August 3

Woodie Keith Bellott

Woodie Keith Bellott, 75, of Daingerfield, TX, formerly of Crossett, died Monday, July 25, 2005. Born July 6, 1930, in Milo to Erastus and Margaret Binns Bellott, he served in the U. S. Navy from 1952-56 and was a veteran of the Korean War. He attended the University of Arkansas-Monticello, retired from Trans-America Occidental Life Insurance Co. and was a member of Cumberland Presbyterian Church of Daingerfield, TX.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Joyce Roach Bellott of Daingerfield; two sons, Michael Bellott and wife Deanne of College Station, TX, and Timothy Bellott and wife Barbara of Chesapeake, VA; one daughter, Susan Casey and husband Sam of Hillsboro, IL; his mother, Margaret Binns Bellott of Daingerfield; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Grave side services were held Thursday, July 28, at 2 p.m. at Eden Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Carlean Pugh Combs

Mrs. Carlean Pugh Combs, 59, of Hamburg died Monday, July 25, 2005, at her residence south of Hamburg. A native and lifelong resident of Hamburg, she worked for the Hamburg Public School System until retiring 1992 and was a van driver for the senior citizens for the Area Agency on Aging in Southeast Arkansas for many years. She was a member of the Soldiers Chapel AME Church.

She is survived by her husband, Sam Combs of Hamburg; two sons, Robert Franklin of Crossett and Alvin Brewer and wife Michelle of Hamburg; three daughters, Patricia Franklin Leonard and husband Clyde of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Irecia Brewer Franklin and husband Kenneth of Lafayette, LA, and Tamara Brewer Franklin and husband McCoy of Hamburg; a step-daughter, Marie Combs of Bastrop, LA; a sister, Pearlean Marshall of Hamburg and 14 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Ivory Baker Pugh; a sister, Barbara Parker and a brother, Robert Pugh.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 30, at the Soldiers Chapel AME Church with Rev. Gwain Hammock officiating. Burial followed services at the Phillip Grove Cemetery. Pallbearers were Dewayne Pugh, Michael Burns, Terry Gilliam, Calvin Frierson, Earl Jacobs and Robert Scates. Honorary pallbearers were the men of the Soldiers Chapel AME Church and Phillip Grove Missionary Baptist Church. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home.

Dorothy "June" Malloy Evans

Dorothy "June" Malloy Evans, 75, of Hamburg died Sunday, July 31, 2005, at her residence in the Milo community after a lengthy illness. A native of the Milo community and a resident of Bastrop, LA, for many years, she moved back to the Milo community eighteen years ago. She was a homemaker and a member of the Mt. Olive Baptist Church in North Crossett.

Survivors include her husband of 24 years, Herbert Oliver Evans of Hamburg; a son, Thomas A. Franklin and wife Karen of West Monroe, LA; three daughters, Rebecca F. Brown and husband Greg of Plantersville, AL, Alisa M. Scott and husband Shelby of Hamburg and Stacey M. Wilson of Fountain Hill; two brothers, Preston Malloy and wife Patricia of Hamburg and Alvin Malloy and wife Mary Katherine of Little Rock; a sister, Joyce M. Johnson of Dover; two sisters-in-law, ten grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren as well as other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, T.L. Franklin and James K. Martin; her parents, Roy Cobb and Violet Flowers Malloy; and four brothers, Lester, G. W., J.P. and Carnell Malloy.

Funeral services were planned for 10 p.m., Wednesday, August 3, in the Mt. Olive Baptist Church with Revs. Nay Vickers and Eric Hodge officiating. Burial was to follow services at the Zion Cemetery.

Pallbearers were to be Harold Farmer, Ricky White, John Frank Johnston, Joe Sasser, Larry Land and Jerry Ozment. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Memorials may be made to the Shiloh Baptist Church, c/o Rob Gifford, 915 Ashley Road 92, Hamburg, AR 71646 or to the American Cancer Society, 901 N. University Ave, Little Rock, AR 72207.

Mary Christine Ferrell

Mary Christine Ferrell, 87, of Johnsville died Tuesday, July 26, 2005, at Bradley County Memorial Hospital. Born June 8, 1918, at Ferrell to Luther and Eva McClain Ferrell, she was a homemaker and member of Calvary Presbyterian Church.

There were no immediate survivors. She was preceded in death by four brothers, Bernard Ferrell, Julius Ferrell, Hiram Ferrell and Howard Ferrell; and one sister, Annie Chandler.

Funeral services were held Thursday, July 28, at 2 p.m. at Calvary Presbyterian Church with Rev. Wayman Mann officiating. Burial was at Calvary Cemetery by Frazer's Funeral Home of Warren. Pallbearers were Jackie West, Louis Ferrell, Phillip Ferrell, Allen Chandler, Harold Ferrell and Eugene Chandler.

Margaret Tucker

Margaret Tucker, 87, of Crossett died Monday, July 25, 2005, at Beverly Health Care in Crossett. A native of Crossett, a resident of Chicago, IL, for 16 years and a resident of Crossett for the past ten years, she was a homemaker and a member of the Holly Springs Baptist Church in the Pine Hill community.

Survivors include a daughter, Earnestine and husband Roger Bryant of Crossett; two stepsons, Glen and Roy Tucker, both of Hollywood, FL; and three stepdaughters, Albertine Miller and Sharon Tucker, both of Memphis, and Patricia Stevens of Hollywood, FL; twelve grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Tucker; two sons, Cleophus and Sammy Todd; three brothers, Earnest, Sid and Leonard Todd; and two sisters, Bessie Todd and Mary Todd Williams.

Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Friday, July 29, in the Holly Springs Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. David Bouie officiating. Pallbearers were Glendon Tucker, Melvin Bryant, Jr., Rufus Todd, Phil Murray and Roy Tucker. Honorary pallbearers were Melvin Bryant, Sr., Ventura Tounsel, Bobby Goss, Theophus Todd and Freddie L. Berry. Burial followed services at the Westview Cemetery with arrangements by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Cain Wilder

Cain Wilder, 80, of Wilmot, died Saturday, July 23, 2005, at the Delta Memorial Hospital in Dumas. He was owner and operator of Wilder Laundry and Dry Cleaners, a member of the Housing Authority, a Mason in Lodge No. 115, and an alderman for the Wilmot City Council for more than 20 years. He was a member of Shady Grove A.M.E. Church where he held many offices. He was an agent for Davis Strickland Funeral Home for more than 40 years. A World War II veteran, he was born January, 25, 1925.

Survivors include his wife, Clovice Jackson Wilder of Wilmot; three sons, James Jackson of Pine Bluff, Carl Wilder of Blue Springs, MO, and Cleotis Wilder of Lees Summit, MO; one daughter, Carolyn Hughes of Kansas City, MO; three sisters, Margaret Patterson of Atlanta, GA, Levern Nelson of Memphis, TN, and Morolyn Ester of Bixby, OK; ten grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 30, 11 a.m. at Shady Grove A.M.E. Church in Wilmot with Rev. Ezell Branch officiating. Interment followed services at the Harris Cemetery in Wilmot with arrangements by Strickland Funeral Home of Dermott.

August 10

Zanie Kay Bozeman Carpenter

Zanie Kay Bozeman Carpenter, 58, of Portland died Wednesday, August 3, 2005, at her residence in Portland. A native and lifelong resident of Portland, she graduated from Portland High School in 1964. She worked for the Entergy Corporation until retiring 2003 after 34 years of service. She was the president of the Chicot County Fair Association and a member of the Aulds Baptist Church where she was the church secretary for many years.

She is survived by two sons, Justin Carpenter and wife Jennifer and Josh Carpenter and wife April; two sisters, Margie Dalton and Glenda Peacock, all of Portland; her mother-in-law, Marjorie Ott of Searcy; and five grandchildren, Aaron, Summer, Benjamin, Sutton and Kaitlyn Carpenter. She was preceded in death by her husband, Tommy D. Carpenter, in 1995; her parents, Zane Russell and Joyce Sutton Bozeman and a brother, Jerry Bozeman.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Friday, August 5, in the Portland Baptist Church with Revs. Ray Williams and Carl Mason officiating. Burial followed services at the Portland Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jeramy Dalton, Joseph Peacock, Woody Mims, Roy Rotton, David Willis and Ronald Ricks. Honorary pallbearers were Ronnie Pamplin and Marvin Vestal. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg.

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

Herbert "Herb" Evans

Mr. Herbert "Herb" Oliver Evans, 75, of Hamburg, died Monday, August 1, 2005, at his residence in the Milo Community. He was a native of Bernice, Louisiana and a resident of the Milo community outside Hamburg for the past 18 years. He was a retired insurance salesman and a member of the Mt. Olive Baptist Church in North Crossett. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force and a member of the Hamburg Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 9360.

Survivors include his step-children, Thomas A. Franklin and wife Karen of West Monroe, LA, Rebecca F. Brown and husband Greg of Plantersville, AL, Alisa M. Scott and husband Shelby of Hamburg and Stacey M. Wilson of Fountain Hill; a sister, Mary Alice McIntyre and husband Marion of Delhi, LA; ten grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren as well as many other relatives and friends.

Mr. Evans was preceded in death by his wife of 24 years, Dorothy "June" Malloy Evans by 25 hours and 20 minutes; his father, Fuller Evans; his step-father and mother, Eugene and Zula Baird Pearson and a brother, Billy Pearson.

Funeral services for both Mr. and Mrs. Evans were at 10 a.m., Wednesday, August 3, in the Mt. Olive Baptist Church with Revs. Nay Vickers and Rev. Eric Hodge officiating. Burial followed services at the Zion Cemetery. Pallbearers were Harold Farmer, Ricky White, John Frank Johnston, Joe Sasser, Larry Land and Jerry Ozment. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Memorials may be made to the Shiloh Baptist Church, c/o Robert Gifford, 915 Ashley Road 92, Hamburg, AR 71646 or to the American Cancer Society, 901 N. University Ave, Little Rock, AR 72207.

Albert "Ray" Lochala

Albert "Ray" Lochala, 75, of Crossett died Thursday, August 4, 2005. Born July 25, 1930, in Monroe, LA, he retired from Georgia-Pacific in 1978. He was a member of VFW Post 9360 and the Magnolia Baptist Church and enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce Hargraves Lochala; two sons, Ronnie Lochala and wife Pamela and Rickey Lochala and wife Debbie, all of Crossett; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Saturday, August 6, at 10 a.m. in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett with Revs. Jimmie Lewis and Travis Roberts officiating. Burial was at Unity Cemetery. Pallbearers were Glenn Elliott, David Taylor, Ronald Rice, Matt Owens, Scott Richardson and Jason Goodwin.

Phillip John Mooney

Phillip John Mooney, 20, of Sheridan died Thursday, August 4, 2005, at Prattsville. Born March 21, 1985, in Little Rock to John and Cheryl Anderson Mooney, he was a member of First Landmark Missionary Baptist Church at Sheridan, was a 2003 graduate of Hallsville High School in Hallsville, Texas, was a student at U.A.L.R, and was employed by MAYCOM Construction. Phillip had a particular love of the outdoors. He spent a great deal of time hunting, fishing, coon hunting, four wheeler riding and looking at trucks. He was a member of the Sheridan Hunting Club and the Arkansas Team Penning Association.

Survivors include his parents, Rev. John and Cheryl Anderson Mooney of Sheridan; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Traci and Marley Abell of Sallisaw, Oklahoma, and Andrea and Ronnie Waid of Conway; a niece, Kylin Abell of Sallisaw; and his maternal grandparents, James and Rachel Anderson of Pine Bluff. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Rev. Sheppard and Marie Mooney.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Monday, August 8, in the First Landmark Missionary Baptist Church at Sheridan with Bro. Buddy Ritter, Bro. Don Goodman, and Bro. Danny Hill officiating. Burial followed services at the Philadelphia Cemetery at Prattsville.

Memorials may be made to the Arkansas Youth Suicide Prevention Commission or First Landmark Audio-Visual Project. Arrangements were by Memorial Gardens Funeral Home of Sheridan. To sign the online guest book visit, www.memorialgardenssheridan.com.

Linda Wiggins Nicholas

Linda Wiggins Nicholas, 63, of North Little Rock, formerly of Crossett, died Sunday, August 7, 2005, at St. Vincent Doctor's Hospice Center after a courageous battle with cancer. Born March 19, 1942, in Crossett to Bill and Eula Wiggins, she retired as collections supervisor from Nu Vell Financial Services in Little Rock in March, 2004, after nine years of service.

Survivors include her husband, Larry Nicholas of North Little Rock; two daughters, Barbie Trotter of Heavener, OK, and Leigh Ann Thompson of North Little Rock; two grandchildren, Ross Trotter of North Little Rock and Haley Trotter of Heavener; one step-great-granddaughter, Natasha Johnson of North Little Rock; two sisters, Marsha Griffin and Pat Wiggins of Little Rock; two brothers, Charles Wiggins of Wichita, KS, and Phil Wiggins of Pinehurst, NC; and a host of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and one niece.

Grave-side services were planned for 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, August 10, at Pinewood Memorial Park with Rev. Larry White officiating with services directed by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Visitation was planned for 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, August 9, at the funeral home.

The family requests memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 901 University Ave., Little Rock, AR 72207.

Johnny Carlton Womble

Johnny Carlton Womble, 60, of Crossett died Thursday, August 4, 2005, at his residence. Born July 19, 1945, in Crossett to Dykes Kimbro and Agnes Connell Holmes Womble, he was employed by Georgia-Pacific from 1963 until his retirement in 2004. He served in the Arkansas National Guard and was an avid golfer and a member of Victory Christian Fellowship.

Survivors include his wife of 33 years, Barbara Womble; two sons, John Barry Womble and wife Dixie of Monroe, LA, and Ryan Eric Womble of Crossett; one daughter, April Michelle Knight and husband Jarrod of Hamburg; one brother, David Womble and wife Kathy of Ashdown; and five grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Sunday, August 7, at Temple Baptist Church with Rev. Kirk Hall officiating. Burial was at Hickory Grove Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Pallbearers were James Neathery, Ronnie McDougald, Eddie Rowe, Larry Johnson, Michael Young and Herman Stanley.

August 17

Travis M. Gibson

Travis M. Gibson, 77, of Crossett died Tuesday, August 9, 2005, at the Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. Born November 2, 1927, to Travis M. Sr. and Elizabeth Thompson Gibson in Belair, he was an U. S. Army World War II veteran and retired from Georgia-Pacific after 40 years. He was a member of Beech Street Baptist Church, where he served as Sunday School superintendent, teacher and training union director for many years.

Survivors include his wife, Jean Phillips Gibson; one son, James Alan Gibson of Crossett; and one brother, Omar Gibson of Fort Smith. He was preceded in death by one brother, Carroll Gibson; and one sister, Bonnie Lee Outlaw.

Funeral services were held Friday, August 12, at 10 a.m. at Beech Street Baptist Church with Revs. David Watkins and Michael Moore officiating. Burial was at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Pallbearers were Ben Outlaw, Raymond Pitchford, Red Wells, Wilburn Austin, DeWayne Phillips and Bill Clanton.

John Arnold Hartley

John Arnold "Johnny" Hartley, 60, of Crossett died Thursday, August 11, 2005, at St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe, LA. Born October 5, 1944, in Conway, SC, to John Luther and Mildred McClain Hartley, he was a sales agent for Barnes Distribution for 24 years. He was a member of Cloverdale Assembly of God Church and served as a board member and the sound technician. He was a charter member of the Klassy Kruzers.

Survivors include his wife, Eunice Bell Hartley; two sons, John Anthony "Tony" Hartley and wife Toni Kay and Joshua McCuin Hartley and fiancée Landra Higginbotham, all of Crossett; his mother, Mildred Hartley of Georgetown, SC; two brothers, Jimmy L. Hartley, Sr., and wife Frances of Gautier, MS, and Joel Hartley and wife Ann; three sisters, Judy Hartley Cribb and husband Willie, Janice Hartley Powers and husband David, all of Georgetown, and Jeannie Hartley Cadden and husband Wayne of Warrenville, SC. He was preceded in death by his father, Luther Hartley and grandfather, Arnold C. McClain.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Sunday, August 14, in the Cloverdale Assembly of God Church with Revs. Justin Uselton, Kirk Hall and James Allen officiating. Interment followed at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Pallbearers were Sam Burgess, Carlton Maxwell, James Hamilton, Kenneth Knight, Charles Berryman, Ed Crouch, Dale Bolin, Allen Stephenson, and Billy Bolin. Honorary pallbearers were Jesse Walthall, Dean Hagood, Sonny Jackson, and Chuck Wilcox.

Margaret Ann Higginbotham

Margaret Ann Finch Higginbotham, 81, of Alexandria, LA, died Saturday, August 13, 2005, at Lexington House. She was born December 2, 1923 in Crossett, Arkansas to William E. and Maggie Calhoun Finch. Margaret was a graduate of Crossett High School and attended the University of Arkansas at Monticello. She was married 54 years to the late Leroy Higginbotham, Jr. They resided in Hamburg for 26 years before moving to Alexandria where they lived for 38 years. She was a member of the First Methodist Church in Alexandria and former member of the Book Club of Alexandria and the Wilshire Garden Club.

She is survived by one daughter, Anne Higginbotham Berlin of Alexandria, one son, Leroy Higgin-botham, III of Houston, Texas; one brother, William Finch of Crossett; two grandsons, Bruce Damon Armstrong of Alexandria and Bo Higginbotham of Crossett, one granddaughter, Ashley Taylor of Alexandria and five great- grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

Funeral services were held in the chapel of Hixson Brothers Funeral Home in Alexandria at 2 p.m. Monday, August 15. Burial followed at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Ball. To extend online condolences to the Higginbotham family, visit www.hixsonbrothers.com.

Mattie Faye Gulledge Maxwell

Mattie Faye Gulledge Maxwell, 80, of Crossett died Tuesday, August 9, 2005. Born August 5, 1925, to Emmett and Sarah Elizabeth Geddie Gulledge in Bastrop, LA, she worked most of her adult life at Burr's Store and Spike's Drug Store and retired from Kinard's Jewelers after 15 years. She was a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Steve Maxwell; one son, Dennis Maxwell and wife Becky; one daughter, Sherry Hendrix and husband Tony, all of Crossett; five grandchildren, Mandy Spencer and husband Jerry Jr. of Mangham, LA, Brad Maxwell of Conway and Sarah Hendrix, Max Hendrix and Matt Maxwell, all of Crossett; two great-grandchildren, Trey Spencer and Danielle Spencer; and a host of other relatives. She was preceded in death by four brothers and one sister.

Funeral services were held Thursday, August 11, at 10 a.m. in the Mt. Olive Baptist Church with Revs. Eric Hodge and David Tohlen officiating. Burial was at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Herbert McKinney

Herbert McKinney, 78, of Warren died Friday, August 12, 2005, at the Bradley County Medical Center. Born January 8, 1927, in Warren to the late Columbus Edward McKinney and Ollie Englehart McKinney, he was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, a member of First United Methodist Church, the Warren Lions Club and was the retired owner of McKinney Shoe Company.

Survivor include his wife, Eva Nell Baker McKinney, whom he married on Aug. 20, 1948, in Warren; one son, Bryce McKinney and spouse Ruby of Hermitage; two daughters, Susie McKinney Simmons and spouse Steve of Crossett and Mary Kaye McKinney Cook and spouse Steve of Little Rock; one brother, Claude McKinney of Warren; six grandchildren, Susan Simmons Martinelli and spouse Anthony, Stephanie Simmons Banks and spouse Shannon, Samantha McKinney, Staff Sergeant B.J. McKinney and spouse Jessica, Lisa Gail McKinney Rosenthal and Melanie Cook; and seven great-grandchildren, Steven Martinelli, Anna Martinelli, Hannah Elizabeth Banks, Elisa Hicks, Ashton McKinney, Caleb Sullivan and Danyel Sullivan. A brother, Glenn McKinney, and four sisters, Bernice McKinney Miller, Alline McKinney, Helen McKinney and Pauline McKinney, preceded him in death.

Funeral services were at 4 p.m. Sunday, August 14, at Frazers Funeral Home chapel in Warren with burial in Oakland Cemetery. Memorials preferred to First United Methodist Church, the Warren Lions Club or the Bradley County Veterans Museum.

Jim Meeks

Mr. Jim Meeks, 90, of Hamburg died Tuesday, August 9, 2005, at his residence in the Milo community outside Hamburg. A native of Ashley County and lifelong resident of the Milo community, he was a retired farmer and a member of the Mt. Pleasant Freewill Baptist Church where he served as a deacon.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Helen Pierce Meeks of Hamburg; two sons, James R. "Jimmy" Meeks of Hamburg and Randall Meeks and wife Kitty of Crossett; two daughters, Charlotte Rush and husband Bob of Crossett and Linda Richardson and husband John of Hamburg; a brother, Reat Meeks of Cave City; a sister, Martil Meredith of Augusta, GA; 12 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert F. and Viola Bolin Meeks; a daughter-in-law, Edith Meeks; a great-granddaughter, Stacey Meeks; a great-great-grandson, Pierce Leo Meeks; a granddaughter-in-law, Teresa Runion Meeks; three brothers, Joe, Cecil and Preston Meeks; and five sisters, Opal Virginia Rice, Clara Perdue, Margaret Meredith, Zella Doss and Etta Smith.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Thursday, August 11, in the Mt. Pleasant Freewill Baptist Church with Rev. Mark Elliott officiating. Burial followed services at the Egypt Cemetery. Pallbearers were James Robert, Pete, Shane, Shawn and Blake Meeks, Scotty and Johnny Richardson, and Robert, Reuben and Reagan Rush. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Memorials may be made to the Mt. Pleasant Freewill Baptist Church, 310 Ashley 95 Road, Hamburg, AR 71646

August 24

Wesley Don Curtis

Wesley Don Curtis, 57, of Crossett died Friday, August 19, 2005. Born March 25, 1948, in Crossett to Wesley and Ruby Mae Cossey Curtis, he retired from Georgia Pacific Paper and was a member of Crossroads Missionary Baptist Church. He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting and fishing and always had his two rat terriers with him.

Survivors include his son, Jeff Curtis of Sumpter, SC; his daughter, Jamie Morgan of Crossett; his mother, Ruby Mae Curtis of Crossett; three sisters, Sue Sipes of Crossett, Ann Hartsfield of Pine Bluff, and Barbara Sawyer of Strong; four grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews. Mr. Curtis was preceded in death by his father, Wesley Curtis.

Funeral services were Monday, August 22, at 10:00 a.m. at Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Bro. Bobby Hartsfield and Bro. Joel Meredith officiating. Interment followed at Pinewood Memorial Park.

Pallbearers were Phillip Hartsfield, Gary Hartsfield, Craig Clark, Keith Bolin, Ronnie Sawyer, Cecil Cossey, Elbert Ray Cossey, Charles Noble and Mike Bigham.

Marie B. Hayden

Marie B. Hayden, 81, of Hamburg died Friday, August 19, 2005, at her residence in Hamburg. A native and lifelong resident of Hamburg, she was a homemaker and a member of the Gardner Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Mack Hayden of Hamburg; a son, Rev. John Sammons and wife Kay of Sherwood; a daughter, Diane Leonard and husband Lloyd of Crossett; five grandchildren, Ricky Leonard, Dana Chavis, Shannon Fields, Joey Sammons and Kaysi Sammons; and five great-grandchildren, Danielle and Kacee Leonard, Devin and Daley Chavis and Alexa Fields. She was preceded in death by her parents, Rank and Nannie Crapps Bozeman; a sister, Ruth Hope; and three brothers, Victor, Randall and Clifton Bozeman.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Monday, August 22, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home in Hamburg with Revs. Charles Pullin, Cliff Bernard, Klois Hargis and Bill Elton officiating. Burial followed services in the Pinewood Cemetery. Pallbearers were Tim Collier, Bobby and Freddie Martin, Norman Higginbotham, Terry Cain and Ray Laskey.

Memorials may be made to the Gardner Baptist Church, PO Box 506, Hamburg, AR 71646.

Judy Holland

Judy Holland, 44, of Hamburg died Thursday, August 18, 2005, at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. A native of Blytheville; a resident of Hamburg for the past two years and a resident of Gosnell for most of her life, she was a homemaker.

She is survived by her husband, Elvin Holland of Hamburg; two daughters, Stacey Page of Washington and Stephanie Brothers of Blytheville; a brother, J .W. Harmon of Washington; two sisters, Joan Page of Washington and Janet Harmon of Kansas; three grandchildren, Alex and Kaley Brothers and Alayna Holland.

A private burial of ashes will be at a later date. Cremation arrangements are by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Robert E. "Bobby" Jones

Mr. Robert E. "Bobby" Jones, 73, of Hamburg, died Tuesday, August 16, 2005, at the Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. Mr. Jones was born in Beekman, LA, and was a resident of Hamburg for the past 60 years. He was a retired carpenter, insulation contractor, electrician and heating and air conditioning contractor. He was a member of the Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church where he was a deacon. His greatest love was singing southern gospel quartet music which he did for the past 30 years. He was an U. S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict, a member of the Morehouse Parish Good Sam Club and was an avid hunter and fisherman.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Martha Kelley Jones of Hamburg; two brothers, James Fay Jones and wife Maurine of Sherwood and Rev. Clyde Jones and wife Belva of Pine Bluff; two sisters, Edith Lum and Cora Mae Summers and husband Maurice, all of Crossett; a grandson, Jason Smith and wife LeeBeth of Fayetteville; a great-granddaughter, Fenley Smith; and a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a son, Mark Jones, in 1990; his parents, James and Cora Taylor Jones; a brother, Bill Jones and a sister, Flossie White.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Friday, August 19, in the Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church with Revs. Mike Reese and Kenny Williams officiating. Burial followed services in the Promise Land Cemetery. Pallbearers were Ricky Jones, Glen David Summers, Danny Kelley, Jimmy and Eric McDaniel and Ben Stell. Honorary pallbearers were all of the men's gospel quartets and the Adult Sunday School Class of the Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. 30, Hamburg, AR 71646 or to the Promise Land Cemetery Association, c/o Mrs. JoAnn Sullivan, 318 Ashley Road 131, Hamburg, AR 71646.

R. E. Kinnaird

Mr. R. E. (Buddy) Kinnaird, 72, of Hamburg died Wednesday, August 17, 2005, at his residence outside Hamburg. A native and lifelong resident of Hamburg, he retired from Georgia-Pacific's paper mill in 1995 after 43 years of service. He was a United States Army veteran of the Korean Conflict, a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9360 in Hamburg and a member of the Zion United Methodist Church. He loved to hunt, fish and spend time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Joyce Bolin Kinnaird of Hamburg; three sons, Phil Kinnaird and wife Julie, Andy Kinnaird and Chuck Kinnaird, all of Hamburg; a daughter, Deborah Bays and husband Mike of Hamburg; five sisters, Billy Jean Doles of Bonita, LA; Sarah Cruise, Rachel Summerland, Faye Hunter and Ann Austin, all of Hamburg; six grandchildren, Michael Bays, Melissa Marter and husband John, Crystal Pippen and husband James, John Kinnaird, Christy Coleman and Bailey Kinnaird; and four great-grandchildren, Colton Pippen, Hanna Marter, Jonah Coleman and Elijah Coleman.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Easter and Reavie Holland Kinnaird; a sister, Bonnie Dean Kinnaird; three brothers, Larry L., Charles Edward and Tom I. Kinnaird and a grandchild.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Friday, August 19, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home with Rev. Mike Titsworth officiating. Burial followed services at the Eden Cemetery. Pallbearers were Keith and Cleve Summerland, Junior Cruise, Kurt Doles, Regan Hunter, Jason Burch, Calvin Kinnaird and Jim Pollock. Honorary pallbearers were Harold Kitchens, Harold Hollis, Burnis Barrett, Eddie Mack Murphy, Joey Johnson, Ronnie Pennington, Preston Malloy, Garner Hancock, Johnie Guthrie and Frank Thacker.

Memorials may be made to the Zion United Methodist Church Building Fund, c/o Karen Pennington, 4146 Hwy 133 North, Hamburg, AR 71646.

Ellen Pauline Meeks

Ellen Pauline "Polly" Deal Meeks, 80, of Crossett died Saturday, August 20, 2005. Born on November 24, 1924, to Frank Dewey and Mary Aiken Deal in Crossett, Mrs. Meeks was a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church. She loved to experience new things at any age. At age 40, she began horseback riding and at age 50, began playing tennis. She also enjoyed camping, fishing, and crocheting.

Survivors include her husband of 63 years, Wesley Meeks Jr. of Crossett; one son, Dennis Meeks and wife Rheeta of Crossett; two daughters, Theresa Sanderlin and husband Jimmy of Monroe, LA, and Aundie Rodgers and husband Jimmie of Crossett; three brothers, Randal Deal of Camden, and Billy and Dewey Deal, both of Crossett; three sisters, Betty Helms of Dallas, Texas, Mary Frances Hudgens of Monticello and Sandra Johnston of Crossett; four grandchildren, Tab Sanderlin of Monroe, Lane Meeks and wife Terry, Russ Meeks and wife Stacey, all of Crossett, and Amber Pope and husband Mason of Hot Springs; five great-grandchildren, Zachary and Jake Sanderlin of Monroe, Travis and Ty Meeks of Crossett and Anna Kate Pope of Hot Springs; and a host of nieces and nephews, family and friends.

Funeral services were Monday, Aug. 22, at 4 p.m. at Mt. Olive Baptist Church with the Reverends L.H. McCollough and Eric Hodge officiating. Interment followed services at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Pallbearers were Lane Meeks, Russ Meeks, Tab Sanderlin, Travis Meeks, Zach Sanderlin, James Sanderlin and Mason Pope.

Maxine James Murphy

Mrs. Maxine James Murphy, 81, of Hamburg, died Wednesday, August 17, 2005, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. Mrs. Murphy was born in Ingalls, the oldest daughter of the late Raymond and Nezzie Brantley James and the niece of the late Wylie Harrison and Lillian Hagood. She was a lifelong resident of Ashley County and a 1942 graduate of Crossett High School. She was a longtime member of the Hamburg First Baptist Church, where she served as a visitor for the Extension Department and teacher of the Naomi Sunday School Class, recently renamed the Maxine Murphy Adult Ladies Class, for over 30 years. She was a faithful member of the sanctuary choir and for 18 years served as president of the Women's Missionary Society, known now as Baptist Women.

She was a member of the Ashley County Medical Center Auxiliary, served on the board of Arkansas Baptist Children's Home and loved her work as a VIP volunteer in the Hamburg School District as long as health permitted. She also served for many years as a member of the support staff of the Arkansas House of Representatives during legislative sessions.

She is survived by her husband, former State Representative, N.B. "Nap" Murphy, who she married on December 20, 1942; a son, Jimmy Murphy and wife DeAnne of Hamburg; a daughter, Ila Campbell and husband Louis of Fayetteville; three sisters, Tina Wentz of White Hall, Willie Jean Crowther of Capistrano, CA, and Betty Anderson of Morrilton; a brother, Nolan "Sonny" Hagood of Strong; eight grandchildren, Jim Murphy and wife Beth of Crossett; Jon Murphy and wife Jenny of Little Rock, Olivia Murphy of Little Rock, Brandon and Aaron Murphy of Conway, Shepherd Campbell of Knoxville, TN, Steadman Campbell of Tuscaloosa, AL, and Caroline Campbell of Fayetteville; two great-grandchildren, Audrey and Alex Murphy of Crossett, along with a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her youngest son, Stephen Edward Murphy in 1997; her parents, Raymond and Nezzie Brantley James and Mr. and Mrs. Wylie Harrison Hagood, "Aunty and Uncle Doc," of Crossett, who took Maxine and her siblings into their home and raised them as their own following the death of their parents. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Robert James.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Saturday, August 20, at the First Baptist Church of Hamburg with Dr. Bobby Pennington and Rev. Kolis Hargis officiating. Burial followed services at the Hamburg Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jim, Jon, Brandon and Aaron Murphy, Shepherd and Steadman Campbell and Bart Reid. Honorary pallbearers were the members of the Maxine Murphy Adult Ladies Sunday School Class. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, PO Box 352, Hamburg, AR 71646 or to the Ashley County Health Foundation, PO Box 400, Crossett, AR 71635.

Brian Keith Ricks

Mr. Brian Keith Ricks, 28, of Hamburg died Monday, August 15, 2005, in Brickeys. A native and of Hamburg and a former resident of El Dorado, he graduated from Hamburg High School in 1995 and was a member of the Second Baptist Church in El Dorado.

He is survived by his wife, Kristie Whiteman Ricks; twin sons, Tyler Landon Ricks and Cody Skylar Ricks, all of Denham Springs, LA; his mother and step-father Martha and Jimmy Horn; his father and step-mother, Ronald and Bonnie Ricks; his maternal grandmother, Annette Hopkins and his paternal grandmother, Virginia Necessary, all of Hamburg; a stepsister, Christa Ricks of Snyder; a brother and sister-in-law, Eric and Angela Ricks, a niece, Erin MacKenzie Ricks, a nephew, Benjamin Issac Ricks, all of Jackson, MS; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Frances and Meredith Whiteman of Denham Springs; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Brian and Robin Whiteman of Ruston, LA; and numerous aunts and uncles. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, I.M. Hopkins, and paternal grandfather, Jake Ricks.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m., Thursday, August 18, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home with Revs. Ray Williams, E. W. Ricks and Tommy Forse officiating. Burial followed services at the Pinewood Cemetery. Pallbearers were Coy Ford, Garold Horn, Brian Whiteman, Donald Ricks, Steven Ricks and Mark Kelley.

Memorials may be made to the Aulds Baptist Church, c/o Mrs. Delay Pamplin, 536 Ashley Road 58, Portland, AR 71663 or to the Maplevale Baptist Church, 3331 Hwy 425 South, Hamburg, AR 71646.

Arthur Thomas Surratt

Arthur Thomas Surratt, 92, of Crossett died Sunday, August 21, 2005, at the Ashley County Medical Center. A lifelong resident of Crossett, he was retired from the Georgia-Pacific paper mill, and he was an U. S. Army veteran of World War II and a Methodist.

Survivors include one son, John and wife Rose Surratt of Crossett; one daughter, Eloise Wiley of Clarksville; one brother, Pat Surratt of Minneapolis, MN; two sisters, Nellie Hollis of Wichita Falls, TX, and Betty Boone of Dallas, TX; five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his wife, Louise Edith Surratt; his parents, Finch and Jeannie Wingo Surratt; three brothers and four sisters.

Funeral services were planned for 2 p.m. Tuesday, August 23, in the Second Baptist Church with Rev. Clay Courson officiating. The body will lie in state at the church until the time of the funeral. Pallbearers were to be Robbie Harrington, Paul Jordan, Stan Stahley, David Pepper, Dewey Ward and David Bays. Honorary pallbearers were to be Wallace Beck, Gerald Harrington, Bill Boyer and Frank Dolan. Burial was to follow services at the Crossroads Cemetery with arrangements by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Ruth E. Tucker

Ruth E. Tucker, 94, of Topeka, Kansas, died on her birthday, Wednesday, August 17, 2005, at Aldersgate Village. Born August 17, 1911, in Parkdale to Thomas Wilson and Etta Katherine Porter Echols, she attended Henderson Brown College in Arkadelphia. She worked at Peacock Laundry for twelve years and was employed by the Topeka Police Department as a crossing guard at Quinton Heights Elementary for six years. She married Raymond A. Tucker in 1944 in Houston, Texas, and he died February 8, 1975.

Survivors include two daughters, Mary Ann Stewart and husband Denny and Julia Marsh, both of Topeka; a son, Raymond A. Tucker, Jr., and wife Sue of Salinas, Kansas; a sister, Mary Gould of Levittown, NY; eight grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held at 11 a.m Saturday, August 20, at Penwell-Gable Mid-Town Chapel in Topeka. Inurnment was in the Penwell-Gable Memorial Park Cemetery in Topeka.

The family asks that memorial contributions be made to Midland Hospice, 200 SW Frazier Circle, Topeka, KS 66606 or the Good Samaritan Fund at Aldersgate Village, 7220 SW Asbury, Topeka, KS 66616. To leave a message for the family, visit www.penwellgabel.com

Grady Warren

Grady Warren, 68, of Lake Village died Thursday, August 19, 2004, at Lake Village Health Care. Born July 14, 1937, in Wilmot to Ed and Lucy Morgan Warren, he was a retired farmer.

Survivors include two daughters, Kara Warren of Russellville and Kimberly Warren of Gainesville, FL; two brothers, Ronald Warren of Bastrop, LA, and Travis Warren of Crossett; one sister, Patricia Allbritton of Lake Village; and one grandson, Joshua Blansett of Eudora. He was preceded in death by his wife, Emma Warren; two daughters, Joy Kathleen Blansett and Cheryl Lynne Warren; and one sister, Marilyn McConnell.

Grave-side memorial services were held Tuesday, August 23, at 10 a.m. at the Wilmot Cemetery. Bishop Funeral Home of Lake Village was in charge of arrangements.

Ashley Grant Williams

Ashley Grant Williams, 97, of Crossett died Monday, August 15, 2005. Born June 27, 1908, in Severe County, TN, to John D. and Hattie Baxter Williams, he was a retired office manager for Georgia Pacific's Forestry Division. He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening and was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Crossett.

Survivors include one daughter, Sylvia W. Arnold of Fayetteville; one brother, Creighton Williams of Chattanooga, TN; two grandchildren, Richard S. Jones III and wife Lisa of Crossett and William Ashley Jones and wife Robyn of Fayetteville; and four great-grandchildren, Richard S. Jones IV, Jennifer Kate Jones, Thomas Alexander "Alex" Jones, and Adam Grant Jones, all of Fayetteville. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Annie Mae Williams.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Thursday, August 18, in Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett. Interment followed at Pinewood Memorial Park. Honorary pallbearers were the employees of Jones Funeral Home and Flower Shop, Phil Barnes, Bob Barnes, Andy Shaw, Billy Wayne Yarborough, W. R. "Rayford" Blankenship, J. E. Blankenship, Dick Williams and Doogie Darling.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Crossett, 500 Main Street, AR 71635 or to the Ashley County Health Foundation, P.O. Box 400, Crossett, AR 71635.

August 31

N. B. "Nap" Murphy

Mr. Napoleon Bonaparte "Nap" Murphy, 83, of Hamburg, a veteran state legislator, business man, churchman, community and civic leader, died Tuesday, August 23, 2005, at his residence in Hamburg. Born in Crossett, the son of the late Charles E. and Isadee Maxwell Murphy, he was a lifetime resident of Ashley County and a longtime member of the First Baptist Church in Hamburg. He graduated from Crossett High School in 1940 and married Maxine James Murphy on December 20, 1942. He initially worked for A D and N Railroad in Crossett and later established Murphy Brothers Service Station and Taxi Service in Crossett before he moved to Hamburg in 1949 and bought the Main Street Esso Station. In 1953 he purchased the Ford dealership in Hamburg, renaming it Murphy Ford Company. He remained active in the operation and management of the dealership until retiring in 1999 due to failing health. During these years he expanded his business interest to include professional auctioneering and real estate enterprises.

Nap entered the political arena in 1959 when he was elected state representative. After serving one term, he returned to his business. Two years later, he re-entered the political arena and was elected to serve in the 1963 legislative session. He then served consecutive terms through the 1993 session when he retired. During his 36 year tenure in the Arkansas House of Representatives, he served 26 years as chairman of the Agriculture and Economic Development Committee; vice-chairman of the Judiciary Committee in 1981-82 and continued to serve as a member of the committee many years following. He also served for years on the House Management Committee and the Joint Performance and Review Committee.

He was skilled in playing the fiddle, banjo, mandolin and guitar, often singing along to his accompaniment. These instruments were a part of every family gathering.

He was a 32nd Degree Mason and past Master of the Prairie 465 Lodge in Hamburg. He was active in the lodge for many years and some time ago was awarded his 50 year pin.

He is survived by a son, Jimmy Murphy and wife DeAnne of Hamburg; a daughter, Ila Murphy Campbell and husband Louis of Fayetteville; eight grandchildren, Jim Murphy and wife Beth of Crossett; Jon Murphy and wife Jenny of Little Rock, Olivia Murphy of Little Rock, Brandon and Aaron Murphy of Conway, Shepherd Campbell of Knoxville, TN, Steadman Campbell of Tuscaloosa, AL, and Caroline Campbell of Fayetteville; two great-grandchildren, Audrey and Alex Murphy of Crossett, and a host of beloved nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Maxine James Murphy, by just six days; his youngest son, Stephen Edward Murphy, in 1997; four brothers, German, D.B, Chester and Edward R. Murphy and two sisters, Helen Murphy Elton and Estelle Murphy Swan.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Friday, August 26, in the First Baptist Church in Hamburg with Dr. Bobby Pennington and Rev. Klois Hargis officiating. Burial followed services at the Hamburg Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jim, Jon, Brandon and Aaron Murphy, Shepherd and Steadman Campbell and Bart Reid. Honorary pallbearers were his Masonic brothers. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, PO Box 352, Hamburg, AR 71646, or to Monticello Hospice Care, 455 W. Gaines, Monticello, AR 71655.

Lessie Pennington

Lessie Pennington, 89, of Crossett died Thursday, August 25, 2005, at Arkansas Heart Hospital in Little Rock. Born October 19, 1915, to Walter C. and Cora Ellen Cleveland Aiken in Union, MS, she was a homemaker and a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church.

Survivors include one son, Gary Doss of Crossett; three daughters, Myrna Cummins of Bastrop, LA, and Annetta Langley and Carolyn Barnett, both of Crossett; one sister, Mildred "Toy" Richardson of Clearwater, FL; seven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Melton "Dick" Pennington, and a grandson, Rusty Doss.

Funeral services were held Saturday, August 27, at 10 a.m. at Mt. Olive Baptist Church with Revs. Eric Hodge and Rawls Pierce officiating. Burial was at Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Pallbearers were Ronnie Doss, Monty Montcalm, Tony Morrison, Barry Bennett, Tony Hines and Duane Young. Honorary pallbearers were Greg Doss, Heath Hines, Jordan Heckford, Micah Heckford, Zeb Montcalm, Mitchell Doss and Cody Young. Memorials may be made to Mt. Olive Baptist Church, 1533 Highway 52 West, Crossett, AR 71635.

Estella Webb

Estella Webb, 73, of Portland died Monday, August 22, 2005.

Survivors include seven daughters, Earline Turner and Aline Anderson, both of Homer, LA, Cora Lee Kennedy and Eloise Webb, both of Chicago, IL, Ethel Lee Woods of Montrose and Beatrice Webb and Peggy Webb, both of Portland; nine sons, Calvin Webb Jr. of Dallas, TX, Leroy Webb of Detroit, MI, TeRoy Webb of Ontario, CA, Matt, Joe Nathan, Rick and Henry Webb, all of Portland, Lawrence Webb of Russellville and David Webb of Little Rock; three sisters, Louise and Arlene Shaw and Mildred Holmes, all of Los Angeles, CA; two brothers, Leo Shaw of Flint, MI and Floyd Shaw of Los Angeles; 49 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Saturday, August 27, at 1 p.m. at Portland No. 2 Baptist Church with Rev. Ezell Branch officiating. Burial was at Jones Cemetery in Portland under the direction of Dillard Funeral Home of Eudora.

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