Archive - Feb 24, 2012 - Obituary
Gilberta Audrey Rickel, 79, of Benton passed away Thursday, Feb. 23, at Saline Memorial Hospice House in Bryant.Â She was born Feb. 16, 1933, in Forest Hills, Pa., to the late Gilbert and Edith Rickel.Â She was a member of Avilla Zion Lutheran Church and was retired from the food service industry.
She loved crafts, the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, William Rickel.
The Rev. E. D. Singleton, 91, of Malvern, went home to be with the Lord, on Tuesday, Feb. 21. He was born in Oden on Dec. 20, 1920, to Elbert and Emmer Singleton (Pruitt).
Singleton, a World War II veteran, served in the U.S. Army from June 1942 to January 1946 was highly decorated and honorably discharged as a platoon sergeant, a 745 combat infantry man.
He received the Victory Ribbon, Good Combat Medal, American Theater Ribbon, AP Theater Ribbon, two Bronze Service Stars, Philippines Liberation Ribbon, and a Bronze Star GO 23 Hq USAFFE45.
Alvis L. â€śPeteâ€ť Wise, 83, of Bryant passed away Thursday, Feb. 23.Â He was born Aug. 13, 1928, in Bauxite to the late Albert and Mae Reid Wise.
Pete was a member of Northside Church of Christ. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, one sister and a grandson, Todd Wise. Upon retiring from Reynolds Metals, he enjoyed 32 years of retirement, trout fishing and camping at Lake DeGray.
Lester Riley Ruffin, 75, of Benton passed away Tuesday, Feb. 21.Â He was born Oct. 6, 1936, in DeWitt to the late Lester and Effie Ruffin.
Mr. Ruffin was a "Class A Machinist" and owner of Ruffin Mold and Machine in Benton, a U.S. Air Force veteran, where he served as an aircraft machinist.
He was a Christian.Â
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one daughter, Tamara Ruff; and a brother, Donald Lee Ruffin, Sr.
Ashley Nichole James, 25, of Benton went home to be with her Heavenly Father on Monday, Feb. 20.Â
She was born Feb. 16, 1987, to Greg and Paula James in Hot Springs.Â She was a member of Sharon Missionary Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Paula DePriest James; her grandfather, Steve O. DePriest; and her great-grandparents, Gordon and Gladys Wright.