Archive - Sep 2013
No other football game has this type of atmosphere that the Salt Bowl has. This game is about friends who become foes for one day out of the year and then after the games are over, past bitter rivals enjoy a lifetime of friendships. I have had the opportunity to talk to many participants of past Salt Bowls and this article is a result of their input concerning the Salt Bowl rivalry.
Pauline McConnell, 92, of Alexander passed away Sunday, September 22, 2013. She was a member of the Abundant Life Assembly of God Church in Bryant and retired from the Arkansas School for the Deaf. After retirement she was an in-home caregiver for the elderly. She loved sewing, cooking and gardening.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Everrett McConnell; son, Paul Johnson and parents, Earnest and Ola Outlaw.
Helen Marie Long Drennan Newman, 83, died after a long and valiant battle with pancreatic cancer on September 22, 2013, in Washington, DC with her daughter and son-in-law by her side. Helen was born July 31, 1930, in Little Rock to Elton and Raymelle Long. She married Jewell J. Drennan in 1947. She graduated from Daughâ€™s School of Business in Little Rock. After graduation, she worked at Southwestern Bell in Little Rock for many years. She then moved to Benton and worked at Reynolds Metals Co. as the administrative assistant to the research division.
Walter C. â€śPinkyâ€ť Caldwell, 86, of Bryant died Tuesday, September 24, 2013.Â He was born November 3, 1926 in Lonsdale to the late Walter S. and Dora Moore Caldwell.Â He retired as a dispatcher for A, P&L and served as a deacon at Temple Baptist Church.Â Mr. Caldwell served in the U.S. Navy and was a 32nd Degree Master Mason.Â
In addition to his parents, his loving wife of 57 years, Reba C. Caldwell and eleven siblings also preceded him in death.
From Sgt. Todd Crowson of the Bryant Police Department:
Last night 9/23/13, just after 10:00 the Bryant Police Department received a call from one of our Officers reporting that someone had broken into his police vehicle and took several Police items, including his weapon, raid vest, taser. Investigators began to immediately work on the case in attempt to locate the stolen items and find the person who was responsible for the theft.
A federal suit for alleged mistreatment at the Saline County jail was settle out of court as of Sept. 20, according to local attorney George D. Ellis, who represented the jail in this case. James Grundon filed a suit on Dec. 16, 2010, alleging that he was denied medical care after getting into a fist fight during his time at the jail. Grundon was awaiting transfer to the Arkansas Dept. of Corrections at the time. Details will be published in Wednesday's Saline Courier.
Thomas Henry Chapman, 63, of Bryant went to be with his Lord on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. Tom was born Jan. 23, 1950, in Cape Giradeau, Mo., to Arnold and Dolores Chapman. He and Kathy Stoverink were united in marriage on Feb. 21, 1970.
He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, during which he earned several medals, including the Purple Heart. He retired from Union Pacific Railroad after 36 years of service, was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council No. 5898, and was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Church in Benton.
Jimmy Doyle Hobby Sr., 77, of Benton passed away Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. He was born Dec. 29, 1935, in Saline County. Jimmy was a retired mechanic, a member of Sardis United Methodist Church and a U.S. Air Force veteran.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Harlie and Lethel Dorsey Hobby; his wife, Melba; and a daughter, Vicki Abbott.
He is survived by two sons, Jimmy Doyle Hobby Jr. of Benton and David Hobby of Benton; two daughters, Wanda Jones of Benton and Debra King of Jacksonville; a brother, Donald Hobby of Benton; 11 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
Patricia Bass Nance, 76, of Benton passed away Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, at Saline Memorial Hospice House.Â She was born Dec. 14, 1936, in Bauxite to Cyrus Lee Bass Jr. and Minnie Davis Bass.
Mrs. Nance was a member of First United Methodist Church and the Saline County Historical and Heritage Society.Â
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Willard Dean Nance; and a grandson, Kyle Alan Nance.
William â€śBillâ€ť R. Ward, 73, of Benton passed away Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013.
He was born Aug. 17, 1940, in Minneapolis, Minn., to the late Waldron and Susie Ward.
He was a manufacturing representative for John Stacks Agency for many years and then became owner of Surplus Sales in Benton.Â He was a Vietnam Air Force veteran and a member of the American Legion.
He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Shirley Ward; a son, William Bryan Ward; two daughters, Karen S. Witham and Joyce West; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.