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The Helena Arkansas Daily World - Helena, AR
  • Basketball event to benefit Williams Endowment

  • A night of basketball for a worthy cause is coming to Phillips County this Saturday, April 13 at the Marvell-Elaine High School gym starting at 5 p.m.
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  • A night of basketball for a worthy cause is coming to Phillips County this Saturday, April 13 at the Marvell-Elaine High School gym starting at 5 p.m. The fifth annual event benefitting the Darnell Williams II Endowment Fund will honor Marvell's 1981 state basketball championship team. It will also pay tribute to Lloyd Smith, Ricky “Slim” Jackson and Nomadale Scott. The Darnell Williams II Endowment Fund is named in honor of the son of Sandra and Clausey Myton, who lost his life in a tragic automobile accident in 2007. Williams had just begun the second semester of his senior year. Williams attended Marvell-Elaine High School from kindergarten through the 12th grade. “Darnell had a zeal to succeed with high hopes and dreams,” stated the Mytons. “He worked diligently to accomplish any task set before him.” “It is my desire after I graduate from college, reach the height of my educational career and be gainfully employed is to donate a portion of my salary to some deserving American to continue their educational goal,” said Williams in December 2006. “Prayerfully, the cycle will go on and on.” In life the 17-year-old was well known as a giver. According to his parents, he was a young man of integrity, high moral standards, a faithful commitment to God, his family and friends with respect and compassion for all people. In death, he donated organs that save three other lives. Everyone is encouraged to come out for an evening of basketball entertainment and meet the players, coaches and managers of the first state high school basketball championship in the history of the Marvell community.

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