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April 9th, 2014

Joe P. Buck

April 9, 2014

Joe P. Buck, 67, of Alexander went to be with the lord on April 3, 2014. Mr. Buck was born Aug. 23, 1946, in Sweet Home, to Joseph and Rhoda Buck.
He was an outdoorsman and had a passion for hunting and fishing and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
He retired from Dusty Mop and Mat rental after working there for 22 years, where he worked for the owner, Robert Roland, who will serve as honorary pallbearer.
He was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters, Rose Marie “Patsy” Leonard, Doris Davis and Kay Francis Buck.

John R. Pittman, Sr.

April 9, 2014

John R. Pittman, Sr., 92, of Chidester, died Saturday, April 5, 2014.  He was born Sept. 13, 1921, in Mt. Vernon, Texas.
He was the son of Aaron Alexander Pittman and Pennie Mae Smallwood Pittman.  He was an Army Veteran of World War II (1942-1946).  He retired from Montsanta Chemical.  He loved spending time with his family.

Phillip M. Davis

April 9, 2014

Phillip M. Davis, 72, of Tull, passed away Saturday, April 5, 2014.  He was born in Tull on Sept. 5, 1941, and was the son of the late Walton and Belva Davis of Tull.
Phil was a graduate of Henderson State Teachers College with a degree in psychology.  He worked in the area of human resources and strategic planning for Sperry Remington and Owatonna Tool Co. of Searcy and Mark IV Corp. and Plano Bank & Trust in Plano, Texas.
He served as president of United Way in Camden and Searcy, Ark., and Plano, Texas. 

April 7th

Bryant School Board will meet tonight

April 7, 2014

The Bryant School Board will be meeting for an executive session at 8 p.m. today in the multipurpose room at Bryant High School. According to the agenda, the board will be meeting to considers resignations and employment.

Charges dropped in manslaughter case of former Little Rock officer

April 7, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A former Little Rock police officer charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of a 15-year-old boy is asking a judge to throw out the case.
A trial set for next month would be the third for Josh Hastings, who prosecutors say was reckless when he fatally shot Bobby Moore in 2012. Juries couldn't reach a unanimous verdict in his previous trials.
Attorney Bill James argues for Hastings that a third trial should be blocked on constitutional grounds of due process and fundamental fairness. Prosecutors haven't yet filed a response.

Pauline Clemmons

April 7, 2014

Pauline Clemmons, age 67, of Benton, passed away Friday, April 4, 2014.  She was born May 30, 1946. in Benton to the late John James Wills and Leon Smith Wills.
Mrs. Clemmons was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith.   
She is survived by her son, Kelly Clemmons and wife Holly of Bauxite; two grandchildren, Bradly and Casey Clemmons of Bauxite; two great-grandchildren; the father of her son, Ralph Clemmons; two brothers, J.T. and Paul Lee Wills, both of Benton; and a life-long friend, Don Pirl of Benton.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, April 7, at Ashby Funeral Home.

Cletis Fortner

April 7, 2014

Cletis Fortner, age 79, of Benton, passed away Friday, April 4, 2014.  He was born Sept. 6, 1934, in Jonesboro, La. 
Mr. Fortner was a U.S. Army veteran and retired from AT&T after 30 years. 
He attended Gravel Hill Baptist Church and was a volunteer firefighter for the Crows Station Fire Department.
Mr. Fortner was preceded in death by his parents, Arley and Vivian Fortner; ta win brother, Cline Fortner; and two other brothers, Johnny and James Fortner.

Joseph Louis 'Joe' Benson

April 7, 2014

Joseph Louis "Joe" Benson, 66, of Fort Smith entered into rest on Friday, March 7, 2014, in Fort Smith. He was born July 24, 1947 in Heavener, Okla.
He is survived by four sisters, Jean Rankins of Houston, Texas, Betty Bird of Little Rock, Bessie Halpaine of Benton and Gloria Cochran of Little Rock; and two brothers, Kenneth Benson of Bearden and Gary Benson of Bearden.
A memorial service for Joe will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, April 7, at Lighthouse Church of Benton in Benton.
Lewis Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Ann B. Johnson

April 7, 2014

Mrs. Ann B. Johnson, 73, of Salem, Ore., formerly of Benton, went to be with her heavenly Father on April 3, 2014.
Ann was born Sept. 28, 1940, and was a retired purchasing agent for the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department.
She was a member of Capital Baptist Church in Salem. She loved playing cards and domino games with her husband, children, grandchildren and friends. She loved to read, especially espionage and mystery novels.

Noel Clinton Akins

April 7, 2014

Noel Clinton Akins of Benton passed away March 17, 2014. 
Born in Seattle, Wash., on May 3, 1958, Noel worked for the past 10 years at Metropolitan National Bank in Little Rock as an Internet banking specialist.
He demonstrated a commitment to excellence and a caring spirit with his customers and co-workers, always willing to patiently help them with his knowledge and expertise.
Noel went above and beyond, lending his passion for programming to community organizations such as Arkansas Commitment.
Noel enjoyed the guitar and photography and cared deeply about animals.

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