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Jimmy Bowen

WILMAR — Jimmy “Jim” Bowen, 67, of Wilmar, Ark. passed away Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Little Rock. He was born Dec. 29, 1947, in Little Rock to the late William Bowen and Gertrude Markley Bowen.

Alvin Cornish

LITTLE ROCK — Alvin Gerald “Doc” Cornish, 98, went to be with his Lord on Sunday, May 24, 2015. He resided at Pleasant Hills Retirement Center in Little Rock, Ark., and was formerly a longtime resident of Pine Bluff.

Jerry Skagfjord

Gerald Ray “Jerry” Skagfjord, 68, of Pine Bluff died Monday, May 25, 2015. Born April 7, 1947, in San Francisco, Calif., he was a son of the late Bernard Skagfjord and Mary May Ashford Skagfjord.

William Swan

MONTICELLO — William “Gene” Eugene Swan, 72, of Monticello, Ark., passed away Monday, May 18, 2015, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff.

Laronda McElroy

Ms. Laronda McElroy transitioned from her earthly home to her heavenly home of April 13, 2015. She was born on December 6, 1986 to Edwina Jones and the late James McElroy, Sr.

Racheal Faber

WILLIAMSBURG, VIRGINIA - Racheal Ann Melton Faber, 43, of Williamsburg, Va., previously of Pine Bluff, Ark., passed away Monday, April 20, 2015 at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond, Va.

Tommy Collins

BRANSON, MISSOURI - Tommy Ellis Collins was born in Branson, Missouri on January 18, 1936 and passed away in Pine Bluff, Ark., on April 22, 2015. He graduated from Aurora High School in Aurora, Mo., in 1954 and was a retired Machinist from Greenfield Industries. He is survived by his friend, companion and wife Patricia Collins, his step Mother Martha Collins and several cousins and friends. He is preceded in death by his father, Thomas Howard Collins and his mother, Wanda Maxine Bailey Collins. Visitation will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. followed by a service at 12:00 p.m. Visitation and Service will be held in the Gazebo at Griffin Leggett Rest Hills Memorial Park, 7724 Landers Road in North Little Rock.

Hershel Hancock

SHERIDAN - Hershel Raymond Hancock of Sheridan, Arkansas was born April 25, 1938 at Alpine, Arkansas (Clark County), the son of the late Winfred A. and Euple Jones Hancock. He served in the United States Army Reserves from 1961-1963, with one of those years active duty at Ft. Benning, Georgia. Hershel was a member of Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Sheridan and was retired from International Paper Company where he worked from 1963-1974 and again from 1987-2002. From 1974-1986 he worked for Alcoa. Among his duties was teaching pipefitting fabrication at International Paper Co. and he taught a pipefitting multi-craft cross-training class at Alcoa. You may have noticed a “missing” year in his work timeline between 1986-1987. It wasn’t spent idle. That was the year that Hershel, and his good friend Robert “Yates” Withers, concentrated all their efforts on squirrel hunting. When he wasn’t working, Hershel spent most of his time outdoors, either at the cabin that he and his dad built on the old homeplace at Alpine, or at his 4-wheeler riding retreat at Limestone. He enjoyed hunting at home in Arkansas, and made trips to Colorado elk hunting and deer hunting in Illinois. When he absolutely had to stay inside, he liked to read and work Soduku puzzles. He had a memorable smile, a quick wit and always had a comeback. With all of that mentioned, the greatest joy in his life was definitely his family. He made so many lifelong memories with Margaret and his kids and grandkids. Hershel was tenacious and there isn’t much that he wouldn’t tackle head-on. His faith in God was the most important thing in his life and he is having a great reunion in Heaven today.