Frances Ellen “Fritzy” Sledge

Frances Ellen “Fritzy” Sledge, 81, resident of Alexander, passed away Sunday, March 4.
She was born June 28, 1930 in Vimy Ridge to the late Ernest Spann and Bobbie Mae Mann Spann. 
Mrs. Sledge was valedictorian of her high school class at the old Vimy Ridge School. She was a member of the Vimy Ridge Missionary Baptist Church.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by two sons, Robert Gene Sledge and Tony Sledge; four sisters; and two grandchildren.
She is survived by her husband, Billy of Alexander; three sons, Danny Sledge and wife Vaunda of El Paso, Andy Sledge and wife Quaye of Bryant, and Tim Sledge and girlfriend Monica of Mablevale; three daughters, Judy McCanless and husband Mike of Mabelvale, Jeanette Spears and husband Roger of Alexander, and Cindy Wheeler and husband Terry of Bryant; one brother, Conrad Spann of Romance, Ark; 23 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, at the Vimy Ridge Missionary Baptist Church, with Brother Dennis Mitchell officiating.  Burial will follow at McPherson Cemetery in Sardis.          
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Roller-Ballard Funeral Home in Benton (315-4047).
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