Betty Ferguson Oliver, 79, dies

Betty Ferguson Oliver, 79, of North Little Rock, died April 9.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a twin brother, a sister, and a brother.

She is survived by her husband of almost 53 years, Robert (Bob) Oliver.

Having served for more than 57 years, she was the longest tenured employee in the entire University of Arkansas system. She served as staff chair for the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension’s Pulaski County program from 1969-2001, and in 2004 was inducted into the Arkansas Agriculture Hall Of Fame.

A longtime member of Little Rock's First Baptist Church, she sang in the choir and served as a group leader in her Bible study class.

After her twin's death, she and her husband established a Robert and Betty Oliver Twins' Scholarship at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia where she served on the Board of Trustees.

She is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University and received a master's degree from the University of Arkansas.

In the fall of 2015, she was the honoree at Stepping Up for Ouachita, an annual event which has raised more than $350,000 in scholarships for women since its inception. Assisting young people in obtaining education has been of paramount importance for her. She was honored to help young people reach their goals, especially through a faithbased college education.

A celebration of her life was held April 12 at Little Rock's First Baptist Church. A graveside service followed at Bluffton Cemetery in Bluffton.



Charles E. (Charlie) West, 62, dies

Charles E. (Charlie) West, 62, of Benton, died April 4.

Charlie was a former hospital administrator most recently at Rivendell Behavioral Health Services.

He was a member of The Church at Rock Creek in Little Rock.

His wife, Karen, is employed by the Arkansas Baptist State Convention in Little Rock.

He was preceded in death by his father and a sister.

Other than his wife, Karen, he is survived by two sons, three grandchildren, his mother, and a sister.

Funeral services were held April 6 at Hurricane Lake Baptist Church in Bryant. Interment followed at Pinecrest Memorial Park in Alexander.


WBC students inducted into Sigma Beta Delta

2016 Sigma Beta Delta Inductees at WBC, left to right: Tyler Dibert, Nick Scott, Taylor Galloway, Megan Weick, Andrei Leal, Ethan Risley, Ronald Robinson.WALNUT RIDGE – Seven students have been inducted into Sigma Beta Delta, the international honor society for business, at Williams Baptist College. The induction ceremony was held March 30.

The new inductees are Tyler Dibert of Imler, Pa., Taylor Galloway of Fisk, Mo., Andrei Leal of São Paulo, Brazil, Ethan Risley of Farmington, Ronald Robinson of Osceola, Nick Scott of Jacksonville Beach, Fla., and Megan Weick of Pocahontas.

Sigma Beta Delta is open to college juniors and seniors in the field of business. To qualify for the honor society the students must rank in the top 20 percent of their class and be invited to join by faculty of the college’s business department.

Williams is a four-year college at Walnut Ridge. Bachelor’s degrees offered through the WBC Business Department include business administration, computer information science and finance.


FBC, Benton, lock-in focuses on missions

BENTON – Thirty giggly fourth- and fifth-grade girls spent the night at First Baptist Church, Benton, as part of the church’s annual lock-in.

The event was about more than fun and games. It was also about missions.

Debbie Payton, who helps lead fifth-grade girls ministry at the church, said the church has been having a missions lock-in for about 20 years. This year’s event took place Feb. 19-20.

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Stovall and Harthorn represent WBC at national English conference

(From left): Edward Harthorn, WBC Engligh professors Jerry Gibbens and Sheri Midkiff, and Jessica Stovall. Williams Baptist College seniors Jessica Stovall and Edward Harthorn traveled to Minneapolis, Minn., to represent Williams Baptist College (WBC) at the national Sigma Tau Delta Convention, held March 2-5.

Sigma Tau Delta is the International English Honor Society, and it seeks to exhibit high standards of academic excellence while promoting exemplary character and interest in literature and the English language.

Stovall’s paper was one of four chosen to be on a discussion panel covering Tennessee Williams plays, while Harthorn’s paper was one of four chosen for a Shakespeare panel.

“I am so grateful to have been given the privilege to attend a gathering of people who are incredibly enthusiastic about literature,” said Stovall.

“Our English professors did a terrific job of coaching us on not only how to revise for great papers, but also how to communicate the material effectively to the audience and thus deliver great presentations as well,” adds Harthorn.

The students were accompanied at the convention by Williams English professors Jerry Gibbens and Sheri Midkiff.

Stovall, a psychology major and English minor, is an Omaha, native. She is the daughter of Greg and Jill Stovall.

Harthorn, a history major and English minor, is from College City. He is the son of Dr. Steven and Cathy Harthorn of St. Paul, Minn.