February 21st, 2014
Kevin R. Griffin, 55, of Conway passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. He was born May 18, 1958, in Texas to the late Ray and Donna (Wymore) Griffin.
He is survived by his wife, Carol Griffin of Conway; two sons, Marcus Griffin of Benton and Jacob Griffin of Conway; one grandson, Everett Bernard Griffin; two sisters, Karen Harvill (James) and Joy Griffin both of Benton; two stepsons, Kelly Beaty (Christie) of Hot Springs and Blair Beaty (Amy) of Fayetteville.Â
Arrangements are by Roller-McNutt Funeral Home in Conway (501-327-7727).
CABOT â€“ The Benton bowling teams competed in the 7A/6A State Championship on Wednesday and the boys finished third overall (10 teams total) with 4,177 total pins, while the girls took fourth (10 teams) at 3,276. On the boysâ€™ end, host Cabot dominated with 4,880 pins, a new state record, and Cabotâ€™s Cayden Cook took top honors bowling and 842 series, another state record. Bentonville took second at 4,263.
For the girls, Bentonville would come out on top with 3,647, Cabot second (3,566) and Rogers third (3,316).
PEARCY â€“ Struggling a bit in the first half, the Benton Lady Panthers cleaned it up in the second to come away with a 44-37 victory over the Lake Hamilton Lady Wolves in 7A/6A South Conference action on Tuesday at Lake Hamilton High School. It was Bentonâ€™s fourth consecutive win after losing three straight.
The Lady Panthers (17-5, 9-3 South) jumped on the Lady Wolves 8-2 early with the help of two Braxton Chumley 3-pointers, and would lead 18-10 in the second quarter before allowing Lake Hamilton to come back and tie it 22-22 at the half.
LITTLE ROCK â€” In the six previous games against Glen Rose prior to last Thursday, the Harmony Grove Lady Cardinals were 1-5. After tromping the Lady Beavers 42-22 Thursday, Harmony Grove extended its season at least one more game after beating Glen Rose 43-31 Tuesday in the first round of the 5-3A District Tournament at Episcopal in Little Rock.
â€śItâ€™s elimination time and if you donâ€™t get the job done you go home,â€ť Head Coach John White said.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- A compromise plan for Medicaid expansion in Arkansas remained stalled in the state House Thursday, despite the state Senate endorsing a plan to continue the nationally watched program that is providing subsidized health coverage to more than 87,000 people.
James "Pal" Burton, 97, of Tull passed away Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014.
He was born July 20, 1916 in Tull.
Mr. Burton was a member of Saline Missionary Baptist Church.Â He loved the Lord and he loved his family.Â
He was a carpenter by trade, building or remodeling several houses in the Tull community.Â He was an avid hunter and fisherman and had a great love for nature and animals.Â
He was preceded in death by his parents, James Wylie Burton and Dora Ashcraft Burton; his wife, Fern Burton; one brother; and six sisters.
Marva Joyce Reed, 69, of Benton passed away Monday, Feb. 17, 2014.
She was born May 10, 1944, in Hot Springs.Â
Mrs. Reed retired from the Arkansas Health Center and was a member of Ten Mile Missionary Baptist Church.Â She was a very proud member of the â€śBaseball Nanas."Â
Mrs. Reed was preceded in death by her parents, Marion and Arvelee Teague; two brothers, Marion Lee Teague and Ronnie Teague; and a sister, Sherland McNeely.
David H. Wills, 60, of Sheridan, formerly of Benton, went to be with the Lord on Feb. 17, 2014.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Donald Wills Sr. and Nerva Wills; and a sister, Lorella Carol Jones.
He is survived by his daughter, Roseanne Henson; a grandson, Keegan Henson; two granddaughters, Heaven and Serenity Ross; brothers and sisters, Marvis Depew, Jan Leal, Pat Scott, Donald Wills Jr., Pixie Wiggs, Deri Wills, Margaret Thompson, Dennis Wills and Gina Gilmore.
Herschel Dean Yates of Benton passed away on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014.
He was born Aug. 13, 1930, in Carterville, Mo., to the late Cecil and Edith Yates.
He was named for Dizzy Dean, the Cardinal baseball player.Â He played semi-pro baseball for a short time.Â He retired from the Arkansas State Police as a sergeant after 25 years of service.Â While working in Hot Springs, he gave future Governor and President Bill Clinton his driver's test when he was 16.Â He was laterÂ head of security at theÂ Governor's Mansion and the state Capitol complexÂ while Mr. Clinton was governor.Â
Stephen Felton Berry, 43, of Bryant went to be with his Lord and Savior on Feb. 16, 2014.Â
He was born July 2, 1970, in Little Rock to Jackie and Toni Green Berry.
Stephen graduated from Bryant High School, was a red shirt freshman for University of Arkansas, then completed his football career at Southern Arkansas University.
Stephen was a member of Bryant First Baptist Church. He loved fishing, football and NASCAR racing.
Stephen was a CNC operator for Coors Manufacturing.