Edward Turner II age 49, of Benton passed away Wednesday March 9, 2022. He was born November 20, 1973 in Benton. Edward was preceded in death by his parents, Edward Turner I and Deborah Gail Belk Turner.
Survivor, brother, Jason Turner.
Cremation services by Ashby Funeral Home in Benton.
Deborah Gail Turner age 67, of Benton passed away Wednesday, March 9, 2022. She was born June 1, 1955 in Wichita, Kansas. She was preceded in death by her parents, J. B. Turner and Letha Summerhill Turner, husband, Edward Turner I, son Edward Turner II.
Survivors, son and daughter-in-law, Jason (Kim) Turner, sisters, Donna Trussell, and Linda Tillery, grandchild, Shania Durstdeller, great-grandchild, Howard Michael Paul Durstdeller.
Cremation services are by Ashby Funeral Home.
Ricky Wayne Dodson, age 63, of Benton, died on March 10, 2022. He had accepted Jesus as his Savior and was looking forward to the resurrection. Ricky was a client of Civitan Center in Bryant. He was in the retired class. His favorite activity was listening to the old country music classics, and singing along. Ricky loved to shoot fireworks at his niece and nephew’s house on the Fourth of July with the kids. He could move pretty fast getting away from a rocket launch. Ricky also loved riding rides at the fair with younger family members. He was a social person at the center and always made friends wherever he went. Age meant nothing to Ricky; he still thought he was young when noticing a pretty woman.
His family that preceded him in death, he continued to miss them the rest of his life. He would often want to go by the old home place where his memories were of his family and home.
Ricky was preceded in death by his parents, Harvie and Juanita Dodson; his brothers, Harvey, Edward and David (Sherry) Dodson; and also his youngest sister, Lucy Kay Dodgen.
He is survived by his oldest sister, Mary Ragsdale (Charles); sister, Sherry Lynn Polzin; sister-in-law, Cathy Dodson Ballard; also numerous nieces and nephews who cared deeply for Ricky.
Visitation will be 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, March 13 at Ashby Funeral Home.
Graveside services will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, March 14 at Ten Mile Cemetery. Pastor Michael Wolford will be officiating.
Family Comments: Special thanks to the Civitan Center, Civitan Group Home, Dr. Clay Brashears, Dr. Mariann Harrington, Dr. Hardee, Dr. Gao, Dr. Gardner, Dr. Parker, Dr. Porter, Dr. Wells, CARTI in Bryant & Little Rock, and Saline Memorial Hospital for their care throughout the years.
Larry Ralph Ward, 77, is with his Lord and Savior after passing away on March 9, 2022. He was born in Norman, Okla., on May 22, 1944, to Ralph and Velma Ketner Ward. He was a proud Oklahoma Sooner and spent the first half of his life in Norman. There, he met his wife Janice and had sons Mark and Mike, before relocating to Bryant, Ark., in 1990.
Larry held a business degree from OU and was the owner of Johnstone Supply in Little Rock until his retirement in 2004. He was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon and loved to sing in the choir.
A car guy, Larry could tell you the year, make and model of nearly any vehicle he saw. He made a list recently and discovered he had owned more than 150 cars throughout his life. One of his favorite activities was watching and attending classic car auctions, reminiscing about ones he had at one point or another. He enjoyed washing and taking care of his cars. He always got Janice’s gas for her, and he made sure his grandsons knew how to change their oil and rotate their tires.
Larry also loved being outside. Whether it was hunting and fishing, camping and riding (driving) the boat at Lake Texoma, taking care of his animals in Oklahoma, building something, mowing and bushhogging, or waxing a car, he’d take a day outside over almost anything.
But above all else was Larry’s faith. Throughout his life, Larry served his church and his God however he could. His personal ministry ranged from worship leader to Sunday school teacher to deacon. He was his family’s faith leader, praying before every meal and planting the seeds of faith; he was so proud to see them each grow and serve in their own ways.
Larry believed a close family was a strong family, and left to remember his stories and cherish his memory is his family he loved so much — his wife of 58 years, Janice; sons, Mark (Ramonta) Ward, Michael (Brenda) Ward; grandchildren Tanner and Blake (Austin) Ward; and sister, Kay (Carey) Sherman.
Larry’s family is holding a visitation starting at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 15, 2022, with a service following at 3 p.m. The services will be held at Immanuel Baptist Church at 501 North Shackleford Road, Little Rock with Dr. Steven Smith officiating; arrangements are by Ashby Funeral Home.
Serving as honorary pallbearers are the members of the John Nelson class at Immanuel.
Online guestbook at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
Frank Davis Corley, Jr., 97, of Benton, Arkansas went to be with his Lord on March 10, 2022. He was born April 25, 1924 in Little Rock, Arkansas to the late Frank Davis Corley, Sr. and Treby (Covington) Corley.
Frank was a devout Christian and an active member of First Baptist Church in Benton for over 71 years. He was a long-time deacon, taught Sunday School, and served on the Pastor Search Committee. Family was very important to Frank, and he took great care of his wife and three daughters. Frank served 6 years on the Benton School Board. Some of his hobbies included woodworking and yard work. Frank was a dedicated man-dedicated to God, dedicated to family, dedicated to community, and dedicated to working hard.
Preceding Frank in death were his parents, Frank Davis Corley, Sr. and Treby Corley; and brother, Guy Corley.
He leaves behind to cherish his memory the love of his life of 78 years, Jean Corley; three daughters: Ellen Gunderson, Carol Corley and Gayle Corley; two grandsons: Seth Gunderson and Garrett Gunderson; a great-granddaughter and namesake, Frankee Gunderson; and many family members and friends who love Frank and will miss him always.
Visitation will be held 10:00-11:00 AM, Monday, March 14, at First Baptist Church of Benton, Selph Hall. Celebration of Life, officiated by Dr. Rick Grant, will follow at 11:00 AM. Private burial will be held later at Pinecrest Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of your choice.
Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online guestbook: www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
Jimmie E. Leach, 83, of Benton, Arkansas went to be with his Lord March 11, 2022. He was born February 10, 1939 in Conehatta, Mississippi to the late Alton and Lillian (Cater) Leach.
Jimmie was a member of First Baptist Church in Benton. He was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather. Jimmie loved his family and looked forwards to family get-togethers. Hiking in the mountains was Jimmie’s favorite place to be. In his spare time, Jimmie enjoyed gardening his plants and flower beds. Jimmie collected duck decoys and collectibles.
Preceding Jimmie in death are his parents, Alton and Lillian Leach; and sister, Elsie Jeanette Jones.
He leaves behind to cherish his memory his loving wife of 59 years, Carolyn Leach of Benton, Arkansas; two sons: Steven Leach and wife Sylvia of Sherwood, Arkansas and Phillip Leach and wife Jan of Benton, Arkansas; grandchildren: Ashton Leach, Nikki Johnson, Bryson Spivey, Ciara Bowen, and Laina Bowen; great-grandchildren: Kellen Johnson and Wren Bowen; two brothers: Doyle Leach and wife Pam of Lake, Mississippi and Glenn Cater and wife Melinda of Conehatta, Mississippi; sister, Carnell Miller of Houston, Texas; and many family members and friends who love Jimmie and will miss him always.
Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 PM, Tuesday, March 15, at Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held at 1:00 PM, Wednesday, March 16, at Smith-Benton Funeral Home, 322 N. Market Street, Benton, Arkansas. Burial following at Rosemont Cemetery in Benton.
Memorials may be made to Prostate Cancer Foundation, Wounded Warrior, or to the Salvation Army.
Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online guestbook: www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
Sherry Sue Ryles Young was born in Paragould, AR on July 15, 1949. Sherry passed away at home on March 9, 2022 surrounded by family. She worked for St. Vincent Hospital as a financial counselor for 30 years. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandma, sister, aunt, and friend to many.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ronnie, of 30 plus years and her parents, Daniel and Margaret ”Sue” Ryles. Survivors include her daughter, Amanda Hays and husband Bill of Benton, LA; two granddaughters, Courtney and Cami Hays; brother, Butch Smith and wife Jerrie of Palm Harbor, FL; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends whom she loved dearly.
Serving as pallbearers are Bill Hays, Michael Nelson, Shayne Nugent, Tiger Nelson, Jon Hays, Darryl Stephenson and Daniel Stewart. Honorary pallbearers are David Harris and Milton Hays.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, March 15 at 2:00 P.M. at Roller-Alcoa Funeral Home, 6700 Alcoa Rd., Benton, AR. Visitation will be Monday, March 14 from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. Interment will follow at Pinecrest Memorial Park, Alexander, AR.
Laura Ann Thompson, 78 of Bryant, Arkansas passed away on March 12, 2022, in Bryant, Arkansas. Laura was born in Sardis Arkansas to Joe and Gladys Bell on October 18, 1943. She Married Herman Thompson on January 24, 1969, and was married for 53 years. Laura worked as an Accounting Secretary for AEGON insurance agency and retired after working for more than 20 years. Laura was of the Baptist Faith, She enjoyed watching her grandchildren play the sports they loved. She was an avid sports fan, especially Arkansas Razorback basketball.
Besides her parents she was preceded in death, by one brother, Joe Bell, 3 sisters Marilyn Gaylor, Janie Bilheimer, and Doris Sue Harrison. She is survived by her Spouse, Herman Thompson; Son Jason Thompson; (Stephanie); Daughter Ashley Parker; ( Jimmy ) 3 Grandchildren Korey Thompson, Madalynn Thompson, and Brooklynn Parker, A special Great Neice, Ryan Jude Smith, and several nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her baby sister And best friend Judy Smith.
The family would like to give a special thank you to Arkansas Hospice.
Visitation will be held Tuesday, March 15, 2022, at Roller-Alcoa Funeral Home from 5-7 PM. Funeral Services are to be held Wednesday, March 16, 2022 at 10:00 AM at Roller Alcoa Funeral Home, with Burial to follow at Forest Hills Cemetery.
Gary Ray Gross 67, of Bauxite passed away on March 12, 2022. He was born on October 3, 1954, to the late, Jimmey and Frankie Gross in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Gary enjoyed fishing, playing the guitar, gambling, and inventing things. His greatest joys came from spending time with his family and friends.
Gary is preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Mary Gross.
He is survived by his loving children, Angela Richmond (Nathan) and Christopher Gross (Heather); four grandchildren, Ryan (Taylor), Nicole, Jessie, and Caleb; one great grandchild, Drake; sister, Deborah Brown; brother, Michael Gross (Karen); numerous nieces and nephews and a host of family and friends who all love him and will miss him dearly.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, March 17, 2022, at Dial and Dudley Funeral Home in Bryant from 6-8 PM. Celebration of Gary’s life will be held on Friday, March 18, 2022, at 12:00 PM at Dial and Dudley Funeral Home with burial to follow at Traskwood Cemetery. To sign Gary’s online guest book visit www.dialanddudleyfuneralhome.com.