Judith Amanda “Mandy” Simpson, 46 of Benton, passed away on March 15, 2022. She was born on August 20, 1975 in Little Rock to Jody Wade and Jacqueline Kay Richards Simpson.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Gladys and Carmen Simpson, Sr.; Jack and June Richards.
Mandy is survived by her parents, Jody Simpson and Jackie Richards Black, daughter, Paige Alexandra Hawkins, brother, Casey Wayne Johnson, sisters, Brandon “Brandy” Dionne Simpson Willis(Kenny), and Kelly Waynett Johnson; ex-husband, Kenneth Hawkins, grandchildren, Gunner and Micah, niece, Chelsea Hancock, nephew, Brandon Alread.
Graveside services by Ashby Funeral Home will be 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 22nd at Pine Crest Cemetery in Alexander.
Visitation will be at Ashbys, Monday, 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Online guestbook at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
On March 16th, 2022, Carmela Longordo DiTommasi, of Benton, passed from this world at the age of 92. She was born in Naples, Italy survived WWII as a child and married an American Sailor Bobby Culp from Rowell, ARK. She immigrated to the USA in 1954 and later proudly became a US citizen. She settled in Washington, DC area and lived there for about 50 years. She retired from Bethesda Naval Hospital Officers’ Club at 65 years of age.
She loved to travel especially on cruises. She was knowledgeable about every cruise line including the kind of service and the quality of food they served. She had a passion for life, loved to share her stories which often ended in laughter. Carmela often shared her wisdom and advise with friends and family whether solicited or not… the Italian way.
She also liked to visit her second home in Florida with her friends… Nancy and Lucia. They were often referred to as Golden Girls/The 3 Musketeers. “Nonna” as most of the younger generation called her was an awesome Italian cook. She taught us to be kind to pets. She loved babies and young children who always made her smile even when she was ill and in pain.
Carmela frequently enjoyed her trips back home to “Napoli” and remained close to her nieces and nephew, including Sabina, Sonia, and Loredana. And sister-in-law Tina. She is preceded in death by one brother Vincenzo, a sister Maria, and a sister Mafalda.
She is survived by 2 daughters, Adriann Culp (Charlie Aaron), and Dr. Pat McGarry (Daniel Bartlett) and 5 grandsons, Steve, Alex, Mark, Jonathan and Phillip, 8 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild, and her beloved dog GIGI. She is also survived by many who regarded her as Mom including Bobby Culp, Jr. (Lourdes Cano-Bonet), as well as those who knew her as Nonna (Italian Grandmother), especially Bobby III.
Funeral mass of Christian burial will be held at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Benton Ark. at 9:30am on Wednesday, March 23, 2022. Rosary will be said at Ashby Funeral Home Tuesday, March 22, 2022 at 6 pm followed by a short visitation.
In lieu of flowers a donation to a charity of your choice is preferred.
Orville Odell McPherson, 90, Benton, went to his heavenly home on March 17, 2022. He was born on May 29, 1931 in Benton, Arkansas, the youngest of four boys to Sam and Ora McPherson.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 70 years, Elizabeth Ellis of Benton. Son, Sam McPherson (Susan) of Amarillo, TX; daughters, Marilyn Rowland (Bob) and Sharilyn McCallister (Eric) both of Benton. Nine grandchildren and spouses, 25 great grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, and cherished friends.
Orville was a longtime member of Sharon Missionary Baptist Church. He served two tours of duty with the United States Navy. Orville retired from ALCOA in the late 8os.
Orville was a passionate outdoorsman. As a hunter he killed many coons, deer, turkeys, duck, elk, and a bear not only for sport, but to also provide food for his family. Orville loved fishing. He has had many fishing partners over the years, he’d take anyone who would go. As a gardener, Orville provided vegetables and beautiful flowers for his family and friends to enjoy. He and his family would spend many hours harvesting and putting up vegetables to be used throughout the year. He made the best spicy pickles in the world! Over the years Orville has raised hunting dogs, turkeys, ducks, and chickens. He took his family on trips to the lake, Colorado, and many other states. Orville was able to go fishing with his son one last time in January. He did not catch anything that day, but that’s not always why he went fishing. He loved Jesus and raised his family in church and taught them to love and honor God in all they do. Everyone always had good things to say about Orville and he always had a smile and a fishing story to share.
Visitation is scheduled for Monday, March 21, 6pm-8pm at Sharon Missionary Baptist Church-Benton.
Funeral Service will be Tuesday, March 22, 10am at Sharon Missionary Baptist Church followed by burial at McPherson Cemetery on Salt Creek Rd.
Carrie Sue Constantine, 60 of Benton, went home to her heavenly father on March 16, 2022. She was born on October 5, 1961 in Stuttgart Arkansas to the late Billy C. and Donna Gaye Eddin Curtis.
Carrie was a member of Geyer Springs First Baptist Church. God provided so many times in healing Carrie. She was truly joyful these past several weeks knowing she would be joining so many of her family members and having no more suffering.
Carrie was a bright and very intelligent student, being named the DAR Good Citizen award for 1980, she was presented this award by Congressman Beryl Anthony. Carrie was also selected as a National Merit Scholar. Early in her marriage, she received her Realtors License, helping many of her close family members. Carrie could do anything once she put her mind to it. Her heart was huge and she loved helping people. Carrie was so blessed to have so many wonderful friends and wanted to say thank you to all of the people who truly were prayer warriors on her behalf.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Billy and Donna Curtis.
Carrie is survived by her husband and best friend, Mike of 39 wonderful years, son, Cal Constantine, daughter, Katie Constantine and grandson, Kameron Mathis.
Graveside services will be held on Monday, March 21st at 11:00 a.m. at Lone Tree Cemetery in Stuttgart with Pastor Dave Hughey officiating.
Monday evening, March 21st Fellowship and Invitation Prior to Celebration of Life to be held from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at Geyer Springs First Baptist Church. Tuesday morning, March 22 at 11:00 a.m., Celebration of Life Services will be held at Geyer Springs First Baptist Church 12400 I-30 Little Rock, Arkansas 72210. To access the live stream, click on this link, http://cloud.ndigo.tv/koolplayer/gsfbctest.html
The family would like to thank Arkansas Hospice and Geyer Springs Baptist Church for all their exceptional care during this time.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Mike and Carrie Constantine, Missionaries with Family Life Ministries at 1415 Pinewood Drive, Benton, Arkansas 72019; by electronic funds transfer (EFT) or to set up your recurring gift, go to https://give.cru.org/0566386
Online guestbook at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
Jevan “Jan” Cloud, age 83, of Benton, passed away Friday, March 18, 2022. She was born September 24, 1938 in Saline County, Arkansas. Jan retired from Royal Overhead Door and was a member of Parkview United Methodist Church.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Homer and Lillian George; husband, Herbert Cloud; daughter, Debra Cloud Jones; and a brother, Jackie George.
Jan is survived by her daughters, Vicky Williams of Sardis and Lisa Cloud of Benton; special daughter, Jana McDougal of Benton; special son-in-law, Steven McDougal of Benton; grandchildren, Clint & Blake Williams of Sardis; great-grandchildren, Gabrielle & Hunter McDougal, and Trey Williams all of Benton; great-great-grandson, Ollie Williams of Benton; and seven brothers & sisters.
Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, March 20 at Ashby Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, March 21 at Ashby Funeral Home with burial at McPherson Cemetery in Sardis. Rev. Shari Day will be officiating.
The family will be gathering at the home of Jana McDougal.
Family Comments: She was the best mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother we could have asked for. Jan was a treasure to all that knew her and will be greatly missed.
Geneva adored her family. She was always involved in the PTA and served as the homeroom mother while her children were in school. She enjoyed sewing, camping, and fishing. Geneva was always a lady and was always willing to help anyone in need.
Preceding Geneva in death are her husband of 60 years, Odell Edrod; parents, Nep and Florence Johnson, and siblings, Margaret Fischer and Willard Johnson.
She leaves behind to cherish her memory her children: Mike Elrod and Michelle Faulk; grandchildren: Jeff Elrod and wife Sherri, Lora Doss and husband Tracy, Brooke Davidson and husband Darren, Brandon Elrod and wife Ashley, and Logan Faulk; six great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; sister, Sandra Robbecke and husband Sam; and many extended family members and friends who love Geneva and will miss her always.
Graveside service, officiated by Bro. Bobby Shell, will be held at 1:00 PM, Wednesday, March 23, at Pinecrest Memorial Park in Alexander, Arkansas. Visitation will be held one hour prior to service at the cemetery.
Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online Guestbook: www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
Donna Kay Masters was a kind, caring Christian lady, daughter, sister, mother, grandmother and friend. She left this world on March 16, 2022, at the age of 79.
She was born to Ed and Vida Henley of Lamar, AR on March 8, 1943. Donna was a successful business lady.
She is preceded by her mother and father Ed and Vida Henley; sister, Edra June Brents, and husband, Donald Masters.
She is survived by her son Greg (Karen) Mays, of Benton, AR and daughter, Kim (Mick) Sternisha, of Olive Branch, MS, along with her granddaughters, Rachel and Anna Marie Sternisha.
Services will be held at 1:30 p.m., on Thursday, March 24, 2022, at the Highway Church of Christ in Benton, Arkansas, where she was a member. Visitation will be from 12:00 p.m. until service time. She will be laid to rest in Forest Hills Memorial Park in Alexander.
Onie Laverne Burrow, 68, of Benton, Arkansas went to be with our heavenly father on March 16, 2022. She was born to the late, Eugene Lewis and Lillie Lou Ward, in Olla, Louisiana on January 15, 1954.
Onie really enjoyed drinking coffee on the front porch with her husband, she enjoyed watching scary movies, fishing, and feeding the birds. Onie loved flowers and had a beautiful garden that she enjoyed working in. She would visit the First Methodist Church and sing her heart out to gospel music. Onie also had a dog she loved very much named, Patti Cake.
Onie is preceded by her parents, Eugene and Lillie Lewis; one brother and one sister.
She is survived by her loving husband, Michael Burrow; daughter, Loria Knowlton; son, Jerry Sikes; four grandchildren, Faith Pierce, Chris Knowlton, Charles Knowlton, and Travis Sikes; along with a host of family and friends who all love and will miss her dearly.
I love you mom – Loria
Celebration of life will be held Saturday, March 19, 2022 at 3.00 P.M. at 12512 Dawson Road Benton, Arkansas 72019.