RANDY MORGAN RICHEY, 62 Benton died April 8th 2019. Randy was survived by his wife Colleen Arzt , step-son Donny, mother Lois Richey, brothers Mark, Micheal, John Richey; sister Joyce Richey. He is proceeded in death by his father Morgan Richey, step-daughter Sam.
ALFRED “BUD” STYLES, 88 of Benton, passed away on April 10, 2019. He was born on May 22, 1930 in the Sardis community to the late Joseph “JJ” Johnson Styles and Mary Elizabeth Patterson Styles. Bud loved the Lord and was a member of the River Street Church of Christ for over 50 years. He loved to play the guitar and sing, playing at many places, especially the Senior Adult Center of Benton. Bud also enjoyed Fox Hunting, hunting dogs and his cattle. He also enjoyed coaching softball at the Salem Ball Park. He donated land and entertained many children with his live pony rides at the ball park. His grandchildren named him Rooster, they all enjoyed watching the many John Wayne movies and westerns with him. Bud was retired from Alcoa after 44 years of working in the Maintenance Dept as a Mechanic. He was a board member of Farm Bureau and the Cattleman’s Association. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Leamon, James, Tracy, Bill and Jody Styles, sisters, Lucy Nutt, Elsie Restum and Sylvia Duncan; infant Jose Nadine Styles and baby boy Styles. Bud is survived by his wife of 69 years, Dorothy Zuber Styles, son, Joe Dustin Styles of Benton, daughters, Dolores Boyd (John) of Lonsdale, Mary Dee Mazartegos (Sergio) of Hot Springs and Dorcas Styles of Benton; grandchildren, Trevor Savage and Jessie Maxwell, great grandchildren, Beatrice Carver, Grenly Carver and Avery Reeves; sister, Mary Wagner of Dallas, Texas. Graveside services by Ashby Funeral Home will be 2:00 p.m. on Friday at Cameron Cemetery in Salem with Bro. Dennis Gage officiating. Visitation will be at Ashbys on Thursday, April 11th, 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. On line guest book at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
CLARENCE E. JOHNSON, 88 of Paron, passed away on April 11, 2019. He loved the Lord, was a Christian and of the Baptist faith. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ezra and Ethel Johnson, his wife, Jewel Johnson and sister, Alice Sullivan; brothers, James and Anthony Johnson. Clarence is survived by his six children, Ramona (Don) Benham, Dale Johnson, Erma (Ricky) Lockridge, Sandra (Daniel) McPherson, James (Betty) Johnson and Zelda (Bill) Gestring, sister, Ella Mae Cantrell and three brothers, Rodney (Fern) Johnson, Joe (Gladys) Johnson and Larry (Kay) Johnson, twelve grandchildren and many great grandchildren. Graveside services by Ashby Funeral Home will be 2:00 p.m. on Monday, April 15th at Wesley Chapel Cemetery in Paron. Visitation will be at Ashbys on Sunday, 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. On line guestbook at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
JAMES PERRY RICE, JR. (POPPY) age 72, of Benton, AR passed away peacefully in his home on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 with his wife and brother-in-law by his side after an 11-year journey with multiple myeloma. He was born July 16, 1947 in Risco, MO., the son of James P. Rice, Sr. and Velta W. Nichols. He was a graduate of Northwestern High School in Flint, MI. He retired from U.S. Security Associates after 15 years of service as District Branch Manager for AR, LA, MS. on March 1, 2019. He was formally the Branch Manager of Burns Intl. Security for 15 years. He loved the security fields so much, his wife lovingly called them his mistresses. After moving to Benton, AR in the early 70s from Flint, MI he worked as a Sgt. with the Benton Police Department for several years. He worked with many AR State Police employees and Little Rock Police Department over 30 years. Jim truly loved the Lord and never failed in telling anyone they needed to keep the faith and how God had helped him on his journeys. When one was down and out, he would smile and say, “Get Up and Go On”! . He could calm any situation. He has been described as having the most giving heart, the sweetest smile, beautiful eyes and the gentlest spirit. He loved camping in the days before his cancer and he truly enjoyed riding his motorcycle he proudly called “The Beast”. He and his wife rode many back highways in AR, New Mexico, Illinois and many other places. Anyone that met him called him their friend to the end and their hero. Throughout his 11 years of cancer, his doctors, nurses, family and friends never heard him complain. Often, he would go into UAMS Inf. 4 for his treatments, in his dress shirt/pants and tie. He would swing his tie across the back of the chair, have his treatments and head out of town for work. He was a member of Parkway Place Baptist Church, but called Markham Street Baptist Church his family or brothers and sisters and prayer warriors. Mr. Rice is survived by his wife of 32 years, Kathy Hamblin Rice, son, Thomas L. Rogers (Deanna) of Haskell, his brother, Michael L. Rice (Debbie) of Benton and brother-in-law, Gordon F. Hamblin, his father, James T. Rice, Sr. He had two grandsons, Easton Rogers, Zane Anderson and granddaughter, Britney Rice Chivers (two children). And his faithful companions, Woody, Pete, Sugar and Savvy. Grateful for the Rodney’s Handlebar Crew for loving on us, praying for us and nourishing our bodies over the years and always making sure Poppy had the perfect stool away from the crowd as we prepared to put on our dancing shoes. Special appreciation to UAMS Inf. 4 along with his nurses of 11 years – Edith Landers, Madeleine Sugden, Cerisse Harcourt, and little momma, Alicia Moore along with so many others. A celebration of life will be held at Ashby Funeral Home on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. with Pastor Ken Jerome officiating. Visitation will follow at Mr. Rice’s home. ONWARD! On line guestbook at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
WILLIAM DOUGLAS (DOUG) OLIVER, 77 of Bauxite, passed from this life on Thursday, April 18, 2019. He was surrounded by his loving family at his home. Doug was born on April 15, 1942 in Faulkner County, Arkansas to the late Riley and Clarice Oliver. Soon after attending Bauxite School, Doug served in the Air Force for eight years, with one of those years being in Viet Nam. While in Viet Nam, Doug earned many prestigious awards and medals. He was impressed with his dad’s activity in the Masons and desired to follow in his dad’s footsteps. This prompted Doug to become a member of the Masonic Lodge while stationed in Shaw Air Force Carolina. After his discharge from the Air Force and moving back home to Saline County, Doug became Worshipful Master of the Bauxite Alumni Masonic Lodge. He was recently awarded a Masonic 50 year pin, which included a nice ceremony by the Lodge. Doug enjoyed a full and happy life of many outstanding experiences. After completing his Air Force tenure, he pursued a career in law enforcement and became the first Bryant Chief of Police for four years. Doug was a member of the Oliver Deer Camp that was originally organized by his dad. He was president of the deer club for 33 years. Doug was talented with successful perfecting his ability as a fabricator of metals and woods. With this talent, he designed and built his own personal dock on the lake and beautiful gazebo at his home. He was preceded in death by his parents, son, Trenton Oliver and daughter, Tina Wingate. Those left to cherish Doug’s memory are his wife of 58 years, Doris Sutton Oliver, daughter in law, Susan (Doug) Gilliam, son in law, Mike Wingate, grandson, Justin and Zach Oliver, granddaughters, Shelby and Sydney Wingate, six great grandchildren, sisters, Velma (James) Bellinger and Marilyn Childress, brothers, Jimmy Oliver, G.D. (Ursula) Oliver and Tommy (Sharon) Oliver, many nieces, nephews cousins and friends. Pallbearers will be Phillip Sutton, Doug Gilliam, Steve Gilson, Kerry Gilson, C.W. McCool, Mark Wells, Clay Ferrell and Shane Oliver. Chapel services by Ashby Funeral Home will be Monday, April 22, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Mike Titsworth. Burial will follow at Mt Olive Cemetery in Bauxite. Visitation will be 1:00 p.m. till 2:00 p.m. Monday before services. On line guestbook at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
CECIL VERNON HYDE of Benton, Arkansas passed away on April 18, 2019. Cecil was born on July 6, 1940 in Columbia, Missouri to Edith and Tilford Hyde. He was one of six children. Cecil was preceded in death by his mother Edith, his father Tilford, his sister Beatrice and his brothers David and Clarence. Cecil is survived by his wife of 58 years Fae Hyde, son, Dennis and his wife Christina, son, Michael and his wife Denise, Four grandsons, Justin, Layton, Jesse and Lucas, great grandson, Nixon, sister, Jacquetta and brother, Harley both of Missouri. Cecil came to Benton in the mid 1960’s as the manager of the TG&Y store in town. He also served as a volunteer on the Benton Fire department during that time. Through the 70’s and 80’s he worked for Firestone and Montgomery Wards in the tire industry. In the mid 80’s Cecil opened his own business, Statewide Tire Company, which he operated for many years until his retirement. In his retirement he wanted to serve others so he became a driver for Civitan Services, he really enjoyed the work there and loved all the people. One of his favorite things to do was to entertain people by performing magic tricks and tying balloon animals for anybody that wanted one. In 1967, Cecil surrendered to preach the Gospel of the Lord and was ordained by Tyndall Park MBC. Cecil pastored at Paron MBC, Social Hill MBC, Tyndall Park MBC and Mt. View MBC. Through the years Cecil led many people to Christ and ministered to countless others. He loved the ministry and genuinely loved and cared for the people of the congregations that he served. Chapel services at Ashby Funeral Home will be Monday, April 22nd at 10:00 a.m. with Bro. Marcus Blakley and Bro. Brad Crumby officiating. Burial will follow at Social Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be at Ashbys, Sunday, 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. On line guestbook at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
TROY BISHOP, 82, of Benton, died peacefully at his home on Friday, April 19 2019. He was born April 20, 1936 in Vilonia, AR. He was preceded in death by his parents, David A. and Virgie Crowell Bishop; wife, Ladonna Gail Bishop, and son, David Alan Bishop. He is survived by his children, Jeff Bishop, Jennifer Schlesier, and Gail Bishop; granddaughters, Magen Schlesier, Lauren Schlesier, and Bailey Bishop, and great grandson, Jove Schlesier. He is also survived by his special dog, Tiki. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM, Friday, April 26, 2019, at Spring Creek Baptist Church @ 19200 Interstate 30 N, Benton, AR 72019 with Rev. Carl Richey officiating.
ELBER JOE THOMAS, age 80, of Benton passed away Sunday April 21, 2019. He was born December 16, 1938 in Bauxite, Arkansas. Joe was a retired truck driver for Kroger’s, a US Army Veteran and a member of the 2nd Baptist Church in Perryville. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lonnie Edger Cleveland Thomas and Ethel Sue Edmondson, Four brothers and two sisters. Survivors, wife of 58 years, Hazel Fox Thomas, Benton; daughters, Lana Jo Smith, Patricia Diane Moseley, Debra Kaye Veuleman, all of Benton; and Janet Leigh Harris, of Bryant; five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren. Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Tuesday at Ashby’s. Services will be 10:00 AM Wednesday at Ashby Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Forest Hills Cemetery. Online guest book at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
CHRISTOPHER STANLEY (STAN) ADAMS, age 43, of Benton, passed away April 21, 2019. Easter morning Stan hit his Final Grand Slam when he slid into home. GOD Almighty swooped him up and said, “STAN my SON, you are SAFE!” He was born November 13, 1975 in Benton, Arkansas. Stan lived most of his life in Sardis and Benton. After graduating from Bryant High School, he also attended North Arkansas Junior College for two years and then transferred to Henderson State University so he could finish playing the SPORT he LOVED so much, BASEBALL! Stan has helped coach Babe Ruth baseball in Benton with Pop Adams and inspired young boys to always give it their all. Stan is survived by his mother, Rebecca Adams; father, Danny Adams (Lisa); two grandfathers, Tommy Childs and Tommie Adams; sister, Kimberly Billingsley (Carlton); brother, Timothy Adams (Michelle); two step-sisters, Tiffany Tidwell and Jacquelyn Mosely; six nephews and four nieces. He was preceded in death by Granny Childs and Granny Adams. Stan made friends easily and never once did he meet a stranger. He spent the last years of his life helping as a caregiver to his Granny and Pop Childs. His disability gave him the ability to help be there for them. He loved working in the yard making sure everything was to PERFECTION! Stan will truly be MISSED but never FORGOTTEN! We all LOVE YOU STAN! Pallbearers will be Chris Hawkins, Heath Garrison, Joey Gregory, Scott Allison and Bryan Rusher. Honorary pallbearers will be his nephews, Colson, Conlee & Cooper Billingsley and Blake and Wyatt Adams. Visitation will be 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, April 25 at Ashby Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Friday, April 26 at Ashby Funeral Home with burial at Pine Crest Memorial Park. Pastor Troy Conrad will be officiating.
JAMES PRESTON VANDIVER, 65 of Hensley, passed away on April 18, 2019. He was born on November 2, 1953 in Hensley to the late Howard and Bonnie Wilkerson Vandiver. James was a veteran of the United States Army and worked for 30 years as an Elevator Mechanic. He was a member of Trinity Baptist Church in Mabelvale. James was preceded in death by his parents, son, Jason Thomas Vandiver and brother, William Peeks. He leaves to cherish his memory, wife, Becky Vandiver of Hensley, daughter, Jessica Anne Vandiver of Hensley, grandson, Alexander Preston, brother, Gerald Vandiver of Hensley, sisters, Juanita Bearden of Mabelvale, Faye Lybarger of Greenbrier, Wilma D. Ricketts of Minnesota, Linda Gayle Riba of Hensley. A Memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 27th at Trinity Baptist Church on Chicot in Mabelvale at 1:00 p.m. with Bro. Jeremy Jones officiating. On line guestbook at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
KRISTIE KAREN JOBE, age 52, of Bryant, passed away Tuesday, April 23, 2019. She was born March 5, 1967 in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Kristie was a billing specialist for Dr. Martin Taylor at Doctors Building for 22 years. She loved animals and donated to the ASPCA. Kristie was preceded in death by her mother, Judith Haynes Jobe and grandparents, W.W. & Sybil Haynes and Edgar & Hallie Jobe. She is survived by her daughter, Blayne Jobe; father, Ed Jobe (Nita); brother, Michael Jobe (Kim); sister, Rhonda Hammers, nieces & nephews, Korey Jobe (Amber), Kaleb Jobe (Natalie), Michael Hammers and Jamie Hammers (Johnathon); her long time best friend, Lindy Bass and step-brothers, Brad Bibb and Brian Bibb (Vanessa). Graveside services will be 1:00 p.m. Friday, April 26 at Forest Hills Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to ASPCA.org or St. Jude Children’s Hospital @ 501 St Jude Place in Memphis, TN 38105.
EUGENE ABBOTT, 91, was born August 8, 1927, to Chester and Roma Abbott in Jerusalem, AR, and died April 26, 2019 in North Little Rock, AR. He was a WWII veteran and worked for Alcoa for 35 years. He also pastored Missionary Baptist churches in the central Arkansas area, New Orleans, LA, and Auburn, WA. He was preceded in death by his parents, son Allan Abbott, brothers A.G. Abbott, Hubert Abbott, Carroll Abbott, all of Benton, Felton Abbott of Coos Bay, OR, sisters Ethel Fulcher and Ellon Turley, both of Benton. He is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Melba Abbott of North Little Rock, two daughters, Jeanneane Fraser (Eric) of Maumelle, and Martha Lackey (Dolphus) of North Little Rock, one sister, Marlene Ramos of Benton, two brothers, Jerry Abbott and Horace Abbott, both of Benton, three granddaughters, Gretchen Jackson, Laura Andrews, and Rachel Allen, and eight great grandchildren. Visitation will be held Sunday, April 28, 2019 from 2:00-4:00 pm, at Ashby Funeral Home, 108 W Narroway St, Benton, AR 72015. Memorial Service will be held Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 10:00 am, at Social Hill Cemetery, 2021 Hwy 35 S, Benton, AR 72015. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Baptist Health Hospice or Baptist missions of your choice.
JAMES EDWARD (EDDIE) CALVERT, age 80, of Benton, passed away Sunday, April 28, 2019. He was born June 6, 1938 in England, Arkansas to the late James A. (Jimmy) Calvert and Mary Ophelia Jean Calvert. Eddie was a member of Geyer Springs First Baptist Church since 1985. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Wanda Calvert of Benton, Ar and two brothers, Billy Frank Calvert of Conway, Ar and Fletcher Jean Calvert of Wright, Ar. Visitation will be 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 1 at Ashby Funeral Home with the funeral service beginning at 1:30 p.m. Burial will immediately follow at Keo Cemetery in Keo, Ar. Bro. Max Pyron will be officiating.
JAMES RANDOLPH “RANDY” STREITENBERGER, JR., 67 of Bryant, passed away on April 28, 2019. He was born in El Reno, Oklahoma to James Randolph and Norma Frances Mathews Streitenberger. Randy graduated from Crooked Oak High School in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and then attended basic training at Keesler AFB 81st training wing and served in the United States Air Force as an Air Traffic Controller. He was stationed in Yakota, Japan, Elgin Air Force Base. Randy retired from AT & T after 32 years and loved to fish, ride motorcycles and travel. He was preceded in death by his mother, Norma Streitenberger and grandson, Ross E. Brother. Randy leaves to cherish his memory, wife of 32 years, Annie Goshien Streitenberger, his father, James Randolph Streitenberger, Sr. and wife, Nomi, sons, Scott Brothers and wife, Tracy of Farmington, Ark. and Ross (Inge) Brothers of Centerton, Arkansas daughters, Kristie (Greg) Hoffman of Fort Walton Beach, Florida and Kim (David) Gibson of Benton, sisters, Jan (Bill) Phillips of Shawnee, Okla., step sister, Deb Fenton, Cookson, Okla.; grandchildren, Bailey Hoffman, Nathan Hoffman, Hunter Gibson, Davie Gibson, Kayla Brothers, Renate Brothers and Jacob Brothers. Chapel services by Ashby Funeral Home will be 3:00 p.m. on April 30th, Tuesday, with Bro. Bill Goshien officiating. Visitation will be 2:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. before services. Randy will be remembered for his role of son, husband, brother, Paw Paw and friend to all who knew and loved him. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project.
MELBA DEAN FLEMING, 88 of Benton, passed away into the loving arms of her Lord and Savior on April 28, 2019 with her family by her side. She was a faithful member of Tyndall Park Missionary Baptist Church for many years. Melba was born on May 16, 1930 in Benton, Arkansas to Omer and Helen Chennault. She graduated from Benton High School in 1948 and over the next few years, she was employed by utility companies in Oregon, Texas and Arkansas, as a training supervisor for new employees and switchboard operators. While she was in Oregon, she met and married the love of her life. As a United States Navy wife, she and her husband, Carl, lived in Hawaii and California. Upon his military retirement, they returned to Arkansas where they raised their two daughters. Melba retired after many years as a secretary and bookkeeper. She was preceded in death by her parents, loving husband of 55 years, Herbert Carl Fleming and three brothers, Billy Ray, Bobby Joe, and Gregory Michael Chennault. Melba is survived by two daughters, Carla (Dennis) Masters of Little Rock and Rhonda (Mike) Long of Mayflower, sister, Marilyn (Gary) Rogers of Benton, four grandchildren, Austin (Laken) Henry, Alexa (Kyle) Dooley, Tessa Pearson and Mollie Long, eight great grandchildren, Addie, Blaine, Scout, Wrenn, Sailor and Finley Dooley, Harrison Henry and Drake Parks, nephew, Kevin (Melissa) Harrington, nieces, Kam Chennault, Christa (Johnny) Bolden and Jessica Chennault. Pallbearers will be Dennis Masters, Mike Long, Gary Rogers, Kevin Harrington, Austin Henry and Johnny Bolden. Chapel services by Ashby Funeral Home will be 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, May2nd with Bro. Stephen Westbrook and Bro. Brad Crumby officiating. Burial will follow at Smith New Rosemont Cemetery in Benton. Visitation will be held at Ashbys, Wednesday, 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Family comments: She was a very loving wife, mother, sister and grandmother and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. Memorials may be made to Tyndall Park Missionary Baptist Church.
VIVIAN ANN BRYANT, 75, of Benton, passed away on April 29, 2019. She was born on May 28th 1943 in Southern California to John and Zama Palmer. Vivian was a full time Meme, wife, mother and friend. She was a member of Saline Missionary Baptist Church and enjoyed serving the lord in her home church of over 40 years. Vivian loved the Lord and enjoyed attending church with the rest of her family and dearest friends. Vivian graduated high school in 1962 in Odessa, Texas. Shortly after she met the love of her life, Don Bryant. They were married on March 18, 1967. Soon after their marriage, she packed up and left Texas to move to Arkansas where she and Don raised their three children and finally settled in Tull, Arkansas. Vivian was preceded in death by her parents John and Zama Palmer and her loving daughter Adriel Bryant Taylor. Vivian is survived by her husband of 52 years, Don and two children, Dennis Bryant and Velesta Parson (Shannon). Vivian was blessed with seven grandchildren Bekka Bryant Combs (Trey), Grant Taylor, Bryana Taylor Herron (Dylan), Garrett Bryant, Hayleigh Parson Kelley (Wesley), Jayme Parson, Grady Parson and 2 great-grandchildren, Canyon Combs, Sawyer Combs, plus, one on-the-way, and her brother John Dean Palmer (Debra) of Odessa, Texas. Pallbearers will be Shannon Parson, Grady Parson, Garrett Bryant, Grant Taylor, Lamar Taylor and Ernie Coppock. Visitation will be Thursday May 2nd from 6 to 8pm at Saline Missionary Baptist Church. Services will be held at Saline Missionary Baptist Church on Friday May 3rd at 10:00am. Reverend Kim Hammer will be officiating the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Saline Missionary Baptist Church Sanctuary fund. Please send to 2122 Billy D. Bishop Road, Benton, AR 72015. On-line guest book at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com.
VERA MAY DONAHOE PILZ, age 94, of Hot Springs Village passed away April 12, 2019. She was born May 28, 1924, in Brazos County, Texas to Otha Sims Donahoe and Mary Florence Williams Donahoe. Vera is preceded in death by her parents; her brother Billie T. Donahoe. She is survived by her husband Donald R. Pilz of 65 years; sisters, Doris M. Donahoe McGill, Rosenburg, Texas and Sherry J. Donahoe Chance (Billy), Normangee, Texas, sister in law; Norma Donahoe, Hardy Arkansas; nephews and nieces and many wonderful friends. During WWII Vera served as a secretary to the Navy in Washington, DC, worked as a secretary to an oil company in Houston, Texas, taught elementary grades 3rd and 4th, Antique dealer for several shoppes around Houston area and did extensive volunteer and charity work. Vera was a member of Scared Heart of Jesus Catholic Church and through many years her interest and enjoyments were Village Garden Club, Brush Strokes Art Club, Christian Women, Dance Club and Helping Hands. Mass 11:00 A.M. at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 with Father Bill Elsner officiating. Interment will follow at CedarVale Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Habitat for Humanity Hot Springs Village, Village Garden Club or Brush Strokes Art Club. Arrangements have been entrusted to CedarVale Funeral Home of Hot Springs Village, AR.
1ST LT. ARLO F. BARTSCH, age 96, of Hot Springs Village, AR, passed away April 13, 2019. He served as a Pilot of B17 in the Air Force-Army Corp. Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to CedarVale Funeral Home of Hot Springs Village, AR.
GAY CAROL BEST of Hot Springs Village, died Sunday April 14th, 2019 at the age of 84. She was born May 8th, 1935 in Pampa, Texas. Gay Carol was an amazing mother and wife. She was known as being devoted to others and lived a life dedicated to her children and grandchildren. Gay Carol was a loving and affectionate wife, mother, grandmother, and a friend to many. Gay Carol had the opportunity to travel to many parts of the world and seemed to always find some time to play golf…an activity she enjoyed for many years. However, her greatest joy was when all of the children were together sharing laughs. She is survived her children Dale Phillips, Wade Phillips; stepdaughter, Dona Ebert; stepsons, Randy Best, Francis “Bud” Best, Mike Best; daughters-in-law; Rhonda “Sam” Phillips, Mary Beth Phillips, and Mary “Denise” Best; grandchildren, Erin Best, Justin Phillips, Mina Lui, Emi Capps, Ana Satoyoshi, Tami Dawson, and Chris Phillips. A memorial service will be held at Cedar Vile Funeral Home, located at 200 Minorca Road, Hot Springs Village, at 2:00 PM Saturday April 27th. Friends are Cordially invited to join the family to say goodbye. Arrangements have been entrusted to Cedar Vale Funeral home.
JUDITH ELLEN HELMERICH CLEM, age 81, of Hot Springs Village, AR, passed away April 16, 2019 in Hot Springs, AR. She was born December 5, 1937 to Ralph and Helen Helmerich in Dayton, OH. She is preceded in death by her parents, and twin sister, Joanne Mary Helmerich Brennan. Judy is survived by her husband, Ray Clem of 50 years, children, Scott Patrick Clem of California and Jodi Clem of California, granddaughter, Mackenzie Clem of California and one brother, John Helmerich of Denver, CO. Judy graduated from Fairview High School in Dayton, OH and in 1960 obtained an undergraduate degree from Depauw in Greencastle, Indiana. In 1962 she obtained an undergraduate registered nursing degree from Depauw and later her masters in nursing from Florida State. A memorial service will be held May 5, 2019, 2:30 p.m., at Village Bible Church in Hot Springs
DONALD LESLIE VAN STONE, 90, of Hot Springs Village, AR passed April 25, 2019. Don the son of Leslie and Mildred Van Stone born February 4, 1929 and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from Morgan Park Military Academy High School and received a bachelor’s degree from the Carleton College, Northfield, MN. Following service in the US Army, Korea, he attended the University of Michigan. He married Helen Maag in January 1960, and they lived together in Littleton, Colorado, Naperville, Illinois and Hot Springs Village, Arkansas. Together they raised 3 children. He leaves as his legacy three children: Kerry Winkler (Chris), Jill Dupree (William), Wendy Kennedy (Thomas). He cherished his six grandchildren (Kristen, Brandon, Maria, Tara, Nathan, and Corrin) and three great grandchildren (Elliott, Maeve, and Leo). His children remember him as kind with a wonderful sense of humor. He was preceded in death by Leslie and Mildred Van Stone (parents), Barbara Peterson (Sister), and Robert Van Stone (brother). Donald was a software engineer until he retired. He enjoyed a round of golf with his friends and walking the village trails. He was honored to serve in the Kawanis Club of HSV, Boys and Girls Club in its infancy, Kirk in the Pines Presbyterian Church, and the HSV trails committee. A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 11th, 10:00 AM at Presbyterian Kirk in the Pines, Hot Springs Village, AR.
ROBERT (BOB) STANISLAUS SCHLOTTMANN, age 81, of Hot Springs Village, AR, passed away April 27, 2019. He was born October 22, 1937 to Stanley and Olga Schlottmann in Jefferson, LA. He is preceded in death by his parents. Bob is survived by his wife of 21 years, Laurie Clemens, son, Robert Brian Schlottmann, step-daughters, Kieli Mowrer, Aislinn Mowrer, and one granddaughter, Samantha Schlottmann. He was a Professor Emeritus in clinical Psychology at Oklahoma State University, and twice chaired Oklahoma State Board of Examiners of Psychologists. He followed his interests in fishing, bowling, woodworking, and in his final years, especially politics and birding. He loved, more than anything, his family. A service will be held May 1, 2019, 10:00 A.M. at CedarVale Funeral Home Chapel in Hot Springs Village, AR. Interment will follow at CedarVale Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please make donations to The Nature Conservancy or donor’s preferred local animal shelter. Arrangements have been entrusted to CedarVale Funeral Home of Hot Springs Village, AR.
ALFRED “JACK” HENRY PENIX, 82, of Mabelvale, Arkansas passed away on April 6, 2019. He was born to Thomas and Altamae Penix on June 26, 1936 in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was a very hard worker who loved wood working. He enjoyed creating things with his hands. He was a member of the Church of the Word and he was employed with U-Haul. He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers; four sisters; one son, Runt Penix; along with his first wife, Christine Penix. He is survived by his loving wife of 25 years, Sally Penix; two sons, Alfred “D” Penix and Jimmy Penix (Teresa); three grandchildren, Mark, Amanda, and Adam; six grandchildren; one sister, Bonnie Sue Keen; one brother, Charlie Penix; along with a host of other family and friends who love and miss him dearly. A memorial service will be held Friday, April 12, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. at the Church of the Word on 21117 Arch Street, Little Rock, Arkansas.
STEVEN GERALD LUCAS, 73, of Bryant, Arkansas passed away peacefully while sleeping on April 6th, 2019. He was born on February 20th, 1946 in Crawford, Nebraska to loving parents, Donald Lucas and Gladys Draper. He grew to a man and met the love of his life, Christine K. Syrewicze, in the Village of Luther, Michigan. His journey allowed him and his family to experience life in Michigan, Mississippi, Alabama, and Arkansas where he lived his last years. His faith in Jesus Christ as our savior was evident in every minute of every day. He never spoke unkindly of anyone nor a cross word to anyone. He found joy and hope in every new day, his light shined brightly in this world. His faith was not just spoken, it was lived. His capacity to love was immense. It was the kind of love that lifts you up, that challenges you to be your best, and that no one never doubts. Whether he has left this life as your husband, father, grandfather, brother, friend, leader or coworker we all say goodbye knowing the same thing…that he loved us. A true measure of greatness. Oh how he loved life! He could carve a ball in a box with a chainsaw, whip up the meanest goulash ever, and mend a broken heart. He used his gifts to their fullest. His life was also one of accomplishment and humility. He served this country proudly as a Marine, was the first in his family to graduate college, and embraced every opportunity given him. He was a brilliant man, his intelligence only being surpassed by his work ethic and integrity. You will be missed. He was preceded in death by his parents, Donald Lucas and Gladys Draper and one grandson, Ethan Ray Davis. Steven is survived by his wife, Christine K. Syrewicze; daughter, Michelle Lawhon (Jimmy); son, Chad Lucas (Lisa); eight grandchildren, Hunter Lawhon, Dylan Lawhon, Mary Lawhon, Savannah Lucas, Sidney Lucas, Krista Carmony, Shelby Davis, and Jacob Davis; siblings, Mike Lucas, Mikey Lucas, Cindy Chaponis, and Scott Lucas. A celebration of life will be held on Wednesday, April 10th, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. with the visitation one hour prior at Dial and Dudley Funeral Home. There will be a potluck following the service at the Highway Church of Christ in Benton, Arkansas. The graveside service will be held at North Park Cemetery in Luther, Michigan by Pruett-Livingston Funeral Home on Friday, April 12, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Luther Library: Luther Library P.O. Box 86 Luther, MI 49656
PATRICIA LEA THORNSBERRY, 75, of Bryant, Arkansas passed away on April 15, 2019 after a struggle with Alzheimer’s. She was born on October 14, 1943 to Fred and Eva (Asbury) Wittenbrink. She was a loving mom and grandma who was adored by many. She enjoyed spending time with family and staying in touch with friends via Facebook. She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Fred and Eva Wittenbrink, 9 brothers and sisters, and great grandson, Colton Hudson, Jr. She is survived by two sons, Brad Hemann (Jackie) and Donald Thornsberry (Melissa); daughter, Amanda Britt (Tommy); six granddaughters, Ashley Rowe (Jerry), Patricia and Breann Hemann, Makenzie Thornsberry, Kiya, and Hunter Britt; one grandson, Dalton Thornsberry; eight great grandchildren; two brothers, Howard and Earl Wittenbrink; along with two sisters, Barbara Ann Martin and Lenora Wilson. A memorial service will be held at a later date following cremation. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association in her name.
ROBERT LEROY SMITH, 66, of Mabelvale, Arkansas passed away on April 19, 2019. He was born to William and Virginia (Baker) Smith on August 20, 1952 in Hot Springs. He loved spending time at Lake Ouachita. He loved spending time with his family and to talk and joke. He was preceded in death by his father and sister, Kay Smith. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Becky; son, Kylan Smith of Hot Springs Village; daughter, Amber Deaver and her husband, Tom, of Alexander; two grandchildren, Jacob and Lisa Deaver; two great grandchildren, Cassidy and Vincent Deaver; along with a host of friends and other family who love and miss him dearly. A celebration of life will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at Solid Rock Pentecostal Church in Alexander.
ROBERT DUFF BUCHANAN, 75, of Hensley, Arkansas passed away Tuesday, April 23, 2019. He was born November 29, 1943 in Prescott, Arkansas to the late H.J. and Jewell Buchanan. Robert was a dedicated family man. He loved his family and had a passion for hunting, fishing, and gardening. He worked for Orbit Valve for over 33 years and was a member of Fairview Missionary Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers, George, Duane, and Harold Buchanan. Robert is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Charlcie Taylor Buchanan; three children, Tina Buchanan Potter (Ben), Robert “Bubba” Shawn Buchanan (Monrella), Toby Buchanan (Rebecca); eight grandchildren, Amanda Garner (Matt), Melissa Ellington (Shane), Kimberly Newlon (Patrick), Emily Buchanan, Abby Buchanan, Gunner Cole Buchanan, Taylor Hunt, Ashlin Buchanan; five great-grandchildren, Haven Ellington, Emalynn Ellington, Raelee Newlon, Dean Newlon, Iyla Hunt; siblings, Linda Allen (Steve) and Sam Buchanan; along with other extended family and friends who love and miss him dearly! A visitation will be from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M., Thursday, April 25, 2019, then the celebration of life will be held at 11:00 A.M., Friday, April 26, 2019 all at Dial and Dudley Funeral Home. The burial will follow at Salem Cemetery.
GENEVIEVE WYLLIA, 85, of Alexander, Arkansas passed away on April 27, 2019. She was born to the late Novel Oscar “N.O.” and Minnie Andrews on May 27, 1933 in Morrilton, Arkansas. She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Gary Wyllia; brother, Andy Andrews; two sisters, Jenetta Turner and Iva Bearden. She is survived by her loving husband of 69 year, Albert Wyllia; daughter, Sherry Henry and her husband, Craig; four grandchildren, Brandi Henry (Zach), Dalton Henry, Aaron Wyllia, and Jeremy Wyllia; eight great grandchildren, Haven Henry, Ryder Pringle, Caydon Pringle, Shayla Wyllia, Alex Wyllia, Harper Wyllia, Hudson Wyllia, and Garrison Wyllia; one great-great granddaughter, Aria Wyllia; along with numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends who love and miss her dearly. A celebration of life will be held on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 1:00 P.M. with the visitation one hour prior at Dial and Dudley Funeral Home.
DONNA REED JONES, 59, of Mabelvale, Arkansas passed away on April 27, 2019. She was born to William and Gayle Reed on March 27, 1960 in San Diego, California. She worked at the I-30 Speedway Racetrack over 30 years. She was part of the Healing Waters Outreach Center because she loved helping people. She loved her family and they loved her! She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Stephen Dale Reed; sister, Wanda Richie. Remaining to share her memories are her loving husband of 37 years, David Jones; one daughter, Erin Michelle Jones; three grandchildren; one brother, Dewayne Reed (Karen); one sister, Dorothy Reed (Cory Griffin); her I-30 Speedway friends; along with a numerous amount of friends and other family who love and miss her dearly. A celebration of life will be held on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. with the visitation one hour prior at Dial and Dudley Funeral Home. The burial will be held at Pinecrest Memorial Park following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Donna Jones Memorial Fund in care of Arvest Bank.
ROBBIE NEAL AULD, 86, of Haskell passed away Saturday, April 6, 2019. She was born January 2, 1933 in Arkadelphia, Arkansas to the late Will and Lula Ray. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband, Vernon M. Auld and her ten siblings. Robbie loved her family. She loved spending time in her garden and being around her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a member of Wrights Chapel in Benton. Survivors include her son, Dennis Auld of Haskell; six daughters, Charlotte Clay of Traskwood, Cathy May of Havana, Cindy Bell of Haskell, Carolyn Gullett of Benton, Carla McLeod of Georgia, and Tammy Goff of Havana; twenty-four grandchildren; twenty-six great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and other family members. Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, April 11, 2019 in the chapel of Roller-Ballard Funeral Home (501-315-4047) in Benton, Arkansas with Pastor Tim Barnett officiating. Interment will follow in Aly Cemetery in Aly, Arkansas. Serving as pallbearers are Clyde Crookham Jr., Eugene Fulcher, Allen Trotter, Josh Wright, Taylor Wright, Kevin Barnes. A time of visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at the Funeral Home. A special thanks to Robbie’s daughter-in-law, Renee Auld, for her many years of being a dedicated caretaker.
JOYCE V. SHELNUT, age 88, of Benton passed into the loving arms of her Savior on Monday, April 8, 2019. She was born May 19, 1930 in Bauxite to Royce E. and Luda Corina Floyd Burks. Joyce was a very loving, Christian woman. She was an outstanding mother who loved her children dearly. Cooking and crossword puzzles were two of her most favorite hobbies and she excelled at both. You could very often find her watching the Game Show Network, engaged in whatever game show was on at the time. Her memory will be forever cherished and her legacy will continue on through her family and many others who loved her dearly. She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, JT Shelnut; an infant brother, and one daughter, Linda Hutchison. Joyce is survived by her three sons, Mitchell Shelnut and his wife, Gayla, Marc Shelnut and his wife, Tanya, Joey Shelnut and his wife, Lisa; one daughter, Sheila Yates and her husband, Dan; twelve grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren, numerous great-great-grandchildren, and other extended family members and friends. A Funeral Service will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, April 12, 2019 at Fairplay Missionary Baptist Church, 8516 Fairplay Road, with Marc Shelnut and Pastor Kenny Mitchell officiating. Visitation will be Thursday, April 11, 2019 at Roller-Ballard Funeral Home, 306 S. Main Street, from 6-8 p.m. Before the service, the family will be at 6118 Pointview Road, Benton, AR 72015. Per Joyce’s request, please dress casually for the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in Joyce’s name to either Fairplay Missionary Baptist Church or Saline Memorial Hospice, 23157 1-30 Frontage Road, Bryant, AR 72022. Special and sincere gratitude to the nurses and staff at Saline Memorial Hospice House.
VERMALEE (LINN) KERR, 84, of Bauxite passed away Thursday morning at Alcoa Pines. She was born July 21, 1935 in Morganton, Arkansas to the late Odes and Pearl Linn. She was a loving wife and a devoted mother, grandmother (“Grannie”), and sister. She loved tending to everything and everyone; her gardens, humming birds, and friends and family. She was a member of the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church and radiated a selfless Christian love for all people. She was preceded in death by her husband, Derrell Kerr and brother Harvey Tomlinson. She is survived and loved by her daughter, Lisa Lobbs (Randy) of Bauxite, a sister Jean Hill (Calvin) of Salem, a brother James Linn (Emma) of East End, four grandchildren, Jesse Lobbs of Kansas City, Mollie (Lobbs) Derrick of Bauxite, Michelle (Lobbs) Griffis of Bauxite and Buddy Lobbs of Ben Wheeler, Texas, as well as eight great-grandchildren Visitation will be held at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, 24310 North Sardis Road, Bauxite, AR 72011 Sunday April 14, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. The Funeral service will be at 1:30 p.m. and burial will follow at Mars Hill Cemetery in Bauxite, Arkansas.
RAYBURN COCKMAN, of Benton, passed away Monday, April 15, 2019. He was born in Mountain Valley Community outside Hot Springs on May 17, 1928 to the late Charles and Opal Cockman. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years Wilodene Reece Cockman, his brother, Charles Cockman and sister Margaret Ragsdale. Rayburn graduated from Fountain Lake High School and attended Arkansas Technical College receiving his Associate’s Degree in Business until drafted in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was stationed in Panama during the construction of the Panama Canal. After discharge from U. S. Army he worked and met Wilodene Reece at Mountain Valley Water Company. Rayburn helped build and then worked at Alcoa Plant as a chemist for 35 years. He also did landscaping, dozer, and backhoe work for many years. When out for Sunday drives he would often point out many places where with pride he would show us his handiwork. Rayburn was very active in his church, Calvary Baptist, where he was a member for over 65 years. He loved his church and served as Chairman of the Building Committee in the construction of Calvary at its current location. He was much loved and admired by his family. He truly loved his family and was always there to support and guide each one putting the needs of family above personal needs. Two daughters and sons-in-law, Tamara and Hal Lammey of Benton and Phyllis and Vernon Brooks of Royal survive this special man. Eight grandchildren, Adrianne and Paul Woolley and Parker and Christine Brooks, Shaun Lammey, Julia Sexton, and Kevin and Kim Lammey; seven great grandchildren, Preston and McKinley Sexton, Jackson and future great grandson Bennett Lammey, Ava, Madelyn, and Everett Lammey; sister and brother-in-law, Patricia Cockman and Elbert Ragsdale and many nieces and nephews. Precious caregivers, Alyssa and Jessi Caldwell and Dawn and April Folsom also survive him. Visitation is from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, April 18th at Roller-Ballard Funeral Home in Benton. Funeral services are scheduled for 11:00 a.m., Friday, April 19, 2019 at Roller-Ballard Funeral Home, 306 S. Main, Benton, AR with Bro. Cliff Springer officiating. Interment will follow in Forest Hills Memorial Park in Alexander, AR. Pallbearers are grandsons, Parker Brooks, Shaun Lammey, Kevin Lammey, Shaun Sexton, and Paul Woolley and nephews, Ben Williams, Todd Taylor, and Brett Story. Memorials may be given to Calvary Baptist Church or Gideon’s International.
MAMYE L. SIMPSON, 101, of Benton passed away Monday, April 22, 2019. She was born September 14, 1917, in Hoxie, AR. to the late Richard L. and Cora Lee Heifner. Mamye was preceded in death by her husband James E. Simpson, and brothers and sisters, Cora Heifner, Richard L. Heifner, Agnes Ghere, Ethel Adams, Frank Heifner, Dick Heifner, and Marie Brown. Survivors include; sister, Alberta Robinson of North Little Rock; son, Mickey W. Simpson (Sharon) of Benton; daughter, Janis M. Younts of Benton; five grandchildren, Cindy Younts, Phillip Younts (Leslie), Sheri Coker, Jim Simpson (Sheri), and Tim Simpson (Sara), and eight great grandchildren, Mitchell Younts, Casey Younts, Keri Permenter, Jenna Coker, Mickey Simpson, Balin Younts, Jack Younts, and Wyatt Younts. A visitation will be held from 12:00 to 2:00 PM. on April 24, 2019. at Roller-Ballard Funeral Home, 306 S. Main Street, Benton, Arkansas 72015. A funeral service will begin at 2:00 p.m. following the visitation.
MALCOLM LEE “NICK” NICHOLS, 93, of Benton, passed away at St. Vincent’s Infirmary under the care of Arkansas Hospice on Saturday, April 27, 2019. He was born on December 1, 1925 in Delaware, Arkansas to the late Lee and Virvil Nichols. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife; Claudia Nichols. Nick served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the 11th Airborne Paratrooper Division in the Pacific. He retired from Alcoa after 34 years. He and Claudia were long time members of Northside Church of Christ where he served as Deacon for many years. Nick is survived by his children; Steve Nichols (Kim) of Benton, Linda Butler (Rick) of Dardanelle, Cheryl McCartney of Chouteau, OK, grandchildren; Katie Nichols Mitchell, Parker Nichols, Chris Butler, Lacey Butler, Allison McCartney, Kara McCartney, and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m., Monday, April 29, 2019 at Northside Church of Christ with Jim Gardner officiating. A visitation will be held from 12:30 p.m. until 2:00 p.m., prior to the service. A private burial will follow. Arrangements by Roller-Ballard Funeral Home (501) 315-4047, 306 South Main Street, Benton, Arkansas 72015. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Corin Read Christian Camp c/o Northside Church of Christ, 917 N. East Street, Benton, AR 72015
IDA BLANCHE MCMAHAN LEWALLEN passed away peacefully April 11, 2019 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was born November 23, 1927 in Beedeville, AR to O.O. and Fannie Hamilton. She graduated from Beedeville High School at 17 and then attended Little Rock Junior College. Blanche spent 44 joyful years married to John G. McMahan Sr., with whom she had four children, John G. McMahan Jr., Randy McMahan, Sandy Landers (Steve) and Pam O’Neal (Gary). John preceded her in death in 1992. She is also preceded in death by her brothers, Earl Hamilton and Ziba Hamilton and sister, Luddy Hamilton; her grandsons, Johnny McMahan III and Jorre McMahan; and her husband of 14 years, Andy Lewallen. Blanche is survived by four grandchildren, Steve Landers Jr. (Karmen), Scott Landers (Lauren), Mallory Nickels (Justin), and Jacie McMahan; and five great-grandchildren, Annika Landers, Steve Landers III, Aubree Landers, Londyn Landers and Patton Landers. She is also survived by Andy’s children Andrea Carpenter, Linda Levart (J.R.), David Lewallen (Peggy), and Timothy Lewallen (Marilyn). Blanche and John shared a love of travel which took them to three different continents and many countries. They also shared a healthy appetite for adventure which manifested itself in interstate motorcycle trips, membership in the Dixie Car Club and many weekends spent camping with their dear friends, the Staleys. In 2008, Blanche and her four children visited the Dominican Republic where, at the age of 80, she checked parasailing over the beach off her bucket list. She was a great admirer of the music of Elvis Presley and, occasionally, a great performer of the funky chicken. She excelled in her role as Homemaker. The beautiful hydrangeas and petunias that populated her yard were a testament to her gardening skills and her chicken and dumplings were without equal. Blanche truly loved her role as Mamaw to her grandchildren and GiGi to her great-grandchildren. She was a member of Temple Baptist Church for more than 50 years where she treasured her time as Church Secretary. Visitation will be held from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 14, 2019 in the chapel of Roller-Alcoa Funeral Home, 6700 Alcoa Road, Benton, with funeral service following at 2:30 p.m., officiated by Dr. Clif Johnson. Interment will follow at Pinecrest Memorial Park in Alexander. Serving as Pallbearers will be Steve Landers Jr., Scott Landers, Steve Landers III, Jacie McMahan, Uriel Johnson and David Johnson. The family would like to express their sincerest appreciation to the RNs and CNAs at Saline Memorial Hospice House for the kindness and care they showed to our mother. Also, a special thanks to Dana Kelley. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Arkansas (201 Markham Center Drive Little Rock, AR 72205) or to the Saline Memorial Hospice House (23157 I-30 Bryant, AR 72022).
FRANCES LAVERNE SPURLIN FORE, 78, of Benton, passed away April 11, 2019. She was the daughter of Daniel Rufus Spurlin and Ruby Montgomery Spurlin and was born on December 30, 1940 in Hot Springs, Arkansas. LaVerne graduated from Hot Springs High School in 1959, worked for her brother at the Spurlin Plant Farm in Hot Springs for years and in later years, served as a certified nursing assistant at the Arkansas Health Center. LaVerne spent her life as a dedicated Christian, daughter, wife, employee, mother, Geebo, and friend. She always had a smile, an adventure to tell and a love for all she met. She was preceded in death by her parents, Daniel and Ruby Spurlin; mother and father-in-law, Noel and Ovie Fore, all of Hot Springs; siblings- Eugene Spurlin, Virgil Spurlin, Winford Spurlin, Floy Rowland, a brother-in-law, Marvin Spurlin; sisters in law, Betty Fore Collier and Carolyn Fore Gideon; her brother in law, Grady Collier; a niece and a nephew, but most importantly, she was preceded in death and reunited with the love of her life, Thomas “Buddy” Fore, and eldest daughter, Lisa Burchfield. LaVerne’s life will forever be cherished in the lives of her daughters, Dana Presnall of Little Rock, and Lori Cole and her husband Jason of Benton; grandchildren, Kaylen Presnall of Little Rock, Hayden Burchfield and Bekah Burchfield, Bailey Burchfield, and Zach Cole, all of Benton; sisters in law, Kay Spurlin, Mary Jo Spurlin and Alice Spurlin, all of Hot Springs; a brother in law, Jess Gideon of Hot Springs; numerous nieces, nephews, a church family, and host of friends. A Funeral Service will be Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in the Chapel of Roller-Alcoa Funeral Home, 6700 Alcoa Road, Benton, with Bro. Michael Reese officiating. Visitation will be Monday, April 15, 2019 at Roller-Alcoa Funeral Home from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Interment will be in Ten Mile Cemetery.
MORRIS LEATH, 69, of Shannon Hills passed away on Saturday April 13, 2019. He was born on December 24, 1949 in Little Rock, Arkansas to Thomas Faye and Molly Z. Oglesby Leath. He is preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Kelly Ann Leath; brother, Jimmy Leath; sisters, Margaret Bennett, Lola Mae Graves and Johnnie Faye Leath. Morris is survived by his son, Tommy Leath (Jennifer); daughter, Wendy Peters (Phillip); brother, Odis Leath; sisters, Carolyn Hall, Lucille Gadden and Dolores Taylor; grandchildren, Tracie Leath (Bradley Wise), Thomas Leath Jr., Brittany Leath, Jay Rebman, Tuffy Jones, Beth Hansen (Chris); and two great grandchildren, Hadley Wise and McKinley Wise. A memorial service of remembrance will be Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Roller-Alcoa Funeral Home, 6700 Alcoa Road, Benton, Arkansas 72015.
LEON FERRELL, 77, of Benton, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 26, 2019. He was born January 25, 1942 in Haggarville, Arkansas to Marcus and Gertie Tumbleson Ferrell. Leon was an outdoors man who loved hunting and fishing. He was a well-known brick mason in the area. Leon was tough as nails on the outside but had a very big heart. He loved his family unconditionally, especially his wife of 57 years, Carolyn. Carolyn was always first in Leon’s heart. He was a family man and all-around great man. Leon was a man of few words, so when he spoke, people listened. His memory will be forever cherished and his legacy will continue on through their family and many others who loved him dearly. He is preceded in death by his parents, his son, Kenneth “Kenny” Ferrell; and his sister, Joyce Reynolds. Leon is survived by his loving wife, Susie Carolyn Marvel Ferrell; his sons, Roger Leon Ferrell and his wife, Mary, and Timothy Glenn Ferrell and his wife, Julie; his beloved grandchildren, Johnny Ferrell and his wife, Elizabeth, Wesley Ferrell, Kayla Thomas, Kris Barrow, Kory Barrow, Glenn Ferrell, Cameron Ferrell; and his great-grandchildren, James Ferrell, Justin Ferrell, Kaiden Thomas, Audree Heywood, Emma Heywood, Dylan Heywood, and many other extended family members and friends. A Funeral Service will be Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at Roller-Alcoa Funeral Home, 6700 Alcoa Road, Benton, Arkansas 72015. Visitation will be Monday, April 29, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Roller-Alcoa Funeral Home. Interment will be in Smith- New Rosemont Cemetery in Benton. In lieu of flowers, the family would like to request memorials be made in Leon’s name to either The Nature Conservancy of Arkansas at https://support.nature.org/site/Donation2?10420.donation=form1&df_id=10420 or to the Easterseals of Arkansas at https://secure.easterseals.com/site/Donation2;jsessionid=00000000.app297a?idb=1177475015&df_id=17302&mfc_pref=T&17302.donation=form1&NONCE_TOKEN=11C8BCA9186FAFDD56D4EF46566DDD5C
MARTHA QUATTLEBAUM July 20, 1936 – April 28, 2019 Pending obituary. Roller-Alcoa Funeral Home, 6700 Alcoa Road, Benton, Arkansas 72015.
EDDIE DON DOUGAN, 60, of Traskwood, Arkansas passed away April 5, 2019. He was born February 21, 1959 in Texarkana, Texas to Rick Santoria and Susie May Dougan. Eddie worked as a meat cutter. Services will be held in St. Louis, Missouri. Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online guestbook: www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
BETTY JEAN RASBERRY, 77, of Benton, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, April 5, 2019 with her family surrounding her. Betty was born April 6, 1942 to the late William and Virginia (Neighbors) Hines in Bauxite, Arkansas. Betty loved the Lord and was a member of Johnson Street Church of Christ. She enjoyed spending time with her family, loved all flowers (especially yellow roses), fishing, and in her later years, doing puzzle books. Earlier in her marriage to her husband Rex, who was a police officer, Betty would dress up as Clarence the clown (named after her father) and together they would do various teaching of safety for kids and schools. Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Rex Rasberry; and one sister, Barbara Johnson. She is survived by her four kids; Patty Gaylor and husband Corky of Bauxite, Timmie Rasberry of Riverview, FL, Karen Hughes and husband Gary of Benton and April Watts and husband Danny also of Benton; eleven grandchildren: Alex Howard, Amber Harring, Megan Williams, Dwayne Lytle, Kendra Lytle, Nathanial Lytle, Thomas Hughes, Tyler Watts, Jacob Watts and Zachary Watts; seven great-grandchildren; and a host of other family members and friends who will cherish her forever. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 9th, from 6:00-8:00 PM at Smith-Benton Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, April 10th at 1:00 PM at Smith-Benton Funeral Home, with burial directly following at Smith-Rosemont Cemetery. Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Guests may register atwww.SmithFamilyCares.com
LYNDA ANN HARTMAN, 81, of Benton went to her Heavenly home on Tuesday April 9, 2019. Lynda was born April 8, 1938 to the late W.L. and Verbil (Newsome) Row in North Little Rock, Arkansas. Lynda work for First Baptist Church Benton for over forty-one years doing children’s ministry and cooking for Wednesday night fellowship. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Lynda enjoyed working in her garden and doing arts and crafts, she especially found great joy in her four-legged fur baby “Honey Bunn”. Lynda is preceded in death by her parents; and one son: Eddie Hartman. She is survived by the love of her life and husband Ed Hartman of sixty-one years; one son: Terry Hartman and his wife Lori of Garland, TX; two grandchildren: Ryan and Chad Hartman of Garland, TX; one sister: Betty Robinson and her husband Bob of Benton and one nephew: Bobby Lynn Robinson of Benton; her special love Honey Bunn and a host of other family members and friends who will miss her greatly. Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 18, 2019 from 1:00~2:00 PM at First Baptist Church Benton Selph Hall with a Celebration of Life directly following at 2:00 PM with Bro. Ed Spurlock officiating. All flowers can be delivered to First Baptist Church or Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Arrangements entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Guests may register atwww.smithfamilycares.com.
DIANNE (MORROW) RAY, 66, of Benton gained her Heavenly wings on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 with her family by her side. Dianne was born August 1, 1952 to the late Willard and Eva (Wilson) Morrow in Parkin, Arkansas. Dianne was a faithful follower of Christ, she loved her Church and her extended Church Family. She was a retired nurse who always found great joy in nursing her patients back to health. Dianne was an awesome mother, grandmother and even great-grandmother and she loved spending as much time with all of them as possible, including her four legged child: ”Bella”. Dianne was preceded in death by her husband of forty-five years, Milton Ray; one daughter: Barbara Babbitt; one granddaughter: Haylee Russell and one sister: Sybil Depew. She is survived by two daughters: Angela Nduati of Benton and Dana Russell and her husband Jason of Delano, TN and one son-in law she considered her own: Carlos Babbitt, Jr.; six grandchildren: Kayla Claret and husband Roger of Conway, Ashley Wilson and husband Chance of Benton, Dean Babbitt (Single and available), Justin Ray, Taylor Healey both of Benton and Jack Russell of Delano, TN; three great grandchildren: Roger Claret III, Malik Claret and Natalie Claret all of Conway; One brother: Lonnie Morrow and wife Shirley of Lonsdale, two sisters: Mary Hill and husband Doyle of Benton and Terri Renfro and husband Bo of Benton and a host of other family and friends who will miss her greatly. The family will be receiving family and friends from 10:00~10:30AM Saturday, April 20, 2019 at Smith-Benton Funeral Home Chapel with the Celebration of life in her honor directly following at 10:30 AM with the Bro. Eddie Kitchens officiating. Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Guests may register atwww.smithfamilycares.com
NELLIE RAY WEATHERINGTON, 92, of Alexander, Arkansas. Beloved Mother, Grandmother and great grandmother went to Heaven on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, to be with God and her husband Cecil of seventy-fours years. Nellie was a member of Avila Baptist Church where she was a very active member till she was no longer able. She loved gardening flowers and vegetable’s, fishing and deer hunting and most proud of her big buck she killed with a muzzleloader, the largest at her deer camp. She was mighty. Nellie’s door was always open to everyone to share meals with, she was an amazing cook and many people from deer camp to church requested her great pies. Known by many as Mrs. Nellie, she was loving, kind and funny. Nellie is preceded in death by her loving husband Cecil Weatherington of seventy-four years; three sisters and four brothers. She is survived by daughter: Stacy Whaley/Gorcyca and her husband Ray of Alexander, AR; one son: Ted Weatherington and his wife Stephanie of Hot Springs, AR; two grandchildren: Chris Weatherington and wife Sarah of Perryville, AR and David Weatherington and wife Cassie of Benton; three great granddaughters: Nikki Weatherington of Perryville, AR, Briana and Alyssa Weatherington of Benton, AR; and friend Mary Jack Tatum of North Little Rock, AR; one special granddaughter: Jordan Davis and a host of other family and friends who will forever miss and love her. The family would like to extend a very special Thank You and Love to everyone at Evergreen Nursing home in Bryant, AR, where she lived the last three years of her life, you all became her family & friends and your kindness and care from the amazing nurses, CNA’s and staff there was such a true Blessings, and to Arkansas Hospice, Becky, Cynthia, Chaplin Laura and her wonderful loving nurse David, you were all God sent and what a Blessing to have her receive so much love and care. Thank You to Harry for always singing live music, Nellie’s favorites were I’ll fly away, One Pair of Hands and Oh Happy Day. Visitation will be held Monday, April 15, 2019 from 10:00 ~ 10:45 AM at Smith-Benton Funeral Home Chapel, with service directly following at 10:45 AM with Chaplin Laura Mannes officiating and burial following at Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Guests may register atwww.smithfamilycares.com
HUE THI HONG HUYNH, 57, of Benton, Arkansas passed away April 11, 2019. She was born July 12, 1961 in Vietnam to Thang Huynh and Tang Thuy. Hue earned her bachelor degree and worked as a nail technician. She leaves to cherish her memories her loving husband, Thuc Vo; son, Cardin Vo; and a host of family and friends who love Hue and will miss her always. Family to hold private services. Arrangements entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online guestbook: www.SmithFamilyCares.com
VENICE RENEE PACE, 58, passed away April 15, 2019. Survivors include: husband of twenty-four years, Patrick Haws; mother-in-law, Linda Haws; brother and sister-in-law, Al and LaNita Hobby; nephews: Nicholas and Jonathan Hobby; Auntie Lynn; daughters: Renee and Teresa; four grandchildren; brother, Bill Girard; sisters: Penny Girard and Judy Girard-Johnson.www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
MACK (GARRELL) EDWARD MANION, 98, of Benton, Arkansas and formerly of Mooresville and Crawfordsville Indiana, went to be with the Lord on date 2019 in Benton, AR. Born January 8, 1921, in East Oolitic, Lawrence County, Indiana, he was the oldest son of ten children of Hobart Manion and Mary Jane (Vaughn) Manion. He lived through the Great Depression in the Smithville and Sanders area, received a double promotion (two grade levels in the same year) in elementary school, graduated from Smithville Indiana High School and was the last surviving member of the class of 1939. He was a gospel music singer/host (even hosting several gospel music programs at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee), youth minister, evangelist, and pastor of several churches in Indiana and Arkansas. Mack, along with several minister friends, happened to be in Cuba on a missionary trip in 1958 when Fidel Castro began taking over. They were able to get out just a few days before military dictator Fulgencio Batista fled the country and went to the Dominican Republic on January 1, 1959 and Castro entered Havana on January 8, 1959 after a triumphant journey across Cuba. Mack and those with him could hear gunfire coming from the mountains. He enjoyed golfing, hunting, watching cowboy movies, western TV shows and going to church. He was also a civil pilot, former member the Putt-Putt Professional Putters Association and played in several early 1960’s National Tournaments. Survivors include: his youngest sister in California, two daughters and one son in Arkansas, one son in Indiana, one step-son in Indiana, together with twelve grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. All of the above are located in Arkansas, Texas, Indiana, Colorado, Idaho and Oregon. He was preceded in death by his parents, two wives and eight brothers and sisters. A private burial will take place in Oak Hill Cemetery, Crawfordsville, Indiana
GARRY RICHARD HORNER, 59, of Benton, Arkansas passed away April 23, 2019. He was born January 4, 1960 in DeRidder, Arkansas to Larry Horner and Helen Keener. Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online guestbook: www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
BONNA LOU RAPP, age 91, of Benton, Arkansas, died Tuesday, April 23, 2019, at the Evergreen Living Center. Mrs. Rapp was born February 7, 1928, in Cole County near Russellville, Missouri, the daughter of Raymond and Nola Payne. She graduated from Russellville High School and attended college in Warrensburg. She and her family lived in Jefferson City most of her life. Her employment included the Construction Laborer’s Welfare Group, Goller and Hedrick Law Firm and the Hancock-Strong Family Clinic from where she retired. While in Jefferson City, she was a member of the Dix Road Church of Christ (Fairgrounds Road Church of Christ). She moved to Texarkana, Arkansas, in December 2004, to be near family and later moved to the Mt. Carmel Assisted Living in Benton, Arkansas, to be near her granddaughter and caretaker. Recently, she moved to the Evergreen Living Center. She was a member of the Walnut Church of Christ in Texarkana, Texas. She is preceded in death by her husband, James J. Rapp, a daughter, Cheryl Lou Rapp Pope, a granddaughter, Julie Katrina Johnson, an infant sister, Cleora Payne, a brother, Billy G. Payne, a sister in law, Bertha Payne, and a step-grandson, Jason Bland. In her younger years, she was a Bible school teacher, enjoyed needlework, her flower gardens, and traveling extensively with her husband. Survivors include two granddaughters; Martina (Matthew) Welch and their children, Emma, Garrett, and Toby of Norton, Massachusetts, Tanya Morey (Matthew) and their children, Owen and Lillian, of Benton, Arkansas, a son-in-law; David Pope of Shreveport, Louisiana, two step granddaughters; Jennifer Bland of Shreveport, Louisiana, and her daughters, Caroline and Hannah and Laura (Gregg) Stull and their daughter, Elizabeth, of Coldwater, Mississippi. Survivors from Jefferson City include one brother; Roger Cletis Payne and one sister; Judy (Frank) Stephens, two sisters-in-law; Betty (Paul) Volkmer, Elsie Strope and numerous nieces, nephews, other family members and friends. A memorial service will be held at the Fairgrounds Road Church of Christ at a later date with burial at Riverview Cemetery, Jefferson City. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Kindred Hospice, 2212 Malvern Ave Suite 3, Hot Springs, AR 71901.
TONY LYNN CHAMBLESS, 54, of Hensley, Arkansas passed away April 25, 2019. He was born October 21, 1964 in Wichita, Kansas to the late William and Linda (Anderson) Chambless. Tony was an avid hunter and fisherman who enjoyed spending time outdoors barbequing and being with family and friends. Tony loved working as a landscaper and took great care of his lawn and plants, but his greatest joy was his family. Tony leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife, Angela Cullipher Chambless; son, Kenneth Chambless and wife Ashley; sisters: Kristi Duncan and husband Chris and Melody Hubbard and husband Mike; grandchildren: Mollee, Johnathan, Charlie Evans and Zoe Herndon; step-daughter, Angelina Cullipher; step-father, Terry Watson; nieces: Jami Duncan, Alisha Tyree, Tiffany Devilling Hubbard and her children Autumn and Dylan Devilling, and Racheal Hubbard and her children Baylee, Brayden, and Ryder Vick; nephew: Jacob Duncan; great-nephew, Mark Hall II; and many family members and friends who love Tony and will miss him always. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 PM, Tuesday, April 30 at Smith-Benton Funeral Home, 322 N. Market Street, Benton, Arkansas. Funeral service will be held at 1:00 PM, Wednesday, May 1 at Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Burial following at Salem Cemetery. Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online guestbook:www.SmithFamilyCares.com
RICHARD C. KING, 68, of Alexander, Arkansas passed from this life on April 26, 2019. He was born November 12, 1950 in England, Arkansas. He was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy Robinson; and father, Walter King, Jr. He is survived by his sister, Linda Lancaster and husband Gerald of Benton; nieces, Tina Majors and husband Don of Benton, and Elizabeth Beaugard of San Antonio. He also leaves many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Richard worked for the City of Little Rock in the Parks Department. He started at the age of 20 as a laborer, worked his way up through each department until his retirement 44 years later as Park Superintendent. Richard collected cars throughout his life and after retirement he joined a Corvette club. He attended several car shows displaying his pride and joy, a Mallett Corvette, which won several trophies. This was something he enjoyed very much and made many new friends. Richard is also survived by his best friend and constant companion, Bubba, a 14-year-old Chow mix who still waits on the front porch for Rick to come home. Celebration of Life will be held from 10:00-12:00, Saturday, May 11, at Smith-Benton Funeral Home, 322 N. Market Street, Benton, Arkansas. Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Guestbook: www.SmithFamilyCares
WILLIAM ZACK ROUSHALL, Jr., 52, of Benton, Arkansas, affectionately called Buddy by family and friends, passed away on April 26, 2019 at the Arkansas Health Center in Benton, Arkansas, where he lived the last year and a half. He was born in Stuttgart, Arkansas on November 24, 1966. Buddy is survived by his parents, Zack and Margie Roushall, and one sister, Dana Roushall formerly of Benton, Arkansas. Buddy has many aunts, uncles, and cousins who loved him and were a big part of his life. He is preceded in death by his grandparents, Zack and Dora Roushall of Stuttgart, Arkansas; and maternal grandparents, Shelby and Jennie Whiting formerly of Tichnor, Arkansas. Although he had Cerebral Palsy, Buddy was very outgoing and personable. He loved everyone and had a way of touching your heart with his smile. He will be missed by all who knew him during his sweet life. For thirty-three years of his life, he attended specialized classes at Civitan Services in Benton, Arkansas where he formed many friendships with instructors and students alike. He enjoyed attending during the day and coming home at night to be with his family. Graveside service, officiated by Bro. Kit Cowger of the Benton Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses, will be held at 1:00 PM, Friday, May 3, at Forest Hills Cemetery in Alexander, Arkansas. Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online guestbook: www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
JUDITH SHARON HASKIN, age 77, of Benton, Arkansas, passed away Thursday, November 15, 2018. She was born in Dayton, Ohio on April 27, 1941 to the late Mathis and Berneice Alexander. She was a retired registered nurse. Judith enjoyed quilting and crocheting when not spending time with her family. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her granddaughter Jordyn Haskin Survivors include her brother Stephen Alexander and wife Jean; Daughter Rebecca Jones and husband Danny of Centralia, IL; Daughter Janet Storment and husband Curtis of Benton AR; Son Stephen Haskin and wife Alisa of Bryant, AR; and grandchildren William and Jessy Jones, Jeffrey and Gary Storment, Zackary and Jacob Haskin. Memorials can be made to the AR Cancer Society.
JOAN W. PAULOS went to be with the Lord on April 6, 2019. She was born on July 3, 1930 in Edmond, Oklahoma to Lloyd and Mildred Whisler who preceded her in death, along with her sister, Mary Katherine Vasseur. Joan is survived by her husband of sixty-seven years, Victor E. Paulos, along with their three children and their families: Andra Paulos Beehler and her husband, Don Beehler of Franklin, TN along with their children, Carolyn Beehler and Brooke van Lang; Craig Paulos of Aztec, NM and his children, Callie Doherty, Justin Paulos and Joshua Paulos; and Clay Paulos and his wife Tamara Paulos of Roswell, NM along with their children, Kristyn and Kathryn Paulos. In addition to seven grandchildren, Joan is survived by two great-grandchildren. Joan and Vic lived in Bryan, TX from 1967 until they moved to the Village in 1990. Joan was a faithful member of the Village United Methodist Church. She was active in the women’s club, PEO, as well as various bridge groups. Most importantly, she was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother-she loved talking to her grandchildren. Joan is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma where she received a B.S. in Home Economics in 1952. Thereafter, she taught school for one year at her high school in Britton, OK while her husband attended the University of Oklahoma. Visitation was held 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Thursday at Caruth Village Funeral Home in Hot Springs Village. Funeral service was held at 1:00 p.m., Friday at Village United Methodist Church in Hot Springs Village. Joan will be interred at the Whisler Cemetery in Deer Creek, Oklahoma. Guests may register at www.caruth-hale.com
FLORENCE LOUISE ANDERS was born on March 6, 1929 and passed away on April 19, 2019. Funeral Home Services for Florence are being provided by Pinecrest Funeral Home of Alexander, AR.
MAMIE ANN RYLIE, 71, of Benton, passed away April 20, 2019. She was born August 2, 1947 in San Antonio, Texas to Owen and Ruby Malone Rylie. She was preceded in death by her parents; five sisters; and three brothers. She is survived by three sisters, Doris Tarvin, Nelda (Eddie) Mayer, and Bonnie Rylie; three brothers, Gerald, Charles (Marilyn), and William (Melenda) Rylie; and a host of extended family and friends, all who will miss her.
TROY BISHOP, 82, of Benton, died peacefully at his home on Friday, April 19 2019. He was born April 20, 1936 in Vilonia, AR. He was preceded in death by his parents, David A. and Virgie Crowell Bishop; wife, Ladonna Gail Bishop, and son, David Alan Bishop. He is survived by his children, Jeff Bishop, Jennifer Schlesier, and Gail Bishop; granddaughters, Magen Schlesier, Lauren Schlesier, and Bailey Bishop; and great-grandson, Jove Schlesier. He is also survived by his special dog, Tiki. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM, Friday, April 26, 2019, at Spring Creek Baptist Church @ 19200 Interstate 30 N, Benton, AR 72019 with Rev. Carl Richey officiating. On-line guest book at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
WILLIAM LEE “MAG” MORRIS, 74, passed away April 12, 2019. Born in Fresno, California to William Henry and Mildred Owanna Underwood Morris, he was a heavy equipment operator. He was an avid bluegrass musician, hunter and fisherman, and collected memorabilia. Preceded in death by his parents and a grandson, Clayton Morris, he is survived by his daughters, Tammie Sneed (Ted) of Bigelow, Lisa Johnson (Michael) of Quitman, Deanna Michau (David) of Alexander and April Morris of Roland; brothers, Eugene Morris (Debbie) of Roland, Jerry Morris of Little Rock, David Morris and Rick Morris, both of Bigelow; sisters, Judy Horsey of Little Rock and Sherry Uptain (Jerry) of Bigelow; ten grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and his former wife, Stella Morris. Visitation will be Monday, April 15 from 6-8 p.m. with services on Tuesday, April 16 at 10:00 a.m. at Little Rock Funeral Home, 8801 Knoedl Ct. (NW corner I-630 and Barrow Rd.), officiated by Rev. Al Richards and Rev. Melvin Clifford. Interment will follow at Pleasant Grove Cemetery off Highway 10. Arrangements by Little Rock Funeral Home, (501)224-2200. Mr. Morris’ online guestbook may be signed at www.littlerockfuneralhome.com.
WESLEY YARBROUGH SEPTEMBER 1, 1994 ~ APRIL 20, 2019 (AGE 24) Arkansas Cremation 322 N. Market Street Benton, AR 72015