Archive - 2013
James E. Ramsey, 86, of Benton, entered Heavenâ€™s gates May 11, 2013 while surrounded by his family and loved ones at home. He was born March 6, 1927 in Bryant, to George and Esther Ramsey, the oldest of nine children. He was a member of Sharon Missionary Baptist Church in Benton. Jim retired from Safeway Stores in 1987 after 27 years of safe driving. Jim was known by many for the garden he tended for years. If not working in his garden, he could be found on a lake with a fishing pole, in a church pew or visiting on the front porch.
Gerald Andrew Perry, 87, of Benton passed away May 11, 2013 in Benton. He was born March 30, 1926 in Cabot. Gerald was owner of Saline County Hardware and also worked at Peoples Lumber Co. in Benton and a long time member of River Street Church of Christ where he Â sang in the choir.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John Ernest Perry and Addie Adealia Parks Perry, wife of 55 years, Tessie Ann Austin Perry, brother, Richard T. Perry, John Ray Perry, sisters, Ruby Kelly, Lucille Lockridge, Mary Frances Perry, and Ernestine Cook Ragan, six nieces and nephews.
Jeff Hixson, 43, of Haskell passed away on May 9, 2013, with his loving family by his side.Â He was born on Aug. 26, 1969, to Jesse and Cissy Hixson in Ruston, La.
Vance Floyd Skillern, 88, of Crows Station passed away Friday May 10, 2013. He was born February 22, 1925 to the late Violet Garner Skillern and Floyd C. Skillern in Hot Springs.
Mr. Skillern was a retired electrical engineer; a member of Gravel Hill Baptist Church; a U.S. Army veteran serving during World War II; a member of Local Union 619 & 295 and IBEW; and the recipient of a 70-year pin.
He was predeceased by his parents, Violet Garner Skillern and Floyd C. Skillern; his first wife, Ella Thomas Skillern; and one brother, Stanley A. Skillern.Â
Mary J. Marshall, 85, of Benton passed away Thursday, May 9, 2013. She was born June 2, 1927.Â Mrs. Marshall worked at the Benton Kroger store.Â
She was preceded in death by two husbands, Martin Marshall and Calvin E. Ray, Sr.
She is survived by four sons, John Pearson, Calvin Ray Jr., Richard Ray and Perri Ray; two daughters, Juanita Hathcock and Mary Ann Pearson; 17 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; a special friend, Katie Hill.
A graveside service is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Monday, May 13, at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Avilla.Â
Marjorie Francille Sharp Foggo of Haskell died at age 85 at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock on Thursday, May 9, 2013. She was born on Sept. 22, 1927, in Lockesburg to Merry Sharp and Veda Harrison Sharp.Â She graduated from Lockesburg High School near the end of World War II and became a registered nurse in 1950. She married Sidney Smith Foggo in her hometown of Lockesburg on Aug. 18, 1951. They eventually settled in Little Rock, where she worked as a nurse at Baptist Medical Center while they raised five children.
The Saline Courier is now accepting entries for the 2014 Pet Calendar contest, a benefit for its Newspapers in Education program.
Sign up for the contest at the Courier office, 321 N. Market St. in Benton, or look for entry forms in select issues of the paper.
Entrants must provide a photo of the pet by itself. The pet must currently reside in Saline County. Each entry is $5.
The top-12 vote-getters will be featured in a 2014 calendar, which will go on sale in November for $2 each.
Each pet will be professionally photographed for the calendar.
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Rachel V. Thornberry Weems, 91, of Benton, passed away Thursday, May 9, 2013.Â She was born in Marianna, on April 22, 1922 to the late Joe and Ida Thornberry.Â She was a member of Benton Foursquare Church and retired as a nurse aid.Â
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Weems and one brother, JT Thornberry.Â
Jimmie M. Smith, 71, passed away May 7, 2013.Â Jimmie was born Dec. 10, 1941, in Texarkana to parents Bonnie McCoy and Carlotta Smith.
Jimmie attended First Pentecostals of Benton. He retired from UALR, where he was an IT specialist. He attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He was a civil engineer and a Microsoft engineer with certifications in C++ and Cisco.