News Obituaries Sports 2019 Best of Siloam Springs Opinion Business Religion Spring Sports Player of Week Special Sections Photos Contact Us Email Updates

Brenda "Bren" James Balk

Brenda (Bren) James Balk, of Rogers, Ark., entered into the presence of her Savior on Saturday, February 9, 2019. Bren's body lost the four year battle with Pulmonary Fibrosis but her soul won the victory.

Bren was born on August 27, 1957 in Bentonville, Ark., the daughter of Jesse James and June James McCuistion. She graduated from Bentonville High School in 1975. Bren worked for many years in local government including Benton County where she served as the Director of Emergency Management under County Judge Gary Black.

Bren met her husband, Monty Balk, while working for Benton County and they married on February 12,1994. She was a faithful police officer's wife, best friend and traveling companion. After retirement, Bren and Monty traveled in their RV until Bren's illness brought them back home to Rogers.

Bren's joy was her Lord. She was artistic and creative, enjoying Bible journaling, painting and drawing. Bren was a quiet, private lady who loved her children, grandchildren and family beyond measure. She was a member of the Monte Ne Baptist Church of Rogers.

Bren was preceded in death by her parents.

Left to cherish in memory, is her husband, Monty; her children, Ryan Neil and wife Tessa of Bentonville, Justin Neill, Jayson Balk and wife Lindsey of Springdale, Ark., Kelli Balk Sanders and husband Zbow of Siloam Springs, Ark., as well as "daughter-in-love" Vanessa Pyle of Rogers. She is survived by 12 grandchildren, Nick, Devon, Logan, Gage, and Noah Neill as well as Addie, Allison, and Aubrey Balk and Hunter, Zoey, and namesake Arrow Bren Sanders. Her 12th grandchild, Chase Balk, is due in May. Also surviving is sister, Kathy Rodgers of Bella Vista, Ark.; and brothers, Hoyt James of Decatur, Ark., and Tommy McCuistion of Rogers.

Funeral services with be Wednesday, February 13, 2019, at 1 p.m. at the Monte Ne Baptist Church in Rogers with Brothers Mack Mills and George McBryde officiating. There will be no visitation. Interment in the Bentonville Cemetery, Bentonville, Arkansas. Arrangements by Benton County Funeral Home, 306 N. 4th, Rogers. Online condolences to


Henry "Bear" George Fletcher

Henry "Bear" George Fletcher, 50, of Colcord, Okla., died Feb. 8, 2019, at his home.

He was born on May 20, 1968, in Tahlequah, Okla., to Johnny Ray Fletcher and Sherry Ann Mounce Fletcher. He married Mary Jane Janes on Oct. 6, 2007, in Fayetteville, Ark. He was a truck driver and a tattoo artist. He was an artist who enjoyed drawing and calligraphy, a motorcycle enthusiast, loved to tinker with old cars and trucks, enjoyed archery and fishing, watching football especially OU football, was an avid "KISS" fan and loved spending time with family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother.

He is survived by his wife; his father, Johnny Fletcher and wife Virginia of Watts, Okla.; four daughters, Letitia Fletcher, Amanda Fletcher, Bethany Amodei and husband John all of Tahlequah, and Cassandra Fletcher of Fayetteville; one stepson, Justin Fowler of Watts; one stepdaughter, Alicia Cochran of Siloam Springs, Ark.; one brother, Johnny Ray Fletcher Jr. of Watts; two stepbrothers, Jason Mitchell of Siloam Springs, and Scott Mitchell of Fayetteville; and five step-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held on Feb. 12 at the Watts First Baptist Church.

An online guest book is available at

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

Wanda Rosella Hastings

Wanda Rosella Hastings, 92, of Bentonville, Ark., died on Feb. 10, 2019, in Bentonville.

She was born on April 24, 1926, in Robinson Community, Ark., to George Dunkle and Viola Curry Dunkle. She was a lifetime resident of Northwest Arkansas. She graduated from high school in Siloam Springs, Ark. She married Robert Hastings. She worked in television sales and service. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Siloam Springs.

She was preceded in death by her husband and one brother.

She is survived by two sons, Michael Hastings of Fairfax, Va., and Stephen Hastings and wife Belinda of Claremore, Okla.; a sister, Charlotte Miller of Bella Vista, Ark.; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, at Wasson Funeral Home in Siloam Springs with Pastor Steve Abbott officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Siloam Springs.

An online guest book is available at

Wasson Funeral Home of Siloam Springs is in charge of arragements.

Naomi Faye Smith

Naomi Faye Smith, 74, of Stillwater, Okla., died Feb. 10, 2019, at Circle of Life Hospice House in Springdale, Ark.

She was born Sept. 4, 1944, in Siloam Springs, Ark., to Ralph E. Smith and Vernie Dougthit Smith.

She was preceded in death by two brothers.

She is survived by her brother, Phil Smith and wife Dorothy of Siloam Springs; one niece, Stacy Bishop and husband Mike of Colcord, Okla.; and one nephew, Cody Smith and wife Jennifer of Fayetteville, Ark.

Graveside services will be 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, at Oak Hill Cemetery in Siloam Springs.

An online guest book is available at

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

Marman Douglas Terry

Marman Douglas Terry, 92, died Feb. 8, 2019, at Beauregard Memorial Hospital in DeRidder, La.

He was born to Hugh Terry and Bessie Churchill Terry on May 1, 1926, at their home in Borger, Texas. He grew up in west Texas, the seventh of nine children. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his family, and became an avid lifelong fisherman. Two weeks out of every year were usually spent at the lake with his brothers, with stories of yesteryear told and retold around the campfire.

His schooling began in west Texas and finished in Northwest Arkansas after moving there. He spent four years at the University of Arkansas graduating with a business degree. He worked as a USDA inspector for chicken plants. This is where he met Lois Zismann. They married June 29, 1962, and spent 56 years together.

He saw many changes in his life. He remembered the first model T Ford that his dad bought and saw the first computers and cell phones. He lived through the great depression and was enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

He is survived by his wife; two children, David Terry and wife Erlene of Colcord, Okla., and Cheryl Holdeman and husband Adrian of DeRidder; and seven grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, at Gentry Mennonite Church in Gentry, Ark. Burial will follow at Mennonite Cemetery in Gentry.

An online guest book is available at

Wasson Funeral Home of Siloam Springs, Ark., is in charge of arrangements.

Obits on 02/13/2019

Print Headline: Obituaries

Sponsor Content