Archive - Oct 2011 - Obituary
Mark Steven Yant, 53, of Benton died Sunday, October 9.Â He was born on October 26, 1957 in Little Rock.Â Mr. Yant was a beloved son, husband, father, and true friend.Â In the early 1990â€™s, he worked as a union organizer for UFCW Local 1583/2008.Â It was during this time he met his wife, Stephanie.Â He organized three years while on a leave of absence from the Kroger Company, where he was employed for over 38 years.Â Mr. Yant was an avid outdoorsman, hunter, fisherman, golfer, Razorbacker supreme, and loved by all who knew him.
Joe Lee Joey Richards Jr., 40, of Benton was found October 5, after he had been missing for a year. He was born June 15, 1971 in Benton. Joe was a construction worker, a US Army Veteran and attended Rose Hill Nazarene Church in Little Rock. He was preceded in death by his mother, Eileen Lou Richards, grandparents, Mick and Zella Richards, Samuel and Clara Goans.
Alta Christine Bradbury Salley, 81, passed away Sunday, Oct. 9, in Denton, Texas. She was born February 17, 1930 at Benton, to Thomas Franklin and Esther May Pitcock Bradbury. She married Horace Franklin Salley on February 22, 1947 in Benton. Alta was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Carpenter's Chapter, Sherman, Texas. She was a Past Matron and a 50 year member. She was a retired farmer.
She was preceded in death by husband of 50 years, Horace Salley; son, Curtis Joe Salley; grandsons, Ronald and Frank Hamm; 8 brothers and sisters.
Michael David Sample, 51, of Little Rock, was reunited with his parents in heaven on Friday, Oct. 7, after suffering fatal injuries in a motorcycle accident.Â Mike was born in Little Rock on March 25, 1960. to Jack â€śCooganâ€ť and Betty Clair Sample.Â
Mike worked as a conductor for Union Pacific Railroad, a job he relished with the co-workers he enjoyed being around.
Perry D. Patterson, 53, of Judsonia, passed away Saturday, Oct. 8.Â He was born Dec. 19, 1957, in Fairfield, Iowa, to the late Leon and Louise (Janes) Patterson.Â He was a cowboy and rancher.
Â He is survived by one daughter, Kylie Patterson of Alexander; two sisters Peggy Wilson and husband Garry and Patty Mask and husband Phillip, all of Bryant; one brother, Phil Patterson and wife Kelle of Benton; Dione Patterson; one stepson, Zachary White of Benton; many nieces and nephews' and other relatives and friends.
Elizabeth Mary McGriff, 70, of Benton, passed away Friday, Oct. 7.Â She was born Jan. 8, 1941, in Burlington, Iowa.
Mrs. McGriff worked more than 15 years as a supervisor in vending and was part owner of Billâ€™s Auto Repair.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Victor M. and Elizabeth Mae Stodt; daughter, Lorry Hawk; and a brother, William Anthony Stodt.
Katherine Ann Crofford Copeland, 44, of Alexander passed away Friday, Oct. 7.Â She was born Feb. 10, 1967 in Little Rock.
Katherine was a direct care staff member at Friendship Community Care and a member of Gospel Light Baptist Church.Â She was involved with helping with the Special Olympics.
Katherine was preceded in death by her father, James Richard Crofford Jr.; and an uncle, Don Newkirk.
Terry Lee Jackson, 48, of Malvern, passed away Thursday, Oct. 6.Â He was born June 28, 1963 in Benton.Â Terry was a U.S. Army veteran, a carpenter and of the Baptist faith.Â
He was preceded in death by his father, Stanley Jackson; and his stepfather, Woodrow House.
He is survived by his mother, Martha Jean Williams House; three brothers, Rickey Jackson and wife Teresa, Randy Jackson and Michael Jackson; a sister, Janice Hicks and husband David; and his wife, Kimberly Jackson.
A graveside service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday, Oct.10, at Fairplay Cemetery.
Kathleen Jacqueline (Weise) Moore, 87, of Oklahoma, formerly of Benton, passed from this life to her Christian reward on Oct. 6, 2011. She was born Oct. 30, 1923, in a home outside Benton.She was the youngest of six children born to Oswald Weise and Manie Langley Weise.
She graduated from Harmony Grove School in Haskell, where she played basketball, oftentimes playing outdoors on a dirt court. She made her Christian profession of faith at an early age and was baptized in Ten Mile Creek (not too far from Benton).
Ray â€śSleepyâ€ť Pearce Jr. of Benton passed away Sept. 24, at the VA Hospital. He was born July 31, 1925, to Ray Pearce Sr. and Iva Lee Pearce in Pine Bluff.
He received his education in Pine Bluff and University of Missouri and Arkansas State University. He was a member of First Christian Church in Pine Bluff.
Ray was employed by the Arkansas Gazette and retired in 1987 with 35 years of service. He then owned R & P Printing Co., where he worked side-by-side with wife Bettie and son Tommy and many others. He retired in 2001.