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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.

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Gary Boiger

February 7, 1939 - August 19, 2016

Gary J. Boiger, 77, of Malvern passed peacefully August 19, 2016. He was born in Detroit, Michigan, the only child to the late John and Dolores Boiger.He joined the Air Force and the Detroit Police Department. He was a decorated career law enforcement officer, receiving the Medal of Valor, and retiring in 1986 as Detective Sergeant. After moving to Arkansas he briefly re-entered the workforce...
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Wilma Jean Kolesar

May 19, 1933 - August 15, 2016

Wilma J. Kolesar, 83, of Hot Springs Village, went to be with the Lord on August 15, 2016. “God saw you were getting tired, and a cure was not to be, so He put His arms around you and whispered, ‘Come with Me.’ With tearful eyes we watched you suffer, and saw you fade away, although we loved you deeply, we could not make you stay. A golden heart stopped beating, hard working...
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Wilma H. Kolesar

May 19, 1933 - August 15, 2016

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R.V. Oliver

January 15, 1927 - August 10, 2016

R.V. Oliver, 89, of Pearcy, passed peacefully August 10, 2016. R.V. was one of nine to be born to the late James R. and Mamie L. Oliver. “I just got to tease you a little bit,” he would say with a smile. R.V.‘s selfless optimism, love of play and unwillingness to say a harsh word about anyone, made him a magnet for true friends and children. R.V. loved the Lord, his...
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Eugene Danley

August 23, 1946 - August 9, 2016

Eugene “Gene” Howard Danley, Jr., 69, of Hot Springs, passed away peacefully on August 9, 2016.Gene was born August 23, 1946, in Peoria, Illinois, to Mildred Irene Smith and Eugene Howard Danley, Sr. He is survived by his wife, Kathy; children Wendy Davis (Dean) of Salt Lake City, UT, Julie Bowers (Gary) of Peoria, Joleen Crumpton (Chad) of Bryant, AR, Sarah Danley of Washington, D.C....
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Janice Margaret Paton

December 19, 1917 - August 9, 2016

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Joseph Westbury

June 22, 1930 - August 5, 2016

Joseph A. Westbury, of Hot Springs Village, passed into the loving arms of Jesus on August 5, 2016, after a year-long battle with lung cancer. Joe was born on June 22, 1930 to Joseph E. and Mollie McKenzie Westbury in Georgetown, South Carolina. He was preceded in death by his parents and his younger brothers, Harold and Charles. After serving 8 years in the US Air Force, Joe worked for Raytheon...
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May 6, 1932 - August 3, 2016

Mary Anna Keith Kinnaird, 84, of Hot Springs, passed away Wednesday, August 3, 2016. She was born in DeRoche, Arkansas to the late Virgil B. and Lula Mae Keith.She was preceded in death by her husband Boyd L. Kinnaird; three brothers, Marvin (Ruby) Keith, Randolph (June) Keith, and Ford (Billie) Keith; two sisters Margie (Bob) Trinkle and Hazel (Everett) Littleton.Cherishing her memory are her...
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James Brent Allen

January 21, 1926 - August 2, 2016

James Allen, 90, of Hot Springs, passed away on Tuesday August 2, 2016. He was born to the late James and Ida Allen on January 21, 1926 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is preceded in death by his parents and his son, Randall Scott Allen. Loving survivors include his adoring wife of 31 years, Joyce Ivy Allen of Hot Springs; children, James Brent Allen II, Alisa Blanchard, and Shelley Cranford;...
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Harry Woodall

August 15, 1929 - July 27, 2016

The Rev. Harry E. “Woody” Woodall, 86, of Glenwood went to walk in the Lord’s garden July 27, 2016. He was born in Malvern to the late Sidney and Lora Burns Woodall.After graduating from Malvern High in 1947, Harry joined the U.S. Navy where he proudly served until 1950. In 1953, he began serving in the U.S. Air Force as an Intelligence Staff Sergeant in Hokkaido, Japan...
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Sherrod Thompson

March 14, 1940 - July 26, 2016

Sherrod B. Thompson, Jr., 76, of Hot Springs, passed away on July 26, 2016 at his home surrounded by family. He was born March 14, 1940 in Russellville, Arkansas to Sherrod B. Thompson, Sr. and Melvena White Thompson.Sherrod was a man of honor who loved God, his family, and was a true American patriot.Growing up in Pope County, Mr. Thompson and his twin brother roamed the woods and back roads of...
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Bobby Gene Whisenhunt

October 20, 1930 - July 26, 2016

Bobby Gene Whisenhunt, 85, of Mt Ida, passed away peacefully July26, 2016. He was born in Fredrick-Tillman Oklahoma to the late Jeff D. and Ollie Short Whisenhunt. Bobby spent his early years in the oil fields of Elk City, Oklahoma where met his bride, Joyce Hall Whisenhunt.As an Airman First Class, Bobby served in the Air Force during the Korean Conflict where he became a skilled aircraft...
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Johnnie M. Tyler

February 22, 1929 - July 24, 2016

Johnnie Mae Tyler, 87, of Hot Springs, Arkansas passed away Sunday, July 24, 2016. She was born February 22, 1929 in Blytheville, Arkansas to J.J. and Zelma Berry.In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her son, Kenneth Edwin Tyler; and her brothers, Cecil, Robert, Horace, Durell, and James Berry.Cherishing her memory are her husband, Kenneth B. Tyler; daughters, Deborah...
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Evelyn Hanson

June 14, 1931 - July 21, 2016

Evelyn June (née Ditch) Hanson: Born June 14, 1931 St. Louis, Mo. - Died July 21, 2016 Hot Springs, Ar.She was preceded in death by her parents, Sterling Price and Golda Pearl Ditch, 4 siblings, Jesse Smith (Dorothy/Virginia), Lorene Ruth (Bill Kerr/Cliff Gardner), Garland Price (Audrey), and Richard James (Iona), and her beloved nieces and nephews, JuliEllen Marlene (Gamache) Koberger,...
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Paul Frank Petranech

March 28, 1939 - July 21, 2016

Paul Frank Petranech, 77, of Hot Springs Village, passed peacefully surrounded by his family on July 21, 2016. He was born on March 28, 1939 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to the late Frank and Elsie Petranech.Paul was a veteran of the United States Marine Corp and proudly fought in the Battle of Tijuana. After serving in the military Paul worked as a meat cutter and served as the UFCW Union President...
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Robert Lawrence DARBY

June 20, 1930 - July 21, 2016

Robert Lawrence Darby, 86, of Hot Springs passed away on Thursday, July 21, 2016. He was born in Little Rock on June 20, 1930 to the late Curtis and Wilma Darby. He earned a B.A. degree at Henderson State University and a M.A. degree from San Jose State University. Robert married his high school sweetheart, Doris Lott, in 1953 and they enjoyed 62 years of marriage choosing to raise his family in...
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Donald Lee Stegall

August 18, 1944 - July 21, 2016

Donald Lee Stegall, 72, of Hot Springs passed away in his home on July 21, 2016. He was born August 18, 1943 in Newport, Arkansas to the late Perry and Nora (Honey) Stegall. Don is predeceased by his brothers, Bobby, Thomas and David Stegall and sister, Camilla White. He is survived by his brother, Jerry Walker of Mesa, Arizona as well as several nieces and nephews. Shortly after his birth his...
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Brandy Walker

September 21, 1971 - July 20, 2016

Mrs. Brandy Michelle Walker (Jones) 44 of Hot Springs, AR, passed away in her home on July 20, 2016Brandy was born to Victor Brown Jr. and Karen Lancaster on September 21, 1971. In 1978 she was adopted by her stepfather Jerry Jones.She is preceded in death by her biological father Victor and her mother Karen.Brandy leaves behind her loving husband Charles Walker of Hot Springs, AR; Three sons and...
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Brenda L. Noel

January 30, 1959 - July 17, 2016

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Margaret Wingate

July 4, 1941 - July 16, 2016

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Margie Virginia Lee

November 30, 1927 - July 15, 2016

Margie Virginia Lee, 88, of Hot Springs, passed peacefully on July 15, 2016. She wasborn on November 30, 1927, in Akron, Ohio, to the late John and Margaret Gerry.Margie was an exceptional woman who loved to travel and was an avid shopper. Shehad a wonderful sense of humor and was very generous when it came to helping otherswho were less fortunate. Above all, Margie loved her family and spending...
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Melanie M. Braley

October 10, 1981 - July 14, 2016

Melanie Margaret Braley, age 34, of Dallas, Texas passed away on July 14, 2016.She was born on October 10, 1981 in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Melanie attended Lake Hamilton Schools, graduating in 2000. She was the president of her senior class and graduated with high honors.She attended and graduated from the University of California at San Diego where she was granted a degree in Biochemistry. She...
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Elbert Rawls

January 2, 1931 - July 12, 2016

Elbert “Al” Rawls, 85, of Hot Springs passed peacefully on July 12, 2016. He was born on January 2, 1931 in Norfolk, Virginia to the late Elbert and Sarah Rawls.Al graduated from Norview High School in 1948. In 1950 he went to apprentice school at Norfolk Naval Air Station where he worked until 1958, during this time he also served in the Naval Air Reserve.In 1966 Al went to work for...
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Herbert Fukai

January 19, 1932 - July 6, 2016

Herbert Fukai, 84, of Hot Springs passed away on July 6, 2016. Born in Salem, Oregon, to the late Charlie and Mimi Fukai, Herbert was a quiet man who lived a dignified life. He worked very hard for most of his years, most notably as a cab driver in Chicago for over twenty years. Herbert enjoyed gardening, fishing, and strong black coffee. He will be taken back to Oregon to rest near his...
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Ernesteen Ernesteen Smith

December 29, 1927 - July 5, 2016

Ernesteen (Phillips) Smith, 88, of Hot Springs, passed away on Tuesday, July 5, 2016. Ernesteen went to be with her Savior, and her beloved husband of 70 years, Ray. Ernesteen was most proud of her family and cooking. If you couldn’t find her, you knew she was outside in her garden. She is survived by her four children: Phil (Sandy) Smith, Loretta Wilson, Sandy (Michael) Pendleton and Pam...
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Kimberly Smith

June 20, 1972 - July 4, 2016

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Abbie Conine

March 15, 1929 - July 2, 2016

Abbie Lee Conine, 87, of Hot Springs, passed away July 2, 2016. Abbie was born in Hot Springs to the late Albert and Ruth McGuire. She loved flower gardening, great Danes, shopping adventures, and most especially her family.She was predeceased by daughter Debra Sherman; grandchild Anna Sherman; great grandchild Daniel Austin; and sisters Eva Lynn and Rosie Coffman.Those cherishing her memory...
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James Lassiter

September 7, 1935 - July 2, 2016

James Clay Lassiter, 80, of Hot SpringsVillage, passed away after an extended illness at home on July 2, 2016. He was the son of Marlie and Vesta Lassiter of Lonoke and Humnoke, Arkansas. Born September 7, 1935, he was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. As a young man he worked with his father on a pipeline all over the country and farmed and raised cattle in Humnoke. He...
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Jack L. Cooley

February 24, 1930 - June 29, 2016

Jack Lee Cooley, 86, of Hot Springs, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, June 29, 2016. He was born on February 24, 1930, to the late Lee and Mabel Cooley in Salina, Kansas. He was the youngest of 12 children, nine sisters and two brothers who all preceded him in death. He is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Freida; two daughters, Anita (Morrie) Miller-Bailey, Kathryn (Steve)...
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Jamie Elizabeth Calhoun

March 11, 1965 - June 26, 2016

Jamie Elizabeth Calhoun, 51, passed away on June 26, 2016 at her home in Hot Springs. She was born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas where she attended Hall High School. Later, she attended Colorado State and Henderson State Universities where she graduated with honors, earning a B.S.N. in nursing. To Jamie, laughter was always the best medicine. She was preceded in death by her father, Jerry...
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Michael Martin

December 6, 1951 - June 26, 2016

Michael Martin, 64, of Hot Springs, departed peacefully from the world on Sunday, June 26, 2016. He was born in Little Rock to the late Harry and Jeannette Martin on December 6, 1951. He was survived by his daughters Michelle (Josh) Gaston and Melinda Martin-McAfee; grandchildren Darian, Kaitlin, Adrien, Joshua, Zachery, Kirsa, Emma, and Eylan; sisters Nancy Rhodes and Nannette (Bill) Gentry;...
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Ronald Luker

November 27, 1952 - June 25, 2016

Ronald Lee Luker, 63 years, 6 months, and 29 days old, passed away on June 25, 2016 at his home with his family by his side.Ronald was born November 27, 1952 in Hot Springs, AR to Richard Lee and Josephine (Daughtery) Luker.Ronald was a resident of the Ava community for a few years moving from Hot Springs, AR. He was a Security Guard and had also served as a Deputy in Hot Springs, AR. He was an...
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Betty Ann Mclendon

April 2, 1946 - June 24, 2016

Betty A. McLendon, 70, of Hot Springs, passed in peace surrounded by her family on June 24, 2016. She was born on April 2, 1946 in Boonville, Arkansas to the late Herman and Lillian Ingram.Betty was an extremely loving, compassionate and generous woman and always went out of her way to put others needs before her own. She was the type of person who never met a stranger and always had her home...
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Charles Stanton Glaze

September 11, 1955 - June 21, 2016

Charles “Stan” Glaze, 60, of Hot Springs passed away June 21, 2016 surrounded by his loving family. Stan was born on September 11, 1955 in Hot Springs to the late Harold Glaze and Polly Harris Miller.Stan loved life, and above all he loved his family. He had a passion for reading, music, horses, fantasy football and all sports. He also cherished his little dachshund, Romeo very much...
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Mary Musgrove

July 13, 1956 - June 21, 2016

Mary Helen Musgrove, 59, of Hot Springs passed away June 21, 2013.A hard working lady who led a simple life, Mary enjoyed reading, puzzles, growing fresh vegetables and being spontaeous. An adventurous spirit, she enjoyed moving to places she had never been or had any ties to. Her ability to start over in an unfamiliar place amazed many. She was an amazing cook; from her banana split pie to...
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Zeljko Vuceta

March 30, 1956 - June 20, 2016

Zeljko Vuceta, 60, of Hot Springs, passed away on Monday, June 20, 2016. He was born to the late Djuro and Ana Vuceta on March 30, 1956, in Zenica, Bosnia-Herzegovina. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Heinrich and Maria Stahlman; and uncle Carl Stahlman. He is survived by his loving wife Zora; sons Sasha and Igor; sister and brother-in-law Ljubica Goranovic-Jazavac and Sulejman...
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Timothy Wilson

September 17, 1968 - June 19, 2016

Timothy D. Wilson, 47, of Hot Springs, passed away on Sunday, June 19, 2016. He was born in Springfield, Illinois on September 17, 1968, to Robert and Barbara Wilson. He is preceded in death by his father Robert. He is survived by his mother Barbara; sister Margo (John) Zubeck; and brother John. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Thursday, June 23, at First Assembly Church of Hot...
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Martha Magnolia Adkins Hamby

October 17, 1937 - June 19, 2016

Martha Magnolia Adkins Hamby, 78, of Hot Springs passed with peace and grace surrounded by her family on June 19, 2016. She was born in Hot Springs on October 17, 1937 to the late Ancil Brown Adkins, Sr. & Magnolia Juanita Brennan Adkins. Magnolia was a lifelong member of First United Methodist Church. After high school in 1955 she was a Hot Springs Debutante. She attended the University of...
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Evelyn Jean Keenmon

December 5, 1931 - June 19, 2016

Jean (Evelyn) Keenmon, 84, of Hot Springs, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, June 19, 2016. She was born to the late Ernest and Leona Keenmon in Fowlerville, Michigan, on December 5, 1931. She is preceded in death by her sister Ruth A. Miller. She is survived by her sister Ernestine (Jim) Southard; niece Joyce; great-niece Denise; great-nephew Jason; and her Glory Barn Church Family....
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Edna Ruth Parsons

May 20, 1932 - June 17, 2016

Edna Ruth Parsons, 84, died Friday, June 17, 2016, in Hot Springs, after a lengthy illness. Born May 20, 1932, in Marianna, she was the daughter of the late Coley Marvin Evans and Clara Barton Scott Evans of Hot Springs. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, L. Gus Parsons, of Hot Springs; two brothers, Layton C. Evans, of Texarkana, and Dell G. Evans, of Sherwood;...
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Etoil McMullen

December 18, 1927 - June 16, 2016

Etoil Lou “Toy” Hogg McMullen, 88, of Hot Springs passed peacefully on June 16, 2016. Born to the late Roscoe and Edna Irons, Toy was spirited and friendly. She was often described as never having met a stranger.Toy retired from the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and was a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church of Star City.Her love of wrestling was second only...
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Betty Williams

May 10, 1935 - June 13, 2016

Betty J. Williams, 81, of Hot Springs, formally of Stuttgart, passed away on Monday, June 13, 2016. She was born on May 10, 1935 to the late Mary Louise Snell Kerksieck. She was preceded in death by foster parents, Leland and Bessie Burns of Stuttgart, Arkansas. She is survived by her daughters, Donna and Diane; son Rusty; sister Peggy Burns Bullock; numerous grandchildren and great...
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Lillian T. Winkey

January 8, 1916 - June 13, 2016

Lillian T. Berlinger Winkey, 100, of Hot Springs, passed away on June 13, 2016. Lillian was born January 8, 1916, in Evanston, Illinois to the late Michael and Stella Wolney. Amazingly she lived alone, never losing the ability to make her own decisions. Lillian’s longevity has been attributed to the brightness of her mind and the generosity of her spirit.Everyday Lillian would work the...
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Walter Ebel

October 18, 1921 - June 12, 2016

Walter M. Ebel, Jr., 94, of Hot Springs, fondly known as "Bookie" to his friends, passed away Sunday, June 12, 2016, in Hot Springs at age 94. He was born on October 18, 1921, and was a lifelong resident of the Spa City. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mamie and Walter Ebel, a well-known local newspaper reporter and radio commentator, and by his brother, Henry. Bookie also...
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Jimmy Thorwarth

October 24, 1939 - June 11, 2016

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Pauline Lydia Brown

November 9, 1920 - June 10, 2016

Pauline L. Brown, 95, of Hot Springs, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, June 10, 2016. She was born to the late Paul and Fannie Howell on November 9, 1920 in Hot Springs. She was a member of the Grand Avenue Baptist Church and the Roundtable Poets of Hot Springs. She enjoyed playing the piano and singing just about all the time. She loved teaching others piano and the joys of music. She...
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Red Tuggle

August 12, 1954 - June 7, 2016

Red Tuggle entered this world on August 12, 1954, to Jack M. and Barbara Brown Tuggle in Clovis, New Mexico. He made his final exit on June 7, 2016. He was the oldest of four children.As a member of a military family, Red grew up moving from place to place—Alaska, Mississippi, Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas, to name a few. He graduated from Del City High School in Del City, Oklahoma, in...
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Alfred Watson

January 30, 1926 - June 5, 2016

Alfred Jewel Watson, 90, of Hot Springs passed away peacefully Sunday morning with his Bible hugged gently to his chest. Alfred was born in Carthage, Arkansas, to the late Lillie and Ivory Jewel Watson. He was known for his amazing capacity to love and to nurture. Alfred nurtured many things throughout his many years from his amazing gardens, flock of wild turkeys, various rescued animals to...
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Evelyn Sammons

December 17, 1922 - June 4, 2016

Evelyn M. Sammons, of Little Rock, passed away on Saturday, June 4, 2016. She was born in Caruthersville, Missouri, to the late Rollin and Myrtle Crawford on December 17, 1922. She is preceded in death by her husband Vernon E. Sammons Jr. and son Vernon E. Sammons III. She is survived by her children Marilyn Sammons, Steve Sammons, Linda Carpenter, and Gary Sammons; grandchildren Nathan Sammons,...
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May 13, 1925 - June 2, 2016

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John C. Want

October 23, 1928 - May 25, 2016

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Donald Duell

February 18, 1921 - May 22, 2016

Donald E. Duell of Hot Springs, Arkansas passed away peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, 5/21/2016 at the age of 95 years. Donald was born 1921 in Cortland, New York. He was raised, schooled, and spent his working life in Detroit, Michigan during the great thriving years of the city. WWII began shortly after his graduation from high school. Donald joined the U.S. Army in 1942. and trained for...
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Matthew B. JONES

November 2, 1931 - May 22, 2016

Matthew B. Jones, 84, of Hot Springs Village, passed away peacefully at home on May 22, 2016. He was born in Pontiac, Michigan on November 2, 1931 to the late Matthew and Marion Jones.Matthew served 6 years in the Army and 20 years in the United States Airforce where he worked as a flight mechanic. He was an incredibly patriotic man who served in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars. Matthew was...
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Harold Warren

March 10, 1931 - May 21, 2016

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Preston Jackson

December 3, 1965 - May 20, 2016

Preston Jackson, 50, of Hot Springs passed peacefully on May 20, 2016. He was born on December 3, 1965 in Hot Springs to the late Jack and Ruth Jackson.Preston had a childlike spirit about him and really loved to play video games and loved big 18 wheeler trucks.He is survived by his siblings, Floyd Jackson (Ann), Jackie Miller (Jesse), Tammy Smith; as well as a host of extended family and friends...
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Racheline Harter

May 18, 1924 - May 17, 2016

Racheline Harter, 91, of Hot Springs Village, passed away on Tuesday, May 17, 2016. She was born in Algeria, France on May 18, 1924 to the late Caroline Sheila Zagdoun. She was a war bride who married her late husband, George Harter Jr. in Cairo, Egypt. She dedicated her whole life to her family, whom she treasured greatly. She is preceded in death by her daughter Caroline Sheila Ray. She is...
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Charlene Nufer

July 6, 1953 - May 16, 2016

Charlene Nufer, 62, of Hot Springs, passed away May 16, 2016. Some say the secret to friendship is being a good listener; to those who knew and loved Charlene, she was both the greatest listener and a singular friend. With her most beloved friend, Gary, she enjoyed 40 years of love, family, and marriage. Their children, Megan and Chase, her two other great loves, will remember their mother as an...
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April D. Dunn

April 1, 1963 - May 16, 2016

April Dunn, 53, of Hot Springs, passed away on Monday, May 16, 2015. She was born on April 1, 1963, in Del Rio, Texas, to Larry and Janis White.The family will celebrate her memory at a later time.
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Robin Alayne Zaner

April 12, 1966 - May 12, 2016

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Virginia Ray

November 9, 1918 - May 12, 2016

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Cecil Cupp

November 19, 1924 - May 11, 2016

Hot Springs and the state of Arkansas lost one of their most dedicated advocates, business leaders and true gentlemen with the death of Cecil Watson Cupp Jr of Hot Springs on May 11, 2016. The son of Hazel and Cecil Cupp Sr, Mr. Cupp grew up in Arkadelphia where his father was in the theater business in the 1920s. He attended Arkadelphia high school where he was student body president. A good...
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Donald Bridges

September 12, 1935 - May 10, 2016

Don Bridges, an icon to Hot Springs tourism, passed with peace and dignity surrounded by the love of his soulmate on May 10, 2016. Don was born on September 12, 1935 in Hot Springs to the late Elmer and Dorothy Fae Bridges.Don was an advocate for the Hot Springs tourism industry his entire adult life. He helped to keep tourism going during the sad years after gambling and before the...
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Derek Johnston

April 6, 1970 - May 9, 2016

James Derek Johnston was born on April 6, 1970 in Tucson AZ to the late James David Johnston and to Brenda Whitby Johnston, both of Hot Springs, AR. Being raised in a military family, he lived all over the country from California to Washington, DC.Derek's love of Hot Springs grew when he spent many summers here as a child with both sets of grandparents, aunts and uncles. When it was time to...
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Alma Lenoira Sparks

July 5, 1934 - May 9, 2016

Alma Lenoira Sparks, 81, of Hot Springs passed with peace and grace on May 9, 2016. She was born in Lubbock, Texas to the late C.L. and L.B. (Dickey) Wright.Alma worked as the manager of Wright’s Rock Shop for over 30 years. She was also an incredibly talented jewelry designer and enjoyed fishing. Her greatest love however was her family, especially her grandchildren.Meeting her in Heaven...
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Lawanda Joyce

January 17, 1960 - May 7, 2016

Lawanda Ann Joyce, 56, Hot Springs Village, passed away Saturday, May 7, 2016. She was born January 17, 1960 in New Orleans, Louisiana to Aloys and Joann Sprenger.She is survived by her husband, Jerry, brother Eddie, sons, Cliff, Jon, Matt, Josh (Jewel) and grandsons, Jacob, Isaac, Corbin, Tyler and Jayson and cousins, Perry and Vicki Taylor.We will love you forever and always. We will never...
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Mary Louise Grose

March 7, 1930 - May 3, 2016

Mary Louise Grose, 86, of Hot Springs Village passed away with peace and grace on May 3, 2016. She was born on March 7, 1930 to the late Wade and Marjorie Alexander in Plattsburgh, New York.Mary Louise lived a life of love and service. She served everyone around her; her church family, friends, community and especially her family. Mary Louise spent time in her life as a teacher for gifted...
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Clayton Rystrom

September 6, 1927 - May 2, 2016

Clayton Rystrom, 88, of Pearcy passed in peace holding his pastor’s hand on May 2, 2016. He was born on September 6, 1927 in York, Nebraska to the late C.A. and Beulah Rystrom.He graduated from Rice University and then went on to the University of Houston where he obtained his doctorate degree. He was a member of Piney Grove Methodist Church and the Hot Springs Country Club.Clayton was an...
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Guy A. Akins

February 16, 1931 - April 30, 2016

Guy Akins went to be with his Heavenly Father on Saturday, April 30, 2016. He was born in Hot Springs, on February 16, 1931. He is predeceased by his mother, father, and seven brothers & sisters.Survivors include his wife Carlene, son Kelley, sister Theda, grandsons Sean, Adam, and Eathon, and multiple nephews, nieces, as well as, many friends.Guy was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving as a...
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Jerome Russell Dahl

October 11, 1932 - April 29, 2016

Jerome Russell Dahl was born in Missoula, Montana, on October 11, 1932, to Dorothy R. and Jerry B. Dahl. He left his body at age 83, on April 29, 2016, in Hot Springs.Russell’s warm heart made lasting impressions on humans and animals alike throughout his lifetime. He was a man of nature, lover of the written word, and compassionate giver. Pursuits of enjoyment for him included tending to...
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Marion Huckins

September 29, 1926 - April 28, 2016

Marion E.Huckins, 89, of Hot Springs Village, passed away on April 28, 2016. She was born in Hamburg, Minnesota on September 29, 1926. She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Hilda Glander, her sister, Lillian Stecker and her husband of 67 years, Edward Huckins. Burial will be at Neponset Floral Hill Cemetery, Neponset, IL. At Marion’s request, there will be no Memorial...
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Nettie Cleo Burchfield

June 9, 1925 - April 26, 2016

Nettie Cleo Childress Burchfield, age 90, born June 9, 1925 died April 26, 2016. She was a virtuous Christian mother to Randy Burchfield and wife to James R. Burchfield, an American War Hero. Nettie loved to sew, quilt, crochet, and to go to yard sales.She was predeceased by her husband, James R. Burchfield, her son, Jimmy Burchfield; siblings, Clark Childress, Allie Hunt, Vada Small, Leona...
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Peter M. Paszli

January 2, 1941 - April 26, 2016

Peter Paszli, 75, of Hot Springs, passed away April 26, 2016. Peter was born in South Bend, Indiana to the late Peter and Dorothy Matthews Paszli.He was a Notre Dame and Nascar fan, an avid fisherman and sometimes guide, and incredibly hardworking man who loved his friends and family.Welcoming him into Heaven will be his parents and his brother Fred.Those cherishing his memory are his wife of 30...
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Carole Annette Wells

October 25, 1935 - April 25, 2016

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Derald Powell

April 6, 1956 - April 23, 2016

Derald “Husky” Powell, 60, of Norman went to be with his Heavenly Father on April 23, 2016. He was born in Hot Springs to the late Freddie and Gracie Marie Powell.Derald was of the Baptist faith and loved CB radios, Ford trucks and was a skilled woodworker. His greatest love was his family, the people he would do anything for.He is survived by his loving wife, Barbara Powell; his...
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Earl Lyman

May 29, 1935 - April 17, 2016

Earl B. Lyman, 80, of Hot Springs passed peacefully on April 17, 2016. He was born on May 29, 1935 to the late Leslie and Eunice Lyman in Hartland, Vermont.Earl worked for 32 years for the federal government.He was a member of the Hot Springs Seventh-Day Adventist Church for 25 years; where he was very active. He was instrumental in restarting the youth group called “The Pathfinders”....
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Loretta Parker

September 6, 1946 - April 16, 2016

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William E. Provin

October 11, 1943 - April 16, 2016

William E. (Bill) Provin, 72, of Hot Springs, died Saturday, April 16, 2016, of injuries sustained in a fall.Mr. Provin was born and raised in Fort Smith, moving as an adult to Little Rock, Conway and Hot Springs. He earned his BSBA degree from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, in 1966, and later his MAI certification for commercial real-estate appraisal. He served in the Arkansas...
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Willie J. Montgomery

August 20, 1925 - April 15, 2016

Willie Montgomery, 90, of Bismarck passed away on April 15th peacefully in her sleep with family and friends by her side.Willie was born in Bismarck, Arkansas on August 20, 1925. She married Leonard Montgomery on February 25, 1940; they were married for 49 years. Willie can be described as daughter, wife, sister, aunt and friend but none of these labels tell the story of her soul. Willie was a...
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Steven Wayne Harvey

January 23, 1963 - April 14, 2016

Steven Wayne Harvey, 53, of Hot Springs, passed away on April 14, 2016, at his home.Steve was born in Hot Springs to David and Barbara Harvey on January 23, 1963. He went to school at Mountain Pine where he played baseball, basketball, and football. He married his high school sweetheart, Sheila Cross on July 20, 1980 in Montreal, Missouri.Steve worked as an OTR Service Man (best tire man in the...
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J. M. Eslick

August 16, 1934 - April 11, 2016

J.M. Eslick, 81, of Hot Springs passed away Monday, April 11th, 2016. He was born August 16th, 1934 in England, Arkansas to Robert Roy and Floy Bewley Eslick.J.M. was a very loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend to many. He cherished his friendships developed during his tenure as president of the Hot Springs Cruisers Car Club, and Treasure Isle POA. He loved spending time with his...
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Charles Richard Sullivan

August 16, 1945 - April 10, 2016

Charles Richard Sullivan, 70, of Hot Springs, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, April 10, 2016. He was born to the late C.R. and Marian Sullivan in Hot Springs on August 16, 1945. He was preceded in death by his wife of 42 years, Betty. He is survived by his brother, Robert and his very special sister-in-law, Sheila; sisters Pamela Ann Cadena and Dian McElvaine; and numerous nieces and nephews...
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Kenneth Herbert Cox

May 22, 1969 - April 7, 2016

Kenneth H. Cox, Jr., 46, of Hot Springs, who was surrounded by angels, went to his heavenly home on April 6, 2016. He was born in Wichita Falls, Texas on May 22, 1969. He is predeceased in death by brothers Brian and Robert Cox; grandfathers, Louis Reynolds and H.H. “Bud” Cox; and grandmothers, Carolyn Cox and Dorothy Cox. He is survived by his parents, Ken and Barbara Cox; sister...
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Betty L. Godbehere

June 29, 1925 - April 4, 2016

Betty L. Godbehere, 90, of Hot Springs passed peacefully on April 4, 2016. She was born June 29, 1925 in Rochester, New York to the late Edward T. Piper and Marie J. Piper, she was the eldest of three children.Betty grew up in Rochester and lived there until 1946 when her family moved to Hot Springs. She moved to Dallas, Texas to work and met Lloyd L. Godbehere. They were married on October 20,...
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Corbett S. Sanders

March 28, 1950 - April 3, 2016

Corbett S. Sanders III, 66, of Hot Springs, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, April 3, 2016. He was born on March 28, 1950, in Amarillo, Texas to the late Corbett (II) and Ruth Sanders. He was preceded in death by his parents and his dog, Attila. He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Cathy; son Corbett IV (Julie); daughter Amber; grandchildren, Chandler and Jackson; great niece Jessilyn;...
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Ralph J. Virnig

June 7, 1961 - April 2, 2016

Ralph J. Virnig Jr. found peace, free of pain on April 2, 2016. He was born on June 7, 1961 to Ralph Virnig Sr. and Netty (Hurd) Virnig.Ralph was a very loving man. His family was his life. He loved to fix things and spend his time tinkering with old cars. He always pushed people to do their best. He gave everything he had and more to his family.He is survived by his loving wife of 33 years,...
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Faye I. Horner

October 4, 1939 - March 29, 2016

Faye I. Horner, age 76, passed away Tuesday March 29, 2016 surrounded by her loving family at St. Vincent Hospital. She was born at Point Cedar in Hot Spring County, Arkansas. She was a child who read every book she could get her hands on and remained an avid reader her entire life. She especially loved the historical novels of Catherine Cookson, whose descriptions of life in North East England...
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Nancy Smith

September 7, 1942 - March 26, 2016

Nancy Smith, 73, of Hot Springs went to be with her Lord surrounded in peace and grace on March 26, 2016. She was born September 7, 1942 in Benton, Arkansas to the late John Edward Clark and Connie Lorene Gilmore.Nancy’s family lovingly referred to her as “Nan”. They remember her as a beautiful, classy and wise woman who loved her children and grandchildren above all else, her...
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Brealie Giesler

January 8, 1938 - March 23, 2016

Brealie Vernell Giesler, 78, of Hot Springs, passed away on Wednesday, March 23, 2016. She was born on January 8, 1938, to the late Charles and Verna Smith in West Palm Beach, Florida. She is preceded in death by her husband, Gerald Giesler; sons, Raymond (Chu-Chu) and Little Guy Saiz; and brothers, Sonny and Gabby. She is survived by her daughters, Bria LaRae Giesler, Monica Saiz, and Elisha...
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Marilyn J. Roberts

November 7, 1931 - March 22, 2016

Marilyn JoAnne Roberts, 84, passed away March 22, 2016. JoAnne was born November 7, 1931 in Kingfisher, Oklahoma, the youngest daughter of James Bruin Honeycutt and Christine Gramlich Honeycutt. She was predeceased by her parents and sisters, Jimalene Davis and Katherine (Kaye) Payte.Jo Anne is survived by her husband of 68 years, Don and her children, Donna (Bill) Kerr of Maumelle and Paul ...
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Kenneth E. Sanders

May 9, 1928 - March 21, 2016

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Anne Belle Modine Miller

May 29, 1924 - March 19, 2016

Modine Wisely Miller, 91, went home to be with the Lord on March 19, 2016. She was preceded in death by her husband, George Miller and her daughter Georgeanna Miller. Modine lived in Hot Springs most of her life and raised her family there. She came to live with her son and his family in Norcross, Georgia in April 2002. She was dearly loved by all who knew her but most especially her children...
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George Grayson Vaught

September 16, 1932 - March 19, 2016

George Vaught, 83, of Hot Springs passed away on March 19, 2016. George was born on September 16, 1932 to the late Chester and Grace Vaught in Hot Springs.He graduated from Hot Springs High School, went on to graduate from the University of Arkansas and was a Korean War Veteran.George is predeceased by his siblings; Edward Vaught, L.A. Vaught and Virginia Sparling.His loving survivors include his...
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Jimmy L. Merriott

October 1, 1947 - March 18, 2016

Jimmy Lee Merriott, 68, of Hot Springs, passed from his life on Friday, March 18, 2016. He was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas on October 1, 1947 to the late Jim and Adell Merriott. He worked for the city of Hot Springs as the Utilities Store Room Manager for 37 years. He loved sports and was an avid Razorback fan. He is a graduate from Cutter Morning Star, and he attended Henderson State...
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Patricia Ann Stratton

February 19, 1941 - March 18, 2016

Patricia Ann Stratton We celebrate the life of Patricia Ann Stratton, born February 19, 1941, died March 18, 2016. Pat lived the first part of her life in the Dallas area where she and her husband John owned several furniture and design centers. Her love of interior design began through her interest in antiques and reproductions. Her creative style and ability to truly listen to what customers...
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John M. Connell

September 14, 1930 - March 17, 2016

Deacon John “Jack” Connell passed away peacefully into Eternal Life on Thursday, March 17, 2016.He was born on September 14, 1930 in Bryn Mawr, PA to Michael and Agnes Connell.Jack is survived by his wife, Millie “Love”, of 60 years. He was the proud father of four sons: Father John Connell of Springdale, AR, Kevin (Renee) Connell of Dahlonega, GA, Dennis (Jackie) Connell...
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Cooper Bennett Land

April 8, 1936 - March 11, 2016

Cooper B. Land passed away on March 11, 2016. Cooper was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas on April 8, 1936 to Cooper B. Land Sr. and Lena Land. In 1967, Cooper married Solveig Kristensen Land and together they raised their three children in Bismarck, North Dakota. In the early 1970’s Cooper earned a Ph. D. in geology from the Colorado School of Mines, and he went on to become a prominent...
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Michael Hines

December 28, 1972 - March 9, 2016

Michael J. Hines, 43, of Hot Springs passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, after a brief, unexpected illness. He was born in Little Rock on December 28th, 1972; a very special birthday that he shared with his daughter Paige. Mike was known for his sense of humor, wittiness, and his love. Being a husband, father, son, brother, and friend to many was paramount. ...
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Lcpl Cody Forbush

July 15, 1992 - March 9, 2016

On March 9th 2016 God called home LCPL Cody Jacob Forbush of Hot Springs, AR. He was born July 15, 1992 in Traverse City MI. He leaves in mourning his dad Bruce James, and mom Wendy Loyd (Rodney); brothers, Jesse Anthony James (Emily) of Warren, AR, Brian Fields, and Justin Bryant of Hot Springs AR; precious nieces Aycelynn and Avenlee; his beloved girlfriend Jade Hays; grandparents, Willene...
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Ronald Rhodes

January 20, 1949 - March 6, 2016

Ronald Rhodes, 67, of Hot Springs, passed away on Sunday, March 6, 2016. He was born to Pete and Elva Rhodes in Hot Springs on January 20, 1949. He is preceded in death by his father Pete. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Nancy; son Russ (Danna) Rhodes; daughter Robin (Kevin) Fountain; grandchildren, Luke and Hayden Rhodes, Karli and Brody Fountain; mother Elva; brother Danny Rhodes; and...
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Aaron Preston Keys

December 10, 1973 - March 5, 2016

Aaron Preston Keys, 42, of Denver, CO., formerly of Hot Springs passed away on March 05, 2016. He was born in Hot Springs to Larry and America Keys. Aaron was a U.S. Navy Veteran.He was preceded in death by his mother, America Keys-Bell; paternal grandparents and maternal grandfather.Survivors include his father, Larry Keys; 2 brothers, Anson and Austin Keys; sister, Ariel Garcia; son, Preston...
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