June 26th, 2012
Minnie V. Burkett, 92, of Benton, passed away June 25.Â She was born Nov, 9, 1919, in Saline County to the late Francis and Sophia Cash Craft.
Minnie was a member of Fairplay Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husbands, Andy Parker and Novell Burkett.
She is survived by her brother, Junior Craft of Benton; many nieces, nephews and friends.
Cremation was through Ashby Funeral Home. A private graveside service will be held a later date.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 7, at Ashby Funeral Home.
Online guest book: www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
Presley Faith Hunt, infant daughter of Devin and Ashley (Jones) Hunt of Benton, went to be with the Lord Friday, June 22.Â She was born Feb. 6, 2012 in Little Rock.
She was preceded in death by her paternal great-grandparents, Army Sgt. Alfred and Jean Hunt, Airman 1st Class Coyt Smith Jr.; and her great-grandmother, Shirley Hamby.Â
Marcia Ann Atchley, 58, of Little Rock passed away on June 23, 2012, at her residence. She was born in Little Rock on May 8, 1954, to John W. and Bonnie Faye (Coyle) Gillmore.
She worked for many years at Bank of America as a customer service representative. Marcia attended Geyer Springs Baptist Church. She enjoyed roller skating and photography.
Marciaâ€™s favorite pastime was spending time with her family, whom she treasured above all else.
Ronald â€śRonnieâ€ť Elam, 47, of Benton left this world on June 22. He was born June 19, 1965. Ronnie was very loved and will be dearly missed.
He was preceded in death by his father, Jack Elam; his brother, Keith Coney; and his sister, Tonya Brown.
Teri Lashiel Mitchell, 51,of Sheridan died Saturday, June 23, at her home near Sheridan.
She was born Aug. 9, 1960 at Batesville, the daughter of Eleanor Chambers Mitchell and the late O.D. Mitchell. She was a 1978 graduate of Sheridan High School, and also served in the U.S. Navy for five years, and the Naval Reserves following that. She worked for Arkansas Workforce in Benton, enjoyed photography and loved animals, which led her to be a supporter of the Humane Society.
Van Buren "V.B." Chism, 83, of Benton, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, June 23, with his family by his side in Bryant.
V.B., as his friends and family called him, was born in Carden Bottom, Yell County, Ark., on Dec. 13, 1928.Â He was the son of Joseph Leonard and Rosie Belle Chism.
V.B. was retired from Jacuzzi Brothers Inc., where he was a tool and cutter grinder.Â He was an author and inventor.
Terri Welch, 41, of Haskell, went to be with the Lord on Friday, June 22.Â She was born March 5, 1971, in Little Rock to James H. and Theresa (Payne) Welch.Â She graduated from Harmony Grove High School and was of the Christian faith.
She was preceded in death by her two brothers, Nickholas J. Welch and James Henry Welch; her grandfather, James E. Welch; and her grandmother, Eddie Payne.
In addition to her parents, she is survived by her grandmother, Mary Irene Welch; aunts, uncles, and many friends.
Josephine Ann "Josie" Gillen, 80, formerly of Benton, passed away peacefully on Sunday June 17, in Austin, Texas. She was born in Benton on Oct. 10, 1931, to Norma Styers Overton.
Josie was a loving mother and devoted to her family. She will be dearly missed by all blessed to have had her in their life.
She was preceded in death by her mother; her aunt and uncle, Doris "Sissy" and L.J. "Buster" White; another uncle, W. J. "Bill" Styers; and her grandparents, W.J. and Josephine Styers.Â Â
Connie Darlene Wilkerson Parish, 53, of Benton, passed away June 21.Â She was born Jan. 8, 1959, in Sheridan, to Fred and Aleece Wilkerson.Â
She was preceded in death by her father,her brothers, Bobby Threlkeld and Troy James; a sister, Cynthia Richardson; and her favorite cat, Midnight.
She is survived by her husband, Louis Parish of Benton; a daughter, Kristi Townsend of Benton; her mother, Aleece Goins, and her stepfather, Clomer Goins of Benton; a sister, Vickie Smith of Benton; and wo grandchildren, Breiana Fox and Nicholas McDaniel all of Benton.
Judy Arnold, 70, of Benton, passed away at Saline Memorial Hospice in Bryant on Thursday, June 21.
Born in Stuttgart on March 21, 1942, she was the first child born to Harold Lloyd and Juanita Stephenson. Judy graduated from DeWitt High School in 1960 and Henderson State University in 1964. In 1965 she married Glen Arnold and they settled in Benton in 1974 to raise their family.