Raymond Charles McClendon, 90, of Benton, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 6.Â He was born April 10, 1921 in Benton to the late Charlie and Ella McClendon.Â
Mr. McClendon worked for McCoy Furniture Factory, was a U. S. Army veteran and of the Baptist faith.Â He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and three sisters.
Graveside service will be held 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec.Â 8, at New Rosemont Cemetery with the Rev. Curtis Kyle officiating.
Online guest book: www.ashbyfuneralhome.com.
Frank W. Berdikoski, 93, of North Little Rock passed away Sunday, Dec. 4. He was born January 31, 1918 in Little Rock, to the late Frank W. and Nelly A. Gann Berdikoski. Frank was owner of Berdikoskiâ€™s Garage in North Little Rock. He was charter member of Calvary Baptist Church of Rose City, Arkansas Yacht Club and Arkansas Good Sam Camping Club. He was a veteran of U.S. Army Air Corps and staff sergeant of the 55th Fighter Squadron in World War II.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Patsy Berdikoski.
Carlene Gray of Benton passed away at her daughterâ€™s home in Pine Bluff on Dec. 4.Â She was a member of Holland Chapel Missionary Baptist Church.
Mrs. Gray was preceded in death by her father, Elijah Fitzhugh; her mother, Allie Mae Fitzhugh; her brothers, Calvin and Gary Fitzhugh; and her sisters, Willie Mae Rowland, Linda Chism and Mary Ann Saxton.
She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Robert G. Gray of Benton; a daughter, Diana Gray Millenbaugh and husband Bud of Pine Bluff; her granddaughter, Alexis Gray Millenbaugh of Dallas; and many nieces and nephews.
Courtney Brice Pope, 77, passed away Sunday, Dec. 4, in Shongaloo, La. She was born March 2, 1934 to Maben Rogers and Mertice Laverne Thornton Brice in Shreveport.
She had been a resident of Cotton Valley, La., since 1961, a faithful and active member of First Baptist Church and was a retired manager of Recycling Employees Federal Credit Union, Cotton Valley, for numerous years. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and was loved by many friends.
Mrs. Pope was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Marlon Pope.
Kara Suzanne Lafleur, our beloved daughter, mother, sister and friend, age 50, of Bryant went to be with her Lord on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011, with her family by her side.
Kara was born Jan. 19, 1961, to Al and Judy Parker in Hot Springs.
She was a very valued employee of The Arkansas Heart Hospital, where she served as the business office director.
Kara had a very gentle and loving spirit. Her most treasured times were spent with her family.
She was a member of Park Place Baptist Church.
Sallie Mae (Pat) Harkey Loyd went to be with Jesus on Nov. 30.
She was born March 16, 1933, in Smackover to the late William and Eunice Harkey.Â She was an active member of Indian Springs Baptist Church in Bryant.Â
Sallie was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers; and one sister.Â
Up one point with a minute remaining, the Bryant Hornets fell 45-42 to the Camden Fairview Cardinals at the Russellville Tournament on Thursday.
â€śWhen we were up one with a minute to go, I felt pretty good with the decisions they were making, but it just didnâ€™t work,â€ť Bryant Coach Mike Abrahamson said. â€śOur guards ended up making bad decisions.â€ť
The Hornets (1-2) made crucial turnovers in the final minute to lose by three.
The Bryant Hornets swimming and diving team competed Tuesday evening, Dec. 6, in the Catholic High School 50/100 Sprint Swim Meet at the University of Arkansas Little Rock in the dive portion. For the boys, Justin Combs took third place, Lucas Reitenger placed fifth place and Scott Mead finished in sixth place overall.
For the Bryant girls, Alise Heavrin came in fourth place, Tiffany Robinson took sixth, Kaitlin Howey seventh and Morganne Gillespie finished in eighth place.
A close game at the half turned into a 70-50 blowout favoring the Bauxite Lady Miners over the Brinkley Lady Tigers on Tuesday at Brinkley High School.
Leading 14-10 after the first quarter, the Lady Miners led by as many as seven points in the first half, eventually taking a 31-29 lead at halftime. Junior Mary Crow scored 15 of her 20 points in the first half and also took two charge calls.
"It was a little bit of a track meet the first half," Bauxite Coach Josh Harrison said. "We were scoring. We were getting up and down the floor.
The Bauxite Lady Miners made it to the finals of the Harmony Grove annual Bill Gibbs Memorial tournament on Saturday after beating Poyen 62-27 and Perryville 51-30. The Miners had a tough test in front of them on Saturday in the Mt. Vernon Lady Warhawks.
The Lady Miners used good execution and a bit of good luck to down the Lady Warhawks to take the tournament championship in a thriller 52-48. Senior Alaina Crouse led the Lady Miners with 19 points. Junior Mary Crow was in foul trouble early and sat for more than half of the game.