Larry G. Donegan, 68, of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, passed away peacefully Sunday, May 26, 2019, at his home.

Mr. Donegan was born January 19, 1951, in Atlanta, Georgia, to the late George Clifford and Betty Porter Donegan. He was reared and received his education in Atlanta, where he graduated from Fulton High School in 1969.

Mr. Donegan was an Over the Road Truckdriver for 51 years.

He is survived by his wife, Teresa Donegan of Pine Bluff; stepchildren, David (Jennifer) Taylor of Barnesville, Georgia, Kevin (Sheena) Shepherd of Beaver, Ohio, Pamela (Corey) Liesure of Piketon, Ohio and Adam Shepherd of Chillicothe, Ohio ; six step-grandchildren, Savannah, Grace, and Dalton Taylor, Austin, Christopher and Kaylie Shepherd; step-mother, Nancy Donegan of Young Harris, Georgia; sister, Robin Taylor of Largo, Florida; brother, Glenn Donegan of Stockbridge, Georgia; nephew, Andrew Baglin of Ocala, Florida.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his ex-wife, Dorothy Donegan.

No services will be held at this time. Online condolences:

Joe Howell

Mrs. Joe Ann Howell 73, of Pine Bluff, Arkansas passed Tuesday, May 28, 2019. Arrangements will be announced by Brown Funeral Home of Pine Bluff.

Gary Taylor

Gary Ray Taylor, 68, of Pine Bluff, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 while at home surrounded by his loved ones. He was born September 1, 1950 in Pine Bluff to the late Ray L. and Kathryn Sinks Taylor.

Gary was a devoted family man who provided for his family and supplied much laughter. He never met a stranger and those who had the privilege of knowing him, loved and respected him.

Gary graduated from Watson Chapel High School and began his career with International Paper in 1968. He married the love of his life, Charlotte Jones on June 29, 1972. He retired from Evergreen Packaging in 2015. During his career with the paper mill, Gary was a First Responder. He also spent time as a volunteer firefighter for the Watson Chapel Fire Department. Gary was kind, compassionate and offered to help whenever and to whomever was in need.

Gary was a member of Cornerstone Apostolic Church, where he enjoyed using his beautiful voice to sing praises to his Lord.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Dennis and Greg Taylor.

Gary is survived by his beautiful wife of 46 years, Charlotte Jones Taylor; his daughter, Terri Taylor Driskill (Shane) of White Hall, AR; his son, Eric Taylor (Lindsey) of Alexander, AR; sister, Paula Taylor Krisell (Jeff) of Arkadelphia, AR; his granddaughters, Michaela Driskill, Makenna Driskill, and Adriana Taylor; eight nieces; two nephews; and his beloved dog, Daisy, along with many other family and friends.

There will be a memorial visitation for Gary from 6:00-8:00 PM Thursday, May 30, 2019 at Cornerstone Apostolic Church, 9500 Dollarway Road, White Hall, AR.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Memorial and Honor Gifts, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142, or the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011,

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Mary Hyatt

Surrounded by the love of her family, Mary Jane Gray Hyatt of Pine Bluff, peacefully departed this earth on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 to reunite with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Born on April 16, 1935 in Rison, Arkansas, she was the daughter of the late William “Dubb” and Tina Reid Gray.

Mary Jane attended Rison High School where she was a member of the band, a drum majorette and senior homecoming queen where she was escorted by the football captain, Rex Hyatt. She graduated in 1953 before attending the University of Arkansas at Monticello (Arkansas A&M). In 1956 Mary Jane married her high school sweetheart, Rex Nelson Hyatt and made their home in Pine Bluff.

Mary Jane was a devoted wife and mother. It was her greatest joy to make a happy and welcoming home for the many friends and family that spent time there. It was often joked that more people ate dinner at her table than at any restaurant in town. Her life was filled with friends, family and dear neighbors, and she was a dutiful and compassionate friend in return. She was a wonderful cook, enjoyed gardening, and had many artistic talents.

She was active in Good Faith-Carr United Methodist Church, and she utilized her many talents as a member of the Busy Beavers in support of church activities. She was a long-time volunteer in the PTA and Girl Scouts, and she was a member of the Pine Bluff China Painting Guild. In her later years, Mary Jane enjoyed traveling and spending time with her grandchildren.

Mary Jane was preceded in death by her parents, and by her husband. Mary Jane is survived by a brother – William “Butch” Gray (Linnie) of Malvern; daughters – Tonya Gray Hyatt of Sherwood and Tammy Blaylock (Tony) of North Little Rock; granddaughters – Adrienne Nunn (Casey) of Fort Worth, TX and Audrey Pratt (Sheldon) of Sherwood; and twin great-grandsons – Liam Hyatt Pratt and Logan Hayes Pratt of Sherwood. Mary Jane is also survived by a number of beloved, extended family members she held very deeply in her heart.

At her request, there will be no formal service. A visitation for friends and family will be held on Thursday, May 30, 2019 at Buie Funeral Home in Rison from 1:00-2:30 p.m. followed by a simple graveside service at Greenwood Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Good Faith Carr United Methodist Church, 3703 Ryburn Road, Pine Bluff, AR 71603; Greenwood Cemetery, P.O. Box 514, Rison, AR 71665; or RHS Championship Scholarship, Union Station 1400 West Markham, Suite 206, Little Rock, AR 72201. Arrangements are under the direction of Buie Funeral Home of Rison. (870)325-6216.

Joyce Wilson

Mrs. Joyce Yvonne Huskey Wilson, 73, of Las Vegas, NV passed Sunday, May 19, 2019. Arrangements will be announced by Brown Funeral Home of Pine Bluff.

Michael Whitaker

Michael-Blake C. Whitaker, 4, of Pine Bluff passed May 17, 2019 in Conway, AR. Born June 29, 2014, in Pine Bluff to Keydrianna Evans and Christopher Whitaker.

Funeral services will be Friday at 10 a.m. at Henson-Holcomb Mortuary Chapel. Visitation will be Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m. at the mortuary.