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Carolyn Ann Blount

Carolyn Ann Blount, 73, of Springtown, died Dec. 28, 2020, at her home.

She was born Jan. 7, 1947, in Van Buren, to Logan and Julia (Reeves) Beals. She married LeRoy Blount in 1963 and she worked for Peterson Industries.

She was preceded in death by her husband; son, Little LeRoy; sisters, Connie Skaggs and Minnie Klassen.

Survivors include her children, Cindy Medley and husband Wayne of Prairie Grove, Roy Blount of Idaho, and Penny Cullipher of Gravette; 13 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; sisters, Vivian Burton of Van Buren, and Linda Haddock of Whitney, Texas; and brother, Ray Beals of Alma.

No services are planned at this time.

Mona Kay Fortenberry

Mona Kay Fortenberry, née Hodge, 69, of Eureka Springs, died on Dec. 28, 2020, at Mercy Hospital in Rogers.

She was born on June 5, 1951, in Cairo, Illinois. She attended Windsor School in Imperial, Mo., where she enjoyed playing volleyball. She was a CNA, working for nursing homes in Florida, Georgia and Oklahoma. She was a longtime resident of Gentry before recently moving to Eureka Springs.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Aaron Scott Hodge and Eileen Nomel (Hyslop) Hodge; one sister, Barbara Daniels; and granddaughter, Heaven Lee Fortenberry.

She is survived by two children, son Gary Fortenberry and wife Sara Harrison of Eureka Springs, and daughter Misty Hartley of Eureka Springs; five grandchildren, Forrest Amos, Irie Fortenberry, Nehemiah Fortenberry, Aaron Scott Fortenberry, and Connor Fortenberry; two great-grandchildren, Nathan Fortenberry and Elijah Amos; and sister, Patricia Grimshaw.

Graveside services were Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, at Fairmount Cemetery near Gentry.

Viola Fern Glasscock

Viola Fern Glasscock, 99, passed away on Tuesday, December 29, 2020, at Circle of Life Hospice Home in Springdale, AR. She was born on November 28, 1921, near Cuerval in Guadalupe County, New Mexico. Fern touched the lives of so many in her 99 years and served God faithfully all throughout her life. She never wavered in her faith and shared the love of Jesus with everyone she met. What an amazing legacy she leaves behind for us to carry on!

She was preceded in death by her parents, six siblings, husband Eugene Glasscock, daughter Carol Dean Ballenger and husband James, and grandson Jimmy. She is survived by one daughter, Janet Wilcox and husband Kirk of Colorado Springs, CO, granddaughter Marla Ballenger Connett (whom she raised from the age of 9) and husband Jeff of Tulsa, OK, grandchildren Kirk Lynn Wilcox and wife Kathy, Andrea Wilcox, great-grandchildren Allison Connett, Brandon Connett and wife Savana, Alexis Wilcox, Blake Wilcox and Aiden Wilcox.

Fern would like to thank those who touched her life, those who cared for her in the last few years, Gloria Truman, Marsha Smith, Dianna Myrick, Mary Howarth, and those who encouraged and visited her when she could not get out any longer.

Fern would want her family and friends to keep on living as she lived ... love and serve God with all that is within you, share your God-given talents with others, give until you have nothing to give, and live each day as if it were your last. Our countless memories become stories that we will continue to share until we see her again ... all of our lives were changed for the better because of Fern. Heaven is indeed sounding sweeter all the time.

Visitation will be Saturday, January 2, 2021, at First Assembly of God church in Gentry, AR, at 10 a.m. with service following at 11 a.m. Burial will be at Springtown Cemetery. For the visitation and funeral, guests will be required to wear their own facemasks, per the guidelines set forth by the State of Arkansas. To sign the online guestbook, please visit


Walter 'Walt' Meeker

Walter "Walt" Allen Meeker, 80, of Siloam Springs, Arkansas, died January 2, 2021 at his home surrounded his loving family. He was born March 23, 1940, in Delaware County, Oklahoma, to Orlan Pete and Zola Inez (King) Meeker. Walt married Marilyn Sue Woods and they lived in this area all their married life. He worked for Allen Canning Company and was Plant Manager Town Plant and later was VP Special Projects before retiring in 2001 after 47 years. Upon retiring, he started Walt's Home Repair. He enjoyed gardening, his tractor, birds, repairing anything broken and helping anyone in need. Walt was a regular attendee at The Assembly for many years.

Walt was preceded in death by his parents and sister Marge Chiles.

Survivors include his wife Sue of the home; sons Greg Meeker and wife Kelle of Siloam Springs, Arkansas, and Mike Meeker and wife Gretta of Siloam Springs, Arkansas; four grandchildren Alec Meeker and William "Mac" Meeker, both of Siloam Springs, Arkansas, Kenzie Meeker and Macy Meeker, both of Springdale, Arkansas; brothers John Meeker of Tulsa, Oklahoma and Jim Meeker of Siloam Springs, Arkansas; sisters Elnora Holcomb of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, and Diana Jennings of Bella Vista, Arkansas.

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Thursday, January 7, 2021, at The Assembly, Siloam Springs, Arkansas. Burial will be private. Visitation will be 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at Wasson Funeral Home, Siloam Springs, Arkansas. For the visitation guests will be limited to 150 people and everyone will be required to wear their own facemasks, per the guidelines set forth by the State of Arkansas. The funeral will be limited to 450 people and everyone will be required to wear their own facemasks, per the guidelines set forth by the State of Arkansas. To sign the online guestbook, please visit


Irene Delores Zismann

Irene Delores Zismann, 93, of Colcord, Okla., died Dec. 28, 2020, at Quail Ridge Living Center in Colcord.

She was born Oct. 1, 1927, in Halstead, Kan., to Rudolph and Fontaine (Nightengale) Zismann. She worked for Peterson's. She practiced the Mennonite faith.

She is survived by her sister, Edna Boyle of Gentry; and many nieces and nephews.

Services were held Monday, Jan. 4, at Wasson Memorial Chapel, Siloam Springs. Visitation was held prior to the service. Burial was at Gentry Cemetery, Gentry. For the service, guests will be limited to 150 people and everyone will be required to wear a facemask, per the guidelines set forth by the state of Arkansas.

Mona Fortenberry

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