Archive - Mar 5, 2013
Bonnie Vocque, 28, was up late studying. Her family was asleep. At 1:30 a.m. Monday, the sound of smoke alarms broke the silence of her family's rural Saline County home.
Four hours later, the family's world had changed.
When she heard the alarms, Bonnie awakened her husband Luke, 33, and her daughters, Aubrie, 12, and Lacy, 11.
"The house was filled with smoke. We got the girls and went outside," she said. "Luke dialed 911 and shortly after he placed the call, the windows blew out. The whole house was engulfed."
Two Benton High School Band students recently performed with the Little Rock Wind Symphony in "An Organ Extravaganza!" at Second Presbyterian Church in Little Rock.
Hunter Law and Paul Davis, both senior percussionists, were asked to play by the symphony after Benton Band Director Trisha Sterling recommended them.
"I've been a member of the Little Rock Wind Symphony for eight years," Sterling said. "They asked me if I had any percussionists that were the caliber to play with them, and I said I had two."
Shirley Dianne Ward, 68, of Fayetteville died Sunday, March 3. She was born June 27, 1944, in Boothton, Ala., the daughter of Edward Vernon Espy and Margaret Tubbs Espy.
She was a homemaker and a Pentecostal.
She is survived by her husband, Clifford Ward of Fayetteville; a son, Richard of Fayetteville; a brother, Glen Espy of Benton; nephews, Matt Espy and his wife, Leigh, and Justin Espy, all of Benton; and two very special friends, Johnny and Judy Reese of Benton.
James Patterson "Pete" Johnson Jr.,Â 91, of Benton, passed away peacefully in his sleep Saturday, March 2.
As a faithful Christian and lifelong Democrat, he was known to many as an All-State basketball player, tomato farmer, milk man, horseman, restaurant owner, cattle rancher and company fleet manager.Â Â
Larisa K. Hunter-Hampton, who was born March 4, 1980, to Reynae Cennett and Carliss Garner in Harvey, La., departed this life on Feb. 26, 2013, at Saline Memorial Hospice House. She was 32.
Larisa accepted Christ into her life at an early age and was baptized at Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church in Marreo, La. Larisa later attended Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church, where she was on the church drill team.
Larisa was married to Bruce Hampton on Feb. 26, 1997. Bruce was by her side on their anniversary Feb. 26, 2013, when Larisa left him to be with her Lord and Savior.
Bertha Marie Rea, 86, of Benton passed away Feb. 28. She was born Aug. 3, 1926, in Benton to the late Cubie C. and Susie Edmondson Gattin Sr.
Bertha was a member of Highland Heights Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Joe Rea; and three brothers.
She is survived by her son, Bill Rea of Little Rock; a daughter, Dee Dee Hill and husband Danny of Little Rock; sisters, Barbara Hunnicutt and husband Jerry and Ann Ewing; grandchildren, Michelle Gnuschke and husband Jerry, Micala Garcia and husband Carlos, and Megan Hill.
Doris Earline Sexton, 84, of Mena died Friday, March 1, at Rich Mountain Nursing and Rehab.Â She was born Jan. 11, 1929, to Robert Lee and Flora Anna Marquardt Tillman in Houston, Texas.Â Â
Thomas Troy Wilkins, 90, of Traskwood passed away Thursday, Feb. 28.Â He was born Jan. 29, 1923 in Sparkman.Â Mr. Wilkins was a World War II Air Force veteran and spent his life as a farmer/rancher.Â
He was preceded in death by his parents, Mike and Tishie Wilkins; three brothers, Bill, James Edward and John D. Wilkins; three sisters, Frances Hearnsburger, Emogene Wilkins and Vivian Burkes; and a grandson, Cody.