2014 Year In Review

Remembering the lives of the most notable personalities lost in 2014

Gross Funeral Home

For more than 125 years, Gross has served Hot Springs families and is one of the oldest funeral home establishments in the state. The business now known as Gross Funeral Home first opened in 1874 and has been at its current location since 1981. Although the names and faces have changed over the years, one thing has not. We are people to depend on. Gross Funeral Home offers beauty and comfort during your time of need. It is designed to provide you and your family with an atmosphere of quiet dignity. Comfortable sitting rooms, a lounge, and a visitation room are available for your loved ones to gather. Our spacious chapel can comfortably host large gatherings, yet still retains the charm for those more private services. Gross also offers The Simplicity Plan® prearrangement program, an easy way to handle an important family responsibility. As a note of interest, the service for Virginia Clinton, mother of President Bill Clinton, was arranged by Gross Funeral Home in 1994. We also offer our comfortable surroundings to area groups and organizations for events such as meetings, seminars, classes, fund-raising events, school or church socials, concerts, off-site company gatherings, cook-outs/barbecues, dinners/receptions, and even weddings.


Our Obituaries

Sallye Sue McCammon

July 24, 1952 - January 25, 2015

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Mary Hamilton

October 10, 1908 - January 24, 2015

Mary T. Hamilton, 106 of Hot Springs passed away January 24, 2015. She was born October 10, 1908 in Fairmont, West Virginia to Fleming and Dessie Morgan Hamilton.Mary grew up in West Virginia, having gone to school and worked at Fairmont National Bank for 32 years. She was treasure for both, the Business and Professional Women’s Club, and First United Methodist Church-Fairmont. She...
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Billi K. Blackwood

January 27, 1930 - January 22, 2015

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Edward Raymond HUCKINS

December 4, 1923 - January 21, 2015

Edward R. Huckins, 91, of Hot Springs Village, passed away on January 21, 2015. He was born in Los Angeles, CA. on December 4, 1923. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward L. and Alma, and his brother, Robert. Ed is survived by his wife of 67 years, Marion, and brother, Bill, of Melbourne, FL. He proudly served as a Navy Pilot during World War II. Burial will be at Neponset Floral Hill...
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A. Rolanda Hurst

August 31, 1963 - January 19, 2015

A. Rolanda Hurst died Monday, January 19, 2015. She was born on August 31, 1963 in Hot Springs. She attended St. John's Catholic School and later graduated from Hot Springs High School in 1981. She is survived by her parents, Franklin and Alessandra Hurst; her sister Dr. Katharine L Hurst and her two loving nieces, Sophie and Sarah Rudder; aunt Dorothy and uncle Charles Ridgway;one uncle,...
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Vincent Mucci

August 6, 1945 - January 19, 2015

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Alma Emma Gaukel

May 11, 1923 - January 18, 2015

Alma E. Gaukel of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas died January 18, 2015, at Good Samaritan Society Care Facility. She was 91.Services will be at St. Leo Catholic Church in Lusk, Wyoming on January 23, 2015 at 11:00 AM; Rosary will precede the service, and interment will be in Lusk Cemetery.Alma was born May 11, 1923 in Keeline, Wyoming, the daughter of Leo and Hedwich Heins. She was married for...
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Julie Ann Rolak

December 13, 1952 - January 18, 2015

Julie Ann Rolak, 62, of Hot Springs, passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by family on Sunday, Jan 18, 2015. She was born Dec 13, 1952, in Sculthorpe, England while her father was serving in the United States Air Force.Julie grew up in Illinois and attended Western Illinois University where she met her husband of 40 years Rick. They moved to Hot Springs in 1980. She was preceded in death...
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Eileen Morgan

September 25, 1957 - January 15, 2015

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Katrina Williams

February 7, 1924 - January 14, 2015

Katrina Sykes Williams, 90, of Hot Springs passed away on Wednesday January 14, 2015. She was born on February 7, 1924, in Richmond, Arkansas to Kitty Lewis Sykes and Henry A. Sykes. She graduated from Dierks High School in 1941.She is predeceased by her parents, her brother Henry A. Sykes, sister Amelia R. Steelman, husbands Milton R. Simington and James H. Williams, and granddaughter Katrina ...
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Cheryl Lynn Schneden

May 30, 1951 - January 13, 2015

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Margie Marie Long

July 9, 1934 - January 12, 2015

Margie Long, 80, joined her husband, Jerry L. Long in Heaven on January 12, 2015.Survivors include her son, Ron Long, twin daughters, Beverly Haight Bryan and Barbara Chaney Pitts, son-in-laws, Bob Pitts and Samuel Bryan. Grandchildren: Chris and Derek Haight, Bryan, Raymond and Daryl Chaney, Amanda Chaney, Heather Haight and McKinzey Chaney, Josh and Sara Pitts, Travis and Christy Pitts. Great...
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Luther Peoples

November 13, 1948 - January 11, 2015

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Maxiene Wyzette Simmons

November 4, 1931 - January 9, 2015

Maxine Wyzette Simmons, 83, of Hot Springs went to be with the Lord on Friday, January 9, 2015.Wyzette was born on November, 4 1931 in Oneonta, AL to the late Jess and Fannie Sanders.  In addition to her ...
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Beth Hillis

September 14, 1925 - January 8, 2015

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Jeanette Mary Mace

May 6, 1930 - January 4, 2015

Jeanette Mary Elizabeth Mace, 84 of Hot Springs, passed away January 4th, 2015. She was born May 6th, 1930 in Brooklyn, New York to the late Simon and Mary Doion Durant.Jeanette loved her family and many friends at Crown Trace, and St. John’s Catholic Church. She had a special place in her heart for St. John’s School, where she worked for over 25 years. She enjoyed volunteering at...
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Norman Elliott

August 7, 1928 - January 3, 2015

Norman Gil Elliott went to be with the Lord at the age of 86. He was born in South Plainsfield, New Jersey.He was preceded in death by his parents, Father Howard Elliott, Mother Gladys Stewart Elliott, first wife, June Ruthenbeck Elliott, one brother Howard (Howie) Elliott, and one sister Louise Patt.Norman is survived by his current wife, Laura Elliott, one daughter Pamela Elliott, and one son...
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Norman Elliott

August 7, 1928 - January 3, 2015

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Patsy Ruth Dunn

June 26, 1930 - January 1, 2015

Patsy Ruth Dunn, 84, of Hot Springs passed away on Thursday, January 1, 2015. She was born at Center Ridge, AR on June 26, 1930 to the late Orville and Etta Sheridan Stobaugh.Patsy was a member of Airport Road Church of Christ and she worked for almost 35 years at the Arkansas State Hospital in Little Rock. She was a devoted wife and a loving mother with a heart of gold.She was preceded in...
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James Gilliland

June 5, 1937 - January 1, 2015

James D. Gilliland, 77, of Amity, left his wife and children to be with God on January 1, 2015. He was born on June 5, 1937, in Minco, OK, to the late Clarence and Mary (English) Gilliland.He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Martha Sue (Hampton) Gilliland, great-granddaughters Libby Ann Hunter and Brianna Solis, and his sister Katherine Adams.He is survived by his loving wife...
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Jay Maner

October 31, 1952 - December 29, 2014

Jay Maner, 62, of Hot Springs, Arkansas passed away December 29th, 2014. He was born October 31st, 1952 in Hot Springs, to the late John Virgil and Edna Sorter Maner.Jay was a very loving husband, father, and grandfather. He loved entertaining his friends, being a musician, especially drumming. He was a member of Woodmen of the World, and past deputy sheriff for Garland County.In addition to...
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James Arthur Counts

April 10, 1933 - December 27, 2014

Mr. James (Jim) A. Counts, 81, of Hot Springs, went from the arms of his wife to the arms of Jesus in his home on December 27, 2014. He was born April 10, 1933, in Little Rock, AR, to the late James and Ruby Counts. Jim was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving in the Korean and Vietnam Wars.He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife of nearly 40 years, Nancy Green Counts, his sister...
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Mary Ann Buster

September 29, 1932 - December 26, 2014

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Mary Lou Horton

June 18, 1928 - December 25, 2014

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Wanda Hardage

November 27, 1933 - December 18, 2014

Wanda Sue Hardage, 81 passed away Thursday, December 18th, 2014 at her home from natural causes. She was born November 27th, 1933 in Hot Springs, Arkansas to the late Joe and Vera Robbins. Wanda was a homemaker and later worked at Oaklawn Racetrack and John’s on Central Avenue after her children were grown. In addition to her parents, Wanda was predeceased by...
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Thomas Cofer

August 13, 1937 - December 17, 2014

Thomas N. “Tom” Cofer, MD, FACP, 77, of Hot Springs, passed away Wednesday, December 17, 2014. He was born August 13, 1937, in Marion Illinois to Thomas and Elsie Cofer.Tom was a US Air Force veteran and an Internal Medicine Physician. He enjoyed sailing, flying, and was an avid reader. Tom was patient, kind, and devoted to his family. He was a member of First Baptist Church of...
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D. Elizabeth Rogers

April 4, 1927 - December 15, 2014

Graveside services for Elizabeth Rogers, 87, will be held December 19, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Greenwood Cemetery in Hot Springs, Ark. She passed away quietly December 15 at her home in Cincinnati. Her husband, James E. Rogers Jr., was called Home September 10, the day before their 66th wedding anniversary, and after so many years in a happy and devoted marriage, Elizabeth just couldn’t bear to...
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Glen Edward George

June 27, 1935 - December 11, 2014

Glen Edward George Sr., 79, of Hot Springs, went to be with his heavenly Father on Thursday, December 11, 2014. Glen was a veteran of the United States Air Force.He was born June 27, 1935, in Hot Springs. He is preceded in death by his parents O.C and Mamie George, sister Hazel McDonald, brother-in-laws Mack McDonald and Bill Scott, and the love of is life Evelyn of 56 years.Survivors include his...
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Eva Virginia Evans

March 20, 1931 - December 11, 2014

Eva V. Evans, 83, of Hot Springs, died Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, at her home after a lengthy illness. She was born on March 20, 1931, in Marianna, the daughter of Coley Marvin and Clara Scott Evans. She was predeceased by her parents, by two brothers, Layton C. Evans, and Dell G. Evans, and by one niece, Carol Hughes. Her 38-year federal service career began in 1949 with the...
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Inez Pitts

May 3, 1920 - December 2, 2014

Inez Pitts, 94, of Hot Springs, AR, died on December 2, 2014. She was born on May 3, 1920, at Mt. Tabor in Garland County, AR. She was preceded in death by her parents, James Franklin and Margaret Parthena (Meredith) Pitts; her brothers, William Thurman Pitts, James Junius Pitts and Grady David Pitts: and her sister, Ruby Pitts Pate. She is survived by her sister Orlene Pitts McKenzie of...
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Bob Merryman

February 19, 1936 - November 29, 2014

Bob D. Merryman 78, of Louisville, Kentucky, formerly of Hot Springs, passed away November 29, 2014 in Louisville. He was born February 19, 1936 in Hot Springs to Jim and Edith Dyer Merryman. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife of 49 years, Bette Ann Stone Merryman; and his brother Lt. General James H. Merryman.After graduating from Hot Springs High School, Bob...
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Anna B. Jordan

December 15, 1935 - November 27, 2014

Anna B. Jordan, 78, of Hot Springs, Arkansas passes away Thursday, November 27th, 2014. She was born December 15th, 1935 in Virginia to Elbert and Kathryn Bettis.Anna was a very loving woman and friend to many. She enjoyed spending time with friends and visiting with family, especially at the beach or shopping. Anna retired from the National Park Service in Hot Springs as an administration...
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Pamela E. Triner

August 24, 1946 - November 26, 2014

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Joan Koonce

May 16, 1927 - November 24, 2014

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Anna L. Richardson

April 9, 1925 - November 24, 2014

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Ronald Earl Splann

January 23, 1942 - November 24, 2014

Dr. Ronald E. Splann, 72, of Hot Springs, Arkansas went to meet his Heavenly Father on November 24, 2014. He was born on January 23, 1942 in Memphis, Tennessee, to the late Frank and Cleo Splann, Sr.Ronald went to grad school and Jr. High School at Memphis Training School where he played football, basketball, baseball, and track. He graduated from Memphis Central High School in 1960, where he...
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Shirley F. NELSON

September 11, 1929 - November 23, 2014

Shirley Fern Carter Nelson, 85, of Hot Springs Village, died November 23, 2014, with her husband Bill and daughter Vicki at her side. Loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend, Shirley was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2000 and subsequently endured numerous chemo and radiation treatments. Defying all odds, her cancer went into remission for nearly 10 years, but sadly...
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Robert Hodges Marlowe

November 5, 1929 - November 22, 2014

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Effie Mae Godwin

August 17, 1912 - November 20, 2014

Effie Mae Godwin, age 102, of Hot Springs, went to be with the Lord on Thursday Nov, 20 2014.She was born on August 17, 1912 in Lawrence County, Arkansas. She was a homemaker.She was predeceased by her husband Wilford Elmer Godwin; parents, William H. Parker and Laura Wells Parker; and two sisters and three brothers.She was a member of Bismarck Pentecostal Church.She is survived by her son...
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Dale Stollsteimer

February 2, 1925 - November 20, 2014

Dale Wilton Stollsteimer of Hot Springs Village AR, age 89, formerly of Ann Arbor and Dearborn, MI was born in Ann Arbor Feb 2, 1925 the son of Oscar Otto and Hermine (Reichert) Stollsteimer. He graduated from Ann Arbor Pioneer High 1942 and received his Bachelor of Arts and Masters in education from the University of Michigan in 1948. He worked for the Jackson YMCA, Kaiser-Fraiser and King...
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William Gerald Grimes

August 21, 1929 - November 20, 2014

William Gerald Grimes, 85, left his horse racing dreams to dance with the angels on Thursday, November 20 surrounded by his family.He was preceded in death by his mother Martha Tiner, father L.H. Grimes, and brother Ed Grimes.To all of those who knew him, he never quit working, even after retiring from the wholesale produce business where he was the founder of The Market Company in North Little...
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Bernard Pattyn

January 24, 1945 - November 20, 2014

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John Malt

February 15, 1952 - November 16, 2014

John Joseph Malt of Hot Springs Village passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, November 16, 2014 to the deep sadness of his wife, family and friends. John was born on February 15, 1952 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to the late Charles and Mildred Malt. John is survived by his loving wife and best friend of over 28 years, Gail and their son, Chad and his wife, Kimberly. He graduated from Fort Myers...
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Virgina Marlene Ennis

August 12, 1938 - November 13, 2014

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Maria Miranda

December 23, 1946 - November 12, 2014

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Floyd Hays

May 22, 1943 - November 9, 2014

Floyd J. Hays Jr., 71, of Hot Springs, passed away Sunday November 9, 2014. He was born on May 22, 1943 in Hot Springs, to the late Floyd J. and Louise Hays Floyd was also predeceased by his sister in law, Jo Hays, and brother in law Ken Sikorski.Those still loving him include his loving wife of 40 years, Susan Hays; daughter, Jenny (Matt) Ford, beloved twin grandsons, his special buddies Luke...
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Betty Burroughs

November 11, 1923 - November 7, 2014

Betty Jean Burroughs, 90, of Hot Springs, Arkansas passed away Friday, November 7th, 2014 at her home surrounded by her loving family; and as a believer in Jesus Christ, is now a resident of Heaven! She was born November 11th, 1923 in Prescott, Arkansas to the late John and Sara Cornelius Wilson.Betty was a very loving mother, grandmother, and friend to many. She was a woman of God, and adored...
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Gary N. Meek

March 5, 1938 - November 7, 2014

Gary N. Meek, M.D., of Hot Springs peacefully went to be with the Lord on November 7th, 2014. He lived a life filled with serving others in many ways.Service will be 2:00 P.M., Tuesday, Nov. 11th, at Gross Funeral Home. Visitation will be prior to the celebration at 1:00 P.M.Dr. Meek is survived by his wife, Mary Julia Meek, his two sons, Greg P. (Catalina) and David G., and three grandchildren...
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Bertl Sauter

January 27, 1920 - November 6, 2014

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Louis Brodrick

November 7, 1933 - November 5, 2014

Louis Theron Brodrick Sr., 80, of Hot Springs passed away Wednesday November 5, 2014. He was born in Tulsa, OK on November 7, 1933 to the late Harold L. and Vasilikey Doolos Brodrick.Louis was a graduate of Lakeside High School and served in the United Sates Army. While in the Army, Louis served time in Korea, as a body guard to a General, and as a paratrooper. He was known for his honesty and he...
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Donna Charlene Snow

June 18, 1929 - November 3, 2014

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Jerry Kinsey

July 17, 1943 - November 1, 2014

Jerry Wayne Kinsey passed away November 1, 2014 in Hershey, PA. He was born July 17, 1943 in Hot Springs, Arkansas to Norban Sydney Kinsey and Le Vellon Syble Hamilton Kinsey, both now deceased.He leaves behind his loving wife and friend of 44 years, Marta, and a son Scott, of whom he was very proud. He is also survived by one brother, James Ray Kinsey and his wife Kathy, two nephews and four...
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A. Claude Griffin

March 17, 1925 - October 30, 2014

A. Claude Griffin, Jr, 89, of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas died October 30th, 2014. He was born March 17th, 1925 in Baltimore, Maryland to Abraham C. and Osceola Casteele Griffin, Sr.Claude was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He treasured his time with friends; whether it be playing golf, bridge, or pinochle! After graduating from the University of Illinois and Virginia Tech, he...
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Ruth Nichlos

July 4, 1935 - October 27, 2014

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Myrtle Ray Morrow

March 4, 1929 - October 26, 2014

Myrtle (Mert) Ray Morrow, 85, of Hot Springs passed away Sunday, October 26th, 2014 peacefully at her home surrounded by her family. Mert was born March 4th, 1929 in Walcott, Arkansas to the late Aaron and Effie Markham Hughes.In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Bobby Morrow; brother, Earl Hughes; and great-grandson, Landon Edward Lowder.Survivors...
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Laurence Adkins

January 10, 1935 - October 25, 2014

Laurence Brannan Adkins, 79, of Hot Springs, passed away Saturday, October 25th, 2014. Laurence was born January 10, 1935, and was a lifelong resident of Hot Springs, as well as a life member of First United Methodist Church. He was the youngest son born to the late Brown and Juanita Adkins, the owners and operators of the Public Drug Store on Park Avenue for sixty years. Laurence and his...
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Thomas Towell Cooper

February 21, 1931 - October 23, 2014

Thomas Towell Cooper, 83, was born in Hot Springs February 21, 1931 to Lewis Downey and Eugenia Towell Cooper. He died October 23, 2014. He was predeceased by by his wife of 50 years Molly Brandt Cooper.He is survived by his sons, Dr. Russell Cooper and wife Jill of Hot Springs and Scott Cooper and wife Leigh Ann of Maumelle, three grandsons Brandt and Whit Cooper of Hot Springs and Tom Cooper...
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Lyle Fellows

September 17, 1929 - October 22, 2014

Lyle Fellows, 85 of Hot Springs passed away peacefully at home October 22, 2014. Born on September 17, 1929, he was the son of the late Flora and Howard Newman. He was predeceased in death by a sister, Irene Faulkner and is survived by his wife of 64 years, Doris Jean Fellows; a sister, Ardis Klausing of Mancelona, Michigan; brother-in-law, Richard Faulkner of Waterford, MI; daughter, Julie...
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Mae L. Downs

May 9, 1919 - October 22, 2014

Mae Downs, 95, of Hot Springs, Arkansas formerly of Texarkana, Texas passed away Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 in Hot Springs. She was born May 9th, 1919 in Duquesne, Pennsylvania to Gregor and Dessie Manns.Cherishing her memory are her two children, Kenyann Lucas (Charles) of Hot Springs, and Greg Downs (Carol) of New Jersey; 4 grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.Private family services...
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Robin Miller Braun

September 9, 1955 - October 15, 2014

Robin Miller Braun, 59 of Hot Springs, passed away Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 at her home. She was born September 9th, 1955 in Little Rock to the late Dalton A and Nancy Crandall Miller. As a believer she is now residing in Heaven. Robin was a beautiful dynamic woman who had a great capacity for love and dedication for her family and friends who she loved unconditionally and...
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Marjorie Ella Czerniak

January 17, 1926 - October 10, 2014

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Ronald James Dunlap

March 1, 1946 - October 10, 2014

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Raymond Fleming

November 15, 1927 - October 10, 2014

Our beloved husband, father, and grandfather, Raymond George “RG” Fleming, 86 of Hot Springs, passed away peacefully at home on October 10th, 2014 surrounded by family. He was born on November 15th, 1927 to Ray and Ethel Fleming.Ray was a devoted husband to Elva “Jean” Fleming for over 66 years, and a wonderful father. Ray was a veteran of the US Navy, having served...
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Adam Richard Coats

January 9, 1987 - October 7, 2014

Adam Richard Coats, 27, of Hot Springs, Arkansas, passed away Tuesday, October 7, 2014.Adam was born in Shreveport, LA but lived his adult life in Hot Springs which he considered home. Adam graduated from Hot Springs High School in 2005 and later attended UCA. A perpetual student, Adam loved studying and debating a variety of topics from science, art, music, and religion.He was preceded in...
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Elizabeth Hudman

July 30, 1941 - October 5, 2014

Elizabeth Faye Hudman, 73, of Arkadelphia, Arkansas passes away Sunday, October 5th, 2014. She was born July 30th, 1941 in Traskwood, Arkansas to Jessie Paul and Myrtle Morehead Wilbanks. Mrs. Hudman was a very loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt , and friend to many. All who were loved by her were considered lucky. She showed...
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Gwendolyn Cupp

January 17, 1930 - October 5, 2014

Gwendolyn Stuckey Cupp, 84, of Hot Springs, passed away Sunday, October 5, 2014. Gwen lived with social grace and an excitement and love for people, culture and travel. Her gracious manner and adventurous spirit was instilled in her family and the many who loved her. She was born to James Gilmore Stuckey and Mattie Heath Stuckey of Lepanto, Arkansas on January 17, 1930. She attended high school...
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William Jeffery Newton

July 27, 1970 - October 4, 2014

William Jeffrey Newton, 44, of Hot Springs, Arkansas, passed away at his home Saturday, October 4, 2014.Jeff was raised in Pine Bluff, Arkansas and enjoyed a vast array of sports and spending time with family and friends. He was active in the Army National Guard and served in Bosnia. He was preceded in death by his father, William Carroll Newton and a sister, Terri Linette Newton.He is survived...
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Bobbie J. Robinson

May 2, 1943 - September 29, 2014

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Ralph I. Miller

January 14, 1923 - September 29, 2014

Ralph Irvin Miller, 91, of Hot Springs, Arkansas passed away Monday, September 29th, 2014 at his home. He was born January 14th, 1923 in Amboy, Illinois to Harry and Lottie Fields Miller. Ralph was a very loving and caring husband, father, and grandfather. He enjoyed spending time outdoors, woodworking, and music; especially his c-melody saxophone. He was of the Baptist faith. ...
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Ina Belle Burton

October 16, 1925 - September 27, 2014

Ina Belle Burton, of Hot Springs, was delivered into the arms of our Lord on Saturday, September 27, 2014. She was born October 16, 1925 to Henry G. Simmons and Malinda L. Raper in Plainview, Arkansas.She was an avid adventuress that loved to travel, many times she would pack a bag and go along for the ride. She was a retired secretary and worked many places including the Pentagon in her youth....
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Maria Magdolna Szeplaki

February 26, 1944 - September 26, 2014

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Gary Lynn Taylor

November 26, 1954 - September 23, 2014

Gary Taylor Sr., 59, of Hot Springs, died Tuesday, September 23, 2014. He was born November 26, 1954, in Pulaski County, Arkansas, to the late Delores Bogdanoff and Billy Taylor. He is preceded in death by his parents, and his brother Elwin Taylor.Gary is survived by his son Gary Taylor Jr. and his two sisters; Shanna Avalos and Sandra Gilbertson; nephews, Elwin Taylor, Johnny Avalos, and...
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Florence Toth

February 15, 1928 - September 21, 2014

Florence J. Toth, 86, of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, passed away at home Sept. 20, 2014. Florence, known by all as Marty, and remembered for her smile, loved adventure. She Zip Lined through the woods and swam with the dolphins. Marty was one month away from a Riverboat Cruise to Paris. She'd also planned to complete her bucket list with a skydiving stint in 2015.Marty was born on Feb. 15...
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Terry Sims

December 21, 1947 - September 18, 2014

Terry Sims, 66, of Hot Springs, was a lover of life, his family, and his friends. He was a calm quiet man, a good listener, and a natural leader. Terry was caring and kind hearted, had the best sense of humor and enjoyed laughing with others. He was loved by all who knew him and gave the love back in return.Terry left us on Thursday September 18, 2014. He was born on December 21, 1947 to Lloyd...
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Gary Lee Pickens

September 11, 1951 - September 16, 2014

Gary Lee. Pickens, 63 of Hot Springs, Arkansas passed away September 16th, 2014. He was born September 11th, 1951 in Stoddard, Missouri to Billy Ralph and Wanda Hunt Pickens.In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his sister, Brenda Jean Pickens Hall, and three grandchildren, Christopher, Trisha, and Shantell Cox.Survivors include his mother, Wanda Pickens; brother, Charlie...
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Joyce N. Anderson

April 30, 1922 - September 14, 2014

Joyce Nesbitt Anderson, 92, of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas died Sunday, Sept.14, 2014 at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home. She was born in Dunville, Ontario, Canada on April 30, 1922, the daughter of Rev. Kenneth and Anna Doughty Nesbitt. The family immigrated to the United States where Rev. Nesbitt served as a Methodist minister in Iowa. Joyce, known to all of us as Peg, graduated...
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Mary Helen Lawler

August 18, 1923 - September 14, 2014

Mary Helen Lawler, 91 of Hot Springs, went to be with her Heavenly Father on Sunday September 14, 2014. She was born on August 18, 1923 in Hot Springs to Clarence and Beatrice (Bagley) Wilson.Age was clearly just a number for Mary, her personality and spunk did not match hers. She could be found at Silver Sneakers workouts, listening to her Ipod and staying active. She also enjoyed knitting and...
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Everett Ray Hulsey

July 27, 1929 - September 13, 2014

Everette Ray Hulsey, 85, was born July 27, 1929. He died at home on September 12, 2014. He was a life-long resident of Hot Springs. Ray was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Nora Hulsey and his sister, Shirley Bates. Ray is survived by his wife, Clara Louise Hulsey; his niece, Karen Sanders; Lou’s siblings, May McFarland, Bill Harrington, Adrian Harrington, Doris Kilcrease,...
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Thomas Lloyd Williams

May 29, 1943 - September 10, 2014

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William A. Bailey

May 2, 1941 - September 8, 2014

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Edward F. Small

January 15, 1932 - September 8, 2014

Edward Faye Small, 82, of Hot Springs, passed away Monday, September 8, 2014. He was born January 15, 1932 in Amity, to Lon and Dora Small.He retired from the Arkansas Highway Department and the Garland County Road Department.He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Ruby (Diffee) Small, his daughters Debbie Gaither (Charles) of Hot Springs and Becky Clark (Rod) of Des Moines, IA; his son Randy...
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Elsie F. Wilcox

June 26, 1931 - September 8, 2014

Elsie Faye Wilcox, age 83 died Monday, September 8, 2014. A Methodist by faith, she was a lifelong resident of Hot Springs.Elsie enjoyed shopping and traveling with her twin daughters. One of her favorite trips with her daughters was to spend time in Gulf Shores watching and listening to the waves. She also had several lifelong friends with whom she enjoyed visiting. Elsie had a beautiful...
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Edwin Lewis Greenwood

January 13, 1935 - September 7, 2014

Edwin Lewis Greenwood, “Buddy” entered into eternal rest on September 7, 2014. “Buddy,” “Grandad,” “Dad” and “Ed” was a generous, loving and modest son, brother, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He loved being outdoors and enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing, photography, movies, classical music, rock collecting, bird watching,...
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James Warren Preskitt

February 16, 1926 - September 6, 2014

James W. Preskitt, 88, of Ashdown, Arkansas passed away Saturday, September 6th, 2014 at his home. He was born February 16th, 1926 in Kerrville, Texas to George W. and Maude L. Christopher Preskitt. Mr. Preskitt retired in 1990 from Rockwell International and moved to Ashdown. He led a long, enduring life that was full of adventure. He loved growing flowers, raising animals, and...
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Audrey Crook

April 18, 1921 - September 6, 2014

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Charles Brinkmann

October 24, 1952 - September 3, 2014

It is with great sadness that the family of Charles A. “Chuck” Brinkmann, 61, of Hot Springs, Arkansas, announce his sudden passing on Wednesday, September 3, 2014.He was born on October 24, 1952 to Francis William “Bill” and Rose Maurie Brinkmann. He married Sandra Monda on May 13, 1978. She preceded him in death in May 2012. From 1995 to 2006, Chuck was employed as a...
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Katherine Muncrief

September 2, 1942 - September 2, 2014

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Joan Donaldson

September 23, 1931 - September 2, 2014

Joan Donaldson, 82, of Hot Springs, Arkansas passed away Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014. She was born September 23rd, 1931 in Buckville, Arkansas to Denny and Louise Parsons Donaldson. Ms. Donaldson led a long, enduring, and lively life that was full of adventure and friendships; having served in the United States Navy, and retiring from the federal government where she worked with...
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Nina Tillery

May 23, 1934 - August 31, 2014

Nina Tillery, 80, of Hot Springs, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday night, August 31, 2014. She was born May 23, 1934 to the late Charlie and Imogene Bell. She retired after teaching second graders at Lake Hamilton Schools for more than 25 years. She was a devout Primitive Baptist.She was preceded in death by her parents, Charlie and Imogene Bell, by her husband of 43 years,...
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Peggy Fenley

February 26, 1916 - August 27, 2014

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Mary Payne

February 10, 1943 - August 26, 2014

It is with sadness that we announce the death of Mary Lenn Payne. Mary was born February 10, 1943 in Hot Springs and departed this life August 26, 2014.She was the daughter of Virgle and Lennie Priddy Payne. She is survived by numerous cousins and friends.Mary was educated in Hot Springs Public Schools and graduated from Hot Springs High School in 1960.Mary spent her entire work career working...
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Barbara L. Harvey Swihart

May 25, 1949 - August 25, 2014

Barbara L. Harvey Swihart, 65, of Hot Springs, Arkansas passed away Monday, August 25th, 2014. She was born April 25th, 1949 in Hot Springs to Cleveland and Mary Lou Dawson Melugin.Family meant everything to Barbara. She was a very loving wife, mother, aunt, grandmother, and friend to many. She was known as a devoted Christian lady, having been a lifetime member of Oaklawn Church of God. As a...
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Samuel Arden Manning

September 13, 1939 - August 21, 2014

Samuel Arden Manning Sr., 74, of Hot Springs died August 21, 2014. He was born in Winterville N.C. on September 3, 1939.He was a Korean War veteran and was the recipient of the First Good Conduct Award.He is predeceased by his granddaughter, Christy Jones.Samuel is survived by his loving wife, Marian Tillie Manning, six children; Joey (Paula) Manning, Lea (Mike) Burch, Sam Manning Jr., Lisa Jones...
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Jerry David Meredith

September 17, 1943 - August 21, 2014

Jerry D. Meredith, 70, of Hot Springs passed away peacefully at Arkansas Hospice. He was born September 17th, 1943 in Cedar Glades, Arkansas to the late Mearl David and Lola Hollowoa Meredith.Cherishing his memory are his son, Jerry David Meredith Jr (Labetha) of Royal; two brothers, James Meredith of Washington state, and Jon Meredith of Hot springs; two sisters, Murel Maughan of Hot Springs,...
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Charles Robert Puckett

September 11, 1946 - August 19, 2014

Charles Robert Puckett, 67, of Hot Springs Village, passed away Tuesday, August 19, 2014. He was born September 11, 1946 in Poteau, OK. Services will be at a later date in Oklahoma City, OK. Guest register at www.grossfuneralhome.com
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Billy Joe Wadkins

February 11, 1933 - August 11, 2014

Billy Joe Wadkins, 81, of Hot Springs, passed away Monday, August 11, 2014. He was born February 11, 1933 in Hartley, Arkansas to John and Martha Wadkins. Billy is predeceased by his parents, brother, A.J. Wadkins, sister, Johnnie Faye Hibbers, and baby daughter, Sandra Kay Wadkins.Sergeant First Class Billy Joe Wadkins enlisted in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and served in Germany and...
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Frank Edward Musser

May 2, 1935 - August 11, 2014

Frank E. Musser, 79, of Magnet Cove, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, August 11th, 2014.He was born May 2nd 1935 in Keokuk, Iowa to the late Raymond and Mary McComas Musser. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 44 years, Betty Musser and son, Earl Musser. Cherishing his memory are his children Raymond Carl Musser, Ward Allen...
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Arthur R. Riales

October 12, 1930 - August 4, 2014

Arthur Ray Riales 83, of Hot Springs, passed away Monday, August 4, 2014. He was born October 12, 1930 to Murry and Texie Waits Riales. He was preceded in death by his grandson, James Jason Riales.Arthur retired from the Douglas Typewriter Company where he worked as a Business Machine Technician. He was of the Baptist faith.Arthur is survived by his wife, Alice Riales, five children, Judy...
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Louise E. Baker

June 24, 1922 - July 31, 2014

Louise Baker, 92 of Hot Springs, Arkansas passed away Thursday, July 31st, 2014. She was born June 24th, 1922 in Camden, Arkansas to Buchannan and Elsie Plenge Starnes. Louise was humbly known as a strong, independent woman; having been widowed at age 39 and raising 3 children, out in the country, on her own with limited resources. She was a beautiful, vibrant, Christian lady...
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Helen WILLIAMSON

May 2, 1929 - July 29, 2014

Helen Pearl Williamson, 85, of Hot Springs died July 29, 2014, at Arkansas Hospice. She was born in Hot Springs, the daughter of George and Pearl Marsh Wyatt. Predeceasing her were her husband, Robert Williamson, and a daughter, Robin Smith. She is survived by a daughter, Angie Elcan and hero, Bud Fuller of Hot Springs, sons-in-law Dr. George Smith of El Dorado, and Steve Barton of Magnolia. ...
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