Mattie Marks

Mrs. Mattie Elizabeth Marks, 87, of New Edinburg, Arkansas, passed on January 8, 2020.

Visitation 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 14, 2020, Mt. Olive United Methodist Church at Fordyce, AR. Funeral service 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, January 15, 2020, at Mt. Olive United Methodist Church, Fordyce, AR, by Elder Kent Broughton. Interment in St. Francis Cemetery New Edinburg, AR by Brown-Williams Funeral Home of Fordyce, Arkansas.

Her body will lie in state 10:15 a.m. until service time.

Andrew Sears

Andrew Theodore “Andy” Sears, age 82, of Pine Bluff, passed away on Thursday, January 9, 2020. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Born January 7, 1938 in Burlington, VT, he was a son of the late Vernon Sears and Mary Cushing Sears. At the age of 17, he joined the United States Army, where he proudly served for 23 years. He saw tours of duty in Korea and Vietnam, where he was wounded in action.

Also predeceasing him are his children, Lt. Colonel David Sears and Teresa Sears; two sisters, Charlotte Lacey and Beverly Wells; brother, Michael Sears; a nephew whom he raised, William Griffin, Sr.; and nephew, Larry Sears.

Mr. Sears was a Catholic. He loved to hunt and fish, and watching John Wayne movies. One of his favorite pastimes was scratch-off lottery tickets and collecting coins and stamps.

Survivors include nieces, Michelle Williams (Daren) and Rebecca Griffin; great-nieces, Clestine Mattox (Bud); great-nephew, William Griffin, Jr.; four grandchildren, Cody Jackson (Sierra), Dakota Mattox, Jonathan Mattox (Jessica); as well as nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, January 15, 2019, 1:30 p.m. at Fuller Hale-South Chapel with Deacon Noel F. “Bud” Bryant officiating. Burial with full military honors will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Visitation will be Wednesday from 12:30 p.m. until service time. For online condolences, please visit

Leola Mack

Mrs. Leola Mack, 81, of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, passed away January 10, 2020, at J.R.M.C Service is by Perry Funeral Home.