Archive - 2011
Carolyn Joyce â€śJosieâ€ť Puckett Babbs, 71, of Benton died Monday, Nov. 7. She was born April 4, 1940, in Benton.
She was a homemaker and a member of Reyburn Creek Missionary Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ralph Jess Puckett Sr. and Melba Lewis Puckett; her husband, Robert Babbs; and a daughter, Lisa Brown.
James O. Willis, 84, of Benton, went to be with the Lord on Nov. 6.Â He was born July 24, 1927, in Saline County to the late Charles and Izoria Willis.Â
James was a truck driver and a member of New Friendship Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Charles Willis;a and sister, Lillian Porter.Â
He is survived by his brother, Clyde Oâ€™Dell Willis of New Iberia, La.; his sisters, Etta Moody of Lonoke and Billie Thorne of North Little Rock; and the extended family of Brother Randy Ward and wife Rita, and his granddaughter, Olivia Ward.
Marjorie Christene Word, 83, of Bauxite died Sunday, Nov. 6. She was born Sept. 5, 1928, in Poyen.
Marjorie was a retired cafeteria worker for Pine Haven Schools, a member of the Order of Eastern Star and a member of Trinity Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Carva Morris Williams and Erma Williams; her husband, Tilford Leland Word; and her son, Bobby Word.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Margaret and John Davis of Benton.
Mary F. Smith, 70, of Haskell, passed away Sunday, Nov. 6.Â She was born Aug. 27, 1941, in Humphrey, to the late P.A. and Jessie Capps.
Mrs. Smith was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith.Â She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Eullie E. â€śShortyâ€ť Smith.Â
James Parvin Teague, 71, of Bismarck passed away on Nov.12, with his family by his side.Â James was born on March 28, 1940 in Hot Springs to the late Parvin and Marie Teague.Â He enjoyed hunting, fishing and tinkering on motors.Â His most treasured times was time spent with his family.
Bryant senior baseball player Jordan Taylor signed a letter of intent to play for the University of Central Arkansas on Friday at noon in front of the Bryant gym. Friends, family and teammates witnessed the Hornetsâ€™ main pitcher sign.
â€śItâ€™s been fun,â€ť Jordan Taylor said. â€śItâ€™s been a lot of fun. Been through a lot with my brothers right here,â€ť referring to his teammates.
The Bauxite Lady Miners will kick off the Arkansas Alumni Girls Basketball Classic tournament held at Little Rock Hall High School. The Lady Miners will play the Lonoke Lady Jackrabbits in the opening game of the tournament at 4 p.m.
The Lady Miners will get to test their mettle against some of the top teams in the state last season. The tournament features six state tournament teams, including one quarterfinals team, three semifinal teams and a finals team.
The Bauxite Lady Miners scored the first 13 points of the game in a 52-24 win over rival Glen Rose Lady Beavers in the first regular season game of the season on Tuesday at Dawson Gym in Bauxite.
â€śFirst game I just didnâ€™t want us to come out a little amped up, not be able to hit any shots or let them stay in for too long,â€ť Bauxite Coach Josh Harrison said. â€śI felt like if we could get on them quick it could kind of get our butterflies out. We did a good job of that.â€ť
The Bauxite Lady Minersâ€™ basketball team tied for second place in the class 7-4A conference last season, but had a chance to go undefeated in conference play. The Lady Miners (24-6, 10-3 7-4A last year) lost to the team they tied for second with, Malvern, twice by two points, and lost to first-place Pulaski Academy by one. Bauxite then lost to Malvern by two in the semifinals of the conference tournament.
Thomas â€śTommyâ€ť Edward Chandler, 80, of Lonsdale, passed away Sunday, Nov. 6.Â He was born Oct. 12, 1931 in Tahoka, Texas, to the late Clive and Hazel Chandler.
He was a member of Ten Mile Missionary Baptist Church, a member of the Masonic Lodge No. 34 of Benton and an Air Force veteran of the Korean War.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Carolyn Strickland and Betty Graves; and one brother, Elwayne Chandler.