Archive - Jun 14, 2012
James R. Fortner, 71, of Benton passed away Tuesday, June 12, at his home.Â He was born on October 9, 1940 in Cale to the late Arley Franklin and Vivian Lucille Jones Fortner.Â Mr. Fortner attended the Landmark Missionary Baptist Church in Vilonia and the United Missionary Baptist Church in Salem.Â He loved to play the guitar, served in the U. S. Army, Â and was a mobile equipment operator for Alcoa for 32 years.
In addition to his parents his wife, Betty Garren Fortner and son, Jody Fortner also preceded him in death, both in 2009.
Charlie L. Whitt, 74, of Benton passed away on June 12.Â Charlie was born on July 9, 1937 to David and Betsy Whitt in Roland.Â He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.Â He will be missed by all his family and friends.
Charlie is preceded in death by his loving wife, Margie Whitt and his parents.
Wanda Sue Mansfield, 77, of Benton, died June 12.Â She was born September 23, 1935 in Bauxite to Bernard Arkel and Mary Jewel Brown.Â She graduated from Bauxite High School in 1953.Â In the fall, she entered Henderson State University where she was a member of Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority.Â On July 31, 1955, she married James Ross Mansfield and together they moved to Norfolk, Virginia.Â While he served in the Navy, Wanda worked as a secretary at the naval base.Â In 1958, they returned to Arkansas and she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from Arkansas State Teachers College (UCA).Â Her tea
Billy Gene Pennington, 74, of Little Rock, passed away June 10, 2012. He was a 1958 graduate of the Arkansas School for the Deaf, and volunteered at the schoolâ€™s Museum.
He is preceded in death by his stepfather and mother, Bill and Sibyl Dedman Terry and a sister, Mary Jo Martindale,