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Obituaries

Zachary Andrew Ratliff

January 26, 2015

Zachary Andrew Ratliff, age 30, of Benton passed away Friday, Jan. 23, 2015.
He was born in Hot Springs on April 21, 1984, to Gene and Robin (George) Ratliff.
He loved coaching one of the 8-year-old Bryant All Star Baseball teams and his son's basketball team. He was very active in the activities of his children. He loved spending time with his family, especially his wife and children, who were the light of his life.

Jessie L. Hood

January 26, 2015

Jessie L. Hood, age 86, of Benton died Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, at his home. He was born Feb. 16, 1928 at Union Town, Arkansas.
He worked in the timber and logging industry.
Jessie retired at an early age and got to do the things he loved — fishing, hunting, camping, talking and telling stories of long ago to all of his grandkids, great-grandkids and anyone that would listen.
Jessie was preceded in death by his parents, John and Vesta Hood; one sister; and three brothers.

Mardella Taylor

January 26, 2015

Mardella Taylor, age 60, of Mabelvale, passed away Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. She was born Sept. 15, 1954 in Columbus, Ohio, to the late Ulmer and Betty (Youle) Armentrout.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one sister, Ethel May Kirby; and her father-in-law, Robert Taylor.
She enjoyed working as a waitress at El Chico, where she was employed for 16 years. She was of the Christian faith.

Bonnie Lee Ward

January 26, 2015

Bonnie Lee Ward, age 87, of Benton, passed away Friday, Jan. 23, 2015.  She was born Jan. 20, 1928 in Benton. 
Mrs. Ward was a retired telephone operator at Arkansas Children’s Hospital and a member of Wrights Chapel Baptist Church. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, Doc and Lois Scott; her husband, Boyd Ward; a daughter, Frances Cushing; and a brother, Clyde Scott.

Irene C. Marks

January 26, 2015

Irene C. Marks, 96, of Alexander flew into the arms of the angels on Jan. 23, 2015. 
She was born Nov. 20, 1918, in Cleburne County, living most of her younger years in the Good Springs Community.  She was a member of the Good Springs Missionary Baptist Church.
Irene was a homemaker. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, Otis J. and Leota Cathey; her husband, Hubert H. Marks; a brother, Lloyd Cathey; and her sisters, Adell Dennis of Arizona and Odell of California.

Stacey V. Bell

January 26, 2015

Stacey V. Bell, 37, of Jacksonville, passed away Jan. 17, 2015. She was born Jan. 11, 1978 in Bowling Green, Kentucky to Myron Bell and the late Ruth Kilian Bell.
Stacey is survived by her father, Myron Bell; son, Bobby Pye; daughters, Jade and Elizabeth Pye; sister, Sonya Attaway; aunts Sherry Bennett and Shirley Bell; as well as many other family members and friends who loved her and will miss her always.

Willie Mae English

January 26, 2015

Willie Mae English, 75, of Bryant, departed this earth with her family at her side on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015. She was born Nov. 18, 1939 in Arkansas. Mae retired from Southwest Medical Clinic in the Medical Records Dept.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Jesse Swanner and Geneva Childress Swanner; and her first love, Calvin Andrew George.

Robert (Bob) Hibbard

January 26, 2015

Robert (Bob) Hibbard, 85, of Benton, passed away Jan. 21, 2014.  He was born Dec. 22, 1929 in Connecticut to the late Robert and Amy Burnham Hibbard. 
Bob was preceded in death by his parents and  sister, Janice Hibbard Hawks.
He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Billie Jean Hibbard, of Benton; son, John Hibbard; daughters, Wendy Hibbard, Sherry Stone, Debbie Trimble, Gay Turbyfill and Krissy Rogers; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
A visitation will be 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25 at Ashby Funeral Home.
Cremation will follow visitation.

Irvin Dale Brown

January 22, 2015

Irvin Dale Brown, 75, of Benton, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2015 at Arkansas Hospice and Home Care in Little Rock.  He was born Oct. 10, 1939 in Mabelvale, to the late Forrest Irvin Brown and Emilie (Hurlimann) Brown. He was a member of Geyer Springs Baptist Church, a former pastor of New Life Landmark Missionary Baptist Church, and retired as a machine operator from Stone Container. Mr. Brown was a United States Marine Corp veteran.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by and one sister, Kitty Roe.   

Anita Sweeney

January 22, 2015

Anita Sweeney, 72, of Benton, passed away Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015.  She was born Oct. 27, 1942 in Benton, to Juanita and Burton Bradley.
Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Tina Rachelle Eubanks.
Survivors include her son, William Bryan Sanges; son-in-law, Phillip Kime Eubanks; four grandchildren, Jessica Eubanks, Parker Eubanks, Riley Eubanks, Christopher Sanges; and a granddaughter-in-law, Heidie Taylor-Sanges, all of Benton. 
Cremation arrangements provided by Roller-Ballard Funeral Home. 

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