Lauren Wittenburg

Lauren E. Wittenburg, age 28, of Glen Burnie, Maryland, passed away on June 15, 2020, at Baltimore Washington Medical Center in Glen Burnie, Maryland.

Born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, she was the daughter of Ann M. King (Regan Harycki) of Middle River, MD, & David Wittenburg of Clinton, TN. Lauren was a graduate of Aberdeen High School, Class of 2010 and had attended Harford Community College and Robert Paul Academy of Cosmetology.

She was employed by Tranquility Woods Addiction Treatment Center in Pasadena for 2 years. During her time at Tranquility, Lauren’s effervescent smile, laughter and easy-going spirit would light up the room. Lauren was very involved with Jon’s Place recovery center, she enjoyed inspirational writing, photography, music and the zest for life. Lauren had a natural ability to see the good in everything. She will be truly missed by many people.

In addition to her parents, Lauren is survived by her sister, Ally Wittenburg and her fiance Thomas Camus; grandparents, Charles & Marilynn Borecky of White Hall, AR and David Wittenburg of Springdale, AR; and niece, Cora Camus.

She was preceded in death by her younger brother, Jon Wittenburg and grandparents, James and Agnes King and Patsy Wittenburg.

Visitation will be held at McComas Funeral Home, Abingdon, Maryland, on Tuesday, June 23, 2020, from 5:30-8:00 pm. Services will be held on Wednesday at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church at 10:00 am. Interment will take place in Mt. Zion United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Jon’s Place, 6722 North River Drive, Middle River, MD 21220.To leave your condolences or for the latest information regarding public gatherings, please visit our website at

Larry Hankins

Larry Hankins, 82, of Redfield, died Sunday, June 21, 2020, at his home surrounded by his family.

He was born October 25, 1937, in Cleveland County at the family home, son of Ira Edward and Bonnie Jewel Tucker Hankins.

Mr. Hankins was reared in Cleveland County until his family moved to Pine Bluff when he was five. He attended Enunciation Academy in the first and second grade, then Pine Bluff Schools and graduated from PBHS in 1955.

Mr. Hankins, weighing all of 50 pounds at age 11, was the 1948 Arkansas AAU Golden Gloves Boxing champion. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, bowling, drag racing, traveling and spending time with his large family and friends. Mr. Hankins was recognized for his donation and installation of lights and labor at the White Hall Babe Ruth Field where his younger son, Steven, played ball. The plaque he received stated “You Light Up Our Life.”

He was a Master Electrician/Contractor and opened his own business, B&H Electric, in 1967 and was in business for 27 years. In 1994, a job offer allowed him and his wife to travel all over, living and working in 15 states as well as traveling to Canada, Mexico, Greece, Portugal, Spain and the Azore Islands where they lived for four months. Throughout their marriage, their travels allowed them to visit 41 states.

Along with his parents, Mr. Hankins was preceded in death by his sister Bonnie Ruth Hardin, daughter Catherine (Cathy) Robison and son Steven Hankins.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Billie Jean Culpepper Hankins, whom he married October 24, 1958, in Pine Bluff; sisters Jackie Fitch of Lexa and Rita Cash (Wayne) of Woodlawn, son Bill Hankins (Lisa) of Pine Bluff and daughter Cindy Welch (Bobby) of Redfield. Eight grandchildren Jeremy Vanderpool, Trey Hankins, Mickey Wilson, Kellie Divine, Amanda Quick, Truman Michael Wilson, Brett Welch and Marley Welch and 16 great grandchildren, as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews, family members and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Thursday, June 25, 2020, at Ralph Robinson and Son Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Coy Camp officiating. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery. Visitation will be 5:00-7:00 P.M. Wednesday at Ralph Robinson and Son Funeral Home. Face masks will be required to be worn for both events.

Memorials may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society ( or the American Heart Association

( or Hospice Angels, 3801 S. Camden Rd, Ste. 12, Pine Bluff, AR 71603.

Larry Rothrock

Larry Gene Rothrock, 82, of Hot Springs, AR, claimed his salvation on June 19, 2020. He is preceded in glory by his w ife, Mary Anne, his parents, Elmer and Ruth, and his brothers, LeRoy and Carl.

He is survived by his wife, Lena; his daughters, Connie (Anthony), Tammy (James), Rachel (Anthony) and Arlena (Randy); his sons, John (Betsy), Ronnie (Lisa), Thomas (Bernarda) and Stephen; brothers, Marvin and Lee; sister, Lucy; 43 grandkids and great-grandkids.

He was called Larry, Daddy, Peepaw, and Peeps. A child of God and a warrior for Jesus, Larry Gene Rothrock was loved by many and never stopped helping his community. He was always tinkering.

A Life Celebration for Larry will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 23, 2020 at Caruth-Hale Funeral Home, Hot Springs, with Bro. Homer LaRue officiating. Guest register is

Jessie Williams

Jessie Judson Williams, 75, of Pine Bluff, passed away Saturday, June 20, 2020. He was born October 6, 1944, in West Point, Georgia, to the late Victor Fred and Lois Waller Williams.

Jessie moved to Pine Bluff as a child and attended Pine Bluff Schools, then attended the University of Arkansas. He worked for Cotton Belt Railroad as an engineer. He enjoyed working in his garden and building things. He was also a former Boy Scout.

Jessie was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Johnny Williams.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce Stillians Williams, whom he married July 8, 1980, in Pine Bluff; three sons, Johnny Williams, David Rand and Ray Hamilton; 1 daughter, Shannon Williams; and seven grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be 2:00 PM, Wednesday, June 24, 2020, at Ralph Robinson and Son with Bro. David Billingsley officiating. Burial will be in Orion Cemetery in Grant County. Visitation will be 5:00-7:00 PM, Tuesday at the funeral home. Online condolences at

Albert Irby

Mr. Albert Irby 72, of Tarry, Arkansas, passed away Sunday, June 21, 2020. Arrangements will be announced by Brown Funeral Home of Pine Bluff, Arkansas.

Randall Carr

Mr. Randall Shelton Carr 40, of Little Rock, Arkansas passed away June 16, 2020. Funeral Service will be 11:00am on Tuesday, June 23, 20202 at Faith Temple Full Gospel Baptist Church. Interment will be at a later date. Services entrusted to the staff of Paradise Funeral Home of Pine Bluff.Visitation will be from 10:00am until service time.”Only Paradise Can Serve You Better!”