Thomas Clark “Tommy” Curry, left to be with his Lord on Monday, August 24, 2020.
Born January 27, 1948, at Pine Bluff, he was the son of the late Clark Woodrow “Pinky” Curry and Jean Dooley Curry. He graduated from Pine Bluff High School in 1966 and attended the University of Arkansas at Monticello where he was a member of Phi Lambda Chi Fraternity.
Alongside his father, he owned and operated Pinky and Tommy’s Burt’s Store for Men in downtown Pine Bluff for 43 years. After his retirement, he worked for five years as a salesman for the Arkansas Department of Corrections selling products produced in the corrections system.
Tommy was a past-president of the Arkansas Grocers and Retail Merchants Association and was named Pine Bluff’s Retailer of the Year.
For the past 20 years, he became a devoted sporting clay enthusiast. He won many awards and was a qualifier in the 2006 World Cup held in Minneapolis, MN. He was currently serving as vice-president of the Jefferson County Gun Club. Tommy was also a proud member of the National Rifle Association.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a son, Aaron Thomas Curry; and a sister, Phoebe Curry Spharler.
Survivors include his wife, Tammy Blair Curry, whom he married on September 20, 1991; a son, John Curry; a stepdaughter, Elizabeth Carraway; his sister, Claire Curry Campbell (Clyde); and two grandchildren, Brodie and Alina Curry.
Friends are welcome to attend Tommy’s graveside service on Wednesday, September 2, 2020, 10:00 a.m. in Graceland Cemetery. Rev. Carlton Cross will officiate. Arrangements are by Fuller Hale-South Funeral Services.
Memorials may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, Post Office Box 758516, Topeka, KS 66675-8516 or online at www.woundedwarriorproject.com. Masks are required and social distancing will be observed for the protection of all who are attending the service. For online condolences, please visit FullerFunerals.com.
Marguerite Elizabeth Kinney, 66, of Washington, North Carolina, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at her home following an extended illness, Wednesday, August 26, 2020.
Peggy, as she was commonly known since her childhood, was born October 1, 1953, in Rushville, Indiana, to Robert Ross and Ruth Alberta Ross (née MacRae)
She was reared in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, and Morristown, New Jersey, and received her education at Macomb College, Michigan.
In her early twenties, Peggy owned and operated a successful house and business offices cleaning and organizing service. She met and married William Lee Kinney, her husband of forty-four years, on May 9, 1976, a mere three months after their meeting. Soon after his ordination as a Presbyterian pastor, she devoted her time to family, church and community concerns. As a pastor’s wife, Peggy helped her husband add an additional 300 new young families to their church community.
She served on church mission committees and was ordained a deacon. In the communities in which they lived she devoted herself to the causes nearest and dearest to her heart—the eradication of racism and bigotry, poverty and illiteracy. When Hurricane Katrina struck and thousands of New Orlean’s residents of the hardest hit 9th ward were sent to cities for shelter and care, Peggy, who later became known as “Little Mama” to those she helped, immediately volunteered and within a week was asked to run the shelter, which led to a two-year commitment of service helping to settle and acclimate over 250 people and families into new homes and jobs.
With a passion for lifelong learning, Peggy became adept at a host of skills from furniture making, tiling, remodeling and house design, as well as becoming a creative problem solver. She also was an avid student of literature, mathematics, and even computers, turning those skills to good use when the decision was made to homeschool the children.
Thereafter she helped lead the charge in South Carolina and Arkansas to stop the elimination of homeschooling. Speaking on behalf of the state homeschooling association, she successfully confronted a committee of the Arkansas legislature by pointing out the state’s own assessment showed that everyone of the 5,000 home schooled students had scored in the top 5% of the mandated standardized tests given to all Arkansas students.
Peggy was and will always remain the heart, soul and center of her family. She loved everyone she met, no matter who they were, focusing instead on how they were. She readily adopted people wherever she was and never met a stranger. She embodied her Lord’s command to love others as we ourselves wished to be loved, and was humble to a fault. Being the unpretentious person she was, she would have hated virtually all of what has been written here. To which her family replies, “Sorry Little Mama, but you always taught us to tell the truth. So, we have.”
Survivors include her husband William Lee of Washington, NC; her three children Daniel Lee Kinney and his wife Chastity of Washington, NC; Maria Alexandra Langley and her husband Richard of Washington, NC; Elizabeth Anne Coltrain and her husband Brant of Greenville, NC; four grandchildren, Abigail, Montgomery, Theodore (Teddy), Valentina; two siblings, Bonnie Jeanne Curzio and her husband Daniel Michael of Chicago, IL; Robert Duncan Ross and his wife Diane of Old Fort, NC; and six nieces and nephews, Erin and her husband Kevin Finson of Baltimore, Maryland; Katie Curzio of Chicago, IL, Daniel Curzio of Chicago, IL, John Price of Old Fort, NC, Robert Ross of Asheville, NC, Timothy Ross of Old Fort, NC. She was preceded in death by her mother Ruth Alberta Ross and her father Robert Ross.
Prayers for the family are appreciated. At her request, due to the COVID—19 pandemic, a memorial service will be coordinated to coincide with an extended family reunion at the family lake house in Tafton, PA, once the crisis has passed. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in support of Open Door Community Center for homeless women and children at 1240 Cowell Farm Road, Washington, NC, 27889 or the Purpose of God Annex at 1015 East 6th, Washington, NC, 27889.
Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.paulfuneralhome.com. Paul Funeral Home & Crematory of Washington is honored to serve the Kinney family.
Nolan N. McAfee
Nolan A. McAfee, 83, of Pine Bluff passed August 24, 2020. Born January 14, 1937, at Sherrill, Arkansas, to the late Hurchel A. and Earslean Falley McAfee. Survivors include a son, Terence McAfee of Pine Bluff, and a sister, Dorothy Ramsey of Little Rock, and a host of relatives and friends.
Funeral service will be Tuesday at 10:00 A.M. at Henson-Holcomb Mortuary Chapel by Rev. Joseph Valliant, Jr. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery by Henson-Holcomb Mortuary. Visitation vill be Monday from 5 to 7 P.M. at the Mortuary. Masks are required at both services.
Harold Lee Freeman
Mr. Harold Lee Freeman 60, of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, passed away on Tuesday, August 18, 2020. Viewing 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Friday, August 28, 2020, at Brown Funeral Home Pine Bluff, AR. Funeral service 10:30 a.m. Saturday, August 29, 2020, at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church Dermott, Arkansas, by Pastor Raeshawn Howard. Interment in Bowie Cemetery, Halley, Arkansas, by Brown Funeral Home of Pine Bluff, AR. His body will lie in-state 9:45 a.m. until service time.www.brownfuneralhomeandmortuary.com.
Mr. Anthony Peters 36, of Balch Springs, Texas, passed away Thursday, August 27, 2020. Arrangements will be announced by Brown Funeral Home of Pine Bluff, Arkansas. www.Brownfuneralhomeandmortuary.com.
Mrs. Estella Clinger 91, of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, passed away Friday, August 28, 2020. Arrangements will be announced by Brown Funeral Home of Pine Bluff, Arkansas. www.Brownfuneralhomeandmortuary.com.