Albert Leon Pulliam, MD went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at the age of 77. Albert was born on December 29, 1939 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas to Henry Albert Pulliam and Ruby Parks Pulliam. He was the first born of Albert and Ruby’s four sons. The Pulliam family, including Albert and his three brothers, were members of Trinity Temple Church of God in Christ, pastored by DeWitt Hill, in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, a church to which Albert maintained an affiliation for many years.

Albert is a graduate of the Merrill High School class of 1958, and went on to receive his Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry in 1962 from Arkansas A,M&N University (now known as the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff), where he graduated with honors and was inducted into Phi Lambda Upsilon, the National Chemistry Honor Society. While at A,M&N, Albert met Betty Barnum, whom her married in February of 1962.

After graduation in May of 1962, he spent the summer at the University of Arkansas where he received a research fellowship in chemistry. Thereafter, the family moved to Kalamazoo, Michigan where Albert accepted a position with Upjohn Pharmaceuticals as its first African American research chemist, and in November 1962 they had a daughter, Evelyn Jean. After several years at Upjohn, Albert applied and was accepted to the University of Michigan School of Medicine, where he received his Medical Degree in 1974.

After completing his residency in Internal Medicine at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Albert, Betty and Evelyn moved to Houston, Texas where Albert began his career as a practicing physician. He chose to locate his practice in the underrepresented urban area of Houston and focused on providing high-quality medical care to the largely low-income population.

After Albert’s 20-year marriage with Betty ended, he married Barbara Allen in, and they had a son, Albert, Jr. Albert’s and Barbara’s marriage ended after 16 years of marriage, and in 2004, Albert married Mary Jo Bell. He continued to practice medicine and was a beloved doctor in his community until his retirement in 2007 at which time, health issues prevented him from continuing his practice. Mary Jo stood by Albert and cared for him for the last 11 years of his life as he battled various illnesses.

Albert was a man of God with strong faith. He loved spending time with family and studying the Word of God, and he was an avid football fan. During his last years, despite being quite ill, he continued to maintain his faith, a positive attitude, a sense of humor and a love for family.

Albert was preceded in death by his parents, Henry Albert Pulliam and Ruby Parks Pulliam, and his brothers Thomas Henry Pulliam and Eddie Joe Pulliam. He is survived by many family members to cherish his memory including his wife, Mary Jo Pulliam, his children Evelyn Jean Pulliam and Albert Leon Pulliam, Jr., his youngest brother, Dewey Reed Pulliam (Iretha), two grandchildren, Morgan Elizabeth Young and Ellison Pulliam Young, nephews Christopher Andre Pulliam and David Maurice Pulliam, nieces Chitra Marie Pulliam and Angela Zienzile Hicks, and a host of relatives from the Parks, Green and Martin branches of his extended family.

A memorial service will take place on Thursday, June 7, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the New Covenant Christian Church at 10603 Blackhawk Blvd., Houston, Texas 77089. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the New Covenant Christian Church in honor of Albert L. Pulliam for construction of the new fellowship hall.

Marjorie Lambert

Marjorie Claire Parsons Lambert, age 91, of Pine Bluff, died Tuesday, May 29, 2018.

Born October 24, 1926 at Sebring, FL, she was a daughter of the late Claude Parsons and Florence Swailes Parsons. She was reared and educated in Georgetown, SC.

A resident of Pine Bluff since 1958, Mrs. Lambert worked as a cost accountant for International Paper Company, retiring in 1993 after 35 years of service.

She was a member of South Side Baptist Church.

Predeceasing her are her husband, Dan Lambert on May 24, 1967; two sons, Greg Lambert and Tim Lambert; her twin brother, Milton Parsons; and a sister, Annelle McCants.

Survivors include her son, Mike Lambert (Susan); two granddaughters, Robin Bryan (Chris) and Meredith Rice (Joe); and great-grandchildren, Christopher Bryan, Chase Bryan, Susan Caroline Rice, and Jett Rice.

Private family services will be held at a later date. Arrangements are by Fuller Hale-South Funeral Services.

Online condolences: FullerFunerals.com

Colonel Charles Lovelady

Charles “Chuck” David Lovelady, 91 of White Hall, passed away Saturday, June 2, 2018. Born August 24, 1926, at Pine Bluff, he was the son of the late Robert Lovelady and Willie Cranford Lovelady.

A graduate of Watson Chapel High School, Col. Lovelady was a member of Salem Missionary Baptist Church.

He retired at the rank of Colonel from the United States Army in 1986 after 34 years of service.

A man of strong convictions, he put God, Country and family above all else.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Linda Starr Lovelady; son-in-law, Thomas Kenter and daughter-in-law, Linda Lovelady.

Col. Lovelady is survived by his loving wife 66 years, Betty Jo Coleman Lovelady; children, Kathy Kenter, Joe Lovelady, Mary Lawson, Lisa Haynes and Christina Lovelady; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and many other loving family and friends.

Funeral services will be Monday, June 4th, 10:00 a.m. at Ralph Robinson & Son Funeral Chapel with Brother Howard Loetscher officiating. Interment will follow in Providence Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday at 9:00 a.m. until service time.

Online condolences: RalphRobinsonandSon.com

Juanita Bankston

Juanita Bankston 75, of Pine Bluff Passed May 31, 2018 Funeral Arrangements will be announced by Paradise Funeral Home of Pine Bluff.

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Rayshonda Roberts

Rayshonda Roberts 21, of Texas Passed May 30, 2018 Funeral Arrangements will be announced by Paradise Funeral Home of Pine Bluff.

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