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|Kevin Neal Hartgrave, 47, of Lowell, died Friday, October 20, 2017 at UAMS in Little Rock. He was born November 25, 1969 in
Kevin served in the Navy during the Persian Gulf War. He had a great sense of humor and enjoyed playing golf and wood
working. Kevin loved music, watching movies and especially grilling steaks at home for date night with his wife.
He is survived by his wife, Diane (Witt) Hartgrave; a daughter, Meagan Disney and husband Anthony of Fayetteville; his mother,
Norma Curl of Springdale; a brother, Shawn Curl and wife Kristina of Springdale; and two grandchildren whom he adored,
Allyson and Jackson. He was preceded in death by his father, Art Curl, and a brother, Jeremy Curl.
Funeral services were Wednesday, October 25, at Fellowship Bible Church. Burial was private. Memorial contributions may be
made to the soon to open NWA campus of Arkansas Children’s Hospital at Arkansas Children’s Foundation, P.O. Box 2207,
Lowell, AR 72745.
Jonathan Stuart “Jon” Fitch, II, age 41, of Springdale, died Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at his home. He was born September
15, 1976 in Fayetteville to his late father, Jonathan S. Fitch, and mother, Linda Harmon Fitch Green. Jon graduated from
Springdale High School in 1976.
In addition to his mother he is survived by his dad, George Green; four sisters, Jessica Steele and husband Matt, Jenna Dickey
and husband Dave, Jill Brightwell and husband David, Jaime Green; two brothers, Jeff Fitch and wife Kari, Jared Green and wife
Stephanie; grandmother, Leona Harmon; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
A graveside service was Tuesday, October 31, at Friendship Cemetery.. Memorial contributions may be made to the Elizabeth
Richardson Center, 3917 S. Old Missouri Rd., Springdale, AR 72764.
Anne Caroline Wilson, 96, and longtime area resident, died Thursday, October 26, 2017 at Quail Ridge Living Center in Colcord. She was born March
18, 1921 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Henry James and Anna Caroline Khalbrenner Farrell.
Anne enjoyed playing and hosting Bridge parties and doing volunteer work. She was always up on the latest fashions. While living in Springdale she
was a member of St. Raphael Catholic Church.
She is survived by one daughter, Juanita Kelley and husband J.D. of Westville; six grandchildren and many great and great-grandchildren. She was
preceded in death by a son, Peter Wilson; three brothers, one sister, one grandson and one great-grandson.
A graveside service was Monday, October 30, at New Hope Cemetery in the Chewey, Oklahoma community.
Alva Lee “Sonny” Baker, 71, of Springdale, died Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at the Willard Walker Hospice Home after a battle
with liver cancer. He was born September 5, 1946 in Tahlequah, Oklahoma to Alva Eddison and Johnie Ethel (Jordan) Baker.
Alva served in the Navy during the Vietnam War and retired from Rockline Industries in 2011.
He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Lynn (Rogers) Baker of the home; one son, Richard Baker; three daughters, Kimberly Baker,
Michelle Higgins and husband Eddie, Audra Roebuck; two grandchildren, Nathan and Mikayla Higgins; three great-
grandchildren, Brantley, Waverly and Ellie Higgins; three sisters, Virginia Bowlan, Susie Parris, Linda Johnson; several nieces,
nephews and extended family including Glynn and Betty Sanders, and Yancey, Glenda, Jacob and Kaitlyn Hutchinson.
Funeral services were Friday, November 3, at the Springdale Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Interment was at
Drakes Creek Cemetery.
Willow Dawn Luker was born on Monday June 19, 2017 to parents Kendra Luker and Eric Gunn. Willow’s family was blessed to
have her on this earth for 4 months before she went to her heavenly home at 3:19 p.m. on Monday, October 30, 2017. During her
time here with us Willow touched many lives and was loved deeply by her family and friends. Though she was only in our arms
for a short while she will live in our hearts for an eternity.
Willow is survived by her parents and maternal grandparents, Kenneth and Tammi Slate of Springdale, maternal great-
grandparents, Sharon Luker of Rogers, and paternal grandparent, Elizabeth Miller of Johnson City, Tennessee; one aunt,
Cheyenne Jones of Huntsville; one uncle, Max Slate of Springdale; and several cousins and extended family. Willow was
preceded in death by her great grandfather, Johnny Luker.
A graveside service was Saturday, November 4, at Joyce Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to
Circle of Life Hospice, 901 Jones Rd., Springdale, AR 72762.
Myrtle Mae Taylor Grigg, 90, died Tuesday November 7, 2017, in Siloam Springs. She was born September 4, 1927 in Ada,
Oklahoma to Fred and Sylvia Gatlin Taylor. Myrtle worked in a factory until retirement but continued to work in her garden and
walked two miles every day until 2009. She continued taking short walks every day until suffering a stroke.
She was preceded in death by her husband Ernest Grigg in 2005. She is survived by her three children, Robert Grigg and wife
Kathy, Patricia Lindsey and husband Norman, Suzy Higgins and husband Dennis; 9 grandchildren and 15 grandchildren.
Funeral services were Saturday, November 11, at Lakeview Baptist Church. Interment was at Elm Springs Cemetery.
Father Gregory G. Hart, 59, died in Springdale, Arkansas, on Tuesday, November 14, 2017. He was born in Kennett, Missouri
March 12, 1958 to the late Edward and Christina (Kordsmeier) Hart, the fifth of six children. He attended St. Theresa Elementary
School and Catholic High School, both in Little Rock. After graduation from the University of Dallas, he was assigned to the North
American College, Rome, where he earned his Licentiate in Sacred Theology in 1985, the year after he was ordained to the
Sacred Priesthood in the Cathedral of Saint Andrew, Little Rock, on June 30, 1984.
His parochial assignments included associate pastor, St. Patrick, North Little Rock, and Saint John, Hot Springs, before being
named pastor of St. Michael, West Memphis and its Mission of Sacred Heart in Crawfordsville. He was then named pastor of St.
Peter the Fisherman in Mountain Home, and its Mission of Yellville, followed by pastor of Mary, Mother of God, Harrison. In 2010
Father Hart was named pastor of St. Joseph, Tontitown, during which time he also ministered to the Latin Mass community.
Father Hart is survived by his five brothers and sisters: Edward Hart (Kathleen) of Kansas City, MO; Thomas Hart (Jan), Melanie
Riley (Rick), Maureen Hart of Little Rock, and Christopher Hart ( Cynthia) of Alexandria, VA. Father Hart loved being part of a large
and loving extended family on both his father and mother’s sides. Surviving him are 52 first cousins and 16 nieces and
nephews. He was proud to have four godchildren. He loved being a priest, and he loved teaching, fishing, gardening, competing
at cards and board games, and laughing loudly and often with friends at family gatherings and even in quiet movie theaters. He
loved to travel, particularly on pilgrimages to the Holy Land, on the mission trail in the American Southwest, and to Shrines of Mary
throughout the world. In his own words to his brother before he died, “we are all on pilgrimages our entire lives and mine is, at
long last, finally coming to an end. The goal is in sight.” In his last days, he exuded faith, confidence, joy and anticipation that was
hard to contain. He likened his feeling to that of Christmas morning as a young boy.
Masses of Christian Burial were held both at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Tontitown on Saturday, November 18, and then at the
Cathedral of St. Andrew in Little Rock on Monday, November 20, with interment at Calvary Cemetery in Little Rock.
In lieu of flowers Father Hart requests Masses to be offered for the repose of the souls in Purgatory.
Father Greg was a faithful and loving priest for 33 years, and served the people of God well throughout. He will be missed by his
brother priests, his family and extended relatives, and those he served so well in his priestly ministry.
Cecil “Pete” Glenn, 80, of Springdale, died Friday, November 17, 2017 at his home. He was born March 8, 1937 in Prairie Grove
to Elmer and Mamie Ralston Glenn, and grew up in Farmington.
Pete invested in others and loved to build relationships. He was a longtime, active member of Phillips Chapel Free Will Baptist
Church, and enjoyed golfing and time in the outdoors. Above all he was devoted to God, his family and church.
He is survived by his wife, Imogene (Self) Glenn, whom he married April 24, 1959 in Springdale; two sons, Randy Glenn and
wife Amy, Doug Glenn and wife Kim; and four grandchildren, Caleb, Sarah, John and Rachel, all of Springdale. He was
preceded in death by three brothers, Jack, John and Robert Glenn; and four sisters, Dorothy Rosebury, Louise Arney, Wilma
Mounce and Barb Shepherd.
Funeral services were Tuesday, November 21, at Phillips Chapel Free Will Baptist Church. Interment was at Friendship
Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made for the building fund at the church, 3074 S. 48th St., Springdale, AR 72762.
Brenda Joyce Dearman, 66, of Springdale, died Monday, November 20, 2017 at Circle of Life Hospice. She was born
November 7, 1951 in Kingston to Walter Ernest and Weltha Bell White Johnson. Brenda was a member of Phillips Chapel Free
Will Baptist Church and extremely generous to people including complete strangers. The love of her life was her granddaughter.
She is survived by her husband, David Dearman, whom she married May 30, 1970; one daughter, Kacee Scott and husband
Jason, and their daughter, Olivia Belle; three sisters, Alice Spears (James) of Ft. Smith, Ora Faye Chamlee (Fred) of Tontitown,
Linda Chamlee of Springdale; and one brother, Rex Johnson (Reta) of Springdale. She was preceded in death by two brothers,
Ernest and Gerald Johnson; and two sisters, Ruth Cornelison and Betty Bond.
A funeral service was Wednesday, November 22, at Phillips Chapel Free Will Baptist Church. Interment was at Silent Grove
Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to either Circle of Life Hospice or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Joy Lucille Tackel, 82, of Lowell, died Monday, November 27, 2017 at her home. She was born March 31, 1935 in Kingston to
Richard Bird and Mary Virginia Lou (Cross) Deatherage.
She is survived by five children, John Leslie Tackel and wife Patti of Mountainburg, LaVonna Ritter and husband Mike of
Chelsea, Oklahoma, John Tackel, Jr. and former wife Tammy of Springdale, Rebecca Wilson and husband Jimmy of Centerton,
Denise Vinsant and husband Jesse of Lowell; grandchildren, Tyler, Libby, Megan, Avery, Amaya, Amy, Michael, Nick, Holly,
Joshua, Christopher, Gregory Allen, Sherrie, Gregory, Emily, Melinda, LaVonna Renea, Felicia, Jeffery, Tanner, Chase, Katie; 17
great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter, Addison Kaylee Grace Foskitt. She is also loved by many other
relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by nine siblings, Earl, Jewel, Evie, Berl, Margaret, Lilly, Bert, Vestel, Fannie; seven children, Lana,
Floyd, Kelly Jo, Charlie, Eric, Derek and Gregory Dean; and a granddaughter, Jessicca.
Funeral services were Friday, December 1, at Heritage Funeral Home Chapel. Interment was at Friendship Cemetery.
June Carolyn Neal, 85, of Springdale, died Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at the Willard Walker Hospice Home in
Fayetteville. She was born June 23, 1932 in Hugo, Oklahoma to Sherman and Ruby Holton Bean. She later moved to
Springdale where she met and married the love of her life, Warren Neal. Three children were born to this marriage. Her
daughter, Connie Long, preceded her in death, as did her husband.
She is survived by her son, Paul Neal and wife Teresa; her daughter, Carolyn Teague; grandchildren, Brenda Hornsby (Aaron),
Jason Teague (Jennifer), Amanda Sartin (Mark), Jenny Stewart (Ryan), Samantha Stillwell (Scott), and Hannah Neal;
great-grandchildren, Tucker, Delaney, Preston, Emmy, Max, Bella, Kyler, Blakely, Kadyn, Keegan and Kiyah; two sisters, Kathryn
Evans and Houstine Cooper; and several nieces and nephews.
June was a dedicated Christian and faithful prayer warrior. Her children rise up and call her blessed - Proverbs 31:27. She will
be missed greatly.
Funeral services were Saturday, December 2, at Heritage Funeral Home Chapel with burial at White Oak Cemetery.
David Glenn Collins, 65, of Springdale, died Wednesday, December 6, 2017. He was born July 16, 1952 In Fullerton, California
to Donald Glenn and Barbara Evelyn Johnston Collins. David worked in retails sales for over 30 years and umpired youth
baseball games in Springdale, Rogers and Siloam Springs. He was preceded in death by his mother in 2016.
In addition to his father, David is survived by his wife, Debbie Collins; three children, Rachael Rudolph, her husband Brandon,
and their daughter, Rylee; Stacy Carlson, her husband Ben, and their children, Jordon and Sydnee; Derrick Collins and his
son, Dace; three step-children, Jason Edwards, his wife Cassandra, and their daughters, Mary and Amanda; Sleeta Curry and
her children, Corbin, Gracie, Aiden and Madison; Kaysie Griffin, her husband Matt, and their children, Klaudia, Benton, and Lilly;
and one brother, Steve Collins, and his wife, Tara.
A private family service will be held.