Mona D. Allred, age 92, of Benton passed away Friday November 1, 2019. She was born December 1, 1926 in Bauxite. Mona was a homemaker and a member of West Bauxite Missionary Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by parents, William Bullard and Effie Campbell Bullard, husband, Hurshel Allred and three sisters and two brothers. Survivors, daughters and sons-in-law, Diane (J.C.) Williams, Benton; Terri (Randy) Clift, Benton; grandchildren, Eric Krebs, Benton; Erin Vocque, Sardis; Jared Clift, Benton; Justin Clift, Benton; and great-grandchildren, Bryson Krebs, Eli Krebs, Eden Krebs, Chase Vocque, Cord Vocque, Maddie Clift, Brady Clift, Camden Clift, and Campbell Clift on the way. Pallbearers: Eric Krebs, Jared Clift, Justin Clift, Bryson Krebs, Randy Adney, Michael Vocque, Eli Krebs, Chase Vocque, Cord Vocque, and Brady Clift. Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Monday at Ashby’s. Graveside services will be 2:00 PM Tuesday at Forest Hills Cemetery. Minister will be Bro. Melvin Burris. Online guest book at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
Benjamin James “B. J.” Martin, age 100, of Benton passed away November 2, 2019. He was born May 16, 1919 in Traskwood. B. J. was retired from Alcoa after 35 years as a Press Operator, and was of the Baptist faith. He was preceded in death by his parents, James Andrew Martin and Ollie Baker Martin, wife, Maxine Mildred Martin, three brothers, Clavis, Ray and Irva, three sisters, Teresa, Julia Dee, and Lois. Survivors, sons and daughters-in-law, Bennie (Joyce) Martin, Don ( Laurie) Martin, Stephen Martin, five grandchildren, Amber Gailey, April Martin, Benjamin “Ben” Martin, Margaret “Maggie” Martin, Thomas “Tom” Martin, five great-grandchildren, Greyson Gailey, Grant Gailey, Ainsley Gailey, Mikayla Spillman, and Gabrielle Martin. Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Monday at Ashby’s. Graveside services will be 1:00 PM Tuesday at Mt. Harmony Cemetery. Online guest book at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
Bonita Lobbs age 84, of Bauxite passed away November 2, 2019. She was born August 13, 1935 in England, Arkansas. Bonita was a homemaker and a member of Mars Hill Missionary Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas Taylor and Etta Taylor, husband, Homer Junior Lobbs and her oldest son, Ralph Jefferson Lobbs. Survivors, sons and daughters-in-law, Randall (Lisa) Lobbs, Bauxite; Mike (Dottie) Lobbs, Leola; daughters and sons-in-law, Brenda (Tommy) Phipps, Bauxite; Sandra (Michael) Taylor, Bauxite; Glenda (Mark) Appling, Bauxite; Thirteen grandchildren, twenty-four great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Wednesday at Ashby funeral Home Chapel. Minister will be Bro. Rick Porter. Visitation will be from 10:00 to 11:00 AM Wednesday before the services. Online guest book at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
Bonnie Sue Solomon, 78 of Benton, passed away on November 3, 2019. She was born on September 2, 1941 in Little Rock to the late Archie, Sr. and Jewell Cochran Smith. Bonnie was a member of Trinity Baptist Church and retired in 1989 from Southwestern Bell Telephone. She volunteered for several organizations, Telecom Pioneers Arkansas Chapter, Saline Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, Benton Senior Adult Center and Shaw Volunteer Fire Department. Bonnie was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Archie Smith, Jr., Morris Smith, Bobby Smith and Russell Allen Long; sisters, Betty Walloch, Virginia Heathman, Marie Rogers and Clara Massey. Bonnie is survived by her husband, Richard Solomon, son, David (P.J.) Solomon, daughters, Genie (Justin) Fox, Paula (Phillip) Crow and Stacy Solomon, eight grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren, brother in law, Paul Heathman. Church services by Ashby Funeral Home will be 10:00 a.m. on Saturday at Trinity Baptist Church with Bro. Mike Titsworth officiating. Burial will follow at Pine Crest Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Friday at Trinity Baptist Church, 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. On line guestbook at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
Carolyn Hazel James, age 77, of Benton, passed away Tuesday, November 5, 2019. She was born May 31, 1942 in Bauxite, Arkansas. Carolyn was retired and of the Church of Christ Faith. Preceded in death by her parents, Russell & Amanda Tillman and a daughter, Freda Rowland. She is survived by her husband, Larry James of Benton; son, Bud Rowland of Avilla; two daughters, Becky Edwards (Kevin) of Benton and Teresa Crouse (John) of Haskell; step-daughter, Mary Hale (Austin) of Colorado; two sisters, Loretta Brotherton (John) of Amity and Kathy Taylor of Haskell; twelve grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. Visitation will be 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, November 8 at Ashby Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, November 9 at Ashby Funeral Home with burial at Forest Hills Cemetery. The family will receive guests at 1315 Ridge Rd in Benton.
Myrom E. Conley, age 95, of Benton, passed away Tuesday, November 5, 2019. He was born October 6, 1924 in Pollard, Arkansas. Myrom was preceded in death by his parents, James E. and Flossie Conley; his wife, Viola D. Conley; sister, Marjorie Gumm and a brother, James D. Conley. Myrom graduated from Bono High School and went on to play college baseball at Arkansas State University. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds and played in the Grapefruit League. Myrom was called to the U.S. Army from October of 1943 to December of 1945. He served in W.W. II as a tank driver under General Patton’s 3rd Army. Myrom was a Corporal in the Armor Division and served in the European Theatre of Operation & the 6th Calvary Recon Squadron all under General Patton. For his efforts, he received four Bronze Stars and a Good Conduct Medal. After returning home from the Army, he moved to Benton in 1956 and just a few years later opened and operated Allied Glass Company. He was an active member of the Lion’s Club for over 60 years and a member of the First United Methodist Church in Benton for over 60 years where he was an usher. He is survived by two daughters, Nanette (Gary) Ramsey and Sherry (Dickie) Kentner; four grandchildren, Chris (Donna) Ramsey, Kelli (Kenny) Burns, Eric (Carol) Jones and Amy (Jay) Turner and six great-grandchildren, Gabby Ramsey, Brayden Reddin, Gracie Ramsey, Dawson Turner, Justin Reddin and Hayley Turner. Pallbearers will be his grandsons, Chris Ramsey, Eric Jones, Jay Turner, Kenny Burns and close family friends, Del Roberson and Jim Davis. Honorary pallbearers will be the Lion’s Club and the Dan’s Diner Coffee Group. Visitation will be 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, November 7 at Ashby Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Friday, November 8 at First United Methodist Church in Benton with burial to follow at Pine Crest Memorial Park. Rev. Ben Crismon will be officiating. Memorials may be made to the Lion’s Club or the First United Methodist Church in Benton.
Linda “LaNell” Davis, 74 of Glen Rose, passed away on November 5, 2019. She was born in Brown Springs, Arkansas on July 1, 1945 to the late Ray “Shorty” and Annie LeQuieu Davidson. LaNell was a member at Glen Rose Missionary Baptist Church and was very active in her church. She loved to bird watch and her great stress relief was mowing her lawn. LaNell was preceded in death by her parents, husband, James “J.D.” Davis and sister, Alta Gifford. She is survived by her sons, Donald Davis of Rio Rancho, New Mexico, Ronald Davis of Glen Rose, Arkansas, daughter, Cindy (Mark) Scott of Benton, Brother, James (Betty) Davidson of Traskwood and sister, Sue Yarberro of Glen Rose, grandchildren, Zac and Bria Rowe, Jacob, Kayla and Savannah Davis, Jeremy and Bradley Davis; great grandchild, Ayda Davis Visitation will be at Ashbys, Sunday, 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Chapel services by Ashby Funeral Home will be 1:00 p.m. on Monday, November 11th with Bro. Tony Williams officiating. Burial will follow at Pine Crest Cemetery. The family would like to express their heart felt thanks to Melinda and Roy Standridge and all their care during her stay at UAMS. On line guestbook at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
Richard Wayne Nelson, age 72 of Benton, passed away November 8, 2019. He was born May 12, 1947 in Indio, California, to Aubyn and Walter Nelson. Richard grew up in California. He worked for Southern Pacific Railroad as a brakeman until his volunteer service in the United States Air Force, serving his country honorably in Vietnam. Upon his return, he again returned to work for Southern Pacific Railroad as a dispatcher. Richard and his family moved to Van Buren, Arkansas in the summer of 1987. The family then relocated to central Arkansas in 2005. He was an avid reader of all things historical or financial, he enjoyed listening to Jazz, and would gladly engage in a knowledgeable and enthusiastic discussion on investing, politics, religion, weapons or any subject of interest. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Darlene and two sons, Douglas of Washington, Utah, Tyler of Bryant, Arkansas, sister, Kay Aikens, Van Buren, Arkansas, and three grandchildren. Online guest book at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
Ann Marie Kendrick, 39 of Bryant, received her angel wings on November 10, 2019 after a hard fight against cancer of less than one year. She was born on August 27, 1980 in Oceanside, California to Larry Miller and Teresita Oriol Miller. Ann attended cosmetology school and worked at Dillard’s. She had a great sense of humor and loved to laugh & play jokes on her family and friends. Ann brought smiles & laughter to everyone she met and could light a room when she walked in. It may have taken her a day to get a joke, but when she did-she would crack herself up!!! She was a very forgiving person having been taught by her mom to be kind & forgiving. Ann’s life revolved around her children. She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Garland Hancock, grandparents, Roman and Laura Oriol and four aunts. Ann is survived by her husband, Brian Kendrick and they had three beautiful children: son, Dorian Iziah “Butt Butt” Kendrick and daughters, Mahogany Sade “Wooga” Kendrick & Mojave Rayne “Tinker” Kendrick; father and step mother, Larry (Gail) Miller; mother and step father, Terry (Harold) Dean; brother, Jeremy (Amy) Miller; sister, Jennifer Lyn Miller & her future husband, Brian and grandmother, Carole Hancock. A Church Service will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, November 15th at Benton Oak Grove Baptist Church with Bro. Vance Nutt officiating. Visitation will be held on Friday, November 15th from 10:00 to 11:00 am at the church. Special thanks to Baptist Hospital Staff 6A, Ebony Miller-Case Worker, Dr. Harrington & Staff-Carti/Oncology and Hospice Home Care in Little Rock. On-line guestbook at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com.
Samuel Joseph Milazzo, Jr., 65 of Alexander, passed away unexpectedly on November 8, 2019. He was born on December 21, 1953 in New Orleans to the late Samuel Joseph, Sr. and Marguerite Schmidt Milazzo. Sam spent most of his life in southern Louisiana where he learned to cook a mean Gumbo and rooted for the Saints. He was a lifelong Harley enthusiast who enjoyed welding, pyrotechnics, crawfish boils, gunsmithing, woodworking, smoking meat, and raising and showing Maine Coons. He is survived by his loving wife of 19 years, Julie Milazzo, son, Samuel J. Milazzo III of Louisiana, daughter, Sarah J. (Stephen) Milazzo Jennings of Texas, sisters, Janet Babin, Patty Sigsworth and Pam Humphries, grandchildren, Darrian, Bayleigh and Samantha. A visitation will be held at Ashby Funeral Home on November 16th, 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. On line guest book at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
Bonnie Nell Beavers Mayberry of Benton, Arkansas passed from this life on November 10, 2019 at 8:15pm surrounded by her three daughters and niece. She was born on March 26, 1937 in Lauderdale County, Alabama as the fourth child of Charles Oliver and Eva Theora Beavers. She graduated from Lexington High School in 1955, Freed Hardeman College in 1957 (AA), University of North Alabama in 1959 (BA), and from University of Alabama in 1962 (MA). In December 1966, she married the late William Earl Mayberry and moved to Arkansas. There were very few things in this life that she didn’t learn, teach others, or was willing to try. Bonnie was adventurous, playful, always knew how to laugh and have fun, and always welcomed and had time for others. Quitting was not in her vocabulary and she instilled that determination in family and friends. She was a Barton Bible Camp cook and counselor, Girl Scout coordinator, cake decorator, wedding planner/caterer/decorator, seamstress, quilter, knitter, crocheter, gardener, singer, and storyteller. Teaching the Bible and God’s love was a passion that took her to Nigeria, Africa, Gooding, Idaho, Romania, and many other Vacation Bible Schools in Central Arkansas. Her career spanned from teaching college (Freed Hardeman College), high school (Leighton, Alabama), middle school (Little Rock School District), elementary school (Bryant Elementary), and many Bible classes. She is survived by her daughters, Bernadette Rockwell (husband Art) of Benton, AR; Penny Haussin (husband Geoff) of Murfreesboro, TN; and Heather Gregg (husband Rance) of Rogers, AR; grandchildren Emory, Avery, and Oakley Rockwell; Hadley, Lathan, and Brooks Gregg; and Gaines and Grant Haussin; and her brother, Charles Beavers (wife Jane) of Florence, Alabama; brother/sister in laws James and Margarete Mayberry, David and Beverly Mayberry, Carroll and Betty Davis, Edna Weger, Layne Beavers and many beloved nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband William Earl Mayberry; parents, Charles and Theora Beavers; two sisters, Virginia and Frances Beavers; and brother, Jerry Beavers. The funeral will be Saturday, November 16, 2019 at Northside Church of Christ in Benton, Arkansas at 10:00 am. Visitation will be Friday, November 15 at Ashby’s Funeral Home in Benton, Arkansas from 6:00-8:00 p.m. The family would like thank her amazing caregivers through the years, especially Connie Ward and her family. Donations can be made to Corin Read Bible Camp at Northside Church of Christ. On-line guest book at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com.
Fagan Andrew “Andy” Fullington was born on December 3, 1946 in Benton. He left this world on November 11, 2019. Andy will be remembered for his hard work, his ability to fix most anything and his devotion to helping his family and friends in their times of need. Andy was a Radarman Second Class in the Navy and served as an Electronic Warfare Operator and Watch Section Supervisor on the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt. In 2016, he retired from the Almatis / Alcoa plant after 42 years of working various jobs within the company. From X-ray technician in their medical department to working along their chemical engineers in the Calcines department. Andy is survived by his wife of 47 years, Patti, his daughter Jenny Johnston and husband Danny, his son Jacob Fullington and wife Carol. “Grumpa” will be missed by his four grandchildren, Dalton and Erin Johnston and Blaine and Shelby Fullington. He is also survived by Majon Downs, his sister and her daughter Anna Brewer and husband Melvin. Andy also had several nieces, nephews and cousins that will miss his willingness to help out if something needed to be fixed or replaced. Andy is proceeded in death by his parents, John and Zona Fullington of Benton. Visitation and Memorial service will be held on Friday, November 15th at Salem United Methodist Church starting at 1pm. In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be made to Salem United Methodist Church. Online guest book at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
Bobby Francis Edmonson II, 62 of Benton, passed away on November 12, 2019. He was born on January 10, 1957 in Benton to Bobby Francis and Lucy Charlene Fullington Edmonson. Bobby was a member of Highland Heights Baptist Church and worked in many phases of broadcasting, KBBA, KGKO, Radio; worked for the Benton Police Department for five years, Channel 4 and Channel 11.He was preceded in death by his parents,Bobby Francis Edmonson and Lucy Charlene Fullington Edmonson. Bobby is survived by his son, Bryan (Tiffany) Edmonson, of Buford, Georgia, daughter, Lindsey (Durrell) Nevels of Benton, his former wife of 26 years, Vicki Griffin, brother, Benjie (Beverly) Edmonson, of Benton and sister, Beverly (Randy) Crossland, of Heber Springs, six grandchildren . Chapel services will be 2:00 p.m. on Saturday at Ashby Funeral Home with Cremation to follow services. Visitation will be 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 14th at Ashbys. On line guestbook at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
Fred Gipson Babcock passed away Sunday November 10th at Saline Memorial Hospital in Benton. He was born in Auburn, New York on October 12, 1935 to Lawrence Babcock and Mabel Nelson. He retired from Arkansas Eastman in Batesville as Manager of Purchasing and Traffic in 1993. He was particularly fond of his friends in the community of Diamond Head in Hot Springs where he had lived since 2001. He was an avid golfer, loved to restore antique cars and was especially proud of his six grandchildren. He is survived by his sons, Eric and his wife Christy of Alexander and Jeff and his wife Tana of Maumelle, his brothers Richard Babcock of New York and William Babcock of South Carolina and sisters Barbara Buck and Evelyn O’Hearn of New York and Catherine Simmons of California. He is also survived by his grandchildren Cole, Ella, Brodie, Max, Lewyn and Briggs. A Memorial service is scheduled for 10:00am on Friday, November 15th at Diamond Head Community Church in Hot Springs. Online guest book at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
Marie Elizabeth Hood, 62 of Benton, passed away on November 13, 2019. She was born on February 2, 1957 to Roger and Barbara Belgard Raley. Marie was a Barber for over 10 years at Jimmy’s Barber Shop in Little Rock. She loved gardening and especially enjoyed her time spent with her grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Roger Raley and mother, Barbara Belgard (Jim) Boswell, husband, Jerry Hood. Marie is survived by her sons, Cory (Laura) Hood and Shawn (Ashley) Hood, brothers, Steve Boswell and Mike (Jenny) Raley, sisters, Karen (Bill) Loar, Julie (Greg) Lee, Pattie (Robert) Goshien, Dorinda (JC) Mayfield and Terry (Richard) Stevens, grandchildren, Hadley Grace, Harper Jo, Courtney Nicole and Abigail Grace; step mother, Doris Raley. Chapel Services by Ashby Funeral Home will be 2:00 p.m. on Monday, November 18th with Bro. Scott Patton officiating. Burial will follow at Pine Crest Cemetery. Visitation will be held at Ashbys, Monday 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. before services. On line guestbook at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
Kenny Hicks, 63, Benton, died Thursday. He was born in Malvern Arkansas to the late Ernest and Margaret Baker Hicks. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Lester, Larry and William Andy Hicks, sisters, Margaret Hicks and Roma Hill. Survivors, sisters, Madeline Jo Black, Martha Thornton, Mary (Mike) Thomas, several nieces and nephews. Cremation was through Ashby Funeral Home. On line guestbook at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
Roger Lee Dobbins, 66, passed away Saturday, November 3, 2019, at his home in Bryant. He was born on January 16, 1953. He is survived by his mother, Sue Dobbins, and his brother and sister-in-law, Lex and Fay Dobbins, of Bryant. His is also survived by two granddaughters and their husbands, Kristina and John Long of Ward, and Victoria and Jesse Wallace of Benton and great-grandchild, Abigail Rose Stevens of Ward. He is also survived by his aunt, Mary Cooper, of Little Rock, as well as many Dobbins and Lucas cousins. Preceding him in death were his father, Johnnie Dobbins, and his son, Jerry Dobbins. Roger grew up in Bryant when it was a small town in the 1950s and 60s and he and his friends traveled Saline County as far as their bicycles would take them. He took his carefree spirit into adulthood and lived life on his own terms. He made friends easily and maintained many of those friendships throughout his life. If wealth were measured by friendship, Roger would have been a rich man. Roger had at least nine lives and, with the help of an ever-challenged guardian angel, made the most of them. He had several close calls, some self-imposed and some that just came his way, but he miraculously survived them without serious consequence. The stories that made up Roger’s life provide us with many memories of the unique person we loved and will miss, especially for the color he added to our lives. The family would like to extend special thanks to Roger’s friends, Marsha Singleton, Paul Robinson and David Johnson for caring for him during his last months. We also appreciate Saline Memorial Hospice for their excellent care. We invite family and friends to join us at the home of Lex and Fay Dobbins in Bryant, on Sunday, November 10, from 2 to 4 to celebrate and remember Roger’s life.
Martha Ann Moore, 66 passed away on November 12, 2019 with her family by her side. She was born on April 10, 1953 in Little Rock, Arkansas to the late Willie Yarberry and Fannie Warrick. She loved to sing and listen to music, put on makeup, and always had her nails done. She is preceded in death by her parents; brother Edward Lee Yarberry; sister Vera Darlene Smith; and daughter, Toni Lynn Wiles. Martha is survived by three daughters; Sharon Long “Daniel”, Debbie Curtis “Jason”, and Linda Montgomery “Colin”; son Willie “Bubba” Wiles “Colleen”; 12 grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; two sisters, Lucille Goodwin and JoNell Crawley; three brothers, Roy Yarberry, Charlie Yarberry, Clifford Yarberry; and a host of other family and friends who all loved her and will miss her dearly. Celebration of life will be Tuesday November 19, 2019 at 1:00 PM with visitation one hour prior at Dial and Dudley Funeral Home in Bryant, Arkansas. To sign guestbook, please visit www.dialdudley.com.
Dennis Wayne Jolley, 73 of Bryant, Arkansas passed away on November 11, 2019 with his family by his side. He was born on June 15, 1946 in Los Angeles, California to the late Gordon and Elizabeth Jolley. Dennis loved spending time with his grandkids. He never missed one of their sporting events or school participations. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing. He spent a lot of time driving cross country and proudly served in the United States Navy. He retired from B.A.R.T after more than 30 years of service. He is preceded in death by his parents. Dennis is survived by his two daughters; Shelley Jolley and Christina Trimble “Michael”; three grandchildren; Kayla Farmer “Drew”, Austin Trimble, and Chase Trimble; One sister, Loretta Coffey; Niece, Erica Devine “Mick”; two great nephews, Mickey and Joseph Devine; and a host of other family and friends who all loved him and will miss him dearly. Celebration of life will be a graveside service only at the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery on November 20, 2019 at 1:00 PM. To sign guestbook, please visit www.dialdudleyfuneralhome.com.
Linda Davis, 85 passed away on November 15, 2019 with her family by her side. She was born March 28, 1934 in Comanche, Texas to the late Alberta Hicks. Linda loved her family and her grandchildren. She also enjoyed traveling, bird watching, and was a member of Church of Christ for many years. She is preceded in death by her parents; son, Greg Davis and sister, Norma Kerley. Linda is survived by her loving husband of 62 years, Gary Davis; one daughter, Leslie Thompson “Gary”; daughter in law, Lisa Davis; three grandchildren, Miranda Thompson, Emma Thompson, Jake Thompson; and a host of other family and friends who all loved her and will miss her dearly. Celebration of life will be Thursday November 21, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Dial and Dudley Funeral Home in Bryant, Arkansas. Graveside services will follow at the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery. To sign guestbook, please visit www.dialdudleyfuneralhome.com.
Doris Lane Terrio, 87, of Benton passed away Friday, November 1, 2019. She was born August 15, 1932 in Prosper, Texas to the late George and Maureen Lane. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her brother, Donald Lane. Doris was cherished by everyone she met and loved to play her music. She played the organ at Indian Springs Baptist Church for over 25 years. Survivors include two sons, Dwight Mays of Marshall, Texas and Deven Mays of Arkadelphia, Arkansas; three daughters, Kimberly Orlowkowski of Marshall, Texas, Kathye Eaton of Benton, Arkansas, and Samantha Lester of Sheridan, Arkansas; brother, David Lane of Lewisville, Texas; sister, Pamela Pillers of Lodi, California; eight grandchildren, Dwight Mays III, Lane Mays, Douglas Mays, Carrie Mays, Kevin Smith, Kacy Orlowkowski, Amanda Eaton, and Holden Lester; numerous great-grandchildren; and many other family members and friends. Memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 5, 2019 in the chapel of Roller-Ballard Funeral Home with Bro. Benny Grant and Bro. Tom Williams officiating.
Betty Sue Rothenberger, 93, of Benton passed away Friday, November 1, 2019. She was born February 21, 1926 to the late Samuel and Ella Snell. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon Rothenberger. Betty began working for Southwestern Bell on March 17, 1946 as a telephone operator. She stayed there until she retired in 1988 as a Payroll Clerk. She was a member of Trinity Baptist Church for many years. Survivors include her nephew, John Rothenberger and wife, Sharon; and nieces Linda Svartman and husband, Samuel and Mitzi Dunn and husband, Ron. Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 5, 2019 in the chapel of Roller-Ballard Funeral Home with Bro. Mike Titsworth officiating. Interment will follow at Landmark Cemetery in East End, Arkansas. A time of visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m., an hour prior to the service, at the funeral home.
Garthon C. Dorminey, 81, of Benton went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, November 5, 2019. He was born March 1, 1938 in Cordele, Georgia to the late Mamie Dorminey and William Oliver Dorminey. A Graveside Service will be Sunday, November 10, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Pinecrest Memorial Park in Alexander. A time of visitation will be Saturday, November 9, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Roller-Ballard Funeral Home, 306 S. Main Street, Benton
Erwin Lee Sorrells, 48, of Benton passed away peacefully on November 7, 2019. He was born November 24, 1970 to Gloria Ann Paap and Oscar Lee Earl Sorrells in Little Rock. Erwin spent most of his life as a skilled mechanic. He was a loved son, brother, uncle, and friend. He will be missed but his memory will be cherished and his legacy will continue on through those who loved and cared for him. He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Stella Holmes, Calvin Sorrells, Edna Paap, and Walter Paap; his uncles, Robert Sorrells and Danny Paap; and one aunt, Martha Ann Sorrells. Erwin is survived by his father, Oscar Sorrells and his wife, Janie, and his mother, Gloria Arras; two brothers, Calvin Sorrells and Jason Standridge; his two sisters, Jamie Sewell and her husband, Steven, and Cathie Gagne; two uncles, Walter Paap and David Paap; an aunt, Carolyn Roe, and many other extended family members and friends. A Funeral Service will be Monday, November 11, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel of Roller-Alcoa Funeral Home, 6700 Alcoa Road, Benton. A gathering for a time of visitation and remembrance will be Sunday, November 10, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. at Roller-Alcoa Funeral Home. Interment will be in Fairplay Cemetery in Benton.
Harlon Ray Sory, 89, left his earthly home in Bryant, Arkansas, to join God’s heavenly choir on November 10, 2019 with his family at his side. Harlon’s middle name was “Ray,” and he was aptly named. His kind, encouraging, uplifting spirit was a ray of sunshine to everyone he encountered. He was fond of saying, “Strangers are just friends I haven’t met yet.” He was born September 17, 1930 to Thomas and Verna (Harrison) Sory in Shoal Creek, Arkansas. His humble beginnings and a thirst for knowledge led him to take advantage of the GI Bill after his service in the USAF to earn his degree from Arkansas Tech. Being a “people person,” he found the perfect career as a staffing specialist (HR) for the Corps of Engineers. Always willing to lend a helping hand, after retirement Harlon found fulfillment in volunteering for various groups; Visiting Nurses Association, the Food Pantry, Rockbuilders, and many others. He served as president of NARFE for several years, and many folks in Saline County are using wheelchair ramps that he helped to build. Harlon was a “wordsmith” with an incredible vocabulary that he continued to build throughout his life. He was a devout Christian and member of Bryant First Southern Baptist Church, where he could be found volunteering, ministering to people or helping out as needed. In earlier years he served as a deacon, choir member and song director. Harlon had a lifelong love of all kinds of music, even learning to play the violin after retiring. He also enjoyed sports, playing golf, gardening and overseeing ”Southfork”, he and Jean’s rural homestead near Traskwood. But the greatest source of pride and joy in his life was presiding over his family as patriarch, organizing family gatherings and being surrounded by his whole boisterous family. In short, Harlon lived a full and happy life, almost 67 of those years with the love of his life, Jean (Hays), who survives him. They were almost inseparable, enjoying their work and hobbies together in blessed harmony. Harlon is also survived by his daughter, Brenda Sory of St. Francisville, LA; son, Ken (JoAnn) Sory of Bryant, AR; granddaughters, Dr. Victoria (Paul) Evans of Little Rock and Kayla Sory of Conway, AR; grandsons, Casey (Julie) Lillie of Zachary, LA and Chris (Holly) Sory of Bryant, AR; and great- grandchildren, Isabel Sory, Gibson Evans, Alyssa Lillie, Barrett Sory, Miller Evans and Cora Sory. Harlon is also survived by a sister, Marilyn Hays of Little Rock, AR; brother, Thomas Sory of Belleville, IL; and several beloved nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Franklin Sory; and sisters, Sylvia Sory and Maxine Citron. Visitation will be at Roller-Alcoa Funeral Home in Benton, Arkansas on Wednesday, November 13, from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Funeral service will begin at 2:00 pm following the visitation. Interment will follow at Forest Hills Memorial Park on Highway 5 in Alexander, Arkansas. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Harlon and Jean Sory Scholarship Endowment at Arkansas Tech University. Harlon’s firm belief in the power of education to elevate and enrich lives led him to establish this endowment to help students from he and Jeans’ rural counties to attend college.
Richard Toblesky, 93, of Chicago, IL, passed away on November 14, 2019 in Benton, AR. Richard Toblesky was born in Chicago, IL to Walter and Harriot Toblesky on September 15, 1926. He married Sarah Fleming on September 10, 1971 in Chicago, IL. He worked as a professional engineer for the City of Chicago for 36 years. He retired to Mountain Home, Arkansas where he lived with his wife and two children for 28 years before finally moving to Benton in 2008. He was a veteran of World War II and served in the Army/Air Force. Richard Toblesky is preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Harriot Toblesky; brothers, Walter and Robert Toblesky; and son, Scott Toblesky. Richard Toblesky is survived by his wife, Sarah Toblesky; children, Richard and Cindy Toblesky, Kevin and Kristen Toblesky, Curt and Katherine Calaway; and grandchildren, Christopher Toblesky, Kayleigh and Kellah Calaway, and Zack and Zane Toblesky. A time of open visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Roller-Alcoa Funeral Home, 6700 Alcoa Rd. Benton, Arkansas. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Alzheimer’s Association – Arkansas Chapter. Please mail memorials with cover letter indicating Arkansas Chapter to: National Processing Center Alzheimer’s Association P.O. Box 96011 Washington, D.C. 20091-6011 The family of Richard Toblesky wishes to extend their sincere thanks to the staff at Mount Carmel Community in Benton, and the nurses and staff at Heartland Rehabilitation and Care Center of Benton, Kindred Hospice, First United Methodist Church of Benton.
Randy Gale Meredith, 58, of Hensley, Arkansas, passed away November 1, 2019. He was born March 13, 1961 to Jake and Faye Meredith. He is survived by his children, Tara LaRue (Larry) and Tiffany Dawn; grandsons, Zachary Meredith and Tyler LaRue; three granddaughters; mother, Faye Simpson Meredith; siblings, James Meredith, Benny Meredith (Metzi) of Frankford, Kentucky; Lorena Moody (Ricky) and Wanda Wallace (Curtis); and other extended family and friends. He was preceded in death by his father and infant son, Jacob Allen Meredith. A Memorial Service will be held at 6:00 PM on Friday, November 15, 2019 at Pentecostal Church of Woodson.
Noah Richard Knapp, 79, of Bryant, Arkansas passed away November 2, 2019. He was born January 1, 1940 to Noah and Kate Knapp in Sleeper, Missouri. He was a strong Christian and was in ministry. He served in the United States Air Force. He retired from the Little Rock Fire Department. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Kitty Knapp; sons, Von Knapp (Stephanie) and Eric Knapp (Sarah); grandchildren, Jessica Ford (Dalyn), Zac Knapp, Carissa Knapp, Ryan Mason, Rachel McCord (Brandon), Hayley Knapp, Landon Knapp, Dawson Fryar, Abby Fryar, Ethan Fryar, Halle Hoover and Tayla Hoover; great-grandchildren, Lexie, Emory, Josh, Rayne, Daniel, Evelyn, Benjamin, and Raedyn; siblings, Darrel Knapp (Jacquie) and Anna Mae Dean (Ronnie); and other extended family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Bobby Knapp; and infant daughter, Vonda Lee Knapp. Visitation will be at 1:00 PM Saturday, November 9, 2019, followed by a Memorial Service at 2:00 PM at Smith Benton Funeral Home, 322 N. Market Street. Online guestbook at www.smithfamilycares.com.
Debbie Dian Baltz, 64, of Benton, Arkansas passed away November 11, 2019 at her home. She was born June 24, 1955 in Hayti, Missouri to the late James Louis and Wilma Charlene (Holifield) Keasler. Debbie loved the Lord and was a member of New Hope United Methodist Church. She worked as a paralegal for over nineteen years. Debbie enjoyed sewing and was a talented seamstress. She loved her family, and her grandchildren were very special to her. Preceding Debbie in death are her son, Benjamin Baltz; parents; and brother, Larry Keasler. She leaves behind her loving husband, Larry Baltz of Benton, Arkansas; two sons: Jason Baltz and wife Candace of Little Rock, Arkansas and Christopher K. Baltz and wife Ariel of Benton, Arkansas; grandchildren: Matthias, Ava, Brooklyn, and Benjamin; sisters: Glenda Dement of Rector, Arkansas and Lenda Cupp of Paragould, Arkansas; and many family members and friends who love Debbie and will miss her always. Visitation will be held from 10:00-11:00 AM, Saturday, November 16, at Smith-Benton Funeral Home, 322 N. Market Street, Benton, Arkansas. Funeral service following at 11:00 AM at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to New Hope United Methodist Church. Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online guestbook: www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
Kathy Ann Keaster, 48, of Bryant, Arkansas passed away November 13, 2019. She was born February 11, 1971 in El Dorado, Arkansas to the late J.O. and Joyce (Hughes) Turbeville. Kathy loved her family and was a devoted mother. She was a huge supporter of her sons’ playing football and her daughter’s cheerleading. Kathy was always willing to give to others, yet reluctant to receive. She put the needs of others before her own and was so loving and caring. Family was everything to Kathy. She leaves behind to cherish her memory her two sons: Hunter Keaster and his fiancé Mattie Klippert and Jordan Keaster both of Strong, Arkansas; daughter, Hadley Davis of Bryant, Arkansas; two brothers: Ken Turbeville and wife Tamara and James Turbeville of Strong, Arkansas; nieces and nephews: Amber Doggett and husband John; Chasity Brighton; Brooklynn and Kennedy Turbeville; Caster Broussard; McKayla Livingston; Blakely and Addison Brighton; Beckman, Ava, London, and Bailey Doggett; and many family members and friends who love Kathy and will miss her always. Arrangements by Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Private services will be held by Kathy’s family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to https://mealtrain.com/k2g5yv. Online guestbook: www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
Mary Alice Buehler, 89, of Bryant went to be with her Lord October 30, 2019. Born in 1930 in Byron, GA, Mary graduated from Georgia State College for Women with a Chemistry degree. She met the love of her life Edward Lee Buehler while working at UT Knoxville AG-Center. After moving to Arkansas Mary landed her dream job as a drug chemist with the State Crime Lab, a job she wanted when she graduated but was told women didn’t do. She spent her retirement years traveling and spending time with family. Mary was a member of Bryant First United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband Edward Buehler, parents John Howard and Florence Hardison, two brothers Howard and Cason Hardison. Cherishing her memory are daughters, Lisa (Rick) Meyer and Leigh “Misty” (Terry) Conder and three grandchildren, Whitney Meyer, Devon and Cason Conder, brother Glenn Hardison and beloved extended family. Special thanks to the compassionate staff at Hospice Home Care. Visitation will be held Monday, November 4 at Pinecrest Funeral Home from 12 to 2 with memorial service at 2:00 and burial at Pinecrest. Memorials may be made to Bryant First United Methodist Church. PALLBEARERS Curt Buehler Robert Buehler Cason Conder Terry Conder George Hardison Josh Meyer John Buehler, Honorary Pallbearer Howard Buehler, Honorary Pallbearer Glenn Hardison, Honorary Pallbearer
Khang M. Tran JUNE 20, 1971 – NOVEMBER 15, 2019 Khang M. Tran was born on June 20, 1971 and passed away on November 15, 2019. NO SERVICES ARE SCHEDULED AT THIS TIME. IN THE CARE OF Pinecrest Funeral Home Alexander, AR 501-847-0265
Linda Jane Steele, 72, of Bauxite, passed away November 6, 2019. She was born March 5, 1947 in Athens, Tennessee to Leroy and Margaret Redman McKenzie. Linda had a passion for gardening, she loved her Sunday school class, TLC Gail Baxley but most importantly, she loved her family more than anything. She was of the Christian faith and attended Indian Springs Baptist Church in Bryant, Arkansas. Linda is preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Ronald, Gordon, and Mark McKenzie; and one sister, Gisele McKenzie. She is survived by five children, Eric (Debbie) Knowles, Mark (Nicki) Knowles, Jason (Toni) Knowles, Gisele (J.P.) Hardy, and Johnny (Schelista) Steele; two sisters, Billie Harvey and Judy (Bob) Kirksey; and fourteen grandchildren, Hayley, Drew, Garrett, Hayden, and Connor Knowles, Brittney Wells, Anna Grace Hardy, Christian and Tanner May, Leighton Crawley, Brittany, Lacy, Breanna, and B.J. Dalrymple; and Richard A. Steele. The family would like to thank Fox Ridge and Staff and C.A.R.T.I. for all their love and support. In Lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Lottie Moon International Missions through Indian Springs Baptist Church. A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, November 8, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. at Pinecrest Funeral Home in Alexander, Arkansas with burial to follow at Pinecrest Memorial Park. PALLBEARERS Drew Knowles Garrett Knowles Hayden Knowles Connor Knowles Christian May Tanner May DONATIONS Lottie Moon International Missions Celebration of Life Friday, November 8, 2019 Burial Friday, November 8, 2019
Norman Arlan Pollard, Sr., 90, passed away on November 12, 2019. Norman was born in Bradford, AR, on September 7, 1929, to James E. and Florence Belle Taylor Pollard. Norman was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Sylvester, Elgin and Calvin. Norman was an Army vet, serving in Japan and Korea. He retired from Central Arkansas Water after 35 years and then the serious travel began! Norman and Erma officially became snowbirds, living in Apache Junction, AZ during the winter months and then continuing to travel to Branson, MO, and various parks throughout the country. Norman is survived by his wife of 65 years, Erma Jean; son, Norman, Jr. (Virginia); granddaughters, Nikki and Melanie (who called him “Peep”); step grandson, Jerry Jones; sister- in- law, Barbara Pollard; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. The family wishes to extend their deepest gratitude to The Crossing at Riverside in Searcy, AR, and to Arkansas Hospice. Family will receive family and friends on November 14, 2019 from 11:00am – 12:00 pm, with funeral beginning at 12:00pm at Pinecrest Funeral Home, 7401 Hwy. 5, Alexander, AR. Burial following at Forest Hills Cemetery. In Lieu of flowers, please make a donation to AR Hospice or your favorite charity. Visitation Thursday, November 14, 2019 Celebration of Life Thursday, November 14, 2019 Burial Thursday, November 14, 2019
Tomas Calderon was born on December 21, 1963 and passed away on November 8, 2019. Visitation Tuesday, November 12, 2019 Funeral Service Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Kenneth P. Stewart went to his heavenly home on Monday November 4th, 2019. He was born on April 8th,1928 to Ethel and Raymond Stewart. Kenneth was a navy veteran, graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey. He wed Virginia Pohler on January 21st, 1950; the love of his life. Whenever he saw her come in the room, his whole face would light up. He worked for Uniroyal Tire Company in various positions and places. He later became CEO of Jet Stream Plastic in Siloam Springs, AR. After retirement, Ken and Virginia enjoyed many years in Palm Dessert, CA and Siloam Springs, AR. Ken loved golf, golden retrievers, and his family and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, Ethel and Raymond, sister, Virginia, brother, Raymond and their sons Mark and Cliffe.He is survived by his wife, Virginia, of 69 years, Daughter – Devon and husband, Ron Rogers. His grandchildren – Kyle Rogers, Kellie and husband Jon Raymond, Haylie and Kyle Bass, Trent Rogers, Brittany and husband Craig Hicks. His great grandchildren: Tate, Brody, Brandon Stewart and Lynnie Bass, Caisen and Aria Hicks and Asher Raymond. A very special thank you to Good Samaritan Society in Hot Springs Village, AR for their wonderful and loving care that they provided. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 2:00 pm at the CedarVale Funeral Home Chapel.
John Hayne Stewart, Jr, 88 of the Hot Springs Village, passed away November 7, 2019. John was born February 14, 1931 in Dallas, TX to Erna Abernathy Stewart and John Hayne Stewart, Sr. They moved to Texarkana, Texas for his school years. John served four years in the Air Force enlisting in 1950 for four years. John was an Airman First Class receiving the Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and Good Conduct Medal. He then attended college graduating at East Texas State Teachers College with a Bachelor of Business Administration. John started work with Southwestern Bell Telephone and retired after 38 years plus as a Division Manager. After retirement, John and his wife, Jeane, moved to the Hot Springs Village where he enjoyed his paid of dachshunds, playing golf, and being with friends. John is survived by his wife Myra Jeane Stewart; two sons, James David Stewart and Robert Allen Stewart; one step daughter, Deborah Ann Bluhm; several grandchildren, and two great-granddaughters. A Memorial Service to celebrate John’s life will be held at Christ of the Hills United Methodist Church, Monday, November 18, 2019 at 11:00AM. A reception will follow the service at the Diamante Golf Club. Funeral Arrangements has been entrusted with CedarVale Funeral Home.
Gladys Kathleen Rees Grippe of Hot Springs Village Arkansas passed away, November 8, 2019. She was born on January 6 1918 and was the youngest daughter born in Edinburgh, Scotland to Frederick Hugh and Mary Jane Rees. Her sisters were Rhoda Lillian and Ethel Mary. Gladys is preceded in death by her family and her husband William Joseph and her sons Ronald James and Kerry Joseph Grippe and well as a multitude of friends. She leaves behind her son Glen William Grippe3 and his wife Ann Marie Grippe, grandson Robert Brian Grippe of Somerset, KY and granddaughter Karen E. Adams of Sweet Home, Oregon, eight great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. Gladys was a war bride in Bournemouth, England and she met her husband William during World War 2 in London. She was a secretary in the War Department and he was a doctor in General Patton’s 5th Army, 103ed Evacuation Hospital. They were married 64 years prior to William’s passing. Gladys enjoyed her grandchildren and great grandchildren as well as sewing, knitting and working crossword puzzles, she appreciated plants and animals and she was voracious reader! Glenn and Anna want to convey a very special thank you to all at Good Samaritan Society, Hot Springs Village who gave love and support to Gladys and her son Glen and family during her life in the assisted and nursing and rehab facilities. We would like in Memorial gifts sent to; Attention: Eric Hushaw, Director of Marketing and Resource Development Good Samaritan society, Hot Springs 121 Cortez Road, Hot Springs Village, AR. 71909
Cleo Wynnette Dailey was born February 24, 1917, on a farm three miles east of Casey ,Iowa, and passed away on November 9, 2019 at 102 years of age in Hot Springs Village, AR.Her parents were Glenn Adelbert Walters and Cleo Estella (Raper) Walters, both lifelong residents of the Casey community. Wynnette attended school in Casey and graduated from high school as valedictorian of her class. She further attended Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa, and the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, where she earned the B.A. degree in English and Education. Upon graduation, she taught school in Brighton and Sac City, Iowa. On April 5th, 1942, she was united in marriage to Robert Charles Dailey of Hardy, Nebraska. They had two children, Michael Dailey of Vancouver, WA. and Holly Hardin of Sun City West, AZ. The family lived in Hardy, Casey and Collins, Iowa. In 1983 Robert and Wynnette moved to Hot Springs Village, AR. She taught English and French in the towns where the family lived. She spent three summers in France studying in Lyons, Rennes, and Angers. Upon retirement in 1975, she undertook studies at Iowa State College, Ames, Iowa, culminating in the Master’s degree in English in 1979. As a profession and as recreation, Wynnette enjoyed the study of language and literature throughout her life. She published many articles for a literary magazine, studied with Robert Frost, wrote for the Village United Methodist Becomer’s Sunday School monthly newsletter and, as a member of the Village Writers Club, won a variety of awards both in the club and in the state.She enjoyed her friends at the Turtles water fitness class, Trideltas, and her daily walks. Wynnette was a lifelong member of the Methodist Church, having joined Christian fellowship as a youth in Casey.She leaves her children: Michael Dailey and Holly Hardin; one grandchild, Scott Kirk; her daughter-in-law Patricia Dailey; and son-in-law John R. Hardin. Wynnette was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Charles Dailey and grandson, Chad Michael Kirk.Our thanks go out to the staff at Hearts and Homes, Inc.: Kathy, Brandi, Dean, Patti, Danny and the many others that loved and cared for our mother. Arrangements entrusted to CedarVale Funeral Home, Hot Springs Village Arkansas. On line condolences can be made at www.cedarvalefuneralhome.com
Johan was born on May 11, 1927 and passed away on Thursday, November 14, 2019. Johan was a resident of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas at the time of passing. He joined the army; Johan loved his country, serving it with pride. Memorial Service will be held November 19 at 10:30 a.m. at Caruth Village Funeral Home with Harvey J. Willey officiating with music by Brian Ferrel.