VIRGINIA IRENE HUBMANN RADFORD, 87 of the Collegeville Community, passed away on April 30, 2019. She was born on July 25, 1931 in Alexander to the late Karl and Lillian Ladd Hubmann. Virginia retired from AMF Bicycle Factory and Bryant School District. She was a member of the Collegeville Church of the Nazarene. Virginia enjoyed Church potlucks and sharing her homemade yeast rolls. Virginia was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Johnnie “Junior” Radford and brother, Karl “Buddy” Hubmann. She is survived by sons, Gary and wife, Linda Gail Radford; Bobby and wife, Sue Radford, four grandchildren, Michael and Polly Radford, Tommy and Robin Radford, Jaime Basham, Jeanette and Ronnie Warren; six great grandchildren, Abigail “Abby” and Hunter Radford, Andrew and Stephanie Basham, Ruby and Dillon Warren; nephew, Jerry and Cathy Hubmann, nieces, Freida Ann Taylor, Mary Jean and Roger Ferrell, Loretta Avery, Chuck and Cheryl Johnson, along with friend and neighbors, former coworkers that she loved. Chapel services by Ashby Funeral Home will be May 4th, Saturday, at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Dennis Yarberry officiating. Burial will follow at Pine Crest Cemetery. Visitation will be held at Ashbys one hour prior to service, 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. Saturday. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Collegeville Church of the Nazarene, 124 Hilldale Road, Alexander, Arkansas 72002 or Arkansas Cancer Society, 2222 Cottondale Lane, Little Rock, Arkansas 72202 or Arkansas Alzheimer’s Society. Family comments: The family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to Mt. Carmel Assisted Living and Elijah’s Place employees and Dr. Cara Ballard for all their endless love, care and support of our Mom, MeMaw, Grandma, Great Grandma and Aunt. On line guestbook at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
WILLIAM HENRY GENTRY, 79, of Alexander, passed away Friday, May 3, 2019. He was born September 18, 1939 in Little Rock, Arkansas. He is preceded in death by his father, Roy L. Gentry; mother, Daisy Robinson Gentry; sister, Martha Gentry Winchell (William C.) and a niece, Juanita Sue Winchell. William is survived by his wife of 52 years, Linda Coker Gentry; son, William Marcus Gentry; granddaughter, Griffyn Elizabeth Gentry and her mom, Tracee Gentry Matthews (Patrick); brother, Roy Gentry (Pearl) and several nieces & nephews. Visitation will be 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Monday, May 13 in the Sanctuary of First United Methodist Church of Bryant @ 508 N. Reynolds Rd in Bryant, Ar. 72022 with memorial services beginning at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church of Bryant at the address above.
LAMAR WILLIAM JAMES age 81, of Paron passed away on Saturday, May 4, 2019. He was born February 21, 1938 in Paron. Lamar was a retired Construction Worker and a member of the Church of Christ. He was preceded in death by his parents, Marshall and Dora Hogue James, granddaughter, Ashley James. Lamar was an avid sportsman, he loved Turkey and Deer hunting. Survivors, wife, Mary Grimmett James, son, Greg James, daughters, Toni (Gary) Shaw, Carmen James, sister, Debbie Pannell, six grandchildren, Lacy Shaw, Chancey Shaw, Curtis Gunn, Megan Gunn, Tanner James and Hunter James and three great-grandchildren, Carter Shaw Hulsey, Emerson Shaw Hulsey and Cotton Lamar James, several nieces and nephews. Graveside services will be 10:00 AM Tuesday at Fowler Cemetery in Paron. Pete Taylor will officiate. Online guest book at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
CYNTHIA KAYE BLAIN age 63, of Benton, passed away Saturday May 4, 2019. She was born August 26, 1955 in Riverside, California. Cynthia was a Tanning Salon Receptionist and a Baptist. She was preceded in death by her parents, Edsel Ernest Hamlin and Rosetta Robinson Hamlin. Survivors, husband, Richard Blain, Benton; sons and daughter-in-law, Shawn Meier, Benton; Michael (Rachel) Blain, Benton; brother, Bruce Hamlin, California; sister, Patricia Runnels, Texas. Memorial services will be held at 10:00 AM Saturday, May 18th 2019 at Ashby Funeral Home Chapel. Minister will be Bro. Josh Zuber. Online guest book at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
DOROTHY GAIL MULLINAX, age 81, of Benton, passed away Monday, May 6, 2019. She was born August 28, 1937 in Bauxite, Arkansas. Dorothy worked for Owosso Furniture Factory as a young lady, but spent her last forty years as a homemaker and loving wife, mother & grandmother. She was a member of New Prospect Missionary Baptist Church. Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, Lawson and Bertha Carter; husband, Melvin Earl Mullinax; brother, Danny Carter and a sister, Imogene Reeves. She is survived by her daughter, Karen Wagley (Richard); three sons, Johnny Mullinax (Tena), Dave Mullinax (Karen) and Jim Mullinax (Charlene); brother, Phillip Carter; sister, Vera Carter; six grandchildren, Anastacia Boyer, Paul Daniel Warford, Adam Mullinax, Shay Gane, Jennifer Rogers and Amy Whitcomb and nine great-grandchildren. Visitation will be 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, May 9 at Ashby Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, May 10 at Ashby Funeral Home with burial at Pine Crest Memorial Park.
ASHTON ALAYNE EAKIN, 29, passed away May 6, 2019 at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, during her long fight with cancer. She was born October 26, 1989 in Little Rock, Arkansas. Ashton was an incredible wife to Jared, and mother to her two daughters, Brynn (8) and Cambry (5). Ashton loved the Lord and enjoyed humming old hymns that she grew up listening to. She was passionate about cheer and devoted much of her life to not only cheering but also coaching her special needs team. She graduated from the Dental Hygiene program at UAMS in May 2017 and found so much joy in her profession. She lived her life to the fullest and was always up for an adventure, whether it be going to a concert, hiking, or spending countless hours digging for arrowheads. She carried that sense of adventure with her everywhere she went and had special knack of sparking that sense of adventure in everyone around her. She was an amazing mother and wife. Ashton enjoyed nothing more than spending time taking pictures of her daughters, cuddling during family movie nights, and doing countless crafts with her little ones. She was preceded in death by grandparents, Mel and Cheryl Burks. She was survived by her husband, Jared; daughters, Brynn and Cambry; mother, Carolyn Buckner (Ed); father Phillip Lewis (Mary), great-grandmother, Mildred Thomason; grandparents, Glenn and Barbara Lewis; brothers, Grant Lewis (Hillary) and Will Lewis; sisters, Kristen Hendrix; step-sisters, Morgan Buckner, Brooke Buckner, and Grace Lee. Ashton is also survived by a large extended family including many uncles, aunts, cousins, nephews, nieces, and friends. Family visitation will be on Friday, May 10, 2019, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm at Holland Chapel Baptist Church in Benton, Arkansas. Funeral services will follow at 2:00 pm. Allan Eakin will officiate the service. Interment will follow at Smith-Rosemont Cemetery in Benton, Arkansas. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting contributions towards a college fund for Brynn and Cambry. Gifts can be given via the GoFundMe Page (gofundme.com/ashtonscancerfight) and a special donations account at Arvest Bank for contributions to the fund. All gifts that have been given through the GoFundMe Page in the last couple of days will be transferred to this account.
BOBBY RAY WHISENHUNt, 84 of Benton, passed away on May 7, 2019. He was born in Jasper, Alabama to the late J.B. and Clara Rigsby Whisenhunt. Bobby was a member of Kentucky Baptist Church. He was known and loved by many. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Wilma Juanita Whisenhunt. Bobby is survived by his son, Jim and wife, Connie Whisenhunt of Benton, three grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Chapel services by Ashby Funeral Home will be 10:00 a.m. on Saturday with burial to follow at Kentucky Cemetery. Visitation will be 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. before services on Saturday. On line guestbook at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
GEORGIA RAYE WILLIAMS, age 69 of Mabelvale, AR passed away Friday May 10, 2019. She was a member of First Missionary Baptist Church of Mabelvale. She was preceded in death by her parents, Garland Bradshaw and Mary Jewel Hester; husband Russell Williams; sister Mary Anne Herring and brother Joe Bradshaw. She is survived by brother, Charles and wife Kimbra Bradshaw; sons, Darrell L Davis Jr and Jon P Davis and wife Heidi Ince; grandchildren, Miles, Ember Jewel, and Olin Jack Davis. She is also survived by several nieces & nephews, cousins, extended family and lifelong friends. Georgia worked for several years as a ward clerk in the OB/GYN Dept. at Baptist Hospital in Little Rock and retired after working several years as an office administrator. For several years she created beautiful ceramic works of art and handmade all types of beautiful jewelry. Anyone that knew her can testify she never met a stranger and always gave everyone their daily praise bringing smiles to everyone she met. Graveside services will be Saturday May 25, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Pine Crest Memorial Park, Bryant, AR. Followed by a Celebration of Life from Noon to 2 p.m. at First Missionary Baptist Church of Mabelvale. Online guest book at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
JUANITA SUE HOLIMAN, 79 of Benton, passed away on May 9, 2019. She was born on August 10, 1939 in Benton to the late Ople Ishmael and Nora Moody Drye. Sue was retired from Coorstek and a member of Mt. View Missionary Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Charles W. Holiman, son, Billy Holiman and brother, Buddy Drye. Sue is survived by her son, Charles Matthew Holiman of Benton, daughters, Brittany Holiman of Benton, Debra (David) Crouch of Scott, Arkansas, Carole Woodall of Benton; sisters, Geraldine Stuckey, Linda Montalvo, Darlene Withem and sister in law, Barbara Drye; four grandchildren and seven great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held on Sunday, May 12th, 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. at 4725 W. Jackman in Benton. Cremation was entrusted to Ashby Funeral Home. Family comments: Sue was a very hard worker, you could find her on any given day outdoors enjoying anything from birdwatching to piddling in her yard. She loved the beach and people watching, her family and especially, she loved the Lord. She will be greatly missed by all who loved her and received her special cards on any given occasion. On line guestbook at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
MARTHA GENE JERRY, age 92, of Bryant, passed away Saturday, May 11, 2019. She was born July 18, 1926 in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. Gene retired after 32 years at Southwestern Bell and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Jacksonville. She was preceded in death by her parents, Roy E. and Bessie Bishop; three brothers, Roy, Wayne and James Bishop and two infant sisters. She is survived by two sons, Terry Jerry and wife Beth of Cabot and Randy Jerry of El Dorado; sister, Margie Wingfield of Ft. Wayne, Indiana and five grandchildren, Ben Jerry of Little Rock, Jack Jerry of Fayetteville, Will Jerry of Cabot, Kathleen Jerry of New York City, New York and Kaleb Jerry of Fayetteville. Visitation will be 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 15 at Ashby Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday, May 16 at Ashby Funeral Home. There will be a private burial at Bryant Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering @ give.imb.org/.
MARY ALICE MURPHY, age 80, of Benton passed away on May 12, 2019. She was born February 7, 1939 in Farley, Iowa. Mary was a retired Health Care Worker and a member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, Leonard and Marjorie Nelson Mohr, and husband Ernest Frances Murphy, son, Broc Murphy. Survivors, sons, Timothy (Kila Hau) Murphy, Colorado; Shannon Murphy, Benton; daughters, Colleen (Kenny) Lewis, Greenwood, AR.; Peggi Butler (Kelly) Beasley, Bryant; and Amanda (Daniel) Smiley, Benton; brother, Bud Mohr, Illinois; sisters, Shirley Thillen, Florida; Beverly White, Kansas; and Kay Gansmer, Iowa; fourteen grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Memorial services will be at 11:00 AM Thursday at Ashby Funeral Home Chapel. Online guest book at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
BONNIE S. MCGINLEY, 92 of Sardis, passed away on May 14, 2019. She was born on February 15, 1927 in Hoxie, Arkansas to the late R.J. and Cora Hutsell Blackwell. Bonnie was retired from St. Vincent Hospital after many years as a Unit Secretary. She love her church family at Sardis United Methodist Church Bonnie was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Bill McGinley, Sr. and son, Bill McGinley, Jr.; daughter, Susan Sheldon. She is survived by her brother, Joe Blackwell of North Little Rock and sister in law, Maxine Wine, several nieces and nephews. Church services by Ashby Funeral Home will be 11:00 a.m. on Friday at Sardis United Methodist Church with Pastor Troy Conard officiating. Burial will follow at McPherson Cemetery in Sardis. Visitation will be 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. before services at the Church. On line guestbook at www.ashybfuneralhome.com Jo Non Lynne Hanika, age 70, of Springfield, Missouri passed away Tuesday May 14, 2019 at Saline Memorial Hospice in Bryant, Arkansas. She was born June 19, 1948 in Nebraska. Jo Non was a housewife and a member of the Lutheran Faith. She was preceded in death by her parents, Paul Christopher Biggerstaff and Mildred Lura Colby Biggerstaff; husband, Danny Ray Hanika and stillborn son, Michael Blaine Robinson. Survivors, son, John Christopher Robinson, daughters, Megan Sims, Tammy Kennedy, Brandy Hanika, and Amber Hanika, Thirteen grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Cremation services are by Ashby Funeral Home in Benton, Arkansas. Online guest book at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
GWELDIA FRANCINE GUNTER, 83 of Benton, passed away on May 17, 2019. She was born in Saline County to the late Jim and Thelma Price Tarvin. Gweldia loved her family and was devoted to them. She enjoyed cooking for everyone and was very artistic, painting and gardening was her passions. Gweldia was a member of Forest Hills Missionary Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Pete Gunter, brothers, Paul, James, Bob and Chip Tarvin; sister, Virginia Smith. Gweldia is survived by her son, Steve and wife, Debbie of Benton, daughter, Connie (Mitchell Maynard) Gunter of Malvern, brother, Chick Tarvin of Benton, sisters, Patricia Ray and Judy Brewer both of Benton, grandchildren, Todd and wife, Julie of Benton, Jennifer and husband, Dave French of Benton, great grandchildren, Garrett and wife, Kaitlyn Beaty, Gunter Beaty, Ashton Gunter, Gabrielle Beaty and Cole Gunter, numerous other relatives and friends. Graveside services by Ashby Funeral Home will be 2:00 p.m. on Monday with Bro. Marcus Blakley officiating at Pipkin Cemetery in Benton. The family would like to thank the staff at Evergreen Living Center at Stagecoach and Arkansas Hospice for all their care during this difficult time. On line guestbook at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
PEGGY JOAN CLARK, 85 of Bryant, passed away on May 17, 2019. She was born on April 4, 1934 in Benton to the late Neal and Lucile Ramage Bowers. Joan was a teacher for many years at Howard Perrin Grade School. Joan was preceded in death by her parents, the love of her life, Arthur Paulas and son, Donnie Clark; niece, Terra and nephew, Jeff. She is survived by her son, Robert Clark, brother, Sonny Bowers, sister, Dorcas Holicer, grandchildren, Canyon (Angeleah) Clark, Dustin Clark and Zoey Clark; great grandchildren, Tatum Clark and Baby Clark. Cremation was entrusted to Ashby Funeral Home. There will be a visitation at Ashby Funeral Home on May 20th, Monday, 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Family Comments: Joan was called “Jajo” by her family and was the glue that kept the family together. She loved watching Basketball, the beach and taking care of her plants. On line guestbook at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
PHILLIP PYLAND DEPRIEST, age 76, of Bauxite passed away Saturday, May 18, 2019 at his home. His story began January 21, 1943 in Little Rock, Arkansas. He served in the United States Army from 1966 to 1972 and in the Arkansas Army National Guard from 1972 to 1996. Phil fought in the Vietnam War and was awarded numerous medals including The Bronze Star, The Army Commendation Medal and The Air Medal. At the time of his retirement Phil was a Commissioned Officer having achieved the rank of Major. Phil is preceded in death by his mother, Opal Snow, father, Hylan DePriest and brother, Ed DePriest. Phil is survived by his beloved wife, Linda Medlin DePriest, daughters Eleanor DePriest and Erika Milner, stepchildren Lindsay Nawrocki, Patrick Barnes, Kevin Barnes and Shelley Blakeney as well as six grandsons and ten granddaughters. Phil was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish; he enjoyed flying, photography, music and spending time with grandchildren. Phil was a lifelong member of Mabelvale Church of Christ and rarely missed a Sunday. Phil left this world on May 18, 2019. Funeral services will be 10:00 am Tuesday, May 21st 2019 at Ashby Funeral home with burial to follow with Military Honors at Mars Hill Cemetery in Bauxite. Minister will be Dennis Gulledge. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the American Cancer Society. Online guest book at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
ROBERT “DONALD” ZUBER, age 87, of Benton, passed away on Friday, May 24, 2019. He was born to the late Jim and Frances Zuber on February 12, 1932. Donald was the baby of 14 children. He was employed at Alcoa and a member of Salem Baptist Church for 47 years. Donald was preceded in death by 12 siblings. He leaves to cherish his memory: his wife of 64 years, Barbara; two daughters, Joanie (Robert) White and Teri (Luke) Francis; three grandchildren, Tanner Francis, Jake (Tiffany) Francis and Brittany (Tim) Lehman all of Benton; three great-grandchildren, Gillian Francis & Jagger Francis both of Searcy and Ellie Lehman of Benton; sister, Betty Curtis of Benton; two brothers-in-law, Armond Hicks of Benton and Steve Hicks of North Little Rock and numerous nieces and nephews. Donald was a member of the first Bryant Football Team and was proud to be the quarterback to throw the first touchdown pass. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1951 to 1955, serving in the Korean War and stationed in Hawaii. Visitation will be 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Monday, May 27 at Ashby Funeral Home.
KAREN ANNETTE FARNAM, 53 years, 10 months and 26 days of Benton, went home to be with her Lord on May 26, 2019. She was born on June 30, 1965 to the late Oscar Raymond and Gracie Rollans Farnam. Karen was born with Down Syndrome and enjoyed life with her family and friends. She enjoyed music and fellowship as a member of the Abundant Life Church in Bryant. Karen loved large gatherings, meals and holidays. She was a resident of Alcoa Pines Nursing Home in Benton for the past five years. When Karen was young, she was a student at Benton Civitian Center. She was active in Special Olympics and was a Silver Metal winner in Bowling. Karen was preceded in death by her parents and oldest sister, Betty Farnam Brown. She is survived by brothers, William R. (Joyce) Farnam of Benton, Ray (Gaye) Farnam of Avilla, Nathan Farnam of Little Rock, sisters, Pat (Charles) Pinkston of Bryant, Pamela Burks of Benton and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Graveside services by Ashby Funeral Home will be 10:00 a.m. on Thursday at Fairplay Cemetery with Ray Farnam officiating. On line guestbook at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
CAROL TUCKER, 82, of Little Rock passed away peacefully on May 29, 2019. She was born as Carol Dean Harrell to the late Henry and Blanche Bramlet Harrell on December 10, 1936 in Bauxite, AR. Many people knew Carol as “The cheese keeper” from her business of the same name. She loved art created by Arkansans, probably read every book on the planet, and always enjoyed a good joke. She thought her beloved home town of Bauxite was the center of the universe. Most of all, she loved her three grandchildren: Max, Julia, and Ryan Tucker. She is survived by her son Ren Tucker, his wife Paige Parker Tucker, and her grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Bobby Harrell, and sisters Della, Dorothy, and Ann. Per her request there will be no service. Online guest book at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
JORDAN MICHAEL GREENE, age 31, of Mabelvale passed away May 29, 2019. He was born December 30, 1987 in Benton. Jordan was a US Army Veteran. Jordan was preceded in death by his parents, James and Kelly Elizabeth Greene, half- brother- John Greene, grandfather, Ron Meyer. Survivors, son, Jacob Greene, sister, Meagan Greene, half-sisters, Holly Greene and Jana Greene, grandmother, Jimmy Meyer, and three nephews, uncle, Ronald Stuart (Rae) Mayer, cousins, Brienne Meyer, Christopher Meyer, Victoria Ann Lindsey and Allen Rica. Memorial services will be held from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm Saturday, June 8, 2019 at the home of Jimmy Meyer. Online guest book at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
OLGA RAMIREZ MCCOY, 80 of Benton, went to be with her Heavenly Father on May 30, 2019. She was born on April 17, 1939 in Hebbronville, Texas to the late Amador and Josefa Molina Ramirez. Olga retired in 2002 from the State of Arkansas, Department of Information Services. She was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Benton. She was preceded in death by her parents, son in law, Jerry Little and nephew, Michael Cantu. Survivors include her husband, Billy C. McCoy, daughter, Norma McCoy Little, sons, James R. (J.R.) McCoy and Steven (Denea) McCoy, all of Benton; grandchildren, Jaymie (Dexter) Hendrix, Jared (Jess) McCoy, Taylor (Mike) Heath, Colbye Williams and Uriah Williams; great grandchildren, Chloe Hendrix, Callie Hendrix, Owen Hendrix, Alora Heath and Grayson Heath all of Benton, sister, Elma Chandarlis (late John Chandarlis) of Laredo Texas, brother, Juan Amador Ramirez (late Socorro Ramirez) of Arlington, Texas, sister, Syliva (Wayne) Mayers of Austin, Texas, brother, Juan Raymond (Laura) Ramirez of Eagle Pass, Texas and several nieces and nephews, relatives and friends. Family comments: Olga loved to do crafts, crochet and quilt tops, laugh and be around people. The family would like to thank Saline Memorial Staff and Saline Memorial Hospice for all their compassionate care they provide to Olga and her family during her illness. Rosary will be Monday, 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Ashby Funeral Home. Visitation will follow the Rosary. Graveside services by Ashbys will be 1:00 p.m. Tuesday at Forest Hills Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made to Saline Memorial Hospice in Bryant, Arkansas. On line guestbook at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
BILL KITCHENS 80 of Benton, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, May 31, 2019. He died peacefully at his home. Bill was born on October 25, 1938 to the late Alfred and Virgie Spears Kitchens. He was a retired carpenter and attended services at the New Friendship Missionary Baptist Church. Bill is survived by his wife of 62 years, Mildred Zinn Kitchens, sister, Joyce Staggs, daughters, Pam (Craig) Halpain, Jackie (Curtis) Burrows, grandchildren, David and Kelly Halpain, Daniel and Ashley Halpain, Michelle Burrows, Todd and Kristen Burrows, great grandchildren, Paige Halpain, Jackson Halpain, Grant Halpain, Madison Johnson, Hunter Johnson and Jakob Burrows. Pallbearers will be Mike Staggs, Randy Staggs, Steve Staggs, Terry Williams, Jesse Bradshaw and Wayne Burrows. Honorary Pallbearers will be Freddie Jo Johnson, Jackson Halpain and Lenn Drennan. Chapel services by Ashby Funeral Home will be 10:00 a.m. Monday with Bro. Darrell Drennan and Bro. Zack Stringer officiating. Burial will follow at Old Rosemont Cemetery in Benton. Visitation will be Sunday at Ashbys, 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Family Comments: Daddy loved Lake Quachita, where he and mother spent many, many days doing what they loved, fishing; as well as spending time with their many lake friends. In his earlier years, he enjoyed hunting with family and friends. He could always count on a helping hand from his son in laws, grand and great grand kids. Bill was a great father, husband and friend. He will be missed by many. On line guestbook at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
PHYLLIS DEAN GADDIS, 83, of Alexander, passed away Sunday, June 2, 2019. She was born December 24, 1935 in a log cabin in Poyen, Arkansas to the late Sam and Adean Sanford. Phyllis retired from Arkansas Children’s Hospital after 10 years as a nurse where she loved working in the cancer unit with the children. She will join her family in Heaven, parents; son, Randy; brother, Joel and sister, Kayla. She is survived by two children, Shannon May and Jeffery Juckett, Jr.; grandchildren, Ashley and Tyler Juckett; great-grandchild, Bryson. Phyllis lived in Alexander for 35 years and will be returning to Poyen for burial at a later date. Please contact Shannon May @ 501-653-0160. Someone please go tell Aunt Fibbie (The old grey goose is dead).
EMMA JO COLLINS FRITZ, age 93, of Hot Springs Village, AR. Passed away May 18, 2019. She was born October 30, 1925 to John F. Collins and Elanor Sarah Bevans Collins, in Connellsville, PA. She is survived by her niece, Ellen Kerwin (Michael), 3 great nieces, Kelly Criswell, Courtney Meckes, and Shannon Kerwin. She was preceeded in death by her Father and Mother, Her husband, Samuel W Fritz; sister, Mary Jane Collins McKitrick Ferroni; nephew Thomas P McKitrick, and Grandmother, Ellen Nicoli. She was a talented artist and painted for many art shows, friends, and family, loved playing golf, attending parties, and will be missed by her many friends in the Village. A memorial service will held at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 10:00AM In Lieu of flowers, please consider sending a donation to Arkansas Hospice. Arrangements are entrusted to CedarVale Funeral Home in Hot Springs Village, Ar. Online condolences may be made at www.cedarvalefuneralhome.com.
HEDWIG MCGUIRE, 83, of Hot Springs Village, AR passed away May 26, 2019. She was born June 12, 1935 to Adam Bradley and Josephine Jeneski in Hamtramck, Michigan. Hedwig is survived by her husband of 59 years, Richard W. McGuire, son Bryan K. McGuire, daughters; Michaelene Pricer, Colleen Martin, Kathleen Schultz, Kimberly A. McGuire, 7 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Visitation will Wednesday May 29, 2019 from 2 until 4pm at the CedarVale Funeral Home Chapel. Service will held at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church on Thursday, May 30, 2019 @ 11:00AM. Arrangements are entrusted to CedarVale Funeral Home in Hot Springs Village, Ar. Online condolences may be made at www.cedarvalefuneralhome.com
JANE ADELL BARDEGA, 73, of Hot Springs Village passed away May 27, 2019. Jane was born April 10, 1946 to Otto Krueger and Olga Zarling in Olcano, WI. Jane is survived by her husband, Joseph Bardega, son; Michael Lee, daughter; Lisa Tuck, 11 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. Funeral service will be held at Community of Joy Lutheran Church at 11 A.M. Wednesday, June 5, 2019. Arrangements are entrusted to CedarVale Funeral Home in Hot Springs Village, Ar. Online condolences may be made at www.cedarvalefuneralhome.com.
REVEREND JAMES L. RUTHERFORD, JR., 55, of Bryant, Arkansas; formally of Gurdon, passed away on Thursday, May 16, 2019. He was born to James L. Sr. and Betty Scott Rutherford on Wednesday, November 27, 1963 in North Little Rock, Arkansas. He loved to fish, spread the word of God, and minister to others. He enjoyed going antiquing with his wife and spending time with his family. He was employed at Second Chance Youth Ranch and has five foster children. He was a proud youth pastor for twelve years and a machinist for over 20 years and enjoyed making things with his hands. He was preceded in death by his grandparents. Remaining to share memories are his loving wife of 28 years, Cathy Rutherford; children, Cristi Kelley, Caleb Rutherford, and Dakota James Rutherford; five foster children; four grandchildren, Chasity, Gabi, Cameron, and Alexis; parents, Betty and Gene Standridge; one sister, Dana; two brothers, Jeff and Scotty; along with a host of friends and other family who loved and miss him dearly. The celebration of life will be held on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at 1:00 P.M. with the visitation one hour prior at Family Church in Bryant. The interment will be held at Dobyville Cemetery at 4:00 P.M. on Wednesday, May 22, 2019. Dial and Dudley Funeral Home.
LEONARD TODD RUSSELL, 92, of Bauxite, Arkansas passed away on Thursday, May 23, 2019. He was born to William and Edith (Wersig) Russell on Monday, March 14, 1927 in Bethany, Connecticut. He was a proud WWII Veteran who served in the Army in Europe; Company “B” 343rd Engineers. He loved to play dominos, hunt, and fish. He was member of Christ Church. He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Henry, Frank, Fred, and James Russell; seven sisters, Anna May (Russell) Meholic, Violet Viola (Russell) Woodall, Beulah Ruby (Russell) Fitcher, Edith (Russell) Downs, Elizabeth (Russell) Fosdick, Dora (Russell) Bubb, and Elanor (Russell) Delvicco. Remaining to share memories are his wife, Charlcie Gibbs; step children, Delton Gibbs, Jr., Keith Gibbs, Felecia Patterson, Doran Gibbs, and Charles Gibbs (Ashley); twelve step grandchildren; mother of his children, Ruth Christine Russell and their children, Linda Lee Eshoo (Sam), Leonard Todd Russell, Jr. (Linda), and Carl Russell (Elizabeth); brother, Nathan Russell from Connecticut; seven grandchildren from Connecticut, Leonard, Jason, Megan, Christine, Edward, Roxanne, and Melissa; seven great grandchildren from Connecticut, George, Alicea, Ashley, Mckenzie, Cooper, Edward III, and Brandon; along with a host of friends and other family who loved and miss him dearly. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, June 2, 2019 at 12:15 P.M. at Christ Church following the church service.
LOIS ANNETTE LONG, 76, of Mabelvale, Arkansas passed away on May 25, 2019. She was born on August 31, 1942 in Helena, Arkansas. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She loved gardening and enjoying the fresh air. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jeff and Susie (Nye) Edgin; grandson, Justin Long; two sisters, Becky Phillips and Judy Edgin; two brothers, George Storey and Willie Edgin. She is survived by her two loving sons, Jeff Long and his wife, Denise, and Michael Long and his wife, Paula; three granddaughters, Jesse Seeman, Dani Mack, and Alesha Long; three great grandchildren, Midna Mack, Adrien Springer, and Resse Seeman; two sisters, Helen Belue and Panzy Gregory; one brother, Eddie Edgin; along with other relatives and friends who love and miss her dearly. Celebration of life will be held Friday, May 31, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. with visitation the evening prior from 5:00-7:00 P.M. at Dial and Dudley Funeral Home.
RICHARD ALLEN HERRING, 56, of Benton, Arkansas passed away on Sunday, May 26, 2019. He was born to Bennie and Linda (Franklin) Herring on Thursday, August 16, 1962 in Little Rock, Arkansas. One of his biggest passions was the 18 years of racing at I-30 Speedway. The support of family and friends meant everything to him. In 2001, he won Sportsman of the Year at I-30 Speedway. He loved sharing Las Vegas with his loving wife and best friend, LeElla. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Rose City. He was preceded in death by his father, Bennie Herring and mother-in-law, Pat Shumate. Remaining to share memories are his wife of 36 years, LeElla Herring; mother, Linda Herring; brother, Blaine Herring (Susan); sister-in-law, Wendy Peeks (James); father-in-law, Lee Roy Shumate (Arbelle); two nephews, Dale and Justin Peeks; special friend, Glen Passmore; along with a host of friends and other family who loved and will miss him dearly. A memorial visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 from 6:00-8:00 P.M. at Dial and Dudley Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Saline County Humane Society: hssaline.org.
BREANA KAE MCCALL, 19, of Mabelvale, Arkansas passed away on Wednesday, May 29, 2019. She was born to Melissa Ziegelgruber on Tuesday, December 14, 1999 in Benton, Arkansas. She loved dressing up and going out with her husband and family. She enjoyed having her nails, makeup, and hair done! She loved her family and her precious babies. Bre was so full of life! She was a member of New Hope Nazarene. Remaining to share memories are her loving husband, Colby McCall; four children, Harrison, Maggiekae, Jase, and Wyatt McCall; parents, Jeremy and Melissa Hirtzinger; two sisters, Brooke and Nala; one brother, Tyler; maternal grandparents, Chun and Janey Ziegelgruber; paternal grandparents, Jay and Regina Thornberry; along with numerous friends and other family who love and miss her dearly. The visitation will be Friday evening, June 7, 2019 from 6:00-8:00 at Dial and Dudley Funeral Home. The celebration of life will be held on Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 4:00 P.M. at New Hope Church of the Nazarene.
EVELYN ROSE HUTCHINS, 74, of Benton, Arkansas passed away on Friday, May 31, 2019. She was born to Frank and Lillie (Kolacny) Grahmann on Friday, October 20, 1944 in Hallettsville, Texas. She enjoyed working in her yard and fishing. She loved her grandchildren and family so much. She was a member of the Catholic Family Fraternal and the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hallettsville, Texas. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Merle Hutchins. Remaining to share memories are her three sons, Daryl W. Hutchins (Jamie) of Benton, David Mozisek (Tina), and Dennis Mozisek (Lisa); three grandchildren; two great grandchildren; one brother, Charles H. Grahmann; along with a host of friends and other family who love and miss her dearly. A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at 12:00 P.M. at Little Rock National Cemetery. Dial and Dudley Funeral Home.
CHRISTOPHER MICHAEL BIAS, 45, of Bryant, Arkansas passed away on Saturday, June 1, 2019. He was born on Saturday, February 2, 1974. He was a licensed barber and of the Baptist Faith. He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Mickey Gadd. Remaining to share memories are his three sons, Michael, Logan, and Gaven Bias; siblings, Jason Bias, Jesse Blundell, and Bobbi Blundell; aunts, Janice Harris (Danny), Jackie Haigwood, and “Auntie” Emily Hale; grandparents, James Bias and Vernia Bias; along with a host of friends and other family who love and miss him dearly. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. Dial and Dudley Funeral Home.
LORENE MCLENDON REYNOLDS, 89, of Benton, Arkansas passed away on May 9, 2019. She was born December 24, 1929 in Moorefield, Arkansas to the late Earl and Loressie Miller McLendon. Mrs. Reynolds was preceded in death by her loving husband of fifty-six years, Alfred Earl. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Benton for over fifty years where she served on a number of committees, sang in the sanctuary choir, founded the Mother’s Day Out program, and served as the pastor’s executive secretary until her retirement. A graduate of Batesville High School, Mrs. Reynolds resided in the Batesville area until 1968, when the Reynolds family relocated to Benton. Lorene and Earl enjoyed camping, traveling, and following the activities of their children and grandchildren. There was nothing Lorene and Earl loved more than family. Lorene is survived by a sister and brother-in-law, Nannie Laura and James Street of Batesville, children, Dr. Michael (Donna) Reynolds of Arkadelphia, Anita (Tom) Starnes of Hot Springs, Charles (Donna) Reynolds and Patrick (Jacque) Reynolds of Benton, and Laura (Mark) King of Van Buren. In addition Mrs. Reynolds is survived by thirteen grandchildren, Lauren (Matt) Mihalick of Alexandria, VA, Lindsey Butler and Thomas Starnes of Litle Rock, Leslie Reynolds of Tyler, TX, Amy (Justin) Morris of Bryant, Brittney, Kara, and Allison Reynolds of Benton, Nathan Whitlow of Memphis, TN, Luke Whitlow and Drew and Grant King, and Courtney (Amos) Cochran of Van Buren. She also leaves behind five great grandchildren, Maddie, Jude and Lucy Cochran, Justin Morris, and Sean Mihalick, and special friends Hubert and Carol Spann. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, May 11, 2019 in the chapel of Roller-Ballard Funeral Home (315-4047). The family will receive friends immediately after the service. Burial will follow at 2:00 p.m. Saturday at Oaklawn Cemetery in Batesville.
RICHARD EDWARD SCHULTZ, 82, of Bryant, Arkansas passed into the loving arms of his Savior on Friday, May 10, 2019. He was born on October 12, 1936 in Portland, Oregon to Arthur and Thelma Stuetzer Schultz. Richard served in the Navy for 22 years. He was a member of Benton First Baptist Church and sang in the choir as a bass singer. Richard played handbells, taught children’s Sunday school for many years and was a member of the Sunshine Circle. He was a graduate of Brockport, New York State College and received postgraduate credits from Oneonta, New York State College. He taught school at Hollywood Christian School, in Hollywood, Florida. Richard was retired from Florida Power and Light Company and Entergy. His memory will be forever cherished, and his legacy will continue on through his family and many others who loved him dearly. Richard was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Betty Jean Lane Schultz; two sons, Todd (Lisa) Schultz of Boyton Beach, Florida and Nathan (LeAnne) Schultz of Benton; daughter, Amie (Jerry) Hurley of Apoka, Florida; and eight grandchildren, Jacqualine Hurley, Courtnie Schultz, Cody New, Everett Schultz, Savannah Schultz, Julianna Hurley, Kayla Schultz and Jeremiah Hurley; one great-grandchild, Kyler New; his sister, Bevra Sorrels and a brother, Gary Schultz. A Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 14, 2019 in the chapel of Roller-Ballard Funeral Home, 306 S. Main Street, Benton, Arkansas 72015, (501) 315-4047. Visitation will be Monday, May 13, 2019 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Interment will be Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. with full military honors at the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery in North Little Rock. Pallbearers are Todd Schultz, Nathan Schultz, Everett Schultz, Cody New, Jeremiah Hurley, Jerry Hurley, and Gary Schultz. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in Richard’s name to the Benton First Baptist Church Choir, 211 South Market Street, Benton, Arkansas 72015. Roller-Ballard Funeral Home (315-4047)
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/Donationor to the Easterseals of Arkansas at https://secure.easterseals.com/site/Donation
MARTHA JEAN SUTTON QUATTLEBAUM was born July 20, 1936 to Jay C. Sutton and Clydia A. (Diehl) Sutton. She served as valedictorian of the Mabelvale High School class of 1954. Upon graduation she was married to Donald D. Quattlebaum on June 18, 1954. Martha strove to maintain a faithful Christian walk during her 82 years on this earth and went to be at home in glory on Sunday afternoon April 28, 2019. Many will remember the wonderful treats she baked and her time as Mrs. Claus. She is survived by her husband Donald of almost 65 years, two sons, David (Brenda) and Paul Dennis Quattlebaum, two siblings, Dr. Edgar Sutton and Brenda (Bill) Wall, three grandchildren, Bryan (Angela), Ben (Violeta), and Susan, and three great-grandchildren, Abby, Gage, and Joci. Martha is predeceased by her parents Jay and Clydia Sutton, two sisters, Dorothy Lybrand, and infant Janice Sutton, and a grandson Lucas McGhee. Martha is survived by a host of friends and family, nieces and nephews. A service to honor Martha’s life will be held on Saturday May 4, 10:00 o’clock, at Spring Creek Baptist Church in Benton, AR with Dr. Terry Parrish officiating. A graveside service will follow at 11:30 a.m. at Forest Hills Memorial Park in Alexander, AR.
ROY GENE SMITH, 86, of Hensley passed away Thursday, May 16, 2019. He was born March 2, 1933 in Little Rock, Arkansas to the late Thomas and Alma Smith. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his son, James Michael Smith, and brothers, Thomas James Smith, Jr. and Robert Lee Smith. Roy is a veteran that served in the Army. He was a painter for most of his life and is a retired member of the 424 Local Painters Union. Survivors include his wife, Estella Smith; sons, Roy Lee Smith, Marvin James Smith, and Shon W. Smith; stepdaughter, Gale Richardson; granddaughter, Brittany Townsend; and great-grandson, Elijah Cotton Townsend. Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 18, 2019 in the chapel of Roller-Alcoa Funeral Home (501-315-0700) at 6700 Alcoa Rd. in Benton, Arkansas. Interment will follow in Pinecrest Memorial Park in Alexander, Arkansas. A time of visitation will be held an hour prior to the service, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., at the Funeral Home.
JESSE L. ALLEN, 69, of Benton passed away Friday, May 17, 2019. He was born October 16, 1949 in Taylorville, Illinois to the late Jesse Ray and Evelyn Grace Allen. Jesse was most passionate about his family and the time he spent with them. He loved motorcycles, biking, golfing, woodworking, fishing, painting and music. He is a veteran who served in the Navy. Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Brenda Allen; sons, Joshua Lee Allen and wife Nickii, Zachary Ray Allen and wife, Tandy with Baby Bump, and The Third Son, Michael Paul Vogelpohl; two brothers, Terry Dean Allen and Carl Eugene Allen; and many other relatives and friends. Memorial service will be 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, 2019 in the chapel of Roller-Alcoa Funeral Home, 6700 Alcoa Rd. Benton, AR 72015. The family would like to take this time to thank CARTI, Doctors and especially the ICU/CCU nurses at Baptist for all the compassionate care they provided to both Jesse and the family during this difficult time.
WAYMON ODELL HAMILTON JR., age 66 of Benton, passed away on Friday, May 24, 2019. He was born October 25, 1952 in Little Rock to Ina Fay and Waymon Odell Hamilton Sr. Waymon was the proud owner of a paint and body shop. He enjoyed gardening and working on cars. His coin collection was something that brought him great joy and he especially loved animals of any kinds. He was a selfless man with the biggest heart and “never passed up a need.” 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. Surviving him is his wife, Carol Williford Hamilton; his son, Waymon Odell Hamilton III and his significant other, Brandy Black; his daughter, Tonia Renee Suttles and her husband, Steven; two grandchildren, Jacob Suttles and Cody Suttles, and many other extended family members and friends. Roller-Alcoa Funeral Home, 6700 Alcoa Rd. Benton, AR 72015.
RANDALL MAYNARD HARRIS, 69, of Bauxite, was welcomed into our Savior’s arms on May 25, 2019. He was born on May 3, 1950 in Des Arc, AR to the late Ralph Harris and Ruth Miller. Randy served in the Marine Corp Reserve where he earned his Marksmanship Badge. Randy is remembered as a fun guy. He enjoyed telling jokes, playing pranks, and acting silly. He liked camping, spending time on the lake, reading and learning about the Civil War. As an avid gun enthusiast and collector, he was a card-carrying member of the National Rifle Association, and a member of the Benton Gun Club. He designed and built his beautiful home performing almost all the work with his own 2 hands. Randy had a green thumb, loved gardening, and was especially fond of cactus plants. He had many, some over 100 years old and 1 that was 5 foot tall! Randy also loved spending Christmas mornings with his 2 granddaughters, whom he loved and was immensely proud of. Randy was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Carolyn Lybrand; and his very best friend, Woo, his loyal canine companion. Randy is survived by his daughter, Stephanie Fink (Kevin) and 2 granddaughters, Zanna Fink and Presley Fink; 2 brothers, Edward Harris (Ann) and Larry Harris (Jane); 2 sisters, Beverly Turner (Will) and Patricia Cole; a brother-in-law, Paul Lybrand; and a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, family, and friends. A celebration of Randy’s life will be held June 4 at 11am at Roller-Alcoa Funeral Home in Benton, AR, officiated by Brother George Yarberry. In lieu of flowers, please honor Randy’s memory with a donation to Feed Arkansas Kids at 11500 W 36th St, Little Rock, AR 72211 or online at www.feedarkansaskids.com/contribute.
MARY CATHERINE MILAM STURGEON of Hot Springs Village passed away Thursday, May 30, 2019. She was born on November 14, 1920 in Conway, Arkansas to the late Carl and Ollie Bell Milam. Mrs. Sturgeon was a graduate of Conway High School and the University of Central Arkansas. She received a master’s in library science from George Peabody College for Teachers in Nashville, Tennessee. She was an Associate Professor Emeritus of Library Science at UALR. She also served as a librarian at Brinkley High School and Pine Bluff High School and was an English teacher and librarian at Benton High School. She was preceded in death by her husband, John C. Sturgeon, and brothers Carlton Milam and Nick Milam. Mary Catherine is survived by her daughters, Mary Jack (Nick) Landers of Hot Springs and Kay (James) Calloway of Sherwood. In addition, she is survived by five grandchildren, Josh (Lindsey) Landers of Bryant, Colby Landers of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Jay Calloway of Bayfield, Colorado, Kristen Calloway of Sherwood and Blake (Stephanie) Calloway of Sherwood. She also leaves behind four great-grandchildren, Alexis, Korben, Harper Kayte and Kayle. A funeral service will be 2:00 p.m. Sunday, June 2, 2019 in the chapel of Roller-Alcoa Funeral Home, 6700 Alcoa Rd. Benton, AR 72015. Visitation will start at 1:00 p.m., one hour prior to service. The family would like to thank Mt. Carmel at Hot Springs Village, Arkansas Hospice and Reggie Bursley for their loving care. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the charity of your choice.
EDWARD JOEL CRAFTON went to be with the Lord, Thursday May 2nd, 2019. He was born September 12, 1940 to the late Clifford Leslie and Alta Mae Crafton in Lane, Tennessee. Ed is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Sherry & Mike Lewis; his granddaughter and husband, Chelsy & Chase Roberts; and two great-granddaughters, Collins and Chandler Roberts. He is also survived by his sister and brother in law, Gaynor & Grover Hainstock; sister, Vonell Becker; sister, Evelyn Crawford; and special friend, Barbara Tolleson; and a host of friends at Audubon Pointe. He was preceded in death by brothers and sisters: Loren Crafton, Bobby Crafton, Melvin Crafton, Patricia Flatt and Joyce Hoing. Ed was of the Baptist faith. He loved spending time with his family, studying the bible, karaoke, dancing and gardening. Ed brought laughter and kindness everywhere he went! A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 PM, Monday May 6, at Audubon Pointe in Maumelle, 100 Audubon Way, with Pastor Charlie Winters, Cedar Heights Baptist Church, officiating. Special thanks to Pastor Charlie for the many hours of “Hot Bible” discussions with my dad. Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online guestbook:www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
BETTE GAYLE BRITTEN passed Friday, May 3, 2019 at the young age of 57. She was born on August 2, 1961 in Hannibal, MO. She was better known as Bigi or Gigi. Although her time on this earth wasn’t as long as we would have liked, she made the most of it and touched the hearts and souls of everyone she met! She is survived by her parents, Charles and Sue McElroy; sisters, Cindy Summerville, Lori Baker, and Kathy Schultz; brothers, Tim and Tom McElroy; daughters, Nicole Dickerson, Chelsea and Kayla Britten; and grandchildren, Jayden Britten, Carlee Dickerson, and Ryan Dickerson, Jr. Please join us in celebration of her life on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at 12pm at Smith-Benton Funeral Home, 322 N. Market St. Benton, AR. 72015. Online guestbook: www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
AUDREY INEZ SMITH, 78, of Alexander, Arkansas passed away May 4, 2019 at Saline Memorial Hospice. She was born June 9, 1940 in Rose Hill, Arkansas to the late George Alford McKinzie and Helen Olphia (Etheridge) Riley. Audrey was of the Christian faith. She was a talented artist who enjoyed painting and drawing. Audrey also enjoyed playing computer games, reading, and watching her favorite television shows: Blue Bloods, NCIS, and anything on Food Network. Most importantly, Audrey loved her family and serving others. She worked for over fifty years as a certified nursing assistant. Audrey leaves to cherish her memory: her ex-husband and best friend, Everet Smith of Alexander, Arkansas; three daughters: Shelia Durham of Alexander, Arkansas, Alicia Jackson of Alexander, Arkansas, and Melissa Dickson and her husband Robert of Little Rock, Arkansas; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; four sisters; one brother; and many more family members and friends who love Audrey and will miss her always. Funeral service will be held at 1:00 PM, Wednesday, May 8, at Smith-Benton Funeral Home, 322 N. Market Street, Benton, Arkansas. Visitation will be held one hour prior to service. Burial following at Pinecrest Memorial Park in Alexander, Arkansas. Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Guests may register online atwww.SmithFamilyCares.com.
DONNA GAIL JOHNSON, 71, of Benton, Arkansas passed away May 5, 2019. She was born May 13, 1947 in Little Rock, Arkansas to Dolly Pearline (Lilly) George and the late Damon George. Donna loved Jesus and was a good Christian woman. She was a member of Geyer Springs Baptist Church. Donna worked at Walmart for over twenty years. Her family meant everything to her. Everyone would agree that Donna was a very sweet person. Donna enjoyed travelling and spending time with her family. Donna leaves to cherish her memory: her son, Mark Patterson of Little Rock, Arkansas; daughter, Renee Valdovinos of Benton, Arkansas; grandchildren: Mark Patterson, Jr. and Collin Valdovinos; great-grandson, Hayden Patterson; mother, Pearline George; brother, Damon George, Jr. of Jacksonville, Arkansas; sister, Linda Blackwell of Bauxite, Arkansas; and many family members and friends who love Donna and will miss her always. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 PM, Thursday, May 9, at Smith-Benton Funeral Home, 322 N. Market Street, Benton, Arkansas. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM, Friday, May 10 at Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online guestbook:www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
JOAN LYNNE TIREY 82 of Bryant, Arkansas passed away May 7, 2019. She was born July 23, 1936 to the Late William and Opal Smith. She was a former member of Calvary Baptist Church in Batesville, and a current member of Village Creek Baptist Church in Little Rock. Joan was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. James Tirey; She leaves to cherish her memory: her son, Jimmy Tirey and wife Molly of Little Rock; three daughters: Erin Johnson and husband Raymond of Benton, Arkansas, Tierney Tirey of Las Vegas, Nevada; and Desiree Eyler of North Lake, Texas; grandchildren: Anna Jetton, Adam Tirey, Bryan Johnson and his wife Kelly, Gleen Boyett and his wife Christina, and Ashley Griggs and her husband Jon; five great-grandchildren: Keeley Johnson, Landon Johnson, Zoe Griggs, Luke Griggs, and Zane Griggs; and a host of family members and friends who love Joan and will miss her always. Graveside service, officiated by Rev. Nathan Winiecki, will be held at 1:00 PM Monday, May 13 at McNew Cemetery in Greenbriar, Arkansas. Smith-Benton Funeral Home www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
CHARLOTTE JEANETTE THORNTON, 71, of Benton, Arkansas passed away May 10, 2019. She was born March 27, 1948 in Little Rock, Arkansas to the late Lem Thaniel and Cora (Thoroughman) Thornton. Charlotte worked at Ed and Kay’s Restaurant for many years. She enjoyed spending time with her family and was an avid reader. Charlotte was a hard worker and was willing to help others. Preceding Charlotte in death are her parents; and sister, Charlene Doan. She leaves to cherish her memory: her brother, Gary Doan; aunt, Irene Ogden; cousins: Marilyn Pertuis and husband Bruce, Chris Pertuis and wife Sabrina, Stephen Pertuis and wife Tulip, Sandra Henley and husband Chuck, Sharon Hunter, Brian Henley and wife Marcy, Carla Robinette and husband Jonathan, Amanda Monks and husband Zack, Jeffrey Hunter and wife Emileigh, Charity Pertuis, Candace Pertuis, Layne Pertuis, William Henley, Brianne Henley, Courtney Henley, Savannah Hunter, Chevy Monks, Jon Robinette, and Kathlene Robinette; and a host of family and friends who love Charlotte and will miss her always. Reception visitation will be held from 1:00-2:00 PM, Thursday, May 16, at Smith-Benton Funeral Home, 322 N. Market Street, Benton, Arkansas. Graveside service will follow at 2:30 PM at Pinecrest Memorial Park, Alexander, Arkansas. Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online guestbook:www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
JOE CARROL WRIGHT left this life on May 20, 2019 after an extended battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was born February 6, 1933 in Benton, Arkansas to Bun Phillip Wright and Glennie Grogan Wright, growing up in the community of Sardis, AR on a farm with brothers, the late John D. (Jeanne) and late Doyle B. (Jan). Survived by wife, Mary Katherine Sim (married 1953) father of Allen Glen (Deborah), Daniel Richard (Ellen), Cara Jo Smith and Harold Wayne Wright (Tracey). Grandfather of Benjamin and Christopher [Allen], Joseph and Claire [Daniel], Rachel and Phillip [Cara], Justin, Katie, Alex, Cairo [Harold]. Great-grandfather of Elijah, Charles [Benjamin] and Dillon, Michael, Jason [Christopher]. One of the great joys of his life were his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Dr. Wright graduated from Benton High School in 1950 where he played football and basketball. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree at Ouachita Baptist College in Chemistry in 1954. After graduation he served in the 47th Infantry Regiment in the U.S. Army and in the National Guard 142nd Artillery Group attaining the rank of Captain. On completion of his military service he taught math and science at Lonoke, AR Junior High School then attended the University of Arkansas where he earned MS (1962) and PhD (1966) degrees in Physical Organic Chemistry under the late Professor Arthur Fry. He was a gifted educator who loved teaching. After finishing his research at the UofA, he joined the faculty at Mobile College, Mobile, AL as Professor of Chemistry, 1964-66. He moved to Henderson State (Teachers College) University, Arkadelphia, AR as Chairman of the Department of Chemistry in 1966 where he served for 32 years in expanding roles including Dean of the School of Science and Math then Dean of the Ellis College of Arts and Sciences. During his tenure at HSU, Dr. Wright’s leadership was integral in expanding the number of faculty in the chemistry department and establishing both the Aviation and Nursing degree programs. When the Aviation program was established, it was the only program of its kind in the state of Arkansas where graduates earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation. In addition to starting new academic programs, he twice oversaw the expansion of the Science Building, with two expansions of the laboratory and teaching spaces for Physics, Biology and Chemistry. One of his true loves was to teach in the classroom. Even when he was in higher administrative positions, he insisted on teaching classes each semester that included Earth and Physical Science. He was a 60-year member of the American Chemical Society, past president of the local ACS chapter and member of the Royal Society of Chemistry. Dr. Wright was a member, Sunday School Teacher and Deacon of the First Baptist Church Arkadelphia. He served on the City of Arkadelphia Long Range Planning Committee and Airport Commission. After retiring to Benton, AR he was a member and Sunday School teacher at First Baptist Church, Benton. Visitation will be held 10:00-11:00 AM, Tuesday, May 28, with memorial service following at 11:00 AM at First Baptist Church, Benton. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to the Joe C. Wright Chemistry Scholarship at Henderson State University, HSU Foundation, Box 540, Arkadelphia, AR 71999-0001. Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online guestbook:www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
ARVALE ROGERS, 83, of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, passed away May 21, 2019. He was born February 9, 1936 in Rio Hondo, Texas to the late Sigel and Lessie (Watkins) Rogers. Arvale leaves his wife, Pamela Emil; and a host of family and friends to cherish his memory. He was dearly loved and will be missed always. Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online Guestbook: www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
WESLEY “JOE” STEELE, 65, of Bauxite, Arkansas passed away May 22, 2019. He was born November 15, 1953 in Benton, Arkansas to the late Clarence N. and Evelyn A. (Chapman) Steele. Joe was a 1971 graduate of Benton High School. He worked as a maintenance director at Saline Memorial Hospital. Joe enjoyed being outdoors hunting, fishing, and gardening. Joe was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Ann Hill. He leaves to cherish his memory: his loving wife of twenty-six years, Deborah Steele of Bauxite, Arkansas; six children: Mike Weser of Bauxite, Scot Weser of Benton, Amanda Bruce and husband J.J. of Ferndale, Arkansas, C.W. Steele and wife Sally of Lonsdale, Arkansas, Juston Steele and wife Jessica of Bauxite, and Matthew Steele and fiancé Alli of Bauxite; eleven grandchildren; two sisters: Rita Spainhour and husband Jerry of Benton, Arkansas, and Mary Vaden of Leslie, Missouri; and many family members and friends who love Joe and will miss him always. At Joe’s request, there will be no funeral services. Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online Guestbook:www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
SHIRLEY ANN PHILLIPS, 85, of Traskwood, Arkansas went to be with the Lord May 22, 2019. She was born July 10, 1933 in Ira Ann, Texas to the late M.P. and Ora T. (Brookshier) Graves. Shirley loved the Lord and was a member of Glen Rose Assembly of God. Her greatest joys were taking care of her family and her daily trips to the Hilltop Grocery Store in Haskell to drink coffee with her friends. Shirley leaves to cherish her memory: her loving husband of fifty-nine years, Ottie Preston Phillips of Traskwood, Arkansas; two sons: Bryan Preston Phillips and wife Patricia of Livingston, Texas and James Marion Phillips and wife Cheryl of Benton, Arkansas; five grandchildren: Megan Phillips, Zackry Phillips, Emily Phillips, Rylee Phillips, and Maggie Phillips; great-grandson, Cooper Hostetler; two brothers: Dewaine Graves of Kerrville, Texas and Michael Lynn Graves of Houston, Texas; and many family members and friends who love Shirley and will miss her always. Visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 PM, Tuesday, May 28, at Smith-Benton Funeral Home, 322 N. Market Street, Benton, Arkansas. Funeral service, officiated by Rev. Gerald Williams, will be held at 9:30 AM, Wednesday, May 29 at the funeral home. Burial following at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Hot Springs. Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online guestbook:www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
CLYDE “JUNIOR” GIBSON, 78, of Benton, Arkansas passed away May 23, 2019. He was born November 8, 1940 in Yukon, West Virginia to the late Clyde, Sr. and Ottie (Porter) Gibson. Junior proudly served in the United States Army. He loved life and his family. Junior enjoyed hunting, fishing, and digging ginseng. He also gardened and canned his home-grown vegetables. Preceding Junior in death are his parents and two brothers, Kinny and Don. He leaves to cherish his memory: his three sons- Wayne Gibson and wife Karen of Benton, Arkansas, David Gibson and wife Kim of Benton, Arkansas, and Clyde “Hoot” Gibson, III and wife Rachel of West Melbourne, Florida; mother of his children, Stacey Gibson of Bauxite, Arkansas; grandchildren: Whitney Gibson, Davie Gibson, John Wayne Gibson, and Clyde Michael Gibson, IV; great-grandson, Cohen; seven brothers and sisters: Billy Ray, Evert, Dean, Eddie, Jean, Martha, and Judy; constant companion, best friend and boss of all things-Lucy; and many family members and friends who love Junior and will miss him always. Family will hold memorial service in his hometown in West Virginia at a later date. Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Guests may register online atwww.SmithFamilyCares.com.
ELSIE ROSE ANN (MARKLEY) APPLING, 81, of Benton, Arkansas passed away on My 24, 2019. She was born May 11, 1938 in Mabelvale, Arkansas to the late Louie Reimain and Susie (Stein) Markley. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Alexander, Arkansas. Elsie was preceded in death by her parents; and son, Oliver Perry Appling, Jr.. Elsie leaves behind to cherish her memory: her loving husband of sixty-two and a half years O. P. Appling Sr. of Benton, Arkansas; three sons: Alan Sr. and wife Tonya of Benton, Arkansas, Mark and wife Glenda of Bauxite, Arkansas, and Michael and wife Yoleah of Mabelvale, Arkansas; daughter-in-law, Shari of Benton, Arkansas. Her grandchildren; Alan Jr., Amber, Jeremy, Taylor, Hunter, Seth, Ryder, and Bodie Appling, Candice Clark, Zachary, Justin, and Ben Ledbetter. Her great-grandchildren; Kyle, Kenzie, Finn, Bennett, Annabeth, and Logan Appling, Braxton, Layton, and Piper Ledbetter, and Jensen Jones plus a great number of nieces, nephews and dear friends. Elsie was a homemaker and loved taking care of her family, was a carrier for The Benton Courier for over twenty years and worked in the southern style restaurant business for several years. Elsie and O. P. later enjoyed auctions, flea markets and antiquing and made many lifelong friends on these adventures. Elsie had a love of sports from a young age, especially basketball and softball. Elsie held the state scoring title for the most points in a game in girls’ basketball for several years at Mabelvale High School. Elsie also played league softball all while raising four active sons. A reception visitation will be held Saturday, June 8, 2019, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM at Smith-Benton Funeral Home, 322 North Market Street, Benton, Arkansas 72015 followed by a Celebration of Life Service at 1:00 PM. Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online guestbook:www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
DYLAN AARON LESLIE SMITH, 21, of Benton joined his creator on Friday, May 24, 2019. Dylan was born April 06, 1998 in Benton, Arkansas to Derek Smith, Sr. and Leslie M. (Lusty) Smith. Dylan was a kind soul, he loved people and giving in any way he could. He was a very intelligent young man who was super tech savvy and fearless with all things computer and phone related. Dylan believed in the creator and believed that “Every man has his own path to the creator.” Dylan was preceded in death by both his grandfathers, Cecil Smith and David Lusty. He is survived by his parents Derek Smith, Sr. and Leslie (Lusty) Smith; one brother: Derek Smith, Jr; maternal grandmother: Dollene Smith; maternal grandmother: Kathleen Lusty and one uncle: Hugh Smith and a host of niece’s, nephews and friends who will miss him always. There will be a graveside service at a later date with David S. Hall officiating. Services are entrusted to Smith~Benton Funeral Home. Guests may register atwww.smithfamilycares.com.
RAMONA M. MILLS, 81, of Benton, Arkansas passed away May 24, 2019. She was born September 28, 1937 in Columbus, Ohio to the late Cappie and Lilly (Shim) Smith. Ramona was a homemaker and loved taking care of her family and friends. Preceding Ramona in death are her husband, Walter R. Mills; parents; and brother, Rodney Ingle. She leaves to cherish her memory: her children, Pamela Y. Craig and husband Robert of Tehachapi, California, James Hart of Benton, Arkansas, and step-son she raised, David Mills of Long Beach, California; grandchildren: Nickcole Mills and husband John, Mandy Jepson and husband Erik, and Justin Belli; great-grandchildren: Noah Mills, Zach Mills, Ryder Mills, Avery Jepson, Erik Jepson, Jr.; and Mason Belli; sisters, Sheila Nylan and husband Larry, Marlene Ebert and husband Jim, and Judy Overly and her husband Tom; brother, Wayne “Ponch” Ingle and his wife Sharon; sister-in-law, Barbara Ingle; friend for over twenty-two years, Larry Jones; and a host of family and friends who love Ramona and will miss her always. Visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 PM, Wednesday, May 29, at Smith-Benton Funeral Home, 322 N. Market Street, Benton, Arkansas. Graveside service to be held at Forest Lawn Cypress Memorial Park in Cypress, California at 10:00 AM, Saturday, June 8, 2019. Flowers for Forest Lawn need to be delivered morning of service. Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online guestbook:www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
WILLIAM “NICKY” HOUSE, 71, of Benton, Arkansas passed away May 25, 2019. He was born May 11, 1948 in Little Rock, Arkansas. Nick worked and retired from Alcoa after thirty-three years of service. He was a proud and active member of the Local 4880 USWA AFL-CIO. Nick was an avid hunter and fisherman. He took great pride in coaching his daughters through their softball and track years and was always their most vocal fan. Nick always enjoyed athletics and in high school was a four year varsity letterman in football and state track gold medalist. Preceding Nick in death are his parents, Nathan and Emily (Taylor) House; son, William Nate House; and three sisters: Maxine Ray, Eloise Burks, and Debbie Wilson. Nick leaves to cherish his memory: his loving wife of fifty-one years, Linda (Hainey)House of Benton, Arkansas; three daughters: Gina House of Garland, Texas, Leslie Sullivant and husband Richard of Leola, Arkansas, and Melanie House of Benton, Arkansas ; two grandchildren: Chance Sullivant and Karis Sullivant; three siblings: Louise Fant and husband Jack of Springdale, Arkansas, Bob House and wife Francene of Edgar Springs, Missouri, and Vickie Hall and husband Bruce of Almyra, Arkansas; and numerous nieces, nephews, family members, and friends who love Nicky and will miss him always. Memorial service, officiated by his son-in-law, Pastor Richard Sullivant, will be held at 2:00 PM, Saturday, June 1, at Leola Missionary Baptist Church, 302 E 9th Avenue, Leola, Arkansas 72084. Visitation and fellowship will follow. Serving as honorary pallbearers are Dodd House and Heath House. Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Cards and flowers may be delivered to the funeral home. Online guestbook: www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
SHARLOTTE ANN ROMINE, 63, of Benton, Arkansas passed away May 31, 2019. She was born January 29, 1956 in Little Rock, Arkansas to the late Tommy Joe and Bonnie Marie (Henderson) Fowler. Sharlotte was known as the “Dancing Queen.” Her radio was always on and she could always be found dancing around her home and at Stride House. Sharlotte loved her family and enjoyed spending time with them on holidays. Christmas was her favorite holiday and Sharlotte would buy and keep Christmas gifts ready all year long. Preceding Sharlotte in death are her parents; sister, Lori Wright; and three brothers: Randy Fowler, Tommy Leon Fowler, and Billy Carol Fowler. Sharlotte leaves to cherish her memory: her daughter, Angela Rene Gober of Benton, Arkansas; granddaughter, Addisyn Rene Malin; sisters: Bonnie Jo Fenton of Little Rock, Joyce Evans of Ward, Arkansas, Wanda Faye Davis and husband Rick of Cabot, Arkansas, Tina Wigley of Cabot, Arkansas, and Tammy Risola and husband Tony of Cabot, Arkansas; brothers: Don Fowler and wife Paula of Bryant, Arkansas, Terry Fowler and wife Pat of Mayflower, Arkansas, Larry Fowler and wife Vicky of Little Rock, Arkansas, and Billy Fowler of Virginia; best friend, Larry Pruitt; her four-legged companion, “Baby”; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends who love Sharlotte and will miss her always. Reception visitation will be held from 10:00-11:00 AM, Wednesday, June 5, at Smith-Benton Funeral Home, 322 N. Market Street, Benton, Arkansas. Memorial service will follow at 11:00 AM. Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online guestbook:www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
CHARLES “C.Y.” SULLIVAN, 58, of Benton, Arkansas passed away June 4, 2019. He was born April 8, 1961 in Mena, Arkansas to Billy Eugene and Euna Louise (Blakeney) Sullivan. C.Y. loved spending time with his family and grandchildren. He enjoyed being outdoors hunting and fishing. C.Y. was a talented auto technician and car enthusiast. Football was his favorite sport and he was a huge Razorback fan. C.Y. loved life and lived it to the fullest. C.Y. was preceded in death by his wife, Sherri Sullivan. He leaves behind to cherish his memory: his parents; Gene and Lou Sullivan of Little Rock; children: Erron McCormack and husband Corey, Brooks Sullivan, and April Sullivan all of Benton, Arkansas; grandchildren: Jaycee McCormack, Jacon McCormack, and Aulene McCormack; brothers: Ken Sullivan and wife Dawn of Mabelvale, Arkansas and Danny Sullivan and wife Karen of North Little Rock, Arkansas; sister, Natalie Daugherty and husband Neal of Searcy, Arkansas; and a host of nieces, nephews, family, and friends who love C.Y. and will miss him always. Reception visitation will be held from 10:00-11:00 AM, Monday, June 10, at Smith-Benton Funeral Home, 322 N. Market Street, Benton, Arkansas. Memorial service, officiated by Bro. Danny Sullivan, will follow at 11:00 AM. Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Guests may register online atwww.SmithFamilyCares.com.
BRANDON JAMES ARTHUR RED, 30, of Paron, passed away June 6, 2019. He was born August 22, 1988 in Little Rock, Arkansas to Darren and Michelle (Waddle) Red. Brandon was a member of North Fork Missionary Baptist Church. He enjoyed playing the bass guitar and was a member of Winona Road Band with his brother. Family was the most important thing to Brandon, and he loved spending time with them. Brandon often could be found with a niece or nephew sound asleep on his chest. He was a BBQ Master and made the best smoked meats around. Golfing and i-racing were hobbies Brandon enjoyed. Preceding Brandon in death are his paternal grandmother, Mary Helen Red; and his great-grandparents. He leaves behind to cherish his memory: his parents, Darren and Michelle Red of Paron, Arkansas; brother, Schantz Red and wife Sarah of Benton, Arkansas; sister, Lauren Runyan and husband Brady of Benton, Arkansas; paternal grandfather, Arthur Red of LaFarge, Texas; maternal grandparents, James and Barbara Waddle of Paron, Arkansas; nieces and nephews: Steven Red, Whitleigh Red, Avery Red, Aubre Runyan, and one “bubba” on the way; uncles and aunts: Scott Red of Hensley, Arkansas, Kandie Thomas and husband Scottie of Hot Springs, Arkansas; Alisha Waddle and husband Alex of Bismarck, Arkansas, and Kevin Waddle of Paron, Arkansas; and many family members and friends who love Brandon and will miss him always. Reception visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 PM, Monday, June 10, at Smith-Benton Funeral Home, 322 N. Market Street, Benton. Funeral service will be held at 1:00 PM, Tuesday, June 11 at Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Burial following at Fowler Cemetery with Tim Scott, Joey Drennan, Kevin Waddle, Brady Runyan, Steven Howell, Eric Runyan, Clay Curtis, and Hayden Hester assisting as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearer is William Bethurem. Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Guestbook: www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
ROBERT COMPTON STRADER, 86, of Alexander, passed away May 12, 2019. He was born in Albany, New York to James and Helen Strader who preceded him in death. He was a forensic scientist and retired from the Arkansas Crime Lab. He is survived by his sister, Barbara Gold and husband, Robert, and brother, Ronald Strader, both of New York. Arrangements by Little Rock Funeral Home, (501)224-2200. Robert’s online guestbook may be signed at www.littlerockfuneralhome.com.
THOMAS ROBERT SEFCIK, JR., 73, of Mabelvale, passed away May 20, 2019. Born in Clarksville to the late Thomas Robert Sefcik, Sr. and Estella Smith Sefcik, he was a U.S. Air Force veteran and a member of Pinnacle Church of Christ. He worked in logistics shipping and was a member of the Central Arkansas Corvette Club. He is survived by his wife, Debbie Knoedl Sefcik; children, T.J. Sefcik of Little Rock, LaDanna Sefcik Mowry (Gary) of Cabot, Donnita Sefcik Heird (Karlos) of Furlow, and Thomas “Tripp” Robert Sefcik III (Melanie) of Cabot; brother, Larry Sefcik of Granbury, Texas; grandchildren, Cody Mowry, Hannah Mowry, Gabi Sefcik, Ty Sefcik, Maria Albarella, Marisa Albarella, Kooper Heird and Jessica Shadrick Todd; and great-grandchildren, Jayleigh and Jaxon Todd. Many thanks to the doctors and staff at UAMS, especially Jan Stewart, our spiritual daughter, Tom’s dearest friend, Herschel Hale, and the many special family and friends. Visitation will be this evening, Wednesday, May 22 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Little Rock Funeral Home, 8801 Knoedl Ct. (NW corner I-630 and Barrow Rd.). Services will be Thursday, May 23 at 10:00 a.m. at Pinnacle Church of Christ, officiated by Mr. Chuck Monan. Interment will follow at 3:00 p.m. at Oakland Cemetery in Clarksville. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Pinnacle Church of Christ, 11610 Pleasant Ridge Rd., Ste. 103-157, Little Rock, AR 72223. Arrangements by Little Rock Funeral Home, (501) 224-2200. Thomas’ online guestbook may be signed at www.littlerockfuneralhome.com.
HAZEL F. HUNTER of Benton, AR departed this life May 24, 2019 and entered the gates of Heaven. She was born August 15, 1926 in Lonoke, AR to Charley and Edna M. (Coble) McGee. She lived in Marianna, AR most of her adult life moving to Benton, AR in 2000. In Marianna she worked as a Cosmetologist having her salon in her home. She loved her customers and enjoyed working greatly. Hazel was a great cook and loved preparing for family gatherings. For many years she lived next door to her Mom and enjoyed caring for her. She is survived by two daughters, Shirley Daniels (Bo) of Jonesboro and Rebecca Workman (Terry) of Benton; four grandsons, Nick Workman, Trey Workman, Chad Daniels and Bryan Daniels. She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Irene King and Marie Bailey; seven brothers, Harley, Estel, Everett, Howard, Phillip, Leroy and W.C. Arrangements by Little Rock Funeral Home, 8801 Knoedl Ct., Little Rock, AR 72205 (501)224-2200. Hazel’s online guestbook may be signed at www.littlerockfuneralhome.com.
FLOYD LEON HARMON, 86, of Mabelvale, passed away June 3, 2019. Born in Little Rock to John Robert and Jessie Lewis Harmon, he was a U.S. Army veteran. Preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Daphene Harmon, he is survived by his children, Kenneth McMillion and Lynda Livermore, both of Mabelvale; grandchildren, Teresa Hardesty of Mabelvale and Steven McMillion of Bryant; brother, Louis Harmon of Bee Branch; three great-grandchildren, two nephews and a niece. Services will be Friday, June 7 at 10:00 a.m., preceded by visitation beginning at 9:00, at Little Rock Funeral Home, 8801 Knoedl Ct. (NW corner I-630 and Barrow Rd.). Interment with Military Honors will follow at Forest Hills Memorial Park in Alexander. Arrangements by Little Rock Funeral Home, (501)224-2200. Floyd’s online guestbook may be signed at www.littlerockfuneralhome.com.
KALISSA MARQUITA LEE was born March 27, 1990 in Little Rock, AR. She grew up in Bryant, AR. She was the oldest of 5 siblings who she cherished most is life. She graduated from Bryant High School in 2008. She attended UALR in 2013-2014 in hopes of working with deaf children. As sickness began to take her body, Kalissa never let it take her mind, heart, or soul. She loved those close to her with all her being, and loved those she didn’t know just the same. Like a rare gem, only a chosen few were able to see how truly beautiful, kind, intelligent, funny, and selfless she was. Kalissa donated to St. Judes and other organizations that help children. She was a member of Salem United Methodist Church. She loved and trusted the Lord. She returned home to him on June 2, 2019. Kalissa was a loving daughter, granddaughter, sister, aunt, and friend to many. She will truly be missed, but never forgotten. She was preceded in death by great-grandmother, Ruby Crane “Gee-Gee.” Survivors include her mother Angela Lee Coleman (Joe) of Bryant; father John Lee of Little Rock; step-father Wayne Lee (Paula) of Little Rock; grandparents Lynn and Glen Robinson of Alexander and Brenda and Frank Lee of Bryant; her siblings Anthony Lee (Kristen) of Maumelle, Brenda Lee and Eric Lee of Bryant, Jordan Lee of Atlanta, Georgia, Jaylin Lee and Chloe Lee of Little Rock, and Robyn Kimbrough of Bryant; niece Kylie Renea; nephew Jesse Tyler; many aunts and uncles; cousins and friends. A celebration of Kalissa’s life will be held at 11:30am, Monday, June 10, 2019 at Salem United Methodist Church, 1647 Salem Road, Benton, Arkansas 72019 with Rev. Carlton Cross officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service beginning at 10:30am. A special thanks to Bristen, Leanne, Vicki, Candace, and the staff at Care IV and Hospice. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations be made to Arkansas Children’s Foundation, 1 Children’s Way, Slot 661, Little Rock, AR 72202 or [email protected] or Hospice Home Care, 2220 Bowman Road, Little Rock, AR 72211. “When I’m gone, remember my soul. That is the part of me that will live in you.” By Kalissa Lee
JOHN SAMUEL BARNHARDT, age 66, beloved spouse of Monica Goos Barnhardt, joined the angels on Monday, May 20th, 2019. John was born in Norristown, Pennsylvania. He later moved to Arkansas where he enjoyed the natural beauty of Hot Springs. A master carpenter and gifted designer, John added to that beauty through everything he touched. He was a gracious host to all who visited his beautiful home; his warm hugs and beaming smile will be sorely missed. In addition to his wife, John is survived by his sister Judy and his brother Jimmy; son John and daughters Marybeth and Katie; grandchildren Megan, Addison, Aeric, and Aiden; and great-grandchildren Bella and Samuel. Family and friends are invited to stop by the Barnhardt home to share heart-felt memories and fellowship any time from noon to dusk on Friday and Saturday, May 24th & 25th.
CHARLES DAVIS FEBRUARY 20, 1965 ~ MAY 8, 2019 (AGE 54) From Benton, AR. https://www.arkansascremation.com/notices/Charles-Davis
WESLEY YARBROUGH SEPTEMBER 1, 1994 ~ APRIL 20, 2019 (AGE 24) From Benton, AR. https://www.arkansascremation.com/notices/Charles-Davis
DAVID BYRD AUGUST 13, 1963 ~ APRIL 28, 2019 (AGE 55) From Benton, AR. https://www.arkansascremation.com/notices/Charles-Davis
JAMES GARLAND CAZER (JIM), 70, departed for his heavenly home on April 28, 2019 after a lengthy illness. He was preceded in death by his parents Garland and Evelyn Cazer and infant brother, Joseph Edward Cazer. He is survived by his children, Chris Cazer of Arizona and Liz Cazer Baltz (Kevin) of Benton, AR, three grandchildren, Kristin Cazer of Dewitt, AR, Gracie Cazer of England, AR, and Olivia Baltz of Benton, AR. Also surviving Jim are his sister, Carol Hawkins (Dale) of Carlisle, brothers Frank Torian (Pat) of Greenbrier and Emmet Torian of Conway, along with nieces and nephews. Jim graduated from UCA with a degree in BBA Management. He was active in student life, serving as president of his junior and senior classes, a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, and named to Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities. After college he served under now deceased Congressman Wilbur Mills in Washington, D.C. He returned to Arkansas to participate in his family farming operation and went on to a career in business and financial loans. Jim enjoyed keeping informed of current affairs and political discussions. He was a devoted Razorback fan and was amazing at recalling and reciting the statistics regarding various players. He enjoyed visiting with family and friends and especially his friends at Immanuel Baptist Church of Little Rock where he enjoyed fellowship and worship for many years. A memorial service is tentatively scheduled for Monday, May 13th at 11am at Immanuel Baptist Church with a lunch/reception to follow. Memorials may be made to Immanuel Baptist Church or the Carlisle Alumni Museum.