Rogers - Barbara A. Massey, age 89 of Rogers, AR, formerly a resident of Pine Bluff for 58 years, passed away on Sunday, September 16, 2018. She was born July 16, 1929, in Oak Grove, Louisiana to the late John Wiley and Alma Sanders Aaron. She received her early education in Oak Grove and grew up on a farm in the depression years where her family raised cotton to support their family.
In 1948 she met and married the only man she ever loved, Odell Massey, and they shared a life of 65 years together until his death in 2013. She was a homemaker most of her adult life but after raising her family, she ventured outside the home to work at the Children’s Daycare Center of Southside Baptist Church followed by Wal-Mart Stores for 11 years. She was affectionately known as Nanny to her grandchildren and great-grands but also to many children she cared for in her late years. She was known for the best Thanksgiving dressing and you could never leave her home without drinking a big glass of her famous sweet tea. She was baptized at Centennial Baptist Church of Pine Bluff and later became a member of Southside Baptist Church.
After the death of her husband, she moved to Rogers, AR to be near her daughter where she has resided the last five years.
In addition to her husband and parents, she is preceded in death by a brother, Bernon Aaron; a sister, Dorothy Wilson; and a great-grandson, Tyler Martinez.
She is survived by her son, Steve Massey (Pat) of Conway; her daughters, Beverly Bridwell (Benny) of Rogers; Linda Jackson of Little Rock; Connie Massey of Conway; and Denise Hufford (Jim) of Pine Bluff; nine grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Juanita Patterson of Oak Grove, Louisiana and Mary Sanders of Bastrop, Louisiana; and numerous extended family.
Visitation will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, September 28, at Ralph Robinson and Sons Funeral Home followed by a memorial service at 10:30 a.m. with the Reverend Robert Cossey officiating. A private family interment will immediately follow at the Arkansas Veterans Cemetery in North Little Rock.
In lieu flowers, donations may be made to a favorite charity. Cremation is under the direction of Ralph Robinson and Son, Pine Bluff, AR.
Online condolences: http://www.ralphrobinsonandson.com/
Jo Ann Starks
Sheridan - Jo Ann McNeill Starks, a lifelong resident of Sheridan, Arkansas, passed away Monday, September 24, at the age of 72.
Funeral: Thursday, September 27, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. at Memorial Gardens Funeral Home. Burial: Lost Creek Cemetery. Visitation: Wednesday, September 26, 2018, 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Bereavement Food Ministry of First Landmark Baptist Church, 402 West Center Street, Sheridan, AR 72150.
Arrangements by Memorial Gardens Funeral Home of Sheridan (870)942-1306. www.memorialgardensheridan.com
H. Royce Wolfe
H. Royce Wolfe, 78, of Pine Bluff passed away Monday, September 24, 2018 at his home. He was born November 5, 1939 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, to Herman E. and Annie Claire Hall Wolfe. Royce was a graduate of Watson Chapel High School. He worked as a crop-duster for Ladd's Flying Service, AG-Air, Inc. and Myhand's Aircraft, Inc. Royce served in the United States Army. He loved music and playing guitar. He was known as the Wolf-Man on KCLA and several other radio stations. He played music at the American Legion in Pine Bluff and Rison. In addition to his parents, Royce was preceded in death by the mother of his children, Gloria Ann Burton and son-in-law, David Spadoni.
Left to cherish his memory are his children, David E. Wolfe, James Royce Wolfe (Susan) and Deborah Wolfe Spadoni; Fur-baby, Bear-Dog; grandchildren, Amber "Nikki" Wolfe Chambliss, David P. Wolfe, Heather S. Hawes (Justin), Devyn Cates (Chase), Becca Laminack; great-grandchildren, Jaxson Chambliss, Bryce Hawes, Paisley Gay, Harmony Hawes, Shelby "SJ" Hawes and eleven other great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be 11:00 a.m., Thursday, September 27, 2018 at Moores Church Cemetery in Rison. A visitation will be held at the funeral home prior to the service, beginning at 10:00 a.m. Pallbearers are Dewayne Condry, Amber "Nikki" Chambliss, Becca Laminack, Vince Wolfe, Dylan Wolfe, David P. Wolfe and Johnny Grimmett. Arrangements are by Buie Funeral Home of Rison. You may sign the online guestbook at www.buiefuneralhome.com. (870)325-6216
Little Rock - James Watkins, 80, of Little Rock, died on September 24, 2018. Funeral arrangements by Brown-Williams Funeral Home of Fordyce.
Rison - Mr. Silas Johnson, 93, of Rison, AR passed Monday, September 24, 2018. Arrangements by Brown Funeral Home of Pine Bluff, AR.