Obituaries April 5, 2023

Vaughnda LaBeff

Vaughnda Lee Evans LaBeff, 82 of Thornton, died Saturday, April 1, 2023 at her home. She was born August 26, 1940 to the late John O. Evans and Annie Jones Evans. She was also preceded in death by her husband, James LaBeff, daughter, Rhonda LaBeff and four sisters: Anna Marie Ellis, Bertha Stone, Helen O'Dell, and Betty Burgett.

She is survived by her four children: Beverly Baxley and husband Kenny of Thornton, Jim LaBeff and wife Robyn of Thornton, John LaBeff and wife Kelly of Bearden, and Joey LaBeff of Bearden; seven grandchildren: Nathan Clemons, Annah Meaux, Andy Spears, Jimmy LaBeff, Danny LaBeff, Tara LaBeff, Justin LaBeff, Mick Evans, Tyler Evans, Emylee Evans; and 13 great grandchildren.

A visitation will be held Tuesday evening from 6PM until 8PM at Benton Funeral Home in Fordyce. Funeral services will be 10AM Wednesday at Providence LMBC in Fordyce with Rev. Brian Caldwell and Rev. Richard Merritt officiating. Burial will follow at Calaway Cemetery. Arrangements are by Benton Funeral Home of Fordyce. To sign the online register visit

Maurice Graves

Maurice Estelle Graves, formerly of Camden, passed away on March 26, 2023 in Hot Springs, AR. She was surrounded by her loving family and devoted caregivers. She was born December 16, 1929 in Texarkana, TX to Myles Sigsbee and Chleo Pirkey Williams. She was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church in Camden.

She is preceded in death by her husband, John M. Graves; son, John M. "Johnny" Graves, Jr.; parents; and sister, Jo Evelyn Clarkson. She is survived by four daughters and their husbands, Cheryl and John Wilson, Jr., Pamela and Nick Pierce all of Sherwood, Dawn and Wade Green of Camden, Tina and Randy King of Horseshoe Bay, TX; 12 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; and sister, Claire Smeed and her husband, J. R. Smeed of Bakersfield, CA; sister-in-law, Norma Graves of Little Rock; and many nieces and nephews. Maurice grew up in Texarkana, TX. She graduated from Texas Woman's University in Denton, TX in 1951. Soon after, she met the love of her life, Jack. They married in June 1954 and moved to Arkansas. They were married 58 years until he passed away in 2012.

She was proud of her Texas roots, but she loved Arkansas too, especially Hot Springs. Lake Hamilton was her happy place. The family is grateful for the many caregivers who helped our mother during her journey with Alzheimer's. We sincerely thank you all from the bottom of our hearts.

A funeral service was held at 11:00 a. m. Thursday, March 30, 2023, at Proctor Funeral Home, Camden, AR. The family will receive friends from 10:30 – 11:00 a. m. before the service. Memorials may be made to St. Louis Catholic Church Building Fund, 202 N. Adams, Camden, AR 71701 or Alzheimer's Arkansas, 201 Markham Center Drive, Little Rock, AR 72205. To sign the online guest register, visit

Charlotte Henry

Charlotte Henry, age 81 of Bearden, Arkansas passed away Thursday, March 30, 2023 at St. John's in Fordyce. She was born January 29, 1942 to the late Charles Henry and Margart Sue Wilson. Charlotte was a LPN and she loved her job and caring for people was her calling.

She also loved all animals and rescued many over the years and gave love to the less fortunate unwanted pets and enjoyed driving around the county feeding strays from the back of her van. She loved bumblebees and taught her daughters how to pet them and yes you can pet a bumblebee in the evening when they fall asleep inside the flowers, she taught her girls the beauty of nature and compassion for all things in life. She always said her greatest accomplishment in life was raising her two daughters; Angela and Alisa, seeing them take flight and be all they could be in life.

She graduated Bearden high school where she was football queen, and a part of many clubs including, PEP Club, F. H. A. officers, student health club, Beta club and the Bear Tales paper staff, she was also voted most likely to succeed, best figure and physique, best all around, and most popular.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Margaret; grandmother, Quinnie Mae Barnes; grandfather, Jewel Gatling; four aunts, Betty Marchant, Bessie Wilson, Eloise Wilson, and Joyce Wilson

She is survived by her daughters, Angela Bieber of Bearden and Alisa Dompe of Hallsville, Tx; two brothers, Charles Scott of Batesville and John Scott of TN.; Aunt, Lois Mosley of Bearden; special cousins, Kim Coburn and Justin Wise; and many cousins and friends she loved dearly; James Johnson who was like a son to her as well as Kenny Bambico who was always there to fix her stuff. She adored them both and the family would like to thank them both for the love and respect they showed their mother.

The family would like to thank St. John's Place in Fordyce for everything they have done during this time.

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