Archive - Obituary
September 6th, 2012
Jack L. Hill, 73, of Benton passed away on Sept. 1, with his loving family by his side.
He was born Dec. 21, 1938, to the late Lilburn and Sybil Hill in Paron.
Jack retired from Cranford Construction after 44 years.Â He loved to hunt and watch western movies.Â Jack was a people person who enjoyed talking and visiting with friends and family.Â One of his greatest joys in life was to tell stories from his past.
He was a very devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Ronnie Baugh; and a brother, Sharon Cleghorn.
Norris Collon Whitfield, age 66, of Bauxite, passed away Sunday September 2, 2012. He was born July 23, 1946 in Bauxite. Norris worked for the State Highway Dept. and was a member of Mars Hill Missionary Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Mattie Brooks Whitfield, brothers, Ray Whitfield, and Doyle Whitfield.
Survivors, wife, Deborah Whitfield, Bauxite; son, Michael Daymond Whitfield, Plano, Texas; Brothers, Carroll Whitfield, Fred Whitfield, both of Benton; sisters, Nellorine Hickman, Benton; Betty Ann Adams, Benton; Nelsene Ritchey, Bryant.
Roy D. Stewart of Benton died September 2, 2012. He was born September 4, 1926 to Cecil Stewart and Sylvia Wampfler. He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Larry Morrison.
He is survived by his wife Wanda Stuart Stewart; son Mike Stewart and wife Cheryl, daughter, Michele Burrow. Six grandchildren, Shannon and husband Thad Pickard, St. Augustine, Florida; Megan and husband Colorado Barnard, Aaron Stewart, Jacob Burrow, Lauren Stewart, and Bent Burrow, all of Benton; three great-grandchildren, Hudson and Henley Barnard and Kale Pickard, several nieces and nephews.
Dale Farrell McClennahan, 78, of Benton, passed away Aug. 30.Â He was born Nov. 7, 1933, in Highland to the late Harrison and Joy L. McClennahan.
Dale was a member of Spring Creek Missionary Baptist Church and retired from U.S. Steel of Gary, Ind., after 33 years and 10 months of service.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and his sister, Loretta White.
He is survived by wife, Judith Bussey McClennahan of Benton; a brother, Terry McClennahan and wife Elaine of Benton; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Cremation was through Ashby Funeral Home.
Virgie Mae Lowrey, 90, of Little Rock, died August 26. She was born May 5, 1922 to Floyd and Winnie Evans. She experienced a full and healthy life, adored her husband of 40 years and served with him at Archview Baptist Church since 1963. She was active in Godâ€™s Older Kids, Puppet and Bus ministry; always witnessing to others her Christian faith. She spent her working years in the Trust Department of Regions Bank retiring in 1984. After retirement, she devoted her time to preparing lessons for Sunday school class for over 20 years.
Marjorie M. Anderson, 90 of Malvern, died Sunday morning, Aug. 26, at Hot Spring County Medical Center.
She was born in Prescott on March 16, 1922, to the late Fred Anderson and Velma Riggan Anderson.
Reared and receiving her early education in Prescott, she graduated from Henderson State Teachers College with a Bachelor of Science in Education degree.
A longtime resident of Malvern, she taught in the Malvern Public School System for more than 30 years, where she was a sponsor for the Future Business Leaders of America.Â Miss Anderson was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Malvern.
â€¨Bernice Hunter Gifford passed away on Aug. 23. She was born Dec. 11, 1916.
She was born in Centerville, Mo., to Stella Miner Hunter and Ernest M. Hunter. Â She resided in Gideon, Mo., from 1938 to 2003.
She was a member of Fox Ridge Retirement Community in Bryant from 2003 until her death.
Bernice accepted Christ as her Savior when she was 9 years old and was active in her home church.
She was united in marriage in 1938 to John W. Gifford and they spent most of their married life in Gideon, Mo. They celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in 2008 prior to Mr. Gifford's death.
Eva Jean (Burks) Cox, 83, of Benton, went to be with the Lord Sunday, August 26, at Saline Memorial Hospital Hospice House in Bryant.Â She was born May 3, 1929 in Mabelvale to the late Jessie Lem Burks and Vera Ruth (Rogers) Burks.Â She was a member of Calvery Baptist Church and an Eastern Star.Â Mrs. Cox was very active with the PTA and had served as a past president.Â She was also a hotel book keeper and had obtained her real estate license.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by, one granddaughter, Jessica Amber Morgan and two sisters, Bonnie Garner and Joyce Gibson.
James Floyd â€śPapa Jimâ€ť Mills, 73, of Benton, passed away Friday evening August 24.Â He was born October 29, 1938 in Haskell, to Marcus Coy Mills and Opie Berryhill Mills.Â James received his education and training at Henry Ford Technical Institute, now a subsidiary of Michigan State University, in Detroit Michigan.Â He was employed for many years in the tool-and-die trade, eventually becoming an industrial designer specializing in compound progressive dies and plastic injection molds.Â His many product designs surround us daily, from plastic drinking cups from McDonalds, throw-away meat tray c
Odale Gentry, 77, passed away on Aug. 24 in Alexander. He was born Feb. 1, 1935, in Bauxite to Amores Wyatt and Flora Ellen Gentry. He proudly served his country as a Marine in the Korean War. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 14000. He worked for several years for the city of Benton, drove a truck and was a mechanic during most of his working years. Odale was dearly loved by all who knew him and will be greatly missed.â€¨He was preceded in death by his wife, Wanda Sue Gentry, and his parents.