Obituaries from April 2012
Russell Eugene Burke (Rusty)
Russell Eugene Burke (Rusty), 56, passed away April 19, 2012. Rusty lived in Arkansas many years and worked for the City of Eureka Springs as a trolley operator. He was an accomplished pianist and enjoyed raising ostriches and miniature ponies. Funeral is Saturday, April 28, at 10 a.m., First Baptist Church, Peculiar, Mo. Rusty will be buried in his home town of Peculiar...
Leah Jane White, May 6, 1971 -- April 11, 2012
Leah Jane White, 40 , a loving wife, daughter, sister, niece, cousin and friend lost her courageous four and one-half year battle against cancer on April 11 at her home in Muskogee, Okla. Leah was born on May 6, 1971 in Durant, Okla. She married United States District Court Judge Ronald A. White on September 20, 2008 at Grace Episcopal Church in Muskogee...
Luther Thackery, aka "The Blues Dog," Lutherpie, Lulu and many other affectionate names, went to doggie heaven on April 2. He was rescued as a tiny puppy, and lived large for almost 14 years. Luther had many Blues fans and friends from all over the country, all of Eureka Springs, and proudly reigned over the Eureka Springs Blues Festival as its mascot for over a decade. He was deeply loved, a positive life-changing gift and will be painfully missed by companions Jimmy and Sally Thackery...
F. L. "Pete" Morgan, Jr.
F. L. "Pete" Morgan, Jr., a resident of Seligman, Mo., was born July 6, 1925 in Lawrence, Kansas, a son of Forrest Lee, Sr. and Mary Kathleen (Roper) Morgan. He departed this life Friday, April 6, in his home in Seligman at the age of 86. Pete is survived by one daughter, Jo Lee Duncan of Edmond, Okla.; four stepsons, Mike and Carolyn Sutton of Berryville; Harold Sutton of Oklahoma; John Mountjoy of California; and Jerry and Lynn Mountjoy of California; one stepdaughter, Kristy, and Johnny Tate of Seligman; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.. ...
Brooks Ann (Dietrich) Cloninger
Brooks Ann (Dietrich) Cloninger, 72, a resident of Eureka Springs, Grassy Knob Community, passed away Thursday, April 5, 2012 at her home. Brooks was born in Newport News, Va., on Jan. 10, 1940 to John "Dutch" and Daisy Brooks (Moore) Dietrich. On Sept. 18, 1988 she married Ray Cloninger...
Leah Mozelle Bingaman
Leah Mozelle Bingaman, 91, of Eureka Springs, passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones on January 27 at the Sand Plum Assisted Living Facility in Bixby, Okla. Mozelle, as she was called by friends and family, was born in Spring Valley, Arkansas, May 15, 1920, one of ten beloved children born to Rachel and Clinton Henry...
Mark Steven Middleton, Jan. 8, 1957 -- March 27, 2012
Mark Steven Middleton, 55, of Eureka Springs/Holiday Island area, departed his earthly home and body unexpectedly on March 27, to live with his Heavenly Father for eternity. He was born to Billy Lee and Gretta Douglas Middleton Hundley in Olathe, Kan., Jan. 8, 1957. After his biological father passed away in a car accident when he was just an infant, his mother married R. J. Hundley, whom Mark loved as his father...
Kenneth Paul Williams, Oct. 23, 1946 -- March 27, 2012
Kenneth Paul Williams, a resident of Berryville, was born October 23, 1946, in Monticello, Ark., a son of Paul and Melba Inez (Epperson) Williams. He departed this life March 27 in his home at the age of 65. Kenneth worked for Mercy Hospital as a coordinator and service technician for Lifeline emergency response systems. He graduated from the University of Arkansas with a bachelor's degree in anthropology...