JAMES HERRINGTON BROWN, 72, of Mabelvale, passed away September 4, 2018 at home surrounded by family. He was born October 26, 1945 in Little Rock, to William and Virginia Evans Brown. James was a member of Geyer Springs First Baptist Church for 30 years. He joined the Navy in 1965 serving his country on USS Yosemite. He worked as a butcher at Safeway in Little Rock for 17 years, later becoming a successful business owner. He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Faye Staton Brown; two sons, Stephen Brown and Andy Brown (Andrea); one brother, William R. Brown (Betty); one sister, Rita Elder (Fred); and two grandchildren, Drake and Sydney Brown who were his world. A visitation will be held Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. at Pinecrest Funeral Home, 7401 Highway 5 North, Alexander, AR, followed by Funeral Services at 10:00 a.m. with Burial at Pinecrest Memorial Park.
JOY ROGERS, 95, of Bryant passed away on Sept. 10, 2018 at the House of Three, a caring and loving assisted living facility. Joy was born August 20, 1923, the daughter of the late Homer and Pearl Bradford. She was preceded in death by Warren Dale “Lefty” Rogers, her loving husband of 62 years, and sisters Yvonne Lewis and Adron Ewing. Joy grew up in Shirley, Ark. She and Lefty moved to Bryant in 1953. She had a green thumb and was a member of the Bryant Garden Club. Joy enjoyed sewing and all types of music, especially the classic hits of Elvis Presley. She was an excellent cook and loved creating dishes that used the fresh vegetables and fruit from her garden. She loved to read, westerns were her favorite. She had a special place in her heart for her dogs. Joy was an avid Arkansas Razorbacks fan, and she was always rooting on her children at their many sporting events. She also enjoyed traveling. Hawaii was one of her favorite places. She and Lefty had a wonderful life together and have four surviving children: Billie Bennett and her husband, Ronald, Rita Rogers, John Rogers, Jimmy Rogers and his wife Lynda. She is also survived by one granddaughter, Holly Bennett; two grandsons, Craig Bennett and Dylan Rogers; and two great grandchildren, Presley Bennett and Amber Bennett. The family offers its special thanks to the members of the Violet Johnson Women’s Sunday School Class at First United Methodist Church of Bryant for their love and support. Funeral services will be Friday, Sept. 14, at Pinecrest Memorial Park in Alexander. Visitation at 12:00pm with Memorial Service at 1:00pm. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Joy’s honor be made to the Humane Society of Saline County or the Arkansas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.
ALICE ARLINE BAILEY, 75 of Paron, passed away on August 28, 2018. She was born on August 26, 1943 in Fredricktown, Missouri to the late James and Anna Cartwright. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Raymond G. Bailey and daughter, Donna Huchingson. Survivors, sons, Robert (Marie) Bailey, Earnest (Brenda) Bailey, Richard (Ina) Bailey, Timothy Bailey, Raymond (Rebecca) Bailey, daughter, Teresa (James) Huchingson and sister, Shirley Mangum, twenty grandchildren and thirty two great grandchildren. Chapel services by Ashbys, 2:00 p.m. Saturday with burial to follow at Fowler Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday, Ashbys, 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. On line guestbook at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
EARL SAMUEL BROCK SR, age 90, of the East End Community, LR, Arkansas, passed away at his home with his loving wife and daughters by his side on Saturday September 1, 2018 after a courageous fight with Congestive Heart Failure. He was born on September 12, 1927 in Franklin, NC to Ina Belle Williams Brock and Earl Samuel Brock Sr. Earl served in the US Navy and later built a 46 year career, starting as an apprentice with Grinnell Fire Protection, and then worked into the position of engineer for Texas Automatic Sprinklers, where he help grow that company by opening 2 additional offices during his career in the Fire Protection Sprinkler business from which he retired in 1991. Many memories were made at the beach with family and friends. He enjoyed dancing, hunting, fishing, and time with his family. And we all know how much he loved to take pictures!! He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and attended East Union Missionary Baptist Church in East End. Mr. Brock was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Dorothy Greene Brock, the mother of his children, his wife Betty Thomas Brock, his son-in-law Robert Duane Rinehart, his granddaughter Mandi Bailey Wheeler and his sister Mary Ann Tallent. He is survived by his wife Margie Wright, daughters Catherine Brock Rinehart, and Daryl Brock Bailey of the East End Community and son Earl S. Brock Jr (Debbie) from Adrian Michigan. Grandchildren Edward Rinehart (Angie), Scott Rinehart (Brenna), Justin Bailey, and 8 great grandchildren. Stepchildren Danny Callaghan (Brenda), Phyllis Fowler (Charles), Jenny Puett (Jared) all of Hot Springs, Gwen Hooper (Mike) of Hensley, Janet Quarles of Star City and 11 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Justin Bailey, Edward Rinehart, Scott Rinehart, Danny Callaghan, Joe Callaghan and Charles Fowler. Visitation will be 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 5 at East Union Missionary Baptist Church with services beginning at 11:30 a.m. Burial will follow at Salem Cemetery in East End. Bro. Paul Roberts will be officiating.
LOYCE RAE GRIFFIN, age 82, of Benton, passed away Sunday, September 2, 2018. She was born September 8, 1935 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Loyce was a retired secretary/medical transcriptionist. She attended Bible Study Fellowship and is a member of New Life Baptist Church where she was a Sunday School Teacher. Loyce was preceded in death by her parents, George and Katherine Sue Witt and sister, Beth Vaughan (Vernon) and twin sister, Joyce Lee (John). She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Carroll Harland Griffin; children, Vicki Griffin, Mark Griffin (Susan), Jeff Griffin (Pamela) and Paul Griffin (Natalie); sister, Gerry Woodall (William); grandchildren, Bryan Edmonson (Tiffany), Lindsey Nevels (Durrell), Amy Griffin, Daniel Griffin, Benjamin Griffin, Calie Wilson (Mike), Jenna Griffin, Claire Griffin and Carson Griffin; great-grandchildren, Brixxon Edmonson, Kendryxx Edmonson, Dylan Vermeeren, Kaleigha Nelson, Makaylen Nevels, Savvy Nevels, Ada Anne Griffin, Aiden Wilson and Rylee Wilson and in-laws, Ben Griffin and Leroy & Eavie Griffin. Pallbearers will be Dennis Vaughan, Doug Vaughan, Carson Griffin, Bryan Edmonson, Daniel Griffin and Benjamin Griffin. Visitation will be 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 5 at Ashby Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday, September 6 at New Life Baptist Church @ 10765 Samples Rd in Benton with burial at Pipkin Cemetery. Dr. Sid Samples will be officiating.
NORMA JEAN HALEY, 78 of Benton, passed away on September 3, 2018. She was born on March 29, 1940 in McComb, Oklahoma to the late Charley Anderson and Mary Frances Bolen Anderson. Norma was a member of Holland Chapel Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, step father, Benton Poe and son, Barry Haley. Norma is survived by her husband, Dean Haley, son, Dean Haley, Jr, daughters, Tammie Aston, Cheryl Kesterson, Karen Aston and Pat Haley Coke, nine grandchildren and eighteen great grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Blade Ebbs, Chase Ebbs, Shad Kesterson, Clay Coke, Byron Chambers, Bobby Smith, Brett Haley and Brad Smith. Chapel services by Ashby Funeral Home will be 11:00 a.m. on Thursday with Herb Kitchens officiating. Burial will follow at Smith New Rosemont Cemetery. Visitation will be at Ashbys, 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. before services on Thursday. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund in Honor and memory of our loving mother, Norma Haley. Make checks payable to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund and mail to: Kay Yow Cancer Fund 5121 Kingdom Way, Suite 305, Raleigh, NC 27607 to donate on line, Kayyow.com On line guest book at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
WILIAM “BIL” J. HARRIS was born in Stillwater, Oklahoma on February 1, 1947. He passed away in Benton, AR on September 2, 2018. Bil is survived by his wife of 50 years Harriett Harris; his daughter Michelle Morris (Travis); son Mark Harris (Stephanie); grandsons Soren Morris and Andrew and Will Harris; brother Tom Harris (Inge); sister Lyndia Jacks (Larry); and too many people who called him Uncle Bil to mention. He is preceded in death by his parents T. N. Harris, Jr., and Wilma Caruthers Harris. Bil was a lifelong salesman, working for Pepsi for 12 years and Cain’s Coffee for 21 years, where he last served as a Regional Manager. After he left Cain’s, he became an over-the-road truck driver for about 10 years. Bil served in the National Guard for six years, where he was a demolition specialist. Bil believed that you shouldn’t be generous because you expect to be rewarded yourself, but that you should be generous to your fellow human beings because that is what it means to be human. He also believed that opportunities to help spring up around us all the time. So, rather than designating a particular cause for honorariums, take the next opportunity you have to do some good, and do it. You can honor Bil in that way. If you want to share the story of what you did, post it in the Ashby’s comments page or send a member of the family a message directly. Visitation will be at Ashby Funeral Home in Benton from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, September 7, and services will be held Saturday, September 8 at 2 p.m. at Ashby’s, followed by internment at Pinecrest. Online guest book at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
PATSY JEAN REED, 88, of Benton passed away on September 8, 2018 after a long battle with Congestive Heart Failure and blood loss. She was born December 28, 1929 in Little Rock to Hazel and Mortie McCook. Mrs.; Reed was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Thomas W. Reed, mother-in-law, Cora Mae Reed, sister and brother-in-laws, Alice Mae and Cecil Rollon, Emily and Elmer Mason. Her Aunt Helen and Renton Tunnah, nephew and niece Sheena and Don Mason, and cousin Helen L. Duckworth. Mrs. Reed is survived by one brother, Jim (Mary) McCook of Olive Branch, MS.; daughter, Minta (Coy) James of Benton and son Emory Reed (Mac Brown) of Sherwood, AR.; grandson, Clint James, of Benton, granddaughter, Amanda (Nick) Forbush of East End, AR. great-granddaughters, Maddie James of Batesville, AR., Alyssa and Hailey Forbush, of East End, AR., nephew, Randy (Tracy) Mason, of Benton, AR., Scott and Max McCook of Olive Branch, MS., great nieces, Brenda Goodson of North Little Rock, AR. and Judy Mason of Benton, AR. Patsy was a devout member of First United Methodist of Benton, AR. She graduated from Little Rock Central High School in 1947. She attended college at UALR, Henderson, and UCA. In the early 1960’s she was the Welcome Wagon hostess for Benton. Patsy worked at Chastain’s Home Supply for Randall Chastain and Don Utley that led her to a career in arts and crafts. She opened Pat’s Piddlin Post in 1976 and after many successful years closed the shop in 2001 and opened Painting with Pat art Studio where she used her love of painting to teach students of all ages. She was an active member of the National Society daughters of the American Revolution. She loved to dance and was an active member of the Twirling Lariots square dancing club, Arkansas League of Artists, Patch Work Painters, Riverdale Garden Club, and served 16 years on the Board of Counseling Clinic. Patsy loved traveling, playing bridge, bowling, playing dominos and was an Arkansas Razorback fan. She loved plying church softball and anything that had to do with friends and family. A special thank you to Chaundell Hobbs for her help in the caregiving of Patsy in these last few months. Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Tuesday at Ashby’s. Funeral services will be 1:00 PM Wednesday at Ashby Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Roselawn Cemetery in Little Rock. Minister will be Rev. Ben Crismon. Pallbearers will be Hurley Clinton, Randall Chastain, Tony Floyd, Bruce Armstrong, Bill McKee and Don Utley. Honorary Pallbearers are Jay Deere, Preston Bridges, Olin Weaver, Victor Green and Sam Sample. Memorials can be made to First United Methodist Church of Benton at 200 N. Market St., Benton, AR 72015 and Habitat for Humanity at 404 W. Walnut, Benton, AR 72015 Online guest book at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
MELISSA “MISSY” ANN FOSTER RAY, age 47, of Glen Rose, passed away Sunday, September 9, 2018. She was born August 4, 1971 in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. Missy worked for Arkansas Bone and Joint in the Medical Billing Department. She was preceded in death by her father, John Sites and grandfather, Robert Foster. Missy had a big personality and heart. She loved her family and friends more than anything. She is survived by her husband, Clayton Alan Ray; son, Austin Alan Ray; two daughters, Kaitlynn Sikes (Bryan) and Jessica Ray; mother, Harriet Ann Foster; brother, Cory Foster and her grandmother, Marie Foster. Pallbearers will be Roy Ray, Greg Tillery, Bryan Sikes, Jack Ray Jr., Kordell Cooper and John Eubanks. Visitation will be 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Thursday, September 13 at Ashby Funeral Home with services beginning at 2:00 p.m. Burial will follow at Smith-Rosemont Cemetery. Minister will be Bro. Johnny Bratton.
BARBARA JEAN HARNED CATES, 57, of Mabelvale, Arkansas left her earthly cancer-ridden body to claim her new Heavenly body on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at Hospice Inpatient Center. She was born to the late Edd Harned and Patricia Gary Harned Duggan on Monday, May 1, 1961 in Little Rock, Arkansas. She worked at Shipley’s Donuts and Southern Maid for a numerous of years. It was while working at Tastee Freez where she spotted the love of her life, Kim Michael Cates. They were married over 25 years before his death on November 29, 2017. She was modest and self-deprecating to a fault. She loved giving and helping others and thought more of someone else’s needs before her own. She was always quick to hug and say, “I love you.” She was loved by her nieces, nephews, and the “greats” who affectionately called her “Aunt Bee.” She was able to accomplish her last two requests which were to go see Aunt Betty in Texas and be baptized after rededication of her life to Christ in 2004. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Kim Michael Cates; her son, Derrick Maxey; brother, Jimmy Harned. She is survived by three children, Robin Watkins, Andrea Guiltner (Justin), and Stephen Copeland (Brittany); six grandchildren, Kensleigh, Gage, Brody, Keygan, Desarae and Kaydence; siblings, Annette Berney (Donn), Charlotte Powell, Jerry Harned, Julia Linn (Mike), Sandra Palmer, Donna Null (Rick), Michael Duggan (Jenn) and Ricky Duggan; special aunt, Betty Jean Harned Bolinsky; along with a host of family and friends who all love and miss her dearly. Per Barbara’s request, there will be no formal service. The family will gather at a later date to memorialize her life. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Home Care or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
KENNETH DOYLE LONG, 97, of Bryant, Arkansas passed away on Saturday, September 1, 2018. He was born to Jesse and Maude Long on Thursday, May 26, 1921 in Thida, Arkansas. He loved to take his grandchildren fishing with him and loved to tell stories. He served as a Deacon at Temple Baptist Church for many years. He proudly served in the U.S. Army. He was a World War II Veteran. He is preceded in death by his parents; loving wife, Etta Long, after 73 years; one brother; three sisters. He is survived by his loving daughter, Patricia Williams and her husband, Dr. James A. Williams; one grandchild, Marlea Maschmeyer and her husband, Thomas Louis Maschmeyer III; great grandson, William Alexander Maschmeyer; one sister, Loraine Phrene; and a host of friends and family who love and miss him dearly. A celebration of life will be held on Friday, September 14, 2018 at 12:00PM at Dial and Dudley Funeral Home.
DORA BELLE SANDERS MOORE, 95, of Bryant, Arkansas passed away peacefully while in the care of Arkansas Hospice on September 7, 2018. She was born to John and Fannie Sanders on August 16, 1923 in Johnston, South Carolina. She spent her formative years in Cordele, Georgia and in 1943, was married to Vyrlon Crumley. In 1968, she moved to Ft. Myers, Florida and married Bob Moore, where she was active with her Rotary Club and Inner Wheel friends. She was a devoted mother, daughter, sister, and wife. She will remain in our families and friends hearts forever as our “Yellow Rose.” Her daughter Vicki and son-in-law, Hal, were happy that they were able to provide and care for her while she lived in Arkansas. She is preceded in death by her husband, Bob Moore of 36 years; her brothers and their wives, John and Elizabeth Sanders, Tommy Sanders and Vera Wright, and James and Effie Sanders; her sister and her husband, Thelma and Thad Varnadoe. She is survived by her loving daughter, Vicki Carlson and her husband, Hal; son, Don Crumley; four grandchildren, Don-e Crumley, Trey Carlson (Kathy), Lee Carlson (Michelle), and Tabatha Carlson; nine great grandchildren; along with a host of family and friends who love and miss her dearly. Memorial contributions may be made to Bryant Assisted Care.
LESLIE O’NEIL HAMPTON LINDER, 42, of Benton, Arkansas passed away on Saturday, September 8th, 2018 at home. She was born to James and Pat Hampton on Saturday, February 28th, 1976 in Little Rock, Arkansas. She was nicknamed, Smackee, by her Grandpa Patterson asking for kisses or smacks! Her true loves were her children, Ethan Walker Linder and Addison Elizabeth Linder, both of Bryant. She was a graduate of Bryant High School where she loved playing the clarinet in the band. She also attended college at Henderson State University where she became a registered nurse. She loved being a nurse and caring for people. She worked with children at the Department of Human Services in Little Rock. Not only was she passionate about her patients, but she was also a music lover, decorator who loved holidays, and a selfie taker. She loved her favorite musician, Dave Matthews. She made as many trips to see him wherever he performed throughout the states as she could! She was preceded in death by her mother, Patsy Ruth Hampton of Bryant; her maternal grandparents, J.T and Anna Patterson; and her paternal grandparents, Henry and Ola Mae Hampton. She leaves behind to cherish her memory her loving children, Ethan (E.J) and Addison (Addi-cakes); James and Peggy Hampton; two sissys, Lori Hampton Camp and her husband, Mark, and Lea Hampton Howell and her husband, Tommy; two nieces, Brandi Bryant and Amber Camp; a nephew, Corey Howell; great nieces and nephew, Hayla Goforth, Maddox Goforth, and Willow Grace; her fur baby, Raina; along with numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and other family and friends who love her dearly. Leslie left this world and her family way too soon, and she will be truly missed. She was a loving and caring person who left an amazing impression on people she met. We love you so much, sissy. The visitation will be held Thursday, September 13th, 2018 from 6-8PM at Dial and Dudley Funeral Home. The graveside service will be held on Friday, September 14th, 2018 at 3:00PM at Forest Hills Cemetery.
MICHAEL O. ELLISON JR., 55, went home to be with the Lord on Sept. 8, 2018. He was born Nov. 28, 1962 in West Memphis, AR to Pat and Michael O. Ellison Sr. of Hot Springs, AR. He was preceded in death by his father and grandmother, Elizabeth C. Ellison. Loving survivors include his wife of 30 years, Penny; son, Kyle & Ashley Ellison; daughter, Shelby & Kenneth Caubble; mother, Pat; sister, Michele Meyers; grandchildren, Brooks & Korbin; several nieces and nephews; a large, extended family; and many great friends. Mike was known for his love of his family and friends. He never met a stranger, and he had a smile that would light up a room with a contagious laugh. Michael was always the life of every occasion, and his family was everything to him. He will be missed beyond words and live in our hearts forever! A celebration of Mike’s life will be at 2 P.M., Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at First Southern Baptist Church in Bryant, Arkansas 72022. Online guestbook: www.dialanddudleyfuneralhome.com
DEWAIN ROWLAND STONE, 64, of Benton, passed away on August 29, 2018. He was born on March 24, 1954 in Little Rock to the late Imon E. and Avaliene (Rowland) Stone. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by maternal grandparents: Claude and MaBelle Rowland, paternal grandparents; Oscar and Elizabeth Stone. Dewain had a career with Norton Alcoa and a Broadcast Engineer Technician. He was a skilled mechanic and wood craftsman. He also enjoyed traveling, motorcycles, cars, car racing, four wheeling, hunting and fishing. Survivors include his wife, Michele Stone; daughter, Stephanie Colwell (Paul); granddaughter, Kensington Colwell; his 1985 Toyota Four Wheel Drive Truck; step-daughter; Marlie Foster (Chuck); step-grandchildren, Jacob, Austin and Jayden Foster; and other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held 1:00 P.M., Saturday, September 1, 2018 in the Roller-Ballard Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow in Pinecrest Memorial Park. A visitation will be 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M., Friday, August 31, 2018 at Roller-Ballard Funeral Home (501) 315-4047.
MORRISALENE ANN WARD, 81 of Benton, passed away September 2, 2018 in Little Rock. She was born March 25, 1937 to the late Claude E. and Emily Anna (Bass) Kessler in Piedmont, OK. She was of Methodist faith and retired office manager of Power Technology. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Dale Ward; son, Richard Burkhart and sister, Cleta Gray. Survivors include two sons, Rocky Burkhart of Hensley and Robin Burkhart of Sherwood; two grandchildren, Ryan Burkhart and Adam Burkhart; three great-grandchildren, Sadie Burkhart, Gwendolyn Burkhart and William Burkhart; and one brother, Wayne Kessler of Oklahoma City, OK. A time of visitation will be held at Roller-Ballard Funeral Home (315-4047) in Benton, on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Graveside services are scheduled for Thursday, September 6, 2018 at 11:00 A.M., Pinecrest Memorial Park, Alexander, AR with Bro. Justin Ledbetter officiating. Online guestbook www.rollerfuneralhomes.com/ballard
TINA D. COOK September 10, 1942 – September 5, 2018
MARILYN DENISE ROOD, 54, of Benton, passed away on Sunday morning, September 9, 2018. She was born on July 3, 1964 in Harrison, Arkansas to Charles L. Forrest and the late Della (Whitney) Forrest Johns. Besides her mother, she was preceded in death by one brother; Charles Allen Forrest, her grandmothers; Ann Watts and Lilly Glover. Survivors include her husband; John F. Rood, father and stepmother; Charles L. and Kathy Forrest, stepfather; Ron Johns, two sons; Daniel Cox of Washington, Brandon Cox (Liz) of Texas, one stepdaughter; Donna Allen(Ross) of Benton, one stepson; John Rood (Marie) of Missouri, one step brother; Douglas Allen, Jr., eight grandchildren; Forrest, Kelsey, Jahna, Marah, Sara, Mark, Clint, Jayden, five great grandchildren, other relatives and friends.
PAUL AUGUSTINE MORAN, Jr., 62, of Benton, Arkansas went to be with his Lord August 27, 2018. He was born September 28, 1955 in Washington D.C. to the late Mary (Bailey) and Paul Augustine Moran, Sr. Paul was a member of First Pentecostals of Benton. He received his Bachelor of Theology from Texas Bible College. Paul served in every phase of ministry- from Sunday School, youth pastor, assistant pastor, and pastor. He served as pastor of Calvert Lighthouse Tabernacle in Prince Frederick, Maryland for over seventeen years. He made many friends and fond memories in District Heights, Maryland. Paul loved his grandchildren, special dog, “Queenie”, and spending time with his family. He enjoyed watching movies and listening to music. The Eagles were his favorite group-he gave his twin daughters tickets to see them live in concert for their birthday, which was one of their favorite gifts from him. Paul loved to travel and took vacations to California, Greece, and Cancun. Paul didn’t know how much of an impact he made on others or how many lives he touched. Preceding Paul in death are his parents; sisters, Margaret Niland and Kathy Eaby; and brothers-in-law, Jack Gill and Gary Fleming. He leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife of forty-three years, Brunella Moran of Benton; son, Paul Moran and wife Lisa of Benton; twin-daughters, April Morgan and husband Shawn of Arkadelphia, Arkansas and Angel Eddleman and husband Scott of Benton; four (plus) grandchildren: Mary Morgan, Owen Morgan, Jose’ Moran, and Raquel Moran, and many other children who called him “Pop Pop” that he adopted by love; and a host of family and friends who love Paul and will miss him always. Celebration of Life service will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday, September 1, at First Pentecostals of Benton. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Humane Society of Saline County. Personal cards sharing memories can be mailed to Family of Paul Moran, Jr., C/O Smith-Benton Funeral Home, 322 N. Market Street, Benton, Arkansas 72015. Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online guestbook:www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
FELIPE ALVARADO GARCIA, 65, of Benton, Arkansas passed away August 28, 2018. Family to hold private services. Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online guestbook:www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
KENNETH RAY TOWNSEND, 58, of Benton, Arkansas passed away August 28, 2018. He was born August 7, 1960 in Benton to Becky (Browning) Townsend and the late Alton “Wayne” Townsend. Kenneth was a well-known Elvis impersonator who performed for charity events. He was very knowledgeable in computer programming and worked as a Senior System Analyst taking care of all Wal-Mart computer systems. He enjoyed spending time fishing and entered fishing tournaments with his sister (who usually “out-fished” him!). Kenneth’s favorite hobby was going rock hunting with his favorite rock hunting buddy, Aunt Lou Ann Cameron. He had an extensive movie collection and was an avid movie watcher. Kenneth was preceded in death by his daughter, Julia Dawn Townsend; father, Alton “Wayne” Townsend; and brother, Alan Wayne Townsend. He leaves to cherish his memory his daughter, DeLeah Jones of Cabot, Arkansas; grandchildren: Thomas Griffith, Enki Melton, and Deacon Melton; mother, Becky Townsend of Benton, Arkansas; sister, Linda Kitchens and husband Russell of Benton; soul mate, Tamie Townsend of Bryant, Arkansas; favorite aunt, Lou Ann Cameron of Benton; nieces and nephews and a host of family and friends who love Kenneth and will miss him always. Reception visitation will be held from 10:00-11:00 AM, Tuesday, September 4, at Smith-Benton Funeral Home, 322 N. Market Street, Benton. Funeral service will follow at 11:00 AM. Burial at Forest Hills Memorial Park.
JAMES LLOYD MARTIN, 71, of Malvern, Arkansas passed away August 29, 2018. He was born May 26, 1947 in Bauxite, Arkansas. James loved spending time with his family-especially his great-grandchildren who were the light of his life. James spent his time doting on his pride and joy, Leum and Ember. He had a fantastic sense of humor and could always see the bright side of things. James often said he was a “jack of all trades and master of none”. He enjoyed spending time playing cards, fishing and boating on the area lakes, working on cars, and hanging holiday decorations. James listened to classic country music and watched old western movies and cop shows. James was preceded in death by granddaughter, Stormy Martin; mother, Sadie Griffin; step-father, Charles “Mack” Griffin; brothers: Billy Jack Martin, Fred Martin, and Ralph Martin; and sister, Cora Branch. He leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife of over fifty years, Susan Martin of Malvern, Arkansas; two sons: Jason Martin of Malvern and Charles Martin and wife Kerri of Malvern; daughter, Eldorah Burton of New Mexico; grandchildren: Elisha Burton and wife Amanda, Kera Keefer, and Hallie Burton; great-grandchildren: Johnathan Tyco, Leum Martin, Ember Martin, and Ariel Burton; siblings: Mary Rhea, Leila Strickland, Linda Strickland, Kathy Dietrich, Jerry Martin, Ronnie Martin, and Donnie Martin; and a host of family and friends who love James and will miss him always.
DIANA LYNN FLEMING, 62, of Benton, Arkansas passed away September 2, 2018. She was born August 2, 1956 in St. Louis, Missouri to the late Erple Fay and Willie Marie (Knowlton) Russell. Diana worked as a dispatcher at Benton SCAT. Diana always thought of others before herself. She was a LPTN and cared for her patients with tenderness and compassion. Family affectionately called her “Doctor Diana” as they often called her for medical advice. Diana was the family photographer and had her camera ready at all times. She loved celebrating the holidays throughout the year, but Christmas was her favorite. Diana helped her family by becoming their family chauffer-taking them to school, dentist and doctor appointments, or other events. Diana had a vast collection of Coca Cola memorabilia that family contributed to over the years. She was very fond of dogs. Her willingness to give to others and her unconditional love was cherished and will be missed. Diana was preceded in death by her parents; and brothers: Terry Russell and Perry Russell. She leaves to cherish her memory her son, Adrian Fleming of Benton; sister, Opal Campbell of Benton; nieces: Brandi Collins and husband Jonathan of Dardanelle, Arkansas, Daniell Weatherford and husband Tyler of Melbourne, Arkansas, Kelli Campbell of Bryant, Arkansas, Tara Webb and husband Ricky of Benton, and Ashley Russell of Malvern, Arkansas; nephews: Brian Campbell of Jacksonville, Arkansas, Terry Russell and wife Andrea of Mabelvale, Arkansas, and Mycheal Russell and wife Jessica of Malvern, Arkansas, seven great-nephews; two great-nieces; two sisters-in-law: Patricia Russell of Alexander, Arkansas and Sherry Russell of Malvern, Arkansas; step-son, Ricky Fleming, Jr. and wife Georgie of Monticello, Arkansas; and a host of family and friends who love Diana and will miss her always. Reception visitation will be held from 6:00-7:00 PM, Thursday, September 6, at Smith-Benton Funeral Home, 322 N. Market Street, Benton. Celebration of Life service will follow at 7:00 PM. Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online guestbook:www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
MICHAEL GEORGE CURTIS, 60, of Benton, Arkansas passed away September 4, 2018. He was born October 21, 1957 in Benton to the late George Henry and Lettie Sue (Bell) Curtis. Michael enjoyed spending time fishing and helping his friends. He is survived by two sons: Thaddeus Curtis and wife Rebecca of Little Rock and Dustin Curtis and wife Sarah of Harrison, Arkansas; grandchildren: Emily Thompson, Molly Thompson, Wilson Curtis, Betsy Curtis, and Lilah Curtis; sister, Tonya Johnson and husband Larry of Benton, Arkansas; and a host of family and friends who love Michael and will miss him always. Celebration of life service will be held from 5:00-7:00 PM, Thursday, September 13 at Smith-Benton Funeral Home, 322 N. Market Street, Benton. Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online guestbook:www.SmithFamilyCares.com. James Joshua Graves, 86, passed away September 4, 2018 at his home in Paron, AR. He was born August 7, 1932 in St Louis MO to the late Sue and Tinnin Graves. James was preceded in death by his parents, brother Robert, and grandson Joshua. He is survived by his children: Donna Taylor, Paron, AR; Deana Graves, Mayflower, AR; Jimmy Graves, Paron, AR; and Michael Graves and his wife Jenny McFarland, Seattle, WA.; 3 sisters: Martha Graves, Nashville, AR, Mary Vanderford, Paron, AR, and Jean Wimberly, West Columbia, TX.; 14 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren. James graduated from Joe T Robinson when he was 16 years old- an accomplishment which he took great pride in and spoke of often. After leaving RHS, he immediately traveled to Colorado to work in a sawmill, the first of many jobs over a lifetime in which working hard was the main theme. Never one to be idle, he went where the work was- the oilfields of West Texas, the pipeline in Illinois and Alaska (where he earned the nickname “Greasy”), logging and building houses in Central Arkansas, and later on as a Master Carpenter, remodeling Kentucky Fried Chickens in Arkansas and Missouri, building hog houses in Booneville, AR, and overseeing the construction of numerous homes in Sandpiper and many other West Little Rock neighborhoods. In the midst of his career as a contractor, he also managed to build and maintain Graves Grocery in Ferndale, AR, a small community gas station and grocery store near the Pulaski/Saline county line. In 1989, James left building completely and devoted himself entirely to excavation. Working as Graves and Graves Inc. he was among the first to break ground in Chenal Valley, The Ranch, and Brody Creek. In 2008 he left construction behind and retired to his farm in Clinton, AR. where he enjoyed raising cattle, hunting, and spending time on his front porch watching the sun rise and set over Wolverton Mountain. Aside from his love of hard work, James also loved his family. He said the only thing better than being a grandpa was being a great grandpa and for those lucky enough to call him “Papaw James” he was the greatest grandpa of all. Reception Visitation held 5:00-6:00 PM, with memorial following at 6:00 PM, Monday September 10, 2018 at Smith Family Funeral Home in Benton, AR. Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online guestbook: www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
JACKIE LYNN “JACK” TODD, 77, of Benton, Arkansas went to be with the Lord September 8, 2018. He was born July 25, 1941 in Morrilton, Arkansas to the late Lynn and Irene (Williams) Todd. Jack loved the Lord and was a member of Sharon Missionary Baptist Church. He was a Mason. Jack enjoyed building science projects, photography, and spending time outdoors fishing and camping. Jack retired from Alcoa after working as an electronics technician for thirty-eight years. Jack was preceded in death by his son, Jeffrey Scott Todd; daughter, Rebecca D’Ann Todd; parents; and brother, Edward Arthur Todd. He leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife of fifty-four years, Patsy Todd of Benton; daughter, Jennifer Leigh Todd-Flora of Mansfield, Texas; grandson, Justin Rudell of Bryant, Arkansas; sister, Betty Todd Gibson of Benton, Arkansas; special friends: Julie Roark and Jason Merrick; and a host of family and friends who love Jack and will miss him always. Reception visitation will be held 1:00-2:00 PM, Saturday, September 15 at Smith-Benton Funeral Home, 322 N. Market Street, Benton with memorial service, officiated by Bro. Carl Richey and Bro. Kim Hammer, following at 2:00 PM. Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online guestbook:www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
ALTON RAY ROBERTSON, 83, died in his home Sunday, September 9, 2018 surrounded by family and loved ones. He was born December 1, 1934 in Cary, Mississippi to Albert and Lessie (French) Robertson. Alton graduated from Cary High School in Cary, Mississippi in 1951. He lived in Rolling Fork, Mississippi until 1964 when he moved to Malvern, Arkansas. Alton proudly served in the United States Army and Mississippi Reserves. He later moved to Benton, Arkansas in 1979. Alton joined the First Baptist Church of Benton in 1979. He was a faithful member of the Adult Choir until 2015. Alton loved spending his days at the Senior Adult Center and Amberwood Nursing and Rehabilitation in Benton and was a diehard Razorback fan. Alton was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Lessie (French) Robertson; two brothers, Jerry Robertson and W.T. Robertson; sister, Shirley Theall; and grandson, Kevin Nichols. He leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife, Jannetje Robertson of Benton; daughter, Vanessa Bradley and husband Gerald of Texarkana, Arkansas; son, Alton Robertson, Jr. of Hot Springs, Arkansas; daughter, Britney Smith and husband Todd of Benton; daughter, Donjere Ankney and husband Jesse of Benton; son, Paul Robertson and wife Lindsey of Benton; fifteen grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; brother, Tim Robertson of Batesville, Mississippi; sister, Janette Garner of Greeneville, Mississippi; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of family and friends who love Alton and will miss him always. Reception visitation will be held from 12:00-1:00 PM, Thursday, September 13, at Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Memorial service, officiated by Bro. Clay Cunningham, will follow at 1:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Music Ministry at First Baptist Church of Benton. Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online guestbook:www.SmithFamilyCares.com
JAMES ROBERT MCDANIELS, of Benton, went home to be with the Lord on September 11, 2018. He was born on May 27, 1937 in Crittenden County, Kentucky to the late Lottie Mae (Shockey) McDaniels and JB McDaniels. Known as Jim or Bob to those close to him, he began working for Teletype in Skokie, Illinois in 1956. Over the next 33+ years, he held many roles including Lacing Cables, Shift Supervisor, and Department Chief. His career with Teletype eventually brought his family from Wheeling, Illinois to Benton, Arkansas in 1979. His devotion to his family and his firm belief in God supported him in his struggles and ultimately gave him peace as he went home to be with his savior. James is preceded in death by his parents; as well as his brothers, Dewey and Coy McDaniels. He is survived by the love of his life, Shirley (Grimes) McDaniels, with whom he was married to for over sixty-two years; three sons: Robert (Karen) McDaniels, Craig McDaniels, both of Benton, and Joseph (Terah) McDaniels of Widener, Georgia; five grandchildren: Kelli McDaniels of Little Rock, Colton (Logan) McDaniels of Hot Springs, Jacob (Amanda) McDaniels of Dallas, Texas, Quinn and Jack McDaniels of Widener, Georgia; and his older sister, Mary Ann (McDaniels) Shuecraft of Murray, Kentucky. Per his wishes, no funeral or formal visitation will be planned. However, the family will welcome friends and loved ones to the home of Bob and Shirley on Saturday, September 15, 2018. Please feel free to drop in from 1:00-5:00 PM to visit with the family and celebrate his life. Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online guestbook:www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
TERESA LYNN MCCONNELL, 56, of Mabelvale, loving wife and mother, went home with Jesus on September 10, 2018. Born to Charles and Martha McKay of Bakersfield, California, she loved fishing, working in her flower garden and playing cards, especially Canasta. Her greatest accomplishments are her children and grandchildren. Teresa was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Cathren Decker. She is survived by her husband of 28 years, Stuart McConnell; four children, Tonya Derby Rowe of Redfield, Joseph W. Hogue of Mabelvale, Natalie (Nuvelli) McConnell of Hot Springs, and Nathan (Erin) McConnell of South Carolina; sisters, Ellen (Mike) Cagle of Little Rock and Donna (Ruben) Cagle of Mabelvale; and grandchildren, Gabe Derby, Abby Derby, Blake Bramlett, Nathan Rowe, Blaze Hogue, Adrian “Kain” Hogue, Mackenzie McConnell, Paisley McConnell, and Aubrey McConnell. Graveside services will be Saturday, September 15 at 10:00 a.m. at Martindale Cemetery. Arrangements by Little Rock Funeral Home, 8801 Knoedl Ct., (501)224-2200. Teresa’s online guestbook may be signed at www.littlerockfuneralhome.com.
ELIZABETH LUCILE “BETTY” (CRANE) DAGUE, age 95, of Benton, Arkansas passed away Monday, August 27, 2018 at her home and surrounded by her family. Betty was born December 11, 1922 in Marion, Michigan to Talcott and Lucile (Raymond) Crane. She was a loving and dedicated wife to a career Airman, Darwin Dague. Their journey together as a family carried them throughout the United States. She made “Home” in many different places, one of which, was Beebe, Arkansas. She and Darwin owned and operated The ELD Shoppe there for over twenty years. Together, they offered the community a variety of antiques and priceless treasures, including the gift of friendship. In 2004, she relocated to Benton to be close to her family. There, she found great joy spending time with each one of them. She attended Salem United Methodist Church and quickly made friends within the “Kane Raisers Group”. Often, Betty could be found exploring and enjoying the outdoors, while zipping around on her riding lawnmower. She is survived by her children; Bill Dague and wife Ann, Pat Tuck and husband Clarence, Ken Dague and wife Virginia, Diana Lowery, Daryl Dague, daughter-in-law Troudi Dague; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren. Betty is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Darwin Dague and son, Tod Dague. Services will be at Salem United Methodist Church, 1647 Salem Road, Benton, Arkansas 72019 on Friday, August 31, 2018 with visitation starting at 10:00 a.m. and Memorial service to follow at 11:00 a.m. Cremation Arrangements Entrusted to Arkansas Cremation. www.ArkansasCremation.com.