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|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 was Thursday, April 27, at Grace Evangel Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to the church, 78 W Short Street, Fayetteville,
Melody Lynn Hale, 45, of Springdale, died Thursday, April 28, 2017 at her home. She was born October 17, 1971 in Fayetteville.
Melody enjoyed fishing, time in the outdoors and attending concerts. She especially loved spending time with her son.
She is survived by her son, Carter Hale of Springdale; her parents, Daryl S. and Cathy Price also of Springdale; two brothers,
including Sterling Price and wife Teddie of Bentonville; and former spouse, Zane Hale of Springdale.
A memorial service was Tuesday, May 9, at Heritage Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was private.
Phyllis Landers of Tontitown died Sunday, May 7, 2017 at her home. She was born September 22, 1940 in Artesia, New Mexico to Thomas and Alberta
Shelton Eddings. Phyllis enjoyed fishing, playing Bingo and time with her family.
She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Billy Landers; six children, Donnie Landers and wife Wanda of Huntsville, Ronnie Landers of Springdale,
Danny Landers and wife Ginger of Fayetteville, Stevie Landers and wife Lisa of Springdale, Tammy Keen and husband Mark of Tontitown, Rhonda Stark
and husband Carl of California; one brother, Ralph Eddings of Springdale; three sisters, Lilly Vincent of Elkins, Ann Jones of Tulsa, Rudean Boyd of
California; 30 grandchildren and 43 great-grandchildren.
A graveside service was Saturday, May 13, at Thornsberry Cemetery.
Murphy S. Still, 77, of Springdale, died Saturday, May 20, 2017 at Circle of Life Hospice. He was born August 1, 1930 in Freck,
Arkansas to Hovey and Mattie Lou Watts Still. Murphy moved to Washington as a young man and worked in logging. It was there
he married Wanda Williams on October 23, 1965 in Yakima. He later was a Pepsi delivery driver for a time before spending the
rest of his career as an accomplished salesman. He enjoyed playing marbles and loved a challenging game with his grandboys.
He is survived by his wife, Wanda Still; two children, Murphy D. Still and wife Jennifer, LaVonda Wright and husband Chip all of
Springdale; a brother, Clyde Still of Lead Hill; a sister, Nora Keeter of Yellville; and foru grandsons, Alex Still, Brandon Still, Hunter
Wright and Hayden Wright.
A funeral services was Tuesday, May 23, at the funeral home with burial at Elm Springs Cemetery.
Tommie Ray Cook, Sr. , 76, of Omaha, Arkansas, died Monday, May 22, 2017 in Springdale, Arkansas. He was born July 30, 1940
in Warsaw, Indiana to Clarence Ray and Fern Nicholes Cook. Tommie served in the Navy during the Korean War. He was a
member of the Fleet Reserve Association and the MOC. Tommie was also a member and Chief of Staff of the V.F.W. District
Missouri Post 11290. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and had many loyal friends.
He is survived by four children, Tammy Wise of Mincy, Missouri, Lorena Blair of Pyatt, Arkansas, Jolene Cook of Ozark, Missouri,
Tommie Cook, Jr. and wife Renee of Huntsville, Arkansas; five grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in
death by a daughter, Dovie Haggard in 2016.
A service with military honors was Thursday, May 25, at Fayetteville National Cemetery.
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 will be 11 a.m. Thursday, July 6, at the funeral home.