Jason Nathaniel Tremblay, 39, died peacefully at home on April 3, 2017 in Austin, Texas. He leaves behind wife, Sheila, and son, Oliver.
Jason was born April 28, 1977 in Texarkana, Texas. He lived his first 5 years with younger brother Brian in Nashville, Ark. before the family moved to Pine Bluff, Ark. where Jason attended Trinity Episcopal School and Pine Bluff High School. He was a member of Lakeside United Methodist Church of Pine Bluff. Jason was an imaginative and creative child and was seldom seen without a book in his hand. Jason was a classical cellist. He married the love of his life, Sheila Doyle Tremblay from Grand Rapids, Mich. in 2012. They welcomed their son, Oliver Jason to the world May 11, 2015.
Jason received an undergraduate degree from Arkansas State in Philosophy and English and an MFA in Playwriting from the University of Texas at Austin where he was awarded a James Michener Fellowship. In 2008, Jason received the Access to Artistic Excellence award from the National Endowment for the Arts and also an award at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., for the Best New Play for Young Audiences. He received a Marilyn Hall Award from the Beverly Hills Theatre Guild. Other theater accomplishments included multiple nominations from the Austin Critics Table and the National Youth Theatre. He received commissions from Austin Scriptworks, the LMDA, and East Valley Children’s Theatre and was published by Playscripts and YouthPlays. Jason was founder of the theater company, Theater Heroes and an adjunct professor of theater at Austin Community College. The college renamed its scholarship fund, The Jason Tremblay Memorial Scholarship Fund.
As a screenwriter his work included In the Shadow (Cine Las Americas, Anchorage International Film Festival) and What’s The Use both with Blue Paper Filmworks.
Jason put “at least one impossible thing” into every one of his plays and fans of his work said this made his work extraordinary. He believed that children must be taught to survive in order to thrive. This theme was evident in his plays. Jason’s plays include Katrina: The Girl Who Wanted Her Name Back, Boom for Real, The Virgin W/ 10,000 Arrows, You Don’t Know Charlie Parker, The Cleaning Lady, The Princess and the Pea, The Sound Ascending, Queen Zixi of Ix, The Call of the Wild: Illustrated Edition, Hosers, Tennessee Dark, Chicken and Ice Cream and many others.
In addition to his writing, Jason managed stages and events for President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Kanye West and many others. He was festival director for the Moontower Comedy Festival and Stage Manager for South by Southwest. He managed stage activities and events such as Pachanga Fest, Texas Monthly BBQ Festival, The Switchyard Festival and the Austin Food and Wine Fest. He worked as production assistant for corporate product launches with Disney, Alien Ware, Dell and Conduit.
Jason is survived by Sheila and Oliver of Austin, parents Rick and Judy Tremblay of Overland Park, Kan., brother, Brian, and wife Leslie of Overland Park, Kan., family and many friends. A Celebration of his life will take place Sunday April 30th at 2 p.m. at The Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress Avenue Austin. Jason’s last wishes were that Sheila and Oliver would feel love and support in this time of transition. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Tremblay Family Memorial Fund or the Jason Tremblay Memorial Scholarship Fund at Austin Community College.
The family is at home at 1303 Bob Harrison Street, Austin,Texas 78702.
SHERIDAN - Charles E. Stover, 81, of Pine Bluff, Ark., died on Good Friday – April 14, 2017, with his family by his side in Sheridan, Ark.
He was born April 19, 1935, in Fordyce, Ark. to the late Bruce G. and Gladys Stover. He received his education in Fordyce and graduated a proud Redbug in 1953. He worked for and retired from Varco-Pruden in Pine Bluff.
Charlie enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping and outings with friends and Sonshiners. He cherished his many trips to Branson with family and friends.
He was a life-long member of First Assembly of God in Pine Bluff. He served the church and community in many roles, including mission work Ecuador.
He was preceded in death by his wives Clara Stover and Pat Richardson Stover; his brother, Bruce Stover and his sister, Carolyn Gilbert.
Charlie is survived by his children, Debbie Stover Vereen, (wife of the late Coach Charlie Vereen), Jeff & Theresa Stover of Sheridan; mother to his children, Carolyn Stover of Pine Bluff; grandchildren, Brock Stover, Chad Stover and Lacey and Tyler Cox; nephew, David Parker; step grandchildren, Chuck Vereen and Chris Vereen.
Visitation will be 5 to 7 PM, Monday at Robinson’s.
Funeral services will be 10 AM, Tuesday, April 18, 2017, Chapel of Ralph Robinson and Son with Reverend Wilma DeFoggi and Reverend Gary Bell officiating.
Burial will be at 2:30 PM, Tuesday, in Oak Grove Cemetery in Alpine, Ark.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hillcrest Children’s Home, 2325 Malvern Avenue, Hot Springs, Arkansas 71901 and Hospice Angels, 3801 South Camden Road, Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71603.
Online register at www.ralphrobinsonandson.com
LITTLE ROCK - Conley Wayne Fikes, 73, of Little Rock, Ark., died at home Friday, April 7, 2017. Born in Pine Bluff, October 4, 1943, a son of Conley Newton and Berta Ratliff Fikes, Conley grew up in Pine Bluff, graduated from high school there, and attended the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville where he earned his advanced degrees in architecture and art.
He completed a 47-year career in professional architecture designing and producing projects in the Medical, Academic, Institutional and Museum realm. He eventually retired from the firm of Polk, Stanley, and Wilcox in Little Rock. He was then able to enjoy his lifelong interest in art.
He was a member of the American Institute of Architects.
Survivors include his son, Eric Wayne Fikes of Conway, Ark.; daughter, Stephanie Lee Marchand of Little Rock; brothers, Carroll Fikes of Stephensville, Texas, David Fikes of Alexandria, Va.; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his wife, Pamela Miller Fikes, parents, and son, Christopher Conley Fikes.
Graveside services are Monday, April 17th, at 2 p.m. at Ramick Cemetery near Pine Bluff with Reverend William Love officiating, directed by Ralph Robinson & Son.
Memorials are requested to Ramick Cemetery Assoc., c/o Patsy Stone, 312 Regal Oaks Circle, White Hall, AR 71602.
Online condolences: www.ralphrobinsonandson.com.
MONTICELLO - Marvin L. Mann, Jr., age 86 of Monticello, passed away Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello. He was born November 19, 1930 in El Dorado, Ark. to the late Marvin L. Mann, Sr. and Frances Ripley Mann.
He was retired Regional Manager for Hartford Fire Insurance Company, a United States Army Veteran of Korea and was a member of First United Methodist Church of Monticello. He was a graduate and supporter of the University of Arkansas at Monticello. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Jean Mann.
Survivors include two daughters, Mindy Mann Nelson of Georgetown, Texas and Leslie Mann Kelley of Dallas, Texas; and four grandchildren.
A private burial will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Stephenson-Dearman. Online guestbook www.stephensondearman.com.
DEWITT - Mrs. Mary Wright, 74 of Dewitt, Ark. passed April 14, 2017. Arrangements will be announced by Brown Funeral Home, Pine Bluff.
CHATTANOOGA, TENN. - Mr. Joe Martin, 67 of Chattanooga, Tenn. passed April 14, 2017. Arrangements will be announced by Brown Funeral Home, Pine Bluff.
Dearest family and friends, it's with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Billy L. Brantley, age 72, on Thursday, April 13, 2017.
Born Billy Brantley on May 8, 1944 in Pine Bluff, Ark. to the late Milburn and Effie Davis Brantley.
Billy was a loving husband of 53 years, father, and grandfather. He was looking forward to his future great grandbaby. He was retired from the Union Pacific Railroad and attended Oakland Heights Missionary Baptist Church. He was a hard worker. He loved to spend time with family, hunt and listen to country, gospel and blue grass music. He loved baseball. He coached baseball for his two sons and even continued to attend Little League baseball games well past his sons’ childhood games. He enjoyed tinkering in the shop and collecting “things”. He looked forward to afternoon walks with neighborhood friends, monthly breakfast visits with his fellow railroad retirees and coffee with friends at Sandy Acres and McDonalds.
He was a friend to many and a stranger to none. With his friendly smile and ability to strike up a conversation with anyone, he could know your life history within ten minutes and if you talked to him long enough, he would know your family history as well. Most likely, he would even know a close relative or friend, which could start a whole new conversation.
He was predeceased by parents and sister Edi Brantley-Wilhoit. He is survived by his wife Judy Brantley; two sons Beau (Karen) and Ben Brantley (Rebecca) ; daughter Cheryl Brantley-Finley (Patrick); five grandchildren, Hunter Brantley, Alex Brantley, Anna Brantley, Isabella Finley and Gabby Finley; and brothers, Dewayne and Alva Brantley.
Visitation will be held at Cranford Funeral Home of White Hall, Monday, April, 17th, 6-8 p.m. Funeral services will be Tuesday, April 18th, 2 p.m. at Family Church, 2500 Hwy 104, White Hall. Burial will follow in Cedar Branch Cemetery in Grant County.
Online condolences: CranfordFH.com
Beverly Ann Cook Boyd, 66, of Pansy, Ark., passed away Thursday, April 13, 2017 in Memphis, Tenn.
Born May 15, 1950 in Star City, Ark., to the late Jesse Steve and Gladys Marie Lindsey Cook, she grew up in Pine Bluff, Ark., graduating from Pine Bluff High School in 1968. She married Roy M. Boyd in Pansy on August 9, 1969. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education in 1973 from the University of Arkansas-Monticello.
A longtime junior high and high school English teacher, librarian, and educator, Beverly taught in Gould, Warren and Pine Bluff at Watson Chapel. She was a member of Prosperity United Methodist Church and had been attending Center Missionary Baptist Church near her home.
Survivors include her husband 47 plus years, Roy M. Boyd; daughters, Leigh Degel (Peter) of Hauser, Idaho, Payton Rebecca Boyd of Pansy; brothers, Reverend Steve Cook of Green Forest, Ark., Keith Cook of Pine Bluff; sister, Brenda Bates (Jerry) of Star City; and grandchildren, Skylar Robbins, Savannah Robbins, Garrett Degel, Gunnar Degel, and Gage Degel.
Beverly was a loving daughter and sister, a faithful wife, a mother beyond compare, and a “MiMi” that all children should be able to have, but above all things, Beverly loved the Lord. She spent countless hours teaching and serving the Word of God and she allowed Him to lead her to the needs of others. She touched the lives of countless people through her Sunday morning sermons and her gift of song. She rejoiced in being able to use her beautiful singing voice to lead others to Christ. Beverly also ministered daily through her profession as a teacher. Teaching was much more than a job to her, it was her calling. She never met a child that she didn’t believe in and she would do everything in her power to help anyone in need. Through her love and compassion so many people in her personal and professional life saw the love of Jesus. The world is a better place because of her faith.
Services are Wednesday, April 19, 2 p.m. at Center Missionary Baptist Church, Rowell, Ark., with Pastor Doney Blackerby officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday evening from 5-7 p.m. at Ralph Robinson & Son, Pine Bluff.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to Center Missionary Baptist Church, 60 Cole Road, Rison, AR 71665, c/o Amanda Jones or Kerry Rambin. All memorials will go to Center Court Basketball, Center Court Food Pantry, and Fee Fee’s Food Ministry in Warren.
Online condolences: www.ralphrobinsonandson.com.
Mr. Billy Patrick, age 56, died Saturday April 15, 2017 at JRMC. Services by Perry Funeral Home.