James David Ables

June 13, 1945 ~ March 23, 2019 (age 73)


James David Ables, 73, of Traskwood, Arkansas passed away March 23, 2019. He was born June 13, 1945 in Bauxite, Arkansas to the late James Delmer and Thelma Jean (Williams) Ables.
James loved the Lord and was a member of Oak Grove Assembly of God in Malvern, Arkansas where he was active in the men's ministry and mission trips to Mexico. He proudly served in the United States Army, Navy, and National Guard. He was a member of the American Legion. James loved to garden and enjoyed the excitement of finding hidden treasures at auctions, flea markets, carport sales, and yard sales. He never met a stranger and was always willing to help others through giving his time or money. James loved his family and was always there for them. He was a private, proud man with a great sense of humor.
James leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife of fifteen years, Lanette Ables of Traskwood, Arkansas; his children: James David Ables, Jr. and wife Barbara of Hector, Arkansas, Delmar LeWayne Ables and girlfriend Christy Kirk of Benton, Arkansas, Jeannie Renae Williams and husband Keith of Mount Vernon, Arkansas, Jimmy Boyd Ables of Benton, Arkansas, and Kristy Bryant and husband James of Benton, Arkansas; grandchildren: James David Ables III, Felicia Scott and husband Jason, Delmer Ables, Casey James Yarberry, Zoey Ladawn Ables, Jacob Kirk, Karissa Mitchell and husband Daniel, Earl "Thumper" Frazier and wife Carrie, Emma Grace Williams, Autumn Grant and husband Austin, Michael Bryant and wife Jennifer, and C.J. Bryant; twenty-three great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters: William Lee Ables and wife Nadine, Carolyn Mahaney and husband Jim, Doris Moore and husband Dennis, Billy Glenn Ables and wife Debbie, and Diane Hines and husband Kenneth; mother, Virginia Ables Smith; close friends, Claudie Dempsey and Pastor Graham and his wife Elaine; and a host of family and friends who love James and will miss him always.
Funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM, Wednesday, March 27, at Smith-Benton Funeral Home, 322 N. Market Street, Benton, Arkansas. Reception visitation will be held one hour prior to funeral service. Burial following at Fairplay Cemetery with Michael Bryant, C.J. Bryant, Jacob Ables, James David Ables, IV, Jason Scott, and Jacob Kirk assisting as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers are Steven Hines and Kevin Hines.
Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Online guestbook:

Reception Visitation

MAR 27. 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (CDT)

Smith - Benton Funeral Home
322 N. Market St.
Benton, AR, 72015

Funeral Service

MAR 27. 2:00 PM (CDT)

Smith - Benton Funeral Home
322 N. Market St.
Benton, AR, 72015

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