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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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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.

Betty Goodwin

WHITE HALL - Betty Elvie Goodwin, age 89, of White Hall, died at her residence Thursday, June 19, 2014. Mrs. Goodwin was born April 25, 1925, in Rowell, Ark., the daughter of the late Bert Beuford and Ruth Ella Burrough Roberts.

Cherry Robinson

SHERWOOD - Funeral services for Cherry Ann Robinson (Connie Boose), 52, of Sherwood, Ark., passed June 11, will be held Saturday 11:00 a.m. New Community MBC 321 N. Birch, Rev. Patrick Lockett pastor.

Brenda Hutchinson

LANCASTER, CALIFORNIA - Ms. Brenda J. Hutchinson, 50, of Lancaster, Calif., by way of Pine Bluff, Ark., passed away on Tuesday, June 03, 2014. She was born April 16, 1964 to the late Andrew Hutchinson and Georgia Mae Walker.

Cathy Owen

STAR CITY - Cathy Cheshire Owen, 74 of Star City, died Thursday, June 18, 2014, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. She was born November 30, 1939 in Lincoln County to the late Ben F. Sr. and Gracie Mae Raley Williams. She was a member of Pine Hill Free Will Baptist Church, was a retired nurse and was a member of the National Nurse’s Association. Also preceding her in death was her first husband, Rodney Cheshire and a step-daughter, Kelly Hall. Survivors include her husband, William Owen of Star City; two sons, Greg (Rebecca) Cheshire of Star City and Jeff (Kathleen) Cheshire of St. Louis, Mo.; two daughters, Rhonda (Terry) Reynolds and Tracy (Jeff) Branson, both of Star City; brother, B.F. (Sonny) Williams, Jr. of St. Louis, Mo.; three sisters, Gladys Lowry of Star City, Wanda Drake of White Hall and Anita Weast of Star City; 14 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Funeral Services are 4:00 p.m. Saturday, June 21, 2014, at Griffin Funeral Chapel with Bro. Tim McDaniel and Bro. Jonathan McEntire officiating. Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial at Leek Cemetery. Arrangements by Griffin Funeral Service in Star City. Online guestbook at www.griffinfuneralservice.net .