October 18th, 2012
James Ray Coburn, 81, of Benton, passed away Sunday, October 14.Â He was born October 4, 1931 in Benton to the late Jim and Lillian Coburn.Â Mr. Coburn was a U.S. Army Veteran, retired from Reynolds and a member of Sharon Missionary Baptist Church.Â He was preceded in death by his parents; son, John David Coburn and a sister, Jo Wright.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Virginia Coburn; two nephews, Danny Wright and wife, Beth of Lonoke and Curt Wright and wife, Susie of Hot Springs and many extended family and friends.
Raymond Thomas â€śShortyâ€ť Bethard, 94, of Benton died Sunday, Oct. 14, at Saline Memorial Hospice House in Bryant. He was born April 26, 1918, in Fouke. Shorty was retired from McCoy Couch Furniture. He was a Navy veteran of World War II, having serve with the 46th Seabees Battalion., and was a Baptist.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas G. Bethard and Ettie Johnson Bethard; his wife, Merle Browning Bethard; two brothers; and three sisters.Â
Imogene Tittle, 65 of Benton passed away Oct. 13.Â She was born May 23, 1947 to the late Jessie Newton Jr. and Ina Pearl Fox in Amity.
Imogene was a very loving and devoted mother, grandma and sister; her family was the light of her life.Â She enjoyed spending time with her family and having "beauty days" in which she had her hair and nails done.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jimmie Tittle; three brothers, Jimmy, Jerry Lee and Gary Wayne Fox; and one sister, Linda Sue Fox.
Linda Linton Miller, 69, of Benton, surrounded and embraced by her loving family, passed away Oct. 11, 2012.Â
She was a devoted daughter, mother, wife and teacher.Â Linda was preceded in death by her father, William Linton.
Lloyd Vernon Ivey, Sr., 80, of Benton, passed away October 11.Â He was born July 19, 1932 in Slocumb, to the late Ira and Hattie Henthorne Ivey.Â Lloyd was retired from the United States Navy.
He was preceded in death by his parents, son, Freddie Greer and brother, William Guest.
He is survived by his wife, Edna Mae Ivey of Benton, sons, Eddie Greer and wife, Janice, Lloyd Ivey, Jr. and wife, Donna, daughters, Phillisa Baker and Anna Bowdle, nine grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
Fran L. Marr, 69, of Benton, passed away Tuesday, October 9.Â She was born in Bauxite on September 11, 1943 to the late Homer Lobbs and Effie (Hicks) Lobbs.Â She was a homemaker and a member of Mars Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Bauxite.Â
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Eula May Neighbors and one brother, Junior Lobbs.
Pauline â€śPollyâ€ť Evans, 82, of Little Rock passed away Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock.Â She was born Aug. 23, 1930, in Tyronza to the late Jessie M. and Maud Lee Davidson Long.Â
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James L. Evans, who passed away in 1999; and one son, James D. Evans, who passed away in 2005.
Patsy Marie Eady, 75, of Benton passed away on Monday, Oct. 8. She was born in Knox City, Texas, on Dec. 16, 1936.
She was a lifelong member of the Church of Christ and was retired from St Vincent Infirmary, where she spent several years as catering coordinator.
Patsy loved to volunteer and was a lifetime member of Beta Sigma Phi. Patsy will always be remembered for her fun spirit and as a wonderful mother, sister, grandmother and friend. She was preceded in death by her parents, Gene and Mildred Smith of Abilene, Texas.
Candidates for positions on the Benton City Council shared their views on issues facing the city in a political forum jointly sponsored by The Saline Courier and YCAT, the local community access television channel.
Dennis Byrd, chief of the Arkansas News Bureau in Little Rock, was moderator for the event held Monday night at the Royal Theatre in Downtown Benton. Byrd, a Benton resident, is a former editor of The Saline Courier.
An additional forum featuring Bryant City Council candidates and candidates for Saline County offices will be taking place at 6:30 tonight at the Benton theater.
Bauxite Police Chief Ron Parsons announced during a Monday City Council meeting that he will resign on Oct. 31.
Parson said the decision is for personal reasons. He also recommended to the council that Lt. Jamie Barlow be considered for the chief's position.
"I feel that since my time here there has been a lot of improvement in the department," Parsons said. "We don't get complaints, we just don't."
Parsons did not list specific reasons for resigning, but Mayor Johnny McMahan mentioned that the chief is also a full-time detective for the Saline County Sheriff's Office.