Archive - Oct 2011
Jean L. Randolph, 78, of Benton died peacefully in her home on Friday, Oct. 28, while her daughters Christine and Kathleen and her son Jay were at her side.. She was born on July 23, 1933, in Philadelphia, Pa. She was a Methodist.
She retired from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Pastoral Care and Education department where she developed the accredited education program and designed the hospital Chapel, which is still in use today. She also served as assistant director for the Arkansas Sesquicentennial Commission and worked for The March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation.
Eugene L. Keesee, 69, of Benton died Sunday, Oct. 30. He was born June 22, 1942, in Little Rock. He was preceded in death by his parents, Melvin and Laverne Townsend Keesee and a brother, Melvin Keesee Jr.
He is survived by wife Mildred Keesee of Benton; brother, Ray Keesee of Benton; two sisters-in-law, Joyce Goodrich of Malvern; Wanda Crumley and husband Bill of Clinton.
Graveside services will be Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 2 p.m. at Old Union Cemetery by Ashby Funeral Home.
Visitation will be Monday, Oct. 31, 6 to 8 p.m. at Ashbyâ€™s Chapel.
Online guest book: www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
Mary Maxine Raney 68, of Bryant died Oct. 28, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Little Rock. She was born May 31, 1933 in Redfield, to the late Walter and Tessie Hyde. Maxine loved God, her family, her friends, golf, the Razorbacks and old westernsâ€¦..in that order. She was a lifetime member of Society Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Benton. She attended Benton High School as well as the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and Holiday Inn University in Olive Branch, Mississippi. She worked for Holiday Inns for over 30 years, opening several new locations in the Central Arkansas area.
Christine Louise Sams, 55, of Malvern, passed away, Oct. 28, at a Clarksville hospital. She was born February 14, 1956, to Willis and Thelma Schuler Sams in Malvern. She was a member of the Second Baptist Church.
She is preceded in death by her parents.
She is survived by four brothers, Willis Sams and wife, Regina of Hot Springs, Dennis Dillavou and wife, Wilma of Locust Grove, OK, Loran Dillavou and wife, Sandra of Little Rock, and Alan Dillavou of Arkadelphia; two sisters, Mary Downs and husband, Arlis of Mabelvale, and Bethel Peters and husband, Bobby of Benton.
Daniel Lee Robinson, 44, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 25, at his home in Alexander. He was born Nov. 15, 1966, in Chester, Pa., to John Howard and Bettie Mae Robinson.
Mr. Robinson is survived by his wife of 21 years, Robin Robinson; three sons,Tye Snyder and wife Kerah of Haskell, Aaron Robinson and CraigÂ Robinson, both of Alexander; and one daughter, Kala Preston of Alexander.Â Also surviving are his parents, John Howard Robinson and Bettie Mae Sanderson; and one brother, Richard Kevin Robinson and wife Rose of Pennsylvania, as well as numerous other family members and friends.
Jack William Hodshire, 86, of Benton passed away on Friday, Oct. 28.Â He was born March 16, 1925, in Granite City, Ill., and grew up in the Missouri Ozarks.
As a teenager he left home to work at Fort Leonard Wood in the CCC Camps building barracks.Â He joined the Navy and served in both World War II and the Korean War.Â After the war, he met and married his wife of 52 years, Doylene.
He also then went to work for Alcoa, where he retired.
Amelia Trevino Frazier, 66, of Benton passed away Wednesday, Oct. 26, at Saline Memorial Hospital.Â She was born June 8, 1945, in Pearsall, Texas, to Fortunado Trevino and Teodora Cortez.
Amelia retired from Unilever Bestfoods in Little Rock after 20 years of service.Â She also served with the U.S. Army Dental Corps during the Vietnam War era. She spent most of her time giving to others and volunteering and had an unconditional love for animals.Â In 2010, she was featured in the Arkansas Democrat Gazette for donating critical lifesaving equipmentÂ to the Benton Fire Department.
On a cold, rainy Thursday night that featured little action at C.W. Lewis Stadium, the Benton Panthers freshmen squad pulled out a 6-0 overtime victory against visiting Cabot South.
The first half of the game was relatively uneventful, featuring stalled offenses and missed opportunities. Benton quarterback Nick Quinn gave up an interception at the top of the second quarter, leaving Cabot with the ball on its own 44-yard line. That turnover resulted in no score for Cabot.
MOUNTAIN HOME â€“ The Benton Lady Panthers saw their season come to an end in the semifinals of the Class 6A State Volleyball Tournament on Thursday, dropping a four-set match to the Mountain Home Lady Bombers 13-25, 18-25, 25-20 and 24-26.
The Lady Panthers finished the year with a 17-9 record with a 6A-South Conference championship. The Lady Bombers, the same team to knock Benton from the playoffs last season, improved to 25-4 overall and advanced to Saturdayâ€™s state championship match at Conway High School.
MOUNTAIN HOME â€” The Benton Lady Panthers assured themselves of a rematch with the team that ousted them from last yearâ€™s Class 6A Tournament by taking a 3-0 (25-22, 25-23, 25-11) sweep of the fourth-seeded Van Buren Lady Pointers in the quarterfinals Wednesday at The Hangar in Mountain Home.
Benton now faces the host Mountain Home Lady Bombers â€” who upset the Lady Panthers in last yearâ€™s quarterfinals â€” at 4 p.m. today in the semifinal round.