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Betty Ford

WASHINGTON D.C. - Ms. Betty L. Ford, 61, of Washington, D.C. passed August 23, 2015. She was born in Pine Bluff to the late Allen and Aldora (Albert) Ford, Sr.

Richard Smith

ENNIS, TEXAS - Richard Derwin Smith, 87, of Ennis, TX, passed away, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015 at his home. Funeral services will be at 2:00 pm Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015 at Southmont Baptist Church, 2801 Pennsylvania Dr. Denton, TX. Burial will follow at Spires Cemetery south of Damascus, AR, at 2:00 pm on the August 31. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Memorials may be made to the Texas Southern Gospel School of Music, c/o Paul Hollingsworth, 1515 Hackberry, Clifton, TX 76634.

Saving the past from extremists

Several years ago I was privileged enough to work on a project for the United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. My team was asked to address some of the issues related to international trafficking of stolen art and antiquities. While this might sound pretty dry to the uninitiated, it quickly turned into an adventure involving Australian aboriginal tapestries, decapitated Javanese Buddha heads and French Impressionist paintings.

John Rutherford

SHERIDAN - John Edward “Ed” Rutherford of Sheridan, Ark. was born December 1, 1918 in Sheridan, Ark., the son of the late George Delk and Mary Etta Stuckey Rutherford. He was an active member of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Sheridan, was a member and Past Master of Jacob Brump 160 Masonic Lodge in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, member and Past Patron of Union Chapter #40 and Sheridan Chapter #212 Order of the Eastern Star. He served his country in Europe in the Army Air Corp having fought in World War II.

Robert Woods

Mr. Robert Lee Woods, 60 of Pine Bluff, Ark., transitioned from his earthly home to his eternal home on August 14, 2015 at JRMC. Robert was born April 22, 1955 in Little Rock, Ark., to the late Elzie Woods, Sr. and Drusilla Reynolds Woods.

Mamie Lee

RUSSELLVILLE - Mamie Elizabeth Lee, 94, of Russellville, passed away Monday, August 17, 2015 at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Russellville. The daughter of John and Mamie (Harper) Covington, she was born June 21, 1921 in Franklinton, La. She married Corwin S. Lee on January 5, 1942 in Bossier City, La. and was a homemaker.