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Miles Smith

In profound sorrow the professional and courteous staff of the Christian Way Funeral Home sorrowfully announces the earthly departure of Master Miles Smith, 11 of Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Master Smith answered to his name on Tuesday, September 23,2014 .

Paul Donaldson

WHITE HALL - Paul F. Donaldson, 82, of White Hall, passed away Tuesday, August 26, 2014. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Cranford Funeral Home of White Hall ( www.cranfordfh.com )

James Crosby

KINGSLAND - James E. Crosby, age 79, of Kingsland, Arkansas went to be with the Lord Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at Dallas County Medical Center in Fordyce. He was born January 25, 1935 in Kingsland to the late Florence Gage Hughes. Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Sharon Graham Crosby of Kingsland, whom he married September 27, 1975; bother in law, Alex Graham and nephews, Mike Neal and Tony Neal.

Curtis Cook

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - Reverend Curtis Robert Cook, 62 of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, passed, Thursday, August 21, 2014. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Brown Funeral Home of Pine Bluff.

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Mark Branson

DUMAS - Mark Alan “Tid” Branson, 49 of Dumas died June 23, 2014 at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. He was born February 8, 1965 in Dumas. Mark was a graduate of Watson Chapel High School class of 1983, University of Arkansas at Monticello, class of 1987 majoring in Agri business. He was an employee of Helena Chemical for 7 years, a soybean and cotton consultant and a farmer, having last worked for Pickens & Son. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Gould. Mark‘s grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. J.O. Knight, Mr. and Mrs. Woodie Castleberry, Sr. and Mr. and Mrs. L.E. Branson Sr. preceded him in death. Survivors are his parents, Woodie & Nedra Knight Castleberry of Gould; one daughter, Autumn Branson of Little Rock, one sister, Judith (Eddie) Holcomb of Sheridan, one Step daughter, Brandy (John) Moyar of Gould, one niece, Jennifer (Jim Bob) Wentz of Sheridan, one nephew Tyler (Jodi) Threlkeld of Russellville, great niece, Addyson Wentz and one great nephew, Drake Threlkeld and other family members and friends. Funeral services held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, June 27 at Griffin Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Dubs Byers officiating and visitation held one hour prior to funeral service, with burial in Dark Corner Cemetery, Gould. Memorials may be to Landmark Missionary Baptist Church, P.O. Box 328, Gould, Ark. Arrangements are by Griffin Funeral Home, Dumas.

Ruby Franklin

LAKE VILLAGE - Ruby Lee Griswood Franklin 91, of Lake Village, Arkansas, formally of Pine Bluff, went to be with her Lord and Savior June 24th, 2014 in Little Rock, Ark. She was born December 3, 1922 to Ora Amma and John Baxter (JB) Griswood of Dermott Ark. Ms. Ruby taught for a while after her stint working in the aviation industry during WWII, raised a family, returned to work and retired in 1997 from NCTR.

Janelle Briant

NEW EDINBURG - Janelle Marie Briant, age 47, of New Edinburg, Ark., died Tuesday, June 24th at the Baptist Hospital in Little Rock, Ark. She was born May 31st , 1967 in Richmond, California, a daughter of Gene Briant and Joyce Walton Briant, New Edinburg, Ark. She was a graduate of New Edinburg High School in 1984 and a graduate of Louisiana Tech University in 1989 with a Degree in Business Administration. Funeral services 2:00 pm Friday, June 27th at Frazer’s Chapel. Burial in Moseley Cemetery by Frazer’s Funeral Home. Visitation 6pm to 8pm Thursday, June 26th at Frazer’s. Online guestbook www.frazerfuneralhome.com

Floyd Adcock

WHITE HALL - Floyd Wayne Adcock, age 77, of White Hall, Ark., died Tuesday, June 24th at the Jefferson Regional Medical Center. He was born December 9th, 1936 in Warren, a son of the late Floyd Lee Adcock and Jessie Reppond Adcock. He was a retired employee of Gaylord Paper Company with 36 years of experience and a Baptist. He loved to fish and deer hunt with his friends in the Herbine Hunting Club in Herbine, Funeral services 10:00 a.m. Friday, June 27th at Frazer’s Chapel. Burial in McFarland Cemetery by Frazer’s. Visitation 9:00 a.m. till service time on Friday, June 27th at Frazer’s. www.frazerfuneralhome.com

Jazmine Williams

RIVERSIDE, CALIF. - Funeral services for Jazmine Williams 14 years of Riverside, Calif., passed June 17, at Kalser Hospital in Pontana, Calif., will be Thursday 9:30 a.m. at LaSierra University Church in Riverside, Calif.

Martha Sorrels

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - Martha Jane Sorrels, age 85, of Atlanta, Georgia, died Sunday, June 15 at Medical Center of South Arkansas in El Dorado. A joint memorial service will be held at Saline Baptist Church for both Martha and her daughter Cherri, at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 29, 2014. Burial will be at Adams-Singer Cemetery by Frazer’s Funeral Home. Visitation will be 30 minutes prior to the service Sunday, June 29, at Saline Baptist Church. Memorials may be made to: Saline Baptist Church, 807 Highway 8 South, Hermitage, AR 71647. Online guest register www.frazerfuneralhome.com

Wilma Austin

SHERWOOD - Wilma Wooley Austin, age 70, of Sherwood formerly of Woodlawn, went to be with the Lord, Monday, June 23, 2014 at her home. She was born November 27, 1943 in Woodlawn to the late William Edgar Wooley and Mildred Inez Lain Wooley. She was a 1961 graduate of Woodlawn High School. Mrs. Austin retired as a Collections Manager from Simmons First National Bank after 26 years of service. During that time she was a member of the Red Hat Club and the Simmons Classic Club. Mrs. Austin was a member of Victory Missionary Baptist Church of Sherwood and a former member of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church where she was the Sunday School secretary and teacher for many years. Also, she was a member of the Friendship Ladies Auxiliary. Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Rupert Austin; son, Stephen Austin; sister, Nelda Pierce; and sister-in-law, Betty Nell Wooley.

Agnes Lowe

Mrs. Agnes Marie Lowe, 91, of Pine Bluff passed Friday, June 13, 2014 at St. Vincent Infirmary-Little Rock. She was born July 08, 1922 in Tillar to the late Marvin and Ellastine (Matthews) Reed.