Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Debra West

Debra West, age 61, of Banks, AR, died Tuesday, March 28, at her home. She was born August 25, 1955, in Fort Hood, TX, a daughter of the late David Allen Johnson, JR., and Neoma Sue Hooks Johnson. Debra was a former employee of Martin’s Department Store, Merchants & Planters Insurance, a former Justice of the Peace on the Bradley County Quorum Court, a former mayor of Banks, AR, was a graduate of Banks High School and attended U.A.M.

Survivors are her husband Freddie West whom she married November 30, 1972, in Hampton, AR. Two daughters Laura West Stedman and spouse Kevin, and Nicole West all of Banks, AR. One brother David Allen Johnson of Banks, AR. Five grandchildren Ashley Giandelone and spouse Joey, Autumn Baggett, Adriana Baggett all of Banks, AR, Courtney Dunn and spouse Thomas of Tinsman, AR, and Destiny Evans of Lakeland, FL. Five great-grandchildren Kade, Brooklyn, Kara, Jesse, and Hana.

Funeral service will be 10:00 a.m. Thursday, March 30, at Frazer’s Chapel. Burial in McFarland Cemetery at Banks by Frazer’s Funeral Home. Visitation 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, at Frazer’s. Online guest register  HYPERLINK "http://www.frazerfuneralhome.com" www.frazerfuneralhome.com 

Monday, March 27, 2017

Joe David Simmons

Joe David Simmons, age 96, of Banks, AR, died Friday, March 24, at Benton, AR. Born April 26, 1920, in Banks, AR, a son of the late David H. Simmons and Gracie Erwin Simmons he was a retired chemical plant foreman at the Pine Bluff Arsenal, a member of Wagnon United Methodist Church, and a World War II Army veteran. He was preceded in death by his wife Lois Lavender Simmons who died December 7, 1977.

Survivors are one son Joe Don Simmons and spouse Sheila of Benton, AR. One daughter Gertie Mae Johnson of Santa Cruz, CA. Four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. 

Funeral service was 2:00 p.m. Monday, March 27, at Frazer’s Chapel with Rev. Marty Reep and Rev. Tim McClellan officiating. Linda Barrett was organist. Alicia Mann and David Mann played and sang. Burial was in Williams Cemetery by Frazer’s Funeral Home. Active pallbearers were Tony Jarvis, Mark Reppond, David Gorman, David Mann, Larry Reppond, Scotty Jarvis, and Daniel Jarvis. Memorials are preferred to Wagnon United Methodist Church; C/O Marty Reep; 107 Scotta Street; Warren, AR, 71671. Online guest register  HYPERLINK "http://www.frazerfuneralhome.com" www.frazerfuneralhome.com 

Gary O'Neill

Gary O’Neill age 67 of Warren, AR died Sunday, March 26th at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock, AR.   He was born  July 15th , 1949 in Warren, AR a son of the late Morgan O’Neill Sr and Grace Pennington O’Neill.  He was a retired United States Postal employee with over 40 plus years of service, a United State Navy Veteran and a member of the Church of Christ.  He was also preceded in death by a brother, Morgan O’Neill Jr.

He is survived by his wife, Regina Bryant O’Neill, Warren, AR. A son Ricky O’Neill and spouse Anne, Warren, AR. 2 step sons, Shane Jackson, Fordyce, AR and Tracey Jackson and spouse Angelia, Sugarland, TX. A brother Wayne O’Neill, Jr.  Warren, AR. and a sister Joyce O’Neill, Warren, AR. 7 grandchildren Richard, Victoria, Thomas, Andrew, Bradley, Megan and Ethan.

Graveside service was 4:00 PM Wednesday, March 29th at Oakland Cemetery with Lee Elkins officiating. Arrangements were by Frazer’s Funeral Home. Active pallbearers were Jim Bryant, Randy Bryant, Mike Lathan, Jason Wilson, David Williams and Tim Williams. Honorary pallbearers were Ricky Adams, Jeff Adams and James Pennington. Online guestbook  HYPERLINK "http://www.frazerfuneralhome.com" www.frazerfuneralhome.com  

Leonard Marlin Broach

Leonard Marlin Broach, age 91, of Rogers, AR, died Thursday, March 23. Leonard who was also known as “Mollie,” “L.M.,” “Leonardo,” “Leo” and, on occasion, “Bob” was born January 8, 1926 in Harrell, AR to Oran J. Broach and Golie Elizabeth Robertson Broach. Leonard had one brother, Pete Broach, who preceded him in death in 1975. After graduating from Hermitage High School in 1943, Leonard was drafted to the Navy in April of 1944. While there, he served two years and one month before being honorably discharged. After leaving the Navy, he worked in various jobs around Warren, AR for approximately 10 years.  During that period of time, he met a beautiful young lady named Martha Jane Atwell and they fell in love. They married on April 23, 1956 and moved to Snyder, Texas where Leonard worked for Lion Oil, which would later become Monsanto, which would later become BHP. After realizing they weren’t moving back to Arkansas anytime soon, they decided to start a family and, soon after, their only son, Mickey Blaine Broach, was born in January of 1966. The family enjoyed fishing, being active in their church and spending time with friends in West Texas. Leonard worked in the oil industry for some 30 years before retiring and moving back to South AR in May of ’96. In South AR, he was an active member of Victory Baptist Church and enjoyed spending time outdoors and with friends. Leonard leaves behind his wife of 61 years, Martha Jane Atwell Broach, one son, Mickey Blaine Broach and his wife Shea, of Rogers, AR, and five grandchildren: Kyler, Aivan, Emryk, Willow and Sawyer. Funeral service was 4:00 p.m. Sunday, March 26, at Victory Baptist Church in Hampton with Rev. Eddie Raines officiating. Burial was in Shady Grove Cemetery at Jersey. Active pallbearers were Ronnie Duncan, Randy Duncan, Marty Duncan, Jimmy Hammack, David Duncan, Bill Jeffreys. Honorary pallbearers were Aber Gannaway, Jesse McWilliams, Scott Richardson, Harold Duncan, Donnie Hendrix. Online guest register www.frazerfuneralhome.com

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Ricky Wayne Rice

Ricky Wayne Rice, age 47, of Little Rock, AR, died Saturday, March 25, at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. Born January 10, 1970, in Warren, AR, he was a mechanic and a Baptist. Ricky was preceded in death by his father Donnie Ray Rice, paternal grandparents George and Beadie Rice, and maternal grandparents George and Nora Howard.

Survivors are his mother Birdie Rice Burnett of Monticello, AR. One brother Randy Rice of Banks, AR. Step father Randall Burnett of Monticello, AR. Nephews Steven Ray Rice, Brandon William Rice and a niece Jessica Seymore.

Funeral service will be 4:00 p.m. Monday, March 27, at Frazer’s Chapel. Burial in Williams Cemetery by Frazer’s Funeral Home. Visitation 6-8 p.m. Sunday, March 26, at Frazer’s. Online guest register  HYPERLINK "http://www.frazerfuneralhome.com" www.frazerfuneralhome.com

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Patricia Ellen "Pat" Thurman

Memorial services for Patricia Ellen “Patt” Thurman, age 66 of Choudrant, LA will be held at 1:00pm, Saturday, March 25, 2017 at First United Methodist Church in Warren, AR with Minister Gary Harrison officiating. There will be a reception in the fellowship hall following the service.
Patt was born and raised for the most part in Warren, AR. Later in life she moved to Winnfield, LA and was living in Choudrant at the time of her death. She loved to read books and spend time with family and friends.
Patt was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Ron Thurman of Hope, AR, her parents, Nolan Leon Williams of Warren, AR and Adeline Helms Friedlander of Opp, AL, her sister, Nancy Lynn Grissom of Greenville, TX and a granddaughter, Erika McKenzie Higgs of Winnfield, LA.
Patt is survived by her daughters, Ellen Kay Higgs of Choudrant, LA and Ashley Brooke Davis and husband Tommy of Bernice, LA, her brother, Nolan Stanford Williams and wife Celeste of Dallas, TX. Patt had four beautiful grandchildren, Jared Tyler Hayes of Choudrant, LA, Hanna Elizabeth Williams and husband Reagan of Winnfield, LA, Landon Cody Maloy of Bernice, LA and Hunter Martin Maloy of Bernice, LA. Patt also had three great grandchildren that she was very proud of, Jayden Tyler Hayes of Choudrant, LA, Carter Layne Williams and Owen Reed Williams of Winnfield, LA, two nieces, Kelly Celeste Williams of Dallas, TX, Tracie Lynn Stanfield of New York City, NY and one nephew, Thomas Nolan Stanfield of Warren, AR.

Memorial Service
Saturday, March 25, 2017
1:00 PM

First United Methodist Church

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Georgia Lee Black

Georgia Lee Black, 83, of Warren, formerly of Eudora, died Sunday, March 5, 2017 at Chapel Woods Nursing Home in Warren.

Born May 16, 1931, she was a daughter of the late Booker and Alma Shaw-Black.

She was a member of St. Peter Baptist Church in Eudora, Federation Usher Board and Eastern Star.

Her children-Gloria Dickerson of Monroe, LA., Roosevelt (Felicia) Gray of Warren and Charles Harris of Eurdora.
Seven granddaughters-Twyla (Keitric) Woods, Megan Donaldson all of Montore, LA., Chanta (Tim) Wells, Latoya (Cameron) Faulkner all of Little Rock, Mykarsha Gray of Dayton, OH., Sha'Nequa Gray and Ka'Misha Davis both of Monticello.
Brother - Robert Black of Chicago, IL.
Goddaughters-Pat Morris of Eudora and Jennet McGill of Little Rock
Godson-Greg Myers of Oak Grove, LA.
Two great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were March 11th at St. Peter Baptist Church in Eudora with Rev. David Green officiating and Juanita Ruffin Mistress of Ceremony. Burial was in Mason Cemetery in Eudora with arrangements by Hammons Funeral Home of Warren.

Marie Gresham Lewis

Marie Gresham Lewis, of Hot Springs, AR, departed her earthly life early on Monday morning, March 13, 2017, three months short of her 91st birthday. She was predeceased by her husband Mark E. Lewis in October of 2016. They had just celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in July of that year.
She was immensely proud of her southern heritage and roots, and was very much a Southern lady, full of wit, charm, and social grace. After spending her late teens working in the Office of the Quartermaster General in WWII-era Washington D.C., she returned to her hometown of Warren, Arkansas. There she eventually met and married her husband, Mark. Seeing little opportunity in their home state, the couple moved west, where they worked as a team to take advantage of the GI bill and advance Mark’s education. Once her husband’s career was on track she balanced roles as a wife, mother, homemaker, real estate agent and whatever else the family required. With her children grown and on their own, she pursued her love for retail by opening The Gazebo in Warren, Arkansas and then later Gresham’s Inc – a home interiors business – in Hot Springs. She was finally coerced into retirement and closed Gresham’s in 2001.
“Miss Marie” was unabashedly proud of her sons and grandchildren, and would spend a great deal of time telling anyone who would listen her favorite stories about them, and countless other memories of her life and adventures. Marie Gresham Lewis is survived by her sons John Mark Lewis and Matthew E Lewis, and grandsons Mark Ryan Lewis and Connor Landon Lewis – all of Hot Springs, Arkansas.
Funeral service was 2:00 p.m. Saturday, March 18, at Frazer’s Chapel with Rev. Wayman Mann officiating. Janice Sullivan was organist. Burial was in Union Cemetery at Rye, AR. by Frazer’s Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorial donations to Union Methodist Church C/O Mary Mercer, 19890 US 63, Rison, AR 71665. Online guest register  HYPERLINK "http://www.frazerfuneralhome.com" www.frazerfuneralhome.com

Monday, March 13, 2017

Richard Gillespie Garison, III

Richard Gillespie Garison, III, age 90, of Pine Bluff, AR, died Saturday, March 11, at the John L. McClellan Veterans Hospital in Little Rock, AR. He was born July 22, 1926, in Warren, AR, a son of the late Richard Gillespie Garison, Jr., and Ollie Mae Knowles. Richard was a retired welder, mechanic, and construction worker. He was World War II, U.S. Army veteran and the widower of Julia Maia Reaves Garison who died May 11, 2001. They were united in marriage July 4, 1954. Also preceding Richard in death was a son Richard G. Garison, IV, and a sister Mary Virginia Miller.

Survivors are one daughter Carolyn G. McCallister and spouse Bob of Adona, AR. Two brothers James (Jim) Garison of Crossett, AR, and John M. Garison of Hot Springs Village, AR. Three grandchildren Courtney McKendree and spouse Andrew, Jason McCallister and spouse Jeriann, and Leah Raudman and spouse Roger. Six great-grandchildren Maddox McKendree, Aidan McKendree, Logan McCallister, Sydney McCallister, Lena Hokanson, and Russell Raudman.

Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 14, at Frazer’s Chapel. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery at Warren, AR, by Frazer’s Funeral Home. Visitation will be 12:30 p.m. until service time Tuesday, March 14, at Frazer’s. Memorials preferred to Wesley United Methodist Church, 31st & Hazel Streets, Pine Bluff, AR, 71603. Online guest register  HYPERLINK "http://www.frazerfuneralhome.com" www.frazerfuneralhome.com  

Edwin Wayne Huitt

Edwin Wayne Huitt age 72, of Hermitage, AR died Monday, March 13th, at the John R. Williamson Hospice House in El Dorado, AR.   He was born January 5th, 1945 in Eudora, AR a son of the late  Marvin Edwin Huitt and Annie Mildred Chambers Huitt.  He was a retired Arkansas Army National Guard serviceman, he enlisted August 18th, 1964 and was honorably discharged August 17th, 1998,  serving as a technician for 34 years, he was a member of Antioch Church and loved to travel with his wife and through their travels they traveled all 50 states, Canada and Mexico, he loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.   He was also preceded in death by sisters Mary Ann Huitt Smith and Margarette Huitt.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Lou Neal Huitt, a son Shannon Huitt and spouse Charlotte, and their children,  Emily, Joe and Kaden, Norphlet, AR.  A daughter Shawnda Outlaw, and her children Ashton and Will, Hermitage, AR.  Brothers Larry Huitt and spouse Carolyn, Warren,  AR, Paul Huitt and spouse Gwen, Hermitage, AR,  Joe Huitt and spouse Sharon, Warren, AR.  A sister Peggy Adams, Warren, AR.  5 grandchildren.
His aunt Thelma Green and spouse Wilmot, Warren, AR.  Extended family J. C. Parks (preceded) and spouse Marilyn Parks, El Dorado, AR,  Don and Sandi Parks, Marshall, TX,  Paul and Greg Parks Biba, Fletcher , N.C. also numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services 10:00 AM Wednesday, March 15th at Frazer’s Chapel.  Burial in Gravelridge Cemetery by Frazer’s Funeral Home. Visitation 6:00 PM till 8:00 PM Tuesday, March 14th at Frazer’s Funeral Home.  Memorials preferred to the Gravelridge Cemetery Association or the John R. Williamson Hospice House. Online guestbook www.frazerfuneralhome.com

Monday, March 6, 2017

Sula "Susie" Mae York

Sula "Susie Mae York, 90, of Warren, died Sunday, February 19, 2017 in Pine Bluff.

Born November 22, 1926, she was a daughter of the late Ed and Nannie York.

She attended Bradley County School and later earned her G.E.D. from the State of Arkansas.  She was a member of St. James A.M.E. Church in Warren.  she retired from the State of Arkansas in 2013, after many years of service.  She enjoyed fishing, gardening, feeding as many people as she could and most of all, she loved spending time with her family and friends.

She was also preceded in death by her son Robert Earl Jones; siblings, Andrew York, Vester York, Willie Ed York, Leo York, Biscoe York, Novella York, Reola Strong, Beulah Shorter and Winnie Jackson.

her children - Margarette Ross, Ronnie Franklin, Sr., and James Meadows.
15 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren, 30 great-great grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were March 4th at St. James A.M.E. Church in Warren with Rev. James R. Hooper officiating.  Burial was in Palestine Cemetery in Johnsville with arrangements by Hammons Funeral Home of Warren.

Evelyn Loretta Nichols Wooldridge

Evelyn Loretta Nichols Wooldridge, age 77, of Rye, AR, died Sunday, March 5, at her home. Born December 21, 1939, in Rye, AR, a daughter of the late Little John Nichols and Edna Louise Adair Nichols she was a homemaker and one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. She married Billy Troy Wooldridge January 28, 1961, and he died February 15, 1996.

Survivors are two sons Randy Wooldridge and John Wooldridge both of Rye, AR. Four brothers John William Nichols of Star City, AR, Huey Nichols, Bret Nichols, and Bart Nichols all of Rye, AR. Four sisters Darlene Thompson of Rye, AR, Marcell Ramsey of Monticello, AR, Barbara Mercer of Warren, AR, and Doris Johnston of Rye, AR. Two grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 8, at Frazer’s Chapel. Burial is in Union Cemetery at Rye, AR, by Frazer’s Funeral Home. Visitation 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 7, at Frazer’s. Online guest register  HYPERLINK "http://www.frazerfuneralhome.com" www.frazerfuneralhome.com 

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Betty A. Tate

Betty A. Tate age 85, of Warren, AR died Friday, March 3rd at the Chapel Woods Nursing Center.  She was born July 1st, 1931 in Warren, AR a daughter of the late Buster Wiggins and Grace Ruth Kight Wiggins.  She was a housewife, a homemaker and a member of Immanuel Baptist Church.  She was preceded in death by her first husband, Marshall Wayne Sullivan, her second husband, Mack Forrest and a son Milton Dwayne Forrest. Betty loved to support the Warren Senior Center, where she was dedicated and active in volunteering. She spent many hours over the years visiting people in the nursing home where she gave of her time freely.

Survivors include her husband Rupert Tate whom she married April 21st, 1996.  A daughter Judy Sullivan Houston and spouse Roger, Rock Springs, AR. A brother Jimmy Wiggins, Warren, AR. A sister Patsy Weeks, Warren, AR.  3 grandchildren Christopher Mack Lovett, Angela Grace Edge and Desiree Leann McCowen.  6 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was 10:00 AM, Monday, March 6th at Frazer’s Chapel with Rev. Michael Stroh officiating. Linda Barrett was organist. Burial was in Adams Singer Cemetery by Frazer’s Funeral Home. Active pallbearers were Randy Wiggins, Jason McCowen, Roger Houston, Marshall Sullivan, Jason Wiggins, Jim Wiggins, Jr., Christopher Lovett, and Scott Edge. Honorary pallbearers were Dr. Kerry Pennington, Dan Weeks, Dale Maxwell and Staff of Chapel Woods.  Online guestbook. www.frazerfuneralhome.com

Friday, March 3, 2017

Sharon Ashley Rice

Sharon Ashley Rice age 68 of Warren, AR died Thursday, March 2nd at the Hospice Home Care in Little Rock, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.  She was born October 7th, 1948 in Little Rock, AR a daughter of Marie Owen Ashley, Redfield, AR and the late Jean Ray Ashley.   She was employed at the Bradley County Medical Center with 17 years of service, a member or Orion Missionary Baptist Church and a graduate of the Sheridan Public Schools.  She was also proceeded in death by her husband Leonard Rice who passed away March 7th, 2015.

Surviving other than her mother, are 2 sons, Marcus Brown and spouse Martha, Fairview, Tenn; and James Brown and spouse Tiffany, Gallatin, Tenn.   A brother Kenneth Ray Ashley and spouse Libby, Redfield, AR. and 2 sisters Gail Lewis and spouse Ron, Redfield, AR and Beverley Cloninger, Beebe, AR.  A grandchild Anna Marie Brown, Fairview, Tenn. A former husband James Larry Brown and spouse Jane, Burns, Tenn.

Funeral services 1:30 PM Monday, March 6th at Frazer’s Chapel with a visitation from 12:30 till service time.  Burial in Union Cemetery at Rye by Frazer’s Funeral Home.  Sunday visitation will be 2:00 pm till 4:00 pm, March 5th at Orion Missionary Baptist Church 3826 Stagecoach Road, in Redfield, AR.   Memorials preferred The Orion Missionary Baptist Church 3826, Stagecoach Road, Redfield, AR. or the Union Cemetery Association C/O Aaron Tooke.
Online guestbook www.frazerfuneralhome.com

Charles David Atkins

Charles David Atkins, age 63, of Monticello, AR, died Tuesday, February 28, at McGehee Hospital. Born April 7, 1953, in Warren, AR, a son of the late Vernon Lee Atkins and Marthaline Temple Atkins Johnson he was a retired electrician for Hood Packaging and a member of Crossroads Baptist Church.

Survivors are his wife Leticia Cantu Atkins whom he married September 2, 1989. One son Justin Atkins of Monticello, AR. Two step sons Jacob Perez and Adrian Perez both of Fort Dodge, IA. One sister Brenda Burkhart of Banks, AR. Two step brothers Philip Johnson of Bauxite, AR, and David Johnson of Alabama. One step sister Charlotte Pierce of Alabama. Three grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral service was 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 3, at Frazer’s Chapel with Rev. Wayman Mann and Rev. Sidney McGraw officiating. Linda Barrett was organist. Burial was in Crossroads Cemetery by Frazer’s Funeral Home. Active pallbearers were Jacob Perez, Adrian Perez, Bob Calloway, Phil Chandler, Justin Atkins, and Philip Johnson.  Online guest register  HYPERLINK "http://www.frazerfuneralhome.com" www.frazerfuneralhome.com    

Monday, February 27, 2017

Rosie Lee Young Daniels

Rosie Lee Young Daniels, 77, of Little Rock, AR, died Thursday, February 16, 2017 at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock.

Born September 22, 1939, she was a daughter of the late Jonathan and Susie M. Young.

She moved to California at an early age and married Charles E. Daniels.  She worked for Locke Boring Jet Plant in California for 30 years.  She moved back to Arkansas in 2005.

Her siblings-Helen Willis, Alex Burrell both of Denver, CO, Shirley Hudson (LeRoy) of Oakland, CA., Freda Burks, Allen James Young, Otis Dewayne Young (Joyce) all of Warren, Rachel White (John) and Vicky Hampton all of Little Rock

Funeral Services were February 25th at St. James AME Church in Warren with Rev. James R. Hooper officiating.  Burial in Union Cemetery with arrangements by Hammons Funeral Home.

Fred Douglas Hampton

Fred Douglas Hampton, 58, of Johnsville, died Tuesday, February 21, 2017 in Johnsville.

Born May 22, 1958, he was a son of Georgia Mae Hampton and the late George Ed Hampton.

He was a graduate of Hermitage High School and attended a year at Philander Smith College.  He was a member of Antioch Baptist church in Johnsville and a former employee of Potlatch Corporation.

He was also preceded in death by three siblings, George D. Hampton, Verna Clifton, and Brenda Clary.

His children-Fred Blueford, Kenesha  Blueford, and Shakira Lewis.
Siblings- Cleola Wheeler, Mary Hampton, Barbara harvey, Wanda Jamison, Milton Hampton, and Greg Hampton.
Ten grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be Saturday, March 4, at 2:30 p.m. at Hampton Chapel AME Church in Johnsville with Rev. James Carroll officiating and Rev. Walker pastor.  Burial in Gethsemane Garden ion Johnsville with arrangements by Hammons Funeral Home of Warren.

Dr. Claude H. Babin

Dr. Claude H. Babin, a long-time resident of Monticello, Ark., passed away on Feb. 25, 2017, in Little Rock, Arkansas. Dr. Babin was born, Feb. 6, 1924, in Baton Rouge, La., the son of Ventress Victor Babin and Essie Bond Babin. He attended public schools in East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana, and graduated from Clinton, Louisiana High School in 1941. He received a B.A. Degree from Louisiana State University in 1945, where he was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity. In 1946, he received a M.A. Degree from of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he concentrated his studies in British Empire history. In 1946, Dr. Babin joined the history faculty of the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla. He remained there until 1949, when he was admitted to Tulane University to study for a doctorate in American history. At Tulane, he served as a Graduate Fellow with undergraduate teaching responsibilities and was awarded a Ford Foundation grant for study in American economic history. In 1952, he was appointed to the position of Instructor of History for the United States Navy at the Pensacola Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Fl. In 1954, after completion of his dissertation, he received his Ph.D. degree from Tulane.
In Sept. 1954, Dr. Babin was appointed to the faculty of Arkansas A & M College, now the University of Arkansas at Monticello, and began a 38-year tenure. He advanced from Assistant Professor of History and Political Science to Associate Professor in 1957, and to Professor in 1960. He served as Academic Dean of the College from 1960 to 1962. In 1962, he was elected President of Arkansas A & M. When the College became a part of the University of Arkansas System in 1971, Dr. Babin became Chancellor of the University of Arkansas at Monticello. He continued as Chancellor until 1977, at which time and at his request, he returned to teaching in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences as Professor of History. He retired from the University in 1992.
During his academic years, Dr. Babin was elected to membership in Phi Alpha Theta, honorary history fraternity, and to Pi Sigma Alpha, honorary political science fraternity. In 1965, Hendrix College honored Dr. Babin with the Degree of Laws. In 1977, the Louisiana State University College of Arts and Sciences honored him as a distinguished graduate. In the same year, he was honored by the Drew County Chamber of Commerce for outstanding educational leadership.
In his college administrative career, Dr. Babin initiated an extensive building program on the Arkansas A & M campus. New construction included the Science Center, Royer Hall and a library addition, as well as expansions of the Student Union, Fine Arts Center, Administration Building, and Agriculture Center. During his presidency, Arkansas A & M was accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education and successfully reviewed by the North Central Association. A nursing program also was established. The Society of American Foresters granted the institution Affiliate Status laying the groundwork for the eventual full accreditation. Dr. Babin worked with the Drew County Health, Educational and Cultural Complex and the City of Monticello to facilitate a new water supply system for the College campus. Additionally, the College became part of the Monticello City limits allowing for enhanced municipal services to the campus. Dr. Babin played a major role in negotiating the merger with the University of Arkansas System in 1970 and 1971. In 1998, Dr. Babin was honored by the renaming of the UAM Business and Communications Building as the Babin Business Center.
Dr. Babin is a member of the First United Methodist Church of Monticello where he taught in the church school for many decades and served in various church offices, including Chairman of the Administrative Board, Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Chairman of the Pastor Parish Committee. He was a member of the Monticello Kiwanis Club and served as club president in 1961-1962. He was an active worker in the Boy Scouts of American program and a member of the Desoto Area Council.
On December 29, 1947, Dr. Babin married Barbara Ann Murphy of Batesville, Arkansas, the love of his life, who predeceased him in 2006. In additional to his parents, he was predeceased by his twin brother, Clifford V. Babin. Survivors include a son, Claude Hunter Babin Jr., his wife, Joyce Babin, a granddaughter, Catherine Babin, all of Little Rock, and a brother, Harold B. Babin, of Zachary, La.
A funeral service will be held on Thursday, March 2, at 11 a.m., at First United Methodist Church, Monticello, Ark., with Rev. Dennis Spence officiating. Burial will follow at the Oakland Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m., Wednesday evening, March 1, at Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Dr. Claude H. Babin Scholarship Fund at UAM, Office of Advancement, P.O. Box 3520, Monticello, Ark. 71656, or to the First United Methodist Church of Monticello, 317 S. Main St., Monticello, Ark. 71655. Online guestbook at www.stephensondearman.com.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

William "Billy" D. Haynes, Jr.

William “Billy” D. Haynes, Jr., 54 was born in Memphis, TN July 7, 1962. He died February 24, 2017 at St. Francis Hospital Memphis. He attended Cherokee Baptist Church and previously attended Buntyn Presbyterian Church. He was a resident at SRVS for the past three years. He is survived by his father, William D. Haynes, Sr., his aunt, Sherry W. Gifford, three cousins, Samuel H. Haynes III, David L. Haynes, and Harriet V. Caldwell. He was preceded in death by his mother, Marion R. Haynes. Graveside services was Tuesday, February 28 at 1:30 p.m. at Pattsville Cemetery with Rev. Jim Bales officiating. Arrangements were by Frazer’s Funeral Home. Memorials preferred to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Online guestbook  HYPERLINK "http://www.frazerfuneralhome.com" www.frazerfuneralhome.com

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Thomas W. Wilcoxon

Thomas W. Wilcoxon, age 70, of Crossett, AR, died Wednesday, February 22, at St. Vincent’s in Little Rock, AR. Born January 9, 1947, in Crossett, AR, a son of the late James Frederick Wilcoxon, Sr. and Martha Ruth King Wilcoxon he was a retired winder operator for Georgia Pacific and a member of West Crossett Missionary Baptist Church. Also preceding him in death was a brother John Wilcoxon.

Survivors are his wife Charlotte Moran Wilcoxon whom he married February 7, 1969. Two sons Thomas Dewayne Wilcoxon of Newport, AR, and Steven Glen Wilcoxon and spouse Kelly of Crossett, AR. Three daughters Theresa Kaye Wilcoxon Lucas and spouse David of Lake Village, AR, Martha Rene Wilcoxon and Tammy Ann Wilcoxon both of Crossett, AR. One brother James Wilcoxon, JR, and spouse Barbara of Hamburg, AR. A sister in law Cheryl Wilcoxon King of Crossett, AR. 13 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren. Special grandchildren Justin Wilcoxon, Noelle Craig, A.J. Thomas; a special cousin Julia Scott and special nephews Timmy Moran and David Moran and spouse Jennifer.

Funeral service will be 1:30 p.m. Sunday, February 26, at West Crossett Missionary Baptist Church. Burial is in Hickory Grove Cemetery by Frazer’s Funeral Home. Visitation 5-8 p.m. Saturday, February 25, at West Crossett Missionary Baptist Church. Memorials preferred to American Cancer Society or West Crossett Missionary Baptist Church. Online guest register  HYPERLINK "http://www.frazerfuneralhome.com" www.frazerfuneralhome.com