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Retirement News

Mrs. Mary Kay Shope

The Central Office Employee Corporation celebrated the retirement of Mrs. Shope on July 6, 2017, in the Director's Conference Room. Mrs. Kay was showered with cards, gifts, cake, ice cream, and lots of hugs from many staff members who will miss her dearly. The entire staff of Central Office wish her great joy in her retirement.




Sgt. David Gibson

A retirement pizza party was held for Sgt. David Gilbert on June 19, 2017 at the Texarkana Unit. The Unit Employee Association presented him with a 28 year plaque and a certificate given to him by TRCC Center Supervisor Dexter Holmes for his years of service to the Arkansas Deptment of Correction.  We will miss his wit and his dedication!




ORCU staff bid James Hoot Gibson farewell

Deputy Warden, James Hoot Gibson retires from the Ouachita River Unit on May 10, 2017.


December 2016 Retirees

Mark Allen  -  Varner Supermax  -  12/01/2016
Dwain Hargrove  -  Transportation  -  12/01/2016
Buddy Menshew  -  Varner  -  12/01/2016
Greg Socia  -  Cummins  -  12/01/2016
Gerald Dunlap  -  Mental Health  -  12/08/2016


Cpl. Jerry Slater and Bernadette Reed

Cpl. Jerry Slater, left photo, and Bernadette Reed, seem to be enjoying their retirement rockers, presented to them by the Newport Complex Employee Association in honor of their retirement at the end of April.  After 11 years for Slater, at age 71, and after 13 years for Reed, they both really deserve it. Happy retirement!

Cpl. Jerry Slater       Bernadette Reed

April 2016 Retirees

Kimberly Farid  -  Wrightsville  -  04/14/2016
Charles Gladden  -  Delta  -  04/15/2016
Artie Morris  -  Max  -  04/19/2016
Michael Allen  -  EARU  -  04/23/2016
Brenda Yelverton  -  RLW  -  04/27/2016
Doris Tisdale  -  Admin East  -  04/30/2016
Gary Teague  -  NCU  -  04/30/2016

March 2016 Retirees

Ricky Brooks  -  Pine Bluff Unit  -   03/01/2016    
Kermit Bartlett  -  McPherson Unit  -  03/01/2016
Mike Wynn  -  Compliance  -  03/19/2016

February 2016 Retirees

Tony Barnes  -  EARU  -  02-01-2016
James Gibson  -  Wrightsville  -  02-01-2016
Joseph Henderson  -  Wrightsville  -  02-01-2016
Barbara Lloyd  -  Admin East  -  02-13-2016

Barbara Lloyd

Barbara Lloyd’s retirement reception was held February 9, 2016, at Administration East Accounting Control. Director Kelley presented Barbara with her 30-year plaque.  Mike Carraway spoke of Lloyd’s special qualities and how she was going to be missed.  Rick Norton presented Lloyd with an Honorary Inmate Certificate.  Lamont Wimbley (former accounting employee) presented her with a special poem he wrote full of memories from various co-workers.  She also received 30 roses for 30 years from her family.

Barbara Lloyd        Barbara Lloyd

James ‘Hoot’ Gibson

James ‘Hoot’ Gibson retired from the Arkansas Department of Correction on February 1, 2016.  
In retirement, he plans to golf, fish, umpire, and spend more time with his family.

James ‘Hoot’ Gibson     James ‘Hoot’ Gibson

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