Joan Edna Burger DuBois, age 81, of Benton, passed away Tuesday, January 7, 2020. She was born April 27, 1938 in Cuba New York. Joan was a retired RN and a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Benton. She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter L. and Alice May Burger. She is survived by her husband of 60 ½ years, Alan B. DuBois; four sons, Dean A. DuBois, Ron B. DuBois, Doug B. DuBois and Jonathan L. DuBois; three sisters, Betty Tighe, Lois Gallagher and Mary Burger and six grandchildren. A Celebration of Her Life will be 2:00 PM Saturday, January 18 at the First Presbyterian Church in Benton. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Arkansas Children’s Foundation @ P.O. Box 2222 in Little Rock, AR 72203-9984. On-line guest book at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com.
Ronnie Jackson, age 71, of Benton, passed away Thursday, January 9, 2019. He was born March 1, 1948 in Clarendon, Arkansas to the late Harmo Gene and Bessie Imogene Jackson. Ronnie was a Navy Veteran and retired from the Panama Buena Vista School District where he worked with Heat & Air Maintenance. He is survived by his wife, Theresa Jackson; two sons, Ronnie Gene Jackson and Christopher Sanchez; two daughters, Trisha Smith and Remy Hope Sanchez; three sisters, Georgia Jackson Odum, Mickey Cunningham and Becky Morris and nine grandchildren. The family will hold a private memorial service at a later date.
JoAnn Lynette Hollenberger, 78 of Benton, passed away on January 9, 2020. She was born in East End to the late Hezekiah Eugene and Louise Covington Carlton. JoAnn was retired from North American Phillips Company in Little Rock. She was of the Baptist faith. JoAnn was preceded in death by her husbands, Donald Mitchell and then Burkie Hollenberger. She is survived by her sons, Robert (Karen) Mitchell of Benton, James Mitchell of Benton and Jeff (Melissa) Mitchell of Fort Worth, Texas, brothers, Steve and Jim Carlton, grandchildren, Michelle, Chris and Kevin, great grandchildren, Peyton, Brayden, Lily, Max and Blair. Graveside services by Ashby Funeral Home will be 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 14th at Salem Cemetery in East End. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your favorite charity. On line guestbook at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
Eden B. Boody, age 45 of Bauxite passed away Friday, January 10, 2020. She was born December 13, 1974 in Melrose, Massachusetts. Eden was an Administrative Assistant and a member of the West Bauxite Missionary Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her father, John Antle. Survivors, mother, Cheryl Rennard Antle, husband, Karl Boody, daughters, Ceileigh House, Emma Boody, and Jenny Boody, brother, Luke Antle. Visitation will be from 1:00 to 2:00 PM Tuesday at Ashby’s. Memorial services will be at 2:00 PM Tuesday at Ashby Funeral Home. Online guest book at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
George W. Brewer (G.W.), 86 of Alexander, Arkansas passed away Saturday, January 11, 2020. He was born February 22, 1933, to the late George W. and Lillie Watkins Brewer. His parents, Brothers, Archie Hampton, Leonard Brewer, Troy Brewer, and Baby Brewer, sisters, Leona Cummings, Nora Rounsaville and Joy Warner, sons, Troy Brewer Randy Brewer and Rickey Brewer, preceded him in death. Survivors include sons, Donnie Brewer, George, Jr. Brewer, Terry Brewer, Roger Brewer, and Brandon Tilly and daughters, Sharon Charles, Debbie Linthicum, Vonda Shell and Tina Barnes, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren, brother, Jimmy Doyle Brewer and (his trucking buddy) nephew John Brewer and other nieces and nephews. Visitation services will be from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Monday at Ashby Funeral Home. The family requests memorials be made to Tribute of Life Foundation, Hospice Home Care 12120 Colonel Glenn Rd., Suite 10000, Little Rock AR. 72210 or CARTI Foundation, 8901 CARTI Way, Little Rock, AR. 72205.
Jacob Aaron Bridges, age 30, of Benton passed away Sunday January 12, 2020. He was born December 5, 1989 in Little Rock. Jacob was self-employed and of the Baptist faith. He was preceded in death by his father, Jackie Dennis Bridges, and his brother, Travis Smith. Survivors, mother, Brenda Bridges, Benton; brothers, Christopher Smith, Benton and Jackie Bridges, Benton; sister, Ramona Rowland, Little Rock; sister-in-law, Charlotte Smith; niece, Brenda Beasley; nephews, Chris Smith Jr., and Will Smith. Graveside services will be 1:00 PM Saturday at Summit Cemetery in Benton. Minister will be Jeff Harrison. Online guest book at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
Geneva Maxine White, 89, Benton, passed away Monday, January 13, 2020. She was born December 24, 1930 to Claud and Nancy Huchingson Blaylock. Maxine was preceded in death by her parents; step-father, Monroe Ray; husband of 50 years, James W. White Sr.; son, James W. White Jr. and brother, Bill Blaylock. Those left to remember her are a son, Claud White (Cheryl); daughters, Debbie Blakley (Mark) and Renee Fishburn (Dwaine) all of Benton; nine grandchildren, Shonda Knott, Andrea White, Sarah Loftin (Aaron), Christel Blakley Sheridan (Brian), Timothy Blakley (Amy), Gordon Blakley (Crystal), Matthew Fishburn (Keri), Zachary Fishburn and Rachel Fishburn; two step-grandchildren, Jason Gaines (Amy) and Kristen Steward (Oliver); eleven great-grandchildren, Coleman & Lauren Knott, Reed & Macy Loftin, Blakley, Jacob & Christian Sheridan, Cassidy, Reagan & Elizabeth Blakley and Gavin Blakley; three step-great-grandchildren, Mckenzie Gaines and Sophia & Charlotte Rose Steward; sister-in-law, Nina Blaylock; step-sister, Dorothy Fern Ray and a host of nieces & nephews who lovingly called her “Aunt Mac”. She will also be remembered by a loving church family at Forest Hills Missionary Baptist Church where she was a faithful member for the last 35 years. Visitation will be 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, January 16 at Ashby Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, January 17 at Forest Hills Missionary Baptist Church @ 1119 Alcoa Blvd in Benton, Ar. 72015. Burial will follow at Smith-Rosemont Cemetery. Bro. Marcus Blakley and Brian Sheridan will be officiating. Memorials may be made to Arkansas Hospice Home Care.
Era Bea Tarkington, 98 of Bryant, passed away on January 15, 2020. She was born on August 25, 1921 in Onyx, Arkansas to the late Ellington and Anice Hames Yates. Bea loved to garden, anyone going down Reynolds Road knew her gardening skills well. She loved to fish and do anything outdoors with her grandchildren and husband. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Willie Tarkington, son, Thomas Lewis Oglesby, Jr., grandson, John Thomas Oglesby, sister, Eva Jo Morrow; brothers, Roy, Willie, Glen and Bill Wilson. Bea is survived by her daughter, Jackie Barnes of Bryant and brother, G.W. Wilson of Glen Rose, four grandchildren, eight great grandchildren and ten great great grandchildren. Chapel services by Ashby Funeral Home will be 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 21, 2020. Burial will follow at Pine Crest Cemetery. Visitation will be 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Monday at Ashbys. On line guestbook at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
Eric Corbett Jackson, 36 of Benton, passed away on January 15, 2020. He was born on June 14, 1983 in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Eric was disabled and battled Cancer since July 2019. He had a strong faith and found comfort from his brothers at the Renewal Ranch in Houston, Arkansas. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Corbett Martin and grammy, Margie Martin. Eric is survived by his son, Collin Jackson, father, Jack (Tammy) Jackson, mother, Diane (Tim) McCoy, brother, Brock Jackson and sister, Tori Jackson; maternal grandparents, Emual and Esta Hunt. A Celebration of Life service will be held on January 18, 2020 at Ashby Funeral Home at 1:00 p.m. Visitation will follow services. Carlton Cross will be officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to therenewalranch.org in memory of Eric Corbett Jackson of Benton, Arkansas. On line guestbook at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
Terry Allen Holmes Jr., age 62, of Benton passed away Wednesday January 15, 2020. He was born May 7, 1957 in Warner Robbins, Georgia. Terry was a Private Contractor and a Baptist. He was preceded in death by his father, Terry Allen Holmes Sr., and a son, Jeremy Holmes. Survivors, mother, Juanita Russell Holmes, Benton; son, Terry (Lindsey) Holmes III, Sheridan; daughter, Amber (Robert) Miller, Memphis, TN.; brother, Russell (Debbie) Holmes, St Louis; sister, Deloris (Hugh) Hamrick, Michigan; six grandchildren. Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Saturday, January 18, 2020 at Ashby Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held at Memory Gardens Cemetery in Memphis at a later date. Online guest book at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
Frances Virginia Shell, age 87, of Bryant, went to her heavenly home from her earthly home on January 17, 2020 one day short of her 88th birthday. She was born January 18, 1932 in Hot Springs, Arkansas to Myrtle and Ralph Lowder. Virginia graduated from Fountain Lake High School in 1950 as the Valedictorian of her class and was a founding & faithful member of Hurricane Lake Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Richard and Kenneth Lowder. Virginia is survived by her husband of 69 ½ years, Clarence Shell, Jr. of Bryant; three children, Carol Staley (Walter) of Malvern, Larry Shell (Cheryl) of Bryant and Judy Smith (Ed) of Prairie Grove; brother, Lee Lowder of Maumelle; sister, Linda Jones of Bryant; eleven grandchildren, Chad Staley (Angie), Jamie Staley (Trish), Sean Staley, Bobby Shell (Dawn), Amber Haley (Rufus), Marc Shell, Noah Smith (Audrey) Jacob Smith (Mindy), Hannah Hall (Josh), Caleb Smith (Kelsey) and Luke Smith (Caitlan) and twenty-two great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Chad Staley, Bobby Shell, Marc Shell, Jacob Smith, Noah Smith, Josh Hall, Caleb Smith and Luke Smith. Visitation will be 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 21 at Hurricane Lake Baptist Church with funeral services beginning at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Gravel Hill Cemetery. Jamie Staley, Benney Grant and Bobby Shell will be officiating. www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
Alfred “Buddy” Statler, age 80, of Haskell, went to meet the Lord Saturday, January 18, 2020. He was born August 7, 1939 in Lexa, Arkansas. Buddy was a retired heavy equipment operator and a member of the International Union of Operators Engineers Local 382 in Little Rock. He was of the Baptist faith. Buddy was preceded in death by his parents, Roscoe Carroll & Lottie Bell Casey Statler; two brothers and three sisters. He is survived by his wife, Linda Sue Tackett Statler; son, Russell Dean Statler (Julie); two daughters, Janet Lynn Statler Horvath (Michael) and Christi DeAnn Statler Pickett (Jimmy); two brothers, Eugene Carroll Statler and James Vernon Statler; three sisters, Jewell Web, Shirley Statler Crosswhite and Junie Statler Arquette; three grandchildren, Ashley Tedford (Sam), Christopher Horvath (Nicole) and Cassidy Mitchell (Goose); and seven great-grandchildren, Chrislyn Tedford, Anna Tedford, Jacob Tedford, Breeanna King, Braylon Horvath, Carter Mitchell and Cristian Prada. Visitation will be 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 22 at Ashby Funeral Home with memorial services beginning at 2:00 p.m. Bro. Allan Eakin and Bro. John Bagby will be officiating. A private family burial will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to the Saline Memorial Hospice House @ 23157 Interstate 30 S in Bryant, AR 72022
Al Parker 78, of Alexander, Arkansas passed away on January 7, 2020 with his family by his side. He was born on December 27, 1941 to the late Jap and Mary Parker in Missouri. Al loved to go hunting and camping with his family. They were his life, especially his grandkids. He served as a Deacon at Park Place Church for many years. He is preceded in death by his parents; brother Johnny Parker; daughter Kara LaFleur; and granddaughter Amy Miller. Al is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Judy Parker; two children, Rusty Parker “Leigh” and Kristie Graham “Steve”; four grandchildren David, Austin “Tiffany”, Grant, and Reese; two great grandchildren Raylie and Barrett; two sisters, Mary Wolfe, Barbara Turner, and Mattie Crump; and a host of other family and friends who all loved him dearly and will miss him very much. There will be a visitation on Monday January 13, 2020 from 6-8 PM at Dial and Dudley Funeral Home in Bryant, Arkansas. Celebration of life will be Tuesday January 14, 2020 at 12:00 PM also at Dial and Dudley Funeral Home. To sign online guestbook, please visit www.dialdudleyfuneralhome.com.
Lucian Lee Edward Freeman went to be with Jesus on Saturday January 11, 2020 surrounded by his family. He was born on January 11, 2020 to Silas Jr. and Angel Freeman. He is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Silas and Amelia Freeman, Archie Freeman, and Jace Freeman; maternal great great granddad Rev. Max Davis; great great grandparents Elmer and Rosie Yarberry. Lucian is survived by his parents; three brothers Payton, Kyler, and Silas III; three sisters Stashia, Symphony, and Loretta; maternal grandparents Bryan and Tammy Casey, and Jesse and Peggy Yarberry; maternal great grandparents George and Virginia Davis; great great grandmother Anna Davis; Grandparents Kathy Yarberry and Shaylin Yarberry; along with a host of other family, church, and friends who all loved him dearly and will miss him very much. Celebration of life will be Friday January 17, 2020 at 2:00 at Dial and Dudley Funeral Home in Bryant, Arkansas with Reverend George Yarberry officiating. There will be a graveside service to follow at Olive Hill Cemetery. To sign online guestbook, please visit www.dialdudleyfuneralhome.com.
Harper Layke Doan 3, of Benton passed away on January 14, 2020 with her family by her side. She was born on July 19, 2016 to Kristopher and Ashley Doan in Little Rock, Arkansas. Harper loved going to therapy and spending time with her sisters and aunt. She lit up the room when she entered and always brought a smile to anyone’s face that got to see her. She is preceded in death by her grandpa, George Doan; great grandparents Linda Hostetter, Bob Dickson, Barbara McMullen Kissee, George Oscar Doan, Matti Watson, and Percy Watson. Harper is survived by her loving parents; two sisters, Kendall and Autumn Doan; grandparents Kelley and George Capleaner, Tammie Watson, Jimmy Watson, and Joyce Cahill Watson; aunts Destiney Mays, Marrissa Doan, Jennifer Watson, and Leah Glover; uncles, Rafe Wallace, Thomas “Percy” Doan, Jimmy Lee Watson Jr., and Matt Hanig; great grandparents Archie and Barbara Scott Kissee; granny Irene Doan; and a host of other family and friends who all loved her dearly and will miss her very much. Visitation will be Tuesday January 21, 2020 from 6-8 PM at Dial and Dudley Funeral Home in Bryant, Arkansas. Celebration of life will be Wednesday January 22, 2020 at 12:00 PM also at Dial and Dudley Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Harper Doan Memorial Fund care of First Security Bank. To sign online guestbook, please visit www.dialdudleyfuneralhome.com.
Dalton Bernard Riggin 81, of Mabelvale passed away on January 15, 2020 with his family by his side. He was born on December 1, 1938 to the late Claude and June Edith Riggin in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, loved telling old stories, and loved spending time with his kids, grandkids, nieces, and nephews. Dalton is preceded in death by his parents; son James D. Riggin; brothers Bill Riggin, Dan Riggin, and Donald Riggin. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Anita and Jeremy Hensley; two grandsons Joshua and Justin Brown; best friend and first wife Wanda Hager; sister-in-law Norma Renshaw; numerous nieces and nephews; and a host of other family and friends who all loved him very much and will miss him dearly. There will be a memorial service on Friday January 24, 2020 at 10:00 AM at Dial and Dudley Funeral Home in Bryant, Arkansas. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Mr. Riggin’s Memorial Fund c/o Dial and Dudley Funeral Home. To sign online guestbook, please visit www.dialdudleyfuneralhome.com.
Dorothy Louise Franklin, 79, of Benton died Tuesday, January 7, 2020. She was born October 1, 1940 in Benton to the late Virgil and Nellie Wheeler Shelton. She was preceded in death by her parents. Survivors include one son, Randall Franklin (Jennifer) and one sister, Joyce Boyd. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Roller-Ballard Funeral Home
Reba J. Leonard, 90, of Benton passed away Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at Amberwood Nursing Home. She was born on October 24, 1929 in Springfield, AR to the late Ira and Lula Eades Morrow. She was a homemaker, current member of Northside Church of Christ, and former longtime member of 6th & Izard Church of Christ in Little Rock. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, J. T. Leonard, Sr., and one son, Douglas Leonard. Survivors include two sons, James T. Leonard, Jr. and Kevin Leonard both of Benton; one sister, Marilyn Baber of McRae, AR; two brothers, Bill Morrow of Rockford, IL and Dwight Morrow of Cabot: six grandchildren, Terry Campbell, Chistopher Barnett, Aaron Leonard, Brittney Leonard, Carrie Morrison, and Mellisa Leonard, and four great grandchildren, Steven, Alexis, Elizabeth, and Mark. Funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 22, 2020 in the chapel of Roller-Ballard Funeral Home (315-4047) with Jim Gardner officiating. Interment will follow in Pinecrest Memorial Park in Alexander. Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday evening, January 21st at the funeral home.
Bonnie Faye Stegall. On Friday, January 10, 2020 at 4:46 p.m. our dear mother, Bonnie Faye Stegall, surrounded by her family that she loved so much, went to be with the Lord. She had been very ill with oral cancer and a recent outbreak of shingles and was in Hospice care at the home of our sister. She was born on February 24, 1931 in Parkin, Arkansas to the late Clarence and Lillie Milton. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband, Richard Stegall and brothers, Charles and Billy Milton. She often talked of Daddy coming to her in her dreams and how real it seemed. Now they are rejoicing together in Heaven along with so many of the loved ones that have gone on before. No more pain, no more sorrow, no more suffering, only Victory in Jesus. Our family was truly blessed to have had her in our lives. I know because of the faith that she shared with us that she is now resting and with our Lord. Survivors include two sons, Roger Ware Stegall (Kathy) of Mayflower and David Randall “Randy” Stegall of Little Rock; two daughters, Marilyn Kay Ferguson (Bill) of Haskell and Jo Annette ”Jody” Bowles (Dennis) of Bryant; two brothers, Jessie Milton of Little Rock and Robert Milton of Hot Springs; three sisters, Marie Lambert of Russellville, Joyce Jordan of North Little Rock, and Ruth Robbins of Heber Springs; step-mother, Geneva Milton of Russellville; seven grandchildren, Paul Shellnut, Michael Shellnut, Becky Johnson, Kenneth Wittke, Sharon Guerrero, Roger Stegall Jr., and Katy Stegall; ten great-grandchildren, Morgan Ray, Zachary Shellnut, Brandon Johnson, Abby Johnson, Audrey Shellnut, Erin Perryman, Hunter Stegall, Peyton Stegall, Gavin Stegall, and Zackery Kraft; and nieces and nephews, Donna Bryan, Debbie Porterfield, Brenda Thomas, Elizabeth Smith, Teresa Edwards, Steve Jordan, Kelly Clark, Karen Dodson, and Lisa Gough. Funeral service will begin at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 14, 2020 in the chapel of Roller-Alcoa Funeral Home in Benton, Arkansas. Interment will follow in Pinecrest Memorial Park in Alexander, Arkansas. Serving as pallbearers are Paul Shellnut, Michael Shellnut, Kenneth Wittke, Roger Stegall Jr., Hunter Stegall, and Peyton Stegall. Honorary bearers include David Johnson, Zachary Shellnut, Brandon Johnson, and Sean Guerrero. A time of visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday evening, January 13, at the Funeral Home, 6700 Alcoa Road, Benton.
Briason Curry Richards, our precious gift, was born sleeping in the arms of God on Monday, January 13, 2020. His short life was greatly cherished, and he will be forever in the hearts of many and always loved. He is survived by his parents, Brian Richards and Allison Zuber, and many other family members and friends of his family. A Funeral Service will be Monday, January 20, 2020, beginning at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Roller-Alcoa Funeral Home, 6700 Alcoa Road, Benton.
Dorothy Dean Tipton, 91, of Benton passed away Thursday, January 16, 2020. She was born April 15, 1928 in Ogden, Arkansas to Revedy Asberry and Mary Ida Hatter Brock. She is survived by her daughter, Lynnetta Spicer and her husband, Jim, of Benton; her two grandchildren, Alexander Spicer and Catherine Spicer, and many other extended family members and friends. A Memorial Service will be Sunday, January 26, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Roller-Alcoa Funeral Home, 6700 Alcoa Road, Benton.
Bruce Stratton Deutscher, 72, of Benton, Arkansas passed away January 9, 2020. He was born June 4, 1947 in New York to the late Jerome and Annabelle (Stratton) Deutscher. Bruce proudly served in the United States Army. He worked for Alcoa for over thirty years. Bruce was a member of Iron Horse Church. He was also a long-time member of ABATE, Arkansas Bikers Aiming Towards Education. Bruce enjoyed riding his Harley across the United States. He was a member of the VFW and enjoyed spending time with other veterans. Bruce loved his family and friends and cherished each moment spent with them. He leaves behind to cherish his memory his children: David Jerome Deutscher and wife Kimberly of Benton, Arkansas and Tarina Bennett and husband Westley of Benton; grandchildren: Dillion McCown and wife Candace, Danyelle Stowe and husband Dakota, Dalayna Sturm and husband Justin, Daren McCown, and Dawson Ross; great-grandchildren: Waylon, Willa, Jacie, and LeeAnn; four sisters: Jerri Anne Reese and husband Morgan of California, Georgi Otis and husband Dave of Arizona, Nancy Mellan and husband Stu of Arizona, and Leslie Tal and husband Ralfi of West Virgina; and many more family members and friends who love Bruce and will miss him always. Celebration of Life service will be held at 1:00 PM, Sunday, January 12, at Iron Horse Church, 12611 Chicot Road, Mabelvale, Arkansas. Arrangements entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online guestbook: www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
Lester Harrell Sanders, 98, of Benton, Arkansas went to be with his Lord on January 12, 2020. He was born August 29, 1921 in San Augustine, Texas to the late Willie and Etheal (Harrell) Sanders. Lester was a WWII veteran who proudly served in the United States Army. During his enlistment, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Good Conduct Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with Bronze and Silver Star Attachment, World War II Victory Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge 1st Award, Honorable Service Lapel Button for WWII, Expert Badge and Rifle Bar, and the Sharpshooter Badge and Carbine Bar. His combat experience included action in the invasion of Omaha Beach on D-day+1 and the Battle of the Bulge. At the age of 81, Lester wrote his memoirs of WWII which were published in the Saline County History and Heritage Society Publication in 2004. After years of farming in West Texas and working in construction, he retired from the U.S. Postal Service after 38 years. He enjoyed being outside working in his yard and gardening. Lester was a member of the First Baptist Church of Benton. He lived his faith in all things, exemplifying integrity, compassion, strength, optimism and extreme courage. Family was very dear to Lester and he cherished every moment he spent with them. Preceding Lester in death are his beloved wife of sixty-one years, Edith Sanders; his parents; granddaughter, Alyson Elise Smith; son-in-law, Fred K. Smith; four sisters; and five brothers. He leaves behind to cherish his memory two daughters: Martha Ann Freeman and husband Ray of Benton, Arkansas and Mary Nell Smith of Longview, Texas; grandchildren: Jeff Freeman, John Freeman, Christi Jones and wife Laurie, and Adam Smith and wife Stacy; great-grandchildren: Parker Freeman, Addison Jones, Stella Smith, and Lydia Smith; special family friend, Tom Trice; and a host of nieces, nephews, family members and friends who love Lester and will miss him always. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM, Thursday, January 16, with visitation held one hour prior to service at First Baptist Church of Benton. Burial will be held at 1:00 PM, Friday, January 17 at Thomas Cemetery in San Augustine, Texas. Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online guestbook: www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
Mary Ann Andries, 82, of Benton, Arkansas went to be with her Lord January 13, 2020. She was born September 19, 1937 in Union County, Arkansas to the late John and Mary Tennie (Smith) Mitchell. Mary was a devout Christian and raised her family in a loving Christian environment. She was the youngest of sixteen children, and cherished spending time with her family. Mary was one of the sweetest ladies ever and considered everyone as part of her family. She had a huge heart and was devoted to her family and friends. Mary was a talented seamstress and created beautiful clothes for her daughters to wear. Preceding Mary in death are her husband, Ronald Andries; parents, John and Mary Tennie (Smith) Mitchell; son, Scott Andries; and siblings: Eunice Jordan, Elsie Mitchem, Altha Jordan, Carlton Mitchell, Mildred Mitchell, Elmer Mitchell, Leona Haltom, Leonard Mitchell, Bruce Mitchell, Tennessee Mitchell, Morgan Mitchell, Marion Mitchell, Betty Jean Mitchell and Billy Joe Mitchell. She leaves behind to cherish her memory two daughters: Kim Shannon and husband Mark of East End, Arkansas; grandchildren: Ashley and Jeremy; great-grandchildren: Bryce, Jackson, Tatum and Cooper; and Larhonda Blair and husband David of Glen Rose, Arkansas; grandchildren: Hunter Blair and Ashley Glenn; great-granddaughter, Anastasia; brother, James Mitchell and his wife Ohma of Benton, Arkansas; sister-in-law, Margaret Mitchell of Benton, Arkansas; 32 nieces and nephews; host of great-nieces and nephews, and friends who love Mary and will miss her always. Family to hold a memorial gathering Thursday, January 16 at the home of Mark and Kim Shannon in East End. Graveside service will be held at 1:00 PM, Friday, January 17 at Silver Hill United Methodist Church Cemetery in Mt. Holly, Arkansas. Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online guestbook: www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
Clarence Alvin West, 75, of Benton, Arkansas passed away January 14, 2020. He was born December 22, 1944 in Adona, Arkansas to the late Wilburn and Evelyn West. Clarence was dearly loved by his family and will be missed always. Family will hold private memorial service. Arrangements entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online guestbook: www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
Virginia Mae Webb, 90, of Benton, Arkansas passed away January 15, 2020. She was born May 11, 1929 in Hutchinson, Kansas to the late Glen Battershell and Hazel (Matthew) Troyer. Virginia was a hard worker and worked as a legal secretary for a private investigator and at Wal-Mart for over fifteen years. She was obsessive with creating a healthy lifestyle which allowed her to be a breast cancer survivor. Virginia “adopted” her daughter’s dogs and provided them treats and lots of love. She called her sisters everyday to discuss the latest in politics and family news. Left to cherish her memory are daughter, Jeannie Miller of Benton, Arkansas; son, Gary Ross and wife Anne of Barnhart, Missouri; grandchildren: Ginny Miller (who was named after Virginia), Stephanie Ross-Tomey, Phillip Ross, and Natalie Ross; seven great-grandchildren; siblings: Marilyn Billinger and husband Ken of Oklahoma, Richard Kicenski and wife Edie of Utah, and Joan Pumphrey of Maryland; and many more family members and friends who love Virginia and will miss her always. Celebration of Life will be held at 4:00 PM, Saturday, January 18, at Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Arrangements by Smith-Benton Funeral Home. www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
Jesus welcomed Johnny Roy Nash, 66, of Benton, Arkansas home on January 15, 2020. He was born May 18, 1953 in Millington, Tennessee to the late Roy and Ruth Elizabeth (Brister) Nash. Johnny attended Benton First Church of the Nazarene. He was a sports enthusiast and loved football. Preceding Johnny in death are his parents; sister, Margaret Kumar; and sisters-in-law, Ann and Peggy Nash. Left to cherish his memory are wife, Nancy Summers of Benton, Arkansas; brothers: Larry Wayne Nash and Rubin Lynn Nash both of Pine Bluff, Arkansas and Stanley Nash of Lincoln, Nebraska; sister, Betty Green Nash of Mena, Arkansas; nieces, Jennifer and Elizabeth of New York; and many other nieces and nephews. Special appreciation to Saline Memorial Hospice for their attention to all Johnny’s needs and for their tender care and compassion. Funeral service held at 2:00 PM, Saturday, January 18, with visitation held one hour prior to service, at Smith-Benton Funeral Home, 322 N. Market Street, Benton, Arkansas. Arrangements by Smith-Benton Funeral Home. www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
Billy Park Hall, born July 3, 1934 in Overland Park, Kansas, passed away January 16, 2020 surrounded by his loved ones. He is preceded in death by his daughter, Tina Suzanne Hall; and his son, Keith Dwayne Hall. Billy is survived by his wife of sixty-three years, Shirley Hall; and their two children: Pam Henson and husband Allen and Lisa Stow. Billy helped to raise his three grandsons: C.J. Henson, Bradley Henson, and Dudley Stow. Billy was passionate about serving others as shown by his honor of possessing the status of Eagle Scout and the Order of the Arrow. Billy was a member of the United States Air force and served from 1952 until 1956. He married Shirley and moved to California, where he worked for AT&T for twenty-nine years from which he retired. He loved and served his family while watching them grow. You could find Billy spending most of his time enjoying the land of his Benton home that was built by family. Arrangements entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
Paulette Sheila Dix Roth, loving mother and Gram passed away on Sunday, January 5th at the age of 78. Paulette was born in Providence, Rhode Island on May 18, 1941 and graduated from Dorsey High School in Los Angeles, California. Paulette was passionate about community and loved getting to know people in person and on Facebook. She loved family nights, babies, and eating. She was always an advocate for the “underdog.” Paulette was known for her feistiness, hilarious commentary, and good conversation. She is preceded in death by her mother & father, Lou and Sarah Dix, her daughter Andrea Roth, and her stepdaughters Robyn Roth (Rothdeutsch) and Danna Roth (Griego). Paulette is survived by her two brothers, Norman Dix (Valerie) and Elliot Dix; daughter Michelle Duze’ Finney (Roger), stepdaughter Staci Roth, and hand-picked daughter, Michelle Broadway (Keith); eleven grandchildren: BJ, Morgan, Kaley, Melissa, Taylor, Sidney, Samantha, Connor, Nick, Walker and Israel; and eleven great-grandchildren: Marley, Salem, Sofia, Evelyn, Fallyn, Abigail, Farrah, Liam, Christopher, Cooper and Nyomi; several cousins, nieces, and nephews, her dear friend Connie Covey, and a host of loving friends and extended family at Four Seasons Assisted Living in Benton, AR. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Paulette’s name to CARTI Foundation (PO Box 55011 Little Rock, AR 72215) or Saline Health Foundation (1 Medical Drive Benton, AR 72015). A memorial service to celebrate Paulette’s life will be held on January 25, 2020 at 3:00 pm at Four Seasons Assisted Living Center. 2407 Military Road, Benton, AR, 72015. Arkansas Cremation
James Charles (Jimmy) Underwood: 1/15/1961 – 1/3/2020 Jimmy is preceded in death by his parents J.C. Underwood and Eva Jean Underwood. He is survived by his wife Kristi Birdwell, daughter Jenna Underwood, granddaughter Aubrianna, sisters Debi Woods and Pam McCauley, his nephews Jeremy Woods, Dustin and Daniel McCauley and niece Erin Woods, many cousins and close friends especially John. Jimmy was a master tile setter for 40 years. He loved to golf, and watch “his” Chiefs play football. Loved to spend time with family. He was a believer in God and we are sure he is in heaven playing golf with Dad. We all treasured our time with him and he will be deeply missed. Rest in peace brother, we love you. Celebration of life will be held 1/15/2020 in Benton AR. Arkansas Cremation
Toni Michelle Baxter, 47, of Bryant, AR, passed away peacefully in her sleep and went on to a very special place where there is no suffering or pain. She was born on October 9, 1972 in Little Rock, AR. She is survived by her mother, Carolyn Baxter of Mayflower; father, Phil Baxter; aunt, Brenda Davis of Sheridan; daughter, Emily Vandewalker of Nashville, TN; son & daughter- in- law, Xavier & Megan Vandewalker of Knoxville, TN; and three grandchildren, Cadence, Justin, and Zander. She is preceded in death by her loving sister, Kimberly Baxter- Hughes; and grandmother, Helen (Nanny) Winter Wilfong. Toni was easily one of the most beautiful people and had a smile that could light up any room. She was bold and fearless with a determined will who always stood up for the underdog, often standing up for anyone. She had a strong work ethic and excelled in everything she attempted and was very intelligent while remaining creative, often crafting or crocheting. She was also an amazing cook and host, making meals that comforted you, and made friends wherever she went. Memorial service to be announced at a later date. Pinecrest Funeral Home and Memorial Park.
Bobbie Lacewell, 79, of Bryant, entered the gates of Heaven on January 11th, 2020 peacefully and surrounded by her loving family. She was born on June 10th, 1940 in Fordyce, Arkansas. She is proceeded in death by her mother and father, Doshia and Everett Wilson, and sisters Patricia Jennings, Bessie Hicks, Betty Marchant, Eloise Wilson, Lois Mosley and Margaret Scott. She is survived by her husband of 60 years and the love of her life, Kenny Lacewell, son Keith Lacewell (Michelle) grandson’s Chase and Cole and daughter Karen Hughes, and granddaughter Haven. She is also survived by her loving sister Mary House and many loving cousins, nieces and nephews and was loved by many as a second mom. Bobbie was raised in Thornton Arkansas, graduated from Thornton High School, and attended Henderson State University. She was a graduate of Draughon’s College. She had a passion for life, especially spending time with her three grandchildren, whom she loved with all of her heart! She also traveled extensively with her husband, and saw many places in the US, and around the world. A visitation and service will be held on Tuesday, January 14th, at Pinecrest Funeral Home and Memorial Park starting at 1:00PM with Visitation, followed by her funeral at 2:00PM. The family would like to thank the staff of Saline Memorial Hospice House, and a special thanks to her caregivers Patricia Thomas, Tracy Price, and Betty Wilkerson. FAMILY Kenny Lacewell, Husband Keith Lacewell (Michelle), Son Karen Hughes, Daughter Mary House, Sister Chase Lacewell, Grandson Cole Lacewell, Grandson Haven Hughes, Granddaughter PALLBEARERS Wes Lacewell, Pallbearer Jake Lacewell, Pallbearer Whit Walker, Pallbearer Jennings Burns, Pallbearer Kevin Jennings, Pallbearer Thomas Burns, Pallbearer
Wilma “Jean” Naylor passed away peacefully on January 5. 2020. She was born in Dallas, Texas on February 28, 1929 to Wilma Opal and Albert Sydney Johnson. She was preceded in death by her parents and by her devoted husband of 68 years, Edward Leon Naylor as well as her great niece, Sydney Myna Thweatt. Mrs. Naylor is survived by her only child, Cynthia Taylor, husband, Ted, of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas; her granddaughter, Alison Dittmann, husband, Dennis, and by her great granddaughter, Bentley Dittmann, all of Schomburg, Germany. She is also survived by her sister, Sydney Huffines, her nephew, James Thweatt and his wife, Lynette, and by her niece, Becky Thweatt, all of Dallas, Texas. Mrs. Naylor graduated from Crozier Tech High School in Dallas and attended North Texas State College. She enjoyed playing bridge with her beloved “Bridge Club” for 35 years as well as traveling the world with her devoted husband, Edd, and their dear friends, James and Zelda Raines. A woman of many interests, she enjoyed both dabbling in oil painting and playing the stock market. She will be missed for her examples for strength, humor and devotion to her family. She was a lifelong Baptist. Graveside services are Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 10:00AM at Arkansas State Veteran’s Cemetery, 1501 W. Maryland Ave, North Little Rock, AR, 72120. https://www.cedarvalefuneralhome.com.
Susan (Long) Franz, of Hot Springs Village, passed away, January 13, 2020. She was born on November 19, 1942 in El Paso Texas to Lt. Col. Lyndon A. and Kathlyn (Harff) Long. Susan graduated from Hinsdale High School in Hinsdale, Illinois and Teachers College in Charleston, Illinois with a degree in Secondary Physical Education. After teaching Physical Education, Drivers ED and Health in Des Plaines, Illinois Sue sought a teaching position in Colorado. It was while she was teaching at Lakewood High School in Colorado and living in Edgewater that she met Curt Franz. Sue and Curt were married in 1969 in Conifer, Colorado. They celebrated their 50th anniversary in June of 2019. Curt’s job as a Federal Bank Examiner moved them to Tyler, Texas where their son, Christopher and daughter, Stacey was born on 1972 and 1973. It was while they lived there that Sue got her first set of golf clubs. Curt’s job moved them back to Denver for two years and then to Dallas, Texas where they lived from 1979 to 1996 when then moved to Hot Springs Village. Here in the Village, Sue became an avid golfer, starting the Spike Girls Club. As an active member of Faith Lutheran Church, Sue helped design and update the Faith website. She also organized our Sociable Six dinner club. Sue is preceded in death by her parents and is survived by her husband of 50 years, Curt Franz, son Christopher Franz of Athens, Georgia and daughter Stacey and husband Jason of Hatfield of Celina, Texas and one grandson Jaron. Visitation will be Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 10:00AM, with funeral services following at 11:00AM at Faith Lutheran Church, Hot Springs Village with Pastor Robert Benke officiating. Interment will be at CedarVale Cemetery. https://www.cedarvalefuneralhome.com.
Lou Anne “Ann” Simpson died peacefully in her home in Hot Springs Village in Arkansas on January 14th at the age of 79. Ann is survived by her loving husband of 40 years, Philip Carl Simpson of the home; sons Lewis Mark Bonner and his wife Annette of Edmond, Oklahoma, Grady Gregg Bonner and his wife Sandra of Bethany and bonus son Alan Lee Simpson and his wife Renae of Oklahoma City; sister and brother in law Clara and Chuck Jackson of Dallas, Texas; grandchildren Allison and Tim Thomas and Jacob Bonner, all of Edmond; niece Michelle Miller and husband Thurman of Portland, Oregon; aunt Ethel Black of Woodward, Oklahoma as well as many other friends and relatives. She was preceded in death by her parents Louie C. Haack and Elsie M. Swallow and her brother Jimmie Wayne Haack of Slapout, Oklahoma. Ann was born on the family farm in the panhandle of Oklahoma near Slapout on May 7, 1940 to Louis and Elsie. She attended Fairview, Rock, and Overstreet schools before attending Laverne Public School, where she graduate from high school in 1957. She obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Northwestern State College, Alva, Oklahoma in 1961 and a Masters degree in Library Science from the University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma in 1973. She married Don Bonner in 1960. After marrying, Ann worked for a while as a substitute teacher until they welcomed their first child, Mark. Three years later they welcomed their second son, Gregg. In 1977, Ann and Don divorced. Afterwards, Ann began attending events sponsored by Parents Without Partners where she met Phil at one of the dance events. She and Phil were married in May of 1979 in Oklahoma City and remained married until the time of her death. Ann and Phil made their home for many years in Oklahoma City. The F5 Moore tornado set their lives on a different path though. The tornado destoryed their home and gave them the opportunity to move to Hot Springs Village where they both retired to live their golden years. Ann spent 20 years employed by the Oklahoma Metropolitan Library System. Most of those years were spent at the Del City Library where she retired in 2002. She enjoyed libraries and library sciences and often had funny stories to tell about things patrons asked her to research. She knew a great many things about a great many subjects because of patron research requests. Ann was an accomplished poet who had her poems published in many newspapers and magazines. She was a lively, free-spirited individual who loved traveling and reading about a vast array of subjects. She was passionate about educating friends on the evils of the industrial military complex and governmental oligarchies while still remaining optimistic about the future of humankind. She always wanted to live in a big city like London or Paris but Oklahoma City was was the “big” city she fell in love with instead. Ann was known as a free thinker. She was always an advocate for individuality in people and personalities. She will be greatly missed. Although she lived in Hot Springs Village for a many years, it was always Ann’s wish to return to the red soil of Oklahoma. To that end, a funeral is scheduled for January 20, 2020, visitation from 1:00PM untill 2:00PM at Resthaven Funeral Home and Graveside at 2:00PM Cemetery in Oklahoma City. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Ann’s life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute of Little Rock, Arkansas. Arrangments entrusted to CedarVale Funeral Home, Hot Springs Village, Arkansas. Adrienne Flinn, 91, passed away January 5, 2020. She was born in Humboldt, Kansas to Sue Means and Ralph Baxley. She was preceded in death by her parents; her stepfather Harlan Means; husband Neal Flinn; and daughter, Cindy Flinn. Adrienne leaves behind her children, Pam Curtis, Tim Flinn, and her grandson, David Makin. If it’s true that the world knows little of its greatest men, it’s sadder still that it knows less of its greatest women, women who exemplify, nurture, and bequeath the values that make the earth a better place to live. How fortunate were the children, men and women, or even a stray cat to have been intertwined with Mrs. Flinn. Her gentle touch, loving nature, and good intentions were felt from Kansas to Peru, Indiana; to Yuba City, California; to Henderson, Tennessee; to Southfield, Michigan; to Florence, Alabama; to Elyria, Ohio; and lastly to Hot Springs Village, Arkansas. During her life’s journeys she searched for and found truth and beauty in others, in nature, and in the Church of Christ. In the end, all the incidentals that kept her busy like sewing children’s clothes, conjuring up tasty meals, writing feature newspaper articles, or crafting art did fade; but loves endures. No services will be held. The family suggests donations be made in memory of Adrienne Flinn to Arkansas Hospice.
Kenneth E. Luckow, age 78, of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, died at his residence on January 11, 2020. Son of the late Elmer and Evelyn (Rauber) Luckow, he was born on January 31, 1941, in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. He was the second of two children. He attended Garfield and Cleveland Elementary Schools, Washington Junior High School and graduated from Lincoln High School. He married Nancy C. Mueller in 1963 at the First Lutheran Church in Sheboygen, Wisconsin. They had two children; a girl (Terry) and a boy (Keith). In 1968, Kenneth and Nancy were baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and served in many church assignments throughout the years. Kenneth was employed at Weyerhaeuser Company in Manitowoc for 47 years. He enjoyed camping with his family and was very competitive in all kinds of games. He had a unique sense of humor and loved joking and chatting with people. After his wife Nancy’s passing in 2005, Kenneth married Judith Coakley (Swoboda) in 2007, having known her for 30 years through his Church affiliation. In 2011, they moved to Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, where they continued their active service in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints as well as at the CHI St. Vincent McAuley Senor Center. Preceding him in death are his parents Elmer and Evelyn (Rauber) Luckow; brother, Donald; and wife, Nancy (Mueller) Luckow. Surviving are wife, Judith (Swoboda) Luckow; daughter, Terry (Tom) Decker, son, Keith (Meghan) Luckow; grandson, Joshua (Nicole) Neumeyer. A memorial service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at 2765 Malvern Avenue in Hot Springs, Arkansas at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 25, 2020. A memorial service will also be held at a later date at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.
Larry D. Newlon, 78, of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, passed at home on Jan. 14th, 2020. He was born in Rock Island, Illinois on 6/28/42 to Luna Mae and Dale Newlon. Larry grew up with his sister Alice and family in Illinois, as well as Shawnee Mission, Kansas. Larry was in ROTC while in college, and following graduation in 1964 he entered the Air Force. He served in Vietnam and received an honorable discharge from the US Air Force 2nd Reconnaissance Technical Squadron as a Captain in 1968. Following his military service Larry lived in Arizona working for Motorola, and later he moved to northern California where he worked for several small component manufacturers during the infancy of the computer tech industry. He came to east to live in Hot Springs Village, and many here will know him through the almost two decades he worked at Fiesta Bowl. He enjoyed the natural world around him, and pursued his photography hobby. Larry is preceded in death by his parents and sister Alice, also long time HSV residents. He is survived by his niece Perri Ann Parlini. Visitation and a celebration of Larry will be 10am to 12 noon Monday at Caruth-Hale Funeral Home, with burial following. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Hot Springs Village Animal Welfare League or a charity of your choice.
Elsie P. Murphy was born on March 28, 1924 and passed away on Saturday, January 11, 2020. Caruth Village Funeral Home – Hot Springs Village.
Carol G. Martin, 90, of Benton, passed away January 6, 2020. Born in Little Rock to Walter and Myrtle Henigan Grimmette, she retired from the Veterans Administration as an administrative assistant. She was a member of St. James United Methodist Church. Preceded in death by her parents, her husband, David Paul Martin, and siblings, Thelma Reed and Seaborn Grimmette, she is survived by her son, Timothy Patrick Martin and wife, Vickie, of Alexander; grandchildren, Shawn Martin and Katherine Martin; great-grandchildren, Aly Bowers, Riley Martin, Linkoln Martin and Danielle Martin; and other family and friends. Services will be held on Thursday, January 9 at 2:00 p.m., preceded by visitation beginning at 1:00, at Little Rock Funeral Home, followed by interment at Oakland Cemetery in Little Rock. Arrangements by Little Rock Funeral Home, 8801 Knoedl Ct. (NW corner I-630 and Barrow Rd.), (501)224-2200. Mrs. Martin’s online guestbook may be signed at www.littlerockfuneralhome.com.
David Thomas Keegan Jr. 71, of Bryant, Arkansas left us for his heavenly home on January 3, 2020. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. He loved his motorcycles taking cross country trips, spending time at the lake and trips to the beach. David was a member of Woodlawn Baptist Church. He served in the Vietnam War, had worked as an officer for the Little Rock Police Department then retired from the US Postal Service as a mail carrier. He was preceded in death by his parents, David Thomas Keegan Sr. and Eloise B. Keegan, and a sister Shirley Keegan Stacy. He is survived by three sisters, Elocile (George) Uran of Mayflower, Arkansas, Kathleen (Verdell) Pool of Poulsbo, WA., and Sherrie (Dwayne) Lackey of Benton, as well as a number of nieces and nephews. Pallbearers Josh Barclay, Brandon Lackey Chris Stacy, Jon Stacy Dave Uran and Jon Uran. Griffin Leggett Healey & Roth, 5800 W. 12th Street, Little Rock (501) 661-9111.