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.
Sarah (Betty) Green Talbert, 85, of Little Rock, formerly of Sardis, passed away Friday, Jan. 27.Â She was born January 13, 1927 in Jeffersonville, Indiana.Â Mrs. Talbert was a homemaker and a member of Primrose Methodist Church.Â She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Willie J. Poe; husband, William Darrell Green, Sr. and a sister, Margaret Dobson.
Mark Steven Meeks, 54, of Bryant, passed away Friday, Jan. 27, at his home. He was born on December 28, 1957 in Camden. Mr. Meeks was a project architect with Cromwell Architects in Little Rock for over 21 years, was of Christian faith, and loved his family and granddaughter. He loved riding his Harley, was a member of the Unforgiven Militia Motorcycle Club, and was an exceptional artist.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Doris (Garner) Meeks.
Frances Anna Buffington, 89, of Benton, passed away Jan. 26.Â She was born on December 13, 1922 to the late Robert and Melissa Hunt.Â She was of the Baptist faith.
Frances was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Vernon Buffington, sons, Mac and Tim Buffington, daughter, Alpha Yates and granddaughter, Kathleen Yates.
She is survived by her son, James Buffington and wife, Margaret of Benton, sister, Delpha Chambers and husband, James of Paron, seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
Graveside services by Ashby Funeral Home will be 11:00 a.m. Monday at Fowler Cemetery.Â
The website www.improvingbryant.com has been in operation for several monthsm but the people behind the scenes posting the information have been in the background â€” until now.
BENTON â€“ Benton Panthers senior shortstop Brooks Balisterri signed a letter of intent to play for former Panthersâ€™ pitcher, now major-league ace, Cliff Leeâ€™s first college before becoming an Arkansas Razorback. Balisterri signed with the Meridian Eagles out of Meridian, Miss., the heart of SEC country, on Wednesday at Benton Arena and hopes his path becomes similar to Leeâ€™s.
BRYANT â€“ Current Bryant Hornets senior basketball player Quinten Motto will be trading his sneakers in for cleats when he graduates from high school. Motto signed a letter of intent to play baseball for the Vernon Chaparrals, a junior college out of Vernon, Texas, on Wednesday in the Bryant Gym.
Signing to pitch for the Chaparrals, a mascot that resembles a road runner, the right-handed Motto has yet to pitch in a varsity high school game, but he played in a couple summer leagues this past year and Vernon liked what it saw.
HASKELL - Harmony Groveâ€™s woes continued on Tuesday night when Fountain Lake came to town. Losing to the Cobras for the second time this season, the Lady Cardinalsâ€™ skid hit four straight games without a win after losing on Tuesday 48-33. The Lady Cobras beat Harmony Grove earlier in the year 50-33.
The Lady Cardinals came into Tuesday night with another streak on their shoulders that they hoped would be lifted. For three straight games, the Lady Cardinals had shot under 25 percent from the floor.
Powell B. Brown, 86, of Benton, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 25.Â He was born July 24, 1925, in Frisco City, Ala., to the late RobertÂ and Mamie Brown.Â
Powell was a 30-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, serving during World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War. Powell was a member of Crossroads Missionary Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Gloria Mae Brown; two brothers and five sisters.