Archive - 2013 - Obituary
Lula Mae Dunbar, 80, passed away on Aug. 7, 2013, with her family by her side. She was born April 30, 1933, to the late Lucien Bluford and Anner Lambert. She received the Administrative Degree of the Eastern Star in Detroit, Mich., in 1996. She also was ordained by Bishop Carry of St. Peterâ€™s Rock Church in Detroit, Mich., in 1977.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Herman Bluford and Fred C. Lambert Sr.; and two sisters, Glady Carter and Dorethea McAfee.
Elizabeth Maxine Hines Ragan, 88, of Benton passed away Aug. 14, 2013, at Saline Memorial Hospital in Benton. She was born Oct. 22, 1924, at the Mountain View Community in Saline County.
Maxine worked for Dr. John D. Wright and was a retired RN and an X-ray tech at the Alexander Human Development Center and a member of Crossroad Missionary Baptist Church. Maxine loved to camp, fish and was an avid quilter. The family would like to extend a special thank you to all the staff of Pine Court at the Arkansas Health Center.
Delmer L. Lott, 81, of Benton passed away Monday, Aug. 12, 2013, at McClellan V.A. Hospital in Little Rock. He was born June 20, 1932, in Ink to the late Henry M. and Nancy Brown Lott.
Mr. Lott retired as chief of navigational aides with the FAA in Little Rock and was a member of the Northside Church of Christ. He was a past commander of VFW Post 2256 in Benton and a U. S. Army veteran having served in the Korean War.Â
In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by six brothers and three sisters.
Sue Carol Baber, 79, of Benton passed away Tuesday, Aug.13, 2013, surrounded by her loving family and her dog Zee.
She was born Oct. 15, 1933, in Fort Smith.
Mrs. Baber was a member of Benton's First United Methodist Church, where she was a Sunday School teacher.Â She was a member and past president of the Saline Memorial Hospital Medical Auxiliary, a member of the the P.T.A, a den mother and a leader in Bible Study Fellowship.Â
Mrs. Baber was preceded in death by her parents, John and Elsie King; and her husband, Dr. Quin Baber.
Francis Earline McCallister, 83, of Benton came into this world Feb. 2, 1930, and left this world unexpectedly Aug. 12, 2013.Â
She was married to Edward McCallister until 2003 when he passed away. She was a member of Holland Chapel Baptist Church, where all her grandchildren went with her many times as young children.
Earline worked at Benton Civitan Center for 25 years. She enjoyed working with kids and adults and being involved with Special Olympics.Â Her hobbies were sewing, cooking and working in her yard.
Joseph Paul "JP" Leveritt, 96, of Bryant, who served as a physical trainer for President Harry Truman, died July 12 in Little Rock.
Leveritt became a physical therapist at Baptist Hospital in the 1960s where he retired a. Throughout his life he also worked as a potter, focusing on utilitarian pottery made on the wheel.
Gavin Leon Wright, 33, of Benton, passed away Aug. 9, 2013.Â
He was born Dec. 8, 1979, in Little Rock to Rick Wright and Karen Wilson Wright.
He Â retired as a captain from the Little Rock Fire Department after 11 years of service. Gavin graduated from Benton High School in 1998.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Floyd and Willie Wright, Evelyn Marie and George Hart, and Guy Leon Wilson.
Ruby Dean Jackson, 85, of Benton passed away Friday, Aug. 9, 2013.Â
She was born April 17, 1928, in Camden to the late Joe and Linda Wilson.
Ruby was a member of Salem Road Church of Christ.Â She loved her family dearly, was a friend to so many, and loved doing for others.Â Mrs. Jackson loved to cook, garden, and do everything she could for those in need.
In addition to her parents, Ruby was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil Jackson; two sons, Michael and Ronnie Jackson; and a grandson, Blake Jackson.
Toby Lane Smith, infant son of Jonathan Lane and Pamela Michelle Presswood Smith, died Wednesday at his home in Palestine.
Toby was born Dec. 18, 2012, in Forrest City and was a precious part of the Old-Fashioned Baptist Church in Palestine.
In addition to his parents, Toby is survived by a sister, Halee Grace Smith; his grandparents, Jim and Angela Smith of Junction City and Bob and Stephanie Presswood of Benton.
Funeral for Toby will be held at 11 a.m. today at First Baptist Church in Forrest City. Burial will be at Forrest Park Cemetery.
Richard D. Boone, age 61, of Bryant passed away Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013.
He was born Oct. 14, 1951, in Little Rock to the late Bill C. and Edna Lee Branstratter Boone.
Ricky had retired from Alcoa and was currently was working part-time at Walmart. He was a member of Mountainside United Methodist Church in Hot Springs Village.