James Marion “Jim” Hill, Jr., passed away Tuesday, October 1, 2019, at the age of 87 years.
Born September 29, 1932, in the Fairview community in Lonoke County, he was a son of the late James Marion Hill and Marietta “Cricket” High Hill. He was a 1950 graduate of Lonoke High School.
Described as “Pine Bluff’s MVP”, Jim was active in all facets of local sports, from umpiring high school baseball to being an active 55-year volunteer for the national Babe Ruth Baseball organization. He was a National Babe Ruth League, Inc. Board Member since 1992. In 2009, he was elected to the National Babe Ruth League, Inc. Hall of Fame. In 2006 he was inducted into the Babe Ruth League, Inc. Southwest Regional Hall of Fame and was one of the first three members to be put in the Pine Bluff Jr. Babe Ruth Hall of Fame in 1998.
In 2015 he was awarded the Lefty Gomez Volunteer of the Year Award, the highest honor bestowed to a Babe Ruth League Volunteer. In 2003, he was named to the AAA Hall of Fame. He has worked many District, State, Regional and World Series as Tournament Director, Task Force Member, or Groundskeeper.
Jim retired from Entergy (Arkansas Power and Light Company) as procurement coordinator in 1991 after a 38-year career. He served as a board member for the Pine Bluff Convention Center and Visitors Bureau and was a member of the Festival of Lights Board. He was alsoa longtime member of Olive Branch Missionary Baptist Church.
Jim’s full-time hobby and passion was taking care of Taylor Field, which is an old WPA ballpark that has attracted six Babe Ruth World Series tournaments, a Babe Ruth Girls’ Softball World Series, a Class-A Pro Baseball Club and a 1995 NAABT Tournament, which was telecast on ESPN.
Survivors include his wife, Thresa Jackson Hill, whom he married on October 2, 1954; his children, Steve Hill (Susie), Sheila Hill Cato (Mark), and Sherri Lynne Hill McLemore (Andrew); his siblings, Martha Jacqueline “Jackie” Richey, Joyce McCullah, John Hill (Bobby), Josephine Hill, Judy Hill, Jane Murphy (Donnie) and Jerry Lee Hill; four grandchildren, Jennifer Hill, Jimmy Hill, Lauren McLemore, and Lindsey McLemore; and a great-granddaughter, Jordan MaKayla Hill.
The funeral service will be held Saturday, October 5, 2019, 10:30 a.m. at Olive Branch Missionary Baptist Church with Dr. Roger Stewart officiating. A graveside service will follow at 2:30 p.m. in Oak Grove Cemetery in Lonoke County by Ralph Robinson and Son. Visitation will be Friday from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the church.
Memorials may be made to Olive Branch Missionary Baptist Church, 5130 Bobo Road, Pine Bluff, AR 71603; or the Taylor Field Preservation Fund, Post Office Box 6654, Pine Bluff, AR 71611. For online condolences, please visit RalphRobinsonandSon.com.
Rose Anner Gardner, 57, of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, passed away September 26, 2019. She was born December 8, 1961, to the late Bennie and Emma Gardner, Sr.
She leaves to cherish her memories, 4 sons, Fred Shepherd, Donnie Haywood, Jr. Joshua Haywood, and Isaiah Jones; 5 brothers, Eddie Gardner, Sammie Gardner, Cle Gardner, Curtis Gardner and Theodis Eaton; 1 sister, Ruby Garner; 15 Grandchildren and a host relatives and friends.
Visitation will be held Thursday, October 3, 2019, at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church 4-6 p.m.
Funeral Services will be Friday, October 4, 2019, at New Community Missionary Baptist Church at 1 p.m. Officiating Reverend George Waters, the body will lie in state at 11:30 a.m. until service. Burial will be in St. Luke Cemetery, Sherrill, Arkansas. Online register christianwayfh.com.
Mrs. Addie Lee Davis Cable, 92, of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, passed Friday, September 27, 2019. Visitation 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, October 3, 2019, at Brown Funeral Home Pine Bluff, AR.
Funeral service 11:00 a.m. Friday, October 4, 2019, at Indiana Street Missionary Baptist Church Pine Bluff, AR by Pastor Brian Castle.
Interment in Cypress Memorial Gardens by Brown Funeral Home of Pine Bluff. Her body will lie in-state 10:15 a.m. until service time. www.brownfuneralhomeandmortuary.com.
Bobbie Jean Curb
Mrs. Bobbie Jean Curb 80, of Fordyce, Arkansas passed Tuesday, September 24, 2019.
Visitation and funeral services will be held Thursday, October 3, 2019, at Greater St. Mark African Methodist Episcopal Church Thornton, AR.
Visitation 12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Funeral services will start at 1:00 p.m. Rev. Kelly Green officiating. Burial in Bluff Springs Cemetery, Bluff Springs, AR by Brown-Williams Funeral Home Fordyce, AR. www.brownfuneralhomeandmortuary.com.