Charlie Max Neece, 66, of White Hall, died Tuesday, May 28, 2019 in Little Rock.

He was born January 4, 1953 in Pine Bluff, son of Allen and Maxine Watts Neece. Mr. Neece was reared and received his early education in Pine Bluff, graduating from Pine Bluff High School. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia.

He was a machinist for the Cotton Belt and later Union Pacific Railroad for many years. Mr. Neece was an avid hunter and fisherman who could build or fix anything.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include two sons, Patrick Neece and Stephen Neece; two daughters, Kelly Ritchie of White Hall and Holly James; brother, George Neece; and seven grandchildren, A.J., Alex and Payton Neece, Dalton and Trenton James, and Bentley and Bella Ritchie.

Celebration services will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made to Jefferson Regional Medical Center Foundation, 1600 West 40th Avenue, Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71603.

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James Kemp

James A. “Jim” Kemp, 66, of Pine Bluff, died Friday, May 24, 2019 at Jefferson Regional Medical Center.

Jim was born January 23, 1953 in Wilmington, North Carolina, son of John Thomas Kemp, Jr. and Frances Clare Allen Kemp.

He was reared and received his early education in Pine Bluff, graduating from Pine Bluff High School in 1971. Jim attended Arkansas State University in Jonesboro and Henderson State University in Arkadelphia.

While Jim enjoyed fishing in his younger years, as he got older Jim enjoyed spending time with his friends, family and his work family at Jefferson Regional Medical Center. Jim loved reading stories and watching documentaries about World War II history. He also enjoyed crossword puzzles.

Jim enjoyed his work as an Operations Support Technician at Jefferson Regional Medical Center.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, John Thomas Kemp, III.

Survivors include two sisters, Rosemary Kemp Taliaferro of Hot Springs and Frances Kemp Brown of Hot Springs Village; and many nieces, nephews and great-nephews who he loved spending time with.

A memorial gathering will be 2:00-3:30 p.m., Thursday, June 6, 2019 in the Chapel of Jefferson Regional Medical Center.

The family would like to give special thanks to, Moreese and Nancy Mays, who helped take care of Jim during his illness. The family would also like to acknowledge Jim’s friend of over 50 years, Roger Stone.

Memorials may be made to the Jefferson County Humane Society, PO Box 2233, Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71613.

Cremation arrangements were handled by Ralph Robinson and Son Funeral Directors (online register:

Joseph King

Mr. Joseph King, Jr., 82, of Pine Bluff, Arkansas passed Tuesday, May 28, 2019.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 4, 2019, at Brown Funeral Home Pine Bluff by Dr. Robert Handley. Burial in V. A. Section of Graceland Cemetery Pine Bluff by Brown Funeral Home.

Archie Rhoden Sr.

Mr. Archie F. Rhoden Sr. of White Hall, Arkansas, entered eternal life on May 29, 2019 at the Circle of Life Hospice Facility in Bentonville, Arkansas at the age of 75. Mr. Rhoden was born September 9, 1943 in Grant County to Corbet Yancey Rhoden and Elsie Lewis Rhoden.

Archie is survived by his loving fiancée of 26 years, Robin Furgason of White Hall, Arkansas. His sons, Archie F. Rhoden Jr.

(Charlisa) of White Hall, Yancey A. Rhoden (Brandi) of Madison, Alabama, and daughter Kellie J. McCoy (Jonathan) of Bentonville, Arkansas. Grandchildren: Clayton and Joshua Rhoden of White Hall, Dalton and Calli Rhoden of Madison, Alabama, Julia McCoy of Bentonville and Saylor McCoy of Memphis, Tn. Great-Granddaughter Emma Kay Rhoden of White Hall and numerous nieces and nephews.

Other children, although not related by blood, Chuck Furgason (Sylinda), Heather Smith (Mike) and Grandson, Will Smith. He is preceded in death by his parents Corbet and Elsie Rhoden, his loving wife Julia “Judy” Axsom Rhoden of White Hall. Seven brothers; Edward, Alton, Vernon, Richard, Johnnie, Donald Jean, and Robert “Bobby” Rhoden all from Grant County Arkansas.

Archie graduated from White Hall High School in 1961 and married Julia “Judy” Axsom, his hometown sweetheart in 1966. Judy was a devoted wife and mother to their three children and sadly passed away in 1984 from Leukemia. He dedicated the rest of his life to loving and taking care of their children. Archie begin his career as store manager of Weingarten’s in 1962 to 1980. He then went on to manage Budget Saver until he became a Little Debbie Salesman in 1984 and was soon promoted to regional manager.

He was known from the very top of McKee Foods down to the distributors as a dedicated employee and great salesman with total integrity. He retired in March 2008. Archie was on the Jefferson County Mounted Patrol Sheriff’s Department. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. Archie was well liked and respected by all and was a role model for all the younger generations of nieces and nephews. His children and grandchildren remember him as a kind, gentle, patient, hardworking and dedicated father and grandfather who encouraged them to pursue their goals.

Pallbearers: Chuck Cox, Terry Frye, Stephen Frye, Scott Young, James Bridges, and Zelmer McElroy.

Visitation will be Monday evening, June 3rd from 5:00 7:00 p.m. Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 4th at Robinson and Fuller White Hall Funeral Chapel, located at 8302 Dollarway Road in White Hall with Rev. Russell Rhoden officiating. Burial services will be at Memorial Park Cemetery, located at 6707 Dollarway Rd in White Hall.

A reception will follow at White Hall First Assembly of God Church, located at 801 W. Hoadley Street, White Hall. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Archie’s life. The family would like to give a special thanks to Jeremy Wallace, a longtime caregiver, Patricia Parker of Angels Hospice of Pine Bluff and Circle of Life Hospice in Bentonville for taking great care of Archie.

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Judy Brooks

Judy Charlotte Holmes Brooks, 64 of Hot Springs, went to the arms of the Lord April 5, 2019, after a long fight with cancer.

Born February 18, 1955, at Pine Bluff to Charles and Louise Holmes, she grew up in White Hall where she was a member of the White Hall United Methodist Church. After high school she worked as an EMT in Pine Bluff, the Pine Bluff Police Department, the El Dorado Police Department, and the Arkansas State Police at Hot Springs.

Judy is survived by her husband, Jerry Brooks of Hot Springs; two daughters, Erin Brooks of Hot Springs, Heather Novascone (Jason), a granddaughter, Brielle of Wichita, Ks; her father and mother, Charles Holmes and Louise Holmes; and a brother, Alan Holmes all of Little Rock.

Memorial services will be held at White Hall United Methodist Church, White Hall, Arkansas, on June 8th, at 2 o’clock in the afternoon with the Rev. David Hoffman and Rev. Alan Crum officiating. Internment to follow in the White Hall United Methodist Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the White Hall United Methodist Church, 301 Church Drive, White Hall, AR, 71602. Online condolences:

Margie Murphy

Margie Ann Hobson Murphy, 82, of Pine Bluff, died Friday, May 31, 2019. She was born August 18, 1936 at Chicot, Arkansas to the late Claude Evan and Nancy Allen Hobson.

Margie was reared and received her education in both Fort Smith and Eudora. She worked as an office nurse at Dr. Pierce’s for over 19 years until her retirement in 1996.

Also preceding her in death was her husband, Calvin Allen Murphy, whom she married September 2, 1967 in Pine Bluff and who preceded her in death November 21, 2014; and brothers, Elton Hobson, Melvin Hobson, Ralph Hobson and Noel Hobson.

Margie is survived by her son, Rick McLaughlin of Hot Springs; daughters, Myra Hardy of Pine Bluff and Marcie Sites (David) of Stuttgart; sister, Myra Hobson Twitchell; 6 grandchildren, Mike McLaughlin, Scott McLaughlin (Elizabeth), Lauren Hardy, Ashley Goodwin (Jon), Allison Sites, and Alan Sites; and 3 great grandchildren, Jackson McLaughlin, Cora Goodwin and Phillip Goodwin.

Graveside Services will be 1:00 PM Monday, June 3, 2019 at Union Ridge Cemetery near Monticello with Reverend Kenneth Thornton officiating. Visitation will be 2:00-4:00 PM Sunday, June 2, 2019 at Ralph Robinson and Son.

Memorials may be made to the Ann Douthit Memorial Scholarship Fund, Progressive Women’s Association, c/o Brenda Doucey, 305 Whitefield Drive, White Hall, AR 71602.

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