KORY DEAN BAUER, 44, of Benton, Arkansas, passed away on February 11th, 2019. He was born on October 21st, 1974 to parents Hank Dean and Billie Jean Bauer in Anniston, Alabama. Kory proudly worked for multiple police departments throughout his career, including Benton, Pottsville, and Dardanelle, and was a field service consultant for Cardinal Health after several years working in law enforcement. Kory was an outgoing, funny man with an infectious smile. He was the All State Center for Frederick’s Bomber High School’s football team and played on a college level for Maryville College. He also loved body building and was awarded the title Mr. Arkansas in 2002; he continued his passion for exercise by training and coaching others for body building competitions. Most importantly, Kory loved all of his children deeply and was so very proud of the people they have become. Those left to cherish Kory’s memory are his three children: Cassidy Treadwell, Gavin and Karoline Bauer; his girlfriend: Tamara Love; his father: Hank Bauer; one sister: Krista Bauer; one niece: Evan Bauer; two fur-babies: Mia and Little Bear; and countless friends that will all miss him dearly. He is preceded in death by his mother: Billie Jean Bauer; and two sisters: Kim and Kandi Bauer. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Kory’s honor to the Friends of the Animal Village in Little Rock, Arkansas. https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/alexander-ar/kory-bauer-8158153
LEWIS ERBY TUDOR, age 94, of Benton, passed away Thursday, February 7, 2019. He was born August 8, 1924 in Benton, Arkansas. Lewis was preceded in death by his parents, Louie and Clara Tudor and a daughter, Alice Caroline Glover. He served in WW II in 1944 and was a POW. After returning home to Benton, he worked 37 ½ years for Reynolds. Although he was retired, he always stayed busy. He loved checking on the farm animals 3 to 4 times a day and we can all imagine the stories they got to hear. Lewis loved watching his Monday night wrestling and his Saturday night Molly B Polka Show. But if you asked anyone, his favorite thing was to tell his stories or just talking in general. He never met a stranger and cared about everyone. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Erma Tudor; two sons, Jeff (Lorie) Tudor and Paul Bert (Melinda) Tudor; son-in-law, Carl Glover, five grandchildren, Tim (Amanda) Merrick, Cristin (David) Groce, Carmen (David) Hollis, Bailey (Hunter) Dickey and Will Tudor and four great-grandchildren, Kinsey Merrick, Nolan Groce, Annabelle Dickey and Mae Groce. Poppa Tudor will be missed by many, but his legacy will live on forever. Pallbearers will be Kevin Chastain, Steve Chism, Frank Drye, Chad Newcomb, Steve Glass and Paul Childress. Honorary pallbearers will be Richard Howard, Doyle Ritchey, Carl Glover and Jim Bob Hockaday. Visitation will be 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Monday, February 11 at Ashby Funeral Home.
JOYCE JANICE TITTLE TURNER, age 80, of Bryant, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, February 8, 2019. She was born December 18, 1938 in Benton, Arkansas to the late Tommy and Rosie Tittle. Joyce was a nurse and very proud of her degree. She was a member of Hurricane Lake Baptist Church. Joyce was preceded in death by her parents and six brothers, Reed, JB, Gene, Tommy, Royce and Jimmy Tittle of the Benton area. She is survived by her husband, Kenneth Turner of Bryant; two sons, Benny Powell and wife Tammy of Benton and Donny Swain and wife Christy of Beebe; daughter, Karen Selby of Bryant; four grandsons, Heath Powell, Mitch Powell, Ryan McDonald and Chance Swain; two granddaughters, Misti Halter and Mandy Jolly and nine great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Heath Powell, Mitch Powell, Ryan McDonald, Chance Swain, Calvin Erwin, Charlie Raines, Bill Porter and Floyd Keene. Visitation will be 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 12 at Ashby Funeral Home, 108 W. Narroway in Benton, Ar 72015. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 13 at Ashby Funeral Home with burial at Gravel Hill Cemetery, 6519 Hwy 9 in Benton, Ar 72019. Bro. Clarence Shell will be officiating.
BOBBY DALE COKER, age 84, of Benton passed away on Wednesday February 6, 2019. He was born August 19, 1934 in Faulkner County. Bobby was a retired Plumber and a Baptist. He was preceded in death by his wife, Beverly Ann Coker, parents, Alvis Coker and Amy Gunter, son, Ricky Dale Coker, brothers, James Mahan and Jimmy Coker. Survivors, son, Michael Coker, Benton; brothers, Sandy Coker, California; Billy Coker, Perryville; and Larry Mahan, Sheridan; sisters, Carolyn, Alva Dean, and Linda, all of California. Six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. No services are scheduled at this time.
RACHEL ADAMS, 57, Benton, died February 2, 2019. She was born September 19, 1961 in Benton to Don and Johanna Gattin Adams. Survivors, sons, Robert and Richard Adams, Brother, Vance Adams, sister, Lisa Hirsch, two grandchildren. Cremation was through Ashby Funeral Home. On line guestbook at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
BILLY FRED WARFORD, age 80 of Benton went to meet his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in the early morning hours of Sunday, February 10, 2019. He was born in Saline County on June 27, 1938 to Johnny and Cordia (Harville) Warford who preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife of 62 years Nina Mae (Elliott) Warford and sons Nick (Rhonda) Warford, Mickey Dean Warford, and Charles Allen Warford, grandchildren, Jessica (RJ) Warford, Jared (Lauren) Warford, and great-grandchildren, Lynley Phifer, Stella Hobbs, and Willow Warford. Also survived by his sister, Janet (Will) Bearden, nieces and nephew, as well as many friends and relatives whom will mourn his loss. Mr. Warford retired from Reynolds Metals with 30 years of service. After retirement he also owned and operated Bill Warford and Sons Saline Crushing and Excavation, J&J &Abraham Sand and Gravel, as well as the Razorback Carwash and Quick Lube. Mr. Warford was an avid fisherman and enjoyed watching a good birddog work. He was a fan of the sport of Rodeo, which he passed on to his sons and grandson. He also enjoyed spending time with his friends, as well as, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was an active member of the community, serving as a Saline County Justice of the Peace and a member of the Saline Memorial Hospital Board of Directors. Mr. Warford was a member of Ten Mile Missionary Baptist Church. Memorial services will be held at 1:00 PM Wednesday at Ten Mile Missionary Baptist Church Ministers will be Bro. Vance Nutt and Bro. Will Diggs. Visitation will be from 12:00 to 1:00 PM before the service. In lieu of flowers Donations may be made to the Ten Mile Cemetery Fund.
MAURINE “GRANNY” BLEDSOE, one of Saline County’s oldest and most distinguished citizens, entered the gates of Heaven on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at the age of 97. She was met there by her beloved husband, Hartsell Bledsoe, and her daughter, Nanette Webb as well as her brothers, Herschel, Alfred and Jereld Murry. Although she was unable to attend during recent years, she was a charter member of the Benton First Assembly of God Church. For those of us who have known her throughout our lifetime, she wasn’t known as Mrs. Bledsoe, Mrs. Maurine or any of the like, she was just our “Granny” or “Granny Bledsoe” as we affectionately called her. She and her late husband were renowned for their culinary delights, and she continued this tradition after his passing. A local favorite is Granny’s homemade barbeque sauce. Not many folks who were around her haven’t tasted the sauce or a piece of her peach cobbler. She is a noted county treasure whose infectious love have endeared her to many people. Granny is survived by her son and daughter in love – Phillip “Curly” Bledsoe and Linda McAdoo, brother and sister in law – Bruce and JoAnn Murry of Camden, sister – Margaret Dean Speer of Little Rock, sister and brother in law – Andra and Tommy Ayers of Texarkana, TX, granddaughters – Traynee and Mike Rash of Shreveport, LA and Angela and Randy Clark of Hollywood, AR, son in law – Gary Webb of Benton, two great grandsons and two great granddaughters, several nieces and nephews as well as a host of friends who all loved their “Granny”. Visitation at Ashby Funeral home Thursday evening, February 14, 2019 from 6-8 p.m., and services will be Friday, February 15, 2019 at 10 a.m. in the Chapel with burial to follow at Hicks Cemetery. On line guestbook at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
MARY ELIZABETH CARMAN, 82 of Bryant, passed away on February 16, 2019 as a result of a long battle with Parkinson’s. Her three children, along with their spouses, were by her side when she drifted off to be with the Lord. Mary was born on February 10, 1937 in Gassaway, West Virginia to the late David Henry and Aleen Smith Baker. She was a long standing member of St. Theresa Catholic Church in Little Rock and Our Lady of Fatima Church in Benton. She was preceded in death in 2007 by her husband of 47 years, Roy H. Carman. Mary leaves to cherish her memory, sons, Sam. D. Carman and wife, Laurie, Matthew Gregg Carman, daughter, Kelly Elizabeth Martin, sister, Alice Marie Myers and husband, Dan, four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Visitation will be from 6:00 to 7:00 PM Thursday at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. A Rosary service will be held on Thursday, February 21 at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Benton at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, February 22nd at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Fatima Church. On line guestbook at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
LINDA SUE SPRADLIN, of Benton, went to be with her Lord on Sunday, February 17, 2019 at the age of 70 years. She is predeceased by her Mother & Father, Helen and J.C. Robertson. She leaves to cherish her memory: two sisters, Donna Fears and Darlene Mosley with husband Steve—her much-loved brother-in-law; her daughter, Susan Patterson with husband Michael; grandchildren, Katherine Clements & Andrew Patterson; niece, Jennifer Efird & husband Jeff; two nephews, Jason Efird & wife Mindy and Troy Efird & wife Shandy; a host of great nieces/nephews, cousins and many friends who loved her. Linda was a devoted and selfless caregiver, touching untold lives with her kindness. She loved watching and feeding the birds and squirrels, enjoying the ever-changing view out her window with her little dog Cricket always by her side. During her battle with ALS and until the day she died, Linda kept her spunkiness & her sprits amazingly high & never lost her strong faith in God; becoming an inspiration to every life she touched, new & old friends alike. All are invited to a casual “Celebration of Linda’s Life,” on Saturday, February 23, from 1pm to 4pm (drop-in) at the Mosley home, 5538 Kentucky Rd., Benton, AR 72019. We will pause at 2pm for a few brief words about Linda and to hear a couple of her favorite songs. Special thanks to Erica and Linda (Hospice), Cris (ALS), Laura and Jon (Caregivers). In lieu of flowers, please donate to “Linda’s Hope” team on the ALS website. Money donated here will be used in our local region for ALS: web.alsa.org/goto/lindaspradlin. www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
CAPTAIN EARL BALLARD slipped the surly bounds of earth on February 10, 2019. He passed away at the age of 81 at Good Sam’s after a brief and courageous battle with brain cancer. His life began on 9-19-37 in Kerrville, TX, but included many stops along the way because his step-dad was a military man. His education includes Frankfurt High School in Germany, graduation at Austin High School in El Paso, Stephenville Junior College, and finally Texas A. & M. Earl’s flying career started with the United States Air Force learning to fly in the Air Force Cadet class of G61, then flying missions to Turkey, France, and Bangkok. His career ended after 32 years of flying and line check training with Delta Air Lines where he retired as an “International Pilot”. Earl always said he wanted to fly the biggest planes made!! Even after moving to Hot Springs Village in 2000, he continued to meet monthly with his Delta flying buddies for lunch. Earl was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd Barnhart and Martha Ann Hamilton Ballard and his stepfather E. H. Ballard, his sister, Dixie Marie McClellan. He is survived by the “love of his life”, Jeanne, with whom he just celebrated their 40th anniversary, a sister, Linda O’Connell, three children, Timothy, Matthew, and Mitchell, four grandchildren, one great grandchild, many nieces and nephews. Captain Earl loved to reminisce about all his days of flying and had a lot of stories about all the famous people that had been on his flights. He loved playing golf with his friends and his wife and they made many golfing trips. Earl spent a lot of his free time playing “freecell” on his computer, playing euchre with friends, and snuggling up in the recliner with his dog, Dexter. Earl also had a passion for the piano and he spent hours playing the oldies. Earl was a kind and gentle soul who will be sorely missed by his family and friends. Visitation will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday February 15 at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Hot Springs Village followed by The Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be at the Arkansas State Veterans cemetery in North Little Rock at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday February 19. Pallbearers: Mitch Ballard, Matt Ballard, Rob Bowers, Clint Lunsford, Rex Brewer and Dan Quandt. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you make a donation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus Endowment with the Hot Springs Village Community Foundation, or to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements have been entrusted to CedarVale Funeral Home of Hot Springs Village, AR.
ELIZABETH ANNE MOE, 87 of Hot Springs Village, AR, passed away on February 11, 2019. She was born in Grand Cane, LA on July 23, 1931, to Edward and Leila Mae (James) Griffith and met her husband of 50+ years, George O. Moe, while working at Texas Eastern Transmission Corp. They were married on July 19, 1968. She is survived by her husband George, her son, Gary Burnham and seven step-children; Beth, George, Bill, Pat, Robert, Ben and Richard Moe and 14 grandchildren. She lived an active service life as past VP of the Women’s Republican Club; founder and past president of HSV Women’s Aglow and as a volunteer at Potter’s Clay. However her heart was mostly in her 12+ years as a counselor at Change Point in Hot Springs. She was a member of Balboa Baptist Church who loved the Lord and was a devoted bible Scholar. Memorial Service will be Held Feb. 16th, visitation at 1:00 PM followed by the service at 2 p.m. at Balboa Baptist Church in Hot Spring Village with Dr. Denny Wright officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Change Point of Hot Springs or Balboa Baptist Church building fund. Arrangements have been entrusted to CedarVale Funeral Home of Hot Springs Village, AR. Guest register at www.cedarvalefuneralhome.com.
OVA LEE WALLACE, age 86, passed on in his home in Alexander, Arkansas, on February 7, 2019. He was born February 22, 1932, to Ezra George and Jessie Taylor Wallace in Malvern, AR, where he spent his boyhood years. After attending Malvern High School, Ova joined the United States Navy, where he completed his education while serving. Ova retired as a Chief Boatswain’s Mate, completing 22 years of service in active duty and 8 years of reserve duty. Ova met Pacita, the love of his life, in the Philippines in 1954. After a 10-year courtship, they married in 1964. He was devoted to her for their 44-year marriage and lovingly cared for her during her final illness. After leaving the Navy, Ova graduated from Ouachita Vo-Tech at Malvern and taught classes there for 3 years. Ova was a master electrician with a specialty in air conditioning and refrigeration. He owned his own business for several years, serving customers across central and southeast Arkansas. In 1976 he left his business and took a job teaching electrical code and air conditioning and refrigeration at Forest Echoes Vo-Tech School in Crossett, AR, where he taught for many years. His student teams always fared well at the statewide skills competitions and some even placed nationally. His stories about his adventures in the Navy encouraged many of his students to enlist. Somewhere along the way, Ova transformed from someone who loathed computers to an avid techie. He was mostly self-taught, but he also pursued Microsoft Certification. When he left Forest Echoes, he once again started his own business, AC & R Consulting Service, “Improving Maintenance Skills with Specialized Training in Air Conditioning, Electricity, Heating, Refrigeration, and Mechanical Maintenance”. He traveled the country leading workshops on OSHA guidelines and the National Electric Code for El Dorado Chemical, Georgia Pacific, Monsanto, Tyson, and Potlatch. He also wrote programs teaching the codes for students to do self-paced instruction. Pacita loved traveling with him to his workshops. When he stopped traveling, he taught the night program for electrical apprenticeship at Forest Echoes. For many years, Ova served as the church secretary of Hamburg First Assembly of God Church. He loved his church family and was enthusiastic about his duties, taking great pride in designing the bulletin every week, and arriving early for every service. Ova and Pacita enjoyed their retirement in Hamburg until moving to central Arkansas in 2007 to be closer to their children and extended family. Ova was an avid reader, writer, and life-long learner; he encouraged the same attributes in his children. He enjoyed fellowship and time with his children and family, over a nice meal—especially dessert. Well known and loved for his gentle and generous nature, Ova was a patient and understanding man who never turned away from those in need and always looked for opportunities to help others. He did a lot of free work for people and in the community, including setting up a computer lab and teaching basic skills for a year at the Southwest Little Rock Adult Education Center. He and Pacita helped establish several churches in and around Pacita’s home village of Bante in the Philippines, and he established a fund to support them. He was a major financial supporter of the LIFE Tutoring Program at Abundant Life Church in Bryant, Arkansas, insisting that the students get snacks every week and dictating that at Christmas each child get “one book and one toy.” He also delivered Meals on Wheels and volunteered at the Humane Society of Saline County walking dogs and petting cats. He is survived by his children, Jessie Burchfield (Mike), Lee J. Wallace (Julianne), Jill Savage, Julie Wallace (Vikki), Jerry Wallace (Regina) and Janice Wallace; 17 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren; sister-in-law, Kathryn and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, David and Clomer Wallace; sister Marguerite Robinson; his loving wife, Pacita, infant daughter, Josephine and infant great-granddaughter Tallidah Rose Landry-Wallace. Visitation Tuesday, February 12, from 6-8 p.m. at Dial and Dudley in Bryant. Celebration of life Wednesday, February 13 at noon at Abundant Life Assembly of God Church. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Ova and Pacita Wallace Philippine Missions Fund at Abundant Life. You can give online at http://abundantlifebryant.org https://www.dialanddudleyfuneralhome.com
ROBIN ELIZABETH PHILLIPS, 60, of Little Rock, Arkansas passed away on February 9, 2019. She was born to the late Edward E. and Charlie Mae Red on January 28, 1959 in Little Rock, Arkansas. She loved Elvis Presley. She enjoyed watching Christmas movies and wrestling. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother. She is survived by her son, Michael Allen Beatty; sister, Shannen Red; brother, Rickey Red; niece, Phoebe Red; nephew, Shane Essary, Jr.; along with numerous friends and other family who love and miss her dearly. The celebration of life will be held on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 3:30 P.M. at New Hope Church of the Nazarene. Brother George Yarberry will be officiating. https://www.dialanddudleyfuneralhome.com
CHARLES DANIEL LAMBERT, 40, of Benton, Arkansas passed away on Saturday, February 9, 2019. He was born to Ricky and Teresa “Teri” Lambert on July 5, 1978 in Benton, Arkansas. He was full of life and energy. He was known as a jokester who never met a stranger! He was preceded in death by his Papa, Charles E. Lambert. Remaining to laugh and share memories are his children, Ethan and Jayden; parents; sister, Paula Richardson; along with numerous friends and other family who love and miss him dearly. The celebration of Charles’ life will be held Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 6:00 P.M. at the Household of Faith Church: 1148 Salem Rd, Benton, AR 72019. Send the flowers to the church instead of Dial and Dudley Funeral Home!
CHARLOTTE GAIL ROLLER, 65, of Little Rock, Arkansas passed away on Tuesday, February 12, 2019. She was born to Gerald and Willys Sheldon on Monday, September 14, 1953 in Little Rock, Arkansas. She enjoyed camping, fishing, and spending time outdoors. She loved spending time with her family. She liked watching her grandchildren play sports and cheering them on! She adored her loving canine companion, Rose. She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Robert, Alfred, Jerry, and Bobby; and sister, Mary. She is survived by her son, Joey Roller (Ramona); daughter, Raquel Munson (Marshall); three grandchildren, D.C. Munson, David and Emma; one brother, Jim Sheldon (Elenora); two sisters, Barbara Casey and Geraldean Rushing (Dean); along with numerous of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends who love and miss her dearly. A special thanks to Chris Munson and Jim Shackleford “Dad” for being so caring and loving throughout this time. The celebration of life will be held on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. at Smyrna Bible Church: 9395 Dreamy Oaks Drive Paron, Arkansas 72122. Send the flowers to the church instead of Dial and Dudley Funeral Home!
SHARLA JEAN VENABLE, 60, of Benton, passed away Saturday, February 9, 2019. She was born March 27, 1958 in Little Rock , Arkansas to the late Charles and Billie Jean Webb. She is preceded in death by her parents and one son, Nick Venable. Survivors include husband Lawrence Dean Venable of Benton and one daughter, Stacey Venable of Benton. A time of visitation will be from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. Thursday, February 14, 2019 in the chapel of Roller-Ballard Funeral Home (501-315-4047), 306 South Main, Benton, Arkansas 72015.
JAMES ”DUB” WALLACE, 90, of Benton passed away Thursday, February 14, 2019. He was born February 16, 1928 in Paron, Arkansas to the late Floyd and Perry Wallace. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Wallace; brother, Johnny Wallace; great-grandson, Michael Ryan Baker; and son-in-law, Hal Baker. Survivors include son, Jerry (Vickie) Wallace of Bryant; daughter, Betty Baker of Haskell; two sisters, Betty Lou Abbott of Benton and Frances Williams of Paron; five grandchildren, Michael Baker, Jerry (Tabitha) Wallace, Eric (Tracy) Baker, Jennifer (Walter) Caton, and Misty (Rebel) Hamilton; twelve great-grandchildren, Emale (Joseph) West, Erica Campbell, Ashlee (Garrett) Phillips, Mary Ellynne Baker, Tanner Caton, David Hunter Baker, Deric Baker, Cooper Wallace, Sabastain Hamilton, Gabriel Hamilton, Savanah Wallace, and Baby Wallace who is due in August; three great-great-grandchildren, Nolan, Keaton, and Carter West; and several nieces and nephews. Graveside service will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, February 18, at Fowler Cemetery in Paron, Arkansas. Serving as pallbearers are Michael Baker, Jerry Wayne Wallace, Eric Baker, Rebel Hamilton, David Baker, and Deric Baker. A time of visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, February 17, in the chapel of Roller-Ballard Funeral Home (501-315-4047) at 306 S. Main St. Benton, AR 72015.
REBECCA MAE ROACH, our precious gift, was born peacefully sleeping in the arms of God on Monday, February 11, 2019. Rebecca is survived by her parents, William and Jennifer Roach; her siblings, Alexandra Roach and Ruger Roach; her grandparents, Patricia Martin and Chris and Elaine Rogers; her great-grandmother, Rebecca Johnson; one uncle and aunt, Johnny and Alex Rich. A Funeral Service of remembrance will be Saturday, February 16, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Roller-Alcoa Funeral Home Chapel, 6700 Alcoa Road, Benton (501) 315-0700, with visitation beginning an hour prior at 10:00 a.m. Bro. Tyler Bray will be officiating
BETTY JO BECKWITH, 77, of Benton passed away Thursday, February 14, 2019. She was born August 27, 1941 in DeQueen, AR to the late Dave and Dixie Kerr. Betty Jo was retired from the Bauxite School District where she did accounting for the Office of the Superintendent. She was a member of the West Bauxite Missionary Baptist Church. Betty Jo was a model of Christian faith and virtue. She was loved in her family, church, community and workplace. Betty Jo was preceded in death by husbands, James Henry Russell, and Harold E. Beckwith, her sister, Frances Smith, and her granddaughter, Erica Nicole Russell, brothers-in-law Ronnie Beckwith, Josh Chapman, and Abe Von Hatten, and sister-in-law Nona Faye Garibay. Survivors include three sons, James David Russell and his wife Mary, Kelly Joe Russell and his wife Shauna, and Shawn D. Beckwith and his wife Tonya; sister, Sue Acklen and husband James of Broken Bow; sisters-in-law Betty Chapman of Benton, Lamona Sue Von Hatten of Alvarado, TX, and Janet Beckwith-Sebourn and Husband Randy of Sheridan; brother-in-law Kenneth Beckwith and wife Lil of Bryant; grandchildren Robert Russell and wife Brooke, Kolbe and Sydnee Russell, and Lilee and Dylan Beckwith, and great grandchildren Phoenix, Ridge, and Georgia Russell. Funeral service will be held at 9:00 a.m., Saturday, February 23, 2019 at West Bauxite Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Melvin Burris and Bro. Kim Hammer officiating. A second service will be held at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, February 23, 2019 at Wilkerson Funeral Home in DeQueen, AR with Bro. Melvin Burris officiating, and internment service will follow immediately after at Valley Cemetery in Gillham, AR. Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, February 22, 2019 at Roller-Alcoa Funeral Home (501)315-0700 6700 Alcoa Rd in Benton.
IRMA LEE (BREWER) MCCROTTY, 82, of Bryant went to be with her Lord and Savior on February 17, 2019. She was born April 4, 1936 to the late Sidney and Brunie Mae (Lemons) Brewer. She was a member of Olive Hill Missionary Baptist Church for 60 years and retired after 25 years of service from the Pulaski County Special School District. She loved her family, to garden and sew, but was best known for her cooking and helping others. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Leonard Brewer and sisters Edith Mashburn, Elzie Mashburn, Leathia Mae Crutchfield and Lela Bell Benight. She is survived by her loving husband of 64 years, Henry McCrotty; Two sons, Rick (Cindy) McCrotty and Charles (Cathy) McCrotty all of Bryant. Grandchildren, Lesley (Shane) Smith of Jonesboro, Jessica (Josh) Vaughn of Benton, Zach (Casey) McCrotty and Chaz (Mechalle) McCrotty of North Little Rock. Great Grandchildren, Seb, Gavin, Judson, Barrett and Merritt. Brother Harley Brewer, sisters, Barbara McCrotty, Joann Reynolds, Helen Weymouth, Mary Davis, Sidney Scoles, Carolyn Smith and Brenda Zelada and a host of nieces and nephews. The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to Mendy Barnes and the entire staff at Saline Memorial Hospice. Funeral Services will be Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at Roller-Alcoa Funeral Home Chapel, 6700 Alcoa Road, Benton, interment will follow at Forest Hills Cemetery. Visitation will be held 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at Roller-Alcoa Funeral Home (501) 315-0700.
JETT OTTO MATTHEWS, 84, was born on March 11, 1934 to Milton and Birdie Mae Matthews. He passed away on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 after a short bout with cancer. He was raised near Ray Winder Field and loved baseball, hunting and fishing. He was a member of the S&H Hunting Club. He was a veteran of the United States Navy (E8 2nd Class) and a US Postal Service employee for 32 years. Jett was preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Sylvia Ann Crow Matthews and his son, Wayne Matthews, his brothers and sisters. He is survived by his daughter, Sharon Ann (Doug) Dewease of Bauxite; his son, Brian (Stephanie) Matthews of Alexander; his grandchildren, Sarah (Drew) Ross of Crossett, Jay Dewease of Bauxite, Justin (Ashley) Matthews of East End, Coriana (Nick) Gladden of Little Rock, Mallory and Jacob Matthews of Alexander; four great-grandchildren, Saylor and Isabel Ross of Crossett, Koen Wayne Matthews of East End, Lily Sage Gladden of Little Rock; and his nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be 12:00 p.m. Friday, February 22, in the chapel of Roller-Alcoa Funeral Home with Pastor Tom Williams officiating. Serving as pallbearers are Jay Dewease, Justin Matthews, Jacob Matthews, John Dale, Kaward Jolly, and Ismael Leyva. Interment will follow in Pinecrest Memorial Park. A time of visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, February 21, at the funeral home.
JAMES CURTIS CARTER, 23, of Benton, Arkansas passed away February 8, 2019. He was born March 28, 1995 in Little Rock to Chester Ray and Ann (McClain) Carter. James loved the Lord. He was a hard worker and worked in car detailing. He was a big jokester and enjoyed playing jokes on his family and friends. James had a mischievous grin-you were never sure what he was up to. Going to the lake to fish, swim, and jump off cliffs was his favorite thing to do. James also enjoyed listening to music. James was very close to his sister who is thirteen months older than him. Although he was younger, he was very protective of her and loved her dearly. James enjoyed spending time with his friends and was very fun to be around. James was preceded in death by his grandparents: Curtis and Juanita Carter and James and Betty McClain. He leaves to cherish his memory his parents, Chester Ray and Ann Carter of Benton, Arkansas; sister, Cynthia Carter of Benton, Arkansas; special friends: Mallerie Pope, Courtney Hester, and Jason Bates; and many cousins, family members, and friends who love James and will miss him always. Memorial service, officiated by Rev. Mike Tittsworth, will be held at 1:00 PM, Saturday, March 2 at Trinity Baptist Church, 702 Church Street, Benton, Arkansas. Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Guests may register online atwww.SmithFamilyCares.com.
FRANKIE STEEN ANDERSON of Benton, Arkansas was born January 19, 1942 in Paron, Arkansas to Ed and Murl Curtis and passed away February 9, 2019. She is preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers: Henry Curtis and Machin Curtis. She is survived by her husband, Jackie; son, Rick Curtis; daughter, Kelly Faulkenberry all of Benton; two granddaughters: Jenn (Rick) Wallace of Pea Ridge, Arkansas and Emily (Bucky) Pugh of Howe, Oklahoma; two great-grandchildren: Ashley Wallace and Ellie Mae Pugh; sister, Carolyn Gunter; and a host of family and friends who love Frankie and will miss her always. Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online guestbook: www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
TERRA LEA JONES, 42, of Benton, Arkansas passed away February 9, 2019. She was born February 4, 1977 in Little Rock to Pamela (Poe) Cox and the late Paul McLeod. Terra loved the Lord and was a member of Spring Creek Missionary Baptist Church. She grew up in Benton and graduated from Benton High School. Terra was a loving wife, mother, and daughter and placed her family first and foremost in her life. She was very ambitious and proved that by earning two master’s degrees. Her hobbies include reading and antiquing. From an early age, Terra loved being around children-so much so that she knew she wanted to be a teacher. She taught in Sheridan and East End schools. She leaves to cherish her memory her loving husband, three sons, mother and step-father, half-brother, and a host of family members and friends who love Terra and will miss her always. Memorial service to celebrate the life of Terra, officiated by Rev. Parrish, will be held at 2:00 PM, Wednesday, February 13, at Spring Creek Missionary Baptist Church, 19200 Interstate I-30 North, Benton, Arkansas. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Ehler’s-Danlos Syndrome Research athttps://ehlersdanlos.networkforgood.com/projects/22945-hope-begins-with-you. Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online guestbook:www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
BETTY JEAN MORROW, 85, of Benton, Arkansas went to be with the Lord on February 13, 2019. Betty was born July 1, 1933 in Springfield, Arkansas to the late James and Pearl Willis. Betty had a servant’s heart and loved taking care of others. She was a multi-talented woman who could do anything and had her hand into everything. Betty was not afraid of hard work. Growing up, she worked in the cotton fields with her twin sister collecting over 300 pounds a day! She also helped her father plowing fields with a mule. In high school, Betty was a champion track star and holds records in sprinting and pole-vaulting. Betty was always herself and never put on airs. She spoke her mind and was true to her word. Family was most important to Betty. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Preceding Betty in death are her loving husband, Carl Dean Morrow; parents, James and Pearl Willis; brother, Arli Willis; twin sister, Billie Dean Alvey; two grandsons: Thomas Morrow and David Morrow; three half-sisters: Nina, Ruby, and Helen; and two daughters-in-law: Marsha Morrow and Mary Morrow. She leaves to cherish her memory seven children: James Morrow and wife Patti of Suffolk, Virginia, Tommy Morrow of Little Rock, Debbie Brown and husband Dennis of Little Rock, Mike Morrow and wife Karen of Hot Springs, Arkansas, Richard Morrow and wife Terri of Benton, Arkansas, Beverly Lindsey and husband Jerry of Pleasant Plains, Arkansas, and Lisa Smith and husband Allen of Benton, Arkansas; seventeen grandchildren; thirty-eight great-grandchildren; sister, Doris Marie Brown of Russellville, Arkansas; and a host of family members and friends who love Betty and will miss her always. Reception visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 PM, Friday, February 15, at Smith-Benton Funeral Home, 322 N. Market Street, Benton, Arkansas. Funeral service, officiated by her son, Rev. Richard Morrow, will be held at 1:00 PM, Saturday, February 16, at Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Burial following at Forest Hills Memorial Park with Colby Morrow, Jereomy Morrow, Carl Morrow, Blaine Bufford, Dalton Bufford, and Chase Bufford assisting as pallbearers and Scott Morrow and Mark Morrow as honorary pallbearers. Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online guestbook:www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
EDNA M. HEALAN, 94, went to be with the Lord on February 19, 2019. She was born April 7, 1924 in Jessup, Georgia to the late Benjiman F. and Minnie Lee (Hightower) Healan. Edna loved the Lord and served him faithfully. She was a member of Benton Foursquare Church. She was a licensed social worker. In Edna’s earlier years, she worked as a welder in the ship yards with her sister during World War II. Edna was part of a musical family. During the 1920’s and 1930’s, they toured across the United States and sang at the Grand Ole Opry and the Louisiana Hayride. They were very accomplished musicians and recorded albums until the boys had to enter the service for World War II. The Healan Family introduced “spoon playing” to the United States in the 1920’s. The love for music and Edna’s musical talents have been passed down to her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Preceding Edna in death are her husband, Joseph Moore Oliver; parents, Benjiman and Minnie Lee Healan; brothers: Jerry, Leonard, Bobby, and Frank Healan; sisters: Kathleen “Babbs” Mull, Durice “Duke” Healan, and Thelma “Jennie” Healan; and half-brother, Burnace Hightower. She leaves to cherish her memory two daughters: Gwendolyn Patricia Oliver of Spokane, Washington and Linda Ann (Oliver) Brewer and her husband Rev Dr. S. David of Benton, Arkansas; grandchildren: David Allen Brewer, Lois Ann (Brewer) Smith and her husband Ronnie Keith, and Michelle Cook-Hart and her husband Dennis; great-grandchildren: Ashley Hall, Suziann Hall, Karra Ann (Smith) Pracht and her husband Jacob, and Joseph David Brewer; great-great grandchildren: William Hall, Madyson Hall, Larkin Ann Marie Pracht, and two on-the-way- Jackson Oliver Pracht and Michela Rain Hall; and many family members and friends who love Edna and will miss her always. Memorial service will be held by family at a later date. Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online guestbook:www.SmithFamilyCares.com. artha Ann Venable, 84, of Alexander, was welcomed into the Lord’s arms on February 7th, 2019. She was born on December 30th, 1934 to parents Orville and Ione Moody in Clinton, Arkansas. Those left to cherish her memory are her beloved husband: Billy Ross Venable of Alexander; four daughters: Cheryl (Dennis) Freeman of Traskwood, Janet (Gary) McPherson of North Little Rock, Cindy (Tony) Straughn and Terrie (Steve) Whatley of Benton; thirteen grandchildren, thirty-one great-grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren. https://www.legacy.com/funeral-homes/arkansas/alexander/pinecrest-funeral-home
EDDIE ANDREW ANDERSON, age 71, of Bauxite, passed away February 12, 2019. He was born July 31, 1947, in Kewanee, Illinois. He was preceded in death by his parents, Verner Andrew and Eva Jane Anderson. Eddie was a retired Captain of Little Rock Fire Department Station 15. He was of the Baptist faith. He is survived by daughter, Christina Anderson; son, Richard “Ricky” Anderson; sister, Rebecca Nordman (George “Eddy”); brother, James Anderson (Brenda); four grandchildren; ex-wife, Betty Sue Anderson; and many friends. A gathering of remembrance will be held on Saturday, February 16, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Pinecrest Funeral Home, 7401 Hwy 5 North, Alexander. To offer condolences and share a memory of Eddie with his family visit www.pinecrestmemorialpark.com
ROY “BUD” HOPKINS, age 83, passed away on Friday, February 15, 2019, at Baptist Hospital in Little Rock. Bud was born on January 21, 1936, in Texarkana, Texas, to the late Roy H. Hopkins, Sr. and Mary Ethel Biddle Hopkins. He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Nannie M. Oliver. Bud grew up in Texarkana and graduated from Texarkana High School in 1954. In 1955, Bud went to work for Kroger in the meat department and worked as a meat cutter for Kroger in Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas for 43 years. He retired in 1998 from the Kroger on Baseline and Geyer Springs in Little Rock. He made many friends throughout his 43 years at Kroger and loved them all, especially his customers. Bud was a devoted model railroader who loved trains. He was a member of the Cotton Belt Rail historical Society in Pine Bluff, AR. He was a vendor every year in the Cotton Belt Train Shows in Pine Bluff and the “Rail and Sprues” Train Shows in Jacksonville. Being in his train building brought him so much joy, whether it was running trains for his grandchildren, showing off his trains to friends, or just being alone running trains. He was always happy when he was with his trains. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Julia Hays Hopkins of the home, his daughter Tammy Porter (Jeff) of Glen Rose; three grandchildren, Tara Dorminy of Rogers, Brad Porter (Paige) of Glen Rose, and Kyle Porter (Sydney) of Little Rock, two great- grandchildren, Hadley Grace and Jackson Hays Dorminy of Rogers, his best friend, Duane Toki of Little Rock, and many family and friends. Memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society or Cotton Belt Rail Historical Society, Inc., PO Box 2044,Pine Bluff, AR 71613. https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/alexander-ar/roy-hopkins-8175108
WILLIAM HAROLD LESTER, 39, of Benton, passed away February 11, 2019. He was a security guard at Park Plaza Mall and attended Benton First Assembly of God Church. He is survived by his mother, Darlene Lester of Benton; siblings, Billie Brown (Troy) of Florida and Edna Batterton (Jimmy) of Benton; nephew, Tyler Batterton of Benton; nieces, Kristyn Taliancich (Joel) of Florida and Ashley Chasse (Andrew) of South Carolina; great-nieces, Harmony and Leila Taliancich, and Lily Chasse; great-nephew, Ryan Chasse; and special friend, Sterling Boston of Portland, Oregon. He was predeceased by his father, Harold Gene Lester, uncles, Willie Lester and William Everet Lester, grandmothers, Goldie Lester and Barbara Pearson, and grandfathers, Haywood Lester and Earl Pearson. Services will be private. Arrangements by Little Rock Funeral Home, (501)224-2200. William’s online guestbook may be signed at www.littlerockfuneralhome.com.
EMILY SPOHNHOLZ, 47, of Benton, passed away February 6, 2019. She was born on July 19, 1971 in Athens, Ohio to Ernest J. Peters and Kathleen (Murphy) Peters. She was a Loan Processor in the Banking Industry. She is survived by her father, Ernie Peters (Donna) of Little Rock; sisters, Robyn Tolbert (Randy) and Felicia Peters both of Little Rock; nieces, McKenzie Tolbert, Ella Tolbert, Alexa Lamb (Justin) and Jacey Peters; aunt, Patti Peters of Clifton, CO and other family and friends. She was preceded in death by her mother. Funeral services will be 4:00 p.m., Thursday, February 14th at Little Rock Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Fellowship Bible Church, 1401 Kirk Rd., Little Rock, AR 72223. Arrangements by Little Rock Funeral Home, 8801 Knoedl Ct. (NW corner I-630 and Barrow Rd.), (501) 224-2200. Emily’s online guestbook may be signed at www.littlerockfuneralhome.com.