Virginia Blackerby Stewart, age 93, of Pine Bluff, passed away at her home on Thursday, October 19, 2017.

Born December 7, 1923 at Lamont (Grant County), Ark., she was a daughter of Harp E. Blackerby and Ella Clement Blackerby, and was a graduate of Grapevine High School.

Virginia was a very kind, loving, and generous mother who loved cooking, shopping, and visiting with family and friends. During her early working career, she was employed by Southwestern Bell and later Illinois Tool Works.

She was a lifelong member of Good Faith Carr United Methodist Church.

Her husband of 50 years, Louis Stewart; her parents; three brothers, Martin Blackerby, Thurman Blackerby, and Laurens Blackerby; and two sisters, Jewel Swilling and Ruby Lee Ashcraft, all preceded her in death.

Virginia is survived by her daughter, Judy Walden and husband Steve; grandchildren, Eric Walden and Lauren Strachota; great-grandchildren, William Strachota and Madeline Bradley, all of Pine Bluff; a sister, Odessa Foote of Hot Springs; along with many nieces and nephews who cherish her memory.

We will always be grateful for the wonderful and blessed care that Mother received from her devoted caregivers, Mildred Brashears, Dorothy Wrinkle, Sue Reed, and Darlene Moss. The love and compassion that they gave Mom and our family will never be forgotten. We would also like to thank Hospice Angels for their love and compassion throughout Mom’s final days.

Visitation will be Tuesday, October 24, 2017, beginning at 1 p.m. at Fuller Hale-South Funeral Chapel. The service will follow at 2 p.m. with Rev. Robert Lyons officiating. Burial will be in Clement Cemetery at Grapevine.

Memorials may be made to Hospice Angels, 3801 S Camden Road, Pine Bluff, AR 71603; or to Alzheimer’s Arkansas, 201 Markham Center Drive, Little Rock, AR 72205.

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Billy Freeman

BRANDON, MISS. - Billy Wilson Freeman passed away Thursday, October 19, 2017 at Merit Health Crossgates. He was 83 years old. Billy is the son of the late Forrest Freeman of Dumas, Ark. and Estelle and Kent Moncrief of Greenville, Miss. He was born on May 22, 1934 in Pine Bluff, Ark. where he was raised.

Billy joined the Army in 1955 and was later stationed in Anchorage, Alaska. While on an unexpected Christmas leave in 1956, he was introduced to Bernice Keeth by his mother who worked with Bernice. They had a fast courtship of two weeks before he had to return to Alaska. Not wanting to be apart, they married before his leave was up. Bernice later joined him in Alaska.

In April of 1958, they welcomed their first baby, Michael Kent Freeman. Michael preceded his father in death on November 4, 2014. In December 1963, they became parents to their daughter, Terry Lynn Freeman.

Billy was an Insurance Salesman for 60 years. His passion was in sales. He continued his career until he was 80 years old, when he lost his vision due to gloucoma. In 1985, he and Bernice became proud grandparents to Brandon Clark Garletts. They enjoyed many years of happiness spending time with Brandon. In 1991, his second grandson, Adam Kent Freeman was born in Houston, Texas. In 1994, his third grandson was born, Michael Seth Garletts. Now he was the proud grandfather of three grandsons, whom he adored.

Years later, he finally had his granddaughter, Lindsey Noell Freeman.

In 2000, he and Bernice moved to Brandon to be near their daughter, Terry and their grandsons, Brandon and Seth. He loved living in Brandon and met many new friends there. He loved his family and enjoyed spending time visiting family.

Billy is survived by his wife of 61 years, Bernice Keeth Freeman, his daughter, Terry Garletts (Charlie) of Brandon; his grandsons, Brandon (Rachel) Garletts of Brandon; Adam Kent Freeman of Houston, Texas, Michael Seth Garletts of Fort Collins, Colo.; Lindsey Noell Freeman of Houston, Texas; great grandsons, Landon, Bishop, Jake, Caden and great granddaughter, Charleigh Melton, all of Brandon; and his daughter-in-law, Karen Freeman of Houston, Texas. He also leaves behind his loyal companion "Lucy" Isabelle, who he adored and spoiled, and she in return, worshipped him. He also leaves to cherish his memory, his best friends, Gary Brown of Clarksdale, Miss. and William Greenlee of Brandon, Miss. He always enjoyed every minute of conversation he had with you guys. He was preceded by his two best friends from earlier years, Sam Abernathy and Bill Love. He cherished those friendships for a life time. He was also preceded by his sister, Camille Garrett.

Other survivors, include his uncle E. C. OF Dumas, Ark. and many neices, nephews and cousins. Billy and Bernice have been married 61 years. They love their children and grandchildren beyond words. The had the opportunity to travel exstenivly through out Billy's career in Insurance Sales. Billy loved to ready good books and watch old movies, and loved his favorite football teams, Arkansas Razorbacks and Ole Miss.

Funeral Services will be held Monday, October 23, 2017 at 11 AM with one hour visitation starting at l0 AM at Sebrell Funeral Home.

The service will be officiated by Rev. Jeff Holland of Pinelake Church.

Billy's grandchildren will serve as pallbearers; Brandon Garletts, Seth Garletts, Adam Freeman, Lindsey Freeman, along with cousin, Caril Freeman and nephew, Roy Ferrell.

Dorothy Smith

MEMPHIS, TENN. - Dorothy Smith, 74 of Memphis, Tenn. died on Sunday, October 15, 2017, at Methodist South Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. She is the loving wife of Robert J Smith MD, also surviving are son, Martin K Smith, daughter, Elaina M Smith, sister, Bernice Hayes.

Funeral services were held in Memphis.

Graveside service and interment will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Monday at 11:30AM in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.

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Wallace Schroeder

Wallace Henry Schroeder, 81, of Pine Bluff, Ark., passed away, Saturday, October 21, 2017, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center.

He was born November 8, 1935, in Pine Bluff, to Wilbert H. and Flora Lemkau Schroeder.

He was reared and educated in Pine Bluff, graduating from Pine Bluff High School in 1953. He also attended UALR and Pines Technical College.

Mr. Schroeder served in the United States Air Force and had worked for Varco Pruden, retiring as a Customer Service Manager.

He was a member of Watson Chapel Baptist Church and enjoyed traveling and being outdoors.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Evelyn Reed.

Survivors include his wife, Beverly J. Carey Schroeder, whom he married on August 20, 1960, in Pine Bluff; daughters, Jennifer Price (David), Melanie Bridges (Brian) and a grandson, Joshua Bridges all of Pine Bluff.

The family wishes to thank the staff of White Hall Nursing and Rehab for all their love and care toward Mr. Schroeder.

Visitation will be 1 to 2 PM, Tuesday at Watson Chapel Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be 2 PM, Tuesday, October 24, 2017, Watson Chapel Baptist Church with Reverend Todd Howard and Reverend Steve Monk officiating.

Burial will follow at Lee Cemetery.

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Eddie Calvett

Mr. Eddie G Calvett, 60, of Pine Bluff passed away October 20, 2017. Arrangements will be announced by Brown Funeral Home of Pine Bluff, AR.

Deola Haynes

ALTHEIMER - Deola Haynes, 96, of Altheimer passed October 12, 2017 at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. Born September 9, 1921 in Turntine, Ark. to the late Tom and Leslie Lee Thomas Bridges.

Survivors include four daughters, Annie Mae Sims of Altheimer, Samella (Arthur) Blood of Little Rock, Pearlie McCoy of England, and Mary Freeman of Pine Bluff; a sister, Birdie Bridges of Gethsemane; thirteen grandchildren, thirty great grandchildren, and twenty great great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 AM at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Altheimer by Rev. Darryl Martin. Burial will be in Altheimer Community Cemetery by Henson Holcomb Mortuary.