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Ronald Dwayne “Ronnie” McGarrah, 57, of Mountainburg, died Tuesday, October 25, 2016 in Ft. Smith. He
was born October 28, 1958 in Elk City, Oklahoma, and was a brick mason throughout is life. Ronnie enjoyed
fishing, hunting, and was devoted to his family.
He is survived by his longtime companion, Sue Center of the home; two sons, Jerry McGarrah and wife
Brittanee of Prairie Grove, Joey McGarrah and wife Jessie of Paris; his mother, Leona McGarrah of Springdale;
one sister, Glenna Harrell and husband Tyler of Lowell; two brothers, Darrel McGarrah of Fayetteville, Terry
McGarrah and wife JoAnn of Lowell; four grandchildren, Cole, Jase, Addison and Finley; and a step-daughter,
Teri Center, and her children, Kienan and Jaelin.
He was preceded in death by is father, Leslie McGarrah, in 2006.
A memorial was Friday, October 28, at Heritage Funeral Home Chapel. A private family burial was at Hickory
Patricia Louanna Williams, 53, of Bentonville, died Thursday, October 27, 2016. She was born July 13, 1963
in Tulsa, and enjoyed reading and was devoted to the care of her family. Patricia was a very giving and
She is survived by four children, Courtney Saenz and husband Fernando of Melbourne, Rachel Zanelli and
husband David of Barling, Zachary Harlan of Springdale, Shelby Williams of Bentonville; her mother, Marian
Piazza of Springdale; one sister, Rhonda Eichler and husband John of Little Rock; six grandchildren, Alicia
Maxwell and husband Cody, Lauren Zanelli, Anthony Zanelli, Lillian Saenz, Zoe Saenz, Lacey Harlan; and
three great-grandchildren, Lizzy, Kenzie and Mikey.
A memorial service was Tuesday, November 1, at Salem Lutheran Church in Springdale.
Leanell Shockley, 91, of Springdale, died Monday, October 31, 2016 at Circle of Life Hospice. She was born
April 7, 1925 in Texas to Sherman and Geneva Inez Barton Zachary. Leanell was devoted to the care of her
husband and daughter, and together they enjoyed traveling. She was a lifetime member of the Church of
She was preceded in death by her husband, Hershel Shockley, in 2000, and two brothers and four sisters.
She is survived by her daughter, Kara Shockley of Springdale; two sisters, Marjorie King and Val Wallis both of
Lowell; in-laws, Dorothy Zachary of Plainview, Texas, A.E. “Junior” Erwin of Springdale; and many nieces and
Funeral services werer Friday, November 4, at Heritage Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Bluff Cemetery.
Vickie Lee Peterman, 64, of Lincoln, died Friday, November 4, 2016 at Willard Walker Hospice Home in
Fayetteville. She was born February 2, 1952 in Providence, Rhode Island to Elbert Lee and Nora Inez Adair
Vick. Vickie was devoted to the care of her family and her animals. She also enjoyed flower gardening. She
retired as director of retail services from the University of Arkansas after 17 years.
She is survived by her husband, Joel Peterman, whom she married in 1974; three children, Michael
Peterman of Lowell, Carmen Taylor of Lincoln, Cathy Zaman of Fayetteville; two brothers, Earl Vick of West
Fork, Donald Ray Vick of Alabama; and six grandchildren, Austin, Jarred, Abigail, Madisyn, Hayden and
Jacinda. She was preceded in death by her sister, Kathy Harris.
Funeral services were Thursday, November 10, at Heritage Funeral Home Chapel wit burial at Elm Springs
Margie Dubberstein Puryear, 91, of Springdale, died Monday, November 7, 2016, in Springdale. She was
born July 11, 1925 in Okarche, Oklahoma to Berthold J. and Marie Dubberstein.
She was an active member of Salem Lutheran Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lt. Col. James L. Puryear, her parents, and one sister.
Survivors include one son, Morris Puryear and wife Millie; one grandson, Blake Puryear and wife Natalie, all of
Springdale; and one sister, Agnes Richter of Collinsville, IL.
A memorial service was Friday, November 11, at Salem Lutheran Church. Interment was at Fayetteville
National Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Salem Lutheran Church.
Noel Lansing Anderson, 92 of Springdale, died Monday, November 7, 2016 at his home. He was born
September 14, 1924 at home just outside Springdale in Benton County to Hubert Truman and Lucille Rae
Alstott Anderson. Noel enjoyed hunting, especially for elk in Colorado, fishing and traveling. He was devoted
to his family and friends, and retired after 43 years from Welch’s.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Anna Jean Eden Anderson; a daughter, Charlotte Holman and her
husband Jimmy; a grandson, James David “Bubba” Sturdivant; and three brothers.
He is survived by three children, Linda Lingle of Lowell, Vanessa Reynolds of Springdale, David Anderson
and wife Theresa of Lowell; four sisters, Vada Fletcher of Cave Springs, Nila Sizemore of Decatur, Mary Ella
Eden and husband Paul of Springdale, Norma Alton of Hindsville; seven grandchildren, Denise Greenlee,
Debbie Tuggle, Monica Holman, Shawna Holman, Darbi Gomez, Sydni Anderson, Ashley Sturdivant; eight
great-grandchildren, Shawnetta Wandrey, Christopher Maritan, Joshua Tinsley, Kayla Holman, Paige Cifers,
Michael Cifers, Tabitha Holman, Philana Powell; and nine great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were Saturday, November 12, at Revival Tabernacle with burial at Wilson Cemetery.
Ova Ilene Hodges, 85, of Springdale, died Saturday, November 12, 2016 at her daughter’s home. She was
born April 24, 1931 in Hindsville to Jim and Nellie Irene Lane Wade. Ova was devoted to her family and
especially enjoyed preparing Christmas for the children. She was preceded in death by her husband of 44
years, Billy D. Hodges, Sr., in October of 2015.
She is survived by six children, Janie Ward, Betty Cornelison and husband John, Frankie Upton and wife Ann,
Tim Upton and wife Dixie, all of Springdale, Brenda Goins and husband Dale of Hope, Billy Dan Hodges of
Rogers; one sister, Ruby Upshaw of Springdale; one brother, Wilford Wade of Farmington; 11 grandchildren,
23 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great-grandchildren.
A graveside service was Wednesday, November 16, at Friendship Cemetery.
Barbara Lynn Brown, 65, of Fayetteville, died Monday, November 21, 2016 at the Willard Walker Hospice
Home. She was born November 25, 1950 in Chicago to Floyd and Helen Svabota Brown.
Barbara graduated from Shawnee Mission East High School in Kansas City, Kansas, in 1968 where she
was a champion orator in the debate club. She also loved music and performed in the school’s production
of My Fair Lady. Her father retired and the family moved to Hawaii where she attended the state’s university.
She later attended Purdue and then the University of Arkansas where she completed her PhD in
psychology. She worked for AHEC for 10 years and then entered private practice for 33 years. Barbara
taught occasionally at the U of A and conducted training workshops for physicians.
For 23 years Barbara enjoyed spending time with her family at their second home on Kiawah Island, South
Carolina. She also enjoyed trips to New Orleans. She helped develop the women’s shelter, now Peace at
Home Family Shelter, and remained active in its support.
She is survived by her partner of 35 years, Linda Clay; one son, Zachary Brown; and one grandson, Rowan
Brown all of Fayetteville.
A celebration of her life is being planned. Memorial contributions may be made to Peace at Home Shelter.
Teresa Gail Davison, some called her Teresa. Some called her big T. Her husband called her his best friend
and the beautiful mother of his children. Her children called her Mom. She peacefully went to sleep in our
arms while we told her how much we loved her and woke up in the arms of Jesus. What a privilege it has
been to be the husband and daughter of such an amazing woman. She loved with everything she had. She
was humble, full of grace, and unconditional love.
Looking back over the years there are not enough pictures to capture all the memories that we will forever hold
in our hearts. She loved her husband faithfully and loved all of her children with a grateful heart. Her laugh
was contagious and every time she told a joke you never heard the punchline because she was laughing so
hard she couldn’t finish it. She had a heart of gold and a love for Jesus that touched so many people’s lives
throughout her 58 years on this earth.
Selfishly we wanted to keep her here but she was needed in heaven for a bigger celebration. For the first time
in 34 years she got to celebrate her son's birthday in heaven. She had longed for the day that they would be
together again. We miss her and can’t imagine this life on earth without her, but we are so thankful for the
hope we have in Jesus that we will see her again soon.
"Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Matthew 5:4
Teresa went to heaven on November 24, 2016 from her earthly home in Pierce City, Missouri. She was born
July 25, 1958 in Springdale and grew up in the Hindsville community. Teresa was devoted to the care of her
family. She enjoyed quilting, needlework, flower gardening and working in her yard. She was a member of
First Baptist Church in Diamond, Missouri.
She is survived by her husband, Bradley Davison, of the home; two daughters, Heather Russell and husband
Matt of Springdale, Holly Rodgers and husband Chris of Rogers; her parents, Carl and Dean (Phillips) Potter
of Springdale; one brother, Terry Potter also of Springdale; and eight grandchildren. She was preceded in
death by an infant son, James Brandon Davison.
A graveside service was Tuesday, November 29, at Benton County Memorial Park.
Vernis Ray Bolin, 75, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, December 4, 2016, at his home in Lowell. He was born
February 6, 1941 in Mount Judy to Lee Roy and Bertha Viola Donly Bolin. He worked at Tyson’s hatchery in Springdale for many years,
and was a well beloved husband, father and grandpa. Vernis will be greatly missed but will always live on in the hearts and
memories of his family.
He married Shirley Mae Young, his wife of 55 years, on October 3, 1961. In addition to his wife he leaves behind one son, Johnny
Bolin and wife Donna of Lowell; two granddaughters, Stephanie and Erica Bolin; two brothers, Everett Bolin of Vaughn, Walter Bolin of
Springdale; and two sisters, Imogene Hyland of Springdale, and Lorene McElhaney of Kingston.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, December 8, at Heritage Funeral Home. Interment will be at Friendship Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Edward Nolan “Eddie” Griffiths, 26, of Rogers, died Sunday, December 4, 2016 at his home. He was born
April 30, 1990 in Parma, Ohio, to Edward Robert and Robin Leigh Ellison Griffiths. Eddie was extremely
intelligent and personable, but always maintained is child-like outlook on life. He was near completing is PhD
in research psychology at the University of Arkansas.
He is survived by his parents, Ed and Robin Griffiths of Gravette; sister, Krystle Lindsey and husband Chris of
Muskogee, and their daughter Katherine; grandmother, Beverly Ellison of Bybee, Tennessee; and several
aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by grandparents, John Emerson Ellison, and Ed and
A memorial service will be 3 p.m. Sunday, December 11, at Heritage Funeral Home.