Debbie Barbre


Debbie Kelley Barbre of Grapevine, Arkansas, was born October 21, 1958, at Pine Bluff, Arkansas, the daughter of the late Edward David Jack Kelley and Gladys Anna Tudy Coffield Kelley. She retired from the Sheridan School District after 26 years of service. Her greatest joy was being a mom and a Grammy.


Debbie died peacefully at her home, surrounded by her family, Friday, June 5, 2020, at the age of 61. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by the love of her life, her husband, James Taylor Barbre, who died November 23, 2010; and brothers, Ed Kelley, Jr. and Ronnie Kelley.


Survivors include her sons, Jeremy Barbre and Drew Barbre, both of Grapevine; brother, Steve Kelley of Watson Chapel; granddaughters, Abbi and Emma Barbre, and grandson, Bowen Barbre. She is also survived by numerous other family members, and many friends.


Graveside funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M., Tuesday, June 9, 2020, at Davis Cemetery (Lazy Bend Community near Grapevine). Due to Covid 19 restrictions, an extended visitation was Monday, 1:00 P.M.-7:00 P.M. at the funeral home.


Memorials may be made to the Kidney Foundation of Arkansas www.kidney.org. Arrangements by Memorial Gardens Funeral Home of Sheridan (870) 942-1306. ww.memorialgardenssheridan.com.


Drucilla Thornton


Drucilla Thornton was born November 30, 1928, in Fairfield, Arkansas, to the late Willie Thornton, Sr. and the late Gracie Rosetta Atkinson Thornton.


Drucilla moved to Pine Bluff, Arkansas in 1936. After both parents transitioned from their earthly life, in 2001 Drucilla moved to reside with her sister, Edna Lever. Drucilla received her education at the Arkansas School for the Deaf and Blind in Little Rock, Arkansas. She became a tenor soloist in the choir at school and church.


She joined Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church and remained a faithful member.


Drucilla dutifully served as the calling secretary, and a member of the choir, Adult Women Sunday School Class and the Missionary Ministry. Drucilla often expressed her love to close friends and family by embracing their heads and giving them a kiss on the forehead.


On June 3, 2020, Drucilla made her transition from this earth to eternal peace in Christ.


Cherishing her beautiful memories are two brothers — Willie (Mildred-deceased) Thornton, Jr. of Detroit, Michigan and Wilbert (Alma) Thornton of Pine Bluff, Arkansas; five sisters — Evelyn (Charley) Moore, of Detroit, Michigan, Dorothy (William-deceased) Barnes and Alma (Bennie) Smith both of Chicago, Illinois, Edna (Lester-deceased) Lever of Pine Bluff, Arkansas and Regenia (Adolphus) Hicks of West Memphis, Arkansas; eight nieces; eleven nephews; and a host of great nieces, great nephews, cousins and friends.


A walk-through viewing will be held on Tuesday, June 9th, from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home. Graveside service will be held Wednesday, June 10th, at 10:30 a.m. at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens on Princeton Pike. Services are entrusted to Brown Funeral Home Pine Bluff, Arkansas. www.brownfuneralhomeandmortuary.com.


John Ward


John William Ward, 83, of White Hall, Arkansas, passed away June 7, 2020. Born May 2, 1937, in Dumas, Arkansas, the son of the late L.L. and Annie Mae Ward. His parents and wife, Virginia Helen Ward and a son John Allen (Pete) Ward preceded him in death.


John was a member of Salem Missionary Baptist Church, Watson Chapel, Arkansas, and served as pastor at Pleasant Home Missionary Baptist Church. He has served in the United States Air Force as Airman 3rd class.


Survivors are a son, Bret Alan Ward of White Hall, Arkansas, and three daughters, Diane Via of White Hall, Arkansas, Judy Kay Brown of Morrilton, Arkansas, and Christy Ward of White Hall, Arkansas, one brother, Royce C. Ward of Maumelle, Arkansas, and two sisters, Helen Morgan of Dumas, Arkansas, and Phoebe Ann Hewitt of California, nine grandchildren and one great grandchild.


Graveside services 11:00 Am Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at Hopedale Cemetery with Rev. Julius Carter officiating and burial following. Arrangements by Griffin Funeral Home, Dumas, AR. Memorials may be made to Renewal Ranch, 75 Lake Dr., Houston, TX 72070. Please sign online guestbook www.griffinfh.com.


Henry Kalkbrenner


Henry “Hank” Francis Kalkbrenner, 76, of Pine Bluff, crossed the finish line of Life on Sunday, June 7, 2020, at his home. Hank was born December 26, 1943, in Omaha, Nebraska to Harriet Belle Johnson and Harry Eugene Kalkbrenner.


After his father’s return from the Pacific after WWII, the family moved back to Pine Bluff in 1946. Hank graduated from Pine Bluff High School in 1962. Soon after graduation, he went to work for the Cotton Belt/Southern Pacific Railroad in Pine Bluff, retiring in 2001 after serving as General Foreman in Pine Bluff and later Kansas City, Missouri after the Union Pacific merger. Hank married Joyce Marie Bolin in Sherrill, Arkansas on July 2, 1965. Joyce passed away after 50 years of marriage in 2016.


Hank enjoyed being part of the lives of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was active in his church at White Hall United Methodist Church, the VFW Auxiliary, the Arkansas MOPAR Cruisers, and Friendship Auto Club. His passion was taking his cars and trucks to shows and races.


He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; and sister, Lona Riet Kelley.


Survivors include his sons, Henry Mark (Sally) Kalkbrenner of Benton and Kevin Bolin “Rudy” (Amy) Kalkbrenner of White Hall; daughter, Ann Marie (Paul) Phillips of Oldsmar, Florida; grandchildren, Kayla (Will) Hardage, Elisabethe Kalkbrenner, Matthew Kalkbrenner, Michael Kalkbrenner, Caleb Kalkbrenner, Joseph Phillips and Reilly Phillips; great-grandchildren, Henry and Harry Hardage; sister, Pam Reed of Pine Bluff; and brother, Fred E. Kalkbrenner of Pine Bluff.


Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m., Thursday, June 11, 2020, in the Chapel of Robinson and Fuller in White Hall with Reverend Allen Crum officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday evening from 5-7 p.m. at Robinson and Fuller.


Memorials may be made to White Hall United Methodist Church, PO Box 20880, White Hall, Arkansas 71602 or Camp Tanako, 4301 State Hwy 290, Hot Springs, AR 71913. Online register: www.RFWhiteHall.com.