November 4th, 2011
Joyce Taysom Wells of the Little Rock area died Oct. 30 at the home of her niece in Pittsfield, Mass.Â She was born Dec. 22, 1921, in England and was a clerk with the
Civil Service in the United Kingdom during World War II.
She leaves her husband, Fred L. Wells, whom she married June 5, 1945. Also surviving are a niece, Christine Besse, and her husband, Jeffrey, of Massachusetts.
Dery Funeral Home of Pittsfield, Mass., is in charge of arrangements.Â Â Â Â
It has not been an easy season for the Benton Panthers. With each new week, a new injury seems to appear, making it difficult for the Panthers to find their rhythm. The biggest loss so far â€” senior quarter back Dylan Harris. Add to the fact that they play in the 6A South, one of the toughest conferences in the state, and you end up with one forgettable and miserable season.
To start the year, the Benton Panthers showed huge promise as being a contender in the 6A South with a 21-14 loss to now conference-leading Bryant and followed with a huge win over Jacksonville.
Tuesday night was a historic night on the football field for the Bryant Freshmen Hornets. For the first time in school history, the Hornets finished a season undefeated and untied with a resounding 35-0 win over Saline County rival Benton.
The Hornets finish the season with a perfect 10-0 record overall and 7-0 in the rugged Central Arkansas Junior High Conference. Benton closes the season with a 3-7 record overall, 2-5 in the conference.
Wow. It happened. The St. Louis Cardinals completed one of the most memorable comebacks of all time when they won the 2011 World Series in seven games against the Texas Rangers. Down 10.5 games to the Wild Card leader Atlanta Braves on Aug. 25, the Cardinals came back the last month of the season to take the National League Wild Card on the last day of the season.
Claudia Crain, 80, passed away Sunday, Oct. 30. She was born Nov. 11, 1930, in Hopper.
A long-time resident of Benton, Mrs. Crain worked at Rexall Drug Store and Kroger Delicatessen. She was a member of Northside Church of Christ in Benton.
Mrs. Crain was preceded in death by her husband, A.J. Crain; her parents, Claude and Roxie Coffman; four brothers, Winfred Coffman, W.K. Coffman, Glen Coffman, and Billy Coffman; and two sisters, Geneva West and Bernice McKnight.
Jean L. Randolph, 78, of Benton died peacefully in her home on Friday, Oct. 28, while her daughters Christine and Kathleen and her son Jay were at her side.. She was born on July 23, 1933, in Philadelphia, Pa. She was a Methodist.
She retired from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Pastoral Care and Education department where she developed the accredited education program and designed the hospital Chapel, which is still in use today. She also served as assistant director for the Arkansas Sesquicentennial Commission and worked for The March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation.
Eugene L. Keesee, 69, of Benton died Sunday, Oct. 30. He was born June 22, 1942, in Little Rock. He was preceded in death by his parents, Melvin and Laverne Townsend Keesee and a brother, Melvin Keesee Jr.
He is survived by wife Mildred Keesee of Benton; brother, Ray Keesee of Benton; two sisters-in-law, Joyce Goodrich of Malvern; Wanda Crumley and husband Bill of Clinton.
Graveside services will be Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 2 p.m. at Old Union Cemetery by Ashby Funeral Home.
Visitation will be Monday, Oct. 31, 6 to 8 p.m. at Ashbyâ€™s Chapel.
Online guest book: www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
Mary Maxine Raney 68, of Bryant died Oct. 28, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Little Rock. She was born May 31, 1933 in Redfield, to the late Walter and Tessie Hyde. Maxine loved God, her family, her friends, golf, the Razorbacks and old westernsâ€¦..in that order. She was a lifetime member of Society Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Benton. She attended Benton High School as well as the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and Holiday Inn University in Olive Branch, Mississippi. She worked for Holiday Inns for over 30 years, opening several new locations in the Central Arkansas area.
Christine Louise Sams, 55, of Malvern, passed away, Oct. 28, at a Clarksville hospital. She was born February 14, 1956, to Willis and Thelma Schuler Sams in Malvern. She was a member of the Second Baptist Church.
She is preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by four brothers, Willis Sams and wife, Regina of Hot Springs, Dennis Dillavou and wife, Wilma of Locust Grove, OK, Loran Dillavou and wife, Sandra of Little Rock, and Alan Dillavou of Arkadelphia; two sisters, Mary Downs and husband, Arlis of Mabelvale, and Bethel Peters and husband, Bobby of Benton.
Daniel Lee Robinson, 44, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 25, at his home in Alexander. He was born Nov. 15, 1966, in Chester, Pa., to John Howard and Bettie Mae Robinson.
Mr. Robinson is survived by his wife of 21 years, Robin Robinson; three sons,Tye Snyder and wife Kerah of Haskell, Aaron Robinson and CraigÂ Robinson, both of Alexander; and one daughter, Kala Preston of Alexander.Â Also surviving are his parents, John Howard Robinson and Bettie Mae Sanderson; and one brother, Richard Kevin Robinson and wife Rose of Pennsylvania, as well as numerous other family members and friends.