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Ruthie Franklin

Mrs. Ruthie Mae Franklin, 61, of Pine Bluff passed on April 24, 2016 surrounded by loved ones. Arrangements will be announced by Christian Way Funeral Home.

Michael Garganeous

JEFFERSON - Michael Garganeous, age 44 of Jefferson, passed away Saturday, April 23, 2016 at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. He was born October 3, 1971 in Pine Bluff to the late Carl Eugene Garganeous and Bettie Jo Lacy Garganeous.

Havis Spakes

CALMER - Havis “Pete” Spakes, age 79 of Calmer died Sunday, April 24, 2016 at his home. He was born April 1, 1937 in Rowell, a son of the late Foy Havis Spakes and Nedra Armstrong Roberts. Mr. Spakes was a retired employee of National Rug Company. He enjoyed being outdoors working in his flowers and spending time with his beloved dogs. Mr. Spakes was preceded in death by his parents, Foy Havis Spakes and Nedra Armstrong Roberts; wife, Faye Spakes; step-father, William Roberts; brother, Darrell Spakes; two sisters, Jessie Margaret Bunting and Rosalee Pierce.

Edgar Stain

Edgar William Stain, 68, of Dumas, Ark., passed away April 11, 2016 at his home. He was born October 3, 1947 at Back Gate, Ark., to the late Roy and Myrtis Cleaver Stain. Edgar was a Law Enforcement officer, having served City of Dumas Police Department 1974-1983, the Desha County Sheriff Department 1988-2007 in addition he was Desha County Constable for 40 years, retired Volunteer Fire Fighter 25 years, Master Electrician for 35 years and a 32* Mason of Omega Lodge. Edgar was a member of Rankin Chapel Baptist Church, Dumas, Ark.

Claude Koenig

MISSISSIPPI - Memorial services for Claude Koenig, 83, of Greenville, Miss., will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, April 16 at Trinity United Methodist Church, Greenville. He died April 8, 2016 at home with family. Arrangements are under the direction of Boone Funeral Home, Greenville.

Verneita Self

Verneita Jean Renfrow Self answered the call to come home to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at JRMC Hospice Home Care. Born in Pine Bluff, Ark., October 25, 1928, the only surviving child of the late Judson and Mattie Beatrice Walton Renfrow, she was reared and received her early education in the Dew Drop community of Pine Bluff. She attended White Hall School, but graduated from Pine Bluff High School, class of 1946. She studied English at Arkansas College, (what is now Lyon College) in Batesville, Ark.

Wilda Raspberry

Wilda Marie Raspberry was born on December 14, 1936, to the late Alonzo and Rheta Matthews in Detroit, Mich. She departed her earthly life on Sunday, April 3, 2016. For many years she was a member of Mount Zion AME Church. She attended and graduated from Northwestern High School in Detroit, Mich.