December 7

Claude "C. C." Everett

Mr. Claude "C.C." Everett, 79, of Parkdale died Thursday, December 1, 2005, at his residence. A native and lifelong resident of Parkdale, he was a World War II veteran of the United States Navy, a retired farmer and a member of the Parkdale Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia Williams Everett of Parkdale; two sons, Allen Everett of Jones, LA, and Paul Everett of Hampton; two daughters, Sherry Marie Stephson of Lake Village and Susan Donahoe of New Hampshire; three adopted daughters, April Carlton of Little Rock, Ginger Duncan of Damascus, and Crystal Everett of Nashville, TN; a brother, James Everett of Nashville, TN; a sister, Mary Jones of Monticello; 14 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Eloise Rose Everett, two sons, "Baby" Claude Everett, III, and Claude Cecil Everett; his parents, Claude and Linnie Morehead Everett; a brother, Franklin Everett and two sisters, Nannie Marie Everett and Alvie Hill.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Sunday, December 4, in the Parkdale Baptist Church with Revs. Bob Bridges and Kenny Worbington officiating. Burial followed services at the Parkdale Cemetery. Pallbearers were Bryan and Chad Everett, LeRoy and Bobby Williams, Albert Vail and Dwight Hutto. Honorary pallbearers were Mark Haynes, J.D. Grice, Ray Cossey, Jackie McCain and Jerod Williamson Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Parkdale Baptist Church, PO Box 6, Parkdale, AR 71661 or to the Hospice Home Care, 455 West Gaines, Monticello, AR 71655.

J. L. "Skeeter" Fisher

Mr. J. L. "Skeeter" Fisher, 83, of Hamburg died Tuesday, November 29, 2005, at the John McClellan Memorial Hospital in Little Rock. A native of Des Arc, a resident of Hamburg for four years and a resident of Stuttgart for over 55 years, he was U. S. Army veteran of World War II and a retired Stuttgart policeman and security guard for the Stuttgart Memorial Hospital. He was a member of the Arkansas Policemen's Association and the Trinity Assembly of God in Stuttgart where he was the song director and a deacon for many years.

He is survived by his wife of 59 ½ years, Helen Munnerlyn Fisher of Hamburg; a daughter, Sharon Roberts and husband Gene of Hamburg; two grandsons, Doug Roberts and wife Susan of Crossett and Randy Roberts of Hamburg; and three great-grandchildren, Jacob, Heather and Amanda Roberts, all of Crossett. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lewis and Ella Sission Fisher; five brothers, Alvin, Roy, James, John and Bud Fisher; and three sisters, Imogene "Pete" McFarland, Lozie "Kitty" Roth and Carrie Belle Stratton.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Friday, December 2, in the Trinity Freewill Baptist Church with Rev. Brent Hutsell officiating. Burial followed services at the Crossroad Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jerry Don Wilson, Tony Wilson, Finas Wilson, Billy Roberts, Harold Roberts, Floyd Berg and Jacob Roberts. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Trinity Freewill Baptist Church, 805 Ashley 95 Road, Hamburg, AR 71646.

Richard Harvey Fowler

Richard Harvey Fowler, 85, of Crossett died Monday, November 28, 2005, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born in Swampscott, MA, on July 26, 1920, to W. Wesley and Elizabeth Maitland Fowler, he was an U. S Army veteran of World War, serving in England and France. After the war, he managed AandP Grocery stores in New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine and Florida before retiring after 35 years of service. He had a produce business in Clearwater, FL, and moved to Bastrop, LA in 1996, where he worked as a greeter at Wal-Mart. He was a 50-year member of the Masonic Order of Scottish Rites, a 32nd degree Mason with the Rockland, Maine, Lodge and a Methodist.

Survivors include one son, Robert Richard Fowler of Sumpter, SC; two daughters, Sally Ann Fowler of S. Thomaston, ME, and Ann Fowler West and husband Don of Crossett; one sister, Nancy McLeod of Manchester, NH; two granddaughters, Meredith Sivils and husband Joe of Crossett and Tiffany Johnson and husband Randall of Zachary, LA; three great-granddaughters, Madelyne and Leah Vandiver of Crossett and Ellen Johnson of Zachary; and one great-grandson, Chance Hogan of Zachary. He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Ethelyn Roberts Fowler; and two sisters, Dorothy and Virginia.

A memorial service will be held at a later date with Jones Funeral Home of Crossett in charge of arrangements.

Brady Pope Hale

Mr. Brady Pope Hale, 89, of Hamburg died Monday, December 5, 2005, at his residence. A native and lifelong resident of Ashley County, he was a retired farmer and store clerk and was a security guard for the Gibson Company, Alice Sidney, Georgia-Pacific Plywood and Chicot Memorial Hospital. He was a member of the Fellowship Baptist Church, a member of the Portland Masonic Lodge # 499 where he was a Master Mason of 60 years and a member of the Eastern Star.

He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Elizabeth Austin Hale of Hamburg; two sons, Marion Hale and wife Barbara of Lake Village and Willis Hale and wife Patricia of Hamburg; two daughters, Norma Jean Trout and husband James of Palestine, TX, and Mary Earlene Keech of Hamburg; 11 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Stanley and Selma Sivils Hale and five brothers, Dewayne, Norman, Raymond, James Willard and Glen Edward Hale.

Funeral services are planned for 10 a.m., Wednesday, December 7, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home, Hamburg with Revs. Edward Gulledge, Terry Greenwood and Houston Austin officiating. Burial will be in the Pinewood Cemetery. Pallbearers are to be William and Hal Ferguson, Micky Hale, Stephen Pennington, Wilburn and Emory Austin and David Nelms. Honorary pallbearers are to be A.B. Nelms, Joe Roberts, Lee Patrick, Jim Young, James Cessor, Ken Turner, Tom, Bubba and George Pugh, Fred and E.W. Ricks, Luther "Buddy" Tanksley, John Harris, Johnny Etheridge, Lamar Vestal, Bobby and Johnny Foster, Lynn Lansdale, Preston Morgan, Tommy Breedlove, Buddy Barnes, Phillip White and Carlton Lawrence.

Memorials may be made to the Fellowship Baptist Church, c/o Mr. David Nelms, 708 Ashley Road 60, Portland, AR 71663.

Darlene McDaniel

Darlene McDaniel, 63, of Crossett died Friday, December 2, 2005, at Ashley County Medical Center. She was a lifelong resident of Crossett, a homemaker and a member of Fudge Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, John McDaniel; three sons, John McDaniel Jr. of Los Angeles, CA, Rodney McDaniel of Reno, NV, and DeWayne McDaniel of DeRitter, LA; one daughter, Constance McDaniel of Crossett; four brothers, Theopolus Hendrix of Rockford, IL, Robert "Bobby" Hendrix of Monroe, LA, Walter Hendrix of Crossett and Thomas Hendrix of Balloy, WI; three sisters, Helen Louise Bridges of Little Rock, Annette Simms of St. Louis, MO, and Evelyn Blanche Williams of Milwaukee, WI; and seven grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, T. B. and Sallie Gilliam Bunton; two brothers, Alfred and Arthur James Hendrix; and two sisters, Willie Mae Smith and Ellawease Jones.

Funeral services will be held Friday, December 9, at 1 p.m. at Fudge Baptist Church with Rev. James Childress officiating. Burial will be at Ryles Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Pallbearers are Perry Johnson, Ronnie McDaniel, Charlie Brown, Edgar Johnson, Greg Bridges and Joe McDaniel. Sons are honorary pallbearers.

December 14

Rev. Robert "Buck" Duncan

Rev. Robert James "Buck" Duncan, 57, of Little Rock, formerly of Crossett, died Saturday, December 3, 2005, at St. Vincent Health Systems. A native of Crossett but a resident of Little Rock for the past four months, he was a member of New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church.

Survivors include three brothers, Rev. Carl Duncan of Detroit, MI, Albert James of Little Rock and Rev. George Duncan of Toledo, OH; one sister, Ruby Perry of Detroit; one uncle, Rev. Jessie Radford Sr. of Crossett; and one aunt, Estella Thompson. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Georgia Bell Radford Duncan; and three sisters, Bernice Duncan Willingham, Josephine Duncan Zachery and Earnestine Duncan Smith.

Funeral services were held Saturday, December 10, at 11 a.m. at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. B. J. Jackson officiating. Burial was at Westview Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Pallbearers were Albert James Jr., Rev. Lee C. Radford, Rev. Murlee Carter, Rev. Tony Jones and Freddie Willingham. Honorary pallbearers were Ministers Alliance and deacons of New Bethel Baptist Church.

Ollie B. Gill

Ollie B. Gill, 91, of Crossett died Thursday, December 8, 2005, at the Medical Center of South Arkansas in El Dorado. Born April 9, 1914, in Sycamore, GA, to Miles and Ida Woods Ralston, she was a member of Magnolia Baptist Church and a greeter at Wal-Mart for 17 years.

Survivors include two sons, Larry Gill and Jerry Gill and wife Karen, all of Crossett; three daughters, Lillian O'Neal and Ellen C. Gueringer, both of Sulphur, LA, and Janet Wright and husband David of Vivian, LA; 10 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and 16 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Luther Gill.

Funeral services were held Saturday, December 10, at 1 p.m. at Magnolia Baptist Church with Rev. Mike Griffith officiating. Burial was at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Pallbearers were David O'Neal, Bill Huggs, Jackie Terrell, Jimmy Woods, Damien Moyers, Bobby Smith and Paul G. Gueringer..

E. E. "Gene" Hensley

E. E. "Gene" Hensley, 74, of Lake Village died Thursday, December 8, 2005, at his residence. Born April 10, 1931, in Carraway, he was a retired postmaster and a member and deacon of Lake Village Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Cindy Hensley; three daughters, Molly Hensley and Sonya Fioranelli and husband Bruce, all of Lake Village, and Eugenia Roberson and husband Tommy of Crossett; two step-daughters, Corey and Calley Beene, both of Lake Village; two grandchildren, Joey Purvis and wife Kim of Eudora and Natalie Walbert and husband Tim of Maumelle; four great-grandchildren, Corey, Jennie and Jessica Purvis and Cambria Walbert; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Saturday, December 10, at 2 p.m. at Lake Village Baptist Church with Rev. Mike Bell and Rev. Jeff Tarver officiating. Burial was at Portland Cemetery under the direction of Bishop Funeral Home of Lake Village.

Floyd McAlister

Floyd McAlister, 93, of Conway died Friday, December 9, 2005, at Conway Regional Medical Center in Conway. The son of the late George Walker and Naomi Robertson McAlister, he was born October 29, 1912, in Hector. He served in the U.S. Naval Service-Coast Guard during World War II as a member of the Naval Amphibious Forces. Stationed in England and North Africa, he made thirty-five trips on LST-16 across the English Channel during the Normandy invasion delivering tanks, trucks, jeeps, and men. He later saw duty in the Pacific and was stationed in the Philippine Islands where his ship transported three loads of occupation forces to Tokyo Bay in preparation for the planned invasion of Japan. He was also an educator and taught at Snyder, taught biology at Monticello High School and Drew Central High School and retired from teaching in 1975 after 19 years as guidance counselor at Crossett High School.

Survivors include a son, James McAlister and wife Mary of Conway; a daughter, Sara McAlister of Sherwood; two grandchildren, Barrett McAlister of Little Rock and Dorain Bell of Shirley; a brother, J. L. McAlister of Farmersville, CA; and a sister, Ruth Llewellyn of Hector. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Bernice Tyson McAlister; a granddaughter, Jenny McAlister; four sisters, Lula Murphy, Willie Hill, Susie Crouch, and Mardie Webb; and five brothers, Fred, Lloyd, Ralph, G.W. and George McAlister.

Grave-side services were at 2 p.m. Monday, December 12, at the Walnut Grove Cemetery near Hector under the direction of Humphrey Funeral Service of Russellville with James McAlister officiating.

Fred Osbern Moore

Fred Osbern Moore, 92, of Crossett died Saturday, December 10, 2005, at Beverly Health Care of Crossett. Born October 27, 1913, to Willie "Bill" and Edna Womble Moore, he retired from Georgia-Pacific as a millwright.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Lucille Thompson Moore; one son, one daughter and five grandchildren.

A private grave side service was held Saturday, December 10, at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Memorials may be made to Arkansas Children's Hospital, 800 Marshall St., Little Rock, AR 72202.

Mackie "Mack" Earl Sellers

Mackie "Mack" Earl Sellers, 68, of Hamburg died Sunday, December 4, 2005, at Glenwood Regional Medical Center in West Monroe, LA. A native of Parkdale and a resident of Hamburg for the past 48 years, he was retired from the Georgia-Pacific paper mill and was a member of Phillip Grove Missionary Baptist Church.

Survivors include two sons, Calvin Earl Sellers of Hamburg and James Sellers and wife Carolyn of Dallas, TX; two daughters, Gloria Howard and husband Curtis of Hamburg and Mamie Lee Divers of Las Vegas, NV; five brothers, Willie and Wesley Haynes, both of Las Vegas, Robert Haynes of Warren, Benny Sellers of Delaware and Woody Sellers Jr. of California; 12 sisters, Dorothy Miller, Diane Haynes, Gerlie Ingram and Linda Martin and husband Jimmy, all of Hamburg, Vernestine Haynes of Pine Bluff, Delois Brown of Parkdale, Brenda Black of Milwaukee, Jerri Thorton of Atlanta, GA, Mary Black of Delaware, Diane Oliver Thomas of El Dorado, Yvonne Nicholson of Chicago, IL and Dorothy Wilson of Little Rock; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Corene Robinson Sellers; his parents, Woody Sellers and Lonnie V. Johnson Haynes; his step-father, Eddie Haynes; two brothers, Jimmy Lee Haynes and Robert Anthony Sellers; and two sisters, Lacey Rene Haynes and Willie Jones.

Funeral services were held Thursday, December 8, at 1 p.m. at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church with Supt. Jasper Mays officiating. Burial was at Phillip Grove Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Pallbearers were Clarence Haynes, Larry Works, Levell Stanley, Frankie Wright, Marvin Walter and Jessie Chapple. Honorary pallbearers were deacons of Phillip Grove Missionary Baptist Church.

Elvie Lee Thornhill

Mrs. Elvie Lee Thornhill, 68, of Malvern, died Monday, December 12, 2005, at her residence. A native of Fountain Hill, a resident of Malvern for the past six years and a former resident of Memphis and Hamburg, she was a homemaker and a member of the Meadow View Missionary Baptist Church in Malvern.

She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Mr. T. J. Thornhill of Malvern; a daughter, Olivia Robinson of Quitman; two sisters, Linnie Keen and husband Jack and Lenora Hopper and husband Lawrence, all of Crossett; a brother-in-law, Richard Hartz of Omaha, NE; three grandchildren, Heather Billingsley of Memphis, Ashlee Giles of Russellville, and Case Robinson of Quitman and one great-grandchild, Landon Gladstone. She was preceded in death by her parents, Albert "Red" and Lois Locke Jones and a sister, Treacel Hartz.

Funeral services were planned for 10 a.m. Wednesday, December 14, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg with Rev. Fred Etheridge officiating. Burial will be in the Egypt Cemetery. Pallbearers are to be Ricky, Darren and Martin Hopper, Royce and Lyndal Keen and Rodney Laughlin.

Memorials may be made to the Meadow View Missionary Baptist Church Youth Fund, 1760 Highway 270, Malvern, AR 72104.

Joy Watson

Joy Watson, 87, of Crossett died Friday, December 9, 2005, at Medical Center of South Arkansas in El Dorado. Born in Monticello January 12, 1918, to William A. and Louetta Kimbro Summerville, she was a homemaker, a former Girl Scout leader, Special Education aide and a long-time Sunday School teacher. She was a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Crossett.

Survivors include three daughters, Celia Lamb and husband Charles of El Dorado, Carolyn Sasser and husband Joe of Crossett and Gay Jackson and husband Larry of Jonesboro; seven grandchildren, Debbie Sharp of Crossett, David Rice of Birmingham, AL, Shelly Diestel of Middletown, RI, Sharon Gunter of Austin, TX, Chris Lamb of El Dorado and Aaron and Zac Jackson of Jonesboro; eight great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Cecil Watson.

Funeral services were scheduled for Tuesday, December 13, at 10 a.m. in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett with Bro. David Tohlen and Bro. Eric Bibb officiating. Burial was to follow at Pinewood Memorial Park. Grandsons were to be pallbearers. Memorials may be made to the Crossett Public Library, 1700 Main St., Crossett, AR 71635, or Build Your House on the Rock Ministries (Guatemala), P.O. Box 12764, Lake Charles, LA.

December 21

Curtis Joe Boston Sr.

Curtis Joe Boston Sr., 63, of Crossett died Saturday, December 17, 2005, at his residence. A lifelong resident of Crossett, he was a retired Comp 1 boiler operator for Georgia-Pacific Paper Mill and a member of Gates Chapel A. M. E. Church.

Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Delores Boston; five sons, Michael Boston, Curtis Boston Jr. and Wang Boston, all of Crossett, Ronald Boston of Malvern and Terrial Boston of Houston, TX; two daughters, Gretha Boston of New York City, NY, and Latane Lewis of Crossett; four sisters, Ethel Roath of Kansas City, MO, Georgia Robinson of Madera, CA, Dorothy Loftis of Crossett and Catherine Boston of El Dorado; and 15 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Mary McGhee Boston; four brothers, William E., Frederick, Robert and Charles Boston; and one sister, Lavern Sower.

Funeral services are scheduled for Thursday, December 22, at 1 p.m. at Gates Chapel A. M. E. Church with Rev. Tyrone Broomfield officiating. Burial will follow at Westview Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Pallbearers are to be Charles Moore, Lee Simpson, Tony Allen, Roderick Kidd, Claudell Clark, Michael Loggins, Charles Bankston and Herman Newton. Honorary pallbearers are members of the T. W. Daniel Class of 1960, Michael Boston, Ronald Boston, Terrial Boston, Wang L. Boston, Terry Boston, Percy Sower and employees of Georgia-Pacific Comp 1.

Glen Warren Cotton

Glen Warren Cotton, 56, of Crossett died Wednesday, December 14, 2005, at Beverly Health Care of Crossett. He was a former resident of El Dorado and had lived in Crossett for the past seven years.

Survivors include his wife of 31 years, Carolyn Cotton; one son, Daniel Glen Cotton and wife Darcy of Pensacola, FL; one daughter, Vanessa Diane Purvis and husband Glenn of Crossett; five brothers, Billy Joe Baker and wife Patti, Lee McAdams and wife Lisa and Robert McAdams, all of El Dorado; Billy Joe Cotton and wife Sandra of Crossett and Johnny Wilder and wife Katy of Bastrop, LA; three sisters, Jean Fox and husband Greg and Glenda Shivo and husband Steve of Fort Worth, TX and Marie Johnson and husband Leland of Hamburg; and seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, Bradford Cotton; and his mother, Mae Baker McAdams.

Funeral services were held Saturday, December 17, at 11 a.m. at Cloverdale Assembly of God with Revs. Carlton White, Justin Uselton and Mike Evans officiating. Burial was at Rolfe Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Pallbearers were Keith Farnham, Billy Joe Baker, Stevie Cotton, Lee McAdams, Robert McAdams and Billy Joe Cotton. Honorary pallbearers were Donnie Wheeler, Wilbert Jackson, Walter Jackson and William Jackson.

L. E. Hughes

L. E. Hughes, 80, of Crossett died Sunday, December 11, 2005, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born April 4, 1925, in Beekman, LA, to Lee and Ellen Brown Hughes, he was a retired contractor in the oil and gas industry. He was an U. S. Navy veteran of World War II, serving as a gunner, and he received numerous service ribbons and commendations for his service in the Asiatic/Pacific Theater. He was an avid duck hunter and guide when he owned a hunting lodge in Houma, LA.

Survivors are two sons, Gary and Mike Hughes, both of Houston, TX; two daughters, Betty Ann Weimer of Cairo, Egypt, and Wanda Randolph of Houston; two stepdaughters, Linda Emory of Crossett and Marla Carithers of Fort Worth, TX; 15 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Grave-side services were at 1 p.m. Thursday, December 15, at the Hughes Chapel Cemetery in Beekman with Lloyd Townsend officiating. Arrangements were by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

David J. "DJ" Slaughter

David J. "DJ" Slaughter, 70, of Lafayette, LA, formerly of Lake Village, died Monday, December 12, 2005, at the Lafayette General Hospital. Born in Hamburg on May 12, 1935, to the late James Augustus and Sally Byrd Slaughter, he was a retired law enforcement officer and an U. S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict.

Survivors are a son, John David Slaughter of Lafayette; three daughters, Joy Lynn Caraway of Natchez, MS, Sandra Kubelka of Lafayette, and Sherri Oliver of Center, TX; a brother, Jay Slaughter; ten grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Maxine.

Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, December 15, in the Bishop Funeral Home chapel in Lake Village with Rev. James McDill officiating. Burial followed services at the Lake Village Cemetery.

December 28

James Madison Barker, Jr.

Mr. James Madison Barker, Jr., 77, of Hamburg died Monday, December 26, 2005, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born in Texarkana, Arkansas, on November 23, 1928, the son of Leila Jackson Barker and James Madison Barker, he attended elementary school in Bradley and graduated in 1946 from Chamberlain-Hunt Military Academy in Port Gibson, Mississippi. He attended Chamberlain-Hunt with Edward L. Moyers of Vicksburg, who introduced Jim to his younger sister, Mary Moyers. After serving in the United States Navy, Jim returned to Vicksburg where he and Mary wed in 1949. The couple attended Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, both graduating in 1952. For the next five years, Mary and Jim lived in New Orleans, Birmingham, Tampa and Waycross, Georgia, while Jim worked in sales. In 1957, the couple moved with their children to Fayetteville where Jim enrolled in law school at the University of Arkansas. After Jim's graduation in 1960, the family moved to Hamburg where Jim entered the private practice of law and where he lived for the remainder of his life.

During his legal career, Jim helped his clients with legal issues of almost every type imaginable, and was a long-time advisor and confidante to several area businessmen and a mentor to younger lawyers. He also served as city attorney of Hamburg and as counsel to the state on child support enforcement matters in Ashley County. He was known for his unconventional but effective courtroom manner, and enjoyed a reputation within the bar as a vigorous but honest and collegial adversary. In 2000, the Southeast Arkansas Legal Foundation honored Jim for his long career of service to the public and the bar. Jim was also successful in business, acquiring Hamburg's cable television franchise and transforming it from a community-access system into a satellite system and greatly expanding its offerings and its coverage within the city.

A member of the First United Methodist Church of Hamburg, he was active in the Men's Bible Class and United Methodist Men. He was also a member of the Rotary, Kiwanis and Optimist clubs of Hamburg, The Delta Razorback Club, Poor Boy Hunting Club of Lake Village and Yancopin Hunting Club of Watson.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Moyers Barker of Hamburg; his daughter, Ann Lucille Barker of Little Rock; his son, James Madison Barker III, his daughter-in-law, Mary Patricia Bowen Barker, and his grandchildren, William Madison Barker, James Henry Barker, Mary Katherine Barker and John Patrick Barker, all of Little Rock; and his sister, Ann Barker Barnes of Russellville. Jim was preceded in death by his parents and by his brother, John W. Barker.

Funeral services are Thursday, December 29, at 10 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Hamburg with Revs. Gary Harrison, Charles Pullin and Klois Hargis officiating. Burial will be in the Hamburg Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jerry Barnes, Alan Davis, Reid Harrod, James Higginbotham, David Moyers and Jimmy Murphy. Honorary pallbearers will be the Men's Bible Class and the United Methodist Men of First United Methodist Church, Hamburg. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home, Hamburg. Memorials may be made to Chamberlain-Hunt Academy, 124 McComb Avenue, Port Gibson MS 39150; Hamburg High School Honors Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 30, Hamburg AR 71646; or First United Methodist Church, 202 South Main Street, Hamburg AR 71646.

Dewey A. Curtis

Dewey A. Curtis, 90, of Russellville, died Wednesday, December 21, 2005, at Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center. A son of the late Samuel Henry and Myrtle Rash Curtis, he was born July 20, 1915, at Hector. He worked for Chase Bag Company in Crossett for over 35 years, was an United States Army veteran of World War II, was a Free and Accepted Mason in Lodge # 576 in Crossett and a member of First Freewill Baptist Church in Crossett.

Survivors include two daughters and a son-in-law, Judy and Dennis McKee of Crossett; and Rhonda Woestman of Russellville; a daughter-in-law, Leona Curtis of Dumas; a brother and sister-in-law, Vence and Emma Lee Curtis of Marquette, Michigan; a sister, Zola Adcock of Modesto, California; five grandchildren, Spencer and Brandon Woestman of Russellville, Janice Thornton of Dumas, Margie Wood of Monticello and Tracy Hawkin of Dumas; six great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Jean Curtis, a son, Vence Curtis, and seven brothers and sisters.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Friday, December 23, in the Shinn Funeral Home chapel in Russellville with Rev. Jerry Vinson officiating. Burial followed at the Forks of the Creek Cemetery near Hector. Active pallbearers were Ken and Kenneth Golden, Dennis McKee, Spencer and Brandon Woestman and David Griffith.

J. W. Kelley

J. W. Kelley, 74, of Crossett died Tuesday, December 20, 2005, at his residence. He was born December 16, 1931, in Hamburg to George Washington and Ruby Bell Fraizer Kelley.

Survivors include his wife, Laura Sue Kelley; one son, John Kelley of Crossett; one daughter, Hazel Lyle of Jacksonville, FL; two stepdaughters, Donna Sledd of Hamburg and Kathy High of Crossett; six brothers, Raymond Kelley of Heber Springs, Wesley Kelley of Rogers, Lonnie Fay Kelley, Chester Kelley and Larry Dean Thorpe of Crossett and Steve Kelley of Monticello; two sisters, Georgia Brown of Hamburg and Beatrice Kelley of Monticello; two grandchildren and four step-grandchildren.

A grave-side service was held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, December 21, at the Bethel Cemetery with Rev. Hickman officiating. Arrangements were by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Lawrence H. Neal

Lawrence H. Neal, 61, Houston, TX, died Thursday, December 15, 2005. He was a former employee of Hyatt Regency Hotels.

Survivors include his wife, Linda Neal; one brother, Wayne D. Neal and wife Brenda of Crossett; and one nephew, Mark D. Neal of Crossett. Grave side services were held Monday, December 19, at 11 a.m. Brookside Memorial Park under the direction of Brookside Funeral Home.

Vera Mae Pam

Vera Mae Pam, 73, of Crossett died Sunday, December 25, 2005, in the Medical Center of South Arkansas in El Dorado. A native of Farmerville, LA, and a Crossett resident for the past 40 years, she was a homemaker and a member of the Kingdom Builders Outreach Ministry.

Survivors include her husband of 38 years, Howard Pam; seven sons, Jessie Montgomery of El Dorado, J. L. and wife Bea Montgomery, Larry and wife Mandie Montgomery, Tommy Montgomery, Howard Pam, Jr., and Jessie Pam, all of Crossett, and Lane Adam and wife Priscilla Montgomery of Bernice, LA; three daughters, Patricia and husband Eddie Williams and Brenda and husband Willie Jones of Crossett and Juanita Williams of El Dorado; one brother, James and wife Melissa Williams of Junction City; two sisters, Mary Lou Moore and Hazel Hurd, both of El Dorado; 36 grandchildren, 87 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents, Mack and Ida Mae Seal Williams, three brothers and two sisters.

Funeral services are planned for 11 a.m. on Thursday, December 29, in the Davis Memorial Church of God in Christ with Eld. Willie Jones officiating. Pallbearers are to be Ricky, Charles, and Rodney Montgomery, Jessie Kimble, Derrick Williams and Toney Traylor. Burial will follow services at the Ryles Chapel Cemetery with arrangements by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Mrs. Gwen Pryor

Mrs. Mary Gwen Pryor, 87, of Hamburg died Monday, December 26, 2005, at the Gardner Nursing Center in Star City. A native of Ashley County and a resident of Hamburg and Ashley County all of her life, she was a homemaker and a member of the Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church.

She is survived by a son, Thomas Pryor of Houma, LA; two daughters, Betty Ruth Phillips of Star City and Elna Ann and husband Dusty Hollenbeck of Hobbs, New Mexico; a brother, Houston Austin of Monticello; a sister, Elizabeth Hale of Hamburg; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hebrew Pryor, in 1988; a son, Robert Owen Pryor, in 1948; her parents, Elmer and Mae Franklin Austin; two brothers, Gerald and Henry Austin; and four sisters, Eula Mae Christmas, Eloise Norris, Olivia Judkins and Jean Evelyn Austin.

Funeral services were planned for 10 a.m. Wednesday, December 28, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home with Revs. David Leopard and Houston Austin officiating. Burial will be in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Pallbearers are to be Jerry Pryor, Emory, Wilburn and Houston Austin, Ken Byers, Charles York, Donald Quimby, Carlton Austin and John Lynn Watkins. Memorials may be made to the Gardner Nursing Center, 702 North Drew Street, Star City, AR 71667.

VernaLee Thurman

VernaLee Thurman, 78, of Bastrop, LA, died Sunday, December 25, 2005, at the Northeast Medical Center Hospital in Humble, Texas. A native of Grayson, LA, and a resident of Bastrop for the past 50 years, she was a homemaker and a member of the Bonita Road Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Laron Thurman of Bastrop; a son, Johnny Blake of Shreveport, LA; a daughter, Gloria Thurman Heavin of Spring, TX; four grandchildren, Christopher Laron Blake, Angela Kristene Blake Marshall, Carissa Leigh Cerda and Renett Dee Cerda; nine great-grandchildren, Chad, Cody, Nick, Adrian, Noah, Phylicia, Cabria, Tyler and Austin and one great-great-grandchild, Ethan. She was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Lora Kenworthy Estess and a brother Lee Roy Estess.

Funeral services were planned for 2 p.m., Wednesday, December 28, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home in Hamburg with Rev. Jack Ferguson officiating. Burial was to follow at the Bonita Road Baptist Church Cemetery in Bastrop. Pallbearers were to be Chad, Nick and Noah Cerda, Christopher Blake, Curtis Marshall and Oscar Heavin.

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