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McAdory, Richard Elmore "Rick"

Longtime Benton resident Richard E. "Rick" McAdory died suddenly Monday of an apparent heart attack.
McAdory, 62, was a native of Mobile, Alabama. He was one of three sons of Robert D. K. and Norma McAdory (Girner).
Born in Mobile on December 30, 1948, his family moved several times in conjunction with his father's employment with Alcoa before finally settling in this city when he was in the eighth grade.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Survivors include his wife, Debbie McAdory; a daughter, Kael Hudson and husband Bubba of Alexander; a son, Scott McAdory of Benton; two grandchildren, Megan Hudson of Alexander and Drew McAdory of Benton; his mother, Norma McAdory Girner of Bauxite; and his brothers, Bob McAdory of Bauxite and Bill McAdory and wife Ann of Ohio.
Rick and Debbie McAdory, a retired librarian of Salem Elementary School, were married for 44 years. The two had met as students at Benton High School.
After graduation, Rick attended Arkansas State Teachers College in Conway (now University of Central Arkansas) before beginning a career in law enforcement. Later, he entered the sales profession, retiring in 2008.
A 1966 Benton graduate, he remained close to his classmates. Class reunions were special events for him and he recently attended the group's 45th reunion.
A lifetime lover of music, he developed an interest in percussion instruments at the age of 13 when he received his first set of drums. During his teenage years he played with the band Swinging Sensations, which also included members Michael Straughan, Bill Killian, Larry Raper and Steve Hicks.
A lover of the outdoors, he especially enjoyed deer hunting and was self-taught in gunsmithing. He was fond of animals, particularly dogs.
One of his greatest joys was spending time with his grandchildren.
Plagued by deteriorating eyesight in recent years, Rick received a cornea transplant in 2009. Out of appreciation for that gift of sight, he had asked that his organs be donated to ARORA (Arkansas Regional Organ Recovery Agency) to be used to enhance life in others.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
Ashby Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
The family asks that memorials be made to the American Lung Association, 217 W. 2nd St., Suite 105, Little Rock, AR 72201; or First United Methodist Church, 200 N. Market St., Benton, AR 72015.    [from the Saline Courier, Thursday, November 24, 2011, page 3]    [Benton Class of 1966]

McCray, Jack R.

Jack R. McCray, age 62, of Benton, passed away on Friday, May 15, 2015. He was born in Little Rock on August 14, 1952, to Jack McCray and Gloria Hall Spearman. He was preceded in death by his father.
Jack is survived by his wife of 41 years, the love of his life, Suzanne Byrd McCray; two daughters, Jennifer McCray Fritz and her husband Scott, and Tara McCray Bennett and her husband Matt; three granddaughters, Hannah Grace Fritz, Abby Renee Fritz, and Kloe Rae Bennett; his brother, Kevin McCray and his wife Jo; and his sister, Kristy Tellez and her husband Willie.
After serving in the Air Force, Jack became a third-generation real estate broker in the family business in Benton. He had a long and varied career in residential and commercial real estate brokerage and development, in banking, and in business. He worked for Cooper Communities in Hot Springs; for Landers Automotive Group and Everett Buick GMC in Benton; and for Bailey Corporation, Deltic Timber Corporation, Bank of the Ozarks, and VCC LLC in Little Rock. Through his work with Bailey Corporation and Deltic Timber Corporation, Jack developed more than 35 residential neighborhoods in Little Rock.
Jack was active in the community. At age 24, he became the youngest alderman ever elected in Benton. He served on the Real Estate Industry Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. He also served as a member and in leadership roles with numerous organizations, including the Arkansas Realtors Association, the Urban Land Institute, the International Council of Shopping Centers, the Little Rock Rotary Club, and the municipal, state, and national home builders associations.
Jack was known for his stellar reputation and for his gregarious and optimistic personality. He was outspoken about his faith in Christ. He was a long-standing member of First Baptist Church in Benton and also attended Agape Church in Little Rock. He leaves behind many family members and countless friends who will miss him dearly.
Visitation will be at the Smith-Benton Funeral Home at 322 North Market Street in Benton from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 17, 2015. The funeral service will be at First Baptist Church, 211 South Market Street in Benton at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, May 18, 2015, followed by burial at Pinecrest Memorial Park.   [from Smith-Benton Funeral Home online obituary]    [Benton Class of 1970]

McNeil, Chester Lee

Chester Lee McNeil, 82, of Benton died Tuesday, June 6, 2006.
He was born May 21, 1924, in Benton to Charlie Ewing and Bertie Myrtle Moore McNeil. Mr. McNeil was owner and operator of Chester McNeil Trucking Co. and a World War II Army veteran. He was a member of Sharon Missionary Baptist Church, where he was a deacon for 58 years and a member of the Kate Wright Sunday School Class. He enjoyed deer hunting (he was a member of Wright Deer Camp), fishing and gardening.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Bonnie Chenault McNeil; two aunts, Winfred Garrett and Ruth Stevens; 13 cousins, Bud McNeil, Randy Barker, Mike Barker, Dicky Moore, Betty Sue Eaves, Tommy Crowson, Beulah Browning, Maxine Coffey, Suzette Forte, Patsy Easterling, Lillian McNeese, Jennifer Hilterbrand and Alice Baldwin.
Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Sharon Missionary Baptist Church with the Revs. Richard Hamlin, Glen Tropp and Muncy Harris officiating. Burial will be in Old Rosemont Cemetery. Pallbearers will be James Tully, Randy Carter, Lowell Rickett, Sam Wright, Dub Grant, Buck Phifer, Skip Radican and Ed Williams.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Ashby Funeral Home.    [from Benton Courier online obituary]    [Benton Class of 1943]

Maxey, Bradley

4 Benton Residents Die in I-30 Crash Of Car, Horse, Truck
Four Benton residents 18 to 21 years old were killed Monday night when a car hit a horse on Interstate 30 highway northeast of Benton and veered into the path of a semi-trailer truck.
Killed were:
Bradley Maxey, 20, of 2011 Durwood Dr.
Brenda Faye Farrell, 18, of 518 First St.
Wanda Kay Wilson, 19, of 214 Magnolia St.
Shareen Mont Eubanks, 21, of 2211 W. Lakeview.
State Trooper Ronny Burke, the investigating officer, said the accident occurred at 11:44 p.m. the site was right in front of the Prickett Dairy, near the Bryant interchange on I-30.
Burks said the four victims were in a white 1957 Plymouth owned and driven by Maxey. The car was going south toward Benton from Little Rock.
Miss Farrell was in the right front seat, Miss Wilson in the left rear seat and Miss Eubanks in the right rear seat.
The car was in the left lane of the southbound section of the highway when it struck a horse that was on the highway, Burke said.
Burke said the car then veered out of control across the median into the northbound lanes, where it collided with a trailer truck which was carrying another truck and trailer.
The truck driver was identified as Eulogio Gonzales of Dallas, Texas. The truck belonged to Texas Tool Trailers.
The car came to rest in the median between the highway and the south service road, upside down. Two of the passengers were thrown out of the car. Passers-by right the car and pulled Maxey and Miss Farrell from it.
Miss Wilson was killed instantly, according to Burke. Maxey and Miss Farrell were taken to Saline Memorial Hospital and were pronounced dead there at 12:35 a.m. Miss Eubanks was taken to Baptist Hospital in Little Rock and was pronounced dead there at 1:10 a.m. Head, chest and internal injuries were the apparent causes of death.
The truck driver was not injured at all. Two other employees of the truck line who were passengers in the truck were injured slightly, one with a sprained wrist and the other with a bump on the head.
A few seconds after the fatal collision another car hit another horse at about the same location.
The second car was a 1964 Lincoln Continental driven by Preston Read of Athens, Alabama. He and his wife were not injured.
The Reads were southbound and Read observed part of the preceding collision, Burke said.
Both horses were killed by the impacts. The one that was hit by the Read car was a small horse, Burke said.
State Trooper Harry Troutman from Little Rock assisted Burke at the scene of the accident.
Funeral plans and survivors of the victims are listed in the obituary section elsewhere in The Courier. Photos of the victims are on Page 10A.
Trooper Burke said the horses were the property of Freddie Prickett, who lives beside the highway at the scene of the accident. Burke said he had conferred with the prosecuting attorney and no criminal charges will be filed in connection with the accident.    [from the Benton Courier, Thursday, June 27, 1968, page 1]

Bradley Maxey
Bradley Maxey, aged 20, died early Tuesday as a result of an automobile accident which occurred Monday night, June 24. He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Bobby D. Maxey; two brothers, Bruce and Breck Maxey; and a sister, Rachel, all of Benton; and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Maxey of Illinois. Funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Herrin, Illinois.    [from the Benton Courier, June 27, 1998, page 10A]    [Benton Class of 1965 - off-site yearbook]

Montalvo, Mary J. Herring Wells

Mary Jean Montalvo, age 61, of Benton went to be with the Lord on Saturday, November 16, 2013, after a lengthy battle with Lou Gehrig's disease. She was born October 13, 1952, in Little Rock, Arkansas to Joe and Uldine Herring. Mary was a graduate of Benton High School Class of 1971 and Mary was employed at Smith Caldwell Drug for over 15 years. She was an active member of Sharon Missionary Baptist Church where she taught AWANA. She was preceded in death by her father and her late Husband Daryl L. Wells.
She is survived by her mother, Uldine Ward, husband, Manuel I. Montalvo, brother, Joe Herring, Benton; two sisters, Marilyn Hill, Benton; and Martha Wallace, Hot Springs; Mary had three daughters, Julie Howe, Benton; Allison Davis, Rogers; and Lindsey Kindy, Benton. She had two step-sons, Phillip Montalvo and Robert Montalvo, both of Benton.
Mary was affectionately known as "Nana" to her seven grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. November 18th at Ashby's.
Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday November 19th at Ashby Funeral Home with burial at Forest Hills Cemetery. Ministers will be Bro Richard Hamlin and Bro. Kim Hammer.
Memorials may be made to Saline Memorial Hospice House, 23157 I-30, Bryant, Arkansas 72022.   [from Ashby Funeral Home online obituary]    [Benton Class of 1971]

Moreland, David Thomas

David Thomas Moreland, 65, of Benton passed away at his home on Thursday, July 18, 2013. He was born September 2, 1947, in East St. Louis, Illinois, to the late Harold and Marge Thomas Moreland. Mr. Moreland operated his own insurance agency in Bryant and was a member of First United Methodist Church in Benton.
David’s favorite moments involved doing anything with his three grandchildren, having his family out on the houseboat, watching sports, and taking his wife out for dinner. As a husband and father, he was always there for all of us, a steady presence, and a constant example of God’s steadfast love and an emblem of patience and strength through this last tremendous trial.
He is survived by his wife, Annette Smithey Moreland of the home; two daughters, Leslie and husband Rich Cochran of Little Rock and Angela Black of Benton, three grandchildren, Taylor Black, Brandon Black, and Trey Cochran, other relatives, and many friends.
A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, July 22, 2013, at First United Methodist Church of Benton with Rev. David Jones and Rev. Victor Green officiating.
Reception will follow the service in the church’s fellowship hall.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church Music Department and American Cancer Society. Arrangements by Roller-Ballard Funeral Home (315-4047).    [from Roller-Ballard Funeral Home online obituary]    [Class of 1965 - off-site yearbook]

Musteen, Kenneth Wayne

Kenneth Wayne Musteen, age 59, of Benton, passed away Tuesday, June 30, 2009. He was born July 14, 1949, in Benton, Arkansas, to the late Merle and Evelyn Musteen. Mr. Musteen was a member of the National and Arkansas Association of the Deaf, National and Arkansas Rehabilitation Association, National and Arkansas Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf and was the President of the Arkansas Deaf and Hearing Impaired Telecommunications Access Board.
Mr. Musteen devoted his entire adult life to helping disabled Arkansans reach their full potential. His career encompassed 38 years of service starting as a Recreation Activity Leader at the Hot Springs Rehabilitation Center and retiring as the Chief of Staff of Arkansas Rehabilitation Services. He also volunteered time coaching youth sports and was a Boy Scout leader for over 20 years. Mr. Musteen enjoyed spending time fishing with his friends and his grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Zania Musteen of Benton; two sons, Joe Musteen and wife Wendy of Benton and Jason Musteen and wife Marna of Ft. Campbell, Kentucky; sister, Mary Nicholas and husband Bill of Hermann, Missouri and four grandchildren, Chris, Will, Rachel and Thomas Musteen.
Funeral services will be 12:00 noon Thursday, July 2 at Antioch Baptist Church on Stagecoach Rd in Little Rock with burial at Pinecrest Memorial Park. Bro. Bob Slagley will be officiating.
Memorials may be made to the Saline County Boys and Girls Club @ 105 Cox St. in Benton 72015, Arkansas School for the Deaf Museum @ 2400 W. Markham St. in Little Rock 72205 or BSA Troop 99 c/o Salem United Methodist Church @ 1647 Salem Rd in Benton 72019.    [Ashby Funeral Home online obituary]    [Benton Class of 1967]