Laverne "Bernie" Witham, 62, of Malvern (formerly of Fordyce) died Sept. 18, at National Park Medical Center in Hot Springs. She was born June 15, 1949, in Sparkman, the daughter of John Henry and Dorothy (Shaddock) Brown. She graduated from Sparkman High School in 1967 and was the owner of Bernie's Daycare in Fordyce. She was a member of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church. Her love and grace touched so many hearts through the years. She was a true shining example of unconditional love and the Christian way.
Preceding her in death are her parents; sisters, Dianne Brown Witham and Dorothy Brown Jones; and brothers, Jerry and Danny Brown.
She is survived by her husband, Robert Witham; son, Michael Henry Richardson and wife, Tanya of Grady; step-sons, Jeremy Brandon Witham of Benton, and Jason Robert Witham of Chidester; brothers, John Brown and wife, Ginger, and Larry Brown, all of Fordyce, and Gary Brown of Chidester; grandchildren, Blake and Trevor Richardson of Conway, step-grandaughter, Megan Witham; niece and caregiver, Marianne McGee; brother and sister-in-law, Ricky and Reta Witham of Glen Rose; two very special friends, Betty Wilkes of Sparkman, and Edna Hicks of Malvern; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Wednesday, Sept. 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Regency Funeral Home in Malvern.
Services will be Thursday, Sept. 22, at 2 p.m. in the Regency Chapel with Brothers Wesley Howard and Donis Smead officiating. Interment will follow at Harp Cemetery. Arrangements are by Regency Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to the Kidney Foundation, 1 Lile Ct., Ste. 201, Little Rock, AR 72205.
Online guest book: regencyfuneralhome.com.
Pallbearers are Jeff Brown, Greg Brown, Scott Brown, Kevin Brown, Ronnie Hogg, and Scott Holliman. Honorary pallbearers are the doctors and staff at Malvern Kidney Center.