Dr. Victoria Ku:

ALLEN, TEXAS - Dr. Victoria Feng Ku, age 87, passed away Tuesday, July 4, 2017 in Allen, Texas, where she lived near her son Albert and his wife Barbara. She was born in 1930 in Nanjing, China to Feng Ruofei and Zhuang Zitian. Dr. Ku was an Associate Professor Emeritus in the School of Mathematical and Natural Sciences at the University of Arkansas at Monticello (UAM) where she served for 33 years before her retirement in 1997.

Victoria Feng married Timothy Ku in St. Mary’s Church at Barat College of the Sacred Heart in Lake Forest, Ill. in 1950, where she also obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. Dr. Ku subsequently received her Master of Science in Chemistry and later her Ph.D; both from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

Dr. Ku began her career after Barat College in a laboratory at the Michigan Department of Health while her husband completed work on his doctorate in forestry at Michigan State. When the family moved to Brunswick, Ga. in the mid-1950s and Tim commenced his career that involved a lot of travel as a consulting forester for T.S. Coile, Inc., Vicki took a laboratory technician job at Hercules Inc., formerly Hercules Powder Company.

The Ku family moved to Monticello in 1959 and they became an integral part of the community and UAM. Prior to commencing graduate education at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Vicki commuted daily to St. Mary’s Catholic Hospital in Dermott to be a laboratory technician, drawing and analyzing early morning blood draws for that Benedictine hospital’s patients throughout Chicot County.

While at UAM, Dr. Ku taught all levels of chemistry to forestry, nursing, pre-pharmacy, pre-medical and veterinary school-bound students. Starting with the Introduction to Chemistry course she also taught the intermediate chemistry courses including Analytical Chemistry and advanced subjects including the medical school gateway course, Organic Chemistry with long laboratory hours, followed by Physical Chemistry and Advanced Organic Chemistry.

In the community, Vicki Ku was known to set memorable bridge tables with games going long into the evening with a mix of couples from both the business community and the college. Lasting friendships were made that continued even after people moved away, retired or changed interests to golf and tennis. Later, Vicki undertook an entirely new interest in painting in watercolor, oil and pen and ink. Numerous examples of her work have been preserved and an online catalog is currently underway.

The Ku family is lifelong members of the St. Mark’s and St. Luke’s Parishes community of Monticello and Warren.

When Vicki’s niece, Yvonne, arrived on the scene from Communist China, deprived of a college education because of the strictures of that country’s Cultural Revolution, there was no shyer person. But, with her commitment to study and ready help at hand from both her aunt and her uncle, Yvonne is working today in the field of biochemistry in Cleveland after earning her own doctorate in the field of biochemistry from Baylor University. Yvonne and her husband Ying Cha’s son Anthony is a junior in biomedical engineering at the Case School of Engineering at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

Vicki was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years Timothy who passed away in July 2013, and a younger sister, Dr. Feng Qian (Foster City, CA). Vicki leaves an older sister Dr. Feng Keyan (Shanghai) and two younger brothers Feng Kehui (Hubei) and Dr. Feng Ziguang (Nanjing).

She is survived by two sons, Larry, Albert (Barbara Stimac), Vicki's niece, Yvonne Shao (Ying Cha) UAM 1985 and their son Anthony.

In the Feng family, Vicki Ku is survived by 3 nieces, 4 nephews, 2 great nieces and 6 great nephews.

Funeral arrangements are as follows: Funeral Mass, open to all, will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 15, 2017 at St. Marks Catholic Church in Monticello with a Rosary Service starting at 9:30 a.m. Visitation will be from 6 - 8 p.m. Friday night at Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions can be sent to:

Dr. Victoria F. Ku UAM Memorial University of Arkansas at Monticello Foundation memo: Victoria Ku Memorial Attn.: Office of Advancement PO Box 3520 Monticello, Arkansas 71656

Nita Webb:

SHERIDAN - Nita Mae Lancaster Webb, age 87, of Sheridan, Ark. was born August 26, 1929 and died July 12, 2017 in her home. She was the daughter of Joe and Pauline Lancaster and the wife of Lee Webb who preceded her in death in 1986.

Nita graduated at age sixteen from Sheridan High School in 1946 and worked as a teenager at Hendon’s Five and Dime and in the Sheridan School superintendent’s office before becoming a proof reader and writer for the SHERIDAN HEADLIGHT. She then worked for the United States Post Office and retired in 1981 as Superintendent of Postal Operations in Sheridan. Nita was a lifelong member of the Sheridan First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ. A self-taught musician, she played the piano and organ for church services from the age of nine until her death. Nita was an award winning writer and continued to contribute frequently to the GRASSROOTS publication at the Grant County Museum. She was a talented cook and enjoyed making homemade cakes, biscuits, jelly, and dressing. Love of home, family and children were her life’s joy. The day of her accident was spent continuing the research of the Lancaster/Speck family tree.

She is survived by a son, Tom Webb, daughter Diana Barnes (John), daughter Karen Goins (J.K., Jr.), brothers James Lancaster (Betty), Bob Lancaster(Martha), and Billy Van Lancaster (Scarlet), brother-in-law, Joe Fowlkes, grandsons, Mike Paul (Connie), Nicholas Paul (Keri), Jase Goins (Melissa), Chris Goins (Lauren) and numerous great grandchildren. Preceding her in death were her parents Joe and Pauline Lancaster, husband Lee Webb, brother Harold Lancaster, sisters Betty Jo Fowlkes and Joy Greer Roberts, and grandchildren Mary Webb and Benjamin Webb.

Funeral services will be held at 2 P.M. on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at Memorial Gardens Funeral Home Chapel with Paul Grove, Sr. officiating. Burial will follow at Lost Creek Cemetery in Sheridan. Visitation will be Friday from 6 - 7 P.M. at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Mike Paul, Nick Paul, Jase Goins, Chris Goins, Eric Lancaster, Scott Lancaster and Patrick Smith.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Christian Church, ATTN: Treasurer, 383 Hwy 46 North, Sheridan, AR 72150.

Arrangements by Memorial Gardens Funeral Home of Sheridan (870)942-1306. www.memorialgardenssheridan.com

James Eskridge:

Mr. James Stephenson Eskridge, 25 of Pine Bluff passed away on July 4, 2017. Son of Joseph and Kathy Baker of Pine Bluff and Vince Jones and Velma Simmons of Yazoo City, Ms.

Survivors include: two sisters, Jaime (Jeffery) Rogers and Jamilia Eskridge of North Little Rock, Ark.

Service will be 12 Noon, Saturday, July 15, 2017 at Mt. Nebo Missionary Baptist Church in Pine Bluff, Ark. with Pastor Larry C. Battles, officiating. Interment will be in Forrest Lawn Cemetery by Pine Bluff Mortuary Co.

Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m., until service.

Roosevelt Green:

Roosevelt Green 83, of Pine Bluff Passed July 5, 2017. Celebration of Life will be Saturday 2 pm Morehouse District M.B. Educational -Bastrop, La with Rev. Johnny Green Officiating. Interment will be in Jerusalem Cemetery by Paradise Funeral Home of Pine Bluff.

Family Hour will be from 6 - 7 p.m. at Paradise Funeral Home.

The Body will lie in state from 1:15p.m. until service time.

“Only Paradise Can Serve You Better!”

Doris Franklin:

MONTICELLO - Doris Ann Franklin 65, of Monticello Passed July 8, 2017. Celebration of Life will be Saturday 2:30p.m. Morning Star Baptist Church Monticello with Rev.Daryle Daniels Officiating. Interment will be in Oakland Cemetery by Paradise Funeral Home of Monticello.

Family Hour will be from 4 - 6 pm at The Word Church.

“Only Paradise Can Serve You Better!”

Ritchie Washington:

Ritchie E. Washington 46, of Pine Bluff Passed June 30, 2017 Celebration of Life will be Saturday 10 a.m. New Community Church with Bishop K.D. Mixon officiating. Interment will be Forrest Lawn Cemetery by Paradise Funeral Home of Pine Bluff.

Family Hour will be from 4 - 5 p.m. at Paradise Funeral Home.

“Only Paradise Can Serve You Better!”

Dorothy Miller:

LONOKE - Dorothy Mae Willoughby-Miller 75, of Lonoke Passed July 10, 2017. Celebration of Life will be Saturday 1 p.m. Lonoke Baptist Church with Rev. Kelvin Cole officiating. Interment Sunset Cemetery by Paradise Funeral Home of Pine Bluff.

Family Hour 2 - 3 p.m. at Paradise Funeral Home.

The Body will lie in state from 12:15p.m. until service time.

Ida Kelly:

Ida Gray Kelly 93, of Pine Bluff went to be with Lord on July 2, 2017. Ida was born in Clarksdale, Miss., on October 30, 1923, to the late Katie and Green Gray. She was preceded in death by her Loving Husband Sie Kelly, four sisters, two brothers, and two sons; Edward Brantley and Samuel Randolph. She was a member of Timothy Chapel M.B. Church

Survivors, she leaves to cherish her memories: her loving and caring granddaughter, Queshaun Brantley; two great grandsons; Darquesiekel Davis and Quendarius Daviswho she lived with. Granddaughter, Judith Brantley Plummer; two great grandchildren; Taneivya Plummer and Rodney Plummer all of Pine Bluff, Ark.; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives and friends. Ida Kelly was an amazing Grandma and women she was loved by the world with her beautiful smile. She was known as the "Queen" at Diane's Adult Daycare where she attended. She will truly be missed by her Granddaughter (Shaun) who took very good care of her.

We’ll Always Have you Grandma Each of Our Lives Began with you. You greeted us, you held us, you kissed us, you kept us, you protected us, you taught us, you loved us........ and we knew it!

What we have become are your extensions-pieces of You. Each piece is a reflection of who you are and what you meant. Each Piece, a gift from a treasure we recognize only as “Grandma”.

So, what we’ll always have is your sun’s warmth... Your smile to bring us through. your amazing strength to carry us.... the work from your hands. The loving nature that you have shared. your family values to follow.

What we’ll always have is your memory within each of us we love you, Grandma!!

Cremation arrangements have been entrusted Paradise Funeral Home of Pine Bluff.

“Only Paradise Can Serve You Better!”

Mable Mayes:

Mrs. Mable Creal Mayes, 61 of Pine Bluff, AR passed Friday, July 7, 2017.

Funeral Service will be 10 a.m., Saturday, July 15, 2017, at Solomon Hill Baptist Church by Rev. J.Y. Williams, Jr. Interment will be in Solomon Hill Cemetery by Brown Funeral Home of Pine Bluff.

Visitation/ Family Hour will be 7:30 - 8:30 p.m., Friday at Brown Funeral Home.

Online: www.brownfuneralhomeandmortuary.com