Archive - Feb 10, 2012
Lifetime Benton resident and community leader
Gwendolynne Louise â€śPudâ€ť Troutt Webb died Wednesday. She was 81.
Mrs. Webb, the daughter of the late George L. and Lucille Cox Troutt, came from a prominent Benton family. Her father served as mayor of Benton during the 1950s.
Among the family's residences was the two-story maroon brick structure at the corner of North Main and Cross streets, which for many years served as offices for the Benton Courier.
Ann Elizabeth Arp, 74, of Benton died Wednesday, Feb. 8.
She was born Aug. 4, 1937, in Shreveport, La.
Ann was a housewife and a member of Old Union Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, Eugene C. and Anna McCool Hall; and two brothers, Tommy Hall and Eugene Hall.Â
She is survived by her husband, Dexter Arp of Benton; two sons, Gregory Arp of Texas and Johnny Ray Arp of Las Vegas, Nev; three brothers, Eddie Hall of Shreveport, La., Gayle Hall of Pine Bluff and David Hall of Missouri; a sister, Eunice Marzano of Pine Bluff; and two grandchildren.Â
J.S. Frazier, 70, passed away on Feb. 7. He was born in Little Rock on Jan. 2, 1942, to Sandy Coke and Vera Alice (Smith) Frazier.
Doris LaVerne Willis, 88, a resident of Benton, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 7.Â She was born March 26, 1923, to the late Conway Roark and Birdie Elizabeth Runyan Roark.Â
LaVerne was raised in the Baptist Orphanage now located in Texarkana.Â During those years she was chosen to sing on the radio with trios and quartets and in various churches in the Hot Springs area.
Gwendolynne Louise â€śPudâ€ť Troutt Webb, 81, of Benton, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 8.Â
She was born Dec. 28, 1930, in Benton.Â
Mrs. Webb attended Sullins College in Bristol, Va., and continued her education at USC, where she became a member of the Pi Beta Phi sorority.
She later went on to receive her degree in education in Arkansas and taught 32 Â˝ years at Caldwell Elementary School in Benton.
Mrs. Webb was co-chairman of the Gann Museum with her very close friend, Dorcas Holicer, and a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church in Benton.Â