November 21st, 2012
We all have Thanksgiving memories that are close to our hearts. Memories of going to Grandma and Grandpa's house, the scent of freshly baked pies, the turkey roasting in the oven.
As a child of older parents growing up in Colorado, my mom and dad never really liked the cold. After my father's retirement, they became "snowbirds" and moved to Arizona. With my three brothers living in different states, I was a young adult on my own, so I was very excited when my boyfriend at the time asked me to join his parents for Thanksgiving.
The world is so much smaller now that it was when I was younger. Of course, the size of the world hasn't changed, but technology has made neighbors of us all. We are a society of instant news and information, constantly bombarded with tweets, updates, likes and breaking news.
Today, Americans pause for Thanksgiving. A time in which we take stock and express our gratitude to those in our lives that we cherish the most. We think about family, friends and thank God for the many blessings we have.
The 2012 high school basketball season could not have gotten off to a much better start for the Harmony Grove Lady Cardinals. Sitting at 3-1 heading into the Thanksgiving break, the Lady Cardinals have put together stellar shooting nights while play excellent defense on the other end.
Senior guard Lauren Dempsey has been a huge spark in the starting role for the team, averaging 15 points per game including a 19 and 21point showing so far this young season.
Pat Collins Bryant, 76, of Benton, left this world on Nov. 19, to join God Almighty.Â Her beautiful smile and â€ścrazyâ€ť personality will be so sadly missed by her family and a host of friends.Â Death leaves a heartache no one can heal; love leaves a memory no one can steal.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Harold Wayne Bryant; and her cherished mother and father, Bill and Dove Collins all of Benton.
Peggy G. Loy Wallace, 82, of Bryant passed away peacefully on Nov. 19.
The Wallaces moved to Bryant in 1963, building the first home in Tanglewood Acres.Â She loved her yard, and was happiest when caring for her family.Â She loved to make homemade rolls at every occasion, often sending them to neighbors. After her youngest son started school, she worked at Bryant Dairy King and later Bobâ€™s Thriftway.
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A Traskwood man convicted of murder two decades ago pleaded guilty today to helping bury the body of a man in 2008, but he will not be serving additional jail time because of that act.
Patsy CampbellÂ Adney, 84, of Benton went to be with the Lord on Sunday, Nov. 18.Â Patsy was born in Bauxite to Frank and Emily Campbell on March 10, 1928.
She loved to laugh and spend time with her family and friends.Â She was longtime member ofÂ West Bauxite Missionary Baptist Church.Â Â
Patsy was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 48 years, James Adney,Â her grandaughter, Randi Ann Adney; and her brother. Frank Campbell Jr.Â
Kenneth â€śKennyâ€ť Landreth, 57, of Poyen passed away Sunday, Nov. 18, at Hot Spring County Medical Center.Â He was born July 20, 1955, in Little Rock, the son of Gerald â€śJerryâ€ť and Elizabeth Ann Sanders Landreth.
He loved farming, singing at church, floral design and doing for others.Â Kenny was a member of Poyen Missionary Baptist Church.Â
He was preceded in death by his father, Gerald â€śJerryâ€ť Landreth.
Victor â€śHeavyâ€ť Polston, 58, of Haskell passed away on Nov. 19 at his home.Â He was born Oct. 14, 1954, in Fresno, Calif., to the late Noel F. and Thelma Odell â€śSueâ€ť Polston.Â
Also preceding him in death were his sisters, Beverly Sue Blair and Sharon Ann Estes, both of Benton.
Nolan R. James, 78, of Benton passed away Monday, Nov. 19.Â He was born June 16, 1934, in Saline County.Â Mr. James was a U.S. Air Force veteran and an insurance agent.
He was a member of Gravel Hill Baptist Church. where he served as music director and Sunday School teacher for many years. He was a Mason with the Rubicon Lodge 627.Â
Mr. James was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Roy James; and two brothers, Roland James and Derrel James.