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Verlon Louise Polston, 76, of Springdale, died Monday, September 25, 2017. She was born May 1, 1941 in Strawberry,
Arkansas, to Claude Jackson and Harriet Pauline Drury Mullen. Verlon was a homemaker throughout her life and was devoted to
her family. She loved to sew, quilt and flower garden, and was a longtime member of Phillips Chapel Free Will Baptist Church.
Verlon is survived by Jerry Polston, her husband of nearly 61 years; four children, Tom Polston and wife Diann of Clifty, Twana
Miller and husband Russell of Evening Shade, Tonia Heckman and husband John of Sherwood, Traci Day and husband Tim of
Springdale; one brother, Carroll Mullen of Shreveport, Louisiana; two sisters, Judy Schrickhise and Jane Wallace both of New
Boston, Missouri; 19 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Terry Polston in 2007.
Funeral services were Friday, September 29, at Heritage Funeral Home Chapel.
Van Jeffrey Endacott, age 56 and longtime area resident, died Friday, September 22, 2017 in Merida, Mexico, where he had
moved to within the past year. He was born December 29, 1960 in Springdale to Dr. William and Patricia Hughes Endacott. Van
was an entrepreneur and enjoyed reading and outdoor activities including fishing, riding motorcycles and camping. He was an
animal lover and had a passion for life and adventure.
He is survived by two daughters, Megan Little and husband Bradley and their son, Raylan, of Springdale, Samantha Endacott of
Hollister, Missouri; one step-son, Michael James Tankersly of Ft. Polk, Louisiana; one brother, Tim Endacott of Huntsville; one
sister, Pamela Endacott Carter of Springdale; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his
parents, and a niece, Hillary Carter.
A memorial gathering was Tuesday, October 3, at the east pavilion at J.B. Hunt Park pavilion.
Debra Ann “Debby” Brown, 56, of Springdale, died Tuesday, September 26, 2017. She was born October 26, 1960 in Ephrata,
Washington. Debby enjoyed a good cup of coffee and watching TV. She loved spending time with her family and especially her
She is survived by her mother, Rose Coker; three children, Shawn Mills and wife Becky, Shelly Mills and husband Shawn,
Megan Brown and husband Jason Cousins; one sister, Mary Cook; two brothers, Donald Cotton and wife Annette, Melvin Cotton;
six grandchildren, Destiny Mills, Kaylie Mills, Autumn Sutton, Tye Sutton, Gregan Cousins, Trenton Cousins; and fiancé, Bobby
Smith, all of Springdale. Debby was preceded in death by two fathers, Don Cotton and Joe Coker.
A graveside service was Tuesday, October 3, at Sonora Cemetery.
Lloyd Miller Dabbs, 80, of Lowell, Arkansas, died Tuesday, October 10, 2017. He was born February 26, 1937 in Eufaula,
Oklahoma to Roy and Rosie Dunegan Dabbs. Lloyd was a devoted son, husband, and father, grandfather and great
grandfather. Lloyd had no greater love than that of his late wife, Lynn, and his three children.
Lloyd moved from Oklahoma to California in his youth and managed “The Boy’s Restaurant” in Santa Maria for over 20 years
before working as a chef until his retirement in 2007. He was a handsome, amazing singer who turned down opportunities in
country music so he could settle down with his one true love and start a family. Lloyd touched countless lives through his travels
and is a model for how all men should conduct themselves; with quiet strength, grace, love, and genuine kindness for others.
There are no words which can capture the depth to which Lloyd was loved by his family and friends. The world deserves more
men like him.
He is survived by three children, Lisa Ann Dabbs of Santa Maria, California, Lori Marie Brewster of Lowell, Lloyd E. Dabbs of
Melbourne, Florida; one sister, Lassie Smith of Eufala, Oklahoma; nine grandchildren, Kasey, Brieanna, Sabrina, Scarlett,
Ethan, Aiden, Christian, Rosario, Daniel; and three great-grandchildren.
Private memorials will be held in multiple states at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart
Association, 108 E. Sunbridge, Fayetteville, AR 72703.
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.
There will be services held at both St. Joseph, Tontitown, and the Cathedral of Saint Andrew as follows: Visitation will occur at 6
pm on Friday, November 17th at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Tontitown, AR (192 East Henri de Tonti Blvd. (Hwy. 412),
Springdale), with Rosary to follow. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 am on Saturday, November 18th at St. Joseph
with Monsignor Scott Marczuk presiding. A reception and lunch will follow.
A second visitation will occur at the Cathedral of St. Andrew in Little Rock at 7 pm on Sunday, November 19th, with Rosary to
follow. A Mass of Christian Burial will occur in Little Rock at 1 pm on Monday, November 20th at the Cathedral, with Bishop
Anthony Taylor presiding. Interment will then occur at Calvary Cemetery in Little Rock in a private ceremony.
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 will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, November 21, at Phillips Chapel Free Will Baptist Church. Interment will be at
Friendship Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made for the
building fund at the church, 3074 S. 48th St., Springdale, AR 72762.