Archive - Jul 2011
With August just around the corner, that means only one thing â€” football season is a little more than a month away. With the first game scheduled for Sept. 2, it wonâ€™t be long now until Friday nights become the busiest night of my week.
While I love football and every pulse pounding hit that comes with it, the pressure of trying to maintain fair and balanced coverage is always a huge obstacle.
Lois Carolyn Johnson, 75, of Tulsa, Okla., formerly of Benton, passed away Sunday, July 24. She was born in Benton to the late Rev. Daniel Johnson and Mary Nelson.
Her survivors include sons, Kenneth Sutton of Chicago, Ill. and Thomas Sutton of Searcy; daughters, Barbara Benefield of Davis, Cali. and Arletria Sutton of North Little Rock; brothers, Frederick Johnson, Sr. of Hot Springs and Bennie Nelson of Wichita, Kan.; sisters, Mary Harris of Evanston, Il. and Geneva Ailsworth of Benton; 17 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Charles Fredrick Kennedy, 84, of Little Rock died Wednesday, July 27.Â He was born on October 5, 1926, and was preceded in death by his son, Bill Kennedy.
Before attending college, Charles served four years in the Marines during World War II.Â After graduating from Henderson State Teachers College, he coached in Stuttgart and Bauxite before moving to Little Rock with his family in 1959.Â He remained there until his retirement from Little Rock Public School District in 1987.
Best known as â€śCoach,â€ť Charles spent all but two years of his 30-year coaching career at the junior high level.
Shon Zachary Smith, 18, of Sheridan died Monday, July 25. He was born March 16, 1993, in Little Rock to Charles â€śChuckâ€ť Smith and Misty Alynn Schultz. Shon attended Glen Rose High School and also Little Creek Baptist Church. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and anything that involved the outdoors. Shon also enjoyed skateboarding and playing his Xbox. He always had a smile on his face and loved making people laugh.
Charlotte Jan Treat, 56, of Benton, passed from this life on Saturday, July 23, in Searcy County. She was born in Amarillo, Texas on January 14, 1955, to Willie Amel Smithee and Mary Charlotte (Tunnell) Smithee.
Jan worked as a blood bank supervisor at Baptist Hospital in Little Rock and Arkansas Heart Hospital in Little Rock. She had also worked as a medical technician at Saline Memorial Hospital in Benton for over 10 years. Jan was a loving mother, wife and sister and will be greatly missed.
Her parents and one brother, Bill Smithee, preceded her in death.
Mattie â€śEthelâ€ť Beck, 76, of Benton went to heaven on July 25. She was born on March 18, 1935, to the late, Clyde and Pauline Brown in Benton. Mrs. Beck was a loving mother, grandmother and friend. She loved spending time with her family and being a homemaker. She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Ethel is preceded in death by her husband, Dewell â€śBobâ€ť Beck, her parents, and a great grandson, Joseph Perryman.
Gilbert Paul Morgan, 58, of Benton passed away Monday, July 25.Â He was born April 22, 1953, in Star City to Houston Randall Morgan and Venie (Williams) Morgan.Â He was a transportation broker and owned his own transportation company.Â He was ordained a deacon for the Diocese of Little Rock in December 2002 and served as deacon at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Benton.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, James Morgan and Wilbur Morgan.
Rev. James E. Cody
The Rev. James E. Cody, 74, of Benton died Saturday, July 23, in Little Rock. He was born January 26, 1937, in Pine Bluff. James was a Church of God minister and a member of Little Rock Church of God. He was preceded in death by his father Carl Cody.
James Olean Ramsey, 88, of Benton passed away Wednesday, July 20, at Saline Hospice House in Bryant.Â He was born on August 15, 1922 in Mt. Pleasant, TN to the late James Marshall and Willie Mae Henson Ramsey.Â Mr. Ramsey was a member of Holland Chapel Baptist Church and had worked in maintenance for the Arkansas Highway Department.Â In addition to his parents, his wife, Cozy Ramsey and one sister, Lilly Whitmire also preceded him in death.
Thomas Fredrick Wood, 66, of Benton, passed away Tuesday, July 19.Â He was born February 10, 1945, in Caldwell, Kan. to the late Eugene and Aline Wood.Â Mr. Wood was a U.S. Army veteran, a retired federal employee and also managed Orvis Shape.Â He was a charter member of Arkansas Fly Fishers Federation of Fly Fishermen, past master of Westwood No. 353 which is now Mary Williams, 32nd Degree Mason, an eagle scout leader and a member of the Eastern Star, York Rite and the Shriners.