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|Samuel Orin “Sam” Donaldson, Jr., 73, of Springdale, died Friday, March 3, 2017 at Circle of Life Hospice. He was born June
1, 1943 in Sulphur Springs, Texas to Samuel and Georgia Bryant Donaldson, Sr.
Sam was a Navy veteran and in everything he sought to do in life, he did it as unto the Lord. He enjoyed fishing, camping, time
at the beach, and getaways to Branson. He was dedicated to his family, and was humble and selfless.
Sam worked with the Longs Drug Stores in California for 25 years, then locally owned and operated Sam’s Furniture. He was
very civic-minded in the communities where he lived and worked, including his longtime, active membership with the
Springdale Chamber of Commerce.
He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Becky Donaldson; five children, Denise Donaldson of Bella Vista, Tonya Baldwin of
Springdale, Sam Donaldson, III and wife Jamie of Bossier City, Louisiana, Joe Donaldson and wife Larra of Springdale, Brandi
Isenbart and husband Cody also of Springdale; one brother, L.C. Donaldson and wife Jo; one sister, Betty Black, all of Paris,
Texas; and 13 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by brothers, Ray, Virgil and Jerry Donaldson, and a sister, Mary Smith.
Funeral services were Tuesday, March 7, at Cross Church in Springdale. Interment will be at Gentry Cemetery. Memorial
contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to Seven Hills Homeless Center.
Boby Joe “Bob” Boyd, 67, of Springdale, died Saturday, March 11, 2017 at his home. He was born November 27, 1949 in Huntsville to Earl and Alma
(Watkins) Boyd. Bob enjoyed trout fishing, gardening, football and baseball. He worked for more than 25 years for Tyson in the longhaul shop. Bob was
a member of Christ Lighthouse Church.
He is survived by his wife, Julie (Fletcher) Boyd; two children, Sarah Boyd and Matthew Boyd; and a sister, Earlene Howard and husband Jerry. He was
preceded in death by a brother, Garry Boyd.
Funeral services were Tuesday, March 14, at Heritage Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will be at Elm Springs Cemetery.
Karen LaHuntas Boen, 80, of Bentonville, died Sunday, March 12, 2017. She was born July 14, 1936 in Talala, Oklahoma to Orlin
Wade and Ruth Aline Curnutte Johnson.
Karen worked as a chef for much of her life then retired from Benton County Department of Human Services. She was a member
of Rogers American Legion Post 100 and loved to play Bingo.
She is survived by four children, Rene Smith, Laurie Peoples, William Rieken, Billy Rieken; ten grandchildren, Amy, Heather,
Sherri, Wade, Johnny, Randy, Amber, Bryant, Damian, Nik; 23 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. She was
preceded in death by her step-mother who raised her, June Violet Johnson, and a brother, Harvey Johnson.
A family celebration of her life will be at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Willard Walker Hospice Home.
Clyde “Emerson” Finn, 84, of Springdale, died Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at his home. He was born April 22, 1932 in Monett,
Missouri to Herman Vester and Ella Lucille Davis Finn. Emerson was a member of Cross Church and operated Finn’s
Automotive for many years. He, together with his wife, enjoyed traveling, boating, car shows, races, and just living a full life.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Constance Bernice “Connie” Finn in 2016, a son, Jeff Finn, and a brother, Ray Finn. He is
survived by two sisters, JoAnn Breese and husband C.F. “Nick” of Owasso, Debi Selby and husband Mayo of Siloam Springs;
several nieces and nephews; dear friends, including Teri and John Story, Ed and Louise Johnson; and his caregivers, Monica
West, Janet Poole and Margie Sizemore.
Funeral services were Friday, March 17, at Heritage Funeral Home. Private interment was at Bethel Cemetery near Monett.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
Floy VanLandingham Lawson, 96, of Fayetteville, departed this life on Monday, March 20, 2017 and is now in the arms of Jesus
and in the presence of her husband, Doug, who preceded her in 1978. She was born June 3, 1920 in Redfield, Arkansas to
Horace and Nancy VanLandingham. Floy is survived by her three children, Doug Jr. and wife Carolyn, Nancy Lawson Schmit, and
Anita Lawson Stewart and husband Ray. She has 12 beloved grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
Floy graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1942 and had distinguished careers as a teacher and in food service in
Bentonville, Springdale, and at the University of Arkansas. She is most remembered as a loving and godly woman, wife, mother,
friend, and caregiver. Her life was characterized by hard work, integrity, generosity and especially perseverance with grace and
good humor no matter what the circumstances. She cared for many relatives, friends, and strangers in her lifetime. She will be
missed but not forgotten.
A funeral service was Friday, March 24, at Cross Church Springdale. Interment will be at Fairview Memorial Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made to Cross Church or to the Willard Walker Hospice Home.
Morice Darrell Crowder, 87, of Springdale, died Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at the Willard Walker Hospice Home. He was born
February 1, 1930 in Whittier, California to Samuel Raymond and Bessie May (Proctor) Crowder.
Morice began his military career in the Merchant Marines serving as a Junior Assistant Purser. He then enlisted in the Navy and
served during the Korean War. He continued serving in the Army during the Vietnam War and worked in intelligence at the
Pentagon. He retired as a Master Sergeant. Morice received his master’s degrees in both English and as a psychological
analyst. In later years he worked with the U.S. Forest Service where he was a Job Corp youth counselor. He was a longtime
member of the Springdale American Legion Post 139.
He is survived by four children, Eric Crowder of Yucaipa, California, Gregory Crowder of Tulsa, Cynthia Rooney of Siloam Springs,
Amie Brown of Westville, Oklahoma; a sister, Dorothy Vance of California; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
A private graveside service with military honors was held at Oak Hill Cemetery in Siloam Springs.
Juanita Fay Finerty, 83, of Springdale, went to be with her Lord on Monday, March 27, 2017 at Circle of Life Hospice. She was
born May 6, 1933 in Marysville, California to Edmond and Juanita (Lipe) Shutte. Juanita loved her garden and flowers.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Dorald Finerty. She is survived by one daughter, Glenda Richards and
husband Dennis of Springdale; one sister, Helen Griffin of Springdale; two brothers, William Shutte of Coffeyville, Kansas,
Ronnie Shutte of Collinsville, Oklahoma; two granddaughters, Angie Grinder and husband Greg of Springdale, Kimberly Ward
and husband David of Elkins; four great-granddaughters, one great-great-grandson, and several nieces and nephews.
A graveside service was Friday, March 31, at Benton County Memorial Park.
Memorial contributions may be made to Circle of Life Hospice or the Lester Howick Animal Shelter of Washington County.
The family wishes to thank all of the physicians, nurses and staff that cared for Juanita throughout her last days.
Brannon Lawson Vanhook, infant son of Andrew and Lauren Vanhook, was born still on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at UAMS Medical Center in Little
Rock. Survivors also include grandparents, Jeff and Sara Reeves of Huntsville, and Jeff and Susan Vanhook of Bethel Heights.
A graveside service was Tuesday, April 4, at Friendship Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to March of Dimes, 3291 S Thompson, #101,
Springdale, AR 72764.
Jeremy Douglas Dunbar, 40, of Springdale, died Sunday, April 2, 2017 at his home. He was born July 24, 1976 in Memphis to Julian Douglas and
Pamela Dianne (Wiseman) Dunbar. In addition to his parents, he is survived by two sons, Gary Dunbar of Fayetteville, Jacob Dunbar of Siloam Springs,
and a brother, Jared Dunbar of St. Joseph, Missouri.
A memorial service was Thursday, April 6, at Robinson Avenue Church of Christ.
Roy Self, 84, of Bethel Heights, died Thursday, April 6, 0217 surrounded by family, while hospitalized for a brief illness. He was
born February 19, 1933 in Kingston to George Thomas and Millie Cleo (Smith) Self.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Wanda Faye (Robinson) Self in December, 2016. He is survived by three
children, Anita Wilson and husband Marshall, Sheila Eastep and husband Kevin, all of Springdale, Bryan Self and wife Jennifer of
Tulsa; brother, Ronnie Self and wife Doris; sister, Imogene Glenn and husband Cecil all of Springdale; ten grandchildren, Derek,
Danielle, Caroline, Emma, Claire, Ella Jane, Haley, Ethan, Brady, Tate; and six great-grandchildren, Katelynn, Madison, Harrison,
Ava, Emory and Hayden.
Funeral services were Wednesday, April 12, at Phillips Chapel Free Will Baptist Church with burial at Friendship Cemetery.
Joe H. Blakemore, 65, of Tontitown, died Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at his home. He was born February 4, 1952 in Fayetteville to James Orville and Audie
He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Reed Blakemore; four sons, David Reed of the home, Matthew Blakemore and wife Haava of Ave Maria, Florida, Sgt
FC Matt Blakemore and wife Kristen of Milton, Florida, Adam Blakemore and wife Jill of Cullman, Alabama; four daughters, Angie Jo Blakemore and
Jennifer Blakemore both of California, April Blakemore Hogan of Cullman, Alabama, Kimberly Reed Ditsworth and husband Parker of Siloam Springs;
one brother, Thomas Blakemore of Philippines; and seven grandchildren, Audelia, Conner, Shelby, Lila, Abram Joe, Luke and Ella.
A memorial service was Friday, April 14, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Arkansas Children's Hospital Foundation.
Johnnie Joseph Green, 74, of Tontitown, died Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at his home. He was born September 26, 1942 in
Fayetteville to Johnnie Christian and Josephine Lucille (Bariola) Green. Johnnie served in the Army and was a truck driver for
Jones Truck Lines for 30 years. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, and was a hard worker.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Esther Mae (Reynolds) Green on December 11, 2000, and by five infant grandchildren. He
is survived by four sons, Johnnie Joe Green and wife Tammy of Rogers, Robert Green and wife Jamie of Lowell, Jason Green and
wife Gwen of Gravette, Justin Green of Tontitown; two brothers, Bill Green of Kansas City, Kenneth Green of Tontitown; one sister,
Sondra McCurdy of Cave Springs; and eleven grandchildren, Shaylan, Colten, Makinley, Bryson, Jacob, Christian, Joshua, Taylor,
Mason, Jade and Kaden.
A Mass of Christian Burial was Tuesday, April 18, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Tontitown with burial at St. Joseph Cemetery.
Cindy Kay Barkley, 54, of Springdale, died Saturday, April 15, 2017 at Washington Regional Medical Center. She was born July
15, 1962 in Springdale to Doyle Hugh and Dorothy Lee Yarbrough White. Cindy was a beautician in St. Louis for several years
before returning to Springdale. She enjoyed the arts by seeing shows at the Walton Art Center and going to Crystal Bridges, as
well as relaxing at Beaver Lake. She also enjoyed watching birds at her feeder and the deer in the field behind her house.
In addition to her mother she is survived by her son, Michael Barkley of Springdale; sister, Beverly Clark and husband Steve also of
Springdale; and a brother, Gary White and wife Laquita of Pennsylvania. She was preceded in death by her father and a brother,
A graveside service was Thursday at Silent Grove Cemetery.
Tonya Danette Blagg, 45, of Springdale, died Monday, April 17, 2017 at her home after an extended battle with ALS Lou Gehrig’s
disease. She was born March 6, 1972 in Springdale to James and Jeanette (Swagerty) Blagg. Tonya loved country music and
making CDs of her favorite songs. She also enjoyed time with her family.
In addition to her parents, she is survived by a sister, Tryna Sinclair and husband Brian of Cave Springs; a brother, Brad Blagg and
wife Holly of Fayetteville; five nieces and nephews, Haylie, Zac, Alex, Hays, Ashlyn; and special friend, Harold Griscom of Lincoln.
A funeral service was Friday, April 21, at Heritage Funeral Home Chapel with burial be at Dixon Cemetery.
Judy Kay Ross, 63, of Farmington, died Monday, April 24, 2017 at Northwest Medical Center in Springdale. She was born April 25, 1953 in Ft. Smith to
Roger Kendall and Sylvia June Thomas Phillips. Judy lived life to the fullest and was devoted to her family and church.
She is survived by three children, Roger Skelton and wife Tracy of Farmington, Jessica Bender and husband William of Springdale, Amanda Vincek and
husband Michael of Farmington; two brothers, Rick Phillips and wife Wilma of Fayetteville, Roger Phillips, Jr. and wife Tamara of Greenland; one sister,
Cathy Stone and husband Fred of Rogers; seven grandchildren, Brian, Breana, Allie, Amber, Aveann, Christopher, Nevaeh; and one great-grandson,
Tristan. She was preceded in death by her husband, David Ross; a brother, Bob Phillips; and a sister, Phyllis McDorman.
A memorial service will be 4 p.m. Thursday, April 27, at Grace Evangel Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to the church, 78 W Short Street,
Fayetteville, AR 72701.