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August 28th

Bernice Hunter Gifford

August 28, 2012


Bernice Hunter Gifford passed away on Aug. 23. She was born Dec. 11, 1916.
She was born in Centerville, Mo., to Stella Miner Hunter and Ernest M. Hunter.  She resided in Gideon, Mo., from 1938 to 2003.
She was a member of Fox Ridge Retirement Community in Bryant from 2003 until her death.
Bernice accepted Christ as her Savior when she was 9 years old and was active in her home church.
She was united in marriage in 1938 to John W. Gifford and they spent most of their married life in Gideon, Mo. They celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in 2008 prior to Mr. Gifford's death.

Eva Jean (Burks) Cox

August 28, 2012

Eva Jean (Burks) Cox, 83, of Benton, went to be with the Lord Sunday, August 26, at Saline Memorial Hospital Hospice House in Bryant.  She was born May 3, 1929 in Mabelvale to the late Jessie Lem Burks and Vera Ruth (Rogers) Burks.  She was a member of Calvery Baptist Church and an Eastern Star.  Mrs. Cox was very active with the PTA and had served as a past president.  She was also a hotel book keeper and had obtained her real estate license.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by, one granddaughter, Jessica Amber Morgan and two sisters, Bonnie Garner and Joyce Gibson.

James Floyd “Papa Jim” Mills

August 28, 2012

James Floyd “Papa Jim” Mills, 73, of Benton, passed away Friday evening August 24.  He was born October 29, 1938 in Haskell, to Marcus Coy Mills and Opie Berryhill Mills.  James received his education and training at Henry Ford Technical Institute, now a subsidiary of Michigan State University, in Detroit Michigan.  He was employed for many years in the tool-and-die trade, eventually becoming an industrial designer specializing in compound progressive dies and plastic injection molds.  His many product designs surround us daily, from plastic drinking cups from McDonalds, throw-away meat tray c

Odale Gentry

August 28, 2012

Odale Gentry, 77, passed away on Aug. 24 in Alexander. He was born Feb. 1, 1935, in Bauxite to Amores Wyatt and Flora Ellen Gentry. He proudly served his country as a Marine in the Korean War. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 14000. He worked for several years for the city of Benton, drove a truck and was a mechanic during most of his working years. Odale was dearly loved by all who knew him and will be greatly missed.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Wanda Sue Gentry, and his parents.

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