Roy Thayer

Roy I. Thayer, 82, of Pine Bluff, passed away Wednesday, May 6, 2020, surrounded by his family at his home.

Mr. Thayer was born July 26, 1937, in Pemiscot, Missouri, to the late Melvin Francis and Anna Bland Thayer. He grew up and received his education in Steele, Missouri. After high school, he joined the United States Army and served his country during the Vietnam War.

He married Joan Faherty, June 6, 1959, in Rockford, Illinois. Mr. Thayer was a boilermaker superintendent for Brown and Root, Inc. for many years. He was a key component in helping construct power plants all over the country.

He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Joan Thayer of Pine Bluff; son, David (Angela) Thayer of Pine Bluff; three daughters, Sherry (Jeff) Patton of Grand Junction, Colorado, Shelly (Scott) Adamson of Cheyenne, Wyoming, and Sharon Thayer of Pine Bluff; ten grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Zelma Sanford of Rockford, Illinois, Ruth Martin of Kings Court, Tennessee, and Charlotte Neal of Dayton, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Kathleen Swagger. Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, the family is having a private memorial service. Online condolences:

Joyce Sutton

Joyce Pritchett Griffin Sutton, 86, passed away Saturday, May 9, 2020, at Dalton’s Place of Star City.

Joyce was born June 20, 1933, in Damascus, AR, to the late William F. and Amy Ann Hughes Pritchett. She was the retired owner of Griffin Funeral Home and Griffin’s Flowers and Gifts, where she was a licensed Arkansas Funeral Director for over 60 years. Joyce was also a member of the First United Methodist Church of Star City and a member of the Will Emma Sunday School Class.

Also preceding her in death was her husband, James Sutton, one brother, John Pritchett and one sister, Chloe Dean Branscumb.

Survivors include two sons, Grant Gillis Griffin II (Dodie) of Dumas and Keith D. Griffin (Jennifer) of Star City; one daughter, Permelia Ann Huffman (Bill) of Hardin; nine grandchildren, Grant Gillis Griffin III, Todd Wesley Griffin, Blair Griffin, Jeremy Nichols, Amy Ann Allen, Tyler Austin Griffin, Emily Paige Griffin, Jennie Michael, Ben Huffman; and fifteen great grandchildren.

A private family graveside will be held Tuesday, May 12, 2020, at Hickory Grove Cemetery with Bro. Brad Elrod officiating. Pallbearers are Paul Moore, Barry Harper, Barry Saffold, Keith Boyd, Van Nichols, Mike McMillan, Vic Harper, and Mark Mallard. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the First United Methodist Church of Star City, 300 Washington St. Star City, AR 71667.

We would like to ask that everyone please sign the online register book. Arrangements by Griffin Funeral Service in Star City. Online guestbook at

Margaret Dawson

Margaret Ann Dial Dawson, 88, of Pine Bluff, transitioned to Heaven Saturday, May 9, 2020, at Trinity Village Medical Center.

She was born on January 14, 1932 in Faith, Arkansas, daughter of Cecil Iris and Henry Martin Dial, Jr. Her father owned and operated Dial and Son Grocery Store.

At age 10 she joined the Jefferson County 4-H Club. Because of her outstanding achievements in 4-H, including winning Arkansas secretary and Leadership Award, she was selected, along with representatives from 48 states, to be the representative for Arkansas. At age 18, she was the youngest representative to travel to the British Isles for the International Farm Youth Exchange. She was in Switzerland, Germany, France, Ireland, Wales, Britain, and Scotland for a total of 5 and a half months.

Margaret Ann was reared and received her early education in Watson Chapel, where her father was president of the school board. She was on the Wildcat basketball team, a Beta Club member, on the Wildcat Scratch staff, and on the Pep Squad. At age 15, as a Future Farmers of America member, Margaret Ann won the Arkansas State food preparation award and rode the Rock Island train to accept it at the 4-H Congress in Chicago. She graduated from high school in 1948.

She graduated from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in 1952. Margaret Ann was in the Delta Gamma Sorority, Phi Upsilon Omicron, an honorary home economics club and she belonged to the Colhecon Club. After graduation she worked as an associate extension agent in Newport and Monticello, Arkansas. Then she pursued her Master’s in Education at the University of Maryland, graduating in 1956. For two and a half years, she worked as an associate extension agent for the University of Nevada in Reno. While in graduate school, she worked in Washington, D.C. for the I.F.Y.E. program.

In January 1959 Margaret Ann worked in public relations at the National Bank of Commerce in Pine Bluff. While working there she met Judge Lawrence E. Dawson. Margaret Ann and her family were active members of Good Faith Methodist Church. On November 10, 1959 she and Lawrence were married there. They both created a happy haven for themselves and their daughters at home in Pine Bluff.

Margaret Ann was also a Second Grade, Home Economics and Adult Education Science teacher. She worked in nutrition with the dieticians at Jefferson Regional Medical Center and as a substitute teacher and teacher’s aide. In 1966 she was a finalist in the Arkansas Chicken Cooking Contest in Hot Springs. In 1967 Margaret Ann, accompanied by her husband Lawrence, was Mrs. Arkansas in the Mrs. America Pageant in San Diego, California. In the Children’s entertainment category, she won third place.

She was a member of 4-H, where she was given the 4-H Emerald Award for being in the club for over 50 years. She also belonged to I.F.Y.E, the Jefferson County Homemakers Extension Club and was presented with a 50-year membership certificate. In the Daughters of the American Revolution, in which she was a Regent, she earned a 50-year membership award. Governor Huckabee gave her a Civic Award and she received a certificate for Human Relations and Civic Contributions on All Civic Night in Pine Bluff in 1988. Margaret Ann also belonged to the Simmons Classic Club, Christian Women’s Association, Salvation Army Auxiliary, where she served as President. She was Vice President of the P.T.A., President of her Watson Chapel Alumni, a member of Strumming Seniors, an election worker at various elections, member of the Pine Bluff Symphony and Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, Sister Cities, Pine Bluff/Jefferson County Clean and Beautiful Commission, Neighborhood Watch, a Tusk Hog Razorback member, member of Jefferson County Democratic Women, she co-chaired the style show and luncheon for Judicial Wives in 1980, telephone contact ministry, Master Gardeners and Pine Bluff Musical Coterie.

At First Presbyterian Church, which she joined in 1959, she was in the choir, was a Blessings Cookbook Writer, helped with Vacation Bible School and WWJD, taught and attended Sunday School, was a hostess at potlucks and cooked meals for Martha’s Friends, participated in the Halloween Carnival, served on the Sesquicentennial History Committee and was a member of Presbyterian Women’s Circle.

Her hobbies include gardening, cooking, singing, reading, watching and attending Razorback games, watching classic movies and television, painting, traveling, sewing, playing bunko and bridge, writing and decorating.

Margaret Ann was happiest being with her family, friends and when she was interacting and making connections with people. Margaret Ann was the best wife, mother, and mother-in-law to Lawrence, Dana and Mac, Robin and Greg and Laura. This Christian woman touched many children’s and adult’s lives with her grace, beauty and kindness.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Cecil and Henry Martin Dial, Jr.; husband, Judge Lawrence Dawson; her daughter, Laura Dawson Chamberlin; her brother, Dr. Bud Dial; her sister, Pat Henry; Allie and Lawrence Dawson, Sr.; and Banks (Louise) and John (Nelle Jane) Dawson.

Survivors include daughters, Dana McLellan and her husband, Mac, and Robin Banks Dawson; son-in-law, Greg Chamberlin; brother-in-law, Sterling Henry; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A private graveside service will be 2:30 p.m., Thursday, May 14, 2020, at Graceland Cemetery with Reverend John Landis officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday evening from 4:30-7:30 pm at Robinson’s. Current Arkansas covid-19 guidelines of 10 people visiting at a time will apply for the visitation.

Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church 717 West 32nd Avenue, Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71603 or International Farm Youth Exchange, Margaret Ann Dawson Memorial Fund, c/o Pat Hutsell, 3670 N. Bayou Hill Road, Parker, Colorado 80134-5111.

Arrangements were by Ralph Robinson and Son Funeral Directors of Pine Bluff. Online register and service streaming will be available on

Maxine McGarity

Maxine McGarity, 82, of White Hall, went to be with the Lord, Saturday, May 9, 2020, surrounded by her family at her home. Mrs. McGarity was born April 20, 1938, in Altheimer, Arkansas, to the late Charles and Annie Bertha Pate Cantwell. She was reared and received her education in Pine Bluff.

She married Robert L. McGarity, January 29, 1954, in White Hall. Mr. McGarity passed away December 29, 2012. Mrs. McGarity was a homemaker who loved her family more than anything. She helped raise all of her grandchildren and always put her family before herself. She was a member of New Beginnings Baptist Church in Pine Bluff.

She is survived by her two children, Robert H. McGarity and Vicki Gibson, both of Pine Bluff; six grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; and a brother, J. C. Cantwell of Rison. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, three sisters and two brothers.

Graveside services will be Wednesday, May 13, 2020, 1:30 PM, at Bellwood Cemetery, with Reverend Charles Cantwell officiating. Online condolences:

Charles Alston

Mr. Charlie H. Alston 82, of White Hall, Arkansas passed away Saturday, May 2, 2020.

He was born October 30, 1937, In Yorktown, Arkansas. His memories will be cherished by his sister Mrs. Fayhan King of Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Viewing 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, 2020, at Brown Funeral Home Pine Bluff, AR. A graveside service will be held 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 13, 2020, at Sneed Chapel Cemetery, Yorktown, Arkansas. Services are entrusted to Brown Funeral Home of Pine Bluff, AR.

Leo Pugh Jr.

Mr. Leo Pugh, Jr., 64, of Pine Bluff, passed away Sunday, May 10, 2020. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Christian Way Funeral Home.

Mae Etta Bowie

Mrs. Mae Etta Sroudamine Bowie, 83, of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, passed away Saturday, May 9, 2020. Arrangements will be announced by Brown Funeral Home of Pine Bluff, AR.

Richard Thomas

Mr. Richard Lamar Thomas, 41, of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, passed away Monday, May 4, 2020. Viewing was held 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Sunday, May 10, at Brown Funeral Home Pine Bluff, Arkansas, by Rev. Nathaniel Thornton, Jr. Services were entrusted to Brown Funeral Home of Pine Bluff, AR.

Richard Jorlanin

Richard Jorlanin, 60, of Pine Bluff passed away April 29, 2020. Private services were held on Saturday, May 9, 2020, at Paradise Funeral Home Chapel. Public visitation was held Saturday, May 9, 2020, from 2:00pm-3:00pm at the Funeral Home. “Only Paradise Can Serve You Better!”

Deric Geiggar

Deric Geiggar, 49, of Memphis, Tennessee, formerly of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, transitioned from Labor to Reward on Friday, May 8th, 2020, at Methodist University Hospital- Memphis, Tennessee. Services are incomplete. Arrangements entrusted to Samuel L. Vance & Sons Funeral Directors-Malvern. 855-SLVANCE.