Across Arkansas - August 1, 2019

    August 1, 2019

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    Mary June Garner, 92, of Little Rock, died June 20. A retired nurse, Garner advised the nursing program at Bangalore Baptist Hospital in India through a ministry of Tyler Baptist Church, Little Rock. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and three brothers.Garner is survived by her sister, two daughters and two grandchildren. A funeral was held July 12 at Griffin Leggett Healy and Roth in Little Rock.

    Jules Martin, 101, of Trumann, died July 12. A World War II veteran, Martin became a church pianist in 1932 and later the organist for First Baptist Church, Trumann, in 1948, where he would play for weekly church services, weddings, funerals, school ceremonies and other special events. He continued to play the organ for the rest of his life. He is survived by his wife, two sons and five grandchildren. A funeral was held July 19 at Memorial Park Cemetery in Jonesboro.

    Verna Lois Roberts South, 95, of North Little Rock, died July 14. South was the wife of Rheubin South, pastor of Park Hill Baptist Church in North Little Rock for 25 years and previous executive director of the Missouri Baptist Convention. While at Park Hill, South was a choir member, wedding coordinator, Sunday school greeter and hostess for neighborhood outreach teams. She was preceded in death by her husband. South is survived by three children, seven grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. A funeral was held July 17 at Park Hill.

    Dorothy Ann Taylor, 88, of Blevins, died July 17. A member of Marlbrook Baptist Church, Taylor served as the pianist. She was preceded in death by her parents. Taylor is survived by her husband, two sons and three grandchildren. The funeral was held July 17 at Herndon-Fuqua Funeral Home in Hope, followed by burial in Macedonia Cemetery in Blevins.


    Baptist life

    Clear Creek Baptist Association will host a youth rally Saturday, Aug. 17. The block party starts at 4 p.m., and the rally will begin at 6 p.m. C.W. Blood will be the guest speaker, and Breaking Chains will lead worship.


    Church life

    Concord Baptist Church, Van Buren, will host Don Moore, former executive
    director of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention, at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., Sunday,
    Aug. 18.

    Mountain Top Cowboy Church, Heber Springs, will conduct a one-day women’s conference Saturday, Sept. 28. The conference will begin at 9 a.m. and feature guest speaker Lora Jones, author of “Song of a Wounded Heart.” For more information or to register, email



    First Baptist Church, Fayetteville, will celebrate 165 years of ministry Sunday, Aug. 11. The celebration will begin at 10:30 a.m. with Jere Mitchell, a former pastor of the church, speaking. Dinner on the grounds will follow morning worship. At 2 p.m., Jonathan Story, a musician and former member, will present a piano and organ concert.

    Mason Valley Baptist Church, Bentonville, will celebrate its 140th anniversary Sunday, Aug. 18. Worship will begin at 10:30 a.m., followed by dinner on the grounds at noon. There will be an afternoon program featuring Sunshine Quartet of Gravette and will recognize former pastors and members.


    On the move

    Laramie LeQuieu is serving on the evangelism and church health team at the Arkansas Baptist State Convention.

    John Parsley is now serving as pastor at Eastside Baptist Church, Osceola.

    Johnny Thomas is serving as pastor at Bethany Baptist Church, Manila.


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