Fire Chief Ray Jacks, Pine Bluff Fire Department (Retired), 90, of Pine Bluff, died Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at home.

Born William Ray Jacks January 25, 1928, in Rowell, Arkansas, he was the son of Clyde and Ora Bet Greenlee Jacks.

Chief Jacks was reared and received his early education in Woodlawn, graduating from Woodlawn High School in 1949.

He served in the United States Army during World War II and the Korean Conflict.

In between World War II and Korea, Chief Jacks began his career with the Pine Bluff Fire Department September 1, 1949. After he returned home from Korea, Chief Jacks was promoted to Driver March 1, 1955. Chief Jacks became the first "Fire Marshall" of Pine Bluff in 1963, stressing fire prevention, education and public safety. He rose through the ranks of the department and became chief in August of 1972. Chief Jacks was inducted into the Arkansas State Firefighters Hall of Fame June 24, 1995.

Chief Jacks was co-founder of the Jefferson County Mounted Patrol in 1960 and served as the First Captain. In conjunction with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, this unit was a mainstay in crisis situations and could always be trusted to get the job done. He served as past President of the Arkansas Fire Chiefs Association, past President of the Southwestern Division International Association of Fire Chiefs and past Legislative Chairman of the Arkansas Fire Chief's Association.

He retired from the Pine Bluff Fire Department in 1999 after 50 years of exemplary service.

Chief Jacks earned the 50 year Masonic Lodge recognition for good standing and service in 2012.

He was a member of the Kiwanis Club of Pine Bluff, past Director of the Jefferson County Chapter of the American Red Cross and President of the Calmer Hunting Club. Chief Jacks served on the Board of Directors of Pine Bluff National Bank (now Relyance Bank) from 1996 until December 31, 2014, when he became a Director Emeritus.

Chief Jacks was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Billy Jacks; and sister, Genyce Burr.

Survivors include his wife, Jane Ella Johnston Jacks, whom he married October 9, 1948 in Rison; two sons, Dr. David C. Jacks (Donna Michelle) and Dr. Dennis W. Jacks (Liz), both of Pine Bluff; brother, Harvey Jacks; three sisters, Eloise Stewart of Mississippi, Dorothy Green of Pine Bluff and Katherine Moyers of Pine Bluff; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Thursday, May 17, 2018 in the Chapel of Ralph Robinson and Son with Reverend Todd Anderson officiating. Interment will follow in Rowell Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday evening from 5-7 p.m. at Robinson's.

Memorials may be made to Summit Baptist Church, 901 Ridgway Road, Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71603 or Rowell Cemetery Association, Attn: Kenneth Roberts, 840 Roberts Road, Rison, Arkansas 71665.

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Stacy Garrison

Stacy Lynn Garrison, 47, of Pine Bluff passed away on May 12, 2018. She was born December 26, 1970, to the late George and Barbara Garrison. Born in Pine Bluff, and attended Dollarway Schools.

She is proceeded in death by a son Josh Garrison, and sisters, Sandy Davis, and Amanda Garrison.

Stacy is survived by her fiancé, Tom Lull; son Dusty Ballew; brothers; Tommy Tater (Flo), and Billy Garrison; sisters Shelia Poynter, and Fran Freels (Brad); many nieces, nephews, and two dear longtime loving friends, Red Sonja, and Tonya.

A memorial will be Friday, May 18, 2018, at 6:00 p.m., New Harvest Church, 9016 Hwy 270, White Hall.

A private family graveside inurnment will be at a later date in Bayou Meto Cemetery.

Cremation Arrangements Entrusted to Arkansas Cremation.

Alice Paschal

Texarkana - Alice Grace Paschal, age 98, of Texarkana, Arkansas, died Monday, May 14, 2018, in a local nursing home.

Mrs. Paschal was born March 16, 1920, in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. She was a member of the Jehovah’s Witness, a Pioneer Minister who conducted Bible studies in homes, was a retired business owner and homemaker.

Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Pete and Margarita Paschal of Texarkana, Arkansas and James and Cathy Paschal of Phoenix, Arizona, two sisters, Bess Bradford of Anna Coco, Louisiana, and Lilly Waschalk of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, one brother, Sam Waschalk of Ore City, Texas, three grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be at 2:00 P. M. Saturday at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 1605 East 50th Street, Texarkana, Arkansas, 71854.

Rita Phillips

Rita F. Nuckols Phillips, 71, of Pine Bluff, passed away Monday, May 14, 2018. Funeral Services will be 1:30 PM Saturday at Ralph Robinson and Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery. Visitation will be 6:00-8:00 PM Friday. A full obituary will follow by Ralph Robinson and Son. Online Registry at

Letha Hobbs

Mrs. Letha Mae Hobbs, 91, of Pine Bluff, AR was born September 27, 1926 to the late Willie and Mittie Antwine in Ardmore, Oklahoma. She peacefully transitioned on May 11, 2018.

She is survived by her husband Rev. Dr. Anthony O. Hobbs. Other survivors includes her six step-children a host of nieces and nephews, cousins, and dear friends, clubs and church members.

She was a Charter and Lifetime member of the Pine Bluff Chapter of Links, Inc., Minister's Wives, Arkansas Medical, Dental and Pharmaceutical Association, a Life member of the Women's Missionary Society of the Central Arkansas 12th District AME Church, Social and Art Federated Club and a joyful member of Traveling Friends. She and her husband were supporters of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Educational fund.

Family Hour Service will take place at Brown Funeral Home from 6-7 p.m., on Thursday evening.

Her body will lie in-state Friday, 10:15 a.m., until service.

The Celebration of Life will take place at St. John A.M.E. Church, 1117 West Pullen Street at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 18, 2018. Memorials may be sent to Brown Funeral Home, 2704 Commerce Circle, Pine Bluff, AR or St. John A.M.E. Church.

George McClinton

White Hall-Mr. George Clyde McClinton, Sr., 66, of White Hall, AR passed Tuesday, May 8, 2018.

Funeral Service will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, May 17, 2018 at Brown Funeral Home in Pine Bluff, AR by Rev. Ulysses Dunlap, Sr. Interment will be in Forrest Lawn Cemetery.

Visitation will be Wednesday, 5-7p.m., at Brown Funeral Home.

His body will lie in-state 9:45 a.m., until service.

Jasper Sampson, Jr.

Jacksonville - Chief QMC (Ret.) Jasper Lee Sampson, Jr., 83, of Jacksonville, reunited with his wife in Heaven on May 13, 2018. He was born April 11, 1935 to Jasper Lee and Lizzie Mae Sampson in Pine Bluff. He is preceded in death by his father, Jasper Lee Sampson, Sr.; mother, Lizzie Mae (Thompson) McGregor; wife, Bernice "East" Sampson; sister, Eunice Collins; and brother, David C. Sampson.

Jasper was in the NAVY for 22 years where he served on numerous ships and retired on the USS Harold E. Holt {DE 1074} and was awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal. He was a devoted member of Pleasant Grove C.M.E. Church.

Jasper is survived by two daughters, Barbara Sampson-Robinson, Sharon D. Tramble (Kendall) both of Jacksonville; brother, Thomas Sampson; six grandchildren: Christopher A. Austin, Tonya D. Austin-LaBron, Prentis E. Grayson, Jr., Edward H. Watson, III, Lysander O. Tramble, Javaya D. Tramble; 11 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Service will be at 11:00 AM on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at Pleasant Grove C.M.E. Church, 9717 Frenchman Mountain Road, Sherwood, AR 72120 with Pastor Isaac G. Ross officiating. Wake will be Friday from 5-7 PM at Roller-Owens Funeral Home, 5509 John F. Kennedy Blvd., North Little Rock, AR 72116. Inurnment at Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery at a later date.

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