Pastor C.L. Williams

Carl Lee (C.L.) Williams was born on Monday, September, 19, 1955, to the late Johnny Williams, Sr. and Lousizar Willis Williams in Desha County.

C.L. graduated from Dumas School District in 1974. After graduation he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and was honorably discharged.

C.L. confessed his faith in Christ during a revival at the New Light Baptist Church in Tillar, Arkansas, led by the late Pastor G.L. Ford, Jr. He later moved to Pine Bluff where he was employed with the International Paper Mill. Later he began working for the Pine Bluff Arsenal where he remained until retirement. After retirement, he remained active; he refereed basketball games throughout the state of Arkansas. C.L. believed in discipline. He was later employed with DRS Security, the Pine Bluff Police Department and the Juvenile Clean up Team.

C.L. moved to Pine Bluff and wanted to remain connected to a bible believing church. He united with the Rose Hill Missionary Baptist Church and was active with the Music Ministry, Usher Ministry and was ordained as a Deacon. C.L. accepted his calling into the ministry in 1986, where he preached his first sermon at Rose Hill. He was later asked to become an Associate Minister at New Light MBC.

On Saturday, June 2, 1989, he was elected as the 13th Pastor of the Smith Chapel Missionary Baptist Church. C.L. remained faithful as Pastor for 30 years, with his family by his side. He regularly attended the Regular Arkansas Baptist Convention, The National Baptist Congress of Christian Education and the Regular St. Marion District Association, always was willing to attain more knowledge about Christ to share with his congregation.

He was joined in holy matrimony to Robbie, the love of his life, on Monday, August 1, 1983, at the home of Rev. Johnny Smith, Sr. in Dumas, Arkansas.

On Sunday, March 15, 2020, he preached his last sermon, “Our Problem Solution,” 2 Chronicles 7:13-14. C.L. was welcomed with open arms into his heavenly home on Friday, April 24, 2020.

C.L. was preceded in death by his parents, Johnny and Louisar Williams, brothers – David, Isirah, Thomas Charles and Curtis Williams; and sisters Erma Dancer, Murlean Bennett, and Barbara Thompson.

He leaves to cherish his awesome memory his wife of thirty-six years – Robbie C. Williams; his daughter, Monica (Jermaine) Jenkins of Lithonia, Georgia; sons — Anthony T. Williams of Marianna, Arkansas, Creighton (MaRonda) Williams of Memphis, Tennessee, and Cedrick J. Williams of Union City, California; sisters — Bernicesteen King of Toledo, Ohio and Annie D. (James) Bennett of Pine Bluff, Arkansas; brother — Johnny Williams of Houston, Texas; and a host of grandchildren, great-grand children, nieces, nephews, cousins, members of the Smith Chapel MBC, Rose Hill MBC, The Arkansas Connection, Pine Bluff Police Department and friends.

Due to the COVID19, and in accordance with both state and federal mandates, a walk-through visitation will be held on Friday, May 1, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Christian Way Funeral Home; 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at the Rose Hill MBC.

We will allow 5 people to enter the facility and once those 5 exit the facility, we will allow the next 5 to enter. We ask that everyone please enter the sanctuary and exit in a timely manner. No one will be allowed to stay in the sanctuary during the Walk-Through Visitation.

Graveside Services - Saturday, May 2, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. at the New Light Cemetery located on Hwy. 159, East of Dumas. Pastor George Waters, Jr. will officiate.

George Connell III

George Henry Connell, III, 73, of White Hall, died Monday, April 27, 2020.

Survivors include his loving wife, Gloria Hunter Connell, whom he married August 3, 1969, in Monticello; daughter, Christie Leigh Park of White Hall; son, Blake Connell (Kelly) of White Hall; brother, Scottie Connell of Kilbourne, Louisiana; and four grandchildren, Kendal Park, Karsyn Park, Cole Connell and Carter Connell.

Due to covid-19 restrictions, the family has asked for no visitors at their home.

George will be in state Friday, May 1, 2020, from 1:00-4:30 p.m. at Robinson and Fuller White Hall Funeral Chapel. Only groups of 9 or fewer will be allowed to view George at a time Friday afternoon due to restrictions. There will be a drive through visitation Friday evening from 5-7 p.m. in the parking lot of the White Hall Community Center. We ask that everyone attending stay in their vehicles and the funeral home staff will direct you where to go to greet the family while staying in your vehicle.

Memorial services will be 2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 2, 2020, in the parking lot of the White Hall Community Center. We ask for those in attendance to stay in their vehicles while in attendance. The service will be live streamed on and on the Ralph Robinson and Son Facebook page. The service will also be broadcast on 101.3 FM radio. Interment will be private. There will not be a register book at the service. The family has asked that you leave typed or video condolences on George’s page at Memorials may be made to White Hall United Methodist Church Children’s Ministry, P.O. Box 20880, White Hall, AR 71602.

Elmaleen Moltz

Flossie Elmalene Moltz, age 89, of Sheridan, passed away Tuesday April 28, 2020.

Born January 28, 1931, at the Double Wells community in Jefferson County, she was a daughter of the late Glaucus Lawrence and Elah Robertson Lawrence. She received her early education at Grapevine and graduated from White Hall High School in 1949.

Mrs. Moltz worked for several business over the years, including the Pine Bluff Commercial, Pinecrest Cotton Mill, and Pine Bluff Industries. She retired as a bobbin winder at Camden Wire.

She was a member of Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church. Always ready with a joke or a kind word, she never met a stranger.

She married Melvin Andrews on July 6, 1950, and he preceded her in death on June 9, 1981. She was also predeceased by seven siblings.

Survivors include her husband, Elmer Moltz, whom she married on June 24, 1999; six children, Cathy Alverson (Sammy), Karen Causey (Wayne), Stephen Andrews (Beth), Ronnie Andrews (Kathy), Tracy Gorman, and David Andrews (Sara); 12 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; one great-great- grandchild; three step-children, Robert Moltz (Martha), Diane Ashcraft (Kenny), and Melba Funderburg (Gary); three siblings, Almeeta Beatty (Winford), Anita Corder, and Larry Lawrence (Donna); seven step-grandchildren and a number of step-great-grandchildren.

Due to Covid-19 concerns, the family will have a private service on Friday, May 1, 2020, at Lee Cemetery with Brother Doney Blackerby officiating. The service will be webcast live at 2:00 p.m. Please visit to view the service, or to send a typed or personal video message to the family. Arrangements are by Fuller Hale-South Funeral Services.

Rev. Arthur McDowell Jr.

Rev. Arthur Buster McDowell, Jr. 99, of Pine Bluff, Arkansas passed away Saturday, April 25, 2020. Viewing 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Thursday, April 30, 2020, at Brown Funeral Home William Dove, Sr., Memorial Chapel, Pine Bluff, AR. Services are entrusted to Brown Funeral Home of Pine Bluff AR.

Annie Solomon

Mrs. Annie Solomon 73, of Pine Bluff, Arkansas passed away Wednesday, April 29, 2020. Arrangements will be announced by Brown Funeral Home of Pine Bluff, AR.

Susie Todle

Mrs. Susie Todle 85, of Pine Bluff, Arkansas passed away Tuesday, April 28, 2020. Arrangements will be announced by Brown Funeral Home of Pine Bluff, AR.