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Robert “Gene” Eugene Beasley EMT#4985

Robert “Gene” Eugene Beasley, 62, of Cabot passed away on June 13, 2019.  He was born in Little Rock, Arkansas on December 29, 1956 to the late Sterling and Katie Beasley.

Gene proudly retired from the Jacksonville Fire Department as a Captain at the Central Station after 22 years.  He attended the Assembly of God church, loved spending time with his amazing family, loved hunting, fishing and being outdoors.

He is preceded in death by his siblings Linda Provencal of Jacksonville, Florida; Jerry Beasley of Cabot, Arkansas, Lloyd Beasley of Cabot, Arkansas and Floyd Beasley of Hot Springs, Arkansas.

He leaves behind his loving niece Jerra Hollinger (Andy) of Little Rock, Arkansas; nephews John Beasley (Sonja) of Cabot, Arkansas, Brian Beasley (Lyn) of Cabot, Arkansas and Michael Provencal (Sherry) of Jacksonville, Florida; as well as many great-nieces and great-nephews and a host of friends.

A family hosted service will be held at a later date.

James E. Johnson Sr. EMT#6939

Brian Dodd Moore EMT# 22469

Brian Dodd Moore age 77, of Fairfield Bay, AR died on March 20, 2019. He was born in Saint Louis, Missouri on August 29, 1941 to Douglas and Rose (Dodd) Moore. After graduating high school Brian attended the University of Missouri in 1963, receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. Soon after graduation he was drafted into the Army and served two years in Vietnam, as a Personnel Specialist. Brian went to work for McDonald Douglas in St Louis, Missouri as a purchasing agent for 28 years before attending Lindenwood University, in Saint Charles, Missouri to receive a Master’s in Business Administration. He spent ten years as a college professor at Columbia College in St Louis, Missouri.

He retired to Fairfield Bay, AR in 2001. The lake was his playground. He loved to water ski and would teach anyone who was willing to learn. Brian was invited to join the volunteer ambulance service in Fairfield Bay where he soon became an EMT and served as Captain eight of his twelve years. He loved serving his community and being a former member of the Lion’s Club and Rotary. Brian was elected to serve two terms on the Community Club Board of Directors, where he served as Treasurer. Brian was a member of SASS and competed in Cowboy shooting for six years at Outlaw Camp in Heber Springs, Arkansas. He also competed in Regional and State Championships. Brian enjoyed being a part of Dining Dozen, traveling to Treasure Lake Resort in Branson to camp, playing miniature golf, going to Destin, Florida, playing cards and spending time with his extended family from Velvet Ridge and Texas. He was a member of Kirk of the Hills Presbyterian Church where he was Secretary for the Kirk’s Men Club.

Brian is survived by his wife, Rebecca, they were the first couple married at the Conference Center on November 5, 2013, by Paul Wellenberger, her children, Kenn (Tonya) Robert (Chana) Chris (Amy) and Chad (Michelle) Hanle and grandchildren, Ashlan, Ian, Lilli, Ethan, Ramsey, Finn, Aspen, Tristan, Sydney, Gunnar, Devyn, Destinee, Payton, Faith, Justin, Jessie and great grandchildren, Kealee, Adalyn, Avery and Harper. Brian is survived by his daughter, Kim Danaher (Lenny) from his marriage to his first love Karen, who died young from breast cancer and their children, Amy, Sean and Evan. He was super proud of his grandchildren and their accomplishments. Amy was the fourth generation to graduate from Mizzou and is now a school teacher in Missouri. Sean graduates as a meteorologist from Mizzou in May. He always bragged about Evan, who became an Eagle Scout at age fifteen.

Please join us in celebrating his life on April 6, 2019 at Kirk of the Hills Presbyterian Church in Fairfield Bay, Arkansas at 3 p.m.

 

Arthur Evans Jr. Retired Lieutenant Firefighter/Paramedic (EMT# Not Available)

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January 9, 1946 – April 1, 2019

Arthur Evans Jr., 73, of Cabot, passed away on April 1, 2019. He was born on January 9, 1946 to Arthur Sr and Edith Evans.

Junior was a Vietnam Army Veteran and retired from the Jacksonville Fire Department after 34 years of service. He was a charter member of Lifeline Fellowship Church in Austin. Junior enjoyed working on small engines, fishing and collecting coins and relics.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Junior is survived by his wife, Joyce Evans; one son, Mark Evans (Kerri); three grandchildren, Hunter Evans, Bailee Evans-Stewart (Tom), and Brianna Evans; one great grandson, Noah Stewart; one brother, Robin Anthony Evans; and several other family members and friends.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, April 7, 2019 from 2-4PM at Roller-Owens Funeral Home, 5509 JFK, and North Little Rock.

Funeral service will be held on Monday, April 8, 2019 at 2PM at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Evans Family Cemetery in Cabot

Brenda Kay Summers Davis EMT#6176

Brenda Kay Summers Davis EMT# 6176

OCTOBER 29, 1947 ~ MARCH 24, 2019 (AGE 71)

Brenda K. Summers Davis, 71, of Beech Grove, went to be with the Lord Sunday, March 24, 2019.  She was born October 29, 1947, in Light, to Ira Leland and Sylvia Jewel Davis.  Brenda was a lifetime member of Light Baptist Church.  She worked as an LPN at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center for 40 years, an EMT, and as an EMT instructor.  Brenda’s passion was caring for others.  She enjoyed sharing her talents with others by creating different programs.  She was seen as a small town celebrity and loved serving her community.  Above all Brenda loved the Lord and her family.  Her greatest joy in life was being a mother and grandmother. 

Brenda was preceded in death by her parents.

Survivors include her son and daughter in law, Vernon and Judy Summers of Conway, Arkansas; daughter and son in law, Theresa and Timothy Eason of Paragould; brother, Leland Davis; sisters, Barbara Hill; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great grandchildren.

 The family will receive friends Wednesday, March 27, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Phillips Funeral Home.  The funeral service will be Thursday, March 28, at 10:00 a.m. at Phillips Funeral Home with Tommy Stacey officiating.  Burial will follow at Mt. Zion Cemetery.

The Greene County Rescue Squad and Law Enforcement will have the honor to serve as pallbearers.

To continue in the tradition of Brenda’s giving nature, the family request you consider making a lasting memorial to Light Baptist Church, 16769 Highway 412, Walnut Ridge, AR  72476.

Robert Elvis Burnett – EMT# 10720

Robert Burnett, 54 of Guntown, Mississippi passed away March 3, 2019. He was born December 15, 1964 in Los Angeles, California and was the son of the late, Charles Allen Burnett and Artie Geraldine Jones Burnett.

Robert was Catholic by faith and was an EMT-Paramedic. Robert was a kind person who loved his work and saving lives. Robert loved teaching EMS and first responders. He enjoyed collecting old items of any kind, decorating Christmas tree was his favorite, and he was known to put up as many as 6 Christmas trees in one year. He loved going to yard sales and browse for something new that he did not have yet. He loved to spoil the grandkids and shop online for their Christmas. Robert loved teaching EMS and first responders.

Survivors are his spouse Miles R. Whitehead, his children, Brooklyn Ann Burnett of Guntown, MS and Cory Auston Snow of Arkansas, Roger Whitehead of Guntown, Mississippi, Jennifer Harris of Guntown, Mississippi and Beth Howard of Guntown, Mississippi, two brothers, Charles Allen Burnett of Pine Bluff, Arkansas and Roy Alvin Burnett of Texas and three sisters, Pattie Ann Burnett-Bonnes of Douglassville, Texas, Marilyn Lee Burnett of Linden, Texas and Mary Burnett and Eleven grandchildren.

Obituary for Thomas Sanford Norton, Sr. EMT#15120

Thomas Norton, Sr., 65, of Hot Springs, went to be with the Lord on January 26, 2019. He was born September 29, 1953 in Hot Springs to the late Sanford and Lola Norton. Thomas was a member of Lakeshore Heights Baptist Church. Thomas enjoyed western movies, starring John Wayne and was an avid Minnesota Vikings fan.

Loving survivors include his wife, Karen Norton, of Hot Springs; son, Thomas (Teresa) Sanford, Jr., of Magnet Cove; brother, Randy Norton, of Hot Springs; step-daughters, Marcie (Stephen) Newberry, of Jonesboro, Sarah (Jason) Saragusa, of Pea Ridge, Elisabeth (Joe) Flowers, of Oark and Angela (Toby) Hibbs, of Conway; and 7 grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday at Caruth-Hale Funeral Home with Pastor Horace Gray officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Obituary for Darrel Lloyd “Buck” Williams EMT# 31253

Darrel Lloyd “Buck” Williams, 69, of Greers Ferry, AR passed
away at home on January 13,2019. He was born in Bono, AR
to Thomas F. and Melvina (Swindle) Williams on August 2, 1949.

Following high school, Darrel began his 41-year career in the
trucking industry. He also raised Santa Gertrudis cattle in
Glencoe, AR until retirement, in 2008.

Once retired from Wal-Mart Transportation, Darrel moved to
Greers Ferry with his wife, Darla, who he married in 2008. He
served as a first responder and driver with the Greers Ferry EMS
and Prim Volunteer EMS Fire Department. He and Darla also
enjoyed traveling, boating and riding motorcycles together. Two
of Darrel’s great passions were his Harleys and his hot rod. His
pride and joy was his 1940 Willys coupe, which won multiple
awards at car shows.

Darrel was a pie maker extraordinaire, and made an especially
good pecan pie. He also enjoyed spending time with his two
dogs, Ivan and Harry and his cat, Huey.

Darrel is preceded in death by his parents, as well as his former
wife, Carol Roberta Williams. He is survived by his wife, Darla,
his son, Steve Moss, his daughters, Debbie Hudson, Dana
Batterton, and Amanda Fryar, as well as numerous
grandchildren.

Darrel was a very hard-working man, with a loyal circle of
friends. His easy going demeanor and wry sense of humor will
be missed by many.

Obituary for Dewayne Kirker-EMT# 8622

Mr. Dewayne Dee Kirker of Newport, Arkansas departed this life on Wednesday, December 19, 2018, at the age of 63. He was born July 7, 1955, in Newport, Arkansas, the son of Elmer D. and Allie Mae (Shields) Kirker.

Mr. Kirker was the owner/operator of White River Ambulance, was an EMT, CPR instructor, and a volunteer fire fighter for over thirty years. He served as Diaz Fire Chief for over twenty years. He was member of the Cherokee Church of Christ, where he taught Sunday school and prepared the church bulletin every Sunday. His hobbies included collecting coins, collecting ambulance and fire memorabilia. He loved working in his yard and was a very selfless person and he never met a stranger. Mr. Kirker was a 1973 graduate of Newport High School and earned his diesel mechanics certificate.

Mr. Kirker was preceded in death by his father.

He is survived by his mother, Allie Mae (Shields) Kirker, of the home; one sister, Betty Jane Kirker, of Newport; many cousins; his best friends, Deanna Long and staff of White River EMS; and his special dog, Rusty.

Graveside services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday at Gracelawn Cemetery. Friends may visit at the funeral home Friday, 9:00 a.m. to service time.
The family requests that memorials be made to the Dewayne Kirker Memorial Fund, 1900 Malcolm Avenue Newport, Arkansas 72112.

Arkansas EMS providers to honor former American Ambulance Association President and Pafford CFO during memorial escort to Tulsa Oklahoma

This is an announcement made by the Arkansas Ambulance Association

This past Saturday, we learned of the sudden death of H. Stephen Williamson, an iconic EMS leader for more than 40 years. H. Stephen Williamson was the president and chief executive officer of Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) since the Authority began operations in 1978, and served for over 39 years. Under Williamson’s guidance, EMSA grew into Oklahoma’s largest EMS provider and one of the country’s most effective ambulance systems, achieving the standing of top 1% of ambulance services nationwide with accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services. Due to his visionary leadership and passion for service, EMSA provided outstanding patient care, saving countless lives throughout Tulsa, Oklahoma City, and the surrounding counties. Prior to his tenure at EMSA, he served as administrator of Enid Memorial Hospital. He was a graduate of the University of Tulsa, earning a B.S. in Finance, as well as a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Oklahoma. Prior to his death, Steve was the Chief Financial Officer at Pafford EMS, the largest ambulance service provider in Arkansas.

Williamson and his wife Rebecca recently moved to Hope, Arkansas and continued their work with Pafford EMS. In honor of his devotion to EMS, providers along the route from Hope to Tulsa, OK, where memorial services will be held, are asked to stage units or join the procession. The procession will begin at Brazzel Funeral Home in Hope at 4:30 AM traveling I-30 to Little Rock, then I-40 to Oklahoma.

More specific timelines will be posted as final details are locked in. Please share this post and help inform others. Let’s pay our respects to a true industry leader.

STEPHEN’S OBITUARY

Stephen Williamson, 68, of Hope, Arkansas, formerly of Tulsa, Oklahoma, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle passed away suddenly on November 3, 2018 at his home.

Preceded in death by his mother, Evelyn Williamson, father, Hershel Williamson, and first wife, Pat Williamson, Steve is survived by his best friend and wife Rebecca Williamson (Smith); his two adored daughters Jennifer Thomas (Jason) of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Ashley Schneeberg (Matt) of Jenks, Oklahoma; his brother, Mark Williamson (Theresa) of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; and his five step children, Blake Burruss (Rachel), Krista Sands, Holly Chapman (Joel), Sarah Lyn Smith and Jay Darrin Smith. He was an exceptional grandfather to his beautiful grandchildren and step grandchildren, Asa and Will Thomas, Kate and Ava Schneeberg, Barrett Burruss, Addysion Sands, Brycelyn Wiedel, and Gabe Chapman. He is also survived by numerous cousins, nephews, a niece, and his aunt, Blanche Wilson.

H. Stephen Williamson was the president and chief executive officer of Emergency Medical Services Authority (EMSA) since the Authority began operations in 1978, and served for over 39 years. Under Williamson’s guidance, EMSA grew into Oklahoma’s largest EMS provider and one of the country’s most effective ambulance systems, achieving the standing of top 1% of ambulance services nationwide with accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services. Due to his visionary leadership and passion for service, EMSA provided outstanding patient care, saving countless lives throughout Tulsa, Oklahoma City, and the surrounding counties. Prior to his tenure at EMSA, he served as administrator of Enid Memorial Hospital. He was a graduate of the University of Tulsa, earning a B.S. in Finance, as well as a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Oklahoma. Prior to his death, Steve was the Chief Financial Officer at Pafford EMS, the largest ambulance service provider in Arkansas.

Steve was a revered national leader in EMS. He held numerous national and state leadership positions including President of the American Ambulance Association, President of the Coalition of Advanced Emergency Medical Systems, Governor’s Appointee to the Oklahoma Emergency Response Systems Advisory Council, and President of the Eastern Oklahoma Chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association. He was a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma Class XX.

Family will receive those wishing to pay their respects at a lunch and visitation beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 8, 2018 at Fletcher Hall (attached to the church). Services will immediately follow at 1:00 p.m. at Parish of Christ the King Catholic Church, 1520 South Rockford Avenue, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74120. Internment at Calvary Cemetery 9101 South Harvard, Tulsa, Oklahoma.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Steve’s honor may be made to Bishop Kelly High School, 3905 South Hudson Avenue Tulsa, OK 74135 and the Code Green Campaign, P.O. Box 15365, Spokane Valley, Washington, 99215. Code Green advocates for mental health-, PTSD-, and suicide awareness for EMS.

Steve touched countless hearts over the course of his extraordinary life. He will be forever loved and missed by all his family, friends, and colleagues.