June 8th, 2011
James Louis âGatorâ Gorum Jr., age 82, of Benton died Monday, June 6, 2011. He was born Jan. 19, 1929, in Midland, Texas. James was a self-employed construction worker. He was preceded in death by his parents, James L. and Annie Mae Graves Gorum, son, Richard Scott Dossey.
Survivors inlcude a son, Darl Gorum, Oklahoma; three daughters, Roseanna Seawright of Benton, Dana Seals of Oklahoma and Kim Chandler of Little Rock; a sister, Ginger Bouizines of Tennessee; nine grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.
James lived a colorful live and never met a stranger.
Margaret Anne Cathey Rolleigh, 89, of Heber Springs, a former Benton resident, passed away Saturday, June 4, 2011. She was born Sept. 18, 1921, in Thornton, Ark., to the late C.W. (Wash) and Pearl Payne Cathey. She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Lawrence Rolleigh Jr.; one son, Eugene Lawrence Rolleigh III.; two sisters, Maurine Williams and Miriam Josey; and three brothers, Clyde Cathey, Hubert Cathey, and Donald Cathey.
Arkansas State pitcher and Benton native Andy Ferguson was selected in the 18th round by the Kansas City Royals in the 2011 MLB draft.
âIâm relieved,â Ferguson said. âIt feels great. I donât even know how to put into words of how I feel right now.â
Ferguson was the 546th overall pick in the draft but as of press time he was unsure of the details of his contract. The Kansas City organization was supposed to call him Tuesday night with the details, but Ferguson said through a text message that he had not heard from them yet.
The Benton Everett GMC AA Legion baseball team defeated Little Rock Blue Post but lost to Pine Bluff in Saturdayâs tournament at Pine Bluff High School.
Everett scored a run in the first inning, five in the second, one in the fourth, one in the fifth and two in the sixth to defeat Blue Post 10-9 in the first game. Blue Post scored a run in the fourth and eight in the fifth.
Dylan Oliver pitched three innings, allowing just two hits with two strikeouts and two walks. Holden Hanley pitched one inning, but allowed six runs on two hits with a strikeout and a walk.
A glad reunion is underway in Heaven as Servant of God and beloved friend of all who knew him, the Reverend James R. Buie, joined those who have gone before him on Thursday evening, June 2, 2011. Those who remain in faith of yet another sweet homecoming include his dear wife, Ms. Evelyn Buie of Malvern; children, Mike and Brenda Carr, and Randy and Janice Moore of Malvern, Gay Dumas and Victor and Marsha Smith of Benton; sisters, Areta Sadler and Martha Ernest; seven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. In addition with scores of family and friends, Bro.
The Benton Junior Legion team Sport Shop lost three straight games in a tournament in Jacksonville including a 6-5 loss to Rosebud, a 8-5 loss to Jacksonville and a 11-0 rout to Sheridan on Sunday.
In Sundayâs game against Sheridan, Sport Shop managed just three hits while Sheridan scored 11 runs on nine hits with just one error. Bentonâs Tyler Massey had a single in the first inning and Jay Davies had a single in the second.
Tyler Turbyfill had a single in the fifth inning to account for all three hits. Braxton Zimmerman reached on a walk in the second inning.
Linoel Dwain Boyette, age 58, of Benton, passed away Friday, June 3, 2011.Â He was born March 22, 1953 in Benton, Ark.Â
Dwain was preceded in death by his father, Don Boyette.
He is survived by a son, Anthony Boyette and wife Sherri of Benton; a daughter, Shelly Boyette of Malvern; his mother, Shirley Boyette of Benton; two brothers, Kenneth Boyette and John Boyette, both of Benton; a sister, Christina Bradshaw of Benton; and five grandchildren.
Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Monday, June 6, at Ashby Funeral Home with burial to follow at Harmony Cemetery.
Mary Louise Gilbert, 85, of Benton passed away on June 2, 2011.Â
Mary was born on Aug. 25, 1925, to the late Thomas and Ellen Miller in Fairview, Ark.
She was a member of Christ Church for over 30 years; she would always start her day by reading her Bible.Â Mrs. Gilbert enjoyed singing, reading, word search puzzles, taking photos and spending time with her family.Â
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 59 years, Junior Gilbert; two brothers; and three sisters.
Mary Gusaline Thompson, age 80, of Benton, passed away Friday, June 3, 2011.Â She was born November 18, 1930, in Bauxite, Ark.Â
Mrs. Thompson was retired from Saline Memorial Hospital and a member of New Prospect Missionary Baptist Church.Â
She was preceded in death by her parents, Gus Alfred and Audrie Neal Shiftlett, and a sister, Carmen.
BENTON â It didn't take long for Bauxite senior Tristan Rogers to find her groove. Before Friday's annual charity basketball game, Rogers said "it had been a while" since she had shot the ball or played.
It didn't seem to matter though as she scored three points off the bench in the first quarter and would finish the game with about 14 points, including four three-pointers.
Rogers, an all-conference player for the Lady Miners, said afterward, "You never lose it."