Miscellaneous Jefferson County, Arkansas Obituaries

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Joseph Brown
September 25, 1934
May 7, 2004
Joseph Glen Brown, 69, of Pine Bluff, died Friday at John L. McClellan Memorial Veterans Hospital at Little Rock. He was born Sept. 25, 1934, at Rison, a son of the late Oscar A. Brown and Versa Roberts Brown. He served in the Army. He worked in construction. He was a Baptist. Survivors include his wife, Betty Nichols Brown, whom he married on Jan. 24, 1959; two sons, Michael Brown and Ricky Brown, both of White Hall; one daughter, Brenda Murphy of White Hall; three brothers, Elmer Brown of Malvern, Benny Sanders of Hot Springs and Raleigh Brown of Mountain View (Stone County); four sisters, Estelle Hardy of White Hall, Lennie McNabb and Betty Larson, both of Pine Bluff, and Virginia O'Neil of Star City; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Hale-South Funeral Home with the Rev. Charles Cantwell officiating. Burial will be in Roselawn Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Thomas Jester
September 26, 1923
May 7, 2004
Thomas J. Jester, 80, of Pine Bluff, died Friday at the Arkansas Heart Hospital at Little Rock He was born Sept. 26, 1923, at Bradley (Lafayette County), a son of the late William Raspberry Jester and Maude Beshea Jester. He served in the Navy during World War II, having served on the USS Belleawood and USS Franklin as a commando in the Pacific. He worked as a recovery boiler operator for International Paper Company for 41 years. He played professional baseball in the San Francisco Giants Minor League Organization. He was a Little League baseball coach for the IP Supervisors. He was a Baptist. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lillie Teague Jester, whom he married on July 20, 1946; three brothers, Othor Jester, Owen Jester and Rufus Jester; and one sister, Inez Jester Gore. Survivors include two sons, Tom Jester and Tim Jester, both of Pine Bluff; two daughters, Linda Miller of Little Rock and Barbara Choquette of Massachusetts; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Hale-South Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Jesse Eason
August 25, 1919
May 7, 2004
DEWITT -- Jesse Lawrence "J.L." Eason, 84, of DeWitt, died Friday. He was born Aug. 25, 1919, at Crocketts Bluff (Arkansas County), a son of the late Jesse Lawrence Eason Sr. and Dora Irene McKewen Eason. He served in the Navy during World War II. He retired from the Arkansas County Highway Department, where he was the shop supervisor. He was a member of Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, where he taught the adult Sunday school class. He was preceded in death by four brothers, J.C. Eason, Tony Raines and two infant brothers; and one sister, Eunice Eason. Survivors include his wife, Eloise Purdy Eason; three sons, Roger Eason of Forrest City (St. Francis County), Jerry Dawes of Almyra (Arkansas County) and Ronnie Dawes of Cave City (Sharp/Independence County); three daughters, Betty Jo Gunter of Russellville, Elizabeth Owens of White Hall and Judy Craig of Bridge City, Texas; one brother, Floyd Eason of DeWitt; 14 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Essex Funeral Home of DeWitt with Sam Morgan and Pete Bowen officiating. Burial will be in Cedarcrest Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Dollie Park
Dollie B. Park of Pine Bluff died Friday at the Jefferson Regional Medical Center. She was a native of the Hardin community, a daughter of the late Ralph W. Woods and Ellen Mary Woods. She received her early education in Hardin. She was a homemaker. She was a Baptist. She was preceded in death by three sisters, Thora J. Smith, Dorothy Elkins and Pauline Veasey; and one brother, Ralph H. Woods. Survivors include her husband, Coy Clarence Park Sr.; three sons, Coy Clarence Park Jr. of White Hall, Donnie Ray Park of Ridgeland, Miss., and Steven Park of Van Buren; one sister, Mary Ellen Holsman of Rison; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Ralph Robinson & Son Funeral Directors with the Rev. Jay Bagwell and Rev. Al Michael officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Jesse Taylor
August 6, 1924
May 14, 2004
JERSEY -- Jesse Lee Taylor Sr., 79, of Jersey (Bradley County) died Friday at Wagnon Place Nursing Home at Warren. He was born Aug. 6, 1924, at Malvern, a son of the late Carrie W. Taylor and Martha Quick Taylor. He was a retired carpenter and served in the Army during World War II. He was a member of Shady Grove Baptist Church at Jersey. He was preceded in death by a son, Jesse Lee Taylor Jr.; three brothers, Bill Taylor, Ralph Taylor and C.W. Taylor; and two sisters, Juanita Anders and Marjorie Johnson. Survivors include a daughter, Susan Vickers of Tillar (Drew County); one sister, Fannie Sue Bird of Katy, Texas; one grandchild; and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today at Shady Grove Baptist Church at Jersey. Burial will be in Shady Grove Cemetery by Frazer's Funeral Home of Warren.

Geneva Young
October 30, 1918
May 14, 2004
RYE -- Geneva Young, 85, of Rye (Cleveland County), died Friday at University Hospital at Little Rock. She was born Oct. 30, 1918, at Rye, a daughter of the late Robert R. Young and Menril Lee Reynolds Young. She was a retired employee of Arkansas Power & Light Co. She was a member of the Union United Methodist Church of Rye. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Maurice Young and Johnny Young; and two sisters, Lavetra Young and Loree Young. Survivors include two brothers, Robert Young of North Little Rock and Ben Young of Rye; and three sisters, Agnes Young of Alexander, Va., and Martha Parker and Jeanette Young, both of Rye. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Union United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Union Cemetery at Rye by Frazer's Funeral Home of Warren. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Laver Brewer
October 12, 1918
May 14, 2004
SHERIDAN -- Laver Smith Brewer, 85, of Sheridan, died Friday at the Sheridan Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was born Oct. 12, 1918, at Sheridan, the daughter of the late Jacob Marvin and Dovie Kelly Smith. She was a homemaker. She was a Baptist. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Brewer; two daughters, Jewell Hix and Louise Morris; and three brothers, George Smith, Arlee Smith and Stergin Smith. Survivors include two daughters, Gladys Garner of Pine Bluff and Marva Winans of Sheridan; one sister, Lucille Henderson of Sheridan; six grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Memorial Gardens Funeral Home with Robert Ewing officiating. Burial will be in Lost Creek Cemetery at Sheridan. Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Lular Williams
February 10, 1920
May 12, 2004
STAR CITY -- Lular Jasper Williams, 84, of Star City, died Wednesday at Garner Nursing Home in Star City. She was born Feb. 10, 1920, at Gould, a daughter of the late Avery Jasper and Elizabeth Petty Jasper. She was a farmer and nurse's aide. She was a member of the Polk Chapel at Yorktown (Lincoln County), where she was a Sunday school teacher. She was preceded in death by one daughter, Louise Daley; two sisters, Lydia Gibson and Jessie Gibson; and three brothers, Willie Petty, Levi Petty and Johnny Petty. Survivors include four sons, Gilbert Suell and Earl Jasper, both of Yorktown, Bennie Jasper of Pine Bluff and Willie McDonald of Richmond, Va.; four daughters, Nellie Knight of Mount Nebo, Ruth Aaron of Carson City, Calif., Earlie Brown of Paramount, Calif., and Dorothy Suell of Detroit; two brothers, Theodis Petty and R.I. Petty, both of Gould; one sister, Theresa Gibson of Gould; 24 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Polk Chapel with the Rev. Jerry Hayes officiating. Burial will be in Sneed Cemetery at Yorktown by Griffin Funeral Service of Star City. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Claudia Berg
December 27, 1927
May 13, 2004
BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Claudia Mae Dixon Berg, 76, of Bemidji, Minn., died Thursday at the Havenwood Care Center at Bemidji. She was born Dec. 27, 1927, at Keo, Ark., a daughter of the late Claud Wray and Nellie Welch Wray. She was a housekeeper at the Bemidji Hospital. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey Berg, whom she married on Dec. 21, 1982, and who died in 1984; and one grandchild. Survivors include five sons, John Conry Durham of Arkansas, John Wesley Dixon and Sylvester Dixon Jr., both of Waterloo, Iowa, and Jimmy Dewayne Dixon and Billy Ray Dixon, both of Bemidji; three daughters, Silvia Coffin of Bemidji, Mary Jane Pierce of Gentry, Ark., and Janie Sue Walters of Roscommon, Mich.; 19 grandchildren; eight stepgrandchildren; and 32 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Cease Family Funeral Home at Bemidji with the Rev. Stan Nelson officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and one hour before the funeral service.

Jimmie Bailey
Sept. 26, 1935
May 20, 2004
STAR CITY -- Jimmie "Jim" Bailey, 68, of Star City, died Thursday at Jefferson Regional Medical Center at Pine Bluff. He was born on Sept. 26, 1935, at Haynesville, La., to the late Benjamen Franklin Bailey and Nannie Stella Dukes Bailey. He attended school at Springhill, La. He served in the Navy and the National Guard. He retired from International Paper Co., where he was employed as a machine operator for 39 years. He was a Baptist. He was preceded in death by a son, David Wayne Bailey; four sisters, Julia Rhea Bailey, Frankie Cottral, Alla Mae Wright, and Billie Marie Hicks; two brothers, Delmar Arther Bailey and Floyd Randal Bailey; and two grandchildren. Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Mary Ann Fischer Bailey; a son, Jimmy Wayne Bailey of Star City; two daughters, Linda Oakes and Julia Rhea Cunningham, both of Star City; two sisters, Kathleen Lewis of Haynesville and Nannie Lee Bland of Cabot (Lonoke County); nine grandchildren; six stepgrandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and eight stepgreat-grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Hale-South Funeral Home at Pine Bluff with Jack Harris officiating. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery at Pine Bluff. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Phyllis Woolford
July 15, 1958
May 19, 2004
HOUSTON -- Phyllis Ann Acord Woolford, 45, of Houston, died Wednesday, at Ben Taub Hospital at Houston. She was born July 15, 1958, at Houston, a daughter of Mildred Acord of Warren, Ark., and the late Homer Acord. She was a member of Faith Memorial Baptist Church at Houston. Other survivors include one son, Steven Ray Woolford of Wilmar, Ark.; one daughter, Tracy Daniel of Wilmar, Ark.; four brothers, Robert Loomis and James Loomis, both of Wilmar, Michael Loomis of Houston and Donald Acord of Deer Park, Texas; three sisters, Evelyn Wardlaw and Susan Carter, both of Wilmar, and Debbie Scroggins of Monticello, Ark.; and three grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today at Frazer's Funeral Home of Warren. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery.

Clarence Raney
February 6, 1964
May 29, 2004
FORDYCE -- Clarence "Gary" Raney, 40, of Fordyce, died Saturday at his home. He was born Feb. 6, 1964, at Little Rock, a son of the late Andrew Raney and Dessie Ball Raney. He worked for Millcreek of South Arkansas. He attended in the First Assembly of God Church at Fordyce. Survivors include his wife, Tamali Raney; and one brother, Ray Raney of Holly Springs (Dallas County). Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the First Assembly of God Church at Fordyce with the Rev. B.L. Blann officiating. Burial will be in Holly Springs Cemetery at Holly Springs by Benton Funeral Home at Fordyce.

Clydean Wright
August 19, 1927
May 28, 2004
HAMPTON -- Clydean Wright, 76, of Hampton (Calhoun County), died Friday at her home. She was born Aug. 19, 1927, at Moro Bay (Bradley County), a daughter of the late Ford Wright and Lola Viola Slaughter Wright. She was a homemaker and a Baptist. She was preceded in death by a brother, James Wright; and a sister, Adalee Wright. Survivors include three brothers, Floyd Wright of Norphlet (Union County) and Clyde Wright and Ray Wright, both of Hampton; and a sister, Jeanette Duncan of Hampton. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Shady Grove Cemetery at Jersey (Bradley County) by Frazer's Funeral Home of Warren.

Margaret Harrison
November 7, 1918
May 28, 2004
HOT SPRINGS -- Margaret E. Harrison, 85, of Hot Springs, died Friday at St. Joseph's Advanced Care Hospital. She was born Nov. 7, 1918, at Little Rock, a daughter of the late James Donaldson and Allie Pearl McAnally Johnson. She was a former resident of Pine Bluff. She was a member of Hot Springs Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert W. Harrison Sr.; three brothers, James D. Johnson, Wayne N. Johnson and Douglas Johnson; and a sister, Ruth "Sunny" Cheatham. Survivors include two sons, Robert W. Harrison Jr. of Oklahoma City and Don Harrison of Hot Springs; and three grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Gross Funeral Home at Hot Springs. Burial will be private. Memorials may be made to the Hot Springs Baptist Church Library.

Patsy Childress
July 8, 1933
May 28, 2004
NEW EDINBURG -- Patsy Tipton Childress, 70, of New Edinburg (Cleveland County), died Friday at her home. She was born July 8, 1933, at New Edinburg, a daughter of the late Carey Lawson Tipton and Susie Gage Tipton. She was a certified nursing assistant for the Area Agency on Aging at Rison. She was a member of Mt. Elba Baptist Church. Survivors include two daughters, Vicki Bowen of New Edinburg and Patricia McClellen of Collierville, Tenn.; two brothers, Mack Ronald Tipton of Warmenster, Pa., and Jack Donald Tipton of North Little Rock; one sister, Geraldine Tipton Lusby of Little Rock; and five grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Benton Funeral Home at Fordyce with the Rev. Bobby Parnell and the Rev. Rick Bolin officiating. Burial will be in McCoy Cemetery at Fordyce. Memorials may be made to McCoy Cemetery or to Gideons International.

Raymond Toney
July 7, 1923
May 28, 2004
PRATTSVILLE -- Raymond Ester Toney, 80, of Prattsville (Grant County), died Friday at National Park Medical Center at Hot Springs. He was born July 7, 1923, at Brooklyn, Texas, a son of the late Charles Toney and Gertrude Robbins Toney. He served in the Army during World War II and a retired security guard for Temple Industries at Pineland, Texas. He was a Baptist. Survivors include his wife, Mary Petry Toney; three sons, Raymond David Toney of Buna, Texas, and Roy Toney and Billy Wayne Toney, both of Prattsville; a daughter, Kimberly Vance of Prattsville; a brother, John R. Toney of Port Arthur, Texas; two sisters, Annie Standley and Fannie Hearne, both of Beaumont, Texas; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Memorial Gardens Funeral Home at Sheridan with the Rev. Jon Cox officiating. Burial will be private. Visitation will be from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Arkansas Kidney Foundation, 1 Lile Court, Little Rock, AR 72205.

Calvin Green
December 30, 1916
May 28, 2004
STAR CITY -- Calvin Thomas Green, 87, of Star City, died Friday at Jefferson Regional Medical Center at Pine Bluff. He was born Dec. 30, 1916, at Cornerville (Lincoln County), a son of the late John B. Green and Willie Bailey Green. He was a member of the Lone Grove Missionary Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Annie O'Dell McGriff Green; three brothers, Lawrence Green, Clarence Green and Clinton Green; and one sister, Dottie Green Carrington. Survivors include one son, Earl Gene Green of Star City; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Griffin Funeral Home at Star City with Mike Powell officiating. Burial will be in Leek Cemetery at Star City.


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