September 26th, 2012
Bettye Lou Wade, 68 of Mabelvale, passed away Monday, Sept. 24, in Little Rock.
She was born July 25, 1944, in Morton to the late John and Mary (Cain) Smith. Bettye was a generous, loving woman who lived a full life. She got no greater joy than spending time with her grandchildren. She was at every ball game and event they were involved in. Her passion was taking care of her family and she will be missed by all who knew her.
Warren Steward Smith, 94, of Haskell, passed from this life on Sunday, September 23.Â He was born April 2, 1918 at Haskell to the late Henry Steward and Maude Belle Cornett Smith. Mr. Smith was a member of Mt. Harmony Missionary Baptist Church and a beloved member and life-long resident of the Haskell community. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, who loved spending time with his family and friends. Warren will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
JoAnn Payne, 70, formerly of Benton, died Saturday, Sept. 22. JoAnn was a native of Mobile County, Ala., and a longtime resident of Satsuma, Ala.
JoAnn lived in Benton for 10 years and worked in the purchasing department of Alcoa. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister who will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
She was preceded in death by son, David; her father, Jasper Gleason; her mother, Evelyn Jackson; and stepfather, Jesse Jackson.
Elizabeth Ann Hill died at Saline Memorial Hospice House in Bryant on Sept. 20.
She was born Feb. 11, 1929, in Coldwater, Miss.
She was an active member of the Elaine community for decades.
She was also an active member of the Elaine United Methodist Church.Â She was known for her kindness and her beautiful smile. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.Â
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. William K. Hill of Cleveland, Miss., and her only brother, John R. Turley of Coldwater, Miss.Â
Georgiana O. Medal, 92, of Benton passed away Saturday, Sept. 22.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, George H. Medal; three sisters and one brother.
Mrs. Medal is survived by her loving daughters, Andrea Price and husband Gary and Sharon Kemp and husband Gus; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Marie Simunek; and many family members and friends who all loved her and will miss her dearly.
Graveside service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, at Pinecrest Memorial Park in Alexander.
Keith Alan Goeman Sr., 48, of Little Rock, died Thursday, September 20, due to a car wreck in New Iberia, Louisiana.Â He was a self-employed truck driver, an avid mud racer and of the Baptist faith.Â Keith was preceded in death by his father, Lynn Goeman; grandmother, Minnie Spears and a mother-in-law, Sharon Covert.
Paul Henry Kimpel, Jr., 96, of Little Rock, Arkansas, passed to be with the Lord on September 21, 2012. Paul was born on November 21, 1915 to Paul Henry and Anna Brand Kimpel in St. Louis, Missouri. Having lost both of his parents by age 21, Paul supported his two younger sisters and his aunt while working at the Anheuser-Busch brewery. During this time, he enrolled at Washington University in St. Louis, and while continuing to work full time, succeeded in completed the requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering in 1943.
James William Watts, 75, of Benton, passed away Thursday, Sept. 20.Â He was born Aug. 27, 1937 in Benton.
Mr. Watts was retired from Alcoa, served in the National Guard and was a member of Sharon Missionary Baptist Church.Â
He was preceded in death by his parents, Allen and Lennis Watts; his first wife, Joetta Henderson Watts; a daughter, Carol Lynn; a grandson, Nicholas Hyde; and a sister, Doris Keesee.
Nanette Webb, 59, of Benton, was granted her wings on Wednesday, Sept. 19.Â Her final days were surrounded by family and friends.
She was born Jan. 24, 1953, in Little Rock.
Nanette had touched many people throughout her life.Â She was the leader of the Magic Clover 4 Leaf Club and was the 4-H program assistant of Saline County.
Nanette loved working with children through 4-H.Â She had seen children grow up from little people to adults and loved every one of them as her own. Nanette especially loved her grandchildren.
She attended Mt. Vernon Baptist Church.Â
Downtown Benton Association's third semiannual Creative Arts Festival drew a steady stream of visitors Saturday morning.
Organizers said optimum weather conditions apparently contributed to the success of the event.
"Everyone seems to be having a good time," said coordinator Wanda Posey.
Dianne Roberts, who operates an art studio in the old Gingles store building where Books 7 Baubles now is housed, said she was pleased with the response the event was driving.
Original artwork was displayed at the event, including some created by Roberts' students.