100 YEARS AGO Sept. 17, 1917
Contrary to the popular belief, there is no such thing as an “educated bucking horse,” according to a broncho rider. The wild broncho and the untamed outlaw horse “buck” because they resent being ridden. The feel of a saddle has the same effect upon a “bucking broncho” as a red streamer has upon a wild bull in the bullpens of Mexico. The attempt to saddle and ride him is resented. “No one has ever successfully taught a wild horse to buck,” Jess Willard, the cowboy world’s champion, now the owner and feature of the old Buffalo Bill Wild West Show, is quoted as saying. “As a matter of fact, it’s not necessary.”
50 YEARS AGO Sept. 17, 1967 CONWAY — Six persons were killed early Saturday in a two car collision that cut one of the vehicles in two. A seventh person was hurt seriously. Authorities here said it was the worst accident in Faulkner County history. It happened between 1 and 2 a.m. at an intersection a mile north of Mayflower where state Highway 89 and old U.S. Highway 65 (now state Highway 365) and an exit road from Interstate Route 40 came together.
25 YEARS AGO Sept. 17, 1992
DARDANELLE — It appears that murder charges will be dropped against Larry Wallace after he was cleared in two other trials on murder and assault charges. Prosecuting Attorney Steve Kirk of Morrilton (Conway County) said Tuesday night he likely won’t try Wallace on a second murder charge. In separate trials this year, juries acquitted Wallace on one murder charge and an assault charge. “There’s no chance of getting a conviction,” Kirk said of his primary reason for leaning toward dismissing the third case.
10 YEARS AGO Sept. 17, 2007 Black-tailed jackrabbits are so common in Texas that hunters can shoot as many as they want on any day of the year. The animal is rare enough in Arkansas that the state Game and Fish Commission wants the public’s help to determine if black-tailed jackrabbits still live here. So far, the answer is a definite maybe. The commission has received 10 reports of the oversized rabbits, and employees will try to confirm those reports, said Blake Sasse, a commission wildlife biologist. Missouri has similar concerns about the existence of the black-tailed jackrabbit.
neral services starting at 2 p.m. Burial will follow at Edgewood Memorial Park in North Little Rock.
In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials be made to: Levy United Methodist Church, 701 W. 47th St., North Little Rock, Ark. 72118.
Arrangements by Smith-Sherwood Funeral Home. Please visit www.smithfamilycares.com to sign the online guest register.
–––––❖––––– MARY CATHERINE MALONE SPAULDING, 89, of Little Rock passed away Sept. 14, 2017. She was born in London, Ark., on Nov. 25, 1927, to Alma and Cecil L. Malone Sr. She graduated from high school at the age of 13 and was hired to teach high school, English and Math, upon completion of her schooling. She is survived by her one brother, C.L. (Betty) Malone, Jr.; one step-daughter, Carolyn S. Mann; her nephew and beloved godson, Carter Malone; nieces and nephews, Linda Pledger, Teresa Bechtel, Brenda Breckling, Pick Malone, Martin Malone, Frances S. Johnson, Margaret S. Roberts; numerous great-nieces and great-nephews; and other loved family members. She is also survived by her lifelong friends, Myrna Myers and Jill McKenzie. The graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, at Roselawn Memorial Park, 2801 Asher Ave., Little Rock, Ark. 72204. Online obituary at www.SmithFamiyCares.com.
ROY EDWARD SWORD SR., 83, of Jacksonville sacrificed his life to the Lord to his eternal home in Heaven with Jesus on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017. He was born Nov. 11, 1933, in Pikeville, Ky., to Thomas Sword and Oliva Branham Rich. Roy was a Bible student, knowing exactly his future home in Heaven. Roy was an avid tournament fisherman, winning the Western Military Bass Tournament and numerous other tournaments. He enjoyed bowling, basketball, softball, volleyball and gardening. He also served 28 years in the Air Force and 20 years at Dassault Falcon Jet.
Praise God for having him on earth as a husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and good provider.
Roy is survived by his wife of 59 years, Patsy Sword; daughters, Rhonda McEnany (Cary), Sylvia Helfrich; son, Roy Edward Sword Jr. (Kim); three grandchildren, Kelly Helfrich Perretti (Vincent), Taylor Helfrich and Jeremy Sword (Melissa); three great-grandchildren, Caden Sword, Sam Sword and Madden Sword. He was preceded by his parents and brothers, Johnny Rich and Jackie Rich.
Memorials may be made to North Hills Baptist Church, 9618 Highway 107, Sherwood, Ark., 72120.
A visitation will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, followed by a funeral service at 11:30 a.m. at North Hills Baptist Church. Burial with military honors will follow at 1 p.m. at Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery. Online obituary at www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
–––––❖––––– CALVIN TIMOTHY TEDFORD, 61, of Mabelvale, passed away on Sept. 15, 2017. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 19, at the Smith-North Little Rock Funeral Home, 1921 Main St. Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. on Wednesday. Burial at Pinecrest Memorial Park. Full obituary and guestbook at www.SmithFamilyCares.com.
–––––❖––––– DOROTHY REED THOMPSON of Little Rock was born Feb. 25, 1925, in Emmet, Ark., to John and Lizzie Reed. She departed from a blessed life on Sept. 12, 2017. Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, all six siblings, and her husband of 66 years, Willie Thompson. Dorothy graduated from Yerger High School in Hope, Ark. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Home Economics from AM&N College (now UAPB). She later earned a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville. Her professional teaching career spanned 38 years and included teaching High School home economics and later teaching at the elementary school level. Dorothy thoroughly enjoyed working with elementary aged children and held a special fondness for her fourth grade students. She retired from the Pulaski County Special School District.
Dorothy was a faithful member of Mt. Nebo AME Church in College Station, Ark., for more than 60 years. She served in many capacities — Sunday School teacher, Missionary Society leader, Stewardess Board President and a willing volunteer. She was a talented seamstress and excellent homemaker. Her joy experiences derived from being a wife and mother, working in her yard, cooking and especially spending time with her grandchildren. She is survived by two daughters, Cheryl Thompson and Pamela Croston of North Little Rock, Ark.,, three grandchildren, Jonathan Jones and Amanda Jones of New York, N.Y., and Ashley Newman [Larry] of North Little Rock, Ark., many nieces, nephews and friends.
Home going Celebration will be Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, 11 a.m., at Mt. Nebo AME Church, 4904 Frazier Pike, College Station. Family Hour will be Tuesday, Sept. 19, 6-7 p.m., at Ruffin and Jarrett Funeral Home, 1200 Chester St., Little Rock, Ark. (501) 372-1305.
–––––❖––––– MARY ELIZABETH “SWISH” SWISHER WILSON, 99, passed away on Sept. 14, 2017. She was born Oct. 24, 1917 in Hackett, Ark., to Oscar Perry and Susan Elizabeth Browne Swisher. She attended the consolidated school there until it was closed during the Depression, then finished high school in Fort Smith, Ark. She received her degree in Education at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, where she met Jack H.Wilson who became her devoted husband for 67 years.
Mary taught primary school in Hackett until Jack returned from World War II. They moved to Little Rock where Mary taught for the Little Rock Public Schools at Franklin and Forest Park Elementary Schools. She loved her work and the children in her care. They loved her in return.
Mary and Jack enjoyed a Dinner Club (they called it the “Gourmet Club”) with 12 special friends lasting for many years. They shared potluck on a monthly basis, boasting some of the best food and fellowship to be found. This group experienced many of life’s ups and downs together.
Westover Hills Presbyterian Church was the Wilsons’ place of worship since 1948. Mary loved being a member of her Women’s Church Circle. She loved teaching the little ones in Sunday School many years ago and loved watching those children grow up into church members with children of their own.
Mary was a former member of the Musical Coterie, the University Women and Mothers’ Book Club. She and Jack loved to travel, attending several Elderhostels around the country and were also involved in LifeQuest for many years. They also enjoyed an evening Dinner and Book club together. Mary loved to read and exchange books with friends and family. Crossword puzzles and the keeping of a diary were established daily habits.
Mary was preceded in death by her loving husband, Jack, her parents, her sister, Juanita Barr and her brother, Ray Swisher. She is survived by two daughters, Jacqueline Senn (Jerry) and Anita Sue Marsh (James); six grandchildren, Becky Moore (Tony), John Major (Jennifer), Susan Marsh, Mary Elliff (Dave), Andrew Marsh and Peter Marsh; and eight great-grandchildren, Carson Moore, Madison Moore, Mackenzie Moore, Michael Major, Katherine Major, Caroline Elliff, Caleb Elliff and Elijah Elliff; and other extended family.
Services will be at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 20 at Westover Hills Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Westover Hills Presbyterian Church, 6400 Richard B. Hardie Dr., Little Rock 72207, Arkansas Hospice, 14 Parkstone Circle, North Little Rock, Ark., 72116 or Central Arkansas Library System (CALS), 100 S. Rock St., Little Rock, Ark., 72201.
Arrangements by Little Rock Funeral Home, (501) 224-2200. Mary’s online guestbook may be signed at www.littlerockfuneralhome.com.