August 11th, 2011
Shirley (White) Browning, 71, of Benton, went to be with her Lord and Savior, Sunday, August 7.Â She was born to the late Louie and Altha Mae (Deaver) White on December 3, 1939 in Conway.Â Shirley was preceded in death by a brother, Wendell White, of Conway.
Faye Robbins, 75, of Hot Springs, Arkansas passed away Sunday, August 7. She was born June 21, 1936 in Mena, Arkansas to Jim Bean and Mary Sleigh Bean.
She was a long time member of Walnut Valley Church and was a nurse in the Hot Springs area for 25 years. Faye was a hard worker from the garden to the log woods and loved animals. Her grandson, Drew, was the highlight of her life.
Faye was predeceased by her parents; sister, Wilma Shores; and brothers, Elmo Bean and Don Bean.
Heidi Cox, the new Benton softball coach, will be introduced to the public Thursday night at 8 p.m. in the Benton High School Cafeteria.
â€śI thought she has a proven background not only as a player at the collegiate level, but the 6A Level and the 6A South Conference,â€ť Benton athletic director Steve Quinn said. â€śShe is a quality person with a good family and a good work ethic,â€ť Quinn. â€śI felt like she will be a good asset to the community and school district.â€ť
Cox is a graduated of Arkansas High School in Texarkana.
You never hear a father tell his son â€śStrive for secondâ€ť or â€śDo everything you can to finish second.â€ť The same should be applied to Major League Baseball. But it seems every year once a team realizes it canâ€™t win a division, it aims for the wild card position.
Why wouldnâ€™t they? Winning the wild card is just as good as winning the division.
There is penalty or drawback of winning the wild card. If a team wins the wild card, they have just as good of a chance to win the World Series as a team that wins their division.
In the first-ever all Saline County regional, the Benton 9-year-olds defeated Bryant in the Cal Ripken Southwest Regional with a score of 4-0 in the final.
Bentonâ€™s Peyton Pallette took control of the game early and finished with a complete game one-hit shutout over Bryant, who reached the tournament finals after defeating Little Rock Junior Deputy 6-3.
â€śThey had their ace going. It was a great game,â€ť Bryant coach Clint Hilson said.
â€śWe were really impressed with him and just couldnâ€™t hit him.
Bryantâ€™s only hit came in the fifth inning with a hit up a middle by Trey McKim.
Roy Lional Leland Jr. 86 of Alexander, formerly of Lonoke, passed away on Aug. 5, 2011.
Roy was born May 30, 1925, to the late LeRoy and Vivian Leland in Los Angeles, Calif.Â He was a member of First Assembly of God in Benton.Â
Mr. Leland was a true Christian man and loved sharing the gospel with others. He taught Sunday School at Zimmermanâ€™s Nursing Home for more than 38 years.
Roy was a wonderful father, grandfather and friend.
Houston Brazil, 78, of Hot Springs, went home to be with his Lord on Thursday, August 4.Â Oldest of eight children, he was born January 21, 1933 in Saline County.Â Mr. Brazil was an entrepreneur; having owned Brazil Auto Repair on Hwy 5 in Benton and multiple other businesses in Saline County. He was also a Lieutenant for the Benton Police Department.Â Mr. Brazil was a Christian, a Mason and a Shriner.Â He was preceded in death by his parents, Lilburn and Recie Cochran Brazil; four siblings, Carolyn Bailey, Floyd Brazil, Beverly Coker and Jean Dumond and a grandson, David McGee.
Betty Bailey, 62, of Magnolia, passed away Thursday, August 4.Â She was born December 7, 1948 in El Dorado, to the late William Archie and Bertha Mae Gorum.Â Mrs. Bailey was a homemaker.
She is survived by two sons, Glen and Micky Carman; four daughters, Tonya Wells, Donna Deering, Lesa Chambers and Jan Mays; two brothers, Robert and Larry Gorum; sister, Linda Paxton; thirteen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be 10 a.m. Monday, August 8 at Traskwood Cemetery.Â Rev. Brady Lane will be officiating.
Online guest book: at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com.
Â Richard Dale Bryant, 60, of Benton died Saturday August 6, at his home. He was born July 23, 1951 in Benton. Richard worked for the Saline County Road Dept. and was a member of Sharon Baptist Church.
Survivors include a brother and sister-in-law, Alvin and Johnnie Bryant, Benton; sister, Mary Edmonson, Camden; five nephews and four nieces.
Memorial services will be 6 p.m., Tuesday at Ashby Funeral Home Chapel with visitation after the service.
Cremation services are by Ashby Funeral Home.
Online guest book at www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
Virgil (Bud) O. Shelton, 73, of Benton, passed away Friday, August 5.Â He was born June 26, 1938 in Benton, to the late Virgil Henry and Nellie Marie Shelton.Â
He retired from Alcoa and was of the Baptist faith.
Mr. Shelton was a U.S. Marine serving in the Korean War and the Bay of Pigs.The following newspaper account described the latter experience:Â