Obituary for Bev Kreie

Photo of Bev Kreie in New Mexico.
Bev Kreie

Beverly Jo Kreie, 60, died May 20, 2018, in Las Cruces, New Mexico. She was born Jan. 28, 1958, to Jack Conrad Kreie and Mary Jo Newlin Kreie in Torrington, Wyoming. When she was still an infant, her family moved to Northwest Arkansas where she grew up. After she graduated from Fayetteville High School, she studied under European-trained chefs and became the head chef at a popular restaurant in Little Rock for over 12 years.

In 2002, she moved to Las Cruces, New Mexico, to join her sister and then her parents, who later retired in Las Cruces. Beverly worked for several years as a chef in local restaurants and also did some private catering.

Family and friends always enjoyed her delicious food, including her creative take on lasagna, such as creamy mushroom lasagna and New Mexico-inspired green chilé chicken lasagna. She also had been an avid tennis player since her high school days. In Las Cruces, she played competitive tennis with a 4.0 league for several years.

She was survived by her sister Deborah Jean Camacho of Springfield, Tennessee; sister Jennifer Kreie of Las Cruces, New Mexico; her sister-in-law Necole Krueger Kreie; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents and her brother, Wade Clinton Kreie of Little Rock, Arkansas. Her father, Jack Kreie, taught chemistry at Fayetteville High School for 29 years.

She was cremated and her remains were to be returned to Arkansas for burial alongside her parents and other family members. No local services are planned.

Obituary for Greg Flowers

Greg Flowers

Gregory Eugene Flowers, 60, of Fayetteville died of heart disease Tuesday, April 18, 2017, in Springdale. He was born February 16, 1957, in Fayetteville to George and Josie Flowers. He was preceded in death by his father.

Flowers was a member of the Fayetteville High School Class, the members of which also knew him by the nickname of “Gravy” or occasionally “Gravy Train.” One friend recalled how he got the nickname: Back in 1964, Greg and Michael Buchanan attended a Boys Club summer camp. Greg called Michael “mashed potatoes” and Michael called Greg “gravy.”

Greg attended the University of Arkansas, where he became a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. He was co-owner of Bullpen BBQ, and he formed and coached a city league basketball team named the Train Gang.

He is survived by his mother, Josie Flowers of Fayetteville; sons, Spencer Flowers of Fayetteville, Darnelle and wife Lindsey Flowers of Denver, Colorado, Monty and wife Stephanie Flowers of Fayetteville, and Johnathan and wife Sarah Flowers of Atlanta, Georgia; a daughter, Alexa Flowers of Fayetteville; a brother, George Flowers of Farmington; a sister, Tommie and husband Lawrence Davis of Little Rock; seven grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, April 22, at Beard’s Chapel with Gary Noble officiating. Interment will follow in Oak Cemetery under the direction of Beard’s Chapel. The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Friday, April 21, 2017 at the funeral home. Condolences at

Greg Flowers

Obituary for Morton ‘Skip’ Carnes

morton-carnesMorton Wayne “Skip” Carnes, 56, of Springdale died Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, at his home. He was born April 24, 1958, in Fayetteville, Arkansas, to Odean and Katherine Morton Carnes.

Carnes was vice president and managed Arkie Lures in Springdale. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and spending time with his granddaughter. He was an avid Razorback Basketball fan.

Survivors included his mother, Katherine and stepfather Raymond Netto, one son, Bo Carnes and wife Lesley of Fayetteville; one daughter, Laura Jade Farris and husband Joe of Lowell; two brothers, Bob Carnes and wife Mary Alice of Rogers and Timothy Carnes and wife Charlotte of Greenland; one granddaughter, Cambry Farris.

Funeral services were Oct. 4, 2014, at Sisco Funeral Chapel of Springdale. Burial followed at Shady Grove Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Arkansas Children’s Hospital, 1 Children’s Way, Little Rock, Arkansas 72202.

Obituary for Mike Bryant

Michael Lynn Bryant, 19, of Route 2, Fayetteville, died Nov. 29, 1976, at a Fayetteville hospital. He was born May 25, 1957, the son of John D. and Jessie Mullins Bryant of Fayetteville.

He was a 1976 graduate of Fayetteville High School, a student at the University of Arkansas and a member of the Church of Christ.

Survivors included his parents; his paternal grandmother, Emma Bryant of Fayetteville; and his paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Mullins of Fayetteville.

He is buried at Lower Wharton Creek Cemetery at Wharton, southeast of Huntsville, Arkansas.

Obituary for Kirk Bradley

bradley-kirk-portrait-webWilliam Kirk Bradley died March 29, 1999, at Fayetteville. He was born June 3, 1958, at Fayetteville to Marvin and Dortha Burnett Bradley.

A 1976 graduate of Fayetteville High School, he was an employee of Superior Industries and a member of the North Street Church of Christ.

He was survived by his wife, Debbie Eaton Bradley of the home; one son, Jairus Bradley of the home; two daughters, Lisa Bradley and Keziah Bradley, both of the home; his parents of Fayetteville; and two sisters, Kathy Caudle of Brentwood and Kari Eaton of Wesley.

Services were at North Street Church of Christ with burial at Black Oak Cemetery near Winslow and under the direction of Moore’s Chapel. Memorials may be made to Razorbacks for Christ, 535 Storer, Fayetteville, AR 72701.

Obituary for Pat Miller Simpson

Patrice “Pat” Annette (Miller) Simpson died August 3, 2006, at Fort Smith. She was born February 10, 1958, at Fayetteville, the daughter of Florence (Miller) Arnold and Elinor Leroy Arnold Jr.

She was employed by the Summit Group as the executive housekeeper for the Comfort Inn of Fort Smith, where she was honored in December 2005 for having eight years of continual service, never missing a day of work.

While growing up in Fayetteville, she attended the St. James Methodist Church. She attended thousands of Little League and basketball games, watching her sons participate in their various sports activities. She was always happy to serve as dugout or team mom for her four sons at Jefferies Boys and Girls Club.

Survivors included her husband, Kim Eugene Simpson, a veteran of the Persian Gulf War; sons Travis Jordon and wife Chris, Tajon and Tavian, and foster son, Kuen McClain; grandchildren Alexis and Nathan Dempsey; brothers and sisters, Curtis Dabney, Beverly Keller, Kirk Deffenbaugh, Gary Smith and wife Lisa, Carol Ball and husband Rico, Barry Miller, twin sister Pam Miller, Sherron Arnold, Elinor Leroy Arnold III, Eddie Arnold and wife Gloria, Randall Arnold, Vanessa Garcia, Kim Sanders and husband Ray, Tonia Citizen and husband Willie, Caressa Banks, Arthur Banks, Eric Arnold West and wife Gayisha, Jimmy Flurry; and many nieces and nephews.

A visitation and funeral were held at the Fort Smith First Church of God in Christ. She was buried at Fort Smith National Cemetery under the direction of Rowell-Parish Mortuary.

Obituary for Brian McGreevy

Brian Allen McGreevy, 50, died Friday, February 8, 2008, at his home in Radford, Virginia. He was born October 18, 1957, in Columbus, Georgia, the son of Edgar Ned and Martha Anne McGreevy.

He graduated from Fayetteville High School as part of the class of 1976 and graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from University of Arkansas. He received his Master of Business Administration at the University of Texas in Austin. He was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma which members are recognized for business excellence.

He was preceded in death by his brother Greg. Survivors included his parents and his brother, Kevin, of Atlanta, Georgia; and several cousins. Memorial services were held Saturday, February 16, 2008, at the St. Jude Catholic Church with Father Ken Shuping officiating. Local funeral arrangements were by Mullins Funeral Home & Crematory in Radford.

Obituary for Jan Skarda Bice

Jan Skarda

Janean Gayle Love (Skarda) Bice died in November 14, 1994, at Des Arc, Arkansas. She was born December 22, 1957, at San Diego, California.

Survivors included her husband, Terry Bice; a daughter, Taylor Bice; a step-son, Ashley Bice; her parents, J.C. Love and the late Ardath Jean Love; two brothers, Kyle Love and Michael Beadle; a sister, Karen Neal; her grandmother, Delma Berry.

Funeral was at the First United Methodist Church with burial at Johnson Chapel Cemetery and arrangments by Garth Funeral Home of Des Arc.

Obituary for Linda Bixby Vandagriff

linda-bixby-vandagriffLinda Christine Bixby Vandagriff, age 53, died at her home in Anchorage, Alaska, on October 5, 2011, after a battle with pancreatic cancer. She was born June 4, 1958, at Bryan, Texas, the daugher of Marvin D. and Carolyn Byers Bixby.

She was a graduate of Fayetteville High School. She pursued her undergraduate degree in accounting at Sam Houston State University. Later, she received her master’s degree in management at Southern Oregon University before moving to Valdez, Alaska, in 1988. While in Valdez until 1996, she worked at the Prince William Sound Community College as a business manager.

She also worked for the College of the Siskiyous in Weed, California, as the director of accounting services, the finance director for Alaska Pacific University and for the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Alaska-Anchorage as the budget director. Linda made Anchorage her home in 2004.

Linda loved quilting and shopping for her grandchildren. She was an avid reader and was a craft enthusiast.

Linda was preceded in death by her brother, Gary E. Bixby.

She was survived by her parents, Marvin Bixby and Carolyn Byers Bixby of Tontitown, Ark.; her sons, Matthew G. Vandagriff and wife Krissi Howe Vandagriff, of Houston, Texas, and Jacob D. Vandagriff of Achorage; grandchildren, Thomas, Carolyn and Helen Vandagriff; her brother, Paul W. Bixby and his wife, Frankie Allen Bixby, of Fayetteville; niece, Savannah Bixby of Fayetteville; and special cousins, Judy and Bob Lawrence of Yorba Linda, California.

A memorial service was held at the ChangePoint Church in Anchorage, Alaska, on Oct. 11, 2011, with the Rev. Dave Bacher officiating.

She is buried at Goshen Cemetery.