Myra Burton Tittle, age 70, of Benton, passed away Sunday, October 15, 2017. She was born September 19, 1947 in Little Rock, Arkansas to the late Mort and Pauline Prather Burton. Myra retired from the Veteran’s Association Regional Office after 37 years. She was a member of Kentucky Missionary Baptist Church where she played the piano and organ for over 50 years. She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Larry Tittle; three sons, Justin Tittle (Amber); Bryson Tittle (Trudy) and Clint Tittle (Sarah); three sisters, Paula Robertson (Gary), Jan Shelnut (Bud) and Gail Partney (Marlin); sister-in-law, Linda Westbrook; eight grandchildren, Larken, Madison, Hunter, Layla, Brett, Maddy, Carter and Ella. Myra is also survived by several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Memorial services will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, October 21 at Sharon Missionary Baptist Church. Visitation will follow after the service. Bro. Donny Haynes will be officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Kentucky Missionary Baptist Church.
Wilma Jean Grimmett, age 89, of Benton passed away Sunday October 15, 2017. She was born August 11, 1928 in Saline County. Wilma was a member of Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church where she played the piano and was leader of the FIT Group at the Church. She was named Saline County Volunteer of the Year in 2013 and was active worker for CJOHN. She was preceded in death by her parents, Oscar and Ethel Westerman, husband, Curtis Grimmett, brother, Robrt Carrol Westerman, and an infant sister. Survivors, sons, Doug Grimmett (Birdie), and Stanley Grimmett (Deb), daughter, Paula Fought(Terry), three grandchildren, Sam Grimmett, Mason Fought, and Taylor Schwaller, great-grandchild, Keira Grimmett. Memorial services will be 10:00 Am Wednesday at Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church. Minster will be Bro. Roger Glover. Visitation will be from 9:00 to 10:00 AM Wednesday before the services. Private graveside service will be held later. Online guest book at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
Floydell Wilmoth Newcomb, 89 years young of Benton, went to be with her Lord and Savior on October 17, 2017 while in Saline Memorial Hospice Care of Bryant. Floydell was born May 29, 1928 in Saline County to the late Floyd and Alda McAdoo Wilmoth. Floydell was educated in the Harmony Grove School District in Benton. She was a Licensed LPTN after completing her training at the Benton State Hospital. After she retired from Benton Services Center, she continued to work part time at local nursing facilities to have a little extra money for the trips she loved to take with her grandchildren. Floydell married the love of her life, the late R.C. Newcomb on February 17, 1945 and they were blessed with four children. Floydell professed her life to Christ at an early age and lived a life showing her faith and service to Christ her Lord and Savior. Floydell was a member of Cross Roads Missionary Baptist Church, where she raised her family to have a strong belief in the power and presence of God. She was a woman who serviced her family and community with faithfulness, a helping hand, a smile, good food, and always a great sense of humor. She loved her family and friends fiercely and was always ready with a cup of coffee to visit with anyone who came over. Floydell was also a member of the Hill Crest Chapter #620 Order of the Eastern Star of Arkansas where she served as the Worthy Matron. Floydell loved reading her Bible, singing songs and hymns, praying for and with others, spending time with family, laughing and loving. She was a kind, loving, caring person, devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend. “For who can find a virtuous woman? Her worth is far above rubies” (Proverbs 31:10) Floydell leaves behind to cherish her loving memory, her children, Sherry Green (Randall) of Benton, Nell Fooks (Dan) of Benton, Mickey Newcomb (Otty Lou) of Benton, and Jeff Newcomb (Kris) of Dallas, TX; seven grandchildren, sixteen great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren, her aunt, Jean Kitchens, many cousins and friends whom she considered family. Church services by Ashby Funeral Home will be held at Cross Roads Missionary Baptist Church on October 20, Friday, at 10:00 a.m. with burial to follow at Graham Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday at Ashby Funeral Home, 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. The family suggests memorials be made to Graham Cemetery or Cross Roads Missionary Baptist Church.
Paula F. Jackson, 65 of Alexander, passed away October 16, 2017. She was born March 11, 1952 in Bald Knob, Arkansas to James and Sherma Lynch Ellis. Paula was a member of Brooks Bethel Missionary Baptist Church. She is survived by her husband, James Jackson, son, Jeremy (Angela) Jackson, daughter, Angela Shaw, brothers Vance and James Ellis, mother, Sherma Ellis Mudge and granddaughters, Bethany Harrison and Taylor Shaw, great granddaughter, Maci. Chapel services by Ashby Funeral Home will be 1:00 p.m. on Friday with burial to follow at Pine Crest Cemetery in Alexander. Visitation will be 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday at Ashbys. Family comments: Paula loved her family, cooking and a passion for showing her dogs. She will be greatly missed by all. On line guestbook at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
Addie Winifred Garrett, 95 of Benton, passed away October 19, 2017. She was born December 25, 1921 in Saline County, Arkansas. Winifred was a member of Sharon Missionary Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, James Herbert and Martha Ann Collins Moore, husband, Walter Garrett, brother, Oscar Moore, sisters, Blanche Hockersmith, Ruth Stevens, Ludie Barker and Bertie McNeil, grandson, Cody Matthew Forte. Winifred is survived by her daughter, Susette Forte of Benton, grandchildren, Krissie Clemmons, Kelley Lewis and Rikki Henson, great grandchildren, Corey Hill, Clay Clemmons, Colby Clemmons, Eli Henson, Megan Gomez and Mandy Lewis, great great grandchildren, Kade Hill, Peyton Hill, Bree Hill, Emily Gomez and Autumn Clemmons. Church services by Ashby Funeral Home will be 2:00 p.m. on Saturday at Sharon Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Sharon Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday at Ashby Funeral Home, 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. On line guestbook at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
Thomas “Tom” Gibbons, age 81, of Hot Springs Village, passed away Monday, October 16, 2017. He was born September 30, 1936 in Baraboo, Wisconsin to Harry and Esther Seifeldt Gibbons. Tom was very active in the community and served as past president of the Anglers Club and of the Morning Lions Club. He was a member of the Men’s Cooking Club, Hawg Hunters, Spa City Bass Club, and absolutely loved and lived for fishing; even competitively team fishing at the state level for over 40 years. He also took great pride in being involved in the Stephen’s Ministry within the Lutheran Church. Tom was a compassionate man that never met a stranger. He had a unique way of talking people through anything they were going through, and valued his family with everything he had. Tom is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Bobbie Clinard Gibbons, two daughters; Gretchen Gibbons and Julie Gibbons, four step-children; Susan Manak and her husband, Dan, Kim Petersen and her husband Jim, Robert Goddard, and Andrew Goddard, nine grandchildren; Adam, Kirsten, Paige, Ashley, Alicia, Sophie, Michael, Maggie, and Maddie, three great-grandchildren; Naudia, Camdyn, and Carstyn, and one very special buddy, Beau, his beloved Cocker Spaniel. A memorial service will be Friday, October 20, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church; 103 Ponferrada Way, Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, with Pastor Kurt Kovanen officiating.
Doster “Doc” Walker, 56 of Benton, Arkansas, passed away Monday, October 16, 2017. He was born May 15, 1961 in Lawton, Oklahoma to Donald “Pop” and Ann Walker. After retiring from Fiser Truck and Tractor, Doc enjoyed his lifelong hobbies of hunting, fishing and spending time with his family. He loved NASCAR, drag racing, and model cars as well as Razorback Football. From the moment he took his first breath till the moment he took his last, Doc lived life to the fullest. He is preceded in death by his parents as well as his sister, Alissa “Dusti” Bradley. He is survived by his wife, Mary Walker; two sons, Daniel Ward and wife Heather, James Ward and wife Shirley; brothers, Donnie Walker and wife Barb, Danny Walker and wife Susan; sister, Wendi Holzknecht and husband Will; five grandchildren, Austin, Haley, Trevor, Blake and Carter Ward along with many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Doster “Doc” Walker was a humble and kind man who was loved by many. He will be greatly missed and remain forever in our hearts. A celebration of life will be held at Dial and Dudley Funeral Home in Bryant on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 from 6-8 PM.
Billy Achel Warner, of Mabelvale, Arkansas passed away October 18, 2017. He was born June 10, 1943 in Carlisle, Arkansas, the son of Arlon Achel Warner and Lela Bell Ingle. Billy married his loving wife Shirley Nichols, September 28, 1962. Billy was a 32nd Degree Mason where he served as a member of Adoniram Masonic Lodge #288, Mabelvale, AR and of Carlisle F&AM Masonic Lodge #587. He spent a short time in the U.S. Navy and was honorably discharged. He spent most of his life as a diesel mechanic. Billy enjoyed fishing and hunting, and all the stories he heard while doing both. He often had a tale of his own to share. He is preceded in death by his parents and grandpa and grandma Moody In addition to his wife, Billy is survived by his son, Billy Warner, and two daughters, Sharon Walsh (Nick) and Leanne Hammonds (Greg). Billy is the grandfather of nine grandchildren, Chris, Beth, Britney, Kayla, Kristina, Ashley, Samantha, Emaleigh, and Katie; and two great grandchildren, Callie and Peyton. Billy has three sisters, Joan Turner, Janie Adams and Sissy Drye; four brothers, Dennis, Terry, Jerry and Roger Ingle. Visitation will be Friday, October 20, 2017, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Dial and Dudley Funeral Home in Bryant, Arkansas. Billy will be cremated.
Charles “Chuck” William Davis Sr., 81 of Alexander, Arkansas, passed away Friday, October 20, 2017 at the Arkansas Health Center. He was born to the late Otto and Thelma Davis on September 3, 1936 in Muncie, Indiana. Chuck was a Navy Veteran, enjoyed being with his family, working on cars, and was an avid wrestling fan. He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Danny Davis and David Davis; sister, Wanda; son, Earl Davis. He is survived by his loving wife, Reva Davis; children, Charles “Chuck” Jr. (Kathy), Cheryl Shell (Larry), Alana Sanders (Gerald), Allen Davis (Tina), and Seena Davis-Akins (Reggie); several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A celebration of life will be held at Hurricane Lake Baptist Church on 2516 Springhill Road in Benton, Arkansas on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Boys and Girls Club of America. A special thanks to the doctors and nursing staff of the Arkansas Health Center for all the love and care shown to Mr. Davis and his family. To sign the online guestbook, visit www.dialanddudleyfuneralhome.com
On Sunday, October 15, Clara Sue Thomas Gunter Holder, of Benton, Arkansas, received her wings to her journey into the glorious gates of Heaven, where many before awaited to welcome her. She is preceded in death by her parents, Herbert and Nellie Chastain Thomas; her children’s father, Dewell Warren Gunter; her second husband, Oscar Holder; granddaughter, Stephanie Renee Anderson; step-son Ronnie Holder; and son-in-law Arthur Montgomery Anderson Jr. Sue is survived by her sons, Philip Gunter (Deborah) and Glenn Gunter (Lisa); daughter, Carla Gunter Anderson; grandchildren, Charity Gunter Olive, Nichole Anderson Edwards (Jason), Curtis Kennedy, Krystal Steel (Keith), Star Strayhorn, Jessie Gunter, and Stormy Gunter; great granddaughter, Natalie Elizabeth Olive; great grandsons, Vincent and Grant Edwards; step-daughter, Theresa Picklesimer (David); step-grandsons, Tony Picklesimer (Cathy) and Mark Picklesimer (Jennifer); step-great grandsons, Matthew, Jacob and Joshua Picklesimer and Nicholas and Kevin Kennedy; former daughter-in-law, Sheryl Roberts; special sister and brother, Dot and James Griffin; brother, Walker Thomas (Helen); nephews, Wesley, Wade and Whitney Thomas; great niece, Lauren Thomas; great nephew, Perry Thomas; and great grandniece, “Kitty” Thomas. She will be greatly missed by the many relatives and friends in the legal field as well. Sue was born to Herbert and Nellie Chastain Thomas on March 15, 1934, in Bland, Arkansas. She attended Paron Schools, where she graduated, and then attended Capital City Business College. She worked as a legal secretary for Ben McCray, Hall, Tucker & Lovell law firm and Capital Credit Corporation in Little Rock. She then worked as a legal assistant for Pete Lancaster alongside Curtis Rickard and Bob Garrett, then Greg Brown, Randy Satterfield, Cindy Moody, David Smith, Meredith Wineland, Joe Hardin, Ken Casady, Dustin Dyer and Thomas Burns. Sue ended up working at Jensen, Young & Houston where she retired in 2008. She had many years of work in the legal field, which she enjoyed immensely. She was a Charter member of a tri-level association, the Saline County Legal Support Professionals; AALS, the association for Arkansas Legal Support Professionals; and NALS, the National Association for Legal Support Professionals. She served, on the local level, as president, secretary, treasurer, state director along with chairing many committees. She also served, on a state level, on many committees and elected offices, including president from 1990 to 1991. Sue received the Arkansas Legal Support Professional Award of Excellence in 2007. During her years of being associated with AALS, she was fortunate to be able to travel to many places for Continuing Legal Education. Sue was a member of Highland Heights Baptist Church in Benton, Arkansas. Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, October 19, in the chapel of Roller-Ballard Funeral Home (315-4047) in Benton, Arkansas. Interment will follow at Pinecrest Memorial Park in Alexander, Arkansas. Visitation will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Wednesday evening, October 18, at the Funeral Home.
James T. “Doodle” Howell Sr., 77, of Alexander, passed away Wednesday, October 18, 2017. He was born January 28, 1940 to the late Layton Howell and Elizabeth Turley. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Sandra Howell and three brothers, Billy Earl, Bobby Jean, and Charles Howell. Survivors include three sons, James T. Howell Jr. (Debi) of Haskell, Layton A. Howell of Benton, and Grady W. Howell (Stephanie) of Benton; one sister, Joyce Hamilton (Wayne) of Benton; three brothers, Roscoe Turley of Little Rock, Roy Turley of Little Rock, and Raymond “Peewee” Turley of Rogers; eleven grandchildren, Danielle, Kaitlyn, Hunter, Arianna, Jullian, Riley, Kimberly, McKenzie, William, Gavin, and Michael; three great-grandchildren, Maddi Jean, Haley, and Cooper; his hunting buddy, Jerry Thompson; and his best friend, Mrs. Kobb. Doodle worked as a Millright at the Armstrong Rubber Company for many years. He belonged to the Masonic Lodge #743, the Eastern Star, and the Atkins-Wagnon Hunting Club. He was an avid outdoorsman, and loved spending his time hunting and fishing. A graveside service will be held 11:00 a.m. Monday, October 23, 2017 at Pinecrest Memorial Park in Alexander with Bro. Jim Gardner officiating. Serving as pallbearers are Brian Fewell, Hunter Howell, William Espey, Bud Hamilton, Kyle Hamilton, and Danny Walker. The Atkins-Wagnon Hunting Club will be serving as honorary pallbearers. Jr. pallbearers are Gavin Howell and Michael Espey. A visitation will be 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sunday, October 22, 2017 in the chapel of Roller-Ballard Funeral Home(315-4047) in Benton.
Lottie Colene McCann, 90, of Benton passed away Wednesday, October 18, 2017.She was born January 4, 1927 in Hagler, AR to the late William Rounsaville and Dovie Jackson Rounsaville. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband Melvin McCann, one son, one daughter, four brothers, and five sisters. She is survived by many nieces, nephews, and grandchildren. Graveside service will be held at 12:00 pm Saturday, October 21, 2017 at Bayou Meto Cemetery in Arkansas county. All donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, Arkansas Chapter 10201 W. Markham, Suite 100 Little Rock, AR 72205.
Kimberly Lynn Scott, 58, of Bryant, Arkansas passed away October 19, 2017. She was born September 11, 1959 in Little Rock, Arkansas to Ellis, Jr. and Helen Lynn James. Kimberly was a graduate of Mills High and a life-long AT&T employee. She loved to needlepoint and decorate her home for all holidays. She was the most amazing woman, the matriarch in her family, the “glue”-taking care of everyone. She was loved by all who knew her and was the most adored mother and Mimi. Kimberly was preceded in death by her mother; grandson, Ethen Schultz; and brother, Jimmy James. She leaves to cherish her memory her husband of thirty-nine years, Vance Scott of Bryant; three daughters: Jennifer Heiges and husband Ryan of Rogers, Arkansas, Chrystal Scott of Bryant, and Natalie Scott Schultz of Bryant; two grandchildren: Mallorie Scott and Eli Schultz; father, Ellis James Jr. and wife Ruth Amy; brother, Ellis James, III and wife Patti of Kansas; sisters-in-law, Denise James of Austin, Arkansas, Rosa Vaughan and husband Mike of Benton, and Maria Dunnigan of Greenville, South Carolina. She also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, and extended family who adored her and will miss her dearly. Visitation will be held from 12:00-1:00 PM, Monday, October 23, at Geyer Springs Baptist Church, 12400 Interstate 30, Little Rock, Arkansas. Funeral service, officiated by Bro. Danny Adams, will follow at 1:00 PM. Burial at Pinecrest Memorial Park to follow at 2:30 PM. Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online guestbook: www.SmithFamilyCares.com.