Kelly Estes Greer, age 94, of Benton went to be with his Savior on June 1, 2021. He was born January 12, 1927 in Ico, Arkansas to George and Bessie Greer. Kelly was a devoted husband, loving father, a rambunctious and lively Papaw to his grand & great grandchildren, and a companion to all he met. He loved his country and proudly served in both WWII and the Korean Wars. His love for the Lord was second to none. He was a member of Spring Creek Baptist Church and served as a deacon to the fellow churches he attended. He instilled a lifetime of values into our regions youth while serving as the President for the Bryant School Board. He was proceeded in death by his wife Jo of 67 years, parents, brothers, sisters, Son-in-law Ed Rundel, and great-grandson Jackson Michael. He is survived by his two daughters Becky Rundel and Kellie Smith (David), grandchildren Michelle Rundel, Alesha Cronk (Stephen), Danielle Smith, Dereck Dinkins, great-grandchildren Ryan Edward, Kinzlee Wayne, Robert, Wyatt, Jesse, and Cole, and caregiver Christina. Visitation will be from 6:00-8:00 PM Friday at Spring Creek Missionary Baptist Church 19200 Interstate 30 Benton, AR. Funeral services will be 12:00 PM Saturday at Spring Creek Missionary Baptist Church with burial at Forest Hills Cemetery. Minister will be Rev. Terry Parrish.
Joneva “Jone” Lee Holcombe, age 62, of Benton, Arkansas gained her heavenly wings on May 29, 2021 surrounded by her family. She was born September 13, 1958 in Little Rock, Arkansas. She was a loving wife and mother. She was a nurse and had a passion for taking care of others. She worked at Heartland Rehabilitation and Care Center and was a member of Oak grove Missionary Baptist Church. Most of all she enjoyed being at the lake camping or at the deer woods hunting with her family and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents John Howard and Eva Lee Howard Elder, Mary Barnett, and son Jimmy Howard Holcombe. She is survived by her husband of 38 years, Jimmy Glen Holcombe, of Benton, Arkansas; daughter, Jamie Lee Holcombe-Morton (Russell), of Benton, Arkansas; sisters, Marie Brown (Stanley), of Lexington, Alabama, Debra Birdwell (David), of Rogersville, Alabama, and Kim Fabry (John), of Athens, Alabama; brother, Michael McCrary (Tricia), of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends that she loved dearly. Graveside services by Ashby Funeral Home, will be held at Smith –New Rosemont Cemetery, on Friday June 4, 2021, at 10:00 AM, officiated by Pastor Vance Nutt. A visitation will be held Thursday, June 3, 2021, at Ashby Funeral Home from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Family would like to express a special thank you to all of the staff at Baptist Hospice for keeping her comfortable until the end. Family request that everyone dress casually.
Erma Mae (Momma) Tudor, of Benton, was born May 14th 1928, to the late Bert and Mattie Hockaday. She was married to the late Lewis Tudor on August 25th 1952. They were inseparable for seventy years and a true example of how two people should love and cherish each other, and raise their children in a Christian home. She was a member of Cross Roads Missionary Baptist Church and a homemaker. Erma loved fishing down at the pond and even more loved cooking her catch. She did not know how to just cook for 1 or 2. If you killed it or caught it, you could find her outback skinning or cleaning it, and then cooking it. She loved having as many people that came in the house come in her kitchen and eat all they could. You never missed a meal while in her house. She was preceded in death by: Alice Glover and Jimmy Hockaday. She is survived by: 2 sons, Jeff (Lori) Tudor & Paul Bert (Melinda) Tudor. A son-in-law, Carl Glover, a brother Jackie (Judy) Hockaday, a sister in-law, Verna Hockaday. She also leaves behind 3 nephews and a niece. She had 5 grandkids: Tim Merrick, Cristin (David) Groce, Carmen (David) Hollis, Bailey (Hunter) Dickey, and Will Tudor. Four great grandkids: Kinsey Merrick, Nolan Groce, Annabelle Dickey, and Mae Alice Groce. Pallbearers: Steve Chism, Kevin Chastain, Frank Drye, Chad Newcomb, Paul Childress, and Steve Glass. Honorary Pallbearers: Carl Glover, Jim Bob Hockaday, Richard Howard, and Doyle Richey. Brother Kim Hammer will be the officiater. In lieu of flowers: Donations can be made in her honor to the American Diabetes Association or St. Judes Children Research Hospital. Visitation will be at Ashby Funeral Home in room #2 & 3 from 6-8 pm Wednesday. The Service will be held in the Chapel at Ashby’s on Thursday, June 3rd, 2021 at 2pm. Burial will follow at Graham Cemetery. Online guest book at ashbyfuneralhome.com
Joyce Annette McKinney, 87 of Benton, was called home to heaven on May 25, 2021. She was born November 4, 1933 in Gurdon, Arkansas to Hardy and Maude Wall. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lonnie Ray McKinney, and daughter, Brenda Rae McKinney Corrigan. Joyce is survived by daughter, Lisa (Ray) Offenbacker, grandchildren Samantha (Jayce) Corrigan Mitchell, Jacob (Krista) Corrigan, Hannah (Josh) Offenbacker Wade, Aaron (Rileigh) Offenbacker, Sean Corrigan, Tracy Corrigan, Christina Cordon, great grandsons Hudson Corrigan, Cooper Corrigan, Silas Mitchell, son-in-law & daughter-in-law Doyce & Rhonda Corrigan, sisters-in-love Phyllis Page & Shirley Chapman, and a multitude of nieces, nephews, friends, and adopted family who loved her dearly. Much can be said about her sweet love story with Lonnie, the way she loved completely, mothered with godly wisdom, ridiculously loved her grandchildren & great grandchildren, cherished her church family, and passionately loved her God. But Joyce would say that the thing she would most want to be remembered for is the way her God loved her; the way He sent His only Son to take the consequence of her sin and cover her with His righteousness; the way He took her imperfection and made her able to enter the perfect presence of her Lord in Heaven. She would want everyone to join her; would say that anyone could by believing in her amazing Savior; would invite anyone who wants to know more about her God to read His Word, the Bible, or to contact Will Diggs (501 428-0811), Gerry Billson (501 590-5993), or Brian Moore (501 840-3655). She would love to see you in heaven one day. Visitation will be Saturday, May 29, 2021, from 10:00 to 11:00 at Ten Mile Baptist Church. The funeral service will be at 11:00 with Bro. Will Diggs officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: The CALL in Saline/Perry Counties, P.O. Box 90, Benton, AR 72018, or to Christmas Gift Shop, Shelby Baptist Association, P.O. Box 888, Columbiana, AL 35051. Online guest book at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
Guadalupe E. Montalvo, age 91 of Haskell passed away on May 27, 2021. He was born in Bauxite, Ar. on February 4, 1930. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jose Montalvo and Herlinda Hernandez Montalvo. He was a US Marine Veteran for 24 years serving in Korea and Viet Nam. He grew up in the St. Joseph Orphanage and then attended Catholic High School and on to Notre Dame where he got his degree. He leaves behind his wife Olga of 35 years, daughter, Diane (Carl) Cotrell, three grandchildren, Lance and wife Sammy, Maria and Peter. Three sisters, Tedea, Andela, and Angie, and a brother, Manuel. He also was loved by his step family that consisted of three step-daughters, eight step grandchildren, eight step great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Rosary services will be at 6:00 PM Wednesday at Ashby’s with visitation to follow. Mass will be 9:00 AM Thursday at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. Burial will be at the Arkansas Veteran’s Cemetery in North Little Rock. Online guest book at www.ashbyfunealhome.com
Deondra Diane Wheat, age 48, of Hot Springs, formerly of Bauxite, passed away Thursday, May 27, 2021. She was born May 24, 1973 in Little Rock, Arkansas. Deondra graduated from Bauxite High School and completed her Bachelors of Science and Nursing from the University of Central Arkansas in 2000. She Studied Masters of Science Nursing at Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth, Texas where she earned her CRNA degree in 2003. She loved living and being on the lake. Deondra worked at Southern Regional Anesthesiology Consultants. She is preceded in death by her father, Guy B. Smith; step-father, Scott Reavis and grandfather, Franklin Stuckey. Deondra is survived by her daughter, Lane Denney; mother, Gwen Reavis; grandmother, Golden Stuckey; uncles, Ronnie Stuckey (Bridget) and Mickey Stuckey (Linda); brother and sister, Kip & Lina Grace Tracy and their father Rhett Tracy. Visitation will be 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Saturday, June 5 at Ashby Funeral Home with memorial services beginning at 2:00 p.m.
Wesley Harold Brown, Jr., 67, of Bauxite, Arkansas passed away June 2, 2021. He was born March 18, 1954 in Shreveport, Louisiana to the late Wesley H. Brown, Sr. and Beulah (Payne) Brown. Wesley was a devout Christian and member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Bauxite. He was diligient in reading and studying the Bible. Wesley was a graduate of the Woodlawn High School, Shreveport, Louisiana class of 1972 and was very active in the alumni. He graduated from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) in 1979 which he remained active with by working in partnership to assist students in course studies to help them pass the Journeyman’s exam. Wesley worked for General Motors for twenty-five years and retired in 2010. He was the owner of Wesley Brown Electric. He had an analytical mind which served him well as an electrician. Wesley enjoyed researching genealogy, playing chess and anything mathematical. Family was most important to Wesley. He cherished spending time with his children and grandchildren and would do anything for them. Wesley never met a stranger and had friends everywhere he went. Wesley was a fan of LSU and the New Orleans Saints. Wesley coached, umpired, and even taught dance lessons. This year he sponsored Benton Youth Sports Associations Cardinals’ team. Wesley was a very generous man who was selfless. His desire was to serve and help others. Preceding Wesley in death are his parents; sisters: Gayle Brown and Vickie Goode; brother, Ricky Dale Brown; and his second wife, Sandra Renee Brown. Wesley leaves behind to cherish his memory his wife of seven years, Charlene Brown; five children: Staci and husband Donny Boudreaux, Kenneth and wife Miyo Brown, Michael and wife Amber Brown, Wesley H. Brown, III, and Jessica and husband Bryan King; step-children: Bryan Wilson, Brooke and husband Bryan Castleberry, and Jeremiah Wilson; fourteen grandchildren: Lynnli Anderson, Tyler Wilson, Hunter King, Destin King, Wesley H. Brown, IV, Yzabella Brown, Connor King, Kaydin King, Baylee Castleberry, Haylee Wilson, Aidyn Brown, Ryeli Brown, Hope Brown, and Sandra Ryan Brown; brothers: Billy and wife Toni Brown, Bobby and wife Sheila Brown, and Terry Brown; sister, “Sally” Marie Brown; and many family members and friends who love Wesley and will miss him always. Family will hold a memorial service in Texas at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Pink Warrior Angels of Texas Cancer Survivors at https://pwatx.org/index.php/give. Arrangements entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online guestbook: www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
Nina Fay Weaver, 87, of Hensley, Arkansas passed away June 1, 2021. She was born October 24, 1933 in Sulphur Rock, Arkansas to the late Giles and Tennie (Hennsey) Baker. Nina was a happy person who loved to sing, hum, and whistle everywhere she went. She loved going to work at Good Ole Days Bakery. Her favorite outing was going to the races at the I-30 Raceway with her family. Nina’s grandchildren were the light of her life. Family was so important to her and she was always there to help them in any way needed. Preceding Nina in death are her husband, Billy Joe Weaver; and grandson, Joshua Vaughn. She leaves behind to cherish her memory seven children: Cleda Burkes, Louis Weaver, Rita Edwards, Neal Weaver, Neda Cochran, Tony Weaver, and Randy Weaver; thirteen grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; one great, great-grandchild; and many family members and friends who love Nina and will miss her always. Visitation will be held from 10:00-11:00 AM, Friday, June 4, 2021 with funeral service, officiated by Bro. Dennis Yarberry, following at 11:00 AM, at Smith-Benton Funeral Home, 322 N. Market Street, Benton, Arkansas. Burial to follow at Pinecrest Memorial Park in Alexander, Arkansas. Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online guestbook: www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
Patrick Gage “Country” Price, 31, of Tull, Arkansas passed away May 30, 2021. He was born March 17, 1990 in Texarkana, Texas to Timothy James Price and the late Carol Marie (Clark) Carnley. Patrick was a graduate of Bauxite High School. He was a jack of all trades and worked in construction. He was the life of the party and lived in the moment. Patrick was a dare devil and he believed in living life at 100 percent. He enjoyed celebrating even the smallest of events. Patrick referred to himself as 100% “Murican” and “Sexy”. He didn’t have a filter and was very outspoken. Patrick enjoyed spending time outdoors whether hunting, fishing, or four-wheeling. He was a county boy to the core, thus his nickname “Country”. Patrick’s daughter, Madilyne, was his life. She was the most important person in his life and he lived for her. He was very caring and close to his family. He would do anything for his family or friends. He and his grandmother, Nila, were always together. Family says that he was his grandmother’s baby. Patrick was very close to his brothers. This was proved when his brother, Little Carl, went to Afghanistan. Patrick wrote letters to him every week until he returned home. Those letters meant the world to him. Preceding Patrick in death are his mother, Carol Marie (Clark) Carnley; grandfather, Lee Roy Clark; and uncles: Jerry Fielding and Mike Clark. Left to cherish his memory are his daughter, Madilyne Grace Price of Tull, Arkansas; father, Tim Price of Ozan, Arkansas; brothers: Timothy Price and wife Ashtine of Bauxite, Arkansas, Seth Price and wife Lexy of Texarkana, Texas, “Little Carl” Carnley of Alexander, Arkansas; and Trevor Harrison of Bauxite, Arkansas; sisters: Lillian “Shea” Munns and husband Jeffrey of Benton, Arkansas and Ariel Fuller of Benton, Arkansas; paternal grandmother, Johannah Masters and husband Wayne of Texarkana, Texas; maternal grandparents: Hollis and Nila McPherson of Tull, Arkansas; step-parents: Carl and Angela Carnley of Benton, Arkansas and J.C. and Kimberly “Muffett” Harrison of Bauxite, Arkansas; aunts and uncles: Jodie Dyer and husband Josh, Sean Price and wife Amanda, Melissa O’Keefe, Matthew Price and wife Mandy, and Christopher McPherson; good friends, Eli Vocque and Brandon Reece; and many family members and friends who love Patrick and will miss him always. Visitation will be held from 11:00 AM – Noon, Tuesday, June 8, at Smith-Benton Funeral Home, 322 N. Market Street, Benton, Arkansas with a Celebration of Life and Open Mic following at noon. Arrangements entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online guestbook: www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
Nina Sue Hunt Robinson was called Home to spend eternity with the Lord on May 29, 2021. She was born May 30, 1937. Nina Sue’s greatest legacy is her family. She loved the Lord, her family, and everyone she ever met. To know Nina was to know a saint and an angel on earth. She was a devoted Christian, wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, and daughter. She loved quilting, caring for children, canning, and flower gardening. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Calvin; her two daughters, Elise and Denise, eight grandchildren, eighteen great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her brothers and sisters; Doyle Hunt, Harold ‘Pee Wee’ Hunt, Darrell Hunt, and Mildred Rickard. She was preceded in death by her parents, Alfred T. and Clara Sue Hunt; her brothers: Alfred, Weldon, and James Hunt; and three children: Thurman, Tammy, and Janice. A memorial service, officiated by Tony Harris, will be held on Thursday, June 3rd, 11 a.m. at Martindale Cemetery on Hwy 10, 40710 AR-10, Bigelow, AR 72016
Betsy Jean Holland, 63, of Benton, Arkansas passed away May 28, 2021. She was born August 4, 1957 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania to the late Adam and Bertha (Kern) Stefanowicz. Betsy worked for Alltel many years. She was dearly loved by her family and will be missed always. Arrangements entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online guestbook: www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
Linda Chisum of Benton, AR passed away June 1, 2021, at the age of 82. She was born in Little Rock to the late Dan W. and Tressie Goss Jenkins. Linda was married to Harvey Chisum in June of 1956. He preceded her in death. Mrs. Chisum is survived by her 4 children; Larry (Debra) Chisum, Michael (Annie) Chisum, Vicky Sicking, and Teresa (Freddy) Sicking; 9 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband and parents, Linda was also preceded in death by her sister, Louise Mabel Gatrell, and brothers Bill, Bobby, Louis, and Buddy Jenkins. Linda stayed busy with her hobbies which included sewing, fishing, camping, gardening, and cooking. Most of all, she cherished the time spent watching and being with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. For many years, Linda worked for Ouachita Upholstery; she later worked with her daughter, Vicky, cleaning doctor’s offices. She was a member of New Life Missionary Baptist Church. Visitation for Mrs. Chisum will be at Roller-Ballard Funeral Home, 306 S. Main, Benton, Thursday, June 3, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Her funeral service will be 2:00 P.M., Friday, June 4 at the funeral home. Linda will be laid to rest in Fairplay Cemetery, Benton, AR.
Frances G. “Jeri” Ginger died on Wednesday, June 2, 2021. She was born in Prescott, Arkansas, on January 31, 1938. She moved to Little Rock as a child and graduated from Central High School. Jeri was the widow of retired USAF Major Jimmy D. Ginger. They were married for 52 years. She was predeceased by her daughter Karen McCloud, her grandson Jordan Armstrong, and her parents Ray and Myrtle O’Rourke. She is survived by her daughter Geinah Ginger of Little Rock; her son, Scott Ginger, of Little Rock; her grandson, Zac Armstrong, of Little Rock; her granddaughter Emily Drexler (Evan) of Grove City, Ohio; and her great grandchildren Brantley and Bailor and their mother, Blake Merritt of Little Rock. Jeri was lovingly known as Jim’s “Squirrel,” the keeper of the nest, the provider of food, and the raiser of children. She was the supporting spouse of an air force officer, moving her family all over the world. After Jim’s retirement from the Air Force, Jeri started a career as a disaster worker for the American Red Cross and continued that work as a volunteer after retiring. She was a charter member of Trinity Assembly of God Church (TAG), attending services there for more than 75 years. Jeri lived for her family, for her faith, and for bargain shopping. Visitation will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 5, followed by the funeral at 2 p.m. Dwayne Maynard will be officiating. Both services will be held at Dial and Dudley Funeral Home in Bryant. Visit www.dialanddudleyfuneralhome.com to sign the online guestbook
Robert Stith Bennett (Bob), age 73, of Bryant, AR passed away peacefully at home on Friday, May 28, 2021 with his family by his side. He was born on July 24, 1947 to the late Frankie Lee and George Ann (Jan) Bennett of Jonesboro, AR. Robert is preceded in death by his parents and loving wife, of 30 years, Mary Evelyn Bennett. He is survived by his sister Connie Slaughter (Joe) of Piney Flats, TN; three children, Leslie Dodd (Teddy) of Jonesboro AR, Daniel Bennett (Amanda) and Kelly Castleman (Justin) of Bryant, AR; and five grandchildren, Reagan, Riley, Hunter, Carson and Kirklynn. Robert retired from the Arkansas Department of Health after serving most recently as the Chief Financial Officer. He enjoyed spending time outdoors whether at the lake, deer camp or being a coach and lifelong sports enthusiast. He was most proud of each of his grandchildren and all their many accomplishments. Robert was an active member of the Central Arkansas Mustangers. A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 PM on Friday, June 4, 2021 at Dial and Dudley Funeral Home , 4212 AR-5, Bryant, AR 72022. Memorials may be made to the Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation at agff.org. Visit www.dialanddudleyfuneralhome.com to sign the online guestbook.