Archive - Obituary
September 12th, 2012
Mary Anna Steele,89, of Bryant passed away Friday, September 7, 2012. Mary Ann was born October 23, 1922 in Sheridan to the late Daniel and Minnie (Reynolds) Atchley. Mary Anna was a member of First Baptist Church in Bryant.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Carroll Leon Steele, two brothers; James Carthal â€śBillâ€ť Atchley, and Audrey â€śJackâ€ť Otis Atchley.
Eara Ellen Wilson, 89, of Benton, passed away Thursday, September 6.Â She was born December 20, 1922 in Benton.Â Mrs. Wilson worked for Jones and Owasso furniture factories.Â
She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Lillian Wilson; husband, Warren K. Wilson; daughter, Judy Webb; twin sister, Vera Ann; three brothers; two sisters and five great-grandchildren.
Herrell Edward McDaniel, 91, of Richmond, Va., died Sept. 5.
He was born Aug. 27, 1921, in Benton.
Mr. McDaniel was a navigator in the U.S. Air Force during World War II and spent almost his entire career working at Reynolds Metals, retiring as the director of administrative control.Â After retirement, he loved to camp, fish and spend time with his family.
He preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Elsie Strayhorn McDaniel.Â
He is survived by his son, Ronald McDaniel; his daughter, Janice McDaniel; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.Â
Edward â€śTedâ€ť Billing, 94, of Alexander, passed away Sept. 4.
He was born Oct. 13, 1917, in Collegeville to the late Fred and Lena Lockert Billing.
Lawana Sue Grace, 62, of Lonsdale passed away Sunday, Aug. 26, at Stoneybrook Health & Rebhab.
She was born Aug. 12, 1950, in Searcy to the late James E. and Florence J. Kilman Dunham.
Mrs. Grace had previously worked in nursing homes.Â
Donald Barnes, 76, of Benton passed away on Sept. 3, with his loving family by his side.Â He was born March 19, 1936, to the late Reece and Mabel Barnes in Keo.Â Donald retired from Alcoa after 30 years.
He enjoyed spending time with his family, working on airplanes and cars. Donald was a very devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a grandson, Shane Mathis; a sister, Ann Cline; and his brother, Gerald Barnes.
Judy D. Caudle, 71, of Benton passed away on Sept. 3.Â She loved spending time with her family and crocheting.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Verna Freeman; a daughter, Deborah Curry; and one brother, Charles Freeman Jr.
Judy is survived by her son, George Curry, and wife Teresa; a daughter, Sheila Curry; six grandchildren; five brothers; five sisters and many family members and friends who loved her and will miss her dearly.
Marion Jr. Craft, 84, of Benton, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 4.Â
He was born Sept. 7, 1927 in Lonsdale to Sophia Josephine (Cash) Craft and Francis Marion Craft.Â
He entered the Army in February of 1946, serving his basic training at Camp Crower near Neosho, Mo. (south of Joplin).
After basic training, he went home for 20 days until June 1, 1946, when he traveled by train to Seattle, Wash., where he was stationed.Â Early one morning with full field pack, they hiked (apparently near San Francisco) through a gate that read, â€śWorldâ€™s Best Damn Soldiers Walked Through This Gate."
Jack L. Hill, 73, of Benton passed away on Sept. 1, with his loving family by his side.
He was born Dec. 21, 1938, to the late Lilburn and Sybil Hill in Paron.
Jack retired from Cranford Construction after 44 years.Â He loved to hunt and watch western movies.Â Jack was a people person who enjoyed talking and visiting with friends and family.Â One of his greatest joys in life was to tell stories from his past.
He was a very devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Ronnie Baugh; and a brother, Sharon Cleghorn.
Norris Collon Whitfield, age 66, of Bauxite, passed away Sunday September 2, 2012. He was born July 23, 1946 in Bauxite. Norris worked for the State Highway Dept. and was a member of Mars Hill Missionary Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Mattie Brooks Whitfield, brothers, Ray Whitfield, and Doyle Whitfield.
Survivors, wife, Deborah Whitfield, Bauxite; son, Michael Daymond Whitfield, Plano, Texas; Brothers, Carroll Whitfield, Fred Whitfield, both of Benton; sisters, Nellorine Hickman, Benton; Betty Ann Adams, Benton; Nelsene Ritchey, Bryant.