Johnny Joseph Bazare, Jr. age 81, of White Hall, died Saturday, February 3, 2018.

Born November 18, 1936 at Eunice, LA, he was a son of the late Johnny Joseph Bazare Sr. and Pearl Myers Bazare. He graduated from Eunice High School in 1955, then earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Bacteriology at Southwestern Louisiana Institute.

Johnny enlisted in the United States Army in 1959 and became stationed at the Pine Bluff Arsenal in 1963. He continued after his service as a civil service employee at the Arsenal and later at NCTR as a microbiologist, retiring after 30 years of service.

Mr. Bazare attended both St. Peter and St. Joseph Catholic Churches.

Johnny was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed both hunting and fishing and never missed a squirrel season. He was also a lifelong LSU Tigers fan.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Rudy Bazare.

Survivors include his children, Christopher (Kathy) Bazare of Lakeland, TN and Melany Bazare (Michael Skahill) of Pleasant Valley, Iowa; three grandchildren, Michael Bazare, Seth Skahill, and Greison Skahill; and two great-grandchildren, Brayden Bazare and Preston Bazare.

There will be a Vigil Service Wednesday, February 7, 2018, 5:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Cranford Funeral Home in White Hall with Deacon Noel F. “Bud” Bryant officiating, with a visitation to follow at 5:30 p.m. Burial will be on Friday in Mount Calvary Cemetery at Eunice, LA.

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Ara Chavis

Ara Nora Chavis passed away on January 24, 2018. She was the daughter of Lena Belle Castleberry and Ben F. Sloan. She was predeceased by her husband of 61 years, A. D. Chavis Jr., a daughter DeOnne Chavis Cicero and a son Paul Sloan Chavis. She is survived by a son, Doug, four grand- children, five great grand-children and numerous nieces and nephews. Her life overflowed with love and devotion to her family. She was a gentle friend to all.

Her grandson Arthur had an English class assignment to write about someone he admired and wrote about his grandmother. At his teacher’s suggestion, he showed it to her, whereupon she opined that such would suffice for her obituary. Thus:

My Memommy (grandma) is the sweetest, strongest, most loyal and faithful woman that I have ever met. This woman has been through too much tribulation for her to still be happy and optimistic. It’s amazing what a human being can go through in a lifetime and still come out unscathed. There are many people who deserve praise just as much as my Memommy but this is the person who has most influenced my life.

Ara Nora Sloan was born in Warren, Arkansas on the twenty eighth of February, 1928, a child of the depression. She is five feet three inches, one hundred pounds, with bright, curly, red hair. She grew up without a coat in winter, and as a result she doesn’t throw anything away now, not empty bags or jars or anything. When she met my Pawpaw they were living in Pine Bluff. He swept her off her feet because he picked her up for a date in an airplane. The pair got married and had three beautiful kids together, my dad, Arthur D. Chavis III, my uncle, Paul Sloan Chavis, and my aunt, now Deonne Chavis Cicero.

A few days before Christmas, 1954, the family piled in the car and headed down to Little Rock to look at the Christmas lights, unfortunately the rail road lights weren’t working that Christmas. The family is singing Christmas carols and having a merry old time but fail to notice a train coming right at them as they cross the tracks. BAM!! The train hits the side my Memommy is riding on and the car is crushed all around her. (The weight ratio of a train to a car is the same as a car to an aluminum can.) The paramedics reach in to pull her out and feel a bone and figure she has lost her legs, but she hadn’t. They were forced to cut her out with a torch. The rest of the family gets out relatively safe, my dad has a broken arm, my uncle, a broken hip, and my aunt and Pawpaw only have a few scratches.

My Memommy had internal bleeding and blood clots, broken arms, legs and ribs. The internal problems were so severe the doctor was sure that she wouldn’t make it. I can remember my Memommy saying how she could feel so much pain and that she wanted to let go and knew that if she did let go, God would be waiting; but she fought it and prayed to the Lord that if He would let her live and raise her children then she would dedicate her life to Him. The very next day after that prayer the doctors got her internal problems stabilized.

The doctor said she would have to stay I bed her whole life, but nooooo my Memommy wasn’t having that, she went to physical therapy for six years just so she could walk around with a brace on. The doctors told her not to work, that she couldn’t handle it, but Memommy went right back to work as soon as she could so she could send her kids to college. My dad and uncle both went to Hendrix and my aunt went to Ouachita. Not only did my Memommy send her three kids to college but she continued to work ten or fifteen years after they graduated to pay off their student loans for them.

To this day my Memommy is the most selfless person. She still give words of wisdom to those in need and adamantly encourages people to stay faithful, everything will turn out all right in the end with a little effort. She is now ready for God to take her but she doesn’t wait on it and dwell on it; she is an angel in my eyesight and always will be.

A private family service will take place at a later date.

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Charlie Ventress, Sr.

Moscow- Mr. Charlie Ventress, Sr., 96, of Moscow, AR passed Wednesday, January 31, 2018. He was born on in Pine Bluff, AR to the late Charlie Ventress, I and Lena Patterson Ventress.

His Survivors include: Lillie B. Spicer Ventress of Moscow, AR; Two Sons, Charlie Ventress, Jr. of Moscow, AR and Vincent Spicer of Powder Spring, GA; Two Daughters, Pearlie Compton of Pine Bluff, AR and Teresa Parker of Bartlesville, OK; 13 Grandchildren; 13 Great-Grandchildren; Six Great-Great-Grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 7, 2018, at Cherry Hill Baptist Church-Moscow, AR by Rev. David L. Marks, Sr. Interment will be in Forrest Lawn Cemetery by Brown Funeral Home, Pine Bluff, AR.

Visitation will be Tuesday, 5:30-6:30 p.m., at Grace Evangelical Baptist Church-Pine Bluff, AR.

The body will lie in-state Wednesday 12:15 p.m., until service.

Joseph Ingoll

Dumas- Mr. Joseph Ingoll, 54 of Dumas, AR passed Wednesday, January 3, 2018.

A Graveside service will be at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 6, 2018, in Forrest Lawn Cemetery, Pine Bluff, AR by Rev. Aaron Johnson. Service entrusted by Brown Funeral Home of Pine Bluff, AR.

Laverne Green

Mrs. Laverne Green, 76 of McGehee passed Saturday, February 3, 2018 at UAMS in Little Rock. Arrangements will be announced by Brown Funeral Home of Dumas.

Joel Sandford

JEFFERSON - Joel Baxter Sanford, 78, of Jefferson, Arkansas left his earthly shell on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 with his wife by his side. Joel was born November 24, 1938 in Poyen, AR to the late Garland and Noni (Jones) Sanford.

Joel was a member of River Road Baptist Church. He was an avid hunter and a member of the T-Road Hunting Club. Joel was a proud member of the NRA and he loved the Razorbacks. He retired from AP&LEntergy after 35 years as a White Bluff Plant Coal Yard Supervisor. He belonged to Lineman Union. He served in the Arkansas National Guard 8 years. He was deployed to the Central High School in 1952. Joel was a football player for Malvern High School. He graduated from Henderson College in Arkadelphia, AR.

Joel was a leader to the young group of kids, The Redfield Youth group. Joel was a world class PRANKSTER. He touched so many lives and will be Greatly missed by so many.

Joel is preceded in death by his parents, Noni Adean Jones and Garland B Sanford. His first wife: Sally (McCray) Sanford; and their son, Stephen Sanford; his baby sister, Kalah Byrd Johnson.

He is survived by his loving wife of twenty-four years, Ramona (Jenkins) Sanford; Caregivers, daughter and son in law: Lisa and Toby Nutter and grandson and his wife Nick Sanford Daniel and Jennifer Daniel two sons: Ronald D. Sanford of Jefferson and Joel B. Sanford, Jr. and his wife Teresa of Little Rock; four daughters: Dodie Arena and her husband Chris of Camden, AR, Catherine Morris and Jason of Little Rock, and Leilani Zeller and husband James of Arcadia, CA; grandchildren Zack and Josh Sanford, Matthew Daniel, Quinn and Keelan Womack, Shannon Sanford, Buck ,Dave, Zack and Lydia Morris; Josh, Haleigh, Ashley, Amilya and Autumn Nutter; eight great-grandchildren; one sister, Phyllis Gladdin and husband James of Alexander and a host of family and friends who will miss him greatly.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 8 from 4:00-5:00 PM with services directly following at Lone Pine Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. Ronnie Meredith officiating.

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