April 4th, 2014
Horace â€śButchâ€ť Jones Jr., 44, of Benton passed away March 31, 2014. He was born Dec. 25, 1969, to the late Horace O. Jones Sr. and Lorella Carol Jones.
He is survived by his sisters, Rella Sanders and Stephany Alhajjaj, and a brother, Fred Jones.
He also is survived by his nieces and nephews, Kayla Mitchell, Jenna Jones, Janelle Sanders, Jebry Alhajjaj, Timmy Sanders, Layla Alhajjaj, Ramsey Alhajjaj, and Ally Alhajjaj. Also surviving are his aunts and uncles, Marvis Hankins, Jan Leal, Pat Scott, Donald Wills, Pixie Wiggs, Deri Wills, Dennis Wills, Gina Gilmore and Barbara Hines.
Ernestine Parker Ward, age 67, of Benton passed away Monday, March 31, 2014.
She was born Nov. 11, 1946, in Benton.
Mrs. Ward was a graduate of Benton High School and a charter member of Discover the Joy Church.Â
She was preceded in death by her father, Ernest Parker; and a nephew, Cody Parker.
Delphia Jane (Ashley) Culpepper, 89, of Hot Springs passed away March 31, 2014.
Born Dec. 5, 1924, at Sheridan, she was the fourth of Drew Edward and Versie Jane (Appling) Ashleyâ€™s seven daughters.
â€śDelâ€ť was a remarkable woman. In 1943, at the height of World War II, she graduated from Sheridan High School and quickly joined her three older sisters as a munitions worker at the Arkansas Ordnance Plant (AOP) at Jacksonville, Ark.
Jeanetta E. Tiner, 69, of Haskell, passed away Monday, March 31, 2014.Â She was born July 17, 1944, in Morrilton to the late Alvie and Pauline Burke Williams.
Jeanetta was a member of Temple Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Janice Collins; and a brother, Robert Williams.
Robert J. Krejci, 89, of Benton died Wednesday, March 26, 2014.
He was born Jan. 29, 1925 in Los Angeles, Calif., to the late Frank J. and Louise Hayes Krejci and was a member of First United Methodist Church of Benton.Â
Mr. Krejci served his country as a member of Co. A 596th Signal Aircraft Warning Battalion of the Army Air Force during World War II.Â
Later, he worked as a plant manager in a medical equipment company, as a technician in an electric motor company, and was co-owner of Coleman Pipe Organs. He was a member of the American Theater Organ Society.
On March 28, 2014, Doyle Covington, father of three, left us at the age of 75 to be with God.
Doyle was born April 19, 1938, He was preceded in death by his brother, Clyde Covington of Prescott, and by his sister, Sylvia Turner of Conroe, Texas.
He is survived by his two sisters, Joyce Campbell of Bryant and Faye Preston of Prescott.
Doyle celebrated his 52nd wedding anniversary with wife Peggy in February of this year.
Gracie Zell Farnam, 91, of Bryant passed away Saturday March 29, 2014.
She was born Dec. 3, 1922, in Russellville.
Gracie was a homemaker and a member of Abundant Life Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Bonnie Elroy Rollans and Luvenna May McGuffey Rollans; her husband, Oscar Farnam Sr; a daughter, Betty Brown; and a grandson, Derwin â€śBubâ€ť Farnam.
BENTON â€“ Former Benton Lady Panthers senior forward Allison Reynolds was named to the 6A All-State Tournament Team, but the fact that Benton finished runner-up in the 6A South Conference to El Dorado, only two, not three, Lady Panthers were recognized as all state.
Voted by the 6A South coaches, junior guard Braxton Chumley and junior forward Braylee Landreth got the two spots for Benton, but Reynolds was voted by the conference coaches as a top player in the state.
BENTON â€“ The Benton Panthers were down early, but came back to defeat rival Sheridan Yellowjackets 6-2 in 7A/6A South Conference action on Friday at Panthers Field. Sophomore lefty Chase Nix threw five shutout innings of hitless relief to earn the win.
â€śI was real proud of our pitching,â€ť Benton Coach Mark Balisterri said. â€śBrian (Krikorian) was struggling as far as throwing strikes. They hit it hard a couple times. I feel like we could have stuck with him and been OK, but his pitch count was up for two innings for him and we didnâ€™t want to burn both our starters on Tuesday.
HASKELL -- After beginning spring break 2014 with a sour taste in its mouth following a 16-2 defeat to Arkadelphia, Harmony Grove bounced back with a statement win over Lafayette County on Saturday, 13-3. To the tune of 10 hits, 13 runs and 11 stolen bases, the Cardinals got back on track just in time for their 5-3A conference opener today at Glen Rose.
â€śIt feels good to have a win,â€ť Head Coach Brandon Mynhier said. â€śWe didnâ€™t think we were going to get to play after all the bad weather so it was good to come back after having a lot of time off and score some runs and hit the ball and win.â€ť