Listed by Week

James Lawrence Dickens

James Lawrence Dickens, 92, of Monticello, formerly of Montrose and Dermott, died Sunday, December 15, 2002, at the Leisure Lodge Nursing Home in Monticello. Born January 16, 1910, in Ashley County, he was a retired farmer, an U.S. Navy Veteran of World War II and a member of Holmes Chapel Presbyterian Church in Monticello.

Survivors include six sons, John Willie Dickens of Flint, MI, Sam Dickens of Detroit, MI, and Arthur Thomas Dickens, Joseph Dickens, Claude Dickens and Benjamin Sylvester Dickens, all of Mt. Vernon, NY; eight daughters, Elma Block of St. Louis, MO, Beatrice Jackson and Doris McCohn, both of New London, OH, Celia Margaret Turner of Oakland, CA, Rosalyn Moore of Dermott, Paulette Taylor of Logansport, LA, Beverly Frazier of Pine Bluff and Angee Dickens Butcher of Monticello; one sister, Rosia "Ora Lee" Ivey of Oakland; 40 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Celia Price Dickens; his wife, Bernice Dickens; two sons, James Sterling Dickens and Larry Janson Dickens; one daughter, Jodia Maxine Buckner Carter; one grandchild, Ester; one great-grandchild, Arthur Gregg; three brothers and two sisters.

Funeral services were held Saturday, December 21, at noon at Holmes Chapel Presbyterian Church in Monticello with Rev. Alford Branch officiating. Burial was at Montrose Cemetery in Ashley County under the direction of Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home. Grandsons and sons-in-law served as pallbearers.

Troy Lee Jenkins

Troy Lee Jenkins, 82, of Crossett died Friday, December 20, 2002, at the Morehouse General Hospital. Born April 30, 1920, in Crossett to Arthur Lee and Nellie Carter Jenkins, he was a retired general mechanic for International Paper Company in Bastrop and was a member of the Jarvis Chapel Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, James Edward Jenkins; five brothers, Paul, Panzi, Edward, Roy and Brutus Jenkins; and one sister, Erma Lee Vail.

Survivors include two sons, Wayne and Glenn Jenkins, both of Alabama; two daughters, Ione of California and Beverly of Alabama; three bothers, Dewayne and Linwood Jenkins of Crossett and Dennie Jenkins of Hamburg; three sisters, Fredia Thomas of San Francisco, CA, Lois Reitzell of Bastrop, LA, and Jeanette Cox of Bossier City, LA.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m Sunday, December 22, in the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Bro. Justin Uselton officiating. Pallbearers were Bruce, Greg, David and Penny Jenkins, Rick Oden, Michael Young, and Freddie Owen. Burial followed services at the Crossett Cemetery.

James O. Rainey

James O. Rainey, 48, of Crossett died September 3, 2001, and his remains were located on December, 16, 2002. Born October 15, 1952, in Crossett to James B. and Mayselle Stanley Rainey, he was a member of the Mount Olive Baptist Church and was employed as an equipment operator for Georgia-Pacific. A former member of the National Guard, he was preceded in death by his mother, Mayselle Rainey.

Survivors include a son, Jason Rainey; a daughter, Brooke Rainey; his father, James B. Rainey; his stepmother, Bernice Rainey; one sister, Wanda LaFran Hill, all of Crossett, and a granddaughter, Larson Rainey.

Grave-side services were at 10 a.m. Thursday, December 19, at Pinewood Memorial Park with Bro. L. H. McCullough officiating. Pallbearers were Mark Craig, Mark Burchell, Marty McClain, Buddy Kinney, Tom Sawyer, Tommy Gage, David Cathey and Keith Boseman. Honorary pallbearers were Bobby, Jerry, Jeff and Andy Rainey and Tony Ware. Arrangements were by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Jane Pryor Snoody

Jane Pryor Snoody, 80, of Tullahoma, TN, died Monday, December 16, 2002. The daughter of the late Harry Wesson and Clara Foote Pryor, she was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Claude C. Snoody.

Born in Hamburg on April 8, 1922, she received a Bachelor of Science degree from Arkansas A&M and taught in Corning, Camden and Crossett. She received a degree in medical technology in Memphis and worked at the Methodist Hospital in Memphis and Nashville General Hospital as a medical technologist. She graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a Master of Education degree and was an eighth grade science teacher at West Middle School from 1970-1984. She was a member of First United Methodist Church, the Tullahoma chapter of the DAR and the Tullahoma Women's Club.

Survivors include her sister, Nancy Pryor Davis of Hamburg; three daughters and sons-in-law, Claudia and Frank Van Cleave of Lynchburg, TN, Jane Snoody and Dan Vance of Cleveland, TN, and Dorothy and Wayne Murphy of Murfreesboro, TN; a son and daughter-in-law, Claude and Sherri Snoody of Huntsville, AL; and seven grandchildren, Elizabeth, Katherine, Lauren, Leah, Will, Sarah and Carolyn. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Harry W. Pryor, Jr., Edward W. Pryor and Fred H. Pryor. Funeral services were at the First United Methodist Church in Tullahoma at 2 p.m Thursday, December 19.

Memorials may be made to the Haven of Hope, P. O. Box 2271, Manchester, TN 37349; the First United Methodist Church, 208 West Lauderdale Street, Tullahoma ,TN 37388 or to the Tullahoma Educational Foundation, c/o Joe Lester, P. O. Box 445, Tullahoma, TN 37388.

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Jesse Ray Babb

Jesse Ray Babb, 66, of Crossett died Wednesday, December 11, 2002. Born in Leesburg, MS, on November 15, 1936, to the late Jesse James and Wiley Bunn Babb, he was an Air Force veteran, a member of the First Baptist Church and an avid fisherman. He was employed as a machinist for 20 years at H. C. Clowe and Co. and employed as a maintenance mechanic for 16 years at Georgia-Pacific. He was preceded in death by four brothers, Oscar, Fred, Jim and Sidney Paul Babb; and one sister, Betty Nell Babb.

Survivors include his wife, Royce L. Babb of Crossett; two sons, Johnny and Ricky Babb of Crossett; one daughter, Rhonda Thompson of Pelahatchie, MS; one brother, Jack Babb of Slidell,, LA; three sisters, Annie Mae Hawthorne of Lake, MS, Bonnie Minton of Morton, MS, and Mickey Prestage of Morton, MS; and five grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Friday, December 13, in the First Baptist Church with Revs. Brad Elrod and Larry White officiating. Pallbearers were Bill Bond, Tom Brown, Darryl Courtney, Buster Bryant, Teddy Huff and Fred Hipp. Honorary pallbearers were Bob Zurn, J.W. Harris, Buddy Rice, Gayle Bunn and Gayle Anders.

Burial followed services at 3 p.m. at the Groveton Cemetery in the Branch community near Morton, MS, with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, 701 Main Street, Crossett, AR 71635.

Nora Marie Brantley

Nora Marie Cornelison Brantley, 78, of Crossett died Monday, December 16, 2002, at Ashley County Medical Center. Born June 14, 1924, to Cicero and Sue Oaks Cornelison in Hugo, OK, she was a housewife.

Survivors include three sons, Leon Brantley of Crossett, Terry Brantley of Grangeland, TX, and Marshall Brantley of Republic, WA; one daughter, Margie Pounds of Hamburg; and two sisters, Faye Maxie of Amarillo, TX and Bobbie Johnson of Hugo. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leon C. Brantley; and two sons, John Larry Brantley and Carrol Dean Brantley.

Memorial services will be held Wednesday, December 18, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett with the Rev. Roy Craig officiating. Burial date and time at Simms Cemetery will be announced later.

Mr. Ed Craig

Mr. Ed Craig, 75, of Hamburg, died Monday, December 9, 2002, at his residence. A native and lifelong resident of the Milo community outside of Hamburg, he was a timber worker and retired from Bemis Corporation in 1987. A member of the Egypt Missionary Baptist Church and a charter member of the Milo Hunting Club and the Milo Riding Club, he was preceded in death by parents, Jessie and Allie Pogue Craig.

He is survived by his wife, Florence Sweeney Craig; a son, John Craig and wife Carolyn, and a daughter, Nancy Smith and husband James; two brothers, Jessie E. "Shorty" Craig and Jimmy Craig, all of Hamburg, four sisters, Betty Jean Slaughter of Fountain Hill, Margie Bell Livingston and Joyce Ann Berry, both of Hamburg, and Rosie Lee Williamson of Crossett; four grandchildren, Shawn Craig, Beverly Ward, Shannon McDougald and Shelly Elmore and four

great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Wednesday, December 11, at the Egypt Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Jerry Carter, Rev. Dale Crumby and Rev. Steve Franklin officiating. Pallbearers were Alan Swan, Julian Estelle, Tommy Clark, Dickey Meeks, Frank Rawls and Riley Craig. Burial will be in the Egypt Cemetery under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home, Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Egypt Cemetery Association, c/o Mr. John Laing, 272 Ashley Road 454, Hamburg, AR 71646.

Mr. Percy H. Eubanks

Mr. Percy H. Eubanks, 95, of Hamburg died Monday, December 9, 2002, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. A native of Attala County, Mississippi, and a resident of Hamburg and Ashley County for most of his life, he was a retired farmer and a member of the Calvary Missionary Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Johnnie Smith Eubanks

in 1987, one son, Bobby Eubanks in 1997, arandson, Allen Eubanks and his parents, Sandford and Annie Snelling Eubanks.

He is survived by two sons, Billy Eubanks of Houston, TX. and Tommy Eubanks of Hamburg; three daughters, Ruby Bennett of Hamburg, Carolyn McDonald of Downsville, LA, and Melba Walker of Shreveport, LA; a daughter-in-law, Glenda Eubanks of West Monroe, LA; one half- brother, Gussie Turner of Portland; twelve grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Thursday, December 12, at the Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home chapel with the Revs. Charles Pullin, Joey Meredith and Robert Wood officiating. Pallbearers were Mike and Mark Walker, Keith Bearden, Greg and David Eubanks, Chris Ware and Kevin

Pennington. Honorary Pallbearers were Fred Sivils, Howard Foster, Buddy White, Buddy Griever and W.L. Hollis. Burial followed services at the Hamburg Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, c/o Rev. Joey Meredith, 1310 North Cherry Street, Hamburg, Arkansas 71646.

Carolyn Jean Fleming

Carolyn Jean "Toodlum" Fleming, 48, of Crossett died Monday, December 9, 2002, at the Ashley County Medical Center. A lifelong resident of Crossett, a homemaker and a member of the Mount Zion Baptist Church in the Berlin community, she was preceded in death by her parents, Travis "Buster" and Frankie Brockwell Woods.

Survivors include her husband, James Fleming of Crossett; one daughter, Heather Lynn Fleming of Crossett; one brother, Jim Woods of Crossett; a half-brother, Glen Woods of Decatur, AL; three sisters, LaNell Pigg, Brenda Gowan and Sherri Cameron, all of Crossett; and one grandson, James Heath Fleming.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Thursday, December 12, at the Mount Zion Baptist Church on the Berlin Road with Bro. Kenneth Watt officiating. Pallbearers were Jerry Laing, Steve Mann, Michael Adams, Tommy Wright, Tim Haas and Randy Hill. Burial followed services at Pinewood Memorial Park with arrangements by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Lennie O. Talley Hall Grubbs

Lennie O. Talley Hall Grubbs, 78, of Crossett died Monday, December 16, 2002, at her residence. Born March 21, 1924, to James F. and Georgie Smith Talley in Biscoe, she was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Hamburg and a retired beautician. She enjoyed needlework and working in the yard.

Survivors include one daughter, Linda Stanley of Hamburg; one son, James L. Hall of Winter Garden, FL; two brothers, Billy Talley of Biscoe and James Talley of Tulsa, OK; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two husbands, James J. Hall and James C. Grubbs.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, December 19, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett with Rev. Lane Amos officiating. A family interment service will follow at a later date at Oakland Cemetery in DeValls Bluff. Visitation will be held Wednesday, December 18, from 5-9 p.m.

Memorials may be made to Eden Baptist Church Building Fund, 671 Highway 8 West, Hamburg, AR 71646.

Doris Trussell Noble

Doris Lee Trussell Noble, 51, of Crossett died Thursday, Dec. 12, 2002, at her residence after battling cancer for one year. Born March 8, 1951, to the late Charles and Francis Andersons Trussell in Bayou Meto, Mrs. Noble was a devoted housewife and mother.

Survivors include her husband of eleven years, Donald Frank Noble of Crossett; one son, Cliff Brown of Crossett; one daughter, Amy Watt of Crossett; one grandson, Jacob Watt of Crossett; five sisters, Linda Peebles and husband Milton, Dorthey Stillwell, Vera Crisswell, and Kathy Irons, all of DeWitt, and Terry Alexander and husband Ruben of Marianna; and three brothers, Tommy Trussell and wife Debbie, Buddy Trussell and Donnie Trussell all of DeWitt;

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Revs. Roy Craig and Justin Uselton officiating. Pallbearers were Thomas Smith, Derrick Evans, Ronnie Dillion, Dewey Ward, Todd Brown, Rick Johnson, and Donnie M. Watt. Interment followed services at the Carlock Cemetery.

Mr. Elzie Risinger

Mr. Elzie Risinger, 88, of Bastrop died Friday, December 13, 2002, at Morehouse General Hospital in Bastrop Louisiana. A native of Brownwood, TX, a resident of Bastrop since 1952 and a resident of Wilmot for many years, he retired from International Paper in Bastrop in 1976 and was a Baptist. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Sally Leola Risinger, in 1943, his parents, Dollie Rogers McKee and Earl McKee, and one brother, Louis McKee.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Angie Midwell Risinger; a son, Douglas Risinger and wife Carolyn of Bastrop; three daughters, Patsy Veatch and husband Terry of Jackson, LA, Betty Gonzalez and husband Ray of Cochise, AZ, and Earla Smith and husband Newton of Pelsor; two brothers, Buie McKee of Parkdale and Wayne McKee of Bastrop; five sisters, Minnie Blocker of West Monroe, LA, Sally Galler and Nellie May of Bastrop, and Juanita Grice and Alma Bordeaux, both of Wilmot; nine grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.

Grave-side services and interment were at 2 p.m., Monday, December 16, at the Dry Bayou Cemetery with the Rev. Newton Smith officiating. Pallbearers were grandsons, Brad and Randall Risinger, Chris and Matthew Veatch, Stevie and Mikey Jones and Scotty Lockwood. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Eric Michael Ross

Eric Michael Ross, 26, of Crossett died on Tuesday, December 10, 2002, at his home. Born September 4, 1976, in Bastrop, LA, to Steve Michael and Lisa Harris Ross, he was a laborer in the construction industry and an avid and passionate hunter.

Survivors include his wife, Brianne Fluke Ross of Crossett; one son, Hunter Ross of Crossett; his parents, Steve Ross and wife Julia of Crossett and Lisa Galloway and husband Gary of Monroe, LA; a brother and best friend, Jeremy Ross of Monroe; and his grandparents, Nancy and J. W. Harris, and Phyllis Ross of Crossett.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Saturday, December 14, at the Temple Baptist Church with Rev. Kirk Hall officiating. Pallbearers were Tracy Jenkins, Cliff Gee, Lane Williams, Tony Wall, Caden Bailey and Charles Spillers. Honorary pallbearers were Jason Williams, Ryan Strebeck, Tanner Dickerson, Richie Taunton, Jason Saunders, Brad Wall, Dan Wall and Brock Rickman. Burial followed services at the Crossroads Cemetery with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made the Hunter Ross Fund at any Regions Bank location or may be mailed to Regions Bank, 1500 N. 18, Monroe, LA, 71201 or to a charity of the donor's choice.

Mable Dean Sinclair

Mable Dean Sinclair, 78, of Hermitage died Tuesday, December 10, 2002, at the Wagnon Place Nursing Home in Warren. Born September 23, 1924, in Bradley County to the late Fred Vines and Inez Harrison Vines, she was a homemaker and a Methodist. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Elbert "Hoss" Vines.

Survivors include her husband, Johnnie Sinclair, who she married October 12, 1940; three sons, Ronnie Sinclair and wife Cherry of Hamburg, Danny Sinclair and wife Linda of Monticello and Wayne Sinclair and wife Betty of Hermitage; six grandchildren, Tracy Layton of Marshall, Stacey Sinclair and Julie Braswell of Crossett, Kasey Baxter of Hawaii and Johnny Sinclair and Laura Sanders of New Edinburg; and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, December 12, in the Frazer Funeral Home chapel in Warren with Rev. Mike Griffith officiating. Janice Sullivan was organist and pianist. Pallbearers were Donald and Daniel Orton, Gary Vines, James E. Smith, Tim Vines, Homer Laws, Dale Ledbetter and Eric Ledbetter. Honorary pallbearers were Billy Mars Clanton, Doyle Gates and Dr. Joe H. Wharton. Burial followed services at the Hilo Cemetery.

Shirley Mae Thompson

Shirley Mae Thompson, 62, of Crossett died Saturday, December 14, 2002, at her residence in the White Station community. A native of Ashley County, a homemaker and a member of the Living Testament Church, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ellis Lee Thompson; her parents, Willie D. and Lucy Washington Tucker; and three brothers.

Survivors include six sons, Eddie Earl Thompson of Dallas, TX, Terry Thompson of Malvern and Grady, Donald, Dennis and Tim Thompson, all of Crossett; two daughters, Angelia Smith and Delshia Thompson of Crossett; two brothers, Genis Tucker and James Tucker, both of Crossett; five sisters, Sealie Mae Green and Sylvia Lee Scott of Crossett, Lucinda Mitchell of Collinston, LA, Lovey Ann Tucker of Farmerville, LA, and Lucille Traylor of Marion, LA; 21 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services are planned for 1 p.m. Thursday, December 19, in the Ryles Chapel A. M. E. Church with Eld. Nolan Phillips officiating. Pallbearers were to be Jessie Tucker, Jr., Jimmy Tucker, Eddie Williams, Fred Montgomery, Benny Ford and Johnny Furlow. Burial will follow services at the Ryles Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Mildred Frances Tucker

Mildred Frances Tucker, 91, of El Dorado died Sunday, December 15, 2002, at Ashley County Medical Center. Born April 20, 1911, in Hamburg Robert Franklin and Hattie J. Meeks Tucker, she was a member of First Baptist Church of El Dorado and retired from Monsanto of El Dorado after 34 years.

Survivors include three nephews, Clifton L. Tucker and wife Judy and James D. Tucker and wife Rena of Crossett, and Fred Tucker and wife Mildred of Hamburg; and two nieces, Dorothy McCone of Hamburg and Anas Bittle of Monticello.

Grave-side services were planned for Tuesday, December 17, at 2 p.m. at Arlington Cemetery in El Dorado with Bro. Ray Herron officiating. Jones Funeral Home of Crossett was in charge of arrangements.

Charles Henry White

Charles Henry White, 68, of Magnolia, TX, died Friday, December 13, 2002. Born April 6, 1934, in Snyder and raised in Montrose, he graduated from Portland High School and retired after 30 years service with Southwestern Bell Telephone. He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry Grady White and Bessie White; two brothers, Leo and Garvin White; and two sisters, Hazel Christmas and Willie Hilliard.

Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Sue Mayo White; a son, Ron, and daughter in law Brenda White of Plantersville, TX; three grandchildren Summer, Danny and Andy; a sister, Irene Stell of Hamburg; a brother, Gerald White of Hamburg; and several brothers-in law and sisters-in law.

Services were held on Monday, December 16, at the First Baptist Church of Magnolia, TX, with Rev. Gene Shinn and Dr. Ed Seay officiating. Interment was at the Klein Cemetery in Pinehurst, TX. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, December 18, at the Calvary Baptist Church in Hamburg Ark.

Mrs. Nell Witherington

Mrs. Margaret Nell Knight Witherington, 88, of Hamburg died Wednesday, December 11, 2002, at the Good Shepherd Nursing and Rehab Center in Little Rock. Born March 12, 1914, in the Milo community outside Hamburg, she attended the Springhill School in Milo and graduated from Hamburg High School in 1931. After her graduation her father sold bales of cotton and took her to college in a wagon to attend Arkansas A&M. In 1933, she married John Hays Witherington and reared a family of five children. When her two younger sons, Todd and Bobby were in high school, she returned to the University of Arkansas at Monticello where she received her degree in elementary education. She taught in the Fountain Hill School District from 1963-1966. Afterwards, she taught elementary school in the Parkdale for twenty years. Known by family and friends as "Big Mama,"she was an active member of the First Baptist Church, the Ruth Sunday School Class and the Order of the Eastern Star. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Hays Witherington, in 1984, her parents, John and Ellie Pogue Knight, four brothers and five sisters.

She is survived by her five children, Jayne Burnett of Florence, SC, John H. Witherington, Jr. of Linden, TX, Sue Trost of Little Rock, Todd Witherington of Fort Worth, TX,. and Dr. Bobby Witherington of Hamburg, a sister, Phoebe Samorodin of San Francisco, CA, a brother-in-law, A. D. Witherington and wife Steena of Hamburg; 13 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m., Saturday, December 14, in the First Baptist Church with the Rev. Klois Hargis and Dr. Bobby Pennington officiating. Pallbearers were Brent, Blake and Todd Witherington, Buddy and Eric Simmons, Billy and Henry Bierbaum and Dale Streeter. Burial followed services at the Egypt Cemetery under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Hamburg, PO Box 352, Hamburg, AR 71646 or The Hamburg Honors Scholarship Fund, c/o Dot Higginbotham, 518 South Main Street, Hamburg, Arkansas 71646.

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Jamie Jennings Brooks

Jamie Jennings Brooks, 81, of Crossett died Friday, December 6, 2002, at her residence. Born May 21, 1921, in Montrose to James Monroe and Cumye Jennings, she was a homemaker and a member of First United Methodist Church.

Survivors include her husband of 63 years, John T. Brooks; one son and his wife, Johnny and Toni Brooks of Crossett; one daughter, Carolyn Brooks Ross of Lacey; one sister, Mary Emily Bussell of Crossett; a special niece and her husband, Marilyn and David Barnes; seven grandchildren, Jared and Lindsay Brooks and Jennifer and Julie Brooks, all of Hamburg, Jim and Shelvia Ross and Roanne and Robert Garcia of Crossett, John Thomas Evers, Jr. of Tupelo, MS, and Patricia Lynn Evers of Pine Bluff; and five great-grandchildren, Rebecca and Dustin Riley, J.C. Ross IV, Jamie Elizabeth Garcia, Elisabeth Claire Brooks and Mary Preston Evers.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter Carroll and Cumye Brazeale.

Funeral services were held Sunday, December 8, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett with Rev. Jimmie Lewis officiating. Burial was at Pinewood Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to Arkansas Children's Hospital. Pallbearers were Jim Brooks, Sonny Brooks, David Barnes, Ronald Gardner, John Evers Jr. and Don Hart. Honorary pallbearers were A.B. Moore, Terry Terai, Hamp Etheridge, Maurice Hanry and Harold Owery.

Memorials may be made to the Arkansas Children's Hospital.

Ella Brown

Ella Brown, 96, of Lake Village, formerly of Eudora, died Sunday, December 1, 2002, at the Chicot Memorial Hospital in Lake Village. A homemaker and a member of the New Shiloh Baptist Church in Eudora, she was preceded in death by her husband, Frost Brown; her parents, Henry and Ella Hudsell Higgins; four brothers and three sisters.

Survivors include three sons, Sidney H. Bishop and Floyd Brown of Eudora and Joseph Harris of Kansas City, MO; one daughter, Christeen Acker of Springfield; and 15 grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Saturday, December 7, at the Ministers' Institute in Eudora with Rev. Leonard Brown officiating. Pallbearers were Joseph Harris, Jr., C. C. Acker, Joe Robins III, Johnny Higgins, Joe Robbins IV, Essit Higgins and Floyd Brown, Jr. Honorary pallbearers were the deacons and trustees of New Shiloh Baptist Church.

Burial followed services at the Hill Cemetery with arrangements by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Mrs. Margaret Alexander Fowler

Mrs. Margaret Alexander Fowler, 73, of Monroe, LA, died Monday, December 2, 2002, at the Glenwood Regional Medical Center in West Monroe, LA. A native of Montrose, a Monroe residence since 1959 and a former resident of Camden, she was a cashier for the University of Louisiana-Monroe before retiring in 1998 and a Baptist. She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Paul Fowler, in 1972; her parents, Wiley and Sarah Haney Alexander; and two sisters, Bernice Hogg and Merl Jean Jones.

Survivors include two brothers, Floyd Alexander of Jackson, MS, and James Howard Alexander of Charlotte, NC; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Wednesday, December 4, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg with Rev. Robin Allen officiating. Pallbearers were Michael Alexander, Ricky Green, G. W. Taylor and Steve Provost. Burial followed services at Pinewood Memorial Park.

Mrs. Dolores "Happy" Hill

Mrs. Dolores "Happy" Hill, 96, of Hamburg died Friday, December 6, 2002, in the Oak Ridge Nursing Home in El Dorado. A native of Covington, LA, a resident of Hamburg for over 60 years and a resident of El Dorado for the past five years, she was a retired teacher who taught in Strong for many years. She was also the bookkeeper for Hamburg Motor Company for many years and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Hamburg. She was preceded in death by her husband, Mack Hill, in 1988; her father, Charles Galouye; her mother, Lillian Hoodless; her stepfather, Fred Hoodless; and her brother, Edward Galouye.

Survivors include her devoted nephew, Paul Howard Muse and wife Joy of Junction City; an aunt, Gertie Hill of Strong; a nephew, Edward "Bill" Galouye and a niece, Dolores Galouye, both of Florida; two half-sisters, Gloria Jackson of Lindale, TX, and Von Crawford of Atlanta, GA; and a sister-in-law, Maureen Burggron of Denton, TX.

Grave-side services were at 2 p.m. Monday, December 9, at the Strong Cemetery with Rev. Klois Hargis officiating and with arrangements by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Hamburg, P. O. Box 352, Hamburg, AR 71646 or to a favorite charity.

Flora Mae McClain

Flora Mae McClain, 94, of Hamburg died Thursday, December 5, 2002, at the Ouachita County Medical Center in Camden. A native of Leaper, MO, a resident of the Egypt Community near Hamburg for 50 years and a resident of Camden for the past six years, she was a homemaker and a member of Cloverdale Assembly of God Church.

Survivors include two daughters, Maggie Nell McClain and Annie Mae Pennington and her husband, Levi, all of Camden; one daughter-in-law, Eloise McClain of Hamburg; seven grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and 17 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Arther "Red" McClain; one son, J.D. McClain; her parents, Alfred and Maggie Gurley Gilmore; two sisters, Flona Willis and Frankie Harden; and a granddaughter, Joyce Ann Stokes.

Funeral services were held Saturday, December 7, at 2 p.m. at Cloverdale Assembly of God Church with Rev. Winfield Piker and Rev. Justin Uselton officiating. Burial was at Egypt Cemetery under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Grandsons serving as pallbearers were Johnny McClain, Ray, Mark and David Pennington, John Scott and Gary Farmer. Honorary pallbearers were Ricky Nelms, Jimmy Craig, Morris and Harold Pennington and John and Roy D. Walton.

Memorials may be made to Cloverdale Assembly of God Church, 132 Ashley 15, Crossett, AR 71635, or Egypt Cemetery Association, c/o John Laing, 272 Ashley Road 454, Hamburg, AR 71646.

Lottie Williams

Lottie Williams, 81, of Crossett died Thursday, December 5, 2002, at the Medical Center of South Arkansas in El Dorado. A native of Parkdale but a resident of Crossett for the past 46 years, she was a Baptist and a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Williams; one daughter, Mary Williams; her parents, James and Mammie Youngblood; two brothers, Lee Brown and Phillip Ray; and three sisters, Pearlie Guy, Ossie Lee Brown and Ola Mae Brown.

Survivors include six sons, Willie, Robert, Jessie and Thomas Ed Williams of Crossett, Richard Williams of Chicago, IL, and Bobby Earl Williams of Germany; three daughters, Dorothy L. Tucker and Lottie M. Hardnett of Crossett and Shirley C. Williams of Jacksonville; two sisters, Ruthie Mae Sawyer of Bastrop, LA, and Freedonia Brown of Sherman, FL; 25 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were planned for 2 p.m. Tuesday, December 10, in the New Bethel Baptist Church with Eld. Willie Jones officiating. Pallbearers were to be Derrick Williams, Paul Tucker, Greg Williams, Corey Williams, Courtney Williams and Chris Duke. Burial was to follow services at the Carlock Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

December 4

Jewel Marie Bryant

Jewel Marie Bryant, 87, of Crossett died Wednesday, November 27, 2002, at the Beverly Health Care Center. Born October 26, 1915, in Mist to George W. and Mary Vesta Courson Roberts, she was a retired nurses' aide for the Leisure Lodge Nursing Home, a former waitress at the Morgan Caf‚ and a member of the Mount Olive Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Grady Bryant.

Survivors include a son, Donald H. Bryant and wife Jean Carlene of Crossett; three grandchildren, Donald H. Bryant, Jr., and Bradley G. Bryant of Byhalia, MS, and Jacqueline D. Bryant of Crossett; and one great-grandchild, Breana Jo Bryant of Crossett.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 30, at the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Rev. L. H. McCullough officiating. Pallbearers were Larry Land, Bob Roberts, Drayton Land, Mike Brown, Ed Edmonson, Tommy Savage and Forest Carter. Burial followed services at Pinewood Memorial Park.

Dorothy Pearl Moorer

Dorothy Pearl Moorer, 95, of Crossett died Wednesday, November 27, 2002, at her home. Born December 29, 1906, in Rawls to Wyatt and Carrie Rawls Gulledge, she was a homemaker and a Baptist. She was preceded in death by her husband, B. M. Moorer; two brothers, Richard and Wayne Gullege; and three sisters, Lorraine Gulledge, Christian Young and Carrie Lee Liberto.

Survivors include three daughters, Dorothy Marie Morris of Crossett, Marjorie Ann Posey of Texarkana, TX, and Nancy Carolyn Pritchard of El Dorado; two sisters, Lilla Chesser and Mary Emma Crawford of Crossett; eight grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Grave-side services were held at 10 a.m. Friday, November 29, at the Extra Cemetery. Pallbearers were Larry Burchfield, Greg Burchfield, David Mills, Edgar Chesser, Richard W. Gulledge, Hubert Riley and Mike Young. Honorary pallbearers were James "Gene" Rawls, Fred Hogan, Mike Hendicks, David Young and Harold Glynn Young. Arrangements were by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Louise Pamplin

Louise Pamplin, 79, of Hamburg died Monday, December 2, 2002, at the Ashley County Medical Center. She was a lifelong resident of Hamburg, a homemaker and member of Trinity Freewill Baptist Church.

Survivors include five sons, James Pamplin, Roger Pamplin and Wayne Pamplin, all of Hamburg, Robert Pamplin of Fountain Hill and William Pamplin of Crossett; three daughters, Mary Helen Richardson of Hamburg, Earline Tabor of Labadville, LA, and Betty Sue Ward of Hope; two sisters, Hattie Mae Barnett of Crossett and Pauline Hammock of Monticello; 28 grandchildren and 58 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Houston Pamplin; one son, Johnny Frank Pamplin; her parents, Lee and Minnie Mae Gregory; and two brothers, Leroy and Jessie Gregory.

Funeral services were planned for Wednesday, December 4, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg with Rev. Shane Brunner officiating. Pallbearers were to be Bill Pamplin, William Pamplin, Johnny Pamplin, Jesse Pamplin, Robbie Pamplin and John Pamplin. Honorary pallbearers were to be Houston Pamplin, J.R. Bergeron, Jared Pamplin and Luke Pamplin. Burial will be at Carlock Cemetery.

Larry Gene Post

Larry Gene Post, 61, of Crossett died Sunday, November 24, 2002, at the VA hospital in Little Rock. Born August 11, 1941, in Crossett to Guy and Hazel Reppond Post, he was a member of the IBEL Local #436, the Moose Lodge in Bastrop, LA, and the Temple Baptist Church. He was an avid fisherman.

Survivors include three daughters, Karen Dykes and husband Randy, Penny Rogers and Jenny Beatty, all of Crossett, and six grandchildren

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, December 1, in the Temple Baptist Church with Rev. Kirk Hall officiating. Pallbearers were Kirk Kemp, John Charles Boss, Sr., Randy Dykes, Ronnie Smith, Herman Newton, and Mike Brown. Honorary pallbearers were John Charles Boss, Jr., and John Ross, Jr.

Burial followed services at the Pinewood Memorial Park with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

November 27

Johnnie Lee Cessor

Johnnie Lee Cessor, 77, of Hamburg died Sunday, November 24, 2002, at his residence. He was a native of Ashley County, a resident for Fountain Hill for most of his life and a resident of Hamburg for the past four years. He was a retired automobile mechanic.

Survivors include one son, Ricky Cessor; a daughter, Louise Carter, both of Hamburg; one sister, Alma Dees of Pine Bluff; six grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Edith Mae Stanley Cessor; one daughter, Sharon Cessor; his parents, Elam and Annie Mae Tony Cessor; six brothers, J.T., Jessie, Carl, Malvin, Lester and Calvin Cessor; and one sister, Mary Tillman.

Grave-side services were held Tuesday, November 26, at 2 p.m. at Norris Hill Cemetery with Rev. Warren Finney officiating. Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Florence Durham Harrison

Mrs. Florence Durham Harrison, 81, of Hamburg died Monday, November 18, 2002, at her residence. A native of Chicot County and a resident of Hamburg for the past sixty years, she was a retired office manager for the Guy Nolley Insurance Agency and an active member of the Hamburg First United Methodist Church where she was a member of the choir and the United Methodist Women. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Tom Durham, in 1994; her parents, Earl and Ina Hinton; and three sisters, Jerry Bennett, Louise Sammons and Kathryn Livingston.

Survivors include her husband, Vernon Harrison of Hamburg; a sister, Margarette Hill of Lake Village; and several nieces and nephews.

Grave-side services were at 10 a.m. Wednesday, November 20, at Pinewood Memorial Park with Revs. John Shafer and Leslee Phillips officiating with arrangements by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Memorials may be made to the Hamburg First United Methodist Church, 202 South Main, Hamburg, AR 71646.

Donald Courtney Rogers

Donald Courtney Rogers, 74, of Crossett died at his residence on Monday, November 18, 2002. Born October 5, 1928, in West Monroe, LA, to Luther Lee and Minnie Doyce May Rogers, he was a member of the West Crossett Missionary Baptist Church. He was employed with Georgia-Pacific for 42 years, with thirty years in management, and after retiring, began painting and became an avid artist.

Survivors include his wife, Sandra Rogers of Crossett; one son, Kenneth James Walker of Long Beach, CA; four daughters, Jennifer Hudson and Susan Rebecca Stone of Crossett, Debby K. Campbell of West Monroe and Jennifer K. Phelps of Roland; two sisters, Barbara Chambers of Marrero, LA, and Carol Bahara of Greenville, AZ; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Friday, November 22, in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home in Crossett with Rev. John Marlar and Steve Franklin officiating.

Billy Joe Smith

Billy Joe Smith, 71, of Chino, CA, died Thursday, November 14, 2002, at his residence. Born on October 20, 1931, in Hermitage to Clarence and Jimmie Lee Johnson Smith, he was a retired electrician for McDonnell-Douglas in Long Beach, CA.

Survivors include two daughters, Debbie Nichols of Fullerton, CA, and Belinda Jackson of Crossett; his mother, Jimmie Brown of Crossett; one half-brother, Billy Ray Smith; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Thursday, November 21, in the Beech Street Baptist Church with Jason Goodwin officiating. Pallbearers were James Donald Johnson, Raymond "Pete" Johnson, A. C. "Guy" Johnson, Jearl Smith, Randy Culbreath and Pete Williams. Burial followed services at the Marsden Cemetery in Vick directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Mattie Marie Smith

Mattie Marie Smith, 84, of Monticello died Monday, November 18, 2002, at her residence. Born born February 8, 1918, in Beirne to John and Dora Thrasher she was a member of Magnolia Baptist Church in Crossett for 36 years, where she served as activities director for 12 years.

Survivors include one son, David Smith and his wife, Sandra Diane, of Monticello; a former daughter-in-law, Barbara Smith of Crossett; one grandson, Tommy Smith and his wife, Christi, of Crossett; and two great-grandchildren, Collin and T.J. Smith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Pennie C. Smith.

Grave side services were held Friday, November 22, at 11 a.m. at Bluff City Cemetery in Bluff City with Rev. Jody Gannaway officiating. Jones Funeral Home of Crossett was in charge of arrangements.

Johnny Waters, Jr.

Johnny Waters, Jr., 57, of Kankakee, IL, formerly of Wilmot, died Wednesday, November 20, 2002, at the Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, IL. A native of Wilmot, he was a mechanic and a member of the Wilmot Westside Church of God in Christ. He was preceded in death by a son, Charles Edward Waters; a stepson, Robert Nathan Byrd; and his father, Johnny Waters.

Survivors include his wife, Ida Waters; two sons, Johnny Waters of Minneapolis, MN, and Robert Waters of Rialto, CA; two stepsons, David Lee Byrd of Helena and Arthur Byrd of Tuson, CA: six daughters, Rosie Marie Waters and Barbara Renea Waters of Los Angeles, CA, Lakisha Waters and Pearlie Byrd-Lane of Kankakee, IL, Rosie Marie Mooney of Helena and Jacqueline D. Parker of Memphis, TN; his mother, Bernice Waters of Wilmot; four brothers, Travis Waters of Bonita, LA, Larry Waters of Wilmot, Jerry Waters of Milwaukee, WI, and Tony Waters of Little Rock; 36 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Tuesday, November 26, in the John Wesley A. M. E. Zion Church with Elder Curtis Phillips officiating. Pallbearers were the trustees of the church. Burial followed services at the Jim Smith Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Karen Holloway Webb

Karen Elizabeth Holloway Webb, 44, of Crossett, passed away on Friday, Nov. 22, 2002, at her home after battling cancer for five and a half years. She was born in Crossett on Feb. 4, 1958, to , Richard E. and Rose Farrar Holloway and was married for 20 years to her high school sweetheart.

She was a housewife and enjoyed working in the yard, being organized, and doing household projects, and was an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Crossett, where she taught Sunday school and helped in the kitchen and with youth activities. Karen was a lifelong member of the Crossett Jr. Auxiliary, a member of Reach For Recovery, and was a friend to other cancer patients. She was preceded in death by her father, Richard E. "Dick" Holloway ; one brother, John Hunter Holloway ; and her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Otis Farrar.

She is survived by her husband, Mike Webb of Crossett; her son, John Michael Webb of Russellville; her daughter, Katie Webb of Crossett; her mother, Rose Holloway of Crossett; her brother, David Holloway of Little Rock; and a host of loving brothers and sisters-in-law, and nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, 2002, at the First United Methodist Church of Crossett with Rev. Bill Williams officiating. Interment followed services at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Pallbearers were Ashley Jones, Ricky Jones, Martin Rice, Steve Courson, Reid Harrod, Ricky Maxwell, Johnny Carpenter, Benji Pierce and Buddy Stephens.

Memorials may be made to the Youth Fund at the First United Methodist Church, 500 Main St., Crossett, Ark., 71635; or the John Hunter Holloway Memorial Scholarship, c/o Crossett Community Scholarship Association, 101 W. First Ave., Crossett, Ark., 71635; or to a favorite charity.

November 20

Loyce Dewayne Best

Loyce Dewayne "Buddy" Best, 56, of McCrory, a self-employed carpenter and lifelong resident of Woodruff County, died Wednesday, November 6, 2002, in an automobile accident that occurred while he was on a hunting trip in Ashley County. Born February 21, 1946, in Pumpkin Bend to Hubert Thomas and Alice Mae Gibson Best, he was a Vietnam veteran and combat engineer. His decorations included the National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Sharpshooter Rifle, Vietnam Service Medal with two Bronze Service Stars and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal with Device. A member of the Colony Lodge #190 of McCrory for 22 years, the American Legion and DAV, he married Lola Alice "Dolly" Alberson of Fair Oaks on February 2, 1968.

Survivors are his wife; two daughters, Kelly Best Odom and husband Randy of Morton and Laura Best McDonald of McCrory; two brothers, Melton and Herbert Best of Pumpkin Bend; a sister, Elaine Best Dunbar of McCrory; two grandchildren, Colton and Kayla McDonald of McCrory; and many friends from Woodruff County, Hamburg and Mellwood.

Funeral services were November 10 at Rhodes and Son Funeral chapel in McCrory with Bro. Billy Boyce and Rev. Rodney Eldredge officiating. Burial followed services at the Pumpkin Bend Cemetery. Pallbearers were Randy Beard, Noel Connor, Ricky Ellis, Henry Hall, Joe G. Hall, Joey Kyle and Bryce Slane. Honorary pallbearers were James Alberson, Herbert Best, Luther Gardner and Colton McDonald. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or Arkansas Children's Hospital.

Ethel Howsen Jackson

Ethel Howsen Jackson, 86, of Crossett died Wednesday, November 13, 2002, at Medical Center of South Arkansas in El Dorado. Born to Will L. and Bertha U. Temple Howsen July 16, 1926, in Warren, she was a Primitive Baptist and a seamstress.

Survivors include two daughters, Betty Culp and husband Walton and Sherly Young, both of Monroe, LA; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Jackson; one son, Kenneth Jackson; and two daughters, Martha Jo Jackson and Annett Boseman.

Funeral services were held Friday, November 15, at 2 p.m. at Antioch Church in Ingalls with Rev. Woodrow Hudson officiating. Burial was at Union Hill Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Pallbearers were Keith Boseman, Gary Culp, Larry Culp, Jason Young, Joey Johnson and Randall Elliott.

Doris J. Jenkins

Doris J. Jenkins, 79, of Crossett died Saturday, November 16, 2002, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born June 12, 1923, to the late Eunice and Oscar Norrell, Sr., she was a certified nursing assistant, a homemaker and a member of the Community Chapel Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Arnold Jenkins, and two brothers, Oscar Norrell, Jr., and W. E. "Sonny" Norrell.

Survivors include six daughters and their husbands, Linda and Jack Dasch, Reba and Lamar Stevens, Norma and Donald Chance, Judy and Scotty McCay, Sharon and Gary McMahan, and Ginger and Darrell Stewart, all of Crossett; four sisters, Geneva King and Lefreda Johnson of Hamburg, Virginia Hearn of Crossett and Frances "Honey" Corker of Dallas, TX; 14 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, a special caregiver and friend, Jenny Beatty, and many friends and other relatives.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 17, in the Community Chapel Baptist Church with Revs. Dan Webb and Karvin Adams officiating. Pallbearers were Jim and Alex Stahley, Shane and Toby Austin, Johnny Burchfield, William Ferguson, and Jason and Andy McMahan. Burial followed services at the Crossroads Cemetery, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Mary Blanche Smith

Mary Blanche Smith, 66, of Crossett died Monday, November 18, 2002, at her residence in the Cooter community. A native of Hamburg and Crossett resident for the past 47 years, She was a homemaker and a member of Community Chapel Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband of 47 years, James William "Billy" Smith; one son, James Scott of Crossett; one daughter, Kristie Smith Carpenter of Chester, SC; her mother, Geneva King of Hamburg; two brothers, Bruce and Reggie King, both of Hamburg; six sisters, Barbara Woods, Dixie Fairchild and Susan Savage, all of Hamburg, Patti Griffith of Fountain Hill and Peggy Woods and Nancy Barnett, both of Crossett; and six grandchildren, Christopher and Stephanie Smith, both of Ringgold, LA, Chase Smith of Crossett and Melanie, Kayla and Devin Carpenter, all of Chester.

She was preceded in death by her father, William Benjamin King; one brother, Billy Wayne King; and one sister, Vicky Denise King.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, November 20, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg with Rev. Dan Webb officiating. Burial will be at Carlock Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Gary Carpenter, Doug Maxwell, James Ricks, Phillip Jones, Dale Maxwell, Luke Clark, Tracy Childress and Max Brooks.

Myrt Wisner Stone

Myrtle "Myrt" Wisner Stone, 83, of Hamburg died Wednesday, November 13, 2002, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. A native of Eddy, Texas, and a former resident of Corpus Christi, TX, she had lived in Hamburg since 1974. She was a retired telegraph agent, working for Missouri Pacific and Union Pacific railroads for 30 years. An active member of the First Baptist Church of Hamburg and the Ashley County Medical Center Auxiliary, she was preceded in death by her husbands, Bruce Wisner in 1973 and James Stone in 1998; her parents, John and Beulah Griffis Lovelace; and two sisters.

Survivors include two daughters, Linda Stone Shiver and husband Harry of Hamburg and Carol Stone Carpenter and husband Rev. Bill Carpenter of Eudora; a son, Ben Wisner of Cabot; two brothers, Rev. J. B. Lovelace and wife Marcy of Wilson, OK, and Ray Lovelace and wife Joann of Springtown, TX; seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Friday, November 15, in the First Baptist Church of Hamburg with Dr. Bobby Pennington and Rev. Klois Hargis officiating. Pallbearers were Calvin Dorton, Hurshel and Marion Kelley, Bobby Ferguson, Keith Ladd and Bill Bailey. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Ruth Sunday School Class of First Baptist Church and Dr. J. D. Rankin. Burial followed services at the Mount Olive Cemetery with arrangements by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Memorials may be made to the Mount Olive Cemetery Association, c/o Linda Shiver, 215 James Stone Road, Hamburg, AR 71646.

November 13

Myrtle Mae Hughes

Myrtle Mae Hughes, 73, of Crossett died Tuesday, November 5, 2002, at her residence. She was born November 13, 1928, in Crossett to her parents, Robert Lee and Mattie Mae Neel. Mrs. Hughes was a retired cosmetologist, have been a cosmetology instructor during her career. She was a member of Unity Baptist Church, Col. Francis Vivian Brookings Chapter of the DAR and the DeSoto Chapter of Colonial Dames.

Survivors include her husband, L.E. Hughes; two daughters, Linda Emory and husband Dan of Crossett and Marla Carithers and husband Larry of Fort Worth, TX; two step-sons, Gary Hughes and Mike Hughes, both of Houston, TX; two step-daughters, Betty Ann Weimer of Jakarta, Indonesia and Wanda Randolph of Houston; one sister, Hazerie Stell of Crossett; seven grandchildren and 10 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one brother, Robert Faye Neel.

Funeral services were held Friday, November 8, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett with Rev. John Reed officiating. Burial was at Hughes Chapel Cemetery in Beekman, LA. Pallbearers were Wayne Neel, Buck Fryar, Bill Moffatt, Roger Farque, Wayne Bryan and Robert Neel.

John Kleinhofs, Sr.

John Kleinhofs Sr., 68, of Crossett, died Friday, Nov. 8, 2002, at the Arkansas Heart Hospital in Little Rock. Born on March 3, 1934, in Dobele, Latvia, to Arturs and Ida Zusters Kleinhofs, he was an U.S. Army veteran, where he served two years of active duty and 28 years in the Army Reserves and retired as a lieutenant colonel.

He was a graduate of Oklahoma State University with a degree in forest management and was a retired regional forest manager for Georgia Pacific Corp. Mr. Kleinhofs was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Crossett, a member of the board of directors of the Ashley County Equalization Board, the board of directors of the Soil Conservation Service, a former board member of the Arkansas Forestry Commission, a former director of the Desoto Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and was a forestry consultant for Plum Creek and Georgia Pacific. He enjoyed spending time outdoors and was an avid sportsman.

Survivors include his wife, Harriet Kleinhofs of Crossett; two sons, John Kleinhofs Jr. of Gloster, Miss., and Christopher Kleinhofs of Crossett; two daughters, Dana Rowlett of North Little Rock, and Anna Curtis of Choteau, Mont.; one brother, Andris Kleinhofs of Pullman, Wash.; one sister, Parsla Pruitt of Two Harbors, Minn.; and six grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 13, in the First United Methodist Church with Dr. George Wortham officiating. Services under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 909 West 2nd St., Little Rock, Ark., 72203; or the First Presbyterian Church of Crossett, 309 Pine St., Crossett, Ark., 71635.

Paul Manning

Funeral services for Paul Manning, 75, of Huttig, were held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Litroe Church of God in Christ in Marion, La., with Bishop Roy L.H. Winbush officiating. Burial was in Manning Memorial Cemetery in Strong. Reddick Funeral Home of Camden and Union Funeral Home of Farmerville, La., were in charge of arrangements. Supt. Manning died Oct. 30 at a Monroe, La. hospital.

A native of Felsenthal, he was superintendent of the Bastrop, LA. District of the Church of God in Christ. He was pastor of West End COGIC in Bastrop and Litroe COGIC in Marion, LA. He was retired from Riverwood Corp. and was an Army veteran.

Survivors include his wife, Verbie L. Manning of Huttig; six sons, Bobby Manning of Seattle, Alvin Manning, James Manning and Travis Manning, all of Huttig, Dale Manning of Marion and Paul Manning of Strong; five daughters, Patricia Roach of Texarkana, Laretta Mason and Marva Thrower Wallace, both of Crossett, and Vernell Manning and Tina Manning, both of Huttig; one brother, the Rev. Jack Manning of El Dorado; 23 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Melvin Grimes, Robert Livingston, Willie Johnson, Johnny Ferguson, Robert Barr and Lonnie Hughes. Honorary pallbearers were members of the board of superintendents of the State of Louisiana Church of God in Christ.

Grace Pogue Mebane

Grace Pogue Mebane, 87, of Pine Bluff died at the Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff on Friday, November 8, 2002. Born in Crossett on April 29, 1915, to the late Thomas Andrew and Irene Ludlam Pogue, she was reared and received her early education in Crossett, graduating from Crossett High School in 1932. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from what is now Henderson State University in 1936.

She married W. Allen Mebane in Hot Springs on March 11, 1939, and moved to Pine Bluff that same year. She was a kindergarten teacher at First Presbyterian Church for 17 years. Mr. Mebane died in 2001. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church where she was a Sunday School teacher for many years and a member of the Berean Sunday School class. She was also for many years a member of the Garden Lovers Club.

Survivors include a son, Thomas A. Mebane of Pine Bluff; a daughter, Kay Mebane Dietz of Atlanta, GA; four grandchildren and one great-grandson.

Funeral services were at 1:30 p.m. Monday, November 11, in the First Presbyterian Church of Pine Bluff with Rev. W. Lee Kinney officiating. Burial followed services at the Graceland Cemetery with arrangements by Ralph Robinson and Son. The family requests memorials to First Presbyterian Church, 717 West 32 nd, Pine Bluff AR 71603, or to a favorite charity.

William Thomas Montgomery

William Thomas "Mr. Bill" Montgomery, 61, of Watson, died Sunday, November 10, 2002. A native of Little Rock, he was owner and operator of Montgomery Grocery Store at Back Gate for 30 years. He was a member of Westside Missionary Baptist Church of Dermott, a member of the American Legion and a longtime board member of the Pendleton-Pea Ridge Water Association.

Survivors include his wife, Anita Montgomery; four sons, Gunnery Sgt. Billy Montgomery of Tampa, FL, Rev. Daniel Montgomery of Bloomfield, MO, and Terry and James Montgomery, both of Watson; one daughter, Sally Montgomery of Watson; one sister, Josie Chambers of Crossett; three grandchildren; one nephew, Joel Chambers; and one niece, Brenda Spaulding.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Lois Ann Cornelius Montgomery; one brother, James Montgomery; an infant sister and two infant sons.

Funeral services were planned for Tuesday, November 12, at 10 a.m. at Calvary Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Dwain Daniels and Rev. Julius Carter officiating. Burial was to follow services at the Walnut Lake Cemetery under the direction of Griffin Funeral Home of Dumas.

Memorials may be made to the Jody Allen Fund at Jenkins Memorial Center, Westside Missionary Baptist Church, Dermott, or to the family c/o Simmons First Bank of Dumas.

Breeze Yvette Starling

Breeze Yvette Starling, infant daughter of Christal J. Starling of Hamburg, died Tuesday, November 5, 2002 at Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett.

She is also survived by one brother, Cody Smith of Hamburg; one sister, Ashley Smith of Hamburg; maternal grandparents, Jessie and Billy Carter of Crossett; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Grave side services were held Thursday, November 7, at Zion Cemetery with Rev. Brad Elrod officiating. Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg was in charge of arrangements.

Armetta Washington

Armetta Washington, 82, of Montrose died Friday, November 8, 2002, at the Chicot Memorial Hospital in Lake Village. A native of Portland, but a Montrose resident for the past 20 years, she was a homemaker and a member of the Brown Temple Missionary Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Steve Washington; two sons, one daughter, three brothers and her parents, Samuel Nathaniel and Melissa Gill Bryant.

Survivors include three sons, Harry Polite and John Matthews of Montrose and Sammy Polite of Portland; one daughter, Geneva Woods of Montrose; three sisters, Mary Brent of Sacramento, CA, Margaret Sparks of Portland and Annie Bryant of El Dorado; 13 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and eleven great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were planned for 1 p.m. Tuesday, November 12, in the Brown Temple Baptist Church with Rev. Louis Meadows, Jr. officiating. Grandsons were to serve as pallbearers. Burial was to follow services at the Portland #2 Cemetery with arrangements by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Cora Blanch Williams

Cora Blanch Williams, 91, of Crossett died Wednesday, November 6, 2002, at Beverly Healthcare of Crossett. She was born August 18, 1911, in Crossett to her parents, Guice and Elsie Grice Hill. She was a former employee of the Sterling Store and was a member of South Main Baptist Church.

Survivors include two daughters, Betty Mann and husband Gerald of Crossett and Guylene Evans of Crossett; three grandsons, Alvie E. Evans and wife Marsha, Jeffery Paul Evans and Robert G. Evans and wife Deborah, all of Crossett; and four great-grandchildren, Jennie Lynn Evans, Nicole A. Evans, Brianna E. Evans and Ethan L. Evans, all of Crossett.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alvie G. Williams; one son-in-law, Kenneth E. Evans; two brothers, Garland Hill and Amon Hill; and one sister, Bonnie Hill.

Funeral services were held Friday, November 8, at 10 a.m. at South Main Baptist Church with Rev. Jimmie Lewis officiating. Burial was at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Pallbearers were Bobby Brooks, Bobby Sled, Bill Browning, Billy Morris, Jerry Gill and Bill Runyan. Honorary pallbearers were Bobby Jack Chambers, Marvin Wright and Charles Goodwin.

November 6

Jimmy Doyle Curry

Jimmy Doyle Curry, 66, of Crossett died Sunday, Nov. 3, 2002, at the Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. Born Feb. 28, 1936, at Rye, a son of the late John Ray Curry and Bessie Mae Brown Curry, he received his education in the Woodlawn and Kingsland school systems and Arkansas A&M College. He served in the U.S. Air Force during Vietnam, was an employee of Georgia Pacific and its railroad subsidiaries and was a faithful member of First Baptist Church of Crossett.

Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Kee Curry, whom he married on Dec. 27, 1954; one son, Aaron Curry of Ogden, Utah; three daughters, Sherry Curry and spouse Granger Ledbetter of Little Rock, Kay Curry Troutman and spouse Ron of Fayetteville, and Molly Bernard and spouse Jay Paul of Conway; two brothers, Thomas Curry of Fordyce and Raymond Curry of Gravel Ridge; two sisters, Sue Offutt of Bryant and Verla Smith of Hot Springs Village; and seven grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Roy Curry and Billy Ray Curry; and a sister, Geneva Curry.

Funeral services were planned for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, at Frazer's Funeral Home chapel in Warren. Burial was to follow services at the Union Cemetery at Rye. Memorials are preferred to the American Cancer Society or church of choice

Bailey Ralph Hankins

Bailey Ralph Hankins, 71, of Crossett died at his residence on Wednesday, October 30, 2002. Born in Gideon, MO, to Benjamin William and Effie Blanche Nelson Hankins on November 19, 1930, he was in trucking management in the transportation industry and served in the U. S. Army. He was a past president of Prairie County Club, a member of the Men's Golf Association, a protestant and enjoyed playing golf and pool.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara Hankins of Crossett; three sons, Bailey R. Hankins, Jr., of Cleveland, MS, Brant R. Hankins of Highland Village, TX, and Bradley R. Hankins of Cabot; one daughter, Janice A. Schafersman of Littleton, CO; two stepchildren, Lynn Sturdivant of Crossett and Greg Groves of West Monroe, LA; three sisters, Wanda Parson of Nashville, TN, Norma Adams of Killeen, TX, and Ann Cossey of Gideon, MO; ten grandchildren, four step-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Friday, November 1, in the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Rev. Joe Sponaugle officiating. Pallbearers were H. T. Nichols, Regan Hankins, Jim Pettit, John Carpenter, Larry Richardson, C. A. McGee and Jack Thornton. Honorary pallbearers were Terri Terai, A. B. Moore, David Barnes, C. J. Holiman, Don Hart, and Men's Golf Association members. Burial followed services at Pinewood Memorial Park.

Alice Elizabeth Hill

Alice Elizabeth Hill, 93, of Hamburg died Thursday, October 31, 2002, at Beverly Healthcare of Hamburg. She was a lifelong resident of Hamburg, a homemaker and member of Bethlehem Church of Christ Holiness.

Survivors include three sons, Jack Hill and wife Alice, Augustus "Bubba" Hill and wife Linda, all of Hamburg, and James Hill of Crossett; one brother, Jackie Cason of Chicago, IL; 18 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren and 16 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Hill Sr.; three sons, infant Eugene Bobby Hill, Eugene Hill Jr. and Bobby Eugene Hill; three sisters, Florine Simpson, Ola Mae Cason and Adeline Collins; one brother, Oscar Cason; and her parents, Jack Cason and Gussie Collins Benton.

Funeral services were held Monday, November 4, at 11 a.m. at Bethlehem Church of Christ Holiness with Elder Robert Adams Jr. officiating. Burial was at Phillip Grove Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Pallbearers were Shun Jacobs, Tamichael Scott, Eric Adams, Courtney Rachal, Bobby Hill and Curtis Hill.

Malcom Pardon

Malcom Pardon, 66, of Tillar died Tuesday, October 29, 2002, at his home. Born in Winchester to the late Jim R. and Martha Hartless Pardon, he was a retired farmer and a member of the Kelso Baptist Church and the Desha County Conservation League Hunting Club.

Survivors include his wife, Jo Moss Pardon; two daughters, Bonnie Lucinda Jones of Pine Bluff and Jacque Sue Falcone of Arlington, TX; one brother, James Pardon of Rison; three sisters, Dorothy Beaton of Boydell, Helen Davis of Rison, and Mary Baxter of Pine Bluff; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Thursday, October 31, in the Kelso Baptist Church with Rev. Bob Courtney officiating. Burial followed services at the Jefferson Cemetery in the Jefferson community near Winchester with Griffin Funeral Home of Dumas in charge.

Memorials may be made to the Kelso Baptist Church or the Gideons.

Mary Gladys Powell

Mary Gladys Powell, 87, of Beekman, LA, died Thursday, October 31, 2002, at Morehouse General Hospital in Bastrop, LA. She was a native of Jones, LA, a homemaker and member of Hughes Chapel Methodist Church of Beekman.

Survivors include one son, Bobby Powell of Crossett; one sister, Sally Goforth of Bridgeport, TX; four grandchildren, Wanda Keirsey, Audrey Fitzsimmons, Bobby S. Powell and Brandy Powell; and six great-grandchildren, Toby Martin, Kory Keirsey, Kirby Keirsey, Brittany Powell, Shelby Fitzsimmons and Taylor Fitzsimmons.

Funeral services were held Sunday, November 3, at 2 p.m. at Hughes Chapel Methodist Church with Revs. LaRoy Dumas and Rev. Carlton White officiating. Burial was at Hughes Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Pallbearers were Eugene Copeland, Boyce Copeland, Johnny Owens, Glendol Stanley, Danny McGrew and James Moffatt.

October 30

Eddie L. Bolin

(Corrected) Eddie L. Bolin, 77, of Crossett died Tuesday, October 22, 2002, at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Born April 7, 1925, in Milo to Robert and Annie Meeks Bolin, he was a retired supervisor for Georgia-Pacific's Extrusion Plant and a member of the Cloverdale Assembly of God where he served as president of the board of trustees. He enjoyed woodworking, fishing and hunting and singing gospel music. He was preceded in death by two granddaughters, Heather and Suzanne Bolin.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth Bolin of Crossett; three sons, Eddie Royce Bolin and wife Linda of El Dorado, Billy W. Bolin and wife Sally and Sammy G. Bolin and wife Vickie of Crossett; two daughters, Sandra L. Rice and husband Gordon Earl and Donna R. Riley and husband Jesse; one brother, W. M. "Doc" Bolin, all of Crossett; 14 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 26, in the Cloverdale Assembly of God with Bro. Justin Uselton and W. M. "Doc" Bolin officiating. Pallbearers were Ricky E. Rice, Stephen "Tod" Rice, Mark, Brad and Eric Bolin and Brett and Blake Riley. Honorary pallbearers were Johnny M. Sawyer, Joey Rice, Sonny Jackson, Kenneth Knight, Charles Berryman, James Hamilton, Ed Crouch, Sam Burgess, Johnny Hartley and Bob Pill, Jr. Burial followed services at the Crossroads Cemetery with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Lillie Mae Hill

Lillie Mae Hill, 85, of Little Rock died Friday, October 25, 2002. She was a resident of the Beebe Retirement Center. Born in Hamburg on March 6, 1917, she was a homemaker and a member of the Olive Hill EHC. She loved needlework of all kinds, especially quilting, and loved flowers and working in her yard and anything pink. She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Custer Hill, and a grandson, Ty Hill.

Survivors include a son, Eugene Hill and wife Glenna of Antioch; a daughter, Deborah Lindley and husband Robert of Little Rock; grandchildren Juli Hill and Melissa Lindley of Little Rock and Chris Lindley of Los Vegas, NV; and a great-grandson, Cody Hill of Salado, TX.

Grave-side services were at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, October 28, at Pinecrest Memorial Park with Rev. Paul Sanders officiating. Arrangements were by Giffin Leggett Healey and Roth of Little Rock.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, c/o Memorial and Honor Program, P. O. Box 2680, North Canton, OH 44720. The online guest book is at www.griffinleggett.com

Ruthie Mae Lewis

Ruthie Mae Lewis, 66, of Parkdale died Friday, October 25, 2002, at the Chicot Memorial Hospital in Lake Village. A lifelong resident of Parkdale, she was a homemaker and a Baptist. She was preceded in death by her parents, Will and Ella McHenry Lewis.

Survivors include a sister, Lottie Archer of San Diego, CA; and two aunts, Lou Iza McHenry of Hamburg and Hazel Caldwell of Eudora.

Funeral services were planned for 11 a.m. Tuesday, October 29, in the Cromwell Funeral Home chapel in Hamburg with Rev. William Caldwell, Jr., officiating. Pallbearers were to be Edward Morris, Ken Morris, George Morris and Pete Caldwell. Burial was to follow services at the Childress Chapel Cemetery.

Mary Irene McFarland

Mary Irene McFarland, 88, of Banks died Saturday, October 19, 2002, in the Bradley County Medical Center. Born July 5, 1914, in Mist to the late Ed and Maggie Collier McMillian, she attended Arkansas A&M College, was a teacher and Bradley County Treasurer and worked in the treasurer's office of Lion Oil Company. A member of the First United Methodist Church of Warren, she married Ernest Asa McFarland on December 25, 1936, at Parkdale, and he died August 7, 1991.

Survivors are two brothers, Edward McMillian of Brazoria, TX, and Rev. Horace McMillian of West Columbia, TX; four nephews and two nieces.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Tuesday, October 22, in the Frazer Funeral Home chapel in Warren with Revs. Wayman Mann and Horace McMillian officiating. Marilyn Jo Borgognoni was organist. Pallbearers were John, Ernest Terry and James Ray McMillian, Steve and Gary McFarland and Mack Borgognoni. Burial followed services at the McFarland Cemetery at Banks.

J. W. Scrivner

J. W. Scrivner, 76, of Lake Village died Saturday, October 26, 2002, at the Chicot Memorial Hospital in Lake Village. He was a retired lineman for Ashley-Chicot Electric Cooperative, having served over 45 years, an U. S. Army veteran of World War II and a member of the Lake Village Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lillian Scrivner, and a great-grandson, Nathan Livingston.

Survivors include two sons, Ned Scrivner of Snyder and Dale Scrivner of Lake Village; two daughters, Sue Huff of Ponder, TX, and Gail Hopper of Lake Village; 13 grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Monday, October 28, in the Bishop Funeral Home chapel in Lake Village with Bro. Phillip Payne officiating. Burial followed services at Holy Innocents Cemetery.

Glen Douglas Sipes Jr.

Glen Douglas Sipes Jr., 70, of Crossett died Monday, October 28, 2002, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born August 22, 1932, in Rison to Glen Douglas Sr. and Viola Inez Hall Sipes, he was an U.S. Navy veteran and a retired employee for a natural gas pumping station. He was a member of the Crossett Masonic Lodge and a Baptist.

Survivors include his wife, Sue Sipes; one brother, Jerry Watkins of Crossett; five nephews, Keith Bolin of Monroe, LA, Phillip Hartsfield and Gary Hartsfield of Pine Bluff, Shawn Watkins of Crossett and Jeff Curtis of Sumpter, S.C.; three nieces, Cindy Clark and Jamie Morgan of Crossett, and Misty Magel of Jonesboro; three great-nephews, Dean Morgan, Dylan Paul Watkins and Clayton Watkins of Crossett; and two great-nieces, Destiny Morgan and Sydney Kay Watkins of Crossett.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, October 30, at 2 p.m. at West Crossett Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Bobby Hartsfield and Rev. Thad Douglas officiating. Burial will be at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Pallbearers will be Shawn Watkins, Craig Clark, Gary Hartsfield, Phillip Hartsfield, Scott Kinard and Bill Clanton. Honorary pallbearers will be Ronnie Sawyer and Charles Noble.

Moses M. Thomas, Jr.

Moses M. Thomas, Jr., 77, of Crossett died Saturday, October 26, 2002, at the Veterans' Hospital in Little Rock. Born October 12, 1925, in Shreveport, LA, to Moses Morgan and Montie Patrick Thomas, he was an U. S. Navy veteran of World War II, a member of the VFW, and a member of the Church of Christ of Crossett. He retired from Georgia-Pacific after 41 years of employment and was an active member of a number of organizations including the AARP, Unity-Frost Prairie Fire Department, Hospice and the Big Wheelers of Crossett Leisure Lodge. He enjoyed reading, traveling, visiting with others and hunting.

Survivors include his wife, Melba M. Thomas of Crossett; three sons, Rank Douglas Thomas and wife Marilyn of Minden, LA, Brett Morgan Thomas and wife Tonie of Crossett and Rhett Maxwell Thomas of St. Amant, LA; one daughter, Cynthia Ann Fallin and husband Tommy of West Monroe, LA; two brothers, R. E. Thomas of Crossett and R. C. Thomas of Monticello; two sisters, Mollie Sivils and Pauline Peters of Crossett; twelve grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were planned for 10 a.m. Tuesday, October 29, in the Church of Christ of Crossett with Bros. Jurd Brantley and Mark Mosier officiating. Pallbearers were Glen Sivils, David Maxwell, Kirt Thomas, Robert Thomas, Mike Sturdivant, Glen Maxwell, Dennis Maxwell and Julian Walker. A private family burial will be held at Pinewood Memorial Park at a later date with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Memorials may be made to the Children's Home, 5515 Old Walcott Road, Paragould, AR 72450-9983.

Mr. Jesus Hernandez Villafana

Mr. Jesus Hernandez Villafana, 39, of Hamburg died Sunday, October 20, 2002, in Oak Grove, LA. He was a native of Mexico, a resident of Hamburg for the past ten years, a farm laborer and timber worker and attended Holy Spirit Catholic Church.

Survivors include his wife, Sabina Mozqueda Barbosa of Irapuato, Mexico; two daughters, Viridiana and Marcella Hernandez Mozqueda; his parents, Gonzalo and Dorotea Villafana Carmona, all of Mexico; seven brothers, Jose Luis and Andrews Hernandez Villafana and Gerardo and Jose Ventura Hernandez Caudillo of Hamburg and Gonzalo, Gabriel and Mauro Hernandez Villafana, all of Mexico; seven sisters, Josefina, Ma Lourdes, Guadalupe, and Ermilla Hernandez Villafana and Maria Eugenia, Martina and Eleazar Hernandez Caudillo, all of Mexico, and one granddaughter.

A funeral Mass was held at 6 p.m. Thursday, October 24, in the Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home chapel in Hamburg with Father Neal Pezzulo officiating. Burial was to follow at a later date in the Sialo Municipal Cemetery in Silao GTO, Mexico.

October 23

Mr. Alcus Burney

Mr. Alcus Burney, 87, of Snyder died Thursday, October 17, 2002, at the Beverly Health Care Center in Hamburg. A native of Ashley County and a resident of the Trafalgar community north of Snyder all his life, he was a retired farmer and taxidermist, a member of the Sardis Baptist Church, a Mason and a member of the Portland Masonic Lodge. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Beverly A. Elizandro; his parents, Dr. Eli and Emma Garrett Burney; and a brother, Edwin T. Burney.

Survivors include three sons, Eli T. Burney of Iola, KS, Garrett Burney of Hamburg and Allen Burney of Sherwood; a daughter. Allene Molinaro of Little Rock; a brother, John Burney of Ironton, MO; a sister, Nell Burney of Lake Village; 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 19, in the Sardis Baptist Church with Revs. E. W. Ricks and Jimmy Bates officiating. Pallbearers were Bill and Jonathan Elizandro, Nathaniel T. Burney, Willie Elizandro, J. T. Burney and Ben Lawrence, Jr. Earl Lemley was honorary pallbearer. Burial followed services at the Trafalgar Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Sardis Baptist Church Building Fund, c/o Ben Lawrence, 659 Ashley Road 105, Montrose, AR 71658.

Don Russell Holland

Don Russell Holland, 46, of Crossett died Wednesday, October 16, 2002, at the Arkansas Hospice of Little Rock. Born December 17, 1955, in Crossett to Jere Joseph and Elsie Jane Williams Holland, he was a member of Southside Baptist Church of Dyersburg, TN, before converting to Catholicism. He loved computers. He was preceded in death by his father.

Survivors include his mother, Jane Williams Holland of Crossett; four daughters, Sherrie Sinnott of Michigan City, IN, Lisa Russo of Hobart, IN, Julianna Holland of Kouts, IN, and Michelle Hawks of Cedar Lake, IN; one brother, Paul Holland of Tavernier, FL; and seven grandchildren.

A private family memorial will be held at a later date.

Mr. Robert D. Pardon

Mr. Robert D. Pardon, 73, of Hamburg died Saturday, October 19, 2002, at his residence north of Hamburg. A native of Drew County and a Hamburg resident for the past seven months, he was a former resident of Rison, Wilmot and Boydell. He was a retired farmer and a member and deacon of the Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Rison. An U. S. Army veteran of the Korean War, a thirty-second degree Mason and Past Master of Portland Lodge No. 499, he was preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Martha Hartless Pardon.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Betty A. Haeslip Pardon of Hamburg; children Gary Doyle Pardon of Wilmot and Gloria and Earl McCrory of Hamburg; two brothers, James Pardon of Rison and Malcom Pardon of Tillar; three sisters, Dorothy Lee Beaton of Boydell, and Helen Davis and Mary Baxter of Pine Bluff; two grandchildren, Robert Earl and Melissa McCrory; three great-grandchildren, Fallon Diane Dawyer, Matthew McCrory and Payton Kelley.

Funeral services were planned for 2 p.m. Tuesday, October 22, in the Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home chapel in Hamburg with Revs. E. W. Ricks and Bill Davidson officiating. Pallbearers were to be Billy Ferrell, Ricky Guyant, Buck Cook, David Burns, Archie Walker, Franklin Ricks, Albert Brown and Jerry Dale Stratton. Burial was to follow services at the Snyder Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 170 Dunkeffie Road, Rison AR 71665; the Snyder Cemetery, c/o Mrs. Jane Graves, P. O. Box 264, Hamburg, AR 71646 or to Hospice Home Care, 455 West Gaines Street, Monticello, AR 71655.

Sally Estelle Ross

Sally Estelle Ross, 92, of Crossett died Wednesday, October 16, 2002, at the Robinson Nursing Center in North Little Rock. Born on March 7, 1910, in Ashley County, where she lived most of her life, she was active in the Mount Olive Baptist Church in North Crossett where she taught Sunday School for many years and in the Mount Pleasant Freewill Baptist Church in Milo. She was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Harvey M. Ross; a daughter, Peggy Ross Lyon; a son-in-law, Robert L. Yeatman; three brothers and two sisters.

Survivors include one son and his wife, Linwood and Julia Ross of Bella Vista; two daughters, Janice Ross Yeatman of Little Rock and Judyth Ross Vail of Jacksonville; a son-in-law, William Lyon of Fordyce; nine grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Helen Crowder of McGehee; and one brother, George Estelle of Van Buren.

Funeral services were at 3 p.m. Saturday, October 19, at the Mount Pleasant Freewill Baptist Church with Dr. Jim Robnolt officiating. Pallbearers were Bruce Culp, Danny Wade Rice, Lane Culp, James Robert Meeks, Mike Smith and Julian Estelle. Burial followed services at the Flat Creek Cemetery with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Octavia Darling Rowe

Octavia Darling Rowe, 80, of Crossett died Saturday, October 12, 2002, at her residence. She was born August 3, 1922, in Topeka, KA. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Harris Rowe.

Survivors include one son, Wayne Witham of Wichita, KA; two daughters, Claudette Brown of Wichita and Pamela Rowe of Metairie, LA; seven grandchildren and five great-grandsons.

Funeral services were held Friday, October 18, at 10 a.m. in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett with the Rev. Robin Allen officiating. Burial was at Trafalgar Cemetery north of Snyder. Pallbearers were Denon Cagle, Lamar Hill, Thomas Smith and Ervin Rodgers.

Agnes Juanita Sheffield

Agnes Juanita Sheffield, 71, of Montrose died Friday, October 18, 2002. A homemaker and member of the Montrose Baptist Church, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jessie Sheffield; her parents, George and Flossie Cotton; two brothers, Calvin and Doyle Cotton; a sister, Gerlene Cotton; and a granddaughter, Hannah Mae Harris.

Survivors include five sons, James Hallman and John Sheffield of Montrose, Edward Hallman of Boydell, Lewis Hallman of Pine Bluff and David Hallman of Greenville, MS: three daughters, Petty Hallman of Monticello, Marilyn Hallman of Boydell and Sarah Sheffield of Montrose; two brothers, George Cotton, Jr., of Montrose and Vernon Cotton of Pine Bluff; three sisters, Lucille Royce of Pine Bluff, Edith Keeling of Dermott and Dorothy Minga of Montrose; 17 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Monday, October 21, in the Bishop Funeral Home chapel in Lake Village with Rev. Larry Donaldson officiating. Burial followed services at the Union Cemetery near Montrose.

Mahala Spencer

Mahala Spencer, 75, of Crossett died Monday, October 14, 2002, at the Ashley County Medical Center. A native of Forrest City and a Crossett resident for the past 40 years, she was a retired cook and a member of the Gates Chapel A. M. E. Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, C. W. Spencer; one son, Talfuria Lee Spencer; her parents, Samuel and Marthan Shelton Caldwell; two sisters and one brother.

Survivors include two daughters, Marquita Adkins and Carmen Johnson of Crossett; one brother, Searcy Caldwell of Meadville, PA; one sister, Ruth Canada of Kankakee, IL; ten grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Friday, October 18, in the Gates Chapel A. M. E. Church with Rev. Charles Adkins officiating. Pallbearers were Herman Newton, Larry Moore, Jimmy Washington, Jr., George Leach, Madison Bailey and Earl Thornton. Burial followed services at the Westview Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Versie Lee Ward

Versie Lee Ward, 77, of Crossett died Monday, October 17, 2002, at the Ashley County Medical Center. A native of Crossett, she was a retired custodian for the Beekman, LA, public schools, a member of the Shiloh Baptist church for 34 years and a member of the Living Testament Church for the past three years. She was preceded in death by her parents, Heard D. Davis and Mattie Collins; five brothers and two sisters.

Survivors include her husband of 38 years, Daniel Ward of Kansas City, KS; one son, Daniel Ward, Jr., and wife Joyce of Crossett; five daughters, Diana and husband Clifford Kelly of Crossett, Alma Jean and husband Thomas Johnson and Linda Ward of Kansas City, KS, Ruthie Boswell of Los Angeles, CA, and Jackie Campbell of Boston, MA; one brother, Larry Collins of Crossett; two sisters, Katherine Thrower of Crossett and Hazel Robinson of Compton, CA; 21 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Saturday, October 19, at the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Jimmy Davis officiating. Pallbearers were Chris Nalls, Jasper Warren Grant, George L. Thrower, Thomas Lowe, Ricky Simms and Marcus Thrower. Burial followed services at the Westview Cemetery, directed by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Boyd Dale Wooten

Boyd Dale Wooten, 56, of Crossett died Tuesday, October 15, 2002, at Ashley County Medical Center. Born March 31, 1946, to Joyce Avon and Juanita Ball Wooten in Strong, he worked as a millwright for Georgia-Pacific for over 36 years and was a member of Strong Masonic Lodge and West Crossett Missionary Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Billie Wooten; one son, Rodney Wooten of Crossett; one daughter, Ramona Stephens of Meridian, MS; father and step-mother, Avon and Nelda Wooten of Urbana; mother and step-father, Juanita and Earl Griffin of Strong; three brothers, Kenny Wooten and Barry Wooten of Strong and Carey Wooten of Urbana; one sister, Donna Hill of Strong; and three grandchildren, Jacob, Jordan and Jonah Stephens.

Funeral services were held Thursday, October 17, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett with Rev. John Marlar and Rev. Steve Franklin officiating. Burial was at Teel Cemetery in Strong. Pallbearers were Lavon Sawyer, Bradley Williams, Gene Weems, Bill Courson, Roger Williams and Mike Young.

October 16

Evie Merlee Blake

Evie Merlee Blake, 69, of Crossett died Friday, October 11, 2002, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born January 6, 1933, to Preston Monroe and Lillie Belle Oden Pennington, she was a member of the Magnolia Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Douglas Blake, Jr., of Crossett; one son, William S. "Bill" Blake of Bastrop, LA; her mother, Lillie Belle Oden Pennington of Crossett; three sisters, Allene Moore and Shirley Cummins of Crossett and Remona Westbrook of Bastrop, LA; three grandchildren, Timothy Shawn Blake, Shaunda Mae Papers and Casey Stella; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, October 13, in the Magnolia Baptist Church with Revs. Gene Thomas and Joel C. Meredith officiating. Burial followed services at the Crossroads Cemetery, directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Nicholas Dale Boyles

Nicholas Dale Boyles, 10, of Snyder died Saturday, October 12, 2002. He was a fifth grade student at Portland Elementary School and attended the Fellowship Baptist Church in Snyder.

Survivors include his parents, Allen and Dolly Boyles of Snyder; a sister, Ashley Boyles of Snyder; grandparents Kay Tullos of Snyder, James Woodfin and wife Jean of Banks, and Ruthie Rowland of Warren. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Stanley Tullos.

Grave-side services were planned for 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 16, at the Snyder Cemetery with Rev. Charles Pullin officiating. Arrangements are by Bishop Funeral Home of Lake Village.

Mr. Guy David Bozeman

Mr. Guy David Bozeman, 91, of Portland died Tuesday, October 8, 2002, at the Beverly Health Care Center in Hamburg. A native of Ashley County and a Portland residence since 1942, he was a retired farmer, a member of the Portland Baptist Church, an avid hunter and fisherman and loved to visit with family and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Velora Hudgins Bozeman, in 2001; a son, Raymond Bozeman, in 1966; his parents, Bill and Pearl Shavers Bozeman; four brothers and six sisters.

Survivors include five sons, David Bozeman and wife Betty, George Bozeman and wife Robbe and Jimmy Bozeman and wife Donna, all of Portland, Charles Bozeman and wife Linda of Monroe, LA, and Russell Bozeman of Little Rock; three daughters, Mary Jane Streeter and husband Buck of Little Rock, Karon Roberts and husband Jimmy of Hamburg and Julie Annette Bridges and husband Daniel of Kingland, CA; two sisters, Margie Johnson of North Crossett and Willeen Thurman of Hamburg; 21 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 12, in the Portland Baptist Church with Bro. Jerry Selby and Rev. Mark Harris officiating. Pallbearers were Gregg Grantham, Gary Barry, Dennis Holland, Tipton Pugh, Jim Young and John Jaggers. Burial followed services at the Portland Cemetery, directed by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Memorials may be made to the Portland Cemetery, c/o Mr. Tom Pugh, P. O. Box 37, Portland, AR 71663.

Jannie Mae Tate Jamerson

Jannie Mae Tate Jamerson, 54, of Crossett died Saturday, October 12, 2002, at her residence. She was a lifelong resident of Crossett, a former Georgia-Pacific Paper Mill employee, and a member of Faith Revival Church.

Survivors include two sons, Albert Tucker Jr. of Conway and Shamilus Jamerson of Crossett; two daughters, Erica Buffington and Kelani Jamerson, both of Crossett; eleven brothers, Jessie, Oscar, Aubrey, James, Jimmy Jr., Charles Ray, Ricky and Jeffrey Tate, all of Crossett; Willie Tate of Texarkana, John Tate of San Bernadino, CA and Andre Tate of Pine Bluff; two sisters, Tressie Cromwell of San Bernadino and Darlene Tate of Crossett; a special friend, Prezell Jamerson of Crossett; and four grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jimmie and Annie Mae Davis Tate.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, October 17, at 1 p.m. at New Bethel Baptist Church with the Rev. B.J. Jackson officiating. Burial will be at Westview Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Pallbearers will be Byron Davis, Brent Campbell, James Lee, Jimmy Thornton, Ramon Bunton, Chester Mansfield Jr., Waymond Wade and Larry Goodwin.

Kirkwood "Woodzell" Jones

Kirkwood "Woodzell" Jones, 74, of Crossett died Thursday, October 10, 2002, at the Ashley County Medical Center. He was a lifelong resident of Crossett, a retiree of the Georgia-Pacific paper mill and a member of Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church, where he was a deacon and a member of the gospel choir. He was Master Mason in Exodus Lodge #403.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Louise Jones; one son, Clyde Jones of Memphis, TN; three daughters, Ellawease Jones of St. Louis, MO, Lucille Smith of Crossett and Wanda McGinster of Memphis, TN; one god-daughter, Linda Gibbs of Crossett; ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jessie and Willie Mae Hatter Jones; two brothers and three sisters.

Funeral services were held Monday, October 14, at 1 p.m. at Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Walter Witherspoon officiating. Burial was at Westview Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Pallbearers were Clarence Steel, Thomas Lowe, George L. Thrower, Joe Lee, Ira Jackson, Doyle Miller, Roger Bryant and Leon Whaley. Honorary pallbearers were members of Exodus Lodge #400 and deacons of Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church.

Tom McDougald

Tom McDougald, 80, of Crossett died Friday, October 11, 2002, at the UAMS. Born September 29, 1922, in Crossett to Walter Wesley and Anna Lou Beall McDougald, he served in the Army Air Corps in Europe during World War II. He retired from Georgia-Pacific after 43 years of service and was a member of the West Crossett Missionary Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Macelle McDougald of Crossett; two sons, Tommy McDougald and wife Diane and Benny McDougald and wife Linda of Crossett; two brothers, Billy McDougald of Cabot and W. L. "Bo" McDougald of Sulphur, LA; four sisters, Elvie Clark and Ella Pennington of Crossett, and Gladys Creed and Lela Cunningham of Bastrop, LA; and three grandchildren, Paul, Wes and Tommy Jason McDougald.

Funeral services were at the First Baptist Church in Crossett at 10 a.m. on Monday, October 14, with Revs. Carlton White and Donnie DuBose officiating. Burial followed services at Pinewood Memorial Park with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

October 9

Mrs. Flora Jane Breedlove

Mrs. Flora Jane Breedlove, 72, of Montrose died Friday, October 4, 2002, at the Delta Regional Medical Center in Greenville, Miss. She was a native of the Deep Elm community in Chicot County and a lifelong resident of Montrose, a homemaker and a member of the Montrose Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, Rev. J. M. Divine, in 1963, and Mrs. Vonnie Rucker Divine in 1989; two brothers, Earl and Ezra Divine; and a sister, Beulah Thompson.

She is survived by her husband of 58 1/2 years, J.R. Breedlove; three sons, Tom Breedlove and wife, Teri, and Jerry Breedlove and wife, Penny, both of Hamburg, and Kenny Breedlove and wife, Tangela, of Portland; a daughter, Linda Burgess of Tulsa, OK.; three brothers, Roy Divine of Leland, MS., Paul Divine of St. Louis, MO, and Everett Divine of Pensacola, FL; three sisters, Lena Burnham of Wynona, MS., Joyce Divine of Little Rock, and Dorothy Rea of Pensacola, FL; a sister-in-law, Jane Divine of Dermott; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews. Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Monday, October7, at the Montrose Baptist Church. Pallbearers were the Hamburg Police Department, Kenneth Turner, Calvin Frierson, Ricky Rausch, John Turner, Marion Higginbotham and David Streeter. Honorary pallbearers were her grandsons, Tommy Breedlove, Jr., Heath, Wesley, Deric, Joshua and Jared Breedlove, and her great-grandson, Michael Thompson.

Burial followed services at the Montrose Cemetery under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home, Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 901 N. University Ave., Little Rock, Ark. 72207.

Lucy Cherry Chennault

Lucy Cherry Chennault, 100, of McGehee died Monday, October 7, 2002, at the Desha County Hospital in McGehee. Born February 5, 1902 in Inverness, MS, to the late John Marshall and Margaret Bell Cherry, she was a homemaker, the oldest living member of First Baptist Church of McGehee, a member of Eastern Star, T.E.L. Sunday School Class and was a teacher.

Survivors include four daughters, Margaret Phillips of Fountain Hill, Frankie Nichols and Billie Stanford, both of McGehee, and Pam Melton of Oklahoma City, OK; six grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Garland K. Chennault; two daughters, Cherry Chennault and Lillian Tuller; three brothers, Robert, Joseph and Jack Cherry; and two grandsons, L.M. Phillips and Bill Wilson Stanford.

Funeral services are planned for Wednesday, October 9, at 10 at First Baptist Church of McGehee with Dr. Tommy Cunningham and Rev. Dennis Green officiating. Burial will be at McGehee Cemetery under the direction of Griffin Funeral Service of McGehee.

James F. Cox

James F. Cox, 97, of Crossett died Monday, September 30, 2002, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born March 21, 1905, in Paragould to Luther Cleve and Pearl Cox, he was a millwright and retired after 40 years of service for Georgia-Pacific. A Baptist and an avid woodworker, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Hazel Willis Cox; his second wife, Grace Gardner Cox; two sons, Troy Lee Cox and Jimmy Cox; two brothers, Alvin and Clarence Cox; and a sister, Gladys Cox.

Survivors include a son, Luther W. Cox of North Little Rock; a granddaughter, Leslie Cox Billings of Bryant; a grandson, Mark Cox of Memphis, TN; and two great-grandchildren, Jeannie Billings and Christopher Billings.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 2, in the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Bro. Roy Craig officiating. Burial followed services at the Eden Cemetery.

Mr. C. Wilford "Bootsie" Gober

Mr. C. Wilford "Bootsie" Gober, 73, of Hamburg died Wednesday, October 2, 2002, at his sister's residence south of Hamburg A native of McGehee and a Hamburg resident for the past 45 years, he was custodian for the First Baptist Church in Crossett for many years, retiring in 1991, and was a member of the Corinth Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar and Annie Pamplin Gober, and two brothers, Aubrey and Quinton Gober.

Survivors include his sister, Annette Hopkins of Hamburg; and two sisters-in-law, Ann Gober of Winnsboro, LA, and Betty Gober of Shawnee, OK; eight nieces and three nephews.

Grave-side services were at 2 p.m. Thursday, October 3, at Pinewood Memorial Park with Revs. Bill Elton and Joseph Pemberton officiating. Pallbearers were Coy Ford, Wesley Withers, Eric, Donald and Brian Ricks, Lance Hill, Ken Gober, Jimmy Horn, David Ford and Bubba Atkins.

Memorials may be made to Hospice Home Care, 455 West Gaines Street, Monticello, AR 71655.

Arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Mr. Ronald G. LaGrone

Mr. Ronald G. LaGrone, 67, of Hamburg died Thursday, October 2, 2002, at his residence in Hamburg. A native of Monticello and a Hamburg resident since 1964, he was a graduate of Monticello High School and Northeast Louisiana University's School of Pharmacy. He was an United States Army veteran and a member of the First Baptist Church where he was a deacon for the past 15 years and the church treasurer for the past five years. He previously served as Sunday School director and chairman of the Deacon Board.

A community leader, he was on the original committee that started the Hamburg Armadillo Festival. He was a member and former president of the Hamburg Kiwanis Club, an active member of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Hamburg City Council for the past 33 years. He was a local supporter of Hamburg athletics and served as president of the Hamburg Booster Club and was secretary for many years. He was an avid Razorback fan, golfer and quail hunter.

He and his late brother, Fred LaGrone, owned and operated the LaGrone Drug Store in Hamburg for 38 years. He served on the board of directors of the Walsh-Hartland Pharmaceutical Company and a member of the Southeast Arkansas Pharmacy Association, serving as its president for the past four years. He served on the board of directors of the Arkansas State Pharmacy Association for 17 years. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clinton and Hyla Finnell LaGrone; a brother, Fred LaGrone; and a son-in-law, Tab Harrod.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia Snyder LaGrone; three daughters, Terri Harrod, Kelli Perry and husband Rob and Staci Hall and husband Harold, all of Hamburg; and eight grandchildren, Brent, Brandon and Hayden Harrod, Tommy, Stevi and Drew Perry and Allie and Jordan Hall.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, October 6, in the First Baptist Church with Drs. Bobby Pennington and Tommy Cunningham and Rev. Klois Hargis officiating. Pallbearers were Walter Chester, Horace Boyd, Steve Simmons, Jim Moss, Johnnie Mack Nolan, Larry Johnson, Don Davis, Dr. Charles Hicks, Dr. J. D. Rankin, Willard Noble and Bill Johnson. Honorary pallbearers were deacons of the First Baptist Church, Leon Evans, Tom Chambers, Jim Barker, Charles "Bull" Wells, John William Spivey, Charles White, Johnny Roach, W. J. McKiever, Max Dyson, Bobby Davis, J. D. Higginbotham, Conrad Pennington, Willie Claude Kelley, Harry Allison, Milam "Mutt" Davis, Johnny McMurry, Donald Wayne, Charles Coleman, Jimmy Murphy, Paul West, Jimmy Stell, Jimmy Hargis, Bobby Griffin, W. T. Higginbotham, Billy Gammel, Andy Shaw, LaVon, Pete and James Higginbotham, Ted Pope and Percy Eubanks.

Burial followed services at the Hamburg Cemetery with arrangements by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, P. O. Box 352, Hamburg, AR 71646; the Ronnie LaGrone Scholarship Fund, c/o Mrs. Dot Higginbotham, 518 South Main, Hamburg, AR 71646; or the American Cancer Society, 910 North University Ave., Little Rock, AR 72207.

Booker T. Lucas, Sr.

Booker T. Lucas, Sr., 89, of Lake Village died Wednesday, October 2, 2002, at the Delta Regional Hospital in Greenville, MS. He was born December 25, 1912, to the late James and Florence Lucas in Greenwood, MS, and was a retired farm worker. He accepted Christ at a young age and was a member of the Morning Star Church and later joined the St. Luke Baptist Church where he served as deacon. He married Florence Martin on December 13, 1935, and to this union, seven children were born.

Survivors include two daughters, Erma Jean Lucas of Lake Village and Shirley Faye Vanlandingham of DeWitt; four sons, LeVell Lucas of Eudora, Booker T. Lucas, Jr., and wife Betty and Johnny Lucas, Sr., and wife Inez of Lake Village and John Henry Lucas and wife Dorothy of Baltimore, MD; a son-in-law, Longino Halley of Lake Village; one sister, Callie Watts; two sisters-in-law, Lucille Johnson and Lula Bell Haywood; a brother-in-law, Warren Clarence Martin, all of Chicago, IL; 27 grandchildren, 45 great-children and one great-great-grandson.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Florence Martin Lucas; a daughter, Lula Halley; four brothers, Foundance, Zy, Walter and Ned Lucas; and three sisters, Ellen, Thelma and Hazell Lucas.

Visitation will be Friday, October 11, from 7-8 p.m. at Bishop Funeral Home in Lake Village. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, October 12, at the New Hope Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will follow services at the Union Grove Cemetery of Wilmot.

Mr. John H. Ralph

Mr. John H. Ralph, 78, of Parkdale died Tuesday, October 1, 2002, at the Chicot Memorial Hospital in Lake Village. A native and lifelong resident of Parkdale, he was a cotton, rice and soybean farmer and a past president of the Parkdale Gin Company. A member of the Parkdale United Methodist Church and an U. S. Marine Corps veteran of World War II, he was preceded in death by his parents, John T. and Eva Burgess Ralph.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Nell Byrd Ralph of Parkdale; one son, Harrison Ralph of Parkdale; and a daughter, Nancy Ralph of Brewster, NY.

Grave-side services were at 10 a.m. Thursday, October 3, at the Parkdale Cemetery with Stanton Veazey officiating. Honorary pallbearers were James Crossley, John Buatt, Sonny Tucker, Glenn Barnett, Fred Michael, Joe Lilly, Carl Wells, Jack Gibson, Clifford Larrison, Dr. Charles Hicks, Jim Clinton, J. H. Burnside and Daniel Smith.

Memorials may be made to the Parkdale Cemetery, c/o Glenda Wells, P. O. Box 104, Parkdale, AR 71661. Arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Larry Wayne Rowe

Larry Wayne Rowe, 58, of Crossett died Sunday, October 6, 2002, at his residence. Born November 22, 1943, in Crossett to L. V. and Genola Moore Rowe, he was a 1961 Crossett High School graduate, an electrician for Georgia-Pacific Tissue and a member of the Magnolia Baptist Church.

Survivors include two daughters, Amber Denise Rowe of Crossett and Julie Diane Rowe of Humble, TX; one son, Larry Wayne Rowe, Jr., of Austin, TX; two brothers, Eddie Rowe of Crossett and David Rowe of Monticello; two sisters, Beverly Perry of Curtis and Karen Akin of Crossett; and three grandchildren.

Funeral services were planned for 10 a. m. on Wednesday, October 9, in the Magnolia Baptist Church with Revs. Gene Thomas and Jody Gannoway officiating. Burial will follow services at the Crossroads Cemetery with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Mr. Herman Michael Scherm

Mr. Herman Michael Scherm, 88, of Stuttgart died Wednesday, October 2, 2002, at the Rosecare Nursing Center in Stuttgart. Born November 18, 1913, in Owensboro, KY, he was a retired farmer, a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, and a member of the Knights of Columbus. One of twelve children, he was a proud father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Teresa Wink Scherm, and his wife, Georgia Raab Scherm.

Survivors include three sons, Tommy Scherm of Ulm, Bobby Scherm of Roe and Eddie Scherm of Portland; four daughters, Sherry Hoffpauir, Barbara Smith and Karen Owens of Stuttgart and Janice Smith of Barton; two sisters, Dolly Davis and Anna Rose Lorine of Stuttgart; 21 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren.

Rosary was said at 7 p.m. Friday, October 4, in the Holy Rosary Catholic Church by Father John Janesko with Mass held at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 5, at the church. Burial followed services at the Holy Rosary Cemetery with arrangements by Turpin Funeral Home of Stuttgart.

The family suggests memorials to Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Stuttgart.

Chester O. Trammell

Chester O. Trammell, 81, of Crossett died Monday, September 30, 2002, at the North Monroe, LA, Medical Center. Born to Floyd A. and Etta Mae Gathright Trammell on July 1, 1921, in Strong, he was a jeweler for 46 years and the founder of Trammell Jewelry. He served in the U. S. Air Force and was a member of the First Baptist Church, a Scottish Rite Mason and a member of the VFW in Bastrop, LA.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Scottie Holland Trammell; two sons, Mark E. Trammell and wife Vicki of Crossett and Terry H. Trammell; one brother, Carroll Trammell of Kirbyville, TX; three granddaughters, Sandy Rice and husband Timmy, Christy Trammell and Katie Trammell; one grandson, Jacob Bishop; and a great-grandson, Luke Rice.

Grave-side services were at 10 a.m. Wednesday, October 2, at the Zion Cemetery with Rev. Larry White officiating and with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Pallbearers were Brian Davis, Clyde White, Jay Taylor, John David Higginbotham, Eli Stanley and Dennis Alexander. Honorary pallbearers were Billy F. Lochala and Andy Shaw.

Mrs. Betty Stilley Tweedy

Mrs. Betty Stilley Tweedy, 76, of Hamburg died Thursday, October 3, 2002, at the Medical Center of South Arkansas in El Dorado. A native of Fayetteville and a Hamburg resident since 1980, she was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bobby Tweedy, in 1993, and her parents, John and Levae Smith Stilley.

Survivors include a daughter, Renae Schlinkert of Adlanto, CA; two granddaughters, Amber Lynn Sharpe Murgo and Cherishea Lee Sharp rhodes, both of Adlanto, CA; two great-grandchildren, Brittany Rhodes and Skyla Marie Murgo; and two very special friends, Dawn Allison and Coette Rogers.

A memorial service was planned for 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 9, in the Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home chapel with Revs. Klois Hargis and Charles Pullin officiating. A private burial of ashes will be in the Hamburg Cemetery. Arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Betty Gail Pittillo Watt

Betty Gail Pittillo Watt, 53, of Crossett, died Wednesday, October 2, 2002, in Monroe, LA. Formerly of Winchester, she was born in Dumas on May 21, 1949, the daughter of Lloyd Healey and Madelean Rice Tarlton. She was a homemaker and member of Tillar Baptist Church. She attended Unity Baptist Church in Crossett.

Survivors include her mother, Madelean Tarlton of Dumas; one son, James Lloyd Pittillo of Portland; one brother, Franklin Healey of Dumas; and four grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Saturday, October 5, at 3 p.m. in the chapel of Griffin Funeral Home of Dumas. Burial was at Jefferson Cemetery in Desha County. Memorials may be made to the American Breast Cancer Society

John E. "Snort" Watt

John E. "Snort" Watt, 73, of Crossett died Wednesday, October 2, 2002, as the result of an automobile accident north of Crossett. A native of Ashley County and a lifelong resident of Crossett, he worked for Chase Bag for over 30 years and was a member of Unity Baptist Church.

He was survived by his wife, Betty Pettillo Watt of Crossett, who died several hours as a result of the same automobile accident. Other survivors include three sons, Johnny Frank Watt and wife Esther, Donnie Richard Watt and wife Gay and Eddie Mack Watt and wife Susan, all of Crossett; one brother, Jake Watt; two sisters, Gladys Mae Hamm and Elizabeth Neel, all of Crossett; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Nora Pauline Watt, in 1994; his parents, Richard M. and Goldie Maude Norrell Watt; three brothers, Gene, Alvin "Mutt" and Thomas Watt; one sister, Robbie Lee Bryan; one grandson, Stacey Mack Watt; and one great-grandson, Chance Watt.

Funeral services were held Saturday, October 5, at 10 a.m. at Unity Baptist Church with the Rev. Lawrence Amos officiating. Burial was at Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Pallbearers were Richard, Donnie M. and Randall Watt, Jimmy Bardin, Sonny Johnson, Riley Craig, James Howard Watt and Greg Watt. Honorary pallbearer was William Sonny Jackson.

October 2

Vera Evans Akin

Vera Evans Akin, 96, of Crossett died Thursday, September 26, 2002, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born on September 18, 1906, in Oak Grove, LA, to Pink and Cora Margaret Johnson Evans, she was a charter member of the North Crossett First Freewill Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Margaret Akin, and a granddaughter, Brenda Dumas.

Survivors include three sons, Walter Gene Akin of Parker City, IN, Luther Vesper Akin of McGehee and Thelbirt Akin of Crossett; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Saturday, September 28, in the North Crossett First Freewill Baptist Church with Revs. Cecil Sanders, Gene Collum and Orville Clark officiating. Pallbearers were Larry and Ricky Joe Johnson, Ronnie and Richard Clark and Ronnie and Donnie Day. Honorary pallbearers were Cecil White, Jr., Donnie, Jimmy Van, Brett, Darren and Randall Johnson, Steve and Billy Ray Carter, Doyle Evans, Carl, James Edward, Jackie and Timmy Akin, Gary Doss, Billy, Randall and Dewey Deal and Mike, Richard, Larry and Patrick Phillips. Burial followed services at Pinewood Memorial Park with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Aaron Moseby

Aaron Mosey, 89, of Lake Village, formerly of New York, New York, died Monday, September 23, 2002, at the Lakewood Rehabilitation Center in Lake Village. He had lived in Lake Village for the past three years and was a retired farm laborer. He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Hattie Austin Moseby; four brothers and one sister.

Survivors include a son, Samuel Lee Moseby of New York, NY; one brother, Milton Moseby of Des Moines, IA; and five sisters, Mildred Johnson of Montrose, Hattie Johnson of Greenville, MS, Milvinia Stewart of Portland, Rosie Lee Williams of Toledo, OH, and Carrie Cooper of Greenville, MS.

Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Thursday, September 26, in the Cromwell Funeral Home chapel in Hamburg with Rev. Roosevelt Johnson officiating. Pallbearers were James Johnson, Jr., Sam Cooper, Jr., Mike Triplett and Lee Charles Johnson. Honorary pallbearers were David Cooper, Johnny Johnson, Albert Johnson, Allen Stroud, James Wilson, Jr., and John B. Wilson. Burial followed services at the Montrose Cemetery.

Dearl Dean Patrick

Dearl Dean Patrick, 73, of Crossett died at his home on Tuesday, September 24, 2002. Born to the late John Fletcher and Verdie Clementine McDuffie Patrick on November 20, 1928, he was employed as an engraver for Chase Bag and was a retired supervisor for Union Camp. He enjoyed woodworking, gardening and visiting family and friends. He had been an active member of the Pine Forest Missionary Baptist Church since July, 1960, and was preceded in death by his brother, John O. Patrick.

Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Betty Inez Patrick of Crossett; one son, David Wayne Patrick of Monticello; two daughters, Deanna Lynn Stiles of Bryant and Deborah Lee Patrick of Little Rock; one granddaughter, Brittney Marie Patrick; and three step-grandchildren, Jarrod Austin Earnest, Shelby Jordyn Earnest and Victoria Brook Stiles.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Thursday, September 26, in the Pine Forest Missionary Baptist Church in Crossett with Revs. Donnie Dubose and Don Justice officiating. Pallbearers were Mike Murphy, Kevin Kilcrease, Burl Toler, Dennis Banks, James Smith and Church Otts. Honorary pallbearers were Lewel Alexander, Clifton Tucker, Keith Keen and Calvin Fletcher.

Burial followed services at Pinewood Memorial Park with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Memorials may be made to the Pine Forest Missionary Baptist Church Fellowship Hall Fund, 120 East Church Street, Crossett, AR 71635.

Fred Hunter Pryor, Sr.

Fred Hunter Pryor, Sr., 76, of Crossett died Wednesday, September 25, 2002, at the Arkansas Heart Hospital. Born December 30, 1925, in Hamburg to Harry Wesson and Clara Mae Foote Pryor, he was a member of the First Baptist Church of Crossett and retired as a shift foreman after 35 years of service with Georgia-Pacific. He was an U. S. Navy veteran of World War II, serving on the USS Enterprise. He enjoyed fishing and gardening and was preceded in death ay a daughter, Diane Pryor Harper; and two brothers, Harry W. and Edward W. Pryor.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Audrey Pryor of Crossett; three sons, Fred H. Pryor, Jr., of Windermere, FL, John D. Pryor of Little Rock and Phillip L. Pryor of Fort Worth, TX; three daughters, Carolyn Morgan of Reed Springs, MO, Pam McKinney of Crossett and Beverly A. Pryor of Dallas, TX; two sisters, Jane Snoody of Tullahoma, TN, and Nancy Davis of Hamburg; 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Friday, September 27, in the First Baptist Church of Crossett with Revs. David Newberry and Larry White officiating. Pallbearers were Larry Senn, Johnny Ray, Daryl Loveless, Ronnie Little, Jim Bob McCormick and Gerry Rogers. Burial followed services at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Mrs. Margaret Bussell Summitt

Mrs. Margaret Bussell Summitt, 92, of Hamburg died Thursday, September 26, 2002, at the Oak Woods Home for the Elderly in Mer Rouge, LA. A native of Delhi, LA, who was raised in Natchez, MS, she had lived in Hamburg since 1940. A homemaker and member of the First Baptist Church of Hamburg, she was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Earnest Bussell, Sr,, in 1980; one son, Earnest Bussell, Jr., in 1987; her parents, W. M. Tatum and Lizzie Perkins; four brothers and two sisters.

Survivors include a son, Bubba Bussell of Crossett; one daughter, Myrtle Cochran of Hamburg; one brother, Henry Carroll of Pawhuska, OK; one sister, Ethel Blackledge of Vicksburg, MS; two granddaughters, Dayla Gwin of Crossett and Derenda Stanley of Hamburg; one grandson, Doug Bussell of Fouke; four grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Saturday, September 28, in the Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home chapel in Hamburg with Rev. Klois Hargis and Dr. Bobby Pennington officiating. Pallbearers were Doug Bussell, Eddie Stanley, Tim Vaden, Carl John Gwin, D. J. Bussell and Willard Noble. Honorary pallbearers were Jack Carpenter, Billy Veazey, Roy Vaden and Billy and Henry Bierbaum.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Bus Fund, P. O. Box 532, Hamburg, AR 71646 or to Alzheimer's Arkansas, 10411 W. Markham, Suite 130, Little Rock, AR 72205-1409.

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