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|RENARD LEE BRAY, 74, of Garfield, died Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at Northwest Medical Center in Bentonville. He was born June 12,
1942 in Seligman, Missouri to Henry and Lou (Crain) Bray. Renard served in the U.S. Army and then the National Guard. He retired
from the National Park Service after 25 years.
He was preceded in death by a son, Jamie Bray, and a brother, Rodden Bray.
He is survived by his wife, Judy (Atkins) Bray of the home; four children, Margaret McClure of Rogers, Mike Bray of Bentonville, Sherri
Dean of Garfield, Rob Bray of Rogers; two brothers, Ronald Bray of Pea Ridge, Reldon Bray of Garfield; one sister, Rhenda Allen of
Granby, Missouri; and 14 grandchildren.
A graveside service was Friday, September 2, at Liberty Cemetery.
THERESA LYNN & JAMES MICHAEL "JIM" HENDERSHOT, both 47, of Springdale, left for their heavenly home
on Friday, August 26, 2016. Theresa was born February 5, 1969 in Bentonville to Jackie Eugene and Judy
Marie Byler Tate Price. Jim was born January 30, 1969 in Springdale to James Edward and Barbara
Hendershot. Together they enjoyed hiking and spending time at home caring for their family. “Grammy” and
“Pappy” were an inspiration to many family and friends that were part of their daily lives, and their love for each
other was one of a kind. As long as they had their dog farm and babies around all was complete in their lives.
Survivors include their children, Miranda Burton and husband Luke of Fayetteville, Kendall Price and girlfriend
Lidia also of Fayetteville, and four grandchildren, Shawn, Nathan, Laney and Presley.
Theresa is also survived by her mother, Judy, of Springdale, and two brothers, Greg Tate of Knoxville,
Tennessee, and Tony Byler of Springfield, Missouri.
Jim is also survived by his mother, Barbara, of Springdale.
Funeral services were Friday, September 2, at Heritage Funeral Home with burial at Elm Springs Cemetery.
EDWARD WILEY TURNER, 87, of Springdale, died Thursday, September 1, 2016. He was born November 17,
1928 in Altus, Oklahoma to S.A. and Elsie Vera O’Neal Turner. Edward lived to serve the Lord throughout his
life. He was a Baptist minister and graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth.
He retired from the University of Arkansas.
He was preceded in death by two wives, Thelma Lee (Gibson) Turner and Tommie (Smith) Turner.
He is survived by two children, Tim Turner and wife Candy, Tammy Farriester and husband Brian all of
Springdale; four grandchildren, Ashley Jones and husband Kerry, Tyler Turner, Sloan Farriester, Kinley
Farriester; one great-grandchild, Max Edward Jones; and one brother and two sisters all of Texas.
Funeral service were Tuesday, September 6, at Heritage Funeral Home Chapel with burial will be at Sonora
MELODY ELAINE HULSEY, 49, of Springdale, died Tuesday, September 6, 2016 in Bentonville. She was born July 8, 1967 in
Springdale. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Tara Short.
She is survived by two children, Brooke Atkinson and fiance Randy, Dakota Atkinson and fiance Marissa; her mother, Rita Scott and
husband Tommy; her father, Clifton Bowers and wife Linda; two brothers, Ray Bowers and Larry Bowers all of Springdale; one sister,
Samantha Bowers of Fayetteville; five grandchildren, Cecelia, Jacob, Kaylea, Kaylee, Haylee; and several nieces and nephews.
A graveside service was Saturday, September 10, at Wilson Cemetery.
GLENDA KAY POINDEXTER, 60, of Hindsville, died Wednesday, September 7, 2016. She was born April 9,
1956 in Springdale to James Carl and Chassie Lee Maddock Archer. Glenda enjoyed time with her
grandchildren and was always a hard worker. She recently became a Christian.
She was preceded in death by her father and a sister, Cheryl.
She is survived by three children, Christy Valdez (Anthony) of Lincoln, Josh Robinson (Jana) and Robert
Poindexter all of Springdale; her mother, Chassie Archer of Hindsville; a brother, Doug Archer (Sandra) of
Hindsville; and three grandchildren, A.J., Andrew and Payton.
Funeral services were Friday, September 9, at Mount Zion Freewill Baptist Church. Memorial contributions
may be made to Hope Cancer Resource.
JERRY LEROY WALLIS, 79, of Lowell, died Thursday, September 8, 2016 at Circle of Life Hospice in
Springdale. He was born July 13, 1937 in Long Beach, California, to Ballard Franklin and Ruby Marie
Jerry grew up in Cave Springs and was a veteran first serving with the Marine Corps and later retiring from the
Navy. His service included two tours in Vietnam. He was the local Navy recruiter for five years and a Past
Commander of the American Legion Post 274 in Cave Springs. He was very capable with woodworking and
mechanical repairs. Jerry was a member of the Church of Christ.
He is survived by his wife, Val (Zachary) Wallis whom he married June 11, 1959 in Springdale; two children,
LaDawna Sperber of Springdale, Zack Wallis and wife Susan of Cave Springs; three granddaughters, Hayley
Sperber, Hattie Wallis, Catherine Wallis; one brother, Jimmy Wallis and wife Thekla of Cave Springs; and four
in-laws, A.E. “Junior” Erwin, Dorothy Zachary, Leanell Shockley and Margie King.
Funeral services were Monday, September 12, at Heritage Funeral Home Chapel. Burial with military honors
was at Bluff Cemetery.
DAISY GALLOWAY COUCH, 94, of Springdale, died Saturday, September 10, 2016 at Washington Regional
Medical Center in Fayetteville. She was born February 14, 1922 in the Brush Creek community to Henry
Calvin and Nina Rose (Fletcher) Whittle. Daisy enjoyed sewing, gardening, cooking and canning. She
especially loved spending time with her family, friends, and participating in activities at Ray of Hope Freewill
Baptist Church including potlucks.
She was preceded in death by two husbands, Harold Galloway and Raymond Couch; one daughter, Sherry
Hollingsworth; one son, Glen Galloway; a grandson, Jared Galloway; a great granddaughter, Abigail Jo
Wohlford; three brothers and four sisters.
She is survived by three children, Randall Galloway and wife Loretta of Springdale, Dennis Galloway and wife
Lucy of Corpus Christi, Texas, Patti Wohlford and husband James of Springdale; one brother, Jim Whittle and
wife Yvonne of Hindsville; 11 grandchildren and several great and great-great-grandchildren.
A graveside service was Friday, September 16, at Friendship Cemetery.
Michael Jay “Mike” Miller, 46, of Elkins, died Thursday, September 29, 2016 at his home. He was born
September 1, 1970 in Kellogg, Idaho. He is survived by several family members including four children,
Blaine Miller and Nathan Miller both of Fayetteville, Kirsten Miller and Keyrstan-Danelle Miller both of Elkins,
and a step-daughter, Whitney McComas of Tulsa.
A celebration of Mike’s life will be 3 p.m. Tuesday, October 4, at Elkins Bunch Park.
Donald Eugene “Don” Carter, 83, of Johnson, died Saturday, October 1, 2016. He was born January 14, 1933
in Springdale to Floyd and Minnie Keen Carter. Don served in the Army during the Korean War. After
retirement from his trucking company he enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family and his dog,
He is survived by two children, Jerry Carter and wife Sandi of Springdale, Margie Whetsel and husband Dana
of Oceanside, California; a sister, Bea Shane of Springdale; dear friend and companion, Gwen Baker of
Johnson; four grandchildren, Erik Courtney and wife Andrea, and children Arlyne and Erik, Jr.; John Carter and
wife Amanda, and children Oliver and Elena; Kristal Miser and husband Eric, and children Kahlea, Beckett and
Kora; Kimberley Orona and husband Michael, and children Hunter and Fisher; and another great-grandchild,
Shaydra, daughter of the late grandson, Kenny Harp. Don was also preceded in death by his wife, Christine, in
A graveside service was Thursday, October 6, at Stuckey Cemetery in Johnson.
Vail Hamilton Carruth, 73, of Springdale, died Thursday, October 13, 2016 in Fayetteville. She was born April
5, 1943 in Princeton, New Jersey, to David and Anna Gray Hamilton.
Vail was blessed with many talents and abilities. She was a gifted artist from an early age and earned a
degree in art from the University of California—Berkeley. She worked in a variety of media: painting, drawing,
and chalk art. Her work with black-light chalk art led to occasional ministry in schools, churches, retirement
centers, and home groups. She was an effective art teacher for four semesters at Harvest Time Elementary
School, where her husband Joe was principal.
Vail was also an excellent pianist, having studied at San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Bur her musical
forte, you might say, was improvisation and playing by ear. She could play virtually anything that she had
heard. She used this talent on many occasions to accompany worship.
And yet another ability that Vail had been given was fluency in writing. She was exceptionally good at finding
the right phrase and nuance to express what was important to her. She wrote and published two books: The
Kiss of God: A Journey toward Authentic Enlightenment and A Spiritual Seeker Finds Authentic Enlightenment.
Vail was a devoted wife and mother and sought always to live a life that is pleasing to God, through her faith in
She is survived by her husband, Joe Carruth; three sons, David Carruth of Seoul, South Korea, D.J. Paxton of
Barling, Josh King of Fayetteville; three brothers, David Hamilton, John Hamilton, Ed Hamilton all of the
Portland, Oregon area; and one sister, Jessie Jonas also of Portland.
Funeral services were Wednesday, October 19, at Heritage Funeral Home Chapel. Interment was at
Fayetteville National Cemetery.
Peter Murphy Taber, Sr., 62, of Fayetteville, died Sunday, October 16, 2016. He was born March 8, 1954 in
Highland, Illinois to Clinton Kelley and Rosemary Joan Murphy Taber. Peter served in the Navy and was an
accomplished electrician and fisherman.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Patsy Lanell Craig Taber, in 2014. He is survived by five children,
Jennifer Burkes and husband Shawn of Rogers, Misty Hudson and husband Scottie of Lincoln, Linda Shipp
and husband Johnny of Gentry, Shannon Taber of Gentry, Peter Taber, Jr. of Fayetteville; eleven grandchildren,
Hunter, Dusty, Shady, Jason, Noah, Ryan, Adrian, Kaylee, Payton, Kolten, Paizley; and several brothers and
A graveside service was Thursday, October 20, at Fayetteville National Cemetery with military honors.
James Harold Rice, 86, of Springdale, died Wednesday, October 19, 2016. He was born February 23, 1930 in
Harrisburg, Arkansas to James Harry and Ruth Irene (Sefers) Rice. James was a Poinsett sheriff’s deputy and
later a Jonesboro police officer before being injured in the line of duty. He was an outdoorsman and enjoyed
fishing, hunting and camping. He also raised beagles and was a Chicago Cubs fan. James was a member
of the Assembly of God.
He is survived by his wife, Virginia (Sanders) Rice; four daughters, Barbara Woods and husband Jerry of
Springdale, Peggy Olson and husband Steve of Bella Vista, Cheryl Brady and husband Kent of Bentonville,
Cindy Bradsher and husband Jeremy of Fayetteville; three sisters, Pauline Vest and Betty Cole both of Indiana,
Brenda Wright of Colt; 14 grandchildren, Carrie Laughter, Everett Woods, Jennie VanEs, Marsha Sosa Crow,
Sheri Hicks, Jeffery Kiech, Jessica Ring, Felicia Miller, Karissa Starks, Carolyn Carter, Diane Gorney, Miranda
Olson, Amanda Brady, Heather Brady; 35 great-grandchildren, and 10 great-great-grandchildren. He was
preceded in death by a brother, Bobby Rice, and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Monday, October 24, at Heritage Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will be at
Brentwood Cemetery. Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home