Jean Mason, 73, of White Hall, died Sunday, July 21, 2019 at home.

Born Lanioria Jean Holsted August 16, 1945 in Paris, Arkansas, she was the daughter of Vestal Loyd Holsted and Wanda Brooks Holsted.

She was reared and received her early education in Grady and moved to Pine Bluff in 1966.

Mrs. Mason owned and operated her own upholstery business for 30 years.

She was a member of Claud Road Baptist Church.

Mrs. Mason was preceded in death by her husband, Jimmy Frank Mason, whom she married January 19, 1962 in Grady; her parents; and sister, Georgia Richey.

Survivors include her son, Jimmy “J.D.” Mason; seven siblings whom she helped raise, Connie Perry, Tammy Smith, Sherry Goings, David Holsted, Rickey Holsted, James Holsted and Pat Holsted; and 5 grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 24, 2019 in the Chapel of Ralph Robinson and Son with Pastor Leonard Russell officiating. Interment will follow in Cypress Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Tuesday evening from 5-7 p.m. at Robinson’s.

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Bobby Rogers, Sr.

Mr. Bobby Lee Rogers, Sr. 62, of Dumas, AR passed Monday, July 22, 2019. Arrangements will be announced by Brown Funeral Home of Dumas.

Willie Edwards

Mr. Willie Lee Edwards 62, of Merced, California passed Friday, July 19, 2019. Arrangements will be announced by Brown Funeral Home of Pine Bluff, AR.

Dixie Lutrell

Dixie Lynn Lutrell, age 65, of White Hall, Arkansas left this world to be with her heavenly father in the early morning hours of July 18th, 2019 while in her home surrounded by those that loved and cared for her. On Monday July 22nd, 2019 visitation is scheduled from 10AM – 12 noon followed by a funeral service at 2PM on at Buie Funeral Home in Rison, Arkansas.

Dixie was born in Ada, Oklahoma on September 21st, 1953 and was the daughter of John T. Wood, of Albuquerque NM. and Evelyn Z. Jackson Wood of Ada, Oklahoma (deceased). Dixie earned a Master of Science in Human Resources from East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma in 1989. She served the public as a Social Worker and an interpreter for the deaf in Oklahoma for 28 years until retiring in 2007. She was a member of the Delaware tribe of Native Americans and was a hospice volunteer. Dixielived her life with a strong belief and passion in the Christian faith, had a near-perfect harmony voice, took care of her family first and foremost, and had a quiet strength that roared.

Dixie is survived by her husband of 27 years, Roger D. Lutrell Sr. of White Hall, Arkansas, daughter Elizabeth Lutrell of Redfield, Arkansas, son James Southerland of Edmond, Oklahoma, and a bonus family of Curtis Lutrell of Fayetteville, Arkansas, Roger Lutrell Jr. of Brandon, Mississippi, Chase Lutrell of Ada, Oklahoma, Christopher Lutrell of Edmond, Oklahoma, Tabitha Childers of Star City, Arkansas, father, John Wood of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and 12 grandchildren.

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Madilyn Thornton

Mrs. Madilyn Thornton 81, of Pine Bluff, Arkansas passed Saturday, July 20, 2019. Arrangements will be announced by Brown Funeral Home of Pine Bluff, AR.

William Bolen

William “Billy” Franklin Bolen, 65 of Cornerville (Lincoln County), lost his battle with lung cancer on July 21, 2019 at Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock, surrounded by his family. He was born November 10, 1953 in Star City to the late William Guy and Cecil Louise Lunsford Bolen. He was of the Baptist faith, was an avid hunter, fisherman, Razorback fan, and loved his family. He was also a member of B&B Hunting Club, which he shared with his children and was a proud friend of BILL’s since 11/22/89.

Also preceding him in death were his oldest daughter, Charity Ann Bolen Shepherd; brother, Benjamin Bolen and sister, Guylean Bolen Owen.

Survivors include his wife of nearly 47 years, Deborah Ann Tucker Bolen of Cornerville; son, William Brady (Rachel) Bolen of Star City; daughter, Trinity Ann Bolen (Michael) Burnett of Star City; 2 grandchildren, Madilynn Bolen and Bodie Burnett; brother, W.G (Robin) Bolen of White Hall; and 3 sisters, Peg Morgan of McGehee, Desi Milholland and Myrtle Bolen, both of Star City.

Memorial Services will be held 2:00pm Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at Griffin Funeral Service in Star City. Bro. BJ Duvall will officiate. In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to 20th Century Club’s lodge, 4011 Maryland Ave. Little Rock, AR 72204, or the American Cancer Society, 2222 Cottondale Ln. Ste. 310 Little Rock, AR 72202.

Arrangements by Griffin Funeral Service, Star City. Online guestbook at

Norma Tomlin

Norma Jean Bryant Tomlin, 87 of Altheimer, AR departed her earthly life for her heavenly home on, Sunday July 21st after bravely fighting ovarian cancer for 12 years. Norma attributed her longevity with this disease to faith, love and a “positive” attitude. Also, her beloved physicians, Dr. Omar Atiq, Dr. Calvin Bracy and their loving wonderful staff.

She was an amazing unique lady who loved outside of earthly borders. A loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend she was adored by many! This was very evident in the large number of visitors she received and welcomed in her final days.

Norma loved the beauty of her flowers, the sound of her birds and hoot owls. Any chance to fellowship with her friends and family was the highlight of her days! One of her most cherished memories were her fishing trips with her sister, Ethel.

She and her husband were co-owners of Tomlin Flying Service for many years. Norma also retired from Farmers Supply in Altheimer after 12 years of faithful service. She was a member of East Side Baptist Church where she enjoyed many close friendships.

Norma was preceded in death by George Tomlin, her beloved husband of 43 years; parents, Will and Elizabeth Embree Bryant; brothers, Walter Will, Archie, and Cleatis Bryant; sisters, Ethel Mullikin and Nora McPherson.

She is survived by her children; Jeff & Melisa Jordan of England, and Jennifer Tomlin of Altheimer. Her grandchildren; Ashley (Eric) Mangham of Little Rock; Ryan (Kayla) Jordan of Roland; Ramsey Douglas (fiancée Jon Elliott) of Monroe, LA; Ferrin (Jake) Izard of Bryant; and Sidney Locke of Altheimer. Great grandchildren; Ethan Mangham and Embree & Parker Jordan. Her sister Mary Katherine Stephens of Dover, PA and a host of nephews, nieces, and friends.

In lieu of flowers the family request memorials to: East Side Baptist Food Pantry

1605 S. Wisconsin St., Pine Bluff, AR 71601 or Olive Branch Baptist Church Youth Program, 5130 Bobo Road, Pine Bluff, AR 71603.

Services are being handled by Ralph Robinson & Sons of Pine Bluff. Visitation and Service will be at Olive Branch Baptist Church in Pine Bluff on Wednesday, July 24th, 2019. Visitation will begin at 12:00PM with services following at 1:00PM. Burial will be at Graceland Cemetery. Brother Roger Stewart will be officiating.

Virgie Gray

Ms. Virgie Davenport Gray, 87, of Pine Bluff, passed July 17, 2019. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Christian Way Funeral Home.