Archive - Obituary
August 28th, 2012
â€¨Bernice Hunter Gifford passed away on Aug. 23. She was born Dec. 11, 1916.
She was born in Centerville, Mo., to Stella Miner Hunter and Ernest M. Hunter. Â She resided in Gideon, Mo., from 1938 to 2003.
She was a member of Fox Ridge Retirement Community in Bryant from 2003 until her death.
Bernice accepted Christ as her Savior when she was 9 years old and was active in her home church.
She was united in marriage in 1938 to John W. Gifford and they spent most of their married life in Gideon, Mo. They celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in 2008 prior to Mr. Gifford's death.
Eva Jean (Burks) Cox, 83, of Benton, went to be with the Lord Sunday, August 26, at Saline Memorial Hospital Hospice House in Bryant.Â She was born May 3, 1929 in Mabelvale to the late Jessie Lem Burks and Vera Ruth (Rogers) Burks.Â She was a member of Calvery Baptist Church and an Eastern Star.Â Mrs. Cox was very active with the PTA and had served as a past president.Â She was also a hotel book keeper and had obtained her real estate license.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by, one granddaughter, Jessica Amber Morgan and two sisters, Bonnie Garner and Joyce Gibson.
James Floyd â€śPapa Jimâ€ť Mills, 73, of Benton, passed away Friday evening August 24.Â He was born October 29, 1938 in Haskell, to Marcus Coy Mills and Opie Berryhill Mills.Â James received his education and training at Henry Ford Technical Institute, now a subsidiary of Michigan State University, in Detroit Michigan.Â He was employed for many years in the tool-and-die trade, eventually becoming an industrial designer specializing in compound progressive dies and plastic injection molds.Â His many product designs surround us daily, from plastic drinking cups from McDonalds, throw-away meat tray c
Odale Gentry, 77, passed away on Aug. 24 in Alexander. He was born Feb. 1, 1935, in Bauxite to Amores Wyatt and Flora Ellen Gentry. He proudly served his country as a Marine in the Korean War. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 14000. He worked for several years for the city of Benton, drove a truck and was a mechanic during most of his working years. Odale was dearly loved by all who knew him and will be greatly missed.â€¨He was preceded in death by his wife, Wanda Sue Gentry, and his parents.
Montie Dean Nelson, 48, of Bryant, went to be with the Lord on Friday, Aug. 24. He was born July 27, 1964, in Little Rock. He was a self-employed carpenter and loved to hunt and fish.
He was preceded in death by all grandparents and father, Joel Nelson.
Maureen P. Hogue, 77, of Mabelvale, passed away Friday, August 24. She was born January 2, 1935 in Limestone County, Texas. Mrs. Hogue was preceded in death by her parents, Wayne and Hazel Pollock; brother, Wayland Pollock and a special friend, June Williams, who died just hours after her.
Stephen Ashley Colvert, 61, of Benton, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 22.Â He was born Sept. 13, 1950, in Little Rock to the late Floyd and Betty Colvert.Â Steve was a U.S. Air Force veteran, a member of Trinity Baptist Church in Benton, and was retired from Southwestern Bell Telephone Co.Â He loved woodworking and spending time with his family, especially his two grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, his sister, Tracey Noll, preceded him in death.
Carol J. Johnson, 68, of Bauxite went to be with the Lord on Monday, Aug. 20. She was born Dec. 18, 1943, in Little Rock to the late Woodrow and Ola Jones. She was s homemaker and former medical assistant. She was a member of Hurricane Lake Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert R. Johnson Sr.; her parents; and her sisters, Linda Raines and Bernice Smith.
Lorane Flowers McBryde, 91, of North Little Rock passed away peacefully in her sleep on Monday, Aug. 20. She was born Aug. 9, 1921, in Spring Hill (Hempstead County), the daughter of Will D. and Annie Maude Collins Flowers. Mrs. McBryde was reared and received her early education in Spring Hill. She was the salutatorian of the Spring Hill High School class of 1939.
Lorane Flowers married Cecil Lee McBryde Sr. on June 1, 1939. Mr. McBryde preceded her in death in 1989.
Debrah J. White Newby, 59 of Benton went to be with her Lord on August 20, with her family by her side.Â She was born on May 20, 1953 to Tildon and Wilma White in Toole, Utah.Â Debrah was a very devoted and loving mother, daughter, sister and friend.Â She enjoyed sewing, cooking and gift giving.Â Debrah retired from the Bryant School District as a teacher after 28 years.Â She was a member of Church at Rock Creek, where she loved to go and hear the word of God.Â
Debrah is preceded in death by her father, Tildon White and two brothers, Dewayne White and Keith White.