Tom A. Mullikin, 84, of Pine Bluff, died Saturday, October 14, 2017 at home.

He was born January 27, 1933 in Ladd, Ark., son of Lewis Dee Mullikin and Amanda McCoy Whatley Mullikin.

Mr. Mullikin was reared and received his early education in Pine Bluff, graduating from Pine Bluff High School in 1953.

He served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. After he left the Army, Mr. Mullikin graduated from the Fuhr School of Business.

Mr. Mullikin worked for International Paper for 30 years, retiring as the maintenance supervisor in 1987.

He was a member of Lone Grove Missionary Baptist Church near Griffith Springs. Mr. Mullikin was a 32nd Degree Mason F&AM, member of Pine Bluff Masonic Lodge #69 and a Shriner.

Tom enjoyed hunting and watching college football.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Pamela Amanda McCullough; granddaughter, Melissa Amanda McCullough; two brothers, Carrell Dee Mullikin and William Floyd Mullikin; and three sisters, Winefred Branch, Beatrice McKinney and Mildred Turner.

Survivors include his wife, Carole Jean Cooper Mullikin, whom he married January 10, 1953 in Camden; son, Dennis Wade Mullikin (Karen) of Griffith Springs; three grandchildren, Blake Mullikin, Trenton Mullikin and Tom Scott McCullough; two great-grandchildren; Annalissa McCullough-Franklin and Tyler Scott McCullough and one great-great-grandchild, Madilyn Layne McCullough.

A graveside service with military honors will be 2 p.m., Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at Roselawn Cemetery with Brother Thomas Lamb officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday evening from 5 - 7 p.m. at Robinson’s.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Arkansas Children’s Hospital Foundation, 4093 W. Sunset Avenue, Suite 102, 4093 W Sunset Ave, Springdale, Arkansas 72762 or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital - Attn: Tribute Department, PO Box 1000, Department 142, Memphis, Tennessee 38148.

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Carrie Manning

Mrs. Carrie Jenkins Manning, 86, of Pine Bluff passed Saturday, October 7, 2017. Born August 15, 1931, she was the daughter of the late Thomas Jenkins and Alberta Jenkins Jill. She served as; Secretary at Pleasant Grove Church before moving to Detroit, MI; a lifetime member of the Order of Eastern Star; Queen of the South degree since 1974; and was a Merrill and UAPB Graduate.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, Carlton, Lewis and Larry Hill and a sister, Marth Carr.

She is survived by two sisters: Bobbie (Ezell Johnson) and Geraldine (Willie Hughes).

Funeral Service will be 1 p.m., Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at First Assembly of God Church.

Interment will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery by Brown Funeral Home of Pine Bluff. Visitation will be Monday, 6 - 7 at Brown Funeral Home of Pine Bluff. Her body will lie in-state 12:15 p.m., Tuesday, until service.

Delmar Fultz

RISON - Delmar C. Fultz, age 86 of Rison, passed on Friday, October 13, 2017. Delmar was born on August 29, 1931 in Paris, Ken. to Arthur and Margaret Giddings Fultz.

Delmar attained the rank of Corporal in the U.S. Army during the Korean War serving as a Heavy Equipment Specialist. He was a proud patriot who loved his country.

Prior to his deployment, Delmar met Ms. Imogene Davis. The two were pen pals for many years and upon his return from war they married in 1953.

Delmar excelled in his career as a construction superintendent and was a leader in the Laborers' International Union for 30+ years.

Delmar was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish. After retirement, Delmar served as Mayor for the city he loved, Rison.

Delmar is proceeded in death by his parents, his sister Evelyn Fannin, and his beloved wife of over 57 years, Imogene Davis.

Delmar is survived by a brother, Ralph Fultz of Winchester, Ohio; a daughter, Deborah Jean Fultz of Tomball, Texas; son Dale Cameron Fultz and daughter-in-law Debbie Fultz of Willis, Texas: son Jimmy Delmar Fultz and daughter-in-law Belinda Fultz of Tomball, Texas; three grandchildren, Krystle Fultz, Averyanna Fultz, Wheeler Fultz; and great grandchild Layla, Savanna and Kaylana.

The family would like to greet friends and family Tuesday October 17, 2017 beginning at 2 pm at Buie Funeral Home. Services will begin at 3 p.m., Tuesday, October 17, 2017 with burial to follow at Prosperity Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers please make donations in Delmar’s name to the VFW or

The family would like to thank Jerry and Rhonda Thompson and Rhonda Fletcher of Rison for their help and support during these difficult times.

Funeral arrangements are by Buie Funeral Home of Rison. Please sign the online guestbook at (870) 325-6216.

Imogene Bledsoe

HOT SPRINGS VILLAGE - Imogene Oaks Bledsoe, 90, of Hot Springs Village, long time resident of Pine Bluff, went to be with the Lord Saturday, October 14, 2017.

She was born September 21, 1927 in Grady to Knox Nelson, Sr. and Audie Truhett Nelson.

Mrs. Bledsoe attended Poteau Jr. College in Poteau, Oklahoma and University of Arkansas in Pine Bluff, majoring in music.

In Pine Bluff she was an active member of South Side Baptist Church, where she was a Sunday School teacher and directed a beginner’s choir. She was also active in community work. The Pilot Club was foremost in her work, where she served as President on several occasions and then moving into the Arkansas/Oklahoma District as Lieutenant Governor and Governor, also serving on the International level.

Prior to retiring in 1992, she and James owned J & J Auto Parts, formerly known as 720 Auto Parts, in Pine Bluff. Prior to joining her husband at 720 Auto Parts, she worked at First South Savings and Loan for 12 years.

Retiring and moving to Hot Springs in 1992, she and James were active members of Second Baptist Church, where she was a Sunday School teacher and served as coordinator for the music program for 12 years. Moving to the Village in 2004, she and James became active in Barcelona Road Baptist Church. Imogene served as a Sunday School teacher, the financial board chair and played in the Handbell choir.

Imogene married Tommy Bledsoe February 4, 2012 and lived in Hot Springs Village.

Mrs. Bledsoe was preceded in death by her first husband of 59 years, James Oaks; her parents; brother, Knox Nelson, Jr.; and sister, Bennie Dean Thompson.

Survivors include her husband, Tommy Bledsoe; and two nephews, Keith and Dwayne Thompson.

Funeral services will be 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 17, 2017 in the Chapel of Ralph Robinson and Son with Dr. Jon Stubblefield officiating. Interment will follow in Graceland Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday afternoon from 1:30 p.m. until service time at Robinson’s.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Barcelona Road Baptist Church, 390 Barcelona Road, Hot Springs Village, Arkansas 71909; American Cancer Society, 901 North University, Little Rock, Arkansas 72207; American Heart Association, 909 West 2nd Street, Little Rock, AR 72201; or the donor’s favorite charity.

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Verlie Ezell

LITTLE ROCK -Verlie Dee Tullous Ezell, 75, of Little Rock (formerly of Pine Bluff), passed away Sunday, October 15, 2017, at her home.

Mrs. Ezell was born April 3, 1942, in Desha County, Ark., a daughter of the late Rue and Marie Turner Tullous Skowronski.

She was reared and received her education in Warren, Ark. and New Jersey.

She was a homemaker and a member of Trinity Assembly of God Church in Little Rock.

Mrs. Ezell is survived by three sons, Charles Michael Ezell and David Wayne Ezell both of Ga.; and Larry Eugene Ezell of El Paso, Ark.; two daughters, Tonya Renee Simmons of Little Rock, Ark. and Tina Marie Strom of Sheridan; her brother, Dr. John Skowronski of of Little Rock; and two sisters, Ruth Warren of Fla. and Jean Smyth of Little Rock; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Troy Tullous.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 6 to 8 PM, at Robinson’s.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 10 AM, in the Chapel of Ralph Robinson & Son with Pastor Dwayne Maynard officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.

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Dorothy Stokes

REDFIELD - Dorothy J. Stokes, 74, of Redfield, transitioned on October 11, 2017. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Christian Way Funeral Home.

Brunette Parker

Mrs. Brunette Parker, 81, of Pine Bluff, Ark., passed away October 13, 2017 at JRMC. Services are by Perry Funeral Home.

Deola Haynes

ALTHEIMER - Deola Haynes, 96, of Altheimer, passed October 12, 2017 at Baptist Hospital in Little Rock. Arrangements later by Henson-Holcomb Mortuary

Juanita Hardin

Juanita Henderson Hardin affectionately known as "Pete" was born January 30, 1936 the only child of the late Pearlie Ivory Wilhite and Clinton Henderson of Pine Bluff. She passed on Tuesday, October 10, 2017.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Frank Hardin.

She leaves to cherish her memories her children, Jenell Henderson Rogers, Betty Hayes-Anthony, Michael Hardin, Arlene Hardin Campbell, Charles Broughton, Meta Hardin Glass, and Ronnie Hardin; three step-sisters, three step-brothers, twenty-one grandchildren, twenty-two great-grandchildren and a host of other loving relatives and friends.

Family Hour/Visitation will be held from 5:30-7 p.m., Tuesday at Perry Funeral Home.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday at First Missionary Baptist Church; Pastor Charles Boyd, Sr., Officiating.

Burial will follow at Forrest Lawn Cemetery under the direction of Perry Funeral Home of Pine Bluff.

Jack Tidwell, Jr.

Jack W. Tidwell, Jr., 71, of Pine Bluff, died Monday, October 16, 2017.

He was born October 31, 1945 in Pine Bluff, son of Jack W. Tidwell, Sr. and Mae Frances Smith Tidwell.

Mr. Tidwell was reared and received his early education in Pine Bluff, graduating from Pine Bluff High School.

He was a self-employed man of many trades, including welding, iron work and backhoe operating.

Jack was preceded in death by his wife, Ernestine “Tina” Tabor Tidwell; his parents; and brother, Mark Tidwell.

Survivors include his daughter, Mary Ellen Cotner of Pine Bluff; sister, Cathy Monfee of Pottsville; and grandson, Blake Sorey of Dardenelle; and great-grandson, Broox Sorey.

Visitation will be Thursday, October 19, 2017, from 3-5 p.m. at Ralph Robinson and Son Funeral Directors. Private services may be held at a later date.

Cremation arrangements were handled by Ralph Robinson and Son Funeral Directors (online register:

Linda DeHart

WHITE HALL - Linda Sue Insley DeHart, 71, of White Hall, Ark., went to be with the Lord Sunday, October 15, 2017, at Baptist Hospital in North Little Rock.

Mrs. DeHart was born July 7, 1946, in Pine Bluff, a daughter of the late Lloyd B. Sanders and Cleo Shriver Sanders Gray. She was reared and received her education in Pine Bluff, where she graduated from Dollarway High School in 1962. After high school, she attended and graduated from Cosmotology School in 1964.

Mrs. DeHart owned and operated Linda’s Beauty Shop in White Hall and was a beautician for 53 years.

She was baptized at Immanuel Baptist Church in Pine Bluff by Reverend Mike Huckabee and was currently attending Family Church in White Hall. Mrs. DeHart was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. She was an excellent homemaker who enjoyed taking care of her family, gardening, crafting, baking, reading, and camping.

She is survived by her loving husband of 15 years, Curtis J. DeHart, whom she married November 12, 2002, in Eureka Springs; a son, Jeff (Veronica) Insley of White Hall; two daughters, Angi (Dale) Davenport of East End, and Robin (Rob) Worthen of Flowery Branch, Ga.; two stepdaughters, Amanda Honzik of Meenah, Wisc. and Desiree DeHart of Stevens Point, Wisc.; step-son, Justin DeHart of Appleton, Wisc.; five grandchildren, Derrick Davenport, Justin Lynn, Sierra Worthen, Jaden Insley and Jacey Insley; one step-grandson, Kaden Honzik; one great-granddaughter, Daisy Lynn; three brothers, Jerry (Josie) Sanders, Bobby (Emma) Sanders, and Donnie Sanders, all of Pine Bluff.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Jimmy Insley; three brothers, Billy Sanders, Joe Sanders and Carol Dean Sanders; four sisters, Bonnie Morgan, Patricia Wren, Betty Gorman, Barbara Conway.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 6 to 8 PM, in the Chapel of Cranford Funeral Home in White Hall.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 1:30 PM, in the Chapel of Cranford Funeral Home with Reverend Stephen Harrison officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery in White Hall.

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Joann Hawley

MCGEHEE - Joann Dickson Hawley, 86, of McGehee, Ark. passed away Sunday, October 15, 2017. Mrs. Hawley was born March 5, 1931 in Selma, Ark. to the late Vernon and Annie Barrett Dickson. She was a graduate of Tillar High School where she played basketball. Following graduation she went to work for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company (now AT&T) before retiring after thirty plus years. Joann was an avid bridge player and earned the Life Masters Award.

Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John H. Hawley, Jr.; brother, Vernon Ellis Dickson, and sister Leal Dickson Burns. Survivors include her sons, Clay Dickson (Leslie) Hawley of Huntsville, Ark. and John Douglas (Debbie) Hawley of England, Ark.; daughter, Joyce Ducote of Oceans Springs, Miss.; sister, Billie Fay Boyd of Warren, Ark.; 9 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; 1 great great-grandchild and a favorite first cousin, Betty Sue Kalishman.

Visitation will be 10 - 11 am Thursday, October 19, 2017 at Tillar United Methodist Church in Tillar, Ark. Funeral Services will be held at 11 am following the visitation at the church with Rev. Tandy Hanson officiating. Burial will follow at Tillar Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Tillar United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 85, Tillar, AR 71670. Arrangements made by Griffin-Culpepper Funeral Service in McGehee, AR. On-line guest book may be signed at

Ella Johnson

DUMAS - Mrs. Ella Mae Johnson of Dumas passed Monday, October 16, 2017. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Brown Funeral Home of Dumas.