September 24th, 2014
Mary Bethunia â€śBethâ€ť Merritt, of Avilla Community passed away on Monday, September 22, 2014 at the age of 103 years, 7 months. Mary was born on January 29, 1911 at Princeton, Arkansas, She was one of 11 children of John Samuel and Sarah Looney Abbott. Mary moved to Little Rock after graduating from Sparkman High School in May, 1929.Â She married Maxie Theodore Merritt on November 15, 1947. Mary retired from Mildred Cobbâ€™s Dress Shop, in the Heights, on July 1, 1992 at the age of 81.
Royce Glen Chambless, 75, of Bauxite died Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. He was born in Zion on March 7, 1939, to Alfred and Beulah (Hill) Chambless. He attended school in Sidney, and then moved to Little Rock.
Royce never met a stranger and made it his mission in life to make sure the conversation always flowed. He had a generous heart and was a true friend to all who met him.
Royce was preceded in death by his brothers, Alfred Corley Chambless and Kenneth Chambless; and a son, Richard Chambless.
A member of Salem United Methodist Church reported that an unusual fundraiser held Saturday proved to be extremely successful for the church.
Richard Bondurant said the sale of iris bulbs brought in $2,300 for community projects the church members will conduct.
More info can be found in today's issue of The Saline Courier.