November 2

Thomas Marion Bostick

Thomas Marion Bostick, 19, of Monticello died Sunday, October 30, 2005. Born February 10, 1986, in Little Rock, he was a student at the University of Arkansas-Monticello, a member of First Baptist Church of Monticello and an avid outdoorsman.

Survivors include his parents, Harry Russ Bostick of Oxford, MS, and Nina Selby Pamplin and husband Jerry of Monticello; two sisters Richalle Carle Ney of Rogers and Renee Carle Clardy of Springdale; his grandparents, R. D. and Doris Selby of Montrose; three nephews, Smith Ney and Jameson and Conor Clardy; and a niece, Isabella Ney. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Herman and Thelma Bostick of Lake Village, and an uncle, Thomas Marion Bostick.

Funeral services were scheduled for Tuesday, November 1, at 1 p.m. in the First Baptist Church of Monticello with Revs. Stacy Reed and Tom McCone and Dr. David Mitchell officiating. Burial was to follow at Lake Village Cemetery under the direction of Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home of Monticello. Pallbearers were to be Logan Scherm, Jared Newman, Robert Bridewell, Josh Creed, John Bostick and Daniel Pieroni.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church youth or Monticello-Drew County Babe Ruth.

Juan Jacobo

Mr. Juan Jacobo, 27, of Hamburg died Wednesday, October 26, 2005, at the Medical Center of South Arkansas in El Dorado. A native of Silao, Mexico, and a resident of Hamburg for the past eight years, he was a timber worker and a member of the Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Hamburg.

Survivors are his wife, Susana Ramirez; a daughter, Joselyn Jacobo, both of Hamburg; his parents, Juan and Estela Chavira Jacobo of Silao; two brothers, Emmanuel Jacobo of Hamburg and Angel Jacobo of Mexico; and three sisters, Cecilia, Monserrat and Lourdes Jacobo, all of Mexico.

A funeral mass will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, November 2, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg with Father Theo Okpara officiating. Burial will be Saturday, November 5, at the Panteon Municipal Cemetery in Silao, Guanajuato, Mexico.

Charlie "Charles" Wade

Charlie "Charles" Wade, 60, of Crossett died Tuesday, October 25, 2005, at his residence. A native of Wilmot but a Crossett resident for the past 42 years, he was a disabled electrician and a member of Gates Chapel A. M. E. Church.

Survivors include two sons, Rodney Wade and wife Cheryl of Crossett and Chanar Jasper and wife Ollie of Pine Bluff; one daughter, Monda Wade Walter of Crossett; one brother, Jerry Wade of Crossett; four sisters, Maryola Jackson and Morzell Watson, both of Crossett, Murphy Jacobs of Oakland, CA and Elizabeth Cooper of St. Louis, MO; and seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Priest O'Neal and Mallie Harris Wade; and two brothers, William Patton and O'Neal Wade.

Funeral services were held Saturday, October 29, at 11 a.m. at Gates Chapel A.M. E. Church with Rev. Tyrone Broomfield officiating. Burial was at Westview Cemetery by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Pallbearers were Hosey Brown, James Adams, Gary McDaniel, Bruce Warren, Glenn Moore and Bobby Jasper.

November 9

Bessie Mae Howard

Bessie Mae Howard, 62, of Hamburg died Monday, October 31, 2005, at Ashley County Medical Center. She was a lifelong resident of Hamburg, a former employee of Akers Cleaners and a member of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church.

Survivors include one son, Samuel Jenkins and wife Shalane of Hamburg; one daughter, Scherrie Coleman of Richmond, VA; three brothers, Ossie Howard of Muskogee, MI, Curtis Howard of Hamburg and John Howard of Pomona, CA; four sisters, Jeanette Howard of El Dorado, Leontyne Howard of Pomona, Denise Hipp of Decatur, GA, and Clara Daniels of St. Louis, MO; and three grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one son, Russell Lee Jenkins; her parents, Frank and Lillian Fowler Howard; four brothers, Charles, Joe and Glen Daniels and George "G. W." Howard; and two sisters, Flossie Simpson and Dorothy Gibbs.

Funeral services were held Saturday, November 5, at 11 a.m. at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Willie R. Taylor officiating. Burial was at Johnson Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Pallbearers were Reggie Wilson Sr., Roosevelt Simpson, Jessie Simpson, Ricky Daniels, Troy Paskel and Ephriam Johnson. Honorary pallbearers were deacons and trustees of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church.

Jim T. "Buster" Hudson

Jim T. "Buster" Hudson, 74, of White Hall died Tuesday, November 1, 2005, at his residence. Born January 7, 1973, in McArthur to Wiley A. and Tina Durey Hudson, he graduated from Fountain Hill High School in 1951 and from Monticello AandM College with a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering. He was a U. S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War, a mechanical engineer at the Pine Bluff Arsenal for more than 40 years prior to his retirement and a member of Longview Hunting Club.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Alberta A. Kull Hudson; two daughters, Pam Gibson and her husband Jeff and Janet Oehring and her husband Hal, all of White Hall; four brothers, John Henry Hudson and Billy R. Hudson, both of Hamburg, Frank O. Hudson of Wilmar and Ralph Hudson of Homer, LA; two sisters, Louise Dunemn of Warren and Pat Chavis of Fountain Hill; three grandchildren, Joshua C. Hudson, Drew E. Oehring and Jeffery Gibson, all of White Hall; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Warner A. Hudson, Floyd C. Hudson and John E. Hudson; one sister, Betty Rochester; and three infant siblings.

Grave-side services were held Saturday, November 5, at 1:30 p.m. at Flat Creek Cemetery near Fountain Hill with Rev. Jeremy Franklin officiating. Cranford Funeral Home of White Hall was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation of Arkansas, 10441 West Markham Ave., Little Rock, AR 72205.

Nila Faye Johnson

Nila Faye Johnson, 56, of Hamburg died Tuesday November 1, 2005, at the Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. A native and former resident of Crossett and a resident of Hamburg for the past 33 years, she was a homemaker and a member of the Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Crossett.

She is survived by her husband, Larry C. Johnson of Hamburg; a son, David Johnson and wife Kim of Hamburg; a daughter, Cindy Johnson and husband Baker of Hamburg; a brother, Darrell Rice and wife Peggy of Crossett; a half-brother, Tommy Rice of Crossett; a sister, Sherry Rice Smith of Hamburg; a half-sister, Tammy Cook of Crossett; three grandchildren, Brad, Matt and Shelby Johnson; and two step-grandchildren, Steven and Chris Hollis.

She was preceded in death by her father, Albert Rice; her mother and stepfather, Nyla and Bill Hogue; a brother, Gary Wayne Rice; and a sister, Patricia Cathey.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Thursday, November 3, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home with Rev. Jimmie Lewis officiating. Burial followed at the Crossroad Cemetery. Pallbearers were Stacy and Tracy Rice, Phillip and Shawn Gray, Brian Culbreath and Jimmie Edgar.

Hazel Durham Klok

Hazel Durham Klok, 93, of Portland, OR, formerly of Hamburg, died Friday, November 3, 2005, in Portland. The daughter of Charles L. and Laura J. Durham of Hamburg, she was a graduate of Hamburg High School and received her nursing degree at Methodist Hospital in Memphis, TN. She married Dr. George J. Klok in 1939 and they moved to Council Bluffs, where he was a well-known pediatrician. They lived in Council Bluffs for 60 years. She was a member of Broadway United Methodist Church, the PEO Sisterhood and the Service League Alumna. She was a former member of the Pioneer Garden Club and volunteered at Jennie Edmundson Hospital and the Council Bluff Public Library.

Survivors include her husband, Dr. George J. Klok; two daughters, Kathryn Miller of Woodland, WA, and Karen Anderegg and husband, William Rutherford, of Portland; two sisters, Laura Durham of Hamburg and Susan Schwartz of Fairfield Bay; one grandson, F. Jackson Lewis; and one granddaughter, Margit Anderegg. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Phyllis Stone and Marjorie Shugart; and four brothers, Glenn, John, Tom and Robert Durham.

Funeral services are pending.

Memorials may be made to Broadway United Methodist Church of Council Bluffs, the Council Bluffs Public Library or First United Methodist Church of Hamburg.

Larry Mac Lee

Larry Mac Lee, 52, of Mabank, TX, died Wednesday, November 2, 2005, in Athens, TX. He was born October 22, 1953, in Crossett to Travis and Lois Lee. He returned to Texas in 1998 after living in San Diego, CA, for 19 years. He served as production manager of Delafield Fluid Technologies in Mabank for the past seven years, Previously, he was employed by Solar Turbines in San Diego. He was a U. S. Navy veteran, serving as petty officer aboard the USS St. Louis.

Survivors include three children, Amanda, Jacob and Shannon Lee of San Diego; two sisters, Janiece Bracy of Mabank and Jennifer Walker of Crossett; and one brother, Malcolm Lee of Crossett.

Grave side services were scheduled for Tuesday, November 8, at 2 p.m. at Crossroads Cemetery.

LeRoy Mathews

Mr. LeRoy Mathews, 76, of Portland died Sunday, November 6, 2005, at the Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. A native of Hector, a resident of Portland for over 50 years and a former resident of Parkdale, he was a retired farmer and a member of the Aulds Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Nola Bernice Owens Mathews of Portland; a son; Henry Mathews and wife Liz of Crossett; two daughters, Sandra Kelley and husband Ronnie and Crystal Mathews, all of Portland; two brothers, Coleman Mathews of Hector and Lewis Mathews of Crossett; two sisters, Mary Bell Ricks of Hamburg and Frances Hennington of Portland; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Larkin and Minnie Coffman Mathews; four brothers, Archie, John, Galyn and Harvey Mathews, and three sisters, Gladys Fuller, Exie McCuin and Berlin Winters.

Funeral services were planned for 2 p.m. Tuesday, November 8, in the Aulds Baptist Church with Revs. Ray Williams and E. W. Ricks officiating. Burial was to follow services at the Portland Cemetery. Pallbearers were to be Jim Rodgers, Ronald, Lewis and Derral Ricks, Ronnie Pamplin and Leigh Wallin. Honorary pallbearers were to be Bill Sellers and Andy Williams. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home, Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the Aulds Baptist Church, c/o Delane Pamplin, 536 Ashley 58 Road, Portland, AR 71663.

Martha Lee Murphy

Martha Lee Murphy, 62, of Bryan, Texas, formerly of Crossett, died Saturday, October 29, 2005. She was a retired Georgia Pacific employee.

She is survived by her husband, Billy Murphy of Bryan; a daughter, Beth Matous of Bryan; a son, David Murphy of Portland, Oregon; her mother, Jo Gaston of Arlington, Texas; three brothers, Bill Gaston of Plano, Texas, James Gaston of Austin, Texas, and Richard Gaston of Sugarland, Texas; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Local memorial services will be held at a later date. A guest book is available online at wcfish.com Arrangements were by Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home of Austin.

Mary Lee Thornton

Mary Lee Thornton, 70, of Crossett died Friday, October 28, 2005, at St. Joseph Medical Center in Kansas City, MO. Born September 28, 1935, to William and Rosa Lee Bell Carter in Parkdale, she worked at Ashley Memorial Hospital and was a member of Union Baptist Church of Wilmot.

Survivors include two sons, William Earl Thornton and Elvis Junior Thornton; two daughters, Betty Carter and Shannon Thornton, all of Kansas City, MO; two brothers, John Carter of Los Angeles, CA, and Sammy Carter of Dermott; seven sisters, Hazel Carter of Crossett, Lula Washington and Vickie Carter, both of Wilmot, Berniece Hamilton, Delia Carter and Bunny Carter, all of Kansas City, KS, and Nazaree Summers of Kansas City, MO; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Saturday, November 5, at First Baptist Church of Wilmot with Revs. David Green, G. Barker, Sean Green, Cleveland Holmes and E. D. Montgomery officiating. Burial was at Wintergrove Cemetery in Wilmot under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Pallbearers were T. A. Moore, John Eskew, Donald Brown, Ernest Montgomery, Terrell Carter, James Baldwin, Jimmy Thornton and David Tillman.

Honorary pallbearers were Darrell Carter, Verdie Vann Jr., Billy Allen, Jesse Carter, Corey Carter, Ray Martin, Richard Hamilton, Marquis Martin and Cedric Carter.

November 16

Ronald Gene Adcock

Ronald Gene Adcock, 36, of Bastrop, LA, died Friday, November 11, 2005, on Highway 425 north of Hamburg. A native of Hamburg and a resident of Bastrop for the last eight months, he was a construction worker and a member of the First Baptist Church in Fountain Hill.

Survivors include his wife of seven years, Terri Adcock of Lacey; his father and stepmother, Ronald L. and Martha Adcock of Bastrop; his mother, Katherine Duett of Bastrop; his paternal grandmother, Imogene Adcock of Hamburg; his maternal grandfather, Claude P. Anderson of Damascus; and three sisters, Tina Jones and Wendy Day of Sterlington, LA, and Angela Adcock of Bastrop. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, William Adcock, and his maternal grandmother, Lois Anderson.

Grave-side services were planned for 11 a.m. Tuesday, November 15, at the Beulah Cemetery in Drew County with Bro. Bill Elton officiating. Honorary pallbearers were to be Dennie Streeter, Patcie Manerd, Little Roy Adcock and Ken Jones. Arrangements were by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Nettie Virginia Necessary

Nettie Virginia Necessary, 73, of Hamburg died Friday, November 11, 2005, at the University of Arkansas Medical Center in Little Rock. A native of Monticello, but a Hamburg resident for most of her adult life, she was a homemaker and a member of Aulds Baptist Church in Portland.

Survivors include her husband of 14 years, Randall M. Necessary; three sons, Ronald Ricks and wife Bonnie and Donald Earl Ricks and wife Carol Marie of Hamburg and Derrall Wayne Ricks and wife Christina of Snyder; one daughter, Sheila and husband Frankie White of Snyder; two brothers, Alvin Green of White Hall and Henry Paul Green of Mountain Home; two sisters, Mary Lou Miller of Monticello and Ruth Lassiter of Leola; 14 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two daughters, Elizabeth Ann and Linda Dianne Ricks; her parents, David and Helen Tuggle Green; three brothers and one sister.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Monday, November 14, in the Cromwell Funeral Home chapel with Bros. Carlton White and Ray Williams officiating. Pallbearers were David Ricks, Ronald Kelley, Robert Kelley, Wilford Howard, Lewis Ricks and Frank Higginbotham. Honorary pallbearers were Joe Roberts and Leon White.

Burial followed services at the Snyder Cemetery.

Willie Van Shelton, Sr.

Mr. Willie Van Shelton, Sr., 85 of Hamburg, died Monday, November 7, 2005, at his home. A native and lifelong resident of Ashley County and Hamburg, he served in the United States Air Force during World War II. He was the owner of Shelton Construction Company, a master plumber, a master electrician, and a Christian.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Mrs. Jean Mormon Shelton; two sons, Willie Van Shelton, Jr. and John Richard Shelton, Sr., and wife Tammy, all of Hamburg; two daughters, Susan Diane Shelton Lawrence and Sarah Jean Shelton, both of Hamburg; a sister, Lois Brown of Bastrop, LA; five grandchildren, Susanne Lawrence Brandon and Julie Lynn Lawrence of Little Rock; John Richard Shelton, Jr., of Hamburg, and William Van Shelton and Stephen Peyton Shelton of Conway; two great-grandchildren, James Alexander Roger, III, and Sarah Elizabeth Brandon of Little Rock; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence Thomas Shelton and Pearl Horn Shelton; a brother, Richard Havis Shelton; two sisters, Lillian Louise Taylor and Mary Clauzell Stafford; and a special mother-in-law, Minnie Jones Mormon.

Grave-side funeral services were at 10 a.m. Wednesday, November 9, at the Eden Cemetery with Rev. Houston Austin officiating. Honorary pallbearers were John Richard Shelton, Jr., William Van Shelton, Stephen Peyton Shelton and James Alexander Roger, III.

Memorials made be made to Hamburg High School Honors Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 30, Hamburg, AR; the Ashley County Library, 211 E. Lincoln, Hamburg, AR; or Eden Cemetery Association, c/o Mr. Jerry Stanley, 4026 Highway 133 North, Hamburg, AR 71646. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Ruby Wilkerson White

Mrs. Ruby Wilkerson White, 79, of Hamburg died Sunday, November 13, 2005, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. A native of Hector and a resident of Hamburg for the past 60 years, she was a homemaker, a care giver and a member of the Calvary Missionary Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband, Gerald Dean White of Hamburg; a son, Paul Wilkerson and wife Melba of Hamburg; two daughters, Barbara Strickland of Greenbrier and Shirley Smith and husband, William of Hamburg; a daughter by choice, Brenda Jackson of Snyder; a step-daughter, Gail Anglin of Haynesville, LA; her mother, Ollie Scarbrough of Crossett; a brother, Marvin Davis of Fountain Hill; four sisters, Virginia Robertson of El Dorado, Lucille Greene of Crossett, Vivian Ware of Hamburg and Margie Prescott of Georgia; 11 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, three step-grandchildren; and one step-great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Tommie Stephen Wilkerson, in 1986; a son, Jimmie Bob Wilkerson, in 1968; her father, Lawrence Davis; a brother, Raymond Davis and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were planned for 10 a.m., Wednesday, November 16, in the Calvary Missionary Baptist Church with Revs. Danny Kennedy and Joey Meredith officiating. Burial will be in the Hamburg Cemetery. Pallbearers were to be Ralph Jackson, Tommy Thompson, Billy Jones, Ronnie Nelms, Kenneth Lovett, Kenny Leigh, Mike Farmer and Clarence Kelley. Funeral arrangements are by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home, Hamburg.

Memorials may be made to the Calvary Missionary Baptist Church Building Fund, 400 W. Washington Street, Hamburg, AR 71646.

November 23

Margaret Adamson

Margaret Adamson, 90, of Camden died Sunday, November 13, 2005, at the Ouachita County Medical Center in Camden. She was a homemaker and a member of the United Pentecostal Church.

Survivors include one daughter, Betty Louise Roberts of Centre, AL; one sister, Louise Cloud and husband Dr. Morris Cloud of Malvern; four grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews, Johnny and Charles Summers, Randy and Joe Cloud, Marie Haley, Erma Shelby and Patricia Harris. She was preceded in death by one son, William Martin Swan; two brothers, William and Ralph Summers; and one sister, Janette Fox.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, November 16, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Proctor Funeral Home of Camden with Dr. Morris Cloud officiating. Burial was at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Mandie Belcher

Mandie Belcher, 85, of Warren died Saturday, November 19, 2005, at her residence. A native of Summerville, LA, but a resident of Warren for the past 60 years, she was a homemaker and member of South Warren Church of God in Christ.

Survivors include three sons, Otha Lee Belcher of Little Rock, Acie Belcher and wife Wanda and Richard Belcher, all of Warren; three daughters, Elsie Belcher Keeton of Seattle, WA, Patricia Ann Belcher of Brooklyn, NY, and Irma Mays and husband Jasper of Hamburg; one sister, Pearl Brooks of Milwaukee, WI; 14 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Till Belcher; one daughter, Martha Ree Belcher; her parents, Tom and Sallie Curry Meadows; three brothers, Charlie, Albert and Leonard Meadows; and four sisters, Annie Meadows, Mary Taylor, Maggie Meadows and Precious Brown.

Funeral services are scheduled for Wednesday, November 23, at 1 p.m. at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Warren with Rev. Jasper Mays officiating. Burial will follow at St. Paul Cemetery in Bradley County under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Pallbearers are to be Sylvester Davis, Willie Mays, Marty Davis, Daniel Rochell, Dallas Davis and Sherman Ingram. Honorary pallbearers are to be Otha Lee and Acie and Richard Belcher.

Willie Mae Jackson

Willie Mae Jackson, 57, of Crossett died Monday, November 14, 2005, at the Ashley County Medical Center. She was a lifelong resident of Crossett, a homemaker and a member of Faith Center Church.

Survivors include four sons, Keith Martin and wife Kristie, Allen Hollins and wife Dorothy and Steven Jackson, all of Crossett, and Rodney Randolph of Lancaster, CA; one daughter, Phyllis Martin of Crossett; three brothers, Sherman Jackson and Rufus Minnieweather, both of Crossett, and John Wesley Swine of Perris, CA; five sisters, Gertrude Brock, Christine Dupree and Fatina Jackson, all of Crossett, Ruth Matthews and husband Earl of Detroit, MI, and Mary Putillo and husband Roosevelt of Toledo, OH; 17 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Sheridan and Robie Wimberly Jackson; and one sister, Thelma Jackson.

Funeral services were held Saturday, November 19, at 11 a.m. at Gates Chapel A. M. E. Church with Rev. Tyrone Broomfield officiating. Burial was at Westview Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Pallbearers were Ray Martin, James Martin, Danny Martin, Roger Jackson, Tracey Hampton and Charles Colbert.

Marion Kelley

Mr. Marion Kelley, 52, of Hamburg, died Wednesday, November 16, 2005, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. A native of Crossett and a resident of the Shiloh community north of Hamburg for many years, he graduated from Fountain Hill High School in 1971. He was a district sales manager for Frito Lay and a former manager of the Kroger Food Store in Forrest City. He was a deacon of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church and was vice president of the Southern Cross Chapter of the Christian Motorcycle Association.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon Loyless Kelley; a son, Hurshel Marion Kelly of Conway; a daughter, Angie Kelley Rambo and husband Courtney of Hamburg; his parents, Hurshel and Anna Ruth Stone Kelley of Hamburg; a brother, Scott Allen Kelley of San Francisco, CA; a step-son, Bradrick Fancher and wife Pam of Bastrop, LA; and a step-daughter, Tiffany Fancher Fox and husband Scottie of Crossett.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Friday, November 18, in the First Baptist Church with Rev. Danny Merriweather and Dr. Bobby Pennington officiating. Burial followed services at the Flat Creek Cemetery. Pallbearers were Ken Turner, Johnny Walthall, Jerry Laing, Joe Foote, Robert Stone, Jack Shell, Kerry Yelvington and Bobby Ferguson. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Southern Cross Chapter of the Christian Motorcycle Association. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Memorials may be made to the Christian Motorcycle Association, P.O. Box 9, Hatfield, AR 71945 or to the Mt. Olive Cemetery Association, c/o Mrs. Linda Shiver, 215 James Stone Road, Hamburg, AR

Cleophis Lewis

Cleophis Lewis, 52, of Crossett died Thursday, November 17, 2005, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born February 16, 1953, in Crossett to Oscar and Odelle Owens Lewis, he was a member of Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church.

Survivors include two brothers, James Harold Lewis and Cedric Lewis-William, both of Crossett; and three sisters, Mary Hampton, Inell Trotter and Bessie Miller, all of Crossett.

Funeral services were scheduled for Tuesday, November 22, at 1 p.m. at Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Walter Witherspoon officiating. Burial was to follow at Westview Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Pallbearers were to be James "Bud" Dawkins, James Webb, Eddie Pace, Troy Webb, Leon Robinson, Mike Ellis, Hopskin Dupree and Leslie Scott. Nephews were to be honorary pallbearers.

Larry Nelms

Mr. Larry Nelms, 47, of Crossett died Saturday, November 19, 2005, in Crossett. A native of Hope and a resident of Crossett for many years, he graduated from Crossett High School in 1976 and attended Henderson State University. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Crossett and an United States Army Veteran.

Survivors include a brother, Charles Nelms III of Maude, TX; two sisters, Amanda Nelms of Flower Mound, TX, and Karen Nelms Scully of Dallas; five nieces and nephews, Lauren Hughes of Flower Mound, Jonathan Hughes of Thousand Oaks, CA, Sara, John and Laura Scully, all of Dallas; and a special friend, Candy Robbins of Crossett. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Francis Stricklind Nelms.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, November 27, 2005 at the First United Methodist Church in Crossett with Rev. Bill Williams officiating. A private scattering of ashes will be held at later date. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church CYF Fund, PO Box 738, Crossett, AR 71635.

Lillie Belle Pennington

Lillie Belle Pennington, 92, of Crossett died Wednesday, November 16, 2005, in Monroe, LA. Born December 24, 1914, in Fountain Hill to John H. and Minnie Belle Hill Oden, she was a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday School for over 40 years. She loved to go duck hunting and deer hunting with her grandsons, crocheting and quilting.

Survivors include three daughters, Allene Moore and husband J. D. and Shirley Cummins of Crossett and Remona Westbrook and husband Raymond of Bastrop, LA; eight grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Preston Monroe Pennington; one daughter, Merlee Blake; one son-in-law, Charles Cummins; five brothers and four sisters.

Funeral services were held Saturday, November 19, at 10 a.m. at Mt. Olive Baptist Church with Rev. Eric Hodge and Dr. L. H. McCullough officiating. Burial was at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Pallbearers were Shelby Moore, Ricky Moore, Bill Blake, Charlie Cummins, Darrell Loveless, Todd Westsbrook and Brad Westbrook. Memorials made to the Mt. Olive Baptist Church Transportation Fund, 1533 Highway 52 West, Crossett, AR 71635, or to the Gideons.

Reagan Ashlyn Richardson

Reagan Ashlyn Richardson, infant daughter of Scott and Charlotte Lochala Richardson of Crossett, died Thursday, November 17, 2005, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. In addition to her parents, she is survived by a sister, Ryane Bolin of Crossett; her paternal grandparents, John and Linda Meeks Richardson of Hamburg; her maternal grandparents, Debra Lochala and Ronnie and Pam Lochala, all of Crossett; her paternal great-grandmother, Helen Pierce Meeks of Hamburg; and her paternal great-grandparents, James and Kathryn Dean and Billy Joyce Lochala.

Grave-side services were at 2 p.m., Monday, November 21, at the Egypt Cemetery with Rev. Mark Elliott officiating. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Michael Campbell Simmons

Michael Campbell Simmons, 55, of North Little Rock died on Tuesday, November 15, 2005, after a battle with cancer. Born in Conway on May 11, 1950, he graduated from North Little Rock High School in 1968. He received a B.A. from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in 1974 and a Masters of Social Work from St. Louis University in 1976. He attended the First United Methodist Church of North Little Rock. He was a gifted athlete and a devoted fan of all sports and loved fishing and walking the family farm outside Conway.

He is survived by his father, Thomas H. Simmons, of North Little Rock, a sister Jennifer L. Simmons, a brother-in-law Michael A. Dunn and a niece Lauren E. Dunn, all of Houston, Texas, and a sister Janice A. Simmons of North Little Rock; and an aunt, Louise Tyson of Hamburg. He was preceded in death by his mother, Lois Campbell Simmons.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Friday, November 18, at First United Methodist Church, 6701 J.F.K. Blvd., North Little Rock, with Reverend Stephen J. Copley officiating with arrangements by Roller-Owens Funeral Home. Burial followed 4 p.m. services at the Hamburg Cemetery.

Bernice J. Smith

Bernice J. Smith, 69, of Crossett died Sunday, November 13, 2005, at her residence. Born August 26, 1936, in Lake Village to Willie Jimson and Millie Smith, she was a member of Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church of Crossett.

Survivors include her husband of 51 years, James Smith; two sons, James Smith Jr. of Hamburg and Ricky L. Smith of Crossett; five daughters, Lee Archy Gilliam, Millie R. Smith, Penelope Smith, Janice Williams and Lashanda Williams, all of Crossett; seven brothers, James Walker, Charles Davis, Timothy Davis, William Davis, Jimmy L. Davis, Freddie J. Davis and Cleaster Davis; 12 sisters, Deloise Jeffries, Gloria Davis, Gestine Avery, Betty Ann Davis, Wanda Davis, Tonya Davis, Viloa Jones, Bertha Graphenreed, Learchy Davis, Verasteen Davis, Hazel Ward and Johnetta Hinds; 18 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren; one goddaughter, Donna Woodberry; one godson, Steven Bornslater; and a special uncle, Otis Green. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Eric and Troy; two sisters, Stella and Paula; and her step-father, William Davis.

Funeral services were held Saturday, November 19, at 2 p.m. at Gates Chapel A. M. E. Church with Byron Bess and Rev. Walter Witherspoon officiating. Burial was at Westview Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Pallbearers were Derrick Williams, Scott Williams, Rontel Smith, Greg Smith, Edgar Cotton Jr., Alfredo Smith, Chris Duke, Jahmar Durby and Richard Williams. Honorary pallbearers were Ricky Smith, James Smith Jr., O. T. Green, Freddie Davis, Timothy Davis and Billy Joe.

November 30

Rev. Ester Joe Daniel

Rev. Ester Joe Daniel, 82, of Fountain Hill died Tuesday, November 22, 2005, at Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello. He retired after 66 years as a minister and 54 years as a barber. A member of Bethel AME Church in Fountain Hill, he was an U. S. Army veteran of World War II and a member of Masonic Lodge #232. He had served as pastor of various AME churches including Mt. Olive in Bradley County, St. John in Warren, Green Mount at Coleman in Drew County, Holland Chapel in Dermott, Gethsemane in Cominto, Green Grove in Portland, Ryles Chapel in White Station and Bethel in Fountain Hill in addition to numerous other churches.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Lucille Daniel; two daughters, Elizabeth "Tiny" Daniel of Fountain Hill and Sandra Gay Wilson of Atlanta, GA; a brother, Artemus "Poke" Daniel of Crossett; a sister, Nadine Collins of Hamburg; one grandchild and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis Washington and Mary Gertrude Gould Daniel; two brothers, Jeff and Lee Moses Daniel; and one sister, Ruth Daniel Williams.

Funeral services were planned for 1 p.m. Tuesday, November 29, in the Bethel AME Church in Fountain Hill with Presiding Elder James Hooper officiating. Pallbearers were to be members of Masonic Lodge #232 with honorary pallbearers the ministers of the Crossett AME district and nephews.

Burial will follow services at the Norris Hill Cemetery with arrangements by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Lelia Hanes Fleming

Lelia Hanes Fleming, 86, of Warren died Sunday, November 20, 2005, at Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello. Born August 17, 1919, in Hamburg to William Hanes and Abbie Lee Hanes, she was a retired lab technologist for Crow-Whaley Clinic and Bradley County Medical Center and a member of Christian Fellowship Church.

Survivors include her husband, James Luther Fleming; three daughters, Patsy Gadappe of Titusville, FL, Sharon Shumate of Kingsport, TN, and Betty Fleming of Austin, TX; one brother, R. W. Hanes of Crossett; one sister, Zeonia Wall of Crossett; and four grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, November 23, at 1:30 p.m. at Christian Fellowship Church with Rev. Wayman Mann officiating. Burial was at Pinewood Memorial Park in Crossett under the direction of Frazer's Funeral Home of Warren. Pallbearers were Bill Jones, Billy Massy, Loren McLeod, Bob Outlaw, Johnny Adams, Alan Ferrell and Edgar Green.

Memorials may be made to Christian Fellowship Church, c/o Rev. Wayman Mann, 508 Sturgis St., Warren, AR 71671.

Mr. Lawrence Gee

Mr. Lawrence "Tootlum" Gee, 83, of Hamburg died Friday, November 25, 2005, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. A native of Montrose and a resident of Hamburg for most of his life, he retired from the state of Arkansas as a weights and standards officer in 1984. He was a veteran of the United States Army, a Methodist and an avid sports fan.

He is survived by a daughter, Paulette Spivey and husband Tom of Paris; two sons, Lawrence Gee Jr. and wife Nancy of El Dorado and John Gee and wife Laura of Hamburg; a brother, W.L. "Sully" Gee of Hamburg; a sister, Mary Ida Watkins of Hamburg; nine grandchildren, Dr. Mary Beth Tabor and husband Jayson of Hendersonville, TN, Margaret Cannon Chicka and husband Michael of Madison, WI, Clair Spivey of Conway, Corey, Jared and Philip Gee, all of El Dorado, Luke Gee of Fountain Hill, Jacob Gee of Hamburg and Matthew Spivey of Fort Smith. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Skender Gee in 1984; his parents, Samuel and Onie Cannon Gee and three brothers, S.E., Clifton and Jack Gee.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Monday, November 28, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg with Revs. Edward Nelson and Sanders Brooks officiating. Burial followed services at the Hogue Cemetery. Pallbearers were grandsons Matthew Spivey, Corey, Jared, Philip, Luke and Jacob Gee. Memorials may be made to Hospice Home Care, 455 W. Gaines, Monticello, AR 71655.

Karen Sue Maxwell

Karen Sue Bateman Maxwell, 55, of Doyline, LA, died Monday, November 21, 2005, at her residence. A native of Hornersville, MO, a resident of Doyline for the past seven years and a former resident of Haughton, LA, she was a bookkeeper until her illness. She and her husband retired at Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier City, LA, after 22 ½ years in the Air Force.

She is survived by her husband of 37 years, Ret. TSGT. William R. Maxwell of Doyline; two sons, William R. "Rob" Maxwell, Jr. of Bossier City and Christopher Heath Gomes of Wiggins, MS; two daughters, Crista Dawn Malone of Haughton and Christinna Heather Gomes of Connecticut; her mother, Genevieve Bateman of Lafe, AR; four brothers, Jack Lee Bateman and Paul Wayne Bateman of Pine Bluff, Gaylon Keith Bateman of Paragould, and Frances Iven Gomes of Andalusia, AL; a sister, Janice Kay Bateman of Lafe; and five grandchildren, Colton Slade Malone, Piper Elizabeth Malone, Kaylynn Shane Coldmen, Cassie Hanna Gomes and Baleich Gomes. She was preceded in death by her father, Hershell Bateman and a brother, Michael Bateman.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Wednesday, November 23, in the Southside Baptist Church with Rev. Charles Pullin officiating. Burial followed at the Cleveland Cemetery. Pallbearers were Russell Maxwell, Mike Sanderlin, Teddy Hickman, John McLeod, John Malone and Gerald Tomerlin. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Kenneth Rice

Mr. Harvey Kenneth Rice, 81, of Boydell, died Thursday, November 24, 2005, at the Chicot Memorial Hospital in Lake Village. A native of Ashley County, a resident of Boydell for the past 54 years and a former resident of Portland, he was a cotton and soybean farmer. He served in the U. S. Army's 39th Infantry in World War II where he was the recipient of a Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars. He attended the Montrose Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Beatrice Breedlove Rice; a son, Mark Rice and wife Cindy; a daughter Kay Hetland and husband Tommy, all of Boydell; a brother, Harvey “Jr.” Rice of Crossett; two sisters, Evelyn Parks of Heroto and Gertrude Moyers of Snyder; seven grandchildren, Nicole Menard, Tabitha Hetland, Adam, Aaron, Alex, Jared and Nicholas Rice and one great-grandchild, Jordan Kay Menard. He was preceded in death by a son, Lamar Rice in 2004; his parents, Harvey and Lillie Alexander Rice and a brother, J.D. Rice.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Saturday, November 26, in the Montrose Baptist Church with Revs. Larry Donaldson and Carl Mason officiating. Burial followed services at the Montrose Cemetery. Pallbearers were John Jaggers, Gregg Grantham, Bill Sellers, David Friend, Dean Harmon, Ricky Russell, Kimbro Johnson, Scott Young, Kenny Mathews, Joe Beard, Jake Gay and Keith Rossen. 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, Portland, AR 71663 or to the Montrose Baptist Church, P.O. Box 225, Montrose, AR 71658.

Thomas Harold Simmons

Thomas Harold Simmons, 80, of North Little Rock died on Thanksgiving day, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2005. He was born on his family's farm east of Conway on Jan. 9, 1925, to the late John R. and Maggie Megee Simmons. He enlisted in military service following graduation from Liberty High School in June, 1943, serving from 1943 to 1947 with the Navy and Marine Corps in the South Pacific and on Guam, where he was injured. He received a B.S.E. from Arkansas State Teachers College in Conway in 1951 and a masters degree in social work with emphasis in psychiatry in 1953 from Tulane University in New Orleans and did post-graduate work at the University of Chicago. He began a career in social work with the Veterans Administration at Fort Roots VA Hospital in North Little Rock in 1953. He served as chief of social work service at the VA hospitals in Muskogee, Okla., Little Rock, and St. Louis, Mo. where he retired from government service in 1981. Over a 30 year career, he received numerous honors and commendations for his work from the VA and from the communities in which he lived. He was an adjunct professor with Little Rock University, Washington University in St. Louis and St. Louis University. He served as a vice president in the trust department at First Commercial Bank in Little Rock for two years.

He was a member of the National Association of Social Workers, a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Freemason, St. Louis, a noble of the Mystic Shrine in Moolah Temple, St. Louis, member of the Scimitar Shrine Temple in Little Rock, and a 50 year member of the Green Grove Lodge #107, in Conway. He was active in the International Order of Job's Daughters, where he served as Associate Bethel Guardian. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church of North Little Rock.

He is survived by his daughter, Jennifer L. Simmons; a son-in-law, Michael A. Dunn; and granddaughter, Lauren E. Dunn, all of Houston, Texas, and a daughter, Janice A. Simmons of North Little Rock. He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Lois Campbell Simmons; a son, Michael C. Simmons; and brothers Megee and Mansell Simmons.

Funeral service were planned for 11 a.m. Tuesday, November 29, in the First United Methodist Church, 6701 J.F.K. Blvd., North Little Rock, with Reverend Stephen J. Copley officiating. Burial was to be at 4 p.m. at the Hamburg Cemetery with arrangements by Roller-Owens Funeral Home, North Little Rock.

Donald Wayne Sivils

Donald Wayne Sivils, 64, of Crossett died Thursday, November 24, 2005, at the Arkansas Heart Hospital in Little Rock. Born March 27, 1941, in Crossett to Fred and Ruralis Roberts Sivils, he was retired from Georgia-Pacific's tissue mill and was a member of First Freewill Baptist Church. He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying deer hunting, fishing and playing tennis.

Survivors include his wife, Joyce Sivils; one son, Stephen Sivils and wife Samantha of Benton; one daughter, Shannon Sivils of Maumelle; one sister, Shirley Knight of Houston, TX; and two grandchildren, Krysteen Carter of Jacksonville, IL, and Taylor Sivils of Benton. He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Charles Wayne Sivils.

A memorial service was held Saturday, November 26, at 2 p.m. at First Freewill Baptist Church with Rev. Gene Cullum and Tim Ebarb officiating. Honorary pallbearers were Gary Gilbert, Byron Gammel, Leo White, Neal Sivils, Les Black, Frank Griffin, Billy Jack Ragland, Travis Ferrell, Larry Morgan and T-Boy Gray. Jones Funeral Home of Crossett was in charge of arrangements.

Clyde Watt

Clyde Thomas Watt, 68, of Crossett died Monday, November 21, 2005, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born October 31, 1937, in Crossett to Tom Jack and Lonie Belle Barnett Watt, he attended Jarvis Chapel Baptist Church and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Survivors include his wife, Evelyn Watt of Crossett; five sons, Tommy Watt and wife Fran of Benton, Dennis Watt of Little Rock, Gary Watt and wife Carolyn of Lake Village, Clyde "Gene" Watt of Little Rock and Steve Watt and wife Bonnie of Sheridan; two brothers, Leroy and Jessie "Jap" Watt of Crossett; four sisters, Ann Lou Rushing of Bastrop, LA, Clarice Joiner and Myrtlene Jenkins of Crossett and Nancy Marter of Huttig; eleven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Linsey, Melvin and Troy Watt.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Wednesday, November 23, in the Jarvis Chapel Baptist Church. Burial followed services at the Crossroads Cemetery with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Pallbearers were James, David, Timmy, Greg and Kenny Watt, Louis Melanson, Glen Jenkins and Harold Joiner. Honorary pallbearers were James Michael Watt, Robert Kippen, Sonny Forrest, Jim Culp, Buddy Massey, Billy Lee Rice, R. E. Thomas, Darrell Stephenson, Dale Myers and Ricky Leonard.

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