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October 29th

William Richard 'Dick' Craft

October 29, 2013

William Richard "Dick" Craft, age 79, of Bryant went to be with the Lord on Oct. 25, 2013, after a 28-year battle with Parkinson’s disease.
He was born June 22, 1934, in Southland, Texas. Richard served in the U.S. Army, Air National Guard and the U.S. Air Force. 
He was an Eagle Scout and a member of the Order of the Arrow.
Dick was employed as a customer engineer for 30 years with IBM.

Nellie D. Fletcher

October 29, 2013

Nellie D. Fletcher, 93, of Benton died Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013.  She was born Dec. 24, 1920, in McCool, Miss., to the late Samuel Jefferson Blaine and Fannie Elizabeth Vanlandingham Blaine.  Nellie worked as an LPTN at the Benton Services Center and was a member of Emanuel Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Allen Fletcher; one brother; and four sisters.
Survivors include her son, Sammy Thweatt and wife Pat of Benton, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

James T. 'Jim' Johnson

October 29, 2013

James T. "Jim" Johnson, 86, of Shannon Hills died Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013.
He was born June 17, 1927, in Hickman County, Kentucky, to the late Carlos Dewey Johnson and Annie Lee Hicks Johnson.
Jim was a real estate appraiser and a veteran of the U.S. Army.  He was a member of Sardis United Methodist Church and a former member of Rose City Cumberland Presbyterian Church in North Little Rock.
Mr. Johnson was a charter member of the Kentucky Farmhouse Fraternity at the University of Kentucky.

Junie Lee (Statler) Arquette

October 29, 2013

Junie Lee (Statler) Arquette, 80, of Jonesboro. formerly of Salinas, California passed away Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, in Malvern. She was born June 15, 1933, in Missouri to the late Roscoe Statler and Lottie Bell Casey Statler.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Richard Arquette, sons, Stanley Ivy, Daniel A Roberts, and brother E.C. Statler of Haskell.
She is survived by sons, Ronnie Ivy of Hensley, Richard Ivy of Jonesboro, and Elbert Donald (Gish) Ivy of Benton; one daughter, Cindy Lee, of California;

Mary Jane Pitts

October 29, 2013

Mary Jane Pitts went home to be with her Lord on October 23, 2013. She was born on December 20, 1939 to the late, Elborn and Elsie Smith in Grubbs.
She is survived by her daughters, Glenda Hollabaugh and husband Bobby of Amarillo, Texas and Gloria Schember and husband Joe of Ft. Collins; son, Donnie Huskey and wife Linda of Bauxite; grandchildren, Michelle Huskey, Clint Bryant and Nichole Schember and four great grandchildren; sisters, Marie Lawrence and Beverly Bell; brother, Millard Smith and a host of family and friends who all loved her and will miss her dearly.

Johnny Tanner

October 29, 2013

Johnny Tanner, 75, of Benton died Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013.  He was born Dec. 30, 1937  in Little Rock to the late James Henry and Ethel Mae Thompson Tanner and was a resident at Arkansas Health Center in Haskell..
Online guestbook: www.rollerfuneralhomes.com/ballard

William Michael May

October 29, 2013

William Michael May, 56, of Benton passed away Oct. 24, 2013.  He was born Oct. 20, 1957, in Levelland, Texas, to the late William Dewey and Margaret Sims May.
William was a graduate of Magnet Cove High School, a member of New Friendship Baptist Church and a member of the Democratic Party.  He worked as a dock loader at Levi Straus Co.
He is survived by wife, Anita May; a son, James May and wife Tara of Lahoma, Okla.; a grandson, Laikin May; a brother, Steven May; and a sister, Lisa Maynard.

Mary Mildred Huff Eubanks

October 29, 2013

Mary Mildred Huff Eubanks, 90, of Benton passed away Oct. 23, 2013, at Southern Trace Rehab and Nursing with her daughter and grandchildren by her side.  She was born Sept. 5, 1923, in Visalia, Calif. 
Mary worked and retired from Colonial Bakery and was of the Baptist faith. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Mamie Huff of Visalia, Calif.; her husband, Leon Eubanks; and five children, Momi Eubanks, Bubba Eubanks, Roger Eubanks, William "Skip" Huff and David Eubanks; six half-sisters and one half-brother.

October 28th

Bryant Police Chief begins unpaid leave

October 28, 2013

Bryant Mayor Jill Dabbs announced during a City Council meeting Thursday night that Bryant Police Chief Mark Kizer will be placed on unpaid administrative leave for five days beginning Monday, Oct. 28.
The disciplinary action results from an incident that occurred last summer when Kizer and School Resource Officer Lee Ledbetter used the city's credit card to pay for a meal at an upscale strip club and steakhouse while in Orlando, Fla., for SRO training.

October 24th

Cement truck overturns, blocks traffic

October 24, 2013

A Benton Redi-Mix cement truck tipped over onto its side Monday morning while turning uphill from the westbound service road of Interstate 30 to Highway 5. The driver of the truck injured his left wrist, but was otherwise unharmed. The truck was empty at the time.

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