Linda Jimerson


Mrs. Linda Delorise Jimerson of Carthage, Arkansas, transitioned to her heavenly Father on August 17, 2020. Linda was born on June 27, 1953 to George Watson and Catherine Watson-Gamble in Dierks, Arkansas. Linda graduated from Lincoln High School in 1971 and earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from Southern Arkansas University. She dedicated her life to God under the leadership of the late Pastor Nathaniel Marks in the mid-1970s (Powerhouse Church of God in Christ) where she became a faithful and enthusiastic youth leader.


In 1979 Linda met her husband of 40 years, Vernon Jimerson and to this union, five children were born. Linda became a member of Marks Memorial Church of God in Christ in 1980. During her time at Marks Memorial, Linda faithfully served as a first lady, lay member, Sunday School teacher, and trustee.


The late Elder Nathaniel Marks once told Linda that she would be the “mother of many children.” Besides her own, Mrs. Jimerson embraced her calling to teach as an extension of her motherhood. Although she taught different grade levels, her favorite was 1st grade where she was able to pass on her love of reading to future generations. After Carthage school closed, Mrs. Jimerson continued her career at the Malvern School District where she was honored as Teacher of the Year in 2009. She retired from the district in 2016.


Linda was preceded in death by her parents – Catherine Watson Gamble & George Watson, brother George Edward Watson, sisters Ella Bea Watson, Debra James, and Mary Louise Wright.


Linda leaves to fondly cherish her memories her husband of 40 years Vernon Jimerson, five children Marian, Matthew, Benjamin, Bethany, and Sarah; one granddaughter Rynn; two sisters Ruthie (David) Mixon and Ocie (Raymond) Newton; close friends Mother Sallie Carter and Mrs. Jacqueline Henson; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and family whom she loved dearly.


The public walk-through visitation is scheduled for Friday, August 21, 2020 from 6:00-7:00 PM at Christian Way Funeral Home Chapel - 3705 W. 6th Avenue, Pine Bluff. A “Celebration of Life” service will be held on Saturday, August 22, 2020 at 11:00 AM at First Trinity COGIC - 800 S. Catalpa Street, Pine Bluff.


In adherence to the CDC guidelines, everyone will be required to wear a mask and to comply with social distancing to mitigate the community spread of COVID-19. Services entrusted to Christian Way Funeral Home.


Alvin Tharp Jr.


Alvin Carl Tharp, Jr., 63, of Pine Bluff, died Tuesday, August 18, 2020, at his home. He was born November 20, 1956, in Andrews, TX. He was retired from Waste Management as a heavy equipment operator. He loved fishing and gardening, and always dreamed of going to Alaska to pan for gold. He loved spending time with his family.


He was preceded in death by his parents, Alvin Carl Tharp and Betty Sue Condry Tharp, and a brother, Charles Wayne Tharp.


He is survived by his wife, Nancy Tharp; one son, Alvin Carl Tharp, III of Pine Bluff; two daughters, Lisa Lundrigan of Nova Scotia and Samantha Jo Tharp of Pine Bluff; one sister, Donna Woodfield of Mt. Ida; 9 grandchildren, Kaitlyn, Autumn, Lillian, and Holden Tharp, Hannah and Rickey Robinson, McKenzie Anderson, and Marissa and Hayden Lundrigan; and a number of other relatives.


A private celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Cremation arrangements under the direction of Fuller Hale South Funeral Services. Online guest registration is at www.fullerfunerals.com.


Terry Rayford


Rev. Terry A. Rayford, 57, of Pine Bluff passed August 16, 2020. Born August 10, 1963, in Pine Bluff to Julius Dotson and Cleoria Rayford.


Survivors include four brothers, Cleveland Rayford, Daryl Cook, David Dotson and Darryl Dotson; seven sisters; Sherry R. Bell, Valerie Williams, Nahalia Cright, Michele DeJesus, Mary McBride, Brenda Rayford and Davy Davis.


Graveside services will be held Saturday at 11:00 A.M. at Forest Lawn Cemetery by Rev. Travis Harden. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery by Henson-Holcomb Mortuary. A walk through visitation will be Friday from 5 to 7 P.M. at the Mortuary. Masks are required at both services.


Flora Eldridge


Flora “Flo” Mae Bell Spangler Eldridge, 90, died peacefully August 16, 2020, in Pine Bluff. She was born September 15, 1929, in Rush Springs, Oklahoma, to John Henry Spangler and Alice Sanders Spangler. She had five older siblings: Rosie, Walter, Harlis, Ruby, and Chester. The Spangler family moved from Oklahoma to Richmond, California, where Flo graduated from Richmond High School in 1948. Before graduating from high school, Flo met her future husband, John Don Eldridge, Jr., while he was in the Navy stationed at Treasure Island, California. Flo and John were married May 28, 1950, in Bastrop, Louisiana, and raised two children, Kathleen and John, III “Buddy”.


After living in California and Louisiana, Flo and John settled in Pine Bluff in 1956 to raise their family and begin a long career at the new International Paper Company mill. Flo was the Mill Manager’s Secretary and John was Traffic Coordinator. They were inseparable, even riding to work and eating lunch together every day.


Their lives were enriched with the love John had for Quarter Horses and showing them in Western Pleasure classes. During the 1970’s they had as many as 21 Quarter Horses at their home and barn in Pine Bluff. Flo never loved riding, but she sure loved John, farm life, gardening, and her dogs-most of them named for her favorite German Shepherd, Finn. After 28 years of marriage, John died in 1979 and she continued to live on the farm in the home they built together.


Flo worked for International Paper until her retirement in 1992, when she discovered her passion for estate sale shopping, flea market treasure hunting, and genealogy. She loved vintage jewelry-especially costume-and collected, researched, cleaned and catalogued huge amounts of it.


Flo was a strong advocate for her family and would do most anything for them, but had no problem giving someone a piece of her mind. She will be lovingly remembered for her “warm, giving heart, but sometimes aggravating demeanor”. She was a faithful member of Lakeside United Methodist Church and later Sulfur Springs United Methodist Church, where she was church secretary and sang in the choir. She shared her love of music by providing pianos for her children and grandchildren to take lessons, leaving a lasting musical legacy for her family.


She was preceded in death by her parents, siblings, husband, and grandson, Jay Fullerton.


She is survived by her two children, John D. Eldridge, III (Echo) of Colorado Springs and Kathleen Fullerton (Fred) of Russellville; four grandchildren, Katie York (Aubrey) of Fayetteville, Andrew Fullerton of Russellville, Ashley Winter (Ryan), and John D. Eldridge, IV (Sarah) of Colorado Springs; six great-grandchildren, Davis and James York, Ainsley Brown-Fullerton, Cash and Maverick Winter, and Elyse Eldridge; and her dear caregiver Amanda Wooldridge (Ronnie) of Rison.


Graveside service will be Saturday, August 22, 2020, at 3:00 p.m. at Hewitt Cemetery in Jefferson County by Ralph Robinson and Son, officiated by Mike Jamieson. Pallbearers are John Eldridge, Fred Fullerton, Drew Fullerton, Aubrey York, Ronnie Wooldridge and Austin Rushing.


Betty Jones


Mrs. Betty Joyce Jones 73, of Pine Bluff, Arkansas passed away Thursday, August 13, 2020. Viewing 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Friday, August 21, 2020, at Brown Funeral Home Pine Bluff, AR. Funeral service Saturday, August 22, 2020, at Old Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church by Pastor Jerry Hayes. Interment in Forrest Lawn Cemetery by Brown Funeral Home of Pine Bluff. www.brownfuneralhomeandmortuary.com.


Shirley Hicks


Mrs. Shirley Hicks 79, of Monticello Passed August 15, 2020 Graveside Service will be Saturday 10:00a.m. at Mt. Pleasant A.M.E. Church Cemetery with Rev. Alford Branch Officiating by Paradise Funeral Home of Pine Bluff. Visitation will be Friday from 6:30-7:30p.m. at Holmes Chapel Church in Monticello. “Only Paradise Can Serve You Better!”


Steven Carter


Mr. Steven Carter, 51, of Pine Bluff, Arkansas passed away August 15, 2020. He was born to Arthur Lee Carter, Sr., and Pearlean Herron Carter in Pine Bluff, Arkansas on March 23, 1969.


His visitation will be Friday, August 21, 2020 at Pleasant View Church, from 6:00-7:00 p.m. His service is scheduled for Saturday, August 22, 2020, at Shiloh Memorial Cemetery with Rev. William A. Shaw, Jr., officiating.


Steven leaves to cheriah his memories, mother; Pearlean Herron Carter, father; Arthur (Pearlean) Carter, Sr., one daughter; Stephanie Carter, three sons; Dalvin Carter, Damien Carter, Darius Carter, three sisters; Lorie Taylor, Doris Carter, Chalon Daniel, two brothers; Arthur (Lorraine) Carter, Jr., and Donnell (Jennifer) Carter, Sr. and a host of Uncles, Aunts, Nephews, Nieces, other relatives and friends. Service by Perry Funeral Home.


Rosetta Foster


Ms. Rosetta Foster 79, of Monticello passed August 16, 2020. Graveside Service will be Friday 11:00 a.m. at Lacey Cemetery with Rev. Shirley Spencer Officiating by Paradise Funeral Home of Monticello. “Only Paradise Can Serve You Better!”


Precious Harris


Mother Precious Abraham Harris, 92, of Little Rock passed August 13, 2020. Funeral Service will be Saturday 2:30 p.m.at New Community Church with Rev. Jerry Tolbert Officiating. Interment will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery by Paradise Funeral Home of Pine Bluff. Visitation will be Friday from 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at Paradise Funeral Home. “Only Paradise Can Serve You Better!”


James Lockett


Mr. James Lockett, 73, of Pine Bluff passed August 18, 2020. Funeral Service will be Saturday 3:00 p.m. at Gospel Temple Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. James Murry officiating. Interment will be in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens by Paradise Funeral Home of Pine Bluff. Visitation will be Friday from 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at Paradise Funeral Home. “Only Paradise Can Serve You Better!”


James Gregory


Mr. James Kenneth Gregory was born to the late Joe Gregory, Jr and Emily Frances Gregory, on Monday April 28, 1947. He entered eternal life on Saturday, August 15, 2020.


James was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers; Robert Gregory, Sr and Arturo Gregory, Sr.


He leaves to mourn his transition and cherish memory his wife of forty-five years, Patricia Ward Gregory; two proud daughters, Jasmine K. Gregory of Fayetteville, AR; Patrice B. Gregory of Kansas City, MO; three brothers, Bennie Gregory of Detroit, MI; Raymond (Naomi) Gregory of Detroit, MI; Albert (Delana) Baltimore, Jr; of Detroit, MI; three sisters, Rose Gregory of Ft. Washington, MD, Yvonne (Christopher) Hollis of Forrest Heights, MD, Linda (David) Tinsley of Detroit, MI; two sisters-in-love, Gwen T. Ward of Pine Bluff, AR; Rheva Gregory of Detroit, MI, also a host of nieces, nephews, Donaldson and Gregory cousins and friends.


In compliance with CDC guidelines and to protect the physical health, safety and well-being of our community, a private family service will be held on Saturday, August 22, 2020 by Pastor Rudolph Stennis, Jr.


Public viewing will be held Friday, August 21, 2020 from 7 pm - 8pm at Brown Funeral Home. The service will also be live streamed on Saturday, August 22, 2020 at 10:00 am on the Brown Funeral Home YouTube page.


In lieu of flowers, the family kindly suggests memorial contributions may be made to the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Foundation Fund, in honor of James Gregory. Checks should be made payable to the UAPB Foundation and James K. Gregory noted on the memo line. Services are entrusted to Brown Funeral Home of Pine Bluff, AR. www.brownfuneralhomeandmortuary.com.


Larry Smith


Mr. Larry Smith 67, of Pine Bluff passed August 15, 2020. Graveside Service will be Saturday 12:30p.m. at Cypress Memorial Gardens Cemetery with Rev. Sherman Edmond Officiating by Paradise Funeral Home of Pine Bluff. Visitation will be Saturday from 11:00a.m. until 12:00 p.m.at the Funeral Home. “Only Paradise Can Serve You Better!”


Baby Zion Benjamin


Baby Zion S. Benjamin of Pine Bluff passed August 10, 2020. Graveside Service will be Saturday 11:00 a.m. Forest Lawn Cemetery by Paradise Funeral Home. “Only Paradise Can Serve You Better!”


Sherry Woods


Mrs. Sherry Woods, 46, of Dewitt Passed August 18,2020 Funeral Arrangements will be announced by Paradise-Integrity Funeral Home of Stuttgart. “Only Paradise Can Serve You Better!”


Verdell Smith


Mother Verdell Reed Smith, 92, of Pine Bluff passedAugust 10, 2020. Memorial Service will be Saturday 2:30 p.m. at Paradise Funeral Home of Pine Bluff. Visitation will be Saturday from 1:30p.m.-2:30 p.m. at Paradise Funeral Home. “Only Paradise Can Serve You Better!”


Varris Crosby


Mrs. Varris Crosby, 56, of Pine Bluff passed away August 19, 2020. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Paradise Funeral Home of Pine Bluff. “Only Paradise Can Serve You Better!”