Archive - Obituary
October 17th, 2011
Conard Roe â€śConnieâ€ť Shelnut went home to be with our Lord on Oct. 12.Â He was born in Benton to Elbert and Bertha Shelnut on Aug. 28, 1934.
Mr. Shelnut graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1961, where he received a degree in electrical engineering.Â While there he was president of the electrical engineering fraternity, Tau Beta Pi. Â He served in the Air Force as a navigator and was later commissioned as a captain.
Michael Shawn Lynn, 38, of Benton, passed away Thursday, Oct. 13.Â He was born July 26, 1973, in Hot Springs to Spencer Lynn and Marsha Diane Chancellor Lynn.Â Michael was an assistant manager for Crow Burlingame.
He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Burl Chancellor and Hazen Lynn; and his grandmothers, Bernice Burks and Eva Lynn.
Frances Marie (Bridges) Willard-Wolf died Oct. 1 at the age of 92. Â She was born April 7, 1919, in Little Rock, the daughter of John and Ella Bridges.
She was a resident of Morrilton, but for many years had lived in Haskell.
She was preceded in death by a son, Robert Clorola Willard, who was 5 when taken in a tragic accident.
Survivors include a stepdaughter, Peggy Ann Moser of Las Vegas, N.V.; a daughter, Bobby Modean Frach-Stewart of Morrilton; a son, David Arthur Willard of Silverdale, Wash.; eight grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and two great-great-granddaughters.
Lee Roy Parson, 70, of Benton, passed away Tuesday Oct. 11, at Saline Memorial Hospital. He was born August 1, 1941 in Benton to the late Zack and Ida Greenlee Parson. He was a graduate of Bauxite High School and attended Quachita Baptist University. Mr. Parson was a retired logging contractor and maintenance lead at Rineco. He was of Baptist faith.
He is preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Armetha Ward and a brother, Etheridge Parson.
Mark Steven Yant, 53, of Benton died Sunday, October 9.Â He was born on October 26, 1957 in Little Rock.Â Mr. Yant was a beloved son, husband, father, and true friend.Â In the early 1990â€™s, he worked as a union organizer for UFCW Local 1583/2008.Â It was during this time he met his wife, Stephanie.Â He organized three years while on a leave of absence from the Kroger Company, where he was employed for over 38 years.Â Mr. Yant was an avid outdoorsman, hunter, fisherman, golfer, Razorbacker supreme, and loved by all who knew him.
Joe Lee Joey Richards Jr., 40, of Benton was found October 5, after he had been missing for a year. He was born June 15, 1971 in Benton. Joe was a construction worker, a US Army Veteran and attended Rose Hill Nazarene Church in Little Rock. He was preceded in death by his mother, Eileen Lou Richards, grandparents, Mick and Zella Richards, Samuel and Clara Goans.
Alta Christine Bradbury Salley, 81, passed away Sunday, Oct. 9, in Denton, Texas. She was born February 17, 1930 at Benton, to Thomas Franklin and Esther May Pitcock Bradbury. She married Horace Franklin Salley on February 22, 1947 in Benton. Alta was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Carpenter's Chapter, Sherman, Texas. She was a Past Matron and a 50 year member. She was a retired farmer.
She was preceded in death by husband of 50 years, Horace Salley; son, Curtis Joe Salley; grandsons, Ronald and Frank Hamm; 8 brothers and sisters.
Michael David Sample, 51, of Little Rock, was reunited with his parents in heaven on Friday, Oct. 7, after suffering fatal injuries in a motorcycle accident.Â Mike was born in Little Rock on March 25, 1960. to Jack â€śCooganâ€ť and Betty Clair Sample.Â
Mike worked as a conductor for Union Pacific Railroad, a job he relished with the co-workers he enjoyed being around.
Perry D. Patterson, 53, of Judsonia, passed away Saturday, Oct. 8.Â He was born Dec. 19, 1957, in Fairfield, Iowa, to the late Leon and Louise (Janes) Patterson.Â He was a cowboy and rancher.
Â He is survived by one daughter, Kylie Patterson of Alexander; two sisters Peggy Wilson and husband Garry and Patty Mask and husband Phillip, all of Bryant; one brother, Phil Patterson and wife Kelle of Benton; Dione Patterson; one stepson, Zachary White of Benton; many nieces and nephews' and other relatives and friends.
Elizabeth Mary McGriff, 70, of Benton, passed away Friday, Oct. 7.Â She was born Jan. 8, 1941, in Burlington, Iowa.
Mrs. McGriff worked more than 15 years as a supervisor in vending and was part owner of Billâ€™s Auto Repair.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Victor M. and Elizabeth Mae Stodt; daughter, Lorry Hawk; and a brother, William Anthony Stodt.