Jo Ann Burnett, 81, passed away Tuesday, October 3, 2017.

Born June 17, 1936 in Monticello to Pat Young, Sr. and Ethel Lee Crunk Young. She moved to Pine Bluff as a child, and graduated from Watson Chapel High School.

Mrs. Burnett was a loving mother and grandmother. She was a devoted member of the First Pentecostal Church of God on Hutchinson from ages 20-81. She was also predeceased by son, Kennie McAfee and brother, David Young.

Survivors include children, Anita Strange (Barry), Rhonda Corley, and Micheal Kearney (Lisa); brother, Pat Young, Jr.; sisters, Charlene Billingsley and Elizabeth Lapping; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Saturday, October 7, 2017, with interment in

Memorial Park Cemetery. Online condolences:

Cynthia McFalls

ROGERS -Cynthia Kay McFalls, 63 of Rogers, passed away Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at T. Boone Pickens Cancer Hospital in Dallas, Texas. She was born November 12, 1953 in Star City to Thomas Jefferson and Onita Ollar McFalls.

Cynthia was a former member of the First Baptist Church in Star City and Dumas and a current member of Cross Church Pinnacle Hills in Rogers. She was a 1971 graduate of Dumas High School and attended the University of Arkansas at Monticello and Baulder Fashion College. She was a retired load broker with Transplace Logistics Service in Lowell. Cynthia was also former

Little Miss Lincoln County and Miss Turtle Derby. Preceding her in death were her father, Thomas McFalls and sister, Jo Carol Burnett. Survivors include her mother, Onita Ollar McFalls of Dumas; 3 sisters,

Charlotte (Larry) Burnett of Dumas, Connie (Ray) Lenderman of Tillar and Camille (Marty) Chambers of Glendale; 8 nephews, Thomas (Kelly) Burnett of Monticello, Robert Burnett of Dumas, Chris (Sally) Howard of White Hall, Lance Howard of Tillar, Phillip (Nikki) Tucker of Lawndale, Calif., Jerry Tucker of Cornerville, Daniel (Brandy) Tucker of Little Rock and Josh Chambers of Jefferson; 2 nieces, Jennifer Thompson of Star City and Julie Chambers of Rogers; 4 great nephews and 4 great nieces; devoted friends and caregivers, Rosemary Sullivan of Rogers and Jerry Frederick of Eureka Springs.

A memorial service will be held at 2 PM Sunday, October 15, 2017 at Griffin Funeral Chapel with Bro. Brad Elrod officiating. Visitation is 1 -2 PM Sunday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Arkansas Community Foundation, Jo Carol McFalls Tucker Burnett Scholarship, PO Box 849, Dumas, AR 71639. Arrangements by Griffin Funeral Service in Star City. Online guestbook at

Lester Bratton

SHERIDAN - Lester Jewell Bratton of Sheridan, Ark. was born January 22, 1927 in Sheridan, Ark., the son of the late Jewell F. and Mae Reynolds Bratton. He was a member of First Landmark Baptist Church in Sheridan, and was in the US Army, having served in the Korean War. Mr. Bratton died Monday, October 9, 2017 at CHI St. Vincent Infirmary in Little Rock at the age of 90.

He was the oldest member of the Sheridan Lions Club, having joined in 1960, and being an active member ever since. He held every office, participated in every fundraiser and has been an example to many young members who followed through the years. He was always dedicated to serving his community and helping others.

In 1960, he helped organize the American Legion baseball program in Sheridan. He managed and coached the team for over 10 years. He also, along with his wife and son, traveled as a Bird Dog Scout for the Cardinals.

He retired from International Paper Company, Woodlands Division, and then owned a forestry consulting business for over 20 years.

He enjoyed hunting, and watching any kind of sports, especially the Razorbacks.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of over 63 years, Johnnie Blackerby Bratton; sisters, Gladys Reaves and Loreze Waddle; brothers, James Bratton, Evan Bratton, Hershel Bratton and a grandson who died October 4, 2017, Tyler Bratton.

Survivors: son and daughter-in-law, Alan and Michele Bratton of Belleair, Fla.; grandsons, Brian Bratton and Jason Bratton, and a host of nieces, nephews, church family and friends.

Funeral service will be 10 A.M. on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at First Landmark Baptist Church in Sheridan with Bro. Shawn Hill and Bro. Doney Blackerby officiating. Burial will follow at Grapevine Cemetery in Grapevine. Visitation will be Monday, at the funeral home, from 5-7 PM.

Pallbearers are his nephews; Byron Blackerby, Thomas Blackerby, Joe Ellis Blackerby, Vance Blackerby, Larry Hedden, Wayne Taylor, Joe Lynn Waddle and Russell Waddle.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sheridan Lions Club, P.O. Box 311, Sheridan, Arkansas 72150 or Grant County Museum, 521 Shackelford, Sheridan, AR 72150 Arrangements by Memorial Gardens Funeral Home of Sheridan

Betty Craig

Betty Lou Chrisman Craig, 91, of Pine Bluff, died Saturday, October 14, 2017.

She was born February 22, 1926 in Idalia, Mo., daughter of Guy and Anna Baker Chrisman.

Mrs. Craig was reared and received her early education in Missouri, graduating from Bloomfield High School. She enjoyed going back for reunions.

After moving to Pine Bluff, she worked for the Cotton Belt Railroad

for 30 years as a telegraph operator, retiring in 1978. Mrs. Craig was an active member of First Baptist Church and the Alethea Club.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Don Craig; her parents; twin sister, Dortha Sue Mathews; and brother, Jean Chrisman.

Survivors include her son, Mark Craig and his wife, Lori, of Arlington, Texas; and grandson, Will Craig, senior at Pepperdine University in California. A visitation will be Sunday afternoon, October 15, 2017, from 2-4 p.m. at Ralph Robinson and Son.

Private graveside services will be held at a later date in Dexter, Missouri.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 6501 S. Hazel Street, Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71603 or Cotton Belt Rail Historical Society, P. O. Box 2044, Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71613.


Irma Nix

Irma Jean Vanlandingham Nix, 84, of Pine Bluff, Ark., went to be with Jesus Thursday, October 12, 2017, at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Little Rock. She was born May 4, 1933, in Grant County, to James Clayton and Masil Moore Vanlandingham. Mrs. Nix was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She had been an active member of Oakland Baptist Church and later was a supportive member of Immanuel Baptist Church.

Mrs. Nix enjoyed sewing, needle work, crossword puzzles, and playing the piano. She also served as a Girl Scout leader. Mrs. Nix loved watching church services and enjoyed the old time gospel music. She was an avid Bible reader.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Creed C. Nix, Jr. whom she married on August 17, 1952, in Grant County; a daughter, Sheila Ann Smith and her parents.

Survivors include; daughters, Carol Moore of White Hall, Cheryl Layson (John) of Little Rock; grandchildren, Amy Tripp (Todd), Collier Moore (Kara), Matt Moore, Clay Layson (Tulika), Jake Layson (DeeDee), Mike Layson (Tanya), Stephanie Shirley (Amon) and Allison Covington; sixteen great-grandchildren; sisters, Frances Chavis of New Hebron, Miss. and Lynda Hollinger of Prattsville.

Funeral services will be 1 PM, Monday, October 16, 2017, in the Chapel of Ralph Robinson & Son Funeral Directors with Reverend Neal Hollinger officiating. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Visitation will be one hour prior to service time at Robinson’s.

The family would like to give a special thank you to Michael Dilbeck, who lovingly cared for her and her beloved fur-baby, MIssy.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, 904 Autumn Road, Suite 500, Little Rock, AR.

Charles Yaney

Charles "Teddy" Fredrick Yaney, 82, of White Hall, passed away at home with his wife and kids by his side, on Friday, October 13, 2017.

He was born in Pine Bluff on July 25, 1935, to the late George Fredrick Yaney and Hollis Eleanor Smith. Charles was reared and received his education in White Hall; he attended White Hall High School, going on to serve in the Army National Guard for 8 years.

He was a member of Bethany Missionary Baptist Church, he worked in the church office and was in the Berean Sunday school class for 40 years. He worked in retail sales for many years before retiring.

Charles loved fishing, golfing and spending time with his family. He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Melba Yaney; son, Dickie Yaney of White Hall; daughters, Karen Taylor (Michael) of White Hall, Stacy Rinehart (Greg) of Bryant; grandchildren, Angelia Yaney, Robert Yaney, Brandon Taylor, Brooke Taylor, Jimmy Lunsford; great grandchildren, Connor Yaney, Lilly Lunsford, Takota Lunsford; brother, Al Yaney of Lancaster, Pennsylvania; sisters, Anneta Ford and Hildred DeHass, both of White Hall; numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Visitation will be Tuesday October 17, 2017 from 11:00am-12:00pm in the chapel of Cranford Funeral Home. Graveside services will follow at 12:30pm in Memorial Park Cemetery, with Reverend Jonathan Witcher officiating. Online condolences: