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August 13th, 2012

Vera Iris Witcher

August 13, 2012

Vera Iris Witcher, 90, of Benton died Friday, August 10, 2012 at her home.
She was born June 5, 1922 in Dierks, Ark.
Vera was a retired hairdresser and a member of First Baptist Church in Benton.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Allen and Cecil Smith Boatman; sisters, Opal McKee and Vivian Houlton; and brother, Joe Boatman.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Aubrey O. and Aline Witcher of Benton; brothers, Marvin Boatman of Hot Springs; Euell Boatman of Indiana; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Ashby’s.

Charles Preston “Nutt” Phillips

August 13, 2012

Charles Preston “Nutt” Phillips, 81, of Benton died Friday August 10, 2012.
He was born February 14, 1931 in Malvern, Ark. to Edith Cunningham Phillips and Ewell T. Phillips.
He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Howell, Bernie and Gervis Phillips. He was also preceded in death by his brother-in-law Steve Golding.

James Howard Frost

August 13, 2012

James Howard Frost, 74, of Little Rock passed away August 9, 2012.  He was born October 1, 1937 in Savannah, Ga. to the late Howard and Mary Louise McDowell Frost. He graduated from Benton High School in 1955.

Pat Grace

August 13, 2012

Pat Grace, 82, of Benton, passed away Friday, August 10, 2012. 
She was born April 11, 1930 in Marianna, Ark. to the late Ollie McKinney and Florene Standridge McKinney. Mrs. Grace lived in Olathe, Kan. for more than thirty years, where she raised her family and worked in the clerical office of a grocery business. She became a member of First Baptist Church in Benton upon moving here in 1988, and loved spending time with her family.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her two brothers, Lonnie and Arnold McKinney. 

P.J. Cowling

August 13, 2012

P.J. Cowling, 75, of Bryant, passed away Wednesday, August 8, at Saline Memorial Hospital Hospice House in Bryant.  She was born November 6, 1936 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  
She is proceeded in death by her mother, Connie Orlopp-Merigoni and brother, Sonny Merigoni.

August 10th

Jeremy Flynn Lewallen

August 10, 2012

Jeremy Flynn Lewallen, 24, of Haskell, passed away Aug. 8.  He was born Nov. 26, 1987, in Magnolia to Clifton Lewallen and Linda Geier Edens. 
Jeremy served in the Army National Guard.
He was preceded in death by his grandmothers, Winona Lewallen and Maxine Geier.

August 9th

E. L. 'June' Cody

August 9, 2012

E. L. "June" Cody, 78, of Benton died Wednesday, Aug. 8. He was born Dec. 24, 1933. in Casa, Ark.
E. L. retired from Benton Utilities after 33 years of service. He was a 32nd-degree Mason of Lodge No. 34, a member of the Order of the Mystic Shrine, a U.S. Army veteran, a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and a Baptist.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Collins and Oma Smith Cody; a son and daughter; two brothers; and seven sisters.

Bobby L. Kitchens

August 9, 2012

Bobby L. Kitchens, 63, of Malvern passed away Tuesday, Aug. 7, at Mercy Hospital in Hot Springs. He was born July 7, 1949, in Benton, the son of Raymond and Mary Spears Kitchens.
Bobby worked for Union Pacific Railroad for 27 years and was a member of North Main Church of Christ.
He enjoyed playing golf and loved Razorback football. Bobby graduated from Bauxite High School in 1967, earned a bachelor's degree from Henderson State University and served in the U.S. Army.  
He was preceded in death by his parents.

Helen Joyce Henthorne

August 9, 2012

Helen Joyce Henthorne, 80, of Red Bay, Ala., formerly of Benton, passed away Aug. 8.  She was born Jan. 12, 1932, in Pittsburg, Texas, to the late Bernon and Flora Chapman Braswell. 
Helen was retired from Ford Motor Co. after 31 years as a purchasing agent.  She was of the Baptist faith.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Jerry Lee Braswell.

Hoyt Von Hill

August 9, 2012

Hoyt Von Hill, 72, of Paron died Monday, Aug. 6, at his home. He was born June 4, 1940 in Saline County.
Hoyt was a member of Masonic Lodge No. 309 and the Paron Volunteer Fire Department and was retired from the U S Army.
Hoyt joined the Army in 1957 at the age of 17. While enlisted, he was stationed in Germany, Korea, and Vietnam and various parts of Texas. He retired in 1979 after 22 years of service.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Betty Hill; his wife, Gloria Hill; and his sister, Wilma Faye Hill.

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