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Obituaries - April 6, 2013

Virginia Burton

Virginia Louise Burton of Fort Smith went to be with the Lord on April 3, 2013, at the age of 84. She was retired from the Fort Smith School System where she was a cafeteria worker at Kimmons Junior High. She loved being a housewife and mother, and enjoyed “doing” for her church, Trinity Baptist Church. In recent years, she attended Genesis I Fellowship.

Funeral will be at 1 p.m. today at Trinity Baptist Church on Saturday, followed by a gravesite service at the Burton Family Cemetery in Huntington under the direction of Fentress Mortuary.

Pallbearers will be Joshua Burton, Jacob Burton, Caleb Burton, Cody Helms, Steve Leonard, David Moore, Matt Parks and William Ajuria.

She is survived by two sons, David Burton of Fort Smith and Mark Burton of Rudy; a daughter, Mary Ann Carter of Conway; one sister, Irene Henry of Missouri; 12 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son, Danny Charles Burton, and her husband, Elmus Riley Burton.

Memorials may be made to Genesis I 5400 E. Highway 252, Huntington, AR 72940.

To sign the on line guest book please visit www.fentressmortuary.com.

Marty Knighten

Marty Knighten, 66, of Van Buren died Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at a local hospital. He was born Feb. 10, 1947, in Tacoma, Wash., to the late Cleo and Elva Knighten. He was a retired driver for Yellow Cab in Medford, Ore., and served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War.

He is survived by his wife, Linda of the home; two daughters, Laura Gause and husband James of Port Richey, Fla., and Gessika Martin of Medford, Ore.; a son, Dale Knighten and wife Shawna of Van Buren; a sister, Sherri Crawford of Jerome, Idaho; two brothers, Gary Knighten of Salem, Ore., and Chuck Knighten of Chico, Calif.; 14 grandchildren, Holli, Erica, Brittney, Ceyrra, Melanie, Lesley, Jake, Alecia, Jessica, Slade, Christian, Rachel, Haleigh and Emily; and two great-grandchildren, Maddisen and Macii.

Funeral service was April 8 at Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Chapel in Van Buren with interment to follow at U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.

Pallbearers were Dale Knighten, Todd Hightower, Kent Stone and Juan Hernandez.

To place an online tribute go to www.edwardsvan-alma.com.

Lester Parker

Lester Ray Parker, 75, of Van Buren died Monday, April 1, 2013, in Fort Smith. He was born April 8, 1937, in Barling. He was retired from Whirlpool, Air Force veteran and member of First Freewill Baptist Church in Central City.

He is survived by his wife, Lavena; two daughters, Vicki Roberts and Kimberly Parker, both of Van Buren; a sister, Pauline Chronister of Central City; and a grandchild.

Funeral was April 5 at First Freewill Baptist Church with burial at Mayberry Cemetery in Central City under the direction of Lewis Funeral Chapel in Fort Smith.

Pallbearers were Ernie Parker, James and Nick Brewer, Linnie Hice, Roger Ledbetter and Jerry Chronister.

Sengmany Phounsavath

Sengmany Phounsavath, 63, of Van Buren died Tuesday, April 2, 2013, in Van Buren. He was born Nov. 16, 1949, in Ventiane, Laos. He was a maintenance worker for Twin Rivers and a Buddhist.

Funeral was April 6at Lewis Funeral Chapel in Fort Smith.

He is survived by his wife, Douan; four children, Sengdevane Phounsavath of Fort Smith and Sengdao, Sengathit and Johnny Phounsavath, all of Van Buren; a sister; and six grandchildren.

Richard Renko

Richard J. Renko, 63, of Chester died Wednesday, April 3, 2013, in his home. He was born Dec. 20, 1949, in Kansas City, Kan. He was the owner of Muzik Management Productions.

There will be no service. Cremation and arrangements are under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home in Alma.

He is survived by his wife, Suzanne; a daughter, Sarah Renko of Eureka Springs; a son, David Renko of Eureka Springs; two sisters, Janet Rasmussen of Houston and Patti Languein of Sandy, Ore.; two brothers, Steve Renko Jr. of Leawood, Kan., and John Renko of Aurora, Colo.; and two grandchildren.

Memorials may be directed to Peachtree Hospice, 2910 Jenny Lind Road, No. 4, Fort Smith, AR 72901.

Richard Arthur

Richard L. Arthur, 52, of Chester died Saturday, March 30, 2013, in Chester. He was born Dec. 10, 1960, in Cheyenne, Wyo.

Funeral was April 5 at Lewis Funeral Chapel in Fort Smith with burial at Gill Cemetery in Van Buren.

He is survived by two sons, Derick Arthur of Achillee, Okla., and Richard Arthur of Foyil, Okla.; three brothers, David Arthur of Rudy and Robert and Ronald Arthur, both of Topeka, Kan.

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