Mary Elnora Wylie, 93, of Alexander, went to her Heavenly Home on August, 17, 2019. She was born on December 15, 1925. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Franklin Wylie, of 39 years, her sisters Ruby Jewel Lancaster and Hazel Burruss, her brother, James Crawford Burruss, a great-grandchild Bryce Alan Manees and a great-great grandchild, Aaliyah Ka’lynn Murray. She leaves behind her children, Cheryl Lynn Walker(David) of Boyd, TX, William Roy Wylie(Debbie) of Alexander, AR, Carroll Faye Adams(Bill) of Yuma, AZ, James Franklin Wylie(Sandy) of Alexander, AR and Janice Gayle Connor(Joe) of Dry Prong, LA, 11 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great children. She loved all of grand-pets. She also left behind many nephews, nieces and a host of friends. Visitation will be 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. Monday, August 19 at Ashby Funeral Home with funeral services beginning at 10:00 a.m. Bro. Sid Sample and Bro. John Venable will be officiating. Burial to follow at Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
On this beautiful day of July 5, 1958, the labors of Walter Earl Witham and Gladys Bell Witham were rewarded with the most beautiful angel sent to this earth. Glenda Darline Turney, who blessed this world with her special love & kindness, touching this world as bright & strong as the sun on a mid-summer day. After finding the love of her life and being joined in marriage to Larry Keith Burrow, their lives being blessed with the joys of their four children, Larry Keith, Ruben Wayne, Amy Lachelle and Walter Dewayne. They shared their blessings with this world until the sudden passing of her sister Diane in 1964 followed by the passing of her father Walter Earl Witham. They built a loving family until the passing of her loving husband Larry on August 15, 1994 and life continued with her children; brothers, Denver and Johnny; sisters, Joyce, Jackie and Kathy; many nieces & nephews and the pride of her life being her grandchildren, Tara Ann, Walter Dayton and Cayden Lane. She searched several years before finding her second love, Gregory Turney, filling his life with a love unknown to him, a love as bright as the midnight stars, until the Lord needed that light to fill the heavens. She was called home on August 19, 2019. After being cared for by her loving baby girl, Amy, for two years, her fight ended with pride & dignity as strong as a fierce knight in battle, covering this world with a darkness never seen before. Until we meet again, loving you always.
Frances Joy Scott Pelton, 88, died surrounded by her family on August 19, 2019. She was born to Elmer and Flossie Hamilton Scott on March 9, 1931 in the Salem Community of Saline County. She was the youngest of nine children. She graduated from Bryant High School where she was Valedictorian and Captain of the Basketball Team. After graduating from Draughon School of Business in Little Rock, she worked for the FBI. She married John Pelton, Jr. on April 1, 1951. They were married for 68 years and together they raised three children. She worked as Executive Administrative Assistant in the Elementary Education Department at UALR for almost twenty years. She was devoted to her family and loved hosting large family gatherings. As a longtime dedicated member of Salem United Methodist Church, she served in many capacities. Through United Methodist Women, she exercised her passion and care for others. She served her community through delivering Meals on Wheels, serving at CJCHON and the Rice Depot. Her love of music was instilled in her children and grandchildren. She loved playing the piano, singing in the Sanctuary Choir and playing in the Bell Choir until recently. Survivors include children, Belinda(Phil) Price, Mark (Barbara) Pelton, and Mary Anne (Karl)Seibert; grandchildren, Matt Price, Hannah Hunt, Emily Rosenthal, Melissa Abuzeid, Elizabeth Price, Abigail Kreie, Luke Pelton, and Joy Pelton; eleven great grandchildren and a host of family members and friends. Visitation will be held at Salem United Methodist Church at 10:00, Thursday, August 22, with memorial service following at 11:00. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Salem United Methodist Church, 1647 Salem Rd. Benton, AR 72019.
Alice Louise Wright, age 92, of Benton, passed away Tuesday, August 20, 2019. She was born February 12, 1927 in Hattieville, Arkansas. Louise was a member of United Missionary Baptist Church and worked several years at Smith Caldwell Drug Store. She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, A. E. (Gene) Wright. She is survived by her daughter, Jean Porter and her husband, Herb, of Hot Springs Village and a grandson, Aaron Porter and his wife, Erin, of Austin, Texas. Visitation will be 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, August 23 at Ashby Funeral Home. Graveside services will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, August 24 at Smith Rosemont Cemetery. Bro. Jeff Hulsizer will be officiating. Elixabeth Ann McCaslin, age 67, of Bryant, passed away Tuesday, August 20, 2019. She was born April 6, 1952 in Jacksonville, Texas. Elixabeth was a LPN. She was preceded in death by her father, Troy Ferguson, her mother, Margie George, and brother, Robert Ferguson. She is survived by her husband, Steven Glen McCaslin; son, Jason Daniel McCaslin; daughter, Tammy Dianne Roberts; two brothers, William C. George and John Albert George; three sisters, Thelma Starr, Mary Jansen and Charlotte Reneau; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Private memorial services will be held at a later date. Online guest book at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
Darren Hass, 49 of Benton, passed away on August 19, 2019. He was born on February 8, 1970 to Charles and Judy Frost Hass. Darren worked for the Benton Utility Company for over 30 years. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, C.L and Hazel Frost and Earl and Margaret Hass.; Hazel and Louis Lane. Darren is survived by his wife, Alyson Andrews Hass, daughter, Macy Hass, sons, Cruz Oseguera and Bailey Allen, daughters, Jordan (Alex) Vinson and Allison Hass; grandson, Titan Vinson, mother, Judy Frost Pridgen of Benton; father, Charles (Diane) Hass of Bryant, brother, Matthew Hass of Little Rock, mother and father in law, Sharon and Jerry Andrews of Benton and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Chapel services by Ashby Funeral Home will be 1:00 p.m. on Friday with burial to follow at Smith New Rosemont Cemetery in Benton. Visitation will be 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday at Ashbys. Darren will be greatly missed by all that knew him. On line guestbook at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
Chun Cha (Kim) Ottens, 76, of Benton passed away Wednesday August 21, 2019 at her home. She was born January 10, 1943 in Korea to the late Chom Sok Kim and Pyong Hae Pak Kim. Chun was a housewife and attended Benton Four Square Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Ottens. Survivors, daughter, Sun Cha Stevens, Benton; granddaughter; Kay Stevens, Benton. Graveside services will be 10:00 AM Saturday at Ten Mile Cemetery by Ashby Funeral Home. Cho Seung Han will officiate.
Dr. Joe Lee Hathcote of Benton passed away Sunday August 25th 2019 at the age of 100. He was born January 26, 1919 in Benton, Arkansas, son of Joseph W. and Wilma L. Hathcote, married in October 1948 to Clara Williams in Benton, Arkansas. He was a graduate of the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, and received his dental degree from the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Dentistry. He practiced dentistry for approximately thirty years in Benton, Arkansas before retiring. During the latter part of his career, he was a member of the staff at the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Dentistry and retired in 1982 as an Associate Professor in the Department of Crown and Bridge. He was a life member of the American Dental Association, Arkansas Dental Association, Missouri Dental Association, and Central District Dental Society. He was a veteran of World War II for five years, and served over twenty-six months overseas, in two tours of duty in the Aleutian Islands, New Guinea, and the Philippine Islands. A member of V.F.W. He was an avid golfer and a longtime member of Longhills Golf Club. He enjoyed gardening and woodworking in his retirement. He was a member of the University of Arkansas Alumni Association and a former Rotary Club member. Survived by: wife of seventy years Clara Hathcote, son Greg Hathcote and wife Cindi, daughter Gail Wright and husband Anthony all of Benton; three grandchildren: Wesley Hathcote and wife Nicole, Coleby Wright and wife Linda, Samantha Stogsdill and husband Oliver, four great grandchildren: Shelby Hathcote, Will Hathcote, Hudson Wright and John Wright. Pallbearers: Wesley Hathcote, Will Hathcote, Coleby Wright, Oliver Stogsdill, Paul Heacox, and Jim Whipple. Graveside services will be 2:00 PM Thursday at Smith Rosemont Cemetery. Minister will be Dr. Michael Reese. Visitation will be from 1:00 to 2:00 PM Thursday before the services at Ashby Funeral home Chapel. Online guest book at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
Charlene Virginia Dawn, 70 of Benton, passed away on August 28, 2019. She was born on December 3, 1948 in Grady, Arkansas to the late Joel and Alma Lindsey White. Charlene was a Licensed Practical Nurse and member of the Elect Temple Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, one son, grandson, brother, two sisters and adoptive daughter. Charlene is survived by her son, Terry Danner, daughters, Regina Brown, Janice Danner and Renessa Sanders, brother, Jimmy D. White, Sr., sisters, Earlene Dawn, Betty Bush, Dion Chambers and Sharon Rule, nineteen grandchildren, 40 great grandchildren. Church services by Ashby Funeral Home will be 1:00 p.m. Saturday at Elect Temple Church with Karl Barnes, Samuel Brazil and Aaron Calvin officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery. Pallbearers will be her grandsons. Visitation will be at Elect Temple Church, 12:00 p.m. until 1:00 p.m. before services. On line guestbook at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
Salley Ann Welch Biggs, age 76, of Benton, was born in Little Rock, Ar. on November 28, 1942 and passed away Saturday, August 31, 2019. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Biggs; parents, Talmadge Welch and Wera Salley Ward; three sisters, Billie Jean Wise, Leita Mae King and Dorothy Ewing and brother, Max Welch. Her passing is mourned by her children, Starla Haley of North Little Rock, Shawn Haley (Debby) of Little Rock and Sherri Haley Madigan (Steve) of Little Rock; grandchildren, Joseph Ray Gardner (Kirsti) of North Little Rock and Tyler Haley of Little Rock; great-grandson, Garrison Gardner; step-brother, Chuck Ward (Mary) of Benton and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Benton and The Round Table SS Class. Salley was an original member of the Royal Players serving as vice president, assistant director, producer and actor. She was a member of Habitat for Humanities as a chairman of the family selection committee and helped build some of the first homes. Salley’s hobbies were oil painting, crossword puzzles, reading, watching jeopardy and playing bunco & dominoes with friends. Her family would like to thank her caring doctors: Dr. Kirk Watson, Dr. Vasili Lendel and all of their wonderful nurses. Visitation will be 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 3 at Ashby Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 4 at Ashby Funeral Home with burial at Forest Hills Cemetery. Rev. Ben Crismon will be officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church @ 200 North Main in Benton, Ar. 72015 or the American Heart Association.
Shirley Marie Wallace, 88, of Hot Springs Village (previously from Grand Prairie, TX) passed away peacefully on August 11, 2019 at her home. She was born in 1931 in Thawville, IL to Willard and Ruth Stinebring Danforth. Shirley graduated from Onarga High School in 1949. She attended Illinois State University and received her RN from the Mennonite Hospital School for Nurses in 1952. She married the love of her life Loyd A. Wallace in 1952 and thus began her life as an Air Force wife. She started her nursing career working in United States Air Force hospitals. She spent the majority of her career with the Veterans Administration hospital and worked in both the Little Rock and Dallas hospitals. She loved caring for America’s finest heroes. After retiring from the Veterans Administration hospital, Shirley spent her time with family and friends, traveling, playing the casinos and enjoying fine wine. Shirley was preceded in death by her parents Willard and Ruth and her husband Loyd A. Wallace. Survivors include her 5 children Jo Ann Owen (husband Bobby) of Athens, AL; Mike Wallace (wife Julie) of Fort Worth, TX; Jeff Wallace (wife Jennifer) of Memphis TN; Gail Russ (husband Karl) of Franklin, TN; and Donna Day (husband Marshall) of Hot Springs Village and 4 grandchildren Spencer, Lauren, Natalie, and Megan and 1 great grandchild Ella. She is also survived by her sister Janice Youngren of Omaha, NE. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Veterans of Foreign Wars at www.vfw.org https://www.cedarvalefuneralhome.com/
Erwina Kinzie, 91, of Hot Springs Village was born on August 13, 1928 in Chicago, Illinois passed away on August 15, 2019. Arrangements are entrusted to CedarVale Funeral Home, Hot Springs Village.
Teresa Davis Bracciodieta was born in New York, NY on 11/ 30/1947 and passed away on 08/14/2019 in Hot Springs Village, AR. She is preceded in death by her parents, Ellen and Edward Davis. Teresa is survived by her husband, Robert Bracciodieta, daughter, Ellen Gregory, son-in-law, Brent Gregory, grandson, Jacob Gregory, brother, Edward Davis, and sister-in-law, Patsy Davis. A private service will be held on Thursday, August 22,2019 at CedarVale Cemetery, 200 Minorca Road, Hot Springs Village, Arkansas. https://www.cedarvalefuneralhome.com/
Robert Steelman, 88 years old passed away peacefully on Wednesday August 14, 2019. He was born in Batesville Arkansas and lived in Detroit Michigan, Marietta Ohio and Hot Springs Village Arkansas. Big Red or the Legend as some called him, loved life, golf, and the 19 th hole where he met up with many friends. People enjoyed the way he poked fun, his mischievous laugh and his friendly camaraderie of competition. Even at 83 years old, he parred the 18 th hole at TPC Southwind in Memphis TN. He had a long career as a successful salesman at Skuttle Manufacturing Company. He had loving relationships with and is survived by his brother Curtis Steelman, sister Shirley Gaynor, best buddy and cousin Ernestine Boyce, many nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by parents Dewey and Lanta Steelman, sisters Dorothea Steelman, Ida Milan and Paula Francis. There is no doubt, he will be missed by many. Although dates have not been determined, family and friends will celebrate his life in Hot Springs Village and Detroit Michigan in the near future. Arrangements entrusted with CedarVale Funeral Home in the Hot Springs Village.
Florence Kathleen Wingfield, 71, of Hot Springs Village passed away August 16.2019. Kathy was born February 2, 1948. Kathy is survived by her loving husband of 51 years Fred Wingfield. Kathy enjoyed various outdoor activities but one of her favorite things to do was singing karaoke with her lifelong best friend/husband Fred Wingfield. Kathy will be great missed by her family, friends, and most of all her husband of 51 years Fred, and companion of 11 years their Golden Retriever, Buff. A visitation in remembrance of Florence Kathleen Wingfield will take place at CedarVale Funeral Home, Friday, August 23, 2019 from 1:00 to 3:00PM.
Robert “Bob” Emmett Murphy, of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, passed away peacefully while in hospice care on his birthday, August 22, 2019. He was 82 years old. Bob is survived by his loving wife, Karen (Austrup) Murphy. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Marie Murphy, sister Ellen Bollenbeck, and beloved wife, Lorraine (Nault) Murphy. Bob’s capacity to love was never more evident than his relationships with his family. Niece and nephews of sister Ellen are: William (Joann) Bollenbeck, Robert (Michelle) Bollenbeck, Mark (Patty) Bollenbeck, Leona “Sis” Bollenbeck, and David Bollenbeck. Stepchildren with wife Lorraine: Mary Therese Miller, Frank J. (Penny) Wirtz, John M. (Kathryn) Wirtz, James N. (Randi) Wirtz, Jeanne L. Fonfara, Ann L. Hanek, Jerome P. (Sherri) Wirtz and Margaret E. Brunker. There are 26 grandchildren, 45 great grandchildren, one great, great grandchild, and many other relatives. Stepchildren with wife Karen: Nikole (Jack) Jones, Erin (Rik) Burger, Gregory (Tammy) Austrup. Grandchildren are Anna, Hunter, Mykal, Erik, Mattijs, James, Greyson and Raelyn. Bob was born on August 22, 1937 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was called to the Roman Catholic priesthood, studying at St. Francis Seminary, Oak Creek, Wisconsin, and ordained in 1963. He served at St. Rose of Lima Parish, Milwaukee, Wisconsin for many years. After leaving the priesthood, Bob worked for DuPont and then Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceuticals as a drug sales representative. Bob was a long-time member of the Shamrock Club in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was also a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Diamante Country Club in Hot Springs Village. Bob enjoyed golf, visiting family, travel and socializing with friends. St Patrick’s Day parties always involved singing Irish songs, telling Irish jokes, and of course, wearing costumes. He was interested in the U.S. Civil War, and read many books on the subject. Bob also volunteered his time at charitable organizations in Hot Springs. A memorial service is scheduled at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas on August 29 at 11:00 am. A second memorial service will be held at Wisconsin. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to St. Jude’s Research Hospital. Arrangements entrusted to CedarVale Funeral Home.
Billy Vaughn McMurray, an award-winning Texas sportswriter and 23-year resident of Hot Springs Village, died Aug. 22, 2019, at his home after a stroke several weeks earlier. He was 87 years old.McMurray was born June 24, 1932, in Belton, Texas, where he attended high school and began a life-long love affair with golf. His newspaper career began delivering copies of the Temple Telegram. Then he joined the Texas rodeo circuit as a bull rider. He later attended Southwest Texas College (now Texas State University) in San Marcos. One summer was spent on the wheat harvest in Oklahoma, Nebraska and Kansas. Another was spent selling bibles in Tennessee and West Virginia. McMurray’s serious newspaper career began at papers in Killeen and Freeport, Texas, before joining the sports staff at the Houston Chronicle in 1960 where he worked for 36 years before retiring and moving to the Village. Over the years, McMurray covered more than 1,000 football, basketball and baseball games, plus track meets, tennis matches, golf tournaments and auto racing. He became the dean of sportswriters covering high-school football in a state where it is a near religion. In 1984, he wrote a 526-page book, “Texas High School Football: An Historical Look at Football Across Texas.” He was inducted into the Texas High School Hall of Fame in 1980. McMurray was twice voted Sportswriter of the Year by the Texas High School Coaches Association and was given a Distinguished Service Award by the National High School Coaches Association. He was elected president of the Texas Sportswriters Association in 1989-90. Of his career, McMurray said “the memories are many, like watching Ben Hogan playing golf in the Houston Open, A.J. Foyt winning the Indy 500 and Tom Landry walking the Dallas Cowboys sidelines. “But induction into the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame at Waco with Landry, Craig James, Jack Mildren, Jack Pardee and Willie Zapalac was especially gratifying.” After moving to the Village, McMurray played golf three or four times a week with a group known as the Sweet Sixteen and maintained a single-digit handicap. A highlight of each summer was when McMurray and his wife, Sarah, hosted some 30 golfers and their wives at a Texas-style barbecue at their home near the fourth green at the Ponce de Leon Golf Course. “Moving to the Village was one of the best moves I ever made,” McMurray said shortly before he died. “I leave knowing I paid all my bills through the years, never let my family go hungry, saw my daughters graduate from the University of Texas and went to church most every Sunday. “It has been indeed a good life. See you on the next tee box.” McMurray is survived by his wife of 21 years, Sarah Kemp McMurray, and two daughters, Mona Gail McMurray Bounds of Georgetown, Texas, and Terri Lynn McMurray Twomey of San Marcos, Texas; grandchildren Tanner Jacob Twomey and his wife, Kendall, of Austin, Texas, and Tori Catherine Twomey of Dallas; great granddaughter Summer Twomey of Austin, Texas, and stepchildren Brenda (Reggie) Garriga of Mississippi, and Allen Clouse of Oklahoma. He was preceded in death by wives Marlene Jacobs McMurray Ruth McMurray. He was a member of Balboa Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the church. A celebration of life will be 10AM, Saturday, August 31, 2019 at Balboa Baptist, 415 Ponce de Leon Drive. Arrangements entrusted to CedarVale Funeral Home in the Hot Springs Village.
Kieth Wagner December 25, 1943 – August 23, 2019 Keith was born on December 25, 1943 to loving parents Henry and Theresa Wagner. He and his brother, Kim Wagner, grew up in Jackson, Missouri, and Keith attended college at the University of Missouri Rolla where he earned a degree in industrial engineering. Shortly after, he served four years in the Army National Guard, then moved around the country until he met the love of his life—Mary Stafford—in a bowling alley in Memphis, Tennessee. Mary and Keith were married in 1973 and settled in Horn Lake, Mississippi where son, Kyle, and daughter, Christy, were born. After a long rewarding career as an industrial engineer, Keith retired, and he and Mary moved to Hot Springs Village, Arkansas. In those early years, Keith played baseball and golf and loved camping and boating with his family. They would head off into the woods most weekends with a camper behind the family car and a boat following along behind that. To hear Mary tell it, it was quite the set up. He always loved fishing with friends and family, though both Mary and Kyle can tell stories about some casting mishaps that made Keith wonder if bringing them along was such a good idea after all. Fortunately, by the time Christy was born, he had learned his lesson about teaching the family to fish. Keith carried that love of fishing throughout his life—especially trips taken with his brother, Kim and his best friend, Ron. Keith and Mary raised their kids with all the love and support they possibly could. They cheered at football games and track meets. And when the kids moved out of the home, he covered an entire wall with proud mama and papa pictures, lest anyone forget where his heart lie. He was also an avid sports fan, and one way he expressed love was by rooting for your team. When his son and daughter-in-law graduated from Mississippi State, Keith became an instant fan of all things Bulldog. When his daughter and son-in-law moved to Houston, Keith bought a Texas A&M cap. Thank goodness his kids rarely had teams competing against one another! Keith also loved his grandsons, Alec and Keegan. When visiting, he wouldn’t hesitate to share their latest school pictures or gymnastics videos and beam proudly. He would tell stories of the funny things Keegan said and how Alec was good at everything. The boys called him Pop Pop, and Keith couldn’t be prouder of them. There was no limit to Keith’s love for family, including the animals that came into their lives. Keith and Mary even have pictures of all their animals and their kids’ animals—past and present—on the family tree in their home. And it’s quite the branch because he almost never turned away a cat or a dog, especially if it was being held up to him by his daughter. Finally, Keith loved Mary. He loved her cooking—her chili and lasagna the most—but would gladly eat anything she made. And he would make sure she had anything she needed, or wanted, for that matter. Mary had to be careful about saying that she liked something, or it would arrive in an Amazon box a few days later. From the moment he walked past Mary in that bowling alley, Keith was hooked. Even though she may have thought otherwise based on his trying to play it cool. He could even tell you what she wore that first night, and he would tell her in their later years that she was just as beautiful as the day they met. Keith adored Mary, and everyone who knew them, knows it. Keith loved many things throughout his life—fishing, sports, many cats and dogs, but he loved his friends and family the most. He will be remembered always and fondly and very dearly missed. https://www.cedarvalefuneralhome.com/
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. https://www.dialanddudleyfuneralhome.com.
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. https://www.dialanddudleyfuneralhome.com.
Bonnie Faye Koder, 92, of Benton, Arkansas passed away on Monday, August 19, 2019 with her family by her side. She was born to Gordon and Bertha Blakley on May 30th 1927, in Benton, Arkansas. She loved to sew and do needle work. She was always happy to play board and card games with her family and friends. She was of Baptist faith. She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Frank Koder; son, Ronnie Koder; four brothers, Dewell, Herbert, James and Matthew Blakley and sister Alline Brumley. Remaining to share memories are her loving children, LeRoy Koder and wife Shiela, Bill Koder and wife Blenda and Bonita Winters and husband Jessie; ten grandkids; Veronica, Krista, Monica, Brett, Dusty, Jason, Jared, Bo, Allen and Tyler. Fourteen great grandkids and one great great grandchild. Bonnie leaves behind family and friends who all loved her and will miss her greatly. The visitation will be Thursday, August 22, 2019 from 6:00-8:00 P.M. at Dial and Dudley Funeral Home. The celebration of life will be held on Friday, August 23, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. at Dial & Dudley Funeral Home with burial at Fowler Cemetery, in Paron, Arkansas. Online guestbook: www.dialanddudleyfuneralhome.com.
Tiffany Forrester, 40, of Bryant, Arkansas passed away on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 with her family by her side. She was born on March 16th 1979, in Benton, Arkansas. She loved to play bingo and Sudoku. She also loved going camping and attending the races. She was always happy to spend time with her family and friends. She was preceded in death by her father Jesse Forrester SR; brother Jesse Forrester JR; meme, Mary Rixse; father to Chase, Justin Spears. Remaining to share memories are her loving son, Chase Forrester; mother, Regina Forrester; two sisters, Michelle Faulkner “James” and Stacy Hansen “Paul”; one uncle, John Charles Rixse; seven nieces and nephews, J.D., Brian, Jay, Hannah, Jacob, Charlie and Samantha; one great niece, Blakelynn “Toot”; best friend, Misty Perkins. Host of family and friends who all loved her and will miss her dearly. Service will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Dial & Dudley Funeral Home for funeral expense 847-9099. Her family will appreciate any amount that can be donated in there time of need. Online guestbook: www.dialanddudleyfuneralhome.com.
Bryon Harvey Kelley, 55, of Benton, Arkansas passed away on Thursday, August 22, 2019. He was born on January 28th 1964, in Little Rock, Arkansas. He loved hunting, fishing, sports and watching football. He was preceded in death by his father, Haskell H. Kelley J.R. Remaining to share memories are his loving mother Joyce Kelley; two sisters, Karen K. Ham and Diane Bush; three nieces; Ericka Bush, Tracy Redman and Rose Bradford; two great nieces, September Cook and Hayleigh Hathcock; great nephews Jaxon and Jacob Osburn and Carver Sentency. Host of family and friends who all loved him and will miss him dearly. Celebration of life will be held on Thursday, August 29, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at Dial & Dudley Funeral Home. Online guestbook: www.dialanddudleyfuneralhome.com.
Brenda Sue Gates, 49, of Alexander, Arkansas passed away on Sunday, August 25, 2019 with her family by her side. She was born on May, 21 1970 to Melvin and Linda Gates in Little Rock. Going out to eat and the movies was one of her favorite things to do. She never met a stranger and always left you with a compliment. She touched the lives of many and would always put a smile on your face. She loved spending time with her family and keeping them in line. She was preceded in death by her father; Melvin Gates. Remaining to share memories is her loving mother, Linda Gates; one sister, Khris Gates; nephew, D.J. Gates; host of family and friends who all loved her and will miss her dearly. The visitation will be Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. at Dial and Dudley Funeral Home. The celebration of life will be held on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 directly after visitation at Dial & Dudley Funeral Home. The family would like to thank the staff of St. Vincent- Little Rock ER, ICU, CCU and DaVita dialysis SW for all the loving care. Online guestbook: www.dialanddudleyfuneralhome.com.
Randall W. Hughes, 51, of Benton, Arkansas passed peacefully on Sunday, August 25, 2019. He was born on April 14, 1968 in Benton, Arkansas to Jimmy Wayne Hughes and Doris Jane Watts. Randall was preceded in death by his father, Jimmy Wayne Hughes and brother, Gary Dreher. He is survived by his mother, Doris Jane Watts of Benton; his son, Ryan Wayne Hughes of Benton; his brother, Darrell R. Dreher of Hot Springs; aunts, Pat Carpenter and Shirley Pringle of Galesburg, IL; nephew, Terry Dreher; stepfather, Jim Watts; stepsisters, Karen & “Jerry” Rankin and Sheryl Fletcher, and many cousins and friends. Randall was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved the outdoors. His memory will be forever cherished and his legacy will continue on through his family and many others who loved him dearly. A Graveside service will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, August 29, 2019 at Pinecrest Memorial Park, Alexander, Arkansas. Visitation will be Wednesday, August 28, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Roller-Ballard Funeral Home, 306 S. Main Street, Benton, AR 72015, (501) 315-4047.
Curtis Ray Bryant, 73, of Benton passed away Thursday, August 29, 2019. He was born on November 27, 1945 in Benton, Arkansas to the late Junior P. and Sarah B. Bryant. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a niece, Debra Hastings. Survivors include his wife, Joyce Bryant; sister, Margaret J. Hastings of Jacksonville, North Carolina; cousins, Arnell Shelton and George Wallace; and a host of other cousins,two sister-in-laws and two brother-in-laws, nephews, nieces, and church family. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 3, 2019 in the chapel of Roller-Ballard Funeral Home, 306 S. Main Street, Benton (501) 315-4047 with Bro. Carl Higgins officiating. A time of visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m., one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow at New Rosemont Cemetery in Benton, Arkansas.
Latreasa Ann Samples, 45, of Benton, passed away on Thursday, August 29, 2019 in Little Rock. She was born May 12, 1974 in West Plains, Missouri to Paul David and Carolyn Sue Bowles Ryan. She was known for being very outgoing and a friend to all. Latreasa had a love for couponing and you could often find her spending time enjoying the outdoors and gardening. She will be remembered as a wonderful daughter, mother, grandmother, and friend who always put others above herself. She was of the Pentecostal faith. She will be missed by all, but her memory will be cherished and her legacy will continue on through those who loved and cared for her dearly. Latreasa was preceded in death by her stepfather, Lester Butler. She is survived by her parents, Paul Ryan and Carolyn Butler; husband, Jeff Samples; her sons, Jeffery Samples Jr., Dalton Samples, Geoffrey Mohl and his wife, Angel; her daughter, Kerztyn Samples and her partner, Andrew Johnson; stepdaughter, Samantha Efird and her husband, Logan; her grandchildren, Olivia Efird, Josiah Samples, and Kyrah Johnson; one brother, Paul David Ryan; her two sisters, Tracy Koch and her husband, Baron, and Melody Mathews. She also leaves behind her best friend and companion, her dog, Draven Samples. A Visitation, time of fellowship, and remembrance will be Saturday, September 7, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Roller-Alcoa Funeral Home, 6700 Alcoa Road, Benton.
Deirdre Maureen Bender, 50, of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, passed away August 18, 2019. She was born November 14, 1968 in North Little Rock, Arkansas to Penny (Edrington) Goodson and the late Richard Bender. Deirdre worked as a certified nursing assistant. She loved being with her family as much as possible. Deirdre lived a simple life and enjoyed flowers, dogs, and helping others. Preceding Deirdre in death are her father, Richard Bender; and grandmother, Grace “Pa” Bender. She leaves behind to cherish her memory her children: Lauren Renee Via and Christopher Everett Via of North Little Rock, Arkansas; mother, Penny Goodson and her husband Roy of Paron, Arkansas; brothers: Sean Goodson of Paron, Arkansas and Earl Bender and his wife Melanie of Alabama; sisters: Debbie Newlon of Paron, Arkansas and Melissa Henry of Scott, Arkansas; step-mother, Mary Bender of North Little Rock, Arkansas; fiance’, Bruce Gregory and his sons Robert and Theodore Gregory; and many family members and friends who love Deirdre and will miss her always. Visitation will be held from 2:00-3:00 PM, Friday, August 23, at Smith-Benton Funeral Home, 322 N. Market Street, Benton, Arkansas. Memorial service will follow at 3:00 PM. Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online guestbook:www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
Ezra James Packo August 19, 2019 – August 19, 2019 Private services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home
Mollie Jean Perryman, 90, passed away on August 20, 2019. She was born on December 7, 1928 to the late Johnnie and Bessie (Griggs) Womble. Mollie was an only child. Mollie was preceded in death by her husband, Alton Paul Perryman; son, Donald “FROG”; and a granddaughter, Gina Marie. She leaves behind to cherish her memory: two special daughters: Kay Cook and Janis Massey; four grandchildren: Paula (Trey) Parrish, Jonathon Perryman, Joey (Mary) Cook and Blake (Shelby) Gregory; eight great grandchildren; niece Pat Nash; and many family members and friends who love Mollie and will miss her always. Memorial service to be held at a later date by family. Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online guestbook:www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
Ethel Mae Wheeler, 87, of Benton, Arkansas passed away August 20, 2019. She was born in Olyphant, Arkansas on January 16, 1932 to the late Ollie and Verna (Summerville) Pennington. She worked as a dietician in nursing homes. Ethel leaves behind to cherish her memory her loving son who took great care of her, Billy Wheeler of Benton, Arkansas. Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online guestbook:www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
Constance “Annette” Davis, 83, of Bauxite, Arkansas passed away August 20, 2019. She was born in Dardanelle, Arkansas on June 1, 1936 to the late Roscoe Napoleon and Jessie Beatrice (Ragsdale) Raney. Annette grew up in a large family and was the oldest of eleven children. Family was important to her and she loved spending time with them. Annette also enjoyed spending time with her “Bunco Girls”. She and her late husband enjoyed fishing and hunting. She was also a big Bauxite Miner fan and attended many football games with her son. Annette loved her constant companions: her cat, Gypsy and her dog, Roxie. Preceding Annette in death are her husband, Grover Cleveland Davis; son, Cleveland “Skip” Davis; parents, Roscoe and Jessie Raney; and siblings: John, Jim, Brown, Gus, Herbert, Joe, David, and Sheila. She leaves behind to cherish her memory her daughters: Linda Stuckey and husband Mickey of Bryant, Arkansas and Laura Headington and husband Ronny of Bauxite, Arkansas; grandchildren: Nina Davis and her partner Vicki Henderson; Zack Headington and wife Bre; Ryan Stuckey and girlfriend Morgan Dlouhy; and Meghan High and husband Will; five great-grandsons; one great-granddaughter; one great-great-grandson; sister, Sandra Ray of Benton, Arkansas; brother, Jay Spencer Raney of Texarkana, Texas; special neighbor and friend, Cynthia Dunn; and a host of family and friends who love Annette and will miss her always. Visitation will be held form 6:00-7:00 PM, Thursday, August 22, at Smith-Benton Funeral Home, 322 N. Market Street, Benton, Arkansas. Service entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online guestbook:www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
Christopher C. Butler, age 66, of Benton, Arkansas, formerly of Russellville, Arkansas passed away Wednesday August 21, 2019, surrounded by family. He was born on September 15, 1952 in Little Rock, Arkansas to the late Perry Butler Sr. and Rosalind (Murrell) Butler. Chris served his country in the US Navy on the USS Gallant 489 minesweeper, surviving the waters of a three-day typhoon. He loved working on his cars and going to cars shows. His passion for cars showed in every car he restored. He had a huge heart for animals & loved to care for them. Chris re-homed many of his rescued critters. Chris & Kathy moved to Benton AR to be closer to his favorite little guys, Rhett & Barrett. “Pepere” wanted to teach them all about boy things. Chris firmly believed that you should treat people how they treat you. Chris had a uniquely humorous quick wit that kept his friends and family entertained and laughing. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Conrad “Sam” Sansoucy and his niece, Shannon Ardoin. Survivors include his wife of 22 years, Katherine Butler; his children, Jennifer Mitchell with husband Robbie and Blake Humphrey; “Pepere” to his twin grandsons, Rhett and Barrett Mitchell; brothers Charles Butler, Lee Butler with wife Sherry & Steve Butler with wife Susan; sisters Annette Ardoin with husband Ken & Dianne Linebarger; Brother in-laws Mark Sansoucy with wife Erin, George Sansoucy, John Sansoucy with wife Meredith; sister in-laws Michelle Gillum with husband Kenny & Cori Sansoucy; his favorite mother in-law, Jeannette Sansoucy; numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00pm, Saturday, September 7, 2019 at Smith-Benton Funeral Home, 322 N. Market Street, Benton, Arkansas with Bro. Louis Hill officiating. Visitation will be held after the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Russellville Animal Shelter 3115 S. Mobile Ave., Russellville, AR 72802. Online condolences may be left by visiting https://benton.smithfamilycares.com.
Daniel P. Dozier August 6, 1954 – August 27, 2019 Jessieville, Arkansas Burial to follow at Mountain Valley Cemetery. Caruth Village Funeral Home – Hot Springs Village 4623 North Highway 7, Hot Springs Village, AR 71909
Michael Joe McCreight, 71, of Bryant, Arkansas, passed away Friday, August 16, 2019. He was born June 22, 1948 in Jacksonville, Florida, to Joe C. McCreight and Vanita Jean Smith McCreight. He is preceded in death by his parents; his son, Joey McCreight; father-in-law, Walter L. Gagen; sister-in-law, Jerri Gagen; brother-in-law, Mark Wilker; niece, Jessica Gagen; and a great nephew, Ethan Anderson. He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Barbara McCreight; two daughters, Melisa (Patrick) and Katy (Tyler); four grandchildren, Hudson, Cooper, Sawyer, and Emmy; mothers-in-law, Joann and Donna; sister, Patti (Jeff); sister-in-law, Cyndi; brothers-in-law, Dave, Mike (Annette), and Jeff (Danielle); aunt, Frances; nieces, Samantha (Graham) and Isabella; newphews, Chris (Debb), Jeff (Destinie), and Dylan; great nieces, Callie and Ally; and great nephew, Jack. A Florida State alum, Mike spent the majority of his career serving individuals with developmental disabilities. His passion, however, was his tenure at Pathfinder, Inc. where he spent the last 20 years as director. Mike was well known for his big heart and great sense of humor but he would tell you that his greatest pride was his role as beloved Daddy and Papa. A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, August 22nd at 11 AM at Midtowne Church, in Benton, Arkansas, with Pastor Doug Pruitt presiding. Burial will follow at Pinecrest Memorial Park. Donations in his memory may be made to Pathfinder, Inc.
Barbara Ann Leavendusky JULY 10, 1945 – AUGUST 21, 2019 of Saline County, passed away Wednesday, August 21, 2019. She was born in Little Rock to the late Jewel Earl and Connie Venita Beasley. She was a lady of many tasks: sales, real estate, care giver, business owner. Most of all, a special lady who loved all and was loved by all. Her most precious joys were cooking and family. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley Leavendusky; two sons, James Curtis Mathews and Christopher Hale White. Survivors include two daughters, Sharon Ann Wallett of Little Rock and Mary Katherine “Kaye” Fox (Mark) of Prosper, TX; and one love daughter, Sheryl Renee Baswell (Billy) of Benton; 5 siblings, preceded by William Beasley, Edward Beasley (Carol) and survivors Kathleen Baswell (William), Bonnie Brand (LJ), and Gerald Beasley of Little Rock, Arkansas; twelve grandchildren, Amber Miles, Christina Mathews, Kris Fox, Coty Mathews, Brandon Autry, Jessica Wallett, Tyler Autry, Daniel Hannibal, Chase Fox, Michelle Hannibal, Abigayle Fox and preceded by Jeremy Wallett; 7 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews; along with many friends and adopted by love family. A Visitation will be held on Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 1:00 P.M. at Pinecrest Funeral Home, followed by a Celebration of Life at 2:00 P.M. Burial to follow at Pinecrest Memorial Park. To sign the online guestbook go to www.pinecrestmemorialpark.com
Lanette McDaniel, 67, of Alexander, Arkansas AUGUST 6, 1952 – AUGUST 7, 2019, passed away on August 7th, 2019. She was born in Hope, Arkansas to parents Truman Arrington and Alta Bright on August 6th, 1952. Those left to cherish her memory are her husband: James McDaniel; her daughter: Dee (Robert) Austin and son: Derek (Jacque) Daugherty; two step-sons: James and Randy (Dawn) McDaniel; one step-daughter: Shara (Craig) Laborde; two grandchildren: Stormy and Malachi Giddens; seven step-grandchildren: Autumn and Jacob Gatlin and Julie, Becky, Ashley, Rachael, and Rebecca McDaniel; two sisters: Linda (David) Norell and Lorena (Don) Plunkett; and two brothers: Dewayne (Rachel) and Dennis Arrington. Lanette is preceded in death by her parents: Truman and Alta, and her brother: Gary Arrington, who are celebrating her arrival in Heaven. A memorial service celebrating Lanette’s life will be held at Abundant Life Church (23790 I-30 Frontage Rd, Bryant, AR 72022) on Saturday, August 31st, 2019 at 5 PM. Pinecrest Funeral Home & Memorial Park 7401 Highway 5 N, Alexander, AR
Betty S. Moore, 86, of Little Rock, Arkansas, passed away August 17, 2019. She was born in Winthrop, Arkansas, on July 22, 1933 to George Taylor Larue and Annie Lee Evans. She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jay Edward Moore of Little Rock, Arkansas which she married on May 26, 1967; step- daughter, Barbara Nowlin; step- grandchild, Ronnie Moore Jr.; four brothers; and two sisters. She is survived by her daughter, Susan Jaye Eslick (Larry “Buz” Eslick) of Benton; step- daughter, Janice Davis (Charlie) of Conway; step- son, David Moore of Little Rock and Ronnie Moore (Jo Moore) of Perryville; grandchildren, Ben Eslick (Kristen Anderson) of Avilla, Cruz Eslick (Amanda) of Benton, and Bruce Davis (Brooklyn) of Conway; step- grandchildren, Teri Browning, Jimmy Nowlin Jr., Stevie Nowlin, Timmy Nowlin, and Chris; Great- grandchildren, Hudson Kade Eslick of Avilla, Erin Davis, Ashlyn Davis, Reagan Davis, and London Davis all of Conway; ten nieces; four nephews; and many great nieces and nephews. Betty was of the Baptist faith. Her favorite food was thin crust pepperoni pizza and the occasional peach wine cooler Tiny would bring her on “those hot nights at the racetrack”, which was her favorite season. She loved spending nights at I 30 Speedway during racing season. The family would like to thank the Nurses & CNA’s of Heartland Health that gave selfless love to Mom. In lieu of flowers Memorials may be made to the Ronald McDonald House, 1501 W 10th St., Little Rock, Arkansas, 72202 as well as baby dolls to be donated to Heartland Health & Rehab and area Nursing homes. A Visitation will be held Friday, August 23, 2019 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Pinecrest Funeral Home. A Celebration of Life will take place Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. at Pinecrest Funeral Home followed by burial at Pinecerst Memorial Park.
Glen Burl Ellis, 75, of Bryant, AR passed away on August 26, 2019. He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Patsy Ann Ellis. Glen, along with his twin sister Gloria, was born on November 23, 1943 in Baton Rouge, LA to W.S. “Doc” Ellis and Katherine Letha Swan Ellis. He grew up in El Dorado, AR. Glen began his 33-year printing industry career on the night of Christmas Eve, 1964 in El Dorado, AR, and later moved to Little Rock, AR in 1967 and then to Bryant, AR a few years later. He continued in the printing industry until early 1997. Glen served in the U.S. Army Reserves beginning in June, 1963 until his discharge as a Staff Sergeant in June, 1970. He was a member of the Freemasons fraternal organization and was a member and Past Master (1988) of Congo Masonic Lodge #743 F&M located in Benton, AR. Glen was a family man devoted to his family with many hobbies and interests that he enjoyed throughout his life with his kids and friends. He was a passionate gardener well known for his tomatoes and jalapenos that he grew for decades. His outdoor activities included hunting, fishing and relic hunting in various parts of Arkansas. In addition to his outdoor hobbies, he was an avid history buff, particularly of the Civil War and World War II time periods. Glen was preceded in death by his parents W.S. Ellis and Katherine Ellis. In addition to his wife Patsy Ann Ellis, he is survived by his son Charles Glen Ellis (Diana) and grandson Grant and granddaughter Vivian of Providence Village, TX; his daughter Katherine Irene Leslie (Darin) and grandson Griffin of Benton, AR; and his daughter Patricia Glenda Stewart (Samuel) of Farmington, AR. He is also survived by his twin sister Gloria Ellis Lewis of Dallas, TX. Pinecrest Funeral Home & Memorial Park 7401 Highway 5 N, Alexander, AR.