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MarySue Balkey

September 22, 2014

MarySue Balkey, 80, of Kansas City, Mo., passed away on March 4, 2014, with her family by her side.
She was born Jan. 3, 1934 to Burt and Zelma Caple in Benton.
She was a graduate of Benton High School, Class of 1953.
On Sept. 17, 1954, MarySue married Ronald James Balkey. She was a member of Avondale United Methodist Church.
MarySue was preceded in death by her husband; and two brothers, Alvin and Milton.

Martha Lynn Rainwater

September 22, 2014

Martha Lynn Rainwater, 68, of Bauxite passed away Sept. 18, 2014.
She was born Dec. 13, 1945, in Memphis, Tenn., to Chester and Maggie Riley Steele.
She was a member of Pleasant Hills Baptist Church.
She is survived by her loving husband, Jimmy Curtis Rainwater Sr. of Bauxite; a son, Jimmy Curtis Rainwater Jr. and wife Karen of Cabot; a daughter, Debora Richey and husband John of Bauxite; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and many other family members and friends who loved Martha dearly and will miss her always.

Miguel Cruz

September 19, 2014

Miguel Cruz, 34, of Benton, passed away Sept. 14, 2014. He was born May 21, 1980, in Chicago, Ill., to Mary Lou Barber and the late Jose Luis Cruz.
Miguel was an electronic whiz. He was a former newspaper carrier for The Arkansas Democrat and The Saline Courier.
Miguel is remembered for being outgoing and was well-loved by everyone who knew him.
He was preceded in death by his father; and his brother, Juan Cruz.

James Franklin 'Jimmy' Holiman

September 19, 2014

James Franklin “Jimmy” Holiman, 68, of Benton passed away Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, at Saline Memorial Hospice House in Bryant.
Jimmy was born Feb. 17, 1946, in Bauxite to the late Elbert and Lorene Steele Holiman.
He served in the U.S. Army for two years during the Korean Conflict. He had an extensive career in the public safety field, initially with the Benton Fire Department. He served as assistant chief for 11 years.

John Troy Pritchard

September 18, 2014

John Troy Pritchard, age 31, of Malvern, passed away Friday, September 12, 2014.  He was born February 6, 1983 in Duncan, Oklahoma.  John was a landscaper and of the Assembly of God faith. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Virginia Pritchard.

Addilynne Lauren Tarvin

September 18, 2014

Addilynne Lauren Tarvin, infant daughter of Alex Tarvin and Candace Stricklin of Benton, died Wednesday, September 17, 2014.  She was born September 8, 2014 in Benton. 
She was preceded in death by two great-grandfathers, Johnny O’Bar and James Cody and great-grandmother Charlene Burns.

Matilda A. Wright

September 18, 2014

Matilda A. Wright went to be with her Lord and Savior on September 12, 2014. She was born in Blevins, to Denzel and Odessa Stewart on February 28, 1931. All those who met Matilda knew she never met a stranger, she loved to talk and visit, tell you about her family and work with her plants and flowers. She will definitely be missed by many friends and family but never forgotten.
She was preceded in death by her parents, the love of her life for 63 years, Tom Wright and a brother Sammy Stewart.

Mary Frances Mullane

September 18, 2014

Mary Frances Mullane, 72, of Benton, passed away Sep. 14, 2014.
She was born Nov. 22, 1941, in East St. Louis, Ill.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Marie Couch Mullane; a brother, Paul Mullane; and sisters, Jeanne and Catherine Mullane.
Survivors include a sister, Patricia Swengross and husband George of Fairview Heights, Ill.
Cremation was through Ashby Funeral Home.
A memorial service may be held at a later date.
Online guest book: www.ashbyfuneralhome.com.

Lawrence Edward Mobley

September 18, 2014

Lawrence Edward Mobley (Larry) was born Feb. 22, 1926, and passed away at Parkway Village on Monday, Sept. 15, 2014.
Born in Traskwood, Lawrence was the son of the late Alma Elmore and William Lawrence Mobley.
A longtime resident of Little Rock, Lawrence graduated from Little Rock High School in 1944. After graduation, he entered the U.S. Air Corps and served for two years. He then enlisted in the Reserves until he was honorably discharged in 1952.

Mary Frances Mullane

September 17, 2014

Mary Frances Mullane, 72, of Benton, passed away Sep. 14, 2014.
She was born Nov. 22, 1941, in East St. Louis, Ill.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Marie Couch Mullane; a brother, Paul Mullane; and sisters, Jeanne and Catherine Mullane.
Survivors include a sister, Patricia Swengross and husband George of Fairview Heights, Ill.
Cremation was through Ashby Funeral Home.
A memorial service may be held at a later date.
Online guest book: www.ashbyfuneralhome.com.

 

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