January 6th, 2012
Mark David Neal, 52, of Benton died Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012 at his home. He was born Sept. 17, 1959 in Benton.
Mark was a former employee of Silver Dollar City and a member of Wright's Chapel Church in Benton. He was preceded in death by his father, Dock Neal.Â
He is survived by his wife, Shelia Neal of Benton; two sons, Shawn Neal of Bauxite and David Neal of Benton; his mother, Mabel Dixon of Benton; a brother, Jimmy Neal of Benton; and three grandchildren.
Graveside service will be held at 10 .m. on Friday, Jan. 6, at Old Union Cemetery in Benton with the Rev. Curtis Bryant officiating.
Thelma Elizabeth Farr, 92, of Bryant went on to glory on Dec. 28.
She is survived by her sons, Frezel Farr and wife Sandra of Little Rock, Kenneth Farr of Bryant and Nathaniel Farr and wife Mary of Altadena, Calif.; a stepdaughter, Wilma Roosevelt of Little Rock; two sisters, Dorothy Wallace and husband A.C. of Bryant, and Louvenia Peters of Chicago, Ill.; 22 grandchildren; 51 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; a special niece, Pamela Barton; other relatives and friends.
Parker Alan Hilligas Purifoy, 4, of Little Rock went to be with the Lord on Sunday, Jan. 1. Parker and his twin brother, Paxton Blake, were born on Nov. 12, 2007.
Survivors include his parents, Nicholas Purifoy of Benton and Sherri Hilligas of East End; his grandparents, Karen "MeMaw" Purifoy and Jerry Taylor of Malvern and Tamie "GramBo" and Eddie Hilligas of Sardis; specia parents,
Cathy Diane Young, 52, of North Little Rock passed away Tuesday, Jan. 3. She was of the Baptist faith.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Billie Sue Banks Latham; and a brother, Leonard Don Latham.
She is survived by her son, James Young of Bryant and his fiancee, Kera Harriss; a daughter, Angel Young of North Little Rock; seven grandchildren; a sister, Mary Stearns and husband James of Bryant; two brothers, Billy Latham of Jerusalem and Robert Latham and wife Brenda of Mayflower; and his father, Leonard V. Latham of North Little Rock.
A private family service is planned.
For most schools throughout the state, the Christmas and New Yearâ€™s holidays mean time off from homework, class and sports for athletes. But, not for the Harmony Grove senior high basketball teams. Both teams got back to work on Tuesday night, one day before even returning to school full time. The Lady Cardinals kicked the night off with a 3A conference match up against Episcopal. And what a Happy New Year it was for the Lady Cardinals, as they beat the Lady Wildcats 47-24.
The Bauxite Lady Miners came back from a big first-half deficit to defeat the Maumelle Lady Hornets 61-49 on Tuesday in 7-4A conference action at Fred Dawson Gym in Bauxite. The Lady Miners were outscored 14-7 in the first quarter.
Down 18-9 early in the second quarter, junior Mary Crow led the Lady Miners back. Crow hit a short jump shot at the 6:30 mark to spark a 5-0 run to make it an 18-14 Lady Hornets lead with 5:20 left. Maumelle (10-6, 2-1 7-4A) scored four straight points capped by a Daysha Ross 5-foot jumper to make it 22-14 with 4:15 left.
Patricia Ann Cunningham, 68, of Traskwood died Monday, Jan. 2.
She was born Nov. 26, 1943, to the late Harold Dean and Mildred Hambrick Cunningham.Â She was a graduate of Glen Rose High School, a former employee of Saline Memorial Hospital and a member of Traskwood United Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Mildred Cunningham; and a brother, Harold D. Cunningham Jr.
The body discovered submerged in a pond in Garland County on Dec. 31 has been officially identified as Dawna Jeanne Natzke, a mother missing from Hot Springs Village since Dec. 21. Lt. James Martin of the Garland County Sheriff's Office said an autopsy was not completed, therefore the cause of Natzke's death, nor the time of her death, was available as of press time.
Thomas Roger Allen, 69, of Alexander passed away Jan. 2.Â He was born May 1, 1942, in New York to the late Roger and Joyce Sargent Allen. Thomas was a member of New Life Baptist Church.Â He worked for Herman Reeves Dirtworks for 22 years.
Frankie L. Gross, 74, of Benton departed this life on Jan. 2, 2012.Â She was born April 18, 1937, to the late, Frank and Cloma Atchley in Pine Bluff.
Frankie was a homemaker. Her hobbies were fishing, camping and spending time with family.Â
She was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Verna Mae Rhodes; a half-sister, Maxine; and a half-brother, Billy.