Archive - May 6, 2013 - Obituary
William Murl Tate, of Benton, passed away Saturday, May 4, 2013.Â He was 86 years old.
Murl was born at home in the Ten Mile Community (Lonsdale) on Oct. 10, 1926, the son of Thomas Jefferson Tate and Flora Mae (Craft) Tate.
Â After school and working on the family farm, he went to work for Kaiser in the shipyard of Vancouver, Wash., during World War II.Â When he returned to Arkansas, he worked for Little Rock Piano Co. and in the 1950s began a wholesale piano company in Benton with Ernest Pelton.Â
Bertha Louanna Ray, age 76, of Alexander passed away Friday, May 3, 2013.
She was born Aug. 19, 1932 in Scott.Â
Mrs. Ray was a school bus driver for the Bryant School District and a member of Pleasant Hills Missionary Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Johnny and Adda Osburn; her husband, Boyce Ray; a daughter, Dianna Goss; and a son, Terry Ray.
Barbara Ann Atkinson, 65, of Haskell passed away Thursday, May 2, 2013.Â She was born Feb. 8, 1948, in Benton.Â Mrs. Atkinson was a licensed practical nurse and a member of the Family Church in Bryant.Â
She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Mattie Whitley, and four sisters, Lillian Whitley, Ada Rogers, Lucille Cole and Joyce Parnell.