James Tolbert


James Leon Tolbert Sr., 68, passed away on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at his home in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. He was born in Sherrill, Arkansas on January 14, 1951 to Mack and Mae Ella Tolbert, who proceeded him in death.


Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 11 a.m. at East Macedonia Baptist Church, 101 A. St. England, Arkansas 72046. Clifton Hayes, Pastor.


He is survived by six sons: James Jr. and Gary Tolbert, Marcus and Mario Oates, Maurice Tolbert and a host of relatives and friends.


Bessie Lambert


Bessie Pattillo Russ Lambert was born November 9, 1934, to the late Elder Benjamin and Mother Ethel Pattillo in Carthage Arkansas. Raised in a Christian home, she was the last of 10 siblings.


She received her formal education from The Carthage Public Schools. Later graduating from AM&N College at Pine Bluff, Arkansas.


In 1958, she married Mr. Doyle P. Russ, two children were born to this union. In 1962 Bessie secured a Bachelor of Science degree and started her teaching career.


Bessie was a loving mother and spoiled her girls. She became a mother substitute for many young men and women who crossed her path. She an infectious smile and was known for spreading the goodness of God and giving generously of her finances to those in need.


Bessie played the piano for numerous choirs in the community for decades. She was known as one of Pine Bluffs finest.


Bessie worked diligently as an educator in the Watson Chapel School District for fifty years. She worked as a substitute in all districts, until her health began to fail.


Those left to cherish her beautiful legacy of memories: her two daughters Sondra (Otis) McDonley, of Pine Bluff, Arkansas and, Deborah Russ of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, two grandchildren; Shakyra (Lyntae) Sims of Keller, Texas, and Larry Mooney Jr. of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, one great grandson Landen Sims, two sisters; Sallie S. Carter of Carthage, Arkansas and, Frances(Napolean) White of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and a host of relatives and friends too countless to name. It would be almost impossible to count the number of lives she touched while she lived on this earth. Our hearts and lives are different because of her, we’ll miss her presence but most of all, her wonderful spirit.


Final Arrangements Entrusted to: Tree of Life Funeral Directors, LLC. -Fort Worth, Texas and Brown Funeral Home.


Alfred Parks


Mr. Alfred Lee Parks 64, of Pine Bluff, Arkansas passed Wednesday, September 11, 2019.


Family hour 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday, September 20, 2019, at Brown Funeral Home Pine Bluff. Funeral service 10:00 a.m. Saturday, September 21, 2019, at Mt. Harmony Missionary Baptist Church Pine Bluff, AR by Rev. Johnny Williams. Interment in Forrest Lawn Cemetery by Brown Funeral Home of Pine Bluff.


His body will lie in state at the Church 9:15 a.m. until service time. www.brownfunneralhomeandmortuary.com .


Calvin Hence


Mr. Calvin Hence, 62, of Pine Bluff, Arkansas passed Wednesday, September 11, 2019.


Family hour 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Friday, September 20, 2019, at Brown Funeral Home Pine Bluff, AR. Funeral service 10:00 a.m. Saturday, September 21, 2019, at New Community Baptist Church Pine Bluff, AR by Rev. Laron Edwards.


Interment in Forrest Lawn Cemetery by Brown Funeral Home Pine Bluff. His body will lie in-state at the Church Saturday 9:15 a.m. until service time. www.brownfunneralhomeandmortuary.com .


Erika Antanette Boudreaux


Ms. Erika Antanette Boudreaux of Pine Bluff, Arkansas passed Thursday, September 12, 2019.


Visitation will be 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Friday, September 20, 2019, at Brown Funeral Home Pine Bluff, AR. Services will start at 10:30 a.m. Pastor Thirland McKissic officiating. Interment in Graceland Cemetery Pine Bluff by Brown Funeral Home. www.brownfunneralhomeandmortuary.com .


Kenneth Ray Jackson


Mr. Kenneth Ray Jackson 53, of Pine Bluff, Arkansas passed Wednesday, September 11, 2019. Visitation Friday, September 20, 2019 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home Pine Bluff, AR. Funeral service 2:30 p.m. Saturday, September 21, 2019, at Brown Funeral Home. Burial in Bethlehem #2, Yorktown, AR by Brown Funeral Home. www.brownfunneralhomeandmortuary.com .


Ronald Stahara


Ronald Joseph Stahara of Hot Springs and Pine Bluff passed peacefully on September 15, 2019. Ron was born to the late Michael and Anna Kukura Stahara. He was predeceased by his brother, Steve Stahara.


As a young man Ron resided in Youngstown, Ohio and attended South High School. After receiving his high school diploma, he went on to Youngstown University graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. Ron received his Professional Engineer license and later earned a Masters of Business Administration from Xavier University.


Ron’s engineering career included several patents relating to the power industry; being a very active member of the IEEE.; serving as Senior Engineer for McGraw Edison in Zanesville, Ohio; as V.P of Engineering for Kulhman Company in Versailles, Kentucky; and finally as V.P. of Engineering at Central Maloney in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. He was a Toast Master and Knight of Columbus (3rd Degree). He also served as President of the Pine Bluff Symphony Orchestra. Every state in which Ron settled gained a new fan for their university. He loved the Ohio State Buckeyes, but also cheered for Youngstown State Penguins, Kentucky Wildcats and of course, the Arkansas Razorbacks.


Ron enjoyed watching the sun set over Lake Hamilton, fishing, golfing, ocean vacations spent with his family, and dirt. He loved outdoor yardwork whether he was growing cherry tomatoes for his beloved dog or caring for his favorite bougainvillea plant, Ron excelled at gardening. His flowers were the scene for many humming bird feasts and a few humming bird fights. Humming birds which frequented his flowers gained nicknames which suited their various personalities (or physical attributes).


Ron was lucky enough to marry his sweetheart, Mary Ann Falat, on October 23, 1965. They were married almost 54 years and raised two amazing children. Ron loved his wife; admired and respected his children, Andrea (Chris) Elder and Paul Stahara; adored his niece, Shannon (Mark) Thomas and his nephew Andrew (Alba) Hansen; and liked just about every dog he ever met, especially his dogs Perky, Sooie, and Peaches and his grand dogs Rusty, Barkley and Woody.


A Rosary will take place at 1:30 pm on Saturday, September 28 with a Memorial Service following at 2:00 pm. Online guestbook and tributes available at www.GrossFuneralHome.com. In lieu of flowers, please consider a tribute gift to the IEEE Foundation at www.ieeefoundation.org/how-to-give/tribute-giving and designate the IEEE Life Members Fund.


Chester Lee Thomas


Chester Lee Thomas, 58, of Sheridan passed September 15, 2019. He was born August 31, 1961 in Pine Bluff to the late Andrew Thomas and Lillie Mae Jefferson Thomas.


Survivors include three brothers; Kenneth Thomas and Jessie Thomas of Pine Bluff and Frank Anderson of Alton, IL; two sisters, Modester Battles of Pine Bluff and JoAnn York of Sheridan.


Funeral services will be held Saturday at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church at 2:00 P.M. by Reverend Anthony Craig. Burial will be Forest Lawn Cemetery by Henson-Holcomb Mortuary. Visitation will be Friday from 5 to 6 P.M. at the Mortuary.


Wheilan Wallace


Wheilan Wallace III, 61, of Dallas, Texas, formerly of Pine Bluff, Arkansas departed this life on Friday September 13, 2019 in Dallas, Texas.


Wheilan Wallace III was born November 27, 1957 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. He worked at Melting pot in Dallas, Texas. Survivors include,mother; Yvonne Boyd step father; Elder Lugene Boyd, Sr. of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, sisters; Debbie and Darinette Wallace of Harvey, Illinois, Marilyn Shavers and Eugenia Boyd, Jr. of Little Rock, Arkansas, Rhonda Boyd of Pine Bluff, Arkansas brothers; Lugene Boyd, Jr. of Pine Bluff, Arkansas and Roderick Boyd of Little Rock, Arkansas.


Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 12:00 noon at Destiny Worship Center, 4700 West 28th Pine Bluff, Arkansas with Pastor Courtney Smith, officiating. A public viewing will be held at the church from 11am-12noon. Professional services entrusted to Hardy Funeral Home, 5300 West 12th Street. (501) 372-4129.