Miscellaneous Jefferson County, Arkansas Obituaries

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Pamela Stout
August 3, 1926
July 29, 2004
SHERIDAN -- Pamela Mary Stout, 77, of Sheridan, died Thursday at Sheridan Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was born Aug. 3, 1926, at Brecon South, Wales, a daughter of William Robert Bruce and Winifred Margaret Thorogood Bruce. She graduated from Bedminster School at Bristol, England. She was employed by Rockwell International as an electronics technician for NASA until her retirement in 1990. She was a member of First Baptist Church at Sheridan. She was preceded in death by a son, Robert Leonard Thornberry; and a brother, Robert William Bruce. Survivors include a daughter, Sharon Beckwith of Hensley; a son, Tim Tewell of Huffman Estates, Ill.; three sisters, Averil Simpson of Emmanus, Pa., Iris Mudge of Columbus, Ind., and Isbel Huff of Sims, Fla.; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Buie Funeral Home at Sheridan with the Rev. Mark Lindsey officiating. Burial will be in Chapel Hill Memorial Park at Jacksonville. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Versa Stover
December 1, 1908
August 6, 2004
Versa Mae Stover, 95, of Pine Bluff, died Friday at Jefferson Regional Medical Center. She was born Dec. 1, 1908, in Grant County, a daughter of the late Johnny Rhoades and Lela Bell Rhoades. She was a member of Pine Ridge Presbyterian Church and a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband Claud Stover; a daughter, Claudie Mae Harrison; four brothers; and one sister. Survivors include four sons, George Stover and Robert Stover, both of Pine Bluff, Rolan Stover of Atlanta, Texas, and Willie Stover of Arkansas; 11 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today at Buie Funeral Home at Rison with the Rev. John Deaton officiating. Burial will be in Black Cemetery.

Edward Harris
August 22, 1910
August 6, 2004
LITTLE ROCK -- The Rev. Edward Whatley Harris, 93, of Little Rock, died Friday at his home. He was born Aug. 22, 1910, in Shreveport, La., a son of the late George Edward Harris and Minnie Whatley Harris. He was a graduate of Texarkana Junior College, Emory University and the Candler School of Theology. He was licensed to preach in 1929. He was a pastor at Lockesburg (Sevier County), Stamps (Columbia County), Fordyce, Monticello, Conway, Texarkana, El Dorado, Pine Bluff and in Little Rock at the Asbury United Methodist Church. He also served as the Baton Rouge, La., district superintendent and as a minister in Metarie, La. and Ferguson, Mo. He was the executive director of the Christian Civic Foundation of Arkansas from 1972 until his retirement in 1982. He was inducted as a member of the "Corpus Cordis Aureum" (Golden Cord of the Heart) at Emory University in May 2004. In 1979 he and Daisy Bates received honorary doctorates from Philander Smith College at Little Rock for their work in the civil rights movement. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church at Little Rock where he taught the Bethel Sunday School class. He was preceded in death by a brother, Eugene Harris; and two sisters, Thelma Grimes and Lena Mae Benge. Survivors include his wife, Mabel Martin Harris, whom he married Oct. 2, 1941, at Warren; a daughter, Elizabeth Livingston of Little Rock; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at First United Methodist Church at Warren with the Rev. Siegfried Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery by Frazer's Funeral Home at Warren. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until service time at the church. A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at First United Methodist Church at Little Rock with the Rev. Michael L. Mattox officiating. Visitation will follow the service. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 723 Center St., Little Rock, AR 72201 or Camp Aldersgate, 2000 Aldersgate Road, Little Rock, AR 72205.

Charles Anderson
November 7, 1931
August 6, 2004
RISON -- Charles O. Anderson, 72, of Rison, died Friday at Jefferson Regional Medical Center. He was born Nov. 7, 1931, in Cleveland County, a son of the late Oscar Anderson and Lorene Powers Anderson. He served in the Army during the Korean War. He was a member of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church. He retired as a welder at Central Moloney at Pine Bluff. He was an employee of the Fetch N Go store at Rison. He was preceded in death on Sept. 30, 2003, by his wife, Mary Anderson; a daughter, Brenda Kay Anderson; one brother and a sister. Survivors include a son, John C. Anderson of Rison; a daughter, Jane Bolen of Rison; three brothers, Henry Anderson of Fort Smith and Dave Anderson and J. W. Anderson, both of Pine Bluff; and five grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Buie Funeral Home with Donald Lee Ruffin officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery at Rison. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Cornelious Allen
December 13, 1912
August 2, 2004
WARREN -- Cornelious Allen, 91, of Warren, died Monday at Wagnon Place Nursing Home. He was born Dec. 13, 1912, at Wilmar (Drew County), a son of the late Aaron Allen and Henrietta Dewese Allen. He was a farmer and attended Great Shady Grove AME Church at Wilmar. He was preceded in death by a brother, Curtis Allen; and three sisters, Nettie Mae Allen-Cobb, Genevie Allen Stanley and Carrie Mae Allen Greene. There are no immediate survivors. Funeral services will be at 4 p.m. today at Great Shady Grove AME Church with the Rev. Shirley Spencer officiating. Burial will be in Wilmar Cemetery by Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home at Monticello.

Matthew Rader
April 6, 1979
August 3, 2004
HERNANDO, Fla. -- Matthew Christian Rader, 25, of Hernando, Fla., died Tuesday. He was born April 6, 1979, at Little Rock, a son of Michael Rader of Little Rock and Brenda Roesler of Hernando. He was a 1998 graduate of Lecanto (Fla.) High School and attended Central Florida Community College. He graduated in 2004 from Florida State University with degrees in finance and real estate. He was a member of Pi Lamda fraternity. He was a member of Cumberland Presbyterian Church at Pine Bluff. Other survivors include his grandmother, Betty Joyce Doherty of Pine Bluff; and his stepfather, Kenneth Roesler of Hernando. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Strickland Funeral Home at Crystal River, Fla. Memorials may be made to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Citrus County, PO Box 190, Crystal River, FL 34423. Mary Paskel, of Pine Bluff, died Thursday at Jefferson Regional Medical Center. Funeral arrangements will be announced by P.K. Miller Mortuary. Kamaron Randle, 1, of Pine Bluff, died Tuesday at his home. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Perry Funeral Home.

Ozell Searchfield
February 13, 1909
August 11, 2004
Ozell Jenkins Searchfield, 95, of Pine Bluff, died Wednesday at Jefferson Regional Medical Center. She was born Feb. 13, 1909, at Plumerville (Conway County), a daughter of the late Louis Jenkins and Callie Allen Jenkins. She received her education at Menifee (Conway County). She was a member of St. Bethel Baptist Church where she was a member of the usher board for many years. She was preceded in death on June 24, 1994, by her husband, Allen Searchfield, whom she married on March 25, 1946; and one daughter. Survivors include one daughter, Lois Lester of Chicago; two stepsons. Alvie D. Carroll of Pine Bluff and Samuel Earl Carroll of North Little Rock; one stepdaughter, Linda Dianne Carroll of Atlanta; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday at St. Bethel Baptist Church with Louis Williams officiating. Burial will be at the Miller Cemetery by P.K. Miller Mortuary. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until service time Monday at the church.

Anita Sanders
March 6, 1940
August 13, 2004
BRYANT -- Anita Tyler Sanders, 64, of Bryant, died Friday at home. She was born March 6, 1940, at Wright, a daughter of the late Dewey Morphis and Leola Cochran. She was the owner of a daycare service. She was a Methodist. Survivors include her husband, James "Sandy" Tyler; one son, Eric Tyler; one daughter, Brenda Qualls; two step-daughters, Sharon Young and Nieda Craig; two sisters, Jonelle Vinson and Bonnie Magness; and seven grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Bryant First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Bud Reeves officiating. Arrangements are by Huson Funeral Home at Little Rock. Burial will be in Pinecrest Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Harvey Bullocks
July 14, 1942
August 4, 2004
WEST HELENA -- Harvey "Bull" Bullocks, 62, of West Helena, died Aug. 4 at Baptist Hospital at Little Rock. He was born July 14, 1942, at West Helena, a son of the late Maggie Bullocks Buie. He received his education in the Helena-West Helena School District. He graduated from Arkansas AM&N College (now the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff). He was a probation officer for the Department of Community Correction at Pine Bluff. He was a member of New Light Missionary Baptist Church. He was a member of the Beta Theta Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. He was preceded in death by one son, Harvey Bullocks III; and one brother, Simon Buie. Survivors include four sons, Harvey Bullocks Jr. of Pine Bluff, Brent Bullocks, of Detroit and Michael Bullard and Ricky Williams, both of Atlanta; one daughter, Beatrice Bullocks, of Detroit; three sisters, Minnie L. Henry of West Helena, Rugenal Anderson of North Little Rock and Joyce White of Little Rock; and several grandchildren. A memorial service will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the Jefferson County Courthouse, First Division Courtroom.

Helen Gloff
March 7, 1916
August 20, 2004
SHERIDAN -- Helen V. Gloff, 88, of Sheridan and formerly of Fordyce, died Friday at Hot Spring County Medical Center at Malvern. She was born at Bunn (Dallas County) on March 7, 1916, a daughter of the late John William Malcom Sr. and Wanda Wood Malcom. She was a retired nurse. She was a member of the Bethesda Baptist Church in Chambersville. She was preceded in death by her brother, John William Malcom Jr.; and three grandchildren. Survivors include two sons, Jim Raney of Sheridan and Bill Raney of Mabelvale; a daughter, Mary Trofholz of Arlington, Texas; nine grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Monday in Liberty Cemetery near Fordyce with the Rev. Larry McDaniel officiating. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Benton Funeral Home of Fordyce.

Razza James Poe
April 12, 1925
August 19, 2004
SHERIDAN -- Razza James Poe, 79, of Sheridan, died Thursday at Jefferson Regional Medical Center at Pine Bluff. He was born April 12, 1925, at Belfast (Grant County), a son of the late Stephen Wyatt (Bud) Poe and Margaret Carpenter Poe. He served in the 2nd Infantry Division in World War II, where he received numerous medals, including a Purple Heart. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service after 30 years of service. He was an member of Little Creek Missionary Baptist Church at Sheridan and the Little Creek Quartet and choir. He was preceded in death by a stepfather, J. Harry Puckett; a son, Michael Olin Poe; three sisters, Ione Davis, Melissa Hundley and Joey Allen; six brothers, Wyatt (Bye) Poe, Joseph K. Poe, George Puckett, Ted Puckett, "Preacher" Puckett and Dude Puckett. Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Bonnie Hamner Poe; one daughter, Judy Davis of Sheridan; six sisters, Julitta Wells and Cora Steadman, both of California, Laverne Lucas of Sheridan, Betty Zylks of Rodessa, La., Janie Derrick of Sheridan and Floy Davis of Klamath Falls, Ore.; five grandchildren; and nine great- grandchildren. Funeral Services will be at 2:30 p.m. today at Little Creek Missionary Baptist Church at Sheridan with Rev. C.M. Carey, Rev. Ron Ballard and Rev. Dennis Holmes officiating. Burial will be in Corinth Cemetery near Sheridan by Memorial Gardens Funeral Home of Sheridan. Memorials may be made to Little Creek Missionary Baptist Church, P.O. Box 389, Sheridan, AR 72150 or Corinth Cemetery Association, 276 Grant 545, Sheridan, AR 72150.

Vernon Mattox
Oct. 13, 1940
August 20, 2004
STAR CITY -- Vernon Mattox, 63, of Star City, died Friday, at New Madrid, Mo. He was born Oct. 13, 1940, at Pine Bluff, a son of Lucille Smith Mattox of Jefferson and the late Charles Mattox Sr. He was reared and received his early education in Pine Bluff. He attended White Hall High School. He was a truck driver for the Smith Trucking Co. of Star City. Other survivors include his wife, Mary Mattox; four sons, Bubba Mattox and Donald "Bozo" Mattox, both of Jefferson, Joey Mattox and John Johns, both of Star City; five daughters, Sissy Mattox of Pine Bluff, Susie Augelli of Waterbury, Conn., Kathy Dyer of East End (Saline County), Cyndi Mattox of Harrison and Brandy Johns of Star City; one brother, Charles "Buddy" Mattox Jr.; one sister, Marie Wells of Delta, La.; and nine grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at the Ralph Robinson & Son Funeral Directors at Pine Bluff with the Rev. Billy Burks officiating. Burial will be in Ramick Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Billie Chambers
January18, 1931
August 20, 2004
GARLAND, Texas -- Billie Ruth Chambers, 73, of Garland, Texas, formerly of Warren, Ark., died Friday in Plano. She was born Jan. 18, 1931, at Warren, a daughter of the late James W. Clark and Bernice Williams Clark. She attended the Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by a brother, J. Walter Clark. Survivors include her husband, Felix Chambers; one son, Clark Chambers of Garland; a daughter, Cherrie Little of Garland; three sisters, Sarah Martin, Joan Harris and Nell Calaway, all of Garland; and three grandchildren. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Monday in Oakland Cemetery at Warren by Frazer's Funeral Home of Warren.


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