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Lucille Rodgers

WHITE HALL — Lucille Kindrick Fleury Rodgers, 86, of White Hall died Saturday, April 25, 2015. Born in Pine Bluff on June 30, 1928, she was a daughter of the late Troupe Kindrick and Thelma Beulah Camp Kindrick. A lifelong resident of the Pine Bluff area, she lived in White Hall for the past 65 years. Mrs. Rodgers was primarily a homemaker, and had sold Avon products for a number of years. She had also operated Castle One Stop on Highway 15 for a period of time. She loved gardening, sewing, all kinds of animals, and collecting dolls. She was a member of Salem Missionary Baptist Church. Predeceasing Mrs. Rodgers are two husbands, Jack Fleury and Marshall Rodgers; and three siblings, Helen Bryant, Elise Waddle and Monroe Adams.

Betty Crow

CROSSETT — Betty Jane Cooper Crow, 64, of Crossett, Ark., passed away on April 26, 2015, at the Ashley County Medical Center. She was born Nov. 11, 1950, to her parents, H.B. Cooper and Mary Edith Cooper Scarlett.

Robert Traweek

Robert Douglas Traweek of Pine Bluff passed peacefully in his sleep at the age of 72 on April 24, 2015, at Trinity Village Medical Center. He was born on Sept. 9, 1942, in Dumas, Ark., and was raised in Little Rock by his grandparents, Lewis C. and Rosa L. Traweek.

Thomas Neely

Thomas Edward “T.E.” Neely, 85, of Pine Bluff, and formerly of Herbine, died Friday, April 24, 2015, at his home. He was born Aug. 9, 1929, in Herbine, a son of the late Agustus Crawford “Gus” Neely and Lillian Terry Neely. Mr. Neely was a World War II Army veteran, having served five years in Germany.

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Betty Shue

Betty J. Shue, 83, a resident of White Hall, passed away Thursday, April 16, 2015, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center. Born February 17, 1932, in Woodruff County, Ark., she was a daughter of John Butler and Ella Fraze Baswell. Mrs. Shue was reared and received her early education in Woodruff County. Betty J. Baswell married Frank M. Shue on October 6, 1951. Mr. Shue preceded her in death in 2002. Mrs. Shue was a devoted mother and homemaker and a long-time member of Hardin Baptist Church.

Joe Newton Jr.

Joe Newton, Jr., 89, of Pine Bluff passed from this life to his eternal home in Heaven on April 13, 2015. He was born February 13, 1926 to Joe and Flossie Newton. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Jeanette Staton Newton; his second wife, Bonnie McLemore Newton; son, Tim Newton; daughter, Diane Newton Johnson; grandsons, Brian Bates and Luke Newton.

Paula Beshears

MIDLAND, TEXAS - Paula Sue Bell Beshears of Midland, Texas passed away Sunday morning, April 12, 2015. She was born June 27, 1944 to the late H.H. and Ivon Bell in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. In 1962, Paula graduated from Pine Bluff High School, and then earned her B.A. and M.A. Ed at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. She was a member of Phi Mu Sorority. Paula then relocated to Midland, Texas in 1968, where she began teaching special education. She was passionate about her special needs students.

Hershel Hancock

SHERIDAN - Hershel Raymond Hancock of Sheridan, Arkansas was born April 25, 1938 at Alpine, Arkansas (Clark County), the son of the late Winfred A. and Euple Jones Hancock. He served in the United States Army Reserves from 1961-1963, with one of those years active duty at Ft. Benning, Georgia. Hershel was a member of Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Sheridan and was retired from International Paper Company where he worked from 1963-1974 and again from 1987-2002. From 1974-1986 he worked for Alcoa. Among his duties was teaching pipefitting fabrication at International Paper Co. and he taught a pipefitting multi-craft cross-training class at Alcoa. You may have noticed a “missing” year in his work timeline between 1986-1987. It wasn’t spent idle. That was the year that Hershel, and his good friend Robert “Yates” Withers, concentrated all their efforts on squirrel hunting. When he wasn’t working, Hershel spent most of his time outdoors, either at the cabin that he and his dad built on the old homeplace at Alpine, or at his 4-wheeler riding retreat at Limestone. He enjoyed hunting at home in Arkansas, and made trips to Colorado elk hunting and deer hunting in Illinois. When he absolutely had to stay inside, he liked to read and work Soduku puzzles. He had a memorable smile, a quick wit and always had a comeback. With all of that mentioned, the greatest joy in his life was definitely his family. He made so many lifelong memories with Margaret and his kids and grandkids. Hershel was tenacious and there isn’t much that he wouldn’t tackle head-on. His faith in God was the most important thing in his life and he is having a great reunion in Heaven today.