Across Arkansas – Aug. 29, 2019

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Joe B. Collins, 76, of Jacksonville, died Aug. 1.

An Air Force veteran, Collins was an ordained minister and pastored several churches in Arkansas. Collins also ran a successful optometrist practice in Jacksonville for 54 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a daughter.

Collins is survived by his wife, a brother, a daughter and four grandchildren.

The funeral was Aug. 9 at Roller-Owens Funeral Home in North Little Rock, followed by burial at Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery in North Little Rock.

Jack B. Carter, 90, of Little Rock, died Aug. 6.

Carter was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church in Little Rock and served as a deacon, trustee and Sunday school teacher. Carter also served the state of Arkansas with Nail Benders and Church in a Day.

A memorial service was held Aug. 9 at Immanuel Baptist Church, Little Rock.


Fred Oaks retired as pastor of Faith Baptist Church, Quitman.

First Baptist Church, Marked Tree, will celebrate its 110th anniversary on Sunday, Sept. 15. J.D. “Sonny” Tucker, executive director of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention, will be the guest speaker. Lunch will follow the worship service.

On the move

Danny Johnson is serving as interim pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church, El Dorado.

Walt Rogers is serving as pastor at Lakeside Baptist Church, Rogers.

Matthew Wilson is serving as pastor at Union Baptist Church, El Dorado.

Baptist life

West Baptist Church, Batesville, will be the drop off spot for the Acts 1:8 One Day Mission Trip No Sale Yard Sale. Items can be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday, from now until the mission event. The mission day will be in Independence Baptist Association Saturday, Oct. 5.

LifeWay will host a Pastor Date Night at Second Baptist Church, Conway, starting at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 3. The night will feature a panel of ministry couples to answer questions about life and ministry. For more information, visit

Forrest City Baptist Church, Forrest City, will host a disaster relief training event starting at 8 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 14.

Caroline Baptist Association will host a Women’s Celebration conference at Lonoke Baptist Church starting at 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 14. The conference, themed “A New Heart,” will feature Tena Hauk, executive director of New Hearts Ministry, as the guest speaker.

Immanuel Baptist Church, Little Rock, will host a disaster relief training event starting at 8 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 12.

Heart to Heart Women’s Ministry of Family Church, White Hall, will host Relentless Women’s Conference Friday-Saturday, Nov. 1-2. For more information, visit

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