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Earl Reaves

SCOTT - Earl Reaves, 83, of Scott, Ark. passed away Thursday, February 11, 2016. He was born January 28, 1933 in Dumas to the late John Henry and Flora Lozar Reaves. He attended schools in Kelso and worked for Ben Pearson as a bow designer. Earl was a member of The Church at Willow Beach and a past member of Claude Road Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Peggy Reaves; five brothers; four sisters. Mr. Reaves is survived by his wife, Janet Frisby Ross Reaves; son, Dennis Reaves of Pine Bluff; daughters, Cookie Thrower of Hot Springs, Kimberly Maxey of Maine; step-children, James, David, Michael Frisby and Norma McCormac; brothers, Charles, Richard Reaves; sisters, Joann Stringfellow, Louise Speerlock; thirty-two grandchildren; eighteen great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren. Visitation will be Monday from 12-1 p.m. with the funeral at 1 p.m., all at Claude Road Baptist Church with Reverends Mark Staples and Roy Tilley officiating. Burial will be in cedar Grove Cemetery by Cranford Funeral Home of White Hall. (

Gleece Payne

DEWITT - Mr. Gleece Willie Payne, 88, of Dewitt, Ark. passed February 8, 2016. He was born in Ethel, Ark. to the late Patrick Henry Payne and Hattie Stovall Payne. Graveside Service will be 12 p.m., February 15, 2016 in Butler Cemetery- Ethel, Ark. by Brown Funeral Home of Pine Bluff, Ark. Visitation will be 4:30-6:30 p.m., Sunday at Brown Funeral Home.

Leodis Wise

Mr. Leodis Wise, 65, of Pine Bluff, Ark. passed February 9, 2016. He was born to the late Samuel and Lucy (Baker) Wise. Survivors include: wife, Cynthia D. (Wine) Wise, three sons, Kuno Wise, Lee Odis Wise and Anthony Wise all of Pine Bluff; one daughter, Tiffany Wise of Houston, Texas; one sister, Julia Wise of Pine Bluff; 13 grandchildren. Funeral Service will be 11 a.m., February 16, 2016 at Brown Funeral Home by Rev. Sammy Williams. Interment will be in Forrest Lawn Cemetery by Brown Funeral Home of Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m., Monday at Brown Funeral Home. The Family will be at 715 South Penn Street, Pine Bluff, Ark. 71601.

James Stewart

HOT SPRINGS - James Edward Stewart, 81, of Hot Springs, Ark. died Friday, February 12, 2016, at National Park Medical Center. He was born October 2, 1934, in Jackson, Tenn. to Lewis Palmer and Leila Bell Daniels Stewart. He was reared and educated in Pine Bluff. He retired from Entergy after 38 years of service. Mr. Stewart relocated to Hot Springs Village Retirement Center in 2010. He was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include a cousin, Joy L. Mullins of Fort Smith. A special thank you to the staff, residents, Brother Bob and Senior Helpers at Country Club Village for helping enrich his life over the past six years. Graveside services by Ralph Robinson & Son will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, February 17, 2016, in Graceland Cemetery with Reverend Jimmy Herring officiating. Online register at

Jesse Parker, Jr.

RANDALL — Jesse L. Parker, Jr., age 80, of the Randall community went to be with the Lord on Friday, February 12, 2016. He was born February 14, 1935, in Grady, Arkansas, to the late Jesse L. Parker, Sr. and Elza Newton Parker of Randall. Mr. Parker was saved and Baptized at age 16 and had been a member of Pleasant Ridge Missionary Baptist Church and Unity Missionary Baptist Church. Mr. Parker attended Woodlawn School, graduating in 1953 and also attended what is now known as UAM. He joined the Naval Reserve at age 17 and later served in the United States Air Force. He was a past Master of Pine Bluff Lodge #69, a dual member of Mill Creek Lodge #178, 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason of Little Rock and a life member of York Rite Bodies of Pine Bluff. Jesse worked for the railroad for over 40 years. He began as a young man with the Rock Island RR in Little Rock then signed on with the Cotton Belt RR and was working for Union Pacific when he retired. He made many friends during his time with the RR and made a point of staying in touch with them. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Charlotte Traywick. Jesse was a much loved husband, father, pawpaw, brother and uncle. He loved ALL his family unconditionally. He LOVED to fish. Survivors include his wife of sixty years, Mary Ellen Camp Parker; three children, Pam Clark (Allen), Jesse Parker (Amy) and Penny Noyes (Allen); eight grandchildren, Zack Clark (Meagan), Alex Clark (Genea), Lily Clark, Callie Parker, Luke Parker, Casey Parker, Maggie Noyes and Parker Noyes; two great-grandchildren, Vandy Clark and Preston Clark; sisters, Gladys Tucker and Orpha Howard of Pine Bluff, Wanda Finley of Japan and June Murdock of Redfield and a host of nieces and nephews. Visitation will be Monday, February 15, 2016, 12:30 PM until service time at Robinson’s. Funeral services will be 2:00 PM, Monday, February 15, 2016, in the Chapel of Ralph Robinsons & Son with Brother Don Breshears and Dr. Roger Stewart officiating. Burial with Masonic Rites to follow at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in Rison. Online register at

Joseph Tortorich

HOT SPRINGS - Joseph Anthony Tortorich, 87, of Hot Springs, died at his home on beautiful Lake Hamilton February 13, 2016. He was born in New Roads, La. the son of Anthony Lawrence and Carmalena Maggio Tortorich. He is survived by his loving wife Patricia Shingleur Tortorich. After high school graduation in New Roads, Joe joined the Navy at 16 years of age. He served and defended his country during World War II and the Korean Conflict. He served in the Pacific Theater on the USS Topeka and off the North Korean Coast on the destroyer USS E.G. Small. After WW II he graduated from LSU with a BS Degree in Biology. After the Korean Conflict, Joe returned to LSU to earn his Master’s Degree in Microbiology. He moved with his wife Estelle to Pine Bluff, Arkansas in 1955. He was employed by the Directorate of Biological Operations at the Pine Bluff Arsenal. After the biological weapons were destroyed in 1970, Joe began working with the US Food and Drug Administration doing cancer research at the National Center for Toxicological Research. He retired from NCTR in 1989. Joe married Estelle Trahan in 1954. Estelle died in December of 1990. Joe is survived by their four children. Susanne Chambliss (Dean), of Pine Bluff, Dr. Tony Tortorich (Torre), of Little Rock, Consuela Morris (Danny), of White Hall and Carmela Gillenwater, of Austin, Texas. He was PawPaw to his six grandchildren; Lauren Chambliss Meredith, Alison Chambliss (Andrew) Wynne, Dr. Joseph Tortorich (Melissa), Dr. Jordan Tortorich, Andrew Collin Tortorich, and Corinne Gillenwater of Austin, Texas. He had four great grandchildren: Mallani Meredith, Connor Wynne, Anna Claire Wynne, and Luke Tortorich. His step-grandchildren are Austin Kassler, Ally (Justin) Landherr, and Brett (Kristen) Morris. He was affectionately called Joe T. by Patricia’s children and grandchildren: Joe (Deanna) Cook, Jr. (Suzanne, Sarah Grace), Genie Brooks (Teryl, Christine), David Cook (Nichole, Rachael, Sydney) and Dora (Blake) Wegener (Patricia, Elizabeth, Blake, Jr.) He is also survived by his youngest sister, Marietta Walker of Houston, Texas. Joe was predeceased by a brother, S.J. Tortorich; a sister and brother-in-law, Catherine and VJ Russo and brother-in-law, Davis Walker. He was Uncle Joe to his many caring nieces and nephews. They each were an important part of his extended family. After moving to Hot Springs, Joe’s favorite pastime was a slow boat ride on Lake Hamilton with family and friends, and sitting in his chair looking at the lake. Joe was a lifelong member of the Catholic Church, working in many capacities with St. Joseph Catholic Church in Pine Bluff. Services are Tuesday, February 16th, 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary of the Springs Catholic Church, 100 Central Avenue, Hot Springs, Ark. with Father George Sanders officiating. His Vigil service is Monday, February 15th at 5 p.m. at Ralph Robinson & Son in Pine Bluff with Deacon Noel F. “Bud” Bryant officiating, with visitation after until 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to charity of one’s choice. Online register: .

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

Billie Webb

Mrs. Billie Joyce Webb, 61, of Pine Bluff passed January 31, 2016. She was born in Little Rock, Ark. to James H. Smith, Sr. of Akron, Ohio and the late Gladys McLemore Hicks. She leave to cherish memories to one daughter, six brothers, six sisters and one grandchild.

Martha Meekins

Martha R. Meekins, of Pine Bluff, Ark., a retired librarian, died on January 28, 2016. She was born in Rison, Ark. She was the last of 13 children, born to the late Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. and Nellie Johnson Meekins. She graduated from the Rison “Colored” High School. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and a Masters of Arts degree in Library Science from Atlanta University in Atlanta, Ga., and a six year certificate in Library Science from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio.

Grady Mathews

Mr. Grady Mathews, 82, of Pine Bluff passed away on January 27, 2016 at JRMC. He was born February 28, 1933 to the Late Johnnie Mathews and the Late Jennie Mae Davis in Rison Ark.

Booker Allen Jr.

Booker “Sonny” Allen, Jr., 82, of Pine Bluff, Ark. died January 22, 2016 at his home. He was born October 8, 1933 in Moscow, Ark. to the late Booker T. Allen, Sr. and Bessie Young Allen.

David Halstead

REDFIELD — David Edward Halstead, age 82, of Redfield, died Monday, February 1, 2016. Born October 23, 1933 at Bloomingrose, West Va., he was a son of the late Ezra French Halstead and Etta McCalister Halstead. He graduated from Sherman High School in Seth, W. Va. in 1952. Mr. Halstead proudly served in the United States Marine Corps from 1953-1957 and was stationed in Korea and at Quantico, Va.

Franklin Simpson

Franklin Daniel Simpson, age 83, of Pine Bluff died Sunday, January 31, 2016. Born January 25, 1933 at Morrilton, he was a son of the late Elmer Simpson and Ola Chenault Simpson.

Franklin Simpson

Franklin Daniel Simpson, age 83, of Pine Bluff died Sunday, January 31, 2016. Born January 25, 1933 at Morrilton, he was a son of the late Elmer Simpson and Ola Chenault Simpson.

Reba Gist

LITTLE ROCK — Reba Owens Gist, 101, of Little Rock, died January 26, 2016. Reba was born February 16, 1914 in Alicia (Lawrence County), Ark., daughter of George Grover Owens and Lillie Hinton Owens.