May 23rd, 2012
Georgia Florene Jones Merrell, 95, of Benton died Monday May 21. She was born February 15, 1917 in Nashville. Georgia was a retired Cosmetologist and a Baptist.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Ethel Jones, and her husband Alger Merrell.
She is survived by two sisters, Nan Mize and Gloria Johnson, both of Benton; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Cremation services are by Ashby Funeral Home.
Memorial services will be held at a later date.
Marga â€śMomma Jeanâ€ť Torres passed away on May 20 with her family by her side. She was born Dec. 27, 1928, to the late Andrew and Effie Wallis in Norman, Okla.
Marga enjoyed quilting, gardening, reading, going to yard sales and spoiling her grandbabies. Marga was a wonderful mother and grandmother; her children and grandchildren could not have asked for a more loving and caring "momma."
She was preceded in death by her parents; the father of her children, Hershal Parker Sr.; and two great grandchildren, David Allen and Bobbie Jo Sweatt.
Bob Lee Asher, 68, of Benton died Sunday May 20, at his home. He was born April 22, 1944 in Cherokee City.
He was a retired lineman for Benton Utilities, where he worked for 28 years, and was a Baptist.
Bob grew up in the woods hauling pulpwood for the family business.Â With the knowledge he gained, he eventually built his own house over a period of 28 years.Â He loved his family and treasured spending time with his grandchildren.
Mary Lou Oâ€™Kelley Mangum, 95, of Haskell, passed away Saturday, May 19.Â
She was born Nov. 11, 1916, in the Shaw community.Â Mrs. Mangum was a member of Mt. Harmony Missionary Baptist Church.Â ,
She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Florence Oâ€™Kelley; her husband, James Harvey Mangum; a son, J.C. Mangum; and a granddaughter, Mary Ann Mangum.
She is survived by four sons, Don, Jimmy, Bill and Wayne Mangum; a daughter, Patsy Bean; 12 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
Marilyn Jay Pritchard, 71, of Benton, passed away Saturday, May 19.Â She was born Jan/ 10, 1941, in Little Rock.
Mrs. Pritchard was a retired C.N.A.Â
She was preceded in death by her parents, Sam and Lois Bono; two brothers, Sonny Bono and Jiggs Bono; and a twin sister, Carolyn Rider.
She is survived by her husband, Elmer Pritchard; a son, Roger Pritchard and wife Terri; a daughter, Kimberly Wilson and husband Vernon; sister, Joyce Buffington all of Benton; five grandchildren, Roger Jr., Casey, Jonathan, Ariella and Nikki; one great-granddaughter, Elissa and her special companion, Denna.
Grace Ann Mason, 73, passed away Friday night, May 18, at Saline Memorial Hospital in Benton.Â Born Sept. 2, 1938, she was the oldest child of of Delbert Lewis Price and Alice Smith Price.Â
Grace Ann was retired from Saline Radiology.Â She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Lewis Don Price; and his wife, Tressie .
James William Middlebrooks, 83, of Benton, went to be with the Lord Saturday, May 19.Â He was born Aug. 23, 1928 in Bastrop, La., to the late Howard Middlebrooks and Agnus (Laing) Middlebrooks Ellard.Â
Mr. Middlebrooks founded Middlebrooks Electric in 1945.Â He was a member of West Bauxite Missionary Baptist Church in Bauxite.
Phyllis Scott, 90, of Alexander, passed away Friday, May 18.Â She was born August 30, 1921 in Bemidji, Minnesota.Â Mrs. Scott was a retired bookkeeper, a member of Pleasant Hills Methodist Church and a longtime resident at Lake Norrell.Â She was preceded in death by her parents, Louie and Esther Lines; husband, Samuel Scott and a son, Vernon Lee Scott.
Edith â€śJeanetteâ€ť Green, 66, of Avilla, passed away Wednesday, May 16.Â She was born October 26, 1945 in Little Rock to the late George and Jewell Kruse.Â
She is survived by her son, Artie Green and wife Dallas of Alexander; daughter, Tracie Rich and husband Brian of Alexander; her twin sister, Jeanne Hutchison and six grandchildren, Tyler Green, Kruse Rich, Brody Rich, Piper Green, Lucas Ward and Corley Ward.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 22 at Ashby Funeral Home with burial at Pine Crest Memorial Park.Â Brother Carl Ritchey will be officiating.
The Ralph Bunche Community Action Committee has one primary mission: To level the playing field for schoolchildren.
The focus of the event is the annual back-to-school picnic held at Ralph Bunche Community Park shortly before the start of the new school year. This year's event is scheduled for Aug. 4.
Oveta Pledger, president of the sponsoring organization, said funds are being raised now to be able to once again sponsor this project that has helped many, many children in the community.