June 2nd, 2011
Linvel Henry Cranford, 90, of Little Rock passed away on Monday, May 30, 2011.Â Linvel was born in Amity on August 26, 1920, to William and Laura Cranford who have preceded him in death.Â He is survived by his loving wife of over 65 years, Violet.
Lena Mary Ramsey, age 95, of Benton, passed away May 28, 2011.Â She was born July 16, 1915, in Palestine, to the late William Alfred Clark and Lovie Gillis Clark.Â
Ms. Ramsey had a deep faith in Christ, and was very independent.Â She was often called â€śSunshine,â€ť as she always looked toward the positive side in life.Â She owned a store and flower shop for many years.Â
She was preceded in death by her husband, Newell P. Ramsey.Â She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Alfred Jerome Clark and Nathan L. Clark and three nephews, Aubrey Dean Brewer, Robert Clark, and Calvin Ritchey.Â
Mr. Ben Harvey Holiman age 86, of Benton died Friday May 27, 2011. He was born September 28, 1924 in Sheridan.
Ben was a loving Father and Grandfather who loved spending time with his â€śgirlsâ€ť, son-in-laws, grandchildren and other family and friends.
Ben loved to hunt, fish and garden.Â He never met a stranger.
Â Ben and Jean operated the Yellow Cab Co. and Trailways Bus Station for 43 years.Â During that time they serviced the community and individuals many of who referred to him as â€śMr. Benâ€ť.Â He retired from Spivey Chevrolet Co. in 1977. He was a charter member of Calvary Baptist Church.
Robert Vance, 71 of Alexander, passed away Monday, May 23, 2011 in Benton. He was born on November 15, 1939, in Danville, Ill.; he was the son of Albert M. Vance and Dorothy Mae Howard-Vance. Robert was a retired United States Navy and Coast Guard Veteran. He is preceded in death by his parents, two sisters Sandra Vance and Judy Vance and one brother. Survivors include his wife Diddy Vance; children Vicki Alimboyoguen, Carla Stacker, Robert Vance Jr., Justina Rollins, and Michael Vance, 15 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and two brothers William Vance and Albert Vance.
Billy N. Tackett, age 77, of Lonsdale, passed away Wednesday, May 25, 2011.Â He was born March 2, 1934, in Traskwood.Â Mr. Tackett was a retired from Boilermaker Local 69.Â He worked there from 1966 until 1983.Â He was mayor of Lonsdale for 20 years and fire chief of Lonsdale for 20 years. Billy Â was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Amma Tackett, and brothers, Derwin and Dural Jean Tackett.Â
Bauxite senior Tanner Bates was honored this week by being named by the Arkansas Activities Association to the 2011 All-State Team.
Two Lady Miners, seniors Elizabeth Harris and Haley Davis, were given All-Conference honors, as were three of Batesâ€™ teammates: sophomores Tyler Willis and Chris Revas and junior Ryan Weng.
Bates, 18, the son of Robert and Lisa Bates, signed a letter of intent earlier this month to play at Arkansas Baptist College in Little Rock,
Two Glen Rose student-athletes were given All-State honors Tuesday, and several were named All-Conference.
Senior Hollie Boles and sophomore Kylie Shepherd were named to the 2011 All-State for the 3A conference.
Boles had a .468 batting average on the season with two doubles, three triples and three home runs, driving in a total of 18 runs.
Shepherd batted .508 with nine doubles and driving in 17 runs.
CONWAY â€” The Conway Wampus Cats won their first 7A State Title since 1989 by defeating the Bryant Hornets Sunday 12-3 in seven innings thanks to a complete game by tournament MVP Connor McClain.
â€śIt feels awesome and we had a great time,â€ť Conway head coach Noel Boucher said. â€śThis is our sixth time to be here and a couple of bounces here or there, things would have been different.
â€śIâ€™m just real pleased with the effort tonight.â€ť
Conway scored seven runs in the top of the second.
In a true roller-coaster ride of a ball game, the Benton Lady Panthers lost 7-5 Friday to Searcy in the 6A State Tournament championship game.
The Lady Lions won their first state title at Bogle Park on the University of Arkansas campus behind pitcher Amber Rollins, who struck out 11 Lady Panthers and was named Most Valuable Player.
Down 7-2 late in the game, Benton scored three runs in the fifth inning to cut Searcy's lead down to two. However, Benton was unable to capitalize with runners on base in the sixth and seventh innings, resulting in a runner-up finish after a great season.
Mr. Charles T. Cates III, age 89, of Fort Smith formerly of Benton died Friday, May 20, 2011. He was born April 18, 1922, in Maryville, Tenn. Charles graduated from the University of Tennessee and was a decorated WWII Air Force Veteran, an FBI Agent, employed for over 25 years with Alcoa, a Hospital Volunteer, an avid Razorback fan and golfer, and a member of the First Baptist Church in Benton.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles M. and Grace Johnson Cates, his wife of 62 years, Elizabeth Pickens Cates and his sister, Penelope Bishop.