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Classmate Obituaries - Letter A

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Adams, Jean Alley

Conway - Mrs. Jean Alley Adams, 50, of Conway, formerly of Benton and wife of Wilburn Adams, died Friday.
Mrs. Adams was co-owner of Pickles Gap Araft Craft Shop near Conway. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Benton and had been selected for Who's Who in American Women for 1977.
Others surviving are a son, Jack B. Adams of Conway; a daughter, Mrs. Lou Jane Wills of Conway; four brothers, Paul Alley of Benton, James Alley of Bryant, Lee Alley of Fairbrook, California, and Charles Alley of Fort Smith; a sister, Mrs. Nona Louise Spradling of North Little Rock, and two grandchildren.
Funeral will be at 10 a.m. today at the First Presbyterian Church at Benton by Rev. Bob Walton. Burial will be in Rosemont Cemetery by Harrison Funeral Home of Benton.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
The family will be at the home of W. W. Adams at ---    (from Arkansas Gazette, August 21, 1976)    Class of 1943


Adams, Wilburn Curtis

Private services for Wilburn Curtis "Wil" Adams, 72, Canton, will be held in Benton, Arkansas.
Burial will be in Old Rosemont Cemetery, Benton, Arkansas.
Mr. Adams died Sunday, December 13, 1998, in Hospice HomePlace, Tyler.
He was born December 14, 1925, in Benton, Arkansas, to W. W. and Myra Hutchison Adams. He was a vendor at First Monday for 20 years. He was a self-employed wood worker, making wood crafts. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Jean Alley Adams.
Survivors include his wife, Jeanne Adams, Canton; son, Jack Byron Adams, Conway, Arkansas; daughter, Lou Jane Wills, Greenbriar, Arkansas; brother, Don G. Adams, Little Rock, Arkansas; two step-sons, David Nichols, Seattle, Washington, and Daniel Nichols, Bigelow, Arkansas.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to American Cancer Society.    (from Arkansas Gazette)    Class of 1943


Allen, Mary Gwyn Hansen

Mary Gwyn Allen, 61, of Austin, Texas, formerly of Benton, passed away on Monday, January 28, 2013. She was born in Benton on October 6, 1951, to the late Richard and Mary Lee Hansen.
Mary Gwyn worked for numerous state agencies, the last being the Texas Early Hearing Detection and Intervention program in Austin. She also worked for the Arkansas Department of Health Infant Hearing Program. Her co-workers were more than just co-workers; they were friends. She loved watching films; playing with her pet cat, Sunny; listening to music; watching anything science fiction; and reading as much as humanly possible.
She was proceeded in death by her husband, Dewey Edward Allen III; her parents; and her great-grandmother, Elle Gwin Raper.
She is survived by her daughter, Jessice Schlinker and husband Brent of Little Rock; her mother-in-law, Jean West of Malvern; and sister-in-law Cindy Matthews and husband Terry of Malvern.
A private family memorial service will be held at a later date. Cremation is through Heart of Texas Cremation and Burial Service.    [from Saline Courier]    [Benton Class of 1969]


Austin, Sherry Lynn Shelnut

Sherry Lynn Austin, 55, of Benton died Friday, November 18, 2005.
Sherry was born December 3, 1949, in Benton and graduated from Benton High School in 1967. Mrs. Austin attended Arkansas State University and Henderson State University. During high school she was an avid athletics supporter and was voted senior class favorite. Since college, she has been active in the Benton school system, the community, and the education of her children. She served two terms as a Benton School Board member, elected in 1992 and re-elected in 1997. She was school board president during the 1997-1998 school year and again during the 2001-2002 school year.
During her first term as president, planning and construction began for the Benton High School Arena, and in her second term as president, the original concepts for the current district wide renovation and construction project were first developed. She has been involved with the Benton Athletic Memorial Museum since its inception and served as vice president in 1999. She served as an active member on the board of directors until her health did not permit. She was on the board of directors for the Boys and Girls Club of Saline County from 1986 to 1991, serving as vice president in 1989. During her time on the board of directors, the club changed its name from the Boys Club to the Boys and Girls Club.She was the Howard Perrin UPTO president in 1987, volunteer for the Benton Middle School and Benton Junior High School, a Benton High School supporter, and prepared pre-game meals for the Panthers while her son played football. She was a Brownie troop leader for her daughter, and Benton Boys and Girls Club soccer coach for five years, and coached her son's Odyssey of the Mind team. She was a real estate agent for the Thomas Agency for 10 years; she became a member of the Million Dollar Club ($1 million in sales in one year) in 1955.
She was preceded in death by her father, Elbert "Blue," and mother, Bertha Shelnut, and a brother, James Shelnut.
Survivors include her husband of 35 years, Oren Austin of Benton; a son, Adam Austin and wife Melissa of Woodstock, Georgia; a daughter, Courtney of Benton; a son, Reginald Austin and wife Bethany; a granddaughter, Jasmine Nash of Hillsboro, Oregon; two brothers, C. R. Shelnut of Duluth, Georgia, and Wane Shelnut of Benton; and countless other friends and family.
Funeral service was at 10 a.m. today at the Ashby Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in McPherson Cemetery at Sardis. The Rev. Carl Ritchey officiated.
Memorials may be made to the Boys and Girls Club of Saline County and the Benton Athletic Memorial Museum.   (from the Benton Courier)    (Class of 1967)