Archive - Obituary
May 21st, 2011
Mr. Charles T. Cates III, age 89, of Fort Smith formerly of Benton died Friday, May 20, 2011. He was born April 18, 1922, in Maryville, Tenn. Charles graduated from the University of Tennessee and was a decorated WWII Air Force Veteran, an FBI Agent, employed for over 25 years with Alcoa, a Hospital Volunteer, an avid Razorback fan and golfer, and a member of the First Baptist Church in Benton.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles M. and Grace Johnson Cates, his wife of 62 years, Elizabeth Pickens Cates and his sister, Penelope Bishop.
Doris Annette Mills Smith , 90, of Haskell, passed from this life on May 20, 2011.Â She was born April 20, 1921, in Haskell to Reuben Lee Mills and Thursa Evalyn Allen Mills.
Billy Ray âBillâ Hogue, 72, of Heber Springs, formally of Benton, passed away May 17, 2011. He was born June 3, 1938, in Altheimer to the late Earcle and Edythe Hogue.Â Bill was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Joann Hogue.Â
Charles Thomas Alexander, 71, of Little Rock, passed away May 16, 2011. He was born in Little Rock to Oran Randle and Beatrice Weaver Alexander and was a member of Pleasant Valley Church of Christ. Charles was a real estate broker, a member of the Arkansas Air National Guard and a past member of the Toastmasters and the Lions Club. He retired from the Post Office as a Postmaster. He was also a very clever poet.
Bonnie LeNore Weatherford, 58, of Traskwood, passed away Saturday, May 14, 2011, in Benton. She was born March 22, 1953, in Rochester, N.Y. She was the daughter of William Mose Barnard and Mary âCovellâ Barnard. Bonnie was an LPN, who was a devoted wife and member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She loved nursing and taking care of all of her patients. She also had a great love for her cats and wildlife in her backyard, where she enjoyed spending a lot of her time. Bonnie also enjoyed fishing and cooking.
Janet L. Renfro, 53, of Benton, died Monday, May 16, 2011.Â She was born on March 11, 1958, in Sacramento, Cali. to the late Wayne Alverson and Sally Birdie Phillips.Â
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Drew Allan Renfro, and one brother, Danny Alverson.Â
She is survived by two daughters, Haley Blankenship and husband, Scott, and Brandee Gray, all of Benton; one sister, Terri Nicholson of Wichita, Kan.; one brother, Garry Alverson of Humphrey; one aunt, Nona Alverson of Heber Springs, seven grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, and many friends.
Mrs. Lorene Shaver, age 90, of Benton died Tuesday, May 10, 2011. She was born September 14, 1920, in Lamar. Lorene was a housewife and a member of Geyer Springs Baptist Church and a member of the Easter Star. She was preceded in death of her parents, Jerome E. and Arnie Owens Cromer and three sisters.
Survivors include her brother and sister-in-law, J.E. Cromer and wife, Carol of Norfork; nephew, Joseph Cromer; niece, Jacquelyn Cromer; and three grandchildren.
Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Bayou Meto Cemetery in Jacksonville. Rev. Tom Brock will be officiating.
Helen Elizabeth Hickey, age 88, of Benton, passed away Friday, May 13, 2011.Â She was born January 12, 1923, in Paron.Â Mrs. Hickey was a hairdresser and a member of First Baptist Church in Benton.Â She was preceded in death by her parents, Buck and Delia Holland; husband, Lynn Hickey; sister, Pauline Moberly and brother, Bob White.Â
She is survived by two sons, Dwight Hickey of Benton and Glenn Hickey and wife, Sandy of Little Rock; one grandson, Jeffrey J. Hickey and wife, Renee; and two great-grandchildren, Taylor and Andrew Hickey.
Mrs. Inez Johnson Brown, age 80, of Lonsdale. died Saturday, May 14, 2011. She was born August 16, 1930 in Benton. Inez was a housewife.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ed and Zona Canfield Johnson, husband, Arthur Thomas Brown, two brothers and one sister.
Survivors include a daughter, Virginia Inez Swayze of Lonsdale; brothers, Ed Johnson, and Ronnie Johnson, both of Little Rock; Charles Johnson, Prattsville; two grandchildren.
No services are planned at this time.
Cremation arrangements are by Ashby Funeral Home.
Online guest book: ashbyfuneralhome.com
W. Richard Wilhelm, 88, of Benton went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, May 11, 2011.Â He was a retired dairy farmer, an avid gardener, and a gifted winemaker.Â Richard was a member of Avilla Zion Lutheran Church.Â He was a tender-hearteded, gentle man with a dry wit who was loved dearly by his family and friends.
Born in Alexander on Nov. 7, 1922, he was preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Katherine âKaffâ Mary Wilhelm; his parents, Walter and Carrie Wilhelm; his sister, Verena Smith Pritchard; and his brother, Harold Wilhelm.