Archive - May 2013 - Obituary
Vance Floyd Skillern, 88, of Crows Station passed away Friday May 10, 2013. He was born February 22, 1925 to the late Violet Garner Skillern and Floyd C. Skillern in Hot Springs.
Mr. Skillern was a retired electrical engineer; a member of Gravel Hill Baptist Church; a U.S. Army veteran serving during World War II; a member of Local Union 619 & 295 and IBEW; and the recipient of a 70-year pin.
He was predeceased by his parents, Violet Garner Skillern and Floyd C. Skillern; his first wife, Ella Thomas Skillern; and one brother, Stanley A. Skillern.Â
Mary J. Marshall, 85, of Benton passed away Thursday, May 9, 2013. She was born June 2, 1927.Â Mrs. Marshall worked at the Benton Kroger store.Â
She was preceded in death by two husbands, Martin Marshall and Calvin E. Ray, Sr.
She is survived by four sons, John Pearson, Calvin Ray Jr., Richard Ray and Perri Ray; two daughters, Juanita Hathcock and Mary Ann Pearson; 17 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; a special friend, Katie Hill.
A graveside service is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Monday, May 13, at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Avilla.Â
Marjorie Francille Sharp Foggo of Haskell died at age 85 at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock on Thursday, May 9, 2013. She was born on Sept. 22, 1927, in Lockesburg to Merry Sharp and Veda Harrison Sharp.Â She graduated from Lockesburg High School near the end of World War II and became a registered nurse in 1950. She married Sidney Smith Foggo in her hometown of Lockesburg on Aug. 18, 1951. They eventually settled in Little Rock, where she worked as a nurse at Baptist Medical Center while they raised five children.
Rachel V. Thornberry Weems, 91, of Benton, passed away Thursday, May 9, 2013.Â She was born in Marianna, on April 22, 1922 to the late Joe and Ida Thornberry.Â She was a member of Benton Foursquare Church and retired as a nurse aid.Â
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Weems and one brother, JT Thornberry.Â
Jimmie M. Smith, 71, passed away May 7, 2013.Â Jimmie was born Dec. 10, 1941, in Texarkana to parents Bonnie McCoy and Carlotta Smith.
Jimmie attended First Pentecostals of Benton. He retired from UALR, where he was an IT specialist. He attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He was a civil engineer and a Microsoft engineer with certifications in C++ and Cisco.
Betty Jane Hester, 78, of Paron passed away May 8, 2013.
She was born Sept. 11, 1934, in Warren to Murray and Gladys Watson, and was the youngest of four children. Her early years were spent in Banks before moving to Saline County.
Betty was a retired hairstylist, a telecommunications operator with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and a member of the North Fork Missionary Baptist Church in Paron.
In additionÂ to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Marion Hester; and her siblings, Jimmy Watson, Louise Greer and Maudine Stroud.
T.O. (Talmage Oscar) Miller, 85, of Bryant was welcomed into Heaven on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, while in the presence of his family at the Heartland Rehab and Care Center in Benton.
He was born Feb. 2 1928, in Zion. He was a member of Oak Park Baptist Church in Little Rock.
Patricia Colleen Southard of Benton, daughter of Winnie Merrel Robins Runsick and the late Jack Norman Wilson, was born May 23, 1955, in Yakima, Wash. She died May 6, 2013, at Saline Memorial Hospital in Benton, at the age of 57 years, 11 months and 13 days. She was united in marriage to Michael Southard on July 11, 1977, in Moko. She was a certified nursing assistant employed by Arkansas Health Center for many years.
She was preceded in death byÂ her father.
John Caton, 64, Little Rock died Friday, May 3, 2013. He was a self-employed carpenter.
He is survived by his son, Jeffrey Caton of Benton and brother William Caton of Texarkana.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a. m. on Thursday, May 9, at Smith Creek Cemetery.Â
There will be an open visitation.
Online guest book: www.ashbyfuneralhome.com.Â Â
Linda Simpson, 64, of Central City died Monday, May 6, in a local hospital.Â She was born Sept. 25, 1948, in Fort Smith to the late W.E. and Wilma Edmondson.Â She was a bank teller for First National Bank in Lavaca.Â
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a grandson, A.J. Shelly.