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Classmate Obituaries - Letter C

These obituaries correspond with the yearbooks that are listed on this website. Whenever possible, the source of the obituary will be shown as well as the date.


Cash, James Raymond, Jr.

James Raymond Cash Jr., age 53, of Alexander; passed away Friday July 9, 2004. He was born on March 23, 1951, in Little Rock, Arkansas. Mr. Cash was a grocery clerk and a member of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church.
He is survived by his daughter, Heather Wright and husband Glenn of Benton; parents, James R. and Merrill Cash Sr. of Benton; sister, Jan Cash of Benton and a granddaughter, Hollie Wright.
Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Monday at Ashby Funeral Home with burial at Fairplay Cemetery. The minister will be Bro. Scott Spakes.
Visitation will be 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. Monday morning at Ashby's.   [from Ashby Funeral Home online obituary]  [Benton Class of 1969]


Chastain, William Earl "Bill"

William Earl "Bill" Chastain, age 63, of Benton, passed away Sunday, January 12, 2014. He was born May 29, 1950, in Benton, Arkansas. Bill graduated from Benton High School in 1969. He was a clerk for Safeway/Harvest Foods for 25 years and later was a custodian for the Benton Public Schools. Bill was a member of Sharon Missionary Baptist Church where he was in the Pairs and Spares Sunday School Class and a member of the Lakeside Hunting Club in Malvern. He was preceded in death by his parents, William Floyd Jr. and Mildred Wright Chastain and a sister-in-law, Cathy Chastain.
He is survived by his wife, Lanette Phillips Chastain; two daughters, Amber and Paige Chastain; and four brothers, Ken Chastain, Fred Chastain and wife Emilia, Terrell Chastain and wife Tammy and Kevin Chastain and wife Donna.
Visitation will be 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 14 at Sharon Missionary Baptist Church.
Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 15 at Sharon Missionary Baptist Church with burial at Sharon Cemetery. Bro. Richard Hamlin, Bro. Muncy Harris and Bro. David Wayne Phillips will be officiating.
Memorials may be made to Sharon Missionary Baptist Church Building Fund.   [from Ashby Funeral Home online obituary]  [Benton Class of 1969]


Combs, Rickey Allen

Rickey Allen Combs, 66, of Oklahoma City, died Thursday, June 13, 2013, at a local hospital. He was born at Benton, Arkansas, on November 28, 1946, to the late Henry Andrew and Emogene Thelma Robinson Combs. He graduated from Benton High School in 1965, then joined the U.S. Marine Corps and served multiple tours in Vietnam before his discharge in 1969. After the military Rickey worked as a baker until retirement. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Julie, and by a half brother, Derrell Gene Combs. Survivors include his only child, a dauther, Kristin Jean and husband Jimmy, and three grandchildren: Blake, Benjamin, and Blair. Cremation arrangements were by OK Cremation & Mortuary of Oklahoma City. A committal service will be Friday, June 21, 2013, at Fort Sill National Cemetery with military honors by the U.S. Marine Corps.   [from OK Cremation & Mortuary of Oklahoma City online obituary]   [Class of 1965 - off-site yearbook]


Crain, Dustin "Dusty"

Dustin Crain
skydiving accident kills Benton man
Dustin "Dusty" Crain, 21, of Benton died in a Texarkana hospital Sunday after being injured in a sky-diving accident at a private airport in Texarkana.
Also injured in the accident was Dennis M. Lodenberg, 22, of Stockton, California, who is stationed at the Little Rock Air Force Base.
The two were participated in an event sponsored by the Texarkana Parachute Club when the accident occurred.
A spokesman said Crain and Lodenberg jumped from the plane for a free-fall parachute jump, and that one of them jumped on top of the other and the parachutes failed to open.
Other reports stated that Crain attempted to open his emergency parachute.
Crain and Lodenberg were taken to St. Michael's Hospital in Texarkana where Crain died about an hour after the accident. Lodenberg was reported suffering a severe neck sprain and a fractured leg, but was not in serious condition.
Crain, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Crain of Benton, was associated with his father in the Crain-Burton Ford Company here. He was a 1969 graduate of Benton Senior High School.
Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Carla Lane Crain of Little Rock; his parents; and a sister, Miss Jo Carol Crain of North Little Rock.
Funeral for Dusty Crain will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Ashby Funeral Chapel.    [from the Benton Courier, date unknown]    [Benton Class of 1969]


Crouch, Herman W.

Herman Crouch Loses Life In Auto Crash
Herman W. Crouch, 39, of Benton was fatally injured early Sunday when his car struck a bridge abutment on Otter Creek on Highway 67/70 six miles south of Little Rock.
State Trooper Lyndon Cowart, investigating officer, said Crouch's car hit a guard rail at the end of the bridge, left the road and traveled 94 feet through the air. When the vehicle landed, it rolled over another 48 feet, the trooper reported.
Cowart said he assumed Mr. Crouch was thrown from the car when it hit the ground. The victim was taken to Baptist hospital by a Little Rock ambulance service, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Mr. Crouch's watch was stopped at 3:09. The accident was discovered at 4:27 by an unidentified motorist, Trooper Cowart said.
A Baptist, Mr. Crouch was a salesman for Smithers Furniture Company. He was a World War II veteran.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Perrylene Haygood Crouch; two daughters, Donna Kay Crouch and Phyllis Ann Crouch, both of Benton; his mother, Mrs. Charlie Crouch of Benton; a brother, Paul Crouch of benton; and two sisters, Mrs. Wanda Nichols of Malvern and Mrs. Alice Miller of Benton.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church of Benton by the Rev. Bernes K. Selph and Bro. E. G. Neilson. Burial was in Graham Cemetery on the Malvern Highway by Ashby Funeral Home.    (source unknown)    Class of 1943