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Gerald, age 75 and Brenda, age 72 Bench

Brenda Mae Bench, 72, of Sherwood passed away on November 4, 2020.  She was born in West Helena, Arkansas to the late William Johnson and Alice Johnson.

She was the families rock, she was stubborn, strong and sassy.  She was our best friend who we could always count on.

She is preceded in death by her parents.

Brenda leaves behind her loving husband Garland Bench, her son Ronald Johnson, Jr., her grandchildren Ronald Johnson, III, and Haley Kendrick (Alex) and her brother Harold Johnson.


Garland Bench, 75, of Sherwood passed away on November 20, 2020.  He was born in Arkansas on July 15, 1945.

He served proudly in the United States Army and received an Honorable Discharge.  He loved to go fishing and watching western movies.

He is preceded in death by his wife Brenda Bench and 9 siblings.

Garland leaves behind his loving grandchildren Haley Kendrick (Alex), Ronald Johnson, III, and many friends.

Arrangements are entrusted to A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas.  501-982-3400


  • Allen Hill Posted November 24, 2020 10:44 AM

    Loved working with Garland

  • Richard Woodruff Posted April 6, 2021 4:09 PM

    I served in the Army with Garland 1966-1967. We were both cooks for the 123rd Signal Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division stationed in Wurzburg, Germany. We lived in the same room in our barracks. We were both fortunate to be serving in Germany rather than Viet Nam. We had a lot of fun times together both in the Mess Hall and when we were off duty. In September 2019 I returned to Wurzburg with another Army buddy formerly from Chicago like me and spent two weeks there. Our former base has been changed into a regional fire training school.

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