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Dinuba, California - Betty Brenda Brown Caldera, 59, completed her earthly
journey September 15, 1999, in Alta Vista Hospital.
She was born August 4, 1940, in Hot Springs, Arkansas, and attended school at Mountain Pine. She was predeceased by both parents, Butler and Mary Ellen Brown; one sister, Vinnie Brown; and two brothers, Clarence Brown and William Brown.
Survivors include three brothers, J. R. Brown of Hot Springs, David Brown of Mabelvale and Frank Brown of Dover; four sisters, Marie Kovaleski of Morrow, Georgia, Mary Burris of Carthage, Mississippi, Joann Miller of Germantown, Tennessee, and Mildred Terry of Visalia, California.
Her final resting place will be with her mother and father in Scott Cemetery, Saturday, October 9, at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev. Curtis Stillwell officiating. [from the Sentinel-Record]
Bryant--Mrs. Dora Caldwell, 88, died Friday at Bryant. She was a former resident of Garland County. Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Harriett Harris of Bryant; 3 sons, W. F. Caldwell of Hot Springs, J. D. Caldwell of Benton and Walter C. Caldwell of Bryant. Funeral arrangements are pending. [from Hot Springs New Era, June 15, 1974, page 2]
Fletcher William Caldwell, 72, died June 27 in a local hospital. He was a retired carpenter and businessman, former owner of Caldwell Hardware, a World War II veteran and a Baptist. Survivors include his wife, Thelma Caldwell of Hot Springs; a son, Kenneth Caldwell of Hot Springs; two stepsons, Johnny Holder of Hot Springs, and Calvin Moore of El Paso, Texas; a stepdaughter, Shirley Cantrell of Benton; 2 brothers, W. C. Caldwell of Bryant, J. D. Caldwell of Benton; a sister, Harriett Harris of Bryant; 2 granddaughters and one great-granddaughter. Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the Caruth Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Jimmy Dale Johnson officiating. Pallbearers are Walter G. Wright, Guy Cook, Preston Cantrell, Jim Heramb, Lynn Taylor and Claude Washington. Honorary pallbearers are the Rev. M. M. Taylor, Carl Lee Bryant, Dave Watson, Coy Blaylock, Dr. George P. Queen and George Parker. Burial will be in Rockdale Cemetery. [from The Sentinel-Record, June 29, 1980, page 8]
Garland Caldwell, Jr.
The Death Angel visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. Garland Caldwell, September 6 at claimed from us our darling son. Garland was about eight hours of age. He is survived by his mother, father and one sister, Ophelia and a host of relatives. He was laid to rest in the Gravel Hill Cemetery. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Joe B. Sullivan of Bauxite. We wish to thank him and our many friends for the kind words of sympathy. Our darling baby is now at rest in the arms of Jesus--Family. [from the Benton Courier, September 12, 1935, page 2]
Garland H. Caldwell of Benton, aged 80, died Saturday. He was a retired dragline operator and a Baptist. He is survived by one son, Benny Caldwell of Alexander; one daughter, Opelia Meredith of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; one stepdaughter, Wanda Ragazzini of Hollywood, Florida, one brother, Joe M. Caldwell of Benton; 3 sisters, Zella Dobbs of Benton, Jessie Pope of Bauxite and Mary Cloud of Torrance, California; 4 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Funeral was to be at 1:30 p.m. today at Ballard Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Alton Cole officiating. Burial was to follow at Gravel Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers are Jesse Phipps, John Gray, Don Gray, Jeff Meredith, J. P. Pope and Jerome Caldwell. Honorary pallbearers are Norman Caldwell and Hubert Cloud. [from the Benton Courier, August 18, 1986, page 7]
Hilda Dyer Caldwell of Benton died Wednesday, November 18, 1998. She was 85. She was a member of Gravel Hill Baptist Church and a 1934 graduate of Benton High School. She was a licensed cosmetologist and a hotel manager while living in Oklahoma. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Caldwell; her parents, Jetty Walter and Hattie James Dyer; and one brother, Bert Dyer. Survivors include a sister, Jacqueline Vance of Benton; a sister-in-law, Ruby Cumbie of Harrah, Oklahoma; three nieces, Del Rae Stump of Texas, Brenda Richardson of Benton, and Mary Ann Wiggins of Phoenix, Arizona; and one nephew, Bill Cumbie of Harrah, Oklahoma. Funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Gravel Hill Baptist church with the late Rev. Gary Gipson officiating. Burial will follow at Gravel Hill Cemetery. Sonny Basse, Todd Fortner, Bert James, John Vance, Willie Vance and D. L. Ziegler will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Conley Culpepper, Earl James, Pete McAtee, Dale Shell and J. T. Shell. Visitation will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. today at Ashby Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to gravel Hill Cemetery Fund. [from the Benton Courier, date unknown]
James Monroe Caldwell, aged 81, died November 16 in a local hospital. He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. R. P. Vance, Star Route, Lonsdale; one son, M. G. Caldwell, also of Lonsdale; two grandchildren, Gerald Vance, of Benton, and Willie Vance, of Lonsdale. Funeral services were conducted Monday at 2:00 a.m. at the Owensville church by the Rev. O. C. Robinson. The burial was in the Owensville Cemetery by the Ashby Funeral Home. [from Benton Courier, November 20, 1947, page 8, column 1]
Kenneth Jack Caldwell, 58, of Hot Springs died Saturday, November 4, 1995, at a local hospital. Born January 29, 1937, at Hot Springs, he was a retired hardware store owner and a Mason. Survivors include two daughters, Patricia Merritt of Hot Springs and Clara Minyard of Royal; a brother, Calvin Moore of El Paso, Texas; and 5 grandchildren. Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Rockdale Cemetery with Elder J. D. Hooper officiating. Honorary pallbearers are Lynn Taylor, Phillip Taylor, Gary Edwards, Elbert Ford and Kenneth Tillery. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today. Arrangements are by Caruth-Hale Funeral Home. [from The Sentinel-Record, November 5, 1995]
Mrs. Ollie M. Caldwell, age 73, died Thursday morning in a local hospital. She was a life resident of Garland County and a member of the Baptist Church. Survivors include husband, Fletcher Caldwell of Hot Springs; 2 sons, Kenneth Caldwell of Hot Springs and William C. Moore of El Paso, Texas; one brother, Elbert Brown of Pauls Valley, Oklahoma; 3 sisters, Mrs. Roslie Holmer, Mrs. Mary Sweeney and Mrs. Jewell Reynolds, all of Pauls Valley, Oklahoma, and 4 grandchildren. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Caruth Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. M. M. Taylor, Baptist minister, will officiate. Burial will be in Rockdale Cemetery by Caruth Funeral Home. [from The Sentinel-Record, April 11, 1975, page 10]
Pat Caldwell, 53, of Hot Springs died Friday, January 27, 1995, at her home. She was born March 30, 1941, in Hot Springs and was a homemaker. Survivors include her mother, Sylvania Graves of Hot Springs; her husband, Kenneth Caldwell of Hot Springs, 2 daughters, Patricia Merritt and Clara Minyard of Royal; 3 brothers, Wayne, Roger and Bill Graves, all of Hot Springs; 5 sisters, Bertha Rogers of Hot Springs Village, Shirley Bates of Hot Springs, Rhonda Johnson of Hot Springs, Beverly Spears of Branson, Missouri, and Ramona Robbins of Brookhaven, Mississippi; and 5 grandchildren. Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Rockdale Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1 to 9 p.m. today at Caruth-Hale Funeral Home. [from the Sentinel-Record, January 29, 1995, page 6D]
Mrs. Rhoda Malinda Caldwell, age 74 years, died Monday, May 19, in a hospital in Hot Springs. She was a citizen of Owensville. Services were at Owensville Baptist Church Tuesday, conducted by Rev. O. C. Robinson. Burial was at Owensville Cemetery. She is survived by her husband J. M. Caldwell, one daughter, Mrs. R. P. Vance of Lonsdale, and one son, M. G. Caldwell of Lonsdale; one brother, Billy James of California; two sisters, Mrs. Lue Huchington, Benton, and Mrs. Lona Shell, of Texas. [from the Benton Courier, May 22, 1947, page 7, column 5]
Robert N. Caldwell, aged 76, of Benton died Friday, April 29. He was a veteran of World War I. He was a member of First Baptist Church. Survivors include two brothers, Joe Caldwell of Benton and Garland Caldwell of Pennsylvania, and five sisters, Mrs. Zella Dobbs of Little Rock, Mrs. Pearl Hunt of South Carolina, Mrs. J. H. Pope of Benton, Mrs. Laura Moore of Texas and Mrs. Mary Cloud of California. Funeral was at 2 p.m. Sunday at the First Baptist Church. Burial was at Gravel Hill Cemetery by Ashby Funeral Service. [from the Benton Courier, May 5, 1966, pg 7a]
Walter Samuel Caldwell, aged 94, of Bryant (Saline County) died Monday. He was a retired farmer and was a member of First Missionary Baptist Church at Bryant. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Dora Moore Caldwell; 3 sons, Fletcher Caldwell of Hot Springs, J. D. Caldwell of Benton and Walter C. Caldwell of Bryant; a daughter, Mrs. Lessell Harris of Bryant, 10 grandchildren. Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Harrison Funeral Chapel. Burial will be at Medlock Cemetery (Garland County). The family will be at 906 N. East Street in Benton. [from Benton Courier, April 4, 1972, page 3]
In Memoriam -- In memory of William Pert Caldwell, our dear father, who
passed away July 2, 1944. Sleep softly, dear one, we say This is thy time
of rest Until the resurrection day. We sometimes shed bitter tears of loneliness
for thee, but we have hopes that on a brighter, happier sphere we shall
be reunited again in God's loving arms.--The Caldwell Family.
Benton Courier, date unknown]
William Pert Caldwell, aged 82 years, died at his home Sunday morning. He is survived by four sons, W. F. of Bauxite, Joe of Malvern, Robert and Garland of Benton; 5 daughters, Mrs. John E. Moore, Crosbyton, Texas; Mrs. Dan E. Hunt, Greenville, South Carolina; Mrs. J. H. Pope of Bauxite; Mrs. Zella Dobbs and Mrs. Tilford Cloud of Benton; one brother, J. M. Caldwell of Owensville; 30 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. The funeral was conducted Monday afternoon at 3:00 at the Gravel Hill Church by Rev. Elmo Johnson and Rev. O. J. Neighbors. Pallbearers were Raymond Rundell, Phillip Gray, George McDonald, Ross McDonald, Harry Ray and Carl Richards; Honorary pallbearers: S. N. Ritter, Ed Elliott, W. H. Evans, Leo Herzfeld, Will Wages, Jodie Hill, Arch Cooper and Ott Cox. [from the Benton Courier, date unknown]
William Thomas Caldwell, aged one year died at the family home in Bauxite Wednesday, February 9. He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. G. H. Caldwell and sister, Ophelia. Services and burial at Gravel Hill at 2:30 Friday afternoon. [from the Benton Courier, February 10, 1938, page 4]
Carleton Callahan, age 67, of Benton died Sunday November 1, 2009, in
Little Rock. He was born August 24, 1940, to M. C. (Buck) and Lorene (Westbrook)
Callahan. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, infant Jerry
and Lynn Callahan, grandparents, Arch and Myrtle Westbrook and Adie and
He is survived by his wife Betty (Crow) Callahan, sons, Michael Callahan and his wife Lisa, of Benton; Brian Callahan, of Tull, daughter, Debra Murray, of Benton; brother, Larry Callahan and his wife Evelyn, of Benton; sister, Sandy Wallace of Garland, Texas; sister-in-law, Frances Callahan, of Benton; grandchildren, Charlsey Callahan, Kaleb Murray, Nick Murray, Matt Callahan, Ty Callahan, and Sarah Callahan.
Services will be Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. at Ashby Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Mount Harmony Cemetery. Minister will be Dee Edwards.
Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Monday at Ashby's.
Pallbearers: Ricky Jones, William Reynolds, Bart Reynolds, Wayne Crow, Charles Crow, Randy Clift, Mike Krebs, and Terry Callahan. [from Ashby Funeral Home online obituary]
Helen M. Carlson, 90, passed away Thursday morning, October 29, 2009,
at Midland Hospice. She was born June 2, 1919, on the family farm in Morris
County and was the seventh of ten children to Ivar E. and Birttie E. (Harris)
Helen attended a one room Swartz School and graduated from Dwight High School. She then attended Kansas State University for two years and later graduated from Clark Secretarial School in Topeka. She was a secretary for Congressman Ed Reese in Washington D.C. and later secretary for Sloan – Hamilton Law Firm. She also was employed with the Kansas Inspection Bureau and was a secretary to the Base Commander at Harlengen Air Force Base. She later was secretary for the Insurance Committee of the Kansas House of Representatives.
She married Frank E. Carlson on October 8, 1944, he survives. Also surviving are two daughters, Pamela (Mike) Clutter of Topeka and Nancy Carlson (James Camey) of Dallas, Texas; grandchildren Todd Clutter of Overland Park, Kansas, Cory Clutter of Topeka, Kansas, Alexandra Staudt (Steve) of Spring, Texas, Brendan Camey of Fort Worth, Texas; sister Marge Haub of Leawood, Kansas; and two brothers Loren Holm of Dwight, Kansas, and George Holm of Abileen, Kansas.
Helen was an active member and Elder of Trinity Presbyterian Church and for many years was co-chair for American Field Service. She welcomed into her home her AFS daughter Jean Webster Walker (Jim) of Sheffield, England, and for a short time Teresa Valenzuela (Antonio) from Mexico and presently of Los Angeles. Helen was a loving wife and mother and will be missed by family and friends. Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, November 2, at Trinity Presbyterian Church. Visitation will be from 4:00-5:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 1, at the church. Burial will follow at Penwell-Gabel Cemetery. Memorial Contributions may be made to Trinity Presbyterian Church, 4746 SW 21st St., Topeka, KS 66604 or Midland Hospice Care, 200 SW Frazier Circle, Topeka, KS 66606. [from Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home online obituary]
Mrs. Beulah Maye Dyer Chenault, aged 61, of Little Rock, wife of John
E. Chenault and a former Saline County resident, died Monday at a Little
Rock hospital. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Geyer Springs.
Other survivors include a son, James Chenault of Grand Prairie, Texas; two daughters, Mrs. Verda Mae Smith of Dallas and Mrs. Mary Gatlin of Grand Prairie, Texas; two brothers, Charles Dyer and W. J. (Bill) Dyer, both of Benton; two sisters, Miss Sallie Dyer and Mrs. L. R. Lancaster, both of Little Rock; and four grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Griffin-Leggett Funeral Home Chapel by Rev. W. E. Perry. Burial was at Fowler Cemetery at Paron by Griffin-Leggett. [from Benton Courier, Thursday, July 26, 1962, page 6-C]
E. N. Chenault, aged 84, died Wednesday morning, March 19th, at the home
of Riley Waters. He had been ill for more than a week. Mr. Chenault was
born January 21, 1868, and was saved at an early age and became a member
of the Old Union Baptist church.
He is survived by three children, F. N. Chenault, Mrs. John Waters, and Mrs. Riley Waters, all of whom reside north of Benton. Other survivors include ten grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 20, at Old Union Cemetery. Services will start at 2 p.m. and will be conducted by Elder L. E. McCalister. [from Benton Courier March 20, 1952, page 4]
Mrs. Francis Elnora Chenault, 77, formerly of Paron and an Oklahoma City
resident the past several years, died at a Little Rock hospital Wednesday
She was a Baptist and the widow of Obe Chenault.
Survivors include three sons, Fred and Garland Chenault, both of North Little Rock, and Clomer Chenault of Oklahoma City; three daughters, Mrs. Elmo Shipp and Mrs. Myrtle Hammons, both of Oklahoma City, and Mrs. Christine Davis of North Little Rock; a sister, Mrs. T. E. Nethercutt of Little Rock; 12 grandchildren.
Funeral will be held by Elder Fred Harville at the Gravel Hill Church at 2 p.m. tomorrow. Burial will be in the Gravel Hill Cemetery by the Ashby Funeral Service. [from Benton Courier April 2, 1959, page 3B]
Floyd Chenault, aged 67, of Benton, died Wednesday, July 31. He was a Baptist and a retired truck driver. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Maude Ray Chenault; two sons, Hubert of Benton and Ewell of Arizona; one daughters, Mrs. Lonabelle Garland of Benton; two sisters Mrs. Floy [Flora] Waters and Mrs. Erabelle [should be Isabelle] Waters, both of Benton; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Funeral service was at 2 p.m. Friday at Ashby Funeral Chapel with burial at Old Union Cemetery. [from Benton Courier, August 8, 1968, pg 5B]
Lella Thomas Chenault of Benton died Tuesday. She was 84. She was a retired employee of Colonial Nursing Home and a member of the Old Union Baptist Church. Survivors are one brother, Scott Thomas of Malvern; a sister, Ella Skillern of Lonsdale and several nieces and nephews. Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday in the chapel of Ashby Funeral Home with burial at Gravel Hill Cemetery. The family will be at the funeral home for visitation from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Friday evening. [from the Benton Courier, February 7, 1991, page 2]
Benton - Services for Lella Thomas Chenault, 84, of Benton who died Tuesday, February 5, in a Benton nursing home are 10 a.m. Saturday at the Ashby Funeral Home Chapel.
She was born in the Bland Community, was a retired employee of Colonial Nursing Home and a member of the Old Union Baptist Church.
Survivors include one brother, Scott Thomas of Malvern; one sister, Ella Skillern of Lonsdale; and several nieces and nephews.
Burial will be at the Gravel Hill Cemetery under the direction of Ashby Funeral Home of Benton.
Visitation is 5:30-8:30 p.m. today at the funeral home. [from the Sentinel-Record, date unknown]
[Her tombstone indicates she died February 6.]
Margaret Ann Neely Flory Chenault died March 24, 2010. She was born in
Benton on the Fourth of July to the late Earl and Effie Neely. Margaret
was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church in Benton. She had been a member
of Highland Heights Baptist Church from 1975 to 2008. Margaret worked as
a Church Secretary for many years and served for the Benton Chamber of Commerce
and Deputy Clerk of the Benton Municipal Court. She was a former member
of the B & PW Club, serving as recording secretary. A member of the MacDowell
Music Club, having served in every office there. Music was such a large
part of her life, having been in choirs all of her life, beginning in high
school. She was raised in Benton, singing and dancing her way into the hearts
of the people. Margaret was a partner in the Food Brokerage business in
Little Rock for 13 years, before moving back to Benton. Then her love of
church work dominated her life, volunteering her abilities until her death.
Her love of the Lord, family and home, along with music and singing throughout
her lifetime gave her much joy and contentment. She sang with the Little
Rock Chorus of the Sweet Adelines and performed in her quartet, The Grace
Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, Claude Flory and Hubert F. Chenault; brothers, E. H. Neely, Jr. and Ray Neely. Survivors, sons, Steven Flory and wife, Sharon, Fort Smith, Arkansas, Mark R. Flory, Cherokee Village, Arkansas; daughters, Claudia Smith and husband, Bob, Benton, Arkansas, Kay Hankins and husband, Danny, Benton, Arkansas; step-daughter, Mary Riggin and husband, Charles, Silver Springs, Maryland; seven grandchildren, Donna Stewmon, and husband, Scott, Kimberly Reather, Lori Hudson, Lisa Abbott, David Smith, Angela Smith, Ashley Flory, Eric Riggin and wife, Cheryl, fourteen great grandchildren, Kailey White, Noah Stewmon, Stephanie Reather, Jamie Witt, Caleb Hudson, Katie Hudson, Payton Earnest, Jade Earnest, Donald Smith, Bodie Smith, Molly Smith, Wyatt and Logan Smith, C. J. Riggin and great-grandchild, Alek Witt, special niece, Gay McCutcheon.
Pallbearers will be Ronnie Joe Hutcheson, Ryan Kurosaki, Ray Freeman, Nubbin Wray, Tom Blackwell, Jim Villines, and Joe Naramore. Church services by Ashby Funeral Home will be 2:00 p.m. Friday at Calvary Baptist Church with burial to follow at Pinecrest Cemetery. Visitation will be at Ashbys, Thursday, 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. [from Ashby Funeral Home online obituary]
Obe D. Chenault, aged 65 years, died in a Little Rock hospital Sunday morning, September 3. He was a farmer in the west end of Saline County. He is survived by his wife; 3 sons, James T. Chenault of Oklahoma City, Garland Chenault, US Army, Clomer Chenault of Tulsa, Oklahoma; 3 daughters, Mrs. Elva Sharp and Miss Myrtle Chenault of Oklahoma City and Mrs. Christine Davis of North Little Rock; 4 brothers, Louis, Will and Virgil Chenault of Benton, and John Chenault of Little Rock. Funeral services were held at Gravel Hill church by the Rev. Fred Harvill Tuesday afternoon. [from the Benton Courier, September 7, 1944, page 4]
Arch B. Chenault, aged 84, of Benton, a retired farmer, died Sunday at a Little Rock hospital. He was a Baptist. Survivors include six sons, Lilburn Chenault of Benton, Floyd Chenault of Bryant, Albert Chenault of Smackover, Jesse Chenault of Malvern, and Herbert Chenault and Horace Chenault both of Mississippi; four daughters, Mrs. Hiram Croxton, Mrs. Chester McNeil and Mrs. Loftin Edmonson, all of Benton and Mrs. John Gwatney of North Little Rock; two stepdaughters, Mrs. Nolan Murphree and Mrs. Ben Sanders, both of Hot Springs; two half-brothers, Albert Woody of Little Rock and Tom Woody of Oklahoma, 29 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. Funeral was at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Smith Creek Baptist Church (Saline County) [actually in Garland County]. Burial was in Smith Creek Cemetery by Ashby Funeral Service. [from the Benton Courier, September 26, 1963, page 6C]
Bill Chenault, age 17 years, son of Mr. and Mrs. Omar Chenault, was killed
in a hunting accident Wednesday, December 10 in Goose [actually Coos] Bay,
Oregon. Bill was a student in the Benton school from 1942 to 1948 and a
graduate of Mardallfield, Oregon. He was employed by Goose Bay Times as
an apprentice printer.
He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Omar Chenault, two sisters, Marilyn of Benton and Melba of Goose Bay, Oregon, grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Moore of Benton and Mrs. Joe Chenault and the late Joe Chenault of Lonsdale.
The body is being shipped to Benton for burial. Funeral services will be held Monday, December 15 at Gravel Hill and burial at Gravel Hill Cemetery. Funeral arrangements by Ashby Funeral Home. [from the Benton Courier, December 11, 1952, page 6]
Mrs. Cassie (Granny) Chenault, aged 83, of the Smith Creek community died Saturday, December 4. She was the widow of Joe Chenault and a member of Smith Creek Baptist church. Survivors include two sons, Bert Mills of California and Elmer Mills of Hot springs; four daughters, Mrs. Annie Rigsby of Lonsdale, Mrs. Florence Cain and Mrs. Stella Rigsby of Hot Springs and Mrs. Rena Melton of Arizona; two stepsons, Omer Chenault of Benton and Allen Chenault of Little Rock; three stepdaughters, Mrs. Ethel Kinnell of Hot Springs, Mrs. Bess Witham of Lonsdale and Mrs. Effie Wise of California; a brother, Henry Stiggall of Paron; a sister, Mrs. Janie Caton of Little Rock, 27 grandchildren, 56 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren. Funeral was at 2 p.m. Wednesday, December 8, at the Smith Creek Baptist Church. Burial was at Smith Creek Cemetery by Ashby Funeral Service. [from Benton Courier December 9, 1965, page 8A]
Joseph I. Chenault, 81, a retired farmer of Lonsdale, died Friday at
a Hot Springs hospital.
He was a native of Saline County and was a member of the Church of God.
Survivors include his wife; two sons, Allen Chenault of Little Rock and Omer Chenault of Texas; three daughters, Mrs. Ethel Kinnell of Hot Springs, Mrs. Bessie Witham of Lonsdale and Mrs. Effie Wise of California; 13 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren.
Funeral was at 2 p.m. Sunday at Gravel Hill Baptist Church.
Burial was at Gravel Hill Cemetery by Ashby Funeral Service. [from Benton Courier February 20, 1958, page 4A]
Heaven is plus one master grower and pipeline welder today. His loving,
heavenly father reached His arms out from heaven and welcomed His loving
servant, Millard Lee Childs II, 86, home on Thursday, April 15, 2010. A
lifetime resident of Hot Springs, he passed away peacefully at St. Joseph's
Born March 2, 1924, in Hot Springs, Arkansas, to Millard and Mabel Childs, he was a member of Jessieville Church of God. He was predeceased by both of his parents, his brother Lehman Childs and his daughter-in-law Judy Childs.
Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Purity Childs; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Millard III and Patty Childs of Dardanelle; Steve Childs of Bonnerdale, and Jeff and Paula Childs of Hot Springs; seven grandchildren, Nick Childs of Springdale, Richard Childs of Springdale, Michelle Sharp of Russelleville, Melissa White of Hot Springs Village, Willie Childs of St. Paul, Jonathan Childs of Conway and Andrew Childs of Fayetteville; nine great grand-children and one great-great grandchild.
Millard was blessed with a driven work ethic and creative hands. He excelled at many things including growing, gardening, and pipeline welding. These occupations allowed Millard to live his life to its fullest and utilize the talents entrusted to him by His Lord – whether it was cultivating tomatoes and okra in one of his homegrown gardens or welding many an item – including one he was most proud to be a part of creating – "The Anchor Holds" - a welded chain wrapped around a bronze cross anchored in rock which symbolized both the place his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ held in his life and his favorite Bible verses – Romans 8:38-39. Millard was a very giving man and it is said that if we could line up everyone that he helped over his lifetime – whether it was delivering groceries to a person in need or mowing a neighbor's yard – that the line would be extremely long.
Millard proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II from 1943 to 1945.
Pallbearers are Millard's grandchildren and nephews.
Honorary pallbearers are Pastor Billy Sanders, Jessieville Church of God, Dr. Tom Hollis, Sr., and his coffee shop buddies.
Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Saturday, April 17 in Gross Funeral Home chapel with Pastor Larry McNeely officiating. Friends and family are invited. Burial will follow in Crestview Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Jessieville Church of God, c/o Carole McNeely, 1124 Highway 298, Jessieville, AR 71949. [from Gross Funeral Home online obituary]
Mary Clement January 8, 1928 - February 13, 2005
Mary Emma Murdock Smith Clement, 77, of Pine Bluff, died Friday [calendar shows Friday would have been February 11, 2005, but both obituary and SSDI indicate February 13, 2005], at Trinity Village Medical Center.
She was born on January 8, 1928, in Jefferson County, a daughter of the late Frank Murdock and Emma Jones Murdock.
She received her education at Watson Chapel schools and at the Pine Bluff Business School.
She retired from Illinois Tool Works in the early 1980s.
She was a homemaker.
She was a Baptist.
She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
She was also preceded in death by her husband, Oscar Smith; two sons, Floyd Stanley Smith and Richard Lee Smith; three brothers, Floyd "Bud" Coleman-Murdock, Homer Murdock and Vernie Murdock; three sisters, Anna Bell, Elsie Murdock and Lola Holcomb; and a grandchild. Survivors include one son, Russell Smith of Mount Ida; one brother, Gurvin Murdock of Pine Bluff; two sisters, Bessie McDaniel of Pine Bluff and Alice Fontenot of Dallas; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. A graveside service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Lee Cemetery at Pine Bluff with the Rev. Bert Thomas officiating. Funeral arrangements are by Hale South Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. [from Pine Bluff Commercial, February 15, 2005, page 6A]
Ivo Cochran of Benton died Thursday, June 8, 1995. He was 85.
Survivors are his wife, Rosemary Cochran; two daughters, Nancy Davis of Benton and Wanda Roberts of Hot Springs; a son, Terry Cochran of Little Rock; a stepdaughter, Addielou Davis of Hot Springs; a brother, O. R. Cochran of Benton; and a sister, Leola Goodwin of Benton; 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
A rosary service will be held at 7 tonight at Ballard Funeral Home. Funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Owensville Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Marty Dean Cochran, Kim Don Cochran, Mark Davis, Charles Pritchard, and Fred Cochran. [from Benton Courier, June 9, 1995, pg 2A]
Pauline Beryl Cochran, 90, of Benton died Tuesday, August 16, 2005. She was born December 14, 1914, in Saline County. Mrs. Cochran was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by one son, Ivo Cochran, Jr., and her parents, Fred and Edith Collins. Survivors include one son, Terry Don Cochran of Mabelvale; two daughters, Nancy Davis of Benton and Wanda Roberts of Mountain Home; 14 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Ashby Funeral Home. Burial will be in Sharon Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Ashby Funeral Home. [from Benton Courier online obituary]
Mrs. Ethel Peeler Collins, 67, wife of W. D. Collins of Benton died Wednesday, February 3, after a long illness. She was a lifelong resident of Saline County and a member of the Church of the Nazarene. Survivors include four sons, Leon and Olin Collins of Benton, Earl and Curtis Collins of California; four daughters, Mrs. Beulah Pitts of Oregon, Mrs. Jewell Hunter and Mrs. Hattie Lovell of California and Mrs. Leola Thrower of Germany, her mother, Mrs. Laura Peeler of Benton; five sisters, Mrs. Edith Collins, Mrs. Lillian Nalley, Mrs. Frances Smith, Mrs. Wilma Wilbanks and Mrs. Irene Wilson, all of Benton; a brother, Dave Peeler of Benton; and two half-brothers, Jess and Sherwood Peeler of Benton; 23 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services were at Sharon Baptist Church at 2 p.m. February 7 by the Rev. Gary Crawford of Little Rock. Ashby Funeral Home was in charge of burial. [from the Benton Courier, February 18, 1960, page 2A]
Fred D. Collins, aged 80, of Benton died Monday. He was a retired farmer. Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. J. B. Ballard of Benton, Mrs. Joe France of Little Rock and Mrs. Ivo Cochran of Bryant; one sister, Mrs. Ernest Willis of Benton; nine grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Funeral will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at First Assembly of God Church. Burial will be at Sharon Cemetery by Ashby Funeral Service. [from the Benton Courier, May 7, 1973, page 4]
Scott Collins Buried Here
Scott Shell Collins, retired lumberman, and a lifelong resident of Houston died at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 28, at the Veterans Hospital, Jackson, Mississippi, following a lingering illness. He was 83.
Funeral services were conducted from the Houston Funeral Home Chapel at 10 a.m. Monday, July 30, with the Rev. Howard Hathorn, pastor of the First United Methodist Church, officiating. The deceased was a Methodist.
Interment was in the Houston Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jesse Cox, Marvin Pearson, Ben Orr, Dwight Griffin, Dick Cox and Franklin Collins.
Mr. Collins was born here January 22, 1890, the son of Benjamin Franklin Collins and Mollie Dulaney Collins. He was a mason and a shriner, and a member of the American Legion for 50 years.
Mr. Collins as a young lad went to work in Houston at the depot station. Later he became bookkeeper at Toomer Lumber Co., and in a few years launched his lumber business in Vardaman. World War I interrupted his business, but after serving in the armed services, he returned to resume his lumber business at Vardaman.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Opal Watkins Collins of Houston, a son, Dr. Rex Collins of Laurel, Mississippi; two sisters, Mrs. R. M. Boyd of Aberdeen and Mrs. J. N. C. Morrat of Aberdeen, and two grandchildren. [from the Times Post dated August 2 1973]
Oma "Sis" Corder, 88, of Russellville died Sunday, August 15, 2004, in
a Russellville hospital.
Born March 17, 1916, at Hawes to Jefferson and Burley Lynch Brown, she was a cosmetology instructor and member of Hot Springs Baptist Church. She was predeceased by her husband, O. S. Corder; one son, Jack Corder; and three brothers, Lewis Brown, Delbert Brown and Thomas "Bud" Brown.
Survivors include three daughters and two sons-in-law, Bonnie Beckwith of Hot Springs, Betty and Lynn Wilson of Gonzales, Texas, and Brenda and Ruddy Short of Russellville; seven grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.
The service will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Hot Springs, with the Rev. Lynn Wilson officiating.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons.
Honorary pallbearers are Dr. Andrew M. Monfee and St. Mary's Regional Medical Center fourth floor east staff.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hot Springs Baptist Church Senior Activities.
Arrangements are by Shinn Funeral Service. [from the Sentinel-Record, August 17, 2004, page 6A]
Mrs. Betty Lou Cox, 24, wife of Tom Cox, manager of Packard Ford Sales,
died Sunday at her home.
She was a native of Saline County, graduate of Bauxite High School and a Methodist.
Survivors include her husband; a daughter, Catherine Cox; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. S. L. Bragg of Benton; two brothers, Gary Bragg of the Army and Richard Bragg of Benton, and a sister, Ann Bragg of Benton.
Funeral was at 2 p.m. Monday at Park View Methodist Church by Rev. Joe Phillips. Burial was at Rosemont Cemetery by Ashby Funeral Service. [from Benton Courier, February 20, 1958, page 4A]
Mrs. Max Cox, age 52 years, died suddenly at her home on North Hervey
early Sunday morning, November 7th.
Surviving are her mother, Mrs. W. G. Allison; her husband, Max Cox; one son, J. W. Pollard, of Winston, Ontario; and one granddaughter. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 Tuesday morning at the First Methodist Church with Rev. J. E. Cooper in charge. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery.
Active pallbearers are: Willie Cox and Brook Schultz, of Fulton, Lloyd Spencer, E. M. McWilliams, Bob Bresler, Tully Henry, Horace C. Ellen, and T. S. Cornelius.
Honorary pallbearers will be automobile and used car dealers of Hope, George Peck, Graydon Anthony, LaMar Cox, Martin Pool, W. W. Compton, Nick Jewell, Roy Anderson, Chester Lester, Tommy Seymour, Robert LaGrone, G. A. Nash, U. N. McPherson, Frank Johnson, W. S. Atkins, Lyle Brown, O. A. Graves, Albert Graves, C. C. Spragins, Dr. George H. Wright, Dr. L. M. Lile, Dr. Don Smith, Dr. G. E. Cannon, Jack Atkins, Horace Williams, J. T. Turner, Luther Hollamon, Moody Willis, and A. E. Slusser, of Hope, and Joe Smelcer, of Little Rock. [from The Hope Journal; November 8, 1948; page 1]
Faitha Cox of Harrisburg died Monday, June 7, 1999. She was 66.
She was born May 5, 1933, to David and Elva Peeler.
She was a member of First United Pentecostal Church in Harrisburg, where she served as pianist and president of the Sectional Ladies' Auxiliary.
She is survived by her husband, the Rev. Glenn Cox; two daughters, Yolanda Mitchell of Little Rock and Tamora Mitchell of Lincoln, Illinois.; one son, Stephen Glenn Cox of Jonesboro; four brothers, David Peeler, Jr., of Benton, Plumer Peeler of Malvern, James Peeler of Tuscon, Arizona, and John Peeler of Galena, Missouri; four sisters, Wilma Carden of San Francisco, Helen Ross and Elsie Whitley of Benton, and Anna Pickard of Beebe; and two grandchildren, Tyler Glenn Cox and Kyle David Mitchell.
Funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at First United Pentecostal Church in Harrisburg. The Rev. B. J. Thomas, the Rev. J. L. Hicks and the Rev. David Hale will officiate.
A graveside service is scheduled at 10 a.m. Friday at Pinecrest Memorial Park.
Scheduled to serve as pallbearers are the Rev. Jerry Johnson, the Rev. John Harris, the Rev. Danny Murphy, the Rev. Keith Stokes, the Rev. Robert White and the Rev. Stephen Judd.
Planning to serve as honorary pallbearers are the Rev. Steven Spears, the Rev. Murray Ray, the Rev. Rick Dowden, the Rev. Thomas Larue, the Rev. Scott Traylee and the Rev. Jimmie Carson.
Visitation is set from 5-9 p.m. today at Jackson's Harrisburg Funeral Home and 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday at Ashby Funeral Home in Benton. [from the Benton Courier, Wednesday, June 9, 1999]
William Max Cox, aged 53, died Sunday night in a local hospital.
Mr. Cox was born and reared in Fulton and lived in Hempstead County all of his life, finally making Hope his home. He owned and operated the Hempstead Motor Company, Pontiac agency, for the past 15 years. He also operated extensive farming interests in Miller County and had real estate holding in Hope.
During his years in Hope Mr. Cox was a member of the Rotary Club and the Hope Country Club. He had attended the University of Arkansas. Mr. Cox is survived by his mother, Mrs. Forest Cox of Hope; one sister, Mrs. Marie Hendrix of Hope; two nephews, Robert Dewey Hendrix, Jr., of Little Rock and David Max Hendrix of Hope and one niece, Mrs. Robert Bressler of Memphis, Tennessee.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday morning, September 6, in the First Methodist Church at 10:30 o'clock. Rev. J. E. Cooper will officiate. Burial will be in Rose Hill cemetery.
Active pallbearers will be Tommy Seymout, Brooks Shultz, LaMar Cox, Ernest McWilliams, Lloyd Spencer, and Terrell Cornelius. Honorary pallbearers will be automobile dealers.
Herndon-Cornelius Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements. [from The Hope Journal; September 5, 1949; page 1]
Crabtree, Izora Wyatt
Izora Wyatt Crabtree, 98, went to be with the Lord on November 12, 2010.
She was born in Garland County to Noah and Lona (Garner) Wyatt, on February
23, 1912. She is predeceased by her parents; and loving husband of 72 years,
James Paul Crabtree; four brothers, Oscar, Garland, Alfred and Jessie Wyatt;
one nephew, Don Wyatt; and one niece, Shirley Pawelczak. She is survived
by one sister-in-law, Lilly Wyatt of Lonsdale; three nephews, Bob Wyatt,
Paul Wyatt and Doyle Wyatt, all of Hot Springs; three nieces, Jeanette Westerman
of Lonsdale, Mary Lou Jones and Barbara Edds, both of Hot Springs. Izora
was the oldest member of Mill Creek Baptist Church. She was a wonderful
homemaker with a beautiful smile and great sense of humor, even in her sickness.
She was a very devoted wife and was always beside her husband enjoying camping,
hunting, fishing and building numerous houses in California, Arizona and
Visitation will be from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Monday at Caruth-Hale Funeral Home. Service will be Tuesday at 10 a.m. with Pastor Teddy Hill officiating. Burial will follow at Smith Creek Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Bob Wyatt, Doyle Wyatt, Sean Edds, Ralph Witherspoon, Grif Jones, Randy Wyatt, Andy Westerman, Jimmy Wyatt and Paul Wyatt. Honorary pallbearers are Fountain Lake Health and Rehab and its staff.
Memorials may be made to Arkansas Hospice, 14 Parkstone Circle, North Little Rock, Ar 72116. [from Caruth-Hale Funeral Home online obituary]
James Paul Crabtree, 95, of Hot Springs, Arkansas, died Wednesday, January 20, 2010. He was born June 29, 1914, in Hot Springs, Arkansas to the late Stonewall Jackson Crabtree and Margaret (Faught) Crabtree. He was a member of Mill Creek Baptist Church and a retired heavy duty mechanic. He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Izora Crabtree. He is preceded in death by brothers Leon Crabtree, Theodore Crabtree, and F. A. Kirkham; sisters Ernie Kirkham and Madie Kirkham. Pallbearers are Bob Wyatt, Paul Wyatt, Jimmy Wyatt, Doyle Wyatt, Ralph Witherspoon, and Griff Jones. Honorary pallbearers are nieces, nephews, cousins, Bill Jones, Ralph and Charlotte Miller, Dr. Michael Frais, and the nurses and staff of Fountain Lake Health and Rehab. Services will be 10:00 a.m. Monday at Caruth-Hale Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Teddy Hill officiating. Burial will follow at Smith Creek Cemetery. [from Caruth-Hale Funeral Home online obituary]
Lavern C. Croxton, age 96, of Benton, passed away Monday, March 1, 2010.
She was born December 23, 1913, in Owensville, Arkansas. Mrs. Croxton worked
for Gingles Hardware and Gingles Bankruptcy. She was a life long member
of New Friendship Missionary Baptist Church. Mrs. Croxton was preceded in
death by her parents, Archie and Lena Chenault; husband, Hiram Croxton;
daughter, Loretta McCallister; six brothers, Herbert, Horace, Floyd, Lilburn,
Albert and Jess Chenault and four sisters, Ora Sanders, Corrine Edmonson,
Bertha Gwatney and Ola Murphree.
She is survived by her daughter, Nelda Kitchens (Harold) of Benton; sister, Bonnie McNeil of Benton; seven grandchildren, Cheryl Lupton (Adrian), Dr. Cara Burris (John), Karen Rhodes (Red), Debbie Dorsey (Don), Lynn McCallister (Lisa), Janie Bryant (Jackie) and Glynn McCallister (Brandi); six great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Pallbearers will be Clyde, Corky, H.M., Norman (Rooster), George and Wendell Chenault and Charlie Edmonson.
Visitation will be 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 2 at Ashby Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 3 at New Friendship Baptist Church with burial at New Friendship Cemetery. Bro. Randy Ward and Bro. Melvin Burris will be officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to New Friendship Baptist Church. [from Ashby Funeral Home online obituary]