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A Visitation for Mary Lou Wilkins, 78, of Lakeview, Arkansas, will be 2PM to 4PM, Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at Kirby & Family Funeral Home in Bull Shoals, Arkansas. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery in Barrington, Illinois. Mary Lou died May 21, 2015, at Mountain Home, Arkansas.

Mary Lou was born in Chicago, Illinois, March 24, 1937, to August and Amelia Schmidt Ebel. She married Robert Wilkins on February 23, 1957 in Barrington, Illinois. Mary worked as an accountant after graduating with her Associates Degree. She may have been an accountant, but her passions were sewing and cooking.

Mary Lou is survived by husband, Robert Wilkins of Lakeview, AR; son, David Wilkins of Lake Geneva, WI; daughter, Tracy Dunton (Roger) of Hebron, IL; brother, Robert Ebel of FL; and four grandchildren. Her parents and four sisters preceded her in death.

Memorials may be mad to Hospice of the Ozarks Hospice House, Mountain Home, Arkansas.

Arrangements are by Kirby & Family Funeral & Cremation Services. Please visit our online guestbook and obituary at kirbyandfamily.com

A Funeral Service for Juanita M. Denton of Mountain Home, Arkansas, will be 11:00 am, Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at Kirby & Family Funeral Home Chapel, with Reverend Randy Ludwig officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday, May 26, 2015, from 9:00 am until service time, at Kirby & Family Funeral Home Chapel.

Juanita passed away May 23, 2015, in Mountain Home, Arkansas at the age of 91. She was born August 29, 1923, in Earle, Arkansas, the daughter of Alvis and Millie Johnson Kelly. She married Jack Denton on April 26, 1946, at Hernando, Mississippi. Juanita lived in Mountain Home since moving from San Antonio, Texas, in 1973. She was a Methodist and enjoyed planting flowers, going to the workout classes at the youth center, and especially adored spending time with her grandchildren.

Juanita is survived by her son, Dale (Darlene) Denton of Mountain Home, AR; daughter, Darla Martin of Mountain Home, AR; four grandchildren, Tina (Bill) Schimonsky of Spring Branch, TX; Kelly Tucker of Mountain Home, AR; Rusty (Nicole) Denton of Mountain Home, AR; and Travis (Megan) Denton of Mountain Home, AR; five great-grandchildren, Brandi Schimonsky, Kaylee Schimonsky, Madison Tucker, Ashton Denton, and Riley Denton; and a brother, Jerry (Carolyn) Kelly of Memphis, TN.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and son, Robert Denton.

Entombment will be in the Kirby’s Tucker Memorial Cemetery, Mountain Home, Arkansas, with Dale Denton, Rusty Denton, Travis Denton, Barry Lueders, Jeff White, and Keith Smoyer as pallbearers.

Memorials may be made to the Backpack Program at First United Methodist Church, 605 W. 6th Street, Mountain Home, AR 72653.

Arrangements are by Kirby and Family Funeral and Cremation Services. Visit an online obituary and guestbook at www.kirbyandfamily.com.

A Funeral Service for Thomas Lee Reich of Mountain Home, Arkansas, will be 10:00 am, Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at Redeemer Lutheran Church, with Reverend Kenneth Taglauer officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday, May 26, 2015, from 5:00 until 7:00 pm, at Kirby & Family Funeral Home.

Thomas passed away May 21, 2015, in Mountain Home, Arkansas at the age of 79. He was born May 14, 1936, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the son of Ervin and Anna Quandt Reich. He married Barbara Smith on November 7, 1980, at Milwaukee, Wisconsin and was a member of the United Automobile Workers Local 72 in Kenosha, Wisconsin and worked for American Motors/Chrysler Corp. He retired after 30 years. Thomas was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Korean War. He lived in Mountain Home since 1994, moving from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was a member of the Redeemer Lutheran Church and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge #1714, Mountain Home. He enjoyed fishing, watching old western movies and most importantly, spending time with his family, pets and many friends. Thomas was an active member of the UAW Retired Workers Council, serving as the Financial Secretary.

Thomas is survived by his wife, Barbara A. Reich of Mountain Home, AR; son, W. Craig (Lynn) Smith of Augusta, GA; two daughters, Del Edelbrock of Mountain Home, AR and Lorin (Kurt) Gensler of Yellville, AR; two brothers, William (Aliene) Reich of Mesquite, TX and Gerald (Cathy) Reich of Waukesha, WI; sister, Bonnie (Edwin) Loving of Milwaukee, WI; six grandchildren, Rebecca May (Tim) Finley, Jennifer Lee (Kevin) Hamilton, Jessica Jean Enright all of Milwaukee, WI, Taylor Marie, Rebecca Brooks and William Armin Smith all of Augusta, GA and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Donald and James Reich and two sisters, Doris Fischer and Carol Ische.

Entombment will be in the Kirby’s Tucker Memorial Mausoleum, Mountain Home, AR,with Kurt Gensler, Larry Kitson, W. Craig Smith, Tim Finley, Eddie Chomicki and Gerald Reich as pallbearers. William Reich will be an honorary pallbearer. Military Honors will be provided by the Alley-White American Legion Post #52 and U.S. Marine Corps Honor Guards.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to North Central Arkansas Humane Society or the charity of your choice.

Arrangements are by Kirby and Family Funeral and Cremation Services. Visit an online obituary and guestbook at www.kirbyandfamily.com.

Lemuel Boyd Martin was born October 19, 1926, in Mammoth Spring, Arkansas. He was the son of Lester James and Rebecca Florence Smith Martin. He was called home to his Lord on May 22, 2015. He was preceded in death by his mother, Rebecca Florence Smith-Martin; his father, Lester James Martin; his step-mother, Edna Smith Martin; his step-brother, Bill Leroy Martin; and his son-in-law, Bobby Holder.

Lemuel married the love of his life, Pearl Ann Couch, on May 24, 1952. Lemuel and Pearl raised six children: Boyd, Patricia, Lavonda, Floyd, Keith, and Cindy in Mammoth Spring. A veteran of World War II, Lemuel returned home and held a variety of jobs: a grocery store manager, shoe store salesman, and a milkman for Sealtest Dairy. An entrepreneur at heart, Lemuel and Pearl opened their first of several restaurants in the late 60’s, located in Salem, Oxford, Franklin, and Ash Flat. Lemuel and Pearl eventually settled in Franklin, where Lemuel began farming. In 1998 after Lemuel was hospitalized, they sold the farm and moved to Ash Flat. On any given day, you could find Lemuel on the front porch of their home, waving to passersby on Hwy 67/167.

Lemuel and Pearl became Christians in 1952 and raised their family in Welcome Hill Church of Christ. When they moved to Franklin, Lemuel continued his work at Franklin Church of Christ, leading Bible study and song. Lemuel found joy in his work at the church and loved his church family as his own. Lemuel was regarded by many as a great man, one of the greatest. But, he was more than that. He was a devout Christian and a wonderful husband, and he was the best dad. He raised the best aunts and uncles that a family can have. We will cry because we miss him. But he is at peace now. Thank you, and we love you.

Lemuel is survived by his loving wife Pearl Ann Couch-Martin of 63 years; six children: son Boyd and his wife Sarah; daughter Patricia Holder of Bethesda; daughter Lavonda and her husband Dale Estep; son Floyd and his wife Margaret of Navasota, TX; son Keith and his wife Kim of Walnut Ridge; daughter Cindy and her husband Steve Armstrong of Weiner; eighteen grandchildren: Johnny Madden and his wife Amy; Athania Hardin; Amy Rodgers and her husband Jermaine; Michael Holder and his wife Amanda; Jacob Holder and his wife Ashley; Samantha Lamb and her husband Ryan; Michael Martin; Melissa Davis and her husband Lane; Rebecca Reynolds and her husband Bentley; Renea Estep; Rachel Estep; Scott Martin and his wife Monica; Logan Martin and his wife Courtney; Kaleb Martin; Katie Armstrong; Tyler Armstrong; Emily Armstrong; and Cassie Armstrong; twenty-one great-grandchildren: Annabelle, Aujah, Kaleb, Brooke, Dalton, Ariel, Braden, Keyleigh, Peyton, Mackenzie, Ayden, Drake Lemuel, Jenna K. Pearl, Madison, Audrey, Koby, TJ, Allie, Beau, and Benjamin; his brother-in-law, Joe Berry Couch and his wife Ruth of Harrison; and a host of other family and friends.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 24, at Tri-County Funeral Home in Highland. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 25, in the Tri-County Chapel with Larry Yarber officiating. Lemuel will be laid to rest at the Agnos Church of Christ Cemetery. His grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Phoebe Katheryn Gilbert, 80, of Mountain Home, Arkansas, passed away on Thursday, May 21, 2015 at her residence. She was born on February 8, 1935 in Dallas County, Texas.

Phoebe is survived by her husband, Kent Gilbert of the home. She was the mother of four, grandmother of six and great-grandmother of eight. She was preceded in death by her parents, John Brown and Margaret Ann (Armstrong) Ragland.

Arrangements are private under the direction of Conner-Hankins Funeral Home & Cremation Center. An online guestbook and obituary are available at www.conner-hankinsfuneralhome.com.

Lawrence “Larry” William Baize, Jr., 61, entered into eternal peace on May 22, 2015, at Hospice of the Ozarks Hospice House in Mountain Home, Arkansas in the arms of his wife.

Larry was born August 18, 1953, in Denver, Colorado to Lawrence William Baize, Sr. and Virginia Taral Baize. He married Deborah Lynn Gibson on September 1, 1998. He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Larry’s motto in life was “Live, Love, Laugh and Serve”. He served his country in the Army 82nd Airborne Division from 1972 to 1975. He obtained his master’s degree in occupational therapy in 1997 and served as a staff therapist and director of rehabilitation. Larry established a private practice, Professional Therapy Services, Inc., in Montrose, Colorado where he and his wife worked side by side for eleven years. He completed his legacy at Baxter Regional Medical Center as a psychiatric occupational therapist at Hensley Behavioral Health. His natural, God given talent for acceptance, love, caring and healing will be missed by all.

Larry is preceded in death by his mother, Virginia Taral Baize; a beloved uncle, Nick Taral and his first born son, Michael Brandon Baize.

He leaves his loving memories to be cherished by his father, Lawrence William Baize, Sr.; one sister, Colleen Steinberg; one brother, Calvin Douglas Baize; his soulmate, best friend and wife, Deborah Gibson Baize; three daughters, Tennille Inderdohnen, Oleah Shawntelle Bean and Shannon Collette Hansen; three sons, Skyler Chase Baize, William Bryan Honnoll and Steven Quitman Honnoll; parents-in-law, James Wayne and Bobbie Jean Gibson; three nephews; six nieces; seven beautiful granddaughters  and two grandsons.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Larry’s name to Hospice of the Ozarks Hospice House, 774 Long St., Mountain Home, AR 72653.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at Conner-Hankins Funeral Home & Cremation Center Chapel at 6:30 p.m. with visitation from 4 – 6 p.m. He will be laid to rest on Thursday, May 28, 2015, at Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Columbus, Mississippi at 3 p.m.  An online guestbook and obituary are available at www.conner-hankinsfuneralhome.com.

Carl Edward Calhoun, 70 years, 4 months, and 4 days old, passed to Heaven on May 21, 2015 at his home from a sudden illness.

Carl was born January 17, 1945 in Mansfield, MO to Clinton and Martha Jane (Eaton) Calhoun. He graduated from Mansfield High School.

On June 29, 1968 Carl and Carolyn Bristol were united in marriage in Ava, MO and blessed with three daughters.

Carl was retired owner and operator of Rapid Lube & Tire in Ava. He started the business in 1993 and had recently retired. Carl also was a foundry manager for Reyco Industries in Springfield, MO.

Carl was a man of faith. He enjoyed traveling with Carolyn and got to see every state but two and also enjoyed traveling to Tunica, MS. His other hobbies were fishing, caretaking his cattle, old cars, reading and napping. He and Carolyn loved spending time and taking care of their grandchildren; they were his joy!

Carl was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Bill and Bob Calhoun, and a granddaughter, Isabella Albritton. Carl is survived by his wife, Carolyn Calhoun, of the home, three daughters and their spouses, Melissa Moore, Victoria, TX, Christy & Brian Albritton, Ava, MO and Cindy & Steve Howard, Dora, MO, 12 grandchildren; Tiffany, Ashley, William, Austin, Monte, Andy, Azlynn, Travis, Makena, Kenley, Carson and Ford, nieces, nephews and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Carl will be Monday, May 25, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. in the Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Ava, MO with cremation following per Carl’s wishes. Visitation will be Sunday from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the funeral home. Officiating will be Pastor James Hathcock. Memorials may be made to the family as a Love offering.

A Funeral Service for James Alvie Parrish of Mountain Home, Arkansas, will be 10:00 am, Friday, May 22, 2015, at Kirby & Family Funeral Home Chapel, with Brother Ron Childress officiating. Visitation will be Thursday, May 21, 2015, from 5:00 until 8:00 pm, at the funeral home. Military Honors will be provided by Alley-White American Legion Post #52 and the U.S. Army Honor Guards.

James passed away May 20, 2015, in Mountain Home, Arkansas at the age of 68. He was born March 2, 1947, in Monette, Arkansas, the son of Firest and Bertha Henderson Parrish. He worked as a machine operator for Micro-Plastics. James was a U.S. Army Veteran and lived in Mountain Home since 2006, moving from Bay, Arkansas. He had been with his fiancée, Gloria Bautista, since 2011, and enjoyed fishing, gardening and canning.

James is survived by his fiancée, Gloria Bautista of Mountain Home, AR; sister, Brenda Kennedy of Trumann, AR and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Eugene, Bobby and William and sister, Marcella.

Inurnment will be in the Maceys Cemetery, Monette, Arkansas at a later date.

Memorials may be made to Asian-American Organization.

Arrangements are by Kirby and Family Funeral and Cremation Services. Visit an online obituary and guestbook at www.kirbyandfamily.com.

Peggy Lee Hernandez, 61 years, 10 months and 12 days, passed away on May 14, 2015 at her home in New Caney, TX. She was born on July 2, 1953 in Bativia, NY the daughter of Allen and Elizabeth (Perkins) Cramer.

Peggy was preceded in death by her parents Elizabeth and Allen G. Cramer Sr.; brothers, Allen G Cramer Jr. of Buffalo, New York and Robert “Bobby” Hopkins of New Caney, Texas; her maternal grandparents, Frances and Loren Perkins of Buffalo, New York; paternal grandparents, Chauncey and Eleanor Cramer of Attica, New York and a grandson, Angel Hernandez Carlsbad, New Mexico.

Peggy is survived by six children, Christal Hodges of Columbus, Ohio, Billy Phillips of Carlsbad, New Mexico, Rhonda Semrou of Carlsbad, New Mexico and Lanny Johnson of Carlsbad, New Mexico, Tasha Hernandez-Day and Chris Day and Ashley Hernandez, of Coushaga, Louisiana; sisters, Beverly Gould and Rich Fields of Hollister, Missouri, Dawn Barnett and husband, Frank of New Caney, Texas, Idajane and Michael Brandon of Houston, Missouri and Wanda and Teddy Avgerinos of West Plains, Missouri; brothers, Earl Hopkins and Anna Fritz of Cabool, Missouri and James Hopkins of San Francisco, California; 20 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. She will be dearly missed by those who knew and loved her.

A Community Memorial Service for David A. Spina, resident of Flippin, Arkansas and Fire Chief of the Fairview Volunteer Fire Department will be 10AM Saturday May 30, 2015, at the Fairview Volunteer Fire Department.

David passed away May 17, 2015, in Mountain Home, Arkansas at the age of 66. He was born October 22, 1948, in Joliet, Illinois, the son of Gildo and Genevieve Boyd Spina. He married Kathleen Wolz on May 23, 1980, in Illinois and worked as a Civil Engineer in the construction industry. David was one of the original founders of the Fairview Volunteer Fire Department and served as the Fire Chief for over twenty seven years. David was a good and kind man who’s motto in life was “If you can help someone along the way, why wouldn’t you”.

David is survived by his wife, Kathleen Spina of Flippin, AR; sons, Alan Johnson of Dubuque, IA, and Todd (Kristyn) Johnson of Plainfield, IL; daughter, Jill Williams of Flippin, AR; sister, Deanna Fox of Bull Shoals, AR; brother, Jim (Susan) Spina of Plainfield, IL; grandchildren, Paige Williams, Brandon Johnson, Katie Johnson and Van Miller Johnson; his nieces and nephews; his canine companion, Shadow and his extended family of fire fighters. He was preceded in death by his parents

Memorials may be made to Fairview Volunteer Fire Department.

Arrangements are by Kirby and Family Funeral and Cremation Services. Visit an online obituary and guestbook at www.kirbyandfamily.com.