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Betty Jo Gates Burchfield

Betty Jo Gates Burchfield, 71, of Crossett died Wednesday, December 27, 2006. Born October 17, 1935, in Bonita, LA, to Henry Elliott and Eva Jane Meeks Gates, she was a homemaker and a member of First Church of God in Crossett. She enjoyed sewing, crochet and traveling.

Survivors include her husband, Bobby Burchfield; two daughters, Brenda Hill of Gatesville, TX, and Betty Ratliff and husband Kerry of Millington, TN; one brother, Henry Earl Gates of Crossett; three sisters, Irene Vaden of Colorado Springs, CO, and Lois Taunton and Jean Townsend, both of Crossett; five grandchildren, Bobby and Ashley Hill, April Deer and Missy and T. K. Ratliff; two great-grandchildren, Austin and Landon Deer; and two sisters-in-law, Maxine Gates of Crossett and Mary Gates of Detroit, MI. She was preceded in death by five brothers, Howard, Herbert, Herman, Jack and Houston Gates; and two sisters, Minnie Miller and Fleta Gates.

Funeral services were held Saturday, December 30, at 10 a.m., at First Church of God with Bro. Karvin Adams officiating. Burial was at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Pallbearers were Bobby Hill, T. K. Ratliff, Donnie Taunton, Waine Gates, Pat Ray and Charles Gates.

Johnnie "Toolie" Council

Johnnie "Toolie" Council, 80, of Hamburg died Saturday, December 23, 2006, at Ashley County Medical Center. A native of Parkdale and a resident of Hamburg for the past 24 years, he was a retired farm laborer and a member of Union Baptist Church in Parkdale.

Survivors include one brother, James Council and wife Kathryn of Hamburg; one sister, Annie Perine of Jackson, AL; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife, Erma Downs Council; his parents, Robert and Cleo Sellers Council; three brothers, Henry, Robert, Jr., and Willie Council; and two sisters, Lula Mae Robinson and Clara Bell.

Funeral services were held Friday, December 29, at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg with Rev. Willie R. Taylor officiating.

Burial was at Johnson Memorial Cemetery. Pallbearers were Lawrence Booker, Cal Tucker, Curtis Tolliver Sr., Earl Jacob, Clarence Haynes and Jessie Cook.

Rethal Mecletess Evans

Rethal Mecletess Evans, 71, of Dermott, formerly of Crossett, died Wednesday, December 27, 2006, at the Dermott City Nursing Home. A native of Crossett and a resident of Dermott for the past three years, she was a homemaker and a member of Davis Memorial Church of God in Christ.

Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Rev. Frederick Evans; three sons, Derrick and Don Anthony Evans, both of Crossett, and Frederick Mark Evans and wife Shirley of Bastrop, LA; four daughters, Sharon Kay Robinson and husband Ray of St. Louis, MO, Freda Elaine Evans of Las Vegas, NV, Melinda Faye Lewis and husband David of Norcross, GA, and Gwen Denis Evans of Crossett; nine brothers, Billy Frank, Clark and Prentis Lovett, all of Strong, Jeff Lovett of Detroit, MI, Winston Lovett of El Dorado, Jimmy Lovett of Spring Valley, CA, Jewell Lovett of Chicago, IL, Ceola Lovett of Marietta, GA, and Wardell Lovett of Union City, CA; one sister, Orla B. Gaston of County Line, LA; 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ira and Reba Slade Lovett; and three brothers, Ware, Robert and Leotis Lovett.

Funeral services were scheduled for Tuesday, January 2, at 1 p.m. at Davis Memorial Church of God in Christ with Elder Roy Matheney Jr. officiating.

Burial was to follow at Westview Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Pallbearers were to be Michael Foote, Jeremy Evans, Anthony Price, Marcus Evans, Jeffery Clark Lovett and Andre Lovett.

Eva Mae Lewis

Eva Mae Lewis, 75, of Hamburg died Friday, December 22, 2006, at Golden Living Center in Crossett. A lifelong resident of Hamburg, she was a retired cafeteria employee of the Hamburg School District and a member of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church.

Survivors include two step-sons, Aaron Lewis of Milwaukee, WI, and George Lewis of Panama City, FL; four step-daughters, Jeannie Lewis and Glenda McCuen, both of Little Rock, and Gloria Duper and Janice Lewis, both of Milwaukee; and two sisters, Edith Thomas of New York, NY, and Barbara Lewis of Brooklyn, NY. She was preceded in death by her husband, George W. Lewis Sr.; her parents, Willis and Effie Hixon Jones; one brother, Harold Jones; and four sisters, Clotha Pumphrey, Mary Ann Trice, Marion Reynolds and Peggy Coleman.

Funeral services were held Thursday, December 28, at 11 a.m. at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Willie R. Taylor officiating. Burial was at Johnson Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Pallbearers were Earl Jacob, Alfred Robinson, R. D. Morgan, Curtis Tolliver, Elijah Miller and Lawrence Booker.

Garvin McDonald

Garvin McDonald, 68, of Crossett died Friday, December 29, 2006, at Ashley County Medical Center. Born on December 24, 1938, in Monticello to Claude Adrian and Verdelle Rose Higginbotham McDonald, he retired from Georgia Pacific's pulp mill after 41 years of employment. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed spending time with his family, particularly his grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, five sisters and one brother.

Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Charlotte Blankenship McDonald of Crossett; two daughters, Jennifer and husband Paul Gilbert of Crossett and Barbie and husband Kenny Clark of Crossett; three brothers, Phillip McDonald of Crossett, Billy McDonald and Gary McDonald, both of Hamburg; four grandchildren, Jordan Gilbert, Breana Bryant, Kason Clark, and Jacob Gilbert; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, December 31, in the West Crossett Missionary Baptist Church with Bro. John Marlar and Clayton Hales officiating. Burial followed at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Pallbearers were Steve Courson, Steve McDonald, Buddy Farrar, Chester Rosen, Doyle Blankenship, Jr., and Bruce Blankenship. Honorary pallbearers were Lane Courson, Danny Courson, Ronald Seamans, Roger Nutt, Gerald Tomerlin, and Jim Stephenson.

Donald Wayne Moffatt

Donald Wayne Moffatt, 69, of Crossett died Tuesday, December 26, 2006, at his residence. Born July 7, 1937, to Preston Gus "Boots" and Lois Rankin Moffatt in Little Rock, he retired from the U. S. Navy after 33 years of service and was a member of First Baptist Church of Crossett.

Survivors include one daughter, Rebecca Rath of West Monroe, LA; and four grandchildren, Zachary and Tyler Carter, Stephanie Rath and Joshua Crytes. He was preceded in death by his parents and his grandmother, Myrtle McIntyre Moffatt.

Funeral services were held Saturday, December 30, at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church with Bro. Jeff Smart officiating. Burial was at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Bobby Joe Ruffin

Bobby Joe Ruffin, 69, of Millington, TN, died Wednesday, December 27, 2006, at Methodist North Hospital. He was a retired inspector for the Millington Police Department, a veteran of the U. S. Marines, a member of Millington Masonic Lodge 671, Scottish Rite Bodies, Royal Arch and was a 32nd degree Mason. He won the law enforcement award presented by the Optimist Club, was Policeman of the Year in 1973 presented by the Kiwanis Club and Outstanding Police Officer of the Year in 1977 presented by the Optimist Club.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Ethel F. Ruffin; one daughter, Patty Coker and husband Bart of Millington; one son, James L. Ruffin of Oak Ridge, TN; one sister, Velda Ruth McCay and husband George of Crossett; two brothers, Harold Ray Ruffin and wife Dorothy of Houston, TX, and Kenneth Wayne Ruffin and wife Ann of Benton; three grandchildren, Joshua Davis of Nashville, TN, James P. Ruffin of Dickson, TN, and Christy Reese of Shelbyville, TN; one great-granddaughter, Becky Cantu of Shelbyville; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Saturday, December 30, at 11 a.m. in the Millington Chapel of Munford Funeral Home. Burial was at West Union Cemetery in Millington.

Dorothy Vann

Dorothy Vann, 71, of Crossett died Tuesday, December 20, 2006, at St. Francis North in Monroe, LA. A native of Wilmot and a resident of Crossett for the past 44 years, she was a homemaker and a member of Union Baptist Church.

Survivors include four sons, Verdie Vann Jr. and wife Ramonda of Crossett, Andre Vann and wife Dianne and Dexter Vann, all of Rocita, CA, and Jessie Bell and wife Juanita of San Diego, CA; two daughters, Trina Vann of Crossett and Tina Robinson and husband Robert of Arlington, TX; two step-daughters, Beverly Cannon of Rockford, IL, and Phyllis Washington of Kansas City, MO; and a special friend, Abram "Ham" Tucker of Crossett. She was preceded in death by her husband, Verdie Vann Sr.; three daughters, Hazel Mae Martin, Margaret Canley and Laura Ann Vann; and her parents, Robert and Aurelia Bell Wright.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, December 27, at 1 p.m. at Gates Chapel A. M. E. Church with Rev. David Green officiating.

Burial was at Westview Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Pallbearers were Jimmy Thornton, Sammy Tharpe, Ed Rogers, James Perry Johnson, Darby Webb and Larry Martin.

Obituaries Published January 10

Rosie H. Bouie

Rosie H. Bouie, 90, of Crossett died Friday, January 5, 2007, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born March 6, 1916, in Calhoun, LA, to Dolphis and Mary Magdalene Robinson Anderson, she was a cook and a member of Living Testament Church of Christ.

Survivors include two sons, Sherman Ray Bouie of Crossett and Roosevelt Dawson of Detroit, MI; one daughter, Rose Dawson of Crossett; a custodial grandson, Danny R. Bouie of Virginia Beach, VA; 25 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Sherman Bouie; one son, Dolphis J. Bouie; one daughter, Maggie Butler Noaks; and two sisters.

Funeral services are scheduled for Friday, January 12, at 11 a.m. at Living Testament Church of Christ with Elder Nolan Phillips officiating. Burial will follow at Westview Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Pallbearers are to be Joe Lewis Washington, Jimmy R. Washington, Joseph Washington, Columbus Washington, George Leach and Walter Jordan.

Verna Lee Brown

Verna Lee Brown, 82, of Hamburg died Saturday, December 30, 2006, at the Jefferson Regional Medical Center. A native of Ashley County, she lived in Chicago, IL, for 30 years and retired from Wells Fargo. She was a member of the Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church.

Survives are one son, Edward and wife LaTonya Brown of Yorktown; two brothers, T. J. Peppers of Chicago and Bill and wife Louise Peppers of Topeka, KS; 12 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George Brown; her parents, Ed and Minnie Peppers; one brother, Jimmy Peppers; and two sisters, Clemmie Davis and Odell Peppers.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 6, in the Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Willie R. Taylor officiating. Pallbearers were Curtis Tolliver, Lawrence Booker, Earl Jacob, Edward Brown, Jr., Curtis Smith and Billy Smith. Honorary pallbearers were Willie Booker, Robert Robinson, Von Wade, R. D. Morgan, Dwight Tippie and C. T. Lewis.

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

Terry Willie Gray

Terry Willie "T-Boy" Gray, 86, of Crossett died Friday, January 5, 2007, at the Ashley County Medical Center. A lifelong resident of Crossett, he was a retired electrician for Georgia-Pacific, a veteran of the U. S. Air Force and a Baptist.

Survivors are two daughters, Brenda and husband Earl Johnson of Quitman and Lynne and husband Perry Cook of Natchitoches, LA; five grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, James Thomas and Sarah Billingsley Gray; four brothers and three sisters.

Funeral services were at 3 p.m. Sunday, January 7, in the Cromwell Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Judyth Ross officiating. Pallbearers were Carl Gray, Eugene Streeter, Deannie Streeter, Mike Brockwell, John David Carter and Tony Brockwell. Burial followed services at the Simms Cemetery.

Charlene Hollis Lovett

Charlene Hollis Lovett, 82, of Lake Village died Sunday, December 31, 2006, in Bryan, Texas. A native of Crossett, a resident of Lake Village for many years and a former resident of Montrose, she was a surgical nurse at the Crossett and Lake Village Hospitals for many years before retiring in 1969.

She is survived by two sons, Jimmy Seaman and wife Dianne of Lake Village and Reggie Seaman and wife Loretta of Hempstead, TX; two brothers, Lavanghn Hollis of Hope and John Hollis of College Station, TX; a sister, Dosha Harrell of Harrell; four grandchildren, Dina Wilson of Spring, TX, Michael Seaman of Bryant, Clayton Seaman of Lake Village and Becky Seaman Black of Bastrop, LA; and five great-grandchildren, Meredith & Morgan Wilson, Madelyn & Shelton Seaman and Lyndsay Black. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gene Lovett, in 1993; her parents, Charlie & Eula Sivils Hollis; her step-mother, Adele Hollis; and a brother, Cecil Hollis.

Grave-side services and burial were at 1 p.m., Friday, January 5, in Pinewood Memorial Park Cemetery with Rev. Joey Meredith officiating. Pallbearers were Jimmy & Reggie Seaman, Andy & Alan Riels, and Pete & Charles Hollis. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home, Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-harts horn.com

Julia Barnett Pruitt

Julia Barnett Pruitt, 65, of Hamburg died Friday, January 5, 2007, at the Countrywoods Estates Nursing Home in Monticello. A native and lifelong resident of Hamburg, she was a beautician for many years and she worked at the Hamburg Shirt Factory. She was a member of the Gardner Baptist Church.

She is survived by a son, Philip E. Pruitt and wife Samantha of Coleman; two daughters, Carmen R. Smith and husband Shane of Hamburg and Jackye Mills and husband Brian of Crossett; a brother, Gerald Barnett and wife Joy of Dell City, OK; two sisters, Barbara Courson and husband William of Crossett and Beth Leigh and husband Kenneth of Hamburg; seven grandchildren, Cara Ladd, Julie Mills Parker, Justin Mills, Nicole Johns, Jack & Jake Pruitt and Tristan "Punky" Smith; three great-grandchildren, Dawson Ladd, Emma & Reece Parker; and four step-grandchildren, Ryan Rodgers, Christian Greer, Jacob & Ty Smith..

She was preceded in death by her parents, Causby Jack & Bertie Mae Giles Barnett; a brother, Willard "Dusty" Barnett, Sr.; a sister, Alice Barnett Leigh; and a grandson, Chad Allen Martin.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Sunday, January 7, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home in Hamburg with Rev. Clay Courson officiating. Burial followed at the Unity Cemetery. Pallbearers were Kenny Leigh, Justin Mills, Jack Pruitt, Jake Pruitt, Ryan Rodgers, David Ladd & David Parker.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Arkansas, 10411 W. Markham, Suite 130, Little Rock, AR 72205-1409. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com

Meldie Rae Shaw

Meldie Rae Shaw, 87, of Crossett died Tuesday, January 2, 2006. A resident of Gardner Nursing Home in Star City for three years, Mrs. Shaw was born April 21, 1919, in Oak Grove, LA, to the late John & Fannie Bush. Mrs. Shaw was an active member and longtime member of Church of Christ in Crossett. She was a member of the garden clubs in Monticello and Crossett. Mrs. Shaw was preceded in death by her husband, Vaughn H. Shaw.

Survivors include one son, Johnny V. Shaw and wife Diane of Star City; one daughter, Sandra S. Marks of Crossett; two sisters, Willie Lee King of Atlanta, TX, and Betty Waldrip of Lake Isabelle, CA; six grandchildren, DeeDee Berry of Lafayette, LA, Chris Marks of El Dorado, Mike Shaw, Todd Shaw, Jeff Marks, all of Crossett, and Alicia Shaw of White Hall; twelve great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Saturday, January 6, in the Crossett Church of Christ with Rev. Joe Sponaugle officiating. Burial followed at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Pallbearers were Andy Shaw III, John Bailey, Randy King, Scott Berry, Bill Akin, and Mike Flemister.

Carroll Wall

Carroll Wall, 83, of Crossett died Tuesday, January 2, 2007, at Golden Living Center of Crossett. Born December 26, 1923, to Jim and Clara Carter Wall at Crossett Camp, he was a carpenter in the construction industry and a member of Magnolia Baptist Church. He loved to hunt and fish.

Survivors include one son, Dickie Wall and wife Louise of Crossett; three brothers, James Wall of Crossett, Billy Wall of Aurora, CO, and Roy Wall of Farmerville, LA; three sisters, Catherine Ford of Hot Springs, Gladys Duncan of Mesa, AZ, and Jimmie Ann Robbins of Onalaska, TX; five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Frankie "Dink" Wall; two sons, Dennis Lane Wall and Bruce Madison Wall; three brothers, Garland Wall, Travis Wall and Travis Smith; and three sisters, Polly Sullivan, Tommie Carter and Zelma Carter.

Funeral services were held Friday, January 5, at 10 a.m. in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett with Revs. Thad Douglass and David Pike officiating. Burial was at Carter Cemetery. Pallbearers were Mike Carter, Mike Harrison, Thomas Glen Childers, Lee Sullivan, James Owen Sullivan and Tony Blann.

Emma Weatherly

Emma Weatherly, 73, of Crossett died Friday, January 5, 2007, at the Medical Center of South Arkansas. Born April 20, 1933, in Crossett to Walter and Ruth Ellen Maxwell Johnson, she was a lifelong resident of Ashley County, a member of Magnolia Baptist Church and was retired from Georgia-Pacific.

Survivors include three sons, Mack Weatherly and wife Marlene and David Weatherly, all of Crossett, and Jeff Wimberly and wife Vicky of Bella Vista; two daughters, Lynn Deskin and husband Randy of McGehee and Beth Seabourn and husband Joe of Purcell, OK; two brothers, Charles Johnson of Crossett and W. C. Johnson of Bastrop; one sister, Lois Watt of Crossett; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Weatherly.

Funeral services were held Sunday, January 7, at 2 p.m. at the Magnolia Baptist Church with Revs. Mike Griffith and Jody Gannaway officiating. Burial was at Mt. Zion Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Pallbearers were Mack Weatherly, David Weatherly, Jeff Weatherly, Jeff Deskin, Joe Seabourn, Joey Weatherly, Gaylon Kilcrease and Heath Kilcrease.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P. O. Box 2680, North Canton, OH 44720.

Obituaries Published January 17

Fred Erwin "Punk" Akers

Fred Erwin "Punk" Akers, 62, of Mer Rouge, LA, died Tuesday, January 9, 2007, at Morehouse General Hospital in Bastrop, LA. He was a powerhouse maintenance employee at International Paper Co., an U. S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Mer Rouge Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Karen Elaine Akers; four sons, Fred Stefan Akers and wife Alison of Brenham, TX, George Foster Adams and wife Monica of Montgomery, AL, Erwin Thomas Akers and wife Kelly of Collinston, LA, and Shawn Michael Akers of San Diego, CA; four sisters, Carol Ann Boyte and husband Larry of Monroe, LA, Dorothy Faustine Wilson and husband Ray of Oroville, WA, Faye Emily Risher and husband Johnson of Bastrop and Dennis Moss Akers and wife Lynn of Collinston; nine grandchildren, Jonathan, Kristyn, Jon Thomas, Carter, Clark and Julianna Akers, Adam Fabacher and Cameryn and Joshua Akers; and one great-granddaughter, Amy Nicole Akers. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dennis Foster and Bernice Loraine Akers; one sister, Betty Jean Gilly; and one grandson, Aaron Akers.

Funeral services were held Friday, January 12, at 2 p.m. at Mer Rouge Baptist Church with Revs. Ron Vollmar and Cal Adams officiating. Burial was at Mer Rouge Cemetery under the direction of Golden Funeral Home of Bastrop. Pallbearers were Owen Hubbard, Bryan White, Ricky Curtis, Ricky Dew, Dell Murphy and Dennis Hughes. Grandsons were honorary pallbearers.

Col. Willard H. Augspurger

Colonel (Ret.) Willard Horton Augspurger, 83, of Orlando, FL, died Thursday, January 11, 2007, at the Orlando Regional Lucerne Hospital. A native of Saybrook, Illinois, who spent his childhood and early adult years as a resident of Montrose before moving to Monroe, Louisiana, he was inducted into the U.S. Army on his twentieth birthday and accumulated nearly forty years service including wartime duty in four primary campaigns. He served in World War II.

He was a graduate of the Command and Staff College and retired as commander of the 4th Brigade, 95th Division. He taught advanced electronics for 20 years at Delta Ouachita Technical Institute in West Monroe, Louisiana. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Monroe for many years. After his retirement he moved to Shreveport, LA, where he was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Cloteene Douglas Augspurger; a son, Willard Douglas Augspurger and wife Lou Anne Causey Augspurger of Orlando and three grandchildren, Erin Ashley Augspurger, Justin Alden Augspurger and Benjamin Aaron Augspurger. He was preceded in death by his parents, Vernon Stuckey and Alma Horton Augspurger.

Funeral services were planned for 11 a.m., Tuesday, January 16, in the First Baptist Church in Hamburg with Dr. Bobby Pennington officiating. Burial was to follow at the Hamburg Cemetery. Pallbearers were to be Justin Augspurger, Benjamin Augspurger, Charlie Hopper, Joseph Lee, Dr. James Lawrence Lee, Jr., James Lawrence Lee, III, Christopher V. Teague and Barry Douglas Teague.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, PO Box 352, Hamburg, Arkansas 71646. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com

Ernest Franklin Clark

Ernest Franklin Clark, 86, of Crossett died Monday, January 8, 2007. Born August 13, 1920, to Alonzo and Carrie Mae Watt Clark in Crossett, he was a member of Beulahland Assembly of God and loved gardening, tending to his chickens and his wiener dog.

Survivors include two daughters, Cathy Chandler and husband Roger of Warren and Martha Jane Kinney and husband Jimmy Dean of Crossett; one step-son, Gary Booker and wife Sharon of Crossett; two step-daughters, Brenda Welch of Hot Springs and Pam Barker and husband Dan of Rock Springs; two brothers, Levi Clark of Crossett and Frank Clark of El Dorado; two sisters, Vennie Mae Norrell and Madeline Roberts, both of Crossett; 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Verda Mae Clark; his first wife, Minnie Clark; two brothers, Andrew Clark and Lonnie Faye Clark; and one sister, Lurlene Carter.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, January 10, at 2 p.m. at Beulahland Assembly of God. Burial was at Crossroads Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Pallbearers were Darren Clark, Perry Clark, Ricky Henry, Darrell Clark, Donnie Clark and Jerry Jeffers.

Alvin Wayne "Buddy" White

Alvin Wayne "Buddy" White, 59, of Bastrop, LA, died Monday, January 15, 2007, at the LSU Medical Center in Shreveport, LA. Born August 6, 1947, to Tom and Annie Louise "Sue" Forrest White in Bastrop, he was an U. S. Navy veteran and a member of Meridian Baptist Church. He worked as a logger for Georgia-Pacific and loved to fish and hunt.

Survivors include one son, Brian Thomas White of Bastrop; one daughter, Dawn Renee White of Bastrop; and a host of other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Rance Roland White.

Funeral services are scheduled for Wednesday, January 17, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Burial will follow at Lick Prairie Cemetery.

Obituaries Published January 24

Cloman Conley

Cloman Conley, 91, of Eudora died Saturday, January 13, 2007, at his residence. He was a native of Parkdale and a retired bus driver for the Hamburg School District.

Survivors include six sons, Bennie Lee Rhodes and Tommy Conley and wife Annie, all of Wilmot, Joseph Conley of St. Louis, MO, Cloman Conley, Jr., and wife Shirley of Rock Island, IL, Robert Conley and wife Betty of Crossett and Eddie Conley and wife Judy of Eudora; two daughters, Gertha M. Conley of Montrose and Lillie Mae Carter and husband Daniel of St. Louis; one brother, Raymond Conley of Milwaukee, WI; 51 grandchildren, 82 great-grandchildren and 28 great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, LeeDell Conley; two sons, Elmer and Jessie Conley; two daughters, Willie Mae Conley and Edna Mae Franklin; his parents, Jesse and Della Stock Conley; four brothers and five sisters.

Funeral services were held Saturday, January 30, at 1 p.m. at Union Baptist Church with Revs. Kevin Davis and Jesse Knight officiating. Burial was at Zion Hill Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. Pallbearers were Danny Carter, Daniel Carter, Sherman Conley, Keith Carter, Edward Conley and Myron Henderson. Sons served as honorary pallbearers.

Janelle C. Emory

Mrs. Janelle C. "Mama Nell" Emory, 76, of Hamburg died Friday, January 19, 2007, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. A native of Fountain Hill and a resident of Hamburg for the past 65 years, she was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Bobby Emory of Hamburg; a son, Freddie Emory and wife Ann of Cleveland, TX; three daughters, DayLa Zieman and husband Sam of Spring, TX, Kayla Rabb and husband Brian and Susan Smith, and a daughter-in-law, Barbara Emory, all of Hamburg; 15 grandchildren, Genia Emory Browning, Heather Emory Smith, Trey Emory, Richard Smith, Sarah Jane Smith Murphy, Hope Stansel Morris, Lisa Stansel Tanner, Matthew Emory, Gregory Stansel, Lindsey Emory, Ben Rabb, Brad Rabb, Mary Katherine Zieman, Anna Zieman and Margaret Zieman; and 10 great-grandchildren, John David Browning, Richie Browning, Bailey Smith, Cassidy Smith, Grant Smith, Logan Smith, Emma Murphy, Eli Honea, Cameron Emory and Kaiden Stansel.

She was preceded in death by a son, Richie Emory, in 2001; her parents, Alvin & Katie Reid Chadwick, two brothers, T.B. & Udell Chadwick; and a sister, Betty Chadwick Chavis.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 21, in the First Baptist Church with Dr. Bobby Pennington and Rev. Klois Hargis officiating. Burial followed services at the Hamburg Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Richard Smith, Ben Rabb, Brad Rabb, Trey Emory, Matthew Emory, Joey Murphy, David Browning, Dwayne Smith, Doug Morris, Jason Tanner and Gregory Stansel. Honorary pallbearers were the members of the Carl Locke Sunday School Class of the First Baptist Church.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, PO Box 352, Hamburg, AR or to the Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church Building Fund, 765 Ashley Road 70, Hamburg, AR 71646. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com

Helen Mae Hart

Helen Mae Morgan Hart, 78, of Crossett died Wednesday, January 17, 2007, at St. Francis Medical Center. Born January 22, 1928, in West Carroll Parish, LA, to James S. and Ercie Cupit Morgan, she was a homemaker and a member of North Crossett First Baptist Church.

Survivors include four daughters, Patricia Johnston and Carolyn Jeffers of Crossett, Sandra McGriff of El Dorado and Carolyn Lloyd of Brandon, MS; one brother, Smiley Laverne Morgan of Oak Grove, LA; one sister, Iva Louise Barnes of Kilbourne, LA; ten grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Reynold Klick; her second husband, Carson Hart; a son, James Edward Klick; four sisters, five brothers, one grandson and a great-granddaughter.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m., Saturday, January 20, in the North Crossett First Baptist Church with Bro. Robin Allen officiating. Burial followed at the Oak Grove Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Pallbearers were Denon Cagle, Marvin Spurlock, Ronnie Rickman, James Ward, Dewey Ward and Allen Ward. Honorary pallbearers were Chester Anders, Gale Anders, Lamar Hill, T. M. Bays, Lloyd Pennington, and Billy Lafoon. Memorials may be made to North Crossett First Baptist Church Building Fund, 1035 Hwy 133, Crossett, AR 71635 or a favorite charity.

Anthony Gordon Maum

Anthony Gordon Maum, 51, of Longview died Tuesday, January 16, at his residence. Born November 11, 1955, in Clarksville, TN, to James Gordon Maum and Joyce Sharp Maum, he was a retired hairdresser, a U. S. Army veteran and a Baptist.

Survivors include two brothers, Joseph Maum of Monroe, LA and Mark Maum of Aurora, CO; and one sister, Brenda Conville of Hermitage. Frazer's Funeral Home of Warren was in charge of arrangements.

Clarice York Calloway Orr

Clarice York Calloway Orr, 79, of Warren died Sunday, January 14, 2007, at Wagnon Place Nursing Home in Warren. Born January 8, 1928, in Lake Village to Earl York and Anna Clanton York, she was a homemaker and a member of Calvary Baptist Church.

Survivors include two sons, Wilbur Calloway and wife Wanda of Hamburg and Bob Calloway and wife Paulette of Warren; four grandchildren, Wendy Roseberry of Conway, Dr. Chris Calloway of Prince Edward Island, Canada, Heath Calloway of Warren and Kim Brock of Quitman; four great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Tollie Franklin Calloway, and her second husband, Eric Orr; one daughter, Dorothy Lucille Calloway; three brothers, Leon York, Joe York and Leonard York; and three sisters, Annie B. Sharp, Beatrice York and Marion Harrod.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, January 17, at 10 a.m. at Union Hill Baptist Church with Rev. Randy Murphy officiating.

Burial was at Union Hill Cemetery under the direction of Frazer's Funeral Home of Warren. Pallbearers were Larry Sharp, Eddie York, Jerry Forrest, Joey York, Heath Calloway, Robbie Brock and Don Roseberry. Honorary pallbearers were Melvin York and Dale York.

Matt Skender

Mr. Matt Skender, 82, of Hamburg, died Saturday, January 20, 2007, at the Golden Living Center in Monticello. A native and lifelong resident of Hamburg and Ashley County, he was a retired truck driver and drove a school bus for the Hamburg School District for many years. He was an avid gardener and loved to hunt, fish, and run deer dogs.

He is survived by two sons, Tommy Skender and wife Elaine of Macon, GA, and Jerry Skender of Hamburg; two brothers, John & Steve Skender, both of Hamburg; a sister, Pauline Barnett of Shreveport, LA; three grandsons, Mitchell & Jeffery Skender of Macon and Justin Skender of Hamburg; three great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Dixie Huffstetler Skender, in 1998; his parents, Frank Charles & Margaret Byght Skender; a brother, Frank Skender and a sister, Vennie Hrlevich.

Funeral services are planned for 2 p.m., Wednesday, January 24, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home with Rev. Mike Farmer officiating. Burial will be in the Hogue Cemetery. Pallbearers are to be Paul Skender, Brad, John & Lawrence Gee, Johnny Huffstetler, Trapper Holland, O.J. Adams, and Jim Skender.

Memorials may be made to the Kelley Masonic Scholarship Fund of the Portland Lodge, c/o Mr. David Burns, PO Box 266, Montrose, AR 71658. Online guest book at www.jones-harts-horn.com

DeAndrea Laron Tolefree

DeAndrea Laron Tolefree, two-month-old infant son of Shundala Tolefree of Fort Bragg, N. C., and Sylvester Clemons of South Carolina, died Friday, January 5, 2007, at University Medical Center of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N. C.

Survivors other than his parents include three brothers, DeMichael and DeMarcus Tolefree of Fort Bragg and Xavier Clemons of South Carolina; two sisters, Dezirae Tolefree of Fort Bragg and Nahia Clemons of South Carolina; his maternal grandmother, Linda Tolefree of Hamburg; his paternal grandmother, Frances Watson of South Carolina; maternal grandfather, George Tolefree of Monroe, LA; maternal great-grandparents Mardell Cox of Hamburg and Rev. Levi and Ruth Tolefree of Crossett; three uncles, Maurice Tolefree of Conway and Corey Clemons and Terrence Hartwell and wife Irene of South Carolina; one aunt, Ericka Miller and husband Effrix of South Carolina; and a host of other aunts, uncles and relatives.

Grave-side services were held Thursday, January 11, at 11 a.m. at Johnson Memorial Cemetery with Bishop Danny C. Mays officiating. Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg was in charge of arrangements.

Edward White

Mr. Edward White, 80, of Hamburg died Monday, January 22, 2007, at the Select Specialty Hospital in Little Rock. A native and lifelong resident of Hamburg, he was an U. S. Marine Corps veteran of World War II, serving in the South Pacific.

He returned home to marry Patsy Kelley, daughter of Alta Farmer & Haskell Kelley, on January 29, 1948. Edward was employed by the Crossett Utility Company for nearly 20 years before taking over operations of the Hamburg Water Company, at that time owned by General Waterworks Corporation, and eventually purchased by the City of Hamburg.

He was involved in many civic and community organizations as well as the First United Methodist Church in Hamburg. He was a member of the Optimist Club as well as co-founder with his wife of the Ashley County Historical Society. Through their efforts, the society purchased the N.T. Watson home to serve as the Ashley County Museum. Patsy and Ed were long term active members of the South Arkansas Audubon Society.

Both were certified state archaeologists which enabled them to locate and excavate many Native American sites across Arkansas, Louisiana and other adjoining southern states. He was the founding scoutmaster of Troop 70 and during his leadership saw a number of his Scouts attain the rank of Eagle Scout. During their retirement years, Edward & Patsy became active in Civil War re-enactments and traveled extensively participating in period dress re-enactments across the southern states. He was also an avid fisherman.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Patsy Kelley White of Hamburg; two sons, Edward H. White and wife Paula of Richmond, KY, and Ron W. White of Pensacola, FL; two grandsons, Kenneth Edward White of Lakeland, FL, and Guy Bryant White of San Antonio, TX, as well as a host of friends and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Guy & Scottie Marrow White; and two sisters, Bobbie Jean White Thurman and Mary Edith White Selman.

Funeral services are at 2 p.m., Thursday, January 25, in the First United Methodist Church with Rev. David Moore officiating. Burial will be in the Extra Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Buck Law, Brian Oden, Freddie Martin, Joe Foote, W. M. Wigley, and John Hulette. Honorary pallbearers will be Scott Gill, Mike Stanley, Guy White, Kenny White and Bobby Martin.

Memorials may be made to the Ashley County Historical Society Museum, 233 Ashley Road 2, Hamburg, AR 71646 or to the Hamburg First United Methodist Church, 202 South Main Street, Hamburg, AR 71646.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com

Obituaries Published January 31

Delle Atkins Grantham

Mrs. Delle Atkins Grantham, 92, of Portland died Saturday, January 27, 2007, at the Grace Presbyterian Village in Dallas, TX. Mrs. Grantham was a native of Hamburg and a resident of Portland for over 60 years. She graduated from Hamburg High School and attended Arkansas State Teachers College. She taught first grade at the Portland School for many years, and she and her husband owned and operated Grantham's Grocery Store. She was a lifelong member of the Portland Baptist Church.

She is survived by a son, William Atkins Grantham and wife Lenetta of Montara, CA; two brothers, Sterling Atkins and W.C. "Buddy" Atkins, both of Hamburg; five grandchildren, Teresa Whittington and husband Roy, Lenetta Ann Hogue and husband John, Janie Grantham Carlson and husband Swen, William A. Grantham, Jr., and wife Sandy, and Christopher Fort Grantham and wife Jenny; 13 great-grandchildren, Roy D. and Chase Whittington, Ashley, Lara & Madelyn Hogue, Taylor, Graysen & Drew Carlson, Allison and Emily Grantham, and Ryan, Kyle and Dalton Grantham.

She was preceded in death by her husband, W. T. Grantham, in 1967; her parents, William Clark and Annie Lou Carpenter Atkins; a brother, Jim Atkins, and two sisters, Inez Watkins and Mary Essie Bawcom.

Funeral services were planned for 3 p.m., Tuesday, January 30, in the Portland Baptist Church with Rev. Carl Mason officiating. Burial was to follow at the Portland Cemetery. Pallbearers were to be Bill, Chris & Gregg Grantham; Roy D., Chase, and Roy Whittington; John Hogue, Guy Botsford, Jim Young, Jimmy Sadler, Will Wilson, James Bawcom and Bobby Watkins. Memorials may be made to the Portland Baptist Church, P.O. Box 86, Portland, AR 71663 or to the Presbyterian Village, 550 E. Ann Arbor, Dallas, TX 75216. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home, Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com

Ruth Eileen Pitzer

Ruth Eileen "Grama" Pitzer, 79, of Crossett died Sunday, January 28, 2007. Born on December 24, 1927, in North Jackson, OH, to the late Selby and Laura Oblinger, Mrs. Pitzer was a homemaker and a member of the First United Methodist Church of Crossett.

Survivors include two sons, Terry Pitzer and wife Annie Ruth of Crossett and Tim Pitzer of Canfield, OH; three daughters, Cindy Raeburn and husband Terry, Sandie Caldwell and husband Bruce, all of Osprey, FL, and Bonnie Hutchinson and husband James of Venice, FL; one brother, Carl Oblinger of Newark, OH; seventeen grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her five brothers, Dale, Gene, Ray, Wayne and Paul Oblinger, all of whom served in World War II.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, January 31, in the First United Methodist Church with Bro. Bill Williams officiating under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett, AR. Online guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 738, Crossett, AR 71635.

Becky Hughes Sedberry

Becky Hughes Sedberry, 60, of Hamburg died Saturday, January 27, 2007, at her residence outside Hamburg.

A native and former resident of Crossett and a resident of Hamburg for the past 26 years, she was a homemaker and a member of the South Main Baptist Church in Crossett.

She is survived by a son, Jimmy Sedberry of Tampa, FL; a daughter, Gena Price and husband Ben and her mother, Pauline Malloy, all of Crossett; a sister, Carolyn Halley of Sacramento, CA, and two grandchildren, Emily & Zachary Price.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Buford Gene Sedberry, in 2002; her father, Henry Hughes, and a brother, Woody Hughes.

Funeral services were planned for 10 a.m., Tuesday, January 30, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home in Hamburg with Rev. Jimmy Lewis officiating. Burial was to follow at the Crossroads Cemetery. Pallbearers were to be John Stell, Steven Kelley, Hal Sedberry, David Sedberry, Donnie Smith and Don Kelley. Honorary pallbearers were to be Jimmy Sedberry, Ben Price and Zach Price. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com

Mary Lillian Washington

Mary Lillian Washington, 57, of Kansas City, MO, formerly of Crossett, died Thursday, January 18, 2007, at the Hospice Center in Kansas City. A native of Crossett and a resident of Kansas City for the past 15 years, she was a seventh and eighth grade teacher for the Kansas City School District, a member of Faith Deliverance Church of God in Christ and a former member of the Faith Center in Crossett.

Survivors include her mother, Bernice Washington of Crossett; two brothers, George Edward and wife Minnie Washington of Milwaukee, WI, and Cleo Varnell and wife Shirley Washington of Kansas City; one sister, Gertrude and husband Joe Smith of Crossett; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her father, Governor Washington.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 27, in the Gates Chapel A. M. E. Church with Rev. Tyrone A. Broomfield officiating. Pallbearers were Curtis Harris, Fred Hargraves, Herman Newton, Larry Rogers, James Allen and James Dawkins. Burial followed services at the Ryles Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

William Watson

William "Bill" Watson, 69, of Corpus Christi, Texas, died Sunday, January 21, 2007, in Corpus Christi. He was born on January 1, 1938, in Viola to Ray and Mildred Watson. He graduated from Hamburg High School and earned a B.S. degree at the University of Arkansas at Monticello and his master's degree at Antioch University. He coached and taught at Corpus Christi Independent School District for 36 years. For ten years, he was a high school basketball referee. After retirement in 1995, Bill and wife Patsy traveled extensively with family and friends and enjoyed their cabin in North Arkansas for holidays and family reunions. Bill was a sports enthusiast, an avid golfer, fisherman, and hunter and was a group member of Coffee Club..

He is survived by his wife, Patsy; his daughter Kathy and husband Jeff Soward; his mother, Mildred Watson of Dumas; a sister, Sandy and husband Neal Estes of Gatlinburg, TN; three grandchildren, Will, Kate, and Sam Soward; his mother-in-law Sissie Rush of Hamburg; a cousin Carol Ann and husband Charles Hill of Cherokee Village; brothers-in-law Jim and wife Joyce Rush of Hamburg and Bob and wife Charlotte Rush of Crossett; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ray Watson; a son, Eddie Watson; and his father-in-law, Dude Rush.

A memorial service was held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, January 24, at Seaside Funeral Home Chapel in Corpus Christi, Texas. Honorary pallbearers were Mike Alexander, Joey Allen, Bill Callaway, Bill Graeber, John Groom, Buddy Merritt, Sam Weaver, Tom Younger and W. J. Stokley.

Memorials may be made to a favorite charity.

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