Donald Jack Bumpass, Jr., 69, of Pine Bluff, passed away at his home. He was a 1966 graduate of Pine Bluff High School and a 1970 graduate of Henderson State University. He retired from Tyson. He enjoyed golf, pool, hunting, fishing, horses, and firearms. He was preceded in death by his parents, Donald Sr. and Lucille Bumpass, and his grandchild, Stephanie Holland.

He is survived by his girlfriend, Miss Pat; his sisters: Carolyn Case and Sandra Malone; his children: Jack Bumpass III, Stacy Alexander, and Meredith Viator; his grandchildren: Steven Holland, Jr., Rebecca Alexander, Zoe Gotcher, Haylee Powell, and Ryan Allbright; three great-grandchildren, three nephews, and his ex wife of 26 years, Linda Garner Thompson.

Memorial services will be held at 8561 Middle Warren Rd. Sunday, December 3, at 2 p.m.

Linda Brasfield

Ms. Linda Faye Brasfield, 63, of Pine Bluff, Ark. was born June 25, 1954 in Dumas, Ark. to the late David Green and Carrie Brasfield. She departed this life Saturday, November 25, 2017 at 6:10 AM.

Linda was a faithful member at Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church and served in various areas of the church. She took great pride in keeping immaculate records as Church Clerk for over three decades.

She graduated at the top of her high school class in 1972 in Dumas, Ark. and later from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff in 1976. She was active in several organizations at UAPB including Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

After graduating college, Linda was hired as a Service Representative by Jefferson County Department of Human Services where she delighted in serving the citizens of Jefferson County for over 35 years. She retired from her lifelong career in 2014.

Linda loved reading, watching old television shows, spending time with family and friends, helping others, and had a wonderful smile that could light up a room.

She is survived by a loving son, Marcus (Vanessa) Hawkins of Augusta, Ga.; 3 sisters: Shelia Brasfield of Pine Bluff, Ark., Earnestine Jenkins and Allie Johnson of Dumas, Ark., and one brother, Clifton Lambert of Mobile, Ala.; three grandchildren: Kayla, Sydney and Chelsey Hawkins of Augusta, Ga.; a loving and devoted niece, Chandra Miller of Cordova, Tenn.; two nephews: Christoper (Stephanie) Kindle of Little Rock, Ark. and Jamal McCombs of Cordova, Tenn.; one great nephew, JaNoah McCombs of Cordova, Tenn., and a host of other loving relatives and friends.

Visitation will be Sunday, 5 - 6:30 p.m., at Brown Funeral Home in Pine Bluff, Ark.

Home Going Service will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, December 4, 2017 at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in Dumas, Ark. by Rev. Johnny L. Morton. Interment will be in Graceland Cemetery, Cedar Grove Section by Brown Funeral Home.

Her body will lie in-state Monday, 9:45 a.m., until service.

Donna Grayson

GOULD – Mrs. Donna Lorraine Grayson, 56, of Gould, Ark., passed Friday, November 24, 2017.She was born on Monday, January 30, 1961 in Gould, Ark.

Funeral Service will be 11 a.m., Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at First Baptist Church-Gould by Rev. Issac Barnes, Sr. Interment will be in Union Cemetery.

Visitation will be Monday, 4 - 6:30 p.m., at Brown Funeral Home in Pine Bluff, Ark.

Her body will lie in-state Tuesday, 10:15 a.m., until service.

Edward Simmering

WHITE HALL – Edward Gayle Simmering, 67 of White Hall, passed away, Monday, November 27, 2017.

Born September 26, 1950 at Memphis, Tenn., he was a son of the late William Simmering and Louise Holmes Simmering.

He graduated from Marianna High School and attended Arkansas State Teachers College at Conway (UCA).

A great provider, Mr. Simmering was a man of many talents. His work, at one time or another, as a truck driver, deckhand, jeweler, home renovator, and accountant, helped him excel in his 20-year career as an Insurance Adjuster. He loved working at General Adjusters Bureau (GAB) and American International Group (AIG) and treasured his close relationships through the years with his associates.

He enjoyed the outdoors, whether hunting and fishing or coaching his grandson’s Little League Baseball teams, as family and friends were his passion. The most important being the things that made the people he loved happy like finding mischief with his brother, dancing with his wife, making his family pancakes, playing catch with them in the yard or building them a car from scratch. He adored his grandchildren, and cherished their diverse personalities. He also valued his own interest including boating, playing poker, and singing tenor in church choir. Everyone who knew him knows one of his favorite past times was inciting lively debates.

He is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Brenda Frazier Simmering, to whom he married, December 24, 1980; daughters, Nicole Moore (Kevin), Pam Hackler, Ginger Dismuke (Richard), Tracy Johnson (Spencer), and Shana Alexander; a brother, Bob Simmering (Dianna);

grandchildren, Tadd, Blayne, Christina, Carissa, Chase, Haley, Dylan, Ashley,Katelynn, Cassidy, Hayden; great-grandchildren, Emily, Tucker, and Tayden and many other loving family and friends.

Memorial Services were Friday, December 1st, 5:00 p.m. at Cranford Funeral Chapel with Brother Butch Phillips officiating.

Visitation will be Friday from 4 p.m. until service time.

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Mary Whiteside

Mary Alice Whiteside, age 94, of Pine Bluff, Ark. passed away Saturday, November 25, 2017. She was born to the late Vincilla Crosby Whiteside-White and Willie Whiteside in Clarendon, Ark. on August 8, 1923. Mary was the youngest of five siblings, three preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by two step-brothers and a step-sister, Elmo and George (Big Jake) White and Jettie Mae Marshbanks.

Being the youngest member of her siblings, she has made an indelible mark on our family’s history. Although she never married or birthed children, she always said “I have twelve children.” All of whom can attest to the fact that she has been a blessing to them. Her surviving sibling, Cleovis Whiteside and her devoted sister-in-law, Arwilda (Kelly) Whiteside are the parents to those twelve.

She moved to Pine Bluff during her formative years and worked as a live-in maid while attending and graduating from Merrill High School, later moving to the home of Cleovis and Arwilda to attend AM&N College (UAPB) earing a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1949. She later earned Master’s degrees from the University of Illinois and Indiana University, and further study at the University of Michigan. She was certified in Education, Counseling, and Administration.

Aunt Mary worked hard for her degrees and said she could not have done it without the support of her family. She credits her sisters, the late Oma L Nunn, Bervie (Sally) Peeble, and a cousin, Henry Pettis for seeing her through the tough times.

Mourning her passing but forever trusting as she did in God, are her beloved brother, Bo (Cleovis) and sister-in-law, Arwilda, of Pine Bluff, Ark.,; a loving first cousin and lifelong friend, Evelyn Whiteside-Betts of Clarendon, Ark., and a multitude of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and former students. We have all been blessed by her spirit and presence and were also blessed to be given an opportunity to give back a small portion of care to her as she had so readily given to us. She lived at home with her niece/caretaker, Kathy Whiteside-Sims and husband, Daniel and her loving nephew, John Whiteside. We will forever cherish her words of wisdom, her touch, her smile, her gentle nature, and the joy she brought to each of us.

Her work experience included public schools in Clarendon and Wynne, Ark., retiring from a wonderful career at the Parsons Kansas School District. She used to say, “I’ve worked so that my living wouldn’t be in vain…and I’ve never been broke.”

While active in the Barraque Street Missionary Baptist Church, she was a member of the Sunday school and Women’s Missionary Society.

She was always quiet, humble and reserved. Even with advanced dementia she remained soft spoken and loving. She loved family and was the historian for the Jacob Whiteside Branch. One of her favorite scriptures is John 15:5. It says, “I am the vine, ye are the branches, He that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”

The family thanks the wonderful staff at Kindred Hospice and Jefferson Regional Medical Center, the loving care of Dr. Pollard and Dr. Schrantz, Family Practice Physicians, Drs. Shakira and Middleton and staff on 2NE, especially Tarrah, RN.

Memorial service will be 11 a.m., Saturday, December 9, 2017 at Barraque Street Missionary Baptist Church, 1800 W Pullen, Pine Bluff, AR.

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Earnest Yarbrough

WHITE HALL – Earnest Howell Yarbrough, 93, of White Hall, Ark., went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, November 28, 2017.

He was born April 20, 1924, in Black Springs, to Charlie and Ophelia Curl Yarbrough.

He served in the United States Army during World War II.

Mr. Yarbrough enjoyed hunting, fishing, working on small engines and helping his neighbors.

He retired from Weyerhaeuser Paper Mill as a Digester Cook.

He was a member of Free Will Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Joan Mann; his parents and brothers, Bill, Vernon, Arlie, Jurl, Leroy and Owen.

Survivors include his wife, Vina West Yarbrough, whom he married on October 11, 1941, in Marianna; a daughter, Christine Bridges (Carroll) of Pine Bluff; a son, Jimmy Yarbrough (Dottie) of Pine Bluff; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be an hour before service at Cranford Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be 3 pm., Sunday, December 3, 2017 at Cranford Chapel with Reverend Jonathan McEntire officiating.

Burial will follow at White Hall United Methodist Church Cemetery.

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Chester Price

Mr. Chester Price, 90, of Pine Bluff passed away on Thursday, November 30, 2017. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Christian Way Funeral Home.

Ruby Watkins

LITTLE ROCK – Ms. Ruby Watkins,87, of Little Rock, Ark., passed away on Thursday, November 30, 2017. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Christian Way Funeral Home.