Emmett E. Benge

April 23, 1928January 27, 2011

Emmett Benge, 82, of Arkoma, OK passed away at his home on Thursday, January 27, 2011. He was born April 23, 1928. Emmett was retired from Firestone and was the past owner of the Hasty Mart in Arkoma. Emmett served in the U.S. Army as a medic during the late 40’s in Japan. He played semi-professional baseball while in Japan, pitching a no-hitter. Emmett was preceded in death by his first wife, Freda. His greatest joy in life was his family. He leaves his wife of 19 years, Chris Benge. Emmett is also survived by two sons, Kent and his wife Debbie of Spiro, and Terry of Fort Smith; two step-daughters and their spouses, Carla and Ken Holloway of Ohio, and Connie and Mark Williams of Greenwood; two brothers, Jack and his wife Katherine Benge of Spiro, and Hoyt Benge of Little Rock; 8 grandchildren, Crystal Woolly, Neisha Gladness, and Leisha Terrell all of Spiro, Sarah Dyal of Florida, Kinsey Holloway of Colorado, Erin Holloway of Ohio, Kevin Williams of N. Little Rock, and Taylor Williams of Greenwood; 7 great-grandchildren, Josh and Justace Woolly, Shakyrah Gladness, Dache, Dakotah, and DaQuayne Terrell, all of Spiro, Kolby Dyal of Florida, and several nieces and nephews. Emmett’s favorite past time was playing music. He was well known in the area for his skill playing the bass guitar. Family will greet friends at 2-4 p.m. Sunday in the chapel at Fentress Mortuary. Funeral services will be Monday, 11 a.m. in the chapel at Fentress Mortuary in Fort Smith with burial to follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Mark Williams, Ken Holloway, Kevin Williams, Darren Woolly, Kenneth, Jay Jack, and Ryan Franklin, and Anthony Terrell.

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  • Funeral Services Monday, January 31, 2011
  • Visitation Sunday, January 30, 2011

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Jon and Marchele Moore

January 31, 2011

May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.

Lisa "Dempsey" White

January 31, 2011

The loss of someone so close is difficult to bear. We share your grief.

Roy Bass

January 30, 2011

Terry, We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Roy and Delena Bass

Carla Stephens

January 30, 2011

Memories of us growing up together and the fun times we had will forever be with us. From the music jams on the weekend when Uncle Hoyt came home, to the Six Flags trips, to the Saturday dinners and Christmas bingos at Grandmother's, we will always have those memories to keep. To Kent and Terry and Chris and the extended family, all my love, thoughts and prayers during this emotional time. Much love to all, Carla

Dick & Linda Stanger

January 28, 2011

Chris and Family;
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Emmett brought a smile to many faces in the area and will be missed greatly. It won't seem right not having Emmett on stage with us on Friday nights. We sure loved and will miss him. We love you and if you need anything feel free to let us know.