July 29th, 2011
Rev. James E. Cody
The Rev. James E. Cody, 74, of Benton died Saturday, July 23, in Little Rock. He was born January 26, 1937, in Pine Bluff. James was a Church of God minister and a member of Little Rock Church of God. He was preceded in death by his father Carl Cody.
James Olean Ramsey, 88, of Benton passed away Wednesday, July 20, at Saline Hospice House in Bryant.Â He was born on August 15, 1922 in Mt. Pleasant, TN to the late James Marshall and Willie Mae Henson Ramsey.Â Mr. Ramsey was a member of Holland Chapel Baptist Church and had worked in maintenance for the Arkansas Highway Department.Â In addition to his parents, his wife, Cozy Ramsey and one sister, Lilly Whitmire also preceded him in death.
Thomas Fredrick Wood, 66, of Benton, passed away Tuesday, July 19.Â He was born February 10, 1945, in Caldwell, Kan. to the late Eugene and Aline Wood.Â Mr. Wood was a U.S. Army veteran, a retired federal employee and also managed Orvis Shape.Â He was a charter member of Arkansas Fly Fishers Federation of Fly Fishermen, past master of Westwood No. 353 which is now Mary Williams, 32nd Degree Mason, an eagle scout leader and a member of the Eastern Star, York Rite and the Shriners.
Dixie Lee Ragland Nichols, 74, of Benton died Monday, July 18.Â She was born February 19, 1937, in Pine Bluff to the late Leroy Edwin â€śChickâ€ť and Hazel Jewell Morris Ragland.Â She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Bryant. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband of 37 years, Fred Nichols and her sister, Frances Orman.Â
The Benton 12-year-olds defeated Blytheville 8-2 Monday night to win the 12-year-old Southwest Regional Championship and earn a trip to the Cal Ripken Major/60 World Series on August 12-19 in Visalia, Calif.
It is the third consecutive regional championship for Benton, which also won the Southwest title as 10 and 11-year-olds. Benton, who hosted the tournament for the first time, allowed just five runs over its four-game run through the tournament at Bernard Holland Park.
Blytheville came through the loserâ€™s bracket to make the championship game.
Siloam Springsâ€™ leadoff batter worked his way around the diamond to score the gameâ€™s first run after an error allowed Daniel Kent to reach third. No other Siloam batter would reach as far as second base.
Bentonâ€™s Kaleb Moody painted the outer half of the plate for four innings, including nine ground ball outs, to take the win 11-1.
Buddy Riggan and Jacob Cooper each hit solo home runs in the second to give Benton the lead. Seven more hits and three Siloam errors later led to nine more Benton runs.
This weekend, eight teams from both Texas and Arkansas will compete in the 12-year-old Cal Ripken Regional Tournament held at Bernard Holland Park in Benton.
Both the Bryant 12 year olds and Benton 12s will be participating in the tournament with Bryant scheduled to play at 2:30 p.m. Friday against Littlefield, Texas, and Benton to play Blytheville at 8 p.m.
Teams that qualified for the tournament are either state champions, such as Benton, which won the South Arkansas State Championship, or are runners-up or were invited to the tournament.
Florence Brown, 94, of Little Rock passed away on July 19.
Mrs. Brown is preceded in death by her husband, Paul Brown, her parents, Guy and Coddie Bunt; one brother, Ernest Bunt; and two sisters, Thelma Wittenberg and Roselee Phillips.
She is survived by her loving son, Bobby Brown and many nieces, nephews and friends who all loved her and will miss her dearly.
A funeral service will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Dial and Dudley Funeral Home in Bryant. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.
Online guest book: www.dialanddudleyfuneralhome.com.
James Wesley Gardner, 72, of Benton passed away Monday, July 18.Â He was born September 1, 1938, in Perry County.Â Mr. Gardner retired from Reynolds Metal after 35 years.Â He was preceded in death by his parents, Wesley and Gladys Gardner; sister, Laura Bettis; and two brothers, Harold and Wiley Gardner.
He is survived by his son, Wesley Gardner; two daughters, Carol Childs and husband, Eddie and Linda Hyde; and brother, John Gardner all of Benton; sister, June Pendergrass of Rogers; three grandchildren, Lauren Hyde, Cody Childs and Will Gardner and his special friend, Earla Gardner.
BRYANT â€” The Bryant Black Sox gave their pitcher all the room he needed and then some Monday night when they opened the bottom of the first with a 8-run inning thanks to a two-run home run and seven other hits to take a 8-1 lead over Pine Bluff Simmons in the loserâ€™s bracket of the Zone 4 Senior Legion Tournament at Bryant High School.
Bryant would eventually defeat Pine Bluff 16-8 to secure a spot in the state tournament, which will be held in Jonesboro next week.