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Barbara Kropp

SHERIDAN — Barbara Ruth Kropp, 69, of Sheridan, Ark., passed away Thursday, July 30, 2015, at her home. Mrs. Kropp was born June 29, 1946, in Texarkana, Texas, to the late John Bunyan and Nellie Ruth Easley Bell.

Marise Smith

DUMAS — Marise Emerson Chastain Smith, 93, of Dumas passed away July 31, 2015, in Pine Bluff. She was born October 26, 1921 in Ranger, Texas. Her parents, Garvin Dunn Chastain and Mary Lee Emerson Chastain preceded her in death.

Carol Gordon

Carol Ann Gordon passed from this life to the next on Sunday, May 31, 2015. She will be remembered for her smile and love of life. Carol was known for her passion for art and having an eye for all things beautiful in life. While being a full-time, stay at home mom and housewife Carol worked hard and achieved her bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas, Little Rock. She later explored her love for teaching and ultimately retired as a visual arts teacher from Minarets High School in 2014. Carol will be greatly missed but forever in our hearts.

Curtis Greer

Funeral services for Curtis “Lampeel” Lee Greer, 58, of Pine Bluff, passed July 27, at John L. McClellan Veterans Hospital in Little Rock, will be held Saturday 11:00 a.m. New Salem MBC in Sherrill, Ark., Rev. Clark Thomas pastor, Rev. Joseph Valliant Jr. officiating.

Kevin Lampkin

Kevin Lee Lampkin, 30, of Pine Bluff, passed away on Saturday, July 25, 2015. He leaves to cherish his memory; parents, Allen Lampkin and Joyce Britten; siblings, Courtney Tripp, Corey, Renisha and Whitney McDowell; one daughter, Asya Lampkin.

Caroline Gorman

RISON –– Caroline Sue Gorman, 53, of Rison, died at her home Wednesday, July 29, 2015. Mrs. Gorman was born August 18, 1961, in Tulare, California, the daughter of the late Louis and Ruby Heritage Clingan.

Dead hotel do-over needed

Rare is the day when our city is given the chance to undo a huge mistake. Fortunately, that day appears to have arrived. While the details have yet to be revealed (and neither party has committed to the idea), Bruce Rahmani owner of the blighted Plaza Hotel has offered to sell the once-thriving concern to the city at a cost of $3 million or lease the hotel to the city at $20,000 per month with no money down.

Are ballot choices worth the trouble?

The unspoken question in Judge James Moody’s Eastern District courtroom Monday was, how much trouble should the election process undergo to accommodate candidates who aren’t going to win anyway, and also to accommodate Arkansans who want to vote for them?

Jan Irwin

HOUSTON, TEXAS - Jan Dilley Irwin, 59, of Houston, Texas, formerly of Pine Bluff, died May 1, 2015. She was a daughter of the late Dr. Raymond A. Irwin, Jr. and Eve Dilley Irwin.

Zola Glennon

MONTICELLO _ Zola Bee Scroggins Glennon, age 90 of Monticello, passed away Monday, July 27, 2015 at Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello. She was born October 26, 1924 to the late Clarence David Scroggins and Lizzie B. Horn Scroggins.

Helen Hughes

Funeral services for Helen Barnes Hughes, 79, of Pine Bluff, passed July 20 at Jefferson Regional Medical Center, will be held Thursday 10:30 a.m. at Spiritual Temple Church of God in Christ, Elder John Bynum pastor, 1001 S. Linden Street, Pine Bluff, Ark.

Lottie Brentley

On the evening of July 21, 2015, Lottie Mae Brentley, 88 of Pine Bluff departed this life. Lottie was born on November 14, 1926 to Elbert and Beulah Watts-Allen in Lake Providence, LA. In her early years she attended high school in Caddo Parrish, LA.

Joe Garrett

RISON - Joe Lonnie Garrett, 83 of Rison, died July 25, 2015 in Pine Bluff, Ark. He was born September 30, 1931 in Thornton, Ark. to the late Henry and Vera Garrett. He was a 32nd degree Mason, a member of the American Legion out of Little Rock, and a member of Shriner’s Tangier Temple of Omaha, Neb.