Charles Earnest Stillwell, 80, of Benton and formerly of Helena-West Helena, passed away Sunday, July 12, 2015, at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock, surrounded by his loving family.

Charles Earnest Stillwell, 80, of Benton and formerly of Helena-West Helena, passed away Sunday, July 12, 2015, at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock, surrounded by his loving family.  

He was born in Dewitt, on January 10, 1935, to the late Earnest E. and Marie (Harrison) Stillwell.  Charles married Joanna McGraw Stillwell on September 3, 1955, and was preceded in death by her on April 27, 1999. 

Charles was a member of the National Guard of Arkansas and as a Reserve of the Army of the United States upon his honorable discharge in 1959.

He was employed as store director for Safeway/Harvest Foods for over 40 years.  After retirement he was employed by Roller Citizens and Roller Ballard Funeral Home for over 17 years. 

He was a member of the West Helena Assembly of God Church for over 30 years.  Upon his death he was an active member of Trinity Assembly of God in Little Rock and director of the Golden Agers group.  For the past 13 years Charles and his wife, Mary, were actively involved in Book of Hope (One Hope).  The Stillwells have traveled the world with One Hope distributing the gospel in children’s book and video format.    

Charles was very involved in his community with the Kiwanis Club, deacon of his local church, and Gideon’s International, fundraiser for Easter Seals. 

He leaves his children, Connie Stillwell-Smith and George Smith of Helena-West Helena, Lynn Stillwell of Helena-West Helena, Steave and Angie Stillwell of Marion, Gary and Colleen Stillwell of Conway, and his present wife of 13 years, Mary Ruth Hill Stillwell.  Charles also leaves his four grandchildren, Kristen Stillwell Green and husband, Mason Green of Ward, Austin Stillwell of Marion and Avery and Nicholas Stillwell of Conway, and three adorable great-grandchildren, Cohen, Skylar and Adyson Clair Green all of Ward.

The family has established a memorial fund with Book of Hope (One Hope), 600 SW 3rd Street, No. 6200, Pompano Beach, FL 33060-6932.