Archive - 2011
Irene Eunice Moody, 80, of Benton died Sunday, March 27, 2011.
She was born July 18, 1930, in Little Rock to the late John and Annie Lawhorn.
She graduated from Mabelvale High School in 1947.
She is survived by her son, Marcus; a daughter, Becky; and several nieces and nephews; and one sister-in-law.
Graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Landmark Cemetery in Little Rock under the direction of Roller-Ballard Funeral Home in Benton. Call 315-4047.
No visitation is scheduled.
Online guest book: www.rollerfuneralhomes.com/ballard.
Mildred Bernice Rigdon, 83, of Benton died Monday, March 28, 2011.
She was born July 29, 1927, in Brinkley.
Mrs. Rigdon was an active member of Fort Worth Bible Students Divine Plan and a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William Edward and Mary Glenn Wilkins; brother, Norman Perry; and a grandson, Damon Weir.
She is survived by her husband, Robert S. Rigdon of Benton; son, Robert P. Rigdon of Conway; daughter, Sharon C. Zuber of Benton; three grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Floyd Eugene Borders, 76, of Hensley died Sunday, March 27, 2011.
He was born Dec. 14, 1934, in Bauxite.
Floyd was a retired truck driver for UPS for 35 years, and was of the Pentecostal faith.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Pauline and Robert Borders; wife, Louise Stafford Borders; one sister; and one brother.
Survivors include sons, Randall Borders, Kenneth Borders, and Tracy Borders, all of Benton; daughter, Sandra Kennedy of Hensley; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.Â
Glen Rose and Harmony Grove battled the weather and each other Tuesday in the opening of conference play.
In the end, the Beavers came out on top 10-4, and the Lady Beavers won 15-13.
Glen Rose softball head coach Kyle Lem said, âWe had two opportunities to end the game on a run rule and didnât, and, of course, they came back as always.â
Lem said the game was a âhard fought slugfest, just like it is every time. Thereâs just something between our two porgrams I guess.â
Harmony Grove softball head coach Sammi Massey was reached for comment, but did not respond by press time.
BENTON â After spending the weekend in Shreveport, La. where the weather was in the mid 90s and sunny, the Benton Lady Panthers were a little âshell-shockedâ Tuesday when they had to play in the rain and the mid 50-degree temperatures at the Benton Panther Softball Complex.
Although it took some time for their bats to warm up, the Lady Panthers defeated Texarkana 6-0 thanks in part to a three-run inning in the fifth.
Lenney Bell Kirkendoll, 73, of Benton, passed away Monday, March 28, 2011. She was born Aug. 16, 1937, in Cleburne County.
Mrs. Kirkendoll was a member of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church and retired from the Benton Public School District.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Myrtle Chastain; son, Melvin Kirkendoll; and a sister, Lorine Phillips.
Raymon Bertram Gentry Jr., 47, of Alexander died Saturday, March 26, 2011. He was born Feb. 11, 1964, in Little Rock to Stella and Raymon Gentry Sr. and two older sisters, Dianne Smith and Lisa Hicks.
In November 1985 he married his sweetheart, Shelia Hill of Mountain View, and was blessed with two daughters, Megan and Cara shortly afterward.
Leonard Phillip Neighbors, 72, of Benton passed away Sunday, March 27, 2011.
He was born March 17, 1939, in Bauxite.
Mr. Neighbors retired from AT&T, served in the National Guard and was a member of Grape Chapel Church of God. He was one of the founding fatherâs (Card Holder #3) of the Arkansas Rodeo Association and a Gold Card Holder in the PRCA.
Mr. Neighbors was preceded in death by his parents, Grady and Gertrude Neighbors; and an infant son.
Both the Bauxite baseball and softball teams are off to a 1-0 start in 4A-7 Conference play after beating Oak Grove Monday.
The Miners (8-5, 1-0) won 12-3 in seven innings behind solid pitching from junior Ryan Weng, who had a complete game with only 79 pitches.
Bauxite baseball head coach Michael Mattox said, âHe worked very efficiently. It didnât seem like he had complete command, but heâs such a competitor that even on his off days heâs effective.â
Weng gave up five hits and three runs, two of which were earned. He recorded three strikeouts with three walks.
After defeating Mena 4-3 on Saturday, the Sheridan Yellowjackets will try to maintain their winning streak when they face El Dorado tonight.
âThat is a big conference game for us,â Sheridan coach Mike Moore said. âThey have a really good pitcher. It is going to be a tough game for us.â
The âJackets are currently riding a 11-game winning streak and are 2-0 in the 6A South conference.
Sheridan scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to take a 4-2 lead over Mena last Saturday.