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Thomas William Dowd IV

Thomas William Dowd IV, affectionately known as "Billy", passed away on Thursday, October 11, 2018, in Fayetteville, Ark. Billy was born on June 3, 1981, in Gravette, Ark., to Thomas and Glenda (Hurt) Dowd.

Billy was a generous soul. He would go out of his way to help people, even to a fault, sometimes. Billy studied agriculture which gave him a love for gardening and cultivating. He would take flowers or plants that others would discard and help bring life back to them before giving them away. He was able to see the value in something that others had give up on.

Billy loved his Tamaskan dog, Achilles. Even when Billy was sick he would ask that his family check on Achilles. There were times when Achilles would wake Billy up when his blood sugar was low and saved his life.

Billy was grateful for his friendships. Many of his lifelong friends surrounded him through his sickness which would help ease his pain. He appreciated Aaron Wise, a friend that sticks closer than a brother, for helping him through his season of sickness.

Billy is preceded in death by his grandparents, Glen and Sue Hurt of Oklahoma, and Merrill and Edwina Dowd of Massachusetts.

Left to cherish Billy's memory are his parents, Thomas and Glenda Dowd of Siloam Springs; a sister, Stacey Dowd Leatherwood; a brother, Rich Dacko; uncles, Gerald Hurt of Oklahoma, Derald Hurt and wife Linda of Oklahoma, Robert Bourrell (Bobby) of Massachusetts, Fred Dowd Sr. and wife Maria of Florida, and Max Thomas and wife Vickie of Oklahoma; many nieces, nephews, cousins and great friends. Billy will be missed by all who knew him.

A memorial mass, a celebration of Billy's life, will be held at 12 p.m. on Saturday, October 20, 2018, at Saint Mary Catholic Church in Siloam Springs.

Please visit Billy's online memorial at


Marilyn Sue Jones

Marilyn Sue Jones, 80, died Oct. 12, 2018, in Springfield, Mo.

She was born Oct. 25, 1937, in Nampa, Idaho, to Velma and Robert Pirl Barrow. She graduated from Caldwell High School and was working at Simplot Potatoes when she met James R. Jones. They married on Oct. 20, 1957, had five children and moved their family to Oklahoma in 1971. She worked as a school cook at Grove (Okla.) Public Schools, where she retired in 2000. She volunteered the Wyandotte (Okla.) Senior Center.

She moved to Siloam Springs, Ark., in 2014 and became an active volunteer and Wii Bowling team member at the Siloam Springs Senior Center. She enjoyed dancing, playing dominos, listening to live music, and spending time with family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband; a brother, Eldon Barrow; and a sister, Deanna Barrow.

She is survived by two sisters, Lea Burger and husband Bob of Arizona, and Debbie Stephens and husband Kaven of Midland, Texas; five children, Cheryl DeVault and husband Don of Norman, Okla., James Jones and wife Cynthia of Forest City, N.C., Gene Jones of West Siloam Springs, Okla., Carla Jones of Bartlesville, Okla., and Carl Jones and wife Amy of Siloam Springs; 10 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, at Grand Lake Baptist Church in Grove, Okla., followed by graveside services at Hickory Grove Cemetery in Grove.

An online guest book is available at or the Worley Luginbuel Facebook page.

Worley Luginbuel Funeral Home of Grove is in charge of arrangements.

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