Lois Bond


Lois Mae Hodges Bond, 95, of White Hall, Arkansas left her earthly body on the evening of Tuesday, April 21st, 2020. Lois was born July 19, 1924 in Texarkana, Texas to Lonnie and Lillie Mary Jane Richey Hodges.


She was welcomed into heaven by her Savior, Jesus Christ, whom she served faithfully all of her life, her parents, her husband, Joe Walter Bond, her son, Ronny Bond, her daughter, Patricia Jo Quarles, daughter in-law, Paula Bond, grandchildren, Jeffrey Quarles, Patricia Gail Quarles, and Tammy Truelove, and great granddaughter, Amber Jo Sides.


She is survived by her son Scott Bond and his wife Maggie of Daytona Beach, Florida, son James Bond, of Pine Bluff, son in-law, Howard Quarles, of White Hall, daughter in-law Sue Bond of White Hall, sister Evelyn Hardin of Pine Bluff and sister Donna Kassler of North Little Rock, 8 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild, a multitude of nieces, nephews and church family who will miss her greatly.


Before her battle with Alzheimer’s disease, Lois loved reading her Bible, gardening, walking around her neighborhood, crocheting, visiting with family and attending Centennial Fellowship Church. She lived her life for Jesus and serving others and lovingly impacted so many lives and hearts.


There will be a private burial at Memorial Park Cemetery in White Hall. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date. RFWhiteHall.com.


Deborah Morris


Deborah Faye Henderson Morris, 61, of Pine Bluff, Arkansas passed away April 28, 2020.


Graveside Services will be 10:30am on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens with Pastor James Barnes, Jr officiating.


Public Visitation will be from 5:00pm-7:00pm on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at Paradise Funeral Home Chapel..Due to the COVID 19, and in accordance with both state and federal mandates, a walk-through visitation is allowed. We will allow 10 people to enter the facility and once those 10 exits the facility, we will allow the next 5 to enter the facility. During the graveside, social distancing will also be observed as well. “Only Paradise Can Serve You Better!”


Charlene Gaines


CHARLENE SMITH GAINES (October 3, 1941 to May 1, 2020.) Charlene Smith Gaines was born October 3, 1941 to the late Georgia Burl Bradshaw and Solomon Smith in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.


Charlene graduated from Merrill High School in 1960. After graduation, she attended Hampton Institute (now Hampton University) and graduated from A. M. & N. College (now the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff) in 1964 with a B.S. Degree in Business Administration. A. M. & N. College is also where she met and married her husband, James Gaines.


She has been a lifelong member of St. John A.M.E. Church where she faithfully served on a number of boards and committees including the Trustee Board, the Stewardess Board, the Church Anniversary Committee, and was Co-chairman and member of the Women’s Day Committee. She served as the Chairman of the Merrill All-Class Reunion for six years. Even after relinquishing the position, she voluntarily served in an advisory capacity and generously shared the knowledge she had gained with her successors. She remained an active member of the All-School Reunion Committee for many years. Merrill Alumni continued to rely on her as their point of contact for the event even after her health declined. Charlene was instrumental in reviving the Merrill Restoration Alliance Inc., helping to secure the building, retrieving artifacts and helping to develop plans for the Merrill historical museum.


Mrs. Gaines worked for the Jefferson County Adult Education Center, Wabbaseka School District, and Ben Pearson Archery before starting a 21-year career with Southwestern Bell Telephone Company. After retirement, she began a second career serving 14 years in the UAPB Art Department as an assistant to the department chairman. She endeared herself to many students in the Art Department, some even affectionately called her “Mama”. Charlene and her brother, John, were loyal supporters of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, especially the UAPB Vesper Choir.


She was predeceased by her parents, Georgia Bradshaw and Solomon Smith and her brother, John E. Smith.


Charlene leaves to cherish her awesome memory, her husband of fifty-six years, James Gaines; daughter, Lisa (Peter Smith) Gaines of Beachwood, Ohio; son, Cedric Burl of Pine Bluff, Arkansas; three grandchildren, Maya, Asha and Langston Gaines-Smith; and cousins, Attorney Agatha McKeel, T. K. Burl, Dr. Shawn Burl, and Danny (Dovie) Burl, niece Gail Smith, nephew Stephen Smith and other family and friends.


Due to COVID-19, and in compliance with both state and federal mandates, a graveside service will be attended by the family only. Donations may be made in her memory to the UAPB Vesper Choir or UAPB Art Department.


James Castleberry


James Castleberry age 84, of White Hall, AR died Saturday, May 2nd, 2020, at the JRMC in Pine Bluff, AR.


Graveside services were 2:00 p.m. Monday, May 4th 2020, at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, North of Woodlawn, AR. Burial in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery by Frazer’s Funeral Home. There was a visitation 12:30 PM till 1:30PM Monday, May 4th, at Robinson-Fuller Funeral Home in White Hall, AR.www.frazerfuneralhome.com. ALL CDC guidelines were to be followed.


Billy R. Williams


Mr. Billy R. Williams 65, of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, passed away Thursday, April 30, 2020. Arrangements will be announced by Brown Funeral Home of Pine Bluff, AR. www.Brownfuneralhomeandmortuary.com.


Charlie Alston


Mr. Charlie Alston 82, of Star City, Arkansas passed away Saturday, May 2, 2020. Arrangements will be announced by Brown Funeral Home of Pine Bluff, AR. www.Brownfuneralhomeandmortuary.com.


Everlina Jackson


Everlina Jackson, 66, of Pine Bluff, AR, passed on Sunday April 26, 2020. She was born on November 22, 1953, to the late Urais McCombs and Henry Mae Crosby McCombs. She was preceded in death by her father and two siblings.


She is survived by her mother; son, Kevin Jackson, one brother, five sisters, three grandchildren and one great grandchild.


A walk- through visitation will be held on May 5, 2020, 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. at Christian Way Funeral Home. Graveside service will be on Wednesday May 6, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. at Mt. Lebanon Cemetery. Online register: christianwayfh.com.