Rev. Johnny Wayne Benton, 74, passed away Jan. 16, 2018 in Van Buren. He pastored for 33 years. He loved the Lord.

He was born Dec. 9, 1943 in Thomasville, Ga. to the late Bryrant Benton and Marion Hendry Benton. Also, preceded in death is two sisters Anita Grosser and Jackie Little; three brothers including his twin brother Charlie Benton, Jimmie Benton, and Jerry Benton.

Funeral Service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 at Smith Mortuary Chapel with burial following at Cecil Cemetery under the direction of Smith Mortuary, Charleston. Rev. Larry Huffman will officiate.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife Linda Stricklin Benton, two daughters Sonia Parham and Janice Bynog; two sons Craig Benton and Shane Benton; four sisters Josephine Morris, Aleta Bingman, Sue Hatcher, and Rita Mueller; and seven grandchildren.

The family will receive friends Friday, Jan. 19, 2018 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be made at www.smithmortuaryinc.com