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Alean Jordan

DUMAS - Mrs. Alean Jordan, 72 of Dumas, passed Friday, November 21, 2014 at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. Born December 13, 1941 in Monroe Louisiana, she was a member of St. John MBC in Mithchellville and a home maker.

James Pennington

RISON - James M. “Hop” Pennington, age 91, of Rison, Arkansas passed away Monday, November 24, 2014. He was born March 22, 1923 in Cleveland County. Left to cherish his memory is a son, James B. Pennington and his wife Barbara of Rison; five grandchildren, James Benjamin Pennington, Pamela Mellic, Christopher Pennington, Amanda Barraclough and Chad Hall; and seven great grandchildren. Graveside service will be 2:00 p.m., Friday, in Greenwood Cemetery at Rison. Arrangements are by Buie Funeral Home of Rison. (870) 325-6216. Online condolences at www.buiefuneralhome.com

Cleophus Withers

LITTLE ROCK - Mr. Cleophus Withers 78 of Little Rock, Ark. passed away Nov 18, 2014 at U.A.M.S Medical Center in Little Rock. He was born February 20, 1936 in Jasper, Missouri to the late Wesley Lee Withers Sr. and Luvenia Jackson. He confessed hope in Christ at a young age.. He was a skilled carpenter and was a member of the Little Rock Biker Brother’s. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother Wesley Lee Withers Jr., one sister Irene (Hall) Marshall . Cherishing his memories one daughter Jackie Sims (Anthony) Brown, and one son Calvin ( Lawanna) Sims both of Little Rock, Ark., two sister’s Margaret W. ( Calvin) Thomas of Pine Bluff, Ark., and Sandra Moore of Little Rock, Ark., 16 Grandchildren, 9 Great Grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Donell Wickett, Sr.

Donell Wickett, Sr., 65, of Pine Bluff died November 20, 2014 at Jefferson Regional Medical Center. Born June 6, 1949 in Pine Bluff to the late Mozell Wickett, Jr. and Vivian Dunbar of Pine Bluff.

Bobby Spainhouer

WATSON - Bobby Joe Spainhouer, 78 a long time resident and Farmer of Watson passed away November 25, 2014 in Dumas. He was born February 12, 1936 in Bluffton, Arkansas and the son of Robert S. Spainhouer and Lina Mae Rana Spainhouer.

Ora Langford

RISON - Mrs. Ora Lee Langford, 62 of Rison passed Monday, November 17, 2014. She was born in Parksdale, Ark. to the late Horace and Maoler (Releford) Wainwright, Sr. Funeral service will be 11 a.m., Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at Trinity Faith Assembly Church-Rison, Ark. by Rev. Floyd Bennett. Interment will be in The New Cemetery by Brown Funeral Home of Pine Bluff, Ark.

Donald Frigon

Donald Curtis Frigon, 84, of Pine Bluff, died Friday, November 21, 2014. Born January 5, 1930 in Detroit, Michigan, a son of Frank and Norah Deck Frigon, he grew up and received his early education in Detroit. As a young man he joined the Merchant Marine, then the US Navy where he served on underwater demolition teams.

Janice Alexander

CURTIS - Janice Faye James Alexander 64, Curtis, Arkansas went to be with the Lord on November 21st, 2014. She was born November 19th, 1950 in Dumas, Arkansas to the late Willie and Melba James. On May 3rd, 1987, she married Jakie Alexander in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Janice was a Advance Practice Nurse and Homemaker; she was a member of the Pine Bluff First Assembly of God. She was happiest when she was giving care to her patients as a Advance Practice Nurse Practitioner. She enjoyed watching Nascar, supporting and giving to her family.

Beatrice West

FRANKLIN, Mrs. Beatrice Jane West, age 89, of Franklin, KY, entered into rest Thursday, November 13, 2014 at the Greenview Regional Hospital in Bowling Green, KY. A native of Logan Co., KY, she was the daughter of the late Albert Belcher and the late Thelma Scarborough Belcher. She was the wife of the late Willie Edmon West and was also preceded in death by a great grandson, Josiah Adam Drumm; two sisters Violet Goodman and Hazel Christmas; and a brother Jerry Belcher. She is survived by two children Feral West (Faye) of Pine Bluff, AR and Wilma Jane Whitten (Chad) of Franklin, KY, three sisters Lucille Cain and Magdelene Cline both of Indianapolis, IN, and Janice Hardison of Auburn, KY; two brothers James Belcher and J.T. Belcher; seven grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Mrs. West was a member of Eastside Missionary Baptist Church and former member of the Ruth Electra Eastern Star.

John Hood

SPOKANE, WA - John Richard Hood, age 81, was born on April 4, 1933 and passed away peacefully in his sleep on September 21, 2014. Raised in Pine Bluff, AR, by early entrepreneur E.W. Hood and his mother Melba Hood; John went by the name “Dick” Hood. The youngest of six children, four boys and two girls, John was the last surviving sibling. As a young man, he was an excellent dancer and roller skater. He married Louise (Clay) Hood, from the same small town, and the wedding ceremony filled the church to capacity; the first to arrive was John, sitting on the church steps. After graduating from Pine Bluff High School, he received a bachelor’s degree in American history from the University of Tulsa, and his juris doctorate law degree from the University of Arkansas. He was a successful lawyer in Little Rock, Ark., until he took a job as a worker’s compensation judge in Indiana. He later worked as a federal Administrative Law Judge for the Social Security Administration; which he performed for the rest of his career, from 1974 to 2007 (40 years). John worked in Denver, CO, Billings, MT, and Spokane WA, where he was the chief judge of the Spokane office for about 20 years. John loved his wife and two children, Leslie and Steve, and his grandchildren Brianna and Sean. He enjoyed dogs and loved to travel, paint watercolor paintings, and read and study history. His focus with American history was mainly on the American Revolution and World War II. He had an encyclopedic knowledge of World War II, of which he had a particular fascination. He also loved to tell stories about his father and family, and was proud of famous ancestors in his past, including U.S. President James K. Polk. John was loving, generous and kind, and was beloved by his family and many friends. He was an extremely honest and a moral man, who prayed every day. He fought death for many years to stay with his family for as long as he could. John will be greatly missed.

Philip Stockton

CHEROKEE VILLAGE - Philip Richard Stockton was born the son of George Oliver Stockton and Naomi (Standeford) Stockton on March 1, 1942 at St. Louis, Missouri, and departed this life November 11, 2014 at Cherokee Village, Arkansas, at the age of 72 years.

Bobby Brogan

DUMAS - Bobby Joe Brogan, 79 formerly of Dumas, passed away at his home in Redding, California November 11, 2014. He was born January 3, 1935 at Bluffton, Arkansas.

Kenneth Monk

CALMER - Mr. Kenneth E. Monk, age 75, of Calmer, died Thursday, November 13, 2014, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. Mr. Monk was born February 12, 1939, in Pine Bluff, a son of the late John Frank and Agnes Hulse Monk.

Willie Allen Sr.

LITTLE ROCK - Deacon Willie J. Allen, Sr., 69, went home to be with the Lord (entered into eternity) on Nov. 5, 2014. Funeral and Internment services will be held on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014 @ 3 p.m. at Bethlehem 2 Baptist Church, Tarry, Ark.

Frances Fell

Frances Lindsey Fell, age 87, passed away at Jefferson Regional Medical Center Tuesday, November 11, 2014 after a lengthy illness. Mother to three, and “Grammy” to seventeen grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, she devoted her life to her family, friends, and music. Since the age of fifteen, she had served as church pianist in eight cities in Louisiana and Arkansas, most recently for Calvary Baptist Church of Pine Bluff where she was a member for 30 years. Mrs. Fell was preceded in death by her parents, Marion and Hattie Lindsey of Bearden; a sister, Lucille Houchins of Houston, Texas; and two grandsons: Jordan Shepard of Little Rock, and Sgt. Robin Vincent Fell of Shreveport, La.

Carroll Trotter

WILMAR - Carroll Preston Trotter, age 86 of Wilmar, passed away Tuesday, November 11, 2014, at Life Touch Hospice Home in El Dorado, Ark. Survivors include his wife, Macie Joel Spears Trotter of Wilmar; one son, Calvin Trotter of Warrenton, MO; one daughter, Gail Shelby of Wilmar; one brother, Rev. John David Trotter of Austin, AR; two sisters, Rachel Holland and Liz Corbell both of Stephensville, Texas; four granddaughters; and seven great grandchildren.