Samuel M. Sinks, Jr. TSGT USAF (Ret.), age 83, of Rison, passed away at home after a long illness surrounded by his daughter, Debbie and two granddaughters, Melanie and Karla on Sunday, August 26, 2018. Mr. Sinks was born in Kingsland, Arkansas on June 12, 1935 to the late Samuel M. Sinks, Sr. and Pricilla Ivy (Oldner) Sinks.

He was reared in Rison and Kingsland until age 17 and his 1952 enlistment in the Army National Guard until 1954 serving in Georgia, then enlisting into the United States Air Force in July of 1954. He served his country stateside and overseas to include a tour in Vietnam with the 35th Tactical Fighter Wing in 1967, retiring from the military in 1974 while with the 410 Field Maintenance Squadron at KI Sawyer AFB, Michigan. Upon retirement from military service he returned to Watson Chapel/Pine Bluff area and eventually settled in Rison in 1977.

Mr. Sinks was very active and continued to work, including the US Postal System, the Watson Chapel School District as their Head Bus Mechanic until 1992, and a Volunteer Firefighter for the Y212/35 Fire Department of Rison and election poll booth worker for Cleveland County until age 79. He was preceded in death by his wife of 36 years, Darlene Jarrett Sinks who passed in 2001, his parents, six sisters, Louise Reed Doyle, Bernice Herb, Rosie Estes, Kathryn Taylor, Marianne Russ, Lorene Sanders and his brother James A. Sinks.

Mr. Sinks is survived by his four children, Sammy Sinks (Elizabeth) of Wimberley, TX, Jimmy Sinks (Marsha) of Cabot, AR, Debbie Sinks of Rison, AR, and Cathy Robinson (David) of Louisville, KY. He is also survived by two sisters, Margaret Harrell (James) of Pine Bluff, AR, and Corrine Nichols (Roland) of Hampton, AR, 10 grandchildren, Davona, Melanie, Karla, Dustin, Shaun, Jason D., Journey, Shianne, Aubrey and Pheonix as well as several great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews to mourn his passing.

Graveside services will be 3:30 p.m., Thursday, August 30, 2018, at Kingsland Cemetery. Visitation will be 1:00 until 3:00 p.m., Thursday at Buie Funeral Home in Rison. Arrangements by Buie Funeral Home of Rison (870) 325-6216. Sign online guestbook at

Charles Graham

Charles William “CW” Graham, age 71, passed away on August 19, 2018.

He was born to the late William F. Graham and Gertie Lou Reed Graham on July 1, 1947, in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.

CW is fondly remembered as an all-around handyman and jack of all trades. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his two sons, William Carter Graham of Phoenix, Arizona and Jimmy Darrell Graham of Pine Bluff; two grandchildren, Nicholas Ryan Graham of Chesapeake, Virginia and Eric William Graham of Phoenix, Arizona; one sister, Kathleen Elizabeth Campbell of Pine Bluff; one brother, Ronald Wayne Graham of Monticello and nephew, Jarred Allen Franklin Graham.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Roller-Owens Funeral Home, 5509 John F. Kennedy Blvd., North Little Rock, 501-791-7400. Online guestbook:

Verie Shelby

Verle W. Shelby, 82, of the Woodlawn community, passed away Saturday, August 25, 2018. He was born January 5, 1936 in Lincoln County. Verle served in the Air Force for four years. He was a Baptist. He retired from the United States Postal Service. Mr. Shelby enjoyed reading, being outdoors, and being surrounded by his family. He is preceded in death by his father, Herbert Shelby; mother, Verda Puckett Shelby; sister, Eva Mae Rauls and son, Gary Shelby.

Survivors include his wife, Roberta Crutchfield Shelby; daughter, Rhonda Epnett and husband, Ray of Watson Chapel; daughter, Deborah Herring and husband, Don of Sheridan; son, Jeremy Shelby and wife, Stacy of Hot Springs; grandchildren, Steven (Heather) Waschalk, Josh (Karen) Waschalk, David (Jessica) Waschalk, Jamie Stewart, Miranda (Ernie) Hand, Ashleigh Shelby, Summer (Dillon) Sowrheaver, Lindsey Shelby, Abby Shelby; nine great grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; sister, Imogene Gibson of Pansy; brother, J. H. (Rita) Shelby of Wilma and brother, Roger (Wanda) Shelby of Ruston, Louisiana.

Funeral service will be 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at Buie Funeral Home in Rison. Interment will follow at Macedonia Cemetery near Rison. Visitation will be prior to the service, beginning at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Please sign the online guestbook at Arrangements are by Buie Funeral Home of Rison. (870)325-6216

Grace Coleman Barr

Grace Coleman Barr, 90, of Pine Bluff, passed away Sunday, August 26, 2018, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Barr was born April 10, 1928, in Marion, Kentucky, to the late Roy and Robbie Wiggington Coleman. She was reared and received her education in Marion, Kentucky.

She married Donald Ray Barr on September 1, 1948 in Marion, Kentucky. They moved to Pine Bluff in 1954.

Mrs. Barr worked for the Pine Bluff School District for 17 years as a Cafeteria Manager. She also worked for Jenkins Memorial Center for 5 years and retired in 1990.

She was a member of First Baptist Church of Pine Bluff, where she worked in the nursery for 42 years. She also had done volunteer work for Trinity Village Medical Center.

She is survived by her husband, Donald Ray Barr to whom she would have celebrated 70 years of marriage in just six days; two sons, Phillip and Tony Barr, both of White Hall; four grandchildren, Allison, Matthew, Justin, and Zach; four great-grandchildren; brother, Bill Coleman of Marion, Kentucky; and two sisters, Charlotte Booker of Hobart, Indiana, and Evelyn Beavers of Marion, Kentucky.

She was preceded in death by her parents, four sisters, Martha Harper, Mary Wheeler, Dot Enoch, and Jo Ann Howard.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, August 28, 2018, 6:00-8:00 PM, at Robinson’s.

Funeral services will be Thursday, August 30, 2018, 2:00 PM, at Gilbert Brothers Funeral Chapel in Marion, Kentucky with Reverend Adam Jacobsen officiating. Interment will follow in Maple View Cemetery in Marion. Visitation will be from 1:00-2:00 PM before the service.

Memorials may be made to the nursery at First Baptist Church or to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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