May 11th, 2011
avenâ€™s open gates of pearl into the wide open arms of his Savior he had served for many years on May 9, 2011.
Greeting him also was his precious wife, Martha; parents, Emory and Maggie Lacy; brothers, Marion and Bill Lacy; sister, Alta Louis Outler.
â€śRandyâ€ť loved his God, his church and family.Â He retired from Alcoa as a machinist. As a member of Holland Chapel Baptist Church for 33 years, he served as a deacon and proudly worked with the carpenter crew, a group of retired men that performed maintenance at the church.
Ryan Andrew Hawkins, infant, of Bryant, passed away May 5, 2011.Â He was born May 5, 2011, at Little Rock to Seth and Angel Hawkins.
Survivors include parents, Seth and Angel Hawkins of Bryant; sister, Abygail Hawkins of Bryant; grandparents, Courtney and Karen Hawkins of Benton; and James and Melinda Brown of Traskwood.
Graveside service is by Ashby Funeral Home and will be at 2 p.m. Friday at New Hope Cemetery in Bryant.
The Benton Lady Panthers used three different pitchers Monday afternoon to prepare for this weekendâ€™s state tournament as Benton defeated Watson Chapel 4-0 on the road.
â€śI sat down with them before the game and told them we were going to go 2-2-3,â€ť coach Eric Ryan said. â€śWe wanted to try to get some work in and get ready for the tournament.â€ť
Jessica Smith pitched the first two innings, allowing one hit with two strikeouts and no walks. Lauren White pitched the next two innings, allowing two hits with no strikeouts and no walks but did hit a batter.
Mary Jane Butler, 72 of Alexander, passed away on Saturday, May 7, 2011. She retired from Dassault Falcon Jet at the age of 70.
Mary was preceded in death by her parents, William Norton and Mabel Laverne Darner. She is survived by two daughters, Becky Christian of Dickson of Tennessee, and Debbie Wildhaber (Alan) of Jacksonville; two grandsons, Bryan Butler (Amy) of Dickson, Tenn., and Jacob Carson (Ashley) of Bryant; one great-granddaughter, Maddie Grace Butler of Dickson, Tenn.; a special friend, Casey Mahalec; three brothers; and one sister.
The Benton Panthers defeated Monticello 12-2 in a non-conference game Monday at home. Benton, who has already secured the two seed in the 6A State Tournament, scored three runs in the first inning, five in the second, three in the third and one in the fourth.
Monticello scored a run in the first and fifth innings.
Following back-to-back singles by Greg Pryor and Garrison Roy to lead off the bottom of the second, Levon Steward hit a three-run home run. Two outs later, Joseph Henry singled, and Stuart Levy hit a two-run home run to give the Panthers a 8-1 lead.
In a battle for the 7A Central title, the Lady Hornets came up short Monday, losing 4-3 to North Little Rock in extra innings.
However, since both teams have only two conferences losses, both will share the title of conference champion.
Bryant (21-5, 12-2 7A Central) lost both of its conference games at the hands of North Little Rock, who earned the No. 1 seed in the state tournament beginning Friday in Bentonville.
John W. Johnson, age 71, of Benton, passed away Friday, May 6, 2011.Â He was born Sept. 15, 1939, in Traskwood. Mr. Johnson was a licensed building contractor in Arkansas and Denver, Colo.Â He also spent a short time in the U.S Army.Â Mr. Johnson was preceded in death by his parents, William and Ora Johnson; wife, Mary L. Johnson and two brothers, Dick and Gene Johnson.
The Sheridan Yellowjackets defeated Texarkana 10-5 Friday night to secure the No. 3 seed in next weekâ€™s 6A State Tournament in Marion.
Zac Perkins pitched a complete game, with really one bad inning coming in the third. Two walks, two errors and a hit allowed for Texarkana to score three runs to trim the deficit to 6-3, after Sheridan had scored six runs in the bottom of the first.
The Central Arkansas USBC Bowling Association will be inducting three members, including one Benton resident, into their bowling Hall of Fame on May 21 at the Cajuns Wharf restaurant in Little Rock.
Wilma Laha, Danny Fuller and Benton resident Felicia Burlison will all be inducted this month.
Laha, who has been bowling for nearly 45 years, is being inducted for her service with association after serving at nearly every position, including secretary, vice president, and on the board of directors.
She was voted secretary of the year two times.
Martha Pearl (Pittman) Holder, 55, of Malvern was born in Malvern on Nov. 14, 1955, the daughter of Wiley and Martha (Barker) Pittman.Â Martha was a loving mother, Mema, sister and friend.Â