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January 4th, 2013

Eugenia J. 'Nena' Ledford

January 4, 2013

Eugenia J. “Nena” Ledford, 91, of Benton passed away Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, at Heartland Rehabilitation and Care Center in Benton.  She was born May 27, 1921, in Prattsville to the late Edgar and Denver Crowson Haley.
In addition to being a homemaker, she worked at Reynolds Metals as a war worker during World War II and worked as a seamstress. She graduated from Sheridan High School in 1941. Nena was a member of the Order of Eastern Star, Congo Hill Chapter, a member of THEOS and of the Methodist faith. 

Hogan Pelton

January 4, 2013

Hogan Pelton, formerly of Benton, passed away Jan. 2 in Hondo, Texas. He was born March 6, 1920 in Benton to Marion and Rose (Raney) Pelton. He was a World War II Army veteran, a mason and a member of the Lions Club.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Billy Hue and one sister, Norma Jean.
He is survived by his daughters, Margaret Koch of Texas and Toni Pelton of California; sisters Della Lee of Bryant and Stella Earney of Benton; and brother Bob Pelton of Benton.
Arrangements under the direction of Guinn-Horger Funeral Home, 2006 Ave. M., Hondo, Texas, 830-741-2224.

Mona Pyle Rhodes

January 4, 2013

Mona Pyle Rhodes, 53, of Benton died Tuesday, Jan. 1.
She is survived by her daughters, Kaitlyn and Krystina Rhodes; mother Linda Joyce Pyle; brother David Pyle and wife Michelle; nephew Corey Pyle; niece Josie Pyle; and granddaughter, Amylia Rhodes.
Funeral service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5 at Roller-Ballard Funeral Home. Visitation will be held one hour prior to service at 10 a.m.
In lieu of flowers a contribution may be made to the funeral fund at any IberiaBank location to the account ending with 2193, under the name of David or Linda Pyle.

James Reed “Poppa D” Dreher Sr.

January 4, 2013

James Reed “Poppa D” Dreher Sr., 77, of Bryant, passed away at his home on Jan. 2. He was born Nov. 26, 1935 in the Ironton Community of Pulaski County ,to the late Evelyn Elise and James Floyd Dreher. He graduated from Fuller High School and retired from his position as a mechanical engineer at Reynolds Metals Company in 1989. James was a member of the Bryant Water and Sewer Advisory Board and a member of the Bryant United Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister Virginia; and great-granddaughter Tinlee Elise Dreher.

Jack Dempsey Conder

January 4, 2013

Jack Dempsey Conder, 85, of Bryant, passed away Dec. 23. Jack was born to Charles and Mertie Conder on March 23,1927 in Narrows, Ky. Jack loved Christmas and playing Santa for family and friends and at nursing homes and children’s homes. He also enjoyed riding motorcycles, camping with family and helping others. Jack was a devoted family man and husband. He was Baptist in faith. Jack served in the military for 23 years. He was in the Navy, Air Force and Seabees. He fought in the Battle of Okinawa during World War II and in Korea and completed two tours in Vietnam 1966-1968.

January 3rd

Officer saves woman, 88, from blaze

January 3, 2013

Benton Police Officer Chris Goss is credited with saving an 88-year-old woman from a burning structure on Derby Circle.
Bruce Armstrong, fire marshal for the Benton Fire Department, said Goss crawled down a smoke-filled hallway to reach Jessie Mae Flowers, who was in bed in a rear bedroom of the structure at 2908 Derby Circle.
The fire was reported around 10:10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26, during a period when many local residences were without electrical power.
Upon entering the structure, Goss "encountered thick, black heavy smoke, which had filled the house," Armstrong said.

Happy New Year, baby!

January 3, 2013

When Mark William Orr entered the world on Jan. 2, he became a celebrity.
The infant is Saline Memorial Hospital's first baby of 2013.
Mark William is the son of Chad and Krista Orr of Malvern.
According to Rebecca Jones, director of marketing and community relations, he weighed 10 pounds and 2 ounces and was 22 inches long when his birth occurred at 12:46 p.m.
"This is Krista's fourth baby and all have been born at Saline Memorial Hospital," Jones said.
Dr. Kim Smith delivered the child, she added.

Mackey Louis Spivey

January 3, 2013

Mackey Louis Spivey, 75, of Benton passed away Monday, Dec. 31. He was born Dec. 19, 1937. in Havana.
Mackey was a U.S. Air Force veteran. He retired from Alcoa after 30 years and was a member of Trinity Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James Audice Spivey and Mae Frazier Spivey; and two sisters, Laquita Scott Baxley and Bettye Brown Knopp.

Harmon D. Matthews

January 3, 2013

Harmon D. Matthews, 88, of Benton passed away Tuesday, Jan. 1.  He was born June 6, 1924, in Donaldson to the late Frank and Eva Mae Matthews.
He was a War World II Army veteran and won the Bronze Star and Oak Leaf Cluster for heroism under fire. Mr. Matthews worked as a driver for Arkansas Best Freight for 30 years. Also, he was a Mason for 60 years.

Fr. Panthers rout Cards JV in tourney

January 3, 2013

BENTON – It is not too often that there is a basketball game played with two coaches with the same ties to both schools playing. But for Benton Freshmen Panthers and Harmony Grove Cardinals’ junior varsity, Wednesday’s opening-round match of the Benton Classic had just that.
First-year head coach Dexter Hendrix, a 2006 Benton graduate returned to the same floor that he played on as he led his team into the Benton Arena to battle Panther Head Coach David Torres. Torres was the longtime senior girl’s coach at Harmony Grove before moving to Benton in the early 2000s.

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