Danny Arlin Perryman, age 79, of Alexander passed away Saturday September 7, 2019. He was born June 15, 1940 in Avilla, Arkansas. Danny was the owner of Perryman Real Estate, a U S Navy Veteran and a Methodist. He was preceded in death by his parents, George Elmer Perryman Sr. and Eunice Velma Mann Perryman, brother, George Elmer Perryman Jr. Survivors, wife of 18 years, Peggy June Halpain Perryman, Alexander; daughters, Cheryl Ann Rowland, Benton; Danielle Nichole Atwood, Missouri; step-son, Dewey Ratcliff Jr., Scott, Arkansas; two grandchildren, one great-grandchild. Cremation is by Ashby Funeral Home. Memorial services will be held at a later date. Donations may be made to the Benton Senior Wellness and Activity Center, 1800 Citizens Drive, Benton, Arkansas, 72015.
Joe Daniel Norwood, age 61, of Bauxite, passed away Saturday, September 14, 2019. He was born July 9, 1958 in Little Rock, Arkansas. Joe was a self-employed roofer. He was preceded in death by his father, Joe Medwick Norwood; sister, Carolyn Estelle Norwood and a half-sister, Kathy Norwood. He is survived by his mother, Carolyn Hood; sister, Judy Norwood; his partner, Darlene Bettencourt; two sons, Nolan Norwood and Daniel Norwood; daughter, Kristy Norwood Dunn; half-brother, Mike Jenkins; three half-sisters, Karen Norwood, Kimberly Riddle and Kristen Bloom and four grandchildren, Taylor, Austin, Devin & Carmen. Cremation was through Ashby Funeral Home.
Herman Michael Von Ohlen, 74, of Hot Springs Village, passed away peacefully on September 6th, 2019. Herman was born on Oct 23rd, 1944 in Chicago, IL. His original birthname was Michael. But after hearing the courageous stories about his Uncle Herman, an army fighter pilot, he asked his mother if he could change his name. Though he was only a young boy, she agreed. Herman later joked that he would have saved himself some teasing had he not chosen this more unusual name, but he wore it with pride all his life. He graduated from East Aurora Highschool in 1963 and developed a passion for cars. He spent long days customizing hot rods that led to late nights showing them off and testing their engines out on country roads. This passion led him to possessing some of the most iconic vehicles of the era, including a 1958 Chevy. It also led him to possessing an impressive amount of speeding tickets. Having made his mark on land, he decided to try his hand at sea and joined the Navy in 1966. He spent the majority of his military career serving in the Mediterranean, making stops in Spain, Italy and France. He described this period of his life as one filled with adventure, growth and camaraderie. Throughout his life, he was a proud of his service and carried a deep respect for Veterans. After an honorable discharge, Herman settled in Montgomery, IL, and started a long career at Western Electric, later to become AT&T. He had his only son, Adam in 1974. The early 1980’s brought a more difficult time in his life. Herman went through a divorce and struggled to navigate life as a single father. As it often happens, at a time when love was far from his mind, he agreed to a blind date with a woman from work who he had oddly never met. This woman’s name was La-Vedna. As she describes it, she had low expectations of the date as well. She even wore jeans with paint splatters on them. But love ignited. And it began a period of happiness that lasted for the rest of Herman’s life. His marriage to La-Vedna in 1981 came with two daughters, Dee and Karrie. Now, as one unit, they lived out the next two decades as a happy family. Herman was blessed with incredible artistic gifts. He created amazing sketches, carvings, and stained-glass pieces. He happily made art for friends and family, and his stained-glass work was sold professionally and can still be found in churches. In 2012 he floated the idea of moving to Hot Springs Village to his wife. To his surprise, her immediate response was “when do we leave?” Though nervous at first, moving to the Village came to be one of the best decisions he would ever make. Later in life, he developed a passion for golf—a passion that fully blossomed among the beautiful courses in the Village. Herman’s final years were his best years. He shared a peaceful, happy home with his wife. His days were filled with golf, bowling and laughter with a great group of friends. His kids filled him with pride, and he loved having his grandchildren visit. If a man’s richness in life is measured in happiness, then he left this world full of wealth. He will forever be in our hearts, and remembered for his strength, creativity, and his unwavering love and devotion to his family. He is survived by his wife La-Vedna, son Adam, daughters Dee and Karrie, son-in-law Johnny, daughter-in-law Sinthia, and grandchildren Joey, Taryn, Ian and Mila. www.cedarvalefuneralhome.com
Joe Glen Gray, 87, died on September 8, 2019, at his home in Hot Springs Village. He was born May 8, 1932, to Raymond and Jenny Alford Gray. He was the 13th of 14 children. Joe spent his childhood in and around Rising Star, Texas. In 1949, he was named a Texas high school football all-star, and he earned a four-year football scholarship to Sam Houston State University. He graduated in 1953 with a degree in education and taught briefly in Lorenzo, Texas, where he met his bride, Johanna Stobaugh. Joe and Josie were married August 8, 1954, and the couple was blessed with three children: Ginna Dee, Teresa, and John. In 1958, Joe started his 60-year career in life insurance, and his work took him throughout Texas and to New Mexico and Louisiana. He enjoyed helping young agents grow in their talents and develop meaningful careers. Joe and Josie spent 34 of those years in Baton Rouge, where Joe fell in love with the culture and cuisine of South Louisiana. Joe and Josie moved to Hot Springs Village in 2003 to enjoy the numerous golf courses and walking trails in the community. Here, Joe served on the board of directors of the Hot Springs Village Chamber of Commerce, joined Village United Methodist Church and the Rotary Club, and made many friends. Joe was an avid reader, a storyteller, and an excellent cook. As a grandfather, he attended countless baseball games, led long walks through the neighborhood and along hiking trails, and taught his grandchildren how to peel boiled crawfish. He was patient and kind, except maybe when the LSU Tigers were losing. Joe is preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Ginna Dee; and 12 brothers and sisters. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Johanna Stobaugh Gray; his brother and sister-in-law, Frank Gray and Kay of Santa Ana, Texas; his children and son-in-law, Teresa Gray Maxwell and Steve of Little Rock and John Glen Gray of Baton Rouge; his grandchildren and their spouses, Allie Nottingham and Joey of Little Rock, Kyle Gray and Ellie of New Orleans, Stephanie Newton and Patrick of Little Rock, and Blair Gray of Baton Rouge; three great-grandchildren, Lila, Max, and Henry Nottingham; and many beloved nieces and nephews. Arrangements entrusted to CedarVale Funeral Home, Hot Springs Village, Arkansas. Online condolences can be made at www.cedarvalefuneralhome.com
Jeffrey Clay “DOG” Pierce, 54, of Benton, Arkansas passed away on September 3, 2019. He was born to Brenda and Homer Pierce Jr., on May 28, 1965. He is survived by one sister; Shannon Blair; three children; Joshua, Jamie and Faith; one grandson. He joins his parents, his brother Wayne and one grandson in Heaven. Memorial service will be held at a later date by the family. Arrangements by Dial & Dudley Funeral Home.
John Edward Bindner III, 81, of Benton, went to be with the Lord on Monday, September 2, 2019 with his family by his side. He passed away peacefully in his home with family. John was born in Louisville, Kentucky on April 24, 1938, to the late, John Edward Jr and Lillie Opal Bindner. He was a loving husband and father. He proudly served in the Air Force at Little Rock Air Force Base. He worked for Arkansas Bolt Company for 42 years, starting as their first salesman and ending his tenure as the company’s President. John loved spending time with his family, going to the Senior Center and ballroom dancing with his wife, Gloria, where he met a lot of good friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Etta Rae Sayles and son, Wendell Speights III. John is survived by his loving wife of 32 years, Gloria; four, daughters, Dena Mercer, Pam Robideaux (Wendell), Lynn Coursey (Doug) and Windy Cox (Billy); brothers, Allen (Judy), Doug (Kathy), Dean (Jackie), David and Joe Bindner (Linda); sisters, Lillian Kramer, Jean Drury (Adam), Mary Roggenkamp (Alvin), Marilyn Henry (John), Carolyn Nicolas (Jim), Linda Hare (Norman) and Theresa Bindner; twelve grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 1:00 PM at Dial and Dudley Funeral Home on Highway 5 in Bryant. Stan May from Family Farm will be officiating. To sign John’s online guest book visit www.dialanddudleyfuneralhome.com.
Kimberly Hope Lotts 52, of Benton passed away on September 11, 2019 with her family by her side. She was born on April 6, 1967 to William and Brenda Lancaster in Benton, Arkansas. Kimberly loved to read everything she could get her hands on and spending time with her family and friends. She is preceded in death by her son, Jakob Bono and her grandparents. Kimberly is survived by her loving husband, David Lotts; son, Will Bono and his wife, Schelena; two step sons, David Lotts JR and Rocky York; step daughter, Nina York; two grandsons, Jake and Ben Bono; parents, William and Brenda Lancaster; sister, Darla Landers and her husband, Lance; brother, Chris Lancaster; two step granchildren, Caleb Lotts and Madelyn Lotts and a host of family and friends who all loved and adored her and will miss her dearly. The family will hold a memorial service at a later date.
Arthur Franklin “Frank” Myers Sr., age 100, of Bryant, AR passed away Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at Saline Memorial Hospital Hospice House in Bryant. He was born December 9, 1918 in Geyer Springs, Arkansas to Russell Emmett Myers and Cecil Jones Myers. He is preceded in death by his parents, his first wife of 40 years 7 months, Mary Nell Holiman Myers, and brothers, Emmett Russell Myers, Raymond Edward Myers (KIA in Europe 1944), and Richard Calvin Myers, all of Little Rock, AR, Charles Wesley Myers, of Benton, AR, and sister, Juanita Corrine Myers Wahl of Downey, CA. He is survived by his wife, Margaret Jean Tindell Myers; son, Arthur F. Myers Jr. and wife Belinda of Pollock, TX; daughter, Mary Virginia Myers Lawhon and husband Edward of Lady Lakes, FL; sister, Dorothy Myers Taravella of La Pine, OR; stepdaughter, Deborah Norris and husband Paul of Bryant, AR; stepsons, Keith Tindell and wife Lumen of Shreveport, LA , Barry Tindell and wife Sondra of West Monroe, LA, and Lowell Alan Tindell of Chula Vista, CA; sister-in-law, Nona Myers of Little Rock, AR; and blessed with numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was saved at Cold Springs Methodist Church in Lower Township, NJ in 1951 and was baptized at Temple Baptist Church in Little Rock. He was ordained as a deacon at Lake Ouachita Baptist Church, served as Sunday School teacher in both youth and adult departments, was finance chairman, chairman of constitution and bylaws. Active in outreach, he was Director of Discipleship for the church and association. A member and deacon of First Baptist Church in Benton, AR, his love of the Lord brought many blessings to his family. Growing up in the 1920’s, he worked closely with his father learning many practical trade skills. This work experience and ethics served him well during WWII and his 22 years in the U.S. Coast Guard. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 14, 2019 at First Baptist Church in Benton with Dr. Richard Grant officiating. Interment will follow in Pinecrest Memorial Park in Alexander. Visitation will be from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. prior to the service in Selph Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Baptist Church, 211 S. Market, Benton, AR 72015.
Betty L. Chapman, 81, of Bryant passed away Sunday, September 8, 2019. She was born January 31, 1938 in Gillham, Arkansas to the late Roy and Iva Beckwith. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Josh L. Chapman; brothers, Harold and Ronnie Beckwith; sister, Nona Garibay; granddaughter, Rachel Ann Chapman; sister-in-law, Betty Jo Beckwith; and brother-in-law, Abe Von Hatton. She was known for being an avid reader. You could often find her spending time reading a book, working crossword puzzles, or enjoying her favorite golden Oreos. She will be remembered as a wonderful mother, grandmother, and friend who always put others above herself. Survivors include sons, Stephen L. Chapman, the Nomad, and Edward L. Chapman (Donna) of Arlington, Washington; daughters, Debbie Elder of Bryant and Denise Michelle Chapman of Fort Smith; brother, Kenneth Beckwith of Bryant; sister, Lamona Sue Von Hatton of Alverado, Texas; four granddaughters, Andrea Nelson, Jennifer Ballew, Katianne Lajoie, and Megan Chapman; four great-grandsons, Corbin, Sethjan, Brody, and Ryan Ballew; sisters-in-law, Helen Williams, Lillie Beckwith, and Janet Seaborne; and a host of other family members and friends. A gathering of remembrance will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, September 14, 2019 at the home of Debbie Elder in Bryant, Arkansas.
Warren Jackson 75, of Benton, Arkansas passed away September 7, 2019 at Heartland Rehabilitation. He was born September 12, 1943 in Bauxite, Arkansas to Cleavey Daryl and Ethel (Bearden) Jackson. Warren worked as a splicer operator in the veneer company. He was a member of Highway Church of Christ. He leaves behind to cherish his memory his wife, Sheila Jane Jackson of Benton, Arkansas; daughter, Conni Neal and husband Sam, Jr. of Alexander, Arkansas; son, Shannon Dale Jackson of Benton, Arkansas; two grandchildren: Wade Neal and Kaylee Jackson; great-grandchildren, Savvy Marie Neal and Lawson Spann; and a host of family and friends who love Warren and will miss him always. Family will hold memorial service at 10:00 AM, Saturday, September 21, at Highway Church of Christ in Benton, Arkansas. Memorial Service: SEP 21. 10:00 AM (CDT) Highway Church of Christ 18514 I-30 N Benton, AR, 72015 David Anthony Peeler, aka “Papa Dave”, 65, of Benton, Arkansas passed away Saturday, September 7, 2019. David was born June 19, 1954 in Malvern, Arkansas. In June, 1958, his family moved to San Francisco, California where David worked as Chef and later in construction work until 1988 when he returned to Arkansas to aide his ailing parents. There, he met Nancy (Cox) Peeler at a company Christmas party in 1991 and they were married in 2002. David was a proud member of the Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA) and served as Business Manager/Secretary-Treasurer of Local 1282 from 2005 until his retirement in 2011. He was of the Methodist faith and a member of Parkview United Methodist Church in Benton, Arkansas. David was the kind of man who never met a stranger. He was loved by all who met him. David was a fighter and a giver; he would do anything for anyone. He was an avid fisher and horse racer. He loved life and his family as they did him. He was the light in his family and friends’ lives and he will be missed dearly. David was preceded in death by his parents, Plumer B. Peeler and Wilma Mavis (Caddy) Peeler of Malvern, Arkansas. He is survived by his wife, Nancy (Cox) Peeler of Benton; sons: Chad Smith (Marissa) of Greenbrier, Arkansas, Todd Smith (Britney) of Haskell, Arkansas and Donald Wright (Mariea) of Malvern, Arkansas; grandchildren: Devyn Smith and Taylor Smith of Benton, Andrew Warren and Caleb Smith of Haskell, Cady Smith, Ethan Smith, and Jake Smith of Greenbrier; and Michael Nabors of Malvern, Arkansas; brothers: Plumer Peeler, Kenneth Peeler, Jerry Peeler, and Darrel Peeler of San Francisco; and a host of nieces and nephews. Special thanks to Arkansas Hospice for the wonderful care and compassion that David was shown in his final days. Memorials may be made to Parkview United Methodist Church Music Ministry. Visitation held 6:00-8:00 PM, Wednesday, September 11 at Smith-Benton Funeral Home in Benton, Arkansas. Memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM, Thursday, September 12, at Parkview United Methodist Church in Benton. Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Guestbook: www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
Mary Ruth “Jodie” Magby Rhodes, 78, of Benton, Arkansas passed away September 9, 2019 at Saline Memorial Hospital. She was born July 25, 1941 in Arkadelphia, Arkansas to the late Roy and Bertha Mae (Beachamp) Trammel Magby. Jodie delivered newspapers for the Saline Courier for the last eight years. Her customers referred to her as “Ms. Mary”. She was committed to her job and threw her last paper route Friday, just three days prior to her passing. Jodie loved her family and spending time with her children. They looked forward to the delicious meals she would prepare when the whole family would get together. Jodie enjoyed reading books and had a huge library of hard back books. Her favorite author was Danielle Steele. Jodie also liked to spend quiet moments sewing and crocheting. Preceding Jodie in death are her parents; son, Bobby Wayne Burgess; brother-in-law, Charles Tuck; and sister, Brenda Glenn. She leaves behind to cherish her memories her children: Ronnie Burgess of Sunset, Louisiana, Tammy Jean Brookshire and husband Bill of Flippin, Arkansas, David Rhodes of Mabelvale, Arkansas, and Ricky Rhodes and wife Tonya of Glen Rose, Arkansas; grandchildren: Adam Lee Burgess and wife Jessica, Nicole Colon and husband George, Cassie Williams, Elizabeth De’Anne Williams, Marshall Rhodes, Taylor Rhodes, Jacob Rhodes and wife Emily, Jared Rhodes, and Alex Rhodes; several great-grandchildren; siblings: Wayne Tucker and wife JoAnn, Sheila Carter, Linda Tuck, Billy Trammel and wife Karen, and Nancy Downs Trammel; and a host of family and friends who love Jodie and will miss her always. Visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 PM, Thursday, September 12, at Smith-Benton Funeral Home, 322 N. Market Street, Benton, Arkansas. Graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM, Friday, September 13 at Caddo Valley Cemetery in Arkadelphia. Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online guestbook: www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
John “Papa John” Laxton, age 75, ascended to be with Jesus on Tuesday, September 10, 2019. John was preceded in death by his parents, Stanley and Ruth Laxton of Springdale, AR. He will be missed greatly by his wife of 55 years, Judy Laxton of Alexander, AR; daughter Gina Laxton Buffington and her husband, Louis Buffington of Richardson, TX; son John Laxton Jr. of Redfield, AR; grandchildren, Aaron and wife BethAnne, Emily and Erica Buffington; and great granddaughters Emma Grace and Abby Rose Buffington. Friends are invited to join the family at a memorial service for John on Friday, September 13th at 12:00 pm held at the Smith- Benton Funeral Home, 322 N. Market St. in Benton AR. Please visit https://benton.smithfamilycares.com/ to leave online condolences.
Richard Clyde Holloway March 25, 1954 – September 12, 2019 Richard was born on March 25, 1954 and passed away on Thursday, September 12, 2019. Richard was a resident of Arkansas at the time of passing. Visitation will be Monday, September 16th at 10:00 a.m. at Caruth Village Funeral Home Chapel with service beginning at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Ronnie Gilmore officiating. Burial will be at Cedarvale Cemetery, Hot Springs Village. David Case, 70, of Bryant, Arkansas passed away on Monday, September 2, 2019 due to complications from pancreatic cancer. He was born in Little Rock, Arkansas on October 19, 1948 to Bulah Johnson Case and Robert Case. David was married to Cindy Chaney Case on August 5, 1977. David retired from the US Postal Service where he was a maintenance mechanic. David loved fishing, hunting, scuba diving and going to our lake home on Greers Ferry Lake. But most of all, he loved his family and took care of everyone. He is survived by his loving wife of 42 years; Cindy Case, daughters Cheryl Bradshaw (Mark) and Natalie Peyton (Gabe), three grandchildren RJ, Lexi, and Taylor, his mother Bulah Case, his brother Dan Case (Margaret), sisters-in-law Diane Chaney (Janet), Nancy Chiaro, and brother-in-law Ernie Chaney and a host of relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his father Robert Case and father-in-law Ernest W. Chaney, Jr.
James “Jim” Scott Cox was born in Tull, AR on 20 August 1935. Jim was born Deaf to parents Gleason William Cox and Virgie Velma “Nanny” Hughes-Cox-Morris in Tull, AR. He had two siblings, Norman Cox and Louise Cox-Hollaway. He was also raised by step-father John E. Morris. He attended public school through his teenage years, then transferred to high school at The Arkansas School for the Deaf where he was graduated. He loved all sports, but his favorites were baseball and football. His favorite sports teams included the St. Louis Cardinals, Arkansas Razorbacks, and the Dallas Cowboys. Jim was very proud of the fact that, as a child, he played baseball with a future “Hall of Fame” winning professional baseball player, Brooks Robinson. Jim met his true love, Alice Marian Fillingham in Little Rock, AR in 1960. Alice lived above the beauty salon that Jim’s mother, Nanny, used and she introduced them. After a short engagement, they were married on February 02, 1962.They had two children together, Roger Cox and Jayme Cox; and they adopted a third, John Jay Cox, who was also Deaf. Jim was an avid bowler, and he bowled for many local teams with his Deaf friends. Jim was an active member in his church, Antioch Missionary Baptist Church. Jim attended the Antioch Deaf Congregation since 1986. Jim left this earth and went to heaven on 02 September 2019 at Baptist Hospital in Little Rock, AR, surrounded by his family. He leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife of 57 years, Alice Marian Fillingham-Cox of Harrison, AR; their two children and spouses, Roger Cox and Katie of Bryant, Jayme Cox-Pultro and her husband Gary of Bryant. Jim was also blessed with six grandchildren, Tyler Cox, Ryan Cox, Nicholas Pultro and his wife Heather, Jacob Pultro and his wife Claudia, Zachary Pultro and his wife Ashley, and Joshua Pultro; and three great-grandchildren, Austyn, Max and Luna-Leigh. Jim was a special guy whose smile would light up a room. Jim was as tough as nails but always offered a warm smile to anyone he encountered. He was deeply loved by many. Visitation will be held at Pinecrest Funeral Home in Alexander, AR at 2pm-4pm on Sunday, 08 September 2019. Funeral Service, officiated by Rev. Carroll Koon, will be at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church 5300 Stagecoach Rd, Little Rock, at 10am on Monday, 09 September 2019. “…the blind received sight…and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up…” – Matthew 11:5