospital.
He was born June 23, 1933, the son of Victor A. Poulter and Ruth Hickam Poulter, in Rich Hill, Mo. He moved to Gravette in December 1970, and lived there 16 years. He was owner of the Western Auto store (later Tru-Value) in Gravette, an elder in the First Christian Church in Gravette, a Mason and a veteran of the Korean War.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife, Billy, of the home; brother, Victor A. Poulter of Raytown, Mo.; son, David Poulter and wife Ginny, of Gravette; daughter, Brenda Brubaker and husband Jeff of Cartersville, Ga.; stepchildren, Stephanie Parker and Mike Resch, both of Independence, Mo.; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 11, at the Church on the Hill in Gravette. A second memorial service will be held March 24 at Heartland Cremation in Raytown, Mo. Cremation was by Heartland Cremation and Burial Society.