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|THOMAS LEE "TOMMY" WORTHY
Thomas Lee “Tommy” Worthy, 59, of Springdale passed away Monday, January 20, 2014. He was born August 25, 1954, in
Springdale to Dr. Carrol and Ora Vay Pennington Worthy. Tommy was the bass player for the First Praise Team at First United
Methodist Church in Springdale for over 15 years. He was an avid marathon runner and enjoyed spending time in the outdoors. He
was often found enjoying early morning runs with his closest friends.
Survivors include his high school sweetheart and wife, Vivian Worthy, whom he married November 1, 1974 in Springdale; two sons,
Joshua Worthy and wife Jennifer, Daniel Worthy and wife Amanda; mother, Ora Vay Worthy; two sisters, Glenda Roddey of Springdale
and Terry Worthy of Baton Rouge; and two granddaughters, Ellison and Lillian.
A memorial service was Thursday, January 23, 2014, at First United Methodist Church in Springdale. Memorial contributions may be
made to the church.
Willis Keith Sterling, 51, of Lowell, died Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at his home. He was born January 2, 1963 in
Jacksonville, Arkansas. Keith enjoyed playing golf and spending time in Louisiana with extended family. He loved
football and was a New Orleans Saints and Notre Dame fan.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Lola (Eddy) Sterling. He is survived by three sons, Kurt Sterling and wife
Fre’She’, and Kyle Sterling all of Little Rock, Kory Sterling of Springdale; a sister, Sandra Vennerbeck and husband
Steve of Rogers; and former spouse, Yvonne Sterling of Little Rock.
A private family service is planned. Memorial contributions may be made to the Benton County Humane Society.
Carl Edward “Ed” Abbott, Jr., 63, of Springdale, died Monday, January 27, 2014. He was born June 20, 1950 in
Parkview, Kansas to Carl Edward and Helen Jewel Frederick Abbott, Sr.
Ed was a devoted band teacher throughout his life. Ed received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Arkansas Tech
University and his Masters in Music Education from the University of Arkansas. He was the Director of Bands at
Central Junior High School in Springdale, where his bands received 26 consecutive Sweepstakes awards. On five
different occasions his bands were named the Outstanding Junior High School Band at the Worlds of Fun playing
contest in Kansas City. In 1982 Ed was selected for the prestigious ASBDA Stanbury Award for Young Band
Director in Arkansas, as well as the South Central United States. In 1986 he was named an "Outstanding Young
Man of America". Ed is a charter member of the Arkansas Bandmasters Association and served as its President in
1988. That same organization awarded him the Arkansas Bandmaster of the Year Award in 2002. He has served
extensively as a clinician and adjudicator in Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Arkansas. He retired after 29 years
and taught private lessons in Northwest Arkansas, Alma and Fort Smith. For 15 years, he journeyed with the
Arkansas marching Razorbacks.
He is survived by his wife, Linda (Sharp) Abbot of the home whom he married December 19, 1981 in Springdale; a
daughter, Ashleigh Michalik and husband Zach, and their children, Clirissa and Hannah all of Springdale; a brother,
Gary Abbott of Stanley, Kansas; and four sisters, Linda Marenic of Canastota, New York, Debbie Daily of Ft. Smith,
Karen Beeks of Farmington, and Amy Smith of Fayetteville.
A funeral service were Friday, January 31, at Cross Church in Springdale. Interment was at Bluff Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Janzen-Tollette Band Award for summer band camp scholarships.
DARREN EUGENE CRAWFORD
Darren Eugene Crawford, 44, of Bella Vista went to be with his Lord on January 30, 2014 at his home. He was born
November 13, 1969 in San Diego, California to Robert Eugene and Shirley Jean (Cook) Crawford.
Darren had the opportunity to live on two islands. In Okinawa he developed a lifelong love for the martial arts, and
graduated from high school in Bermuda. He overcame brain cancer at 18 months of age and lived a very
courageous and brave life through many reoccurrences and other related health problems. He invested his life
serving others including the One-2-One ministry at Fellowship Bible Church and at Samaritan House. He was a
passionate fan of JBU basketball and also enjoyed Razorback baseball and Rogers Mounties football. Darren was
a generous and loving individual. He was known for his unique sense of humor which he carried to the very end.
He was recently preceded in death by his Aunt Alice Cook and his beloved cat Gracie.
In addition to his parents he is survived by three sisters, Robin Beckman and husband Tom of Rancho Santa
Margarita, California, Jamie Davidson of Reno, Nevada, Traci Rohde and husband Drew of Raymore, Missouri and
13 nieces and nephews including Cassandra, Joshua, Zachary, Benjamin, Jesse, Andrew, Micah, and Rachel.
A celebration service was Sunday, February 9, at Fellowship Bible Church of NWA. Memorial contributions may be
made to Samaritan Community Center, P.O. Box 939, Rogers, AR 72757.
WALLACE EARL "DEE" DeHART
Wallace Earl “Dee” DeHart, 74 of Springdale, died Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at Northwest Medical Center in
Springdale. He was born May 1, 1939 in Poughkeepsie, New York to Wallace Earl and Loretta Carroll DeHart, Sr.
Dee was devoted to his family and enjoyed vintage car shows.
He is survived by his wife, Audrey (Merritt) Dehart, of Springdale, whom he married May 30, 1991 at the V.F.W. in
Poughkeepsie; a daughter, Kathy Bocchino and husband, Brian of Springdale; two sisters, Joan Lane of Florida,
Sandy O’Hara of Poughkeepsie; five grandchildren, Brian Bocchino, Justin Bocchino, Jessica Dickey and husband
Daniel all of Springdale, Dezeray DeHart and Brittany DeHart both of Florida; two great grandchildren, Adalae and
Oliver Dickey; several nieces and nephews including Mickey Starzyk, Terry O’Connor, Allen Starzyk, Vinnie and
Cheryl DeHart who held a special place in his heart; and brother-in-law and best friend, Howard Merritt, Sr. of
Private family services will be at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society.
MARY ELIZABETH ROSS
Mary Elizabeth Ross, 99, of Fayetteville, died Sunday, February 9, 2014 at her home. She was born September 13, 1914 in Holyoke,
Massachusetts to Arthur and Mary Lucy Snow Simpson. Mary was a longtime Huntsville resident and was a nurse at the Huntsville
Hospital for 40 years. She enjoyed puzzles, reading, gardening and time in the outdoors.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Marston Ross, two sons, Billy and Doug Ross, and a brother, Robert Simpson. She is
survived by a daughter, Janet Reynolds and husband Jim of Sunnyvale, California; four grandchildren, John Ross and wife Rocio of
Fayetteville, Lisa Huff of Springdale, Allison Kosyak and husband Oleg of Albany California, Britteney Reynolds of Sunnyvale, California;
and four great grandchildren.
No services are planned. Memorial contributions may be made to Circle of Life Hospice.
JOSEPH RAY "JOE" FULLER
Joseph Ray “Joe” Fuller, 26, of Springdale, died Friday, February 14, 2014 at Northwest Medical Center in
Springdale. He was born November 5, 1987 in Fayetteville. Joe enjoyed music, hunting, and playing video games.
He was preceded in death by grandparents, Alice Smith, Billy Smith and Gerald Fuller.
He is survived by his wife, Tiffany (Myers) Fuller, whom he married February 16, 2012 in Springdale; three children,
Alexis Chandler, April Chandler and Stihl Fuller; his parents, Tammy and Garland Smith of Hindsville; a brother,
Johnathon Fuller of Springdale; grandparents, Bobby Smith of Fayetteville, Inez Fuller of Springdale, Jerry Smith of
Nob Hill; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Funeral services were Friday, February 21, at The Well. Interment was at Sonora Cemetery.
JOE CLYDE PACK
Joe Clyde Pack, 61, of Springdale, died Monday, February 17, 2014 at Circle of Life Hospice. He was born February
23, 1952 in Springdale to Loren and JoAnna Robinson Clark. Joe was devoted to his family, a hard worker, and a
sincere gentleman. He was a member of Christian Life Cathedral and the Elks Lodge. He enjoyed playing golf
and was a Razorback fan.
He is survived by his wife, Gail (Davis) Pack; four children, Brannon Pack and wife Milah of Tontitown, Aliah Medley
of Fayetteville, Audra Medley of Elkins, Andrew Medley of San Antonio, Texas; and five grandchildren, Destiny,
Jordan, Haila, Bryce Clyde and Charli Jo.
A memorial service was Saturday, February 22, at Heritage Funeral Home Chapel. Inurnment was at Spring Creek
Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cathedral Chapel Fund, in care of Christian Life Cathedral,
1285 Millsap Road, Fayetteville, AR 72703.
BOBBY JOE "BOB" MAYES
Bobby Joe “Bob” Mayes, 88, of Fayetteville, died Friday, February 28, 2014, at the Willard Walker Hospice Home.
He was born May 25, 1925 in Fayetteville to John and Rachel Kathryn Raney Mayes. Bob served in the Navy during
World War II. He attended Baptist churches and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a mechanic throughout his
life operating together with his brother, Richard, Mayes Auto Service, and later working with his son.
He was preceded in death by three brothers and one sister.He is survived by his son, John “Marlin” Mayes and wife
Patty of Fayetteville; four granddaughters, Niki Frogg and husband Brian, Chrissy Cuzick and husband Shane of
Lincoln, Jamie Wood and husband Cody of Fayetteville, Kimber Kiersey and husband Aaron of Coffeyville, Kansas;
and eight great grandchildren, Paul, Destinee, Kassidy, Logan, Kennadie, Edyn, Colt and Luke.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Friday, March 7, at Mission Boulevard Baptist Church. Interment will be at Fairview
Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the church.
WILL ROGERS JEFFERY
Will Rogers Jeffery, 78, of Huntsville, died March 2, 2014 at Meadowview Nursing Home in Huntsville, where he had
been a resident for the past 8 years after suffering a stroke in 2004. He was born August 10, 1935 in Izard County
to Henry Eugene and Ruby Long Jeffery.
Will served in the Air Force for four years during the Korean War. He retired from the Soil Conservation Service in
1986 after 30 years of service, and again after 10 years with the Arkansas Health Department. His hobbies
included antique cars, fishing and playing the guitar. He also enjoyed visiting with the many friends he made in
Madison County over the past 45 years.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Mary Lee Wright Jeffery of Huntsville; three children, Gary Jeffery and wife
Jennifer of Springdale, Karen Cannon and husband Tom Huntsville, Kenneth Jeffery and wife Cathy of Russellville;
two grandchildren, Kristen Jeffery of Fayetteville and Justin Jeffery of Russellville. He also had many brothers,
sisters, nieces and nephews in the Batesville, Ark. area.
According to his wishes, he will be cremated and the ashes scattered by his wife and children with no funeral