George Lipe Sr.

George Wilson Lipe, Sr., 90, of Pine Bluff, passed away Saturday, April 25, 2020. He was born December 20, 1929, in Sunflower County, Mississippi, to the late Cornelius Holbert and Cora Dunn Lipe.

George was reared and early educated in the Mississippi Delta and graduated from Grenada High School. He was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean Conflict. George attended Delta State in Cleveland, Mississippi where he played football and baseball and earned his Bachelor of Science Degree. He then went on to Mississippi State University, where he earned his Master’s Degree. He moved to Pine Bluff in 1962 and started work at the Pine Bluff Arsenal as a research biologist, and then retired from the NCTR.

George enjoyed watching sports, and also enjoyed studying genealogy. He was a member of the former Southside Baptist Church (currently Family Church), where he served as a deacon and a past treasurer.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Barbara Carol Buckley Lipe, whom he married June 7, 1958, in Edwards, Mississippi; grandson, Jonathon Lipe, brother, Charles Lipe; and sister, Theresa Tatum.

Survivors include his three children, George W. Lipe, Jr. of Pine Bluff, John J. Lipe (Gayle) of Mooresville, Indiana and Kelly Ann Lipe of Holly Springs, Georgia; special daughter, Annette Swint; granddaughter, Amanda Marie Lipe; and great granddaughter, Natalie Marie Lipe.

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, services will be a private graveside, Thursday, April 30, 2020, 1:00 PM, at Memorial Park Cemetery. Live broadcasting and online condolences:

Jeanne Cooper

Jeanne M. Cooper, 74, of Winslow, passed away Monday, April 27, 2020, at her home. She was born November 22, 1945, in Pine Bluff to Mac Bert and Doris Irene Crutchfield Walsh.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Mac Bert Walsh and Doris Irene Walsh Carter; her husband of 53 years, Olaf Reece Cooper; a son, Olaf Brian Cooper; and a sister, Doris Virginia Walsh.

Jeanne had attended UAFS, studying graphic arts.

She is survived by her children, Charles Patrick Cooper (Marcy) of Texas, Michael Darby Cooper (Pat) of Winslow and Dianne M. Worrell of Indiana; her siblings, Larry Walsh, Patricia Walsh Phillips and Kathy Walsh; 5 grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be 10:00 AM Friday, May 1, 2020 at Sunset Cemetery with Chaplain Jason Harter officiating under the direction of Beard’s Chapel.

A memorial service for Jeanne honoring her life will be announced and held at a later date. Condolences at

Carroll Covington

Carroll Alexander Covington, 78, of White Hall, AR, died Friday, April 24, 2020. He was born April 21, 1942, in Tucker, AR, to Alva and Betty Ruth Archibald Covington. He was a United States Army veteran serving in the 101st Airborne Division as a paratrooper. Following his time in the Army, he became a mechanical drafting instructor for the Arkansas Department of Education, teaching in many different locations.

He is remembered as always working in the yard, or repairing something—always keeping busy and helping his neighbors.

He is survived by his former wife, Jane Covington; two sons, Alan Covington and Gary Covington; one brother, Julian Covington; one sister, Ruth Ann Davis; two grandchildren, Randy Covington and wife, Candice, and Carilon McClatchy and husband, Jesse; 8 great-grandchildren and a number of other relatives.

No services have been scheduled at this time.

Cremation arrangements have been entrusted to Fuller Hale-South Funeral Services. Online condolences and registration is at

Mary Hudson

Mary Nell Reed Hudson, age 80, of Pine Bluff, left this earth for her heavenly home on Sunday, April 26, 2020.

Born in the Woodlawn community on April 10, 1940, she was a daughter of the late John Oren Reed and Mary Gladys Ryburn Reed. She graduated from Woodlawn High School in 1958.

Mary Nell had a 40 year-long career in banking in Pine Bluff, having worked as a loan officer and supervisor for the National Bank of Commerce (and its successors, Worthen Bank and Trust Company and Boatman’s Bank). She had also worked for several Savings and Loan businesses. She retired as supervisor of receptionists for Wilson and Associates Law Firm in Little Rock.

She was a longtime member of Eastside Baptist Church and Beta Sigma Phi Sorority.

In addition to her parents, Mary Nell was preceded in death by her loving husband of 56 years, Paul Wright Hudson on December 31, 2018; a son, Paul R. Hudson; and four siblings, Helen Gibson, Robert Reed, Havis Reed, and Rufus Lee Reed.

Survivors include a son, Scott Hudson of White Hall; a daughter, Mary Martin (Bill) of Hot Springs; a sister, Lily Faye Upshaw of Little Rock; a brother, John David Reed of Hot Springs; and five grandchildren, Grey Hudson, Reed Hudson, Luke Martin, Alexa Martin, and Emerson Martin.

Graveside services will be Thursday, April 30, 2020, 2:00 p.m. at Friendship Cemetery in Cleveland County with Brother Josh Dutton officiating. Arrangements are by Fuller Hale-South Funeral Services. For written or video condolences to the family, please visit

Rev. C.L. Williams

It is with fervent sympathy that Christian Way Funeral Home Staff respectfully request prayers for the Williams Family in the passing of their dear loved one, Pastor C.L. Williams, 64, of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, on April 24, 2020. Home going Celebration accommodations are forthcoming. Please give comfort in knowing Earth has no sorrow that God can not heal. Please pray with this family during this difficult time.

Edward Chism

Edward Chism of Pine Bluff passed April 28, 2020. Arrangements later by Henson-Holcomb Mortuary.