Archive - Obituary
January 7th, 2014
Stephen Ralph Donnor, 60, of Benton, died Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, following complications from liver cancer at Hospice Home Care in Little Rock.
He was born March 8, 1953, in Little Rock, to the late Ralph Donnor and Margaret Campbell Donnor of Benton.
Steve was the first of two sons. After graduating from Bauxite High School in 1971, Steve spent a year at the University of Arkansas before joining Alcoa. He retired out of the Alcoa Lab after 33 years.
John Wesley Brown, known as Wesley, 92, of Bryant, died on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014.
He was born April 8, 1921, to the late John and Burlie Crow Brown.Â
Wesley was an Army Air Force veteran of World War II and later graduated from Arkansas State Teachers College (now University of Central Arkansas).Â He did post-graduate work at the University of Arkansas.
Wesley was a teacher and coach at Fuller High School for five years before accepting a position in personnel at Reynolds Metals Co., where he worked more than 30 years until his retirement.
Anita Kathryn Demere, 63, of Benton passed away Jan. 4, 2014. She was born Sept. 15, 1950 in Little Rock to the late Harold and Mildred Hatfield Sirman. Anita was retired from the Arkansas Health Center in Benton and was a member of Gravel Hill Baptist Church.
She is survived by her husband, Greg Demere of Benton; and many other relatives and friends.
Funeral service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8. at Gravel Hill Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Wesley Chapel Cemetery in Paron.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, at Ashby Funeral Home.
Doris Cassie Sigler, 89, of Benton, passed away Jan. 3, 2014.Â She was born Jan. 16, 1924, in Ward to the late Stanley B. and Willie E. (Rasbury) Wright.
She was a longtime clothing buyer for several retail organizations, the latest being Gingles in Benton.Â She was a faithful member of Parkview United Methodist Church and involved in United Methodist Womenâ€™s organizations
Preceding her in death besides her parents was her husband, James A. Sigler; a sister, Dorothy Hall; and a brother-in-law, the Rev. Charles Holcomb.
John A. Swartz, 76, of Conway passed away Jan. 1, 2014.Â He was born May 25, 1937 in Washington, D.C., to the late Charles B. and Sarah Jane Van Lear Swartz.Â
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Elizabeth A. Marcrum.
John is survived by his brothers, William Swartz and Richard Swartz of Little Rock; and his nieces and nephews, Carol Matthews, Diane Cline, Anne Almstrom-Smith, Donna Sue Foreman, Sharon Riddell, Deborah Gawrieh, Stephen Swartz, Neil Swartz and Elizabeth Ward.
William Howard â€śBillâ€ť Wilhite, 80, of Little Rock passed away Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1951 to 1955 and was a Signalman on the USS Roulette.
Bill was a member of New Hope Nazarene Church in Little Rock. He loved his church family and never missed an opportunity to offer his gratitude for their prayers and concerns for him.
Leola Dove, 93, of Benton, passed away Friday, Jan. 3, 2014.Â She was born June 1920 in Perryville.Â
Mrs. Dove was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Dove and her son, Charles Lee Dove.
She is survived by her daughter, Elaine Swaby and her son-in-law, Leo Swaby; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.
Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 6 at Pine Crest Memorial Park.Â
Visitation will be 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 5 at Ashby Funeral Home.
On-line guest book: www.ashbyfuneralhome.com.
June A. Cochran Collie, 82, of Glen Rose went to be with our Lord and Savior on Jan. 1, 2014. She was born January 23, 1931 in Winchester to the late Moses and Bernice Rogers Cochran. She was a member of Glen Rose Missionary Baptist Church and served our savior by teaching others about the love of Christ in Sunday School, serving in Ladies Axillary, and supporting numerous missionaries around the world. She loved reading, writing poetry and reminiscing of days spent with family and friends.
June was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Bill Collie, 3 sisters and a brother.
Carl Alvin Lavender, 79, of Bryant passed away on Dec. 30, 2013 at Saline Memorial Hospice House. He was born in Prescott, to the late Harold Loyd Lavender and Thelma Bryson Lavender on November 8, 1934. He is a graduate of Prescott High School. Carl loved family, friends, traveling, gardening, and fishing. He was a member of the Bryant Church of Christ.
He is preceded in death by three sisters.
Paul R. Burks, 59, of Lonsdale, went to be with the Lord Monday, Dec. 30, 2013.Â He was born Jan. 6, 1954 in Hot Springs, to the late James W.Â and Royce L. (Roach) Burks.Â Paul was a member of Smith Creek Baptist Church.Â
Paul was preceded in death by his parents and brother David Burks.Â
He is survived by his son, Matt Burks (Jessica); daughterÂ Karen Braughton (Tom); sisters Loretta Hefley (Larry), Wanda Jenkins (Ron) and Mary Crowder (Luke); and grandchildren Connor and Cael Braughton and Coil and Kinsley Burks.
A private family memorial will be held at a later date.