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Donna Janiece McGivern

12/13/1927 -5/18/2017


DONNA JANIECE (RICKERSON) McGIVERN, a former resident of Berryville, Arkansas was born December 13, 1927 in Santa Monica, California, the daughter of Charles Edgar and Dorothy Lorraine (Russell) Rickerson. She departed this life Thursday, May 18, 2017, in Rogers, Arkansas at the age of 89 years.

She is survived by three sons, Harold Ronald Venneman of Hanalei, Hawaii; Nathan R. Venneman and Mark Gordon Venneman, both of Simi Valley, California; twenty-five grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren; her cousin Evelyn (Russell) Moody, 4 step children and numerous other relatives, friends and loved ones.

Donna was preceded in death by her parents, Charles “Edgar” and Dorothy L. Rickerson; brother, Ronald Edgar Rickerson; daughter, Debra Collette (Venneman) Price; her first husband, Mark Venneman and late husband, Edward “Ted” McGivern.

Donna has requested that there be no memorial services conducted. Arrangements under the direction of Nelson Funeral Service. Online condolences may be sent to the family at








William Edward Swofford

7/30/1929 -5/20/2017


WILLIAM EDWARD “ED” SWOFFORD, of Berryville, Arkansas, went to his eternal home on Saturday, May 20, 2017. We know he was met at heaven’s gate by Jean asking, “What took you so long, Dad.” Ed was born July 30, 1929 to John Oscar and Eva Chloe (Plumlee) Swofford.

Ed taught his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren how to live life by the example he set in his daily life. Ed is deeply loved by his family and will be greatly missed, but we know he is rejoicing in heaven today.

On October 23, 1948, Ed was united in marriage to Emma Jean (Hutchison) Swofford, who preceded him in death. Ed and Jean were married 67 years. They attended the Church of God Holiness in Berryville for 63 years. Ed was the song leader, Sunday school teacher, a deacon, and a guitar player at his church. He loved his church and his church family.

Ed was the best Dad and Papa ever! He was truly a blessing to his family. He was a man who wore many hats during his life. Ed worked at the Berryville Machine Shop for eleven years. During that time, he was the man (or the monkey) who climbed the new Berryville radio tower in 1958 to hook up the final wire to the tower. Ed and Jean had a fifteen-minute gospel singing spot on the radio every Sunday beginning in 1958 when the radio station was new. Through the years, Ed raised chickens for Ocoma/Tyson Foods, owned Swofford trucking, and was a contract milk hauler for AMPI for many years with his cherished Mack trucks. He was also known as the “Bubble Gum Man” because he always had bubble gum for all the kids on his milk route and his bus route when he drove a bus for the Berryville School District. Most of all he is our precious Dad and Papa.

He is survived by his three children; son, Larry Swofford and wife, Tammy, of Oak Grove, daughter, Connie O’Dell and husband, Randy of Harrison, and daughter, Anita Badley and husband, Danny, of Oak Grove, He is also survived by eight grandchildren; Kristy Youngblood, and husband, Brannon, Jaime Badley and husband, Brandon, Meegan Hreha and husband, Jeff, Nora Triplett and husband, Tyler, Tosh Stringer and husband, Wes, Todd Badley, Larissa Weatherall and husband, Andrew, and Matt Swofford and wife, Kate; twelve great-grandchildren, Payton Youngblood, Maddie Youngblood, Gracie Youngblood, Tessa Badley, Lakin Badley, Blakely Hreha, Shade Triplett, Ava Triplett, Jarrett Stringer, Jace Stringer, Rory Weatherall and Nathan Weatherall; sisters-in-law, Betty McCreary, Sammie Hutchison, and Donna Swofford; several other relatives and friends.

Ed is preceded in death by his parents, John and Eva Swofford; wife, Jean Swofford; brother and sister-in-law, Denton and Clara Swofford, brother and sister-in-law, Delbert and Carrie Swofford, brother, Arlie Swofford, baby brother and sister; in-laws, Clifford and Edith Hutchison; five brothers-in-law, Carl Hutchison, Bob Hutchison, Billy Hutchison, Finis McCreary, and Donald Plumlee; two sisters-in-law, Molly Belle Plumlee and Loretta Hutchison.

Visitation will be 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at the Charles M. Nelson Memorial Chapel, Berryville, Arkansas. Funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, May 25, 2017 at the Charles M. Nelson Memorial Chapel, Berryville, Arkansas with Pastor Mark Pepple and Pastor Dale Menefee officiating. Interment will follow the service at the Hale Cemetery under the direction of Nelson Funeral Service, Inc. Memorial donations may be made to the Hale Cemetery Fund c/o Tommy Ferguson, 58 CR 429, Berryville, Arkansas 72616.Online condolences may be sent to the family at







William Carl Engman

5/16/1932 -5/13/2017


WILLIAM CARL ENGMAN, of Eureka Springs, Arkansas was born May 16, 1932, Hamburg, Germany, son of Wilhelm Hans and Nicolene Margaretha (Catharina) Engmann. He departed this life Saturday, May 13, 2017 in Fayetteville, Arkansas, three days, shy of his 85th birthday.

During his life, Bill saw the most, evil in mankind as well as the very good. Growing up in Germany during WW2, he lost his grandmother to the gas chambers and was required to join Hitler Youth. In the post war period, he helped
support his family by working in the black market.

In December of 1950 he immigrated to the United States with his mother and sister. He already had a college degree in chemical engineering, but had to teach himself English and did so achieving no detectable accent. He had a long successful career with W.R. Grace/Dearborn Chemical Division and Walling Chemical in water treatment and Tyson was one of his many customers.

Bill was proud of becoming a naturalized citizen on March 5, 1965. He was thankful for what this country allowed him to achieve, was very patriotic and he supported many conservative causes. Over the last decade, he was concerned about history repeating itself, noting things because of his life experience that most of us would not understand.

Bill enjoyed boating and was very active in the United States Power Squadron of Beaver lake, an organization dedicated to boater education and safety. He also enjoyed his pets and supported the Good Shepherd Humane Society of Eureka Springs.

He is survived by his son, William Engman of Dallas, Texas; two daughters, Diane and Lanette of Dallas; sister, Irmtraut Engman, of South Carolina. He is also survived by his adopted family, Chuck and Ginny Dell; grandsons, Hunter and Chase; granddaughter, Chandra and very special great-granddaughter, Rowan. He had many friends in Eureka Springs, including his best friends, the two “Buds”, Bud Clark and Bud Walling and very special friend, Doris.

On December 26, 1972, William was united in marriage with Hildalee (Graham) Engman. She preceded him in death in 2010 after thirty-eight years of a very happy marriage.

No services are scheduled at this time. Arrangements are under the direction of Nelson Funeral Service, Inc. Memorial donations may be made to the Good Shepherd Humane Society, 6486 Hwy 62 East, Eureka Springs, Arkansas 72632. Online condolences may be sent to the family at







Ona Marie Smith

5/9/1925 -5/14/2017


ONA MARIE SMITH, a resident of Berryville, Arkansas was born May 9, 1925 in the High Community, the daughter of Robert C. and Cassie Lilly (Anderson) Beal. She departed this life Sunday, May 14, 2017, in Berryville, Arkansas at the age of 92 years.

Ona was a member of the Church on the Hill and enjoyed gardening. Her true love was taking care of her family and spending time with her children and grandchildren.

On February 14, 1942, she was united in marriage to Clarence Owen Smith, who survives her of the home. She is also survived by her daughter, Brenda Mayes and husband, Danny, of Springdale, Arkansas; seven grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren; five great-great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and a host of friends and loved ones.

Ona is preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Cassie Beal; her brothers and sisters, and two sons, Larry and Jerry Smith.

Visitation will be 5:00-8:00 p.m.; Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at the Charles M. Nelson Memorial Chapel, Berryville, Arkansas. Funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m., Friday, May 19, 2017, at the Charles M. Nelson Memorial Chapel, Berryville with Pastor Keith Butler officiating. Interment will follow the service at the Berryville Memorial Park Cemetery in Berryville under the direction of Nelson Funeral Service. Online condolences may be sent to the family at







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