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LaVerne Norton

MONTICELLO – LaVerne Redmond Norton, age 96, of Monticello, (formerly of Pine Bluff) died Thursday, August 14, 2014, at The Woods of Monticello in Monticello. Mrs. Norton was born September 18, 1917, a daughter of the late MM and Myrtle Coulson Redmond.

Thrisdon Eason

ALTHEIMER - Mr. Thrisdon Deshawn Eason, 26, of Altheimer passed Wednesday, August 13, 2014. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Brown Funeral Home of Pine Bluff.

Emmit Crawford

WHITE HALL- Emmit Crawford, 93 of White Hall entered heaven August 7, 2014. He was born on Wolverton Mountain, Conway County, Ark. to the late J.P. & Mary Susan Rainey Crawford. He was preceded in death by Barbara Hurley Crawford who he married August 23, 1946.

Jackie Berryman

MONTICELLO – Jackie Lynn Berryman, age 66 of Monticello, passed away Sunday, July 27, 2014 at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. He was born August 13, 1947 in Monticello to the late John Drew Berryman and Edna Palmer Berryman.

Carl Cogshell

LITTLE ROCK - Carl Lee Cogshell, age 52, of Little Rock, Ark. died Sunday. Survivors are his Parents: Arthur and Versey Cogshell, 3 daughters: Ercia, Dr. Andrea, and Carmen, 5 Grandchildren, 3 brothers: Tracey, Corey,and Tony, 4 Sisters: Victoria, Treva, and Olivia. Grandmother Everlina Iverson. Funeral service will be 12:00 Noon Saturday July 19, 2014 Grace Temple 4217 South Shackleford Road, Little Rock,Arkansas. Visitation will be 6:00-7:30 p.m. Friday also at Grace Temple.

Frank Seals, Jr.

Mr. Frank Elbert Seals, Jr., 70, of Pine Bluff, passed Thursday, 26, 2014. He was born in Wabbaseka to the late Franks Seals, Sr. and Essie Lean (Bohannon) Crawford. Survivors Include: wife, Eunita R. (Rice) Seals of Pine Bluff; daughters Eulanda Seals King of Dallas, Texas, Euleah Seals of Conway, brothers, Charles Rice of Pine Bluff, Roy Lee Seals of England, Carlton Seals of Tucson, Ariz., Wayne Seals of Bethesda, MD, Kim Seals of Little Rock, Willie Seals of Phoenix, Ariz.; sisters, Brenda Peoples of Little Rock, Marilyn Enright of Pine Bluff, Beverly Riggins of Dallas, Texas; One Grandchild.

Agnes Lyon

Agnes Gray Clary Lyon, 90, a resident of Hot Springs, Arkansas, and formerly of Altheimer, Arkansas died Thursday, June 19, 2014, at her home in Hot Springs.

Jefferson Talbot III

HOT SPRINGS - Jefferson Beauregard (Beaure) Talbot III of Hot Springs, Arkansas, departed this life on Friday, June 20 at Baylor Heart Hospital in Dallas. He was born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas on August 21, 1932 to Annetta Williams Talbot and Jefferson Beauregard Talbot, Jr. and spent his childhood on their farm at Reydel, Arkansas. He graduated from Castle Heights Military Academy in Lebanon, Tennessee and returned to Reydel to manage the family farm. Beaure served as Sergeant of his artillery battalion in the US Army during the Korean Conflict.

Emma Maslakov

Emma Claire Maslakov, of Pine Bluff, passed away June 16, 2014 at Baptist Health Medical Center. On May 29, 2014, in Pine Bluff, she was welcomed into the world by her loving parents, Kirill and Rachel Moore Maslakov. Our precious baby girl was not with us long but will be forever in our hearts. Emma was loved and brought joy to everyone that met her. When she smiled it lit up her whole face. We will miss her and never forget the precious time we had with her. She was preceded in death by maternal great-grandparents, Bruce & Peggy Wygal. Emma Claire was loved by her family and will always be remembered by her parents, Kirill and Rachel Maslakov; her maternal grandparents, Harold and Ellen Moore, of Pine Bluff; her paternal grandmother, Elena Maslakova, of Russia; along with numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Service will be 2:00 p.m., Friday, June 20, 2014, in the Chapel of Ralph Robinson & Son with Reverend Scott Shafer officiating. Burial will follow in Graceland Cemetery. The family will receive friends 1:00 p.m. until service time on Friday. Friends may sign the online register at www.ralphrobinsonandson.com .

Arthur Thomas Jr.

Mr. Arthur Thomas, Jr., also known as (Peanut and Sam) was the sixth child born to the late Arthur and Florence Thomas on March 1, 1926, in Lampkin, Mississippi. Arthur was the longest survivor of all his brothers and sisters. Arthur was united in holy matrimony to the late Sadie Williams on October 25, 1947. They were married for 62 years. No children to this union were born. Arthur professed his belief in Christ at an early age . After he moved to Pine Bluff, he became a member of the Kings Highway Baptist Church. He was an usher and a member of the Pastors Aid Ministry. He truly loved his pastor. Arthur retired from International Harvester after 33.6 years of service. Mr. Thomas was a client at Davis Life Center. He was crowned Davis Life Care Centers Overall King for 2013. He is survived by one son, Linnie Contrell, one stepson, Enoch (Evelyn) Horton,one granddaughter, Triana Brookshire, and one great granddaughter. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. , Saturday, June 21,2014 at the Kings Highway Baptist Church with the Reverend Walter C. May, Sr., officiating. Interment will be at the Graceland Cemetery. Services entrusted to the P.K. Miller Mortuary. Visitation is Friday, from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. at the mortuary. Mr. Thomas will lie in repose at the church on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service.

Guy Chowning

MAUMEE, OHIO - Guy Herbert Chowning, 63, of Maumee, Ohio died after a short illness on June 12, 2014 with his beloved wife Mary, by his side. He was born on April 28, 1951 in Pine Bluff, Ark., the son of the late Guy and Edith Chowning of Pine Bluff, Arkansas. After graduating from the University of Arkansas with a B.S. in Accounting, Guy held senior level financial positions at REEF Industries, Proler International and Hugo Neu Corporation. At Hugo Neu Corporation Guy Chowning was the Joint Venture Group Controller for the metal recycling division which at the time was one of the largest recycling companies in North America. In 2004, Guy left Hugo Neu Corporation and joined Systems Alternatives International (SAI) of Maumee, Ohio as Senior Software Consultant. His expert knowledge of financial reporting and software helped SAI implement systems with some of the largest recycling companies in the world. His eagerness to share his wealth of knowledge with his staff made him an exceptional leader, mentor and friend. Many of his former staff have used the knowledge and wisdom shared by Guy in successful careers of their own. Guy will be sorely missed and not forgotten by all who had the fortunate chance to work with him. He continued to work at SAI throughout his illness and was still at his desk two weeks prior to his passing. Guy met the love of his life, Mary, while he was working for Reef Industries in Houston, Texas. Mary was a well-known country music singer and guitar player in the Houston area and she frequently performed at the Hobby Saloon in Pasedena, Texas. After seeing her perform for the first time, Guy would make sure he was back there for her next performance. His unceasing requests for his favorite songs written on beer napkins soon got Mary’s attention. After a year-long courtship, Guy and Mary married in January of 1981. Guy’s devotion to Mary was his life long quest. His priority in life was caring and providing for Mary who suffered from a serious back injury and diabetes. His perseverance during the rough times was an inspiration to everyone who knew him. Guy is survived by his wife of 33 years, Mary, a stepdaughter Melissa McCarter of Blountville, TN, sisters Joan and Sherry of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and his best friend, Ringo, his 3 year old Chinese Shitzu. He is also survived by many friends and colleagues who will always remember his steadfastness, intelligence, and genuine smile. A memorial service to celebrate Guy’s life will be announced shortly. In lieu of flowers, Mary requests that all donations be made to the American Diabetes Association in honor of Guy Herbert Chowning. Arrangements by Maison-Dardenne-Walker Funeral Home, Maumee, Ohio.