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Classmate Obituaries - Letter R

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Rickard, Phyllis Beam

Phyllis Beam Rickard age 64 of Paron, Arkansas, died August 4, 2013, at home.
She is survived by her husband, Lannie C. Rickard and two sons, Lannie Eric Rickard and Brent Aaron Rickard and his wife Shawna and three grandchildren, Jeremiah, Waylon and Anna, all of Paron, Arkansas; her mother, Ruth Beam; a brother Bob Beam and wife Clara; a sister Shirley Eidson and husband Maurice of Benton, Arkansas; a sister, Sherry Polzin and husband Daniel of Paron, Arkansas.
She was preceded in death by her father, E. W. "Dub" Beam of Benton, Arkansas; a brother, Jesse D. Beam of Supply, North Carolina.
She was born and raised in Saline County, Arkansas. After graduating from Benton High School, she attended the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She was a member of the Benton Seventh-Day Adventist Church. She was employed several years at Smith-Caldwell Drug Store, Benton Public Schools, Benrock, District Court and Central Arkansas Development Council.
Phyllis was a very devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. Her family was her life. She loved to travel especially going to Branson, she loved music, singing and antiquing. She spent many years traveling with her husband and sons following them on the pipe line and making a home for them where ever they went.
Funeral services will be held at Ashby Funeral Home in Benton, Arkansas at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 8th with Pastor Michael Wolford officiating.
Visitation will be Wednesday, August 7th from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Ashbys. Burial will be at Walnut Bottom Cemetery Paron, Arkansas.
Pallbearers will be Marc Nickolson, Harold Hunt, Brad Hunt, Danny Rickard, Jeremy Dodson and Tony Rickard.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to Crohn's and Colitis Foundation or the American Cancer Society. [from Ashby Funeral Home online obituary]    [BHS Class of 1967]


Rowland, William A.

Benton, Feb. 11 - Funeral for First Lt. William A. Rowland, who was killed when his F-84 Sabrejet crashed in Texas, will be at 10 a.m. Friday at First Methodist Church of Benton by Rev. J. M. Hamilton and Rev. H. O. Bolin. Burial will be at Pine Crest Memorial Park by Ashby Funeral Home of Benton.    (from the Arkansas Gazette)    Class of 1943


Ryburn, James H., Jr.

Funeral services for James H. Ryburn, Jr., 33, Benton business and civic leader dying from an auto crash Monday night, will be held at the First Methodist Church by Dr. William E. Brown at 4 this afternoon.
Mr. Ryburn was pronounced dead on arrival at the Saline Memorial Hospital shortly after the auto he was driving went out of control on Highway 35 about five miles from Benton. Deputy Sheriff Bill Dyer said he received the call about the accident at 11.
The indications were, Deputy Dyer said, that the auto went over on a soft shoulder, and rolled over twice. Lavelle Langley, Benton radio man with the victim, was quoted as saying that he was dozing at the time of the tragedy, and couldn't provide any explanation about its cause.
After treatment for minor injuries, Mr. Langley was released by the hospital, and kept under observation two days by his physician.
Ford Firm Partner
On a very small scale, Mr. Ryburn went into the used car business here, and developed it into a large volume before he became a partner in the Ryburn-Packer Ford Agency here with Cliff Packer.
In many civic projects Mr. Ryburn gave unsparingly of his time and money. He was a past president of the Benton Lions Club, the Benton Junior Chamber of Commerce and the Saline County Fair Association, and held numerous committee membership and project directorships in these civic agencies.
After graduating from Benton High School, he attended Henderson State Teachers College, and served in the Navy in World War II.
Memorial Planned
Friends of Mr. Ryburn already have begun plans for the installation of chimes at the First Methodist Church, of which he was a member, as a memorial to him. The plans were begun Tuesday night by his fellow members in the church and in the Lions Club.
They reported yesterday that enthusiasm for the plan had mounted highly after it became known. Funds are being received in a special account at the Benton State Bank and at the First Methodist Church office.
Burial in Rosemont
Survivors include his wife, Sue; two sons, Tommy and Michael; a daughter, Janet Susan; three brothers, Joe and Donald of Benton and Johnny, stationed with the Army in Japan; two sisters, Mrs. Jean Engle of California and Mrs. Faye Tatum of Benton; his parents.
Burial will be in Rosemont Cemetery by the Ashby Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be Willie Vance, J. T. Whitlock, Eddie Weise, Johnny Gipson, Roger Darnell, Bill Ford, David Carter and Wilbern Adams. (from the Benton Courier, March 12, 1959)    Class of 1943