of Benton, AR
June 20, 1939 - February 14, 2020
On February 14, 2020, Dr. Robert "Tony" Council, 80, died peacefully at home surrounded by his wife and their four children. Tony was born on June 20, 1939 in Fort Smith, Arkansas to Melvena and Robert Alton Council. He spent his childhood in Fort Smith until attending Cranbrook Preparatory School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Next, he earned a bachelor's degree in biology from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. Following graduation, he enlisted in the United States Army. Active duty found him in the medical corp in Germany. Back in Arkansas, he attended medical school at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) and then completed his residency in obstetrics and gynecology there as well. Benton became his home where he practiced medicine for over 40 years. Tony, or Dr. C., as he was also known, was a beloved member of his community.Tony will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather "Poppy", son-in-law, brother-in-law, and uncle. His infectious humor, warm smile, and penchant for correct grammar will forever be missed by all who knew and loved him. Tony was an avid train enthusiast and jazz aficionado. He was a lifelong pianist who brought joy to all who heard him play. He discovered the beauty of Mexico and was content to make it his favorite and only destination where he enjoyed golf, the beach, and many family vacations. He was a parishioner of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. Married for almost 49 years, he is survived by his wife Taffy; children Kristin McConnell (Rob), John Council (Julie), Sarah Council (Jon Kuykendall), and Justin Council; grandchildren Will, Sarah Kate, Olivia, Anna, Lily, and Mary; father-in-law John E. Hain, Jr.; sisters- and brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday, February 20, 2020 at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Benton with Rev. John Marconi and Rev. Paul Worm officiating. Interment with military honors will follow in Calvary Cemetery in Little Rock, Arkansas.A Rosary will begin at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 19, 2020 in the Chapel of Roller-Ballard Funeral Home in Benton, Arkansas. A time of Visitation will begin after Rosary, and end at 8:00 p.m. Wednesday evening.In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Catholic Charities of Arkansas (https://www.dolr.org/catholic-charities/ways-to-donate) or UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute Auxiliary (http://giving.uams.edu.)
To The the Council Family: I am so sad to hear of Dr Council’s passing. My sincere condolences. He was my doctor for thirty plus years. He delivered my daughter 18 years ago on Valentine’s Day. I know he will be missed.
I’m so sorry to hear of your loss-the Council family is in our prayers. You all were the best neighbors and friends. Kathy and Linda Westbrook.
Tony was one of the nicest men I have ever known. Easy going with a smile on his face ,always. I am sad that he has left Taffy and his family.God bless Tony Council.
I had the honor and priviledge of working with and around Dr. Council for 26 of his 40+ years at Saline Memorial. He delivered one of my three sons. He also cared for my sister at Benton Health Center. He was well thought of by all those he was associated with in the medical field. We will all miss him. God be with Taffy and all his family and friends.
Dr.Council delivered my daughter and was my dr.for years.I was so upset when he told me he was retiring.He was always so nice and had a smile on his facePrayers for his family during this difficult time
Lots of love coming your way from Fayetteville!
I first met Dr. C when I worked for Nursing Services at Ark. Health Center. I worked with all of the physicians at one time or another and Dr. C was one of my favorites. He was so personable and kind. I always looked forward to seeing him. My prayers are with his family. I pray God will wrap His loving arms around you and comfort you.
Dear Taffy and family, my deepest condolences. Your family has touched our family in so many ways in the last 40+ years. Tony will be missed but remembered with fond memories. Prayers for each and everyone of you. Love, Colette
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Taffy—-Tony was such a great guy. I am so glad that I knew you all. I am asking The Holy Spirit to pour His peace and contentment, comfort and joy, down over you and yours, like warm honey.—-Libbie Dougan. ( AKA Libbie O’Daniel)
Taffy, Sara, and familyI grieve with you in the loss of your beloved husband and father. I’ll be praying that you will be comforted somewhat by all the love surrounding you.
Love you Tony! Tony was a great man, always had a smile to share. I was blessed and honored to touch Tony's heart and stomach with my homemade Chicago lasagna and pizza. Love you and will miss you. Prayers for Taffy and entire family.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Tony was a fine man, and we are so thankful that we were able to know him as a part of the church family at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. Taffy, Leo and I are praying for you and your family. May the angels come to greet him and present him to God, Most High.
Taffy I am so sorry for you and your family for the loss of Tony. You know as well as I that he is in better place but that does not release the loss and absence. Prayers
Such a kind and gentle soul. I knew him as a health care worker, patient and as a provider working for a physician he saw. He was always so kind. I am so sorry for our loss but more importantly for your loss as his family. Wishing you peace in his passing.
Dear Family, We are praying for the family, for your peace and comfort to come from the Lord,With sympathy, Eric & Carol
I got to know Dr. C best when he worked with Saline Co Health Department. Love and appreciated how always easy going and professional he was. Was shocked to hear of his illness and now his passing. Thoughts and prayers for all those that knew and loved him.
I had the pleasure of working with Dr C for 20+ years. He will be missed so much! He was the best of the best!!! My thoughts and prayers are with the family. May God bless you.
Taffy,My thoughts and prayers are with you. Sorry for your loss and I will sure miss his smiling face.Jeannie(Ophthalmology Associates)
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of sorrow. May God place his comforting arms around you today and in the days to follow
He was my Chno. Some times he was in with Dt.Thaubault!!!I liked him a lot! Sorry for your passing going to anothet home.inHearn what a great home!!
A good doctor surgeon and friend,you will be missed by everyone who knew you!
My heart hurts for Dr. Council Family. I worked with him at AHC and he was so kind hearted...and a great Dr. He will be greatly missed
I’m so sorry to hear of Dr Council’s passing. He was always so nice when I came to babysit. Many prayers for your family
I worked with Dr Council at Saline Memorial Hospital and found him to treat EVERYONE with Genuine Kindness. Later the Council family became friends with our daughter becoming their family babysitter. Our hearts grieve and our prayers are for "supernatural peace" for All of You: Taffy, Kristen, John, Sarah and Justin. As 1 Corinthians 15:54 says "Death is swallowed up in Victory"
Dr. Council delivered my daughter and I worked with him for several years at AHC. He was so kind and never put himself in fro tin front of anyone else. I will never forget his kindness.
I got to know Tony more and more at Our Lady of Fatima. We would talk about different issues and I grew to really like and respect this man. Darlene felt that respect towards him as well. She always addressed him as “Dr. Council.. The first time I addressed him as Dr. Council, he stated “ It’s ok if you call me Tony” And so I did. Heaven is getting a good doctor and a great man. Prayers for his family.
Miss Taffy and family,I am so sorry to hear about Dr. Tony. As a Lunch Bunch kid, a Brownwood kid, and a close friend of Kristen's growing up, I feel like a part of my extended family is gone. I love you all and am keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.
My heart and prayers are with you and your family. Many memories of years past. Kathy Massey
Taffy, I am so sorry to hear about Tony. My prayers are with your family.
Love and hugs to your special family.
Sending prayers for strength and comfort during the loss of Dr.Council. He was a great man and a wonderful surgeon to work with. We worked together for over 25years. He always had a smile and was great to work with. Dr. C you will be missed.
Such sad news....praying for the family through this sad and difficult time.
He was always friendly and made me laugh, even when I was pregnant with my son at the age of 38! I was not ready to start a new family, I had a 20 year old daughter and a 15 year old daughter, and thought I was through, but nope God had other plans and Dr. Council saw me through with his wit and friendly bedside manner. My prayers go out to his family for the loss of this great man.
Dr Council always had a smile on his face when I'd see him at the AHC for the 20 yrs I worked there and as my Dr year's ago.Prayers for his family and friends!🙏🙏
Taffy, I am so sorry about your loss. I loved Dr. Council. He was such a good doctor and was so good to his patients. Thoughts and prayers for you and your family. Judy Sheridan Young
Prayers hugs and love.Tonya Knight
I worked with Dr. Council for almost 10 years at the Saline Memorial Wound Healing Center. Every day he worked he would come in with his breakfast and a big smile on his face! Such a wonderful man to work with! Prayers for his family and precious wife!
Mrs Taffy and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Dr C was a delight to work with and I feel very blessed to have had that time. God bless you and keep you in HIS arms and comfort you.
Taffy, My heart goes out to you and your family at this most difficult time. I will keep you all in my prayers. Love to all,Donna Cox
A giving person in this life may he be richly rewarded in the next. Our thoughts and prayers are with Tony, Taffy, and the rest of his family. My he now rest in his eternal peace.