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TERESA ANN BRIGGS
Teresa Ann Briggs, 48, of Springdale, died Thursday, September 25, 2014 at Northwest Medical Center. She was born December 18,
1965 in Springdale, the daughter of Don and Nina Ceola Moody. Teresa loved animals and spending time at the family hunting cabin.
She enjoyed helping others.
She was preceded in death by her son, Ricky Briggs in 2008, and grandparents, Eulah and Ezra Moody. She is survived by two
children, Bobby Henderson and Monica Deason; her parents, Don and Nina Moody; one brother, Rob Moody; one sister, Sharon
Simmons; and three grandchildren, Trenton, Brynlee, and Brennen all of Springdale.
Funeral services were Monday, September 29, Heritage Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was at Bluff Cemetery.
EVELYN MARIE STATON
Evelyn Marie Staton, 26, of Springdale, died Saturday, October 4, 2014 at Willard Walker Hospice Home in Fayetteville. She was born
April 13, 1988 in Visalia, California. Evelyn was devoted to her family. She was preceded in death by an infant son, Jonathon.
She is survived by her husband, Justin Staton, and son, Jason Staton, both of the home; her mother, Judy Bray and husband Renard of
Garfield; her father, Carey Bullard and wife Donna of Springdale; one brother, Joseph Bullard of Fayetteville; and grandfather, Raymond
Atkins of Garfield.
A graveside service was Thursday, October 9, at Coffelt Cemetery.
BRYAN ALAN BUTCHER
Bryan Alan Butcher, 45, of Fayetteville, died Sunday, October 12, 2014. He was born July 19, 1969 in Urbana, Ohio.
Bryan enjoyed his work, going to the casino, NASCAR and Razorback athletics.
He is survived by his mother, Theresa Jackey of Fayetteville; his father, James Butcher of Bloomingburg, Ohio; two
sisters, Karri Hickman and husband Randal, and Marisa Keeland, all of Durant, Oklahoma; his grandmother,
Martha Wheeden of Springdale; three nephews, Tracey, Zakk, Justin; one niece, Shelby; and several aunts uncles
A visitation and eulogy service was Thursday, October 16, at the funeral home followed by cremation.
SHELVA DEAN ENGLAND
Our Mama, Shelva Dean England, 77, of Springdale, went to be with our Lord Jesus Christ on Tuesday, October 14,
2014 at Circle of Life Hospice in Springdale where everyone gave such loving care to her and us. We truly thank
Shelva was born January 10, 1937 in Steele, Missouri to Cecil Edward and Sinda Marie Cotner Jordan. She
resided at Shiloh Health & Rehab for two years and at Fayetteville City Hospital for one year. We are grateful to all
the staff for the awesome care and love that she received from both homes. She was a member of The Sanctuary
in Lincoln and was a homemaker.
She is survived by four children, Freida England Ray and husband Keith of Siloam Springs, Tonia England Garcia
and husband Fermin of Fayetteville, Glenn England and wife Kerry of Elkins, and her baby boy, Jody England of
Hendersonville, Tennessee; one sister, Pearlene Duff of Union City, Tennessee; 11 grandchildren, Bianca, Ashley,
Skyler, Brandon, Jordan, Aaron, Britney, Travis, Trevor, Olivia and Gavin; and five great grandchildren, Katelyn,
Kinley, Jalen, Weston and Layton.
We will miss you so very much. We know you are in heaven teaching all of God’s angels the “Shelva Shuffle”. We
also extend a special thanks to our sister, Freida, who took care of her for so many years.
A memorial service was Friday, October 17, at the funeral home.
JOHN DAVID JONES
John David Jones died on October 7, 2014 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He was born in Blaenau Ffestiniog, Wales on
June 26, 1923. Initially those present at his birth thought John was stillborn and placed him in a corner while
attending to his mother. However, John soon began making a ruckus to let them know that he planned on sticking
around. The family home in the village of Tanygrisiau was the standard housing provided to a slate miner’s family,
complete with an outhouse in the back yard. John’s childhood home still exists as an exhibit in the Welsh Slate
Museum in Llanberis.
John, along with his mother Lizzie Kate and sister Beryl, came to the U.S. at the age of 5 to be with his father John
Griffith who had left Wales to find work. John’s dad, who found work in the Detroit Ford power plant, died three years
later on August 5, 1931 leaving Katherine alone with the two children. With the help of Detroit’s tightknit Welsh
community and her hard work in an automotive factory, she succeeded in raising two fine individuals. After
completing high school when the U.S. entered World War II, John enlisted in the U.S. Army and was assigned to the
Signal Corps in 1943. He participated in military operations in Tunisia, Italy, and France until his discharge in
October 1945. After the war, he attended Wayne State University for two years and then accepted a job with AT&T.
Most importantly, during the job interview process, he met his future wife Ruth, whom he married on September 25,
John and Ruth decided that they wanted to move from Detroit to San Francisco, but had the good sense to stop in
Seattle where a dinner at Canlis and a job referral for John from an Army buddy sealed the deal. After working in
Seattle for several years, John transferred to manage Pacific Northwest Bell’s Bellevue office. Subsequently, he and
Ruth bought a house in Kirkland in the Bridlewood Circle neighborhood that they grew to deeply love. While working
in Bellevue John served as president of the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce, Bellevue Rotary, and the Eastside
YMCA, and as North King County’s United Way Chair. In 1966 the Bellevue Jaycees named him Bellevue Citizen of
the Year. John worked for Pacific Northwest Bell until 1983. He and Ruth were members of Bellevue Presbyterian
Inspired by serving as the volunteer campaign manager for a friend’s successful run for the State House, John
started a second career in politics. In 1970 he was elected to the Washington State House of Representatives,
where he served until he was appointed to the State Senate three years later. He served in the Senate until 1983,
and rose to leadership positions as the Republican Caucus Whip (1977-80) and then Caucus Chairman (1980-83).
In 1983 John left the Senate to join the State Board of Tax Appeals. He served on the board for three years, the last
two as chair. In 1986, he was appointed to the King County Board of Equalization, on which he served until 2002,
including several years as board chair.
John spent the last ten years of his life in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where he and Ruth moved to be near to his son Brad
and his family. He was a devoted father, and grandfather. He was preceded in death by his father John, mother Lizzie
Kate, sister Beryl, and grandchild Greg. John is survived by his wife Ruth, sons David (Vicki) and Brad (Michelle), and
grandchildren Spencer, Sam, Johnny, and Ashley.
John was proud of his Welsh heritage. He believed in public service and was a master at the seemingly lost art of
working across the political aisle. He couldn’t walk for more than a minute in Bellevue without running into someone
he knew, delighted to stop for a chat.
A celebration of John’s life will be held in Seattle at a future date.
CHRISTOPHER DAVID TAYLOR
Christopher David Taylor, 34, of Colcord, died Saturday, November 8, 2014 at his home. He was born February 11,
1980 in Lakewood, California to David and Dawn Marie Magnuson Armantrout Taylor. Chris enjoyed sports and
working out at the gym. He loved time with his children.
He was preceded in death by his mother, and a grandmother, Barbara Kindle. He is survived by his wife, Tasha White
Taylor, and children, Trinity and Trystyn Taylor of the home; his father, David Taylor of Branson; his step father, Steve
Armantrout of West Fork; two brothers, Cody and Chaz Armantrout both of West Fork; one sister, Jessica Wagner of
Springdale; and grandparents, Barbara Armantrout of West Fork, and Carl Kindle of Colcord.
A graveside service was Monday, November 17, at Friendship Cemetery.
SHIRLEY ANN "GRANNY" HICKAM
Shirley Ann Hickam, 83, of Springdale, died Saturday, October 25, 2014 at Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville. She
was born September 14, 1931 in Cape Fair, Missouri to Fred and Burchell Mills Carr. Shirley was a member of the Church of Christ
and attended the Robinson Avenue congregation. She loved serving others and was an awesome “Granny”.
She married Al Hickam on June 21, 1955 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He preceded her in death in 2008. She is survived by two
daughters, Jo Ann Graham and husband Dale of Broken Arrow, Tammy Norvell and husband Robert of Springdale; five grandchildren,
Brett Graham and wife Kristen, Adam Graham and wife Abbie, Chad Graham and wife Jordan, Robert Norvell and wife Jana, Whitney
Killebrew and husband Jay; and six great grandchildren, Kate Graham, Ian Graham, Molly Jane Graham, Jack Graham, Kendall
Graham and Audrey Killebrew.
Funeral services were Tuesday, October 28, at Heritage Funeral Home Chapel with burial will be at Elm Springs Cemetery. Memorial
contributions may be made to the Paragould Children's Home.
BARBARA ANN SOLKO
Barbara Ann Solko, 82 of Lowell, died Friday, October 31, 2014 at Willard Walker Hospice Home in Fayetteville. She
was born July 3, 1932 in Hendley, Nebraska to Harold and Alice Kimmel Breinig.
Barbara was an active member of the Catholic Church. She taught religious education at both St. Mary’s Catholic
Church in Herndon, Kansas, and Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oberlin, Kansas, and traveled to Costa Rica on
mission trips to help build churches. Barbara was employed with John Deere for over 20 years. She enjoyed reading,
gardening, farming with her husband and volunteer work. She was a very friendly and compassionate person.
She married Elmer Lee Solko on June 2, 1956 in Arapaho, Nebraska. He preceded her in death in 2011. She was
also preceded in death by a grandson, Matthew Tallant, and a sister, K’Alice Breinig.
She is survived by three children, Elmer Ross Solko and wife Gina of Fayetteville, Alicia Russell and husband Kelly of
Lowell, Barry Solko and wife Dawn of Springfield, Missouri; two sisters, Lavonne Shank of Arvada, Colorado, Mary
Leonovicz of Omaha, Nebraska; one brother, David Breinig of Denver, Colorado; and two granddaughters, Jessica
Scoggin and Kylie Russell.
A memorial mass was Tuesday, November 4, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oberlin, Kansas. Burial was
Thursday, November 6, at Fayetteville National Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to a local Diocesan
Seminary Fund or to Willard Walker Hospice Home.