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Obituaries for Feb. 22 – March 4


March 8, 2012 by wcobserver

Marshall Jay ‘Bird’  McCarver

Prairie Grove

Marshall Jay “Bird” McCarver, 39, a resident of Prairie Grove passed away Feb. 25 in Colorado. He was born Feb. 7, 1973, in Fayetteville the son of Stanley and Linda Farmer McCarver.

Jay was in the Army National Guard and served in Operation Iraqi Freedom. He coached his son’s baseball team, an avid Razorback fan and enjoyed watching NASCAR. He was employed at Cox Communications for 10 years. He was an outdoors man he loved hunting, fishing and skiing.

He was preceded in death by grandparents, Tempy Farmer, Thearn Farmer and Truman McCarver.

Survivors include his wife, Tina McCarver; two sons, Mitchell McCarver of Prairie Grove and Robert Dix of Fayetteville, two daughters, Journey McCarver of Prairie Grove, and Ashley Dix of Fayetteville; his father, Stanley McCarver of Durham, his mother, Linda Farmer McCarver of Springdale; one brother, Richie McCarver of Fayetteville; one sister, Chrissy Goodwin of Farmington; grandmother, Lorene McCarver of Prairie Grove.​

Funeral Service was held Friday, March 2, at Prairie Grove Christian Church. Burial is in the National Cemetery in Fayetteville, Arkansas.​

Norman D. Ridgel


Norman D. Ridgel, age 65, of Winslow and formerly of Hogeye, passed away Sunday, Feb. 19, in Fayetteville.

Norman was born in Fulton, Missouri, on Feb. 14, 1947.  He served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War and also served eight years in the Army National Guard. Norman worked as a Freezer Operator and enjoyed worked on motorcycles and cars. Norman loved spending time with his kids and his family and he​ will be missed very much.

Preceded in death by his parents, Fredrick Ridgel and Gladys (Smith) Maddox; two brothers, Tommy Maddox; Lindal Ridgel; and one sister, Shirley Gladden; Norman is survived by his wife Rita Ridgel of the home in Winslow; one son, Bradley Ridgel of Great Bend, Kansas; one daughter, Stacy Yeager and husband Gaylen of Winfield, Kansas; two brothers, Harold Maddox of Fulton, Missouri; Roy Ridgel and wife Sue of Berlin, Germany; one sister Ruth Maddox and her partner Debbie of Fulton, Missouri; four grandchildren, Tasha Yeager, Phillip Yeager, James Yeager, and Blain Ridgel; one great grandchild; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.

Funeral Services were held Feb. 22 at the Christian Community Worship Center (13938 South Highway 265) in the Hogeye Community in West Fork, Arkansas.  Interment will follow at 1:00 pm at the Fayetteville National Cemetery in Fayetteville, Arkansas with Military Honors.​

Van Robert “Jack” Cox

Prairie Grove

Van Robert “Jack” Cox, 87, passed away Feb. 24, in Oklahoma City. He was born May 6, 1924, at Prairie Grove the son of Robert “Bob” and Myrtle Bell VanWinkle Cox.

Jack was a member of the Christian Church. Graduating from Prairie Grove High School he then joined the army in 1942 and served in World War II. On August 19, 1947, he married Doris Jean Langham. Jack then graduated from the University of Arkansas with a B.S. in marketing and M.S. in Business Administration. He worked for Gulf Oil for 34 years retiring as International Comptroller.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris Jean Langham Cox; two brothers, George Cox and Troy Wayne Cox; one sister, Rita Glover.

Survivors include two sons, Robert Brant Cox and Van Bruce Cox both of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; one daughter, Rebecca Schwarz of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; four grandchildren, Taylor Schwarz, Lauren Schwarz, Brett Cox and Cassandra Cox


Oscar E. Hughes


Oscar E. Hughes, 94, of Winslow, died Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012, in Fayetteville. He was born August 21, 1917, in Winslow, the son of Wythe Alvin and Marybelle Watkins Hughes.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Audrey Hughes, his parents, three brothers, Ted, Eugene and Homer Hughes and a son, Earl Hughes.

He was a gentle, kind man who loved his wife, children, and grandchildren dearly. He was a lifelong member of Black Oak Church of Christ. The family would like to thank City Hospital nursing facility for caring for him. We especially thank Toby, Jeannie, Suzanne, Heather, Wendy and Jill for treating him with respect and love.

He is survived by three daughters, Donna Dennis and her husband, Dwayne of Winslow, Lynn Stout and her husband, Benny of Winslow and Sandra Leggett and her husband, Roy of Osage, Iowa; a son, Larry Paul Hughes and his wife Cathy of Springfield, Mo.; two brothers, Vernon Hughes and his wife, Virginia of Winslow and Ray Hughes and his wife Billie Sue of Winslow; 14 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

Burial was held on Saturday, March 3 follow in Black Oak Cemetery, under the direction of Moore’s Chapel.

Frankie Jeanette Raines


Frankie Jeanette Raines, 65, of Winslow, died Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012 in Winslow.

She was born Sept.11, 1946, in Greenville, South Carolina, the daughter of Franklin and Salmer Landreth Limbaugh. She was a homemaker.

She is survived by a daughter, Rhonda Nelson of Winslow; a sister, Linda Gail Rogers of Greenville, S.C.; a brother, Tommy Limbaugh of Greenville, S.C.; a granddaughter, Michelle Nelson; a grandson, George Nelson, a great-grandson, Preston Engle and a great-granddaughter, Isabella Nelson.

Graveside services were held on Wednesday, Feb. 29, at Robinson Memorial Gardens in Easley, South Carolina, under the direction of Robinson Funeral Home in Easley with Pastor Ronnie Powell officiating.



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