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Billie Dee Pendergrass

Billie Dee Terrell Pendergrass, 81, of Crossett died Wednesday, November 28, 2007. Born on February 12, 1926, to Calvin Jasper and Ethel Arlene Thomas Rushing, Mrs. Pendergrass was a homemaker and a member of Rolfe Chapel Freewill Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, six siblings and two sons, Jimmy and Johnny Terrell.

Survivors include four sons, Jerry Terrell and wife Edith of Crossett, Jackie Terrell and wife Lynn of Sulphur, LA, Joey Terrell and wife Carol Ann and Dennis Terrell and wife Jeannie, all of Crossett; one daughter, Debbie Forrest and husband Keith of Parkdale; seventeen grandchildren and twenty-one great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 3 p.m., Friday, November 30, in the Rolfe Chapel Freewill Baptist Church with Bros. Kenneth Watt and Carlton White officiating. Burial followed at the Rolfe Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Pallbearers were Derrick Browning, Ronnie Terrell, Benji Terrell, Craig Terrell, Michael Terrell, Daniel Terrell, Michael Wayne Terrell, and Stephen Forrest.

Memorials may be made to the Arkansas Children's Hospital, 800 Marshall St., Slot 661, Little Rock, AR 72202. See guest book at www.jonesservice.com

J. M. "Johnny" Sawyer

J. M. "Johnny" Sawyer, 70, of Crossett died Saturday December 1, 2007. A lifelong resident of Ashley County, he was born in Milo on March 4, 1937, to the late John M. and Ellen Bellot Sawyer. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by five sisters and one brother. Mr. Sawyer was a member of Green Grove Chapel in Strong. He graduated from Fountain Hill High School in 1956 and had worked for Georgia Pacific.

Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Zoe A. Sawyer of Crossett; three sisters, Erma Bolin and husband Doc, Ruth Bolin and Allie Ree Griffin, all of Crossett; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Grave-side services were at 2 p.m. Monday, December 3, at the Crossroads Cemetery with Bro. Rickey Smith officiating. Arrangements were by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. See guest book at www.jonesservice.com

Earl L. Vail

Earl L. Vail, 79, of Belton, MO, died Tuesday, November 27, 2007, at St. Joseph Hospital in Kansas City, MO. Born October 19, 1928, in Hamburg to Jessie Lee and Anna Lois Roberts Vail, he served in the U. S. Army for 20 years as a heavy equipment mechanic during the Korean and Vietnam wars.

After retiring in 1968, he worked for the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers and as an independent mechanic in Hamburg. He was a 32 Degree Mason, a past member of the VFW and a past commander of the American Legion in Hamburg. He was a Baptist.

Survivors include his wife, Opal Vail of Sterlington, LA; a son, Brandon Ross Vail of Little Rock; a daughter Susan Elaine Brown of El Dorado; two sisters, Thelma White and Geneva and husband Dale Page of Spring Hill; two brothers, Tracy M. Vail and wife Carolyn of Belton and Raymond Vail and wife Linda of Arma, KS; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Edward Lee Vail; and two sisters, Sybil A. Adams and Mattie Ruth Vail.

Grave-side services with military honors were at 3 p.m. Friday, November 30, at the Spring Hill Cemetery in Spring Hill, Kansas. Arrangements were by Bruce Funeral Home of Spring Hill.

Memorials may be made to the Spring Hill Cemetery Veterans Markers Fund, c/o Bruce Funeral Home, P. O. Box 7, Spring Hill, KS 66083.

Valonia Wallace

Valonia Wallace, 71, of Hamburg Thursday, November 29, 2007, at her residence. A native of Bonita, LA, and a Hamburg resident for the past 50 years, she was a retired cook for Beverly Health Care of Hamburg and was a member of the Epistles of God Church of Deliverance.

Survivors are her husband of 16 years, Allen Wallace; three sons, Andrew and Harris "Paper" Martin and wife Felicia of Hamburg and Ronnie Martin of Jacksonville; five daughters, Katherine Tucker and husband Chris, Sandra Kay Martin, Melissa Stanley and Shirley Martin, all of Hamburg, and Bonita Martin of Little Rock; three stepbrothers, Jessie Levingston of Bastrop, LA, L. J. Levingston of Strong and Sherman Levingston of Detroit, MI; two sisters, Pastor Mary Arnold and Shirley Dabbs of Hamburg; two stepsisters, Geneva DeJohnnett and Rose Lee Orr, both of Bastrop; 29 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Louis Gene Martin; her parents, Rev. Willie W. and Geneva Ware Williams; one brother, Scott Williams; two stepsisters, Willie Mae Lowrey and Lola Bea Jones; three grandsons and a great-grandson.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, December 2, in the Epistles of God Church of Deliverance with Evangelist Mona Arnold McBride officiating. Pallbearers were Ed Brown, Ray Watson, Johnny Guy, John Ware, Lee Troy Ware and Wayne Pugh.

Burial followed services at the Johnson Memorial Cemetery with arrangements by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Floria White

Floria Dean "Sister" Huggins White, 50, of Monticello, formerly of Hamburg, died Saturday, December 1, 2007, at her residence. She was a homemaker and a member of Bethlehem Church of Christ Holiness.

She was preceded in death by her father, Eddie Huggins, and a brother, Chester Levell Huggins.

She is survived by her husband, Larry White; three daughters, Teresa Huggins and Lakeila Huggins, both of Fayetteville, and Katrina Watkins of Hamburg; her mother, Beatrice Huggins of Hamburg; three brothers, Horace Harrington and Archie Lee Huggins, both of Hamburg, and Jimmy Carl Huggins of Nashville, TN.; and nine grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, December 6, at Bethlehem Church of Christ Holiness with Eld. Robert Adams Jr., officiating.

Pallbearers are to be Kirt Martin, Lee Nimmer, Allen Huggins, Danny Martin, Adrian Tucker, and Lonell Richardson. Honorary pallbearers are Horace Harrington, Jimmy Huggins, Archie Huggins, and Carl Robinson. Burial will be at the Robinson Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Obituaries Published December 12

Anita Chance

Anita Chance, 56, of Camden, formerly of Hamburg, died Tuesday, December 4, 2007, at the Jefferson Regional Medical Center. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.

Survivors include her son, Toney Chance of Camden; a daughter, Lisa McLelland of Little Rock; two brothers, Jerry Wayne Pennington of Bossier City, LA, and Elmer Pennington, Jr., of Hamburg; a nephew, Joey Pennington of Camden; and three grandsons, Nicholas Chance of Red Level, AL, and Matthew and Coty Chance of Camden. She was preceded in death by her parents, Elmer and Dovie Pennington; two brothers, Tommy and Dennis Pennington; and a sister, Jo Hearnsberger.

Funeral services were at 2:30 p.m. Friday, December 8, a the Calvary Baptist Church with Rev. Don Phillips officiating. Burial followed at the Salem Cemetery in Bearden. Proctor Funeral Home was in charge of services. www.procterfuneralhome.com.

Mary Jane Coulter

Mary Jane Coulter, 70, of Crossett died Saturday Dec. 8, 2007, at her home. She was born Oct. 16, 1937, to Eldridge Elihu and Mable Purvis Johnson in Luling, Texas. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Katherine Scarborough. Mrs. Coulter was co-owner of Baker's Pharmacy and a member of the Presbyterian Church in Crossett.

Survivors include her husband, Baker Coulter of Crossett; two sons, Keith Coulter and wife Vivian of McAlister, Okla., and Seth Coulter and wife Janice of Russellville; two daughters, Kellye Young and husband Maury of El Dorado and Sara Whitlock and husband Kelvin of Russellville; a god-child, Lisa Ann Terrell of Crossett; two sisters, Jean Adams of Sealy, Texas, and Wanda Beaudry of Houston, Texas; eight grandchildren, Nathan, Jacob, Katie, Kelsey, Courtney, Josh, Hanna and Ashton.

Memorial services were at 9 a.m. Monday, Dec. 10, in the Presbyterian Church of Crossett with Rev. Bonnie Milligan officiating. Arrangements were by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Private interment will be at Pinewood Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to the Presbyterian Church of Crossett, 309 Pine Street Crossett, Ark. 71635; American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718 Oklahoma City, Okla. 73123-1718; or to a charity of choice. www.jonesservice.com

Maxine Fleming

Maxine Fleming of Crossett died Tuesday, December 4, 2007. The daughter of the late Coy and Ethel Tucker Hayes, Mrs. Fleming was a clerical employee for Georgia Pacific and a member of First Church of Christ Scientist of Boston, MA.

Survivors include, her son, Donald Fleming of Crossett. Mrs. Fleming was preceded in death by her husband, Heywood Fleming, and a sister, Averice Wright.

Memorial services were held at 1:30 p.m., Friday, December 7, in the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Julie Ward officiating.

Memorials may be made to Morning Light Foundation, Inc., PO Box 7604, Atlanta, GA 30357. www.jonesservice.com.

Willie Ann Jolly

Willie Ann Jolly, 91, of Oklahoma City, OK, a Wilmot native, died Thursday, February 6, 2007, at Odyssey Hospice Health Care in Oklahoma City.

Born August 3, 1916, in Wilmot to the late Frank and Ceily Taylor Smith, she was a homemaker and member of the Union Baptist Church in Parkdale and the Usher and Missionary Society.

Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Helen George of Oklahoma City, Mrs. Betty Anthony of Pine Bluff and Mrs. Ester Huggins of Oklahoma City; a brother, Jasper Smith of Santa Monica, CA; a sister, Mrs. Lillie Mary Billberry of Westland, MI; eight grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren, and 13 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husabnd, Tom Jolly.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Monday, December 10, in the Union Baptist Church of Parkdale with Rev. Jessie Knight officiating. Burial followed services at the Zion Hill Cemetery in Parkdale. Arrangements were by Brown Funeral Home of Pine Bluff.

Roger Ray Kelley

Roger Ray Kelley, 56, of Crossett, died Tuesday, December 4, 2007. A lifelong resident of Crossett, he was an employee of Georgia Pacific paper mills and a Baptist. He served in the United States Army.

Survivors include his wife of 20 years, Peggy Kelley; two sons, Frank and wife Janna Rawls of Cabot and David White of Alexandria, La.; four daughters, Katrina Walton, Alicia and husband Patrick Bannister and Christie Spradlin, all of Crossett, and Tracy and husband Rusty Wimbish of Mer Rouge, La.; four sisters, Betty Oden of Crossett, Becky Woodall of North Carolina, Nancy Vaughn of Fordyce and Brenda and husband Rick Gentry of Spartanburg, SC; and 16 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Percy and Willie Nichols Kelley; and an infant grandson, Donald Ray Kelley.

Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Friday, December 7, at the Cromwell Funeral Home chapel with Bros. Lawrence Amos and Craig Henley officiating. Pallbearers were Ray Stokes, Bill Rawls, Rusty Wimbish, Michael Oden, Keith Sipes, Patrick Bannister, Casey Oden and Ricky Smith. Burial followed services at the Crossroads Cemetery.

Dan Timmons

Dan Timmons, 36 of West Palm Beach, Fla., formerly of Hamburg, died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2007. A mechanic, he was a member of the Eastside Baptist Church in Monticello.

He is survived by two sons, Kyle Canik and Daniel Timmons of Hamburg; two daughters, Casey Timmons of Hamburg and Danielle Timmons of West Palm Beach; his mother, Betty Timmons of Dumas; his biological father, Danny Ebbs and wife Dixie of North Little Rock; his daddy, Bruce and wife Connie Timmons of Hamburg; his maternal grandmother, Zola B. Glennon of Dumas; his paternal grandmothers, Opal Timmons of Hamburg and Helen Beasley of Benton; two brothers, Blade Ebbs of Hawaii and Chase Ebbs of Pensacola, Fla.; one sister, Bianca and husband Chad Frisby of Hamburg; and a special niece, Taylor Frisby. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfathers, Joe Ebbs and Howard Timmons; his maternal grandfather, M. L. Glennon; an uncle, Glenn Cowan; and an aunt, Linda Griffin.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 10, in the Cromwell Funeral Home chapel with Bro. Michael Reese officiating. Pallbearers were Greg Maxwell, Todd Hickman, Pee Wee Wells, Kevin Griffin, Keith Griffin and Chad Frisby. Honorary pallbearers were Chad, David, Shawna, Blake, Jimmy, Donnie, Katy, and Timmy Griffin, Lisa Woods, Blade, Chase and Jerry Ebbs, Jr., Jamie Lunsford, Doug Blissett, Maggie, Trent and Dakota Timmons and Heath Aich and Amanda Cowan. Burial followed services at the Hamburg Cemetery.

Obituaries Published December 19

Frances A. Mormon Dura

Frances A. Mormon Dura, 84, of East Aurora, NY, formerly of Hamburg, died unexpectedly Monday December 10, 2007, at the Mercy Hospital in South Buffalo, NY. A native of Hamburg, the fourth child of Jeff and Fannie Coulter Mormon and a resident of East Aurora for the past 12 years, she had lived in Hamburg for many years. While stationed abroad with her husband, she discovered and enjoyed a lifelong passion of bowling and won several competitions both domestically and abroad. She and her husband eventually settled and raised a family where her family roots were in Hamburg. She received a bachelor's degree from the University of Arkansas at Monticello. She worked for the Arkansas Department of Labor and was a member of the Holy Cross Catholic Church.

She is survived by a daughter, Mary Frances Dura Anstett and husband Mike of East Aurora; two sons, William "Bill" Dura and wife Julie of Davenport, Iowa, and Donald Dura of West Seneca, NY; a sister, Bessie Mormon Pierce of Hamburg; three grandsons, Michael Dura of Lockport, NY, Christopher Dura of Denver, CO, and Jonathan Anstett of East Aurora; two granddaughters, Sarah and Amanda Anstett, both of East Aurora; a great-grandson, Anthony Dura; and host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Capt. William Mitchell Dura in 1967; a granddaughter, Stacie Dura; her parents, Jeff and Fannie Coulter Mormon; and four brothers, Guy, Jack, Robert and Herman Mormon.

A prayer service was held at 7 p.m., Thursday, December 13, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home with Father Phillip Reaves officiating. Graveside services and burial were at 11 a.m., Friday, December 14, at the National Cemetery in Little Rock with Monsignor John O'Donnell officiating.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association National Office; 225 N. Michigan Ave. Fl 17, Chicago, IL 60601. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Laura Mae Durham

Laura Mae Durham, 92, of Hamburg died Tuesday, December 11, 2007, in Pine Bluff. She was born in Hamburg on April 18, 1915. Miss Durham was a graduate of Hamburg High School. After graduation, she was employed in Little Rock by the state of Arkansas in both the Game and Fish Commission and the Department of Education for a total of 31 years. During this time she served on the board of the Little Rock Philharmonic Society.

Upon retirement, she returned to the Durham family home in Hamburg. She was a published poet and was a longtime member of the Poet's Roundtable of Arkansas. Her name appears in the International Who's Who in Poetry published in London, England. Miss Durham was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Hamburg.

Survivors include three nieces. She was preceded in death by her parents, C. L. and Laura Durham; four brothers and four sisters.

Memorial services were at 3 p.m. on Thursday, December 13, in the First United Methodist Church of Hamburg with Reverend David Moore officiating with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett, AR.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 202 South Main St., Hamburg, AR 71646 or Trinity Village Medical Center, 6400 Trinity Drive, Pine Bluff, AR 71603. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Philip G. Gates, III

Philip Guadard Gates, III, 68, of Crossett died Saturday December 15, 2007, at his home. Born August 29, 1939, in Crossett to the late Philip G., Jr., and Lois Louise Pistole Gates, he was a Navy veteran, retired Crossett Assistant Chief of Police, an avid golfer, and a member of First Baptist Church of Crossett. He was the great-grandson of Cap Gates, who was a co-founder of Crossett and Crossett Company.

Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Winifred Elizabeth Jones Gates of Crossett; two sons; Philip G. Gates, IV, and wife Jo Ellen of Carthage, Texas, and Jonathon C. Gates and wife Dana of Crossett; two brothers, Anthony A. Gates of Hotchkiss, Colorado, and Michael D. Gates and wife Sharon Kay of Crossett; two sisters; Margaret Rose Roan and husband Jimmy of Crossett and Mary Ellen Massey of Louisville, Kentucky; three grandchildren, Caleb, Sydney, and Noah Gates; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were planned for 2 p.m. Tuesday December 18, in the First Baptist Church with Bro. Jeff Smart officiating. Burial was to follow at the Lakewood Cemetery in Crossett. Pallbearers were to be Crossett Police Department officers and Crossett Mayor Scott McCormick. Honorary pallbearers were to be Mr. Gates' Sunday School Class.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Crossett Building Fund 701 Main Street Crossett, AR 71635 or to Barbara Gates Community Scholarship Fund 101 West First Avenue Crossett, AR 71635. Arrangements were by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Angela Williams Manning

Angela Lanet Williams Manning, 28, of Crossett died Sunday, December 9, 2007, at the Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock. A lifelong resident of Crossett, she was a homemaker and a member of the New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Charles E. Manning, Jr.; two daughters, Shydria and Autumn Minnieweather of Crossett; her mother, Izola Williams of Crossett; her father, Gary and wife Evelyn Williams of Crossett; four brothers, Cornelius and Keith Williams of Crossett, Angelo Williams of Caruthersville, MO, and Michael Jimmerson of Strong; her maternal grandmother, Addie Williams of Crossett and her paternal grandmother, Irene Williams of Strong. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Samuel Joe Marshall Williams, and her maternal grandmother, Booker Thomas Williams.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 15, in the New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Jessie Radford, Jr., officiating. Pallbearers were Tony, Robert and Darius Williams, Roy Langstaff, Jr., Freddie Baker and Thomas Johnson. Burial followed services at the Carlock Cemetery with arrangements by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

James Bratton Rainey

James Bratton Rainey, 88, of Crossett died Wednesday, December 12, 2007. Born on May 28, 1919 in Vick to the late Oscar Hugh and Minnie Belle McClain Rainey, he was a retired superintendent for Georgia Pacific, a member and deacon of Mount Olive Baptist Church, also serving as a Sunday school teacher. He enjoyed quilting and gardening.

Survivors include his wife, Bernice Pennington Rainey of Crossett one daughter, Wanda L. Hill of Crossett; two step-sons, John Pennington of Crossett and Danny Pennington of Kentucky; one step-daughter, Carolyn Baugnet of Crossett; two daughter-in-laws, Rosa Rainey Williamson and Barbara Rainey, both of Crossett; one sister, Kathryn Gorman; eleven grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; twenty-four great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Mr. Rainey was preceded in death by his first wife, Mayselle Rose Stanley Rainey; and two sons, Rev. Phillip Don Rainey and James O. Rainey.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Saturday, December 15, at Mount Olive Baptist Church with Bros. Eric Hodge, David Tohlen and Travis Roberts officiating. Pallbearers were Bill Rodgers, Mike Smith, Rusty McCone, Ronnie Anthony, Jerry Ozment, Mike Mathews and Billy Bell. Honorary pallbearer were Rawls Pierce, Norman Fisher, Jr. Meeks, Perry Jordan and J. D. Moore.

Burial followed at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Memorials may be made to the Mount Olive Transportation Fund, 1533 Hwy 52 W, Crossett, AR 71635. www.jonesservice.com.

Willa Dean Ray

Willa Dean "Stumpy" Ray, 75, of Hamburg died Thursday, December 13, 2007, at the Ashley County Medical Center. A native of Ashley County and a resident of the Pine Hill community outside Hamburg, she was a homemaker; a member of the Egypt Missionary Baptist Church, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary and the Order of the Eastern Star.

She is survived by five grandchildren, Britt Ray, Zanna Linder and husband Michael, Jodi Shields and husband Drew, all of Hamburg, Sheena Fairris and husband Cai of Little Rock and Jason Huitt and wife Amanda of Meridian, MS; two great-grandchildren, Jake Gulledge and Kailey Huitt; a sister, Elizabeth Bowles Woods of Hamburg; several nieces and nephews, and a host of other family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Zan Ray, in 1991; a daughter, Cindi Whitaker, in 2004; a son, Joe Ray, in 2005 and her parents, Winford & Nora Murphy Swan.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Sunday, December 16, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home with Revs. Buddy Boykin and Phillip Bowles officiating. Burial followed at the Crossroads Cemetery. Pallbearers were Drew Shields, Michael Linder, Jason Huitt, Travis Knight, Travis Garza, James Ingram, Trent Foreman and John Craig. Honorary pallbearers were Allen Swan, Bruce Swan, Carl Carter, Junior Jordan, Olie Austin, Billy Murphy, Doyle Murphy, Ed Murphy, Jerry Murphy, Ronnie Livingston and Terry Livingston. Memorials may be made to the Ashley County Health Foundation, PO Box 400, Crossett, AR 71635. www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Phoebe Knight Samorodin

Phoebe Knight Witherington Samorodin, 88, of San Diego, CA, died Monday, December 10, 2007.

Born January 29, 1919, in Milo/Springhill, she was a 1936 Hamburg High School graduate and enjoyed her work as an orthopedic nurse at Brookside Hospital in San Pablo, CA, for many years. After retirement she enjoyed her grand children.

Survivors include a brother and sister-in-law, A. D. and Steena Witherington of Hamburg; a sister-in-law, Louise Witherington of Montgomery; son and daughter-in-law Robert and Vivian Witherington of San Diego, CA; a grandson, Robert, Witherington, Jr., of San Jose, CA; a granddaughter, Deborah Witherington of San Diego, CA; many nephews and nieces.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Ellie Pogue Knight of Milo; four brothers, Marvin, Joe, John Ed and Stant; four sisters, Ethel, Mabel, Elsie and Nell; her first husband, Clyde Witherington; and her second husband Albert Samorodin.

Memorial services were held at The Church of God in Orinda, CA, and the United Church of God in San Diego.

Validee Tackett

Validee Tackett, 81, of Hot Springs died Monday, December 17, 2007. A native of Meyers, AR, a resident of Hamburg for the past five months and a resident of Hot Springs for most of her life, she was the former owner of the Crystal Spring Café and was the food service manager for the Ouachita Job Corps Center in Hot Springs. She was a member of the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Hot Springs.

She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Cecil Tackett of Hamburg; a grandson, Joseph Tackett and wife LeAnn, of Whitehall; a great-granddaughter, Jamie Tackett; a great-grandson, Josh Tackett; two brothers, Douglas Norman of Crossett and Telford Norman of Hamburg; and a sister, Helen Wait of Hot Springs. She was preceded in death by a son, Larry Tackett; her parents, Walter & Irene Buck Norman; and a brother, Denton Norman.

Visitation will be 4-6 p.m., Wednesday at Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home in Hamburg. Visitation in Hot Springs will be 12-1 p.m. Thursday, and the funeral service will be 1 p.m., Thursday, December 20, in the Carruth Hale Funeral Home Chapel in Hot Springs with Rev. Bill Carter officiating. Burial will be in the Wacaster Cemetery in Montgomery County.

Memorials may be made to the Hospice Home Care, 455 W. Gaines, Monticello, AR 71655. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Nettie Lochala Tietz

Nettie Jean Lochala Tietz, 80, of Crossett died Thursday, December 13, 2007. Born on March 4, 1927 in Crossett to Ira and Nora Ray Lochala, Mrs. Tietz was a homemaker and a member of Sterlington Holiness Tabernacle of Sterlington, LA.

Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Bernard J. Tietz of Crossett; one son, Phillip and wife Denise Tietz of Russellville; one daughter, Teresa and husband Richard Jones of Crossett; one brother, Raymond Lochala of Crossett; two grandchildren, Phillip and wife Brandy Tietz, Jr., and Rebekah and husband Nathan Brandon; and one great-grandchild, Alaina Tietz.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Saturday, December 15, in the Cloverdale Assembly of God with Revs. T. D. Boyd and David Harrison officiating. Pallbearers were Jr. Bordelon, Tony Nolan, Michael Strickland, Curtis Finney, Shane Middleton and Gary Jones. Burial followed at the Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Memorials may be made to Sterlington Holiness Tabernacle, P.O. Box 1252, Sterlington, LA 71280. See guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Joy Frances White

Joy Frances White, 74, of Montrose died Monday, December 10, 2007, at Delta Regional Medical Center in Greenville, Mississippi. Born March 8, 1933, in Center Point, a daughter of the late Warren Ray and Pauline Arnold Ray, she was a dental assistant, an Avon representative, a homemaker, and a member of Fellowship Baptist Church in Snyder. She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, and a sister.

Survivor include her husband, J. W. White of Montrose; a son, Kent White and wife Karon of McGehee; a daughter, Candice Beth Fisher and husband Rodney of Alexandria, Virginia; two brothers, Johnny Ray and wife Norma of Crossett, and Roy Ray and wife Chris of Clinton; a sister, Linda Lindsey and husband Don of Monument, Colorado; two grandchildren, Justin White and Kara Curtis; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Thursday, December 13, at First Assembly of God Church in McGehee with the Rev. Jerry Selby and the Rev. Larry Donaldson officiating.

Burial followed at Center Point Cemetery under the direction of Bishop Funeral Home.

Betty J. Willis

Betty J. Willis, 65, of Crossett died Saturday, December 15, 2007. Born on January 27, 1942, in Sheridan, WY, to Hollis Wayland and Olive Juanita Hammett Sargent, Mrs. Willis was a homemaker and a Girl Scout leader for 14 years. She was a member of Egypt Missionary Baptist Church and was preceded in death by her father.

Survivors include her husband, Marvin W. Willis of Crossett; one son, Marvin Hollis Willis and wife Lisa Ann of Sheridan, TX; two daughters, Lucinda Jane Cummings and husband Houston of Eagle Lake, TX, and Elizabeth M. Sisemore of Lowell; her mother, Olive Sargent of Burke, SD; three sisters, Maggie Holmburg of Gregory, SD, Mary Willie of Dallas, SD, and Juanita Oliver of Minatare, NE; and six grandchildren, Manda, Catherine, Brittney, Crystal, Allen and Ector.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, December 19, at the Magnolia Baptist Church with Bros. Mike Griffith and Bob Willis officiating.

Burial will follow at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. See on-line guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Obituaries Published December 26

Saleema W. Black

Saleema W. Mansour Black, 89, of Lake Village died Saturday, Dec. 22, 2007, at Chicot Memorial Hospital. Born in Lake Village to the late Saleem and Zahia Mansour, she was a leader in the Lake Village business community as the president of Mansour's Department Store, which closed in 1998. She was an active member of Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church and various civic organizations including Catholic Daughters of America and The Ladies Altar Society.

She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Harvey Black of Lake Village; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Saleem and Freddie and Laurie Black, all of Lake Village; three grandchildren, Laura Lea, Frederick and Salee; and three sisters, Isabelle Mansour and Patricia Abide of Lake Village and Astrid Wolf of Hot Springs Village. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Jewel Mansour Michael and Agnes Mansour.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 24, at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Lake Village with arrangements were by Bishop Funeral Home in Lake Village. Memorials may be made to Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Lake Village.

Robiezene Blanks

Robiezene Blanks, 93, of Fountain Hill died Wednesday, December 19, 2007, at the Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello. A native of Drew County and a Fountain Hill resident for the past 70 years, she was a homemaker, a seamstress, and a member of Bethel A. M. E. Church.

Survivors include two sons, Elihue Blanks, Jr., of Compton, CA, and Lonnie D. Blanks of Fountain Hill; four daughters, Rotean B. Sawyer of Carson, CA, Bonnie B. Brown of Compton, CA, Barbara and husband Thomas Gathen of Pine Bluff and Gloria and husband Eric Hardy of Southfield, MI: two sisters-in-law, Morteal Miller and Verda Daniels of Fountain Hill; 15 grandchildren 20 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elihue Blanks; one son, James Blanks; her parents, David and Margaret Lambert Daniel; four brothers and five sisters.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, December 27, in the Bethel A. M. E. Church with Rev. Kent Broughton officiating. Pallbearers are to be Myron Hardy, Cedric Blanks, Johnny Smith, Eric Sawyer, Gregory Sawyer and Ricky Nelson. Honorary pallbearers are Elihue Blanks, Jr., Lonnie Blanks, Eric Hardy, Thomas Gathen and Cleazell Brown. Burial will follow services at the Lacey Cemetery with arrangements by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Robert Earl Brown

Robert Earl Brown, 51, of Monticello, formerly of Crossett, died Wednesday, January 19, 2007, at the Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. He was preceded in death by his father, Willie Lee Brown; and a sister, Lisa Diane Brown.

Survivors include his mother, Christine Martin Brown of Crossett; two brothers, Eddie Brown and Willie Ray Brown and wife Betty, all of Crossett; and four sisters, Brenda Porter, Linda Brown, Faye Simpson and Sheila Williams, all of Little Rock.

The remains were cremated with arrangements by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Isaiah Martez Brunson

Isaiah Martez Brunson, 18 months, of Crossett died Friday, December 21, 2007, at the Ashley County Medical Center.

Survivors are his mother, Shannon Duke of Crossett; his father, Ricky Brunson of Little Rock; his maternal grandmother, Betty Gulley of Crossett; one brother, Exzvian Brunson of Crossett; a sister, Katrina Gulley of Crossett; a niece, Juniya Hendrix; and aunts, uncles and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, December 28, in the Soul Savers Church of God in Christ with Eld. Al Brewer officiating. Pallbearers will be Keitrick Brewer, Kevin Stroud, John Jackson and Taci James. Burial will follow at the Montrose Cemetery with arrangements by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Lillian Laneise Dixon

Lillian Laneise Dixon, 1, of Crossett died Tuesday, December 18, 2007, at the Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock.

Survivors are her mother, Tasha Dixon of Crossett; her father, Jimmy Washington, Jr., of Crossett; her paternal grandmother, Fayrene and husband Jessie Pam of Crossett; her paternal grandfather, Jimmy Washington of Crossett; and four brothers, Clifton Dixon, Keyshon Langstaff, Michael Washington and Demarcio Smith, all of Crossett. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Clifton and Lillie Mae Dixon.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 22, in the Allen Temple C. M. E. Church with Rev. Ruby Henderson officiating. Pallbearers were Roderick Montgomery, Christopher Tharpe, Clifton Dixon and Michael Washington. Burial followed services at the Westview Cemetery with arrangements by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Thelma Estelle

Thelma Estelle, 89, of Hamburg died Monday, December 17, 2007, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. A native of Crossett and a resident of the Milo community outside Hamburg for 70 years, she was a homemaker and a member of the Mount Pleasant Freewill Baptist Church.

She is survived by a son, Julian Estelle; a daughter, Peggy Gifford and husband Randy, all of Hamburg; two sisters, Leona Jordan and Ardelle Seach, both of Crossett; three grandchildren, Aaron Camplain of Hamburg, Robert Estelle of Lacey and Penny Corder of Hamburg; two great-grandchildren, Lance & Maci Estelle; and two great-great-grandchildren, Jayden & Brayden Estelle. She was preceded in death by her husband, Cloy Estelle in 1985; her parents, Lon & Rosella Rickman Johnson; and two brothers, J. L. & David Johnson.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Thursday, December 20, in the Mount Pleasant Freewill Baptist Church with Revs. Mark Elliott and Hurley Ashcroft officiating. Burial followed at the Hamburg Cemetery. Pallbearers were Fredrick Hollis, John Richardson, Jimmy Meeks, Paul Carr, Dewey Carter, Buddy Seach and Bill Rodgers.

Memorials may be made to the Mount Pleasant Freewill Baptist Church, 310 Ashley Road 95, Hamburg, AR 71646. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com

Richard Lee Hatchett

Richard Lee Hatchett, 64, of Hamburg died Sunday, December 23, 2007, at the Chicot Memorial Hospital in Lake Village. A lifelong resident of Hamburg, he was a retired diesel mechanic for Burks, Inc., and a member of the Shaw Hunting Club and the Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Arneacie "Pie" Hatchett; two sons, Richard, Jr., and wife Lillie Hatchett and Robert Hatchett, both of Arlington, TX; a daughter, Sharon Hatchett of Hamburg; a goddaughter, Ariel Blakely of Hamburg; seven grandchildren, three step-grandchildren; and three special friends J. O. Johnson, E. G. Morgan and Daniel Smith.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Percy and Ruth Thomas Hatchett; two brothers, Percy Hatchett, Jr., and Anthony Hatchett; and a sister, Patsy Colbert.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 29, in the Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Willie R. Taylor officiating. Pallbearers will be Daniel Smith, Earl Jacob, Edward Morgan, Orrell Mooney, Marvin Walter and Larry Works. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Shaw Hunting Club.

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

William "W. D." Herron, Jr.

William "W. D." Herron, Jr., 80, of Hamburg died Thursday, December 20, 2007, at his residence. A lifelong resident of Hamburg, he was a retired pipefitter and plumber and a member of the Rolfe Chapel Freewill Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Inez Herron of Hamburg; three sons, Wayne and wife Sheila Herron of Crossett, Floyd and wife Sandy Herron of Hamburg and Steven and wife Tina Herron of Jefferson, TX; five daughters, Becky and husband Carlton White, Kaye and husband Philip Lum, Mary "Sukie" and husband Joey Warren, all of Crossett, Charlotte and husband David Clinton of Sheridan and Ruthie and husband Billie Bozeman of Hamburg; one brother, Marion "Shank" and wife Bea Herron of Montrose; three sisters, Marie Lynn of Portland, Gertie Haley of El Dorado and Eulene Breedlove of Bauxite; 22 grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, William Dillard and Rose Herron; and two brothers, Clarence and Charlie Herron.

Funeral services were at 3 p.m. Saturday, December 22, in the Rolfe Chapel Freewill Baptist Church with Bros. Kenneth Watt and Daryll Holland officiating. Pallbearers were to be J. T. Warren, Daniel Warren, Jonathan Lum, Stephen Johnson, Gary, Erick, and Damien Herron, Joey White and Chris Clinton. Honorary pallbearers were to be members of the Hilltop Hunting Club.

Bural was to follow services at the Rolfe Chapel Cemetery with arrangements by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Guadalup Mondragon

Guadalupe Mondragon, infant daughter of Aucialfredo & Maria Mondragon of Hamburg, died Tuesday, December 18, 2007, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. She is also survived by her grandparents, Maria Dolores & Mauricio Mondragon of Hamburg and Ruben Torres of Mexico; several uncles, aunts and cousins.

Grave-side services and burial were at 2 p.m., Thursday, December 20, in the Hamburg Cemetery with Father Theophilus Okpara officiating. Funeral arrangements were by of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Joshua Isaiah Robinson

Joshua Isaiah Robinson, 17 months, of Crossett died Sunday, December 16, 2007, at the Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock.

Survivors include his mother, Mary Robinson of Crossett; his father, Oliver Leak of Crossett; three brothers, Zemarcus Mays, Julius Mays and LaDon Howard; and two sisters, Jasmine Mays and Shalandra Bryant, all of Crossett.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Friday, December 21, in the Gates Chapel A. M. E. Church with Rev. Tyrone A. Broomfield officiating. Pallbearers were Orlando Robinson, Jarray Todd, Vell Lee Williams, Jr., and Rodrequez Robinson.

Burial followed at the Westview Cemetery with arrangements by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Mildred C. Tucker

Mrs. Mildred C. Tucker, 93, of Hamburg died Sunday, December 23, 2007, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. A native of Montrose; a resident of the Promise Land community outside Hamburg all of her life, she graduated from the Promise Land School. She was a homemaker, a member of the Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church and had been an active member of the EHC Club when she was younger. She loved listening to gospel music.

She is survived by a brother, William "Billy" Stell of Hamburg; and a host of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred C. Tucker, in 2003; her parents, William & Carrie Croswell Stell; four sisters, Velma Stell Sullivan, Doris Stell Smith, Nadine Stell Kelley and Katie Stell Chadwick; and a brother, Edward Stell

Funeral services are at 2 p.m., Wednesday, December 26, in the Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church with Revs. Michael Reese and Charles Pullin officiating. Burial will be in the Promise Land Cemetery. Pallbearers are Steven Kelley, Kevin Smith, Bill Wallace, Jimmy M. Sullivan, Billy Bozeman, Steve Brooks and Ben Stell. Honorary pallbearers are Charles "Bull" Wells, Dewey "Scutter: Kilcrease, Sammy Wallace, Scottie Stafford, Billy Stafford, William Stell, Nolan Hagood, Bobby Shockley and Charles Smith. Jr. Memorials may be made to the Promise Land Cemetery Association, 318 Ashley 131 Road, Hamburg, AR 71646. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home, Hamburg. See online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

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