March 13th, 2014
Barbara Ann Block, 79, of Sardis passed away March 11, 2014.Â She was born April 18, 1934, in Joplin, Mo., to the late Sylvester and Edith Little Couch.
Barbara was a member of Sardis United Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Aultus Block Sr.
She is survived by two sons, Altus ( Kenny) Block Jr.Â of Sardis and Michael Block (Theresa) of Bryant; a daughter, Lanita Davis (Jerry) of Bauxite; and three grandchildren.
Della Faye Pelton Lee of Benton passed from this life into the loving arms of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Feb. 28, 2014.
She was 85. By grace she was saved, through faith alone in her Christ. Known simply as "Dib" to her five siblings and affectionately as "Nanny" to her four grandchildren, Della lived the life of a quiet servant, faithfully serving as a wife and mother of three and loving grandmother.
Joe Wayne Gilbert, 72, of Bauxite, our father, has gone home to be with Jesus on March 10, 2014. He was born May 4, 1941, to Vernon and Edith Gilbert in Little Rock.
Joe was a lifetime member of Freedom Worship Center and was the owner and operator of Gilberts Landscaping for more than 40 years. He was the president of Happy Trails Riding Club and he loved to work mules and trail riding.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, JC Gilbert, Buddy Gilbert and Larry Gilbert; a sister, Sharon Chandler; and a nephew, Doug Gilbert.
Sandra K. Rylie of Benton passed away on Sunday, March 9, 2014.Â She was born Dec. 17, 1954, in Palacios, Texas, to the late Owen Lewis and Ruby Lee (Malone) Rylie.Â
She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Betty Sanders and Carolyn Rylie; and two brothers, Archie and Owen Milton Rylie.
She leaves to cherish her memory her siblings, Doris Tarvin, Gerald Rylie, Joyce Thornberry, Charles Rylie, Mammie Rylie, Nelda Maher, Barbara McKinney, Ronnie Rylie, William Rylie and Bonnie Rylie; and extended family and friends, all of whom who will miss her.
CHARLESTON -- As if Harmony Grove basketball couldnât get any more exciting, the senior boys proved Monday that there is no quit in them when it comes to post-season play. Winner over No. 4 Fordyce in Round 1 of the 3A State Tournament on Saturday, the Cardinals came out Monday with a win-or-go-home scenario against the No. 1 Earle Bulldogs.
Looking to take a bit of the bite out of the Dogs, Harmony Grove (25-7) used more stellar defense and good guard play to upset Earle 64-61 sending the âDogs out with an early exit.
JONESBORO â Leading 33-29 after consecutive Braxton Chumley steals and layups late in the third quarter, the South No. 2 seed Benton Lady Panthers could muster just six more points the rest of the way and the East No. 3 seed Searcy Lady Lions ended Bentonâs season with a 53-39 victory in the quarterfinals of the 6A State Tournament in Jonesboro Monday night.
Bryant Superintendent Randy Rutherford has been placed on administrative leave for at least the next 30 days.
The district released this statement about the situation.
"The Bryant Board of Education is actively developing a plan to ensure interim leadership at the superintendent level. The board has the utmost confidence in the ability of the current administration to handle any questions or decision that may arise until an interim leader is designated."
Further information is confidential, said Rhonda Sanders, school board president.
Martha âMartyâ Yancey Edmondson, 78, of Alexander, passed away on March 10, 2014 at Saline Memorial Hospital. She was born Dec. 19, 1935, in Vilonia to the late Barty and Della (Lewellen) Yancey.
Martha worked in food service management and was of the Baptist faith.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Doyle Eugene Edmondson; a brother; Joe Yancey; and a sister; Wilma Reed.
Thelma Faye Batson, 83, of Little Rock, recently of Malvern, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, March 9, 2014.
Thelma was born Jan. 17, 1931, to E.V. and Birdie Graham Clark in Dalton, Texas, near Ennis.
First and foremost, Thelma was a devout believer in her Lord Jesus Christ. In her years of high school she was captain of the cheerleaders in Ennis and enjoyed many friends while growing up there.
Robert F. âBobâ Roberts, 76, of Benton died Sunday, March 9, 2014.
Bob was born Aug., 15, 1937, to the late Paul Best and Willie Mae Moore Roberts of Beebe. Bob served in the U.S. Air Force.
He graduated from Arkansas State Teachers College (now University of Central Arkansas) with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry.