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Former KARK host, Arkansas entertainer dies at 91 - Arkansas Online

Monday, May 01, 2017

Former KARK host and longtime Arkansas musician and entertainer Betty Fowler died Saturday.Fowler, who in the 1950s hosted the children's show Betty's Little Rascals as well as KARK-TV's Little Rock Today, was 91. An obituary that ran in Tuesday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette noted that Fowler's hosting duties on KARK included performing in live commercials, playing piano and interviewing celebrities ranging from Liberace to Bob Hope. Fowler also performed in a band, The Betty Fowler Four, and served as the musical director for the Miss Arkansas Pageant for more than 20 years. At an 89th birthday party in 2014, Fowler reminisced about her career, including her time on KARK and a stint hosting The Farkleberry Follies, a theatrical show that spoofed Arkansas politicians and other newsmakers."I can't tell you how much fun this has been for me today," she said then.Fowler's obituary said she "will forever be remembered and treasured for her lifetime love and devotion to the world of music, both in performing and in the teac

Jay Dickey, Arkansas Lawmaker Who Blocked Gun Research, Dies at 77 - New York Times

Monday, May 01, 2017

As a Republican congressman from Arkansas, Jay Dickey, through an obscure amendment, single-handedly prevented the federal government from investigating the public health effects of firearms-inflicted violence for the last two decades.The legislation, a rider he attached to a House bill in 1996, stripped $2.6 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — the precise amount budgeted for a study of the health effects of shootings.His amendment also stipulated that “none of the funds made available for injury prevention and control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may be used to advocate or promote gun control.” That provision has dissuaded the agency from delving into the issue since then.But in 2012, long after he left Congress and right after a gunman killed 12 people and injured scores more in an Aurora, Colo., movie theater, Mr. Dickey, who died on Thursday at 77, did an about-face. He declared that research could have been conducted without encroaching on the rights of legitimate gun

UPDATED WITH OBITUARY, FUNERAL SERVICE: Suspect in murders of Goshen's Michael Sharp, two others arrested - Goshen News

Monday, May 01, 2017

Congo could be crimes under her court’s jurisdiction.Memorial serviceA memorial service for Sharp is scheduled Saturday at 4 p.m. Central Time at Hesston Mennonite Church in Hesston, Kansas. The service will be livestreamed through a link at hesstonmc.org. Goshen-area residents can watch the livestream at Waterford Mennonite Church, 65975 Ind. 15, Goshen, at 5 p.m. There will be a time of sharing memories and a light supper afterward.A slide show about Sharp’s life will begin at 3:30 p.m. Central Time or 4:30 p.m. locally.Sharp’s parents, Michele and John, traveled to Dover, Delaware Tuesday to receive his body. His father John wrote on his Facebook page Wednesday about the experience.‘“Dust to dust, ashes to ashes’ is a poetic expression I have often used at the time of a burial,” John Sharp wrote. “Now it is an apt description for what is happening to MJ’s body. Because the ‘dust-to-dust’ process was so far along, we did not have the option of viewing what was left of his body yesterday. So, in a Dover, Delaware, funeral home we sat by a borrowed coffin containing MJ’s remains. Here Michele had a healing mental conversation with MJ. Perhaps the bright sunshine softened our grief. But nothing tempered the autopsy report of MJ’s violent death. My anger compounded my grief, and so I carry this in my wounded spirit.“Because the exact date of death cannot be determined, we are choosing March 15. The ides of March seems a fitting context.”The memorial service, 4:00 PM, Saturday, April 15, will be livestreamed from a link on hesstonmc.org. A slide show will begin at 3:30.Sharp’s obituaryMichael Sharp’s obituary was posted to Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encylopedia Online. The obituary follows.“Michael Jesse “M. J.” Sharp: Mennonite Central Committee volunteer and United Nations contract employee, was born 29 October 1982 in Elkhart, Indiana, USA to John E. Sharp (15 July 1951- ) and Michele Lynn Miller Sharp (27 March 1954- ). Michael was the middle child in a family of two daughters and one son. Michael was kidnapped 12 March 2017, together with five other persons as part of a United Nations (UN) investigation into armed conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). On 28 March 2017 his body, along with the body of UN colleague, Zaida Catalán of Sweden, was found in a shallow grave outside the city of Kananga in the DRC’s Kasaï-Central province.Michael Sharp was raised in the home of a pastor and historian, and grew up in Mennonite centers like Harleysville, Pennsylvania, Scottdale, Pennsylvania, Middlebury, Indiana and Goshen Indiana — locations where his father pastored and then served as Director of the Archives of the Mennonite Church-Goshen. His mother was a physician assistant. M. J. graduated from Bethany Christian Schools in Goshen, Indiana in 2001. He went on to Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) where in 2005 he e

Hayes, Otis Roland, Jr. - The Chattanoogan

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Otis Roland Hayes Jr., 79, died on Monday, April 10, 2017 in Kansas City, Kansas. He was born in Chattanooga, on Nov. 17, 1937. He was the eldest son of the three sons born to the late Reverend Dr. O. R. and Senna M. Hayes.Otis graduated from Howard High School in Chattanooga in 1954 and from Tennessee State A & I University in 1958, presently Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN and continued his musical endeavors with a multi-faceted entertainment career. He began his public school teaching career when he served as the band director at Washington High School in Crestview, FL.  Otis returned to Chattanooga and served as the band director at Orchard Knob Junior High School. Upon leaving Chattanooga, he served as the band director at Fillmore Senior High School in Los Angeles, CA.Otis was regarded as a gifted “Musician’s” musician, who played several instruments. He produced and recorded numerous jazz renditions throughout his lifetime, as well as a book of quotes. Otis had made plans to produce memoirs of his life experiences with his

Dr. Sandra K. Willsie - Parsons Sun

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Mac and Harvey Willsie of Wilmington, Delaware.Sandra graduated magna cum laude from Pittsburg State University with a bachelor’s degree in medical technology, biology and chemistry. She attended Kansas City University of Osteopathic Medicine, graduating magna cum laude, and received the Golden Stethoscope Award for Outstanding Graduate.As an osteopathic physician, with board certification in internal medicine, pulmonary diseases and critical care medicine, Sandra worked diligently for over 30 years to further scientific discovery and health care education. A National Institutes of Health-funded career academic awardee, a Macy Institute scholar and an invited faculty member on health care leadership at Harvard University, Sandra was very involved in academic medicine. She served as professor of medicine, interim chair of medicine and docent at the University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Medicine and as provost, dean, vice dean and department chair at Kansas City University of Osteopathic Medicine.Sandra earned a master’s degree in bioethics and health policy focusing on research ethics from Loyola University of Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. She made countless scholarly presentations and published regularly with active participation as a board member of the American College of Chest Physicians. Sandra once said “when you can’t breathe, nothing much else matters,” and in her persuasive way, she was instrumental in the creation and financial recruitment for the establishment of the Chest Foundation, for which she later served as a board member. Today the Chest Foundation continues providing grants around the world to fight respiratory diseases.Sandra made eight pro bono trips to provide physicians in Honduras, Panama, Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic the latest research updates on a

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Arkansas family highlights 'demon and disease' of addiction in son's obituary - THV 11

Monday, May 01, 2017

Friday, April 14, 2017, following a long, hard battle with addiction. He was born January 7, 1994 at Fort Gordon, Georgia. He was the son of Rory and Suzanne Tipton. He attended Arkansas Baptist High School until transferring to Maumelle High School for his senior year. He was baptized at Geyer Springs First Baptist. He was only 23 years old and should have had a long life adventure ahead of him. We write this not to dishonor his memory, but to shine a light on this epidemic that is ruining so many young adult lives.Nicholas was unconditionally loved by his family. He was a sweet young man and once you knew him, you would never forget him. Outwardly he looked like he had it all; intelligence, love, talent, beautiful brown eyes and blonde hair. His smile that people smile with him. He was fun, had well thought out opinions, and could match wits with anyone. His fashion sense was definitely unique, but he enjoyed his wild shoes and endless collection of flat billed hats. Inwardly, however, Nicholas was fighting deep depression and dealt with pain, fatigue and repeated illness brought on by an immunity disorder. We loved him with all our hearts, but it was not enough to protect him from this world.He had the potential to accomplish anything he wanted, but drugs crept into his life around the age of 15. Around the same time, he was diagnosed with an immune disorder that resulted in repeated illnesses and required frequent antibody infusions. Once the patterns of drug abuse emerged, we tried everything we knew to help him. Nicholas fought hard to beat his addiction, but I am not sure that even he understood the internal demons that were beating him down. He did know that his family and friends would do (and did) anything that might help including hospitalization, rehab, counseling, and finally suboxone treatment.For two years, it appeared the battle was won and we again had our beautiful, smart, sweet, funny, and loving son that liked twisted movies, music, engaging with others and enjoyed life. He was figuring out what he wanted to do in this life and was working on a business degree at Pulaski Tech. He was looking forward to our next ski trip (he loved snowboarding).Unfortunately, relapse rates with opioids are extremely high and deadly. That addiction, along with depression, was more than he could overcome. Understand, this addiction is NOT who Nicholas was, but it is a disease that people need to know about and fight. He was our son, grandson, brother, and our life – and he mattered.Instead of an ambiguous “died suddenly at home” we opted for openness by honestly saying “died of an accidental overdose” in order to publicly expose the demon and disease of addiction that will continue to hit so many families.I struggle with understanding God’s purpose in the death of my beautiful son, but maybe if even one person is positively affected by his story then this unbearable loss will make more sense.See Nicholas' full obituary here.© 2017 KTHV-TV

Donna Henderson - Carroll County News

Monday, May 01, 2017

Travel Agency where she worked along side her daughter, Denise.In 1995 she decided to follow her eldest daughter, Darla and son-in-law Dennis, and her two grandchildren to Arkansas where she helped her husband raised chickens for Tyson for five years. From 2003 to the day of her passing, she worked alongside her daughter, Darla, in the office of Bedford Falls Mobile Home Park, taking care of residents needs and would always joke and gossip with them.You never knew what she was going to say when you walked in the door.When she was younger, Donna enjoyed bowling. She loved spending time at the lake with family and friends where she loved to take pontoon rides, tell jokes, banter with her late husband making everyone laugh, and complain if she had too cook or clean. She hardly ever missed a basketball or baseball game when her grandsons Caleb, Hunter and Dulyn played, she volunteered to help when her granddaughter Lara and grandson Dalton participated in their Special Olyumpic events and loved to watch her granddaughter Abigail do beauty pageants. Donna’s all-time favorite was watching the St. Louis Cardinals play ball. No matter where she was, she either had them on the TV or had her phone set to receive updates from the team and the games. She spent the last of her days lounging with her dogs Tommy, Gerri and Mickey and binge watching shows on Netflix.She was preceded in death by her husband, David Leslie Henderson; her father, Elmer Jacob Ellebrecht; father-in-law, James Marlin Henderson; and mother-in-law, Mildred Ella (VanHorn) Henderson.She is survived by her mother, Faith Mary Ellebrecht of Missouri; brother, Edward Erwin Ellebrecht and wife Sue of Missouri; brother, Harvey Elmer Ellebrecht and wife Maury of Missouri; sister, Chrystel Ellebrecht of Arkansas; her three children, daughter, Darla Lesley Lucas and husband Dennis, daughter, Denise Lynn Matson and husband Steve; son, David Lane Henderson, all of Berryville Ark.; her seven grandchildren, Bradley Lucas and wife Stephany of Fayetteville Ark., Lara Lucas, Caleb Lucas, Dalton Matson, Abigail Lucas, Hunter Matson and Dulyn Matson, all of Berryville Ark.; her brother-in-law, Marlin (Sonny) Henderson and wife Carol of Florida; brother-in-law, John Eugene Henderson and wife Davalyn of Missouri; brother-in-la

Fort Worth woman mourned as questions remain about her death - Fort Worth Star Telegram

Monday, May 01, 2017

She grew up in Winter Park, Fla., before moving to Fort Worth with her family in 2010. After graduating from Keller Timber Creek High School, she attended the University of Arkansas.She left the school in 2015 and returned to Fort Worth, finding work as a nanny, said her mother, Tracy Matheson.At the time of her death, she was taking classes at Tarrant County College and working as a sales manager at Soma, a women’s clothing store in the University Park Village shopping center.She had a “quirky, understated boldness,” said her former youth pastor, Andy Cartee, who spoke at the funeral on behalf of Molly’s friends.One day, she and a friend decided they wanted to be famous. But in her friend’s words, they were “too lazy to do anything special,” Cartee said.So they faked it instead, posting on Facebook about their “fans” and wearing big sunglasses as they walked down the street.Another time, in high school, Molly decided to sneak out of her last-period class to go home with a friend who was leaving early that day. The two hatched a plan, and Molly, to avoid a security guard in the parking lot, ended up hiding in the trunk of her friend’s car.The experience was enough to scare them away from skipping class again, Cartee said.“There are things in this life that don’t make sense, things that we don’t know,” Cartee said. “But we know that she’s in heaven.”Her father voiced the same thought: “We know Molly can’t come back to us. But we know she lives in heaven and her love fills this room.”But the questions surrounding her death hung over the hour-and-a-half-long service.“There’s something wrong here today — there’s no need to deny it,” McKinney Church pastor Chris Freeland said. “This is not how our stories — especially Molly’s — are supposed to go.”

Mike Evans - Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

Monday, May 01, 2017

CASEY -- Robert Michael “Chomer” Evans, age 51, of Kansas, IL passed away at 12:37 pm on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at Paris Community Hospital, Paris, IL. He was born December 1, 1965 in Charleston, IL the son of Ivan Eugene Evans and Clarice Louise Weaver Evans.He is survived by his parents, Gene and Clarice Evans of Westfield, IL; brother, Douglas (Sheri) Evans of Tuscola, IL; sister, Patricia (Rick) Hacker of Casey, IL; nieces and nephews, Allison Hacker, Patrick Hacker, Derek, (Kelsey) Evans, Brandon Evans and Cole Evans; great nieces, Kennedy and Brooks Evans, uncles, aunts, cousins and many friends.Mike was a 1983 graduate of Kansas High School. In his early years Mike built engines for Russell Engineering in Westfield, IL and worked on heavy equipment for C & H Gravel in Greenup, IL. He recently worked as a multistate mechanic specialist (troubleshooter) for Wiese Industrial. Mike also worked in the Illinois Prison System for ten years. Mike was an avid outdoorsman and trained Labrador Retrievers and Beagles. He was a gunsmith;

Steven W. Wilhoft - Parsons Sun

Monday, May 01, 2017

Office of Richard Tucker in Parsons. He later opened his own private practice. He served as Labette County attorney from 2000 to 2007, when he became an assistant attorney general for the state of Kansas, working as a part of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation Southeast Kansas Drug Task Force. He remained in this position until his passing. In March he was the first recipient of the Drug Prosecutor of the Year Award through the Kansas Narcotics Officers Association.Steve served as an elder at Trinity Lutheran Church, Parsons. He was an enthusiastic sports fan, devoted to the Kansas City Chiefs and the Kansas City Royals. He enjoyed collecting vintage comedian memorabilia and watching classic silent comedies. Steve was a talented musician. He had a beautiful tenor voice and also played the guitar and banjo. He was an avid reader who loved reading historical non-fiction. Steve was a staunch conservative.Steve is survived by his wife and best friend, Karissa; his son, Jonathan Wilhoft and his wife, Courtney, of Parsons; two daughters, Violet Riggs and her husband, Stephen, of Derby and Liesl Wilhoft of the home. He also leaves three grandsons who were his pride and joy, Atticus and Jonas Wilhoft and Oliver Riggs, and was anticipating the arrival of his fourth grandchild who is due in October. He is survived by his parents; his sister, Debbie Westmoreland and her husband, Dennis, of Bailey, Colorado; and two brothers, Frederick Wilhoft III and his wife, Kathy, of Wichita and Jonathan Wilhoft of Omaha, Nebraska. Steve is also survived by his father-in-law, John Bartlett of Parsons; 14 nieces and nephews; and many great-nieces and nephews.The service will be at 3 p.m. Monday at the Parsons Municipal Auditorium, with committal immediately following at Oakw