Ben Byrd

September 13, 1947June 13, 2018
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Ben Byrd, 70, of Smackover, passed away, Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock, AR. He was born September 13, 1947 to William and Sally Fred Brown Byrd in El Dorado, AR.

He attended Castle Heights Military Academy from 1962-1963, and graduated from Smackover High School in 1965. Ben was a member of the Air Force from January 19, 1967-October 24, 1972, and as the Owner of Ben's Harley Davidson/ARKLA. Ben also owned Trinity Oil Company, and was the Associate Pastor of Louann Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister.

Survivors include his wife, Marsha Ellen Deal Byrd of Smackover; seven children, Terri Brewer of Hampton, Christi Proffitt (Michael) of Camden, Joshua Byrd (Jennifer) of McNeil, Kathryn Byrd of Smackover, Inga Vituka (Edgar) of Key West, FL, Cody Johnson of Camden, Alexia Johnson of Hope; seven grandchildren, Jessica, Matthew, John, Seth, Kara, Abbey, Averi; three great grandchildren, Layla, Dallas, Aleena; and his faithful companions, Bear, Sweet Pea, Lily, and Lil Mama. He was a loving father, a wonderful husband, and a faithful friend.

Visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Sunday, June 17, 2018 at Young's.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, June 18, 2018 at Young's Chapel with Bro. Robert Thornton officiating. Burial will follow at Marysville Cemetery under the direction of Young's Funeral Directors.

Serving as pallbearers are Tony Sitkler, Chris Burson, Cody Johnson, Ingra Vituka, Seth Byrd and Jamie Coke.

An online guest registry will be available at


  • Tony Sickler
  • Chris Burson
  • Cody Johnson
  • Inga Vituka
  • Seth Byrd
  • Jamie Coke


  • Visitation Sunday, June 17, 2018
  • Funeral Service Monday, June 18, 2018

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Shelia Cunningham

June 17, 2018

Marsha and kids we are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Shelia Cunningham
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Nela Ponder west

June 17, 2018

Sorry for y'all lost.yall n my prayers.

Kelly Main

June 17, 2018

We are so sorry for your loss. Your in our prayers. We're only a call away! Love you!

Paula Stratton

June 16, 2018

Sending deepest sympathy and prayers in the loss of your beloved Ben. He was a dear classmate who loved attending our reunions, always eager to be a part of our fellowship. What a comfort to know that our friend and brother is happy and well in his forever home. May the God of all grace comfort you as He alone can do and give you peace.

Angie Lewis

June 16, 2018

Ben was really like a dad to me and as well Marsha a great friend. I will truly miss him and always keep Marsha close... I have had the opportunity to get to know Kati like. a sister and Inga.. if she wasn't all the way in key west.. well I'm definitely sure we would have a better relationship!! I am here if y'all need anything!! MUCH LOVE TO YOU ALL!!

Sammy & Sue Parker

June 14, 2018

we are so sorry for your loss, but know that Ben knew the Lord. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the family. Sammy & Sue Parker

Brenda Bass Miller

June 14, 2018

Dear Marsha and family, my heart breaks for you all. Heaven now has another angel. We will miss you Ben my brother. What a reunion when you arrived. Much love to you all. All our thoughts and prayers. Tim and Brenda Bass Miller, Justin and Miranda "Randi" Miller Walters and Mak Mak.

Terry & Betty Williams

June 14, 2018

Our prayers are with you.

Debra Benson

June 14, 2018

Ben was my brother-in-law when I was a child. I remember him letting me drive his car when I was twelve. I sat on Terri's diaper bag in order to see over the steering wheel. He also rode me on his Harley and took me horseback riding.

I pray that all of his family members have many fond memories of him to hold onto during their time of grief. You are all in my thoughts and prayers, especially my nieces, Terri & Christi.