Louis Aaron Fite, 94, of Benton passed away on Saturday, June 29, 2013.
He was born in Bauxite on Jan. 1, 1919, to the late Lemmuel and Annie Brady Fite. After spending his childhood in the New Hope Community as well as Mt. Olive, Louis joined the military and was able to see the world. He was a member of the 88th Infantry during World War II, traveling from Africa to Rome, and later Germany. He spent 175 days in a foxhole, guarded prisoners in a train car and led the first group of Allies into Rome. He was proud of his military career, and more importantly was known as a “True Son of The Confederacy." After serving his country he worked for years in California before retiring and returning to his home in Benton.
He was preceded in death by his wives, Katherine Fite and Lois Fite; one brother, Charlie Fite and wife Lois Brown; one sister, Kate Scott; one half-sister, Sally Donham and husband Will; and half-brothers, John Fite, and Ben Fite andwife Sarah Brown.
He is survived by one stepdaughter, Gail Walkey and husband Richard of Salem, Va; grandchildren, Lisa Gardner and Jeremy Walkey; nieces, Yvonne Fite and Calestia Smyth; one nephew; Dwight Fite and wife Lu; and special friends, May Moody, Mary Smith and Gloria Randall.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 2, at Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church, 3700 Mount Olive Road in Bauxite. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Arkansas Hospice Foundation. Arrangements are by Roller-Ballard Funeral Home, 306 S. Main St. in Benton.
Online guestbook: www.rollerfuneralhomes.com/ballard .
Family comments: The family would like to thank the kind and caring staff at Saline Memorial Hospice House for their love and care of Louis in the final days of his life.