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|Bryson “Grady” Welch, 10, of Springdale, died Sunday, May 13, 2018 at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock. He was born
August 22, 2007 in Crestview, Florida. Grady was a 4th grade student at Shaw Elementary School.
Grady was a one of a kind person. He either liked you or he didn’t. If he did, his smile would melt your heart and his eyes would
twinkle with love. Everyone who came in contact with him would take away the knowledge that he was something special. Grady
did things Grady’s way. He was a challenge to all the medical staff at ACH where he was a lifelong patient. He did nothing by the
book. Grady always had a smile for everyone. He showed so much love through his smile and always wanted to cuddle.
He is survived by his mother, Andrea Lampe-Welch; his father, Kenneth Welch; one brother, Dawson Welch of the family home;
one sister, Brooklyn Welch of Defuniak Springs, Florida; grandparents, Andrew and Alice Lampe, Howard and Rebecca Welch;
and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Grady’s Celebration to Heaven was Wednesday, May 16, at Shaw Elementary School with a funeral service Thursday at St. Joseph
Catholic Church in Tontitown. Memorial contributions may be made to either the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Arkansas Children’
s Hospital or the Ronald McDonald House.
This is not a time of sorrow but a celebration of a special little boy that God sent down to earth to brighten and touch everyone he
met. He enjoyed life to the fullest.
Roy Donald Chapman, Jr., 70, of Cave Springs, died Tuesday, June 5, 2018 in Tulsa. He was born June 6, 1947 in Lincoln,
Nebraska to Roy Donald, Sr. and Gladys Lillian (Volz) Chapman. Roy loved talking and laughing with people and was an HVAC
repairman throughout his life.
He is survived by his wife, Billie (Sams) Chapman; four children, Toby Chapman of Panama, Nebraska, Tammy Chapman of
Anderson, Missouri, Diantha Randall and husband Jimmy of Cave Springs, Melissa Alverson of Bentonville; one brother, Leon
Chapman and wife Cindy of Norfolk, Nebraska; five grandchildren, Cody Chapman, Kayla Chapman, Kelsi Chapman, Westley
Randall, McKenna Johnson; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Kennedee Johnson.
A funeral was Friday, June 8, at Heritage Funeral Home Chapel. Interment was at Goad Springs Cemetery.
Wesley Edward Stevenson, 37, of Cave Springs, passed from this life of June 3, 2018. Wesley was born October 27, 1980 in
Monterey park California to Edward Gene Stevenson and Peggie Lyn (Johnston) Stevenson-Miller.
Wesley was proceeded in death by his father, his maternal grandparents, Alton and Bernice Johnston, and His paternal
grandfather Charles Stevenson. He is survived by his wife Mary Lynn Stevenson; two children, Logan Scott Stevenson, Megan
Nicole Stevenson; his mother Peggie Lyn Stevenson-Miller and her husband John; paternal grandmother Carroll Stevenson; a
sister Jeniece Marie Drake and husband James; a step-brother, Stephen Miller; and a nephew Landen James Edward Drake.
Wesley was a great mechanic and was willing to work on and learn everything he could about the vehicle he was fixing. He loved
to cook, work and play on his computers. He also loved to go for rides on his motorcycle. Wes loved helping anybody and
everybody that he could. He loves his family and friends.
A graveside service was Monday, June 11, at Hickory Creek Cemetery.
Sylvia Lynn Isley, 58, of Harrison, died Thursday, June 7, 2018. She was born June 22, 1959 in Springdale to the late Dale
Addison and Virginia Lee Stewart Vaughan. Sylvia was in car sales most of her life, she was a Baptist and always had a beautiful
smile. Her grandchildren were the light of her life and she loved them with all her heart.
She is survived by a daughter, Brooke Nichole Smith; three grandchildren, Amber, Timmy, Colton; two sisters, Beverly
Clinkscales (Larry), Marsha Vaughan; three brothers, Pete Vaughan, Johnny Vaughan (Lesa), Steve Vaughan (Vicki); and many
nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by brothers and sisters, Dale Edward Vaughan, Bonnie Arnold, Brenda Graves, Mike Vaughan,
Charles Ross Vaughan and Melissa Vaughan.
A graveside service was Saturday, June 16, at Morriss Cemetery in Hindsville with Pastor Bill Williams officiating.
Marty Wilfred Brown, 54, of Springdale, died June 13, 2018 in Springdale. He was born July 7, 1963 to Wilford Edmund and Helen Fay Carroll Brown.
Marty is survived by his wife, Janice Loretha Brown; one son, Derek Mounce and wife of Springdale; two daughters, Brittany Brown of Springdale, Cindi
Mounce-Green and husband of Fayetteville; and one sister, Barbara Madewell of Springdale. He was blessed with many grandchildren and extended
family. A memorial service was Saturday, June 16.
Joseph Woodfred Smith, 90, of Springdale, died Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at his home. He was born January 12, 1928 in
Monticello to James William and Rachael Beasley Smith, the youngest of 17 children.
Joseph served in the Navy during WWII. He owned and operated J.W. Smith Television in Pine Bluff for over 40 years. He was an
avid golfer and above all he was devoted to his family.
He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Mae (Massanelli) Smith whom he married June 9, 1949; three children, Marty Smith and wife
Kathy of Houston, Texas, Marsha Johnson and husband Randy of Springdale, Jay Smith and wife Mira of McLean, Virginia; three
grandchildren, Christopher Smith and wife Nicole, Sarah Smith, Savannah Smith; one great-grandchild, Matthew Joseph Smith;
and several nieces and nephews. Joseph was preceded in death by his siblings and a grandson, Matthew Smith.
A funeral mass was Wednesday, June 20, at St. Raphael Catholic Church in Springdale with interment at Fayetteville National
Cemetery with military honors. Memorial contributions may be made to Circle of Life Hospice.
Jerry Ausburn, of Springdale, was born in Carrollton, Kentucky on February 2, 1941, and passed away June 13, 2018 with family
by his side. He served in the Air Force and was a successful store manager for Walmart. He later opened his own business,
Auvan Business Brokers. Jerry loved time at the lake and was happiest traveling with his wife, Joanne, of 55 years. Above all he
was a dedicated and caring father and husband.
He was preceded in death by two sons, Michael Ausburn and Shawn Ausburn, and his parents. In addition to his beloved wife,
he is survived by two daughters, Mystina Cox and husband Alan, Monica Wilkens; two grandsons, Connor Cox and Tyler Wilkens;
a sister Donna Driver and husband Jerry; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were Saturday, June 16, at Heritage Funeral Home Chapel with interment at St. Joseph Cemetery. Memorial
contributions may be made to Circle of Life Hospice.
Russell Loren “Russ” Killen, 60, of Springdale, died Monday, June 18, 2018 at Circle of Life Hospice. He was born January 26,
1958 in Hobbs, New Mexico to Horace Ward Killen and Thelma (Myer) Killen Norman. Russ enjoyed working on his Mustang and
he loved Nascar. He was the type of person that would give anyone the shirt off his back and he could always find humor in
anything but, above all was a devoted father, grandfather and friend.
He is survived by his daughter, Lisa Garcia; adopted son, Jonathan Killen; three grandchildren, Jhonatan Garcia, Victoria Garcia,
Christian Garcia; two brothers, Harlan and Tom King; one sister, Judy Welch; and best friend and mother of his children, Julie
Kalinowski and many friends that he called family. Russ was preceded in death by his parents, stepfather, William "Bill" Norman
and a brother, Steven King.
A memorial service was Friday, June 22, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Circle of Life Hospice.
James Thomas Johnson, Jr., 80, of Sallisaw, Oklahoma, died Sunday, June 17, 2018 at his home. He was born July 29, 1937 in
Cotter, Arkansas to James Thomas, Sr. and Cora Walton Johnson. He was a truck driver and operated his own service station,
but above all was loved by all and devoted to the care of his family.
He is survived by his wife, Hazel; four sons, Rick Johnson, Dean Johnson, Danny Johnson, Robert Johnson(Cindy); two brothers,
Roy Johnson (Shirley), Carl Wayne Johnson (Evelyn); three sisters, Karen Hill (Matt), Mary Jones (Jerry), Faye Lewis (Bernard);
nine grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by three sisters and four brothers.
Services were Thursday, June 21, at Heritage Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Hickory Creek Cemetery.
Charles Edward Shumate, age 91, passed peacefully from this life to his Heavenly home on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at the
Earlene Howard Hospice Home in Springdale. Charles was born August 27, 1926, in Webb City, Missouri to John Bryan and
Versa Carter Shumate. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, James Shumate, and a sister, Virginia Brown.
He married Ann Lorene Crain on August 8, 1948 at the Church of Christ in Rogers, and they enjoyed a long life together of 70
years. Charles spent most of his life in Northwest Arkansas, namely Fayetteville, Lowell, and Springdale. He graduated from
Springdale High School in 1944, where he lettered in all sports and received the American Legion School Award. Shortly after
graduation, WWII was in progress, and he enlisted in the Army Air Corp where he was stationed at several U.S. air bases until the
war ended. Upon returning home he was employed by the United States Postal Service where he worked for the next 40 years as
both a city and rural letter carrier.
In 1948, Charles became a Christian, attending the South Thompson St. and Robinson Ave. Church of Christ. He served many
years as a deacon, Bible school teacher, and an elder. He was the elder in charge of Missions for several years, and made
mission trips to New Jersey, and Trinidad during those years. The church also sponsored missionaries in France at one time
and he and his wife were able to visit that work in 1986.
In 1960 Charles and Ann moved to an 8-acre farm north of Springdale. Here they raised their three sons, and had an Angus cattle
operation. They leased 100 acres right behind their farm (now J.B. Hunt Park and the Rabbit Foot Lodge property) to run the cattle.
After retirement, Charles favorite activity was traveling with Ann, usually in their motor homes, to every state in the Union, most of
Canadian Provinces, and most of the National Parks in the United States. They also traveled one summer for a month in Europe,
and visited 13 countries.
He is survived by his wife, Ann; three sons, Randy Shumate (Kathy) of Springdale, Ken Shumate (Barbara) of Houston, Texas,
Kevin Shumate (Jana) of Tahlequah, Oklahoma; seven grandchildren, Aaron Shumate (Vicki), Jonah Shumate (Kelly), Noah
Shumate (Sarah), Julie Long (Loren), Betsy Dillman (Craig), Riley Shumate (Lisa), Brady Shumate (Brooklyn); thirteen
great-grandchildren, Rachel, Elise, Julia, and Philip Shumate, Kate and Owen Shumate, Kellen, Charlie, Aubrey and Sonia Long,
Hope and Joel Dillman, and Ruth Shumate; one brother, Bennie Shumate of Lamar, Colorado; two nieces, Sue Wood, and Kay
Adams; and two nephews, Charles Lee Brown and Jim Shumate.
Services were Saturday, June 23, at Robinson Avenue Church of Christ. Burial was at Elm Springs Cemetery. In lieu of flowers
please consider a memorial contribution to either Truth for Today, c/o Robinson Avenue Church of Christ, or Circle of Life Hospice
where he so lovingly was cared for.
Kahlyn Ryleigh Crowe, 9, of Springdale, died Sunday, June 17, 2018. She was born November 7, 2009 in Fayetteville. Kahlyn
was a very good artist, loved animals, and was a student at Walker Elementary. She hoped to be a veterinarian when she grew
She is survived by her mother, Sabrina (Butcher) Clark and husband Nathaniel; her father, Levi Crowe; two sisters, Brooklynn
and Madelynn; grandparents, Renee Duffy, Mike Duffy, James Butcher and wife Crystal, Brenda Bowers and husband William,
Vernon Crowe and wife Maria; great-grandparents, Donna Lockman, Lorraine Reese, Joyce Lawhorn, Raymond Crowe, Barbara
Bowers; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
A memorial service was Monday, June 25, at Word of Life Bentonville.
Mildred Lillian Christman, 88, of Hindsville, died Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at her home. She was born August 3, 1929 in Polson,
Montana to Jacob and Gertrude Breckman Jesser. Mildred loved to sing to the Lord. She was a lifelong Southern Baptist and
attended church in Goshen. Mildred enjoyed farming with her husband and hunting and camping together.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Kenneth “Kenny” Christman in 2004, a son, Benjamin Jacob
Christman, and a granddaughter, Kelsey Marie Goheen.
She is survived by five children, Larry Christman and wife Patti, Rick Christman and wife Renee, Janet Gosvener and husband
Buz, Joyce Sisemore and husband Billy, Nick Christman and wife Michele; 21 grandchildren, Jason, Heath, Clint, Hannah, Kyle,
Josh, Kaila, Michelle, Brandon, Kenny, Levi, Tyler, Abby, River, Gentry, Kolby, Darren, Staci, Candace, Danielle, Morgan; and 28
Funeral services were Saturday, July 14, at First Southern Baptist Church in Goshen. Memorial contributions may be made to
Gideon’s International, P.O. Box 8181, Springdale, AR 72766.
Kenneth Orval Pennel, 93, of Springdale, died Monday, July 9, 2018 at his daughter’s home in Vanleer, Tennessee. He was
born November 18, 1924 in Morrow to Elber Garfield and Lela Ann Abshier Pennel, the youngest of eight children. Kenneth was
a faithful Christian and attended Robinson Avenue Church of Christ.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Jean (Daniel) Pennel in 2014, and a great-grandson, Timmy Pennell. He is
survived by two children, Don Pennell and wife Johnny of Springdale, Sandy Jaro and husband Eddie of Vanleer; six
grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 24, at Heritage Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will be at Baptist Ford Cemetery.