Myrtis Bell, 78, of Lake Village died Sunday, July 17, 2008, at Greenwood Leflore Hospital in Greenwood, Mississippi. Born July 10, 1930, in Kilbourne, Louisiana, the daughter of the late Leonard Smith and Lottie Tullos Smith, she was a retired physician's assistant and a member of Bayou Mason Baptist Church.
She is survived by two sons, J. D. Bell of McGehee and David Bell of Greenville, Mississippi; two daughters, Margaret Merritt of Brookhaven, Mississippi, and Margie Green of Montrose; 17 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, at Bayou Mason Baptist Church with the Bro. Tom Christmas officiating. Burial followed in Bayou Mason Cemetery under the direction of Bishop Funeral Home of Lake Village.
Eleanor M. Carter
Eleanor M. Carter, 88, of Crossett died Thursday, July 31, 2008, at the Spring Hill Medical Center. Born February 12, 1920, to Carlton C. and Ida Bell Pennington Womble, Mrs. Carter was a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church and enjoyed her children and grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters; two brothers and her husband, Harold S. Carter.
Survivors include a son, Charles Harold Carter and wife Diane of Crossett; a daughter, Sue Carolyn Reddick of Taylor; eight grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, August 3, at Magnolia Baptist Church with Bros. Mike Griffith and Joey Machen officiating. Pallbearers were Scott Carter, Jeff Machen, Joey Machen, Edward Phillips, Cason Phillips and Cody Machen.
Burial followed at the Carter Cemetery under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.
Memorials may be made to Magnolia Baptist Church, 822 Marias Saline Rd, Crossett, AR 71635. See online guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
Rev. Zack E. Gibson
Rev. Zack E. Gibson, 86, of Ruston, LA, died Monday, July 28, 2008, at the Princeton Place in Ruston. He was an Assembly of God minister for 50 years, pastoring at Bonne Idee, Trinity and Marion Assemblies of God. An U. S. Navy veteran, he retired from International Paper Co.
Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Norma Gibson; three daughters, Linda Robinson and husband Leroy of Beekman, LA, Judy Milford and husband Ronny of Choudrant, LA, and Terri Gibson of Gonzales, LA; a sister, Frances Ladell Holland of Wynne; eight grandchildren, Tamara, Shay, Jason, Justin, Ashley, Rusty, Jacob and Katy and eight great-grandchildren, Haley, Emily, Ryan, Evan, Ethan, Miranda, Hallie and Bailey. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Gibson; a brother; Charles Gibson; and a nephew, Mark Gibson.
Services were at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 31, in the chapel of Golden Funeral Home with Rev. John Trotter officiating. Pallbearers were Ray Janway, Ronny Milford, Ryan and Ray Wilkerson, Michael and Jacob Barger. Honorary pallbearers were Jason Robinson and Evan Wilkerson. Burial followed services at the Crossroads Cemetery.
Georgianna Ranae Jernigan
Georgianna (Jo) Ranae Smith Jernigan, 65, of Crossett died Monday, July 28, 2008, at her home. She was born on April 8, 1943, in North Little Rock to the late Calvin J. Smith and Juanita Hughes Smith Hobbs.
Survivors include her husband, James R. Jernigan; children, Robert E. Walters, Richard A. Walters and wife Terrie, J. Ranae Atchison and husband Russell, James R. Jernigan, Flint Jernigan and wife Tracie, and Misty R. Cabral; siblings, Peggy B. Lane and husband Kyrt, Esther L. Watt and husband Johnny, Calvin J. Smith, Jr., and wife Jean, and David L. Smith and wife Pamela; grandchildren, Jessica, Justus, and Joanna Jernigan; Taylor Atchison, Melissa Cabral, Alexandra and Lauren Cabral and Skylar Jernigan; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial services were held Friday, August 1, at 11 a.m. at Dry Bayou Cemetery in Wilmot with Bro. Lawrence Amos officiating. Arrangements were by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. See online guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
Alma Lee, 88, of Crossett died Friday, August 1, 2008, at her granddaughter's residence in Bourg, LA. A lifelong resident of Crossett, a homemaker, and a member of Second Baptist Church on Highway 169, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jude Lee; one son, Iva Gene Lee; and one granddaughter, Thelma Duncan.
She is survived by seven grandchildren, Tonie (Brett) Thomas of Houma, LA, Rance Bird of Augusta, GA, Chris (Becky) Lee of Mountain Home, J.W. (Donna) Bird of Crossett, Addie Lee of Morgan City, LA, Etienne (Jonie) Bird of Crossett and Joe (Tonda) Lee of Morgan; ten great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.
Funeral services were planned for Tuesday, August 5, at 11 a.m. at Second Baptist Church with Bros. Travis Roberts and Wayne Porter officiating. Pallbearers were to be Mark Henry, Richard Childress, Brett Thomas, Raymond Thomas, David Adcock, Lonnie Carl Sharp, Keith Harrington and Thomas Glen Childress. Honorary pallbearers were to be Anthony Cockrell, Tim Rogers & Steven Stanley. Burial was to follow at the Carlock Cemetery with arrangements by Cromwell Funeral Home. See online guest book at www. cromwellfuneralhome.net.
Robert L. Murry
Robert L. Murry, 90, of Carbondale, IL, died at 2:14 p.m., Tuesday, July 29, 2008 at Oak Grove Rehab and Care Center in Carbondale. Born October 15, 1917, in Makanda to Alfred and Hattie Jackson Murry, he married Mattie L. Johnson on July 26, 1944, at Marion, IL. They just celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary. She survives. He was a Baptist.
Mr. and Mrs. Murry owned and operated laundry and dry cleaning services in Louisiana, Mississippi, Southern Illinois, and Arkansas until he retired in 1984. Bob was a charter member of the Moose Lodge in Greenville, MS.
Other survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Perry and Marilyn Murry of De Soto, IL; one daughter and son-in-law, Lynda and Jim Dycus of Greenville, MS; seven grandchildren and their spouses, Chris Murry (Suzann), Adam Hogue (Diane), Amanda Dycus (Redd), and Brandon Dycus (Tia) all of Greenville, Jason Murry (Danielle) and Andrea Lindsey (Jason) all of De Soto, and Nathan Murry (Ashlee) of Pinckneyville; fourteen great grandchildren; several cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; one son; one daughter; three brothers; and five sisters.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Thursday, July 31, at Meredith Funeral Home in Carbondale with Rev. Chris Hottensen officiating. Burial was at the De Soto Cemetery, De Soto, IL.
Memorial donations may be made to First Baptist Church, De Soto or the National Audubon Society, 225 Varick Street, 7th floor, NY, NY 10014 and will be accepted by Meredith Funeral Home, Carbondale.
William M. Rodman
William M. Rodman, 96, mayor of El Dorado from 1975 to 1978, died at his residence Wednesday, July 30, 2008. He was born in Benton on August 31, 1911, the son of the late Evan Shelby Rodman and Georgia McClue Rodman.
The family moved to Little Rock at the end of the first World War, where his father, a banker, served as vice-president and cashier of the Bankers' Trust Company, now First Commercial National Bank of Little Rock (Regions Bank). He attended Central High School and Hendrix College and graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1933 with a degree in business administration. He was a member of Kappa Alpha Fraternity. After graduation, he was employed as a bookkeeper, and later as a teller at the Commercial National Bank in Little Rock. In 1937 he accepted a job with the Lion Oil Company in El Dorado as accountant.
He was inducted into the U. S. Army in 1942 and served overseas for eighteen months, participating in the Normandy invasion. He was discharged as a captain in 1946 and returned to Lion Oil. He had various jobs in the accounting department at Lion Oil and was named treasurer and controller in 1961. He was transferred to St. Louis after the Monsanto Company acquired Lion Oil, and served there as controller for one of Monsanto's four world-wide operating divisions, until his retirement in 1973.
Mr. Rodman returned to El Dorado in 1973 and was elected mayor in 1975. He did not run for re-election. He was a former member of the El Dorado School Board, a former member of the Financial Executive's Institute of America, and a former member of the statewide Policy Advisory Committee to Promote Clean Air and Water in the state, appointed to the post by then Governor David Pryor. He received El Dorado's Outstanding Citizen Award in 1976.
Mr. Rodman served as general chairman of the United Way campaign in 1977, and as president of the United Way Board of Directors in 1981. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. He was a member of the official board of the First United Methodist Church, where he was a member of the Frances Asbury Sunday school class and had served as president. He was past president of the Lion Oil Credit Union.
He is survived by two daughters, Linda Rodman Hall and husband Louie of El Dorado and Marilyn Rodman Newcome and husband Joel of Portland; and five grandchildren, Sarah Hall Datt, John Grant Hall, Laura Hall LaRue, Marie Morgan Newcome and Rebecca Dean Newcome. He was preceded in death by his wife, Louise Wade Rodman; his brother, Lt. Emmett Rodman, a bomber pilot who was killed in action during World War II, and by his sister, Evelyn Rodman Green of Little Rock.
A memorial service was held at 2 p.m, Saturday, August 2, at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Pam Brule officiating following a private burial under the direction of Young's Funeral Directors.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 201 S. Hill, El Dorado, AR 71730 or Life Touch Hospice, 2301 Champagnolle Rd., El Dorado, AR 71730.
Clarence Shaver, 58, of Fountain Hill died Wednesday, July 30, 2008, at the Drew Memorial Hospital in Monticello. A native of Lake Village and a resident of Fountain Hill for the past 35 years, he worked for Delta Fire Protection in West Monroe, Louisiana. He was a Baptist, an avid hunter and loved the outdoors.
He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Wanda Allums Shaver of Fountain Hill; a daughter, Nova Shaver of Kansas City, MO; his mother and step-father, Ellen Hagood Burns and James Burns of Fountain Hill; three brothers, Bobby Shaver of Collinston, LA, Jimmy Shaver and wife Pearley of Fountain Hill and Tommy Shaver and wife Mary of Crossett; three step-daughters, Angelia Rumbo, Jene-Jene and Annette; a grandson, Jeremiah Shaver Vance; six step-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Orby Shaver, in 1956.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Friday, August 1, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home with Bro. Eddie Dean Savage officiating. Burial followed at the Flat Creek Cemetery. Pallbearers were Timothy J. Shaver, James O. Shaver, Billy D. Shaver, Shannon D. Shaver, Beau A. Shaver and Michael S. Bates. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Johnny Walser, 52, of Hamburg died Saturday, August 2, 2008, at his residence. A native of Crossett and a lifelong resident of Hamburg, he was a retired sand blaster and plumber's helper and a member of the First Church of God in Crossett.
He is survived by a daughter, Dawn, of Crossett; two brothers, Byron Walser of Modesto, CA, and David Walser of Hamburg; a sister, Jeanette Kilcrease of Hamburg; and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Obie & Eva Grace McKay Walser; and two brothers, Bobby Walser and Jimmy Walser.
Grave-side services were planned for 10 a.m., Wednesday, August 6, in the Rolfe Chapel Cemetery with Rev. Michael Reese officiating. Funeral arrangements are by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Obituaries Published August 13
Don Allen Burnett
Don Allen Burnett, 68, of Crossett died on Friday, August 8, 2008, at Ashley County Medical Center surrounded by his family. He was born on October 25, 1939, in Crossett to Floyd H. and Rosemary Ruff Burnett. He began a teaching and coaching career in Chillicothe, Missouri, where he lived from 1963-1967. His remaining years in education were spent in Crossett where he taught science, coached, and was a dean of students. During the summer months he worked for the City Recreation Department and managed the Crossett Swimming Pool.
Teaching was of great importance to him. He was a member of First Baptist Church and at one time taught Sunday School.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Judy C. Burnett of Crossett; a son Brad Allen Burnett and wife Elizabeth of Lords Valley, Pennsylvania; a daughter, Kelly Lynn Spradlin and husband Jeff of Crossett; a sister, Marilyn Myers of Crossett, and a brother, John W. Burnett and wife Sharon of Little Rock. He is also survived by one niece, two nephews, two great-nieces, and three great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his maternal grandparents, Wesley and Orean Ruff; paternal grandparents Victor and Emma Burnett; and a special nephew, Larry Drake Crossland.
Funeral services were at 3 p.m. on Monday, August 11, in the First Baptist Church in Crossett with Brother Jeff Smart officiating. Burial followed at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. See online guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Building Fund or the CHS Class of 1957 to be used to begin a Don Allen Burnett Memorial Scholarship Fund. Memorials may be mailed to 1400 Cypress Street, Crossett, AR 71635.
Lillie Mae Dupree
Lillie Mae Dupree, 74, of Crossett died Monday, August 4, 2008, at Baptist Health Hospital in Little Rock. A native of Thebes, a resident of Crossett for the past 37 years, a homemaker, and a member of Living Testament COGIC, she was preceded in death by her parents, Robert & Emma Freeman; four brothers, Robert Jr., Jim, Willie & Harry Freeman; and two sisters, Karen Freeman and Liza Wallace.
She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Edgar Dupree; five sons, Johnny and wife Kathy Dupree, Randy Dupree & Carl and wife Benester Dupree, all of Crossett, and Edgar, Jr., and wife Brenda Dupree and Robert and wife Caroline Dupree, all of Little Rock; four daughters, Patricia and husband Larry Jenkins of Little Rock, Gloria Hayes & Annie and husband Alvin Hayes of Crossett and Linda Dupree of Monroe, LA; one sister, Annie Ruth and husband Brad Petiford of Dewitt, twenty-six grandchildren, and nineteen great grandchildren.
Funeral services were Monday, August 11, at 11 a.m. at Living Testament COGIC with Eld. Nolan Phillips officiating. Pallbearers were Alvin Hayes, Jr., Derrick Hayes, Michael Hayes, David Dupree, Kevin Stroud and George Hampton.
Burial followed at the Westview Cemetery under the directions of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. See online guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.
Sammie Lee Dupree
Sammie Lee Dupree, 36, of Crossett died Thursday, July 31, 2008, in Pine Bluff. He was a lifelong resident of Crossett and was preceded in death by his father, Hoskin Dupree, Jr., and one brother, John Dupree.
He is survived by his mother, Christine Dupree of Crossett, one brother, Junior Dupree of Hot Springs; and three sisters, Maxine and husband Gregory White of Pine Bluff, Shirley and husband Bobby Owens of Wilmar and Kizzy Dupree of Dermott.
Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Wednesday, August 6, in the Cromwell Funeral Home chapel with Rev. Arthur Lanos officiating. Pallbearers were Matthew "Goat" Bowman, Gregory White, Johnny Dupree, Mike Ellis, Carl Dupree and Marvin Jones. Burial followed at the Westview Cemetery. See online guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.
David Ray Hollis
David Ray "Bubba" Hollis, 30, of Hamburg died Thursday, August 7, 2008, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett. A native of Monticello and a lifelong resident of the Milo community outside Hamburg, he graduated from Hamburg High School in 1996 and was a member of the Trinity Free Will Baptist Church. He loved hunting, fishing and the outdoors.
He is survived by a son: Dakota Hollis of Conway; his father, Tommy R. Hollis of Hamburg; three sisters, Kelley Farmer of Dallas, Texas, Angela Ryder of Killen, Alabama, and Stephanie Hollis of Hamburg; his paternal grandmother, June E. Noble Hollis of Hamburg; a niece, Morgan Ryder; and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his mother, Lucille Kelley Hollis, in 1988; his paternal grandfather, Jonathan "Thed" Hollis, in 1998 and his maternal grandparents, Elmer "Shorty" Kelley & Johnnie Mann Kelley Farmer.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Sunday, August 10, in the North Crossett Free Will Baptist Church with Revs. Brent Hutsell & Joel Meredith officiating. Burial followed at the Crossroads Cemetery. Pallbearers were Brian Adams, Bryan Hollis, Mike Stanley, Steve Childers, Jeff Miller and Zack Pamplin. Honorary pallbearers were Keith Bozeman, Bob Edmondson and Kevin McNeil. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Nina Rickman Josey
Nina Rickman Josey, 84, of Crossett died Wednesday, August 6, 2008, at the Oak Woods Home in Mer Rouge, LA. A native of Ashley County and a lifelong resident of Crossett, she was a homemaker and a member of the Wallers Chapel United Methodist Church.
She is survived by a daughter, Sandra Linder and husband Larry; two sons, Gary Josey and wife Martha and Larry Josey and wife Shirlene, all of Crossett; three brothers, Lexie Rickman and Robert E. Rickman of Crossett and James Edgar Rickman of Highland, Indiana; a sister, Pauline Hill of Crossett; four grandchildren, Angie Lenard and husband Stacy, Rusty Josey, Jodi Sturgeon and husband Tommy, and Jami Linder; and seven great-grandchildren, Emily, Lane, Frank, Seth, Anna Grace, Morgan and Tyler.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Douglas E. Josey, in 1969; her parents, Robert & Josie Maxwell Rickman; a brother, J. T. Rickman; and three sisters, Lucille Watt, Lorene Byrd and Minnie Clark.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m., Friday, August 8, the Wallers Chapel United Methodist Church with Rev. Boyd Savage officiating. Burial followed at the Antioch Cemetery. Pallbearers were Ronnie Rickman, Dennis Rickman, Rusty Josey, David Rickman, Andy Hill, Tate Watt, Billy Mac Watt, Charles Rickman, Tommy Rickman and Lamar Hill.
Memorials may be made to the Wallers Chapel United Methodist Church, 998 Ashley Road 14 North, Crossett, AR 71635 or to the Arkansas Children's Hospital, P. O. Box 2222, Little Rock, AR 72203. Funeral arrangements were by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. See online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Willie Lee Paskel
Willie Lee Paskel, 46, of Hutchinson, Kansas, died July 6, 2008. Born July 11, 1961, to the late Betty Lou Scates and Clearance Paskel, he was a member of the Phillip Grove Baptist Church. He attended Hamburg High School and after moving to Hutchinson was a youth coach and assisted with coaching in Wichita until his health failed.
Survivors include his wife, Kelley Paskel; four sons, Levert and Robert Paskel and Anthony and Kelsey Reed of Hutchinson; four daughters, Sharonda Franklin of Pine Bluff and Lakressa and Latoya Paskel and Diane Reed of Hutchinson; brothers, Steven Bennett of Huntsville, TX, Robert Scates of Crossett, Willie Jean Scates of Monroe, LA, and Sherrod Paskel of Muskegon, MI; three sisters, Sandra Robinson of Monroe, Valerie Paskel of Atlanta, GA, and Sylvia Scates of Crossett; and his stepfather, William Scates of Crossett. A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. on July 24 at the Phillip Grove Baptist Church with Supt. Jasper Mays officiating.
Alex Reginelli, Jr.
Alex "Ajax" Reginelli, Jr., 48, of Hamburg, formerly of Lake Village, died Tuesday, August 5, 2008, at his home. Born August 29, 1959, in Illinois, the son of the late Alex Reginelli, Sr., and Jeanette Johnson Reginelli, he was manager of a catfish processing plant and a member of Faith Fellowship Church.
Survivors are his wife, Phyllis Reynolds Reginelli of Hamburg; two sons, Derek and John Brandon Reginelli of Hamburg; a brother, Phillip Reginelli of Eudora; and a sister, Lecia Hensley of Eudora; and two nephews, Ricky A. Hickman and Chad Hensley.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m., Thursday, August 7, at Faith Fellowship Church in Lake Village with Revs. Gary Ryals and Russell Priske officiating. Burial followed at St. Mary's Cemetery under the direction of Bishop Funeral Home of Lake Village.
Gary Kean Trotter
Gary Kean Trotter, 64, of Crossett died Saturday, August 2, 2008. Born January 28, 1944, in Monticello, he grew up in Monticello and graduated college with a B.S. degree from the University of Arkansas- Monticello and Fayetteville. In 1971, he married Theresa, and had two daughters. He received a master's degree in public administration from Troy State University. He moved to Crossett in 1966 and worked as a teacher in the Crossett Public School System before joining the American Red Cross in 1970. He faithfully served 38 years with the American Red Cross and has received many awards for his accomplishments. He served his country in deployments to Vietnam (1971-1972), Gulf War (1991), Bosnia (1999), Kosovo (2002), and Iraq (2005, 2007). He enjoyed reading, traveling, cooking and genealogy research.
Surviving are his daughters, Shana and Tanya Trotter; his wife, Theresa Trotter; his mother, Ruth Trotter; and his sisters, Delores Eastwood, Rosemary Fryer, and Bonnie Crain.
Both visitation and funeral service will be held Friday, August 15, at the First Assembly of God in Crossett. Visitation hours are from 9-11 a.m. The funeral service will be held at 1p.m. There will be a grave-side service at 3:30 p.m. at the Smackover Cemetery in Smackover. Arrangements are by Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. See online guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
Floy Stanley White
Floy Stanley White, 80, of Hamburg died Sunday, August 10, 2008, at her residence. A native of Fountain Hill and a resident of the Promise Land community outside Hamburg for the past 57 years, she was a homemaker and a member of the Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church. She loved her grandchildren, her flowers, gardening and the Eighties Ladies of Promise Land.
She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Roger White; a son, Billy Wayne Harville and wife Ramona; two daughters, Sharon Jenkins and husband Jeff and Norma Swan and husband Bruce, all of Hamburg; a special sister-in-law; Clellis Stanley of Fountain Hill; nine grandchildren, Phil Harville, Crystal Harville, Lexie Harville and Grayson Harville, all of Hamburg, Darren Swan and wife Cathy of Magnolia, Angela Harville of Jacksonville, Stacie Wesson, Zack & Jake Jenkins, all of Hamburg; and five great-grandchildren, Emily & Courtney Harville, Abbie & Bryce Wesson and Easton Mullinax. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ebb & Clara Shelton Stanley; three brothers, Elmer, Elvin & T.J. Stanley and a sister, Earlene Gray.
Funeral services are at 2 p.m., Tuesday, August 12, at the Promise Land Missionary Baptist Church with Revs. Michael Reese and Travis White officiating. Burial will be in the Promise Land Cemetery. Pallbearers are Larry, James, Danny, Hershel, Glendal, Roma and Jerry Stanley, Darren Swan and Zack Jenkins. Honorary pallbearers are Don Kelley, Charles "Bull" Wells, Thomas Wells, Willard Erwin, Dewey "Scutter" Kilcrease, Norval Lee Cecil and Phil Harville. Memorials may be made to the Promise Land Cemetery Association, 318 Ashley Road 131, Hamburg, AR 71646. Funeral arrangements are by Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home of Hamburg. See online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Obituaries Published August 20
April Jarrells Culbreath
April Jarrells Culbreath, 21, of Crossett died Friday, August 15, 2008, in Fountain Hill. A native and lifelong resident of Crossett, she attended Crossett and Hamburg High Schools and Trinity Free Will Baptist Church.
She is survived by her mother and step-father, Debbie Cole Brown and Bill Murray, both of Crossett; her father, Michael Jarrells of Flour Bluff, TX; a brother, Robert Cole Brown of Crossett; her maternal grandparents, Buster & Martha Cole of Crossett; and a nephew, Trajan (Trey) Brown of Conway. She was preceded in death by a sister, Brandy Jarrells, and a niece, Selena Jarrells, both in 2005; her paternal grandmother, Etta Jarrells; her great-grandparents, Arthur & Evelyn Cole and Edna Bauers and a cousin, Martin W. (Trey) Kirsten.
Funeral services are 10 a.m., Thursday, August 21, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home in Hamburg with Rev. Jody Gannaway officiating. Burial will be in the Old Crossett Cemetery. Pallbearers are to be Keith Boseman, Terry Lancaster, Brett Vail, Daniel Shelton, David Johnson and Larry Blissett, Jr. Honorary pallbearers are to be Golden Lancaster and Curtis Hollins. Memorials may be made to the Make A Wish Foundation, 1780 Moriah Woods Blvd., Suite 10, Memphis, TN 38117. Online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Janie Florene Little
Janie Florene Little, 82, of Crossett died Sunday, August 17, 2008, at St. Edward's Hospital in Fort Smith. She was born on October 22, 1925, to Johnny Floyd and Mable Freeman Harrison in Huttig. After retiring as an aide to two different doctors, she became a full-time housewife. She was a charter member of Beech Street Baptist Church. Mrs. Little was preceded in death by her husband, Armon Murphy Little, her parents, a brother, as well as a nephew, Lance Corporal Paul A. Harrison, who lived in the home from the age of twelve until his death in the Vietnam War.
Survivors include two sons, Don Little and wife Marianne and Dudley Little and wife, Janice of Fort Smith; five grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, August 21, in the Beech Street Baptist Church in Crossett with Bros. David Rice and Steven Carroll officiating. Pallbearers will be Paul Little, Ashley Little, Brian Little, James Little, Ben White and Dr. Bruce White. Honorary pallbearers will be Jim Bob Godwin and the deacons of Beech Street Baptist Church, with honorary recognition to the Ladies Sunday School Class. Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m.Wednesday at the funeral home.
Burial will follow at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett. Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Beech Street Baptist Church, 500 Beech Street, Crossett, AR 71635. See online guest book at www.jonesservice.com.
Eula Hicks Perry
Eula Orene Hicks Perry, 90, of Monticello died Wednesday, August 13, 2008, at Wagnon Place Nursing Home in Warren. Born August 23, 1917, in Line to the late Raspberry and Madonna Morris Hicks, she was the widow of James Walter Perry and had worked for Burlington and was a nurse. She was a member of the Monticello Church of Christ.
Survivors include four sons, Bob Perry and wife Shirley of DeWitt, Wayne Perry and wife Charlene of Ritzville, WA, and Charles and Carl Perry, both of Monticello; two daughters, Mary Lofton and husband Larry of Crossett and Sharon Reynolds and husband Charlie of Griffithville; 14 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by a son, James Owen Perry; two brothers, Charlie and Jesse Hicks; and a sister, Fannie Lee Hicks Cruce.
Funeral services were at 10 a.m. Saturday, August 16, in the Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home chapel in Monticello with Rev. Jim Bates officiating. Pallbearers were Bob, Charles, Wayne and Carl Perry, Loy Hicks and Charlie Reynolds. Honorary pallbearers were David Flemister, Dr. Joe Hank Wharton, Larry Flemister, Dr. Louis Garcia and Sharon Reynolds. Burial followed services at the Old Troy Cemetery.
Thomas Paul Smith
Thomas Paul Smith, 54, of Crossett died Saturday, August 16, 2008, at the Ashley County Medical Center. A native of West Monroe, LA, and a Crossett resident for the past 40 years, he was a maintenance worker and mechanic and a member of the First Baptist Church in North Crossett. He was a volunteer fireman for 27 years, an avid hunter and fisherman and a former hunter education teacher.
He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Pamela Ward Smith; one son, Aaron Paul and wife Dana Smith of Norfolk, VA; an adopted son, Lance Kreamalymer of Norfolk; one daughter, Kiri Leigh Smith of Crossett; a brother, Roy Earl Smith of Little Rock; one sister, Linda Kaye Young of Crossett; and three grandchildren, Taylor, Madison and Bethany Burton of Crossett. He was preceded in death by his parents, Troy and Gertrude Tange Smith; and three brothers, Herburt Kurt Troy Smith, James "Bulldog" Smith and Jerry Wayne Smith.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, August 21, in the North Crossett First Baptist Church with Bro. Robin Allen officiating. Pallbearers will be Bill Graves, Denon Cagle, Danny Castleberry, Gary Donaldson, Jim Stephenson and Brad Murphy. Honorary pallbearers will be Allen Ward and Dewey Ward. Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday at the church. Burial will follow services at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg.
See online guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.
Velma Vaughn, 84, of Parkdale died Wednesday, August 13, 2008, at her residence. Mrs. Vaughn was a native of St. Louis, MO, but a resident of Parkdale for the past 33 years, a homemaker, and a member of the Kingdom Hall for Jehovah's Witnesses. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lushious Vaughn; her parents, John Triplett & Louvenia Payne; and her brother, Herman Triplett.
She is survived by two special nieces, Blanche Adam of Parkdale and Etter Mae Robinson of Hamburg and a host of other nieces, nephews, loved ones and friends.
Remains were cremated. Memorial services to be announced at a later date. Arrangments were by Cromwell Funeral Home of Hamburg. See guest book at www.cromwellfuneralhome.net.
Obituaries Published August 27
Maria Mills, 83, of Crossett died Monday, August 18, 2008, at her residence in Crossett. A native of Los Mochies, Sinaloa, Mexico, and a resident of Crossett for the past 30 years, she was a homemaker.
She is survived by four sons, Jack King and wife Diane of Minden, LA; Raymond, Ralph and David King of Crossett; two daughters, Lou Braswell and husband Stormy and Teresa Laing, all of Crossett; two step-sons, Ray Mills and wife Vera of Crossett, and Clayton Mills and wife Martha of Checotah, Oklahoma; one step-daughter, Marie Smith of Crossett; four brothers, Roberto Cruz of California and Rafael, Raul & Angel Cruz, all of Mexico; two sisters, Josephina Ortego of Mexico and Dora Ortego of California; 18 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her husband, James T. Mills; her parents, Ramon Cruz De Camu and Teresa Rodriguez De Cruz; five sisters, two brothers and one granddaughter, Kimberly Laing Parker.
Funeral services were at 3 p.m. Thursday, August 21, in the chapel of Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home with Revs. Gene Cullum and Justin Uselton officiating. Burial followed at the Egypt Cemetery. Pallbearers were Chris Watkins, Jerry Laing Jr., Heath King, Josh King, Ralph King Jr., and Donny Crow. Honorary pallbearers were Jerry Laing, Sr., and Stormy Braswell. See online guest book at www.jones-hartshorn.com.
Forrest Earl Rice
Forrest Earl Rice, 92, of Crossett died Wednesday, August 20, 2008, at the Medical Center of South Arkansas. Born May 11, 1916, to Mallie V. and Maybelle Moffatt Rice of Milo, he was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Marie Baynes Rice, one brother, and four sisters.
Mr. Rice graduated from Fountain Hill High School and attended Arkansas A & M. During World War II, under tight security, he helped install the first radar on a plane in this country which was credited with breaking the stranglehold of the German Wolfpacks. He was executive director of the Crossett Housing Authority, a charter member of the Crossett Riding Club, and a member of First Baptist Church. He was an avid fox hunter and received a national dog breeders award for July hounds.
Survivors include two daughters, Cheryl Gifford and husband Leon of Crossett and Kathy Butler and husband George of Fayetteville; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.
Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m., Friday, August 22, in the First Baptist Church with Brother Roy Craig officiating. Burial followed at Pinewood Memorial Park under the direction of Jones Funeral Home of Crossett.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, Multi-Ministry Building, 701 Main Street, Crossett, AR 71635.
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Beulah Neola Smart
Beulah Neola "Boots" Smart, 85, of El Dorado died Monday, August 25, 2008, at her home. She was born November 11, 1922, in Maxwell, New Mexico, the daughter of Robert and Pearl Mitchell. She and her husband raised their family in Crossett where she was a fourth grade school teacher. They have been El Dorado residents for the past 15 years. She was a member of First Christian Church and served for years as a member of the hospital auxiliary, RSVP and Professional Sorority.
Survivors include her husband, Montee Dale "Mick" Smart; two sons, Dr. Greg Smart and wife Sondra and their children, Tyler and Trent, and Dr. Steve Smart, his wife Michelle and their three children, Craig and wife Lauren, Dale and Courtney; a great-granddaughter, Mallory Elizabeth Smart; and a cousin Lorraine Hodges. She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Dena Little and Bonnie; and brother Ulyss Mitchell.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, August 27, in the chapel of Young's Funeral Directors in El Dorado with Rev. Faron Rogers and Dianna Walker officiating.
Visitation will be from 5- 7 p.m. on Tuesday at Young's. Memorials may be made to Life Touch Hospice, 2301 Champagnolle Rd., El Dorado, AR 71730. An online guest registry is available at www.youngsfuneral home.com.