Archive - Obituary
February 21st, 2014
Arthur Ralph Helmich of Benton was born Jan. 24, 1929. At the age of 85 he went to see his heavenly father whom he served wholeheartedly in all his action and deeds. He now resides in his mansion in the sky and God gave him a brand new set of tools to work with.
He was a gentle soul, a giving, inventive, industrious man who loved his wife, Shirley, of 57 years to the very end.
Arthur was preceded in death by his mother and father, Ed and Edna Helmich; his brothers, Edward and Ted; a twin brother, August; and his sister, Lucille.
Alice â€śCharleneâ€ť Roberts, 70, of Bryant passed away Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 at her home.Â
She was born July 20, 1943 in Chandler, Okla., to the late Charles William Ussery and Vera LaRue (Reed) Tyler.
Mrs. Roberts was a registered nurse at Baptist Hyperbaric Unit and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert Frank Roberts; one daughter, Jullie Irene Haynes; and one granddaughter, Shanna Rayne Ramos.
Bernice Sullivan, 95, of Benton, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 at Saline Memorial Hospital with family by her side.Â
She was born Feb. 5, 1919. She celebrated her 95th birthday with cake and family.Â
Bernice was the daughter of the late W.R. and Verda Moore. She was of the Baptist faith.
Bernice and her husband, Hosie, lived most of their married life in Texas, a state she loved. Bernice and her husband drove dump trucks in the Dallas area. She loved driving large trucks. They later retired and moved back to Benton to be near their family.
Kevin R. Griffin, 55, of Conway passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. He was born May 18, 1958, in Texas to the late Ray and Donna (Wymore) Griffin.
He is survived by his wife, Carol Griffin of Conway; two sons, Marcus Griffin of Benton and Jacob Griffin of Conway; one grandson, Everett Bernard Griffin; two sisters, Karen Harvill (James) and Joy Griffin both of Benton; two stepsons, Kelly Beaty (Christie) of Hot Springs and Blair Beaty (Amy) of Fayetteville.Â
Arrangements are by Roller-McNutt Funeral Home in Conway (501-327-7727).
James "Pal" Burton, 97, of Tull passed away Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014.
He was born July 20, 1916 in Tull.
Mr. Burton was a member of Saline Missionary Baptist Church.Â He loved the Lord and he loved his family.Â
He was a carpenter by trade, building or remodeling several houses in the Tull community.Â He was an avid hunter and fisherman and had a great love for nature and animals.Â
He was preceded in death by his parents, James Wylie Burton and Dora Ashcraft Burton; his wife, Fern Burton; one brother; and six sisters.
Marva Joyce Reed, 69, of Benton passed away Monday, Feb. 17, 2014.
She was born May 10, 1944, in Hot Springs.Â
Mrs. Reed retired from the Arkansas Health Center and was a member of Ten Mile Missionary Baptist Church.Â She was a very proud member of the â€śBaseball Nanas."Â
Mrs. Reed was preceded in death by her parents, Marion and Arvelee Teague; two brothers, Marion Lee Teague and Ronnie Teague; and a sister, Sherland McNeely.
David H. Wills, 60, of Sheridan, formerly of Benton, went to be with the Lord on Feb. 17, 2014.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Donald Wills Sr. and Nerva Wills; and a sister, Lorella Carol Jones.
He is survived by his daughter, Roseanne Henson; a grandson, Keegan Henson; two granddaughters, Heaven and Serenity Ross; brothers and sisters, Marvis Depew, Jan Leal, Pat Scott, Donald Wills Jr., Pixie Wiggs, Deri Wills, Margaret Thompson, Dennis Wills and Gina Gilmore.
Herschel Dean Yates of Benton passed away on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014.
He was born Aug. 13, 1930, in Carterville, Mo., to the late Cecil and Edith Yates.
He was named for Dizzy Dean, the Cardinal baseball player.Â He played semi-pro baseball for a short time.Â He retired from the Arkansas State Police as a sergeant after 25 years of service.Â While working in Hot Springs, he gave future Governor and President Bill Clinton his driver's test when he was 16.Â He was laterÂ head of security at theÂ Governor's Mansion and the state Capitol complexÂ while Mr. Clinton was governor.Â
Stephen Felton Berry, 43, of Bryant went to be with his Lord and Savior on Feb. 16, 2014.Â
He was born July 2, 1970, in Little Rock to Jackie and Toni Green Berry.
Stephen graduated from Bryant High School, was a red shirt freshman for University of Arkansas, then completed his football career at Southern Arkansas University.
Stephen was a member of Bryant First Baptist Church. He loved fishing, football and NASCAR racing.
Stephen was a CNC operator for Coors Manufacturing.
Cloyd Stephen â€śSteveâ€ť Wiseman, 64, of Atkins passed away Feb. 15, 2014, at Hospice Home Care in Little Rock.
He was born Jan. 26, 1950, in Missouri. Steve worked for the poultry industry in Northwest Arkansas for many years and later became an elder in full connection of the Arkansas United Methodist Church, serving churches at Jasper, Lepanto, Joiner, Hughes, El Dorado and Berryville.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Velva Lee Wiseman, and a cousin, Gaylon Cope.