April 7th, 2014
Noel Clinton Akins of Benton passed away March 17, 2014.Â
Born in Seattle, Wash., on May 3, 1958, Noel worked for the past 10 years at Metropolitan National Bank in Little Rock as an Internet banking specialist.
He demonstrated a commitment to excellence and a caring spirit with his customers and co-workers, always willing to patiently help them with his knowledge and expertise.
Noel went above and beyond, lending his passion for programming to community organizations such as Arkansas Commitment.
Noel enjoyed the guitar and photography and cared deeply about animals.
Margaret Biggs Athy passed from the world into heaven on April 3, 2014. She was born to loving parents Horace E. and Lynda Mae McNeely Biggs on April 13,1929, in Scott.
Margaret had a very vibrant personality and enjoyed working with her hands, from knitting beautiful argyle socks for her husband and tiny Barbie clothing, to tirelessly stitching the many colorful quilts she made.
William Donald Hilborn, 78, of Troy, Mo., died March 5. 2014, after a three-week hospitalization related to complications from diabetes and heart disease.
He was born June 2, 1935, in Smackover, to William Stephen Hilborn and Ade Roselee Cliff Hilborn.
Celly Angelique (Avrard) Scarbrough, 37, of Bauxite passed away April 3, 2014. She was born March 25, 1977 in Ste. Saint Marie, Mich..
Celly is remembered as a free spirit, who enjoyed living life to its fullest. She was certified as a behavioral specialist; however, her true passion was serving customers as a waitress.
Celly was preceded in death by her father, Carlos Thane Avrard; her stepfather, Louis Scarbrough; a stepbrother, George W. Craig, Jr.; and her grandparents, William Presley Lamb, Carl Avrard and Rita Avrard.
Richard Ethan Miller, 18, of Benton, left this world to be with his Lord on April 1, 2014. He was born in Little Rock, on February 21, 1996 and was a senior at Bryant High School. Ethanâ€™s happiness, good-humor, and love of Christ, family, and friends are tenants of his legacy. A stranger to no one, a shoulder to lean on, and a hug when you needed it were just a small part of his true being. He enjoyed the outdoors, music, friends, and making ropes at work. But as everyone who knew Ethan, it was his sparkling eyes of care, heart of love, and huge smile of kindness that will be missed.
Ronnie â€śSmutâ€ť Smith, 67, of Benton met his savior Tuesday, April 2, 2014, at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock in the presence of his loving family.
He was born May 20, 1946, in Little Rock to the late Bill and Francis Louise Smith and worked as a pump packer for Alcoa.Â
He is survived by his wife Dorothy; a son, Shane Smith; a daughter, Pepper Hobby (Nathan); and his beautiful granddaughter, Allie Raine Hobby, all of Benton. Ronnie is also survived by a sister, Wanda Kaiser of Kemah, Texas, as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.
Horace â€śButchâ€ť Jones Jr., 44, of Benton passed away March 31, 2014. He was born Dec. 25, 1969, to the late Horace O. Jones Sr. and Lorella Carol Jones.
He is survived by his sisters, Rella Sanders and Stephany Alhajjaj, and a brother, Fred Jones.
He also is survived by his nieces and nephews, Kayla Mitchell, Jenna Jones, Janelle Sanders, Jebry Alhajjaj, Timmy Sanders, Layla Alhajjaj, Ramsey Alhajjaj, and Ally Alhajjaj. Also surviving are his aunts and uncles, Marvis Hankins, Jan Leal, Pat Scott, Donald Wills, Pixie Wiggs, Deri Wills, Dennis Wills, Gina Gilmore and Barbara Hines.
Ernestine Parker Ward, age 67, of Benton passed away Monday, March 31, 2014.
She was born Nov. 11, 1946, in Benton.
Mrs. Ward was a graduate of Benton High School and a charter member of Discover the Joy Church.Â
She was preceded in death by her father, Ernest Parker; and a nephew, Cody Parker.
Delphia Jane (Ashley) Culpepper, 89, of Hot Springs passed away March 31, 2014.
Born Dec. 5, 1924, at Sheridan, she was the fourth of Drew Edward and Versie Jane (Appling) Ashleyâ€™s seven daughters.
â€śDelâ€ť was a remarkable woman. In 1943, at the height of World War II, she graduated from Sheridan High School and quickly joined her three older sisters as a munitions worker at the Arkansas Ordnance Plant (AOP) at Jacksonville, Ark.
Jeanetta E. Tiner, 69, of Haskell, passed away Monday, March 31, 2014.Â She was born July 17, 1944, in Morrilton to the late Alvie and Pauline Burke Williams.
Jeanetta was a member of Temple Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Janice Collins; and a brother, Robert Williams.