Dalton L. “Buddy” Northern Jr., 65, of Benton; lost his battle to cancer and passed away peacefully Sunday, June 10. He was born November 19, 1946 in Little Rock, to the late Dalton L. Northern Sr. and Geraldine Northern. Buddy played football for the Benton Junior High Bulldogs during his seventh, eighth and ninth grade years. Going into high school, he played football for the Benton Panthers under Coach Tom Hardin. Buddy lettered in football and track. He was a member of the 1963 Region III AA Champs football team where he played tackle. Buddy was selected All-State and also All-District. He graduated from Benton High School in 1964 and received an athletic scholarship to the University of Arkansas where he played for the 1964 National Championship Team under Coach Frank Broyles. While at the University of Arkansas, he earned a degree in business law in June of 1970. In 2009, Buddy was inducted into the Benton Athletic Memorial Museum Wall of Fame.
Buddy was in Senior Management for many years. He worked for Sears Roebuck in Little Rock and Pine Bluff, Marks Rothenburg in Meridian, Mississippi, S.D. Leasing in Little Rock, Union Planters in Memphis, Tennessee and Dobbs Fleet Leasing. Buddy was a member of First Baptist Church in Benton. He spent most of his adult years enjoying his children and outdoor activities, primarily duck hunting and trout fishing. The last few years of Buddy’s life were very challenging because he could not enjoy his fishing, duck hunting and most importantly his children and grandchildren as often as earlier in life. He did however maintain a good sense of humor and was very gracious to all that visited.
He is survived by two daughters, Nancy Powell and husband David of Mississippi and Mary E. Fain and husband Jason of Houston, Texas and two grandchildren, Sidney E. Northern and Ashton S. Fain.
Funeral services will begin at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 12 in the chapel with burial at Pine Crest Memorial Park. Dr. Rick Grant will be officiating.
Visitation will be 1- 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 12 at Ashby Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be David Powell, Jason Fain, Greg Gattin, Randy Northern, Herb Peach and Mike Thompson.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church in Benton.
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