of Pottsville, AR
January 8, 1932 - January 29, 2017
Lila Jean Viner, age 85, of Pottsville, Arkansas, formerly of Benton, Arkansas, passed away Sunday, January 29, 2017. She was born January 8, 1932 in Pottsville to the late Franklin Bonner Oates and Forrest O'Daniel Oates. Lila graduated from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville with her teaching degree. She taught Home Economics in Danville, Arkansas and then at Mount Saint Mary's Academy in Little Rock. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Benton where she was active in many areas. She was also a member of the Tuesday Club, Medical Auxiliary, 4-H House, The Art Guild, and CJCHON, of which, she was a founding member.In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Donald L. Viner.Survivors include one son, Paul Marshall Viner and his wife Lori Butterworth Viner of Benton; one daughter, Melissa Viner Holden of Benton; five grandchildren, Brooke Viner Freeman and husband Jared, Lindi Viner, Austin Viner, Tanner Mitchell Holden, and Morgan Rose Holden; two great-grandsons, Abel Lee Freeman and Taylan Anthony Zaunbrecher; two brothers, William O. Oates and his wife Evelyn Sekavec Oates of Albertville, Alabama and David Bonner Oates and his wife Marium Guppy Oates of Pottsville; numerous nieces and nephews; other relatives, and friends.The family would like to thank two of Lila's great nieces, Isabella and Emma Wheeler, for the tender care they gave to her during her illness. Mrs. Viner's funeral service is scheduled for 1:00 p.m., Thursday, February 2nd, 2017 in the chapel of Roller-Ballard Funeral Home in Benton (501-315-4047) with Pastor Howard Wheeler officiating. Interment will follow at Pinecrest Memorial Park in Alexander, AR. Serving as pallbearers will be Lyle Smith, Brooks Caldwell, Kelly Rogers, Leslie Oates, Franklin Carter, and Mark Latch. Honorary pallbearers are Bonner Oates, Jon Brittenum, and Paul Childress.Her family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 1st, 2017 at the funeral home.In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial donations be made to CJCOHN, 103 East Elm Street, Benton, Arkansas 72015, First Presbyterian Church, 501 East North Street, Benton, Arkansas 72015, or Arkansas Hospice, 14 Parkstone Circle, North Little Rock, Arkansas 72116.
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I will miss that sweet smile and her precious spirit!! Loved her dearly and love the family as well!!!
Paul, my prayers are with you in this time of sorrow and the days to come. Frances McNeil
Paul and Lori,May God bless you during this time. With our sympathy, Gary and Mary Watson
I was a student of Mrs. Viner's at Mt. St. Mary inthe early 1960's. She was a wonderful home-ec teacherand hardly a week goes by that I don't think of her.Whether I was arranging a new kitchen, or making bedsor whatever the task was, she came to mind. And I wasglad to have had her for my teacher.
Paul, You are in our thoughts and prayers during this time of sorrow. May God place his comforting arms around you today and in the days to follow.
I will always remember Mrs. Lila's southern charm and graciousness when we moved to Arkansas and became their neighbors. She and her husband, Donald made us feel a sense of home when we felt the loneliness of leaving Tennessee. They were much more than neighbors, they treated us like family. This is a temporary separation and I look forward to seeing you both when we get to Heaven. Gary and Dawn Holland