Archive - Jun 18, 2011
Tom Wright Jr., age 82, of Alexander, formerly ofÂ Arkadelphia, died Friday, June 17, 2011. He was born August 12, 1928, in Clark County, the son of Thomas and Cora Bennett Wright. He was a retired groundskeeper for the Arkadelphia Country Club and Henderson State University and was a member of New Life Church.Â He was preceded in death by a sister, Katherine Tucker.
Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Matilda Stewart Wright, a son, Stewart Wright of Bryant, one daughter, Dedra Angel ofÂ Alexander, and two grandchildren, Kit Wayne Carson and Misty Hill.Â
Barbara Rose Martin of Benton died June 17, 2011, at St. Vincent Hospital in Little Rock. Barbara was born April 30, 1942, in Shreveport, La., the daughter of Robert Chester Rose and Gladys Blackmon Rose. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Robert Chester Rose, Jr.
Barbara spent her childhood in northeast Louisiana where she met her husband (Jim) James B. Martin. They were married March 3, 1962, at New Prospect Baptist Church in Darnell, La. Jim and Barbara moved to Benton in 1973.
She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Benton.
The Benton Panthers won 10-4 against Marion in Saturdayâ€™s championship game of the Benton Summer High School Showcase Tournament.
Carson Holloway started on the mound for Benton, pitching all seven innings and giving up four runs (three earned) on nine hits with eight strikeouts and two walks.
The Panthers (12-1) made their way to the championship game Saturday by beating North Little Rock 5-3 Friday night.
When I visited recently with the threeÂ RobertsÂ brothersÂ one thing kept coming up: They made it clear that the support and encouragement from their parents enabled them to excel at whatever they tried.
OnÂ Monday,Â AshtonÂ RobertsÂ will play in theÂ ArkansasÂ All-Star Baseball GameÂ inÂ FayettevilleÂ atÂ Baum Stadium, and next year he will be playing college baseball atÂ Crowder JuniorÂ CollegeÂ inÂ Missouri.Â