October 22nd, 2012
Jo Anne Walker Jacobs, of Benton, passed away Friday, Oct. 19, 2012.Â She was born in Spadra to the late Millard C. Walker and Emma Harmon Walker.
She owned and operated Jo Anneâ€™s Hairstyles in Benton for many years.Â She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Benton, a 50-year member of Calvary Baptist Churchâ€™s choir, a Sunday School teacher and director, and a pillar of the church.
She was a member of Fortnightly Club.Â
Mrs. Jacobs loved the Lord, was a fantastic cook, enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, and was loved by all.
Royce William Wray, 92, of Benton, passed away Saturday, Oct. 20.Â He was born Feb. 8, 1920, in Bauxite.
Mr. Wray served in the U. S. Marine Corps.Â On Jan. 3, 1942, his unit was the first to be sent to the South Pacific and stayed for 33 months.
He retired from Southwestern Bell and was a member of First Lutheran Church in Benton.Â
Mr. Wray was preceded in death by his parents, Tobe and Della Wray; and two sisters, Lula B. Besancon and Floyce Holland.
Thursday night proved to be a great one for the Bryant Junior High Hornets. Needing a big win over Little Rock Central to stay in contention for the conference title, the Hornets took care of business, and in dominating fashion. After a slow start, the Hornets finished with 24 unanswered points to win 24-6.
For the second week in a row, the Benton Freshmen Panther football lost a heartbreaker by just one point. Thursday night at John McConnell Stadium, Conway Blue upended the Panthers 14-13.
The loss leaves Benton 6-2 on the season and 5-2 in Central Arkansas Junior High Conference play.
Benton received the gameâ€™s opening kickoff and after being held by the Wampus Cat defense, Drew Dyer got off a 37-yard punt to pin Conway back at its own 20-yard line.
In 2004, Dana Mattingly was playing racquet ball with her daughter, when the ball hit her on the side of her breast. The injury bothered her for a while. She started to suspect there was something else going on. Mattingly went to get it checked out, and her physician removed a mass from her breast in January 2005.
Lab results revealed the mass to be a malignant tumor.
Mattingly discovered she had breast cancer a month before she celebrated her 33rd birthday.
Martha Courtney once said that she would rather have a gun pointed at her than have to face cancer. Three months later, she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
"I always feared chemotherapy, the pain, and I always feared getting sick. Every horrible thing that I could imagine, I thought that about cancer," she said. "I said that the biggest fear in anything that could come my way, my biggest fear was getting cancer. And here I was; I got cancer."
Lacerine Smith Bell, 86, of Malvern died Friday, Oct. 12, in a Hot Springs hospital.
She was born in Tulip to the late Rev. Willie B. Smith and Mattie Baugh Smith. She was a retired LPN at the Arkansas State Hospital in Benton (Benton Services Center) and she was a member of Bethel A.M.E. Church
Lacerine was predeceased by her parents; her husband, William Bell; three brothers, William T. "Dub" Smith, John E. Smith, Sr. and Henry Smith; five sisters: Mary Smith, Coretta Smith, Willie Green, Ortha Walker and Bernice Lambert
Myrtle Irene McGee, 88, of Benton passed away October 16.Â She was born Feb. 3, 1924, in Cade County, Okla., to the late George Arthur and Stella Simon Noah.
She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and two sisters.
She is survived by husband, James McGee of Benton; a sister, Doris Faye Jackson of Traskwood; many nieces and nephews.
Funeral service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 19, by Ashby Funeral Home, with the Rev. Kim Hammer officiating.Â Burial will follow at Fairplay Cemetery.
Visitation is set from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at the funeral home.
Linda Linton Miller, 69, of Benton, surrounded and embraced by her loving family, passed away Oct. 11, 2012.Â
She was a devoted daughter, mother, wife and teacher.Â Linda was preceded in death by her father, William Linton.
James Ray Coburn, 81, of Benton, passed away Sunday, October 14.Â He was born October 4, 1931 in Benton to the late Jim and Lillian Coburn.Â Mr. Coburn was a U.S. Army Veteran, retired from Reynolds and a member of Sharon Missionary Baptist Church.Â He was preceded in death by his parents; son, John David Coburn and a sister, Jo Wright.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Virginia Coburn; two nephews, Danny Wright and wife, Beth of Lonoke and Curt Wright and wife, Susie of Hot Springs and many extended family and friends.