Robert Neil Black, age 73, of Paron, passed away Saturday, December 16, 2017. He was born January 5, 1944 in Little Rock, Arkansas to the late James and Mandarine Black. Robert served in the Air Force during Vietnam. He was a retired Air-condition Technician and of the Baptist Faith. Robert was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers and five sisters. He is survived by two daughters, Shannon Shamlin and Linda Stump (Thomas) all of Alexander; brother, Michael Black of Marion; sister, Louise Price of Jacksonville and five grandchildren. Visitation will be 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 26 at Ashby Funeral Home with services beginning at 1:00 p.m. Burial will follow at Rainey Cemetery in Roland.
Mark Adrian Thompson, age 63, of Benton, unexpectedly went to be with his Lord on Sunday, December 17, 2017. He was born April 16, 1954 in Longview, Texas. Mark graduated from Arkadelphia High School in 1972 and then was a graduate of the Architectural School at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. He went on to earn his masters in engineering at the University of Colorado. His professional life was dedicated to design manager projects for the U.S. Corp of Engineers and Jacobs Engineering Firm, formerly Carter-Burgess. Mark was a wonderful architect and was currently project manager at Bureau of Engraving & Printing in Fort Worth leading a team of engineers and architects that handled structural, electrical & mechanical architectural processes. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Benton, Society of American Military Engineers, Arkansas State Board of Architects and the American Institute of Architects. He was preceded in death by his father, Claude Thompson; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Olice McMaster & Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Thompson and the mother of their three sons, Joyce Thompson. Mark is survived by his wife, Laura A. Thompson of Benton; five sons, Michael Thompson (Cinnamon) of Frisco, Texas, Brian Thompson (Jessica) of Maumelle, Christopher Thompson of Little Rock, Ryan Redding of Benton and Zachary Redding (Marcelene) of Oxford, Mississippi; daughter, Rachel Dull (Brad) of Alexander; his mother, Marjorie McElhannon; brother, Paul Thompson (Linda); two sisters, Marsha Hedge and Claudette Smith (James “Smokey”); five grandchildren, Owen Sawyer, Eden Redding, Adley Dull, Layla Thompson and Collins Thompson and multiple nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. A Celebration of Mark’s life will be 2:30 p.m. Friday, December 22 at Ashby Funeral Home. Family Comments: Mark was kind-hearted and generous to a fault. He loved his Lord, his wife, his mother, his children, his step-children and all his family with his whole heart and soul. Mark will be greatly missed.
Dorothy Lee Kidd Davenport, age 75, of Benton passed away Friday December 15, 2017. She was born June 21, 1942 in Bauxite. Dorothy was a 1960 graduate of Bauxite High School, and a 1963 graduate of Arkansas Baptist School of Nursing. Dorothy retired from nursing after 47 years, 42 years of which were at St Vincent’s Hospital. She was a member of Spring Creek Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband, Rowland Davenport, Benton; sister, Ludie Clyde Pitts, Bryant; her extended family, Retired LT. Col. Richard Wallace (Therese), Cassie Smith (Nigel), Charlotte Elizabeth (Richard), Evan Michael Wallace (Stephanie), Evan Michael Wallace II, and Austin Wallace. In Lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 230 E. Ohio Street, Chicago, Ill. 60611, Suite 304. Chapel services will be 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday December 19th at Ashby Funeral Home. Online guest book at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
Mildred Holiman Morehead Brown, 95, of Benton, Arkansas, passed away on Sunday, December 17, 2017, at Saline Memorial Hospice House in Bryant, Arkansas, surrounded by family. She was born in Fenter, Arkansas, on April 1, 1922, to Henry Lee and Flossie Segers Holiman. Mildred was a long-time employee of Sterling Department Store and bookkeeper for Huey & Morehead Garage, both in Benton. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Benton. Mildred and her late husband, Francis Morehead, helped establish and grow Calvary Baptist Church of Benton for many years and later helped grow Indian Springs Baptist Church in Bryant. Mildred especially enjoyed working with and teaching teenagers in these churches. She is survived by her loving daughter Janis Morehead Jordan (Jim) of Hot Springs Village; six grandchildren, Tracey Morehead and Rod Morehead (Karen) of Benton, Keri Jordan Bone (Mike) of Little Rock, Brian Morehead (Andrea) of Benton, Matt Jordan (Crystal) of Hot Springs, and Mark Morehead of Little Rock; nine great-grandchildren, Nicki Morehead, Rodney Morehead, Kennedy Morehead, Jordie Bone, Abby Barlow, Tucker Otwell, Grant Morehead, Jayden Morehead, and Will Jordan; and several nieces and nephews. Mildred was preceded in death by her husband of 57 ½ years, Arthur Francis Morehead, who was the love of her life; her second husband, Charles William “Bill” Brown, who was her good friend and companion; two sons, Wayne Morehead of Hot Springs and Steve Morehead (Cindy) of Little Rock; and four brothers and three sisters. Pallbearers will be Rod Morehead, Brian Morehead, Matt Jordan, Mike Bone, Rodney Morehead, Jim Cook, Jim McClintock, and Dan Ivy. Services will be at 11:00 Friday in the chapel of Ashby Funeral Home in Benton, Arkansas, with Dr. Rick Grant officiating. Visitation will begin at 10:00 at Ashby’s and continue until service time. Entombment will follow at Pinecrest Memorial Park in Alexander, Arkansas. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to your favorite charity, First Baptist Church of Benton, Arkansas, or Saline Memorial Hospice House. The family would like to give heartfelt thanks to Four Seasons Assisted Living and Saline Memorial Hospice House for their loving care of our mother and grandmother. On line guestbook at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
Clifford Cleo Hood, age 77, of Bauxite passed away Tuesday December 19, 2017. He was born September 12, 1940 in Oklahoma. Clifford was retired from Alcoa. He was preceded in death by his parents, John Wesley Hood and Vesta Cagal Hood; wife, Kitty Lucille Hood; son, Rodney Cleo Hood; brothers, Pete Hood, J.B. Hood, Sam Hood and Elmer Hood and a sister, Dorthey Jones. He is survived by three sons, Wesley Hood (Lisa), Paul Hood (Jennifer) and Kenneth Hood (Mandy) all of Bauxite; two daughters, Minnie Hensley of Hensley and Rhonda Ledbetter (Stacy) of Tull; brother, Clyde Hood (Elaine); two sisters, Nona Carper and Lena Grantham; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Phillip Hood, Zack Hood, Tyler Hood, Mikki Hood, Chad King, Levi Horton, Tom Biltgen and Jimmy Malone. Visitation will be 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, December 22 at Ashby Funeral Home. Graveside services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 23 at Corinth Cemetery in Grant County. Bro. Kim Hammer will be officiating.
Lynn Edward Grafe, 60 of Alexander, passed away December 18, 2017. He was born on October 24, 1957 in Saline County to the late Henry Bernard and Wanda Jean Billings Grafe. Lynn was a machinist and retired from Parker Hannifin. He was of the Lutheran faith. Lynn was preceded in death by his parents, son, Jeremy Lynn Grafe, daughter, Cassandra Hightower and brother, Barney Grafe. He is survived by his son, Frank “Eddie” Pockrus and wife, Cameo of Cave City, daughter, Ivy Williams and husband, Michael, nine grandchildren, brothers, Mike Grafe and wife, Debbie and Jim Grafe, all of Alexander. Pallbearers will be Michael Williams, Eddie Pockrus, Jacob Cauffiel, Bryan Grafe, Michael Grafe, Charles Pritchard and Honorary Pallbearers, Mike Grafe and Jim Grafe. Church services by Ashby Funeral Home will be 2:00 p.m. on Thursday at Avilla Zion Lutheran Church with Pastor Michael Schleider officiating. Burial will follow at Zion Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. at Avilla Zion Lutheran Church before services. On line guestbook at wwwashbyfuneralhome.com
Robin Williams, infant son of Ortez Williams and Chantelle Black, passed away on December 19, 2017. He is survived by his parents and sister, Lyberti Thomas. Gravesides services by Ashbys will be 2:00 p.m. on December 28, 2017 at Pine Crest Cemetery.
Dwight Dale “Dirty” Moore, 78 of Benton, God took himself, a devoted husband, superman daddy, playful pop, hands on uncle, and a generous friend on December 21, 2017. Dwight was born on January 15, 1939 in Benton to the late William Franklin and Laila Hawkins Moore. He was a member of The Gravel Hill Baptist Church and served in the United States Army during the Korean War and Cuban Missile Crisis. Dwight was retired from Alcoa as a welder. He was preceded in death by his half brother, Virgil Moore. Dwight leaves behind to cherish his memory, wife, Sherry Moore of Benton, daughters, Tanya (Tommy) James of Owensville, Carla (Jeff) Gottlieb of California and Kim (Kevin) Bell of Benton, grandchildren, Megan James, Aaron (Summer) James, Clayton James, Taryn Gottlieb, Tanner Gottlieb, Ally Bell and Gage Bell. Pallbearers will be Aaron James, Clayton James, Tanner Gottlieb, Gage Bell, Larry Payne, John Payne and Jeff Hulett. Honorary Pallbearers will be Randy Fortner, Todd Fortner, Paul Fortner, Jr., Bobby Fortner, Jason Himes and Ron Moore. Church services by Ashby Funeral Home will be 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 23rd at Gravel Hill Baptist Church with Bro. Gary Gipson and Clarence Shell, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at Gravel Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be at Ashby Funeral Home on Friday, 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Family Comments: We hope you know how much you mean to us. We all looked up to you more than we think you ever knew. You were a warrior; you were bulletproof. You were our real life action hero. We all felt this sort of unspoken connection with you. You loved life and lived it to the fullest; even up until your last weeks you were out going to football games, deer hunting, creating… you were an artist.. always making jewelry, knives, ect. with anything you could get your hands on……you were an athlete… so strong, motivated and the toughest man we know. You had this sense of adventure as we watched you wander up into the woods on the lake for hours upon hours and you would always bring back some sort of treasures and spring water. You had no fear…a free spirit with this connection to nature and the universe. You always encouraged us in whatever we were doing and you impacted our lives more than you could ever know. We love you forever. Our hearts are broken, but we find comfort in knowing that you truly lived your almost 79 years to the fullest. You found beauty and interest in everything. You always told us to learn something new everyday. We will try our best to live up to your legacy. Until we meet again, Pops, forever in our hearts. On line guestbook at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
Harold (Hub) Wade McClendon, 71, of Paron, AR, passed away Wednesday, December 20, 2017 in his home surrounded by loved ones. He was born March 10, 1946 in Paron, AR to R.C. McClendon and Lavern Keeton McClendon. He was retired from Benton Fire Department, but also worked for several heavy equipment construction companies over the years because working in the dirt was always his first love. He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents Virgil and Pheobe Finley Keeton. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Carylon Lea Sullivan McClendon; two sons, Phillip McClendon (Debbie) of Haskell and Clifford McClendon of Paron; grandchildren, Dawntrina McClendon Mullins, Destini McClendon(John Scates), Zachary McClendon (Katie) all of Paron, along with their mother Stephanie McClendon of Missouri and Michael White of Colorado, Bailey Baker of Haskell; great grandchildren, Cora Mullins, LJ and Joey Scates, AJ and Sadie McClendon all of Paron; brother, Donnie McClendon (Dottie) of Benton; sisters Pat Wright (Sam) of Benton, Shelia Gail Turner (Don) of Drasco, Normalene Cobb (G.T.) of Fordyce. Also survived by a host of family and friends that loved him dearly. Serving as Pall Bearers will be Shawn Turner, Dillon Turner, Zachary McClendon, John Scates, Brian Mullins and Jeremy Holiman. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, December 22, 2017 at Amazing Grace Church (Formerly Unity Baptist Church) in Paron, AR. Graveside Service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, December 23, 2017 at Fowler Cemetery in Paron, AR. Services will be conducted by Cecil Hyde. Online guest book at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
Peggy Warren, 83, of Hot Springs Village, passed away at her home on Saturday, December 16, 2017. She was born in Parma, Missouri on September 29, 1934 to the late Clyde J. and Maud Hutchinson Clark. Peggy was an avid gardener, as well as a very talented poet. She loved reading and was a very spiritual person. Traveling and vacationing were things she always looked forward to doing, no matter where she went. She took part in many different types of dancing events with her husband, Mike; particularly line dancing. Peggy was a proud mother, grandmother, great- grandmother, and even great-great grandmother. Her memory will be cherished by her family who loved her so much. Aside from her parents, she is preceded in death by her first husband, James Brannum; her son, Kelly Jay Brannum; a sister, Marilou Weeks; and her brother, Larward Clark. She is survived by her loving husband, Michael “Mike” Warren; sons, James Scott Brannum and wife, Elaine, William Lewis Brannum and wife, Shannon; two daughters, Dana Sue Hess and husband, Leon, Nikol Elliott and husband, Chris; eight grandchildren, six great- grandchildren, and one great- great- grandchild; as well as other extended family members and friends. In lieu of flowers Peggy would like support or dominations made to the St Jude’s Foundation and the Wounded Warriors Project. Arrangements have been entrusted to CedarVale – The Hot Springs Village Funeral Home. For online condolences please visit www.cedarvalefuneralhome.com.
Marsha Jane Reynolds, 75, of Hot Springs Village, passed away at her home on Sunday, December 17, 2017. She was born in Pocatello, Idaho on February 9, 1942 to Harold and Ruth Lindsay Weaver. Marsha was an avid quilter and enjoyed being a member of the Hot Springs Quilters Guild. She also found great fun in playing “games of chance.” Her funny, sweet, honest, and caring personality drew people to her and she was a friend to everyone who knew her. She is preceded in death by her parents. Marsha is survived by her loving husband, William “Bill” Reynolds; her sons, Donald Ray Rowe Jr. and wife, Elizabeth, Randal Rowe and wife, Honor, Dr. Brent Reynolds and wife, Keri; her daughter, Jill Smith; eight grandchildren; and many other extended family and friends. The family requests in lieu of flowers, please make donations in Marsha’s name to Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation at , and Parkinson’s Foundation at . Arrangements have been entrusted to CedarVale – The Hot Springs Village Funeral Home. For online condolences please visit www.cedarvalefuneralhome.com.
James E. Crook, age 77 of Bryant, passed away on December 13, 2017. He was born on June 4, 1940 to the late, Burl and Alice Crook in Tull, Arkansas. Mr. Crook proudly served two tours in the Vietnam War and was a member of VFW of Benton, Post #2256 for many years. He belonged to the Moose Lodge #2567 and was a Roman Catholic. James is preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Lisa Brown; one son, Richard Crook and a brother, Joe Cloud. He is survived by his loving wife of 20 years, Cheryl Crook; Daughter, Deborah Crook; sister, Wanda Cloud Hoppner; brother, R. J. Cloud; seven grandchildren, Ben, Sharlene, Candy, Angelica, Richie, Jesse and Billy; four great-grandchildren and a host of family and friends who all love and miss him dearly. A celebration of life will be at Dial and Dudley Funeral Home Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at 2:00PM with visitation one hour prior. To sign online guestbook, visit
Carroll Jay Williams, age 71 of Benton, passed away on December 19, 2017. He was born on May 23, 1946 to the late, Crafton and Elva Williams in Gourd Neck, Arkansas. Mr. Williams loved to fish and spend time with his family. If you ever went to Western Sizzlin’, you may recognize him as manger there; he worked there for over thirty years! He also proudly served in the Army National Guard. Carroll is preceded in death by his parents, and one sister, Phyllis Williams Addy. He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Judy Williams; three sons, Dean William (Sherri), Justin Williams (Jennifer), and Joey Williams; eight grandchildren, Jace, Carol Ann, Daisy, Kandice, Jessica, Victoria, Chantz and Brodie; two great-grandchildren, Spencer and Kaybrin; two sisters, Flo Mae and Brenda and two brothers, Waymon and Ray, as well as a host of family and friends who all love and miss him dearly. A celebration of life will be held at Dial and Dudley Funeral Home on Friday, December 22, 2017 at 11:00AM. To sign online guest-book, visit
Mary “Beth” Holman, 55-years-old, of Bryant, AR, died Wednesday, December 20, 2017, surrounded by her family and friends after a valiant fight with scleroderma. Her strong will to live, unwavering faith in God, and the love and prayers of family, friends, and many supporters carried her through her journey. She was born to the late Jack Michels and Norma Jean Michels on June 6, 1962. Possessing a true servant’s heart, Beth faithfully cared for family and friends through delicious cooking/baking – including cake decorating, and baking desserts for the Dream Center. A woman of faith and the heart of her family, Beth shaped their spirituality by her tireless Christian example, and also through various prayer groups and activities. With a real zest for life, Beth loved to read, pray, travel and spend time with her Grandchildren. Beth as a beloved wife to Ken Holman, a devoted mother to Courtney Robinson and Lindsey Overman and a remarkable Nanny to her four grandchildren, Kylie, Abby, Skylar and Sawyer. Beth was survived by husband, Ken Holman; sister, Sheryl Jacobson and her husband Dean; brother, Michael Michels; daughters Courtney Robinson and her husband Sy and Lindsey Overman and her husband Clint; four grandchildren Kylie Robinson, Abby Robinson, Skylar Overman and Sawyer Overman. She is preceded in death by her parents Jack and Norma Jean; brother Mark Michels; and a sister Melinda Michels. Funeral services will be held at New Life Church in Bryant, AR at 11:00 am on Saturday, December 23, 2017. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Saline County Humane Society or Arkansas Dream Center.
Joseph Ernest (Joe) Santo, Jr., 88, of Benton, Arkansas passed away Thursday, December 14, 2017. He was born September 25, 1929 in New Orleans, Louisiana to the late Irene and Joseph Santo Sr. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his son, Joe Baker Santo; sister, Sandra Santo; and grand daughter, Andrea Santo. Joe was the quintessential Southern Baptist Minister of Music. He combined the desirable characteristics of personality, musicianship, and leadership that allowed him to excel in church music work. He was a skilled pianist, organist, and choral leader. Early in his childhood, he excelled with piano and violin lessons. He played violin in the Fortier High School orchestra in New Orleans and in the LSU Symphony Orchestra. He was awarded the Cuadell Cup at Louisiana College in a piano competition. Early in his teens, he played piano for various revival services. He received his Bachelor’s degree in music from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and his Master’s degree in music from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He was an active member of the American Guild of Organists and the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers (now called Handbell Musicians of America). He was also active in the Choristers’ Guild. He enjoyed, and was proud, of his participation in the Southern Baptist Convention Chorus of Church Musicians, the Century Men, and the Singing Men of Arkansas. Joe is remembered as one of the pioneers among Southern Baptist Ministers of Music who led choirs to dramatize oratorios, direct Youth Choirs on concert tours, and help introduce English handbell ringing in a church music setting. Throughout his career, Joe’s productions of major oratorios and off-Broadway musicals were held in highest esteem. While maintaining active and vibrant adult, youth, and children choirs in church, he also directed, accompanied, and was soloist for community choruses. Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Lucille Santo of Benton, Arkansas; daughter, Sue Ellen Rankin (Casey) of Benton, Arkansas; brother, Bill Santo (Louise) of Pensacola, Florida; two grandsons, Chris Lance (Leslie) of Benton, Arkansas and Baker Santo of Pine Bluff, Arkansas; granddaughter, Brooke Moseley (Andrew) of Benton, Arkansas; three great-grandchildren, Hank Moseley of Benton, Arkansas, Kristen Wright of Benton, Arkansas and Abby Petty of Benton, Arkansas; daughter-in-law, Janie Demps Quattlebaum Santo Busby of Pine Bluff, Arkansas; cousin, Betty Ruth Harrison; and numerous close friends that he cherished as well as cousins, nieces, and nephews. Memorial service will be held 3:00 p.m. Monday, December 18, at First United Methodist Church in Benton, Arkansas with a time of visitation to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the music ministry of First United Methodist Church, 200 N. Market St. Benton, AR, 72015.
Rhett Lewis Wheeler 64, of Bryant passed away Thursday, December 14, 2017. He was born December 19, 1952 in Pheonix, Arizona to Ted Wheeler and Shirley Rafter. He is preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lyn Wheeler and his sister, Tammy Cottrell. Rhett graduated from Benton High School in 1971. He served in the United States military in 1972 and 1973. In his early years, Rhett worked at the Alcoa plant, but spent the majority of his career in the healthcare industry. With his caring heart, he was the best in the business. He truly loved taking care of his clients and always went above and beyond to make sure they were comfortable. He was a loving daddy, granddaddy, son, brother, uncle and friend. Rhett was deeply devoted to his parents and siblings, and his biggest sense of accomplishment was his daughter Caroline and his grandson, Christian, his pride and joy. He exuded love and brightened the world of not only his family and friends, but even strangers with his bigger than life personality. Rhett was a member of the Benton Seventh-Day Adventist church and served his church faithfully while his health allowed. He will be missed beyond measure. Survivors include one daughter, Caroline Fowler (Jim) of Bryant; one brother, Kirk Wheeler (Willa) of Little Rock; three sisters, Vicki Smith (Steve) of Hot Springs, Rhonda Phillips of Benton, and Kelly Goodrich of Bryant; one grandchild, Christian Gallucci of Bryant; and a host of nephews and nieces. A memorial service will be held 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at Benton Seventh-Day Adventist Church with Pastor Michael Wolford officiating.
Earl D. “Bim” Smith, Jr., 63, of Bryant passed away Friday, December 15, 2017. He was born January 13, 1954 in Poplar Bluff, Missouri. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Debbie Stoelting. Earl was a member of Northside Church of Christ in Benton, Arkansas. He loved cars, the outdoors, and spending time with his family. Survivors include his wife, Angie Smith; son, Eric Smith; daughter, Jackie Thomas and husband Chancey; three grandchildren, Taylor Bird, Lilli Hayre, and Graham Thomas; two nephews, Scott and Shane Stoelting; and one niece, Christy Marsh. Memorial service will be held at 6:00 p.m. Monday, December 18, 2017 at Northside Church of Christ in Benton with Jim Gardner officiating.
Michele Sloan, 49, of Benton, passed away Monday, December 18, 2017. She was born January 23, 1968 in Little Rock to Deana and Darnell Robinson. She was preceded in death by her father, Darnell Robinson, Angel Rose Gash, Chuck Sloan, and JoAnn Sloan. Michele was a wonderful wife, mother, and Nana. She was a friend to everyone she met, and will be loved and missed dearly. She is survived by her husband of thirty years, Mike Sloan of Benton; mother, Deana Robinson of Benton; two sons, Allan Sloan (Brittany) of Mabelvale and Aaron Sloan of Benton; daughter, Alicia Gash of Benton; sister, Christine Robinson of Benton; brother, John Robinson of Arkadelphia; and five grandchildren, Selena Gash, J.D. Gash, Haleigh Sloan, A.J. Sloan, and Isabella Sloan.
Shirley Ann Pearson, 61, of Benton, Arkansas passed away December 17, 2017. She was born January 11, 1956 in Hartford, Conneticut to Louis and Shirley Mortenson Bruyette. Shirley worked as an Activity Director at nursing homes. She was dearly loved by her son, Theodore Thibeau and his wife Tosha and their family. She was preceded in death by her husband. Services are entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online guestbook:.
Juanita Earnestine Moore, 71, of Benton, Arkansas passed away December 17, 2017. She was born October 21, 1946 in Benton to the late Ernest and Isabelle Daniels Swaby. Juanita was a Christian who loved and served the Lord with all her heart. She will be dearly missed by her loving husband, Raymond Roland Moore, I and her family. Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online guestbook: .
Gerry Vonne Beech, 80, of Bryant, Arkansas passed away December 20, 2017. She was born February 2, 1937 in Benton, Arkansas to the late O.C. and Stella Fowler Thomas. Gerry retired from Saline Memorial Hospital. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alton Beech; daughter, Jodie Davis; and grandson, Michael Davis. Gerry leaves to cherish her memory her children: Julie Graves, Mike Davis, Clay Davis, and Terry Davis; step-sons Richard Beech, Wayne Beech and wife Kathy, and Charlie Beech; step-daughter, Barbara Babbit and husband Gordy; grandchildren: Heather, Jonathan, Nick, Maggie Mae, Lawson, Dana, Clayton, Thomas Cody, Justin, Danielle, and Billy; brother, Raymond Thomas; sister, Frieda Whitlock; and many other relatives and friends who love Gerry and will miss her always. Private burial will be held at Smith-Rosemont Cemetery. Services provided by Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online guestbook: .
Wilfried “Wil” Joachim Laule, 67, of Benton, Arkansas passed away December 20, 2017. He was born September 24, 1950 in Wilhelmshaven, Germany to the late Helmut and Rosemarie Hoffman Laule. Wil was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Benton. He enjoyed bicycle riding and photography. His passion was working as a MRI technician at St. Vincent for over thirty-four years. Wil was preceded in death by his parents. He leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife of thirty-five years, Barbara Lynn Laule of Benton; daughter, Talle Timberlake and husband Blake of Memphis, Tennessee; two brothers: Gerhard Laule and wife Danielle of Shawnee, Oklahoma and Wolfgang Laule of Searcy, Arkansas; sister, Annemarie Barnes and husband Randall of Austin, Arkansas; and many family members and friends who love Wil and will miss him always. Memorial service will be held at later date. Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online website:.
Bessie “Bess” Livingston, 98, passed away December 17, 2017. She was born February 10, 1919, in Edgemont, Arkansas to the late Robert and Lena McKay Chambers. Bess taught Sunday school and was a member of Mabelvale First Missionary Baptist Church. She had a green thumb, and just loved growing flowers. She was an excellent seamstress, and often sewed for others. She made the best chicken and dumplings and lemon pie. She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Rex Y Livingston; four brothers; and four sisters. She is survived by her two daughters, Janet St. John (Walter) of Benton; and Anne Blann of Little Rock; three grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and five great great-grandchildren. Visitation will be Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at Pinecrest Funeral Home, 7401 Hwy 5 North, Alexander, Arkansas, 72002, with a Funeral Service to follow at 2:00 p.m. Burial will be at Forest Hills Cemetery.
Obituary for Glenn David McShan Glenn David McShan, 78, of Benton passed away on Saturday, December 16, 2017. He was born on April 12, 1939. Glen was a retired floor covering sub-contractor and was artistic at his craft of turning any hardwood floor installation into a work of art. He was a United States Army Veteran where he served as a tank recovery specialist. Glen volunteered at the Senior Adult Center in Benton, serving meals and chaired numerous events. He was a past member of the Masonic Lodge and Shriner and a member of the BOP Dance Club in Hot Springs. Survivors include his daughters, Kandy McShan Arnold of Little Rock, Amanda McShan Clark (James) of Little Rock and Elise McShan White (Tony) of Greenbrier; grandchildren, Emily Critchley (Mike) of Austin, TX, Drew Arnold of Little Rock, Reid Clark, Kathleen Clark, Sara Clark all of Little Rock and Samantha White of Greenbrier; brother-in-law, Denver James; niece, Sheila and nephew, Keith. He is preceded in death by his parents and one sister. Services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 21, 2017 at Little Rock Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to a favorite Charity of one’s choice. Arrangements by Little Rock Funeral Home, (501)224-2200. Mr. McShan’s online guestbook may be signed at .
James Lester Wilkerson, 71, of Mabelvale, Arkansas died December 18, 2017 at home surrounded by family. He was born October 13, 1946 to the late George and Dorthy Ashley.