February 3rd, 2012
Donald Evans made his jubilant entrance into Heaven on Feb. 1, just one day before his 93rd birthday. He now rests from a lifetime of giving, loving, and serving Jesus well. He was born in Keystone, OK to hardworking parents and lived his childhood on the Evans Dairy farm with his six brothers and sisters; Elinor, Evan, Paul, Dale, Sally and Roberta. He studied engineering at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater and thrived as the proprietor of Evans Jewelry, where he met his wife, Evangeline Malott. They married in 1949 and raised four children in the fear and admonition of the Lord.
Lafern Swint Hunter, 91, of Paducah, Kentucky, formerly of Benton, died Tuesday Jan. 31, in Paducah. Lafern was a homemaker and a charter member of Park View United Methodist Church in Benton. She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Beulah Swint, husband Glen, Sister Melba Lambert, and a granddaughter, Nikki Chapman.
She is survived by her son, David Hunter of Little Rock; daughter, Glynith Garner and husband, John of Paducah, Kentucky; grandson, Larry Garner of Kentucky; four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, nephew, Ronny Lambert of Benton.
Glenn Wayne Abbott, 63, of Searcy, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jan. 30, surrounded by his family.Â Â He was born March 25, 1948 in Benton to the late A.G. and Murl Edwards Abbott.Â Prior to retiring, Mr. Abbott was employed with Coca-Cola for thirty-five years.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one daughter, Angela Michelle Abbott.
BRYANT â€“ Bryant Lady Hornetsâ€™ senior distance runner Ashlyn Lessenberry had a decent idea where she wanted to go to college when she found out where her best friend was going to play softball. Lessenberry is following her friend, Kayla Sory, to Henderson State University as she signed a letter of intent to run for the Lady Reddies in the Bryant Gym on Wednesday morning.
BAUXITE â€“ Bauxite Minersâ€™ senior lineman Matt Steele signed with the Southern Arkansas University Muleriders out of Magnolia, Ark., on Wednesday morning in the Bauxite High School auditorium.
â€śI think itâ€™s awesome,â€ť Bauxite Coach Shane Clancy said. â€śItâ€™s something heâ€™s talked about doing since the eighth grade.
LITTLE ROCK â€“ It wasnâ€™t pretty, but the Bauxite Lady Miners came away with a 42-32 victory over the Robinson Lady Senators on Tuesday night in Little Rock in 7-4A conference play.
â€śComing in, they didnâ€™t have a conference win, but they played everybody really tough,â€ť Bauxite Coach Josh Harrison said of the Lady Senators. â€śThey didnâ€™t really have anything to lose. They were just as physical and aggressive as they could possibly be.â€ť
BENTON â€“ The Benton Lady Panthers won their 10th game in a row defeating the Pine Bluff Lady Zebras 52-39 on Tuesday night in 6A South conference action at Benton Arena. The win improves the Lady Panthers to 8-0 in conference, keeping Benton in first place in front of Texarkana (7-1).
The Lady Panthers (16-6, 8-0 6A South) didnâ€™t score in the first three minutes of the game, but got things going when senior Brooke Million hit three 3-pointers to help Benton take a 12-6 lead after the first quarter.
Arkansas Parole Board has granted the release of David Pierce, convicted sex offender. Details and full story is under development and will be in today's Saline Courier.
John William Dunaway Jr. 84, Masonry contractor and World War II veteran, died of natural causes Jan. 29, at his daughter's home in Sheridan.He was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma on April 15, 1927 to John William Sr. and Mary Elsie Fryer Dunaway. In spite of his motherâ€™s dismay, he left home at age 15 to join the Navy and serve his country during World War II. He was stationed aboard the USS Trutta and fought valiantly alongside his shipmates in the South Pacific. He was always proud of his service, but like so many others in his generation, he was reluctant to talk about it.
Orene Merchant Moore, 82, died Jan. 28, at her home in Bryant. Orene was born February 17, 1929 in McCaskill to Jesse Orrin Merchant and Olive Pauline (Folsom) Merchant. Orene was a Registered Nurse, training at Leo N. Levi Memorial Hospital in Hot Springs before practicing at Baptist Hospital in Little Rock. She spent 20 years as an Army officerâ€™s wife. During retirement she researched her genealogy, traveling across the country doing research before joining the Daughters of the American Revolution.