Classmate Obituaries - Letter F
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4 Benton Residents Die in I-30 Crash Of Car, Horse, Truck
Four Benton residents 18 to 21 years old were killed Monday night when a car hit a horse on Interstate 30 highway northeast of Benton and veered into the path of a semi-trailer truck.
Bradley Maxey, 20, of 2011 Durwood Dr.
Brenda Faye Farrell, 18, of 518 First St.
Wanda Kay Wilson, 19, of 214 Magnolia St.
Shareen Mont Eubanks, 21, of 2211 W. Lakeview.
State Trooper Ronny Burke, the investigating officer, said the accident occurred at 11:44 p.m. the site was right in front of the Prickett Dairy, near the Bryant interchange on I-30.
Burks said the four victims were in a white 1957 Plymouth owned and driven by Maxey. The car was going south toward Benton from Little Rock.
Miss Farrell was in the right front seat, Miss Wilson in the left rear seat and Miss Eubanks in the right rear seat.
The car was in the left lane of the southbound section of the highway when it struck a horse that was on the highway, Burke said.
Burke said the car then veered out of control across the median into the northbound lanes, where it collided with a trailer truck which was carrying another truck and trailer.
The truck driver was identified as Eulogio Gonzales of Dallas, Texas. The truck belonged to Texas Tool Trailers.
The car came to rest in the median between the highway and the south service road, upside down. Two of the passengers were thrown out of the car. Passers-by right the car and pulled Maxey and Miss Farrell from it.
Miss Wilson was killed instantly, according to Burke. Maxey and Miss Farrell were taken to Saline Memorial Hospital and were pronounced dead there at 12:35 a.m. Miss Eubanks was taken to Baptist Hospital in Little Rock and was pronounced dead there at 1:10 a.m. Head, chest and internal injuries were the apparent causes of death.
The truck driver was not injured at all. Two other employees of the truck line who were passengers in the truck were injured slightly, one with a sprained wrist and the other with a bump on the head.
A few seconds after the fatal collision another car hit another horse at about the same location.
The second car was a 1964 Lincoln Continental driven by Preston Read of Athens, Alabama. He and his wife were not injured.
The Reads were southbound and Read observed part of the preceding collision, Burke said.
Both horses were killed by the impacts. The one that was hit by the Read car was a small horse, Burke said.
State Trooper Harry Troutman from Little Rock assisted Burke at the scene of the accident.
Funeral plans and survivors of the victims are listed in the obituary section elsewhere in The Courier. Photos of the victims are on Page 10A.
Trooper Burke said the horses were the property of Freddie Prickett, who lives beside the highway at the scene of the accident. Burke said he had conferred with the prosecuting attorney and no criminal charges will be filed in connection with the accident. [from the Benton Courier, Thursday, June 27, 1968, page 1]
Miss Brenda Farrell
Miss Brenda Faye Farrell, aged 18, died June 24 as a result of an automobile accident. She is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. V. L. Farrell; two brothers, Gary and Kenneth, both of Benton; and her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. E. S. Farrell of Dermott and Mrs. Ora Brown of Benton. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Fairplay Baptist Church with burial at Fairplay Cemetery by Ashby. [from the Benton Courier, Thursday, June 27, 1968, page 10A] [Benton Class of 1968]
Freddie Fikes, 58, of Hot Springs, died Wednesday, April 9, 2008, in
a local hospital.
Born August 28, 1949, in Hot Springs, to Alvie R. and Josie HIll Fikes, he was a used car salesman, owned Fikes Auto Sales, was a minister and member of Apostolic Faith Tabernacle.
Survivors include his wife, Donna Fikes, of Hot Springs; two daughters and one son-in-law, Tawaynia and J. T. Helms, of Cleveland Tennessee, and Amber Lamb, of Benton, Tennessee; one brother and sister-in-law, Alvie "Snapper" and Janie Fikes Jr. of Hot Springs; and two grandchildren, Zachary Helms and Nicholas Helms.
The service will be 10 a.m. Saturday in Apostolic Faith Church with Brother Dennis Anderson officiating.
Pallbearers will be Milton Yeamon, Mike Bell, Alex Thomas, Glenn Ellis, Obie Staggs, Hank Yeaman, Noah Williams, and Bruce Anderson.
Honorary pallbearers are Larry Parker, John Swisher, Richard Davenport, the Revs. Coy Damon, Charles Hill, Bob Thornton, J. E. Peters, William Lambert, Larry Teas, Bill Dillon, Steve Drury, Dallas Shuff, David Gilmer, Jerry Miller, and Grant Mitchell, Dr. Neeraj Bharany, staff of Cancer Care Center and doctors and staff of St. Joseph's 4-West.
Burial will be in Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. today in the church.
Arrangements are by Hot Springs Funeral Home. [from the Sentinel-Record, April 11, 2008, page 8A] [Hot Springs Class of 1967]
Benton - James "Louis" Fletcher, 78 Benton, died October 4, 2001. Survivors: wife, Eloise Fletcher; sons, Jim, M. Bruce Fletcher; daughter, Debbie Gilmore; stepdaughter, Diane Jones; 12 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren; brother, Glenn Fletcher; sister, Dorothy Nayler. Services: 11 a.m. Monday, Church of Nazarene. Burial: McPherson Cemetery. Visitation: 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Ashby's. In lieu of flowers, memorials: Church of the Nazarene, 1203 W. Sevier, Benton. [from Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, October 7, 2001, page 8B] [Paron Class of 1941]