April 11th, 2011
Winnie C. Mandrell, 75, of Benton passed away after a courageous battle with cancer Saturday, April 9, 2011.Â
She was born May 23, 1935, in Roswell, N.M.Â
Mrs. Mandrell was preceded in death by her parents; one brother; and two sisters.
She is survived by her husband, James Mandrell; daughters, Tony Leathers, Jeannie Henderson and Krissy Blackwell.Â She was very devoted to them all her life.Â She loved her grandchildren, Cody, Tidy, Nicole, J.T., Karie and her two great-grandchildren, Taylin and Paxton.
Private memorial services will be held at a later date.
As the Masters Tournament came to an end Sunday in Augusta, Ga., I couldnât help but think of a baseball game I went to years ago.
One Christmas, my family bought me two tickets for a game between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.
As someone who grew up playing baseball, this was an unbelievable gift, and one I was fortunate enough to enjoy with someone else.
As soon as I saw the tickets, I knew the only person I wanted by my side at that game was my friend Chris, whom Iâve known since we buddied up on the kindergarten playground.
After defeating El Dorado 14-2 Friday, the Benton Lady Panthers will face Greenbrier, the defending 5A State Champions, today at home if it doesnât get rained out first.
âThey are a very good ball club,â coach Eric Ryan said. âWe will be tested today but games like today is what is going to make us better.â
Expected to pitch today is Lauren White, who pitched against Greenbrier last year.
âShe had a very good outing against them and has really come along this year,â Ryan said. âShe has shown more maturity this year and she has good control of her pitches on the mound.â