Archive - 2013 - Obituary
Sadie Pauline Adams, age 87, of Benton, passed away Thursday, July 11, 2013.Â She was born Dec. 1, 1925, in Jonesboro. Mrs. Adams was preceded in death by her parents, William and Mattie Hunter and a son, James Earl Norris.
She is survived by her husband, Doris Bud Adams of Benton; a daughter, Emma Allard of Cleburne, Texas; five grandchildren, Tammy Jo Allard Sandifer, Pamela Marie Allard Weaver, Cynthia Lynn Allard Lucland, John Francis Allard Jr. and James Donald Allard and wife Yvonnie; 11 great-grandchildren and 20 great-great-grandchildren.
Dr. Gerald Thomas Wilson, 82, of Benton passed away on July 11, 2013, at Saline Memorial Hospital.
Gerald Wilson, born and raised in Jonesboro and a Navy veteran of the Korean War, was a 1958 graduate of Arkansas State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. He later graduated from Abilene Christian University with a Master of Science degree in physiology, and received a Ph.D. in genetics from Kansas State University.
Thomas Patrick Connell, 66, of Benton passed away July 9, 2013 at his home with his family by his side.
Mr. Connell was born July 6, 1947, in Fayetteville to the late Edward Noone and Elizabeth Dodd Connell.Â He had retired after working 40 years for Centerpoint Energy in Little Rock as a warehouse foreman.Â He graduated from University of Arkansas in Fayetteville with a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture engineering.Â Â
In addition to his parents, two brothers, David and Edward "Buddy" Connell, preceded him in death.
Patsy Jean Wallace, 70, of Benton, passed away Wednesday, July 10, 2013.Â She was born April 22, 1943, in Bald Knob.Â Mrs. Wallace worked for many years in the kitchen at the Arkansas Health Center and was a member of the Avilla Community Garden.Â Patsy always maintained an unshakable faith in her God.Â
She was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Alma Mildred Bone.
Donald L. Chew passed away on July 6, 2013, of natural causes at Otterbein Retirement Home in Lebanon, Ohio.
Don was born and raised in Atchison, Kan., on Feb. 15, 1925.
He graduated from Atchison High School and Kansas State University. He served in World War II in the 8th Air Force on a B-29. He was an outstanding baseball player for the Atchison Colts and some semi-pro teams. He was asked to play for several pro teams, but chose to go to college instead.
He married Audrey Harris of St. Joseph, Mo., on July 13, 1947.
Launa Rae Hearn, 74, of Bryant passed away on July 8, 2013.
She was born Dec. 4, 1938, to the late Buster Amos Dunn and Lola Norene (McKinsey) Dunn in Bradford.
Launa was a schoolteacher who retired from the Bryant School District after many years of service. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Bryant.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Rozella McGehee.
Dorothy Ditzig of Benton died peacefully on July 8, 2013 at Saline Memorial Hospice. She was 79 and had lived at Fox Ridge Senior Living for several years.
She was a member of Holland Chapel Baptist Church in Benton.
Willie O. Shelnut, 86, of Benton died July 8, 2013.
She was born April 15, 1927, in Delight to the late Mate and Mettie Pipkins. She retired from the Benton Services Center and was of the Baptist faith.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded by her husband, Hershel A. Shelnut; one son, Russell A. Shelnut; four brothers and two sisters.
She is survived by a son, Dowayne Shelnut and wife Diane of Benton; three grandsons, Eric Shelnut and wife Stacye, Kirk Shelnut and Jason Shelnut; and eight great-grandchildren.
On Saturday, July 6, 2013, Darrell L. Ray, 74, passed from this world to the next. He was born on Nov. 30, 1938 in, San Francisco, Calif.
Darrell was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in Germany during the early 1960s. In 1991, he retired as a successful building contractor. He loved golf and bowling. He once had a hole-in-one and a 300 game in the same week. He was a Senior All Star Bowler of the year in 1998.
James Timothy â€śTimâ€ť Collins, age 57, passed away in his home in Hot Springs, Arkansas July 4, 2013.Â He was born January 30, 1956 in Little Rock, Arkansas to George and Doris Collins.Â Tim was a member of Sharon Missionary Baptist Church.Â He established Wendyâ€™s in Southern Texas and was a previous owner of Backyard Burgers.Â Tim also worked for Harley Davidson and loved selling and riding motorcycles.Â He was preceded in death by his father, George Collins and his grandmother, Thomasene Caple.Â