January 2nd, 2012
William J. (Bill) Jay, 67, of Benton, joined hands with Jesus on Friday, December 30.Â Bill was born in Newton, Mississippi on June 23, 1944 to Daniel and Lillie Adams Jay. Bill worked for the United States Department of Agriculture for 31 years.Â He worked his way from egg grader, poultry grades, egg products grader to be Regional Director for Egg Products, covering 10 states and Puerto Rico.
He was a member of Spring Creek Missionary Baptist Church.Â Because of his generosity of purchasing shoes for needy children, he became lovingly known as â€śthe shoe angelâ€ť at Harmony Grove Schools.
Charles Jeffrey "Jeff" Curtis, 66, of Bryant,passed away Thursday, Dec. 29 after a long battle with cancer.Â Jeff was born on May 27, 1945 in Little Rock to Charles Andrew and Jimmye Raye Ramsey Curtis.Â He was married to Sondra Sue Haile Curtis in 1974.Â Jeff graduated from Benton High School in 1963. In 1967 he received a B.A. Degree from Henderson State University, where he was President of the Theta Xi Fraternity. In 1986 Jeff earned a Masterâ€™s Degree in Health Services Administration from UALR.
John Ray â€śJohnnyâ€ť Brown, 53, of Benton, passed away Friday, Dec. 30.Â He was born December 27, 1958 in Pontiac, Michigan.Â Johnny was owner and operator of Johnny Brownâ€™s Barber Shop and a member of New Life Missionary Baptist Church.Â He was preceded in death by his father, John Edward Brown and grandparents, Milton and Ethel Brown and Luda Majors.
He is survived by his son, Colby and Meagan Brown; two daughters, Raelynn Brown and Tai and Clayton Morehead; mother, Loella Brown; brother, Jerry and Donna Brown; his best friend, Tonya Brown and three grandchildren.
James Albert "Jim" Jolly, 82, of Purdon, Texas, formally of Tull, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 28, peacefully, at his residence.
James was born in Bessemer, Alabama on March 27, 1929, a son of the late Essie Greer Jolly and C.M. Jolly.
He worked as a supervisor for RDV Construction Company. He was married to Betty Boyette on September 7, 1978 in Dallas, Texas.
He is preceded in death by his parents, one son, James Ray Jolly, one sister Esther Ruth Rainey and son-in-law Frank Otero.
December 29th, 2011
Bro. James R. Walker, 91, of Benton, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 27.Â
He was born on July 12, 1920 in Ouachita, to the late George and Kate (Key) Walker.
Bro. Walker served as pastor at First Assembly of God in Benton for 16 years and later served as pastor at Otter Creek Assembly of God for 30 years. Â He was a WWII Army Veteran and loved to fish and hunt.Â
Eugene Southworth, 87, of Malvern, passed away Dec. 28.
He was born May 30, 1924Â in Paron to the late Dick and Norme Burnett Southworth.Â
Eugene was of the Assembly of God faith.Â
He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Eleanor Southworth.Â
He is survived by his son, Richard Southworth of Malvern; daughters, Diann Galloway of Malvern, Kathy Norwood and Tina Benton both of Benton; step sons, Otis, Howard and Ray Nerghbors; and eleven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.Â
My top priority is fighting for policies that encourage private sector job creation in Arkansas, and the over 900 votes Iâ€™ve cast this year reflect that focus. I have hosted over 25 town halls as well as a â€śJobs Conferenceâ€ť that brought together Arkansas job creators to discuss the challenges they face. Their message is crystal clear: Uncertainty kills job creation by discouraging risk taking and investment. Whatâ€™s causing this confidence-crushing uncertainty? (1) Our overly-complicated tax code; (2) Government overregulation of job creators; and (3) A ballooning national debt. The U.S.
The Harmony Grove senior high girls basketball team got back to work on Tuesday when they traveled to Carlisle for the Carlisle Christmas Tournament. The Lady Cardinals got things under way against Maumelle, but the outcome was not very good as they fell 55-39 Tuesday morning.
â€śIt was a sloppy, early-morning game,â€ť head Lady Cardinalsâ€™ Coach John White said. â€śBoth teams finally settled in later on.â€ť
The Bauxite Lady Miners came back from their week and a half break and lost 60-49 to the Magnet Cove Lady Panthers on Tuesday in the Jessieville Christmas Classic in Jessieville.
â€śWe didnâ€™t play really well,â€ť Bauxite Coach Josh Harrison said. â€śMagnet Cove played with a lot of effort and intensity [Tuesday] and we didnâ€™t match theirs today.â€ť
The Lady Miners (9-4) didnâ€™t have a problem scoring in the first quarter finishing with 19 points, but defensively, Bauxite couldnâ€™t stop Magnet Cove, allowing it to score 18 points in the opening quarter.
Almost $15,000 was raised for the Bryant Boys and Girls Club at the inaugural Starlight Gala, presented by Landers of Benton and organized by the Bryant Rotary Club.
â€śWe could not be more pleased with and grateful to our community for the overwhelming support at this event,â€ť Suzanne Passmore, executive director of the Bryant Boys and Girls Club said. â€śLanders of Benton, Bryant Rotary and so many others went above and beyond to make this a successful event to benefit our kids.â€ť