Paul Devore Turley, 82 of Benton, passed away on January 25, 2020. He was born in Little Rock on April 11, 1937 to the late William and Margrete Turley. Paul was a Farrier-Blacksmith who apprenticed several future farriers. He and his wife of 63 years, Rosalie, nurtured many future Barrel Racers and horse trainers who they considered family to carry on their legacy. Paul broke horses and rode bulls, winning several championships in Steer Wrestling and Bareback riding events. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Charlie Turley and sisters, Billie and Shirley. Paul leaves to cherish his memory, wife, Rosalie Turley of Benton, son, Joe Paul Turley of Belmont, North Carolina, niece, Brenda Potts and nephew, Charles Turley, grandson, Dakota Turley of Durham, North Carolina. A visitation will be held on February 1st at Ashby Funeral Home in Benton, 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Saline County Humane Society. Family comments: Paul was a man of few words but when he spoke everyone listened. On line guestbook at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
Inez Pyle, 98, of Benton, died peacefully on January 29th, surrounded by family. Born in Eupora, Mississippi to William Bryan Hitt and Luna (Biggers) Hitt, Inez graduated from Benton High School in 1939, where she was voted “Neatest” classmate. She attended Arkansas State Teachers College, graduating in 1943 with a degree in Home Economics. While in college, she was a member of the Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority. Inez worked as a dietician at Manteno State Hospital in Illinois before completing her career as a science teacher at Westside Jr. High in Benton. She was a member of the Alpha Delta Kappa teachers sorority. She was preceded in death by her parents, her baby sister Laura Maxine, her husband Maxey Pyle, and her daughter Diana McWilliams. Inez was married to Maxey for 60 years and is survived by her son David Pyle (Charlotte) and son-in-law John McWilliams. She was a beloved Mam-ma to her grandchildren: Bryan Pyle (Stephanie; Mason, Ava and Cora) of Benton. Margaret Morrison (Lake; Owen) of Durham, North Carolina. John McWilliams, Jr. (Meredith; Soren and Otto) of Houston, Texas. Joanna Kordsmeier (Clint; Jaxon and Max) of Conway, Arkansas. Laura McWilliams (Mikel Shybut) of Sacramento, California. Step Granddaughter Elizabeth Newington (Alexis) of London, England. After retirement Inez perfected her talents in painting and quilting. She was an art student of Dianne Roberts, and a member of the Art Guild of Saline County, winning prizes for her works at their annual art shows. Inez was also a member of the Saline County Quilters Guild. She was a member of Spring Creek Baptist Church for over seventy-five years, serving as a Sunday School teacher and clerk. Prior to her death, Inez was the Church’s oldest member. Visitation will be February 3rd from 1-2pm at Spring Creek Baptist Church in Benton, with services following. Inez will be deeply missed, and her grace, kindness, and hospitality will remain a cherished legacy. In lieu of flowers, the family asks memorials be sent to the Spring Creek Baptist Church building fund. On line guestbook at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
Roy Edward Norman, 67 of Alexander, died January 30, 2020. He was born on June 9, 1952 to Troy and Ruby McGuire Norman. He was preceded in death by his father. Survivors, son, Troy Norman, daughters, Tina Gurley and Tracy Rutherford, mother, Ruby Norman Hicks, sisters, Virginia House, Lillie Sliter and Sheila Lewis, numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren. Memorial services will be held on February 9, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. at the Church of Christ at 1500 Hwy 5, across from Harp’s Grocery. On line guestbook at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
Janice Mackey Parker, 87, of Benton, died peacefully Thursday, February 6, 2020 at Saline Memorial Hospice House in Bryant, AR. She was born July 2, 1932, in Arkadelphia, AR to J. R. and Marjorie Batchelor Mackey. A homemaker and the widow of Robert E. Parker, who passed away March 13, 1986. She is survived by her four children, Robert E. (Vickie) Parker, of Fayetteville; Randy H. Parker and Lisa Parker Hester, of Benton: and Jana Parker Rouble, of Dallas, TX; her sisters, Bobbie (Jim) Mackey Baker of Paris, TX; June (Ralph) Mackey Sullivan of Romance, AR; and Kay Gilbert of Douglasville, GA. She is also survived by six grandchildren, Amy (Sheldon) Parker Vinson; Chad (Lindsey) Parker, Crista Parker Anderson; Lacey (Vince) Hester Lancaster; Steele and Reagan Rouble; eight great-grandchildren, Wyatt, Allie, Cade, Isaac, Lizzy, Addye, Parker and Paisley. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, her sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Doug Inman, and by her aunt and uncle who raised her, Robert H. and Adelyn Harris; great-grandchildren, Parker and Fisher Vinson She was a graduate of Benton High School, attended Henderson State University, and a longtime member of Benton First United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday School during the time her children were young. She also was a past member of the Administrative Board, a church wedding hostess and sang in the Chancel Choir. A charter member of the historic Gann Museum and also the 1852 Shoppach House Museum, she also was a member of the Talisman Club and received the honor of 1984 and 1985 Poet Laureate from the Poets’ Roundtable of Arkansas. A celebration of her life will be held in the Chapel of Ashby Funeral Home, 108 W. Narroway St., Benton, AR at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, February 10 with burial to follow at Pine Crest Memorial Park, 7401 Highway 5 N, Alexander as she is put to final rest in the area known as the Garden of Devotion. Visitation will be 6:00 p.m. till 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 9 at Ashby Funeral Home in Benton, Arkansas. Longtime friend Rev. Shari Leech Day will be officiating. Memorials may be made to the Gann Museum, the Shoppach House, Benton First United Methodist Church or any charity of your choosing. The family would like to express their thanks to the staff at Saline Memorial Hospice House (March 2019 – February 2020), the staff at Mr. Carmel Assisted Living (November 2014 – January 2019) and to the friend and caregiver Pat Neighbors Griffin for their loving care of Mrs. Janice.
Wanda Lou Mitchell, 84 of Benton, passed away on February 10, 2020. She was born on April 28, 1935 in Danville, Arkansas to the late George Edgar and Elsie Leeola Parker Watson. Wanda was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Sammy Ray Mitchell, brothers, Jim, Shorty and Bill Watson, sister, Troyce Condley. She is survived by her son, Johnny (Lisa) Mitchell of Benton, sister, Ava McConnell of North Little Rock, grandchildren, Jayce (Samantha) Mitchell, Matt (Danielle) Mitchell and Makayla Mitchell. Chapel services by Ashby Funeral Home will be 2:00 p.m. on Thursday with Bro. Tyler Askew officiating. Burial will follow at Pine Crest Cemetery. Visitation will be at Ashbys, 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday. Online guestbook at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
Tom Franklin Melvin, age 90, of Benton, passed away Monday, February 10, 2020. He was born April 11, 1929 in Luxora, Arkansas. Tom retired from Bauxite Northern Railroad. He was a member of Social Hill Baptist Church, the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and the Triangle Hunting Club. Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Dick and Bessie Melvin; wife, Fern Melvin; son, Donnie Melvin; three brothers, Cub, Sam and Charlie Melvin and a sister, Louise Davis. He is survived by two sons, Ricky Melvin (Suzy) and Ronnie Melvin (Debbie); three daughters, Paulette Williams (Neil), Kay Chism (Terry) and Melissa Kelley (Steve); two brothers, Jerry and Bill Melvin; two sisters, Ruby Haskins and Sue Ladue; eighteen grandchildren; twenty-seven great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild and his good friend & neighbor, Michael Glover. Visitation will be 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 12 at Ashby Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday, February 13 at Ashby Funeral Home with burial at Pine Crest Memorial Park. Bro. Bill Williams and Bro. Michael Williams will be officiating.
Sonya Louise Bridegroom, 56 of Benton, passed away on February 10, 2020. She was born on May 13, 1963 in Little Rock to the late John D. and Sara McDaniels Burke. Sonya graduated from the Arkansas School for the Deaf, was a member of Geyer Springs Baptist Church and Self Help for the Hard of Hearing (SHHH). She was employed by the IRS from 1982 until 1996. Sonya thoroughly enjoyed browsing flea markets with friends. Her passion was (S.O.S.) Sonya’s Organizing Service. Nothing brought her more joy than to make you laugh. Sonya was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Preston Burke and sister, Cynthia Garvin. She is survived by her husband of 28 years, Donald Bridegroom of Benton, daughter, Brandy (Patrick) Wandres of Tulsa and grandchildren, William, Charles and Andrew Wandres. Chapel services by Ashby Funeral Home will be 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 with Pastor Jim Miller officiating. Burial will follow at Fairplay Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. before services. Online guestbook at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
Shirley ‘Sheryl’ Jean Branham Felts, of Sardis, born April 18, 1969, in Little Rock, passed Wednesday February 05, 2020. She was preceded in death by Jimmie and Kathy Branham, and Ruby Irene Bentley. She was loved by many friends and family members. She was a Christian woman, and will be greatly missed. There will be a private memorial service with the family at a later date. To sign guestbook, please visit www.dialanddudleyfuneralhome.com.
Richard E. Parker, 79, of Benton passed away Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at St. Vincent Hospice in Little Rock. He was born August 23, 1940 in Benton, Arkansas to the late Houston and Leatha Collins Parker. Mr Parker had retired from Reynolds Metals after 30 years. He was of the Baptist faith and an avid sports and Arkansas Razorbacks fan. Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy Karen Parker, two sisters, Aileen Ridling and Joan Moseley, and one brother, David Parker. Survivors include two sons, Wayne Parker (Ginny) of Benton and Jimmy Parker (Ashley) of Bryant; two daughters, Lesa King (Doug) of Bryant and Donna Ivey (Lloyd) of Bauxite; one sister, Marilyn Burks of Magnet Cove; two brothers, Keith Parker of Magnet Cove and Larry Parker (Vicki) of Sims, AR; 8 grandchildren, Chris King (Shana), Dustin King, Hailey Necessary (Ben), Garrett Parker (Rachel), Korie Pique (Chase), Cameron Wiliams, Brooklynn Parker, and Payton Martin (Keaton), and 3 great grandchildren, Carson King, Cambree King, and Easton Necessary. Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 1, 2020 in the chapel of Roller-Ballard Funeral Home (315-4047) with Bro. Scotty Nalley officiating. Interment will follow in Smith- New Rosemont Cemetery Visitation will be held one hour prior to service at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday at the funeral home.
Elzia Bolt, 78 of Benton died Sunday February 02, 2020. She was born January 31, 1942 in Shaw, Arkansas to the late Eugene Carlton and Ethel Holt Parsons, and was a homemaker and loved being outdoors. In addition to her parents her daughter, Annette Bolt, preceded her in death. Survivors include her husband, Jimmy Don Bolt, of Benton; two sons, Gary Bolt (Myra) of Palm Coast, FL and Paul Bolt (Jackie) of Rogers, AR; three grandchildren, Rachel Bolt, Jake Bolt (Sarah), and Nicole Bolt; and one great-granddaughter, Raelynn Bolt. Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 in the chapel of Roller-Ballard Funeral Home. Graveside Service will be at 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at New Friendship Cemetery in Benton, Arkansas officiated by Rev. Clyde Chenault.
Jessie M. White, 91, of Benton passed away Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at Saline Memorial Hospital Hospice House in Bryant. She was born December 14, 1928 in Bentley, MS to the late Leroy and Maude Bush. Mrs. White had worked a number of years for Owasso in Benton and last worked as a cafeteria hostess in the area. Her husband, Alton Dennis White, one brother, three sisters, and daughter-in-law Linda White also preceded her in death. She is survived by two sons, Larry White and James White (Susan) all of Benton; three sisters, Lorene Ward of Benton, Jean Kendal of Vardaman, MS, and Linda Gail Lovell of Atkins, AR; five grandchildren, Caroline Martinez, Kellie Fowler (Matthew), Christopher White (Amber), Lauren White, and Sydney White; four great grandchildren, Nicole Aguilera, Courtney Tipple (Sean), Justin Fowler, and Cameron White; five great-great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be 1:00 p.m. Friday, February 7, 2020 in the chapel of Roller-Ballard Funeral Home with Dr. Paul Sheets officiating. Interment will follow in Pinecrest Memorial Park in Alexander. Serving as pallbearers are Mike Ward, Tony Ward, Chris White, Justin Fowler, Matthew Fowler, and Steve Ward. Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday evening, February 6th at the funeral home (315-4047). The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff and nurses at Saline Memorial Hospice for the loving care they gave Mrs. White.
Victor “Leroy” Rockford, 86, of Haskell, passed away Tuesday, February 4, 2020. He was born in Atkinson, Nebraska to Charles Victor and May Warner Rockford. Leroy proudly served his country in the United States Army. He was a very nice and well-liked man who was a wonderful husband and friend. He thoroughly enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was preceded in death by his parents, his son, Randall Rockford; two brothers, and four daughters. Leroy is survived by his wife, Phyllis Rockford; his sons, Richard, Kenneth, Aaron, and Keith Rockford, one daughter, several grandchildren, and many extended family members and friends. Interment will be at a later date in Forest Hills Memorial Park in Alexander.
Martha (Kathleen) James-Basse went to be with the Lord Sunday, February 9, 2020 at 97 years of age. She was born in Hampton, Arkansas, attended school in Hampton, and graduated from Harrell High School in 1940. She was a starter for Harrell High School’s girls basketball team. She was the eldest child of Allen and Nettie McDuffie. She had three brothers, Raymond, Jesse, and Carol, who have all preceded her in death. She had two sisters, Shirley McDuffie, who also preceded her in death, and is survived by Betty Jane Dunn of Magnolia, Arkansas. She also is survived by several nieces and nephews. She married William Bettes (Bill) James in 1941 and they shared fifty-one years together until his death on October 26, 1992. Kathleen is survived by two children, William (Terry) James and wife, Margaret and Philip (Robin) James and wife, Charlene all of Benton; step-son, Don Basse of Tulsa, Oklahoma; four grandchildren, Terry James, Jr., Christian James, Nathan James, and Ashley James all of Benton; and four great-grandchildren, Jaci, Preslie, Hudson, and Harper. She was a faithful member of, and taught Sunday School for, Highland Heights Church in Benton for many years. She retired from Sears in 1988 where she worked as a credit department supervisor in the Little Rock, Arkansas office. She was a member of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA). Kathleen married Shirley (Sonny) Basse in 1994, and they shared sixteen years together until his death in 2009. A Funeral Service will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday, February 13, 2020 in the chapel of Roller-Alcoa Funeral Home at 6700 Alcoa Rd. in Benton, Arkansas. Interment will follow in Smith Rosemont Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers are Terry James, Jr., Nathan James, Christian James, Ashley James, Spurge Mask, and Mike Hile. Serving as honorary pallbearer is Freddy Burton. A time of Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Thursday, an hour prior to the service, at the Funeral Home.
Memorial services for Carol Ortlip Burk will be held at Summit Saline of Benton, Arkansas on Wednesday, February 12, at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Zac Reno officiating. Graveside services will be held at Forest Hill Cemetery in Garvin, Oklahoma on Thursday, February 13, at 2:00 p.m. Carol went to be with the Lord on February 9, 2020 at the age of 93. She was born on November 18, 1926 in Paris, Texas; the daughter of Frank Russell Ortlip and Mella Belle Ortlip Terrell. Carol married Frank Edward Burk on April 2, 1947 in Norman, Oklahoma. They were married for 62 years before Frank died and were a model of love and devotion to all that knew them. When she was young, Carol lived in Dallas, Texas and Eureka Springs, Arkansas. She graduated from Idabel High School in Idabel, Oklahoma. She went to the University of Oklahoma before her marriage to Frank. Her husband was a career Army officer, so as his wife she traveled all over the world including living in Japan and Germany. She was a devoted wife and the mother of “4 children all born within 6 years of one another.” She loved unconditionally, laughed often, explained things simply and accepted others fully. Her favorite hobby was bridge and she taught many to play the game when she lived in Fayetteville Arkansas. After retirement, she and Frank moved back to Oklahoma and settled in Hugo for nearly 20 years. While there, they attended church at Victory Life of Hugo and volunteered their services in many areas. Carol is preceded in death by her husband, Frank Edward Burk, her parents, and one sister, Mella Belle Ponce. She is survived by her sister, Cecile Cowling; two sons and daughters-in-law: Joseph and Mindy Burk of Frisco, Texas, James and Mary Lou Burk of Mansfield, Texas; two daughters and sons-in- law: Linda and Kenneth Bevis of Gardendale, Alabama, and Diane and Michael Hefner of Benton, Arkansas; ten grandchildren: Michelle Hardman, Carlee Hilger, Jody Melton, Denise Credeur, David Burk, Jeffory Burk, Ryan Burk, Aaron Hefner, Marcie Watkinson, and Ben Hefner; 36 great grandchildren; and 3 great-great-grandchildren.
Sherman Lee Wallace, 77, of Benton passed away Monday, February 10, 2020. He was born December 16, 1942 in Benton, Arkansas to the late Robert Earl and Clarice Cochran Wallace. In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his wife, Ruby Wallace; grandson, Max Wallace; brother, Mike Wallace; half-brother, Grant Garth; and half-sisters, Nancy Meyers and Bobbi Claire Westbrook. Survivors include his sons, Bradley Wallace, Danny Briggs, Jr., and Don Briggs; daughters, Laura Dempsey, Leigh Ann Tropp, and Sherri Blankenship; brother, Thomas Earl Wallace; twin sister, Shirley Miller; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A Funeral Service will be 9:30 a.m. Saturday, February 15, 2020 in the chapel of Roller-Alcoa Funeral Home, 6700 Alcoa Rd. Benton, Arkansas. Interment will follow in Pinecrest Memorial Park in Alexander, Arkansas. A time of Visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday evening, February 14, at Roller-Alcoa Funeral Home.
Jerry Donald Barker, 61, of Mabelvale passed away Monday, February 10, 2020. He was born March 7, 1958 in Little Rock, Arkansas to the late Ray and Marie Barker. Survivors include his wife of eighteen years, Valerie Baker; step-son, Randy Lewis; daughters, Shannon Jackson and Jordan Mooney; step-daughter, Jackie Lewis; brother, Russell Barker; sisters, Sherry Morales (Freddy), Sandi Navarrete (Jeorge), and Debbie Jackson; and grandchildren, Bailea Braswell, Ryan Jackson, Jacob Jackson, Riley Lewis, Zoe Lewis, Aspen Lewis, and Drake Lewis. A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, February 15, 2020 in the chapel of Roller-Alcoa Funeral Home, 6700 Alcoa Rd. Benton, Arkansas, with Mike Frantz officiating.
Jeanette Ann Blood, 83, of Benton, Arkansas passed away January 25, 2020. She was born January 6, 1937 in Fouke, Arkansas to the late Willie and Estelle (Cox) Bohn. Jeanette loved her family and was a doting grandmother and great-grandmother. She would always put others first and would do anything for anyone and anytime. Jeanette enjoyed making floral arrangements and interior decorating. Her special treat was getting her hair done every Friday. Shopping on QVC was a favorite hobby. Jeanette also cherished taking care of her favorite handicap dog, Gidget. Preceding Jeanette in death are her husband, Adrian “Buddy” Blood; son, Steven Smith; parents; and sister-in-law, Betty Bohn. Left to cherish her memory are her son, Rickey Smith and wife Lana of Benton, Arkansas; daughter, Kimberly Bagley and husband Rick of Benton, Arkansas; grandchildren: Andrea Cooper and husband Allen, Michael Smith and wife Mellissa; Scott Smith, Courtney Ashburn and husband Chris, Brandy Gentry and husband Jason, Letisha Young, Tonya Moore and husband John, and Stephen Pope; great-grandchildren: Emma, Lily, Jazzy, Donavan, Presley, Hanna, Ana, Jazzy, Juniper, and Willow; brothers: Dwaine Bohn and wife Gwen and Dale Bohn, both of Fouke, Arkansas; and many nieces, nephews, family members and friends who love Jeanette and will miss her always. Visitation held from 10:30-11:30 AM, Thursday, January 30, with funeral service following at 11:30 AM at Smith-Benton Funeral Home, 322 N. Market Street, Benton, Arkansas. Burial at Pinecrest Memorial Park in Alexander. Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online guestbook: www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
Leon Eugene Davis Jr. age 54, of Bryant, Arkansas passed away Monday, January 27, 2020. He was born in Sacramento, California to the late Leon and Michel Davis on December 10, 1965. He was a retired US Army Veteran and worked in the construction and drywall industry. He loved NASCAR and was a huge Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs fan. Survivors include his wife of six years, Maria Hernandez; three daughters, Brittany, Tara, and Ashely; step-son, Yael; nine grandchildren; two brothers; one sister; two aunts, Liz and Colleen; mother-in-law, Silvia; brothers-in-law, Edgar and Guadalupe; sister-in-law, Vielka; numerous nephews; one niece, Ashely; other relatives, and friends. Funeral Mass will be held 6:30 pm, Thursday, February 6, 2020 at Smith-Benton Funeral Home, 322 N. Market Street, Benton, Arkansas. Rosary will visitation will begin at 5:00 pm, Thursday at the funeral home. Inurnment will occur at a later time.
Terri Jo Bostic, 58, of Bryant, Arkansas went to be with her Lord January 28, 2020. She was born January 26, 1962 in Port Arthur, Texas to the late Newton Henderson and Betty (Pope) Tapp. Terri loved the Lord with all her heart and was a member of First Baptist Church of Bryant. She had a kind heart and enjoyed taking care of others. She was a giver, not a taker and would give the shirt off her own back to someone in need. Terri loved unconditionally and was always present in her children’s lives, even visited them when in prison. To Terri, family was not limited to blood, but to anyone needing someone to love and accept them. Preceding Terri in death are her parents; step-father who raised her, Douglas Odell Tapp; brother, Mike Henderson; and sister, Patricia Henderson. Left to cherish her memory are her loving husband of thirty-six years, Barry Bostic of Bryant, Arkansas; daughters: Jennifer Hamilton and husband Brian of Little Rock, Cindy Riggan of Bryant, Arkansas, and Sara LeBlanc and husband Lester of Bryant; grandchildren: Jessie Wayne Hamilton, Matthew Hamilton, Keirra Phillips, Randi Riggan, Hiroshi Watada, and Draven Sprague; brothers: Phillip Henderson and Joseph Henderson of Bryant; a host off adopted children who affectionately call her “Mom”; and many family members and friends who love Terri and will miss her always. Celebration of Life service, officiated by Bro. Phillip Miller, will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday, February 1, at First Baptist Church of Bryant, 6715 Highway 5N, Bryant, Arkansas. Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online guestbook: www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
Jill Ellen (Sherman) Frost, 72, of Benton, Arkansas passed away January 29, 2020. She was born October 12, 1947 in Cedar Falls, Iowa to the late Donald and Margaret (Sanders) Sherman. Jill was a talented teacher and had a passion for teaching her students in Pre-K and Kindergarten. She enjoyed swimming and tennis in her younger years. Getting together and playing bridge, mahjong and bunko with her friends was the highlight of Jill’s week. Jill’s biggest passion was her grandchildren. She would take them to the library and read book after book with them while they cuddled in her lap. She and her husband loved to travel. They took family cruises and toured Europe three times where Jill would take notes and pictures to document each destination. Left to cherish her memory are: loving husband of fifty-one years, Michael Frost of Benton, Arkansas; daughter, Allison Scroggins and husband James of Benton, Arkansas; son, Ben Frost and wife Carissa of Little Rock; grandchildren: Harrison Scroggins, Madelyn Scroggins, Charlie Scroggins; sister, Barbara Frantz and husband Donald of Newburn, North Carolina; brother, Douglas Sherman and wife Joan of Farmington Hills, Michigan; and many more family members and friends who love Jill and will miss her always. Visitation will be held from 10:00-11:00 AM, Saturday, February 1, with memorial service following at Smith-Benton Funeral Home, 322 N. Market Street, Benton, Arkansas. Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online guestbook: www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
Shirley Marie McEuen, 73, of Alexander, Arkansas passed away January 29, 2020. She was born October 3, 1946 in Little Rock, Arkansas to the late Frank Earl and Marjorie Marie (Ridgeway) Jarvis. Shirley loved unconditionally and was a wonderful example of what a wife and mother should be. She adored her grandchildren (all fourteen of them!) and was often found with one hanging on her hip. Shirley was talented in multi-tasking and was a pro at feeding a bottle, changing a diaper, and driving – all at the same time! Bowling was Shirley’s favorite hobby, which she passed down to her children and grandchildren. She was known in all the bowling league circles and won many tournaments. Preceding Shirley in death are her parents; and brother, Frank Jarvis. Left to cherish her memory are her loving husband of fifty-six years, Kenneth McEuen of Alexander, Arkansas; two sons: Todd McEuen and wife Michelle of Alexander and Tim McEuen and wife Jessica of Bryant, Arkansas; daughter, Jodi Lear and husband Barry of Mabelvale, Arkansas; fourteen grandchildren: Justin, Austin and wife Emily, Colton, Max, Kalyn and husband Cody, Kris, Alex, Mackenzie, Emily, Haley, Blake, Mattie, Nathan, and Maverick; great-grandchildren, Tanner, and one on-the-way; two sisters: Elaine Rice and husband Bill of Kansas City, Missouri and Joyce Rivera and husband Caesar of Houston, Texas; brother, Steve Jarvis and wife Sue of South Dakota; and many family members and friends who love Shirley and will miss her always. Family will hold a Celebration of Shirley’s Life at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online guestbook: www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
Martha Cornelia Bradshaw, 89, of Benton, Arkansas passed away February 1, 2020. She was born April 13, 1930 in Bauxite, Arkansas to the late Thomas and Lola (Carter) Ramsey. Martha was a member of Highway Church of Christ for over fifty years. She enjoyed teaching Sunday School to children of all ages. Martha also enjoyed making crafts. She is a wonderful example of a loving, committed, and dedicated wife, mother, and grandmother. Preceding Martha in death are her husband of sixty-one years, Homer Bradshaw; parents; and seven siblings: Lucy Jeans, TJ Ramsey, Wayne Ramsey, Barbara Camp, Janie Campbell, Edwin Ramsey, and Francis Ramsey. Left to cherish her memory are her two daughters: Pam Barton of Benton, Arkansas and Becky Brown and husband Tom of Fayetteville, Arkansas; four grandchildren: Ashley Cloud and husband Steve, Ambre Vernon, Amanda Ehrett and husband Stephen, and Adam Brown; eight great-grandchildren; brothers, Gary Ramsey and wife Nanette of Benton, Arkansas and Harold Charles Ramsey and wife Martha; and many family members and friends who love Martha and will miss her always. Graveside service will be held at 10:00 AM, Thursday, February 6 at Pinecrest Memorial Park in Alexander, Arkansas. Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online guestbook: www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
Our little angel, Ainsley Denise Lindsey, 3 months, went to be with the Lord February 2, 2020. She was born October 29, 2019 in Little Rock, Arkansas to Jason and Ashley (Harrison) Lindsey. Left to cherish her memory are her parents; twin sister, Ava Lindsey; brothers: Jackson, Jonah, and Jacob Lindsey; sister, Jacie Hearn; grandparents: David and Sheila Harrison of Texarkana, Paul Lindsey of Beebe, Arkansas, and Lani and Thad Beagle of Batesville, Arkansas; great-grandmothers, Janet Marie Davidson of Cabot, Arkansas and Virginia Harrison of Bryant, Arkansas; and many family members and friends who dearly love and will miss Ainsley always. Ainsley, you stole our hearts just three short months ago, you filled a hole that we never knew existed 95 days ago. We’ll never forget seeing your mommy’s face on you and your daddy’s gentle disposition. You are the most beautiful baby God has given us so far, your perfect little head and olive skin, your perfect little nose and delicate hands, God made you so perfect, so beautiful. You’ll never know a broken heart, you’ll never feel the pain of sorrows, you’ll never know what it’s like to be sick; from this day forward you’ll only know the loving arms of Jesus. Jesus trusted us with you even though our time was short, now we must trust you back into his loving care. Our hearts are heavy, our eyes never knew such tears, oh what a hole you filled because now it’s empty. We know we’ll heal, and the days will get easier, but the void in our hearts will never be filled by another. We’ll always love our beautiful Ainsley, thank you for coming to us if only for a little while. Our hearts aches but we’re thankful for our time, we’ll miss you until we meet again. Love and kisses. Visitation will be held from 1:00-1:30 PM, Friday, February 7 followed by funeral service, officiated by Bro. Greg Kirksey, at Smith-Benton Funeral Home, 322 N. Market Street, Benton, Arkansas. Private burial at Smith-Rosemont Cemetery.
Robert Salazar, age 42, of Mabelvale, Arkansas passed away Tuesday, February 4, 2020. He was born May 10, 1977 in Little Rock. Bobby enjoyed being outdoors, grilling, LSU football, bird watching and was an avid Star Wars fan. He enjoyed a variety of music from Pink Floyd to Garth Brooks. He loved spending time with his family and friends almost as much as he loved to work on his prized 1995 GMC Sierra. He was preceded in death by his mother, Loretta Dee Salazar and his Aunt “Turtle.” Survivors include his wife of 16 years, Kristina Salazar; his daughters, Breanna Salazar, Madison Grace Salazar, and Chloe Salazar; his father, Robert Salazar; two sisters, Robin Salazar and Lisa Fann; nieces and nephew, Savannah Salazar, Peyton Fann, and JC Salazar; his favorite canine companion, Sadie; other relatives, and countless friends. A Celebration of Life gathering will be held from 10:00 AM until Noon at Smith-Benton Funeral Home, 322 N. Market Street, Benton, Arkansas.
Carolyn Jo Hill, 74, of Mabelvale went to be with the Lord February 6, 2020. She was born October 21, 1945 in Little Rock, Arkansas. Carolyn loved the Lord with all her heart and was a member of First Pentecostals of Benton. She was a prayer warrior who spent many years on her knees praying for her family and friends. Many of her prayers were recorded in prayer books she would keep, with dates of baptisms, answered prayers, and blessings documented. Carolyn was affectionately named “The Cook” at Capital City Christian Academy where she prepared lunches for the school and meals for Word Aflame church. Her memory will live on in her family- all those who called her sister, mom, Nanny, Aunt Pee Wee, Momma Carolyn, friend, and so much more. Our hearts hurt, but we also rejoice knowing you are walking on streets of gold. Preceding Carolyn in death are her husband, George Robert Hill; son, John Thomas Fowlkes; and parents. Left to cherish her memory are: daughter, Alana Kaucher and husband John of Mabelvale, Arkansas; grandchildren: Amanda Lepper and husband Chris of Alexander, Arkansas, Courtney Krone and husband Tyler of San Angelo, Texas, Olivia Bradshaw and husband Kevan of Mabelvale, Nick Kaucher of Mabelvale, and Sam Kaucher and wife Whitney of Mabelvale; great-granchildren: Aiden Kaucher, Boston Lepper, Oliver Bradshaw, Charlotte Lepper, and Elliot Bradshaw; two sisters: Barbara Boyles and husband Bill of Mayflower, Arkansas and Lynn Bryant of Borger, Texas; niece and nephews: Misty Norman, Corey Carmical, and Jerry Bryant; great niece and nephew, Lindsey Maxenbergen and Spencer Carmical; and many family members and friends who love Carolyn and will miss her always. Visitation will be held from 10:00-11:00 AM, Monday, February 10, with memorial service, officiated by Rev. Burl Crabtree, following at 11:00 AM, at First Pentecostals of Benton, 16412 Interstate 30, Benton, Arkansas. Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online guestbook: www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
Geneva Ann Johnson, 77, of Bryant Arkansas and of Baptist faith went to be with the Lord February 10, 2020. Born April 16, 1942 to the late Van Thurman Taylor and Elizabeth Maude Carrigan Szarowicz. Awaiting to rejoice with her in heaven is her brother David Eugene Taylor, sister Betty Lou Price, her husband of 53 years Ronald Johnson and grandson Cameron Beckwith. She is survived by sister, Marilyn Faye Craise and brother, Sony James Taylor, stepbrother, Billy Szarowicz, stepsisters Vera Webster, and Alice Queen. With a tender heart and a mild personality, she cherished her children, Terrie Lorenson (Mike), Michael Johnson (Charlene), Sherri Sulton (Darrin). She adored her grandchildren Aaron Johnson (Megan), Halie Nelson (Austin), Breanna Sanders, Acee Johnson, Krista Sulton, and her great grandchildren Brynn Beckwith, Alex Beckwith, Westin Johnson, Rayleigh Nelson, Ryder Nelson. Geneva was a kid at heart and enjoyed puzzles, rock collecting, coloring, and playing cards and board games with her grands. She liked to go fishing and believed that if you spit on the worm you would catch the big one. She enjoyed going to the casino to play the slots and she had this funny little ritual that she liked to do before pulling the handle of a slot machine. You know, for good luck. But most of all, the thing that always put a smile on her face was Festus or Bobobe as she called her pet and best friend. Visitation held from 11:30-Noon, Friday, February 14 with funeral following at noon at Smith Family Funeral Home, 322 N. Market St, Benton, AR. Interment following at Pinecrest Memorial Park, 7401 Highway 5 N. Alexander, AR. Bro. Todd Bray of Reyburn Missionary Baptist Church will officiate. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Arkansas Alzheimer’s Association. Guestbook: www.SmithFamilyCares.com
Dan Kaye Barton, 89, of Hot Springs Village, passed away February 1, 2020. He was born March 17, 1930 in San Antonio, Texas to Thomas T.K. and Florence (Norman) Barton. Dan had a love for exotic cars. He was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife Sarah Sue (Ragan) Barton. He is survived by four step- children, Mike (Barbie) Sattler, Mark (Glenda) Sattler, Lori Sattler, and Jackie (Jimmy) Sheets; eight grandchildren; and two great- grandchildren. Services will be held at a later date. In Lieu of Flowers memorials may be made to Arkansans for Animals in Little Rock, Ar, www.arkansansforanimals.org Obituary by https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/alexander-ar/dan-barton-9021858
On Sunday, February 2, 2020 Linda Nell Moore passed away at age 88 at the home of her son in Benton, Arkansas. Before her retirement she was a long time employee of Handleman Music Distribution Company. Working crossword and Fill-In puzzles was a favorite pastime and she would be beside herself if she missed her soap operas. Her pies were always a big hit with everyone and made a lot of money at church auctions. She volunteered for the Roland Food Bank and was a member of Sylvan Hills Home Extension Club. Quilting was one of the activities she liked to do. She was a member of Winfield United Methodist Church in Little Rock, Arkansas where she volunteered to do church duties. Linda was born on August 4, 1931 in Cato, Arkansas and is preceded in death by her parents, Roby and Effie Hanks, and her husbands, Jack Ramsey and Milton Moore. She had one son Kenneth Ramsey and four stepchildren, Jimmy Moore, Billy Moore, Jon Moore and Carol Torrey. Two grandchildren, and one great-grand child, eight step-grandchildren and seven step great-grandchildren. She is survived by three brothers, Bobby Hanks, Johnny Hanks and Ronny Hanks, and four sisters, Edna Durham, Billie Ryle, Pat Herring and Sarah Gibson. Visitation will be held at Pinecrest Memorial Park on Thursday, February 6, at 1 pm and services will follow at 2 pm. A special thanks to Kindred Home Health and Kindred Hospice.
Coy John HUBBARD, Jr., of Benton, better known as PawPaw, departed this life on Monday, Feb. 3, 2020 at the age of 70 to be with the Lord our Savior. He was born June 30, 1949 in Little Rock, AR. He was preceded in death by his parents, the late Coy, Sr. and Hazel Oliver Hubbard of Little Rock and a brother, John Steven Hubbard. He served our country in the Army, A Company, 2/501st Infantry, 101st Airborne, and was a Vietnam Veteran. He received numerous awards and metals including the Bronze Star for his bravery in serving our country. He worked Commercial Construction as superintendent with Baldwin & Shell for 30 years. He was an avid Fisherman, Master Carpenter and the “Best PawPaw” in the world. He is survived by his loving wife of 31 years, Margaret (Peggy) Hubbard, two brothers, David Hubbard (Rebecca), Greg Hubbard (Mary) and two sisters, Margaret Roberts (Danny) and Gwen Minor (Steve), three children Sheila Pendleton (John), Shane Martin (Susie) and Michael Martin, three grandchildren, Trevor Pendleton (Ashley Nivens), Mackenzie J. Martin and Nikki Pendleton, and one great-grandaughter, Alice Pendleton and 9 nieces and nephews. A Visitation will be Friday, February 7, 2020 from 6:00- 8:00pm at Pinecrest Funeral Home. Funeral Service will be held Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 1:00 pm also at Pinecrest Funeral Home followed by burial at Pinecrest Memorial Park. PALLBEARERS Trevor Pendleton, Pallbearer Mike Martin, Pallbearer Shane Martin, Pallbearer John Hubbard, Pallbearer Josh Hubbard, Pallbearer Jacob Hubbard, Pallbearer Oliver Hubbard, Pallbearer
Joyce Lois Reeves, RN (AKA Mrs. Jones), passed away at home 1/30/20 at age 87. Survived by 2 cats, Mo and Jo; daughter, Gail L. Sims; dear friend Carl Russell; 4 Grandchildren, Meagan and Jessica Schofield, Benjamin and David Sims; Great Grandson, Ryker Schofield Felt, and Daughter-in-Law, Dorothy Schofield. Preceded in death by husbands Kenneth Schofield & Carroll Reeves; parents, George and Gladys MacLean. Member of Barcelona Baptist Church, former member of Desoto Nurses Association, volunteer at National Park Medical Center and Potter’s Clay. Contributor of numerous educational presentations for the Rehabilitation Nurses Association and MedBridge online courses. Memorial service at Barcelona Baptist Church on February 8, 2020 at 11:00. Dr. Jon Stubblefield and Reverend, Elton Gray officiating. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Hot Springs Village Animal Welfare League, 195 Cloaca Lane. Hot Springs Village 71901, www, hsvawl.org www.cedarvalefuneralhome.com
Wayne L Singel, 81 of the Hot Springs Village, passed away peacefully on February 1, 2020. He was born on February 20, 1938 in Melrose Park, IL. Wayne is survived by his wife of 51 years, three children; Laura Singel Rogers, Grandsons; Caleb, Ethen and Greg Fox (Carol), Jake, Jeff Fox (Sharon), Miles, and Ian. Wayne proudly served the U.S. in the Army in Korea as a Signal Corpsman. Following the Army, he joined the Fire Service. He retired after 26 years , Five years with the Melrose Park Illinois fire department, and 21 years with Elk Grove Village, Illinois attaining the rank of Captain. Wayne loved the Village with all its beauty especially the golf courses and lakes. This was his heaven on earth. Services will be held on February 15, 2020 at CedarVale Chapel at 10:00 AM in the Hot Springs Village, AR, the family has requested that in lieu of flowers please donate to Arkansas Hospice, 508 Ouachita Ave, Suite A, Hot Springs, AR. 71901. Online condolences can be made at www.cedarvalefuneralhome.com
Arliene Brucker of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas passed away peacefully at her beautiful lake home surrounded by her family on January 26, 2020. She was born in Milwaukee, WI on April 24, 1935 to Raymond and Harriet (Loomis) Schneidewind. In life she defeated Parkinson’s. Arliene loved water skiing on the Colorado River, traveling the country in their motor home, boat rides on Lake Balboa, and playing cards with family and friends. She was an active member of Christ of the Hills United Methodist Church. Survivors include her loving husband of 58 years, Richard; daughter, Maxy, husband Don; sons Ken, wife Camilyn; Alan, wife Becky; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sisters Gail Kelly, Nancy Fisher; numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday February 15, 2020 at Christ of the Hills United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Christ of the Hills United Methodist Church. https://www.caruth-hale.com/obituaries/Arliene-Brucker?obId=10739440#/obituaryInfo
Barbara Ann Smith, 83 of Hot Springs Village went home to be with the Lord on February 2, 2020. She faced a long battle with multiple chronic illness with dignity and grace. Barbara was born on June 27, 1936 in Saint Louis, Missouri to Harold Lee Wright and Lillian Ruth (Jones) Wright. After a tragic accident that took her father’s life, Barbara, her widowed mother and 6 siblings moved to her grandparent’s farm in Walnut, Mississippi. During her childhood, she was a devoted sister helping to raise her younger brothers. In 1959 she married the love of her life, William Smith from Ripley, Mississippi. Barbara and Bill remained happily married for 59 years until her husband’s death on June 6, 2018. Throughout Bill’s career (with John Deere) and moves to 9 different cities, Barbara served as the family’s foundation. Barbara was a loving wife and devoted mother to their three sons. After raising her children, Barbara embarked on a career in real estate with Mel Foster Company in Moline, Illinois. She was a very successful agent, quickly becoming a member of the Million Dollar Sales Club. After Barbara and Bill’s retirements, they moved to Germantown, Tennessee. In 2001 they moved to Hot Springs Village to “live on the lake.” Barbara loved the Lord and was a faithful member of Balboa Baptist Church. She remained active with her many friendships and loved to play bridge. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband William Smith, four brothers and one sister. Loving survivors include sons, Jeffrey Smith (Mary) of Dallas, TX, Jay Smith (Cheryl) of Johnston, IA and Dr. Jerry Smith (Ann) of Brookfield, WI; brother, Edward Wright (Joan) Texarkana, TX, Mimi’s grandchildren, Drew, Amanda(Graham), Erin, Annie (Nick), Hannah, Emily, Clay; and numerous nieces and nephews. The family wishes to acknowledge Mount Carmel for their loving care of Bill and Barbara. Visitation will be Saturday, 10:00 a.m. at Balboa Baptist Church in Hot Springs Village with service immediately following at 11:00. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Arkansas Hospice. https://www.caruth-hale.com/obituaries/Barbara-Ann-Smith?obId=10848484#/obituaryInfo
Irene Branch, 91 of Hot Springs Village passed away on February 6, 2020. She was born in Calhoun, LA on April 15, 1928 to John Martin and Cumie (Sullivan) Walker. She loved Barcelona Road Baptist Church where she was a member for 35 years. Irene is preceded in death by her parents; husband of 60 years, Darvin; four sisters; two brothers; granddaughter Susan Branch; and son-in-law Bill Gage. Survivors include three sons, Danny Branch (Linda) of West Monroe, LA; Roger Branch (Teresa) of Hot Springs Village, AR; and Mark Branch (Barbara) of Hot Springs Village, AR; daughter Judy Gage of Jonesboro, AR; brother J.M. Walker (Mae) of Bastrop. LA; sister Geneva Odom of Simsboro, LA; sixteen grandchildren; and twenty-six great-grandchildren. Visitation will be Tuesday, 1:00 p.m. at Caruth Village Funeral Home in Hot Springs Village, AR. A 2:00 p.m. Celebration of Life will follow with Bro. Jon Stubblefield officiating. Private burial following service. Pallbearers will include her grandsons. https://www.caruth-hale.com/obituaries/Irene-Branch?obId=10940383#/obituaryInfo
Elsie P. Murphy was born on March 28, 1924 and passed away on Saturday, January 11, 2020. https://www.legacy.com/link.asp?i=ls000195027762
Lillie Booth, 89, of Mabelvale, died February 4, 2020. Preceded in death by husband of 64 years, William Edward “Bill” Booth. Survivors are sons, Gene and Bob Booth; grandchildren, Shellee (Matthew) Vernich, and Karen Booth; 3 great-grandchildren; siblings, Sue Rettstatt, Mary Cagle, and Jim Bearden. Online guestbook at: www.griffinleggetthealeyroth.com