February 14th, 2012
Dr. John D. Wright, was born Aug.15, 1925, in Saline County, and passed away at his home surrounded by loved ones in Benton on Feb. 10.
He served as a LtÂ J.G. in the U.S. Navy during World War II, during which time he eloped with Jeana Merle White on March 22, 1945.Â He went to college and medical school through the V-12 program and practiced medicine for more than 50 years.
He was active in the community and served many years on the Benton School Board. He was a deacon at First Baptist Church, where he taught Sunday School for 56 years.
Cecil E. Rollon, 86, of Benton, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 8, in Siloam Springs.Â
He was born Jan. 22, 1926, in Mena to the late Marvin and Mary Rollon.
Mr. Rollon retired as a superintendent from Owasso Furniture Co. He enjoyed reading, woodworking, and teaching Sunday School.Â He was a member of Liberty Baptist Church in Siloam Springs.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 44 years, Alice Mae Rollon; one brother, Elmer Rollon; and his two sisters, Maxine Richmond and Eva Rollon.
Joe Rene Shores Golenor of Benton died Tuesday, Feb. 7, at home in the care of family and friends.Â She was born November 19, 1925 in Texarkana, Ark. to James and Velma Shores and spent most of her childhood in Monticello.Â Â
Joe Carl Cloud, Sr, 73, of Hot Springs, died Thursday, Feb. 9. He was born July 23, 1938 in Benton, to the late Tilford and Mary Caroline (Caldwell) Cloud. Joe was a member of Apostolic Faith Tabernacle Church and a 1958 Graduate of Benton High School; Quarterback and Captain of the Benton High School Panthers as well as an avid Razorback fan and self employed plumber.
He is preceded in death by his parents; sisters Gerine and Wilma and brothers Phillip, Charles and Hubert Cloud.
Charles T. Erwin, 74, of Benton, passed away on Feb. 9, at home with his wife by his side.Â Charles was born on December 27, 1937 to the late, William P. Erwin and Bertie Davis Erwin in Malvern.
Charles is survived by his loving wife Elizabeth Stiles Erwin, daughter; Â Charlisa French, 3 grandchildren;Â Craig Parker, Erin Parker, Thomas French, and a host of family and friends.
A celebration of Charles life will be held on 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at at Calvary Baptist Church in Benton.
To sign Charles's online guest book visit www.dialanddudleyfuneralhome.com.
The Wally Hall Tournament of Champions, already one of the biggest baseball and softball tournaments in the state, is expected to be bigger and stronger than ever before in its 30th year with an addition of a Triple Crown.
But with the loss of the funding from the Benton Advertising and Promotion Commission, due to Benton residents voting in favor of the plan to build a large-scale events center, the tournament needs sponsors.
Bryant Early Education â€” BEE â€” coalition members gathered Thursday, Feb. 9, at The Center at Bishop Park to celebrate one year of successfully enriching the lives of preschoolers in Bryant.
According to BEE Coalition Founder and Coordinator Pam Toler, the goal of the coalition is to work together to provide the highest quality preschool education, so Bryant's "little bees" will be ready to become Bryant Hornets.
A permanent superintendent for the Benton School District still has not been named.
Benton School Board members interviewed the four finalists for the positions on Monday, but "a couple of the members aren't quite ready to vote yet," said Jeff Morrow, board president.
Morrow said he expects to call a meeting within the next two days to take an official vote on the board's choice.
"A couple of the members wanted a night to sleep on it before voting," Morrow added.
A service awards recognition ceremony will be included at the Benton City Council meeting tonight.
Slated to receive awards during the meeting are city employees Mollie Wright, Larry Lewis, Lester Griffin and Chuck Jackson.
Another award to be presented during the meeting will be the Youth of the Month honor that recognizes Bekah Davis of Benton High School for December.
The youth honor is determined by a vote of the Mayor's Youth Advisory Council.
In other matters, Mayor David Mattingly plans to introduce a proclamation related to the Benton Athletic Memorial Museum Wall of Fame Week.
Funeral is scheduled Tuesday for a longtime Benton physician who died Friday.
The service for Dr. John D. Wright will take place at 2 p.m. at Benton's First Baptist Church, where Dr. Wright was an active member.
He was a deacon of the congregation and taught Sunday School there for 56 years.
Dr. Wright practiced medicine for 50 years and was on the active medical staff of Saline Memorial Hospital during that period.
Tonya Shelnutt, fourth-floor nurse manager at SMH, who worked closely with Dr. Wright, remembered him fondly today.