Dale Hale, a well-known Pine Bluff businessman, went to be in the presence of the Lord on August 3, 2019.
Born June 16, 1938 at Mena, AR, his parents were the late Jessie Mason Hale and Troy Easley Hale. Most of his early life was spent in Sheridan, Arkansas and was a graduate of Sheridan High School. His first job was shining shoes at a barber shop at ten years old. Later, he sacked sawdust for five cents per bag at LaPiere Sawyer Handle Company where his father was superintendent. He later loaded and hauled pulpwood billets and drove a school bus with bad brakes and a gearshift was held up by a forked stick.
He gave his life to the Lord at an early age at Royal Ambassadors Camp and became at member of Lost Creek Baptist Church. For many years, he was a faithful member of Olive Branch Missionary Baptist Church.
He developed a love for football at a young age and was a quarterback for the Sheridan Yellowjackets. He enjoyed hunting, golf, fishing, skeet shooting, and the great outdoors. He loved car racing and was the past-president of the Asphalt Angels, a racing club.
Dale served in the Arkansas National Guard and was activated by Governor Orval Faubus during the Little Rock Central High School Crisis. He joined the United States Army and trained at Fort Polk, LA. He served as a rifle squad leader, gunner, and sharp shooter.
He had a long and successful career as an insurance agent. His career began with Life of Georgia Insurance Company and he quickly became a manager. Dale was then hired in 1967 by Ryland Robinson to be a State Farm Insurance agent. He felt it was his honor to serve his clients with excellence for fifty-two years until his retirement on July 31, 2019.
In 1992, he qualified for the State Farm President’s Club, the highest honor for top-producing agents in the United States. He was awarded his President’s ring in Vienna, Austria. Dale was one of the top five producing agents in the United States and Canada. At his retirement, he had served the grandchildren of clients who had been with him for decades. He qualified for multiple travels around the world. On one of his qualifications, he and his wife Bivian traveled to three continents in three weeks- North America, Europe, and Africa. The trips included eight countries in Europe, Hawaii, Bermuda, several trips to the East and West Caribbean Islands, Mexico, and Canada. The special trips were enjoyed the most when their children and grandchildren were with them.
Dale’s other accomplishments were auto and fire merit agent, the Century Club, Convention Qualifier, and Legion of Honor.
Dale was involved in many civic activities in Pine Bluff, including serving as president of the Junior Chamber of Commerce and was co-chairman of the first Sportsarama at Hestand Stadium, and as a member of the Civitan Club where he was instrumental in the development of the Regional Park.
Dale was involved in the Southeast Arkansas District Fair and Rodeo Parades and helped decorate the floats that his daughters enjoyed for cheerleading, the Girls and Boys Clubs, and the Girl Scouts. He and his wife were den parents for nine years, where his specialty was crafts. He was a member of the Special Olympics of America, and the Pine Bluff Saddle Club, where his daughters participated in barrel pickup.
His surviving loved ones include his wife, Bivian Ford Hale, whom he married on December 16, 1961; his daughters, Tauna Hale Chavis (Bruce), Fonda Hale Stone (Alan), and Amy Hale Sparks (Scott); his grandchildren Hunter Chavis (Lindsay), Jordan Sparks (Anna), Haley Anna Stone, Holden Chavis, Macy Crosson (Tyler), Tristan Sparks, Houston Chavis, and Braden Sparks; and the joys of his life, three great-grandchildren, Lanie, Kinsley, and Brooklyn.
A celebration of Dale’s life will be held on Thursday, August 8, 6:00 p.m. at Olive Branch Missionary Baptist Church with Dr. Roger Stewart officiating. Visitation will immediately follow. There will be no burial. Arrangements are by Fuller Hale-South Funeral Services.
In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials be made to Wounded Warrior Project, 2200 Space Park Drive, Suite 100, Houston, TX 77058 or at WoundedWarriorProject.org
For online condolences, please visit FullerFunerals.com
Mr. Larry Higgins, Sr. 67, of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, passed Friday, August 2, 2019. Arrangements will be announced by Brown Funeral Home of Pine Bluff, AR. www.Brownfuneralhomeandmortuary.com
Pam Bogy Triplett, 64, of Platte City, Missouri, formerly of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, passed away Friday, August 2, 2019.
She was born to Gene Bogy and Dean Selvey Bogy, June 25, 1955, in Pine Bluff. She received her education at the England Academy. She married her husband, Walter “Skip” Triplett, in Sherrill, Arkansas, June 9, 1972.
Pam was a member of Watson Chapel Baptist Church. She spent much of her life caring for her children and grandchildren. Pam did work for Varco-Pruden as a receptionist and in human resources for several years after her children got older.
She was preceded in death by her parents and an infant sister, Susan Carol Bogy.
Survivors include her husband; son, Jason Triplett (Leslie); daughter, Kim Richard (Jeremy); sister, Sandy Pool; brothers, Harold Bogy and Tony Bogy; and grandchildren, John Ross Sullivan, Jase Triplett, and Peyton Richard.
Services will be 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 7, 2019 in the Chapel of Ralph Robinson and Son with Brother Steve Monk officiating. Interment will follow at Ramick Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday, August 6, 2019, 5-7 p.m., at Robinson’s.
Memorials may be made to Watson Chapel Baptist Church, 5514 Pinnacle Lane, Pine Bluff, AR 71603.
Online register: www.ralphrobinsonandson.com
Frances “Fannie Pearl” Polk passed away at her daughter’s home in Little Rock, Arkansas on August 3, 2019 at the age of 91.
She was the daughter of the late Elbert Lee Vick and Mary Bell O’Neel Vick of Star City, Arkansas.
Frances is predeceased by her daughter, Vickie L. Martin, her brother, E.L. Vick Jr. and sisters, Arie Jane Elkins, Willie Fount Brockman and Dorothy Martin.
Frances is lovingly remembered by her daughter, Thrita Ann Griffith of Little Rock and her son John C. “Buster” Polk III of Bryant. Two Granddaughters, Kenda Chandler of Little Rock and Jessi Leigh Gracie of Bryant. Three Great-Granddaughters Frances Ruth Ann “Annie” Thompson (Josh) of Lake Butler, Florida, Brenda Gail Chandler of Little Rock and Rebecca Lynn Gracie of Bryant; eight Great-Great-Grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Wednesday, 11 AM to 1:30 PM at Robinson’s.
Funeral service will be Wednesday, August 7, 2019, 1:30 PM, at Ralph Robinson & Son with Reverend Jimmy Herring officiating. Burial will follow at the O’Neel Family Cemetery south of Star City, Arkansas.
Online register at www.ralphrobinsonandson.com
Penny Carol Goodnight Clement was born November 9, 1950 in Little Rock Arkansas. She passed from this life into the arms of her Savior on Saturday, August 3, 2019. Penny was reared and educated in southeast Arkansas. She was a 1968 graduate of Dollarway High School.
She also attended UAPB for two years. Although she moved out of the area many years ago, her memory will be cherished by her friends and family who still reside there. Penny had a very giving nature, always tried to help anyone in need, and loved her family fiercely. She once said that her greatest job was being a wife and mother. She always gave 110% at anything she did from taking care of her aging parents, to being a military wife who took care of the children and everything at home, so that her husband could serve his country. She was also one of only three women Terminal Managers for Consolidated Freightways in late 1980’s.
She is preceded in death by her parents Albert Horace and Mildred Lee Goodnight, and brother, Horace Wayne Goodnight.
Penny is survived by her loving husband of over 49 years, John Noah Clement Sr, who loved and cared for her until the very end and made it possible for her to be at home. Also by a son and daughter in law, John Noah Clement Jr. and Becky of Harrison. Daughter and son in law, Kelley Rae Whitmire and Richard of Hoxie. Penny was so excited to become a grandmother and when Caroline and Emma Claire Whitmire came along, she was so proud of them and enjoyed watching them grow up and accomplish great things. She was definitely one of their biggest cheerleaders and bragged on them every chance she got. She is also survived by her other siblings, Polly Stires, Jane (Larry) Fulton, Larry Goodnight, Peggy (Bill) Ham, Steve Goodnight, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral will be Wednesday August 7th, 2019 at 2P.M. in the Bryan Funeral Home Chapel in Hoxie, with Bro. Jake Geunrich officiating. Interment will follow in Ward Cemetery in Strawberry, Ar. Pallbearers are Everett Clement, Ray Clement, Ronnie Clement, Leonard Goodnight, Philip Garrick, and Richard Whitmire.
Visitation will be Tuesday evening from 6 P.M. till 8 P.M.
Online Registry www.bryanfh.com
Orrin Sanford “Rob” Robinson Jr., 85, of Pine Bluff, died Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019. He was born Jan. 28, 1934, in Camden, Arkansas, and was a son of Orrin S. Robinson, Sr. and Clarice Ritchey Robinson. Rob grew up in Ruston, Louisiana, graduated from Western Military Academy in Alton, Illinois, and served in the United States Army.
Rob received his Bachelor of Science from Louisiana Tech University in Ruston and Master of Science in Microbiology from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. He worked at the Pine Bluff Arsenal and retired from the National Center for Toxicological Research in Jefferson, Arkansas.
Rob met Paula Kay Torbert in junior high school in Ruston, and the two were married in 1955, after Paula graduated from high school and while Rob was in the Army. They had four children and lived most of their lives in Pine Bluff. Paula died in 2002. They were longtime members of Grace Episcopal Church.
Rob loved fishing, duck hunting and gardening. A woodcrafter, he made his own duck calls and decoys, as well as fishing lures. There were many annual fishing reunions with his family, and a fair share of adventures. He was a past-president of the Jefferson Wildlife Association, and in his later years he became an avid ballroom dancer. Rob and Paula also loved and cared for many rescued dogs.
In addition to his wife, Rob was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Lucy McReynolds, Agnes Gervais and Clarice Woodley; and his brother, Mark Robinson.
Rob is survived by his children, Katherine Neale (Miles), Julie Taub (Marc), Jamie Robinson, and David Robinson (Tamara); grandchildren, Joseph Taub (Stephanie), LaurenRobinson, and Molly Robinson; great-grandson, Emmanuel Taub; sister, Ann Robinson Faulk; brothers, John Robinson, James Robinson (Monique) and Bill Robinson(Elaine); and many nieces, nephews and other l oved ones.
Service will be Thursday, August 8, 2019, 10:30 a.m. at Grace Episcopal Church. Burial will follow at 2:45 p.m. in at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Ruston. Services are under the direction of Fuller Hale-South Funeral Services.
Visitation will be held Thursday, beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the parish hall at the church.
Memorials may be made to Grace Episcopal Church, 4101 S. Hazel Street, Pine Bluff, AR 71603.
Online condolences may be made at FullerFunerals.com
James Monroe Anderson, 90, of Pine Bluff, passed away Sunday, August 4, 2019. He was born May 13, 1929, in Woodlawn to the late Elbert and Rachael Dixie Reed Anderson.
Mr. Anderson was reared and educated in Woodlawn and was a graduate of Woodlawn High School. He served in the US Army, Navy and Merchant Marines during World War II and the Korean Conflict, then went to work as a firefighter for the Pine Bluff Fire Department and worked there until his retirement.
Mr. Anderson was a member of Olive Branch Missionary Baptist Church, where he served as a Sunday school teacher and a deacon. He taught Children’s Church and Sunday School for years, and also volunteered at Pine Bluff area nursing homes leading services and Bible studies. Mr.Anderson loved reading the Bible, teaching about Jesus and preaching to anyone who wanted to learn. He truly had a servant’s heart. He was also an avid runner and painted a lot of houses in Pine Bluff.
Also preceding him in death were a grandson, Phillip John Mooney; his stepmother, Gennie Belle Anderson; son-in-law, Michael Johnston; two brothers, Jewel Anderson and John Anderson; and three sisters, Eva Walker, Willie Mae Stenfors and Josephine Raymond.
Survivors include his wife, Rachel Mary Bates Anderson, whom he married December 15, 1955; two daughters, Cheryl (John) Mooney of Prattsville, and Carol Ann Johnston of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; 4 grandchildren, Traci Abell (Marley), Andrea Sullivan (Jeremy), Erin Coleman (Seth), and Ryan Johnston (Stephanie); and 11 great grandchildren.
Funeral Services will be 1:30 PM Thursday, August 8, 2019, at Olive Branch Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. John Mooney officiating. Burial will be in Philadelphia Cemetery at Prattsville. Visitation will be Thursday from 12:30-1:30 at the church.
Online condolences at www.ralphrobinsonandson.com.