Archive - 2011
Ashton Lee Hobbs, 6 of Benton, flew to heaven on Dec. 27, to be with Jesus.Â He was born August 13, 2005 to N. Pradhan and Felisity Light Powell.Â Ashton loved the mountains of Wyoming, loved to fly and playing with his puppy Dragon Lady.Â Ashton was also fond of Mary Ann Durham whom he referred to as Granny and Merlene Wegner as Mimi.Â
He is preceded in death by his grandmothers, Marian Hulsey of Benton and Dorothy Hobbs of Malvern and his older brother, Randy Hobbs of Hot Springs.
Melvin R. Burks, 82, of Benton, went to be with the Lord on Dec. 26.Â He was born on April 11, 1929, in Adamsville, Tennessee.
In 1947, at the age of 17, he enlisted in the United States Navy where he achieved rank of Master Chief Petty Officer. In this role he was a forecaster at the U.S. Naval Weather Service unit, issuing weather briefings to all departing pilots.
John D. Parish, Jr., of Sheridan, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 27, at home at the age of 72. He was born August 1, 1939 in Greenwood, Mississippi, the son of the late John D. Parish, Sr. And Emma Dennis Moore Parish. John was a graduate of Mississippi State University and a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. A lifelong Presbyterian, John was serving as an Elder at the Central Presbyterian Church in Pine Bluff.
Hazel Viola Greer Stroud, 88, of Benton died Monday, Dec. 26, at Ridgewood Health Center.Â She was born on April 16, 1923 in Bauxite,Â to the late George T. and Julia Greer.Â Mrs. Stroud was a homemaker and a member of West Bauxite Missionary Baptist Church.Â She was also preceded in death by her husband, B. L. Stroud, five brothers, and two sisters.
She is survived by one son, Jerry Greer and wife Janice of Traskwood; step-son Larry D. Stroud and wife Missy of Little Rock; four grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.