Archive - Obituary
November 4th, 2011
Clyde DeVoye Spann, 91, of Benton, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 3.Â He was a Christian and a member of First Baptist Church in Benton.Â He was born in Saline County on July 6, 1920, to Melvin and Euldene Spann.Â Clyde was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 62 years, Lorece James Spann, and a brother, Clarence Jr.
Sally Ann Bradley, 60, of Buckville, went to be with the Lord after a courageous battle with cancer Wednesday, Nov. 2. She was born July 10, 1951 in Benton to the late William Fred and Jewell Lee (Sanders) Witham.Â Sally married Dean Bradley Jr. July 11, 1969.Â
She was a member of Mt. Tabor Baptist Church; worked in office management in the medical field; was president of Buckville Church and Cemetery Association; worked in Girl Scouts and on the PTO Board at Jessieville Schools. She enjoyed cooking, crocheting and making hair bows and loved Christmas and vacations.
Joyce Taysom Wells of the Little Rock area died Oct. 30 at the home of her niece in Pittsfield, Mass.Â She was born Dec. 22, 1921, in England and was a clerk with the
Civil Service in the United Kingdom during World War II.
She leaves her husband, Fred L. Wells, whom she married June 5, 1945. Also surviving are a niece, Christine Besse, and her husband, Jeffrey, of Massachusetts.
Dery Funeral Home of Pittsfield, Mass., is in charge of arrangements.Â Â Â Â
Claudia Crain, 80, passed away Sunday, Oct. 30. She was born Nov. 11, 1930, in Hopper.
A long-time resident of Benton, Mrs. Crain worked at Rexall Drug Store and Kroger Delicatessen. She was a member of Northside Church of Christ in Benton.
Mrs. Crain was preceded in death by her husband, A.J. Crain; her parents, Claude and Roxie Coffman; four brothers, Winfred Coffman, W.K. Coffman, Glen Coffman, and Billy Coffman; and two sisters, Geneva West and Bernice McKnight.
Jean L. Randolph, 78, of Benton died peacefully in her home on Friday, Oct. 28, while her daughters Christine and Kathleen and her son Jay were at her side.. She was born on July 23, 1933, in Philadelphia, Pa. She was a Methodist.
She retired from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Pastoral Care and Education department where she developed the accredited education program and designed the hospital Chapel, which is still in use today. She also served as assistant director for the Arkansas Sesquicentennial Commission and worked for The March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation.
Eugene L. Keesee, 69, of Benton died Sunday, Oct. 30. He was born June 22, 1942, in Little Rock. He was preceded in death by his parents, Melvin and Laverne Townsend Keesee and a brother, Melvin Keesee Jr.
He is survived by wife Mildred Keesee of Benton; brother, Ray Keesee of Benton; two sisters-in-law, Joyce Goodrich of Malvern; Wanda Crumley and husband Bill of Clinton.
Graveside services will be Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 2 p.m. at Old Union Cemetery by Ashby Funeral Home.
Visitation will be Monday, Oct. 31, 6 to 8 p.m. at Ashbyâ€™s Chapel.
Online guest book: www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
Mary Maxine Raney 68, of Bryant died Oct. 28, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Little Rock. She was born May 31, 1933 in Redfield, to the late Walter and Tessie Hyde. Maxine loved God, her family, her friends, golf, the Razorbacks and old westernsâ€¦..in that order. She was a lifetime member of Society Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Benton. She attended Benton High School as well as the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and Holiday Inn University in Olive Branch, Mississippi. She worked for Holiday Inns for over 30 years, opening several new locations in the Central Arkansas area.
Christine Louise Sams, 55, of Malvern, passed away, Oct. 28, at a Clarksville hospital. She was born February 14, 1956, to Willis and Thelma Schuler Sams in Malvern. She was a member of the Second Baptist Church.
She is preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by four brothers, Willis Sams and wife, Regina of Hot Springs, Dennis Dillavou and wife, Wilma of Locust Grove, OK, Loran Dillavou and wife, Sandra of Little Rock, and Alan Dillavou of Arkadelphia; two sisters, Mary Downs and husband, Arlis of Mabelvale, and Bethel Peters and husband, Bobby of Benton.
Daniel Lee Robinson, 44, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 25, at his home in Alexander. He was born Nov. 15, 1966, in Chester, Pa., to John Howard and Bettie Mae Robinson.
Mr. Robinson is survived by his wife of 21 years, Robin Robinson; three sons,Tye Snyder and wife Kerah of Haskell, Aaron Robinson and CraigÂ Robinson, both of Alexander; and one daughter, Kala Preston of Alexander.Â Also surviving are his parents, John Howard Robinson and Bettie Mae Sanderson; and one brother, Richard Kevin Robinson and wife Rose of Pennsylvania, as well as numerous other family members and friends.
Jack William Hodshire, 86, of Benton passed away on Friday, Oct. 28.Â He was born March 16, 1925, in Granite City, Ill., and grew up in the Missouri Ozarks.
As a teenager he left home to work at Fort Leonard Wood in the CCC Camps building barracks.Â He joined the Navy and served in both World War II and the Korean War.Â After the war, he met and married his wife of 52 years, Doylene.
He also then went to work for Alcoa, where he retired.