RUBY LEA JAMES NALLEY, 83 of Benton, passed away on January 28, 2019. She was born on November 24, 1935 to the late Harvey and Bessie Harris. Ruby was a member of Sharon Missionary Baptist Church in Benton and began her piano playing days at the age of three. She became the pianist at Kentucky Baptist Church at the age of 11. Ruby was an enthusiastic piano player for various churches and gospel groups. She was always a good mother, grandmother and true friend. Ruby was preceded in death by her parents and husbands, Roland James and Johnny Nalley; son, Roger James, and great-grandson, Hyatt Ray. She is survived by one daughter, Nancy Fischer and husband, Steve, sons, Jerry James and wife, Patsy, Gary James and wife, Renee, Kenny Nalley and wife, Lolita, Doyle Nalley and wife, Carolyn; nine grandchildren and seventeen great grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Wes Toler, Joshua James, Jordan Ray, Caleb Fischer, Jared Toler, Nick James, Steve James, Ron James, Drake Toler and Aaron James. Church services by Ashby Funeral Home will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday at Gravel Hill Baptist Church with Bro. Gary Gipson and Dr. Rick Grant officiating. Burial will follow at Gravel Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be at Ashbys, Wednesday, 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
PERRY ROSS COOPER, 54 of Mabelvale, died January 24, 2019. He was preceded in death by his father, Ralph Cooper. Survivors, mother, Rosetta Smith, daughter, Tiffany Cooper, Brother, Leon Cooper and sister, Pamela Hulsman. Memorial services, Saturday, February 2, 2019, 11:00 a.m., Ashby Funeral Home. On line guestbook at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
DAVID ESTELL JOHNSON, age 92, of Hensley passed away on Tuesday January 29, 2019. He was born March 26, 1926 in Crossett, Arkansas. David was a retired car salesman, a US Navy Veteran and a Baptist. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bascom and Mary Davis Johnson, four brothers and two sisters. Survivors, son and daughter-in-law, David Earl (JoAnn) Johnson, Hensley; brother, Jimmy Johnson, Bryant; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Cremation is by Ashby Funeral Home in Benton. Online guest book at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
LINDA ELIZABETH WOODS Hicks, age 74, of Benton, passed away Saturday, February 2, 2019. She was born December 11, 1944 in Visalia, California to Pansy and Albert Woods. Linda was a wonderful nurse for 42 years and a mother of 7. She was preceded in death by her parents; siblings; son, David Christopher and her loving husband & soul mate, Tom Hicks. She is survived by her six children, Donal Lewis (Annie May) and their children & grandchildren of Alaska, Michael Lewis of Benton, Jeff Lewis of Benton, Scott Lewis (Kathy) and their children of California, Brandy Hicks Elder (Tre) of Benton and Michele Russell (Sean) of California; grandchildren, Megan, Keirstyn, Liberty, Kenny and 13 more; great-grandchildren, Jerilyn & Jordyn, Lilianna and several more. Linda was a mother figure to many throughout her lifetime and took everyone under wing. She would help anyone in whatever way she could. Linda was a loving mother and grandmother. She rescued every animal she could and took every stray in, human or animal. Linda will be greatly missed by her family and pets. Memorial services will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday, February 7 at Ashby Funeral Home.
WILLIAM “KEITH” PORTERFIELD, age 80, of Traskwood, passed away Monday, February 4, 2019. He was born December 11, 1938 in Nashville, Arkansas. Keith was retired from the U. S. Airforce, a carpenter and a member of Glen Rose Missionary Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dildy and Ethel Dunavant Porterfield; great-grandchild, Jaxon and a sister, Lavern Hughs. He is survived by his wife, Kathryn Porterfield of Traskwood; son, Todd Porterfield; daughter, Kameka; three grandchildren, Billy, Micah and Elizabeth and four great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Mick Quinlan, B. D. Cooper, Steve Hoglan, Shawn Scroggins, Doug Evans and Stephen Hawthorne. Honorary pallbearers will be the Deacons and the Men of Glen Rose Missionary Baptist Church. Special thanks to Saline Memorial Hospital Dedicated ER and the CCU Staff & Doctors. Visitation will be 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 6 at Ashby Funeral Home. Graveside services will be 1:00 p.m. Thursday, February 7 at Fairplay Cemetery. Bro. Tony Williams and Bro. Maxie Haynes will be officiating. On-line guest book at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com.
OTIS CLIFTON KING, 75, of Little Rock, Arkansas passed away on January 27, 2019. He was born to Edward and Geraldine King on July 9, 1943. He enjoyed working on cars and being outdoors. He loved to fish and he loved cats. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Barbara King; two grandchildren, Aaron and Melody Kinley. He is survived by his sons, Gary Scott King and Clifton Edward King; daughters, Wanda Bush, Billie Drennan, Jennifer Simpson, and Annie Red; nine grandchildren and one on the way; sister, Sandra King; along with other family and friends who love and miss him dearly. The celebration of life will be held on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 at 1:00 P.M. with the visitation an hour prior at Dial and Dudley Funeral Home.
JEREMY EUGENE GOSHIEN, 25, of Mabelvale, Arkansas passed away on January 30, 2019. He was born to Kēvin and Michelle Goshien on February 16, 1993 in Little Rock, Arkansas. He enjoyed fine fashion, skateboarding, welding, and making money. He was passionate about health and fitness. He was preceded in death by his lifelong canine companion, Gracie, and his uncle, Jerry Ford. He is survived by his father, Kēvin Goshien (Rhonda Hall); mother, Michelle Goshien (Don Henson); sister, Brittany and Jonathon Bailey; brother, Josh Goshien and fiancé, Nekesha Wilson; step brother, Tim Henson; step sister, Danika Henson; grandparents, his Nana, Imogene Ford, Maryanna Waller, Dewey and Juanita Goshien; niece and nephews, Brooklyn, Braxton, and Sawyer; along with other family and friends who love and miss him dearly. The visitation will be held on Monday, February 4, 2019 from 6:00-8:00 P.M and the celebration of life will be held on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 12:00 P.M. at Dial and Dudley Funeral Home.
ROY ROGERS, 76, of Alexander, Arkansas passed away on February 1, 2019. He was born to Johnnie and Viola Rogers on December 14, 1942 in Malvern, Arkansas. He was a member of the First Southern Baptist Church in Bryant, Arkansas. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, two sisters, and one brother. He is survived by his loving wife, Sharon Gray Rogers; two sons, Robert and Jeffrey Rogers; seven grandchildren; two great grandchildren; two sisters, Betty Hendrix and Wanda Willingham of Malvern; one brother, James Rogers of Malvern; along with numerous friends and other family who love and miss him dearly. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 1:00 P.M. with the visitation one hour prior at Dial and Dudley Funeral Home.
WILLIAM “BILL” ANDREW SMITH, 70, of Benton passed away on February 4, 2019. He was born in Little Rock on February 19, 1948 to Ethel Lester Smith Starrett and the late Raymond Smith. Bill was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Avilla. He was an expert woodworker and craftsman for 50 years but his real passion was for fishing, hunting, gardening, and spending time with his grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, Raymond Smith, and his brother and sister-in-law, Eugene and Debbie Smith. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Regina (Schrader) Smith; son, Travis (Cassie) Smith; daughter, Heather (Mark) Hardin; mother, Ethel Lester Smith Starrett; his 5 grandchildren, Connor, Emma & Cole Smith, and Lily & Liam Hardin, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, many nieces, nephews, and cousins, and Uncle W.J. (Nell) Lester, Jr. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, February 7, 2019 at Zion Lutheran Church of Avilla officiated by Rev. Mike Schleider. Interment will follow in Zion Lutheran Cemetery of Avilla. Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday evening, February 6th at Roller-Ballard Funeral Home (315-4047) in Benton. Memorials may be made to Avilla Community Garden and/or Avilla Zion Shut-In Ministry, 300 Avilla East, Alexander, AR 72002. Roller Ballard Funeral Home.
KELLY LEE ROE, 61, of Lonsdale, passed away Tuesday, January 29, 2019. He was born June 5, 1957 in Yuba City, California to the late John and Marjorie Roe. Kelly held an NHRA license and loved building his drag car along with hunting and working on his vehicles. Kelly loved working at Tiechert Aggregates as a Hot Plant and Heavy Equipment Operator. He was a member of Operating Engineers Local #3. Survivors include son, Colin Roe (Pam) of Traskwood; brother, Kenneth Roe (Daria); grandchildren, Clayton Roe and Adam Loayza; and nephew A.J. Huisman. Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, February 7, 2019 at Ten Mile Cemetery in Lonsdale, Arkansas. A time of visitation will be from 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Thursday, February 7, 2019 in the chapel of Roller-Alcoa Funeral Home (501-315-0700) 6700 Alcoa Road, Benton, Arkansas 72015. Roller-Alcoa Funeral Home 6700 Alcoa Road Benton, AR 72015
DOROTHY RAE SCHAEFER, age 71, of Bryant, passed away peacefully February 2, 2019 in Little Rock. She was born November 18, 1947 in New York to Wesley and Marie Murphy Plouch. Being a New York native, you never had to guess where you stood with her and her opinions were rarely kept quiet. You could say she was “feisty with a capital F!” Though in the same, she was the most loving mother and grandmother to her children and grandchildren, and you couldn’t ask for a better woman to be there in body or conversation. She attended Family Church in Bryant on occasion, but was still of the Catholic Faith. She enjoyed playing bingo and was a great cook. Her memory will be forever cherished and her legacy will continue on through her family and many others who loved her dearly. Dorothy is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, George H. Schaefer; and her two brothers, Stephen Jablonowski and Michael Jablonowski. She is survived by her son, George J. Schaefer and his wife Jamie; her two daughters, Dottie Morrison and her partner Frank Hentschel, Nancy Faile and her husband, Al; seven grandchildren, Stephen, Katie, Taylor, Ali, Kacey, Daniel, and Ryan; her three brothers, Joe Plouch and his wife, Sheila and Gary Plouch and his wife, Jaki and William Plouch; two sisters, Charlene Plouch and Debbie Sanders; and many other extended family members and friends. Memorials in Dorothy’s name may be made to the Second Chance Youth Ranch in Bryant. Roller-Alcoa Funeral Home 6700 Alcoa Road Benton, AR 72015
PEGGY LORENE ABLES February 23, 4780 – February 2, 2019 Obituary Pending. Roller-Alcoa Funeral Home 6700 Alcoa Road Benton, AR 72015
JOHN HANNAH December 31, 1939 – February 6, 2019 Obituary Pending. Roller-Alcoa Funeral Home 6700 Alcoa Road Benton, AR 72015
ODIS LEE FOUGHT August 17, 1925 – February 6, 2019 Roller-Alcoa Funeral Home 6700 Alcoa Road Benton, AR 72015
THELMA JEAN LOVE, 71, of Pine Bluff, Arkansas passed away January 26, 2019. She was born December 4, 1947 in Scott, Arkansas to the late Clyde and Mildred (Davidson) Crabtrey. Thelma was of the Lutheran faith. She was a wonderful mother and wife and loved her family more than anything. Thelma enjoyed opening her home to her family and her children’s friends. She would move picnic tables in to make room for everyone to eat dinner and always made enough food for everyone to take leftovers home. “She could cook like no one else!” Thelma had a huge, three-acre garden which included potato house, chicken house, and every imaginable vegetable. She canned the harvest from her gardening and collected eggs, and milked cows every day. Thelma enjoyed fishing and hosting deer camp at her home. Thelma was not afraid of hard work and lived each day to its fullest. Preceding Thelma in death are her parents; foster mother, Florence Parker; two brothers: Jody Crabtrey and Donald Crabtrey; and sister, Ann Gilbert. She leaves to cherish her memory her husband of 31 ½ years, Brian Love of Pine Bluff, Arkansas; daughters: Ada Aiken and husband John of Benton and April Meridith and husband Michael of Grapevine, Arkansas; son, Joseph Leslie of Benton, Arkansas; grandchildren: Brandon Meridith, Dustin Meridith, Justin McElyea, Corey Aiken, Cody Aiken, Jessica Aiken, Joseph Cody Leslie, Annekah Gills, Hannah Gills, Larry Don Pierce, and Landon Gills; nine great-grandchildren; ten brothers and sisters: Alfred Crabtrey and wife Eleanor, Elbert Crabtrey, Ernest Crabtrey and wife Marilyn, James David Crabtrey, David Collins and wife Cheryl, Benny Crabtrey and wife Carolyn, Vivian Lorene Bryant, Linda Gilbert, and Becky Smith and husband Bill; many nieces and nephews; family members and friends who love Thelma and will miss her always. Funeral service, officiated by Rev. Jeff Langley, will be held at 1:00 PM, Friday, February 1, at Smith-Benton Funeral Home, 322 N. Market St., Benton, Arkansas with reception visitation held one hour prior to service. Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online guestbook:www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
SKIPWITH T. HIBBLEN of Bryant passed away on January 29, 2019. He was born in Monticello to Frank and Gladys Hibblen August 9, 1943. Skip was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Estrallyn Jones of Lacy, Arkansas. He is survived by his loving wife of fifty-two years, Doris Hibblen of Bryant, Arkansas; two sons: Tommy Hibblen of Nashville, Tennessee and Michael Hibblen of Little Rock; one granddaughter, Rylee Dewberry Hibblen, of Texarkana. Skip attended Monticello public schools and graduated from Arkansas A&M College (UAM) in 1965, and received his Master’s degree in 1968. He began a life-long career in education in 1966 in Warren, then Prairie Grove, Arkansas. During his career, he served as elementary and junior high principal in Eudora, and as high school principal in Clarksville, Arkansas, before joining the Arkansas Department of Education as a secondary school supervisor, then as head of the Teacher Licensing Division. Skip was a life-long musician. He played the drums at many local venues as well as in his high school and college bands. After retirement, Skip and his wife lived in rural Pulaski county before moving to Bryant where he spent his time playing chess, playing golf, taking care of the lawn, and truly enjoying retirement. Memorial service will be held at 10:00 AM, Saturday, February 2, Smith-Benton Funeral Home, 322 N. Market Street, Benton, Arkansas. Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online guestbook:www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
EDWARD WIRZFELD, 70, of Mabelvale, passed away January 27, 2019. He was born June 26, 1948 in Moro, Arkansas to Robert and Thelma Wirzfeld. Edward was a loving father who loved his family unconditionally. He leaves behind his loving wife, Marilyn; two children, Robert Jr and Julie; and four grandchildren. He was an avid hunter and loved fishing. https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/alexander-ar
SUSAN RAE HENLEY, age 65, of Alexander, passed away January 28, 2019. She was born January 8, 1954, to Raymond and Margaret Evans. She was preceded in death by her parents, her grandmother, Allie Holleman and her aunt, Kathryn Holleman. Susan and her husband owned and operated a mobile home business. Susan is survived her husband, Bobby G. Henley; children, Stephanie (Allen) Williams, Kenneth “Bud” (Sharlee) Purdom, Laura Purdom and Melissa Letson; stepsons, Chris (Brandy) Henley, Johnny (Teresa) Henley, and Dennis (Christy) Henley; grandchildren, Cassie Fulmer, Cody Halpaine, Brandon Rasdon, Chandler Henley, Kyle Henley, Megan Williams, Alyssa Boyd, Abby Henley, Emily McKown, Brooks Purdom, Jeff McKown, Jeremy McKown, Steven Lecamu, and Nathan McKown; and by her siblings, David Evans, Cindy Lovell, Jeff Evans, and Matthew Evans. Visitation will be Friday, February 1, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and funeral services on Saturday, February 2, at 10:00 a.m., both at Pinecrest Funeral Home, 7401 Hwy 5 North, Alexander. Interment will follow at Forest Hills Memorial Park. To offer condolences and share a memory of Susan with her family visit www.pinecrestmemorialpark.com
ELNOAH MOORE JR., 69, of Benton, passed away Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019. He was born March 25, 1949, in Little Rock, to the late Elnoah Sr. and Josephine Swaby Moore. Elnoah was a deacon at Hurricane Lake Baptist Church in Bryant. He served in the U.S. Marine Corp for six years, receiving a Purple Heart and several other medals. Elnoah loved to fish and loved watching the birds while he did his gardening, but more importantly, he loved spending time with his children, grandchildren, and family, as well as his church family. He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Daniel Moore. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Sandra Moore; two sons, Rodney Moore (Kim) and Joey Moore (Ashley); three brothers, Johnny Ray Moore (Jeannie), Rusty Moore (Debbie), and Davy Moore (Becky); a sister, Annette Shamlin; five grandchildren, Lacey, Rylee, Braden, Kristiana and Zakary, and one on the way; and a number of nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today, Jan. 30, 2019, at Pinecrest Funeral Home. Funeral service will begin at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, at Pinecrest Funeral Home, followed by burial at Pinecrest Memorial Park. Online guest book: www.pinecrestmemorialpark.com.
JOSEPH CRAIG HOFFMAN was born on November 4, 1922 and passed away on February 3, 2019. www.pinecrestmemorialpark.com.
DENNIS KEITH “CORKY” LINZ, 63, of Bryant, passed away February 5, 2019. He was born March 11, 1955 in Memphis, Tennessee to the late Max and Flora Patrick Linz. Corky was a loving Christian man. He started working for Tradin Post Homes in Bryant when he was 14 years old before becoming the owner and operator several years ago. He enjoyed a full life with many friends and family. Corky is preceded in death by his parents; and his sister in law, Hermine Linz. He is survived by his two children, Blake Linz (Crystal), and Leslie Lance; sister, Debbie Hutchings (Larry), two brothers, Stewart Linz (Rhonda), and Michael Linz; four grandchildren, Kristen Wright, Cody Linz, Courtney Linz, and Abby Petty; and a host of nieces and nephews. Corky also leaves behind some very close friends and his grand dog Bear. www.pinecrestmemorialpark.com.
LEE ANN STUART BARKSDALE of Benton, loving mother and Grammy, went to be with the Lord February 5, 2019. Lee Ann was born to Mildred and Evert Stuart June 18, 1955 in El Dorado, Arkansas. Lee Ann spent her life working hard. After her retirement from Anderson News Company, she fulfilled a lifelong dream to graduate from college. Missing the world of work, Lee Ann returned to work during tax seasons for Liberty Tax, where she worked with a great group of what would become dear friends. Lee Ann always loved to knit and enjoyed coming up with her own color schemes. She enjoyed reading Scripture. She also loved watching old shows and ball games on TV or reading. She spent years enjoying traveling with work. She very much enjoyed keeping up with family and friends on her computer or meeting to go out to eat. But most of all, she loved her kids and being a Grammy to her grandkids and great grandkids. She loved spending time shopping with them, playing games, or just talking about their lives. Lee Ann loved music and goofing off and dancing with the grandkids. She will always be known for coming up with the dance the kids named “The Grammy.” She will be missed terribly. She was preceded in death by her father, Evert, her mother, Mildred, and an older sister, Polly, who died shortly after birth. She is survived by her children, Amber Daugherty (Kevin) and Donny Barksdale; grandchildren, Kalyn Daugherty Adkins (Brad), Keeton Dozier, Cara Dozier, Brad Daugherty and Paul Daugherty; and great grandchildren, Adalyn and Wyatt. She also leaves behind on this earth two sisters, Judy Fowler and Paula Warren, and a host of nieces, nephews and friends. A service will be held on Saturday, February 9 at 10:00 a.m. at Little Rock Funeral Home, 8801 Knoedl Ct. (NW corner I-630 and Barrow Rd.), (501)224-2200. Dave Woodman will officiate. Lee Ann’s online guestbook may be signed at www.littlerockfuneralhome.com. Glenn Martin of Benton JUNE 13, 1967 ~ JANUARY 27, 2019 (AGE 51) Arkansas Cremation 322 N. Market Street Benton, AR 72015
WILLIAM MARK MOORE of Bryant SEPTEMBER 8, 1961 ~ JANUARY 30, 2019 (AGE 57) Arkansas Cremation 322 N. Market Street Benton, AR 72015