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Magie, Paul Web

Paul Web Magie, age 89, of Perryville, passed away, Monday, November 9, 2009. He was born November 19, 1920, in Nimrod, Arkansas, a son of Hollis Magie and Josie Howard Magie. He was a proud Navy veteran of World War II. He was a deacon and member of Perryville First Baptist Church, service manager for Meredith Motors Lincoln Mercury in Hot Springs and worked for the forest service in Perry County.
Survivors include his wife, Helen Lee Rankin Magie of Perryville; daughters, Jan Magie of Perryville and Sandy Magie of Houston, Texas; sisters, Carmen Anderson of Perryville and Ida Umphers of Little Rock.
Graveside services will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 11th, at Nimrod Cemetery with Dr. Mike Stanley and Rev. Don Zimmerman officiating. The family would also like to express a special thank you to the staff at Perry County Nursing Center in Perryville. Arrangements are by Harris Funeral Home of Morrilton. (from Harris Funeral Home online obituary)

Malloy, Marilee Fletcher

Marilee Fletcher Malloy of Benton died Thursday, December 22, 1994. She was 82. She was a retired LPN at the Benton Service Center and a member of Mount Carmel United Methodist Church. Survivors are three sons, Russell Malloy and Mickey Malloy of Benton and John Malloy of Iron Mountain, Missouri; six daughters, Billie Davenport, Jerry Ferrell and Katherine Cochran of Benton, Jacqueline Yelverton and Patricia Morehead of Little Rock and Barbara Raper of Sherwood; 3 brothers, Virgil Fletcher and Louis Fletcher of Benton and Glen Fletcher of Sayler, Id; a sister, Dorothy Naylor of Augusta, Kansas; 17 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Funeral will be at 3 pm Saturday at Ashby Funeral Home Chapel with burial at McPherson Cem on Salt Creek Road. The Rev. Ron Hudson will officiate. Pallbearers will be David Davenport, John Adams, Tyson Adams, Brian Morehead, Richard Malloy and Phillip Malloy. Visitation will be from 7-9 tonight at the funeral home.    (Benton Courier; December 23, 1994; pg 2B)    Obituary | Rootsweb WCP


Malloy, William M.

William M. Malloy, aged 60, a retired farmer and Alcoa mining employee, died Thursday at his home near Benton. He was a veteran of WWI. Survivors include his wife; 3 sons, John, Russell and Mickey Malloy of Benton; 6 daughters, Mrs Boyce Davenport and Misses Jerry, Jackie, Patricia, Barbara and Katherine Malloy of Benton; a brother, Samuel Malloy of Butte, Mont., and a sister, Mrs Cloud Johnston of Butte. Funeral was at 2:30 pm Sunday at Ashby Funeral Chapel here by the Rev. Clayton Perry. Burial was at Mulberry Cemetery.(Benton Courier; June 14, 1956; pg 2B)    Obituary | Rootsweb WCP


Mangum, Charles

Charles Mangum, aged 64 years, died at his home north of Benton Saturday night. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at Sharon church, conducted by Rev. W. D. Montgomery. Burial in Sharon Cemetery. He is survived by his widow; three sons, Harvey of Detonti; Horace of Benton, and Henry Mangum of the US Army; five daughters, Mrs. Angie Browning, Miss Edith Mangum and Miss Mildred Mangum, Benton; Mrs. Rachel Robinson of Fort Smith, and Mrs. Mabel Hale of Bauxite, and a brother, Charles Mangum of Benton. [from the Benton Courier, April 15, 1943, page 8]


Mangum, Minnie Ann Bunch

Mrs. Minnie Ann Bunch Mangum, aged 73, of Benton, widow of Charles Mangum, died Friday at a Little Rock nursing home. Survivors include a son, Horace L. Mangum of Benton; three daughters, Mrs. Charley Hale, Mrs. Edward Withrow and Mrs. Billy Pitts, all of Benton; two stepdaughters, Mrs. Carl Browning and Mrs. Harold Robertson both of Benton; her father, Tom Bunch of Benton; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Ballard and Mrs. Fred Rowan both of Benton, 20 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 2 pm Sunday at the Sharon Baptist Church by the Rev. J. C. Kelly and the Rev. Glen Carroll. Burial was in Sharon Cemetery by Ashby Funeral Home. [from the Benton Courier, October 19, 1961, page 5a]


Martin, Lena Mae Holloway

Mrs. Lena Mae Holloway Martin, 82, of Little Rock, formerly of Smackover, a retired teacher, died Monday. Mrs. Martin retired from teaching in 1974, after 40 years. She taught three years at the Japanese relocation centers in Southeast Arkansas during World War II. She returned to the Arkansas public schools in 1945 where she taught for seven years in the Jacksonville Public Schools. Later she transferred to Wilson Elementary School in the Little Rock School District until her retirement in 1974. She was a member of the Mabelvale United Methodist church, the Arkansas Education Association, the National Education Association, National Association of Retired Teachers, and a lfietime member of Parent Teachers Association. Survivors are her husband of 50 years, Vance Martin; a son, Robert V. Martin of Maumelle; a grandchild; and several nieces and nephews. Graveside serve will be at 1 p.m. today at Forest Hills Memorial Park by the Rev. Robert E. L. Bearden. Burial will be by Ruebel Funeral Home.


Martin, Napoleon B.

Napoleon Martin - N. Martin died in a Little Rock hospital Sunday. He had been a railroad trainman since 1916 and was a member of the Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen and the Asbury Methodist Church. He was a native of Benton, son of the late J. S. Martin, who operated a large farm on the Saline River South of Rock Island depot. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Nettie Martin; two sons, Vance of Jacksonville and James R. of Little Rock; two daughters, Inez of Little Rock and Mrs. Leah Skophammer of Albert Lea, Minnesota; his stepmother of Benton; three brothers and four sisters, including Mrs. William Brearley of North Little Rock. Afternoon funeral services were conducted by Rev. Arthur Terry, Monday. Burial in Roselawn Cemetery.  [from the Benton Courier, June 23, 1949, page 7


Martin, Nettie Leah Vance

Mrs. Nettie Vance Martin, aged 78, of 2321 W 16 St, widow of N. Poley Martin, died Saturday. She was a member of Asbury Methodist Church and the American Legion Auxiliary. Survivors are two sons, Vance and Jim Martin of Little Rock; two daughters, Miss Inez Martin of Little Rock and Mrs. Leah Skophammer of Albert Lea, Minnesota; two brothers, Rayburn [Reyburn] Vance and Clayburn Vance of Benton, and eight eight grandchildren. Funeral will be at 3:30 p.m. Monday at Griffin-Leggett by Rev. Arthur Terry and Rev. Ed Hollenbeck. Pallbearers will be Willie Vance, Gerald Vance, Vance Jernigan, Wade Scott, Jr., Scott Smith and Richard Dixon. Burial will be at Roselawn Memorial Park.


Martin, Vance

Vance Martin, 81 of Little Rock, a retired master counselor for Employment Security Division, widower of Lena May Holloway Martin, died Monday. Graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Forest Hills Memorial Park. Arrangements are by Ruebel Funeral Home. Survivors are a son, Robert V. Martin of Maumelle; two sisters, Mary Inez Martin of Little Rock and Leah Skophammer of Albert Lea, Minnesota; a brother, James R. Martin of Richardson, Texas; and his grandfather [grandchild], Jeffifer [Jennifer] Martin of Maumelle.


Mason, Nancy Murdock

Russellville - Nancy Murdock Mason, 35 a former Pine Bluff Commercial employee, of Russellville, died Sunday at St. Mary's Hospital here. Funerla arrangements will be announced by Hale-South Funeral Home of Pine Bluff. (from Pine Bluff Commercial, July 30, 1990, page 4A)
Funeral services for Nancy Murdock Mason, 35, of Russellville, formerly of Pine Bluff, who died Sunday at St. Mary's Hospital at Russellville, will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Hale-south Funeral Home with the Rev. Leon Crutchfield officiating. Burial will be in Lee Cemetery.
Born September 21, 1954, at Dallas, she was a daughter of Gurvin and Cara Jean Meadows Murdock of Pine Bluff.
A Baptist, she was a 1972 graduate of Watson Chapel High School. She was employed with Frolick Footwear Company.
She had worked for The Commercial for about 11 years, starting to work in the production department in 1978.
She was preceded in death by a son, Randall Mason.
Other survivors include her husband, James Mason; and a brother, Darrell Murdock of Pine Bluff.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
The family will be at her parents home...
Pallbearers will be Verl Jackson, Donald Appleget, B. J. Donatelli, Billy Mason, Arlie West and Clyde Mcdaniel, Sr. (from Pine Bluff Commercial, July 31, 1990, page 4)


Massa, Henry A., Jr

Henry A Massa, Jr, age 63, of Little Rock passed away Nov 29, 2002. He was born Jan 23, 1939, in Little Rock, Ar, to the late Henry A Massa Sr and Sophie Urbani Massa. Mr Massa was a lifelong member of Our Lady of Good Counsel. He enjoyed outdoor activities such as fishing and hunting and enjoyed spending time with his famiily He was a generous man that touched many lives in different ways and will be greatly missed by family and friends. He graduated from Subiaco Academy in 1956. He served in the US Navy and was a member of The American Legion Post #1. He retired after 40 years of service as a lab technician for Chicopee, Johnson & Johnson. Preceded in death by his parents and son, Tony Massa, Henry is survived by his children, Jim Massa and wife Cindy of Greenbrier, Arkansas, and Mike Massa and wife Suzanne of Little Rock; brothers, Harvey Massa of Morrilton and Bill Massa of Little Rock; grandchildren, Jimmy, Stephanie, Austin and one on the way; and his great-grandchildren, Julia, Daniel and one on the way. Funeral services will be held at 10 am Monday, December 2, 2002, at Our Lady of Good counsel with Father Luyet officiating. Visitation will be from 5 pm until 7 pm Sunday with Rosary starting at 7 pm at Griffin Leggett Rest Hills, 7724 Landers Rd, N Little Rock, (501) 835-3515. Burial will be at Rest Hills Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Our Lady of Good Counsel or the American Cancer Society.     (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, December 1, 2002, p 2B)    Rootsweb WCP


Matthews, Gladys

Funeral Notice. The friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend the funeral services of Gladys little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Matthews in Oakland Cemetery this afternoon at 2:00 o'clock. Services will be conducted by Rev. F. Sanders. Atkins, Arkansas, February 7, 1918. (from newspaper funeral notice)


Matthews, Sarah Mae "Sally" Boyd

Mrs. Sally Mae Matthews, 91, of Atkins died Friday (Oct 22, 1976) in St. Mary's Hospital. She was a lifelong resident of Atkins, daughter of Mack and Eudora Reid Boyd, and widow of James Matthews. She was a Baptist. Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Roy (Lola) Hays and Mrs. W. L. (Catheryn) Harris of Atkins and Mrs. Carl (Evelyn) Britt of Fort Smith; six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Funeral service was Saturday afternoon at Hopewell Baptist Church by Rev. James D. Harrison, a grandson, of Leachville. Burial was in Oakland Cemetery by Lemley Funeral Service. Pallbearers were Elgie and Ellis Reynolds and Van, LeRoy, John H. and Van Allen Tyson. (from unknown newspaper, October 27, 1976)


Maxwell, Betty Crites Pew

Betty Pew Maxwell, 97, of Atkins died Tuesday, October 20, 2009, at the Atkins Nursing Center.
She was born in Moreland December 20, 1911, the daughter of Willie and Annie Tackett Crites and was their only child. She was a charter member of the Atkins First Free Will Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Willie Pew, in 1962. In 1966, she married Moddy Maxwell, who also preceded her in death in February of 1992. She was also preceded in death by a great-niece, Lauren Shaw.
She is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, James Fay and Lou Ann Pew of Conway, John and Ann Pew of Atkins, Truman and Virginia Pew of Russellville; two daughters and sons-in-law, Ida Ruth and Burton Dunlap of Wichita, Kansas, and Agnes and Charles Burris of Flint, Michigan; grandchildren, Ronnie Burris, Janet Burris, Linda Burris and husband Brian, Dan and Jan Dunlap, Van and Cami Dunlap; Bentley and Angela Pew, Sarah and William Shaw of Conway; Bill Pew, Tracy and Jerry Anderson; Laura Stephenson, Mike and Trace Pew, Jeff and Lisa Pew; 24 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were Friday at the Atkins First Free Will Baptist church with the Rev. Johnny McCoy officiating. Burial was in Oakland Cemetery by Lemley Funeral Service.
Grandchildren served a spallbearers. (from The Atkins Chronicle, October 28, 2009, page 12)


McAllister, Arline Callison

Arline A. McAllister, 82, of Benton died Thursday, March 2, 2006. She was born December 31, 1923, in Benton. Mrs. McAllister retired from AT&T, where she worked in the factory. She was a member of the Pioneer Association and of the Baptist faith. She was preceded in death by her parents, Nathan and Kathleen Callison; and her husband, Garland McAllister. Survivors include three daughters, Nina S. Spears, Patsy L. Kinder and Dorothy D. Durham; one sister, Odell Thomas; seven grandchildren, James Kinder, Rick Kinder, Cheryl Roland, Skeet Spears, Darron Spears, Stephanie Scott and Chad Durham; and 10 great-grandchildren. Visitation will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Ashby Funeral Home. The family will have a private memorial service at a later date. The family has named James Kinder, Rick Kinder, Chad Durham and Darron Spears as honorary pallbearers. Memorials may be made to Baptist Hospice or a favorite charity. (from the Benton Courier)


McAllister, James Franklin

James Franklin McAllister of Benton died Wed, July 4, 2001. He was 77. He was born March 29, 1924, and was of the Baptist faith. He was retired from Reynolds Metals and was a World War II Army veteran. He was preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Lenelle McAllister; his parents, Edward and Lillie McAllister; three sisters, Loree McAllister, Lucille McAllister and Ida Bell Raney; four brothers, Floyd McAllister, Garland McAllister, Jody McAllister, and Gilbert McAllister. He is survived by his brother, Lewis McAllister of Benton; one sister, Marie Tate of Benton; a step-son, Mike Freeze; a step-daughter, Diane Ford; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral will be held at 10 a.m. today at Ashby Funeral Home. Burial will be held at New Rosemont Cemetery. (from the Benton Courier July 7, 2001)


McAllister, Louis

Louis McAllister of Benton died Saturday, November 22, 2003, at Saline Memorial Hospital. He was 87. He was a lifelong resident of Saline County. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Evelyn Smith McAllister; and a son, Louis David McAllister. Mr. McAllister attended Walnut Street Church of God. Survivors include his wife, Glenna Rowland McAllister; a daughter, Freda Bass; three sons, Bob McAllister and his wife Charlene, Harry McAllister and his wife Brenda and John Paul McAllister;; three stepdaughters, Carolyn Greer, Patsy Berry and Jan Rowland; a stepson, Freddie Rowland; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Funeral is scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday at Ashby Funeral Home. Burial will follow at McPherson Cemetery on Salt Creek Road. (from The Benton Courier online obituary)


McCool, James William "Button"

Mr. James William "Button" McCool 74, of Benton went to be with the Lord on Friday May 30, 2008, after fighting a courageous battle with emphysema. He loved his family, children and grandchildren, who will miss him immensely and always remember his big heart. He was born February 26, 1934, in Bauxite to the late Jesse Clinton McCool and Bessie Rodgers McCool. He was employed with Alcoa for over 30 years until he retired as Hydral Department Head. Mr. McCool was also preceded in death by his wife of 54 years Mary Frances McCool, and a brother, Henry McCool.
Survivors, daughters, Sherry Fallon and husband Paul, Tina Croft and husband David, Raye Ann Mustain and husband Kevin all of Benton; Janey Lacy and husband Jim, of Fayetteville and Lisa Gallagher and husband Sean, Centennial, Colorado; sisters, Ann Greene, Benton; Mary Grady, Groves, Texas; fourteen grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday June 3, 2008, at Ashby Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Pinecrest Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Monday June 2, 2008, at Ashby's. (from Ashby Funeral Home online obituary)


McCool, Mary Frances Smith

Mary Frances McCool, 71, Benton, loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend went to be with the Lord Sunday, January 27, 2008, at Baptist Medical Center with family and friends gathered around her. She was born March 10, 1936, in Saline County to the late James Walton and Frances Peeler Smith. Mary was retired from Benton Service Center and the Pinnacle House as a L.P.T.N.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, L. J. and Harvey Smith, sisters, Brenda Smith and Dorothy Bullard all of Benton.
Survivors are her husband of 54 years, James "Button" McCool; daughters, Sherry Fallon (Paul), Tina Croft (David), Raye Ann Mustain (Kevin) of Benton, Janey Lacy (Jim) of Fayetteville and Lisa Gallagher (Sean) of Centennial, Colorado; two brothers, John Smith of Justin, Texas, and Ron Smith of Palm Springs, California; two sisters, Dal Taylor of Benton and Syb Hayden of Grand Junction, Colorado; fourteen grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Paul Fallon, Jim Lacey, Sean Gallagher, David Croft, Kevin Mustain and Bob Miller will serve as pallbearers.
Visitation will be 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday January 29, 2008, at Ashby Funeral Home in Benton.
Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Wednesday January 30, 2008, at Ashby Funeral Home with burial at Pinecrest Memorial Park. (from Ashby Funeral Home online obituary)


McGrew, Hazel Paralee White

Hazel P. McGrew celebrated 99 years on this earth serving Jehovah and raising a loving family. The shining light in our lives left us on October 11, 2007. She left behind a family that could have not felt more loved. She was preceded in death by the love of her life, Walter McGrew and a dear sister, Erma Gray.
She is survived by and will be lovingly remembered by a younger brother and sister, Marvin White and Alma Gathright; two daughters, Erva Williford and Edna James. She was blessed with eight wonderful grandchildren; twenty-six great-grandchildren; and twenty-two great-great-grandchildren.
The funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, October 15, 2007, at Roller-Chenal Funeral Home Chapel (501)224-8300. Interment will follow at Walnut Grove Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Sunday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to: The Watchtower, 25 Columbia Heights, Brooklyn, New York 11201-2483. (from Roller-Chenal Funeral Home online obituary)


McInvale, Andrew M

Andrew M. McInvale, age 78, of Owensville died Tuesday, April 1. He was a retired farmer and a member of the Owensville Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Lila Davis McInvale; three sons, James, Vester and Elbert McInvale, all of California; three daughters, Mrs. Flora Veslie of California, Mrs. Anna Crowder of Carlisle and Mrs. Edna Farrell of Benton; two sisters, Mrs. Laura Tyler of Benton and Mrs. Kate Hughes of Oklahoma, and 14 grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Ashby Funeral Service. [Benton Courier, April 3, 1969, pg 10B]


McInvale, Lilla Pearl Davis

Mrs. Lilla Pearl Davis McInvale, aged 77, of Owensville, died Wednesday. She was a retired cook for the Colonial Nursing Home and a member of the Owensville Baptist church. Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Edna Mae Farrell and Mrs. Beatrice Hammock, both of Owensville, and Mrs. Wanda Hetz, of California; three stepsons, James McInvale, Vester McInvale, and Elbert Junior McInvale, all of California; two stepdaughters, Mrs. Anna Jane Crowder and Mrs Flora Veasley, both of California; one brother, Johnny Davis of Hot Springs; three sisters, Mrs. Lexa Cook and Mrs. Rosa McNeil, both of Owensville, and Mrs. Tresia Ellis of California; nine grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Owensville Baptist Church with the Rev. Gene Ellis officiating. Burial will be at Owensville Cemetery by Ashby Funeral Service. Pallbearers will be Don Nobles, Charles Cook, Lyndolph Zeigler, J. C. Tillery, Johnny Holder and Paul David Dickins. Honorary pallbearers will be Eddie Bill McNeil, Monroe Huchingson, Ernest Burks, Guy Cook and Vernon McNeil. [Benton Courier, June 17, 1977, pg 3]


McNeil, Gail B. Casey

Gail B. Casey McNeil, 65, of Hot Springs died Wednesday, June 10, 2009, at a local hospital. She was born March 13, 1944, to the late Donna Mae Hulsey Casey and Hermes Charles Casey in Hot Springs.
Mrs. McNeil was a homemaker and a member of Leonard Street Pentecostal Church. She was predeceased by one son, Richard Ussery; one stepson, Mark McNeil; one brother, Glen Casey and three sisters, Helen Johnson, Clara Moberly and Bonnie Simmons.
Survivors include her husband, Eddie McNeil of Hot Springs; four daughters, Sheila Ussery Greer of Hot Springs, Sonya McNeil of Hot Springs, Delores Ussery Garcia of Hot Springs and Shawnette Ussery Self of Texas; two brothers, Harold Casey of Hot Springs and Richard Casey of Bonnerdale; three sisters, Vela Rucker of Hot Springs, Nina Louton of Hot Springs and Margie Anderson of California; ten grandchildren and one great grandchild...
Services will be 2:00 p.m. Monday, June 15, 2009, at Hot Springs Funeral Home with Pastor Andrew Gonzales. Burial will follow at Owensville Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Casey Casey, Alex Ferruggia, Scot Woodall, Darryl Woodall, Deek Fitzhugh, Troy Ellis, Lewis Mayberry and Zachary Garcia.
Honorary pallbearers are Johnny Holder, Walter Grinnis and Leo Graves.
Arrangements are by Hot Springs Funeral Home.
Online condolences at www.hotspringsfh.com [Hot Springs Funeral Home online obituary]


McPherson, Katie Elizabeth Nalley

Katie Elizabeth Nalley McPherson, age 87, of Benton, died November 16, 2009. She was born on August 20, 1922, in Benton to the late Charlie and Daisy Nalley. She was a homemaker and a member of Sharon Missionary Baptist Church in Benton.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of over sixty-two years, Eugene McPherson; two daughters-in-law, Phillis Ann McPherson and Janie McPherson; one great-grandchild, Joseph Adam Perryman; two brothers and three sisters.
She is survived by two sons, Steven McPherson of Benton and Robert and daughter-in-law, Kay McPherson of Port Lavaca, Texas, five brothers, many grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Funeral services are scheduled for Thursday, November 19, 2009, at 2:00 p.m. at Roller-Ballard Funeral Home in Benton (501-315-4047) with Bro. Joe Campbell officiating. Interment will follow at McPherson Cemetery in Benton.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 18, 2009, at the funeral home.
The family suggests memorial contributions be sent to Arkansas Hospice, 5600 West 12th Street, Little Rock, Arkansas, 72204, but will also be accepting flowers due to Mrs. McPherson’s love of flowers.
The family wishes to extend gratitude to the love and devotion shown to their beloved “Mama” by her caregivers, Rose Lee, Samantha Isom, Brandy Huddleston, and Robin Wilkenson.    [from Roller-Ballard Funeral Home online obituary]


Melton, Peggy Jean Drennan

Peggy Jean Melton, 83, Benton, died November 16, 2009. She was born November 8, 1926, in Benton to the late Wesley and Med Elizabeth Drennan. She was of the Baptist faith. Peggy retired from Commercial Union Insurance Company after 35 years. She was an active member of Womens Insurance Association.
Peggy was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Gerald Melton, brother, Jim Drennan and grandson, Angel Hernandez.
Survivors, sons, Gerald Douglas Melton, James Edwin Melton, daughter, Barbara Hernandez, four grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Pallbearers will be Tim Melton, Todd Melton, Bill Bailey, Tim Orellano, Aaron Melton and Nathan Melton.
Chapel services by Ashby Funeral Home will be Friday at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Richard Hamlin officiating. Burial will follow at Ten Mile Cemetery.
Visitation will be at Ashby Funeral Home Thursday from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
On line guest book at ashbyfuneralhome.com    [from Ashby Funeral Home online obituary]


Miles, Billy Jean

Logging Accident Friday Fatal to Bill J. Miles
Billy John Miles, age 38, of Fordyce, an independent logging contractor for Georgia-Pacific Corp., was killed last Friday morning, March 28, when a log from his truck fell off the top on him.
He was hauling logs for Georgia-Pacific Corporations' Fordyce plywood operation and the accident occurred on the log yard at the mill here about 8:15 a.m.
A Georgia-Pacific Corp. official said Mr. Miles brought in his truck, took it to the scaler and had gone to the unloading area. He was taking a binder off the logs and one fell from the top of the truck on him, the official said.
A native of Bodcaw in Hempstead County, Mr. Miles was a graduate of Fordyce High School and had been a logging contractor since 1950. he was a member of the First Baptist Church of Fordyce and a Mason.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Anne Butler Miles; two sons, Mike and Mark; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Otis Miles, all of Fordyce; five sisters, Mrs. Sam Hearnsberger, Mrs. Bob Bell and Mrs. Lewis Lamb, Jr., of Fordyce, Mrs. O. H. Darling, Jr., of Crossett and Mrs. Jim Easterling of Monroe, Louisiana; and one grandmother, Mrs. Tom Fletcher of Fordyce.
Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 30, in the First Baptist Church by Rev. Cline Ellis and Rev. Ed Matthews of Fordyce and Rev. George Fletcher of Grady.
Burial was in Oakland Cemetery by Benton Funeral Service.    [source unknown]


Mitchael, Alva Wood, Jr.

A.W. Mitchael, 78, of Fort Smith, passed away Monday, February 27, 2012, in Fort Smith. He was born March 23, 1933, in Subiaco, Arkansas. He was a retired diesel mechanic from Alexander Drilling, charter member of Haven Heights Baptist Church, past member of the Sebastian County Sheriff's Department Mounted Patrol and an Army Veteran of the Korean Conflict.
Funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, March 1, 2012, at Haven Heights Baptist Church with burial at Fort Smith National Cemetery with military honors under the direction of Funeral Home.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years Jackie; two daughters Phyllis Wells of Fort Smith and Stephanie Trotter of Fort Smith; foster daughter Cherie Sullivan of Huntsville, Alabama; one son Morris Mitchael of Longview, Texas; foster son Jerry Biggs of Fort Smith; two sisters Volene Harvell of Fort Smith and Thelma Jones of Fort Smith; one brother Billy Mitchael of Spiro, Oklahoma; twelve grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
The family will visit with friends Wednesday evening from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be Grady Stone, Tony Tidwell, David Collins, John Young, Kevin Fearn, Bill Alspach, Randall Carter, and Ross Rogers. Honorary pallbearers will be Dave Lovegrove, Earl Reed, Rick Alexander, Bill Robertson, and members of the Kings Ambassadors Sunday School Class.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Haven Heights Baptist Church Building Fund, 7701 Hwy 271 South, Fort Smith, AR 72908.   [from Edwards Funeral Home online obituary]


Mitchael, Otho Corley "O. C."

Otho Corley "O.C." Mitchael, 86, of Alma entered into rest Friday, June 15, 2007, in Fort Smith. He was born July 19, 1920, in Subiaco. Otho was a retired building contractor and carpenter, attended Rye Hill Baptist Church and was the widower of the late Helen Mitchael.
He is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Alice and John Howard and Margie and Tom Murray, all of Fort Smith; four sons and daughters-in-law, Charles and Margaret Mitchael, Ron and Christy Mitchael and Ken and Deborah Mitchael, all of Fort Smith, and Rick and Molly Mitchael of Van Buren; two sisters, Volene Harvell of Fort Smith and Thelma Jones of Fort Smith; two brothers, A.W. Mitchael of Fort Smith and Bill Mitchael of Spiro; 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; and special neighbor, Paul Stephens of Alma.
Funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Monday, June 18, 2007, at Rye Hill Baptist Church in Fort Smith with interment at McKendree Cemetery in Subiaco officiated by Rev. Mike Franklin.
The family will receive friends today from 2 to 4 p.m. at Lewis Funeral Chapel in Fort Smith.
Pallbearers will be Al and Larry Biggs, Chuck Mitchael, Dale Seiter, Ralph Shepard and Paul Stephens.
Memorial contributions may be made to Gideons International or Rye Hill Baptist Church ]Building Fund.   [from Southwest Times Record - June 19, 2007)


Moore, James Alin Lee

Lee A. Moore, 75, of Benton died Monday in a local hospital. He was a member of the Assembly of God Church, a Mason and a retired Alcoa employee. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Ruth Robinette Moore; a son, Lynn A. Moore of Benton; 3 daughters, Mrs. Leola Henthorne, Miss Lillian Moore and Mrs. Linda Keaton of Benton; 2 brothers, Tom Moore and Allen P. Moore of Benton; a sister, Mrs Mae Cox of Benton; 7 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Funeral was at 3 pm Wednesday in First Assembly of God Church. Burial was in Moore Cemetery by Ashby Funeral Home. (Benton Courier, August 5, 1965, p 4)    Rootsweb WCP


Moore, James Monroe

James Monroe Moore, 75, died at Saline Memorial Hospital in Benton Thursday. He was a life resident of Garland County. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Center Hill church. The Rev. Floyd LaSage will officiate. Pallbearers will be Claxton Caldwell, J. D. Caldwell, Hubert Holland, Fred Raye, Bill Ford and James Ford. Mr. Moore was born July 31, 1884. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Lular Moore of Hot Springs; 3 daughters, Mrs. Nora Beilstein of Mansfield, Ohio, Mrs. Flora Ford and Christine Pilet of Lake Orion, Michigan; two brothers, Joe and Isaac Moore of Texas; two sisters, Mrs. Dora Caldwell of Bryant, and Mrs. Nancy Burgess of Hot Springs; 8 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. (from the Hot Springs New Era, January 31, 1959, page 5)
James Monroe Moore, 75, a retired farmer of Owensville, died last Thursday. He was a Baptist. Survivors include his wife; two sons, Williams Moore of Hot Springs and Odis Moore of Ohio; 3 daughters, Mrs. Nora Beilstein of Ohio, and Mrs. Flora Ford and Mrs. Christine Pilet of Michigan; 2 brothers, Isaac and Joe Moore of Texas; 2 sisters, Mrs. Nancy Burgess of Hot Springs and Mrs. Nora Caldwell of Bryant; 8 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren. Funeral was at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Center Hill Baptist church by Rev. Floyd LaSage. Burial was at Center Hill Cemetery by Ashby Funeral Service. (from the Benton Courier, February 5, 1959, page 2A)


Moore, Laila Oleen Hawkins

Laila Oleen Moore of Benton, who was a retired State Revenue Department clerk, died Thursday. She was 75.
She was a member of First Baptist Church of Benton. She was preceded in death by her husband, William F. Moore.
Survivors include a son, Dwight D. Moore of Benton; a stepson, Virgil Moore of Benton; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Ashby Funeral Home Chapel with burial at Moore Cemetery. (Benton Courier, Friday, October 9, 1992, page 2)


Moore, Lula Garner

Mrs. Lula Moore, 86, died Tuesday afternoon in a local hospital. She was born in Saline County and had been a resident of Saline and Garland Counties all her life. She was a Baptist. Survivors include a son, Odas James Moore of Mansfield, Oh; 3 daughters, Mrs. Nora Beilstein of Mansfield, Ohio, Mrs. Flora Ford of Lake Orion, Michigan, and Mrs. Edna Christine Pilet of Hot Springs; 2 brothers, Hardie Garner and Freddie Garner, both of Hot Springs; 2 sisters, Miss Nettle Garner and Mrs. Flossie Adams both of Hot Springs; 7 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and 14 great-great-grandchildren. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Caruth Funeral Home. (from The Sentinel-Record, October 2, 1974, page 6)


Morgan, Thelma Eloise Albright

Malvern - Thelma Eloise Albright Morgan, 78, of Malvern died Friday, December 10, 1999, in a Malvern hospital.
Born September 15, 1921, at Benton to William Henry and Nancy Ellen Ewell Albright, she was a beautician and member of Calvary Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband, William Morgan of Malvern; one son and daughter-in-law, Danny and Shirley Morgan of Malvern; one daughter and son-in-law, Melissa Morgan and Garry Elrod of Malvern; one brother, John Albright of Hot Springs; two sisters, Susie Smith and Dee Williams, both of Hot Springs; and three grandchildren, Marty Morgan, Jonathan Morgan Elrod and Colby Edward Elrod.
Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Atkinson Funeral Home chapel with Brothers Mac Gates and Keith Stewart officiating.
Pallbearers will be William Mitchell, J. D. Smith, W. S. Cagle, Larry Elrod, Danny Gill, George Clary, Johnny Wake and Jerry Nipper. Burial will be in Resthaven Cemetery.
Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. today. (from the Sentinel-Record)


Murdock, Cornelius Onez Brown

Mrs. T. R. Murdock, 76, died suddenly at her home in Pine Bluff yesterday morning at 2:30.
Survivors include her husband, T. R. (Dock) Murdock and two sons, D. B. Murdock of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and William T. Murdock of Eastman, Alabama.
Funeral arrangements will be announced by South Funeral Home. (from Pine Bluff Commercial, September 20, 1953, page 3)
Funeral services for Mrs. Cornelius Onez Murdock, who died Saturday morning, will be held at 10 Tuesday morning at Pleasant Home Church with Rev. O. W. Clowers in charge. Burial in Lee Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Evert Parks, John Phillips, Doff Phillips, Orlando Wallace, Gilbert Davis and Glacus Lawrence. (from Pine Bluff Commercial, September 21, 1953, page 10)


Murdock, Josiah Bass

Josiah (J. B.) Murdock of Route 1 died Monday at Jefferson Hospital.
A retired mill operator, he was a son of the late Tom T. and Mattie Bass Murdock. He had held various office sin the Grapevine Auxiliary and the Jefferson County Singing Convention, and was a former postmaster of the Double Wells Post Office.
He was a member of Double Wells Pentecostal Church.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Willie Eady Murdock, whom he married in 1902; two sons, Creed Murdock and Ernest Murdock, both of Pine Bluff; two daughters, Mrs. Pearl Clemens of Poyen and Mrs. Kenneth Bryant of Mayflower; three brothers, Frank Murdock, Joe Murdock, and Robert Murdock, all of Pine Bluff; a sister, Mrs. Birtie Jones of Poyen; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. today at Double Wells Pentecostal Church. Burial was at Lee Cemetery by South Funeral Home.
Pallbearers were Jim Burt Gray, Warren Clemons, Ronnie Hays, Grover Lawrence, Kenneth Murdock, Michael Roberts, Tony Mayer, Bill Rogers and T. D. Tilton. (from Pine Bluff Commercial, August 7, 1973, page 2)


Murdock, Olen Homer

Kalamazoo, Michigan - Olen Homer Murdock, 79, of Kalamazoo, Michigan, died May 18, 2003, in Michigan.
He was born April 29, 1924, at Pine Bluff, a son of the late Frank L. Murdock and Mary Emma Jones Murdock.
He was preceded in death by two wives, Clara Mae Stevens Murdock and Hallie Marie Cox Murdock; an infant daughter, Deborah Cathlene Murdock; two brothers; and three sisters.
Survivors include one son, Olen Lee Murdock of Sims, Arkansas; one daughter, Cleatha Sturgeon of Portage, Michigan; one brother, Gurvin Murdock of Pine Bluff; three sisters, Bessie McDaniel and Mary S. Clement, both of Pine Bluff, and Alice Fontenot of Dallas; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Hale-South Funeral Home of Pine Bluff with Bobby Hartsfield and Bruce Cox officiating. Burial will be in Fitzhugh Cemetery. (from Pine Bluff Commercial, June 12, 2003, page 8A)


Murdock, Thomas Ross

L. [T.] R. (Doc) Murdock, 92, of Sheridan, died Saturday at Jefferson Hospital.
He was a retired Baptist minister and was the son of the late T. T. Murdock and Margaret Ann Kelley Murdock.
He was born at Redfield and was educated at Double Wells. He was a member of Hardin Baptist Church.
He was married to Onez Brown, who died in 1953. He married Ollie Newman in 1967.
Survivors include his wife; two sons, William Tom Murdock of Fort Valley, Georgia, and Doice M. Murdock of Tulsa; four brothers, J. D. Murdock of Conway, Robert L. Murdock and Frank Murdock and Joe Murdock, all of Pine Bluff; a sisters, Mrs. Birdie Wilson of Poyen; 10 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be announced by South Funeral Home. (from Pine Bluff Commercial, July 27, 1970, page 2)
Grapevine - Funeral services for T. R. (Doc) Murdock of Sheridan, who died Sunday at Jefferson Hospital, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Pleasant Home Church, on the Grapevine Road by Reverend Robert Green. Burial will be in Lee Cemetery, near the church.
Pallbearers will be Drayton Phillips, Leroy Drake, H. L. Hester, W. E. Bobo, Jr., Lacreed Ferguson and Faye Kelley. (from Pine Bluff Commercial, July 28, 1970, page 2)


Murdock, William E.

William E. Murdock, 64, of Mayflower (Faulkner County), died Sunday at Jefferson Hospital. He was a retired carpenter.
Mr. Murdock was a native of Double Wells (Jefferson County).
He was a Pentecostal.
Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Idell Scarolett of Pine Bluff; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Murdock of Pine Bluff; two brothers, Creed Murdock and Ernest Murdock, both of Pine Bluff; two sisters, Mrs. Pearl Clemons of Poyen and Mrs. Ginnett Bryant of Conway; and five grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Double Wells Assembly of God Church. Burial will be in Lee Cemetery by Buie Funeral Home of Sheridan. (from Pine Bluff Commercial, December 4, 1967, page 14)