Mrs. Madilyn Carol Watson Thornton 81, of Pine Bluff, Arkansas passed Saturday, July 20, 2019. She was born in Eudora, Arkansas to the late Dr. John Watson, II and Ethel Mae (Hill) Watson. Her memories will be cherished by her daughter Dr. Debra Ford of Mitchellville, MD.; brother, Claude Watson, of Pine Bluff, AR; two sisters, Vivian Miller of Flint, MI and Eva Watson of Pine Bluff, AR; 2 grandchildren; and 1 great grandchild;
Funeral service will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 25, 2019, at St. Bethel Missionary Baptist Church Pine Bluff, AR by Pastor Louis Williams. Burial will be in Forrest Lawn Cemetery by Brown Funeral Home. Visitation/Family Hour Wednesday 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home Pine Bluff. Her body will lie in-state 9:45 a.m., until service.
Charles Lynn Fallis, 93, of Tucker, Georgia, passed away on Friday, July 19, from complications of pneumonia. Dr. Fallis was born on January 20, 1926, in Charlotte, Arkansas, to Callie Esther Churchill Fallis and Marvin Bishop Fallis. He is a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served as a Signalman on the U.S.S. Grimes in the South Pacific during World War II. Dr. Fallis began a long teaching career at Southside High School and Pleasant Plains High School in Arkansas. From 1951-1969, he worked as a teacher, coach, principal, and Superintendent of Schools for the Dollarway School District in Pine Bluff. Dr. Fallis served as a Professor and Chairman of the Department of Educational Administration at Georgia State University in Atlanta from 1971-1992.
Dr. Fallis earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Arkansas College (now Lyon College) in Batesville; a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from George Peabody College in Nashville, Tennessee; and a Doctorate degree in Education from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. While a student at Arkansas College he met the love of his life, Betty Jo Perry, and they were married on January 5, 1950. Dr. Fallis is predeceased by his wife of 59 years, Betty Jo Perry Fallis; and two sisters, Virginia Kosser and Mary Helen Dobbins. He is survived by his son, CharlesPerry Fallis (partner-Robert Stephen Matthews) of Atlanta; one sister, Charlotte Katherine Smith of Marianna; and special friends Dr. Farris and Barbara Womack of Raleigh, North Carolina, and Owen Skinner and Jane McCombs, both of Tucker, Georgia. Dr. Fallis was a life-long Methodist and a long-time member of Tucker First United Methodist Church. Dr. Fallis was also a member of the Atlanta Track Club, and he ran the annual Peachtree Road Race for 38 consecutive years until age 91.
There will be a visitation in honor of Dr. Fallis on Thursday evening, July 25, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at Roller-Crouch Funeral Home, 510 College Ave., Batesville. A funeral service will be held in the Roller-Crouch Chapel on Friday, July 26, at 2:00 p.m., followed by gravesite service and burial at 4:00 p.m., at the Charlotte Cemetery, Off Old School Rd.