Our beloved father, Joseph Womack, surrounded by family, entered into eternal life Dec. 1.
Dad was born in Nashville, Tenn., on July 5, 1927. After graduating from Hillsboro High and attaining the rank of Eagle Scout, he joined the U.S. Navy. Following World War II, he returned home to Nashville. In 1949, he graduated with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Vanderbilt University, where he was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity and Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society. He later earned a masterâ€™s degree in electronics and instrumentation from the University of Arkansas.
Elton Dewayne Shepherd, 55, of Beebe, formerly of Bauxite, passed away Friday, Dec. 7.Â He was born Nov. 4, 1957, to the late Herman and Mary Shepherd.
Elton graduated from Bauxite High School, where he played football and basketball and ran track.Â His nickname was â€śCoolâ€ť in school, and he was proud to be a Bauxite Miner.
The Arkansas State Board of Education confirmed to The Saline Courier today that a former band teacher at Bryant High School had his teaching license revoked during a Monday meeting.
The 36-year-old James Chad Green resigned from his position with the Bryant School District on Oct. 24 and voluntarily surrendered to authorities on Oct. 31. He was charged with first-degree sexual assault and was released from the Saline County jail under a $25,000 sheriff's bond.
Construction at the new Benton Athletic Complex is on schedule, according to information given to the Benton School Board on Monday night.
David Dominguez of Nabholz Construction said the bleachers are completed "and are all up except for the chairs."
"The building under the bleachers is done," he added.
He further noted that additional work at the site has included installing an elevator, completing masonry columns and decorative fencing.
"We're continuing concrete work," he said.
He also noted that the band structure has been relocated from C.W. Lewis Stadium to the new complex.
Emily Anne Mohl, 24, passed away Sunday, Dec. 9.Â Emily was born Sept. 23, 1988, in Little Rock.
Emily was a bighearted, full-time mother who loved a challenge and enjoyed listening to music and cooking. She was of the Baptist faith.Â Her favorite pastime was spending time with Frely, her fiance; her son, Ivan; and her family.Â
Emily was preceded in death by her great-grandparents, George and Nancy Sheppard and "Grandpa" Bill Mohl.
Edward E. Casteel Sr., 64, of Benton passed away Monday, Dec. 10.
Ed loved spending time with his family and also loved to hunt and fish. He was a member of Temple Missionary Baptist Church for five years and a lifelong member of S & J Hunting Club.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Bobbie Casteel; and his wifeâ€™s parents, Tommy and Lola Nelson.
Robert Vincent Tucker, 78, of Benton passed away Monday, Dec. 10.Â He was born Dec. 30, 1934, in Benton to the late Enoch and Hollond Sulton Tucker.Â Robert was retired from AT & T.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Jeolyn Tucker; a sister, Dorthea Wright; four brothers, Ralph, Conrad, Jack and Norman Tucker; and a son, Ronnie Otts.
He is survived by two sons, Billy Otts of Malvern and Kenneth Otts of Abbott; two brothers, James Tucker and Merle Tucker, both of California; five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
BRYANT â€“ The Bryant Hornets hosted the Russellville Cyclones on Tuesday night and sent them back home with a 53-43 defeat as the Hornets capitalized on the Cyclonesâ€™ aggressiveness. Bryant made 25 of 32 (78 percent) free throws opposed to Russellvilleâ€™s 5 of 8.
â€śIt was probably the ugliest game Iâ€™ve ever been associated with in terms of offense,â€ť Bryant Coach Mike Abrahamson said. â€śWe both played really good defense, we both had each other scouted well. Both sets of kids did a great job of taking away our offensive looks.
BAUXITE â€“ The Bauxite Lady Miners started 7-4A conference play right with a 52-41 win over the Nashville Lady Scrappers on Tuesday night at Fred Dawson Gym in Bauxite. A slow first half led to a stagnant game early, but the Lady Miners woke up in the second half.
Bauxite (8-4, 1-0 7-4A) jumped to a 10-2 lead to begin the game, but the Lady Scrappers scrapped their way back to make it a 13-8 Nashville deficit at the end of one. The Lady Miners would go into a lull in the second quarter getting outscored 10-5 resulting in a tie, 18-18, game at the half.
BAUXITE â€“ The Bauxite Miners played an all-around game to open their 7-4A conference season with a 49-33 victory over the Nashville Scrappers at Fred Dawson Gym on Tuesday night.
â€śWe played really well,â€ť Bauxite Coach Mark Smith said. â€śProbably the best weâ€™ve played this season. It was a good time to start out with the first conference game.â€ť
The Miners (5-4, 1-0 7-4A) didnâ€™t get off to a good start as the Scrappers couldnâ€™t miss leading 14-3 early and finished the first quarter with a 16-7 lead over the Miners.