Archive - 2013 - Obituary
Earl Monroe Osburn, 89, of Benton; passed away Saturday, January 26.Â He was born February 18, 1923 in Schaberg.Â Mr. Osburn was a member of the First Pentecostal Church of Bryant where he was a Deacon and retired from truck driving after 47 years.Â
He was preceded in death by his parents, Oliver and Mary Belle Osburn; four brothers, Johnny and Robert Osburn and Gene and Leroy Thurber and a sister, Mandy McNeal.
George N. Phillips, 79, of Benton passed away Wednesday, Jan. 23.
He was born Feb. 2, 1933, in Centerville, Iowa.
George was a retired carpenter and a Lutheran.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Velma Porter Phillips; and his wife, Marion Phillips.
Survivors include a son, Scott Philips of Benton; a daughter, Sherry Moore of Bella Vista; a brother, Robert Phillips of New Point, Calif.; two sisters, Marietta Permann of Wisconsin and Imogene "Ruth" Welch of Washington state; one grandchild and two great-grandchildren.
Charles Edward "Chuck" Matthews, 49, of Benton passed away Thursday, Jan. 24.Â He was born May 17, 1963 in Dallas, Texas.Â
Chuck was a D.J. and an I.T. specialist.
He was preceded in death by his father, Carroll Matthews; and grandparents, Phyllis and Charlie Grimes and Charles Murphy Stockton.
He is survived by his mother, Sasha Stockton; his grandmother, Eunice Stockton; two daughters, Jennifer and Christa Matthews; a grandson, Brayden Brown; three sisters, Theresa Matthews Bolen, Malena Smith and Nena Crist; other family members and friends.
William C. Vaughan Sr., age 84, of Alexander passed away Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013.Â He was born March 14, 1928, in Texas.Â
Mr. Vaughan was a self-employed mechanic and served in the U.S. Navy.Â
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Dorothy Vaughan and his wife, Beulah Vaughan.
He is survived by two sons, Billy Vaughan and John Vaughan and wife Shirley, all of Alexander; a brother, Ray Vaughan of Little Rock; a sister, Jewell Gottsponer of Maumelle; and two grandchildren, Jeremy Vaughan and wife Heather and Melanie Johnson and husband Jason.
Frank Mills Crabb, 79, of Benton, died Friday, Jan. 25. He was born in Wynne on March 26, 1933. Frank was the seventh of eight children, born to the late Aaron Floyd Wills and Winifred Floy Chadwick Wills.
Curtis Lee Earp Sr. was born July 1, 1936, in Ralls, Texas, and passed away on Jan. 22 in Little Rock.
Curtis Sr. retired from the Benton Fire Department with 20 years of service as a senior captain. He spent years in Sunday School Bus Ministry at First Assembly of God in Little Rock.
Curtis Sr. had church affiliations with Full Gospel Cato Community and Abundant Life Center of Bryant.
He was preceded in death by his parents, B.S. and Liddie Harriet Earp of Petersburg, Texas; and one great-grandchild, Hunter Jade Allen Adcox.
Elizabeth Mae Spurgeon, 93, of Benton went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Jan. 22.
She was born Sept. 18, 1919, in Little Rock to the late Terry Albert Sutton and Lena L. Niehaus Sutton. She was an accountant for J.C. Penney Co. and of the Baptist faith.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband of 62 years, Claburn Spurgeon; eight brothers and sisters; and one great-grandchild.
Maxine Mae (Rice) Wilkins, 87, of southwest Little Rock passed away Friday, Jan. 18. She was born March 13, 1925, in Red Fork, to the late Thomas Jefferson and Lela Mae Rice.
She was a member of Gospel Assembly Church in Little Rock. Preceding her in death was a brother, James Doyle Rice of Dumas.
Maxine was a nurse before she married Robert Wilkins, who also preceded her in death. She was a lifelong Arkansas resident and spent the remainder of her life as a homemaker, mother and grandmother. Her church was integral to her daily life in Little Rock.
Thomas Joseph Massanelli, 73, of Benton passed away Jan. 18. He was born May 31, 1939, in Pine Bluff. Thomas retired from Alcoa and Heavy Equipment Co., and was an avid golfer.
He Â was preceded in death by his parents, Caesar and Elena Magnini Massanelli; his wife, Susan Massanelli; two brothers and three sisters.
He is survived by his son, Michael Masssanelli of Benton; a daughter, Carol Ann Massanelli of Little Rock; two brothers, Caesar Massanelli of Hot Springs Village and James Massanelli of Hot Springs; two sisters, Rose Glove of Hot Springs and Lena Owen of Star City.
Kenneth Holdman, born Jan. 22, 1938, of Benton, went to be with our dearly beloved father in Heaven on Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 6:15 a.m., having reached his 75th birthday.Â Both Ken and his wife are members of Fellowship Bible Church in Benton.
Ken was an avid golfer and a devoted father, husband and grandfather and his spirit will be celebrated in Heaven as well as on Earth.Â He finished out his final round of golf having set the standard for all those who follow in his footsteps.Â Â