April 26th, 2011
Joseph Cody Varnadore, 24, of Bryant went to be with the Lord, Thursday, April 21, 2011.
He was a student at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and the University of Arkansas at Morrilton. He looked forward to a career in the oil and gas industry upon graduation in December. Cody enjoyed family, friends, outdoors, hunting and fishing and his dog, Chico.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, John Carl and Mildred Varnadore and Donald Joe Laseter; and friends, Drew Renfro and Heath Carpenter.
The Miners are scheduled to play their last conference game today at Pulaski Academy. However, if the game is rained out â like Mondayâs game against Horatio â head coach Michael Mattox said both teams will likely take a loss.
As of now, Bauxite has an 11-12 overall record and is 2-4 in 4A-7 Conference play. Mattox said a loss will not change his teamâs No. 6 seed in the district tournament, which is set to begin Wednesday in De Queen.
âIt wonât change our situation,â he said, adding that PAâs loss will move De Queen from a three seed to a four, and Ashdown from a four to a three.
Theodore âBig Bearâ Sky-Eagle Sr. passed away April 23, 2011, in Little Rock.
Ted was born Jan. 27, 1932, to William Ambrose Sky-Eagle and Louretta May Hill Sky-Eagle. He was a member of Oak Grove Assembly of God Church. He was also a licensed minister with the Pentecostal Church of God. Ted was also a member of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, William Allen Sky-Eagle; four brothers; and eight sisters.
Frank Eugene Knowles, Jr., 64, of Bryant passed away Friday, April 22, 2011.
He was born Sept. 19, 1946, in Little Rock to the late Mary Frances Nalls and Frank Eugene Knowles Sr.
Frank Jr. was also known as Skip, a nickname from his youth that stuck with him over the years.
Frank attended Little Rock Central High School, Arkansas State University and Petit Jean VoTech.
He had a gentleness about him, was honest, loving and had a spiritual nature. Overall Frank always had a great sense of humor, a great laugh, a loving, warm heart and a soulful personality.
Edith Fraleigh, 82 of Benton passed away April 20, 2011, in Benton.Â
She was born Oct. 7, 1928, in Bremerhaven, Germany, to Gustaf Bartels and Else Bartels.
She was a homemaker, worked for the Benton Courier and was a swimming coordinator for the Red Cross at Tyndall Park in Benton.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Fraleigh.
The Bryant Hornets scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to defeat Van Buren 5-4 in the second game of a double header Friday night.
After winning the first game 12-2, the Hornets had to hold off a 7th inning rally by the Pointers to earn the sweep. WIth one out, Van Buren would load the bases thanks to a walk, and a pair of singles. Bryant pitcher Dylan Cross would get out of it, striking out the two final batters.
In her first game for the Lady Miners three years ago, Elizabeth Harris didn't even know where she would be in the lineup, which head coach Wes Mode announced as the game was starting against the defending state champions.
"My name was first, and I was playing center field," she said. "I looked at coach Mode and said, 'Are you nuts?!'"
The freshman leadoff hitter, who's now a senior and still bats first in the Bauxite lineup, calmed her nerves, stepped up to the plate and hit a double.
"After that hit I was fine," she said.
In a 6A South battle Friday night, Benton and Texarkana went into extra innings with Benton winning 3-2 thanks to a clutch two-out hit by senior Ashton Roberts.
Tied 2-2 in the top of the eighth with junior Garrison Roy on second base, Roberts hit a double to score Roy, which would prove to be the winning run after the Panthers held Texarkana scoreless in its next at bat.
Benton (17-4, 9-2 6A South) remains in first place in the conference and will host Sheridan at 5 p.m. Wednesday.
BRYANT â Bryant took the first game of a doubleheader Friday against Van Buren, which was postponed Thursday due to inclement weather.
The Hornets won 12-2 in six innings. The results of the second game were not available by press time.
Bryant (17-4, 7-2 7A Central) went into Fridayâs game with a two-game lead in the conference.
Junior Jordan Taylor pitched all six innings for the Hornets and earned the win, allowing two runs on five hits, one walk and three strikeouts.
Head coach Kirk Bock said, âJordan did a great job today.â
Mary Sue Lunsford Hutcheson, 80, of Traskwood went to be with the Lord Wednesday, April 20, 2011.
She was born Sept. 14, 1930, in Rison to the late Dave and Mae Lunsford. She was of Pentecostal faith. Mrs. Hutcheson was employed by Benton Service Center and loved raising chickens.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one son, Vincen Hutcheson; one great-grandson; four brothers; and two sisters.