Obits for 1-14-18

This article was published January 14, 2018 at 4:00 a.m.

Roy C. Bettis

The Rev. Roy Carlton Bettis, age 80, of Hot Springs, passed away on Jan. 11, 2018. He was born on July 1, 1937, to the late Algie Thomas Bettis and Lois Holloway Bettis. He married the love of his life, Rene Bettis, on April 19, 1959.

Roy was a graduate of Sparkman High School. He served four years in the U.S. Navy, departing as a petty officer second class in 1959. He graduated from Western Apostolic Bible College in Stockton, Calif., in 1963 and was president of the student body.

Roy was founding pastor of the United Pentecostal Church in both Smackover and El Dorado, Ark. He was also a pioneering missionary, starting churches in Adelaide, Australia, Guam and Micronesia. In retirement, he spent time with Rene traveling and doing many work projects at "the ranch."

He is preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Cardinal Bettis, James Rogers, Bernard Rogers and Dale Bettis; and sister, Merle Banski.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 58 years, Rene Bettis, of Hot Springs; his two sons and one daughter-in-law, Leland Roy Bettis (Melissa) of Phoenix, Ariz., and J. Carr Bettis of Scottsdale, Ariz.; seven grandchildren, Parker Bettis, Ha'ani Bettis, Sierra Bettis, Chelsea San Nicolas, Sydney Bettis, Reilly Bettis and Carly Bettis; brother, Roland Bettis, of Magnolia and brother, Kenneth Bettis (Sharon), of Donaldson; nieces, nephews, extended family members and a host of wonderful friends.

Pallbearers will be Parker Bettis, Tony Bettis, Rob Peryon, Jon Frey, Ronnie Rogers and Dave Toves. Honorary pallbearers are Thomas Richard, Richard Davenport, Milton Yeaman and Bobby Lackey.

The viewing will be held 5-7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, at Apostolic Faith Tabernacle. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan.16, 2018, with the Rev. Dennis Anderson and the Rev. Richard Price officiating.

Military honors will be conducted by U.S. Navy following services at the church.

Interment will follow at Sparkman Memorial Cemetery in Sparkman, Ark.

Guest registry at

Marilyn L. Egger

Marilyn Louise Egger, age 78, of Hot Springs, died Monday, Jan. 8, 2018.

She was born July 13, 1939, in Ventura, Calif., the daughter of Walter H. Clark and Freda M. Baker Clark. She is preceded in death by her brother, Bruce Clark, and son, Nicholas Tedeschi.

Marilyn served with the U.S. Postal Service for 25 years, retiring as postmaster of Mountain Pine, Ark.

She is survived by her son, Anthony "Tony" Tedeschi; grandchildren, Nicole Boswell (Chris), of Hot Springs, James Tedeschi (Jennifer), of Corpus Christi, Texas, and Toni Harlow (David) of Waco, Texas; sister, Joan Davis, of Hot Springs; special friend, Gail Wood of Kirby, and special pet "Lucy."

Graveside services will be held 2 p.m. Monday at Scott Cemetery in Mountain Pine with Pastor David Harlow officiating.

Pallbearers will be James Anthony Tedeschi, Jelyannah Harlow, Rebecca Boswell, Eric Glisson, Jay Shane and David Harlow.

Guest registry is at

Craig Few

Brother Craig Few, 70, of Hot Springs, Ark., passed away on Jan. 11, 2018.

He was born in Chicago, Ill., on Sept. 26, 1947, to William Few and Marian Few.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Daisy Few; his two daughters, Michelin Moore and Kimberly Few; and his two granddaughters, Makiya and Mazanee Moore. He is also survived by one Aunt, Mae Few; ten cousins, and host of other relatives and friends.

Craig accepted Jesus Christ as his savior at the age of 17 and served as a deacon for 43 years with New Nazareth Missionary Baptist and Shiloah Baptist Churches of Chicago, Ill.

After retiring to Hot Springs in 2010 he became a faithful member of Lake Hills Free Will Baptist Church.

Craig graduated from Dunbar Vocational High School and also earned a degree in paramedic medicine.

Before serving 20 years as a paramedic with the Chicago Fire Department, from which he retired in 2010, he held several positions, including driving a cab, newspaper truck and charter bus.

Craig loved people and always left an impression wherever he went.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 15, 2018, at Lake Hills Free Will Baptist Church on Airport Road. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Burial will follow immediately at Hollywood Cemetery in Hot Springs.

Pastor John Reed will officiate.

The family would like to thank you all for your condolences and expressions of sympathies, and will acknowledge them formally at a later date.

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Chris Golden

Chris Golden, 44, of Hot Springs, died Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018.

Services will be held 2 p.m. today in Davis-Smith Funeral Home Chapel, Hot Springs, with Brother J. B. Evans officiating.

Interment will be in Coker Cemetery.

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Kathleen K. Little

Kathleen "Kimbrell" Little passed away Dec. 28, 2017, at the age of 84.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Agnes Kimbrell, and husband, Cecil (Bruce) Little.

Surviving her is her sister, Patty Bunch; her children, Russell (Scott) Little, Pamela Munyon and Terrence Little; close family friend (daughter), Kim Thein; grandchild, Sheila Huseman (husband Trevor); and two great-grandchildren, Aubrey and Greyson.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Overland Park, Kan., with visitation at 10 a.m. Flowers are welcome.

She will be laid to rest at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church in Centennial, Colo.

Kathleen was raised in Hot Springs, Ark. She attended Stephens College, the University of Arkansas, and Blackburn College, where she earned her teaching degree. In 1955, she married Cecil (Bruce) Little, whom she loved and cherished for over 60 years. She was active in the Episcopal Church and the Cursillo community for many years. She enjoyed being actively involved with her church family. She loved spending time with her family and friends, studying God's word, reading and spending time in the sunshine.

Arrangements by Langsford Funeral Home, Lee's Summit, Mo.

Roger D. McClard

ROGERS -- Roger Dale McClard, 63, of Rogers, Ark., passed away peacefully at his home Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, following a day of prayer with his mother-in-law, Priscilla Mason.

Roger was born Jan. 14, 1954, to Patrick and Maxine McClard; he was the fifth of their six children. A master craftsman and owner of McClard's Custom Cabinets, Roger enjoyed riding and building motorcycles, blues music and his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Patrick and Maxine McClard, and an oldest brother, David McClard.

He is survived by the love of his life, Lois McClard; sons, Jimmy Witherspoon, Erik McClard and Patrick McClard; siblings, Sammy McClard, Patsy Crumpton, Donna Greis and Ricky McClard; six grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and countless friends. He will be greatly missed by all.

A memorial visitation will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, at Stockdale-Moody Funeral Chapel in Rogers, followed by a time of sharing memories at 10:45 a.m.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Stockdale-Moody Funeral Services of Rogers.

Kathleen P. Paul

MALVERN -- Kathleen "Kathy" Plummer Paul, 91, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Jan. 11, 2018.

Visitation will be 1-2:30 p.m. today at Regency Funeral Home followed by a graveside service at Oakridge Cemetery in Malvern.

Arrangements by Regency Funeral Home. You may sign the guest book at

Joanne D. Reagler

Joanne Davis Reagler died on Jan. 10, 2018.

A graveside service will be held at 11:45 a.m. today at Jewish Rest Cemetery.

A Memorial Service will follow at 1 p.m. at Congregation House of Israel.

Online obituary and guestbook are available at

Evelyn D. Richardson

Evelyn Delores Richardson, 64, of Hot Springs, Ark., passed away Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, at home surrounded by her loving family. Delores was born Sept. 19, 1953, to Joseph and Evelyn (Shehane) Lynch in Hot Springs.

Delores was known for her bright smile and adored her family above all else. She was a warm, loving person who was creative and enjoyed doing art projects with her children as they were growing up. For more than a decade she and her husband owned and operated the Hot Springs Village Voice newspaper. She also had a love for travel, even more so if it involved traveling to be with family.

She is predeceased by her father and also her husband, Steven Daves.

Delores is survived by her daughters, Kenley Forga (Dylan) and Shelly Farrow (Craig); grandchildren, Koley Dee Forga, William Farrow and Aiden Farrow; her mother, Evelyn Lynch; sister, Cindy Penny (Stacey); brothers, Larry Lynch (Michelle) and Michael Lynch (Betsy); and many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, and uncles.

A visitation will be at 3-5 p.m. today in the chapel of Gross Funeral Home. Funeral service will take place Monday at 1 p.m. also in the chapel of Gross Funeral Home, with interment to immediately follow at Crestview Cemetery.

Serving as pallbearers are Mike McCurry, Bo Garrett, Scott Lynch, Brian Lynch, Tyler Lynch and Chris Cochran. Honorary pallbearers are caregivers of Home Instead Senior Care and Dierksen Hospice.

The online obituary, guestbook and memorial tribute are available at

Phyllis Schneider

Phyllis Schneider, 87, affectionately known as Miss Phyllis, of Hot Springs, Ark., passed away Jan. 7, 2018. She was born Oct. 29, 1930, in Wet Glaize, Mo., to Ernest and Gladys Ledford.

Phyllis loved to camp at Grand Lake and was well known to spoil her family in every way possible. Country and big band music could be heard in the background while she read her favorite books.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, LeRoy Schneider; and son, Eric Schneider.

Survivors include daughter, Marlene Davis, and partner, Pamela Meyer, of Hot Springs; sisters, Katherine Stripling, of Texas, and Nancy Farris (Ronnie), of Kansas; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and her beloved cat, Misha. Special mention, Aja Guinn and Amyah Tollette, whom she considered family.

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Juan N. Wheatley

Juan Nash Wheatley went to be with the Lord on Friday, Jan.12, 2018.

Born Nov. 19, 1926, she was predeceased by her husband, Kenneth Wheatley Sr. Survivors include Sandra and Gary Wilson, of Hot Springs; Karen and Kenneth Wheatley III, of Hot Springs, and Melissa and Mack Wheeler, of Clarksville, Ark. She has nine grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, at Greenwood Cemetery, Hot Springs.

Any memorials should be made to First Baptist Church Building program, 2350 Central Ave., 71901.

Arrangements are with Hot Springs Funeral Home.

Online condolences at

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