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Obituaries for the week of Dec. 29 – Jan. 7

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January 12, 2012 by wcobserver

Harold Rinker – West Fork

Our Papa, Harold B. Rinker, DVM, 78 of West Fork, completed his journey in this life on Monday, Jan. 2, 2012 at the Willard Walker Hospice Home in Fayetteville. He was born January 15, 1933 in Seneca, NM, the son of Roy Booth and Algia Lee (Baker) Rinker. He was a graduate of Clayton New Mexico High School (1951), Fort Lewis A & M in Colorado (1951-1952), Oklahoma State University (1953-1954), and Oklahoma State University School of Veterinary Medicine (1955-1958). Papa played football for both Fort Lewis A & M and OSU. During his professional career Papa taught, was published in numerous trade journals, and served as a consultant to the livestock and pharmaceutical industries. He was a founding member of the Academy of Veterinary Consultants. He had veterinary practices in Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas.

Papa also worked on the Hopi and Navajo reservations in Arizona and New Mexico. In the latter years of his career, he was an inspector for the U.S.D.A. Many young people chose the career of veterinary medicine because of Papa’s mentorship and influence.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Jan; two sons, Martin Rinker and wife, Tracy, of Hardesty, Okla., and Michael Rinker and wife, Rhonda, of Union City, Tenn.; three daughters, Karen Rinker and long-time partner Jake Warnock, of West Fork, AR, Kim White and husband, Scott, of Warren, and Kelly Cantrell and husband, Jay, of West Fork. He is also survived by 14 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren who gave him the most satisfaction and pleasure in life.

An outdoor service to celebrate his life was held at Serenity Place Cemetery, 18489 S. Highway 170, West Fork on Saturday, Jan. 7.

Walter Clayton Pierce — Prairie Grove

Walter Clayton Pierce, 73 of Fayetteville died Thursday, Dec. 22, at his home. He was born Jan. 12, 1938, in Prairie Grove, the son of Lloyd Pierce and Norah Tuck Pierce.

He was a member of Buckner Baptist Church and served in the US Navy.

Funeral service were held Dec. 27 at Buckner Baptist Church.

Mazie Stonesifer

Winslow

Mazie Stonesifer, 79 of Elkins, passed away Monday, Dec. 19, in Fayetteville. She was born Sept. 10, 1932, in Winslow, to John R. Foster and Martha Alice (Adams) Foster.

She was a lifelong member of the Church of Christ.

She is survived by two sons; Michael Bruce

Stonesifer and wife Angie, John Steven Stonesifer and wife Renita of West Fork; two daughters, Marsha Elaine Reed and husband Rick of Winslow, Lesha Alice Couch and husband Kimmy of Elkins; one sister, Nell Fraley of Fayetteville; 11 grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Dec. 23, in the Chapel of Nelson-Berna Funeral Home. Burial was at Black Oak Cemetery.

Della Hodges Cole Mourning – Prairie Grove

Della Hodges Cole Mourning, 88 a resident of Westville, Oklahoma, passed away Dec. 25 at Siloam Springs Memorial Hospital.

She was born Jan. 5, 1923, in Prairie Grove, the daughter of Walter William and Ollie Amelia Cato Hodges.

Funeral Service were held Wednesday, Dec. 28 at Luginbuel Chapel in Prairie Grove, Arkansas, with Bobby Dobbs officiating.

Burial was in Antioch Cemetery in Morrow.

Carolyn Kay Pierson Schachle — Prairie Grove

Carolyn Kay Pierson Schachle, 52 a resident of Prairie Grove, passed away Jan. 7, in Prairie Grove. She was born April 6, 1959, in Fayetteville. She was preceded in death by one brother, Bobby Author Pierson.

Survivors include one daughter, Sarah Thompson of Farmington; three sons, Jack Calvin Patrick, David Allen Barron and Kenneth Earl Barron all of Fayetteville; her father and mother, H.E. and Sarah of Prairie Grove; one brother, Henry Jr. Pierson also of Prairie Grove; seven grandchildren, Davis, Trella, Bryson, Draven, Makenzie, Bradley, and Lailah.

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