April 11th, 2014
Bonnie L. Chenault McNeil, 88, of Benton passed away Friday, April 11, 2014.
She was born Feb. 13, 1926, in Owensville.
Mrs. McNeil was a cosmetologist and a member of Sharon Missionary Baptist Church.Â
She was preceded in death by her parents, Arch B. and Lena B. Ford Chenault; her husband, Chester L. McNeil; six brothers, Herbert, Horace, Floyd, Lilburn, Albert and Jess Chenault; and five sisters, Ora Sanders, Corene Edmonson, Bertha Gwatney, Ola Murphee and Lavern Croxton.
Melvin Wilkins, 88, of Bryant passed away Wednesday, April 9, 2014. He was born Oct. 5, 1925, in Sugar Grove.
Melvin was a member of First United Methodist Church in Benton. He was a World War II Army veteran, serving in the European Theater of operations. He held the rank of private first class upon his discharge.
Melvin retired from Reynolds Metals Co. after 36 years in the instrument department and thoroughly enjoyed 29 years of retirement that followed.
HASKELL â€” The Harmony Grove Lady Cardinals finally got back on the diamond in 5-3A action Monday, playing host to a much-improved eStem squad. After Thursdayâ€™s rainout, the Lady Cardinals were forced to reschedule and wait until Monday to get back in the swing of things.
With LJ Helmich in the circle and bats finally waking up, Harmony Grove strolled away with a 10-1 win, thanks to a big 8-run third inning paced by five walks and a Metsâ€™ error.
RUSSELLVILLE â€“ The Bryant Hornets track team competed in the Russellville Cyclone Invitational Friday night, earning a second-place finish in what is regarded as the biggest and most competitive regular season meet of the season in the state of Arkansas. Â
The Hornets scored 72.5 points to finish behind team champion Â Bentonville (82 points). Â Little Rock Central (66), Rogers Heritage (55), and Little Rock Catholic (47) finished out the top five teams. Â Twenty four teams scored in the meet, which featured 13 out of the 16 teams in class 7A. Â
George Pelton, 89, of Benton passed away on Tuesday, April 8, 2014. He was born Nov. 8, 1924, in Traskwood to the late Isom and Sarah Lou (Langley) Pelton.
Mr. Pelton was an LPTN for the Benton Services Center for 45 years.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Juanita (Miller) Pelton; and two sisters.
Kristin Dawn Staggs, 46, of Benton passed away April 7, 2014.Â She was born Nov. 16, 1967, in Cedar Falls, Iowa, to Marion and Lorraine Marks Nelson.
Kristin was raised in Mountain Home and later earned a degree in business from Draughon Business College. She was co-owner of S & K Quality Plumbing in Alexander.
Tanner Rundle, 26, of Austin, Texas, died Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Siloam Springs. He was born Dec. 4, 1987 in Round Rock, Texas, the son of Paul Douglas Rundle and Nancy Elizabeth Barker Rundle.
He was employed by the city of Siloam Springs as a firefighter and an EMT. He loved his family, had many friends, and loved spending time with all of them. He had a passion for exercise and fitness.
Most of all, he loved his job as a firefighter/EMT and was excited to be a part of this family.
William Clayton Perry, 92, of Benton passed away on Tuesday, April 8, 2014. He was born May 21, 1921, in Arkadelphia, to the late Robert Harvey and Ollie B (Kemp) Perry.
He was a Church of God minister for all of his adult life. He was very active with youth, missions and supporting local churches. He served as state coordinator for the Louisiana Church of God State Assembly for nearly two decades.
He loved his garden, birds, airplanes, hunting and fishing. He was a World War II veteran of the Army Air Force. He was a servant of the people and treasured his extensive church family.
Gregory S. Farmer, 62, of Wichita Falls, Texas, formerly of Benton, passed away April 3, 2014.
He was born Dec. 3, 1952, in Hamilton, Ohio.Â Greg grew up as a Southern Baptist.
He was a former circulation director for the Benton Courier (now Saline Courier), working at the newspaper from 2008 until 2011.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Leon "Ape" Farmer and Jean Doan; and a younger brother, Rick Farmer.
Rogie Thomas Garrett, 77, of Benton received his wings April 6, 2014.Â He was born Nov. 1, 1936, in Paron. He was a Master Licensed Plumber from 1968, during which time he served and met many close friends in Saline County and surrounding cities.
He was a one-of-a-kind, prideful, fun-loving and hard-working man. He was a cattleman, an all-time farmer, a gardener, a Paron shuffler and a cook.
He had a passion for helping and giving to others and was well-known for making the best homemade sausage, peppered bacon and hams.