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.

Obituary for Cheryl Allred

allred-cheryl-portrait-webCheryl Ann Allred, 54, of Fayetteville, died Saturday, March 16, 2013, in Fayetteville. She was born Sept. 30, 1958, in King City, California, the daughter of Kenneth and Patsy Syrie Allred.

She was a 1976 graduate of Fayetteville High School and a graduate of Rita’s Hair Design Institute. She was currently working at Looks Unlimited.

She is survived by her parents, Kenneth and Patsy Allred of Fayetteville; a brother, Kenneth Allred of Fayetteville; four sisters, Donna Allred, Cindy Parker and her husband, Tom, Patty Allred and Amy Gibson and her husband, Kyle, all of Fayetteville; a nephew, Will Gibson; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and special friends.

Cremation was under the direction of Moore’s Chapel. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 23, at Moore’s Chapel.

Memorials may be made to your local Humane Society or Adopt-a-Pet; or American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 2680, North Canton, OH 44720; or American Cancer Society, 901 N. University, Little Rock, AR 72207.

Obituary for Mark Bassett

Mark Edward Bassett, 52, of Fayetteville, Arkansas, died Sept. 18, 2010, at Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville. He was born Jan. 1, 1958, at Peoria, Illinois, the son of William Henry and Betty Jean Lambert Bassett. He was an artist, a craftsman, electrician, draftsman and neon bender.

Survivors included: his wife, Mary Elizabeth Darling Bassett of the home; three daughters, Desiree Bassett, Jessica Bassett and Niki Bassett, all of Fayetteville, Arkansas; his mother, Betty Jean Bassett of Springdale, Arkansas; two brothers, David Michael Bassett and William Steven Bassett, both of Springdale, Arkansas; one sister, Vickie Lynn Stout of Witter, Arkansas.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, in the chapel of Brashears Funeral Home with Boyd Darling as the service leader. Interment was in the Henno Cemetery near Aurora under the direction of Brashears Funeral Home of Huntsville, Arkansas. Pallbearers were: Lalo Camacho, Randy Vanhoozen, Joe Hart, David Michael Bassett, Jr., Enrique Camacho and Abram McCawley. Honorary pallbearers will be: William Steven Bassett, George Holtzen, Brett Maguire and Randall Stout. A memorial gathering was held immediate following the interment at the Harwood Tree Farm across from the cemetery.

Obituary for Keith Banks

keith-banksKeith Randolph Banks died at Fayetteville on Jan. 20, 1980. He was born Sept. 5, 1958, at Rogers, Arkansas, to Warren Eugene and Carolyn Banks.

Keith was an usher and crucifer for his church, St. Paul’s, in Fayetteville. He lettered in football in high school and loved to go camping in the mountains. He graduated from Fayetteville High School in 1976 and was attending the University of Arkansas, majoring in chemical engineering.

He had been admitted to the School of Medicine at the time of his death and planned to practice biomedicine, hoping to restore mobility to people with disabilities.

He is buried at Fairview Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Fayetteville.

Obituary for Ricky Ahart

ahart-ricky-portrait-webRicky K. Ahart died March 11, 2002. He was born in Los Angeles, California, on Feb. 18, 1958, the son of Geneva Watson Ahart of Fayetteville and Clifford Ahart of Huntsville.

He was a 1976 graduate of Fayetteville High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1977, completing the airborne course of the U.S. Army Infantry School at Fort Benning, Georgia, and serving as a Specialist 4 through 1980.

He is buried at National Cemetery in Fayetteville.

Obituary for Dennis Davis

Dennis M. Davis died February 1, 1982, at a Fayetteville hospital. He was born March 31, 1958, in LaHabra, California, the son of Thomas M. “Buster” and Mary Ann Still Davis.

He was a 1976 graduate of the West Campus of Fayetteville High School, formerly employed by Shakespeare and a member of the College Avenue Baptist Church.

He was survived by his parents of Plano, Texas; his brother Rex of Fayetteville; three sisters, Teresa Davis, Donna Morland and Barbara Norman, all of Fayetteville; his paternal grandmother, Lula Davis of Fayetteville; his maternal grandmother, Bessie Pickens of Fayetteville; and his paternal grandfather, Virgil Still of Grants Pass, Oregon.

Funeral services were held at College Avenue Baptist Church with burial at Tharp Cemetery in Fayetteville, under the direction of Nelson’s Funeral Home.

Obituary for Mike Garner

Michael D. Garner, 49, died Friday, December 28, 2007. He was born May 7, 1958, at Fayetteville, the son of Bob Garner and Lou Colclasure.

Mike was a 1976 graduate of Fayetteville High School and then played football for the University of Arkansas Razorbacks. He moved to Wichita, Kansas, in 1979 and began working for Cessna Aircraft, holding a variety of positions over the next 28 years.

He and his wife, Lynette, married Aug. 2, 1990. In 2001, he completed his Bachelor of Science and Manufacturing Engineering degree at Southwestern College and became director of quality at Cessna Aircraft in 2007.

He was survived by his wife, Lynette; daughter Tiffany; son, Tyler; granddaughter, Kendyll, all of Wichita; mother and step-father, Lou and Dave Colclasure, of Conway; father & step-mother, Bob and Peggy Garner, of Farmington; sisters and brothers-in-law, Debbie and Don Ranz of Farmington, and Cheryl and Kevin Mills of Lincoln; four nieces; two great-nieces.

A visitation with the family was held Tuesday, January 1, 2008, and funeral service was January 2, 2008, at Central Community Church, with burial at Resthaven Cemetery, under the direction of Downing & Lahey Mortuary West. In lieu of flowers, a memorial was established as the Michael D. Garner Scholarship Fund, c/o Goddard High School Marching Band, 2500 S. 199th Street West, Goddard, Kansas, 67052.

Obituary for Nick Gyles

Nick R. Gyles II died Sunday, August 8, 2010, after suffering brain cancer. He was born at Fayetteville on November 25, 1957, the son of Nicholas R. and Yvonne Gyles.

Nick graduated from Fayetteville High School in 1976 and from the University of Arkansas in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science degree. He continued his education by attending the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, earning a Doctor of Medicine degree in 1984.

After graduation, Nick went to St. Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City for residency in general surgery. He completed a fellowship in trauma surgery and surgical critical care at St. Louis University School of Medicine. Nick loved that medicine gave him the opportunity to help others because he was such a caring and compassionate person and physician. He was a general surgeon at White River Medical Center in Batesville, Arkansas, and Stone County Medical Center in Mountain View, Arkansas. He was affiliated with Grace Church NWA in Fayetteville.

Nick was a very loving man and had a heart of gold. He dedicated his life to helping others, including his family, as well as his patients.

Survivors included his wife, Joy; children Zachary, Noah, and Heather; his father; and his sister, Judy Gyles Johnson.

Memorial services were held Saturday, August 14, at Grace Church NWA at 2828 Crossover Street in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Memorial contributions may be made to White River Health System Foundation, 1710 Harrison Street, Batesville, AR 72501 or Grace Church NWA, 2828 Crossover Street in Fayetteville, AR.

Obituary for Gary J. Harris

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Gary James Harris, 52, died Sept. 21, 2010 at Fayetteville Health and Rehab. He was born April 30, 1958, at St. Louis, Missouri, the son of Bennie Harris and Thelma Oxford Harris.

He was a member of the Fayetteville High School class of 1976. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Danielle Nicole Harris.

Survivors included his parents, Bennie and Thelma Harris of Fayetteville; a sister, Sherry Carroll of Springdale; two nieces, Stephanie Mounce and Katy Carroll, both of Springdale; and a great-nephew, Cooper Allen Mounce of Springdale.

A funeral service was held Sept. 27, 2010, at Beard’s Chapel with Pastor Don Warford officiating. Harris was buried at Fairview Memorial Gardens Cemetery.