April 15th, 2014
Irene Bertha Helmich Schrader of Bryant went to be with her Lord and Savior at the age of 87 on April 12, 2014.
She was born Aug. 23, 1926, in Benton. She was a resident of Saline County for 87 years and a 1944 graduate of Bryant High School.
A lifelong Lutheran, she was a member of Zion Lutheran Church.
Irene loved her garden and was known in her community as the â€śflower lady.â€ť Anyone who stopped at her house to inquire about the garden would leave with a bouquet and bulbs.
Billy 'Bill' Dean Tipton â€śBoss Man,â€ť 71, of Benton passed in him home April 12, 2014.
He was born Dec. 11, 1942, in Plunketville, Okla., to the late C.L. Tipton of Cove and the late Josephine Moore Johnson.
He served in the Navy and was well known for the years he owned Tipton Roofing in Benton due to his hard work and honesty. Bill enjoyed watching college sports on TV, horse races, car races and being outdoors in his garden or sitting on his swing.
All pf his life he was a hard worker and a mentor. He had a big heart and would help anyone in need.
Bryant Middle School has been evacuated for a possible bomb threat. Police are on scene investigating, said Sgt. Todd Crowson, Bryant Police Department spokesperson.