Miscellaneous Jefferson County, Arkansas Obituaries

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Andrew Shaw
September 9, 1956
March 10, 2004
Andrew Lee Shaw, 47, of Pine Bluff, died Wednesday at his home. He was born Sept. 9, 1956, at Gould, a son of Geneva Shaw of Pine Bluff and the late Andrew Ware. He was a member of Pleasant View Ministries Church. Other survivors include six brothers, Marcus Richardson of Pine Bluff, Calvin Shaw and Kenny Shaw, both of Chicago, Edward Shaw, of Richmond, W.Va., Tony Ware of South Bend, Ind., and Tyrone Ware of Atlanta; and five sisters, Jeanell Wells of San Dimas, Calif., and Lela Criss, Sharon Mums, Donna Hudson and Patricia Richardson, all of Pine Bluff. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Pleasant View Ministries Church with the Rev. William Shaw Jr. officiating. Burial will be at St. Ollie Cemetery at Meroney by Brown Funeral Home. The body will be at the church from 1 p.m. until service time. Visitation will be 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. The family will be at the home of Susie Collins, 4169 Highway 190.

Hugh Nutt
August 7, 1915
March 13, 2004
FORDYCE -- Hugh Harrison Nutt, 88, of Fordyce died Saturday at Dallas County Medical Center at Fordyce. He was born Aug. 7, 1915, in Carthage (Dallas County), a son of the late Harry May Nutt and Roberta Matthews Nutt. He graduated from Carthage High School and attended Henderson State University. He served in the Navy during World War II where he received the Purple Heart. He was a retired logging contractor for the Fordyce Lumber Company and for Georgia-Pacific. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Fordyce where he served as a trustee and on the official board. He served on the Dallas County Hospital Board and on the Fordyce Park Commission. Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Kitty Corrine Robertson; three sons, Hugh Albert Nutt, Horace William "Bill" Nutt and Henry Norton "Rusty" Nutt, all of Fordyce; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the First United Methodist Church of Fordyce. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery by Benton Funeral Home of Fordyce. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Fordyce or to the Dallas County Medical Center Auxiliary.

Houston H. Smith
Houston "Handsome Harvey" Smith, 84, of Pine Bluff, died Friday at his home. He was born at Grant County, a son of the late Jacob Oscar and Onie Lawrence Smith. He served in the United States Army and worked for Cotton Belt Railroad until his retirement in December 1983. He was a member of Sulphur Springs Baptist Church, the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans and a former member of the Ramick Cemetery Board. He was preceded in death by a son, Elvin Ray Smith; two brothers, J.D. Smith and Grover Smith; and a sister, Myrtle Smith. Survivors include his wife, Edith Taylor Smith, whom he married on Feb. 10, 1942; two sons, Lester H. Smith and Howard W. Smith, both of Pine Bluff; two daughters, Betty Joyce Quin and Linda Marie Young, both of Pine Bluff; a brother, C.D. Smith of Pine Bluff; a sister, Mattie Belle Conner of Grapevine; 13 grandchildren; and 9 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Hale-South Funeral Home with Billy West and Steve Monk officiating. Burial will be in Ramick Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Bobby McGlaughlin
February 20, 1956
March 15, 2004
CAMDEN -- Bobby McGlaughlin, 48, of Camden, died Monday. He was born Feb. 20, 1956, at Monticello, a son of Shirley White McGlaughlin of Warren and the late Harrison McGlaughlin. He was a Baptist and a truck driver. He was preceded in death by a brother, Thomas McGlaughlin. Other survivors include a son, Bobby McGlaughlin Jr. of Camden; two daughters, Tammy Langford of Camden and Cindy Smith of Conway; two sisters, Mary Dogget and Jannie Dyer, both of Warren; and four grandchildren. Graveside services will be at 4 p.m. Monday in Rash Cemetery at Drew County by Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home with the Rev. Tom Christmas officiating. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Merle Peterson
March 6, 1916
March 19, 2004
DUMAS -- Merle Francis Peterson, 88, of Dumas, died Friday at Jefferson Regional Medical Center. He was born March 6, 1916, at Mt. Carmel, Ill., a son of the late Claude Patrick Peterson and Edith Dixon Peterson. He was a business and civic leader at Dumas and Democratic Party activist. He was a graduate of Lilbourn (Mo.) High School and Arkansas State University. He moved to Dumas in 1939 and owned a Ford dealership with his wife until selling it in 1976, continuing their business and farming interests through Peterson Enterprises. He served in the Army Air Force from 1942 to 1946. He served in the Arkansas State Senate from 1960-1966 and chaired the Desha Democratic Committee for 10 years. He was a volunteer staff member for Governor Bill Clinton for 10 years and was a leading fundraiser for the Clinton gubernatorial and presidential campaigns. He was appointed to the U.S. Electoral College in 1996. He was a member of First United Methodist Church and served as board chairman. Survivors include his wife, Deloris Ellegood Peterson, whom he married on November 19, 1939; two sisters, June Phillips of Gould and Eleanor Byrd of Jonesboro. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Buddy Ratcliff officiating. A private burial will be at Walnut Lake Cemetery. Visitation will be held for 2 to 4 p.m. today at Griffin Funeral Home. Memorials may take the form of contributions to First United Methodist Church and the Dumas Area Community Foundation.

Franklin Everett
October 18, 1932
March 17, 2004
MONTICELLO -- Franklin L. Everett Sr., 71, of Monticello, died Wednesday at Jefferson Regional Medical Center. He was born Oct. 18, 1932, at Drew County, a son of the late J.T. Everett and Carl Ree Reed Everett. He was a logger and a member of the Sixteenth Section Missionary Baptist Church. Survivors include four sons, Franklin Everette Jr. and Steven Everett, both of Chicago, and Mark Everett and Anthony Everett, both of Dallas; nine daughters, Sandra Everett of Chicago, Frankie Weaver of Massilon, Ohio, Janice Simpson of Monticello, Betty Butler of Zion, Ill., Sharon Jones and Carlene McCutchen, both of Rowlett, Texas, Ruth Shephard of Leesville, La., Lottie Jernigan and Michelle Everett, both of Little Rock; two sisters, Ginger Mae Suber of Monticello and Josie Mae Everett of Chicago; one stepdaughter, Doris Willis of Camden; 40 grandchildren; and 29 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. James Simpson officiating. Burial will be in Sixteen Section Cemetery at Drew County by Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home.

Lue Ida Moore
December 3, 1903
March 13, 2004
Tucker -- Lue Ida Harvey Moore, 100, of Tucker, died March 13 at Arkansas Convalescent Center in Pine Bluff. She was born Dec. 3, 1903, at Miss., a daughter of the late Utlisa Harvey and Winnie Harvey. She was a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by John Moore. Survivors include four daughters, John Etta Bryant and Charlene L. Freeman, both of Tucker, Georgia Lee Burnley of Pine Bluff and Nannie Sykes of San Antonio; 37 grandchildren; and 35 great- grandchildren. Funeral services will be at noon Monday at Oak Grove Baptist Church at Tucker with the Rev. George Parker officiating. Burial will be in Cottonwood Cemetery at Sherrill by Perry Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. The family will be at the home of Georgia Burnley, 2403 Reed Street.

Mary Crawford
August 27, 1942
March 20, 2004
WHITE HALL -- Mary Lois George Crawford, 61, of White Hall, died Saturday at Jefferson Regional Medical Center. She was born August 27, 1942, at Pine Bluff, a daughter of Margarette Theo Phillips George of Texas and the late Hershel Edgar George. She was a Baptist. She was a graduate of Dollarway High School and valedictorian of her class of 1960. She was a graduate of the University of Arkansas with a degree in chemistry. She later received degrees from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in math, the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff in computer science and Auburn University in math education. She was selected as Teacher of the Year and honored as Most Dedicated Teacher. She was a retired math teacher with over 31 years of teaching, with the last 21 years at White Hall High School. She was a member of the Arkansas Education Association and the NEA National Education Association. Other survivors include her husband, Donald L. "Don" Crawford, whom she married July 3, 1965; one son, Gary Don Crawford of Paragould; one brother, Hershel George of New York; two sisters, Margarette Susan Westbrook of Wichita Falls, Texas, and Sharon Nichols of Phoenix; and two grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Cranford Funeral Home at White Hall with the Rev. Matt Grantham officiating. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. today at the funeral home. The family will be at the home at White Hall. Memorials may take the form of contributions to the Parkinson Disease Foundation, 710 West 168th Street, New York, NY 10032.

George Agee Jr.
June 23, 1940
March 18, 2004
YORKTOWN -- George L. Agee Jr., 63, of Yorktown (Lincoln County) died March 18. He was born June 23, 1940, at Hope, a son of the late George L. Agee Sr. and Jewel Jackson Agee. He worked for the Lincoln County Road Department. He was a member of the Mt. Nebo Baptist Church at Yorktown. He was preceded in death by three brothers; one sister; and his grandmother. Survivors include five sons, Anthony Bradley and Philip Bradley, both of Pine Bluff, Donald Brown and Kenny Brown, both of Milwaukee, and Anthony Agee of Little Rock; four daughters, Keeanna Stocker and Monica Agee Brown, both of North Little Rock, Gloria Luster of Hot Springs, and Youlonda Agee Thomas of Yorktown; and 23 grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Mt. Nebo Baptist Church at Yorktown with A.L. Brown officiating. Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday at Griffen Funeral Services at Star City.

Samuel Beckwith
July 1, 1932
March 26, 2004
Samuel Grant Beckwith, 71, of Pine Bluff, died Friday at Jefferson Regional Medical Center. He was born July 1, 1932, at Rison, a son of the late Harold H. Beckwith and Estelle Scott Beckwith. He received his education in Pine Bluff, where he graduated from Watson Chapel High School in 1950. He was a 1959 graduate of the University of Arkansas at Monticello, where he received a bachelor's degree in industrial education. He served in the Navy for four years during the Korean War. He worked in vocational education for 35 years, retiring in 1994 as the assistant director of the Riverside Vocational School within the Arkansas Department of Correction. He was a member of the Watson Chapel Booster Club and the Arkansas Razorback Club. He was a member of the Good Faith United Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Betty Pearl Toll Beckwith; two brothers, Oliver Beckwith and Raymond Beckwith; and two sisters, Barbara Beckwith and Louise Simmons. Survivors include his wife, Mary Beth Childers Beckwith, whom he married in 1988 at Pine Bluff; a son, Jon Beckwith of Hazen; two daughters, Tanya Johnson and Jenifer Duck, both of Hazen; two stepsons, Monte Lawson and Martin Lawson, both of North Carolina; a stepdaughter, Melanie Cox of North Carolina; two brothers, Jimmy Beckwith of Pine Bluff and Harley Beckwith of Green Forest (Carroll County); a sister, Helen Walker of Pine Bluff; six grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; and five stepgreat-grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Ralph Robinson & Son Funeral Directors with the Rev. Scott Shafer officiating. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Good Faith United Methodist Church, 3703 Ryburn Road, Pine Bluff, AR 71603.

Helen Hutt
July 28, 1915
March 26, 2004
Helen Hutt, 88, of Pine Bluff, died Friday at the Trinity Village Medical Center. She was born July 28, 1915, in Pine Bluff, a daughter of the late John Talbot Hutt and Sarah Leiter Hutt. She attended the Pine Bluff public schools, graduating from Pine Bluff High School in 1933. She began working in the office of Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. in 1935. She retired in September 1977 after 42 years of service. She was a member of the YWCA, the Salvation Army Auxiliary and the Pilot Club. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church and the Wesley Friendship Sunday School Class. There were no immediate survivors. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Ralph Robinson & Son Funeral Directors with the Rev. Charles Settle officiating. Burial will be at Bellwood Cemetery.

Minnie Owen
February 24, 1922
March 26, 2004
Minnie Ferguson Owen, 82, of Pine Bluff, died Friday at Jefferson Regional Medical Center. She was born Feb. 24, 1922, in Hollow Bend Bottoms, a daughter of Henry Bolin and Katie Lyle Bolin. She attended school in Hollow Bend Bottoms and at Scott. She was a homemaker She was preceded in death by her first husband, Oscar T. Ferguson, whom she married on Aug. 7, 1938, at England and who died Jan. 10, 1952; her second husband, James Owen, whom she married on Jan. 10, 1977, at Sheridan and who died Aug. 9, 1982; five brothers; four sisters; and a grandson. Survivors include one son, Theo "Sonny" Ferguson of the Hardin community; one daughter, Barbara Lloyd of Hardin; three stepsons; James Leon Owen of Germantown, Tenn., Charles Owen of Maumelle and Larry Owen of Sugar Hill, Ga.; one stepdaughter, Ruby Box of the Watson Chapel community; four grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; 14 stepgrandchildren; and many stepgreat-grandchildren; and stepgreat-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Ralph Robinson & Son Funeral Directors with Jackie Jones officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Annie Owens
June 24, 1950
March 23, 2004
Annie Lee Fry Owens, 53, of Pine Bluff, died Tuesday. She was born June 24, 1950, at Altheimer, a daughter of Elvria Fry of Pine Bluff and the late William Fry Sr. She was a member of the Pine Hill Baptist Church and later joined the Prayer Garden Church of God in Christ. She was preceded in death by her brother, Lee Arthur Fry. Other survivors include her husband, Ronald Ray Owens; one daughter, Ellen Wright Lindsey of Pine Bluff; two sons, Eric Cherry of Pine Bluff and Samuel Cherry of Kentucky; four sisters, Dorothy Whitmore of Altheimer and Betty Holmes, Janice Gipson and Wanda Redwood, all of Pine Bluff; one brother, William L. Fry of Kansas City; and five grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Christian Outreach Ministry Church in Pine Bluff. Burial will be in the Wabbaseka Community Cemetery by P.K. Miller Mortuary. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Dennis Henley
March 12, 1930
March 26, 2004
STAR CITY -- Dennis Henley, 74, of Star City, died Friday in Drew Memorial Hospital at Monticello. He was born March 12, 1930, at Star City, a son of the late Josh Henley and Fannie Carter Henley. He was retired from the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department where he was a foreman and a crew leader. He was a member of the Overcoming Faith Worship Center at Star City. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Grady Henley and Fred Henley; and three sisters, Euis Lee, Lottie Beaty and Nora Cogbill. Survivors include his wife, Lou Cook Henley; two sons, Garry Henley of Star City and Jacky L. Henley of Malvern; two daughters, Debbie Record of Star City and Pam Hays of McGehee; two brothers, John Henley and June Henley, both of Star City; two sisters, Waddie Earnest and Lavon Robertson, both of Star City; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Funeral services are at 2 p.m. today at Griffin Funeral Services at Star City with Don Borland and J.C. Patterson officiating. Burial will be in Butler/Pleasant Hill Cemetery near Star City.

Downing Bolls Sr.
November 4, 1920
March 25, 2004
ABILENE, Texas -- Downing Abbott Bolls Sr., 83, died Thursday at Abilene Medical Center. He was born Nov. 4, 1920, at Roe, Ark., a son of the late Downing McCord Bolls and Emma Gelene Fortune. He attended public schools in Arkansas and Mississippi. He graduated from McMurry University at Abilene with a degree in business administration. He was drafted into the Army during World War II and was assigned to Camp Barkeley near Abilene, where he attended Medical Administrative Corps Officer Candidate School. He rose to the rank of sergeant. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant on Dec. 6, 1944. During his first overseas tour of duty, he was transferred to the newly formed U.S. Air Force. Downing served more than 29 years on active duty in the military. He served in Europe, North Africa and retired as administrator of Dyess Air Force Base Hospital on Sept. 1, 1971, with the rank of lieutenant colonel. After his retirement from the military, he was elected twice as county commissioner of Precinct 1 of Taylor County. He participated in the planning and construction of the new county jail and juvenile justice center and the conversion of a former department store into a joint city/county law enforcement center. He served eight years, 1990-1997, on the board of directors of the Taylor County Central Appraisal District. He was the first Republican ever elected to a county office in Taylor County. He was a member of the Retired Officers Association, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6873, the Seniors Coalition, the Heritage Foundation and USAF Medical Service Corps Association. He was also a member of the Air Rescue Association. He was a member of the Brook Hollow Christian Church. Survivors include his wife, Betty Lou Hagins, whom he married May 5, 1945, at Camp Chaffee, Ark.; three sons, Terrence Michael Bolls of Chantilly, Va., Downing Abbott Bolls Jr. of Abilene and Earl David Bolls of Austin, Texas; two daughters, Ann Bolls Hester of Abilene and Deborah Elaine Gryzwa of Eula, Texas; a brother, Albert Hinton Bolls of Pine Bluff; and seven grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Brook Hollow Christian Church with Steven Williams officiating. Burial will be in Elmwood Memorial Park by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home. The family will be at the funeral home today from 1 to 3 p.m. Memorial may be made to Brook Hollow Christian Church, 2310 S. Willis, Abilene, Texas 79605 or the donor's favorite charity.

R.P. Simmons Jr.
October 8, 1914
April 2, 2004
R.P. Simmons Jr., 89, of Pine Bluff died Friday at his home. He was born on Oct. 8, 1914, at Doddsville, Miss., a son of the late Reuben Simmons and Daisy Powell Simmons He served in the Army during World War II and was a salesman for Myers and Sunbeam Bread Companies. He was a member of First Baptist Church of White Hall, the Young at Heart Senior Citizen's Organization and the Adult Men's Sunday School Class. He was preceded in death by a brother, Clarence Simmons. Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Adele Simmons; two sons, Joe Simmons of Russellville and Tommy Simmons of Pine Bluff; a daughter, Pat Walters of Little Rock; two brothers, Alfred Simmons of Little Rock and Harvey Bonner of Oklahoma City; a sister, Dorothy Simpson of Lawton, Okla.; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Hale-South Funeral Home with the Rev. Bob Harper officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. today at the funeral home.


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