Kathryn Tucker


Kathryn Ann Teer Tucker was born on June 1, 1935, in Samples, AR (Jefferson County) to Raleigh S. and Kate Teer. She passed into the arms of Jesus unexpectedly on June 3, 2020.


She is survived by her husband of 63 years, William S. “Bill” Tucker; her two daughters, Barbara (Danny) Ketchum and Cindy Covert of Benton. She is also survived by her precious granddaughters, Katie (Jared) Clifton and Kellie (GJ) Mayle. She was blessed by seven great-grandchildren whom affectionately called her DoeDoe. They are Canyon, Mali, Lizah and Mercy Clifton, Easton Snellings, Savannah Ann and Adyson Mayle. She is also survived by her sister and best friend (partner in mischief), Jane Dodds. She leaves many cherished nieces and nephews who called her “Aunt Kat”. Her brother, Scotty L. Teer and Raleigh Teer, Jr. preceded her in death.


Kathryn was a member of Yorktown First Baptist Church. She graduated from Grady High School in 1953. After marrying Bill Tucker in 1956, she lived in Fayetteville, Pine Bluff, Dyersburg, TN and Benton.


She loved bowling and continued to bowl until age 80. Her competitive spirit came out whether bowling, playing Baggo or Left, Right, Center. Her hobbies were flowers, mowing, and peeling potatoes to fry daily for her spoiled husband. She was the best cook and always made sure everyone’s favorite dish was on the table. She looked forward each year to the annual Baugh Family Reunion at Jefferson. She endured countless hours in the summer heat as she watched her daughters and granddaughters play hundreds of softball games across the US. In more recent years, she could be found cheering on her great-grandkids during their football, basketball, volleyball and baseball games. Her laughter was contagious and will be missed by all who knew her.


Graveside services are 12:00PM Saturday at Newman Cemetery, on Hwy 212 west of Star City, with Bro. Bill Baugh officiating. Visitation was 6:00-8:00PM Friday at Griffin Funeral Service. Only 50 people allowed in the funeral home at a time and a mask will be required. Pallbearers are Roger Dodds, Doug Dodds, Dean Dodds, John Teer, Kerry Teer and Canyon Clifton. Honorary pallbearers are Danny Ketchum, GJ Mayle, Easton Snellings and Jared Clifton. Arrangements by Griffin Funeral Service in Star City. Online guestbook at www.griffinfuneralservice.net.


Duke Irwin


Ernest D. (Duke) Irwin left this world on Thursday, June 4, 2020, to rejoin his wife, Florine Irwin in Heaven. He was born on June 11, 1924, near Akron Ohio. He is survived by his son, Billy Mack Rester and his wife Mary Alice Rester; daughter, Judy (Barbara) Sparks and her husband Mike Sparks; and John Baine, husband of Mr. Irwin’s deceased daughter, Carolyn Baine. Grandchildren include Michael Irwin Sparks and Christopher Sparks of Georgia, Timothy Rester, Denene Elliott, and Malissa Rester of Pine Bluff. He also had numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.


Mr. Irwin was a member of THE GREATEST GENERATION, as described by Tom Brokaw in his book by the same name. He endured the Great Depression and served his country during WWII while in the US Navy. He was a member of a Naval bomber crew, flying on a PV2 aircraft from the island of Guam. He was crew chief and aerial gunner for the crew, using twin 50 caliber machine guns to defend the plane and crew against the Imperial Japanese pilots. He could tell some tales. When the war ended, he returned home to help rebuild America by beginning his business repairing auto starters and generators. His first shop was in Little Rock where he met his wife of 64 years, Florine. Later, he moved to Pine Bluff and started a business, Irwin Auto Electric which is still operating in Pine Bluff today. He worked in the shop for many years with his son Billy Mack Rester and his great-grandson Patrick Rester.


He was an avid bass fisherman as evidenced by the many photos of the big bass he caught which are pasted on the walls of his shop.


He was a dedicated member of First Baptist Church in Pine Bluff. He loved his country, his family and his God and will be remembered as an inspiration to many as well as a “teller of tall tales”.


Our endearing gratitude to the staff and caregivers of Trinity Village in Pine Bluff for their excellent and dedicated care.


A celebration of his life will be held at 3:00 P.M. Sunday, June 7, 2020, at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Ken Thornton officiating. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery. The service will be live-streamed at www.fullerhalesouth.com for those who are unable to attend. Viewing will be at Fuller Hale-South Funeral Home between the hours of 10:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M. Saturday, June 6. Online registration is at www.fullerhalesouth.com.


Howard Houghton


Howard Garrett Houghton, 68, of Pine Bluff and Little Rock died June 1, 2020. He was born February 22, 1952 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas to Margaret E. Garrett Houghton and Howard Raymond Houghton. He was preceded in death by his father. He is survived by his mother; sisters Mary Louise Miller of Dayton, Ohio and Martha Joyce Stanton of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by devoted friends Missy Brodnax, Minnie Raspberry, and Karen Martin; cousins Jane Colclasure, Martha Coop, Steve and Cindy Garrett, Ray Colclasure, and Joe and Judith Colclasure. Raised in San Antonio, Texas, Garrett worked in the hospital at Fort Sam Houston. He eventually returned to Pine Bluff where he was a member of First United Methodist Church.


Garrett Houghton spent much of his adult life without sight, but it did not stop him from seeing the world. No one knew more about current and historic events than Garrett. He was the one you wanted on your team for Trivial Pursuit. Knowing every word of Phantom of the Opera, Garrett loved the arts so. A connoisseur of afternoon cookies and coffee, Garrett enjoyed time with friends and family discussing events of the world. It was not uncommon to learn that he had once traveled to the very places being discussed. His love of travel carried him to England, Scotland, Ireland where he once hiked with his mother to kiss the Blarney Stone. His mother, Margie, was his best friend, and she made sure he experienced the world. The duo of mother and son were unstoppable, and they never let his loss of vision prevent them from being active. Always hopeful for the latest technological breakthrough for restoring sight for the vision impaired, Garrett never lost hope of seeing again. Garrett was a part of the “A” team, a group of people who loved one another deeply and celebrated the successes of their friends and family. He will be greatly missed.


The family would like to thank the nurses and caregivers at Encore Healthcare and Rehabilitation of Little Rock for Garrett’s excellent care and support. Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 200 W. Sixth Ave., Pine Bluff, AR, 71601.


Due to Covid-19, a private service will be held Monday. The service will be available online by the end of the day Monday or Tuesday. Arrangements by Ralph Robinson & Son Funeral Home in Pine Bluff, 870-534-3131. Online register: www.ralphrobinsonandson.com.


Icie Spencer


Mrs. Icie Spencer 89, of Pine Bluff, Oakland, California passed away Wednesday, May 27, 2020. Arrangements will be announced by Brown Funeral Home of Dumas, Arkansas. www.Brownfuneralhomeandmortuary.com.


Ann Maynard


Mrs. Ann Brown Maynard, 104, of Pine Buff, Arkansas passed away Wednesday, May 27, 2020. A graveside service will be held Saturday, June 6, 2020, at Graceland Cemetery Pine Bluff, AR by Pastor Stephen Harrison. Services are entrusted to Brown Funeral Home of Pine Bluff, AR. www.brownfuneralhomeandmortuary.com.