HATTIE OTHELDA FORD GRACE, 92 of Paron, passed away on October 10, 2018. She was the oldest of four sisters. Hattie was born to Homer Carl and Luttie Mae Moore Ford on December 9, 1925 in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Hattie’s path lead her to Michigan and back to Paron, where she always called home. She loved to hunt and travel. Hattie loved all animals, great and small. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Ray Grace and sister, Georgetta Hester. Hattie leaves to cherish her memory, sons, Danny (Barbara) Grace of Benton, Lannie Rickard of Paron, daughters, Janice (Harlon) Hobbs of Alexander, Theresa (Dillard) Garrett of Paron and sisters, Willie Jeff Curtis, Paron; Rosella Oglesby, Texas; eleven grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren and four great- great- grandchildren. Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Friday at Ashby’s. Chapel services by Ashby Funeral Home will be 10:00 AM Saturday at Ashby Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Center Hill Cemetery. Minister will be Bro. Tommy Oglesby. Online guest book at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
JAMES DARRELL HENRY, 72, of Bauxite, passed away on October 12, 2018. He was born to the late Rome James and Gladys Carpenter Henry. James was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Rodney; sisters, Pam Ivy and Phyllis Henry and brother in law, Tommy Maddox. He leaves behind to cherish his memory, wife, Debra Howell Henry, son, Joshua Henry; daughter, Jennifer Roehrs; four grandchildren; two great grandchildren; brother, Don Henry; sisters, Beverly Maddox, Glenda Jenkins and Patricia Mason; three brothers-in-law, Larry (Leanne), Buck (Eileen) and Randy Howell; in-laws, James Jenkins, Judy Matsuoka and Mike Ivy, mother in law, Lois Heffner Howell, as well as many nieces, nephews and cousin, Charles (Dorothy) Cash. Memorial services will be held at 1:00 PM Saturday, October 20, 2018 at Ashby Funeral Home chapel
MARIE PEARL CRAWFORD ALBERSON, age 97, of Benton, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday October 17, 2018. She was born April 7, 1921 in Bauxite. She was a Charter Member of New Prospect Missionary Baptist Church. Marie was preceded in death by her parents, Pete and Pearl Crawford and her husband Bill Alberson, sisters, Mary Griffin and Helen Howard. Survivors, include her daughter, Marion ( Jerry) Thornberry, sons, Darryl ( Susan) Harding, Bill (Virginia) Harding, a special brother-in-law, Ben Griffin, and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren, and nephew, Scott Howard. Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Sunday at Ashby’s Chapel services will be 10:00 AM Monday at Ashby Funeral Home with burial at Smith Rosemont Cemetery. Ministers will be Bro. James Floyd and Bro. Kirby Caple. Online guest book at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
BARBARA ANN MISENHEIMER, 66, of Benton died Friday October 19, 2018. She was preceded in death by her father, Marion Manees and grandson, Seth Renuard. Survivors, husband, Jerry, two daughters, Tonya and Jerri (Matt), seventeen grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, mother and step-father, Barbara and Aubrey, two brothers, two sisters, and a multitude of family and friends. Memorial services will be held at Holly Springs Baptist Church, 22401 Colonel Glenn Road, Little Rock, AR. on Saturday October 27, at 2:00 PM. Online guest book at ashbyfuneralhome.com
HOWARD H. THURBER, 63 of Benton, passed away on October 16, 2018. He was born on April 30, 1955 in Plattsburg, New York to the late Ivan and Dorothy Rivers Thurber. Howard was an Army Veteran having served during the Vietnam War and was also stationed in Germany serving as Military Police. He was a Construction Superintendent, when not working, enjoyed fishing and visiting with his granddaughters. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Thurber of Benton, sons, Matthew and Anthony Thurber, both of San Antonio, Texas, daughter, Kathryn (Jay) Baker of Memphis, Tenn. Granddaughters, Lillian and Ainsley Baker, brothers, Bobby, Jimmy, Dennis, Roger and Ivy Thurber; sisters, Gail Potts and Debbie McCandless. Memorial services will be held at a later date. On line guestbook at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
FERN PARSON, age 86, of Paron, passed away Thursday, October 25, 2018. She was born April 22, 1932 in Paron, Arkansas. Fern worked as a seamstress and a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her parents, Joe and Rosa A. Cox Louallen; husband, Robert James Parson; two sisters, Alphia Scallion and Rosemary Jordan and a brother, Rodney Louallen. She is survived by her son, Jim A. Parson (Janet); daughter, Jo Etta Wood (Charles); brother, Bobby Louallen; two grandsons, Stephen and Dustin Parson; two great-granddaughters, Alexia and Brooklyn Parson and a host of family & friends. Visitation will be 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Monday, October 29 at Ashby Funeral Home. Graveside services will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, October 30 at Walnut Bottoms Cemetery in Paron. Bro. Glen Ward will be officiating.
RICHARD ALAN GARRETT, 72 of Traskwood, passed away on October 23, 2018. He was born on August 30, 1946 in Benton to the late Herbert and Rossie Green Garrett. Richard was a member of Fairplay Missionary Baptist Church and Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Saline County. He is survived by his wife, Jacki Garrett, son, Hunter (Rebekah) Young, daughters, Rachelle (Glenn) Springer, Richelle Garrett and Shelley (Charlie) Platt, brother, Tim Garrett; sisters, Betty Garrett Sekely and Joan Garrett Hearn, grandchildren, Ashlee Ann Springer, Jack Dugan Springer, Macy Coffee, Brody Mathis, Eli Garrett and Kylee Garrett. He was loved by many. Richard’s intelligence was not surpassed by his love of God, Family, Friends and Associates. Memorial services will be held on Saturday, Oct. 27 at Fairplay Missionary Baptist Church at 11:00 a.m. with Bro. Jeff Krisell officiating. Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. before services. In lieu of flowers, gift donations may be made to Saline Hospice House in Bryant. On line guestbook at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
KRISTIN MARTINA RICHMOND-CLARK, age 45, of Benton, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, October 25, 2018. She was born on October 21, 1973 in Benton, Arkansas to Ray Wayne Richmond and Cheryl Beth Richmond. She was a 1992 graduate of Benton High School and a long time employee of UAMS. She was preceded in death by her father, Ray and her grandparents, Fait & Josephine Richmond, Lyle & Jean Marshall and Fred & Sylvia Lane. She is survived by her husband, David Clark; son, Jordan Richmond Clark; step-son, Jeremy Clark; parents, Beth & Lloyd Lane; brothers, Nathan (Angela) Richmond of Benton and Russell (Amy) Richmond of Sheridan; sister, Renee Richmond (Nick Holiman) of Benton and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins & car club family. Visitation will be 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 30 at Zion Lutheran Church in the Avilla Community. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 31 at Zion Lutheran Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Zion Lutheran Church Att: Food Pantry @ 300 Avilla E. in Alexander, Ar 72002. On-line guest book at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com.
JOHN C. SIMS, age 69, of Benton, passed away Friday, October 26, 2018. He was born July 13, 1949 in Malvern, Arkansas. John leaves many friends & loved ones to cherish his memory. He was one of a kind to say the least and his passing will be felt by many. John was a member of Reyburn Creek Missionary Baptist Church in Glen Rose and a member in spirit at New Life Landmark Missionary Baptist Church in Benton. He was a member of VFW Post #2256 in Benton and the Masonic Lodge #34 in Benton. John was preceded in death by his parents, Lonard & Wilma Sims; brother, Herbert Sims and a sister, Betty Gookin. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis Crouch Sims and three sisters, Diane Robey, Sandie Litton and Shirley Hall. Pallbearers will be Johnny Jacobs, Norman Oetken, Doug Lawrence, Bryson Tittle, Brett Tittle, Danny Drebert, Ronnie Weeks and Jason Gault. Honorary pallbearers will be Fred Ausburn, Mac McCall, Todd Gookin, Heath Hall, Blake Litton, Kevin Sims, Wade Hall and Bud Shelnut. Visitation will be 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, November 1 at Ashby Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, November 2 at Ashby Funeral Home with burial to follow at 1:00 p.m. Friday @ Arkansas Veterans Cemetery. The family would like to thank everyone who loved and prayed for him. Without our faith in God, this journey would not have been possible. John is free from Vietnam and is breathing without struggle in Heaven with his Lord and all those that have gone before. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to New Life Landmark Missionary Baptist Church @ P. O. Box 1499 in Benton, Ar 72018. On-line guest book at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com.
JOHN WAYNE HINDS, 68, of Benton, passed away Friday, October 26, 2018. He was born in Little Rock, January 2, 1950 to the late Jesse L. and Mona (Bostic) Hinds. John was a graduate from Bryant High School, class of 1968. Upon graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Marines Corps where he served two tours of duty in Vietnam. He continued his military service by joining the U.S. Army where he achieved the rank of Master Sergeant. He served in Italy, Desert Storm, Desert Shield and was a Jump Master in the 82nd Airborne. John retired from his military career after 23 years of service. John also worked for the Arkansas Gazette, Arkansas State Parks as a surveyor and at Kruse Meat Processing. John was a member of Zion Lutheran Church where he served as head Elder. John is survived by his wife, Lisa and his children, Jacob, Caleb and Charlotte. He is also survived by his siblings, Diania Hall (Wayne) of Benton; Randall Hinds (Sue) of Fayetteville, NC; Karen Metcalf (Martin) of Benton and Lisa Taylor (Kevin) of Jamestown, NC; as well as many other friends and family members. Visitation will be held on Thursday, November 1 from 6-8 p.m. at Ashby Funeral Home, in Benton. Funeral Services will be Friday, November 2, at 10:00 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Avilla.
TAMMIE ELIZABETH WEISE, age 58, of Benton passed away Saturday October 27, 2018. She was born December 19, 1959 in Clinton, Arkansas. Tammie was manager of Weise Towing Service for 13 years and of the Methodist Faith. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Marion and Elizabeth Bruce, father-in-law, Ed Weise, brother-in-law, Jack Weise, great-nephew, Keegan Hoffman. Survivors, husband, Andy Weise, Benton; sons, Jerry Nixon, Benton; and Matt Inglis, Benton; mother, Cindy Johnson, Haskell; Brother, Sam (Martha) Hoffman, Haskell; sister-in-law, Barbara (Patrick) Young, Benton; mother-in-law, Mary Weise, Benton; nephews, Michael ( Jessica) Hoffman, Greg Young, great-nephew, Logan, special friend, Natalie. Visitation will be from 10:00 till 11:00 AM Thursday at Ashby Funeral Home Chapel with Memorial service starting at 11:00 AM. Online guest book at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
LOUISE KYLE, age 85, of Benton, passed away Monday, October 29, 2018. She was born June 22, 1933 in Yell County, Arkansas. Louise was a member of Bethel Baptist Church and a beautician for 22 years. She was wonderful wife, mother and grandmother. Louise was preceded in death by her parents, Lucian and Jewell B. Chism; son, Marty Kyle; granddaughter, Jessica Kyle and a sister, Clara Bell Chism. She is survived by her husband, Bro. Curtis Kyle; two sons, Gary and Mike Kyle; half-brother, Charlie Jones all of Benton; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Private memorial services will be held at a later date.
KENNETH GENE HUNTER, age 84, of Benton passed away Tuesday October 30, 2018. He was born September 18, 1934 in Los Angeles, California to the late Warren and Vera Henderson Hunter. Kenneth was a retired Electrician and a member of New Friendship Missionary Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Georgana Hunter, brother, James Hunter, and sister, Delcia Rowe. Survivors daughters and sons-in-law, Linda (Roger) Gaither, Benton; Sharon (Dino) Demarte, Baton Rouge, Louisiana; brothers, Donald Hunter, Benton; Gary Hunter, Sheridan; sister, Derlene Olson, Indiana; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Visitation will be from 12:00 to 1:00 PM Thursday at New Friendship Missionary Baptist Church followed by the services at 1:00 PM. Burial will be at Ten Mile Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to New Friendship Missionary Baptist Church Building Fund. Online guest book at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
SHIRLEY ANN JONES, age 80, of Haskell passed away Sunday November 4, 2018. She was born June 5, 1938 in Haskell to the late Ovie Eugene Callahan and Claudia Gladis Stirman Callahan. She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Arthur Callahan and two sisters, Joyce Gale Cooper and June Ramsey. Shirley was a retired Secretary for the Harmony Grove School District at Westbrook Elementary, and a member of Mt. Harmony Missionary Baptist Church. Survivors, husband, Henry L. Jones, Haskell; son and daughter-in-law, Greg and Lisa Jones, Haskell; daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Brian Cotten, Haskell; grandchildren, Melanie (Jeremy) Hall, Michael (Britanie) Cotten, Natalie Jones, and Macey Jones, great-grandchild, Kaitlin Hall. Visitation will be from 1:00 to 2:00 PM Wednesday, followed by the services at 2:00 PM at Mt. Harmony Missionary Baptist Church with burial at Mt. Harmony Cemetery. Minister will be Bro. John Bagby. Memorials may be made to Saline Memorial Hospice or Mt. Harmony Missionary Baptist Church. Online guest book at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
MANDI WOOLERY HALPAIN, 33 of Benton, was born July 26, 1985 and passed away on November 4, 2018. She is survived by her husband, Aaron Halpain, mother, Dixie Lee Woolery, sister, Erin Lee Oswald; her two children, Conner Matthew Rogers and Carley Claire Rogers; nephew, Cooper Lee Davis and many friends who were touched by her life and remember her fondly. Her father, Terrell G. Woolery, preceded her in death. Mandi had a beautiful voice and enjoyed singing. Her sense of humor and generous spirit will have a lasting impact on those that knew her. Her children were the love of her life and she wanted to live for her children. She took steps to change the trajectory of her life, but in time the struggle with her addiction and demons prevailed. By shining a light of truth, openness and empathy on her death, we will hopefully help others to seek help with their struggles and also help others heal from this loss. For those who would like to send a memorial in Mandi’s name, please consider a donation to Shatterproof. Shatterproof was formed by entrepreneur, Gary Mendell, after losing his son, Brian to drug addiction in 2011. Since its formation, the organization has been very active in advocacy campaigns and lobbying for legislation as well as addressing the gaps in funding for addiction treatment programs. The mission of Shatterproof is to protect children from drug and alcohol addiction and to end the stigma and suffering of those affected by the disease of addiction. Shatterproof’s goal is to reduce the number of drug related deaths among people by half in 20 years. Cremation was entrusted to Ashby Funeral Home. On line guestbook at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
BILLIE JO DYER LITTLE, 81, of Hot Springs Village, passed away Friday, November 9, 2018. She was born August 23, 1937 in Paron, Arkansas to Charles and Maude Williams Dyer. She was a member of Coronado Baptist Church and a wonderful Christian & wife. She was a talented seamstress and musician. Billie Jo taught piano lessons in her early life. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Densel Dyer. She is survived by her husband, John M. Little of Hot Springs Village; nephews, Denny Dyer (Pat) and Bo Dyer (Linda) all of Benton; special cousin, Gloria Nethercutt of Little Rock and many great-nephews, great-nieces and friends. Visitation will be 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 13 at Ashby Funeral Home with funeral services beginning at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Old Rosemont Cemetery. Bro. Greg Stanley will be officiating. Family Comments: A special thank you to the members of Coronado Baptist Church and friends at Fit for Life. Memorials may be made to Coronado Baptist Church Building Fund @ 91 Coronado Dr. in Hot Springs Village, AR 71909 or the Lottie Moon Mission.
MADGE MARTELL, age 99 of the Hot Springs Village, passed away October 12, 2018 at Belvedere Nursing and Rehab. Arrangements have been entrusted to CedarVale Funeral Home.
JOHN JOSEPH DEJANOVICH of Hot Springs Village passed away on Friday, November 2, 2018. Born in 1934 in Chicago, he was retired from Inland Steel after 33 years of service. John was a member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church. He was a Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus member, Hot Springs Village Council 10208; a member of the Hot Springs Village VFW Post 10483; member of the Sacred Heart Men’s Club, and served as a Sacred Heart Usher for many years. He is preceded in death by his father, John DeJanovich, Sr.; mother Helen Keane and step-father Michael; his brother Joseph J. DeJanovich, and his nephew Joseph A. DeJanovich. Survivors include sister-in-law, Joanne DeJanovich of Hot Springs Village; his niece Janet DeJanovich Breen (John) of Little Rock; nephews Michael John DeJanovich (Tara) of Springfield, Illinois; Patrick DeJanovich of Hot Springs Village; and several great nieces and nephews. John was a family man who loved the holidays and family dinners. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed fishing, boating and riding his motorcycles. He was Patriotic, loved his country, and was proud of his service in both the military and with the Knights of Columbus. He was a lifelong Chicago Cubs, Bears, Bulls and Black Hawks fan. Upon his arrival in Arkansas, he quickly became an Arkansas Travelers baseball fan and enjoyed attending games annually with his church group. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on November 8, 2018 at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, 295 Balearic Road, Hot Springs Village. A Viewing and the Rosary will be held prior to the Mass from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Military honors will be provided the VFW Post 10483 Honor Guard following the service. The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to Father Bill Elser, Pastor of Sacred Heart, for his compassion and caring for John during his difficult and progressive illness. Special thanks to Bob and Mary Ann Hill, of the Village, his devoted friends for many years and truly, his earthly guardian angels. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Knights of Columbus, Hot Springs Village Council 10208 or the VFW Hot Springs Village Post 10483. Arrangements have been entrusted to CedarVale Funeral Home.
GLORIA HELEN OANA, 90 of Hot Springs Village passed away November 7, 2018. She was born July 20, 1928 to Fred E. Vieten and Ida E. Becker Vieten. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Nicholas Oana. She is survived by her cousins Nancy Smith Fryer of Steamboat Springs, CO, Scott (Chris) Becker Oakley IL, Mark (Lori) Tucker Chesterfield MO, her adopted family Larry and Theresa Ross, Tiffany and Trinity Bugaj, Cody, Trena, Blayne, Caitlyn and Kamryn Cox all of Hot Springs and numerous friends, all whom she loved dearly. Services will be 10:00 Monday November 12 at CedarVale Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be Scott Becker, Mark Tucker, Larry Ross, Cody Cox, Trena Cox and Tiffany Bugaj. Honorary pallbearers are Ferdinand Roda M.D., Debbie Reynolds APN, Family First Health Clinic staff and the nursing staff at NPMC. Arrangements have been entrusted to CedarVale Funeral Home of the Hot Springs Village. Guest register at www.cedarvalefuneralhome.com
DOROTHY JEAN SPIKES, 82, of Bryant, Arkansas passed away on October 19, 2018. She was born to Samuel and Florance Heim on May 26, 1936 in Delhi, New York. As a young child, she worked with her grandfather in a Quarry. When she was older she enlisted in the military as a Marine, but then decided to start a family of her own. She raised a family of 8 children all the way from New York to California. She loved her family and they were her whole life. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Edward Spikes, Sr. She is survived by her children, Thomas, Tim, Fred, Teresa, Joan, Judy, Harry, and Deborah Spikes; sister, Marion Gotham; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; along with a host of many family and friends who love and miss her dearly. A celebration of Dorothy’s life is currently pending. She will be buried at the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery.
ROBERT HILL, SR., 91, of Bauxite, Arkansas passed away on October 19, 2018. He was born to Lilburn and Sybil Hill on September 8, 1927 in Little Rock, Arkansas. He is survived by two sons, Robert, Jr. and Terry; sisters, Geneva, Caroline, Skeeter, and Brenda Gail; brothers, Gary and Frank; 5 grandchildren, 3 great grandbabies with 1 more still in the oven. Bob Sr. worked in Quality Control for GM, in Michigan, for almost 30 years. He loved to garden and was always ready to help, listen, or to tell a story. He was a wonderful and loving father, brother, and husband (for 57 years). He was a kind neighbor and friend who will be greatly missed. A memorial visitation will be Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 11:00AM-1:00PM at Dial and Dudley Funeral Home
JERRY LEE ROSS, 75, of Alexander, Arkansas passed away Tuesday, October 23, 2018. He was born to Clarence and Lela Ross in Mena, Arkansas on February 26, 1943. Jerry was a cowboy and loved to rodeo and ride. He loved all things outdoors: fishing and hunting especially. He enjoyed every moment with his grandchildren. Jerry served as an ordained deacon for over 11 years at Hurricane Lake Baptist Church in Benton. He was a carpenter by trade and put his all into his quality carpentry work. He had a country and western band for years, and he often played guitar at church. He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant sister. He leaves many to cherish his memory: his wife of 56 years, Loma; children, Kenny Ross (Eda) of East End and Rhonda Dove (Mark) of Alexander; grandchildren: Ashley Henry (Daniel), J.D. Ross (Michelle), David Dove (Amanda), Courtney Lawson (Leigh), Kaitlyn Phillips, Lauryn Ross, Dillon Dove, Kaylee Butler (Cody), and Haylee Dove; ten great-grandchildren; brothers, Gene Ross and Larry Ross; aunt, Johnnie Faye Craig; nieces; nephews; and many friends who will miss the music he brought to their lives. The memorial service will be at 2:00 P.M., Monday, October 29, 2018 at Dial & Dudley Funeral Home, 4212 Hwy. 5 North, Bryant, Arkansas 72022, (501)847-9099. Visitation will follow. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association, (800)272-3900, www.alz.org or to Hurricane Lake Baptist Church Building Fund, 2516 Springhill Road, Benton, Arkansas 72022, (501)847-2864.
MARY EVELYN BURGESS WALKER, also known as “Pee-Wee”, passed away October 26, 2018. She was born on November 21, 1952 in Little Rock, Arkansas to Smith (Smitty) and Susie Burgess. After retiring from Kroger, Mary enjoyed cooking, baking and watching the Arkansas Razorbacks. She had love of butterflies and she enjoyed spending time with her family. Mary is proceeded in death by her parents and her husband, Doc Walker. She is survived by two sons, Dan Ward and wife Heather, James Ward; two brothers, Jimmy Burgess and Smitty Burgess and wife Becky; one sister, Patsy Moore; five grandchildren, Austin, Haley, Trevor, Blake and Carter Ward and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Though Mary will be greatly missed, she is now where she has wanted to be for so long. She’s sitting in Heaven holding Doc’s hand and she feels no pain. A Celebration of Life Memorial will be held Thursday, November 8, 2018 from 6PM-8PM at Dial and Dudley.
GEORGE W. SHELL, 42, of Lonsdale, Arkansas passed away October 27, 2018. He was born to Tommy and JoAnn Shell on August 23, 1976 in Benton, Arkansas. A memorial service will be held at Dial and Dudley Funeral Home on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at 1:00 P.M.
ELMER MARION STYERS 92, of Mabelvale passed away on November 2, 2018. He was born on August 3, 1926 to the late, David and Montene Styers in Shaw, Arkansas. Elmer proudly served in the United States Navy. He enjoyed gardening, fishing and hunting. Elmer is preceded in death by his parents and sister, Wilma Dean Bunch. He is survived by his loving wife of 72 years, Thelma Styers; two sons, Nelson Styers “Peggy” and Gaylon Styers “Nancy”; three grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; five great great grandchildren and a host of family and friends who all loved him and will miss him dearly. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at 11:00 – 12:00 at Dial and Dudley Funeral Home in Bryant. Graveside service will be Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at 1:30 PM at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Bauxite. To sign online guest book visit www.dialanddudleyfuneralhome.com.
ROGER DALE TAYLOR, 64, of Alexander, Arkansas passed away on November 6, 2018. He was born to Carl and Virginia Taylor on December 29, 1953 in Little Rock, Arkansas. He loved riding motorcycles across country with his wife and friends, and he also enjoyed hunting at the National Forest. He loved his two daughters and grandbabies so much. He married the love of his life, Linda Taylor, on his birthday. He was a kind-hearted man and such a people person. He never met a stranger. He fought a courageous battle with Leukemia and never gave up. He enjoyed his life to the fullest! He was preceded in death by his parents and his twin sisters, Martha Lou and Rebecca Sue. He is survived by his loving wife of 15 years, Linda Taylor; two daughters, Brandy McCulloguh and Natasha Taylor Guerrero (Angel); eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; two sisters, Diana Amato (Charlie) and Pat Roberts (Richard Gray); two brothers, Dwayne Taylor and Robert Taylor; along with a host of many family and friends who love and miss him dearly. A celebration of Roger’s life will be on Friday, November 9, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. at Dial and Dudley Funeral Home.
LINDA LOU GAVIN, 76, of Benton, Arkansas passed away on November 6, 2018. She was born to Rupert and Mildred Schaller on April 12, 1942 in Corder, Missouri. She enjoyed reading and being outdoors with nature. She loved spending time with her family. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, William Gavin; son, Mark William Gavin; four brothers and three sisters. She is survived by three sons, Paul A. Gavin, Todd S. Gavin (Teresa), and Jason L. Gavin (Ilena); 6 grandchildren, Brittney, Josh, Chelsea, Demi, Karlee, and Madisen; 6 great grandchildren; sister, Dorothy Narron; along with a host of many family and friends who love and miss her dearly. A celebration of Linda’s life will be on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. with visitation one hour prior at Dial and Dudley Funeral Home. Graveside will be held at Little Rock National Cemetery at 12:00 P.M.
DANNY MICHAEL PRIEST, 53, of Mabelvale, passed away on November 9, 2018 with his family by his side. He was born on October 7, 1965 to Charles and Sandra Priest in Little Rock, Arkansas. Danny enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his family – especially his grandchildren. Danny proudly served in the United States Army and did a tour in Desert Storm. He was the co-founder of R and D Medical Staffing. Danny is survived by his two children, Kayleigh Sipes (Daniel) and Scott Curtis Priest; six grandchildren: Kourtlyn and Brooke Sipes, Briana, Peyton, Sadie and Silas Priest; parents, Charles and Sandra Priest; three brothers: George, Rusty and Rodney Priest; and a host of family and friends who all love him and will miss him dearly. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 from 5-7 PM at Dial and Dudley Funeral Home in Bryant. Celebration of Danny’s life will be Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at 1:00 PM at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Butler Cemetery. To sign online guestbook visit www.dialanddudleyfuneralhome.com.
JACQUELYN BAGWELL, 64, of Benton, Arkansas went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, October 16, 2018. Jacquelyn or “Jackie” as she liked to be called, was born March 20, 1954 in Glendale, California, to Olin and Ercie (Blackwell) Johnson. Her father, Olin, preceded her in death January 2, 1997 and her mother, Ercie, April 22, 2018. Jackie graduated from Buena Park High School, in Buena Park, California. For many years she worked for Davis Truck & Trailer, as a bookkeeper. At the age of 50, she returned to school and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Science and Nursing, from the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences; she also worked there as a cardiac nurse. Jackie is survived by two children, Jason John Segeda (Jennifer) of Malvern, Arkansas and Sarah Dawn Segeda Michau (Steve Cox) of Fort Collins, Colorado, her four grandchildren Laureen Segeda, Issac Michau, Luke Michau and Shawn Cox; two sisters, Judy Robertson of Scottsdale, AZ and Charlotte Gansereit (Greg) of Union City, TN. She leaves behind numerous nephews and nieces, Jake Gansereit (Renae) and their girls Lauren and Megan; Jennifer Pollak (Dan) and their children Danielle, Nicholas, Kimberly and Christopher; Kurt Gansereit (Joyanne) and their children Danielle and Matthew; Johanna Howard (Ronny Lee) and son Ronny Wayne; Tom Robertson and his son, Tommy; Jonathan Robertson and his children Tyler and Mitchell. She is also survived by numerous other cousins and family members. Jackie was very artistic and loved creating oil paintings. Her favorite pastimes involved traveling, cooking, trips to the beach, and enjoying live music and events. As a single mom, she worked hard all her life to provide a good living for her family. Her children and grandchildren were precious to her and she loved them unconditionally, with all of her heart. She attended Midtowne Church in Benton, Arkansas and had a great relationship with the women in her bible study groups. Jackie was a strong follower of Jesus Christ. She gave her heart to the Lord Jesus when she was a child. Her desire was that each of her children, grandchildren and family members had a close relationship with the Lord also. Funeral services in her honor will be held Friday, October 26, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. at Roller-Ballard Funeral Home, 306 South Main Street in Benton, Arkansas 72015.
SHIRLEY LORENE RAFTER WHEELER, age 89, of Benton, passed away Friday, October 19, 2018. She was born July 22, 1929 in Phoenix, Arizona to Esther Claire Heald and Albert H. Rafter. Mrs. Wheeler attended and was a faithful member of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Benton, where she also graciously served as pianist for 29 years. She was easily described as being a housewife extraordinaire and a devoted wife and mother of six who was the foundation of her family and will be immeasurably missed by all of us. She is preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, one sister, two children, Rhett Wheeler and Tammy Hobbs; and one granddaughter, Heather Hobbs. Mrs. Wheeler is survived by her loving husband of 72 years, Ted Wheeler; one son, Kirk Wheeler and his wife Willa, of Little Rock; three daughters, Vicki Smith and her husband Steve, of Hot Springs Village, Rhonda Phillips of Benton, and Kelly Goodrich of Bryant; 14 grandchildren, Carrie Finnegan, Kim Roach, Jeremy Wheeler, Ryan Mitchell, Jessica Looney, Amber Adams, Caroline Fowler, Kami Belew, Brant Hobbs, Chloe Goodrich, Evan Goodrich, Morgan Wheeler, Griffin Wheeler, and Judson Goodrich; and 24 great-grandchildren. A visitation will be held Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. with a memorial service to follow at 7:00 p.m. at Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Benton, 2615 Lincoln Road. Flowers can be sent to Roller-Ballard Funeral Home; 306 South Main Street, Benton.
WIRT FRANKLIN, age 84, of Benton, passed away Sunday, October 21, 2018 in Bryant. He was born November 19, 1933, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to John R. & Mary (Namie) Franklin. Mr. Franklin graduated from Fairfax High School in Fairfax, Oklahoma. He was a weather observer in the United States Air Force from 1952-1956 and was stationed at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, Alaska and Vance Air Force Base in Enid, Oklahoma. He graduated from Tonkawa Jr. College Tonkawa, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University Stillwater, with a B.S. in Microbiology. He graduated from Oklahoma University Hospital School of Medical Technology and worked as a medical technologist at University Hospital and Hillcrest Medical Center in Tulsa. He married Mary Ann Estes on February 12, 1966 in Caney, Kansas. They moved to Pine Bluff in 1966 where he worked as a microbiologist for the Directorate of Biological Operations at the Pine Bluff Arsenal and the National Center for Toxicological Research, where he retired from in 1996. He was a past member of the American Society of Microbiology, and past president of Oklahoma Society of Medical Technologists. He was officially commended by the Department of the Army for his help in the demilitarization of biological weapons at the Pine Bluff Arsenal. He was an active member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church where he was a member of the Knights of Columbus and was a 3rd Degree Knight at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church and a 4th Degree Knight at Hot Springs Village. He was also a member of the Altar Society at St. Joseph’s in Pine Bluff. Mr. Franklin is preceded in death by his parents, John & Mary Franklin; sisters, Daisy Florene & Precious Henderson; brother, John Franklin Jr. He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Franklin; children, Timothy J. Franklin (Melodi), Rosemary Ferrell (Jeff), John Patrick Franklin (Rebecca); grandchildren, Andrew & Mary Catherine Mote; Autumn & Tyler Franklin; Isabella, Roman, Caroline, & William Franklin. A visitation will be held at Roller-Ballard Funeral Home on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. with a rosary at 6:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church with Father Paul and Father YC officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Hills Memorial Park in Alexander. In lieu of flowers, the family request that donations be sent to Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church or School (900 W. Cross St. Benton, AR 72015); or American Red Cross for hurricane relief in his name.
TWANA DARLENE LITTLE, age 69, of Traskwood, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 23, 2018. She was born October 8, 1949 in Lepanto, Arkansas to Janey Wilson and George Washington Williams. She was everyone’s “Nanny” and never met a stranger. Her caring, giving, and understanding heart made her more than easy to love; yet, her strong and direct personality made it easy to trust her and seek her advice. Because of those specific character traits, she was a devoted mother and very proud grandmother. You could often find her working a puzzle, checking out all the local yard sales, and taking her grandchildren anywhere she could. She also attended the Cross Bar C Cowboy Church in Benton and went faithfully until she couldn’t go anymore. She was so friendly and outgoing that if she didn’t know you, she was about to. Her legacy and sweet memory will be forever missed and cherished by her entire family and many friends. Twana is preceded in death by her husband, Michael Ray Little; her parents, two brothers, George Williams and Jimmy Wilson; and recently, one sister, Dorothy Griffin. She is survived by her loving children, Brady Nash and his wife Rose, of Sacramento, California, Paul Little Sr. and his wife Katherine, of Haskell, Constance Little, of Traskwood, and Dawnde Curtis, of Harrisville, Utah; her brothers, Dale Williams, of Bloomington, California, Danny Williams, of LaQuinta, California, Jay Wilson, of Reno, Nevada, Johnny Williams, of Meeker, Oklahoma; one sister, Linda Griffin, of Benton; 15 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. at the Cross Bar C Cowboy Church; 10895 Highway 70, Benton, AR 72019.
MARY HAZEL WARFORD, 86, died on October 26, 2018. She was born September 28, 1932 to Walter Leroy Howell and Leathie Ann Parker Howell in Hot Springs County. She married Homer Warford on August 13, 1950. Homer passed on March 3, 1990 and Hazel re-married Ron Shuptrine , who passed on June 19, 2005. She lived her entire life in the central Arkansas area. She worked for several area banks as a teller before becoming a mail carrier for the US Postal Service. In her later years she drove trucks for freight companies across the country as a team driver with her second husband, Ron. She was preceded in death by three brothers, James Howell, Floyd Howell, and Jackie Howell. She is survived by a sister, Lynda Sue Clay of Spruce Pine, North Carolina, two sons Eric Owen and Paul Dennis Warford, and one daughter, Catherine Ann Smith, all of the Ten Mile community in Saline County. She is also survived by nine grandchildren, eighteen great grandchildren, and a host of family and friends. Funeral arrangements are with Roller-Ballard Funeral Home in Benton at 306 S. Main Street (501) 315-4047. Visitation will be Monday, October 29, 2018 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. The funeral service will be held at Roller-Ballard Funeral Home Chapel at 2:00 pm, Tuesday, October 30, 2018 Burial will follow at Ten Mile Cemetery.
VIRGINIA CARROLL WILBANKS, 75, of Benton passed away on Monday, October 29, 2018. She was born on December 5, 1942 in Little Rock to the late Carl and Ruby (Ballard) Day. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by one grandson, David Henshaw. Survivors include one son, Carl Henshaw of Benton; two daughters, Christy Mitchell (Charles) of Benton and Terry Rowell (Chris) of Benton; two grandchildren, Allison Gombrich and Ben Mitchell; two great-grandchildren, Ruby and Melody Gombrich, and other relatives and friends. Funeral service will be held at 1:00 P.M., Thursday, November 1, 2018 in the Roller-Ballard Funeral Home Chapel. A visitation will be held from 12:00 P.M. until 1:00 P.M. at Roller-Ballard Funeral Home (501) 315-4047. A Private Burial will follow.
HAROLD C. ROBERTSON, of Benton, passed away Sunday, November 11, 2018. He was born June 1, 1934 in Antlers, Oklahoma to the late Ernie and Pauline Robertson. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by two brothers, Ray and Claude Robertson; sister, Dorothy Steele; and granddaughter, Anna Robertson. Harold was retired from Alcoa. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Benton and was a 32nd degree Mason belonging to Masonic Lodge #34. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Bennie Jane Robertson of Benton; three sons, Randall (Marti), Terry (BI), and Daran (Laura) Robertson all of Benton; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Memorial service will be 3:00 p.m. Thursday, November 15, at First Baptist Church in Benton with Dr. Rick Grant officiating. Inurnment will follow at Smith-Rosemont Cemetery. A time of visitation will begin at 2:00 p.m., an hour prior to the service.
After a protracted battle with cancer, ROGER CARROLL LACY passed from this earth surrounded by his loving family on October 10, 2018 in Benton, AR at the age of 76. He is survived by the love of his life Rachel (Ellis) Lacy along with his daughter, Victoria Powell (Robert) and son, Michael Lacy (Tracy), grandchildren Lacy Goin (Brandon), John-Michael Powell (Serena), Hunter Lacy, Trey McKim, and Sabrina Lacy and seven great grandchildren all of Benton. Roger was born on September 22, 1942, to Marion and Thelma Lacy in Fordyce, Arkansas. The third of five children, he and his family resided in Bauxite for many years. He graduated from Bauxite High School and went on to vocational school where he studied auto mechanics. Shortly thereafter he began work as a journeyman machinist at ALCOA where he retired after 38 years. Roger married Rachel Ellis on January 17, 1964. They spent their 54 years together building a home based on faith in the Lord, trust, sacrifice, and love. In 1990 Roger became a grandfather and began lovingly spoiling his five grandchildren and continued that practice with his seven great grandchildren. Roger was a hard worker who enjoyed mowing the yard, gardening, camping, his dogs, spending time with and mentoring children. He remained a brave, iron-willed man, even throughout his final months. He served the Lord with brotherly love, kindness and generosity. As a young boy, he placed his faith in Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior and served Him faithfully. Roger was a member of Highland Heights Baptist Church for 52 years where he was a deacon. He faithfully attended until two weeks before his death. He was a man of good character, an example of strength and dignity, and his family recognized him as blessed. He bestowed blessings on others through his grace and sacrifice. Poppa, as he was called by his grandchildren, was an amazing husband, father, grandfather, and friend. Roger is survived by his wife and children, as well as sister, Pat Hafner of Cabot, brother, Joe Lacy of Benton, and nieces (Karen, Amy, & Lisa) and nephews (Justin and Will). He was greeted in Heaven by his parents and sisters; Grace Stratton and Deborah Lacy. A potluck style visitation will be held from 11:30 to 12:30 on Sunday, October 14th at Highland Heights Baptist Church followed by a celebration of life at 1:00 with Bro. Brian Moore officiating. All are welcome. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Highland Heights Mission Outreach. Services entrusted to Smith Funeral Home. Online guestbook can be found at SmithFamilyCares.com Gary Van McGuire, 60, passed away October 16, 2018. He was born March 18, 1958 in California to Floyd and Allene (Davis) McGuire. Gary was a farmer and loved working for Post Famile Winery in Altus, Arkansas for over twenty-five years. Gary leaves his daughter, Andrea Masters, to cherish his memory, as well as a host of family, friends, and coworkers who love Gary and will miss him always. Family will hold memorial services where Gary grew up in Ozark. Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online guestbook:www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
JERRY LEON JAMES, 83, of Benton, passed away October 17, 2018. He was born October 9, 1935 at Crow’s Station to the late Virgil and Helen (Sharp) James. Jerry was the owner of Jerry’s CB Shop in Benton for many years. He was a huge NASCAR fan with Dale Earnhardt being his favorite driver. He and his wife traveled to Daytona to watch him race. Jerry also was a fan of St. Louis Cardinals baseball. He loved all his HAM radio friends and checked in every Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. Preceding Jerry in death are his parents; and brother, Don Virgil James. He leaves to cherish his memory his loving and faithful wife of sixty years, Evelyn James of Benton; two sons: Don James and wife Vickie and Leon James of Benton; daughter, Jerrye James Smith of Benton; two grandchildren: Jenna James and Seth Smith; brother, Wayne James and wife Kathy of Benton; sister, Ann Perdue of Hot Springs; sister-in-law, Joyce James; and a host of family and friends who love Jerry and will miss him always. Graveside funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM, Friday, October 19, at Gravel Hill Cemetery, 6519 Highway 9, Benton, Arkansas. Services provided by Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online guestbook:www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
HOWARD LARRY SMOKE passed away in his home on October 19, 2018 in Benton, AR at the age of 70. Howard was born on November 5, 1947 in Magnet Cove, AR to Raymond and Alice Smoke. He graduated from Henderson State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Education. He taught math and science for the Hot Springs School District for 3 years then began working as a book salesman for D.C. Heath and later for Macmillan/McGraw Hill publishing company where he retired after 25 years of service. Howard loved the outdoors, watching westerns, and meeting people. Howard is survived by his son, Barry Smoke (Michelle) and daughter, Beverly Robinson (Perry), six grandchildren, Katelyn Reisma (Mark), Jordan, Bradley and Max Smoke, and Marcus and Jayden Robinson, four great-grandchildren, Kaylee, Layna, McKenzie and Maya, all of Benton, AR, and sister, Helen Ball (Wayne) of Hot Springs, one nephew, Steve Smoke of Daytona Beach, FL and one niece, Julie Patrick (Jeff) of Richmond, VA. Howard was preceded in death by his father and mother, Raymond and Alice Smoke, and brother, David Smoke. Private services will be held by family. In lieu of flowers, please support cancer research: https://www.cancerresearch.org/join-the-cause/donate/one-time-donation In honor of Howard L Smoke e-cards to: [email protected] Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online guestbook:www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
RONALD LEE POWELL, 57, of Benton, Arkansas went to be with the Lord on October 19, 2018. He was born February 19, 1961 in Dermott, Arkansas to Alma “Jean” (Rowsey) Perkins and the late Thomas Powell. Ronnie loved the Lord and listened to Christian music and loved to pray with his family. He was good-hearted and had a giving heart. Laughter was always heard when getting together with his family. Ronnie took great care of his mother and was a talented cook. Enchiladas and Mexican cornbread were family favorites. He enjoyed fishing and being outdoors taking care of his plants. Ronnie was a wonderful son, brother, and friend. Ronnie was preceded in death by his father, Thomas Powell; paternal grandparents: Marvin and Myrtle Powell; and maternal grandparents: Fred and Dorothy Rowsey. He leaves to cherish his memory his mother, Jean Perkins of Bryant, Arkansas; three sisters: Laurel Childress and husband Johnny of Alexander, Arkansas, Karen Wright and husband Bill of Humbolt, Tennessee, and Kathy Jo Lewis of Benton, Arkansas; three nieces: Amanda McClain and husband Mac, Lauren Berkshire and husband Jeremy, and Leighann Comer; three nephews: Austin Wright, Justin Childress, and Tyler Lewis; cousins: Matt and Steven Powell; and a host of family and friends who love Ronnie and will miss him always. Celebration of Life service, officiated by Tony Clifton, will be held at 10:00 AM, Saturday, October 27 at Grace Church-East End, 24300 US Hwy 167, Hensley, Arkansas 72065. Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online guestbook:www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
GARY MICHAEL LOVELL, 69, of Benton, Arkansas passed away October 22, 2018. He was born October 29, 1948 in Benton to the late Warren George “Buddy” and Georgene (Jackson) Lovell. Gary loved the Lord and was a member of Sharon Missionary Baptist Church. He was a talented carpenter and worked in commercial construction. Gary was a member of the Carpenters Local union. In spare time, Gary enjoyed fishing and watching the deer. He is remembered for always being “prepared for every situation.” He could fix anything and solve any problem. Gary often fixed his granddaughter’s car, cooked for his boys, and ensured everyone was taken care of. He was a great husband, dad, and papa. Preceding Gary in death are his parents; and brother, Larry Lovell. He leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife of forty-eight years, Georgia Lovell of Benton, Arkansas; son, Michael Lovell and wife Carla of Benton; daughter, Ashley Ederington and husband Aaron of Bismarck, Arkansas; grandchildren: Cassandra, Paul, Evan and John David; and a host of family and friends who love Gary and will miss him always. Reception visitation will be held from 5:00-7:00 PM, Friday, October 26 at Smith-Benton Funeral Home, 322 N. Market St., Benton, Arkansas. Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online guest registry:www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
BENNY TEXAS DRAKE, 69, of Benton, Arkansas passed away October 25, 2018. He was born May 24, 1949 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to the late Norman and Martha (Shoemaker) Drake. Benny worked as a video manufacturer. He was dearly loved by his family and friends and will be remembered always. Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online guestbook:www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
ROBERT ANTHONY OLIVO, 65, of Alexander, Arkansas passed away October 27, 2018. He was born March 25, 1953 in Paterson, New Jersey to the late Louis, Sr. and Marion (Aleo) Olivo. Robert was of the Catholic faith. He served in the United States Air Force. Robert loved the outdoors, hunting and fishing. He never met a stranger. Robert enjoyed being a merchant trader-finding bargains at flea markets, yard sales, and scrap yards. He was a handy man and repaired cars in his spare time. Preceding Robert in death are his parents; grandparents; grandson, Colton Wayne Harris; brother, Louis Olivo, Jr. and his wife Barbara; and nephew, Anthony “Tony” Olivo. He leaves to cherish his memory his daughter, Jacqueline Lea Olivo-Harris of Little Rock; two granddaughters: Jayden and Jordan Harris; sister, Rosemarie Janusz of Tucson, Arizona; nieces and nephews: John Kimick, Phillip Olivo (Ashley), Amber Wright (Nate), Donny Olivo (Ashleigh), Amanda Wells (Austin), Sherry Saling (Frank), and Stephanie Olivo; ex-wife and friend, Phyllis Ann Davidson of Little Rock; and a host of family and friends who love Robert and will miss him always. Reception visitation will be held from 5:00-6:00 PM with memorial service following at 6:00 PM, Thursday, November 1 at Smith-Benton Funeral Home, 322 N. Market St., Benton. Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online guestbook:www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
VIVIAN ANN (OLDNER) SHERIDAN, 68, of Benton, Arkansas went to be with the Lord October 27, 2018. She was born March 18, 1950 in Little Rock to the late Johnie E. Oldner and Sybil Juanita (Smith) Oldner. Vivian loved the Lord and served Him by playing the piano, singing in the choir and participating in Vacation Bible School at her home church, Forest Hills Missionary Baptist Church. She loved people and was a generous giver. Vivian enjoyed watching TV court shows and was crafty. Her grandchildren were so special to her. She often sent them jokes by text. Preceding Vivian in death are her parents; husband of forty-five years, Gary C. Sheridan; and one grandchild. She leaves to cherish her memory three children: Melissa G. Farmer and husband Rocky of Benton, Arkansas, Brian J. Sheridan and wife Christel of Royal, Arkansas, and Tiffany R. Alexander and husband Keith of Hampton, Arkansas; six grandchildren: Sydney Dillon (Benton), Dustin O’Neal (Elisabeth), Blakley Sheridan, Jacob Sheridan, Christian Sheridan, Anna Jones; three great-grandchildren; two sisters: Gloria J. Oldner of Benton, and Kathy Davis of Benton; brother, T. Wayne Oldner of Benton; and a host of family and friends who love Vivian and will miss her always. Reception visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 PM, Tuesday, October 30 at Smith-Benton Funeral Home, 322 N. Market Street, Benton. Funeral service, officiated by Rev. Marcus Blakley, will be held at 10:00 AM, Wednesday, October 31 at Forest Hills Missionary Baptist Church, 1119 Alcoa Road, Benton, Arkansas. Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online guestbook:www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
JUNIOR BERT “J.B.” SANFORD, 86, of Traskwood, Arkansas passed away October 28, 2018. He was born October 31, 1931 in Conway, Arkansas to the late Edgar Bert and Gracie (Andrews) Sanford. J.B. proudly served in the United States Army. During the Korean War, he earned the Korean Service Medal with three bronze service stars; the United Nations Service Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal. Following his military service, J.B. drove coast to coast as a truck driver with Adams Trucking. He loved spending time with his family and friends and never met a stranger. Fishing and hunting were a few of his favorite hobbies. J.B.’s father passed down a love of watching wrestling matches live or on TV. J.B. was a faithful follower of the Razorbacks. He enjoyed spending time at the Senior Center playing BINGO and other activities with his friends. Preceding J.B. in death are his parents; son, Rick Sanford; and brother, Charles “Sonny” Sanford. He leaves to cherish his memory his son, Doug Sanford and wife Judy of Traskwood; three daughters: Jill Pope of Traskwood, Penny Moneypenny of Little Rock, and Trudy Ross of Enid, Oklahoma; seven grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren; brother, Danny Joe Sanford and wife Gail; two sisters: Dorothy Kelley and husband Jay and Bobbie Staiger and husband Dick; and a host of family and friends who love J.B. and will miss him always. Reception visitation will be held from 3:00-4:00, Friday, November 2, followed by memorial service at 4:00 PM at Smith-Benton Funeral Home, 322 N. Market Street, Benton, Arkansas. Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online guestbook:www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
JOHN BARNEY SPEARS, 75, Benton, passed away October 28, 2018. He was born December 7, 1942 in Benton to the late Allen and Lillian (Franks) Spears. John was a master leather craftsman and handyman. John was preceded in death by his wife, Karol Tiner-Spears; parents; two brothers: Delbert and Glenn Spears; and step-daughter, Colleen Bates. He is survived by brother, James Spears (Sandy); step-son, Todd Bates (Ginger); step-daughter, Brenda Huggins; step-grandchildren: Kylie, Taylor, and Matthew Bates; and several nieces and nephews. Special thanks to Amberwood Nursing and Rehabilitation and Arkansas Hospice. Graveside inurnment: 2:00 PM, Saturday, November 3, Pinecrest Memorial Park, Alexander. Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Guestbook: www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
BESSIE MAE WILSON, 79, of Benton, Arkansas went to be with the Lord October 31, 2018. She was born October 22, 1939 in Jackson, Kentucky to the late Clyde Nichols and Ethel (Foutch) Gabbard. Bessie was passionate about her belief in Christ. She retired as a postal worker. She was a free spirit and would do anything on a whim-from traveling alone to Hawaii to purchasing a Harley Davidson motorcycle. Bessie was an entrepreneur and owned multiple businesses. Gardening was a favorite hobby as she loved flowers of all kinds. Preceding Bessie in death are her parents; husband, Lloyd Wilson, Sr., brother, William Nichols; and sister, Mary Makin. She leaves to cherish her memory her daughter, Ingrid Wilson-Bowers and husband Mark of Benton; son, Lloyd Wilson, Jr. and wife Anna of Benton; grandchildren: Jared Landon, Terra Hardcastle and husband Zack, Connor Wilson and fiancé Taylor, and Sydney Wilson; great-granddaughter, Riley Carlene Hardcastle; two brothers: Arlin Gabbard and wife Lois and Arthur Gabbard; and a host of family and friends who love Bessie and will miss her always. Reception visitation will be held from 2:00-4:00 PM, Sunday, November 4 at Smith-Benton Funeral Home, 322 N. Market Street, Benton, Arkansas. Funeral service, officiated by Bro. John Ferguson, will be held at 11:00 AM, Monday, November 5 at Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Burial following at Martin Cemetery in Little Rock. Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online guestbook:www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
DOYLE WAYNE HARKINS, 63, of Benton, Arkansas passed away November 1, 2018. He was born April 30, 1955 in Sparkman, Arkansas to the late Curtis Floyd and Virginia (Wingfield) Harkins. Doyle was a hard worker and worked for Reynolds for over sixteen years. After retiring, he became the owner/operator of Harkins Computer Recycling. He never met a stranger and would strike up a conversation with anyone. Not only was he good at talking, he was a great listener. He would often listen to his family and help them through life’s situations. His family loved to see Doyle’s big red truck pull into their driveway as he was their hero. “Doyle’s heart gave out because he gave it all away.” Preceding Doyle in death are his parents; and wife, Patty Harkins. He leaves to cherish his memory his son, Keith Harkins and wife April of Haskell, Arkansas; daughter, Sandra Hope Nash and husband Timothy of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas; grandchildren: Zachary Neil Whitener, Dylan Jett, Marshal McPherson, Haley Davis, and Justice Hebert; great-grandson, Sawyer Whitener; best friend, Dianne Quimby of Prattsville, Arkansas; and a host of family and friends who love Doyle and will miss him always. Memorial service will be held at 5:00 PM, Tuesday, November 6 with visitation following at Smith-Benton Funeral Home, 322 N. Market Street, Benton, Arkansas. Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online guestbook:www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
JAMES TURNER September 7, 1966 – November 8, 2018
CHRISTINE ROBINSON, 38, of Benton, passed away November 2, 2018. She was born December 9, 1979 in Valpraiso, Indiana to Kenneth and Linda Robinson. Christine was beautiful inside and out, charismatic, loving, caring, and so much fun to be around. She enjoyed watching movies, shopping, sewing, collecting snow globes with her daughters and most of all she had a passion for creating soaps and lotions along with writing, and she recently wrote her own book, “Blauvelt”. Christine attended Benton High School in Benton, Louisiana. She was a successful business traveler, and her favorite place to travel was New Zealand. Her favorite place to be was sitting on the beach and she could out do anyone when it came to eating crab legs. Christine loved her family with everything but most importantly, she loved God. Youth ministry was one of her favorites. She was willing to pray with anyone who needed prayer including people she had never met. Christine had the biggest heart and a smile that could light up any room. Christine is preceded in death by her grandparents, Vito and Christine Cifaldi and Ralph Robinson; Uncles, Steve and Tom Cifaldi and Robert Dillingham; and cousins, Cheryl Cifaldi and Kyle Claffey. She is survived by her daughters, Reillie Hand and Sophia Moschitta; two brothers, Ricky Robinson (Nikki) and their children, Jaxon, Katie, and Mason, and Noah Robinson (Megan); parents, Ken and Linda Robinson and grandmother, Mary Robinson.
BOBBY RAY GREER, SR., age 80, of East End, passed away November 10, 2018. He was born March 2, 1938, in Prescott, Arkansas, to Clyde and Thelma Greer. He was preceded in death by his parents. Bob retired as a yard foreman for a lumber yard. He was a hardworking, faithful Christian man who loved his family and his faithful sidekick, Buddy. Bob was an avid deer hunter and a lifelong member of DeWoody Greer Hunting Club. He is survived by his loving soulmate and wife of 53 years, Pamela; three children, Pamela Lynn Woodruff (Bruce) of East End, Bobby Ray Greer, Jr. (Niki) of Bauxite, Celestina Robin Williams (Chris) of Sherwood; three siblings, Sue Greer Hall and Billy Wayne Greer of Bee Branch, Arkansas, and Elizabeth Ann Greer Butler of Alexander; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Visitation will be Wednesday, November 14, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and funeral service on Thursday, November 15, at 2:00 p.m., both at Pinecrest Funeral Home in Alexander. Interment will follow at Pinecrest Memorial Park.
THAI VAN TUAN was born on September 17, 1941 and passed away on November 9, 2018
LUCILLE V. BERKEMEYER, age 95, of Mabelvale, passed away November 10, 2018. She was born February 12, 1923, in Casa, Arkansas, to Lola and Letha St. John. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Bernard Berkemeyer, and a brother, T.J. St. John. Lucille retired from the Arkansas State Hospital as an LPTN. She enjoyed flowers and bird watching. She is survived by three children, Michael (Pam) Berkemeyer of Cabot, Dianna (Ernest) Murphy and Pam (Billy) Rice of Mabelvale; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Visitation will be Tuesday, November 13, at 1:00 p.m. and funeral service at 2:00 p.m. at Pinecrest Funeral Home in Alexander. Interment will follow at Pinecrest Memorial Park.
QUENT CARL GRANT, III, 64 of Benton, AR passed away at his home on Friday, November 9, 2018. He was born on February 26, 1954 in Searcy, AR to Quent Carl Grant, II and Flora Jean (Taylor) Grant. He was a jewelry salesman. Quent graduated from Searcy High School and attended the Church of the Nazarene. He is survived by his wife, Gilda Grant of Benton, AR; step-children, Michael “Adam” Brown (Kristina Louise) of Little Rock, AR and Andrea “Somer” Bowden (Jason) of Benton; grandchildren, Austin Brown, Hannah Brown, Noah Davis and Luke Bowden; sisters, Diane Taylor of North Little Rock, AR and Shannon Smith of Searcy, AR. He is preceded in death by his parents. Funeral services will be private. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Humane Society, 14600 Colonel Glenn Rd., Little Rock, AR 72210 or to The American Diabetes Association, 320 Executive Ct., Ste. 104, Little Rock, AR 72205. Arrangements by Little Rock Funeral Home, 8801 Knoedl Ct., Little Rock, AR 72205 (501)224-2200. Quent’s online guestbook may be signed at www.littlerockfuneralhome.com.