Elizabeth Duke, 65, of Oklahoma City, OK, died Tuesday, March 21, 2000, at her home. She was born January 9, 1935, the daughter of the late Curtis and Ethel Golden Myers. She was a registered nurse and a member of the Meeks Chapel Church of God. Survivors include her husband, Sylvan "Sonny" Dukes; a brother, John Myers of Hamburg; a sister, Joan Hearnsburger of Bismarck; and several nieces and nephews. Grave-side services were at 3 p.m. Friday, March 31, at the Delamar Cemetery with Rev. Bernard Escalante officiating and with arrangements by Ruggles-Wilcoxon Funeral Home of Arkadelphia. Memorials may be made to the Meeks Chapel Church of God, 149th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73165.
Funeral services for Mr. O. C. Farrar, 70, of Farmerville, LA, were planned for 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 4, at the Zion Hill Baptist Church with Bro. Paul King officiating and burial following in the church cemetery. Mr. Farrar, a retired manager with Jefferson Smurfit Corp., died Sunday, April 2, 2000, after a sudden illness. He was a member of the Zion Hill Baptist Church and the Crossett Riding Club and was an U. S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict. Survivors include his wife, Marietta H. Farrar; a son and daughter-in-law, David C. and Romaine Farrar; a daughter, Lisa R. Farrar, all of Farmerville; a sister, Oma Evans of Minden, LA; a niece, Wanda McDaniel of Bossier City, LA; and a nephew, Fred Evans of Minden. Pallbearers were the men of his Sunday School class at the Zion Hill Baptist Church. Arrangements were by Farrar Funeral Home of Farmerville.
Helen Murphy Gee, 83, of Crossett died Tuesday, March 28, 2000, at her home. She was born January 16, 1917, to Ned and Leona Higginbotham Murphy in Hamburg. Mrs. Gee was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Lillian Gee, and her husband, Samuel E. Gee. Survivors are a brother, Charles W. Murphy of Crossett, and a sister, Betty Inez Patrick of Crossett. Funeral services were at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 30, in the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Rev. Donnie Dubose, Don Justice and Vernon Lierly officiating. Pallbearers were Mike Chisholm, Mike Murphy, Monte Gee, David Patrick, Johnny Murphy and Eddie Mac Murphy Burial followed services at Pinewood Memorial Park.
Richard E. "Dick" Holloway, 74, of Crossett died Tuesday, March 28, 2000, at his home. He was born in Hamburg, on Feb. 19, 1926, to David B. and Annette Pryor Holloway. Mr. Holloway came to Crossett as a geologist and retired after 31 years as an employee for George Pacific. He was an Air Force veteran having served in the European theater as a tail gunner during World War II. Mr. Holloway was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Crossett. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, and outdoorsman. Mr. Holloway was preceded in death by his son, John Hunter Holloway; and an infant brother, David B. Holloway. Survivors include his wife, Rose F. Holloway of Crossett; one son, David Holloway and wife Erin of Little Rock; one daughter, Karen Webb and husband, Mike of Crossett; four grandchildren, John Michael and Katie Webb of Crossett and Hunter and Weston Holloway of Little Rock; one sister, Francis Williams and husband, Franklin of Batesville; two nephews, Dr. Richard Williams of Charlotte, N.C., and Steven P. Williams of Little Rock Funeral services were Wednesday, March 29, at 3 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Larry R. Williams officiating. Pallbearers were Dickie Sivils, O. H. Darling, Hamp Etheridge, Dick Williams, Mark Malloy, Ashley Jones, Ricky Jones and Doug Webb. Honorary pallbearers were Bobby Emory, Bubba Nolley, John Spivey, Frank Taylor, James Watson, Travis Ferrell, Mrs. Titus' kindergarten class of 1931, and the Hamburg High Class of 1944. Interment followed services at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Memorials may be made to the John Hunter Holloway Memorial Scholarship, c/o Crossett Community Scholarship Association, 101 West First Ave., Crossett, Ark. 71635; or to The First United Methodist Church, 500 Main St., Crossett, Ark. 71635; or to Kaleidoscope of Caring, c/o Hospice Home Care, Prospect Building, Suite 330, Little Rock, Ark. 72207.
Jordan McKenzie Mills, 17 months, of Crossett died Thursday, March 29, 2000, at her residence. Survivors include her parents, Albert Ray and Rhonda Kaye Foles Mills; a sister, Serena Mills; her grandparents, Murray and Billie Cockrell, Wallace Mills and Palestine Mills, all of Crossett; and Ron and Kaye Foles of San Antonio, TX; and her in-home nurses, Kim Ray, Shay Craig and Amber Dodderee. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 1, in the Calvary Baptist Church with Rev. David Henderson officiating. Pallbearers were Calvin Kinnaird, Larry Lane, Floyd Lott and Eddie Goodson. Burial followed services at the Antioch Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.
Mrs. Julia Alice Wilcoxon Oakleaf, 80, of Crossett died Tuesday, March 28, 2000, at the Good Shepherd Nursing Home in Little Rock, following a year-long struggle with lung cancer. Born in Crossett September 16, 1919, she was the last surviving of five children of Levi & Frankie Corgan Wilcoxon. She was the widow of Ernest Johan Oakleaf, a native of Malmo, Sweden. She was retired from the Crossett Public Schools where she had a long and distinguished career teaching elementary school and as an elementary guidance counselor and certified educational examiner. She was a graduate of the University of Arkansas where she was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority, and also held a master's degree in elementary guidance counseling from Henderson State University. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Crossett, a charter member of the Crossett Book Club, and in her younger days, an avid horsewoman and member of the Crossett Riding Club. She is survived by her son, Dr. Ernest J. Oakleaf, Jr., her daughter-in-law, Dr. Zoe D. Oakleaf and her granddaughter, Alice Augusta Oakleaf, all of Little Rock. She is also survived by her childhood playmate, life-long friend and occasional companion, Bill Gates, of Gunnison, CO, as well as several nieces and nephews. Grave-side funeral services with interment of ashes was be 11 a.m., Saturday, April 1, in the Hamburg Cemetery with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 901 N. University Ave., Little Rock, AR 72207 or to the First United Methodist Church, PO box 738, Crossett, AR 71635.
Mary Irene Walsh, 80, of Crossett died Wednesday, March 29, 2000, at the Ashley County Medical Center. She was born on May 10, 1919, in Warren to Dewey Claire and Vera Beatrice St. John Pierce. Mrs. Walsh was preceded in death by her husband, T.M. "Duffy" Walsh, Jr., and a grandson, Scott Alan Courson. Her survivors include: one son, Dewey Mack Walsh of Shreveport, LA; one daughter, Jean Courson of Crossett; one brother, D.C. Pierce of Crossett; one sister, Nell Reid of Houston, TX; four grandchildren, one step-grandchild and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 3 p.m., Friday, March, 31 at the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Revss Jimmie Lewis and Lawrence Amos officiating. Pallbearers were Jeff Walsh, Jack Walsh, Steve Courson, James Coody, Jamie Walsh, and Ben Walsh. Interment followed services at the Crossroads Cemetery.
Mary Ann Walt, 90, of Dumas died Tuesday, March 28, 2000, at the Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. Born April 13, 1909, to David Peter and Fannie Izora Miller in Hamburg, she was a graduate of Hamburg High School and Arkansas State Teachers College. A retired teacher and homemaker, she was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Dumas, the Highway Garden Club of Little Rock, and the Desha Country Hospital Auxiliary. Survivors include two sons, Martin and David Walt of Dumas; five grandchildren, Lee, John David and Julie Beth Walt, Missie Walt Derryberry and Erica Walt Cathey; and three great-grandchildren, Tiffany Walt, Martin Lee Walt, III and Allie Greeson Derryberry. Funeral services were at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 30, in the First United Methodist Church in Dumas with Revs. Buddy Ratliff and John David Walt officiating. Pallbearers were Rick, Jim and Bill Greeson, John Moffett and Richard and Page Walt. Burial followed services at the Walnut Lake Cemetery at Dumas with arrangements were by Griffin Funeral Home of Dumas. Memorials may be made to the Choir Fund at the First United Methodist Church of Dumas.
Mrs. Mae B. Wilson, 94, died Friday, March 31, 2000 at her residence in Portland. Mrs. Wilson was a native of Hollis, a resident of Portland for the past 58 years, a homemaker, and a member of the Portland Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Tom Wilson in 1972; a daughter Virgie Hogue of Bastrop, LA; a son, Oscar Wilson of Crossett; her parents, Joseph & Biddie Hill Blair; two brothers, Lonnie & Don Blair and a sister, Eda Tillery. She is survived by three sons; Bill, Noel & George Wilson, all of Portland; three daughters, Pat Temples of Birmingham, AL, Ruby Bennett of Portland and Syble Christmas of Bastrop, LA; 18 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and 7 great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services were at 3 p.m., Saturday, April 1, in the Portland Baptist Church with Rev. E. W. Ricks officiating. Pallbearers are grandsons-in-law, Ronald Pettis, Richard Maxwell, Troy Bryan, Jack Frost, Larry England, Cris Floyd, William Fuller and Jackie White. Interment followed services at the Portland Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Portland Baptist Church, PO Box 86, Portland, AR 71663.