September 12th, 2012
Thomas Suddith McCool, 67, of Benton passed away on Sept. 11, at Saline Memorial Hospice House in Bryant.
Thomas was born Nov. 12, 1944, in Grapevine. He was passionate about life and enjoyed hunting, fishing, Civil War reenactments, playing music of all kinds on the piano, banjo and his favorite instrument, the mountain dulcimer. His favorite song to play was "Sweet Hour of Prayer."
He was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan and liked watching old television series like "The Cisco Kid."
June Huddleston Hicks, 80, of Mabelvale passed away on Sept. 10, with her family by her side.
She was born Nov. 27, 1931, to the late George and Nell Huddleston in Houston, Texas.
June loved being a mother and grandmother; she was not only a grandmother to her own but everyone who knew her considered her their grandmother also.Â She was a very loving and giving person.
June was preceded in death by her parents and husband, James Lewis Hicks Jr.
Audra Mae (Sally) Fite, 92, of Benton passed away Sept. 9.Â She was born Dec. 27, 1919, to the late Carl O. Fite, Sr. and Lavada Ford Fite.
Audra worked as a nursing assistant at Saline Memorial Hospital for many years.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Carl O. Fite Jr
She is survived by her niece, Sherrie McAdow and husband James; great-nieces, Vanessa Scott and Allison Martin; and nephew, Collin McAdow, all of Benton.
Graveside service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, at Mt. Olive Cemetery by Ashby Funeral HomeÂ
Online guest book: www.ashbyfuneralhome.com.
Mark A. Bragg, 45, of Mabelvale passed away Saturday, Sept. 8.Â He was born Jan. 4, 1967, in Little Rock.Â
Mark was a manager of four different Phillip 66 locations.Â
He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Richard Bragg; and grandparents, Beatrice Padgett and Louie and Hazel Bragg.
Billy â€śSonnyâ€ť Draper, 71, of Bauxite, passed away Sunday, September 9. He was born January 19, 1941 in Lono to the late W. W. (Bill) and Evelyn (Shelby) Draper of Bauxite. He worked for Dassault Falcon Jet in Little Rock for almost 25 years, having completed a long career in the aircraft industry that spanned 40 years starting in the Air Force as a Vietnam Veteran through various supplemental airlines that took the family to Abilene Texas, Ardmore Okla, Harrisburg PA, Fairborn OH and Memphis TN before moving back to Bauxite to be near family and friends.
Gloria June (Cox) Walthall, 69, of Alexander, passed away peacefully Friday, September 7, 2012 at her home.Â
She was born in Texarkana on February 23, 1943 to the late Charles Cox and Ruth (Chapman) Cox.Â Mrs. Walthall was a homemaker, loved to sew, and read recipe books.Â She was of Baptist faith.Â
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by, one son, Jerry Walthall, and her brother, Mickey Cox.
Mary Anna Steele,89, of Bryant passed away Friday, September 7, 2012. Mary Ann was born October 23, 1922 in Sheridan to the late Daniel and Minnie (Reynolds) Atchley. Mary Anna was a member of First Baptist Church in Bryant.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Carroll Leon Steele, two brothers; James Carthal â€śBillâ€ť Atchley, and Audrey â€śJackâ€ť Otis Atchley.
Eara Ellen Wilson, 89, of Benton, passed away Thursday, September 6.Â She was born December 20, 1922 in Benton.Â Mrs. Wilson worked for Jones and Owasso furniture factories.Â
She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Lillian Wilson; husband, Warren K. Wilson; daughter, Judy Webb; twin sister, Vera Ann; three brothers; two sisters and five great-grandchildren.
Shaw Recycling in Bauxite was temporarily shut down by local authorities on Monday and owner Bobby Shaw was issued multiple citations for failing to maintain records of scrap metal sales.
Local law enforcement agencies and state Rep. Kim Hammer, R-Benton held a press conference at the gate of the business to explain why a search warrant was served there. The location is 2521 Bauxite Cutoff Road in Bauxite.
John Eckart was introduced Monday night as the new parks director for the city of Benton parks department.
Eckart expressed his appreciation to the council, Mayor David Mattingly and the selection committee for the opportunity before him.
"Benton has promise," Eckart said. "There are a lot of good things in place, but we have lots more to do."
Eckart graduated from Russellville High School and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in finance and economics from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2004.