May 13th, 2013
The Saline Courier is now accepting entries for the 2014 Pet Calendar contest, a benefit for its Newspapers in Education program.
Sign up for the contest at the Courier office, 321 N. Market St. in Benton, or look for entry forms in select issues of the paper.
Entrants must provide a photo of the pet by itself. The pet must currently reside in Saline County. Each entry is $5.
The top-12 vote-getters will be featured in a 2014 calendar, which will go on sale in November for $2 each.
Each pet will be professionally photographed for the calendar.
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Rachel V. Thornberry Weems, 91, of Benton, passed away Thursday, May 9, 2013.Â She was born in Marianna, on April 22, 1922 to the late Joe and Ida Thornberry.Â She was a member of Benton Foursquare Church and retired as a nurse aid.Â
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Weems and one brother, JT Thornberry.Â
Jimmie M. Smith, 71, passed away May 7, 2013.Â Jimmie was born Dec. 10, 1941, in Texarkana to parents Bonnie McCoy and Carlotta Smith.
Jimmie attended First Pentecostals of Benton. He retired from UALR, where he was an IT specialist. He attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. He was a civil engineer and a Microsoft engineer with certifications in C++ and Cisco.
Betty Jane Hester, 78, of Paron passed away May 8, 2013.
She was born Sept. 11, 1934, in Warren to Murray and Gladys Watson, and was the youngest of four children. Her early years were spent in Banks before moving to Saline County.
Betty was a retired hairstylist, a telecommunications operator with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and a member of the North Fork Missionary Baptist Church in Paron.
In additionÂ to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Marion Hester; and her siblings, Jimmy Watson, Louise Greer and Maudine Stroud.
T.O. (Talmage Oscar) Miller, 85, of Bryant was welcomed into Heaven on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, while in the presence of his family at the Heartland Rehab and Care Center in Benton.
He was born Feb. 2 1928, in Zion. He was a member of Oak Park Baptist Church in Little Rock.
Patricia Colleen Southard of Benton, daughter of Winnie Merrel Robins Runsick and the late Jack Norman Wilson, was born May 23, 1955, in Yakima, Wash. She died May 6, 2013, at Saline Memorial Hospital in Benton, at the age of 57 years, 11 months and 13 days. She was united in marriage to Michael Southard on July 11, 1977, in Moko. She was a certified nursing assistant employed by Arkansas Health Center for many years.
She was preceded in death byÂ her father.
John Caton, 64, Little Rock died Friday, May 3, 2013. He was a self-employed carpenter.
He is survived by his son, Jeffrey Caton of Benton and brother William Caton of Texarkana.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a. m. on Thursday, May 9, at Smith Creek Cemetery.Â
There will be an open visitation.
Online guest book: www.ashbyfuneralhome.com.Â Â
Linda Simpson, 64, of Central City died Monday, May 6, in a local hospital.Â She was born Sept. 25, 1948, in Fort Smith to the late W.E. and Wilma Edmondson.Â She was a bank teller for First National Bank in Lavaca.Â
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a grandson, A.J. Shelly.
Maxine D. Lovell, 90, of Benton passed away Tuesday, May 7, 2013, at Saline Memorial Hospice in Bryant. She was born in Dunkerton, Iowa, on Sept. 1, 1922, to John William and Myrtle Henry Davis.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Thaddeus M. Lovell; and her brother, Hugh Davis.
She is survived by her sons, Larry Lovell of Memphis, Tenn., and Scott Lovell and wife Pat of Benton; grandchildren Thad, Cord, Brandon and wife Jennifer, Matt and April; and two great-grandchildren. Her greatest love was her family.