Mrs. Catherine Lewis, 78, of Pine Bluff, Arkansas passed Monday, September 16, 2019. Visitation service 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, September 26, 2019, at Brown Funeral Home Pine Bluff, AR. www.brownfuneralhomeandmortuary.com.
Nathalie McSwine Johnson, age 93, of Pine Bluff, passed away Friday, September 20, 2019.
A lifelong resident of Pine Bluff, she was born April 11, 1926 to the late Griffith Ross McSwine and Mercedes Gill McSwine. She graduated from Pine Bluff High School in 1944 and Christian College at Columbia, MO., in 1948. Her education culminated with finishing school in Paris, France.
Mrs. Johnson was primarily a homemaker. For five years she worked for the American Red Cross as blood coordinator for Jefferson County. She was also a Cub Scout den mother.
Well known as a “prayer warrior”, Nathalie was a member of First United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday school. She was instrumental in establishing several prayer groups in Pine Bluff, including the Little Bit of Heaven Prayer Group. Mrs. Johnson also organized the first interracial prayer group in the city.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Mercedes McSwine; and two grandchildren, McKenzie Johnson and John Johnson, IV.
Survivors include her husband, Siegfried Johnson, whom she married on February 4, 1950; three sons, Ross Johnson of Pine Bluff, Rev. Siegfried Johnson (Sherry) of Hot Springs Village, and John Johnson, III (Karen) of Dallas, TX; five grandchildren, Page Johnson, Ashley Johnson, Brittany Rupple, John Allen Rupple, and Cameron Johnson; and four great-grandchildren, Christian Taylor, Evy Wagnon, Nathan Wagnon, and Avery Wagnon
The funeral service will be held Saturday, September 28, 2019, 10:00 a.m. at First United Methodist Church with Rev. Mike Morey officiating. Interment will follow in Graceland Cemetery by Ralph Robinson & Son Funeral Directors.
Visitation will be Friday from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Robinson’s. Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 200 West 6th Avenue, Pine Bluff, AR 71601. Online condolences may be made at RalphRobinsonandSon.com.
A Celebration of Life Service for Evalee Fikes Hervey, 92, of Longview, Texas, will be held on September 28, 2019, at 1:30 p.m., at Ralph Robinson & Son Funeral Home in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, with Pastor Edna Morgan officiating. Interment will follow at Memorial Cemetery in Pine Bluff. Visitation will be at the funeral home on September 27, 2019, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Mrs. Hervey went home to her Heavenly Father on September 23, 2019. She was born February 20, 1927, in Grant County, AR to Jesse N. Fikes, Sr. and Lucy Bryles Fikes. She was the last of twelve children born to this union. She often said that she was spoiled growing up because she had so many siblings taking care of her. She graduated from Pine Bluff High School in 1945. She started her employment, while a high school senior, at General Waterworks. After high school, she worked for Walter F. Theis and Company, CPA’s, where she met the love of her life, Thomas E. Hervey, Jr. They were married on April 7, 1951. Their daughter, Linda Ann, was born March 9, 1953, and son Thomas Kimball joined the family on April 17, 1957.
Mrs. Hervey was very actively involved in PTA and served as president for two years and chairperson of the spring festival for two years. She also served on the PTA Central Council for several years. She also served on the Board of Directors of the YWCA and was a volunteer worker for SCAN (Stop Child Abuse & Neglect) for several years.
She was a lifelong member of Hawley Memorial United Methodist Church, where she served on the evangelism, worship and pastor parish relations committees. She was a member of the chancel choir for approximately 60 years. She was a member of the United Methodist Women and received a lifetime membership for her service.
She was a wonderful cook, as were all her sisters. They were known to have had several ‘discussions’ as to whom was the best. She loved sports, especially watching and attending Arkansas Razorback football games. She and Mr. Hervey attended all games (even out of state) in their motorhome.
She also loved watching the Texas Rangers baseball games on TV. Her family and friends knew not to call her when the Razorbacks or Rangers were playing. She was blessed with a wonderful sense of humor and ability to make friends everywhere she went. She never met a stranger. But most of all, she will be remembered as a loving daughter, sister, aunt, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. She has left her family and friends with priceless memories of joy and laughter and will always be in our thoughts and in our hearts. Her family is eternally grateful for the many years we were able to share with her.
She was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers and sisters-in-law; Roy Fikes (Catherine), Ralph Fikes (Lorene), Arthur Fikes (Tommie), Conley Fikes (Berta) and J.N. Fikes, Jr.; six sisters and brothers-in-law; Ava Smith (Maurice), Ara Ashcraft (Kirby), Mattie Mae Riggs (Claude), Nell West (Woodrow), Dean Browning (Arthur), and Jessie Lee Fikes, and her loving husband, Thomas, whom, after 57 years of marriage, was called to Heaven to wait for her in 2008.
Those left to cherish her memory are: her daughter, Linda Witherspoon and her husband Craig of Longview, TX; son, Tom Hervey and his wife Carla of Waco, TX; grandchildren, Eric Edge of Phoenix, AZ; Samantha Neal and her husband, Jeff of Dallas, TX; Monica Witherspoon of Ft. Worth, TX; Cole Masters and his wife Audrey of Houston, TX, Max Johnson of Ann Arbor, MI; great-grandchildren, Wyatt and Ainsley Neal of Dallas, TX; sister-in-law Margie Fikes; and a number of cherished nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions may be made to Hawley Memorial United Methodist Church, 1575 Ridgway Rd., Pine Bluff, AR 71603; First United Methodist Church of Hallsville, TX, P. O. Box 365, Hallsville, TX 75650; or a charity of your choice.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Heartsway Hospice for their kindness and wonderful care. Online condolences: www.ralphrobinsonandson.com.
Joe E. Bean, age 85, of Trumbull passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 surrounded by his loving family at the Bridges by EPOCH at Trumbull. He was the beloved husband of Rose Marie Bumpass Bean, whom he married on June 6, 1954. Born in Pine Bluff, AR, on May 28, 1934, he was a son of the late Ivy and Thelma Kirk Bean.
Joe was active in the Riverside Presbyterian Church, serving as their lay minister and choir director and at First Presbyterian Church in Pine Bluff, AR. He was an elder in both churches and later joined the Nichols United Methodist Church in Trumbull, CT.
Joe had a strong love of music. He sang in his high school choir and in the choirs of the churches that he attended. He welcomed the opportunity to share his voice by singing numerous solos in church.
During his early adult years in Pine Bluff, he worked for the Cotton Belt Railroad, followed by work in the auto industry. In the early 70’s he started work at the International Paper mill in Pine Bluff. While there, he continued his education and became a safety engineer, leading him to the job as Safety Director for the local mill. He also served as the state president of the Arkansas Society of Safety Engineers. His safety record soon caught the eye of IP’s corporate office, and they transferred him to work in their New York City office in 1978, where he was in charge of all the mills in the Northeast.
Joe is survived by his beloved wife Rose Marie of 65 years, their five sons & spouses: David Bean (Rita), Ronald Bean (Sarah), Gary Bean (Jennifer), Michael Bean (Sharon), and Mark Bean, eight grandchildren: Chris, Jason, Haley, Emily, Timothy, Matthew, Evan, Amanda, and one great grandchild: Hayden.
A Memorial Service conducted by Reverend David Piscatelli will be held on Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 4:00 pm in the Nichols United Methodist Church, 35 Shelton Rd., Trumbull. Interment will be held privately at the convenience of the family. Friends may greet the family on Friday from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Abriola Parkview Funeral Home, 419 White Plains Rd., Trumbull. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to Nichols United Methodist Church or to the Alzheimer’s Association, www.alz.org, in the name of Joe Bean. For online condolences, please visit us at www.abriola.com.
Jerry Wayne Prescott, age 59, of White Hall passed away Monday, September 23, 2019 at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. He was born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas on December 30, 1959, to Joseph Washington and Pebble Dial Prescott. He was a 1981 graduate of Watson Chapel High School.
During his employment years, he worked for various lumber companies where he made many friends. Jerry enjoyed working in the yard and cooking for his family. His favorite hobby was woodworking. He built shelves, potato boxes and a cedar chest for his wife. Jerry was a devoted husband and loving father.
Anyone that knew him, knew how proud he was of his girls. They were his favorite topic of conversation. He would tell every one of their many accomplishments. Jerry was also a huge Elvis fan. He collected albums, stamps and magazines that all pertained to Elvis. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Betty Davis and Marilyn Prescott
Jerry is survived by his wife of thirty-two years, Deborah Prescott; two daughters, Rachel and Kylee Prescott; niece, Amanda (Craig) Weston; his best friend of many years, Ray Stewart and a host of other extended family members.
Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 28, 2019 at Buie Funeral Home in Rison with a visitation prior to the service, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Brother Michael Hayslip will be the officiant. Funeral arrangements are by Buie Funeral Home of Rison. Please sign the online guestbook at www.buiefuneralhome.com.
Clyde Dunn Hamer, 95, of Pine Bluff, Arkansas went to be with the Lord on September 23, 2019. He was born February 7, 1924, in Kilmichael, Mississippi, to Clyde Samuel and Ora Belle Dunn Hamer. Clyde received an Agricultural Engineering degree from Mississippi State University.
He served in the United States Army during World War II and the Korean Conflict rising to the rank of First Lieutenant.
He retired from Allis Chalmers Tractor Company as a regional manager but continued to work for several local Pine Bluff businesses as well as the Arkansas United Methodist Children’s Home. He was a member of the Lion’s Club and Arkansas Cattlemen’s Association. He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Pine Bluff and enjoyed all Mississippi State sports and Crossword puzzles.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Nell Holmes Hamer, whom he married on October 7, 1951, in Memphis; his parents; a sister, Alice Sanford; a brother, Charles Hamer and a son-in-law, Brian Fratesi.
Survivors include his daughters, Kay Hamer Clanton of Greenville, Mississippi, Ann Hamer Tibbs of White Hall, Becky Hamer of Fort Smith, Bonnie Hamer Fratesi of White Hall; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be Friday, 6 to 8 p.m. at Ralph Robinson & Son. Graveside service will be Saturday, September 28, 2019, at 2 PM, Bethlehem Methodist Cemetery in Winona, Mississippi, by Ralph Robinson & Son.
Mr. Carl Evans, 62, of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, passed Monday, September 23, 2019. Arrangements will be announced by Brown Funeral Home of Pine Bluff. www.Brownfuneralhomeandmortuary.com.
Mr. Timothy Matthews 61, of Pine Bluff, Arkansas passed Tuesday, September 24, 2019. Arrangements will be announced by Brown Funeral Home of Pine Bluff. www.Brownfuneralhomeandmortuary.com.