March 11th, 2014
Hazel E. Lane, 88, of Benton passed away Sunday, March 9, 2014.Â
She was born Oct. 18, 1925, in Hazen to the late Clarence Henry and Gertie Lee Wallace Hudson.
Hazel worked at Gingles Department Store in Benton for more than 40 years, was a member of the Benton Business and Professional Women's Club for 40-plus year and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.Â
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Louis Lane; a daughter, Vicky Lane; a brother, Troy Hudson; and a sister, Nadene Harmon.
Johnnie Ruth Sossamon, 81, of Benton, passed away Sunday, March 9, 2014.Â She was born Nov. 14, 1932, in Benton.Â
Mrs. Sossamon worked at Smith-Caldwell Drug Store and was a lifetime member of Salem United Methodist Church.Â
She was preceded in death by her parents, John Wesley â€śPeteâ€ť and Lura Ruth Bray.
Verlon Scott Cole Carroll, 92, of Benton, formerly of Russellville, passed away Saturday, March 8, 2014.
She was born March 22, 1921 in Pope County.Â
Mrs. Carroll retired from International Shoe Co. and was a member of New Life Missionary Baptist Church.Â
She was preceded in death by her parents, T N (Neal) and Lela Richardson Cole; her husband, Sherman H. Carroll; a brother, Troy Cole; and two half-sisters, Polly Maggard and Betty Jane Cronister.
Lois C. Rumsey Baker, 83, of Benton was welcomed to her heavenly home on Wednesday, March 5, 2014. Lois was born April 30, 1930. She was raised in Moberly, MO. where she graduated from Moberly High School. She raised her family moving throughout the country until she finally settled in Benton. She married Carol Baker of Benton, in 1982 and together they served the Lord both at Foursquare Church and at Living Waters Church that they stared until his death in 1996. She then carried on her Christian walk as a member of Faith Fellowship of Benton.
"Steel Magnolias," the popular play by Robert Harling, will open Friday night, March 7, at the historic Royal Theatre in Downtown Benton.
Performances will continue Saturday night and Sunday afternoon, March 8 and 9, and be repeated the following weekend, March 14-16.
Everett Buick GMC is sponsoring the show, which is being directed by Gina Welch and produced by Lisa Goodrich.
The entire play is set in Truvy's beauty salon in Chinquapin, La., where all the ladies "who are anybody" come to have their hair done.
Irwin Elson Barger, 92, of Benton passed away March 5, 2014.Â He was born June 27, 1921 in Nettleton, to the late Freeman S. and Bertha Sawyers Barger.
Irwin served in the U.S. Army during World War II.Â He was a member of the Highway 5 Church of Christ and held a license in real estate and brokerage.
Irwin was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Bruce Barger; three brothers and three sisters.
Paul Richard McLeod, 60, went to his heavenly home on Monday, March 3, 2014. He was born to the Rev. Sidney Dexter and Leota Lucille Palmer McLeod in Magnolia.
He was a graduate of Benton High School and Pulaski Technical HVAC College. He was the owner of Bittner-McLeod Refrigeration, an avid golfer, and a devoted member of East Union Missionary Baptist Church. He enjoyed his many friends and colleagues and always had a joke and a smile for everyone.
He was preceded in death by his mother; and his brother, Johnnie Lee McLeod.Â
Larry Lain Crocker, 74, of Benton passed away Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at the VA Hospital in Little Rock.
He was born May 21, 1939 in Titusville, Pa., to the late William Lewis and LuClaire Hollabaugh Crocker.
Larry was a member of New Summitt Church of God and owner of Popploâ€™s Pizza.Â He served 10 years with the U.S. Air Force.Â Larry retired from a food management position with the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Diane Sue Crocker; a daughter, Carla Hollinger; a brother, Bill Crocker; and a sister, Betty Akins.
Flora Norine Wheeler White, 69, of Bryant, widow of Gerald Dean White, passed away Wednesday, March 5, 2014. She was retired from Timex and was working at the Bryant Senior Activity and Wellness Center. She was of the Baptist faith.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Billie Jean Bentrup; her husband, Gerald; a daughter, Debbie Lynn White; and two brothers, Bobby Richardson and Billy Richardson.
Jeffrey Earl Whitfield, 57, of Alexander passed away Feb. 24, 2014.Â
He was born June 16, 1956. in Benton to Fred and Dorothy Ward Whitfield.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy Whitfield.
He is survived by his father, Fred Whitfield of Benton; two brothers, Joe Whitfield of Benton and Floyd Whitfield of Malvern; many other relatives and friends.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at Ashby Funeral Home with Joe Whitfield officiating.Â Immediately after the service, a Native American memorial services will be held at 4221 Silica Heights in Benton.