Haman Hugo Allen Jr., know as H.H. passed away on June 28th, 2020, at the age of 98 in Searcy, Arkansas. He was born on May 1st, 1922 in Gregory, Arkansas to the late H.H. Sr and Florence Martin Allen. He is formerly from Cotton Plant, Arkansas. H.H. was a mechanic by trade. He was Church of Christ by faith and his favorite pastimes including fishing, hunting, or anything else outdoors related. Dancing was a hobby and it was not difficult to get a lady to accompany him to the dance floor. H.H. was a proud 32nd degree Mason as well. He is preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Lorraine Haynes Allen; one son, Clois Allen; a brother, Herbert Allen; and three sisters, Loraine Reed, Ella Reed, and Genova Higginbotham. He leaves behind two sons, Cecil James (Melissa) Allen, and Eddie (Betty) Allen; five grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren. ALL MASK WEARING GUESTS are invited to H.H.'s visitation at Fowler Funeral Home, Brinkley, on Thursday, July 2nd from 11:00 am - 12:00 pm. Graveside service will be immediately after at Cotton Plant Cemetery.
David Wayne Curtis, 49, of Benton passed away from this life on June 27th, 2020. He was born on March 12th, 1971 in Stuttgart to Larry Curtis and Barbara Ann Curtis Ritter. One of his favorite pastimes was hunting, along with fishing - even when he never caught anything. David was a loving and caring person, especially to his family. His smile would light up the room and bring smiles to all. He loved to mow the yard, even if it didn't need it. Another love of David's was pickles, and anything pickled. David worked briefly as a CNA for nursing homes in Brinkley and Dewitt. David was a graduate of Clarendon High School. Above all of David's passions, he had a tremendous love for the Lord and put his eternal soul in the hands of his Savior. David is preceded in death by his grandparents, Robert and Muriel Curtis; James and Nellie Mayfield. Those remaining to cherish his memory are his family, including, his parents Larry (Margie) Curtis and Barbara Ritter; sons David Lee Curtis and Hunter Wayne Curtis; sister Renae (Lance) McGraw, niece Jenna and nephew Jared; step-sisters, Angela (Terry) Howard, Tonya Millspaugh; and brother Darrell Lynn Curtis, along with numerous other extended family and friends. Visitation will be from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm on Tuesday, June 30th with his funeral at 11:00 am Wednesday, July 1st, both at First Baptist Church in Clarendon.
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.