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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.

John Gates Sr.

Reverend John L. Gates, Sr., 81, of Pine Bluff, Ark., went to be with the Lord Tuesday, August 18, 2015. He was born August 18, 1934, in Star City, to Jewel and Leala Ricks Gates.

Lucille Early

LITTLE ROCK - Mrs. Lucille Roaf Early, 83, of LIttle Rock passed away Saturday, August 15, 2015. Arrangements will be announced by Brown Funeral Home of Pine Bluff.