Elizabeth Benton Hampton
Mrs. Elizabeth Benton Hampton, age 92, of Little Rock, formerly of Marianna, died Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2001.
Mrs. Hampton was born May 28, 1909, in Little Rock, and was the daughter of Timothy Benton and Modena McAlister Benton. She was a housewife, worked for the First National Bank of Marianna, and had worked at the State Revenue office. Mrs. Hampton was a member of the First Presbyterian Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene G. Hampton in 1972. She is survived by one daughter, Marie Gentry of Little Rock; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services for Mrs. Hampton will be held graveside on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2001, at 11 a.m., at Marianna City Cemetery under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home.
The family request in lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to St. Jude or the First Presbyterian Church in Marianna.
Richard P. Davis Sr.
Mr. Richard P. Davis Sr., age 80, of Colt, died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2001, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Memphis.
Mr. Davis, born Jan. 1, 1921, was the son of Redford Davis and Flossie Holiday Davis. He was a retired farmer and a United States Army Veteran. He was also a Methodist.
Mr. Davis is survived by a son, Richard P. Davis Jr., of Forrest City; a daughter, Mary Jean Reeves of Pearlind, Texas; a brother, James Davis of Batesville; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death a sister, Pauline Ellis.
Visitation services for Mr. Davis will be held Friday, Dec. 7, 2001, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Morgan Chapel. Graveside funeral services for Mr. Davis will be held Saturday, Dec. 8, 2001, at 10 a.m. at Hughes Cemetery under the direction of Morgan Funeral Home.
Paula Bolick Green
Mrs. Paula Bolick Green, age 53, of Cabot, died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2001.
Mrs. Green, the daughter of Paul and Lois Bolick of Beebe, and spent 23 years as a teacher.
She is survived by her husband, William "Bill" Green of the home; her parents and her grandmother; Edra Girdley of Keiser.
Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Green were held Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2001, at Mt. Carmel Cemetery under the direction of Cabot Funeral Home.
The family requests that memorials be made in her name to the Cabot Scholarship Foundation, care of Cal Aldridge, 200 W. Main St., Cabot, AR 72023.
Ronald K. "Tick" Smith
Mr. Ronald K. "Tick" Smith, age 49, of Memphis, died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2001, at his home.
Mr. Smith, formerly of Forrest City, was born Feb. 20, 1952 in Forrest City. Mr. Smith was an Army Veteran and a custodian.
Mr. Smith is survived by a daughter, Ronda Nicole Smith, of Memphis; two brothers, Rickey Green of Irving, Texas and Barry Smith of Forrest City and a sister, Beverly Smith of Evanston, Ill.
Visitation services for Mr. Smith will be held, Friday, Dec. 7, 2001, from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Chapel of Clay Funeral Home. Funeral services for Mr. Smith will be held Saturday, Dec. 8, 2001, at 1 p.m. at New Light M.B. Church with Rev. Jessie McClure officiating. Burial will follow in Casteel Cemetery under the direction of Clay Funeral Home.
John Ralph Urton
Mr. John Ralph Urton, age 83, of Forrest City, died Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2001, at his home.
Mr. Urton, born July 23, 1918, in Hazen, was the son of Ralph Lewis Urton and Rose Rasor Urton. He was a retired assistant General Agent with Aetna Insurance. He was also a former principal with the Bald Knob School District and a member of the First Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and a member of the senior Men's Adult Sunday School class.
In 1941, Mrs. Urton married Ruth Warbritton and she preceded him in death in 2001. He is survived by two sons; John Daniel Urton of Illinois and Samuel Britton Urton of North Little Rock; a daughter, Victoria Urton Harris of Forrest City; a brother, Harry E. Urton of Carlisle and seven grandchildren.
Visitation services for Mr. Urton will be held Thursday, Dec. 6, 2001, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Chapel of Stevens Funeral Home. Funeral services for Mr. Urton will be held Friday, Dec. 7, 2001, at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church with burial following in Forrest Park Cemetery under the direction of Stevens Funeral Home.
The family requests that memorials be made to the First Baptist Church in Forrest City.
Mr. Leslie Williams, age 53, of Forrest City, died Monday, Jan. 29, 2001, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Forrest City.
Mr. Williams was born May 1, 1947, in Tillatoba, Miss., the son of Ruthie Bradford. He was the director of Counseling Services of Eastern Arkansas, and he was also a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Mr. Williams is survived by his wife, Gwendolyn C. Williams of Forrest City; two sons, Jason Williams and Justen Williams, both of Forrest City; his mother; six brothers, L. C. Poole of Hayward, Calif., Joe Williams of Forrest City, John Williams and Glen Williams, both of Memphis, Charles Williams of San Francisco and Huley Williams of Charleston, Miss.; seven sisters, Cleotha Flowers and Lizzie Matherson, both of Milwaukee, Wis., Girdine Smith of Charleston, Miss., Christine Dumas of Riverdale, Ill., Essie Bland of Chicago, Ill., and Bessie Reed and Winnie Mae Johnson, both of Memphis and one grandchild.
Funeral services for Mr. Williams will be Friday, Feb. 2, 2001, at 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church with Rev. Ronald Williams officiating. Burial will follow at Forrest City Cemetery under the direction of Clay Funeral Home.
Mrs. Beulah Hall, age 92, of Wynne, died Sunday, Feb. 11, 2001, at Wynnwood Nursing Center in Wynne.
Mrs. Hall was a homemaker and a member of the Forrest Chapel United Methodist Church.
She is survived by three daughters, Pauline Morgan of Wynne, Louise Young of Byhalia, Miss. and Betty Hinson of Eureka Springs; 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services for Mrs. Hall will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2001, at 2 p.m., at Kernodle Funeral Home Chapel in Wynne. Burial will follow in Harris Chapel Cemetery, with Kernodle Funeral Home in charge of the arrangements.
Alvin Franklin "Bud" Semonds
Mr. Alvin Franklin Semonds, age 59, of Pine Tree, died Thursday, Feb. 8, 2001, at his home.
Mr. Semonds was born on Dec. 23, 1941, in Lonoke. He was the son of Johnnie and Gracie Nichols Semonds and they preceded him in death. Mr. Semonds was a life-long resident of Pine Tree. He was a member of the Pine Tree Baptist Church and was employed by Dale Medford Farms.
Mr. Semonds is survived by his wife, June Simmons-Semonds of Hunter; two sons, Thomas Calender of Jonesboro and Billy Semonds of Hunter; one daughter, Melissa Ratliff of Wheatley; one sister, Rachel Register of Jacksonville, Fla.; and four grandchildren.
Funeral services for Mr. Semonds were held on Monday, Feb. 12, 2001, at 2 p.m., at Pine Tree Baptist Church in the Pine Tree Community, with Bro. David Yates and Bro. John Latham officiating the service. Burial followed at Barnishaw Cemetery in Pine Tree, with Fowler Funeral Home of Brinkley in charge of the arrangements. The family asks that memorials be sent to Pine Tree Baptist Church.
Otaveion Malik "Tay-Tay" Davis
Otaveion Malik Davis, age 1, of Forrest City, died Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2001, at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Davis was born Oct. 27, 1999. He was the son of Sheila Akins, of Forrest City and Otis Davis, of West Memphis.
Davis is survived by his parents, Sheila Akins of Forrest City and Otis Davis of West Memphis; a brother, Terrence Akins of Forrest City; a step-brother, Ontario Burnett of West Memphis; a step-sister, Trishawna Davis of West Memphis; his grandparents, Debra Akins Forrest City, Charles Akins of Palestine and Jewel Weatherspoon of West Memphis and his great-grandparents, John and Inez Akins, of Palestine.
Funeral services for Otaveion Davis will be held Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2001, at 2:30 p.m. at United Christian Missionary Baptist Church with Bishop Michael Thomas officiating. Burial will follow at Union Hill Cemetery in Palestine under the direction of Marianna Funeral Home.
Mrs. Virginia Hobbs, age 74, of Boston, Mass., died Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2001, in Boston.
Mrs. Hobbs was a former resident of Marianna. She was a homemaker and a member of Hempshire M.B. Church.
She is survived by four daughters, Yvonne Hobbs, Deliah Watkins and Francine Hobbs all of Boston, Mass. and Shirley Dean Arnold of Pine Bluff; two sons, Kennedy Hobbs of Boston, Mass. and Gene Autry Hobbs of Marvell; two sisters, Atra B. Randle of Aubrey and Annie Wade of St. Louis, Mo.; two brothers, James Smith Jr., of St. Louis and Jessie Paul Smith of Chicago, Ill.; 17 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Visitation services for Mrs. Hobbs will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2001, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Kennedy Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2001, at 1 p.m., in Hempshire M.B. Church, with the Rev. Lavern Esther. Burial will follow in Hempshire Cemetery. Kennedy Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.