Lisa Wynelle Smith Mayfield was born Sept. 30, 1968, in Largo, Fla. Lisa went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Wednesday, May 15, 2013. Lisa was a member of the worship team at CrossPointe Community Church in Van Buren where she and her husband Ronny are pastors. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas and her master’s degree from Arkansas Tech University. In 2012, she also received her National Board Certification. Lisa was a teacher in the Van Buren School District for nine years spending time at Central Middle School, King Elementary School and most recently Butterfield Trail Middle School.
Lisa first and foremost loved Jesus Christ, her family and life in general. She was committed and passionate about the gifts and ministry God had given her to teach, lead and inspire students to be all that God created them to be. She was a lifelong learner and spent endless hours equipping to be a better person, leader, teacher and servant for the Lord. Lisa loved music, playing piano, scrapbooking, traveling and investing in the lives of those around her. She lived life to its fullest and crossed its finish line full of love, courage, faith and great expectations to see the Lord and her loved ones gone before her: her grandparents, Daniel and Lizzie Griner; her pop, Win Motter; her grandfather, Robert Leslie Smith; her in-laws, John Edd and Bonnie Mayfield; and other family and special friends.
Lisa temporarily leaves behind her husband of 26 years, Ronny, and daughter, Ashley Danielle Mayfield of the home; her father and mother, Tom and Genelle Smith of Safety Harbor, Fla.; a sister, Kim Smith and husband Chris of Muskogee; a grandmother, Neita Noble of Inverness, Fla.; a sister-in-law, Veva Young of Van Buren; two brothers-in-law, Johnny Mayfield and wife Susan and Jimmy Mayfield of Spaulding, Okla.; and numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends. She certainly touched the lives of many.
Funeral service was May 19 at the Van Buren Fine Arts Center with interment at Gracelawn Cemetery in Van Buren under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.
Pallbearers were Buck Cobley, Michael Moore, Tony Jester, David Atwell, Tom Unverzagt, Danny Underwood, Shane Evans and Tim Gardner.
To place an online tribute go to www.edwardsvan-alma.com.
Blaze Thompson Grow, 7, of Alma died Saturday, May 11, 2013, in Alma. He was born Sept. 13, 2005, in Fort Smith. He was of the Pentecostal faith and a first-grade student at Alma Primary School.
He is survived by his parents, Jeramie and Kimberly Grow of Alma; two brothers, Travis and Jason Grow of Alma; a sister, Lyla Grow of Alma; maternal grandparents, Laura McClure of Huntington and Anthony McClure of Covington, Ga.; paternal grandmother, Karen Sweeten of Rock Island; great-grandmother, Carol Sebring of Fort Smith; and great-great-grandmother, Dorothy Sweeten of Rock Island.
Funeral was May 17 at Lewis Funeral Chapel in Fort Smith.
Betty June Goines, 88, of Van Buren died Wednesday, May 15, 2013, at a local hospital. She was a secretary and a filing clerk for Crawford Memorial Hospital in Van Buren, of the Seventh Day Adventist faith and widow of Scott Johnson Goines.
Cremation was under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home of Van Buren. No service is scheduled.
She is survived by at daughter, Beverly Nunley of Van Buren; four sons, Duane Goines of St. Cloud, Fla., and Daryl, Carl and Frank Goines, all of Michigan; 34 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.
Phyllis Anderson, 83, of Van Buren died Thursday, May 16, 2013, at a local hospital. She was born June 15, 1929, in Edgemont, S.D., to the late John and Ethel Haun. She was a retired school teacher in both Nebraska and Mountain Grove, Mo., and was a member of the Butterfield Assembly of God in Van Buren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Bob Anderson, a sister, Ferne Nyquist; and a son-in-law, Steve Farver.
She is survived by three daughters, Nancy Oliver and husband Darrell of Van Buren, Lynette Jones and husband Mark of Van Buren and Mavonne LaRue and husband Jim of Ketchum, Okla.; a son, Michael Anderson and wife Debra of Mountain Grove, Mo.; seven grandchildren, Stephanie Selman, Jeff Farver, Shane Anderson, Shaun Anderson, Jordan Jones, Kelsey Jones and Caleb Jones; and four great-grandchildren, Savannah Selman, Sabastian Selman, Drew Farver and Luke Farver.
Funeral service was May 20 at Butterfield Assembly of God in Van Buren with interment at the U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith under the direction of Edwards Van-Alma Funeral Home of Van Buren.
Pallbearers were Shane Anderson, Shaun Anderson, Jordan Jones, Caleb Jones, Steve Selman, Sabastian Selman, Jeff Farver and Jim LaRue.
To place an online tribute go to www.edwardsvan-alma.com.
Marion F. Walz, 79, of Van Buren, formerly of Bismarck, N.D., died Monday, May 13, 2013, in Van Buren. She was born Jan. 6, 1934, in Providence, R.I. She was Catholic and a retired secretary for Job Service of North Dakota. She was a member of the Red Hat Society and the North Dakota State Retirees and widow of Paul Walz.
There will be a memorial service in Bismarck at a later date. Cremation was under the direction of Fentress Mortuary in Fort Smith.
Marion is survived by three daughters, Paula Marie Hofmann of Phoenix, Patricia Walz of Fort Smith and Barbara Walz of Denver; a son, David Walz of Bismarck; a sister, Kathleen Cunnion of Warwick, R.I.; a brother, David Small of Summerville, S.C.; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be sent to the Fountain of Youth Adult Day Care Center, 2409 S. 56, Suite 121, Fort Smith, AR 72903.
Larry E. Matsler, 70, of Charleston passed away Sunday, May 12, 2013, in Fort Smith. He was born Feb. 7, 1943, in Jackson, Mich., to Ricardo Matsler and Myrna Hawk Matsler. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Charleston and Catholic Knights of Columbus Council No. 9777, St. Michael of Van Buren. He was employed in maintenance at Dixie Cup for 46 years and was an U.S. Air Force veteran.
There was a private burial at Conley Cemetery in Mountainburg May 14 under the direction of Smith Mortuary of Charleston.
He is survived by his wife, Lois M. Matsler of the home; two daughters, Veronica Smith and husband Larry and Rebecca VanMeter and husband Mike; two sons, Phillip Lee Matsler and wife Amy of Noel, Mo., and David A. Matsler of Branch; sister-in-law Letha and Buck Wells of Ozark; brother-in-law, Carl A. Meyer of Mountainburg; sister-in-law, Vera Meyer of Mountainburg; brothers, Howard W. Matsler of Grove, Okla., Julian L. Matsler of Clarksville and Robert D. Matsler of Humphrey, Ark.; and two grandchildren, Noah and Abigale Smith.
To sign an online guest book go to www.smithmortuaryinc.com.
Gail D. Edwards, 49, of Fort Smith died Wednesday, May 15, 2013, at a local hospital. She was an assembly worker for Whirlpool.
She is survived by her husband, David; a son, Jesse Glimp of Van Buren; mother and stepfather, Maudie and Carl Gross of Van Buren; and father, Jerry Loggins of Natural Dam.
Funeral was May 21 at Ocker Memorial Chapel in Van Buren with burial at Hall Cemetery in Natural Dam.
Pallbearers were Scott Harris, Jay, Roger, Tony and Roger Moses Jr., Timmy Adams and Josh Edwards.