Archive - Apr 2012 - Obituary
John W. Wray, 87, of Benton went to be the Lord on Sunday, April 15. He was born in Benton on November 9, 1924. He was a retired construction superintendent and a member of the Church of the Nazarene. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend.Â He enjoyed going to church, fishing, scuba diving, trained cutting horses, winning World in 1964, and making people laugh with his quick witted sense of humor.Â He was a member of the Gideonâ€™s International.
He was preceded in death by his parents; John and Blanche (Praytor) Wray.
Robert Ray Davis, Sr., 80, resident of Benton, passed away Saturday, April 14. He was born May 22, 1931 in Bauxite to the late Claude Davis and the late Bertha Viola Gould Davis Rapier. Mr. Davis served in the U.S. Army in Germany during the Korean Conflict.Â He later retired as mining supervisor at Alcoa.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Marilyn Gail Shelton and Claudia Gould Walker, and a niece, Dana Shelton.Â
Raymond J. Smith, 80, of Benton passed away Saturday, April 14, in Bryant.Â He was born March 30, 1932 in New York City, New York to the late Raymond Smith and Mary Costigan Smith.Â He was a U.S. Army Veteran, serving in the Korean War.Â Â Later he retired as a mechanical engineer for AT&T.Â
Mrs. Annie Chilton, 91, of Benton, went to be with the Lord on Sunday April 15. She was born March 30, 1921 in Pilot Mountain, North Carolina. Annie worked for 10 years at Daleâ€™s Donuts and was owner of DeAnns Sandwich Shop and Papaloâ€™s Pizza from 1961 â€“ 1972. Annie was a Methodist. She was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years Dean Chilton, mother Estelle Jones and step-father, Joseph W. Jones, father, Luther Solomon Welch, two sisters, Alice Lipsulept and Mary Elizabeth Welch and daughter, Elizabeth Francile Melton.
Thomas E. Smith Jr., 82, of Benton passed away Wednesday, April 11.Â He was born Sept. 4, 1929, in North Little Rock to the late Thomas E. Smith Sr. and Ruby Valentine Smith.Â
Thomas was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Army, serving during the Korean War.Â The Saline Courier published several stories honoring Smith's service to his country. He was a certified registered nurse anesthetist and a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.
Thomas was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Charles Smith; a sister, Betty Brewer; and a stepson, Hollis Van Hopkins.
Linda Carol Berry Dempsey, 71 of Benton passed away on April 9, with her granddaughter, Halana by her side. She was born on April 1, 1941 to the late, Virgil and Georgia McCutcheon in Benton. Linda was a member of New Life Missionary Baptist church for over 15 years. She enjoyed fishing, traveling, shopping, collecting and working in her flower garden. Linda retired from Benton Service Center after 27 years as a LPTN. Her most precious times were spent with her family.
She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Kenneth Dempsey; one sister and one brother.
Elaine Banks, 64, of Benton went to be with the Lord on April 12, 2012 with her family by her side.
Mrs. Banks was a Christian and loved the Lord and her family with all her heart.
She was born on February 6, 1948 to the late, Dall and Phasteen Wilson in Benton.
Elaine fought a brave battle against surgery complications. She enjoyed shopping, fishing and working in her flower garden. Her most precious time was spent spoiling her grandbabies. Elaine never met a stranger and always was willing to help anyone in need.
Elsie Stricklin, 78, of Little Rock, passed away Wednesday, April 11.Â She was born April 19, 1933 in Little Rock.Â Mrs. Stricklin was a homemaker and of the Pentecostal Faith.Â She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Allie Gilbert; son, James Stricklin; two brothers, Otis and A.J. Gilbert and a sister, Nancy Gilbert.
Carolyn Sue Smart, 66 of Benton passed away on April 10.Â
She was born March 30, 1946, to the late Tracy and Maxine Brady in Jonesboro.Â Carolyn enjoyed embroidering, reading, camping, fishing and spending time with her family.Â She was a member of Collegeville Missionary Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Randy; a grandson, Kevin Gregory Norris; and her uncle, Johnny.
Tillar Marie Williams of Benton departed this life on April 8. She was born Aug. 30, 1947 in Bauxite to the late Watson,Sr., and Constance Madison.
She attended the last graduating class of the Ralph Bunche School in Benton.Â She also attended Shorter College in North Little Rock. Tillar was united in holy matrimony to Raymond Charles Williams Sr.Â To this union, a daughter and son were born.
She was employed at the Alexander Human Development Center for 31 dedicated years as a rehabilitationÂ instructor.
Her passions in life were books, Folgers coffee and Walmart.