July 6

Margaret Hall Cockrell

Margaret Hall Cockrell, 98, of Jacksonville, died Saturday, July 2, 2005. Born September 16, 1906, she was the daughter of Mary Lee (Gaines) and William Walker Hall. Mrs. Cockrell was a member of Marshall Road Baptist Church and the Order of the Eastern Star.

Survivors are a son, Barney Cockrell, Jr., and wife Bettye of Jacksonville; two daughters, Mary Wilson and husband Shaw of Jacksonville and Barbara Carolyn Kizer and husband Bob of Newport; two grandsons, Dan Cockrell and Dennis Cockrell; two granddaughters, Lisa Gilbert and Beth Carter; fourteen great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Barney Cockrell, Sr.; her siblings, and a grandson, David Anderson,

Grave-side service will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, July 6, at Crestview Cemetery in Hot Springs with Revs. John Sammons and Cliff Hutchins officiating. Visitation was to be from 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, July 5, at Griffin Leggett Rest Hills, 7724 Landers Road, North Little Rock. Arrangements are by Gross Funeral Home of Hot Springs.

Memorials may be made to Marshall Road Baptist Church Building Fund, Marshall Road, Jacksonville, Arkansas 72076, or to Remount Baptist Church, 401 Mission Road, North Little Rock, Arkansas 72116.

Bonnie Ritchie Cummins

Bonnie Ritchie Cummins, 95, of Bastrop, LA died Saturday, June 25, 2005, at Morehouse General Hospital in Bastrop. She was a homemaker and an active member of Cherry Ridge Baptist Church and the Keenagers.

Survivors include one daughter, Helen Shockey and husband Cleo of Bastrop; one son, James Cummins and wife Myrna of Bastrop; one daughter-in-law, Shirley Cummins of Crossett; one sister, Velma Roberts of Bastrop; a special niece, Jo Ann Balzier of Bastrop; eight grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim Cummins; a son, Charles Cummins; and two brothers, Kermit Ritchie and A. C. Ritchie.

Funeral services were held Sunday, June 26, at Cherry Ridge Baptist Church with Rev. Jim Taylor and Rev. Cal Adams officiating. Burial was at Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Golden Funeral Home of Bastrop. Grandsons serving as pallbearers were Ernie Shockey, Steve Shockey, Dave Shockey, Charlie Cummins, Monty Montcalm and Tony Morrison. Honorary pallbearers were Darrell Loveless and Jerry Spikes.

Charles H. "CJ" Johnson

Mr. Charles H. "CJ" Johnson, 58, of Hamburg, died Friday, July 1, 2005, at the Conway Regional Medical Center in Conway. A native of Transylvania, LA; a resident of Clinton, for the past three years, he had lived in Hamburg for 32 years. He was a welder at the Georgia-Pacific Paper mill, retiring in 1998 after 23 years of service, and he was a Baptist.

He is survived by his wife, Sandra Ford Johnson of Clinton; four daughters, Nickie Robertson of Crossett; Traci Skahill and Christi Sanchez of Columbus, OH, and Kelly Mangrum of Lake Village; four brothers, David Johnson of Columbia, LA, Billy Johnson of Wasken, TX, Marion Johnson of Bastrop, LA, and Cliffton Johnson of Shreveport, LA; four sisters, Earestine Odam and Ima Jean Hostitter of Wasken, TX, Eloise Litton of Shreveport and Lula Bell Suire of Monroe, LA; and 11 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leon and Lena Mae Adams Johnson; two brothers, Jerry and Lonnie Johnson and a sister, Marie Dewitt.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Monday July 4, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home in Hamburg with Rev. Roy Craig officiating. Grave-side services were at 4 p.m., Monday at the Plant Cemetery north of Clinton with Rev. David Williams officiating.

General Garfield Moseby Jr.

General Garfield Moseby Jr., 40, of Crossett died Monday, June 27, 2005, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. A native of Hamburg, he had lived in Crossett for the past two years and was a member of New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church.

Survivors include his mother, Ida Mae Blakely of Hamburg; one brother, Gregory Moseby of Hamburg; and one sister, Sandra Blakely Charley of Clarksville, TN. He was preceded in death by his father, Rey General Garfield Moseby; one brother, Dexter Gilliam; and two sisters, Brenda Gilliam and Rose Marie Moseby.

Funeral services were held Friday, July 1, at 1 p.m. at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. James Johnson officiating. Burial was at Montrose Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Pallbearers were Greg Johnson, Chris Johnson, James E. Johnson Jr., Ephriam Johnson, Stevenson Howard and Robert Williams. Honorary pallbearer was Johnny Pierce.

Bobby E. Owens

Bobby E. Owens, 79, of Crossett, died Sunday, July 3, 2005, at Beverly Healthcare. Born on September 27, 1925, to Cecil H. and Selma McKinney Owens in Huttig, he retired from Nekoosa Paper Co. in Ashdown, where be worked as an operator in the utilities area and was a member of First Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Barbara Varnell Owens of Crossett; one daughter, Karen Moyers and husband Bill of Crossett; one sister, Louise Fanchier of Wichita Falls, TX; three grandchildren, Matthew, JoAnne and Emily Moyers; four nephews, Harry Morrison of Austin, TX, Louis Morrison of Daphne, AL, Allen and Perry Morrison, both of Bastrop, LA; and one niece, Shelley Lopez of Dallas, TX. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Martha Morrison.

Funeral services were planned for 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 5, at Jones Funeral Home Chapel in Crossett with the Rev. Larry White officiating. Interment was to follow services at Harper Springs Cemetery.

Pallbearers were to be Jared Bickford, Jimmy Launius, Lamar Gammel, Gary Draper, George Moyers, and Alan Bickford. Honorary pallbearers were to be Tommy Hooks, Robert Malloy, Laron Burke, Elton Launius, Herk Williams, Danny Moyers, Steve Ward, Vollie Porter, and James Dubose.

Memorials may be made to St. Mark's Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 1031, Crossett, AR 71635.

Troy Earl Smith

Troy Earl Smith, 78, of Crossett died Sunday, July 3, 2005, at the Ashley County Medical Center. A native of Louisiana and a resident of Crossett for the past 40 years, he was retired from Georgia-Pacific Paper Mill and was the owner of Smith Pool Co. He was a member of North Crossett First Baptist Church.

Survivors include four sons, Herbert K. Smith of West Plains, MO, Roy Smith and wife Gay of East End, James Smith of Pine Buff and Thomas Paul Smith and wife Pam of Crossett; one daughter, Linda Morris of Crossett; nine grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Jerry Wayne Smith; and his parents.

A memorial service will be held at North Crossett First Baptist Church at a later date with arrangements by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Richard Len Wade

Richard Len Wade, 51, of Monticello died Thursday, June 30, 2005, after a long battle with diabetes. Born July 17, 1953, to E. R. and Vernal Wade of Alton, IL, he played tuba as a proud member of the "Marching 100" at Alton High School. He was very active in the youth group and youth choir of Calvary Baptist Church.

He came to Arkansas to attend Ouachita Baptist University where he was a member of the band, Phi Mu Alpha Simfonia Music Fraternity, and participated in Baptist Student Union revival teams across the state. He graduated in 1975 with degrees in religion and philosophy.

His ministries included music, youth and senior adults at Hampton First Baptist Church, Hamburg First Baptist Church, Northeast Baptist Church in Texarkana, Rosedale Baptist and Life Line Baptist Church in Little Rock, Dumas First Baptist Church and Second Baptist Church in Monticello.

He was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church. He took groups across the country to minister to others through Bible schools, music and outreach.

He was an active member of the Arkansas MasterSingers, and his trip to Germany with them was one of the highlights of his life. In Monticello, he served as a Babe Ruth Baseball coach, member and president of the Youth Council, and member and president of the Optimist Club. He served as the voice of the Billies for many years.

Survivors include his wife of 31 years, Bennie Carol Burgess Wade; a daughter, Ellen Wade; his siblings, Mary and Jim Hayes and Randy and Jeannie Wade, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a son, Richard Benjamin Wade; his parents, and his brothers, Bill and Ronnie Wade.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 2, in the Immanuel Baptist Church with Rev. LaDon Chancellor officiating. Burial followed services at the Promise Baptist Cemetery.

Funeral arrangements were by Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home of Monticello.

July 13

Troy Lee Hicks

Troy Lee Hicks, 66, of Montrose died Thursday, July 7, 2005, at Chicot Memorial Hospital in Lake Village. Born March 17, 1939, in Fulton, MS, to James Hosie Hicks and Mary Lois Edwards Hicks, he was a retired farmer and a Baptist.

Survivors include his wife, Alberta Faye Friend Hicks; two sons, Albert Lee Hicks of Russellville and Terry Wayne Hicks of Benton; three daughters, Karen Elizabeth Lankford of Fayetteville, Linda Sue Shifflett of Dermott and Natalie Faye Maglothin of Montrose; one brother, Danny Lynn Hicks of Jonesboro; three sisters, Marty Etta Griggs of Cherry Valley and Bonnie Faye Hicks and Regina Osborn, both of Marked Tree; 18 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were to be held Tuesday, July 12, at 10 a.m. in the chapel of Bishop Funeral Home of Lake Village with Rev. Larry Donaldson officiating. Burial was scheduled for Wednesday, July 13, at 2 p.m. at Pine Hill Cemetery near Jonesboro.

Christopher Lenard Lewis

Christopher Lenard Lewis, 21, of Hamburg died Saturday, July 9, at the Ashley County Medical Center. A lifelong resident of Hamburg, he was an employee of Barnes Hardwood Flooring Mill and a member of Christ Temple Pentecostal Church. He was a 2001 graduate of Hamburg High School.

Survivors include one son, JaQuardius Lewis of Hamburg; one daughter, Trinity Lewis of Hamburg; his mother and her husband, Edith and Theodore Simpkins of Dumas; his great-grandmother, Annie Mae Hubbard of Lake Village; his step-grandmother, Ester Simpkins of Dumas; three brothers, Carl T. Lewis of Hamburg, Lexie Lewis of Crossett and Tavares "Tidy Bowl" McNeil of St. Louis, MO;. and three sisters, Bridget R. Lewis and Linda F. Hill, both of Hamburg, and Juanita Booker of Gary, IN.

He was preceded in death by his father, Carl "Raymond" Lewis; one sister, Marie Jackson; and his grandparents, Thomas Hubbard and Robert and Clemmie Davis.

Funeral services are scheduled for Friday, July 15, at 1 p.m. at Christ Temple Pentecostal Church with Elder Alfonson Madden officiating. Burial will follow services at Johnson Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home. Pallbearers are to be Johnny Grayson, Timothy Mays, Timothy Mooney, Cedric Jenkins, Larry Works and Marvin Walton. Honorary pallbearers are to be Mike Reed, Dwight Tippie, Cannon Watkins, Chris Scott and the Hamburg High School class of 2001.

Robert Keith Lytle

Robert Keith Lytle, 34, of Monticello died Sunday, July 3, 2005, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. Born December 5, 1970, in Monticello, he was co-owner of Triple L Construction and a Jehovah's Witness.

Survivors include his wife, Stacie Owen Lytle of Monticello; three sons, Casey K. Lytle and Devon Lytle, both of Crossett, and Joshua Lytle of Monticello; one daughter, Chaise Layne Lytle of Hamburg; his parents, Robert Frank Lytle and Donna Mann Lytle of Monticello; one brother, Paul Stephen Lytle of Monticello; one sister, Carol Anne Savage of Monticello; one half-sister, Carmen Eason of Bryant; his grandmother, Maxine Mann of Warren; and many other relatives. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Wheeler Austin Mann and Charlie and Nora Lee Howard Lytle.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, July 6, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home with Jerry Gates officiating. Burial was at Mt. Tabor Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jason Mann, Joey Mann, Brett Arrington, Nichols Mann, Bart Gregory and Chad Wade. Honorary pallbearers were Kevin Lytle, Shannon Dale Lytle, Donnie Mann, Scott Taylor, Brian Lytle, Dewey Lytle, Craig Mann and Shannon Taylor.

Gertrude "Trudy" Smith

Gertrude "Trudy" Smith, 76, of Crossett died Saturday, July 9, 2005, at Ashley County Medical Center. She was born September 22, 1928, in Munich, Germany, and had resided in Crossett for 40 years. She retired from the Georgia-Pacific Tissue Mill after 28 years and was a member of Pleasant lane Baptist Church.

Survivors include four sons, Herbert K. Smith of West Plains, MO, Roy Earl Smith and wife Gay of East Eden, AR, James Smith of Pine Bluff and Thomas Paul Smith and wife Pam of Crossett; one daughter, Linda K. Morris and husband Mack of Crossett; nine grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one son, Jerry Wayne Smith; and her parents.

Funeral services were held Monday, July 11, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett with Rev. James Fleming officiating.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Mid-South Division, 1100 Ireland Way, Suite 300, Birmingham, AL 35205.

Betty Hill Sonnier

Mrs. Betty Hill Sonnier, 59, of St. Martinville, LA, formally of Hamburg, died Wednesday, July 6, 2005, at her residence. A native of Hamburg and a resident of St. Martinville, LA for the past 40 years, she graduated from the Louisiana Technical College in 2000 as a LPN and worked at Maison Teche Nursing Home, HIS South Nursing Home, Beverly Healthcare Center and the Lahasky Family Clinic in Erath. She was a member of the Sardis Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband of 15 years, John L. Sonnier, Sr. of St. Martinville, LA; a son, Mitchell "Mitch" Nolan and wife Tonya of Gurdon; her mother; Gladys Swan; a sister, Peggy Kilcrease, both of Hamburg; a brother, James Hill and wife Beverly of Gulfport, MS; three step-children, John Sonnier, Jr. and wife Sue and Judy Douet of St. Martinville and Linda S. Blanchard and husband Kenneth of Brusly, LA; 13 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father, E.A. Hill, in 1998.

Grave-side funeral services and interment were at 2 p.m., Saturday, July 9, at the Trafalgar Cemetery with Rev. E.W. Ricks officiating. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Memorials may be made to the Hospice of Acadiana, 2600 Johnston Street, Suite 200, Lafayette, LA 70503.

Alma Patricia Martin Watson

Alma Patricia Martin Watson, 68, of Crossett died Thursday, July 7, 2005, at the Ashley County Medical Center. A lifelong resident of Crossett, she was a homemaker and member of Gates Chapel A. M. E. Church. She was member of the Women's Missionary Society and an active affiliated member of Bethel A. M. E. Church.

Survivors include her husband of 45 ½ years, Rev. Nolan Watson; one son, Chanslor Watson of Crossett; one daughter, Gwendolyn Harris and husband Aaron of Crossett; four brothers, Alphonso Martin Jr., Phillip Martin, Kevin Martin and Michael Martin, all of St. Louis, MO; six sisters, Betty A. Williams and husband Jessie L., Helen Tatum and husband Robert, Jacqueline Martin and husband John, all of Crossett, Linda Schaffer, Renee Chapman and Sandra Martin, all of St. Louis; and three grandchildren, Chandolyn Watson of Crossett, Jeremy Daniel of Rigby, ID and Amber Watson of Rockford, IL. She was preceded in death by one son, Carl Sanford; her parents, Alphonso Martin and Beatrice Allen Swain; and one sister, Marjorie Allen.

Funeral services were scheduled for Tuesday, July 12, at 11 a.m. at Gates Chapel A. M. E. Church with Rev. Nolan Watson and Rev. Tyrone Broomfield officiating. Burial was to follow services at Westview Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Pallbearers were to be Charles Moore, David Childress, Thomas Lowe Sr., Jessie Lowe, Laron Simpson, Ricky Daniel, Clarence Daniel and Curtis Boston. Honorary pallbearers were to be Maurice Williams, Tony Tatum, Bernard Martin, Aaron Harris III, Jason Beiser, Rodney Lawson, Robert Tatum, John Martin and Jessie Williams.

Jack Whitlock

Jack Whitlock, 77, of Warren died Friday, July 8, at St. Vincent's in Little Rock. Born April 23, 1928, in Hamburg to Jack Whitlock Sr. and Ruthie Livingston Whitlock, he was a retired employee of Potlatch Corp. and a member of New Beginnings Pentecostal Church of God.

Survivors include two sons, Jimmy Whitlock of Fordyce and Bobby Whitlock of Hampton; one daughter, Debi Smith of Warren; one brother, Howard Whitlock of Buchanna, VA; three sisters, Francis Williams of Warren, Pauline O'Fallon of Crossett and Velma Gross of Bastrop, LA; eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one daughter, Barbara Braswell; one sister, Bobbie O'Fallon; and one grandson, James Whitlock.

Funeral services were held Monday, July 11, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Frazer's Funeral Home of Warren with Rev. Charles McDaniel officiating. Burial was at Judson Cemetery. Pallbearers were Gary Crain, Jimmy Stucks, Tommy O'Fallon, Blake Quarles, Daniel Whitlock and Chuck Quarles. Honorary pallbearer was Jimmy Forrest.

July 20

Allen Dale Boyles

Allen Dale Boyles, 48, of Snyder died Sunday, July 10, 2005. A farmer and a Baptist, he was born May 7, 1957, in Ethel, Mississippi, to Kay Lindsey Tullos and the late Stanley P. Tullos.

Survivors include his wife, Dolly Boyles of Snyder; his mother, Kay Tullos of Snyder; a daughter, Ashley Vail and husband Albert of Snyder; two brothers, Earl Boyles of Montrose and David Wayne Boyles and wife Vicki of Lake Village; two sisters-in-law, Sherry Turner of Snyder and Marie Williams of Fordyce; a brother-in-law, Billy Woodfin of Camden and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a son, Nicholas Dale Boyles; his father, and a brother, Ray Turner, Sr.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 13, at the Fellowship Baptist Church with Revs. Charles Pullin and Terry Greenwood officiating. Burial followed in the Snyder Cemetery, directed by Bishop Funeral Home of Lake Village.

Mrs. Maggie J. Breedlove

Mrs. Maggie J. Breedlove, 92, of Montrose died Thursday, July 14, 2005, at the Chicot Memorial Hospital in Lake Village. A native of Ashley County and a lifelong resident of Montrose, she was a homemaker and a member of the Montrose Baptist Church.

Survivors include a son, Charles Breedlove of Highland Springs, VA; a daughter, Jean Ashford of McGehee; a granddaughter, Debra Ashford of Montrose; three grandsons, Larry W. Breedlove and David Breedlove, both of Highland Springs, VA, and Dennis Harvey of Mechanicsville, VA; five great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert V. Breedlove, in 1983; her parents, Willis and Maggie Bryant Bawcom; a brother, Aubrey Bawcom; and four sisters, Maude Haley, Bonnie Cottrell, Ila Alexander and Alice Hicks.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 16, in the Montrose Baptist Church with Revs. Gayle Riles and Larry Donaldson officiating. Burial followed services at the Trafalgar Cemetery. Pallbearers were Mark Rice, Jerry and Tommy Breedlove, Tommy Hetland, Bill Sellers and David Burns. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Montrose Baptist Church, PO Box 275, Montrose, AR 71658.

Lee Vester "Bear" Fowler

Lee Vester "Bear" Fowler, 84, of Hamburg died Monday, July 11, 2005, at John McClellan Veterans Hospital in Little Rock. A native of Pine Bluff, he had been a resident of Hamburg for the past five years and was a retired truck driver and a member of Epistles of God Church of Deliverance.

Survivors include his wife, Ollie Fowler; three sons, Earnest Fowler and wife Terri of Chicago, IL, James Fowler of Houston, TX and Richard Fowler and wife Gracie of Pine Bluff; two step-sons, James and Jessie Scales, both of Hamburg; five daughters, Mary Robison of Jacksonville, Mable Gibbs and husband Lindburg of Monticello and Pearl Anderson, Dorothy Holt and Brenda Johnson, all of Pine Bluff; one step-daughter, Thomesa Campbell of Ackerson, KS; 48 grandchildren, 80 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Prince Fowler; two daughters, Georgia Mae Brooks and Bernice Simpson; his parents, Earnest Vester and Willie B. Fowler; and one sister, Mable Russell.

Funeral services were held Saturday, July 16, at 11 a.m. at Epistles of God Church of Deliverance with Mary Arnold officiating. Burial was at Little Rock National Cemetery Monday, July 18, at 1 p.m. with Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg in charge of arrangements. Grandsons served as pallbearers.

Sissy Irons

Ms. Sissy Irons, 41, of Snyder, died Saturday, July 16, 2005, at her residence in the Trafalgar community. Mrs. Irons was a native of Dermott and a resident of the Trafalgar community north of Snyder for most of her life. She graduated in 1981 from Portland High School and in 1998 from Great Rivers Vocational School. She was a truck driver for the Chicot County Road Department and a member of the Calvary Missionary Baptist Church.

She is survived by a daughter, Denishia Oliver of Kalamazoo, Michigan; her parents, Junior and Adine Bates Irons of Snyder; a brother, Toby Irons of Lake Village; and a host of nephews, nieces, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services were planned for 10 a.m., Wednesday, July 20, in the Sardis Baptist Church with Revs. Larry Donaldson and Jimmy Bates officiating. Burial will be in the Trafalgar Cemetery. Pallbearers are to be Kenny Allred, Dean Harmon, Chris Ware, Charles Harmon, Alfred Murphree and Larry Williams. Honorary pallbearers are Justin McDougald, Michael Irons and Ralph Jackson. Funeral arrangements are by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Bobby Lynn Lloyd

Bobby Lynn Lloyd, 73, of Crossett died Wednesday, July 13, 2005, at Delta Regional Medical Center in Greenville, MS. Born October 30, 1931, in Drew County to Arthur and Callie LaGrone Lloyd and a veteran of the Korean War, he retired as supervisor at Georgia-Pacific Chemical in Crossett after 37 years. He was a member of Pine Forest Missionary Baptist Church of Crossett.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Mattie Pollock Lloyd; three daughters, Betty Morgan and husband Darryl of Cape Girardeau, MO, Becky Murphy and husband Bob and Susan Riels and husband Andy, all of Crossett; three sisters, Lavon Vaden and Martha Chapman, both of Hamburg, and Carolyn Beckham of Palatka, FL; and four grandchildren, David Morgan, Bradley Murphy, Kayla Riels and Drew Riels.

Funeral services were held Friday, July 15, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home of Monticello with Rev. Jack Ferguson officiating. Burial was at Prairie Grove Cemetery. Pallbearers were Marshall Carpenter, Erastus Lloyd Jr., Danny Lloyd, Tim Vaden, Rob Chapman and Randy Lloyd. Honorary pallbearers were Harold McKiever, Greg Stanley, Van Temple, Glen Hollis and Jr. Rawls.

John W. Pryor

Mr. John W. Pryor, 84, of Monticello, died Monday July 11, 2005, at the Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. A native of Prescott, Oklahoma; a resident of Monticello for the past four years and a former resident, he retired from Hennington Chevrolet and was a member of the Calvary Missionary Baptist Church. He was an U. S. Army veteran of World War II.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Gladys Bates Pryor; a son Jerry Wesley Pryor and wife Sherry, all of Monticello; a daughter-in-law, Robbie Wells Pryor of Hamburg; nine grandchildren, Melissa Pryor Emerson and husband Wade of McGehee, Justi Pryor Brannen and husband Jody of Monticello, John Anthony Pryor of Hamburg, Christy Pryor of Burlison, TX, Shawna Pryor Akers and husband Justin of Bastrop, LA, Jerry Wesley Pryor, Jr. of Monticello, Kimberly Pryor of Burlison, Brian Collins of Monticello and Jason Collins and wife Terry of Little Rock and 11 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, John Sidney Pryor, in 1997; his parents, C.T. and Bessie Hudson Pryor; a brother; Hebrew Pryor and a sister, Mary Lou Pryor York.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 13, in the Calvary Missionary Baptist Church with Revs. Joel Meredith and Danny Kennedy officiating. Burial followed services at the Hamburg Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jerry Phillips, James Oliver, Lynn Croswell, Ronnie Helms, Tommy Thompson and John Pryor. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg.

July 27

Christine "Tick" Holmes

Christine "Tick" Holmes, 71, of Lake Village, formerly of Portland, died Thursday, July 21, 2005, at Lake Village Health Care. A native of Portland who had resided in Lake Village for the past eight years, she was a retired CNA for the Area Agency on Aging and a member of St. Peter Baptist Church.

Survivors include three sons, Leroy McDaniels of Detroit, MI, William Richardson of Milwaukee, WI, and Bruce Adams of Los Angeles, CA; five daughters, Bessie Wade of Detroit, Mareen Van of Hot Springs, Emma Jean Allen of Crossett, Fairilla Allen of San Jose, CA, and Jackie Bynum and husband Charles of Portland; four brothers, Alfred Holmes and wife Mildred of Los Angeles, Ben Charles Holmes of Marks, MS, Chester Holmes of Rockford, IL, and Nathan Holmes of Chicago, IL; one sister, Catherine Degraffenreid and husband Reid of Detroit; 16 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sons, Ivory Joe and Birl Lee Holmes; her parents, Onnie and Queen Williams; eight brothers, James, George, Louis, Birl, Earl, Thomas, Frank and Lawrence Holmes; and two sisters, Listine Blockmon and Essie Williams.

Funeral services were held Sunday, July 25, at 2 p.m. at Portland No. 2 Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Louis Meadows Jr. officiating. Burial was at Jones Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Pallbearers were Ray Holmes, Eugene Holmes, Lavell Stanley, Michael Holmes, Buril Holmes, Sammie Polite, John Mead and Larry Robinson. Honorary pallbearers were Willis Robinson, Mono Ollison, Leroy McDaniels, Golden Lancaster, William Richardson and Chris Allen.

Andrea Monique Martin

Andrea Monique Martin, 23, of Little Rock, formerly of Crossett, died Friday, July 15, 2005, at her residence. A native of Crossett who had lived in Little Rock for the past five years, she was a restorative aide for Woodland Hills Rehabilitation and a 2000 graduate of Crossett High School.

Survivors include her mother, Monica Martin of Little Rock; her father, Verdie Vann Jr. and wife Monda of Crossett; her grandmothers, Vernell Martin and Dorothy Vann, both of Crossett; one brother, Montague T. Martin of Crossett; and two sisters, Alisha N. Martin of Little Rock and Erica C. Martin of Crossett. She was preceded in death by her grandfathers, Finis Martin Jr. and Verdie Vann Sr.

Funeral services were held Saturday, July 23, at 11 a.m. at the Crossett Auditorium with Bro. Carl Steele officiating. Burial was at Westview Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Pallbearers were Reggie Martin, Greg Martin, Quincy Martin, Tony Oliver, Michael Martin and Kendrick Martin. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Crossett High School Class of 2000.

Linda Morris McCollum

Linda Swan McCollum, 61, of Heth, Arkansas, died Monday, July 11, 2005, in Lula, MS. She was a homemaker and a member of Central Baptist Church of Hughes.

Survivors include her husband, Larry McCollum; one daughter, Tammy R. Carter of Hamburg; two sons, Norman Lee Swan of Hamburg and Scott Swan of Bastrop, LA; four sisters, Ann Forrester and husband Paul of Forsythe, MO, Joan Hellums of Bossier City, LA, Paula Butler of Gonzales, LA, and Marsha Young of Denver, CO; two brothers, James Henry Morris and wife Mary of Hamburg and Tommy Morris and wife Jaque of Springfield, MO; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Funeral services were held Thursday, July 14, at 10:30 a.m. at Central Baptist Church in Hughes.

Roller-Citizens Funeral Home of West Memphis was in charge of cremation arrangements.

Ruth Catherine Murphy

Mrs. Ruth Catherine Murphy, 73, of Hamburg died Monday, July 18, 2005, at the Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. A native and lifelong resident of Ashley County and Hamburg, she was a homemaker until all her children were raised, and then went to nursing school. She graduated first in her class with highest honors and was a nurse for 25 years. She was a member of the Egypt Missionary Baptist Church. She enjoyed and received several awards for knitting and sewing.

She is survived by a son, Mike Murphy of Hamburg; two daughters, Brenda Marshal of Whitehall and Mary Rogers of McGehee; a brother, Frank S. Knight, Jr., of Hamburg; four sisters, Laverne Burchell of Crossett, Lucille Etheridge of North Little Rock, Margie Noble of Monticello, and Judy Van Arsdel of Fort Worth, TX; six grandsons, four granddaughters and eight great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Daniel "Danny" Lynn Murphy; her parents, Frank Stanton and Addie Moore Knight; and a sister, Frances Tyson. Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Thursday, July 21, in the Egypt Missionary Baptist Church with Revs. Rick Etheridge and Roy Craig officiating. Burial followed services at the Egypt Cemetery. Pallbearers were grandsons Wes and Joey Murphy, Jonathan Griffith, Shane and Seth Hall and Justin Matheny. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home, Hamburg.

E. B. Sedberry

E. B. Sedberry, 76, of Huttig died Thursday, July 21, 2005, at his residence. A native of Clifton, TX, he had lived in Huttig for the past 40 years. He was a retired bus driver for Huttig Public Schools and a member of First Baptist Church of Felsenthal.

Survivors include his wife, Fannie Sedberry; one son, Larry Sedberry and wife Jeanette of Valley Mills, TX; one daughter, Fayrene Barr and husband Robert of Huttig; one brother, Allison Sedberry of Lubbock, TX; four sisters, Pauline Sedberry, Ellen Jackson, Frankie Willis and Hattie Dooley, all of Clifton; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents, Willie and Alice Watley Sedberry; two brothers and one sister.

Funeral services are scheduled for Thursday, July 28, at 1 p.m. at the Huttig High School gymnasium with Rev. Robert Thompson officiating. Burial will follow at Oswald Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Pallbearers will be Robert Barr, Melvin Ester, Samuel Briggs, Leon Thomas, Jerry Williams and Johnny Williams. Honorary pallbearers will be Wayman Pearson, John Steele, George Mitchell, J. D. Holley, Rudolph Waters, Marcus Barr and Jason Barr.

Virginia Irene Weiler White

Virginia Irene Weiler White, 81, of Crossett died Friday, July 22, 2005, at St. Francis Hospital in Monroe, LA. Born June 15, 1922, in Weingarten, MO to Leo Valentine and Veronica Braun Weiler, she was employed at Paul Sullins Library as a genealogy researcher. She was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church for 51 years and was on the Holy Cross Council of Women. She was a member of AARP and Home Extension Club and volunteered with Hospice Homecare. She was an active member and past president of the hospital auxiliary and was a past Volunteer of the Year. She was also a foster grandparent.

Survivors include three sons, Leo F. White of Fayetteville, David S. White of Warren and Thomas F. White of Crossett; one daughter-in-law, Sylvia Theresia White of Crossett; four sisters, Lena Shafer of St. Louis, MO, Jennie Weiler, Bernice Klein and Vernetta Bauman, all of St. Genevieve, MO; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Shirley Wallace White.

Funeral services were held Monday, July 25, at 10 a.m. at Holy Cross Catholic Church with Father Neil Pezzula officiating. Burial was at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Pallbearers were Ronnie Weiler, Roger Weiler, Donnie Bauman, Perry Klein, Walter White, Scott McCormick, Buster Sayger and Steven Shuh. Honorary pallbearers were Dr. Lewie Horton, Nick Zapata, Larry Shuh, Donnie Sivils, Francis Bauman, Wayne Clay, Jimmie Donaldson and Byron Gammel.

Recommended for you