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December 11, 2019 at 4:00 a.m.

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Ira Jean Allen

Ira Jean Allen, 89, passed away Monday, Dec. 2, 2019, in Fayetteville, Ark.

She was born June 3, 1930, in Quantico, Va., to Lester Hamilton Cross and Ethel (Kelly) Cross.

Although Ira Jean was her legal name, she was Jeannie Allen to all who knew her. The wife of a career military man, she and Keith lived in many places. Their last station of duty was Warren AFB in Cheyenne, Wyo. They quickly became enamored of the lovely mountains and spent almost every weekend camping, fishing, hiking or hunting, taking their kids along on the adventure. She was a Girl Scout Leader for many years, and trained at the home of Juliet Gordon Lowe, founder of the Girl Scouts of America. She was the Family Services Coordinator at two military bases and was honored to work with Mrs. Curtis LeMay.

After retirement they sold their house, packed their motor home and went traveling across the country, becoming full-time Snowbirds for more than 20 years. They then settled in Arkansas to be near their son and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Keith Allen; her sister, Anna Mae Holdridge; her parents-in-law, Hubert Allen and Alma Alice (King) Allen; and her daughter-in-law, Karmen Allen.

She is survived by her daughter, Nadine DiBacco and husband T. Jay of Omaha, Neb.; her son, Keith Allen of Farmington, Ark.; sisters-in-law Linda (Allen) Asbury of Cheyenne, Joanne Allen of Missouri; brother-in-law, Norman Kugler of Livonia, Mich.; and two grandchildren, Bailey Allen and Maya Allen of Farmington.

A funeral service was held Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, at Nelson-Berna Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Save the Turtles, 5114 Parkhurst Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95409. An online guest book is available at

Nelson-Berna Funeral Home of Fayetteville was in charge of arrangements.

Betty Louise Arnold

Betty Louise Arnold, 93, of West Fork, Ark., died Friday, Nov. 29, 2019, in Fayetteville, Ark.

She was born Oct. 12, 1926, in Springdale, Ark., the daughter of George Washington and Ella Delk Davidson. She was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leo L. Arnold and a daughter, Jean Ann Preece.

She is survived by a son, Charles "Chuck" Arnold of Prairie Grove, Ark.; a son-in-law, Roger Preece Jr. of Virginia Beach, Va.; four grandchildren, Jennifer Sellers and husband Joe, Andrea Garrison and husband Thomas, Christopher S. Arnold and wife Larissa and Heather Watts and husband Paul; six great-grandchildren, Christian Sellers, Levi Arnold, Josh Sellers, Ireland Arnold, Ava Watts and Anthony Watts.

A funeral service was held Dec. 7, 2019, at First Baptist Church in Prairie Grove followed by burial at Baptist Ford Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

An online guest book is available at

Moore's Chapel Funeral Home of Fayetteville, Ark., was in charge of arrangements.

Earl Eugene 'Geno' Gooding

Earl Eugene "Geno" Gooding, 70, died Dec. 2, 2019.

He was born on Nov. 6, 1949, in Wichita, Kan., to Earl and Rosa Tackett Gooding. He was married to Darlene Gooding for 50 years. He was a retired heavy equipment operator and a dump truck driver. He loved going camping, hunting, and fishing with his sons and grandson Mark. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Rosa Gooding; two brothers, Tom and Gary Gooding, and one sister; Deanna Gors.

He is survived by his wife, Darlene Gooding, of the home; two sons, Ronnie and his wife Angela Gooding, of Fayetteville, Ark., Jimmy and his wife Amber Gooding, of Lincoln, Ark.; one daughter, Rebecca "Becky," AKA Sis, and her husband Craig Stilwell of Farmington, Ark.; six grandchildren, Cecille and Anthony Doss of Johnson and Taylor Stilwell, Alex Stilwell, Mark Gooding, Zack Gooding, all four of Farmington, Jaylin Gooding of Houston, Texas; three step-granddaughters, Chelsea Ellison and Rickie Sams, both of Fayetteville, Rayleigh Montez of Lincoln; two great-grandchildren and was awaiting the birth of a great-granddaughter.

A celebration of his life was held Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, at Fayetteville Freewill Baptist Church. Interment followed at Ledbetter Cemetery located in Japton. Memorials may be sent to The American Heart Association.

An online guest book is available at

Epting Funeral Home of Fayetteville was in charge of arrangements.

Raymond Rieff

Raymond Rieff, 80, of Fayetteville, Ark., passed away Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, at Willard Walker Hospice Home.

He was born March 9, 1939, a son of Joe Rieff and Lola Henry Rieff. He was a retired carpenter, poultry producer, a member of Crystal Hills Family Fellowship and a U.S. Air Force veteran.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Doris Walker Rieff; a son, Ronnie; and a daughter, Annette.

He is survived by three daughters, Monica Ball of Maumelle, Ark., Jennifer Johnson (Dave) of Fayetteville, Ark., and Lisa Rieff of Lincoln, Ark.; three sons, Duane Streit (Cindy) of Fayetteville; numerous grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren.

Funeral service was held Monday, Dec. 9, at Crystal Hills Family Fellowship in Elkins, Ark., with Pastor Jasper Hankins officiating. Burial was in Brannon Mountain Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Willard Walker Hospice Home, 325 E. Longview St., Fayetteville, AR 72703.

An online guest book is available at

Moore's Chapel Funeral Home of Fayetteville was in charge of arrangements.

Robert Lee Wilhite

Robert Lee Wilhite, 87, of Lincoln, Ark., passed away Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, at his home.

He was born June 11, 1932, in Odell, Ark., the son of Jess and Bessie Pearl (Dobbs) Wilhite. He served in the United States Army. He retired from Gates Corporation in Siloam Springs.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Orvel Wilhite, Ivan Wilhite, Hubert Wilhite and Jack Wilhite; four sisters, Dovie Loftin, Cricket Cuzick, Bernice Corley and Oleta Taylor.

Survivors include his wife, Ina Jo Rose Wilhite; two sons, Ed Wilhite and his wife Vivian of LaFayette, Ind., and Darren Wilhite and his wife Cara of Shawnee, Kan.; five daughters, Dianna Russell and her husband Bobby, Sandy Norton and her husband Jay, Judy Braly and her husband Paul all of Lincoln, Brenda McReynolds and her husband Ronald of Farmington, Ark., and Melissa Remington and her husband Rick of Lincoln; 16 grandchildren, Monica, Tiffany, Tony, Jason, Julie, Nikki, Desi, Ariel, Mallory, Rhiannon, Allison, Sarah, River, Baden, Renee and Shaun; 20 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral service was held 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, at Summers Missionary Baptist Church in Summers, Ark. Burial was in the Bethesda Cemetery and no graveside service was held.

Memorials may be made to the Gideons International, P.O. Box 641, Prairie Grove, AR 72753.

An online guest book is available at

Luginbuel Funeral Home of Prairie Grove, Ark., was in charge of arrangements.

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