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Dan Alexander Denham, 60, born November 11, 1954 in College Station, Texas, went to be with his Lord and
Savior on Friday, June 5, 2015.
Known as Big Dan to his friends, he was a big man in stature and personality known most for his love of music,
sense of humor, and extreme generosity. He housed and fed dozens of people, as he knew the Lord would
have him do. There was never any doubt where you stood with the man. He always gave the unvarnished truth;
the advice was sage, the stories long and colorful, and the music powerful. All the varied and sometimes crazy
conversions will be missed. Music was his passion... as a teenager he sang for the Queen of England with the
First Baptist Church of Dallas Chapel Choir and he went on to teach the gift of music to many.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 29 years, Ethel Denham, as well as his parents Elam and Mary.
Survivors include his son Zachary Denham and wife Joannie, and daughter Sarah and husband Jamie Vance,
as well as his four grandchildren, Zion and Kaylee Denham and Ian and Ella Vance. Other survivors include his
brothers and sisters, Laura Denham Rieff, Galen Denham, Charles Denham, and Polly Tandon, as well as
several cousins, nieces, and nephews.
A graveside services was Tuesday, June 9, at Spring Creek Missionary Baptist Cemetery.
DOYLE FREDERICK "FRED" HILL
Doyle Frederick “Fred” Hill of Rogers died after a lengthy illness on Monday, June 22, 2015. He was born in Martinez, California, to
Freeman and Mary Altha Michaels Hill on January 2, 1936.
Fred graduated high school in Mulhall, Oklahoma, served in the U.S. Navy, and graduated with an MBA from Oklahoma State
University. He was the business administrator for an Oklahoma state mental hospital, a statistical cost analyst for North American
Rockwell on the Apollo moon project, a business owner and electrical supply salesman, an avid fisherman and fan of all OSU sports.
Until he became ill, he was an active member of Grace United Methodist Church in Rogers, Arkansas.
Fred was a loving and loved husband, father, grandfather and friend. He is survived by Becky, his wife of 46 years, his daughter and
her husband, Teresa and David Townsend, his son and his wife, Michael Freeman and Shelly Hill, granddaughter Kaylin Layne
Townsend and grandson, Riley Wayne Townsend. Fred was preceded in death by his parents and an infant sister, Ellen.
A memorial service is planned later this summer. Memorials may be made to Grace United Methodist Church.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Shiloh Nursing and Rehab in Springdale for the wonderful care they gave Fred.
DAVID LEE TRAVIS
David Lee Travis, 46, died Saturday, July 4, 2015 at Washington Regional Medical Center. He was born October
11, 1968 in Gillette, Wyoming to the late Leland Floyd “Lee” and Constance Marlene “Connie” Matlack Travis.
He was also preceded in death by a brother, Mark Alan Travis.
David loved and believed the words of Romans 8:38-39, “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor
angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other
created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
He is survived by two brothers, Bill and Jeff Finch both of Springdale; two daughters, Daniale Shepherd of
Springdale, Krysti Massie and husband Donnie of West Fork; five grandchildren, Bailie, Haylee, Gabe, Carter,
Trenton; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
A memorial service was Sunday, July 19, at the Wilson Park Pavilion in Fayetteville.
MERLENE FAYE RICHARDSON
Merlene Faye Richardson, 69, of Highfill, died Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at her home. She was born May 26, 1946
in Springdale to Cecil and Myrtle May Lawson Richardson.
She is survived by four sons, Kyle Nelson and Steed Curry both of Gentry, Ron Curry of Tulsa, Eddie Curry also
of Gentry; three sisters including her twin, Erlene Pilgrim of Gentry, Pat Richardson of Gentry, Betty Collins of
Lowell; two brothers, Mahlon Richardson of Tontitown, Sonny Richardson of Gentry; six grandchildren and five
great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a sister, Linda Kirkland.
A graveside service was Friday, July 10, at Burkshed Cemetery.
Geneva Turner died Thursday, July 9, 2015 at home in Prairie Grove. She was born August 10, 1934 in Everton,
Arkansas to James and Noma Trammel Martin. Geneva was a member of Abundant Life Pentecostal Church
of God in Springdale.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Turner, and baby daughter, Judy Turner.
She is survived by five daughters, Kathy Hanna of Oklahoma, Donna Brewer, Bonnie Brock, Patsy Tuner and
Margaret Dennison all of Arkansas; two sons, Steven Turner of Oklahoma, Carl Turner of Arkansas; 20
grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-granddaughter.
Services were Saturday, July 18, at Abundant Life Worship Center with burial at Round Mountain Cemetery.
Lucas Merlin “Luke” Caldwell, age 53, died Wednesday, July 22, 2015 at his home in Springdale. He was born September 29, 1961 in
Springdale to Bill and Ann Miller Caldwell.
Luke grew up in Springdale. When he was younger he enjoyed swimming, jumping off of cliffs at the lake, and fishing. He also
enjoyed motorcycles, football, and was a huge Oakland Raiders fan. He shared a friendly football rivalry with his son, Jon, who is a
Kansas City Chief fan, but in the end would also support the Chiefs for Jon’s sake. Jon also remembers special times with his dad
playing video games and coming to school to eat lunch with him. Luke loved his family unconditionally, was a forgiving and
charismatic person, and had a great sense of humor.
He is survived by his son, Jon, of Stillwell; his parents, Bill and Ann Caldwell of Springdale; three sisters, Debbie Speer of California,
Karen Scott of Gravette, Brenda Lee of Cave Springs; one brother, Quentin Caldwell of Springdale; and two grandsons, Adrian and
Jaxon Caldwell both of Stillwell.
A graveside service was Monday, July 27, at Cave Springs Cemetery .
Joseph Franklin “Joe” Hutter, 86, of Springdale, died Thursday, August 6, 2015 at his home. He was born
August 7, 1928 in Mount Pulaksi, Illinois to Joseph and Lydia Maxheimer Hutter.
Joe was an accomplished horseman and trainer beginning at the age of twelve gaiting horses. He served in
the Army during Korean War and then returned to his training occupation. His career allowed him to travel
throughout the country including a job in Springdale for the Rodeo of the Ozarks where he met and then later
married Patricia “Pat” Parsons Hutter on December 9, 1955. The couple enjoyed the same interest and lived a
short time in Sherman, Texas before returning to Springdale where Joe worked for 18 years at Parsons Feed
Store and continued his horse training. He was devoted to his family and loved spending time with his grand
and great-grandchildren. He enjoyed sports and listening the Cardinal baseball on the radio.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two children, Mike Hutter and wife Lesia of Springdale, Melinda Yates
and husband Dwayne of Pea Ridge; two sisters both of Bellingham, Washington; seven grandchildren,Jeremy
Hutter, Kim Sieber and husband Jason, Casey Brandenburg and wife Whitney, Kevin Yates, Kailey Hutter,
Denver Yates, Carson Yates; and six great-grandchildren, Dayton Sieber, Dylan Sieber, Desirae Sieber,
Braydon Hutter, Makayla Hutter and Madison Brandenburg.
Funeral services were Monday, August 10, at Cross Church in Springdale with private family burial at Friendship
Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association NWA or the charity of choice.
Elmer “Leon” Morgan, 91, of Rogers, Arkansas, died Thursday, August 6, 2015 at his home. He was born
September 21, 1923 in Indian Bayou, Louisiana to Frank and Melissa Mary LeBlanc Morgan.
Leon served in the Army Air Corps during WWII and the Air Force Korean War. He was a barber throughout his
life and owned and operated shops in Crowley, Louisiana. He enjoyed golfing with his friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Harley Morgan; and wife, Rosa “Candy” Morgan. He is
survived by his son, Kevin Morgan and wife Rev. Pam Morgan of Rogers; one brother, Daniel Morgan of Salt Lake
City, Utah; three grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
SANDRA SUE WILSON
Sandra Sue Wilson, 73, of Springdale, passed away Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at Willard Walker Hospice
Home in Fayetteville. She was born July 12, 1942 in Eureka Springs to Paul and Dora Ruth Pyatt Gulley.
Sandra enjoyed decorating, painting and cleaning her house, going to the movies with friends, and especially
loved her grandchildren and attending their activities. She gave her life to Christ and was a member of
Fellowship Bible Church.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Jimmy and Bill Gulley.
She is survived by her husband, Kendall Wilson, whom she married June 17, 1961 in Berryville; four children,
Michelle Wilson of West Fork, Eric Wilson and wife Kellee of Springdale, Kristi Ralston and husband Brett of
Springdale, Shawna Bradley and husband Brett of Fayetteville; seven grandchildren, Erica Culp, Blair Ralston,
DaShaun Stark, Braxton Bradley, Kaden Ralston, Tristan Bradley and Jaiden Wilson.
A memorial celebration was Saturday, August 22, at Fellowship Bible Church in Rogers. Memorial
contributions may be made to Cancer Support Home or Willard Walker Hospice Home.
MICAHEL LYNN HARRIS
Michael Lynn Harris, 51, of Alabam, died Thursday, August 13, 2015 at Washington Regional Medical Center in
Fayetteville. He was born March 17, 1964 in Culpeper, Virginia.
Michael is survived by Angela, his wife of nine years; his parents, John and Mary Coppage of Forum; two
brothers, Rick Coppage and wife Tracy of Witter, Gary Coppage of Forum; one sister, Teresa Bardwell of
Fayetteville; three nephews, Zachary Bardwell, Colton Bardwell, Randy Weaver; and one great-niece, Emma
His wishes were to be cremated and his ashes scattered over his favorite fishing lake in Virginia.
RITA ILENE PATTON
Rita Ilene Patton, 83, of Bethel Heights, died Sunday, August 23, 2015 at her home. She was born June 28, 1932 in Salus, Arkansas to
William and Beryl Warren Curran. Rita was devoted to the care of her family and enjoyed cooking and traveling with her husband.
She is survived by her husband, Robert Patton, of the home; two children, Pat Patton of Reno, Nevada, Michael Patton of Bethel
Heights; and one sister, Reba Smiley of Farmers Branch, Texas. She was preceded in death by three brothers.
A graveside service was Wednesday, August 26, at Bluff Cemetery.
BRENDA LOU JOHANNESEN
Brenda Lou Johannesen, 60, of Springdale, died Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at Northwest Medical Center in Bentonville. She was
born May 8, 1955 in Long Beach, California to Harold Dean and Betty McHenry Fisher. Brenda was one of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Johannesen, and three siblings, Becky Ellenbarger, Marianne Michelito, and Wayne Fisher all
A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, September 5, at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 1710 Pine Woods Road.