Archive - Obituary
February 24th, 2012
Gilberta Audrey Rickel, 79, of Benton passed away Thursday, Feb. 23, at Saline Memorial Hospice House in Bryant.Â She was born Feb. 16, 1933, in Forest Hills, Pa., to the late Gilbert and Edith Rickel.Â She was a member of Avilla Zion Lutheran Church and was retired from the food service industry.
She loved crafts, the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, William Rickel.
The Rev. E. D. Singleton, 91, of Malvern, went home to be with the Lord, on Tuesday, Feb. 21. He was born in Oden on Dec. 20, 1920, to Elbert and Emmer Singleton (Pruitt).
Singleton, a World War II veteran, served in the U.S. Army from June 1942 to January 1946 was highly decorated and honorably discharged as a platoon sergeant, a 745 combat infantry man.
He received the Victory Ribbon, Good Combat Medal, American Theater Ribbon, AP Theater Ribbon, two Bronze Service Stars, Philippines Liberation Ribbon, and a Bronze Star GO 23 Hq USAFFE45.
Alvis L. â€śPeteâ€ť Wise, 83, of Bryant passed away Thursday, Feb. 23.Â He was born Aug. 13, 1928, in Bauxite to the late Albert and Mae Reid Wise.
Pete was a member of Northside Church of Christ. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, one sister and a grandson, Todd Wise. Upon retiring from Reynolds Metals, he enjoyed 32 years of retirement, trout fishing and camping at Lake DeGray.
Lester Riley Ruffin, 75, of Benton passed away Tuesday, Feb. 21.Â He was born Oct. 6, 1936, in DeWitt to the late Lester and Effie Ruffin.
Mr. Ruffin was a "Class A Machinist" and owner of Ruffin Mold and Machine in Benton, a U.S. Air Force veteran, where he served as an aircraft machinist.
He was a Christian.Â
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one daughter, Tamara Ruff; and a brother, Donald Lee Ruffin, Sr.
Ashley Nichole James, 25, of Benton went home to be with her Heavenly Father on Monday, Feb. 20.Â
She was born Feb. 16, 1987, to Greg and Paula James in Hot Springs.Â She was a member of Sharon Missionary Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Paula DePriest James; her grandfather, Steve O. DePriest; and her great-grandparents, Gordon and Gladys Wright.
Logan Hayes Parker, 21, of Bryant, departed this world on Saturday, Feb. 18.Â He was born May 21, 1990, to Jim Mack and Robin Parker of Bryant.
Logan fought for life from his first moments on earth.Â Born with a serious heart condition, he survived a seven-hour surgery at just two days old.Â
William W. â€śBillâ€ť Mayer, of Bryant, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 16.
He was born Feb. 18, 1931, in Little Rock, to the late Fannie Williams and Henry Dawson Mayer. Bill was a member of the Bryant United Methodist Church. He graduated from Little Rock Senior High School in 1950 and was a proud member of â€śWilsonâ€™s Tigers.â€ť This group played football for Wilson Matthews and has stayed in close contact over the years. Bill served his country in the U.S. Air Force in Korea during the Korean War. He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Erin Keim, 34, of Benton, was taken home to be with the Lord on Feb. 19.Â She was born Oct. 10, 1977, in Little Rock.Â
Erin lived a life acquainted with illness from an early age of 6.Â Many saw the results of that in her physical limitations.Â Those who knew and loved her saw her strength and courage.Â Her great loves in her life were always first, her daughter Taryn; her family; North Bryant Baptist Church; and the one who gave her strength, hope and courage, her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.Â
Mary Virginia Heaslet, 95, passed from this life on Feb. 17 at her home in Benton. She was born to Robert Vest and Harriet Still "Hattie" Thomas on Feb. 9, 1917.
Mary Virginia loved to visit new places and had traveled the world extensively. She was retired from Hughes Aircraft and delighted in sharing the story of the role she played in the building of the Surveyor 1, which was launched in 1966 and was the first American space probe sucessfully launched.
Charlotte Goss Whatley, 68, of Benton went to be with her Lord on Thursday, Feb. 16.
She was born Oct. 8, 1943, in Little Rock to the late John Calvin Goss and Callie Mae Cochran Goss. She was an accountant for Walmart for 30 years and was a member of The Church at Rock Creek.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her stepmother, Elizabeth Goss; a son, David Calvin Whatley; her brothers, Gary, Phillip, David and Wallace Goss and Charles William Barker.