Amber Reneal Reeves, age 41, of Haskell, passed away Sunday, May 22, 2022. She was born December 11, 1980 in Little Rock, Arkansas. Amber was the supply chain director of informatics at UAMS. She was preceded in death by her husband, J.R. Gutierrez.
She is survived by her parents, Robert & Anita Reeves and a sister, Megan Reeves.
Visitation will be 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 28 at the Apostolic Tabernacle Church in Benton with memorial services beginning at 11:00 a.m. Gary Don Fields and Jason Roach will be officiating. The church is located at 2314 Military Road in Benton, Ar 72015.
Ferman L. Ward, 75, of Benton, surrounded by family, was called home to be with the Lord Monday, May 23rd 2022. He was born October 5th, 1946 to the late Rosa and Ernest Ward. Ferman was in the construction business for most of his life and spent time in the great outdoors, loving to hunt, fish, camp, and spend time with family and friends.
He was very involved with the Civitan and served every possible position on the board. Ferman was a founding member of Discover the Joy Baptist Church where he was a member. Also, he was instrumental in starting the Discover the Joy Baptist Church television ministry.
Ferman is survived by his wife, Noreen Ward; sons, Trevor Ward (Kim) and Chris Ward; daughters, Michelle Cullen and Brandy Ward; four step-children, Johnnie Houpt Jr. (Terri), Jeffrey Houpt (Connie), Rachel Chance (Michael), and Jacob Houpt; 13 grandchildren; and 5 great-grandchildren.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Billy Coke, Greg Middlebrooks, Alan Middlebrooks, Trent Ward, Noah Ward, Matthew Cullen, David Huett, Paul Harrell, and Sandy Harrell.
Visitation will be 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 28 at Discover the Joy Baptist Church followed by a memorial service at 2:00 p.m. The church is located at 410 S. East St in Benton, AR 72015.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation to the Civitan Services to PO Box 368, Benton 72018 on online @ www.civitanservices.com
James Edward Chism 88 of Benton passed away on Monday May 23, 2022 at Saline Memorial Hospital. Ed was born in Adona, Arkansas to the late Vernon and Cordia Cody Chism on June 7, 1933. He served in the U.S. Army, was a member of Oak Grove Missionary Baptist church where he served for many years as a deacon, and was a Mason in the Scottish Rite. He worked various jobs at Alcoa for 28 years, retiring as a supervisor in 1991. Many of Dad and Mom’s retirement years were spent on Lake Ouachita where they enjoyed camping and fishing. In addition to his parents, Ed was preceded in death by his daughter Vinnie Donnor and two sisters Juanita Hester and Sarah Wilbourn. He is survived by his wife of 71 years Ruth Chism, two sons Greg Chism (Mary) and Dennis Chism, one daughter Tanya Shelnut (Marc), son-in-law Bill Donnor, three brothers Darrell Chism, Jimmy Chism and Terry Chism (Kay), two sisters Betty Abbott and Darlene Covert (Frank), nine grandchildren Derek (Jenni), Brad (Erin), Torey, Taira, Kinley, Keeley (Chase), Tim, Jake, Kaylea and Carter who was like the 10th grandchild, and nine great grandchildren Cooper, Collins, Cutter, Landry, Lennox, Tucker, Rylee, Maddie and Ryder.
The family would like to thank the entire staff of Elijah’s Place at Mt. Carmel Community for the special care provided dad as he battled Alzheimer’s. We also want to thank Saline Memorial Hospital and Kindred Hospice for the care provided during dad’s last days.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Alzheimer’s Arkansas.
Visitation will be from 1-2pm on Friday May 27 at Ashby Funeral Home with funeral service to follow at 2pm. Brother Richard Hamlin and Brother Chris Floyd will be officiating. Burial service will follow at Social Hill Cemetery on Highway 35 South in Benton. Pallbearers will be Ed’s grandsons.
Judith “Judy” Ann Bolding, 77, of Bauxite, Arkansas passed away surrounded by her family on May 21, 2022. She was born January 20, 1945 in Hamilton, Ohio.
Judy retired from Affiliated Foods in 2009 where she worked as a bookkeeper. Judy was a very strong, independent woman who raised three children on her own. She was opinionated and liked to give advice to others. Judy loved family gatherings. She adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and forged special bonds with each one. Judy was fiercely protective of her family and loved them with unconditional love. A few of her favorite hobbies included crocheting beautiful blankets for everyone she knew and playing bingo.
Judy was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Esther Wehr.
She leaves behind to cherish her memory three children: Tammy McCullar (Randy Roberts) of Mabelvale, Arkansas, Renee Baswell (Billy) of Bauxite, Arkansas, and Larry Creech (Melissa) of Bauxite, Arkansas; adopted daughter by love, Kaye Fox (Mark) of Prosper, Texas; eleven grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren; three brothers: Dick, Sam, and Bobby Maynard; and many family members and friends who love Judy and will miss her always.
Graveside service will be held at 3:00 PM, Thursday, May 26, at Pinecrest Memorial Park in Alexander, Arkansas. Assisting as pallbearers are Jaden Baswell, Tyler Autry, Jordan Creech, Nik Baswell, Matt Sorrells, and Raymond Buffington. All floral deliveries can be sent to Smith-Benton Funeral Home.
Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online guestbook: www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
Dorothy “Dot” Coburn, 67, of Maumelle, Arkansas passed away May 21, 2022. She was born September 23, 1954 in Benton, Arkansas to the late Melvin and Juanita (Beaty) Cloud.
Dot worked at the Highway Department for over twenty years. She was full of life and lived every minute of her life. She enjoyed telling stories of the of the fun times she had with her friends. Some of Dot’s favorite activities were playing bingo, travelling, and riding in Sprint cars or Big Dog motorcycles with her husband. Dot was a huge animal lover. She was a member of Church at Rock Creek for over twenty years and participated in the Not Too Naughty Women Bible Study Group, Lakeview Ladies Bowling Team, and the Ditzy Dicers Bunko Group. Dot is remembered to always say, “Live, Love, and Laugh”, and applied that principle to her life. She loved to laugh, loved with all her heart, and lived life to its fullest.
Dot leaves behind to cherish her memory her loving husband of thirty-seven years, John Coburn; two brothers: Earl and Floyd Cloud; special sister-in-law, Joyce; and many family members and friends who love Dot and will miss her always.
Memorials may be made to Humane Society of North Little Rock.
Visitation will be held from 10:00-11:00 AM, Wednesday, June 1, followed by funeral service, officiated by Rev. Greg Kirksey, at 11:00 AM at Smith-Benton Funeral Home, 322 N. Market Street, Benton, Arkansas.
Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online guestbook: www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
H. Kelley Geurin, Jr., 77, of Benton, Arkansas went to be with the Lord May 23, 2022. He was born February 14, 1945 in Little Rock to the late Horace Kelley Geurin, Sr. and Helen (Suggs) Geurin.
He graduated from Benton High School in 1963. He then graduated from Harding University with a Bachelor’s degree in 1967 and a Master’s Degree in 1969. Kelley also obtained his Education Specialist Degree from Tennessee Technological University.
A retired school teacher, he taught biology, chemistry, and physical science for over thirty years in the Pulaski County Special School District. He taught at McClellan High School, Sylvan Hills Junior High School, and Sylvan Hills High School.
Kelley loved the Lord with all his heart and strived to live a Godly life daily. He loved to read and study God’s word. He was a member of Northside Church of Christ and preached at Redfield Church of Christ for the last sixteen years.
After his faith, family was most important to Kelley. He adored his wife, children, and two grandchildren. He treated all his in-laws as one of his own family, especially his daughter-in-law and son-in-law. Kelley made it clear that he loved his grandchildren with all his heart. One of his favorite things to do was take the grandchildren for a ride on his Gator (ATV). His granddaughter, Finley would flap her heart out to show how much she loved it. He would listen patiently to his grandson, Jackson’s stories and songs and jokes and even helped Jackson record a video because Jackson asked for his help. He enjoyed staying in touch with his extended family and visiting with them when possible.
Kelley often did things for others “behind the scenes”. He was always looking for a way to serve and encourage people. He enjoyed spending time in the gazebo in his backyard where he watched the birds, squirrels, and deer. Kelley also enjoyed deer hunting at deer camp in South Arkansas. Kelley and his wife, Judy enjoyed the simple things in life. They enjoyed taking long drives all over Arkansas looking at old homes, churches, and old barns.
Kelley was a quiet man who had a positive impact on the lives of all who knew him. He would always put others ahead of himself, and truly loved people like Christ loved him. He believed the most important thing was to have a relationship with Christ, and he leaves a legacy of children and grandchildren who follow Christ because of his commitment and example.
Preceding Kelley in death are his parents; and special uncle, Horace Suggs. He is also preceded in death by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Mitchel and Vada Mainord.
He leaves behind to cherish his memory his loving wife of fifty years, Judy Geurin of Benton, Arkansas; children: Jessica Thomas and husband, Bryan of Benton and Jeremy Geurin and wife, Aubri of Stockdale, Texas; grandchildren: Jackson and Finley Geurin; Northside Church of Christ church family; and many extended family members and friends.
Visitation will be held 6:00-8:00 PM, Thursday, May 26, at Smith-Benton Funeral Home, 322 N. Market Street in Benton. Funeral service held at 2:00 PM, Friday, May 27 at Smith-Benton Funeral Home with burial following at Old Rosemont Cemetery.
The family would like to thank Superior Home Care and Saline Memorial Hospice for their tender care and attention to Kelley during the last two weeks. The family also appreciates all the calls, visits, and messages during this time. Memorials may be made to Corin Read Christian Camp through Northside Church of Christ.
Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Guestbook: www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
In the early morning hours of Sunday, May 22, 2022, Catherine Johnston died at her residence in Benton, Arkansas, at the age of 95.
Catherine, born in Lonoke, Arkansas, in 1927, was the third child for James and Ida Frances Spradling. She grew up in the Beautiful Home, Long Creek, Uno and Grubbs communities in Arkansas. She married George Johnston in 1946 and together they raised five children Barbara, Joan, Elaine, Dewayne and Dale.
She quit school to care for her younger siblings after the illness and death of her mother. Though she did not receive a High School Diploma, she continued to passionately learn as much as she could about academics and current events. Through studying her daughters’ accounting books, she learned and did the accounting for the family’s self-employed business. She became a tax consultant with H & R Block and worked every tax season for many years. Later, after moving to Alabama, she studied and earned her GED and attended a Jr. College. She was an avid quilter. She produced many quilts and wall hangings, some for each of her children and grandchildren, some commissioned and some just for her own pleasure. After the death of her husband, George, she became interested in their families’ histories and began doing genealogical research and working on the family trees. She was also into politics. Before she lost her sight, she researched who political candidates were and their stands on issues, and then what they were doing in Washington. When she could no longer see the computer screen, she constantly listened to the radio to learn her information. She continued to stay up-to-date on most of the current issues and she was happy to discuss them with you. Her faith in God was very important to her. She felt her most important thing to do was to know the Bible. If you couldn’t find a scripture, all you had to do was tell her what you were looking for and she could tell you where to find it in the Bible. She loved discussions on spiritual and Biblical topics and would adamantly defend her stance on scripture.
Catherine is preceded in death by her husband, George T. Johnston; son, Dewayne Johnston; parents, James (Jim) and Ida Frances Spradling; sisters, Maxine and Shirley; brothers, J.R, Elvon and Kenneth.
She is survived by three (3) daughters, Barbara Kitchens of Bryant, AR, Joan Terral of Fayetteville, AR and Elaine White (Rodney) of Benton AR; and one (1) son, Dale Johnston. Also surviving are eight (8) grandchildren, Jessica Kitchens McDonald (Chris), Tamara Terral Black, Stephanie Terral Gober, Rebecca Terral Janes (Henry), Terry Justin Terral, Tiffany Terral, Daniel White (Erin) and Adam White (Amber); thirteen (13) great-grandchildren and four (4) great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral Service will be held at 1:00pm on Wednesday, May 25, 2022, at Roller-Alcoa Funeral Home in Benton, Arkansas, with Pastor Rodney White officiating. Graveside Service and burial will be at 1:00 pm, Friday, May 27, 2022, at Stewartville Cemetery, Stewartville/Sylacauga, Alabama, with Pastor Mickey Mullins officiating.
Jody Doyle Knox, 60, of Sheridan, Arkansas passed away on Sunday, May 22nd, 2022, in Little, Arkansas. He was born to, Edward and Rebecca Knox, on Wednesday, March 28th, 1962, in L.A., California. Jody loved and admired his family. He enjoyed riding his Harley on long rides and participated in the Toy Drive Convoy. He was a former truck driver and a jack of all trades, such as a mechanic, transmission rebuilder, and roofer. His passion was driving racecars and building racecars with his nephews, Jerry and Waylon Johnson. He loved spending time with his son and grandson in the deer woods. He loved and believed in his Savior Jesus Christ.
He is preceded in death by his father, Edward Knox; stepfather, Harvey Freeman; sister, Polly Johnson; son, Jody Doyle Knox II; and his grandparents.
He is survived by his devoted wife of many years, Charlett Knox; his five children, Destanie Mathis, Misty Meredith and her husband, Shane, James Knox and his wife, Kala, Deloris Fulmer and her husband, Jimmy, and Jessica Hammond and her husband, Marcus; eleven grandchildren, Lynzie, Kynzie, Mercedes, Brianna, Daniel, Tiffany, Andrew, Matthew, Ella, Mystic, and Mika; one great grandchild, Christopher James; mother, Becky; four sisters, Molly, Joyce, Toylyn, Helen Freeman; brother, JR Freeman; his children’s mother, Debbie Wedge; his nieces and nephews; along with a host of other family and friends who all love him and will miss him greatly.
Celebration of life will be held on Friday, May 27th, 2022, at 11:00 A.M. with the visitation the evening prior from 5:00-7:00 P.M. at Dial and Dudley Funeral Home. Burial at Ida Mission Cemetery in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Services provided by Dial and Dudley Funeral Home.