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Joe Shipp Benham

Joe Shipp Benham, 77, of Russellville, died Friday, June 26, 2020, at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock.  A son of Lloyd and Jo Mae (Johnson) Benham, he was born November 2, 1942, in Holdenville, OK.  He married Lana Joy (Miller) Benham, on December 21, 1963.


Joe was an All-American basketball player at Dustin, OK, where he graduated high school.  He served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War era from 1968 to 1978, then moved his family to Russellville to take a job with Entergy Arkansas ANO, where he began working in maintenance and gradually became a planner & scheduler.  When he retired from Entergy in 1999, he joined his son, Rodney Benham, in their business, Trucks Unlimited where he remained until his death.


Joe & Lana loved the Lord and were faithful members of the First United Methodist Church of Russellville.  He loved his family with all of his heart and worked hard for them throughout his life.


He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Derek Benham; his niece, Robin Cooper; and a granddaughter, Rachael Beard.


He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Lana Benham; a son, Rodney Benham (Audra) of Russellville; three brothers, Robert Benham (Jewel) of Carson, OK; Claude Benham (Pat) of Tulsa, OK; and, Steve Benham (Bonnie) of Carson, OK; four grandchildren, Ashley Bennett (Trey) of Pottsville; Alyssa Benham of Russellville; Riley Wilson (Aimee) of Morrilton; and Alexis Benham of Russellville; four great grandchildren, Sophia Bennett, Drew Bennett, Blake Wilson and Jake Wilson; many nephews & nieces; and brother in law, Bill (Debbie) Miller.


The memorial service will be 2pm Tuesday June 30th, 2020 at Russellville Family Funeral Chapel. Face coverings are required and we will be following all guidelines. 

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Lana, so sorry to hear of Joe's passing. Praying that you will experience the Lord and His strength and His presence in the days ahead.

Loyce Davis Sep 2 2020 12:00 AM

Lana, Rodney and all the Benham family, I pray God wraps his arms around each and every one of you and gives you comfort and strength. I was a cashier at a grocery store for many years. I always enjoyed waiting on Mr. Benham, he always had a smile and was so very kind, a true Christian gentleman.

Patti Grigsby Jun 28 2020 12:00 AM

Lana and family , Our prayers and thoughts are with you, may God give you comfort and strength during this time . Carol , Kamala and Glenn Selvidge. In memory of Gene Selvidge aka The Dustin Flash

Kamala Selvidge Jun 28 2020 12:00 AM

Lana and family, so sorry for your loss. Praying for God's comfort and love to you in a special way. I remember the beautiful dresses sammie and i got to wear as your flower girls in your wedding. You two were such a beautiful couple.

Nancy Truelove Jun 28 2020 12:00 AM

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