Ann Maynard

Ann Brown Taylor Maynard passed on May 27. Ann Brown was born February 25, 1916, in Pine Bluff, AR. Her parents were W. W. Taylor, formerly of St. Louis, MO., and Estelle Brown Taylor who was originally from Camden, AR.

Ann married Joe. B. Maynard of Pine Bluff, AR on November 2, 1935. They had three children; Jo Ann Maynard Hankins of Rogers, AR; Joe B. Maynard (Bucky) of Pine Bluff; Marian Estelle Maynard of Bentonville, AR. There are four grandchildren: Chris Hankins of Katy, TX; Meribeth Schaap of Tontitown, AR, Jerry Shepard of Austin, AR, and Lee Brown Maynard of Rye, AR. There are thirteen great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Marian Taylor Mitchell, her husband, Joe, to whom she was married fifty seven years and a great granddaughter, Sidneigh Paige Maynard.

Ann was a Methodist, who in addition to her involvement with church, enjoyed attending CFO camps which were interdenominational. In Pine Bluff she faithfully visited people in nursing homes where she accompanied singing using her autoharp. She attended Hendrix College.

She worked as a hostess for Newcomer Greeting Service, a family business, visiting and welcoming new people to Pine Bluff and also organized their club which met monthly. In addition to this, she worked with the Frank Lauback literacy group teaching people to read; also going into the prison system. At age 92 she could still play a dozen songs committed to memory on the piano. At 100 she played Jesus Loves Me on a television spot.

Ann will always be remembered for her quick smile, a great sense of humor, encouraging words, and continually pointing others to the Lord.

She will be missed much by her family and friends and all who were touched by her life. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Graveside services will be at Graceland Cemetery on Saturday, June 6, at 11 a.m.

Wathita Waits

Wathita Ann Waits, 82, of Genoa City, passed away on Friday May 29, 2020, at Burr Oak Manor.

Wathita was born on August 16, 1937, in Cornersville, AK, the daughter of the late Iverson and Edith Peacock. She was educated in the schools of Pine Bluff, AR. Wathita married Bobby Waits on December 10, 1956, in Whitehall, AR. She was the owner at Merle Norman for over 20 years. She was a member of the Immanuel Baptist Church in AR and the Wauconda Baptist Church in IL. Her hobbies included antiques, training cosmetology for Merle Norman in Antioch and Gurnee, IL, but most of all she loved spending time with her friends and family, especially her grandchildren.

Wathita was also proud of her Cherokee Heritage. And she loved angels. Her favorite Bible scripture was Psalms 23:4 : The Lord is my Shepherd…

Survivors include her daughter, Pamela Sue Soued Lachgar of Santa Rosa, CA; son, Rodney James Waits of McHenry, IL; step-son, Bobby Waits, Jr., of Pine Bluff, AR; brother, Sherman Peacock of Hot Springs, AR; sister, Glenda Thompson of Hot Springs, AR; 3 grandchildren, Elizabeth Ann Matej, Rodney James Waits, Jr., and Shawn Aaron Waits; also included are her 7 great grandchildren, Brayden, Nathan, Chloe, Lily, Parker, Frankie, and Charlie; step-grandchildren, Matthew and Aaron.

Wathita was preceded in death by her husband, Sgnt. Maj. Bobby Carroll Waits, Career Army and parents, Iverson P. Peacock and Edith V. Benfield Peacock.

A celebration of life memorial will be held a later date in Cornersville, AR. With family and friends.

In lieu of flowers memorials to the Cornersville Baptist Church in Bobby & Ann Waits’ memory would be appreciated. Arrangements were announced by Kenosha Funeral Services & Crematory at Kenosha, WI.

Francine Terry

Mrs. Francine Terry passed away Sunday, May 31, 2020, at the Jefferson Regional Medical Center. Arrangements will be announced by the P.K. Miller Mortuary.

A. D. Jones

A. D. Jones of Pine Bluff passed June 2, 2020. Arrangements will be announced later by Henson-Holcomb Mortuary.

Howard Houghton

Howard Garrett Houghton, 68, of Pine Bluff and Little Rock, died Monday, June 1, 2020, at Encore Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Ralph Robinson and Son Funeral Directors (online register: