Percy Sergeant Jr.


Percy Sergeant Jr. was born January 10, 1967, in Chicago, IL; the loving son of the late Percy Sr. and Condolia Sergeant. He departed this life Sunday, April 5, 2020, at Methodist Hospital, Memphis, TN.


Sergeant gave himself to Christ at United Missionary Baptist Church at the age of 11. He loved the Lord and he served him until his sight deteriorated. He served in the choir as a young believer and served as a door keeper at United MBC and New Direction. Family knew him as Buddy, his friends and customers knew him as simply Sarg.


Percy was a Sargant for the Arkansas Department of Corrections for 15 plus years. He worked side by side day and night with his dad from a little boy as a mechanic’s apprentice before becoming a self-made master mechanic. Pine Bluff was at a loss when his health began to fail and he was not able to pursue his love of working on cars. Nevertheless, he still gave a gallant effort to do what he could and instructed those who would listen.


All he had to do was take a moment, close his eyes and listen and the problem was diagnosed. If he couldn’t do it he would tell you how or point you in the right direction to get it done the right way.


He leaves behind to cherish his memory: two beautiful daughters, Octavia Sergeant of Memphis, TN, and Jada Sergeant of Pine Bluff, AR; the love of his life Rhonda Reese of Memphis, TN, his supportive mother Condolia Sergeant of Pine Bluff, AR; five sisters Angelia Beckford and Darlene Shavers of Pine Bluff, AR, Mala (Will) Holiday and Octavia Sergeant of Vacaville, CA, and Veronica Weston of Wayne, MI; two brothers, Kelvin (Sharon) Sergeant of Pine Bluff, AR and Clifton (Kaneshia) Sergeant of Grady, AR; a special childhood friend Tyrone McKnight.


Visitation: 5p-7p Friday, April 10, 2020 at Christian Way Funeral Home. A Private Service will be Live Streamed at 11 a.m. on April 11, 2020; To View Service visit www.samuellvanceandsons.com and click on Mr. Sergeant Memorial Page. Arrangements entrusted to Samuel L. Vance & Sons Funeral Directors-Malvern “The Epitome of Service” 1-855-SLVANCE.


Melvin Knight


Mr. Melvin Virgil Knight 90, of Star City, Arkansas, passed away Friday, April 3, 2020.


A graveside service will be held Saturday, April 11, 2020, at Polk Chapel Cemetery in Yorktown, Arkansas, by Rev. Alvin Newburn, II. Services are entrusted to Brown Funeral Home of Pine Bluff, AR. www.brownfuneralhomeandmortuary.com.


Candice Tillman


Candice Brianna Smith-Tillman 22, of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, passed away April 1,2020.


Funeral service will be 10:30a.m. On Saturday April 11, 2020, at Forest Lawn Memorial Garden by Paradise Funeral Home of Pine Bluff.


Visitation/Family hour will be April 10,2020 from 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at Paradise Funeral Home. Due to the COVID 19, and in accordance with both state and federal mandates, we will only allow 5 at a time for public visitation. Once those 5 exit, another 5 will be allowed to enter the facility. “Only Paradise Can Serve You Better”!


Devonte Sargent


Devonte Montez Sargent 25, of Conway, Arkansas, passed away April 2,2020.


Funeral service will be 1:00p.m. On Saturday April 11, 2020, at Graceland Cemetery by Paradise Funeral Home of Pine Bluff.


Visitation/Family hour will be April 10,2020 from 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. at Paradise Funeral Home. Due to the COVID 19, and in accordance with both state and federal mandates, we will only allow 5 at a time for public visitation. Once those 5 exit, another 5 will be allowed to enter the facility. “Only Paradise Can Serve You Better”!


Betty Hall


Betty Jean Hall, 78, of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, passed away April 7, 2020.


Funeral service will be 11:00a.m. On Saturday April 11,2020 at Graceland Cemetery by Paradise Funeral Home of Pine Bluff.


Visitation/Family hour will be April 10,2020 from 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. at Paradise Funeral Home. Due to the COVID 19, and in accordance with both state and federal mandates, we will only allow 5 at a time for public visitation. Once those 5 exit, another 5 will be allowed to enter the facility. “Only Paradise Can Serve You Better”!


Beatrice Dilworth


Beatrice Moore-Dilworth was born March 10, 1923, in Bermack, Arkansas to the union of George and Sallie Moore.


She was preceded in death by her parents, sisters: Georgetta Moore, Henrietta Bridgeforth; Erma Jean Wiley and Ruth Moore-Lloyd; brothers: James Epperson & Willie Moore; husband Paul Dilworth, and daughters Versie Walker & Pauline Cook.


Beatrice was united to Paul Dilworth in Holy Matrimony and to this union eight children were born. Caring for her family was one of her greatest achievements.


She leaves to cherish her loving memory: two daughters, Mildred Dilworth of Pine Bluff, AR; Kathryn (Lamar) Albritton of Manvel, TX; four sons; Delancy Dilworth; Howard (Gwen) Dilworth of Pine Bluff, AR; John (Mary) Dilworth of Baton Rouge, LA, and Dennis (Darnastine) Dilworth of Fort Worth, TX; a host of relatives, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.


Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic the date for Mrs. Beatrice Moore’s Memorial Services will be determined. Services by Paradise Funeral Home of Pine Bluff. “Only Paradise Funeral Home”


Marva August


Mrs. Marva August passed away on April 7, 2020. Graveside service will be Sunday, April 12, 2020, at Mt.Zion A.M.E. Church Cemetery by Paradise Funeral Home of Pine Bluff. “Only Paradise Can Serve You Better!”


Lucille Rideout


Mrs. Lucille Stewart Rideout of Fordyce, Arkansas, passed away. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Paradise Funeral Home of Pine Bluff. “Only Paradise Can Serve You Better!”


Willie C. Thompson


Mr. Willie C. Thompson 85, of Star City, Arkansas passed away Wednesday, April 8, 2020. Arrangements will be announced by Brown Funeral Home of Pine Bluff, AR. www.Brownfuneralhomeandmortuary.com.


Inez Dunn


Mrs. Inez Dunn 93, of Pine Bluff, Arkansas passed away Thursday, April 9, 2020. Arrangements will be announced by Brown Funeral Home of Pine Bluff, AR. www.Brownfuneralhomeandmortuary.com.


Ruby Pruitt


Mrs. Ruby Pruitt of Pine Bluff, died Wednesday, April 8, 2020, at the Waters of White Hall Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Funeral arrangements will be announced by the P.K. Miller Mortuary.


Beatrice Russell


Beatrice Russell, age 81, a loving mother and grandmother, formerly of Wabbaseka, passed April 7. Services will be by Perry Funeral Home.