June 30, 1943 - February 22, 2004
Kathryn Beckham, 60, of White Hall died Sunday, February 22, 2004, at her home.
She was born June 30, 1943, in Pine Bluff, to Wayne and Dena Mae Cope Bell. She graduated from Pine Bluff High School.
She worked for Jefferson Regional Medical Center for several years, in the Gift Shop, and then worked for Al Morris and Tim Wally State Farm Insurance Companies, until she retired.
She was a member of First Immanuel Missionary Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Paula Diane Bell.
She is survived by her husband, Henry Beckham, who she married December 22, 1962, in Pine Bluff, two daughters, Lisa Beckham Dancer and husband, David, of Greenbrier, Erica Beckham Travis of White Hall, one brother, Larry Bell of Pine Bluff, three grandsons, Scott Dancer, Dustin Dancer and Chris Travis.
Funeral services will be 4:00 P.M. Tuesday, at First Immanuel Missionary Baptist Church, with Dr. David Harris officiating. Burial will be in Roselawn Cemetery, by Ralph Robinson and Son.
The family will receive friends at Robinson's, Monday, 6-8 P.M.
Memorials may be made to First Immanuel Missionary Baptist Church, 1500 W. 73rd Avenue, Pine Bluff, AR. 71603
Frances Theresa Barbarotto
October 20, 1926 - February 24, 2004
Frances Theresa Barbarotto, 77, of Pine Bluff died Tuesday, February 24, 2004, at her home. She was born October 20, 1926, in Smackover to the late Joseph Guiseppe and Josephine Marie Butcalis Barbarotto.
Frances Barbarotto was reared and educated in Smackover.
She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, a lifetime honorary member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, and St. Joseph Catholic Church Altar Society.
Survivors include her brothers, Michael Anthony Barbarotto of Pine Bluff, Jon Joseph Barbarotto of Evening Shade; and a sister, Loretta Marie Barbarotto Longinotti of Little Rock.
A Rosary Service will be held Wednesday, February 25, 2004, at 5:00 PM, at Ralph Robinson and Son.
A funeral mass will be celebrated on Thursday, February 26, 2004, at 10:00 AM, at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Reverend Monsignor Jack D. Harris officiating. Burial will follow in Graceland Cemetery
by Ralph Robinson and Son Funeral Directors.
James Price Berryhill
May 15, 1927 - February 22, 2004
James Price Berryhill, age 76, of White Hall, passed away Sunday evening, February 22, 2004, at his home.
James was born May 15, 1927, a son of the late George Edgar and Gertrude Hitt Berryhill in Hillsboro, Alabama. He was reared and educated in Hillsboro. After high school he worked at the Anniston, Alabama Ordinance Depot until being inducted into the US Army in 1955. James served in the US Army from January 1955 to January 1957. Following his military commitment he returned to the Anniston Ordinance Depot. James was next employed by the 84th Ordinance Battalion, then was transferred to the 47th Ordinance Battalion prior to being sent to the Letterkenny Army Depot in Chambersburg, PA. He married Renate Ruth Erika Wengler in Chambersburg, PA on February 26, 1966, at the Trinity Lutheran Church. James was employed by Pine Bluff Arsenal as a Quality Assurance Officer until his retirement in 1986. The Berryhills were members of the Altheimer United Methodist Church.
Mr. Berryhill is survived by his wife of 37 years, Renate; two sons, Edgar Blanton Berryhill and James Donald Berryhill both of Pell City, Alabama; one daughter, Tina Louise Berryhill of Pine Bluff; one brother, Willis Berryhill of Harpersville, AL; two sisters, Wilma Dean Carroll of Vincent, AL and Selma Ruth Vincent of Beaufort, N.C.; 10 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Thomas Collin Berryhill and George Wallace Berryhill; and two sisters, Thelma Sue Spradley and Bonnie Fay Davis
Funeral services will be held Friday, February 27, 2004, at 9:00 AM, at the Altheimer United Methodist Church, with Reverend John Sandine officiating. The family will receive friends at Ralph Robinson & Son Funeral Home on Thursday evening from 6:00 - 8:00 PM.
Interment will be at the Arkansas Veterans Cemetery
in North Little Rock.
Cecil L. Brown
August 16, 1916 - February 26, 2004
Cecil L. Brown, 87, of Lake Village, former longtime resident of Pine Buff died Thursday, February 26, 2004, at Chicot Memorial Hospital, in Lake Village.
Mr. Brown was born August 16, 1916, in Dewitt, to Richard R. and Tena Mae Watkins Brown.
He received his early education in Dewitt, moving to Pine Bluff in 1935.
He began working for the Cotton Belt Railroad, where he worked for 37 years, retiring as a Conductor, in 1980.
He married Ethel Davis, April 4, 1944. They resided in Pine Bluff, until moving to Hamburg in 1988 and then to Lake Village in 2001.
He was a member of Harmony Missionary Baptist Church, Jacob Brump Lodge #160 F.&A.M., the Sahara Shrine Temple and the United Trainmen Union.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, a son, Ricky Brown, a brother, Willie L. Brown, a half'-brother, Richard Riedhar, and a half-sister, Aline Porter.
He is survived by two daughters, Joyce Baker of El Dorado, Nancy and husband, Fred Thompson of Lake Village, a sister, Nettie Keaton of Dewitt, a step-sister, Margaret Jarnes of Leslie, five grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and 8 great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M. Monday, in the Chapel of Ralph Robinson and Son, with Reverend Jimmy Watson officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at Robinson's Sunday , 2-4 P.M.
Josh Carroll Baker
October 24, 1932 - March 01, 2004
Josh C. Baker, 71, of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, died Monday, March 1, 2004, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Baker was born October 24, 1932, in Bass, Arkansas to the late Thomas Dee and Lessie McCutchen Baker. He was reared and eduated in Harrison, Arkansas, where he graduated from Harrison High School. He joined the United States Army and served during the Korean War. He married Carol Johnson on August 1, 1956 in Bastrop, Louisiana. They moved to Pine Bluff in 1965.
Mr. Baker owned and operated the Family Shoe Store in Ruston, Louisiana for several years. He then went to work for International Paper in 1965, where he worked until his retirement in 1993.
He was a member of the Hazel Street Church of Christ and the Quarter Century-Society, Inc. He enjoyed fishing and hunting.
His survivors include his wife of 47 years, Carol Baker of Pine Bluff; a son, Jeffrey Carroll Baker of Pine Bluff; a daughter, Belinda Burnette of Mountian View, Arkansas; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; a sister, Betty Caplener of Searcy, Arkansas.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Ray Baker, Leamon Baker, and one sister, Mary Heuer.
The family will receive friends Thursday, 6:00 to 8:00 PM, at Robinson's.
Funeral Services are scheduled for Friday, March 5, 2004, 4:00 PM, Hazel Street Church of Christ with Raymond Glendining officiating. Interment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery
by Ralph Robinson & Son Funeral Directors.
The family has requested that memorials take the form of contributions to Hazel Street Church of Christ, attn: Mission Fund, 4015 South Hazel Street, Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71603, or to Harding University, attn: Advancement Office, P.O. Box 12238, Searcy, Arkansas 72419.
Josephine Romanelli Brunetti
May 27, 1917 - March 04, 2004
Josephine Romanelli Brunetti, 86, of Pine Bluff died Wednesday, March 3, 2004, in Sheridan. She was born May 27, 1917, in Altheimer, to the late Cecil and Lucy Fratesi Romanelli.
Mrs. Brunetti was reared and educated in Altheimer, where she attended school.
She married Gino "Jim" Brunetti on November 23, 1935, in Jefferson County. She moved to Pine Bluff in 1982. She was a loving wife, mother, and homemaker.
Mrs. Brunetti was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, where she served on the St. Joseph Altar Society and was a member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas.
She was preceded in death by her husband; a son, Jimmy Brunetti; parents; two brothers; and two sisters.
Survivors include her two sisters, Cezera Williams of Albuquerque, New Mexico and Clara Lepri of Pine Bluff; a neice whom she reared, Denise Brunetti Strange and seven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.
A Rosary will be held at 6:00 PM, Friday with visitation from 6:30 to 8:00 PM at Ralph Robinson and Son.
A graveside service will be held in Graceland Cemetery, 10:00 AM, Saturday, March 6, 2004, with Reverend Monsignor Jack D. Harris officiating. Ralph Robinson and Son will conduct the burial following the service.
William Charles Jett, Sr.
November 25, 1949 - December 13, 2001
William Charles Jett, Sr., 52 of Pine Bluff, died Thursday at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. Mr. Jett was born November 25, 1949, in Pine Bluff.. He was the son of the late Lela Redmon and William J. Jett.
A lifelong resident of Pine Bluff, he attended the Pine Bluff schools. Upon leaving school, he later entered the U. S. Army and became a member of the famed 101st Airborne where he served during the Vietnam Era.
Mr. Jett was a retired employee of United Parcel Service, a member Masonic Lodge, a 32nd Degree Mason and a member of Sahara Shrine Temple and an avid hunter.
He attended the New Beginnings Church in Pine Bluff.
Mr. Jett is preceded in death by his brothers, Raymond Ferguson and Dale Jett.
Mr. Jett is survived by his sons; William Charles Jett, Jr., of Tyler, Texas, Samuel Wayne Jett of Star City, brothers; Jerry Jett of Jonesboro, Don Jett of Benton, Louisiana, Roy Jett of Sheridan, sisters; Geneva Burnett of Pine Bluff, Virigina Reid of Olive Branch, Mississippi, Ann Carter of Pine Bluff, Lavern Frye of Pine Bluff, Treta Crabtree of Jonesboro and three grandchildren.
The funeral service will be 10:00 AM, Saturday, December 15, 2001 in the Chapel of Ralph Robinson and Son with Reverend George Reeves officiating. Burial will be in Hamilton Cemetery
Samuel Grant Beckwith
July 01, 1932 - March 26, 2004
Samuel Grant Beckwith, 71, of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, died Friday, March 26, 2004, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Beckwith was born July 1, 1932, in Rison, Arkansas, a son of the late Harold H. and Estelle Scott Beckwith. He was reared and received his education in Pine Bluff, where he graduated from Watson Chapel High School in 1950. He was a 1959 graduate of the University of Arkansas at Monticello, where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Education. He served in the United States Navy for four years during the Korean War. He worked in vocational education for 35 years, retiring in 1994 as the Assistant Director of the Riverside Vocational School within the Department of Correction.
He was a member of Good Faith United Methodist Church. He was also a member of the Watson Chapel Booster Club and the Arkansas Razorback Club.
He married Mary Beth Childers in 1988 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.
Mr. Beckwith was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Betty Pearl Toll Beckwith, who passed away in 1980; two brothers, Oliver Beckwith and Raymond Beckwith, two sisters, Barbara Beckwith and Louise Simmons.
His survivors include his wife of 15 years, Mary Beth Childers Beckwith of Pine Bluff; a son, Jon Beckwith of Hazen, Arkansas; two daughters, Tanya Johnson and Jenifer Duck, both of Hazen, Arkansas; two stepsons, Monte and Martin Lawson, both of North Carolina; a step-daughter, Melanie Cox of North Carolina; six grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; and five step great-grandchildren; two brothers, Jimmy Beckwith of Pine Bluff, and Harley Beckwith, of Green Forrest, Arkansas; a sister, Helen Walker of Pine Bluff.
The family will receive friends Monday, 6:00 to 8:00 PM, at Robinson's.
Funeral Services are scheduled for Tuesday, March 30, 2004, at 10:00 AM, in the Chapel of Ralph Robinson & Son with Reverend Scott Shafer officiating. Interment will follow in Graceland Cemetery.
The family has requested that memorials take the form of contributions to Good Faith United Methodist Church, 3703 Ryburn Road, Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71603.
Anthony Ray ( Tony ) Brown
June 14, 1962 - April 01, 2004
Anthony Ray "Tony" Brown, age 41, of Little Rock (formerly of Pine Bluff), died at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock Thursday, April 1, 2004. Mr. Brown was born June 14, 1962, in Pine Bluff, a son of the Reverend Albert Ray and Frances Elizabeth Reeme Brown.
Mr. Brown was reared and educated in Pine Bluff, a graduate of Watson Chapel High School.
He had worked for a short period of time at Camden Wire and had been a U S Postal employee for the last thirteen years. He was also the original founder and owner of Sister's Touch Florist in Pine Bluff. The shop was named in honor of his three sisters because they helped him in the shop.
Mr. Brown was a member of the Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church where his father was his pastor for approximately three years.
Mr. Brown is survived by his parents of Rison; three sisters, Dana Young of Rison, Tammy Hogan of Martinez, Georgia, and LaMonica Brown of Rowell. He is also survived by a host of eight nieces and one nephew and two great nieces and one great nephew.
Funeral services for Mr. Brown will be Saturday, April 3, 2004, at 10:00 A M in the Chapel of Ralph Robinson & Son Funeral Directors with Reverend John Nations officiating. Interment will be in Brown Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Robinson's Friday evening from 6 to 8 PM.
Memorials may take the form of contributions to American Foundation for AIDS Research, 120 Wall Street, 13th Floor, New York, New York 10005.
Donna Muncy Eubank
March 24, 1943 - December 15, 2001
Donna Muncy Eubank of Pine Bluff, 58, passed away Saturday morning, Dec. 15, 2001, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center after a long-term battle with cancer. A retired home economics teacher at Pine Bluff's Jack Robey Junior High School and active community leader, she will be missed by the thousands whose lives she touched so dearly during her years of service.
Born March 24, 1943, in New York City, where her father was stationed with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, she spent her childhood years in several states before locating in Arkansas. She graduated from North Little Rock High School in 1961 and from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in 1965 with a degree in home economics education. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.
She married Taylor Eubank of Pine Bluff in 1965 and the couple was stationed in Texas and the United Kingdom during his Air Force flying career. In 1971 Taylor joined the FBI as a special agent and the Eubanks were stationed in Indiana, Wisconsin and Arkansas. The family came home to Pine Bluff in 1979 and she began her teaching career in the mid-Eighties.
Actively involved as a member of First Baptist Church of Pine Bluff, she was a Sunday School teacher for four-year-olds for over two decades. She was a volunteer for the Southeast Arkansas Arts and Science Center.
She is survived by her husband of 36 years, Taylor; son, Bradley and his wife, Billi Jo, of St. Louis, and their child and her special grandson, Henry; and by son Gavin of St. Louis; her mother, Mrs. Margaret Muncy of Hot Springs; her sister Linda Clinton and her husband Dick of Little Rock; two brothers, LeeMuncy, Jr. and his wife Peggy of North Little Rock, and Allan Muncy and his wife Sharon of Little Rock. She was preceded in death by her father, Leander Jennings Muncy.
Her memorial service has been scheduled for 11 a.m., Monday, Dec. 17, at First Baptist Church of Pine Bluff with Rev. Gordon Topping officiating. Family visitation has been scheduled for Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. at Robinson's. The family requests no flowers. Memorials should be made to The Building Fund of First Baptist Church, 6501 S. Hazel, Pine Bluff, AR 71603.