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Stephen Ralph Donnor, 60, of Benton, died Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, following complications from liver cancer at Hospice Home Care in Little Rock.
He was born March 8, 1953, in Little Rock, to the late Ralph Donnor and Margaret Campbell Donnor of Benton.
Steve was the first of two sons. After graduating from Bauxite High School in 1971, Steve spent a year at the University of Arkansas before joining Alcoa. He retired out of the Alcoa Lab after 33 years.
Steve was a member of First Christian Church of Benton where he served as a deacon. His church family blended with Steveâ€™s extended family, with both enjoying his cooking creations at potlucks as a well as holidays. Retirement allowed him to focus on gardening, computer gaming and playing pool between food exploits.
His search for the best led him to restaurants scattered all over Central Arkansas and a good discipline of weight training to help with the beltline.Â Homegrown hot peppers were a signature pleasure of his and his attention to detail produced feasts of "Grandma quality."
Steveâ€™s faith in God illuminated his life after retirement and the loss of his parents. Dear friends led Steve to remember the truth of Godâ€™s love and the life of grace. Sharing this love with his lost friends became a passion and his mission.
He is survived by a daughter, Jennifer L. Donnor, and a son, Aaron A. Donnor, both of Benton, born from his marriage to Linda Tate.
Also surviving is one brother, Gary Donnor and his wife Sallie Pompe Donnor of Tyrone, Pa.; two grandsons, Jonathan and Jarred; and one nephew, Zachary.
Visitation is set from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, at Ashby Funeral Home. Funeral will follow at 4:30 p.m. with Pastor Joe Jorgensen officiating.,
Online guest book: www.ashbyfuneralhome.com.