Bobby Gene Burton, aged 85, of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, passed away April 9, 2020, surrounded by his beloved family. Burton was born in Camden, Arkansas, November 20, 1934, to the late Dock William Burton and the late Ada Belle French Burton, the fifth of six children.
He graduated from Fairview High School in Camden in 1952 and, upon graduation, began working for the F. W. Woolworth Company in Camden where he met Daisy Stinnett, whom he married June 14, 1957. Daisy liked to say that he found his million-dollar baby in a five and ten cent store, borrowing from a famous song title.
Burton was drafted into the army in 1957 and was stationed at Fort Gordon, Georgia and Fort Riley, Kansas. In 1961 he was called back into active duty during the Berlin Crisis and was stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia.After attending telegraphy school in Pueblo, Colorado, Burton began working for the St. Louis and Southwestern Railroad (Cotton Belt) and held several positions including chief clerk of purchasing. Burton retired from the railroad in 1996 following 40 years of service.
A life-long and devoted Methodist, he was a member of Good Faith Carr United Methodist Church in Pine Bluff. He enjoyed many roles in the church through the years including singing in the choir, serving as liturgist, and teaching Sunday school. Fellow parishioners were accustomed to seeing him serve as usher, often head usher, most Sundays.
Burton had a passion for music—particularly, southern gospel, country and western, jazz, and anything “lively.” He had no formal musical training but learned to play the piano by rote and by ear. On special occasions, he would delight both children and adults with his spirited boogie-woogie renditions. Burton had a great fondness for cars and was known for always keeping his vehicles immaculate. He had an uncanny eye and was able to identify the make and model of almost any domestic car from the 1930s through the 1980s. A reliable handyman, he could fix most anything. He liked taking old and broken objects and restoring them to their original beauty. Burton had a deep love for animals, an appreciation for nature’s beauty, and was grateful for the smallest of things. He will be remembered for his kind and gentle spirit.
In addition to his parents, Burton is preceded in death by two sisters, Ernestine Johnston and Marjorie Mullins; and brother, Doyle Burton.
He is survived by wife, Daisy of Pine Bluff; two children, Gregory Burton (Jeanie) of North Little Rock and Diane Selman (Jeffrey) of Greenbrier; two sisters, Catherine Griffis of Pine Bluff and Melba Bradshaw of St. Louis, Missouri; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Due to COVID-19 concerns, a private graveside service was held April 13, 2020, at Missouri Cemetery near Chidester. The family looks forward to gathering with family and friends for a memorial service to celebrate Burton’s life at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be sent to Good Faith Carr United Methodist Church, 3703 Ryburn Road, Pine Bluff, AR 71603.
Tommy Ray Anderson, 77, of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, passed away Friday, April 10, 2020, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Anderson was born February 10, 1943, in Portia, Arkansas, son of the late William Leslie and Clarice Ophilia Hooten Anderson. He was reared and received his education in Portia, Arkansas. He served in the United States Army during the Vietnam Era.
He married Linda Rogers on October 9, 1964, in Pine Bluff. Mr. Anderson worked at Central Maloney as a coil winder, retiring from there in 2008.
He was a member of the Church of Christ. During his free time, Mr. Anderson enjoyed hunting, fishing, and building model airplanes.
He is survived by his wife, Linda Anderson of Pine Bluff; son, Chris (Lena) Anderson of Star City; daughter, DeLeigh (Darryl) Lawhon of White Hall; brother, Billy J. (Sharon) Anderson of North Little Rock; six grandchildren, Steven Anderson, Michelle (Seth) Kinder, Chris (Kelsey) Anderson,Jr. “Thump”, Ashley (Christian) Carroll, Amber (Dustin) Corbitt, and D. J. Lawhon; five great-grandchildren, Khloe, Hudson, Jace, Isaiah, and Bellemere. brother-in-Law, Randy (Merly) Rogers of White Hall; close friend; Donald Miller; many beloved nieces, nephews and extended family; and his boys, TK, KC, and Smokey.
Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, Graveside services was for the family only, Monday, April 13, 2020, 10:00 A.M. Online condolences and to view services please visit: www.fullerfunerals.com.
Pearl Hayes, 81, of Warren, Arkansas, transitioned to her heavenly home of Tuesday, April 7, 2020, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center. She was born May 15, 1938, in Pine Bluff to the late William Mack and Nancy Massey Sanders. She was preceded in death by brothers - Cleveland Hayes and Leon Gaddy and sister, Alice Warren.
Her memories will be cherished by son, Edward Hayes of Chicago, IL and daughter, Demetria Walker of Pine Bluff, brothers, Moses Hayes and Leander Hayes, along with five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
A private family graveside service is scheduled for April 15 at 10 AM. The public viewing will be held on Tuesday, April 14 from 5-6 PM at Christian Way Funeral Home, 3705 W. 6th Street, Pine Bluff.
Due to COVID-19 and in accordance with both federal and state mandates, a walk-through visitation is allowed. Only five people will be allowed to entered at a time. CDC guidelines will also be enforced as it relates to social distancing.
Harold DeKalb “Skeets” McClain, age 100, of North Little Rock, a former longtime resident of Pine Bluff, joined his Heavenly Father on Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020.
Born February 27, 1920 at Star City, he was the son of the late William DeKalb McClain and Dovie McEntire McClain. He graduated from Little Rock High School in 1936 and Draughan’s School of Business in 1938.
Mr. McClain served in the United States Army Air Corps for three and a half years during World War II as a gunnery officer on B-17’s and attained the rank of Major.
After military service, his work brought him to Pine Bluff in 1947. He received his Certified Public Accountant (CPA) certificate in 1948, and he and Cal P. Hollis then formed an accounting firm. He practiced until his retirement at the end of 1985. He and James L. Newberry then organized a commercial real estate firm, which they operated until 2004. Mr. McClain was a member of the Commercial and Investment Real Estate Institute (CCIM) and was voted a Life Member in 1993.
During his years in Pine Bluff, he was very active in civic and social affairs. He served as president of the following organizations: the Pine Bluff Chamber of Commerce, Fifty for the Future, Pine Bluff Country Club, and the Senior’s Golf Association of Arkansas. In addition, he served as Secretary-Treasurer of the Pine Bluff Boys Club for six years and Treasurer of the Pine Bluff Chapter of the American Red Cross for two years. He was also a member of the Pine Bluff Planning Commission for three years and the Board of Directors for the Southeast Arkansas Arts and Science Center for one year. McClain was one of the Founding Members of the Pine Bluff Symphony Orchestra, where he served as a member of the Board of Directors and as Treasurer. He also a served on the Jefferson County Tax Equalization Board for three years.
His professional associations included President of the State Board of Accountancy; President of the Arkansas Society of Public Accountants, holding a life membership after 50 years of service; and a member of various committees of the Arkansas Society of Public Accountant and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
He moved to North Little Rock in 1998 and served as President of the Timbercreek Condominium Property Owners’ Association.
Mr. McClain was a lifelong Presbyterian and had been a member of First Presbyterian Church of Pine Bluff since 1947. He served his church as Treasurer, Deacon, and Elder. He was a Founding Member of the First Presbyterian Church Foundation. In recent years, he supported and attended Park Hill Baptist Church in North Little Rock where he was a member of the loving Herndon-Ward-Hill Sunday school class.
Preceding him in death are his brother, William Knox McClain; his grandson, William Bartlow “Bart” Nuckolls; his first wife, Lois Bartlow McClain; and his second wife, Bonilu “Boni” Ellington Collins McClain.
Survivors include his wife, Glenda Bailey McClain; a daughter, Ellen McClain Nuckolls and her husband John William “Bill” Nuckolls, MD; a son, Hal McClain and wife Sandy Veches McClain of Kennesaw, Georgia; two granddaughters, Margaret Lee Nuckolls of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Sarah McClain Nuckolls of Whitefish, Montana; a grandson, Andrew C. McClain and wife Rebecca Slabaugh McClain of Atlanta; and great-grandson Finlay Andrew McClain , also of Atlanta.
There will be a private family burial in Graceland Cemetery in Pine Bluff with Dr. Ken Shaddox officiating. The service will be webcast live Wednesday, April 15, 2020, beginning at 2:00 p.m. on our website, www.RalphRobinsonandSon.com A memorial service at First Presbyterian Church in Pine Bluff will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers or memorials, Mr. McClain requested that all read John 15:12 and do an act of kindness for someone else in his memory.