Sunday July 8

The Harmony Share Report

July 08, 2018


Whispering Pines Cowboy Church

Attendance was 83 to hear a rousing message by Pastor Wes Sparks.

....2 were saved at camp. 4 more were saved Sunday and 3 more joined.

...July 10 - 4 to 6 pm – Horsemanship workshop.

... July 22 -- Open mike singing.

Hallie Burks


Shannon Road

SS Supt Jim Wilson reports 95 in SS and 130 in church to hear a rip-roaring sermon from Pastor Josh Blevins.

...One young man was baptized.

...Vacation Bible School is going on this week.

...Ray Hartsfield was in the hospital this week after suffering another light stroke.


Watson Chapel

SUNDAY SCHOOL (7/8/18) -- 349


Please be in prayer for the youth counselors, and leaders as they travel to Mississippi and minister at the Home of Grace. For 25 years the Watson Chapel Baptist youth choir and drama ministry have been traveling to Van Cleave, MS to minister to the Home of Grace.

....The Walk of a Woman Friday, August 17, 2018 6:30 ~ 8:30 P.M. (Doors open at 6 P.M.) Watson Chapel Baptist Church Christian Life Center

Guest Speaker: Teri Cox Cost $15.00 Dinner included.

No childcare available. Sign up at the Information Center today


...Dorothy Elizabeth Ryburn Ferguson, a native of Pine Bluff, was taken to heaven on angel wings on July 9, 2018.

Elizabeth was born on November 7, 1934, the only child of Hazel Evelyn (West) Ryburn and James Monroe Ryburn. She was educated in the Watson Chapel Schools and went on to achieve a Master’s Degree from University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and then a PhD from Texas Women’s University. She retired from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff as a Professor Emeritus after teaching for 24 years.

Elizabeth is preceded in death by her loving husband, Silas Alvas “S. A.” Ferguson on May 24, 2009. They were married on August 25, 1958.

She is survived by her son, Gregory M. Ferguson, her daughter, Kimberly K. Garner, and her beloved granddaughter, Kelley E. Garner. She lived in Pine Bluff her entire life, and was a devoted Christian and active member of both Immanuel Baptist Church and Watson Chapel Baptist Church.

She will be especially remembered for her wonderful smile that could light up a room, her kind and gentle spirit, her love of adventure, and the tenaciousness that allowed her to achieve top rankings as a professor and researcher in the field of clothing and textiles. Her prolific academic career included important research into the effects of clothing and textiles on the environment. She was a highly respected teacher throughout her career and adored by her students.

Visitation was held Friday, July 13, 2018, at Watson Chapel Baptist Church. The funeral followed at 2:00 p.m. with Brother Todd Howard officiating. Burial was in Graceland Cemetery by Fuller Hale-South Funeral Services.

Memorial contributions are welcome and should be made to Watson Chapel Baptist Church, 5514 Pinnacle Lane, Pine Bluff, AR 71603.

The family extends their thanks to the staff at White Hall Health and Rehabilitation Center for their help and support during Mrs. Ferguson’s stay there.


White Hall First

Sunday School: 250

Worship Service: 348

...Thank you for praying for our Haiti Mission team. They arrived home safely late Wednesday evening.

Sec. Robin Bolen

Paul Williams, Pastor



We had a pretty good day with 91 in SS and 136 to hear Pastor Danny Allen preach.

...VBS starts Monday night -- 6:00 to 8:30.

Pat Boyd


Central Baptist

93 in SS and 118 to hear Pastor Jordan Ferris.

...Bible School backyard blast going on this week.

...Obituary for Jerry C. Tooke

Jerry C. Tooke, age 74, of White Hall, passed away Thursday, July 5, 2018, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center. He was a member of Central Baptist Church and was an Eagle Scout.
Born February 7, 1944, at Pine Bluff, he was a son of Mr. Edward Garner and Geraldine Faver Tooke. He was a graduate of Dollarway High School.
Mr. Tooke retired as a conductor at Cotton Belt Railroad (currently Union Pacific Railroad). He was also a former owner of the First Place Trophy Center.
He was a former Assistant State Commissioner for the Babe Ruth Little League, Inc. of Arkansas. Mr. Tooke enjoyed riding bulls in his youth and collecting baseball cards and coins. He also enjoyed going to the Coffee Shop and spending time with his grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife, Becky Hall Tooke of White Hall whom he married October 6, 1963 in Pine Bluff; two sons, Troy Don Tooke of Mishawaka, Indiana, Ty Christian Tooke of White Hall, Arkansas; one daughter, Tammy Anne Funderburg of Grapevine, Arkansas; three grandsons, Christopher, Nathan and Britton; two granddaughters, Hayley and Emily; and a brother, Ray Tooke of White Hall, Arkansas.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Clyde Tooke.
The memorial service was Monday, July 9, 2018, 1:00 PM, in the Chapel of Ralph Robinson & Son with Reverend James Watson officiating.


Dumas First

124 in SS and 136 to hear Pastor Dubs Byers.

...The Arkansans were enjoyed in Sunday night’s Super Sunday. Missionary Glenn Knight will be the guest this coming Sunday night.

...The church hosted the Mission Awareness meeting Monday Night. Always a good time of food, inspiration, education, and fellowship. Matthew Watson is director and promoter.

...Sec. Jan Martin’s MRI was ok. An ear infection was the problem.

...Betty Jewel Spainhour, 84 of Dumas, passed away July 11, 2018 in White Hall. Betty was a member of First Baptist Church and a homemaker.

Born November 10, 1933 in Chula, Arkansas the daughter of the late, Ernest and Sylvia Mabry. Her parents, her late husband, Futrell Spainhour, sister, Helen Poplin and her brothers, J.L. Mabry, Shirley Gene “Jim” Mabry and Evel Mabryall preceded her in death.
Survivors are two daughters, Becky Henley of Monticello, Arkansas and Tonya Kelnhofer of Redfield, Arkansas, brother, Lloyd Ray Mabry of Bella Vista, Arkansas and three sisters, Ellen Smith of Springdale, Arkansas, Syble Tanner of Dumas, Arkansas and Othella Brogan of Fayetteville, Arkansas, five grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Visitation held from 1pm until 1:45pm, Saturday, July 14, 2018 at Griffin Funeral Home, followed by graveside services at 2 pm, at Walnut Lake Cemetery with Rev. Dubs Byers officiating. Memorials may be made to Arkansas Children’s Hospital.


Hardin on 270

We had 81 in Sunday School – As always, more for church, but no counter.

...Pastor Johnny Taylor gave a great message.

...Moving special music by Shonda Caldwell.

...Kids are gone to Camp Siloam this week.

...Getting ready for VBS July 22-26.

Sec. Greta Lisenbey


Star City First

114 a year ago but down at 79 this past Sunday. It happens, especially around three day weekends and holidays.

Dr. Marcus Rogers, pastor, preached.


Plum Bayou

Sunday School Attendance – 17

Worship Attendance – 32

...Our Special music today was ‘The Potter’s Clay’ sung by Melanie Hefner with Bro. Jimmy at the piano.

Sermon title: “How Many are Bluffing?” Focal Scripture: Romans 12:3-5

  1. The church is not an organization. It is an organism. Living and breathing
  2. The church is not a building. It is it’s members
  3. When we dismiss this service, we are going out into the world. Can they tell we are Christians?

Hebrews 10:24-25 God is telling us to go to church. We need to decide to go to church and to be ‘all in’.

We are the branches, but God is the vine. We all have spiritual gifts. We need to encourage each other.

We need each other to give us accountability. Are you just bluffing as a Christian? Are you using your gifts?

Please pray for us as we seek God’s will for Plum Bayou Baptist Church!

Dianne Aiken - Reporting


Sulphur Springs Baptist Church

We had a blessed day of worship with 15 for Sunday school and 32 for Worship.

Brenda Childers sang “Drive Another Nail” and Tommy Carter sang “Day by Day” for the special music.

… Bro. Larry preached from Isaiah 6:1 – 11. We need to have a real encounter with God which brings about a real change in our lives. You can’t encounter God and remain the same. Our heart is changed when we accept Jesus. When Isaiah met the Lord, he had a true change in his life.

…We had 21 for evening Worship.

Tommy Carter sang “Open the Eyes of My Heart” for the special music.

…Bro. Larry preached from Jude 14 – 23. Our mission is to rescue the lost souls. Christ is the only way to get from this life to heaven. Are we ready to rescue those for whom Christ died for? We are under Jesus’ mercy. Are you a soul winner for Christ? Do we really care about lost souls?

Hope all have a blessed week!

Larry Childers, Pastor

Secretary Tommy Carter reporting.

July 10 – Jean West, the wife of former pastor Billy West got to see Jesus and take his hand. Her husband Billy George West, and kids Billy Gene West, Lawanda Mounts, and Lillian Thompson, were faithfully by her side hour by hour.


Northside at Star City

SS – 8; Worship – 14

...Bro. Matt Watson preached “A Fish Tale,” using the story of Jonah.

...Night service – 10

…Business meeting.

..Pastor Matt attended the Executive Board Meeting at White Hall Tuesday. He usually does. He was disappointed that more did not attend the meeting at Dumas Monday night.

...A One Day VBS planned for children on Saturday, July 21, 9.00 am till noon.

...Find the Watsons camped at Cane Creek for the next several days.

Linda Bailey reporting

Matt Watson serving as pastor.


Rankin Chapel

Once again Rankin Chapel had low 30s to report for attendance.

...Last week we studied about the Jews persecution of JESUS, this week, we saw the response and it was a great sermon that JESUS preached in John 5.

Pastor Monty Meek


River Road

We had a great service with 28 in attendance.

...Pastor Shelby Andre preached from John 12. Wife Deborah sang the special music “Didn’t I walk on water.”

...We had 21 back for our study in James Sunday night.

...This coming Friday night is the fellowship at our house with gospel singing. Shelby is cooking Seafood Gumbo. Potato salad and dessert potluck. Come join us! 2700 Brittany Rd. Redfield!

...Saturday we will have a block party for VBS from 5-8 pm then VBS will be next week from 6:30-8:30 pm. All kids are welcome.

...The mother of Deacon Forrest of River Road passed away late Tuesday night in a nursing home at Warren. She was 91. Paul came home from the hospital a few days ago. --501-658-2874

Deborah Andre


Claud Road

It was a better day at Claud Road. 21 for SS and 29 for worship to hear a great message by Pastor Leonard Russell entitled "When The Going Gets Tough."

Morris Conrad

...Laura Crane, 60, of Sheridan, Arkansas, went to be with the Lord on July 8, 2018. She was a member of Claud Road Baptist Church.

She was born September 13, 1957, in California, to Richard Cliff, Sr. and Nancy Joan Kerr Cliff.

She graduated from Dollarway High School and had worked as a Jeweler and at Jefferson Regional Medical Center.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Nancy Joan Kerr Doyle.

Survivors include her husband, Roger Crane; daughter, Amanda O'Neal of Sheridan; sons, Jason Burchett of Pine Bluff; Stephen Crane of Pine Bluff; father, Richard Cliff, Sr. of Pine Bluff; eight grandchildren; brothers, Richard James Cliff, Jr.of Pine Bluff, Charles Lucky Cliff of Arizona, Gerald Nicholas Drozdowski of Florida; sisters, Gladys Joanne Cliff Orr, (Russell) of Tacoma, Washington, Patricia Dianne Cliff Robertson (Tommy) of Pine Bluff, Lee Ann Cliff Palau of Arizona,Teresa Lynn Cliff Daniels (Richard) of Pine Bluff, Sherry Jean Cliff Roethig of Arizona, Deborah Sue Cliff Hubbard of Arizona, Belinda Lee Draugelis of South Carolina and Teresa Renee Cliff James of Sardis and honorary mother, Tommie Burchett.

Funeral services were Thursday, July 12, 2018, 11 AM, Cranford Funeral Home with Reverend Richard Daniels officiating. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery.


Bethel between Gould and Pendleton

Bethel was blessed with 16 for Sunday services.

Chris Baxter of Dumas has been preaching.

Recent Pastor Charles Calhoun and wife Eddie are now attending East End. They live near Redfield.


Kingsland First Baptist Church - 7-8-18

20--Sunday School

34--AM Worship

11--PM Worship & Business Meeting

...We are happy that Bro. Jimmy Owen is back with us.


...Special music by Bro. Jimmy, "In Loving-Kindness Jesus Came."

...Bro. Jimmy preached from Isaiah 6:1-5 with reference to other passages. The King Of Glory was the title of message. There must be sight of the King, service to the King and silence before the King.

...We were happy that our visitors came: Mrs.Helen Goggans and her daughter and son in law, Carol and Gene Johnson, from Hot Springs.

...A potluck lunch was served after the morning service.


...Bro. Jimmy preached further from Isaiah 6:6-8 and used other passages also. “Fire, Blood and a Call” was the title of message. There must be the Call, the Touch, and the Tell.

...After the message, the monthly business meeting was held.

Jo Ann Johnson



Sunday School – 24 and AM Attendance - 42

Contacts 93

PM Attendance 15

Please remember Willis Langley in your prayers - Cancer diagnosis.

Pastor, Dr. Don Taylor has been doing much better.

...Obituary for Karen Lee Cockrell

Karen Lee Cockrell, 65, of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, went to be with the Lord on June 20, 2018. She was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church.
She was born September 14, 1952, in Pine Bluff, to Vernon and Mary Owens Lee. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
Survivors include her husband, Sammy Cockrell; sons, Brian (Lisa) Cockrell of Pine Bluff, Stephen (LaRaye) Cockrell of East End; brothers, Bruce (Debbie) Lee and Roger (Sonya) Lee both of Pine Bluff; grandchildren, Caden, Ashleigh and a great-grandchild, Olivia.
Funeral services were Tuesday, June 26, 2018, 10 AM, Chapel of Ralph Robinson & Son. Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery.


Fellowship Bible at Star City

Jim Russell writes, “This Sunday was a special Day for me in more than one way. I was blessed to have 2 of my grandchildren in church with me and God has blessed me with the gift of life by allowing me to reach my 64th birthday. Back in 2004 I was diagnosed with cancer and I was told I was too far along for surgery and I would more than likely not see the new year. I decided to change doctors and this September will mark 15 years of being cancer free. Whatever we face in life, God is in control. Your life is not over until God says it's over.”

Brother Tinker Stinson led our adult Sunday class as we discussed this weeks subject titled "What Happens Next." The lesson was taken from the 21st chapter of Revelation. You can see the love for Jesus and the Word of God each Sunday in Brother Tinker's teaching. He brings much knowledge of the Bible with him and brings the lesson to life. It is always a pleasure see him teach.

Pastor Ricky Harrison's morning message was titled "I am the door" and was taken from the book of John. Check our our Live video on Facebook.

The evening Bible Study began with the 21st chapter of Revelation. It is exciting for me each Sunday as our numbers in attendance for our evening service has grown until we now have around 30 as compared to less than 15 just a couple of months ago.

May each of you have a safe and Blessed week.

Church Clerk Jim Russell reporting.


Humphrey Baptist Hwy 79N on the Ark county line.

We had a great service with 22 in Sunday School and 35 in Worship.

...Our Gideon speaker was Scott Bissin.

….My message came from Romans 12:1-3.

Pastor Bobby McPherson of Dewitt


Grady First

Our attendance was the typical 9.

Brother Ronnie Norris of McGehee brought a great message from Matthew 14:13-33.

Jesus called his followers disciples. A disciple learned from him and followed him.

5,000 men were fed. There is no record of the number of women and children. He could have fed as many as 25,000. He walked through the entire crowd and healed the sick.

Jesus told his disciples to bring them what they had which was 5 loaves and two fishes. All ate and there were 12 baskets left over.

God wants us to bring him what we have.

The disciples were in the middle of a storm at about 3 a.m. Waves can sometimes get up to 25 feet high on the Sea of Galilee. Peter had begun to figure out who Jesus was when he asked Jesus to walk on the water.

We don’t need to just be Christians. We need to be disciples. What would our churches be like if we were true disciples? Our job is to take the gospel to others.

Sent from my iPhone

Koletta Bitely Hubbell



The bottom fell out in SS on July 1 with just 15. That can happen to any of us from time to time. But rebound took place last Sunday with 45 in SS and 84 in church.

...Bro. Denny Lewis and family from Kansas were special guests. Denny left Yorktown to work in Kansas as a mission effort. God has richly blessed their work there. Pastor Robert Greene and Yorktown rejoice to have been a part of that.



Pastor Eddie Harrison and Cindy were somewhere on the Texas panhandle for work when he answered his cell phone. Back home the church was on vacation, he said. Bro. Eddie is one of the best preachers you will ever hear.

...On the evening of July 1, 2018, Sylvia Lorene Austin went home to be with her Lord, with her family by her side. Sylvia was a member of Dollarway Baptist Church.

She was born February 11, 1934 in Fagus, Missouri to the late Walter and Birdie Sandage. She attended Brinkley Schools. Sylvia married Jimmie Harold Austin on October 18, 1952 in Benton, Arkansas. They raised their family in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. She worked diligently with her husband at Harold Austin Construction Company and took care of her family.

In her free time, she loved to go shopping for a good deal, shopping garage sales and spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was an avid Arkansas Razorback fan.

In addition to her parents, Sylvia is preceded in death by her husband, Jimmie Harold Austin; one daughter, Vickie Ann Austin; one brother, Larry Sandage; one sister, Betty Prince.

Sylvia is survived by one son, Ronnie of Alexander; one daughter, Gail (John) Lingo of Fayetteville; four grandchildren, Nicholas and Tanner Austin of Alexander; Erin (Jim) Hodges of Jonesboro and Becky (Brandon) Passmore of Fayetteville; four great grandchildren, Molly and Maggie Hodges of Jonesboro; and Kaylee and Landon Passmore of Fayetteville; two sisters, Nedra (Lewis) Dalton of Gentry; Wilma Kirby of Batrow, FL and many more family members and friends who loved Sylvia and will miss her always.

***Betty Jean Cooley Harrison – January 01, 1934 - July 06, 2018

The funeral was held Thursday, July 12, 2018, 1:00 p.m. at Harvest Time Church.


A few in number but Bro. Larry Heird preached like he had a hundred from Is. 43:18 “A New Thing.” Stan Motsinger led the singing.

Hickory Grove Baptist Church, five miles South West of Star City, Hwy 11 South.

We had a Special Worship Service last Sunday. A total of twenty nine attended. The service begin at 10:30AM. Dr. Gene and Nancy Trantham led the Music Service. Nancy played the piano and Gene led the song service and sang a couple of solo’s.

Other special guests were Charlie Williams from Cabot, Arkansas and Polly Reynolds from Heber Springs and Polly’s daughter Christi from Star City. Nine came back for the Sunday Evening Service.

...Joey Nickolson’s father, Dennis Nickolson passed away and was buried at Hickory Grove Cemetery on Sat. July 7, 2018.

Bill D Hilburn


Green Meadows

We were back up at 20 in SS and 29 for church to hear Pastor Russ Jasper.

...Deacon James Naron attended the Exec. Board Meeting at White Hall Tues. Small crowd compared to the past, he said. He noted that our Harmony Secretary Linda Tolson was retiring. This was her last board meeting.

...Carolyn Harris, church member and church custodian died from cancer,

Carolyn Fay Harris, 74 of Pine Bluff, went to be with the Lord, Wednesday, July 4, 2018. Mrs. Harris was a homemaker and a member of Green Meadows Baptist Church.

Born July 4, 1944 at Marion, Kentucky, she was a daughter of the late Shelton Elder and Martha Elizabeth Coleman Harper.

Her pastimes included fishing, gardening and spoiling grandchildren, nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Brenda Elder; and son, Scott Harris.

She is survived by her loving husband of 55 years, Marion Harris; son, Randall Harris and wife Patricia; a brother, Guthrie Ray “Gus” Elder; grandsons, Jason Harris, Harley Harris, Randall Harris, Jr., and Gabriel Harris; Niece, Karen Smith and husband John, their children, Michael (Stephanie), Kayla and Spencer; and many other loving family and friends.;

Funeral services were Saturday, July 7th, one o’clock in the afternoon at Green Meadows Baptist Church with Brother Russell Jasper officiating. Burial was in Leek/Drake Cemetery at Star City.


Anderson Chapel

Attendance was down just a little at 27.

...Lay preacher Bill Wilkerson filled in for the vacationing pastor, Monta Kellebrew.



Pastor Randy Rushing reports 19 present.

...Wayne Mitchell leads the music. Wife Angie is instrumentalist. They are a blessing and greatly appreciated. Pastor Rushing sings, plays guitar, harmonica, keyboard ....and the radio.

...When they get 15 youth in SS, Pastor Rushing is going to get 15 pies in the face.


Oak Grove

Cap John Smith reports 35 in SS and 45 for church to hear Pastor Michael Hayslip preach about Abraham in Genesis.

...VBS this week from 6-8.


Greenlee Memorial

Pastor James Watson reports attendance was up a little but not where he wants it to be. It’s been a tough year with all the sickness and funerals.

...He made it to the board meeting Tuesday.

...Life Support was removed from Mrs. Billy West and she has passed away as of Tuesday.


South Pinewood

Naomi Helen Barlow, 71 of Pine Bluff, went to be with the Lord Saturday, July 7, 2018.

Mrs. Barlow was a member of South Pinewood Baptist Church.

Born August 28, 1946 at Bayou Meto, she was a daughter of the late Aubrie Heston Horton and Cynthia Helen Thompson Horton.

She was a dedicated employee of Stant Manufacturing for many years and also worked at the Pine Bluff Arsenal. Her pastimes included dancing, yardwork, bull riding, and the rodeo.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Butch Barlow in 2001 and a nephew, Tommy Horton.

Naomi is survived by her sister, Virginia “Virgie” Carter; brother, Hubert Horton (Sarah); long time companion, James “Buzz” Harrison; nieces, Tammy White, Teresa Baker; nephews, Tony Horton, Doug Carter, Kenneth Carter, and Keith Allbright; sister-in-law, Brenda Allbright (Bobby); and faithful friend, Bonnie the Bassett Hound; along with many other loving family members and friends



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