John William Nalley, 78, of Benton left this life to walk with the Lord he adored on Saturday, June 15. He was born in Benton on July 17, 1934, to Charlie and Daisy Nalley.
He was a 1953 graduate of Benton High School and served his country in the U.S. Navy, where he was trained in microwave radio technology. He used this training while working for more than 35 years in the communications division for the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department, where he retired. For seventy years, he had been a member of Sharon Missionary Baptist Church, where he taught Sunday School, served as Sunday School superintendent, treasurer and a deacon.
He was preceded in death by the first love of his life, Carolyn Broadway Nalley; his parents; and seven siblings, Carl "Boose"Nalley, Louis Nalley, Doris Wright, Elizabeth "Babe" McPherson, Charlene Beaty, Martha Ann Rogers and Leeman Nalley.
He is survived by the second love of his life, Ruby James Nalley. He is also survived by two sons, Kenny Nalley and wife Lolita of Tull and John Doyle Nalley and wife Carolyn of Benton. He is also survived by his pride and joy, his three grandchildren, Jerra Wren Nalley of Fayetteville, Chance William Nalley of Fayetteville and Lucas Hayward Nalley of Conway.
Also surviving are three brothers and sisters-in -law, Leroy Nalley and wife Patsy Ruth, Willis "Coke" Nalley and wife Bonnie, Ted Nalley and wife Sylvia; a brother-in-law, Dick Beaty,and a sister-in-law, Myrtle Nalley; stepchildren, Jerry James and wife Patsy, Gary James and wife Renee and Nancy Fischer and husband Steve; and step-grandchildren, Shelly Bewley and husband Chris and Brady James, Jana James Tolar and husband Wes, Josh James and wife Rebekah, and Jade James Ray and husband Jordan and Caleb Fischer
He was preceded in death by a stepson, Roger James.
He is also survived by numerous friends and family whose lives he touched in a special way. He invested his life in the lives of others. We remember him for his humor, patience, compassion, charity and his love of life as well as his willingness to help anyone in need. He kept these traits in spite of his recent illness.
A celebration of John's life will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 18, at Sharon Missionary Baptist Church in Benton with the Rev. Glenn Tropp and the Rev. Richard Hamlin officiating. Burial will follow at Sharon Cemetery.
Serving as pallbearers are Joe Don Broadway, Earl Smith, Carroll Bono, Robert McPherson, Scotty Nalley, Chett Woodall, David Woodall and Dicky Moore.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, June 17, at Sharon Missionary Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Daisy Nalley and Carolyn Nalley Memorial Scholarship Fund benefiting the Texarkana Children's Orphanage, in care of Sharon Missionary Baptist Church.
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