OBITUARY

Ken Wayne Medlock

September 7, 1941March 11, 2019

Ken Wayne Medlock, 77 of Benton, AR, went to his home in Heaven on March 11, 2019. He was born to Rayburn Forsythe and Hilda Wahnita Medlock on September 7, 1941, and we believe they welcomed their son home in Heaven. His only sibling, Ray Forsythe Medlock, Sr. lives in North Little Rock, AR. Ken was a retired Corporate Officer and Vice President at H.J. Baker & Bros., a commodity firm in New York. He served our country and enlisted in the US Army at age 17. He gave his heart and life to Christ in his teens. His church home was Park Place Baptist Church in Bryant, AR. Throughout his life, he always served consistently on church committees, teaching, ushering, work days, and as a greeter. Ken met the love of his life, his perfect mate that God chose for him, Billie Jo Brannen and on March 15, they would have been married 57 years. Mom has always said there is never a dull moment in her life and we know that is true. They had two children Connie Jo Medlock Binz and Keith Wayne Medlock, who loved their Dadeo and Dad fiercely. Dad prayed for them to find Godly mates, and God blessed Connie with Richard Charles Binz and Keith with Trina Michelle Spriggs. They each held a special place in his heart. Dad’s legacy continued through the Lord blessing him with his grandchildren Austin Matthew Binz, who is now married to his love, Samantha Leigh Jameson, Corbin Chandler Binz, Hunter Wayne Medlock, and Savana Michelle Medlock. His grandchildren were his life. He enjoyed taking his family fishing, hunting, golfing, on individual trips, ball games and he gave them wise life lessons for their lives. Each of us never truly understood the wisdom and truth, until later in life. Ken loved God, family, Country, friends and strangers. We have each seen so many examples, and crossed paths or received notes from all walks of life, stating how he took a stance for right. He helped any way he could, whether it be a labor of love, financially, or opening his home for a stay or a meal. He always stood for doing the right thing, being trustworthy, loyal to a fault, dependable, and having a tremendous work ethic. He had the mindset of early to bed and early to rise. His family has many traditions through the years. He always felt that their traditions were the stories that families write together. His family saw through the years he always had a heart for the widows, calling them weekly and being there for them whenever needed. They also saw him writing weekly letters, notes, and making phone calls to check up on family and friends, or standing for integrity and ethics to newspapers, tv stations or organizations. Ken was very involved in his community through the years. He volunteered at the Union Rescue Mission, Habitat of Humanity, Board of Directors, V.P., for Crows Fire Station, and Voting booths. Our dear husband, Dad, and Gramps, we will always strive to continue your legacy of keeping God and family in the forefront of our hearts. Pastors Keith Medlock, Donny Parrish and Gary Lambright will be officiating. Austin Binz, Corbin Binz, Hunter Medlock, Allan Lewis, Heath Clower, Gardner Howze, Savana Medlock and Samantha Binz are the pallbearers. Butch Medlock and George Benham are the honorary pallbearers. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m., Friday, March 15, 2019 and funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 16, 2019, both at Pinecrest Funeral Home, 7401 Hwy 5, N, Alexander, AR 72002 (501.847-0265). Interment will be immediately following the funeral service at Forest Hills Cemetery in Bryant, AR with military honors. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Union Rescue Mission, 3001 Springer Blvd., LR AR 72206 or Park Place Baptist Church, 22208 I-30, Frontage Road, Bryant, AR 72022

  • PALLBEARERS

  • Austin Binz, Pallbearer
  • Corbin Binz, Pallbearer
  • Hunter Medlock, Pallbearer
  • Heath Clower, Pallbearer
  • Allan Lewis, Pallbearer
  • Gardner Howze, Pallbearer
  • Savana Medlock
  • Samantha Binz
  • Butch Medlock, Honorary Pallbearer
  • George Benham, Honorary Pallbearer

Services

  • Visitation Friday, March 15, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 16, 2019
  • Burial Saturday, March 16, 2019
REMEMBERING

Ken Wayne Medlock

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Shane Givens

March 16, 2019

Ken was a friendly but no-nonsense kind of man I met him through my friendship with his son Keith. I had many opportunities to do work on boats and motors for Ken and his friend George over the years. Ken was one of The Last of Us old school men who was very opinionated and didn't mind voicing those opinions when the opportunity arose. He was a unique One of a Kind personality that required a certain level of Tolerance but not in a bad way. You never had to wonder if Ken was in the room. His presence was obvious everywhere he went. He always had a word of praise for a job well done and didn't complain too much when things didn't turn out as well as expected. He was a nice man willing to walk the walk not just talk to talk and I hate to see him go.

Teresa Rucker

March 15, 2019

Mr . Ken blessed my life with his huge smile and big heart and was he ever so picky about his hair but that made me love him ever so much as I do Ms. Billie ! I will miss him so much coming into the salon to get his hair cut , he would always light the the place up with his Godly spirit, it would radiant through the whole salon . To know him is to love him ! He will be missed !

Mary Downs

March 15, 2019

Although we have not been able to share our families in person we have followed you on Facebook and know that you have a wonderful loving family. We are sharing in your loss and praying for your family while at the same time thanking the Lord that He wanted Ken to be with Him and celebrate in Heaven. We know the Lord will be your stay and comfort in the coming days and the strength for your entire family. We send our love. We and our church will keep all of you in our prayers. Arlis and Mary Downs

Caroline Morrison-Craun

March 15, 2019

I, too, knew Ken through Junior High and High School in Sylvan Hills, and I last saw him at one of our class reunions. He was the same gentleman and had the same great smile that I remembered! The world was obviously a better place because of him. Sending healing thoughts and prayers for his grieving family.
Caroline Craun
Kansas City, MO

Eva Harrell

March 15, 2019

Ken was my classmate at Sylvan Hills. I absolutely adored Ken, he was always kind, considerate and thoughtful. The last time I saw Ken was at one of our class reunions a few years ago and at that time he was the most thoughtful classmate. We graduated the same year. I will always remember Ken Medlock as one of the kindest and most gentle man. RIP my sweet classmate.

Chris Smith

March 15, 2019

An expression often used, but seldom true was a bullseye with Ken: “he was a force of nature.” His passion for all things he held to be important was unrelenting. His energy for a cause was endless. His loyalty and love for those he held dear was limitless.

While I saw Ken through the lens of working with him for some years, it was always personal. He let you know who he was and he wanted to know you. If your “door was open,” he came in and from then would always be a part of you with sincere and wise counsel or an strong arm of support.

My wife Jennifer and I send our prayers and best wishes to Billie, Connie, Keith and the whole family as they step forward without Ken but laden with the many gifts Ken gave them throughout his life.

Mark Hohnbaum

March 14, 2019

I had the good luck and great fortune to work for Ken for 25+ years. Ken was the boss in our office but was never bossy. Ken grew a culture where we all felt we worked with him not for him. Ours was a normal business, conducting routine office stuff but with Ken there, you knew it wasn’t going to be boring.

Ken was very smart, wise, energetic, loveable, ethical, charming, funny, extremely determined, amazingly talented, extraordinarily generous. He had Grit, in spades! Ken could also drive you nuts!

Unique, “They broke the mold”, “He’s such a character” terms that are somewhat accurate but inadequately pale and shallow when describing the miraculous and amazing person that Ken was. Ken could accomplish things that were almost Magic!

Ken Cared. I don’t know that Ken always did or if that came into focus for him when he met and married Billie, one of the most genuinely caring, wonderful people I have ever met.

Above all Ken changed things.

He changed rooms when he walked in. He changed minds of those he engaged with. He changed circumstances for the better for himself and those around him. He changed attitudes for the better just be being around. Ken changed people’s lives! I know he changed mine and I could never thank him enough for that.

Ken has changed the world through his actions. He and Billie have built a family that is truly amazing, Connie, Keith, Rick and Trina and their children are continuing this tradition of positive change through love and caring.

The world is a better place for Ken’s presence and is a less fascinating place in his absence.

My thoughts are with all you Medlock-Binz’s at this trying time. Know that Ken was well loved, respected, admired and will not be forgotten.

Marlo Krueger

March 14, 2019

Billie, Connie, Keith and family,
Ken was a great guy! He will be missed! I know your hearts are broken now, but with time and God's love, you will heal.
Ken has gone to his reward, and you can look forward, in time, to your reunion with him. Just know you are in my thoughts and prayers. May God grant you His peace.
Love,
Marlo

Chuck Hamilton

March 14, 2019

I was so shocked and saddened to learn of Kens passing. I met Ken back in 1973 while working for the Arkansas Poultry Federation and would associate with him many times over the years while working in the poultry industry. After retirement in 2002 , I ceased seeing my many friends in the industry.
In 2017 while at a doctors appointment at the VA hospital in Little Rock Ken recognized me and greeted me as if we had just seen each other last week, not 15 years earlier. Ken was at the VA that day with his brother who had an appointment. Ken insisted that my wife and I have lunch with them. We rememniced about our years in the poultry industry.
Seeing Ken that day warmed my heart and made me remember what a great person he was.
Rest In Peace my friend! We will see each other again someday.

Walter Biscoe

March 14, 2019

So sorry, My cousin was a great man, to God and his family. Only spent a little time with them but those memories will last forever. My love to Billie Jo and my Arkansas family.

FROM THE FAMILY