October 26th, 2011
MOUNTAIN HOME â€“ The Benton Lady Panthers cruised into the second round of the Class 6A State Tournament on Tuesday when they easily swept the Jacksonville Lady Red Devils 3-0 (25-12, 25-11, 25-7) in the opening round at The Hangar on the campus of Mountain Home High School.
The Lady Panthers (16-8) will face Van Buren in the quarterfinals today at 4 p.m. The Pointerettes also easily won their first round match Tuesday, sweeping El Dorado 3-0 (25-15, 25-4, 25-8).
Wilma Jean Weare, 77, Little Rock died Tuesday Oct. 25, in Benton. She was born Jan. 23, 1934, in Saline County.
She was a retired bookkeeper for Harvest Foods and a member of Pleasant Valley Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Coy and Gladys Mann; her husband, Roy A. Weare; and two half-brothers, Coy Lynn Mann and Randy Matthew Mann.
Mrs. Weare is survived by several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Clara Dean â€śCDâ€ť Wallis Alsip, 82, of Bryant passed away Oct. 23 at UAMS from complications due to pneumonia.She was born Sept. 6, 1929, to John Ike and Louise Whayne. She was born in Keystone, Okla., and moved to Vaughn in 1939. She attended Vaughn School until she married Rodney Wallis in 1946. She lived in Rogers until she married Keith Alsip in 2001 and moved to Bryant.
She waspreceded in death by her first husband, Rodney Wallis; and a son, Charles Wallis.
Melba A. Burks, 68, of Pyatt passed away Friday, Oct. 21.Â
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, at Fairplay Cemetery in the Fairplay Community with the Rev. George Yarberry officiating.Â
Arrangements are by Roller-Ballard Funeral Home in Benton.
Online guestbook: www.rollerfuneralhomes.com/ballard.
Danny Royce McMahan, 67, of St. Cloud, Fla., formerly of Benton, died Oct. 19 in hospice care in Orlando, Fla.
He was retired from the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority as a lieutenant aircraft rescue firefighter. He also was a firefighter at Kennedy Space Center and was a member of the astronaut rescue team for the Apollo 15 and 16 launches.
Tommy Aaron Buck Carpenter entered into Heaven with his grandmother, Nelma Carpenter on Thursday, Oct. 20. He was born Oct. 30, 2002 in North Little Rock, to Thomas Carpenter and Angelia Pack Carpenter.
He was a member of River of Life Assembly of God, where he was on the Junior Bible Quiz Team. He was an honor roll student at Westbrook Elementary School in Haskell and a member of the Ravens Football Team in Bryant.
Nelma Deloris Carpenter, 72, of Little Rock, entered into heaven with her grandson, Tommy Aaron Buck Carpenter, on Thursday, Oct. 20.
She was born July 10, 1939, in Dresden, Kan., to the late Charles Otis Runyon and Lillian Hazel Hale Runyon. She earned a Bachelor of Science in music ministry and education from Southern Arkansas University and was a licensed minister with the General Council of the Assemblies of God. At the time of her passing, she was co-director of Assemblies of God World Missions Prayer Task Force.
Jerry Ellen Farrow, 69, of Benton, passed away Sunday, Oct. 23.Â She was born Jan, 3, 1942, in Nashville.Â Mrs. Farrow was a bail bondsman and a member of New Life Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Audrey H. and Pauline Lyons Clemmons; her husband, Robert Paul Farrow; and a brother, James H. Clemmons.
Jacky D. Bearden, 58, of Benton went to be with his Lord on Oct. 20. He enjoyed deer hunting, music and drag racing.
Jacky attended school at Bauxite and was a member of Boy Scouts and Falcon Club of America. He retired from Enmar-Ameron in 1983 and was also a bus driver for Benton schools. Jacky also served in the Army National Guard.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Polly and H.E. Bearden; a nephew, Bobby Mathis Jr.; and a niece, Kayanna Bearden.
Mamie G. Sparks, 85, of Benton, passed away Friday, Oct. 21.Â She was born Feb, 14, 1926, in Malvern.Â
Mrs. Sparks was a cook at the Arkansas State Hospital for 33 years.Â
She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Cleo Haney; her husband, Marion Sparks; a son, Charles Sparks; and a daughter, Ethel Brothern.