Frank “Corky” Chenault, age 69, of Benton passed away Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014.
He was born to Floyd and Ethelene Chenault and raised in the Bauxite and Bryant communities, graduating from Bryant High School in 1962.
He was a 1966 graduate of Arkansas State Teachers College (now University of Central Arkansas), eventually getting his master's and administrator’s degrees in education
Corky began his 33-year career in education coaching at Fuller High School in Pulaski County, where he coached for two years. The remaining 31 years were spent in Benton Public Schools as a coach, principal, assistant superintendent and then superintendent.
He always loved kids and in retirement served on the Board of Directors of the Boys & Girls Club of Saline County.
Corky’s priorities were his family and his church. He so enjoyed teaching his young men’s Sunday School class at First Baptist Church in Benton.
Preceding him in death was his father, Floyd Chenault.
Survivors are his loving wife of 49 years, Linda Jo Chenault; a son, Greg Chenault and wife Karen of Benton; two daughters, Karen Stout and husband Joe and Karla Neathery and husband Scott, all of Benton; his mother, Ethelene Chenault of Bryant; a brother, Clyde Chenault and wife Sue of Benton; a sister, Sue Dodge and husband Amos of Vienna, Va.; and seven grandchildren, Jaret Stout, Brant Stout, Morgan Neathery, Ty Neathery, Graham Chenault, Max Chenault and Avery Chenault.
Arrangements are by Roller-Ballard Funeral Home of Benton.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, Jan. 20, at Selph Hall at First Baptist Church in Benton.
Funeral service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, at First Baptist Church in Benton with Dr. Rick Grant officiating. Burial will follow at Pinecrest Memorial Park in Alexander.
Serving as pallbearers are Jasen Kelly, Bryan O’Neal, Chad Hendrix, Mike Weed, Ed Merrick and Dwight Fite. Members of the young men's Sunday School Class he had taught will serve as honorary pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Building Fund of First Baptist Church, 211 S. Market St., Benton, AR 72015; or to the Boys & Girls Club of Saline County, 105 Cox St., Benton, AR 72015.
Online guestbook: www.rollerfuneralhomes.com/ballard .