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M. Z. Bolin

M. Z. Bolin, 85,of Kissimmee, FL, formerly of Hamburg, died Tuesday, August 28, 2007. He was an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II and was a millwright for Martin Marietta before retiring.

Survivors are his wife, Evelyn; two sons, Steve Bolin and Leslie Bolin; twin daughters Shirley and Sheila Bolin, all of Kissimmee; two grandchildren; one great-grandchild; two three sisters, Ouida Johnson and Hattie Cooper, both of Crossett, and Sally Ann Murphy of Hamburg.

Grave-side services with military rites were in Kissimmee.

Geverne Johnson

Geverne Johnson, 78, of Crossett died Friday, August 31, 2007, at the Golden Living Center in Crossett. A native of Fountain Hill and a resident of Crossett for the past 63 years, she was a homemaker, a member of the Jarvis Chapel Baptist Church and a foster grandparent volunteer for many years.

She is survived by a son, Larry E. Johnson of Hot Springs; two daughters, Phyllis Wesson and husband Keith of Mountain View and Jimmie Ann Grant and husband Jerry of Crossett; six brothers, Ernest Uptigrove of Bastrop, LA, Rodney Uptigrove of Sour Lake, Texas, Bobby Uptigrove of Fort Smith, Donnie Uptigrove of Forest City, and Jerry and Jimmy Uptigrove, both of Little Rock; a sister, Mary Saunders of Hermitage; six grandchildren, Danny & Bryan Johnson, Cheryl Cooper, Shelly Jenkins, Josh & Juli Grant; seven great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Grady "Goodbuddy" Johnson, in 1996; her parents, George & Loree Colvin Uptigrove; two brothers, Thomas & Aubrey Uptigrove and a sister, Ruby Watkins.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Sunday, September 2, in the Jarvis Chapel Baptist Church with Revs. Jerry Grant, Keith Wesson and Lloyd Gibbs officiating. Burial followed at the Arkadelphia Cemetery. Pallbearers were Greg Cooper, Lloyd Dean Leonard, Ronnie Hopper, Paul Wheeler, Ronald Uptigrove and Ricky Leonard. Honorary pallbearers were her brothers. Memorials may be made to the Arkadelphia Cemetery Association, c/o Mrs. Tina Burt, 773 Ashley 13 Road, Crossett, AR 71635. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com

Henrietta Leak

Henrietta Leak, 76, of Crossett died on Monday, August 27, 2007, at the Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. Born November 26, 1930, in Parkdale to the late parents Henry and Christine Hatter Mays, in 1948, she married the late Leandrew Leak of Hensley. Henrietta became disabled 36 years ago and resided with her mother and enjoyed latch hooking.

Survivors include three daughters, Betty and husband Eugene Bennett, Delores Turner and Verna Leak, all of Antioch, CA; two sons, Leandrew Leak, Jr., and wife Barbara of Oak Park, MI, and William Leak and wife Joann of Antioch; one brother, James Perkins and wife Carol of Detroit, MI; two sisters, Eartha Washington and husband Henry of Detroit, and Willa Kellar of Crossett; one aunt, Elene Mays of Hensley; 21 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren; and a host of relatives and friends.

Grave-side services were at 2 p.m., Friday, August 31, at Westview Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Pallbearers were Andre Mullins, Leandrew Leak, Jr., Charles Matthis, Jr., Justin Bennett, James Perkins, Sr., Arthur Rankin, Eugene Bennett, Sr., and Frank McCormick.

Richard Lamar Montgomery

Mr. Richard Lamar Montgomery, 80, of Bastrop, LA, died Saturday, September 1, 2007, at the Hickory Manor Nursing Home in Bastrop. A native of Potts Camp, Mississippi, and a resident of Bastrop for the past 60 years, he was a retired forester who worked for Georgia-Pacific for 42 years and was a member of the Tillou Baptist Church.

He is survived by four sons, Richard A. Montgomery, David Montgomery and wife Carolyn, Willie Montgomery and wife Barbara, and Charles Montgomery and wife Angie; two daughters, Nelda Lusby and husband Larry and Connie Montgomery; two brothers, William Lester Montgomery and Rosco Montgomery, all of Bastrop, LA; ten grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Winnie Ruth Montgomery, in 1999; his parents, Walter & Georgia Welch Montgomery; and seven brothers and sisters.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Tuesday, September 4, at the Tillou Baptist Church with Revs. Andy Myrick and Doug Edwards officiating. Burial was to be at the Tillou Cemetery. Pallbearers were to be Murry, Henry, Terry and Gene Montgomery, Michael Bullock and Don Tims. Honorary pallbearers were to be Dale Ramsey, Vance & Timmy Goodman.

Memorials may be made to the Tillou Baptist Church Building Fund, 19242 Cain Road, Bastrop, LA 71220. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com

William C. "Bill" Norrell

William C. "Bill" Norrell, 78, of Monroe, LA, died Thursday, August 30, 2007, at his residence in Monroe. A native of Hamburg and a resident of Monroe since 1949, he retired from the Olin Kraft Paper Mill in Monroe and was a member of the First Assembly of God in Swartz, LA. He was an avid hunter and was one of the organizers of the Ponderosa Hunting Club in West Monroe, LA.

He is survived by his wife, Rriller Phillips Norrell of Monroe, LA; three sons, Jerry Norrell of Swartz and Billy Norrell and John Norrell both of Columbia, LA; two brothers, James H. Norrell of Shreveport, LA and Cleve Norrell of West Monroe; two sisters, Elizabeth Jones and Betty Knight, both of West Monroe; eight grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Wayne Norrell, and his parents, John Cecil & Leona Ricks Norrell.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Sunday, September 2, in the First Assembly of God in Swartz with Rev. Gerald Lewis officiating. Grave-side services were at 5 p.m., Sunday, September 2, at the Carlock Cemetery. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com

Everett Ernest Parker

Everett Ernest Parker, 94, of Crossett died Friday, August 31, 2007, at Glenwood Regional Medical Center. Born on February 3, 1913, to the late John Wesley and Winnie Davis Humphrey Parker on the Ouachita River, he was a commercial fisherman and worked as an electrician for over 30 years at Georgia Pacific until retirement. He was a member and deacon of Jarvis Chapel Baptist Church. His hobbies were hunting, fishing, camping and gardening. He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Gladys Bernice Parker; a son, Ernest Lane Parker and a sister, Annie Kate Parker.

Survivors include a daughter, Connie Smith and husband Bobby of Sherwood; four sons, Carroll Gene Parker and wife Shelby, David Keith Parker and wife Beth, Jackie Neal Parker and wife Jeanie, all of Crossett, and Bill Ramsaur of Tallulah, LA; a daughter-in-law, Jo Ann Parker of Crossett; a brother, James Earl Parker of West Monroe, LA; 14 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Monday, September 3, in the Jarvis Chapel Baptist Church with Bro. Lloyd Gibbs and Ray Hearron officiating.

Burial followed at Pinewood Memorial Park with arrangements by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Pallbearers were John Parker, David Parker, Mark Trammell, Glenn Brockwell, Chuck Davis, Ricky Leonard, Luke Saucier, Parrish Griffin and Michael Terrell. Honorary pallbearers were James Tucker, Harold Tucker, Donnie Walker, James Outlaw and David Bronson. www.jonesservice.com

Harvey Cecil Poe

Harvey Cecil Poe, 58, of Crossett, died Saturday, September 1, 2007, at his home. Born on October 23, 1948, to the late Cecil and Lula Kate Coulter Poe, he was a Navy veteran and welder and attended Cloverdale Assembly of God. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters and three brothers.

Survivors include his ex-wife; Doris Bakke of Crossett; four daughters; Misty Almond and Amanda Poe of Texarkana and Sunnie Ann Poe and Jimmie Ann Poe of Crossett; three step-daughters, Christine Cone of Corpus Christi, TX, Samantha Cone and Geneva Bakke, both of Crossett; one sister; Iva Kate Swan of Pine Hill; one sister-in-law; Grace Norrell of Pine Hill; four grandchildren and a host of friends and family.

A memorial service was held at 2 p.m., Monday, September 3, at Cloverdale Assembly of God. A private burial will be held at a later date. Arrangements were by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Obituaries Published September 12

William Arthur Andrews

William "Bill" Arthur Andrews, 62, of Crossett died on Wednesday, September 5, 2007, at his residence. Born on June 22, 1945, in Crossett to Charles Edward and Mary Louise Wafer Andrews, he served in the Air Force for 22 ½ years and the Army for two years. He was a Baptist. Mr. Andrews was preceded in death by his wife, Cheryl Ann Andrews.

Survivors include one son, William Rustin Andrews of Irving, TX; two daughters, Shannon Lee Jackson of Ypsilanti, MI, and Shawn Mitchell of Hot Springs; one brother, Harry Andrews of Crossett; four sisters, Carol Justus of Bastrop, LA, Linda Joiner of El Dorado, and Mary Haas, Patsy Koepsel, both of Derby, KS; and six grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Saturday, September 8, in the Community Chapel Church with Bro. Mike Chain officiating. Pallbearers were Terry Joiner, Eric Jackson, Keith Joiner, Ronnie Clark, Buddy Lephiew, and Jack Johnston. Burial followed at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Memorials may be made to Community Chapel Church, 109 Hoss Carter Rd, Crossett, AR 71635. See guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Felton Burt

Memorial services for Felton Burt, 73, of Diboll, Texas, will be held Wednesday, September 12, 2007, at 4 p.m. in the Carroway-Claybar Funeral Home chapel with Reverend C. G. "Buster" Grigg officiating. Private interment will be held prior to the services in the Garden of Memories Memorial Park.

Mr. Burt was born December 24, 1933, in Crossett to Estelle McGehee Burt and Ernest Bertrum Burt, and died Sunday, September 9, 2007, at his residence. He had resided in Diboll for the past 30 years. He attended the University of Arkansas-Monticello and Northwestern University in Louisiana, and served with the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He retired from First Bank & Trust of East Texas, where he served as executive vice president.

Mr. Burt was a longtime member of the Southwest Football Umpires Association. He had served on the boards of the Salvation Army, Katherine Sage Day Care Center, Temple Memorial Library and the Boys and Girls Club of America. He had been Diboll Booster Club president and Rotary Club president. He was a recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow Award, the Rotary Distinguished Club Citation Award and the Diboll Booster Club "Citizen of the Year" Award. Mr. Burt was a member of the First Baptist Church of Diboll.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Peggy Bays Burt of Diboll; a son and daughter-in-law, Randy and Maria Burt of Hudson; a daughter, Jan Rasco of The Woodlands; grandchildren, Joel and John Rasco and Melissa, Paul and Andy Burt; sisters, Elsie Bailey of Crossett and Norma Cox of Minden, LA; a sister and brother-in-law, Nell and Dr. Tom Kleinpeter of Thibodeaux, LA; and sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Joyce and Dr. John Sullins of Bella Vista. He was preceded in death by his son, David Alan Burt; his parents, Estelle and Ernest Burt; four brothers; and one sister.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Diboll, 208 Devereaux, Diboll, Texas 75941.

Billy Frank Cathey

Billy Frank Cathey, 68, of Crossett died Friday, September 7, 2007, in St. Vincent's Hospital in Little Rock. Born December 1, 1938, in Banks, a son of the late Virgil Dennis Cathey and Robbie Lee Douglas Cathey, he was a retired Georgia Pacific building products salesman and forestry accountant, a member of Magnolia Baptist Church and a former National Guardsman.

Survivors include his wife, Rachel Weaver Cathey whom he married June 28, 1963, in Warren; two sons, Mark Cathey and spouse Cori of Pine Bluff and Mickey Cathey of Warren; a brother, Marty Cathey of Camden; two sisters, Patricia A. Hollis of Calhoun, LA, and Glena Fawbush of West Monroe, LA; and two grandchildren, Ashley Cathey and Britney Cathey, both of Pine Bluff.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Monday, September 10, in the Frazer Funeral Home chapel in Warren. Burial followed services at the Williams Cemetery.

Clarine Brown Chatham

Clarine Brown Chatham, 94, of Crossett died Thursday, September 6, 2007, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. Born April 29, 1913, in Bradley County, she was the widow of Raymond Clyde Chatham, a homemaker and a Baptist. She was the daughter of the late John Henry Brown and Leone Butler Brown.

Survivors include one brother, Johnny Brown and wife Linda of Crossett; one sister-in-law, Pearl Brown of Monticello and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, September 9, at Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home chapel in Monticello with Rev. Andy Connard officiating. Pallbearers were Aubrey Gene Brown, Curtis Walley, Lamar Butler, Eric Brown, Harlan Brown and Charlie Ford. Burial followed services at the Smyrna Cemetery in Bradley County.

William B. deYampert, Jr.

William Benjamin deYampert, Jr., 89, of Wilmot, who was born August 28, 1918, to Vesta Pyron and William B. deYampert, died in his home in Wilmot on Thursday, September 6, 2007. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ann Uzzelle, and three sisters, Mrs. Delmar Johnson, Mrs. Thomas F. Scannell and Mrs. John B. Currie, Sr.

Mr. deYampert graduated from Gulf Port Military Academy in 1936 and received a B.S. from the University of Arkansas in 1942 where he was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity and served as its treasurer. After college he served his country in both the Army and the Navy during World War II. Following the war, he returned to Wilmot to manage his farming and business interests. He purchased one of the first tractors in Ashley County and started the Wilmot Farm Equipment business, the first farm machinery business in the county. He was a prominent landowner and farmer and a pioneer in the aquaculture industry, building some of the earliest catfish farms in the Arkansas Delta.

A dedicated civil servant, he served as mayor of Wilmot and was on the city council for many terms. He also served on various boards including the Wilmot School Board, the Delta Trust Bank, past president and chairman of the board of Bayou Grain and Chemical Company, president of the Wilmot State Bank, board member of the Portland Compress, and president of the Wilmot Medical Center. He was an active member of the Wilmot United Methodist Church.

He and his workers built many structures in Wilmot including the deYampert Store building, the Wilmot Hospital, the Wilmot Post Office and the Cypress Lodge, a restaurant that contributed greatly to community life in Southeast Arkansas during the 1960s and 1970s.

He is survived by a daughter, Mary Vesta deYampert Fort, her husband Arthur and their two children of Fairhope, Alabama; sons William B. deYampert of New York and Richard Stock and wife Lisa and their two children; son Cayce Stock, his wife Teresa, and their daughter, all from Wilmot; and a daughter Sloan Stock Favi, her husband Ted and three children, all of Memphis.

Funeral services were a 2 p.m., Sunday, September 9, in the Wilmot United Methodist Church with Rev. Terrie Lynn Bunnell officiating. Burial followed at the Wilmot Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jackson Currie, James Johnson, Bill Johnson, Jr., John Shackelford, Colvin Stock, Brock Eskrigge and Ron Miller.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wilmot United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 1, Wilmot, AR or to the Wilmot Cemetery Association, c/o Mr. DeWayne Haynes, P.O. Box 157, Wilmot, AR 71676. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Betty Jean "Pat" Dodd

Betty Jean "Pat" Dodd, 72, of Hamburg, wife of James W. Dodd, died Monday, September 3, 2007, at her residence. Born on December 19, 1934, in Heavenor, OK, to Jackson Lon and Martha Ellen Little Sietz, Mrs. Dodd was a homemaker and a member of Liberty Missionary Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by six brothers, Lonnie, Cecil, Jay L., Jack, Joe and Bill; and one sister, Murrell Jane.

Survivors include her husband of 45 years; one daughter, Lois Ann Schwen and husband Jack of Sulphur Springs, TX; five grandchildren, James Schwen, Jacob Schwen, Joshua Schwen, Grace Schwen and Faith Schwen; and nieces and nephews, Jack Seitz, Jr., John Seitz, Bobby Seitz, Donna Ragland, Phyllis Dodgin, Joann Kapella, Patricia Holloman, and Nancy Seitz.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Thursday, September 6, at Liberty Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Clyde Mitchell, Jr., officiating. Burial followed at the Carter Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. See guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Allen Ray Hollins

Allen Ray Hollins, 38, of Hamburg, formerly of Crossett, died Thursday, September 6, 2007, at the Ashley County Medical Center. A native of Crossett and a Hamburg resident for the past two years, he was employed at the Georgia-Pacific plywood mill.

Survivors include four sons, Alex and Trevin Hollins of Little Rock and Allen Ray, Jr., and Daniel Hollins of Crossett; one daughter, Alexia Hollins of Bastrop, LA; his father, Andrew James, Jr., and wife Pamela Hollins of Crossett; his paternal grandfather, Andrew James Hollins of Crossett; a special friend, Shirley Morris of Hamburg; seven brothers, Keith and wife Christy Martin and Steven Jackson of Crossett, Rodney Randolph of Nevada, Eric Hollins of Ohio, Andre and Patrick Hollins of Jacksonville and Manuel Boston of Little Rock; one sister, Phyllis Martin of Crossett; and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his mother, Willie Mae Jackson; his maternal grandparents, Sheridan and Robie Wimberly Jackson; and his paternal grandmother, Mable Hollins.

Funeral services were planned for 1 p.m Wednesday, September 12, in the Gates Chapel A. M. E. Church with Rev. Tyrone A. Broomfield officiating. Pallbearers were to be Reggie Tucker, Robert Scates, Melvin Nalls, Patrick Nalls, Jerome Phillips, Darrell Gilbert, Jimmy Washington and Stacy Harris. Honorary pallbearers were to be members of the Crossett High School 1988 class. Burial was to follow services at the Westview Cemetery. Visitation was set for 6-7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 11, at Cromwell Funeral Home in Hamburg.

Wanda June King

Wanda June King, 66, of Crossett died Friday, September 7, 2007 at her residence. Born on September 14, 1942, in Lou Ann to the late Theo and Thelma Ann Martin Drummonds, Mrs. King was a lifelong Baptist. She enjoyed watching every sport, especially cheering and calling the Hogs. She coached, played and umpired slow pitch softball for 45 years. She loved coaching and watching her girls play. June was awarded numerous all tourney and her most memorable was being named Most Valuable Player in the 1978 Arkansas State Slow Pitch Softball Tournament. Mrs. King was an avid bowler and won the state singles and was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame in 2000. She won multiple golf tournaments and awards with her golf partner, Joyce Carter. She also enjoyed gardening, fishing and cooking. Mrs. King was preceded in death by a brother, Bobby Dale Drummonds.

Survivors include her husband of 47 years, Ronnie C. King of Crossett; one son, Lance Allen King and wife Stacy of Crossett; three daughters, Denice "Neicy" Roberts and husband Chad of Little Rock, Roni MacRae Ray and husband Brian of Crossett and Lee Ann Thurmon and husband Jesse of Junction City; two brothers, Lamar Drummonds of Springdale and Dennis Drummonds of Emerson; her mother-in-law, Mildred King of Strong; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Monday, September 10, at Rolfe Chapel Freewill Baptist Church with Bros. Carlton White and Donald Wayne Stafford officiating. Burial followed at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Pallbearers were Chad Drummonds, Brad Drummonds, Tommy Shumpert, Lester Avery, Carroll Gene Parker and Ricky Joe Parks. Honorary pallbearers were Joyce Carter, Beth Avery, Janice Stratton, Shelby Parker, Chris Roan, Tommy Shumpert and her teammates of Ram's Softball Team.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Heart Association, 909 W. 2nd St., Little Rock, AR 72201. See guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Joe Edward Legacy

Joe Edward Legacy, 60, of Crossett died Thursday, September 6, 2007, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born on August 20, 1947, in Marianna to Harley Edward, Sr., and Gracie Lee Lafex Legacy, he was a park ranger and a Baptist. He enjoyed fishing and hunting. Mr. Legacy was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Harley Edward Legacy Jr.

Survivors include his wife, Sue Legacy of Crossett; one daughter, Karen Henley and husband Brian of Marianna; two grandchildren, Amanda Henley and Joe Henley; and a host of other relatives.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m., Saturday, September 8, in Jones Funeral Home chapel in Crossett with Rev. Joey Meredith officiating. Pallbearers were Mark Doss, Jeff Miller, Roger Williams, Martin Anderson, Don Crowell, Jackie Johnson, Wesley Johnson, and David Hamm. Guest book at www.jonesservice.com

John Earl McMillan

John Earl "Peanut" McMillan, 74, of Lake Arthur, LA, died Thursday, September 6, 2007, in the hospital there. He was retired and had lived in Lake Arthur for several years.

John was born in Hamburg, the son of the late Myrtle and Charles McMillan. He attended school in Portland and graduated there in 1950.

Survivors are his widow, Girlene, of the home; and one sister, Marilyn Jo Borgognoni and Mack of Portland; and several nieces and nephews. Also preceding him in death was a brother, Charles Hill "Sappo" McMillan

His funeral service was held Saturday, September 8, at Mathews and Son Funeral Home in Lake Arthur with burial in the Lake Arthur Cemetery.

Wesley Dewayne Teague

Wesley Dewayne Teague, 28, of McGehee, died Sunday, September 2, 2007, in Dumas.

Survivors include his mother, Patricia King of McGehee; a brother, Brian Teague of Lake Village; three sisters, Destiny King of Houston, Texas, Chelsea Teague and Kayla Teague, both of Jonesboro; a niece; a nephew; and step-grandfather.

Grave-side services were held Thursday, September 6, at the Portland Cemetery with Bro. Robert Davis officiating. Arrangements were by Griffin-Steele Funeral Services in Lake Village. Pallbearers were Billy Jones, Jamie Burns, Chris Meritt, Justin Hackett, Neal Gray, and Caroll Wayne Capps.

Obituaries Published September 19

Elsie Mae Bates

Elsie Mae Gwin Bates, 80, of Hamburg died Monday, September 10, 2007, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. A native of Harvey, a resident of Hamburg for the past 48 years and a former resident of Bastrop, LA, she worked for the Hamburg Shirt Factory and WAM for many years and was a member of the Sardis Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Dewitt Bates of Hamburg; two daughters, Ruth Jeffers of Hamburg and Kay Bates of Montrose; a brother, Wayne Gwin of Fountain Hill; three grandchildren, Walter & Vlissa Rowe and Jennifer Jeffers; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends. She is preceded in death by a daughter, Betty Ann Rowe, in 2006; her parents, John and Maggie South Gwin; a brother, J. C. Gwin; and three sisters, Mary Ellen Seals, Norma Singleton and Helen Bates.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Thursday, September 13, at the Sardis Baptist Church with Revs. Larry Donaldson, Sammy Land and E.W. Ricks officiating. Burial followed services at the Trafalgar Cemetery. Pallbearers were Steven and Mickey Gwin, Toby Irons, Dan Atwood, and Gene and Dale Bates. Honorary pallbearers were Jimmy Bates and Lamar Rowe.

Memorials may be made to the Trafalgar Cemetery Association, c/o Mr. Ben Lawrence, 859 Ashley Road 105, Montrose, AR 71658. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Rev. Randall Eddlemon

Rev. Randall Eddlemon, 57, of Wilmot died Friday, September 14, 2007, at his residence in Wilmot. A native of Waldron and a resident of Wilmot for the past 34 years, he was an ordained Assembly of God minister and pastor of the Maranatha Assembly of God in Wilmot for the past 34 years.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce Dollar Eddlemon of Wilmot; his parents, Wallace & Pearlie Mae Scarbrough Eddlemon; a sister, Charyl Lee West and husband, Roger, and a niece, Candace West, all of Eudora.

Grave-side funeral services and burial were at 2 p.m., Saturday, September 15, at the Dry Bayou Cemetery with Chris Hammond officiating. Honorary pallbearers were the men of the Maranatha Assembly of God Church. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com

Robbie Featherston

Robbie Featherston, 69, of Crossett died Monday, September 10, 2007. Born on November 12, 1937, to the late William Alfice and Willie Beatrice Hayes Schilders in Ashley County, Mrs. Featherston worked for the Arkansas Forestry Commission and retired from the Arkansas School for the Blind. She enjoyed fishing, reading, and gardening. A member of Jarvis Chapel Baptist Church, she was preceded in death by a grandson, Seth Darnell.

Survivors include her husband, Glenn Featherston of Crossett; two daughters, Carol Roberts and husband Mike of Crossett and Denise Darnell and husband John of Azle, TX; one brother, Tracy Schilders of Crossett; one sister, Frankie Haynes of Crossett; four grandchildren, Tiffany, Laken, Clark and Jared; and two great-grandchildren, Rylan and Jacsyn; and a host of other relatives.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Thursday, September 13, in the Jarvis Chapel Baptist Church with her classmate Bro. Glen Jenkins of Houston, TX, officiating. Pallbearers were Bryan Thigpen, Mike Edwards, Bruce Gray, Ricky Townley, Randy Townley, Bill Moyers, Roy Haynes, and Walter Jackson. Honorary pallbearers were members of the class of 1956. Burial followed services at the Carlock Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.

Memorials may be made to the Seth Darnell Scholarship Fund, C/O First Bank, 316 NW Parkway, Azle, TX 76020. See guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Betty Jane Hamilton

Betty Jane Frazer Stuard Hamilton, 73, of Crossett died Sunday, September 9, 2007, in Crossett.

Born December 19, 1933, in Bradley County, she was a daughter of the late Charlie Columbus Frazer and Maude Mae Jones Frazer. She was a seamstress, homemaker, and a member of Eden Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Bill Hamilton, whom she married January 28, 1989; a son, Frazer Randall Stuard of Warren; three daughters, Connie L. Turner of Sherman, Texas, Debra Ann Pippen of Diamondhead, Misissippi, and Beverly Jane Smith of Warren; two stepsons, Gary M. Hamilton of Hamburg, and John P. Hamilton of Crossett; a brother, Chester Lee Frazer of Harbour, Oregon; a sister, Charlstie Frazer Pennington of Warren; 23 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a husband, J.T. Stuard, on November 24, 1986; three brothers, Cloyce C. Frazer, Archie Frazer, and Bill Frazer; and four sisters, Nettie Temple, Christine Weddle, Lorena Johnson, and Erma Harding.

Funeral services were Wednesday, September 12, at Eden Baptist Church near Crossett with the Revs. Keith Hicks and Travis Roberts officiating. Burial was at Outlaw Cemetery at Sumpter with arrangements by Frazer's Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Kenny Stuard, Justin Stuard, Christopher Cole, Lonnie Pippen, Larry Pippen, Jason Pippen, James Pippen, and Christopher Smith.

Sharon O'Neal Hollis

Sharon O'Neal Hollis, 59, of Hamburg died Monday, September 17, 2007, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. A native of Crossett and a lifelong resident of Hamburg, she graduated from Hamburg High School in 1966 and from the University of Arkansas-Monticello in 1969. She was an elementary teacher for the Hamburg School District for 29 years until retiring in 2001. She was a member of the First Baptist Church where she was a Sunday School teacher for many years. She was also a member of the Hamburg Garden Club and the Hamburg School Board.

She is survived by her husband, Cecil "Pete" Hollis, Jr.; a son, Chuck Hollis and wife Stephanie, all of Hamburg; two brothers, Eddie O'Neal and wife Linda of Warren and Richard O'Neal and wife Cheryl of Hamburg; seven nieces and three nephews.

She was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Mia Rose Hollis, in 2004 and her parents, Ray and Verna Johnston O'Neal.

Funeral services are at 10 a.m., Wednesday, September 19, in the First Baptist Church with Revs. Welsey Harville and Klois Hargis and Dr. Bobby Pennington officiating.. Burial will follow services at the Hamburg Cemetery. Pallbearers are Kyle O'Neal, Alan and Andy Riles, Ronnie Adams, Kevin Stewart and Tommy Hollis. Honorary pallbearers are employees and former employees of the Hamburg School District as well as the Hamburg School Board. Memorials may be made to the Hamburg High School Scholarship Fund, P. O. Box 30, Hamburg, AR 71646 or to the Mia Rose Hollis Memorial Garden Fund, c/o Ashley County Medical Center, P. O. Box 400, Crossett, AR 71635. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com

Bennie Lee Rhodes

Bennie Lee Rhodes, 75, of Lake Village, formerly of Wilmot, died Tuesday, September 11, 2007, at his residence in Lake Village. A native of Parkdale, he was a truck driver and a member of Union Baptist Church.

Survivors include one son, Rev. Kevin and wife Dana Davis of Houston, TX; one daughter, Victoria and husband Coleman Peay of Houston; nine brothers, Tommy and wife Annie Conley of Wilmot, Joseph Conley of St. Louis, MO, Cloman, Jr., and wife Shirley of Rock Island, IL, Robert and wife Betty Conley of Crossett, Eddie and wife Judy Conley of Eudora, Congressman Danny and wife Vera Davis, Jessie Davis and Willie and wife Ruby Davis, all of Chicago, IL, and Cedric and wife Camille Davis of Dumas; five sisters, Gertha Conley of Montrose, Lillie Mae and husband Daniel Carter of St. Louis, Floretta Davis of Chicago, Ceola Davis-Barnes of Hazel Crest, IL, and Barbara and husband Lawrence Nelson of Woodbridge, VA: three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his mother and stepfather, Leedell Rhodes Conley and Cloman Conley; his father, Hezekiah "H. D." Davis; one brother, Jesse Conley; and one sister, Edna Mae Franklin.

Funeral services were at 3 p.m. Saturday, September 15, in the Cromwell Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Danny Franklin officiating. Pallbearers were Patrick Davis, Coleman Peay, Robert and Eddie Conley, Roosevelt Goodwin and Kenneth Rhodes. Honorary pallbearers were Cloman Conley, Jesse Conley, Derrick Griffin and Donnell Manning. Burial followed services at the Zion Hill Cemetery.

Tommy Curtis Simmons

Tommy Curtis Simmons, 42, of Kansas City, KS, formerly of Wilmot, died Wednesday, September 5, 2007, at St. Luke Hospital in Kansas City. He was a native of Wilmot and a carpenter.

Survivors include his wife, Stacy Simmons; a daughter, Tacresha Carolina of St. Joseph, MO; his mother, Mary Jean Simmons of Wilmot; five brothers, Lonnie and Donnie Martin of Wilmot, Keith Simmons of Kansas City, KS, and James and Walter Simmons of Detroit, MI: three sisters, Frankie Jean Smith of Little Rock and Marcella Watkins and Glenda Diggs of Wilmot; and two grandchildren.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 15, in the First Baptist Church in Wilmot with Rev. Albert Fenceroy officiating. Pallbearers were James Boldwin, Billy Kitchen, Troy Stanley, Jr., Leroy Stanley, Lorenzo Woods and Jasper Ramey. Burial followed at the Jim Smith Cemetery with arrangements by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Martha Louise Vastine

Martha Louise Vastine, 51, of Rogers, died Sunday, Sept. 9, 2007, at St. Mary's Hospital. Born in Crossett Nov. 4, 1955, to Arthur Douglas and Allie Ruth Odle Vastine, she was a 1974 graduate of Crossett High School and Ouachita Baptist University in 1978, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary with a master's in religious education in 1981 and John Brown University with a master's in counseling in 1998. She served on staff at Baptist Youth Ministry in Monahans, Texas, and Children's Ministry in Bentonville and ministered to children with Eagle Family Ministry, was a children's counselor at Vista Health Hospital in Fayetteville, and was most recently a school-based counselor for Ozark Guidance at Gentry Public Schools.

She is survived by her mother, Allie Ruth Vastine of Rogers; two brothers, Lane Vastine and wife Sally of Rogers and Douglas Vastine and wife Karen of Bentonville; four nieces; two nephews; four great-nieces and six great-nephews; and her best friend and caregiver, Jan Wilson of the home. She was preceded in death by her father, Arthur Douglas Vastine and four grandparents.

Memorial services were at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 12, in the First Baptist Church of Rogers with Reverend Tommy Hinson, Steve Tucker and Brad Franklin officiating.

Memorials may be made to Arkansas Baptist Children's Home at Monticello, P.O. Box 552, Little Rock, Ark. 72203-0552, or to Eagle Family Ministries, P.O. Box 488, Bentonville, Ark. 72712. Callison-Lough Funeral Home of Rogers was in charge of services.

Jim Young

Mr. Jim Young, 76, of Portland died Saturday, September 15, 2007, at his residence in Portland. A native of Horatio and a resident of Portland for the past 50 years, he graduated from Horatio High School in 1949 and from the University of Arkansas in 1958 with a BS in agriculture. He was a soybean, cotton, rice, catfish, cattle & tree farmer and a deacon and song leader of the Portland Baptist Church for over 35 years. He was a 32nd Degree Mason and a member of the Portland Masonic Lodge #499; a former board member of the Montrose Academy, an Ashley County Quorum Court Member; a board member and former chairman of the board for the Mainline Health System and a board member of the Woodstock Hunting Club. The Jim Young Family was voted the Ashley County Farm Family of the Year in 1976. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force, serving in Germany.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Dorothy Hudgens Young; three sons, Scott Young and wife Debbie, Bain Young and wife Deana, and Bob Young and wife, Lisa, all of Portland; a brother, Wesley Young of DeQueen; a sister, Ruby Batterton Martin of Crossett; six grandchildren, Lindsey, Brian, Ashley, Taylor, Riley & Paige Young; and a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, James & Lillie Hilton Young; a sister, Bernice Stinnett and four brothers, Loyd, Earl, Bennie & Glen Young.

Funeral services were 2 p.m., Monday, September 17, in the Portland Baptist Church with Revs. Phil Drennan and Carl Mason officiating. Burial followed services at the the Portland Cemetery. Pallbearers were Gregg Grantham, Bobby Fisher, Ted Selby, Phil Selby, Johnny Hennington, Bret Shell, Cliff Tarvin and Wilburn Martin. Honorary pallbearers were deacons and the Adult Men's Sunday School Class of the Portland Baptist Church.

Memorials may be made to the Portland Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 86, Portland, AR or to the Portland Cemetery Association, PO Box 37, Portland, AR 71663. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Obituaries Published September 26

Nancy King Barnett

Nancy King Barnett, 55, of Hamburg died Tuesday, September 18, 2007, at the Medical Center of South Arkansas in El Dorado. Ms. Barnett was a native and lifelong resident of Hamburg; a homemaker and a member of the Southside Baptist Church.

She is survived by two daughters, Krystal Gibson and husband David and Vickie Bryan; her mother, Geneva Norrell King; two brothers, Bruce King and wife Darlene and Reggie King, all of Hamburg; five sisters, Barbara Woods of Hamburg, Dixie Fairchild and husband Floyd of Hamburg, Peggy Woods and husband Max of Crossett, Patty Griffith and husband Lonnie of Fountain Hill and Susan Savage and husband Eddie Dean of Hamburg; and four grandchildren, Morgan Marie Kelley, Jasci Nicole Kelley and Jade and Taylor Bryan.

She was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Katlynn Kelley; her father, Bill King, in 1985; two sisters, Mary Smith and Vickie King; and a brother, Billy King.

Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Saturday, September 22, in the Southside Baptist Church with Rev. Charles Pullin officiating. Burial followed at the Carlock Cemetery. Pallbearers were David Woods, Jeff Fairchild, Jimmy Ricks, Michael McDonald, Bryan Hudson and Michael Richardson. Memorials may be made to the Arkansas Kidney Disease Commission, 26 Corporate Hill Drive, Little Rock, AR 72205. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Gary K. Higginbotham, Sr.

Mr. Gary K. Higginbotham, Sr., 47, of Crossett, died Thursday, September 20, 2007, at the Ashley County Medical Center. A native of Crossett and a resident of Crossett for the past 27 years, he was raised in Hamburg and graduated from Hamburg High School. He was an electrician and a member of the First Baptist Church in Hamburg.

He is survived by two sons, Zachary Seth Higginbotham of Crossett and Gary Keith Higginbotham, Jr., of Hamburg; their mother, Brenda Higginbotham of Crossett; his parents, J. D. and Gail Bing Higginbotham of Hamburg; three brothers, Jay Higginbotham of Crossett, Eric Higginbotham of Little Rock and John David Higginbotham of Crossett and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister, Valerie Higginbotham in 1957.

Grave-side services and burial of the remains are at 10 a.m., Wednesday, September 26, in the Hamburg Cemetery with Dr. Bobby Pennington & Rev. Klois Hargis officiating. Honorary pallbearers are Zachary Seth Higginbotham, Gary Keith Higginbotham, Jr., Gary Carpenter and Matt Gulledge. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 352, Hamburg, AR 71646. Funeral arrangements are by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Rev. Lawrence C. Duckworth

Rev. Lawrence C. Duckworth, 87, died at his home in Granite City, IL, on Thursday, September 13, 2007. Born July 4, 1920, in Hamburg to the late T. G. and Elizabeth Cole Duckworth, he graduated from Hamburg High School in 1940 and enlisted in the Air Force in 1942. He served as an airplane mechanic until he retired as a chief master sergeant in 1967. He worked as an inspector for 7-11 stores for several years. After he and his family moved to Granite City, he became the financial manager of the Family Worship Center and was later ordained as a minister by that church. He retired due to poor health.

Survivors are his wife of 47 years, Montene Knight Brown Duckworth; one daughter, Karen Colombo and husband Mike of St. Louis, MO; one brother, Guy Duckworth of Cabot; four sisters, Polly Chisum of New Orleans, LA, Betty Shields of Felicity, OH, Sybil Noble and husband Willard of Hamburg and Judy Sandusky and husband Rev. Charles of Claremore, OK; two grandsons, Angelo and Mario Colombo of St. Louis; two sisters-in-law, Barbara Duckworth of Bethel and Sarah Duckworth of Wesley Chapel, FL; a stepson, Rev. Eddy Brown and wife Mary of Granite City, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers, Hildreth, Kenneth, Thomas, Ralph and Bobby; and three sisters, Myrtice and Edith Duckworth and Vivian Tepper.

Memorial services were held at the Family Worship Center in Granite City on September 17 with Revs. Charles Sandusky and Eddy Brown officiating. Burial was at the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis.

Memorials may be made to the Family Worship Center, 3637 State Road 162, Granite City, IL 62040 or the Hamburg High School Honors Scholarship Fund, P. O. Box 30, Hamburg, AR 71746.

Mary Ann Frisby

Mary Ann Frisby, 60, of Lake Village died Sunday, September 23, 2007, at the Delta Regional Medical Center in Greenville, MS. A native of Magnolia, a resident of Lake Village for the past 10 years and a former resident of Dermott, Jerome and Montrose, she worked at the Chicot Memorial Hospital for over 30 years and was a member of the Lakeside United Methodist Church.

She is survived by two sons, George and Gregory Chumley both of Meridian, MS; a brother, Mack Simpson of Lake Village; two sisters, Harriett O'Neal of San Antonio, TX, and Gloria Snider of Magnolia and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lee and Adeline McDuffie Simpson.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, September 26, at the Lakeside United Methodist Church in Lake Village with Rev. Todd-Paul Taulbee officiating. Burial of remains will be in the Snyder Cemetery at a later date. Funeral arrangements are by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Michael Wayne Harvey

Michael Wayne “Bo” Harvey, 35, of Fountain Hill died Sunday, September 23, 2007, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. Born January 22, 1972, in Huntsville, Alabama, he was a self-employed mechanic and a Baptist.

Survivors are three brothers, Ralph McCraw of Empire, LA and Warren and Michael McCraw of Fountain Hill and three sisters, Jackie Flores of Crossett, Elaine McCraw of Old Town, FL, and Angela Baughn of Hampton, GA. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry Gene McCraw and Janie Douglas McCraw and a brother, Harvey McCraw.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, September 26, at the Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home in Monticello with Rev. Bill Elton officiating. The remains are to be cremated.

Clara Anders Johnson

Clara Elaine Anders Johnson, 80, of Crossett died Saturday, September 22, 2007, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. A native of Crossett and a resident for many years, she was a former resident of Hamburg and Strathmore, California. She was a homemaker and a member of the Cloverdale Assembly of God Church. She and her late husband pastored Assembly of God churches in Arkansas and California for 54 years.

She is survived by two sons, Danny Johnson and wife Helen of Crossett and Wayne Johnson and wife Cathy of Houston, TX; two daughters, Judy Crouch and husband Ed of Hamburg and Diane Riordan and husband Norman of Crossett; two brothers, Chester and Everett Anders, both of Crossett; two sisters, Bet Saxton of Highlands, TX, and Polly Morgan of Baytown, TX; 25 grandchildren and 55 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Rev. Larry Johnson, in 2001; a son, Roger Johnson, in 2001; three grandchildren, Richard Eugene Johnson, Tressie Bell Crouch and Stephen Edward Crouch; a great-grandchild, Megan Ballard; and her parents, William & Bertie Cartledge Anders.

Funeral services were planned for 2 p.m., Tuesday, September 25, at the Cloverdale Assembly of God with Revs. Norman Riordan, Justin Uselton and Warren Finney officiating. Burial will be in the Crossroads Cemetery. Pallbearers were to be Lee, Caleb & C.J. Riordan, Michael & Billy Haen and Tim Johnson. Honorary pallbearers were to be grandsons, great-grandsons and grandsons-in-law. Memorials may be made to the Cloverdale Assembly of God Church, 276 Ashley 15 Road, Crossett, AR 71635. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.

Alexis Martinez

Alexis Martinez, 3, of Hamburg died Friday, September 14, 2007, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. Alexis was born May 9, 2004.

He is survived by his mother, Martina Martinez of Dallas, TX; a brother, Juan Diago Martinez; a sister, Marciela Martinez; and his grandparents, Meliton Martinez and Marcelina Baltazar, all of Mexico.

Grave-side funeral services and burial were 10 a.m., Thursday, September 20, 2007 in the Hamburg Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com

Annie Bea Pitts

Annie Bea Pitts, 65, of Montrose died Saturday, September 22, 2007, at her residence. A native of Wabash, she was a homemaker and a member of the First Baptist Church in Montrose.

Survivors are five sons, Herman Pitts of Great Bend, KS, Joe Matthews of Hamburg, Mark Fowler of Long Beach, CA, Graylin James of Hutchinson, KS and Donnie McCone of San Francisco, CA; seven daughters, Felicia and Cynthia Matthews, Joyce, Rose and Phyllis McCone, all of Montrose, Brenda McCone of McGehee and Shirley Bethune of Pine Bluff; one brother, Samuel Douglas of Victorville, CA; 31 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Oliver Pitts; one son, Chester Edward Allen; two daughters, Susie and Wanda Matthews; her parents, Henry and Amy Baxter Fowler; a brother, Edward Lee Mays; and a sister, Palestine Fowler.

Funeral services are planned for 3:30 p.m. on Friday, September 28, at the Cromwell Funeral Home chapel with Rev. George Toney officiating. Pallbearers will be Derrick Bethune, Arthur Wilson, William Allen, Jesse Mitchell, Jr., Donovan People and Pedro Maltos. Burial will follow services at the Montrose Cemetery.

Bennie Lee Raino

Bennie Lee Raino, 47, of Eudora, formerly of Wilmot, died Saturday, September 22, 2007, at the Chicot Memorial Hospital in Lake Village. A native of Wilmot, he was a maintenance worker for Chicot Apartments and a member of Morning Star Baptist Church in Wilmot.

Survivors include his wife of 22 years, Donna McFee Raino; three sons, Nicholas Raino of Crossett, Kendrick Raino of Little Rock and Jarrion Raino of Hamburg; three daughters, Nicheyto Raino of Conway, Courtney Raino of Magnolia and Nicole and husband David Davis of Garland, TX; his mother, Rosie Raino of Wilmot; one brother, Tony and wife Tracy Raino of Fort Smith; three sisters, Betty Jean Raino of Wilmot, Kathleen Hampton of Fort Smith and Angela and husband Chester Johnson of Hampton, VA; and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, Willie Raino, and a brother, Johnny Raino.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, September 28, at the First Baptist Church in Wilmot with Rev. Gregory Baker officiating. Pallbearers will be Michael Jackson, Sammie Jackson, Lamar Robinson, James Boldwin, Chester Johnson and Kenneth Evans. Burial will follow services at the St. Martha Cemetery with arrangements by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Nathaniel "Beby" Reed

Nathaniel "Beby" Reed, 87, of Crossett died Sunday, September 16, 2007, at Lifetouch Hospice House in El Dorado. A native of Louisiana and a Crossett resident for the past 68 years, he retired from Georgia-Pacific's paper mills and was a member of the First Baptist Church on Florida Street.

He graduated from Arkansas State University with a Bachelor Arts degree and from the University of Arkansas-Little Rock with a master's degree in social work. He actively served his church and community almost all his life including as general superintendent of the Sunday School department at First Baptist Church for 41 years, Crossett alderman for twelve years, Kiwanis Club member, president of the Blue Buck Hunting Club for 37 years, member of the Westview Cemetery Committee, member of the board of governors for the Ashley County Medical Center, member of the Crossett Area Chamber of Commerce, president of the Ashley County chapter of the AARP, chairman of the Community Development Committee, board of directors for the Crossett Paper Mills Employees Federal Credit Union, chairman of the Crossett Youth Center board, Ashley County Quorum Court member, Master Mason and member of Exodus Lodge #403 and chairman of the board of Delta Counseling Associates. He was also involved in many other church and community activities.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Irene Reed; two sons, Mickey Reed of Crossett and John "Butch" and wife Lanette Taylor of Youngstown, OH; three daughters, Linda and husband Don Pierce of Hampton, GA, Natalie Reed of Crossett and Eva Carol and husband James Stevens of Indianola, MS; three god children, Tracy and husband Jamaal Walker and Leslie and Chad Moseby; three brothers, Sherman "Red" Reed and John "Cupec" and wife Susie Reed of Crossett and Herman Lee Reed of Monroe, LA; two sisters, Ruby Prevard of Chicago, IL, and Stella and husband Clarence Hill of Monroe; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie and Annie Girtman Reed; three brothers and one sister.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 22, in the First Baptist Church with Rev. Evandrew Washington officiating. Pallbearers were Tony Allen, Stanley Goree, Chris Smith, Wilie McKee, Jesse Lowe, Edward Rodgers, Kyonil McKee and Terry Gilbert. Honorary pallbearers were members of Exodus Lodge #403, Westview Cemetery Association, Blue Buck Hunting Club, Mickey, Redo, Marcelino, Antonio, Mariano and James Reed; Clarence, Sherman, Raymond and Michael Johnson; M. B. Williams and Roger Bryant.

Burial followed services at the Westview Cemetery under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.

Jerry D. Seal

Jerry D. Seal, 63, of Hamburg died Monday, September 17, 2007. at his residence. A native of Cannon County, TN, a resident of Hamburg for the past 35 years and a former resident of Woodbury, TN, he worked for Hamburg Shirt and Bemis Bag Company for many years and was a veteran of the United States Army.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Nancy Melton Seal of Hamburg; two daughters, Mandy McElroy and husband Robin and and Brandi Seal, all of Crossett; his parents, Paul & Narcissa Roller Seal of McMinnville, TN; a brother, Avery Seal of McMinnville; a sister, Paulette Sirbaugh of LaVergne, TN; and a grandson, Ethan Aaron McElroy. He was preceded in death by a brother, Kenny Mason Seal.

Funeral services were at 5 p.m., Wednesday, September 19, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home with Rev. Clayton Hales officiating. Grave-side services were at 2 p.m. Friday, September 21, at the Preston Cemetery in Woodbury, TN, with Rev. Johnny Lance officiating. Memorials may be made to the Hamburg Veteran's Memorial, c/o Mr. Preston Malloy, 1153 Ashley Road 73 N, Hamburg, AR 71646. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com

Bobby Sivils

Bobby Sivils, 66, of Crossett died Friday, September 21, 2007, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born on March 17, 1941, in Crossett to Henry Lavelle and Willie Mae Mann Sivils, he was a heavy equipment operator for Georgia Pacific and a member of Jarvis Chapel Baptist Church. He liked to fish, read and was an avid coin collector.

Survivors include his wife of nearly 47 years, Janice Kelley Sivils of Crossett; one son, Bobby Sivils, Jr., and wife June of Hot Springs; one daughter, Marsha Lee and husband Roger of West Monroe, LA; his mother, Willie Mae Lohrey of Crossett; two sisters, Jo Ann Parker of Crossett and Deborah Sivils of Bastrop; five grandchildren, Bobby Sivils, III, Jessie D. Sivils, Josh McConnell, Heather Lee and Rachel Lee. He was preceded in death by his father.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Sunday, September 23, at Jarvis Chapel Baptist Church with Bros. Gayle Riles, Ray Hearron and Lloyd Gibbs officiating. Burial followed at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Pallbearers were Carroll Parker, Jackie Parker, Harold Tucker, Alan Ritzell, James Outlaw, Donnie Walker, Chuck Davis and Jerry Stanley. Honorary pallbearers were Sammy Bolin, Marty McClain and Ronald Donaldson.

Memorials may be made to Jarvis Chapel Baptist Church Building Fund, 1018 Ashley 14, Crossett, AR 71635. Guest Book at www.jonesservice.com.

Joe Fred Wheeler

Joe Fred Wheeler, 75, of Crossett died Thursday, September 20, 2007, at the Ashley County Medical Center. Born on June 9, 1932, in Warren to James Roland and Cecil Ashcraft Wheeler, he was a heavy equipment operator in the construction industry and a member of Magnolia Baptist Church. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his wife and grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Frances "Fannie" Wheeler of Crossett; one daughter, Beverly Ellis and husband Dennis of Fountain Hill; four sons, Ken Wheeler and wife Sheryl of Quitman, Ronnie Wheeler and wife Becky, Paul Wheeler and wife Yahanna, all of Crossett, and Randall Wheeler of Marble Falls, TX; one sister, Athaleen Ratcliff of Conway; twelve grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Donald Ray Wheeler; and a brother, Ray Wheeler.

Funeral services were at 3 p. m. Saturday, September 22, in the Magnolia Baptist Church with Bros. Scott Wheeler and Mike Griffith officiating.

Pallbearers were Chris Watt, Michael Watt, Justin Wheeler, Bryan Wheeler, Westin Wheeler, Gabe Wheeler and Alex Shipp. Honorary pallbearers were Brandy Shipp, Anastacia Wheeler, Katelynn Wheeler, Kristi Toblesky, and Eric Wheeler.

Burial followed services at the Arkadelphia Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. See guest book at www.jonesservice.com.

Memorials may be made to the Arkadelphia Cemetery Fund, C/O Scott Johnson, 129 Scott Johnson Rd, Crossett, AR 71635.

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