April 16th, 2014
BENTON â€“ After losing half its team and majority of its contributors to graduation a season after making it to the 6A state semifinals, the Benton Panthers mirrored last season with another semifinals trip, only to lose to the 2014 6A State Champion Jonesboro Hurricane (Jonesboro lost 34-33 to Bobby Portis' Hall team in finals last season) for the second consecutive season. But after being picked to finish in the middle of the pack in the 7A/6A South Conference this past season, the Panthers exceeded all expectations to win the conference with a 12-2 record.
Roy Lee Wright, 78, of Benton, passed away Tuesday, April 15, 2014.Â He was born March 14, 1936 in Benton.Â Roy served in the National Guard and was a member of Sharon Missionary Baptist Church.Â He was self-employed with diverse business interest.Â
Roy was preceded in death by his parents, Ervin and Sadie Wright.
Dean Estes Massey, 49 of Benton, passed away April 13, 2014.Â He was born March 7, 1965 in Little Rock to Bill Massey and Betty Chalk Massey.Â
In life, Dean faced many hardships and trials, yet he always faced them with courage and perseverance.Â He will always be remembered for his unrelenting positive spirit, generosity and caring friendship.Â Dean had an amazing capacity for love.Â He was an inspiration to anyone who ever met him.Â Dean was an exceptional man and will be greatly missed.