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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.

Edgar Hyde

Edgar Lee Hyde, age 95, of Pine Bluff, died SAturday, April 4, 2015. Born March 16, 1920 in Hardin community, he was a son of the later Oscar Harrison Hyde and Etta MAe Owen Hyde. He graduated from Pine Bluff High School in 1939.

Margaret Haymond

RISON - Margaret Calaway Haymond, 85, died April 4, 2015. Mrs. Haymond was born December 24, 1929 in Rison, a daughter of the late J. W. Calaway and Bess Randleman Calaway.

Hermine Hicom

Mr. Hermine Hicom, 28, of Pine Bluff, Arkansas passed away March 31, 2015 in Little Rock, Arkansas. Her funeral service will be announced by Christian Way Funeral Home.

Mary Anderson

Mrs. Mary Anderson, 89, of Dallas, Texas formerly of Pine Bluff passed April 5, 2015. Funeral arramgement will be announced by Brown Funeral Home of Pine Bluff.

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Roy Collins

Mr. Roy Lee Collins, 62, of Pine Bluff passed Friday, March 6, 2015. He was born in Fresno, Ark. to the late John Westley Frazier, Sr. and Ella Mae (Collins) Knight of Pine Bluff.

Mrs. Lottie Campbell

Mrs. Lottie Wylodean [Crittendon] Campbell was born May 30, 1920, in Decatur, Ill., and passed away on March 10, 2015, in Pine Bluff, Ark. She resided in Pine Bluff with son Dr. Michael Bates since 2003. During the last phase of her life she was lovingly taken care of by daughter, Elizabeth Moore and granddaughter Marci Pope.

Ivory Johnson, Jr.

KILLEEN, TEXAS - Ret. SFC Ivory Johnson, Jr., 48, of Killeen, Texas, formerly of Pine Bluff, Ark. passed away March 3, 2015, at a Killeen, Texas Hospital. Services will be held Friday March 13, 2015 12:00 p.m. at Perishing Park Baptist Church- Killeen, Texas. Pastor Mark Lee officiating. Visitation will be Thursday March 12, 2015 from 6-8 p.m. at the church. Burial with Full Military Honors will be Friday March 13, 2015 in Killeen Texas at 2:00 p.m. at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery.

Frances Cogbill

KATY, TEXAS - Due to the inclimate weather, the location of the service has been changed from Graceland Cemetery to Ralph Robinson & Son Funeral Directors, 807 Cherry Street, Pine Bluff, Arkansas.

Mirl Mitchell, Jr.

STUTTGART - Funeral services for Mr. Mirl William Mitchell, Jr. , 81, of Stuttgart, Ark., passed March 8, at Crestpark in Stuttgart, will be held Friday 11 a.m. St. Paul MBC Church 4414 Hwy 33, Roe, Ark. Rev. Henry Dabner Sr. officiating. He was born June 5, 1933 in Roe, Ark. son of the late Henrietta & Mirl Mitchell Sr. He attended school St. Paul Church School. He was baptized at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Roe, Arkansas.

Meiko Taylor

STAR CITY - Mieko Taylor, 79 of Star City, died Tuesday at her home. She was born December 16, 1935 in Kitamatsuura-gun, Nagasaki-ken, Japan to the late Asakichi and Hatsu Matsumoto Samejima.

Offie Lites, Jr.

SEARCY - Offie Lites, Jr., born at Pine Bluff September 30, 1923, son of Offie Lites, Sr. and Mary Estelle Evans Lites, was promoted to glory on March 4, 2015 at Searcy, Arkansas.