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Barhem M. Dahabreh

On April 4, 2019, the Lord called home Barhem M. Dahabreh, age 74. He was a beloved husband, father and grandfather. A resident of Siloam Springs, Arkansas, and previously Arvada, Colorado, he passed away at Circle of Life Hospice, Springdale, Arkansas.

Barhem was born on December 10, 1944, to Musa & Ratha Dahabreh in his beloved village of Shatana-Irbid-Jordan. Barhem was one of 6 sons and 4 daughters born to his very young parents in their small Christian village in northern Jordan. He was a son, a brother, a husband and above all a father and grandfather. He was a lifelong fighter by every meaning of the word; a survivor of many catastrophic events through the grace of the Lord and a jack of all trades. From being a farmer to a soldier to a self-employed salesman in foreign lands, he always gave. He grew up in the peaceful olive and fig tree orchards of his beloved village of Shatana. He served in the Jordanian Army during two regional wars, miraculously escaping death on as many occasions. He was married and became a father during those years. In his ultimate love for his family, he relocated more than a dozen times searching for a better life for them. When his family needed him most, he left his whole life behind and migrated with his family to the United States. He loved his family only as a forever giving father would, served his Lord in the best ways he could and always fought for life with all he had until his last breath.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Ratha Dahabreh; a brother; a sister-in-law; all aunts and uncles; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Barhem is survived by his wife of 51 years, Eideh Dahabreh; son, Bassam Dahabreh and his wife Ibtisam Dahabreh of Thoronton, Colo.; with three children, Sara, Ra'fat and Hadeel; daughters, Naila Dahabreh of Siloam Springs, Ark.; her son, Jermeiah Sawage, Rita Sawaged, and husband Samir Sawaged of Commerce City, Colo.; with two children Jacob and Sylvia, Maysoon Dahabreh of Siloam Springs, Ark., Rodainah Gilbert and her husband Meyer Gilbert of Siloam Springs, Ark.; with two daughters, Jordin and Regan; Wafa Svetlitskiy and husband, Sam Svetlitskiy of Aurora, Colo.; father, Musa Dahabreh; brothers, all of Irbid-Jordan, Ibrahim his wife and five children, Burhan, his wife and two daughters, Adnan and five children, Adil, his wife and four sons; Haiel, his wife and two sons; sisters, Muna, Manuah, Manahi and Maha of Irbid-Jordan.

Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Monday, April 8, 2019, at St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church, 3171 South 48th Street, Springdale, AR 72762. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery, Siloam Springs, Arkansas. Visitation will be 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 7, 2019, at Wasson Funeral Home, Siloam Springs, Ark. To sign the online guest book, visit


Kimberly Jean Davis

Kimberly Jean Davis, 56, of Watts, Okla., died April 3, 2019, at her home.

She was born July 20, 1962, in Siloam Springs, Ark., to Thomas Janes and Mary Shaffer-Janes. She married Jimmie Davis on Sept. 3, 1977, in Noel, Mo. She enjoyed puzzle books, games, dancing, and singing.

She is survived by her husband, of the home; two sons, Jeremiah Davis of Wrightsville, Ark., and Jedadiha Davis of Clarkston, Wash.; three daughters, Misty Davis of Siloam Springs, Jimmie Jo Davis-Shroyer and husband, Jesse of Clarkston, Wash., and Crystal Guerrero of Siloam Springs; two brothers, Johnnie Janes of Decatur, Ark., and Jackie Janes of Gravette, Ark.; one sister, Teresa Allison of Stilwell, Okla.; 10 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Graveside services were April 5, 2019, at Martin Cemetery.

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Backstrom-Pyeatte Funeral Home of Siloam Springs was in charge of arrangements.

Obdia Joyce Hewes

Obdia Joyce Hewes, 95, of West Siloam Springs, Okla., died April 2, 2019, at Circle of Life Hospice in Springdale, Ark.

She was born April 12, 1923, in Arkansas to Everette Keeling and Myrtle Love Keeling. She married Murvin Hewes and she was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her husband; grandson, Steven Hewes; four brothers; and three sisters.

She is survived by a daughter, Shirley Balmain and husband Ray of Siloam Springs, Ark.; a son, Gary Hewes and wife Carlene of Watts, Okla.; two grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, J.T. Keeling and Charles Keeling both of Sand Springs, Okla.; and a sister, Wyladean Brown of California.

Funeral services were April 5, 2019, at Wasson Memorial Chapel in Siloam Springs. Burial was at Bell Cemetery in West Siloam Springs.

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Wasson Funeral Home of Siloam Springs was in charge of arrangements.

Carl William Jech

Carl William Jech, 84, of Moreno Valley, Calif., died March 11, 2019, in Riverside, Calif.

He was born Jan. 11, 1935, in Gentry, Ark., to Charley and Agnes Miller Jech.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and six siblings, Stazie Vieweg, Leslie Jech, Lloyd Jech, Otto Jech, Paul Jech and Sanford Jech.

He is survived by three children, Carolyn Reed, Charles Jech and Cherylyn Klemens, all of California; six grandchildren; and three siblings, Inez Bramwell, Dennis Jech and Roy Jech, all of Gentry.

Graveside service will be at 3 p.m. Friday, April 12, 2019, at Gentry Cemetery in Gentry.

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