Archive - 2012
Phyllis Kathleen Grimes, 89, of Bryant passed away Dec. 18.Â She was born April 16, 1923, in Little Rock to the late Dwight and Anna Dailey Hoffman.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Charlie Lee Grimes; and a son, Carroll Edward Matthews.
She is survived by her grandson, Chuck Matthews; a granddaughter, Theresa Matthews Bolen; great-grandchildren, Jennifer and Christa Matthews, Melanie, Samantha and Calvin Benefield; a great-great grandson, Brayden Brown; and a niece, Becky Sutton Darner.
Imogene "Jean" Caple Baxley, 73, a lifelong resident of the Sardis community, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 20, with her family by her side.
Born May 20,1939, to the late Elliott and Martha Jane Caple, Jean was the youngest of five children. She attended Bryant Schools from first through 12th grades where she played softball and was on the Senior High School Homecoming Court. Jean was a graduate of the Bryant High School Class of 1957.
My mother, Glenda Lee Neckar, was bornÂ Aug. 23, 1935,Â to Dovie May Pendergrass and James Ellory Spicer in Paris, Ark. She lived in Benton, Waco, Texas, and Tulsa, Okla. Her final destination was Hot Springs.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Eloise Spicer French; a brother, James Clifton Spicer; and, most recently, her dearest friend in the world, Ruth Landers.
She is survived by her sister, Martha Rowles of Hot Springs; and a niece, Glenda Rowles Pippin of Hot Springs.Â
Lee Anne Tyler, 47, of LaGrange, Ga., formerly of Bryant, Ark., passed away on Dec. 16, with her family by her side. She was born Jan. 10, 1965, to Bill and Patricia Patten in Pine Bluff.
Lee Ann was a very loving and devoted wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend. She was very involved with her childrenâ€™s lives and loved being a â€ścheer mom."
Lee Anne was a member of Baptist Tabernacle Church in LaGrange.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Patricia Patten.
Glenn Ray Spears, 64, of Benton, passed away Saturday, Dec. 15.Â He was born Aug. 17, 1948 in Winfield, La.Â Mr. Spears retired from the Navy as a Chief Petty Officer, owned Spears Adult Daycare and wrote policies and procedures for adult day care facilities in Arkansas.
He love to kayak but his greatest joy in life were his grandchildren.Â
Mr. Spears was preceded in death by his parents, Allen and Lillian Spears; a brother, Delbert Spears; and a sister-in-law, Carol Spears.
Richard Manuel Melian, 25, of Benton passed away Saturday, Dec. 15.Â He was born June 30, 1987, in Newark, N.J., to Moises A. Melian and Ana Carolina Castro-Mejia.
Before moving to Benton, he graduated from Matheny School and Hospital in Peapack, N.J., in 2008.Â Richard was a member of Northside Church of Christ in Benton and was loved by many.Â
Wayne Dale Graddy, 85, of Benton passed away Saturday, Dec. 15.Â He was born Dec. 14, 1927, in Morganton.Â
Mr. Graddy served in the U.S. Army and was chief of the Springhill Fire Department for more than 20 years.Â He was a carpenter and a member of the Highway Church of Christ in Benton.Â
Mr. Graddy was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Mattie Pearl Graddy; a brother, Ralph Graddy; and two sisters, Ruby Cullum and Laveda Haltom.
A robbery suspect who eluded law enforcement officers for nearly 24 hours was captured early this morning, authorities said.
Lt. Mike Frost of the Saline County Sheriff's Office said 28-year-old Joshua James Young of Alexander was taken into custody about 7 a.m. today and is being held without bond in the Saline County jail. Young is scheduled for a bond hearing Friday in Benton District Court.
The Benton High School cheerleaders won the class 6A state championship on Saturday, Dec. 15, at Summit Arena in Hot Springs. Benton also came in first place in the Tiger City Classic in Arkadelphia on Dec. 8, took first in the Arkansas Cheer Coaches Association Competition in Mayflower on Dec. 1 in Mayflower, took first in the Benton Invitational on Nov. 17 ant were first-place finishers in the Bauxite Invitational on Nov. 10. Sheridan was first-runner up in 6A at the state championship and Bryant tied Van Buren for first-runner up in the 5A-7A Coed Division.
HOT SPRINGS â€“ The Benton Panthers took care of business on the road with a 78-47 victory over the Hot Springs Trojans Monday night in Hot Springs.
Senior point guard Bryan Torres scored a season-high 18 points, hitting 3 of 6 from 3-point range and 5 of 5 from the free-throw line to pace the Panthers.
â€śI thought Bryan Torres played his best game of the year,â€ť Benton Coach Chris Nail said. â€śHe shot the ball real well last night.â€ť