Mrs. Vurgia Lee Smith 65, of Pine Bluff, Arkansas passed Tuesday, May 7, 2019.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, May 16, 2019, at First Missionary Baptist Church Pine Bluff, AR by Rev Charles Boyd. Burial will be in Forrest Lawn Cemetery by Brown Funeral Home of Pine Bluff, AR.

Visitation/Family Hour Wednesday, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home Pine Bluff. Her body will lie in-state Thursday 10:15 a.m. until service.

Kathy Ashcraft

Katherine was born October 29, 1956 in Star City Arkansas to parents Dorothy Sue and Clay Duwain Crabtree. Kathy was known by family and close friends as Sissy. While in White Hall High School, she was in the band and also a cheerleader. As a budding political activist, her high school extensive scrapbook of the Watergate hearings earned her an A and is still being used in the school’s civics classes. In later years Kathy studied nursing and medical lab processes.

Kathy worked in accounting, farm equipment sales and retail. When moving to the Valley, her real passion was animals and wildlife. She volunteered many hours of work for the Wild Bird Center in Harlingen and was very good at training caring for and rehabilitating injured birds of the Rio Grand Valley. Kathy worked in the medical profession for Lab Corp. as a courier and technician till Lupus made her unable to work in the field.

Kathy loved the beach and spent many happy weekends in the surf and sand. She loved the moonlight over the Gulf and the spectacular sunsets over the bay. She loved to birdwatch and her favorite bird to spot was the Pink Flamingo, she loved their brilliant coloring. She always said that the black bellied whistling duck got dressed funny by their mother. Those who were lucky enough to know Kathy were aware she had a remarkable sense of humor that could make you laugh so hard it would hurt.

Kathy married Bill Ashcraft of Pine Bluff Arkansas on June 27, 1981. Married for almost 38 years at the time of her passing, they had lived in Harlingen since 1987.

Kathy is survived by her husband Billy Ashcraft in Harlingen, daughter Christina Leach in San Antonio, Brother Clay Duwain Crabtee Jr. in Branson Missouri. Her extended family include her first cousins Karen Kelly of Branson Missouri, Frankie Dickson Holiman of Springfield Missouri and Yvonne Nix of New York, New York as well as her aunt Marge Nix in Manchester Mass. Kathy is also survived by her loving lap cat Cleo who has been a great comfort to her through her health struggles.

Kathy’s passing on May 11, 2019 of a heart attack was related to her 20 plus year battle with Lupus. In lieu of flowers, we request donations to the Lupus Foundation in the name of Katherine S. Ashcraft. Let’s conquer this disease.

Reba Stokes

Ms. Reba Joyce Stokes of Pine Bluff passed away Saturday, May 11, 2019 at the Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. Funeral arrangements will be announced by the P.K. Miller Mortuary

Ruby Owens

Ruby Owens, age 86, went to be with the Lord Saturday, May 11, 2019.

Born February 2, 1933 at Lake Village, she was a daughter of the late Tom Harvey Smith and Altie Belle White Smith Vance.

Mrs. Owens had worked in the Finishing Department at Central Moloney for a number of years, and later as a custodian at Taylor Elementary School in White Hall. She was of the Pentecostal faith.

Also preceding her in death are her husband of 55 years, J. D. Owens; two sons, Marvin Owens and Tommy Lee Owens; a brother, Daniel Smith; and three sisters, Elsie Devine, Hazel Hoast, and Dorothy Bean.

Survivors include her children, Bobby Ray Owens and Sandra Kay Foxworth; four grandchildren, Dewayne Owens, AngeliaOwens, Jason Owens, and Daniel Foxworth; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Owens’ funeral service will be Wednesday, May 15, 2019. 1:00 p.m. at Fuller Hale-South Funeral Chapel with Pastor Larry Walker, Rev. Charles McDaniel, and Rev. Ronald Grundy officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery at Yorktown.

Visitation will be Tuesday, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Margaret Knox

Mrs. Margaret Knox, 70, of Pine Bluff, Arkansas passed Monday, May 13, 2019. Arrangements will be announced by Brown Funeral Home of Pine Bluff.

Gerald Hill

Gerald Lee Hill, age 81, of Pine Bluff, passed away Tuesday, May 14, 2019.

Born April 12, 1938 at Fisher, AR, he was a son of the late John Henry Hill and Bessie Wampler Hill, and serviced in the United States Navy from 1957 until 1961.

Mr. Hill grew up in the Center Community near Wynne, AR. He had lived in Tyler, TX for ten years and had lived in Pine Bluff since 1993. He was a self-employed farmer.

He was a member of Olive Branch Missionary Baptist Church.

Mr. Hill was predeceased by a granddaughter, Tracy Academia; and a son-in-law, David Reed.

Survivors include his wife, Merle Swaby Hill, whom she married on October 14, 1961 at McCrory, AR; his children, Terry Hill, Peggy Reed, and Jerrilyn Clark (Tim); his grandchildren, Jonathan Parrish (Jaki), Jessie Clark, and Toni Clark; and two brothers, Donald E. Hill (Betty) and John A. Hill (Paulette).

Funeral services will be Thursday, May 16, 2019, 10:30 a.m. at Fuller Hale-South Funeral Chapel with Dr. Roger Stewart officiating. Burial will be at 3:30 p.m. in Johnson Cemetery at Fair Oaks (Cross County) AR.

Visitation will be Thursday, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

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