Helen Faye Sullivan (Moses)
September 24, 1922 - June 24, 2011
Helen Faye Sullivan, 88, departed this life on June 24, 2011, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center. She was fondly remembered by family, friends, and colleagues, whose lives were touched by her generous and compassionate spirit.
Faye was one of five children born to William Edward and Velma Tubbs Moses in Drew County, Arkansas. She grew up there and graduated from Drew Central High School. Faye earned her BA Degree with High Honors from the University of Arkansas at Monticello. Later she received her MA Degree in Education from the University of Arkansas.
Being an educator was Faye’s career and her calling. She taught for several decades in the Pine Bluff School District and became its first Certified Reading Consultant. She believed education, especially reading, was life-changing, and she demonstrated this with the generations of students she taught. After retiring from teaching, she volunteered at schools and the Pine Bluff Public Library in support of their reading activities. The Shepherd Center honored Faye for her years of teaching Jewelry Making and Basketry Classes.
Faye was a member of the National Education Association, the Arkansas Education Association, the Pine Bluff Teacher’s Association, and the Jefferson County Retired Teacher’s Association. She was a founding charter member of Delta Kappa Gamma, Alpha Lambda Chapter. She was a member of the American Association of University Women and was a member of Lakeside United Methodist Church.
She is survived by her daughter, Carolyn Smith of Pacific Grove, California; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, William Don Moses, and three sisters, Vonnie Oliver, Hazel Boone, and Jennie Mae Moses.
The family will receive friends Wednesday, June 29, 2011, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, at Robinson’s.
Funeral services will be Thursday, June 30, 2011, 10:00 AM, in the Chapel of Ralph Robinson & Son with Reverend Dr. Pam Estes officiating. Interment will follow in McGehee Cemetery in McGehee, Arkansas.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials take the form of contributions to the Pine Bluff Jefferson County Public Library System, 200 East 8th Avenue, Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71601.
Imogene Willis Powell (Fox)
April 2, 1931 - June 30, 2011
Imogene Willis Powell, 80, of Georgia, formerly of Pine Bluff, died at the home of her daughter in Sugar Hill, Georgia, Thursday, June 30th. Born in DeWitt, Arkansas April 2, 1931, a daughter of the late Carl W. and Josephine McPeak Fox, she was educated in DeWitt, Pine Bluff, and Altheimer, graduating from high school in Altheimer.
She was first married to James H. "Pete" Willis. Mr. Willis died in 1983. She married Thomas J. Powell in 1998. Mr. Powell died in 2003.
She worked as a secretary at Strong Manufacturing in Pine Bluff for many years. She also resided in Washington, Georgia, Alabama, and Texas before returning to Georgia. She worked in retail sales in those states before her retirement.
She was a member of what is now Olive Branch Missionary Baptist Church in Pine Bluff.
Survivors include her son, James Carl Willis of Enterprise, Alabama; daughter, Diane McKinney of Sugar Hill, Georgia; step-daughter, Beverly Chadick of Hot Springs; brother, Don Carl Fox of Hot Springs; sisters, Frances Fergusson of Pine Bluff, Joann Lane of Whitewright,
Texas, Carolyn Robinson of White Hall; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Services are Tuesday, July 5, at 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel of Ralph Robinson & Son with Dr. Roger Stewart officiating. Interment follows in Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Robinson's Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until service time. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to your favorite church, hospital or charity.
John D. "T-Bo" May
April 4, 1947 - July 1, 2011
John D. "T-Bo" May, age 64, of Pine Bluff, died Friday, July 1, 2011, at Brookside Health and Rehabilitation Center in Little Rock. Mr. May was born April 4, 1947, in Ashland, Kentucky, the son of the late John C. and Delores Jean Sharp May.
Mr. May was reared and educated in Ashland, Kentucky, graduating from Ashland High School.
He was self employed in the framing and construction industry.
He was preceded in death in by his wife, Linda Sue Kyzer May, a son, Chad Douglas May, and a sister, Sherry Wymer.
He is survived by a daughter, Sherry Artrip of Ashland, Kentucky; two sons, Kenneth Duane May of Ashland, Kentucky and John C. May of White Hall; six grandchildren; three brothers, Ronald May of Beckley, West Virginia, Chuck May of Orlando, Florida and Terry May of Floral City, Florida; one sister, Sheila Songer of Raceland, Kentucky.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, July 5, 2011, at 2:00 PM in the Chapel of Ralph Robinson & Son with Reverend Charles Cantwell officiating. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at Robinson’s Tuesday from 1:00 PM to service time.
Florence Mildred Cahoon (Crossett)
April 21, 1908 - July 3, 2011
Florence Mildred Cahoon, age 103, of Pine Bluff, died Sunday, July 3, 2011, at Trinity Village Medical Center in Pine Bluff. Mrs. Cahoon was born April 21, 1908, in Cedar Branch, Grant County, Arkansas, a daughter of the late James Franklin and Mollie Nicodemus Crossett.
Mrs. Cahoon was reared and educated at Cedar Branch.
She was a member of First Baptist Church and a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bert K. Cahoon, whom she married December 12, 1936, in Sheridan; a daughter, Berdell Ward and a grandson, Bert Lee Pennington.
Mrs. Cahoon is survived by a daughter, Carolyn Cahoon Pennington of Heth, Arkansas; son-in-law, John Ward of North Little Rock; four grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.
Graveside services will be held Wednesday, July 6, 2011, at 3:00 PM in Memorial Park Cemetery with Mr. John Ward officiating.
Memorials may take the form of contributions to the American Cancer Society, Post Office Box 6635, Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71611.
Charles Ronny Ellis, Sr.
January 21, 1945 - July 3, 2011
Charles Ronny Ellis, Sr. 66, a resident of Pine Bluff, went to be with his Lord and Saviour Sunday, July 3, 2011, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center.
Born January 21, 1945, in Pine Bluff, he was a son of Ralph L. and Mary Sue England Ellis.
Mr. Ellis was reared and received his early education in Pine Bluff, graduating from Watson Chapel High School. Charles Ronny Ellis, Sr. married Mary Kettles on July 3, 1981, in Little Rock. Mr. Ellis was an independent insurance adjuster.
Mr. Ellis was a member of New Beginnings Baptist Church where he was proud to serve as a Deacon. He never failed to testify about his love for the Lord. Mr. Ellis was also a mermber of the Double R Hunting Club.
Mr. Ellis was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Ellis of Pine Bluff; one son and daughter-in-law, Ronny Ellis, Jr. and wife Debbie; one son Ben Ellis; two step-sons, Don Alexander (Debbie), and Joey Alexander (Becky); grandchildren, Ronny Lee Ellis, Lily and Daisy Alexander, Alexandria Lawrence (James), Billy Don Alexander, Jason Cash, and Colt Cockrell; great-grandaughter, Amelia Lawrence; one sister, Sherry Sparks (Ronnie); one brother, Roger Ellis; nieces, Rhonda Orr (Coby) and Kimberly Ellis; great niece, Mary Ellis Orr; great nephews Wyatt and Jackson Orr.
The visitation will be from 6:00-8:00 PM Wednesday, July 6, 2011,at Ralph Robinson & Son Funeral Directors.
Funeral services will be at 10:00 AM on Thursday, July 7, 2011, in the Chapel of Ralph Robinson & Son with Reverend Charles Cantwell offficiating. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery by Ralph Robinson & Son.
Paul E. Woolley
March 1, 1924 - July 4, 2011
Paul E. Woolley, 87, of Pine Bluff, Arkansas passed away Monday, July 4, 2011 at Trinity Village Medical Center.
Born March 1, 1924, in Cleveland County, he was the son of the late James L. and Tennie Lee Wilson Woolley. He was reared and received his education in Woodlawn, Arkansas, attending Woodlawn High School. He joined the United States Navy, serving during World War II.
After returning from the military, in 1948, Mr. Woolley became co-owner and operator of Woolley-Gandy Motor Company, Inc., in Pine Bluff, retiring in 1994. He was known to have sold more cars in Pine Bluff than anyone else before or since.
In January of 1949, he married Martha Greenlee. They spent almost 30 years together, until her death in 1978. In December of 1990, he married Ann Calhoun.
He was a member of Oak Park Freewill Baptist Church, Jacob Brump Lodge #160 F&AM and the Sahara Shrine Temple. Mr. Woolley was also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion and United Commercial Travelers.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife; two brothers, Olen and James Martin Woolley; and four sisters, Ruthie Lee Greenlee, Veneva Woolley, Ottie Carr and Katie Moseley.
He is survived by his wife, Ann Woolley, of Pine Bluff; his son, Paul Michael Woolley, of Pine Bluff; his daughter, Gail Blackerby, and husband, Joe, of Pine Bluff; a step-son, Richard M. Tucker, of Pine Bluff; a step-daughter, Jill Tucker Reese, of Sheridan; grandson, Paul Woolley, and wife, Mindy, and great grandson, Justin, all of Hot Springs; a step granddaughter, Holly Seiter, of Conway; and a step grandson, Aaron Blackerby, of Bryant.
Funeral service will be held 10:00 AM, Wednesday, July 6, 2011, in the Chapel of Ralph Robinson and Son, with Reverends William Paul Woolley, Charles Woolley and Johnnie Brewster officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery in Rison. Memorials may be made to the donor’s favorite charity.
Truman E. Ashcraft
May 14, 1928 - July 6, 2011
Truman E. Ashcraft, 83, of Pine Bluff, died Wednesday, July 6, 2011 at home.
He was born May 14, 1928 in Tull, Arkansas, son of Ernest and Delva Tull Ashcraft.
Mr. Ashcraft was reared and received his early education in Tull and Pine Bluff, graduating from Pine Bluff High School.
He served in the United States Navy during World War II and the Korean Conflict.
Mr. Ashcraft worked as a brakeman for Southern Pacific Railroad for 30 years, retiring in 1992.
He co-owned and operated Ashcraft Fox Pen in Grapevine and Jo’s Pet Shop in Pine Bluff with his wife, Josephine Ashcraft.
Truman was a member of First United Methodist Church in Pine Bluff, and past member of Southeast Arkansas Kennel Club and Arkansas Fox and Wolf Hunter’s Association.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Ronald Mac Ashcraft and Dr. John Ashcraft.
Survivors include his wife, Josephine "Jo" Crowson Ashcraft, whom he married June 19, 1948 in Pine Bluff; son, Joe Carrol Ashcraft and his wife, Libby, of Fort Worth, Texas; two daughters, Linda McDaniel and her husband, Rodney, of Texarkana, Arkansas and Regina Blackstock and her husband, Jerry, of Pine Bluff; sister, Wynell Morris of Orlando, Florida; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, July 9, 2011 at First United Methodist Church with Reverend David Fleming and Reverend Edna Morgan officiating, by Ralph Robinson & Son. Burial will follow at 1:30 p.m. at Ebenezer Cemetery in Tull with military honors.
Visitation will be Friday evening from 5-7 p.m. at Robinson’s.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 200 West 6th Avenue, Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71601 or Hospice Angels, 3801 Camden Road, Chapel Village 1, Suite 12, Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71603.
Diana Louise Lott
June 27, 1956 - July 4, 2011
Diana Louise Lott went to our Lord and Savior in Heaven to join my mother, dad and grandmother on 7-4-11.
My sister was a super intelligent woman that loved her work at the Pine Bluff Jefferson County Library and all animals, particularly dogs. She would want to be remembered for her dedication to work, friendship, passion for stray animals and supporting the library and the Pine Bluff Jefferson County Humane Society.
She had many dear and supportive friends at the library, the street she lived on and even across the country. She was a caring and loving person as a whole but like everyone developed some health issues that needed care that she just wasn't willing to accept.
She left this earth sooner than she should have but we shouldn't have feelings of sadness for her. She is in heaven and without pain. Her last breath was her soul going to heaven.
She was an excellent student through school years and was even offered a few scholarships that she didn't take advantage of.
She went on later in life to get 4 degrees on her own. I was very proud of my sister because unlike her, I was blessed with mechanical and not academic abilities.
I think that she would prefer donations to the Pine Bluff Jefferson County Library system or the Pine Bluff Jefferson County Humane Society instead of flowers.
Diana leaves one relative behind on this earth; one brother, Steve Lott of Little Rock, and numerous special people that have been a great help to her and myself. Just to name a few: Dave Burdick & all her friends at the library, Earnest and Lois Johnson, Wesley Dickson and Dirk Creason.
Catherine Sing (O'Kelley)
November 15, 1929 - July 7, 2011
Catherine O’Kelley Sing, 81, a resident of Pine Bluff, died Thursday, July 7, 2011, at Presbyterian Village in Little Rock.
Born November 15, 1929, in Pine Bluff, she was a daughter of Z. Vernon and Louise Cobb O’Kelley.
Mrs. Sing was reared and received her early education in Pine Bluff. Catherine O’Kelley married Joe Ping Sing, Sr. on January 13, 1945, in Pine Bluff. She worked with her husband running Progressive Food Market on W. 6th Ave. in Pine Bluff, but her main occupation was mother and homemaker. She was of the Baptist faith.
Mrs. Sing was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband.
Survivors include three sons, Joe Sing, Jr. of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Vernon Sing of Pine Bluff, and Lee Sing of Little Rock; three daughters-in-law; two granddaughters; two grandsons; one loving cat.
The visitation will be from 10:00-11:00 AM Monday, July 11, 2011, at Ralph Robinson & Son Funeral Directors.
Funeral services will be at 11:00 AM Monday, in the Chapel of Ralph Robinson & Son with Reverend Siegfried Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in Graceland Cemetery by Ralph Robinson & Son.