Archive - 2013
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.
Benton Police Chief Kirk Lane and Pulaski County Sheriff Doc Holladay were recognized recently by Christopher R. Thyer, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas, and Christopher Henry, special agent in charge, Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation, for their partnership in the Financial Crimes Task Force.
Since 2011, the Pulaski County Sheriffâ€™s Office has received $101,893.24 and the Benton Police Department has received $97,290.02 in shared funds.
Lane says his department has had a detective assigned to this unit for more than two years.
Photos by Matt Burks/Saline Courier.
Clockwise from left:
Actors recreating Civil War events prepare their muskets before the start of the 10th annual Civil WarÂ Gun and Artifacts Show on the grounds of the historic Shoppach House on Main Street in Benton on Saturday.
The event was hosted by the David O. Dodd Camp, Sons of Confederate Veterans. From left are David Glenn, Brent Carr and Jimmy Glenn, all of Benton, and Miguel Cook of Texas.
Two women dress in period costume.
The actors fire a replica cannon.
A barn fire at the home of Cowboy Church pastor Greg Spann resulted in the complete destruction of the structure Friday afternoon. Spann and his wife, Francis, returned home from lunch to find the barn in flames and completely engulfed. Two horses were in the barn at the time, but escaped after Spann opened the barn door. Neither horse was burned, but Spann called a veterinarian to check the horses for smoke inhalation. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. Units from the Turtle Creek, Haskell and Traskwood fire departments responded to the call.
Cast members of Bauxite High School's spring musical, "Fame Jr.," are ready for the show. Performance times are set for 7 p.m. today and 3 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets at the door are $5 for adults and $3 for students. The audience is encouraged to wear 1980s attire for a chance to win a door prize. Chelsea Massey is director and choreographer, Ray Morris is director of music, and Sharyla Thompson is music assistant. Photo by Maribeth Bueche/Saline Courier.
Lorene (Wilson) Harrison, 85, of Vimy Ridge was born Dec. 28, 1927, and passed away peacefully in her home on Feb. 28.
Lorene and her husband Leonard were joined together in marriage March 24, 1946, and were married for 67 years. Lorene took great pride in serving her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as a faithful member of the Village Creek Baptist Church.
She enjoyed gardening, canning, sewing and homemaking, while delighting in caring for her husband, and their children and grandchildren with her quiet, resourceful and influential spirit.
Larry DeWayne Johnson, 75, of Lonsdale peacefully passed away at home on Feb. 22.Â Larry was surrounded by his loving family and is now in the presence of the Lord. He was born Jan. 25, 1938.
Larry was a veteran of the Navy, a retired truck driver and fleet manager for A. Tennebaum Co. Inc.Â He was foremost a Christian man and did not hesitate to share his faith and beliefs in the Lord with those around him.
Larry cherished his family. He loved time spent on his farm along with family cookouts, antiquing and going to auctions.
Don Gary Ewing, of Benton passed away on Feb. 26 at the age of 63.
Don was born Jan. 29, 1950, in Fort Worth, Texas. He retired from JCPenney after 37 years, 13 of which were spent as manager of the JCPenney in Benton.
Don was a member of the Knights of Columbus and served as Grand Knight.Â He was a member of the Kiwanis Club in Ada, Okla., and a member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Benton.Â
He was preceded in death by his father, Irwin Cooke Ewing II; and a brother, Irwin Ewing III.
Mary Ethel Nichols Makin, 78, of Lonsdale died Tuesday, Feb. 26. She was born Jan. 6, 1935, in Kentucky. Mary was retired from the Benton School District and a Baptist.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Clyde and Ethel Crouch Nichols; and her husband, Donald Makin.
She is survived by her son, Donald Makin Jr. of Tennessee; three daughters, Kay Prysock of Benton, Debbie Teague of Glenwood and Angie Furr of Benton; a sister, Bessie Wilson; three brothers, William Nichols, Arlin Gabbard and Aurther Gabbard; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Henry Delbert Hicks, 77, of Bauxite passed away Monday, Feb. 25.Â He was born Oct. 9, 1935, in Bauxite.Â
Mr. Hicks was a retired heavy equipment operator and a member of Mars Hill Missionary Baptist Church.Â
He was preceded in death by his parents, Vernon Wesley and Gladys Lucille Hicks; his lifelong companion, Carol Jean Allen; and nine siblings.