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Walker, Betty Lou Willis

Betty Lou Walker, age 75, of Hot Springs, died Monday, January 5, 2009.
She was born on April 14, 1933, in Hot Springs, the daughter of George Willis and Willie Bettis Willis. On July 3, 1951, she was married to C. H. "Bill" Walker. She was preceded in death by her husband on May 9, 2006.
She was a member of Oaklawn Missionary Baptist Church.
She is survived by two sons and one daughter-in-law, Rick Walker of Hot Springs and Eddie and Lisa Walker of Royal; one daughter and son-in-law, Sonya Walker McFarland and Mike McFarland of Hot Springs; ten grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Faye Willis of Hot Springs; and one sister, Earline Short of Hot Springs.
Graveside services will be held at 2:00 PM, Thursday, January 8, 2009, in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Hot Springs, with Bro. Jeff Hill officiating, under the direction of Davis-Smith Funeral Home, Hot Springs.
Pallbearers will be Holly and Rick Dewese, Derick and Ashley Walker, Katelyn Walker, Cody Walker, Tyler Walker, Zach Tilley, Blake Tilley and Lauren Tilley.
Honorary pallbearers will be Ainsley Dewese and Ace Dewese.    (Davis Funeral Home online obituary)   Rootsweb WCP


Walker, Burkie Eugene

Baton Rouge - Burkie Eugene Walker, 81, of Baton Rouge, died March 10, 1992, at his home here.
Born July 7, 1910, in Pope County, he was a son of the late Moses P. Walker and Laura Alice Bruce Walker.
He was a member and deacon Emeritus at Highland Baptist Church at Baton Rouge.
Survivors include his wife, Marion T. Walker of Baton Rouge; a son, Burkie Franklin Walker of Clinton, Louisiana; two daughters, Laura Belle Walker and Patsy Thomas, both of Clinton; a sister, Bessie Leora Wells of Pine Bluff; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday at Hollabaugh-Spindle Funeral Home at Baton Rouge with Jim Nichols officiating. Burial will be in Greenoaks Memorial Park at Baton Rouge.
Visitation will be today from 6 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home and Thursday from 10 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.   [from Pine Bluff Commercial, March 11, 1992, page 4A]


Walton, Glen Harmon

Glen H. Walton, 71, of Charleston died January 21, 1997, at home after a short illness.
He was a retired employee of the state Department of Employment Security, a 40-year resident of the Kanawha Valley, an Army veteran of the Korean War and a member of the Masons, Scottish Rites Bodies, Beni Kedem Shrine and Legion of Honor.
Surviving: wife, Jean Walton; stepdaughter, Susan O'Brien of Cross Lanes; sisters, Eula Mae Cravens and Mary Hixson, both of Paris, Arkansas; and two grandchildren.
The body has been cremated. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Kanawha Hospice Care, 1143 Dunbar Ave., Dunbar, W.Va. 25064. Barlow-Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston, is in charge of arrangements.    [from the Charleston Gazette, date unknown]


Warford, Vensel W.

Vensel W. Warford, 91, of Hot Springs, died Tuesday, February 16, 2010, in a local hospital. Born May 27, 1918, in Saline County to William C. And Elizabeth James Warford, he was a member of Park Place Baptist Church, a Master Mason for 50 years, a retired Assistant Chief of the Hot Springs Fire Department, serving 34 years and an avid fisherman, hunter and dog lover. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II, D-Day plus 1 veteran in the 2nd Division and after being wounded, he was assigned to the Signal Corp and Forward Reconnaissance.
He was predeceased by his parents; his wife, Frances L. Warford; daughter, Carolyn Warford; brother, Johnny Warford and sister, Myrtle Manning.
Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Ray and Donnie Warford of Hot Springs; one daughter and son-in-law, Darlene and Howard Rusher of Hot Springs; eight grandchildren, Marie Totten of Houston, Texas, Melissa Mobley of Jonesboro, Arkansas, Chris Qualls of Huntsville, Alabama, Tishia Whipkey, Arial Chaney, Hannah Rusher, Emily Williams and Tessa Rusher, all of Hot Springs; ten great-grandchildren; one nephew, Bill Warford; one niece, Janet Bearden.
Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Thursday at Gross Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Coy Sample officiating. Pallbearers will be retired firefighters Harold Blocker, Archie Gray, Donnie Golden, Kenneth Johnson and Fire Chief Ed Davis and Captain Rick Holzer. Honorary pallbearers are Hot Springs Fire Department active and retired employees, Dr. Martin Koehn, Arkansas Hospice, Dr. Thomas Hollis, Sr., and Quapaw Care and Rehab. Burial will be in Crestview Cemetery with military honors by the Honor Guard, Thaddeus H. Caraway Post 2278, VFW.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Parkinson Disease Association, 116 John Street, Suite 417, New York, New York 10038 or Arkansas Hospice, 628 Malvern Avenue, Hot Springs, AR 71901 [from Gross Funeral Home online obituary]


Webb, Judy Mae Wilson

Judy Mae Wilson Webb of Haskell died Sunday, July 20, 1997. She was 53. She is survived by her husband, Maurice Webb; two daughters, Melissa Rowland of Haskell and Carol Hardin of Benton; a son, Richard Webb of Haskell; her mother, Eara Wilson of Benton; four sisters, Gene Wilson of Haskell, Linda Addie of Traskwood, Mary Scallion of Paron and Violet Edens of Benton; 3 brothers, Kelley Wilson, Irvin Wilson and Robert Wilson, all of Benton. The funeral will be held at 10 am Wednesday at Roller-Ballard Funeral Home. The Rev. Ben Palmer and the Rev. L. D. Campbell will officiate. Burial will follow at Peeler Bend Cemetery. Visitation is set for 6-9 tonight.    (Benton CourierObituary | Tombstone


Westerman, Imogene Johnson

Imogene Westerman, 82, of Hot Springs, passed away Friday, October 30, 2009, at Quapaw Care and Rehabilitation Center.
The daughter of Bill and Elizabeth Johnson was born on April 28, 1927, in Jessieville, Arkansas. She graduated from Jessieville High School where she was an All-State basketball player. It was also there that she met her high school sweetheart and future husband, Morris Westerman, and they were married April 20, 1946.
She retired from J. C. Penney Company after a long career in retail sales and administration including employment with Earl Gill Enterprises, Second Baptist Church, and the Hot Springs Coffee Mills. During World War II, Jean worked at the Army-Navy Hospital, now the Hot Springs Rehabilitation Center.
She was active in the church her entire life, currently a member of Florence Baptist Church at Mt. Zion, while she lived in Florence, Kentucky, for the past three years. There she enjoyed active participation in her Sunday School Class. While living in Hot Springs over the years she attended First Free Will Baptist Church, Second Baptist Church and Lake Valley Community Church. She and her husband Morris were founding members of the First Free Will Baptist Church.
Jean was pre-deceased by her parents, Bill and Elizabeth Johnson, and her husband, Morris Westerman. Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Lyndy Westerman, of Hot Springs; a daughter, Pam Westerman of Florence, Kentucky; a grandson and his wife, Patrick and Molly Westerman, of Hot Springs; a granddaughter, Ashleigh Westerman, of Conway, Arkansas; a great grandson, Davis Westerman, of Hot Springs; and, numerous other family members and special friends.
Granny loved to watch college football and basketball, especially the Razorbacks. She cherished holidays with family, enjoyed activities with friends, particularly the time she lived and made friends at The Cottages in Hot Springs and the Colonial Heights Retirement Center in Florence, Kentucky. The thing she loved most was singing and listening to gospel music, which she enjoyed until the day she went to Heaven.
The family would like to thank the staff of Quapaw Care and Rehabilitation Center and Odyssey Hospice for the compassion and care given to our Mom and us during her last days.
Visitation will be from 1-2 pm on Tuesday, November 3, 2009, at Caruth-Hale Funeral Home. A memorial service will follow at 2 p.m. with Reverend Tim Alexander, of Florence, Kentucky and Reverend Jimmy D. Johnson, of Jessieville, officiating. In lieu of flowers the family request memorials be made to Florence Baptist Church at Mt. Zion, 642 Mt. Zion, Florence, KY 41042 or to Lake Valley Community Church, 910 Shady Grove Road, Hot Springs, Arkansas 71901. (from Caruth-Hale Funeral Home online obituary)


Wilbanks, Virgil Warren

Alexander. Virgil Warren Wilbanks, 76, of Alexander, died Tuesday. Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Ashby Funeral Home. Burial will be in Pinecrest Memorial Park. Survivors are his wife, Winifred Mary Wilbanks; three sons, Bobby Wilbanks of Little Rock, Douglas Wilbanks of Alexander, and David Wilbanks of Alexander; a stepson, Jamie George of Benton; a daughter, Marilyn Page of Virginia; 19 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren. (from the Arkansas Gazette, February 26, 1992, page 8B)


Wilbanks, Wilma D. "Dolly" Peeler Brazil

Wilma (Dolly) Wilbanks, aged 99, died peacefully at Stoneybrook Nursing Home in Benton, Arkansas Wednesday, February 7, 2007. Born January 22, 1908, in the Peeler Bend community of Saline County she was predeceased by her parents, James Wilson Turner Peeler and Laura Ellen Fletcher Peeler, an infant daughter, her siblings, two husbands, a grandson and son-in-law and her sister-in-law, Daisy Alma Scott. She grew up on the family farm homesteaded by her father James Peeler after his service in the Civil War. The seventh of eight children, she and her sister Frances assisted their father in all the farm and forest work growing into strong, athletic women. She attended a one-room country school grade 1-8, and returned to 8th grade twice with her teacher giving her advanced assignments. Wilma married John Franklin (Frank) Brazil in 1930. They lived in several states during his work in highway construction. After Frank died in an automobile accident in Missouri in 1941 Wilma worked in the bauxite/aluminum plant like many other women who filled in while the men were fighting in World War II. She met and married Virgil Wilbanks and they moved to Long Beach, California, where he worked in the Naval Shipyards until the end of World War II. When they returned to Arkansas, Wilma worked as a Licensed Psychiatric Technical Nurse at the Arkansas State Hospital until her retirement at age 65. She returned to work at Shelnut Nursing Home as an L.P.N. and retired at age 80. She was a member of Holland Baptist Church. She practiced and taught her skills as a master quilter and seamstress, an expert gardener and fisherman. She leaves us a sweet generosity of spirit. She is survived by her daughter and caregiver, Dolores Brazil-Dale, son-in-law, Theodore Dale, daughter Marilyn Wilbanks Page, four grandchildren, numerous great-grand children and one great-great-grandchild, a host of nieces and nephews. The family thanks the Stoneybrook Nursing Home and Arkansas Hospice staff for providing expert, loving care, with special thanks to Arkansas Hospice C.N.A. Kecia Lee, Mary Grace Copping and nurse, Becky Messenger for their extraordinary service. The family requests memorial gifts to Arkansas Hospice Foundation, 5600 W. 12th St., Little Rock AR 72204. A visitation is scheduled at Ashby's Funeral Home on Sunday February 11th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. with a memorial service on Monday, Ashby Funeral Chapel at 2:00 p.m., conducted by Chaplain Bill Keesling and Michael V. Aureli, C.E.O. Arkansas Hospice. Pallbearers: Grandson, Kyle Rea, Nephews Gerald Wilson, Raymond Wilson, John Smith, Ronnie Smith and Mike Westbrook. Interment at New Prospect (Peeler Bend) Cemetery. (from Ashby Funeral Home online obituary)


Williams, Dahlia Juanita "Dee" Albright

Dumas - Mrs. Dahlia "Dee" J. Albright Williams, 80, current resident of Dumas, and a long time resident of Hot Springs, Arkansas. Born on October 13, 1925, in Benton, Arkansas, the daughter of the late Will and Nancy Ewell Albright. She was a member of Hot Springs Baptist Church, owner of Dee's Clothes Closet, graduated from Scott High School, she was an avid Razorback fan, loved the Hogs, crafts, traveling, but her pride and joy were her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Dee departed this life on July 4, 2006, in Dumas, Arkansas, she was preceded in death by a brother, John Albright and a sister, Thelma Morgar. Survivors are her daughter, Sue (Danny ) Gill of Dumas, Arkansas, and a sister, Susie Smith of Malvern, Arkansas; two grandchildren, Ryan (Anna) Gill and Amber (Martin) Henry; two greatgrandchildren. Services will be Thursday, July 6, 2006, First Baptist Church in Dumas with Rev. Ross Woodbury officiating followed by burial in Walnut Lake Cemetery. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, Dumas, Arkansas. Arrangements by Griffin Funeral Home, Dumas 870-382-4352 (from Arkansas Democrat - Gazette July 6, 2006)


Willis, Fannie Owens

Mrs. Fannie Wilils, aged 76 years, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ida Willis Wednesday afternoon. She is survived by 4 sons, Bill, Ernest, Charles and Eli Willis; 6 daughters, Mrs. Dave Collins, Mrs. Ida Willis, Mrs. Lillie McAlister, all of Benton; Mrs. Rose Glover, Altus; Mrs. Fannie Haggar, Dallas; Mrs. Martha Ellis, Frier, Texas; one sister, Mrs. Sarah Ballard of Benton. Funeral services at McPherson Cemetery Thursday afternoon at 3:00, conducted by Rev. Fred Harvill.    (Benton Courier; April 7, 1938; pg 10)   Obituary | Rootsweb WCP


Willis, Ida

Mrs. Ida Irene Willis, aged 74, of Benton died Friday. She was a native of Saline County and a member of Highway Church of Christ. Survivors include 3 sons, Troy Ellis of Benton, Jackie Don Willis of Little Rock and Orbra Joe Willis of Benton; 3 daughters, Mrs Margaret Ann Gwin of Little Rock and Mrs Fannie Marie Stimpson and Mrs Carolyne Faye Kealhofer, both of Benton; a brother, Charlie Willis of Benton; 2 sisters, Mrs Martha Ellis of Texas and Mrs Dovei Collins of Benton, 14 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Funeral was to be at 3 pm today at Ashby Funeral Chapel here. Burial will be at McPherson Cemetery.    (Benton Courier; January 26, 1976; pg 3B)   Obituary | Rootsweb WCP


Willis, James C.

James C. Willis, 78 years of age, died at his home near Benton Sunday night. He is survived by his wife, 6 daughters, Mrs Lillie McAlister, Mrs Ida Ellis and Mrs Dove Collins, all of Benton, Mrs Rose Glover of Ozark; Mrs Vannie Hogan of Dallas, Texas; and Mrs Martha Ellis of Longview, Texas, and 4 sons, Bill, Ernest and Chas Willis of Benton, and Ely Willis of Hot Springs. Funeral services were held at 2:30 pm Tuesday at McPherson Cemetery conducted by the Rev. Fred Harvell.    (Benton Courier; May 23, 1935; pg 5)   Obituary | Rootsweb WCP


Wilson, Bonnie Bernice Price

Bonnie Bernice Wilson of Benton died Tuesday, April 25, 2000. She was 77. She was born November 2, 1922, to Loyd and Grace Price in Salem. She retired as a LPTN after 30 years of service at Benton Services Center. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Roland Lee Wilson; and a grandchild, Susan Kay Wilson. Survivors include a son, Michael Wilson and his wife Carolyn of Batesville; a daughter, Barbara Horn and her husband Ray of Benton; a brother, Delbert Price of Salem; a sister, Inez Bailey of Salem; grandchildren, Danny and Brenda Horn of Sardis, Leslie and Gary Robinson of Bauxite, Kelli and Jonathan Brown of Jacksonville, and Ronda Wilson of Batesville, and Tim Thompson of Batesville; and 2 great-grandchildren, Kyle Robinson of Bauxite and Shelby Brown of Jacksonville. Funeral will be held at 2 pm Friday at Ashby Funeral Home with burial to follow at Peeler Bend Cemetery in Benton. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 pm today at Ashby Funeral Home.    (Benton Courier)  Obituary | Rootsweb WCP | Tombstone


Wilson, Charles Robert Alexander

C.R.A. Wilson - On January 25, 1937, the death angel knocked at the door of C.R.A. Wilson, aged 71 years, 3 months and 14 days, and carried him home to rest. He leaves to mourn his going, his wife and 6 children; 2 sons, Frank and Jim Wilson of Peeler Bend; 4 daughters, Mrs. Lottie Dodson, Mrs. Nola Wheeler, and Mrs. Edna Bearden of Benton and Mrs. Nora Bruce of Haskell, and a host of other relatives and friends. We wish to take this method of expressing our thanks and gratitude to Rev. C. E. Brown and Mr. Ashby for the kindness and sympathy shown us during the illness and death of our loved ones. We also thank those who assisted us at the funeral.---Oh, father, thy gentle voice is hushed, Thy warm, true heart is still, And on the pale and peaceful face Is resting deaths cold chill. Thy hands are clasped upon thy breast We have kissed thy marble brow, And in our aching hearts we knowWe have no father now. Farewell, dear father, sweet thy rest, Weary with years and worn with pain Farewell, till in some happy place We shall behold thy face again. 'Tis ours to miss thee, all our years, And tender memories of thee keep, Thine in the Lord, to rest, for so He giveth his beloved sleep. Written by his daughter, Mrs. D. B. Dodson.    (Benton Courier; March 18, 1937; page 7; column 3)  Death Certificate | Obituary | Rootsweb WCP | Tombstone


Wilson, Edna Corine James Harvey

Edna Corine Wilson, 74, of Hot Springs died Thursday, April 29, 1999, in a local hospital.
Born February 19, 1925, in owensville, she was predeceased by her parents, Lewis Edward and Minnie James; one son, Larry E. Harvey; and three sisters, Cordall McKinley, Leona Rader and Modine James.
Survivors include her husband of 27 years, Lester "Tom" Wilson of Hot Springs; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Paul W. Jr. and Pam Harvey and Wayne E. and Carol Harvey, all of Hot Springs, and Gary R. Harvey of Alexander; one daughter, Reba Marcel Wilson of Hot Springs; seven grandchildren, Bobby Harvey, brandt Roach, Shane Roach, DuWayne Harvey, Jeni Benzschawel, JuLee Ann Dodd and Tammy Niles; and 17 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be David Caldwell, Bill Sanders, Al Marti, Bobby Harvey, Pate Avant and Walter Sternberg.
Honorary pallbearers are 2 East at St. Joseph's Regional Health Center and Dr. Richard Gardial.
Burial will be in Ten Mile Cemetery, Lonsdale. (from the Sentinel-Record)


Wilson, Elnora Elizabeth Garner

Elnora Elizabeth "Tissie" Wilson was born to John Wade and Nettie F. Garner on September 27, 1920, on Hot Springs, Arkansas. Elnora was predeceased by her husband, George R. Wilson, Infant daughter, LaVada Fay Wilson, infant granddaughter, Betty L. Wilson and grandson, David A. Schaffner. She is survived by sons, John R. Wilson and wife Linda of Wheatland, Wyoming; Gerald W. Wilson and wife Sue of Lonsdale; and Gene W. Wilson and wife Mary of Hot Springs; one daughter, Judy L. Schaffner and husband Norman of Hot Springs; 5 grandchildren, Shawn Wilson of Casper Wyoming, Sherl Munns of Las Vegas, Nevada, Lori Burke of Cabot, Mark W. Wilson of Hot Springs and Kevin Wilson of Bethel, Alaska, and 6 great-grandchildren Parker Wilson, Paige Wilson, Hayden Munns, Madison Munns, Taylor Wilson and Sara Schaffner and a sister, Izora Witherspoon of Hot Springs. Visitation is 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday November 27th at Caruth-Hale Funeral Home. Graveside services 1 p.m. Tuesday at Center Hill Cemetery with Bro. Larry Sherman officiating. (from Caruth-Hale Funeral Home online obituary)


Wilson, George Ann Willis

Mrs. George Ann Wilson, aged 78 years, died at her home in Peeler Bend March 4. She is survived by 4 daughters, Mrs. Henry Bearden, Mrs. Laddie Dodson, Mrs. Nola Wheeler and Mrs. Nora Bruce, all of Benton and 1 son, William F. Wilson. Funeral services were held at New Prospect church at 2:30 pm Tuesday afternoon, March 9, with Rev. V. A. Rose in charge. Burial was in the New Prospect cemetery.    (Benton Courier; March 11, 1948; page 5)  Death Certificate | Obituary | Rootsweb WCP | Tombstone


Wilson, George R.

George R. Wilson, 78, of Hot Springs, died Wednesday, October 10, at a local hospital. He was a retired miner. Survivors include his wife, Elnora Wilson of Hot Springs; 3 sons, Gene Wilson of Hot Springs, Gerald Wilson of Owensville, John R. Wilson of Wheatland, Wyoming; 1 daughter, Judy Schaffner of Hot Springs; 3 brothers, Carl Wilson, Slim Wilson and Monroe Wilson, all of California; one sister, Melisa Bowen of Wheatland; and 6 grandchildren. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Caruth Funeral Home chapel. Burial will be at Center Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. today at the funeral home. (from The Sentinel-Record, October 11, 1990, page 2A)


Wilson, Irene A. Peeler

Irene A. Wilson of Benton died Saturday. She was 83. She was a homemaker and a member of the Church of God. She was the widow of Phillip Wilson. Survivors include three sons, Gerald Wilson and James P. Wilson of Benton and Raymond E. Wilson of Hot Springs; a daughter, Phillis A. Ratliff of Benton; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Funeral was at 11 a.m. today at Ashby Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Lloyd Woods and John Best. Burial was to follow at Pinecrest Memorial Park. Pallbearers were Jerry L. Wilson, Barry E. Wilson, Roger Langley, Darryl Langley, Mike Westbrook, Mike Rauschenberger, Hubert 'Sonny' Grant and Tim Bullard.    (from the Benton Courier; April 26, 1993; page 2)


Wilson, James Daniel

James Wilson, aged 43 years, died last Friday of blood poisoning and was buried Saturday morning in New Prospect cemetery. He is survived by Mrs. Wilson and ten children. The family wishes to thank friends who were of assistance during the illness and death of the husband and father.    (Benton Courier; April 29, 1937; page 8, column 3)  Death Certificate | Obituary | Rootsweb WCP | Tombstone


Wilson, Phillip

Phillip Wilson, aged 62, of Benton died Monday. He was retired. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Irene Peeler Wilson; three sons, Gerald E. Wilson, James P. Wilson and Raymond E Wilson, all of Benton; one daughter, Mrs. Phyllis Rateliff of Benton; his mother, Mrs. Bonita Wilson of Benton; three brothers, Marshall W. Wilson of Texas, Donald B. Wilson and Warren K. Wilson, both of Benton; one sister, Mrs. Sarah Cole of Benton; and four grandchildren. Funeral will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Ashby Funeral Chapel. Burial will be at Pinecrest Memorial Park.   ([from the Benton Courier; February 4, 1975; page 3)


Wilson, Robert Albert

Robert A. Wilson was born in Benton, Arkansas, October 21, 1900, and died November 26th, near Prospect School. He leaves a father, mother, four sisters and 2 brothers and many friends to mourn his loss. This was the first of Mr. Wilson's family to be called away by the death angel. We were sorry to see him leave us for he was one of the leading young men of our county, though we all have that debt to pay sooner or later. I am sorry to have him out of our school for he was very industrious, and good in all of his work. November 26th, when our favorite tears were shed, It was hard to see him sleep among the dead. Though in this sad, state we all at last must lie As this now is soon, will be you and I, Yet while we live, let us be true and just And this our motto be 'In God We Trust.' Though we proclaim, 'Well done my son, enter in my name.' Written by J F Land.    (Benton Courier; December 2, 1915; page 4)  Death Certificate | Obituary | Rootsweb WCP | Tombstone


Wilson, Roland Lee

Roland L. Wilson of Benton died Sunday, April 6, 1997. He was 76. He is a retired LPTN from the Benton Services Center for 30 years and served in the US Army during WW II. He was preceded in death by his parents, James David Wilson and Lillian Peeler Wilson Nalley; two brothers, James David Wilson and Martin R. Wilson; two sisters, Violet Wilson and Ann Taylor; and one grandchild, Susan Wilson. Survivors include his wife, Bonnie B. Price Wilson; one son and daughter-in-law, Michael Lee and Carolyn Wilson of Batesville; one daughter and son-in-law Barbara and Ray Horn of Benton; one brother, Sam Nalley of Tennessee; 5 sisters, Shirley Langley of Benton, Irene Kane of Salem, Ellen Wilson and Mary Lou Weise, both of Benton, and Jimmie Vance of Lonsdale; 4 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. Funeral will be at 2 pm Tuesday at Ashby Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow at New Hope Cemetery on Peeler Bend Road. The Rev. Rick Lumpkins and the Rev. Ed Weyrs will officiate. Pallbearers will be his grandchildren, Danny Horn, Leslie Robinson, Ronda Crip, Kelli Wilson and great-grandson, Kyle Robinson. Visitation will be from 6-8 pm today at the funeral home.    (Benton Courier; April 7, 1997; page 2) Obituary | Rootsweb WCP | Tombstone


Wilson, Violet Margaret

Violet Wilson - The death angel visited the home of Mrs. Jim Wilson Friday, January 13, claiming for its very own her darling little daughter, Violet. She is survived by her mother, six sisters, three brothers, her father having gone on before. She was only three years, eight months, 21 days old. The little darling was laid to rest in Peeler Bend cemetery, Ashby Funeral Home having charge of the service. In a lone and silent graveyard, Where we met for one last prayer, For the soul that passed from midst to us, To sleep in rest and peace out there. How sad at life's dark hour When death angels bid her come To that land of joy and gladness, She has reached her heavenly home. A face we loved so dearly, A smile that was so sweet, She has vanished ever from us Now she rests on Jesus feet. Some glad morning we'll all gather home To a home so happy and fair, There sorrow can never befall us And death can not harm us up there. Is my prayer most sincere and true, May God be with you, dear loved ones And may a home await you in heaven In that land far over the blue. ----Written by a friend, Mildred Albright.    (Benton Courier; January 19, 1939; page 4; column 3)  Obituary | Rootsweb WCP | Tombstone


Wilson, Warren Kelley

Warren Kelley Wilson of Benton died today. He was 68. He was a carpenter and a Baptist. Survivors include 3 sons, Kelley Wilson, Irvin Wilson and Robert D. Wilson all of Benton; 5 daughters, Linda Addie, Judy Webb, Jean Wilson and Violet Edens all of Benton and Mary Scallion of Paron; a brother, Donald Wilson of Benton; a sister, Sarah Cole of Benton; 15 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Funeral will be at 2 pm Thursday in the chapel of Ashby Funeral Home with the Rev. Willis Calhoun officiating. Burial will be at Peeler Bend Cemetery.    (Benton Courier; April 11, 1989; page 5)  Obituary | Rootsweb WCP | Tombstone


Wingfield, Thelma Hartsell

Thelma Wingfield, age 78, widow of John E. Wingfield of North Little Rock, went to be with the Lord Friday, January 17, 1997. She was a member of the Park Hill Baptist Church. Survivors are her son, Hartsell Wingfield; and daughter-in-law Brenda of Little Rock; daughter, Dianna Pyle and son-in-law, Hoyte of Little Rock; 4 grandchildren, Hoyte R. Pyle III, Summer Illene Pyle, Kimberly Griffin, Brett Wingfield. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Monday at Griffin Leggett Rest Hills Chapel with Dr. Cary Heard officiating and emtombment in Rest Hills Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Outreach Ministries, Park Hill Baptist Church. Arrangements by Griffin Leggett Rest Hills, 7724 Landers Road, N Little Rock 835-3515.    [from Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, January 19, 1997, page 4B]


Wise, Joe Scottie

Scotty Wise. Bryant - Scotty Wise of Bryant died Friday, November 4, 1994. He was 57. He was a technician with the Motorola Corp and a member of the Apostolic Tabernacle of Benton. Survivors are his wife, Eunice Wise; 2 sons, Steven Scott and Joey Wise of Bryant; his mother, Mae Wise of Bryant, and a brother, Pete Wise of Bryant. Funeral was to be at 2 pm today at Ashby Funeral Home with burial at Peeler Bend Cemetery. Pallbearers were to be Al Wise, Andy Wise, Eddie Langley, Jack Langley, Chris Langley, Jonathon Langley, Jeff Borders and Darren Fikes. The family suggests memorials be made to a favorite charity.    (Benton Courier; November 7, 1994; page 2)  Obituary | Rootsweb WCP | Tombstone


Wisely, Marian Ruth Lewallyn

Marian R. Wisely, of Hot Springs, died November 25, 2009. She was born on March 31, 1928, to W. J. and Dixie Lewallyn, in Hot Springs. Marian attended Henderson State University and Ouachita Baptist University. She was retired from AT&T. She was a member of Oaklawn United Methodist Church, the Telephone Pioneers and was a lifelong student of the scriptures.
She was predeceased by her parents; her brother, Jack; her sisters, Billie and Juanita; and her nephew, Richard Lewis.
She is survived by her devoted husband of 57 years, H. Ross Wisely; one son, William R. Wisely; daughter-in-law, Christi Wisely; her nephew, Dr. Bryan Lewis; and the light of her life, granddaughter, Ryan Elizabeth Wisely.
Services will be 10 a.m. Monday, November 29, 2009, at Gross Funeral Home with the Rev. Fred Hunter, officiating. Pallbearers will be Ken Freeman, Stanley Dodd, Aulborn Fraley, Bill Spencer, Dr. Jefferey Herrold and Dr. Glenn Reynolds.
Honorary pallbearers are Dr. William Wright, who was always there for her and Ross, staff of Lakewood Convalescent Home, Bob Maus, Roy Kinnaird, Dr. Ross Bandy, Dr. Bilemdra Sharma, Norman "Buddy" Dean, Wade and Cleburne Wisely, Jo Ann Petty, Mary Wheeler, Marjorie Schrivner, J. Sky Tapp, Dr. William Mashburn, Pam Keck, Virginia Stringer, Pauline Whitby, Stephen Ridgway, Sen. Bud Canada, Harry Tucker, Rex McMahan, Millard and Purity Childs, Bill Spencer, Bill Corbett, Tracy and Ken Freeman, Billy Joe and Faye Willis, Dr. Guinn Daniel, Joe Randel, Jackie Pettigrew, The Builder's Sunday School Class of Oaklawn Methodist Church, James and Twyla Brown, Jerry and Carol Sue Thompson, and the Bar and Bench of Garland County.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Oaklawn United Methodist Church. (from Gross Funeral Home online obituary)


Wray, Guy Winston

Guy Winston Wray, aged 63, died in Lapaunto, California, Thursday. He was a Baptist and a former resident of Hot Springs. Survivors include one son, Jackie Wray of Pittsburg, Kansas; his mother, Mrs. Myna Wray of Benton; two sisters, Mrs LaVinia Bailey of Lepaunto, California, and Mrs. Sybil Nelson of Benton. Funeral was today at 10:30 am at Ashby Funeral Chapel. Burial was in Liberty Cemetery.    (Benton Courier  November 16, 1972; page 14)