Renee Lemons, 66, of Little Rock passed away on August 20, 2020. She was born on July 7, 1954 to the late, Dalva and Bonnie Lemons in Asher, Oklahoma. Renee enjoyed gardening, reading, cooking listening to music and spending time with family and friends. She loved her children and grandchildren with her whole heart. Renee is preceded in death by her parents and two grandsons, Kenny and Jeremy; sisters, Rose and Eva and brother, Curtis. She is survived by her loving children, Sheri Specht “Harold”, Jennifer Garrison and Mark Keith Osborne JR; grandchildren, Cori “Nick”, Elliot, Ethan, Jewel, Simon, Keith and Mark; great grandchild, Lily Sage and a host of family and friends who all loved her and will miss her dearly.
Artie “Kaye” Dunn, 78 of Benton, Arkansas, passed away on August 22, 2020 from a stroke. She was born on September 20, 1941 in Little Rock, Arkansas to the late Bernard and Esther Holbert Heim. Kaye was a loving mother and a Registered Nurse. She dedicated her life to helping others. Kaye loved her family, showing her Collies, watching her birds, attending the horse races and going to the lake in Hot Springs. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Benton. Kaye was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Frank Dunn. She is survived by two daughters, Dana (Clay) Wiggins of Booneville, Tamara (Mark) Rees of Jonesboro; five grandchildren, Grant Wiggins, Chase Wiggins, Reagan Rees, Kendal Rees and Zac Rees. Pallbearers will be Clay Wiggins, Grant Wiggins, Chase Wiggins, Mark Rees, Zac Rees and Howard Schwander.
Caleb Mitchell Jr., age 96, of Haskell-Benton, passed away on Monday August 24, 2020 at his home. He was born May 31, 1924 in Haskell, Arkansas. Horace was a W.W. II Army Veteran and retired from Alcoa as a mobile crane operator. He was a member of the Antioch Christian Church in Tull, The Gideon Foundation and the American Legion in Traskwood. Horace was preceded in death by his parents, Horace C. and Bernice Mitchell; son, Phillip Mitchell; and five brothers, Frank, Hugh, Foy, Ord, and Gordon Mitchell. He is survived by his wife, Genevieve Mitchell; two sons, Gary and Lanny Fite; five daughters, Margaret Alsobrook, Melody St. John, Suzanne Pennington, Debby Steele and Dianne St. Germaine; and several grandchildren & great-grandchildren.
Billy “Bill” Joe Ragan, 91 of Benton, passed away on August 22, 2020. He was born on September 21, 1928 in Hampton, Ark to A.J. and Elizabeth Ballard Ragan. Bill served in the Army National Guard, retired from the Benton Fire Dept. as Batallion Chief and served as Scout Master of Former Troop 34 for the BSA. He was a longtime member of the Benton Masonic Lodge #34 and the Scimitar Shriners of Little Rock. In 2006, Benton Fire Station No. 3 was dedicated to and named Ragan Fire Station in honor of Bill’s years of Service to the community. He was preceded in death by his parents, mother of his children, Jo Ragan, wives, Betty and Bre; son, James Ragan, daughters, Mary Lou Johnson and Belinda “Bert” Benedetti. Bill is survived by his son, Charlie Ragan, grandchildren, Chad Purdy, Donnie Wise, Jessie Wise, Elizabeth Lindsey, Tara Benedetti, Lonnie Humphries, Charlotte Jones, Clifton Humphries; many great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.
Mary Lou Silvey, age 79, of Benton passed away on Sunday, August 23, 2020. She was born on July 4, 1941 in Benton to the late James Samuel Bagley and Roxie L. Anderson Bagley. Mary was a retired Machinist for Orbit Valve Co. She was also preceded in death by her infant brother, Harvey. Survivors, sons, Mark Silvey, Prattsville; Dell Silvey, Greers Ferry; brothers, Joe Bagley (Lucille), Benton; Howard Bagley (Margaret), Benton; grandsons, Justin Shockley and Zack Duran.
Bobby Radford, 71 of Alexander, passed away on August 20, 2020. He was born on May 10, 1949 in Little Rock to the late Johnnie Leonard and Virginia Irene Hubman Radford. Bobby is survived by his wife, Cleta Sue Tillery Radford, daughters, Jeannette (Ronnie) Warren and Jaime Basham, brother, Gary (Linda) Radord, grandchildren, Andrew Basham, Stephanie Basham, Ruby Warren and Dillon Warren, several nieces and nephews.
Robert Lee Wright, Jr. 60 of Benton, passed away on August 20, 2020. He was born in Little Rock on May 3, 1960 to the late Robert Lee Wright, Sr. and Audrey Ellen Taylor Wright. Robert loved his pups and hot rods and living life to its fullest. He leaves behind his sisters, Rennie Auiler and Dora (Doug) Huss; several nieces and nephews and cousins.
Steven Glenn McCaslin, 67 of Bryant, passed away on August 17, 2020. He was born on March 8, 1953 in Tyler, Texas to Charles Wesley and Peggy Joyce Hicks McCaslin. Steven was an avid hunter and fisherman, loved the outdoors and riding his motorcycle. He was preceded in death by his father, wife, Elixabeth Ann McCaslin and son, Jason McCaslin. Steven is survived by his daughter, Tammy Dianne (Mitchell) Roberts of Bryant, mother, Peggy McCaslin of Tyler, Texas, two brothers, one sister, ten grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren.
Kitty Sue Fullerton Land died on Saturday, August 22, 2020 after a lengthy battle with lymphoma. Her family was by her side until the end. The world is a bit less kind, less modest, humble, and graceful without her in it. Born on August 9, 1946 in Shreveport, Louisiana, Kitty was the youngest of four children born to Ray Word Fullerton and Minnie Bell Taylor Fullerton. She graduated from Byrd High School in Shreveport in 1964 and then went on to receive a BA in Commercial Art from Louisiana Tech University in 1968. On March 2, 1968, Kitty married Garland Victor “G.V.” Land, Jr. in Shreveport. They grew up down the street from each other, road the bus to school together, and eventually went to Tech together. She loved G.V. very much and was so proud of the life they built together. In 1969 they moved to the central Arkansas area, where they remained. Over the years they made homes together in Little Rock and in Benton. She worked for the Pulaski County Special School District and the Little Rock School District as the Secretary of Baseline Elementary, the Transportation Department Secretary, and as a Purchasing Agent for the LRSD Purchasing Department before retiring in 2005. Since retiring, she has enjoyed traveling with G.V. and spending time with her kids and grandchildren. She also returned to her love of art and created many beautiful watercolor pieces while furthering her skill under the direction of Dianne Roberts in Benton, Arkansas. Her art pieces hang in her home and her children’s homes and will continue to be treasured for years to come. Kitty was most proud of her two children and the families they have each made. Her son Jeremy Ray Land of Vilonia is married to Marie Land and has three children: Megan Katura, Rachel Michelle, and Benjamin Ray. Her daughter Anna Katura Land Curry of Fate, Texas is married to Alan Curry and has three children: Nathaniel John (wife Dorian Rae), Noah Samuel, and Hallie Belle. She felt so blessed that her children and grandchildren were near during her final days and expressed how proud she was of each one of them and how much she loved them. Kitty was preceded in death by her parents and her oldest brother, Ray Word Fullerton, Jr. Her brothers William “Bill” Taylor Fullerton and Joseph Michael “Mike” Fullerton loved their little sister and will continue to treasure the wonderful memories they have of her. Kitty’s faith in the Resurrection was strong and we all know that we will see her again one day. The family will be honoring the memory of Kitty by holding a Celebration of Life later this year. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to Saline Memorial Hospice in Benton, Arkansas or to CARTI in Bryant, Arkansas.
Arrita Jean Ray, 64, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 19,2020. She was born on November 18, 1955 to Milford and Charlene (Noles) Scott. She leaves behind her loving husband of 42 years, Johnny Ray. Arrita was the rock of the family. She loved everyone unconditionally. Arrita enjoyed spending time outdoors fishing and planting flowers. She loved eating veggies of all kinds and working in puzzle books. Arrita was preceded in death by her parents; her sisters: Shelly Swaim, and Callie Scott; and brother-in-laws: Jerry Bean and Gary Graves. Survivors include: husband, Johnny Ray; sisters: Donna Bean and Freda Graves; brothers-in-law: Teddy Swaim and Rudy Graves; nieces and nephews: Marcus (Sara) Graves, Amber (Dustin) Blake, Shea (Angela) Graves, Blake Swaim, Brian (Amber) Lambert, and Corey (Tabby) Ray, and many great nephews that loved her with all their hearts. Arrita was a blessing to us all and she will be dearly missed by all who knew her.
Phyllis Beth Weaver, 60, of Benton, Arkansas passed away August 18, 2020. She was born April 13, 1960 in Augsburg, Germany to Earl and Wilma (Atkins) Weaver. Phyllis worked as a respiratory therapist. She loved the Lord and was a member of Gateway Church. Spending time outdoors camping, and gardening were her favorite hobbies. She also enjoyed making arts and crafts. Preceding Phyllis in death are her father, Earl Weaver; and her grandparents. She leaves behind to cherish her memory: her loving husband of fifteen years, John Webber of Benton, Arkansas; mother, Wilma Weaver of Poteau, Oklahoma; brother, Steve Weaver of Sentinel, Oklahoma; and many more family members and friends who love Phyllis and will miss her always.
Lana Alane Turner, 59, of Alexander, Arkansas passed away August 18, 2020. She was born June 9, 1961 in Fort Smith, Arkansas to Robert Oliver Taylor and Mary Etta Villareal (Kissire). Lana worked at Carlton Bates Electrical Supply and retired as a purchasing agent with the Little Rock Water Department. She loved the Lord and lived for Him everyday. Lana would always open her Bible and read whatever her eyes fell upon to meditate on during the day. Family refers to Lana as the rock of the family and the concrete who held their family together. Before Lana met her husband, Dan, she worked hard as a single mother, doing all she could to provide for her children. She was a strong woman who took what life handed her and made the best out of it. Lana always made time for her family and friends and often called them to make sure they were ok and to check to see if they needed anything. She had an unconditional love and compassion that held no boundaries. Lana was the best cook. Everything she made was delicious…from chocolate gravy and homemade biscuits to her soups, stews, and goulash. She enjoyed playing Bunko with friend, animals, Elvis music, and was a huge fan of 98.5 radio with disk jockey Craig O’Neal. Whether you called her “Chicken Legs”, “Lizard”, “Nana”, “Mom”, “Sister”, or Friend, nothing can compare to the gift of knowing and loving Lana. Preceding Lana in death are her father, Robert Oliver “Papaw” Taylor; and grandparents, Mildred and Lloyd “GG and Jiggs” Kissire. She leaves behind to cherish her memory: her loving husband of twenty-five years, Dan Turner of Alexander, Arkansas; children: Alana “Nichole” Barr and husband James of Bryant, Arkansas and Trey Taylor of Little Rock; grandchildren: Tristan Taylor, Nora Taylor, Dexter Barr, Silas Barr, Oliver Barr, Kinzie, and Avery; mother, Mary Etta Villareal of Fordyce, Arkansas; step-mother, Janette “Jan” Taylor of Bryant, Arkansas; siblings: Scott Patrick Taylor of Little Rock, Robert Oliver Taylor, Jr. of Arkadelphia, Andrea Moody of Florida, Angie Armstrong of Texas, and Audra Taylor of Hensley, Arkansas; step-children: Erica and Aaron Turner of Benton, Arkansas; and many family members and friends.
Doris Helen Batt Earp, 82, of Terrell, Texas, formerly of Benton, Arkansas, passed away August 16, 2020. She was born April 21, 1938 in Los Angeles, California to the late Woodrow and Grace (Perry) Batt. Doris was the most Godly, loving woman and loved everyone she met. The highlight of her week was taking her family to church. She was a part of every prayer chain in Saline County. She was a prayer warrior and had a special gift in touching God. Doris volunteered in many different areas in the churches she attended including playing the piano, visiting families and shut ins, and was an ordained minister. She was devoted to her family and was known as a “scrapper” back in the day for protecting her family fiercely. Doris enjoyed spending time playing card games, especially Uno, Skip Bo, and Phase 10, with people she loved. She graduated from Benton High School in 1974 and received her Associates Degree at the age of fifty. Doris worked in accounting, was a music teacher, and drove the bus for Civitan Center. She was an incredible homemaker and cook. She was well-known for her Hocus Pocus rolls. Preceding Doris in death are her loving husband of fifty-nine years, Curtis Earp, Sr.; three children: Rebecca, Joseph, and Josiah; parents; great-grandson, Hunter; sister, Mollie; and brother, Edward. She leaves behind to cherish her memory: children: Curtis Earp, Jr. and wife Kim of Benton, daughter, Sissie Earp of Houston, Texas, son, Wyatt Earp and wife Melissa of Romance, Arkansas, son, Michael Earp of Benton, Arkansas, son, Wade Earp and partner Jonathan of Terrell, Texas, son, David Earp and wife Nancie of Alexander, Arkansas; grandchildren: Bryant, Chase, Amy, Emma Grace, John, Shawn, Jason, Brett, Brandie, Randie, T.J., Christina, Dallas, Morgan, Brandie, Andrew, Jenifer, Donna, Taylor, Matthew, Lucas, and Ashley; great-grandchildren: Lilly Grace, Nova, Marley Lynn, Preston, Jaden, Evalyn, Johnetta, Jania, Ethan, Mikey, Aubriana, Tyus, Oliver, Kelsey, Victor, Brinlee, Lydia, Bree, Ethan, Karter, Kaden, Bishop, Avery, James, Charles, Evert, Faith, Anthony, Tristin, Montana; great-great grandchildren: Anita, Bradley, and Colton; brothers: Dennis “Buddy” Batt and Tommy Batt and his wife Ann; and many more family members and friends who dearly love Doris and will miss her always.
On Tuesday, August 18, 2020, James Michael “Mike” Smart, loving husband and father of four children, passed away at the age of 59. He was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, and grew up in Benton. He graduated from Benton High School in 1979, but didn’t begin his lifelong career as a sprinkler fitter until the age of 27, where he was involved in teaching many other men the trade. On June 17, 1988, he married the love of his life, Ellen. He was a proud father of four children and had ten grandchildren. Mike was an avid reader of biographies, and he loved the sport of drag racing, many types of music and his Arkansas Razorbacks. Most of all, though, he loved being a grandfather. He was known for his quick wit and was a friend to all who met him. Mike was preceded in death by his father, Jim Smart, his mother, Carolyn Smart, his maternal grandparents Evelyn and Beecher Bullock, his paternal grandmother Jewel Smart Wilbanks, and his nephew Stephen White. He is survived by his wife, Ellen Smart, his four children Chase Brockinton (Rebecca), Jessaca Hope (Daniel), Matthew Brockinton (Alexandra), and Ross Smart, his two sisters Linda Davis (Scott) and Tracy Riggan (Wayne), several cousins, numerous nieces and nephews and ten grandchildren that adored him. Memorial services to be announced at a later date.
Katherine Ann Bateman, age 56, of Mabelvale, passed away Monday, August 24, 2020 from a pulmonary embolism. She was born February 29, 1964 in West Helena, Arkansas. Kathy was an ICU RN at St. Vincent Hospital. She was preceded in death by her father, Rev. Ben Bateman. She is survived by her mother, Frances Bateman; her sister, Donna Willard (Don Tyree); her brother, Tim Bateman (Lisa); six nieces and nephews, Danielle, Joshua, Samuel, Noah, Ben, Rachel; and her best friend, Janet Schreiner. Private memorial services will be held at a later date.
Grant Alan Calvin, age 22, of Bauxite, passed away Tuesday, August 25, 2020. He was born June 7, 1998 in Benton, Arkansas. Grant was a member of The Church at Benton. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Albert and Frankie Calvin. He is survived by his parents, Mike Calvin and Krystal Howell (Tony); brother, Joshua Howell; two sisters, Louren and Dominique Calvin; and grandparents, Judy Cotton (Bill) and Larry Samples.
Lillie M. Orrell, age 90, of Benton, passed away Wednesday, August 26, 2020. She was born August 30, 1929 in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Lillie was a homemaker and a member of Kentucky Missionary Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Henrietta Sterrett; her husband, Bob Orrell; a son, Mitchell Orrell; a grandson, Brian Burnet; four sisters and one brother. She is survived by four children, Virginia Messner (David), Lloyd Orrell (Diane), Loretta Mansfield (Kevin) and Kenneth Orrell (Jeri); a host of grandchildren & great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Clint McCool, Clay McCool, Bradly McCool, Zach Broadway, Andrew Morgan and Corey Morgan.
Brandon Spears, age 41, of White Hall, passed away Thursday, August 27, 2020. He was born May 29, 1979 in Little Rock, Arkansas. Brandon was a welder and a member of The Little Country Church in Paragould. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Lilburn “Poppa” Spears; a grandmother, Bonnie Wooten and an Aunt, Nadine Spears. He is survived by his grandmother, Shirley Spears; father, Richard Spears; mother, Kathy Spears; wife, Roni Sue Spears; step-children, William Brewer and Rhonda Brewer; three sisters, Becky, Katy, and Roxanne; Uncle, Curtis Gilliland; Aunt, Renee “Tiger” Wooten; several nieces & nephews and his three furbabies. Memorial services will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, September 5 at Ashby Funeral Home. He lived life to the fullest and loved his family. Brandon loved to make people smile & laugh. It was never a dull moment with him around. Brandon will be greatly missed.
Geraldine Coston Merrick, beloved Wife, Mother, and Mingo, was ushered by angels into the arms of Jesus on Thursday, August 27, at the Hospice Care Center in Little Rock. She was a member of Sharon Missionary Baptist Church. Geraldine was born to the late Gordon and Alice Coston in Magnet Cove, Arkansas on February 20, 1940. She was the youngest of five children. Geraldine graduated from Arkadelphia High School a year early, and went on to attend Henderson State University, where she met the love of her life, Ed Merrick. They were married in June of 1958. Over the years, they were blessed with four children, eleven grandchildren, and one great grandchild. Geraldine worked as a bookkeeper, and eventually became the business manager for Benton Schools until she retired. Geraldine found her greatest joy in her family, those by blood and those by heart. She loved being “Mingo” to her babies, and she was “Mama Merrick” to just about everyone who walked through her door. She loved to cook for her people and wanted everyone to have plenty to eat. You have never been loved fiercely until you’ve been loved by her. You have never been fed fiercely until you’ve been fed by her! It never mattered who walked through her door. There were two things you could be sure of: you would be loved, and you would be fed. She did both unconditionally. Geraldine was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, and two granddaughters, Jordan Esther Merrick and Alison Faith Roark. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Carl Ed Merrick; one sister-Bettye Coston of Benton; four children-Cathy Renee Merrick of Maumelle, Timothy Scott Merrick (Barbara) of Austin, Jason Alan Merrick (Kristi) of Cabot, and Julie Alison Roark of Jonesboro; nine grandchildren-Timothy Coston Merrick, Carmen Merrick Hollis (Dave), Jesse Crossland (Kyle), Cathryn Grace Roark, Hannah Grace Merrick, DeWitt Alexander Roark, William Harrison Merrick, Merrick Alan Roark, and Hudson Taylor Merrick; one great grandchild-Kinsey Kaye Merrick; many extended family members and dear friends. A celebration of life will be held at a later time. Lasting memorials may be made to Civitan Services of Benton- PO Box 368, Benton, Arkansas, 72018 or Canvas Community Homeless Ministry- PO Box 1824, Little Rock, Arkansas, 72203.
Madine J. Landers of Benton, Arkansas passed away into the waiting arms of her Lord and Savior on August 27, 2020. Her passing came as a result of injuries suffered in an automobile accident. Madine was a long-time member of Sharon Baptist Church in Benton, and she loved & deeply missed the preaching of the Reverend Glenn Tropp and the friendship of his wife Sharon. Madine was born February 27, 1933 in Caraway, Arkansas to the late Louis A. and Bertha Janski. She is survived by her husband of almost 65 years, John E. Landers. December 2nd would have marked the celebration of their 65 years of marriage. She is also survived by two daughters and their husbands, Dina Pinard (Jim) of Duluth, Georgia and Kelly Ryan (Greg) of Benton, Arkansas; a granddaughter, Dr. Kristyn Ryan Mikles (Andy) of Fayetteville and a beautiful three-year-old great-granddaughter, Kennedy Collins Mikles. She was a head strong, determined woman who loved her family passionately, and her life of 87 years was filled with their love. Up until the time of the accident, she lived a full and independent life. She still drove her own vehicle, shopped (she wouldn’t DARE let a Kohl’s 30% coupon go without being used!), did all her laundry and ironing, and prepared meals for her and her husband. She took great pride in her appearance, and never missed a day of fixing her hair and meticulously applying her make-up. Madine’s life was filled with much beauty. The daughter of a farmer, she loved planting and digging in the dirt, and filled her time with abundant flowers and flower gardens. She was a great provider for many wild birds, often using as much as sixty pounds of sunflower seeds each month to keep her feeders full. Hummingbirds showed up early and stayed late each summer, knowing she was going to provide them with cool nourishment, using as much as ten pounds of sugar weekly to keep her many feeders full of fresh nectar daily. The family will hold an intimate and private celebration of Madine’s life with Dr. Rick Grant officiating. Please help us honor her love of nature by planting a flower or tree in your own yard in her memory, by filling a bird feeder with seed or nectar, or by donating to the Saline County Humane Society to honor her love of animals, especially those animals who have no family to call their own.
Jeffrey Paul Lovell, 50 of Bryant, passed away on August 26, 2020. He was born on September 4, 1969 in Benton to Jack and Martha Shell Lovell. He was preceded in death by his parents. Jeffrey is survived by his son, William Lovell and daughter, Lauren Lovell, brothers, Allen and Richard Lovell.
Wanda A. Henson, age 87, of Alexander, passed away Sunday, August 30, 2020. She was born August 5, 1933 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Wanda was a retired hairdresser. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother & friend and was the rock of her family. Wanda was loved by all who knew her and will be greatly missed. She was preceded in death by her parents, Thurman and Ella Bales; husband, Ralph Henson; three brothers, Robert, George & Elvie Bales and four sisters, LaVada Blevins, Julia Self, Mary Herrera, Edith Choat and Shirley Henson. She is survived by two sons, Tony Reeves and Wally Henson; two daughters, Tyler Henson Dando and Linda Henson Harmon; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Austin Harmon, Tanner Harmon, Tayler Harmon, Aaron Blakely, Danny Reilly and Robert Bridges.
Joe Earl Brewer, age 97, of Benton, passed away Sunday, August 30, 2020. He was born July 19, 1923 in Windom, Texas. Joe was a W.W. II Army Veteran and retired from ABF Freight Line after 18 years as a truck driver. He was a member of the Teamsters. Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Earl Thomas Brewer & Verna Brewer; four brothers, Tom, Ross, Lloyd A. & Roy D. Brewer; sister, Virginia Ruth Brewer and a grandson. He is survived by his wife, Judith C. Brewer; three sons, Chris, Scott G. (Michelle) & Timothy J. Brewer; daughter, Lesa Lawrence; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Linda Kay Cleghorn, 79 of Paron passed away August 25, 2020 with her family by her side. Born on July 27, 1941 to the late John and Doris Gresham. Linda was responsible for molding young minds and did so all over Arkansas and Texas. She loved teaching as well as spending time with her family. She is preceded in death by her parents, John Fred and Doris Gresham. Linda is survived by her loving husband of 47 years, Terry Cleghorn, two sons; John “Gil” Carpenter and Chris Carpenter “Terri” daughter LeeAnn Cleghorn; three grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and a brother John Rip Gresham “Carol”
Ludean Dickson Riemenschneider Casebier, 80, passed away peacefully with family by her side on August 24, 2020 in Little Rock, Arkansas. She was born March 03,1940 in Palistine, Arkansas to the late James and Lila Dickson. Ludean was the longtime owner of Dean’s Beauty Shop. She loved country living, gardening and doing for others. She is preceeded in death by her parents; husband, Don Casebier, father of her children, Harry Riemenschneider Jr., three sisters, Ruth Helm, Sue Buchanan and Jim Stone. Ludean is survived by her three daughters; Cindy Esbaner “Rob’, Kim Kopp “Philip”, and Cheri Jones “Ferman”; brother, Olen Dickson “Diane”; brother n law Jerry Riemenschneider “Sharon”, three grandchildren; Taylor Whitfield “Whitney”, Rendi Hollowell “Daniel”, Phillip Wise, and three great grandchildren; nieces and nephews, Keri Ann Rhodes, Rhonda Renee Crain, Michael Wesley, Christopher Wesley, Emma Jane Wesley, Josie Wesley, Silas Wesley, Kegan Wesley, Kolby Wesley, Daucyn Wesley, Liam Frye, Theo Frye, De Fletcher, Ruthie Rogers, Jackie Rice, Don E. Buchanan and Dane Dickson. Family would like to thank Arkansas Hospice, Southern Trace, Somerset at Premier and Dr. Scott Dicus for the care given.
Zachery Nathaniel Brown, 24, of Alexander, Arkansas, passed away Tuesday, August 11, 2020. Zachery was born on December 10, 1995 in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was predeceased by his mother, Linda Gail Sanders, his maternal grandparents, James Louis Sanders and Lexie Marie McCallister, his paternal grandparents, Robert Newton Brown Sr. and Cheryl Darling Brown. He leaves behind to cherish his memory his father, Robert Newton Brown, Jr., sisters Brittany Nicole Brown, Lexie Marie Gibson, Cami Marie Brown, and brothers, Logan Bradley Pinson, Chancellor Allen Bates, Dakota Brown Eakens, Bill Ballard Eakens, and Michael Hanna, along with numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Allen L. Richeson, 76 passed away on August 18, 2020. He was born on December 5, 1943 to the late, Joe E. and Minnie Ola Wooten Richeson. He enjoyed fishing, playing guitar and singing with his wife and kids. Allen is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Kay Richeson; six children, David Polston (Sonia), Jolene (Richeson) Ray, Joseph Richeson, Kathy Turpin (Gary), Tammy Pille (Michael) and Faydra Richey (Gary); five grandchildren, David Allen, Nathaniel, Catrina, Jacob and Amberlynn; five great grandsons and a host of family and friends who all loved him dearly and he will be greatly missed.
Ronald Lynn Thomason of Glen Rose went home to be with the Lord, August 19, 2020. He was a musician from the time he could walk. He loved the Lord, his family, and his friends. He is preceded in death by both of his parents, Jerry Thomason and Betty Thomason, his grandparents Cleo and Mary Thomason, and a nephew. He is survived by his sister, Lisa Thomason Crable, and his niece whom he adored, Cassie Porter.
Gary Don Stuckey of Bryant, Arkansas went to be with our Lord and Savior on August 30, 2020, at the age of 58. Gary was born at Saline Memorial Hospital in Benton, AR on September 20, 1961, to Don and Mary Stuckey of Bryant. He is survived by his loving wife Vickey Stuckey; his father Don Stuckey of Bryant; his children, Jessica (Chris) Bentz, Bert Stuckey both of Bauxite, Josh Chastain of Memphis, Tennessee, Bailey (Michael) Phillips, Emma Mason both of Bryant, and Kelbey Stuckey of Hensley; three brothers, Carroll (Darlene) Stuckey, Chris Stuckey, and Gregg (Brian) Stuckey all of Bryant; Four granddaughters and five grandsons; Nine nieces and 1 nephew; and a host of friends he would have considered family. He is preceded in death by his mother Mary Stuckey and soon to have been son-in-law Blake Crowder. Gary Don loved to do anything outdoors, especially if mud, atv’s or deer hunting was involved. He drove a semi-truck for the most part of his life, whether it be hauling logs, dirt, gravel, or goods across America. He never met a stranger and would help anyone, even if it meant giving the shirt off his back. He will always be remembered for his friendly, respectful, affectionate nature, and kindhearted personality.
Gail Elizabeth Partington 69, of Alexander passed away on August 28, 2020. She was born on December 26, 1950 in York, Pennsylvania. Gail was a member of the Eastern Star and Rainbow Moms. She loved to eat out with family and friends and enjoy a good glass of wine. She is preceded in death by her parents; one sister and two brothers. Gail is survived by her loving husband of 38 years, Bill Partington; brother, Russ Sipes; niece, Debbie and a host of family and friends who all love her and will miss her dearly.
Gary Wayne George 56 of Bauxite passed away on August 28, 2020. He was born to the late, Marshel and Mary Kay George in Pine Bluff, Arkansas on June 24,1964. Gary loved his daughters and grandchildren with his whole heart. He enjoyed cooking for his family and working on anything mechanical. He is preceded in death by his parents and his two brothers, Ricky and Bill George. Gary is survived by his loving wife, Gina George; five daughters, Savannah Causey, Melanah George, Kelsey Harris, Kristin Jarrell and Mikayla McElroy; two grandchildren, Jaxson and Kaydence and a host of family and friends who all love him and will miss him dearly.
Kenny Wayne Glover wouldn’t want the normal, but he would want you all to know, he walked through the gates of Heaven playing the lead guitar solo making sure his presence was known by all, on August 26, 2020. Born to Wayne and Jean Glover, Kenny blessed this world with his awesome presence on February 27, 1960. Kenny loved playing the guitar and piano, he was an avid woodsman, a nail gun sharpshooter, fisherman with even bigger fishing tales, man’s best friend to two gentle giants, crawfish catching, coffee drinking, a teller of not so funny jokes, and many other hobbies. If you ask his family, they would all give you the same answer, his family was his world and life revolved around them. His wife was his rock, his daughters were his everything, but his grandchildren were his entire world, and yes in case you were wondering they all know the not so funny jokes and love to tell them just like Papa. Kenny is sitting side-by-side with his dad, Wayne Edgar Glover and son, Jason Scott. Still here to forever share his memories are his rock, his wife, Melanie Glover, his wonderful mom, Ruby Jean Glover and her husband James Davis, sister and brother-in-law, Becky and Jerry Mansfield, daughters and son-in-law’s, Stacey and Donald Boone, Jennifer and Brooks Teeter, son Marc Stanton, niece, Tiffany Willis, brother-in-law, Jason Floyd, brother-in law, Chris Floyd and wife, mother/father-in-law, John and Pat Floyd, as well as many other nieces, nephews, and family members. His grandchildren who made each day of his life special will forever share his memories, jokes, and remind his family of how blessed they were to share the time they did with him, Robert, Clayton, Brianna, Cameron, Charley Ann, Jaylie, Ryann Olivia, and Kendall. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.
From the arms of his loving wife to the outreached arms of our Savior Lord Jesus Christ, Bruce Hartmann passed on August 27, 2020. Bruce was born July 13, 1945 in Elmhurst, Illinois. Bruce graduated from Wisconsin University with a Food Chemistry Degree to follow in his father’s footsteps. He got a job at the Post Office one summer and loved meeting and talking to the people on his route. Bruce stayed there for thirty-six years. After retiring, he and Vicki built their home in Hot Springs Village. Bruce loved animals, especially his little walking buddy, Teddy. They met many wonderful people on their daily walks. Bruce was a kind and gentle soul with a smile that would make your day better. Bruce is survived by his best friend and loving wife of twenty-five years, Vicki of Hot Springs Village. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
Betty Sue Barnes, 80, of Benton, Arkansas passed away August 26, 2020. She was born December 3, 1939 to the late Minor H. and Allie Mae (Cotton) Dortch. Betty Sue loved the Lord with all her heart and was a member of Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church since 1963. She was a hard, dedicated employee and retired after working thirty-nine years from Westinghouse as a utility operator. Betty Sue was a life member of USS Razorback Base in North Little Rock. Going camping and eating catfish were some of her favorite things to do. Preceding Betty Sue in death are her parents, and brother, Harvey Dortch of Sheridan, Arkansas. She leaves behind her husband of sixty-one years, James W. Barnes of Benton, Arkansas; two sisters: Anna Jane Reddin and husband Lonnie Brown of Fordyce, Arkansas and Wanda Deason and her husband Lee of Camden, Arkansas; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends who love Betty Sue and will miss her always.
John Leonard Wood, 79, of Fort Smith, Arkansas went to be with the Lord August 27, 2020. He was born January 15, 1941 in Fayetteville, Arkansas to the late John Basil and Lela Armanda (Stahl) Wood. John loved the Lord and devoted his life to serving him. He was a member of Cedar Heights Baptist Church. John was retired from Primerica as a finance director. He received a Masters degree in Religions Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. John also received a Bachelor degree in music from Ouachita Baptist University and his Masters degree in music from the University of Arkansas. He enjoyed playing the trombone which he was passionate about. In his early music career, John started the orchestra program in the Fort Smith school district. John was an ordained minister who constantly ministered to people where he went. He served as Minister of Education and Music in multiple churches throughout his life. John reared his family in church and was instrumental in leading his daughters to the Lord. He instilled the importance of attending church and memorizing scripture from an early age. Throughout John’s life, he never met a stranger and developed many friendships that remained strong until the end of his life. Once you were his friend, he wouldn’t let you “not be.” John never forgot you. His dedication and loyalty was exemplified in his loving care given to his wife when her health began to fail. Preceding John in death are his wife, Patricia Mae Wood; parents; and sister, Lera Jeanette Wood. Left to cherish his memory are two daughters: Keli Edwards and husband Raymond of Little Rock, Arkansas and Robin Nuss and husband James of Benton, Arkansas; grandchildren: Andrew Edwards, Jacob Edwards, Ethan Nuss, and Hannah Nuss; and many family members and friends who love John and will miss him always.
Clarence Andrew Hutcheson, 71, of Traskwood, Arkansas passed away August 29, 2020. He was born January 10, 1949 in Star City, Arkansas to the late Rufus Andrew and Donna Lee (Lunsford) Hutcheson. Clarence was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers: Marty Rufus and Jerry Wayne Hutcheson; two brothers-in-law: Jerry Eugene Hollowell and Roy Don Higgins all of Traskwood, Arkansas. Clarence leaves behind his loving wife Deloris “Debbie” (Bennett) Hutcheson of fifty-one years; two children: Melissa Diane Southworth and husband Joel of Benton, Arkansas and Clinton Andrew Hutcheson and Janelle Archer of Traskwood, Arkansas; five grandchildren: Tyler, Courtney, Kaitlyn, Cole and Cade; five great-grandchildren: Dawson, Titan, Huck, Avery, and Marley; a host of nieces and nephews; two sisters: Ione Hollowell and Rachel Higgins; brother, Gene Hutcheson and wife Linda all of Traskwood, Arkansas; and many more family members and friends who love Clarence and will miss him always.
Freddy Dale Green, 84, of Russellville, Arkansas passed away August 30, 2020. He was born October 16, 1935 to the late Fred Henry and Vivienne Floye (McClure) Green in Shawnee, Oklahoma raised in Asher, Oklahoma. He lived in Russellville, Arkansas from 1970 to 2020. Freddy loved the Lord and was a member of Fifth & Greenwich Church of Christ in Russellville, Arkansas. Freddy received degrees from East Central University in Ada, OK and Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, OK, and his doctorate from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. He was a member of the East Central University sports Hall of Fame for his baseball career while at ECU. Freddy spent his career in the education field and retired in 1993 as a professor of Elementary Education at Arkansas Tech University. Freddy was an avid runner and walker, and his favorite place to do that was the Bona Dea trail in Russellville, Arkansas. Preceding Freddy in death are his wife, Vicki; his parents, Vivienne and Fred Green; and his brother, Tim Green. He is survived by his son, Fred Green; three grandchildren, Madison, Jake, and Payton; and longtime friend, Roberta Gifford; and many family members and friends who love Freddy and will miss him always. A private service will be held by the family in Oklahoma at a later date.
Ray Anthony “Tony” Echols, 60, of Little Rock, Arkansas passed away August 30, 2020. He was born July 19, 1960 in Little Rock, Arkansas to Peggy (Burgess) Echols-Allday and the late William Ray Echols. Tony was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church and was well versed in the Bible. He was a project manager in many commercial building projects and assisted his family’s business, Echols Waterproofing Company. Tony oversaw the construction of some of the buildings at Hendrix College. He enjoyed spending time outdoors fishing, deer hunting, and visiting friends at the deer camps. Some of his favorite hunting trips were in Colorado with his father. Tony was redneck to the core. He wore Stetson cowboy hats and loved trucks, four wheelers, and 4×4’s. Tony was very proud of his son Coty “Toad” and loved him dearly. Preceding Tony in death are his father, William Ray Echols; sister, Deborah Kaye Echols; step-father, Gerry Allday; grandparents: Eunice and Ed Burgess and Helen Echols-McClain and Ray Echols; and uncles: William Edwin Echols, Pat Burgess and Phillip Burgess. Tony leaves behind his mother, Peggy Echols-Allday of Alexander, Arkansas; two sons: Coty Echols of Mayflower, Arkansas and Jordan Graves of Arkansas; daughter, Casey Echols of Little Rock, Arkansas; granddaughter, Charlieh Rae Chandler; two uncles: Paul Burgess and wife Sandy of Mulberry, Arkansas and Morris McClain of Batesville, Arkansas; two aunts: Erma Burgess of Conway, Arkansas and Virginia Burgess of Little Rock; and many family members and friends who love Tony and will miss him always.
Randy Eugene Zumbrunnen, 62, of Benton, AR passed away on August 31, 2020 with his family by his side. He was born on March 15, 1958 to the late Robert Zumbrunnen and Viola Piker in Kansas City, MO. Randy loved playing the guitar and writing songs with his son Nathan. Randy served our country in the U.S. Navy as a Hull Maintenance Technician. He worked very hard to take care of his family and loved to cook many good meals. Preceding Randy in death are his wife, Jennifer Schwab; his parents, Robert Zumbrunnen and Viola Piker; and granddaughter Harper Jo. Randy leaves behind loving memories to his sons: Nathan of Benton, AR and Tyler Schwab of Harrisonville, MO; daughters: Shannon Spoon of Kansas City, MO and Krystal Booker of Des Moines, IA; sisters: Karen Campbell of Albuquerque, NM, Cheryl Rodekoph, of Independence, MO, and Kathy Ewing (Tom) of Benton, AR. A memorial service for Randy will be held at a later date.