NORTH LITTLE ROCK - Mary Louise Nicholson Faucett died in North Little Rock, Monday, January 29, 2018. Mrs. Faucett was 93 years old and is survived by her husband, Joe M. Faucett, both former residents of Pine Bluff. Mary Louise graduated from Pine Bluff High School in 1942 and members of this class met each month until just recently.

Mary Louise was a longtime employee of Southwestern Bell Telephone and ATT. She started her career in Pine Bluff as a secretary and was promoted to a Supervisor in the Order department and Maintenance Department in Pine Bluff and West Memphis, then retiring from ATT in Little Rock in 1983.

Mary Louise and Joe enjoyed every minute of life and had the chance to travel and see most of the world. They also enjoyed ballroom dancing and enjoyed it for a number of years after her retirement.

Mary were preceded in death by her parents Molly Clark Nicholason and David Luther Nicholason, Sr.; sisters, Maebell Baker (Bert), Virgie Gibens (Conway), Kathylyn (John) Dearing and David L. Nicholason, Jr. (Melba). She is survived by her children, James M. Faucett, John M. Faucett (Melissa), Judith Ann Faucett and Mary Jane Bass (Gary); 5 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; and niece, Connie Carder (Bill) of North Little Rock; and several other nieces and nephews.

A visitation will be held from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., Saturday, February 3, 2018, followed by a memorial service at 2:00 p.m., at Smith - North Little Rock Funeral Home Chapel. Online obituary at

Junius Rone

Junius Rone, 80, of Pine Bluff passed January 28, 2018. Born February 8, 1937 in Magnolia, Ark.

No immediate survivors.

Graveside services will at 10:00 A.M., Friday at Forest Lawn Cemetery by Rev. Don Zell Jones. Henson-Holcomb Mortuary in charge of arrangements.

Visitation from 4-5:30 P.M., today at the Mortuary.

Newt McCullough

Newt Byrd McCullough, age 87, of Pine Bluff, passed away Tuesday, January 30, 2018.

Born February 6, 1930 at Pine Bluff, he was a son of the late Scott McLean McCullough and Annie Mae Mustachia McCullough. He graduated from Pine Bluff High School in 1948, and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Arkansas Tech University in 1952.

A lifelong resident of Pine Bluff, Newt was an agent for State Farm Insurance Company for 34 years prior to his retirement in 1995. He also served in the Arkansas National Guard.

He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and the Optimist Club of Pine Bluff.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by two wives, Murrell Marie Corder McCullough in 2006 and Marylyn Kelley Maryovich McCullough in 2011; and siblings, Margaret Neely, Scotty McCullough, Nick McCullough, and Joe McCullough.

Survivors include his children, Kirk McCullough and wife Patsy, and Kimberly McCullough Brainard; a sister, Mary Lena Booth; grandchildren, Mindy Michelle McCullough, Nicholas Robert Brainard, and Patrick Davis Brainard; and great-grandchildren, Ryan Noble Brainard, Maverick Thomas Brainard, and Justin Woolley; two step-children, Steve Hood and wife Amanda, and Lisa Maryovich; four step-grandchildren, Joshua Parker, Dakota Porter, Erica Hood, and Aaron Hood; several step-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Mass for Newt will be celebrated on Saturday, February 3, 2018, 10:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father Joseph Marconi and Deacon Noel F. “Bud” Bryant officiating. Interment will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery by Ralph Robinson & Son Funeral Directors.

There will be a vigil service held Friday at 5:00 at Robinson’s. Visitation will follow from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

Memorials may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church, 412 West 6th Avenue, Pine Bluff, AR 71601

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Lyda Ross

Lyda Sue Ross, 87, of Pine Bluff passed away Thursday, January 18, 2018.

She was born in Pawhuska, Oklahoma on April 13, 1930 to the late Elwood Rhodes and Mamie Hitcher Rhodes. Sue was reared and received her education in Stillwell, Oklahoma. She was a member of East Side Baptist Church in Pine Bluff.

A devoted wife and mother, Sue enjoyed cooking and taking care of her family. In addition to her parents, Sue was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse F. Ross; sons, Jesse F. Ross Jr., and Joe Ross.

She is survived by her daughter, Deborah Humphries (Alan) of Rison; grandchildren, Mandy Hyatt (Greg) of Rison, Jud Couch (Samantha) of Fayetteville, Lindsey Humphries of Little Rock, Josh Humphries of Rison; four great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be private.

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Roosevelt Harper, Jr.

Roosevelt Harper Jr. 64, Of Pine Bluff passed January 24, 2018. Celebration of Life for Mr. Harper will be 11:00 a.m. today, January 31, 2018 at New Direction Baptist Church with Rev. Freddie Webb Sr officiating. Interment will be at Forest Lawn Cemetery. Eulogy will be delivered by George Glass Jr of Word of Life Ministries, Bastrop, La. Body will lie in state from 9-11 a.m. until service time. Services entrusted to Paradise Funeral Home/Little Rock, 206 S. Cross St., Little Rock, AR (501)-372-2200. “Because There Is A Difference”

Ruben Watters

Ruben Alvin Watters, 79, of White Hall, Ark. went to be with the Lord, Thursday, January 25, 2018, at his home.

Mr. Watters was born on December 18, 1938, in Heber Springs to the late Frank and Rose Watters. He was reared and received his education in Watson, Ark.

Mr. Watters owned and operated White Hall Fencing Company until his retirement in 2000.

He was a member of White Hall United Pentecostal Church. M

Mr. Watters is survived by his wife, Floyce Watters of White Hall; son, Clint Alvin Watters of White Hall; daughter, Joyce Lynnette Howe of Watson Chapel; three grandchildren, R. C. Carroll, Lonnie Fay Howe and John Howe.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Steven Alan Watters; two brothers, Wes and Jeff Watters and two sisters, Dolly Mae Biggs and Sara Watters.

A memorial service will be held 2 P.M., Saturday, February 3, 2018 at White Hall United Pentecostal Church.

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Sallye Owens

SALLYE RUTH MCGREGOR OWENS, 86, of Pine Bluff, passed away Monday, January 29, 2018.

She was the last remaining member of Alexander Chunn McGregor and Mary Odell Eskew McGregor’s immediate family. Born in Cotton Plant, Woodruff County, Arkansas on January 13, 1932, she had three brothers, Thompson Matthews McGregor, Henry Crawford McGregor and Cooper Odell McGregor and four sisters, Hattye Elizabeth McGregor Fletcher, Sarah Nelle McGregor Scott, Jean McGregor Peebles, and Virginia McGregor Donohugh.

Sallye Ruth’s family bought a farm near Sherrill, Jefferson County, Arkansas and moved there from Augusta, Woodruff County, Arkansas in 1942. She graduated from Pine Bluff High School in 1949 with honors. Following graduation from high school, she attended Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma. During her time in Oklahoma, she was initiated Pi Beta Phi Fraternity and was saluted by the men of Theta Chi Fraternity by naming her their “Dream Girl”. Following her freshman year of college, she transferred to the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. While attending the University of Arkansas, she continued her love of Pi Beta Phi where she advanced to Rush Captain and President. Her scholarship, service and leadership at the University enabled her to be elected to the Mortar Board, an extraordinary honor society. Among her other campus activities were Rootin’ Rubes, Modern Dance Club, Blackfriars, University Civic Club, Panhellenic Council, and YWCA.

On July 3, 1952, Sallye Ruth married Edward Maurice Owens at the Ryland Methodist Church in Washington, D.C. Following their nuptials, Sallye Ruth and Ed lived in Buffalo, New York; New York City, New York; El Dorado, Arkansas, Shreveport, Louisiana; and Denver, Colorado before returning home to Pine Bluff in 1963. She worked at the main branch of Simmons Bank until her youngest son was born. She was a devoted member of Lakeside United Methodist Church in Pine Bluff where she enjoyed teaching Sunday School and served on the Altar Guild for many years.

Sallye Ruth is survived by two sons, namely Edward McGregor Owens (Sue) of Little Rock, Arkansas, and Charles Thompson “Tom” Owens (Connie) of White Hall, Arkansas. Three grandchildren, Booth McGregor Owens of Little Rock, Arkansas; Spencer Thompson Owens and Reese Kathrine Owens, of White Hall, Arkansas. Her insights, infectious laugh and sense of humor will be missed.

Visitation will be Thursday evening from 5-7 p.m. at Ralph Robinson and Son Funeral Directors. Graveside services will be private.

The family respectfully requests memorials be sent to Lakeside United Methodist Church, 1500 Olive Street, Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71601.

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Polly Daril 

Polly Daril, age 84, of Pine Bluff, died Monday, January 29, 2018, at Baptist Hospital in Little Rock.

She was born January 4, 1934, in Collins, Arkansas, to Thomas and Alberta McHan Tribble.

She was reared and received her education in Drew County.

She was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church of Pine Bluff and a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Edwin Daril, whom she married on May 29, 1959, in North Little Rock; her parents; brother, Travis Tribble; sisters, Kathleen Cox and Nellie Mae Watts.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Stephanie and Dennis VanVeckhoven of Denver, North Carolina; son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Ginger Daril of Little Rock; four grandchildren, Tyler VanVeckhoven , Morgan McDearmon , Chase and Alec Daril; brother, Wayne Tribble of El Dorado and a sister, Mary Kaufman of Albany, Oregon.

Visitation will be 5 to 7 PM Thursday at Ralph Robinson & Son, 807 Cherry Street, Pine Bluff, AR.

Graveside services will be 10 AM, Friday, February 2, 2018, at Cypress Memorial Gardens, 8917 Hwy 63 South in Pine Bluff, by Ralph Robinson & Son Funeral Directors with Dr. Don Taylor officiating.

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Willia Barnes

Mrs. Willia Barnes, 64, of Pine Bluff, passed away on January 27, 2018, in Little Rock. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Christian Way Funeral Home.

Mary Thomason

STAR CITY - Mary Ophelia Adams Thomason, 84 of Star City passed away Monday, January 29, 2018 at Gardner Nursing Center in Star City. She was born June 29, 1933 in Warren to the late Presley P. and Ophelia Stewart Adams. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Grady and Star City and was a homemaker.

Also preceding her in death were her husband, Elmer Lanar Thomason; a granddaughter, Stephanie Johnson Harvey and 3 brothers.

Survivors include son, Richard (Karen) Thomason of Mineral Springs; 3 daughters, Ramona (Charles) McLemore, Rebecca “Becky” Ann (Glenn) Dyer, both of Pine Bluff and Rene (Jerry) Johnson of Star City; 6 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

Graveside services are 10:00AM Friday at Grady Cemetery. Visitation is 6:00-8:00PM Thursday at Griffin Funeral Service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Grady Cemetery Association, PO Box 181, Grady, AR 71644 or charity of your choice.

Arrangements by Griffin Funeral Service in Star City. Online guestbook at

Laverne Terry

LEAD HILL - Laverne Hobson Terry, 83, of Lead Hill, Arkansas, passed away Sunday, January 28, 2018, at her home.

Mrs. Terry was born October 21, 1934, in Rison, Arkansas, to the late Charley and Mallie Bell Hobson. She was reared and received her education in Pine Bluff.

She married Jack C. Terry, Sr., September 1, 1951, at Pine Bluff. Mr. Terry passed away January 4, 1994.

Mrs. Terry was a homemaker and a Baptist.

She is survived by two sons, Jimmy Ray Terry of Lead Hill, Arkansas and Jack C. Terry, Jr. of La Vernia, Texas; two grandchildren, Candida Smith of Maine and John David Terry, Sr. of Marion, Texas; and one great grandson, John David “J. D.” Terry, Jr. of Marion, Texas.

Mrs. Terry was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Jack C. Terry, Sr., two brothers, Travis and Charles Hobson, and her sister, Marie Heritage.

The family will receive friends Thursday, February 1, 2018, 6:00 to 8:00 PM, at Robinson’s.

A graveside service will be 10:00 AM, Friday, February 2, 2018, at Hardin Cemetery with Reverend Karl Roten officiating.

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