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January, 2018

  • 15 January

    Donna Gaddis Hefner

    Mrs. Donna Gaddis Hefner, age 80, a resident of Mena, Arkansas, died Saturday, January 13, 2018, in Mena. She was born on May 29, 1937, in Dierks, Arkansas. Mrs. Hefner worked in retail, was a homemaker, and a member of the First United Methodist Church in Mena. Mrs. Hefner was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph Othel “Pap” and ...

  • 8 January

    Mary Elizabeth White

    Mary Elizabeth White, born on January 28th, 1932 to Howard and Audrey Guize in Port Arthur, Texas, passed away peacefully on December 25, 2017 in Beaumont Texas. Mary was preceded in death by her parents, and husband, Francis Ellis “Pamp” White. Mary is survived by her daughter, Mary Ann Bescher; daughter, Pamela and husband Lynn Coffman; and son Howard White; ...

  • 8 January

    Joy Rozell Bailey Jenkins

    Joy Rozell Bailey Jenkins, age 84 of Wickes, Arkansas, died on Friday, January 5, 2018 at the Mena Regional Hospital. She was born on Sunday, November 19, 1933 to Lonnie Odell and Creo Rillie Edwards Reatherford in Brownfield, Texas. Joy loved her family and spending time with the ones she cared for. She lived for many years in Zafra, Oklahoma, ...

  • 4 January

    Jay Marshall Balkenhol

    Jay Marshall Balkenhol, age 66, of Mena, AR passed away on December 29, 2017, in Mena, AR. Jay was born March 23, 1951, in Emporia, KS to the late Jacob F. and Lois Marshall Balkenhol. After graduating from Emporia High School in 1969, Jay majored in fine arts at Emporia State University. He received a graphic arts certificate from Salina ...

  • 4 January

    Clayton Oneal Wallace

    Clayton Oneal Wallace, age 53, passed away of cancer on January 1, 2018 in Conway Regional Hospital, Conway Arkansas. Clayton is survived by his sister, Rosa Ann Abernathy, of Conway, Arkansas; and his niece, Renee LeAnne Abernathy, Mills. He is preceded in death by his father, Clayton Oneal Wallace, Sr., and his mother, Erma Lee Ryals Dunagan. Clayton was born ...

  • 3 January

    Howard Wayne Johnson

    Howard Wayne Johnson, age 70, of Mena, Arkansas, passed away Tuesday, January 2, 2018 in Oklahoma. Wayne was born on September 2, 1947 in Sapulpa, Oklahoma to the late Howard Edwin Johnson and Valeda Ellen Van Horn Johnson. He was married to Linda Smith Johnson. Wayne worked in the Waste Management business. Wayne enjoyed sub teaching, as he loved being ...

  • 3 January

    Marion Louise Winters

    Marion Louise Winters, age 93 of Smithville, Oklahoma, passed away Monday, January 1, 2018 in Smithville. She was born on September 2, 1924 in Tonawanda, New York to Robert Kinne and Winifred Priscilla Waldorf. She enjoyed working on crossword puzzles and reading. Marion dearly loved her family and will be missed. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great grandmother ...

  • 3 January

    Zepha Lorene Forehand

    Zepha Lorene Forehand, age 81, was born to Andrew and Annie Lou Mixon on July 2, 1936 in Malta, Texas. She went to her heavenly home on January 2, 2018 in Mena, Arkansas. Zepha enjoyed going to church and singing. She also loved to help others, and working in her yard and garden. She worked at Aalfs in Mena for ...

  • 3 January

    Roger Dale Sharp

    Mr. Roger Dale Sharp, age 68 of Wickes, Arkansas, passed away Thursday, December 28, 2017 in Wickes. Roger was born on February 19, 1949 in Mena, Arkansas to Ovan Chester Sharp and Marietta Monteen Musick Sharp. He served his country in the United States Army. Roger worked for the County Road Department. He enjoyed gardening, hunting and fishing, just being ...

  • 2 January

    Earl F. Hale

    On December 29, 2017 Earl F. Hale, the ‘old Medicare recipient from De Kalb out on FM 1840,’ rode West with God in an M2/M3 Half-Track telling Him to ‘double clutch it’ as they left this world and headed toward the Pearly Gates. Born December 18, 1922, Earl was raised near Fort Smith. The youngest of seven children of Charles and Tennessee Smith Hale [Jim; Ruth (McGehee); Bill; Harold; Elsie (Ross); and Inez (Wiley)], Earl lived ...