Walter Ben Lessenberry

Obituary Notice

Ben Lessenberry, age 41, of Little Rock, passed away on Friday, July 22, 2005.

Ben was born on April 26, 1964 in Little Rock to Judge Jack L. and Agnew Pippin Lessenberry. Ben graduated from Little Rock Central High School in 1983. He was an excellent student and particularly excelled in math. Ben earned an academic scholarship to the University of Arkansas where he pledged Sigma Chi. He later attended UALR .He was an avid Razorback fan and loved to follow the Hogs through thick and thin. He married Heather Wilcher in 1989. Ashley Kaitlin, the light of Ben's life, was born of that union. Ashley was always in Ben's heart if not by his side. Ben began his career in the investment business at Powell and Satterfield, then Stephens Inc. and most recently worked at Calton and Associates.

To know Ben was to love him. He had a wonderful sense of humor and would light up a room with his infectious smile. Ben's cleverness was only outweighed by his love for family and friends. He knew no strangers. His boyish charm and attitude made him the perfect playmate for his niece and nephew, who would always want to know when was their next visit with Uncle Ben. He protected his family with his knowledge of the financial market. What Ben believed in, he believed it with a passion. He had no unachievable goal if his heart chose the path. He was a fierce competitor. Ben will be deeply missed by the many whose lives he has touched.

Ben was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ben and Mary Lessenberry and Walter and Ameila Carnahan.

Ben is survived by his daughter, Ashley Lessenberry; mother, Agnew P. Lessenberry; father, Jack L. Lessenberry and his wife, Rhonda; and brother, Jack L. Lessenberry Jr., all of Little Rock. He is also survived by his sister, Blair Hundahl of Houston; sister, Leigh Ann Lessenberry McCann, Ph.D., brother-in-law, John McCann, niece, Molly and nephew, Mason, all of Austin.

Services will be held on Friday, July 29, 2005, at 11:00 A.M. at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 1000 N. Mississippi St. in Little Rock.

Cremation arrangements are by Ruebel Funeral Home,

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Recovery Centers of Arkansas, 1201 River Rd. North Little Rock, Arkansas 72114; CARE for Animals, Inc, 3001 Kavanaugh, Little Rock, AR. 72205; Wolfe Street Foundation, Inc., 1210 Wolfe St., Little Rock, AR. 72202.

May Ben rest in peace knowing he is loved and is missed.

Register Book


  • Ms. Agnew, We are so sorry to hear of your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. 
    Dr Sessoms, Alice, Regina, and Beth
    North Little Rock, Arkansas


  • My sincere condolence is extended to Agnew Lessenberry and Family. May God be with you.
    John A. Gardner
    Little Rock, Arkansas


  • Gentle Ben, God obviously needed a point guard with class, humor, patience, and a love for the game. He searched, he found and you were number one in this draft. You will be missed by all in this earthly game but we are all better for our brush with you. You made the game of life fun for all who played with you.
    Peace be with all of your family knowing that the peace of God is with you. Love ya man,
    Perry Rogers
    "pistol pete" Walnut Valley 80'-83'
    Sherwood, Arkansas


  • I just want to say how much you will be missed Ben (ugonnagetshook) I wish to say I am so sorry to all his family and you are all in my prayers. R.I.P Ben. Love from Lynn!
    Lynn Whittaker
    Blackpool, Lancashire, United Kingdom


  • Little Rock Central High Class of 1983 has lost another Tiger. Ben brought smiles to many and will always remain with us!
    Little Rock Central High School - Class of 1983
    Little Rock, Arkansas


  • May you find comfort in the difficult days ahead knowing that Ben touched many lives, some from very far away. He was one of my very best friends and I shall miss him dearly. He always spoke of you, his family with great love. He is now your guardian angel and I shall always think of him as mine to. May God bless and keep you safely in his love. With utmost respect, 
    Gail Hacker
    Seymour, Iowa



  • Norman Hall
    Little Rock, Arkansas


  • Your family is in our thoughts and prayers during this time of sadness. May God bless you and help you though your pain.
    Don and Kay Bona
    Little Rock, Arkansas


  • Dear Jack and family, please accept our sincere sympathy on the loss of your son Ben. He is now at peace forever, safely home in Heaven at last. Sincerely; 
    Gerald and Juanita Nesbitt
    Little Rock, Arkansas


  • Just a note to say Ben was a great classmate. He was truly a great guy among so many who did not care about anyone but themselves. I pray for his daughter and family, may God be with you and comfort you during these difficult times. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Renee Curry-Wood
    LRCH Class of '83
    Lonoke, Arkansas


  • I was deeply saddened to hear of your loss. My thoughts are with you.
    Skip Harris
    Benton, Arkansas


  • Blair, Mrs. Lessenberry, and Family -- May happy memories give you peace and solace. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Terry Clayton Paulson
    Walter "Pepper" Paulson
    Arthur Clayton
    New Orleans, Louisiana


  • Lessenberry family,My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
    Jerry R Funderburg 
    Jacksonville, Florida


  • To the family of Ben, especially, his daughter, whom we know Ben cherished, so much. We who call ourselves "monsters" endearingly, were blessed with the presence of Ben as he played dominoes under the name "ugonnagetshook". He gave the host volunteers who ran tournaments, the utmost respect, and yet, humored all, with his quick wit. He also conveyed the best of human love with expressions of compassion and friendship. I know he will be truly missed by people all over the world, whom he touched. Thank you for sharing his life with us.
    Twilite Star
    Rankmonster Yahoo Dominoes Host Volunteer
    Bippus, Indiana


  • My husband and I benefited from the marvelous young man, whom we knew only by phone. News of his death is a terrible shock. He has helped us with some investments, and we always looked forward to his enthusiasm and helpful demeanor. We will miss him, and his dear ones will be in our prayers at this dreadful time. With sincere sympathy,
    George & Marge Johoske
    Mountain Home, Arkansas


  • I am so sorry to hear of your loss and my heart goes out to you. He was one of the most genuinely nice people I have ever met and he cared deeply for everyone. He was many times the only bright spot in our hectic work days and I loved working with him. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Julie Graves Bethell
    Alexander, Arkansas


  • Heather and Ashley, you are in my prayers, just as is each family member. May God bring you comfort at this time.
    Kathy Searcy
    Little Rock, Arkansas


  • My deepest sympathy to Ben's family. I knew Ben through our dominoes ladder for almost a year. He touched the heart of many. He always spoke about his wonderful family and his wonderful daughter. He was a wonderful and caring person and a great listener. We became great friends even though we never met in person. I will always have a place for Ben in my heart. I love you Ben and miss you so much.
    Shari Marcus
    Coconut Creek, Florida



  • Leigh McCann
    Austin, Texas


  • In your passing I have discovered that our relationship helped define so many areas of my life. I only wish I would have realized this earlier and shared this with you. Your memory brings a smile to my face and I will love you always for the wonderful man you were.
    Little Rock, Arkansas


  • My deepest sympathies to Ben's family for this sad loss. May God fill your lives, heart, and spirit with His peace, security, grace, love, and mercy. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Melissa Schafhauser
    New Jersey


  • Ben I know life is better for you now. It's the rest of us who will be missing you everyday.

    Joe Powell, Jr.
    Little Rock Arkansas


  • I was just looking at a picture of my wedding photo and Ben was my Best Man, I Googled his name...I am heart broken..could someone let me know what happened to my old friend? I am so sorry for your loss Mr. and Mrs. Lessenberry, Ben will always be a great guy to me and my wife.
    Patrick Hays
    Alexandria Virginia


  • I knew Ben from high school and college. He always had a kind word and a smile for all those that he met. A true competitor both in life and on the basketball court. Rest in peace my friend.
    Adam Frith
    Little Rock, Arkansas


  • To the family of Ben my deepest prayers are with you and your family. He had a kind heart and was a jokester. I knew him from Dominoes and had a load of laughs when he came to the rooms. He is deeply missed.God Blees his family. RIP Ben.
    Andrea "Drea" Rangel
    Whittier, California


  • Forever in my memory.
    Richmond, Virginia