Archive - Obituary
March 6th, 2012
Carolyn Ann (Knight) Wilbanks went to be with the Lord on March 5, 2012.Â
Carolyn was a long-term resident of Benton where she raised an extended family.Â She was born in Sunflower, Miss. on Jan. 10, 1941 to Jewell and Burton Knight.Â Carolyn was the sister of Mary Jane Keller of Starkville, Miss., Marilyn Rogers of Becker, Miss., Bruce Knight and Ronnie Knight of Pontotoc, Miss., and Douglas â€śShortyâ€ť Knight of Tupelo, Miss.Â
She is preceded in death by her parents and brother Burton â€śBurt Tâ€ť Knight.
Frances Ellen â€śFritzyâ€ť Sledge, 81, resident of Alexander, passed away Sunday, March 4.
She was born June 28, 1930 in Vimy Ridge to the late Ernest Spann and Bobbie Mae Mann Spann.Â
Mrs. Sledge was valedictorian of her high school class at the old Vimy Ridge School. She was a member of the Vimy Ridge Missionary Baptist Church.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by two sons, Robert Gene Sledge and Tony Sledge; four sisters; and two grandchildren.
Louis Russell Nicklaus, 82, of Benton, died Saturday, March 3, at the Hospice Home in Little Rock.Â
He was born June 24, 1929 in Etta, Miss. to the late Lewis and Mildred Nicklaus.Â
Mr. Nicklaus was a retired truck driver for Arkansas Face Veneer and a member of the Jehovahâ€™s Witnesses, the Benton Congregation.
Robert James "Bob" Grable, 88, of Alexander, passed away Friday, March 2. Bob was born November 4, 1923 in Quitman. During World War II, Bob briefly worked for Bruce Lumber Company in Little Rock before joining Mobil Oil Company. He retired from Mobil to start Grable Oil Company in Little Rock. He was a long time member and deacon of Temple Baptist Church in Little Rock.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Sue (McMahon) Grable; parents, William Orbra Grable and Arvada Amanda (Hendrickson) Grable of Bryant; and one brother, Billy Grable of Fort Worth.
Lee E. Jackson, 75, of Mabelvale, died March 5.
Saturday afternoon, March 03, Mary Athlene Sloan Harrison, 92, of Benton quietly slipped from the presence of her daughter and granddaughter, and joined her heavenly Father and many friends and loved ones in her heavenly home.Â She was born to Daniel Vernon and Mary Bonds Sloan on July 17, 1919, in England, Ark. Her mother died shortly after Mary Aâ€™s birth and her grandmother, Alpha Etta Sloan, lovingly helped her son care for the baby.Â A few years later, Vernon married Ellen Tanner and Mary was blessed to have a stepmother who loved her dearly.
Vernelle B. Ramsey, 89, of Benton, died Sunday, March 4.Â She was born Feb. 15, 1923, to Warren Ralph and Eunice McGraw Bishop in Caledonia, Ark.Â Mrs. Ramsey earned a masterâ€™s degree in education and was also a teacher at Bryant and Bauxite schools for 34 years. Before retiring, she became the first counselor at Bauxite.Â She was a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, the Arkansas Society of Mayflower Descendants, A.E.A, N.E.A., Saline County Retired Teachers Association and a charter member of Trinity Baptist Church.Â
Mrs. Ramsey was preceded in death by her parents and husband, G. Tom Ramsey.
Todd Lasage, 46, of Alexander went to be with the Lord on Friday March 2. He was born November 7, 1965 in Benton. Todd was a former employee of Royal Overhead Door Co. Todd was a graduate of Bryant High School and attended University of Arkansas both in Little Rock and Fayetteville, and a member of Bryant First United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Sissy Tinker Lasage, Alexander; son, Brandon Lasage, daughters, Tiffani Lasage and Ericcah Lasage, both of Alexander; parents, William and Pat Lasage, Alexander; sister, Jana Young, Alexander; grandmother, Lorene Lasage.
Calvin Monroe Hobby, 86, of Benton, went to be with the Lord Friday, March 2. He was born May 22, 1925 in Scott, to the late Gilbert and Bessie Waters Hobby.Â He grew up in Sardis and was known as â€śMonroeâ€ť to many growing up.
He served his country in the Navy as a Seabee during WWII. He was retired from Alcoa where he was a pipe fitter. He also was a Farmers Insurance agent for over 30 years in Benton. He was an active member of Parkview United Methodist church, where he served for many years. He was preceded in death by his brother James C. (J. C. ) Hobby and sister, Lonie Pettus.
Martha L. Crain, age 86, of Benton died Friday, March 2, 2012. She was born Oct. 30, 1925 in Benton. Martha was a housewife and a member of West Bauxite Missionary Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Gertrude Caple; her husband, Dwayne Crain; and a daughter, Helen Wunderlich.
She is survived by her daughter, Bobbie Gentry and husband, Gene of Benton; brother, Tommy L. Caple of Benton; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.