Joyce Miller

Mrs. Joyce Lavada Miller passed away Thursday, April 23, 2020, at Trinity Village Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Joyce was born March 30, 1939 in Colt, Arkansas to Anna Mae Grantham Ryan and Wilbur Luther Ryan. She was preceded in death by sister, Gladys Louise Snow of Iowa and brother, Coy Lee Ryan of Indiana.

Joyce was a housewife, devoted daughter, mother and grandmother. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. She loved her family and friends. Joyce shared her passion for music by singing for friends and family. She enjoyed serving the Lord through her music.

She is survived by her husband, Donald Wayne Miller, of Pine Bluff, son; Glenn (Debbie) Brimhall of San Antonio, Texas, three daughters; Donna Poye of Fort Worth, Texas, Tammy (Steve) Horn of Bauxite, Arkansas and Lori (Greg) Cearley of Rogers, Arkansas and step daughters; Janice (Chip) Oaks and the late, Pam Miller of Pine Bluff, Arkansas; twelve grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren.

A family funeral will be held at Ralph Robinson & Son in Pine Bluff, Arkansas on Sunday, April 26, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. There will be a public viewing on Sunday, April 26 between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

In accordance with the Covid-19 guidelines, no more than ten people will be allowed into the funeral home at a time. The service will be livestreamed for those unable to attend.

Leah Hampton

Leah Hampton, born Bobby Jene Hampton March 17, 1932, in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, to Robert Hampton and Ona Montgomery, died April 24, 2020, at Trinity Village Medical Center. She was better known as “Shug” to her family and friends. Bobby Jene graduated from Memphis Tech in 1950. According to the yearbook her philosophy was “To have everything I like as long as I live and live as long as I like.”

Bobby Jene legally changed her name to Leah in 1979, while living in Los Angeles. She lived briefly in Florida, New York, and Las Vegas before settling in Los Angeles. She returned to Pine Bluff in 1993.

Leah had a passion for dancing that began early in life with her sister, Betty Sue. They performed locally in the Pine Bluff area. Leah also taught dance and pursued a career in dance in New York and Las Vegas. Most of her life and professional career was in Hollywood in television. She worked at Hanna-Barbera and later was the Assistant to the Producer on shows such as “Barney Miller.”

Leah had a passion for life and believed in living it to the fullest. She was full of fire and passion. Her Mother called it “Spit and Vinegar.”

She is survived by her brother-in-law, Charles Lee Triplett of Pine Bluff; her three nephews, Charles Triplett of Culpeper, Virginia, Thomas Triplett of Springdale, Arkansas, and David Triplett of Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Ms. Hampton was preceded in death by her parents and her sister Betty Sue Triplett.

Due to COVID-19 crisis no service is planned at this time. A private memorial will be held at a later date. Cremation arrangements entrusted to Ralph Robinson and Son Funeral Home.

Online guest registration and condolences will be at

Joseph Jackson Jr.

November 12, 1946 -April 21, 2020.

Joseph “Conlee” Jackson, Jr. passed, peaceably in his sleep, from this earthly existence on April 21, 2020 at his home in White Hall, Arkansas. He was born November 12, 1946 in Little Rock Arkansas. He is survived by his wife Carol; step-daughters, Melinda (Gene) Blevins, Amy Brawner; and step-granddaughter, Jessica Peddy. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Jackson, Sr. and Gladys; and his sisters, Diane Carson and Sarah Smith.

He graduated from Subiaco Academy in Logan, Arkansas. After graduating, he served in the USAF for 4 years, He went on to earn an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration.

He worked in his family business, Jackson Cookie Company in North Little Rock, which his parents had started during the Great Depression. After the business was sold, he owned a Jewelry store for many years. After this, he worked for Wal-Mart and Lowe’s until his full retirement in 2010.

He enjoyed water sports and golf. He enjoyed traveling and bird watching with his wife. He was her faithful companion in many activities and will be missed in so many ways. Rest peacefully, sweet partner.

There will be no funeral or visitation. There will be a family memorial when possible. He will be buried alongside his mother, who he loved dearly, at Roselawn Cemetery in Little Rock.

Arrangements are under the direction of Robinson Fuller White Hall Chapel.

Thorn Van Edwards

Thorn Van Edwards, Jr.

Thorn Van Edwards, Jr. 63, of Pine Bluff passed April 21, 2020. Born November 1, 1956, in Little Rock, AR to the late Thorn Van Edwards, Sr. and his mother, Nathalia Edwards of Pine Bluff.

Survivors include a brother, Ronald Edwards, Sr.; sisters, Larita Stokes and Treva Edwards; Nephews, Ronald Edwards, Jr. and Braxton Perry; Neices, Shontel Holden and Courtine Elsworth.

A private service will be held Saturday at 1:00 p.n. at Henson Holcomb Mortuary Chapel by Rev. Debra Senter. Burial will be in New Hope Cemetery in Sherrill, AR.

Nancy Berry

Nancy Hyatt Berry, age 82, of Little Rock, formerly of Pine Bluff passed away Friday, April 24, 2020.

Born March 4, 1938 at Delhi, LA, she was the only child of John and Docia Hawkins, and spent her childhood at Oak Grove, LA. She was a 1956 graduate of Crossett High School.

Mrs. Berry attended medical technology school in St. Louis and later earned her associate’s degree from UAPB. She worked as a medical technologist at Jefferson Regional Medical Center until her retirement in 2001.

Nancy was a caregiver by nature. She advocated for those in need, and was committed to caring for her family. Most recently, she was the volunteer floor manager and building president of the Rinehart Building at Good Shepherd Senior Living. She took her position very seriously and always went out of her way to assist her residents.

She was a member of River Road Baptist Church at Redfield.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by two husbands, Vester Hyatt and Tom Berry.

Survivors include her four children, Beth Harrison (Bo) of Redfield, Patty Heird (Sammy) of Hensley, Ray Chanslor (Laura) of Ooltewah, TN, and Lisa Weeks (Mike) of East End; seven grandchildren, Nick Heird (Abby), Seth Heird (Sarah), Tyler Peters, Anna Weeks, Mary Margaret Hester, Madison Chanslor, and Ashton Johnson (Trey); and three great-grandchildren.

There will be a graveside service on Monday, April 27, 2020, 2:00 at Cypress Memorial Gardens Cemetery with Brother Todd Howard officiating. The family will greet friends following the service. Please observe social distancing. Arrangements are by Fuller Hale-South Funeral Services.

Memorials may be made to Hope of the Delta, 3905 S. Hazel Street, Pine Bluff, AR 71603. Online condolences may be made at

Earl Abram

Elder Earl Dean, Abram 82, of Pine Bluff passed away April 20, 2020. Graveside Service will be 11:11 a.m. on Monday, April 27, 2020, at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens by Paradise Funeral Home of Pine Bluff.

Public Visitation will be on Sunday, April 26, 2020, from 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. at Paradise Funeral Home.

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