GORDON “PETE” CAPLE SR., 80, of Alexander, was born in Little Rock, AR on February 19, 1938, and died on February 26, 2019. He graduated in 1957 from Citrus Union High School in Azusa-Glendora, CA. Survived by Frank and Marilyn Caple of Hot Springs Village and father to 5 living children, Cheryl Charming, New Orleans, LA; Carolyn Caple Moor, Orlando, FL; Charlie Caple Weaver, Camden, AR; Pete Caple Jr., Cabot, AR and Amber Caple Leclerc, Little Rock, AR and 7 grandchildren. Pete is remembered for his contagious smile, laughter and love of cars. A master auto mechanic his entire career, he loved a good deal, an auction and could repair anything. Back in the day, he played college football and for fun was a country dance instructor at Electric Cowboy. His best gift was his good heartedness, honesty and kindness to others, as well as, animals. His legacy will be continued in those who knew and loved him. His presence will be missed. We honor him and welcome visitors to his Life Celebration and Memorial at Ashby Funeral and Memorial Chapel, 108 W. Narroway St., Benton, AR 72015, Saturday, March 23, 2019, between 11a-12pm. Private family reunion luncheon off-site afterwards.
PAULINE ANNA MAE BELL, 96, of Benton, passed away on February 27, 2019. She was born on December 7, 1922 in Bunn, Arkansas to the late Sydney and Martha Smith McAlister. Pauline was a member of the Eastern Star. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Bell, Sr. and son, James “Jimmy” Bell, Jr. Survivors: two grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Graveside services by Ashby’s, Monday, March 4th, 2:00 p.m. at Crestview Cemetery in Hot Springs, Arkansas. On-line guestbook at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
LORENE LAMBERT, age 89, of Paron, passed away Saturday, March 2, 2019. She was born January 18, 1930 in Paron, Arkansas. Lorene was a homemaker and of the Pentecostal Faith. She was preceded in death by her parents, Enos and Climmie Rickard and her husband, Charles Lambert. She is survived by her daughter, Jennifer Taylor; two sons, Ricky Lambert and Steve Lambert; brother, Cecil Rickard and several grandchildren & great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 5 at Walnut Bottom Cemetery.
FAY GREEN, 92, of Bauxite, went to be with the Lord on March 2, 2019 at Alcoa Pines in Benton. She was born January 27, 1927 to William Bryan and Anna (Crenshaw) Brooks in Benton. She devoted her life to serving God, her family and her community. Fay was an excellent dress maker and made clothes for a number of women around Saline County. She was a talented quilter. Fay was an author of numerous poems, short stories and plays and often directed seasonal plays for the church. Fay was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Foxy Green and her son, Roy Green. She is survived by a son, Frank Green (Julia) of Bryant; daughter, Carol Felkins (Kevin) of Benton; three grandsons, James Green (Adrienne) of Bryant, Jerrell Green (Brittany) of North Little Rock and Caleb Felkins of Bauxite; two granddaughters, Jessica Hatker (Daniel) of Gainesville, Florida and April Foster (Kevin) of Springdale; two great-grandsons, Cameron and Andrew Green and two great-granddaughters, Josie Fay Green and Inari Foster. Visitation will be 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 5 at Ashby Funeral Home with funeral services beginning at 2:00 p.m. Burial will follow at Forest Hills Cemetery on Stage Coach Road. Rev. Pat Dezort, pastor of Centerpoint Church, will be officiating.
CHESTER RAY MINOR, age 76, of Benton, passed away Monday, March 4, 2019. He was born May 26, 1942 in Amity, Arkansas. Chester was a U.S. Army Veteran and retired from Southwestern Bell, which is now AT&T. He was a member of Forest Hills Missionary Baptist Church. Chester was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Sybil Minor and a brother, Jerry Minor. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Carolyn Minor; two sons, Paul Minor (Jennifer) and Tim Minor all of Benton; four sisters, Alice Carter of Fayetteville, Brenda Hopkins of El Dorado, Kathy Betts of Glenwood and Bobbie Sue Strickland of Texas; three grandchildren, Jonathan, Chandler (Michala) and Annabel. Also, survived by a nephew and several nieces & cousins. Funeral services will be 3:00 p.m. Friday, March 8 at Forest Hills Missionary Baptist Church with burial at Smith-Rosemont Cemetery. Bro. Marcus Blakley will be officiating. Family Comments: A special thanks to the Saline Memorial Hospice House in Bryant.
BOYD LAVELLE SYKES, SR. 69 of Benton, Arkansas, went to be with the Lord on the 5th day of March 2019. He was born in Bauxite, Arkansas on May 20, 1949 to the late Harold Sykes and Katherine Sheridan Sykes. He volunteered at the Senior Adult Centers and local Church Food Banks. Boyd was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Tammy Sykes, son, Jeremiah Lincoln Sykes, younger sisters, Letta Elaine Fernandez and Karen Lynette Lott; sister-in-law, Betty Joyce Cogburn Sykes. Boyd is survived by his five sons, Boyd Lavelle Sykes, Jr. of Benton, Stephen Lynn Sykes and Patrick Leander Sykes of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, James Lewis Sykes and Melvin Lee Sykes of Oklahoma; three grandchildren in Phoenix, Arizona and one grandchild in Pittsburgh, five great grandchildren in Phoenix, one brother, Arlin Sykes of Malvern, two sisters, Charlotte (Danny) Marvel of Benton and Kathy (Jim) Crouch of Sheridan; a host of nieces and nephews. A Memorial service will be held at the Benton Senior Adult Center, March 18, 2019 at 1:00 p .m. until 2:30 p.m. with Pastor Mike Schleider officiating. Burial will follow at Fowler Cemetery in Paron, Arkansas. On line guestbook at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
THERESA LAVERN PRUITT, 79 of Benton, went to Heaven on March 4, 2019. She was born on October 26, 1939 in Benton to the late Emmit Oleaf and Rosa Mae Langley Gossage. Theresa was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Larry Eugene Pruitt of 54 years, son, Kenneth Ray Pruitt and granddaughter, Rhiannon Dynal Ward, two brothers, Roy and Danny Gossage. She is survived by her son, Larry Lee Pruitt, daughters, Karen and husband, Bobby Ward, Laura Thomason “Ronnie Milby”, Lisa and husband, Justin Crain; sisters, Joyce Crain and Freda Wilson. Theresa was filled with joy knowing her grandchildren, Casey Ward, Kenney Pruitt, Jamie Pruitt, Crystal Lequieu, Bradley Drennon, Adam Crain and Jessie Crain; ten great grandchildren. She was retired from Saline Memorial Hospital and was an angel to everyone’s heart. She enjoyed fishing and camping, Arts and Crafts, anything from drawing to crocheting, sewing and her latest passion, painting. Chapel services by Ashby Funeral Home will be 2:00 p.m. on Thursday with burial to follow at Langley Cemetery. Visitation will be 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. before services on Thursday. On line guestbook at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
JUDIE MARIE BERRY, 70, of Haskell, passed away Wednesday, March 6, in Little Rock. Judie was born Dec. 24, 1948, in McCaskill, Arkansas, to Loia Marie Cloud and Virgil Cloud. Judie made her life’s mission helping others, serving as a nurse with the state of Arkansas for more than 40 years. During her time as a nurse, she met a number of her best friends, including Brenda Prichard, whom she enjoyed many vacations. The two were often mistaken for sisters, drawing their friendship to be even stronger. Aside from the many accomplishments in her career, including being named Arkansas’ Employee of the Year, Judie also believed her most precious moments were spent raising her grandson, Josh Briggs. Judie and Josh traveled every summer, including countless trips to Branson. In 1999, the two attended their first St. Louis Cardinals’ game. Judie’s love for the Cardinals was strong until her last day. Her greatest baseball memory was attending opening day at Busch Stadium in 2006 alongside her grandson. In her last few years, Judie enjoyed chasing her great-grandchildren around and reading to her “honey,” Brynlee Kalise Briggs. She loved every one of her great-grandchildren unconditionally. Judie is preceded in death by her parents; and two grandsons, Jamie Briggs and Kaine Smith. She is survived by a son, John A. Smith; a daughter, Gina Smith; a grandson, Josh Briggs (Christa); three granddaughters, Kailey Green, Heaven Smith and Abby Blair; four great-granddaughters, Brynlee Briggs, Hadlee Briggs, Genesis Green and Halsey Blair; a great-grandson, Chance Hill; four brothers, Roy Cloud (Reissa), Ronnie Cloud (Anita), Norman Cloud (Sondra) and Jerry Cloud; Michael Beck, whom she thought of as her own grandson; her best friend, Brenda Prichard; many other family members; and countless friends. Family Comments: The family would like to thank Dr. Jerry Dixon, nurse Bill French and the many doctors and nursing staff of the Arkansas Heart Hospital. The encouragement and love showed toward Judie in her final weeks is cherished. Thank you. Visitation will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 10, at Ashby Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, March 11, at the Ashby Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Mount Harmony Cemetery. The Rev. Ben Crismon will be officiating. Serving as pallbearers will be her grandson, Josh Briggs; her brothers, Roy Cloud, Ronnie Cloud and Norman Cloud, and Michael Beck and Justin Wilbanks. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you enjoy an Orange Crush, chocolate ice cream or a 3 Musketeers while remembering fond memories of Judie. Donations can also be made to the Arkansas Heart Hospital. Online guest book: www.ashbyfuneralhome.com.
LOYCE LOWERY, age 85, of Benton passed away on Friday March 8, 2019. She was born on January 19, 1934 in Prattsville, Arkansas. Loyce was retired from AT&T and was a member of Forest Hills Missionary Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, William Franklin Walker and Verla Lee Tucker Walker. Survivors, sons, Tim Lowery and Tony Lowery, daughters, Brenda Martin, and Sandra Stair, numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 Pm Tuesday at Ashby’s. Funeral services will be 10:00 AM Wednesday at Forest Hills Missionary Baptist Church. Graveside services will be 1:00 PM Wednesday at Rhodes Cemetery. Minister will be Rev. Marcus Blakley. Online guest book at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
JERRY L. HAWKINS age 61, of Benton Passed away on Saturday March 9, 2019 after battling cancer. He was born on June 26, 1957 in Warren, Arkansas. Jerry was a Baptist and a carpenter by trade. He loved to hunt, fish and cook. He was preceded in death by his father, Herman Hawkins, mother, Ruby Tully and step-father John Tully Jr. Survivors, daughter, Audreona (Steven) Ferren, grandchildren, Rylee and Landyn Ferren, brothers, Eugene (Beverly) Hawkins and Benny Hawkins, sister, Ola Bramlett, several nieces and nephews and his fur buddy “Peaches”. “Rest in Peace Little Brother”. Memorial services will be held at a later date. Cremation services are by Ashby Funeral Home.
DON WALLACE age, 84, of Hot Springs Village, AR, passed away February 26, 2019. Don was born in 1935 in a small hamlet in Southern Ohio, where his life experiences were first formed. The rural character development process did much to prepare him for his life path. Don was proud of his unique home town base, which consisted of a love filled family life, along with an active church life. The usual education via the Ohio schools and Fenn College in Cleveland, Ohio prepared Don for his career in the steel industry. A 30-year stint with the Republic Steel Corporation and a subsequent continuation in the metals industry as owner of Republic Metals Company in Dallas, Texas completed his chosen goals. In 1978 Toni would become the, “fun filled”, “love of Don’s life” via a 38-year marriage. He often referred to that period as, his, “Life Enrichment Cycle!” The culmination of Don and Toni’s shared “happiness excursion” came in 1992 with their relocation to Hot Springs Village, AR. This was their, chosen, “place to be”, where they began their residence with many of God’s finest people. Wherever Don was, he was living his life in a way that allowed him to share his special skills with others. Those who know him might define him as a good friend, loyal, loving and often quite laughable. Don is survived by his daughter; Deb Wallace, Step sons; Brad Lacy, Wayne Lacy and Stacy Lacy, and granddaughter Breanne Lacy. A memorial service will be held March 15, 2019, 10:00 A.M., at Christ of the Hills United Methodist Church in Hot Springs Village, AR. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Oaklawn Park Backside Chapel, PO Box 20564 Hot Springs, Arkansas 71909 Arrangements have been entrusted to CedarVale Funeral Home of Hot Springs Village, AR. For online condolences please visit www.cedarvalefuneralhome.com
DIANE C. PERRIN, 86, of Hot Springs Village, died Wednesday, February 27, 2019. She was born in Palos Park, IL. to Thomas and Laura Chamberlain. She married Herbert “Herb” Perrin in August, 1955. He preceded her in death. Diane and Herb moved to Hot Springs Village from Western Springs, IL in 1986. She spent her retired years active in P.E.D., golfing, traveling, and entertaining. She is survived by her daughter Laurie (Jeff) Boor; nephew, John Raup; step-sister Helen (John) Weber; brother Tom Chamberlain and many close friends. Her memorial will be Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at 2 p.m. at Kirk in the Pines Church. Memorials may be made to Good Samaritan Society or Arkansas Hospice. For online condolences please visit www.cedarvalefuneralhome.com
GERTRUE HATHCOCK KREINER COLE March 6, 2019 Gert (75) passed into the loving arms of her lord and savior Wednesday March 6, 2019. She was born January 12, 1944 to Sam Dewey Hathcock and Ophelia Hill in Lake County, Tennessee, as the eleventh child of thirteen. She lived her life until after high school as a member of their sharecropper family. She moved to the Chicago area until 1994. She worked for 25 years as a wonderful waitress and raised three children, married R. Eugene Kreiner, and was involved in many other activities. After retiring to Hot Springs Village she and Gene were busy, Gert played with WGA9, Golden Senior Bowlers, Desoto Square Dancers and the Village Church of Christ and travel. Gene passed away in 1998. Gert took two teenaged grandsons to raise through high school. She married Edgar (Ned) Cole in November 1999. They continued an active life. In 2006 Gert was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease. She continued an active life until October 2010 when she was placed in memory care facilities. She continued activities as long as she was able. In 2013 she was transferred to Tender Loving Care of “Canyon Springs Health & Rehab” and remained there until her death. Gert will be remembered as a caring, loving person who never met a stranger. Gert was preceded in death by her parents, six brothers, two sisters, and her first love Gene Kreiner. She is survived by her husband Ned Cole, three children, Melisa Witkin (Norm), Sheila Birmingham (Mike) and August, six grandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date with interment of cremains at CedarVale Cemetery. Arrangements have been entrusted to CedarVale Funeral Home of Hot Springs Village.
MARY KAY TUXHORN, age 68, of Hot Springs Village, passed away March 7, 2019. She was born December 10, 1950 in St. Charles, IL. Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to CedarVale Funeral Home of Hot Springs Village, AR.
RICHARD CLEVELAND CROOK, 66, of Alexander, Arkansas passed away on March 4, 2019. He was born to Earl Crook and Hazel Lorraine Bain on June 13, 1952 in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was a proud U.S. Army Veteran who loved to help the community. He raised many children. He enjoyed his time outdoors and spending time with family and friends. He was born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was preceded in death by his parents; loving wife, Debbie Crook; brothers, Al, Mike, Bill, and Loren Andrew; sisters, Sammy, Thelma, Loren Everett, and Carolyn Joy Waltz. Remaining to share memories are his sons, Rick, Ryan, Randy, and Cody Crook and Ricky and Randy Griffith and Ronnie Birchett; daughters, Latosha Bradford and Tiffany; brothers, EF, Jim, and Louie; sisters, Paulette and Deborah; along with a whole host of grandchildren and extended family who loved and miss him dearly. A visitation will be held Friday evening, March 8, 2019 from 6:00-8:00 P.M. at Dial and Dudley Funeral Home. Donations may be made directly to the funeral home. Please call, 501-847-9099.
CAROLYN DIANE HOPPER, 65, of Benton, Arkansas passed away on March 10, 2019. She was born to Herbert and Juanita Ballew on January 13, 1954. A graveside service will be held Friday, March 15, 2019 at 10:00 A.M at Forest Hills Memorial Park.
LEEVOY ANN HENSON, 86, of Benton left this world for her Heavenly home on Monday, March 11, 2019. She was born March 23, 1932 to Horace and Emma Whitfield in Bauxite, Arkansas. LeeVoy was a caring and loving woman with a hint of bossy thrown in for good measure! Her children said they are so glad God gave them to her – she was the “greatest mother alive.” Everyone who knew her had a LeeVoy story and loved her. She was a faithful Christian wife and mother who raised her three children to be strong, healthy Christians. If this is the most important task for a believing momma, she did her job well. She was an excellent cook and used no recipes. It was just part of her to know how to fix a good meal from scratch. She was known for her delicious cakes, biscuits and old-fashioned skillet gravy, and pie: especially coconut cream pie. She always kept food on the table. She loved gardening – flowers and vegetables. She enjoyed canning and making quilts. She was a life-time member of Mars Hill Baptist Church. Her dogs and granddogs held a special place in her heart; she loved Sadie the poodle, Pepper (aka Bob Barker) the schnauzer, and Oscar & Peanut the dachshund mixes. Waiting for her in glory were her husband, James; parents; two sisters, Patsy and Gail; and brother, Ronnie. Remaining to cherish memories are her children: Ann McAdory (Bill) of Ohio, Nona Emory (Melvin) of Sardis, and Wyatt Henson (Margaret) of Lonsdale; grandchildren, Trey Vaughn (Kristen) and Tony Vaughn (Holly); great-granddaughter, Kyleigh Vaughn; and numerous nieces and nephews. The graveside service will be at 1:00 P.M., Friday, March 15, 2019 at Mars Hill Cemetery in Bauxite, Arkansas. The family will receive friends from 6-8 P.M., Thursday, at Dial & Dudley Funeral Home, 4212 Hwy. 5 North, Bryant, Arkansas 72022, (501)847.9099.
DELIA ”DEE” MITCHELL WALKER, age 80, of Bryant, Arkansas, died in Bryant on February 28, 2019. She was born on October 13, 1938, in Gill, Arkansas, to the late William Ernest and Ethel White Mitchell. Dee is preceded in death by her husband Dana Warren Walker, her daughter Doris Ann Walker, and her sisters Erniece Billingsley, Minnie Leonard, and Doanie Reveley. Dee is survived by siblings Anne Hinkle of Aubrey, Mary Lester of Scottsdale, Arizona, Sue Legacy of Warren, and Buddy Mitchell of Scott. She is also survived by her children Rodney Glenn Walker of San Antonio, Texas, Mitchell Warren Walker of Arden, North Carolina, Lesa Walker Murphy of Heber Springs, and Steven Alan Walker and wife Janet Waldrip Walker of Benton, along with her grandchildren Katrina Yezierski and husband Brian, Joshua Walker, Ryan Walker, Alesha Tyner and husband Zak, Stuart Walker, Bethany Walker and great-grandchildren Truu Tyner, Aydyn Tyner, Kiedis Yezierski, and Hailey Yezierski. Dee was a member of the Church at Rock Creek in Little Rock, Arkansas. She worked at DHS Division of Child Care until her retirement in 2013. She always had a great love for all children. Her happiest times were those she spent with her family and playing with the children. Memorial Services will be held at The Church at Rock Creek in Little Rock, Arkansas, on Tuesday, March 12th at 2:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, it was Dee’s desire that contributions be made to the children’s ministry at the Church at Rock Creek in Little Rock at 11500 West 36th Street Little Rock, AR 72211.
TYLER SCOTT BOWMAN, 28, of Haskell, departed this earth on Saturday, March 2, 2019. He was born on March 10, 1990 in Benton. Tyler worked as a plumber for 3 Gen Plumbing. He was a blessed son, amazing father, loving uncle, a gun and knife enthusiast, and a motorcycle aficionado. His father, Scott Bowman preceded him in death. He is survived by his daughter, Madisyn Bowman of Haskell; mother and step-father, Tammy and Kenny Mitchell of Haskell; sister, Leslie Barker (Mae Mae) of Haskell; brother, Colby Bukosky of Benton; grandmother, Peggy Bryant (Raymond) of Alexander; step-siblings, Rusty, Heather, and Jennifer Mitchell; loving nieces, Aubri, Karleigh, and Shelby, and many friends. Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday evening, March 7th at Roller-Ballard Funeral Home (315-4047) in Benton. A private interment will be held at Mt. Zion Cemetery near Carthage, AR.
WORDIE WANDA WEAVER left this earth on her way to heaven, March 7, 2019 born May 16, 1926 to J. T. and Mary Walls. Preceded in death by husband, Glen Weaver. Survived by daughter, Wanda Sue Merrell of Mabelvale and Son, Michael Weaver of New Jersey. She retired from Central Arkansas Hospital. Visitation will be held at Roller-Ballard, 306 South Main Street, Benton, AR 72015 Sunday March 10, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Graveside funeral service will be Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. at Gum Springs Cemetery in Searcy, Arkansas.
THOMAS J. “TOMMY” GWIN, 89 of Benton. Born Feb. 19, 1930, in Grant Co., AR, to Earl and Alice Lowman Gwin. Passed from this life to the next on Monday, February 25, 2019. Predeceased by his wife of 45 years, Maxine Gwin. He was a 1948 graduate of Sheridan High School. He accepted Jesus Christ as Savior at the age of 16 and was a faithful member of Ten Mile Missionary Baptist Church. He was a proud member of the 11th Field Artillery, 24th Infantry Division of the United States Army during the Korean War, stationed in Korea and Japan. He was retired from the city of Benton as City Engineer and was also self-employed as a land surveyor. He was a bass fisherman and hunter, but his favorite activity was watching his grandchildren and great-grandchildren from the sidelines whether it was softball, basketball, volleyball, or gymnastics. He was a board member for the Lonsdale Fire Department and past chairman, Ten Mile Crime Watch, and instrumental in beginning the Kiwanis Girls’ Softball Program in Benton. Left to cherish his memory: Daughter: Candy Gwin Miller (Keith) of Benton; grandchildren: Kori Miller Smith (Chad) and Karis Miller Kesterson (Shad); great-grandchildren: Anabella and Kaden Smith, Kenadee and Kopelyn Kesterson; son: Terry Millay (Sheila) of Paragould; grandchildren: Riley, Sadie and Colton Millay; step-children: Anita Ward, Randy Ward (Tammy), and Judi Ward Wade (Jody); step-grandchildren: Zach and Tyler Whitley, and Wilson and Devon Wade; siblings: Marilyn Ashcraft, Mildred Hitt, Lowman Gwin (Kitty), Aaron (Jamie) Gwin; and bonus grandchild: Stetson (Lindsey) Blaylock Services will be held at Ten Mile Missionary Baptist Church, Lonsdale, AR Thursday at 11:00 a.m. Services with be conducted by Bro. Will Diggs and Bro. Vance Nutt. Serving as pallbearers will be Stetson Blaylock, Eddie Warford, Eddie Tackett, Donald Covert, Charles Turley and Doyce Corrigan. Visitation will be held Wednesday February 27, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Roller-Alcoa Funeral Home, 6700 Alcoa Road, Benton, AR 72015 (501) 315-0700. Memorials can be made to Ten Mile Cemetery Association, attention Jerry R. Westerson, 16076 Hwy 70, Benton, AR 72019.
P. MOORE, 97, passed away on March 3, 2019, surrounded by his loving wife and family. Mr. Moore was born on January 16, 1922, in Belfast, Arkansas, to Miles Porter Moore and Elaine Griffin Moore. At the age of four, he and his family moved to Benton, Arkansas. As a Benton High School Panther, Mr. Moore lent his athletic talents to a variety of sports. He ultimately became the first person in school history to letter in three sports- basketball, track and football. He was often referred to as the “Pride of Benton” and a “one man track team” after he set the state track record of 9.9 seconds in the 100-yard dash (standing for over a quarter century); he ran the 220-yard dash in just 22.2 seconds; set the discus record with a throw of 137 feet and 10 inches, and placed third in the shot put (despite BHS not even having a shot put or discus ring). When he wasn’t running laps around the competition in track and field, he was running for game-winning touchdowns on the football field. It was within those 100 yards where his athleticism, agility and grit proved strongest. As a senior running back he scored 20 of 23 touchdowns. In 1940 he was one of the most highly recruited football players in the country. In what later became known as “the state’s most famous graduation ceremony,” the legendary coach Paul “Bear” Bryant whisked him away to Vanderbilt University on the night of his graduation, disappointing more than 20 other coaches waiting impatiently to recruit the “towering gridironer with more power in his right toe than the last tornado to hit Saline County.” Little did any of them know, Coach Bryant had already won over J.P.’s mother (and the decision maker) during a simple dinner in the family’s home. His remarkable record as a Benton Panther earned him an induction into the Benton Athletic Memorial Museum in 1996. He was inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame and the Arkansas Track and Field Hall of Fame in 2004. As a Vanderbilt Commodore, he played both offense and defense. He returned both punts and kickoffs to establish a school record with an average of 32.2 yards per return. He also was a varsity letterman for the baseball team. He enlisted in the Army Air Force the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor. After the war, the Air Force sent him back to Vanderbilt where he completed his degree in electrical engineering. Upon graduation, Mr. Moore was drafted by the legendary George Halas to play football for the Chicago Bears, but chose instead to continue his career in the military. During his 24-year military career, he was stationed in six states and two countries. When in Indiana, he obtained his MBA at Indiana University. He was awarded the Bronze Star in 1956 for his work in communications during the Korean War. In 1966, Mr. Moore retired as a lieutenant colonel from the USAF and went to work for the University of Arkansas. Nearly 20 years later, he retired again and became an avid golfer. Not surprisingly, he mastered that sport as well, scoring holes-in-one in back to back years in his early 80s. His last hole-in-one came at the age of 87. The most important thing he ever won though, was the heart of Marilyn Humphrey. The young beauty from Forrest City captured his eye on a school field trip in 1939. Moore was tagging along with his older brother, who happened to be Marilyn’s chemistry teacher. They visited mineral mines and hot springs, but that wasn’t the only chemistry they witnessed that day. Moore later referred to their meeting as “the greatest thing that ever happened to me.” Four years and dozens of love letters later, the couple married on March 6, 1943, and remained in love and committed to one another for the next 76 years. A devoted husband and family man, J. P. Moore was passionate about a number of things-sports, obviously, but poetry, patriotism and faith also topped the list. A member of First Baptist Church of Benton for over 50 years, he taught Sunday School to children and adults and was an active member of the Senior Choir. Mr. Moore is survived by his wife Marilyn, four children: Cheryl Shelby, Jerry Moore, and Susan Moore, all of Little Rock and Melissa (James) Carry of Dallas, Texas, four grandchildren: Andrew (Julia) Shelby of Benton, Michael (Aimee) Shelby of Little Rock, Christine Carry of Dallas, Texas, and Chloe Carry of Austin, Texas, and seven great-grandchildren. Visitation is scheduled for Thursday, March 7, 2019, from 6-8:00pm at Roller-Alcoa Funeral Home in Benton. Services will be held Friday, March 8, 2019, at 1:00pm at the First Baptist Church in Benton. Interment will follow at Smith New Rosemont Cemetery with full military honors. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider memorials to Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.
MARILYN HEATH, 69, Alexander, passed away February 25, 2019. Marilyn was born to the late Pat and Allie (Sanders) Ables on August 14, 1949 in Isola Mississippi. Marilyn retired from being the office manager for Arkansas Highway Department after thirty-five years. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother whose joy was taking care of her grandchildren. Marilyn enjoyed to travel and especially loved the Little Red River, being outdoors, camping, and just being able to watch the birds and squirrels. Marilyn is survived by the love of her life for over forty-four years, her husband Billy Heath; one daughter, Melissa Freeman and husband John of Houston, AR; one son, Justin Heath and his wife Stephanie of North Little Rock; and six grandchildren: Anna, Gabby and Brayden Heath, Olivia and Bailey Freeman and Paige Matlock. Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Guests may register atwww.smithfamilycares.com.
HUDSON WAYNE ROBINSON, infant son of Alayna Calloway and Corey Robinson, was born and went to be with the Lord on March 1, 2019. Hudson is survived by his parents; grandparents: Tim and Lenan Robinson of Benton, Arkansas, Lisa and Gregg Johnson of Collinsville, Oklahoma, and Anthony Calloway; aunts and uncles: Ashlyn, Jasmyn, Aiden, and Zane “Bobby”; and a host of family and friends. Graveside service, officiated by Rev. Jim Whitley and Bro. Joel Bledsoe, will be held at 11:00 AM, Tuesday, March 5, at Smith-Rosemont Cemetery, 1010 Military Road, Benton, Arkansas. Honorary pallbearers are Aiden Calloway and Zane “Bobby” Johnson. Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online guestbook:www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
MARGARET RUTH CHANEY, 64, of Benton, Arkansas went to be with her Lord March 6, 2019. She was born July 3, 1954 in Little Rock, Arkansas to the late David and Elsie (Mays) Beard. Margaret was a committed follower of Christ and was a member of Trinity Baptist Church. She was a loving, dedicated mother who kept her family in church and raised her children well. Margaret worked for the State of Arkansas in home health for over sixteen years. In her spare time, she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and crocheting. Margaret’s furry companion, Little Bit, was not just a dog but a constant friend. She followed her everywhere she went. Preceding Margaret in death are her parents; brothers: Gordon Beard and Noel “Sonny” Beard; and sister, Katherine Beard. She leaves to cherish her memory her two sons: Paul Chaney and Steven Chaney of Benton, Arkansas; two grandchildren: Piper Chaney and Hayden Chaney; three sisters: Linda Sanchez and husband Pete of Benton, Arkansas, Mildred Squires and husband James of Alexander, Arkansas, and Pat Squires and husband Ronnie of Atlanta, Georgia; and a host family members and friends who love Margaret and will miss her always. Memorial service, officiated by Rev. Mike Titsworth, will be held at 6:00 PM, Thursday, March 14, at Trinity Baptist Church, 702 Church Street, Benton, Arkansas. Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Guests may register online atwww.SmithFamilyCares.com.
SYLVIA ODESSA JONES, 92, of Benton, went to be with her Lord Jesus Christ on March 6, 2019. She was born October 23, 1926 in Saline County, Arkansas to Cephas Moore, Sr. and Rita Estalee (Pinnell) Moore. Sylvia loved the Lord with all her heart and she was a member of Zion Hill Church of God. She sold Avon for almost twenty years, but she was also a homemaker, a loving mother, and grandmother. Sylvia loved cooking, spending time with her family, and she had a special place in her heart for her dogs and cats. Preceding Sylvia in death are her husband, Cletus Doyle Jones; parents, Cephas Moore, Sr. and Rita Estalee Moore; sisters, Janie Whatley and Vickie Moore. She leaves to cherish her memory her daughter, Linda Schlenker and husband John of Lonsdale; son, Richard Jones and wife Susie of Benton; grandson, Jeff Schlenker of Lonsdale; granddaughter, Shannon Jackson and husband Josh of Antioch; great-grandchildren, Gabe Garrett of Malvern and Kadey Rice of Traskwood; brother, Cephas Moore, Jr. and wife Joyce of Benton; and a host of family members and friends who love Sylvia and will miss her always. Reception visitation will be held from 12:00-1:00 PM, Monday, March 11, at Smith-Benton Funeral Home, 322 N. Market Street, Benton, Arkansas. Funeral service, officiated by Bro. Kevin Sims and Bro. Travis +Robinson, will follow at 1:00 PM. Burial following at Fairplay Cemetery with Josh Jackson, Von Puska, Dennis Moore, Danny Moore, Zack Lyons, and Mike Lyons assisting as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers are Mike Hutchinson and the staff at Heartland Rehabilitation. Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Guests may register online atwww.SmithFamilyCares.com.
JORDAN “JORDY” CANAL NOLEN, 28, of Benton, Arkansas passed away March 9, 2019. He was born February 24, 1991 in Benton to Tommy and Debbie Nolen. Jordan was a journeyman electrician currently employed at Hilltop Electric. Jordan was full of charisma. When he walked into a room, everyone immediately was drawn to him and loved him. Jordan was the protector, guardian, and caretaker of the family. He saw the world as it was and never had filters or blinders on. Jordan enjoyed sports of all kinds, but his favorites were football, baseball, and swimming at the lake. He lived life on the edge. Jordan also was a “Lord of the Rings” fan and loved to read. Preceding Jordan in death are his paternal grandparents, Canal “C.A.” and Susan Arizona Nolen; maternal grandfather, Wylie Burch; uncles: Loy Dale Nolen, Don Hanson, Wally Burch, and Ricky Burch. Jordan leaves to cherish his life: his parents; Tommy and Debbie Nolen of Benton; sisters and brother: Carla Shelnutt (Doyle), Laurie Curry (Kyle), and Joseph Alex Nolen of Benton; maternal grandmother, Arbry Eulene Ray; nieces and nephews: Doyle Shelnutt, Haley Shelnutt, and Sawyer “See-Saw” Curry; aunts: Joy Richards, Kathy Hanson and Twinda Broadway (Kenneth); cousins: Rusty Nolen, Karen Pearce (Charlie) and daughter Sara, Susan Ballou (Ron) and children Cameron and Lauren, Kim Sweet (Daniel) and children Austin and Michael, Susan Wilkins (Paul) and children Lawson and Gunner, Terra Swaim, Kelton Broadway, Branden Broadway (Megan), Carmen Haynes (Jared); second cousin, Dean Brown and great aunt, Ruth Richards of Danville; great uncle, Glen Inman of Oklahoma; best friend and honorary family member, Tyler “T.O.” Oglesby; and a host of family and friends who love Jordan and will miss him always. Reception visitation will be held from 5:30-7:00 PM, Monday, March 11, Smith-Benton Funeral Home, 322 N. Market Street, Benton. Graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM, Tuesday, March 12, Moore’s Chapel Cemetery in Waveland, Arkansas. Serving as pallbearers are Joseph Nolen, Branden Broadway, Tyler “T.O.” Oglesby, Kyle Curry, Doyle H. Shelnutt, and Jared Haynes. Honorary pallbearers are Blake Nations, Doyle E. Shelnutt, Kenneth Broadway, and Kelton Broadway. His parents are giving thanks to the Lord for his life. To receive salvation and see Jordy again, follow Romans 10:9-10 (KJV), “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the LORD Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online guestbook:www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
MRS. HELEN MARIE (JONES) ADCOCK of Bryant, Arkansas passed away on Sunday, March 10, 2019 at the age of 80 at her home in Bryant, Arkansas. Helen was born to parents Herbert Jones and Trula Joy (Burton) Jones on April 17, 1938 in Hensley, Arkansas. Helen grew up the youngest of six children. She met her true love, Danny Adcock, in Junior High. She graduated from Little Rock Senior High School in 1956 and she and Danny married that same year. They were married 62 years. She is the mother of four daughters, the Adcock girls. She is survived by her daughters: Karyn and Doug Wilson, Carol Sue and Kenny Camp, Debbie and Wayne Crow, and Dana and Kelly Fugitt. She has seven grandchildren: Marlow Simpson, Steve and Andrea Williams, Jamie and Amanda Fugitt, Allison and Mike Lawson, Drew and Amber Fugitt, Samantha Williams and Charles Grivotet, Alexandra Williams and Jeremiah Norris. She has eleven great-grandchildren: Jake Simpson, Ava, Porter, and Emery Fugitt, Peyton and Maddie Lawson, Baylee and Riley Fugitt, Will Grady, Walker Williams, and Caroline Marie Norris. Helen was a supervisor of the Little Rock Water Department. She also worked for Aetna Life and Casualty Company of Little Rock. The family is thankful for the care from Dr. Sarah Harrington with Pallative Care Department at UAMS, Saline Hospice. We would especially like to thank Jacqueline Perry who began as a CNA but quickly became family. Donations may be made to Saline Hospice in lieu of flowers. Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online guestbook:www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
JAMES FRASER STEPHENS of Benton, Arkansas, was born in Montgomery, Alabama August 14, 1955, and died March 10, 2019. He grew up in Wyoming and would go on to follow his father’s footsteps and earn a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas. James served his country for five years in the United States Army, attaining the rank of Captain, and then returned to the University of Arkansas to earn a master’s degree. James spent his adult life dedicated to his job working for the State of Arkansas at the Department of Environmental Quality as a geologist. He participated in his community by coaching local youth soccer teams for the better part of a decade and for the last five years assisting with the Stella Boyle Smith Young Artist Competition. He will be remembered by his friends and family for his loyalty, selflessness, and his uncompromising moral character. He was both strong and compassionate and made everyone around him better for it. He will be forever cherished and missed. James is survived by his loving family: his sister Mary Ann Matthews, his brother-in-law Dan Matthews, his nephew Stephen Matthews and Stephen’s spouse Brittanie Matthews, his niece Carey Ann Matthews, and by his wife and son, Jeannine and Andrew Stephens. Visitation will be held for James on Wednesday March 13, 2019 from 5pm to 7pm at Smith – Benton Funeral Home, 322 North Market Street, Benton, Arkansas 72015. Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online guestbook:www.SmithFamilyCares.com. Carolyn Graves
CAROLYN GRAVES was born on March 26, 1942 and passed away on Monday, February 18, 2019. Carolyn was a resident of Jessieville, Arkansas at the time of passing. Published online on Feb 20, 2019 courtesy of Caruth Village Funeral Home – Hot Springs Village.
CURTIS FOSTER, 83, of Little Rock, Ark., passed away on February 28th, 2019. He was born in Centerville, Ark., on December 27th, 1935 to parents Cecil C. and Ruth Foster. Curtis had a successful career as an AC service technician who proudly worked for General Mechanical Contractors for 36 years and was in the mechanical trade business for 50 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, but most importantly: spending time with his family. Curt was loved by all, and was always willing to help family and loved ones. He will be deeply missed by all who were lucky enough to know him. Those left to cherish his memory are his beloved wife of 59 years: Pat Foster; two sons: Curtis (Tamara) Foster and Brian Keith Foster; four grandchildren: Sarah (Kyle) Smith, Carissa, Dylan, and Curt Foster; two great-grandchildren: Charlotte and Kase Smith; and three siblings: Lamayone Foster, Geneva (Danny) Hudson, and Jewel Dean Alvey. Curtis is preceded in death by one sister: Virginia Mae Smith, and two brothers: Bob Foster and Wayne Foster. Visitation Sunday, March 3, 2019 Funeral Service Monday, March 4, 2019 Pinecrest Funeral Home 7401 HIGHWAY 5 N, Alexander.
KEN WAYNE MEDLOCK was born on September 7, 1941 and passed away on March 11, 2019. Pallbearers are Austin Binz, Corbin Binz, Hunter Medlock, Heath Clower, Allan Lewis, Gardner Howze, Savana Medlock. Honorary Pallbearers are Samantha Binz Butch Medlock and George Benham.
BILLY JOE VANDIVER, 85, of Benton, passed away Saturday, March 9, 2019. He was born July 3, 1933, in McRae, Arkansas, to Marcus and Olga Vandiver. Those left to cherish his memory are two sons, Monty (Trish) Vandiver and Michael (Wanda) Vandiver; six grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; and many friends. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at Pinecrest Funeral Home, located at 7401 Arkansas 5 North in Alexander. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 15, at Congo Road Baptist Church, located at 218 River Ridge Rd. in Benton. Joe will be laid to rest next to his wife, Jean, immediately after the funeral at Forest Hills Memorial Park.