September 20th, 2011
Laverne "Bernie" Witham, 62, of Malvern (formerly of Fordyce) died Sept. 18, at National Park Medical Center in Hot Springs.Â She was born June 15, 1949, in Sparkman, the daughter of John Henry and Dorothy (Shaddock) Brown.Â She graduated from Sparkman High School in 1967 and was the owner of Bernie's Daycare in Fordyce.Â She was a member of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church. Her love and grace touched so many hearts through the years.Â She was a true shining example of unconditional love and the Christian way.Â
Rodney Dwight Cleghorn, 65, of Bryant, died Sunday, Sept. 18. He was born Nov. 7, 1945 in Alleene.
Rodney was an Engineering Assistant for Ground Landscape, a U.S. Navy Veteran and a member of Benton First Assembly of God Church in Benton.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Coelia Cleghorn; brothers, Coy and Tom Cleghorn; and sister, Theola Deal.
The 2011 Karate for Christ tournament took place this past Saturday at The Centers at Bishop Park and it had its biggest turn out yet in its third year of existence in Arkansas. With about 150 entrants on one gym floor last year, this yearâ€™s event brought closer to 300 competitors from five states.