Orie Lee Guillory, age 68, of Rison passed away on Sunday, June 9, 2019 at his home. He was born on February 7, 1951 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, to the late Jay C. and Ora Mildred Smith Guillory. Mr. Guillory was a retired bridge crew foreman with the Cotton Belt Railroad. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and was a member of Simmons Hunting Club, where they told many tales and road many backroads. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Brenda Lane and a brother, Jay C. Guillory Jr.


Survivors include his five siblings, Jane Carroll Smith (Robert) of St. Landry, Louisiana, Carlton Guillory (Donna) of Little Rock, Mary Woods of Pine Bluff, Bertha Giller of Star City, Norma Mays (Bill) of Rison and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews.


Graveside services will be 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at Greenwood Cemetery in Rison with Reverend Leonard Hodges officiating. A visitation will be held prior to the service at the cemetery, beginning at 2:00 p.m. Members of Simmons Hunting Club will serve as honorary pallbearers. Mr. Guillory’s family would like to express a special thank you to his caregivers. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Greenwood Cemetery Association or the American Cancer Society. Arrangements are by Buie Funeral Home in Rison. Please sign the online guestbook at www.buiefuneralhome.com.


Gary McKennon


Gary Don McKennon, 72 of Pine Bluff, died Monday at his home. Funeral services are 2:00PM Wednesday at Griffin Funeral Chapel with Bro. John Marlar officiating. Visitation is 6:00-8:00PM Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial at Leek Cemetery. Arrangements by Griffin Funeral Service in Star City. Online guestbook at www.griffinfuneralservice.net.


James Naron


James Naron, 76, of Pine Bluff, went to be with the Lord Thursday, June 6, 2019, at John L. McClellan Memorial Veterans’ Hospital in Little Rock.


Mr. Naron was born July 31, 1942, in Line, Arkansas, the son of the late Virgil “Pete” Henry and Lillian Marie Horn Naron. He was reared and received his early education in Monticello and graduated from Crossett High School in 1960. After high school, he joined the United States Army and served during the Vietnam Era and was active duty during the Cuban Missle Crisis.


Mr. Naron was a mechanic and worked for several different places in Pine Bluff and Monticello before retiring in 1996.


He was a charter member of Green Meadows Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon for 39 years. He was also a board member of the Southeast Volunteer Fire Department on Highway 425. Mr. Naron enjoyed fishing, hunting, and camping with his friends and family.


He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Pat Naron (whom he married January 16, 1963 in Sylvester, Georgia); two daughters, Sandy (Clyde) Blalock of Lewisville, Texas and Gayla (Brian) Case of Pine Bluff; five grandchildren, Jim (Melissa) Blalock of North Richland Hills, Texas, Matt (Candace) Blalock of Spartanburg, South Carolina, Britney (Daniel) Chappell of Fort Lee, Virginia, Patrick (Courtney) Case of Jonesboro, Arkansas and Laura Case of Pine Bluff; and two great grandchildren, Ayden and Canyon Blalock of Spartanburg, South Carolina.


He was preceded in death by his parents.


The family will receive friends Monday, June 10, 2019, 6:00 to 8:00 PM, at Robinson’s.


Funeral services will be Tuesday, June 11, 2019, 2:00 PM, in the Chapel of Ralph Robinson and Son with Pastor Russell Jasper officiating. Burial will follow at Union Ridge Cemetery in Monticello.


Online condolences: www.ralphrobinsonandson.com


Donald Cooper


Donald Cooper,84, of Sheridan, Arkansas died Saturday.


Funeral: 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, chapel. Burial, Lost Creek Cemetery. Visitation, 6–8 p.m. Monday.


Arrangements by Memorial Gardens Funeral Home of Sheridan (870)942-1306. www.memorialgardenssheridan.com


Mavis Walker


Mavis Carter Walker, formerly of Pine Bluff, died at Spring Arbor Assisted Living Facility in Apex, North Carolina, on May 25, 2019. She was born February 16, 1923 in Monticello, Arkansas and was the daughter of the late John Henry and Ella Elizabeth McGhee Carter.


She was a 1940 graduate of Pine Bluff High School and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from the University of Arkansas at Monticello with post graduate work at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. She spent 40 years in the Pine Bluff School System as an elementary school teacher.


She was a long-time member of Wesley United Methodist Church and later moved to Lakeside United Methodist Church. She was an active member of UMW in both churches.


She was preceded in death by five brothers, Fred, Ray, Brown, Ben, and Lester Carter, two sisters, Alice Tucker and Evelyn Carter.


She is survived by 13 nieces and nephews, 24 great nieces and nephews, 51 great great nieces and nephews, and 16 great great great nieces and nephews.


The family will have a graveside service at Graceland Cemetery in Pine Bluff at a later date. Online condolences at www.ralphrobinsonandson.com.


Phoebe Spharler


Phoebe Lou Curry Spharler’s magnificent earthly journey ended peacefully with members of her family and Mommy Cat beside her at home on June 9, 2019.


Born June 28, 1936 to Pinky and Edna Fitzer Curry, Phoebe was a lifelong resident of Pine Bluff, where she served her family and community in many ways. A tireless community volunteer through her membership in the Junior League, Lakeside United Methodist Church and the Methontes Club, she was particularly proud of her involvement in political campaigns and for being an outspoken voice for social justice, equality and progressive ideas that often were ahead of her time. However, the role she performed best was first that of daughter, then sister, later wife, mother, aunt, grandmother and great-grandmother.


Phoebe also was a successful business owner, court reporter, homebuilder, interior decorator, gracious entertainer, adventurous traveler, masterful “story” teller and passionate devotee of the arts, especially opera. To all of this, add her ever present grace, timeless beauty, kindness, determination, and ability to overcome any obstacle in her path and a true picture of Phoebe emerges.


Her smile and gentle acts reflected all that is good in the world. “You have no idea what the smallest word, the tiniest generosity, can cause to be set in motion…Mend the part of the world that is within your reach”—borrowed words, but ones she might have said herself, because that is what she stood for and did every day, after losing her mother at 7, her father shortly left thereafter for World War II, leaving Phoebe in the case of her grandparents, Mignon (Mommy) and Roy (Big Daddy) Curry. Pinky met and fell in love with Jean Dooley during training in Kansas City, who came to Arkansas to raise a young girl, instilling a lifelong love of learning and passion for culture, and, giving her the greatest gifts of all, a beloved little brother (Tommy Curry) and Sister (Claire Curry Campbell). Phoebe lost her first husband, Robert Burris in a tragic accident one year after their marriage, later marrying Louis Dixon with whom she had two children, Lyle Lovelace of Pine Bluff and Louis Allyn Dixon Jr. of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and her grandson, Joel Anderson. For the past 45 years, she was married to Don Spharler, with whom Phoebe’s family expanded to five children with the addition of Don’s daughters Kathy Crowder (Rogers), Michele Spharler Byrd (Sheridan), and Karen Spharler Majors (Springdale). We were often called the Brady Bunch.


Special thanks to Michele Spharler Byrd, for her loving attention and care she devoted to Phoebe for the last 6 months and to Hospice Angels and especially Paula, the attending nurse.


The family would like to invite friends and family to Ralph Robinson & Son for visitation, Wednesday, June 12, 2019, 4 to 6 PM. There will be a private graveside service for the family, to be followed by a Celebration of Life for Phoebe for friends and family, June 13, 2019, at the Pine Bluff Country Club between 5 and 6 PM.


The Family requests that memorials be made to the Jefferson County Humane Society, or Southeast Arkansas Arts and Science Center.


Arlie Langrell


Arlie L. Langrell, Jr. age 84, of Pine bluff, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, June 8, 2019.


Born December 17, 1934 at Quitman, he was a son of the late Arlie L. Langrell, Sr. and Reba Starnes Langrell. He grew up at Reydell.


Mr. Langrell worked for the City of Pine Bluff Animal control for 33 years.


An active and faithful member of Central Baptist Church, he loved his church and sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with those whom he met.


He was preceded in death by a grandson, Justin Humphreys; and three sisters, Juanita Sebourn, Myrtle Ahrens, and Edna Harrison.


Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Barbara Sue Rogers Langrell, whom he married on September 21, 1962; his children Mary Ann Humphreys of Saratoga, AR and Jimmy Langrell of Grapevine; three sisters, Lena Williams, Virginia Langrell, and Pearline Musgrove; a brother, Bobby Langrell: one grandson; and five great-grandchildren.


Mr. Langrell’s funeral service will be Wednesday, June 12, 2019, 10:30 a.m. at Central Baptist Church with Brother Jordan Ferris officiating. Interment will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery by Fuller Hale-South Funeral Services.


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


Memorials may be made to Central Baptist Church, 6107 Dollarway Road, Pine Bluff, AR 71602.


Online condolences: FullerFunerals.com