Bennie Wade Crouch

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Bennie Wade Crouch, 74, of Salem, Ark., departed this life on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019 at Salem. He was born to the late Bennie Hugo Crouch and Georgia Elizabeth (Adams) Crouch on Feb. 1, 1945 in Wiseman, Ark.

Bennie was united in marriage to Wilma Jean Hall on June 10, 1965 in Sturkie, Ark., and to this union three children were born. Bennie drove a truck for many years, including AMPI, CK LaFevers Construction and Guy King Ready Mix. Bennie also enjoyed raising cattle, working on his farm and was a member of the Salem First Baptist Church. He was a loving son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend.

Bennie leaves to mourn his passing; wife, Wilma Crouch, of Salem; son, Randy Crouch and wife Heather, of Wiseman; two daughters: Melissa Ray, of Salem, and Stephanie Crouch, of Salem; four grandchildren: Beth Shannon and husband Tim, of Salem; Dustin Ray and wife Callen, of Salem; Clint Ray and wife Hannah, of Ash Flat; and Lane Ray of Salem; six great grandchildren: Lilly Shannon, Amaya Shannon, Kutler Shannon, Lyrik Shannon, Baylor Ray and Haisley Ray; brother-in-law, Hayden Wiseman of Wiseman; many other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, son-in-law (Doug Ray) and sister (Louise Wiseman).

Funeral services were held Saturday, March 2 at Salem First Baptist Church in Salem with Bro. John Hodges officiating. Visitation was held prior to service at Salem First Baptist Church. Interment was in the Wiseman Cemetery in Wiseman. Pallbearers were Dustin Ray, Clint Ray, Lane Ray, Scott Henslee, Roger Hall and Charles Aldridge. Memorials may be made to the Salem First Baptist Church in Salem. Arrangements are under the direction of Barker Funeral Home in Salem. Guests may sign an online registry at