Delton Lloyd Usrey
DELTON USREY, a resident of Green Forest, Arkansas, was born August 05, 1932 in Conner, Arkansas, a son of Seth Thomas and Jennie Mary (Conner) Usrey. He departed this life Saturday, August 29, 2015 in Springdale, at the age of 83 years.
Delton proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War. He worked for Tyson Foods for many years.
He is survived by one brother, Wayne Usrey and wife Kaye and several cousins.
Delton was preceded in death by his parents, Seth Thomas Usrey and Jennie Mary Conner-Usrey and special friend, Rhoda Richardson.
There will be no visitation. Funeral service will be 2:00 P.M. Wednesday, September 02, 2015 at Nelson’s Green Forest Chapel. Interment will follow the service in the Gobbler Cemetery under the direction of Nelson Funeral Service. Memorial donations may be made to the Gobbler Cemetery Fund, c/o Kathy Bunch, 914 CR 501, Berryville, AR 72616. Online condolences may be sent to the family at nelsonfuneral.com.
Hellen Mabel Pinkley
HELLEN SMITH PINKLEY of Springdale, Arkansas, formerly of Berryville, Arkansas died August 25, 2015at the Earlene Howard Hospice Home. She was born near Marble, Arkansas on September 21, 1923 to parents, John Frank and Anna Willard (Allred) Smith.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband of 71 years, Herman Pinkley who died on March 12, 2014; her son Brian Pinkley who died on September 16, 2012; two brothers, Herman Smith and Hugh Thomas Smith; and three sisters, MaryEtta Clark, Susie Smelley, and Laura Cline.
Survivors include her sons, Lyle Pinkley of Eureka Springs, Arkansas and Ralph Pinkley of Fayetteville, Arkansas; and her daughter-in-law, Glenda Collins of Berryville, Arkansas. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Jesse Swift of Elkins, Arkansas, Ethan Pinkley and Abby Palomo both of Berryville, Arkansas; and a host of adoring family and friends.
Hellen was a dedicated Christian who attended Moore Free Will Baptist Church and enjoyed singing in the choir. She sang hymns on the day she died even though terribly weak. Hellen adored her family and was extremely devoted to her husband. They showed how marriage should be done – though they still had some spirited exchanges! Hellen’s only complaint as she was sick was that she couldn’t work. And work she did. She and Herman raised registered Brangus cattle, had a large garden, and he was a self-employed building contractor who didn’t retire until he was 73. They were each other’s best friend. Hellen had many talents, both ordinary and not so much. When she was 65 she took an artificial insemination course and passed with flying colors. She was still raking hay when she was 85. Perhaps her greatest gift was the art of storytelling, which she enjoyed tremendously. She could make even the smallest events hilarious when she told about them. This gift was appreciated on many occasions in the waiting room when a family member was having surgery and she was needed to distract those of us who were anxious. When she told stories Herman looked at her with such pride and love even though he had heard them hundreds of times. Hellen was comfortable talking about the fact that she would see Jesus soon. When asked if she was afraid, she just smiled and said, “not one bit.” Those of us who know Jesus will go to her, but she will not return to us. Her favorite verses of scripture were Hebrews 10:23 and Philippians 4:8.
Visitation will be from 9:00 until 10:00 A.M. Saturday, August 29, 2015 at the Charles M. Nelson Memorial Chapel in Berryville, Arkansas. A celebration of her life will follow the visitation at 10:00 A.M. Saturday, August 29, 2015 with Reverend Doug Harris officiating. Interment will follow the service in the Moore Cemetery under the direction of Nelson Funeral Service, Inc. Memorial donations may be made to Gideon’s International, P.O. Box 362, Berryville, Arkansas 72616. Online condolences may be sent to the family at nelsonfuneral.com
Stefanie K. Bearden
Early Saturday morning, August 22, 2015, Stefanie K. Bearden, formerly of Fort Worth, Texas, died peacefully in her sleep in the home where she had lived since 2012 near Green Forest, Arkansas. Stefanie would have been 88 in October.
Stefanie was a native of the former province of Silesia, Germany which, after World War II, became a part of Poland. Her heart was in the medical field – she dreamed of being a missionary doctor and working in Africa but the war changed all that. After she and her extended family fled west, Stefanie met her husband William A. (Bill) Bearden in West Germany in 1946 and they married in 1947. Since Bill was a career Army officer, Stefanie moved many times and had many responsibilities but she also managed to raise three children while working as Red Cross (Gray Lady) volunteer.
After the children left home and Bill retired from the Army in the early 1970s, he and Stefanie settled in Fort Worth and became active doing volunteer work, primarily assisting Meals on Wheels and St. Stephen Presbyterian Church, Bill as a docent and Stefanie as a leader for the Sandwich Guild.
Husband Bill preceded Stefanie in death in 2003. Stefanie is survived by sons, William A. (Bill) Jr., residing with his wife Cathy in Sandy, Utah, and Robert L. (Bob), currently living in Danville, California; daughter, Susan E., residing with her husband Joseph K. Anderson near Green Forest, Arkansas; first cousin, Brigitta Wolfram, living in Etzenricht, Germany with her husband Heiner; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and cousins.
Stefanie’s ashes will be interred with husband Bill at the Fort Sill National Cemetery near Elgin, Oklahoma at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to St. Stephen Presbyterian Church, 2700 McPherson, Fort Worth, Texas 76109-1405; to one of the charities that Stefanie supported: primarily Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, Ohio 45250-0301, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, P.O. Box 9462, Fayetteville, Arkansas 72703, and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105; or to any other noteworthy charity or organization. Arrangements are under the direction of Nelson Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be sent to the family at nelsonfuneral.com.
Careen Yvonne Kreider
There will be no obituary at this time.
John (Jack) Charles Thompson
John Charles (Jack) Thompson, a resident of Holiday Island, Arkansas, was born October 6, 1930 in Keego Harbor, Michigan, a son of Conrad and Eva (Rasmussen) Thompson. He departed this life Tuesday, August 25, 2015 in Fayetteville, Arkansas at the age of 84 years.
John proudly served in the United States Marines during the Korean War. He Worked as an Electrical Engineer. His hobbies were golf and he was a member of the Holiday Island Golf League.
He was united in marriage with Wanda Brunner of sixty three years, who survives him of the home. He is also survived by one brother, Don Thompson & wife Sandy of Dripping Springs, TX; one sister, Nancy Facer & husband Ronald of Waterford, MI; brother-in-law, Jerry Wagner and one nephew, Thomas Wagner of Memphis, TN; several other relatives and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Conrad and Eva Thompson and one sister, Carol Wagner.
Memorial services will be 10:00 AM, Friday, August 28, 2015 at the Holiday Island Community Church with Reverend Allen Thrasher officiating. Memorial donations may be made to the Holiday Island Community Church, 188 State Line Drive, Holiday Island, AR 72631. Online condolences may be sent to the family at nelsonfuneral.com.