PATSY ANN ALTOM, 72
jULY 15 1947 - APRIL 29 2020
Patsy Ann Altom, 72, of Judsonia, passed away at her home on April 29th, 2020. She was born on July 15th, 1947 in Searcy to the late Roy Swinney and Ladoskie Baker Swinney. Pat loved to talk with friends and family, and never met a stranger. Pat was a hard worker who took pride in her work. She loved to spend time with her family, and after her mother's death, she became especially close to her sister Nell Dean Yarborough. Pat was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Nell Dean Yarborough; niece, Tracy Holloway; nephew, Brian Stevenson; father-in-law, Arlee Alton; her mother-in-law, Erma Alton; and brother-in-law, David Altom. Those remaining to cherish her memory are her husband of 40-plus years, Danny Altom; two daughters, April (Marco Woodyard) James, and Shelley Williams; four grandchildren, Bridget Williams, Cesley Williams, Brian Altom, and Starla James; along with two nephews, James "Scooter" and Donald Yarbrough; one niece Pam Yarbrough; sister-in-law Donna (Frankie) Vinson; along with a host of other friends and family. Interment at Cotton Plant Cemetery.
September 6 1925 - March 24 2020
Viola “Ginny” Virginia Gross passed peacefully through the white light and began her next chapter on Tuesday, March 24th, 2020. She began her previous chapter on September 6th, 1925 when she was born to the late Perry and Viola Gross on a farm in Arkansas during the Great Depression. Growing up in one of the most challenging of times instilled a steel-magnolia-type determination that allowed Ginny to flourish under the most ominous of life's circumstances. After finishing school in Brinkley, Ginny worked at the local Sterling Five and Dime store before becoming a telephone operator in the early 1940s. It was during this time a young Army Air Corp soldier, Matt Uchansky was visiting town with a friend and was introduced to Ginny. He swept her off her feet. They were married and during the remainder of Word War II, she went with him to his duty stations. After the war, they came back to Brinkley and Matt started Small Fry Studios, a photography studio for parents with a newborn baby. He would take black and white photos of the baby and mother's and Ginny would sell them. Ginny would also take the black and white photos Matt developed and painted them onto a canvas with vibrant oil-based paint. Brinkley could not contain the couple, and over the next thirty-plus years of marriage, they lived all over the country, including New York, New Jersey, and California, before eventually settling and raising a family in Memphis. All the while, Ginny continued working as a telephone operator. Other than just connecting callers, one of her other duties was to check every five minutes or so to see if the line was still active or if both parties hung up as she alone could actually disconnect the call. One day as she was working in Los Angeles, a call came in from a lady named Lucy and she connected her with her husband, Desi. After five minutes, she reconnected herself to see if the line was still live. Was it ever! She heard Lucy complaining to Desi the way only Lucy could do. Then a line clicked off and all was heard was Desi saying "Operator? Operator? Are you there?" Ginny professionally and politely asked if he wanted the other party back on the line. After a brief pause, Desi thought better of it said "No, Operator, that's okay." and thanked her good-bye. Ginny continued to work at Small Fry Studios after her career as a telephone operator ended. The studio was expanded after several years to offer tuxedo rentals as well. After this endeavor, she worked for Holland Studio until retirement. Ginny's interest outside of work included taking money from casino owners one pull of the slot machine at a time. She did this from Tunica to Las Vegas. However, it was her family that was the main motivator and love in her life. When in Tennessee, she would be taken to the casinos; and when visiting California, she would be taken to movies, and concerts that included Billy Joel, Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga, and Elton John and to plays, ranging from Annie to Wicked! to The Book of Mormon. Ginny had a gentle, generous spirit and was adored by all who were fortunate enough to know her, however, she was most adored by all her children. Her youngest son, Dave, was blessed to have her retire to Los Angeles where he lived, thus bestowing him the most precious gift he could receive – time with his mom. Over the ensuing years, many memories were made and will be cherished, like being in the studio audience of Jimmy Kimmel Live! where she and Dave, along with all the other audience members, had the opportunity to submit a joke. Whoever submitted one of the top three jokes, got to tell it on stage. As it turns out, both of them got the chance. They were ushered backstage before Jimmy introduced them. First went Ginny, followed next by Dave. They each hit their mark and the punch-line. The memory has been captured on tape and is enjoyed to this day. Ginny is ‘bid a heartfelt adieu’ by her sons, Richard Uchansky, Steven Uchansky of Memphis, David Uchansky of Los Angeles; two sisters, Ann Rigdon and Dorothy Fowler; and two brothers, Larry Gross of Brinkley and Wayne Gross, along with several nieces, nephews and other family and friends until once again they hear her voice and see the way her smile radiates. She was preceded in death by her parents; ex-husband Matthew Uchansky; son John Uchansky; daughter Janet Mills; brother Perry Gross; and a sister, Peggy Bradley. Ginny’s celebration of life will be held at a later date at Fowler Funeral Home, Brinkley, Arkansas. Tribute Video pending.
GERALDINE PRINCE ALLSUP, 88
APRIL 12 1931 - MARCH 22 2020
Geraldine Prince Allsup, 88, passed away on March 22nd, 2020. She was born on April 12th, 1931 to the late Benjamin and Mary Love Prince.
Geraldine enjoyed growing flowers almost as much as she enjoyed getting after Ray to help keep it cleaned up. Geraldine was quick to make a vegetable soup out of the fresh produce that Ray grew. She was a member of Biscoe Baptist Church; one of the most important activities for Geraldine was reading and studying the Bible and she cherished the 30-plus years she dedicated as a Sunday School Teacher.
Geraldine is preceded in death by her parents; two brother, J.B. Prince and Billy Ray Prince; one sister, Betty Sue Stringfellow. Geraldine leaves behind her husband of 70 years, Raymond Allsup; one son, Steve (Sandra) Allsup; three brothers, James Lewis (Lucille) Prince, W.O. (Patsy) Prince, Jack (Carolyn) Prince; two sisters, Virginia Holloway, and Rosie White; along with one sister-in-law, Linda (Marion) Hall.
Due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak, private burial services will be held at Biscoe Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to The Gideons International POB 97251 Washington, DC 20090-7251 as flowers fade and die, but God’s Word is Eternal.
Shane Blackwell, 47, of Paragould passed away on March 13th, 2020. Shane was born on October 2nd, 1972, to the late Larry Lee Blackwell and Terri Jean Timbs Blackwell. He loved to hunt, fish, and camp as a kid with his best friend, James Baxter. He was one that loved home-cooked meals and would eat anything. Shane is preceded in death by his parents. Those remaining to remember him are his step-mother, Cheryl Blackwell, one sister, Jennifer (Jonathan) Short, his son, Dustin Blackwell, his grandson, Jayden Blackwell, along with his long time friend, James Baxter. Services were held at Biscoe Cemetery on March 15th, 2020.
Corine Holloway, 88
January 23rd 1932 - March 9th 2020
Corine Holloway, 88, of Brasfield, Arkansas passed away March 9th, 2020 at Springhill Baptist Medical Center in North Little Rock, Arkansas. She is preceded in death by her husband, Clifford Holloway and one son, James Paul Holloway. Corine was born in a small community of Mesa, Arkansas to the late John and Alter Mae Jones Moody
on January 23rd, 1932.
At the age of 17, she married Clifford Holloway of Brasfield; to this union, three children were born. They were married 62 years before his death in 2011. Corine was a Cafeteria Manager at the Brinkley Schools for many years. After her retirement she spent her days as a housewife, working in the yard, and spoiling her grandchildren.
She is survived by one son Larry (Kay) Holloway of Biscoe, one daughter, Sharon Holloway of Brasfield; one brother, Gene (Katie) Moody of Brumitt; four grandchildren, Angela McLain of Wheatley, Britt Holloway of Stuttgart, Kara (Luke) Fitzhugh of Brinkley, and Caleb (Courtney) Holloway of Brasfield; four great grandchildren, Ashlyn McLain, Case, Asher, and Kollyns Fitzhugh.
Visitation at Fowler Funeral Home on Friday March 13th from 10:00 am - 10:45 am. Graveside service to follow at Oakland Cemetery, DeValls Bluff.
Hattie Louise Beard
June 25th 1923 - March 6th 2020
Hattie" Louise" Beard, 96, of McCrory passed away surrounded by family at home on March 6th, 2020. Louise was born on June 25th, 1923 in Cotton Plant to the late Ben Parker and Mattie Crafford. Louise was proud of her family. She would put them first in every area of her life. She would frequently take her grandchildren on walks to the grocery store and post office; they would consider this a great treat. She was known as Aunt Louise (the favorite aunt) to her nieces and nephews. She loved to be outside doing yard work. She proudly kept nursery for 18 years at Cotton Plant First Baptist Church. Louise is preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Charlie Hawks, and Elizabeth Ballowe; two brothers; Lennon Parker and Troy Parker and one grandchild, Randy Sue Mayher. Those remaining to cherish her memory are her brother, Doyne (Addaline) Parker of Elkhart, IN; one son, Randy Lynn (Charlotte) Beard of West Helena; three daughters Faye (Alton) Evans of Des Arc, Bonnie (Dwayne) Sutterfield of McCrory, and Debbie (Damon) Brown of St. Ann, MO; nine grandchildren, Tommy Sutterfield, Chelsea Griffin, Amy Beard, Ryan Beard, Rick McGee, Shaun McGee, Amanda McGee Luther, Faith Snider and Amanda Heffington. Louise had a host of great grandchildren and one great, great, granddaughter. Visitation will be held at Fowler Funeral Home, Brinkley on Sunday, March 8th from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Graveside service will be at Cotton Plant Cemetery on Monday, March 9th, 2020.
JAMIE DAWN BRIMER, 63
11/19/1956 - 2/23/2020
Jamie Dawn (Smith) Brimer of Almyra passed from this life on Sunday, February 23rd. Jamie was born in Little Rock, Arkansas on November 19th of 1956. Jamie had a loving heart that showed in her infinite kindness to others. She will be forever remembered for her love of her family, the outdoors, and her ability to connect with others. Jamie was preceded in death by her mother, Ilene Purvis and her father, Aaron Smith. She is survived by her husband of forty-six years, Jimmy Brimer. Her daughters, Kimberly (Terry) Grabert, Kelly (John) Roberts, one brother Tony (Kimberly) Smith. Her Grandchildren, Rachael Grabert, Terry Grabert, Johnathon Roberts, Jacob Roberts, Jase Roberts; along with a host of nieces and nephews and other family and friends. Jamie will be forever cherished as a devoted Mother, Grandmother, and Friend. Visitation will be held on Thursday, February 27th 2020 from 12:00p.m. - 1:30p.m. at Brown’s Funeral home in Clarendon Arkansas with graveside services to follow a 2:00p.m. at Upper Cemetery in Brinkley Arkansas.
GLADYS MARIE MILLER, 88
12/18/1931 - 2/20/2020
AUSTIN NAIL, 81
6/23/1930 - 2/10/2020
Austin Nail, 89, of Biscoe, passed away at home surrounded by family on February 10th, 2020. Austin was born June 23rd, 1930 in McCrory to the late N.A. Nail and Ora Smith. Austin was a member of the Biscoe First Baptist Church since 1939. He would regularly teach Sunday School and served the Church as a deacon. He would also serve in Disaster Relief through the Southern Baptist Convention. He loved ministering in Nursing Homes and was a Godly example to all his family. He was beyond proud of his grand and great-grandchildren. Austin loved to hunt deer and duck as well as fishing. To Austin, farming wasn't just a job; it was a way of life. He was known as a man of prayer by his family and friends. He loved taking his family camping as they traveled. Austin is preceded in death by his parents; and his brother, Raney Nail. Those remaining to cherish his memory are his wife of 64 years, Bonnie Nail; two sons, Jody (Rita) Nail, and Phillip (Tammy) Nail; one daughter Janet (Lloyd) Inman; one brother, Dean Nail; two sisters, Mary Lou Baker, and Maudie Robinson; one sister-in-law, Billie Nail; five grandchildren Eric (Krystal) Nail, Jeremy (Amber) Nail, Mitchell (Samantha) Nail, SaraBeth (Blake) Wilcox, Luke Inman; seven great-grandchildren, Judson Nail, Stella Nail, Evie Nail, Lilah Wilcox, Baron Nail, Callum Nail, and Sadie Nail. Funeral service will be at Biscoe First Baptist Church at 2:00 p.m. February 13th, 2020, with visitation one-hour prior. Burial to follow at Biscoe Cemetery.