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John R. Heifner, 73, of Benton, died 5:40 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015, at Helia Healthcare in Benton. He was born Dec. 6, 1941, in Hamilton County, the son of William Heifner and Ida (Poynor) Heifner. He married Brenda Joyce Eckles on Feb. 23, 1974; she preceded him in death on Feb. 14, 2012. He then married Margie Reed-Bayless on Jan. 3, 2014; she survives. In addition to his wife, he is survived by one son, George Robles and wife Kimberly; two daughters, Terrie Nevarez and Tammy Heiman and friend, Harold Frey; five step-children, Dennis (Anita) Bayless, Dale (Teresa) Bayless, Jill (Kevin) Townley, Judy (Mike) Williams and Jennifer (Dustin) Larkin; 11 grandchildren, Leigh Ann Blackburn, Brandon Robles, Jesse Nevarez, Kiersten Heiman, Austin Robles, Drew Robles, Jase Heiman, Macy Fritcher, Ashley Mix, Ariel Mix and Abreana Mix; two sisters, Barbara Wyant and Darlene (John) Roberts; two brothers, James R. (Patricia) Heifner and Carlton W. (Dixie) Heifner; many step-grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, William M. and Ida Mae Heifner; his wife of 38 years, Brenda Joyce Heifner; one daughter, Cynthia Mix; one brother, Charles Heifner; a brother-in-law, John Wyant; one granddaughter, Kelley Robles-Dewitt; and a great-granddaughter, Lavera Robles. He was a member of Plasters Grove Freewill Baptist Church. He was a trustee and also taught Sunday School for 30 years. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He loved trading and working outdoors. Funeral services were held 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, at the Hobbs-Johnson Funeral Home and Crematory in Benton with Brother Kent Dunford officiating. Visitation was held 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, at Hobbs-Johnson Funeral Home and Crematory. Burial was at Brady Cemetery in Akin. Memorials may be made to Hobbs-Johnson Funeral Home and Crematory in care of funeral expenses. Online condolences can be given at www.hobbsjohnson.com. Hobbs-Johnson Funeral Home and Crematory in Benton is in charge of all of the arrangements.
Published on  November 12, 2015
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