Archive - May 13, 2011 - Obituary
W. Richard Wilhelm, 88, of Benton went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, May 11, 2011.Â He was a retired dairy farmer, an avid gardener, and a gifted winemaker.Â Richard was a member of Avilla Zion Lutheran Church.Â He was a tender-hearteded, gentle man with a dry wit who was loved dearly by his family and friends.
Born in Alexander on Nov. 7, 1922, he was preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Katherine â€śKaffâ€ť Mary Wilhelm; his parents, Walter and Carrie Wilhelm; his sister, Verena Smith Pritchard; and his brother, Harold Wilhelm.
Barbara Jo Horvat, age 71, of Bryant died Wednesday, May 11, 2011, at her home. She was born on Jan. 21, 1940, in Pueblo, Colo., to her parents, Joseph J. Horvat and Jewel E. Taylor. She was of the Catholic Faith.
A. David Minnis, age 66, of Mabelvale passed away Tuesday, May 10, 2011. He was born Feb. 26, 1945, in Chillicothe, Mo. At 37, David moved to Mabelvale. He was an avid golfer who loved listening to and playing country music, clock repair and lots of inside and outside activities. He was a very dedicated Union Man who loved his family and a large host of friends.
Wanda Lynn Williams, age 70, of Alexander, AR died Wednesday, May 11, at Ridgewood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Benton. She was born February 24, 1941, at Banks, a daughter of the late Perry Williams and Vivian Corinne Oâ€™Neal Williams.
Oral J. Dortch, 85, of Hensley, passed away May 11, 2011.Â He was born on February 20, 1926, in Poyen to the late Marvin and Ellie Mae Dortch.Â Oral worked for Reynolds Mining Company for over 34 years. He was an Army Veteran having served in 1st Signal Troop, 1st Calvery Division.
He was preceded in death by his son, Lloyd Rae Dortch.
Mr. Earl James, age 101, of Benton went to be with his Heavenly Father and family members already there on Wednesday, May 11, 2011. He was born January 28, 1910, in Saline County. He was a lifelong member of Gravel Hill Baptist Church and a lifelong resident of Saline County.