HOLLY GROVE - Vera Ann Christian, 64, of Holly Grove, died Tuesday February 6 at UAMS Medical Center in Little Rock.

Vera was born November 19, 1953 in Holly Grove, Arkansas to Talma Christian and Bennie Alva Bobo.

Vera, a lifelong resident of Holly Grove, was a member of St. Paul AME Church in Holly Grove.

Vera attended the Holly Grove Public School System. She went on to earn a GED and further her education by attending Capital City Business College in Little Rock and Phillips Community College in Helena.

“Bea Ann” as Vera was affectionately known, was employed as a Secretary with the Arkansas Department of Human Services for more than 29 years before retiring in 2008.

Vera was a very strong family oriented person. She enjoyed spending time with the family and close friends. She enjoyed word search and cross word puzzles. Her favorite pass time was going down to the Isle of Capri Casino in Lula, Mississippi.

Her father preceded Vera in death.

Survivors are: two daughters: Toni (Michael) Christian-Sain of Stuttgart, AR; and Stacy (George) Christian-Obwaka of Houston, TX; two grandchildren: Brianna Sain of Calumet City, Ill and Jordin Obwaka of Houston, TX; two great grandchildren: Braishawn Sain and Zoe Sain both of Calumet City, Ill; her mother Bennie Alva Bobo-Cobb of Pine Bluff, AR; her brother Colby (Peggy) Cobb of Pine Bluff, AR; two sisters: Sharon (Eddie) Nicholson of Pine Bluff, AR; and Manva Cowley of Little Rock, AR and a host of other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be held Saturday morning February 10 from 11 until 1 PM at Branscumb Funeral Home Chapel, 911 North Main Street in Brinkley. Interment will follow immediately after at Hayes Cemetery in Holly Grove by Branscumb Funeral Home of Brinkley (870) 734-2772 email: branscumbfuneralhome1928@yahoo.com & Facebook: Branscumb Funeral Home.

 Oracious Thomas

Mr. Oracious “Ray” Thomas, 68 of Pine Bluff, AR, born August 8, 1949 to the late William Thomas, Jr and the late Willie Mae Thomas Johnson. He departed this life on January 31, 2018.

Ray graduated Merrill High School in 1969 and went on to enlist in the United States Air Force as Electrical Power Production Technician for 14 years until honorably discharged in January 1984. Upon returning to Pine Bluff, he was employed with the Pine Bluff School District as a Mechanic. In his spare time, he pursued his love for fishing.

He is preceded in death by four siblings, Mae Francis Forrest, Myrtis Jones, X.L. Thomas and Tamara Nadine Williams. He Leave to cherish his memory, One daughter, LaShanna Brooks (Cedric) of Little Rock, Arkansas. Three sisters Mrs. Dorothy Jean Dyett (James) of Baltimore, Maryland; Ms. Vernester Farver of Pine Bluff, Arkansas and Ms. Barbara Jones of Oakland, California and one Brother Mr. Harold Thomas (Emma Louise) of Pine Bluff; host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.

Graveside services will be Monday 11am at Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery, 1501 W Maryland Ave, Sherwood AR 72120.

Services entrusted with Brown Funeral Home of Pine Bluff, Ar.


 Ruth Thompson 

Ruth Wallace Thompson, born December 20, 1921, died February 8, 2019.

At the young age of 96, our mother, grandmother, great grandmother, great-great grandmother, aunt, great aunt, left this world to be welcomed with rejoicing in Heaven.

Mom was born in Poyen, Arkansas, to Nancy Jones Wallace and Baxter Wallace. She was their second child preceded by her brother Robert and followed by her sister, Floy, and brother Ben. All predecease her.

They lived in Poyen briefly before moving to Pine Bluff where she lived most of her life until moving to Fort Smith in 2007.

A devout Christian, Mother was a member of Second Baptist Church, Immanuel Baptist Church, a charter member of Watson Chapel Baptist and New Life in Pine Bluff before transferring her membership first to East Side Baptist Church of Fort Smith and finally to First Baptist Church of Fort Smith.

She first taught the Beginners Sunday School Class before graduating to teach the Ladies Sunday School Class at Watson Chapel. Through her thoroughly prepared lessons she inspired and encouraged countless women with her teachings and insight. She was adored, admired and revered.

After moving to Fort Smith, she continued her service not through teaching but knitting hats and afghans for people plagued with cancer.

She was faithful in attending worship services until she became too frail. She continued to watch Sunday morning worship services until her death.

While her life seems centered upon church, she was involved in many other activities. One of her first loves was sewing first for her girls making their clothes, then a sought-after seamstress to make slip covers, drapes, and upholstery. Gardening or digging in the dirt as she called it, was another passion, playing Scrabble, at which she was determined to win, card games, especially UNO with her grandchildren and watching Wheel of Fortune, usually solving the puzzle long before the contestants.

She loved to travel and saw much of the United States. Her last big adventure was to London and Paris with her daughters. She loved summers at Lake Ouachita with family and Eureka Springs any time she could go. She was widely read and enjoyed most genres, her favorite was The Holy Bible from which she could quote extensively.

She is predeceased by her husband, James B. Thompson; their daughter, Suzanne Thompson Parrish; and grandson, Elon Parrish.

She is survived by her son, James M. Thompson (Maria) of Miami, Florida; daughters, Lynne Thompson Hartline (C. Vernon) of Dallas, Texas, and Kimberly Thompson Stepka of Fort Smith, Arkansas; sister-in-law, Ilene Wallace, of Cocoa, Florida; beloved grandchildren, Jehri Crowe (Brad) of Birmingham, Alabama, Amy Newell (Chuck) of Tallahassee, Florida, Clyde Vernon Hartline III (Stacey) of Portland, Oregon, Nikki Hartline Braun (John) of Midland, Texas; son-in-law, Guy Parrish (Daisy) of San Francisco, California and daughter-in-law Claudette Rosenbrier (Gil) of Miami, Florida; great-grandchildren, Amanda Luedeke, Alex Trulock, Kehlani Parrish, Ellen Claire Newell, Chad Newell, Riggs Newell, Will Newell, Daphne Ruth Hartline, Conrad Hartline, Sebastian Hartline, and Carlyle Hartline; one great-great-granddaughter, Coco Luedeke; nieces and nephews, Ruth Taylor, Johnny Dobbs, Buddy Dobbs, Nancy Luczai, Barbara Labous, Dee Bradley, Carol Orman, Dana Costello, Lance Wallace and Jonathan Wallace.

She joins so many who have pre deceased her including family members and friends from her days as a Pine Bluff Zebra graduate. Her days here are over but she is in our hearts forever.

Her services will be 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, February 13, 2018 in the Chapel of Ralph Robinson and Son with Reverend Steve Monk officiating. Interment will follow in Bellwood Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Monday, February 12, 2018 at Robinson’s.

Memorials may be made to Watson Chapel Baptist Church, 5514 Pinnacle Lane, Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71603; Heifer International, 1 World Avenue, Little Rock, Arkansas 72202; or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital - Attn: Tribute Department, PO Box 1000, Department 142, Memphis, Tennessee 38148.

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