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Saline Memorial Hospital welcomes first baby of 2012

January 6, 2012

Hadley Jade Hess is only four days old, yet she's already a celebrity.
Hadley became the first baby to be born at Saline Memorial Hospital in 2012.
The little girl arrived at 4:58 a.m. Monday, Jan. 2, weighing 8 pounds, 1 ounce, and measuring 20 inches in length.
She is the daughter of Lisa Burnett and Jerry Hess of the East End community. The family also includes Hadley's older brother, Dalton Burnett, 3.
Dr. Estelle Rutledge was the attending physician.

Pierce victim speaks before parole board

January 6, 2012

A Benton man appeared before the Arkansas Parole Board on Wednesday in a victim-input hearing that precedes the board's upcoming decision on whether to release David Pierce.
The 59-year-old former minister of music at First Baptist Church is serving a 10-year prison term for conviction of four counts of sexual indecency with a child. He was convicted in August 2009 as part of a negotiated plea in Saline County Circuit Court.

Petrino, Wilson visit Benton girl in Dallas Hospital

January 6, 2012

Life hasn't been easy in recent months for 14-year-old Sophie Tilley, but her mother says the teenager is a trooper and "will be fine" in time.
Sophie, a student in the Bryant School District, is reported to be progressing well as she recovers from a stem cell transplant she received Dec. 15 at Children's Medical Center in Dallas.

Donald R. "Don" Masters

January 6, 2012

Donald R. "Don" Masters, 71, of Benton passed away Wednesday, Jan. 4. He was born Sept. 18, 1940, to the late Walter B. and Eunice (McAllister) Masters in Antlers, Okla.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of Highway Church of Christ and worked in the construction business.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, David Masters; and two sisters, Jenelle Bradford and Wanda Lou Plamer.

Kelle Gwen Phillips Ray

January 6, 2012

Kelle Gwen Phillips Ray, 47, of Alexander died Tuesday Jan. 3, at her residence. She was born Feb. 18, 1964, in Texarkana, Texas.
She was a 1982 graduate of Arkansas High School in Texarkana and a 1987 graduate of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. She was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority, was a longtime pharmaceutical representative, and was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church in Little Rock.
She was preceded in death by her father, Ed Phillips.

Dale Newton Riggin

January 6, 2012

Dale Newton Riggin, 75, of Benton passed away on Jan. 4. He was born Aug. 2, 1936, in Wilmont, to the late Rev. Robert L. and Bettie Dillon Riggin.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and the mother of his children, Shirley A. Riggin.
He is survived by his sons, Robert Riggin of Little Rock and Dale L. Riggin of Malvern; three daughters, Dalenda Foster of Benton, Tami Horta of California and Kimberly Davis of Texas; two brothers, Don Riggin of Little Rock and Dean Riggin of Sardis; a sister, Ann Ashcraft of Malvern; 15 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

David Allan Inmon

January 6, 2012

David Allan Inmon, 58, of Benton died Tuesday, Jan. 3, at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock.  He was born June 8, 1953, in Little Rock to Robert Inmon Sr. and Nina Hubbard Inmon.
Mr. Inmon was a Christian and worked in customer service for Democrat Printing Lithograph. He loved the Arkansas Razorbacks and was an avid golfer.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Nina Hubbard Inmon.

Mark David Neal

January 6, 2012

Mark David Neal, 52, of Benton died Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012 at his home. He was born Sept. 17, 1959 in Benton.
Mark was a former employee of Silver Dollar City and a member of Wright's Chapel Church in Benton. He was preceded in death by his father, Dock Neal. 
He is survived by his wife, Shelia Neal of Benton; two sons, Shawn Neal of Bauxite and David Neal of Benton; his mother, Mabel Dixon of Benton; a brother, Jimmy Neal of Benton; and three grandchildren.
Graveside service will be held at 10 .m. on Friday, Jan. 6, at Old Union Cemetery in Benton with the Rev. Curtis Bryant officiating.

Thelma Elizabeth Farr

January 6, 2012

Thelma Elizabeth Farr, 92, of Bryant went on to glory on Dec. 28.
She is survived by her sons, Frezel Farr and wife Sandra of Little Rock, Kenneth Farr of Bryant and Nathaniel Farr and wife Mary of Altadena, Calif.; a stepdaughter, Wilma Roosevelt of Little Rock; two sisters, Dorothy Wallace and husband A.C. of Bryant, and Louvenia Peters of Chicago, Ill.; 22 grandchildren; 51 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; a special niece, Pamela Barton; other relatives and friends.

Parker Alan Hilligas Purifoy

January 6, 2012

Parker Alan Hilligas Purifoy, 4, of Little Rock went to be with the Lord on Sunday, Jan. 1. Parker and his twin brother, Paxton Blake, were born on Nov. 12, 2007.
Survivors include his parents, Nicholas Purifoy of Benton and Sherri Hilligas of East End; his grandparents, Karen "MeMaw" Purifoy and Jerry Taylor of Malvern and Tamie "GramBo" and Eddie Hilligas of Sardis; specia parents,

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