West Memphis - LAWRENCE WEBSTER PERKINS, SR., 76. of West Memphis, died Monday, April 2; Visitations will be held on Thursday, April 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Anthony Funeral Home South Chapel, 135 South 16th St., West Memphis, AR and Friday, April 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. in Old St. Paul M. B. Church, 504 South 8th St., West Memphis, AR; Services Saturday, April 7, 11 a.m. at Middle Baptist Church, 801 Whitehaven LN, Memphis with visitation one hour prior to service; Burial in Memorial Park Cemetery, Memphis; Lawrence Perkins was a long-time educator with the West Memphis School District and worked as a licensed funeral director with Anthony Funeral Home. He is survived by his wife, Mikki Perkins, West Memphis; one daughter, Regina Parnell, Urbana, Illinois; two sons, Lawrence Perkins, Jr. and John Perkins, West Memphis; two sisters, Jean Stevenson, Riverside, California and Rubie Hairston of Pine Bluff, AR; two brothers, Charles Perkins, Sr., Pine Bluff, AR and Willie Perkins, Jr., Hot Springs, AR; a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Leslie - Joe Dale Crow, age 78 of Leslie, Arkansas passed from this life on Saturday, March 31st, 2018 at his home. He was born in Dennard, Arkansas on September 15th, 1939 to Ervin Crow and Johnnie Redman Crow. Joe Dale married Evelyn Elizabeth Bluerock in 1961 in Rison, Arkansas.
Joe Dale joined the United States Navy in 1958. After discharge from the Navy and marriage to Evelyn, Joe Dale began work for the International Paper in Pine Bluff where he worked for 9 years. He then became a brakeman for the Cotton Belt Railroad in Pine Bluff. In 1972 he moved to St. Louis, MO and worked for Southern Pacific Railroad as an Assistant Trainmaster. In 1977 Joe Dale returned to Arkansas and began work as a Trainmaster for Southern Pacific Railroad in Camden. From there he and Evelyn moved to San Antonio, TX and worked as a Trainmaster with Union Pacific Railroad. In 1991 he became Manager of Training Operations for Union Pacific in Houston, TX where he worked until his retirement in 1999. When he could spare the time Joe Dale liked to attend Drag racing and Street Rods. He and Evelyn moved back to Arkansas and enjoyed retirement in Leslie. Shortly after retirement, they opened The Crow's Nest, an antique and collectible establishment where Joe Dale liked sitting on the porch and watching the traffic go by. Joe Dale also served as Leslie City Councilman for several years. He was a Shriner and member of the Sahara Temple Motor Patrol in Pine Bluff. Joe Dale was a member of The Wiley's Cove Masonic Lodge #524. He was a Mason for 57 years.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Evelyn Crow of the home; two sons, Joe Dale "JD" Crow Jr. of Fort Worth, TX and Timothy Louis Crow of Leslie; two grandchildren, Lauren Elizabeth Benet and husband Andy of Sherwood and Emily Anne Crow of Little Rock; two great-grandchildren, Griffin Andrew Benet and Skyleigh Benet; two brothers, Carl Lee Crow of Heber Springs and Rickey Crow of Bryant; and many cousins and other family who will also mourn his passing. He is preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Robert Crow and Willard Crow.
Arrangements are by Roller-Coffman Funeral Home in Marshall, Arkansas. Graveside services for Joe Dale were 11:00 AM Wednesday, April 4th, 2018 at Dennard Cemetery in Dennard, Arkansas with Bro. Tommy Jolly officiating. Pallbearers were nephews, Mike Crow, Colby Crow, Rickey Don Crow and Jeff Harris. Honorary pallbearers were Kenneth Keeling, Ben Baker and Harley Treat. At the family's request in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to : Shriners Hospitals for Children Attn: Office of Development, 2900 N. Rocky Point Dr.,Tampa, FL 33607 or visit donate.lovetotherescue.org