Archive - 2013
Claudie Ray Ollar, 77, of Benton, was born Sept. 10, 1936, and passed away Dec. 11, 2013. He was a member of Highway Church of Christ and retired from the U.S. Navy after 22 years of service.
He was preceded in death by his son, Clifton Eugene Ollar.
Claudie is survived by wife, Sarah Ollar.
He is also survived by his children, Kimbralee (Sam) Riggan of Tull and Lynn Ollar of Benton; his siblings, Betty Louise Ollar Mozisek and Erma Barnett; a grandson, Casey (Kristin) Riggan; and his great-grandchildren, Randi and Declan Riggan.
Elizabeth Lovett â€śBettyâ€ť Valachovic, of Little Rock passed away Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013. She was born Dec. 19, 1925, in Texarkana, the daughter of Paul Eugene and Lela Nelson Lovett. She was married to Ernest Valachovic, Sr., who was a political reporter for the Arkansas Gazette, on June 18, 1944. Ernest died on October 15, 1968, when Betty was only forty-two years old and she never remarried.
Betty has three children: Ernie Valachovic, Jr. and his wife Wanda, of Benton, Pat Crocker and her husband Gary, of Coral Gables, FL, and Carol Bohannan and her husband Terry, of North Little Rock.
Bauxite City Council will meet tonight, Dec. 16, for a regularly scheduled City Council meeting.
JACKSONVILLE, Ark. (AP) â€” Authorities have arrested a teenager in connection with a fatal shooting at an ATM in Jacksonville.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1bTx9E1 ) that police arrested 19-year-old Lerome Deshawn Kelley on suspicion of capital murder and aggravated robbery. Police say Kelley is accused in the death of 23-year-old Marcus Israel, who was shot Friday during an attempted holdup at an ATM in Jacksonville.
Police say Israel died Saturday morning at UAMS Medical Center in Little Rock.
Wanda May Cozort Slaton, 83, of Hot Springs passed away Monday, Dec. 9, 2013. She was born April 12, 1930, in Salem, to Oscar Cozort and Audie Bolen Cozort.
Wanda was a member of First Baptist Church of Hot Springs. Wanda sang in the choir at Wilson First Baptist Church for many years where she also taught a Sunday School class for youth. She was a volunteer at National Park Medical Center and volunteered with ESL (English as a Second Language) classes. Her hobbies included playing cards (Canasta and Skip-bo), gardening, and watching her grandsons play ball.
Nettie Ruth Mauldin, 78, of Benton passed away Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013.Â She was born Dec. 19, 1934 in Prattsville, to the late Joe and Nealey Jones Beck.Â Nettie was a member of Highland Heights Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Don Mauldin; her parents, Joe and Nealey Beck; three brothers; five sisters; and a great-granddaughter, Alex Wright.
Vicki Dorsch, business manager of The Saline Courier, died Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, at Saline Memorial Hospice House in Bryant following a brief illness. She was 56.
Dorsch began her career at what was then the Benton Courier in 1986 in the newspaper's composing department. She became business manager a number of years later.
Her association with the newspaper had begun as a 10-year-old when she and a friend sold weekly Couriers to make spending money. Their location was the corner of South and Richards streets.
Esther Thompson, 85, of Benton passed away Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, at Saline Memorial Hospice House in Bryant.
She was born Sept. 9, 1928, in Shaw to the late Anderson and Carrie Burton Parsons.
Mrs. Thompson was a homemaker and a member of New Friendship Missionary Baptist Church.Â
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Thompson was preceded in death by her husband, Carl James Thompson; two sons, Douglas and Dwight Thompson; and her brothers and sisters.
LaVerne Bradshaw Lacefield, 86, of Little Rock passed away Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, at Valley Ranch Nursing & Rehab in Little Rock.Â
She was born Nov. 2, 1927, in Alexander to the late William O. and Nannie M. (Ulmer) Bradshaw.
Mrs. Lacefield was a school teacher for more than 30 years in the North Little Rock School District and Pulaski County Special School District.Â She was a member of Indian Springs Baptist Church.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, Raymond Bradshaw; and two sisters, Lorene Ellis and Margaret McQuaigue.
Verna Faye Hodkin, 91, of Benton passed away on Dec. 8, 2013.Â She was born Nov. 5, 1922, to the late George and Bertha Melton in Alum, Ark.
Verna was a member of Holland Chapel Baptist Church for more than 15 years. She loved teaching Sunday School and being active in the church.
Mrs. Hodkin loved to cook, enjoyed pottery and was very proud that she was able to make a Christmas tablecloth for her children and grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 70 years, Morgan L. Hodkin; a son, Phillip Hodkin; a grandson, David Pruden; two brothers and two sisters.