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Classmate Obituaries - Letter L

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.

Lakin, Elzada Rickard

Elzada Lakin, age 80, of Paron; passed away Thursday May 24, 2007. She was born on March 4, 1927. Mrs. Lakin was retired from Timex as a laborer. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Lakin and a son, Keith Lakin. She is survived by her son, Rickey Lakin and wife Glenda of Little Rock; daughter, Cindy Smith and husband Steve of Redfield; sister, Ruby Suttle of Oklahoma; eight grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren. Visitation will be 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Monday night at Ashby Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday at Ashby Funeral Home with burial at Pinecrest Memorial Park. (from Ashby Funeral Home online obituary)    Paron Class of 1945

Lancaster, Eulis Fay "Don"

Eulis Fay "Don" Lancaster, 83, of Roanoke, Virginia, died Friday, December 12, 2003. He retired as a U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sergeant after 22 years service. He served in World War II and Korea. After retiring from the Air Force, he joined the American Red Cross and served a tour in Viet Nam. He retired from the Red Cross after 18 years of service. He was a member of the Ronoake Valley Breakfast Lions Club and received the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award twice. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Narrie Lovell Lancaster; a son, Shannon Lancaster and his wife, Linda, of Hot Springs; two daughters, Vicci Lancaster of Alexandria, Virginia, and Kelly Palmer and her husband, Steve, of Fincastle, Virginia; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a brother, Paul Lancaster and his wife, Ellene, of Benton; family friends, John and Sharon Johnson of Roanoke, Virginia. Graveside service with full military honors will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Arlington National Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Lotz Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Roanoke Valley Breakfast Lions Club or the American Cancer Society. (from Benton Courier online obituary)    Class of 1940

Land, Dusky

Dusky M. Land, age 66, of Benton, went home to his heavenly father on this past Wednesday, after a long progressive illness, following a stroke and cancer. He was saved, had made peace with the Lord, and was eager to be united once more with his wife, Mary Pate Land; his parents, W.O. and Lenore, and his beloved brother, Drayton. Dusky was a free spirit and an adventurous soul, who would see a star and set out for it; he was never content to let the dust settle beneath his feet. Even so, he had a fierce work ethic, instilled by his dad, that a man live by the creed that hard work is rewarded by honest pay.
Born in Sheridan on January 16, 1947, Dusky was the youngest of four sons born to W. O. and Lenore Land. As a 1967 graduate of Benton High School, he set out to make his way in life, and found a career as a railroad man. His first job was with Rock Island Railroad in Little Rock which ignited a passion that would span more than three decades. When Rock Island folded, Dusky found work with Rail Switching Services and worked his way up to supervisor of transportation. He loved and took great pride in his career as a railroad man, and never regretted a moment spent on a train. His work took him throughout Arkansas, Texas, Alabama, Florida, and parts in between, allowing him to make many lasting friendships. When "Duck" wasn't working on the rails, you would find him outdoors, hunting, fishing, or just reading a good western book on the porch with his beloved dog, Tito.
This adventurous, hardworking, humorous man will forever be missed by the loving family he leaves behind: his three children, Kevin (Jonell); Mandi (Mike) Mitchell; and Lance (Jayme). Also four grandchildren, Bailey, Ben, Madison, and Brad Mitchell, all of Benton. His two surviving brothers are Adrein (Gara) of Benton, and Larry (Linda) of Crossett, and a host of nieces and nephews, cousins, and special loved ones in Alabama. ("Roll Tide!" as Duck would say).
The family would like to invite friends to a celebration of Dusky's life, receiving visitors on Sunday, August 18th from 2-4 at Ashby's Funeral Home in Benton. Graveside services will be Monday at 10:00 at Hunnicutt Cemetary at 3798 Moss Road in Benton with Rev. Jerry Whitley officiating. Pallbearers are Greg Land, Drayton Land, Don Mitchell, Billy C. Hollinger, Jerry George and Odis Barker. The family would like to express our thanks to the wonderful care we received at Saline Hospice in Bryant. Special family comment: This is not goodbye, but see you soon...embrace your life every second is precious... make them all count. Remember, it is better to be hated for who you are, than to be loved for what you are not.  [from Ashby Funeral Home online obituary] [Class of 1965 - off-site website]

Langley, John Otis, Jr.

John Otis Langley
John Otis Langley of Benton, a crane operator for AFCO Steel Co., died Saturday. He was 42.
Survivors include his wife, Sharon Langley; two sons, Steven Langley and Allan Langley of Benton; his mother, Margaret Langley of Benton; three sisters, Fay Sprague of Malvern, Glenda George and Kelly Crews of Benton; and his grandmother, Myrtle Isom of Benton.
He was preceded in death by his father, John Otis Langley Sr.
Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Ashby Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. A. Z. Dover officiating. Burial will be at Langley Cemetery.
Pallbearers are David McKim, Terry Gentry, Dave Langley, Edwin Cogburn, Jackie Mills, Freddie Beck, Buddy Grifford and Carey Langley.    [from the Benton Courier, Monday, October 15, 1990, page 2, column 3]    [Benton Class of 1967]

Leavelles, Dusty

Dusty Lee Leavelles of Benton died Thursday, June 5, 1997. He was 48.
He was employed at Southwest Hospital in the maintenance department and was a United States Naval veteran.
Survivors include two stepsons, Keith Lambert and Clint Rudell, both of Benton; his mother and stepfather, Lucy and Will Middlebrooks of Benton; two brothers, David Leavelles and Philip Middlebrooks, both of Benton; one sister, Vada Boone of Benton; and two grandchildren.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Ashby Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow at the New Rosemont Cemetery.
The Rev. O. D. Crabtree will officiate.
Visitation will be from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.    [from the Benton Courier June 5, 1997, page 2]    [Benton Class of 1968]

Lumpkins, Richard Lynn

The Rev. Richard Lynn Lumpkins, 57, of Hot Springs Village, died Tuesday, February 13, 2007.
He was born July 14, 1949, in Little Rock to James Garland Lumpkins and Margaret Wright Lumpkins.
Rev. Lumpkins was a minister and Sunday School director for the Arkansas District of the United Pentecostal Church. He was currently serving as an Arkansas State Police chaplain and was a past chaplain for the Saline County Sheriff's Department and Benton Police Department.
He was also a veteran of the Arkansas Army National Guard.
He was preceded in death by his father, James Garland Lumpkins.
Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Dianne Murrell Lumpkins; one son, Jason Lumpkins and wife Courtney of Cabot; one daughter, Wendy Graves and husband Kevin of Gainesville, Texas; four grandchildren, Jase Lumpkins, Kayli Lumpkins, Alexis Graves and Maci Graves; his mother, Margaret Lumpkins of Benton; and one brother, Jim Lumpkins and wife Mary of Benton.
Funeral service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday at First Pentecostal Church in Benton with the Rev. B. J. Thomas officiating.
Burial will follow in Pinecrest Memorial Park at Alexander.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at First Pentecostal Church.
Arrangements are by Roller-Ballard Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Arkansas District UPCI, Save Our Children's Fund, PO Box 250, Redfield, AR 72132.    [from the Benton Courier, Wednesday, February 14, 2007, page 2]    [Benton Class of 1967]

Lyle, Florriedeen Wakenight

Florriedeen W. Lyle, age 100, of Benton passed away Tuesday, March 4, 2014. She was born July 30, 1913, in Searcy, Arkansas, to the late Delbert and Odeen Smith Wakenight. Florriedeen was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Benton and a retired teacher in the Benton School District.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Thomas B. Lyle in 1956.
Survivors, daughter, Linnie Lyle of Benton.
Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday at Ashby Funeral Home Chapel.
Private graveside services will be 1:00 p.m. Saturday at Dalewood Cemetery, 2122 West Pullen Street, Pine Bluff, Arkansas.
Memorials may be made to Saline County Historical Society, the Herzfeld Library, or Girl Scouts Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas.    [from Ashby Funeral Home online obituary]    [Faculty Class of 1969]