Archive - Obituary
Wanda May Cozort Slaton, 83, of Hot Springs passed away Monday, Dec. 9, 2013. She was born April 12, 1930, in Salem, to Oscar Cozort and Audie Bolen Cozort.
Wanda was a member of First Baptist Church of Hot Springs. Wanda sang in the choir at Wilson First Baptist Church for many years where she also taught a Sunday School class for youth. She was a volunteer at National Park Medical Center and volunteered with ESL (English as a Second Language) classes. Her hobbies included playing cards (Canasta and Skip-bo), gardening, and watching her grandsons play ball.
Nettie Ruth Mauldin, 78, of Benton passed away Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013.Â She was born Dec. 19, 1934 in Prattsville, to the late Joe and Nealey Jones Beck.Â Nettie was a member of Highland Heights Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Don Mauldin; her parents, Joe and Nealey Beck; three brothers; five sisters; and a great-granddaughter, Alex Wright.
Vicki Dorsch, business manager of The Saline Courier, died Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, at Saline Memorial Hospice House in Bryant following a brief illness. She was 56.
Dorsch began her career at what was then the Benton Courier in 1986 in the newspaper's composing department. She became business manager a number of years later.
Her association with the newspaper had begun as a 10-year-old when she and a friend sold weekly Couriers to make spending money. Their location was the corner of South and Richards streets.
Esther Thompson, 85, of Benton passed away Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, at Saline Memorial Hospice House in Bryant.
She was born Sept. 9, 1928, in Shaw to the late Anderson and Carrie Burton Parsons.
Mrs. Thompson was a homemaker and a member of New Friendship Missionary Baptist Church.Â
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Thompson was preceded in death by her husband, Carl James Thompson; two sons, Douglas and Dwight Thompson; and her brothers and sisters.
LaVerne Bradshaw Lacefield, 86, of Little Rock passed away Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013, at Valley Ranch Nursing & Rehab in Little Rock.Â
She was born Nov. 2, 1927, in Alexander to the late William O. and Nannie M. (Ulmer) Bradshaw.
Mrs. Lacefield was a school teacher for more than 30 years in the North Little Rock School District and Pulaski County Special School District.Â She was a member of Indian Springs Baptist Church.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, Raymond Bradshaw; and two sisters, Lorene Ellis and Margaret McQuaigue.
Verna Faye Hodkin, 91, of Benton passed away on Dec. 8, 2013.Â She was born Nov. 5, 1922, to the late George and Bertha Melton in Alum, Ark.
Verna was a member of Holland Chapel Baptist Church for more than 15 years. She loved teaching Sunday School and being active in the church.
Mrs. Hodkin loved to cook, enjoyed pottery and was very proud that she was able to make a Christmas tablecloth for her children and grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 70 years, Morgan L. Hodkin; a son, Phillip Hodkin; a grandson, David Pruden; two brothers and two sisters.
Patsy Wilkinson, better known as â€œNana," 65, of Bauxite went to be with the Lord on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013.Â
She was born May 19, 1948, in Benton.Â
Mrs. Wilkinson retired from the Alexander Human Development Center after 28 years and was a member of West Bauxite Missionary Baptist Church.Â
She was preceded in death by her parents, Carl and Vivian Cochran; her husband, Thomas Wilkinson; a brother, W.R. "Bill" Cochran; her grandmother, Gracie Gosvenor; and several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
James (Jim) Rice, age 68, of Bald Knob, formerly of Benton, passed away at White County Hospital on Dec. 6, 2013.
He served in the U.S. Army and was a retired LPTN. (licensed psychiatric technician nurse).
Mr. Rice was preceded in death by his parents, James O. and Virginia Robinson; a brother, Olen Robinson; and his grandparents, Charles and Martha Reason and Virgil and Elizabeth Lovell.
Charles Lee Gray, 95, of Benton, Arkansas went to be with the Lord, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013.Â
He was born Feb. 3, 1918, in Grand Rivers, Ky., to Joseph Arthur and Bertha Grace (Thompson) Gray.
Charles graduated from Kensett High School. He earned a degree in education from Henderson State University and a master's degree in school administration from University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.
He worked 39 years in Arkansas education at Manchester, Velvet Ridge, Harmony Grove (Benton), Bentonville, Wilmar, Harmony Grove (Camden), Fountain Hill, Biggers-Reyno, Paron and Bruno-Pyatt Schools.
Betty Gault, age 79, a resident of Haskell and Hot Springs, died Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013 surrounded by her family.
Betty was a teacher at Bryant School District for 32 years and after retirement went on to teach at Crossgate Christian Academy in Hot Springs.
She was a member of Mount Harmony Missionary Baptist Church in Haskell and was preceded in death by her husband, A.Z. Gault.