Archive - 2013
Jimmy Doyle Hobby Sr., 77, of Benton passed away Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. He was born Dec. 29, 1935, in Saline County. Jimmy was a retired mechanic, a member of Sardis United Methodist Church and a U.S. Air Force veteran.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Harlie and Lethel Dorsey Hobby; his wife, Melba; and a daughter, Vicki Abbott.
He is survived by two sons, Jimmy Doyle Hobby Jr. of Benton and David Hobby of Benton; two daughters, Wanda Jones of Benton and Debra King of Jacksonville; a brother, Donald Hobby of Benton; 11 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
Patricia Bass Nance, 76, of Benton passed away Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, at Saline Memorial Hospice House.Â She was born Dec. 14, 1936, in Bauxite to Cyrus Lee Bass Jr. and Minnie Davis Bass.
Mrs. Nance was a member of First United Methodist Church and the Saline County Historical and Heritage Society.Â
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Willard Dean Nance; and a grandson, Kyle Alan Nance.
William â€śBillâ€ť R. Ward, 73, of Benton passed away Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013.
He was born Aug. 17, 1940, in Minneapolis, Minn., to the late Waldron and Susie Ward.
He was a manufacturing representative for John Stacks Agency for many years and then became owner of Surplus Sales in Benton.Â He was a Vietnam Air Force veteran and a member of the American Legion.
He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Shirley Ward; a son, William Bryan Ward; two daughters, Karen S. Witham and Joyce West; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Marilyn Ann Moraino, 59, of Benton, passed away September 20, 2013.Â She was born April 7, 1954 in New Jersey to Joseph and Iris Sutton Romeo.Â Â Marilyn was of the Catholic faith and worked as a flight attendant for many years.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Iris Romeo and sister, Jo Beth Romeo.
She is survived by son, Ian Moraino of New Jersey, father, Joe Romeo of Texas and sister, Sandy Romeo of Benton.
Michael Nolan James, 56 of Benton, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013.Â He was born July 16, 1957 in Spokane, Wash. to Nolan and Patricia Yates James.Â He was a member of Gravel Hill Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his father, Nolan Roy James.
He is survived by, daughter, Heather James; mother, Patricia James; brother, Steve James, and many nieces and nephews.
Chapel services will be 1 p.m. Monday, Sept 23 at Ashby Funeral Home with burial to follow at Gravel Hill Cemetery.
On line guest book: www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
LITTLE ROCK â€” Financing for a $1.1 billion steel mill planned for northeast Arkansas expects to be wrapped up by the end of the year, but until then backers will be lining up customers and suppliers.
The Big River Steel plant, which is projected to employ more than 500 people, recently was approved for an air quality permit from the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, pending resolution of any objections that are due before mid-October.
The monthly Congo Masonic Lodge all-you-can-eat fish fry is set for Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m.
The lodge is located at the corner of Steel BridgeÂ and Thompson Dairy Road.
American-raised catfish, homemade hushpuppies, beans with ham, river-bank-fried taters and more will be served, according to the lodge.
Prices are $12 for adults and $5 for children ages 9 to 12. Children ages 8 and under are free.
The fish fry will be the last Saturday of each month, April through October.
Money raised goes to area charities, according to the lodge. The public is invited.
Civil War dances of the time period will be held at 6:30 p.m. today at Herzfeld Library in Benton. The Historic Washington Dancers from Old Washington will perform such dances as the Virginia Reel and other Civil-War-period dances.Â
The dancers will be dressed in Civil War period costume.
Lillian Mae Debus Atwood, 70, of Little Rock passed away Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013.Â She was born Nov. 8, 1942, in Lansing, Mich.Â
Mrs. Atwood was preceded in death by her parents, Pete and Alice Debus; two husbands, William Earl Henson and Dennis Edgar Atwood; and a brother, John Debus.
Lola Faye Davis Conklin, 84, of Malvern died the morning of Sept. 19, 2013, at the Hot Springs County Hospital.Â She was born April 21, 1929, to the late William Benjamin â€śBillâ€ť Davis and Lucy Belle Montgomery in a farmhouse, at the foot of White Oak Mountain near Waldron.Â Mrs.