Deric Antuane Geiggar, 49, of Memphis, Tennessee, formerly of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, was born Monday, September 21, 1970, in Pine Bluff,
Arkansas to the proud parents of Melvin Geiggar and the late Doretha Cook Geiggar. He transitioned from this earthly life in the afternoon on Friday, May 8, 2020, at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.
Deric was educated in the Pine Bluff School District where he received his high school diploma from Pine Bluff High School in June 1988. Later in life, he decided to continue his education at the University of Phoenix where he received an Associate Degree in Business Administration in 2012. Later, he completed a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration in 2014, also from the University of Phoenix. His thirst of knowledge led him to begin his Master of Liberal Studies program with a concentration in counseling and business at the University of Memphis.
Deric enlisted in the United States Navy in 1989 and was honorably discharged in 1992. Deric’s work experience began at an early age. He worked at his father’s service station — University Quick Check and learned the various tasks of operating the business. He worked as a car salesman (new and used automobiles) for several companies in Memphis, a telemarketer (long distance calls for MCI), and a communication sales representative.
Deric professed a hope in Christ at a young age at the New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of the late Dr. Rev. Curlee Thomas. While at New Jerusalem, Deric was faithful in Sunday School, a participant in the Christmas and Easter programs, and church service. His current membership was with the Pentecostal Missionary Baptist Church, in Memphis, Tennessee where Rev. Steven J. Turner is the pastor. Deric was an active member of the Men’s Ministry. Deric faithfully read the Bible and enjoyed listening to Gospel music.
Deric was united in Holy Matrimony to Rhonda Reese on March 31, 1990. Deric was preceded in death by his mother, Doretha Cook Geiggar; grandparents, Everlena Ringo and Decoy and Jessie Mae Cook.
Deric leaves to cherish his memories wife: Rhonda R. Geiggar of Memphis, Tennessee; son, Kelly Scarver of Hammond, Indiana; father, Melvin Geiggar of Pine Bluff, Arkansas; brothers, Rickey (La Tina) Geiggar of Pine Bluff and Bryce (Star) Geiggar of North Little Rock, Arkansas, one sister — Cassandra (Julie) Geiggar of Wichita, Kansas, one granddaughter, one brother-in-law Kevin Reese and two sister-in-laws Angela Reese of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and Lynetta Reese of Conway, Arkansas, and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Visitation: 5 p-7 p May 14 at New Jerusalem Baptist Church 1317 South Texas, Pine Bluff. Graveside: 11a May 15 at Forrest Lawn Memorial Gardens. Final Arrangements entrusted to Samuel L. Vance & Sons Funeral Directors-Malvern to leave condolences visit www.samuellvanceandsons.com. 855-SLVANCE.
Janet Lucretia McLeod Raymick, age 87, passed away on May 11, 2020 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She was a Christian and Jesus was her refuge always. Janet traveled extensively in her lifetime.Her favorite quote was from Mark Twain. “Broad, wholesome, charitable views of man and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one’s own little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.”
She was the daughter of the late Robert Claude McLeod and Dahlia McFarland McLeod. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Raymick.She was the proud mother of William Kent Raymick of Fayetteville and Jana Michelle Raymick Cothern of Fayetteville.
She was “Granny Jan” to Jana Hale Raymick Norvell of Kansas City, Ruth Ellen Raymick Tubbs (Brett) of Denver, Christopher Logan Cothern (Allison) of Dallas, Zachary William Cothern of Denver, and Alexandra Michelle Cothern of Fayetteville and great-grandchildren William Jude Tubbs and Norah Jolene Tubbs of Denver. A private graveside service will be held for the family. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to a charity of your choice in memory of Mrs. Raymick. Arrangements by Buie Funeral Home of Rison (870) 325-6216. Sign online guestbook at www.buiefuneralhome.com.
Billy Joe Hughes, age 72 of Pine Bluff, formerly of Monticello, passed away Saturday, May 9, 2020, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. He was born July 24, 1947, in Monticello to the late S. G. and Thelma Myhand Hughes.
Billy Joe proved his patriotism and love of his country by serving in two military branches. In 1967, he enlisted in the National Guard and was assigned to the 1122nd Transportation Unit in Monticello before transferring his service to the Air Force Reserves unit in Jacksonville where he served until his retirement in 1987. Billy Joe started his career at International Paper in 1969 as a General Yard Laborer but spent most of his 41 year career as a General Mechanic assigned to the Woodyard Crane Shed. In 2010, shortly after accepting the position of Precision Maintenance Instructor, he retired from Evergreen Packaging. Throughout his life, Billy Joe was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed coon hunting with his favorite dog Buford as a young man. In his later years, squirrel hunting and crappie fishing became favorite pastimes. A love of animals led him into many livestock endeavors including cattle and chicken farming businesses and a multitude of different farm animals raised purely for his own personal enjoyment. Billy Joe always had a love of people and rarely passed up an opportunity to swap stories with friends, old and new. Until his death, he enjoyed “tinkering” in his shop and took pride in his ability to make broken things whole again. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by one brother, Charlie Hughes.
Survivors include one son, Marty Hughes of Cornerville; one daughter, Carri Langley and husband Mike of Pine Bluff; two granddaughters, Corri Langley and Calli Langley; one sister, Betty Hughes of Monticello; a sister in law, Donna Hughes of Monticello; and a friend and caregiver, Cora Allen.
A graveside service was held at 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 13, 2020, at Rose Hill Cemetery, with Rev. Leon Crutchfield and Wayne Jordan officiating. To ensure safe social distancing, the family requested that those in attendance park within view of the cemetery and remain inside their vehicles. The audio portion of the service was to be broadcast via FM radio at a frequency available in the service program. For anyone who wished to deliver personal condolences, there was to be a drive through receiving line immediately following the service. Arrangements were by Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home.
With a heavy heart, I am sad to share that my grandmother passed away last night. Sybil was a class act. She bloomed with dignity and grace. She was sharper than a tack, beautiful inside and out, dependable, had faith stronger than a lion, and enjoyed the finer things in life. But, most of all, Sybil loved and cherished family. Sybil had the prettiest linens and boy, did she know how to perfectly fold them!! With every linen that I embroider, I will always think of my grandmother Sybil.
Sybil Brazil, 90, of Pine Bluff, passed away peacefully at Good Shepherd on May 12, 2020. She was born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, on November 4, 1929, to Otis and Gazelle Fikes Brewer.
Along with her parents, Mrs. Brazil was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Brazil; and her brothers, Dr. Charles Brewer and James Brewer.
She graduated from Watson Chapel High School, and married her high school sweetheart, Leonard Brazil, on May 5, 1949. They had 2 children, Judy Brazil Carpenter (husband Warren) and Debbie Brazil Thicksten (husband Mark). In 1957 Sybil and Leonard started Pine Bluff Crating & Pallet. Sixty-three years later the company is still going strong with their grandson, Zach Thicksten, running the business.
Her biggest joys were her 5 grandchildren, Hunter Carpenter and his wife Megan, Lindsey Carpenter Gray and her husband Phil, Zach Thicksten and his wife Ruthie, Nicholas Thicksten and his wife Caroline, and Molly Ellen Thicksten; and her 12 great-grandchildren.
She enjoyed going to the lake with her family and loved family vacations to Colorado and Florida. Sybil was a life-long member of Good Faith United Methodist Church. The family would like to thank the compassionate caregivers at Good Shepherd.
Private graveside services will be at 10:30 AM Friday at Graceland Cemetery with Rev. John Landis officiating by Ralph Robinson and Son Funeral Directors. The family asks that your thoughtful gifts be made to Good Faith Carr United Methodist Church in lieu of flowers. Online register: www.ralphrobindsonandson.com.