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Barbara Jean Jayroe

3/7/1950 -7/25/2015


BARBARA JEAN JAYROE, a resident of Holiday Island, Arkansas, was born March 07, 1950 in Harper, Kansas, a daughter of James Sr. and Joyce (Phye) Ellis. She departed this life Saturday, July 25, 2015 in her home in Holiday Island, at the age of 65 years.

Barbara worked as a cook at a hospital in Kansas for many years. She was an avid reader and crocheter.

In August 1991, Barbara was united in marriage with Thomas Jayroe who survives her of the home. She is also survived by one son, Andy Jayroe of Holiday Island, AR; one daughter, Amanda and husband Jesse Agresto of Eureka Springs, AR; one brother, James Ellis of Hutchison, KS; one sister; ten grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and a host of friends and loved ones.

Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, James Sr. and Joyce Ellis.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Nelson Funeral Service. Online condolences may be sent to the family at






Michael Leroy Gwinup

7/9/1950 -7/24/2015


MICHAEL LEROY GWINUP, a resident of Berryville, Arkansas, was born July 09, 1950 in Shreveport, Louisiana, a son of Arthur Alexander and Virginia May (Woods) Geist. He departed this life Friday, July 24, 2015 in his home in Berryville, at the age of 65 years.

Michael worked in the construction industry.

He is survived by ex-wife, Charlene Goforth of Berryville, AR; two sons, Lloyd Gwinup and companion Val Webb of Berryville, AR and Christopher Gwinup and wife Keara of Springfield, MO; one daughter, Ashley Gwinup and companion Casey Honaker of Bentonville, AR; eleven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two brothers, Kenneth Geist of Delta, CO and David Geist of Hotchkiss, CO; one sister, Augusta Geist of Eckert, CO; and a host of other family, friends, and loved ones.

Michael was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Virginia Gwinup; grandparents; one son, Michael Gwinup; one sister, Dalene Keeland; two grandchildren, Andrew Michael Gwinup Honaker and Alexis Barrera.

A celebration of life dinner will be held at the home of Charlene Goforth, 1108 East College, Berryville, AR 72616 at 10:00 A.M. on Sunday, Augusst 02, 2015. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Nelson Funeral Service. Memorial Donations may be made to First National Bank c/o Keara Gwinup. Online condolences may be sent to the family at







Ivey Earl Phillips

6/3/1936 -7/24/2015


Ivey Earl Phillips, 79, of Bentonville, Arkansas, died Friday, July 24, 2015, at Bradford House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Bentonville, Arkansas.

Mr. Phillips was born in Coffee County, Georgia on June 3, 1936, to the late Jefferson J. and Cora Lee Harper Phillips. He was preceded in death in 2013 by his wife of 53 years: Mary Jane (Willis) Phillips. He was also preceded by 7 brothers and sisters.

Mr. Phillips was raised in Fitzgerald, Georgia where he attended high school and excelled in all sports. He later entered the Air Force and upon discharge settled in Atlanta. His career in the finance industry would then take him to Cleveland, TN, Corsicana, TX and Irmo, SC. In his free time, he enjoyed playing golf and pool and working in his yard.

He is survived by one daughter, Robyn Janelle Thurman; son-in-law, Scot Thurman; granddaughter, Lila Claire Thurman; and grandson, Matthew Scot Thurman all of Bella Vista, Arkansas. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Cremation arrangements were made with Nelson Funeral Service. Memorial donations may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association. Online condolences may be sent to the family at






Melva Jo Bailey

11/13/1929 -7/21/2015


Melva Jo (Parker) Bailey, a resident of Osage, Arkansas was born November 13, 1929 in Grow County, Texas a daughter of Marvie West and Mattie Elizabeth (Baker) Parker. She departed this life Tuesday July 21, 2015 in her home at the age of 85.
Jo was an awesome Mother and Granny that loved her family very much. She loved to crochet and to cook for her family and friends. She was always there with a welcoming smile. She was a member of the Church of Christ in Alpena.
She is survived by two sons, Jr. Bailey and his wife Debby of Green Forest, Arkansas and Mark and his wife Dana of Osage, Arkansas, two daughters, Patty and her husband Doyle of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Linda and her husband Rodney Middleton of Verdigris, Oklahoma, one sister June Diel of Many, Louisiana, 10 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren, a host of caregivers other family members and friends.
On March 8, 1947 she was united in marriage with Maurice Richard Bailey, Sr. who preceded her in death on June 6, 2011. She was also preceded in death by her parents, six brothers and four sisters.
Memorial celebration will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, July 25, 2015 at the New Hope Fellowship Church located at Woodland Acres Bible Camp in Green Forest with Bro. Jim Goins officiating. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Mercy Hospice, 804 W. Freeman, Ste. #4, Berryville, AR 72616. Online condolences may be sent to the family at














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