Mr. Marshall Joseph Matthews, 64 of Pine Bluff, Ark. was born May 4, 1953 to the late Joseph Bonney and the late Wilda Marie Raspberry in Detroit, Mich. He departed his earthly life on Monday, December 11, 2017. Marshall received the Lord as his personal Savior on March 25, 1982. He was a faithful member of Bethel Independent Baptist Church for 35 years. He graduated from Northwestern High School in Detroit, Mich. and later joined the U.S. Navy where he met his wife in 1975. After being discharged from the military, he moved to Arkansas.
He leaves to cherish his precious memories, his wife, Eleanor R. Matthews. A son, Alonzo Joseph (Pamela Kaye) Matthews. Three daughters, Pamela Diane Nelson (Larry), from Belleville, Ill., Dominique Johnson of Detroit, Mich., and Sarah Elizabeth Perry (Seymond) of Pine Bluff, Ark. A granddaughter, Deanna Tyson of Detroit, Mich. Two grandsons – Seymond Dontre’ Perry, Jr., and Sean Michael Perry. A great-grandson – Julius Mayo of Detroit and many other relatives and friends.
A celebration of his life will be Saturday, December 16, 2017 at Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist at 600 East 38th Avenue, Pine Bluff, Ark. at 11 am. Repass will follow immediately after service at Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church.
Mr. Edward Earl Farver, 45, of Pine Bluff, Ark. passed Wednesday, December 6, 2017. He was born to the late Sylvester Sidney Farver, Jr. and Dorothy V. (Thomas) Lee.
He leaves to cherish his memories to: Seven Brothers, Henry Farver of Atlanta, Ga., Albert Farver of Gautier, Miss., Michael Farver, Sydney Farver and Tyron Farver all of Pine Bluff, Ark., Marvin Farver of Arlington, Texas and Esau Dorrough, Jr. of Atlanta, Ga.; Three Sisters, Juanita McNeely of Pine Bluff, Ark., Tena Farver of Gulf Port, Miss. and Henrietta Farver of Pine Bluff, Ark.
A celebration of his life will be 2:30 pm Saturday, December 16, 2017 at Rose Hill Baptist Church by Rev. George Waters, Jr. Interment will be in Cypress Memorial Garden by Brown Funeral Home of Pine Bluff, Ark.
Visitation will be Friday, 5:30 - 7 p.m., at Brown Funeral Home.
His body will lie in-state Saturday, 1:45 p.m., until service.
Sister Pamela Denise Norman Rhoden, 53 of Pine Bluff, Ark. was born August 31, 1964, to Marilyn Norman Reynolds and Johnnie Mac Birden, Jr. in Pine Bluff, Ark. On Friday, December 8, 2017, she made a peaceful transition from this life into God’s presence.
She confessed a hope in Christ at an early age at Indiana Street Missionary Baptist Church.
In February of 1994, Pamela Denise Norman and George Jonathan Rhoden were joined in holy matrimony and to this union two children were born. They are Princess Washington and Sierra Rhoden.
As a lifelong member of the Indiana Street Missionary Baptist Church she was a dedicated member. She sang in the Voice of Praise Choir and the Indiana Street Missionary Baptist Church Choir. She was the Director of the Angel Choir, an Usher, Youth Director and a Deaconess. She was also a member of the Saint Marion Consolidated District.
Pamela’s education began in the Watson Chapel School District. She graduated from Watson Chapel High School in 1982. She continued her education at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. She pursued a degree in Early Childhood Development. She loved children and taught at the Children’s Learning Institute for over ten years.
She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Fore Norman Sr., and Edna
Norman; and paternal grandparents, Johnnie Mac, Sr. and Mary Birden.
She leaves to cherish her memory her beloved and devoted husband, George Rhoden; two daughters; Princess (David) Washington of Charlotte, N.C., and Sierra Rhoden of Pine Bluff, Ark.; mother, Marilyn Norman Reynolds of Pine Bluff, Arkansas; father, Johnnie Mac Birden, Jr., of San Francisco, Calif.; one brother, Edgar Rogers, Jr., of Pine Bluff, Ark.; eight sisters, Yulander (Andre) Gailey of Pine Bluff, Ark., Jovonne (Terrell) Newsome, Mylanie Copeland, Maisha Rogers, and Janelle Rogers of Sacremento, Calif., Andrea Birden, Joanna Birden and Jina Birden-Hill of San Francisco, Calif.; four grandchildren, Paris and Piper Washington of Charlotte, N. C. and Samarian and Javion Allmond of Pine Bluff, Ark.; special father, Edgar Rogers, Sr., of Lake Village, Ark.; stepsisters, Cynthia Scott, Bridgett Banks, and Sonyae Reynolds; step-brothers, Keith Young and Bernard Reynolds; special friend, Anette Bates; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Home Going service will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, December 16, 2017 at Indiana Street Baptist Church by Rev. Brian Castle. Interment will be in Forrest Lawn Cemetery by Brown Funeral Home of Pine Bluff, Ark.
Visitation/Family Hour will be 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., at Brown Funeral Home.
Her body will lie in-state Saturday, 9:45 a.m., until service.
Mr. Larry Coleman, 65, of Pine Bluff, Ark. passed Sunday, December 10, 2017.
Funeral Service will be 2:30 p.m., Saturday, December 16, 2017 at Brown Funeral Home in Pine Bluff by Rev. Jimmy Coleman. Interment will be in Prairie Lake Cemetery.
Visitation will be Friday, 6 - 7 p.m., at Brown Funeral Home.
His body will lie in-state Saturday, 1:45 p.m., until service.
Ella McCoy was born May 9, 1936 to the late Willie and Elnora Toney. God sent His Angels to take the soul of his child on December 11, 2017.
She was proceeded in death by her parents, two brothers, and one sister.
She leaves to cherish her memories two sons, Robert (Stephany) Toney of Pine Bluff and George (Sherry) Toney of Monticello; seven grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren and a host of other loving relatives and friends.
Family Hour/ Visitation will be held from 2 - 5 p.m., Friday, December 15, 2017 at Perry Funeral Home of Pine Bluff.
Funeral Services will be held at 2:30, Saturday, December 16, 2017 at Paradise Baptist Church in Grady, Ark.; Rev. Kearney, Officiating.
Burial will follow at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Grady, Ark. under the direction of Perry Funeral Home of Pine Bluff.
John Gilmore, Jr.
Dr. John T. Gilmore, Jr., 82, of Pine Bluff, Ark., transitioned from this earthly realm into eternity on Tuesday, December 5, 2017. He was known as Sonny by family and friends. He was born in Prescott, Ark. on August 1, 1935 to Reverend J. T. Gilmore and Mrs. Willie D. Duckett-Gilmore.
John was predeceased by his parents, the Reverend J. T. Gilmore and Mrs. Willie D. Duckett-Gilmore, a brother who died in infancy, and a son, Stuart C. Gilmore.
He began his educational journey in the Boughton Township of Nevada County, Ark..He later transferred to the public schools in Prescott and graduated from McRae High School in 1953 as valedictorian of his class. John continued his education, enrolling at AM&N College, now known as the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB), graduating, cum laude, with a Bachelor of Science in Pre-Medicine and Mathematics. After graduating from college in 1957, John received a fellowship to study radiological physics at the University of Washington in Seattle for one year. John served a two-year stint in the U.S. Army as a medic, where he was stationed in Alaska and Texas. John later received a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Two years later, he received a doctorate (PhD) from the University of Arkansas in Industrial Engineering. He was the first black to receive a doctorate in this field.
In 1956, John gave his life to the Lord. His relationship with the Lord developed into a vibrant one, and he never looked back but continued to move forward in his pursuit of Christ. John served as a member of First Trinity Church of God in Christ in Pine Bluff, Ark. for over 50 years.
John met the love of his life, Curley J. Usher, from San Antonio, Texas, while he was in the military, stationed in Texas. They eventually married and became the parents of one son, Stuart C. Gilmore.
In his career as a college and university professor at UAPB, John served as professor of mathematics, physics, computer science and engineering, serving also as director of the Computer Science Program and coordinator of the Dual-Degree Program in Engineering. He later ascended to the position of Chairman of the Department of Mathematics, Physics, Pre-Engineering and Computer Science. He also served as graduate faculty in the College of Engineering at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. ln1974, John developed, organized and implemented the first Dual-Degree Program in Engineering at UAPB: He recruited the first eight (8) pre-engineering students and aided in obtaining financial assistance from private sectors, i.e., ALCOA Foundation, Exxon Foundation, General Electric and Monsanto, In executing his duties, he also served as faculty liaison for cooperative efforts in engineering with Howard University, Washington, D.C.; Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, Texas; Southern University, Baton Rouge, La.; and Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio. In 1981 and 1982, John served as design engineer for the United States Corps of Engineers, Little Rock District Office, Little Rock, Ark.
In addition to his professorial, civic and religious duties, John was also an entrepreneur. He was a real estate broker and owner of North Star Realty for several years. In this position, he served as FHA fee appraiser. From 1977 - 1983, he served as Area Management Broker, Department of Housing & Urban Development (Jefferson - Arkansas Counties, Ark.).
John enjoyed reading and traveling. John traveled to Europe, South Africa and Asia as a member of mission teams. He was a philanthropist at heart and touched the lives of hundreds.
John is survived by his wife, Curley J. Gilmore; one brother, Willie H. (Irma) Gilmore, Pine Bluff, Ark.; three sisters, Queenie Elizabeth Gibson (Urel), Kansas City, Kan.; Lillie M. Gilmore, Pine Bluff Ark.; Cerceader L. Gilmore, Pine Bluff, Ark.; six nephews, Willie H. Gilmore, Dallas, Texas; Darryl E. Gilmore, DDS, Mansfield, Texas; Roderick S. Gilmore, Pine Bluff, Ark.; Lyle E. Gibson, Raymore, Mo.; and John Marcus Gilmore, Pine Bluff, Ark.; one niece, Kimberly L. Madkins, EdD (Cameron), Dallas, Texas; one great-nephew, Camron J. Gilmore-Gibson, Raymore, Mo.; one great-niece, Cynae Elizabeth Gibson, Raymore, Mo.; special first cousins, the Arnolds; a special cousin, Supervisor Lendora Early, Crossett, Ark.; and a host of other loveable cousins and friends.
John’s Celebration service will be held at 10 am Saturday, December 16, 2017 at First Trinity COGIC . The body will lie in state from 9 am until time of service.
Visitation will be held Friday, December 15, 2017 at First Trinity COGIC from 5 - 7 pm.
Cornell Francesa Baker was born July 16, 1947 to the parents of the late Robert Baker and Willie Mae Scaife.
He is preceded in death by his parents; stepfather, and three brothers.
He leaves to cherish his memories his children, Brian Baker, Christopher Baker, Carl Rogers, and Debra White; one brother, Michael (Ruthie) Robinson; two sisters, Marty (Mack) McKissic and Joyce (JC) Walker; one aunt, Ollie Haney of Chicago, Ill.; eight grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and a host of other loving relatives and friends.
Family Hour/ Visitation will be held from 6 - 7 p.m., Friday, December 15, 2017 at Perry Funeral Home of Pine Bluff.
Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, December 16, 2017 at Union Baptist in Altheimer, Ark.; Pastor Curtis Jones, Officiating.
Burial will follow at PK Miller Cemetery under the direction of Perry Funeral Home of Pine Bluff.
Mrs. Bessie Ann Handley, 72, of Pine Bluff, Ark. passed Sunday, December 10, 2017.
Home-Going Service will be 10 a.m., Saturday, December 16, 2017 at Rose Hill Baptist Church by Rev. George Waters. Interment will be in Union Hopewell Cemetery.
Visitation will be Friday, 5:30 - 7 p.m., at Rose Hill Baptist Church.
Her body will lie in-state Saturday, 9:15 a.m., until service.
Lorene Wiley 54, of Pine Bluff, formerly of Holly Grove, Ark. passed December 4, 2017.
Celebration of Life for Lorene will be Saturday 12 p.m. First Missionary Baptist Church Holly Grove with Rev. Roderick Henry Officiating. Interment will be in Haynes Cemetery by Paradise Funeral Home of Pine Bluff.
The Body will lie State from 10:45 a.m. until service time.
“Only Paradise Can Serve You Better!”
Courtney Lasha Anderson, 30, of Pine Bluff, passed December 10, 2017. She was born August 29, 1987 in Pine Bluff to Lashauna C. Lamb and Ronald Anderson.
Survivors include her mother, Lashauna C. Lamb, Father, Ronald Anderson; daughters, Autumn Henderson and Addison Henderson, brother, Quinton Anderson; sisters: Nakeshia Pugh, Carmen Kirkland, and Jeronichia Anderson.
Funeral services will be Saturday at 1 pm at Abundant Life Ministries H.D.C. by Dr. Louise Lyas. Burial will be in Henson Memorial Garden by Henson- Holcomb Mortuary. Visitation will be Friday 5 - 7 pm at the Mortuary.