Archive - Obituary
July 9th, 2012
Doyle W. Whitfield, 88, of Benton, passed away peacefully June 27. He was the son of William H. and Mattie Whitfield. He retired from Reynolds Mining Co.
He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of forty-one years, Betty Potts Whitfield, five children, nine grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, three brothers and three sisters.
Services will be 10 a.m., Monday, July 9 with interment at Forest Memorial Park.
Family will be receiving visitors at 4110 Edison Ave in Benton.
Allison Marie Smart, 37, of Bryant passed away June 29.
She was born June 22,1975, in Little Rock to Lindeal and Brenda Ridling.
She was preceded in death by her mother and grandfather.
She is survived by her husband, Michael Smart; a step daughter, Samantha Smart; four brothers, Shane and Bo Ridling and Andy and Mathew Purdue; two grandchildren; her grandmother; two uncles; and her father, Lindeal Ridling.
Cremation was through Ashby Funeral Home.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m, Monday, July 9, at Foursquare Church in Benton.
Online guest book: www.ashbyfuneralhome.com.
Nina Mae Riggs, 86, of Perryville, went to be with the Lord Thursday, July 5.Â
She was born Oct. 14, 1925, in Perry.Â Mrs. Riggs was retired from Walmart and was a member of United Missionary Baptist Church in Benton.Â
She was preceded in death by her parents, Jethro and Ruth Young; two husbands, Odis Goodnight and Silas Riggs; a brother, Buddy Young; and four grandchildren, Bryan, Faith and Tyler Goodnight and Kayleigh Goza.
Morgan Shohn Mize, of Houston, Texas, passed away on July 3 at the age of 32.
Morgan was born on May 15, 1980 in Austin, Texas. She was a sweet and tender-hearted daughter, granddaughter, and sister; and a loving and devoted mom. A beautiful person inside and out, she was deeply loved and will be greatly missed.
Robert F. Thatcher, 65, of Benton passed away July 4.Â He was born June 30, 1947, in Montrose, Col., to Floyd Eldon and Dorothy Buus Thatcher.Â
He was preceded in death by his father.
Mary Evielene â€śFreemanâ€ť Baker of Alexander was born Sept. 1, 1924, in Sparkman to Bennett and Martha Freeman. She went to hug the Lord on July 4, 2012.
Mary was a member of Park Place Baptist Church. For 67 years she was a prayer warrior for the Freeman and Baker families and will be dearly missed. To her lifetime friends, she always had love and a prayer for them.
She was preceded in death by all of her siblings; her parents; two great-grandchildren; and her husband of 47 years, Loyd H. Baker.
William â€śBillâ€ť Welsh, 74, of Traskwood died July 1. He was born July 17, 1937, in Washington, Pa., to the late Marvin Welsh and Nellie Mays Welsh. He had served in the U.S. Air Force and was owner of Billâ€™s Pool Service.
Bill enjoyed motorcycling, fishing and hunting. He was active in VFW Post 2256 Benton and was president of Maverick Mixers square dancers. Bill enjoyed working with the youth of the community including coaching baseball and serving as a Cub Scout leader.
Bill was preceded in death by his brothers, Danie and Mark Welsh.
Tinlee Elise Dreher, born on July 3, was with us so briefly, but her assignment was completed.Â What God has for us to learn through her brief stay will continue to unfold for the rest of our lives.Â She left us with a heavenly escort and arrived in the presence of Jesus, where she now waits for our future arrival.
Merle Duane Zitterich, 83, of Haskell died Sunday, July 1. He was born December 25, 1928 in Humboldt, Iowa. Merle was retired from the U.S. Air Force, serving 21 years during the Korea and Vietnam Wars. He also retired from the Harper Construction Co. and was of the Lutheran Faith.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Edwin and Charlotte Zitterich; and wife, Lois Jean Zitterich.
Bill W. Ewing, 72, of Benton, passed away Saturday, June 30, at his home in the presence of his loving family.Â
He was born Nov. 12, 1939, in Perryville to the late William Mason Ewing and Ina Louise Windle Ewing.
He was a parts manager for Ford Motor Co. for 51 years.Â
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one daughter.