Willie ‘Bill’ Jones
Willie “Bill” Jones, 98, of Benton, went to be with the Lord on Nov. 23. On March 29, 1921, in Dolph, Arkansas, he was born to John Franklin and Mittie Jones.
As one of six children growing up on a farm, responsibility was something he knew all too well. At the age of 18, he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps in an effort to help his family and keep his siblings in school. In 1942, he left the C.C.C. and enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving in WWII, the reserves and Korea. He was honored as a hero, being awarded five Bronze Stars for his efforts and courage as a surgical technician. When he returned home, his sense of helpfulness continued as he was a Free Mason and member of the Roland Lodge. Being a born-again Christian, he dedicated his time to being a deacon and Sunday School teacher. In his free time, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening. He was a loving husband, father, brother, grandfather and greatgrandfather. He lived a long, blessed and purposeful life. From being raised in a small town during the depression and seeing advancement of modern technology to traveling the world, his last journey to the Lord was his final call of duty.
He is survived by love in the hearts of his wife Bernice; three daughters: Shirley, Darlene and Sharlene; a brother, Rudell; three grandchildren, Nala (Jeff), Shana and Dillon; and a great-granddaughter, Olivia.
He is preceded in death by a son, Roger; his parents; and siblings, Violet, Zola, Ed, Arlis and Carroll.
Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 2, at Smith-benton Funeral Home, located at 322 N. Market St. in Downtown Benton.
Interment with military honors will follow at Pinecrest Memorial Park.
Services are entrusted to Smith-benton Funeral Home. Online guest book: www.smithfamilycares.com.