Joseph Lee Wise Jr., 84, of Benton, Arkansas passed away April 24, 2017. He was born November 28, 1932 in Little Rock, Arkansas to the late Joseph Lee Wise Sr. and Climmie Chapman Wise. Joseph served in the U.S. Navy Sea Bee's for 32 years and served during the Korean and Vietnam wars. He was a paint and body man by trade. He joined Crawford and Company as a heavy equipment claims adjuster for twenty years and he owned and operated Lee Collision Repair Center in Benton. Joseph served as a transport officer with the Saline County Sheriff department for eight years. He retired five years ago. His special place to go drink coffee was Waffle House in Benton. Joseph loved his family, his church, and his church family at New Beginning Bible Church. Joseph was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Oneda Wise; and two brothers, Joe Ed Wise and Forrest Eugene Wise. He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Josephine Lucas Wise of Benton; three sons, Donnie R. Wise of Little Rock, Gary Lee Wise of Benton, and William Fredrick Wise and wife Debbie of Little Rock; four grandchildren, Sean Wise and wife Chrystle, Sheika Rowell and husband George, April Wise, and Rebecca Huey and husband Danny; great-grandchildren, Jace Wise, Heather Wise, Addison Bean, Noah Bean, Morgan Huey, Audrey Huey, Adam Huey, and Grayson Rowell; brother, Franklin F. Wise and wife Jean of Richmond, Virginia; one special niece, Shelly Cantrell; nieces and nephews who he loved as his grandchildren; and a host of family and friends who love Joseph and will miss him always. Reception visitation: 3-5 p.m., Sunday, April 30, Smith-Benton Funeral Home, 322 N. Market Street, Benton. Funeral, officiated by Bro. Carlton Brown and Bro. Albert Wyllia, held 10 a.m., Monday, May 1, Smith-Benton Funeral Home. Burial following at Pinecrest Memorial Park assisted by Jimmy Winkler, Danny Huey, Timmy Sartin, Ron Castera, Jason Cantrell, Mark Castera, and George Rowell serving as pallbearers. Services entrusted to Smith-Benton Funeral Home, a certified Veterans Funeral Care provider. Online guestbook: www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
Published April 29, 2017