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Larry NesSmith , age 76, of Cherokee Village, Ar. went to be with our Lord on July 17, 2015. Larry was born November 14, 1938 In Calcasieu, LA. He was the son of the late Dave Jefferson and Gladys Baham NesSmith.

Larry resided in Lake Charles, LA. for 43 years and retired to Cherokee Village in 2001. He was an active member of the Cherokee Village United Methodist Church where he served as an Usher for many years. He was a member of the Northeast Chapter of the American Red Cross and received several honors for his service. His time spent in Cherokee Village was the happiest time of his life. He loved to travel and had been to almost every state in the U.S. and several foreign countries.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Diane Halbert NesSmith and a daughter, Laine Humphrey and her husband Brad of Spring City, TN. and 2 grandsons, Adam Humphrey of Murphysboro, TN. and Tyler Humphrey of Spring City, TN. He left a brother, Otto NesSmith, 3 sisters, Belvia Halbert and husband Ricky, Velma Cloud and husband Jimmy, Savannah Carruth and husband Randy. He also leaves a host of nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at CVUMC on Monday, July 20 at 10:00am.In lieu of flowers, please make donations to CVUMC, P.O. Box 420 Cherokee Village, AR. 72525 or American Red Cross, 2416 South Madison, Jonesboro, AR 72401

Dora Veronica Buff, 50 years, 10 months, and 6 days old, passed away on July 13, 2015 at her home in Ava.

Vroni was born September 7, 1964 in Davos, Switzerland to Paul and Ursina Veronica (Donatsch) Fopp. She was the youngest of four children.

On June 24, 1989 Vroni and Heinz Buff were united in marriage in Davos, Switzerland and to this union four children were born.

Vroni was a resident of the Ava community for 18 years moving from Davos, Switzerland. She was a Registered Nurse and had worked in hospitals in Switzerland and also farmed on their mother’s farm for eight years with Heinz before moving to Ava to farm. Vroni had achieved the highest level in education in Switzerland for Farming and Home Economics.

She was a Christian. Vroni enjoyed yoga, volleyball, organic gardening, traveling, photography, skiing and her animals. Amazingly, she knew all the lineage of her cattle and could name them by name. But, most of all her joy was being with her family.

Vroni was preceded in death by her father, Paul and brother, Christian. She is survived by her husband, Heinz Buff, Ava, MO, four children, Adrian Buff, Christina Buff, Sandra Buff and Kathrin Buff all of Ava, MO, her mother, Ursina “Vroni” Fopp, Davos, Switzerland, two sisters, Ursina Feuerstein and Eva Wagle and many other relatives and friends.

Memorial services for Vroni will be Monday, July 20, 2015 at 1:00 p.m.in the Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Ava, MO. Family requests in lieu of flowers memorials to be made to Neighbor Helping Neighbor, Ava, MO. Officiating will be Rev. Mike Freeman

Visitation for Janice Marie (Strunk) Chronister, 51, will be held Monday, July 20, from 1-2 PM in the Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home chapel.

Funeral services will be held Monday, July 20 at 2 PM at the chapel, with burial in Dutch Chapel Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to the family and left at Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home.

Chester Franklin “Jack” Rector was born July 16, 1933 in Shop Hollow in Shannon County, MO to Mary Rector. He passed away July 15, 2015 at his home in Van Buren, MO at the age of 81 years.

Jack was united in marriage to Berniece Bowman on January 3, 1958 at Houses Creek Church of God of Prophecy. Bishop Boyd Thornton, the Overseer of Missouri, performed the ceremony.

Jack attained a high school education and lived his adult life in Carter County, MO in the Van Buren area. He joined the United States Army on June 2, 1953, became an expert in firearms, and worked as a Medic in both Korea and Germany. Jack was honorably discharged in 1960.

Jack worked at Beamer Handle Company for 27 years. He became a member of the Houses Creek Church of God of Prophecy in the mid 1960s. Jack was a Bible Teacher for several years.

Jack joined the United States Army on Jun3 2, 1953, he became an expert in firearms and worked as a medic in both Korea and Germany and was discharged in 1960. He worked at Beamer Handle Company for 27 years. Jack became a member of the Houses Creek Church of God of Prophecy in the mid 1960s and was a Bible teacher for several years.

Jack was preceded in death by his mother and his grandmother who was a great prayer warrior.

Jack is survived by his wife Berniece Rector of Van Buren, MO.

Visitation will be held Friday, July 17, 2015 at the Duncan Funeral Chapel in Winona from 10 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 on Friday July 17, 2015 at the Duncan Funeral Chapel in Winona, MO with Rev. Bob Williams, Rev. Garry Reagan and Chaplain Billy G. Orr officiating.

Military Honors and Interment will be held at Houses Creek Cemetery at Van Buren, MO under the direction of Duncan Funeral Home of Winona.

David Smith, 54, of Ozark Acres, was born January 10, 1961, in Memphis, Tennessee. He passed away Wednesday, July 15, 2015, at White River Medical Complex ER in Cherokee Village, Arkansas. David was an entrepreneur and of the Christian faith.

He was preceded in death by his father, Clyde Smith; son, Cody Ross; and nephew, Michael Lentz.

Survivors include his wife, Tracie Smith, of the home; his mother, Ruth Smith and Mack Hawkins of Williford, Arkansas; his sons, Brandon (Heather) Smith of Jonesboro, Arkansas, and Chad Ross of Austin, Texas; his daughter Chealsie (Jeremy) Kuhaneck of Corpus Christi, Texas; his brother, Donnie Smith of Hardy, Arkansas; his sisters, Connie (James) Hooks of Ozark Acres and Barbara (Robert) Murphy of Austin, Texas; his grandchildren, Annabelle Smith, Aiden Kuhaneck, Adisynn and Audri; several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 19, in the Tri-County Funeral Home Chapel at Highland, Arkansas, with Jonny Surber officiating.

Arrangements are with Tri-County Funeral Home of Highland.

Darrel Eugene Smith, 45, West Plains, died Thursday, July 16, 2015 at 11:50 a.m. at Ozarks Medical Center, West Plains.

Funeral services for Mr. Smith will be held on Monday, July 20, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at Harbor of Hope Church, West Plains.

Visitation will be Sunday, July 19, 2015 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Carter Funeral Home Chapel, West Plains.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Harbor of Hope Church, West Plains, and can be left at Carter Funeral Home, West Plains.

Burial will be in Pleasant Mound Cemetery, Douglas County, Missouri under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc., West Plains.

Bill Edward Beltz, 69, left to be with his heavenly Father on Monday, July 13, 2015. He was born January 9, 1946, at Clear Springs, Missouri, the fifth child of Irene (Dixon) and Reverend LeRoy T. Beltz. He was married to Shirley Jenkins on June 4, 1983, and they shared 32 years together. Bill graduated from Waynesville High School in St. Robert, Missouri and attended Warner Pacific College, Portland, Oregon.

Bill was a very outgoing guy who loved people, and was therefore a natural for years of work in sales. Bill was always involved in church and a number of ministries over the years, but he found his life’s calling when he went on a mission trip to Nicaragua, the second poorest country in our hemisphere, in 1992. What started as small things there (operating a child sponsorship program for a Christian school) grew quickly as he observed all the needs. He and Shirley started the Nicaragua Christian Education Foundation (NiCE) in 2000 to help address the needs. It soon became obvious that the greatest need was to “Equip Nicaraguans to Reach Nicaraguans for Christ”. Bill never learned Spanish, but figured that he didn’t need Spanish to understand the needs and to find a means to help people who have nothing. For the last 13 years of his life Bill was a full-time volunteer for the ministry. From the warehouse in Highland Illinois, NiCE sends 4-5 shipments of food, used school supplies, clothing, office equipment & supplies, furniture, layettes for newborns, and many more items each year. Churches and schools raise 30 cents per meal and pack dry soy and rice meals for the FEED NICARAGUA program that sent about 800,000 meals last year. The food is used by ministries to feed primarily malnourished children. Bill really enjoyed taking 6-7 mission teams to Nicaragua each year, and he is waiting in heaven to greet everyone and show them around just like he did in Nicaragua.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Charley and Melvin (infancy), and his grandparents, Ruth and Frank Beltz, and Malinda and Herschel Dixon. He is survived by 10 brothers and sisters, his wife, Shirley (Highland, Illinois), daughters Gina Dupuis (Ballwin, Missouri) and Deidrea (Douglas) Farney (St. Charles, Missouri) and son Cory (Amanda) Beltz (Norman, Oklahoma), step-sons Douglas (Lee) Jenkins (Omaha, Nebraska), Daniel (Susane) Jenkins (Ballwin, Missouri) and 15 grandchildren: Luke and Heather Dupuis, Dylan, Regan, and Mylie Farney, Katelyn, Charley, Carter, and Cooper Beltz, Norah, Adam, and Jack Jenkins, and Emma, Caleb, and Isaac Jenkins.

Over the years, Bill was active in a number of Church of God congregations, including Gathering Place Church of God, Fairview Heights, Illinois. He loved singing the “old hymns” in four part harmony.

Visitation will be held from 1-3 PM on Saturday, July 18, at Yarber Mortuary, Willow Springs, Missouri with a graveside service at Clear Springs Cemetery to follow. Memorial contributions may be made to NiCE Foundation, 1405 Walnut Street, Highland, IL 62249.

A CELEBRATION OF LIFE will be held at 4:00 PM on Saturday, August 1, at the Gathering Place Church of God, 5500 Old Collinsville Road, Fairview Heights, Illinois 62208. This was Bill’s request that his family and friends celebrate together: a service and singing of some of his favorite hymns followed by sharing of “Bill stories”, of which there are many. His only regret about this plan was that he would not be here to enjoy it!

Online condolences may be expressed at www.yarbermortuary.com.

A Service of Celebration for Louis Fashing, 96, of Bull Shoals, AR will be held 11AM Saturday July 18th, 2015, at the Bethel Baptist Church in Lakeview, AR followed by fellowship and a luncheon.

Louis died peacefully July 10, 2015 surrounded by love. Louie was an exceptional man who lived life honorably, authentically and lovingly. He was a quiet man who listened with his ears, his eyes and his heart. Often he’d sit in ‘his chair’ with his hand around the bowl of his pipe, nodding in agreement or adding his own comments to conversations of visiting family or his friends, loved as family. He was educated by listening to the world that surrounded him and was comforted by his faith. Louie married the love of his life, Betty 77 years ago. Together they established their home, served their country, raised their family and followed their dreams. Betty died June 22, 2015 with Louie at her side. Only then did he surrender to his own failing health, comforted by the promise that they would be together. “True love stories never have endings”. Richard Bach.

Though born in Lorain, Ohio, Louie loved this area and considered it his native home. His happiest hours were spent fishing and one of his greatest joys an 8+ lb. German Brown Trout. During WWII Lou served on LST 457 with the Navy’s 7th Fleet as gunner, landing craft pilot and boatswain’s mate.

Lou was an example of a life well lived to his daughters, Nancy (Earl) Veits, Connie (Jack) Binder, six grandchildren, Cathleen, Laurie, Kimberly, Wendy, Karen and John Louis, and eight great grandchildren and extended family and friends.

Arrangements are by Kirby & Family Funeral & Cremation Services. Please visit our online guestbook and obituary at kirbyandfamily.com.

A Memorial Service for Jessie Neal Soapes of Mountain Home, Arkansas, will be 10:00 am, Thursday, July 16, 2015, at First Christian Church, with Brother Randy West officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday, July 15, 2015, from 5:00 until 8:00 pm, at Kirby & Family Funeral Home. Military Honors will be provided by the Alley-White American Legion Post #52 and U.S. Navy Honor Guards.

Jessie passed away July 13, 2015, in Mountain Home, Arkansas at the age of 78. He was born March 29, 1937, in Throckmorton County, Texas, the son of Clyde Newton and Ina Faye Hulcy Soapes. He married Myra Tuell on May 29, 1976, at Shawano, Wisconsin and worked as the head of maintenance for North Chicago Refiners, a school bus driver, substitute teacher and was the former owner of the Buzzard Roost Inn. Jessie was a U.S. Navy veteran and lived in Mountain Home since 1991, moving from Waukegan, Illinois. He was a member of First Christian Church.

Jessie is survived by his wife, Myra Soapes of Mountain Home, AR; two sons, Neal B. (Joyce) Soapes of Lindenhurst, IL, and Nicholas (Jennifer) Soapes of Sheridan, AR; four daughters, Belinda (Glen) Lillund of Fox River Grove, IL, Tracy (George) Harper of Elgin, IL, Jean Doan of Louisville, OH, and Cassandra (Jeff) Stupar of Mountain Home, AR; 13 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and one on the way; and two sisters, Alice Peddy of Amarillo, TX, and Brenda (Ellsworth) Crowley of Amarillo, TX.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Clyde Soapes and sister, Debra Soapes.

Memorials may be made to the Youth Program at First Christian Church or the Food Bank of North Central Arkansas.

Arrangements are by Kirby and Family Funeral and Cremation Services. Visit an online obituary and guestbook at www.kirbyandfamily.com.

Darrel Enke lost his battle with cancer and went to be with his Lord and Savior in the early morning hours on Saturday, July 11, 2015, at his home in Willow Springs. Born in Kansas City, Missouri on June 6, 1961 to Charles and Doris (Christenson) Enke, he was 54 years old.

Darrel grew up in Grandview, Missouri where he attended the local schools. He married Elizabeth Baumgardner, and in 1985 the couple moved to Willow Springs with their young daughters. He later married Dana Collins and the family continued to grow. Darrel drove a truck for the Willow Springs Rural Disposal Service for fifteen years before going to work for the Thunderidge Transport Company, transporting mail between Springfield and Willow Springs for over eighteen years. Darrel was a devout Christian and active member of the Crossway Fellowship Church in Willow Springs. He enjoyed attending many different churches to learn more about the word of God. He was known for his love and generosity to others; however, his greatest passion was sharing God’s love with everyone he met. Darrel will be greatly missed by his family and all who knew him.

He is survived by his parents; Charles and Doris Enke of Holden, Missouri; his children, Trisha Nichols and her husband John of Boss, Missouri; Tonya Enke of Salem, Missouri; Tasha Howdeshell of Salem, Missouri; Donna Whittington of Willow Springs, Missouri; Tiffany Schmitz of Salem, Missouri; Konan Enke and his wife Tasha of Mattoon, Illinois; and Chelsea Mahan of Arizona. Darrel is further survived by sixteen grandchildren; his brothers Dan Enke of Raymore, Missouri; David Enke and his wife Cheryl of Kansas City, Missouri; and his sister, Delva Enke of Lenexa, Kansas.

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