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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.

Bill Porter

Mr. Bill Porter, 58 of Pine Bluff, passed away Wednesday, August 6, 2014. He was born in Lake Village to the late Eddie and Addie (Moore) Porter. His survivors include daughter, Tamika Porter of Pine Bluff; brothers, Lee Charles Porter of Los Angles, Calif., Johnny Porter of Milwaukee, Wis., Richard Porter of Pine Bluff, Alonza Porter of Watson, Michael Porter of Los Angeles, Calif.; one grandchild.

Alvin Gray, Sr.

Mr. Alvin Gray, Sr., 77 of Pine Bluff, passed away Tuesday, August 5, 2014. He was born in Grady to the late George Gray, Sr. and Ophelia (Jordan) Rucker. His survivors include wife, Annie (Evans) Gray of Pine Bluff; sons, Alvin Gray, II of Pine Bluff, Kenneth Gray of Conway, Jerry Gray of Pine Bluff; daughters, Jacqueline Gray and Sabrina M. Gallon both of Pine Bluff; brothers, George Gray, Jr. of Pine Bluff, Lewis Rucker of Las Vegas, Nev., Omar Cook of Pine Bluff; sisters, Diann Cooper of Bellwood, Ill., Alberta Kindall of Pine Bluff; thirteen grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren.

Tammy Mitchell

KINGSLAND - Tammy Axsom Mitchell, age 50, of Kingsland died Sunday, August 10, 2014 at her home. She was born February 21, 1964 in Pine Bluff, Ark. , She is preceded in death by her parents, Charles William Axsom, II and Patsy Ruth Poole Lawrence; two nieces, Hannah Parnell and Alaina Evans. She is survived by one daughter, Christy Francis of Sarasota, FL; step father, Jimmy Lawrence of Sheridan; step mother, Deborah Axsom of Carthage; two brothers, Keith Axsom of Fordyce, Billy Gene Axsom of Dallas, Texas; one sister, Lisa Axsom Williams of Kingsland; two grandchildren, Jace Johnson and Alex Lafond of Sarasota, Fla.; several nieces, nephews, and other family members and friends. Visitation will be Thursday 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm at Benton Funeral Home in Fordyce. Funeral services will be 11:00 am Friday at Benton Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Kingsland Cemetery. Arrangements by Benton Funeral Home in Fordyce. To sign the online register visit www.bentonfuneralhome.net .