January 13th, 2012
Mary E. Rochelle, 85, of Benton passed away Jan. 12. She was born Dec. 17, 1926, in Granville, Okla., to the late Nonnie and Marshall Emerson. She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Boyd L. Rochelle.
She is survived by her daughter, Marsha Grant and husband Bud of Benton; her son Bob Rochelle and wife Teresa of Plainview; her grandson, B. J. Grant, of Benton; and her granddaughter,Mandy Tropf and husband Shane of Little Rock.
In keeping with the wishes of Mrs. Rochelle, no service is planned. Cremation arrangements are through Ashby Funeral Home in Benton.Â
Frances (Pinegar) Callahan
Frances (Pinegar) Callahan, 73, of Benton died Wednesday, Jan. 11. She was born Dec. 21, 1938, in Hope to the late Gene and Lucille Shope Pinegar.
She was also preceded in death by her husband, Lynn; and her grandparents, Jeff and Willie Shope and Gene and Nannie Bell Pinegar.
She is survived by her sons, Jeff Esry of Benton and Sam Callahan of Paron; a brother; Jerry Pinegar of Missouri; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Robert "Bob" Reynolds, 88, of Benton, went to meet his Heavenly Father on Jan. 9, 2012.Â He was born April 25, 1923, to the late Monroe and Ida Mae Reynolds and raised in Prattsville.
Mr. Reynolds was a member of First Missionary Baptist Church of Mabelvale, where he served many years as a deacon and Sunday School superintendent.
Rose Marie Heinzl, 70, of Belleville, Ill., died Monday, Jan. 9, 2012, at her residence. She was born Oct. 10, 1941, in East St. Louis, Ill.
Rose Marie was a former member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Belleville, Il. She graduated from St. Elizabeth's Grade School, St. Teresa Academy in 1959 and St. Joseph's School of Nursing , Alton, Ill., in 1962. She worked as a registered nurse for three years at Alton State Hospital in Alton, Ill.
Robert â€śBobâ€ť Gattin, 65, of Benton passed away Jan. 10, 2012.Â He was born June 23, 1946, in Des Arc.Â He was an employee of Alcoa and served in the U.S. Navy.
He was preceded in death by his adoptive parents, Melvin Wesley Gattin and Alva Akins Gattin; one brother and one sister.
When a Benton man, then in his late 20s, met with First Baptist Church officials in January of 2009 to levy accusations of sexual abuse against the congregation's minister of music — who was present and did not deny the charges — the victim expected the church to prohibit the offender from future contact with members of the youth choir he directed.
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Colleagues of Dr. Paul Hogue Jr. and others were remembering the Benton man today as "a great doctor who never turned anybody away."
Hogue died Monday at Saline Memorial Hospital Hospice House. He was 88.
Dr. Joe Martindale, who practiced with Hogue for several years, called him "one of the old-school country doctors who always took care of people."
"He was a close friend of mine," Martindale said.
During a press conference Monday, Bryant Mayor Jill Dabbs accused Alderman Adrian Henley of illegally accessing the employee files of Police Chief Mark Kizer, past police chief Tony Cauffman and Dabbs' daughter. Henley, however, said he did nothing illegal.
The incident in question occurred in January 2011 between the time Human Resources Director Shayne King was terminated by Dabbs and the hiring of Robin Ussery as King's replacement.
When asked how she learned of the alleged incident, Dabbs responded, "I found him in there. In the (human resources) office."