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Obituaries

Regina Ann (Sanders) Foliart

April 17, 2014

Regina Ann (Sanders) Foliart, of Benton, passed away April 16 at the Arkansas Heart Hospital.  Regina was born September 5, 1945, in Tampa, Florida to the late Joseph and Mayrene Sanders.  Regina was a member of Gateway Church.  She loved the Lord and her family, especially her children and grandchildren. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, her son Jeff Grifford and her brother Randy Sanders.

Everett Taylor “Buddy” Grace

April 17, 2014

Everett Taylor “Buddy” Grace of Sheridan, was born May 8, 1937 in Pasttorie Community near Pine Bluff, to the late Edwin and Elsie Taylor Grace. He was of the Baptist faith, had retired from International Paper Co. as a foreman, and had served in the National Guard at Grider Field in Pine Bluff for many years. Since 1966, he had been a member of Local 382, Operating Engineer Union and had numerous construction companies throughout his life. He enjoyed crappie fishing at Shouse Ford on Lake DeGray, and spending time with his family.

Judy Wilhite Speights

April 17, 2014

Judy Wilhite Speights, 70, of Romance, formerly of Benton, passed away Monday, April 14, 2014. She was born July 29, 1943 to O.J. and Evelyn Wilhite.
Judy loved spending time with her family. Her three grandchildren were her pride and joy.
Judy was preceded in death by her parents, O.J. “Mutt” Wilhite and Evelyn Cole Smith.

Wanda Jean Morgan

April 17, 2014

Wanda Jean Morgan, 45, of Haskell, passed away April 15, 2014. She was born on August 30, 1968 in Benton, to Allen and Glenda Blair.
Wanda’s favorite pastime was her love of fishing.

Billie Lee Malloy Davenport

April 17, 2014

Billie Lee Malloy Davenport, 80, of Benton, went to be with the Lord on April 16, 2014.  She was born April 15, 1934. 
Billie was preceded in death by her parents, William McKinley Malloy and Marilee Malloy; one sister; and one niece.

Lanetta 'Netta' Johnson Whitaker

April 17, 2014

Lanetta "Netta" Johnson Whitaker, 50, of Fort Smith passed away on Monday, April 14, 2014. She was born Sept. 4, 1963, and was of the Baptist faith. She loved God, family get-togethers and the outdoors.
She was preceded in death by her father, Burks Johnson.
She is survived by her mother, Pat Drye Johnson; three sons, Jake Johnson, Monny Baber, and Trey Whitaker; one grandson, Darren Johnson; three granddaugh

Roy Lee Wright

April 16, 2014

Roy Lee Wright, 78, of Benton, passed away Tuesday, April 15, 2014.  He was born March 14, 1936 in Benton.  Roy served in the National Guard and was a member of Sharon Missionary Baptist Church.  He was self-employed with diverse business interest. 
Roy was preceded in death by his parents, Ervin and Sadie Wright.

Dean Estes Massey

April 16, 2014

Dean Estes Massey, 49 of Benton, passed away April 13, 2014.  He was born March 7, 1965 in Little Rock to Bill Massey and Betty Chalk Massey. 
In life, Dean faced many hardships and trials, yet he always faced them with courage and perseverance.  He will always be remembered for his unrelenting positive spirit, generosity and caring friendship.  Dean had an amazing capacity for love.  He was an inspiration to anyone who ever met him.  Dean was an exceptional man and will be greatly missed.

Bette Lou Fawcett

April 16, 2014

Bette Lou Fawcett, 79 of Benton passed away on April 14, 2014. She was born on December 25, 1934 in Hot Springs. Bette enjoyed reading, collecting carousels and spending time with her precious grandchildren. Bette worked at Meyers Bakery for 15 years and attended New Life Baptist Church.
She is preceded in death by her mother, Blanche Ellis of Benton.
She is survived by two sons; Phil and Tonya Rogers of Benton and Steve and Leng Rogers of Austin, Texas; precious grandchildren, Kendal and Cali Rogers of Benton one brother, Donald and Christine Ellis of Hot Springs.

Irene Bertha Helmich Schrader

April 15, 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 “flower lady.” Anyone who stopped at her house to inquire about the garden would leave with a bouquet and bulbs.

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