Martha Reed (Herren)
June 20, 1917 - January 16, 2009
Martha Herren Reed, age 91, of Pine Bluff, died Friday, January 16, 2009, at the White Hall Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Mrs. Reed was born June 20, 1917, in Snyder, (Ashley County), Arkansas, a daughter of the late Alaska Calhoun and Ethel Parker Herren.
Mrs. Reed was reared and educated in Laferia, Texas, graduating from Laferia High School. She was also a graduate of Arkansas A&M College, now the University of Arkansas at Monticello.
She had been a resident of Pine Bluff since about 1941.
Mrs. Reed was a member of Second Baptist Church where she was the Beginners Sunday School Class teacher for many years, a very active member of the WMU and was church secretary until 2008. She was very effective at working behind the scenes at her church.
She was a homemaker and had taught school at Sam Taylor Elementary for several years.
Mrs. Reed was preceded in death by her husband in 1988, Dr. E. F. Reed, Jr., whom she married January 19, 1941, in Pine Bluff; two sons, Thomas David and Joseph Reed.
She is survived by three sons, E. Frank Reed III of Pine Bluff, John Lee Reed of White Hall and Gerald W. Reed of Little Rock; a sister, Lizzie Withers of Bandera, Texas; twelve grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be Monday, January 19, 2009, at 1:30 P M in the Chapel of Ralph Robinson & Son Funeral Directors with Reverend James Walling officiating. Burial will be in Bellwood Annex Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at Robinson's Sunday evening from 6 to 8 PM.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may take the form of contributions to Second Baptist Church, 1401 East Sixth Avenue, Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71601.
She will be missed by family, friends and everyone that loved and knew her.
Bertha Kilmer Akenhead
April 18, 1912 - December 16, 2004
Bertha Kilmer Akenhead, 92, a resident of Pine Bluff, died Thursday, December 16, 2004, at White Hall Nursing and Rehabilitation.
Born April 18, 1912, in Reydell, she was a daughter of Bert Floyd and Mary Ann Hardister Kilmer.
Mrs. Akenhead was reared and received her early education in Pine Bluff. She was a graduate of Pine Bluff High School. She married Loyd L. Akenhead in Pine Bluff on June 9, 1932. She was a homemaker and lifelong resident of Pine Bluff. She was a member of Carr Memorial United Methodist Church.
Mrs. Akenhead was preceded in death by her husband, Loyd L. Akenhead; her parents and two sisters, Inez Meeker and Myrtle Lee Haag.
Survivors include one son, L.L. "Pete" Akenhead of Austin, Texas; one sister, Imogene Goodwin of Bellville, Illinois, three grandchildren; and two caregivers, Larry Bradshaw and Mary McCaskill, both of Pine Bluff.
The funeral will be at 1:30 PM Tuesday, December 17, 2004, in the Chapel of Ralph Robinson & Son Funeral Directors with Reverend Mary Susan Hilliard officiating. Burial will follow in Bellwood Cemetery. The visitation will be from 6:00-8:00 PM Monday, December 20, 2004, at Ralph Robinson & Son.
Melba Jo Hammond Agerton
December 14, 1908 - April 23, 2005
Melba Jo Hammond Agerton, 96, of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, died Saturday, April 23, 2005, at Trinity Village Medical Center.
Mrs. Agerton was born December 14, 1908 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, to the late Edward M. and Josie Lehman Hammond. She was reared and educated in North Little Rock, Arkansas, where she graduated from North Little Rock High School. She moved to Pine Bluff in 1938 from Florence, Colorado.
She married Dr. Tom Agerton, Sr. on July 27, 1930 in Canon City, Colorado. Dr. Agerton died January 8, 1992.
Mrs. Agerton was a homemaker and a member of First Presbyterian Church of Pine Bluff. She was also a member of the American Association of Retired Persons and was a former Red Cross Volunteer.
Mrs. Agerton is survived by a son, Dr. Tom Agerton of Pine Bluff, Arkansas; a daughter, Yvonne Glendenning of Camano Island, Washington; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Dr. Tom Agerton, Sr., and a grandchild, Kevin Glendenning.
Graveside services are scheduled for Wednesday, April 27, 2005, at 2:00 PM, at Memorial Park Cemetery
with the Reverend William Lee Kinney officiating by Ralph Robinson & Son Funeral Directors.
Memorials may take the form of contributions to Trinity Village Medical Center, 6400 Trinity Drive, Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71603.
The family will be at the home of Dr. Tom Agerton, 1404 West 33rd Avenue, Pine Bluff, Arkansas.
Brig. Gen. William T. Seawell (Ret.)
January 27, 1918 - May 20, 2005
William T. Seawell, Brigadier General, United States Air Force (Retired), 87, of Pine Bluff, died Friday at his home. General Seawell was born January 27, 1918 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, a son of the late George Marion and Harriet Aldridge Seawell.
General Seawell was reared and received his early education in Pine Bluff, graduating from Pine Bluff High School. He was a graduate from both the United States military Academy receiving his bachelor of science degree there in 1941, and Harvard University School of Law, receiving his juris doctor degree in 1949.
After his graduation from West Point he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army in 1941, advancing through grades to Brigadier General of the United States Air Force in 1959.
During World War II, he was Commanding Officer of the United States Army Air Corps 615th Bombardment Squadron and the 401st Bombardment Group, Eighth Air Force in the European Theater of Operations. For his service in World War II, General Seawell received the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Presidential Unit Citation with Cluster, and the Croix de Guerre with Palm from the Republic of France.
After World War II, he was Commander of the United States Air Force 11th Bomb Wing, Strategic Air Command from 1953 to 1954. He was Deputy Commander of the USAF 7th Air Division from 1954 to 1955. General Seawell served as military Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force from 1958 to 1959 and then to the Deputy Secretary of Defense from 1959 to 1961. He was Commandant of Cadets at the United States Air Force Academy from 1961 to 1963, retiring from military service in 1963.
General Seawell then became Vice President of Operations and Engineering for the Air Transport Association from 1963 to 1965 in Washington, DC. Moving to New York City, he then became Senior Vice President of Operations of American Airlines from 1965 to 1968. From 1968 to 1971 he served as President of Rolls Royce Aero Engines, the United States subsidiary of Rolls Royce Ltd.
In 1971 General Seawell joined Pan American World Airways. He was President and Chief Operations Officer of PanAm from 1971 to 1972 and Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of PanAm from 1972 to 1981.
General Seawell retired from the Board of Directors from Inter-Continental Hotels Corporation, McDermott International, and McGraw-Hill, Inc. He was an inductee into the Arkansas Aviation Hall of Fame.
Since returning to Pine Bluff, he served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas and as President of the Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas Endowment Board.
He is survived by his wife, Judith Alexander Seawell, whom he married on June 12, 1941; one son, Alexander Brooke Seawell and his wife, Pat, of Menlo Park, California; one daughter, Anne Seawell Robinson and her husband, Adam, of Pine Bluff; and four grandsons, Brett Alexander Seawell, Ryan Thomas Seawell, Adam Scott Robinson and William Seawell Robinson.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, May 24, 2005 at 11:30 AM at Trinity Episcopal Church with the Reverend Dr. Walter Van Zandt Windsor officiating. Interment will follow in Bellwood Cemetery
by Ralph Robinson and Son Funeral Directors.
The family will receive friends at 21 Westridge in Pine Bluff from 4:00 to 6:00 PM Monday, May 23.
The family requests that memorials take the form of contributions to Trinity Episcopal Church, 703 W. 3rd Avenue, Pine Bluff, AR 71601 or the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas Endowment, 701 S. Main Street, Pine Bluff, AR 71601.
Zelma Peek Adams
August 8, 1925 - November 30, 2005
Zelma Peek Adams, 80, a resident of Pine Bluff passed away, Wednesday, November 30, 2005 at Jefferson Regional Medical Center. She was born August 8, 1925, in Rison a daughter of the late Noah S. and Annie B. Peek.
She was reared and received her early education in the Rison and Woodlawn areas. She attended Woodlawn High School but transferred to Pine Bluff High School, where she graduated in 1943. After high school she attended Ouchita Baptist University in Arkadelphia. On August 9, 1945, in Pine Bluff, she married William Xelphin Adams. Mrs. Adams worked for Sears Department Store as the accounting supervisor until her retirement in 1976. Mrs. Adams was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church of Pine Bluff, serving faithfully in many capacities for over 50 years.
Mrs. Adams was preceded in death by her parents and several siblings. Her survivors include her husband of 60 years, William Xelphin Adams; a daughter Linda Adams and husband Carlee of North Little Rock; a son Gary Adams and wife Alice of Little Rock; five grandchildren, Cindy Adams of Brighton, Colorado, Melissa Carozza and husband Mike of North Little Rock, Chris Adams and wife Amanda of Dacula, Georgia, Army Captian Brian Adams, 3rd Infantry Division, Iraq, and Jeremy Adams and his wife Sarah of Little Rock; and five precious great-grandchildren, who brought tremendous joy to her life, Mallorie Grace and Cassidy Elizabeth Carozza of North Little Rock, Parker Xelphin and William Todd Adams of Dacula, Georgia, and David Stewart Adams of Little Rock; a sister, Dorothy Burke of Fordyce and a brother, Noah Peek, Jr. of England.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 3, 2005, at 10:00 A.M. in the Chapel of Ralph Robinson & Son Funeral Home with Dr. David Moore officiating, with intermenty following at Roselawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday evening from 5-7 P.M. at Robinson's. The family asks that memorials take the form of contributions to Tele-Bible Sunday School Class, c/o Immanuel Baptist Church, 501 North Shackleford Road, Little Rock, AR, 72211, or the donor's favorite charity.
Bertha Mae Adcock
May 24, 1930 - March 12, 2006
Bertha Mae Adcock, 75, of North Little Rock, died March 12, 2006, at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock. Mrs. Adcock was born Saturday, May 24, 1930, in the Hooker Community a daughter of the late Joe and Viola Fanny Haynes Abernathy.
She was reared in the Hooker Community and later moved to Pine Bluff where she began attending the Pine Bluff Schools and graduating from Pine Bluff High School.
Mrs. Adcock married Mr. Robert John Kent and he preceded her in death September 30, 1990. She was also preceded in death by a son, Scott and a sister Patricia Abernathy Stokes.
She was a member of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include two sons, Robert Leslie Kent and David Lee Kent, both of North Little Rock; daughter, Melody Trimble also of North Little Rock; brother, George Thomas Abernathy of Orange, Texas; granddaughter, Shasta Nicole Smith of Little Rock; two grandsons, Dennis Scott Kent of Little Rock and Bryan Scott Kent of Lonsdale; two very special friends, Gean Hickey and Jerry Blair, both of North Little Rock.
Memorial services will be arranged at a later date.
Dr. Toby Warren Adair, Jr.
September 8, 1922 - July 11, 2006
Dr. Toby Warren Adair, Jr., age 83, of Pine Bluff, died Tuesday, July 11, 2006, at Hospice Home Care Inpatient Center in Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff.
Dr. Adair was born September 8, 1922, in Beaumont, Texas, a son of the late Toby Warren and Mildred Lee Muldrow Adair.
Dr. Adair was reared and received his education in Shreveport, Louisiana, where he graduated from Byrd High School. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Centenary College, a Master of Divinity, Master of Arts and a Master of Religous Education from Golden Gate Seminary, and a Doctor of Theology from International Seminary.
He was a member of South Side Baptist Church and the Confederate Air Force.
He was named in the 1995-1996 edition of Who's Who in the South and Southwest and in editions one , two and three of Who's Who in Religion.
Dr. Adair was the founding pastor to South Reno Baptist Church in Reno, Nevada. He pastored three other churches including Forest Park Baptist Church of Pine Bluff. He also served as a volunteer Chaplain at Jefferson Regional Medical Center. He retired from the ministry in 1992.
Dr. Adair served as President of the Pine Bluff Rotary Club and as District 6170 Governor for Rotary International, as Trustee and member of the Board of Directors for the Jefferson County Historical Museum, as Treasurer for CUSP, as President of the military Retired Officers Association and as Trustee for Kemper military Academy.
Dr. Adair was a flight instructor ar Grider Field from 1942 to 1944. He flew combat missions in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. He also attended the Naval War College. He retired from the United States Air Force in 1967, decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross.
He is survived by his wife, Ann Ivareese Redden Adair, who he married May 8, 1943, in Pine Bluff; a daughter, Robin Adair-Marshall of Renton, Washington; a granddaughter, Cathy Sternod of Pine Bluff and four great-grandchildren. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and caring friend to many.
Funeral services will be Saturday, July 15, 2006, at 11:00 AM at South Side Baptist Church by Ralph Robinson & Son Funeral Directors with Dr. Mark Tolbert and Reverend Gordon Topping officiating. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at Robinson's Friday evening from 6 to 8 PM.
Memorials may take the form of contributions to UAMS Department of Head and Neck Cancer Research, 4301 West Markham, Little Rock, Arkansas 72205
Weldon Barner Abbott
February 23, 1903 - February 20, 2007
Weldon Barner Abbott, 103, died Tuesday, February 20, 2007, just three days prior to his 104th birthday, at Trinity Village Medical Center in Pine Bluff.
One of eleven children, he was born February 23, 1903 in Princeton, Arkansas, a son of John Samuel and Sarah Lenora Looney Abbott.
He graduated from the Fourth District Agricultural High School in Monticello in 1920 and attended Arkansas A&M in Monticello, where he became a Farm and Dairy manager in 1928.
Mr. Abbott was a laboratory technician with International Paper Company in Camden for several years. Then he served as director of the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation office for Ouachita County. He accepted that same position in Jefferson County in 1949 and has lived in Pine Bluff ever since. Mr. Abbott retired in 1973.
Always an outdoorsman, he enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening and bee-keeping. Late in life Mr. Abbott developed the hobby of carving birds, which he enjoyed giving to family and friends.
Mr. Abbott was a member of First Presbyterian Church and the Men's Bible Class. He was also active in the Scottish Rite of Free Masonary of Little Rock, 32nd Degree, a Shriner at the Sahara Temple in Pine Bluff, member of Pine Bluff Masonic Lodge Number 69 F&AM, Pine Bluff Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow, and a member of the Retired Federal Employees following 28 years of service with the U.S. Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service.
Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Betty Strickland Taylor Abbott; two sons, Dr. W. S. Abbott and wife, Mary Ruth of Salt Lake City, Utah and H. Lavon Abbott and wife, Mary Ruth of Crossett, Arkansas; step-son, Howard P. Taylor and wife, Hayden of Sanford, North Carolina; step-daughter, Mary Ross Taylor of Wimberly, Texas; sister, Beth Merritt of Alexander, Arkansas; ten grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren, eight great-great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews. He is also survived by special caregivers Linda Finley, Tomeka Freeman and Yvette Jenkins.
Services will be 10:30 A.M., Friday, February 23, 2007 at First Presbyterian Church with Reverend W. Lee Kinney, pastor of First Presbyterian Church, officiating. The family will receive friends following the service at the church. Burial will follow at 3:30 P.M. at Pinewood Memorial Park in Crossett.
In lieu of flowers, friends who wish to give memorials may send them to Weldon B. Abbott Endowed Scholarship, P.O. Box 3520, Monticello, Arkansas 71656, First Presbyterian Church, 717 West 32nd Avenue, Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71603 and Trinity Village Medical Center, 6400 Trinity Drive, Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71603.