Odessa Whitehead Allen
Odessa Whitehead Allen, 87, of Crossett died Friday, June 29, 2007, at the Ashley County Medical Center. A native of Wilmot and a Crossett resident for the past 63 years, she was a homemaker and member of the First Baptist Church on Florida Street.
Survivors are two sons, Tony R. Allen and wife Beatrice and Billy L. Allen and wife Wanda, all of Crossett; a daughter, Dorothy Phillips of Capital Heights, MD; and three grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, James L. Allen; her parents, Otis and Eunice Whitehead; a sister, Gertrude Bledsoe; and a brother, Billy Whitehead.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, July 6, at the First Baptist Church on Florida Street in Crossett with Rev. Evandrew Washington officiating. Pallbearers will be Edward Rogers, Stanley Goree, Larry Dawson, Charles Moore, James P. Johnson, Carl Lee Tucker, Jessie Lowe and Frank Johnson. Burial will follow services at the Westside Cemetery with arrangements by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.
Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, July 5, at the funeral home.
Billy Glenn Ford
Billy Glenn Ford, 78, of Hot Springs died Saturday, June 30, 2007, at St. Joseph's Medical Center. Born to Durward Allen Ford and Ola O. Scott Ford in Crossett, on July 7, 1928, he lived most of his life in Bastrop, Louisiana. He was employed by Louisiana Power and Light and Morehouse Parish School Board. His hobbies included show horses, speedboats, woodworking, automobiles and cooking out. He was always working with his hands. He served in the U. S. Army from 1955 to 1957.
He is survived by his wife, Catherine Smith Freeland Ford of Hot Springs; one brother, Doyle Ford of Ozark; one sister, Jeanette Ford Hines of Coushatta, Louisiana; and one nephew, three nieces and their children.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 7, at Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home in Hamburg. Visitation will be from 1-2 p.m. Saturday, July 7. The urn will be placed in the Flat Creek Cemetery of Fountain Hill. Hot Springs arrangements were by Gross Funeral Home.
Vera Burns Harbour
Vera Burns Harbour, 93, of Montrose died Monday, June 25, 2007, at the River Valley Health and Rehabilitation Center in Fort Smith. A native of Collins and a resident of Montrose for most of her life, she was a homemaker and a member of the Montrose Baptist Church.
She is survived by two sons, Tommy Lee Harbour of Huntington Beach, CA, and Frank Henry Harbour of Tacoma, WA; four daughters, Doris Marie Barrett of Alaska, Evelyn Cessor of Montrose, Frankie Louise Hunter and Irene Williams both of Pocola, OK; 21 grandchildren, 40 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Harbour; two daughters, Sylvia Blake and Christine Burns; her parents, Thomas Henry and Hattie Lemley Burns; a sister, Elizabeth Bonnette and two brothers, Henry & Jasper Burns.
Graveside services were at 2 p.m., Friday, June 29, in the Montrose Cemetery with Rev. Carl Mason officiating. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com
Cristy Garrard Ingram
Cristy Garrard Ingram, 50, of Crossett died Friday, June 22, 2007. She was born on June 20, 1957, in Mississippi to Duke and Thelma Garrard. Mrs. Ingram was a cashier and a Baptist.
Survivors include a son, Kevin Ingram of Crossett; a daughter, Alison Dauser of Denver, CO; and a step-son, Jonathon Ingram.
A memorial service was held at 9 a.m., Friday, June 29, in the First Church of God with Rev. Karvin Adams officiating. Arrangements were by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.
Virginia Morris Johnson
Virginia Lillian Morris Johnson 79, of Conway died Wednesday, June 27, 2007, at her home. Born on January 21, 1928, in Conway to Jesse Lyman Morris and Marion Morgan Morris, her family later moved to El Paso and following the death of her mother when she was 14, she moved to Bee Branch, and was raised by her mother's sister and her husband, Mildred (Boots) and Thomas Quinn French. She graduated as valedictorian of her class at Southside High School in Bee Branch and won a scholarship to Draughon's School of Business in Little Rock. While living in Little Rock she met a recent law school graduate, James Douglas "Jim" Johnson of Crossett. They married on December 21, 1947. She served as his legal secretary for his entire career.
Following Jim's election to the Arkansas Senate from Ashley and Chicot counties, she served on the staff of the Senate during the 1951 and 1953 legislative sessions. She assisted her husband in his unsuccessful race for governor in 1956 and his successful race for the Arkansas Supreme Court in 1958. In 1966, she spoke at political rallies all across the state for her husband's candidacy for governor, when he defeated a field of seven to win the Democratic nomination. In 1968, she became the first woman ever to run for governor of Arkansas, winning a spot in the Democratic runoff, in a six candidate field. She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers.
She is survived by her husband of 59 years, three sons, Mark Johnson and wife Catherine of Little Rock, Dave Johnson and wife Shannon of Fayetteville, and Danny Johnson and wife Betty of Conway; two sisters, Rose Morris Mahan of Damascus and Mary Jane Morris McMenemy of Gilbert, Arizona; two brothers, Frank Morris of Conway and John Morris of Costa Rica; and six grandchildren, Allison Johnson, Andrea Johnson, Patrick Johnson, Shelby Johnson, Adam Johnson, and Mary Beth Johnson.
Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 30, at Roller McNutt Funeral Home in Conway with burial following at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Conway.
Pallbearers were Geoff Lackey, Marty Montgomery, Stanley Russ, Chris Throneberry, John VanWinkle, and Kenneth Wilcox.
The family requests memorials be made to Serenity Park or Gaines House both in Little Rock. Online guestbook: www.roller funeral homes.com
Willie Bell Hollis Jordan
Willie Bell Hollis Jordan, 84, of Crossett died Friday, June 29, 2007, at St. Francis North Hospital in Monroe, LA. Born June 29, 1923, in Milo to the late Roby D. and Nannie Howard Hollis, she was a homemaker and a member of First Free Will Baptist Church in North Crossett. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Barbara Nell Jordan.
Survivors include her husband, Parnell Jordan of Crossett; one son, Johnny Earl Jordan and wife Bonnie of Crossett; two grandchildren, Johnette Hanry and husband Lance of Crossett and Janel Harper and husband Scott of Crossett; and four great-grandchildren, Payton Hanry, Jon Hanry, Colby Harper, and Mason Harper.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Sunday, July 1, in the First Free Will Baptist Church in North Crossett with Bro. Gene Cullum officiating. Pallbearers were Jon Hanry, Colby Harper, Ronnie Rodgers, Fred Hollis, Tommy Hollis, Wayne Jordan, David Jordan, and Billy Wayne Hollis. Honorary pallbearers were Tony Adcock, Wayne Dodson, Gerry Rodgers, Royce Oden, Earl Sivils, Andy Shaw, Leo Wright, Eddie Black, Andrew Wallace, W. R. Blankenship, and David Hollis. Burial followed services at the Egypt Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.
Memorials may be made to First Free Will Baptist Church, 1301 Mimosa, Crossett, AR 71635 or to the donor's choice. (www.jonesservice.com)
Mrs. Glendora Laurison, 79, of Hamburg died Thursday, June 28, 2007 at her residence. A native of Ashley County, a resident of Hamburg for the past 13 years and for 30 years a resident of California, she worked for Knotts Berry Farms as a store manager. She was a member of the Southside Baptist Church.
She is survived by a son, Michael Maxwell of Fountain Hills, Arizona; a daughter, Janet LaFran Maxwell of Tustin, California; two brothers, Ross & Donald Ray Bryan, both of Longview; and two grandchildren, Megan & Erin Maxwell.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Tom Laurison; her parents, Dollie M. Bryan & Ollie Ross Bryan Evans; a brother, David Bryan; and a sister, Edna Justice.
A private burial of ashes will be at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Southside Baptist Church, 1508 Highway 425 South, Hamburg, 71646. Arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com
Raymond "Hoss" Maxwell
Mr. Raymond "Hoss" Maxwell, 73, of Hamburg died Friday, June 29, 2007, outside Hamburg. A native of Parkdale and a resident of Hamburg all of his life, he was a heavy equipment operator and an U. S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the Mt. Olive Baptist Church, an avid quail hunter, and loved dogs.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Linda Branch Maxwell; two sons, Mickey Maxwell of Memphis, TN, and Randy Maxwell of Hamburg; four brothers, Robert Maxwell, John Henry Maxwell and Hubert Lee Maxwell, all of Hamburg, and Pete Maxwell of Cabot; a sister, Florene McLeod of Hamburg; and two grandchildren, Jacob & Ashlee Maxwell. He was preceded in death by his parents, John & Willie Allison Maxwell, and two brothers, Wayne & George Maxwell.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Monday, July 2, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home with Rev. Charles Pullin officiating. Burial followed at the Cleveland Cemetery. Pallbearers were Larry Browder, Jimbo Johnson, Brent Shairrick, Billy Maxwell, Jerry Skender & Greg Maxwell. Honorary pallbearers were Billy Carpenter, O.J. Adams, Junior Brooks, Dennie Adams, Pete Hollis and Frederick Hollis. www.jones-hartshorn.com
Justin "Red" Pennington
Mr. Justin "Red" Pennington, 61, of Hamburg died Saturday, June 30, 2007, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. A native and lifelong resident of Ashley County, he was the owner of Pennington Construction and was an employee of the Delta Health & Fitness Center for Children. He graduated from Fountain Hill High School in 1965 and was a veteran of the United States Army. He was a member of the Zion United Methodist Church, a founder and member of the Fountain Creek Hunting Club, and an avid hunter and fisherman.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Shirley Hennington Pennington; two sons, Jeffrey H. Pennington and Mark G. Pennington, all of Hamburg; three brothers, Thomas, Rodney and Ronnie Pennington; a sister, Diane Kinney, all of Fountain Hill; and two grandchildren, Cody & Cheyenne Pennington.
A memorial service was planned for 10 a.m., Tuesday, July 3, at the Zion United Methodist Church with Rev. Lane Amos officiating. Memorials may be made to the Arkansas Children's Hospital, PO Box 2222, Little Rock, AR 72203 or to the Ashley County Medical Center, PO Box 400, Crossett, AR 71635. Arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Obituaries Published July 11
James Leslie Bays, Jr.
James Leslie Bays, Jr., 59, of Crossett died Sunday, July 1, 2007, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born July 9, 1947, in Crossett to James Leslie, Sr., and Mary Ellen Jones Bays, he was a Baptist.
Survivors include one son, Chris Bays of Conway; one daughter, Amanda Bays and fiancé Cody Gay of Farmers Branch, TX; his mother, Mary Ellen Bays of Crossett; two sisters, Peggy Burt of Diboll, TX, and Joyce Sullins of Bella Vista; and one grandchild, Sean Bays of Conway.
Grave-side services were at 10 a.m., Wednesday, July 4, at the Crossroads Cemetery with Bro. Jimmie Lewis officiating under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. See guest book at www.jonesservice.com
Jennifer Hicks Carpenter
Jennifer Margaret Hicks Carpenter, 31, of Portland died Wednesday, July 4, 2007. She was born on April 29, 1976, and was a lifelong resident of the Lake Village area. A graduate of Lakeside High School and the University of Arkansas at Monticello, Jennifer taught at Lakeside Elementary in Lake Village for seven years and at Portland Elementary School for one year. She was a communicant of Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church and a member of the Altar Society.
Jennifer is survived by her three sons, Aaron, 13, Benjamin, 6, and Caden, 1; her husband, Justin; her mother, Anne Suitt Jarrett of Lake Village; her father, Jim Hicks and wife Donna of Little Rock; one brother, Damian Hicks of Little Rock; and her paternal grandparents, Homer and Gladys Hicks of Little Rock. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Russell and Mary Jo Suitt of Lake Village. Extended family includes paternal uncles, Melvin Hicks and wife Gwen, Paul Hicks and wife Deborah, and maternal aunt Mary Catherine Suitt Aycock and husband Tom.
A Rosary Service was held at 7 p.m., Sunday, July 8, at Bishop Funeral Home in Lake Village Mass of Christian Burial was at 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 9, at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church with Father Theophilus Okpara as Celebrant. Pallbearers were Andrew Aycock, Stuart Aycock, Jerry Sledge, Sonny Kennedy, Doug Bowman and Kyle Hicks. Burial followed in St. Mary's Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Portland Elementary School or Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church.
Nakeshia (Nikki) Nicole Coleman-Scales, 25, of Crossett died Monday, July 2, 2007. Survivors are her husband, Jessie; two children, Tyberrius and Jaterrion Scales; her father Tony Tatum; three sisters, Tyisha Johnson-Brewer (Cedric) and Sonya T. Tatum and Brittany Bens, all of Little Rock; three brothers, Christopher Tatum, Tony Tatum, II, and Courtland Tatum; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Services in her memory were planned for Tuesday, July 10, at the Gates Chapel A.M.E. Church in Crossett with arrangements by Hardy Funeral Home of Little Rock.
Betty Mae Mills
Betty Mae Mills, 65, of Crossett, died Saturday, July 7, 2007, at Morehouse General Hospital in Bastrop, LA. Born August 7, 1941, to Joe and Mary Dean Peoples Robinson in Portland, Mrs. Mills was a homemaker and kept the nursery for the First Church of God for many years.
Survivors include her husband of 48 years, Ernest Mills of Crossett; two sons, Mike Mills and wife Melinda of Hamburg and Terry Mills and wife Lynne; her mother, Mary Breedlove; one brother, Sonny Robinson; three sisters, Georgia Cooper and Mary Wilson, all of Crossett, and Jane Ward of Bastrop, LA; and three grandchildren, Caleb, Kirstie and Brianna. She was preceded in death by her father and three sisters, Eva, Marilyn and Judy.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. on Monday, July 9, in the First Church of God with Bro. Roy Pepmiller officiating. Burial followed at Antioch Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.
Pallbearers were Corky Cooper, Greg Cooper, Joe Wilson, Jim Ross, Terry Upshaw and Albert Ray Mills.
Ricky Lavern Smith
Ricky Lavern Smith, 48, of Crossett died Friday, July 6, 2007, at the Ashley County Medical Center. A lifelong resident of Crossett, he was a former employee of the Georgia-Pacific plywood mill and a member of the Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife of 24 years, Eunice Taylor Smith; three sons, Alfredo Smith of Crossett, Ronel Smith of Johnson City, TN, and Micky Brown of Texas; one daughter, Sidney Smith of Crossett; his father, James Smith of Crossett; one brother, James Smith, Jr., of Hamburg; and five sisters, LaShunda Waters, Lee Archie Gilliam, Millie Austin, Penelope Smith and Janice Williams, all of Crossett.
Funeral services were planned for 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 11, in the Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Walter Witherspoon officiating. Pallbearers were to be Derrick Couser, Cane Webb, Michael Ellis, Wilson Owens, John Paul Jones and Eddie Page. Burial was to follow services at the Westview Cemetery with arrangements by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.
Obituaries Published July 18
Carl Hunter, 64, of Hamburg died Friday, July 13, 2007, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. A native of Fountain Hill and a resident of Hamburg for the past 45 years, he owned Hunter Welding and was a charter member of the Berlin Volunteer Fire Department and the Circle K Hunting Club and a member of the Eden Baptist Church. He loved hunting, fishing, and fire fighting.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Faye Kinnaird Hunter of Hamburg; a son, Ragan Hunter and wife Shanna of Hamburg; a daughter, Lisa Duncan and husband Kenny of Gurdon; two brothers, Billy Hunter of Hardy and Roy Hunter of Palestine; five grandchildren, Zack Duncan, Derek Hunter, Kristiana Duncan, Ethan Hunter & Hunter Duncan; his extended family, Dub & Sara Cruce of Monticello, Bill & Jean Doles of Bonita, LA, Rachel Summerland, James & Ann Austin, Joyce, Emmie & Nellie Kinnaird, all of Hamburg, and a host of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Buford & Mary E. Culp Hunter; extended brothers, Larry, Tom I. and R.E. Kinnaird and sister, Louise Kinnaird.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Monday, July 16, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home with Rev. Allan Eppinette officiating.
Burial followed services at the Extra Cemetery. Pallbearers were Kirk Doles, Chuck, Andy, Calvin & Phil Kinnaird, Dub Cruce Jr., Keith & Cleve Summerland. Honorary pallbearers were Gale Hill, Billy McDonald, Larry Stanley, Ronnie Pennington, J. W. Martin and the members of the Berlin Volunteer Fire Department. Memorials may be made to the Berlin Volunteer Fire Department, 163 Ashley 273 Road, Hamburg, AR 71646. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com
Nancy Mason, 95, of Crossett died Friday, July 13, 2007 at her residence. A native of Russellville, a resident of Crossett since 1983 and a former resident of Wilmot, she was a retired nurse and a member of the Maranatha Assembly of God Church in Wilmot.
She is survived by 15 grandchildren and a host of great-grandchildren and great-great- grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Mason, in 1978; her parents, Henry and Margaret Ann Prince Hursh; three sons, Elmer Glen Mason, Leon Mason, and Howard Mason; and two daughters, Ann Mason and Dollie Mason Copeland.
Grave-side services were at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 14, in the Bell Cemetery outside Wilmot with Rev. Clara Lee Barthol officiating. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com
Minnie Carolyn Sexton
Minnie Carolyn Sexton, 66, of Crossett died Monday, July 9, 2007, at the Glenwood Regional Medical Center in West Monroe, LA, after a lengthy illness. Born to the late Linley and Gertrude Prescott on September 10, 1940, in Milport, AL, she was a homemaker and a Baptist. She loved to fish, camp, metal detect, hunt old bottles and crochet.
Survivors are two sons, Phillip Daugherty of Bastrop, LA., and Tommy Lee Sexton of Delhi, LA; one grandson, Hunter Sexton of Delhi; two brothers, Ottis Prescott of Crossett and Raymond Prescott of Dorchester, SC: seven sisters, Lou Nell Faulk of Crossett, Linnie Blackwell and Martha Harrod of Montgomery, AL, Betty Cauthern and Frances Mosley of Highland Home, AL, Virginia Faulk of Crossett and Sue Haley of Delhi; and special friends Carl Donham and Tina Sexton of Delhi and Georgia Deville of Bastrop..
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Tommy Sexton; one sister, Vivian Ruffin, and one brother, Kenneth Prescott.
Memorial services were at 12 noon Saturday, July 14, in the home of her sister, Virginia Faulk, at 194 Binns Loop, Crossett. A private burial will be scheduled later.
Marvin George Wright
Marvin George Wright, 93, of Crossett died Monday, July 16, 2007. Born August 7, 1913, in Manifest, LA, to John Estle and Gracie Claudia Pierce Wright, he was a Navy veteran of World War II and a member of AmericanLegion Post # 1 in Little Rock. Mr. Wright retired as an engineer from LP&L after 43 years of service and was a charter member and deacon of South Main Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Olaf and Lee Wright; and three sisters, Ruth McMillin, Dee La Prarie, and Daisy Wright.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Sarah Brantley Wright of Crossett; one son, Norman Wright of Austin, TX; one daughter, Brenda Savage and husband Jim of West Palm Beach, FL; one brother, Melton Wright of Orange, TX; one sister, Irmarie Scott of West Memphis; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 19, in the South Main Baptist Church with Bro. Jimmie Lewis officiating. Burial will follow at Mulhearn Memorial Park in Monroe, LA, at 2 p.m. under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.
Pallbearers are to be Gary Booker, Jeff Harrison, Billy Howie, Jim Johnson, Bobby Keen and Rick Williams. Honorary pallbearers are to be Bob Brooks, Bill Browning, Billy Morris, Jimmie Edgar, Roland Pruett, Ray Whitehead, Johnny Gathright, Dirk Lauhon, Wayne Mixon and Scott Sasser.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 18, from 6 until 9 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the South Main Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 622, Crossett, AR 71635. www.jonesservice.com.
Obituaries Published July 25
Carol Sue Brown
Carol Sue Brown, 56, of the White Station community outside Crossett died Wednesday, July 18, 2007, at the Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. A native of Crossett, for ten years a resident of Monroe, LA, and for the past nine months a Crossett resident, she was a retired teacher for the Ouachita Parish School District and a member of the Fudge Baptist Church.
Survivors are a daughter, Chandra and husband Fabvius Conway of Monroe; her parents, Rev. Jesse and Verdell Williams Radford of the White Station community; a brother, Rev. Jessie Radford, Jr., and wife Lorraine of Crossett; one sister, Mary Martin of Crossett; and two grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Ray Brown; and a brother, William Radford.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 21, at the New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Jessie Radford, Jr., officiating. Pallbearers were nephews, and honorary pallbearers were members of the T. W. Daniel Class of 1969. Burial followed services at the Richwood Memorial Gardens in Richwood, LA, with arrangements by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.
Seth J. Darnell
Seth J. Darnell, 19, of Azle, TX, died Saturday, July 21, 2007, after a lengthy illness. Born in Bossier City, LA, to John and Denise Darnell, Seth was a 2006 graduate of Azle High School, where he excelled in athletics and academics and was voted Mr. A.H.S. for 2006. He was a member of Eagle Mountain Baptist Church. Seth had set a goal and was preparing for the 2008 Paralympics and other competitions for disabled athletes. He enrolled as a freshman at Texas Christian University but a recurrence of his illness prevented him from attending. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Edward and Mildred Darnell, and an uncle, Philip Darnell.
Survivors include his parents, a brother, Jared Darnell; his maternal grandparents, Robbie and Glenn Featherston and Jerry and Linda Pahal; aunts and uncles Carol and Mike Roberts, David and Jan Darnell and Robert Darnell; and cousins Ben Darnell and Tiffany, Laken, Clark and Rylan Roberts.
Grave-side services will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, July 27, at the Carlock Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.
Visitation will be held from 6 n 8 p.m., Thursday at the funeral home. See guest book at www.jonesservice.com
Evelyn Martin Hart
Evelyn Martin Hart, 75, of Crossett, died on Wednesday, July 18, 2007. Born in Poughkeepsie, AR on January 31, 1932, to William Troy and Lena Martin, at the age of three, she moved to Monticello with her parents and four older sisters. Evelyn played first clarinet and was the drum major for the Monticello High School band for four years. She also led the Monticello and Crossett bands in the first Crossett Rodeo Parade. Evelyn joined the First United Methodist Church in Crossett when she and Don Hart were married in 1951. She taught Sunday school and was active in the United Methodist Women's organization as well as a weekly friendship lunch group. Evelyn worked for the First National Bank of Crossett for seven years and for Georgia-Pacific in the payroll department for 27 years. She and her husband enjoyed riding motorcycles to Canada and the Southwest, being active in events at the Prairie Country Club, and time spent with their many friends in Crossett.
Survivors include her son, Michael Leland Hart of Houston, TX; her daughter, Jo Beth Pierce of Clinton, MS; two sisters, Maurine Wells of San Antonio, TX, and Helen Troy Bladon of Bella Vista; and six grandchildren. Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Don Hart.
Funeral services were to be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 24, in the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Bill Williams officiating. Pallbearers were to be Tom Pat Cook, Larry Richardson, Dan Kersey, Bert Jordan, James Morgan and Vernon Barnes,
Burial was to follow at Oakland Cemetery in Monticello under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. See guest book at www.jonesservice.com
Bryain Tyrell Haynes
Bryain Tyrell Haynes, 23, of Hamburg died Wednesday, July 18, 2007, at the Ashley County Medical Center. A lifelong resident of Hamburg, he was a 2003 Hamburg High School graduate and a former student at the University of Arkansas-Monticello. He was a former employee of Barnes Lumber Co. and a member of the Phillip Grove Missionary Baptist Church.
Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Janett and James Kazee of Hamburg and many aunts, uncles and other relatives.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 22, at the Phillip Grove Missionary Baptist Church with Revs. John Childress and Horace Ingram officiating. Pallbearers were Bernard Tharp, Thomas Williams, Taci Gilliam, Terry Gilliam, Brandon Johnson and Johnny Stanley. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Hamburg High School Class of 2003 and the deacons of the church. Burial followed services at the Phillip Grove Cemetery with arrangements by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.
Jack Henry Jones
Jack Henry Jones, 73, of Ashville, Ohio, died Sunday, July 15, 2007, at the Pickaway Manor Nursing Home in Circleville, Ohio. A native of Parkdale and a resident of Ashville for the past 32 years, he was retired from the US Air Force, sold real estate, and was a member of VFW Post #7941, the Parkdale Baptist Church and Bradfield Farm Hunting Club. He loved hunting, working at his local VFW, and spending time with family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Scott and Agnes Hayes Jones.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Sally Bradfield Jones of Ashville; a son, Scott Jones of Buffalo, NY; a daughter, Suzanne Compton of Ashville; one brother, J.W. Jones of Union, MS; four sisters, Louise Holliday of Pineville, LA, Margie Maxwell of Hamburg, Glenda Lambert of Raymond, MS, and Linda Myers of Hamburg; one grandson Kristopher Compton of Ashville; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Memorial services for friends and family will be held Saturday, July 28, at 4 p.m. at the Beech Creek Cemetery outside Hamburg.
Annabelle Pope, 80, of Crossett died on Sunday, July 22, 2007. Born June 4, 1927, in Norphlet to George Daniel and Annie Odelia Peel Washington, she was a member of First United Methodist Church and the Crossett Jr. Auxiliary. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles A. Pope.
Survivors include two sons, Max Pope and Mark Pope, both of Crossett; one daughter, Marsha Bullington of Plano, TX; one sister, Mildred Bailey of Tuscaloosa, AL; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 24, at Pinewood Memorial Park with Rev. Bill Williams officiating under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 500 Main Street, Crossett, AR 71635. www.jonesservice.com
Jimmy Lee Raley
Jimmy Lee Raley, 15, of Crossett died Thursday, July 19, 2007, in a three-wheeler accident outside Fountain Hill. A former resident of Prescott, he had lived in Crossett for the past eight year and was a Crossett School District student and a Baptist. He loved fishing, drawing, playing video games and sports, especially football.
Survivors are his mother, Lanette Raley of Crossett; a sister, Toyette Thurman of Crossett; his grandmothers, Bonnie Johnson of Crossett and Alice Haney of Terrell, TX; his grandfather, Jimmy Thurman of Fountain Hill; two aunts, Johnna Sharp of Crossett and Lee Raley of Terrell, TX; and an uncle, Mark Thurman of Fountain Hill.
He was preceded in death by his father, Leonard Raley; and his step-grandfather, Wilbur Rivers.
Grave-side services were at 10 a.m. Monday, July 23, at the Lacey Cemetery with Bro. Brent Hutsell officiating. Honorary pallbearers were Jess Choate, Daniel Reap, Greg Rogers, Rosario Ford, Oscar Pacheoco and Louis Pacheoco. Arrangements were by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.
Bonnie Fay Smallwood
Bonnie Fay Widmer Smallwood, 69, of Dumas died Sunday, July 15, 2007, in Pine Bluff. She was born in Sherrill on February 5, 1938, to Joseph Lee Widmer and Mary Frances Murray Widmer. Mrs. Smallwood was a member of the Rankin Chapel Baptist Church and served as secretary at the church. She retired from the United States Postal Service and had served as postmaster in Hamburg and Warren among other locations. A member of the Postmasters Association, she was employed by the Arkansas Department of Corrections as manager of mailing services and was a member of the Varner Employee Corp.
Survivors are her husband, Charles Smallwood; a son Dennis Smallwood and daughter Barbie Smallwood, all of Dumas; a sister, Josephine Widmer Burnett of Pine Bluff; and other relatives.
Services were at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, in the Griffin Funeral Home chapel in Dumas with Revs. Monty Meeks and Walter Gilbreath officiating, followed by burial at the Dark Corner Cemetery in Gould. Memorials may be made to Rankin Chapel Baptist building fund.
Sis. Marie Steel was born to the late Eddie McMurrian and Sally Wallace, May 18, 1922 in Urbana and died in Crossett on Thursday, July 19, 2007, at the age of 85. She was a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Urbana until 1953 when she moved to Crossett and became a member of the First Baptist Church. Active in her church as well as the community until her health failed, she was the secretary of Sunday School, Senior Choir president and was on the kitchen committee and a board member of #3 singing union.
Survivors are her husband of 51 years, Clarence Steel of Crossett; one daughter, Shirley Steel Parker of Washington, D. C.; four sons, Earl Lee and wife Ola Barnes of Urbana, Lonnie and wife Albertine Barnes of Bastrop, LA, Luther Louis Barnes of Milwaukee, WI, and Clarence Jimmy Steel of Farmerville, LA; two special nieces, Sally B. Toliver of Crossett and Lillie M. Cobb of Oakland, CA; one godson and goddaughter, Charles and Helen "Cookie" Brown of Crossett; a special caregiver, Donna Woodberry of Crossett; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Two children preceded her in death, Eddie Lee Barnes and Larry Dale Steel. She was the youngest of her eight siblings, all of which preceded her in death, Virginia, Annie, Samantha, Mandy, Mayme, Robert and Jimmy.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m., Saturday, July 28, at the First Baptist Church with Rev. Evandrew Washington officiating. Interment will follow at Mount Zion Cemetery in Urbana under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Visit the funeral home’s Internet guest book at www.jonesservice.com.