Mr. William Miller, 62, son of the late Freddie Lee Miller, Sr. (2003) and Aileen Brown Miller (1992), lost his battle with cancer on Thursday, January 3, 2019, in North Little Rock, Arkansas at the age of 62.

William was born on January 3, 1957, in Rison, Arkansas. He graduated from Rison High School in 1975 as a star athlete and leader in the community. After being selected to play in the 1975 Arkansas High School All-Star Football game, William attended Ouachita Baptist University (“OBU”) where he starred for the Tigers from 1975 to 1978. Although used primarily as a receiver in the early part of his career, William moved to tailback in the last two years of his career at OBU and rushed for 3813 career yards, which landed him third on the all-time rushing list at Ouachita.

William still holds career records at OBU for rushing touchdowns and scoring and the season-high record for rushing yards with 1,668 yards in 1978. In 1978, William was selected First Team All NAIA after leading the nation in rushing and scoring. William graduated from OBU in 1982 and was inducted into the OBU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2003.

Following his career at OBU, William signed with the Atlanta Falcons and spent the next ten (10) years playing running back for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League, the Cleveland Browns and San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League, the Pittsburgh Maulers and the Orlando Renegades of the United States Football League, and ended his career with the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL.

William joined the CFL’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 1980, rushing for 1053 yards. He was named to the league’s All-Star team and was selected as the CFL’s Most Outstanding Rookie in 1980. He rushed for 684 yard in 1981 and 1076 yards in 1982, again being named to the league’s All-Star team. Over his three seasons with Winnipeg, William scored 21 touchdowns.

For the past twenty (20) years, William has been a vital part of Turner & Associates, P.A. in North Little Rock, Arkansas. William was preceded in death by his sister, Marva Jo Hill (2003) and his brother, Freddie Lee Miller, Jr. (2010), and is survived by his sisters, Freddie Mai Turner Johnson and her spouse Larry of Toledo, Ohio, Janie and Brenda J. Miller of Rison, and his brother, Brian V. Miller; his Aunts, Alicestine Barrett and Helen Walker, and a long list of nieces, nephews and cousins, all of whom reside in Rison, Ohio or Michigan.

Funeral services will be held at Rison Baptist Church, 300 East Magnolia, in Rison, Arkansas, on Saturday, January 12, 2019, at 2:00 p.m. The celebration will be led by the Reverend Ezekiel Vaughn of Dallas, Texas. Interment will be in New Cemetery in Rison, AR by Brown Funeral Home of Pine Bluff, AR.

Visitation will be Friday, 4:30-6:30 p.m., at Brown Funeral Home.

His body will lie in-state Saturday, 1:15 p.m., until service.

Everrean Thomas

Mrs. Everrean Thomas, 80 of Pine Bluff, AR passed Sunday, January 6, 2019.

Funeral Service will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, January 12, 2019, at St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church, Sherrill, AR by Rev. Omar Davis. Interment will be in St. Mark Cemetery by Brown Funeral Home of Pine Bluff, AR.

Visitation/Family Hour will be Friday, 5:30-7p.m., at Brown Funeral Home.

Her body will lie in state Saturday, 9:45 p.m., until service.

Carolyn Cobb

Ms. Carolyn Ann Cobb, 47, of Pine Bluff, Arkansas passed away Januar 02, 2019. She was born January 02, 1972 to the late Jimmy C. Cobb and Cloteen Barker-Cobb.

Her funeral service will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, January 12, 2019, at 6th Avenue Baptist Church with Rev. Levell Bass/Pastor-Eulogy. Burial will follow at Forrest Lawn Cemetery.

Her visitation will be at Perry Home Chapel Friday January 11, 2019, from 5:30-7:00 p.m.

She leaves to cherish her memories, one sister: Wanda Williams- Tisdale, three brothers: James Earl Tisdale, Terry Lee, and Stevie Lee- (Arlecia) Cobb, Bother-in-law Lorenzo Simmons, and Fiancee’ Christopher Packard, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Services by Perry Funeral Home.

Irene Lee

Mrs. Irene Lee of Pine Bluff, passed away Wednesday, at the Jefferson Regional Medical Center. Funeral arrangements will be announced by the P.K. Miller Mortuary.

Ora Moore

Ms. Ora Ann Moore 62, of North Little Rock Celebration of Life will be Saturday 12:00 Noon at Faith Temple Full Gospel Deliverance Center with Pastor Lawrence Bailey Officiating Interment will be in Arkansas Memorial Gardens by Paradise Funeral Home of Pine Bluff.

Family Hour/ Visitation will be Friday from 6:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m. at Faith Temple Church-Little Rock

“Only Paradise Can Serve You Better!”

Rebecca Lee

The Life of Rebecca Ann Jiner Lee 73, of Pine Bluff began on October 14, 1945. She was born to the late Katherine & Holmer Jiner.

Rebecca leaves to cherish her memories One Son; Stephen (Sharonda) Henry, Sr. of Pine Bluff, Arkansas. One Daughter; Pamela Lee (Tim) Ashby of Indianapolis, Indiana. 13 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren. Two sisters; Alneata Henderson and Sue Jiner. Three brothers; Maurice Jiner, Walter Jiner and William (Jean) Jiner all of Pine Bluff, Arkansas. A host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. A special cousin; Mayme Jackson.

Celebration of Life will be Saturday 10:00 a.m. at Saint Bethel M.B. Church with Rev.Louis Williams Officiating Interment will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery by Paradise Funeral Home of Pine Bluff.

Family Hour/ Visitation will be Friday from 6:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m. at Paradise Funeral Home

“Only Paradise Can Serve You Better!”

Phillip Cummins Sr.

Mr. Phillip Cummins Sr., 30, of Pine Bluff, passed away on January 2, 2019, at JRMC. He was born November 11, 1988, to Felix Haywood Cummins and the late Norma Cummins in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.

He was preceded in death by his son Phillip Cummins Jr. and his mother Norma Miller Cummins.

Survivors include his wife, Matina Cummins, a son, Carmon Cummins, a daughter, MaKayla Cummins a stepdaughter Kiara Green; father, Felix Cummins; two brothers, Johnny Cobbs and Rodger Cummins; Four sisters, Gloria Cobbs, Tonya Boston, Felicia Dickson, and Sandra Cummins; and host of other family members and friends.

Services will be held at 11:00 am, Saturday, January 12th at Prairie Lake Baptist Church. Burial will be held in Forest Lawn Cemetery. Visitation will be held today at Christian Way Funeral Home 5-6:30 p.m.

Bennie Jones

Mr. Bennie Lee Jones, 71, of England, Arkansas, passed away on January 1, 2019. He was born December 8, 1947, to the late Johnnie Jones Sr and late Josephine Howard Jones in Gethsemane, Arkansas.

Survivors include his two sons, Gregory Jones and Lawrence Roberts; four grandchildren; two brothers, Jimmie Jones, and Bobbie Jones; four sisters, Cleatrice Richards, Mildred Orr, Brenda Brewer, and Carolyn Brown Jones; and a host of other family members and friends.

Services will be held at 11:00 am, Saturday, January 12, at Chapel Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Coy, Arkansas. Burial will be held in Tomberlin Cemetery.