Melver Evelyn Collins Hardin, 96, of Benton died Sunday, March 23. She was born Jan. 14, 1918, in Monticello to the late Sam and Mary Elisabeth (Burrough) Collins and worked for the Bryant School District. She attended Benton First Assembly of God.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Beb Hardin; her son, Jimmy Hardin; a granddaughter, Brandy Hardin; two brothers and five sisters.
She is survived by three sons, Gerald Hardin (Margaret) of Benton, Jerry Hardin of Hot Springs, and James Hardin of Benton; one daughter, Suzanne Claunch (Randy) of Hobbs, N.M.; five grandchildren, Eugene, Russell, Brian, Raymond and Teresa Hardin; four great-grandchildren, Bradley, Jennifer, Brittany and Alex; and two great-great-grandchildren, Ethan and Liem.
Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, at Roller-Ballard Funeral Home (315-4047) with Brother Gene Husky officiating. Burial will follow at New Rosemont Memorial Park in Benton. Serving as pallbearers are Eugene Hardin, Russell Hardin, Brian Hardin, Bradley Hardin, Robert Pierce and Bobby Pierce. Alex Martinez and Raymond Hardin will serve as honorary pallbearers.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Gideon Memorial Bible Representative, P.O. Box 415, Benton, AR 72015, or to The Missions Department, First Assembly of God, 1801 Hot Springs Hwy., Benton, AR 72015.
Online guestbook: www.rollerfuneralhomes.com/ballard .