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|SOPHIA PRESLEY HUDSON, 11, of Springdale, passed away in a motor vehicle accident on May 11, 2016,
alongside her father, Taylor Hudson. Presley was in 5th grade at J.B. Hunt Elementary. She was creative, sassy,
compassionate, loving and a leader. She could brighten up any room with her smile. She enjoyed playing softball,
dancing, and traveling.
Presley is survived by her mother Connie Hudson, sister, Tori Eubanks, brothers Jay Eubanks and Tommy
Hudson, grandparents Jackie and Tommy Phelps and Vikki and Tommy Hudson, aunts Brooke Andrews and
Beth Phelps, uncles Eric Andrews and Billy Phelps, and cousins, Cooper Andrews, Jessi Phelps, Kim Phelps,
Kim Plumlee, and Krystal Miller.
In addition to her father, Presley is preceded in death by her Aunt Carol Bauerlein, Uncle Jeff Bauerlein, and
cousins Mollie and Callie Bauerlein.
A Mass of Christian Burial was Monday, May16, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church with burial will be at St. Joseph
Cemetery in Tontitown.
SETH BRYANT JAMES, 29, of Lincoln, died Wednesday, May 11, 2016. He was born July 20, 1986 in Springdale.
He is survived by a son, Dawson James, and a daughter, Karalyna James; his mother, Johnnie Washburn of
Springdale; his father, Donnie James of Siloam Springs; a brother, Jake James of Conway; a sister, Kaitlyn
James of Siloam Springs; two step-brothers, Dustin Christmas of Elkins, David Christmas of Springdale; and
grandparents, Reba Clark, and Jimmy and Glenda James all of Siloam Springs. He was preceded in death by
his grandfather, David Allen.
Seth grew up in Siloam Springs and Springdale Arkansas. He loved spending time with family where his smile
and laugh were always contagious. As a big brother, there was no friendship that was closer, harder, sweeter,
happier, sadder, or more filled with joy. He was the first person to play with, share with, and laugh with. He was
the first to pick on you, but even quicker the first to defend you and fight with you. He was the one that taught you to
say what you thought, good or bad, and then quickly turn around and show you the power of love and forgiveness
and that it's OK to be vulnerable and be your authentic self. He was a best friend, as only a brother can be.
From a young age he enjoyed working on anything with wheels or a motor. Seth spent summers helping on his
uncle's farms, hay fields and repairing their tractors & equipment. His Auto Mechanics team won multiple
competitions and he was awarded scholarships to attend Universal Technical Institute for Auto and Diesel
Mechanics. After college he made his livelihood as a mechanic working as his dad's and uncle's diesel
mechanic and later for himself and others. As a very humble and independent individual, Seth was never very far
from his tools and something that needed fixing.
Even as passionate as he was about "turning wrenches", as he used to say, he always considered his
accomplishment his children, Dawson and Karalyna. They were his greatest Love and Joy. He loved spending
time with them and all of his conversations included talking about how much they meant to him. His love for them
was greater than any words can describe. You could see it when his eyes brightened with a smile and the shine
of an almost tear and you could hear it in the slight crack of emotion in his voice every time he talked about them.
A graveside service wasWednesday, May 18, at Yell Cemetery.
As parents, brother and sister, nothing can relate to you how overwhelming and paralyzing this week has been.
Our hope is that this suffering can somehow have a positive impact and raise awareness of the causes of suicide
and the very real, clinical diseases of depression, mental illness and addiction. We never in a million years
thought this would happen in our family. Please, please, please take a minute to educate yourself on the warning
signs at www.SuicidePreventionLifeline.org. If you or someone you know has any warning signs, discussions or
thoughts of suicide, we encourage you to immediately call the National Suicide Prevention 24-hour Lifeline at
1-800-273-TALK (8255). - With Hope Love and Prayers, Donnie, Kaitlyn, Johnnie & Jake.
JENNIFER ANNE RUSSELL, 73, of Fayetteville, passed away Saturday, May 7, 2016 at her home. She was born
January 3, 1943 in Pratt, Kansas, the daughter of Wilson and Mary Katherine “Toady” Ford. She graduated from
Siloam Springs High School in 1960. She competed in local rodeos with an Equestrian Drill Team as a barrel
racer during her high school years. She was a 1965 graduate from the University of Arkansas with B.S.H.E and
was a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority. Jennifer worked as a personal banker in Fayetteville for many years
before retiring and enjoying her hobbies of birding and traveling, which included mission trips to a Guatemalan
orphanage. She was a member of University Baptist Church for many years and most recently Freedom
Fellowship in Tontitown.
Her father preceded her in death. In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband of 53 years, Carl M.
Russell of Fayetteville; two children, Stephanie Pilarz of Riverside, Illinois, Jason Russell and wife Sara Russell
of Fayetteville; five grandchildren; her sister, Stephanie Brown and husband John E. Brown, III of Siloam Springs;
her sister-in-law, Karen Burks and husband Roy Burks of Rogers; and several nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Jennifer’s life was Saturday, May 21, at Freedom Fellowship in Tontitown. In lieu of flowers the
requests donations be made to World Vision at www.worldvision.org, or to Casa Aleluya.
MICHAEL JOSEPH "MIKE" HUTTER, 57, of Springdale, died Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at his home. He was
born July 11, 1958 in Springdale, and graduated from Springdale High School in 1976. Mike was a team roping
member in his younger years and always enjoyed his time on the family farm. He was a truck driver for many
years and also enjoyed working on machinery, welding, and using his tools. He was a very generous and giving
person and loved spending time with his grandchildren. Many close friends called him “Grasshopper” from his
old CB handle.
He was preceded in death by his father, Joe Hutter, in 2015. He is survived by two children, Jeremy Hutter and
wife Charita of Hindsville, Kim Sieber and husband Jason of Springdale; his mother, Pat (Parsons) Hutter of
Springdale; one sister, Melinda (Hutter) Yates and husband Dwayne of Pea Ridge; eight grandchildren,
Braydon, Dayton, Dylan, Makayla, Desirae, Cash, Cayden, Cayler; and many other loving relatives and friends.
Funeral services were Saturday, May 21, at Faith Freewill Baptist Church with burial at Friendship Cemetery.
RONALD EDWARD McGAHHEY, 69, of Springdale, died Thursday, May 19, 2016 at Circle of Life Hospice. He was born May 24, 1946 in
Merced, California to Tony Frank and Billye Lou (Laffoon) McGahhey. Ron served in the Navy during the Vietnam War. He enjoyed
fishing, reading westerns and helping others. He especially loved spending time with his grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Mary (Phelan) McGahhey of the home; twin sons, Matthew and Patrick McGahhey both of Minnesota; a
daughter, Kimberly Johnson of Springdale; another son, Dan Crabtree of Yelm, Washington; two sisters, Judy McGahhey and Brenda
Russell both of Springdale; 16 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Jim and Ken McGahhey.
A graveside service was Thursday, May 26, at Fayetteville National Cemetery.
BARBARA EVELYN COLLINS, 88, of Springdale, died Wednesday, May 25, 2016. She was born June 5, 1927 in
Mount Gayler, Arkansas to George and Bonnie Meaders Johnston. Barbara was a member of Westside
Church of Christ. She was the wife of a preacher and always ready to work and travel with her husband. She
was devoted to the care of her family.
She is survived by her husband, Donald Glenn Collins of the home; two sons, David Collins and wife Debra of
Prairie Grove, Stephen Collins and wife Tara of Kansas City; and several grandchildren including Rachael.
She was preceded in death by several brothers and sisters.
Funeral services were Tuesday, May 31, at Heritage Funeral Home with burial at Fayetteville National Cemetery.
PERCY LEE ALLEN, 48, of Springdale, died Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at Washington Regional Medical Center.
He was born March 1, 1968 in Cleveland, Mississippi to Herbert Haskell “Herb” and the late Patricia Ann
(Parham) Allen. Percy was a transportation manager with J.B. Hunt and enjoyed sports.
In addition to his father he is survived by three uncles and several cousins.
Funeral services were Tuesday, June 14, at Fellowship Bible Church in Springdale with burial at Friendship
Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to American Heart Association, 108 E. Sunbridge, Fayetteville,
LEE ELDON HOBEL, 93, of Fayetteville, was born October 18, 1922, the third son of five born to Lizzie Hubler and
Emil Samuel Hobel at Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he received his high school diploma.
Lee enlisted in the Army Air Corps and served in the Pacific during WWII. During those years he also enlisted in
Gods’ army. After the war he attended Chicago Evangelistic Institute, graduated from Bethany College in
Oklahoma, followed by some years of study at Pasadena College in California and Le Tourneau College in
Texas. He was an avid reader and loved God’s Word and history. His life verse was II Corinthians 1:20, “For all
the promises of God in him are yes, and in him Amen, to the glory of God through us.”
He married Helen Achenbach Siefken on December 25, 1950. To this family was added sons David and
Stephen. Moving with his family, they were missionaries in Hong Kong for four years, where their third son,
Mark, joined the family. Returning to the U.S. he pastored in Anamosa, Iowa and Arkansas. Locally he was
active in child evangelism and worked as a printer for University Baptist Church for several years.
After living in Arkansas for 48 years he claimed his heavenly citizenship on June 10, 2016. Borrowing from Ben
Franklin’s epitaph: The body of Lee Hobel – printer and book lover, he rests here like the cover of an old book,
its contents torn out and stripped of its lettering gilding, lies here, returned to dust. But the work shall not be
lost; for it will, as he believed, appear once more in a new and more elegant edition, corrected and improved by
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Richard and W.J. “Bill”.
Surviving are his wife, Helen; sons, David and special friend Shanna, Stephen and wife Sherry, and Mark; and
two brothers, John of Iowa, and Emil of Texas.
A graveside service was Monday, June 13, at Farmington Cemetery.
BILLY CHARLES "BILL" CALDWELL, 87, of Springdale, died Thursday, June 16, 2016. He was born September 11, 1928 in Black
Oak, Arkansas to Radie Herschell and Mary Ellen Thomas Caldwell. Bill was a truck driver, mechanic and when he retired operated
Caldwell Lawn Mowing Service until he was 82 years old. He was a member of Friendship Baptist Church, was devoted to his family
and loved time with his grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Sharon Jolley; two sons, Ted Caldwell and Luke Caldwell; and four brothers.
He is survived by his wife, Ann (Miller) Caldwell; four children, Debroah Speer and husband Bill of Santa Clarita, California, Quentin
Caldwell of Fayetteville, Karen Scott and husband Mark of Gravette, Brenda Lee and husband Chris of Cave Springs; sister, Patsa
Ragsdale of Jonesboro; 11 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were Monday, June 20, at Friendship Baptist Church with burial at Cave Springs Cemetery. Memorial contributions
may be made to Friendship Baptist Church, 5395 E Robinson Ave., Springdale, AR 72764.
SHIRLEY MARIE VAUGHAN LICHTENBERG, 79, of Bella Vista, died Sunday, June 26, 2016 in Springfield,
Missouri. She was born March 26, 1937 in Springdale to Sherman and Geneva Inez Barton Zachary.
Shirley’s passion in life was singing, music, and entertaining. She performed professionally with Parker
Mountain Bluegrass together with her first husband, Lindy, and later with the Village Singers. She was currently
a gate attendant with Republic Parking at XNA where she continued to enjoy interacting with people. She also
enjoyed playing Bingo with her daughter, Melinda, and was devoted to her family.
She was preceded in death by two husbands, Lindy Vaughan and Glenn Lichtenberg, a daughter, Teresa Todd,
two brothers and three sisters.
She is survived by two children, Melinda Banzhaf and husband Brett of Bella Vista, Billy Williams and wife
Melissa of Lincoln; three sisters, Leanell Shockley of Springdale, Marjorie King and Valera Wallis both of Lowell;
ten grandchildren, Jason Eads, Justin DeWitt, Lindsay Gilbert, Cody Boone, Trent Crowder, Tyler Crowder,
Derek Banzhaf, Blake Williams, Alex Williams, Grayson Reed; and ten great-grandchildren.
A graveside service will be 11 a.m. Thursday, June 30, at Bluff Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m.
Wednesday at the funeral home.