Archive - Oct 2011
Elizabeth Mary McGriff, 70, of Benton, passed away Friday, Oct. 7.Â She was born Jan. 8, 1941, in Burlington, Iowa.
Mrs. McGriff worked more than 15 years as a supervisor in vending and was part owner of Billâ€™s Auto Repair.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Victor M. and Elizabeth Mae Stodt; daughter, Lorry Hawk; and a brother, William Anthony Stodt.
Katherine Ann Crofford Copeland, 44, of Alexander passed away Friday, Oct. 7.Â She was born Feb. 10, 1967 in Little Rock.
Katherine was a direct care staff member at Friendship Community Care and a member of Gospel Light Baptist Church.Â She was involved with helping with the Special Olympics.
Katherine was preceded in death by her father, James Richard Crofford Jr.; and an uncle, Don Newkirk.
Terry Lee Jackson, 48, of Malvern, passed away Thursday, Oct. 6.Â He was born June 28, 1963 in Benton.Â Terry was a U.S. Army veteran, a carpenter and of the Baptist faith.Â
He was preceded in death by his father, Stanley Jackson; and his stepfather, Woodrow House.
He is survived by his mother, Martha Jean Williams House; three brothers, Rickey Jackson and wife Teresa, Randy Jackson and Michael Jackson; a sister, Janice Hicks and husband David; and his wife, Kimberly Jackson.
A graveside service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday, Oct.10, at Fairplay Cemetery.
Kathleen Jacqueline (Weise) Moore, 87, of Oklahoma, formerly of Benton, passed from this life to her Christian reward on Oct. 6, 2011. She was born Oct. 30, 1923, in a home outside Benton.She was the youngest of six children born to Oswald Weise and Manie Langley Weise.
She graduated from Harmony Grove School in Haskell, where she played basketball, oftentimes playing outdoors on a dirt court. She made her Christian profession of faith at an early age and was baptized in Ten Mile Creek (not too far from Benton).
The class 6A No. 1 team in the state, the El Dorado Wildcats, wasted little time in dispatching the Sheridan Yellowjackets 38-7 at Yellowjackets Stadium on Friday night.
â€śWe got outplayed and out-coached,â€ť Sheridan Coach Louis Campbell said. â€śIt wasnâ€™t even a ballgame. Their bus driver beat our bus driver.â€ť
The Wildcats (6-0, 3-0 6A South) scored 21 points in the first quarter and was up 35-0 at half time, invoking the mercy rule, where the clock stops for timeouts and injuries only.
Ray â€śSleepyâ€ť Pearce Jr. of Benton passed away Sept. 24, at the VA Hospital. He was born July 31, 1925, to Ray Pearce Sr. and Iva Lee Pearce in Pine Bluff.
He received his education in Pine Bluff and University of Missouri and Arkansas State University. He was a member of First Christian Church in Pine Bluff.
Ray was employed by the Arkansas Gazette and retired in 1987 with 35 years of service. He then owned R & P Printing Co., where he worked side-by-side with wife Bettie and son Tommy and many others. He retired in 2001.
Cleron J. â€śBiffâ€ť DeBusk Sr., 68, of Little Rock passed away Sept, 30. Born in Little Rock on Oct, 21, 1942.
He worked at his business, Custom Cabinet Tops, for more than 42 years.
Lois Johnson, 88, of Sardis passed away Sept. 29 in Bryant.Â She was born Sept., 25, 1923 in Goodwin, to the late Sam and Jenetta (Dover) Jones.Â She was a member of the Benton Kingdom Hall of Jehovahâ€™s Witnesses.Â
Â In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Bert Johnson, in 2006; three sisters; and five brothers.
Roger Allen Jones passed away September 25, in Memphis, TN. He was born January 3, 1950 in Batesville. Roger attended Little Rock Public Schools, graduating from Joe T. Robinson High, and he obtained his Masterâ€™s in History from University of Arkansas Little Rock.
Rebecca Sue Schroeder, 58, of Bauxite, passed away Sunday, October 2.Â She was born July 14, 1953 in Hot Springs, Arkansas.Â Mrs. Schroeder was an administrative assistant and a member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church.Â She was preceded in death by her father, William Henry Kennedy.
She is survived by two sons, Shane Schroeder and wife, Dana and Ryan Schroeder and wife, Susan all of Bauxite; daughter, Melissa Schroeder of Victoria, Texas; mother, Dora Kennedy of Bauxite; two sisters, Virginia Candy of Haskell and Paula Croy of Bauxite and nine grandchildren.