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May 14th

Gerald Andrew Perry

May 14, 2013

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  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

May 14, 2013

Jeff Hixson, 43, of Haskell passed away on May 9, 2013, with his loving family by his side.  He was born on Aug. 26, 1969, to Jesse and Cissy Hixson in Ruston, La.

Vance Floyd Skillern

May 14, 2013

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. 

Mary J. Marshall

May 14, 2013

Mary J. Marshall, 85, of Benton passed away Thursday, May 9, 2013. She was born June 2, 1927. Mrs. Marshall worked at the Benton Kroger store. 
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. 

Marjorie Francille Sharp Foggo

May 14, 2013

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. 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.

May 13th

2014 Pet Calendar contest now open

May 13, 2013

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.

NOTICE: The Saline Courier seeking club news

May 13, 2013

Are you a member of a local club, civic group or social organization? Would you like to have minutes from your meetings in the newspaper? If so, send us an email at news@bentoncourier.com to let us know. We will send you our requirements.

May 10th

Rachel V. Thornberry Weems

May 10, 2013

Rachel V. Thornberry Weems, 91, of Benton, passed away Thursday, May 9, 2013.  She was born in Marianna, on April 22, 1922 to the late Joe and Ida Thornberry.  She was a member of Benton Foursquare Church and retired as a nurse aid. 
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Weems and one brother, JT Thornberry. 

Jimmie M. Smith

May 10, 2013

Jimmie M. Smith, 71, passed away May 7, 2013.  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.

Betty Jane Hester

May 10, 2013

Betty Jane Hester, 78, of Paron passed away May 8, 2013.
She was born Sept. 11, 1934, in Warren to Murray and Gladys Watson, and was the youngest of four children. Her early years were spent in Banks before moving to Saline County.
Betty was a retired hairstylist, a telecommunications operator with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and a member of the North Fork Missionary Baptist Church in Paron.
In addition  to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Marion Hester; and her siblings, Jimmy Watson, Louise Greer and Maudine Stroud.

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