August 10, 2003 - March 23, 2010
Christy Michelle Ellis, 32, of Bryant, Arkansas, and her daughter, Lindsey Kay Ellis, 6, died Tuesday, March 23, 2010, in Beaumont, Mississippi.
Christy was born January 9, 1978, in Pine Bluff to Dewey Daniel and Beverly Kay Byrd Johnson.
She was reared and educated in Pine Bluff, where she graduated from Watson Chapel High School.
Christy was a loving daughter, mother and sister.
She worked for Bankers Life and Causality in Little Rock, where she was a branch office administrator.
Survivors include her parents, Dewey Daniel and Beverly Kay Byrd Johnson of Pine Bluff; a brother, Danny Johnson (Elizabeth) of Sheridan and a grandfather, Reuben Johnson of Pine Bluff; nieces, Mary Daniel and Lily Elizabeth Johnson.
She was preceded in death by grandparents, Bertie Johnson, Imogene and Sonny Byrd.
Lindsey was born August 10, 2003, in Benton to Ricky and Christy Michelle Johnson Ellis.
She was in the first grade at Bryant.
Survivors include her father, Ricky Ellis of Cabot; grandparents, Dewey Daniel and Beverly Kay Byrd Johnson, Carol and Buddy Ellis of Scott; great-grandfather, Reuben Johnson; uncle and aunt, Danny and Elizabeth Johnson; cousins, Mary Daniel and Lily Elizabeth Johnson.
She was preceded in death by her great-grandparents, Bertie Johnson, Imogene and Sonny Byrd.
Visitation will be 6 to 8 PM, Friday at Robinson's.
Services will be 10 AM, Saturday, March 27, 2010, Chapel of Ralph Robinson & Son with Mr. Mike Hogan officiating.
Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Hoyle Ray Bishop
January 24, 1937 - March 24, 2010
Hoyle Ray Bishop, 73, of Memphis, Tennessee died Wednesday, March 24, 2010, at his home in Memphis.
He was born January 24, 1937 in Hulkey, Mississippi to Jake and Opal Denton Bishop. He was reared and received his early education in Memphis, where he worked as an electrician.
He was preceded in death by his parents and son, David Thomas Bishop.
Survivors, three sons, Mike (Kay) Bishop of Aberdeen, Carl Ray Bishop, Robert Bishop, both of Humphrey, daughters, Barbara (David)Douglas of Memphis, Ray Sue Bishop of Englewood, Tennessee, Carolyn Bishop of Memphis, eight sisters,Helen Haynes, Betty Clayton, Frankie Bishop, Barbara Hopson, Carolyn Arrowsmith, Inez Ward, Sandra Francis, Mary Morris, one brother, James Bishop, 17 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and his former wife, Betty Jean Draffin of Hickory Ridge..
Funeral services 10 am Saturday, Brown Cemetery, with Reverend Jimmy Herring, Jr. officating, burial by Ralph Robinson and Son.
Russell Edward Simmons
October 24, 1928 - March 25, 2010
Russell Edward Simmons, 81, of White Hall, Arkansas, died Thursday, March 25, 2010, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center from a long battle with the effects of pulmonary complications.
He was born October 24, 1928, in New Edinburg, to Tommy and Ophie Mosley Simmons.
Mr. Simmons was reared and educated in New Edinburg and Blue Springs.
He served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict and Vietnam War, retiring as a Staff Sergeant. While serving in the Army, he was a military policeman for 15 years then a helicopter mechanic.
Mr. Simmons also had worked at International Paper and in maintenance at Trinity Village.
He enjoyed camping with his wife at Heber Springs, trout fishing on the Red River with his best friend and was an avid bird hunter. Mr. Simmons looked forward to breakfast at Lybrandís everyday with his friends.
Mr. Simmons was an active member of 6th Avenue Church of Christ.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Curtis Simmons and a sister, Louise Ply.
Survivors include his wife, Marceline McGriff Simmons whom he married on June 30, 1972, in Pine Bluff; a son, Rex (Donna) Simmons of Denton, Texas; daughters, Karen Jo Simmons Trulock of Little Rock, Gail Hankins Stinnet of Maryville, Tennessee; stepson, Billy Huckaby of Little Rock; stepdaughters, Linda (Jimmy) Webb of Wright, Marcia (Joey) Lybrand of White Hall; a brother, Bobby Simmons of Springdale; 11 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be 2 to 4 PM, Sunday at Robinson's.
Services will be 2 PM, Monday, March 29, 2010, Chapel of Ralph Robinson & Son with Mr. Randall Elrod and Mr. Edger Dye officiating.
Burial will follow in Leek Cemetery
at Star City.
Clarence "Freddie" Carter
March 22, 1944 - March 26, 2010
Clarence "Freddie" Carter, 66, of White Hall, died Friday, March 26, 2010 in Grant County.
He was born March 22, 1944 in Pine Bluff, son of Royce and Martha Tate Carter.
Mr. Carter was reared and received his early education in Pine Bluff, graduating from Dollarway High School.
He worked as for the Pine Bluff Fire Department from 1966-1976. He enjoyed driving semi-trucks. Mr. Carter was an owner/ooperator of a semi-truck until he started working for KP Carriers and had been there since 2000. His CB handle names were Outlaw and Old Man.
Mr. Carter was a member of the U.S. Army National Guard.
He enjoyed electric trains, hunting and collecting John Deere tractors.
Mr. Carter was preceded in death by his father.
Survivors include his wife, Linda Lee Boudra Carter, whom he married March 11, 1966 in Pine Bluff; mother, Martha Carter of White Hall; son, Michael Shane Carter of White Hall; daughter, Amanda Blake Carter and Robert Dustin Daniel Bivens of White Hall; brother, Royce Carter, Jr. of Pine Bluff; sister, Georgia Dixon of Sheridan; and three wonderful grandchildren, Candice Covington, Rayena Carter and Kaytlyn Carter.
Funeral services will be 10:00 AM, Thursday, April 1, 2010 in the Chapel of Ralph Robinson & Son with Reverend James Watson officiating. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 6-8 PM at Robinson's.
The family will be at 10046 Princeton Pike in White Hall.
Charles Richard Bettison
November 2, 1934 - March 26, 2010
Richard Bettison, 75, of Pine Bluff, Arkansas died Friday, March 26, 2010. Born November 2, 1934 in Memphis, Tennessee, a son of the late Louis Kelsey and Janie Walker Bettison, he was raised in Memphis, graduated from East High School and attended Memphis State University.
He joined the US Army and served in Okinawa during the Korean Conflict.
Returning to Memphis, he worked with Bruce Hardwood Flooring, then CIT Financial there and in several other locations before moving to Pine Bluff in 1967, joining Smart Chevrolet as the finance manager for the company and serving there until he retired December 31, 1996.
Richard was an active member of Trinity Episcopal Church where he served as a member of the Vestry, a Junior Warden, and Lay Reader. He and his wife were involved in the church's youth ministry. He was involved in Eastern Little League baseball, first president of the Monroe Ryburn Ponytail (Softball) League, and other community youth activities when his children were young. As an avid golfer he spent many hours on the course with his family and friends. He always felt blessed to play golf with good company. Richard had a diverse group of interests and was a co-founder of the Pine Bluff Archery Club.
Survivors include his wife, Jane Mobley Bettison, who he married April 4, 1958 in Memphis; sons, Charles Richard "Rick" Bettison, Jr. and wife, Laura, of Waxhaw, NC, Steven Jeffrey "Jeff" Bettison and wife, Celeta, of Allen, TX; daughters, Leigh Ann Griffin and husband, Lee, of Kennesaw, GA, Tracy Jane Gwin and husband, Artie, of Pine Bluff; brother, William Louis "Bill" Bettison of Memphis; and nine grandchildren, Jeff Bettison, Walker Bettison, Will Bettison, Tyler Gwin, Madeline Griffin, Jack Griffin, Aiden Bettison, Ben Bettison, and Kelsey Bettison.
Services will be Tuesday, March 30, at 11:00 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church with the Reverend Walter Van Zandt Windsor officiating. Visitation is from 10:00 a.m. until service time at the church.
The family requests memorials to Trinity Episcopal Church, the American Diabetes. Foundation, or to the donor's favorite charity.
David Allen Curlin
January 1, 1970 - May 22, 2010
David Allen Curlin, 40, a resident of Pine Bluff, died Saturday, May 22, 2010, at Baptist Health Medical Center-Little Rock.
Born January 1, 1970, in Pine Bluff, he was a son of George Curlin and Rita Rocconi Gronwald.
Mr. Curlin was reared and received his early education in Watson Chapel. He was a 1988 graduate of Watson Chapel High School. He was the first student to receive a four-year engineering scholarship from the R. O. T. C. In 1990 he joined the United States Marine Corps to serve in Desert Storm. After his service he joined the Pine Bluff Fire Department and worked fourteen years as a firefighter rising to the rank of lieutenant. He also served as the training officer for the Fire Department. He was also a member of the Watson Chapel Volunteer Fire Department. David Allen Curlin married Pamela Spriggs in Pine Bluff, in August of 2008.
Mr. Curlin was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents.
Survivors include his wife, Pamela Spriggs Curlin; three daughters, Tarah Curlin, Katherine Brianne Curlin, and Kaylee Curlin, all of Pine Bluff; one step-daughter, Haley Appleget of Fayetteville; father and step-mother, George and Phyllis Curlin of Pine Bluff; mother and step-father, Rita and Joe Gronwald of Redfield; two brothers, Joseph Edward Gronwald of Grand Cane, Louisiana, and Jason Gronwald of Hensley; one sister, Christina McDaniel of Pine Bluff.
The visitation will be from 4:00-8:00 PM Thursday, May 27, 2010, at Ralph Robinson & Son Funeral Directors.
Funeral services will be at 11:00 AM Friday, May 28, 2010, at the Pine Bluff Convention Center with Chaplain Dave Henderson officiating. Burial will follow in Graceland Cemetery
by Ralph Robinson & Son.
Memorials may be made to the Arkansas Fallen Firefighters Memorial: P.O. Box 56470 Little Rock, AR 72215.
Harlis Ray Melton
July 20, 1937 - June 18, 2011
Harlis Ray Melton, 73, a resident of Pine Bluff, died Saturday, June 18, 2011, at his home in Pine Bluff.
Born July 20, 1937, in Water Valley, Mississippi, he was a son of Monroe and Willie Goode Melton.
Mr. Melton was reared and received his early education in Memphis, Texas. Harlis Ray Melton married Norma Henley on May 20, 1959, in Marianna, Arkansas. He was a United States Air Force veteran of the Viet Nam Conflict.
After his military service Mr. Melton worked fifteen years for Winchester Auto Parts as an automotive machinist. He then worked in building management at McClelland Veterans Administration Hospital in Little Rock until his retirement. Mr. Melton was of the Assembly of God faith.
Mr. Melton was preceded in death by one son, Glenn Alan Melton.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Norma Melton of Pine Bluff; daughter, Sandra Purifoy of White Hall; two granddaughters, Kari Vaughn of Pine Bluff, and Hannah Purifoy of White Hall; two great grandsons, Anthony Collins of Pine Bluff, and Jacob Smith of Salt Lake City, Utah; two sisters, Lucille Porche of Borger, Texas, and Louise Peggram of Joplin, Missouri.
Funeral services were private but the family will hold a memorial service at a later date.
Services were by Ralph Robinson & Son Funeral Directors.
Louise Kirsch Blau
February 28, 1919 - June 20, 2011
Louise Kirsch Blau, 92, of Pine Bluff died Monday, June 20. Born in New York City, a daughter of Samuel S. and Lillian Selly Kirsch, she was reared and educated on Long Island, graduating from high school in Woodmere in 1937. She attended business college in New York and New York University. She married Dr. Sheldon Blau in Boston, Massachusetts in 1945.
The Blaus moved to Arkansas in 1948 and to Pine Bluff in 1949 where Dr. Blau opened a veterinary clinic. Mrs. Blau worked with him as secretary-treasurer of his veterinary practice until retiring when Dr. Blau died in 1980.
She was an active member for many years in Temple Anshe Emeth and past president of the Temple Sisterhood. She was a Red Cross volunteer at JRMC and active in girl scouting, receiving a 50 year plate in appreciation of her service to the Arkansas Post Girl Scout Council as a troop leader, camp director and business manager.
Survivors include two sons, Paul Martin Blau of Memphis, Tennessee, Gary Alan Blau of Cambridge, Massachusetts, granddaughter, Jordana Blau Byrd, grandson, Francisco Javier Mejia-Blau, and two great-grandchildren.
Graveside services are Thursday at 2:00 p.m. in the Jewish Cemetery
in Pine Bluff by Ralph Robinson & Son. Mrmorials requested to the Juvenile Diabetes. Research Foundation International, www.jdrf.org.
Clara Warriner (Griffin)
July 11, 1917 - June 19, 2011
Clara Griffin Warriner, age 93, passed away early Sunday, June 19, 2011, at White Hall Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
Daughter of the late Clarence Griffin and Mildred Bell Griffin, she was born at Rison on July 11, 1917.
A graduate of Watson Chapel High School, she met the love of her life John K. Warriner Sr. in 1935, and they were married on May 22, 1938. They were married 62 years when John died Feb. 17, 2000.
She was a life-long member of the Church of Christ at Staves and was baptized in the Saline River. Her favorite hobbies were sewing, gardening, tending to her flowers, and needlepoint.
She is survived by her sisters: Mildred Gandy, and Anne Patterson; her children: John K. Warriner Jr., and David F. Warriner; her brother-in-laws: Richard Warriner and Pat Patterson; her nieces and nephews: Griffin Johnson, Donna Conner, Patrick Patterson, and Cherie Patterson; her grandchildren: Michael Warriner, Matthew Warriner, Michelle Warriner Bolt, Sarah Beth Warriner Lawson, and Ashley Warriner Andrews, as well as six great-grandchildren and a host of friends and other family members.
A graveside service will be held at Bellwood Cemetery, Thursday, June 23 at 11am, the Reverend Michelle Warriner Bolt officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St Jude Children's Research Hospital, P. O. Box 100, Dept. 300, Memphis, TN 38148-0552 or to The Women's Shelter in Pine Bluff, P. O. Box 6705, Pine Bluff, AR 71611. both causes near and dear to her heart.