March 14th, 2014
JONESBORO â Making the 6A State Tournament semifinals their second consecutive year against the Jonesboro Golden Hurricane, the result was almost exactly the same as last season as the Benton Panthers fell 63-53 on Tuesday afternoon at Jonesboro High School. The Hurricane defeated Benton last year 61-51 in the semis at Greenwood.
âThey had depth,â Benton Coach Dwaine Fishburn said of Jonesboro. âI could see that at the end. We got into some early foul trouble. Our game plan, early on, was working really well.â
James Mitchell Orrell, 63, of Jessieville passed away March 10, 2014. He was born May 7, 1950, in Steve, Ark., to Bob and Lillie Orrell. Mitchell was a U.S. Army veteran and a longtime employee of Alcoa. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved to garden and raise his animals. He had a great sense of humor and was a devoted family man.
Mitchell was loved by all and will be deeply missed.
He was predeceased by his father, Bob Orrell, and a sister, Wanda Sue.
Leonard Floyd âHossâ Cartwright, 71, of Bauxite passed away Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Little Rock.Â He was born Feb. 1, 1943, in Dermott to the late Leonard and Edna Ray (McDowell) Cartwright.Â Mr. Cartwright was a member of West Bauxite Missionary Baptist Church and had worked for Alcoa as a miner.
He was also preceded in death by his wife, Margaret (Hamilton) Cartwright.
Benjamin "Ben" Powell Brewer, 21, of Little Rock passed away March 10, 2014.
He was born Aug. 28, 1992, in Little Rock to Gregory Lee Â Brewer and Mary Virginia Keeter Dean.
Ben loved rescuing animals, fishing, hiking and being in nature.Â He had a deep connection with the community of SOMA, Vinoâs and all his friends and memories at Fayetteville.
William H. âBillâ Price, 86, of Benton, began walking on streets of gold March 12, 2014.
He was born in 1927 to William and Annis Staton Price in Malvern. He retired from Alcoa after 33 years and was a deacon and member of Holland Chapel Missionary Baptist Church. He was active as a church leader all of his life. He was a Sunday School superintendent, church treasurer, and deacon for over 50 years, and had become a deacon emeritus.
Bill volunteered for 17 years as the supervisor of Holland Chapel Food Service for all church meals and bereavement foods and had many volunteer assistants.
Barbara Ann Block, 79, of Sardis passed away March 11, 2014.Â She was born April 18, 1934, in Joplin, Mo., to the late Sylvester and Edith Little Couch.
Barbara was a member of Sardis United Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Aultus Block Sr.
She is survived by two sons, Altus ( Kenny) Block Jr.Â of Sardis and Michael Block (Theresa) of Bryant; a daughter, Lanita Davis (Jerry) of Bauxite; and three grandchildren.
Della Faye Pelton Lee of Benton passed from this life into the loving arms of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Feb. 28, 2014.
She was 85. By grace she was saved, through faith alone in her Christ. Known simply as "Dib" to her five siblings and affectionately as "Nanny" to her four grandchildren, Della lived the life of a quiet servant, faithfully serving as a wife and mother of three and loving grandmother.
Joe Wayne Gilbert, 72, of Bauxite, our father, has gone home to be with Jesus on March 10, 2014. He was born May 4, 1941, to Vernon and Edith Gilbert in Little Rock.
Joe was a lifetime member of Freedom Worship Center and was the owner and operator of Gilberts Landscaping for more than 40 years. He was the president of Happy Trails Riding Club and he loved to work mules and trail riding.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, JC Gilbert, Buddy Gilbert and Larry Gilbert; a sister, Sharon Chandler; and a nephew, Doug Gilbert.
Sandra K. Rylie of Benton passed away on Sunday, March 9, 2014.Â She was born Dec. 17, 1954, in Palacios, Texas, to the late Owen Lewis and Ruby Lee (Malone) Rylie.Â
She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Betty Sanders and Carolyn Rylie; and two brothers, Archie and Owen Milton Rylie.
She leaves to cherish her memory her siblings, Doris Tarvin, Gerald Rylie, Joyce Thornberry, Charles Rylie, Mammie Rylie, Nelda Maher, Barbara McKinney, Ronnie Rylie, William Rylie and Bonnie Rylie; and extended family and friends, all of whom who will miss her.
CHARLESTON -- As if Harmony Grove basketball couldnât get any more exciting, the senior boys proved Monday that there is no quit in them when it comes to post-season play. Winner over No. 4 Fordyce in Round 1 of the 3A State Tournament on Saturday, the Cardinals came out Monday with a win-or-go-home scenario against the No. 1 Earle Bulldogs.
Looking to take a bit of the bite out of the Dogs, Harmony Grove (25-7) used more stellar defense and good guard play to upset Earle 64-61 sending the âDogs out with an early exit.