January 5

Ollie Belle Allen

Ollie Belle Allen, 60, of Crossett died Tuesday, December 28, 2004, at Ashley County Medical Center. She was a native of Parkdale but had lived in Crossett for the past 43 years. She was a homemaker and a member of Rolfe Chapel Free Will Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband of 43 years, Johnny Allen; three sons, Robert D. Allen and wife Sheila, Donald E. Allen and wife Elaine and Calvin P. Allen and wife Angela, all of Crossett; two brothers, Sam David Curran and wife Patsy of Hamburg and J. W. Curran of Hamburg; three sisters, Faye Turner of Tampa, FL, Mary Lois Curran of Lebanon, MO, and Louise Bell of Hodge, LA; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Tom and Sally Curran; two brothers, Melvin and Elvin Curran; and one sister, Hazel Milligan.

Funeral services were held Thursday, December 30, at 2 p.m. at Rolfe Chapel Free Will Baptist Church with Rev. Carlton White officiating. Burial was at Carlock Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Pallbearers were Kevin Curran, Steve Childers, Keith Curran, Jerry Buckner, Marty Phillips and Willie Brown. Honorary pallbearer was Ricky Middlebrooks.

Bertie Mae Barnett

Mrs. Bertie Mae Barnett, 97, of Hamburg died Friday, December 31, 2004, in Hamburg. She was a native and life long resident of Hamburg; a homemaker and a member of the Hamburg Church of Christ.

She is survived by a son, Gerald Barnett and wife Joy of Oklahoma City, OK; three daughters, Barbara Courson and husband William of Crossett; Beth Leigh and husband Kenneth and Julia Pruitt, all of Hamburg; 15 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Barnett, in 1979; a son, Willard Barnett, Sr.; a daughter, Alice Barnett Leigh; her parents, Erastus and Betty Tumlison Giles; three grandchildren, Steve and James Barnett and Bertha Ellen Barnett; four brothers and three sisters.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Sunday, January 2, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home with Rev. Joel Meredith officiating. Burial followed services at the Unity Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jon and Daniel Beasley, Kyle Barnett, Justin Mills, Wayne Smith, Kenton and Matthew Leigh, Cory and Clint Snelgrove and Jack Pruitt.

Memorials may be made to Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, Land Fund, 1301 N. Cherry, Hamburg, AR 71646 or to the Mt. Olive Baptist Church, 1533 Hwy 52 West, Crossett, AR 71635.

Reba Bierbaum

Mrs. Reba Bierbaum, 91, of Hamburg died Sunday, January 2, 2005, at the Beverly Health Care Center in Crossett. A native of Ashley County and a life long resident of Hamburg, she was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church.

She is survived by a son, Carl John Bierbaum and wife Fran of Hamburg; a daughter-in-law, Susan Bierbaum of Hot Springs; four grandsons, Jon Bierbaum of Hamburg; Boyd Bierbaum of Glenwood Springs, CO, Cole Bierbaum of Little Rock and Kirt Bierbaum of Conway; and seven great-grandchildren, Mary Ashleigh, Maddison, Charlie, Libby, Jordan, Conner and Carter Bierbaum. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie J. Bierbaum, in 1974; a son, Jordan Bierbaum, in 1994; her parents, Shelman and Eva Hayden Jordan; and two brothers.

Funeral services are planned for 10 a.m. Wednesday, January 5, in the First Baptist Church with Dr. Bobby Pennington and Rev. Klois Hargis officiating. Burial will be in the Pinewood Memorial Cemetery. Pallbearers are to be Billy, Henry and Freddie Bierbaum, Mitchell White, John Spivey and Jimmy Murphy. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, PO Box 352, Hamburg, AR 71646.

Rosie Harper

Rosie Harper, 73, of Montrose died Sunday, December 26, 2004, at Chicot Memorial Hospital in Lake Village. A native of Sicily Island, LA, she had lived in Montrose for the past 24 years. She was a retired EKG technician and a member of Evergreen Missionary Baptist Church.

Survivors include one son, Sterling Harper of Milwaukee, WI; five daughters, Georgetta Guyton and her husband Arthur Guyton Jr. of Peoria, IL, Azille Leavell and husband Robert of Henderson, KY, Beverly Thomas and husband Gregory and Berly and Renita Harper of Milwaukee; three brothers, Vernell Wilson and wife Earnisteen and Arthur Wilson and wife Florial, both of Montrose, and Elmo Wilson of Milwaukee; two sisters, Ella Marie Lovett and husband Jim of Milwaukee and Laura Green and husband Andrew of Flowermound, TX; eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Richard Price; her second husband, M. C. Harper; her parents, Seymore and Georgiana Wilson; two brothers, Sam and L. B. Wilson; and one sister, Azille Wilson.

Funeral services were held Friday, December 31, at 11 a.m. at St. Peter Missionary Baptist church with Rev. Jesse Courtney officiating. Burial was at Montrose Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Pallbearers were Vincent Ross, Landriel Woods, Michael Woods, Santago Porter, Archie Huggins and Alvin Hill.

Shelly Lyn Harris

Shelly Lyn Harris, 39, of Crossett died Saturday, January 1, 2004. Born July 20, 1965, to J. W. and Nancy McArthur Harris, in Bastrop, LA, she was an LPN and a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church.

Survivors include one daughter, Rachel Lyn Harris; her parents, J. W. and Nancy Harris of Crossett; one brother, Paul Harris, of San Antonio, TX; and one sister, Lisa Galloway of Monroe, LA.

Grave-side services were held Monday, January 3, at 10 a.m. at Crossroads Cemetery with Bro. Willis Doss officiating. Jones Funeral Home of Crossett was in charge of arrangements.

Ouida Ingram

Ouida Ingram, 91, of Crossett died Monday, December 27, 2004, at her residence. Born October 8, 1913, to Robert Floyd and Ella Mae Fleming Ragland in Crossett, she was a secretary in the Georgia-Pacific Forestry Division for 40 years. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Crossett, where she served as church clerk for many years, and she was a member of the Hospital Auxiliary for many years.

Survivors include one brother, Billy Jack Ragland of Crossett; three nieces, Fran Willis Stone of Crossett, Judy Thrasher Naughter of Baton Rouge, LA, and Betty Golden Burton of West Monroe, LA; one nephew, Gene Golden of Marietta, GA; seven great-nieces, three great-nephews and 19 great-great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Monty P. Ingram; a daughter, Mary Beth Brewer; four sisters, Inez Willis, Vivian Golden, Helen Ragland and Jane Ragland; and two brothers, Robert S. Ragland and Rev. Paul R. Ragland.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, December 29, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett with Rev. Larry White officiating. Burial was at Pinewood Memorial Park. Pallbearers were Doogie Darling, Jack Allen, Armell Deal, Larry Morrow, Jimmy Rice, Herk Williams and Ronald Rice.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Crossett, 701 Main St., Crossett, AR 71635, or Hospice Home Care, 455 West Gaines, Monticello, AR 71655.

Sharon Diane Johnson McDaniels

Sharon Diane Johnson McDaniels, 42, of Crossett died Saturday, December 25, 2004. Born July 29, 1962, to Johnny Mack and Ellon Johnson, she was an LPN and a member of Jarvis Chapel Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Scott McDaniels; one son, Justin Dean Mason of Crossett; two daughters, Laraleigh Forester and husband Joshua of Alpharetta, GA, and Pamela Breanne Mason of Crossett; her parents, Johnny Mack and Ellon Johnson of Crossett; one brother, Gregory Scott Johnson of Crossett; two sisters, Pamela Lyne Williams of Knoxville, TN, and Angela Nix of Crossett; her grandparents, Vrelan and Edith Johnson of Crossett; one granddaughter, Kaylee Hope Bond; one niece, eight nephews and a host of other relatives. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Bass and Mary Johnson.

Funeral services were Thursday, December 30, at 2 p.m. at Jarvis Chapel Baptist Church with Revs. Roy Grantham and Lawrence Amos officiating. Burial was at Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Pallbearers were Regan Gardner, Matthew Gardner, Daniel Watson, Chad Watson, Gary W. Johnson and Mike Johnson. Honorary pallbearers were Glen Michael Carter and David Stephenson.

Connie Ruth Scroggins

Connie Ruth Scroggins, 57, of Bastrop, LA, died Tuesday, December 28, 2004, at Morehouse General Hospital in Bastrop. She was a native of Bastrop, attended Tillou Baptist Church and was a retired school bus driver for the Morehouse Parish School District.

Survivors include her husband, Floyd Earl Scroggins; three sons, Mike Scroggins and wife Dawn, Tommy Scroggins and wife Joy and Bo Scroggins and wife Cindy, all of Bastrop; her mother, Lillie Pearl Griffis of Bastrop; four brothers, Jackie Griffis of Baytown, TX, John Henry Griffis of Kerrville, TX ,and Floyd Griffis and Paul Douglas Griffis, both of Crossett; two sisters, Frances Frisby of Bastrop and Margie Gardner of Crossett; one grandson, Cody Scroggins; and two granddaughters, Marissa Scroggins and Megan Young. She was preceded in death by her father, J. C. Griffis; and one brother, Charlie Griffis.

Funeral services were held Thursday, December 30, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Cox Funeral Home of Bastrop with Rev. Doug Edwards and Rev. Danny Roberts officiating. Burial was at Hughes Chapel Cemetery in Bastrop. Pallbearers were Jeff Freeland, Kenneth Freeland, Brian Doles, Josh Doles, Kevin Barnes and Darren Miguez. Honorary pallbearer was Heath Porter.

Earsee P. Seamans

Earsee P. Seamans, 84, of Crossett died Friday, December 31, 2004, at Beverly Health Care of Crossett. Born July 3, 1920, to Carroll and Alice Stanley Pennington, she was a homemaker and member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband of 57 years, H. L. "Mutt" Seamans; one son, Ronald Seamons and wife Alice Merle of Crossett; three daughters, Sylvia Richardson and husband Bobby of Crossett, Wanda Dunwoody and husband Gary of North Little Rock and Becky Fulcher and husband Donald of Benton; two sisters, Irene Talent and Lorene Burchell, both of Mulberry; nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her first husband, John Franklin Tucker.

Funeral services were held Sunday, January 2, at 2 p.m. at Mt. Olive Baptist Church with Rev. Eric Hodge, Rev. L. H. McCullough and Dr. Bobby Pennington officiating. Burial was at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Pallbearers were Jerry Pennington, Phillip Pennington, Laron Burke, Maxie Burchell, Billy Burchell and James Talent.

Charlotte Hortense Green Stover

Charlotte Hortense Green Stover, 89, of Crossett died Tuesday, December 28, 2004. Born July 20, 1915, to Thomas and Annie Susanne Scharf Green in Monticello, she was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church of Crossett.

Survivors include two daughters, Mary Ann Jones and husband Sherman of West Monroe, LA, and LaFran Daniel and husband James of Crossett; one brother, Bernard P. Green of Memphis, TN; six grandchildren, Rev. Jim Daniel, Shane Daniel, Kevin Daniel, Joe Daniel, Dr. Mike Jones and Diane Jones; eight great-grandchildren; and one special niece, Debbie Nance.

Funeral services were held Thursday, December 30, at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church with Rev. Jim Daniel and Kevin Daniel officiating. Burial was at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Pallbearers were Shane Daniel, Joe David Daniel, Dr. Mike Jones, Eric Daniel, Seth Daniel and James Smith.

January 12

Myrtle Burt

Mrs. Myrtle Burt, 86, of Hamburg died Wednesday, January 5, 2005, at the Chicot Memorial Hospital in Lake Village. A native of Winnsboro, LA., a resident of the Springhill community outside of Hamburg since 1961 and a former resident of Crossett, she was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church in Crossett.

She is survived by two sons, Bobby Burt and Nicky Burt, both of Hamburg; five grandchildren, Susan Sullivan of Seattle, WA; Bob Burt, of Milton, FL; Tammy Burt Burchfield, Pollyanna Burt and Deborah Hicks, all of Hamburg; and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Neal Burt, in 1999; her parents, Henry and Blanche McCain Haddox; a grandson, Mitchell Burt; a brother, Barville Haddox, and a sister, Johnnie Mae Courtney.

Grave-side funeral services were at 2 p.m., Saturday, January 8, at the Egypt Cemetery with Rev. Roy Craig officiating. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Egypt Cemetery Association, c/o Mr. John Laing, 272 Ashley Road 454, Hamburg, AR 71646.

William Clayburn Hurd

William Clayburn Hurd, 82, of Crossett died Wednesday, January 5, 2004, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born February 14, 1922, to William Henry and Verona Frances Thorne Hurd in Belmont, MS, he retired after 29 years as the supervisor of payroll accounting for Georgia-Pacific. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Crossett, where he served as a deacon and elder and was a member of the choir for over 30 years. He was a charter member of the Crossett Players, and in the spring of 1988, the board of directors voted to rename the Crossett Playhouse the Hurd Playhouse in honor of him and his wife Marjorie. He was a Mason and a member of the Crossett Rotary Club and was named Rotarian of the Year and a Paul Harris Fellow in 1992.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Marjorie Fein Hurd; two daughters, Beverly Galler and husband George of Baton Rouge, LA and Judy Hayward and husband Gary of Mount Vernon, NH; one sister, Esterleen Minton of Bay, AR; and two grandchildren, Mollie and Adam Hayward.

He was preceded in death by seven brothers and sisters.

Funeral services were held Friday, January 7, at 2 p.m. at Presbyterian Church of Crossett with Rev. Bonnie Milligan officiating. Burial was at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were C. J. Steenson, Charlie Smith, Kenneth Taylor, Joe Friend, Don Rothenbush, Fred Hudgens, Tom Walton and Ed Pellow. Memorials may be made to Presbyterian Church of Crossett, 309 Pine St., Crossett, AR 71635.

Houston Lee Leichmon

Houston Lee "G-Boo" Leichmon, 81, of Strong, died Wednesday, January 5, 2005, at his residence. A native of Laran, LA, he had lived in Strong for 57 years and was a retired grader for Olin Craft. He was a member of County Line Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Dorothy Smith Leichmon; two sons, Jimmy Leichmon and wife Wanda of Norphlet and Tyrone Leichmon and wife Pat of Strong; two daughters, Faye Miller and husband Aurelle and Belinda Wayne, all of El Dorado; one brother, Robert Leichmon Jr. and wife Brooksie of Farmerville, LA; two sisters, Ruby Langston and husband Roosevelt of Compton, CA and Lennie Grace and husband Robert Nollie of Altadena, CA; nine grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Allie Fare Leichmon; five brothers and two sisters.

Funeral services were planned for Wednesday, January 12, at 1 p.m. at Curry Chapel A. M. E. Church with Rev. Michael Singleton officiating. Burial was to follow at County Line Cemetery in Laran with Cromwell Funeral Home in charge. Pallbearers are to be Otis Archie, Bennie Howard, Eric Scott, Donell Smith, Paul Monk and Mike Bolton. Honorary pallbearers are to be David Furlow, John Dale Miller and John L. Scott.

Arlie Jones Martin

Arlie Jones Martin, 92, of Crossett died Friday, January 7, 2005, at Beverly Healthcare in Crossett. Born October 25, 1912, in Union, MS, to the late Alexander "Zan" and Corrine Love Smith Jones, she had been a cafeteria worker at the Hastings Elementary School and Star City Elementary schools. She never learned to drive, but provided food for many people, with others delivering it for her. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Crossett.

Survivors include three daughters, Myra Martin and husband Larry of Crossett, Marilyn Decker and husband Louis of Dickinson, TX, and Barbara Kay Cole and husband Leo of Baytown, TX; one stepson, Gibb Martin of Star City; one brother, Carlton Jones of Anderson, IN; give grandchildren, Leslie Butcher, Tina Floyd, Tammi Webb, Todd Martin and Christi Franks; and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Travis Martin, and her stepmother, Ethel Jackson.

Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Sunday, January 9, in the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Rev. Larry White officiating. Pallbearers were James Allen, John Knight, Dub Byers, Steve Webb, John Floyd and Leslie Butcher. Honorary pallbearers were Ross Wayne Martin and Todd Martin. Burial followed 4 p.m. services at the Jones Cemetery in Star City.

Harold L. Maxwell

Harold L. Maxwell, 65, of Springfield, VT, died Friday, December 31, 2004, at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. Born in Crossett June 15, 1928, to Roy and Mildred Maxwell, he was raised in Crossett and attended the Crossett schools. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving on the aircraft carrier USS Saratoga and in Boston, MA, from 1957-61. He was a Cub Scout master, a member and president of the C. B. Club, member of St. John Lodge No. 41 and the Mt. Sinai Clown Unit of the Shriners. He worked at Jones and Lamson Tool Co. from 1965-82 and was the first employee at Vermont Machine Tool Co. as a mechanic and assemblyman until his retirement in 1999.

Survivors include his wife, Joanne Pelkey Maxwell; his mother, Mildred Maxwell of Ringgold, LA; one sister, Dorothy Moore of Pineville, LA; and a host other relatives in Crossett, Hamburg and Louisiana. He was preceded in death by his father, Roy Maxwell; and one sister, Mary Ann Marter.

Memorials may be made to the Springfield High School Athletic program, the Vermont Lung Association or the Springfield Humane Society. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Eternal Flame Crematorium was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Carl Rice, Sr.

Mr. Carl Thomas Rice, Sr., 89, of Portland died Monday, January 3, 2005, at the Chicot Memorial Hospital in Lake Village. Mr. Rice was a native of Ashley County. He bought his farm in 1930 near Portland where he raised his own family and lived until his death. He was a third generation farmer and could tell many stories of how he and his four sisters and one brother worked the family farm raising their own vegetables and butchering and smoking their own hogs. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and spent many hours at the camp on Caulk Island with Gus Pugh and the hunters there.

He is survived by two sons, Carl Rice, Jr. and wife Peggy of Portland and Billy Joe Rice and wife Stacy of Dallas, TX; a brother, Bobby Joe Rice of Monticello; three sisters, Coralene Satterfield of Dumas, Rosie Spencer of Hamburg and Ella Mae Jackson of Crossett; five grandchildren, Christie Rice of Wayside, MS, Leslie Dauthitt and husband Scott, Michael Borland and wife Stephanie, all of Houston, TX, Vanessa Mitchell and husband Paul of Phoenix, AZ and Christopher Rice of Dallas, TX; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Emma Elton Rice, in 1991; a daughter, Judy Rice; his parents, J. H. and Mamie Blount Rice; a brother, Carroll Rice, and a sister, Ethel Gober.

Funeral services were at 3 p.m., Wednesday, January 5, at the Portland Baptist Church with Revs. E. W. Ricks and Charles Pullin officiating. Burial followed services at the Montrose Cemetery. Pallbearers were Dewayne Blair, Allen Stroud, Wayne Ricks, Emory Austin, Mark and Henry Rice. Honorary pallbearers were David Robinson, Jake Gray, Roy Tarvin and Jim Young. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Montrose Cemetery Association, c/o Angie Lynn, 329 Lynn Road, Montrose, AR 71658.

January 19

Thelma Odessa Bell

Thelma Odessa Bell, 83, of Fountain Hill died Monday, January 10, 2005, at her residence. A native of Lacey, she had lived in Fountain Hill for the past 68 years and was a homemaker and member of Bethel A. M. E. Church.

Survivors include one step-daughter, Dorothy Daniels and husband Adolphus of Monticello; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her husband, George Bell; her parents, John and Viola Simpson Cobb; and two sisters, Janie Cobb and Mary David.

Funeral services were held Saturday, January 15, at 3 p.m. at Bethel A. M. E. Church with Rev. Levi Tolefree officiating. Burial was at Lacey Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Pallbearers were Richard David, Gregory David, Thomas David, Bobby Barnett, Corliss Sawyer and Alfonso Lawson. Honorary pallbearers were Calvin Miller, Dewayne Davis and Rickey David.

Mr. James Burgess

Mr. James Burgess, 71, of Hamburg died Sunday, January 16, 2005, at his son's residence outside of Hamburg. Mr. Burgess was a native of Parkdale and a resident of Hamburg since 1963. He retired from Georgia-Pacific paper mill in 1992 after 36 years of service. He was an U. S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict, a member of the Beech Creek Baptist Church and an avid hunter and fisherman.

He is survived by his wife, Sue Leggett Burgess of Hamburg; a son, Jim Burgess and wife Carol of Hamburg; a sister, Betty Burgess Halley of Mer Rouge, LA; a special nephew, Thomas Halley and wife Karen of Crossett; a nephew, Brent Halley and wif, Cristy of Calhoun, LA; a niece, Kay Smith and husband Kevin of West Monroe, LA; and a very good friend, Dean Hill of Parkdale. He was preceded in death by his parents, Pierce and Maurine Rawson Burgess, and a brother, William Andrew Burgess.

Funeral services were planned for 3 p.m., Tuesday, January 18, at the Mt. Pleasant Freewill Baptist Church with Revs. Mark Elliott and Roy Craig officiating. Burial was to follow services at the Promise Land Cemetery. Pallbearers were to be Jimmy Meeks, James R. Meeks, Thomas and Brent Halley, Dean Hill and John Ricks. Honorary pallbearers were to be Beacher Lowry, Dude Halley, Fred Hollis, John Richardson, and Pat Allison. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Mt. Pleasant Freewill Baptist Church Building Fund, 310 Ashley Road 95, Hamburg, AR 71646.

James Elbert Daniels

James Elbert Daniels, 68, of Crossett died Tuesday, January 11, 2005, at the Ashley County Medical Center. He was a native of Fountain Hill and had lived in Crossett for the past 45 years. He was a retiree of Georgia-Pacific Plywood Mill and was a member of Davis Memorial Church of God in Christ.

Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Rosemary Daniels; three sons, Elbert Ray Daniels of Coleen, TX, Bobby Ray Daniels and wife Shawanna of Syracuse, NY, and James E. Daniels Jr. and wife Hope of Bastrop, LA; four daughters, Thelma Bunn and Dorothy Hollins and husband Albert Ray, all of Crossett, Beverly Davis and husband Antonio of Warren and Mary Ann Carter of El Dorado; one brother, James "Red" Daniels and wife Gloria of El Dorado; one sister, Anna Lambert and husband Otis of San Diego, CA; 15 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hill and Myrtle Withers Daniels; and one sister, Velma Russell.

Funeral services were held Monday, January 17, at 1 p.m. at Davis Memorial Church of God in Christ with Bishop R. L. Matheney officiating. Burial was at Westview Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Pallbearers were Lorenzo Duke, Richard Russell, Willie Danzy, James Edward Daniels, R. L. Danzy and Corkey Canley. Honorary pallbearers were Elbert Daniels, Bobby Daniels, Allen Hollins, James E. Daniels Jr., Jerome Phillips and Antonio Davis.

Lois Marie Gaston

Lois Marie Gaston, 75, of Crossett died Thursday, January 13, 2005, at Ashley County Medical Center. She was a lifelong resident of Crossett, a retired cook and a member of Quinn Chapel A. M. E. Church.

Survivors include one son, Johnnie Gaston of Crossett; one daughter, Recania Scarver and husband Calvin of Pine Bluff; three brothers, John Warren and wife Ollie Mae, Warren Griffin Jr. and wife Geraldine, and Willie Ed Griffin and wife Eunice, all of Crossett; one sister, Earnestine Bates of Little Rock; 13 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Henry Gaston; one daughter, Donna Gaston Gibbs; her parents, Warren and Dora Colbert Griffin; one brother, Cleonie Griffin; and two sisters, Artie Griffin Hargraves and Beulah Griffin Robinson.

Funeral services were scheduled for Tuesday, January 18, at 11 a.m. at Quinn Chapel A. M. E. Church with Rev. Artis L. Owens officiating. Burial was to follow at Quinn Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Pallbearers were to be Calvin Scarver, Freddie Hargrove, Lee Simpson, Freddie Griffin, Spencer Griffin and Eugene Griffin.

William "Bill" Harrison

William "Bill" Leon Harrison, 78, of Hamburg died Friday, January 14, 2005, at the Ashley County Medical Center, Crossett. Born March 16, 1926, at Rison to the late Joe Miller and Grace Harrison Miller, he was a Freewill Baptist and a retired sanitation employee of the city of Hamburg.

Surviving are two sons, Arthur Harrison of Warren and Dewayne Stanley of Phoenix, Arizona; eight daughters, Betty Harrison of Florida, Loretta Holland, Doris Moran and Donnie Moran, all of Hamburg, Debbie Hicks of Monroe, LA, Lorie Cameron of Bastrop, LA, and Linda Barnett and Carolyn Barnett of Monticello; three sisters, Erma Jean Dodson of Arizona, Shirley Barnett of Dermott, and Ila Jo Young of Monticello; 24 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. His wife, Florence Edna Curry Harrison, died July 31, 2000.

Funeral services were at 1:30 p.m. Monday, January 17, at Trinity Freewill Baptist Church. Burial followed at the Carlock Cemetery with arrangements by Frazer's Funeral Home of Warren. Pallbearers were Jason Moran, David Holland, Danny Smith, Lavon Smith, Virgil Smith, Marion Bennett, Troy Cameron and Jimmy Barnett.

Mrs. LaJoyce Pruitt

Mrs. LaJoyce Pruitt, 52, of Crossett, died Saturday, January 15, 2005, at her residence in Crossett. Mrs. Pruitt was a native of Hamburg; a resident of Crossett for the past 14 years and a former resident of Wilmot. She was a homemaker and a member of the Beech Street Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband, Royce Pruitt; a son, David Pruitt; a daughter, Melissa Pruitt, all of Crossett; her mother, Mary Frances McDaniel Kelley of Wilmot; four brothers, Jim Kelley and wife Karmen of Gilmer, TX, Bill Kelley of Wilmot; Glen Kelley and wife Charlotte of Bakersfield, CA, and John Kelley and wife Sheryl of West Monroe, LA; four sisters, Virginia Studavin and husband Jerry of West Monroe, LA, Bernice Tubbs and husband Allen of Calion, LA, Mary Hall and husband Rusty of Star City and Annette Adcock and husband Owen of Gilmer, TX; three grandchildren, Darren, Wesley and Jacob Pruitt, and eight nieces and seven nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Charles Wesley Kelley; two sisters, Betty Faye Kelley and Lois Diann Kelley; and her grandparents, Walter and Lela Kelley and Henry and Mattie McDaniel.

Funeral services are to be at 10 a.m., Tuesday, January 18, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg with Rev. Lloyd Townsend officiating. Burial will be in the Bell Cemetery. Pallbearers are to be Jim and John Kelley, Telford Norman, Lee Graham, Chuck Meurer and Brad Davis. Honorary pallbearers are to be Darren, Wesley and Jacob Pruitt, Reeves and Walker Davis. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 901 N. University Avenue, Little, Rock, AR 72207.

Bernice Tharpe

Bernice Tharpe, 73, of Hamburg died Monday, January 10, 2005, in Kankakee, IL. She was a lifelong resident of Hamburg, a retired cook for Catfish Inn and a member of Quinn Chapel A. M. E. Church.

Survivors include one daughter, Burna Tharpe of Kankakee; one brother, Clinton Duckworth of Chicago, IL; four sisters, Mary Simpson of Hamburg, Robbie Brice of Louisville, KY, Versie Bilbo of Orville, CA, and Annie Norman of Chicago; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Lidia Duckworth; three brothers, Howard, Clarence and Charles Duckworth; and one sister, Blanch Lowe.

Funeral services were held Saturday, January 15, at 11 a.m. at Quinn Chapel A. M. E. Church with Rev. Artis L. Owens officiating. Burial was at Pugh Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Pallbearers were Rodney Hollins, Cal Tucker, Corey Tharpe, Edward Brown, John B. Gibbs and Clinton Duckworth Jr.

January 26

Essie Lee

Essie Lee, 90, of Montrose died Thursday, January 20, 2005. She was a long-time resident of Portland and Montrose.

Survivors include four sons, John Lee and wife Irma of Columbus, OH, Alexander Lee of Oceanside, CA and Lenwood Lee and wife Sharon and Charles Lee, all of Columbus, GA; six daughters, Rosie Caldwell and husband Henry and Annie Pearl Watkins, all of Portland, Merdie Hadley and husband Leon of Montrose, Betty Scott of Milwaukee, WI, Dorothy Lee of Chicago, IL, and Janice Gayfield and husband Louis of Eudora; 36 grandchildren, 57 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, January 29, at Portland No. 2 Baptist Church with Rev. Louis Meadows officiating. Burial will be at Portland No. 2 Cemetery under the direction of Dillard Funeral Home of Eudora.

Marty Alice Mack

Marty Alice Mack, 60, of Crossett died Wednesday, January 19, 2004, at the Ashley County Medical Center. She was born July 5, 1944, in Hartford, CT to Russell Osment and Ada Rose Jarvis Mack. She retired from Georgia-Pacific and loved gardening and raising exotic cats.

Survivors include one son, Arnold Dodderer of Pittsburgh, PA; one daughter, Tammy Higginbotham of Crossett; two brothers, Russell Mack and Courtland Mack of Rhode Island; one sister, Christine Bahs of Michigan; and six grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Saturday, January 22, at her daughter's residence. Jones Funeral Home of Crossett was in charge of arrangements.

Robert "Bobby" Phillips

Robert "Bobby" Phillips, 42, of Pine Bluff died Thursday, January 20, 2005, at the Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. Born May 10, 1962, in Crossett to James E. and Andrea C. Easson Phillips, he graduated from Crossett High School in 1980. A supervisor for Georgia-Pacific Plywood for 18 years, he married Tina Williamson on April 13, 2002, in Pine Bluff and was a member of the Family Church and an avid hunter.

Survivors include his wife, Tina Phillips of Pine Bluff; two sons, Robert Paul Phillips of Crossett and Michael Bazare of Pine Bluff; his parents, James and Andrea Phillips of Crossett; one brother, James Phillips, Jr., of El Dorado; and five sisters, Janet Riles, Cindy Griffis and Karen Edgar of Crossett, Patty Comb of Birmingham, AL and Peggy Studer of Reeds Spring, MO.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Monday, January 24, in the chapel of Ralph Robinson and Son Funeral Directors in Pine Bluff with Revs. Dean Dancer and Roger Stewart officiating. Burial followed services at the Brown Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Diabetes Association, Arkansas Affiliate, 212 Natural Resources Drive, Little Rock, AR 72205-1573.

Dorothy Marie Veasey

Dorothy Marie Veasey, 60, of Monticello died Saturday, January 15, 2005, at Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello. She was a native of Monticello and had lived in Monticello for the past 12 years. She was a homemaker and a member of House of Prayer in Fountain Hill.

Survivors include her mother, Lorine Lambert of Monticello; four brothers, William Lambert of Crossett, Waymon Lambert of Milwaukee, WI and James and Joe Henry Lambert, both of Lacey; and 10 sisters, Vera Dotson of Houston, TX, Louise Miller and Pamela Lambert of Fountain Hill, Mary Franklin, Shirley Benton and Willie Daniels of Lacey, Landa Daniels of Kansas City, MO, Marilyn Jones of Cavena, CA and Lissie Booker of Warren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Sterling Veasey Jr.; her father, Lern Willis Lambert; one brother, George Lambert; and two sisters, Velma Booker and Myrtle Daniels.

Funeral services were held Saturday, January 22, at 11 a.m. at the House of Prayer in Fountain Hill with Pastor Louise Miller officiating. Burial was at Mt. Pelium Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Pallbearers were Daryle Daniels Jr., Undra Lambert, John Franklin Jr., Alfonzo Franklin, Deverick Franklin and Tyrone Lambert. Honorary pallbearers were Joe, James, William and Buddy Lambert.

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