Archive - Jun 2011
Owen James â€śO.J.â€ť Sawyer, 73, of Lono passed away June 20, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.Â He was born to sharecroppers, Owen Sr.
James David Dollins, age 62 of Benton, died on June 17. James was born in Paris, Texas on July 26, 1948, to his parents, James and Marrianne Dollins.
He is survived by his loving wife, Nita, of 18 years and has family in Texas and Australia. James was a Navy Veteran, having served in Vietnam and is now at peace.
Family comments: The family would like to express special thanks to Saline Memorial Hospice and staff.
Online guest book: www.dialanddudleyfuneralhome.com.
Beverly Jann Woodard, age 65, of Benton, died on Friday, June 17, at her home.Â Jann was born on July 17, 1945, in Bradley County, a daughter of the late Perry F. Williams and the late Vivian Corinne Oâ€™Neal Williams. She was a graduate of Banksâ€™ schools, and attended Baptist Nursing School in Little Rock.Â She enjoyed a 37-year nursing career with Dr. Frank Thibault of Benton and built cherished friendships with her co-workers along the way.
Myrna Darlene Crossland, age 71, of Alexander died Sunday, June 19. She was born May 30, 1940, in Little Rock. Mrs. Crossland was a housewife and a member of the Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by her parents, Landon and Addie Mae Perry Styers.
At the Sheridan Wood Bat Tournament, Benton Jr. Legion Sport Shop lost three games, including the final game 15-3 to Little Rock Blue Post.
Little Rock scored seven in the first, three in the second and five in the third. Sport Shop had two in the second and one in the third.
Little Rock had 15 runs on 10 hits with three errors. Benton had three runs on five hits with one error.
Ethan Hendrix pitched 2 2/3 innings, allowing seven hits with a strikeout and three walks. Jay Davies pitched 1/3 of an inning, allowing three hits with three walks.
MOUNTAIN HOME â€” McClendonâ€™s Appliance of Benton rallied for six runs before the Pontotoc, Miss., Red Sox nailed down an 8-6 win in the top of the seventh inning in the semifinals of the Twin Lakes Classic Sunday at Cooper Park.
Cory Smith, Jake Smithey and Dylan Earnest each produced RBIs in a three-run first inning for the Red Sox, and Jay King added an RBI double in the second.
The Red Sox pushed their lead to 6-0 in the top of the third. Blake Littlejohn and Earnest each singled, and Chase Clark singled home Littlejohnâ€™s courtesy runner, Riley Alef.
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