Archive - 2013 - Obituary
Troy Dell â€śCoachâ€ť Reid, 79, of Haskell passed away Wednesday, March 6.Â He was born Nov. 22, 1933 in Leola.Â Mr. Reid was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of Mount Harmony Missionary Baptist Church.Â He coached basketball for 38 years at several schools including Kale, Harmony Grove, Glen Rose, Leola, Guy Perkins and Atkins.Â Mr. Reid was preceded in death by his parents, Nat and Lottie Reid; his best friend and wife of 52 years, Louise â€śLucyâ€ť Reid; three sisters, Noris West, Natalie Reid and Sally Hawkins; and a grandson, William Lee Hall, Jr.
Georgia O. Outlaw, 93, of Benton died March 2. She was born July 16, 1919, in Fordyce. She was a member of Holland Chapel Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, five brothers, one sister, one son, and one granddaughter.
She is survived by a sister, Norma Hogg; two daughters, Barbara Hesse and husband Brian, Reda Webb and husband Bob; a son Orville Lee Outlaw and wife Maudie; nine grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Daniel Eidt, 34, passed away March 1. He was born Jan. 18, 1979, to William "Bill" and Louretta Eidt in Houston, Texas.
Daniel will be fondly remembered for his cunning wit, verbal bantering, and sharp mind. He loved his children, Drew -Drew, Lexi Lou, and Anna Bug, and delighted in spending every minute he could with them. Daniel was a member of the First Pentecostals of Benton. He cared deeply for people as evidenced by his career choice in the nursing field and his work in recent years as an NA sponsor.
Shirley Dianne Ward, 68, of Fayetteville died Sunday, March 3. She was born June 27, 1944, in Boothton, Ala., the daughter of Edward Vernon Espy and Margaret Tubbs Espy.
She was a homemaker and a Pentecostal.
She is survived by her husband, Clifford Ward of Fayetteville; a son, Richard of Fayetteville; a brother, Glen Espy of Benton; nephews, Matt Espy and his wife, Leigh, and Justin Espy, all of Benton; and two very special friends, Johnny and Judy Reese of Benton.
James Patterson "Pete" Johnson Jr.,Â 91, of Benton, passed away peacefully in his sleep Saturday, March 2.
As a faithful Christian and lifelong Democrat, he was known to many as an All-State basketball player, tomato farmer, milk man, horseman, restaurant owner, cattle rancher and company fleet manager.Â Â
Larisa K. Hunter-Hampton, who was born March 4, 1980, to Reynae Cennett and Carliss Garner in Harvey, La., departed this life on Feb. 26, 2013, at Saline Memorial Hospice House. She was 32.
Larisa accepted Christ into her life at an early age and was baptized at Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church in Marreo, La. Larisa later attended Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church, where she was on the church drill team.
Larisa was married to Bruce Hampton on Feb. 26, 1997. Bruce was by her side on their anniversary Feb. 26, 2013, when Larisa left him to be with her Lord and Savior.
Bertha Marie Rea, 86, of Benton passed away Feb. 28. She was born Aug. 3, 1926, in Benton to the late Cubie C. and Susie Edmondson Gattin Sr.
Bertha was a member of Highland Heights Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Joe Rea; and three brothers.
She is survived by her son, Bill Rea of Little Rock; a daughter, Dee Dee Hill and husband Danny of Little Rock; sisters, Barbara Hunnicutt and husband Jerry and Ann Ewing; grandchildren, Michelle Gnuschke and husband Jerry, Micala Garcia and husband Carlos, and Megan Hill.
Doris Earline Sexton, 84, of Mena died Friday, March 1, at Rich Mountain Nursing and Rehab.Â She was born Jan. 11, 1929, to Robert Lee and Flora Anna Marquardt Tillman in Houston, Texas.Â Â
Thomas Troy Wilkins, 90, of Traskwood passed away Thursday, Feb. 28.Â He was born Jan. 29, 1923 in Sparkman.Â Mr. Wilkins was a World War II Air Force veteran and spent his life as a farmer/rancher.Â
He was preceded in death by his parents, Mike and Tishie Wilkins; three brothers, Bill, James Edward and John D. Wilkins; three sisters, Frances Hearnsburger, Emogene Wilkins and Vivian Burkes; and a grandson, Cody.
Lorene (Wilson) Harrison, 85, of Vimy Ridge was born Dec. 28, 1927, and passed away peacefully in her home on Feb. 28.
Lorene and her husband Leonard were joined together in marriage March 24, 1946, and were married for 67 years. Lorene took great pride in serving her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as a faithful member of the Village Creek Baptist Church.
She enjoyed gardening, canning, sewing and homemaking, while delighting in caring for her husband, and their children and grandchildren with her quiet, resourceful and influential spirit.