Charles Quinton Bell of Pine Bluff, a longtime, beloved educator in the Watson Chapel School District passed away Tuesday, June 11, 2019 after a very brief battle with cancer.


Born July 11, 1943 at Pine Bluff, he was a son of the late C. Q. Bell and Vanita Word Bell. He was reared and educated at Rison and graduated from Rison High School in 1962.


Charles continued his education at Henderson State University, earning both Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art, graduating in 1967. He later earned a Master of Science degree in Education in 1984.


His long career with the Watson Chapel School District began in 1968. He initially taught fourth grade at Coleman Elementary, and then was moved to Sulphur Springs Elementary for a few years. He then taught fifth grade at Coleman while working on his Master’s degree. He was then made assistant principal at Coleman, then as principal at Edgewood Elementary, a position he held for 25 years prior to retiring in 2010.


In Mr. Bell’s own words, “the heart of education is teachers and administration is necessary. The principal is there to support the teachers, and that’s always what I tried to do”.


Charles and his wife Fonda loved to travel. After retirement, they visited the Holy Land twice, went on two cruises to Alaska, the Panama Canal, and Hawaii. They also visited Greece and Italy, along with many places in the United States.


Charles was an active member of Olive Branch Missionary Baptist Church, where he sang in the choir and served on the personnel committee. For many years, he was president of the Open Door Sunday school class. He was also a Gideon.


He was a member of the Arkansas Education Association, the Arkansas Retired Teachers’ Association, and the Jefferson County Education Association. He also enjoyed deer hunting and was a member of Bell Hunting Club.


In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Kenneth Bell.


Charles was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather to his wife of 52 years, Fonda Johnson Bell, whom he married on June 11, 1967; his daughter, Dr. Crystal Bell Norton and her husband Brad Norton of Bentonville; his grandson, Jackson Charles Norton of Bentonville; along with a host of loving family, former teachers, students, and friends.


Visitation will be Saturday, June 15, 2019, beginning at 12:00 Noon at Olive Branch Baptist Church. The funeral service will follow at 1:30 p.m. with Dr. Roger Stewart officiating. Interment will follow in Oakland Cemetery at Fordyce by Fuller Hale-South Funeral Services.


Memorials may be made to Olive Branch Baptist Church, 5130 Bobo Road, Pine Bluff, AR 71603.


Online condolences may be made at FullerFunerals.com


Jamie Robinson


Ms. Jamie Lee Ashley Robinson 66, of Pine Bluff, passed away on June 5, 2019.


Graveside Service will be 12:00noon on Saturday, June 15, 2019, at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 10:00 am until 11:30 am at the funeral home.


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Jeremy Chambers


Jeremy D. Chambers 27, of Little Rock formerly of Stuttgart, Arkansas passed away on June 9, 2019.


Funeral Service will be 1:00 pm on Saturday, June 15, 2019, at Holy Benton Temple COGIC with Superintendent L. T. Walker officiating. Burial will be in Lonetree Cemetery by Paradise-Integrity Funeral Home of Stuttgart.


Family Hour / Visitation will be from 5:00pm-7: 00 pm on Friday, June 14, 2019, at the Funeral Home.


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Elizabeth Armstead


Ms. Elizabeth Armstead 78, of Mcgehee, Arkansas passed away on June 11, 2019. She was born January 1, 1941, to the late Francis Matthew.


Homegoing Celebration will be 3:00 pm on Saturday, June 15, 2019, at Mt. Moriah Church in Dumas, Arkansas with Rev. Willard Blackmon officiating. Burial will be in Loggy Bayou Cemetery by Paradise Funeral Home of Pine Bluff. The body will lie in state from 1:45 pm until service time.


“Only Paradise Can Serve You Better!”


Jaylon Sims


Mr. Jaylon Lakeith Sims 15, of Pine Bluff, passed away on June 12, 2019. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Paradise Funeral Home of Pine Bluff.


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Virginia Holt


Mrs. Virginia Holt 82, of Stuttgart passed away on June 13, 2019. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Paradise-Integrity Funeral Home of Stuttgart.


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Maple Riggins


Mrs. Maple Riggins 64, of Watson, Arkansas passed Thursday, June 13, 2019. Arrangements will be announced by Brown Funeral Home of Dumas. www.Brownfuneralhomeandmortuary.com


Edward King


Mr. Edward King 84, of Pine Bluff, Arkansas passed Thursday, June 13, 2019. Arrangements will be announced by Brown Funeral Home of Pine Bluff. www.Brownfuneralhomeandmortuary.com


Donald Nelson


Donald Nelson, 49, of Cross Roads, TX, formally of Pine Bluff, AR passed away on June 8, 2019. He was the son of the late Lillie Mallet and Mack Nelson. Arrangements to be announced by Sacred Funeral Home of Cedar Hills, TX


Raymond Turner


Raymond Eugene Turner, 67, of Pine Bluff, passed away Monday, June 10, 2019. Arrangements are by Ralph Robinson and Son Funeral Directors. www.ralphrobinsonandson.com.