of Benton, AR
March 8, 1933 - October 3, 2020
Earl Dean Raney of Benton, Arkansas passed away in Little Rock October 3, 2020 at the age of 87. She was born in Benton March 8, 1933 to the late Earl and Glennie Shelnut McNeil. Dean is survived by her daughters, Donna Tate, Stephanie Raney Smalling and Deanna Nunley; son, Danny Wilkerson; grandchildren Chris, Kimberly, LaDonna, Shelly, Amber Wilkerson, Cody Tate, Seth Dunlap, Autumn Smalling, Mark Mitchell II, and Jamie Nunley; 13 great-grandchildren and Jensen and Joslyn Nunley who adored her; and her sister, Doris Brown. Dean was preceded in death by her beloved husband Brown Raney; parents Earl and Glennie McNeil; brothers Jerry and Sampson Williams; and sister Barbara "Sissy" Wilkins.A member of Jehovah Witness, and a retired clerical worker for the State of Arkansas, Dean completed her education at Draughon School of Business. She enjoyed poetry, music, dancing and gardening.A graveside service is scheduled for 10:00a.m. Saturday, October 10, 2020 at Hicks Cemetery, Benton, Arkansas.Due to COVID-19, we are complying with Arkansas department of health guidelines. Face coverings are required. All attendees must provide their own face coverings.
I am so sorry to learn of Dean’s passing. I knew Dean as a young woman of 18. She and I worked together at the Juvenile Reception and Classification Center for a number of years. Since I didn’t own a car, Dean picked me up everyday to and from work. Dean taught me so much as a young clerical worker and was my mentor. I credit her for making me a dedicated state employee. I lost touch with her through the years and wish I hadn’t. Dean was smart, caring, supportive and funny. So sorry for your loss.
I’m so sorry for your loss. I m going to miss her some lot of good times talk with her on the phone .
I loved my Aunt Dean but I have not seen her in many years. I have wonderful memories of her. Praying for my cousins during the difficult time.
Dean was a loyal friend and my dear spiritual sister. I have many fond memories of our trips to conventions. She had a keen wit and a good sense of humor. I will miss her friendship very much.