Mary Sue Whitehead Cantrell, 80, of Pine Bluff passed away Saturday, January 5, 2019. She was born May 7, 1938, in Humphrey to the late Herbert Clomer Whitehead and Edna Mae Lantrip Whitehead. Mary Sue is survived by her beloved husband, Jerry Cantrell; sister Myrtis Towles; brother Herbert C (Buck) Whitehead; children Larry Cantrell (Jennifer) and Susan Over (Darrell); grandchildren Chloe’ Cantrell and Macey Cantrell; and many nieces and nephews.

Mary Sue spent her early years in Tomberlin and Humphrey, and graduated from Humphrey High School. Mary Sue was the first of her family to attend college. She attended the University of Monticello and played on the University’s basketball team.

Mary Sue married Jerry Lee Cantrell September 15, 1955. Even though they had grown up within two miles of each other on Crooked Creek, they didn’t date until Mary Sue was in college. They were married for sixty-three years. Mary Sue was a dedicated housewife and mother. She became a den mother for the Cub Scouts and the Brownies, and also coached a girl’s softball team. Mary Sue supported her children’s’ interests in art, music, and dance along with many outdoor activities. Mary Sue was the neighborhood stay at home Mom and her home was a gathering place for the local children. Mary Sue was very active in the Pine Bluff Home Builders Auxiliary, the Pine Bluff and Arkansas Realtor’s Association. Mary Sue and Jerry Lee were active members of Matthews Memorial Church, making sure the children were well grounded in the Baptist faith.

After the children left for college Mary Sue and Jerry Lee became more active in the community. They participated in the Power Squadron, the Star Steppers square dancing group and moved their membership to First Baptist Church. The couple was blessed with many friendships that have lasted fifty plus years. The Sunset Bay Supper Club was initiated and became a continuing source of enjoyment. A true southern lady, Mary Sue was happiest when her house and tables were full of family and friends. She had a way of making everyone feel special and was considered a second mother by many relatives and friends. Mary Sue’s life in this world has ended, but her legacy of love will continue through family and friends until we see her in heaven.

Funeral Service will be 1:00 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, at First Baptist Church of Pine Bluff with Michael Reed officiating. Interment will follow in Mulberry Cemetery at England. Visitation will be Thursday from 12:00 p.m. until service time.

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Mary Guffy

Mary Virginia Guffy, 79, of Rison, passed away January 8, 2019.

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Friday at Buie Funeral Home in Rison with interment at Prosperity Cemetery in Rison. visitation will be prior to the service, beginning at 12:30 p.m. Arrangements are by Buie Funeral Home of Rison.

James Reeves

James Howard Reeves, 85, of Rison died January 8, 2019. He was born August 13, 1933, in Parkdale, Arkansas.

James was survived by sons, Butch (Leonette) Reeves and Jerry (Judy) Reeves; daughter, Susan (Tim) Coats; four step-daughters, Elizabeth Joest, Faye Bryant, Kathy Laughry and Melissa Taylor; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday at Buie Funeral Home in Rison. A visitation will be one hour prior to the service, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Arrangements are by Buie Funeral Home of Rison.

Dorothy Pockrus

On June 12, 2018, we mourned the loss of Dorothy Pockrus, beloved mother and friend. She died early in the morning, succumbing to a fight with breast cancer in which she had shown bravery and resilience for years. She met the many challenges of life and of old age with humor and resolve right to her last breath. A woman known for her generosity, wry wit, as well as her love of food, poetry, and birds, she led a full life and is survived by three successful daughters – Camille, Cherie, and Jean.

Born in Plum Bayou Township, Arkansas in 1942, Dorothy grew up in a farm family, one of seven siblings raised on a steady diet of beans and potatoes. She described herself as a sharecropper’s daughter and recalled working in the fields with her brothers and sisters protected from the sun in handmade bonnets sewn by their mother. After high school, she moved to Little Rock to begin her career as a secretary at Arkansas Electric at 17 years old.

She later worked for the Veteran’s Administration Hospital, an academic institution, and several other organizations as a secretary. She would fondly remember these days, especially times when the entomologist she worked for would bring specimens to her desk to ask what she thought of them, from boll weevils to various pet spiders. In the 1960s, with love in the air, she married an Air Force serviceman. Their relationship led to an adventure living and working in Alaska, a move back to Arkansas, and to the birth of her daughters Camille and Cherie. Having later divorced in the 1970s, she lived and worked in Little Rock, where her daughter Jean was born in 1986.

Dorothy eventually moved to Middletown, Connecticut then to Pittsboro, North Carolina to live near Jean and Matt Valades, whom she warmly referred to as her “made-to-order son-in-law.”

These were times of close connection. They were her golden years, with her hair dyed the perfect shade of Light Ash Blonde, naturally. Her love of nature, jaunts to the Southern Appalachian mountains, and a major appreciation for goji berries (“aka wolfberry”) helped make her a genuine little old country hippie lady to the very end.

A fan of rock’n’roll and a devotee of Elton John, Dorothy always seemed to have a lyric or saying at the top of her mind and ready to share. “Nothing lasts forever but the earth and sky,” as she reflected the night before she died. After her death, she received a green burial at Pine Forest Memorial Gardens in Wake Forest, North Carolina attended by family and friends. She is and will always be deeply missed.

Annie Liggins

Mrs. Annie Liggins, 75 of Pine Bluff, AR passed Wednesday, January 9, 2019.

Arrangements will be announced by Brown Funeral Home of Pine Bluff.

Hershel Harris

Hershel Harris, age 89, of Jefferson, died Tuesday, January 8, 2019. Funeral services will be Friday, January 11, 2019, 2:00 p.m. at Fuller Hale-South Chapel in Pine Bluff. Visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m.

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