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Johnie Bearson

GEORGIA - Johnie Beason Mrs. Johnie Mooty Beason, age 86, of McDonough, Ga. passed away February 11, 2016. Mrs. Beason was born in Crossett, Ark. the daughter of the late Mildred Childers and Joe Dan Mooty. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Wendell Beason. Mrs. Beason enjoyed spending time with family and friends, playing bridge, reading, and was a life time member of the Eastern Star. Survivors are her children, David Beason (Sherry) of Magnolia, Texas and Becky Hammonds (Mike) of McDonough, Ga.; 5 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild and several nieces and nephews. Funeral service for Mrs. Beason will be on Monday, February 15, 2016 – 11a.m. at Buie Funeral Home in Rison, Ark. with visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow at Greenwood Cemetery. Haisten Funeral Home – McDonough 770-914-8833 Local funeral arrangements are by Buie Funeral Home of Rison. (870)325-6216

Emerson Jackson

NEW EDINBURG- Mr. Emerson Jackson, 83, of New Edinburg, Ark. passed February 8, 2016. Funeral Service will be 11a.m., Sunday, February 14, 2016 at Harris Temple COGIC in Kingsland, Ark. by Supt. E.B. Lea. Interment will be in St. John Cemetery in New Edinburg, Ark. by Brown- Williams Funeral Home of Fordyce. Visitation will be 3:30-4:30 p.m., Saturday at Brown-Williams Funeral Home.

Christene Holland

JERSY — Christene (Earnhart) Little-Holland, 72, of Jersey, Ark. passed away in Little Rock, Ark. She was born January 18, 1944 in Shirl, Ark. She was of the Baptist Faith, she loved sewing, quilting, gardening, thrift shopping, garage selling, bowling and she was a good cook. She was preceded in death by her parents Aubrey and Bessie Earnhart, two brothers; James and Oliver Earnhart, two sisters, Shirley Taylor and Debbie Earnhart and her husband Paul Little Sr. She is survived by her husband of 18 years Carl of the home, two sons; Paul Little Jr of Fort Smith and Steven Little and his wife Bobbi of Elkhart, Ind., one daughter, Cindy Sanders and her husband Ron of Fort Smith, one step-daughter, Sherry Vaughn and her husband Zane of Maryland, one brother, Bill Earnhart and his wife Mary of Van Buren, two half-brothers; Tommy Earnhart of Greenwood and Bobby Earnhart and his wife Donna of Mansfield, one sister, Vickie Coddington (Earnhart) of Van Buren, two half-sisters; Darlene Montgomery and her husband Charlie of Fort Smith and Linda Earnhart of Greenwood, one step-sister, Faye Gott and her husband Fred of Greenwood, 11 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Funeral Service will be 1 p.m. Saturday, February 13, 2016 at Lewis-Roberts Funeral Chapel 4817 Kelley Hwy Fort Smith, Ark. with Interment tofollow at Forest Park Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Steven Little Jr., Matthew Sanders, Travis Sanders, Jeremy Holland, Jacob Cochran & Danny Atwell. Visitation will be 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. Friday at Lewis-Roberts Funeral Chapel, Fort Smith. To place an online tribute, go to

Emma Brown

England — Emma Jean Scales Brown “Grippy” 74, of England Ark. went home to be with the Lord on February 5, 2016. She was born October 6, 1941 in Allport, Ark. to the late Joshua and Mary Scales. She was preceded in death by Five siblings.

Gary Mathews

Gary B. Mathews, 77 of Caulksville, AR passed away January 26, 2016 in Fort Smith. He was born October 8, 1938 in Fort Smith to Roy Mathews & Althea Stewart Mathews. He was a Construction Supervisor/Consultant for McClelland Consulting Engineers, Inc. He also served with the Army National Guard. He was preceded in death by his parents Roy & Althea Stewart Mathews and his first wife and mother of his children, Elizabeth “Betsy” Mills Mathews.

Mary Bradley

COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS - Mary Lee Bradley, 90, of College Station, passed away February 9, 2016 at College Station Medical Center. The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m., Thursday, February 11th at Memorial Funeral Chapel in College Station.

Robert McBryde Sr.

STAR CITY - Robert “Bob” Samuel McBryde, Sr., 80, of Star City died Wednesday at Lincoln Heights Healthcare in Star City. He was born April 1, 1935 in Pine Bluff to the late Fred and Angie Parker McBryde.

Montye Williamson

LITTLE ROCK — Mr. Montye D. Williamson, 43, of Little Rock, Ark. died on February 8, 2016 at his home. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Christian Way Funeral Home.

Peggy Owen

Peggy Jo Thompson Owen, 79, of Pine Bluff, Ark., passed away surrounded by family at her home Sunday, February 7, 2016. She was born September 29, 1936, in Cornerville, to J. C. and Vivian Lain Thompson.

William Kulbeth

William (Bill) C. Kulbeth, 80, of Pine Bluff went home to be with his Lord Monday, February 5, 2016. He was born August 28, 1935, to the late D. C. Kulbeth and Mable Kulbeth Nichols. Mr. Kulbeth faithfully served his country for two years in the United States Army and worked as a scale officer for Mid America Co. for over 30 years. He was an avid fisherman and loving husband and father. He is preceded in death by his brother, Bobby Kulbeth and two sisters, Opal Pharr and Genice Swanson.

Geraldine Burnett

STAR CITY — Geraldine Burnett, 61 of Star City died Friday. Graveside services are 3 p.m. Sunday at Drake Cemetery. Visitation is 1:00-2:30 p.m. Sunday at Griffin Funeral Service. Arrangements by Griffin Funeral Service in Star City. Online guestbook at

James Johnson

James “Jay” Johnson, 62, of Pine Bluff, passed away Friday, February 5, 2016, at his home. Jay was born September 1, 1953, in Pine Bluff. He was reared by his father, Carol Lyn Johnson and his step-mother, Hattie Jean Owens Johnson. He received his education in Pine Bluff. He joined the United States Marine Corps and served during Vietnam. Jay owned and operated Class A Apparel.

Mae Dodds

MILWAUKEE, WIS. - Mrs. Mae Helen Fells-Dodds, 60, of Milwaukee, Wis. formerly of Dumas, Ark. passed away Saturday, January 30, 2016 in Milwaukee. Born August 29, 1955 in Dumas, she was a daughter of the late Jimmy and Mollie Rochell-Fells. She was a member of Free Gift M.B.C. in Dumas serving on the Usher Board, and a home maker. Survivors include one son, Brian Dodds of St. Louis, Mo.; two daughters, Schwanda Hawkins of Milwaukee, Wis. and Shanetric Dodds of Ft. Worth, Texas; six brothers, Fred Fells of Milwaukee, Wis., James Fells, Levell Fells both of Pine Bluff, Ark., Leonard Fells of Topeka, Kan., Tommy Fells of Murfreesboro, Tenn., James Edwards of Houston, Texas; six sisters, Joann Daniels of Monticello, Ark., Jannett Lewis of Star City, Ark., Marsha Huskey of Texarkana, Texas, Angela Kelly of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Shawn Fells of Conway, Ark., Jenifer Green of Richardson, Texas; 13 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren. Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, February 6, 2016 at Free Gift M.B.C. in Dumas with Rev. Kenneth F. Smith, Sr. officiating. Burial will be in Free Gift Cemetery by Brown Funeral Home of Dumas

John Stewart

RISON — John Barnett Stewart, age 54, of Rison, died February 3, 2016. Survivors include his daughters, Chelsey Stewart of Jacksonville, Cassey Stewart of Sheridan; mother, Juanice Stewart of Rison; brothers, Rodger Stewart of Woodlawn, Gary Stewart of Rowell, Bobby Stewart of Winchester, Ky., Ricky Stewart Jr. of Woodlawn and sisters, Peggy King, Becky McClain, Debbie McClain and Sherry Hoover, all of Rison.