Joe C. Cooper, age 91, of Benton, went to be with the Lord on Monday, January 16, 2023. He was born September 25, 1931 in Briggsville, Arkansas to the late Homer and Edna Sanner Cooper. Joe was the founder and president of J&S Manufacturing Company Inc. and was a 32nd Degree Mason. He was ordained in 1972 at First Missionary Baptist church of Mabelvale and served as a Deacon. Later, Joe moved his membership to Sharon Missionary Baptist Church where he has been for 34 years and also served as a Deacon. He loved hunting, fishing, and most of all his great-grandchildren.
Joe is preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Mary Lou Maner.
He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Sue Byrum Cooper; daughter and son-in-law, Missy and Tim Skinner; his proud and loving granddaughter, Cassie Curtis (John David); two great-grandchildren, Trapper and Harper Curtis; special family, Mary Sue McNutt (Ed), Mandy Hanson (Jeff), Joanne Wooldridge (Matt), Robert Byrum (Tammy), Jessica Tillery (Mason), Angela Saxon (Zach), Linda Seright, Lorri Byrum, Chris Byrum, and Delayne Rushing (Mike); and a host of extended family & friends.
Pallbearers will be Tim Phifer, Clifton Reese, Bobby Goodknight, Tim Duvall, Mason Tillery, and Jeff Nalley. Honorary pallbearers will be Muncy Harris, Mike Rushing, Johnny Sanchez, Jimmy Guerin, and Robert Duvall.
Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, January 19 at Ashby Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, January 20 at Sharon Missionary Baptist Church with a 3:00 p.m. graveside service at Phoenix Cemetery on Buck Mt. Rd in Dover. Bro. Doug Hambrick, Bro. Richard Hamlin, and Bro. Terry Duvall will be officiating.
The family would like to give a special thank you to Dr. Mark Albey, Dr. David Griffen, Dr. Michael Davis, Dr. Zachary Morrill, the Encore Staff, and Sylvia Duplissy for Joe’s excellent care.
Diana Sue Amedee, 73, of Bryant, Arkansas passed away on Monday, January 16, 2023. She was born to, Adolph and Evelyn (Fridge) Amedee, on Tuesday, June 7, 1949, in Houston, Texas. Diana enjoyed the simple things in life. She loved cooking, watching tv, and reading.
She is preceded in death by her father, Adolph E. Amedee.
She is survived by her mother, Evelyn Amedee; her two sisters, Barbara Wellman and Linda Baumbach of Bryant; her brother, Richard Amedee (Lois) of Dallas, Georgia; along with a host of nieces, nephews, other family, and friends that will all miss her greatly.
A private graveside service will be held at a later date.