CHAFFEE -- Rheta Winona Bentley, 58, died Nov. 28, 2006, at her home.
Born Jan. 8, 1948, in Cairo, Ill., daughter of Patsy Ruth Abney Casper of Mounds, Ill., and the late Albert Gene Casper, she lived for the last 36 years in Chaffee where she was a member of the Chaffee General Baptist church. She was, along with her husband and family, a minister of music since the early 1970s singing originally with The Soul Crusaders Gospel Singers. She worked as a certified nurse assistant at Saint Francis Medical Center and The Lutheran Home for many years until 1998 when she became a licensed practical nurse. She spent seven years caring for patients at Cardiovascular Consultants.
On Oct. 8, 1970, she married Gary Wayne Bentley who survives of the home.
Other survivors include: three sons and two daughters-in-law, Gary Lynn and Theresa Bentley of Kelso, Stephen Bryan Bentley of Chaffee and Tim and April Bentley of Blytheville, Ark.; three daughters and one son-in-law, Kimberly Helt-Melvin and Rebecca and Adam Miller of Jackson and Cheryl Burns of Sikeston; five brothers, Ricky Casper of Olive Branch, Ill., Jerry Casper, Albert Casper and Robbie Casper of Mounds and Chris Casper of Anna, Ill.; three sisters, Shirley McHarry of Ullin, Ill., Gail Walton of Barlow, Ky., and Holly Goins of Mounds; and 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by one brother, Jackie Casper.
Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. Friday at the Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Chaffee where services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday with the Rev. Joe Payne officiating.
Burial will follow at Union Park Cemetery in Chaffee.