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| RICHARD C. LONG
Richard C. Long, 88, of Johnson, died Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at his home. He was born November 1, 1925 in
Sioux City, Iowa, the son of Dr. Ralph and Scenana (Jones) Long.
Richard moved to Sutherland, Iowa with his family when he was two years old where he attended high school
graduating in 1943. He then enlisted in the Army during WWII and served most of his time in Europe. After the war
he attended Iowa State College in Ames from 1946 to 1950 and majored in engineering. While in college Richard
met and married his wife, Peg. After college he worked in several different areas for the Department of Defense and
retired in 1991. He and Peg then moved to Johnson, Arkansas. Richard served as mayor of Johnson from 1995 to
December of 2006. He then retired from political life and enjoyed full time retirement with his wife until her untimely
death in 2008. Richard was active in church activities, advanced computer work and traveling. He loved his dog and
He is survived by two children, Linda Laue and husband Paul of Springdale, Steven Long and wife Mary of
Woodstock, Georgia; six grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
A memorial was Saturday, September 6, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Memorial contributions may be made
to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.
LEWIS COLLINS NEAL
Lewis Collins Neal, 82, of Springdale, went to be with his Lord on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at Willard Walker
Hospice Home in Fayetteville. He was born March 18, 1932 in Springdale to Henry and Betty Angel Neal.
Lewis served four year in the Air Force. He was very involved with coaching his sons’ ball teams and supporting
their interests. He retired from Prudential Insurance and later from Springdale Public Schools Transportation
Department. Lewis loved the Lord and was called to ministry at a young age, and pastored nine small country
Missionary Baptist churches over the years. He was a member of Cross Church in Springdale. He was devoted to
his family and has left each of them a comforting legacy.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Warren Neal.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Mary Lorene (Lockhart) Neal; two sons, Rick Neal and wife Diane of
Farmington, Danny Neal and wife Kathy of Rogers; 12 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-
Funeral services were Friday, September 12, at Cross Church with interment at White Oak Cemetery. Memorial
contributions may be made to Willard Walker Hospice Home.
TERESA ANN BRIGGS
Teresa Ann Briggs, 48, of Springdale, died Thursday, September 25, 2014 at Northwest Medical Center. She was born December 18,
1965 in Springdale, the daughter of Don and Nina Ceola Moody. Teresa loved animals and spending time at the family hunting cabin.
She enjoyed helping others.
She was preceded in death by her son, Ricky Briggs in 2008, and grandparents, Eulah and Ezra Moody. She is survived by two
children, Bobby Henderson and Monica Deason; her parents, Don and Nina Moody; one brother, Rob Moody; one sister, Sharon
Simmons; and three grandchildren, Trenton, Brynlee, and Brennen all of Springdale.
Funeral services were Monday, September 29, Heritage Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was at Bluff Cemetery.
EVELYN MARIE STATON
Evelyn Marie Staton, 26, of Springdale, died Saturday, October 4, 2014 at Willard Walker Hospice Home in Fayetteville. She was born
April 13, 1988 in Visalia, California. Evelyn was devoted to her family. She was preceded in death by an infant son, Jonathon.
She is survived by her husband, Justin Staton, and son, Jason Staton, both of the home; her mother, Judy Bray and husband Renard of
Garfield; her father, Carey Bullard and wife Donna of Springdale; one brother, Joseph Bullard of Fayetteville; and grandfather, Raymond
Atkins of Garfield.
A graveside service was Thursday, October 9, at Coffelt Cemetery.
BRYAN ALAN BUTCHER
Bryan Alan Butcher, 45, of Fayetteville, died Sunday, October 12, 2014. He was born July 19, 1969 in Urbana, Ohio.
Bryan enjoyed his work, going to the casino, NASCAR and Razorback athletics.
He is survived by his mother, Theresa Jackey of Fayetteville; his father, James Butcher of Bloomingburg, Ohio; two
sisters, Karri Hickman and husband Randal, and Marisa Keeland, all of Durant, Oklahoma; his grandmother,
Martha Wheeden of Springdale; three nephews, Tracey, Zakk, Justin; one niece, Shelby; and several aunts uncles
A visitation and eulogy service was Thursday, October 16, at the funeral home followed by cremation.
SHELVA DEAN ENGLAND
Our Mama, Shelva Dean England, 77, of Springdale, went to be with our Lord Jesus Christ on Tuesday, October 14,
2014 at Circle of Life Hospice in Springdale where everyone gave such loving care to her and us. We truly thank
Shelva was born January 10, 1937 in Steele, Missouri to Cecil Edward and Sinda Marie Cotner Jordan. She
resided at Shiloh Health & Rehab for two years and at Fayetteville City Hospital for one year. We are grateful to all
the staff for the awesome care and love that she received from both homes. She was a member of The Sanctuary
in Lincoln and was a homemaker.
She is survived by four children, Freida England Ray and husband Keith of Siloam Springs, Tonia England Garcia
and husband Fermin of Fayetteville, Glenn England and wife Kerry of Elkins, and her baby boy, Jody England of
Hendersonville, Tennessee; one sister, Pearlene Duff of Union City, Tennessee; 11 grandchildren, Bianca, Ashley,
Skyler, Brandon, Jordan, Aaron, Britney, Travis, Trevor, Olivia and Gavin; and five great grandchildren, Katelyn,
Kinley, Jalen, Weston and Layton.
We will miss you so very much. We know you are in heaven teaching all of God’s angels the “Shelva Shuffle”. We
also extend a special thanks to our sister, Freida, who took care of her for so many years.
A memorial service was Friday, October 17, at the funeral home.
SHIRLEY ANN "GRANNY" HICKAM
Shirley Ann Hickam, 83, of Springdale, died Saturday, October 25, 2014 at Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville. She
was born September 14, 1931 in Cape Fair, Missouri to Fred and Burchell Mills Carr. Shirley was a member of the Church of Christ
and attended the Robinson Avenue congregation. She loved serving others and was an awesome “Granny”.
She married Al Hickam on June 21, 1955 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He preceded her in death in 2008.
She is survived by two daughters, Jo Ann Graham and husband Dale of Broken Arrow, Tammy Norvell and husband Robert of
Springdale; five grandchildren, Brett Graham and wife Kristen, Adam Graham and wife Abbie, Chad Graham and wife Jordan, Robert
Norvell and wife Jana, Whitney Killebrew and husband Jay; and six great grandchildren, Kate Graham, Ian Graham, Molly Jane Graham,
Jack Graham, Kendall Graham and Audrey Killebrew.
Funeral services were Tuesday, October 28, at Heritage Funeral Home Chapel with burial will be at Elm Springs Cemetery. Memorial
contributions may be made to the Paragould Children's Home.
JOHN DAVID JONES
John David Jones died on October 7, 2014 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He was born in Blaenau Ffestiniog, Wales on June 26, 1923.
Initially those present at his birth thought John was stillborn and placed him in a corner while attending to his mother. However, John
soon began making a ruckus to let them know that he planned on sticking around. The family home in the village of Tanygrisiau was
the standard housing provided to a slate miner’s family, complete with an outhouse in the back yard. John’s childhood home still
exists as an exhibit in the Welsh Slate Museum in Llanberis.
John, along with his mother Katherine and sister Beryl, came to the U.S. at the age of 5 to be with his father John Griffith who had left
Wales to find work. John’s dad, who found work in the Detroit Ford power plant, died three years later on August 5, 1931 leaving
Katherine alone with the two children. With the help of Detroit’s tightknit Welsh community and her hard work in an automotive factory,
she succeeded in raising two fine individuals. After completing high school when the U.S. entered World War II, John enlisted in the U.
S. Army and was assigned to the Signal Corps in 1943. He participated in military operations in Tunisia, Italy, and France until his
discharge in October 1945. After the war, he attended Wayne State University for two years and then accepted a job with AT&T. Most
importantly, during the job interview process, he met his future wife Ruth, whom he married on September 25, 1948.
John and Ruth decided that they wanted to move from Detroit to San Francisco, but had the good sense to stop in Seattle where a
dinner at Canlis and a job referral for John from an Army buddy sealed the deal. After working in Seattle for several years, John
transferred to manage Pacific Northwest Bell’s Bellevue office. Subsequently, he and Ruth bought a house in Kirkland in the
Bridlewood Circle neighborhood that they grew to deeply love. While working in Bellevue John served as president of the Bellevue
Chamber of Commerce, Bellevue Rotary, and the Eastside YMCA, and as North King County’s United Way Chair. In 1966 the Bellevue
Jaycees named him Bellevue Citizen of the Year. John worked for Pacific Northwest Bell until 1983. He and Ruth were members of
Bellevue Presbyterian Church.
Inspired by serving as the volunteer campaign manager for a friend’s successful run for the State House, John started a second career
in politics. In 1970 he was elected to the Washington State House of Representatives, where he served until he was appointed to the
State Senate three years later. He served in the Senate until 1983, and rose to leadership positions as the Republican Caucus Whip
(1977-80) and then Caucus Chairman (1980-83). In 1983 John left the Senate to join the State Board of Tax Appeals. He served on the
board for three years, the last two as chair. In 1986, he was appointed to the King County Board of Equalization, on which he served
until 2002, including several years as board chair.
John spent the last ten years of his life in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where he and Ruth moved to be near to his son Brad and his family.
He was a devoted father, and grandfather. He was preceded in death by his father John, mother Katherine, sister Beryl, and grandchild
Greg. John is survived by his wife Ruth, sons David (Vicki) and Brad (Michelle), and grandchildren Spencer, Sam, Johnny, and Ashley.
John was proud of his Welsh heritage. He believed in public service and was a master at the seemingly lost art of working across the
political aisle. He couldn’t walk for more than a minute in Bellevue without running into someone he knew, delighted to stop for a chat.
A celebration of John’s life will be held in Seattle at a future date.