October 17th, 2011
Conard Roe âConnieâ Shelnut went home to be with our Lord on Oct. 12.Â He was born in Benton to Elbert and Bertha Shelnut on Aug. 28, 1934.
Mr. Shelnut graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1961, where he received a degree in electrical engineering.Â While there he was president of the electrical engineering fraternity, Tau Beta Pi. Â He served in the Air Force as a navigator and was later commissioned as a captain.
Michael Shawn Lynn, 38, of Benton, passed away Thursday, Oct. 13.Â He was born July 26, 1973, in Hot Springs to Spencer Lynn and Marsha Diane Chancellor Lynn.Â Michael was an assistant manager for Crow Burlingame.
He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Burl Chancellor and Hazen Lynn; and his grandmothers, Bernice Burks and Eva Lynn.
The Benton Lady Panthers swept the Sheridan Lady Yellowjackets Thursday night 3-0 (25-19, 25-15, 25-18).
âWeâve had a good week,â coach Brandy Chumley said. âWe played well against Texarkana and we played well again against Sheridan.â
In game one, junior Erin Jackson and senior Kristen Ryan had a block. The Lady Panthers had eight kills including four from senior Emily Morgan. Senior Hayley Ferguson had two and junior Alex Williams had one kill. Jackson also had a kill.
Junior Courtland Kaufholtz had an ace.
After getting swept by Conway on Tuesday night to snap a six-game conference winning streak, the Bryant Lady Hornets' volleyball team responded with a sweep of their own, defeating the Van Buren Lady Pointers 3-0 (25-23, 25-19, 25-8) Thursday night on the road.
"Last night was an amazing night for our girls," Bryant Coach Beth Solomon said. "We spent Wednesday doing team-building activities instead of really focusing on skills.
"After Conway Tuesday night, we realized that our girls needed some really strong team-bonding activities â they have the skills they need."
The Bryant Freshman Hornets football team defeated Little Rock Catholic Rocketsâ freshman team 36-22 on Thursday at Bryant Stadium, but the game wasnât without drama. Bryant remained undefeated improving to 7-0 record, but after getting up 22-0, Catholic charged back to tie it 22-22 before the half.
âThey had a chance to beat us,â Bryant Coach Kenny Horn said. âFortunately our guys came through at the end.â
Frances Marie (Bridges) Willard-Wolf died Oct. 1 at the age of 92. Â She was born April 7, 1919, in Little Rock, the daughter of John and Ella Bridges.
She was a resident of Morrilton, but for many years had lived in Haskell.
She was preceded in death by a son, Robert Clorola Willard, who was 5 when taken in a tragic accident.
Survivors include a stepdaughter, Peggy Ann Moser of Las Vegas, N.V.; a daughter, Bobby Modean Frach-Stewart of Morrilton; a son, David Arthur Willard of Silverdale, Wash.; eight grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and two great-great-granddaughters.
The Bauxite Miners have hit a bit of a road block over the past five weeks. What seemed like a promising year in week one has turned into a nightmare over the course of only five games.
The Miners torched their arch rivals from Glen Rose at âThe Pitâ in week one, beating them 26-7. Since then, the Miners have been outscored 170-72 with their most recent loss coming last week at the hands of Robinson, 51-29.
The Benton Lady Panther volleyball team swept Texarkana 3-0 (25-22, 25-17, 25-20) Tuesday night to move into second place in the 6A South Conference.
â[Texarkana] is a very good team,â coach Brandy Chumley said. âBut we played really well and we passed the ball well and played very well.â
In game one, Benton had 11 kills including six from junior Emily Morgan. Senior Hayley Ferguson had two, junior Alex Williams, senior Kristen Ryan and sophomore Allison Reynolds all had one kill.
Williams also had an ace.
Lee Roy Parson, 70, of Benton, passed away Tuesday Oct. 11, at Saline Memorial Hospital. He was born August 1, 1941 in Benton to the late Zack and Ida Greenlee Parson. He was a graduate of Bauxite High School and attended Quachita Baptist University. Mr. Parson was a retired logging contractor and maintenance lead at Rineco. He was of Baptist faith.
He is preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Armetha Ward and a brother, Etheridge Parson.
Mark Steven Yant, 53, of Benton died Sunday, October 9.Â He was born on October 26, 1957 in Little Rock.Â Mr. Yant was a beloved son, husband, father, and true friend.Â In the early 1990âs, he worked as a union organizer for UFCW Local 1583/2008.Â It was during this time he met his wife, Stephanie.Â He organized three years while on a leave of absence from the Kroger Company, where he was employed for over 38 years.Â Mr. Yant was an avid outdoorsman, hunter, fisherman, golfer, Razorbacker supreme, and loved by all who knew him.