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January 9th, 2012

Oscar Lee Lowe

January 9, 2012

Oscar Lee Lowe, 84, of Benton died Friday, Jan. 6, 2012. He was born Nov. 2, 1927, in Lubbock, Texas. Oscar was retired from Reynolds Metals Co., a Mason of Lodge No. 34 in Benton, and a Navy veteran of World War II and the Korean War.
He was a Baptist by faith, but regularly attended Parkview United Methodist Church in Benton.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William Lowe and Audrey Henry Cook; his wife of 62 years, Bobbie Lowe; a sister, Patricia Ann Cook; and a brother, Billy Joe Lowe.

Ernest William Edington Sr.

January 9, 2012

Ernest William Edington Sr., 87, of Benton died Friday, Jan. 6. He was born Oct. 5, 1924, in Dumas.
He retired from Alcoa after 30-plus years as a Department Manager Instrumentation/Electrician.
He was a World War II Navy veteran and a member of Salem United Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Sallie Crain Edington; a son, Ernest William Edington Jr.; a brother, James Edington; and a sister, Shirley Moyer.

Helen Ophelia McKinzie-Riley

January 9, 2012

Helen Ophelia McKinzie-Riley, 86, of Conway, passed away, Thursday, Jan. 5. She was born Wednesday, June 10, 1925 in Cornith, to the late James W. and Ester Ophelia (Turner) Ethridge.
Mrs. Riley loved taking care of her family, music, flowers, dancing and going to yard sales. One of her great passions was NASCAR which she watch often. Mrs. Riley was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Conway.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Donally David Riley; two daughters, Francis Loudermild and Lorine Smith; and 16 brothers and sisters.

January 6th

Donald R. "Don" Masters

January 6, 2012

Donald R. "Don" Masters, 71, of Benton passed away Wednesday, Jan. 4. He was born Sept. 18, 1940, to the late Walter B. and Eunice (McAllister) Masters in Antlers, Okla.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of Highway Church of Christ and worked in the construction business.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, David Masters; and two sisters, Jenelle Bradford and Wanda Lou Plamer.

Kelle Gwen Phillips Ray

January 6, 2012

Kelle Gwen Phillips Ray, 47, of Alexander died Tuesday Jan. 3, at her residence. She was born Feb. 18, 1964, in Texarkana, Texas.
She was a 1982 graduate of Arkansas High School in Texarkana and a 1987 graduate of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. She was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority, was a longtime pharmaceutical representative, and was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church in Little Rock.
She was preceded in death by her father, Ed Phillips.

Dale Newton Riggin

January 6, 2012

Dale Newton Riggin, 75, of Benton passed away on Jan. 4. He was born Aug. 2, 1936, in Wilmont, to the late Rev. Robert L. and Bettie Dillon Riggin.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and the mother of his children, Shirley A. Riggin.
He is survived by his sons, Robert Riggin of Little Rock and Dale L. Riggin of Malvern; three daughters, Dalenda Foster of Benton, Tami Horta of California and Kimberly Davis of Texas; two brothers, Don Riggin of Little Rock and Dean Riggin of Sardis; a sister, Ann Ashcraft of Malvern; 15 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

David Allan Inmon

January 6, 2012

David Allan Inmon, 58, of Benton died Tuesday, Jan. 3, at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock.  He was born June 8, 1953, in Little Rock to Robert Inmon Sr. and Nina Hubbard Inmon.
Mr. Inmon was a Christian and worked in customer service for Democrat Printing Lithograph. He loved the Arkansas Razorbacks and was an avid golfer.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Nina Hubbard Inmon.

Mark David Neal

January 6, 2012

Mark David Neal, 52, of Benton died Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012 at his home. He was born Sept. 17, 1959 in Benton.
Mark was a former employee of Silver Dollar City and a member of Wright's Chapel Church in Benton. He was preceded in death by his father, Dock Neal. 
He is survived by his wife, Shelia Neal of Benton; two sons, Shawn Neal of Bauxite and David Neal of Benton; his mother, Mabel Dixon of Benton; a brother, Jimmy Neal of Benton; and three grandchildren.
Graveside service will be held at 10 .m. on Friday, Jan. 6, at Old Union Cemetery in Benton with the Rev. Curtis Bryant officiating.

Thelma Elizabeth Farr

January 6, 2012

Thelma Elizabeth Farr, 92, of Bryant went on to glory on Dec. 28.
She is survived by her sons, Frezel Farr and wife Sandra of Little Rock, Kenneth Farr of Bryant and Nathaniel Farr and wife Mary of Altadena, Calif.; a stepdaughter, Wilma Roosevelt of Little Rock; two sisters, Dorothy Wallace and husband A.C. of Bryant, and Louvenia Peters of Chicago, Ill.; 22 grandchildren; 51 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; a special niece, Pamela Barton; other relatives and friends.

Parker Alan Hilligas Purifoy

January 6, 2012

Parker Alan Hilligas Purifoy, 4, of Little Rock went to be with the Lord on Sunday, Jan. 1. Parker and his twin brother, Paxton Blake, were born on Nov. 12, 2007.
Survivors include his parents, Nicholas Purifoy of Benton and Sherri Hilligas of East End; his grandparents, Karen "MeMaw" Purifoy and Jerry Taylor of Malvern and Tamie "GramBo" and Eddie Hilligas of Sardis; specia parents,

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