Rosemary Preston Gross, age 84, of Pine Bluff, died Saturday, February 9, 2019.

Born January 20, 1935 at Thayer, MO, she was the daughter of the late Carl Franklin Preston, Sr. and Lucille Murphy Preston. She moved to Pine Bluff as a child and graduated from Pine Bluff High School in 1953.

For over 35 years, Rosemary worked as an operator for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company, and was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America.

She and her family were actively involved in baseball activities in Pine Bluff through Little League, Babe Ruth, and American Legion. She volunteered many hours as a team mother and fundraiser, including the Babe Ruth World Series during the 1970’s

Rosemary loved her family dearly, and enjoyed reading, arts and crafts, and sewing. She was also a member of the Hazel Street Church of Christ.

She was also predeceased in 2003 by her husband of 44 years, Ralph Gross; a son, John Preston Gross, and a brother Carl Preston, Jr.

Survivors include her son, Jeffery Glenn Gross of Pine Bluff; two brothers, Louis Preston of Jonesboro and Scott Preston of Pine Bluff; her grandchildren, John Preston Gross, Jr. (Melissa) of St. Louis, MO and Stephanie Leigh Gross Mummertt (Adam) of Lee’s Summit, MO; and great-grandchildren, Owen, Ellie, and Eva Mummertt and Brandon and HannahGross.

Visitation will be Saturday, February 16, 2019, beginning at 1:00 p.m. at the Hazel Street Church of Christ. The funeral service will follow at 2:00 p.m. with Mr. Roger Gean and Mr. Alan Green officiating. Interment will follow in White Hall Methodist Cemetery by Fuller Hale-South Funeral Services.

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Karen Sutton

Karen Ann Kulbeth Sutton, age 60, of Bryant, passed away peacefully on February 11, 2019 after a courageous and well fought battle with cancer. She was born June 10, 1958 to Mary Ann Mazanti Kulbeth and the late Bobby G Kulbeth. Karen was baptized and confirmed at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Pine Bluff.

Karen graduated from Pine Bluff High in 1976 and completed many legal assistant courses throughout her 35 years in the profession. She held positions with multiple firms and made her way to the Mitchell Williams Law Firm in Little Rock. She frequently said that it was the best job she ever had.

She is survived by her two sons and their spouses Clay Sutton and Grant Laisure, Jonathan Sutton and Jacy Craig; their father Tommy Sutton; her mother Mary Ann Kulbeth “Meme”; brother Randy Kulbeth; significant other Bob Shellenberger and two fur babies Chloe and Gracie. All of whom she loved deeply.

Those she leaves behind will always remember her smart and witty humor, her beauty, and her incredible strength.

Special thanks to Father Warren Harvey of St. Vincent’s for his guidance.

Visitation will be 9:30-10:30 a.m. Friday at Ralph Robinson and Son Funeral Home. A Funeral Mass will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father Joseph Marconi officiating.

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Joe Wilson

Joe Lloyd “J.L.” Wilson of Sheridan passed away on February 13, 2019, at the age of 83, at the Saline Memorial Hospice Center from complications of Alzheimer’s.

He was the eldest child of the late Joe T. and Mary Wilson. J.L. was preceded in death by his wife, Wanda Lou; son, Mike; granddaughter, Kristy; brothers, Tony Bob and Billy John and sister, Betty Funderburk.

He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Mary Beth; son, Rodney (Tina); grandson, Shawn (Brandi); granddaughters, Stephanie Whitaker (Gordon) and Kellie Wilson; great grandchildren, Jozlynn, Jordan, Christina, Tyler, Karver and Konner; sisters-in-law, Anne Wilson and Wilma Wilson; daughter-in-law, Nancy Cathchot (Robert) and several nieces, and nephews.

J.L. was a member of First Landmark Missionary Baptist Church, Finis Gallion Post #30 American Legion, Sheridan Masonic Lodge No. 260 F & AM, Scottish Rite, past Patron of Sheridan Chapter No. 212 Order of the Eastern Star, the Model A Ford Clubs of America, the Fiftieth Anniversary Model A Club, the Dixie Car Club and the Mid-South Car Club.

J.L. served nine years in the Army Air Corp in Korea and Germany. He had been on the Pine Bluff Police Force and was a retired conductor from the Cotton Belt Railroad after 31 years of service.

J.L. and Mary Beth made many trips in their RV across the U.S. and Canada visiting Museums and Historic Sites. They only lacked the New England states being in all the lower 48 together twice. Another hobby they enjoyed was taking their antique cars to car shows where they had won close to 200 trophies.

Funeral service will be 10:00 A.M. Friday, February 15, 2019 at Memorial Gardens Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Shawn Hill and Bro. DeHaan Thornton officiating. Burial will follow at Philadelphia Cemetery in Prattsville with Bro. John Mooney officiating. Visitation will be 5-7 PM Thursday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Landmark Building Fund, 402 West Center, Sheridan, Arkansas 72150, Philadelphia Cemetery, 25 Robin Drive, Sheridan, Arkansas 72150 or Grant County Museum, 521 Shackleford Road, Sheridan, Arkansas 72150.

Pallbearers are T.K. Wilson, Blake Wilson, Payton Brewer, Larry Benning, John Heath and Gary Heath.

Arrangements by Memorial Gardens Funeral Home (870) 942-1306.