MARION T. “RED” STUCKEY, age 82, of Benton, passed away Friday, August 2, 2019. He was born July 20, 1937 in Bauxite, Arkansas. Red served in the U. S. Air Force from 1955 to 1959. He traveled all over the nation working on Nuclear Power Outages. Red was a member of the Local 321 Ironworkers, a 32nd Degree Mason and of the Baptist faith. He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Jimmie Lou Stuckey; son, Jeffrey Stuckey; four brothers, Walter, Kenneth, George Herman and William Stuckey and two sisters, Georgia Babbitt and Jill Adams. He is survived by his wife of 59 ½ years, Geraldine Marie Stuckey; son, Mark Stuckey; his most beloved grandson, John Stuckey and wife Katie; two great-grandsons, Eli and Timothy Stuckey; two brothers, Eddie and Charlie Stuckey and a sister, Gayle McKinney. Visitation will be 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Monday, August 5 at Ashby Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 6 at Ashby Funeral Home with burial at Moore Cemetery. Bro. Ken Graham will be officiating.
HAROLD C. “ROD” RAMSEY, age 79, of Benton, went to be with the Lord on August 3, 2019. He was born April 30, 1940 in Bauxite, Arkansas to T. V. (Bud) & Lola Ramsey. Rod met his wife, Martha E. Ballard Ramsey of Benton, at Saline Memorial Hospital while working in the Maintenance Department and she was working in Central Supply. They dated one year and then got married April 27, 1962 at Mulberry Missionary Baptist Church where Bro. Curtis Kyle was the pastor. Rod was saved and baptized in 1963. He served in the Army Reserves and retired from Alcoa in 2001 after 31 years. Rod was a member of Mulberry Missionary Baptist Church. He loved to hunt & fish and after retiring, he enjoyed going to the Bait Shop every morning and having coffee with his friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and seven siblings, Lucy Ramsey Jeanes (Grady), T. J. Ramsey (Margaret Johnson), Edwin Ramsey, Wayne Ramsey (Mickey), Barbara Ramsey Camp (Farris), Janie Ramsey Campbell (Latham) and Francis Ramsey. Rod is survived by his wife of 57 years, Martha Ramsey; three sons, Chuck Ramsey and his two daughters, Alyx & Peyton Ramsey, Greg Ramsey and his two sons, Dawson & Chase Ramsey, and Tommy Ramsey and his family; sister, Martha Ramsey Bradshaw (Homer) and a brother, Gary Ramsey (Nanette). Pallbearers will be Mark Campbell, Mike Campbell, Kevin Campbell, Keith Camp, Chris Ramsey, Jeff Ramsey, Kelly Shamlin and Bill Lancaster. Visitation will be 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 6 at Ashby Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 7 at Ashby Funeral Home with burial at Pine Crest Memorial Park. Dr. Clif Springer will be officiating.
BERTHA M. WEBB, 90 of Benton, passed away on August 6, 2019. She was born on November 8, 1928 in Pangburn, Arkansas to the late Earl and Myrtle Philamlee Elms. Bertha was of the Baptist faith. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, R.A. Webb, daughter in law, Nanette Webb, step father, John Chastain, half brother, Carl Elms, sisters, Lenne Bell Kirkendoll and Lorine Phillips. Bertha is survived by her sons, Don (Eve) Webb of Hot Springs Village, Gary Webb of Benton, brother, Doris Chastain of Heber Springs, grandchildren, James Webb, Angela Clark and great grandchildren, Shelby Lynn Roush and Autumn Lake. Chapel services by Ashby Funeral Home will be 1:30 p.m. on Monday, August 12, 2019. Burial will follow at Lee Cemetery in Benton. Visitation will be 12:30 p.m. until 1:30 p.m. before services. The family wishes to thank Dr. Ed Hill, Heartland Nursing Home and Dr. Scott Beau for all their help and care during this difficult time as well as Saline Memorial Hospice and Nurse Aide, Bobby Freeman. On line guestbook at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
MITCHELL ADAM HAYES, 41 of Houston, formally of Bauxite, passed away on August 6, 2019. Adam was born on August 4, 1978 in California. He was preceded in death by his mother, Diane Holmes and brother, Scott Hayes. Adam is survived by his father, Phillip (Teresa) Hayes of Bauxite, brother, Christopher Blake Hayes of Little Rock and step sister, Sara McKelroy, two nieces and one nephew; best friend, Brendan Mikeska, and his beloved pets, Prissey and Joey. Chapel Memorial services by Ashby Funeral Home will be 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 10th with Chaplain Dan Flora officiating. Visitation will be 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. before services. Friends and family comments: To know Adam for a day was like having known him for a month, a month was like a year and a year was just a day. On line guestbook at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
ROBERT MARCUS SNYDER, 36 of Benton, passed away on August 7, 2019. He was born on June 8, 1983 in Little Rock to David and Marci Anthony Snyder. Robert was a very creative artist. He loved the Razorbacks, fishing, teasing his nieces and nephews, but most of all spending time with his family. He was preceded in death by his sister, Ashley Nicole Snyder, grandparents, Bob and Alice Snyder, grandfather, Marcus Cicero Anthony. Robert leaves to cherish his memory, parents, David and Marci Snyder of Bryant, son, Marcus Benjamin Snyder, daughters, Maleah Nikole Toms and Briana Nikole Toms, brother, Matthew (Haley) Snyder of Haskell, sister, Jessica (Cameron) Burdess of Wooster and grandmother, Linda Anthony of Lebanon, Missouri; nieces and nephews, Miley, Chandler and Christian Burdess, Natalie Smith and Blakelee and Finnley Snyder, aunt Nettie and uncle Gary Taylor. Memorial services will be held at Grace Point Church in Benton on Monday, August 12, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. with Bro. Jeff Lakin officiating. On line guestbook at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
LINDA WIGHT, age 71, of Mabelvale, died on August 10. She was born in Washington, DC, on March 15, 1948, to the late James Henry Wight, Jr. and Helen Lanham Wight. Linda is survived by her loving husband, Gabriel Coll; and brothers, James (Rene) Wight, Matthew (Belinda) Wight and Thomas (Karen) Wight. She retired from the Little Rock School District. A memorial service will be held at River of Life Assembly of God Church, 9800 Nash Lane, Mabelvale, on Thursday, August 15, at 2PM. Online guest book at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
DAYTON R. LAND, 74, of Hot Springs Village, passed away peacefully on ¬¬¬August 7, 2019, after a lengthy illness. He was born January 8, 1945, in Llano, Texas, to Otto and Tillie Lindemann Land, who preceded him in death, along with a brother, Robert James Land, and sister Lucille Land. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Bettie Emery Land, and daughter Kimberly Land; brothers William Land, Kenneth Land (Jacqueline) and Jerry Land; sisters-in-law/brothers-in-law Donna and Mike Jones, Ginny and Buddy Hale; nieces Angela Jan Jones, Teresa Lynn Cowie (George), Nina Kay Winfrey (Dale); nephews Mike DeMoen, Kristoffer Land (Jamie), Anthony Jones; great niece (Elizabeth Ledbetter); great nephews Matthew Faulkner, James Small, Evan Cowie, Wesley Winfrey, Brandon Winfrey; great-great nephews Liam Stockwell and Noah Ledbetter; and many cousins. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, stationed in Korea, from 1963-1966.He retired from United Parcel Service in May 1995. Starting out as a package car driver, he moved to Special Assignments and later managed centers in Dallas, Wichita Falls and Fort Worth, Texas. In 1993 he was awarded the Vince Lombardi Southwest Region “Best Package Division — HEB” (Hurst/Euless/Bedord). He was a member of Village United Methodist Church; past member of HSV Breakfast Lions. He owned racehorse King Sweep (several wins, including first place at Arlington Park, Ill.) and was part owner of Brothers Nicholas. He enjoyed golfing, horse racing, hunting and sports.The Land family extends its sincere thanks to the staff at Good Samaritan Healthcare – HSV and Kindred Hospice for their loving care and support.A memorial service will be held at Village United Methodist Church in Hot Springs Village on Thursday, August 15, at 10:00. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Village United Methodist Church, Good Samaritan — HSV or Kindred Hospice. Arrangements entrusted to CedarVale Funeral Home of the Hot Springs Village.
SHIRLEY DIANE TRAYLOR, 63, of Mabelvale, Arkansas passed away on Saturday, August 3, 2019. She was born to Ervin and Ruth (Neal) Moore on Tuesday, October 25, 1955. She loved cooking home cooked meals for her family and bossing her ol’ man around! She loved spending time with her family and her grandchildren the most! She enjoyed being outdoors whether it be camping or fishing. She was an avid Days of Our Lives fan. She was preceded in death by her parents; granddaughter, Kimberly “Kimbo” Diane Warner; great grandson, Dalton Grimes; two sisters, Patricia Estes and Beverly Raper. Remaining to share memories are her loving husband of 33 years, Steve Traylor; two daughters, Debra Isom (Doug) and Beverly McCallister (Chris) of Mabelvale; three step sons, Steve Traylor, Jr., Eddie Moody, and Brian Traylor; two step daughters, Sarah Luby and Shasta Williams (Shelby) of Mabelvale; brother, Ronnie Moore; nineteen grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; along with a host of friends and other family who love and miss her dearly. The visitation will be held on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 from 6:00-8:00 P.M., and then the celebration of life will be held Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. at Dial and Dudley Funeral Home. Interment will be held at Traskwood Cemetery following the service.
HENRY MARVIN SMITH, 76, of Alexander, Arkansas passed away on Thursday, August 8, 2019. He was born to Henry and Adell (Cargle) Smith on Tuesday, May 25, 1943 in Little Rock, Arkansas. He loved hunting, fishing, and being outdoors. He enjoyed being at deer camp with his grandchildren. He was a jack of all trades. He could fix anything. He loved his family and his dog, Buttons. He loved going to church and spending time with his church family. He just completed his dream trip to Europe visiting London, Spain, and Paris. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Ann Belknap. Remaining to share memories are the love of his life of 35 years, Phyllis Smith; three sons, Steven Smith, Kenny Daniel (Tina), and Timothy Daniel (Sondra); three daughters, Sherri Baker (Jody), Stacy Smith, and Suzette Anderson (Bruce); 14 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; brother, Tommy Smith; two sisters, Bobbie Kraehmer and Linda Doland; along with the Lake Norrell community, numerous friends, and other family who love and miss him dearly. The celebration of life will be held on Friday, August 16, 2019 at 1:00 P.M. with the visitation one hour prior at New Life Baptist Church: 10765 Samples Road, Alexander, Arkansas 72002.
JAMES ELROY SIMPSON, 75, of Tull, Arkansas passed away on Saturday, August 10, 2019. He was born to Roe and Juanita Simpson on Saturday, June 10, 1944 in Little Red, Arkansas. He was the Deacon and Sunday School Superintendent of Saline Missionary Baptist Church. He was the Alderman at the City of Tull. James loved his wife, JoAnna, with all of his heart. He loved his family, his friends, and his church. He was so passionate about his St. Louis Cardinals and his Dallas Cowboys, win or lose, he was a loyal fan. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Ronnie Simpson. Remaining to share memories are his loving wife of 56 years, JoAnna Simpson; three children, Lesia Griffin (Les), Dwayne Simpson (Rachel), and Sherrie Mitchell (Jeff); five grandchildren, Justin Mitchell, Kristin Mitchell, Katlyn Simpson, Logan Simpson, Randi Nalley (Parker); four brothers, O’neal Simpson (Irene), Billy Simpson (Nancy), Robert Wayne Simpson, Terry Simpson (Brenda); numerous nieces and nephews; along with great friends and other family who love and miss him dearly. The visitation will be Wednesday, August 14, 2019 from 6:00-8:00 P.M. at Dial and Dudley Funeral Home. The celebration of life will be held on Thursday, August 15, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. at Saline Missionary Baptist Church. Interment will be held at Harper Cemetery in Perryville, Arkansas at 2:00 P.M. The family requests casual attire. Pallbearers: Dennis Ashcraft, Ernie Coppock, Rick/Hippie Bratton, William Simpson, Justin Mitchell, and Doug Coppock. Honorary Pallbearers: The Deacons of Saline Missionary Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the building fund of Saline Missionary Baptist Church in James’ honor.
JAMES KELLOGG STEVENSON, 59, of Bryant, Arkansas passed away on Sunday, August 11, 2019. He was born to James and Sidney (Kellogg) Stevenson on Tuesday, April 26, 1960 in Flint, Michigan. He loved golfing, bowling, and sports in general. He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his loving wife of 20 years, Kelli Stevenson; five step daughters, Chelsie Thomas, Jessie Coleman, Hannah Coleman, Amanda Kirsch, and Kate Rodriguez; brother, Jeff Stevenson; sister, Susan Porson; grandchildren, Derrick Hart, Christopher, and Johnathan Mccloskey; along with numerous other relatives, friends, church family, and A.A. family on Lilian Street in Benton. The family would like to thank the staff at Baptist Hospital in Unit 7 for their compassionate care! Services will be held on a later date.
NOLA MARKS HICKS, 99, of Little Rock, went to be with the Lord on Monday, August 5, 2019. She was born April 27, 1920 to William H. Bethards and Mary S. McKinney. She was very outgoing and never met a stranger. Nola was of the Methodist faith. She was a hard-working mother who lived a long, good life. Her accomplishments and talents in life were notable- as she began as a beautician, but then owned and operated a store and farm in Phillips County with her first husband, Murphy, and retired into China painting, even taking on the role of painting instructor and was a member of the World China Organization where you can find some of her artwork displayed at their museum in Oklahoma City. Her memory will be cherished and her legacy will continue on through those who loved and cared for her. Nola is preceded in death by her parents, each of her husbands, Murphy A. Marks and Henry “Doc” Hicks; her siblings, Thomas, Mildred, Louise, Elizabeth, Buck, J.W., and Charles. She is survived by her daughters, Virginia M. Watkins of Elkmont, Alabama, Mary Lynn Bryant and her husband, Kinney Bryant Jr. of Little Rock; her grandchildren, Mark Watkins, Patrick Watkins, Kin Bryant, Kimberly Fowler; 9 great grandchildren, her sister, Barbara Jo Owens of Hot Springs Village; her sister-in-law, Estel Bethards of DeQuincy, Louisiana, and many other nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family members and friends. A Graveside Service will be 3:30 p.m. Friday, August 9, 2019 at Kingsland Cemetery in Kingsland. Visitation will be 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. prior to service time at Roller-Ballard Funeral Home, 306 S. Main Street, Benton (501-315-4047). In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made in Nola’s name to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22478 Oklahoma City, OK 73123.
VERNA ODESSA WILLIAMS KELTNER, 79, of Little Rock passed away on Friday, August 2, 2019 in Bryant. She was born April 11, 1940 in Des Arc to Louie (Bill) Williams and Edith Dry Williams Kiltner. Verna was a devoted employee at Timex, where she was employed for over 30 years, and also spent about the same amount of time with Kroger after her retirement from Timex. She was known as a very strong and independent woman with a huge, caring heart. Her favorite pastimes included gardening, woodworking, ceramic painting, sewing, reading, and if there were children around, she was usually right there in the midst, on their level. Her memory will be cherished and her legacy will continue on through those who loved and cared for her. She is preceded in death by her parents, her brothers, Billy Mayfield, Louis Williams, and Bobby Joe Williams; her sisters, Sally Blasingame and Linda Hardin. She is survived by one brother, Gaylon Williams and his wife, Doris, and many other extended family members, countless nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. A Graveside Service will be Monday, August 5, 2019 at Pinecrest Memorial Park at 1:00 p.m. Arrangements entrusted to Roller-Alcoa Funeral Home, 6700 Alcoa Road, Benton.
WILLIAM “BILL” ROSS HUGHES, 74, of Benton, Arkansas went to be with the Lord August 2, 2019. He was born August 6, 1944 in Lonsdale, Arkansas to the late William Edgar and Ruby (Burks) Hughes. Bill graduated Benton High School in 1962 and then served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War in South Korea. Bill was a member of Holland Chapel Baptist Church. He retired from Reynolds Metals Company. Bill was a devoted grandfather and could always be found following his grandchildren wherever they went. He enjoyed spending time outdoors hunting and playing golf. Bill was true Razorback fan and loved all things Razorback. Bill was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, Tyler James Teague; and sister, Wanda Jean Allen. He leaves behind to cherish his memory his loving wife of thirty-two years, Gwin (Gentry) Hughes of Benton, Arkansas; two sons: John William Hughes and wife Nikki of Jonesboro, Arkansas, and Paul Douglas Hughes of Benton, Arkansas; daughter, Tara Louise Hughes of Benton, Arkansas; step-sons: Robert Dale Teague of Rogers, Arkansas and James Michael Teague and wife Debbie of Little Rock, Arkansas; nine grandchildren who were the light of his life: Chase Hughes, Teagan Hughes, Tanner Hughes, Jessie Hollis, Shelby Scriber, James Teague, Marybeth Teague, Tucker Teague, and Abby Teague; and many family members and friends who love Bill and will miss him always. Reception visitation will be held from 10:00-11:00 Am, Tuesday, August 6, at Smith-Benton Funeral Home, 322 N. Market Street, Benton, Arkansas. Funeral service, officiated by Bro. Carl Richie and Rev. Kim Hammer, will follow at 11:00 AM. Burial, with military honors, will follow at Ten Mile Cemetery with John Hughes, Paul Hughes, Robert Teague, Michael Teague, Chase Hughes, Tucker Teague, James Teague, and Tanner Hughes assisting as pallbearers. Teagan Hughes is honorary pallbearer. Memorials may be made to Arkansas Health Center. Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online guestbook:www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
PAUL MCELROY, 79, of Benton, Arkansas passed away at Southern Trace Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on August 2, 2019. He was born May 2, 1940. His family appreciates the tender loving care he received while living at Southern Trace. Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online guestbook: www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
RYAN SHANE LEE, 31, of Benton, Arkansas passed away August 2, 2019. He was born August 20, 1987 in Albuquerque, New Mexico to the late Billy and Barbara Ann (Dudley) Lee. Ryan worked in the trucking industry. He was preceded in death by his parents and leaves behind to cherish his memory his son, Billy Lee of Benton, Arkansas; sisters: Jessica Lee of Little Rock, Arkansas, Lillian Robbins and husband Brent of El Paso, Texas, and Rayna Barnhill of Tennessee; brother, Shane Croslin and companion Luis Posadas of Benton, Arkansas; mother, Linda Croslin of Benton, Arkansas; nieces, Sage Posadas and Kiearra Croslin, Tiea Robbins and Aurora Robbins; and many more family members and friends who love Ryan and will miss him always. Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online guestbook: www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
JEREMY THOMAS DAUGHENBAUGH, 31, went to meet God August 3, 2019. He was lovingly met in heaven by his father, Jackie Daughenbaugh; sister, Jacquelyn Blundell; four grandparents; and many aunts and uncles. Jeremy leaves behind to cherish his memory his mother, Delina Wooten; sister, Stevie Blundell; brothers, David and Ronald Holder; a host of nieces and nephews who adored him; and many more family members and friends who love Jeremy and will miss him always. Jeremy loved to fish and spend time outdoors. He was always willing to help anyone in need. An outdoor memorial service in his honor will be set at a later date. Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online guestbook:www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
WESLEY ARNOLD POPE, 81, of Benton, Arkansas passed in Christ August 4, 2019. He was born June 6, 1938 in Tennessee. Wesley loved the Lord with all his heart and served as a deacon at Olivet Baptist Church. He enjoyed NASCAR, Dallas Cowboy football, attending car shows, and spending time on the computer. Wesley adored his family and spending time with them camping and fishing. Those preceding him in Christ are his loving wife of fifty-four years, Betty Jean Pinter Pope; his adoptive parents from Ross, Texas; grandparents, William and Lillian Pinter of West, Texas; brother-in-law, Tony Mekhjian; and nephew, Christopher Mekhjian. He leaves to cherish his memory his daughter, Jennifer Pope of Benton, Arkansas; grandchildren: William Wesley Joseph Pope and Christen Elizabeth Pope of Benton, Arkansas; sister-in-law, Joyce Pinter of Dallas, Texas; niece, Stephanie Mekhjian; nephew, William Mekhjian; and many more family members and friends who love Wesley and will miss him always. Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Guest register:www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
BRYAN KEITH ELLITHORPE, 46, of Bauxite, Arkansas passed away August 9, 2019. He was born February 14, 1973 in Bartlett, Tennessee to the late Johnny Ellithorpe and Ann (Halligan) Childress. Bryan loved living life in the fast lane. If it had tires, he would race it- from motorcycles to cars. He was an avid Razorback fan. Bryan enjoyed spending time outdoors, especially at the Arkansas River. He loved taking care of animals of all kinds, especially his dogs. Bryan was preceded in death by his parents; and grandmother, Ellen Halligan. He leaves behind to cherish his memory his daughter, Kianna Ellithorpe of Benton, Arkansas; grandfather, James Halligan of Jackson, Tennessee; aunt, Donna Meeks and her husband Larry of Jackson, Tennessee; and many family members and friends who love Bryan and will miss him always. Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Guestbook: www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
JOANN POE, 81, passed away peacefully in her sleep, surrounded by her family, Saturday, August 10, 2019, after losing her battle with breast cancer. She was born February 23, 1938, to Onita and Louis Tucker in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Her journey would lead her all over the country, from Arkansas to California, but would inevitable lead to the greatest adventure of all, motherhood. She would go on to lovingly raise six children: Nicky Whisenant (Lori), Kim Hutzel (Mike), Darin Poe, Brande Coy, Cordell Poe, and Amber Iacobacci. As one of the first women to fulfill the role of Mutual Teller, a role previously fulfilled only by men, at Oaklawn Racetrack, JoAnn was an early advocate for women in the workplace. She worked at Oaklawn for over forty years, developing friendships that would span her lifetime. She lived each and every day working and providing for her family, even willingly going without so her children and grandchildren could have a better life than the one she had, with little help other than the love for her family and salonpas. Her incredible kindness in putting others ahead of herself proved her to be the thread that held the quilt of this family together, giving constant moral support, financial support, and insurmountable love to all those who were fortunate enough to meet her. Throughout her long journey, she helped to raise nine grandchildren: Jeff Hutzel, Shauna Hutzel, Jamie Johnson, Jessica Poe, Emily Jones, Jakeb Coy, Marco Iacobacci, Tucker Iacobacci, and Samantha Poe. JoAnn was also blessed with eight great-grandchildren whom she loved with every ounce of her being. JoAnn was predeceased by her husband, Edgar Poe, and her parents, Onita and Louis Tucker. She is survived by her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. While it’s hard now because she is not with us anymore, there is no doubt that her strength, humor, and love will never leave us, and will continue on. Graveside service held at Greenwood Cemetery in Hot Springs at 11:00 AM, Friday, August 16. Following memorial service, fellowship held at family residence. Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Guestbook: www.SmithFamilyCares.com
HORACE RODNEY CHRISTIAN, JR., 55, of Bryant, Arkansas passed away August 12, 2019. He was born June 19, 1964 in Forrest City, Arkansas to the late Horace Rodney, Sr. and Allie (Kelsoe) Shepherd. Rodney loved being outside spending time on his boat, participating in water sports, and camping. He was a “man of leisure.” Preceding Rodney in death are his parents; and brothers: Jimbo Christian, Barry Partain, and Ronnie Partain; and sister, Dorothy Gustavis. He leaves behind to cherish his memory his loving wife of thirty-five years, Nancy Christian of Bryant, Arkansas; son, David Lee Christian and wife Jennifer of Bryant, Arkansas; four brothers: Delane Partain and wife Anne of Bryant, Arkansas, Andy Partain and wife Debbie of Oklahoma, Larry Taylor of Palestine, Arkansas, and Kelly Taylor and wife Nancy of Wynne, Arkansas; sister, Jane Madden of Forrest City, Arkansas; and many family members and friends who love him and will miss him always. Reception visitation will be held from 10:00-11:00 AM, Saturday, August 17 at Smith-Benton Funeral Home, 322 N. Market Street, Benton, Arkansas. Memorial service to follow at 11:00 AM. Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online guestbook:www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
PERCY LEE WEST, 84, of Benton, departed this life and entered into eternity on August 13, 2019. He was born on April 15, 1935, in Seminole, Oklahoma, to the late Paris and Rebbecca (Haney) West. On July 3, 1954, Percy married Jimmy Jo (Overbey) West, and together they raised their four children in Seminole before moving to Benton, Arkansas, in the early 1970s. Percy was a man of resolute faith with unwavering love for and devotion to his family. We remember him as a strong, kind husband, father, and grandfather, with a quick smile and a guitar close by. We remember how much he liked to watch John Wayne movies and the Dallas Cowboys football, how he told stories of his life in Oklahoma and on the road as an insurance salesman, and how he used his musical talent as a guitarist in the church band. We remember his delight for gathering around the table with his family for holidays and special occasions. His big smiles and bear hugs reminded all of us how much he loved us. Most importantly, we remember his steadfast assurance in his salvation through Christ, which gives us hope that we will be reunited with him in Heaven someday. Percy’s love for God and family inspires us to make time for the people in our lives who matter most so that our lives will be as his: Full of memories that bind us together, make us stronger, and give us a legacy to celebrate. Percy leaves behind to cherish his memory his loving wife of 65 years, Jimmy Jo West of Benton, Arkansas; his children Delana Whitfield and husband Rudy of Glen Rose, Arkansas, Sheila Young and husband Rick of Benton, Arkansas, Ricky West and wife Robin of Benton, Arkansas, and Belinda Canady and husband Joe of Benton Arkansas; nine grandchildren: Shawna Anderson, Ashleigh Rosinbaum and husband Jeff, Whitney King and husband Brett, Tara Young, Chris Canady and wife Courtny, Meghan Whitfield and partner Anthony O’Brien, Bryson West and wife Julia, Casey Canady and wife Tara, and Ryan Young and wife Chelsea; eight great-grandchildren; brother, Charles West and wife Dorthea of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; sister, Bessie Taylor of Midland, Texas; and many family members and friends. Preceding Percy in death are his parents, six brothers, and three sisters. Reception visitation will be held from 1 – 2pm on Friday, August 16, at Smith-Benton Funeral Home, 322 N. Market Street, Benton, Arkansas. Funeral service, officiated by Sharon McCormack, following at 2pm. Burial will follow at Smith-Rosemont Cemetery with Chris Canady, Bryson West, Casey Canady, Joe Canady, Ryan Young, and Jeff Rosinbaum assisting as pallbearers. Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Guestbook: www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
JOHN D. ESTES of Haskell born JULY 29, 1943 ~ AUGUST 7, 2019 (AGE 76)