FORSYTH, GA. - 1SG Ret. John William Dyar Sr., 85, of Forsyth, Ga. passed away Friday, December 08, 2017. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 beginning at 2 PM EST, with Billy Glover officiating the service. The interment will conclude at Parkhill Cemetery. The family will receive friends Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at Vance-Brooks funeral home from 1 until 2 P.M. EST.
John was born December 16, 1931 in Walhalla, S.C. to the parents of William and Annie Dyar. John was a member of Kirkland Memorial Baptist Church. John was a retired 1SG, E-8, in the U.S. Army. He served in both the Korean and Vietnam wars. In Korea John was awarded the Purple Heart Medal. While serving in Vietnam John was awarded 2 Bronze Stars medals and The Army Commendation Medal with Valor. John was also a retiree from the Muscogee County Board of Education Plant Services. John continued to serve by being a member of The Veterans of Foreign Wars, The American Legion and The Disabled American Veterans organizations.
Other than his parents, John is predeceased by his wife of 47 years, Kay Dyar. Two sons, Kenneth Ray Dyar and Danny Tyrone Dyar, one sister Lucille Hanvey. John is also predeceased by two brothers, Bob and Jimmy Dyar
Survivors include one daughter, Sandra Dyar and wife Mary Ranson of Forsyth, Ga.; three sons, John William Dyar Jr. and wife Laura of Weaver, Ala., Randall Paul Dyar and his domestic partner Melissa of Whitehall, Ark., Timothy Dale Dyar and wife Jennifer of Elberton, Ga., two sisters Carolyn Nix and husband Gerald of Seneca, S.C., Pat Presley of Daytona, Fla. John is also survived by 15 grandchildren, 15 great grand children with 4 additional great grand children to soon join the family.
Those so desiring to extend condolences may visit www.vancebrooksfuneralhome.net.
James Ellis Sturdivant, 77 of Pine Bluff, passed away, Sunday, December 10, 2017.
Born October 26, 1940 at Lake Village, he was a son of the late Floyd Sturdivant and Helen Marie Roberts Sturdivant.
A 1958 graduate of Crossett High School, Mr. Sturdivant retired from the Cotton Belt Railroad as Yardmaster in 1994 after 30 years of service.
Family and friends were his life, although he enjoyed a lil’ hunting and fishing when the opportunity arose.
He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years children, Betty Harrison Sturdivant; sons, Charles Sturdivant and Michael Sturdivant (Veronica); daughter, Sharron Archer; sisters, Susie Nolan and Mary Stell; brother, Edward Sturdivant; special cousin, Bruce Sturdivant; six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; and many other loving family and friends.
Funeral Services will be Thursday, December 14th, 2 p.m. at Fuller Hale South Funeral Chapel with Brother William Paul Woolley officiating.
Burial will follow in Fitzhugh Cemetery.
Visitation will be Wednesday from 6 - 8 p.m. at funeral home.
Online condolences: FullerFunerals.com
Reba Sanderlin Harper, 94, of Pine Bluff, Ark., died Saturday, December 9, 2017 at Trinity Village Medical Center.
She was born April 13, 1923 in Monticello, Ark., daughter of Judge Roy L. and Ethel Kizer Sanderlin.
Mrs. Harper was reared and received her early education in Drew County, graduating from Drew Central High School.
She was a “war bride”, marrying her high school sweetheart, Billie Owen Harper, in October of 1944. After living in El Paso (Fort Bliss), Texas for a short time, they moved to Pine Bluff.
They were members of Lakeside United Methodist Church in their early years. Mr. Harper died December 13, 1981.
Mrs. Harper later became a member of First Baptist Church of Pine Bluff. She thoroughly enjoyed music and had a gift for playing the piano by ear. Mrs. Harper also enjoyed playing in her bridge club and serving as a volunteer at Trinity Village for many years.
Along with her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, R.L. Sanderlin; and sister, Louise Hadfield.
Survivors include her sister, Colleen Colbert of Greenville, Miss.; son, Stephen Harper and his wife, Karen Elfrank Harper, of Little Rock; grandson, Frederick Harper and his wife, Lauren, of Little Rock; and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Thursday, December 14, 2017 in the Chapel of Ralph Robinson and Son with Reverend Kenneth Thornton officiating. Interment will follow in Rock Springs Cemetery in Drew County. Visitation will be Thursday morning from 9 a.m. until service time at Robinson’s.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 6501 South Hazel Street, Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71601.
Online register: www.ralphrobinsonandson.com
WHITE HALL - Linda Kay Crabtree, 57, of White Hall, passed away December 8, 2017.
She was born in Pine Bluff, July 7, 1960, to Oliver and Naomi Hilton.
Linda was reared and educated in Pine Bluff, graduating from Dollarway High School in 1979.
She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in White Hall.
Linda was preceded in death by her father, Oliver Hilton.
She is survived by her loving husband, Robert Crabtree; daughters, Shannon Reed and Kristin Reed; two grandchildren, Landon Reed and Elaina Martin; mother, Naomi Hilton; brothers, Bruce Hilton and Ronnie Hilton.
Visitation will be Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 6 - 8 PM, at Robinson’s.
Services will be Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 1 PM, in the Chapel of Ralph Robinson and Son with Reverend Rodney Castleberry officiating.
Interment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.
Online condolences: www.ralphrobinsonandson.com
WHITE HALL - Dewey Edgar Boykin, 85, of White Hall, went to be with the Lord Saturday, December 9, 2017, at Hospice Home Care in Little Rock.
Mr. Boykin was born February 9, 1932, in Monticello, Ark., a son of the late Dallas Miles and Eva Smith Boykin. He was reared and received his education in Monticello, and moved to Pine Bluff as a child.
Mr. Boykin married Shirley Smith on March 30, 1961, in Pine Bluff.
He worked at Central Maloney in the Coil Department and retired from there after 40 years of service.
Mr. Boykin was a Baptist who enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and working in his garden. He had a very kind heart and enjoyed giving his vegetables to his family and friends.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Shirley Ann Boykin of White Hall; daughter, Georgeina (Gina) Rogers of White Hall; two grandchildren, Joseph Elroy (Trey) Rogers, III and Courtney Ann Rogers, both of Pine Bluff; great-grandson, Carter Elroy Rogers of Pine Bluff; brother, Eugene Boykin of White Hall; two sisters, Dorothy Herring of Woodlawn and Pauline Upton of El Paso, Texas; and many nieces, nephews and extended family.
Mr. Boykin was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, James, Ralph, and Harold Boykin; and three sisters, Maxine Phelps, Bertha Bilbrey, and Winnie Powers.
The family will receive friends Tuesday, December 12, 2017, 5 to 7 PM, at Robinson’s.
Graveside services will be Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 2 PM, at Graceland Cemetery with Reverend James Watson officiating by Ralph Robinson and Son Funeral Directors.
The family would like to give a special thanks to Dr. Tracy Phillips and staff, Dr. Omar Atiq and staff, Dr. Ali Al-Nashif and staff, and Hospice Home Care and staff of Little Rock.
Online condolences: http://www.ralphrobinsonandson.com/
Courtney Anderson of Pine Bluff passed December10, 2017. Arrangements will be announced by Henson- Holcomb Mortuary.
Thesola Williams of Pine Bluff passed December10, 2017. Arrangements will be announced by Henson- Holcomb Mortuary.