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Imogene Simpson Imogene Simpson was born on December 27, 1926 in Cherry Hill, Arkansas to Jesse Simpson and Callie Hoover Simpson. She passed away on Thursday, March 21, 2019 in a Fort Smith hospital. She went to work immediately out of high school as an operator for Southwestern Bell and was a dedicated employee until her retirement in 1981 after 35 years. Imogene loved to travel and bowl at Holiday Lanes, but the two great loves of her life were the Arkansas Razorbacks and the Los Angeles Dodgers. She was an active member of the Fort Smith Quarterback Club and was also active in the Telephone Pioneers. She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers: Waymon Simpson and Truman Simpson; and two sisters: Thelma Simpson Hays and Mary Kate Simpson Black. She leaves behind to honor her memory a host of friends and nine nieces and nephews and their families. The service will be graveside at Pinecrest Memorial Park in Mena, Arkansas on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. with Reverend Ann Ferris officiating under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

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Johnnie Wade Loyd age 61 of Grannis, Arkansas passed away Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Lynda Sue Wright, 79, of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas passed away quietly on March

in Mena. Johnnie was born on March 06, 1958 in DeQueen, Arkansas to the late Arthur Loyd and the late Minnie Mae Heaton Loyd. He worked on the pipeland and hauled pulp wood as a profession. Johnnie enjoyed hunting, fishing and being outdoors with family and friends. He treasured spending time with his grandchildren, who was the highlights of his life. He was a loving and kind father, grandfather, brother, and friend to all who knew him. He will be dearly missed by all. He is survived by sons: Josh Loyd of Zafra, Oklahoma and Justin Loyd and wife Kellie of Wickes, Arkansas; daughter: Trina Myers; grandchildren: Ely Loyd, Klara Loyd, Colton Loyd, Aison Loyd and Harper Loyd; brothers: Gary Loyd, Donnie Loyd and Bill Loyd; sister, Jerry Burch; friends: Jim Milspaul, Virby Hamm and Leslie Shores. He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Minnie Mae Loyd; brothers: DeWayne Loyd, Udale Loyd, Odale Loyd; and a sister, Joanne Calicoat. Graveside service was Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Baker Rock Cemetery with Brother James Squires officiating under the direction of the Beasley Wood Funeral Home of Mena.

20, 2019. She was born February 8, 1940 in Okmulgee, Oklahoma to the late William and Thelma Edith (Rickard) McClemore. Lynda retired after caring for patients as a registered nurse for over fifty years. During that time, she helped deliver hundreds of babies in labor and delivery, was a medical/ surgical nurse, and was director of nursing in Mena, Arkansas. Lynda loved spending time with her grandchildren and was their biggest fan at all their sporting activities. She was a huge Dallas Cowboy and Dallas Maverick fan. Lynda enjoyed crocheting and made beautiful afghans for her family. Spending time on Lake Ouachita with her family was a favorite pastime and hold memories that family will cherish forever. Lynda enjoyed reading her Kindle and watching television. She was a loving, dedicated wife, mother, and grandmother who always put her family first. Preceding Lynda in death are her husband of fifty-two years, Billy Leroy Wright; parents; and grandchildren: Renea Wright and Hope Christian Wright. She leaves to cherish her memory her children: son, Rickard “Rick” Wright and wife Mitzi of Helena, Arkansas, daughter, Terri Schuller and husband Mike of Mena, Arkansas, and son, Jeff Wright and wife Cyrie of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas; eight grandchildren: Greg Davis, Nate Davis, Ryan Davis, Josh Wright, LeAnn Wright, David Wright, Jacob Wright, and Kasie Wright; twenty-two great-grandchildren; sister, Nancy Fancher and husband Leon of South Carolina; three brothers: Bob Merideth and wife Carla of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Buz McClemore and wife Gail of Guiman, Oklahoma, and Mike McClemore and wife Janet of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and a host of family and friends who love Lynda and will miss her always. Graveside service will be held at Pinecrest Memorial Cemetery in Mena, Arkansas at 11:00 AM, Wednesday, March 27. Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home.

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Rowena Barr Rowena Barr, age 72, of Mena, Arkansas, died, Friday, March 22, 2019 at the Arkansas Hospice Center in Hot Springs. She was born on Thursday, January 9, 1947 to Allen Gaston and Nancy Mary Jane Glass Parten in Nanafalia, Alabama. Rowena was a Christian woman who always trusted in the Lord. She was a courageous and determined person that never faced an obstacle she would not overcome. Her family was always her number one priority and she loved them all unconditionally. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Mena and taught Sunday school there and at previous churches for most of the past 45 years. Rowena was a loving wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend, but her favorite role was Gammy to her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and scores of other children. She will be missed by all who knew her. Rowena is preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, James Parten, Allen Parten, Jr., and Earl Parten and one sister, Betty Story. Rowena is survived by her husband of 54 years, Howard Barr of Mena; two sons, David Barr and special friend, Patti Tice of Centralia, Washington and Michael and Jessie Barr of Mena; her daughter, Shannon McCormick and special friends, Daniel Ashcraft of Vandervoort; her brother and sister in law, Ronald and Barbara Parten of Selma, Alabama; her sister and brother in law, Arline and Jamie Walker of Mena; five grandchildren, four great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held Monday, March 25, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. at Calvary Baptist Church in Mena, Arkansas with Brother Andy Arnold and Brother Vic Anglin officiating. Interment will followed in the Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Cove, Arkansas. Visitation was held on Sunday, March 24, 2019 from 2-4 P.M. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena, Arkansas. Pallbearers were Aaron Kiersey, Dylan Ashcraft, Zane Barr, Seth Barr, Lannie Kiersey and Joel Ashcraft. The family is asking that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the American Cancer Society or Gideons International.

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March 27, 2019  

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