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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]

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]

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]