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Mary Kampe Browne, 99, of Fayetteville, died Sunday, August 20, 2017 at her home. She was born February 19, 1918 in New
York City to Charles and Dora Penfound Kampe. Mary had a zest for life. She retired as the assistant director of nursing at San
Francisco General Hospital. She loved caring for her patients and had an amazing bed-side manner.
She was preceded in death by two sisters, Florence Doherty and Dorathy Sather, and a brother, Ed Kampe. Survivors include two
grandsons, Seth Smart of Tigard, Oregon, Shane Smart of Australia; three nieces, Patty Unseld and Ginger Amaral both of
Fayetteville, Dorathy Dejno of Pine Island, Minnesota; one nephew, Eddie Sather of Livermore, Colorado; a brother-in-law, Joseph
Doherty of Fayetteville; and several great nieces and nephews including Savannah, Chelsea, Kirra, Drake, Eric, Dione, Devon,
Hayden, Kaesen and Finn.
A memorial service was Friday, August 25, at Heritage Funeral Home Chapel.
Florian Chua Higgins, 48, of Rogers, died Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at Willard Walker Hospice Home in Fayetteville. She
was born May 4, 1969 in the Philippines to Benito and Eugenia Silvano Chua. Florian was a very giving person who was always
helping with fundraisers and volunteer work. She enjoyed cooking, reading and her work as a paralegal. Florian also worked
part time at the Rogers Public Library.
Florian is survived by her husband, Aaron Higgins, and son, Mason, both of the family home; four brothers, Vicente Silvano,
Gildegardez Chua and Abito Silvano, all of the Philippines, Pio Chua of McAllen, Texas; and one sister, Leonora Silvano, of the
Philippines. She was preceded in death by a young sister.
A memorial service was Friday, September 1, at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Rogers.
Former Bentonville Mayor, Robert "Steve" Bertschy of Bella Vista, Arkansas, passed away Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at the
age of 66. Steve was the first baby born in Bentonville in 1951 on January 2 to Louis Ivan and Mary Lou Boren Bertschy. He is
survived by his wife of 47 years, Cassandra “Sandy” Bertschy; daughter, Stephanie Disheroon, and son-in-law, Matt, of Bella
Vista; son, Robert R. Bertschy, and daughter-in-law, Brook Bertschy, of Charleston, South Carolina; grandchildren, Regan and
Allison Disheroon, of Bella Vista, and twins, Robert Owen and Emma Royce Bertschy, of Charleston; three brothers, David and
wife Jill; Tony and wife Terri; Tim Bertschy; and one sister, Kathy Bertschy Samples; and a large extended family. Steve's family
was the most important thing in life to him.
Steve's maternal and paternal grandparents raised their children in and around Bentonville. Steve's paternal grandparents,
Louis and Narcy Bertschy, owned a farm that is now under Lake Windsor. His maternal grandparents, Curtis and Della Boren,
were owners and editors of the Bentonville newspaper, The Benton County Democrat.
Not only was Steve a graduate of Bentonville High School, both of his parents, his wife, his daughter, his son, and currently two of
his grandchildren attended Bentonville Schools. Steve loved the Bentonville School district and passed that love on to his family.
Steve's love for football and politics were nurtured by the schools as he became an All-District and All-State tackle for the
Bentonville Tiger football team. He played in the East-West All-Star game at War Memorial Stadium. He got his first taste of
politics when he was chosen to attend Arkansas Boys State.
He received a football scholarship to Coffeyville Community College in Kansas and went on to graduate from the University of
Arkansas with a Bachelor of Science in Education degree.
Steve's early career was with the Arkansas Department of Corrections where he served as a parole officer, assistant warden of
the Cummins Unit, and warden of the Northwest Arkansas Work Release Center.
He was elected Mayor of Bentonville on April 22, 1986, and served until January, 1991. After his terms as Mayor, he went to work
for Wal-Mart where he served for twenty-two years before a cancer complications forced his retirement in 2015.
Throughout his life, he was involved with the community he loved so well. He served on the Bentonville School Board, was
President of the Bentonville Little League, President of Bentonville Youth Soccer and has been affiliated with multiple other
A celebration of his life was 10 a.m. Thursday, September 7, at First Baptist, Bentonville, with the Rev. Robert Cupp officiating.
In lieu of flowers, please support Healing Gardens of Northwest Arkansas in memory of Steve.
Dorthy Ann Drain, 81, of Fayetteville, died Thursday, September 14, 2017 at Willard Walker Hospice in Fayetteville. She was born
January 19, 1936 in LeRoy, Kansas to Walter and Grace Parker Wolford. Dorthy was devoted to the care of her family. She loved
to sing, play the piano, listen to gospel music and enjoyed playing cards.
She is survived by four daughters, Shyla Head and Rebecca Annis both of Fayetteville. Rhonda Bunch of Elkins, Penny GrayEagle
of Oklahoma City; one brother, J.R. Wolford; two sisters, Nellie Wynne and Doris Sumpter all of Topeka, Kansas; 12
grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, James
Henry Drain; a daughter, Cindy Cole; and two grandchildren, Brandi Renee Cole and Shane Thompson.
A memorial service was Monday, September 18, at Heritage Funeral Home Chapel.
Betty I. Warner, 88, of Rogers, Arkansas, died Thursday, September 21, 2017. She was born November 23, 1928 in
Indianapolis, Indiana, to Robert and Mattie Belle Johnson Hagans. Betty was a longtime Indianapolis resident and devoted to
her husband and children.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Warner, Jr., in 2002. She is survived by two children, Ken Warner, III of
Rogers, Karen Pitman and husband Tony of Indianapolis; one brother, Donald Hagans also of Indianapolis; several grand and
great-grandchildren; her “adopted son”, Thai Le and his family; and her extended family and friends at Ken’s Auction Gallery.
A graveside service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, September 26, at Memorial Park Cemetery in Indianapolis.
Kathryn Yvonne “Kathy” Mayhue, of Fayetteville, died Wednesday, September 20, 2017 near Mountain View. She was born May
24, 1960 in Cleburne, Texas. Kathy was an adventurous and respected nature photographer capturing the beauty of the world
through her lens. She also enjoyed time in the outdoors including hiking and fishing. She was very involved with events at
Hobbs State Park and was a founding member of the Friends of Hobbs. She was dedicated to her family. She was a loving wife,
mother, daughter, sister, and friend. Above all she loved and followed Jesus. She lived by the standard of “if what you see by the
eye doesn’t please you, then close your eyes and see from your heart because the heart can see beauty and love more than the
eyes could ever wonder.”
Kathy is survived by her husband, David Mayhue, of the home; one son, Jonathon Mayhue and wife Amanda, and their children,
Magnus and Atticus, of Västerås, Sweden; her parents Roger and Beulah Marvin of Springdale; and two sisters, Bonita Harding
of O’Brien, Oregon, and Laura Nave of Springdale.
A funeral services was Thursday, at the Hobbs State Park Visitor’s Center. Burial was at Bluff Cemetery . In lieu of flowers,
memorial contributions may be made to her son and daughter-in-law's ministry in Sweden via their website www.
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.
Emma Hall Walker, 100, of Springdale, died Friday, September 22, 2017 at Circle of Life Hospice. She was born October 11, 1916 in Pioche, Nevada,
the first child of Harold Elias and Lucy Truman Hall. Emma met Glen Walker in Fallon, Nevada in 1934 and they married later that year on December 31.
They were blessed with three children and lived in Fallon, Lovelock and Eureka, Nevada. They moved to the Brush Creek community near Springdale in
1946. Emma was an accomplished china painter and enjoyed teaching others. She also enjoyed doing genealogical work.
She was preceded in death by her husband on November 19, 1994; four brothers, Chancel, Elwood, Welburn, an unnamed infant; two sisters, Jewal
Buys, Janice Telford; and a grandson, Brent Hall Arthurs.
Emma is survived by her children, Edward Glen Walker, Mildred Rae Young and husband Charles, Barbara Ann Arthurs and husband Harold; three
sisters, Wilma Aebischer and husband Bennet, Malinda Bagnell and husband Erwin, Mary “Mickey” Harmon; 10 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren
and 22 great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were Friday, September 29, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints with burial at be at Elm Springs Cemetery.
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.