Juanita Smith Marks, age 91 of Cabot, formerly of Pine Bluff and Monticello, passed away Monday, September 10, 2018, at Spring Creek Living Center surrounded by children and grandchildren. She was born July 8, 1927, in Dermott, AR to the late Homer Smith and Madie Yateman Smith.
She was a retired accountant for the City of Pine Bluff Sanitation Department and a long time Baptist Church worshiper. She also sold real estate and did land development for Marks Land and Realty which she and her husband owned. Mrs. Juanita and her husband enjoyed fishing and camping at Lake Ouachita, but most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family. She adored her grandchildren and they were her life. Her favorite saying was,” This too shall pass”. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her brother, James Smith; and a son-in-law, Larry Stephens.
Survivors include her husband of 73 years, Jack Marks of Cabot; three daughters, Pat Stephens of Cleveland, OK, Barbara Childs and husband David of Searcy and Julie Cearley and husband Wilbur of Sherwood; one sister, Delma Thompson and husband Dick of Pittsburg, KS; twelve grandchildren and twenty-seven great-grandchildren.
A celebration of life service will be held at 12:00 p.m. Saturday, September 15, 2018 at Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Chapel with burial to follow in Oakland Cemetery. Online guestbook at www.stephensondearman.com.
George Will Richardson, 86, of Lonoke, Arkansas died Friday, September 7, 2018 at Hospice Home Care in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Mr. Richardson was born July 2, 1932 to parents George Washington Richardson and Minnie Bell Richardson, Hempstead County, Arkansas.
Mr Richardson was the Agricultural Liaison Officer at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. As the Agriculture Liaison Officer, Richardson works with and give assistance and support to the University’s Office of Career Services, School of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Human Sciences, Youth Enterprise in Agriculture Counselor/Arkansas Land and Farm Development Corporation and youth component of the East Arkansas Enterprise Community, Inc. to increase Student Enrollment, Retention, and enhance a well-educated diverse USDA work Force through recruitment and counseling. He earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Agricultural Education. He graduated number five in his class in 1958. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered the Commencement Address. Richardson’s career in agriculture started with the Farmers Home Administration (FmHA) in 1963 and continued until his health failed. He was Rural Development Specialist.
While with FmHA, now USDA Rural Development, Richardson worked as
Assistant County Supervisor, County Supervisor, and Assistant District Director. He was designated as a State Appraiser for Multi-Family Housing, in 1982 and continued this collateral duty, until becoming the first African American Community and Business Loan Specialist in the nation in 1985. Throughout his career, George often found ways to reach out and help others. He leaves to celebrate his homegoing; wife Joyce Mosley Richardson, children, Kyle Richardson of Little Rock, Kirk Richardson of Allen, TX, Joyce Trellyce Richardson-Lambert of Houston, TX, Ronald Richardson( Lydia) of North Little Rock and 5 Grandchildren Ivan LoRon, Iesha Lambert, Isley Lambert, Lisa Lambert and Christian Lu.
Services for Mr. Richardson will be as follows: Wake, Friday September 14, 2018 6-8 Pm at union Valley Baptist Church. Funeral Service will be Saturday September 15 at 11:00 am at St. Matthews Baptist Church 6411 S Kerr Road, Scott, AR. Burial will be Monday at 11:00 Am at Arkansas Veterans Cemetery , 1501 W Maryland Ave., North Little Rock, AR. Service Entrusted to Boyd Funeral Home, Lonoke. www.boydfuneralhome.net
Mrs. Florida Marzell Westbrook Wilkerson, 88, of Leander, TX passed Tuesday, September 4, 2018. She was born October 5, 1929 in Monticello, AR to the late Henry and Emma (Wells) Johnson.
She leaves to cherish her memory: one son, Maurice Westbrook (Chicago, IL); one daughter, Donyell Bolin (Williamson, TX); a brother, Maurice Johnson (Dumas, AR); three sisters, Ruby Virgil and Dorthula Jones (both of Pine Bluff, AR), and Minnie Baker (Memphis, TN); and six grandchildren.
Visitation/Family hour will be Friday, 5:30pm-6:30pm at Brown Funeral Home.
Funeral service will be 2:30pm, Saturday, September 15, 2018 at Mt. Harmony Baptist Church by Dr. Robert Handley. Interment will be in Forrest Lawn Cemetery by Brown Funeral Home of Pine Bluff, AR.
Her body will lie in-state Saturday, 1:45pm until service.
Kalvin Fletcher, Sr.
Mr. Kalvin Jay Fletcher, Sr., 60, of Pine Bluff, AR passed Monday, September 10, 2018. He was born July 8, 1958 to the late Mose Bell and Elizabeth Fletcher.
He leaves to cherish his memory: his wife, Carolyn, A. (Adams) Fletcher; four sons, Kalvin Fletcher, Jr. (Palmdale, CA), Anthony Andrews (Arlington, TX), Martavus Fletcher (Pine Bluff, AR), and Lakendrick Fletcher (Carrollton, TX); three daughters, Bianca Fletcher, Auyunna Fletcher, and Erika Ross (all of Pine Bluff, AR); seven brothers, Kenneth Frazier, Artis Fletcher, and Rev. Otis Fletcher (all of Pine Bluff, AR), Stevie Gonder and Ronald Gonder (both of Houston, TX), Carl Bell (Pine Bluff, AR), and Robert Bell (Newport, AR); seven sisters, Judy Phillips and Stephanie Carr (both of Houston, TX), Rossalin Davie (Bigelow, AR), Linda Bell, Victoria Adams, and Irma McDuffy (all of Pine Bluff, AR), and Joyce Scott (Columbia, SC); thirteen grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Visitation will be Friday, 5:30pm-7pm at Mt. Calvary M.B. Church.
Funeral service will be 3:00pm Saturday, September 15, 2018 at Mt. Calvary M.B. Church by Rev. George Glass. Interment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery by Brown Funeral Home of Pine Bluff, AR.
His body will lie in-state Saturday, 2:15pm until service.
It is with deep and profound sadness that we announce the passing of Mother Bertha Lee Lockett-Daniels 76, of Pine Bluff. She Transitioned September 10 , 2018.
She leaves to cherish her memories: four sons Ricky ,James Apostle P.Lockett, Sr. and Eric .Four daughters Janice Debra , Sharon and Felicia Daniels. Two brothers Millard Lockett, Jr. and James Lockett, Sr. One sister Mary Herring. . A special son Mr. J. Morrill Gray, Sr .35 grandchildren, 37 greatgrandchildren, and 1 great- great grandchild.
Funeral Service will be 2:30pm on Saturday at New Community Church. with Rev.Lee Arthur Shelton Officiating Burial will be in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens by Paradise Funeral Home of Pine Bluff.
Visitation will be Friday, September 14, 2018 from 6:00pm-7:30pm at the church.
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Cornelia P. Moorehead died peacefully Saturday, September 1, 2018. She was born March 27, 1926 in El Dorado, Arkansas. Mrs. Moorehead will always be remembered for being a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, friend, and teacher. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, and three brothers.
She leaves to cherish her memory one sister, three daughters, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
A celebration of Mrs. Moorehead’s life will be 12:00pm, Saturday, September 15, 2018 at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Viewing of the remains will be from 10am-12pm and the funeral to follow by Rev. Marion Humphrey. Interment will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Pine Bluff, Arkansas by Brown Funeral Home of Pine Bluff, Arkansas.
Harold Keith Reynolds, 62, of Pine Bluff passed away on September 7, 2018. He was born on January 28, 1956 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas to the late J.V., Jr., and Syble Reynolds.
He was a veteran of the United States Army who enjoyed camping, playing pool and was a free spirit. His greatest achievement was his daughter, who he adored and worshiped.
He is preceded in death by a niece Mattie Reynolds.
Harold leaves behind his cherished daughter Katie Reynolds; two brothers Michael Reynolds and Richard Reynolds; one sister Sarah Adair and a nephew Dylan Adair.
A family hosted memorial service will be held at a later date.
Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to A Natural State Funeral Service, Jacksonville, Arkansas; 501-982-3400
His online guestbook is available at www.anaturalstatefuneralservice.com
Rev. Alex Davis, 67, of Pine Bluff was born on June 16, 1951 to the late Ben Davis and Melinda Smith in England, Arkansas.
Alex graduated from UAPB with a BS in Business Management.
Alex became the pastor of Cornerstone Baptist Church, North Little Rock Arkansas on June 16, 1996 where he remained faithful until his death.
Alex leaves to cherish his memories, a loving and devoted wife of 25 years, Barbra Davis; a son: Brandon Davis, 3 daughters, Latisha Davis Bledsoe, Jacqueline Smith and Aquita Jones Davis, 4 grandchildren; a brother, Sylvester Jackson; and a host of nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.
Funeral services for Rev. Alex Davis will be held Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Second Baptist Church in England, Arkansas. The body will lie in state from 10:15 a.m. until time of service.
Visitation will be held Friday at Christian Way Funeral Home 5-7 p.m.
Dorothy Gwendolyn McNeil, 88, transitioned from earthly life to eternal on Friday, September 7, 2018.
Born October 20, 1929 in Curtis, Arkansas (Clark County) to Nathan and Carrie McNeil, she was the youngest of seven children. As a pre-teen, she moved to Pine Bluff where she spent the remained of her life as a resident.
A very happy, caring, and sociable person, she enjoyed caring for children, fellowshipping with her neighbors, piddling in the garden, and growing vegetables.
She was preceded by her parents; four sisters, Corine Izard, Janie Cleon McClure, Nellie McClure, and Mattie Mae Izard; and two brothers, Richmond McNeil and Leroy McNeil.
She leaves to cherish her memory, one son, Archie (Georgia) Sanders; two granddaughters, Janet (Calvin) Long and Tausha (Tony) Little; one great-granddaughter, Haley Norris; two special great-nieces, Brenda McBride and Linda F. Collins; as well as a host of other nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends who loved her dearly.
Visitation will be Friday, September 14, 2018, from 6-7 p.m., at St. Peter’s Rock Missionary Baptist Church.
Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, September 15, 2018 at St. Peter’s Rock Missionary Baptist Church by Rev. Jimmy L. Fisher. Interment will be in Forrest Lawn Memorial Garden by Brown Funeral Home of Pine Bluff, AR.
Her body will lie in-state Saturday, 9:15am until service.
Judy Ann Kittler, age 76, of Pine Bluff passed away September 12, 2018. She was born July 12, 1942 to Stein and Ann Welch of Pine Bluff.
She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Kenneth Kittler; grandson, Drew Williams and brother, Buck Welch.
Judy is survived by her husband of 56 years, Doyle Kittler; daughter, Kim Glover (Brad) of Benton; son, Kyle Kittler (Amber) of Pine Bluff; three granddaughters, Carly Glover of Dallas, TX, Randi Kittler of Pine Bluff; Peyton Rasor of White Hall and two grandsons, Cole Glover of Benton and Kyle Stein Kittler of Pine Bluff. She is also survived by her brother, Bill Welch (Sue) of Austin, TX; sister-in-law, Hellen Kennedy; two brothers-in-law, Billy Kittler (Linda), James Kittler, all of Pine Bluff and many nieces and nephews.
Judy graduated from Dollarway High School in 1960. She graduated from Baptist Health School of Nursing and worked as a registered nurse in the operating room for 16 years. In 1974, she and her husband established D&J Steel where she held many titles from secretary to vice president
Judy was a member of Greenlee Missionary Baptist Church. She was a member ABWA (American Business Women’s Association) DuBocage Chapter where she served as president in 1988 and was elected Woman of the Year in 1992. Judy was also a past Girl Scout troop leader, Laubach Literacy teacher, secretary for Child Center for Abused Children and volunteered for many other organizations.
Memorial Service will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, September 15, 2018, in the Chapel of Ralph Robinson and Son. Visitation will begin one hour prior.
Memorials may be made to Susan G. Komen, American Cancer Society or MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Online Condolences: www.RalphRobinsonandSon.com
Mr. Donnell Washington 59, of Pine Bluff Passed September 11, 2018 Funeral Arrangements will be announced by Paradise Funeral Home of Pine Bluff.
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Mrs. Jessie Mae Rollins 69, of Pine Bluff passed away September 12,2018. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Paradise Funeral Home of Pine Bluff.
Madeline Jean Bottom Gorman, 69, of Pine Bluff, died, Wednesday, September 12, 2018.
Born August 23, 1949 at Pine Bluff, she was a daughter of the late Joseph Guy Bottom and Virginia Faye Davis Worm.
Reared and educated at White Hall, Madeline was a 1967 graduate of White Hall High School where she was a majorette and member of the marching band. A homemaker for many years, she was employed as a construction Safety Manager for nearly 20 years before retiring in 2016 from James Construction Group.
Madeline was a fantastic cook and her green thumb could make anything grow. She loved ballroom dancing and listening to music, especially the live music at the “Music on Main” and other community-oriented events. She also enjoyed being on the White Hall High School All Years Alumni Group committee.
She is survived by her daughter, Kady Skillen-Hill; step-daughters, Cassie Evatt (Will), Kira Earnest (Matt) and Audrey Strong; brothers, Guy Bottom (Diane) and Jerry Bottom (Laura); grandchildren, Emerson, Whiteaker, Layla and Anna; nieces, Amanda Post (Pat) and Adrian Nowakowski (John); and many other loving family and friends.
A Memorial Gathering will be Sunday, September 16th, 5 p.m. in the Chapel of Ralph Robinson & Son. Online condolences: RalphRobinsonandSon.com