Vivian Howard


Vivian S. Howard, 93, of Pine Bluff, passed on October 20, 2019 at Jefferson Regional Medical Center. Born Vivian Lee Smith, May 20, 1926 in River Rouge, Michigan to Albert Alexander Smith and Sarah Evelyn Wright Smith (Chester, SC).


She graduated co-valedictorian with Corliss Howard (deceased), for whom her younger sister is named, from Walter’s Institute (AME) boarding school in Lexa, Arkansas.


After high school graduation she worked as a Clerk Typist for the United States Treasury Department in Washington, D.C. She was married to George Howard, Jr., the late United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Arkansas over sixty years and also graduated with a degree in Elementary Education from AM&N College.


She was a member of New Town Missionary Baptist Church, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Links International, Social and Arts Club, and Cosmetology Club. She served as a board member at the Southeast AR Mental Health Center for over thirty years.


In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her parents, her brother Albert Smith, Jr. (Sue) of South Bend Indiana, her sister Georgia Lee Smith (South Carolina), grand-daughter Jennifer Antee Howard (Pine Bluff).


She is survived by her sister, Corliss Smith Brown (Ann Arbor, Michigan), one son, George Howard, III (Veter), and three daughters, Ms. Sarah Howard Jenkins, Ms. Risie Howard, and Dr. Alycia Smith-Howard Timmis (Mark); grand-children, Raphael Phillips (Teresa) of Oklahoma, Elizabeth Jenkins (California), George Howard, IV (Aisha) of Florida, Jillian Howard of Atlanta, Miles Timmis (Warwick, England); great grand-children, Avery Howard, George Howard V, Kalen, Logan and Lauren Phillips; nieces and nephews: Rita Gousman and Karl Smith (Indiana), Corlette, George and Lauretha Brown (Michigan); Cousins: Will Wright (Shirley), Mary and Martha White, Fred White; Brother and sister-in-law: McClora and Toni Howard (Pine Bluff).


Visitation: Brown Funeral Home, 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., November 1, 2019. Funeral Service: New Town Missionary Baptist Church, 10:00 a.m. November 2, 2019.


Renaye Umphres


Renaye Gail Freeze Umphres, 63, went to be with her Lord and Savior on October 24, 2019. She was born August 25, 1956, to James and Betty Freeze.


Renaye was a dedicated and admired teacher for 30 years teaching 6th grade Math and G/T students, along with coaching numerous quiz bowl teams, and founding the chess team, as apart of the Watson Chapel School District at Coleman Elementary.


Her faith and love in God was awe inspiring, as was her love for her family and her students. When she wasn’t teaching, she was hunting, fishing, coaching her daughters in basketball/softball, or cheering on the Razorbacks with her husband Mike.


She is preceded in death by her father, James Robert Freeze. She is survived by her mother, Betty Jo Freeze, of Texarkana, TX, her husband of 44 years, Mike Umphres, daughters Rachel Moody, Kristen Lemons (Chuck), and her 5 beautiful grandchildren.


A celebration of Renaye’s life will be held at Pleasant Hills Baptist Church in Sardis, AR, at 2:00 PM on Saturday, November 2, 2019.


Hubert Yarbrough


Hubert Yarbrough, 74, of Pine Bluff, AR passed on October 29, 2019. Arrangements will be announced by Christian Way Funeral Home.


James Hampton


Mr. James Hampton, 95, of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, passed Tuesday, October 29, 2019. Arrangements will be announced by Brown Funeral Home of Pine Bluff, AR. www.Brownfuneralhomeandmortuary.com.