Bennie "Ben" Loudermilk
Bennie "Ben" Loudermilk, 85, of Washburn, passed away on Friday, April 17, 2015. He was born on December 17, 1929, the son of Charles Bert and Ida (Slankard) Loudermilk, in Greenwood, Ark. He was a 1948 graduate from Northwest High School in Detroit, Mich., and later graduated from Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Biblical Ministry. He became a resident of Barry County in 1979. On Jan. 30, 1948, he was united in marriage to Christine Norman, in Detroit, Michigan and to this union two children were born, Cynthia "Cindy" and Mark; she preceded him in death on February 5, 1954. He married Carolyn Diane Webber on Nov. 13, 1954, in Detroit, Mich., and to this union four children were born, Karen, Nelson, Jon, and James; she preceded him in death on Nov. 2, 1998. On Aug. 2, 2002, he was united in marriage to Carolyn "Carol" L. Hall in Washburn; she preceded him in death on March 28, 2015.
He began his career of ministry in 1961 as a Church of Christ minister in Jacksonville, Ill., he later continued it in Shell Knob, and Exeter. He also worked as a printer for the Chrysler Cooperation and Abilene Christian University.
He was always very active in the community; he was the Mayor of Washburn, Barry County Treasurer, and active in Democratic politics. He was the owner of the Washburn Tire and Auto Body. He was a friend to all that knew him and will be greatly missed.
Survivors include: four sons, Mark Loudermilk and his wife Jacque, of Montgomery, Ala., Nelson Loudermilk, of Washburn, Jon Loudermilk and his wife Laura, of Benton, Arkansas, and James Loudermilk and his wife Shelley, of Eureka Springs, Ark.; two daughters, Cynthia "Cindy" Brown and her husband James, of Hamilton, Ala., and Karen Hester and her husband Wyatt, of Washburn; one step-son William "Bill" Hall, of Cassville; one step-daughter, Anna Marie "Ginger" Scroggins and her husband Gordon, of Lavaca, Ark.; sixteen grandchildren, Susannah Brown, Nathan Brown, Meredith Mays, Andrew Loudermilk, Emily Nichols, Jessica Smith, Carolyn Whyte, Cynthia Hester, Natalie Haworth, Bobby Loudermilk, Victoria Loudermilk, Jessica Ross, Elizabeth Loudermilk, Meredith Loudermilk, Nelson Loudermilk, Makenzie Loudermilk; five step-grandchildren; eighteen great-grandchildren; ten step-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Charles Loudermilk; and three sisters, Vica "Vi" Loudermilk, Dorothy "Dottie" Loudermilk, and Mary Woffard.
Memorial contributions may be made to Abilene Christian University, entrusted to the White Funeral Home and Crematory, P.O. Box 890, Cassville, MO 65625.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 21 at the White Funeral Home and Crematory with Minister Mark Loudermilk officiating. Burial immediately followed at the Maplewood Cemetery in Exeter.