William Thomas Culbreath passed away in his home in Bryant, AR June 22, 2020, with his adoring wife by his side as she has been for 62 years. Tommy was born May 29, 1936, in Lincoln Park, MI to the late William Lois and Grayce Ann (Phillips) Culbreath. They returned to Arkansas about three years later, settling outside Pine Bluff.
In 1955, Tommy joined the U.S. Army. He was assigned to the Army Security Agency and stationed in Japan. Upon discharge in 1958 he returned to Pine Bluff and met Lou Ellen Florence Clark. They had their first date June 23, 1958, and eloped on July 26. It was the beginning of a beautiful 62-year romance that inspired everyone who knew them.
Tommy was a golf course superintendent over 40 years at several courses in Arkansas and South Carolina. He returned to Arkansas in 2002 to be with his grandsons.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Dr. Huel Culbreath, J.C. Culbreath, and Johnny Culbreath, and sisters, Mary Dean Bass and Alice Saunders.
He is survived by his beloved wife Ellen; son William “Bill”, wife Lisa Culbreath of Saratoga, WY; daughter Dian, husband Craig Burger of Bryant, AR; two grandsons, Thomas, wife Keri Williams and daughter Kayleigh of Murphy, TX; Matthew, wife Stephanie Williams of North Little Rock, AR; granddaughter Angel McDuffy and children Kyle, Ally, Zoe and Lydia of Vass, NC; honorary grandson J.J. Iiams of North Little Rock, AR; many nieces, nephews and an abundance of friends.
His family thanks Dr. Jeffery Mayfield for the exceptional care he provided Tommy over the years. Dr. Mayfield is not only an excellent physician, he is a good man and Tommy considered him a friend.
Graveside services will be July 11 at 10:00 a.m. at Fitzhugh Cemetery off Camden Cutoff Road, Pine Bluff, AR. Social distancing measures will be observed, and we request everyone wear a mask. To view full obituary and leave an online condolence for the family, please visit: www.rollerfuneralhomes.com/ballard.
Jerry Ladd Scriber, age 56, of Crossett, AR, passed away on Thursday, June 25, 2020. He was born in Pine Bluff, AR to Jerry Leo Scriber and Sharon K. Scriber-Gates.
He was a lifelong member of Lakeside United Methodist Church in Pine Bluff, AR, and attended First United Methodist Church in Crossett. Growing up, he enjoyed duck hunting in the Pine Bluff area with his father and brothers.
He graduated from Westminister College in Fulton, MO, with a BSE in psychology and was co-owner of Scriber Chrysler Automobile Dealership in Pine Bluff. He was a volunteer at the Greater Crossett Area Food Pantry. Jerry was thankful for visits with his four children throughout the years who meant so much to him.
He is preceded in death by his father, Jerry Leo Scriber; his paternal grandparents, Leo and Mary Scriber and his maternal grandparents, R.L. and Dorothy Brooks.
He is survived by four children, Mary Raines Scriber, Taylor Ladd Scriber, Patricia Brooks Scriber and Hastings Marks Scriber, all of Bentonville, AR; his mother, Sharon K. Scriber-Gates; two brothers, Randal Kirk Scriber (Mary Catherine) of Pass Christian, MS, and Ashley Barret Scriber (Nini) of New Orleans, LA, along with a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
Graveside services begin at 1:00pm on Sunday, June 28, 2020, at Pinewood Memorial Park in Crossett, AR, with Bro. Bryan Diffee officiating. www.jonesservice.com.
Josephine Rose Russo, 99, peacefully departed this life on June 27, 2020. Affectionately nicknamed “Jo,” “Jo Jo” and “Josie,” Jo was born on September 28, 1920, in Capo Milazzo on the island of Sicily to Vincenza and Angelo Russo. When Jo was six months old, she sailed to the United States with her parents and resided on Tennessee Street in Pine Bluff, Arkansas for her entire life until moving to Trinity Village in 2010.
Jo graduated from Pine Bluff High School and began her career as a clerk at the Jefferson County Courthouse. She continued her career as an administrative assistant at Dierks Paper Mill. Jo was a devout Catholic and an active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church her entire life. She was a member of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas, the Altar Society, and a past member of the Pine Bluff Symphony Notables. A true servant, Jo volunteered countless hours at St. Joseph in varying roles. She served lunch at St. Joseph’s school, always on dollar pizza day and was known for giving extra slices, and faithfully helped with the annual spaghetti supper.
Jo cared deeply for her friends and family and truly made an impact on others. Jo always made those she loved feel special and important. Jo will be remembered for calling the radio station and asking the DJ to wish her friends a happy birthday, keeping a notebook of hundreds of names to contact annually for spaghetti supper tickets, always offering her family and friends pony beers, and, most importantly, being a faithful servant of God. Jo is predeceased by her parents and three infant siblings.
Jo is survived by several cousins and godchildren, including Lisa (Kim) Kosmitis and Mike (Robin) Watts and their families, and longtime caregiver and friend, Imogene Franklin.
Many thanks to Lisa Kosmitis who provided loving support and care to Jo. Though Jo suffered from Alzheimer’s for the last decade of her life, Lisa continued to regularly visit Trinity Village to talk, occasionally bring her a hot dog to enjoy, and ensure Jo knew she was loved and not alone.
The funeral mass will be Tuesday, June 30, 2020, at 10:00am at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father Joseph Marconi and Deacon Noel F. “Bud” Bryant officiating. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery. The rosary will be Monday, June 29, 2020 at 5:30pm at Robinson’s. Visitation will follow at 6:00pm. Masks and social distancing will be required at both the church and the funeral home per the Governor’s guidelines.
Memorials may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church, 412 West 6th Avenue, Pine Bluff, AR 71601. For online condolences, please visit RalphRobinsonandSon.com.
Mr. Wilson Douglas Haltiwanger 66, of Pine Bluff, Arkansas passed away Wednesday, June 24, 2020. Arrangements will be announced by Brown Funeral Home of Pine Bluff, Arkansas. www.Brownfuneralhomeandmortuary.com.
Judie (Drama Mama) Lee Bihm Jones, 76, of Maumelle, formerly of White Hall, died Friday, June 26. Graveside service is 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, June 30, at Graceland Cemetery, Pine Bluff. Visitation is 6-8:00 P.M. Monday, June 29, at Robinson Fuller White Hall Chapel. Obituary online at www.rfwhitehall.com.