Archive - 2012 - Obituary
Marland Lamar Lee Sr., 85, of Mabelvale passed away March 26.Â He was born Jan. 7, 1927, to Elizabeth Arwood of Birmingham, Ala.
He was a member of Christ Church on Vimy Ridge Road.Â He was dearly loved by all his family and will be greatly missed.
He was preceded in death by four of his children.
He is survived by his loving wife, Gertie Lee; 13 children; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and a host of family and friends.
Funeral service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, March 29, at Dial and Dudley Funeral Home in Bryant.Â
Mrs. Billie Mae (Murphy) Berry, 90, of Little Rock passed away March 25. She was born Sept. 19, 1921, in Arcadia, La., and was raised in Fordyce. She was retired from Dillardâ€™s Department Stores in Little Rock and a member of Trinity Assembly of God in Little Rock.
Billie was preceded in death by her parents, Banks and Sallie Murphy; her husband of 63 years, Elmer Jewel Berry; a son, Gerald Berry; two half-brothers, three infant grandsons,Â and one great-granddaughter, Presley Marie Haywood.
Edith â€śMarieâ€ť Birmingham, Â 79 of Traskwood, formerly of Cord died Sunday, March 25, at the Saline Memorial Hospital .Â She was born May 15, 1932 in Harrisburg to Floyd and Edith Gray Sloas.Â She assisted in the opening of Fredâ€™s Fish House in Cord and Batesville where she waitressed for 30 plus years.Â She was a longtime member of Cord Baptist Church where she enjoyed working in the Church nursery; she loved the children and enjoyed telling them about Jesus.Â In later life she moved to Traskwood with her daughter and she became a member of Glen Rose Missionary Baptist Church.
Edward â€śRedâ€ť Oâ€™Dell Beaty, 78, of Jacksonville passed away Sunday, March 25. He was born February 11, 1934 in Saline County. Mr. Beaty was a Career United States Air Force Veteran who served during Vietnam.
He is preceded in death by his grandson Stephen Daugherty, and great-grandson Daemon Joniak.
He is survived by his wife Josephine Marie Beaty , his children; Douglas Beaty, Linda Daugherty, Barbara July and her husband Jeff, three grandsons; Timothy
Joniak, Paul Daugherty, James July, seven great-grandchildren, and a host of cousins.
Prominent Benton businessman I.E. â€śEddieâ€ť McCray Jr. of Benton passed away Saturday, March 24. He was 84.
He was born Sept. 8, 1927, in Little Rock to the late I.E. McCray Sr. and Rose (Wray) McCray.
Mr. McCray was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and a member of the 1949 graduating class of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.Â
He was an entrepreneur in Saline County for many years.
He was a member of Sharon Missionary Baptist Church.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, LaNelle (McNeil) McCray; and one brother, Jack McCray.
Lemual W. Newcomb ("Dub," as he was finally known), 79, of Heber Springs, fell asleep in death on March 15, with two of his sons at his bedside. He was born Jan. 2, 1933, in North Little Rock. He was preceded in death by his parents, Luther Lee Newcomb and Maude Bell (Rood) Newcomb.
Mr. Newcomb was a retired masonry contractor and had done a lot of work in the Heber Springs area. He served this country in the U.S. Navy and was a veteran of the Korean War. He loved his family and enjoyed spending time with family and friends.
Haven Malia (Helmcamp) Bray, 33 passed away on March 20. She was born July 4, 1978, in Little Rock.
She is survived by her sons, Austin Smith and Haden Helmcamp, both of Mabelvale; her father; James Bray of Mabelvale; her mother, Charlotte Ann Bonds and stepfather, Leland Bonds of Malvern; one brother, Ray Ennis Jr. of Hot Springs, as well as many other friends and family members who loved her and will cherish her memory.
Fred Lee Wells, 94, of Pittsfield, Mass., formerly of Hot Springs, died Saturday, March 17, 2012, at his home, after a short illness. He was born Dec. 28, 1917, in Benton, the son of Fred Lee Wells Sr. and Myrtle Crowford Wells. He was a graduate of Benton schools.
A World War II veteran, Mr. Wells enlisted in the U.S. Army on March 7, 1942, served as a technician third grade and an automotive mechanic, and was honorably discharged on Oct. 20, 1945.
Mr. Wells had been proprietor of Budâ€™s Radiator Service in La Jolla, Calif., which he owned and operated for more than 30 years.
Imogene Holland, 80, of Roland, passed away Monday, March 19.
She was born Oct. 8, 1931, in Gravely.Â
Mrs. Holland was preceded in death by her parents, Dewitt and Claira Redden; and two grandchildren.
She is survived by her husband, Buddy Holland of Roland; seven sons, David Staggs of Roland, Delbert Staggs of Little Rock, Darryl Staggs of Mt. Vernon, Jerald Holland of Bigelow, Keith Holland of Bigelow, Mark Holland of East End and Matt Holland of North Little Rock; 17 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren.
Robert M. Wade, 86, of Bryant went to be with our Lord on March 19.
He was born Sept. 27, 1925, in Little Rock.
Mr. Wade joined the U.S. Navy at the age of 17 and proudly served in World War II and the Korean War.Â He then worked at Alcoa in Benton for 30 years. After retirement, he became a plumbing and building inspector for the city of Bryant.
He was a member of Fuller Chapel Church, Dixie Car Club of Benton and Metropolitan Auto Club.