Frank Stratton

Frank Perry Stratton, 88, of White Hall, Arkansas, passed away Saturday, July 25, 2020, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Stratton was born July 28, 1931, in Altheimer, Arkansas, a son of the late Delton and Celia Edwards Stratton. He received his education in Pine Bluff, where he graduated from Pine Bluff High School. He also attended the University of Arkansas at Monticello. He joined the United States Army and served his country after the Korean War.

Mr. Stratton was a farmer and a long life resident of Pine Bluff. He was a former president of the Agricultural Council of Arkansas. He served 20 years in Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service. He was a member of the Levee and Cotton Incorporated Boards, and had also served as chairman of Boll Weevil Eradication and Arkansas Cotton Growers Organization, Inc.

He married Frances Easterling on December 2, 1992, in Las Vegas, Nevada. During his free time, Mr. Stratton enjoyed reading and Razorback Baseball.

He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Frances Stratton of White Hall; daughter, Tammy (Lee) Corkins of Pine Bluff; three sons, Bryan (Cathi) Stratton of Athens, Alabama, Rusty (Janice) Stratton of Star City, Jeff (Nancy) May of Pine Bluff; sister, Cora Thornton of Pine Bluff; brother, Joe (Jeanine) Stratton of Fayetteville, Arkansas; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Delton (Red) Stratton.

Graveside services will be Tuesday, July 28, 2020, 11:00 A.M., at White Hall United Methodist Church Cemetery with Reverend Allen Crum officiating by Robinson and Fuller Funeral Home in White Hall.

The family has requested that memorials be made to White Hall United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 20880, White Hall, Arkansas 71612-0880. Online condolences:

E.R. Arledge

E.R. “Ray” Arledge, 93, of Little Rock, entered Heaven on July 18, 2020 surrounded by family at his home at 3:25 p.m.

Born October 11, 1926, to Arlene Graham Arledge and Edmund Ray Arledge in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, he was the younger brother to Evon.

Ray played high school football for the Pine Bluff Zebra’s and graduated from Pine Bluff High School in 1944. The same year he enlisted in the United States Navy. He graduated from Camp Peary in Virginia; Company 937 A-4 in October 1944. Ray went on to serve as an Aviation Electricians Mate Second Class until 1946 during World War II.

After the Navy, he attended The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and worked at Jim Benton’s Bowling Alley! Ray met Glenda, his wife of over sixty years at Bauman’s Men’s Store in Little Rock. They married in 1956 and created a beautiful life with their daughter Petitia in Little Rock. Ray began his engineering career in 1963 and became a professional engineer in 1968. He worked at Bruce R. Anderson Architects, Pettit & Pettit Consulting Engineers, Inc., and eventually retiring from Tinsley-Mullen Engineers, Inc.

Ray was a former president of the Arkansas chapter of ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers.) A scholarship has been formed in his honor. Donations should be mailed to, ATTN: Jake Skinner PO BOX 180 Little Rock, Arkansas 72203.

Ray is survived by his daughter Petitia Arledge Califano, and husband Allan Califano of Salado, Texas and his sister Evon Arledge Collins of Houston, Texas. Grandchildren Joshua Allen Dunn, Emily Rene Dunn, Anna Marie Reynolds, Great-Grandchildren Alixandria Rene Horsley. He is preceded in death by his wife Glenda Smith Arledge, his parents Edmund Ray Arledge and Arlene Graham Arledge, children Glenn Allen and Michelle Rene Arledge. He is also survived by family, friends and caregivers.

Graveside services to be determined at a later date with United States Navy Honors, at Forrest Hills Memorial Park.

Arrangements by Smith Little Rock Funeral Home, (501)224-2200. Mr. Arledge’s online guestbook may be signed at

Joyce Goins

Mrs. Joyce Marie Goins, 50, of Pine Bluff, Arkansas passed away Monday, July 20, 2020.

Viewing 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 28, 2020, at Brown Funeral Home of Pine Bluff, AR. A graveside service will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 29, 2020, at Forrest Lawn Cemetery Pine Bluff, AR by Pastor Glenn Barnes, Sr. Services are entrusted to Brown Funeral Home of Pine Bluff, AR.

Velda Holmes

Velda Haynie Holmes, 85, of Hot Springs Arkansas, passed away July 21,2020 due to complications from Alzheimer’s. She was the daughter of Garvis Monroe and Vyunia Pollard of Altheimer, Arkansas. A graduate of Altheimer High School, Velda received her undergraduate degree in Speech and Drama from Henderson State University and her Master’s degree in Television and Radio from the University of Arkansas.

Velda is survived by her son Brad Holmes, daughter Lee Ann Holmes Gamble and husband Bill, and Harolyn Grey Holmes of Hot Springs Arkansas. “ Vee” , as she was affectionately known, will also be missed by her treasured grandchildren: Rebecca Rauls Spencer and Jimmy of Ponte Vedra, Florida, Julie Rauls Mehlin and Chris of Little Rock , as well as her great grandsons: Maddox Spencer, Grayson and Wesley Mehlin. Also mourning her passing are very special friends, Victoria Lee Ramsay and Alan of Flora, MS, and Kathy McKenzie of Hot Springs. Velda was predeceased by her parents Garvis and Vyunia Pollard of Altheimer and lifelong friends Grace and Joe Lee of Richardson, TX.

Velda’s entire professional life was anchored in her unwavering commitment to education. She touched many lives in the Richardson Independent School District over a span of 30 years as a volunteer and educator. She was the first two-time President of the City Council of PTAs, and, in 1972, with her pink briefcase in tow, she traveled to Washington, D.C., to testify before the House Judiciary Committee about the Lent Amendment, opposing forced bussing issues- a very rare opportunity for a woman at that time.

She joined RISD as a Speech and English teacher in 1973 and went on to become the Director of RITV, a public-school broadcast station that not only made educational television available to the students in RISD but also broadcasted from six channels reaching 132,000 students in 57 districts across Texas. Velda retired from RISD to move to Hot Springs but found herself continuing her professional chapter as an educational consultant, ultimately finishing her impactful career with the School of Math and Sciences in Hot Springs.

Known as “the fun mom”, Velda enjoyed mutually respectful relationships with students as well as her children’s friends who came to her often as a trusted confidant. Brad and Lee Ann were a little jealous when their friends were allowed store bought treats, as they only got homemade after school! Velda was the first to sign up to lead volunteer activities at school, ride the band bus to every game or competition, and share her passion for the arts supporting choir and theatrical presentations at Richardson Heights Baptist Church. She was an inspiring educator, loved by everyone that knew her. She was a fashionista who always had a story to tell, and a wonderful cook, though somewhat over zealous in her use of green peas. Velda was a die-hard Arkansas Razorback fan and loved to watch the games. At the time of her death, she was a member of First Baptist Church in Hot Springs where she taught Sunday School for several years.

The family would like to thank Michael Smedley, Sherry, Jennifer and Stacey at the House of Three in Hot Springs as well as Arkansas Hospice for the love and care they have shown the past few months.

Due to the Covid 19 restrictions, the family will have a private internment. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Arkansas Hospice, 14P Parkstone Circle, North Little Rock, AR 72116. Cremation Arrangements Entrusted to Arkansas Cremation.

John Reed

John David Reed, 77, of Hot Springs, Arkansas formerly of Rison, died Friday, July 24, 2020.

He was preceded in death by parents, John and Gladys Reed; sisters, Helen Gibson; Mary Hudson; and brothers; Havis and Robert Reed.

John is survived by his loving wife, Kay; son, Michael (Leah); grandson, Justin (Rachel); granddaughters, Molly (Noah) and Sydney; and sister, Lily Faye Upshaw.

At per his request there will be no formal services, cremation arrangements by Roller Chenal Funeral Home. Please share your memories of John at

Josh Johnson Sr.

Josh E. Johnson, Sr. 72 of Eudora, Arkansas, passed away Thursday July 23, 2020. Arrangements will be announced by Christian Way Funeral Home of Pine Bluff, Arkansas

Barbara Galbert

Mrs. Barbara Ann Hudson Galbert, 85, of Atlanta, Georgia passed away Wednesday, July 22, 2020. Arrangements will be announced by Brown Funeral Home of Pine Bluff, AR.

Emmanuel Young

Mr. Emmanuel Young 67, of Pine Bluff, Arkansas passed away Friday, July 24, 2020. Arrangements will be announced by Brown Funeral Home of Pine Bluff, Arkansas.

Dorothy Thomas

Mrs. Dorothy Thomas formerly of Rison, Arkansas, passed away July 22, 2020, at the Saline Memorial Hospital. Arrangements will be announced by the P.K. Miller Mortuary.