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Randall Eugene Bivings, 56, of St. Augustine, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, March 5, 2017. Randy was born on December 12, 1960, at East Coast Hospital in St. Augustine, FL to Gene “Sonny” and Nancy Bivings. Randy spent his childhood and teenage years in Palatka before moving to Crossett, AR with his family where he graduated from Crossett High School in 1978. From there he ventured north to The University of Arkansas where he graduated in 1984 with a degree in Accounting. While at the U of A, Randy was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and he also grew to become a lifelong fan of the Razorback athletic department.
Randy began his career in accounting right after college and eventually achieved the distinction as a CPA with licenses to practice in Arkansas, Georgia, and Florida. He quickly rose through the ranks of the corporate ladder eventually becoming a partner in the firm Wilcox & Bivings, PC in Atlanta, GA. In 2006, the beaches of St. Augustine called him home, and he moved back to the place he loved where he opened his own practice, Randall E. Bivings, CPA, PA.
Randy was very passionate about the many things he loved in his life. In particular, he had a tenacious spirit when it came to history and the love of his country in which he was a member of the Sons of the Confederate Veterans and Sons of the America Revolution in Lawrenceville, GA. He enjoyed learning about military history, the Civil War, and confederate soldiers. This passion also led him to visit many different battlefields and military cemetery’s spanning along the entire eastern US with his father and brothers. Randy also loved watching sports, his beloved Arkansas Razorbacks, celebrating Christmas, spending time with his friends, his family, and especially the beaches in the St. Augustine area.
Randy was preceded in death by his grandparents Cephas and Irma Gilbert, T. G. Boaz, and Gene and Leona Bivings, all of Palatka. He is survived by his parents Gene and Nancy of Atlanta, GA, brothers Richie (Barbara) of Little Rock, AR and Ronnie of Atlanta, GA, sister Nancy of Atlanta, GA and niece Megan Bivings of Little Rock, AR. He also is survived by many aunts and uncles including Col. Don (Glenda) Bivings, Joanne (Lewis) Jones, Susan Matthews, Ted Boaz, and a multitude of cousins.
His family and friends mourn the loss of his unique humor, witty spirit, and compassionate soul, but his memory will live on in our hearts forever. A celebration of Randy’s life will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, March 10, 2017 at St. Johns Family Funeral Home. Memorial gifts may be sent to Wounded Warrior Project and St. Judes Children’s Hospital.
St. Johns Family Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Elizabeth Ann Wade-Cooper, 66, of St. Robert, Mo., died Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, due to injuries from an automobile accident in Rolla, Mo.
Survivors include by her husband, Odie; her daughter, LaPrell Wade-Sellars and spouse Harold, of Westminister, Colo.; special friend, who was like a daughter, Rhonda Harris and spouse Eric of St.Robert, M.; 13 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Roberta Loche and Clarice Hendrix, both of Crossett, one brother, Jerry Wade of Crossett; and a number of nieces and nephews; as well as a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m., Thursday, March 9 at the First Baptist Church, 108 N. Martin Luther King Drive in Crossett with the Rev. Curtis Jackson Sr. officiating.
Burial will follow at Westview Cemetery under the direction of Medder’s Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church.


Mrs. Ollie Mae Griffin, 90, of Crossett, died Sunday, March 5, 2017, at Stonegate Villa Health and Rehabilitation Center in Crossett. She was a native of Hamburg, but a resident of Crossett most of her life. She was a homemaker and a member of the Quinn Chapel AME Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, John Griffin; her parents, Elijiah and Roxie Ann Cain-Griffin; three brothers, John Lewis Jimerson, Clemon Jimmerson and Emmitt Jimerson; eight sisters, Sarah L. Smith, Ethel Wills, Lottie Vurgest, Pearline Tyson, Vashtie Johnson, Beatrice Allen, Easter Swain and Verdel Lowe. 

Survivors include three sons, Oliver Eugene Griffin, Spencer Donzell Griffin, both of Crossett and Freddie Griffin and spouse Bonnie of Monticello; two daughters, Merkia Key of Crossett, and Linda Griffin of Little Rock; five grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; and a number of nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Friday March 10, at Quinn Chapel AME Church with the Revs. Marvin Scott and Brandon Sims officiating. 

Pallbearers will be Alex Brown, Cornelius Girtman, Jimmy Griffin, Fredie Hargraves, Ken Tolefree and Leslie Tolefree. 
Honorary Pallbearers will be the Quinn Chapel Church Stewards and Trustees, Johnnie C. Gaston, Clemon Perry Jimerson Sr. and Clemon Perry Jimerson Jr.  

Viewing will be 1 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Cromwell Funeral Home.

Jimmie Harold Robbins, a heavy equipment operator, died Sunday, March 5.
Graveside services will be 2 p.m., Wednesday, March 8 at the Pinewood Memorial Cemetery in Crossett under the direction of Brown-Holley Funeral Home in Rayville.


Mr. Willie Dean Clark, 74, of Crossett died Friday, March 3, 2017, at his residence. He retired from Georgia Pacific Paper Mill, where he was employed for forty-two years. Mr. Clark was a member of New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents Margree and Alford Clark Sr.; one brother, James E. Clark and one sister, Mary Hemphill.
Survivors include five daughters, Glenda Clark Thompson and spouse Eddie of Wylie, Texas, Janice Clark and Rose Clark of Crossett, Maisha Clark of West Monroe, La., and Taisha Clark of Shreveport, La.; one son, Willie Deandre Clark of Monroe, La., five grandchildren; eight brothers, Alford Clark Jr. and spouse Cheryl of Stockton, Calif., Chris Clark Sr. of Oakland, Calif., Freddie Clark and spouse Jean of Tracey, Calif., Eddie Clark of West Memphis, Ark., Donnell Clark and spouse Carmen of LaGrange, Calif., Raymond Clark and spouse Ann Crossett, Claudell Clark and spouse Patrice and Jessie Clark, both of Phoenix; two sisters, Dorothy Grayson of Crossett and Kathay Clark Brown of Phoenix, AZ.
Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, March 11 at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Crossett with the Rev. Jessie Radford Jr. officiating.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Travion Scott, Brandon Willingham, DeWayne Clark, DeTonio Grayson and Calvin Johnson.
Burial of cremains will be in Westview Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

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