Mildred Rayford

Mrs. Mildred Tidwell Rayford, 93, of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, passed away on October 11, 2019, at Waters of White Hall, (formerly White Hall Nursing Home).

She was born on June 16, 1926, in Kedron, Arkansas, to the late Prince Tidwell and Ethel McLeod Hudson.

She is survived by two sons: Cleveland Rayford and the Reverend Terry Rayford, both of Pine Bluff, and five daughters: Mary Rayford McBride, Daby Rayford Davis, Sherry Bell, and Valerie Williams, all of Pine Bluff, and Brenda Rayford, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Services will be held on October 19, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at the Greater Mount Calvary Baptist Church with the Reverend Doctor Travis Harden officiating. Interment will be at the Calvary Cemetery.

Mrs. Rayford will lie in repose at the church on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service.

Visitation will be Friday at the Greater Mount Calvary Baptist Church, 3700 West 13th. Street, Pine Bluff. Services entrusted to the P.K. Miller Mortuary.

Richard Ratliff

Richard Dennis “Dickie” Ratliff, age 69, our beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend, died Monday, October 14, 2019.

A proud lifelong resident of Pine Bluff, Dickie was born October 31, 1949, to the late Russell Franklin Ratliff and Hazel Willis Ratliff. He graduated from Pine Bluff High School in 1967 and served in the United States Army and Reserves from May 5, 1971, until January 1, 1975.

In 1972, he and his brother, Russell Lee Ratliff, opened Big Banjo Pizza Parlor. The business grew to include Ratliff Enterprises, which included R&R Equipment Company, Big R Ice Company, and Ratliff Properties.

Dickie loved being a citizen of Pine Bluff. He did many good deeds for his community, and especially his many friends. If a need was present, he was always ready to lend a helping hand.

He was an avid duck hunter and enjoyed spending time with his close friends and family at the Big Cypress Duck Camp, where many special memories were made. Some of his proudest moments were sharing stories about his daughter, Brandy, and his pride and joy, his grandson, Ethan.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by three brothers, Joe Douglas Ratliff, Russell Lee Ratliff, and Wayne Alan Ratliff.

Survivors include his wife and best friend, Rita Funderburg Ratliff, who shared his life for 41 years; a daughter, Brandy Ratliff Weatherly (Sam) and a grandson, Ethan Coyle Weatherly, all of Pass Christian, MS; two sisters, Marilyn Ratliff Boellner and Cheryl Lynn Ratliff, both of Little Rock; a sister-in-law, Pam Stone Ratliff of Pine Bluff; and his dog, Tanner.

Visitation will be Saturday, October 19, 2019, beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the Chapel of Ralph Robinson and Son. The service will follow at 10:30 a.m. with Brother Howard Loetscher officiating. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Neighbor to Neighbor, 1419 S. Pine Street, Pine Bluff, AR 71601; or to any other charity in the Pine Bluff community. Online condolences may be made at

Lawrence White Sr.

Mr. Lawrence Edward White, Sr., 69, of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, passed away October 11, 2019. He was born February 21, 1950, in Magnolia, Arkansas, to the late Lawrence and Erma Beatrice Thomas Alexander.

His visitation will be 6-7 p.m. Thursday October 17, 2019, at Perry Funeral Home.

His funeral will be Friday, October 18, 2019, at 9:30 a.m. at Eudora Baptist Church in Altheimer, Arkansas, with Rev. Thomas officiating. Burial will follow at Arkansas State Veteran’s Cemetery will full Military Honors.

He leaves to cherish his memories, wife, Betty White; daughter, Dorothy White-Parker; son, Lawrence White Jr.; brother, Clifton White, and a host of other family and friends. Service by Perry Funeral Home.