Lola Yelverton

Lola Jean Gross Yelverton, 89, of White Hall, passed away Monday, June 22, 2020. She was born August 23, 1930, in Tucker to the late Cecil and Marie Haynes Gross.

Lola was reared and educated in White Hall and was a 1948 graduate of White Hall High School. She was an office manager for several different doctors’ offices, including Dr. Atkinson, Dr. Buckley and Dr. Langston.

Lola was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband, Jessie Yelverton, whom she married December 24, 1949 and who passed away March 25, 2011.

Survivors include two sons, Archie Yelverton (Charlotte) and Terry Yelverton (Joyce); her special grandchildren, Lindsey Boudra, Abbie Yelverton, Brooke Yelverton and Archie “Bo” Yelverton Jr.; three other grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and a sister, Frances Farrel (Charles).

Graveside service will be 10:00 AM Wednesday at Center Campground Cemetery near Prague with Bro. Jimmy Herring officiating. The family will receive visitors at Lola’s house on Sheridan Road at 1:00 PM Wednesday. Online condolences at

Jacob Bennett

It is with deepest sorrow that the family of Jacob Floyd Bennett, 94, of White Hall, announces his passing Sunday, June 21, 2020. He was a deeply beloved father and grandfather.

He was born May 2, 1926 in Star City, son of Thomas and Ida Wingard Bennett. Mr. Bennett was reared and received his early education in Star City. He proudly served his country during World War II. Mr. Bennett worked for Central Moloney for 29 years, retiring as a coil welder.

He loved the great outdoors, including hunting and fishing, and enjoyed getting to know people. Mr. Bennett was a member of First Baptist Church of White Hall. Jacob was a kind and soft-spoken man who loved all his family and friends. He will be greatly missed.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Pansy Wolfe Bennett; two brothers, George Bennett and Gerald Bennett; three sisters, Addie Bennett Hollaway, Loraine Bennett Yates and Nita Bennett McDaniels; and his loving companion, Bubba.

Survivors include two daughters, Linda Bennett Letchworth and her husband, Jerry and Diana Bennett King and her husband, Donald; two sisters, Florence Bennett Middlebrooks and Colleen Bennett Southern; two granddaughters, Angela Gibson and her husband, Michael and Charity Thurman and her husband, Brawny; grandson, Rickey Megee; five great-grandsons; two great-granddaughters and two great-great-granddaughters.

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Friday, June 26, 2020 at Robinson and Fuller White Hall Funeral Chapel with Brother Paul Williams officiating. Interment will follow in Hardin Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Robinson and Fuller. Face masks will be required for both events.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Attn: Tribute Department, P.O. Box 1000, Department 142, Memphis, Tennessee 38148. Online register:

Bettye Ashcraft

Bettye Jane Chidester Ashcraft, 91, of Maumelle, Arkansas, went to be with the Lord on Friday, June 19, 2020, in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Bettye was born August 22, 1928 in Warren, Arkansas to the late Ernest Chidester and Hazel Morman Chidester. She was reared and received her education in Warren, Arkansas and graduated from Warren High School.

She worked outside the home for most of her life and retired from the Pine Bluff Commercial. Bettye loved the Lord and her family. She enjoyed puzzles and politics. Having a keen appreciation of nature, she loved gardening, spoiling her pets, and caring for the neighborhood wildlife.

Bettye was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lawrence Edward Ashcraft; a brother, Johnny Chidester; and a sister, Ernestine Tucker.

Survivors include one daughter, Tanya Ashcraft Holloway (Virgil A. Holloway Jr.); one granddaughter, Savannah Holloway; and one sister, Sue Gore.

The family will receive friends Thursday, June 25, 2020, from 1 to 2 P.M. at Robinson Fuller White Hall Funeral Chapel in White Hall, Arkansas and will be followed by funeral services at 2:00 P.M. Private burial will be in Oakland Cemetery in Warren, Arkansas.

Memorial contributions may be made to Maumelle Friends of the Animals, P.O. Box 13061, Maumelle, Arkansas 72113,

Alma Jean Poye

Alma Jean (Anderson) Poye, of Hot Springs, Arkansas, was born March 27, 1934, in Glendale, Arkansas, the daughter of the late Thomas Luther Anderson and Carolyn Eugenia (Woodrum) Anderson. She was a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She loved quilting in the Pine Bluff Quilters Guild and had many awards for her efforts. Jean made quilts for every child, grandchild and great grandchild for them to cherish and enjoy.

Mrs. Poye passed Friday June 19, 2020, at the age of 86 while receiving end of life care from the incredibly compassionate staff of the Hot Springs Arkansas Hospice Inpatient Unit.

Alma was preceded in death by her husband Joseph Poye Jr.; Daughter Sharon Carruth; Two sons Joe Thomas, and Scott Allan.

Survivors, include her sister, Wanda Cardin (Bob) of Sheridan; Sons, Derrel Wayne Poye (Cheryl) of Rockledge, Florida; and Michael Ray Poye of Hot Springs; Son-n-Law Ralph Carruth of Huntsville, Alabama; 11 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

A private memorial will be held for the family in July. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mrs Alma Poye’s name can be made directly to the Arkansas Hospice Foundation, 14 Parkstone, NLR, AR 72116. Arrangements entrusted to A Natural State Funeral Service, 26620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas. 501-982-3400.

James Lewis

James A. “Jimmy” Lewis, 83, of Royal, Arkansas, died Monday, June 23, 2020.

He was born September 10, 1936, in Pine Bluff, son of Thomas Lewis and Mildred Baggette Lewis Poss.

Mr. Lewis was reared and received his early education in Pine Bluff, graduating from Pine Bluff High School. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

He served in the United States Air Force. Mr. Lewis taught in the Pine Bluff School District for many years.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Wagner Lewis, whom he married in 1959 in Dumas; two sons, James A. “Jay” Lewis, II (Ying) and Mark Allen Lewis (Shannon); grandchildren, James A. “Jamie” Lewis, III, Jonathon Tyler Lewis, Garrett Lewis, Sadie Lewis, Walker Lewis and Campbell Lewis; and great-grandchildren, Aleecia, Zoey, Chandra and Chesny Lewis.

A graveside service will be 11:00 a.m., Thursday, June 25, 2020, at Memorial Park Cemetery with Father Joseph Marconi officiating by Ralph Robinson and Son Funeral Directors. Online register:

Gracie Woolverton

Gracie Faye Hamilton Woolverton, 80, of Star City, died Tuesday. Services are 2:00 p.m. Thursday at Mt. Home Cemetery. Bro. Jason Goodwin officiating. Visitation is 12:00-1:30 p.m. Thursday at Griffin Funeral Service. Only 50 people allowed in funeral home. Masks required. Arrangements by Griffin Funeral Service Star City. Online guestbook at