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Mr. Charles Mackey "Joe" Benham, 66, of Manila, died Monday, July 19,1999, at St. Bernards Regional Medical Center in Jonesboro. Born Aug. 22, 1932 in Jonesboro, he was a farmer and a member of the First United Pentecostal Church in Leachville. Mr. Benham leaves his wife, Shirley Ford Benham of the home; Eight sons, Bobby Benham, Donald Benham, Jerry Benham, Tony Benham, Kenneth Benham, Freddie Benham and Chuckie Benham, all of Manila and Glen Benham of Leachville; Five daughters, Pat Clayton of Leachville, Dorothy Penix and Lisa Cox, both of Monette, Betty Webb of Greenbrier and Rosie Smith of Manila; Two brothers, Paul Benham of Black Oak and Bill W. Benham of Manila; One sister, Mary Lou Vaughn of Jacksonville; and Sixty-three grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Wednesday at First United Pentecostal Church in Manila with burial to follow in Manila Cemetery. The Revs. Donnie Edge and Robert White will officiate. The family will receive visitors from 6-9 p.m. today at Roller-Swift Funeral Home in Osceola. Source: Blytheville Courier News

Former Mayor of Osceola,
Ben F. Butler, Dies at 73

Special to The Commercial Appeal

OSCEOLA, Ark., July 28-Ben F. Butler, who served as Osceola's mayor for 30 years before leaving office this year, died at 8:25pm Friday at Osceola Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Butler, who was 73, had been admitted to the hospital Thursday. He had been ill for several weeks.
Owner of a farm implement store, Mr. Butler had served on numerous state and local boards, both civic and governmental, as well as being elected to 15 terms as mayor.
He was the driving force behind most of the city's recent industrialization, yet he kept active in Mississippi County's farm industry.
He had served as president of the Arkansas Municipal League and was a member emeritus of the league's board of directors. He also had served as president of the Osceola Chamber of Commerce, the Osceola Rotary Club, the Osceola School Board and had been a district governor of Rotary International.
He was a city councilman before becoming mayor, was a member of the Mississippi County Farm Bureau, was an Arkansas delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1956 and had served on state boards and commissions under the appointment of former Gov. Orval Faubus.
He was born at Osceola. He was a veteran of World War I and was an avid fisherman and hunter. He left the mayor's office after being defeated in his bid for his 16th term in the position in the last Democratic primary. In June more than 100 Osceola and Mid-South residents gathered at Osceola to honor Mr. Butler and "his many achievements...the result of the devotion of his entire adult life to the betterment of Osceola."
In 1960 Mr. Butler had said his "biggest ambition is to see Osceola grow to a city of 10,000. Not 10.001, but 10,000." At that time the city's population was abut 6000. Presently is is just short of 10,000.

"If it gets any larger than 10,000, I'm afraid I won't know everybody", he said then.

Memphis Funeral Home has charge.

He leaves his wife, the former Miss Irene Tidwell of Memphis; two sons, Ben Butler, Jr. and Gene Butler, and a brother, Guy Butler, all of Osceola.

Source: The Commercial Appeal, Memphis, Saturday Morning, July 29, 1967


Mrs. Margaret Freeman Carnes, 74, of Jonesboro, died Saturday, July 17, 1999, at St. Bernards Regional Medical Center in Jonesboro. The daughter of the late Zeb Vance Freeman and Dorcas Spencer Freeman, she was a member of First United Methodist Church in Jonesboro, a member of St. Bernard's auxiliary and formerly an interior decorator for Holiday Inns and a real estate broker. She was in the nursing program during World War II. Mrs. Carnes leaves one sister, Dorothy Reasons of Eudora; Two sons, Dr. Zeb Carnes and wife Cathe, of Jonesboro and Dr. Rick Carnes and wife Janice of Nashville, Tenn.; One brother, Dr. Zeb Vance Freeman of Ft. Worth, Texas; Two grandsons, Clay and Mat Carnes of Jonesboro; and One granddaughter, Bevin Carnes of Nashville. A graveside memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday at Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Eudora. Funeral arrangements by Steele Funeral Home. Source: Blytheville Courier News

E.P. Delaney, 40, Dies On Tuesday Afternoon

E.P. Delaney died late yesterday afternoon at his home north of Blytheville where he had been quite ill since December. He was 40. Funeral services were held this afternoon at Cobb Funeral Home by the Rev. F.M. Sweet, pastor of the Lake Street Methodist Church, with burial in North Sawba Cemetery. The family lived in Ripley, Tenn., for a number of years before coming here. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Ella Delaney; five sons, Hassell, J.P., Burlin, Billy Joe and Bobby Delaney; and one daughter, Angie Delaney, all of here; four brothers; John and Tollie Delaney of here, and Thadious and Felix of Detroit, and one sister, Mrs. Kathleen Anderson of here.
source: Blytheville Courier News Blytheville, Arkansas, Wednesday, April 17, 1940