July 22nd, 2012
During a thunderstorm on July 6, Benton resident Sharon Witham noticed that a canopy in her backyard was being whipped around. She feared it would blow over toward a neighbor's home, so she dashed out the door, grabbed one of the canopy's metal poles and began to "mash it down."
Witham said it then occurred to her that having metal in her hand probably wasn't a good idea.
"I had that pole in my hand and I thought, 'I better let that go,'" she said. "All of a sudden I saw light out of the corner of my eyes, I was knocked backward and I heard a bang. It sounded like dynamite exploding."
Emmit Elbert Kizzia, 90, of Calico Rock passed away July 16. He was born June 27, 1922, in Murfreesboro to William Fletcher and Jessie Mae McMillen Kizzia.
He married Martha Sue Harrelson and the couple had three children.
In 1940 Mr. Kizzia attended Henderson State Teachers College in Arkadelphia, served in the U.S. Navy and received Bachelor of Science in Education degree in 1948. He was a teacher and head football, basketball and track coach at Benton High School from 1948 to 1959.
Fred Aubrey Gould Sr., 87, of Alexander died Thursday, July 19, in Little Rock.
He was born April 15, 1925, in Bauxite to the late Fredrick and Mary Bishop Gould. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Floyd Gould and Lenord Gould; and a sister; Bertha Rapier.
Margaret Elaine Covert, 79, of Benton passed away Wednesday, July 18 at Ridgewood Nursing Home.Â She was born on October 13, 1932 in Houston, Texas to the late Willis and Mary Maguire Alston.Â Mrs. Covert retired after working twenty-one years for J. C. Penney in their Credit Dept., and was a member of Sharon Missionary Baptist Church, and loved to travel.
She is preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Tommy and Pat Alston and two sisters, Mary McElroy and Lillian Miles.
E. Leslie Dixon, 92, of Benton passed away Tuesday, July 17 at Saline Memorial Hospice House in Bryant.Â He was born July 4, 1920, in Mulberry, Kan., to the late George and Alma Dooley Dixon.
Mr. Dixon obtained a master's degree and was a school teacher and coach in Kansas. He finished his career in the engineering division for the Kansas State Highway Department.
He was a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of World War II.
Randall Dewayne Smith Jr., infant son of Randy and Laura Porter Smith, passed away July 17.
He was preceded in death by his great -grandfather, Winston Smith.
Herald L. Radican, 88, of Benton passed away July 16.Â He was born March 26, 1924, in Commerce, Texas, to the late Clyde and Lona Troboy Radican.Â Herald was a deacon at Holland Chapel Baptist Church in Benton, worked for Reynolds Metals and served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. He loved to make making walnut shell baskets and was well-known for this skill.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Wilma Radican.
BRYANT â€“ The Bryant Black Sox hosted the Sylvan Hills Bruins on Tuesday night in their last regular season game of the year and took care of business going into the district tournament. The Black Sox defeated the Bruins 11-1 in eight innings at Bryant High School in a solid warmup going into Saturdayâ€™s second-round tournament game starting at 1 p.m. in Texarkana.
Wayne Allison of Bryant passed away on July 15.He was born Feb. 1, 1924, in Higden to Will and Clara Allison.
Mr. Allison was a World War II veteran serving in the U.S. Navy and working as a U.S. postmaster. He retired in 1986 from Safeway Warehouse, where he worked as a night watchman and maintenance man for 25 years.
Mr. Allison enjoyed going to church and the fellowship he had with his church family, gardening and yard work.
He was preceded in death by his spouse, Christeen Allison; a half-brother, Dale Allison of Oakland, Calif.; and his parents.
Wanda Ouida Burks Parsons, 81, of Benton passed away July 15.Â She was born July 24, 1930, in Benton to the late Tommy E. and Ruby Lea Crook Burks.Â Wanda was a member of Sharon Missionary Baptist Church.Â
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert Euel Parsons; and a brother, Tommy Ray Burks.