Joseph Benjamin Washam, 16, of Hamburg, died on August 11, 2016.
He was a sophomore at Hamburg High School and a bullrider. He enjoyed bullriding at the Bull Palace in Oak Grove, Louisiana and with Mike Richard in Shiloh, Arkansas, but would ride a bull anywhere, anytime. Though rodeo was his passion, he also enjoyed duck hunting, fishing and his family, especially spending time with his brothers and other small children. He was a clown, always making people laugh and being the center of attention. His big, generous heart was obvious to all who knew him.
Ben was born on October 5, 1999, in Olivia, Minnesota and was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church of Hamburg.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Davis; grandparents, Eugene Davis, Dema Marie Washam, Tommy D. and Betty L. Sivils; great-grandparents, Mitchell and Pearly Price, Lloyd “Frog” Price, and Benjamin and Syble White; his uncle, Robert Price; aunts, Betty C. Price and Ellen Avery; and one cousin, Christopher Tyler.
He is survived by his parents, Richard E. Washam of Albany, Missouri and Leann Price Davis; stepfather, John Davis of Fountain Hill; seven brothers, Richard A. Washam of Hot Springs, Jamie Netherly and Brandon R. Clark of Crossett, and J.C. Mason Davis, Jimmy L. Davis, Caden R. Davis, and Johnathon Davis of Fountain Hill; grandparents, Susie White and Steve Horsman of Hamburg, Judy Davis of Fountain Hill, Dewey Savage of Monticello, and Ozeal Cruz Price of Hamburg; aunts and uncles, Clayton and Krystin Price and three sons of Hamburg, Charlie and Kathy Watt and three sons of Rison, Brian and Shari-Sivils Christianson and four sons and two daughters of Hunter, Kansas, Mart and Gina Nelms of Hamburg, Stacy Walters of Hamburg; and a host of cousins and friends.
Visitation is August 17 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Medders Funeral Home, 1564 Hwy 52 W, in North Crossett.
A funeral service will be held on August 18 at 3 p.m. at Medders Funeral Home Chapel in Crossett with pastors, Tommy D. Sivils, Jr., Joshua T. Tyler, and Elvin McDill officiating. Burial will be at Pinewood Memorial Park.
Pallbearers are Richard E. Washam, G. Keith Watt, Brandon R. Clark, Jeremy L. Watt, C. Allen Watt, and J.C. Mason Davis. Honorary pallbearers will be Alexander B. Christianson, James T. Sivils, Joel T. Sivils, J. Trevor Tyler, Abey G. Christianson, James E. Coddington, Jon Gaught, Todd Gaught, Kara D. Washington, Jesse J. Washington, Hannah Watt, Adrian Watt Cornish, Wesley Cornish, Nicole Sivils Breedlove, Wesley Breedlove; and his rodeo family, Clayton Price, M. Cayton Price, Gabe Wheeler, Zach Richardson, Cole Skynder, Slade Swan, Luke Rice, Jake Flemister, Tristan Swan, Justin Kelley, Kaitlyn M. Pennington, and Austin Measel.
Memorials can be made to the Arkansas High School Rodeo Association or the Arkansas Childrens Hospital in Little Rock.