Janice Annette Willis Taylor died January 26 in Little Rock, AR, at the age of 83. Born November 4, 1935, at Sand Springs, Oklahoma. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Dr. Fred Taylor of Little Rock, and sons—Gregory Taylor and wife Danielle of Little Rock, and Bradley Taylor of Little Rock. She has three grandchildren—Andrew Taylor, Jackson Taylor, and Lindsey Taylor, daughter of Bradley and Marsha Taylor of Little Rock.


She graduated from Sand Springs High School in 1953. She received a BA degree in English and Speech/Language Pathology and a Master of Education from Northeastern State University.


She was active in educating young people and in the arts. She was appointed by Governors Clinton, Tucker, and Beebe to serve 20 years on the Arkansas Art Council. She was the founding president of the North Arkansas Symphony Guild, and was a long-time board member of the Southeast Arkansas Concert of the Arts Association. She was also a founding volunteer at the Clinton Presidential Center, serving 10 years.


From 1977 - 2004 her husband Fred served as the Chancellor of the University of Arkansas at Monticello where she helped him host students, alumni, and dignitaries from across the state, the nation, and the world. For her support of the arts she was recognized with the creation of the Janice A. Taylor Music Award given annually to an outstanding music student.


Along with Chancellor Taylor, Janice was privileged to be a member of two American Association of State Colleges and Universities delegations to both Nationalist China and the Republic of China. She was thankful to have had the opportunities to travel to over twenty countries in her lifetime including a very special 50th wedding anniversary trip to Botswana, South Africa.


A Memorial service will be held 1:30 p.m., Saturday, February 2, 2019, at Second Presbyterian Church, 600 Pleasant Valley Drive. Memorials may be made to the Fred and Janice Taylor Endowed Scholarship in Debate and Forensics at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. More information at www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.


Linda Madden


Miss Linda Madden, 64, passed in Forrest City, AR January 28, 2019. Arrangements will be announced by Brown Funeral Home of Pine Bluff, AR. www.Brownfuneralhomeandmortuary.com


Ruthie Harrell


Mrs. Ruthie Lee Harrell, of Pine Bluff, passed away Sunday at the Baptist Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas. Funeral arrangements will be announced by the P.K. Miller Mortuary.


Ruby Binns


Mrs. Ruby Binns, 86, of Pine Bluff, Passed January 23, 2019. Funeral Arrangements will be announced by Paradise Funeral Home of Pine Bluff.


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Milton Remley, Sr.


Mr. Milton Remley, Sr., 60, of Wilmar, Passed January 28, 2019. Funeral Arrangements will be announced by Paradise Funeral Home of Pine Bluff.


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Celestine Holder


Mrs. Celestine Williams Holder, 53, of Pine Bluff, Passed January 23, 2019. Funeral Arrangements will be announced by Paradise Funeral Home of Pine Bluff.


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Joyce Williams


Mrs. Joyce Ann Long-Williams, 61, of Pine Bluff. Passed January 24, 2019. Funeral Arrangements will be announced by Paradise Funeral Home of Pine Bluff.


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Ronald Knighten


Mr. Ronald Jeffery Knighten, 63 of Pine Bluff, AR, passed on January 23, 2019. Funeral Services will be 11:00 a.m., Thursday, January 31, 2019, at Brown Funeral Home in Pine Bluff by Elder Lonnie Waller. Interment will be Forrest Lawn Cemetery.


Visitation will be Wednesday, 5–6:30 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home. www.brownfuneralhomeandmortuary.com


Rita Lightfoot


Mrs. Rita Lightfoot,51, of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, passed away on January 27, 2019. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Christian Way Funeral Home.