April 3rd, 2012
Virginia Elizabeth Dale Lawrence, 80, of Benton passed away Wednesday, March 28, at Saline Memorial Hospital.Â She was born Sept. 20, 1931, in Detonti to the late Robert Huey Dale and Eliza Geraldine Spurrier.Â
Mrs. Lawrence was a loving wife and mother, a member of New Friendship Missionary Baptist Church and a retired store manager of the Jack 'N Jill childrenâ€™s shop in Benton. She will be greatly missed.
The Saline County Striders will host its third annual Run with the Dogs 5K at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 21, in the Hurricane Lake Estates subdivision of Benton.
A one-mile Dog and Jog will follow at 9 a.m.; all proceeds benefit the Humane Society of Saline County.
"This is a great partnership we have with the Humane Society because we are able to get the word out, and they can use the funds the best way they see fit to help the animals of Saline County," said Jayme Butts-Hall, Strider and race co-director.
Highly decorated Korean War veteran Walter Rhodes of Saline County is now serving as the chaplain for the Military Order of the Purple Heart Association of Arkansas.
Rhodes recently spoke about his military experiences for a meeting of Provincia de la Sal Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution.
He retired with the rank of lieutenant after serving in Korean and Germany.
Few, if any, who knew the late Lorene Shaver would have thought her to be a wealthy woman.
That was the impression of Benton resident Marvin Gay, who recently has settled the estate for Mrs. Shaver.
"Most people didn't know she had anything," Gay said.
He recalled receiving a phone call from the woman in which she asked him to "take care of things for me when I die."
According to Gay, she meant that she wanted him to pay any bills she owed and to make certain that her estate would benefit certain institutions, including Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia.
HOT SPRINGS â€“ The Bryant ninth-grade boys earned their second win in a row Tuesday at the Lakeside RelaysÂ in Hot Springs.Â The Jr. Hornets scored a total of 155 points to dominate the field, finishing 41 points ahead of runner-up White Hall.Â
BENTON - Saline County is home to one of the hottest high school softball teams in the state so far this season. The Benton Lady Panthers are now 10-1 and are riding a 10-game winning streak after a dazzling performance against Sheridan, winning 7-1 on Thursday.
BRYANT â€“ The Bryant Hornets hosted the Little Rock Catholic Rockets in 7A Central conference play on Tuesday and came away with a 4-1 victory.
The Hornets (12-2, 2-1 7A Central) scored all four of their runs in the second inning with two outs. Senior Dylan Cross singled to start the inning and went to second base on sophomore Wesley Akersâ€™ walk. After sophomore Chase Tucker struck out, junior Hayden Daniel grounded into a fielderâ€™s choice to third base, who stepped on the bag to put runners on first and second.
BRYANT â€“ Bryant senior distance runner Skylar Oswalt joined teammates Ashlyn Lessenberry and Stacy Emmerling to run cross country at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia when she signed a letter of intent Wednesday morning at the Bryant Gym. According to cross country Coach Danny Westbrook, Henderson may need to change their mascot.
â€śThis is the third signing with Henderson State with Ashyln Lessenberry and Stacy Emmerling,â€ť Westbrook said. â€śThe Lady Reddies are going to have to change their mascot to the Lady Hornets. Weâ€™re soon going to have our team down there.â€ť
Marland Lamar Lee Sr., 85, of Mabelvale passed away March 26.Â He was born Jan. 7, 1927, to Elizabeth Arwood of Birmingham, Ala.
He was a member of Christ Church on Vimy Ridge Road.Â He was dearly loved by all his family and will be greatly missed.
He was preceded in death by four of his children.
He is survived by his loving wife, Gertie Lee; 13 children; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and a host of family and friends.
Funeral service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, March 29, at Dial and Dudley Funeral Home in Bryant.Â
Mrs. Billie Mae (Murphy) Berry, 90, of Little Rock passed away March 25. She was born Sept. 19, 1921, in Arcadia, La., and was raised in Fordyce. She was retired from Dillardâ€™s Department Stores in Little Rock and a member of Trinity Assembly of God in Little Rock.
Billie was preceded in death by her parents, Banks and Sallie Murphy; her husband of 63 years, Elmer Jewel Berry; a son, Gerald Berry; two half-brothers, three infant grandsons,Â and one great-granddaughter, Presley Marie Haywood.