Archive - 2012
James Eldred Davenport, 87, of Benton, passed away quietly in his sleep Saturday, Oct. 20.Â
He was born April 27, 1925, in Grant County, to the late William Harrison â€śHarryâ€ť and Essie Pearl (Barnes) Davenport, the fifth of eight children, and grew up on his grandfatherâ€™s farm outside Sheridan after his dad passed away when he was 8.Â He was a veteran of the U.S. Army during World War II and earned a Purple Heart and Bronze Star for his service in Europe during the war, including D-Day at Omaha Beach, Normandy, France, followed by campaigns through Belgium, Holland, and Germany.
Bobby D. Erwin of Hot Springs went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, Oct. 20.Â He was 78.
Born March 23, 1934, in Benton, Bob was a local artist and a Vietnam War veteran. He was a loving husband, father and true patriot.Â During the course of 25 years, he served in three branches of service â€“ the Army, Navy and Air Force from which he retired in 1977 with the rank of captain.Â Between services he graduated from Arkansas State University and was in hotel management with Holiday Inns of America in Dallas, Texas.
Vonnie Mae Jones Kelley went to be with the Lord on Oct. 20, at Mercy Hospice in Fort Smith.
She was born April 28, 1920, to Arlie and Zettie Ashmore Jones in Pottsville. She grew up on Crow Mountain and was a lifelong resident of Pope County. She married Robert Duluth Kelley on Dec. 19, 1940.
Mrs. Kelley was a homemaker and a member of Russellville First Assembly of God. She taught Sunday School at Stella Manor Nursing Home for more than 25 years.