February 11th, 2014
C.O. Tittle, 93, departed his earthly life on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014. He and his wife of 72 years, Beatrice Harvill Tittle, were fortunate to live in their own home together until his death.
Mr. Tittle was born in 1920 in Saline County. He was the first son of the late Omar and Ethel Ewell Tittle and was the last living member of his immediate family.
Mr. Tittle served in the Army during World War II and returned to Benton to work at Reynolds Metal Co. for 32 years as a supervisor in production.
Ambrose Davis "Dave" Bridges, 93, of Benton died Feb. 8, 2014, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Little Rock.
He was born May 7, 1920, in Campbell, Mo.
Dave was a retired fire captain with the Benton Services Center. He served in World War II in the U.S. Army (6th Infantry, 1st Armored Division).
He enlisted in 1938 and served until 1941 at which time he was honorably discharged with the rank of sergeant. He re-enlisted in 1941, serving until 1945 when he was honorably discharged with the rank of corporal.
Frankie Witham, age 86, of Benton passed away Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014.Â He was born July 8, 1927 in Benton.
Mr. Witham was a U.S. Army veteran, a surveyor for International Paper and of the Jehovah's Witness faith.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Bessie Witham; his wife, Lissie Witham; and several brothers and sisters.
He is survived by two daughters, Barbara Ausbrooks of Hensley and Janet Blankenship of Conway; a son, Jessie Witham (Bonnie) of Leola; a sister, Mary Russell of Benton; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Richard Allen Bredensteiner II, 21, of Benton passed away on Feb. 6, 2014.Â
He was born March 12, 1992, in Little Rock to Richard Allen â€śPeteâ€ť and Melissa Meree Bredensteiner.
He was a Marine infantryman with India Company 3-23 U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, was employed by his father as a muffler man and was a graduate of Harmony Grove High School in Haskell, where he played as wide receiver on the school's first football team.
He was a certified nursing assistant at Arkansas Health Center in Haskell.
Richard was an avid gamer and outdoorsman and had a passion for wake-boarding.
Bill Snyder, 74, of Benton passed away Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at Stagecoach Nursing & Rehabilitation in Bryant.
He was born Jan. 23, 1940, in Marvell to the late Wiley Ferman and Maudie Caviness Snyder.Â
Mr. Snyder was a residential contractor and a member of First Baptist Church of Benton.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Jewell Snyder; and one brother, Mack Snyder.
Mary McDade Stonebraker, age 92, of Traskwood passed away Feb. 6, 2014.Â She was born Sept. 3, 1921 in Tinsman, Ark., to the late Charles and Ollie Blackledge McDade.Â
Mary was of the Baptist faith.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Carl R. Stonebraker; a daughter, Patricia Stonebraker Proppe; one sister; and five brothers.
Clarence E. â€śBuckâ€ť Drennan, 87, of Malvern passed away Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 at Alcoa Pines Nursing Home in Benton.Â
He was born June 6, 1926, in Benton to the late Johnny Joseph â€śPurtâ€ť and Ada Jenkins Drennan.Â
Mr. Drennan previously retired from Alcoa as a sheet metal mechanic and foreman and was of the Baptist faith.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two wives, Wanda Lee Cloud and Sue Rayburn; and two brothers, Leonard and Alfred â€śHootâ€ť Drennan.
Donia â€śMomaâ€ť Camp, 81, passed from this life to her heavenly home on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014.
She was born Jan. 22, 1933, to George and Viola (Hill) Lemons of Bauxite.
â€śMomaâ€ť Camp, as she was known for 27-plus years to many patrons of Bullockâ€™s Market in Benton, always served her special love to her customers. With heartfelt compassion, sheâ€™d welcome her friends: â€śHi, Hon!â€ť, â€śSugar, can I help you?â€ť, â€śCome back, Hon.â€ť (Just to mention a few.)
The Saline Courier and the Saline County Striders have teamed up to bring news and information related to running each Monday to the newspaper.
Running is a growing activity in the county and interest in how to get started or finding others who run has increased.
Chris Hall, chairman of the Striders, and Jonathan Young will be coordinate articles about recent races, the benefits of running and other information related to the sport. Photographs and race times of participants will also be part of the project.
BRYANT â€“ After the Bryant Lady Hornets came up with the upset victory over their Benton counterparts, the Hornets couldnâ€™t duplicate the feat as the Benton Panthers swept Bryant this season and took the Saline County Shootout trophy with a 73-60 win over Bryant on Wednesday night at the Hornetsâ€™ Nest in Bryant.
â€śThe good thing about it is, number one it was a sweep of Bryant,â€ť Benton Coach Dwaine Fishburn said, â€śnumber two, now weâ€™re in sole possession of first place, and number three, weâ€™re defending conference champions.â€ť