Ashton Lee Hobbs, 6 of Benton, flew to heaven on Dec. 27, to be with Jesus.Â He was born August 13, 2005 to N. Pradhan and Felisity Light Powell.Â Ashton loved the mountains of Wyoming, loved to fly and playing with his puppy Dragon Lady.Â Ashton was also fond of Mary Ann Durham whom he referred to as Granny and Merlene Wegner as Mimi.Â
He is preceded in death by his grandmothers, Marian Hulsey of Benton and Dorothy Hobbs of Malvern and his older brother, Randy Hobbs of Hot Springs.
Melvin R. Burks, 82, of Benton, went to be with the Lord on Dec. 26.Â He was born on April 11, 1929, in Adamsville, Tennessee.
In 1947, at the age of 17, he enlisted in the United States Navy where he achieved rank of Master Chief Petty Officer. In this role he was a forecaster at the U.S. Naval Weather Service unit, issuing weather briefings to all departing pilots.
John D. Parish, Jr., of Sheridan, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 27, at home at the age of 72. He was born August 1, 1939 in Greenwood, Mississippi, the son of the late John D. Parish, Sr. And Emma Dennis Moore Parish. John was a graduate of Mississippi State University and a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. A lifelong Presbyterian, John was serving as an Elder at the Central Presbyterian Church in Pine Bluff.