September 7

JoAnn Clark

JoAnn Clark, 78, of Crossett died Saturday, September 3, 2005, at the Beverly Health Care Center in Crossett. Mrs. Clark was a native of Mist, Arkansas; a resident of Crossett for the past 10 years and a former resident of Dermott. She was a homemaker and a Baptist.

She is survived by a son, Bobby Boatright of Dorrance, KS; a daughter, Theresa Bradshaw of Crossett; three brothers, James Bradshaw of Bastrop, LA, Huey Bradshaw of Sterlington, LA, and Bennie Bradshaw of Sheridan; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Vane G. Clark, and her parents, James and Ethel Roberts Bradshaw.

Grave-side funeral services and burial were at 3 p.m. Sunday, September 4, in the Promise Land Cemetery with Rev. Charles Pullin officiating. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Lindburg Gibbs

Lindburg Gibbs, 69, of Monticello, formerly of the Pine Hill community near Hamburg, died Monday, August 29, 2005, at Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello. He was a native of Pine Hill but had resided in Monticello for the past 20 years. He was retired from Steve Bolin Logging and was a member of Holly Springs Missionary Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife of 17 years, Mable Fowler Gibbs; six sons, Ronnie Gibbs of Jackson, TN, Terrian Gibbs and wife Frances and Tilford Hines, all of Fordyce, Lindburg Gibbs Jr. and wife Sylvia and Gregory Gibbs, all of Camden, and Jeremy Gibbs of Monticello; three daughters, Clada Williams and husband Curtis and Nywatha Gibbs Douglas of Bearden, and Stephanie Fowler of Chicago, IL; four brothers, Billy Gibbs and wife Juanita of Pine Hill, Richard and Sherman Gibbs, both of Monticello, and James Gibbs of Crossett; two sisters, Erma Hawkins and husband Clifton of Pine Hill and Vicki Scott and husband Michael of Crossett; 35 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Lovie Womack Gibbs; one brother, Elvin Gibbs; and one sister, Elena Davis.

Funeral services were held Saturday, September 3, at 11 a.m. at Holly Springs Missionary Baptist Church with the Revs. David Bouie and Kent Broughton officiating. Burial was at Carlock Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Pallbearers were Rance Haynes, Preston Hawkins, Leondra Simpson, Earnest Green, Earnest Fowler, James Hampton, Larry Rogers and Curtis Harris. Honorary pallbearers were Ronnie, Terrian, Lindburg Jr., Gregory and Jeremy Gibbs, Tilford Hines, Clifton Hawkins, Curtis Williams and members of Crooked Creek Hunting Club.

September 14

Rigoberto Estrada

Rigoberto Estrada, 36, of Hamburg died Saturday, September 10, 2005, in Hamburg. A native of Mexico and a resident of Hamburg for the past year and a half, he worked for P.E. Barnes Lumber Co. mill and was a member of the Holy Spirit Catholic Church.

He is survived by his wife, Ampero Flores of Mexico; three sons, Lauriano Estrada Flores of Hamburg and Felipe Estrada Flores and Flavio Cesar Estrada Flores, both of Mexico; a daughter, Alheli Estra Flores of Mexico; his father, Eusebia Estrada of Mexico; four brothers, Saul Estrada Luna and Efrain Estrada Luna and wife Jennifer of Hamburg and Jose Estrada Luna and Helama Estrada Luna of Mexico; and six sisters, Alicia, Enriqueta, Hermelinda, Patricia, Beatriz and Anabel Estrada Luna, all of Mexico. He was preceded in death by his mother, Domitila Estrada Garcia, and a brother, Rodrigo Estrada.

A wake service will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 13, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Burial will be Sunday in the Pantion Municipal Cemetery in Tlalterango, Mexico.

Elsie L. Higginbotham

Elsie L. Higginbotham, 73, of Hamburg, died Monday, September 5, 2005, at the Medical Center of South Arkansas in El Dorado. A native of Holton, IN, a resident of Hamburg, for the past ten years and a former resident of Killeen, TX, she was a homemaker and a member of the Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband, Pete Higginbotham of Hamburg; a son, Stanley Nickleson of Fort Worth, TX; two daughters, Deborah Shiller of Killeen and Melissa Gutierrez of Corpus Christi, TX; a step-son, Carl Higginbotham of Killeen; four step-daughters, Debra Gay Smith and Karen Higginbotham of Killeen, Sonja Racher of Gatesville, TX, and Leslie Baise of Temple, TX; a brother, Sam Stickleman of Holton; a half-brother, Robert Stickleman of California; two step-sisters, Claranell Caswell of Holton and Hilda Sheets of Indianapolis, IN; 19 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; Opha and Nellie Webster Stickleman.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Thursday, September 8, in the Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church with Revs. Mike Reese and Charles Pullin officiating. Burial followed services at 10 a.m. Saturday, September 10, at the Killeen City Cemetery in Killeen, Texas, with Dr. Joe Rich officiating. Funeral services were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg and Crawford and Bowers Funeral Home of Killeen. Memorials may be made to the Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church, P. O. Box 30, Hamburg, AR 71646.

Lucreshia Milton

Lucreshia Milton, 94, of Wilmot died Thursday, September 1, 2005 at the Chicot Memorial Hospital in Lake Village. A lifelong resident of Wilmot, she was a homemaker and member of Morning Star Baptist Church.

Survivors include one son, Wardell Whaley of Los Angeles, CA; two daughters, Mary Kidd of Los Angeles and Elizabeth Duckery of Wilmot; one sister, Jessie Mae Long of Los Angeles; and 22 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Milton; her parents, Tom and Jeannie Moore; one daughter, Mable Ross; and three brothers.

Funeral services were held Saturday, September 10, at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Wilmot with Rev. Freddie Smith officiating. Burial was at St. Martha Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Grandsons served as pallbearers.

Bettie Ludlam Sink

Bettie Ludlam Sink, 77, of Hamburg, died Thursday, September 8, 2005, in her residence in Hamburg. Born Bettie Jane Ludlam on January 25, 1928, to G. V. and Charlie Maye Ludlam, Bettie grew up in Hamburg and was a star basketball player at Hamburg High School. She attended Arkansas AandM College and was married to George Madison Sink III. Bettie and George lived in many places around the world before returning to Hamburg in 1963. George preceded her in death in 1991. After 20 years, Bettie retired as a social worker for Ashley County Social Services in 1987.

She was an enthusiastic storyteller and used her wry sense of humor to throw a little unexpected twist into each story. She was an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Hamburg where she served in various capacities over the years and was also an avid bridge player.

She is survived by two sons, Madison and wife Faye Sink and Bradley Sink of San Francisco, California; four daughters, Rebecca Strickland of Monroe, North Carolina, Jeanette Lizotte and husband Jeffrey of Bow, New Hampshire, Mary Ellen Givens and husband Bill of Hamburg, and Susie McKinney and husband Nathan of Fayetteville; a brother Miller Ludlam; a sister Louise Giles, both of Hamburg, and 10 grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Saturday, September 10, in the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Gary Harrison officiating. Burial followed services at the Hamburg Cemetery. Pallbearers were Matt Barker, Joe Hundley, Jonathan Portis, Brad Akers, Bruce Carpenter, Ronnie Scroggins, William Giles and Dane Weindorf. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 202 South Main, Hamburg, AR 71646.

Rosie Mae Williams

Rosie Mae Williams, 82, of Monticello, formerly of Crossett, died Thursday, September 1, 2005, at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. A native of Parkdale but a resident of Monticello for the past two years, she was a retired garment factory employee and a Methodist.

Survivors include two sisters, Viola Morris of Crossett and Lorenda Glass of St. Louis, MO; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Williams; her parents, John and Rosie Robinson Parker; one daughter, Rosie Mae Barrenger; four brothers and five sisters.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, September 6, at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Cromwell Funeral Home with Rev. Murlee Carter officiating. Burial was at Westview Cemetery.

Lee Vernon "Buddy" Williamson

Mr. Lee Vernon "Buddy" Williamson Jr., 49, of Hamburg died Thursday, September 8, 2005, at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. A native and lifelong resident of Hamburg and Snyder, he was a retired water well driller and a member of the Fellowship Baptist Church.

He is survived by a son, Nicholas Lee Forrest of Monticello; a brother, Don Williamson of Hamburg; and two sisters, Wanda Purvis and Barbara Jeffers, both of Hamburg. He was preceded in death by his parents, L.V. and Marceline Hopkins Williamson; and a sister, Patricia Williamson Hale.

Grave-side funeral services and burial were at 2 p.m. Sunday, September 11, at the Mount Pleasant Cemetery with Rev. E. W. Ricks officiating. Funeral services were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Memorials may be made to the Mount Pleasant Cemetery Association, c/o Mr. Howard Foster, P.O. Box 217, Hamburg, AR 71646.

Steven L. Yancey

Steven L. Yancey, 56, of Florissant, MO, formerly of Crossett, died Wednesday, August 31, 2005, at Christian Hospital Northeast in Jennings, MO. Born in St. Louis, MO, April 11, 1949, the son of the late Floyd O. and Mildred Mae Morris Yancey, he was a 1967 graduate of McCluer High School. He attended Central Baptist College in Conway and earned a degree from Vatterott College in St. Louis. He served as pastor of Baptist churches in Louisiana, Arkansas and Missouri for many years. He also held positions as principal and administrator at a number of Christian schools. For the past several years, he had been a computer consultant for Husch and Eppenberger Attorneys in St. Louis.

Survivors include one daughter, Shannon Williamson and husband Joey of Lake Village; one son, Jeffery L. Yancey and wife Kellie of Lake Stevens, WA; one brother, Floyd Yancey and wife Janice of Eureka, MO; one sister, Joan Lauterbach and husband Ken of Fenton, MO; and two grandchildren, Brock and Rebekah Yancey. He was preceded in death by his wife, Patsy, in 1994.

Funeral services were held Saturday, September 3, at 6:15 p.m. in the chapel of Cunningham-Millard-Cantriel Funeral Home in Eureka with Rev. James Hoffman officiating. Local services were held Monday, September 5, at 10 a.m. at Second Baptist Church in North Crossett with Brother Allen Grimmiett and Brother Keith Martin officiating. Burial was at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Bishop Funeral Home of Lake Village.

Memorials may be made to the American Red Cross, Hurricane Katrina Relief, P.O. Box 795058, St. Louis, MO 63179.

September 21

Rosie Brown Baldwin Marshall

Rosie Brown Baldwin Marshall, 54, of Magnolia, formerly of Hamburg, died Tuesday, September 13, 2005, at the hospital in Magnolia. A native of Hamburg and a resident of Magnolia for the past four years, she was a homemaker and a member of Antioch Baptist Church in Magnolia. She was a 1969 graduate of Hamburg High School.

Survivors include her husband, Franklin Marshall; one son, Ryan Baldwin of Sioux Falls, SD; two daughters, Robbie and Remona Baldwin, both of Hamburg; two step-sons, Kevin Marshall of Magnolia and Jarod Marshall of Waldo; one step-daughter, Sherry Marshall of Magnolia; her father, J. W. Brown of Hamburg; five brothers, J. W. Brown Jr. of Hamburg, Freddie Lee and Terry Brown, both of Atlanta, GA, Allen Brown of Des Moines, IA, and Charles Brown of Fountain Hill; six sisters, Mary Ann Brown, Betty Ann Hampton, Easter Mae Brown, Tonnie Jean Graham and Nancy Brown, all of Crossett, and Jessie Mae Jenkins of Hamburg; and eight grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her mother, Ella Mae Brown; and one brother, Willie Ed Brown.

Funeral services were held Saturday, September 17, at 1 p.m. at Epistles of God Church of Deliverance with Revs. D. S. Butler and Mary Arnold officiating. Burial was at Phillip Grove Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Pallbearers were James Hampton, Lawrence Booker, Baron Johnson, Robert Scates, Johnny Hampton, Glen Stanley, Adolphus Foster and Robert Stanley. Grandsons were honorary pallbearers.

Dr. James "Mack" McLaurin

Dr. James "Mack" McLaurin, 83, of Hamburg died Sunday, September 18, 2005, at the North Monroe Medical Center in Monroe, Louisiana. A native of Elaine, a resident of Hamburg for the past five years and a former resident of Stuttgart, he was a retired veterinarian for the United States Department of Agriculture. A U. S. Air Force pilot during World War II, he was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Hamburg and a former member of the First United Methodist Church in Stuttgart where he was a Sunday school teacher and sang in the choir for many years. He was the football announcer for the Stuttgart Ricebirds for many years, coached Little League baseball and was a literacy teacher.

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Syble Pylant McLaurin of Hamburg; two daughters, Debbie Sanderlin and husband Larry of Hamburg and Harriett Howard and husband Marlin of Dumas; a brother, Elbert McLaurin of Germantown, TN; four grandchildren, Donna Godwin of Plano, TX, Jay Nucklos of Akin, S.C., Jesse Densmore of Hamburg and Jayne Sanderlin of Fayetteville; and two great-grandchildren, Hunter Mayes and Aubrey Godwin. He was preceded in death by his parents, Elton and Vera Adams McLaurin.

Grave-side funeral services and burial were planned for 2 p.m. Tuesday, September 20, at the Best Cemetery in Star City with Rev. Gary Harrison officiating. Honorary pallbearers were to be Vincent "Buddy" Sokora, Berzent Blagg, Bob Galloway, Howard Eddins, Doug Hart, Kevin and Robby Pond, Gary Woods and Jimmy Sokora. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Arkansas, 10411 W. Markham, Suite 130, Little Rock, AR 72205-1409

Napolean Ross

Napolean Ross, 81, of Crossett died Wednesday, September 14, 2005, at Ashley County Medical Center. A lifelong resident of Crossett, he was retired from Georgia-Pacific Paper Mill and was a member of First Baptist Church on Florida Street, a member of Exodus Lodge No. 403 for 43 years and served on the trustee board of First Baptist Church.

Survivors include one daughter, Karen Foster and husband Donald of Crossett; two adopted daughters, Denita Baldwin and husband Odell of Milwaukee, WI, and Inger Williams of Crossett; one brother, Willie Lee Ross of Las Vegas, NV; two sisters, Alberta Washington and Grace Tyler, both of Milwaukee; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mable Ross; one granddaughter, Hannah Foster; his parents, Sam and Julia Mobley Ross; three brothers, Sammie Lee, Lawrence and Marshall Ross; four sisters, Lucille Baldwin, Linda Wimberly, Hattie Brown and Addie Nell Dunlap and two step-sons, Jessie Knox Jr. and Dennis McAdoo.

Funeral services were held Monday, September 19, at 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church with Revs. Curtis Jackson and Evandrew Washington officiating. Burial was at Westview Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Pallbearers were Donald Baldwin, Rance Haynes, Robert Baldwin, Stanley Goree, Cornelius Brown, Charles Johnson, Marzell Morris and Paul Brown.

Polly Sullivan

Polly Sullivan, 79, of Sherwood died Friday, September 16, 2005. A Crossett native, she was a 50-year member of the Top of the Rock Sweet Adelines Chorus and sang with the Ark Angels Quartet for 25 years, the Master Singers, Singing Women, Women in Construction and the Democratic Women. She was a member of Central Baptist Church of North Little Rock, senior choir, director of the children's choir and was a lifetime Sunday School teacher.

Survivors include one daughter, Peggy Gram and husband Robert of Maumelle; two sons, Lee Sullivan and wife Zenia of Crossett and James Sullivan and wife JoAnn of Beebe; four brothers, James Wall and Carroll Wall, both of Crossett, Bill Wall of Denver, CO, and Roy Wall of Ruston, LA; three sisters, Catherine Ford of Hot Springs, Gladys Duncan of Phoenix, AZ, and Jimmie Ann Roberts of Livingston, TX; four grandchildren, Kerry Marsh of Little Rock, Kristen Rhodes and Todd Sullivan, both of Sherwood, and Jeremy Sullivan, currently serving in Iraq; one great-granddaughter, Peyton Sullivan; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Robert Sullivan; two brothers, Garland Wall and Travis Smith; and two sisters, Tommie Carter and Zelma Barnett.

Funeral services were held Monday, September 19, at 10 a.m. at Central Baptist Church. Burial was at Rest Hills Memorial park under the direction of North Little Rock Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Central Baptist Church, 5200 Fairway Ave., North Little Rock, AR 72116, or the Young Singers Foundation, P.O. Box 470168, Tulsa, OK 74147.

Clifton Trigg

Clifton Trigg, 91, of Lake Village died Thursday, September 15, 2005, at his residence. Born in the Russellville area on August 17, 1914, to Thomas and Mae Tyler Trigg, he moved to Dermott as a young boy and worked with his father on the family dairy. He attended Dermott High School and began his career as a clerk in Abrams Department Store in 1935, where he was later promoted to manager. In 1944, he opened a general store and, in 1958, he opened Trigg's Department Store of Dermott and Crossett. He was active in civic and church affairs in Dermott, Crossett and Lake Village. He was a member and past president of the Dermott School Board and past president of the board of trustees of Arkansas AandM College, now UAM. He was a member of the Dermott Rotary Club, Dermott Chamber of Commerce, a thirty-second degree Mason and served on the boards of the United Methodist churches in Dermott and Lake Village.

He moved to Crossett in 1963 to serve as president and founder of First State Bank. In 1965, he appointed by Gov. Orval E. Faubus to serve as Arkansas State Purchasing Agent. After his retirement, he moved to Lake Village and continued to lead an active life. He was serving on the Lake Village Economic Development Commission at the time of his death.

Survivors include two daughters, Teresa Faulk and husband Charles of Jackson, MS, and Tonilynn Scucchi and husband James of Dermott; five grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Maxine Elliott Trigg; an infant son, Thomas Trigg; and two sisters.

Funeral services were held Saturday, September 17, at 2 p.m. at Lakeside United Methodist Church in Lake Village. Burial was at Dermott Cemetery under the direction of Griffin Funeral Home of Lake Village.

Memorials may be made to Lakeside United Methodist Church in Lake Village or the United Methodist Children's Home in Little Rock.

Evelyn Boykin Walley

Evelyn Jan Boykin Walley, 73, of Crossett, died Friday, September 16, 2005, at the Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. Born March 28, 1932, in Gillette to Everett Lee and Minnie D Kennedy McGraw, Mrs. Walley was a resident of Crossett for most of her life and was a devout member of the Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Bobby Glen Boykin; her son, Barry Boykin; her father Everett Lee McGraw; and two brothers, Glen and Chester McGraw.

Survivors include her husband, J. C. Walley of Crossett; four sons, Ernest Boykin of Shreveport, LA, Bobby Boykin of Mobile, AL, Curtis Walley and Stephen Walley, both of Crossett; five daughters, Aleasa Neal of Scranton, Diane Jennings, Susan Taylor, Judy Bishop, and Gwen Housman, all of Osceola; her mother, Minnie D McGraw of Mountain Home; one brother, Dale McGraw of Freingwood, TX; one sister, Allene Perry of Mountain Home; 21 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. on Monday, September 19, in at the Church of Christ with Mark Mosher officiating. Interment followed at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Memorials may be made to the Paragould Children's Home, 5515 Walcott Rd, Paragould, AR 72450.

September 28

Mr. Jack Gee

Mr. Jack Gee, 75, of Hamburg, died Wednesday, September 21, 2005, at St. Vincent Medical Center in Little Rock. A native of Montrose and a resident of Hamburg for most of his life, he retired from the International Union of Operating Engineers and he was a veteran of the United States Air Force.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Branstetter Gee of Hamburg; two sons, Troy Allen Gee and wife, Stephanie of Staunton, IL, and Jack Edward Gee and wif, Renee of Hamburg; a daughter, Donna Pruitt and husband Charles of Vilonia; two brothers, W. L "Sully" Gee and Lawrence "Tootlum" Gee; and a sister, Mary Ida Watkins, all of Hamburg; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel and Onie Cannon Gee. and two brothers, S. E. and Cliffton Gee.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Friday, September 23, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg with Revs. Larry Hickman and Rudy Ward officiating. Burial followed servcies at the Cleveland Cemetery. Pallbearers were Daryl Boothe, Tommy and Henry Greer, Joe Sharrick, Tommy Bussell, Stan Keely and George Pruitt.

Memorials may be made to the Ashley County Library, 211 East Lincoln, Hamburg, AR 71646.

Lucille Hefley

Lucille Hefley of Little Rock, formerly of Crossett, died Saturday, September 24, 2005. She was born in Little Rock in 1910 to Jennie Glover Rogers and William Sanford Rogers. In 1927, she was elected senior class president of the first graduating class of the newly constructed Little Rock High School, later named Central High. She was also a National Honor Society member. In 1984, Lucille retired as secretary and program administrator at St. Luke United Methodist Church in Little Rock.

Lucille and her husband, Reverend John B. Hefley, lived in several Arkansas towns during Reverend Hefley's career as a Methodist minister. Since 1967, Lucille had been a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church, and a member of the Neil Hart Sunday School Class. She was honored as a "Pillar" of St. Paul. She was was a serious student of the Bible and taught Sunday School classes for 70 years.

Lucille was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and three brothers, Eugene S. Rogers, Fred A. Rogers and Glen F. Rogers. She is survived by two sisters, Allene Wells of Hot Springs and Pauline Lewis of Tyler, Texas; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was to be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, September 27, at St. Paul United Methodist Church. Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers can be sent to St. Paul Methodist Church, 2223 Durwood Road, Little Rock, AR 72207. Arrangements are Ruebel Funeral Home, www.ruebelfuneralhome.com.

Joan Manning

Mrs. Joan Manning, 54, of Hamburg, died Friday, September 23, 2005, at her residence outside Hamburg. A native of Fort Worth, Texas, and a resident of Hamburg for the past 31 years, she graduated from nursing school in 1977 and worked as a nurse for Dr. F. N. Burt, Dr. D. L. Toon and Dr. W. C. Cothern. She was a very active member of the Eden Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband, William D. Manning of Hamburg; two daughters, Ginger K. Jeffers of Hamburg and Kimberly A. Taylor of Crossett; a sister, Judy K. Halpain of Malvern; and five grandchildren, John Garrett Jeffers, Auston Grant Jeffers, Colton Dye, Blake Taylor and Lauren Taylor. She was preceded in death by her parents, Rev. Roy and Lois Williams Gardner; a brother, Rodger Frisch and a grandson, Dustin Lane Dye.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Monday, September 26, in the Eden Baptist Church with Revs. Mike Titsworth, Charles Pullin and Buddy Boykin officiating. Grave-side services will be 3 p.m. Monday in the Canaan Cemetery outside of Spearsville, Louisiana. Pallbearers were Randall Meeks, Paul Wilkerson, Billy and Steve Withers, Frank Moffatt, Larry Sinn and David Thomas. Honorary pallbearers were Charles and Ralph Hollis, Mike Harville, Gene Einerwold, Morgan Outlaw and Jim Bailey. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Memorials may be made to the Eden Baptist Church Building Fund, 3748 Hwy 133 North, Hamburg, AR 71646

Mr. Bill Meeks

Mr. Bill Meeks, 49, of Hamburg died Monday, September 19, 2005, at the University of Arkansas for Medical Science in Little Rock. A native of Benton a resident of Hamburg for the past 25 years, he graduated from Benton High School, Henderson State University and the University of Arkansas- Fayetteville School of Law. He was a partner with the Streetman, Meeks, McMillan Law Firm of Crossett and Hamburg. He was a member of the Panel of Bankruptcy Trustees for United States Bankruptcy Courts for the Eastern and Western District of Arkansas, the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees and the Arkansas Bar Association. He served as the Hamburg City Attorney for 20 years and was a member of the First United Methodist Church where he was a former United Methodist Youth Leader. He was a member and past president of the Hamburg High School Booster Club and past president of the Hamburg Kiwanis Club.

He is survived by his wife, Patti McDonald Meeks of Hamburg; a daughter, Sarah Meeks of Fayetteville; two sons, Robert Meeks of Fayetteville and Daniel Meeks of Hamburg; his father, Robert Earl Meeks of Benton; a sister, Brenda Billingsley and husband Dan of Benton; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Bennetta Nolan Meeks, and a brother, Robert "Bobby" Meeks.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Thursday, September 22, in the First United Methodist Church of Hamburg with Rev. Gary Harrison officiating. Grave-side services were at 3 p.m. Thursday in the Pinecrest Cemetery between Little Rock and Benton. Pallbearers were Bill Givens, Stanton Veazey, Larry Sanderlin, Paul Keith, Joe Foote and Jimmy Hargis. Honorary pallbearers are his annual fishing trip buddies Mike Webb, Ricky Maxwell, Tom Streetman, Eddie Holt, Dane Weindorf, Brian Holt and Buddy Stephens. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Memorials may be made to the Hamburg High School Scholarship Fund, PO Box 30, Hamburg, AR 71646.

Todd Emanuel Whitten

Todd Emanuel "Camo" Whitten, 32, of Mer Rouge, LA, died Wednesday, September 21, 2005.

Survivors include one son, Alexander Emanuel Whitten of Beekman, LA; his parents, Jerry and Mary Whitten of Mer Rouge, formerly of Crossett; his grandmother, Dovie Carter of Mer Rouge, formerly of Crossett; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services were scheduled for Tuesday, September 27, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Golden Funeral Home of Bastrop, LA with Rev. Joann Simms officiating. Honorary pallbearers were Aaron Russell, Joseph Blythe, Jason Bonnette, Jimi Whitten, Larry Lancaster, Larry Standridge and Larry Johnson.

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