Gloria Ann Farrer Robinson, age 72, of White Hall, passed away Wednesday, October 16, 2019.
Born August 7, 1947, at Pine Bluff, she was a daughter of the late Hoy Franklin Farrer, Sr. and Geraldine Stokes Farrer. She attended Watson Chapel High School.
Gloria worked as payroll officer at SEARK College for over 20 years. She was also a member of First Missionary Baptist Church of Sherrill.
She loved being a “River Rat’ and living at Island Harbor. (She loved all you “Rats,” and you know who you are.) A favorite activity of hers was the Aunts Club, which included her mother’s sisters and a cousin.
Also predeceasing her is a daughter, Kimberly.
Survivors include her husband, Leonard Robinson, whom she married on June 16, 1986; her sons, Ronny Ellis, Jr. (Debbie) of Monticello, Benjamin Ellis of Pine Bluff, and Mark Robinson of Conway; two brothers, Frank Farrer, Jr. (Norma) of Rogers and Gary Farrer (Kim) of Rison; a sister, Alesia Massey (Dennis) of Mt. Ida; her grandsons, Donovan, Gavin, Jason, and Ronny Lee; two great-grandchildren, Logan and Landon; and her brother and sister by marriage, Sharon and Larry Robinson of White Hall.
Funeral services will be held Monday, October 21, 2019, 11:00 a.m. at First Missionary Baptist Church at Sherrill with Brother Chris Foster officiating. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery by Fuller Hale-South Funeral Services.
Visitation will be Sunday from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be to First Missionary Baptist Church, 7200 Highway 15, Sherrill, AR 72152. For online condolences, please visit FullerFunerals.com.
Betty Jean (Light) Maddox, 75, of Pine Bluff, passed away on October 12, 2019, in White Hall, AR.
Visitation will be 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM October 21, 2019 at Fuller Hale-South 1621 S. Cherry, St., Pine Bluff, AR 71601.
Funeral services will be held 10:00 AM, Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at White Hall United Methodist Church with the Reverend Justin Ledbetter of Salem United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. Arrangements are by Fuller Hale-South Funeral Services. Family and friends will gather afterwards at the family restaurant, Lucky’s Café, 310 E. 5th St., Pine Bluff, AR. 71601.
Betty Jean Maddox was born in Jonesboro, AR. to Adren Ryan and Iva Jean Ryan on March 29, 1944. She went to school at Pine Bluff/White Hall, AR. She married Kermit Lavell Maddox on June 20, 1992 in White Hall, AR. She was self employed as a business owner in the service and entertainment industry for many years in the Pine Bluff area.
Betty Jean Maddox is preceded in death by her husband, Kermit Lavell Maddox, father, Adren Ryan; mother, Iva Jean Ryan, and sister, Shirley Wilson.
Betty Jean Maddox is survived by her two daughters Mary Wilson and Sherry (David) Ricketts; sons Jay (Brenda) Owens and Lonnie (Karen) Light; four brothers Billy Ryan, Ray Ryan, James Ryan, and Buck Ryan, eight grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.
Memorials may be given to the American Diabetes Association. Online condolences may be made at FullerFunerals.com.
Jaikahb Keyshawn Ingram, 19, of Pine Bluff, AR, passed away on Tuesday, October 15, 2019.
He was born in Pine Bluff, AR, to Derek Ingram and Shelley Roby-Ingram both of Pine Bluff, AR. A lifelong Zebra, he graduated from Grimsley High School in Greensboro, NC. He was a proud STEM scholar at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.
He leaves to cherish his memories to his parents, Derek (Tarika) Ingram and Shelley Roby Ingram; One brother, Jared Ingram and three sisters, Jaimi Ingram, Paige Ingram and Tiara Sells; A special uncle, Jordahn Roby and a cousin “twin”, Faith Roby; Three grandmothers, Shirley Roby and Pearlean Ingram and Pamela Farrell; Two grandfathers, Donald R. Ingram and Willie Roby Jr.; Great grandmother, Osarine Roby; One great grandfather, Columbus Green.
Homegoing Celebration will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, October 22, 2019, with Visitation on Monday, October 21, 2019, from 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m., both to be held at Grace Evangelical Baptist Church.
The family has requested that everyone please wear Jaikahb’s favorite color, Red, to the service. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Arkansas Children’s Hospital. “Only Paradise Can Serve You Better!”
Robert Ray McClanahan, “Buddy,” as he was known to his family, passed away on October 17, 2019, in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. He was born December 26, 1928, at Pecan Gap, Texas, to the late Francis Presley McClanahan and Robert Howard McClanahan.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Howard Presley McClanahan; a sister, Janis McClanahan Bolin; and his wife of 50 years, Gerry Brogoitti McClanahan.
Mr. McClanahan graduated from Mt. Pleasant, Texas High School in 1945 and immediately began his career with the Cotton Belt-Southern Pacific Railroad, where he worked for 43 years. He started as a telegraph operator on May 1, 1945 and retired as Superintendent of the Cotton Belt on July 31, 1988. During his time with the railroad, he progressed from Telegraph Operator to Train Dispatcher, Trainmaster, Terminal Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent and ultimately to Superintendent. His career took him from Mt. Pleasant to Texarkana, Texas; Memphis, Tennessee; East St. Louis, Illinois; Eugene, Oregon; West Colton, California; and finally Pine Bluff.
He joined the Texas National Guard in 1948 and served for 14 years in the 49th Armored Division. He rose to the rank of Captain through study at the Artillery School at Ft. Sill, OK. He served on active duty during the Berlin Crisis in 1961-62.
After retirement, he continued working in a railroad environment. He became actively involved with the Cotton Belt Rail Historical Society and the Arkansas Railroad Museum. While Superintendent, he had been the moving force behind getting the Engine 819 moved from Oakland Park to its current home at the Museum.
Robert and his wife, Gerry, formed McClanahan Transportation Services, Inc. for the purpose of owning and operating passenger cars, as well as consulting services. The company purchased and restored five passenger cars that were used in excursion operations with the 819. The company also ran excursions in northwest Arkansas.
He was active in civic affairs, having served on the Board of Directors of the Greater Pine Bluff Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Pine Bluff and the Cotton Belt Rail Historical Society. He also served on the Board of Riley’s Warriors, Inc. of Maumelle, Arkansas. He was appointed by Governor Mike Huckabee to serve as a member of the State Board of Workforce Education and Career Opportunities.
He was very active in his church. As he and his family moved across the country, he never lost sight of his love for the Lord. In most congregations he attended, he became active as a song leader and bible class teacher. Since moving to Pine Bluff in 1974, he was a member of the Hazel Street Church of Christ, where he served as song leader, treasurer, teacher and elder.
Robert is survived by his wife, Betty Hickerson McClanahan; two daughters, Terry Ulvog (Pete) of Longview, Texas, and Cindy Shepherd (John) of Jonesboro, Arkansas; and one son, Robert Howard McClanahan (Michelle) of Maumelle, Arkansas. Also surviving are three step-daughters, Robin Hickerson, Charlotte Hickerson and Scarlet Burroughs, all of Little Rock, Arkansas, and one step-son, Lance Hickerson (Leah) of Cornerstone, Arkansas. There are eight remaining grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and four step-great-grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements will be by Ralph Robinson and Son in Pine Bluff. Visitation will be Sunday, October 20, 2019 from 2-4 p.m. at Ralph Robinson and Son and funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Monday, October 21, 2019 at Hazel Street Church of Christ under the direction of Roger Gean and Dr. Mike Hogan. There will be a private graveside service and burial in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Mt. Pleasant, Texas.
Pallbearers are: sons-in-law John Shepherd and Pete Ulvog; grandsons Lee Shepherd, Luke McClanahan, Matt Pearson and Jeff Pearson; and step-son Lance Hickerson. Honorary Pallbearers are: dear friends Dale Stanton, Mac Mathis, Bill Glover, Vernon Lutrell, Robert Lewis, Jimmy Lee Welch, Sonny Derden and grandson Robert Riley McClanahan.
Memorials may be made to: Riley’s Warriors, Inc., PO Box 13865, Maumelle, AR 72113; Hazel Street Church of Christ, 4015 Hazel Street, Pine Bluff, AR 71603; or Cotton Belt Rail Historical Society, Inc., P.O. Box 2044, Pine Bluff, AR 71613-2044. Online register: www.ralphrobinsonandson.com.
Mr. Orlander House 54, of Carthage, Arkansas, passed Friday, October 18, 2019. Arrangements will be announced by Brown-Williams Funeral Home of Fordyce, AR. www.Brownfuneralhomeandmortuary.com.