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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 was Saturday, May 14, at
Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Springdale.
NADAINE MARIE ELDRIDGE, 90, of Springdale, died Monday, May 9, 2016.  She was born April 5, 1926 in Little Kansas, Oklahoma, to
Carl and Amy (Brooks) Carrigan.  Nadaine enjoyed camping, was devoted to her family, and loved spending time with her
grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Coy Eldridge; a son, Don Eldridge; a great-grandson, Chance Byars; and a brother and
sister.  She is survived by daughter, Darlene Darner and husband Donald of Springdale; sister, Claudia Pack of Wetumka, Oklahoma;
three grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, and several step-grandchildren.
A graveside service was Saturday, May 14, at
Elm Springs Cemetery.
THOMAS "TAYLOR" HUDSON, 40, of Springdale, passed away tragically on Wednesday, May 11, alongside his
beloved daughter, Sophia Presley Hudson.  He is survived by his son, Tommy Hudson, 13, of Springdale; his
parents, Tommy and Vikki Hudson, of Harrison; his sister, Brooke Andrews and husband Eric; and his nephew,
Cooper Andrews.  He was a member of Mary Mother of God Catholic Church.  
Taylor graduated in 1994 from Rogers High School as captain of both the baseball and football teams as a
Mountie.  He graduated from Ole Miss where he played on the baseball team, as did his father.  He graduated in
1998 with a degree in International Business, earning a Minor in Spanish.  He was a State Farm Agent in
Springdale at the time of his passing.  
Taylor’s greatest love was that of his two children, Tommy and Presley.  They made him so proud on a daily
basis, so much so that he would cut himself off from bragging on them because he didn't want to ramble.  His
eyes lit up when Presley would show everyone her latest dance move or when Tommy would display his latest
card trick for the family.  He was especially close to his sister Brooke, and everyone who knew them recognized
that they had a very special, legendary, close relationship from the moment she was born. Taylor was an avid
sportsman and loved crappie fishing and hunting. Baseball remained a passion with Taylor throughout his life,
especially his Rebels.  He was so proud that his son, also, shared that passion and loved watching him play
ball.  Probably anyone who knew Taylor would picture him with his beloved dog, Jordan, alongside him.  He
extensively trained Jordan from the time he was at Ole Miss and he took her everywhere with him.  He used to
show off all she would do for him, one of which was fetch a drink out of the refrigerator!  If you would like to honor
Taylor, a donation to your local Humane Society would certainly be appreciated by dogs less fortunate as Jordan.
Taylor loved the simple things in life; a good pair of boots, a great game on the TV, or just having a good
conversation with someone.  He loved people and although he had a simplistic approach to life, he would never
turn down an opportunity to debate you in just about any topic that you could think of, whether it was politics,
geography, history, and especially sports.  His intellect would draw you in and once you were there, it was hard
to leave a conversation.
A Mass of Christian Burial was Monday,May 16, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church with burial will be at
St. Joseph
Cemetery in Tontitown.
SOPHIA PRESLEY HUDSON, 11, of Springdale, passed away in a motor vehicle accident on May 11, 2016,
alongside her father, Taylor Hudson. Presley was in 5th grade at J.B. Hunt Elementary. She was creative, sassy,
compassionate, loving and a leader. She could brighten up any room with her smile. She enjoyed playing softball,
dancing, and traveling.
Presley is survived by her mother Connie Hudson, sister, Tori Eubanks, brothers Jay Eubanks and Tommy
Hudson, grandparents Jackie and Tommy Phelps and Vikki and Tommy Hudson, aunts Brooke Andrews and
Beth Phelps, uncles Eric Andrews and Billy Phelps, and cousins, Cooper Andrews, Jessi Phelps, Kim Phelps,
Kim Plumlee, and Krystal Miller.
In addition to her father, Presley is preceded in death by her Aunt Carol Bauerlein, Uncle Jeff Bauerlein, and
cousins Mollie and Callie Bauerlein.
A Mass of Christian Burial was Monday, May16, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church with burial will be at
St. Joseph
Cemetery in Tontitown.
DANNY PURYEAR, 65, of Springdale, passed away Friday, May 13, 2016 at Circle of Life Hospice.  He was born
April 1, 1951 in Fayetteville to Calvin Autry and Ruth Elizabeth Samuel Puryear.  Danny was a lifetime resident of
Springdale and worked as a truck driver for Tyson Transportation.  He was a hard worker and loved spending
time with his grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his mother.  Survivors include his wife, Vanessa Puryear of the home; two
step-children, Jeremy Cotton and wife Machele of Seligman, Kathleen Russell and husband Simon of Pea
Ridge; his father, Autry Puryear of Springdale; one sister, Sandra Denney of Bixby, Oklahoma; one nephew, Clint
Thomas and wife Kelly; one niece, Anita Thomas; and four grandchildren, Alissa Russell, Andrew Russell,
Taytum Cotton and Titus Cotton.
In keeping with his wishes there will be no funeral.  Memorial donations may be made to
Circle of Life Hospice.
SETH BRYANT JAMES, 29, of Lincoln, died Wednesday, May 11, 2016.  He was born July 20, 1986 in Springdale.
He is survived by a son, Dawson James, and a daughter, Karalyna James; his mother, Johnnie Washburn of
Springdale; his father, Donnie James of Siloam Springs; a brother, Jake James of Conway; a sister, Kaitlyn
James of Siloam Springs; two step-brothers, Dustin Christmas of Elkins, David Christmas of Springdale; and
grandparents, Reba Clark, and Jimmy and Glenda James all of Siloam Springs.  He was preceded in death by
his grandfather, David Allen.
Seth grew up in Siloam Springs and Springdale Arkansas. He loved spending time with family where his smile
and laugh were always contagious.  As a big brother, there was no friendship that was closer, harder, sweeter,
happier, sadder, or more filled with joy. He was the first person to play with, share with, and laugh with. He was
the first to pick on you, but even quicker the first to defend you and fight with you.  He was the one that taught you to
say what you thought, good or bad, and then quickly turn around and show you the power of love and forgiveness
and that it's OK to be vulnerable and be your authentic self.   He was a best friend, as only a brother can be.
From a young age he enjoyed working on anything with wheels or a motor. Seth spent summers helping on his
uncle's farms, hay fields and repairing their tractors & equipment.  His Auto Mechanics team won multiple
competitions and he was awarded scholarships to attend Universal Technical Institute for Auto and Diesel
Mechanics.  After college he made his livelihood as a mechanic working as his dad's and uncle's diesel
mechanic and later for himself and others.  As a very humble and independent individual, Seth was never very far
from his tools and something that needed fixing.
Even as passionate as he was about "turning wrenches", as he used to say, he always considered his
accomplishment his children, Dawson and Karalyna. They were his greatest Love and Joy.  He loved spending
time with them and all of his conversations included talking about how much they meant to him.  His love for them
was greater than any words can describe. You could see it when his eyes brightened with a smile and the shine
of an almost tear and you could hear it in the slight crack of emotion in his voice every time he talked about them.
A graveside service wasWednesday, May 18, at
Yell Cemetery.
As parents, brother and sister, nothing can relate to you how overwhelming and paralyzing this week has been.
Our hope is that this suffering can somehow have a positive impact and raise awareness of the causes of suicide
and the very real, clinical diseases of depression, mental illness and addiction. We never in a million years
thought this would happen in our family. Please, please, please take a minute to educate yourself on the warning
signs at www.SuicidePreventionLifeline.org. If you or someone you know has any warning signs, discussions or
thoughts of suicide, we encourage you to immediately call the National Suicide Prevention 24-hour Lifeline at
1-800-273-TALK (8255). - With Hope Love and Prayers, Donnie, Kaitlyn, Johnnie  & Jake.
JENNIFER ANNE RUSSELL, 73, of Fayetteville, passed away Saturday, May 7, 2016 at her home.  She was born
January 3, 1943 in Pratt, Kansas, the daughter of Wilson and Mary Katherine “Toady” Ford.  She graduated from
Siloam Springs High School in 1960.  She competed in local rodeos with an Equestrian Drill Team as a barrel
racer during her high school years.  She was a 1965 graduate from the University of Arkansas with B.S.H.E and
was a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority.  Jennifer worked as a personal banker in Fayetteville for many years
before retiring and enjoying her hobbies of birding and traveling, which included mission trips to a Guatemalan
orphanage.  She was a member of University Baptist Church for many years and most recently Freedom
Fellowship in Tontitown.
Her father preceded her in death.  In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband of 53 years, Carl M.
Russell of Fayetteville; two children, Stephanie Pilarz of Riverside, Illinois, Jason Russell and wife Sara Russell
of Fayetteville; five grandchildren; her sister, Stephanie Brown and husband John E. Brown, III of Siloam Springs;
her sister-in-law, Karen Burks and husband Roy Burks of Rogers; and several nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Jennifer’s life was Saturday, May 21, at
Freedom Fellowship in Tontitown.  In lieu of flowers the
requests donations be made to
World Vision at www.worldvision.org, or to Casa Aleluya.
MICHAEL JOSEPH "MIKE" HUTTER, 57, of Springdale, died Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at his home.  He was
born July 11, 1958 in Springdale, and graduated from Springdale High School in 1976.  Mike was a team roping
member in his younger years and always enjoyed his time on the family farm.  He was a truck driver for many
years and also enjoyed working on machinery, welding, and using his tools.  He was a very generous and giving
person and loved spending time with his grandchildren.  Many close friends called him “Grasshopper” from his
old CB handle.  
He was preceded in death by his father, Joe Hutter, in 2015.  He is survived by two children, Jeremy Hutter and
wife Charita of Hindsville, Kim Sieber and husband Jason of Springdale; his mother, Pat (Parsons) Hutter of
Springdale; one sister, Melinda (Hutter) Yates and husband Dwayne of Pea Ridge; eight grandchildren,
Braydon, Dayton, Dylan, Makayla, Desirae, Cash, Cayden, Cayler; and many other loving relatives and friends.
Funeral services were Saturday, May 21, at
Faith Freewill Baptist Church with burial at Friendship Cemetery.
RONALD EDWARD McGAHHEY, 69, of Springdale, died Thursday, May 19, 2016 at Circle of Life Hospice.  He was born May 24, 1946 in
Merced, California to Tony Frank and Billye Lou (Laffoon) McGahhey.  Ron served in the Navy during the Vietnam War.  He enjoyed
fishing, reading westerns and helping others.  He especially loved spending time with his grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Mary (Phelan) McGahhey of the home; twin sons, Matthew and Patrick McGahhey both of Minnesota; a
daughter, Kimberly Johnson of Springdale; another son, Dan Crabtree of Yelm, Washington; two sisters, Judy McGahhey and Brenda
Russell both of Springdale; 16 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Jim and Ken McGahhey.
A graveside service
was Thursday, May 26, at Fayetteville National Cemetery.  
BARBARA EVELYN COLLINS, 88, of Springdale, died Wednesday, May 25, 2016.  She was born June 5, 1927 in
Mount Gayler, Arkansas to George and Bonnie Meaders Johnston.  Barbara was a member of Westside
Church of Christ.  She was the wife of a preacher and always ready to work and travel with her husband.  She
was devoted to the care of her family.
She is survived by her husband, Donald Glenn Collins of the home; two sons, David Collins and wife Debra of
Prairie Grove, Stephen Collins and wife Tara of Kansas City; and several grandchildren including Rachael.  
She was preceded in death by several brothers and sisters.
Funeral services will be 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, at Heritage Funeral Home Chapel.  Interment will be at
Fayetteville National Cemetery.