Richard William Warriner, Sr., age 97, died Thursday, December 27, 2018, surrounded by his family.

Born on August 8, 1921, in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, he was the youngest of five children of the late Charles George Warriner and Selina Wilhelmina Illing Warriner. He attended Pine Bluff High School where he was a member of the nationally-recognized marching band under the direction of R. B. “Scrubby” Watson and attended the international Lions Club competition in California in 1938.

In the early 1940s, Richard moved to St. Louis where he attended Brayton Air College and became an airplane mechanic. He then returned to Pine Bluff and went to work at the Aviation School at Grider Field while it was a World War II training base. This began his lifelong passion for aviation and his love of aircraft. Throughout his life, Richard shared this passion with many others through hosting airshows at Grider Field, teaching others to fly and taking anyone who asked for rides in one of his many airplanes, including his beloved World War II Stearman.

In 1961, Richard founded Rich’s Hamburgers, a long-standing Pine Bluff staple. In 1976, Richard received recognition from the National Restaurant Association and in 1981, he was honored with the Salut Au Restaurateur Award from Florida State University and Florida Restaurant Association for outstanding accomplishment in the restaurant industry, community service and leadership. In 1989, Richard was inducted into the Arkansas Hospitality Association’s Hall of Fame.

A lifelong member of Trinity Episcopal Church, he served two terms on the Vestry. Richard was also a past-president of the Arkansas Restaurant Association, Chairman of the Pine Bluff Aviation Commission, and served on the Pine Bluff Advertising and Promotional Commission and the Convention Center Complex Commission.

He married Elizabeth Roberts Warriner on October 2, 1942, and she predeceased him on May 9, 2000. The last surviving member of his generation, Richard was preceded in death by his siblings, Charles “Bubba” Warriner, Jr., Bonnie McGaughy, John Warriner, and Alfred Warriner.

Survivors include his children, Richard W. “Dick” Warriner, Jr. and Ann Warriner Henderson (Tony); four grandchildren, Richard Warriner, III (Tiffany), Prentice McIntosh (Trey), Beth Crawford (Blake), and Sunnie Jessup (Steele); and three great-grandchildren.

The funeral service will be held Wednesday, January 2, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church with the Reverends Darrell Stayton and C. B. Baker officiating. Interment will follow at Graceland Cemetery by Ralph Robinson & Son Funeral Directors. Immediately following the burial service, all are invited to join the family for a celebration of Richard’s life at the Trinity Church Parish Hall.

Memorials may be made to the Grider Field Museum Association, 200 Haynes Dr., Pine Bluff, AR 71603; or Trinity Episcopal Church, 703 West Third Avenue, Pine Bluff, AR 71601.

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Corinne Shepherd

Corinne Hale Shepherd, 98, of Waynesville, NC, formerly of Pine Bluff passed away December 23, 2018, in North Carolina. Born in Meriden, Kansas, December 19, 1920, she was the daughter of the late George M. and Lois Harlow Hale. Mrs. Shepherd grew up in Claremore, OK as well as Jackson, Chattanooga, and Knoxville, TN.

Later her family returned to Arkansas living in North Little Rock and El Dorado. She graduated from high school in North Little Rock having been accompanist for the school choir for three years.

She attended Hendrix College graduating with a degree in piano and organ in 1942. It was at Hendrix that she met her future husband, Albert C. “Shep” Shepherd, from Mabelvale, AR.

When the war started, Shep trained for the Army Air Corps in San Antonio and they were married at the base chapel there at Brooks Field. Corinne’s first job was designing window displays for Pfeifer’s Dept. Store on Main Street in Little Rock. In San Antonio, she worked at the city library and, since she was the only one on the staff who knew music, when the orchestra director from St. Louis moved to San Antonio, she was tasked with cataloging all the orchestra’s music.

The couple next moved to the base at Independence, MO and then Shep went on to serve three years in Alaska where spouses could not accompany military personnel. She went back to North Little Rock to live with her parents and taught music and art to 3rd-6th graders in the schools.

After the war, Shep’s brother found a business for sale in Pine Bluff which they purchased and it became Shepherd Florist and Greenhouses for the next 73 years. Mrs. Shepherd went with her husband for training in floral design in Chicago and helped out with all kinds of tasks at the florist but while her children were growing up she also taught piano in their home.

She was a member of Lakeside United Methodist for over 70 years and served in many capacities there. She also was involved in the Pine Bluff Art League, Junior League of Pine Bluff and the Committee of 100 which worked to train apprentices to keep alive the folk arts and crafts of the Ozarks. She served on the Board of Trinity Village for many years and the Hendrix College Alumni Association Board of Governors.

After several years as a resident at Trinity Village in Pine Bluff, Corinne moved to an assisted living facility in Waynesville, NC in July of this year and enjoyed many musical, church and cultural events with family there.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Shepherd was preceded in death by her brother, George, who died in WWII, her husband Shep, and step-sister Juanita Darby. She is survived by three children, George (and wife Sondra) of Waynesville, NC, Connie also of Waynesville, and John (and wife Cindy) of Jonesboro. Grandchildren include David, of Chicago, Mark, Prague, OK and Brooks and Lee both of Jonesboro.

She had six great-grandchildren. Her service was held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, December 28, 2018, at Lakeside United Methodist Church with burial at Martin Cemetery at Mabelvale (southwest of Little Rock) at 2:00 p.m. Visitation was Thursday, December 27th from 5-7 p.m., at Ralph Robinson and Son Funeral Directors.

Memorials can be made to Lakeside United Methodist, 1500 S. Olive, Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71601. Online register:

David Clingan

David Clingan, 66, of Redfield passed away December 27, 2018. He was born in Pine Bluff on February 16, 1952, to the late Jim Ed Clingan and Thelma Shannon Clingan.

David spent much of his childhood in California but returned to Pine Bluff where he attended school. While David did not have a church home, he very much loved our Lord Almighty, and his family has comfort knowing he is home with Him.

David is survived by six siblings, Twollie Brantley, Flossie Morrison, Sallie McVay, Mattie Perkins, Joe Clingan, and Eldon Clingan; several nieces and nephews whom he dearly loved.

In addition to his parents, David was preceded in death by three siblings, Virginia Mae James, Mary Frances Clingan and Tom Clingan

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Joseph Frasure

Joseph James Frasure, 80 of Michigan City, Indiana passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 23rd at Regency Hospital in Porter Indiana. Joseph was born May 27, 1938, in Humphry, Arkansas the son of the late Cornell Frasure and Thelma McNeal.

Joseph is survived by his wife Alberta and their three children David Frasure of Michigan City, Jacqueline Frasure Hayden (Jeffery) of Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom and Marty Frasure of Michigan City. His step Mother Marie Frasure of Pine Bluff Arkansas, His beloved sister Irma Jewel Smith of Temple Hills Maryland, Carl Frasure of Dallas Texas, Deidre Frasure of Pine Bluff Arkansas, four grandchildren Alexandria Hayden Morrison (Marc), Jeffery Hayden II, Nicholas Hayden and Sydney Hayden all of Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom. His special Cousin Marylin McNeal Perteet (Tyrone) as well as a host of other nieces, nephews and cousins.

Preceding him in death were his parents Cornell Frasure and Thelma McNeal. His brothers Lee Wallace Wilson, William “Billy” McNeal, John McNeal, Eddie McNeal and Melvie McNeal. His sisters Enola Wilson, Sara Dove, Annie Moten, Gladys Mae Robertson and Stella Bureau.

Visitation will be from 10 to 12 on January 2nd at Coleman and Hicks Funeral Home 101 North Karwick Road in Michigan City. Following visitation, a celebration of life service will begin at 12 followed by interment at Greenwood Cemetery. After the internment, a repast will be held at the Elks Lodge FOP on Highway 20 starting at 2 pm.

Memorial contributions may be selected on the Coleman and Hicks website under Joseph’s name or directed to the American Stroke Association in his name.

Sammie Hall

Mr. Sammie Lee Hall, 71 of Pine Bluff, AR passed Tuesday, December 25, 2018. He was born on March 22, 1947, to the late Jimmie Lee Hall and Rosie (Stewart) McClain of Racine, WI.

He leaves to cherish his memories to: His Wife, Thelma Caldwell Hall of Pine Bluff; Two Daughters, Katrina Hunter of Prosper, TX and Kalisha Price of Dallas, TX.; Three Brothers, Earl Goldman of White Hall, AR, Namon White II of Racine, WI, and Freddie Hall of Kansas City, MO; Five Sisters, Annie Dilling of Bartow, FL, Ella Beal of Mt. Pleasant, WI, Alberta Reed and Dorothy Campbell both of Pine Bluff, AR and Cassandra Gathings of Calumet Park, IL; Three Grandchildren; Three Great-Grandchildren.

Funeral Service will be 1:00 p.m, Monday, December 31, 2018, at First Missionary Baptist Church, Ladd, AR by Rev. Accie Reynolds, Jr. Interment will be in Mt. Lebanon Cemetery, Hooker, AR by Brown Funeral Home of Pine Bluff, AR.

Visitation/Family Hour will be Sunday, 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., at Brown Funeral Home.

His body will lie in state Monday, 12:15 p.m., until service.

Ray Johnson

Mr. Ray Anthony Johnson, 62 of Pine Bluff, AR, passed on Wednesday, December 26, 2018.

Funeral Services will be 10:00 a.m. Monday, December 31, 2018, at Brown Funeral Home in Pine Bluff, AR by Rev. Anthony Walker. Interment will be in Forrest Lawn Cemetery.

Visitation/Family Hour will be Sunday, 4:30-5:30 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home. His body will lie in state Monday, 9:15 a.m., until service.

Ellis Pinckard

Ellis Pinckard, 84, of Pine Bluff, died Saturday, December 29, 2018. Born Edward Ellis Pinckard July 6, 1934, in New Edinburg, Arkansas, he was the son of L.H. and Nolie Erwin Pinckard. Ellis was reared and received his early education in Fordyce, graduating from Fordyce High School.

He served in the United States Army, stationed in Germany during the late 1950s. Ellis worked for the Cotton Belt Railroad for 42 years. He was an active member of Salem Missionary Baptist Church and the Jacob Brump Masonic Lodge #150 F&AM. Ellis proudly served as the Worshipful Master of the Jacob Brump lodge in 1973.

Mr. Pinckard was preceded in death by his parents; son, Edward Pinckard, Jr.; and two brothers, Ramon and Paul Pinckard. Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Betty Taylor Pinckard, whom he married July 26, 1955, in Fordyce; son, Scott Pinckard (wife, Debbie) of England, Arkansas; two daughters, Dannette Rook and Tracie Rittenhouse (husband, Gary), both of Pine Bluff; brother, Max Pinckard of Kingsland; sister, Loraine Tidwell of Fordyce; 12 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 2, 2019, in the Chapel of Ralph Robinson and Son with Reverend Howard Loetscher officiating. Interment will follow in Oakland Cemetery in Fordyce. Visitation will be Tuesday evening from 5-7 p.m. at Robinson’s.

Memorials may be made to the Salem Missionary Baptist Church Building Fund, 7226 Sulphur Springs Road, Pine Bluff, Arkansas, 71603. Online register:

Effie Jones

Ms. Effie Jones 81, of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, Passed December 28, 2018. Funeral Arrangements will be announced by Paradise Funeral Home of Pine Bluff.

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James Williams

Mr. James Williams 51, of Stuttgart, Passed December 29, 2018. Funeral Arrangements will be announced by Paradise- Integrity Funeral Home of Stuttgart.

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William Moore

Mr. William Earl Moore 50, of Pine Bluff, Passed December 28, 2018. Funeral Arrangements will be announced by Paradise Funeral Home of Pine Bluff.

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