Mary Jane Lemons, 79 of Mabelvale, was called home to her Heavenly Father on June 5, 2022. She was born on July 17, 1942 in England, Arkansas to the late Carl T. and Thelma Covert White.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents and husband of 46 years, Winfred Troy Lemons; granddaughter, Shanda Brown.
She is survived by her daughters, Sondra (Kenneth) Harrison, Deanna (Keith) Stafford, Christy (Dennis) Yearber, Deborah (Bobby) Dixon and Judy (Don) Romine, son, Steven Troy Lemons and one bonus son, Michael Troy Sims; twelve grandchildren, Becky Mourer, Shane Corbitt, Sheree Keenum, Jason Harrison, Heather Owens, Jacob Harrison (bonus grandson, Rickey Joe Witham) Matt Stafford, Josh Stafford, Cassie Johnson, Andrea Moody and Faith Andrews; 24 great grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Troy Sims, Steve Lemons, Jason Harrison, Rickey Joe Whitham, Jeff Hendrix and Joshua Stafford.
Graveside Services by Ashby Funeral Home will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday with Bro. Larry Charles officiating at Hicks Cemetery in Benton.
Visitation will be 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday at Ashbys.
Family comments: The most precious heart has stopped beating and her family and friends will greatly miss her.
Naomi Juanita Hendrix Sample, 94 of Benton, went to be with the Lord on June 5, 2022. She was born on June 21, 1927 in Benton to the late Clyde and Marie Hendrix.
Juanita was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Charles Galloway Sample, a baby brother, sister, Judy Adams and many brothers in law and sisters in law.
After starting her family, she went to college to receive her teaching certificate and taught in the Benton School System at Caldwell Elementary where she taught for 28 years.
Juanita always loved traveling, starting out with family vacations and bus tours with Charles. She then started traveling with Peggy Butler and met three lifelong friends, Billie Henry, Christine Grace and Toby Carter; they made many memories together.
She attended First United Methodist Church and was a member of the Dorcas Class, United Methodist Women, served on the Church Hospitality Committee, Grieving Chairman and the group, DMA of Kappa Kappa Iota Teaching Sorority; member of the Retired Teachers Organization and member of the Monday Study Club.
Juanita is survived by three sons, Charles “Skip” (Gay) Sample, Richard (Jeanie) Sample and David (Gwen) Sample; daughter, Jan (Ron) Daugherty. She had ten grandchildren, Chris Sample, Robyn (Joe) Eison, Kelly (Thad) Ferguson, Scott (Candy) Sample, Lyndi (Jared) Otts and Johnathon (Roseanne) Sample, Rebecca (Earl) Mathis, Zach (Lilli) Sample, two step grandchildren, Heather Harper and Richard Daughtery; twenty three great grandchildren and five step great grandchildren, ten great great grandchildren and one sister, Pat Gordan.
Pallbearers will be Earl Mathis, Johnathon Sample, Scott Sample, Thad Ferguson, Buzz Sample and Jared Otts.
Church service by Ashby Funeral Home will be 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 9 at First United Methodist Church in Benton with Pastor Keith Dodson officiating. Burial to follow at Lee Cemetery in Benton.
Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. at First United Methodist Church before services.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Womens of Faith and CJOHN.
Online guestbook at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
Elizabeth Ann Frazier, 76, of Benton, went to be with our Lord in Heaven on June 8, 2022. She was born August 28, 1945 in Little Rock, Arkansas to the late Chester Morris Collier and Rachel Bell Dove.
She was a member of the Salem United Methodist Church and the Congo Hill Order of the Eastern Star. Elizabeth loved to travel, adopt/rescue animals, make and share her homemade jellies & canned goods, hunt down Poke for Poke Salad, and follow her favorite Christian Music Groups around the state. She was special in many ways and will be greatly missed.
Elizabeth is survived by three children, Thomas Frazier (Gennipher) of Jessieville, Connie Rickard (Marty) of Paron, and Chris Frazier (Brenda) of Waco, Texas; four grandchildren, Amanda Spencer, Tony Rickard, Thomas William Frazier, and Taylor Frazier; eleven great-grandchildren, and many precious cousins & very dear friends.
Visitation will be 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. Monday, June 13 at Ashby Funeral Home with memorial services beginning at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Roselawn Cemetery in Little Rock. Rev. Carlton Cross will be officiating.
Betty L. Roe Robinson age 88, of Benton passed away on Saturday, June 11, 2022. She was born November 4, 1933 in North Little Rock, but spent he adult life in Benton. Betty was a member of the First Baptist Church in Benton. She was married to Bob Joe Robinson for 68 years until his death in 2020
Survivors, son, Bobby Lynn Robinson, of Benton.
Graveside services will be 10:00 AM Wednesday at Mt. Harmony Cemetery by Ashby Funeral Home. Minister will be Dr. Rick Grant.
Online guest book at ashbyfuneralhome.com
Terry Puckett Cornelius, 75, of Seymour, Texas passed away June 8, 2022. She was born August 7, 1946 in Little Rock, Arkansas to B. Henry and Margie Puckett.
Terry loved her family with all her heart. She enjoyed listening to music and watching movies. Terry always had a beautiful smile on her face, had a wonderful sense of humor, and was always ready to have fun. She was the most forgiving person and loved everyone she knew unconditionally. Terry was a hippie with all her heart and a perfect example of a true gypsy.
Preceding Terry in death are her parents; sister, Julie Boyd; and brother, Pat Puckett.
She leaves behind to cherish her memory her children: Cortney Hendrix (Pedro), Eric Hendrix (Shelia), and Carma Hendrix Thompson (Andrew); grandchildren, Bradley McElyea (Katie) and Lauren Hendrix (Marquis); great-grandchild, Laynie McElyea; sister, Pam Harcrow (James); brother, Mike Puckett (Bonnie); and many family members and friends who love Terry and will miss her always.
Visitation will be held from 4:00-6:00 PM, Wednesday, June 15, at Smith-Benton Funeral Home, 322 N. Market Street, Benton, Arkansas.
Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online guestbook: www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
Dorothy M. Maguire nee Fedro, 94, passed away peacefully at MemoryCare of Little Rock where she was well cared for by staff with Kindred Care providing hospice assistance.
Dorothy was born in Hoboken, NJ on March 25, 1928. She married her husband, Joseph M. Maguire, in 1956. She lived with him in Brooklyn until she retired in 1988 and moved to Fayetteville, AR where she stayed after his passing in 1991.
Dorothy began her career with JCPenney as a keypunch operator in 1962. JCPenney gave her the opportunity to be trained in-house as a computer programmer, a skill in short supply in the 60s. She got her GED and took the opportunity. She studied long hours to become proficient in COBOL. She received letters of commendation for her work writing programs for inventory control. She became a technical writer and spent some time in marketing. She retired in 1988 when JCPenney moved its headquarters to Plano, TX. After raising her daughter, Dorothy became active in her Brooklyn community and helped organize and transform three abandoned lots into a neighborhood garden, started her dream of getting a college degree by taking classes at Baruch College, CUNY, and got her driver’s license when she turned 50.
Moving to Fayetteville and attending the University of Arkansas fulfilled her lifelong dream of a college degree. With the Fulbright program, she studied Spanish in Costa Rica and Theater in London. She earned her BA in History in 1998 when she was 70. Her daughter, son-in-law, and grandson proudly applauded at her graduation at the Barnhill.
She loved her life and friends in Fayetteville whether going to movies or hanging out in Rick’s Bakery. She was an avid walker and was readily recognized around town in her trademark white t-shirt and shorts. She loved going to the beach and took every chance to go to San Destin, FL.
She leaves behind to cherish her memory her daughter, Jeannine MM Stephens, and grandson, Andrew M Stephens.
Funeral service will be held at 1:30 pm on Wednesday, June 15 at St Joseph’s Catholic Church in Fayetteville. AR. Burial will be at St Joseph’s Cemetery where she will be interred with her husband, Joseph.
Services entrusted to Smith-Benton funeral Home. Online Guestbook: www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
Kenneth Ira Davis, son of the late Robert and Ollie Mae Young Davis, passed away Sunday, June 5, 2022 at his home in Mabelvale, Arkansas.
A faithful member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, Kenneth volunteered his maintenance skills for 25 years. He enjoyed helping those in need, working hay fields and being an avid Razorback fan. One of Kenneth’s favorite “volunteer” jobs was helping his late wife, by delivering flowers from her shop, Barb’s Buds and Bouquets. Family members and close friends often called him “KID” because of his initials. He was on the first 49er football team of Bryant. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force.
Kenneth is survived by his children; Kevin (Carrie) Davis and Leisha (Tommy) Wills; grandchildren, Ashley Wills, Bradley Davis and Irey Davis; brother, Curtis Davis; sisters, Crystal (Tommy) Melton and Linda (Eugene) Branum.
Family members preceding Kenneth in death include his parents; his wife, Barbara Shipp Davis; brother, Rodney Davis and sisters, Jewell Wall, Ruby Anderson and Florence Windham.
Visitation will be 5:00 to 7:00P.M., Wednesday, June 8, 2022 at Roller-Alcoa Funeral Home, 6700 Alcoa Rd., Benton, AR 72015. The funeral service will be conducted by Bro. Rick Porter at 11:00A.M., Thursday, June 9, from Roller-Alcoa Funeral Home, with interment in Mt. Olive Cemetery, 3700 Mt. Olive Rd., Bauxite, AR 72011.
Lafayette (Lafay) Hawkins, age 85, of Benton passed away on June 6, 2022. Lafayette was born in Marianna, Arkansas to Raleigh and Maurine Hawkins on October 21, 1936. He was married to his loving wife, Cindy, and they have spent 44 happy years together. Lafayette graduated with a degree in Postal Management and spent 35 years working for the United States Postal Service. Lafayette was a veteran and served honorably in the U.S. Air National Guard. He was a member of Victory Baptist Church and enjoyed many hobbies including hunting, music, being a singer/songwriter and playing in many different bands in the 60s and 70s. He wrote and recorded several songs. Lafayette served as his church’s bass player and gave guitar lessons to dozens of young people in his church. He considered the many young musicians he taught to be his greatest accomplishment as they would serve in churches around the country.
Lafayette is preceded in death by his parents and siblings; Norman Randal Hawkins, Betty May McCollum and Anne Ruth Gardner. Lafayette is survived in death by his wife, Cindy Hawkins; sons, Courtney Neal Hawkins and Michael Shane Hawkins; daughters, Jennifer Lynn Jones and Audri Beth McNeal; 17 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held from 4:00-6:00 PM on June 8, 2022, at Victory Baptist Church, 5364 Highway 67, Benton, AR. Funeral Services are to be held at 2:00 P.M. on June 9, 2022 at Victory Baptist Church with Pastor Brandon Graham officiating. Burial will follow at New Summit Cemetery.
Ruth D. Creek, 90, (she made her goal) of Benton died on June 7, 2022. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Clell G. (Jack) Creek.
Ruth was an Army wife and traveled to many places. She was an RN and excelled in the administrative side of the medical field. She retired from Washington Regional Medical Center as an Assistant Administrator.
Ruth loved to knit and everyone received socks for Christmas. She was an avid reader and loved to paint pictures. When she started a project it was full speed ahead.
We would like to thank all of her nurses and aides with Hospice Home Care for the excellent care and support provided from Pallative Care through Comfort Care in Patient.
Ruth is survived by her daughter, Denise Zuber (John) of Benton; her son, Charles G. Creek of El Paso, Texas; two granddaughters, Shalene Jacobson of Dallas, Texas, Barbara Marshall of Benton; two great-granddaughters and four great-great grandchildren.
Memorial service will be held 10:00 A.M., Monday, June 13, 2022 in the Roller-Alcoa Funeral Home Chapel with Chaplain Vicky Wingfield officiating. A visitation will be one hour prior to service from 9:00 A.M. until 10:00 A.M.
Shan Jin, 47, of Bryant, Arkansas passed away at his home on June 8, 2022. He was born September 30, 1974 in Beijing, China to Wenjun Jin and Bin Han.
He is survived by his wife Yumeng Sun; two sons, Kevin and Shenwen ”Eric” Jin; and his mother. He was preceded in death by his father.
Shan Jin was a natural handy man and could fix just about anything. While in China, he spent many years designing and creating billboards. He will be remembered for his intelligence and more importantly, his dedication and deep and abiding love for his family. He enjoyed deer hunting and spending his free time shooting guns and cooking. Shan Jin will be missed by his family and friends.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 15,2022, followed immediately by the funeral service at 7:00. Services will be held at Roller-Alcoa Funeral Home, 6700 Alcoa Rd., Benton, AR.