James E. Smith


James “Jim” E. Smith, age 81, of Woodlawn passed away on Friday, October 18, 2019. He was born January 24, 1938 in Woodlawn. He was raised in Woodlawn the son of the late Matthew and Arie Smith of Woodlawn.


He graduated from Woodlawn High School in 1955 and was a lifelong resident of the Woodlawn Community. Mr. Smith was an artist and drew the first Woodlawn Bear mascot for the yearbook. He retired from International Paper Company in 1995 after 30 years of service.


He was an avid hunter and fisherman and a member of Pine Bluff Bass Club. He enjoyed playing his guitar with his family and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife of 30 years Marie A. Smith of Dumas, one son Jimmy Dale Smith of Woodlawn, three great-grandchildren, one brother, Curtis Lee Aud of Woodlawn and two sisters JoAnn Miller and Geneva Peterson both of Woodlawn.


He is survived by his three daughters, Vickie Goodman and her husband Greg of White Hall, Kathy Oxner and her husband Mike of Woodlawn, Tracy Mizell of Woodlawn, 9 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, one brother, Will Smith of Woodlawn, one sister, Joyce Campbell of Pine Bluff and a host of nieces, nephews and other family and friends.


Visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Monday, October 21, 2019, at Buie Funeral Home in Rison.


Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 22, 2019, at Buie Funeral Home in Rison with Bro. Charles Woolley officiating. Interment will follow in Friendship Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the home of Mr. Jim Smith in Woodlawn.


Arrangements by Buie Funeral Home of Rison (870) 325-6216. Sign online guestbook at www.buiefuneralhome.com.


Roberta Roberts


Alta Roberta Roberts, 79, of White Hall, died Friday, October 18, 2019, at The Waters of White Hall. She was born August 11, 1940, in Stonewall, Mississippi, to the late William Edward Mozingo and Alta Lois Kennedy Mozingo Murphy.


Survivors include her husband, Bruce Roberts of White Hall, whom she married September 11, 1960; daughter, Andrea Mixon of White Hall; son, Brad Roberts (Rosemary) of White Hall; step-daughter, Terri Greenlee of Missouri; step-son, Marc Koonce (Cindy) of Pine Bluff; sisters, Gail Bell (Buddy) of Rison and June Hughes of Crossett; three granddaughters, Ashleigh, Mallory and Hayley; three step-grandchildren; and 7 step great-grandchildren.


Also preceding her in death were her three brothers, Howard Mozingo, Wayne Mozingo and Joe Mozingo.


Roberta wished to be cremated. Her ashes will be buried during a private service. The family wishes to express gratitude to the staff of The Waters of White Hall and to Arkansas Hospice Foundation. Online condolences at www.rfwhitehall.com.


Linda Chastain


Linda C. Graves Chastain, 76 of Star City, passed away Sunday, October 20, 2019, at Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello. She was born March 25, 1943 in Jefferson County to the late Edward R. Graves and Bernice Stroble Hurst.


She was of the Baptist faith and was a retired store room clerk for International Paper, which she loved. She was a member of the Jefferson County Extension Homemakers Club and loved her family.


Also preceding her in death were her first husband, Billy Joe Davis, Sr.; her second husband, Jerry Chastain; son, Billy Joe Davis, Jr.; 2 grandchildren, Mandy Law and Kourtnie Chastain; and a great-grandchild, Jayden Davis.


Survivors include 4 daughters, Susan Beard, JoAnna Hankins, Tammie (Anthony) Healey and Renaye (Leonard) Cortright, all of Star City; 3 step-sons, Ronnie Chastain of Pine Bluff, Kevin Chastain of Bryant and Keith (Amy) Chastain of Star City; 4 brothers, Ray Taylor of Flippin, Mike Graves of Star City, William Hurst of Pine Bluff and Donnie Hurst of Star City; 3 sisters, Ann (Doug) Heird of Pine Bluff, Sheila (Nicky) Austin of Star City and Tracie Houser of Monticello; 16 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.


Funeral services are 2:00PM Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at Griffin Funeral Chapel with Bro. Joseph Pemberton and Bro. Shawn Foster officiating. Visitation is 6:00-8:00PM Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial at Shady Grove Cemetery. Pallbearers are Joe Hickerson, Jordan Turner, Hunter Turner, Joey Chastain, Kyle Chastain, Bryson Haynes and Kevin Chastain.


Arrangements by Griffin Funeral Service in Star City. Online guestbook at www.griffinfuneralservice.net.