Cleo Edward Thornberry, 90 of Glen Rose, Arkansas, passed away October 26, 2016. He was born June 25, 1926 in Marianna, Arkansas to the late Joe and Ida Dell Cox Thornberry. Cleo was retired from Jones Furniture Factory in Benton. He is survived by his wife, Velma Thornberry of Glen Rose, sons, Larry (Shirley) Thornberry, Jerry (Cora) Thornberry and Danny (Kay) Thornberry all of Glen Rose, brothers, Jesse, Clyde and Bobby Thornberry, sisters, Vera Thompson, JoAnne Johnson and Barbara Mitchell, seven grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. Chapel services by Ashby Funeral Home will be 10:00 a.m. on Saturday with burial to follow at Fairplay Cemetery. Visitation will be 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Friday at Ashbys. On line guestbook at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
Charles Edward “Streak” Harris, 88 of Benton, passed away October 26, 2016. He was born February 7, 1928 in the Vincent Chapel Community near Hattieville, Arkansas. The son of Ivan and Pearly Feller Harris, Charles graduated from Wonderview High School in 1949. He served in the United States Army in the Korean War from 1950 until 1952. Charles retired from Alcoa after 31 years and Harris Wrecker after 15 years. Charles married Emogene Tilley on March 25, 1954. He was a member of Vincent Chapel Presbyterian Church and attended Salem Baptist Church. “Streak” enjoyed Basketball in High School and coached youth baseball at the Salem Ball Park. He was preceded in death by his wife, Emogene “Jean” Harris, his parents, six brothers and five sisters. Charles is survived by sons, Steve (Denese) Harris, Jacky Harris and Bruce Harris all of Benton, daughter, Vicki (Jeff) Steele of Benton, eight grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. Chapel services at Ashby Funeral Home will be 1:00 p.m. Saturday with burial to follow at Pine Crest Cemetery. Visitation will be at Ashby Funeral Home, Friday, 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p .m. On line guestbook at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
Rita Sherlene Hendricks Harris, 69 of Benton, passed away on Thursday, October 27, 2016 at Saline Memorial Hospice in Bryant, Arkansas. Rita w as born on July 25, 1947 in Little Rock to Sherl and Betty Hendricks. She was a member of the last graduating class of Mabelvale High School in 1965. Mrs. Harris was retired from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and a member of Sharon Missionary Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband of 38 years, Ira Flynn Harris, her brother, Michael Glenn Hendricks, grandparents, Jack and Elizabeth Hendricks and Orville “Alex” and Beatrice Alexander and nephew, Patrick Bean. Rita is survived by her parents, Sherl and Betty Hendricks, brother, Don Hendricks, son, Jason Harris and daughter, Mandi Harris Wertenberger and husband, Chris, grandchildren, Justin Harris, Logan Harris, Katherine Wertenberger, sister in laws, Linda Hendricks, Sherry Harris and Shelia Gaiser. She loved her family and friends and enjoyed traveling, singing, caring for her pets, and cheering on her beloved Razorbacks. Most of all, she loved her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Church services by Ashby Funeral Home will be 10:00 a.m. Monday at Sharon Missionary Baptist Church with burial to follow at Forest Hills Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday at Ashbys, 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Memorials may be made to: Sharon Missionary Baptist Church Building Fund 402 Shenandoah Drive, Benton, Arkansas 72019 On line guestbook at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
Avinell Rice Brown, age 85, of Paron, passed away Monday, October 31, 2016. She was born April 17, 1931 in Paron, Arkansas to the late Noah and Opal Williams. Mrs. Brown worked as a hairdresser in Hot Springs with her sister, Doris, for 25 years; also in Little Rock for 15 years. The thing she loved most, with the exception of her children and grandchildren, was working in her big yard and all the flowers. Her favorite flower was the Stargazer Lillies. Of course she loved the Lord most; having been a member of the Paron Church of Christ for over 70 years which was her second family. She was preceded in death by her parents; the husband of her children, Stanley (Bud) Rice; her second husband, Derwood Brown and two sisters, Shirley Taylor and Maxine Prince. She is survived by her son, Stanley “Steamer” Rice; two daughters, Ava (Rice) Casey and Amy Blaylock (Mark); two brothers, Hoyt and Neil Williams; two sisters, Doris Legge and Yvonne Ault; four grandchildren, Chris Pierce (D’Ann), Tabatha Koder, Abby Meier (Marcus) and Vince Blaylock; five great-grandchildren, Josh Pierce, Christin Pierce, Cameron Pierce, Audrey Koder and Brody Koder; three step-children and three step grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews she loved a lot. Pallbearers will be Glen Kordsmeier, Chris Pierce, Donnie Odle, Rudy Westbrook, David Turbyfill, Pete Taylor, Larry Orme and Vince Blaylock. Honorary pallbearers will be Duran Stapleton and Lamar James. Visitation will be 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 2 at Ashby Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday, November 3 at Ashby Funeral Home with burial at Bolin Cemetery. Dennis Gage and Jeff Christmas will be officiating. On-line guest book at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com.
James Thomas Tuberville, age 79, of Mabelvale, passed away Thursday, November 3, 2016. He was born September 21, 1937 in Sparkman, Arkansas. James was a retired meat cutter and a member of New Summit Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Nollie and Maggie Lou Cindy Tuberville; three brothers, Glen, Junior & Richard and five sisters, Joyce, Martha, Evelyn, Lou & Sylvia. He is survived by his son, Greg Tuberville(Sue), of Mabelvale; brother, Hugh Tuberville of Fordyce; sister, Lucille Shaddock of Magnolia; four grandchildren, Alicia, Ashley, Alan(Lydia), & Chris and great-grandchildren, Melanie Moreland, Aubrie and Micah Tuberville Visitation will be 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 8 at Ashby Funeral Home with services beginning at 2:00 p.m. Burial will follow at Shadowlawn Cemetery in Malvern. On-line guest book at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com.
Katherine Marie Sturm, 85 of Benton, passed away November 3, 2016. She was born June 16, 1931 in House, New Mexico to the late Michael and Nellie Mueller Weigl. Katherine was a member of the New Prospect Missionary Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, five siblings and one great granddaughter. Survivors, husband, John Basil Sturm, sons, John B. Sturm, Jr., Karl Sturm, Zane (Sherri) Sturm and James (Kellie) Sturm, daughters, Rachel Sturm, Kathy (John) McKinney and Tanja (Steve) Crawford, brother, Robert Weigl, sisters Elizabeth Sturm and Christine Cline, ten grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Chapel services by Ashby Funeral Home will be 10:00 a.m. Monday with burial to follow at Mt. Harmony Cemetery. . Visitation will be 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Ashby Funeral Home on Sunday. Memorials may be made to Saline Memorial Hospice or Meals on Wheels. On line guestbook at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
Sherry Marie Cousin, 69, of Benton went to be with the Lord on November 10, 2016. She was born May 24, 1947 in Kentucky. She loved her family, shopping and her many Yorkies. She was preceded in death by her parents, Daniel and Pearl Nickels; and brother, Dan Jr. She is survived by her husband, Larry; daughters, Chrystal (Tim) Olson, Michelle (Craig) Schmidt; son, Norman (Janelle) Larson; brothers, Richard (Lynn) Nickels, William (Ramona) Nickels; sisters, Sue (Richard) Lovell, Sandy (John) Heard; three grandsons, Andy Olson, Brandon and Travis Larson; three granddaughters, Nikki Olson, Katie (Fred) Olson-Perard, Kendra Schmidt; four great grandchildren, Kenyan, TJ, Ari Olson and Ava Perard; and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held at Ashby Funeral Home on Monday, November 14 from 6-8 p.m. Funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m., November 15 at Ashby Funeral Home. Burial service will follow at Pine Crest Cemetery. Online guest book at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
My soul mate and best friend, Pat Atkinson, age 68, of Little Rock passed away Friday November 11, 2016 at her home after a long fight with Pancreatic Cancer. Pat was born August 23, 1948 in Benton. Pat was a Photographer and a member of Cornerstone Nazarene Church in Alexander. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ronald Burcham and Goldie Moore Burcham. Survivors include her loving husband Ken Atkinson, four daughters, one sister, three brothers, aunt, Brenda, and five grandchildren. Visitation will be from 11:00 to 12:00 PM during the luncheon at the Church. Funeral services will be 10:00 AM Tuesday at Cornerstone Nazarene Church in Alexander. Minister will be Tim Evans. Burial will be at Edlin Cemetery in Perry County at 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to CARTI in Little Rock. Online guest book at ashbyfuneralhome.com
Carolyn Bullock Smart, 77, of Benton went to be with the Lord on November 12, 2016. She was born November 5, 1939 in Benton, Arkansas. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She and her mother were co-owners of To-A-Tee, a custom T-Shirt shop that supplied Saline County schools, organizations, churches, athletic teams and personal T-Shirts for many years. She retired from the Department of Human Services Long Term-Care after 32 years of service. She was a youth softball coach from 1973-1985 sharing a love of sports with numerous children and families and was honored in 2014 in Grand Prairie, Texas for creating and implementing the Grand Prairie Girls Fast Pitch Association in 1973. She shared a love of dance and pageants with her family. She touched so many lives with her generosity and dedication to each child’s success. She was well known in both industries as a big cheerleader and second mother and grandmother to many. She is preceded in death by her husband, James R Smart (Jim), Parents, Beacher and Evelyn Bullock and grandson Stephen White. She is survived by her children, Mike Smart (Ellen), Tracy Smart Riggan (Wayne) and Linda Smart Davis (Scott), Grandchildren, Chase Brockington, Matthew Brockington, Jessica Hope, Tara Benedetti, Ross Smart, Kristen Davis, Elizabeth White, Dillion Davis, Sister Norma Bullock Prickett, nine great grandchildren, Niece, Dianna Prickett, Nephew, David E. Nelson and Great Nephews, David A. Nelson and Cole Nelson. Visitation will be held at Ashby Funeral Home on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 from 6-8 pm. Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 pm, November 16, 2016 with burial service at Smith Rosemount Cemetery. Pastor Raymond Mashburn will be officiating. Online guest bnook at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
Arthur Walter Dedic, 82, of Hot Springs Village passed away on Friday, October 21, 2016.He was born in Chicago, Illinois on June 16, 1934 to the late Walter and Josephine Dedic. Arthur graduated from Holy Trinity Catholic School in 1951. He was in the armed forces where he served in the Army Engineer Corp Battalion 80 5th. He worked for ADT and retired after 38 years. He married the love of his life Marie on June 16, 1962. He also enjoyed golfing, bowling and an avid Cubs and Bears fan. He is survived by his wife Marie Dedic, son Scot Dedic and wife Pam; Daughter Debbie Steiner and husband Scott. He also leaves behind Grandchildren, Bradley Dedic, Janelle Dedic, Jacob Steiner, Cody Steiner and Ryan Steiner. Services will be at a later date.
Jane Schott Becker, 88, of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas and formerly of New Orleans, Louisiana passed away on All Saints Day, November 1, 2016. She was a graduate of Loyola and an active member in the Catholic Church. Jane will always be remembered as a very gracious and charitable person who was an inspiration to many as she never gave up and always endeavored to find a way to complete what she wanted done. She is survived by daughter; Mary Becker Cloud, sister, Joanne Scholes, and brothers, Frederick Schott and Reverend James Schott, along with many nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial contribution to the Catholic Church of your choice. Online condolences can be made to www.cedarvalefuneralhome.com Funeral Services entrusted to CedarVale Funeral Home.
Frederick Arthur Mellor Sr., 78, passed away Friday, October 28, 2016. He was born April 25, 1938 in Fairmont, West Virginia to Fredrick and Marie Mellor. Fred was an avid collector of guns, Vettes, and Harleys. He had a Chemistry Degree, served in the Army National Guard and retired from ADEQ in 2005. Fred is survived by his sister Marilyn Milnes and brother John Mellor (Debbie) both of PA; daughter, Rose Garrett; son, Skip Mellor (Amanda); stepdaughter, Teresa Jones all of AR and grandchildren, Evie, Gabby and Gabe. Memorial Service will be 10:30AM on Saturday, November 12, at Forest Tower Baptist Church. To sign online guest book visit www.dialanddudleyfuneralhome.com.
LaPonzie Garrison 69, of Bryant, passed away on October 28, 2016 with her family by her side. She was born on July 1, 1947 to the late, Willie and Helen Jaynes in England, Arkansas. LaPonzie retired from the VA Hospital after many years of employment. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, SFC Gary R. Garrison and two sisters, Thelma and Rosalee. LaPonzie is survived by her two daughters, Valerie Garrison and Karen Johnson; four grandchildren, Dea, Prometheus, Roeben and Lydia; great grandson, Braylen; brother, Tommy; sister, Shirley and a host of family and friends who all loved her and will miss her dearly. Celebration of life will be held on Thursday, November 3, 2016 at Dial and Dudley Funeral Home in Bryant at 2:00 PM. To sign online guest book visit www.dialanddudleyfuneralhome.com.
Jane Mobley 69, of Bryant, passed away on October 31, 2016. She was born on April 23, 1947 to the late, Robert and Cicely Mobley in Morrilton, Arkansas. Jane enjoyed making jewelry, gardening, cooking and photography. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother, sister and friend. Jane was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church for many years. She is preceded in death by her parents and sister, Lydia Mobley. Jane is survived by her daughter, Michelle Mullis (Brad); son, Robert Beck (Sydney); four grandchildren, Connor, Taylor, Jackson and Ansley; two brothers, Joe and Richard Mobley; four sisters, Marjorie Habelitz, Martha James, Mary Grace Wilson and Audrey Jones; special friends, Tamela Norman and a host of family and friends who all loved her and will miss her dearly. Memorial service will be announced at a later date. To sign online guest book visit www.dialanddudleyfuneralhome.com.
Jordan Lea Friddle 22 of Little Rock passed away on November 11, 2016. She was born on July 13, 1994 to Mickle and Leslie Friddle in Little Rock, Arkansas. Jordan loved working on tuners and motorcycles and riding her bike. She was a 2012 Bryant High School graduate and was attending Pulaski Tech. Jordan was a member of Oak Park Baptist Church. She is preceded in death by her aunt, Lori Gattis. Jordan is survived by her mother, Leslie Blacklock (Bobby); father, Brian Friddle; three brothers, Blaine and Chance Friddle and Colton Blacklock and a host of family and friends who all loved her and will miss her dearly. Celebration of life will be held on Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 1:00 PM at Dial and Dudley Funeral Home in Bryant. Visitation will be Wednesday, November 16, 2016 from 6-8 at the funeral home. To sign online guest book visit www.dialanddudleyfuneralhome.com.
Greg Mann 51, of Little Rock, passed away on November 11, 2016 with his family by his side. He was born February 3, 1965 to Gilbert Mann and Betty Martin Mann in Osceola, Arkansas. He loved to fish, watching the Razorbacks, had a great sense of humor and his daughter was the apple of his eye. He was a member of Christ Greg was preceded in death by his father, Gilbert Mann; brother, Bert Mann, and his grandparents. He is survived by his loving mother, Betty Ward, daughter, Teressa Mann “Too Too”; brother, Ricky Mann (Desiree); three sisters, Vicki Thrasher, Cathy Thrasher (Randy) and Penny Atkinson (Roger); and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends who all loved him and will miss him dearly. A celebration of life will be held on Wednesday, November 16, 1:00 PM at Dial and Dudley Funeral Home in Bryant with Pastor George Dudley officiating. Visitation will be on Tuesday, 6-8 PM at the funeral home. To sign online guestbook visit www.dialanddudleyfunerlhome.com
Mrs. Gloria (Tash) Smith July 4, 1927 – October 27, 2016 Arrangements under the direction of Forest Hills Funeral Home, ALEXANDER, AR.
Charles Ray Parker, 81, of Bryant, Arkansas passed away November 1, 2016. He was born on March 8, 1935 in Umpire, Arkansas to the late John and Aldora Thorton Parker. He was a lifetime iron worker with the local 321. He mostly enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife Janet Quinn Parker. He is survived by his children Scott Parker and Vondolyn Jukes; and his two grand children Cheyenne and Zachary Parker. A graveside service will be held November 5, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at Forest Hills Memorial Park 10201 Hwy 5 North Alexander, Arkansas 501-455-1067. An online guestbook is available at www.griffinleggettforesthills.com
Yvonne Annette Cardinal, 74, of Mabelvale passed away November 6, 2016. She was born October 22, 1942 in Casa, Arkansas to the late Edgar Rook and Annie Moore Scott. She spent most of her life making a home for her family. She was a woman of a strong Christian faith. She loved sewing, quilting, and playing shuffle board but most importantly of all she loved her children, grandchildren, and great- grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; The love of her life and soulmate George Cardinal; Her sister Meretha McDonald; and her brother Eddie Ray Rook. She is survived by her daughters Connie (Jack) Dayer, Georgianna (Johnnie) Oldham, Suzanna (Sean) Blackburn; her step-sons George Cardinal II, and Stephen (Sheila) Cardinal; her sister’s Jackie Talley and Marilyn Rook; her brother’s Jason Rook, Dwight Scott, and Dickey Scott; twenty one grandchildren; and seventeen great- grandchildren. The family would like to give a special thanks to Saline Memorial Hospice House for their loving care of our mother. A memorial service will be held, Saturday November 12, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at Griffin Leggett Forest Hills, 10200 Hwy 5 North, Alexander, Arkansas 501-455-1067, with an inurnment to follow at Forest Hills Cemetery. An online guestbook is available at www.griffinleggettforesthills.com
Jennifer Anne Perry, 41, of Mabelvale passed away Friday, leaving behind a legacy rich in precious memories of kindness, steadfastness and dedication to family, friends and co-workers. She loved her family above all else, every day demonstrating boundless devotion to her husband, Robert Perry; her son, James Gill; her daughter, Charlotte; her mother, Robin Ward; her brother, David Ward; and sister-in-law Stephanie Hung. Jennifer was never happier than when her family gathered at her home, whether just to visit, watch a movie or celebrate birthdays and holidays. “Jennifer loved to cook, especially for her family,” her mother says. “She was always the host for holidays; everyone came to her house. Christmas and Thanksgiving were her happiest times of the year.” An enthusiastic and talented cook, Jennifer delighted in preparing hearty Southern dishes. She maintained and regularly updated a cookbook containing her handwritten recipes for casseroles, homemade macaroni and cheese, turkey and dressing, candied sweet potatoes, cakes, pies and more. For Jennifer, however, cooking was more than recipes and the satisfaction of exercising her creativity in the kitchen — cooking was an expression of her deep, abiding love for the people dearest to her heart. Jennifer was a spirited woman who spoke out for what she believed in and stood steadfastly with family and friends through the best and worst of times. Her son describes her as the most dependable, responsible person he’s ever known. “She was always there for me and everyone else,” James says. “She’d go out of her way to help you even if it inconvenienced her. She was kind and beautiful and kept going no matter what.” Jennifer always made sure that James and his sister felt cherished. “She would constantly tell us that she loved us more than anything, that we were her world.” James and Charlotte have fond memories of the many road trips they took with their mother. She loved to hop in the car and drive, talking and laughing with her family as the road unfurled before them. The journey was as important as the experience, James says. Their journeys included day trips to places such as the Ozark Folk Center at Mountain View, as well as longer trips to DisneyWorld in Florida. She enjoyed visiting museums with her children so they could explore the past and see how people in other times and places lived their lives. Jennifer was born Jan. 1, 1975, in Texarkana, Texas. Her brother says he remembers a typical older sister-younger brother relationship that included plenty of spats, but also lots of laughter and fun. As an adult, David says, his sister was a rock for him and others. “She was faithful and always there for you. If you needed something, there was nobody you could count on more.” Jennifer took great care to carry through on promises and commitments at home and at work, her mother says. For 15 years, Jennifer worked in accounts receivable for Community Bakery in Little Rock. She was known as the person who could get things done. “She had a strong work ethic,” Robin says. In addition to working at the bakery and caring for her family, Jennifer was earning a degree in accounting from Liberty University and was within a couple of classes of achieving her goal. A celebration of Jennifer’s life will be held at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 16 at Griffin Leggett Forest Hills Funeral Home, 10200 Hwy. 5 North in Alexander. Burial will follow at Forest Hills Cemetery in Alexander. A visitation will be held in the chapel of Forest Hills Funeral Home from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 15.
Virginia Louise Spencer, 79, of Benton passed away Sunday, October 23, 2016 at Saline Memorial Hospice House in Bryant. She was born February 1, 1937 in Higdon, AR to the late Homer and Willie Barnes Tarkington. Mrs. Spencer was retired from Benton Services Center. Mrs. Spencer was also preceded in death by her husband of 31 years, Bobby C. Spencer and one daughter, Debbie Lynn Griffith. She is survived by one daughter, Virginia (Joy) King; two sons, Kenneth F. (Buster) Goff and Rex Goff; one sister, Lois Parker, nine grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren. A graveside service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, October 27, 2016 at Pinecrest Memorial Park in Alexander with Bro. David Harris officiating. Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday evening, October 26th at Roller-Ballard Funeral Home (315-4047). In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Saline Memorial Hospital Hospice House, 23157 I-30, Bryant, AR 72022.
James Ellis Heard, 78, of Benton passed away Monday, October 24, 2016 at Saline Memorial Hospice House in Bryant, Arkansas. He was born on November 8, 1937 in Leola, AR to the late Bishop Albert and Dessie Leona Heard. Mr. Heard had retired from Owosso Furniture Company in Benton. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn Rose Wells Heard, brothers, Bruce Heard, Carl Dewitt Heard, Odis Brumley, and Gerrell Heard, sisters, Mamie Mays and Fern Nolan, and a special friend, Bennie Batchelder. Survivors include son, Robert Dale Gambill and wife Tonya; daughter, Rita Carol Heard and Paul Miller; sister, Linda Beck and husband Lloyd; 4 grandchildren, Delanie Brooke Chandler, Ellis Edward Sellers, Megan Rose Sellers, and Harold Andrew Fletcher; 1 great granddaughter, Cadence Elissabeth Chandler, a dear friend, Harold Gloston, and nieces, nephews, and friends. A graveside service will be 2:00 p.m., Friday, October 28, 2016 at McPherson Cemetery in Sardis with Robert Gambill officiating. Pallbearers are Eddie Sellers, Andrew Fletcher, Paul Miller, Harold Fletcher, Doug Fletcher, and Landon Miller. Guitar accompaniment by Landon Miller. Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, October 27th at Roller-Ballard Funeral Home (315-4047).
Elaine S. Sutton, age 90, of Bryant, Arkansas passed away Thursday, October 27, 2016 at Southern Trace Nursing Home in Bryant. She was born August 25, 1926 to the late Walter and Bennie Griffin Standridge. She was a volunteer at St. Vincent’s Hospital, a Eucharistic Minister at Holy Souls Catholic Church and a longtime supporter of education. She enjoyed reading, playing the piano and traveling. Mrs. Sutton’s husband, Harcleve Joseph Sutton and one son, Patrick Michael Sutton also preceded her in death. She is survived by two sons, John Sutton and his wife Karen of Benton and Mitch Sutton of Chicago, IL, three grandchildren, Leslie McNally and her husband Jonathon, Stephanie Sutton and Michael Sutton and one great grandchild Eva McNally. A memorial service will be held by the family, 10 am Friday, November 4, 2016 at Holy Souls Catholic Church in Little Rock
Glen Wade Buchanan, 91, of Benton passed away Thursday, October 27, 2016 at Saline Memorial Hospital Hospice House in Bryant. He was born December 21, 1924 in Hobart, OK to the late Claud and Elizabeth Marler Buchanan. He married Lois Virginia Seabaugh on June 2, 1948 at Hickory Ridge, AR. Mr. Buchanan was a member and Elder at Northside Church of Christ where he also taught bible school. In addition to his parents, he was also predeceased in death by his wife of 51 years, Lois Buchanan in 1999, and 4 siblings, J. B. Buchanan, C. A. Buchanan, Gladys Merle Buchanan, and Mae Laverne Back. Mr. Buchanan graduated from University of Oklahoma with a Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering, served in the United States Army/Air Force as a radio specialist in WWII and the Korean War. He worked at the Arkansas State Highway Dept., Garver and Garver Engineering, and started American Millwork and Fixture Co. in Little Rock in the late 1960’s, from which he retired in 1986. He and Lois opened Buchanan’s Bible Center Book Store in Little Rock in 1965. He is survived by four daughters, Donna Carpenter (Bob) of Edmond, OK, LaNell Womack (Roy) of Benton, AR, Glenda Buchanan of Benton, AR, and Barbara Saffell (Brent) of Broken Arrow, OK; four granddaughters, Kelly Carpenter Barneche (Mark) of Lausanne, Switzerland, Cris Carpenter Gomes (Franciney) of Natal, Brazil, Kayla Saffell Goodrich (Scott) of Edmond, OK, and Emily Saffell of New Orleans, LA, one great grandson, Lucas Gomes of Natal, Brazil born 9/27/2016 and one great grandchild due in February, 2017. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday October 31, 2016 in the chapel of Roller-Ballard Funeral Home (315-4047) with Jim Gardner officiating. Interment will follow in Pinecrest Memorial Park in Alexander. Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Sunday evening, October 30th at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Southern Christian Home, P.O. Box 649, Morrilton, AR 72110 and/or Paragould Christian Home, 5515 Walcott Rd., Paragould, AR 72450.
Lowell E. Waldrip, age 77, of Benton, Arkansas passed from this life Thursday, November 10, 2016 at Saline Memorial Hospital Hospice House in Bryant, Arkansas. Lowell was born January 25, 1939 in Moro, Lee County, Arkansas to Lester Eugene and Maxine Minner Waldrip. He attended Moro schools and graduated from T. A. Futrall High School, Marianna in 1957. Lowell married Elizabeth Crum June 2, 1962 in Harrison, Arkansas. Three children were born to this union. Lowell was involved with the family farm in Lee county until his health forced early retirement. He was a long-time member of Moro Baptist Church and later First Baptist Church of Forrest City. He and Elizabeth moved to Benton in 2004 to be near their daughter and her family. Lowell was a Master Mason of Lafayette Lodge #189 of West Helena, Arkansas. He was also a member of the York Body of West Memphis, Arkansas, and a 32nd Degree Mason of Eastern Arkansas Scottish Rite of Jonesboro, Arkansas, Orient of Arkansas Valley. Lowell was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Fred Waldrip. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Elizabeth, of the home; a son, Danny Waldrip, of Benton; a daughter, Janet Walker (Steven) of Benton; two grandchildren, Stuart Walker and Bethany Walker of Benton; his brother, Mark Waldrip (Angela) of Moro; step-brothers, Bill Gordon (Mary) of Benton and Glenn Gordon (Vida) of Stuttgart; as well as several nieces and nephews. Visitation will be from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Saturday, November 12, 2016 at Roller-Ballard Funeral Home in Benton (501-315-4047). Visitation at Marianna will be at 2:00 p.m. (one hour prior to service) at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home. Funeral services with full Masonic burial rites are scheduled for 3:00 p.m., Sunday, November 13, 2016 at Roller-Citizens in Marianna, Arkansas with Bro. Grant Medford officiating. Interment will follow at Marianna Memorial Park in Marianna. Serving as pallbearers will be John Shrewsbury, Rusty Crump, Holly Hickman, David Gordon, Carl Long, Kenny Long, and Lanard Walker. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be made to www.youcaring.com/spreadinganneswings
Patricia Ann Griffis Trickey, age 75, of Benton passed away Thursday, November 10, 2016 at Saline Memorial Hospital Hospice House in Bryant. She was born August 13, 1941 in Benton to the late Sherman and Josephine Sample Griffis. Mrs. Trickey was a member of Spring Creek Baptist Church in Benton. She spent several years in St. Louis where she worked as a meat cutter. Pat was very passionate about her home, landscaping and gardening, and loved her family dearly. Pat was also preceded in death by her husband, Gerald Ray Trickey; four brothers, Milford ”Tooter”, Jimmy, Bobby and Tommy Griffis; one sister, Shirley Davenport; sister-in-law, Reba Griffis; and brother-in-laws, Murl Fullington and Roy Davenport. Survivors include two sons, Matthew Trickey of St. Louis and Jeremy Trickey of Benton; two sisters, Phyllis Moore (Gene) of Benton and Ila Jean Fullington of Richardson, TX; several nieces and nephews, and many friends. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 12, 2016 in the chapel of Roller-Ballard Funeral Home (315-4047) with Bro. Carl Richey officiating. Interment will follow in Pinecrest Memorial Park in Alexander. Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday evening November 11th at the funeral home.
Wade Lewis Graham, 79, of Benton, AR passed away on November 12, 2016. He was born October 29, 1937 in Camden, AR to Fulton & Ruby Graham. Wade was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He is survived by his wife Betty R. Graham of Benton, his daughter Melinda G. Henthorne of Benton, and his grandson Joshua G. Henthorne of Springdale, AR. Visitation services will be held from 6PM – 7PM Monday, November 14, 2016 at Roller-Ballard Funeral Home in Benton, AR. Graveside service will be held at 1PM Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at Crestlawn Memorial Park Conway, AR. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute of Little Rock, AR in honor of Wade & Betty Graham. Arrangements are under the direction of Roller-Ballard Funeral Home in Benton, Arkansas.
Suzanne Carter November 11, 2016 – WOW! Former students and family are ringing the school bell as their teacher goes through the heavenly gates. When she taught, she didn’t just “teach to the test” she inspired everyone to think outside of the box. Suzanne Carter was a sister, teacher, aunt & friend who died at the age of 70 on 9/10/2016. She leaves behind her beloved dogs Maks and Maggie (who were not her whole life…but they made her life whole), her sister Sammye Welborn and the rest of the Welborn family Trayc, Todd, Mike & Jennifer, Justin, Sam & Haley, Cole, Jared, Nate & Genjie, & Lexie. She joins Sam & Madge Carter (her mom and dad) along with Angel and Nick (her other dogs). She was a caring & giving person who will be forever missed.
Shelby Jean Whiting Osborne of Benton, Arkansas passed away October 28, 2016 at age 77. She was born October 19, 1939 in DeWitt, Arkansas. She graduated from Gillett High School and moved to Little Rock, Arkansas where she attended Draughon’s School of Business. She was a secretary employed by several companies over the years including Laborers International Union and AR AFLCIO where she was secretary to Bill Becker and Jimmy Clark. She retired from that position in 2000. Shleby is survived by her husband, William “Rudy” Osborne of Benton, Arkansas; one brother, Donel Whiting (Pat) of Alexander, Arkansas; four sisters, Margie Roushall (Zack) of Benton, Arkansas, Carolyn Bell (Mike) of Tichnor, Arkansas, Libby Davis of Bryant, Arkansas, and Sherry Hackney of Gillett, Arkansas; two grandsons, Phillip Gerke of Shreveport, Louisiana and Billy Bowers of Benton, Arkansas; five great-grandchildren; two stepdaughters, Libby Cooper (Carlie) of Eagleville, Tennessee and Kelly Mihm (Steven) of Murfreesboro, Tennessee; five step-grandchildren, William (Kristin) Cooper and Randall Cooper of Eagleville, Tennessee, Kearsten (Wes) Caudill, Tyler Releford, Molly Mihm of Murfreesboro, Tennessee; and three step great-grandchildren. Shelby is preceded in death by her daughter, Joy Bowers of Mabelvale, Arkansas; parents, Shelby and Jennie Whiting; and brother, Robert Wade Whiting of Tichnor, Arkansas. Shelby was a loving wife, sister, and friend. She was a born care-giver, always available to family and friends who needed help. In her younger days, she loved to fish and hunt. She liked music and would follow her husband where he played steel guitar in various bands. She was loved by many and will be missed by all who knew her. Reception visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 PM, Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at Smith-Benton Funeral Home, 322 N. Market Street, Benton, Arkansas. Private graveside service held at a later date. Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online guestbook:www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
Helen Marie Osburn, 86, of Benton passed away October 28, 2016 at a local nursing home. Marie was born May 30, 1930 in Arkadelphia, Arkansas to the late Rudolph and Irene Clements. Marie was preceded in death by her husband of sixty three years Earl M. Osburn; two sisters and two brothers. She is survived by three sons: Kenneth Osburn and wife Nona of Jacksonville; Ronald Osburn and wife Cindy of Benton and Albert Osburn also of Benton; Eight grandchildren and twenty-five great grandchildren; four sisters, two brothers and numerous nieces and nephews, family and friends. The family would like to extend special thanks to the staff at Alcoa Pines for their love and care. No memorial service will be scheduled. Arrangements entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Guests may register at www.smithfamilycares.com.
Sylvia Ann Slaughter, 24, of Benton, Arkansas passed away October 29, 2016. She was born June 19, 1992 in Elgin, Illinois to Jamie Slaughter and Delois Daum. She leaves to cherish her memories her mother, Delois Daum and husband Mark of Benton, Arkansas; father, Jamie Slaughter and wife Michelle of Franklin Park, Illinois; brothers, Randale Stewart of Missouri, Harvey Shelton of Benton, Arkansas, Paris Hare and wife Brea of Minnesota, Matthew Schuberth, Jamie Slaughter, and Jamily Slaughter; sisters, Latara Slaughter of Carbin Dale, Illinois and Janessa Slaughter; maternal grandparents, Jim and Johnnie Hare of Belvedere, Illinois; grandma, Barbara Daum; paternal grandfather, James Pledge; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and friends she loved dearly and who will miss her always. Reception visitation will be held from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Saturday, November 12, 2016 at Smith-Benton Funeral Home, 322 N. Market Street, Benton, Arkansas. Funeral service will follow at 12:00 Noon. Burial following at Smith-Rosemont Cemetery. Online guestbook:www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
Paula Ragan June 15, 1956 – October 29, 2016 Online guestbook:www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
Loretta Cates January 30, 1958 – October 31, 2016 Online guestbook:www.SmithFamilyCares.com
Frankie Ann Daugherty passed away peacefully while surrounded by loved ones at the age of 73 on October 31st, 2016. She was born in Benoit, Mississippi, on August 20th, 1943 and was one of ten children born to Vincent Lyons and Louise Hargrove. She spent 49 years of her life faithfully and happily married to Norl Jack Daugherty, Sr., a Marine Veteran of the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War, until his passing in 2009. She will now be laid to rest by his side at the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery in North Little Rock, Arkansas. She is survived by their three children: Vincent Daugherty, Angela Traxler (William Traxler), and Norl Jack Daugherty, Jr. (Rachael Daugherty) as well as her nine grandchildren: Elizabeth Taylor, Liam Daugherty, Rhys Daugherty, Hanna Greene, Neal Rollins III, Heather Rollins, Tyler Traxler, Courtney Traxler, and Travis Traxler. She was an outstanding and beloved daughter, wife, mother, sister, and grandmother. Her love knew no bounds as she welcomed anyone into her home whether it be for a warm meal, a laugh, or motherly advice. Frankie will be remembered as a unique, one-of-a-kind woman who was as feisty and outrageously witty as she was loving and kind. She was the shining light of our family; she gave her guidance, her wisdom, and her time to any and all in need. Per her wishes, the family will have a wake in lieu of a funeral service. This will take place on Saturday, November 5th, 2016, at 624 Poplar Street, Benton, Arkansas 72105 at 1:00 P.M. All family and friends are welcome to attend. We love you, Gram.
James Stearns Jr, was born in Germany on September 6, 1969, James spent most of his adult life in his home town of Bryant, Arkansas. It was there that he met his beautiful wife and they married shortly afterwards. They raised two, more than beautiful daughters, Lauren Stearns and Brittany Stearns Channell. James was a deeply spiritual man who loved Jesus. He was grateful for the miracles he had experienced in his life and he expressed that faithfully with a strong attitude of gratitude. He believed the journey of life was the gift we received from our heavenly father. Big hearted and generous, James volunteered at his church, Indian Springs Baptist Church, throughout his adult life. He was a deacon, served many widows and was a small group leader for teenagers and later young adults. He believed loving God’s people was a choice, not a requirement. He shared his loving heart, generous spirit and sense of humor with friends and everyone he met. James never met a stranger. You could guarantee James was going to pull a prank, he just loved life. His hobbies included fishing, hunting, restoring cars and his dogs, Joe and Harley. James worked in Engineering for over 30 years and was very passionate at doing the best job he could. He believed in team work and that respect was earned not given. James strived to teach others and believed that to be successful you have to give it away to keep it. He is survived by his loving family- wife; Stephanie Stearns, two daughters; Lauren Stearns, Brittany Stearns Channell, son-in-law Brooks Channell, granddaughter Bryleigh Channell, mother; Mary Stearns and father; James Stearns Sr., sister Teresa Wright, brother-in-law Richard Wright and niece Gabby Wright and grandfather L.V. Latham of Bryant, Arkansas. Funeral service is 2:00 P.M., Thursday, November 3 at Indian Springs Baptist Church, Bryant, Arkansas. Reception visitation held 5:00-7:00 PM, Wednesday, November 2 at Smith-Benton Funeral Home 322 N. Market Street, Benton, Arkansas. Online guestbook: www.SmithFamilyCare.com
Jackie Otto Bounds, 67, of Haskell, Arkansas, passed away November 2, 2016. Jackie was born January 2, 1949 in Pleasant Valley, Louisiana to the late Thomas Henry and Omie Pevy Bounds. Jackie served in the United States Marines and later retired as a Master electrician from Alcoa. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Benton where he was a Sunday school teacher and involved in missions. He is remembered for bringing donuts and fruit every Sunday to the children at First Baptist, affectionately called “Bounds Donut and Fruit Ministry”. Jackie and his wife, Anitta were avid “RV’ers” and traveled all over the United States. His travels resulted in friendships made all over the country. Jackie’s family was the center of his life and he would do anything for them. Jackie is survived by his wife of 46 years, Anitta Bounds of the “open road”; two daughters, Kimberly Taylor and husband Greg of Fort Worth, Texas and Kristi Guin; three grandchildren; Clarissa Bounds, Paeton Spencer and Cierra Guin; brother; Thomas Henry Bounds, of Minden, Louisiana; and many other family members and friends who loved him and will miss his always. He is preceded in death by his parents; brother; and sisters. Celebration of Jackie’s life will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, November 5, 2016 in the Selph Hall at First Baptist Church in Benton, AR. Family has requested memorials to be made to the “Bounds Donut and Fruit Ministry” at First Baptist Church in Benton, Arkansas. Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online guestbook: www.SmithFamilyCares.com
William Rudy Osborne, 74, of Benton, Arkansas passed away November 3, 2016. He was born December 15, 1941 in Zanesville, Ohio to the late William and Eleanor Tiesinger Fisher. William served in the United States Army and was a Hazardous Materials Trainer. He was an accomplished musician and was one of the best steel guitar players you have ever heard. Preceding William in death are his wife of 39 years, Shelby Whiting Osborne; daughter, Joy Bowers; and step-son, Bill Hayes. He leaves to cherish his memories two daughters, Elizabeth “Libby” Cooper and husband Carlie of Eagleville, Tennessee and Kelly Mihm and husband Steven of Rockvale, Tennessee; seven grandchildren, William Cooper and wife Kristin, Randall Cooper, Kearsten Caudill and husband Wes, Tyler Releford, Phillip Gerke, Billy Bowers and Molly Mihm; three great-grandchildren; step-daughters, Rhonda Abbott and husband Butch of Smyrna, Tennessee and Marsha Hanvy and husband Jeff of Lavergne, Tennessee; five step-great grandchildren; and many more family members and friends who loved William and will miss him always. Reception visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 PM, Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at Smith-Benton Funeral Home, 322 N. Market Street, Benton, Arkansas. Private graveside service held at a later date. Online guestbook: www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
Larry W. Sandage, 72, of Benton, Arkansas passed away November 4, 2016. He was born May 24, 1944 in Brinkley, Arkansas to the late Walter and Birdie Mae Sullivan Sandage. Larry leaves to cherish his memories his loving wife of fifty-three years, Frankie Sandage of Benton, Arkansas; sons, Terry Don Sandage and wife Angela and Ashley Sandage of Benton, Arkansas; grandchildren, Andrew and Alicia Sandage; sisters, Wilma Kirby of Bartow, Florida, Sylvia Austin of Bryant, Arkansas, and Nedra Dalton and husband Lewis of Gentry, Arkansas; and many more family members and friends who loved Larry and will miss him always. Larry was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Betty Prince. Reception visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00, Monday, November 7, 2016 at Smith-Benton Funeral Home, 322 N. Market St., Benton, Arkansas. Memorial service held at 3:00 P.M., Tuesday, November 8 at the funeral home. Online guestbook: www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
Sybil Lee Jones Sims, 83, of Benton, Arkansas passed away November 8, 2016. She was born June 19, 1933 in Vilonia, Arkansas to the late Jodie and Ada Bernard Jones. Sybil retired as an executive assistant at Alcoa. She was a member of the Arkansas Women’s Democratic Association. Sybil and her husband, Joe, loved to travel all over the world. They often went on church bus trips to Israel, Egypt, and other countries. She was preceded in death by her husband of fifty-five years, Joe Sims; parents; and sister, Gladys Simpson. Sybil leaves to cherish her memories son, Ralph Sims and wife Brenda of Benton, Arkansas; daughter, Suzie Hightower of Heber Springs, Arkansas; grandchildren, Michael Sims and Brian Sims and wife Belinda; great-grandchildren, Colton, Kaylynn, Evan, and Adam Sims; brother, Joe Jones and wife Martha of Sardis, Arkansas; and many more family members and friends who loved Sybil and will miss her always. Reception visitation will be held from 2:00-3:00 PM, Friday, November 11, 2016 at Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Funeral service, officiated by Bro. Clyde Shenault, will follow at 3:00 PM. Entombment will follow at Smith-Rosemont Cemetery with Ralph Sims, Michael Sims, Brian Sims, Colton Sims, Evan Sims, and Adam Sims serving as pallbearers. In lieu of flowers, family has requested memorials to be made to the Gideon’s Memorial Bible Plan, http://gideons.planmylegacy.org/memorials-and-tribute-gifts. Online guest register:www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
Peggy Yvonne (McCutcheon) Moore, 75, of Bauxite, Arkansas passed away November 12, 2016. She was born July 30, 1941 in Benton, Arkansas to the late Cecil “Lefty” and Ruby Foster McCutcheon. Peggy graduated from Benton High School in 1959. She retired from the Benton Public Schools after serving as a bus driver for twenty years and was a classroom aide in Middle School and Junior High Special Education. Peggy was a member of First Baptist Church in Benton, and former member of Calvary Baptist Church and Ridgecrest Baptist Church. She was a charter member of Garvin Woodland Gardens, lifetime member of Saline Crossing Regional Park, Inc., and member of Saline County Quilt Guild, Quest Quilt Guild and the Dixie Car Club. Preceding Peggy in death are her parents; and sisters, Johnnie Newcomb and Francis “Frankie” Ernst. She leaves to cherish her memories her loving husband of 57 years, Lynn A. Moore of Bauxite, Arkansas; children, Timothy “Tim” Allen Moore of Oklahoma and James Bradley “Brad” Moore and wife Lexi of Tontitown, Arkansas; grandchildren, Megan DeLoach of Georgia, Cody Moore of Oklahoma, Molly Harris of North Little Rock, Arkansas, Hayley Moore of Oklahoma, Mason Lockridge of USAF, Nebraska, Susanna Moore of Benton, Arkansas, and Madison Lockridge of Colorado; great-grandchildren, Tessa DeLoach of Georgia and Brinley Moore of Oklahoma; siblings, James C. McCutcheon of Bauxite and Mary E. Davis of Benton, Arkansas; and many other family members and friends who loved Peggy and will miss her always. Reception visitation will be held from 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM, Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at Smith-Benton Funeral Home, 322 N. Market Street, Benton, Arkansas. Funeral service, officiated by Dr. Rick Grant and Rev. Donald McCutcheon, will follow at 11:00 AM at the funeral home. Burial following at Social Hill Cemetery. Family requests memorials to be made to Arkansas Baptist Children’s Home, 10 Remington Drive, Little Rock, Arkansas 72204.www.ABChomes.org. Guests may register online at www.SmithFamilyCares.com.