April 15th, 2014
Irene Bertha Helmich Schrader of Bryant went to be with her Lord and Savior at the age of 87 on April 12, 2014.
She was born Aug. 23, 1926, in Benton. She was a resident of Saline County for 87 years and a 1944 graduate of Bryant High School.
A lifelong Lutheran, she was a member of Zion Lutheran Church.
Irene loved her garden and was known in her community as the â€śflower lady.â€ť Anyone who stopped at her house to inquire about the garden would leave with a bouquet and bulbs.
Billy 'Bill' Dean Tipton â€śBoss Man,â€ť 71, of Benton passed in him home April 12, 2014.
He was born Dec. 11, 1942, in Plunketville, Okla., to the late C.L. Tipton of Cove and the late Josephine Moore Johnson.
He served in the Navy and was well known for the years he owned Tipton Roofing in Benton due to his hard work and honesty. Bill enjoyed watching college sports on TV, horse races, car races and being outdoors in his garden or sitting on his swing.
All pf his life he was a hard worker and a mentor. He had a big heart and would help anyone in need.
Bryant Middle School has been evacuated for a possible bomb threat. Police are on scene investigating, said Sgt. Todd Crowson, Bryant Police Department spokesperson.
Aaliyah Grace Wilson, 7 months, went home to be with Jesus April 8, 2014.Â She was born August 14, 2013 in Benton.
Preceding her in death was her great-grandmother, Marilyn Bono Pritchard.
Besides her mother, Ariella Wilson, she is survived by grandparents, Kimberly and Vernon Wilson; Aunt Teara Wilson, Aunt Katrina Burns, Aunt Haylie Rider, Uncle Roger Pritchard,Â Aunt Terri Pritchard,Â and other relatives and friends.Â
Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 16, at Roller-Ballard Funeral Home.Â Interment will follow at Hicks Cemetery in Benton.Â
Faye Hicks Westerman Wehrman, 94, of Benton passed away Saturday April 12, 2014. She was born February 12, 1920 in Hot Springs. Faye was a homemaker and a member of Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church in Benton.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Benjamin and Audie Kinsey Hicks, husbands, John Westerman and Byron Wehrman, brothers, Winfred Hicks, Delmar Hicks, and Wilbur Hicks, sisters, Sadie Ellison, Juanita Johnson, Norma Jean Jones, and Helen Detherage, great-grandson, Blake Jackson.
Wanda â€śSueâ€ť Hendrix McCallister, 77, of Benton passed away Thursday, April 10, 2014.
She was born Jan. 2, 1937, in Benton to Wade and Ruby Hendrix.
Sue was a member of Forest Hills Missionary Baptist Church. She enjoyed spending time with her family. Her grandchildren were her greatest joy.
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