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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 p.m., 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]

Walls, Thelma Virginia Harris

Our mother, aunt, grandmother and friend, Thelma V. Harris Walls, age 85, of Little Rock died Friday, March 12, 2004. Born at Roland, January 8, 1919, she was the daughter of the late Rufus E. and Hestir Mae Snipes Harris. She was a 1936 graduate of Joe T. Robinson High School and attended Baptist Nursing School in 1938. A retired nurses' aid, she worked at Arkansas State Hospital, T. B. Unit and the Hospital Unit at Presbyterian Village both at Little Rock, Arkansas.
Thelma was a homemaker before going to work. We were poor but never knew it. She loved, nourished, and gave of herself to all family and friends. She was a quiet, sweet, funny person, and a delight to her family.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, L. D. Walls, whom she married October 12, 1939; three brothers and five sisters.
She is survived by three daughters, Sherry L. Walls Clawitter of Little Rock, Virginia M. Walls Griffin of Opopka, Florida, and Dana K. Walls McWilliams of Maumelle; grandchildren, Terry and David Clawitter of Little Rock, Mark Griffin of Hanahan, South Carolina, and Michele Griffin Damron of Orlando, Florida; and great grandchild, Jordan Damron of Florida.
The funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m., Monday, March 15, 2004, at Grace Lutheran Church with Rev. James Walter and Rev. Paul Jilg officiating. Interment will be in Pinecrest Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends at Roller-Chenal Funeral Home (224-8300) from 4:00 until 6:00 p.m., Sunday.
The family wishes to give heartfelt thanks to Thelma's "Caregiver Angel," Mrs. Juanita Jackson. We love you. She cared for and loved her for 3 years in her home.
Memorials may be made to Grace Lutheran Church Building Fund, P O. Box 250769, Little Rock, Arkansas 72225.   [from Roller-Chenal Funeral Home online obituary]

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]

Ward, Billy Wayne

Billy Wayne Ward, 73, of Hot Springs, Arkansas, passed away February 27, 2016. He was born June 28, 1942, in Hot Springs, to the late Buffalo Bill and Gale (Turner) Ward. Billy was a decorated Navy Petty Officer during the Vietnam War and a lifetime member of VFW Post #2278. He was a retired truck driver, logging in excess of one million miles with a perfect driving record. Billy was passionate about the roses he grew and his Jeep was his pride and joy. But above all, Billy's greatest achievement was his salvation, baptism, and his devotion to Jesus Christ.
He is preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law, D.J. House.
Survivors include his sisters, Carolyn Ward House (Jimmie) and Leona Roberta House; nephews, Terry, Troy, and Robbie; nieces, Brenda, Barbara, Dana, and Angela; great nieces, great nephews and a host of friends.
A graveside memorial service will be 1:00 p.m. Thursday, March 10, 2016 at Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery in North Little Rock.   [from Caruth-Hale Funeral Home online obituary]

Ward, Gale Roberta Turner

Gale Roberta Ward, 95, of Hot Springs, looked forward to going to Heaven. On December 2, 2015, the Angels came and escorted her home to be with the Lord. She was born June 28, 1920, in Clovis, New Mexico, to Clyde and Gertrude Turner. During the depression the family moved to Arkansas, the land of opportunity.
She is predeceased by her parents, her twin brother, Dale Robert Turner and the love of her life, her husband of nearly 50 years, Buffalo Bill Ward.
Gale was of the Pentecostal faith, a devoted Christian strong in her beliefs. There was a very artistic side of Gale, not only could she play the organ, but also was great at doing arts and crafts. She could turn ordinary objects into things of beauty. Gale became a NASCAR enthusiast, watching the races on television with her son, Billy. She also enjoyed sitting on Airport Road watching the airplanes land and take off.
Loving survivors include her son, Billy Ward, of Hot Springs; daughter, Leona House, of Hot Springs; daughter, Carolyn House and her husband, Jimmy, of Bismarck; and sister, Wilma Choate, of Hot Springs. God also blessed Gale with eight grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and 24 great-great-grandchildren.
The family would like to honor and mention those who were such a wonderful part of Gale's life: Jorge Flores, Robert House, Cory House, Josh House, Troy House, Terry Wisdom, Damian Crue, Aaron Watson, Cameron Conrad, Dillon House, Josh Canales and Robert Leake.
A celebration of Gale's life will be 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 8, 2015, at Caruth-Hale Funeral Home. Gale's final resting place will be next to her husband, Buffalo Bill Ward, at Pleasant Hill Cemetery.   [from Caruth-Hale Funeral Home online obituary]

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]

Watts, John Bryant

Fort Worth, Texas - John Bryant "J.B." Watts of Fort Worth, Texas, died Friday. He was 71.
He was director of marketing with Rodriquez Foods in Fort Worth and was a Baptist.
Survivors are his wife, Theda Bara Watts; one daughter, Alice Ann Hilt of Brussells, Belgium; two brothers, Vernon E. Watts and Herman J. Watts of Benton, Arkansas; and one granddaughter, Theda Ann Hilt of Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the chapel of Ashby Funeral Home in Benton with the Rev. Carroll Lee Brown officiating. Burial will be at Gravel Hill Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be David Watts, Richard Watts, Doyle Robinson, Don Watts, Dick Mooney, and Warren Smith.
The family will be at the funeral home for visitation from 10-11 a.m. Wednesday.   [from the Benton Courier, June 18, 1991, page 2]

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 a.m. 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 Courier Obituary | 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 p.m. 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]

White, James W., Jr.

Funeral for James W. White, aged 19, of Oxnard, California, formerly of Benton, was at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Forest Hills Baptist Church here. Burial was at Rosemont Cemetery by Ashby Funeral Service. White was serving with the Seabees, stationed at Port Hueneme, California. He was injured by heavy equipment while on duty on January 13 and died January 14. He was a 1969 graduate of Benton High School and a member of the Forest Hills Baptist church. Survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James W. White Sr. of Benton; a brother, Claude White of Benton; two sisters, Misses Debora and Renee White, both of Benton; and his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Burl White and Mrs. Monroe Ray, all of Benton.    [from the Benton Courier, Thursday, January 22, 1970, page 4A, column 1]

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, Brenda Kay

Brenda Kay Williams, age 59, of Little Rock, Arkansas went to be with the Lord on Friday, May 18, 2012. She was born December 7, 1952, to the late Thurman Steele Williams and Velma Dean Camp. She was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith.
She was preceded in death by her father; sister, Shirley Ann Johnson and son-in-law, Todd Brooks.
She is survived by daughters, Dena Marie Williams Cash and husband, Bubba; Brandi Michelle Johnson; grandchildren, Caleb Brooks; Haley and Hunter Cash; Ericka Dye; Ryon, Michelle and Brandon Bennett; great-grandchild, Ryan David Bennett Jr.; mother, Velma Dean Williams; sister, Carol L. Johnson all of Little Rock; brothers, James Clay Williams and wife, Kathy of Bauxite; Manuel Dean Williams of Sheridan; nieces, Carrie and Alexis Johnson; nephews, Tommy, Lakota and Lagan Johnson; T.J. and Scott Williams.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, 2:00 p.m., May 22, 2012, at Roller-Drummond Funeral Home, 10900 Interstate 30, Little Rock, Arkansas 72209 (501) 455-5800 with Brother John Mooney officiating. Interment will follow at Salem Cemetery in East End.
Family will receive friends 6:00-8:00 p.m., Monday at the funeral home. [from Roller-Drummond Funeral Home online obituary]

Williams, Clotilde L. Smith

Clotilde (Tilly) Williams, age 82, of Hensley passed away Friday, November 18th, 1994. She was a retired house parent for the Arkansas School for the Deaf and a member of the East Union Missionary Baptist Church. Survivors are two sisters, Mary Allen of East Saint Louis, Illinois, Jean Howard of Hensley. Funeral service will be 2 p.m., today, at East Union Missionary Baptist Church by Huson Funeral Home, 6400 Mabelvale Pike, Little Rock, with Rev. Bill Birdsong officiating. Burial will be in Pinecrest Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be nephews and great-nephews.    [from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, November 19, 1994]

Williams, Crafton Leonard

Crafton Leonard Williams, aged 59, died today. He was a Baptist. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Elva Warford Williams; three sons, Ray Williams of Florence, Kentucky, Carroll Williams of Benton, and Waymon Williams of Malvern; three daughters, Mrs. Floye Miller of Malvern, Mrs. Brenda Sturm and Miss Phyllis Williams, both of Florence, Kentucky; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Green Williams of Magnet Cove; three brothers, Herbert Williams of Benton, Eugene Williams of Magnet Cove and Pete Williams of Little Rock; six sisters, Mrs. Nealie Filder, Miss Jeannie Williams, Mrs. Collene Dane, and Mrs. Mary Lou Pinson, all of Little Rock, Mrs. Nina Mae Thompson of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Mrs. Lila Wooten of Cabot; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Ashby Funeral Service.    [from the Benton Courier, Thursday, December 1, 1977, page 3, column 4]

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]

Williams, Franklin Jackson

Frank Jackson Williams, aged 74, of Route 4, a retired well driller, died Friday. He was a Mason and a member of East Union Baptist Church. Survivors are his wife, Clotilde Smith Williams; two brothers, T. A. Williams and Thurman Williams of Little Rock, and four sisters, Emily McCaul, Nancy Jones and Mabel Westlake of Little Rock and Thelma Hogan of North Little Rock. Funeral will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at East Union Baptist Church by Rev. Jerry Hogan and Rev. Elwin Cunningham. Burial will be in Pinecrest Memorial Park by North Little Rock Funeral Home.    [from the Arkansas Gazette, Saturday, February 25, 1984, page 15A]

Williams, James Clay

James C. Williams, age 65, of Bauxite, passed away Sunday, August 2, 2015, at his home. He was born October 22, 1949, in Little Rock to the late Thurman and Velma (Camp) Williams. He was a USMC veteran. He retired from T&S Maintenance and is of Baptist faith. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and anything to do with the outdoors. He loved spending time with his family and especially his grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Shirley Johnson and Brenda Williams.
Survivors include his wife of 15 years, Kathy McNeil Williams; three sons, Scott Williams (Amanda) of Bryant, T.J. Williams (Valarie) of Berryville, Arkansas, and Chris Babbitt (Stacy) of Bauxite; one daughter, Jody Babbitt Ellison (Grady) of Bauxite; seven grandchildren, Taylor, Tristan, Landon, Cameron, and Harper Williams and Christina Babbitt and Dakota Ellison; one sister, Carol Johnson of Little Rock; one brother, Manuel Williams of Sheridan, and other relatives and friends.
Graveside service will be 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 5, 2015, at Salem Cemetery in East End with Bro. Wendell Noles officiating. The family will receive friends from 9:00-11:00 a.m. on Wednesday at Roller-Ballard Funeral Home in Benton (501-315-4047).    [from Roller-Ballard Funeral Home online obituary]

Williams, John Ermine

John E. Williams, aged 68, of Hensley, a retired building contractor, died Thursday. He was a member of East Union Missionary Baptist Church, Iron Springs Masonic Lodge and the Order of Eastern Star. Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Virginia Vaughn Williams; a son, Roy E. Williams of Hensley; three daughters, Mrs. Barbara Haynes, Mrs. Janice Spann and Mrs. Kay Lynn Mangrum of Hensley; three brothers, Frank, Thurman and T. A. Williams of Hensley; four sisters, Mrs. Emily McCaul, Mrs. Nancy Jones and Mrs. Mabel Westlake of Hensley and Mrs. Thelma Hogan of North Little Rock; and 15 grandchildren. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Drummond Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Collegiate Crusade for Christ or the youth building fund of the East Union Missionary Baptist Church.    [from the Arkansas Gazette, Friday, July 3, 1970, page 14A]

Williams, Thurman Still

Thurman Williams, 75, of Little Rock died Sunday, September 29, 1996. He was a retired machine operator for Alcoa, a member of Iron Springs Masonic Lodge #342, F&AM. He was a member of East Union Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Velma Williams; two sons, Manuel Williams of Sheridan and James Williams of Buckville; three daughters, Carol Johnson of Alexander, Shirley Johnson of Spiro, Oklahoma, and Brenda Williams of Sardis; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one sister, Thelma Hogan of Little Rock.
Graveside service will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Salem Cemetery, East End, with Reverend Paul Roberts officiating. Family will receive friends at the funeral home today, 6 to 8 p.m. Arrangements are by Roller-Drummond Southwest.    [from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, October 1, 1996, page 4B]

Williams, Velma Dean Camp

Velma Dean Williams, age 89, passed away August 21, 2012, at her home in Saline County. She was born May 6, 1923, in Aplin, Arkansas, to the late Clay Camp Sr. and Eva Carter Camp. She was of the Baptist faith.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Thurman Williams; daughters, Shirley Ann Johnson, Brenda K. Williams; brothers, Farris Camp, Clay Camp Jr. and sister, Bonnie Camp.
She is survived by sons, Manuel D. Williams of Sheridan, Arkansas; James Clay Williams of Buckville, Arkansas; daughters, Carol Johnson, Shirley Ann Johnson; nine grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.
Graveside service 10:00 a.m., Friday, August 24, 2012, at Salem Cemetery in East End. Family will receive friends 6-8 p.m., Thursday at Roller-Drummond Funeral Home, 10900 Interstate 30, Little Rock, Arkansas 72209 (501) 455-5800.    [from Roller-Drummond Funeral Home online obituary]

Willis, Dave

Dave Willis, 63, Benton, died Tuesday morning at a Little Rock hospital. He was a lifelong resident of Saline County.
Survivors include five sons, Edgar, W. R. and Harley Willis of Benton and T. L. and Billy Willis of California; a daughter, Mrs. Millard Garrett of Benton; a brother, George Willis of Hot Springs; a half-sister, Mrs. Cora Roberts of Benton; and 12 grandchildren.
Funeral was at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Ashby Funeral Chapel. Burial was at Sharon Cemetery.    [from the Benton Courier, Thursday, April 7, 1960, page 6A]

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 four 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 p.m. 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 four sons, Bill, Ernest and Chas Willis of Benton, and Ely Willis of Hot Springs. Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at McPherson Cemetery conducted by the Rev. Fred Harvell.    [Benton Courier; May 23, 1935; pg 5]   Obituary | Rootsweb WCP

Willis, James O.

James O. Willis, 84, of Benton, went to be with the Lord, November 6, 2011. He was born July 24, 1927, in Saline County to the late Charles and Izoria Willis. James was a truck driver and a member of New Friendship Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Charles Willis and sister, Lillian Porter.
Survivors, brother, Clyde O'Dell Willis of New Iberia, Louisiana, sisters, Etta Moody of Lonoke, Billie Thorne of North Little Rock and extended family of Bro. Randy Ward and wife, Rita and granddaughter, Olivia Ward.
Pallbearers will be Harold Beckwith, Charles Doughty, Ken Honeysuckle, Ralph Warren, Heath Ward, and Kyle Ward.
Graveside services by Ashby Funeral Home will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday at Sharon Cemetery with Bro. Randy Ward officiating.    [from Ashby Funeral Home online obituary]    Rootsweb WCP

Willis, Mary Areminda Goodwin

Mary Arminda Willis of Benton died Monday, September 17, 2001. She was 80.
She was born April 29, 1921.
She was a retired caregiver at the Children's Colony in Alexander and was a member of Salem Missionary Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Willis; her parents, Tom and Mary Goodwin; six brothers, Jim Goodwin, Charley Goodwin, Walter Goodwin, Archie Goodwin, Sheard Goodwin and Fred Goodwin; and two sisters, Lucy McHughes and Liza Jackson.
She is survived by a son, Danny Willis of Benton; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral will be held at 1 p.m. today at Ashby Funeral Home. The Rev. L. D. Campbell will officiate. Burial will be held at Sharon Cemetery.    [from the Benton Courier, Wednesday, September 19, 2001, page 2]

Willis, Myrtle Marie Witham Ogles

Mrs. Myrtle Marie Willis, aged 57, of Benton died Wednesday. She was a member of the Ridgecrest Baptist Church. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Marilyn Shepard of Benton and Mrs. Ella Mae Brotherton of Benton; a stepmother, Mrs. Norris Henry of Benton; two brothers, Rusty Witham of Benton and Bob Witham of Fairbanks, Alaska; one sister, Mrs. Ann Peffer of Benton; and 11 grandchildren. Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Ashby Funeral Chapel. Burial will be at Hughes Cemetery.    [from the Benton Courier, Thursday, November 15, 1973, page 5]

Willis, Orbra Joe

Orbra Joe Willis, age 80, of Benton, left this world for a Heavenly Home on Saturday December 3, 2016. He was born July 15, 1936, in Benton, Arkansas. Mr. Willis was a retired butcher, having worked for the Friendly Butcher and Huckaby's. He was a member of the Highway Church of Christ. Mr. Willis was preceded in death by his parents, J. W. and Ida Willis; son, Jacky Willis; brother, Jack D. Willis; four half-brothers, Troy Ellis, Ab Willis, J. W. Willis and G. W. Willis and five half-sisters, Tincy Hardin, Margaret Ellis, Mittie Meyer, Martha McNeil and Sadie Wright.
He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Carolyn Balding Willis; three sons, Ricky (Jane) Willis, Tony (Eva) Willis and Jeff (Annie) Willis; daughter-in-law, Sue Ann Willis; sister, Carolyn Faye Byrd; nine grandchildren, Drew (Devin) Willis, Dustin (Tiffany) Willis, Ashton Willis, Shawn (Karis) Willis, Lauren (Scott) Hundley, Stacy Willis, Zach Willis, Austin Willis and Bethany Willis; six great-grandchildren, Bryar, Colton, Cooper, Walker, Jackson and Calley Willis and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 6 at Ashby Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 7 at Ashby Funeral Home with burial at Smith-Rosemont Cemetery. Steven Ford will be officiating.
Memorials may be made to the Highway Church of Christ Building Fund at 18514 I-30 in Benton, Ar 72019.   [from Ashby Funeral Home online obituary]

Wilson, Arthur Lafayette

Arthur Lafayette Wilson, born to Roach and Virginia Newcomb Wilson on July 6, 1932, left this life on March 27, 2016, at the age of 83 in Austin, Texas. "Art," as he preferred to be called, was raised in the Mountain View community outside of Benton, Arkansas.
Art is preceded in death by his son, Craig Wilson, brother Fayne Wilson and nephew Fayne Wilson Jr. and is survived by his wife of 65 years, Troyce Rucker Wilson, daughter Virginia Katherine "Kathi" Wilson Hood and husband Ron, his brother Melvin R. Wilson and wife Deanie, daughter-in-law Mary Hughey Wilson, five grandchildren which he affectionately named " FAB 5" , James Arthur Wilson and wife Shay, Matthew Wilson, Molly Wilson, Trayce Hood Stoenescu and husband Niko and Sarah Katherine Hood Funk and husband Ryen, one great grandson, Benjamin Arthur Stoenescu, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Art attended school in Saline County and graduated from Benton High School. Art also was proud to serve our country from 1951-1955 in the United States Air Force, spending 18 months overseas in the Korean conflict as USAF Air Police at Kadena AFB in Okinawa. He attended college at University of Arkansas, Little Rock campus. He worked in sales his entire career beginning with Colonial Bakery, Gerber Baby food, and retired after 20 years of service as a regional and district manager for a magazine distributing company.
Art loved studying genealogy and traced his family roots from France and Wales to the United States. He was a member of Saline County History and Heritage Society (SCHHS) and served as president for several years manning the office that he loved to work in, helping other friends find information on their families as well as preserving and organizing stacks and stacks of records so that others would have access to their heritage for many years to come.
Art gave his life to Christ at the age of 17 and was of the Baptist Faith. Art continued to give his life to Christ as he cared for his parents, several aunts that had no family of their own and many "Adopted" FAB's that he included in a daily email that kept his family and close friends connected and encouraged on a daily basis. His family was sure he should have been a writer and will forever get joy from his words of encouragement, his beautiful ability to make ordinary things seem so exciting and creative and last but not least his daily thought for the day, TTTR. His legacy urges everyone to stay connected, love your family and others and encourages that we are all champions to many God given gifts.
Visitation will be held at Ashby Funeral Home from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in Benton, Arkansas, on Friday. Memorial service will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday at Ashby Funeral Home Chapel.
Graveside service to follow at Smith Rosemont Cemetery, Benton, Arkansas.
The family requests in lieu of flowers please send donations to Saline County History and Heritage Society (SCHHS) @ PO Box 1712, Benton, AR. 72018.   [from Ashby Funeral Home online obituary]

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 p.m. Friday at Ashby Funeral Home with burial to follow at Peeler Bend Cemetery in Benton. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. 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 know We 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, Elton

Elton Wilson, aged 45, of Benton died Friday, July 15. Survivors include his mother, Mrs. Josie Wilson of Benton; two brothers, Doyle O. Wilson of Gurdon and I. J. Wilson of Benton; and four sisters, Mrs. Edith Woodall, Mrs. Louis Berry, Mrs. Marjorie Moody and Mrs. Emma Hussey of Benton. Funeral was at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Grape Chapel Church of God. Burial was at Kentucky Cemetery by Ashby Funeral Service.    [from the Benton Courier, Thursday, July 21, 1966, page 9A, column 1]

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 p.m. 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, James Oliver

Almyra - James Oliver Wilson, age 66, of Almyra, formerly of Benton, died August 26, 2015. He was born June 2, 1949, in Benton to Martin and Mary Wilson. Survivors are his son, Marty Wilson of Gillett, granddaughter, Jessica Hudgins (Rustin Ponder) of DeWitt, grandson, Peyton Hudgins of Benton and great-grandson, Ian Ponder.
He was preceded in by his parents, Martin and Mary Wilson, wife, Debbie Wilson, daughter, Christina Hudgins, son-in-law, Chris Hudgins and grandson, Blake Hudgins.
Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Saturday, August 29, at Essex Funeral Home, DeWitt, with burial at New Rosemont Memorial Park in Benton. Visitation will be 12:00 to 1:00 before the service at the funeral home.    [from Benton Courier online obituary]

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, Robert Rex

Robert Rex Wilson, 61, of Conway, Arkansas, died Saturday, May 21, 2011, at Conway Regional Health System, from complications of ALS (Lou Gehrigs Disease). He was born May 18, 1950, in Burke, South Dakota, a son of the late Dr. Rex Wilson and Ruth (Hanlon) Wilson. He was a graduate of O'Neill High School and attended Peru State College at Peru, Nebraska.
Mr. Wilson was a respiratory therapist for several years in Nebraska; and later was a cable splicer for Klaasmeyer Construction Company of Conway, Arkansas.
He is survived by his sisters, Joan Klaasmeyer and husband Gene of Conway; Pat Hurley of Carl Junction, Missouri; brothers, Dick Wilson and wife Li of Seattle, Washington; Mike Wilson and wife Pam of Whidbey Island, Washington; nieces and nephews, Kelly Klaasmeyer and husband Robb Walsh, of Houston, Texas, and their children, Joe and Ava; Corey Klaasmeyer and wife Anna of Denver, Colorado and their children, Sol and Lucero; Molly and Cheney Hurley of Carl Junction, Missouri; Tori Davitt of Lincoln, Nebraska; Hanlon Williams of Whidbey Island, Washington; and special friends, Vic Wright and Joyce Pippin and others at Village Park in Conway, Arkansas.
Robert's body was donated to UAMS for ALS research. There will be a private memorial service held at a later date.
The family requests that memorials be made to Bethlehem House, 930 Faulkner Street, Conway, Arkansas 72034. [from Roller Funeral Home online obituary]

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 p.m. 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 p.m. today at the funeral home.    [Benton Courier; April 7, 1997; page 2] Obituary | Rootsweb WCP | Tombstone

Wilson, Roy Robert

Roy R. Wilson, aged fifty-eight, died Tuesday, January 4. He was a veteran of World War I. Survivors include his wife, Mary J. Wilson; four daughters, Mrs. Chas. Moody, Mrs. John Woodall, Mrs. Bill Berry and Mrs. Tommy Hussey; three sons, Isaac, Joe and Elton; four brothers, Roach, Hiram, G. G. of Benton and D. W. of North Little Rock; four sisters, Mrs. Henry Keene and Mrs. John Lovel of Benton, Mrs. Elmer Hurst, Hot Springs, and Mrs. Jess Henderson of Oklahoma.
Funeral services were held today (Thursday) at 2 p.m. at Grape Chapel. Services were conducted by Revs. L. C. Cash and Floyd L. Hurst. Burial at Kentucky Cemetery with Ashby Funeral Home in charge.    [from the Benton Courier, January 6, 1949, page 5]

Following a long illness, Roy R. Wilson passed away at his home near Benton January 4, 1949. He is survived by his wife, Josie Wilson; three sons, I. J. and Elton Wilson of Benton and Doyle O. Wilson of Levy; four daughters, Mrs. John Woodall, Mrs. Bill Berry, Mrs. Charley Moody and Mrs. W. T. Hussey, all of Benton. Other survivors are four brothers, G. G., Roach and Frank Wilson of Benton, and D. W. Wilson of North Little Rock; four sisters, Mrs. John Lovell and Mrs. Henry Keene of Benton, Mrs. Elmer O. Hurst of Hot Springs and Mrs. Jess Henderson of Tulsa, Oklahoma. He has five grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.
Mr. Wilson was a veteran of World War I; also an active worker in the Grape Chapel Church of God.    [from the Benton Courier, January 15, 1949, page 5]

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 p.m. 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 p.m. 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]

Witham, William Frank

W. F. Witham
On Friday night, April 12 [marker shows 11], the death angel came and took W. F. Witham from his loved ones.
Mr. Witham was sixty-four years of age and has spent most of his life in Saline County. He was a member of the Baptist church and was loved and respected by all who knew him.
He was seriously ill sixteen months. All was done for him that loving hands could do, but God knew best and took him home to rest.
He leaves to mourn his departure a wife and five daughters, Mrs. Effie Hoskins, Malvern, Mrs. Lena Harrison, Benton, Mrs. Clara Tudor, Hot Springs, and Aline Witham, Haskell; five sons, Bennie Witham, Benton, Loy, Roy, William, and Pete Witham, all of Haskell; one sister, Mrs. Luther Smith, Benton; one brother, Bud Haventon, also of Benton; and a host of relatives and friends.
Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Fred Harvill. Interment was at the Saline Cemetery.
Hopes are crushed and hearts are bleeding, Drear the fireside now and lone; He, the best loved and the dearest, Far away to heaven hath flown. No death can reach the souls that sleep, They'll live again some day, Though loved ones o'er their bodies weep, In heaven they shall stay. Sleep on from pain dear friend, Till the night shall pass away, We shall meet some glad tomorrow Where shall dawn a brighter day, when our journey is completed, And the Savior call us home, Let us be prepared to meet him in that bright and happy home. Written by a friend. Vera Ellen Wise. [from the Benton Courier, April 17, 1930, page 2]

Withem, Mary Frances Crawford

Mary Frances Withem of Benton died Friday, October 12, 2001. She was 85.
Born May 4, 1916, in Benton, Withem was a retired nurses aide with Saline Memorial Hospital and a member of the First United Methodist Church in Benton.
She was preceded in death by her husband, L. B. Withem.
Survivors include two sons, James E. Withem of Benton and Wyatt Withem of Dallas; two daughters, Theresa White of Heber Springs and Mary Lib Sartain of Benton; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Visitation is scheduled for 7-8:30 p.m. Monday at Ashby Funeral Home, 108 W. Narroway in Benton.
Funeral is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday at Ashby Funeral Home Chapel with Revs. Victor Green and Benny Foster co-officiating.
Burial will follow at New Rosemont Cemetery.    [from the Benton Courier, Sunday, October 14, 2001, page 3]

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 a.m. at Ashby Funeral Chapel. Burial was in Liberty Cemetery.    [Benton Courier  November 16, 1972; page 14]

Wray, Christine Marie Hubmann

Christine Marie Wray, age 89, of Benton passed away Saturday August 15, 2015. She was born June 12, 1926, in North Little Rock. Christine was a housewife, quilter, and enjoyed crocheting and painting landscapes. She was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Benton. She was preceded in death by her parents, Adolph and Elizabeth Hubmann, husband, Royce W. Wray, brother, Walter Schrader.
Survivors, sons, Bobby William Wray and Ronnie Everett Wray, sister-in-law, Violet Russ, four grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, god-daughter, Becky Hannah.
Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Tuesday at the First Lutheran Church in Benton with burial at Pinecrest Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Tuesday at the church before the service.
Memorials may be made to First Lutheran Church, Benton, Arkansas.   [from Ashby Funeral Home online obituary]

Wray, Royce William

Royce William Wray, age 92, of Benton, passed away Saturday, October 20, 2012. He was born February 8, 1920, in Bauxite, Arkansas. Mr. Wray served in the U. S. Marine Corps. On January 3, 1942, his unit was the first to be sent to the South Pacific and stayed for 33 months. He retired from Southwestern Bell and was a member of First Lutheran Church in Benton. Mr. Wray was preceded in death by his parents, Tobe and Della Wray and two sisters, Lula B. Besancon and Floyce Holland.
He is survived by his wife, Christine Marie Wray; two sons, Bobby William Wray and Ronnie Everett Wray; sister, Violet Russ; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Monday, October 22 at Ashby Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 23 at First Lutheran Church in Benton with burial at Pinecrest Memorial Park.
Memorials may be made to the First Lutheran Church.   [from Ashby Funeral Home online obituary]