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DONALD LEE JOHNSON
Donald Lee Johnson, 95, of Springdale, died Sunday, April 7, 2013 at the VA Health Care Center of the Ozarks in
Fayetteville. He was born September 25, 1917 in Wesson, Arkansas, to Guy Monroe and Minnie Graves
Donald always stated that he had two jobs, the Navy and the University. He served aboard the USS Whorton in
the Pacific during WWII. After retiring from the Navy he worked in the agronomy department of the University of
Arkansas doing soy bean variety research. He also enjoyed raising his own large gardens each year.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Nettie Mae Ainsworth Johnson; two brothers, Orville and Milum Johnson;
and a sister, Mildred Hall.
He is survived by four daughters, Barbara McCamish of Springdale, Betty Evans and husband Ben of Phoenix,
Arizona, Sharon Adamson and husband Ronnie of Springdale, Carol Ann Johnson also of Springdale; and three
grandchildren, Pamela Ritchie, Danny Ivan McCamish, and Veronica Adamson.
Private interment was at Fairview Memorial Gardens.
JEFFREY NEAL "TJ" BIRDSONG
Jeffrey Neal “TJ” Birdsong, 51, of Rogers died Saturday, April 20, 2013, at the Veterans Health Care System of
the Ozarks in Fayetteville. He was born March 29, 1962, in the Philippines to Royce Dale and Ester Tallungan
Birdsong. TJ served in the Navy and worked as a mechanic throughout his life. He enjoyed time with his family,
bow hunting and fishing.
He is survived by his wife, Susan Birdsong of the home; four children, Kyle Bishop of Hahira, Ga., Breann
Birdsong Davidson of Pea Ridge, Malia Self and Teala Birdsong, both of the home; his mother, Ester Vance of
Marrero, La.; two sisters, Sherrie Birdsong and Diosa Vance; three grandsons; and three granddaughters.
A visitation was Thursday, April 25, at the funeral home followed by cremation.
BILLY FRANKLIN BERTSCHY
Billy Franklin Bertschy, 81, of Springdale, died Saturday, April 27, 2013 at Northwest Medical Center in
Springdale. He was born June 10, 1931 in Bentonville to Carson Franklin and Elsie Vivian Howard Bertschy.
Billy served in the Army and was stationed in Germany during the Korean War. He was a retired store manager
with Kinney Shoes. He enjoyed blue grass music, traveling, working in the outdoors and spending time with his
grand and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, Alan Dale Bertschy, in 2010, and a brother, Jack Bertschy. He is survived by
his wife, Velta (Kaundart) Bertschy, whom he married January 22, 1951 in Ft. Smith; a daughter, Shanna Crum
and husband Rick; two grandsons, Alan Ramsey and wife Amanda, Robbie Dale Bertschy; two
great-granddaughters, Ella and Lindley Ramsey, all of Springdale; a brother, Eugene Cox of Jane, Missouri; and
two sister-in-laws, Ruth Bertschy of Seattle, Washington, Ruth Kaundart of Ft. Smith.
Funeral services were Wednesday, May 1, at Heritage Funeral Home Chapel. Interment was at Bluff Cemetery.
WILLIAM J. "BILL" THOMPSON
William J. “Bill” Thompson, 85, of Farmington, died Sunday, April 28, 2013 at Washington Regional Medical
Center. He was born August 1, 1927 in Cleveland, Ohio, to Harold and Dora Miles Thompson. Bill served in the
Navy during WWII. He then earned degrees from Purdue, Harvard, Stanford, and his doctorate from Georgia
State University. He was a dedicated professor and teacher throughout his life, and was currently teaching at the
Walton College of Business. He was an enthusiastic Arkansas Razorback fan and enjoyed watching their
games on TV. Bill was a member of University Baptist Church where he also served as a deacon.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ana Luz Thompson, in 2011, a brother, Jack Thompson, and a sister,
Nancy Hall. He is survived by his son, Richard Thompson, of Fayetteville; a brother, John Hunt and wife Nancy of
Pensacola, Florida; a sister, Joanne Tharp and husband Dr. Donald Tharp of Indianapolis, Indiana; a brother-in-
law, Larry Hall of Austin, Texas; and a sister-in-law, Shirley Thompson of Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Funeral services were Thursday, May 9, at University Baptist Church in Fayetteville. Interment was at Fayetteville
National Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to University Baptist Church, 333 W. Maple Street,
Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701.
BILLY PAUL COSSEY
Billy Paul Cossey, 63, of Springdale, died Saturday, May 4, 2013 at Veterans Health System of the Ozarks in Fayetteville. He was born
August 6, 1949 in Forrester, Arkansas, to Floyd and Bessie Isom Cossey. Bill served in the Air Force, and enjoyed fishing, shooting,
metal detecting, playing video games, and spending time on the beach in Florida. He was devoted to the care of his family.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Leroy Cossey, and two infant siblings. He is survived by his wife, Irene Cossey of the home;
two children, Jaime Cossey and William Cossey both of Springdale; two granddaughters, Tara and Tamera Brown, both of Springdale;
four sisters, Ima Jean Brigance and husband Fred, Juanita Fields and husband Bill, Sara Shaw and husband Roscoe, Dora May
Rhyne; four brothers, Floyd Ray Cossey, Charles Cossey and wife Marsha, Jerry Cossey and wife Annette, Donald Cossey; and twelve
nieces and nephews.
A graveside service was Wednesday, May 8, at Fayetteville National Cemetery.
FREDDIE "EARL" EATON
Freddie “Earl” Eaton, 82, of Springdale, died Sunday, May 19, 2013, at Northwest Medical Center in Springdale. He was born Sept. 29,
1930, in Weathers, Ark., to William and Cordelia McFarland Eaton. Earl served in the Marine Corp during the Korean War. He enjoyed
hunting, fishing and was devoted to his family.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy in 2003; a son, Freddie Dwayne Eaton in 2011; three sisters, Eula Trolinger, Dorothy
Eaton and Dovie Cook; and two brothers, Oris Eaton and Vernon Eaton.
He is survived by three children, Doug Eaton (Sim) of Garden City, Mo., Glenda Ardemagni (Larry) of Tontitown and Donna Bickerton of
Van Buren; his twin sister, Merle Cole of Springdale; nine grandchildren, Ernie Woodard (Kim), Hunter Ardemagni, Shelby Eaton, Nick
Eaton, Cindy Eaton, Ashley James (Frank), Jessie Bickerton, Eric Bickerton and Alex Bickerton; and four great-grandchildren, Lydia
Bickerton, Elizabeth James, Cassidy James and Brogan Reyes.
A graveside service was Thursday, May 23, at Burkshed Cemetery.
MAUDIE ANN VANHOOK
Maudie Ann Vanhook, 75, of Springdale, died Sunday, May 19, 2013, at Shiloh Nursing and Rehab in Springdale.
She was born November 5, 1937 in Spring Valley to Clark and Jessie Rebecca Phillips Lawson. Maudie was a
longtime member of Phillips Chapel Free Will Baptist Church where she served in many capacities throughout
the years. During her life she worked at Jones Truck Lines, Dorman Clinic, Sisco Funeral Chapel, and lastly at
Heritage Funeral Home. She enjoyed gardening with her husband and together they were devoted to the care of
She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Calvin Vanhook, in 2009. She is survived by three children,
Jeff Vanhook and wife Susan, Phil Vanhook and wife Diane, Mileia Knight and husband Greg, all of Springdale; a
sister, Kathy Cherry and husband Norman, of Hindsville; and six grandchildren, Tyler Vanhook and wife Lindsey,
Andrew Vanhook and wife Lauren, Haley Vanhook, Taylor Vanhook, Matthew Knight and Jacob Knight.
Funeral services were Wednesday, May 22, at Phillips Chapel Free Will Baptist Church. Interment was at
Friendship Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Building Fund at Phillips Chapel Free Will
Baptist Church, 3074 S. 48th Street, Springdale, AR 72762. The family wishes to thank the staff of Shiloh
Nursing and Rehab for the care and compassion they gave Maudie during the final weeks of her life.
JACOB EDWARD "JAKE" MILLER
Jacob Edward “Jake” Miller, 81, of Springdale, died Sunday, June 2, 2013 at his home. He was born February 7,
1932 in Bayfield, Colorado, to Jacob Holland and Florence Edna Landreth Miller.
Jake served in the Army during the Korean War where he received the Purple Heart. He owned and operated
Jake’s Automotive in Springdale for many years and was a member of Cross Church of Springdale. He married
Geneva Wright on September 3, 1959 in Springdale. He enjoyed time with his grandchildren and attending their
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Guy and Leroy Miller. He is survived by his wife, Geneva Miller, of the
home; three daughters, Kellie Ard and husband Farrell of Odessa, Texas, Kim Drummond and husband Kirk of
Austin, Texas, Kay Marie Miller of Springdale; two sisters, Olive Miller and Marie Lookingbill and husband James
all of Springdale; and six grandchildren, Chelsee Ard, Blake Ard, Anthony Ard, Dayne Ard, Dylan Ard, and Grant
Funeral services were Friday, June 7, at Cross Church in Springdale. Interment was at Friendship Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Voluntary Services at VA Medical Center, 1100 N College Ave,
Fayetteville, AR 72703.
Roger Leon Moser, 72, of Springdale, Ark., died June 10, 2013, in Springdale. He was born on Sept. 12, 1940, in
Berne, Ind., to Harry “Short” and Dorcas Clendenen Moser. He graduated from Hartford Center High School in
1958, where he was a star basketball player and a member of the 1957 Hartford Township Gorilla’s sectional
championship basketball team.
Roger married the love of his life, his longtime friend and partner, Veda Viney, on Nov. 27, 1992, in Rogers, Ark.
Known as “Mo” by many family and friends, Roger was a longtime resident of Arkansas on Beaver Lake; he
loved to fish, watch basketball and be outdoors. He enjoyed woodworking and billiards, and spending time with
friends and family, especially his grandchildren, nieces and nephew. His quiet, calm and friendly personality
won over everyone who met him and made him a valued friend and mentor to many.
He is survived by his wife, Veda Moser of the home; two sons, Randy Moser and wife, Mindy, of Wesley Chapel,
Fla., Carey Moser and wife, Rhonda, of Berne, Ind.; two stepdaughters, Michelle Viney and husband, Lee
Chalmers, of Fayetteville, Miranda Viney of Farmington; three brothers, Ted Moser of Dayton, Ohio, Jim Moser of
Fort Wayne, Ind., Tom Moser of Bluffton, Ind.; and four grandchildren, Ryan Moser, Nicholas Moser, Jeremy
Moser and Callie Chalmers.
A graveside service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, June 15, at Friendship Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m.
Friday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Hope Cancer Resources, 5835 W. Sunset
Ave., Springdale, AR 72762.