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|WILMA LENE TROLLINGER, 87, of Springdale, died Sunday, March 27, 2016 at Circle of Life Hospice. She was
born January 24, 1929 in Prairie Grove to Hugh and Gertie Carney Neal.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Fred “Joe” Trollinger in January; two daughters, Glenda
Easterling and Judy Trollinger; two brothers, Buck and Bill Neal; and a sister, Theda Garriott.
She is survived by a daughter, Lisa Sisemore; a sister, Frankie Lee; five grandchildren, Steve Easterling, Brad
Easterling, Jason Sisemore, Josh Sisemore and Jana Sisemore; and two great-grandchildren, Brooklyn
Sisemore and Asher Sisemore.
A funeral services was Thursday, March 31, at Robinson Avenue Church of Christ with burial at Friendship
Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Circle of Life Hospice or the Alzheimer’s Association.
JOHN ARTHUR SPURGEON, 67, of Lowell, died Thursday, March 24, 2016 at Willard Walker Hospice Home in Fayetteville. John was
born in Terra Haute, Indiana to Charles Haddon and June Frances Driscoll Spurgeon. John served in the Army during the Vietnam
War and then was a police officer with the Monroe Police Department in Louisiana. He retired after 34 years as an ATF agent.
Following retirement John was a gallery guide at Crystal Bridges in Bentonville and was a consultant with the FFL Guard.
John was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Tontitown. He loved skiing, reading, traveling and his dogs.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Jennifer Spurgeon-Summerfield.
He is survived by his wife, Dee Spurgeon; five children, Nichole Schlais and husband Joe, Heather Griffin and husband Shane, Neal
Spurgeon and wife Olga, Carla Hodges and husband Jeff, Leigh Collins and husband Jon; a sister, Anne Sanders and husband Jerry;
three favorite nieces; 10 grandchildren, one great-grandchild; and best friends, Jim and Teri Zamillo.
A family memorial service is planned later this year. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church, P.O. Box 39,
Tontitown, AR 72270 for the sanctuary fund.
NELLIE LAVON EDMONDS, 76, of Fayetteville, died Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at her home. She was born
February 20, 1940 in Colgate, Oklahoma to William and Bitha Hall McKinney. Nellie was a hard worker
throughout her life. She was devoted to the care of her family and enjoyed caring for others.
She was preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters.
She is survived by five children, Rick Harmon and wife Leanna of Lowell, Ron Harmon and wife Teresa of Santa
Paula, California, Leana Smith and husband Steve of FayettevillE, Leamon Dale Harmon of Bakersfield,
California, Nellie McCulley of Springdale; one brother, Billy McKinney of Stuart, Oklahoma; eight grandchildren,
Ryan Harmon and wife Nicole, Amanda Harmon, Tera Harmon, Ronnie Harmon and fiancé Leslie, Amber
Read and husband Robert, Tyler Smith, Nicole Vasquez, Hunter McCulley; and five great-grandchildren,
Kayleigh Harmon, Jagger Harmon, Ava Bradley, Ashlynn Read and Harper Bradley.
A graveside service was Saturday, April 9, at Bluff Cemetery.
MARY LOUISE GREENLEE WEBB, of Springdale, was called home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, April 5, 2016
at the age of 96. She was born January 30, 1920 in Pontiac, Michigan to Ernest Emanuel and Violet Blakeslee
In 1938 she married she married George Greenlee who was called to his heavenly Father on December 17,
2001. She remarried in 2008 to Eugene Webb who preceded her in death June 26, 2010. She was also
preceded in death by a brother, William, a sister, Margaret, and son-in-law, Richard Whiteman.
Survivors include three children, William Greenlee and wife Connie of Florence, Arizona, Anne Whiteman of
Springdale, James Greenlee of Pigeon, Michigan; 11 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren, and numerous
nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
A memorial service was Thursday, April 14, at Cross Church in Springdale where she was a faithful member.
Memorial contributions may be made to Cross Church, 1709 Johnson Road, Springdale, AR 72762 for the
Reaching Our Mission fund.
JUNE DAVISON, 80, of Avoca, died Monday, April 11, 2016 in Rogers. She was born October 22, 1935 in
Portageville, Missouri to Dock Marshall and Gertie Mae McPeak Nowell.
June enjoyed crocheting, playing the guitar and singing the old hymns. She loved people and was devoted to the
care of her family. She retired from the jewelry department with Walmart after 22 years and attended Daystar
Church of God in Rogers.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Glen Willey Davison, Sr. in 2002, and a grandson, James Brandon
She is survived by six children, Glen Willey Davison, Jr. and wife Janet of Springdale, Lynn Davison and wife Lisa
of Fayetteville, Kathy Phillips and husband Mike of Avoca, Bradley Davison and wife Teresa of Pierce City,
Missouri, Marshall Davison and wife Sabrina of Rogers, Shane Davison and wife Joy of Aix-en-Provence, France;
three brothers, Wade Nowell, Dwight Nowell, Roger Nowell; seven sisters, Patsy Roberts, Bobbie Searles,
Vonnie Snelling, Alinda Sue Frame, Tonya Swims, Peggy Jo Schoolcraft, Teresa Lemmerbrock; 11
grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren.
A graveside service was Friday, April 15, at Benton County Memorial Park.
PATRICIA LOUISE GUTHARY MARTS of Springdale, passed away Tuesday morning, April 12, 2016, at Northwest
Medical Center in Springdale after a short hospitalization. She was born December 3, 1932, in Gentry, to Margie
Leach and Andy McClinton Guthary. She attended Gentry Public Schools and graduated as Salutatorian of her
She attended John Brown University for two years, then graduated from the University of Arkansas with a
Bachelor of Science Degree in Home Economics Education. She taught high school Home Economics in
Clarksville, where she married Donald K. Marts. He was co-owner of The Herald-Democrat, a weekly
newspaper and job printing shop.
After teaching for six years, she stayed home to raise her two sons, Andy and Kent. She began working at the
Johnson County Hospital as Food Service Supervisor and held that position for six years. The newspaper/job
printing plant was sold and the family moved to Springdale, where she returned to the University of Arkansas
and received her Master of Science Degree in Nutrition. Pat then worked as a Clinical Dietitian at Springdale
Memorial Hospital for two years, and then became the Director of Nutrition Services for 16 years before retiring.
She was active in the Springdale Presbyterian Church, the Northwest Arkansas District Dietetic Association and
the state Dietetic Association. After retirement, she became a member of the Hospital Auxiliary where she
worked in the gift shop. She was a member of the Gentry Order of Eastern Star No. 359.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Bobby Gene Guthary; and a sister, Betty Sue Guthary.
Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Donald K. Marts; two sons, Andy (Tammy) of Mountain Home, Kent
(Natalie) of Bentonville; a sister, Mary Ruth Guthary Schomberg ( David) of Holstein, Mo.; a sister-in-law, Arline
Guthary of Sapulpa, Okla.; a brother-in-law, Larry Marts of Altus, Ark.; eight grandchildren; one great-grandson;
four nieces; and six great-nieces.
A memorial service was Friday, April 15, 2016, at First Presbyterian Church of Springdale. In lieu of flowers,
memorials may be made to the church, 100 S. Gutensohn, Springdale AR 72762.
WILLIAM "WILLIE" WESLEY PHILPOTT, JR., age 55, of Highfill, died Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at Willard Walker
Hospice in Fayetteville. He was born June 16, 1960 in Gravette. Willie enjoyed riding motorcycles, driving his
dump truck, and the time he spent in Sitka, Alaska. He had a tremendous belly laugh, loved joking, and was
devoted to his family.
He is survived by two daughters, Ali Philpott of Bentonville, Tayla McCully and husband Christopher of Centerton;
his parents, Bill and Ercille (Anderson) Philpott of Gentry; one sister, Rayelene Dorsey and husband James of
Elkins; and three grandchildren, Madison, Emma and Peyton.
A memorial service was Monday, April 18, at Living Faith Church in Fayetteville.
KERRY LEIGH (SHIRKEY) McCUNE passed away Friday, April 15, 2016, at 60 years of age. Kerry was a kind,
loving, and giving person who embodied the spirit of compassion, family bonds, and open arms.
Kerry was born on April 1, 1956, to Leo and Edna Shirkey in Stuttgart, Arkansas. She was the youngest of five
siblings: Pat Mahl of Wilmington, North Carolina (husband Larry), Carolyn Dodson of Springdale, Marilyn Cox of
Almyra, (husband Glenn “Sonny”), Robert “Butch” Shirkey of Southport, North Carolina (wife Kathleen), and Mike
Shirkey of Fayetteville.
Known as “Kiki,” she is survived by her husband Byram McCune of Tontitown, Arkansas, her stepson Asa McCune
of Dewey Beach, Delaware, twelve nieces and nephews, seventeen great nieces and nephews, one great-great
nephew, and one great-great niece on the way. Each held a special place in her heart.
Many years ago, Kerry began a tradition of buying Hallmark Series Christmas ornaments for each of the “greats”
and “great-greats.” This was a special time as each looked forward to their ornament from her – and it showed
that she viewed the kids as much her children as they were their parents.
As an avid outdoors person, she loved duck and deer hunting and shared the how-to’s with her husband Byram.
Trout fishing and spending time on the White River below Bull Shoals became her passion. Time spent there
was not only a treat, but a valuable retreat. She often invited family and friends to join her and her husband on
these retreats so they could share in a part of her life that she loved.
After her retirement from Farmers Insurance Group in Little Rock, and a move to northwest Arkansas, her love for
her dogs enticed her to go to work in the veterinary field. She most recently was the Office Manager for Springdale
Animal Hospital (formally known as Wiggins Animal Hospital).
A memorial graveside service was Friday, April 22, at Emanuel Lutheran Cemetery in Stuttgart. In lieu of flowers,
please donate to your local animal shelter or the Emanuel Lutheran Church of Stuttgart Chapel Fund, 209 South
Grand, Stuttgart, AR 72160, in Kerry’s honor.
MAYME LaCLEDE STAGGS, formerly of Fayetteville, passed away on Saturday, April 23, in Searcy. She and her
twin sister Mabel were born on April 2, 1922, to Albert and Bertha Simpson of the Stony Point community in
Northwest Arkansas, joining a family of eight siblings. Preceding her in death were her husband, Charles; a son,
Stanley; and her nine brothers and sisters. Survivors include son Bill (Clara) of Springdale and daughter Jan
(Steve) of Searcy; six grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.
In addition to being a wife, mother, and homemaker, Mayme worked for the Fayetteville Public Schools for many
years as assistant to the school district dietician. She was an active member of the North Street (now Mount
Comfort) Church of Christ and also participated in the Home Demonstration Club and the Gardening Club,
delivered Meals on Wheels, and enjoyed traveling to such places Hawaii, Ireland, Alaska, and Israel.
Mayme made a lasting mark in this life through her strong faith and opinions, her involvement in clubs and
service organizations, and her talents as a seamstress, flower arranger, and quilter. A lover of roses and
gardening, she won many blue ribbons for her entries in the Washington County Fair.
Funeral services were Tuesday, April 26, at Mount Comfort Church of Christ.
GEIRMUND SVEIN "JERRY" JOHANNESEN, 84, of Decatur, died Monday, May 2, 2016. He was born January 7, 1932 in Bergen, Norway
to Johan and Sofia Kravik Johannesen. Jerry, as a child, survived two bouts of Tuberculosis and the German occupation of Bergen
during WWII. He moved his family to the United States in 1951. He was a master painter, artist, and enjoyed skiing. He had a
wonderful sense of humor and loved teaching his talents and trades to his sons. Jerry was one of Jehovah’s witnesses.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Lisbeth Pierce, in 2010. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Inger (Mykkelvedt)
Johannesen of the home; three sons, Terje Johannesen of Decatur, Kenneth Johannesen of Springdale, Peter Johannesen of
Richardson, Texas; a brother, Jan Helge Johannesen of Florida; ten grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, May 14, at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Springdale.