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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]


Childs, Judy G. Avery

Her loving, heavenly father reached His arms out from heaven and welcomed His loving servant, Judy Gail Childs, 59, home on Saturday, August 11, 2007. Formerly of Hot Springs, she passed away peacefully in her sleep at her home in Huntsville, Arkansas.
Judy was born on August 7, 1948, in Glenwood, Arkansas, to Charles and Virene Avery. She was predeceased by her father, Charles Avery.
She was a member of Assembly of God Churches.
Judy was a very creative person and loved making arts and crafts and was very creative in those endeavors. She and her husband, Steve, went to and shared in countless arts and crafts fairs. Her loving hands created many unique items and she lived her very active life to the fullest. She was also an accomplished hair stylist, working in and owning several beauty shops in the Hot Springs area. She will be lovingly remembered for the abundant energy that she put into every project she undertook, whether it was arts and crafts, beauty salons, or uniquely designing her homes. She was a non-stop bundle of energy and always active in the churches she attended, from women's ministries to the nursery.
Most of all though, Judy loved to focus her creative abilities on her four grandchildren, Stefanie White, currently attending Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia, David and Sarah White of Hot Springs Village and Ella Childs of St. Paul by making clothes, blankets, etc., for them. At the time of her death, she was back at work making new blankets for her first great-grandchild, who is due in December 2007.
She is survived by her husband, Steve Childs, who loved the adventured called "life" with her; one son and daughter-in-law, Willy and Cyndy Childs of St. Paul; one daughter and son-in-law, Melissa and Barry White of Hot Springs Village; four grandchildren; her mother, Virene Avery of Hooks, Texas; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Eddie and Sandra Avery of New Boston, Texas, and Buddy and Diane Avery of Farmersville, Texas; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Joyce Loy of Dallas, Texas, Jan and Art Bradford of Dallas, Texas, and Jill and David Pennington of Hot Springs; and many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, August 14, 2007, at Mount Tabor Community Church in Glenwood with Reverend Don Hutchings of Evangel Temple of Fort Smith officiating.
Visitation will be Monday evening, 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Davis-Smith Funeral Home, Glenwood, with all friends and family invited.
Interment will be held at Mount Tabor Cemetery under the direction of Davis-Smith Funeral Home, Glenwood.
Memorials may be made to Evangel Temple Assembly of God, 110 S. 12th Street, Fort Smith, Arkansas 72901 (479) 782-9121.   [from the Sentinel-Record, August 13, 2007]    [Hot Springs High School Class of 1966]


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]


Crone, Mary Ann

Mary Ann Crone, 63, of Muskegon, Michigan, formerly of Hot Springs, died February 16, 2012, in Muskegon. She was born July 21, 1948, in North Little Rock, Arkansas. Her beloved dog "Poops" will accompany her to heaven.
Mary devoted her life to the care and well-being of horses as a stable manager and race horse trainer and was revered by her stable and farm hands.
Mary was predeceased by her parents, Glen Crone Sr. and Marguerite Reed Crone; brothers, Jimmy, Ronnie and Mike Crone.
Survivors are brothers, Bill (Jane Ann) Crone, Bob (Zella) Crone, Dick (Diane) Crone, Donnie (Candy) Crone; sisters, Judy (Frank) Langston, Nancy (Russ) Burbank, Betty (Duke) Denty, Debbie (Steve) Hill; sisters-in-law, Leah Crone and Donnetta Crone; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mary will always be remembered as a fun-loving devoted friend to her adopted "Michigan Family," Helmer (her football buddy), Sally, Danny, Helmer David, Erin, Sarah and Lexi, Virginia Hinton and all the special ladies at Hickory Village. Her hospice nurses, Teressa and Dawn, who were so caring and compassionate in her last days.
A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Hot Springs, conducted by Tim Evans.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to animal welfare in memory of Mary.
Arrangements are by Hot Springs Funeral Home.    [from the Sentinel-Record, February 28, 2012, page 9A]    [Hot Springs Class of 1966]


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