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Roberta Ella Kirkland, 78, of Springdale, died Saturday, June 3, 2017.  She was born April 8, 1939 in Balch, Arkansas, to William
Edward “Buck” and Cora Ann (Milam) Jenner.  Roberta had the heart of a servant. She enjoyed cooking and keeping her home
tidy.  She was devoted to her family and loved doting on her grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Allen “Sonny” Kirkland, Sr. in 2009, and by three brothers and two sisters.
She is survived by four children, John Allen Kirkland, Jr. and wife Dawn of Springdale, Brenda Watson and husband Donnie of
Hindsville, David Kirkland and wife Crystal of Springdale, Kristina Parr and husband Mike of Batesville; one brother, Therlo Jenner
of Michigan City, Indiana; three sisters, Geraldine Vyzcindiak of Forrest City, Ernestine Taylor of Yorktown, Indiana, Carolyn Jenner
of Michigan City, Indiana; 16 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were Wednesday, June 7, at
Faith Assembly of God.  Interment was at Friendship Cemetery.
Merle Cole, 86, of Springdale, died Friday, June 2, 2017 at Willard Walker Hospice Home in Fayetteville.  She was born September
29, 1930 in the Weathers community to William Jefferson and Cordelia Snow McFarland Eaton.  Merle enjoyed company.  Her
door was always open and the coffee pot always on.  She was devoted to her Christian faith, her family, and church.
She is survived by a daughter, Barbara Bowen and husband Harold of Springdale; a son, Rick Cole also of Springdale; three
grandchildren, Shelly Sanders and husband Scotty, Mark Bowen and wife Dawnna, Lyndsey Froud and husband Dean; seven
great-grandchildren, MacKenzie, Kyler, Kamryn, Maeleigh, Klayton, Hudson, Emmary; in-laws, Orabell, J.C., Jesse, Clifford; and
several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Otis “Johnny” Cole in 2000, a son-in-love, Bernard Eaton; three brothers, Oris,
Vernon, Earl; and three sisters, Dorothy, Dovie and Eula.
Funeral services were Tuesday, June 6, at
Calvary Free Will Baptist Church.  Interment was at Old Bethel Cemetery in Red Star.
Clarence Baker, 93, longtime area resident, died Sunday, June 4, 2017 at home in Pineville, Missouri.  He was born October 31,
1923 in Springdale.  Clarence served in the Army during WWII and was honored with a Purple Heart.  He was a member of Harbor
of Praise in Bella Vista.
He was preceded in death by two wives, Verla (Bowlin) Baker and Annis (Sizemore) Baker; a son, Danny Baker, and the parents
who raised him, Fannie and Lee Whittle.  He is survived by 11 children, Judy Foulk and husband Darrell, Gordon Baker and wife
Susie, Veda Lahr and husband Joe, Johnny Baker and wife Darlene, Doris George and husband Ricky, Brenda Freeman and
husband Lawrence, Terry Baker and wife Arlena, Gary Baker, Larry Meeks, Tina Duncan and husband David, Jeannie Fiori and
husband Mark; 25 grandchildren, 52 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were Friday, June 9, at
Mercy and Grace Cathedral.  Interment with military honors was at Burkshed Cemetery.
Doris Ruth McDonner, 83, of Springdale, died Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at her home.  She was born October 21, 1933 in Winslow to
Walter Clay and Kizzie Pense Henson.  Doris loved the Lord and attending Upper Smyrna Pentecostal Church.  She enjoyed
being with children and was a very strong woman.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Glenda Gayle Henson, two sisters and one brother.  She is survived by six children,
Vicki Doss of Fayetteville, William Henson and wife Sharon of Farmington, James McDonner of Alexandria, Virginia, Wally
McDonner and wife Brenda of Farmington, Ronnie McDonner of Goodman, Missouri, Teddy McDonner of Springdale; two
brothers, Hoyt Henson of Winslow, Walace “Pee Wee” Henson of Fayetteville; one sister, Carol Chapel of Fayetteville; 12
grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and 8 great-great-grandchildren.
A graveside service was Saturday, June 10, at
Sunset Cemetery.
Jace Powell Post, infant son of Colby and Maegen Post of Cave Springs, was born still on Saturday, June 17, 2017 at Mercy Hospital in Rogers.  In
addition to his parents, he is survived by three siblings, Laney, Presley, Colt; grandparents, Kenneth and Tammy Post and Dudley and Cheri Gideon all
of Springdale; great-grandparents, Virginia Post of Ft. Smith, Nolan and Judith Branscom of Arkoma, Gene and Judy Harrop of Springdale, Johnny and
Danelle Carpenter also of Springdale; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Services will be private.  Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers. For account information please contact Kenneth Post or Cheri Gideon.
Jamie Don Farmer, 62, of Springdale, died Wednesday, June 21, 2017.  He was born November 19, 1954 in Sikeston, Missouri to
Theron Joe and Tempy Jene Thomas Farmer.  Jamie enjoyed hunting, fishing, and time outdoors.  He was always busy and
worked for Tyson and Cargill for many years.  He loved his family, music, playing the guitar and his dog, Roady.
He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Margie, and his number one son, Chris, of Springdale; two sisters, Linda McCarver of
Springdale, Faye Hamblen of Farmington; and two brothers, Garrett Farmer of Springdale, and Ricky Farmer of Bentonville.  He
was preceded in death by three sisters, Virginia Vowel, Betty Kincaid, Helen Joan Farmer; and one brother, Jerry Farmer.
A graveside service was Tuesday, June 27, at
Friendship Cemetery.
Anna Florence McGinnis, 67, of Springdale, died Thursday, June 23, 2017 at her home.  She was born February 13, 1950 in Nob
Hill to Eulis Orin and Ethel Christine Bilderback Smith.  Anna was an active member of Church of Truth.  She was always busy
and a very hard worker.  She enjoyed doing yard work and especially weed-eating.  She loved her dogs and was devoted to the
care of her family.
She is survived by her husband, Charles Edward “C.E.” McGinnis whom she married February 16, 1968; four children, Dean
McGinnis and wife Pam of Goshen, Edward McGinnis and wife Amanda of Ozark, Wesley McGinnis of Springdale, Lena McGinnis
of Fayetteville; five brothers, Earl Smith, Gary Smith, Gearld Smith, Bobby Smith, Pokey Smith; four sisters, Virginia Kettner,
Wanda Walker, Brenda Smith, Melissa Phipps; 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.  Anna was preceded in death by
two brothers, Vernon and Cecil Smith.
Funeral services were Monday, June 26, at
Ray of Hope Church in Nob Hill.  Interment was at Sonora Cemetery.
Darla Marie Shackelford, 61, of Prairie Grove, died Monday, June 26, 2017 at Circle of Life Hospice in Springdale.  She was born
March 18, 1956 in Woodland, California to Clarnece Henry “Shorty” and Dorothy Opal Fullerton Krug.  Darla loved to sing, write
songs and play the guitar.  She enjoyed cooking, traveling, and the years she worked as a waitress.
She is survived by her husband, Jerry; two daughters, LaShonda Piper, Anna Holloway; two step-sons, Jason and John
Shackelford; one sister, Brenda Krug; three brothers, Terry, Tony and Jerry Krug; seven grandchildren and three step-grandchildren.
A celebration of Darla’s life was Thursday, July 6, at the funeral home.
Ronald “Bruce” Daniel, 69, of Springdale, died Thursday, June 29, 2017 at his home.  He was born September 10, 1947 in Hot
Springs to John and Hazel Ravan Daniel.
Bruce was an HVAC and refrigeration technician specialist for many years with York and later retired from Northwest Controls.  He
enjoyed gardening, working his farm and tinkering.  He was a talented craftsman and was always making improvements to his
place.  Bruce was above all a thoughtful man who saw to the needs of others.
He is survived by his wife, Laura; five children, Jill Vosburg and husband Caleb of San Angelo, Texas, Amanda Wheeler and
husband Steven of Springdale, Melanie Johnson and husband D.J. of Fayetteville, Emily Daniel of the home, Steve Gibson and
wife Jennie of Bentonville; one sister, Beth McGowan of Bastrop, Texas; one brother, Robert Daniel of San Antonio, Texas; and
eight grandchildren, Seth Vosburg, Toby Vosburg, Rheagan Vosburg, Robert Murphy, William Wheeler, Caleb Wheeler, Jack
Johnson and Xander Gibson.  He was preceded in death by a brother, Johnny Daniel.
A celebration of his life and pot luck
was Saturday, July 22, at Revival Tabernacle in Springdale.
Emma Dolores “Dee” Bailey, 71, of Rogers, died Saturday, July 1, 2017 at her home.  She was born July 22, 1945 in Bentonville to
Sidney Andrew “Buster” and Ruby Arvilla Williams Oliver.  Dee had a love for the outdoors, wildlife and cats.
She is survived by her husband of the home; two children, Pam Thoene and husband Brian of Coleridge, Nebraska, Sam Eck and
wife Rhonda of Thomas, Oklahoma; a step-daughter, Shalon Dunlap of Woodward, Oklahoma; one sister, Mary DeShields; one
brother, Charles Oliver; 12 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by a brother, Robert “Yogi” Oliver.
A memorial gathering was Friday, July 14, at the funeral home.
Lillian Janice “Jan” Clyne, 80, of Fayetteville, died Saturday, July 15, 2017 at the Willard Walker Hospice Home.  She was born
October 21, 1936 in Astego, New York to Richard and Elizabeth Bemis Fassett.
Jan enjoyed reading, playing cards with friends, music, and fly fishing with her late husband.  She retired as a supervisor with
the Colorado Department of Motor Vehicles in Estes Park, Colorado.  She was a member of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in
Springdale, Arkansas, and was actively involved for over 30 years with Al-Anon.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Orin Clyne.  She is survived by two sons, Brian Clyne and wife Tammy of
Folsom, California, Bradley Clyne and wife Angela of Fayetteville; one sister, Rose Epting of Oakdale, California; seven
grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, July 29, at
St. Thomas Episcopal Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made
to St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Springdale, AR.
Erwin Q. Iles, Jr., 72, of Springdale, passed away Sunday, July 16, 2017 at Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville.  He was born June 2,
1945 on the Choctaw Nation Indian Reservation near Talihina, Oklahoma.
Erwin and Pamela Carr met on a blind date in 1970 and were married 8 days later. They moved to Eureka Springs, Arkansas, where he worked as an
artist and was a founding member of the Eureka Springs Guild of Artists and Craftspeople. As an epileptic, Erwin was especially proud to have one of his
sculptures featured in New York at an event sponsored by the Epilepsy Foundation. He was devoted to his family and had a lifelong love of music. He was
a loving grandfather and never turned down a piece of Sarah’s homemade chocolate cake.
In addition to his wife he is survived by two children, Chris Iles of Los Gatos, California, Sarah Kamm and husband Hans of Springdale, and four
grandchildren, Chris, Ava, Sophia and James.
A celebration of Erwin’s life was Saturday, July 22, at his daughter's home in Springdale.
Kyla “Pebbles” Smith Alexander, 46, of Huntsville, died Friday, July 21, at Countryside Assisted Living where she was a resident
for 3 years.  She was born December 12, 1970 in Huntsville to Kathleen Griggs Smith Bass. She was raised in Rogers but often
stayed with her grandparents, Freeman and Ruth Griggs, in Huntsville during her childhood.
In 2007, Pebbles was diagnosed with peripheral artery disease (PAD). A year later she suffered cardiac arrest resulting in anoxic
brain damage and long-term disability. Before moving into assisted living, Pebbles lived at home under the care of her devoted
mother until her passing in 2013, and then with her sister, Regina Morris. In June she was diagnosed with adenocarcinoma.
After operating her home-based daycare for several years, she worked as a buyer’s assistant for ladies apparel at Walmart;
previously, she was a clerk for the Benton County Revenue Office.  She had fun riding motorcycles, cruising in hot rods, listening
to rock and metal music, and spending good times with family and friends. She enjoyed doing all types of crafts, especially
painting (painting anything and everything), adult coloring, sticker art, and creating floral wreaths. She played a mean hand of
computer solitaire and obsessed over jigsaw puzzles. She loved sunflowers and collected sunflower knickknacks. Her favorite
color was yellow.  Soon after her PAD diagnosis, she modeled for AY Magazine to promote “Go Red for Women,” a campaign to
increase awareness of heart disease in women. A Christian, Pebbles was baptized at the First Baptist Church of Bentonville on
August 17, 1986.  Recently, she was ministered by Matt McBride at Countryside.
She will be remembered for her infectious smile, optimism, and sense of humor. She delighted in giving unexpected, funny one-
line quips. She was enduring, encouraging, and gracious; her life evolved into extraordinary lessons of love and humility.
She was preceded in death by her mother and grandparents. She is survived by two sisters, Regina Morris and husband Isaiah
of Farmington, Tammy Mata and husband Billy of Haslet, Texas; one son, Tanner Alexander of Fayetteville; one daughter, Tiffani
Leimberg of Rogers; one granddaughter, Addison Leimberg; and nieces and nephews, Skyler, Hailey, Aaliyah, Ethan, and Liberty.
The family expresses gratitude to the staff of Countryside Assisted Living for their compassionate care while Pebbles was a
resident, especially during her final months. This includes Dr. Ivan Box, Tara Box, Lenora Riedel, Audrey, Cassie, Donna,
Heather, Jeanette, Kara, Kim, Lorna, Nurse Tina, Pam, Red, Shelley, Sue, Tamera, and countless others. Thank you with all of
our hearts.
A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 26, at Heritage Funeral Home Chapel in Springdale. Family and friends will
have an opportunity to tell Pebbles stories during the service.