November 16th, 2012
Helen May Jordan Lovell, 82 of Benton went home to be with her Lord on Nov. 15. She was born May 13, 1930, in Garrett, Ind.
She loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also enjoyed solving crossword puzzles and playing bingo.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Blanche Ransom; her husbands, Calvin Jordan and James Lovell; and her sisters, Joanne Sickman and Jean LaRowe.
Lola L. Gray, 87, of Fayetteville died Tuesday, Nov. 13, in Fayetteville. She was born Dec. 4, 1924, in Newark, the daughter of Henry R. Lane and Maudie Henderson Lane.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James A. Gray.
She is survived by two daughters, Carolyn Mahady of Fayetteville and Jeannie Villines of Benton; a brother, John W. Lane of Little Rock; a sister, Katherine Reynolds of Little Rock; four grandchildren, Chris Villines, Kevin Villines, Chance Villines and Andrea Price; and six great-grandchildren.
The family plans to hold a memorial service at a later date.
Elzie Jean (Brewer) Mashburn, 83, a resident of the Sardis Community in saline County, went to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ peacefully in her sleep surrounded by her family on Monday, Nov. 12.Â She was born March 4, 1929, to the late Sidney and Brunie Mae (Lemons) Brewer in Little Rock.
She was a member of Landmark United Pentecostal Church and an associate member of the Arkansas-Mississippi Chapter of the Second Marine Division Association.
She was always there for her family, friends, and her church.Â She loved to quilt, do needlework, sew, garden and worship her savior.Â
Richard â€śWalterâ€ť Stafford, 68, of Sherwood passed away Nov. 11, in Sherwood. He was born Feb. 20, 1944, the ninth of ten children of the late James and Verda Stafford.
Rich served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War and earned numerous honors. He graduated from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and became a lifelong Razorback fan.
Elizabeth Elaine Billips and her infant son, Jack Samuel Stegall, died together Nov. 7 at her home in Bryant.
Billips was born to Paul and Elaine Billips on Oct. 23, 1985, and was raised in White Hall, where she graduated high school in 2004. She was a true lover of life and those around her. Family members said she enjoyed singing, golfing, and baking for her family and friends. With a smile that could light up a room, she left an everlasting mark on each heart that she touched.
Susan Rene Parish, 34, of Benton passed away Wednesday, Nov.r 7. She was born Jan. 15, 1978, in Little Rock.
She was self-employed and a member of Bethel Baptist Church in Benton.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Charles Michael Smithers; and her grandparents, Clomer and Betty Smithers and Jackie and Emma Smith.
A former Bryant teacher who was scheduled to appear in court Tuesday for the alleged sexual assault of a minor has a new court date.
Courtney Speer, 31, was not present Tuesday in Benton's District Court, but her lawyer attended on her behalf. Speer is scheduled for an appearance on Dec. 18.
A former administrative assistant for the Benton Parks Department pleaded guilty on Tuesday to charges of felony computer fraud, falsifying business records and theft of property.
Saline County Circuit Judge Gary Arnold sentenced 58-year-old Kitty Smith to serve 36 months of probation, pay a $750 fine and court costs of $150.
She also must serve 40 hours of community service and make restitution to the city of Benton.
Arkansas voters passed Issue No. 1 in Tuesday's general election.
As a result, a half-percent sales tax will be implemented throughout the state for improving roads.
Revenue generated from the tax will finance improvements to streets, bridges and roads, but primarily will be used to pay for a four-lane highway system statewide.
The issue received approval from 58 percent of Arkansas voters. That constitutes 592,980 votes. In Arkansas, 42 percent of Arkansas voters, constituting 425,733 votes, were opposed to the issue.
Last summer when Michelle Finney's mother was a patient at Saline Memorial Hospital, she had several opportunities to see the 2012 GMC Acadia parked near the hospital entrance.
The car was at the site to promote an upcoming fundraiser for the SMH Foundation and the Benton Area Chamber of Commerce.
The promotion for the vehicle, being donated by Everett Buick GMC, involved selling $100 chancesâ€” 500 of them â€” to raise money for the effort.