James O. McDonald
James O. McDonald, 78, of Lake Village died Monday, January 29, 2007, at Chicot Memorial Hospital in Lake Village. Born June 20, 1928, in Gillett to John and Molly Emerson McDonald, he was the retired owner of Chicot Irrigation, an U. S. Navy veteran of the Korean War and a member of Lakeside United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Jenella Saunders McDonald; one son, Mike McDonald of Lake Village; one step-son, Don Parham of Greenwood, MS; one daughter, Beverly M. Rowe and husband Glen of Lake Village; two step-daughters, Denise Lawrence of Crossett and Cynthia Breckenridge of Sherwood; one sister, Johnnye Baker of Lake Village; four grandchildren, Cory Rowe, Leslie R. Sadler, Ian McDonald and Ivy McDonald; and five step-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Nellie Shinley McDonald; four brothers, Ples McDonald, Roy McDonald, Marion McDonald and Bob McDonald; and one sister, Mittie Beth McDonald.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, January 31, at 1:30 p.m. at Lakeside United Methodist Church with Rev. Todd-Paul Taulbee officiating. Burial was at Holy Innocents Cemetery under the direction of Bishop Funeral Home of Lake Village.
Memorials may be made to Lakeside United Methodist Church, 325 S. Lakeshore Dr., Lake Village, AR 71653.
Ercel Woods Pierce
Ercel Woods Pierce, 87, of Crossett, died Saturday, February 3, 2007, in Columbus, MS. Born July 2, 1919, to Charlie and Dora Townsend Woods, Mrs. Pierce was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dewey Claire Pierce, Jr.
Survivors include one son, Charles Woods of Scottsdale, AZ; one daughter, Martha Young of Columbus, MS; one sister, Marteal Richards of Crossett; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were planned for 2 p.m. on Tuesday, February 6, in the First Baptist Church of Crossett with Bros. Jimmie Lewis and Jeff Smart officiating.
Interment was to follow at Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Visitation was to be Tuesday from 1 p.m. until service time at the church.
Active pallbearers were to be John Grady Richards, Bobby Miller, Neal Bowles, David Young, Mike Young and Edgar Chesser. Honorary pallbearers were to be Bobby Brooks, Leland Barnett and Denon Cagle.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 701 Main Street, Crossett, Arkansas 71635. Online guest book at www.jonesservice.com
Ruben "Bud" Smith, Jr.
Mr. Ruben "Bud" Smith, Jr., 79, of Wilmot died Monday, January 29, 2007, at his residence in the Gaines community west of Wilmot. A native and a lifelong resident of Wilmot, he graduated from the Wilmot Public School. Bud was a retired farmer, a member of the Gaines Baptist Church, a Mason and member of the Portland Masonic Lodge #499, where he had recently received his 50 year pin, and was a member of the Haynes Deer Camp.
He is survived by three sisters, Nichol Williams and Frances Couch, both of Arkadelphia, and Laverne Stephenson of Tuscaloosa, AL; and a special friend and companion, Merle Jean Myers of Wilmot; six nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ruben & Bell Haynes Smith.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Thursday, February 1, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home in Hamburg with Rev. Carlos Pitts officiating. Burial followed services at the Wilmot Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Randy & Clayton Haynes, Fred Montgomery, Gene Chandler, Bob McCracken, Ricky Barthol and Robert Sims.
Memorials may be made to the Wilmot Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 157, Wilmot, AR 71676. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Obituaries Published February 14
C. E. Burch
Mr. C. E. (Charles Edward) Burch, 94, of Hamburg died Saturday, February 10, 2007, at the Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. A native of Drew County and a resident of Hamburg for the past 59 years, he was a retired farmer and a member of the Shiloh Baptist Church. Mr. Burch was an avid hunter, and together he and his wife raised 97 foster children.
He is survived by his wife of 75 years, Zadie Murphy Burch of the Golden Living Center in Monticello; a son, Wayne Burch and wife Clara of Hamburg; two daughters, Jerline McCarty and husband Leo of Wilmer and Mildred Hartley and husband Kenneth of Hamburg; a brother, Johnny Fox of Monticello; two sisters, Marie Priest of Phoenix, AZ, and Pauline Barnett of Monticello; nine grandchildren, Doris Kaye Finley, Debbie Morris, Douglas McCarty, Denise Carson, Kenny Hartley, Eddie Wayne Burch, Tommy Burch, Dwyla Gifford and Mark Hartley; 20 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Monroe & Maude Scott Burch; two grandsons, David Hartley and DeWayne Burch; six brothers, Marvin, Lewis, Joe and Herman Burch and Claude & Robert Fox and three sisters, Irene Wigley, Lela Murphy and Georgia Belle Bradley.
Funeral services were planned for 2 p.m., Tuesday, February 13, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home with Revs. Buddy Boykin and Charles Pullin officiating.
Burial will be in the Flat Creek Cemetery. Pallbearers are to be great-grandsons Jake, Matthew & Nicholas Gifford, Jason, John & Dusty Burch, Kevin, David & Shane Hartley, Jarred Mallard and Shawn Craig.
Honorary pallbearers are to be grandchildren and great-granddaughters.
Memorials may be made to the Flat Creek Cemetery Association, PO Box 265, Fountain Hill, AR 71642. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com
Annie Bell Smith Stanley
Annie Bell Smith Stanley, 82, of Crossett died Saturday, February 10, 2007. Born August 15, 1924, to the late Francis Marion and Donnie Rebecca Palmer Smith, she was a homemaker, care giver and a member of First United Pentecostal Church in Crossett.
Survivors include her daughter, Shirley Pritchard of Crossett; one brother, James Smith of Crossett; two grandchildren, Melissa Drye of Rison and Bryan Pritchard of Crossett; five great-grandchildren, Lesley Drye, Travis Drye, Garrett Pritchard, Dillan Pritchard, and Annalese May; and a host of nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lincoln Lee Stanley; three brothers, Curtis, Thomas and Jesse Smith; two sisters, Effie Mae King and Alice Mills; and one grandson; Robert Pritchard Jr..
Funeral services were planned for 2 p.m. Tuesday, February 13, at First United Pentecostal Church in Crossett with Rev. Larry Hickman and Bro. Danny Hallmark officiating.
Interment will follow at Simms Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.
Pallbearers were to be Mike Carter, Harold Pruitt, Jerry Daugherty, Freddy Hipp, Phillip Swan and Todd Williams. Honorary pallbearers were to be be her nephews. See the online guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
James Marion Wall, Jr.
James Marion Wall Jr., 92, of Crossett died Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2007, at his home. Born Nov. 29, 1914, to the late James Marion and Mattie Lou Brooks Wall in Crossett, he was a retired power steam shift foreman at Bowaters Inc. of Calhoun, Tennessee, and also worked at Crossett Paper Company. He was a past member of Prairie Country Club in Crossett and Spring Brook Country Club in Niota, Tennessee. He was an avid golfer, gardener, hunter, fisherman, musician, and a member of First United Methodist Church in Crossett.
Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Zeonia Haynes Wall of Crossett; one son; Greg Wall and wife Linda of Pensacola, Florida; one daughter; Mary Crisp and husband John of Birmingham, Alabama; two brothers; Billy Wall of Aurora, Colorado, and Roy Wall of Ruston, Louisiana; three sisters; Gladys Duncan of Mesa, Arizona, Jimmy Ann Robbins of Onalaska, Texas, and Catherine Ford of Hot Springs extended family member Suzanne Lattimore of Nashville, Tennessee; one granddaughter; Michelle Crisp of Columbia, South Carolina; two step-grandchildren; Melissa Neary of Houston, Texas, and Jessica Alderman of Pensacola, Florida; and one great-god-granddaughter; Michele Graham Reddish of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Wall was preceded in death by his stepmother, Clara Carter Smith Wall; a son, James Marion Wall, III; five brothers, Travis Smith, Travis Wall, Garland Wall, Girland Wall, and Carroll Wall; and three sisters, Tommie Carter, Zelma Young, and Polly Sullivan.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 9, in the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett. Burial followed at Carter Cemetery. Pallbearers were Tom Baldwin, Jerry Mac Barnett, Stephen Bolin, Dickie Wall, Shane Barnett and Johnnie Bolin. Honorary pallbearers were Brad Barnett, Wilbur Walls, G. M. Walls, James Allen Carter, Jim Carter, Steven Carter, Lee Sullivan, and James Owen Sullivan.
Memorials may be made to the National Parkinson Foundation, 1501 N. W. 9th Ave., Miami, FL 33136-1494 or Crossett Riding Club, P. O. Box 1720, Crossett, AR 71635. Online guest book at www.jonesservice.com
Millard Terrell Wilson
Millard Terrell Wilson, 80, of Crossett, died Sunday, February 11, 2007, at Morehouse General Hospital in Bastrop, LA. Born on June 10, 1926, to the late Daniel Elijah "Dea" and Frances Stover Wilson, he was a World War II Navy Seabee veteran and worked as a paper maker at Georgia Pacific. He was a Protestant and a member of the Flat Creek Hunting Club.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Carla Harris Wilson of Crossett; one daughter, Terri and husband Brad Kizzort; and a granddaughter, Megan Kizzort, all of Melbourne, FL; three brothers, Clifton and wife Jerrie Wilson of Houma, LA, Dewane and wife Charlotte Wilson of Farmerville, LA, and Randall and wife Callie Wilson of Crossett; one sister, Gerlene Weaver of LaPlace, LA; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were to be 10 a.m. on Tuesday, February 13, in the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Bro. Bob Willis officiating. Interment was to follow at Pinewood Memorial Park Cemetery. On line guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
Obituaries Published February 21
Waylane Otto "W. O." Blair
Waylane Otto "W. O." Blair, 64, of Texarkana, TX, died Thursday, February 1, 2007, in a Texarkana hospital. Born December 16, 1942, in Warren, he was a former Texarkana, TX, police officer, a Vietnam era veteran and a Baptist. He was a member of the Hamburg High School Class of 1960.
Survivors include his wife, Sandy Vetrano Blair; one son, Terry Blair of Lockesburg; one daughter, Barbara Chambers and husband William of Nashville; three sisters, Charlotte Ayers of Ashdown, Lacrecia Kirkpatrick of Taylor and Rebecca Shores of Caldwell, ID; one brother, Richard Blair of Columbus, MS; four grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one daughter, Michelle Blair; and one grandson, Jeremy Edwards.
Funeral services were held Saturday, February 3, at 10 a.m. at East Memorial Chapel Downtown with Rev. James Harris officiating. Burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery under the direction of East Funeral Home of Texarkana. Tributes maybe made at www.mem.com.
Leroy "Tiny" Burchfield, Jr.
Leroy "Tiny" Burchfield, Jr., 82, of Crossett died Tuesday, February 13, 2007. Born on July 30, 1924, to Le Roy and Mandy Ophelia Jordan Burchfield at Gates Camp, he served his country in World War II and retired as a security guard from Georgia-Pacific. He loved to hunt, fish and spend time at the deer camp.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Opal Savage Burchfield of Crossett; two sons, James Herbert and wife Nenda Burchfield of Crossett and Roger Eddis and wife Carol Burchfield of Bastrop, LA; two brothers, Paul H. Burchfield and H. B. (Nig) Burchfield, both of Crossett; two sisters, Nancy R. Burchfield of Picayune, MS, and Ruth F. Galbraith of Thomasville, AL, and a host of other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, C. I. "Jack" Burchfield and Ecil Burchfield; and one sister, Mildred Maxwell.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Thursday, February 15, in the Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Reverend Bill Williams officiating. Burial followed at Pinewood Memorial Park.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church Youth Fund, 500 Main Street, Crossett, AR 71635.
Alice Joyce DuBose
Alice Joyce DuBose, 81, of Crossett died Sunday, February 18, 2007. Born on June 9, 1925, to Willie B. and Myrtle Willis McDougald, Mrs. Dubose was the last surviving charter member of West Crossett Missionary Baptist Church. In her youth, she worked as a secretary for The Crossett Company. She was a homemaker and enjoyed cooking for her family. She was preceded in death by a sister, Doris Farrar.
Survivors include her husband of 59 years, James H. DuBose, Jr., of Crossett; three sons, James Henry DuBose, III, Mack Steven DuBose and Jeffrey Don DuBose, all of Crossett; three daughters, Dinah Leigh Gray of Cleveland, MS, Terri Lynn Douglas and Denise Renee Sasser, both of Crossett; one sister, Helen Sivils of Crossett; eleven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives.
Funeral services were planned for 2 p.m. Tuesday, February 20, in the West Crossett Missionary Baptist Church with Bros. Donnie DuBose and Thad Douglas officiating. Pallbearers were to be Jason DuBose, Thad A. Douglas, Jr., Cliff Douglas, Justin DuBose, Eric Andrews, Elliott Andrews, Evan Andrews and James Jeffrey DuBose. Burial was to follow at the Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com
Evie Eloise Green
Evie Eloise Miers Green, 95, of Crossett died Friday, February 16, 2007. Born on February 24, 1911, in DeRidder, LA, to the late Edward Lee and Eugenia Simmons Miers, Mrs. Green was a homemaker and enjoyed reading, gardening and quilting. She was preceded in death by her husband, Manuel Green; a son, Claude Franklin Wilber; a step-son, Franklin Green; and a grandson, Jonathan Wilber.
Survivors include three sons, David Wilber of Crossett, James Wilber of Denham Springs, LA, and Paul Wilber of DeRidder; two daughters, Sue Quarles of Crossett, and Rosemary Cannon of Hamburg; one brother, Glenn Green of Dry Creek, LA; one sister, Christine Farquher of Dry Creek; 18 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Monday, February 19, at the Dry Creek Baptist Church near DeRidder, LA, with Revs. Dore Langley and Don Hunt officiating. Burial followed at Pleasant Hill Cemetery under the direction of Chaddick Funeral Home of DeRidder, LA, with arrangements made through Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.
Memorials may be made to Crossett Public Library, 1700 Main St., Crossett, AR 71635.
Hattie Greenwood, 64, of Warren died Sunday, February 11, 2007, at the Bradley County Medical Center in Warren. Born June 23, 1942, in Crossett to John Allen Sutton and Lillie Mae Adams Sutton, she was a homemaker and a member of Willoughby Freewill Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband, Mitch Greenwood; one daughter, Monti Bozeman and husband Ronnie of Hamburg; two brothers, James Sutton of Star City and Johnny Sutton of Hobbs, NM; four sisters, Lucille Freer of Fordyce, Annette Rauls and Georgia Gates, both of Warren, and Nina Rice of Hermitage; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; and a special friend, Nancy Ruffin. She was preceded in death by two sons, Michael Greenwood and Jeffery Greenwood; one daughter, Lutricia King; and one brother, Richard Sutton.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, February 13, at 10 a.m. in the chapel of Frazer's Funeral Home of Warren with Revs. Mark Elliott and Victor Hunter officiating. Burial was at Willoughby Cemetery. Pallbearers were Butch Belin, Donnie Ford, Steve Smith, Mike Adams, Mic King, Ricky Rauls, Eddie Groves and Charlie Rauls. Honorary pallbearers were Rita Ford, Mary Clanton, Vickie Groves, Donna Garlington, Deborah Welch, Barbara Workman, Connie Reed, Anita Gorman, Laura Bynum, Stacie Thurman and Chanoy Higgbee.
Mary Winborn McAlister
Mary Winborn McAlister, 60, of Conway died at her home on Friday, February 16, 2007. She was born December 17, 1946, to the late Arthur Gerald and Lucille Daniel Winborn of Crossett. She attended Grace Bible Fellowship Church and was a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.
She is survived by her husband of almost 40 years, James McAlister; a son, Barrett McAlister and wife Brandi of Benton; and a grandson, Jackson Barrett McAlister of Benton. She is also survived by a sister, Betty Weldon and husband Wesley of Missouri City, Texas; and two brothers, Victor Winborn and wife Jane of Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Glen Woods and wife JoAnn of Bossier City, Louisiana. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Jenny Danielle McAlister.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Monday, February 19, at Grace Bible Fellowship Church with James McAlister and John S. Gilliom officiating. Pallbearers were Dean Baney, Bob Blankenship, Keith Bolton, Rob Gilliom, Bill Minner and Keith Simmons. Grave-side services were at 3:30 p.m. Monday at the Deal Cemetery in Ladelle with Kevin Daniel officiating.
Memorials can be made to Grace Bible Fellowship Church, 14 Beaverfork Road, Conway AR 72032.
Louisa McHenry, 74, of Hamburg died Tuesday, February 13, 2007, at her residence in Hamburg. A native and former resident of Parkdale and a resident of Hamburg for the past 27 years, she was a cook and janitor for the Parkdale School, retiring in 1987, and was a member of the Union Baptist Church in Parkdale.
She is survived by eight sons, Leotis Akins of Eudora, Cleveland Sellers of Hamburg, Willie Sellers, Jr., of Delaware, Paul Sellers of Virginia, James Sellers and wife Janelle of South Carolina, Edward Morris and wife Alice, George Morris and Ken L. Morris and wife Carolyn, all of Hamburg; three daughters, Annie Mae Caldwell and husband Arthur, Hazel Marie Richardson and husband Morris, and Shirley Ann Morris, all of Hamburg; a brother, Jimmy McHenry of Crossett; four sisters, Hazel Caldwell of Eudora, Cora Mae Caldwell of Crossett; Leola McHenry of Hamburg and Queen Ester Hamilton of Eudora; 20 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Jim McHenry and Annie Mae Savage; a grandson, Keith Dewayne Caldwell; four brothers, Tom Hick, Jesse Brown, Marice Hick and Willie B. Savage; and three sisters, Quinnie Neval, Ella Lewis and Essie Mae Caldwell.
Funeral services were at 1 p.m., Wednesday, February 21, in the Union Baptist Church with Revs. Jesse C. Knight and Jessie Mae Goodwin officiating. Burial followed services at the Childress Chapel Cemetery. Pallbearers were Randy Smith, Alonzo Smith, James Miller, Jesse Packer, Leonard Watkins and Ervin Mitchell. Honorary pallbearers were Leotis Akins, Willie, Cleveland, James, and Paul Sellers, George, Edward, and Ken L. Morris. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com
Phyllis Ogden, 76, of Crossett died Tuesday, February 13, 2007, at Golden Living Center of Crossett. A native of Pickrell and a resident of Crossett for the past 47 years, she was a former piano teacher and a member of Presbyterian Church of Crossett.
Survivors include one niece, Toni Watkins and husband Sam of Crossett; two nephews, Steve Kennedy and wife Lee of McKinney TX and Mark Kennedy of Beaumont, TX; one great-niece, Tracy Kennedy of Crossett; and a host of other relatives. She was preceded in death by her husband, Russell Ogden; one sister, Cordy Kennedy; and one nephew, Tyke Kennedy.
Funeral services were held Thursday, February 15, at 11 a.m. at the Presbyterian Church of Crossett with Rev. Bonnie Milligan officiating. Burial was at Pinewood Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Pallbearers were Wilburn Austin, Elbert Parrish, Michael Watkins, Clayton Steenson, Rodney Goodwin and Baker Coulter.
John Robert Pierce
John Robert Pierce, 87, of Hope, formerly of Crossett, died Monday, February 12, 2007, at the Wadley Regional Medical Center in Texarkana, TX. Born August 13, 1919, in Crossett to Mose and Leo Redding Pierce, he worked for Crossett Lumber Co. for 46 years and retired from Georgia-Pacific as a timber buyer. He was a Baptist and U. S. Army veteran of World War II with service in the Philippines.
Survivors include three sons, Lane Pierce and wife Billie of Bradley, Paul Pierce and wife Becky of Searcy and Bob Pierce and wife Judy of Hope; one daughter, Susan Johnson and husband Jim of El Dorado; one sister, Kathleen Johnson of Crossett; 11 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; and a special friend, Hazel Perdue of Crossett. He was preceded in death by his wife, Chloe Maxwell Pierce in 1986; two sons, John H. Pierce and Anthony Ralph Pierce; and one sister, Helen Meeks.
Funeral services were held Thursday, February 15, at 10 a.m. in the chapel of Brazzel-Oakcrest Funeral Home of Hope with Rev. Earl Cumbie officiating. Grave-side services were held at 3 p.m. at Pinewood Memorial Park.
Mr. Joe Mack Sullivan
Mr. Joe Mack Sullivan, 75, of Hamburg died Sunday, February 18, 2007, at the Chicot Memorial Hospital in Lake Village. A native and lifelong resident of Hamburg, he worked for the Georgia-Pacific Corporation as a forester in the Berea District for 45 years until his retirement in 1995. He was an active member of the Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church and a member of the Promise Land Cemetery Association, and he spent many hours doing volunteer work in the cemetery.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, JoAnn Gulledge Sullivan; a son, Jimmy Mack Sullivan and wife Johnette; a granddaughter, Wendy Sullivan Hale and husband Cody, all of Hamburg; two great-grandchildren, Gatlin & Jace McRay Hale; three nieces, Debbie Sullivan Philips, Patsy Hawthorne King and Libbie Hawthorne Ledford, one nephew, James Alfred Hawthorne and extended family Emmitt, Faye, Travis & Linda Wallace. He was preceded in death by his parents, Barney B. & Velma Stell Sullivan; and a brother, James E. Sullivan.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m., Tuesday, February 20, in the Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church with Revs. Michael Reese & Curtis Brown officiating. Burial followed at the Promise Land Cemetery. Pallbearers were Norval Lee Cecil, Jack Shell, Eddie Corder, Ralph Parker, Jeff Foster, Lynn Rothwell, Buck Tumlison and Hugh Lewing. Honorary pallbearers were I.G. Riley, Glynn "Poe" Carpenter, Roger White, Clifton Tucker, Johnny Mack Nolan, Juan Rabb, David Sawyer and Dr. Charles Hicks. Memorials may be made to the Promise Land Cemetery Association, 318 Ashley Road 131, Hamburg, AR 71646. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com
Alice Louise Stacy White
Alice Louise Stacy White of Hot Springs, formerly of Crossett, died Saturday, February 17, 2007. Born in Dalton, GA, to Thomas Walter Stacy and Mossie Bramlett Stacy and raised in Western Grove, she received a teaching degree from Arkansas State Teachers College in Conway and taught in Crossett. She served as a church organist and pianist at First United Methodist Church of Crossett for over 40 years. She later served as pianist at Diamondhead Community Methodist Church and as church service pianist at Country Club Village in Hot Springs. Prior to moving to Hot Springs, she was a volunteer for many years at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Buff, where she received the Honor Achievement Award from the American Red Cross for exceptional service.
Survivors include one daughter, Carol White Bledsoe and husband Dr. Robert D. Bledsoe of Hot Springs; two granddaughters, Stacy Michelle Wilson of Hot Springs and Joye Denise May and husband Chad of Little Rock; two grandsons, Stephen B. Carter and wife Christie and Bartley S. Bledsoe and wife Jenny, all of Hot Springs; seven great-grandchildren, Shauna Riley, Brooke Carter, Daniel Carter, Jackson May, Taylor Ann Bledsoe, Bartley Bledsoe and Sabrina Bledsoe; two nieces, Barbara Abston and Nancy Lassiter; and two nephews, Dr. Don Freel and Ed White. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Bernard White.
Funeral services are scheduled for Wednesday, February 21, at 10:30 a.m. at Diamond Community Methodist Church with Dr. Robert D. Bledsoe and Rev. Mike Fikes officiating. Grave-side services are scheduled for Wednesday, February 21, at 4:30 p.m. at Lakeside Cemetery in Crossett. Jones Funeral Home of Crossett is in charge of arrangements. Online guestbook is at www.jonesservice.com.
Ernest Willis, Jr.
Ernest Edward Willis, Jr., 71, of Orange, Texas, died Friday, February 16, 2007, at St. Luke's Hospital in Houston, TX. Born in Crossett on February 22, 1935, he was the son of Ernest Edward and Irma Irene Lindsey Willis. He owned and operated Pinehurst Sheet Metal and was an U. S. Army veteran. He was a member of the North Orange Baptist Church for over 50 years; a member of Madison Lodge 126, AF&AM in Orange; Chapter 214, Order of the Eastern Star, the Shriners, the Royal Order of Scotland and was a 32nd degree York Rite Mason. He was a past worshipful master of his lodge and a past district deputy grand master.
Mr. Willis was a private airplane pilot and was a founding member of Shriner's Flying Fez. He flew blood and skin tissues to the Shriner's Hospital in Galveston, TX, and other locations as needed.
Survivors include his wife of almost 47 years, Jimmie S. Baker Willis of Orange; and a daughter Sherry Willis of Webster, Texas.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Monday, February 19, at Claybar Funeral Home chapel in Orange with Rev. Lynn Ashcraft officiating. Masonic grave-services were planned for 3 p.m. Tuesday, February 20, at the Eden Baptist Church in Ashley County. Family members were to receive friends at the church at 1 p.m.
Charlene Wilson, 85, of Hamburg died Sunday, February 18, 2007, at her residence just outside Hamburg.
A native of Ashley County and resident of Ashley County for many years and a former resident of Pine Bluff, she worked at the Chase Bag Company in Crossett and Weyerhaeuser Company in Pine Bluff. She was a member of the St. Luke United Methodist Church in Pine Bluff.
She is survived by a son, Billy Wisecarver and wife Betty of Hamburg; a step-daughter, Janet Chavis and husband John of North Little Rock; five grandchildren, Paula Kelley and husband Terry, Jewel Lowry and husband Lee, and Todd Wisecarver, all of Hamburg, and Lorie Chavis and Leah Lanford and husband Andrew of Little Rock; five great-grandchildren, Katie Burnside, Lauren Gwin, Dillon Wisecarver, Roxanne Lowry and Brook Wisecarver; one great-great-grandchild, Kylie Burnside and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold R. "Muscles" Wilson, in 2006; her parents, Charlie Ben & Evie Watt Miller; four brothers, Clayton, Claude, Norris & Gene Miller; and three sisters, Laverne Brooks, Frances LeBlanc and Beatrice Miller.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Thursday, February 22, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home in Hamburg with Rev. James Conn officiating. Grave-side services and burial will be 2 p.m., Thursday at the Memorial Park Cemetery in Pine Bluff.
Honorary pallbearers are to be Dewayne & Kirby Brooks and Donnie, Joey, Doug and Luther Miller.
Memorials may be made to the St. Luke United Methodist Church Building Fund, 32 School Street, Pine Bluff, AR 71611. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Obituaries Published February 28
Weldon Barner Abbott
Weldon Barner Abbott, 103, of Pine Bluff died Tuesday, February 20, 2007, at Trinity Village Medical Center in Pine Bluff. One of 11 children, he was born February 23, 1903, in Princeton to John Samuel and Sarah Lenora Looney Abbott. He graduated from the Fourth District Agricultural High School in Monticello in 1920 and attended Arkansas A&M in Monticello, where he became a farm and dairy manager in 1928. He was a laboratory technician with International Paper Company in Camden for several years and was director of the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation office for Ouachita and Jefferson counties, retiring in 1973. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening and bee-keeping. Late in life Mr. Abbott developed the hobby of carving birds, which he enjoyed giving to family and friends.
He was a member of First Presbyterian Church and the Men's Bible Class. He was also active in the Scottish Rite of Free Masonry of Little Rock, 32nd Degree, a Shriner at the Sahara Temple in Pine Bluff, member of Pine Bluff Masonic Lodge Number 69 F&AM, Pine Bluff Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow, and a member of the Retired Federal Employees.
Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Betty Strickland Taylor Abbott; two sons, Dr. W.S. Abbott and wife Mary Ruth of Salt Lake City, Utah, and H. Lavon Abbott and wife Mary Ruth of Crossett; a stepson, Howard P. Taylor and wife Hayden of Sanford, N.C.; a stepdaughter, Mary Ross Taylor of Wimberly, Texas; a sister, Beth Merritt of Alexander; 10 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, eight great-great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.
Services were at 10:30 a.m. Friday, February 23, at the First Presbyterian Church with Rev. W. Lee Kinney officiating. Burial followed at 3:30 p.m. at Pinewood Memorial Park in Crossett.
Memorials may be made to the Weldon B. Abbott Endowed Scholarship, P.O. Box 3520, Monticello, Ark. 71656; First Presbyterian Church, 717 West 32nd Avenue, Pine Bluff, Ark. 71603; or Trinity Village Medical Center, 6400 Trinity Drive, Pine Bluff, Ark. 71603. Guest book at www.ralphrobinsonandson.com.
James Lamar Allison
Mr. James Lamar Allison, 80, of Hamburg died Saturday, February 24, 2007, at the Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. A native of Fountain Hill and a lifelong resident of Ashley County, he was a retired painter, a member of the Shiloh Baptist Church and an avid hunter and fisherman and loved baseball.
He is survived by his children, Kerry Yelvington and wife Dianne of Drasco, Sharon Cruce and husband Jerry of Hamburg, Tim Allison and wife Pam of Fountain Hill, Tommy Allison and wife Glenda of the Valley community, Pat Allison and wife Penny of Milo and Barbie Eubanks and husband Mark of the Valley community; a brother, Bobby Allison of Fountain Hill; three sisters, Lois Ford of Arlington, TX, Doris Scott of Ringgold, LA, and Olive McNiece of Brandon, MS; 13 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth Burnett Allison, in 1993, an infant daughter, his parents, Will & Tempie Jones Allison; three brothers, Noel, Herbert & Quentin Allison; and three sisters, Inez McGilton, Barbara High and Estelle Locke.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Monday, February 26, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home in Hamburg with Revs. Lane Amos & Edward Gulledge officiating.
Burial followed services at the Flat Creek Cemetery. Pallbearers were Greg Berry, Noel Dean McGilton, Steve Allison, Bill Scott, Stan Allison and Ben Lawrence.
Honorary pallbearers were Elmer Sparks, Cecil Gifford, Paul & Wade Allison.
Memorials may be made to the Flat Creek Cemetery Association, P. O. Box 265, Fountain Hill, AR 71642.
Derrick Antwon Demoncio Brewer, 17, of Crossett died Sunday, February 18, 2007, in Crossett. Born on October 15, 1989, to the late Danny Jimmison and Lorina Latting, he was a student, a football player for the Fordyce Redbugs, earning MVP honors as a running back and linebacker, and played football and basketball for the Crossett Junior Eagles. He had coached basketball for younger children at the Fordyce Civic Center and was also a lifeguard in Fordyce. He attended the Greenville Baptist Church in Fordyce.
Survivors include his mother and step-father; Lorina Michelle Brewer-Latting and Chester Latting of Crossett; his grandparents, Larry and Sandra Collins of Crossett, Larry "Terry" Brown of Hamburg, Donna Miller of Fordyce and Doris Sharps; a special aunt, Catherine Pugh; two sisters, Shanteria Brewer of Crossett and Simona Warner of Fordyce; a stepbrother, Raheim Killian; a nephew, Quivenota Brewer; a niece, Kyasia Brewer; and many other relatives.
Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Saturday, February 24, at the Epistles of God Church of Deliverance in Hamburg. Burial followed at the Pugh Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Pallbearers were Kenneth Freeman, Andreal Ellison, Prince Bailey, Terry Jones, Rodney Brown, Germany Brown, Jerome Paskell, and Jamal Cason, Junior. Honorary pallbearers were Marekus Brewer, Kemp Davis, Roderick Montgomery, Chris Tharpe, Larry Brown, and Orlando Robinson. Online guestbook at at www.jonesservice.com
Henry Lee Dunn
Henry Lee Dunn, 59, of Crossett died Thursday, February 22, 2007, at the Ashley County Medical Center. A native of Parkdale, a Hamburg resident for 44 years and a Crossett resident for the past 15 years, he was a timber worker and a member of St. Marion Baptist Church in Portland.
Survivors include three sons, Henry L., Dunn, Jr., and wife Tina of Hamburg, Kenny Muhammed of Little Rock and Larry Dunn of Hamburg; three daughters, Leanne and husband Daniel Shelton and Christina Lambert of Hamburg and Tina Webb of Conway; his stepmother, Earnestine Dunn of Parkdale; seven brothers, Charles and wife Tina Dunn, Cleveland and wife Katie Moseby of Conway, Andrew, Sam and Joe Dunn of Chicago, IL, Larry Dunn of Dallas, TX, and Clarence and wife Helen Burns of Parkdale; six sisters, Geraldine Dunn of Chicago, IL, Beatrice Dunn and Johnnie Dunn of Parkdale, Celia and husband Willie Davis of St. Louis, MO, and Rosie and husband Charles Watson and Evelyn and husband James Christian of Bastrop, LA; and 16 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew and Lee Bertha McFee Dunn; and two brothers, John T. Dunn and James E. Dunn.
Funeral services were planned for 2 p.m. Tuesday, February 27, at the Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Hamburg with Rev. W. R. Taylor officiating. Pallbearers were to be George Jacob, Kane Webb, Willie Bozeman, Clifford Hawkins, James Adams and William Scates. Burial was to follow at the St. Marion Cemetery in Portland with arrangements by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.
Doris Marie Floyd
Doris Marie Floyd, 71, of Crossett died Monday, February 19, 2007, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born September 5, 1935, in Sicily Island, LA, she was the widow of Porter Clyde Floyd and a member of the North Crossett First Baptist Church. She was the produce manager for Jade's Supermarket and worked for Sharp's Department Store and the Crossett schools.
Survivors are her son, Michael Floyd of Texas; a brother, Joe McDonald of Pine Bluff; one sister, Marcia Doss of Ethel, LA; her mother, Hazel Quimby McDonnell of Crossett; and a grandson, Peyton Floyd of San Antonio, TX. She was preceded in death by her father, Asa Joe McDonald.
Funeral services were at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 21, in the North Crossett First Baptist Church with Rev. Robin Allen officiating. Burial followed services at Pinewood Memorial Park. Pallbearers were Dane Weindorf, Cecil Cossey, Ervin Rodgers, Lamar Hill, Gale Anders, James Ward and Dewey Ward. Honorary pallbearers were Joe Sasser and Buddy Brennon. Arrangements were by Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home of Monticello.
Carolyn Chisom High
Carolyn Chisom High, 59, of Monticello died Monday, February 19, 2007. Born December 17, 1947, to R. C. and Edith Chisom, she was retired from Burlington Industries and was a Baptist.
Survivors include her husband, Dale High; four sons, Michael High of Little Rock and Darren High, Jason High and Cassidy High and wife Jackie, all of Monticello; her mother, Edith Chisom of Monticello; three brothers, Raymond Chisom and wife Brenda and Danny Chisom and wife Terri, all of Monticello, and Dennis Chisom of Hot Springs; five grandchildren, Eric and Amy Jensen of Parker, TX, Jesse High of Monticello and Ryan and Taylor Piper of Monticello; and nieces and nephews, Ellen, Jacob and Rebecca Chisom, Kailey and Brodey Barnett, Ethan and Kaitlyn Chisom, Cody Chisom, Pam and Billy Barnett and Eric and Carol Ann Chisom. She was preceded in death by one daughter, Stephanie Carol High; and her father, R. C. Chisom.
Funeral services were held Thursday, February 22, in the chapel of Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home of Monticello. Burial was at Green Hill Cemetery.
Sherry "Skeeter" Jefferson
Sherry "Skeeter" Jefferson, 51, of Crossett died Saturday, February 17, 2007, at Ashley County Medical Center. A lifelong resident of Crossett, she was the owner of Ebony Beauty and Barber Shop and served in the U. S. Army Reserve Lake Village Unit 216 as a medic. She was a volunteer firefighter for the Crossett Fire Department, a 1974 graduate of Crossett High School and was a former president and parade coordinator of the Crossett Reunion Club.
Survivors include her mother, Louise Jefferson of Crossett; four brothers, Johnnie Jefferson, Jr., and wife Elois of Silver Springs, MD, Lionel Washington and wife Leanna of Kansas City, KS, Dennis Jefferson of Fairfield, CA, and Wayne Jefferson and wife Diane of Sacramento, CA; four sisters, Rose Sims and husband Michael and Patricia Matheney of Crossett and Constance DeBerry and husband Rev. Julius DeBerry and Regina Smith and husband James of Jackson, TN; one god-daughter, LaPorche Thompson of Crossett; and a special friend, Carl Taylor of Wilmar.
Funeral services were held Saturday, February 24, at 1 p.m. at Davis Memorial Church of God in Christ with Elder Julius DeBerry and Elder Roy Matheney Jr. officiating. Burial was at Westview Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Pallbearers were Terry Lee Rucker, Tony Tatum, Perry Johnson, Larry Rogers, Marcileno Reed and Redo Reed. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Crossett High School classes of 1973 and 1974.
Mary Catherine Jenkins
Mary Catherine Jenkins, 59, of Star City, formerly of Hamburg, died Monday, February 19, 2007, at the Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff. A native of Hamburg and a resident of Star City for the past 18 months, she was a member of Christ Temple Pentecostal Church.
Survivors include three sisters, Earlene Lowery of Los Angeles, CA, Elaine Lewis and husband Hoover of Hamburg and Bennie Claire Reed and husband Gregory of Monticello. She was preceded in death by her parents, Bennie Lee and Johnnie Mae Miller; and four brothers, Jessie and John Earl Griffin and Leander and LeVaughn Jenkins.
Funeral services were held Sunday, February 25, at 3 p.m. at Christ Temple Pentecostal Church with Bishop Alphonso Madden officiating. Burial was at Lacey Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Pallbearers were Bryan Eddington, Sam Jenkins, Earl Johnson Jr., Terry Graggs Jr., Pierce Graggs, Bennie Lee Jenkins Jr., Tracy Webb and Derrick Johnson.
Carrie Bea Newton
Carrie Bea Newton, 70, of Crossett died Friday, February 23, 2007, at her residence. A lifelong resident of Crossett, she was a homemaker and a member and deaconess of New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church.
Survivors include four sons, Norman Newton, Herman Newton and wife Toyce and Danny Newton, all of Crossett, and Waymon Newton and wife Mary of Monroe, LA; six daughters, Flora Rowe and husband Frank of Texarkana, TX, Dorothy Cann of Dallas, TX, Beatrice Jasper and husband Bobby and Jacquelyn Miller and husband Amos, Karen Moore and husband Tommy and Christie Newton, all of Crossett; one brother, John Walker of Minden, LA; 22 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene Newton, Jr.; two sons, Darryl and Raymond Newton; one daughter, Patricia Newton; her parents, Tandy and Cassie Walker; two brothers, O. C. and Clarence Walker; and two sisters, Willie Mae Walker Ivery and Cannie Walker Simmons.
Funeral services were scheduled for Wednesday, February 28, at 1 p.m. at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Tyrone A. Broomfield officiating. Burial will follow at Westview Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers are great-grandsons.
Ida Ann Campbell Veazey
Ida Ann Campbell Veazey, 81, of Hamburg died Wednesday, February 21, 2007, at her residence in Hamburg. A native and lifelong resident of Hamburg, she graduated from Hamburg High School and attended the Touro School of Nursing in New Orleans. She was an active member of the First United Methodist Church, serving as choir director and organist for many years.
She is survived by her children, Susanne Hall and husband Robert of North Little Rock and Jane Ellen Evans of Metairie, LA, Louis Campbell and wife Ila Sue of Fayetteville, Stanton Veazey and wife Kim of Hamburg and Howard Veazey of Memphis; two brothers, James S. "Bubba" Nolley of Crossett and Rev. Don Nolley of North Little Rock; nine grandchildren, Stephen Smith, Christopher & David Lewis, Anna Evans, Shepherd, Steadman & Caroline Campbell, and Lauren & Crews Veazey; and six great-grandchildren Tanner & Lexi Blassingame, Hayley Johnson, Alexandria, Brooke & Jackson Hall.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Billy Veazey in 2006 and Bruin Campbell in 1981; and her parents, Guy & Louise Sanders Nolley.
Memorial services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 24, in the First United Methodist Church with Rev. David A. Moore officiating. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Annie Pryor Sunday School Class of the First United Methodist Church. A private burial was held in the Hamburg Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Hamburg High School Scholarship Fund, P. O. Box 30, Hamburg, AR 71646 or to the First United Methodist Church, 202 South Main Street, Hamburg, AR 71646.
Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Visit guest book at jones-hartshorn.com.