Mrs. Frances Martin Brown

Mrs. Frances Martin Brown, 72, of Bastrop, LA, died Monday, March 16, 2000, at the Morehouse General Hospital. She was a retired cafeteria superintendent of St. Joseph's Catholic School and a member of Bonnie Idee Assembly of God. She was preceded in death by her parents and a great-grandson, Christopher Chance Tate.

Survivors include two daughters, Nencia Sue Johnson and Rebecca Ann Diel; three sons, Richard Lamar Boykin, Kenneth Bryant Tate, and Terry Wayne Tate Sr.; one sister, Patricia Ann Roberts; four brothers, Jesse Elvin Martin, Clyde Thomas Martin, James Paul Blocker, and Joe Albert Blocker; a stepson, sixteen grandchildren, David Boykin, Deborah Jonin, Lucinda Tate, Jason Tate, Kenneth Tate, Angela Tate, Dustin Tate, Dewey Diel, Tabitha Eppinalle, Danny Diel Jr., Rebecca Brakefield, and Lona Page; three step-great-grandchildren and three great-grandchild, Kimberly Diel, T.J. Tate, and Malcolm Tate.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Thursday, March 16, at the Golden Chapel in Bastrop with Rev. Jerry Stuckey officiating. Grave-side services followed at 1 p.m. at the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery near Hamburg. Pallbearers were Mike Fussell, Dardell Bostic, Louis Maddock, Greg Cheek, Jerry Bryan, and Ronnie White.

Berdie Benjamin Clark

Berdie Benjamin Clark, 84, of Crossett died Friday, March 17, 2000, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born July 8, 1915, to Arthur and Ethel Aultman Clark, he was a self-employed welder, a charter member of the Crossett Riding Club, and a member of the Beulahland Assembly of God. He loved hunting and sports.

Survivors include his wife, Lois Clark of Crossett; a son, Arthur Fay Clark of Felsenthal; two sisters, Dean Maheras of Napa Valley, CA, and Dorothy Childers of Crossett; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 19, in the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Tommy Kimbel officiating. Pallbearers were Richard and Tab Childers, Jamie Poole, Allen Clark, Keith Forrest, Lee Allen and Joe Bolin. Burial followed services at Pinewood Memorial Park.

Janice Yenni Clark

Janice Yenni Clark, 89, of Crossett, widow of Ellis William Clark, died Thursday, March 16, 2000, after a long illness. A retired journalist who had written for three state and two local papers, she preserved many of her stories in the Paul Sullins Library in Crossett. Her articles included in-depth histories of first schools, churches, businesses and accounts of the times by early settlers of the area. She was a devoted artist and a member of the American Watercolor Society.

Survivors include a daughter, Anne Truitt Newton of Decatur, AL; a son, Ellis Banks Clark of Hobe Sound, FL; a brother, Donald Yenni of Ann Arbor, MI; two sisters, Julia Hikes of Cambridge, MA, and Hallie Brown of Pensacola, FL: three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 19, in the sanctuary of the First United Methodist Church of Crossett with Rev. Larry Williams and Robert Fisher officiating. Pallbearers were Mike Webb, James Cosby, Bruce DeLess, James Tarver, Edward Holt and James Manning. Burial followed services at the Crossroads Cemetery, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Mrs. Carrie Courson Hill

Mrs. Carrie (Moner) Courson Hill, 86, of Hamburg died Tuesday, March 14, 2000, at the North Monroe Hospital in Monroe, LA. Mrs. Hill was a native of Ashley County and a resident of Hamburg for most of her life. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Hamburg and a homemaker. She is preceded in death by her husband, Norwood N. Hill in 1977; a grandson, Phillip N. Laskey in 1988; her parents, Bunyan A. & Bertha Richards Courson; two brothers, B.A. Courson Jr. and Harry Courson and a sister, Jane Modell Bunn.

She is survived by a son, William A. Hill and his wife, Nancy of Turtle Lake, WI; twin daughters, Linda Harville and Winda Laskey and her husband, Ray, all of Hamburg; a foster son, Jimmy Lloyd of Dierks; a brother, Richard Courson of Hamburg; four sisters, Nell Davis of Hamburg, Virginia Riley of Little Rock, Peggy Echols & Mary Sivils, both of Monticello; four grandchildren, Karen Hill Bruckner, Russell R. Harville, Vicki Laskey Pennington and Dee Dee Harville Smith, and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Thursday, March 16, at the First Baptist Church of Hamburg with Rev. Klois Hargis officiating. Pallbearers were Don & Bobby Davis, Jeff Grice, John, Wayne & Paul Courson and Rick Woods. Interment was at the Pinewood Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Hamburg, P.O. Box 352, Hamburg, AR 71646 or to the American Lung Association, 211 Natural Resources Dr., Little Rock, AR 72205-9869.

Ethel Margaret Madden

Ethel Margaret Madden, 80, of Crossett died Friday, March 17, 2000, at the Crossett Leisure Lodge where she had lived for four years and had been a tremendous help to other patients. Born April 2, 1919, to Gus, Sr., and Molly Ann Jeffress Culbreath, she was a homemaker and a charter member of the Beech Street Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Nicki McLain of Houston, TX, and her husband, Hugh Madden.

Survivors are a daughter, Leah Chandler of Deatsville, AL; a brother, Gus E. Culbreath, Jr., of Crossett; three sisters, Betty Briggs of Crossett, Margie Kalil of Monroe, LA, and Barbara Flemister of Monroe, LA; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Monday, March 20, in the Beech Street Baptist Church with Rev. Bob Vest officiating. Pallbearers were Tommy Lee, Bill Whittington, Raymond Pitchford, Red Wells, Armon Little and Jim Bob Godwin. Burial followed services at Pinewood Memorial Park, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Margurite Pauline Murphy

Margurite Pauline Murphy, 83, of Crossett died Thursday, March 16, 2000, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born January 17, 1917, to John E. and Syleathe Annie Walser Carter in Ashley County, she worked as an inspector at Chase Bag Company for ten years and was a member of the Wallers Chapel Methodist Church where she was active in the United Methodist Women. She was preceded in death by a brother, Johnny Frank Carter, and her husband, German Murphy.

Survivors include a daughter, Margurite Murphy; a brother and sister-in-law, Billy Nute and Jessie Carter; a sister and brother-in-law, Ione and Luke Clark, all of Crossett; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 18, in the Wallers Chapel Methodist Church with Rev. Pat Wilkerson officiating. Pallbearers were Colvin Shivers, Steven and Jason Carter, Jonathan Moss, Jim Towers and Mike Avery. Honorary pallbearers were George Murphy, Bobby Jenkins, Lexie Rickman, Lemmie Miller, Charles Barnett, Jerry Lynn Swan, Jimmy Murphy and Bobby Glen Murphy. Burial followed services at the Crossroads Cemetery, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

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