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Kula Kumpuris

On July 3, 2015, Kula Makris Kumpuris passed away peacefully in her sleep. She was born February 21, 1917 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas to Annie Zack and George Andrew Makris.

Joe Matthews

Joe Matthews, age 81 of Pine Bluff, AR, died July 1. He was born May 26, 1934, in Texarkana, TX. He was the son of the late Joseph Simpson and Tommie Ouida Nichols Matthews.

Charles Bland

LITTLE ROCK — Charles W. Bland, passed away June 28, 2015, at Baptist Health Little Rock after a seven week battle with acute myeloid leukemia. He passed easily and finally able to breathe without struggling.

Thomas Inman

ALTHEIMER — Thomas P. Inman, age 82, of Altheimer, passed away Sunday, June 28, 2015. Born September 4, 1932 in Cheyenne, Wyo., he was a son of the late John B. Inman and Mollie Cullipher Inman. He served in the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict.

Erma Goodwin

WHITE HALL — Mrs. Erma Goodwin, 77, of White Hall, Ark., passed Wednesday, June 24, 2015. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Brown Funeral Home of Pine Bluff.

Tony Bennett

STAR CITY — Tony Allen Bennett, 53, of Star City, died Sunday, June 14, 2015, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center. He was born Sept. 16, 1961, in Monticello to the late Daniel Washington and Melba Sue Lilly Bennett.

David Kealer

BISMARCK — David Kealer, 61, of Bismarck, Ark., was called home to be with his Savior on Monday, June 22, 2015. He was born Dec. 3, 1953, in Pine Bluff, Ark., to Fred and Esta (Ramey) Kealer. He was a beloved husband, caring father and fun-loving Pappy. Anyone who knew David knew that one of his favorite things in life was to be in God’s house, worshiping his Savior. Serving God was vitally important in his life, and he did this over the years in many capacities, including serving as a deacon, Sunday school teacher, song leader, and even as a preacher and pastor.

Lee Bowers

Lee English Bowers, 76, of Pine Bluff, Ark., left this earth to be with her Heavenly Father on Tuesday, June 23, 2015, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center.

Maureen Franklin

WHITE HALL — Maureen Angela Grady Franklin, 84, of White Hall passed away Friday, June 19, 2015. She was born Feb. 28, 1931, in Hartman, Ark. Member of Hardin Baptist Church, Golden Circle Sunday school class and RSVP. Her husband, Robert Franklin; son, Randall Ellison; and grandson, Ricky Rogers preceded her in death.

Ester Duncan

STAR CITY — Ester Lorinda Duncan, 52, of Star City died June 20, 2015. She was born Jan. 6, 1963, in Dumas, Ark., and was the daughter of Leon and Ester Duncan. Lorinda was a member of Smyrna Missionary Baptist Church.

Carolyn Reaves

REDFIELD — Carolyn Holmes Featherston Reaves, 94, of Redfield, Ark., died Thursday, June 18, 2015. Carolyn Gray Holmes was born in Pine Bluff, Ark., on Aug. 10, 1920, to the late George Henry Holmes and Alleen Niemeyer Holmes. She spent her childhood in Rison, where she was valedictorian of her high school class.