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Classmate Obituaries - Letter E

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.

Edmonson, Charles Morris "Charley"

Charles “Charley” Morris Edmonson, age 62, of Benton, passed away Monday, July 11, 2011. He was born February 1, 1949, in Bauxite, Arkansas. Charley retired as a first sergeant from the U.S. Army, then worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 20 years, until his retirement in February. He was a member of Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church where he served as deacon. Charley was preceded in death by his parents, Lofton and Corene Edmonson and two brothers, Wayne Edward Edmonson and Ronald Morgan Edmonson.
He is survived by his wife, Avon Edmonson of Benton; two daughters, Ronda Edmonson and Carol Brown both of Hot Springs; sister, Mary Chism of Benton; three grandchildren, Terrin, Abby and Gage and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Pallbearers will be Michael Edmonson, Bryan Edmonson, Derek Chism, Brad Chism, Rick Davis and Gary Sledd.
Visitation will be 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 13 at Ashby Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday, July 14 at Ashby Funeral Home with burial at Old Rosemont Cemetery.    [from Ashby Funeral Home online obituary]    [Benton Class of 1967]

Ellis, James Whitcomb IV

James Whitcomb Ellis IV of Benton died Thursday, March 5, 1998. He was 48. He was an electrician for Facilities Management and Maintenance Service and a member of Highland Heights Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Karen Dacus Ellis; one daughter, Amy Lynn Ellis of Houston, Texas; two stepsons, Joshua Eric Griffin and Zachary Clay Griffin, both of Benton; parents, Jim and Ruby Ellis, Jr., of Benton; and two sisters, Rachel Lacy of Benton and Mary Baldwin of Little Rock. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Ashby Funeral Home chapel with burial to follow at New Rosemont Cemetery. The Rev. Steve Butler is to officiate. Scheduled to serve as pallbearers are Bob Cauley, Gerald Francis, James George, Cam Copeland, Terry Ellison, Doug Curtis, Steve Nichols and John McCullar. Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.  [from Benton Courier, March 6, 1998, page 2A]    [Benton Class of 1967]

English, James T.

James T. "Tad" English, 67, of Benton, Arkansas, passed away June 6, 2015. He was born to the late Charles F. and Naomi "Lovie" Chaney-English on March 9, 1948 in Benton, Arkansas.
James proudly served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps as a field radio operator during the Vietnam War. He received a Purple Heart Medal and many other medals and commendations including the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, and Rifle Sharpshooter Badge. He was part owner of a scuba shop and welding shop in Benton years ago. James enjoyed hunting, wood-working and built low-boy trailers. He was a fighter and was very courageous. James was a man of convictions and always stood for them. He loved well - loved his God, his county, his family and his friends. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans, American Legion, National Rifle Association, and ELVP Hunting Club.
James was preceded in death by his parents; Stella English; and Carl Wayne Hill.
He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Norma English of Benton, Arkansas; daughter Melissa Austin and husband Adam of Woodstock, Georgia; grandsons, Seth and Caleb Austin; brother, Charles "Ropey" English of Breman, Georgia; sisters, Charlene Palmer and husband Adrian of Shiloh, Georgia, and Billie June Davenport and husband Richard of Mount Ida, Arkansas; and many other family members and friends.
Reception visitation will be held Tuesday, June 9, 2015, from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.., Smith-Benton Funeral Home, 322 N. Market St., Benton, AR 72015. Funeral service, officiated by Bro. Jeff Langley, will be held Wednesday, June 10, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. at Smith-Benton Funeral Home with burial to follow at Smith-Rosemont Cemetery.    [from Smith-Benton Funeral Home online obituary]    [Benton Class of 1966]

Evans, Shirley May McGinley

Shirley May McGinley Evans, 82 of Nashville, AR, formerly of Benton and Bryant, died Saturday, September 15, 2012, at a Nashville nursing home. She was born October 23, 1929, in Little Rock, Arkansas, to the late Connell and Lillie Tull McGinley. She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond E. Evans; son-in-law Rick Castleberry; and brother, Harold McGinley.
A graduate of Bryant High School, Shirley was a long-time bookkeeper at White Furniture and a faithful member of both Benton and Bryant First United Methodist Churches.
She is survived by one daughter, Connie Evans Castleberry of Nashville; granddaughters Courtney (Jeff) Worthen of Benton, and Kate (Marc) Kuykendall of Nashville; great-granddaughters Kyleigh and Landrey Kuykendall of Nashville; brother Bill (Bonnie) McGinley of Sardis; sister, Maxine (Ed) Wine of Bryant, and a number of nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, September 19, 2012, at Pinecrest Cemetary in Bryant, Arkansas. Memorials may be made to Arkansas Alzheimers,    [from Nashville Funeral Home online obituary]    [Bryant Class of 1948]