James McFadin

James “Bud” McFadin, 77, of Bryant, Arkansas, passed away on July 30, 2020.

Bud was born on May 9, 1943, in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, to the late Lowell and Norma McFadin. He was a graduate of Pine Bluff High School, class of 1961. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas at Monticello, where he was a member of the Lambda Chi Fraternity. He proudly served his country as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, including a tour in Vietnam.

Bud worked 34 years at The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences where he was the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Administration. He directed all financial affairs for the Area Health Education Centers across the state. Prior to, he was the Assistant Director for Administration in the Department of Pathology, coordinating contracts between UAMS and the National Center for Toxicological Research Center (NCTR). He was a lifetime member of The Association of Family Medicine Administration and served 3 years as President.

In 2003, Bud and Cherie moved from Pine Bluff to Hot Springs to a lake-home where they were looking forward to retirement. After he retired from UAMS in June 2010, he volunteered at Garvan Woodland Gardens for several years where he was Volunteer of the Year in 2013 which allowed him to ride in the World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Hot Springs. In 2017, Bud and Cherie moved to Bryant in order to be closer to family.

Bud was an exemplary father and husband, generous with his family and respected by his peers.

Bud married Cherie Johnston on October 3, 1970, in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. They had 2 children, Scott and Stacy. Some of his favorite things to do was rushing home from work to see Scott’s baseball games and Stacy’s cheerleading and gymnastics competitions. He was an avid storyteller, was always working on a project and loved teaching his kids and grandkids important life skills. He had a green thumb and you could always find him working in the yard.

Bud was preceded in death by his parents, Lowell and Norma, his nephew, Jeffrey Morgan, and his brother-in-law, Jitters Morgan. Survivors include his wife of 49.5 years, Cherie McFadin of Bryant; sister Lynn Morgan of White Hall; son, Scott (Gena) McFadin of Conway, and daughter, Stacy (Brad) Hagan of Benton. He was the proud Papaw of Easton McFadin (17), Madison Hagan (16), Hunter Hagan (16) and Worth McFadin (8).

The McFadin family were members of First Baptist Church in Pine Bluff for many years where Bud served as a Deacon and worked in the TV ministry.

Visitation will be held Monday, August 3, 2020, at 2:00 pm at Ralph Robinson Funeral Home in Pine Bluff, followed by funeral services at 3:00 pm. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery.

You have left a lifetime of love behind for us all. Words cannot describe how much we will miss you. Online condolences: www.ralphrobinsonandson.com.

Gula Lytle

Gula Lytle, 88, of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, died Wednesday, July 29, 2020. Born Gula Mae Claterbaugh December 1, 1931 in Miami, Texas, she was a daughter of Ora Lee Claterbaugh and Johnnie Morton Claterbaugh.

She lived her early childhood in the Panhandle of West Texas. Then moved as a young girl with her family to Fayetteville, Arkansas where she finished high school. She married Jim Lytle in January 1952 and moved to Little Rock while he attended medical school. They had three boys, Jimbo, Johnny, and Joe.

Mrs. Lytle raised her family in Batesville, Arkansas from 1958 until 1978 when she moved back to Fayetteville. Her gift was raising and caring for children. Multiple trips to Little Rock to visit museums, art shows, stage plays, and baseball games filled the life of her children. She went on to work as a nanny in Greenville, South Carolina, Tulsa, Oklahoma and Little Rock, Arkansas caring for young children in homes where they found she had much to contribute. She moved to Pine Bluff in 1998, where she enjoyed countless encounters counseling people with weight watchers, babysitting untold number of babies and children and being around her own grandchildren. She loved reading and traveling and was a long-time member of Bible Study Fellowship.

She raised her children as Members of Central United Methodist Church in Batesville, Arkansas and was a Member of Pine Bluff First United Methodist Church.

Surviving family include one sister, Johnnie Claterbaugh Williams; her three sons, Jim E. Lytle II, of Washington DC, John O Lytle, M.D. of Pine Bluff Arkansas and Joe M. Lytle of Springdale, Arkansas; grandchildren, Booker Lytle and Graci Lytle of Little Rock, Mary Jane Lytle of Fayetteville and John Lytle Jr. of Dallas, Texas.

Cremation services have been arranged by Ralph Robinson & Son, Pine Bluff Arkansas with a private ceremony for family only. Online register: www.ralphrobinsonandson.com.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, PO Box 8003, Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71611.

Buddy Johnson Jr.

Buddy Johnson, Jr., 66, of Pine Bluff passed July 27, 2020. Born February 20, 1954, in Pine Bluff to the late Buddy Johnson, Sr. and Estella Johnson.

Survivors include his wife, Sandra Kemp-Johnson, mother, Estella Johnson; three sons; Tyrone Johnson of Milwaukee, Lamont Johnson of Little Rock and Demarkis Kemp of Pine Bluff; two daughters, Shalonda Jones and Yolanda Williams of Milwaukee; four brothers, Robert Johnson, Paul Johnson, Phillip Johnson and James Johnson; sister, Alice Sanders, thirteen grand children and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be Saturday at 11:00 A.M. at Henson-Holcomb Mortuary Chapel by Rev. Jimmy Fisher.

A walk through visitation will be held Friday from 5:30 to 6:30 P.M. at the Mortuary. Masks are required at both services. Henson-Holcomb Mortuary in charge of arrangements.

Aldena Jennings

Mrs. Aldena Jennings 87, of Pine Bluff, Arkansas passed away Tuesday, July 28, 2020.

Viewing 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday, August 3, 2020, at Brown Funeral Home of Pine Bluff, AR. A graveside service will be held 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 4, 2020, at Forrest Lawn Cemetery Pine Bluff, AR by Pastor Anthony Howard. Services are entrusted to Brown Funeral Home of Pine Bluff, AR. www.brownfuneralhomeandmortuary.com.