October 5

JoAnn Bailey

JoAnn Bailey, 69, of Crossett died Thursday, September 29, 2005, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born on March 13, 1936, in Fordyce to Theodore Roosevelt and Lilla C. Bufford Boyer, Mrs. Bailey was a ward clerk for Ashley County Medical Center and a member of the First Baptist Church of Crossett.

Survivors include: three sons, Jim Adkins, Robert Adkins and Steve Adkins, all of Crosset; three daughters, Janet DeLassus of Batesville and Sharon Jackson and Denise Wilkerson, both of Crossett; her mother, Teddie Boyer of Crossett; one brother, Bill Boyer of Crossett; three sisters, Bobbie Jean King of Slidell, LA, Nancy Camp of Pine Bluff and Rose Surratt of Crossett; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Mrs. Bailey was preceded in death by her husband, William O. Bailey; her father, Ted Boyer; a grandson, Charlie Dykes; and a great-grandson, Zackary Ryan Adkins.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Saturday, October 1, in the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Revs. Karvin Adams and Brent Hutsell officiating. Burial followed services at Pinewood Memorial Park. Pallbearers were Charles Harmon, Mark Harmon, Larry Blissett, Jr., Wayne Donaldson, Talbert Surratt, and Ricky Williamson. Her grandchildren were honorary pallbearers.

Memorials may be made to Ashley County Health Foundation, P. O. Box 400, Crossett, AR 71635

Addie Mae Brooks

Addie Mae Brooks, 84, of Chicago, IL, formerly of Crossett, died Monday, September 26, 2005, at Holy Cross Hospital in Chicago. Born in Mer Rouge, LA, she lived in Crossett for 62 years and was a resident of Chicago for the past two years. She was a retired custodian for the Crossett School District and a member of Allen Temple C. M. E. Church.

Survivors include one daughter, Carolyn Scott and husband Larry of Chicago; and a host of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roosevelt Brooks; her parents, David and Mammie Scott Johnson; three brothers and two sisters.

Funeral services were scheduled for Tuesday, October 3, at 11 a.m. at Gates Chapel A. M. E. Church with Rev. Tyrone Broomfield officiating. Burial was to follow at Westview Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Pallbearers were to be Bobby Brown, Ben Couser, Terry Smith, Johnny Tucker, Jamie Scott and Hayward Hollins. Honorary pallbearers were to be Larry Scott, Claudell Scott, William Clark, Jamie Scott and stewards of Allen Temple A. M. E. Church.

Addie Sue Burch

Addie Sue Burch, 82, of Bastrop, LA, died Monday, September 26, 2005, at the Cherry Ridge Guest Care Center in Bastrop. Mrs. Burch was a native of Snyder, a resident of Bastrop, for over 42 years and a former resident of Hamburg. She worked in the cafeteria at International Paper for over 30 years and was a member of the Maplewood Baptist Church.

She is survived by a son, Allen Lee Burch of Houston, TX; a daughter, Carolyn Calhoun of Crossett; two brothers, Wesley Streeter of Bastrop and Edward Streeter of Crossett; two sisters, Ethel Pruitt of Fountain Hill and Johnnie Morrow of McCrory; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ancy L. Burch, in 1995; a son, Billy Ray Burch, in 2004; and her parents, Bill and Virgie Bates Streeter.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Thursday, September 29, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home in Hamburg with Revs. Louis Couch and Royce Lord officiating. Burial followed services at the Deal Cemetery. Pallbearers were Harold Pruitt, Curtis Nelms, A. B. Nelms, Jackie Nelms, Stan Keely and Jeff Burch.

Ann Uzzelle deYampert

Ann Uzzelle deYampert, 71, of Wilmot and Greenville, MS, died Saturday, October 1, 2005, at her residence in Greenville. Born in Washington County, MS, to George Hampton and Mildred Cayce Uzzelle, she graduated from Miss Hutchinson's School in Memphis, TN, and then attended Randolph Macon Women's College in Lynchburg, VA. She graduated from the University of Mississippi in Oxford, MS, where she was a member of Chi Omega sorority. She moved to Ashley County after her marriage in 1967. She held memberships in Wilmot United Methodist Church and St. James Episcopal Church in Greenville.

Survivors include her husband, William B. deYampert of Wilmot; five children, Richard Stock Jr. and wife Lisa and Cayce Stock and wife Teresa, all of Wilmot, Sloan Stock Favi and husband Ted of Memphis, TN, Vesta deYampert Fort and husband Arthur of Fairhope, AL, and William B. deYampert III of New York City, NY; one brother, Hamp Uzzelle and wife Kathi2 of Mobile, AL; and seven grandchildren, Jane Ann Colvin Stock, Courtney Stock, Mary Cayce Eskrigge, Brock Eskrigge, Meri Taylor Favi, Abigail Fort and Arthur Fort.

Funeral services were scheduled to be held Tuesday, October 4, at 2:30 p.m. at St. James Episcopal Church in Greenville. Burial was scheduled for 5 p.m. at Wilmot Cemetery. Boone-Wells Funeral Home of Greenville was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to St. James Episcopal Church, 1026 South Washington Ave., Greenville, MS 38701, or to Wilmot United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 338, Wilmot, AR 71676.

Jesse Norman Ford

Jesse Norman Ford, 87, of Mineola, TX, formerly of Hamburg, died Thursday, September 29, 2005, at his residence. Born in Hamburg October 14, 1917, to the late John Thomas and Emma Ruth Ford, he graduated from high school in Fountain Hill and joined the U. S. Army in 1941 and retired after 17 years of service as a master sergeant. He was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War. He continued civil service with the U. S. Soil Conservation Service in 1959 and retired 16 years later.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Nancy Louise Ford; one son, James Terry Ford and wife Judy of Bridge City, TX; and two grandchildren, Chris Ford of Rockwall, TX and Shelly Ford of Carrollton, TX. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Tommy and Norwood Ford; and four sisters, Allie Mae, Vera, Luna and Ollie Maude.

Grave-side services were held Monday, October 3, at 10 a.m. at Smackover Cemetery with Rev. Vaughn Blue officiating. Young's Funeral Directors of El Dorado was in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to St. Paul United Methodist Church, 120 Bland, Bridge City, TX 77611.

Pauline Hayes Jones

Pauline Hayes Jones, 98, of Arlington, TX, died Wednesday, September 21, 2005, at her residence. Born May 29, 1907, in Leitchfield, KY, she was a homemaker and a resident of Parkdale for 80 years. She was a member of Cherry Ridge Baptist Church of Bastrop, LA.

Survivors include three sisters, Agnes Jones and Irene Mason, both of Hamburg, and Ethel Mae Tankersley of Bastrop, LA; two granddaughters, Cheryl Robinson of Lexington, KY, and Paula Baskamp of Garland, TX; one great-grandson, Nathan Robinson of Lexington; and a host of other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Benjamin Eli and Ethel Metcalf Hayes; her husband, John B. Jones; one daughter, Laverne Jones Spurlock; three sisters, Thelma Hayes, Treasie Cone and Bennie Lee Morris; and three brothers, Cecil Hayes, Charlie Hayes and Curtis Hayes. Interment was at Parkdale Cemetery Monday, September 26, under the direction of Forest Park Funeral Home of Dallas, TX.

Silbina Mondragon

Mrs. Silbina Mondragon, 69, of Hamburg died Friday, September 30, 2005, at the Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. A native of Michoacan, Mexico, and a resident Hamburg for over 25 years, she was a homemaker and a member of the Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Hamburg.

Survivors include her husband, Jose Antonio Mondragon of Hamburg; nine sons, Jose Isidro Mondragon of San Bernardino, CA, Froilan Mondragon of Snyder, Jose Genaro Mondragon of Dumas, Francisco Mondragon of Crossett, Hector, Eugenio, Jose and Cesar Mondragon, all of Hamburg, and Miguel Mondragon of Little Rock; two brothers, Ramon Mondragon of Crossett and Sabino Mondragon of Hamburg; a sister, Juanita Valencia of Mexico; 20 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Aida Mondragon, in 1981 and her parents, Roman and Fransisca Zuniga Mondragon.

A rosary service was to be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 4, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home. Burial will be Monday, October 10, in the Viejo Panteon Municipal Cemetery, Ameca Jalisco, Mexico.

Kathaleen Kizer Robertson

Kathaleen Kizer Robertson, 83, of Albuquerque, NM, died Saturday, September 3, 2005. She was born on March 10, 1922, in Dermott to James and Lilly Kizer and was raised with four half-brothers, Jack and James Hulett and the late Thomas and Billy Hulett. She was a former resident of Dermott, Crossett and Monticello. She married James Robertson, who was raised in Hamburg, in 1940 and was preceded in death by him in 1995. During their life together they traveled all over the world, and in their later years they enjoyed camping with friends and doing craft shows.

Kathaleen and Jimmy had four daughters, Mary Kathaleen who died at birth; Patricia Murphy and husband Art of Colon, MI, Kathaleen Ann Powell and husband John of Edgewood, NM, and Barbara J. Young and husband Ed of Albuquerque. She is also survived by five grandchildren, James R. Salmans, Patrick Salmons, Sara Kizer Murphy, Jennifer N. Young and Joshua M. Young; two great-grandchildren; and special friends Mike and Debbie Smartnick.

Kathaleen was a member of East Gate Foursquare Church and was also an avid bridge player and enjoyed the "Cat Who…" books.

Funeral services were held at French Mortuary at 10:30 am Wednesday, September 7, with burial following in the Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Santa Fe, NM.

Kenneth Eli Stanley

Kenneth Eli Stanley, 36, of Crossett died Monday, September 26, 2005, at St. Vincent's in Little Rock. A lifelong resident of Crossett, he was a construction worker and a member of Pine Forest Missionary Baptist Church.

Survivors include one daughter, Megan Stanley of Crossett; his father, Kenneth Charles Stanley of Crossett; his mother, Edith Moates of Crossett; four sisters, Kay Anthony and Tracy Harville and husband Bobby, all of Crossett, and Barbara Craig and husband Steve and Gail Matthews and husband Coleman, all of Hamburg. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Charlie B. and Bessie Stanley and Don and Annie Lee Ferguson.

Funeral services were held Thursday, September 29, at Pine Forest Missionary Baptist Church in North Crossett with Bro. Roy Grantham officiating. Burial was at Sims Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Pallbearers were Danny Ferguson, Chris Ray, Charlie Rice, Kenny Clark, Russ Meeks and Quint Couey. Honorary pallbearers were Tom Naff, Mike Pool and Robert Pennington.

Carl Tumlison

Carl Tumlison, 76, of Crossett died Friday, September 30, 2005, at the Landmark Nursing Home in West Monroe, LA. Born September 21, 1929, in Hamburg to Hiram Alexander "Zan" and Goldie Dale Burnett Tumlison, he was a member of the Church of Christ. He loved gospel music and sang in the Southland Quartet in the 1950s. He worked for the Sword and Shield Publishing Company for several years and also worked as a lab technician for Georgia-Pacific.

Survivors include a son, Renn Tumlison and wife Terry of Arkadelphia; a special friend, Ruth Parks of West Monroe; a brother, Zandra Tumlison of Peru, IN; a sister, Jeanene Stewart of Lake Village; and two grandchildren, Creed and Tamzen Tumlison. He was preceded in death by his wife, Joy Conner Tumlison.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Monday, October 3, in the Church of Christ with Joe Sponaugle and Jurd Brantley officiating. Pallbearers were Jim Green, Paul Langley, Joe Friend, Ron Huboda, Harry Joe Tumlison, Tommy Pearson and Joe Shairrick. Honorary pallbearers were Troy Wisecarver and Andy Shaw. Burial followed services at the Carter Cemetery with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Mrs. Louise Wallace

Mrs. Edna Louise Riley Wallace, 85, of Hamburg, died Monday, September 26, 2005, at the Medical Center of South Arkansas in El Dorado. A native and lifelong resident of Hamburg and a resident of DeQueen for the past two years, she retired from the Soil Conservation and Farm Bureau. She was a member of the Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church where she taught Adult Ladies Sunday School Class and the Lois Circle and served as clerk of Bartholomew Association for 22 years. She served as secretary-treasurer of the Promise Land Cemetery Association for 24 years and she was a 50 year member of the Eastern Star Hamburg Chapter, 151.

She is survived by a son, Randolph Wallace and wife Peggy of El Dorado; two daughters, Nancy Bryant and husband Bill of Idabel, OK, and Edna Mae Carlton and husband Joe of DeQueen; a daughter-in-law, Carol Sue Wallace of Monticello; a sister, Sue Cockrell and husband Olen of Monticello; nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Guy R. Wallace, in 1973; a son, Richard Wallace, in June, 2005 ; her parents, Radford R. and Edna Belle Higginbotham Riley; and three sisters, Merle Benson, Alice Collins and Virginia Scott.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Wednesday, September 28, in the Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church with Revs. Fredrick Etheridge, John Mooney and Curtis Brown officiating. Burial followed services in the Promise Land Cemetery. Pallbearers were nephews Ron Collins, James "Jimbo" Duke, David Duke, Bobby Hales, David Hamblen, James Harrison, John Martin and Shelby Scott. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Promise Land Cemetery Association, c/o Mrs. JoAnn Sullivan, 318 Ashley 131, Hamburg, AR 71646.

October 12

Vivian Marie Bethea

Vivian Marie Bethea, 39, of Crossett died Sunday, October 2, 2005, at M. D. Anderson Hospital in Houston, TX. A native of Monroe, LA, but a resident of Crossett for the past 16 years, she was a homemaker and a Jehovah's Witness.

Survivors include her husband of 16 years, DeJuan Bethea; her father, Gilbert Lawrence of Monroe; her mother, Irene Barber of Jonesville, LA; two brothers, Donald Barber of Clayton, LA, and Joseph Jones of Monroe; four sisters, Betty Upton and Deidra Barber, both of Houston, Carolyn Barber of Alexandria, LA, and Danielle Bradford of Monroe. She was preceded in death by a brother and a sister.

Her remains were cremated. Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg was in charge of arrangements.

Ella Mae Bowman

Ella Mae Bowman, 76, of Crossett died Thursday, October 6, 2005, at the Ashley County Medical Center. A native of Urbana and a resident of Crossett for the past 58 years, she was a retired housekeeper and a member of First Baptist Church.

Survivors include one son, Oliver L. Leak of Crossett; one daughter, DeWanda Cook Weaver and husband J. Herbert of Seattle, WA; two brothers, Roosevelt Ward of Phoenix, AZ, and Rev. Willie T. Ward of Urbana; seven sisters, Ora B. Randle of Tacoma, WA, Rose Lee Sanders of Seattle and Ola Jean Barnes, Lois Bradley, Ruby Kendrix, Lois Gulley and Carolyn Norman, all of Urbana; and two grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Roosevelt and Ester Ward; and five sisters.

Funeral services were scheduled for Wednesday, October 12, at 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church on Florida Street with Rev. Evandrew Washington officiating. Burial will follow at Westview Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Pallbearers are to be J. Herbert Weaver, Roosevelt Ward, Jessie Lowe, Tony Allen, Stanley Goree and John Reed.

R. H. "Sonny" Bussell

Mr. R H "Sonny" Bussell, 73, of Lake Village died Thursday, October 6, 2005, outside Lake Village. A native and resident of Hamburg for many years and a resident of Lake Village since 1988, he retired from the Georgia-Pacific paper mill in 1986. A Korean Conflict veteran of the United States Navy, he was a member of the Chicot Missionary Baptist Church.

Survivors include a son, Randy Bussell of Lake Village; a daughter, Camille Goodell of Gillett; a sister, Patsy White of Lake Village; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Billie Higginbotham Bussell, in 2000; his parents, James A. and Beatrice Stanley Bussell; and a half-sister, Margie Wise.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Saturday, October 8, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home with Revs. James Morris and David Powers officiating. Burial followed services in the Hamburg Cemetery. Pallbearers were Frank Jenkins, John Wells, Hugh Doty, Charles Gallaher, Chad Higginbotham and Rusty Marshall.

Memorials may be made to the Chicot Missionary Baptist Church, 744A Lake Hall Road, Lake Village, AR 71653.

Floyd Byron Cook

Mr. Floyd Byron Cook, 58, of Hamburg died Tuesday, October 4, 2005, at the St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center in Little Rock. A native of Monticello and a lifelong resident of Hamburg, he retired from the Ashley Chicot Electric Cooperative in 1998 after 30 years of service. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force and a member of the First United Methodist Church in Hamburg.

Survivors are two daughters, Sheila Keener and Kim "MiMi" Hammett and husband, Steve, all of Heflin, LA; a son, Josef Cook of Monroe, LA; two brothers, Kenneth Cook and wife Rosalie of Houston, TX, and Jerry Cook and wife, Jo, of Harrisburg, PA; two sisters, Barbara Wells of Memphis and Sue White and husband Robert of El Dorado and five grandchildren, Chris, Stephanie, Becky, Seth and Nick. He was preceded in death by his parents, Basil and Lorene Spoonts Cook and an infant sister.

A memorial service was held at 10 a.m., Saturday, October 8, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home in Hamburg with Rev. Gary Harrison officiating. Honorary pallbearers were David and Keith Ladd, Joe Hilburn, Harvey Allison, Gerald Lauhon, Willie Claude Kelley and Sam Pruitt. Cremation arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church Youth Department, 202 South Main, Hamburg, AR 71646.

Samuel Lee "Sammie" Howell

Samuel Lee "Sammie" Howell, 72, of Crossett died Friday, October 7, 2005, at his residence. A native of Strong but a resident of Crossett for the past 40 years, he was a retired log cutter and a member of Ward Chapel C. M. E. Church.

Survivors include his wife of 26 years, Ruth Ann Howell; four sons, Lawrence Howell of Seattle, WA, Warren Washington and wife Shante and Eulus Washington, all of Crossett, and Patrick Wilson and wife Annette of Bastrop, LA; one daughter, Patrice Harper and husband Cornell of Crossett; five sisters, Mae Ella Davis of Grambling, LA, Lou Ella Benton and Hazel Mae Howell, both of Strong, Rose Mary Daniels of Crossett and Karen Palmer of El Dorado; and six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clay Henry and Media Phifer Howell; one son, Richard Earl Howell; and five brothers.

Funeral services are scheduled for Friday, October 14, at 1 p.m. at Davis Memorial Church of God in Christ with Bishop R. E. Matheney officiating. Burial will follow at Westview Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home. Pallbearers are to be Glendale Benton, Gylos Benton, Bobby Ray Howell, Thomas Glen Howell, James Daniels Jr. and Derrell Howell.

Lethaniel Huffman

Lethaniel Huffman, 54, of Eudora died Saturday, October 4, 2005, at Chicot Memorial Hospital in Lake Village. A native of Lake Village, he was a laborer at Eudora Garment Factory and a Methodist.

Survivors include two sons, Kendrick Nelson of Memphis, TN, and Dexter Calloway of Kansas City, MO; one daughter, Valerie Huffman of Lake Village; two brothers, Percy Wilburn of Lake Village and Walter Wilburn of Pine Bluff; and three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Snow Huffman Wilburn; and one sister, Beatrice Lovelace.

Funeral services were scheduled for Thursday, October 13, at 1 p.m. at Seven Star Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Lewis Newton officiating. Burial will follow at New Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Pallbearers are Wilbert Anderson, Emory Chesterfield, Freddie Bates, Melvin Davis, Thornton Green Jr. and Johnny Hamms. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Lake Village Central High School Class of 1969.

Robert Michael Johns

Robert Michael "B. J." Johns, 45, of Austin, AR, died Wednesday, October 5, 2005. Born October 14, 1959, at Eglin Air Force Base in Fort Walton Beach, FL, he was employed by Conestoga Wood Specialties for the past 20 years. He loved the outdoors and fireworks.

Survivors include one daughter, Casie Lynn Johns of Austin; two brothers, Mark Johns and wife Kim of Hamburg and David Johns and wife Judy of Sherwood; one sister, Amy Brewer and husband Scott of North Little Rock; eight nieces and nephews, Jason Johns, Nicole Johns, Jack Pruitt, Blake Brewer, Ashley Blaeuer, Whitney Blaeuer, Destin Garrett and Austin Garrett; and one great-nephew, Ethan Blaeuer. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Charles Johns, and his mother, Ruth Church Johns.

Funeral services were held Saturday, October 8, at 10 a.m. in the chapel of Griffin Leggett Rest Hills Chapel in North Little Rock. Memorials may be made to Arkansas Hospice, 5600 West Twelfth, Little Rock, AR 72204, or Carti, 3401 Springhill, North Little Rock, 72117.

Lisa Gaye Mazzanti

Lisa Gaye Mazzanti, 42, of Lake Village died Saturday, October 1, 2005, at her residence. Born September 3, 1963, in Delhi, LA, she was an office manager for Bayou Grain Co. and a communicant of Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church.

Survivors include her husband, Thomas Mazzanti of Lake Village; one son, Nicholas Mazzanti of Lake Village; one daughter, Alicia Mazzanti of Lake Village; her parents, Jack and Betty Maddux of Del Norte, CO; and one sister, Debra Lenzner of Del Norte.

A mass of Christian burial was held Wednesday, October 5, at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church with Father Theophilus Okpara as celebrant. Burial was at St. Mary's Cemetery under the direction of Bishop Funeral Home of Lake Village.

Alcie Nichols

Alcie Nichols, 88, of Crossett died Tuesday, October 4, 2005, at Beverly Health Care of Crossett. Born February 4, 1917, to Joe and Alma Pailett Nichols in Winnsboro, LA, he was a railroad foreman and a member of Magnolia Baptist Church.

Survivors include two sons, Charles Roy Nichols of Lovelady, TX, and Thomas Nichols of Sparks, NV; two daughters, Judy Snowden of Beaumont, TX, and Brenda Kirk of Crossett; 15 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Elsie Ruth Nichols; one son, Vernon Nichols; one daughter, Carolyn Rocha; and one grandson, Matthew Thomas Kirk.

Funeral services were held Thursday, October 6, at 2 p.m. at Magnolia Baptist Church. Burial was at Hickory Grove Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Pallbearers were Lynn Snowden, Mike Snowden, Nic Nichols, Donnie Goldman, Bill McLeod and Jimmy Goldman.

Helen M. Noble

Helen M. Noble, 91, of Crossett died Tuesday, October 4, 2005, at Beverly Health Care of Crossett. Born February 23, 1914, to Rob and Lula Goodwin Jenkins in Ashley County, she was a homemaker and a member of Beulahland Assembly of God.

Survivors include two sons, Charles Noble of Crossett and Ronnie Noble of Tillar; one daughter, Pat Jenkins of Jacksonville; 12 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Mack Noble; and one son, Billy Mack Noble.

Funeral services were held Thursday, October 6, at 10 a.m. at Beulahland Assembly of God with Revs. Ron Reddin and Brian Jenkins officiating. Burial was at Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Pallbearers were Matthew Noble, Greg Noble, Randy Noble, Jeff Jenkins, Hayden McDonald, Kennon Noble and Robert Jenkins.

October 19

Dorothy McHan Cessor

Mrs. Dorothy McHan Cessor, 71, of Lake Village died Wednesday, October 12, 2005, at the Select Specialty Hospital in Pine Bluff. A native of Drew County and a resident of Lake Village for most of her life, she was a homemaker and a member of the Oak Grove Freewill Baptist Church.

She is survived by two sons, Wendell Cessor and wife Donna of Lake Village and Randy Cessor of Marion; two daughters, Rita Millholland of Hot Springs and Karen Cortez and husband LeRoy of Monticello; 14 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Cessor, Sr., in 1999; two sons, Carl Cessor, Jr and Gerald Cessor; her parents, Earnest McHan and Ethel Peoples; and two brothers, James W. and Gerald Dean McHan.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Friday, October 14, in the Oak Grove Freewill Baptist Church with Rev. Phillip Payne officiating. Burial followed services at the Old Troy Cemetery. Pallbearers were Billy Gosney, Jason Maglothin, Darin Graham, Calvin Rowe, Jude Carter, Randy Cessor, Wendell Cessor and LeRoy Cortez, Jr. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Robert Edwin Fisher

Robert Edwin Fisher, 82, former ombudsman for the Arkansas Attorney General and also former owner of the Crossett News Observer, died October 12, 2005, following a short illness. Born in Chicago, IL December 17, 1922, to Clyde and Nelle Fisher, he was raised and educated in Topeka, KS. He was an honor graduate of Topeka High School and Washburn University. He was an Eagle Scout, Quartermaster Sea Scout and a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and the Korean War. Fisher worked on daily papers in Topeka before moving to Nebraska in 1948, where he purchased two weekly papers, which he published until his recall by the Air Force in 1951. After the Korean War, he moved to Crossett, where he purchased the News Observer, which he owned until 1968. During his ownership, the paper was honored on many occasions by state, national and international journalism organizations. Among the many honors, he was awarded in 1965, the Golden Quill from the International Conference of Weekly Newspapers. In 1967 he was presented the National Distinguished Service Award by the Sigma Delta Chi Professional Journalism Society, and in 1968 his editorials were honored by the National Newspaper Association.

After leaving Crossett, he joined the staff of the late Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller, where he worked as liaison to the minority community and handled other special projects. He worked for the Arkansas Democrat as an editorial writer, was co-owner of the Arkadelphia Southern Standard and served as managing editor of the Benton Courier. He joined the staff of the Arkansas Attorney General's office in 1980 and was named ombudsman of the office in 1985, a position he held until he retired in the spring of 2005.

Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Janet Ruth Adams Fisher; seven children and step-children: Achsah Ellen Stremsterfer of Grosse Isle, MI, Patrice Crocker of Mayflower, James Robert Fisher, Charles Adam Guise, Dr. Joseph Benjamin Guise and Amanda Ruth McDonough, all of Little Rock, and Matthew Alan Guise of Spring, TX; 15 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

A memorial service was held Monday, October 17, at 10 a.m. Grace Presbyterian Church in Little Rock. Memorials may be made to Grace Presbyterian Church or to a favorite charity.

James Lee Kelly

James Lee Kelly, 22, of Crossett died Tuesday, October 11, 2005, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born December 30, 1982, in Monticello to James Edward Kelley and Ruby A. Strickland, he loved to hunt and fish.

Survivors include his wife, Misti Kelly; his mother, Ann Crass and husband Scott; his father, James Edward Kelly and wife Rita; his grandparents, Scott and Janie Johnson and James and Carolyn Lemley, all of Crossett; his step-grandparents, Michael and Leona Cross of Hamburg and Virginia Faulk of Crossett; one sister, Christa Rainey; one brother, Marcus Rainey; one step-brother, David Miles Jr.; one step-sister, April Barnett, all of Crossett; a special uncle, Tony Strickland; and a host of other relatives. He was preceded in death by his great-grandmother, Lorene Miles.

Funeral services were held Friday, October 14, at 3 p.m. at Rolfe Chapel Freewill Baptist Church with Rev. Carlton White officiating. Burial was at Arkadelphia Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Pallbearers were Daniel Warren, Scott Wilcoxin, Greg Burnside, Bud Livingston, David Miles Jr. and Eugene Barnett. Honorary pallbearers were Tony Strickland, Robert Kippen, Jimmy Don Kelley and Terry Barnett.

Marilyn Louise Lewis

Marilyn Louise Lewis, 60, of Crossett died Monday, October 10, 2005, at her residence. A native of Summerfield, LA, she had lived in Crossett for the past 30 years. She was a homemaker and member of Gates Chapel A. M. E. Church.

Survivors include her husband of 18 years, Charles Edward "T. C." Lewis; four sons, Billy Wilson and wife Connie of Bunkie, LA, and Bobby Clark and wife Loretta, Charles Lewis and wife Tracy and Anthony Lewis, all of Crossett; six daughters, LaTonya Lewis Tatum and husband Felton, Carolyn Lewis, Shelia, Cynthia and Denotria Williams, all of Crossett, and Gayle Jenkins of Dermott; two step-daughters, Loraine Wilson and Ann Williams, both of Long Beach, CA; her adopted mother, Lurlene Matthews of Dallas, TX; two brothers, James Hall of El Dorado and Shelton Hall of Odessa, TX; two sisters, Jean Rutledge of Oakland, CA, and Carolyn Brooks of Dallas; 31 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one son, Charles Ray Wilson; and her parents, George and Myrtis Ashley Jones.

Funeral services were held Saturday, October 15, at 11 a.m. at Gates Chapel A. M. E. Church with Rev. Tyrone Broomfield officiating. Burial was at Mt. Olive Cemetery in Summerfield under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Pallbearers were Keithen Heath, Manuel Boston, Kenny Ray Lewis, Felton Tatum Jr., Alton Chambers and David Silverand. Sons were honorary pallbearers.

Billy Allen Wood

Billy Allen Wood, 69, of Crossett died Wednesday, October 12, 2005, at Glenwood Regional Medical Center. Born July 5, 1936, in Crossett to Emmett Allen and Vera Frances Day Wood, he was a charter member of Temple Baptist Church of Crossett.

Survivors include his wife, Jimmie Townsend Wood of Crossett; one son, Steven Allen Wood and wife Jenniffer of Coconut Creek, FL; one brother, Bobby Wood of Dallas, TX; three sisters, Margaret Krouskup of Dallas, TX, Mary Ann Denning of Terre Haute, IN, and Ruth Berard of Dallas, TX; and one grandson, Casey Allen Wood.

Funeral services were at 3 p.m., Saturday, October 15, in the Temple Baptist Church with Bro. Kirk Hall officiating. Interment followed at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Pallbearers were J. W. Harris, Buddy Dean, Phillip Goodwin, Dewayne Willis, John Welch, Larry Thompson, and Charlie Jordan. Honorary pallbearers were B. J. Buck, and Herman Stanley.

October 26

Julia Lorraine Adams

Julia Lorraine Adams, 77, of Crossett died Sunday, October 16, 2005, in Beaumont, TX. Born on February 20, 1928, in Silsby, TX, the daughter of Oregon and Spicy Norsworthy Boyett, Mrs. Adams served for 16 years as a chemistry instructor at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. She was a member of Beech Street Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband, Garland Adams of Crossett; two brothers, Don Boyett of Lake Wells, FL, and Archie Boyett of Lumberton, TX; two sisters, Cora Hollis of Crossett and Martha Webb of Forney, TX; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 19, in the Beech Street Baptist Church with Rev. Michael Moore officiating. Interment followed at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Ritchie Hall Bradley

Ritchie Hall Bradley, 50, of Dumas, died Thursday, October 13, 2005, in Monticello. Born September 6, 1955, in Dumas to Claude W. and Reba Bradley, he was a member of the Dark Corner Christian Church and attended the Jodie Partridge Center at Dumas.

Survivors include four brothers, Wayne Bradley of Pine Bluff, Bobby Bradley and Ronnie Bradley, both of Gould, and Gary Bradley of Dumas; one sister, Jo Jacks of Hamburg; 14 nieces and nephews and nineteen great-nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Saturday, October 15, at 11 .m. at Dark Corner Christian Church with Rev. Tom Bowlby officiating. Burial was at Dark Corner Cemetery in Gould under the direction of Griffin Funeral Home of Dumas. Nephews served as pallbearers. Memorials may be made to the Jodie Partridge Center at Dumas.

Jerry Allen Courtney

Jerry Allen Courtney, 70, of Hermitage died Wednesday, October 19, 2005, at his residence. Born July 16, 1935, in Bradley County, he was a retired farmer, timber harvester, a medic in the Korean War and a Baptist.

Survivors include his wife, Meda Copeland Courtney; two sons, Dwayne Courtney and Terry Courtney, both of Hermitage; one daughter, Becky Courtney of Crossett; one brother, Max Courtney of Hermitage; one sister, Lynda Marcantel of Hermitage; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Fay and Eva Childers Courtney; one sister; and his first wife, Rose Courtney.

Funeral services were held Saturday, October 22, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home of Monticello with Rev. Buddy Burton officiating. Burial was at Crossroads Cemetery. Pallbearers were Eddie Ferrell, Sonny Bethea, Ron Fawbush, Sonny Rainey, Joe Hewitt and Bubba Laws.

Pat Toole Foreman

Mrs. Pat Toole Foreman, 60, of Crossett died Sunday, October 23, 2005, at her residence. A native of Crossett and a former resident of Nampa, Idaho, who moved back to Crossett in 1991, she graduated from Crossett High School in 1963 and attended Belhaven College. She was a veteran of the United States Army Women's Corps, serving during the Vietnam era. A homemaker and member of the Church of the Redeemer, she was preceded in death by her father, W. N. Toole.

She is survived by her husband, Jerry Foreman; two sons, Bill and Michael Foreman; a daughter, Nancy Toner; her mother, Jeanne Gamble Toole, all of Crossett; a brother, James Michael Toole of Columbus, Ohio; and six grandchildren Courtney, Lynsy, Kaidyn and Khloe Foreman and Sarah and Laurel Stanley.

Funeral services were planned for 2 p.m., Tuesday, October 25, in the Church of the Redeemer with Rev. Jerry Grant officiating. Burial was to follow services at the Hamburg Cemetery. Pallbearers were to be Bill and Michael Foreman, Bo Raney, Sam Green, Willis Doss and Leo Chandler. Funeral arrangements are by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Church of the Redeemer, PO Box 150, Hamburg, AR 71646.

Lester LaDerrell Frisby

Lester LaDerrell Frisby, 33, of Sheridan died Sunday, October 16, 2005, at his residence. A native of Crossett but a resident of Sheridan for the past five months, he was a welder and a member of Poyne Missionary Baptist Church in Poyne.

Survivors include one son, Christopher LaDerrell Frisby of Penscaola, FL; his mother, Alice Frisby of Crossett; his grandparents, Doc and Vivian "Tootsie" Oden of Crossett; two brothers, Richard Frisby and wife JoAnn and Michael Frisby, all of Crossett; and one sister, LaQuestia Frisby of Crossett. He was preceded in death by his father, Lester W. Frisby Jr.; one sister, LeAnna Frisby Markham; and his grandparents, Lester W. Frisby Sr. and Anna Bell Buckner.

Funeral services were held Thursday, October 20, at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg with Revs. Lloyd Thompson and Steven Franklin officiating. Burial was at Eden Cemetery. Pallbearers were Dustin Smith, Tommy Campbell, Tommy Fleming, Matt Hughes, Edward Jones and Kenny Fite.

Hurley Gaston Hargis

Hurley Gaston Hargis, 76, of Hermitage died Tuesday, October 18, 2005, at Bradley County Medical Center in Warren. Born May 22, 1929, in Ingalls to Christopher C. "Lum" Hargis and Lela Maude Kitchell Hargis, he was a mechanic, car salesman and a Baptist.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Nina Dell Myers Hargis; three sons, Marl Gaston Hargis of New Edinburg, Hurley Wendell Hargis of Dennard and Drew Stephen Hargis of Hermitage; two daughters, Marcia Karen Henderson of Mayflower and Beverly June Smith of Warren; one brother, Rev. Klois L. Hargis of Hamburg; 12 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Cleo Hargis and Carl Prather Hargis; and one sister, Ruthie Mae Jackson.

Funeral services were held Thursday, October 20, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Frazer's Funeral Home of Warren with Revs. Wayman Mann and Klois L. Hargis officiating. Burial was at Ebenezer Cemetery. Pallbearers were Drew Hargis, Wendell Hargis, Marl Hargis, David Smith, Jimmy Hargis, Wyatt Jackson and Dusty Byrd.

Lillie Mae Jacob

Lillie Mae Jacob, 48, of Crossett died Saturday, October 22, 2005, at Beverly Health Care of Crossett. A native of Hamburg and a resident of Crossett for the past 29 years, she was a homemaker and a member of Phillip Grove Missionary Baptist Church.

Survivors include one son, Mickie Tate of Bastrop, LA; three daughters, Laqucia Smith, Shaquita Smith and Daphne Campbell, all of Crossett; three brothers, George Jacob Jr. and Willie Lee Jacob, both of Crossett, and Sammy Jacob of Mexico; and five sisters, Bobbie Boyd of Meridian, MS, Angie Jacob, Sue Ann Jacob and Georgia Jacob, all of Crossett, and Mary Bradford and husband Bloyce of Cleveland, TX. She was preceded in death by her parents, George Lee and Louise Wheatfork Jacob; one brother, Jessie Lee Jacob; and two sisters, Betty Lee Heim and Linda Faye Johnson.

Funeral services were scheduled for Thursday, October 27, at 1 p.m. at Phillip Grove Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. John Childress officiating. Burial will follow at Phillip Grove Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Pallbearers were to be J. C. Boyd, Tony Johnson Jr., Terry Gilliam, Taci Gilliam, William Haynes and Horace Ingram Jr. Honorary pallbearers were to be the deacons of Phillip Grove Missionary Baptist Church.

John McManus

Mr. John "Tom" McManus, 87, of Parkdale died Saturday October 22, 2005, at the Chicot Memorial Hospital in Lake Village. A native of Lapile, a resident of Parkdale for the past 16 years and a former resident of the Gaines community outside Wilmot, he was a retired farmer, a member of the Parkdale Baptist Church and a former member of the Gaines Baptist Church where he was the Sunday School superintendent for 35 years.

He is survived by six brothers, Archie "Jack" McManus and wife Nellie of Parkdale, Earl McManus and wife Mary of West Monroe, LA, Charles McManus and wife Nancy of Monroe, LA, Royce McManus and wife Christine of Haughton, LA, Ronald McManus and Wallace McManus and wife Sue of West Monroe; a sister, Gloria Jean Bearden of West Monroe; and a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Annie Gunter McManus, a sister, Mary Lee McCoy and an infant brother.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Monday, October 24, in the Parkdale Baptist Church with Revs. Owen Jones and Bob Bridges officiating. Pallbearers were Johnny McManus, Charles and Eddie Whitlock, Johnny McManus Jr., Clay Smith and Eric Netherland. Burial followed services at the Bell Cemetery with arrangements by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Bell Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 114, Parkdale, AR 71661.

Lillie Mae Powell

Lillie Mae Powell, 68, of Douglas, GA, died Wednesday, October 19, 2005, at Coffee Regional Medical Center in Douglas. A native of Hamburg, she had lived in Douglas for the past two years.

Survivors include four sons, Robert Powell and wife Mary and Johnnie Lee Morris of Douglas, Christopher Powell and wife Beatrice of Syracuse, NY, and Leon Webster Jr. of Las Vegas, NV; five daughters, Sara King, Vickie Lowe and husband Ellis and Evangeline McMilland and husband Norris of Douglas, Rosemary James and husband Ebenezer of Hamburg and Melissa Thomas and husband Rick of Little Rock; one step-son, Benjamin White of Hamburg; one sister, Easter Mae Thompson of Hamburg; 31 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Westley and Fannie Haynes Lewis; two daughters, Dollie Franklin and Tracy Watkins; one sister, Alice "Kitty" Lewis; and two brothers, Horace and Chris Lewis.

Funeral services were scheduled for Wednesday, October 26, at 1 p.m. at Emmanuel Temple Church of God in Christ with Bishop Danny Mays officiating. Burial will follow at Phillip Grove Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Pallbearers are Willie Ashford, David Dennis, Matthew Thompson, Herman Madison, Eddie Mays and Michael Thompson. Grandsons will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Ronald Owen Rice

Ronald Owen Rice, 51, of Shreveport, LA, formerly of Crossett, died September 26, 2005, after a brief battle with cancer.

He is survived by a son, David Owen Dvorshock; two grandsons, Collin Michael and Logan James, all of Zanesville, OH; a brother, Bruce Allen Rice of Shreveport; a sister Jo Ann Rice; a nephew, Wayne Allen Rice; a niece, Stephanie Brooke Rice; a great-nephew, Wayne Allen Rice, Jr.; and a great-niece, Jennilee Ann Rice.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Rose and Kenneth Rice, his paternal grandparents, McDuffie and Lena Rice, his maternal grandparents, Derrell and Etta Smith and a niece, Le Ann Sowyers. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Garland A. Sawyer

Garland A. Sawyer, 82, of Monticello died Thursday, October 20, 2005, at Leisure Lodge Nursing Home in Monticello. Born April 3, 1923, in Monticello to Jessie R. Sawyer and Florence Carrington Sawyer, he was a U. S. Air Corps veteran of World War II, a retired pipe fitter and a Baptist.

Survivors include one son, Dennis Sawyer of Monticello; two daughters, Annette Pennington of Hamburg and Lynette Streeter of Fountain Hill; eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Audrey Sawyer; two brothers, Frank Sawyer and J. R. Sawyer; and three sisters, Lela Hood, Alberta Weatherall and Varnie Trimble.

Funeral services were held Sunday, October 23, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home of Monticello with Rev. Buddy Lemons officiating. Burial was at Oakland Cemetery. Pallbearers were Steven Pennington, Tony Streeter, Daniel Sawyer, Kevin Streeter, Timothy Streeter and Brad Morgan.

Jaquilla JaLove Weaver

Jaquilla JaLove Weaver, four months old, died October 9, 2005, in Douglas, GA. She was born May 20, 2005, to Willis Weaver and Sara King.

Survivors in addition to her parents include six brothers, Marcus Dewayne Webster of Abercore, NM, Mario Webster of Elmira, NY, Brad Lacey and Anthony King, both of Douglas, and Willis Weaver III and Brandon Weaver, both of Atlanta, GA; one sister, Wanda Jacobs of Atlanta; grandparents, Lillie Mae Powell of Douglas and Willis and Ruby Weaver of Atlanta; seven aunts, including Rosemary Simpson of Hamburg and seven uncles. She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Leon Webster Sr.

Ruth L. Sisco Wooten Wells

Ruth L. Sisco Wooten "Big Mama" Wells, 92, of Hamburg died Tuesday, October 11, 2005. Born October 1, 1913, in Lawson to William Green and Minnie Lee Duke Sisco, she was retired from Chase Bag Co. and was a member of Trinity Freewill Baptist Church.

Survivors include one son, Jimmy T. Wooten of Appomattox, VA; one daughter, Jerelene Stanley of Hamburg; two sisters, Mary Brown of Fresno, CA and Patty Jo Johnson of Rockford, IL; five grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, 16 great-great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Wells; one daughter, Charlotte Wooten; one grandson, Mark Wooten; one great-grandson, Doug Davis; two sisters, Clara Lampkin and Eloise Daley; and two brothers, Willard and Wilson Sisco.

Funeral services were held Saturday, October 15, at 10 a.m. at Trinity Freewill Baptist Church with Revs. Brent Hutsell and Carlton White officiating. Burial was at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Hamburg. Pallbearers were Chris Carithers, Mike Stanley, James Martin, Tim Daley, Eugene Roberts and Bobby Stanley. Honorary pallbearers were T. J. Moran, Kenneth Moran and James Murphy.

Memorials may be made to Trinity Freewill Baptist Church Building or the school, 803 Ashley 95, Hamburg, AR 71646.

Marie Woods White

Mrs. Marie Woods White, 93, of Fountain Hill died Monday, October 17, 2005 at the, Monticello Healthcare Center. A native of Portland and a resident of Fountain Hill for over 85 years, she was a sales clerk for many years at the Boyd and Nichols Department Store in Fountain Hill and Harrison's Department Store in Hamburg. She was a member of the Eastern Star, an active member of the Fountain Hill First Baptist Church since 1924 and a Sunday school teacher for many years.

She is survived by a daughter, Edith Thurman and husband Dennis of Lacey; two sons, Bill White and wife Gail of Texarkana and Charles White and wife Marie of Hamburg; seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; one step-great-grandchild and two great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Sterling White, in October, 2003; her parents, John and Willie Watkins Woods; four sisters, Terry Woods, Ethel Walker, Lola Mae Jackson and Merle Hester and three brothers, Wilson, John and Harold Woods.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Thursday, October 20, in the Fountain Hill First Baptist Church with Revs. Bill Elton and Cliff Bernard officiating. Pallbearers were Tim Stults, Steve, Stan and Jeff White, Bob Timmons and Ed Sturmer. Honorary pallbearers were Buddy White, John Marvin Woods, John Robert Hester and Richard Jackson. Burial followed services at the Flat Creek Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Fountain Hill First Baptist Church or to the Flat Creek Cemetery Association, both at P.O. Box 265, Fountain Hill, AR 71642.

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