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William Rhodes, Jr.

In profound sorrow the professional and courteous staff of the Christian Way Funeral Home sorrowfully announces the earthly departure of Mr. William “Pete” Rhodes Jr. Mr. Rhodes answered to his name on Thursday, August1 4, 2014 and said “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith, now there is in store for me a crown of righteousness, which the lord the righteous Judge shall give me at that day.”

Dorothy Callum

Mrs. Dorothy Jean Callum, 71 of Pine Bluff, passed away Monday, August 18, 2014. She was born in Dumas to the late Dan and Roxie (Robinson) Adams. Her survivors include, Husband, Thornton Callum, Sr. of Pine Bluff; Sons, Thornton Callum, Jr., Darryl Keith Callum, Joseph Charles Callum all of Chicago, Illinois; Daughters, Carolyn Jean Bowman of Pine Bluff, Demetrius Callum of Lubbock, Texas, Cynthia Trenetta Johnson of Desoto, Texas; Brothers, Don Adams of Chicago, Illinois, Lemuel Adams of Louisville, Kentucky, Lavern Adams of Dumas; Sisters, Mildred Jones, Katherine Jones, Helen Staples all of Chicago, Illinois, Beatrice Jones of Dumas, Pearl Freeman of Chicago, Illinois; 24 Grandchildren; 29 Great- Grandchildren.

Arland Chandler

DARDANELLE - Arland Dale Chandler age 76 of Dardanelle died Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at Conway Regional Medical Center. He was born January 28, 1938 at Jefferson County, Arkansas to the late Lawrence and Mildred Baugh Chandler. He graduated from Arkansas State Teacher’s College in 1964 with a degree in mathematics. He was a past member of the Yell County Wildlife Federation and Dardanelle Chamber of Commerce. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Wendell Chandler.

Thrisdon Eason

ALTHEIMER - In profound sorrow the professional and courteous staff of the Christian Way Funeral Home sorrowfully announces the earthly departure of Mr. Thrisdon Deshawn Eason. Mr. Eason answered to his name on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 and said “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith, now there is in store for me a crown of righteousness, which the lord the righteous Judge shall give me at that day.”

Effie Phillips

MCGHEE - Effie Phillips 85, of McGhee, Ark. passed on August 17, 2014. Loving memories are left to her son Leroy Phillips of Little Rock, Ark., Daughter; Dorothy ( Peter) Pitts of Chicago, IL., Grandchildren; Ramon Phillips, Serena Phillips, Robert Phillips, and Stephanie Phillips., Siblings are Ad Wesley Bearden, Charles Lee Bearden, and Faye Helen Kizer. Homegoing Celebration will be August 24, 2014 at 2:00pm at McGhee Chapel Church 202 Church Street, McGhee Ark. Superior Funeral Services 5017 E. Broadway North little Rock (501) 945-9922. online guestbook http://www.superiorfuneralservices.com/ , Trudean Long- Brown “Providing Services YOUR Family Deserves

Mack Smith

MONTICELLO - Mr. Mack Ry Smith, III, 51 of Monticello passed Thursday, August 14, 2014 at Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello. Born April 28, 1963 in Dumas, he was a son of Oliver and Mary Powell Steverson, Sr. of Dumas and the late Mack Ray Smth, Jr. He was a member of Mt. Pleasant A.M.E. Church in Monticello and a coach with Pop Warner Program. Other survivors include two sons, Ramard Matthews, Dellrick Smith both of Monticello, two daughters, Sharrea Smith of Monticello, Raiauca Smith of Mojave, Calif., four brothers, Oliver Steverson, Jr.,Chester Steverson both of Dumas, Johnny Ray Powell of Los Angeles, Calif., Frankie Joe Powell of San Bernadino, Calif., four sisters. Deborah Steverson, Mary Steverson, Netasha Steverson all of Dumas, Jinnie Allen of Monticello, eight grandchildren.

Felix Owens

SHERIDAN - Felix Russell Owens of Sheridan, Arkansas was born March 9, 1949 in Grapevine, Ark., the son of the late Booth Hunter Owens and Lizzie Dee Wyles Owens. He was a 1967 graduate of Grapevine High School, had served in the Army National Guard, and had retired from International Paper Company as shift foreman. He was of the Assembly of God faith having been raised in the Hedden Chapel Assembly of God Church in Grapevine. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing and was a member of R.A.D Hunting Club at Grapevine and President of W & W Hunting Club at Carthage. He loved his family and cherished the time he spent with them and his precious grandchildren.

Robert Shepherd

SHERIDAN - Robert Leo Shepherd, of Sheridan, Arkansas, was born on November 9, 1940, in Sheridan, the son of the late Ersel and Pauline Hamner Shepherd. He graduated in 1959 from Sheridan High School. Robert spent his life serving the people of Grant County. From 1969 to 1979, he served as both the county’s assessor and treasurer. Robert spent his following ten years serving as sheriff. In 1989, he was appointed, by then Governor Bill Clinton, the first Arkansas State Drug Director. After retiring for the first time, he returned to work and filled the position of Grant County 911 Coordinator. During this time, he was instrumental in the development and implementation of the current Grant County 911 system. After serving in this office, once again he retired. He then returned to the sheriff’s office serving two additional terms from 2005 to 2006 and 2009 to 2010.

Robert Dodson

SALEM, OREGON - Robert Dean Dodson of Salem Oregon, formerly of Monticello died August 13, 2014 in Salem Oregon. He was born in Monticello, Ark., on October 10, 1942 to parents Rufus Earl Dodson and Dellar Crews Dodson. He proposed to Geraldine Ellen Fowler on August 11, 1967 and they married on February 10, 1968. Bob worked as a construction superintendent residing in various states such as Arkansas, California, Colorado and Oregon.

Ressie Scifres

RUSSELLVILLE, KY. Ressie Estelle Croxton Scifres, age 98 of Boyles Drive, Russellville, Ky., passed away August 17, 2014 at Creekwood Place Nursing and Rehab in Russellville, Ky. , She was born in Saline County, Ark., on July 18, 1916 to the late Argus Croxton and Effie Scarbrough Croxton. She was an educator with the Arkansas School System for 25 years and member of Southern Heights Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by husband, Cullen Scifres.

Mary Smith

OKLAHOMA CITY - Mary Louise (Hicks) Smith, 95, homemaker and former resident of Pine Bluff, died August 15, 2014 in Oklahoma City. She was born to Lorie Ted and Anna Lee (Offutt) Hicks of Kingsland on November 3, 1918. Visitation will be Friday, August 22 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm at Benton Funeral Home in Fordyce. A memorial service will be held 10:00 am Saturday, August 23 at Benton Funeral Home in Fordyce. Burial will follow at Ebenezer Cemetery.

Mary Cresswell

GRADY - Mary JoAnne Cresswell, of Grady, passed away on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at her home. Daughter of the late Earl and Bertha Dobson, JoAnne was born on July 25, 1932 in Almyra.

William Dunaway

ST. LOUIS, MO. - William Dunaway, 82, of St. Louis, Missouri, passed away Monday, August 18, 2014. Arrangements to be announced by Ralph Robinson & Son Funeral Directors

Chance Gober

WHITE HALL - Chance Jason Gober, 40, of White Hall, died Sunday, August 17, 2014. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Ralph Robinson & Son Funeral Directors.