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June Heird

SHERIDAN - June Heird, age 68, of Sheridan, passed away Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at St. Vincent Hospital in Little Rock. She was born June 4, 1947 in Pine Bluff, the daughter of the late Ira Moore and Montez Farmer Moore. Ms. Heird is preceded in death by her parents; son, Paul Jeffery Heird; and daughter, Leslie Hudson.

Derrick McDonald

Funeral services for Mr. Derrick L. McDonald, 37, of Fort Worth, Texas, formerly of Pine Bluff, passed August 25, will be held Saturday Judah Restoration Ministry, Rev. Esau Watson pastor, Rev. Parish Lowery officiating.

Berlene Lane

KILLEEN, TX - Berlene Lynn Lane died August 21, 2015 in Killeen, Texas. Her service will be Saturday August 29th, 1:00 p.m. at Christian Way Funeral Home. Survive by Belinda Randle, Jewell Graves, Danny Randle, Wadie O’Neal, Bennie Foster and Lee Anthony Randle her children

Joann Hardnett

Mrs. Joann Hardnett, 66, of Pine Bluff, AR passed Sunday, July 5, 2015. She was born in Pine Bluff to the late Earnest Lavan Ford and Laura Lee (Davis) Ford. She is preceded in death by her late husband, Robert Hardnett, Sr.

Willie Stewart

Graveside services for Willie Jesse Stewart, 65, of Flint, Mich., formerly of Rison, Ark., passed June 11, 2015 at Genesse Hospital in Flint, Mich. Born February 21, 1950 in Rison, Ark. He was the son of the late George and Mary Stewart.

Rev. Cornelious Hollinshed

HOT SPRINGS - Rev.Cornelious Leron Hollinshed age 59 of Hot Springs died was born to Cornelious Hollinshed Jr. and Pauline Webb Hollinshed on November 24, 1955 in Dumas, Arkansas. He departed this life on Tuesday, July 7, 2015.

Willie Branch Jr.

Willie “Jack” Branch Jr. departed this life on Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at UAMS Hospital in Little Rock, AR. He was 65 years old. Jack was born January 11, 1950 to Willie & Marvell Branch, the firstborn of nine children, in Dumas, AR. Jack was very studious as a young man and graduated from Wolf Project High School as valedictorian in 1966. He attended AM&N College (UAPB) graduating with honors in 1969. He continued his educational goals by attending Arkansas State University to complete his masters and Ed.D in 1976. He spent 42 years in the educational system in Blytheville, AR as a teacher and principal. He retired in 2011. He was a minister of the gospel for over 20 years & pastored Unity Evangelistic Ministries in Blytheville, AR. He was preceded in death by his brother, Jeremiah Branch. Jack is survived by his wife of 46 years, Electa Branch; one son, Willie (Rita) Branch III of Moundville, AL; four grandchildren: Tiffany Branch, Willie Branch IV, VaShaun Wiggins and Jareah Branch; two great-grandchildren: Ja’Niya Branch and Takayla McClendon; his parents, Willie & Marvell Branch; seven siblings: Marvia (Thomas) Lackey of Ft. Worth, TX; Victor (LaVerne) Branch of Jackson, MS; Dr. Vye Branch-Watson of Jonesboro, AR; Kenneth (Dana) Branch of Ivanhoe, IL; Dwayne (Anita) Branch of Springfield, VA; Darrell Branch of Watson, AR; David (Geraldine) Branch of Potomac, MD. He also leaves a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and friends all around the world. A visitation will be held on Saturday, July 11, 2015 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. at the First Missionary Baptist Church in Blytheville, AR with the funeral service to follow at 1:00 p.m.. A second visitation will be held on Monday, July 13, 2015 from 11:00 AM-12:00 p.m. at The Family Church in Whitehall, AR with the funeral service to follow at 12:00 p.m. The interment/graveside service will take place on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens in Blytheville, AR beginning promptly at 11:00 a.m. Roller-Swift Funeral Home in Osceola, AR has charge of the services. Online guestbook available at www.rollerfuneralhomes.com .

Edgar Wyles

MONTICELLO - Edgar L. Wyles, age 84 of Monticello, passed away Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello. He was born September 3, 1930 in Monticello to the late A.B. Owens and Johnnie Wyles and was also preceded in death by his wife, Betty Shedd Wyles.