August 15th, 2011
Joniece Moss Nichols, 81, of Benton, affectionately known to all as â€śMomma Joâ€ť, was born June 18, 1930 in Oxford to William and Willie Elizabeth Moss.Â She was a devoted mother and wife, retiree from the VA Hospital in North Little Rock, a faithful member of the Oxford United Methodist Church of Oxford and was a dedicated volunteer in the Mercy House Ministry of Sharon Baptist Church in Benton, where she chose to worship since moving to Benton.Â Her passion was researching and sharing family history.Â Momma Jo gently passed away at home on August 13, 2011 surrounded by family.
Loretta Rae Mangum Parks, 70, of Bryant, passed away Friday, August 12, 2011.
She was born October 18, 1940 in Benton.
Mrs. Parks was a retired secretary and of the Baptist faith.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Horace Lee; and Violet Thelma Mangum and her husband, Rodney Parks.
She is survived by her daughter, Debbie Daniel and her husband Ron; and two grandchildren, Amanda Swift and her daughter Kinsey, and Aaron Vice and his daughter Cameron, all of Bryant.
Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Heartland Rehab and Care Center at 19701 Interstate 30 in Benton.
Judy S. Nodzo, 66, formally of Benton, died Tuesday, August 9, 2011 at St. Josephâ€™s Hospital in Mattydale, NY.
Raynham, Mass., manager Eric Wensley conceded his team may have had some first-game jitters against a good South Lexington team when they kicked off play in the Cal Ripken Major/60 World Series on Friday.
On Saturday, it was obvious Raynhamâ€™s jitters were gone.
Despite getting a slight scare from Benton, Ark., in the form of a 3-run sixth inning, Raynham did enough to hold on for its first tournament win, leaving the Riverway Sports Park with a 9-6 victory Saturday.
The Central California State champions bounced
back from a loss in Game 1 of the Cal Ripken Major/60 World Series to defeat
the Southwest Regional champions in five innings.
Buchanan benefitted from some wild pitching from Benton, drawing 10 walks.
Buchanan finished with just five hits.
Leading the way was No. 9 hitter Blake Wells, who went 2-for-3 with a double
and two RBIs. Reese Wells chipped in going 1-for-2 with a double and two runs scored, Marcus Mele went 1-for-1 with two walks and two runs scored and
Ryan Bray went 1-for-2 with two runs scored.
LITTLE ROCK â€” With just three weeks until the annual rivalry game between Benton and Bryant, the two teams hosted a press conference at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock to promote the annual Salt Bowl.
Last year, Bryant defeated Benton 45-9 in front of an attendance of 20,206 but Benton holds the overall record of 24-13-1 in the series. Bryant, however, has defeated Benton for the past five years.
BENTON â€” New softball coach Heidi Cox is anxious to get underway. Too bad for her, the season doesnâ€™t start until the Spring.
â€śI almost wish softball was a fall sport, so we could go ahead and get started,â€ť Cox said Thursday night at the Benton High School Cafeteria during a meet and greet for all the parents, fans and players.
â€śI am excited about taking over,â€ť Cox said.
Thomas (T.C.) Chaney, 71, of Hot Springs, passed away August 10.Â He was born January 17, 1940 in Bauxite to the late William and Annie Chaney.Â
He was preceded in death by his parents, son, Thomas B. Chaney, sisters, Reba Tackett, Hazel Taylor, Shirley Johnston, Faye Baker, and Willie May Blair.
He is survived by sons, Lee Goins of Winthrop, Raymond Booher of Russellville, brother, Herman Chaney and wife, Delores and sister, Mary Lee Collatt and husband, Walter, all of Haskell, special friends, Betty and Ruby of Hot Springs.
Cremation was through Ashby Funeral Home.
Bradley Robert Blackburn, infant son of Bradley and Amanda Blackburn of Benton, was born on August 9, and passed away August 9. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Brenda and Robert Blackburn; an uncle, Robert Blackburn; and a sister, Angel Cox.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by a brother, Christian Blackburn, Benton; sisters, Katheryn Tuttle and Stormy Cox, both of Little Rock; grandparents, Stacy Mathis of Benton and James Cox of Little Rock.
Graveside services will be 10 a.m., Saturday at New Hope Cemetery in Benton by Ashby Funeral Home.
Opal Ratcliff Stegman, 95 of Pine Bluff, Benton and recently residing in Baton Rouge, LA died Tuesday, Aug 9, at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, LA.Â Opal was born August 11, 1915 in Willow, to the late Ella Brumley Ratcliff and Frank A. Ratcliff.Â She was reared and educated at Dellar. and had been employed as a dietician at Jefferson Hospital in Pine Bluff.Â Opal was a member of Greenlee Baptist Church in Pine Bluff.Â